Wednesday, March 16, 2011

MURDEROUS GEPIMA MOHD BIN KATHER ALL DOWRY FOR EVERYONE (EVEN MUSLIMS) WAS IT ABUSE?

MURDEROUS GEPIMA MOHD BIN KATHER ALL DOWRY FOR EVERYONE (EVEN MUSLIMS) WAS IT ABUSE?


MURDEROUS GEPIMA MOHD BIN KATHER ALL DOWRY FOR EVERYONE (EVEN MUSLIMS) WAS IT ABUSE?

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 02:10 PM PDT

 
DOWRY IN ISLAM?!

 
PERGERAKAN BELLA INDIA
MUSLIM MALAYSIA (GEPIMA)
* MOHD BIN KATHER ALL
012-3136250 / 03-40417445
DOWRY TORTURE TAINT MOHD BIN KATHER ALL (GEPIMA)
24-YEAR OLD SITI NAZRIN HAD FILED A COMPLAINT AGAINST HER IN-LAW

DOWRY IN ISLAM?!PERGERAKAN BELLA INDIAMUSLIM MALAYSIA (GEPIMA)* MOHD BIN KATHER ALL012-3136250 / 03-40417445DOWRY TORTURE TAINT MOHD BIN KATHER ALL (GEPIMA)24-YEAR OLD SITI NAZRIN HAD FILED A COMPLAINT AGAINST HER IN-LAW


Wedding Night of a Muslim Woman




Wedding Night of a Muslim Woman

My secret locked, a tale untold,
The only key, within your hand,
Too sacred for them to behold,
 
Too pure for them to understand.
Tonight I tell that tale to you,



An open book for you to read,
Hope and resilience are good but has its limits we can't sort of dictate them but rather inspire and mentor. Everyone processes difficult experiences in various ways.Are Indian Muslim armchair philanthropists aware of the plight of 24-year old Siti Nazrin binte Mohd Iqbal?
If you cannot help dont stop others from helping them
MALAYSIAN INDIAN NGO'S to , NOT aware of the plight of INDIAN MUSLIM women. With a blend of research, personal relationships, and relevant narratives, muslimah journal@MALAYSIA has a deep understanding of the injustices occurring in Malaysia, and an even deeper desire to educate others on the issues they are so passionate about. We have failed to even investigate torturers,YET THIS SO CALLED 'armchair philanthropist' is protecting
ThIS PREDATOR
at times like a journal, filled with anecdotes from those they've met along the way. Though every so often the solutions they offer may come across as patronizing or the stories they present as anomalies, I believe the journal is a step in the right direction, openly discuss taboo topics, some which have not been presented in this magnitude before. Bringing issues to light is the first step in real change, and facing discomfort head on is precisely what they do. They posit a general framework of what is happening, what has been done, and most importantly, what needs to happen to drive change
at the very least 24-year old Siti Nazrin binte Mohd Iqbal had filed a complaint against her in-law Mohd BIN Katir Sultan(GEPIMA) for torturing her for more dowry, Siti's father has given 800gms of gold valued at RM95,OOO. They still tortured me fron day one I enter their house. Mental and physical torture by Mohd bin Katir Sultan and his family for more dowry of RM100,000 in cash to buy a bunglow in Taman Rawther. MOHD son had only primary six , assaulted with hot iron,forced her to sleep in the storeroom and was fed with left over food.a withness tipped her father how she was forced to housework for the family of 12 people during the time she was pregnant they continue to torture her, her former husband and his mother pressed her baby while she was carring ,they kill my baby cried . They are supposed to bear half the cost of the wedding but they tricked my father to agree for the full cost of the wedding mohd even demanded rm 2000 commision from the caterer the catering was fully paid by my father what kind vulture is this man yet the so called
MOHD BIN KATIR SULTAN is the one who ended the relationship.He always remind me if i complain to my parents he will end our relationship me one day to announce, "It's over."ask his son , I got a piece of mail, which my husband had signed with the three words "Talaq, talaq, talaq," meaning "I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you." According to traditional interpretation, a Muslim man has to simply utter this word three times to divorce his wife While these situations are becoming in Malaysia among INDIANMUSLIMS, they still occur often enough to warrant some discussion on them. There are those families who will use the bride's dowry as their own. Often in these situations, the bride's dowry will be recycled for the groom's sisters' dowry. Sometimes, the groom's family uses the bride's dowry entirely for their own means and the bride does not benefit from it all. There have been horrible, true stories of the groom's family agreeing to one dowry and after the bride is married (and I might add, no longer a virgin) demanding more from the bride's parents. Threats of divorce are often used to entice the bride's parents to give more dowry. In a country where shame is brought down on the divorcee, parents of the bride will do whatever they can to save their daughters this shame. Occasionally, the threat of physical violence is used. There really is no way these type situations can end happily. Even if the bride's parents are able to scrape together more dowry, they will not be able to continue doing so and in the end the bride is either sent home in shame or sometimes killed in an "accident".
Often people do not realize the dowry system has repercussions in many different areas other than the obvious horrible one stated above. Given the fact that a girl's parents must provide a substantial dowry plus try to give her a college education or some form of formal education today, it is not surprising that the number of girl abortions are extremely high in India. Interestingly, India theoretically is a culture which places high value on females. The females of a family are the life-blood, the pride and honor of that family. It is a very contradictory situation to see such importance placed on females and then to see the abortion rates of female babies sky high. Most college-educated Indians I have spoken to, both male and female, stand in firm objection to the dowry system and see that the twisted form it has taken is responsible for the degradation of women. In these families, girl children are just as prized as boy children and parents are teaching their daughters of their own worth as a human being.
they still occur often enough to warrant some discussion on them. There are those families who will use the bride's dowry as their own. Often in these situations, the bride's dowry will be recycled for the groom's sisters' dowry. Sometimes, the groom's family uses the bride's dowry entirely for their own means and the bride does not benefit from it all. There have been horrible, true stories of the groom's family agreeing to one dowry and after the bride is married (and I might add, no longer a virgin) demanding more from the bride's parents. Threats of divorce are often used to entice the bride's parents to give more dowry. In a country where shame is brought down on the divorcee, parents of the bride will do whatever they can to save their daughters this shame. Occasionally, the threat of physical violence is used. There really is no way these type situations can end happily. Even if the bride's parents are able to scrape together more dowry, they will not be able to continue doing so and in the end the bride is either sent home in shame or sometimes killed in an "accident".
Often people do not realize the dowry system has repercussions in many different areas other than the obvious horrible one stated above. Given the fact that a girl's parents must provide a substantial dowry plus try to give her a college education or some form of formal education today, it is not surprising that the number of girl abortions are extremely high in India. Interestingly, India theoretically is a culture which places high value on females. The females of a family are the life-blood, the pride and honor of that family. It is a very contradictory situation to see such importance placed on females and then to see the abortion rates of female babies sky high. Most college-educated Indians I have spoken to, both male and female, stand in firm objection to the dowry system and see that the twisted form it has taken is responsible for the degradation of women. In these families, girl children are just as prized as boy children and parents are teaching their daughters of their own worth as a human being.
The authors argue that the over arching problems in regards to women are injustices that occur unnoticed. Many women go through life with little or no voice in their families and communities, are unprotected by the law, and are routinely disrespected. They offer education as the primary impetus for change. Throughout the journal there are examples of how educating women and girls not only enhances their lives, but the lives of those around them. Though education is by no means a panacea, it is certainly helpful in bringing individuals like sponsoring of your income to charities you believe in (and that support women's causes! has the ability to raise awareness of a global catastrophe, can give voice to the voiceless, and through its readers, can be a catalyst for dramatic change in women's lives in Malaysia read more click this MEN THINK OF WOMEN AS SEX OBJECTS, STUDY PRELUDE TO OUR NEXT ARTICLE ON THE CONFESSION BY ANAK MAMI GIRL WHO WAS SEXUALLY HARASSED AT A TRAVEL AGENY
Unwelcome sexual behaviour like physical contact
but he is the contact man
 
at times like a journal of , filled with anecdotes from those they've met along the way. Though every so often the solutions they offer may come across as patronizing or the stories they present as anomalies, I believe the journal is a step in the right direction. f openly discuss taboo topics, some which have not been presented in this magnitude before. Bringing issues to light is the first step in real change, and facing discomfort head on is precisely what they do. They posit a general framework of what is happening, what has been done, and most importantly, what needs to happen to drive change

BY NADIAH MOHAJIR, MARCH 16, 2011

Just having returned from an intense karate class, Rania* reflected on her anger, and how tired she felt upon the release of her anger. "I just hate him," she thought. "I really just hate him." She sighed, and her gaze fell upon on the mug he gave her that she had used daily for more than a decade. "But part of me loves him too. Is that wrong?" Rania was 13 when it began. He was her 36-year-old-married-with-children uncle. The relationship began slowly, with just a few inappropriate comments here and there.
Then, it was a hug. Later, it became a more lingering hug, in a more private space. Before Rania knew it, she was in what could only be described as a romantic relationship with her uncle. Once she relocated and removed herself from the relationship, Rania had time to reflect on the 11-year emotionally intense and physically intimate relationship. "Was it abuse? Am I responsible because I let it happen?"This two-part article will discuss the Rania's struggle and will explore just how common similar situations are in the Muslim community. The unfortunate reality is that Rania's struggle is not uncommon, nor is it properly addressed in the Muslim community. Moreover, young women, who are neither informed about their bodies nor educated on what constitutes as a healthy relationship, remain ill equipped to identify when they are being abused or who they can turn to for help.According to the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, seven percent of girls in grades 5-8 and 12 percent of girls in grades 9-12 report having been sexually abused. This number does not include the many more who do not report their abuse, or who are unable to determine that they are, in fact, being abused. More than 90 percent of victims know their attacker, with family members constituting approximately one-third of all attackers. Victims are more likely to suffer from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder as compared with those who have not been abused. Among the most chilling of statistics is that abuse victims are thirteen times more likely to abuse alcohol, and four times more like to contemplate suicide. As much as we may like to think that our religious or cultural values render us immune to these numbers, the Muslim community in the United States is not invulnerable to these issues. They simply have not been exposed as often as they need to be.I had the opportunity to speak with Rania, who refers to herself as Neighborhood Muslimah. She contacted me a few months ago, having come across HEART Women and Girls' website, and wanting to raise awareness for her blog, which chronicles her musings on her experience with sexual abuse. Just a few minutes into reading her blog entries will take the reader into a relationship fraught with subtle coercion and sexual manipulation. Rania's reflections are the first step to raising awareness about the importance of honest, candid dialogue coupled with sexual health education as a means to empower women and girls to identify when they are being abused, and how to respond. 

As I spoke with Rania, she recalled how she was very young when the relationship with her uncle first became questionable. He was her maternal aunt's husband, and both families were close. Rania's parents would often allow her to spend her summer holidays in his home with his family. As their relationship progressed, she became dependent upon the attention and praise he lavished on her. They would engage in long conversations about history, politics and culture, and all the while Rania's uncle would praise her for her maturity and insight. "He allowed me to feel stronger than him, and elevated me in my own eyes," she explained. "He made me feel that I was special and superior compared to everyone else. He would talk to me as if I was his wife, and would tell me how I was so strong and pious; I would be a leader for all Muslim women."

Rania learned the tricks of maintaining a secret relationship as many teenagers do. She lied excessively about where she was going, snuck out of the house, and even invited her uncle to her parents' home when they were out of town. While they never engaged in intercourse, their relationship consisted of extremely intense and physically intimate moments. Guilt and confusion would overwhelm Rania, but if she questioned her uncle about how God would judge this relationship, he would quickly assuage, at least for the time being, her doubts. He would assure her that if God saw them as sinners, He would have exposed them, but instead they were able to continue the clandestine relationship. Never once though did the thought cross Rania's mind that her uncle was taking advantage of the situation and abusing his niece.

Rania proudly told her friends about her "boyfriend." They all had someone special they bragged about, so she felt obligated to do the same, changing his name and his age, even pulling out a picture of another younger boy so that he became real to both her and her friends. "I had convinced myself I was in love with him," she explained. "Once in sex education class, the teacher asked if the victim of an abusive relationship can feel pleasure. When the class unanimously said no, I was convinced I wasn't in an abusive relationship because I liked being in his company, even if I was uncomfortable with being physically intimate. He didn't beat me. Instead, he praised me and showered me with gifts. How is that abuse?" she had reasoned.

For her entire adolescence, Rania lived a dual life, even creating a nickname for her uncle so that the duality of her uncle's role – that of her doting uncle publically, but of her significant other privately– would not be as glaringly obvious to her. Guilt, sadness, and supplication became her companions, as she didn't believe she could not confide in anyone. "I couldn't turn to family because we were all so close," she explained. "And I couldn't turn to the community, because not only was I in this inappropriate relationship, but I was a respected member of Muslim youth in my city, always asked to give speeches and serve as a role model for other kids. People thought I was an angel. How could I tell them that their angel was actually a devil in disguise?"

As Rania related her story, I couldn't help but think of all the various factors that allowed this situation to persist, and what we could have done as a community to prevent it. Was this in fact a case of abuse, despite Rania's continuous consent?

* Names have been changed

(Photo: Marina Sandoval)

Nadiah is co-founder and director of programs for the HEART Women & Girls Project. She recently earned her Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. in the past she has been a consultant for the Office on Women's Health (OWH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services working on a variety of different projects focusing on HIV/AIDS awareness, American Indian/Alaska Native Health, and improving the health of Chicago. Prior to her work at the OWH, she worked on a research project focusing on improving the pregnancy outcomes of low-income Chicago women. She earned her bachelor degree in Public Policy Studies from University of Chicago and lives in Chicago with her two children and husband. Additionally, Nadiah is the Program Manager for American Muslim Health Professionals.


 

Wedding Night of a Muslim Woman




Wedding Night of a Muslim Woman

My secret locked, a tale untold,
The only key, within your hand,
Too sacred for them to behold,
 
Too pure for them to understand.
Tonight I tell that tale to you,



An open book for you to read,


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The Minister and his toothache

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 11:48 AM PDT

Mr Minister, we were supposed to have lunch on Monday, right? Your officials from various agencies called me, a few even came over to my house to make the arrangements. I spent most hours of my weekend attending to your officers, from one place to another.

They said it would be better off if we meet up to clarify things and to clear the air. I agreed, and I dont deny they make good peace-brokers.

So, came Monday. Your officers called to inform that you could not make it because your were having a toothache. What was wrong? Your gum... or your decaying tooth? Still, its okay.

Then it was deferred to Tuesday, and then Wednesday. No calls yesterday although I have to skip my busy schedules for the past two days. Suddenly, everything was quiet.

I guess it would be fine if we call it off. Even your Sec-Gen wanted to see me too but I guess he didnt mean it at all. I know you are very busy too, sir. Go on with your good work for the people and the country.

On my part, I will continue with mine. I will unearth what the public should know more about who, what, when and how at your ministry, other ministries and the agencies. We have to be fair to the taxpayers, and they deserve to know what had and is going on.

The more I discover, the more info they will get.

For the time being, let us attend to what we need to do. No point seeing me, actually. I am nobody. However, I am not humble. Italian proverb - "dont be humble; you are not the greatest!"


Apa Hukum Rosmah Berpeluk dan Bercium Dgn Lelaki Bukan Muhrim?

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 10:04 AM PDT

Sebelum puak2 UMNO meneruskan propaganda mereka kononnya Najib pejuang Islam, sila komen dulu gambar2 Rosmah di bawah:





Why KITA and MLCM Not Put Up Candidates in Johor and Melaka?

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 10:00 AM PDT

My question to Zahid and Haris Ibrahim/Raja Petra:

Why don't you guys put up candidates in Johor and Melaka?


Zaid's announcement to put up candidates in all seats in Selangor is a clear indication of his intention to sabotage Pakatan Rakyat and help UMNO to win back Selangor.

If he was really interested in fighting for justice, as he always claimed, why can't KITA put up candidates in all seats in Melaka and Johor?

Give it up, Zaid. Your true colors is not out in the open for people to see. You left PKR because PKR didn't give you a position that you wanted.

As for Raja Petra and Haris Ibrahim, i hope the information that i've received that they have been bought turns out to be not true. THe fact that they are contesting against Pakatan candidates will help Barisan Nasional and UMNO.

Tulang Besi




Strategi Terbaru UMNO: Pecah Undi

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 09:53 AM PDT

Pengumuman SNAP dan KITA mahu meletakkan calon di 40 kerusi Sarawak dan 56 kerusi selangor adalah strategi terbaru UMNO di dalam menjamin kemenangan UMNO pada pilihanraya umum yang akan datang.

KITA yang kononnya mahu memperjuangkan keadilan memilih untuk mengacau kawasan milik pembangkang dengan meletakkan calon di Selangor. Soalan saya kepada Zaid: mengapa tidak letak calon di kesemua DUN di JOHOR ataupun di Melaka?

Terbaru juga adalah sebuah NGO bernama MLCM tajaan Haris Ibrahim dan Raja Petra. Mengikut maklumat yang saya dapat ada kemungkinan Haris dan Raja Petra juga telah dibeli UMNO memandangkan mereka adalah rakan karib Zaid Ibrahim.

Maka, strategi UMNO ini bakal membantu UMNO merampas balik Selangor kerana sekiranya mereka gagal merampas kembali Selangor, maka hayat UMNO habis di Malaysia pada PRU 14.

Tulang Besi
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Karpal Took On Zaid For His DNA Remark

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 08:31 AM PDT

As reported in Malaysiakini, Anwar Ibrahim's lead defence counsel Karpal Singh warned former Pakatan Rakyat colleague Zaid Ibrahim today that his recent remarks over the Sodomy II were in defiance of the trial judge's warning against acting in contempt of the court.

"As Anwar's defence consel, I am warning all quarters, including politicians, not to defy Justice Mohamed Zabidin's (Mohd Diah) reminder that anyone committing an act of contempt in the ongoing trial will face the music.

"Any act by anyone, however, subtle, to influence the decision of a judge in an ongoing trial amounts to contempt of court," Karpal added in a statement released this afternoon.

Karpal, who heads DAP as its national chairperson, was responding to Zaid's remarks earlier this week over Anwar's refusal to yield his DNA sample as requested by the prosecution seeking to link the former deputy prime minister to the DNA found on his accuser Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Zaid was reported as saying that Anwar must provide the DNA sample if he is serious about clearing his name.

The DNA evidence which the prosecution had tried to use in the trial was thrown out on "a technicality", said Zaid citing the argument by the chief prosecutor, solicitor-general II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden.

Zaid (left), who quit Umno and joined PKR in 2008 before leaving the party late last year, questioned Anwar's refusal to provide a DNA sample and said the latter would lose his moral standing.

Karpal, however, said Zaid should remember the basic and fundamental principle of criminal law – that it is not for the accused to prove his innocence but the prosecution which must prove the guilt of an accused person beyond reasonable doubt.

"The court has ruled the DNA profiling from the Good Morning towel, the tooth bursh and mineral water bottle recovered by the police from the lock-up in which Anwar wa placed between July 16 and July 17, 2008, was procured by the police by unfair methods and unfair means after holding a trial-within-a-trial and directing that these items and all evidence relating to them in the prosecution case be expunged.

"The police are required by law to comply with the correct procedures in investigations. Anwar is entitled to a fair trial after a fair investigation. The law guarantees him that. No one, likewise, should and can, deny him that," said the Bukit Gelugor MP.

"There is no question of Anwar refusing to provide DNA samples. In 1998, it is on record that Anwar's DNA profiling was abused by the police. Anwar does not want to give the police another opportunity to repeat what was done in 1998. His fears are understandable and justified," Karpal added.

"As a lawyer, Zaid should know the bounds and parameters of the law of contempt. Zaid should not fish in troubled waters. It is a deadly risk, and the consequences can be equally deadly."


Bar Council: Dr Mahathir is Just Plain And Simply Wrong

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 08:24 AM PDT

From The Malaysian Bar

The Malaysian Bar is disappointed with the statement, made by former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his blog, disputing the status of the Orang Asli of peninsular Malaysia and their rights in ancestral land. Dr Mahathir's views are just plain and simply wrong.

There is ample historical evidence that the Orang Asli have continuously occupied lands and resided in various parts of peninsular Malaysia for thousands of years. They have lived as an organised society, with their own form of self-government, customs, traditions and practices. In this regard, the Court of Appeal in the Sagong Tasi case recognised the Orang Asli as the "First People" of the land. They had a common law right in their customary ancestral land. Their common law proprietary interest in their land was also recognised by the Federal Court in the Madelli Sallehcase, and in two other Court of Appeal cases, namely Adong Bin Kuwau and Nyok Anak Nyawai.

Further, both the Federal Constitution and the Aboriginal Peoples Act 1954 have recognised the status of the Orang Asli and their customary rights in their ancestral land.

As a Member State of the United Nations that voted in favour of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ("UNDRIP") in 2007, Malaysia is both morally and legally committed to recognising and protecting the status and proprietary rights of aboriginal peoples. The Malaysian Bar therefore rejects any attempt by the likes of Dr Mahathir and his ilk to deny the status of the Orang Asli and their land rights.

What has in fact transpired has been a systematic denial of the rights of the Orang Asli, along with the implementation of Government-imposed integration policies that cause their coerced resettlement. Communities have been removed from their sources of livelihood, their physical and spiritual way of life and their economic, social and cultural heritage that have been practised, and have evolved, over centuries. Most Orang Asli are not able to fully enjoy their fundamental human rights because their traditions, customs and values are being eroded and their needs have long been neglected.

The Malaysian Bar urges the Government to be steadfast at all times in upholding and honouring the obligations it undertook when Malaysia voted in favour of adopting UNDRIP. In accordance with UNDRIP, the Government has a duty to halt any steps to amend or introduce any legislation affecting the Orang Asli's ancestral lands, until it "consults and cooperates in good faith" with the affected communities, and obtains their "free, prior and informed consent". We call on the Government not to act in any manner inconsistent with those rights.

The Malaysian Bar also calls upon the Federal and State Governments to immediately halt any steps to amend or introduce any legislation affecting the Orang Asli's ancestral lands, until a process of consultation is conducted with the affected communities, and their free, prior and informed consent and cooperation are obtained. Without this preliminary measure, the Government's vote in favour of adopting UNDRIP that, inter alia, reiterates the right of Orang Aslito self-determination, rings hollow.

Additionally, the gift of being Malaysian is to celebrate the diversity that all of us enjoy. Diversity is our strength, and not a hindrance. We should reject Dr Mahathir's idea that there should be a "one size fits all" Malaysian.

Lim Chee Wee
President
Malaysian Bar


Ucapan Perbahasan Titah Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuanN Agong

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 08:21 AM PDT

OLEH : YB NURUL IZZAH ANWAR
AHLI PARLIMEN LEMBAH PANTAI, NAIB-PRESIDENT PARTI KEADILAN RAKYAT

Saya menjunjung kasih Titah Ucapan DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong sewaktu pembukaan Mesyuarat Pertama Penggal Keempat pada Isnin yang lepas dan saya mengucapkan terima kasih kerana diberikan peluang untuk turut serta di dalam perbahasan titah ucapan ini.

Saya Menyahut dengan penuh taat sebagai rakyat akan saranan titah DYMM agar patuh kepada kedaulatan undang-undang dan keluhuran Perlembagaan dan tidak mempersoalkan agama Islam sebagai agama Persekutuan dan kedudukan istimewa orang Melayu serta anak negeri Sabah dan Sarawak serta kepentingan sah kaum-kaum lain yang telah termaktub di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Tetapi bila kita bercakap soal perlembagaan saya ingin tekankan bahawa Kerajaan BN tidak memperkasakan perlembagaan negara malah terus menjadikan perlembagaan yang sering dipinda sebagai alat penjajahan politik masa kini.

"Di sini saya hendak membuat deklarasi bahawa Barisan Nasional adalah kerajaan anti-demokratik dan juga deklarasi bahawa Malaysia adalah sebuah negara Polis."

Sekiranya BN bukan kerajaan anti-demokratik dan Malaysia bukan sebuah negara Polis, kerajaan BN mesti melaksanakan Reformasi Politik secara menyeluruh sekarang.

Pada bulan Oktober 2010, saya telah menulis secara rasmi kepada YAB PM mencadangkan agar elemen reformasi politik ditambah, kerana tidak tertera di dalam Agenda Transformasi Negara yang berpaksi kepada 4 tiang atau prinsip iaitu 1Malaysia, GTP, ETP dan Rancangan Malaysia ke-10 dan ke 11, dengan penuh insaf untuk bersama-sama kerajaan membina negara Malaysia yang lebih baik, lebih makmur, lebih sejahtera dan lebih demokratik.

Sesi parlimen kali ini wujud satu peluang untuk Perdana Menteri dengan jelas dan terang menjadikan Malaysia sebuah negara yang lebih demokratik dan membuktikan bahawa Malaysia bukan negara polis dengan hanya melakukan tiga perkara asas yang saya kira mudah dan dapat dilakukan tanpa kesulitan dan kerumitan. Ketiga-tiga ini hanya memerlukan daya politik atau kehendak politik dan kejujuran didalam 'mendahulukan rakyat' dan 'memajukan negara'. Tiga perkara asas yang saya maksudkan adalah ;

1) Meluluskan Rang Undang-Undang Akta Pemansuhan Darurat 2011

2) Membenarkan dakwat kekal ditanda pada jari selepas pengundian di dalam pilihanraya sebagai usaha paling minima sebelum mereformasikan keseluruhan sistem pilihanraya negara.

3) Mewujudkan Suruhanjaya Bebas Aduan dan Salah Laku Polis (IPCMC) yang dicadangkan oleh Suruhanjaya Diraja Penambahbaikan Perjalanan dan Pengurusan PDRM yang dipengerusikan oleh Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah, dibantu oleh bekas ketua mereka sendiri, Tun Mohammed Haniff Omar sebagai Timbalan Pengerusi dan 14 anggota.

Di atas kesedaran dan kepercayaan bahawa titah DYMM mesti dihalusi dan dituruti maka saya telah sebelum ini menyarankan agar Demokrasi Berperlembagaan dipulihkan segera bermula dengan cadangan Akta Pemansuhan Darurat 2011 yang masih berjalan di negara ini. Sudah 54 tahun negara kita Merdeka, tetapi sehingga kini masih lagi wujud 4 Pengisytiharaan Darurat:

1) Deklarasi Darurat 1964, iaitu hasil konfrontasi dengan Indonesia. Walaupun konfrontasi tersebut hanya selama hampir dua tahun, deklarasi tersebut tidak ditarik balik.

2) Pengisytiharan Darurat Sarawak 1966, hasil krisis perlembagaan di negeri tersebut. Walaupun tiada insiden kekerasan yang berlangsung menerusi krisis tersebut, kerajaan masih lagi mengisytiharkan darurat, yang terhad di negeri Sarawak. Krisis tersebut sudah selesai, namun darurat masih berkuatkuasa.

3) Deklarasi Darurat yang berkuatkuasa seluruh negara 1969, selepas demonstrasi besar- besaran serta keganasan yang berlangsung akibat sentimen perkauman yang berlaku pada 13 Mei 1969 di Kota Kuala Lumpur. Walaupun selepas kerajaan berperlembagaan kembali berkuasa pada Februari 1971, keadaan darurat masih terus berkuatkuasa hingga sekarang melalui Akta Darurat (Kuasa-kuasa khas) 1979 (Akta 216).

4) Pengisytiharan Darurat Kelantan 1977 yang terhad kepada Negeri Kelantan sahaja selepas krisis politik di negeri tersebut.

Saya merasakan sudah tiba waktu dan ketikanya dalam menghormati semangat Perlembagaan, Kerajaan perlu menghapuskan dan melenyapkan terus undang-undang dan peraturan yang jelas menyimpang dan bertentangan dengan semangat Perlembagaan.

Di negara kita akta darurat ini digunapakai untuk memerangi komunis dan musuh luar ketika konfrontasi tetapi sekarang ini siapakah musuh-musuh luar yang masih mengancam kita? Tetapi sekiranya akta darurat ini dikekalkan untuk mengekang rakyat, ini bukan sahaja anti-demokratik, malah satu bentuk penjajahan baru yang menzalimi rakyat dan mencemarkan semangat perlembagaan. Oleh itu ini menjadikan BN sebuah rejim yang anti-demokratik.

Malaysia di bawah BN, jelas menutup pintu demokrasi. Jika benar pemimpin BN di sebelah sana ingin menyuburkan Demokrasi, saya cabar dalam pilihanraya umum akan datang, BN menggunakan dakwat di jari. Jika perkara kecil sebegini pun tidak mampu dilaksanakan, usah bercakap soal Reformasi Politik!

Saya ingatkan perbahasan mengenai keperluan penggunaan dakwat kekal yang ditanda di jari di dalam forum anjuran Bersih 2.0 pada 21hb Februari 2011 kepada Timbalan Pengerusi SPR Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, di mana saya bangkitkan jawapan Menteri Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, yang menyatakan ketika menjelang PRU 2008, walau kabinet memutuskan untuk membazirkan sekitar 2.4 juta ringgit dengan membatalkan penggunaan dakwat atas kononnya alasan keselamatan, SPR sebenarnya punyai kebebasan untuk meneruskan juga penggunaannya.

Tetapi ini tidak berlaku dan kita masih tidak mahu menggunakan belanja RM 2.4 juta yang jauh lebih kecil daripada RM3.4 billion untuk kapal selam dan RM6 billion untuk kapal OPV yang dibelanjakan untuk pertahanan negara, kenapa Kerajaan BN tidak mahu menggunakan dakwat yang akan mempertahankan integriti paling asas sebuah demokrasi iaitu pilihanraya?.

Perkara ketiga adalah untuk Mewujudkan Suruhanjaya Bebas Aduan dan Salah Laku Polis (IPCMC) yang dicadangkan oleh Suruhanjaya Diraja Penambahbaikan Perjalanan dan Pengurusan PDRM yang dipengerusikan oleh Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah, dibantu oleh bekas ketua mereka sendiri, Tun Mohammed Haniff Omar sebagai Timbalan Pengerusi dan 14 anggota.

Tiga perkara yang asas dan tidak besar belanjanya iaitu:

1) Meluluskan Rang Undang-Undang Akta Pemansuhan Darurat 2011

2) Membenarkan dakwat kekal ditanda pada jari selepas pengundian di dalam pilihanraya sebagai usaha paling minima sebelum mereformasikan keseluruhan sistem pilihanraya negara.

3) Mewujudkan Suruhanjaya Bebas Aduan dan Salah Laku Polis (IPCMC) yang dicadangkan oleh Suruhanjaya Diraja Penambahbaikan Perjalanan dan Pengurusan PDRM yang dipengerusikan oleh Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah,

Dan saya yakin dengan adanya kebebasan media, perkara ini iaitu reformasi politik melalui pemulihan demokrasi akan terus menjadii fokus dan perhatian rakyat melalui permohonan, saya untuk satu permit penerbitan sebuah akhbar mingguan Bahasa Malaysia iaitu Utusan Rakyat dan akhbar ini adalah cetusan dwipartisan yang akan diwakili oleh Pakatan Rakyat, Barisan Nasional dan NGO-NGO yang terlibat.

Tadi saya ada menyatakan bahawa; "Kerajaan BN adalah anti-demokratik dan Malaysia adalah sebuah negara Polis" sememangnya menggambarkan sikap BN sebagai LANUN POLITIK dengan izin 'POLITICAL PIRATES' jika tidak ada Reformasi Politik untuk memulihkan demokrasi negara; sekarang saya pula hendak mendedahkan sikap kerajaan BN sebagai LANUN EKONOMI dengan izin 'ECONOMIC PIRATES'.

Sikap LANUN EKONOMI dengan izin adalah menjadikan 'ECONOMIC PLUNDERING' iaitu "PEROMPAKAN EKONOMI' melalui Projek Maha Membazir disulam pula dengan Amalan Rasuah menggugat ekonomi negara yang sudah pun didahalui sebuah negara jiran yang jauh lebih kecil sebagai ekonomi ketiga besar di Asean amat membimbangkan.

Projek-projek Maha Membazir sebagai contoh seperti Menara Wawasan, pembelian Kapal Selam yang akhirnya boleh menyelam dan banyak lagi membuktikan bagaimana LANUN EKONOMI beroperasi. Negara perlu berhutang untuk membayar kos projek yang sengaja dimahalkan untuk keuntungan pihak yang sedikitdan merugikan rakyat terbanyak.

Oleh itu, Pakatan Rakyat ada menyarankan agar projek MRT yang berjumlah RM36 billion sekarang dan akan bertambah mahal sehingga RM46 bilion mengikut beberapa pengiraan apabila diambil kira kos-kos pembelian laluan tanah dan sistem jentera keratapi dan sebagainya; mesti diberhentikan dan sebuah jawatankuasa pilihan parlimen diwujudkan untuk mengkaji apakah mungkin alternatif pengangkutan awam yang jauh lebih murah tetapi berkesan dapat di pilih secara telus dan professional. Continue reading 'Ucapan Perbahasan Titah Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuanN Agong'

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From Asia Sentinel

The Malaysian government should be the big loser in a trial that is a travesty

Even to a Malaysia grown inured to the scandalous ins and outs of deviant sexual congress, Mohamad Saiful Bukhairy Azlan may have given new meaning to the phrase "go f**k yourself."

Saiful, a 25-year-old former aide to opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, is the chief prosecution witness in Anwar's marathon sodomy trial. Dr Seah Lay Hong, a chemist and prosecution witness, was forced by defense lawyers to acknowledge on the stand in late February that DNA found in Saiful's rear end could have come from as many as 10 different people – including himself.

Saiful has done a pretty good job on his government, his country and Anwar. That is because the case is becoming a major embarrassment, calling up memories of Anwar's 1998 sodomy trial, which was universally branded a travesty by international human rights organizations. Mistakes made over supposedly conclusive DNA evidence in the long-running trial call into question whether the evidence could survive in a rational court of law. Other testimony indicates that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansour, among others, may have played a personal role in bringing the case to court.

Last Tuesday, High Court Judge Zabidin Mohamid Diah handed Anwar a major victory by throwing out purported DNA evidence supposedly proving he had sex with the 25-year-old Saiful. He ruled the evidence was inadmissible because it had been taken without Anwar's permission from items in his jail cell when he was first arrested on Saiful's complaint in July 2008.

Despite the plethora of mistakes, however, the government faces a dilemma. If it folds the prosecution, it hands Anwar a huge victory and gives considerable ammunition to opposition charges that the government and particularly Najib cooked the evidence to attempt to drive Anwar from politics. Accordingly, rather than giving up now that the last physical link between Anwar and Saiful seemingly has been discredited, the prosecution is refusing to fold.

On Friday, prosecutors moved in court to attempt to force Anwar to provide an additional DNA sample to replace the one that Zabidin threw out. Government prosecutor Yusof Zainal Abiden asked Zabidin to review his decision and to compel Anwar to hand over a sample.

That also raises a danger for Anwar if the prosecution appeals to Malaysia's Federal Court, Malaysia's supreme court. The court has shown a notorious malleability to the political system, ruling against the opposition in important cases, including one which in effect handed the control of the state of Perak to the ruling coalition after the opposition had won it in the 2008 national election.

Saiful, who was an aide to Anwar prior to filing the charges, has acknowledged in court that he met with Najib and his wife, Rosmah, on June 24, 2008, at Najib's home two days before the alleged sodomy. He also acknowledged that he had met with Rosmah's close confidant, the former track star Mumtaz Jaafar, as well.

He also acknowledged meeting secretly with Rodwan Mohd Yusof, a senior assistant police commissioner, twice before the alleged offence took place. Rodwan became famous in Anwar's 1998 trial when he illegally removed Anwar's DNA samples from forensic custody and planted them on a mattress allegedly used by Anwar for a homosexual dalliance. To protect the integrity of the prosecution's case, the presiding judge, Augustine Paul, expunged the entire DNA evidence at the time.

Under Malaysian law, police were previously barred from taking DNA samples from defendants without their permission. When Anwar refused to give a DNA sample, complaining that previous samples used in a 1998 case against him had been tampered with, the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition pushed a bill through the parliament allowing police to collect samples in criminal cases without the consent of the suspect.

However, since the alleged offense took place prior to the passage of the bill, presumably Anwar would still be exempted from giving DNA evidence.

In any case, the prosecution's conduct in handling evidence collected from Saiful's body and clothes has been woefully inept. Even if they were to take another sample from Anwar, it would be difficult to compare it to the evidence taken from Saiful.

According to testimony in court, no evidence was taken from Saiful's body until 56 hours after the alleged sodomy. When DNA traces of semen were allegedly found in his mouth, he said he had neither washed, brushed his teeth nor gone to the bathroom between the time of the offense and the period when he was tested. While DNA samples can still be taken effectively within 72 hours, in this case the handling of the evidence seems to have been casual at best.

Although Seah found evidence of DNA from other unknown males in Saiful's rectum, she said she had not tested to find out anybody else's identity. Asked by a defense attorney whether the DNA evidence could result in 10 different combinations or individuals, Seah agreed.

Last Friday, the investigating officer, Jude Pereira said that after collecting evidence from Saiful, he had put the swabs in a metal filing cabinet in the Brickfields police headquarters for 43 hours, ignoring an order by Siew Sheue Feng, a forensic pathologist, to put them in a freezer. United States Federal Bureau of Investigation guidelines state that "environmental factors, such as heat and humidity, can also accelerate the degradation of DNA."

Pereira acknowledged that degradation of the samples could have occurred because he ignored the pathologist's advice as well as standing orders of the Malaysian Inspector General.

Before being derailed by the current charges, Anwar led the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition to a historic sweep of five Malaysian states, winning 82 parliamentary seats in 2008 national elections and breaking the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition's two-thirds majority hold on parliament.

However, the opposition – a coalition of the largely Chinese Democratic Action Party, the Islamist Parti Islam se-Malaysia and Anwar's own Parti Keadilan Rakyat has stumbled as Anwar, preoccupied by his court cast, has been unable to focus completely on politics. Anwar has also been hampered by a six-month suspension from parliament over allegations that he had misled the body.

The case has now droned on for 13 months. Along with the suspension and a range of other actions, the opposition is increasingly neutralized. The next big test is expected to be a state election in the East Malaysian state of Sarawak, which must be held before the end of 2011.


William Leong: Rakyat muflis sebelum negara muflis

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 08:03 AM PDT

Dari WARTAWAN RASMI LAMAN REFORMASI
 
Yang Di-Pertua,

1. Saya menguchapkan terima kasih diberi peluang untuk mengambil bahagian didalam perbahasan menjunjung kasih Titah Seri Paduka Baginda Penggal Keempat Persidangan Parliment kedua- belas pada 7 Mac 2011.

DEB dan MBE

2. Pertamanya saya hendak membangkit perkara tentang kedudukan Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB) dengan Model Baru Ekonomi ("MBE"). Saya meminta Perdana Menteri menjelaskan sama ada Kerajaan Barisan Nasional akan mansuhkan DEB atau tidak. Ramai orang didalam dan diluar Negara selepas membaca Buku MBE Bahagian 1 dan ucapan-ucapan Perdana Menteri menjangka DEB akan dimansuhkan dan digantikan dengan MBE. Seorang penasihat Majlis Penasihat Ekonomi Negara (MPEN) Zainal Aznam Mohd Yusof berkata cadangan untuk memansuhkan keperluan 30% ekuiti Bumiputra dan juga rancangan untuk menubuhkan Suruhanjaya Peluang Sama Rata telah ditolak atas sebab bantahan pertubuhan bukan kerajaan seperti PERKASA. Kerajaan telah menukar Model Baru Ekonomi (MBE) sampai hilang taringnya.

3. Saya juga meminta Perdana Menteri menjelaskan adakah Kerajaan berniat memansuhkan DEB selepas Pilihan Raya Umum 13. Mengikut, Nouriel Roubini, pakar ekonomi terkenal, juga salah satu anggota penasihat kepada MPEN, dalam artikel bertarikh 12 Januari 2011, beliau menyatakan bahawa perubahan tidak dapat dibuat pada masa ini kerana Perdana Menteri mesti jaga hati pengundi Melayu bagi menghadapi pilihanraya akan datang. Roubini yakin perubahan DEB akan dilakukan selepas pilihanraya.

Oleh yang demikian saya harap Kerajaan memberikan jawapan yang penuh dan tepat supaya tidak sesiapa akan terkeliru sama ada DEB akan dilanjutkan atau tidak di bawah MBE.

Kesusahan Rakyat Biasa

4. Perkara kedua yang saya hendak membangkit adalah kesusahan rakyat biasa sebab kenaikan harga barang makanan dan perkhidmatan. Tuanku bertitah bahawa jika Kerajaan memberi perhatian kepada status kemajuan Negara ini tidak akan bermakna kalau rakyat tidak menikmati kehidupan berkualiti. Saya hendak menarik perhatian Kerajaan kepada kesusahan dan masalah-masalah yang menimpa golongan makan gaji dan golongan berpendapatan tetap seperti pesara. Golongan ini dan mereka berpendapatan terrendah 40% sedang di dalam keadaan kesusahan. Mereka tidak layak untuk mendapat bantuan yang diberikan kepada miskin. Mereka bukan bagitu kaya di mana mereka boleh menampung dengan sendiri harga bahan yang tinggi. Oleh yang demikian mereka menjadi tertekan.

5. Mengikut Indeks Harga Makanan Bank Dunia, harga bahan makanan telah naik sebanyak 15% antara Oktober 2010 dan Januari 2011. Harga makanan beras, gula, minyak masak dan tepong telah melambung tinggi. Bank Dunia meramalkan 44 juta orang akan menjadi miskin dalam negara-negara berpendapatan rendah dan sederhana.

6. Harga minyak juga akan naik sebab keadaan di Mesir, Libya dan negara-negara serantau Timur Tengah. MIDF Amanah Investment Bank meramalkan kadar inflasi akan mengingkat 2.5% sehingga 2.8% jika harga minyak naik kepada USD 95 setong. Kadar inflasi akan naik kepada 3.5% sehingga 3.8% jika harga minyak naik kepada USD 105. Pada masa ini harga minyak RON 97 telah naik kepada RM2.50 seliter dan RON 95 kepada RM1.90 seliter.

Kerajaan telah umumkan peruntukan RM10.3 billion telah disediakan dalam bentuk subsidi bagi membolehkan rakyat memperolehi barang keperluan asasi seharian pada harga berpatutuan. Saya meminta Kerajaan untuk menjelaskan adakah Kerajaan sedia bertambah peruntukan lebih daripada RM10.3 billion untuk menampung harga tinggi jika harga minyak naik lebih daripada USD105 setong.

Sebelum kenaikan harga barang golongan ini sudah mengalami kesusahan. Menurut Zeti Akhtar Aziz dan statistik yang dikeluarkan oleh Bank Negara, Malaysia pada penghujung 2010, hutang isi rumah telah melibihi RM577 billion. Daripada ini RM225 billion adalah untuk pinjaman perumahan, RM 118 billion untuk pinjaman sewa beli kereta dan RM22 billion untuk pinjaman peribadi.

Nisbah hutang isi rumah kepada KDNK adalah 80%. Ini adalah yang tertinggi di Asia selepas Jepun. Kita perlu ingat bahawa pendapatan per capital di Jepun adalah USD32,700 atau RM8,000 sebulan. Sebaliknya, purata pendapatan rakyat kita kurang daripada RM2,000 sebulan. 40% daripada rakyat Malaysia mempunyai pendapatan kurang daripada RM1,500 sebulan. Menurut kajian CIMB bertarikh 28 Oktober 2010, nisbah hutang isi rumah kepada pendapatan boleh diguna peribadi (dengan izin "disposal income") mencecah 140.4% pada 2009. Ini lebih tinggi daripada Singapura yang mencecah 105.3% dan Amerika Syarikat pada 123%. Ini bermakna rakyat Malaysia berhutang hampir dua kali ganda daripada pendapatan yang mereka peroleh.

8. Kita juga hendak mengambil kira hutang Kerajaan dan hutang awam berjumlah 53.3% daripada KDNK. Ini adalah kali pertama di dalam sejarah Malaysia yang mana kerajaan berhutang lebih daripada 50% daripada KDNK.

9. Kesukaran rakyat biasa berpunca daripada masalah gaji yang tidak naik dengan seimbang inflasi. Mengikut laporan Bank Dunia purata kenaikan gaji rakyat Malaysia adalah hanya 2.6% dalam 10 tahun daripada 2000 kepada 2010. Ini adalah masalah gaji bertakung (dengan izin "wages stagnation") seperti yang disebut oleh Yang Berhormat Kelang. Bila ini dibanding dengan kadar inflasi 3.2, ini bermakna kuasa beli pengguna telah jatuh merundum. Walaupun ahli-ahli ekonomi menyatakan bahawa segala asset dan inflasi harga pengguna di Malaysia adalah terkawal, jika bertanya orang biasa, mereka akan memberitahu bahawa mereka merasa beban kenaikan harga barang dan perkhidmatan sejak tahun lalu.

10. Bila kita meneliti laporan Bank Negara tentang hutang isi rumah, kita mendapati bahawa rakyat Malaysia terpaksa mengambil pinjaman besar untuk membayar harga tinggi untuk keperluan harian mereka, iaitu keperluan tempat tinggal dan pengangkutan. Hutang isi rumah yang tinggi bermaksud bahawa sebahagian besar daripada pendapatan rakyat Malaysia digunakan untuk membayar balik pinjaman dan tidak ada wang untuk membeli bahan keperluan lain. Ini bermakna taraf hidup dan kualiti kehidupan rakyat Malaysia terjejas seperti yang dititah oleh Tuanku.

11. Harga tinggi kereta import adalah sebab Kerajaan mengenakan tiga jenis cukai, ia itu cukai import, cukai eksais dan cukai jualan. Bagi kereta tempatan, pengguna harus membayar sejumlah 70% cukai dalam bentuk 60% cukai eksais dan 10% cukai jualan. Ini bermakna bagi kereta kecil seperti Perodua yang dijual dengan harga RM40,000, rakyat terpaksa membayar cukai RM16,500 kepada Kerajaan. Akibatnya rakyat terpaksa meminjam sewa beli kereta yang tinggi dengan tempoh bayaran yang panjang sehingga 9 tahun. Dasar Automotif Nasional harus dikaji semula bagi mengurangkan struktur cukai yang tinggi supaya harga kereta dapat dikurangkan dan tidak memberikan beban terlalu besar.

12. Harga rumah yang tinggi adalah sebab bayaran ansuran pinjaman rumah menjadi bayaran terbesar oleh rakyat. Masalah bukan tidak ada rumah tetapi tidak ada rumah yang berharga berpatutan. Piawaian antarabangsa nisbah harga rumah kepada pendapatan adalah diantara 3-4 kali ganda. Purata harga rumah di Kuala Lumpur ialah RM390,000 ia itu enam kali ganda purata pendapatan isi rumah. Di Pulau Pinang purata harga rumah ialah RM540,000 atau 8 kali ganda purata pendapatan. Oleh yang demikian rakyat biasa hendak mengambil pinjaman lebih besar daripada kemampuan mereka. Untuk membolehkan peminjam membayar ansuran mengikut tahap gaji mereka tempuh pinjaman dilanjutkan sehingga 40 tahun. Ini melebihi tempoh berkerja peminjam. Ini juga bermakna beban membeli rumah di akhirnya diletakkan kepada anak-anak peminjam.

"Skim Perumahan Pertama Saya" yang membolehkan orang muda dapat meminjam wang membeli rumah dengan pembayaran dalam 30 tahun menimbulkan masalah yang sama akan wujud, iaitu, mereka meminjam lebih daripada kemampuan mereka.

Kadar Rakyat Muflis

12(a) Ketekanan kewangan yang menimpa rakyat boleh dilihat bila kita meneliti kadar orang yang diistiharkan sebagai muflis. Jumlah orang yang menjadi muflis telah naik daripada 70,009 kes dalam tahun 1999, 106,000 pada tahun 160,000 tahun 2008 dan 218,561 pada Jun 2010.

Jabatan Insolvensi, Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil mengumumkan pada 24 Julai 2010, 38,357 individu berusia 25 hingga 44 tahun diisythiharkan muflis di seluruh Negara dalam tempoh 65 bulan sehingga Mei 2010. Trend ini amat membimbangkan kerana status ini menjejaskan masa depan golongan muda ini.

12(b) Dalam tempoh itu 80,348 kes direkodkan muflis membabitkan semua golongan. Sepanjang tempoh itu, golongan berusia 35 hingga 44 tahun mencatatkan 25,229 kes atau 31.43% kes diikuti golonggan45 hingga 54 tahun dengan 21,051 kes (26.3%), golonggan berusia 25 hingga 34 tahun 13,128 kes (16.34%).

12(c ) Daripada 80,348 kes muflis, kes pinjaman sewa beli kenderaan mencatatkan 19,380 kes atau 24.12% daripada keseluruhan kes. Jumlah itu diikuti faktor kegagalan menyelesaikan pinjaman peribadi dengan 9,786 (11.78%), pinjaman perumahan 6,022 kes (7.49%), hutang kad kredit 4,417 kes (5.5%), 4,291 pinjaman korporat, 3,726 kes pinjaman.

12(d) Dalam kes yang terbanyak menjadi muflis ialah pinjaman sewa beli kereta. Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Insolvensi berkata majoriti mereka ialah berusia antara 35 sehingga 44 tahun dengan 2,565 kes atau 37%. Juga trend menunjukkan 500 orang diisytiharkan muflis sebab sewa beli kereta. Ini telah melambung tinggi berbanding dengan 265 kes sebulan pada 2007, 227 sebulan tahun 2008 dan 330 sebulan pada tahun 2009.

Ini adalah satu tanda bahawa harga tinggi kesukaran kepada rakyat kita.

Subsidi

13. Oleh yang demikian rakyat biasa sedang mengalami kesusahan dan atas sebab masalah kenaikan bahan makanan dan hutang yang besar, rakyat akan menjadi lebih tertekan dengan kemansuhkan sistem subsidi. Menteri berkata bahawa jika subsidi tidak dimansuhkan Negara akan menjadi muflis pada tahun 2019. Saya khuathir jika subsidi dimansuhkan sebelum rakyat telah dapat mengingkatkan pendapatan, banyak penduduk-penduduk akan menjadi muflis sebelum Negara menjadi muflis.

PKFZ

14. Dua bekas Menteri telah didakwa dalam skandal PKFZ. Saya meminta penjelasan daripada Kementerian adakah tindakan akan diambil untuk menuntut balik wang kerugian kerajaan dalam skandal ini dari mereka yang terlibat. Mereka yang terlibat tidak boleh menyimpan apa-apa keuntungan atau manfaat yang diperolehi dari skandal ini. Apa mereka telah buat ialah memecah amanah rakyat. Kerugian yang dialami oleh Kerajaan adalah wang rakyat dan mesti dikembalikan kepada rakyat.

Kitab Injil

15. Menteri dalam Pejabat Perdana Menteri telah mengarahkan naskah kitab dilepaskan selepas kontroversi timbul. Tindakan yang diambil untuk menolak 30,000 naskah kitab injil dibawah masuk ke-dalam Negara pada bermulaannya adalah suatu tindakan yang tidak wajar. Perkara 11 Lembaga Persekutuan mesti diamalkan. Kalau pegawai menolak kemasukan kitab mengikut keputusan Jemaah Menteri yang telah dibuat dalam tahun 1986, Jemaah Menteri patut mengambil tindakan pada masa perkara ini timbul.

Aliran Wang Haram

16. GFI telah mengeluarkan satu laporan bahawa Malaysia adalah Negara kelima terbesar aliran wang haram keluar dalam tempu 2000 ke 2008 berjumlah RM888 billion. Perdana Menteri telah menjawab bahawa jumlah adalah RM135 billion sebab ini adalah "errors and omissions" dalam kenyataan Balance of payments. Saya fahami bahawa "errors and omissions" adalah masalah "timing issue". Mengikut pakar kalau anggaran "errors and omissions" ini adalah jumlah yang kecil ini adalah benar kesilapan akuan. Tetapi bila jumlah ini besar dan terus berada dalam masa panjang, ini menujukan bahawa ini menjadi tanda Negara ada masalah keluaran aliran wang haram. Saya pohon Kerajaan menjelaskan apa tindak yang akan diambil untuk menangi masalah ini.

*Ucapan Perbahasan Menjunjung Kasih Titah Seri Paduka Baginda Agong oleh William Leong Jee Keen (gambar kanan) selaku ahli parlimen Selayang.


Two Keadilan Activists Held By the Police

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 07:57 AM PDT

By the Administrator

Two Parti Keadilan activists have been detained at the Jawi police station purportedly over a protest gathering in Nibong Tebal. The duo are Amirrudin, the Penang AMK leader who is also a Local Councillor of MPSP, and Haji Wan, the Pakatan Rakyat's Co-ordinator for Sungai Acheh state constituency.

Statements were recorded from them by the police, and questioning on the activites was made, probably with a view of charging them for illegal assembly, which is still yet to be seen.

In any event, the Penang State Legal and Social Bureau of Parti Keadilan is ready to assist or defend the two if they are so charged.

Both were released at about 10.30pm tonight.


Posted: 16 Mar 2011 07:47 AM PDT



Bloggers”Mari Berjumpa, Mari Berhubung”

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 07:22 AM PDT

PM Najib have been meeting up with his friends who have followed him on facebook,twitter and also on his website 1Malaysia.com. As the leader of the BN coalition he has shown the way to his fellow legislators that as the "peoples representatives" engaging with the grassroot is of utmost importance if they want to continue to remain in office.

The day they stop listening to the people they might just as well pack their bags and ready to leave the world of politics. As the Sarawak elections looms and as the estimated of 300,000 young voters the BN government are not taking anything forgranted.

The Pakatan opposition parties have hogged the cyberspace churning out millions of information in winning over the young voters and also spinning articles in their favour to win the elections. At a meeting this afternoon a strategists reminded bloggers that the cyberspace would be fought bitterly and whoever is focussed and win over the 'minds" of the voters will sail through.

BN was battered heavily in Sarawak 2006 and it engulfed in a disastrous outing in the GE12 in 2008. Eversince then BN has set up cyberunits and independant blogs to overcome their weaknesses in the blogsphere. The strategists said,"If there is a pot of flower for decoration,it will look beautiful alone but trying putting 10 or more together it will be stunning."

Beautiful it may seem but if a blog is alone the readership is just that much and if no one cares the blog will only "syok sendiri" There are exceptional blogs who can stand alone but many are barely surviving with hardly anyone noticing they exist. Promoting themselves is a 'herculean" tasks and they musts carry the right message to captivate a return of followers.

UMNO UMB has gone through a tough time with many discrediting their existance and many are even accusing certain individuals of protecting their own. Some even project themselves to carry a cause but in fact they are more like  'mercenaries". In the real world a good example would be a football team. The Real Madrid player 'Ronaldo" would just be a another ordinary player if his teammates colloborate to sideline him and make a fool of his abundance talent by not passing the ball to him.

UMB BN Sarawak made up of the 4 component parties in Sarawak in PBB,SUPP,PRS and SPDP have come together and put a structure together and organised itself to be ready for the impending elections and beyond. They have sought the help of their counterparts in UMNO UMB and in a short space of time got their act together to do battle in the blogsphere.

PM has readied the troops and his recent rallying call at the SUPP rally was,"we will not lose the cyberwar again as we have done in 2008″ The UMB units in each respective state needs to learn from each other to counter the accusations or allegations put up in the blogshere by their opposition parties.

Sarawak UMB has stepped up their to the call of both PM Najib and CM Taib. The strategists who forsees an all out cyberwar to gain votes knows that the right information and the right brand will mean a win on the ballot paper.

PM will say to you fill it up……,"Mari berjumpa,Mari Berhubung" but BN/UMB Sarawak are all out to "Berjuang untuk Sarawak"

ARE YOU GAME TO BE INVOLVED…???  



Posted: 16 Mar 2011 06:54 AM PDT

 



Parable Of The Man Who Chose Hell – By Shanker.

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 06:54 AM PDT

Once upon a time, a man died and was met at the Pearly Gates by an angel. The angel then explained that the man had arrived on a day of special offers: today, he gets to choose whether he wishes to spend eternity in heaven or hell.

"We're going to let you have a day in hell and a day in heaven and then you can choose whichever one you want to spend eternity in." The man then replied, "Why not? Ok, I'll take the offer."

And with that the angel put the man in an elevator and it went down straight to hell. The doors opened and the man found himself stepping out onto the putting green of a beautiful golf course.

In the distance was a country club and standing in front of him were all his friends – they were all dressed in splendid evening attire and cheering for him.

They ran up to him and they talked about old times. They played an excellent round of golf and at night went to the country club where they enjoyed an excellent steak and lobster dinner.

He also met the devil who was, surprisingly, a really nice guy and he had a great time telling jokes and dancing.

The man was extremely excited! He was having such a good time that before he knew it, it was time to leave. Everybody shook his hand and waved goodbye as he got on the elevator. It went up and opened back up at the Pearly Gates and he found the first angel waiting for him.

"Now it's time to spend a day in heaven." So the man spent the next 24 hours lounging around on clouds and playing the harp and singing. He had a great time and before he knew it, his 24 hours were up. The first angel came up to him.

"So, you've spent a day in hell and you've spent a day in heaven. Now you must choose your eternity." The man paused for a second and then replied, "Well, I never thought I'd say this, I mean, heaven has been really great and all, but I think I had a better time in hell."

So the angel escorted him to the elevator and the man went down back to hell. When the doors of the elevator opened, he found himself standing in a desolate and dark wasteland covered in garbage and filth. He saw his friends were dressed in rags and screaming in pain. There were hot flames all around and it felt slimy and the smell was awful.

The devil then came up to him and put his arm around him. "Wait a minute! I don't understand," stammered the man. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and a country club and we ate lobster and we danced and had a great time. Now what I see instead is a dark wasteland and all my friends are in misery."

The Devil looked at him and smiled, and then he explained: "That's because yesterday, you met our marketing team."

Moral of the story?

Well, I heard that the detained Bibles have been ordered for release.

Hmmm. Makes you wanna go "whoopee" and kiss a 1Malaysia logo.

Or the hand of the DPM.

Whatever.

So, now you can't wait to rush in and deliver your votes to BN, right? (I can almost hear the SUPP President go, "phew!")

But then again, for the past 30 over years, we have been hearing the BN marketing team give their pitch to us… No …?

They promised us "Bersih, Cekap Dan Amanah"; but what we get instead is a languid civil service mired in corruption and wastage.

They promised us "Bangsa Malaysia"; but what we get instead is Perkasa.

They inspired us to "work with me"; but what we got instead was someone who slept on the job.

They promised us an efficient system from privatization endeavors; but what we get instead are traffic jams, and a mess of a public transport system. Not to mention that our utility and toll bills keep going up.

They promised us that the new MACC will be modeled after the reputable ICAC of Hong Kong; but what we get instead is a dead body, an unsolved "mystery" involving the death of a fine young man, and an agency that attracts more ridicule than its predecessor.

They promised us that they would get to the bottom of the VK Lingam "correct, correct, correct" saga and take action if there is sufficient evidence; but what we get instead is a file which is rubber stamped, "No Further Action".

So my dear friends, you decide whether you still want to buy what Barisan sells.

PS – No disrespect is meant to those who make a living from marketing, many of you whom I'm certain are honest blokes.


Honour 2005 Agreement – By Bible Society of Malaysia.

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 06:34 AM PDT

Yesterday (15 March 2011) at 6pm, Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) faxed a letter to The Bible Society of Malaysia stating that they are releasing 5,100 copies of the "Al Kitab Berita Baik" (the Bahasa Malaysia version of the Christian Bible) that had been detained at Port Kelang for the past 2 years on the condition that serial numbers be imprinted on every copy and that the bibles be chopped with the words

Peringatan No. Seri: /5,100

"Al Kitab Berita Baik" ini untuk kegunaan penganut agama Kristian sahaja

Cop Rasmi Jabatan

Dengan Perintah

Menteri Dalam Negeri

Tarikh

While the Bible Society of Malaysia is happy that KDN has agreed to release the bibles, we are very disappointed that KDN has arbitrarily and unilaterally changed the contents of the chop that was agreed by KDN and the Christian Federation of Malaysia and which is contained in a letter from KDN to CFM dated 22 December 2005. This agreement was reached after protracted discussions between representatives of the Christian community and the office of then Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

KDN's letter dated December 22, 2005 merely required each copy to be imprinted with the sign of the cross and the words "Penerbitan Kristian." The 5,100 copies of the Alkitab detained for the past 2 years at KDN Port Klang has the sign of the cross and the words "Penerbitan Kristian" embossed on the front cover. Every condition imposed by KDN by their letter dated 22 December 2005 has been adhered to.

At 5pm today, KDN informed Bible Society of Malaysia that they had already chopped the bibles and asked Bible Society of Malaysia to come collect the bibles.

Bible Society of Malaysia is alarmed by the defacement of the Christian bible by non-Christians chopping it with words that the Christians have not accepted or agreed to. As the bible is the holy book of the Christians, due respect should be given to it by consulting the relevant Christian representative organs before any external text is inserted into the bibles.

Bible Society of Malaysia calls upon KDN to stop chopping the copies of the Alkitab detained at Port Kelang. Bible Society of Malaysia also calls upon KDN to honour the agreement made with the Christian community and contained in their letter dated December 22, 2005 that Christians are permitted to have access to their holy book in the Bahasa Malaysia language provided that the sign of the cross and the words "Penerbitan Kristian" are respectfully imprinted by Christians themselves.


Church Leaders Accuse Putrajaya Of Religious Bigotry - By Debra Chong.

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 06:25 AM PDT

Church leaders in Malaysia are alarmed over the home ministry's latest directive for the conditional release of 35,000 Malay bibles and have refused to collect the holy books for the time being.

Hours after learning that Putrajaya had agreed to release their shipment of the Alkitab — as the Malay bibles are called locally — yesterday, the importers each received a notice from the home ministry's Publications Control and Quranic Text Division secretary, Datuk Zaitun Ab Samad, informing them of two conditions for the release.

The first requires the importers to directly stamp on the cover of each of the 35,000 copies the following words: "Peringatan: 'Al Kitab Berita Baik' ini untuk kegunaan penganut agama Kristian sahaja. Dengan perintah Menteri Dalam Negeri."

[In English: "Reminder: This 'Al Kitab Berita Baik' is for the use of Christians only. By order of the Home Minister."]

The cover of the Alkitab would be stamped with the department's official seal and dated as well.

The second condition requires the importers to stamp a serial number on each copy, as if to demarcate copies from the released shipment and to enable the book to be traced back to the port of import.

A copy of the faxed letter was made available to The Malaysian Insider.

The Malaysian Insider understands the Sarawak importer has refused to claim its cargo of 30,000 books seized from Kuching port and has notified the home ministry's state director.

"It says it's for 'Christian use only'. But in Sarawak, we have family who are of all religions — Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist ... If we pass the Alkitab to our brother or sister who is not Muslim, if we do that, then it means we are in the wrong," said a source close to the importer, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"We cannot deface our holy bible," the source added.

When contacted, the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) said it was seeking advice from national leaders in the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) before taking any action.

The CFM is an umbrella body that represents over 90 per cent of churches in Malaysia.

"BSM has requested CFM to study KDN 15/3 release letter which has additional conditions like marking serial no. /5100 and getting Cop Rasmi Jabatan KDN and dated," its general secretary, Reverend Simon Wong replied in a text message.

Wong added that the society will not be making any further comments and that related queries should be directed to the CFM instead.

CFM general secretary, Tan Kong Beng, said its executive council is holding a meeting to "review the situation" and will issue a statement once it has decided what to do.

Council of Churches Malaysia (CCM) secretary-general, Dr Hermen Shastri, was outraged by the ministry's letter and conditional release, describing it as an act of "high-handedness".

"They are mixing up religion and policy ... It's getting worse and worse. They are acting very high-handed. There is no more respect for other religions," he said, and slammed Putrajaya for treating the Alkitab "like a communist book".

"We do not accept any such conditions that belittle our religion. We are talking about the holy book here. The government has no right to impose its views of one religion on followers of another," he told The Malaysian Insider, repeatedly.

"Who gave the order? Why do we have to put 'Dengan perintah Menteri Dalam Negeri' on the cover of our holy book?" he demanded, adding that the very act was a "desecration of the holy book", which contradicted the Federal Constitution's guarantees on freedom of religion.

Shastri also slammed the de facto law minister, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, for imposing Muslim views on Christianity; and for repeatedly linking the Alkitab row to the Catholic Church's court case on the right to use "Allah" — the Arabic word for God — in its newspaper.

The man of the cloth said the Alkitab and the "Allah" court case were separate issues; and challenged the federal government to prove the Alkitab had been banned under law.

Shastri said the ministry's conditions showed that Christianity was "being singled out" as a threat as there were no such conditions imposed on the holy books of other religions, including Islam.

"Imagine if such conditions were imposed on the Al-Quran. I wonder how Muslims worldwide would take it?" he said and reminded the Najib administration about the incident of an American pastor who threatened to burn the Muslim holy book last year, in protest of a mosque being built near New York's Ground Zero.

Shastri also questioned the Najib administration on its sudden move to impose the conditions requiring that the shipment bear the stamp and serial numbers.

He noted that it was the first time such an order had been given.

The home ministry had released an earlier consignment of 10,000 copies in Sarawak last Christmas Day without imposing conditions.

The Najib administration had made the order yesterday, bowing to pressure from Christian churches and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) politicians.

The Cabinet was set to discuss the issue on Friday but with the seizure of the bibles drawing protest from Christians nationwide, a majority of whom live in Sabah and Sarawak, the federal government was forced to take action ahead of Sarawak polls set to take place next month.

The Christian Federation of Malaysia, which represents 90 per cent of churches in Malaysia, has said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak made a decision to release the Alkitabs but so far, the home ministry, which controls customs, has refused to hand over the bibles.

Nazri said the 30,000 copies of the Alkitab in Sarawak will be allowed into the state.

Christians, who make up close to 10 per cent of Malaysia's 28 million population, use Bahasa Malaysia in Sabah and Sarawak churches to preach to a multi-ethnic congregation who each have a distinctive tribal language.

But evangelical churches there, such as Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB), have crossed the South China Sea to preach to the growing number of Sarawakians and Sabahans who are settling down in the peninsula after furthering their studies or finding work here.

Yesterday, Minister in Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala, a Sarawakian Christian, said the government had decided on the release of the Alkitab in line with a 1982 gazette under the Internal Security Act which allows its limited and controlled importation and circulation on condition that the books are stamped: "For Christians Only."

"Since 1982, with this gazette, there have been no problems in its implementation. As such, taking into account this fact, the government has decided to apply the 1982 gazette and release the bibles accordingly," the statement said.

Jala said that after a careful and thorough review, the Attorney-General confirmed that the release of the bibles did not prejudice the ongoing court case of the "Allah" issue.

The minister also noted that the Sarawak government had categorically expressed its view that the impounded bibles should be released.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


Alkitab Defaced, Says Bible Society - By Debra Chong.

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 06:16 AM PDT

The Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) was told today that its shipment of 5,100 Malay bibles seized at Port Klang had already been stamped with the home ministry's official seal without its prior permission.

"At 5pm today, KDN informed Bible Society of Malaysia that they had already chopped the bibles and asked Bible Society of Malaysia to come collect the bibles," the importer said in a statement to The Malaysian Insider, calling the home ministry by its Malay initials.

"Bible Society of Malaysia is alarmed by the defacement of the Christian bible by non-Christians chopping it with words that the Christians have not accepted or agreed to," it added.

The BSM had earlier today refused to collect its cargo of holy books that had been detained for the last two years after the home ministry imposed two conditions for their release.

The society was stunned that home ministry officials had moved to act on their own and only notified BSM after the act, and called on the ministry to immediately put a stop to it.

"As the bible is the holy book of the Christians, due respect should be given to it by consulting the relevant Christian representative organs before any external text is inserted into the bibles. Bible Society of Malaysia calls upon KDN to stop chopping the copies of the Alkitab detained at Port Kelang [sic]," it said in the statement issued today.

Church leaders have stressed that they cannot follow the conditions imposed by the ministry, as it would mean desecrating their own holy book.

A separate shipment of 30,000 Malay bibles worth RM78,000 imported by the Sarawak branch of global Christian group, The Gideons, was also seized at Kuching port.

It is not known if they have been subjected to the same treatment as BSM's cargo.

The Sarawak importer had said it too was refusing to collect the Alkitab for the same reasons as the BSM.

The Malaysian Insider understands Sarawak home ministry officials had earlier contacted the importer to collect their holy books and carry out the stamping on their own.

Both importers are seeking advice from national church leaders on the matter.

BSM reminded the home ministry of its previous agreement made with the Christian community and repeated in an official letter dated December 22, 2005 "that Christians are permitted to have access to their holy book in the Bahasa Malaysia language provided that the sign of the cross and the words 'Penerbitan Kristian' are respectfully imprinted by Christians themselves".

The society urged the home ministry to honour that agreement.

Yesterday, the importers each received a notice from the home ministry's Publications Control and Quranic Text Division secretary, Datuk Zaitun Ab Samad, informing them of the two conditions imposed for the release.

The first requires the importers to directly stamp on the cover of each of the 35,000 copies the following words: "Peringatan: 'Al Kitab Berita Baik' ini untuk kegunaan penganut agama Kristian sahaja. Dengan perintah Menteri Dalam Negeri."

[In English: "Reminder: This 'Al Kitab Berita Baik' is for the use of Christians only. By order of the Home Minister."]

The cover of the Alkitab would be stamped with the department's official seal and dated as well.

The second condition requires the importers to stamp a serial number on each copy, as if to demarcate copies from the released shipment and to enable the book to be traced back to the port of import.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


Video Tsunami Jepun Yang Paling Menakutkan!

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 06:32 AM PDT

POST-SURGERY CHEER

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 04:00 AM PDT


My mom's hip operation was a success. She was wheeled into the operation theatre at 1.30pm yesterday, and by 5pm she was out and transferred to ICU. As I am writing this, she has just been moved back to the general ward - a sign that she is doing well post-surgery. The doctors say she should be discharged after a few more days of healing and physiotherapy.

To all Seniorsaloud readers who have been following the postings about my mom's hospitalization, and who have left comments, phoned or emailed me, I thank you for your concern. Your moral support kept my spirit up during the long hours sitting by my mom's bedside in the freezing hospital ward.

The road to recovery will be a long and slow one for my mom. If looking after my 85-year old mom was stressful before, it will be doubly challenging from now on. I welcome any sharing of personal experiences either on post-surgery healing, caregiving or home nursing care. Information especially from those who have been through a similar situation will help me tremendously in making better decisions.

My thanks also to friends and relatives who visited and cheered mom up. I shall keep you updated via email.


BN Turns Communist with Bible Conditions!

Posted: 16 Mar 2011 04:17 AM PDT


Catholic bishop Paul Tan Chee Ing has denounced the two conditions imposed by the Home Ministry for the release of detained consignments of 'Al-Kitab' as "crass forms of censorship redolent of the communist era".

bishop paul tanThe president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference, speaking toMalaysiakini in his capacity as titular head of the Malacca-Johor diocese, said the news of thegovernment's release yesterday of the detained consignment was "welcome but the two conditions are plainly unacceptable".

The two conditions, conveyed by the Home Ministry to the importer of the copies in Kuching, were that each copy should carry a serial number and should be stamped 'For Christians Only'.

"The two conditions smack of crass forms of censorship redolent of the communist era when reading material was the monopoly of the reigning oligarchy," decried Bishop Paul.

"The two conditions are flatly unacceptable to Christians who are duty bound to bring the good news of salvation to all who want to listen.

"In Malaysia, we draw a line on this dissemination where Muslims are concerned because the law of the land prohibits proselytising among Muslims.

"In this respect, we defer to Caesar what Caesar has legislated but the two tacked on stipulations in this instance are egregious and flatly unacceptable."

Bishop's analogy

The shipment arrived at Kuching Port on Jan 11, but the consignee was advised against taking it out the following day as the copies contain the word 'Allah'.

The 30,000 copies, costing US$26,400, were printed in Indonesia for distribution to churches, schools and longhouses mostly in Betong and Saratok areas.

Bishop Paul described the two conditions as akin to releasing a prisoner who has been unjustifiably detained and then slapping him with a restricted residence order.

"After telling the prisoner that he is free, you tell him that he has to stay indoors between dusk to dawn," he said.

"You may as well put him back in prison," chided the prelate.

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