Saturday, May 19, 2012

Khianat Pada Bangsa Melayu: Kaji Nama Melayu Pada UMNO

Khianat Pada Bangsa Melayu: Kaji Nama Melayu Pada UMNO


Khianat Pada Bangsa Melayu: Kaji Nama Melayu Pada UMNO

Posted: 19 May 2012 10:23 AM PDT

1. Dewan Pemuda PAS Negeri Kelantan (DPPNK) berpandangan sudah sampai masanya untuk mengkaji semula penggunaan nama Melayu pada nama UMNO (United Malay National Organization) berdasarkan situasi hari ini bahkan tidak menolak kemungkinan bahawa istilah tersebut perlu ditarik balik dan dihalang dari digunakan oleh UMNO.

2. Ini kerana jelas terbukti bahawa UMNO telah mengkhianati bangsa Melayu sekian lama dengan pelbagai dasar pragmatik yang diamalkan sehingga ke hari ini.

Di antara pengkhianatan UMNO yang jelas kepada bangsa Melayu ialah dengan mengubah mengubah persempadanan pilihanraya pada tahun 2003 selepas tewas dalam banyak kerusi majoriti Melayu dalam pilihanraya 1999. Kelantan, Terengganu dan Kedah masing-masing mempunyai pertambahan pemilih 16.2 peratus, 21.76 peratus dan 17.4 peratus tetapi tidak ada pertambahan kerusi. Manakala negeri-negeri di pantai barat, selatan, Sabah dan Sarawak yang bukan majoriti Melayu ditambah kerusi Parlimen pada persempadanan tersebut. Sehingga ke hari ini, pemimpin UMNO gagal menjelaskan kenapa mereka tidak mengambil kesempatan daripada persempadanan tersebut untuk menambah kerusi Melayu di Parlimen!

3. Selain itu, UMNO juga yang bertanggungjawab memperkenalkan dasar Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam Bahasa Inggeris (PPSMI) pada tahun 2003 yang ditentang hebat oleh seluruh cendikiawan Melayu. Anak-anak Melayu di luar bandar menerima kesan kemerosotan akademik hasil daripada dasar yang dianggap gila oleh Prof DiRaja Ungku Aziz ini. Pemuda PAS telah menyaman Kementerian Pendidikan dalam isu ini. Saudara Hasni Abas, Pengerusi Kesatuan Sekerja Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka(DBP) telah berjumpa dengan Pemuda PAS bagi membangkitkan gerakan untuk memansuhkan PPSMI pada akhir tahun 2008. Pejuang-pejuang bahasa seperti Dato A. Samad Said, Dato Hassan Ahmad, Dr Shahrir Mohd Zin , Prof Emeritus Abdullah Hassan dan ramai lagi bersama Pemuda PAS menubuhkan Gerakan Rakyat Membantah PPSMI (GMP). PAS telah mengarahkan semua ahlinya turun dalam Himpunan 100 ribu rakyat membantah dasar PPSMI pada 7hb Mac 2009 di Kuala Lumpur. Dato' Seri Tuan Guru Hj Abdul Hadi Awang, Presiden PAS dan pimpinan utama PAS yang lain telah bersama dalam himpunan ini. Akhirnya dasar ini terbukti gagal dan ditarik balik sekarang. Negara kerugian hampir RM5 billion kerana langkah 'tidak cerdik' UMNO ini.

4. Begitu juga dengan kegagalan UMNO untuk memperuntukkan kerusi Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang kepada orang Melayu sekalipun UMNO mendapat majoriti di DUN Pulau Pinang berbanding MCA dan GERAKAN. Satu perkiraan politik yang cukup bacul sekali lagi berlaku apabila jawatan Pengerusi Barisan Nasional Pulau Pinang diberikan dengan hormatnya kepada Setiausaha Agung GERAKAN, Teng Chang Yeow sedangkan GERAKAN tewas begitu teruk di Pulau Pinang di dalam pilihanraya umum yang lepas berbanding dengan UMNO. Hairannya, tidak kedengaran pejuang-pejuang Melayu yang hebat menjulang keris membantah keputusan ini.

5. Hakikatnya, banyak lagi senarai pengkhianatan UMNO kepada bangsa Melayu boleh disenaraikan sepanjang lebih 50 tahun UMNO menjadi tulang belakang kerajaan Malaysia pada hari ini. Sesuai dengan namanya sendiri di dalam bahasa Inggeris, UMNO sewajarnya menerima hakikat bahawa parti itu bukan lagi mewakili Melayu bahkan tidak berhak untuk mendakwa memperjuangkan bangsa Melayu.

6. Justeru, DPPNK menggesa agar nama Melayu yang dipakai di dalam nama UMNO dikaji balik dan dibuang terus sebagai mengelakkan salah faham masyarakat terhadap perjuangan UMNO yang pada hakikatnya tidak pernahpun meletakkan agenda perjuangan Melayu sebagai agenda utama.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Yang menjalankan tugas,
AHMAD FADHLI BIN SHAARI,
Ketua Penerangan,
Dewan Pemuda PAS Negeri Kelantan (DPPNK)


Mittens for tiny baby boys ????????????

Posted: 19 May 2012 09:00 AM PDT

 Mittens for tiny baby boys ????????????


Bersih 3.0: 19 victims of police brutality. IGP order?

Posted: 19 May 2012 09:35 AM PDT


Yellow victims tell blue and black tales

Stephanie Sta Maria | May 19, 2012

In the meantime, RPK, on May 18, 2012 wrote:


Launching of new low cost housing project at I-Park, Sungai Ara

Posted: 19 May 2012 08:26 AM PDT

As reported in Kwong Wah Yit Poh
 
黄汉伟推介"i-Park"廉价屋 吁申请者更新资料

(槟岛西南区19日讯)有意申请廉价和中廉价屋的市民,请确保自己是"活跃"申请者。
槟州房屋发展委员会主席黄汉伟指出,任何在2008年前在房屋局登记的廉价屋申请者,如未更新资料即被列为"不活跃"申请者,不被提供申请购买廉价和中廉价屋的机会。

他透露,截至2011年11月16日的数据显示,槟州仍有8万4445名申请者在2007年12月31日前提呈申请后一直未有更新个人资料,以致于原本被献议购买的献议信被退回,丧失购买廉价屋的机会。

黄汉伟周四在峇六拜推介IDEAL Properties有限公司承建的"i-Park"廉价屋计划时,如是指出。

他说,房屋局从去年12月15日至今年3月31日期间,进行为期3个月的更新资料运动,然而截至今年4月6日,仅有904人成功更新资料,重新"活跃"。

他呼吁有意申请者主动更新资料,该委员会已于2010年设立"eRumah"电脑系统,民众上网便能登记申请廉价屋和中廉价屋单位,以及查询申请进度,方便得很。

电脑系统查看产业

黄汉伟透露,今年4月开始,槟州房屋局电脑系统已与槟岛和威省市政局及槟州土地局的电脑系统连接,申请者若已拥有产业但又申请廉价屋,房屋局官员一查便知。

他说,电脑系统连接后,官员只需查看申请者有否门牌税或地税记录,便可即时确定申请者是否拥有产业。

"加强后的系统让房屋局官员更严格把关,一旦被查获申请者没有如实呈报资料,有关申请将即刻被驳回。有关机制可进一步确保机会只提供给真正有需要和符合资格者。"

黄继梁:完成40%工程  料2013年3月竣工

IDEAL Properties有限公司董事经理拿督黄继梁指出,i-Park建筑工程目前已完成40%,预料于2013年3月建竣。

他说,该计划建有开放式停车位,遵守当局限定的每4户1停车位的准绳,同时额外建了40个停车位,所以 i-Park将设有180个停车位和520个摩托车停放处。

可自行雇用承包商
针对槟州房屋计划出现"恶势力垄断装修"的现象,黄继梁强调,该公司不支持违法行为,因此不会向恶势力妥协。

他担保 i-Park的购屋者可自行雇用属意的承包商装修房子。

不过他说,他确实有过这种经验,一些人士曾跟他接洽,但是针对其他发展计划,至于i-Park工程,目前还没有出现有关问题。

周末开放日

i-Park发展商将于本周六和周日(上午9时至下午5时)在有关位于峇六拜的建筑工地举行开放日,有兴趣知道关于发展计划详情者,届时可亲临询问。欲查询详情,也可致电04-6456 888。

要前往i-Park 建筑工地,可取道新港往峇六拜方向,未抵达峇六拜朝圣大厦之前,可见Mutiara Perdana国中,对面即是。


To assist the relocation of temples affected by housing development

Posted: 19 May 2012 08:36 AM PDT

As reported in Kwongwah Yit Poh
黄汉伟派定心丸 将安顿被迫迁3庙

游素芬、黄汉伟及洪钿贺主持界堂周围安奉卵石,象征界堂奠基。
■ 游素芬、黄汉伟及洪钿贺主持界堂周围安奉卵石,象征界堂奠基。
程清山(右一)赠送纪念品予开幕嘉宾黄汉伟(右二),并由(左起)素芬及洪钿贺陪同。
■ 程清山(右一)赠送纪念品予开幕嘉宾黄汉伟(右二),并由(左起)素芬及洪钿贺陪同。
(槟岛西南区22日讯)继峇六拜孙刘二王府被迫让路发展,最后在今年1月初正式获得州政府拨出非回教宗教保留地作为新庙址后,掌管非回教事务的槟州行政议员黄汉伟指出,接下来西南区也将有3间庙须让路发展,被迫搬迁。

保障3庙继续发展

但是,黄汉伟大派定心丸,州政府会通过州政府首设槟州非回教宗教事务委员会积极处理相关庙宇被迫迁的问题,确保能寻获非回教宗教保留地,保障该3间庙宇继续发展。

他说,州政府设立这委会主要是考虑到槟州多数为非回教徒,因此应有此部门来关注这些事务,同时促进各宗教和谐以及建立公平地位。
询及哪3间庙宇须让路发展时,黄汉伟则不愿回应,只说时机成熟时自然会宣布,无论如何,

他表示,州政府会对症下药协助该3间庙宇理事会解决搬迁的困境。
"这也是州政府设立州非回教宗教事务委会的目的,反映出州政府对各宗教事务真正关心,保障非回教徒的信仰能获得正面发展,享有公平的机会"。

黄汉伟坦言,由前朝领导的槟岛市政局是疏忽照顾非回教宗教保留地,多数只列为临时膜拜场所用途,并非规划为非回教宗教保留地,这是民联州政府认为不对的地方。
"所以,自从设立州非回教宗教事务委员会后,州政府会督促市政局在每一项发展计划,都须有规划非回教宗教保留地,保障非回教徒能拥有一个永久性的膜拜场所地段"。

因此,他希望被迫迁的3间庙宇理事会同人不必太担心,州政府会从旁协助解决地段的问题。
黄汉伟周日中午受邀主持浮罗修行林的界堂开幕仪式后,在记者会上,这么表示。

浮罗修行林理事会周日下午特别邀请77名和尚主持诵经,进行界堂奠基仪式。该间耗资30万令吉的界堂是获得善信捐献,并于今年3月30日正式获得入伙准证,并于周日举行开幕仪式。与会者修行林理事主席程清山、顾问洪钿贺及秘书游素芬。

As reported in Guangmin Daily

檳市局年租600元 遭逼遷神廟可租地重建

 2012-04-22 17:38
  • ■黃漢偉(右二)主持"界壇"啟用儀式,左起游淑芬、洪鈿賀及程清山。
(檳島西南區22日訊)檳州城鄉規劃及房屋委員會主席黃漢偉指出,檳州政府在修改相關政策下,允許州內受發展影響的神壇以每年600令吉的手續費租賃市政局的土地,目前西南區已有一間神壇受惠,另外3間正在處理中。

他說,隨著發展列車開入西南區,很多神廟都受到影響而被迫搬遷,州政府在考慮到神廟財政情況後,稍微修改政策,當發展商交出供非伊斯蘭教用途的地段予市政局後,該局會以租賃方式讓神廟重新建築。
 
"市政局以往都不曾施行這些措施,而州政府如此做,主要是達致雙贏方案,讓受影響的神廟不必花費錢來購置地段。"
 



他周日為浮羅佛教修行林嶄新的"界壇"主持開幕時指出,在西南區已有一間神廟即過山的孫劉二王府從中受惠,而目前還有另外三間的手續正在處理中,一旦完成會做出宣布。
 
神廟無須花錢購地

他說,這些屬於發展商移交給市政局的地段,以往只會租賃給神廟作短期的膜拜儀式,如今州政府改變政策充作長期的興建神廟用途,而該局只會向神廟的理事會每年收取600令吉的手續費。
 
他指出,今年州政府也第一次官方式舉辦佛教徒的喜慶日衛塞節活動,與所有的佛教徒同歡共慶,這打破了過往只有佛教團體自行舉辦的慣例。
 
"我們希望藉此機會來鞏固各宗教在大馬這個多元社會的平等地位,以彰顯我們互相尊重宗教信仰自由的價值觀。"
 
他補充,這也是去年州政府設立非伊斯蘭教委員會後另一項創舉,希冀未來能夠以官方名義舉辦更多各宗教的慶典,貫徹州政府不分宗教施政的方針。
 
界壇開幕77南僧誦經祈福

浮羅佛教修行林顧問洪鈿賀指出,耗資30萬令吉的"界壇"是在今年3月30日獲得入伙准証,因此於周日舉辦開幕奠基儀式,同時也供請檳州77位南傳僧侶前往誦經祈福。

僧侶也為9個卵石進行開光,然後置放在8個角落及中間,以顯示這個"界壇"的竣工,往後可以正式的啟用。洪鈿賀說,"界壇"是僧侶用於進行"大戒"及剃頭 出家儀式的場所,興建之際獲得了各方善信的支持及工程師免費的興建意見,致使可以在短短4個月內完成這個處在山坡,環境清幽的"界壇"。他也說,該林每個 星期日早上9時都會舉辦供養僧侶及開示佛里活動,而每天也會
開放讓信徒前往膜拜。出席者包括了主席程清山、秘書游淑芬等人。


Press Interview: New housing policy to increase the price limit for foreigners

Posted: 19 May 2012 08:14 AM PDT

As reported in Nanyang Siang Pao.
 
黄汉伟:策划发展蓝图 须优先考虑本地人需求

稳健增值潜能佳 外国人抢购槟产业

  2012-05-03 15:11
  • 槟州产业稳健增值潜能引发外国人抢购,过去18年来,外国人已涌入槟城扫购7423间各类房屋,这不包括2012年首3个月的95宗交易。
(槟城2日讯)槟州产业稳健增值潜能引发外国人抢购,过去18年来,外国人已涌入槟城扫购7423间各类房屋,这不包括今年首3个月的95宗交易。
单单在过去5年,外国人购买槟州的产业数量倍增,从之前两年的每年400余宗,倍增至2007年的837宗、828宗(2008年)、703宗(2009年)、774宗(2010年)及2011年的890宗。

18年购7423房屋
邻国新加坡人是拥有槟州最多产业的外国人,过去18年总共购置1949间产业、接下来是英国人(943间)、印尼人(802间)、中国人(464间)及澳洲人(433间)。



虽然在外国人拥有槟州产业的排行榜中排行第6,不过,日本人在今年首3个月,即从1月1日至3月31日为止购置槟州产业的外国人排行榜中高居榜首,在95宗交易中占了30宗,第二是中国人27宗及第3澳洲人12宗,另7宗是遗产分配。

黄汉伟:策划发展蓝图 须优先考虑本地人需求
槟州提高外国人购屋下限铁定于7月1日实行,同时也向本地发展商发出明确讯息,发展商往后在策划发展蓝图时,必须优先考虑本地人的需求。

黄汉伟指出,身为一个以民为本的政府,槟州政府在制定一项政策时,必须考量到广大人民的需求,而不能面面具圆照顾到所有人,当中必定会有输家及赢家,可见槟州政府落实这项措施的用心良苦。

他披露,槟州行政议会是于4月杪举行的行政议会上通过于今年7月1日实行这项新措施。


暂没团购现象
此外,针对市场人士担心发展商这项措施将产生变相动作,将把50万令吉附加配套提高价值到100万令吉出售,他认为精明的外国人也懂得计算,很难上当,没有这方面的担心。

针对外国人可能通过中间人进行团购多个可负担房屋单位,他表示暂时没有发现这类活动出现,而且外国人必须冒很大风险,可能性不大。

阻世遗区建筑落外国人手里
槟州政府适时调高外国人在槟置产下限,阻止更多世遗区古迹建筑落入外国人手里。

根据2011年槟州产业报告显示,乔治市世遗区内的产业在2011年有多个单位易手,但未清楚注名业主的身分。这些易手产业包括小印度的2间单位,交易价介于88万令吉至110万令吉。

新街的3间单位交易价介于180万至230万令吉,至于爱情巷的3间单位交易价则介于76万至89万8000令吉。

旅居外国大马人
槟州政府将外国人购置槟州有地房屋的下限提高至200万令吉以上,将有效控制更多古迹建筑落入外国人手里。

此外,针对很多市民出现错觉,认为外国人到槟城扫购可负担房屋,黄汉伟解释说,其实这些所谓的"外国人"是旅居外国的大马人。

"他们在特定节日期间返槟时到发展商举行的产业促销会选购产业予家人,或者是供退休时的养老家园,一些则是供医药旅游及子女到槟城受教育居住用途。"

黄汉伟:让数据说话
掌管槟州房屋委员会的行政议员黄汉伟是于今日上午接受《南洋商报》记者独家访问时,针对槟州政府铁定于今年7月1日起实行调高外国人购买槟州产业下 限,从50万令吉提高至100万令吉,槟岛有地房屋至少200万令吉以上措施不受州内产业界人士看好,指外国人购买公布这项数据作出回应,让数据说话。

他说,尽管产业界人士指外国人购买的槟州产业都是介于100万令吉以上房屋,很少与本地人抢购50万令吉房屋,成交量少过3%。

"不过,根据今年首3个月的外国人购屋数据显示,95宗交易中竟有25宗或26%是购买介于50至60万令吉的产业,令州政府担忧情况加剧,因此才会有提高外国人购屋下限的新措施出台。"

最适合居住排名第8
询及在目前经济放缓,州内发展商寄望拥有较强的外汇及购买能力的外国人提高新推展发展计划的销售量,当局实行这项措施是否会吓跑外国人打击槟州经济的成长?

他看好拥有高购买能力的外国人不但不会被吓跑,而且对槟州吸引外资拥有亮眼表现及于去年首次击败首都吉隆坡成为世界最适合居住城市排名第8,以及拥 有世遗地位光环加持的槟州,都成为槟州吸引外国人的吸引力,而槟州也专注吸引有真正实力的外国人参与槟州的发展,迈向国际及智慧城市。

阻竞购50万房屋 7月1提高外国人购屋下限

为阻止外国人与本地人竞相购屋50万令吉房屋,槟州政府已铁定将从今年7月1日开始实行提高外国人购屋下限至100万令吉,槟岛有地房屋200万令吉以上。

槟州行政议会是于今年4月杪的州行政议会上,一致通过这项影响外国人在槟城置业的新购屋措施。

槟州行政议员黄汉伟是于今日上午在槟州立法议会受询时,证实这项消息。
询及槟州在全球最适合居住城市排名第8,但如今提高外国人购屋下限是否会吓跑外国购屋者?

他说,拥有较强外汇兑换率及购屋力的外国人将转向购买更高价格的房屋,无疑将有助推动槟州产业市场及经济。

推出中廉价屋计划
另一方面,针对巫统峇六拜区州议员赛阿米鲁丁及浮罗勿洞区州议员法力提问槟州政府在实现居者有其屋的附加提问,他回答说,槟州政府从2008年迄今总共推出10多项的廉价及中廉价屋计划,其中中廉价屋2386单位,廉价屋2510个单位。

针对槟州首席部长林冠英指州政府邀请新加坡房屋局参与策划在威南峇都加湾打造1万8000间售价介于7万2500令吉至22万令吉的可负担房屋将是最有素质的房屋?

他说,针对有关申请22万以下至20万令吉的可负担房屋的申请指南目前仍有拟定中。

须提供更多选择
他说,由于槟州要达致国际城市,而槟州的经济迅速发展,人民的收入增加,使到人民对房屋的需求也提高。

"因此,槟州政府必须提供更多房屋的选择,包括22万令吉的可负担房屋,而家庭收入介于2500至3500令吉的范围已不适合归类为家庭收入更高的家庭。"

独家报道:陈富全


6 Days in June

Posted: 19 May 2012 08:01 AM PDT

This may be the most important film in Middle East politics in the history of the region. Most of the rhetoric constructed against Israel speaking about "aggression" is made laughable the moment you see what they face in May and early June of 1967. This film spends enough time on the critical weeks before the war, from the time the Soviet Union (admitting in the film) tried to exploit the strife as an opportunity to showcase Soviet weapons and political support. Once the Soviets started the ball rolling, the Arab leaders whipped the citizens in to blood-lust frenzy for war, while Israel literally tried everything to avoid war.Once the first air strike delivered Israel from this threat, never again could such a threat be taken as seriously,


From Democracy to Sharia By Andrew C. McCarthy

Posted: 19 May 2012 07:44 AM PDT

The 'Arab Spring' shows that democratic process is useless without democratic culture.  A few weeks ago, amid the "Arab Spring" giddiness, a Shiite mosque opened in Cairo. This was big news. Among Egypt's 80 million people, there are only a few thousand Shiites. It's a 90 percent Sunni country, with even Christians vastly outnumbering the Shia. So, in their euphoria over the mosque's inauguration, Shiite clerics heralded this Husseiniya (as Shiite mosques are known) as a symbol of rapprochement. The mosque would bridge the sectarian divide: a Shia center in this bustling Sunni city, yet a house of worship, thus emphasizing what unites rather than divides Muslims in one of Islam's most important nations.

Such stories were once the hallmark of the Arab Spring narrative. "Democracy" was in the air. The corrupt, cancerous, pro-American dictator was gone. With their yearning hearts now sated by freedom, Egyptians would pull together, the light of liberty guiding them to prosperity.

The stories are different now. The Husseiniya was shut down last week. Yesterday's euphoria is melting into today's harsh reality. In Cairo, home to the Muslim Brotherhood and the sharia jurists of ancient Al-Azhar University, "democracy" has meant the rise of Sunni supremacists. Turns out they don't do bridge-building. Their tightening grip has translated into brutalizing dhimmitude for Christians and increasing intolerance of Shiism — which the Sunni leaders perceive less as Islam than as apostasy, an offense that sharia counts as more grievous than treason. 

News of the mosque's demise arrived shortly after a report entitled "Neocons vs. Islamophobes" by the leftist e-magazine Salon. Foreign-policy correspondent Jordan Michael Smith was good enough to appoint me leader of "what might be called the 'to-hell-with-democracy' strain of thought" in "the American conservative movement." And if anything needs an Arab Spring, it must be the American conservative movement. We Islamophobes haven't even had an election yet, much less gotten one of those mellifluous sharia-constitutions the State Department likes to write for its emerging "democracies," and yet here I am the leader! And a "relentless" leader, too — scalding the Muslim Brotherhood on behalf of a cadre that allegedly includes such luminaries as John Bolton, Michele Bachmann, and Frank Gaffney.

 In our struggle "to define the Republican response to the increased power of political Islam," we are said to be "vying" with "another faction among the right-wing that is equally powerful . . . the neoconservatives." Counting among their number such heavyweights as GOP senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, they are portrayed as "rather admirably insisting that the Muslim Brotherhood be given a chance." After the tumultuous Bush years, my friends Norman Podhoretz, Paul Wolfowitz, and Bill Kristol must be having a good laugh: It may have taken a motley crew of despicable Islamophobes, but the Left has suddenly decided that neocons may not be the root of all evil after all.

For all its pretensions to sober analysis, the Salon hit piece usefully demonstrates how nonsensical policy debates about the Arab Spring have become. There is no common understanding of basic terms. "Islamophobia" was coined by the Muslim Brotherhood and seamlessly adopted by its Western confederates. Taken literally, the word would mean "irrational fear of Islam" — and thus it would rarely need to be spoken, Islamic supremacists having given us much to fear quite rationally. But in common parlance, to sneer "Islamophobe" is like what sneering "neocon" has hitherto been: lefty demagoguery — in this case, the belittling of anyone who is critical of Islam and its sharia framework, regardless of how colorable the critique.

Most people know an insult when they hear one. When it is rank character assassination posing as argument, people of good will tune it out. More consequential, though, is the degrading of the term "democracy." As applied to the "Islamophobes," Mr. Smith's invocation of "democracy" — as in, to hell with it — is an outright perversion. Like the giants of neoconservatism, critics of Islamic supremacism (what Salon gently calls "political Islam") are lovers of democracy. We believe the world would be a better place if every country adopted it. We agree the United States ought to be its promotional beacon. But that is mainly because when we speak of "democracy," we mean American democracy. That is a culture of liberty so deeply rooted in the United States that it predated by a couple of centuries the American Revolution, the U.S. Constitution, and the first federal elections. National Review
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Manji scorches fatwa council's anti-Bersih edict By Hazlan Zakaria

Posted: 19 May 2012 07:31 AM PDT

Controversial Uganda-born Canadian author Irshad Manji hit out at certain muftis and clerics, including those in Malaysia's National Fatwa Council, which she said are trying to impose their own mores and dogma upon the populace. "Muftis, imams and clerics of various stripes love to tell us what we are to believe; in the course of telling us this, they also want us to adopt a particular identity.

NONE"What they will never tell us is that they expect us to adopt their identity," said the 44-year-old New York University (NYU) professor in an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. She was responding to a question on the recent National Fatwa Council edict forbidding Muslims from taking part in certain demonstrations, particularly targeting the Bersih 3.0 pro-electoral reform rally.

Manji argued that "good believers" cannot be expected to uncritically submit to the religious scholars without question as the scholars themselves too are humans and neither perfect nor divine as Allah is.

"Here's some breaking news for these muftis. You're not God. There is only one God and that job is not vacant. "Put all your fatwas out as you wish, but your fatwas do not hold divine authority, and neither do you," said the successful author and film-maker. Manji believes that the Quran - which she posits is the only divine document and sole guiding light of the faith - instead encourages Muslims not only to question but to seek out the truth on their own and think for themselves.

Such, she claimed, was the tradition prevalent in the heyday of Islamic civilisation until the slide into our current situation where mullahs and ulamas claim to know everything and dictate all to a public which is expected to obey without question.

'They don't have humility'


"I think that if more and more Muslims understand that there is a difference between the ulama and Allah - just as I realised at the age of 14 that there is a difference between the madrasah and Allah - we would be more willing to give ourselves the permission to do exactly what the Quran asks of us, which is to think for ourselves in order to deepen our faith and realise the humility that these fatwa-flinging mullah clearly don't have," argued the feisty Islamic reformist. Earlier this month, the National Fatwa Council declared that it is haram (not permissible) for Muslims to participate in any gathering or demonstration that is unproductive and is against the law or causes disturbances in the country.

Its chairperson Abdul Shukor Husin said the council viewed seriously this issue as some Muslims had previously resorted to rioting during street demonstrations. The council's decision, however, was met with stringent criticism from PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, who lambasted that the body for not looking at the issue clearly, while others quoted influential Egyptian Islamic theologian Yusuf al Qaradawi, who maintains that rallies or actions to fight against tyranny is encouraged in Islam.

NONEManji is in Malaysia to launch the Malay translation of her latest book 'Allah, Liberty & Love'. However, her events and several speaking engagements had to be cancelled because of "security concerns", protest notes and alleged "pressure" from the authorities.

PAS - which ironically agree with Manji's criticism of the fatwa council on Bersih 3.0 - and several conservative Muslim NGOs have spoken out against her presence in Malaysia, claiming that her very liberal stance on Islam is dangerous to the faith of local Muslims.

Her first book, the international bestseller 'The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith' has been banned in Malaysia.

As evident in her books and an Emmy-nominated PBS film, 'Faith Without Fear', her work mostly challenges accepted notions in Islam, in the belief that education and the freedom to think is paramount and not the indoctrination, which she believes is commonly practised in most religious teachings. Malaysiakini


Visiting the orphans

Posted: 19 May 2012 07:13 AM PDT

When I received a text message from Rosnah, saying that her daughter needed a pen drive to do her school work, and asking if we could help get her one, I figured it was about time I went to visit them. The last time I went to visit was end of last year when I brought the girl shopping (without her mother coming along as Rosnah had to work). Getting the girl a pen drive is not a problem at all. I can always use the donations I get regularly from generous friends.

And since Rosnah stays in the same town with Laila, the one and only daughter of the late Shila, I figured I might as well visit her too… to see how she's doing and to invite her to join us for our coming Family Day.

So yes, after zohor, off I headed to visit them. First up was Rosnah's house, as her house was very near the toll exit. Her daughter was having her afternoon nap – she was tired after helping out selling stuff at a flea market. You see, to get some extra income in addition to her salary working at a factory, Rosnah has started renting a space at a nearby flea market on Saturdays. She sells used books.

The family seems to be doing okay. Rosnah has agreed to join us for the Family Day, this time not only with her daughter, but with her mother as well. They missed last year's Family Day but did join us the year before at Lost World of Tambun.

After about half an hour at Rosnah's house, I headed off to visit Laila. Initially I took the short cut Shila had taught me before, but when I got to a bridge that was there before, I noticed the road was closed and the bridge was no longer there. So I had to turn back and follow the longer route. Goodness, there seemed to be so many changes. New housing up… road widened… had it been THAT long since my last visit? Oh dear…

When I got to the house, the first person I saw was Laila's grandma, followed by Laila. And when I got inside, 3 toddlers were in their cradles, sleeping. All of them were Laila's cousins. Quite a few of Laila's aunts and uncles stay in the same house, so Laila is never alone in the house.

The girl was her same usual self – even when her mother was still alive, she never talked much. She just smiles. Even when I asked her anything, she'd just smile, and then she'd say, "Tak tau." Somehow that seems to be quite a standard answer for many kids nowadays. Easy way out, just say tak tau.

I brought along a few UPSR revision books for Laila. Apparently Laila had already missed 2 motivational courses for UPSR students organised by her school. Reason being… they had to pay RM65 each time. And they didn't have enough money to pay. Of course,  I had told them earlier to inform me should Laila require any money related to her studies. Her grandma remembers that, but the problem was, Laila, thinking that her grandma and aunt wouldn't have enough money to pay, just kept quiet about it, and only told them at the very very last minute.

So today I told Laila, in front of her grandma and aunt, to inform me immediately if there are any similar motivational courses in future which require payment.

When I asked Laila if she'd like to join us for the Family Day, she just smiled and nodded. But her grandma immediately apologised when I mentioned the date. Apparently, that very same weekend, she had promised Laila's paternal grandma they'd be joining them for a trip down south, all expenses paid by Laila's paternal side of the family. So Laila won't be joining us for our Family Day this year.

Remembering that my other children needed to pay PTA fees to their respective schools recently, I asked about Laila's. True enough, she too had to pay RM80 to her school. But I guess they were too shy to inform me about it. Partly my fault I guess because I had not visited for some time. They may have felt that we no longer offer the same help we used to give when Shila was alive.

Hopefully with my visit today, they'd feel more comfortable to call and inform me of any financial needs related to Laila's schooling…


Polis Mabuk Atau Mengantuk Rempuh Pagar Rumah Najib Di Putrajaya

Posted: 19 May 2012 10:49 AM PDT

5 anggota polis cedera rempuh pagar Kompleks Seri Perdana

KUALA LUMPUR – Lima anggota polis cedera dalam kejadian merempuh pagar Kompleks Seri Perdana, yang juga kediaman rasmi Perdana Menteri di Presint 10, Putrajaya, awal pagi tadi.

Dalam kejadian kira-kira jam 5 pagi itu, dua mangsa mengalami kecederaan teruk termasuk patah hidung dan kaki sementara, tiga yang lain cedera ringan.

Semua mangsa yang berusia 20 dan 22 tahun kini dirawat di Hospital Putrajaya.

Ketua Polis Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Mohmad Salleh berkata, ketika kejadian, lima anggota terbabit yang bertugas di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Shah Alam sedang bersiar-siar di kawasan tersebut.

Menurutnya, siasatan terperinci akan dilakukan bagi mengenal pasti punca kemalangan sehingga merempuh pagar Seri Perdana.

"Ada kemungkinan mereka ini mengantuk atau mabuk tetapi kita akan meneliti melalui rakaman kamera litar tertutup di kawasan kediaman itu dan menyiasat punca sebenar.

"Keterangan daripada mereka akan diambil dalam masa terdekat untuk siasatan," katanya selepas merasmikan Sukan Rakyat Polis Bersama Masyarakat Sempena Hari Polis ke-205 di Kerinchi, hari ini.

Mohmad turut menegaskan supaya tiada spekulasi yang dibuat berhubung kejadian tersebut kerana pihaknya akan menjalankan siasatan secara menyeluruh. -SH

Ulasan GB

Hukum kebenaran dan keadilan akan tetap berjalan.

2 pihak disebutkan di dalam berita di atas: Polis dan PM

Apabila polis tak mahu mengambil tindakan ke atas kezaliman polis yang dilakukan ke atas peserta BERSIH, maka berjalanlah hukum kebenaran dan keadilan.... tetiba banyak kes kebelakangan ini melibatkan kemalangan anggota polis. GB tak boleh ulas panjang bab ini.

Kedua: peringatan juga kepada Najib. Itu baru pagar rumah yang terlanggar!

Kepada Polis, kepada Najib, wasn't that a crystal-clear warning of the Golden Rule?

So, do not play the fool with truth!


Betapa cepat Allah bertindak. Baru semalam GB menulis mengenai hal kezaliman polis:

Amat keterlaluan. Kita minta KPN dan Timbalan KPN menanggung dan menjawab persoalan ini.

Sebagai rakyat biasa, kita sudah tiada tempat lain untuk mengadu. Apa yang mampu kita lakukan hanyalah menadah tangan kepada Allah supaya mengambil tindakan tegas kepada pihak berkenaan termasuklah KPN dan Timbalan KPN jika kedua-duanya enggan bertanggungjawab.


Yang berlaku itu baru mukaddimahnya.


Dakwaan Ke Atas 2 Anggota Polis Hanya Wayang

Posted: 19 May 2012 06:34 AM PDT

Dakwa polis di mahkamah hanya pertunjukan'

Ahli jawatankuasa pemandu BERSIH, Maria Chin Abdullah menyifatkan tindakan mendakwa dua orang polis atas tuduhan mengasari seorang jurugambar sebagai satu 'pertunjukan' semata-mata.

Menurutnya, lebih ramai polis sepatutnya didakwa berdasarkan jumlah peserta yang tampil ke depan memberi keterangan dan membuat laporan polis.

"Saya rasa tidak cukup. Apabila kita dengar cerita daripada mereka kita tahu ada lebih daripada dua orang anggota polis yang sepatutnya didakwa.

"Ini bukan keadilan. Ini satu pertunjukan cubaan gubahan imej polis semata-mata," katanya.

Dua anggota polis didakwa di Mahkamah Majistret Kuala Lumpur semalam atas tuduhan mencederakan jurugambar Guang Ming Daily, Wong Kin Onn sewaktu himpunan BERSIH 3.0 pada 28 April lalu.

Mohd Khairul Asri Mohd Sobri dan Shahrul Niza Abd Jalil didakwa bawah Seksyen 350 Kanun Keseksaan kerana menggunakan keganasan jenayah terhadap Wong.

Berdasarkan keterangan mereka yang mendakwa dikasari, Maria Chin menggesa agar Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Ismail Omar menjelaskan sebab sebahagian polis yang didakwa melakukan kekasaran tidak memakai tag nama atau nombor pengenalan polis pada hari itu.

"IGP kena jawab kenapa polis pada hari itu tidak memakai tag nama" kata Maria Chin.

Sementara itu, wartawan dari Pulau Pinang Zainulfaqar Yaacob mempertikaikan kenapa hanya wartawan theSun Radzi Razak dipanggil membuat kawat cam terhadap penyerangnya setakat ini.

"Saya memang cam tiga orang polis yang menyerang saya.

"Saya bercadang nak buat kawad cam macam saudara Radzi Razak juga lakukan," katanya. -mk


Bersih 3.0: 2 anggota polis didakwa kasari jurugambar

KUALA LUMPUR - Dua anggota polis mengaku tidak bersalah di Mahkamah Majistret di sini, hari ini atas tuduhan menggunakan kekerasan jenayah terhadap seorang jurugambar pada perhimpunan Bersih 3.0, 28 April lalu.

Lans Koperal Mohd Khairul Asri Mohd Sobri, 30, dan Konstabel Shahrul Niza Abd Jalil, 24, didakwa melakukan kesalahan itu terhadap jurugambar Guang Ming Daily, Wong Onn King, 33.

Perbuatan itu didakwa dilakukan di persimpangan Jalan Tun Perak dan Jalan Raja, di sini, antara jam 5.20 petang dan 5.30 petang.

Mohd Khairul Asri, yang bertugas di Ibu Pejabat Polis (IPD) Tanjung Malim, Perak manakala Shahrul Niza, dari IPD Dang Wangi.

Mereka didakwa mengikut Seksyen 352 Kanun Keseksaan yang membawa hukuman maksimum penjara tiga bulan atau denda RM1,000 atau kedua-duanya sekali, jika sabit kesalahan.

Timbalan Pendakwa Raya Mohd Farizul Hassaniah Bakri menawarkan jaminan RM5,000 dengan seorang penjamin.

Peguam Salim Bashir, yang mewakili kedua-dua anggota polis, membantah atas alasan jaminan yang ditawarkan pendakwaan adalah terlalu tinggi.

Salim berkata kedua-dua anak guamnya juga berpendapatan rendah.

Majistret Zulkipli Abdullah membenarkan mereka diikat jamin RM3,000 dengan seorang penjamin.

Mahkamah juga menetapkan 18 Jun depan untuk sebutan kes.

Kedua-dua anggota polis dilihat membayar jaminan tersebut.
-SH




Kenanga Wholesale City Directory: Level 1-7 - kenangacity.com.my

Posted: 19 May 2012 09:36 AM PDT

This is a good place to shop for fashion stuff if you plan to buy in bulk.

The more you buy the better deal you'd get.

Wholesale deal.

Parking here is still free until further notice.

Been here a few times and bought stuff in one dozen or two dozens.



[Video & Bergambar] Isu Bapa Kafir: Kemarahan Merebak Ke Pulau Pinang

Posted: 19 May 2012 04:52 AM PDT

Pulau Pinang: Kemarahan terhadap akhbar Umno, New Strait Times (NST) ekoran tindakannya menuduh Mursyidul Am PAS sebagai 'Bapak Kafir' merebak ke Pulau Pinang pula.

Semalam Dewan Ulamak dan Dewan Pemuda PAS Negeri Pulau Pinang mengadakan demonstrasi dan 'sanggup ke titisan darah terakhir' untuk mempertahankan maruah ulamak daripada dipermainkan oleh golongan yang jahil tentang agama.

Kata-kata perangsang diluahkan pimpinan kedua-dua sayap PAS di Pulau Pinang itu ketika berdemontrasi secara aman di hadapan Masjid Jamek Permatang Janggus, Permatang Pauh selepas solat Jumaat tengahari semalam.

Antara yang berucap ialah Ketua Dewan Ulamak PAS Negeri, Ustaz Soid Mohd Amin, Yang Dipertua PAS Permatang Pauh, Haji Omar Hasan, Setiausaha Dewan Pemuda PAS Negeri, Ustaz Afnan Hamimi Taib Azamuden, Ketua Penerangan Dewan Ulamak PAS Negeri, Ustaz Zakaria Hamzah.

Turut serta adalah Ketua Penerangan Dewan Pemuda PAS Negeri, Ust Hasbul Nizal Zakaria, Timbalan Ketua Dewan Pemuda PAS Permatang Pauh, Mohd Redwan Ramli, Timbalan Ketua Penerangan Dewan Pemuda PAS Negeri, Ustaz Shafirol Rozali, Ketua Penerangan PAS Permatang Pauh, Jamsari Samad serta Ketua PAS Cawangan Guar Perahu, Ustaz Abu Bakar Bakalani.

Laporan NST yang mengejutkan pelbagai pihak

Kesemua nada ucapan serentak kesal dengan akhbar NST dan mantan Ketua Polis Negara, Rahim Noor yang melapur dan mengeluarkan kenyataan yang begitu biadap dan tidak bertamadhun.

Kerajaan negeri Kelantan telah menghantar notis kepada NST dan Rahim agar memohon maaf dan membayar gantirugi. Namun selepas tamat masa yang diberikan, NST tidak berbuat apa-apa menyebabkan mereka mengambil keputusan akan memfailkan saman itu di mahkamah minggu depa ini.

Biadab

"Kita mahu NST dan Rahim Noor segera minta maaf dan berjanji tidak akan mengulangi kenyataan yang amat biadap dan memalukan.

"Sampai sekarang NST dan Rahim Noor tidak memohon maaf dan ini menunjukan ada dalang yang melindungi mereka, " tegas Ustaz Soid Mohd Amin ketika memulakan ucapan di pentas menggunakan lori berwarna hijau di perkarangan masjid itu.

Menurutnya, mereka tidak langsung menghormati maruah ulamak sehingga sanggup memperlekehkan institusi berkenaan dengan hina sekali.

Akhbar yang menyiarkannya terlebih bersalah sebab ini bukan perkara baru NST melakukanya bahkan pernah beberapa kali menyiarkan kenyataan yang menghina Islam.

Ketua Penerangan Dewan Pemuda PAS Negeri, Ustaz Hasbul Nizal Zakaria pula membidas peranan mufti kerana tidak pantas mengeluarkan fatwa tentang penghinaan terhadap Nik Aziz sebaliknya bertindak cepat apabila sesuatu isu yang ada kepentingan dengan Umno dan Barisan Nasinal (BN).

"Mana dia mufti bila bertembung isu itu. Tentang Bersih mereka begitu cepat bertindak nampak sangat mereka bertindak tidak adil, " tegasnya.

Seramai 200 orang berkumpul selama sejam tanpa ada apa-apa gangguan polis bagi menyuarakan pandangan serta luahan hati kepimpinan yang begitu prihatin apabila institusi ulamak dipermainkan.

Semalam dua demontrasi diadakan serentak iaitu sebelah tanah besar di Masjid Permatang Janggus, Permatang Pauh manakala sebelah pulau di Masjid Hashim Yahya, Jalan Perak, Pulau Pinang.














Stadium Bukit Jalil DiGEGARkan Oleh Tuntutan Royalti Sempena Final Piala FA

Posted: 19 May 2012 01:07 AM PDT

Kuala Lumpur: Sempena aksi final Piala FA antara Kelantan dengan Sime Darby malam ini, NGO Gerakan Bertindak Kembalikan Royalti Kelantan (Gegar) mengadakan kempen mengumpul tandatangan di Stadium Bukit Jalil hari ini.

Gambar: Tandatangan rakyat Kelantan minta kembalikan hak royalti minyak Kelantan "didaratkan" di Perkarangan Dataran Stadium Bukit Jalil.

Setiausahanya, Muhammad Hishammuddin Ghazali berkata, kempen tersebut sudah bermula sejak malam tadi dan akan berterusan sehingga malam ini.

"Kita mahu mengumpul sekurang-kurangnya 20,000 tandatangan sebagai sokongan terhadap usaha kerajaan negeri menuntut hak royalti negeri itu," katanya kepada Harakahdaily.

Selain tandatangan, pihak Gegar juga katanya akan mengadakan persembahan dikir royalti dan puisi royalti secara spontan di perkarangan stadium tengah hari ini.

Mereka juga turut membuka khemah khas Royalti Minyak sebagai simbolik kempen mereka.

Serentak itu juga, satu lagi NGO bersama mereka iaitu Gerakan Rakyat Boikot Petronas turut menganjurkan kempen serupa.

Gerakan itu antara lain mahu rakyat khususnya Kelantan untuk memboikot Petronas selagi tidak membayar wang royalti kepada Kelantan.

"Kita juga akan edarkan 10,000 pelekat 'huruf R' yang berwarna merah sebagai tanda menuntut royalti dan pelekat boikot Petronas," kata Hishammuddin lagi.

Kempen serupa sebenarnya pernah dibuat Gegar pada aksi final Piala FA 2011 lalu ketika Kelantan bertemu Terengganu di stadium sama.

Sebagai kemuncak malam ini, mereka akan menaikkan kain rentang gergasi menuntut royalti. -HD

Piala FA: Penyokong Kelantan tiba di Bukit Jalil

(Sebahagian penyokong Kelantan yang tiba di Stadium Bukit Jalil pagi ini)


KUALA LUMPUR: Ribuan penyokong Kelantan mula tiba di ibu negara sejak awal pagi tadi bagi menyaksikan pasukan negeri mereka menentang Sime Darby pada aksi final Piala FA malam ini.

Biarpun wisel permulaan dijangka hanya akan dibunyikan tepat jam 8.45 malam, namun sebahagian penyokong skuad 'The Red Warriors' itu sudah mula berkampung di perkarangan Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur sejak awal pagi.

Kebanyakan mereka yang tiba pagi ini adalah yang menaiki bas sewa khas yang bertolak dari Kelantan malam tadi.

Dijangkakan seramai 50,000 penyokong 'The Red Warriors' dijangka hadir menyaksikan perlawanan penuh bersejarah malam ini, manakala sekurang-kurangnya 15,000 dari Sime Darby atau 'Giant Killer'.

Turut berangkat meyaksikan perlawanan di Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil malam ini adalah Tengku Mahkota Kelantan Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra.

Bagi kerajaan negeri pula akan diwakili Timbalan Menteri Besar Kelantan Dato Ahmad Yakub serta Exco Datuk Abdul Fatah Mahmood.

Sementara itu, Presiden Persatuan Bola Sepak Kelantan (Kafa) Tan Sri Annuar Musa yang kini dalam penggantungan oleh Persatuan Bola Sepak Malaysia (FAM), juga mengesahkan akan hadir.

Beliau yang juga Timbalan Presiden FAM sebelum ini menegaskan, beliau tetap akan hadir di Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur sebagai "penyokong biasa".
-HD



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