Friday, February 24, 2017
KOTA KINABALU: A human rights advocate said today that many Christians in Sabah were holding MyKads which listed them as Muslim.
Daniel John Jambun, who heads the UK-based Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia Foundation (Bopim), said his organisation planned to help these people.
Jambun cited the latest example of Julitah Bahiau who is trying to get the National Registration Department (JPN) to change her son’s religion from Islam to Christian on the birth certificate.
She told local media that she had applied for her son Aryton Verlando’s birth certificate on time in 2010 but when she received the birth certificate it identified him as a Muslim.
When she queried, she was told it was because she had the word “Islam” on her MyKad.
“I explained that I am not a Muslim and produced my baptism certificate. JPN then directed me to get an order of release from Islam from the Sabah Islamic Affairs Department to enable them to delete the word Islam on my MyKad and subsequently do the correction on my son’s birth certificate,” she was quoted as saying by The Borneo Post.
“Now that my son is seven years old, I am unable to register my son at any school as he has no birth certificate. I have been pushed around by JPN and am fed up!” said Julitah.
Jambun said in an interview today that the boy needed a birth certificate to be in school.
Jambun said non-Muslims with the word “Islam” in their MyKads should not be told by the JPN to go through the Shariah Court to get the matter rectified.
“Julitah’s is not a case of a Muslim wishing to renounce Islam,” he said. “It’s a matter of a non-Muslim having the word ‘Islam’ in her MyKad.”
He said Orang Asal Christians in Sabah were routinely given “Islam” MyKads when their religious particulars were “not available”.
Besides religion, he said, many people in Sabah and Sarawak were also given the wrong “ethnic” classification.
He said the Dayak in Sabah and Dayak in Sarawak should have the “right ethnic classification” in their MyKads. “This means not listing them as lain lain (others),” said Jambun. “Why should we be listed as lain lain in our own homelands?”
“Sabah and Sarawak belong to us,” he added. FMT
VATICAN CITY, Feb 24 — Pope Francis criticising some members of his own Church yesterday, suggesting that it's better to be an atheist than one of “many” Catholics who he says lead a double life.
The comments delivered in a sermon broadcast on Vatican Radio, in which the pope said that hypocritical Catholics should admit “'my life is not Christian, I don't pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business, I launder money, (I lead) a double life.'”
Since his election in 2013, the pope has often told Catholics, both priests and lay people, to practise what their religion preaches.
It's also not the first time he's expressed compassion for atheists. Less than two months after his election, Pope Francis said all human beings, even atheists, can be redeemed, and that Christians should see atheists as good people if they do good. — Reuters- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/features/article/pope-tells-catholics-better-to-be-atheists-than-hypocrites-video#sthash.pkPbwUVP.dpuf
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL - Prime Minister's Office announced a Special Taskforce, as approved by Cabinet as opposed to some former Attorney General chimply formed one, to investigate the foreign exchange losses by Bank Negara Malaysia as announced in 1993.
The taskforce should comprise representatives of various government agencies as well as highly respected individuals who were experts in certain fields. The Chairman is former Chief Secretary, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hasan.
This Tun Dr Mahathir era PTD man better not do a Sir Humphrey Appleby to cover-up his fellow civil servant. He was given the term of reference "to make recommendations and suggestions as soon as possible for the consideration of the Cabinet for follow-up action to be taken, including the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry, if necessary, based on the outcome of the probe."
Since Mahathir is willing to be investigated, Lim Kit Siang is willing to cooperate and join Tan Sri Annuar Musa in an UMNO roadshow to explain the role of the taskforce, and Tan Sri Zeti too is willing to cooperate (Raja Petra raised of her involvement as Manager of BNM London), it should proceed.
To do a taskforce first, it is better than doing an RCI immediately. It is not just a matter of finding whose at fault but also, it is a precautionary move. Who knows Dato Abdul Murad could be setting up a trap or talking to cover himself?
The Mole commentary here cautiously warned Murad maybe under investigation for money laundering or other offenses in BNM relating to his role allegedly managing one of many Dato Seri Anwar Ibbrahim's political war chest.
Furthermore, there must be precaution from revealing information that could jeopardise the country's interest as the sequel commentary yesterday here.
The commentators noticed a "yuge" jump in "gold and foreign reserves from RM46.074 billion for 1992 to RM75.309 billion for 1993. It could mean there was an outstanding exposure of at least RM29.235 billion worth of foreign currency."
Did BNM overstated the reserves?
He believed that "Hedge fund traders might have sensed the reported foreign reserve was overstated." It made the country vulnerable to a currency attack in 1997, a mere 4 years after BNM admitted to the losses. If it is true, then it is unfair to blame George Soros. It is BNM's own fault!
In his analysis, the losses at today's exchange rate could be up to RM70 billion.
But the consequential devastation to the country should include "the economic loss from the sale of government assets, the economic crisis as a result of the forex loss, and fallen entrepreneurs, businessmen and industry captains of the era."
The estimated RM70 billion figure was more than amount revealed by Murad and UMNO Youth Deputy Chief of RM30 billion (at the exchange rate then).
Part of it was probably hidden through deferred expenditure in which the losses could have been amortised over 10 years till 2003. More than 13 years has passed, thus it is save to reveal. Most likely the "statutory of limitation" on OSA has lapsed for Murad to talk.
The figures revealed by the BNM annual accounts are on net basis. The true figure has to be investigated by the taskforce.
Only publicly known was BNM sold MAS and MISC shares.
In a corporate exercise, it would usually involved revaluation of asset. Government asset are not subject to annual snooping around of valuers at places they should never ever be there. Was it done?
The MAS shares was sold to Tan Sri Tajuddin Ramli for RM1.8 billion at RM8 per share at a time the shares were trading at around RM3.50.
In his view, it is extraordinary to sell such high premium without control. Likely part of the bargain is for a buyback. In his memoir, Mahathir claimed of no such arrangement. It makes no sense. He lied as usual!
While Tajuddin purchase of MAS was fairly transparent, the writer claimed the MISC share sales were not transparent. It was sold to KWAP, resold to Mirzan and likely a buyback also by Mahathir's favourite bailout bank, Petronas.
He commented: "It is somewhat embarrassing but the private sector was brought in to bailout a government institution. The extent of bailout in that era was more than what is already known."
Since there was cover-up of the true losses and the modus operandi to salvage the negative capital BNM, and the perpetrator was shielded and honoured with a Tan Sri-ship, there could be more.
Zeti was quoted by FMT here for saying, "The central bank has in place the most rigorous risk management and governance structure to ensure something like that never happens again.
"After that event, tremendous discipline followed."
Since it is a distant past and likely safe to reveal what already was "completely investigated" and subsequent finding by Sidek Hassan team.
The writer ended his second commentary appropriately:
The devastation was more than any politics of the day. It is too late for retribution. Time has passed. However, the perpetrators should be made known.There are many of those whose wealth and life were miserably affected and could never recover from the reckless indulgence of the Mamak Tan Sri and the Mamak he may have directly answered to.
They should not be given the opportunity to repeat their reckless act. The wrong person should not continually be blamed. The country should not be burdened by the ghost of the past. It is time for correction.
The past should not continue to drag the country from moving forward.
It is no joking matter and some former editor should not try to deny what was an open secret to the global foreign exchange market of the time.
The five-member panel formed by Universiti Malaya (UM) to probe alleged racism against one of its lecturers might prove to be an "exercise in futility”, says Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy.
The senior DAP leader said similar reports earlier of racism against lecturers and staff of public institutions have gone unpunished.
“Given this, the people might not have the confidence on the panel in investigating and punishing the lecturer, if found to be guilty,” Ramasamy said in a statement.
He said this in reference to the latest move by Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan, who said he had referred the allegations to UM vice-chancellor Prof Dr Amin Jalaludin.
According to the deputy minister, Amir had promised to investigate the matter by appointing a special committee to do so.
But Ramasamy took Kamalanathan (photo) to task for his reportedly “very poor and miserable record” in taking up issues affecting Indian students.
These were particularly issues relating to racism and ethnic discrimination in schools and public universities, the Perai assemblyperson claimed.
Ramasamy said the matter would not have come to public attention if not for the viral Facebook posting titled "Voice of an Indian student" by one of the affected students.
The lecturer was alleged to have barred the writer and a friend from sitting next to each other, claiming that Indians were prone to "copy and plagiarise assignments".
She was then alleged to have ordered the two students to sit apart from each other, before vowing not to let them get into the same group, even for assignments, as she "knew how Indians are".
“As we were about to sit, she (the lecturer) abruptly said, 'India, saya tak suka India duduk bersama-sama. Jangan bawa budaya Unitar kesini. India duduk sama-sama lepas itu akan tiru assignment dan plagiarise. Saya kenal India'.
“She then continued saying to me, 'You, baju merah, duduk depan sekarang'. Subsequently said to my friend 'you duduk sana'. (The professor) further said, 'Saya akan pastikan awak dan kawan awak tak akan dapat kumpulan sama untuk buat assignment. Saya tahu India macam mana',” read the post.
The writer claimed that the lecturer then went on to insult other Indian students in the class.
Many instances of racism
“This is not the first time such an incident has taken place. There have been many instances of racism in the past. My question is, what is Kamalanathan going to do about this matter, rather than having a 'sweet' chat with the vice-chancellor?” Ramasamy asked.
He claimed that the number of cases of “belittling and denigrating” of Indians in schools and in institutions of higher learning have gone up at an alarming rate.
However, Kamalanathan, an MIC central working committee member, was acting like a civil servant, Ramasamy claimed.
“He should behave like a people’s representative and take up issues without fear and favour. If he can forgive an Umno member for slapping him, what can Indians expect from him?
“The Indian community can’t be deluded into thinking that the alleged lecturer will be punished. This will never happen.
“What the lecturer said is just a tip of a iceberg. Over the years, public universities have become hotbeds of racism and religious intolerance.
“Racism and intolerance are part of the system. If Umno can bully and belittle the MIC leaders, then I think it's possible for others to do the same,” Ramasamy added.- Mkini