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Wednesday, May 31, 2017


KUALA LUMPUR – A teacher in Perak has lodged a police report after spotting the word “Allah” in Arabic printed on the tiny toy flag that came with the toy brick set bought for his son.
In a report by Berita Harian, Mahnun Mat Isa, 40, said he found the toy set which had little figures dressed in black and carrying the questionable flag that he claimed to resemble “terrorists”, adding that it “offended the sensitivities of Muslims”.
“I ask the authorities to not freely allow the entry of toys that touch on religious sensitivities in this country,” he was quoted saying.
The “terrorist” toy set he bought was part of the Falcon Commandos series by Chinese manufacturer Sheng Yuan, that sells knock-offs of the famous Lego bricks.
The RM5.90 set with code SY627-7 featured two “terrorist” characters with a black flag that resembles that of the Islamic State (IS) terror group, perched on their vehicle.
IS’ flag depicted the supposed seal of Prophet Muhammad, together with the Muslim testimony of shahada that says, “There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God”.
Mahnun said he has reported the toy to the police and the Parit Buntar branch of Perak religious authorities last week.
He also urged the Home Ministry to investigate the matter and removed the toy from shelves.
– Malay Mail


Ask Blogger-turned-Deputy Minister, YB Dato’ P. Kamalanathan, about fake news and he would lament the demise of ethical journalism.  He was once asked by a journalist from a local daily to comment on the video of an Indian-looking woman having her head shaved by two Malay-looking men that was made viral.
Being a responsible social media practitioner, Kamalanathan made the effort to verify the authenticity of the video, only to find out that it had originated from a South American nation, and the incident had happen in that particular country.
When we talk about the ethics of journalism, we would easily imagine the responsibility to ensure the accuracy of the journalists’ work; to verify information before releasing an article; and to shun stereotyping.  Unfortunately, in the world of today’s journalism, accuracy is no longer a value but sensationalism is.  More often than not, an article is conjured to shape the way readers think rather than to allow them to form their own opinion based on a balanced article.
Coincidentally, twenty years ago this year, the eighteenth James Bond movie was released. It was about a psychopathic media mogul who plans to provoke global war to boost sales and ratings of his news divisions.  Although far-fetched, the plot is what many online and print media do nowadays.  And what is to be provoked may not be as dangerous as a global war but equally explosive racial or religious clashes.
Enter The Star.
Yesterday evening, The Star announced the immediate suspension of its Group Editor-in-Chief, Datuk Leanne Goh Lee Yen and executive director Dorairaj Nadason, but not before it sent four editors to face the wrath of the KDN.  The KDN had slapped the daily with a seven-day show cause, while the Inspector-General of Police has begun investigating it under the Sedition Act.
Sedition Act may be seen as a heavy-handed response, but not given The Star’s penchant for inciting racial and religious outrage. It has an array of examples of provoking the above.
During the month of Ramadhan in 2011, The Star published three pork-centred advertisements in its Ramadhan Delights pullout.  Three pork advertisements in a Ramadhan Delights pullout could not have been unintentional. The KDN summoned The Star and was let off with a slap on the wrist.
A screenshot of justread-whatever.blogspot.com article on The Star’s Ramadhan Pork Fest
A mere two years later, it published a report on the rise in the number of child marriages in Malaysia.  The choice of visual display accompanying the report was extremely suggestive.
The suggestive photo used by The Star when reporting on child marriages
The Star harped only on the 2012 statistics provided by the Malaysian Syariah Judiciary Depart­ment (JKSM) where 1022 marriage application involving at least a minor was approved by the Syariah judiciary.  And then it sought the view of Sisters in Islam to justify the report, putting Islam in a bad light.
What it failed to report was that in the same year, 468 marriages involving non-Muslim minors were also approved.  How is that for balanced reporting?  I know that the link given is from 2016, but could the The Star journalist filing that story not have gone to the National Registraton Department to seek for the non-Muslim numbers?
What is sad is that the story was filed by a Muslim journalist.
However, not all of The Star’s journalists were dancing the same tune.  Joceline Tan whose columns have been taking on the Opposition by the horns, faces the wrath of the DAP and PKR on almost a daily basis.  Another was Sira Habibu who, when based in Pulau Pinang, wrote exposés on the DAP and PKR polls.
Things changed for Sira Habibu when Leanne Goh was appointed the Group Editor-in-Chief in 2014.  Sira was tranferred to Kelantan and away from being able to do stories on especially the DAP.  She had one very notable article ridiculing the DAP polls which was given the title “It’s All In The Family For DAP’s Top Rung.”
Sira Habibu’s article ridiculing the DAP line up
If you search for the article using its URL now, which is www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2012/12/10/its-all-in-the-family-for-daps-top-rung/ you will find that it is no longer there.
This is where Sira Habibu’s article on the DAP line up was
Leanne Goh did not even defend Joceline Tan’s writing when attacked by a former The Star journalists for being anti-Opposition.
Since then, The Star has been pandering to the DAP evangelists and Liberal Muslims on the pretext of promoting a “Moderate Malaysia.”
When Pastor Ramond Koh went missing in February 2017, The Star went to town with the case, reporting at least seven times between March and May this year on the issue with headlines such as this:
The above headline suggests that the Malaysian security forces and indirectly the Malaysian government may be involved in the disappearance of the said pastor.  The location of the video is not where the pastor was first said to have gone missing and the speed of the CCTV camera panning suggests that there was someone controlling the camera and that the person knew what to wait for and what was going to happen.
The Star’s coverage of the missing pastor was picked up by foreign portals that have since put Malaysia in a bad light.
All the above quoted The Star.  So what is Leanne Goh’s game?
The Star has since suspended Leanne Goh and a senior editor Dorairaj Nadason over the frontpage fiasco, and have returned Datuk Wong Chun Wai to oversee the editorial operations.  But mind you some of the examples I mentioned above also happened during Chun Wai’s time as the GEIC which goes to show that he was not in total control back then.
The Star has issued countless apologies especially to the Muslims in Malaysia but has remained remorseless.
So would Chun Wai be able to wrestle the evangelist and liberal monsters who reside within The Star, or would a suspension of its publishing and printing permits that it so deserves be needed to remind not only The Star, but all journalists to be ethical? Maybe only then its habit of promoting racial and religious hatred will stop.
We will see what the next six days will bring us.
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According to the documents obtained by Sarawak Report, the controversial lawyer Muhammed Shafee Abdullah was one of the biggest individual recipients of money from Najib’s 1MDB slush fund accounts.
Shaffee, who is known to be an extremely close confidante of Najib and who was controversially appointed as the public prosecutor during the appeal against the acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges in 2014, received two payments.
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11th September 2013 Najib paid him RM4,300,000 from his AmBank account no 2112022011906 and again on 17th February 2014 he received RM5,200,000 from the same account.  This account has been identified as having been funded by money stolen by the Prime Minister from the 1MDB subsidiary SRC, which had borrowed some RM4 billion from the civil service pension fund KWAP.
AG Apandi inadvertently confirmed that finding by waving MACC investigation papers showing the money trail into Account no 2112022011906 in January 2016, at the very press conference during which he announced that no wrong-doings had been committed and he was closing down investigations into 1MDB.
Acc no 2112022011906 as highlighted in the MACC money trail held up by AG Apandi
Acc no 2112022011906 as highlighted in the MACC money trail held up by AG Apandi
Later Apandi acknowledged the money had come from SRC, but chose to exonerate the Prime Minister because Najib had explained he hadn’t realised that this was where the millions had appeared from in his accounts.  No one has ever asked Najib (or recipients such as Shafee) for this public pension money to be returned.

What were the payments for?

Anwar Ibrahim - jailed after Shafee lead a bizarre appeal against his earlier acquittal
Anwar Ibrahim – jailed after Shafee lead a bizarre appeal against his earlier acquittal
These payments came at extremely sensitive moments relating to Shafee and Najib and provoke immediate questions about why the Prime Minister was paying this particular lawyer such very large sums of illegitimate money?
Quite apart from the illegality of the source there are also potential glaring conflicts of interest.
The RM5,200,000 received in February 2014 came just a fortnight before the Appeal Court overturned an earlier acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on charges of alleged sodomy. Shafee Abdullah, a private lawyer, had been controversially appointed to a one-off role as the public prosecutor for this extraordinary appeal.
In the first place, for the prosecution to appeal an acquittal in a criminal case is breach of all normal court practice and should never have happened.  However, the involvement of Shafee in this untoward and plainly politically-motivated move against Najib’s most dangerous political opponent represented even further abuses of judicial process.
As Anwar’s defence team pointed out, to place someone from outside of the normal prosecution service into this high profile role at this point in the case is against established practice.  It also represented a clear conflict of interest, since Shafee himself is a known confidant of Najib.
And the conflict was worse than that, Anwar’s lawyers pointed out, because Shafee was himself a material witness, pivotal to the case for the defence, which was that Anwar was the victim of a conspiracy.  Namely, two days before the alleged victim of Anwar, Mohd Saiful, pressed charges, the student was identified as having visited the home of Najib himself to discuss the entire matter.
Najib at first denied this fact. However, when photographs were produced he admitted meeting the student, but only to discuss his ‘career plans’.  Only after the alleged victim then broke under questioning and confessed he had discussed his allegations against Anwar with Najib did the Prime Minister admit that the discussion had taken place.
Shafee Abdullah has been proven to have been at Najib’s house at the same time.  However, the lawyer claims he was not part of the meeting between the Prime Minister and the student – a meeting where legal advice might be considered an obvious priority. Shafee said he was doing something else, somewhere else in the house. Anwar’s legal team contended that to the contrary he was advising the prime minister on handling the student, who went ahead to denounce Anwar two days later (after a further secret meeting with the Deputy Head of Police).
So, why was Najib paying Shafee such a huge sum of money in February 2014, at a time that this lawyer was supposedly contracted into a public role as a special prosecutor in by far the most high profile legal case of the period – a case in which Najib had a very strong interest in the outcome and in which Shafee himself was a material witness?
The Australian barrister Mark Trowels, who acted as an observer at the trial and then wrote a book about the case, has described the entire prosecution as a gross miscarriage of justice full of “glaring anomalies”. Shafee was at the centre of it, so why was Najib paying him over RM5.2 million?
March 7th 2014 a three man Appeal Court panel found Anwar guilty, overturning the judgement of the High Court the previous year in an astounding perversion of justice (normally an acquittal can never be appealed or reversed except in exceptional cases and through a complete re-trial).
Najib’s legal fixer
Anwar naturally appealed the shocking and irregular overturn by the Appeal Court of his earlier acquittal and once again Shafee was used to prosecute the case for the government through the Federal Court.  In a short hearing in early 2015 those Federal judges upheld the Appeal Court judgement, causing no surprise in Malaysia.
What did surprise even Shafee’s colleagues was what this legal eagle did next.  He embarked on a road show justifying the conduct of the shameful trial process and continuing to villify Anwar, now in jail. Shafee even went so far as to regail his listeners with details of intimate allegations that had specifically been barred from the court itself, thereby breaking the rules again in the poorest of taste.
Shafee then sued lawyers who censured this conduct through the Bar Council for defamation, but lost his case.
Such enthusiastic support for Najib, which so plainly goes beyond the objectivity of a supposedly neutral observer betrays what has in fact been a long association between the two men.
Texts which were released on line many years ago between the two men and which have never been denied show that Shafee offered his services to the beleaguered then Deputy PM in the aftermath of the discovery of his translator Altantuya’s body and the arrest of Najib’s bodyguards and his advisor and proxy Razak Baginda for her murder.
Shafee closely represented Najib as they worked to get Baginda off the hook and put all the blame for the crime on the two bodyguards, excluding all discussion of motive from the case.  So, no wonder his bias against Anwar was raised by his lawyers, since Shafee is widely regarded as Najib’s prime legal fixer in opposition circles.
The court dismissed such concerns.  However, the glaring question as to why Najib paid Shafee nearly RM10 million in the few months and weeks before that verdict remains.

New Does profit surge for Ajinomoto reflect worrying health trend?

Sale of Ajinomoto in Malaysia is on the rise, as evidenced by the huge jump in its profits in the fourth quarter, even though MSG has been linked to health problems.
ajinomoto-dalam-masakanPETALING JAYA: While most companies in Malaysia posted moderate profit growth, or none, Ajinomoto (M) Bhd saw a major increase in its profit numbers.

It made 22 times more in the fourth quarter last year compared with the same period the previous year.
In last year’s financial report, the company had declared a profit of RM6.59 million for its fourth quarter period of January to March 2016. This number has increased to RM148.96 million for the same quarter this year.
Does this also mean that the company’s most popular product, Aji-No-Moto, which uses monosodium glutamate or MSG as its main ingredient, is being consumed at an alarmingly increasing rate by Malaysians?
It would appear so.
Despite reports concerning health issues on the use of MSG in food preparation, Ajinomoto said the product was well-accepted by Malaysians.
“Aji-No-Moto has a 90% market share in the country, according to statistics gathered on the use of the product in Malaysian homes, as well as at restaurants and other eateries,” a spokesperson for the company told FMT.
FMT visited a few food and beverage outlets around Selangor to gauge the use of the product.
Hangover Bar Damansara Perdana outlet manager James Cupa said it was normal for restaurants to use flavour enhancers.
“We use flavour enhancers to make our dishes more enticing in terms of taste,” he told FMT.
He said this was perfectly all right as the restaurant only used it in minimal quantities to give its dishes a “kick”.
“We don’t use it to replace our seasoning entirely,” Cupa added.
Another restaurateur, Rakesh Kumar, said his restaurant normally used MSG in preparing its Malay dishes.
Rakesh, who manages Mr Soul Bistro in Damansara Perdana, told FMT that MSG had become an accepted seasoning at Malaysian restaurants.
“We use it when we serve Malay dishes. It provides more flavour and we get good feedback from our customers,” he said.
The use of flavour enhancers was even more apparent at mamak eateries around town.
Abdullah Naina Mohamed, the manager at Faiz Restaurant in Puchong, said the outlet used the powdered version of MSG.
“We use it regularly in our dishes. It is normal for us. Our food will become sedap (delicious),” he said.
Abdullah added that his outlet had attracted many customers since it began using MSG in March.
“Profit since then has been high, and our outlet always has customers who come back to our restaurant.”
However, the Consumers Association of Penang cautioned that the product was considered toxic, describing it as a “slow poison”.
“MSG contributes to high sodium intake,” it said when contacted by FMT.
The association added that the health ministry had already warned that Malaysians consumed high levels of sodium, the main cause of hypertension and strokes.
Research has tied MSG to health problems such as strokes, brain injury and meningitis, but this does not seem to deter people from consuming food cooked with the flavour enhancer.
However, studies by Ajinomoto show that MSG is glutamate, the most frequently found amino acid in protein-rich food, and that it has no carcinogenic properties.
MSG is one of the oldest types of food seasoning in the world and was patented by Ajinomoto Japan in 1909. -FMT


Even the PAS President, Abdul Hadi Awang, is not allowed to give a talk or deliver a sermon in a mosque in Selangor. In 2000, the Selangor government almost arrested Hadi when he gave a talk in a Selangor mosque and since the last 17 years Hadi has not given a talk in any mosque in Selangor.
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Fahmi: PKR won’t lose sleep over Sivarasa ‘controversy’ (READ HERE)
Ramkarpal: DAP has always upheld principle of secularism (READ HERE)
The DAP-led Pakatan Harapan is pushing very hard to send the Raja-raja Melayu a message that their days are numbered and that there is a strong possibility the monarchy would be abolished in favour of a republic.
After the 2014 Constitutional Crisis regarding the post of the Selangor Menteri Besar where the DAP-led Pakatan Harapan told HRH the Sultan of Selangor that the politicians and not the Sultan decides on who should become the Menteri Besar, things are heating up again in this new round of Constitutional Crisis.
Ramkarpal insists that Malaysia is a secular country, which means the Raja-raja Melayu cannot be the head of Islam in their respective states
DAP’s MP for Bukit Gelugor, Ramkarpal Singh, said since Malaya was created his party has ‘jealously protected the interpretation of the Federal Constitution’, which is not possible since DAP was created in 1965 while Malaya gained independence eight years before that in 1957.
Anyway, Malaysia is not a secular country, as the DAP-led Pakatan Harapan keeps insisting, and nowhere in the Constitution does it say so. What it does say in the Constitution is that Malaysia is a Constitutional Monarchy with Islam as the religion of the Federation and the Raja-raja Melayu as the head of Islam in their respective states.
It is not that these DAP-led Pakatan Harapan leaders do not know this. They do know but they are hoping that Malaysians do not know this so they lie and hope Malaysians are stupid enough to swallow this lie.
The DAP-led Pakatan Harapan should not be delusional into thinking that the Raja-raja Melayu are not monitoring this new challenge to the monarchy. The DAP-led Pakatan Harapan can push the Raja-raja Melayu if they want to but it is not going to be like in the 1980s when the Raja-raja Melayu backed down and allowed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to get away with it.
Since Pakatan Harapan was created in 2015, DAP had been pressuring Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali to sack the three PAS Exco members from the Selangor State Assembly. Azmin tried playing Taichi as much as he could but finally HRH the Sultan had to step in and issue a press statement on 25th May 2017 (see below).
Kenyataan Khas D.Y.M.M. Sultan Selangor (READ HERE
Just a week ago HRH the Sultan put DAP in its place. The Sultan’s message to DAP is that His Highness, and not a bunch of Chinamen, decide on whether the three PAS Exco members should be retained or should be sacked.
But DAP was not about to let it go. So Ramkarpal came out with his statement on Malaysia being a secular country and not a Constitutional Monarchy with Islam as the religion of the Federation and the Raja-raja Melayu as head of Islam in their respective states. This is a direct challenge to the Raja-raja Melayu and to their powers and authority.
PKR said it is not going to lose any sleep just because HRH the Sultan of Selangor is upset with Sivarasa. In short, PKR is telling the Sultan to go screw himself. As far as PKR is concerned Sivarasa has every right to deliver a sermon to Muslims in a Selangor mosque.
Even Hadi cannot give a talk in a Selangor mosque and in 2000 he almost got arrested when he did 
Even the PAS President, Abdul Hadi Awang, is not allowed to give a talk or deliver a sermon in a mosque in Selangor. In 2000, the Selangor government almost arrested Hadi when he gave a talk in a Selangor mosque and since the last 17 years Hadi has not given a talk in any mosque in Selangor. And mind you, Hadi is the number two in the International Union of Muslim Scholars, which is based in Qatar with Yusuf al-Qaradawi as its President.
Yes, the number two to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Abdul Hadi Awang, cannot give a talk in a Selangor mosque but PKR says Sivarasa can. That places Sivarasa far higher than Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Abdul Hadi Awang on the international Islamic stage.
By the way, the committee members of that Selangor mosque that invited Sivarasa to deliver his sermon are members of the DAP-led Pakatan Harapan. So that explains how and why it happened.