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August 18, 2012

May 13th 1969 in the making?

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Based on current trend/modus operandi by UMNO to play/stir those sensitive issues such as Race, Religion, Royalty, i strongly believe in the even that UMNO/BN lost their power in this upcoming General Election, they would resort to extreme/radical tactics and most possibly, they would try to “re enact” the Bloody 13th May Tragedy and “State of Emergency/ Martial Laws would declared and the Parliament would be suspended, but the question is, are we going allowed that to happen again?

What really happen on 13th May 1963?

Here is an excerpt from Dr.Kua Kia Soong, May 13: Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots 1969 http://www.mphonline.com/books/nsearchdetails.aspx?&pcode=9789834136789

“Subky Latiff,a journalist at the time,wrote in 1977

“The May 13 Incident did not occur spontaneously.It was planned quickly and purposely.The identity of the plannners of the incident cannot be stated with accuracy.

But whatever it was happened,the May 13 Incident was a form of Coup d’ etat directed against Tunku Abdul Rahman.The Tunku’s power in fact ended from then onwards.Although he continued to be Prime Minister and President of UMNO,he was no more than just a figurehead”

This is the first credible account of the May 13, 1969 racial riots in Malaysia using documents recently declassified at the Public Records Office, London after the lapse of the 30-year secrecy rule. These documents provide the only available confidential observations and memoranda by British and other foreign embassy operatives based on their intelligence and contacts with local officials and politicians. They include dispatches by correspondents which were then banned in Malaysia. The local media were suspended at the time and local documents remain classified under the Official Secrets Act.

A social scientist, Kua Kia Soong provides a fresh political analysis of this “May 13 Incident”. In his view, the riots were by no means a spontaneous outburst of violence between Malays and Chinese but rather a planned coup d’etat by the ascendant state capitalist class against the Tunku-led aristocracy. He discusses the contradictions of the post-Independence Alliance racial formula and traces the rise of this new Malay capitalist class which has ruled Malaysia since 1969.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_13:_Declassified_Documents_on_the_Malaysian_Riots_of_1969

This is the question that we Malaysians regardless of Race/Religion should ask sincerely ask ourself

We want to have a CHANGE of Government. We want a NEW Goverment to take over from UMNO/BN who has been in Power since 1957 and along the way, somehow they had become complacent and today predicament is the manifestations of their “Complacent/Corrupts Habits” for the past many2 years

There is a saying, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”

Back to the issue, no doubt that UMNO/BN capitalising on the 3R issues to fish for votes from the Malay/Muslims voters for their own Political Survival but the question is, can we UNITED as Malaysians regardless of Race/Religion for one COMMON GOAL which is to demand for a BETTER DAWN and BETTER FUTURE for Malaysia?

 

To be fair, we need to read/listen to both side of arguement before we can form our own conclusion and not merely being influenced by one views/analysis. Neither do i agree or disagree with any of the arguements

May 13th 1969 – The Correct View (part 1)

May 13th 1969 – The Correct View (part 2)

May 13th 1969 – The Correct View (Intermission)

May 13th 1969 – The Correct View (part 4)

September 14, 2010

Lee Kuan Yew: Don’t judge a man until you’ve closed his coffin


Lee Kuan Yew – tougher than a nail

EDITOR’S PICK This is a very wide-ranging interview encompassing politics, religion, philosophy and love. Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew shares a very tender side that perhaps he would never have allowed himself to reveal when he was younger.

“I am an agnostic. I was brought up in a traditional Chinese family with ancestor worship. I would go to my grandfather’s grave on All Soul’s Day which is called “Qingming”. My father would bring me along, lay out food and candles and burn some paper money and kowtow three times over his tombstone. At home on specific days outside the kitchen he would put up two candles with my grandfather’s picture. But as I grew up, I questioned this because I think this is superstition.

“She (his wife Geok Choo) has been for two years bed-ridden, unable to speak after a series of strokes. I am not going to convert her. I am not going to allow anybody to convert her because I know it will be against what she believed in all her life. How do I comfort myself? Well, I say life is just like that. You can’t choose how you go unless you are going to take an overdose of sleeping pills, like sodium amytal. For just over two years, she has been inert in bed, but still cognitive. She understands when I talk to her, which I do every night. She keeps awake for me; I tell her about my day’s work, read her favourite poems.”

The following is the transcript of the interview Seth Mydans had with Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, for the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. The interview was held on 1 September 2010.

Mr Lee: “Thank you. When you are coming to 87, you are not very happy..”

Q: “Not. Well you should be glad that you’ve gotten way past where most of us will get.”

Mr Lee: “That is my trouble. So, when is the last leaf falling?”

Q: “Do you feel like that, do you feel like the leaves are coming off?”

Mr Lee: “Well, yes. I mean I can feel the gradual decline of energy and vitality and I mean generally every year when you know you are not on the same level as last year. But that is life.”

With his wife of 60 years- Kwa Geok Choo

Q: “My mother used to say never get old.”

Mr Lee: “Well, there you will try never to think yourself old. I mean I keep fit, I swim, I cycle.”

Q: “And yoga, is that right? Meditation?”

Mr Lee: “Yes.”

Q: “Tell me about meditation?”

Mr Lee: “Well, I started it about two, three years ago when Ng Kok Song, the Chief Investment Officer of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, I knew he was doing meditation. His wife had died but he was completely serene. So, I said, how do you achieve this? He said I meditate everyday and so did my wife and when she was dying of cancer, she was totally serene because she meditated everyday and he gave me a video of her in her last few weeks completely composed completely relaxed and she and him had been meditating for years. Well, I said to him, you teach me. He is a devout Christian. He was taught by a man called Laurence Freeman, a Catholic. His guru was John Main a devout Catholic. When I was in London, Ng Kok Song introduced me to Laurence Freeman. In fact, he is coming on Saturday to visit Singapore, and we will do a meditation session. The problem is to keep the monkey mind from running off into all kinds of thoughts. It is most difficult to stay focused on the mantra. The discipline is to have a mantra which you keep repeating in your innermost heart, no need to voice it over and over again throughout the whole period of meditation. The mantra they recommended was a religious one. Ma Ra Na Ta, four syllables. Come To Me Oh Lord Jesus. So I said Okay, I am not a Catholic but I will try. He said you can take any other mantra, Buddhist Om Mi Tuo Fo, and keep repeating it. To me Ma Ran Na Ta is more soothing. So I used Ma Ra Na Ta. You must be disciplined. I find it helps me go to sleep after that. A certain tranquility settles over you. The day’s pressures and worries are pushed out. Then there’s less problem sleeping. I miss it sometimes when I am tired, or have gone out to a dinner and had wine. Then I cannot concentrate. Otherwise I stick to it.”

Q: “So…”

Mr Lee: “.. for a good meditator will do it for half-an-hour. I do it for 20 minutes.”

Q: “So, would you say like your friend who taught you, would you say you are serene?”

Mr Lee: “Well, not as serene as he is. He has done it for many years and he is a devout Catholic. That makes a difference. He believes in Jesus. He believes in the teachings of the Bible. He has lost his wife, a great calamity. But the wife was serene. He gave me this video to show how meditation helped her in her last few months. I do not think I can achieve his level of serenity. But I do achieve some composure.”

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August 3, 2010

September 16th,1963 is our Grave Mistake!!!


“I would like to repeat and emphasize again, that Malaysia is a Nation formed of equal partners, Sarawak did not join; but Sarawak formed Malaysia together with Malaya, Sabah and Singapore.Malaysians are all equal under the Law and Constitution, irrespective of race, color or creed. There should not be distinction or discrimination. The rights of each component state are inviolable and inscribed in the IGC and London Agreements.”


~~Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min~~

‘Tunku’s Malaysia Project a failure’, forum concludes

KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysia Project envisaged by the former premier Tunku Abdul Rahman and Borneo leaders, Donald Stephens and Temenggong Jugah 47 years ago is a failure, according to a wide spectrum of the intelligentsia.

In a series of papers submitted at a one-day forum on the ‘Formation of Malaysia Revisited and The Way Forward’, presenters concluded that what had been conceived by the trio and what eventually transpired in the intervening years was similar to a pendulum swing.

All the five papers presented and deliberated at Saturday’s landmark forum to discuss the birth of the Federation of Malaysia and the effects on Sabah and Sarawak 40 years after noted how state rights had taken a backseat to political convenience.

Kanul Gindol, secretary-general of CigMa, said the forum managed to achieve an intellectual discussion of the pros and cons of the formation of Malaysia.

“It was lively (discussion) and managed to attract people from all walks of life including past and present public figures like Ayub Aman, an elder brother of Sabah Chief Minister, Amirkahar Tun Mustapha, PKR leaders like Christina Liew and Baru Bian, retired civil servants, academicians, lawyers, teachers, politicians, students and laymen,” he said.

Kitingan, the younger brother of Sabah deputy Chief Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan, in his paper highlighted facts and ‘secrets’, notably how the federal powers had subdued the state through many manoeuvres since 1963, and how Sabah leaders were duped into believing in whatever Peninsular Malaysian leaders pledged and promised them.

Using figures, he demonstrated how the Kadazandusuns, who were once the majority and dominant in North Borneo/Sabah were being disenfranchised.

He spoke about the emergence of a new group called Melayu in Sabah which today stands at more than 300,000 but was only 18,000 in 1970’s.

Split Sabah into five state

The Harvard graduate also cited how Malayan subsequent leaders managed to tilt the equation of power to the peninsula ever since the inception of the federation in 1963.

“In 1963, we had a 50-50 equation in Parliament representation vis-a-vis the 11-states in Malaya and the group of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore.

“When Singapore left or was kicked-out of the federation in 1965, their 15 seats should have been distributed to Sabah and Sarawak but what happen was Malaya took seven seats and the remaining eight were distributed to the Borneo states.

“Then in 1972/73, 73 new Parliament constituencies were created, and all of them were in Malaya. From here on, Sabah and Sarawak lost its power to block any passing of laws in Parliament, so peninsular leaders can do whatever they want to the federation,” he said.

Kitingan, a PKR vice president, in his paper proposed that Sabah be split into five states and Sarawak into seven and that Parliament representation in the Borneo states should be balanced with that in the peninsular.

He noted that the Cobbold Commission Report had forewarned that: “If the idea of Malaysia was a ‘take over’ of Sabah and Sarawak and the submersion of the individualities of Sabah/Sarawak, Malaysia would not be acceptable or successful.” Read more here

Pengayau comment

Federation of Malaysia was form with Sabah&Sarawak TOGETHER with Malaya and Singapore 1n 16th September 1963.It means that we are an EQUAL PARTNER  and we are a SEPARATE ENTITY in the spirit of Federalism.This is why the 20/18 Point of Agreement was drafted to SAFEGUARD us(Sabah&Sarawak)But now,we have ended up with being one of the states in Malaysia.

The Original Article 1 of the Federal Constitution which came into force on Malaysia Day reads:

(1) The Federation shall be known,in Malay and English by the name Malaysia

(2) The States of the Federation shall be:

(a) The states of Malaya,namely Johore,Kedah,Kelantan,Malacca,Negeri Sembilan,Pahang,Penang

Perak,Perlis,Selangor and Terengganu and

(b) The Borneo states namely Sabah and Sarawak and

(c) The state of Singapore

From the start there was no real concept of “Malaysia”, but a very real Malayan hegemonic control and interference over the states of Sarawak and Sabah. Singapore rebelled and was rewarded by being kicked out of the federation, which turned out to be a much better thing for it. Sarawak and Sabah opted to remain under Malayan dominance and were rewarded by the crumbs of their own resources – the main bulk of which fuelled the modern development of Malaya and the greed and power of the Malayan elites.

Why?It is very simple,because the 20/18 Point of Agreement has been eroded either being ammended or axed from time to time for their Political Agenda and not to mention the Federal Constitution itself.In fact,this 20/18 Point of Agreement were such a “Sacred Promise” to us by the Malayan Government prior to the formation of Malaysia.From Colonism to Federalism,and from Federalism?we are now were under Imperialism of Malaya

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 1: Religion

While there was no objection to Islam being the national religion of Malaysia there should be no State religion in North Borneo, and the provisions relating to Islam in the present Constitution of Malaya should not apply to North Borneo
Federal Constitution:
Article 11
Though Islam is the religion of the Federation, Article 11 provides that every person has the right to profess and practice his own religion. Every person has the right to propagate his religion, but state law and, in respect of the Federal Territory, federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religion, doctrine or belief among persons professing the Muslim religion. There is, however, freedom to carry on missionary work among non-Muslims.

But yet,the Allah issue has prove that there are “some” parties who are above the Law and Constitutionand showing disrespect to the Agreement for the sake of their Political Agenda

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 3: Constitution

Whilst accepting that the present Constitution of the Federation of Malaya should form the basis of the Constitution of Malaysia, the Constitution of Malaysia should be a completely new document drafted and agreed in the light of a free association of states and should not be a series of amendments to a Constitution drafted and agreed by different states in totally different circumstances. A new Constitution for North Borneo (Sabah) was of course essential.
Is there any NEW Document being drafted prior formation of  Federation Of Malaysia as in the Agreement?

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 8: Borneanisation
Borneanisation of the public service should proceed as quickly as possible.

From what we see today,there is no such thing as Borneonisation but more to Malayanisation of Borneo

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 11: Tariffs and Finance
North Borneo should retain control of its own finance, development and tariff, and should have the right to work up its own taxation and to raise loans on its own credit.
In laymen terms,i believe we can called it an Autonomous Power to control over those matter which has been stipulated.But are we?

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 12: Special position of indigenous races
In principle, the indigenous races of North Borneo should enjoy special rights analogous to those enjoyed by Malays in Malaya

Are we?Perhaps maybe we are 3rd Class Bumiputra here in Sarawak and we have been marginalised for so long.It seems like there are 2 categories of Bumiputra which is:

1.Muslim Bumiputra

2.Non Muslim Bumiputra

It clearly stipulated in the 18/20 Point of Agreement that:

Point 17: Representation in Federal Parliament
This should take account not only of the population of North Borneo but also of its seize and potentialities and in any case should not be less than that of Singapore

With 31 Parliamentary seats in Sarawak and 25 in Sabah make up total of 56 out of 222 Parliamentary seats in total?

Is it a Grave MISTAKE for us to form the Federation Of Malaysia together with Sabah,Singapore and Malaya in 1963??

For further reading:Push for Sabah, S’wak’s independence: Next stop UN
http://freemalaysiatoday.com/fmt-english/politics/sabah-and-sarawak/4128-push-for-sabah-swak-independence-next-stop-un

Malaya Tipu Borneo
https://pengayau.wordpress.com/2010/03/19/malaya-tipu-borneo/

The Debate On The Malaysia Bill In The British Parliament on 19th July,1963
http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1963/jul/19/malaysia-bill

How Sarawak was conned into the Formation Dr Ooi Keat Gin
https://pengayau.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/how-sarawak-was-conned-into-the-formation-of-malaysia/

Separate but equal by N Shashi Kala and Ooi Ying Nee
https://pengayau.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/separate-but-equal/

Things fall apart By Sim Kwang Yang
https://pengayau.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/things-fall-apart/

Malaysia is made up of 3 countries as equal partner by Dr John Brian Anthony
https://pengayau.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/malaysia-is-made-up-of-3-countries-as-equal-partner/

SHATTERED HOPES AND BROKEN DREAMS
http://thebrokenshield.blogspot.com/2010/03/shattered-hopes-and-broken-dreams.html

July 24, 2010

1Malaysia

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July 5, 2010

Umno set to muscle into Sarawak


By Joe Fernandez

 That Umno badly needs to enter Sarawak, just as it did Sabah much earlier, is clear these days in Putrajaya and East Malaysia. The debate now in the corridors of power is ‘when’. Umno’s presence in Sabah compensated for the ruling party’s electoral losses in Peninsular in 2008, and saved further mauling by the Opposition. Now, it’s Sarawak’s turn to rescue Umno.

Political pundits reckon that the Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) can be arm-twisted to make way for Umno. After all, Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission’s (MACC) and the Special Branch’s files on PBB chief and Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud (right) must have reached ceiling-high over the years, according to his critics. With Taib “now highly vulnerable,” it is said that PBB branches may have to re-emerge as Umno branches. It’s a simple script followed in Sabah, where the United Sabah National Organisation (Usno) had to make way for Umno. Many of its leaders had second thoughts and openly resisted, resulting in the instant de-registration of Usno on the dubious grounds of “national security”.

Usno chief Mustapha Harun subsequently joined the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) to express his displeasure with Umno, and then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in particular. Mustapha was threatened with bankruptcy over his unpaid RM20 million Bank Bumiputera loan, for which he pledged his Pulau Daat – a haven for illegals – near Labuan, as security. Ex-Usno leaders are still without a party today, and have since aligned themselves with Jeffrey Kitingan’s Common Interest Group Malaysia (Cigma).

Karmic justice The de-registration of PBB, not unthinkable in Umno circles, would be karmic justice since the party has been instrumental over the years in splintering and/or de-registering other parties in Sarawak to its advantage. In addition, it has sufficient financial and political clout to prevent the registration of parties like the Malaysian Dayak Congress (MDC) led by former Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Daniel Tajem Anak Miri. Tajem’s Parti Bansa Dayak Congress, a PBB-financed splinter from the Sarawak National Party (Snap), was de-registered and yet another splinter – Parti Rakyat Sarawak – registered within a few days under James Jemut Masing (centre in photo). Snap got a new lease of life from the courts recently, after it was de-registered and yet another splinter – Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party under William Mawan – took its place in the state BN. PBB has undoubtedly accumulated more than its fair share of political bad karma over the years.

Umno will use this to its advantage until it too runs out of time. Umno needing Sarawak, and having the opportunity or excuse to go in were previously two separate factors. Now, they are merging, re-enacting Sabah when PBS pulled out from the BN so that Umno had an excuse to enter “and save the Muslims from Christian rule”. In Sarawak, PBB will not pull out from the BN like PBS did, and sign its own death warrant in the process. But Umno will find other excuses. The official reason in the eventuality is expected to be “to save Sarawak from the Opposition,” and privately, to “preserve Muslim hegemony of Sarawak as the Dayaks gets restive”.

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January 28, 2010

1Malaysia?Oh ya,1Malaysia huru hara


Kepala babi dilontar dalam perkarangan dua masjid

Taken from Malaysia Kini

Kepala babi ditemui dilontarkan ke dalam perkarangan dua buah masjid sekitar Jalan Klang Lama hari ini.

Kepala babi berkenaan dijumpai di perkarangan Masjid Jumhuriyah, Taman Datuk Harun di Petaling Jaya dan Masjid Al-Imam Al-Tirmizi, Taman Seri Sentosa, Jalan Klang Lama.

Insiden itu merupakan yang terbaru perbuatan merosak dan mencemarkan rumah-rumat ibadat sepanjang tiga minggu lalu, yang membabitkan 11 gereja, sebuah kuil Sikh, sebuah masjid dan dua surau.

Serangan ini dipercayai ada kaitan dengan keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi pada 31 Disember lalu yang membenarkan bukan Islam menggunakan kalimah Allah sebagai terjemahaan untuk ‘God’.

Menurut saksi, dua kepala babi dijumpai oleh jemaah di perkarangan masjid ketika datang hendak menunaikan solat Subuh pada jam 5.30 pagi.

Selain kepala babi, kepingan wang kertas juga ditemui ditaburkan di di situ.

Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Musa Hassan dan pegawainya datang untuk menyiasat kawasan kejadian.

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January 17, 2010

Four reasons for controversial ‘Allah’ ruling


Taken from Malaysian Insider

 

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 —  High Court judge Datuk Lau Bee Lan’s controversial ‘Allah’ ruling that rocked the nation over who had rights to the term cited that the Home Minister and government’s actions had been illegal, unconstitutional, irrational and had failed to satisfy that it was a threat to national security.

She also wrote about the apparent conflict in the matter between the Federal Constitution and the various state enactments apart from claims by Muslim groups that the matter cannot be taken to a civil court.

The judge released the written grounds of her Dec 31 judgment late on Friday while the increasingly acrimonious public debate over who has the right to use the word “Allah” continues to rage on.

The Malaysian Insider obtained a copy of her 57-page judgment where the judge lays out the reasons and the laws behind her oral pronouncement.

In laying out her judgment, Justice Lau ruled that the Home Minister and the Government of Malaysia, who were named as 1st and 2nd Respondents respectively, has the discretion under Section 12 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act to issue or revoke a permit to the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Reverend Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam (the Applicant) to publish the Church’s newspaper, Herald — The Catholic Weekly.

But, she stressed, the respondents had made decisions that were illegal, unconstitutional and irrational when they barred the Catholic newspaper from publishing the word “Allah” in its Bahasa Malaysia section.

Below are excerpts highlighting the main disputes.

* On why the Home Minister’s ban is illegal

“The Applicant submits the 1st Respondent has failed to take into account one or more of the relevant considerations…

1. The word “Allah” is the correct Bahasa Malaysia word for “God” and in the Bahasa Malaysia translation of the Bible, “God” is translated as “Allah” and “Lord” is translated as “Tuhan”;

2. For 15 centuries, Christians and Muslims in Arabic-speaking countries have been using the word “Allah” in reference to the One God. The Catholic Church in Malaysia and Indonesia and the greater majority of other Christian denominations hold that “Allah” is the legitimate word for “God” in Bahasa Malaysia;

3. The Malay language has been the lingua franca of many Catholic believers for several centuries especially those living in Melaka and Penang and their descendants in Peninsular Malaysia have practised a culture of speaking and praying in the Malay language;

4. The word “God” has been translated as “Allah” in the “Istilah Agama Kristian Bahasa Inggeris ke Bahasa Malaysia” first published by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Malaysia in 1989;

5. The Malay-Latin dictionary published in 1631 had translated “Deus” (the Latin word for God) as “Alla” as the Malay translation;

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January 16, 2010

Jakim says ‘Allah’ ban must include Sabah and Sarawak


Taken from Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 — The Islamic Development Department (Jakim) maintains that Christians should not be allowed to use the word “Allah” and rejects the suggestion that the word could be used in East Malaysia while remaining banned on the peninsula.

Jakim director-general Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz said there should not be two sets of laws and rules to deal with the “Allah” issue.

The federal government’s highest Islamic body joins Christian leaders who also rejected today the suggestion made by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz who claimed in an interview with East Malaysian newspapers yesterday that the federal government had agreed for the word to be used in Sabah and Sarawak.

Wan Mohamad from Jakim said that since there were already rules on the matter, the word “Allah” should not be used by churches anymore. “We must respect the decision of the Cabinet.

“If we follow the spirit of respecting laws there has already been a decision at national level so they should not use the word,” he said.

He said that if the word “Allah” was allowed for Christians in Sabah and Sarawak it would not solve any problems because of the migration and mobilisation of people from the two East Malaysian states to the peninsula.

“That does not solve matters…we are in a small country and we need standard laws and rules.

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Face to face with Nazri on “Allah” issue


The following is the exclusive Q&A by The Borneo Post team of Phyllis Wong, general operations manager of The Borneo Post, thesundaypost and Utusan Borneo, and Francis Chan, thesundaypost senior editor, with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Law, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz on Thursday.

Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz  

Question: Datuk Seri, would you like to enlighten our readers on the issue of ‘Allah’?

Nazri: I want to tell you that when certain quarters says that the government is wrong to bring the matter to court, I want to say that it was not the government who brought the matter to court.

It was Pakiam (Archbishop Murphy Pakiam, Publisher of Herald).

He was the one to ask the court for a judicial review on the action taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs to ban the use of the word ‘Allah’.

For many reasons we are against the use of ‘Allah’ (by non-Muslims).

In the constitution there is an article which says that no other religions except Islam can be propagated among the Muslims or the Malay community. That is the article in the Act.

In order to give effect to that article, almost every state has an enactment that no religion is allowed to be propagated among the Muslim or Malay community, except Sabah and Sarawak, WP (Wilayah Persekutuan), Malacca and Penang, which do not have the law.

Among other things, it is interpreted that if you translate any religious books into Malay language, then that is seen as an act to propagate religions other than Islam to those who profess the Muslim faith.

This is in the enactment.

So, in the state of Selangor, it is the right of Sultan or any Muslim to insist the authorities to take any action against any group wanting to use ‘Allah’ as reference to their God.

In all these states it is against the law.

This is constitutional; we did not (simply) pick (it) up somewhere. That’s why you see, if you read the papers, the sultan of Selangor has given a decree to stop using the word ‘Allah’.

In all these states, legally, it’s against the law.

There is no question of any court of law allowing other religions to use the word ‘Allah’.

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January 15, 2010

Sabahans are fed-up, no more compromises — Ronnie Klassen


Taken from Malaysian Indsider

JAN 15 — The Federal Government has failed miserably in addressing the Allah issue and more seriously the arson attacks on churches and recently a Sikh temple.  Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has said the situation was under control and the attacks were isolated incidents. How stupid does Hishammuddin thinks Malaysians are, eight Churches and a Sikh Temple vandalised, and he blatantly says it’s only isolated cases and under control?

Barisan Nasional component parties should now re-examine their position and their coalition status with Umno. The Christian Community of Malaysia are currently under siege by unscrupulous arsonists out to create disunity among peace loving Malaysians.

Is Clarence Bongkos Malakun a Christian?

The President of the Council of Justices of the Peace, Datuk Clarence Bongkos Malakun has urged Christians in Sabah to make a compromise for the sake of national peace.

He is urging Christians to drop the word “Allah” in Malay-language services and Malay-language Bibles. He said that though this has been the practice for so long in Sabah, for the sake of peace, Sabahan Christians should abandon it, as this has caused anger to a certain section of extremist Muslims in Malaysia.

It is so easy to call for compromise. Sabahans have compromised for too long on many things since the state merged with Malaya, Sarawak and Singapore to form Malaysia. We had to compromise on language, education, natural resources etc. Finally we have someone who is asking us to compromise on the way our Christians practice the religion.

I question the intention of Clarence Bongkos Malakun. Perhaps he thought it was noble of him but then it seems only noble to him. A local daily reported Malakun as saying “many fellow Christians would disagree and perhaps start to condemn me” but “if we are really true Christians, we should be forgiving, reasonable and peace loving people”. It is my honest belief that through this very statement he has already condemned himself. But allow me to ask him, “Do you in the first place have the Christian credibility to ask Sabahans to drop the word Allah?”

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January 13, 2010

Kenapa ‘Allah’ popular kepada penganut Kristian


Keputusan hakim Mahkamah Tinggi pada 31 Disember 2009 bahawa penerbitan Herald boleh terus menggunakan istilah Allah dalam penerbitan edisi Bahasa Malaysia telah mencetuskan pelbagai reaksi daripada beberapa pihak di seluruh negara.

Sesetengah daripada komen dan reaksi tersebut tidak membantu usaha pengukuhan perpaduan dan hubungan antara kaum di negara ini.

Sejurus selepas perkara ini dibawa ke mahkamah, saya telah menggesa semua pihak supaya menghormati dan memberikan sepenuhnya kebebasan kepada mahkamah untuk menjalankan tanggungjawabnya.

Saya percaya bahawa hakim Datuk Lau Bee Lian telah melihat segala aspek sejarah dan hak perlembagaan sebelum membuat keputusan tersebut.

Dari aspek sejarah, istilah Allah telah digunakan sejak sekian lama, yakni sebelum rakyat Sabah memutuskan untuk menubuhkan Malaysia bersama-sama dengan Tanah Melayu, Singapura dan Sarawak pada 1963.

Masyarakat Sabah telah menggunakan bahasa Melayu sesuai dengan statusnya sebagai lingua franca di rantau ini. Agama Kristian mulai bertapak di Sabah sejak 1881 dan terus berkembang selepas itu.

Bagi masyarakat bumiputera Kristian di Sabah seperti Kadazandusun dan Murut, upacara ibadat diadakan dalam tiga bahasa iaitu bahasa Inggeris, Melayu dan bahasa ibunda mereka.

Dalam upacara ibadat yang menggunakan bahasa Inggeris, istilah yang digunakan ialah God, manakala upacara ibadat dalam bahasa Melayu menggunakan istilah Allah dan upacara ibadat dalam bahasa ibunda, misalnya dalam bahasa Kadazandusun, menggunakan istilah ‘Kinoingan’.

Kebanyakan gereja di kawasan bandar menggunakan bahasa Inggeris, manakala bahasa Melayu dan bahasa ibunda digunakan dengan meluas di gereja-gereja di kawasan luar bandar di Sabah.

Pengiktirafan bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa kebangsaan dan bahasa perantara dalam sistem pendidikan negara telah memperluaskan lagi pengaruh bahasa ini di kalangan masyarakat Sabah.

Generasi yang lahir selepas dasar ini dibuat lebih selesa menggunakan bahasa Melayu. Mereka juga lebih selesa menghadiri upacara-upacara ibadat yang diadakan dalam bahasa kebangsaan ini.

Generasi muda masyarakat bumiputera Kristian dari Sabah yang berhijrah ke Semenanjung sama ada untuk bekerja atau melanjutkan pelajaran turut meminta pihak gereja di sini supaya upacara ibadat dalam bahasa Melayu turut diadakan kerana mereka sudah serasi dengan penggunaan bahasa ini.

UPKO merasakan bahawa setiap anggota masyarakat diberikan kebebasan untuk terus menunaikan ibadat keagamaan mereka dalam keadaan yang tenang serta dapat menggunakan bahasa serta istilah-istilah yang mereka berasa selesa untuk menggunakannya sepanjang upacara ibadat tersebut.

Kenyataan media Tan Sri Bernard Giluk Dompok, presiden UPKO dan menteri perusahaan perladangan dan komoditi.

Kes CD ‘Allah’ milik wanita Kristian 15 Mac


 Taken from  http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/121737

Permohonan seorang wanita Kristian dari Sarawak yang mencabar tindakan Kementerian Dalam Negeri merampas lapan cakera padat mengenai ajaran Kristian yang mengandungi perkataan ‘Allah’ ditetapkan untuk sebutan pada 15 Mac ini.

Kes itu sepatutnya didengar hari ini di hadapan Datuk Mohamed Apandi Ali tetapi disebabkan beliau mempunyai perbicaraan kes lain, ia dipinda kepada sebutan bagi pengurusan kes.

 

 Tarikh itu ditetapkan di kamar Penolong Kanan Pendaftar Nik Mohd Fadli Nik Azlan dengan kehadiran peguam Annou Xavier (kiri) yang mewakili Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill dan Peguam Kanan Persekutuan Andi Razalijaya A Dadi yang mewakili defendan.

Pada 15 Mac nanti, defendan dikehendaki memfailkan afidavit jawapan.

Pada 20 Ogos 2008, Jill, 27, seorang kerani, memohon perintah certiriori bagi membatalkan keputusan kementerian itu merampas CD berkenaan, selain perintah mandamus bagi mengarahkan kementerian memulangkan CD itu kepadanya, dan perisytiharan bahawa dia berhak menyimpan, mengguna dan mengimport bahan penerbitan mengandungi perkataan ‘Allah’.

Wanita itu mengadu bahawa pada 11 Mei tahun lepas, kementerian merampas CD berkenaan daripadanya sebaik tiba di Terminal Penerbangan Tambang Murah di Sepang.

CD itu mempunyai tajuk seperti ‘Cara Menggunakan Kunci Kerajaan Allah’, ‘Cara Hidup Dalam Kerajaan Allah’ dan ‘Ibadah Yang Benar Dalam Kerajaan Allah’ dibawa masuk dari Indonesia.

It all has been CLEARLY STIPULATED in this Article!!!

Article 11

Though Islam is the religion of the Federation, Article 11 provides that every person has the right to profess and practice his own religion. Every person has the right to propagate his religion, but state law and, in respect of the Federal Territory, federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religion, doctrine or belief among persons professing the Muslim religion. There is, however, freedom to carry on missionary work among non-Muslims.

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