Johor Sultan: Muslims can join festivals of other faiths

KLUANG: There should be no issue if Muslims join their friends of other faiths in celebrating their festivals, says Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar (pic).

He said that celebrating other festivals was a sign of respect to their friends and neighbours.

“This is what Bangsa Johor is about. It promotes closeness, tolerance and mutual respect for each other regardless of race and religion.

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“We should celebrate this in peace and harmony,” he said, during a Deepavali gathering organised by the Johor Federation of Indian Organisations (Gappin) here Sunday.

A large crowd of about 1,600 people had gathered to celebrate the event at Dataran Tasik Kluang. Continue reading

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Until he makes good his 2011 word, Rais is all empty tin


by Jimmy Adit

COMMENT: What is Rais Yatim to Sarawakians?

Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Dr James Masing kind of sums up how Sarawakians really feel about the social and cultural adviser to the Federal government when he took him to task for saying that that State government’s move to make English its official language could sow discord between Sarawak and Malaya.

In a rather stinging response to Rais, Masing said:

“Malaya has just recognised the Dayak as a race after 50 years of independence.

“Rais had never mentioned anything about Dayak as a racial group during his stint as a federal minister.

“When he was the menteri perpaduan (national unity, culture, arts and heritage minister), he only treated the Dayak as patung (puppets) and models for his cultural photographs on his billboards and television advertisements.

“That was never good for integration.”

Masing went on to ask what this son of Yatim had done for Sarawak when he was minister.

For Rais to answer that satisfactorily he would have to dig deep into his PhD memory, meaning he may have to scratch his balding head until every strand of hair he has up there comes loose.

But before he suffers himself to that end, let us help him remember what he had done but failed to do. Continue reading

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‘Kevin worked on PM and wife’s case, initials on charge sheet’

The alleged draft charge sheet against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak released by whistleblower site Sarawak Report had carried the initials of the late deputy public prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morias, claimed his brother. – The Malaysian Insider pic

In a statutory declaration (SD) today, Charles Suresh Morais said when he saw the charge sheet that appeared on the website on July 30, he recognised his brother’s initials.

“After having looked at the (two-page) draft charge sheet once again, I noticed that one of them was amended and initialed.

“After studying that particular charge sheet in detail, I noticed that the initial next to the amendment made was that of my brother, Kevin. I am familiar with his signature and his initials,” he said in the SD.

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Attorney-general Mohd Apandi Ali had previously dismissed the alleged draft charge sheet as false.

When contacted today on the statutory declaration, he replied: “I am overseas. Thank you.” Continue reading

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Zaid tells Umno leaders to stop sucking up to Najib

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By FMT Reporters

PETALING JAYA: As Umno readies itself for its General Assembly in December, former law minister Zaid Ibrahim has taken it upon himself to offer some sage advice to the party’s top leadership: stop sucking-up to Prime Minister Najib Razak.

He said it was time for the party to “move on” and that the only sensible thing left for its top leadership to do was exert immense pressure on Najib to resign because if the party president hung on to his post, it would spell the end of Umno.

“We need to move on. In light of the deep crisis the country is facing, it’s irresponsible for Umno’s top leaders to do nothing but suck up to Najib,” he wrote in his latest blog entry, saying that only fear prevented them from doing the right thing.

Describing Najib as the party’s “biggest liability” in its entire history, Zaid said, “If Najib survives, Umno will surely fall.” Continue reading

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Yes, Rais Yatim, have you ever done anything for Sarawak?

COMMENTS by Theantdaily readers

Mohd Fajar Nor: When your BN colleagues are least impressed with your public statements, then there must be something wrong.

So Rais Yatim, it’s clear that the people of Sarawak do not need your unsolicited advice.

And seriously as Dr James Masing has asked, “What have you done for Sarawak, Rais Yatim?”

That is the question which I would also pose to you. Have you ever done anything good for Sarawak that is worth mentioning?

If the Sarawak minister is not at all impressed with you in your long career as a Malaysian minister, what is there left for you to gloat about to ordinary folk.

My advice, similarly unsolicited, to you is “Perhaps it’s time to consider permanent retirement from public office.”

That would probably make you stop making unnecessary public pronouncements and making a fool of yourself along the way.

Boon-Kean Lau: Knowing a second language or conversant with a third doesn’t make one less patriotic. This ignorant ex-minister is obviously a prude or a ‘toot’ not befitting to be a role model for Malay youths.

Patrick Lai: What a lousy ex minister RY.

Stan Chung: Good to know your rights and not be bullied by Umno goons.

Adrian Leo Mosigil: He’s got PhD in Law right and isn’t English the bread and butter of law study?

May Lim: Please lah. Know nuts about the Constitution. Gaji buta! Continue reading

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Unsung hero Adenan will lift Sarawak out of the doldrums

by Mariam Mokhtar

COMMENT: Adenan Satem, the chief minister of Sarawak, is an unsung hero, not just for Sarawak but for all of Malaysia. He has defied the Umno Baru puppet handlers, in Putrajaya, and forged ahead with his latest plan to make English an official language of Sarawak, in addition to Bahasa Malaysia.

As expected, the architects responsible for racial and religious division in Malaysia, came out of the woodwork to criticise Adenan.

Besides being attacked by Perkasa, one particular critic was the former minister for Information, Communications and Culture, Rais Yatim, who is the current Social and Cultural Affairs Adviser to the government.

Rais said, “Isn’t this a disintegration, or will it not cause a split in the society? So, in terms of nationhood, I am not in favour of the State government’s stand.”

Rais is being disingenuous. Whilst we have many distasteful memories of him, we do not remember his promotion of culture and national unity. What has Rais done for the Sarawakians, during his tenure as minister? Moreover, Rais has no say in the affairs of Sarawak and anyway, the chief minister knows that his people are behind him.

Rais also had the cheek to say that the move should have been debated, and a consensus of opinion reached, before being announced by Adenan, because ‘it involves the Federal Constitution’.

Since when do Federal ministers debate? Najib Razak, down to his most junior minister, are all fearful of performing dismally in debates.

In 2012, former Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim challenged Najib, several times, to debate, but Najib refused, claiming that political debate was not part of the Malaysian culture.

If Khairy Jamaluddin had to fly to London, to have a debate with Rafizi Ramli, at a United Kingdom and Eire Council of Malaysian Students (UKEC) event, who is Rais to suddenly pretend that a debate was all important? Continue reading

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Sarawakians back Adenan on English, others can shut up!

by Zainal Yunos

LETTER: This “Letter to the Editor” section is aimed at providing an opportunity for readers to air their opinions on current issues and other subjects of interest. Send your letters Letters may be edited for length and clarity.

FULL BACKING FOR ADENAN: I’m actually very amused to read news reports of groups in Malaya chastising Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem for declaring that English will be used, alongside Bahasa Malaysia, as the official language in Sarawak.

They seemed to miss one important point – English will only be one of the official languages. Bahasa Malaysia still remains, as Adenan has made very clear.

So what these Malayan groups are demanding is that there must be one official language, Bahasa Malaysia. English can never be allowed to be an official language in any state in the Malaysian Federation.

How narrow-minded and how selfish is that!

According to news reports, Malay-based groups in Kuala Lumpur have protested against Sarawak’s adoption of English as an official language, alongside Bahasa Malaysia.

The Malay Economic Action Council and the Kuala Lumpur Malay Chamber of Commerce questioned the Sarawak government’s reasoning, while the Malay-rights group Perkasa said the Sarawak decision was an insult to the Federal Constitution.

The council’s chief executive, Mohd Nizam Mahshar, said the use of language different from their day-to-day conversation would turn away those in the lower middle-income and lower-income groups.

He suggested that the state first carry out a study on language usage.

I’m afraid I don’t understand what Mohd Nizam is talking about. Does he mean to say that when one is so used to conversing in Bahasa, others will run away when one starts talking to them in English. What kind of an argument is that?

Incidentally, Mohd Nizam also mentioned that the lower middle-income and lower-income groups would be turned away. Why? Affluent Malaysians do not speak Bahasa?

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Why stigmatise the lower-income groups as the ones who only speak Bahasa? And for heaven’s sake, why not get them to learn English so that they can get out of the lower classes of society? Has Mohd Nizam ever thought of that? Continue reading

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