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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Gereja Terbesar Di Asia Tenggara Dibuka Di Shah Alam Hari ini




Dalam Sibuk "Mempertahankan Kalimah Allah". Kerajaan umno Bina Gereja Paling Besar Di Asia Tenggara....Lu Ada Otak..Lu Fikir Sendiri !!


Gereja terbesar Asia Tenggara dibuka di Bukit Jalil hari ini... satu lagi kejayaan Barisan Nasional

Gereja terbesar di Asia Tenggara membuka pintunya hari ini berlatarbelakangkan perdebatan tentang kebebasan beragama di Malaysia dan dakwaan diskriminasi halus terhadap orang bukan Islam.

Bangunan berkeluasan 600,000 kaki persegi dan berhargac RM200 juta digelar Calvary Convention Centre (CCC) di Bukit Jalil mempunyai sebuah auditorium 5,000 kerusi, serta dewan serbaguna, bilik darjah, dewan kuliah, nurseri dan kawasan lain terdiri daripada kedai-kedai runcit dan kafe.

Ia adalah satu mercu tanda yang menunjukkan Malaysia adalah benar-benar tanah yang pelbagai budaya, "Calvary Church bersekutu paderi David Seah memberitahu The Malaysian Insider hari ini, perkhidmatan selepas Easter pagi ini yang dihadiri oleh kira-kira 3,000 orang.

"Saya tidak menjangka sebarang tindak balas yang berpotensi ," katanya.

Sesetengah orang Islam menyatakan di blog mereka dalam 2011 keresahan dengan saiz CCC, mengatakan bahawa ia adalah satu ancaman kepada kedudukan Islam sebagai agama rasmi negara dan ia boleh digunakan untuk menukar umat Islam.

Tetapi Seah menegaskan bahawa Gereja Calvary tidak mualaf Islam, berkata: "Apabila kita memberikan keluar kawasan, kita memberitahu ahli tidak meletakkan mereka di rumah-rumah Muslim"

Para paderi gereja Pentecostal berkata bahawa pembinaan CCC di atas tanah komersil bermula pada tahun 2007 dan telah siap pada tahun ini, mencatatkan bahawa ia akan dapat menampung jemaah 3,000 yang sebelum ini tersebar di Damansara Heights, Damansara Perdana dan Cheras.

Paderi Kanan Calvary Church Rev Dr Tan Sri Putera Guneratnam menangis apabila beliau mengambil podium untuk menyampaikan khutbah beliau pada Easter, hari yang paling penting pada kalendar Kristian iaitu meraikan kebangkitan Yesus Kristus.

"Kami berada di sini. Kami jadikan ia kenyataan, "kata Guneratnam dengan suara yang menggeletar, sebelum mengelap matanya.

Apa pentingnya gereja sebesar ini didirikan di Malaysia sedangkan jumlah penduduk Malaysia yang beragama Kristian adalah begitu kecil berbanding penganut kristian di Indonesia. Mengapa tidak didirikan di Indonesia?

Malaysia gah lagi kerana kini satu lagi rekod berjaya dicipta. Selepas bangunan tertinggi di dunia kini kita ada gereja terbesar di Asia Tenggara.

Mahathir Terus Meroyan..

JOHOR BAHRU 1 April - Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU-13) adalah masa terbaik untuk rakyat negara ini menamatkan karier politik tiga pemimpin veteran pembangkang.

Mereka yang dimaksudkan ialah Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim; Penasihat DAP, Lim Kit Siang dan Mursyidul Am Pas, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.


Gesaan itu dibuat oleh bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad semasa berucap pada program Bicara Perdana Bersama Pemimpin Ulung di Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Kempas Permas, di sini malam tadi.

"Anwar sejak awal lagi tidak pernah memperjuangkan agama dan bangsa, baru tiga hari masuk UMNO minta jawatan Ketua Pemuda, lepas itu mahu Naib Presiden kemudian Timbalan Presiden sampai saya Presiden sendiri pun nak lawan. Sampai sekarang gila-gila nak jadi Perdana Menteri.

"Kit Siang pula sibuk mahu orang 'change', Barisan Nasional dah berapa kali 'change' dah... dia di situ juga. Patut dia kena buat dulu. Jadi orang Johor perlu ganyang Kit Siang, biar PRU-13 jadi hari terakhir politik dia.

"Nik Aziz pula bagaimana boleh gelar diri ulama jika mengatakan Tuhan mencarut, Nabi Muhammad sama seperti orang kampung biasa dan tidak perlu sambut Maulud. Tapi hari beranak dia, Karpal beri kek dan sambut pula," katanya.

Sehubungan itu, Mahathir menyeru rakyat menolak pakatan pembangkang yang jelas hanya 'bersatu di permukaan' walaupun hakikatnya mahu menipu sesama sendiri.

Menurutnya, tidak seperti BN yang ikhlas berkongsi kuasa dan kekayaan negara sejak merdeka lagi, tanpa berpura-pura dan tidak berlawan sesama sendiri malah calon yang bertanding mendapat undi semua parti komponen bagi memastikan kemenangan dalam pilihan raya untuk bina kerajaan.

"Bila mereka (pembangkang) menang... Kalau mereka menanglah... Mereka akan kelahi sesama mereka. Kalau mereka kalah... Dan tahu akan kalah... mereka mahu cetus tunjuk perasaan dan demonstrasi sepanjang masa.

"Dia (Anwar) memang 'expert' kalau tunjuk perasaan, dulu dalang demonstrasi pada tahun 1974 kononnya ada rakyat mati kebuluran di Baling, kemudian selepas dipecat 1999, lepas itu Bersih. Saya bukan jenis bertaruh, tetapi saya bertaruh 10 sen yang dia akan tunjuk perasaan," katanya.

Lebih 14,000 orang menghadiri mendengar ceramah tersebut. Turut hadir isterinya, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd. Ali; Ahli Parlimen Pulai, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed; Ahli Parlimen Kota Tinggi, Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar dan Ketua Polis Johor, Datuk Mohd. Mokhtar Mohd. Shariff. - UTUSAN ONLINE

PERKASA DIPERKUDA UMNO!!! AJK Perkasa minta ahli Perkasa tinggalkan UMNO

Pak Din KB berceramah di Kampung Tapah Selama

31 Mac -- Kampung Tapah Selama Perak,berlangsung siri ceramah isu semasa anjuran PAS Selama Perak yang menampilkan beberapa penceramah dan salah seorangnya Pak Din KB atau nama sebenar Adris B. Salleh 66.

Beliau masih lagi Ahli Jawatan Kuasa (AJK)  
Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa (PERKASA) Daerah Kerian Perak. Keahlian dan perjawatan beliau dalam PERKASA sehingga hari ini masih sah,kerana tiada sebarang surat pemecatan atau lucutan apa-apa jawatan tidak diterima Pak Din KB sejak menyertai PAS secara rasmi beberapa bulan lalu.

Pak Din KB juga menyatakan dalam ceramahnya disini bahawa ada juga wakil PERKASA datang memujuknya supaya kembali kepada UMNO selepas beberapa hari menyertai PAS secara rasmi. 


Perkara ini sungguh memalukan bagi Pak Din KB kerana PERKASA adalah sebuah NGO yang terang-terang menjadi alat yang diperkudakan oleh UMNO . 


Pak Din merayu supaya ahli PERKASA jangan jadi hamba suruhan UMNO dan sewajarnya semua ahli PERKASA berubah,tinggalah dan datanglah menyertai Pakatan Rakyat, sama-sama berjuang dengan Pakatan Rakyat. 


"Apa guna duduk dibawah PERKASA yang menjadi hamba abdi yang dipergunakan oleh UMNO..lebih baik keluar dari PERKASA,keluar dari UMNO. Wahai ahli PERKASA....sedarlah diri,tinggalah UMNO..!!!"  - Ujar Pak Din dengan penuh bersemangat dipentas ceramah PAS di sini.

Selama 30 tahun lebih Pak Din KB bersama UMNO telah banyak mengajar erti perjuangan dalam UMNO yang hanya mementingkan poket kroni pihak atasan sahaja. Paling membanggakan bagi Pak Din KB ialah ada juga segolongan ahli UMNO yang mengucapkan tahniah kepadanya kerana berani membuat tindakan keluar dari UMNO.
 


"Memang ramai dikalangan ahli UMNO dikampung-kampung  yang sudah muak dengan perangai dan sikap hipokrik para pemimpin UMNO dibahagian,negeri dan pusat. 
 


Mereka memang nampak macam berada didalam UMNO akan tetapi mereka sebenarnya tidak menyokong lagi UMNO " - Pak Din KB mendedahkan situasi sokongan politik sekarang.
 


Pak Din KB dalam ceramah malam ini juga mengatakan akan mendedahkan segala bahan bukti kerja jahat tangan UMNO terutamanya di kawasan beliau iaitu di Bagan Serai dan Parit Buntar. "Saya hanya menunggu pembubaran parlimen saja untuk mendedahkan segalanya"- ujar Pak Din.Orang ni

Mawan, Jabu’s wife get PKR support


Growing anger against the humiliating insults spewed by Chief Minister Taib Mahmud's cousins against the Dayak community appears to be 'bridging' political differences here.
KUCHING: In a rare expression of support, Sarawak PKR has lauded Senior Minister William Mawan, MP Alexander Nantha Linggi and Empian Jabu who is the wife of deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu for coming to the defence of the Dayak community who were recently insulted by Fatimah and Norlia Rahman Yakub in a video recorded by international pressure group Global Witness.
Responding to Mawan-led Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) and Empiang-helmed Serakup Indu Dayak (SID) association, PKR said more Dayak leaders in Taib’s administration should speak up for Dayaks and against current government’s policy of land-grabs.
SDNU, with over a 100,000 direct members, is considered to be a ‘powerful’ and ‘influential’ NGOs in Sarawak.
SDNU vice-president Anthony Banyan, had on behalf of its supreme council, expressed affront at the women’s description of Dayaks as having “low intelligence”, were “easily manipulated” and “squatting” on government land. The statement also called for a public apology.
State PKR information chief Vernon Aji Kedit: “The statement issued by SDNU as well as the Women’s Wing, Serakup Indu Dayak Sarawak is not only courageous but also ground-breaking and should be applauded.
“The statement called for an apology from the Chief Minister’s cousins for ‘demeaning and deplorable’ remarks.
“SDNU’s strong stance and call for ‘all quarters to stand up for the Dayak community and recognise our rights over land’ is a loud and clear statement that goes against the grain of what the government has been saying all this while.
“More crucially, this radical statement is a clear breakaway from the Barisan Nasional government’s land policies by senior Barisan Nasional politicians and leaders.”
Warning to BN
Kedit said the two “outstanding and drastic statements” by SDNU and SDGA respectively in support of native customary rights should serve as “a loud warning to BN” that not all BN Dayak leaders agree with or support the current government’s actions and inactions in relation to land-grabs of Dayak lands in Sarawak.
“Banyan, in his statement which was endorsed by the Supreme Council of SDNU which comprises very senior Barisan Nasional leaders like its president William Mawan, its deputy president Alexander Nanta Linggi and the president of its Women’s Wing, Empiang Jabu, clearly refuted the allegations by the Chief Minister’s cousins that state land is not NCR land, and condemned it.
“We congratulate them unmistakable and uncompromising manner.
“We hope their unequivocal stance will send out a tough message to those who wish to demean, deplore and reduce the Dayaks to mere squatters,” said Kedit.
He also congratulated the Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association for its similar stance.
Said Kedit: “SDGA president Dusit Jaul’s statement succinctly explained the concept of ‘adat berimba’ or ‘ngerumpang menua’ which makes up the essence of native customary rights.
“These rights have been championed by Sarawak PKR and we are now pleased that Dayak leaders from all walks of life are finally coming out to speak out regarding this issue.”

Muhyiddin ignites speculation


All indications are that the 13th general election would be held this month
PETALING JAYA: Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the 13th general election may be called in a few weeks’ time, ahead of the April 30 deadline for an automatic dissolution of Parliament.
For this to happen, Parliament has to be dissolved by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak within the first two weeks of this month.
However, the possibility of Najib dissolving Parliament this week looks slim. He would be leaving for Mecca starting April 3 to perform his “umrah”. He returns two days later, which would be on Friday.
Speculation is that he would dissolve Parliament either at the end of this week (Friday) or Monday, next week. This, political observers say, would give the Election Commission (EC) two to three days to announce nomination and polling dates of the next general election.
“Do not be surprised if nomination falls on the second weekend of this month [April 13 or 14] with polling a week later [April 20 or 21]. We might see eight days for campaigning… which is sufficient since the two sides have been campaigning for the last five years.
“It will be wrapped up so fast that many would not even know we have concluded the polls. The one week would just whiz past us,” said a Barisan Nasionl coalition party chief, who did not want to be named.
Observers say Najib has to conclude the election before April 26, the start of the Asean Summit Heads of Government meeting in Brunei.
Najib needs to attend the summit, not as a caretaker government head, but as the new Prime Minister of Malaysia with a good mandate from the people.
“He does not need to swear in. He would still be caretaker leader but the respect he would get would be as the new Prime Minister of Malaysia. If polls are concluded by April 21, then he has four to five days to take the oath. That is not a problem,” said the leader.
Over the next two days, Najib is expected to finalise the BN candidates’ list especially at the State Legislative Assembly level.
“He is not only finalising the state seats but also clinching deals on seat swaps and candidates for tough seats. He pushed the hard decisions to the end. It’s just another 20% left. Once this is complete, then he will hit the road,” said an Umno insider.
Ball at Najib’s feet
The announcement by Muhyiddin yesterday has set off a new round of speculations as to when the 13.3 million registered voters will go to the polls to pick a government.
“I do not think the prime minister will wait the full five years before dissolving Parliament. The election will be held within the next few weeks,” he said in his speech at the launching of the Federal Territory “Himpunan Barisan 1 Malaysia” gathering in Kuala Lumpur.
All 222 parliamentary constituencies would be up for grabs at the next general election, billed as the mother of all general elections.
On one side, the BN has attempted to push itself into the hearts and minds of voters, giving unprecedented handouts to the people with the hope that the ruling coalition would be returned to power.
The BN, under the leadership of Najib, is confident that it would retain its simple majority in Parliament. It must be noted that this would be Najib’s first general election as prime minister. He is trying hard to retain the two-thirds majority in Parliament.
At the last election in 2008, BN was led by then prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. The ruling coalition experienced its worst electoral performance, losing its long held two-thirds majority in Parliament and losing four state governments.
BN managed to get 140 seats of the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat compared to the opposition front, Pakatan Rakyat, which took 82 seats.
In any other country, winning 140 of the 222 seats, would have been regarded as a thumping victory but not in Malaysia, especially with a huge number of seats won by the BN at every election in the past.
In 2008, like a tsunami, Pakatan also managed to sweep four states – Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor – to add to its winning tally. Perak subsequently returned to the BN after three state assemblymen quit the opposition and became independent state assemblymen in support of the BN. Kelantan, a traditional opposition stronghold, stayed with PAS.
The devastating “defeat” forced Abdullah to quit, with Najib taking over.
The opposition this time around has upped the ante. The DAP over the weekend predicted that Pakatan will wrest control of Putrajaya, the federal administrative centre, and capture eight states in the forthcoming general election.
DAP national chairman Karpal Singh predicted that Pakatan was on the right track to capture the federal government with a slight majority.
Besides retaining its current four state governments, he said Pakatan should add Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Perlis and Perak to its list after the polls.
While politicians are busy with the general election and the rakyat are preparing to cast their ballots, the ball is now at Najib’s feet to dissolve Parliament and allow for the democratic process to flourish.

Bishop: What sort of justice is this?


Bishop Paul Tan is incensed over the video which shows MP Zulkifli Noordin belittling the Hindu faith and demands action from the '1Malaysia' government.
KUALA LUMPUR: The video recording of a member of Parliament belittling the Hindu faith has prompted a Catholic priest to question the government’s double standard in dealing with such matters.
Bishop Paul Tan pointed out that the present ruling government had not hauled up any Muslim who uttered seditious words and made seditious gestures against those of other religions while it acted against those who stated unpleasant things about Islam.
The head of the Malacca-Johor diocese was responding to the video of Kulim Bandar Bahru MP Zulkifili Noordin who mocked how statues of Hindu deities could not prevent a flood in Masjid India here.
The video, which was uploaded on YouTube, had since gone viral.
Zulkifli is also the vice-president of Perkasa, whose president Ibrahim Ali had also earned the wrath of Tan when he called for the torching of Malay bibles that used the term Allah.
The bishop recounted how he had in the past called on the government to take action against both Ibrahim and Perkasa patron and former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad over this issue.
“What sort of justice is this? It is no justice but bigotry which the Almighty God himself would be ashamed of,” he said.
“God sees, hears and knows everything. In spite of the fact that final justice is rendered by the Almighty God, we humans are not exempt from taking the right means to right what is wrong.
“Failure to do so is an immorality which must be punished,” he added.
Tan also quoted PKR vice-president N Surendran, who pointed out that Section 198 A of the Penal Code provided for the punishment of those who utter words which cause disharmony, feelings of enmity, hatred and ill-will on grounds of religion.
“Let his [Surendran's] words ring in the ears of those who planned 1Malaysia,” said the Bishop, in reference to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.
“Or is the 1Malaysia only a political slogan with self interests?” he asked.
Rising bigotry
Without any political interest, Tan said he would lend his support to the politicians and groups who called for action to be taken against Zulkifli, a lawyer by profession.
The latest video controversy had also cast doubts on whether Barisan Nasional would throw its support behind the ex-PKR leader in the coming polls.
Zulkifli quit the Anwar Ibrahim-led PKR after crossing swords with the leadership and since then had launched a smear campaign against the opposition party.
Although the Najib administration had stressed on the importance of fostering stronger racial and religious ties, bigotry appeared to be on the rise.
The prime minister had also been criticised for not acting or reprimanding the culprits, such as the likes of Perkasa, who seem to be above the law, leading some to claim that it was backed by Umno.
These controversies had also tainted Malaysia’s image in the international arena as being a moderate Muslim nation.

Put up or shut up, PKR tells Husni


Opposition party PKR has challenged Second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah to back up his criticism of the Pakatan Rakyat manifesto with actual figures and calculations instead of just mere allegations and rhetoric.

husni eon bank function 120310 ahmad husni"We challenge him to provide the data and analysis," said party Trade and Industry Bureau chairperson Wong Chen at a press conference in Petaling Jaya today.

Last week, Ahmad Husni (left) accused that the manifesto will push up the country’s deficit to 11.5 percent and increase national debt to 62.1 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).

"Until today, he has not provided the figures and calculations to back up his claims," chimed in the party’s director of strategy, Rafizi Ramli, who joined Wong.

"Just by saying something and because it is reported, you expect people to buy it. (This) is the old way, it no longer works."

The enlightened public of today, argued Rafizi, requires not only pronouncements, but also the facts and figures.

"They (BN) can continue this way to their detriment," warned the director of strategy. 

He said that, as Pakatan has engaged with the rakyat with their manifesto along with the data supporting it, the discerning public now wants to hear BN's argument and see what they have to offer.

NONEHowever, Rafizi (right) does not has his hopes up that the BN will come forward to constructively engage with Pakatan in a debate that is the bone of democratic contention in more mature democracies.

"It’s a waste of breath to ask them for a debate," he said.

Despite this, he hopes to see some facts and figures soon from the second finance minister, for if the BN doesn't do that, he believes that this will be detrimental to their standing with the rakyat.

Pakatan released its manifesto in February, promising a slew of popular benefit and reforms.

This was met with extreme criticism from the BN leadership whose argument were oft conclude that the Pakatan manifesto will "bankrupt" the nation.

Kit Siang not contesting state seat



DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang today announced that he will not be contesting in any state seat, apart from contesting the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat in the general elections.

Denying rumours to the contrary, Lim said it was never his intention to contest a state seat.

NONE“Some criticise me for being greedy, but I have no intention to fight for a state seat,” Lim toldMalaysiakini when contacted today.

The DAP supremo also made a formal announcement on the matter at a function in Johor Jaya this morning.

It was earlier speculated that Lim (right, in photo) was eyeing the Johor Jaya constituency after receiving encouraging response from Johoreans.

However, Lim said DAP is instead proposing its Socialist Youth committee member Liow Cai Tung to contest the seat, of it obtains the consent from its Pakatan allies.

“The seat negotiations for Johor Jaya constituency is still being subjected to discussion, but our candidate is Liow,” Lim said.

He said he believes the 27-year-old will be able to win over the support of young and first-time voters.
'Question of exchanging seats does not arise'

Liow, who is Johor DAP Youth deputy publicity chief, and daughter of Johor DAP Wanita deputy chief Ng Siam Luang, has issued a statement last week inviting Lim to contest in Johor Jaya.

She is a full-time political worker and has been working the ground at the constituency since about a year ago.
Meanwhile, asked about the Johor seat negotiations, Lim clarified that PKR made way for DAP to contest in Gelang Patah parliamentary seat.

Hence, he said the question of exchanging seats does not arise.

“This is to boost our chances in winning federal power. But of course, the talk of Segamat for (Johor PKR chief Chua) Jui Meng is still being subjected to discussion,” he said.

He added that DAP is only targeting to contest seven parliamentary seats and fifteen state seats in Johor, which is less than one-third of the seats there.

In the meantime, he advised all Pakatan leaders to stop making media statements over the seat negotiations and let the national leadership decide.

MCA veep: Guan Eng trying to sow discord in Kluang


MCA vicepresident Gan Ping Sieu said today DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng was trying to sow discord by challenging him to contest against DAP 's Liew Chin Tong in Kluang.

This, he said, was because the candidacy in that parliamentary seat for MCA was yet to be decided.

NONEIt is understood that the candidacy is being hotly vied by both Gan (left) and incumbent Kluang MP Hou Kok Chung.

"Lim is trying to create conflict between us and we will not fall into this trap. He should take care of his own house (Penang)," Gan told a press conference in Putrajaya this morning.

He joked that when the challenge was issued, he was filled with excitement and expectations as he thought Lim would be personally contesting there.

While welcoming Liew's foray, Gan said he would ultimately put the party's wishes above his own on who should be the candidate for Kluang.

"As a national party leader, contesting in the general election is a responsibility. But which seat, is up to the party to decide," he said.

However, he confirmed that he would not contest a state seat in this general election.

'Kluang people's way'

Gan said MCA had rectified its weaknesses that caused a drop of support for the party in Kluang in the last general election and was prepared to take on DAP this time.

He said MCA would respond to DAP's assault there with the "Kluang people's way".

"I am a local from Kluang and I understand its culture and way of life.

"I don't want to prejudge the people of Kluang but I believe whoever who shows a serious commitment in community work and has a clear stance in national politics will be welcomed," Gan said.

Kluang was won by MCA in 2008 by a 3,781-vote majority, which was a reduction from its 2004 18,698-vote majority win.

Gan himself was narrowly defeated by DAP in 2008, in the state seat of Mengkibol with a 1,281-vote majority.

Gan acknowledged that DAP was expecting a big swing among Chinese voters in Johor but criticised the party for making such an assumption as taking the community's support for granted.

"We do not appear only once in five years, we have done our work here for a long time," said Gan who is seen as a maverick in MCA.

For example, Gan said MCA had been successful in solving several issues in the constituency relating to land and places of worship.

However, Gan admitted that MCA has had to tweak its strategy after DAP suddenly sent its "generals" to contest in Johor but declined to reveal details.

"But Johor is now seeing many changes, such as the Iskandar development area... it is an exciting development process for Johor and the people will view this as a priority," he said.

After cars, Pakatan promise cheaper bikes


Malaysians too poor to even think of buying cars will benefit from Pakatan Rakyat' s plans to reduce excise duty for vehicles if it takes Putrajaya, even aiming to expand this to cover motorcycles.

NONE"While even the working class in Malaysia look to buy cars, what is often overlooked is that there are those who can only afford to depend on motorcycles for transportation," PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli (right in photo) told a press conference in Petaling Jaya today.

He lamented the BN-led federal government's "regressive" tax system which, he said, taxes the bottom rungs of society more than the cream of the economic crop.

Rafizi explained that the 20-30 percent excise duty on motorcycles - depending on engine size - has burdened those less affluent.

It has also inflated the cost of motorcycles and forced buyers to service loans obtained from dealers at an exorbitant interest, since banks generally do not provide finance for such purchases.

In line with Pakatan’s plans to reduce car excise duty, Rafizi said the coalition will look at an annual phased reduction of 20 percent excise charge for motorcycles, with the tax to be abolished after five years.

Tazlanhe shortfall in revenue will be offset by direct government auction of approved permits (APs) to import foreign cars.

"The impact on government finances will be minimal as we will work to balance the shortfall and cushion the impact by spreading it out over the five years," reasoned Rafizi.

Pakatan had announced plans to directly auction APs for imported cars to increase government revenue and gradually reduce and then abolish excise duty to provide cheaper cars, among other proposals if it wins Putrajaya.

'Incentivise anti-graft fight'


Industry and Trade Bureau chairperson Wong Chen announced a PKR plan to "incentivise" the fight against corruption and wastage in government if Pakatan comes to power.

azlan"I am impressed with the civil service, (specifically) the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), which we had studied - how they significantly increased tax (collection) last year," Wong said at the same event.

He related that the secret to IRB's success has been to give performance bonuses to collection officers, giving them a higher bonus if they collect more tax revenue.

The same system, Wong said. can be used to "buy in" the support of the civil service to become agents of change in reporting or taking action to reduce wastage and corruption.

Rafizi noted that this would give civil servants ownership of the programme to make the government more efficient. The savings can then be used to reward them. 

"It is about breaking down the culture of corruption and building up a cultury of integrity," he added.

DAP unveils 14-point plan for Indians


The DAP has unveiled a 14-point plan, billed the ‘Gelang Patah Declaration', that is aimed at alleviating the socio-economic status of Indian Malaysians, a demographic whose vote is considered critical to the ruling BN's desire to retain power in the face of a determined attempt by the opposition Pakatan Rakyat to eject them.

NONEThe plan was announced in Johor Bahru yesterday on the heels of an often acrimonious debate between the more assertive activists of the minority community and opposition parties accused of slighting the dire needs of the Indian poor by subsuming them under the rubric of a general alleviation of the Malaysian poor.

The DAP's 14-point plan is integral to the Pakatan plan to ease the Indian plight, such as resolution of the problem of stateless within 100 days of a Pakatan takeover, but in some aspects it accentuates some features while adding newfangled ones for good measure:

1. To resolve the problem of the stateless Indians within 100 days of a Pakatan administration;

2. To establish a National Housing Board which will build decent and affordable housing for marginalised groups, especially for displaced Indian plantation workers;

3. To ensure that all national-type Tamil schools become fully-funded and the infrastructure of every single school is up to par with ‘sekolah kebangsaan' (national schools);

4. To invest in technical and vocational training coupled with apprenticeship programmes to provide an alternative education and career path for school dropouts from low-income Indian families;

5. To provide jobs and raise the wages of low-income Indians by implementing a-RM1,100 minimum wage scheme;

6. To increase the number of Indians in GLCs (government-linked companies), local councils, and public services;

7. To alienate land for existing Hindu temples and burial grounds and find replacement land for temples and burial grounds which have to be relocated;

8. To provide microcredit and other financial assistance schemes to Indian small businesses, with a special focus on women, youths and home-based business;

9. To put in place the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) and to eliminate deaths in police custody and custodial deaths;

10. To establish a special fund to promote Indian equity ownership in the country;

11. To establish a commission to address urban poverty and social problems faced by the Indian community;

12. To establish policies that could economically enable single mothers, including house ownership scheme;

13. To establish or enroll in existing residential schools outstanding Indian students from plantation and urban poor families;

14. To abolish all anti-rakyat legislation and to get rid of discrimination.

Permanent solutions

The 14-point plan was announced to a DAP gathering at a hotel in Gelang Patah that was attended by party adviser Lim Kit Siang and senior Indian leaders led by M Kulasegaran, the Ipoh Barat MP.

Others who attended were DAP MPs Charles Santiago, Gobind Singh Deo, M Manogaran and state assemblyperson S Sivanesan.

NONEKulasegaran said the 14-point plan represents the commitment of the opposition to find a permanent solution to the problems faced by the Indian community.

"What the BN has done in the last four years under Prime Minister Najib Razak was to woo Indian voters with action that is ad hoc and not aimed at the deeper ailments of the community," asserted the DAP national vice-chairperson.

"Indian problems need fixes that are deeper and permanent than band-aids," remarked Kulasegaran.

"Our 14-point plan, if implemented, would root out Indian poverty root and branch," he opined.

‘Saviour’ Mawan rejected in Saratok?


With a fast-approaching general election, Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party is in a desperate situation over its 'winnable' canidates.
KUCHING: Pandemonium has broken out in Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) over its president William Mawan’s offer to contest in Saratok, a parliamentary constituency.
Saratok is currently held by SPDP’s Jelaing Mersat. Mersat’s popularity is at an all-time low in Saratok.
Mawan, seeing himself as the “saviour”, has offered himself as a “winnable candidate” if the top Barisan Nasional leadership needs him.
But his offer, however, is being snubbed by SPDP grassroots leaders and members in the constituency.
Several party members interviewed said they preferred local lad Enturan Luta. Luta is a businessman in the gas and oil industry and well educated.
They said that Luta knows the problems and sentiments of the people.
Their rejection of Mawan came in the wake of his offer to contest in Saratok after the party had some problems selecting a winnable candidate for the seat.
“I am ready to contest in Saratok, if I am asked by the top BN leadership. If it is for BN to win, why not?”
“But if the top BN leadership decided to put me in Saratok because it is the only way to make us win, then let us forget about personal opinions or feelings.
“We have to subject ourselves to the decision not because I want more. As far as I am concerned, I think I have more than enough,” said Mawan, who is the Social Development Minister.
The personal “opinions” and “feelings” he is talking about is that he is not a local man, although his grandparents came from Saratok.
Mawan and his parents had migrated to Julau and he is now Pakan constituency assemblyman.
Desperate SPDP
Meanwhile, as the 13th general election is approaching fast, SPDP finds itself in a desperate situation to look for a candidate to replace Mersat whose popularity has dipped to rock bottom so much so that SPDP-BN is certain to lose its grip on the Iban-majority constituency.
Speculation is rife that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak will drop him.
Initially, 13 persons have been identified by SPDP. They included civil servants, lecturers, lawyers and businessmen, but as the election draws closer, none of the candidates appears to be making any headway.
Of all the 13 prospective candidates, Luta is perhaps still the best, considering his financial and educational background.
But the disadvantage for him is that he is too “close” to the deputy president of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) and Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang.
Such “close” association with Jabu is more of a liability than an asset to SPDP.
A large number of people in Saratok do not like Jabu as they claim that he has done nothing to help Ibans in other constituencies, including Saratok, in his more than 30 years as deputy chief minister.
But no matter who the candidate for Saratok – Mersat, Mawan or Luta – it is going to be an uphill battle for SPDP-BN this time around.
The real reason is that the people want change after being badly treated by the BN government, especially during the time when Sarawak National Party, then in the opposition, controlled the seat from 1969 to 1983 and then by Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak from 1983 to 1986.
Saratok has been under BN since 1987 and is still lagging behind in infrastructure development, especially if it is compared with development taking place in its neighbour Betong.
Political “awareness” has began creeping into Saratok in 2011 after SPDP deputy president and assistant minister Peter Nyarok was thrashed by a political novice Ali Biju of PKR in the state election.
Ali, who has been named by PKR to contest the Saratok seat, believes it will be a bigger political tsunami that will hit Saratok in the 13th general election.

Nurul: Sex video a malicious slander


The PKR vice president alleges that the lies against her were spread by Umno supporters and tells them to stop the attacks.
KUALA LUMPUR: PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar said the sex video purportedly implicating her was a malicious slander by pro-Umno individuals.
“I was shocked when I heard about it. Enough of all these slanders,” she said.
Last week, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Abdullah alleged that he was approached by individuals who claimed they were in possession of sex videos implicating senior party leaders.
The leaders implicated in the video by the anonymous individuals were PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim, Nurul and Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
Nurul, who is also a Lembah Pantai MP, said that the individuals were attempting to tarnish her family’s image using the video.
“They are also attempting to tarnish the image of PKR leadership. I say 15 years of slander is enough. Not only does it affect the party but also the society,” she said.
On another matter, Nurul said that the party has yet to decide on which state seat PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail may contest in the 13th general election.
“It’s a possibility she may contest, but nothing has been decided. We need to look at areas and weigh its pros and cons,” she said.
Nurul added: “Whatever decision we make, we will consult all party stakeholders including the grassroots.”
Last year, Wan Azizah said that she may contest for a state seat in Selangor.
She is barred from contesting at the parliamentary level for five years, after she vacated her Permatang Pauh seat in 2008 to allow Anwar to contest there.

Sulu army gets reinforcements?


Armed men had allegedly slipped through the Malaysian and Philippine naval cordon and joined Kiram's rebels, claims the sultan's spokesperson.
MANILA: Some 100 heavily armed men have joined the followers of Agbimuddin Kiram in Sabah to continue fighting Malaysian forces in Lahad Datu, sultanate spokesman Abraham Idjirani (photo) said yesterday.
Idjirani said Agbimuddin, brother of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III called him up to report that some heavily armed civilians have joined the fighting in Sabah.
Idjirani said the civilians managed to slip through the sea blockade of the Malaysian and Philippine navy forces in going to Sabah.
“(Agbimuddin) called me about the arrival of civilians with arms who have joined the royal security forces,” Idjirani said, according to The Philippine Star.
It was not known where the armed civilians came from but sources said some are Tausugs from various parts of Mindanao who arrived in small groups to avoid the Malaysian and Philippine naval blockade at the Sulu Sea.
Idjirani also reported that relatives of Kiram who are long-time residents of Sabah went into hiding after Malaysian police began its crackdown on suspected supporters of the sultan’s army.
“The relatives of sultan are now living in fear and have gone into hiding,” he said.
Last Thursday, Philippine embassy officials in Kuala Lumpur were allowed to visit eight men facing charges for terrorism-related violence for their involvement in the Sabah incident.
Philippine Ambassador to Kuala Lumpur Eduardo Malaya, in a statement, identified the eight as Atik Hussin Bin Abu Bakar, Basad H. Manuel, Habil Bin Suhali, Holland Bin Kalbi, Thimhar Hadil Sultan, Lin Bin Mad Salleh, Kadir Bin Uyung and Lating Bin Tiong.
Malaya did not say if the eight, detained at the prison facility in Tawau, are Filipinos. The Sulu sultanate had earlier said the eight are Malaysians.
He said it is the “standing policy” of the government “to provide appropriate consular assistance to nationals in distress, whether or not we agree with their acts or advocacies… We would like to ensure that their rights as accused are respected and that they have legal representation when court sessions resume on April 12 as promised by Malaysia authorities.”
Malaya said the embassy team, led by First Secretary and Consul Antonina Mendoza-Oblena and director Renato Villa, talked to the eight and asked them about their prison conditions. The team also asked the accused about their places of origin and respective families.
The eight were the first to face charges since about 200 followers of the Sulu sultan assembled at the coastal town of Lahad Datu last month to press ownership over Sabah.
The embassy said it may be difficult to extend consular assistance to the sultan’s brother Agbimuddin. Malaysian Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Agbimuddin is a Malaysian citizen who worked as a civil servant in Sabah.
-Agencies

Nurul: EC has lost all credibility


The PKR vice-president says EC chairman Abdul Aziz Yusoff is lying when he said Nurul did not consult the electoral body on dubious voters in her area before filing court action.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission (EC) has lost whatever credibility it had left, said PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar.
She was referring to a report by Mingguan Malaysia yesterday, quoting EC chairman Abdul Aziz Yusoff as saying that Nurul Izzah had not consulted the electoral body on the existence of dubious voters in Lembah Pantai before taking court action.
Last week, Nurul Izzah, who is the Lembah Pantai MP, filed a suit against EC for allegedly failing to clean up the electoral at her parliamentary constituency.
She filed the suit to compel the EC’s chief registrar to clean up the electoral roll under Section 25 (2) (G) of the Elections Act.
On Abdul Aziz’s accusation, Nurul said that she had sent a letter to the EC on March 4, informing the electoral body on the existence of dubious voters in her area.
“And on March 6, EC secretary Kamaruddin Baria replied to our letter, saying they are checking the matter. So what is there to say that we didn’t consult them prior to the suit?” she asked.
She added that it also showed that the EC is not serious about cleaning up the electoral from dubious voters.
“Abdul Aziz should clean on the matter. What he said yesterday was close to lying,” said Nurul.
On another matter, Nurul urged the police and Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein to take action against those who trigger political violence in the country.
She also said that her staff and volunteers were harassed umpteen times since 2012 and on every occasion had lodged a police report.
“We even gave evidence on many of the cases. So please take some action,” said Nurul.
She also said it was disappointing that only Deputy Higher Education Minister Saifuddin Abdullah had condemned political violence from Umno’s side, to date.
“I urge Hishammuddin to do what he can do to curb political violence instead of giving foolish statements,” said Nurul Izzah.
Last week, Hishammuddin was reported as saying that people should expect more violence ahead of general election.
He also urged both sides of the political to exercise caution.