Monday, October 31, 2011

SIS on Muslim sex guide book

Executive director of SIS Forum Malaysia, Ratna Osman provides SIS's view on the recently launched 'Seks Islam: Perangi Yahudi Untuk Kembalikan Seks Islam Kepada Dunia' (Islamic Sex: Fighting against Jews to return Islamic sex to the world).


Section 15 of UUCA unconstitutional, rules court

The Court of Appeal today ruled that Section 15 (5) of the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) is unconstitutional and violates freedom of expression.

The provision allows public universities to take disciplinary action against students.

In a landmark majority decision, two Court of Appeal judges overturned the Kuala Lumpur High Court decision that declared the UUCA as constitutional in imposing restrictions.

Today's ruling was a majority decision.


MRT Co claims ‘bent over backwards’ to please Chinatown owners

Azhar said he has ‘bent over backwards’ to strike workable agreements that would result in an amicable end to the dispute.

File photo of Chinatown traders and owners protesting against the MRT alignmen

MRT Corporation has lashed out against “unfair” reports of its alleged high-handedness in resolving the Klang Valley MRT land row, complaining that much of its efforts to please city traders and landowners here have been met with hostility.

Its chief executive officer Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid said he has been facing heat from both parties — the government and the owners — and “bending over backwards” to strike workable agreements that would result in an amicable end to the dispute.

Police probe bullet threat against Aziz Bari

The police are investigating the case of a bullet being mailed to constitutional law professor Abdul Aziz Bari, under Section 507 of the Penal Code or for criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication.


Nazri says no objection to non-Malay PM

De facto law minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz says he has no problem with a non-Malay prime minister as long as the best man gets the job.

“If it happens that the best person is a non-Malay, so be it,” he told The Edge Financial Daily in an interview published today.

“I cannot say, ‘I’m Malaysian first, but the prime minister must be Malay.’ You can’t have your cake and eat it (too).”

Last year, Nazri (picture) became the first Umno minister to declare he was Malaysian first and Malay second, in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1 Malaysia concept.

Kg Buah Dada Gobala told to leave Dewan Rakyat

Former PKR MP N Gobalakrishnan (Independent-Padang Serai) was asked to leave the Dewan Rakyat this morning by deputy speaker Wan Junaidi Wan Jaafar after raising a ruckus in the House today.

He was asked to leave and return only after the lunch break, after he refused repeated orders by the deputy speaker to stand down.

A shouting match had broken out after Gobalakrishnan interrupted Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) as the DAP leader was seeking clarification from Wan Junaidi over the rejection in chambers of his motion to censure Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau).

Karpal's motion was to discuss Khairy's tweet poking fun at allegations of sexual misconduct by the son of Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.


In concert protest, PAS Youth says not like ‘Taliban’

Taliban fighters pose with weapons as they sit in their compound at an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan May 5, 2011.

PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan today denied his movement was a militant Islamist group after it was branded “Taliban” for protesting an Elton John concert to be held in Genting Highlands next month.

PAS Youth has claimed Malaysia was promoting an unhealthy trend by letting an openly gay artiste perform in the country.

“Do not [misunderstand]... we are not Taliban, we have also never copied Taliban’s style. Our views do not mean we are extreme in our actions, we don’t stop anyone from attending concerts or attack anyone [who attends concerts],” Nasrudin said when contacted .

Yesterday, former Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin hit out at PAS’s vocal youth wing for its “extremist” stand against the popular performer.

Putrajaya says rejected Lynas proposal, wants more info

The government said today Australian miner Lynas Corp’s submissions on safety requirements for its controversial RM1.5 billion rare earth refinery in Gebeng was rejected last month.

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) told Parliament today that it had received the submissions on July 18, two weeks after Putrajaya adopted the 11 recommendations set out by an International Atomic Energy Agency-led (IAEA) review of the refinery.

“On September 19, we returned all documents for corrections and additional information,” deputy minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof said of submissions by Lynas, whose factory has raised fears of radiation pollution in Kuantan.

The government has said it will not allow Lynas to begin operations or import rare earth ore until the 11 conditions, which include a comprehensive, long-term and detailed plan for managing radioactive waste that covers decommissioning and remediation, are met.

Valuer: Incomplete build reason for RM3.5m Khir mansion price

A general view of the entrance to Dr Khir’s mansion in Shah Alam.

Unfinished building construction was the reason why Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo’s mansion and land was valued at RM3.5 million, the former Selangor mentri besar’s corruption trial was told today.

Choy Yue Kwong, a valuer from Rahim & Co that had been appointed by HSBC to value the price of Dr Mohamad Khir’s palatial home, testified that even RM 5.5 million was too high a value to put on the mansion.

He said that there was no reason why anyone should “overpay [for] property,” especially a house that was not yet fully constructed.

Responding to a query from defence lawyer Datuk Jahabardeen Mohamed Yunoos, Choy said that anyone who saw Khir’s mansion at the time of purchase and still bought it any amount beyond RM5 million was “not a prudent buyer.”

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Eight hurt in massive explosion after train collides with oil tanker

A passenger train crashed into an oil tanker at a crossing near the Kota Kinabalu International Airport at about 5.30pm today. Several train passengers sustained injuries but no casualties were reported. Witnesses at the scene described hearing a loud explosion then seeing flames and smoke billowing from the scene of the accident. The thick smoke could be seen from as far away as the city centre here -- about five km away. The train was on its way to Papar according to its daily weekday schedule, ferrying office workers from the city centre.


Tourism Minister clarifies overspent report

The Tourism Ministry has denied the Auditor-General’s Report 2010 that it overspent on advertisements to a tune of RM270mil.


DAP’s Loke slams ‘hypocrite’ Wee over UUCA remarks

Loke says Wee and MCA Youth were only now jumping on the bandwagon.

DAP MP Anthony Loke has labelled Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong a “hypocrite” for backing today’s court ruling against the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA), reminding the MCA Youth chief that his party leaders had previously supported the controversial law.

The Rasah MP pointed out that when amendments to the law were tabled in Parliament in 2008, Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers — including MCA MPs — had not objected to them.

“Not one MCA MP fought for the repeal of Section 15 of the Act and suggestions for its amendment by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) MPs at the committee stage were also opposed by BN MPs, including those from MCA,” Loke said in a statement here.

Missing teen worries mom

A distraught mother is searching for her thirteen-year-old son who was believed to run away from home five weeks ago.


Eight hurt in massive explosion after train collides with oil tanker Read more: Eight hurt in massive explosion after train collides with oil tanker

A passenger train crashed into an oil tanker at a crossing near the Kota Kinabalu International Airport at about 5.30pm today. Several train passengers sustained injuries but no casualties were reported. Witnesses at the scene described hearing a loud explosion then seeing flames and smoke billowing from the scene of the accident. The thick smoke could be seen from as far away as the city centre here -- about five km away. The train was on its way to Papar according to its daily weekday schedule, ferrying office workers from the city centre.

No fatalities were reported, but so far eight people were injured in a massive explosion due to a collision between a train and a fuel tanker in front of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, this evening.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib told reporters at the scene that the rest of the passengers in the carriages either managed to escape when the collision occurred about 5.30pm or rescued when firefighters arrived.

The victims were immediately sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment, he said..

PAGE holds BN to ransom on PPSMI issue

Noor Azimah (left) with the letter of appeal the lobby group presented to the PM, outside the PM’s office in Putrajaya on October 31, 2011

The Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) today admitted holding the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) to ransom over the use of English to teach science and mathematics in schools.

Yesterday, PAGE chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim had bluntly said BN risks losing votes in the upcoming general election if it continues to bar students from learning science and maths in English in schools.

Today, the parents lobby group denied any political affiliation, saying it was only doing what was best for their children.

“Because it is real. If we don’t get this and I’m going to vote and I’m a believer. And unfortunately, if I don’t get this for my children that is what I will do,” Noor Azimah told reporters today after sending a letter of appeal to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on the matter.

Trick or treats?

Costume parties and trick or treating. Several American families living in Taman Tar, Ampang got the neighbourhood in the Halloween mood.


Tsu Koon: I didn't say I will stand against Guan Eng

Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon (pic) yesterday dismissed a blog report that he is prepared to take on Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in the next general election, saying the blogger had not interviewed him at all.

He also said he would not comment further and that the blogs could write whatever they wanted to.

"Several blogs have written all kinds of things about me. My Press secretary has dismissed them. I was not interviewed by any blogger, so how can they quote me as having said that?" he told reporters after officiating at the Gerakan Deepavali open house at Menara PGRM in Cheras.

Eight hurt in massive explosion due to train-fuel tanker collison Monday


Train, fuel tanker crash triggers explosion in Kota Kinabalu

Flames billow from the site of the train and fuel tanker crash in Kota Kinabalu, October 31, 2011.

A Sabah Railways train and a road fuel tanker collided this evening, causing a huge explosion at Jalan Kepayan-Jalan Lintas junction near the Kota Kinabalu international airport here.

According to Bernama Online, at least eight people — including both the train and tanker drivers — were injured in the incident that occured around 5.30pm.

The casualties were sent to the nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital for attention. No fatalities have been recorded so far.

Fire and rescue services were deployed to the scene shortly after the crash, but found on arrival that most of the passengers had managed to escape from the stricken train unaided.

Klang Bus stand no more

Demolition work will commence at the end of the year and is expected to be completed by early next year.


Putrajaya insists national cattle project a success

Noh said the project had reached its stated target using Putrajaya’s yardstick. — File pic

The government defended today the RM73.64 million National Feedlot Centre (NFC) project, insisting that the cattle farming scheme met its target of producing 8,000 heads of cattle by 2010.

Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Datuk Seri Noh Omar told Parliament today that the ministry has already given its feedback to the Auditor-General over the NFC that was included in the 2010 report.

Reading from the report, the Tanjong Karang MP said “the total number of cattle brought into the farm was 8,016 between 2008 and 2010.”

“Of that total, 5,742 were slaughtered up to November 2010. Therefore, the target of 8,000 cattle by 2010 was met. It is a success,” he said.

The 2010 Auditor General’s report said the project — linked to minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s family — to create Malaysia’s “Beef Valley” had turned into a mess.

It said production in 2010 was only 3,289 heads of cattle or 41.1 per cent of the target set.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Missing salesman found dead in car boot

A salesman who went missing since two days ago was found dead in a car boot at Section 4 Bandar Baru Bangi near here today.

Kajang district police chief ACP Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab said the body of the 49-year-old man was found wrapped in a blanket in the car boot of a Toyota Unser which was abandoned in an undergrowth in the area.

The victim, who lived in Ipoh, Perak was reported missing by his wife at the Jelapang police station today after he failed to return home since two days ago, he said when contacted by Bernama.

Abdul Rashid believed the man had been slashed as there were injuries on the back and thigh.

Racing official and wife hurt in attack by men with parang

An official of the Malayan Racing Association (MRA) and his wife were assaulted and slashed by three parang-wielding men at the couple’s condominium here.

The attack took place while MRA chief stipendiary steward Mark Hill and his wife were waiting for a lift at their guarded Desa Casa condominium at about 10.45am yesterday.

Fellow residents who saw the attack on the couple, both in their 50s, reportedly fled to hide in their homes.

The attackers, wearing crash helmets, punched Hill in the face and slashed his legs. They also punched his wife.

Hill has been warded at a private hospital here, where his wife was given outpatient treatment.

Sex guide not un-Islamic, says Obedient Wives Club

The Obedient Wives Club (OWC) broke its silence on the controversial sex guide book today, arguing that the publication is not against Islamic teachings.

"There are those who are attempting to deviate from the material without even consulting us on the purpose of the book," said the book's author Hatijah Aam via tele-conferencing from Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The pocket sized 128-page book - that caused a storm two weeks ago - was purely to educate Muslims on appropriate sexual conduct, said Hatijah.

The publication titled 'Seks Islam; Perangi Yahudi Untuk Kembalikan Seks Islam Kepada Dunia' (Islamic Sex; fighting against Jews to return Islamic sex to the world) was produced "out of responsibility to provide an answer to those who have ruined their faith by practicing illegitimate sex," she said.

The cover of the book has a picture the late Ashaari Muhammad, the banned Al-Arqam leader.


Taking sex to the PhD-level

The Obedient Wives Club wanted to keep it under the covers but since it leaked out, interest for its sex-guide book has yet to reach a climax.

FRIDAY’S press conference by the Obedient Wives Club (OWC) reminded me of Salt-n-Pepa’s 1991 hit song Let’s Talk About Sex.

The hip-hop song goes: “Let’s talk about sex. Yo, I don’t think we should talk about this. C’mon, why not? People might misunderstand what we’re tryin’ to say, you know? No, but that’s a part of life.”

That about sums up the exasperation of the club embroiled in a controversy after it published a pocket-sized 115-page Malay-language book titled Seks Islam, Perangi Yahudi Untuk Kembalikan Seks Islam Kepada Dunia (Islamic Sex, Fighting Jews to Return Islamic Sex to the World).

Deathly silence engulfs Sepang Italian rider Simoncelli killed in crash at Sepang circuit

Silence filled the air at the Sepang International Circuit after MotoGP fans came to know about the horrific crash involving Marco Simoncelli.

Student Yusof Haq, 14, who was at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix yesterday, said the thunderous roars of engines and passionate screaming of fans turne

“I am terribly sad over his death as he is talented; my thoughts are with him always.

“We were all shocked to see him knocked off his bike and hit by the other rider,” he said yesterday.

He added that some in the crowd started to throw mineral water bottles onto the track out of frustration after the announcement to cancel the race was made.

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The Gathering of One Million Muslims (Himpun), themed "Save Our Faith", today wants the government to formulate a special law to prevent activities to convert Muslims in the country.

Himpun chairman, Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid, said this was among 10 resolutions reached at the gathering, which included provisions safeguarding the special position of Islam, as enshrined in the Federal Constitution, to be drafted into the new law to replace the Internal Security Act.

About 4,000 people, including representatives from several non-governmental organisations, attended the gathering which was held at the Shah Alam Stadium.

Also present was Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria.

Himpun claims success despite low turnout

The organisers of the anti-apostasy rally Himpunan Sejuta Umat(Congregation of a Million) in Shah Alam today declared the event a success despite only attracting no more than 5,000 people.

According to its co-chairperson Mohd Azmi Mohd Hamid, this is because the message of the rally has been delivered.

Speaking after the four-hour event at the Shah Alam open stadium, he said that the delivery of their message trumps "the real numbers on the ground."

"We are not disappointed. When we say one million (people), we say this as the NGOs had promised certain numbers of supporters, but if they can't make it then we are not too concerned about it," he said.

According to Mohd Azmi, the fact that no untoward incident occurred also disproved the fear-mongering by Himpun's detractors.


AG's Report: Nine ministries/depts overspend by RM3bil

Nine ministries or departments had overspent their operating allocation for last year by a total of RM3.73bil, the Auditor-General's Report 2010 said.

There are the Education Ministry, Health Ministry, Home Ministry, Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Ministry, Public Service Department, Attorney-General's Department, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Public Services Commission.

The report said feedback from the affected ministries and department showed that they had practised a thrifty policy but the overspending was due to unavoidable circumstances due to increased activities and unscheduled payments.

Appreciating the art of kolam

A kolam drawing on the front doorsteps of Hindu households is common during Deepavali as a form of welcome to visitors.


Simoncelli dies in Msian MotoGP crash Race cancelled four minutes after the race began when Honda rider died from injuries in a horror crash

Marco Simoncelli (left) finished second in last week's Australian MotoGP behind Casey Stoner

"It is official. He is dead. He succumbed to his injuries,'' said an official with Dorna, the company that runs MotoGP, who spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcment.

Simoncelli, 24, had his helmet knocked off in the accident, which occurred when the Italian lowsided from his bike at turn 11, before falling over and being hit by Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.

Duped by 'pen pal' Submitted by shaza on Monday, October 24th, 2011 * Duped by pen pal * Local * News 'Slow-learner' loses savings, forced to marry and nearly made drug mule

TARGETED: Ng (right) claims she was duped by a pen pal and forced to marry a Chinese national. Tai is beside her.

It all started when a lonely woman reached out for friendship in a personal advertisement.

Little did she know that in less than two years, she would lose her savings, forced to marry a foreigner and narrowly escape being turned into a drug mule.

Najib: Leave families out of politics

The prime minister said today that in a modern democracy, the ideal scenario would be for all parties to concentrate on policy matters.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak moved today to end allegations of sexual harassment levelled against Lim Guan Eng’s son by calling on politicians to leave family members out of politics.

“That is ideal in a modern democracy where you concentrate on policy matters.

“You can debate the differences in policies in terms of weaknesses of implementation but you leave aside family, or the exploitation of family matters for your own political gain,” the prime minister told reporters today.

Pro-Umno bloggers had claimed that the DAP Secretary-General’s son had assaulted a 16-year-old schoolmate and had tried to escape punishment by using his father’s name.

Conned into marriage

MCA Public Services and Complaint Department head Datuk Michael Chong reveals a 26 years old victim who was taken advantage of her disability by a China syndicate.


Muhyiddin: Police probe best way to clear air over Guan Eng’s son

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today defended his remarks that Lim Guan Eng should ask the police to probe claims his son had molested a girl as the best way to put an end to the allegations.

Muhyiddin said a statement from Lim on his son’s innocence might not be good enough for the public and that a proper investigation would serve to end talk of the 16-year-old’s alleged assault.

“That’s my intention, not that I want to interfere. Please get the intention. There’s no ill-feeling,” he said in reply to Ipoh Timur MP Lim Kit Siang in Parliament today.“I’m not saying he’s guilty but other people make their own evaluation... It will be cleared very much easier (via a police probe). It’s not a question of politics,” Muhyiddin (picture) added.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Wee: I will not apologise to PKR Youth

MCA Youth chief Wee Ka Siong will not apologise to PKR Youth for blaming the movement and its information chief for fuelling speculation that led to the slander and posting of indecent photos, allegedly of the beautiful women who graced the Youth wing's recently-concluded AGM.


Tee Keat: BN can lose votes over MRT dispute

Ong (second left) speaks during a press conference on the land acquisition in Jalan Sultan, in Kuala Lumpur October 12, 2011.

Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat today warned Barisan Nasional (BN) that the coalition could lose votes in the next general elections if it continued to ignore protests over the alignment of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT).

The former MCA president said the Chinatown community had been denied a reprieve from the acquisition of their properties in Jalan Sultan while other voices of protest over the same project were “visibly heeded with willingness to review and detour”.

Stick to the original plan!

Stakeholders in Bukit Bintang affected by the Klang Valley My Rapid Transit (MRT) project want the government to revert to its original plan to build two MRT stations in Bukit Bintang, instead of one in Bukit Bintang Central.


Row over festival stalls Submitted by shaza on Thursday, October 13th, 2011 * Brickfields Deepavali bazaar * Local * News * Community Refusal to move and threat to revoke licences mar City Hall enforcement in Brickfields

FINGER-POINTING: A City Hall officer and some of the stall operators during the argument
CLEAR PATH: Some stalls have made an effort not to block the tactile walkway

An argument between several Deepavali stall operators in Brickfields and a KL City Hall (DBKL) enforcement officer who threatened to revoke their licences and seize their goods led to enforcement action being called off yesterday.

This "war in Little India" happened about noon in Jalan Tun Sambanthan.

The arrival of a police patrol car calmed matters down, with City Hall officers agreeing to halt their enforcement action for the time being, pending a meeting among City Hall, the stall operators and the Indian Petty Traders Association Kuala Lumpur.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Promise no surface land grabbed for MRT, Pua tells MRT Co

DAP MP Tony Pua today demanded that MRT Co issue a blanket decision for all land acquisition matters involving the Klang Valley MRT project, apart from its pledge to leave Jalan Sultan properties untouched.

The Petaling Jaya Utara MP said no surface land should be grabbed to make way for tunnelling work for the multibillion ringgit rail project while underground land should only be acquired strictly to construct MRT stations or its ancillary facilities like air vents and access points.

“No parcel of land should be compulsorily acquired for the purposes of profit generation by the government,” Pua (picture) said in a statement here.

MCA Youth and Beliawanis lodges complaint

MCA Youth and Beliawanis lodged a complaint against a blogger who superimposed photos of observers who attended a recent party function, on pornographic images.


No acquisition but traders unconvinced

NO PLANS FOR DEMOLITION: Heritage buildings in Jalan Sultan will be dismantled and rebuilt

There will be no land acquisition of Jalan Sultan and Jalan Bukit Bintang buildings for the Klang Valley MY Rapid Transit (KVMRT) project.

The project owner, MRT Corporation, will instead dismantle and rebuild the original buildings a fter construction has ended.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said he was told by MRT Corporation CEO Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid last Monday it would bear the cost and replace any materials broken during the process.

MalaysiaKini confirms talks with Malay Mail

News portal MalaysiaKini confirmed today it is in talks to sell content to Umno-linked newspaper The Malay Mail, with its founder defending the deal and saying it made good business sense.

The Malaysian Insider reported yesterday that the English tabloid is negotiating a deal with the 12-year-old news site to swap a stake in the newspaper for content.

MalaysiaKini editor Steven Gan denied today in a commentary on his website plans to own “a single share of Malay Mail or to surrender the ownership of Malaysiakini” but confirmed that talks are ongoing for “a simple content arrangement.”

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