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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

‘All the best’, Selangor MB tells Bible society at exit


SHAH ALAM, April 15 — Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said today he wished the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) well on its decision to move its headquarters out to Kuala Lumpur to sidestep the state’s “Allah” ban.
Khalid declined to comment on his administration’s role leading to BSM’s exit from Selangor, choosing to highlight instead that it was duty-bound to uphold the state’s laws, when asked to comment on BSM’s apparent lack of confidence in the Selangor government’s ability to prevent a repeat of a January raid and seizure of over 300 bibles at its office.
“I have no comment on that (decision to move). I wish them all the best, that’s all I can do. Of course they are all welcome to be in Selangor, but we have to follow the laws and the enactment of the state,” he told reporters here after the state assembly sitting.
When asked whether BSM’s decision today may reflect badly on the Selangor government’s ability and willingness to uphold religious freedom, Khalid again pointed to the need to comply with existing laws.
“I think you must understand as a state, we have the laws to follow. People must believe that we respect the law and we respect the rights of everybody,” he said.
Khalid added that the Selangor government has not “interfered” with BSM, saying that the society’s decision to move out of the state was their own decision.
But he declined to say whether BSM’s decision to shift out of Selangor was “premature”, saying: “I can’t answer for them”.
"But I think we should learn from this how best we can work together, live together and prosper in a state that believes that everybody should have a fair chance," he said.
Although Khalid did not state the law that the Selangor government had to uphold, he was likely referring to the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988.
The 1988 enactment passed by the then-Barisan Nasional (BN) state government prohibits non-Muslims in Selangor from using 35 Arabic words and phrases in their faith, including “Allah” (God), “Nabi” (prophet) and “Injil” (gospel).
The law was used by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) on January 2 when it sent a team of 20 religious officials and police officers to raid the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM)’s Selangor office, where over 300 copies of the Malay-language and Iban-language bibles containing the word “Allah” were seized.
Earlier this month, Khalid said the state government has decided not to interfere in the ongoing controversy over the seized bibles, saying that it is up to BSM to officially write to the Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to have the holy books returned.
Selangor executive councillor Elizabeth Wong later said she had written to the AG on April 4 on behalf of the state government, asking Abdul Gani to order Jais to return the bibles.
Abdul Gani has not made an official statement on the matter.
Frustrated that the bibles have yet to be released more than three months after the raid, the BSM today said it will move its headquarters to the federal government-ruled Kuala Lumpur to get “better protection” and avoid future bible seizures by religious authorities.
BSM said it will also stop importing bibles through Selangor’s Port Klang.
It said will send the bibles through Penang or directly to east Malaysia where most of its Christian readers of the Malay-language bibles live.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

KESESUAIAN BERPAKAIAN KE PARLIMEN

Parlimen Malaysia merupakan salah satu tempat yang dikatakan berdaulat di mana ia adalah tempat untuk para ahli Parlimen mengadakan persidangan untuk menggubal undang-undang serta bersidang untuk hal-ehwal isu negara. Di samping itu, jikalau seseorang individu yang berjaya dipilih oleh rakyat, maka beliau adalah seorang wakil rakyat di kawasan Parlimen tersebut. Maka sesiapa yang dipilih jadi wakil rakyat, maka segala tingkah laku, pertuturan dan bicara akan melambangkan imej seseorang. Begitu juga, ia boleh digambarkan dari segi pakaian.

Rasanya, ramai boleh ingat kembali berkaitan satu isu yang melibatkan Teresa Kok. Terlebih dahulu, ingin dikatakan di sini, tiada apa-apa serangan peribadi terhadapnya kerana isu yang hendak diperkatakan adalah kesesuaian pakaian dan bukan Teresa Kok. Mari kita lihat foto di bawah ini :-

Gambar di sebelah kanan adalah gambar yang diambil semasa beliau menghadiri persidangan Dewan Rakyat di Parlimen Malaysia dan gambar di sebelah kiri adalah diambil semasa pelancaran Bilik Gerakan DAP PRU-13.

Dari sini, kita dapat lihat seseorang individu kalau hendak memilih pakaian, ia adalah berpandukan kepada suasana, kepentingan dan mengikut kesesuaian majlis. Seperti contoh, kita memakai T-shirt dan kasut sukan semasa kita bersukan ataupun menjalankan aktiviti luar seperti mendaki gunung, berjalan kaki dan lain-lain. Kita tidak memakai pakaian sukan ke pejabat pada waktu pejabat kecuali syarat pakaian pejabat membenarkan kita berbuat demikian.

Merujuk kepada Teresa Kok sebagai contoh di atas, pakaian yang manakah lebih sesuai dipakai ke Parlimen Malaysia sebagai wakil rakyat. Di sini, kita boleh kata beliau adalah seorang wakil rakyat yang dipilih dan boleh dikatakan seorang pemimpin yang dihormati bukan sahaja dalam parti, tetapi di kawasan Parlimen dan pemimpin pusat pada keseluruhannya. Adakah pakaian ini sesuai untuk menyakinkan semua ahli Parlimen sedangkan pakaiannya tidak melanggar undang-undang mesyuarat?

Sekali lagi, saya hendak sebut di sini tiada niat untuk menyerang Teresa Kok, lihat sendiri, imej yang manakah sesuai untuk seorang ahli Parlimen? Boleh dikatakan pakaian juga melambangkan imej dan personality. Kita menyoal semula, kenapa YB. Kinabatangan membuat serangan terhadapnya dan bukan orang lain? Kadang kala pembangkang suka menggambarkan kehebatan mereka dan sengaja membiarkan diri mereka diserang dengan tujuan mendapatkan simpati sedangkan yang salah itu jadi betul dan yang betul itu tidak disebut. Inilah kehebatan pembangkang dan rakyat mudah mempercayainya.

Akhir sekali, nasihat untuk semua, tujuan mesej hendak disampaikan disini adalah jikalau kita hendak mendapatkan penghormatan dari orang lain, kita kenalah menghormati orang dulu. Ini terpakai juga untuk Teresa Kok, jikalau pakaian anda tidak mahu dijadikan isu lawak, pakailah pakaian yang sesuai. Sepertimana yang gemar disebut oleh pembangkang, jikalau anda tidak bersalah, kenapa takut?

POLITIK PERBANDINGAN DEMI KUASA KEMENANGAN

Photo: Kenyataan Azmin Ali tepat... sebab dia adalah antara pengasas utama PKR. 

Ezam Mohd Noor, seorang lagi pengasas Parti Keadilan Nasional sebelum bertukar nama kepada Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) dalam banyak ceramahnya seringkali menyebut beliau meninggalkan PKR kerana PKR tiada roh perjuangan Melayu.

Murky waters at Gurney Drive


During my young days, Gurney Drive was a favourite spot where children could dig for live “siput” (baby clams), play under the shady pine trees or dig the sandy beach there. There were also annual dragon boat races held there and hawker stalls lined up along the promenade where one could just partake the yummy Penang food as they walk along the Gurney Drive.

However, as the song “those were the days” goes, now in place of baby clams, we have dead shells, no more sandy beaches at Gurney Drive except for a small stretch left at the far end, no more hawker food along the promenade and no more annual dragon boat races there.

Back in 2008 when Penangnites saw a change of government during the “political tsunami”, Penangnites have harboured hope that the new government could bring about positive changes. When the State Government embarked on the “mud ball” project and after roping in NGOs, volunteers, private sector etc to throw the much publicised “mud balls” into the sea off Penang shores more particularly at Gurney Drive, I thought that the “mud balls” would do their magic and make our sea visible again.


However, much to my dissappointment, the “mud balls” have indeed turned out to be just mud balls and our sea front is now even more muddier than before and during low tide, it is indeed an ugly sight. So now what?? Heard that there are now plans to build more roads to alleviate the traffic woes in Penang and one of them would be from Tanjung Tokong to town via an outer ring road. So is this muddy situation part of a larger plan to have an excuse for the State Government to reclaim the Gurney Drive beachfront to become a road without our environmentalists creating brouhaha over it?


Whatever it is, our beautiful turtle-shaped island have transformed over the years and although I have no access to satellite pictures of our island recently, I can confidently say that our turtle-shaped island is definitely not that shape anymore!


Mork & Mindy
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