July 30, 2014

Selangor Dilemma 

The open move to replace Selangor MB Khalid Ibrahim with Wan Azizah does not appear smooth at all. The Selangor Sultan has made open his thoughts and getting his approval may be a hurdle. The MB Khalid is not budging and insist that he will stay until the end of his term. PAS President Hadi Awang voiced his view of status quo although the PAS leadership seems to endorse the change together with DAP.

It is the latest expose of the PAS central committee Whatsapp screenshot of a very sensitive conversation now released on the Internet has stirred serious emotions. The contents of the conversation points to the Operations Director Dr Zuhdi suggesting for PAS to leave Pakatan Rakyat and join forces with Umno to retain control and to suggest that the year end delineation can strengthen Malay candidates to ensure that the minority voters cannot raise their issues effectively. Dr Zuhdi did not dispute the authenticity but rather defended that this was merely his analysis as requested by the central party members. He felt that he is being wrongly accused, according to his facebook posting.

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July 20, 2014

MH17 Questions

Two days have passed after the MH17 tragedy. Rescue teams are working rather slowly in primitive Ukraine. The local helpers are frantically working under strenuous conditions. The stench is building. There are no facilities to preserve the bodies. The international investigators are facing roadblocks. There is no confirmed safe perimeter.

Malaysia is again placed into international spotlight for the wrong reasons. Even when MH370 has yet to find its conclusion, MH17 has tragically plunged this nation into mourning again. Many families are lost and torn apart. Our prayers are with them.

But why?

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July 19, 2014

No End To BSM Bible Issue

Contrary to what Malaysians think that the Attorney General has concluded this case by designating no further actions and to instruct JAIS to return the bibles to BSM, the current turn of events by MAIS and the Selangor Sultan have changed the expected course of events.

News reports that indicate the Sultan’s intent that JAIS should proceed to engage with the state prosecutor to move this for a court decision appears to have caused a divide of opinions. Given this latest turn of events, it is unlikely that a genuine conclusion of this case will be seen anywhere in the near future.

There are also news reports that MAIS is suggesting that the bibles be disposed instead of being returned. To the Christian community, it may appear as an insult to order such an action although anyone can go to read the text on the Internet today. This action will further compound the situation, affect the emotions of the minority communities and challenge the AG instructions.

So, who has the final say in today’s government on legal matters, especially like this one? Is it the AG, the state prosecutors, the Sultan, JAIS, MAIS? One thing for certain, it is not MB Khalid or PM Najib. The so-called political twist to this episode has been confused intensely and is very difficult to extricate out in any easy way.

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July 18, 2014

MH17 Horror!

Last night (Thursday, 17/7/14) around 11:30 pm when the nation was getting into slumber, there was a rude and horrifying awakening of the news that MH17 enroute to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam had crashed.

News flashes on TV from CNN, BBC, Bloomberg and all across the social media started broadcasting furiously. It was speculated that MH17 might have been shot down near the Ukraine town of Donetsk, about 50km the Russian border. Malaysians were awoken with a gut wrenching reality of a second Boeing 777 lost this year after an entire history of incident-free life.

There were 298 passengers and crew on board MH17 flying at 33,000ft, slightly above the 32,000ft restricted airspace when it was shot down allegedly by rebels fighting against the Ukraine government. It is believed that no one survived the attack on the civilian plane, now ranked the worst disasters of civilian planes shot down. The other two being 290 killed in 1988 when an Iran Air plane was shot out of the sky and in 1983 when 269 died when Soviet fighter jets downed a South Korean Boeing 747.

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June 13, 2014

Super Android Tablets by Samsung Tab S

A report by Hardware Zone Malaysia (read here).

Galaxy Tab S 8.4

Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Galaxy Tab S 10.5

In New York’s Madison Square Garden today, Samsung unveiled its latest premium flagship tablets, the 8.4- and 10.5-inch GALAXY Tab S.

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June 13, 2014

AG Finally Speaks Up, BSM calls for forgiveness

After six months of agonizing tiptoeing by various parties on the confiscation of BSM bibles by JAIS in January, the matter of national interest has finally come to an end. The general public has said their minds for and against the matter and the Menteri Besar of Selangor defaulted back to the Attorney General for the final decision.

That drew flak from many quarters that MB Khalid is passing the buck but little did they realise is that the matter became a police case based on how JAIS proceeded. Investigation papers (IP) went back and forth from the police to the AG and now the AG has spoken.

On Wednesday, 11 June 2014, the AG came out with a statement that JAIS has erred in their action of confiscating the BSM bibles and that those Malay bibles do not present a national security threat (read here). It appeared that the Home Ministry officials also stated that the bibles did not fall under their purview and was purely a JAIS action. It does cause the appearance that nobody wants this hot potato on their lap and everything bounced back on JAIS.

Malaysia drew a breath of sigh as this fiasco comes to a close.  BSM former President Lee Min Choon called for Christians in Malaysia to forgive JAIS for the unfortunate incident and move on (read here). Saying that they were just doing their job and that everybody makes mistakes, his actions certainly trumped JAIS with magnamity and love.

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May 8, 2014

Sad Times For Malaysia

The past month has been seriously challenging Malaysia with the mysterious loss of MH370. Amidst all the poor management of public and international relations, we have been inundated with legal threats to Opposition leaders to jail Anwar, charge Rafizi and Teresa Kok for what appears as frivolous, mishandling of SIB case, kissing up to Obama, worrying about rising corruption, unending spewing of insensitive and unsubstantiated allegations against Chinese and Christians causing disharmony with impunity, and the untimely death of Karpal Singh, a legal pillar of the Federal Constitution. Notwithstanding PAS political play with hudud toying Umno around and pissing off DAP.

What is there to write about? It is all so sad. Else it is too sensitive. Where is the Government, where are its leaders, where is the PM? We seem to be run on auto-pilot now and on at least 2 sets of laws, one for Umno, the other for the Opposition. When NGOs and leaders tell other Malaysians to move away if they don’t like it, this is no longer the Malaysia we know and love.

Anti-GST rally has its use to connect the people with the issues but the Government will introduce it anyway come 1 April 2015. The Government says GST will bring down prices and yet this logic defying statements have never ever been substantiated by officials who defend GST. If nothing changes with GST, then why implement? Does the Government think that sellers will absorb changes in their cost prices to reflect no change to the selling price with GST? Whoever thinks this way must be in a different world. GST has its merits for the Government but it does not benefit the people. It helps the Government gain income but the people worry what will happen to that additional income.

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April 24, 2014

Pahang Bans Bibles in Hotel Rooms

The State of Pahang bans the placement of bibles and other non-Islamic materials in hotel rooms. The Pahang Islamic and Malay Customs Council (MAIP) has prohibited hotel proprietors in the state from placing religious reading materials of other religions other than Islam in their rooms (read here). The rationale given was that such placement is construed as propagation. This follows hot on the heels of what JAIS did in Selangor by confiscating bibles stored inside Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) premises, also on the reason of propagation.

What on earth is happening in Malaysia now? We get the rise of Islamic agencies in various states using the propagation enactments to curb expressions and practices of non-Islamic religions under the broadest interpretation of propagation.

Legal professionals debate the opinions whether such actions flies in the face of the interpretation of our Federal Constitution allowing for all religions to govern their own affairs and that actions done by JAIS and MAIP are unconstitutional.

But until the Supreme Court rules, the rest of the noise is more coffee shop talk amongst concerned Malaysians.

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January 9, 2014

Wake Up, Malaysia!

In the midst of utter confusion amongst comments raised by various groups regarding the recent JAIS action on the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) with the confiscation of over 300 Bibles in the Malay and Iban languages, Malaysians certainly need such a wakeup call on a better understanding of our laws of Malaysia. And no matter if we like it or not, the legal understanding of laws that applies to muslims and non-muslims in Malaysia must be accepted as fact of law. If there is contention on them being unfair or unconstitutional, only the Supreme Court can ultimately rule. This case, amongst a few others, are making Malaysians more aware of conflicts between Federal Laws, State Laws and Syariah.

Najib’s 10-Point Solution
The 10-point solution letter from PM Najib to Bishop Ng Moon Hing on 11 April 2011 is an Executive Order, if we can even use that word for the Malaysian Cabinet decision. It represented a Cabinet desire to defuse a sensitive situation in allowing the confiscated bibles to be retrieved by BSM but it does not represent an edict that can override the State Laws, Syariah or Federal Laws in the event it conflicts with them. Hence, to lean on the argument that what JAIS did was against the 10-point solution, so what?

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September 17, 2013

Fuel Price Up 20 sen: 33 sen more to go!

Last week, we saw petrol and diesel prices go up by 20 sen. PM Najib says it is nothing to be alarmed and should not rock the livelihood of Malaysians. Pro-BN NGOs parrot this. So did MCA and DPM Muhyiddin coming out to support the increase in fuel price by cutting subsidy thereby saving RM1.1B a year. All the reasons spelt out by Ministers show how little they know Malaysians and their economic plight.

When DAP Tony Pua suggested that Ministers and Deputy Ministers consider paying for their own petrol, Minister Nazri says that is pure nonsense. Not that DAP can change the policy but it was rhetorical to suggest that the Cabinet has no feel of the burden placed on Malaysians by this increase because they never had to pay for the petrol they use. Malaysians are paying for them.

Did someone say that price should only increase by a negligible amount? And did a Minister actually said it? Did the silence of the rest of the Ministers and Deputy Ministers mean they agree since it was approved by the Cabinet? Well, they should all be fired for not able to stand up for all of us poor Malaysians. Who voted them in the first place? Oh…those in rural areas who do not drive, who thinks that fuel and car prices mean nothing to them? Boy, how wrong they are.

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