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Friday, March 31, 2017


Sorry no up-date for quite few days this week. Not up to it.
Rather than write on politics or economics/corporate or government policy, we like to be spiritual on this third day of Rejab and a Friday.
This morning, we received a message and it checked out to be true. It was something we used to say that in a certain aspect, the German and Japanese imbued Islamic value better than the Muslims in a certain endeavour but without the Islamic labeling.
Seeing how committed Markel is on human rights and her support to Malaysia on fighting for the fate of the Rohingya, the German Chancellor is more Islamic than some OIC leaders..
The message read:
Ranking of true Islamic countries
How Islamic are the Islamic Countries: A study conducted by Prof. Hussain Askari of George Washington University entitled “How Islamic are the Islamic Countries” showed that most of the countries that apply Islamic Principles in their daily lives are not ones that are traditionally Muslim.
Singapore 7th
Ireland ranked 1st, Denmark 2nd, Luxemborg 3rd, Sweden and UK 4th, New Zealand 6th, Singapore 7th, Malaysia 33rd, Kuwait 42nd, Bahrain 61th and the surprise, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ranked 91st.*
The study, published in the Global Economy Journal might be shocking to most of us but when we look around us and see the reality of the situation, we find that the results of the study are accurate and true.
As Muslims we seem to care only about performing religious Obligations/Rituals/Sunnah (prayer, fasting, niqab, beards, etc), reading the Qur’an and the Hadiths, but we don’t practice what we espouse.
We listen to religious lessons and sermons more than the other people on the face of the earth, but we are still not the best of Nations. In the last 60 years, we have listened to 3,000 Friday sermons.
A Chinese merchant once said: “Muslim merchants come to me and ask me to put fake international labels and brands on their goods. When I invite them to eat, they refuse because the food is not Halal. So it is Halal for them to sell fake goods?”
A Japanese Muslim said: “I traveled to the West and saw Islam in practice applied in the daily life of non-Muslims. I traveled to the East, I saw Islam but did not see any Muslims. I thank Allah I knew Islam before I knew how Muslims act.”
Religion should not be reduced to Prayer and Fasting. It is a way of life and it is about how we treat others.
Performing a religious obligation is up to you and it is something between you and Allah. However, good ethics is something between you and other people. In other words, if we do not put Islamic ethics into action and practice, corruption will become rampant and disgrace will be our future.
We should not judge a person based on how he performs religious obligations for he might be a hypocrite.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
Verily, the bankrupt of my nation are those who come on the Day of Resurrection with prayers, fasting and charity, but also with insults, slander, consuming wealth, shedding and beating others.
I believe “Islam” (external aspect of faith) is incomplete without “Imaan” (internal aspect of faith) and “Ihsaan” (social aspect of faith). Ponder, understand and realize this.
Lord Bernard Shaw is said to have said:
Islam is the best religion and Muslims are the worst followers.
A statement by Nasiruddin Shah before Shariyah court in Pakistani movie ‘Khuda ke liye’: “Haram ki kamai jeb me dale hum halal gosht ki dukan dhundhte hai” !!!

* Ranking corrected from original message. Read the full 2010 study here.
It is a pity that many Muslims in Malaysia only begin to take religion seriously upon retirement and only begin to attend courses to learn to read the Arabic in the Quran and fine tuning their fardhu ain.
They missed the best opportunity to practise the true teachings of Islam; translate the true values of Islam into their life, and worldly affairs including public administration, politics and business; and be exemplary in their community, country, and world.
Upon the embodiment of Islam in every aspect of it, only could Muslims be more spiritually closer to God to prepare to the eventual return.
May we be blessed with the true spirit of Islam in this month of Rejab and Syaaban:



PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak took some time off during his official visit in India to meet Tamil superstar Rajinikanth.
Najib posted a picture of himself with the renowned actor on his official Twitter page on Friday.
“Just had a very warm n friendly meeting with Mr Rajinikanth the Tamil superstar at his home,” he tweeted.
Rajinikanth, who had shot parts of his hit movie Kabali in Malaysia last year, had previously expressed his desire to meet the Prime Minister when he was in Malaysia for filming.
Najib is currently on day two of his five-day official visit, which was at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The trip, which will see him touring Chennai, New Delhi and Jaipur from March 30 to April 4, is aimed at fostering further cooperation between the two countries in conjunction with their 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations.
MEANWHILE, according to Malaysiakini:
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who is visiting India, met with Tamil movie icon Rajnikanth at the latter’s residence in Chennai.
Najib also posted a selfie of the two, with the caption: “Just had a very warm and friendly meeting with Mr Rajnikanth the Tamil superstar at his home.”
On Wednesday, Malaysiakini quoted an Indian news portal The Telegraph as stating that Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor had requested to meet Rajnkanth during their visit.
The portal said the couple became fans of the actor, who is known as the “superstar” of Indian cinema, during his stay in Malacca for the filming of the movie “Kabali”.
Following this, Rosmah’s aide Rizal Mansor denied that such a request was made.
“Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor has the greatest respect for Rajinikanth and understands how huge a star that he is – both in India and in Malaysia.
“However, there is no truth in recent news reports that there was a request to meet M Shivaji (referring to Rajinikanth’s real name).
“Neither is it scheduled for this visit to the country with one of the world’s fastest economic growth this year.
“Speculation from unfounded sources is not helpful,” Rizal posted on his Facebook page.


CHENNAI – Malaysia tidak akan memutuskan hubungan diplomatik dengan Korea Utara berikutan ketegangan politik susulan kes pembunuhan warga Korea Utara Kim Jong-nam.
Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berkata walaupun berdepan kesukaran, namun penyelesaian kes pembunuhan Jong-nam menepati objektif rundingan yang ditetapkan kerajaan.
“Kita harap mereka jangan buat kes macam ini lagi. Ia akan memudaratkan hubungan antara kedua-dua negara,” katanya kepada wartawan Malaysia di sini hari ini.
Najib berkata dalam mencari penyelesaian kes berkenaan, beliau menetapkan dua objektif yang perlu dicapai oleh jawatankuasa yang ditubuhkan bagi merundingkan masalah tersebut dengan Korea Utara.
Objektif pertama adalah memastikan kesemua rakyat Malaysia di Korea Utara selamat dengan objektif kedua, kedaulatan negara tidak diketepikan dalam rundingan tersebut.
Kedua-dua objektif itu telah tercapai dengan tiga diplomat Malaysia bersama enam anggota keluarga di Pyongyang selamat tiba di negara ini awal pagi ini.
Ketegangan hubungan diplomatik antara Malaysia-Korea Utara dalam dua bulan terakhir ini sedikit reda apabila sembilan rakyat Malaysia yang sebelum ini dihalang daripada meninggalkan Korea Utara susulan perbalahan diplomatik antara Kuala Lumpur dan Pyongyang selamat tiba di tanah air, awal pagi ini
Ketegangan di antara Kuala Lumpur dan Pyongyang tercetus susulan pembunuhan Kim Jong-nam, 46, abang pemimpin Korea Utara Kim Jong-un di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa KL 2 (klia2) di sini pada 13 Februari.
Menjelas lanjut, Najib berkata ketika melakukan rundingan itu, banyak perkara yang dilalui oleh jawatankuasa yang ditubuhkan termasuk dipanggil untuk mengadakan mesyuarat seawal 3 pagi selain perubahan-perubahan dibuat pada saat-saat akhir oleh pihak Korea Utara.
“Namun, pada akhirnya persetujuan yang dicapai telah dihormati oleh Korea Utara dan kesemua sembilan rakyat kita telah selamat pulang,” katanya.
Ketika ditanya sama ada hubungan diplomatik antara kedua-dua negara mampu pulih, Najib berkata kedua-dua pihak perlu berpegang kepada prinsip diplomasi serta menghormati Konvesnyen Vienna sekiranya mahu menjamin hubungan diplomasi itu dapat diteruskan.
– Bernama

Be conscious of safety, gym owners told

A fitness expert calls for a finer sense of responsibility towards users.
PETALING JAYA: A fitness expert has urged gymnasium owners to refine their sense of responsibility towards users in the interest of their safety.
The call follows the online distribution of a video recording of an accident in which a man suffered a broken leg from the use of a leg press machine.
“Gyms need to appoint people who look out for beginners who seem like they’re not too sure of what they’re doing or who seem to be using the machines or weights wrongly,” said Raja Mohammed Firhad Azidin, who heads UiTM’s Sports Science Studies department.
He said this was a question of work ethics.
“It is unethical to allow someone to continue performing an exercise improperly.”
He urged gyms in the country to look into the need to enforce health and safety regulations.
“If you go to gyms in Australia and the UK, you’ll see there are certain regulations that have to be enforced such as that the pieces of equipment have to be placed a certain distance from each other.
“In Malaysia, you can see that the gyms are very compact and this just makes it evident that the health and safety regulations are not being addressed.”
He affirmed, however, that though there was a risk of getting injured in a gym, the positive impacts of going to one far outweighed the negatives.
“People shouldn’t be afraid of going to the gym as long as they exercise a certain sense of caution and are knowledgeable about the proper technique for any given exercise,” he said, adding that nowadays the information on proper techniques was easily attainable.
“There are mobile applications that can help you, there are social circles out there with people who can teach you the proper techniques and there’s also the internet. It’s not as hard as it was in the past.” -FMT

Najib: Without Indians, Malaysia won’t be what it is today

The prime minister lauds the contributions of Malaysian Indians to the nation and talks about the warm relations between Malaysia and India, in an opinion piece.
PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Najib Razak has paid a grand tribute to the contributions of Malaysians of Indian origin.
He says the country would not be doing so well if not for Malaysian Indians, in an opinion piece in The Hindustan Times of India.
Saying Malaysia has the highest percentage of the Indian diaspora outside India, with fully 7% of the population being of Indian origin, he adds:
“And these Malaysian Indians have played a vital role in building our country.”
He adds: “I can truly say that without Malaysian Indians, Malaysia simply would not be what it is today, and they constitute a very special reason why it is so natural for our two countries to forge ever closer and friendlier relations.”
Najib, who is on a six-day visit to India, talks mainly about the warm and growing India-Malaysia relations and the Indian diaspora residing in Malaysia in the piece.
Najib says: “Malaysian Indians have always been at the forefront of governance in Malaysia; of our civil service, business, entertainment, education, and of course, food – which as you may know, is very important to Malaysians!
“Malaysian Indians are a crucial part of our unique diversity, and their cultures and faiths help make up the rich and varied tapestry of our nation – many races and religions, but 1Malaysia.”
He goes on to say that Malaysian Indians have helped the nation keep growth on track, at 4.2% last year.
“They have helped us keep unemployment and inflation low, create millions of new jobs, and build a society that is sustainable, inclusive and heading towards high income status nation – a nation at ease with itself and with its neighbours.”
On the role of the two nations in the world arena, Najib says: “In this, the Asian Century, India and Malaysia have so much to offer each other, the region, and beyond – as examples of moderate, civilised, peaceful countries that prize education, the safety and well-being of our peoples, and the equitable and sustainable pursuit of growth.
“Both our countries are already recognised as leaders in the new emerging order in Asia and the world. Let us continue to work together to build a future based on stability, prosperity and understanding as the centre of the globe moves inexorably to the East.”
He says arriving in India, he was yet again struck by the many similarities between the two nations.
“Malaysia and India have deep and historical ties, going back many centuries. We have both always been trading nations; outward-looking and keen to forge friendships with our neighbours and partners in the region.”
He notes that this year marks the 60th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between both nations and that Malaysia’s father of independence, Tunku Abdul Rahman, visited India in 1962 while Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, visited Malaya in 1937.
Since 1998, Najib says, India has been Malaysia’s largest export destination in the South Asian region, and over the last decade or so trade has increased by more than four-fold.
He gives some figures and rankings regarding trade between both nations, including the fact that India is Malaysia’s twentieth largest investor, with total investment worth US$2.31 billion.
Malaysia, meanwhile, is ranked as the twenty-first largest foreign investor in India globally, and the second largest from Asean.
Najib ends with: “It is always a pleasure to be here in India. I hope that on this visit, our family-like bonds will grow even stronger, for the benefit of both our countries and both our peoples.” -FMT

The disappointing work ethic of young graduates

A reader replies to a piece written by FMT columnist Scott Ng about the lack of integrity and sense of entitlement of young job seekers in the country today.
bad_worker_lazy_employeeBy Aaron Ong
I operate an engineering company.
Scott Ng’s article “Things may get worse for young job seekers” was a good read for all university graduates and academia as it was spot on.
Even my engineering company has stopped hiring fresh graduates as none of them are mature enough or equipped with proper human and personal (don’t talk about technical) skills that enable them to overcome the daily challenges that come their way.
For example, a fresh graduate employee was tasked to go to a site to measure and produce a simple drawing. I can easily complete this job in three days. Six weeks and many follow-ups later, the drawing has yet to be completed with various excuses i.e. no AutoCAD, no internet, computer breakdown, car needs servicing, site too far, grandfather’s birthday approaching, etc.
When berated for his lack of results, the employee said the company was acting in an unfair manner, that the pressure was too great. As a result of this mindset, many resign just a month or two down the road, at the drop of a hat, for the flimsiest of excuses.
This is not something made up, but actually happened with a graduate from the University of *******.
Another graduate from our local University of *******, having a master’s degree in chemical engineering, surreptitiously plagiarised two major reports. When discovered and fined RM50, he angrily threatened to report us to the labour office, saying that our action was unlawful and insisting we abide by the law.
He did not realise the company was giving him a chance to make amends. He subsequently got an official show cause letter, the first step towards dismissal. He replied to the letter and, too cowardly to face the upcoming Domestic Inquiry, promptly resigned. Joined Oct 7, 2015, resigned Nov 5, 2015 – not even a month. He was the last of 16 employees. 100% of these fresh graduates are failures, despite holding degrees from reputable universities.
Young graduates on average think the company, society and industry owe them a living. Their salaries are a God-given right, and delivery of results can be thrown out the window. Instead, they relish the opportunity to cheat and pilfer here and there, like petty thieves.
The orders of their bosses/superiors are ignored, and if it can’t be ignored, it is to be frustrated as much as possible. Far from being humble, they are egoistic, antagonistic and defensive when challenged.
All company action, whether good or bad, is taken in a negative light. When fined RM50 for plagiarism, this particular young graduate put up a fight, not realising the company was giving him a rare chance to make amends without going through painful paperwork.
When asked to travel to a certain site, many complain about the mileage allowance given, yet are not able to prove their mileage allowance is insufficient to cover costs. No appreciation is given to the company.
When given the opportunity to go to the US for training, they complain that they have to pay for their own passport and visa, conveniently forgetting that the company is investing RM17,000 in them.
The concepts of honesty, sacrifice, appreciation, loyalty, results and perseverance are not in a fresh graduate’s vocabulary.
Aaron Ong is an FMT reader.



Four years ago, on 17th April 2013, the RoS wrote to DAP about certain irregularities in their 15th December 2012 Congress and party election. DAP, however, did nothing and Karpal actually threatened to sue the RoS if they do not approve DAP’s party election and office bearers. The RoS has suspiciously dragged its feet on this matter and it appears like nothing is going to happen. The impression being created is that DAP has one way or another compromised the RoS.
Raja Petra Kamarudin
On 17th April 2013, the Registrar of Societies (RoS) sent DAP a letter (SEE BELOW) pointing out a few issues that require clarification. This letter was in response to the many complaints the RoS received from DAP members alleging a number of irregularities.
The first issue was in relation to the office bearers that the CEC appointed on the night of December 2012. At 8.30pm of that night, as soon as the names of the 20 winners were announced (and announced more than three hours late, mind you), the 20 CEC members met to appoint the party’s office bearers.
Within those 20 was Vincent Wu Him Ven — who was later dropped and replaced with Zairil Khir Johari. Hence Vincent Wu was not supposed to be in that CEC meeting and since he was then whatever decisions the CEC made would not be valid
The 2012 DAP CEC were voted in with rigged votes and electoral fraud
According to DAP, there was an error in the vote calculation and it should have been Zairil instead of Vincent who had won. Vincent, however, won 6th place while Zairil won 21st place. So that argument sounds a bit far-fetched. Anyway, since Vincent was dropped and replaced with Zairil after the CEC meeting, that would mean the CEC meeting is invalid and they should have reconvened the CEC meeting after ‘discovering’ the ‘error’.
However, they did not. Instead of reconvening the meeting and ratifying what the earlier CEC meeting had decided, they continued with the decision by the invalid CEC meeting hence making whatever decisions thereafter being invalid as well.
The point is the office bearers were appointed by an invalid CEC. Hence the office bearers are also invalid. The appointment of all the office bearers (such as the national chairperson, the secretary-general, the national treasurer, the national organising secretary, the national publicity secretary, the international secretary, up to five national vice-chairpersons, and various deputy positions) done by an invalid CEC would be rendered invalid as well.
Party national treasurer Fong Kui Lun, deputy chairman Tan Kok Wai, chairman Karpal Singh, secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and advisor Lim Kit Siang, at the meeting that decided to reject the RoS directive for fresh party elections to be held and instead threatened to sue 
That was the first point raised by the RoS. DAP should have held another CEC meeting to reappoint all the office bearers but they did not. Hence the office bearers are illegal and all decisions they make thereafter are also invalid.
The second matter raised by the RoS is regarding the notice that DAP was supposed to send out to the branches ten weeks in advance according to Article VIII, item 6 of the DAP’s Constitution. Furthermore, 753 delegates eligible to attend the Congress did not receive their notices and without these letters the 753 were barred from attending the Congress and barred from voting as well.
DAP was then given a month to clarify this matter and respond to the allegations, which they did not.
DAP delayed the announcement of the 20 CEC winners for more than three hours because they needed to make some ‘adjustments’. They had to make sure that the top six winners were Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng, Karpal Singh, Chong Chieng Jen, Anthony Loke Siew Fook and Vincent Wu Him Yen — while Teng Chang Khim, Nga Kor Ming, Chow Kon Yeow, Boo Cheng Hau and Ngeh Koo Ham were supposed to all be in the bottom ten. On top of that, Tan Seng Giaw had to be excluded from the list of 20 winners, which means he must lose.
Tan Seng Giaw would have won top slot so they needed to kill him off
How and why it was done is explained in these previous articles:
After the 20 CEC winners were announced, PAS pointed out that not a single of the Malay candidates who contested had won. So how could DAP call itself a multiracial party? Basically DAP is a Chinese-dominated party. Even Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat found it difficult to defend DAP under these circumstances and he conveyed this to Karpal.
Kit Siang, Karpal, Guan Eng, Anthony Loke and Vincent Wu then held a meeting and decided that DAP needs at least one ‘Malay face’ in the 20-member CEC. And this Malay face will be Zairil Khir Johari even if he does not have one drop of Malay blood running through his veins. But that means one person needs to be dropped to make way for Zairil. And it was decided that that person to be dropped and replaced with Zairil would be Vincent Wu.
They needed a Malay face so they switched Vincent Wu with Zairil and blamed it on Excel
So now they had to do damage control to explain why Vincent Wu has to be dropped and why Zairil who did not win is now in at number 20 (and got in with just a one vote majority on top of that). Karpal then explained it as a computer glitch and blamed in on a flaw in the Excel spreadsheet. And that was why DAP made the mistake of announcing Vincent Wu instead of Zairil as one of the 20 winners.
Karpal, however, knew that it was not a computer glitch but vote rigging. But he could not say this without exposing DAP to the risk of getting deregistered. The simple explanation would be to say ‘computer error’ and that it was an ‘honest mistake’. Karpal also used ‘the best defence is to attack’ strategy by threatening to sue if the RoS does not approve DAP’s Congress and office bearers.
Nevertheless, vote rigging or honest mistake is one thing. What they should have done after that was to convene another CEC meeting with the new CEC composition (minus Vincent Wu and now including Zairil). But they did not. And this is where DAP walked right into their own trap. Any decision made by the first CEC is invalid because the fruit from a poisonous tree is poisonous.
Why Karpal did not advice DAP to hold another CEC meeting is a mystery until today. Was it pure arrogance or stupidity? Since Karpal is no longer around this will never be known. But that is what tripped up DAP big time and now their future hangs in a balance.
Karpal explained the irregularity as ‘computer error’ in the hope it would look like an ‘honest mistake’
Because of this, any decision the CEC makes thereafter becomes invalid. Approving new branches. Approving new members. Sacking of members. Issuing of surat watikah. Anything that involves the power, approval or signature of the office bearers (such as the secretary general) becomes tak sah.
In short, any and all members sacked from the party since 15th December 2012 are technically still members of DAP and any members or branches approved and/or upgraded since 15th December 2012 are invalid. That is the long and short of it.
Tan Seng Giaw, in fact, tried to explain to Kit Siang that when you ‘reshuffle’ the CEC members you need to hold a new CEC meeting to reappoint the office bearers, especially since the composition has changed. Kit Siang, however, brushed him off.  Tan Seng Giaw knew that this was going to be a problem and, true enough, it did become a problem.
So now DAP is stuck. The window to rectify this transgression has closed. All DAP can do now is to act as if no crime has been committed and hope that the RoS will just drop the issue and take it no further. The power to act is in the hands of the RoS and there is no statute. The RoS can always act whenever they have enough reason to act and DAP would no longer exist. On the other hand, DAP can grease the palms of certain RoS people and get them to close the file.
Is that why the RoS has so far not acted even though their letter to DAP is almost four years old? There can be no other explanation because the RoS is known to be very efficient and uncompromising. In DAP’s case, however, the RoS seems to be reluctant to act. If not why would the RoS tidur for four years and allow DAP to get away with murder?

'Muktamar decides PAS-PKR ties, but final say with Syura Council'

The PAS Ulama Syura Council will make the final decision on whether the party needs to sever its relations with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) or otherwise.
PAS spiritual leader Hashim Jasin said even though the PAS annual general assembly scheduled for the end of April might reach a consensus with the delegates on the matter, it must get the council to agree on the decision made.
"PAS has its guidelines to decide on befriending or opposing any party or staying neutral with them.
"The syura council is the final body to evaluate the resolutions of the assembly," Hashim said when opening the Kuala Kedah PAS meeting in Alor Setar this evening.
- Bernama

'Technical issues' put Kelana Jaya LRT service offline

The Kelana Jaya Light Rail Transit Line faced service disruption tonight due to "technical issues".
This was confirmed by its operator, Prasarana Malaysia Bhd, through the RapidKL Twitter account.
"We are currently facing a technical issue at the moment and our team is rectifying the issue," it said in a posting on the micro-blogging site.
KJ Line: We are currently facing a technical issue at the moment and our team is rectifying the issue. Updates to follow.
Commuters left stranded along the line also took to Twitter to air their grouses.
"RapidKL needs to improve (the) Kelana Jaya line. Entire line down for past hour," said Robert Lim.
"Whole of Kelana Jaya LRT line stop at least one hour and 10 minutes," said Vincent Chen.
"What's happening at the Kelana Jaya line now? Is it delayed or is there a problem?" Fahmi Ab Rahman quizzed RapidKL.
The line went offline at around 8.30pm. At around 10.30pm, RapidKL said the trains commenced operations but under "manual operation".
RapidKL said on Twitter that the delay was expected to take more than an hour and offered refunds.
"Affected customers that decided not to conitnue their journey and want to exit paid area, proceed to our customer service counters for refund," it said.
It added that shuttle buses would also be provided as an alternative.
RapidKL did not specify what the technical issue was but posted a photograph of its technicians troubleshooting the line's signalling system.
KJ Line Update : Troubleshooting of the signalling system in progress.
This is not the first time the Kelana Jaya line has faced service disruption.
In September last year, a power trip amid heavy rain left thousands of commuters stranded during the morning rush hour.- Mkini