Aide denies Ustaz Azhar the one in sex video

An assistant to popular preacher Azhar Idrus has denied it is the religious scholar who is depicted in the latest pornographic video clip that has gone viral on the Internet.

In his denial, Azhar’s assistant Zulkifli Wahab said yesterday the posting of the sex video on the Internet was an attempt to smear the preacher and clerics in the country.

“No. Do not believe in it. It is a planned attack not only to smear Ustaz Azhar (left) but also the ulama in the country.

“There are those who are uneasy to see Islam being popular, with more and more people attending religious talks, resulting in such active propagation of Islam, which has become an in-thing now,” Zulkifli was quoted as saying in Berita Harian today.
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Do not drown the voices of outspoken Dayak leaders

From left: Dusit, Manyin, Jabu and Masing

COMMENT: Dusit Jaul PhD has done all the right things in the most proactive manner.

Through Sarawak Dayak Graduates’ Association (SDGA), which he heads, Dr Dusit works with some of the best Dayak brains to study issues affecting the community. Group findings therein reached are brought to the attention of the relevant authorities in hopes that the issues are given due attention.

The issues are many – higher education opportunities, knowledge empowerment, information dissemination and Dayak participation in the civil service at both the state and federal levels.

Central to all this is of course SDGA’s motto – One Voice, Community Destiny, Dayak Unity, and slogan – Committed to Community Excellence.

His is all about positive engagement, which saw SDGA engaging other Dayak-based NGOs, schools and students, businessmen and businesses, politicians and government officials.

Motivation seminars were organised to help students prepare for their examinations; forums like the “SDGA Unity Forum: The Government’s Transformation Programmes & Security Issues” were held to help members of the community understand the latest government policies; and a special committee on a mission to get Dayaks apply for civil service jobs was formed in 2012.

The special committee, which Dusit leads as interim chairman, is interesting because it was formed after a meeting of the SDGA with Public Service Commission (PSC) chairman Tan Sri Mahmood Adam.

In that meeting, it was revealed that too few Dayaks applied to join the civil service. PSC’s record as of September 2012 showed it received a total of 66,699 applications to fill the various vacancies.

Out of the number, 26,233 or 39% were Malays, Bidayuhs (8,327), Melanaus (6,218), Chinese (5,062) and Orang Ulus (3,315). The Ibans, despite being the biggest group in the state, only accounted for 16,578 applications. Consequently, of the 2,997 selected, 849 were Malays, Chinese (535), Bidayuhs (475), Melanaus (257), Orang Ulus (96) and Iban (722).

“At the moment we cannot put the blame solely on PSC for having fewer Dayaks in the public service because record shows that in terms of the number of applications received by PSC over the years less were from the Dayaks compared with the Malays and Chinese despite being the biggest community in the state,” Dusit was quoted as saying.
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New hope for cancer victims as drug which kills tumours passes lab tests

The drug, known as OTS964, can eradicate aggressive human lung cancers transplanted into mice, according to a new study

Breakthrough: The drug that can eradicatye tumours is being developed at the University of Chicago

A new drug that eradicates some tumours with few side effects has been successfully tested on mice.

The drug, known as OTS964, can eradicate aggressive human lung cancers transplanted into mice, according to a new study.

Given as a pill or by injection, the drug inhibits the action of a protein that is overproduced by several tumour types, including lung and breast, but is rarely expressed in healthy adult tissues.

Without the protein, cancer cells fail to complete the cell-division process and die.

The study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, reveals that when taken by mouth, the drug was well tolerated with limited toxicity.

And an intravenous form was just as effective with fewer side effects.

Both approaches led to complete regression of transplanted tumours, according to the study.
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The forgettable Bujang Taha

Bujang Taha
    

OUTSPOKEN: You’ll never walk alone. Govt won’t let state athletes down in time of need, says minister – ran a newspaper headline the day former champion bodybuilder Bujang Taha received RM3,000 from Social Development and Urbanisation Ministry (KPSU) and about RM4,800 from the State Social Welfare Department to help him build a new house to replace one burnt down days before that.

“Besides providing for Bujang Taha’s immediate needs, the ministry will also be working to rebuild his house through the coordination of various corporations and agencies,” assured KPSU Minister Tan Sri William Mawan.

But on Oct 12 Bujang Taha died at the age of 77, and those coming to pay their last respects were still talking about how to go about remembering the man, who had done for the state and country only an exceptional few like him could, and helping the family he left behind.
Youth Development Assistant Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the state cabinet would discuss the necessary assistance to be given to the man’s family while Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s office (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman promised to bring up the matter of a monthly allowance with Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
Fellow national bodybuilding great and six-time Mr Asia title winner Datuk Malek Noor urged that Bujang Taha be accorded some form of state or national recognition for his contributions and sacrifice.
“Bujang Taha should be recognised by the Sarawak and Malaysian governments for his contributions to the country on the world stage. He has done the country proud,” said Malek, after attending Bujang Taha’s funeral.

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Hindus and Christians: Foster a culture of ‘inclusion’

(Left): Pope Francis

KUALA LUMPUR: Hindus and Christians, together with those of other religious beliefs in the country have been living together in great harmony and tolerance ever since Malaysia was born. In fact, long before the multi-racial and multi-religious citizens of this nation became Malaysians.

Unfortunately in recent years, the religious tolerance and racial harmony have been threatened by a small group of bigots and racists.

Perhaps a humble Kerling villager by the name of Jamil Mohd Yusof, 76, summed up best the sad situation today when he said that Malaysians have lost that loving feeling.

“Family togetherness is sorely lacking in Malaysian society today. It was different before…the Malays, Chinese and Indians used to live as one family. We shared experiences, especially during the festival seasons, which we celebrated together…those were really happy occasions,” said Jamil in an interview with Bernama TV.

As Hindus celebrate Deepavali today, Jamil has become a topic of conversation, attracting the attention of people from all walks of life, including those overseas, after he was featured in a 70-second video clip on social media sites like Facebook, Youtube and Whatsapp.

On the other side of the globe, Pope Francis also expressed his concern over the increasing discrimination, violence and exclusion throughout the world.

In a Deepavali message delivered by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, the Holy Father urged Christians and Hindus to reflect this year on the theme “Fostering together a culture of ‘inclusion'”.

The message was contained in a statement forwarded to theantdaily by Rev Father Lawrence Andrew of Petaling Jaya stating that the Apostolic Nunciature wishes to send the Pope’s appeal to all Hindus, including those in Malaysia on the occasion of the Festival of Lights.

“In the face of increasing discrimination, violence and exclusion throughout the world, ‘nurturing a culture of inclusion’ can be rightly seen as one of the most genuine aspirations of people everywhere.
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Of prostitutes, peace and chivalry

Dyana Sofya

Dyana Sofya suffers from dysania and is using her superpowers to pen down her thoughts late into the night. Political Secretary to Lim Kit Siang by day and she tweets from @dyanasmd.

OCTOBER 20 — It is an interesting exercise to browse through the many comments on my Facebook fan page. Reading through them recently, I began to notice a pattern. Generally, there are three types of comments: positive, negative and commiserative.

The positive comments mostly take the form of motivating words of encouragement. These are my favourite, and I am eternally grateful for the constant show of support from Malaysians of all walks of life. They have never failed to fuel me with positive energy or pick me up when I feel down.

As for the negative comments, they are as colourful as one would expect them to be. From the usual name-calling, gender stereotyping to all kinds of discriminating attacks, I have learned to accept them as part and parcel of public life. In fact, I sometimes find it entertaining, as it takes a special breed of people to be able to be so shallow and perverse.

However, there is one more type of comment that has become a constant feature in almost every thread. I find these quite puzzling. Somehow, there seems to be quite a few people out there who find it necessary to convey their pity or sympathy because they feel I am being “used.” Often, they would also predict that I would one day “wake up” and realise that I am in the wrong struggle, and that I would eventually “return” to the true path.

While I thank them for their “concern”, I would also like to express my own concern about the patronising culture of our society. Why is it so difficult for people to understand that we young Malay women are able to think for ourselves and have the capability (and yes, the right) to decide what we want to do and how we want to do it? Continue reading

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Better fat ministers than the current corrupt crop

(Left): Maggie
    

QUICK TAKE: Much is reportedly being said by critics about a woman minister tasked with leading Belgium’s fight against obesity, the long and short of it is that some say that the 127kg politician is too fat to be minister of public health.

While I do perhaps understand the painful irony that critics are trying to point out, but perhaps as the saying goes, sometimes it takes a thief to catch a thief, and an obese to solve obesity.

And more so when it comes to our Malaysian context, many of us I believe would rather have a public official that is obese and can do the job than one who is less bulge-endowed but corrupt and spendthrift.

While Belgium’s Maggie Be Block may weigh more than the average politician, she is reportedly popular due to her no nonsense and tough measures as immigration minister.

The weight of her time in public office is not due to how much she weighs but how good she has been in her job, this made her popular and indeed reportedly tipped as the next premier.

As news reports quoted, the general medical practitioner of over 25 years has proven with her previous political posting, there is muscle and not only fat behind her rotund exterior.

A claim that as far as the Malaysian public is concerned, nary a single of our ministers can rightly claim to be.
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