Sarah Lian: A name doesn’t represent a person’s religion

PETALING JAYA: A question on a Moral Studies paper for Year One students at a school here is coming under heavy criticism for being racist.

Actress Sarah Lian (pic) said that the question indoctrinated young children to typecast people according to name and religion.

The celebrity posted a photo of the exam paper on Facebook on Tuesday, calling it “archaic and racist”.

The post has since gone viral and sparked outcry among Malaysians.

The Moral Studies (Pendidikan Moral) exam paper from a national school in Petaling Jaya asked students to match the names to a picture of their place of worship.

The four names were Devi, Hock Lee, Kam

The places of worship were a church, a Hindu temple, a Chinese temple, and a mosque. Continue reading

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Dr M, Wan Azizah to be named advisers in pro-tem Harapan panel

Pakatan Harapan has agreed to name its parliamentary opposition leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as advisers in its pro-tem committee.

The decision to form an 18-member Harapan pro-tem committee was made at the Harapan presidential council meeting on Monday, which was also attended by its newest member, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).

“Out of the 18 members, 16 (pro-tem members) will be equally divided among the four parties, while two special positions are given to Wan Azizah and Mahathir,” Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) communications director Khalid Samad said today.

“We have decided (to name both) Wan Azizah and Mahathir as our advisers. They will hold the same position and they are equally important,” he added.

However, he said this depended on the terms and conditions, as well as the procedures imposed by the Registrar of Socities (ROS) on the registration of the new coalition. Continue reading

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Abang Johari against hudud law in Sarawak


The Sarawak state government under its new Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg continues to stand firm in opposing the hudud law from coming to Sarawak.

“I want to make it clear that hudud is not applicable to Sarawak and I share the same stand made by the late Tok Nan (former Sarawak chief minister Adenan Satem).

“We are having the same stand but this bill is syariah and not hudud. But even it is syariah we expressed our concern because the penalty emitted from this bill to me is discriminatory between Muslims and non-Muslims under Article 8 of the Federal Constitution, so that is my concern and I am expressing my concern on that,” he said.

He told reporters this after witnessing a Memorandum of Understanding between Sarawak Energy Bhd and Sarawak Forestry Corporation in Kuching today. Continue reading

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Islamic vs civil law: Why now, asks Zaid


PETALING JAYA: Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim has criticised the timing of former chief justices in claiming the supremacy of Islamic law over civil law in Malaysia.

In a blogpost today, Zaid singled out Abdul Hamid Mohamad and Ahmad Fairuz Abdul Halim, who had both championed Islamic law in the country.

Hamid had said civil law must give way to Islamic law as Malaysia was an Islamic country, while Fairuz said any law in Malaysia that was against Islamic laws’ main sources – the Quran and Sunnah – would be unconstitutional.

Zaid asked why they had chosen to keep quiet on the issue until they had stopped working.

“If they had known all along that their understanding (of the Federal Constitution) was erroneous – that the expression ‘official religion’ was meant to convey the meaning that Malaysia is an Islamic country where all laws must conform to the tenets of Islam – then why did they keep quiet about this until after their retirement?”

And if the former chief justices only recently had their views transformed, Zaid asked what the events were that had led them to “clamour” for Islamic law now. Continue reading

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Ku Nan mocked on social media over Guinness World Records ‘gimmick’


PETALING JAYA: The use of a “gimmick” by the organiser of an event touted to be the “largest gathering of chefs” in Dataran Putrajaya on Sunday has caused Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Mansor to be ridiculed on social media.

It all began with the event, called iCHEF 2017, bringing together 4,235 chefs in order to be recognised by the Guinness World Records (GWR) as the “largest gathering of chefs”.

However, an image tweeted by Tengku Adnan, who is more popularly known as Ku Nan, showing a “GWR certificate” recognising the achievement has become a joke, and gone viral on social media.

This has resulted in the Putrajaya MP being mocked by social media users for not recognising that the “GWR certificate” was fake, especially considering that it was riddled with grammatical errors.

In a statement released yesterday by the organiser, Finemen Holdings Sdn Bhd, it was revealed that the “GWR certificate” was indeed fake and used only as a gimmick. Continue reading

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Married Muslim woman and her non-Muslim lover nabbed

Khalwat PETALING JAYA: A married Muslim woman was caught naked with her non-Muslim lover in a hotel room by officers of the Terengganu Religious Affairs Department (JHEAT) early today.

English daily The Star, quoted a news report from Metro, that the distraught husband called the state religious authority after spotting his wife and a man enter the premises of a hotel. He was suspicious that the two were having an affair.

Acting on the call, JHEAT officers raided the hotel in Kuala Nerus at 7.35am and found the two naked inside one of the rooms.

Speaking to officers after the raid, the woman claimed she had fallen in love with the man she was with as he had helped her expand her business. Continue reading

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Johor ruler meets MACC top boss

Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar met with Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad this morning.

According to NST Online, the closed-door meeting was held at a luxury condominium in Kuala Lumpur.

It is believed the meeting was on the sultan’s recent disclosure that an individual had attempted to purchase honorific titles.

Dzulkfili, who left the compound at about 9.40am, declined to comment on what transpired during the meeting.

Similarly, the sultan, who left the premises about 10.15am, also declined to comment. Continue reading

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