Hadi calls pro-Azizah PAS state reps ‘lackeys’

MUKTAMAR After two full days of tense debates at the 60th PAS muktamar, most party leaders today adopted a conciliatory tone in their winding-up speeches.

However, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, who was the last to speak, turned the heat back up, describing two of the party’s Selangor state assemblypersons as “lackeys”.

Hadi, in his final speech at the muktamar, accused PKR of “stealing” and “buying” two of its assemblypersons, making it possible for the party along with DAP to claim a commanding majority in the Selangor state assembly.

“We do not take lightly the two state assemblypersons who were willing to cross over, there are those who became brokers and those who became lackeys,” he told delegates in Batu Pahat, Johor.

He said this in reference to Saari Sungib (Hulu Kelang) and Hasnul Baharuddin (Morib) who had backed PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Selangor menteri besar.

“Did not all of our state assemblypersons take a religious oath?” he asked.
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Anifah slams Huffington Post over ‘MH370 suicide’ article

Foreign Minister Anifah Aman has refuted a theory published by an international publication, linking the pilot of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to the aircraft’s disappearance, about seven months ago.

Expressing surprise over the article in The Huffington Post dated Sept 16, he said he was disappointed such reputable media could publish unproven claims by a New Zealand-based air accident investigator.

“Ewan Wilson’s theory regarding Captain Zaharie Shah’s mental condition has no basis, whatsoever, but only manages to create more anxiety and trauma for the families and friends of the deceased,” he said in a statement here today.

Anifah was responding to the article which quoted the aviation expert as saying that it was likely the Flight MH370 captain committed suicide, was mentally ill and his action resulted in the deaths of everyone on board the plane.

“No thought or consideration is given to the victims’ loved ones as they await news of the missing plane and the circumstances under which it came to grief.

“Even as closure is hard to come by, and investigations are ongoing, The Huffington Post deems it fit to publish the article, with no regard for the feelings and sufferings of those who have been touched by the incident,” he noted.

Wilson, a veteran commercial pilot, is also the author of a book titled ‘Good Night Malaysian 370: The Truth Behind The Loss Of Flight 370′, alleging there were five other incidents of murder or suicide involving commercial flights.

On March 8, Flight MH370 carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members disappeared from radar, about an hour after it departed from the KL International Airport to Beijing, China.

Its flight path was believed to have ended in the southern Indian Ocean. - Bernama

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Enlighten us please, Aziz Bari tells palace

Following the Selangor palace’s rebuke of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim yesterday, constitutional law expert professor Abdul Aziz Bari has urged the palace to explain the previous practice of  appointing a menteri besar.

He said the palace should explain the practice since 1959 when the country had a constitutional monarchy.

The palace should also make clear its views on requirements for majority and submission of names.

“Is it similar to what we understand, (which is) what has been practised throughout the commonwealth, or something different?” he asked.
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Malay women browbeaten into submission

azizah300By Mariam Mokhtar

COMMENT: It is hard work if you are born a woman in Malaysia. When you rise to the top of your career, you are accused of bitching or sleeping your way to the top. If you are a mediocre female worker, you are accused of showing no ambition. When you fight for your rights, you are called a bully whose frustrations cause you to be aggressive.

The Malay, Muslim woman has to live with the yoke of male dominance, which controls her behaviour in everyday life. In addition, the male interpretation of Islam will weigh her down. Several ploys will be used to try to prevent her from advancing herself.

The religion forbids her from touching men who are not blood relatives. The religion says that she is “unclean” at certain times of the month. She cannot enter previously male dominated jobs, because she cannot dress “inappropriately” even if the clothing she requires is a pair of loose overalls.

She cannot take a job which involves travel because it is “not her culture” to go anywhere without the accompaniment of a male relative.

No one knows the problems faced by a woman better than the fathers of many women. Early last century many fathers, especially the more astute Malay fathers, told their daughters that they should gain an education to free them from being controlled by other men. They wanted to liberate their daughters and make them financially independent.

These fathers did not agree that their daughters, many of whom were smart and hardworking, should stay in the kitchen and produce babies. Some fathers probably saw that their daughters’ lives were wrecked by controlling husbands who demanded absolute obedience by threatening their wife and saying: “If you disagree, I can always take another wife.” Continue reading

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Time for a PM from East Malaysia?

READERS’ COMMENTS: I think some of the comments here have totally missed the point of the article. We are talking about the polarised of the East and West, NOT the racism that some of you commented on.

Being a Sarawakian living in Kuala Lumpur for almost 20 years, I still get comments like, “Oh, you’re from Sarawak? I was in KK last week”, “You need passport to work in KL, right?”, “They are not Malaysian, they are Sarawakians” without fail.

Even after 51 years? REALLY? – Linna Chin

Sungkhen Liew: I agree with you. I still remember when I was in KL last year a person told me he has been to Sandakan but NEVER TO SABAH!

Annette Grace: Let’s not forget the “tinggal atas pokok” questions. Yes, it still happens. Even after 51 years.

Wilson Chang: We are just different from them. May be it is time to let a Sabahan become prime minister and see the result. It is time to let East Malaysian culture influence our political landscape.
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MH17: RM97mil ‘reward’ for info on culprits who shot down plane

The advert on the Wifka website

PETALING JAYA: An unknown person or organisation is offering US$30mil (RM97mil) for information and evidence on those responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on July 17.

The offer is being made through German fraud investigation company, Wifka, and has been advertised on its website.

“After the terrible assassination or ‘accident’ all political parties, at home and abroad, said they owed it to the victims, their families and the public to clarify the circumstances of the crash and present evidence for what happened. None of this has yet been done,” read the advertisement on the website.

Wifka said on Wednesday that it wanted to know who shot down the flight and who gave the order to do so.

It also wanted to know if there were any cover-ups of the shooting, what happened to those involved in the shooting, and what kind of weapon was used. Continue reading

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Hadi says no to unity gov’t with Umno

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang today said a firm no to a “unity government” with Umno and asked its partners in Pakatan Rakyat not to betray their political pact. In his policy speech to delegates at the party’s muktamar in Batu Pahat today, Hadi described the rumours that PAS will be working with Umno as a slander to sully the party’s image.

He argued that PAS had never betrayed its partners in the various political cooperation it had in the past.

“The accusations that PAS will join hands with Umno together with BN is slander that has been ignited by those irresponsible to destroy the reputation of our fight for Islam.
“Throughout the history of PAS’ struggle, we have never betrayed our ‘tahaluf’ (political cooperation) partners.

“Therefore we ask that our ‘tahaluf’ partners to also not betray this ‘tahaluf’,” he said, to shouts of allahuakbar (God is great) from the floor.

He stressed that any major decisions must be done based on consensus.
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