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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Shoe-throwing case: A deputy education minister fails miserably

Sonia Ramachandran - The Ant Daily

QUICK TAKE: With Kiki Kamaruddin (Siti Fairrah Ashykin Kamaruddin), we got a taste of what road rage in Malaysia looks like and with Abdul Rahim Jaafar, we apparently see what “classroom rage” in the country is like.

On July 10, Abdul Rahim, a teacher at SK Port Dickson, reportedly threw his shoe at eight-year-old M Sharmini for not paying attention during her moral studies class which resulted in the latter receiving three stitches on her head for the injury.

That did not seem the end of the case for Sharmini, who according to Facebook postings, was recently admitted to hospital after fainting at her home, apparently due to a seizure.

Her parents, according to the posting, do not have a history of seizures.

That naturally begs the question if her condition was brought about due to the trauma of the “shoe-throwing” incident.

In Sharmini’s case, Abdul Rahim allegedly continued to teach although she was bleeding profusely after being hit by his shoe.

Abdul Rahim has since been issued a show-cause letter and transferred to SK Linggi, with the possibility of further action against him soon.

MIC Youth has come to the fore by reportedly saying it will provide legal assistance to Sharmini to file a civil suit against Abdul Rahim.

"Legal aid will be provided free of charge to help the family advocate their rights and to ensure the offender who has caused injury to Sharmini is appropriately punished for his action.

"We have yet to determine the amount of the suit. But what is important is to teach a lesson to all teachers not to do the same," MIC Youth chief C Sivarraajh was quoted as saying.

Saying he wanted to ensure such an incident is not repeated, Sivarraajh lamented that many teachers involved in such cases were transferred to other schools and later merely asked to apologise with no further action

MIC Youth seemed to walk the talk with its members present when Sharmini was admitted for her apparent seizure, rallying around her and her family to show their support.

The question now is what is Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan’s, who is also a MIC central working committee member, reaction to all this?

He reportedly expressed his regret over the issue through his Facebook page and said that an apology had been issued by the school, the state Education Department and the Port Dickson district education office.

Malaysian Community Development Organisation (MCEO) founder and president Jeevithan P Ganasan said such statements over the social media will not make any difference to Sharmini’s life or the lives of the other students Abdul Rahim is teaching right now.

“As a responsible deputy minister and as a leader of the Indian community who he is entrusted to look after and who put him there in the first place, he should take further action in this matter.

“The little girl did not just get a slap on the wrist but was injured to the extent of needing stitches, that too on her head. MIC Youth is the one seen making the effort and taking action in this matter,” said Jeevithan.

So what indeed is Kamalanathan actively doing for the Indian community, aside from the much publicised picture of him bowing and kissing the hand of Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister?

It looks like MIC Youth is the one taking the lead in this matter and the ones actually standing by Sharmini and her family throughout their ordeal.

Perhaps Sivarraajh should be the deputy education minister instead.

Hannah Yeoh: Women make better Speakers

Watch: IDF Sets Up Hospital for Gazans

As part of the IDF's commitment to minimizing civilian casualties, it has set up a field hospital capable of advanced medical treatment.

By Elad Benari, Canada

As part of the IDF's commitment to minimizing civilian casualties, it has set up a field hospital capable of advanced medical treatment.

The following video provides a glimpse into the hospital.

In addition to the field hospital, the IDF has also ensured that medical supplies enter Gaza, even during Operation Protective Edge, as can be seen in the following video.

Israel has attempted to limit civilian casualties in Gaza by warning civilians to leave areas where fighting is expected.

The IDF halted fire for several hours last week to give Gaza residents time to evacuate safely. However, Hamas called on civilians to stay where they were, and praised "martyrs" who died as human shields.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

Negara-Ku tidak perlu didaftarkan, kata Ambiga

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan yang merupakan penaung NGO Negarak-Ku berkata memandangkan pertubuhan tersebut adalah ikatan kemasyarakatan, ia tidak perlu didaftarkan. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 26 Julai, 2014. Negara-Ku merupakan gabungan badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) yang tidak perlu didaftarkan di bawah Akta Pertubuhan, kata penaungnya, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan hari ini.

"Kami percaya tiada keperluan untuk membuat pendaftaran kerana kami ikatan kemasyarakatan," katanya kepada The Malaysian Insider.

Beliau mengulas kenyataan Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) hari ini Negara-Ku adalah pertubuhan haram kerana Pendaftar Pertubuhan (RoS) tidak menerima sebarang permohonan untuk mendaftarkan kumpulan itu.

"Atas sebab itu, Negara-Ku organisasi haram," kata kementerian itu.

KDN turut memberi peringatan bahawa NGO berkenaan melanggar undang-undang jika terus mengadakan aktiviti tanpa membuat pendaftaran dengan RoS.

Selain KDN menggesa NGO berkenaan untuk membuat pendaftaran, KDN berkata nama Negara-Ku juga tidak sesuai kerana ia milik Malaysia dan akan mengundang kekeliruan.

"Ini kerana Negara-Ku merujuk kepada lagu kebangsaan seperti disebut dalam Seksyen 2 Akta Lagu Kebangsaan 1968," kata KDN.

Bagaimanapun, Ambiga menolak dakwaan itu kerana pemimpin NGO berkenaan sudah meneliti akta yang dimaksudkan dan tidak melihat sebarang masalah dengan nama itu.

"Kami percaya ia tidak mengelirukan mahupun melanggar undang-undang. Kami tidak menggunakan nama lagu kebangsaan," katanya yang menolak nama NGO itu milik Malaysia.

Arahan KDN itu dikeluarkan selepas akhbar milik Umno, Utusan Malaysia menyelar Negara-Ku bertujuan mecapai cita-cita politik Ambiga.

Awang Selamat, nama pojokan yang mewakili pengarang akhbar berkenaan mendesak RoS menolak permohonan Negara-Ku kerana mengelirukan orang ramai.

"Biarkannya kekal sebagai pertubuhan haram sehingga namanya ditukar kepada AgendaKu. Ia lebih sesuai dengan rekod dan reputasi Ambiga," katanya.

Ambiga berasa kesal dengan pengumuman KDN dan mempersoalkan mengapa kementerian berkenaan tunduk kepada "suara ekstremis minoriti".

"Ia sangat menghampakan apabila setiap kali kumpulan ekstremis menyuarakan pendapat mereka, KDN mengambil tindakan tehadap apa yang mereka rasakan. Sepatutnya, mereka melihat kami secara objektif.

"Bagaimana ia menjadi masalah apabila semua yang kami lakukan mempunyai agenda perpaduan? Mereka patut melihat sokongan yang diterima NGO terlibat.

"Adakah mereka melihat secara objektif atau sekadar memberi arahan kepada KDN," katanya.

Gerakan Negara-Ku dilancarkan dua minggu lalu dan diketuai aktivis Zaid Kamaruddin dalam memberi harapan baru kepada Malaysia.

68 NGO menyertai Negara-Ku yang mensasarkan mengukuhkan Perlembagaan Persekutuan, Perjanjian Malaysia dan Rukunegara.

Zahid will not allow Negara-Ku to register

Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today declared that his ministry will not allow anti-racism NGO Negara-Ku to register as an organisation under its current name.

Ahmad Zahid said the movement led by former Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenevasan and national laureate A Samad Said has yet to apply for registration with the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

"Even if it were to apply for registration with the Registrar of Societies (ROS), the name Negara-Ku is not suitable because it belongs to Malaysia.

"Negara-Ku refers to the song Negaraku which is recognised as the national anthem under Section 2 of the National Anthem Act 1968.

"It can cause confusion among the public, and in line with Section 7(3)(d)(i) and (iii) of the Societies Act 1966, it should not be registered," he said in a statement posted on the Home Ministry's official Facebook page today.

Section 7(3)(d)(i) of the Act allows the ROS to refuse registration of any organisation whose name appears to mislead or deceive the public to the true character and purpose of a society, while Section 7(3)(d)(iii) allows for the same  to apply if the ROS finds the name to be "undesirable".

Ahmad Zahid maintained that any organisation intending to conduct its activities legally in the country must be registered under the Socieities Act 1966.

"The government would like to stress that an organisation that conducts its activities without being registered under the Societies Act 1966 is an illegal organisation," he said.

Earlier this month national laureate A Samad Said and former Malaysian Bar president Ambiga Sreenevasan formed a new NGO to battle racism and extremism in the nation, called Negara-Ku (my country).

Previously,  both led the Bersih movement for clean and fair elections, which like Negara-Ku, comprised a coalition of NGOs.

In the case of Bersih, even though it was not registered, its member organisations were.

Despite this, the government in 2011 declared Bersih an illegal organisation.

However, the Kuala Lumpur High Court overturned the declaration the following year, stating that the government decision was "tainted with irrationality".

Britain arrests two in suspected female genital mutilation case

Actress and Girls' Rights ambassador for Plan International, Freida Pinto, listens to speeches at the 'Girl Summit 2014' at the Walworth Academy in London. The arrests of two people in London came only days after the summit on female genital mutilation. – Reuters pic, July 26, 2014.

British police have arrested two people in London on suspicion of conspiracy to carry out female genital mutilation (FGM) and placed a young girl in the care of social services, a police statement said today.

The arrests followed the arrival at the capital's Heathrow airport on yesterday from Kampala of a 72-year-old Ugandan man accompanied by an 11-year-old girl, the statement said.

They came only days after London hosted a one-day summit on FGM and forced marriage where the government announced it would earmark 1.4 million pounds (RM7.5 million) for a prevention programme and prosecute parents allowing the practice.

The man was arrested in Newham, east London, today and a 40-year-old woman was also arrested in Hackney, northeast London, it said. Both remain in police custody.

The statement did not say whether the girl had undergone FGM in Uganda. Immigrant families sometimes take girls back to their home countries for FGM, the partial or total removal of external female genitalia to suppress sexual desire and prevent what their traditional societies see as immoral behaviour.

"With concerns for her welfare, specialist officers took the girl – a UK national – into the care of social services," the statement said.

The Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 made it illegal to participate in any sort of arrangement for FGM to be performed on another, either in or outside of Britain.

At the "Girl Summit" on Tuesday, Prime Minister David Cameron said 21 countries had signed an international charter to eradicate both practices and urged other countries to join them.

About 103,000 women aged between 15 and 49, as well as 10,000 girls under 15 who have migrated to England and Wales, are estimated to have undergone FGM, according to a report from City University London.

Worldwide, more than 130 million girls and women have undergone FGM are more than 700 million women alive today were children when they were married. – Reuters

Perkasa questions Ambiga’s credentials in criticising former chief justice

Malay rights group Perkasa has warned former Bersih 2.0 chairperson Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan not to go overboard in her criticism of former chief justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad, saying she was not sufficiently qualified to judge him.

Its president Datuk Ibrahim Ali (pic) said Ambiga should take a look at herself in the mirror before criticising Hamid.

"Ambiga is just a former Bar Council president, there are so many people out there who are far more qualified than her," he said in a statement today.

"Who is Ambiga to issue a warning to Hamid? She should look at the mirror first.

"She is always raising her voice and calling for attention to various issues such as human rights and free elections.

"But others cannot call attention to issues, only her. Pi la Ambiga, Lu boleh jalan (Get lost Ambiga, take a hike)," Ibrahim said.

Negara-ku patron Ambiga yesterday said Hamid was still bound by restraint even though he was no longer sitting on the bench.

"By convention, former judges, even after they step down, are expected to conduct themselves in a particular way.

"They must do this so that it does not reflect badly on the judiciary. It's like an unwritten rule but in other countries, they actually have guidelines on that," Ambiga said after speaking at a forum in Penang yesterday.

Hamid had earlier this week claimed that the position of Islam was under threat in Penang, saying non-Muslims wanted similar status to be accorded to their respective faiths.

Hamid, who is the head of the National Unity Front – a unity council set up by Malay rights group Perkasa and other Muslim NGOs – blamed Muslims for allowing the use of the word Allah in Bahasa Malaysia Bibles.

He said this while presenting a paper in a forum organised by Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Yadim).

The Bahasa Malaysia Bibles are used by the Bumiputera Christian communities in Sabah and Sarawak, as well as by some Christian orang asli community in Peninsula Malaysia.

‘Level-headed people won’t oppose Negara-Ku’

No reason why the NGO Negara-Ku should be opposed by any level-headed and right-thinking Malaysian, says former Sabah state secretary.

KOTA KINABALU:Former Sabah state secretary Simon Sipaun, 76, said he decided to be a patron of the newly-launched NGO Negara-Ku because the objectives are worth supporting to make the country a better place for every citizen irrespective of race to live in.

Simon said he became patron after Negara-Ku steering committee member Jerald Joseph contacted him just before its launch recently.

“They were looking for a person from Sabah to be one of the patrons. My role is essentially ceremonial,” he said.

Negara-Ku chairman Zaid Kamaruddin confirmed last Thursday that Simon would be a patron of the NGO.

The former Suhakam vice-chairman, who is now a MACC adviser, sees no reason why Negara-Ku should be opposed by any level-headed and right-thinking Malaysian.

“National unity and integration which is so important and essential in a plural society continues to be an elusive dream and vision in Malaysia.

“This is despite having a minister in charge of national unity, a department of national unity and national integration and a national unity consultative council,” he said.

He added that there was a lack of political will and strong national leadership for integration to take place.

“We need national Malaysian and not racial leaders,” said Simon.

He said the country needed a Mandela-type of leadership which did not condone discrimination based on race and religion.

“Mandela, despite the temptation, never advocated black supremacy or one community claiming superiority over others,” he added.

Simon said he was confident that the country would have a better and brighter future if it turned away from an overdose of politics based on race and religion.

“It must embrace good governance and the citizens must be made to feel that the government truly cares for them,” he said.

The two other patrons of Negara-Ku are novelist A. Samad Said and former Bar Council chairman Ambiga Sreenevasan.

Hadi’s backing for Khalid risks Pakatan break-up, say insiders - TMI

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has gone against the Pakatan Rakyat leadership council backing PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the next Selangor menteri besar. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 26, 2014.PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's surprising endorsement of Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to remain as Selangor menteri besar has thrown Pakatan Rakyat (PR) into a spin, and could even risk a break-up, say insiders.

Some PAS leaders have expressed shock but there has been no official reaction from PKR and DAP over Hadi's remarks but coalition insiders say it went against the PR leadership council decision on Wednesday to mull over PKR's proposal that party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail take over the job.

"The question now is, who speaks for PAS? Is it the leadership that attended the PR leadership meeting or just Hadi? And is he repudiating the PR statement now?" a PR insider told The Malaysian Insider.

"It is up to PAS to resolve that issue now. As far as PR is concerned, we have all agreed to replace Khalid and the replacement comes from PKR," he added.

Another PR leader also warned that Hadi's decision to back Khalid could have far-reaching consequences for PR, including a break-up if the leadership council decision was not upheld.

"Anything can happen now, from the real threat of the pact breaking up or even snap polls.

"We are not prepared but we have no choice but to sketch out all scenarios," he said, adding that they have to wait for PAS to make its final decision on Khalid, who has been facing criticism of not acting in the coalition's interests.

The PAS leadership is due to meet on August 10 to discuss PKR's proposal for Dr Wan Azizah to replace Khalid but Hadi remained adamant yesterday that the two-term menteri besar has done no wrong to deserve the sack.

"I have heard all the opinions, collected it all before I finally found that the PAS grassroots agree that Khalid remains because he has fulfilled the trust," Hadi said in Terengganu yesterday, citing Selangor PAS commissioner Iskandar Samad's remarks that the state chapter did not support the idea of replacing Khalid.

Most PAS leaders, who were contacted, declined to comment on Hadi's remarks but central committee member Khalid Samad said a final decision has yet to be made.

"We have agreed to discuss this on August 10. So I presume that this is not PAS's official decision yet," said the Shah Alam MP.

Khalid Samad also said Iskandar's remarks did not represent Selangor PAS as the two meetings between the state party leadership and the national leadership did not produce any consensus about Khalid's job as menteri besar.

Selangor PAS committee member Izham Hashim also confirmed that the state chapter has yet to decide whether Khalid should go or stay on as menteri besar.

"The meeting did not achieve any consensus as we all had differing views. The meeting decision was to leave it to the party leadership to negotiate with our Pakatan Rakyat friends to get consensus," Izham told The Malaysian Insider.

PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar said he did not know about Hadi's remarks on the matter.

"We will meet after Hari Raya," he said, referring to the Hari Raya Aidil Fitri holidays next week.

But this is not the first time that Hadi's decisions has rocked Selangor PR.

He had personally endorsed Ridzuan Ismail for the Kota Damansara state seat in election 2013 although the seat was being defended by PSM president Dr Nasir Hashim, who stood on a PKR ticket as the party was not a PR member. Both lost to BN.

There were questions about Hadi endorsing Ridzuan as only the PAS secretary-general, Datuk Mustafa Ali, was authorised to issue letters certifying election candidates.

Despite the loss in Kota Damansara, PR grabbed a bigger victory in Selangor with PAS and DAP winning 15 seats each while PKR took 14.

Umno holds the other 12 in the 56-seat state assembly.

What is Impian Malaysia?

Once upon a time, a political party was formed. Its name was Democratic Action Party or DAP, and it wanted to promote the idea of a Malaysian Malaysia.

It was meant to be an idea for a united nation, a country for all Malaysians, regardless of race and religion. Hence, Malaysia would never be a monopoly of any particular race, religion or ideology, as enshrined in the original Federal Constitution.

The idea was born almost a half century ago. It may sound obsolete to some, it may even sound obscene to some racist-minded people.

However, despite its noble intention, the Alliance and its successor Barisan Nasional under the control of Umno through their controlled media had portrayed the ideal as something evil, especially for the Malays.

The obstacles

Even until today, there are some Malays who believe that Malaysian Malaysia is an attempt to destroy the Malays, although no one has ever come up with a detailed explanation on how such a diabolical plot would be carried out.

In other words, it was just a lie propagated over the years by Umno-Barisan Nasional.

But in politics, perception is almost everything. Hence “Malaysian Malaysia” has become a dirty word, regurgitated by Umno-owned media as well as other state apparatuses such as government-conducted team-building courses and political talks.

“Malaysian Malaysia” has even paved the way for Umno-BN to push the boundary of control by vilifying words such as “liberal”, “secular”, “plural” and many more terms that imply freedom, democracy and rights.

Yet many Malaysians, including some Malays, are not easily cowed by such form of control. They know some leaders in the Umno-BN government are merely trying to usurp power via hegemonic dominance, especially by using, misusing and abusing religion and race.

For DAP, it has suffered almost 50 years of lies and slander of being demonised as communist and Chinese chauvinist party. Yet the party is still standing.

And now, more than ever, young Malaysians have become more interested to know about DAP. Many have joined, many more are still thinking of joining.

To the surprise of Umno and its political cronies, even young Malays are interested in joining DAP, or at least are keen to know deeper about the party. “What’s happening here?” some of them may be wondering.

No doubt some people have some ideas about the phenomenon – maybe it’s the new generation of millennials (born after 1985) who have had no historical baggage, maybe the Internet has helped the young to circumvent old politics, or maybe the youth are merely curious or perhaps they are just being rebellious.

Or perhaps – to some Malays especially – it’s the image of Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, the DAP candidate for the recent Teluk Intan by-election, giving hope to a new era of politics in Malaysia.

Whatever the reasons, for he DAP, it is yet a new hope for its ongoing process of rejuvenating the party. By that, it doesn’t simply mean having young faces but also new ideas, allowing the combination of strength between the young and old with a shared ideal of a new Malaysia.

The dream

It’s also beyond the party. It’s a dream for all Malaysians. This is the idea of Impian Malaysia or the Malaysian Dream.

In the words of Lim Kit Siang:

“The Malaysian Dream (Impian Malaysia) envisions a plural society where all her citizens are united as one people, rising above their ethnic, religious, cultural and linguistic differences as the common grounds binding them as one citizenship exceed the differences that divide them because of their ethnic, religious, linguistic and cultural divisions.

“The Malaysian Dream does not exist only today. It had existed even before the founding of Malaya and Malaysia.

“The Johor Malay leader Datuk Onn Jaafar had also fought for it as far back as 62 years ago in 1951 when he suggested that Umno open its door to non-Malays and Umno change its name from United Malays National Organisation to United Malayans National Organisation.

“This is a worthwhile patriotic contribution to the Malaysian Dream shared by all patriotic Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region, down the decades, whether in Malaysia or in the world Malaysian Diaspora.”

Those words were uttered a year ago when Kit Siang launched the Impian Malaysia movement in Gelang Patah, Johor to recruit “agents… for our activities and programmes to promote Malaysian identity and consciousness particularly among the young generation of Malaysians.”

The DAP veteran is serious with his dream of hope.

This means Impian Malaysia is not merely a slogan, it is aimed at the younger generation. It challenges them to be in the forefront. It wants them to walk the talk, pardon the cliché, because the Umno-BN leaders have failed the young in providing the environment, the space and the zone needed for them to express themselves openly without fear of anything.

The Umno-BN leaders have failed the young who are disgusted to see politics of hate, racial abuses and discrimination, economic injustices, income inequalities, job opportunities, limited freedom for arts and culture, lack of academic excellence and many other forms of unnecessary restrictions.

The reality

Hence, Impian Malaysia aims to unite Malaysians through all forms of programmes, activities and ideas that promote understanding and tolerance.

Impian Malaysia is both an idea as well as a programme that aspires to empower Malaysians, especially the marginalised and the have-nots.

In fact, programmes have begun since last year with the launch of “Impian Sarawak” where DAP volunteers are working hand in hand with local villagers to build basic infrastructure such as roads, water and electricity supply, and other amenities.

From Sarawak to “Impian Sabah”, and now more similar projects, including environmental care programme are being implemented in the peninsula.

Cynics will always have time and energy to point out weaknesses. Most of them will see Impian Malaysia as at best, an idea or worst, a political slogan.

Surely they are entitled to their opinion. However, lest they forget, nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come, a saying usually attributed to the great French author Victor Hugo.

However, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will be automatically successful. Many of us understand that if such an idea can win the hearts and minds of all Malaysians, it may spell the end of racial politics and race-based political parties in our country. And we know that many people in power now may not like it, to put it mildly.

This simply means that for Impian Malaysia to become a reality, it’s not going to be a walk in the park. Hence the minds, the strength and the tenacity of our younger generation are much needed.

With the help of the senior minds and experiences, the young can finally achieve the equal opportunity dream of Datuk Onn whose idea was far ahead of its time.

At the same time it’s important to note that Impian Malaysia is not a new thing. Yet it’s not about going back into the past. It’s all about refreshing an idea that has always been with us for such a long time.

It’s about doing the right thing without being afraid of our own shadow. It’s not easy but it can be done, if we want to. – July 26, 2014.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

Weightlifter Mohd Hafifi Delivers Malaysia's First Gold Medal At Glasgow Commonwealth Games

GLASGOW, July 27 (Bernama) -- Nohd Hafifi Mansor clinched the first gold medal for Malaysia at the 20th Commonwealth Games here in the men's weighlifting 69kg category just a short while ago.

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'There’s no sex during Ramadan!' Khloe Kardashian reveals she and French Montana are abstaining due to his religious beliefs

Khloe Kardashian is not having sex with her rapper boyfriend French Montana due to his religious beliefs.
Inseparable: The rapper and music producer was by Khloe's side as she marked her 30th birthday at Tao nightclub at The Venetian Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday

The 30-year-old reality star revealed during a radio interview on Thursday that she and Montana are abstaining during the month of Ramadan out of respect for his faith in Islam.

'There’s no sex during Ramadan,' she told Power 105, adding jokingly, 'That’s so fun.'

French also said he is currently eschewing alcohol for Ramadan as well as fasting during the daylight hours, per the requirements of the faith.

Meanwhile, Montana has been accused of being a bad influence on Khloe. But the Kardashian had some harsh words for her critics.

'They’re not f**king him, so why should they care?' the 30-year-old said during the same radio interview, alongside her rapper beau.

'Or maybe they are,' she said laughing, while still giving French a pointed look.

The reality star said she has stopped caring about what people say.

'People are going to comment no matter what,' she told radio host Angie Martinez. 'If I dated the most clean cut perfect guy they’re going to comment.'

She said she has learned from her mistakes, alluding to her split from ex-husband Lamar Odom.

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Taliban kill 14 Shiites in Afghanistan road attack

Taliban insurgents halted minibuses in western Afghanistan, identified 14 Shiite passengers and shot them dead by the side of the road overnight Friday, an official said.

KABUL, Afghanistan —

Taliban insurgents halted minibuses in western Afghanistan, identified 14 Shiite passengers and shot them dead by the side of the road overnight Friday, an official said.

The busses were traveling from Kabul and carrying around 30 passengers, many of whom had gone to the capital to shop ahead of the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, said Sayed Anwar Rahmati, the governor of the western Ghor province, where the attack took place.

After questioning the passengers, the Islamic militants identified 14, including three women, as Hazara Shiites. The insurgents then bound the passengers' hands, led them away and shot them, Rahmati said, adding that the other passengers were released. The dead included a couple who were engaged and two relatives travelling with them, he said.

The Taliban, like other Sunni extremist groups, view the country's minority Shiite community as apostates, and have targeted Hazaras in the past with suicide bombings and other attacks.

Malaysian cyclist given warning over ‘Save Gaza’ gloves

A Malaysian cyclist was issued an official reprimand and warned that he risked being thrown out of the Commonwealth Games if he repeated wearing gloves bearing the message "Save Gaza".

Azizulhasni Awang (pic) could have been ejected from the 2014 Glasgow Games after wearing the gloves in competition yesterday.

Instead the 26-year-old, nicknamed the "Pocket Rocket", who was set to take part in the individual sprint quarter-finals today, was given a reprimand and warned not to wear them again.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) seeks to avoid its competitions being used for political means. The multi-sport event, held every four years, is nicknamed the "Friendly Games".

Though Awang insists his message was "humanitarian" rather than politically-charged, he issued an apology.

"The actions were investigated and we spoke with the Malaysian team management and it's a matter for the management to address," said CGF chief executive Mike Hooper.

"It's inappropriate for any form of protest in a Games venue. We respect everyone's right to protest outwith.

"He has had a strong reprimand from his team management and he has apologised. In apologising profusely he now knows any repetition will see a removal of his accreditation."

On his Facebook fan page, which has more than 200,000 followers, he wrote: "I feel sorry to the people who misinterpret my message. There's no such thing with political protest.

"It's from the bottom of my heart to express humanitarian. Since when expressing humanitarian considered as political?

"Anyway, I apologise to those who think I'm doing wrong.

"I got a warning and still can race today but without my 'SaveGaza' glove.

"Thanks everyone for your support and really appreciate it.

"We all stand as a human."

Azizulhasni's action yesterday came as the death toll in Israeli shellings of Gaza climbed to 800. Malaysians are largely sympathetic towards the Palestinians, with both sides of the political divide condemning the latest attacks on civilians.

The Terengganu-born father of two, who was the flag bearer for the Malaysian contingent at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, won the gold medals at the Asian Cycling Championships in April 2008.

High Court allows bid to block Syariah Court

The Ipoh High Court today granted permission for M Indira Gandhi to seek a prohibition order to block the Syariah Court in a controversial custody battle over religious conversion.

"The court gave (leave for) an order of prohibition to restrain or prohibit the execution of the Syariah Court order," said Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran, who is acting as Indira's counsel in a statement today,

Indira in 2010 won custody of her daughter at the Ipoh High Court but has yet to be reunited with her five-year-old as her husband refused to comply with the order and police will not act.

Her husband Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah @ K. Pathmanaban, had converted the child to Islam without the mother's knowledge and obtained custody from the Syariah Court.

Police have refused to act, citing the High Court order granting custody to the mother and the Syariah Court order granting custody to the father.

The leave to seek a prohibition order was granted together with leave to seek a mandamus order against Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar.

Kulasegaran said the mandamus order is to compel the IGP to execute an earlier warrant of arrest and recovery order issued by the court against Indira's husband.

He added that his legal team will persue the matter urgently.

'Landmark decision'

Describing today' decision as a landmark High Court decision, he said that it has far reaching consequences.

"To the best of our knowledge its the first of its kind against a IGP in any country in the world," he said. They were granted by Justice Lee Siew Seng.

In the judgment, Lee said: "As the IGP has declared that he would not be exercising his power and discharging his duty here based on his understanding that there are two conflicting orders from the Syariah Court and the Civil High Court...

"...there is a prima facie case to be heard on the substantial merit before deciding whether or not an order for mandamus should be issued."

He added the prohibition order against the SyariahCcourt order was also a "flip side of the same coin" and fulfilled the requirements for leave.

Kulasegaran urged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to take note of today's judgment and urged Khalid to be suspended for failing to execute his duty.

"We want a speedy closure of this issue with the immediate arrest of the ex-husband and the child returned to the natural mother.

"Indira Gandhi and her other children are yearning for the last child. Their continuous agony and mental torture should end forthwith," he said.

Watch your words, Ambiga reminds ex-CJ

Ambiga Sreenavesan has reminded former chief justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad on the need to exercise restraint with regard to his remarks that Islam was under threat in Penang.

The former Bar Council chairperson, who is now with the NGO Negara-Ku, said judges must be careful about their statements even after stepping down as it can affect the judiciary.

"By convention, former judges, even after they step down, are expected to conduct themselves in a particular way," Ambiga said after speaking at a forum in Penang today.

"They must do this so it doesn't reflect badly on the judiciary

"It's like an unwritten rule but in other countries, they actually have guidelines on that," she added, when asked to comment about Hamid’s statement.

The Penang government has dismissed the former chief justice’s claim as "pure nonsense, baseless and heavily reliant on heresay".

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng questioned why Hamid did not take Gerakan to task when the party blamed the state government under Pakatan Rakyat for giving out more allocations for Islamic activities.

Lim said Hamid should be sent for "counselling" since he cannot prove his allegations, and has taken a political stance favouring Umno in his approach, which is unbecoming of a former chief justice.

'Judges have a special position'

Meanwhile, Ambiga said in any event, judges, serving or retired, do not need rules on how to conduct themselves.

"That's why judges are special and treated specially under the Federal Constitution. They are not like any other employees.

“They are in a special position where you cannot sack them like other employees," she added.

“Given that stature under the constitution, it calls for a certain standard of behaviour, even after they step down," she noted.

Asked if the judiciary would take Hamid to task for his behaviour, Ambiga said it was most unlikely.

"But I suppose it is something the legal community would have to look at," she added.

Union wants hijab option for Muslim MAS crew

MH17 The National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) has reiterated its call for Malaysia Airlines (MAS) female crew to be given the option to observe the Muslim dress code.

Responding to snide remarks linking the MH370 and MH17 tragedies to MAS crew’s “un-Islamic” uniforms, Nufam said such attacks were uncalled for as the crew have no say on their uniforms.

It said to accuse the Muslim female crew of ignoring their religion is “not true and unfair”, as the crew themselves had sought for the option to don headscarves, or the hijab, to cover their hair.

“It is time a hijab uniform is looked into for those Muslim crew members who opt to wear them during flight,” Nufam said in a statement.

A PAS MP and a Youth wing leader, when commenting on the downing of MH17 in east Ukraine, called on MAS to review its crew’s un-Islamic uniforms as well as its policy to serve alcohol on board.

Nasty Internet postings

Meanwhile, Nufam also slammed netizens who disparage female crew members as “loose and cheap”.

The union was referring to a heavily circulated meme by user ‘Geng Imart’, insinuating that the female crew members of MAS were offering sexual services.

“During this time when we are all aggrieved by the MH17 incident, there are some parties who pull jokes and condemn our crew. They even circulate nasty postings of our female crew members.

“We appeal to the individuals to stop criticising the crew as they are duty-bound people, serving a very large community of airline travellers.

“This is a respectable job and crew members don’t wish to be insulted by such jokes.

“We have lost so many lives over the last four months and this is the last thing anyone wants to read on any social network,” Nufam said.

Astro dituntut beri penjelasan berurusan dengan syarikat Israel

Rabu lalu Amdocs telah mengumumkan bahawa mereka dipilih oleh Astro All Asia Network plc Measat Broadcast Network Systems (Astro) bagi membolehkan Astro menambah baik penyampaian perkhidmatan

PETALING JAYA: Yang DiPertua Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (YADIM), Datuk Dr. Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki meminta pihak Astro beri penjelasan kerana telah berhubung dengan Amdocs sebuah syarikat milik Israel.

Katanya di dalam status Facebooknya, Amdocs adalah syarikat milik Israel yang baru dianugerahkan kontrak ‘Subscriber Management System’ oleh Astro.

“Astro harus beri penjelasan atau diboikot kerana berurusan dengan syarikat Israel.

“Jika tidak, rakyat Malaysia hendaklah beramai-ramai memboikot Astro sebagai bantahan terhadap pembunuhan rakyat Palestin,” jelasnya di laman web

Lapor web Haaretz, Amdocs merupakan salah satu syarikat Israel yang paling berjaya dan konsisten yang telah ditubuhkan sejak 30 tahun lalu sebagai pemaju perisian untuk direktori telefon.

Amdocs dikatakan terus kekal mempertahankan ciri-ciri Israel dalam organisasi tersebut.

Bagaimanapun, Rabu lalu Amdocs telah mengumumkan bahawa mereka dipilih oleh Astro All Asia Network plc Measat Broadcast Network Systems (Astro) bagi membolehkan Astro menambah baik penyampaian perkhidmatan kepada lebih daripada 1.5 juta pelanggan disamping mengurangkan kos.

Kontrak tersebut dianggarkan bernilai jutaan dolar bagi penyediaan perisian dan perkhidmatan yang ditawarkan.

Lim Guan Eng dan DAP lebih ekstremis dan rasis?

Tindakan mereka yang mengancam kedudukan Islam dan Melayu tidak akan disedari dan mereka berjaya melaksanakan agenda mereka itu dalam kita tengah berada di dalam ketaksuban politik

PETALING JAYA: Aktivis Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA), Azry Hafify Mustafa berkata Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng sedang dibuai mimpi kerana terbiasa dengan perlakuannya yang ekstremis terhadap kedudukan Islam dan orang Melayu di negara ini.

Hafifiy berkata demikian setelah merujuk sebuah artikel di dalam sebuah portal pro- liberal yang bertajuk ‘Bekas Ketua Hakim penipu, rasis dan ekstremis’.

Guan Eng telah mengecam kenyataan Bekas Ketua Hakim Negara, Tun Abdul Hamid yang menyatakan agama Islam terancam di negeri tadbiran DAP iaitu Pulau Pinang.

“Satu perkara yang sering dilupai oleh rakyat Malaysia ialah perjuangan utama DAP yang konsisten ingin menghapuskan perkara 153 Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang menyentuh hak istimewa orang Melayu serta Bumiputera di Sabah dan Sarawak.

“Jadi siapa sebenarnya lebih ekstremis dan rasis?,” katanya di dalam portal

Tambahnya lagi, kenyataan Abdul Hamid adalah berasaskan fakta. Kita boleh melihat dengan konsistennya pimpinan-pimpinan DAP membuat cadangan serta kenyataan yang ekstremis terhadap kedudukan Islam dan Melayu di negara ini.

“Di dalam sebuah akhbar bertarikh 25 November 1999, Guan Eng yang ketika itu merupakan Timbalan Setiausaha Agung DAP berjanji akan menghapuskan hak orang Melayu.

“Beliau telah mengeluarkan kenyataan berbunyi “Kami masih berpegang dengan pendirian menolak kerajaan Islam kerana gagasan Malaysia tidak akan memberi sebarang keistimewaan kepada mana-mana kaum”.

Namun, sebaliknya semua pihak akan mendapat taraf sama rata yang lebih adil,” jelasnya.

Kedua, kita boleh merujuk kenyataan Guan Eng di dalam akhbar The Star pada 16 Jun 2008 yang bertajuk ‘There’ll be no Islamic State, says DAP’ .

“Artikel di dalam akhbar ini diungkapkan oleh Guan Eng kepada cadangan pemuda PAS untuk melaksanakan pemerintahan Islam di negeri-negeri yang dimenangi oleh Pakatan Rakyat.

“Guan Eng berkata ‘PAS youth’s proposal going against promise’,” ujarnya.

Katanya lagi merujuk pada 1 Julai 2010, 16 buah rumah orang Melayu di Kampung Pokok Asam, Pulau Pinang dirobohkan untuk membina kediaman berharga RM800,000 sebuah.

“Satu lot hanya diberi pampasan RM75,000 sahaja, sedangkan dalam satu lot rumah ada tiga buah keluarga. Sejumlah 200 orang menjadi mangsa.

“Seterusnya, 80 orang peniaga di Batu Feringghi menerima notis untuk merobohkan premis perniagaan mereka sedangkan peniaga Cina begitu ramai berniaga di jalanan tidak pula dikenakan sebarang tindakan.

“Ini adalah suatu pengusiran orang Melayu secara sistematik di Pulau Pinang, namun tidak ramai yang menyedarinya,” jelasnya.

Tindakan-tindakan DAP di atas hanyalah sebahagian kecil sahaja daripada tindakan mereka yang bersifat ekstremis dan rasis bertujuan menghapuskan kedudukan istimewa Islam dan Melayu di negara ini.

“Jika kita masih menilai sesuatu isu mengikut blok kepartian, kita akan sentiasa memenangkan tindakan salah yang dilakukan oleh ikon politik pujaan kita,” tegasnya.

Call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to review all flawed judgments by the Malaysian judiciary whether because of racial bias or corruption in the past 26 years after the first judicial crisis of 1988

By Lim Kit Siang,

After the 13th General Elections of May 5, 2013, the country was shocked with the appearance of a former member of the judiciary making racist and seditious statements and speeches undermining the unity, harmony and goodwill among the different races and religions in the country.

One of the most racist and seditious speeches in the nation’s history was made by the former Court of Appeal Judge Mohd Noor Abdullah at the forum titled “GE13 post-mortem Muslim leadership and survival” organised by UiTM Malaysia Alumni Association and Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semanjung in Kuala Lumpur in May 2013 where Mohd Noor warned that the Chinese Malaysians must be prepared for a backlash from the Malay community for their “betrayal” in the recently concluded 13th general election.

He said: “The Chinese betrayal towards the Malay’s hand of friendship – that is true. Because they plotted to seize political power even though they already have economic power”.
Mohd Noor’s racist and seditious speech was defended on the ground that it was “as a whole constructive and within the boundaries of what is in the federal constitution”, and in line with his expertise as a former judge.

Up to now, Mohd Noor has not been able to quote chapter and verse as to which article or part of the Malaysian Constitution justified his making irresponsible, fictitious, inflammatory, racist and seditious allegations that the Chinese in Malaysia “plotted to seize political power even though they already have economic power” or his criminal and gangsterish threat of a “Malay backlash” to a completely non-existent “Chinese betrayal towards the Malay’s hand of friendship” ?

Mohd Noor seemed to be blissfully unaware that in Peninsular Malaysia, Pakatan Rakyat won more Malay votes compared to Chinese votes in the 13GE, although by a slight margin – i.e. 2.31 million Malay votes compared to 2.29 million Chinese votes. Chinese support for Pakatan Rakyat was estimated at 80% while Malay support was estimated at 42%, and Indian support at 50%.

Mohd Noor also disgraced the legal and judicial profession when he tried to create fear among the audience with the Singapore bogey, mischievously and maliciously concocting the lie that just a simple majority in Parliament would be adequate to admit Singapore into the Federation of Malaysia without needing the consent of the Conference of Rulers.

Malaysians at the time had asked how could a former high judicial officer be so irresponsible, mischievous and seditious as to suggest that Article 1 of the Federal Constitution on “Name, States and territories of the Federation” could be amended by a simple majority and not two-thirds parliamentary majority?

However the police had so far failed to take any action against Mohd Noor for his seditious statements, and the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had not said a single word about investigating Mohd Noor for sedition although he recently announced publicly that the police would be coming for me under the Sedition Act for my recent statement that Teoh Beng Hock had been murdered at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) premises in Shah Alam on July 16, 2009.

Now, Malaysians are getting a further shock that another former judge, who had held a higher judicial office than Mohd Noor as Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad was the Chief Justice in 2007, had joined him in making irresponsible, racist and seditious statements.

After his unfounded, incendiary and seditious comments that the position of Islam is under threat in Penang, a former federal court judge revealed that Hamid had been guilty of racial and religious prejudice in a decision on a civil case which he heard as a High Court judge in the 90s.

In this case, a bank had sued two business partners, a Malay and an Indian, who had stood guarantors for a loan.

Both the defendants relied on the defence that their signatures were forged by a third party. Hamid, who had written the judgment in Bahasa Malaysia, accepted the claim by the Malay defendant because “as a Muslim he would not tell lies”. However, Hamid did not accept the allegation of the Indian.

The bank and the Indian appealed to the Court of Appeal, which dismissed the bank’s appeal, set aside Hamid’s judgment and ordered a trial.

This is most shocking and has revived public concerns about the independence, professionalism and integrity of the judiciary in the past half a century – after the first judicial crisis in 1988 which saw the sacking of the then Lord President, Tun Salleh Abas and two Supreme Court judges by the then Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, marking the height of executive interference and destruction of the independence of the judiciary in Malaysia.

What is needed now is to fully restore public confidence in the independence, professionalism and integrity of the judiciary and I call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to review all flawed judgments whether by racial bias or corruption in the past 26 years after the first judicial crisis of 1988.

A-G applies to prosecute senior lawyer, 24 others for contempt

The Malaysian Insider

Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has filed an application to prosecute lawyer Datuk V. K. Lingam and 24 others for alleging that a Federal Court bench had plagiarised its judgment.

This sudden about-turn by the A-G has caught lawyers for Lingam and the 24 respondents by surprise as in the last hearing on June 18, the A-G's Chambers supported an application by two liquidators to discontinue their contempt proceedings.

Federal Court judge Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar, who is chairing a five-man bench, then lamented that the court seemed to have been scandalised and no one had stood up for them.

“We (the judges) have been the target (in this matter). I don’t think anybody can deny that. Go back and think about it. Come back with something more meaningful and with sufficient ground,” he had said.
Ooi Woon Chee and Ng Kim Tuck, the liquidators of Kian Joo Can Sdn Bhd (KJC) made an application to the court to abandon their action against the respondents but the court had asked them to reconsider.

Lawyer S. Suhendran, who represented Ooi and Ng, had informed the court that it was no longer a necessity to proceed with the contempt proceedings as the liquidators had distributed the Kian Joo assets, the subject matter of the long drawn legal battle spanning 19 years.

Lingam and another lawyer A. S. Thisinayagam, 12 majority and 11 minority contributories of Kian Joo, also supported the withdrawal application.

Senior Federal Counsel Shamsul Bolhasan, appearing for the A-G's Chambers, also told the court that he was supportive of the application.

However, lawyer Ranjit Singh, who held a watching brief for the Bar Council, objected as this was no longer a private matter.

A lawyer familiar with the case told the Malaysian Insider that Gani filed the court papers last week.

The applications by Gani and the liquidators were due to be heard in the Federal Court yesterday, but was adjourned as a lawyer appearing for Lingam was on medical leave.

The court has now fixed the case on August 7.

In a contempt case, the judges, the court, the Attorney-General or parties to a dispute could bring an action against those who showed disrespect to the bench.

The 25 respondents were ordered to answer contempt charges last year. They could be jailed, fined or both, if found guilty.

There is no limitation to the jail term or the amount of fine to be imposed. They could also walk away with a warning.

Since the matter is being heard in the Federal Court, the respondent has no right to appeal further.

Lingam (pic, left), a  senior lawyer, was previously implicated by a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) for judicial fixing.

In its report, the five-member RCI panel concluded that a video clip which showed Lingam speaking on the phone, was authentic, and that the person he was speaking to was former chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim.

The topic of their conversation was over the appointment of judges.

The commission had also recommended that appropriate action be taken against six individuals, namely Lingam, ex-chief justice Tun Eusoff Chin, tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor for misconduct over the issue.

It also found that there was prima facie evidence to investigate the six men for offences under the Sedition Act, Official Secrets Act, the Penal Code and the Legal Profession Act.

Lingam has also been been hauled before the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board for professional misconduct and proceedings are on-going.

The legal tussle that led to the contempt proceedings in this latest case, began in 2009 when the respondents went to the High Court after Can-One International Sdn Bhd, a rival company won the tender to purchase the 32.9% stake in KJC.

The respondents failed in the High Court to stop Can-One from acquiring the shares.

However, the Court of Appeal reversed the decision and the case finally came to the Federal Court, which ruled in favour of the liquidators.

The 24 majority and minority contributries, represented by Lingam, filed a review in the Federal Court to relook at the decision by its previous panel.

Among them who filed the review were Datuk See Teow Chuan, a director of KJC, his brothers and sisters.

The reason being that the Federal Court’s 47-page judgment was substantially a reproduction of a written submission from lawyers who represented Ooi and Ng. - July 25, 2014.

Unilateral child conversions un-Islamic, says women’s group

Malay Mail

PUTRAJAYA, July 24 — Muslim converts who unilaterally change their children’s religion were defying Islam’s ideals of justice, a women’s group said today.
Ratna Osman, Sisters in Islam (SIS) executive director, said her advocacy group acknowledges the right to religious freedom, but pointed out that such opaque acts by Muslim converts did not show the “kindness” of Islam.

“Where is the transparency when a father or any parent who has converted to Islam wants to convert their children without the knowledge and consent of the unconverted spouse?

“There is no justice here if you are doing it behind somebody’s back, it’s as if you are cheating your way,” Ratna told reporters here after attending a court matter on interfaith child custody disputes as an observer.

Stressing that Islam is about “upholding justice” instead, Ratna added that it was wrong to cause pain and “hurt” to the non-Muslim spouse through such unilateral religious conversions.

“This is wrong, this is not an Islamic practice,” she said.

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO)’s executive director Ivy Josiah, who was also present, similarly said her group upholds the right of any individuals to embrace the religion of their choosing, but said that spouses who later on convert to Islam still need to fulfill their family obligations.

She added that Islamic authorities owed a duty to serve as “gatekeepers” in such instances to protect the interests of the non-Muslim spouse and children.

“They can’t blindly say ‘welcome into our fold, let’s not bother about the wife, about the children, about the rights of the children’,” she told reporters here.

Insisting that unilateral child conversions be prohibited, she said the Cabinet had in 2009 decided that children should remain in the religion they were born into.

Although the proposed law amendments in 2009 to stop unilateral child conversions were shelved, Ivy said the women groups will continue to engage with the Attorney-General and the government, pointing out that they were merely asking the Cabinet to uphold its “promise” in 2009.

According to Ivy, existing laws such as the Guardianship of Infants Act provides for equal guardianship rights for both parents, while Article 8 of the Federal Constitution bars discrimination based on gender.

She also blamed Islamic authorities’ indiscriminate approval of unilateral child conversions for the clash between the country’s civil and shariah court systems.

“We won’t be here at this particular stage talking about who should have custody if in the first place, they don’t allow the conversions,” she later told The Malay Mail Online.

She was referring in particular to two high-profile cases where Hindu mothers, Deepa Subramaniam and Indira Gandhi, saw their estranged husbands convert to Islam and unilaterally making their children Muslims without their knowledge.

“Both these mothers have to really jump through many hurdles to claim their rights to have a say when it comes to conversion of their children,” she said, commending them for their “resilience” and “passion” in getting back their children.

In both cases, the Muslim spouses subsequently secured Shariah court orders granting them custody of the children, in direct conflict with civil court orders in favour of the Hindu mothers.

Both men also continue to defy the civil court orders to return the children to their mothers.

The police are also declining to execute the civil court orders in both cases, claiming they were subordinate to both the conflicting court systems.

The controversies in these two cases later prompted the Attorney-General’s Chambers and Inspector-General of Police to apply to intervene and for a stay of preceding court orders until the matter is disposed of in the Court of Appeal.

Malaysian Investigators Submit Reports On MH17 Crash To Dutch

From Mohd Razman Abdullah

KIEV, July 25 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian team investigating the crash of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH17 aircraft at a site in Torez, eastern Ukraine has submmited its reports to the Dutch authorities heading the investigation.

MAS director of engineering and maintenance Azhari Mohd Dahlan, 53, who is one of three Malaysians conducting investigations into the crash in the Donetsk region, told Bernama:

"We are relieved. All the investigation reports have been given to the Dutch as they head the investigation," he said this upon arrival in Kiev, about 800km from Torez by train Friday morning.

He, however, did not want to comment further on the four-day investigation carried out by him and the other two Malaysian investigators comprising Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Senior Assistant Director Captain Philip Joseph Selvaraju, 42, who is a former pilot, and DCA Senior Assistant Director Mohd Naemy Fahmy Mustapa, 38.

The Boeing 777-200 aircraft carrying 298 people - 283 passengers and 15 crew - was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it went down in Donetsk near the Russian border on July 17.

Foreign media reported that the aircraft was shot down but until today, no one has claimed responsibility for the incident.

Azhari and the 133 Malaysian special team members, led by Khairil Hilmi Mokhtar, who is also National Security Council (MKN) Cross Border Management Division principal assistant secretary, were scheduled to depart for Kuala Lumpur Friday noon (local time).

Meanwhile according to MKN, a total of 60 bodies of those on board Flight MH17 will be flown to the Netherlands.

Until yesterday, a total of 114 bodies had been flown to the Netherlands, it said.

There were four refrigerated train coaches which carried 282 bodies of Flight MH17 victims from Donetsk to Kharkiv for tagging before being flown to Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Friday, July 25, 2014

France hunts for wreckage of Algeria airliner

French foreign minister says Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people had "probably crashed" after disappearing over Mali.

France has said it will do all it can to find the wreckage of a passenger jet carrying 116 people which is believed to have crashed in Mali after disappearing from radar.

The plane, designated AH5017, disappeared from radar on Thursday over northern Mali while on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algeria. It was carrying mainly French and Burkina Faso citizens.

The French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, said the plane had "probably crashed", while the French president, Francois Hollande, said his government would use "all military means" in Mali to help in the search for the plane.

Two French fighter jets are among aircraft scouring the north of Mali for the wreckage, and France has hundred of troops stationed in Mali after defeating an al-Qaeda-linked rebellion last year.

The flight, scheduled by Air Algerie and operated by the Spanish private company Swiftair, was flying in heavy rain, according to reports.

The head of the emergency investigation into the flight said a witness saw a plane "falling" in the region of Goss in the northern part of Mali.

"A witness informed us they had seen the plane falling at 1.50am [GMT]," said Gilbert Diendiere, a general in charged of a crisis unit in Ouagadougou trying and find the jet.

Plane passed inspection

Meanwhile, a French aviation watchdog said the plane was checked "two or three days ago" and was "in good condition".

Patrick Gandil, the head of the French civil aviation authority, said the plane passed through Marseille days ago.

"We examined it and we found almost nothing, it was really in good condition," he said.

The flight path of the plane from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers was not immediately clear. Ougadougou is in a nearly straight line south of Algiers, passing over Mali where unrest continues in the north.

Northern Mali fell under control of ethnic Tuareg separatists and then al-Qaeda-linked fighters following a military coup in 2012.

The French-led intervention in 2012-13 scattered the al-Qaeda groups, but the Tuaregs have pushed back against the authority of the Bamako-based government.

A senior French official said it seems unlikely that fighters in Mali had the kind of weaponry that could shoot down a plane.

Source: Agencies

S'gor Perkasa sets up legal fund to back Kiki

Christian sentenced by Iranian judge to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during Ramadan

  • Christian ate during the day within the Muslim holy month of Ramadan
  • Five other men, who were Muslims, were flogged for not fasting
  • Christians have been persecuted under the country's Sharia law
By Dailymail
An Iranian judge sentenced a Christian man to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during the day in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The barbaric punishment was carried out in public in a square in the city of Kermanshah.

Five other Muslim men were also flogged in public with 70 lashes for not fasting during Ramadan, the city's deputy governor Ali Ashraf Karami said.

A spokesperson from The National Council of Resistance of Iran, a political coalition which opposes the government, denounced the treatment as 'savage' and called on western countries to take action.

They said: 'The silence of the world community, especially of western countries, vis-à-vis these medieval punishments under the excuse of having nuclear talks with Iran has intensified the brutal and systematic violation of human rights in Iran.

'This will ultimately embolden the Iranian regime to continue its nuclear projects more than before.'

But earlier this year the UN blasted Iran for the persecution of Christians in a damning report laid bare to the world in March.

The detailed report found that Iran has continued to imprison Christians for their faith and designated house churches and evangelical Christians as 'threats to national security.'

At least 49 Christians were among 307 religious minorities being held in Iranian jails as of January 2014, noted the UN, which also criticised the regime for its hostility to Jews, Baha’is, Zoroastrians and Dervish Muslims.

In its annual report on people imprisoned for their faith around the world, the Brussels-based organization Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) named Iran as one of five countries with the largest number of 'freedom of religion or belief prisoners.'

There are an estimated 250,000 Christians in Iran's 76 million strong population.

They all face torture, imprisonment or the death sentence under Sharia law for not observing Islamic religious festivals and dress codes.

Thousands of persecuted Christians have fled the country, which saw Hossein Soodmand hanged in 2008 for following the faith.

Iraq: ISIL orders female genital mutilation in Mosul

The “fatwa” issued by the Sunni Muslim fighters would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, U.N. resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq Jacqueline Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil. “This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” she said. “This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” she added. No one was immediately available for comment from Islamic State which has led an offensive through northern and western Iraq.

MH17 victim’s credit cards used after crash, says report

The Daily Mail reported that the wife of a Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victim, Cameron Dalziel, found that her husband's credit cards were being used after the plane crashed in Ukraine last week. – Reuters pic, July 24, 2014. The wife of a Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victim was stunned when she saw that her husband's credit cards were being used after the plane crashed in Ukraine last week, the Daily Mail reported.

Cameron Dalziel's wife Reine has since cancelled her husband's credit cards upon noticing activity in his account, her brother told CNN.

Cameron was a South African travelling on a British passport, who had moved with his wife and two children to Malaysia recently.

The report said that the "heartless" rebels, who allegedly shot the plane down, had been using victims' credit cards, answering their phones and looting their belongings, including jewellery, from the crash site.

Reine's brother, Shane Hattingh, told CNN that, "People are abusing it in the Ukraine. They have no respect for each other, look what they're doing. It's no surprise that they were treating the remains of people like that. It made me angry beyond words".

This only added weight to reports that the pro-Russian rebels have looted the MH17 crash site to sabotage the investigation into the disaster and to cash in on it, the Daily Mail reported.

It was previously reported that relatives of victims of the crash had called their mobile phones only to have them picked up by people with "eastern European-sounding voices".

They then proceeded to instruct the mobile phone companies to shut down the accounts.

The report said that a picture of a rebel taking a ring from a body at the disaster site has also surfaced.

"After terrorists looters stole all the cash, jewellery, mobile phones and credit cards of passengers of ill-fated Boeing – they took up their favourite deal – gathering of scrap metal. Aluminium from which the plane is made is expensive," Ukrainian government adviser Anton Gerashchenko was quoted as saying.

Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council spokesman Andrei Lysenko, was also reported as saying previously that there were no limits to the "cynicism of these gangsters".

"According to our information, apart from picking up valuable personal belongings of the passengers, terrorists are using credit cards of the victims," he said.

UK intelligence officials claim there was new evidence which showed that the separatists had planned to sabotage the probe into the crash by contaminating the area with parts from other planes, the report said.

The rebels, they were reported as saying by Sky News, had discussed removing bodies from the crash site and sending the black box data recorders to Moscow.

The Daily Mail also reported that rebel commander Igor Strelkov had issued a decree, ordering the jewellery, watches and other valuables taken from the victims of the crash to be handed in to fund their insurgency.

However, the decree could not be verified, it was reported. But the order said that the loot must be brought in to the headquarters of the Donetsk People's Republic army for its "Defence Fund" by 8pm yesterday.

The Boeing 777 was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it was shot down in eastern Ukraine last Thursday, killing all 298 people on board.

Those responsible for downing the aircraft have yet to be identified, with Russian and Ukrainian authorities blaming each other and pro-Russian separatists for the disaster.

The MH17 crash comes just four months after MH370, along with its 239 passengers and crew, disappeared on March 8. Its whereabouts remain unknown.

The tragedies have led to the loss of 537 lives, the highest death toll suffered by any airline over such a short time span.

Judges in custody case pull out of AG's intervene bid

The hearing of the attorney-general's  application to be an intervener in the child custody cases of S Deepa and M Indira Gandhi's was deferred by the Court of Appeal today after two judges recused themselves.

This follows K Shanmuga, representing both Deepa and Indira Gandhi, had inquired whether Justice Mohd Zawawi Mohd Salleh was comfortable in hearing the matter as he once headed the Syariah Advisory Division in the AG's Chambers which discussed the amendment of several existing laws pertaining inter-faith custody cases like the R Subashini matter, before becoming a judge.

Justice Umi Kalthum then asked if her presence on the bench would objected to as well, since she was the head of the civil division of the AG Chambers at that time.

To this, Shanmuga left it to Justice Umi Kalthum to decide, bearing in mind the post she was holding then.

"I apologise for raising the matter now, as I only discovered this (the composition of the bench) today," the lawyer said.

However, senior federal counsel Suzana Atan, for the AG's Chambers, objected, arguing that the matter was just an application to intervene and not a proper appeal hearing.

After confiding with both Justice Zawawi and Justice Umi Kalthum, Justice Linton Albert, who is heading the bench, said the two decided to recuse themselves in the interest of justice.

"Are you comfortable with me on the bench?" asked Linton, to which Shanmuga replied in the affirmative.

The Court of Appeal then fixed Sept 10 to hear the AG's application to be intervener in both the cases.

Also present was Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran who also appeared for Indira Gandhi, along with lawyers Joanne Leong for Deepa and Aston Paiva (who is representing both with Shanmuga).

Lawyer Faiz Fadhil appeared for N Viran @ Izwan Abdullah, S Deepa's former husband.

Amendments to existing legislation

Outside court, Shanmuga told reporters that between 2007 and 2009, several senior officers in the AGC were involved in the amendments of existing legislation regarding unilateral conversion following the Subashini case which involved similar circumstances.

“A draft of the amendments was presented to the Council of Rulers in 2009, but we have not heard of it since,” he said.

Among the laws which were proposed to be amended included the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976, Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Act 1993 and Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984.

Kulasegaran (left) said it was indeed tabled (to the rulers) and he had raised the matter up in Parliament in 2009 to know of its development but to no avail.

The Cabinet, he said had since come-up with a stand against unilateral conversions in 2009 but the laws have not been amended after that to reflect this.

This was also reiterated by Tourism Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz, once the de-facto law minister, last year.

“Now we have the joint committee on this co-chaired by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Jamil Khir Baharom, which has said otherwise (that unilateral conversion is allowed).

This, he said, resulted in inter-faith dispute cases to continue since then.

However, Kulasegaran said tomorrow the Ipoh High Court will deliver its decision whether to grant permission for judicial review against the Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, to compel the police to retrieve Indira Gandhi's youngest child Prasana Diksa.

The AG is applying to intervene in both cases following conflicting orders by the Syariah High Court and the civil High Court wanting the police to enforce the recovery of children in inter-faith disputes.

WAO will engage with AGC

Women Aid Organisation (WAO) executive director, Ivy Josiah said although there is no development in the amendment of the laws, it will still engage with the Attorney General Chambers to find a resolution to this dispute.

The WAO is one of the women’s groups holding a watching brief in this case

“This will not stop us as an interested party. We will continue to hold dialogues to resolve this matter which affects all women.

“We have seen Deepa and Indira going up and down the courts seeking resolution, following the unilateral conversions of their children by the converting husband. They are doing this for the love of their children and wanting to be with them," said Josiah (right).

Sisters in Islam executive director, Ratna Osman, another women's group holding a watching brief, said Islam does not allow such injustice.

“The husband should discuss with spouse on the question of conversion and not take the children like that,” she added

UN report: Inequality high in Malaysia

Hard times have befallen the bottom 40 percent of Malaysian society, with inequality in the country “high or rising”, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report says.

According to the Human Development Report 2014 released in Tokyo today, Malaysia is on the high end of the inequality spectrum.

This is despite the country ranking 62 out of the 168 countries studied, making Malaysia a country with “high human development”.

According to the report, growth in consumption for the poorest 40 percent in Malaysia is much slower compared with the general population.

The bottom 40 percent’s consumption grew by about eight percent between 2005 and 2010, while the population’s consumption grew by about 14 percent in the same period.

This is worse than China and Uganda, which the report said also have high and rising inequality.

For example, consumption growth in China for the poorest 40 percent is about eight percent, compared to the population’s consumption growth of eight percent for the same period.

Inequality, the report says, can lead to conflict and violence, especially if prosperity is only reported in certain sections of community.

However, it said Malaysia has in place policies that have helped to address inequality, such as the redistribution of government-owned land, restriction of land ownership and public sector employment quota.

Side-effects of pro-bumi policies

However, such policies, have “unintended consequences”, the report says, including the exodus of a million highly-skilled Malaysians, mostly due to pro-bumiputera policies.

Most of the emigrants, the report said, are ethnic Chinese and highly-educated.

It said that 60 percent of skilled Malaysian emigrants “cited social injustice as an important reason for leaving”.

“The positive discrimination policies favouring the ethnic Malays, or bumiputera, in Malaysia over the dominant Chinese and minority Indian populations have improved their access to education and jobs and helped them more fully realise their economic potential.

“Yet Malaysia’s Chinese and Indian minority citizens chafe at 70  percent quotas in university admissions, flocking instead to private and foreign schools and often staying away from the country.”

Perkasa Selangor lancar tabung bantuan Kiki

Kami membantu Kiki kerana dia berani mengaku kesalahannya dan dengan rela hati memohon maaf secara terbuka tanpa paksaan.

PETALING JAYA: Yang Dipertua Perkasa Selangor, Abu Bakar Yahya berkata tabung bantuan Siti Fairrah Ashyikin dilancarkan bagi membantu wanita ini kerana beliau seorang yang unik.

Melihat kepada kes Ashyikin atau dikenali dengan panggilan Kiki, membuat Perkasa Selangor terpanggil untuk membantunya.

“Kami membantu Kiki kerana dia berani mengaku kesalahannya dan dengan rela hati memohon maaf secara terbuka tanpa paksaan.

“Kiki juga dilihat sebagai bijak kerana menerima hukuman daripada pihak polis dan memberi kerjasama yang baik sepanjang kes tersebut,” katanya ketika dihubungi FMT.

Tambahnya lagi, beliau tidak mahu mempertikaikan keputusan Mahkamah Sesyen yang mengenakan denda RM5,000 dan hukuman melakukan khidmat sosial selama 240 jam dalam tempoh tiga bulan kerana mengetuk sebuah kereta yang menggesel dengan keretanya menggunakan pengunci stereng.

“Pendapat saya, Kiki mempunyai sebab tersendiri kerana tidak akan ada orang yang marah tanpa sebab dan tidak mustahil terdapat provokasi sebelum Kiki bertindak sebengis itu.

“Jika kita lihat video itu juga, ia tidak menunjukkan rakaman penuh kejadian kerana tidak dirakam dari awal,” jelasnya.

Katanya lagi, Kiki juga menunjukkan sikap yang terpuji kerana memberi kerjasama yang baik dengan pihak polis dan dapat mengelakkan dari berlakunya perselisihan kaum.

Beliau juga menegaskan Perkasa Selangor akan membantu pihak lain sekirannya terdapat kes yang unik seperti kes Kiki ini.

“Kita membantu selaras dengan prinsip Perkasa untuk membela bangsa Melayu berdasarkan perlembagaan undang-undang negara,” ujarnya.

Apabila diminta untuk mengulas berkenaan kenyataan Bekas Menteri Penerangan, Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin yang mempersoalkan Kiki dimarahi atas sebab perkauman, beliau menjawab itu hak masing-masing.

“Setiap orang ada pandangan tersendiri dan dia mempunyai hak untuk menyuarakannya.

“Saya merasakan, Zainuddin mungkin tidak dapat mengawal perasaan marahnya apabila melihat kes Kiki itu dan beliau harus berani bertanggungjawab ke atas kenyataan yang ditulis di blognya.”

Sementara itu orang ramai yang berhasrat ingin membantu boleh menghubungi terus Setiausaha Kehormat Perkasa Selangor, Tuan Mohd Idrus Ali Ahmad di talian 01128153249,” ujarnya.

Open letter to IGP

I have attached the picture of your investigation officer who insulted the Hindus and Hindu temples in his facebook posting.

Inspector General of Police
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,
50560 Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur.

Dear IGP,
Ref: Racist remarks by your investigation officer and others
The racist remarks which were uttered by your investigation officer Ahmad Tarmizi Yaakob and several other Malay NGOs are jeopardizing unity between our multi racial society. A worse scenario is you and your department keeping quiet of those remarks against Non-Malays or Non-Muslims.
In some scenarios you yourself have acted against the high court orders which is unfair to Non-Muslims in this country. We Malaysians would like to see equal treatment. We are hoping for a better Malaysia; not a racist Malaysia which will interrupt the social harmony of the country.
A school teacher who had beaten an 8 year old girl wasn’t arrested by the police force even after the father lodged a police report. It is a child abuse case and considered as criminal. The child got injured. The best thing the education department did was transfer him to another school. We have seen the same scenarios in many cases. If this happened in the west, the teacher would be fired immediately and be arrested by the police. It is very unfortunately to see the Malaysian police force let hatred take place in Malaysian society.
I have attached the picture of your investigation officer who insulted the Hindus and Hindu temples in his facebook posting. We cannot tolerate racism. I urge the PM of Malaysia and the IGP to take stern action against all those who make racial remarks. I hope the IGP will do his job without fear and favor for any party.
Thank you
Kind regards,

Hindu Human Rights Organization (Hindhor)

Stop accusing police of being racist, says IGP

(The Malay Mail Online) – Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar is frustrated over racist comments online, and allegations of police inefficiency and unfairness over the Kuantan road rage case.

He said the punishment meted out on Siti Fairrah Asyikin Kamaruddin, better known as Kiki, had nothing to do with her race.

“There have been remarks thrown at the police force that we are supporting a certain race and being biased in our investigation. There is no truth to this at all,” he said in a statement.

Just two hours after Khalid issued the statement to the media, he tweeted that a senior police officer who posted a racist remark had been immediately transferred.

The senior officer, with the rank of ASP, who is with the Criminal Investigation Department of the Kulim police headquarters, had been transferred to general police duties at Bukit Aman after a direct order from Khalid.

Khalid said the public had been commenting on social media that police action in the Kuantan case was unfair.

“There are claims we supported the person at fault just because of her race,” he said.

He said police investigated each case fairly and there were various technical aspects in conducting an investigation.

“In Siti Fairrah’s case, the investigation was completed quickly because she cooperated with police, even surrendering and admitting her wrongdoing,” he said.

Khalid gave another example of the case of sex bloggers Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee, in which police were also accused of being racist.

“We carried out an investigation fairly and the case is now in court,” he said.

“In both these cases police were not selective or biased towards any party.”

Khalid said all cases were carried out based on procedures and existing laws.

“People should avoid making racist allegations in social media because they cause unrest among the public and could lead to bigger racial problems,” he said.

He said those sharing false information online can be investigated for improper use of network facilities or network service, or defamation.