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Institusi Agama Fitnah G25 & Shad Faruqi? Biar Betul!

Is this merely a very foolish mistake or is it another spiteful spin with the intention to detriment the good name of Islamic agencies?

In an article, “Religious radicalism on the rise” published by The Star on November 23, 2007, Emeritus Professor Shad Saleem Faruqi made another attack on JAKIM before focusing its attack on another Islamic agency, Institut Kajian Strategik Islam Malaysia (IKSIM).

To be fair, since the allegations were made based on “a booklet by the Malaysian Islamic Research Institute (IKSIM)”, I checked the said booklet to see what was written by IKSIM and I found the source of the chaos.

IKSIM’s words were wrongly translated from “Awas! Sekularisme, Liberalisme dan Pluralisme merupakan agenda penghakis akidah Islam dalam meruntuhkan kedaulatan Negara” to “secularism, liberalism and cultural diversity are elements that will undermine the Islamic agenda and destroy the country’s sovereignty”!

Armed with the wrong translation, Prof Shad who is also one of  the contributors to the infamous book by G25,Breaking the Silence: Voices of Moderation‘ attacked IKSIM.

It is like putting words in one’s mouth in order to attack the victim:

  1. “Cultural diversity” has not been mentioned in the book by IKSIM.
  2. The English translation of the Bahasa Melayu word “pluralisme” is pluralism.
  3. “Pluralisme” in the above sentence obviously means religious pluralism as clearly explained in a chart on page 7 of the book.
  4. In Bahasa Melayu, “cultural diversity” is ‘kepelbagaian kebudayaan’.

I guess Prof Shad has not have the chance to read the book because it is almost impossible for a learned man like him to not be able to understand the thin, simple book, except, unfortunately the person does not understand Bahasa Melayu well.

Having said that, I really pity Prof Shad for being shocked and at the same time slandering others only because of his own mistake, “I am shocked to read that “cultural diversity” is seen by IKSIM as a threat to Islam and to our nation”.

Prof Shad also questioned, “although Malaysians can embrace other religious faiths, the country is not duty-bound to protect other religions”, claiming that, “The belief that we have no duty to protect other religions is both un-Islamic and un-Malaysian”.

I sincerely hope that Prof Shad is not trying to challenge the Oath of office of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong who is the Supreme Head of the Federation!

In taking the Oath of office of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, as set out in Part I of the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution, his Majesty declares, “……We do solemnly and truly declare that We shall at all time protect the Religion of Islam … “.

Hence, by law the Prime Minister, the ministers, the lawmakers and the government servants are bounded by his Majesty’s oath to protect the Religion of Islam as they are being tasked with the duty of administering the country on behalf of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.

In the Court of Appeal judgement of Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur v. Kerajaan Malaysia & Menteri Dalam Negeri, where YA Dato’ Abdul Aziz Rahim stated:

“I would add however that the position of Islam as the religion of the Federation, to my mind imposes certain obligation on the power that be to promote and defend Islam as well to protect its sanctity. In one article written by Muhammad Imam, entitled Freedom of Religion under Federal Constitution of Malaysia – A Reappraisal [1994] 2 CLJ lvii (June) referred to by the learned counsel for the 8th appellant it was said that: “Article 3 is not a mere declaration. But it imposes positive obligation on the Federation to protect, defend, promote Islam and to give effect by appropriate state action, to the injunction of Islam and able to facilitate and encourage people to hold their life according to the Islamic injunction spiritual and daily life.”

However, even though “the country is not duty-bound to protect other religions” but Islam, Malaysia still guarantees “freedom of faith and conscience and cultural and legal autonomy to all religions and tribes” as long as it is not against the law of our country.

One of the main elements of a secular country is, the country is not duty-bound to protect any religion; so using the same argument, are we saying that secular countries do not guarantee “freedom of faith and conscience and cultural and legal autonomy to all religions and tribes”?

Next, Prof Shad said that the Islamic agency is challenging the supremacy of the Federal Constitution by saying that Islam has a higher position than the Federal Constitution itself.

The provision on Islam as the religion of the Federation was inserted in the Part 1 of the Constitution, that is in Article 3(1) which indicates the importance of the provision in the Constitutional structure; whereas the supremacy of the Federal Constitution is positioned after the provision on Islam, which is in Article 4.

Tan Sri Apandi Ali in the high profile case of Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur v. Kerajaan Malaysia & Menteri Dalam Negeri stated that:

“The Article places the religion of Islam at par with the other basic structures of the Constitution, as it is the 3 rd in the order of precedence of the Articles that were within the confines of Part I of the Constitution”

In fact Article 3(4) which says that “nothing in this Article derogates from any other provision of this Constitution” has further accentuate the matter.

 Prof Shad words, “According to it, religious enforcement authorities come under the patronage of the Sultans, not state governments. This is a remarkable vision of an autonomous, almost all-powerful, religious elite that is like a state within a state”, for me is uncalled for because it questions the rights of the Ruler as the Head of the religion of Islam which is protected by the Article 181.

Section 3(1)(f) of the Sedition Act says, “A “seditious tendency” is a tendency to question any matter, right, status, position, privilege, sovereignty or prerogative established or protected by the provisions of Part III of the Federal Constitution or Article 152, 153 or 181 of the Federal Constitution”.

It was also reported that the false allegations by Prof Shad had led IKSIM to lodge a police report against him, The Star and Sin Chew Daily; which was responded by G25’s Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin as reported in Free Malaysia Today (FMT) under the title, “G25 calls for action against Putrajaya-linked institute”.

The G25 member went further saying, “Iksim had singled out Amanah, G25, Sisters in Islam (SIS) and Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) as liberals”.

She said, “If they (Iksim) can lodge a police report against Prof Shad Saleem Faruqi, similarly I am in a very good position to make a police report against them and sue them for defamation”.

This is the part where it gets very hilarious; G25, in another article, “G25: The word “liberal” has place of pride in Rukun Negara” argues that liberal is something positive so why is the fuss over the word now?

“Note that the word “liberal” is used in both versions in the context of something positive and beneficial to our ambitions to become a united, happy and prosperous country.” – G25 (FMT)

In her speech, “Malaysia as a Secular State”, The Malaysian Insight (TMI) reported G25’s Noor Farida as saying that Malaysia is neither a theocracy states nor secular state!

But I have to highlight that G25 also claimed that Malaysia is a secular state and at other time a secular democratic state!

It is very hard either to try to make sense of what they are trying to say or to take G25’s words seriously when its members keep on changing their minds and seems very confused, for example on their perception regarding the ideology of Malaysia.

To top it all, in its eagerness, FMT made a grave mistake in its reporting: 

  1. Iksim was established on Dec 9, 2014 after consent from the Conference of Rulers, with the objective of upholding Islam as the country’s official religion.
  2. According to its official website, Iksim was established to fulfil the wishes of the country’s Muslim community to defend the Malay Rulers and uphold Islam as the official religion of the federation.

IKSIM clearly states that Islam is the religion of the Federation hence not only FMT’s wrong reporting defames IKSIM, but also the Constitution itself since the addition of the word “official” undermines the position of Islam as the religion of the Federation.

Taking G25’s Noor Farida Ariffin’s advice, IKSIM should “lodge a police report or even take legal action” against FMT for defaming both IKSIM and Article 3(1) of the Constitution.

Rather than confusing others, G25’s Datuk Noor Farida should walk the talk by making a police report against IKSIM to settle the matter once and for all and to prove that she and her friends from G25 are not the ones who are really confused not only about the truth but also in making their own opinions and views.

Please be reminded that, causing disharmony, disunity, or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill will, or prejudicing on grounds of religion” is an offence under Section 298 of the Penal Code. 

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Memperkenalkan Kebebasan Media Dan Bersuara à la PKR

Dua hari lepas, kerajaan negeri Selangor dibawah pimpinan Datuk Seri Azmin Ali memberi arahan kepada semua jabatan, agensi, dan anak syarikat kerajaan negeri Selangor untuk berhenti melanggan akhbar kumpulan Utusan dan Berita Harian.

Ini adalah sebuah berita yang agak menarik bagi saya, kerana selama ini pembangkanglah yang kononnya memperjuangkan hak kebebasan bersuara dan kebebasan media.

Menggunakan alasan kebebasan bersuara adalah satu hak yang diperuntukkan di dalam Perkara 10 Perlembagaan Persekutuan, mereka mahu media mereka diberi kebebasan berkata apa sahaja, walaupun perkara itu satu fitnah atau perkara itu boleh menggugat keselamatan negara.

Tetapi apabila Utusan dan Berita Harian tidak mengikut telunjuk mereka, boleh pula kerajaan PKR mengarahkan jabatan, agensi dan anak syarikat negeri Selangor berhenti melanggan akhbar-akhbar tersebut.

Jadi, di manakah kebebasan media dan kebebasab bersuara yang mereka perjuangkan selama ini?

Kita boleh lihat betapa tidak adilnya dan tidak beretikanya kerajaan pembangkang ini yang jelas mengamalkan sikap ‘double standard’.

‘Cakap tak serupa bikin’, nampaknya kebebasan bersuara hanyalah untuk mereka sahaja dan bukannya untuk semua orang.

Malah, akhbar Utusan Online melaporkan, “Ketua Penerangan UMNO, Tan Sri Annuar Musa berkata, tindakan itu menunjukkan Mohamed Azmin hanya hebat dalam mengharamkan akhbar Melayu, tetapi menikus dalam mengharamkan pesta arak dan penolakan usul memperkasa mahkamah syariah di negeri itu.”

Maka mungkin benarlah dakwaan bahawa Selangor Kini, Sinar Harian dan The Star adalah suara yang menyokong pembangkang!

Apa kata Bersih, COMANGO, C4 dan semua NGO yang selama ini memperjuangkan kebebasan bersuara dan kebebasan akhbar?

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Gambar: Banjir Besar Melanda Pulau Pinang

Sebuah projek perumahan mewah di lereng bukit, Beverly Hills, di Tanjung Bungah di sini terjejas teruk dengan sebahagian binaannya runtuh akibat hujan lebat malam tadi. Nov. 5, 2017. Gambar The Star.

Hujan lebat dan angin kencang telah melanda Pulau Pinang semalam menyebabkan banjir, pokok tumbang dan tanah runtuh  di Georgetown dan Seberang Perai.

Keadaan bertambah buruk akibat peningkatan paras air di sungai utama di negeri itu seperti Sungai Pinang, Sungai Air Itam dan Sungai Dondang mencecah paras bahaya dengan masing-masing mencecah 2.83 meter, 6.58 meter dan 21.88 meter..

Menurut Berita Harian, di Georgetown, antara kawasan terjejas termasuk Kampung Masjid, Jalan P Ramlee, Sungai Pinang, Jalan Kebun Lama, Lebuh Carnovan, Jalan Anson dan Halaman Bukit Gambir.

Manakala antara kawasan terjejas di Seberang Perai ialah Taman Siakap, Permatang Rawa, Taman Senangin, Padang Lalang, Mak Mandin dan beberapa kawasan di Penanti.

Utusan Online melaporkan beberapa buah bot dan sampan nelayan di Teluk Bahang di sini dilaporkan rosak dan terdampar di daratan selepas ditolak ribut serta angin kencang dalam kejadian awal pagi tadi.

Sebuah feri milik Penang Port Sdn. Bhd. (Penang Port) turut dilaporkan rosak selepas ditolak ombak kuat dan melanggar bahagian jeti di Terminal Feri Raja Tun Uda, Butterworth di sini.

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Empat Wakil The Star Ke KDN

Muka depan The Star pada hari Sabtu, 27 Mei 2017. Gambar diambil daripada Utusan Online.

[Utusan Online}- PUTRAJAYA 29 Mei- Empat wakil akhbar berbahasa Inggeris, The Star dilihat memasuki Kementerian Dalam Negeri pada pukul 10.50 pagi bagi memberi keterangan berhubung laporan muka depannya pada Sabtu lalu yang didakwa tidak sensitif kepada umat Islam di negara ini.

Empat wakil itu ialah tiga Pengarang Eksekutif The Star, Rozaid Abdul Rahman, Brian Martin dan N. Dorairaj serta Pengarang Pakar The Star, M.Shanmugam.

Terdahulu semalam, Ketua Setiausaha kementerian, Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim dalam kenyataannya memaklumkan kementerian tersebut akan memanggil Ketua Pengarang akhbar berbahasa Inggeris itu yang didakwa tidak sensitif kepada umat Islam di negara ini.

Alwi berkata, pihaknya kecewa terhadap tindakan akhbar tersebut yang memaparkan gambar umat Islam sedang menunaikan solat terawih pada malam pertama Ramadan dengan tajuk muka depannya ‘Malaysia Terrosist Leader’.

Tun Musa Hitam Proud To Be A Liberal, What A Pity

Tun Musa Hitam

Always a moderate and proud to be one – said Former Deputy Prime Minister, Tun Musa Hitam to The Star in an interview at his house in Bukit Tunku.

“First let me say this emphatically and very firmly – I have always been a liberal and a moderate and am proud of it. I have been brought up from young until now as such. My family, my parents, my elders brought me up that way, and in my more grown up days since I entered politics, my political party Umno adopted the stance of moderation from the early days that we gained Independence. But I don’t know what’s happening there now,” Tun Musa Hitam. – The Star

“I have always been a liberal and a moderate and am proud of it”?

I do not understand how could a Muslim be proud to disobey the rules of Islam.

It is very sad when a person says that he is proud to be a moderate and a liberal because being a liberal  means that the person rejects the fundamental principal of his own religion as well as the fundamental principals of his country.

As a Muslim, he must understand that a Muslim must obey the fundamental principal of Islam and Islam cannot be liberalised.

It is very unfortunate for a Muslim to be a liberal because rejecting the principal of Islam is against the rules of Islam and will affect his ‘akidah’.

Has Tun Musa Hitam forgotten that Clause 3.3 of the Umno Constitution states that Umno will defend and spread Islam?

And liberal is against Islam.

It is very sad to see a former leader who not only had forgotten the core spirit of his party but also proud to reject the fundamental principals of his country, for Islam is the religion of the Federation of Malaysia.


Photos, Video: Tornado-Like Wind Hit Pandamaran, Klang

A screengrab from a viral video of the "twister" in Klang.

A screengrab from a viral video of the “twister” in Klang. (The Star)

NST reported that a severe thunderstorm and strong wind wreaked havoc in Pandamaran, damaging some 30 houses and apartment blocks.

A twister-like winds blew off roofs and uprooting trees around the area.

The thunderstorm also caused several boats at a jetty near Kunci Air Jalan Banting, Pandamaran to sink.

Several areas including Meru and Kampung Delek were flooded.



Photos, Videos: Waterspout In Bintulu And Miri (Oct. 18, 2014)

Photo credit to UnReported News.

Photo credit to UnReported News.

A waterspout was seen in Bintulu, Sarawak along the Kidurong coast at about 10am on Saturday. 

Wikipedia wrote that waterspouts are non-supercell tornado over water; they are small and weak rotating columns of air over water and they do not suck up water.

The Star reported that an employee at Petronas’s Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas LNG plant told The Star that the waterspout came close to the factory.

BERNAMA reported that the waterspout was also seen in Niah area of Miri.

There were also no reports of injuries or property damage in the incident.

Photos, Video: Pasir Gudang’s Pedestrian Bridge Metal Roofing Collapses

Photo by Mohd Azren Jamaluddin/ Berita Harian.

Photo by Mohd Azren Jamaluddin/ Berita Harian.

The Star reported that two cars, a lorry and a motorcycle were damaged after the metal roofing of a pedestrian bridge along the Pasir Gudang Highway collapsed on Sunday afternoon.

Berita Harian reported that five people were injured in the incident that happened at about 4:30 p. m. during a storm.

The storm had also blown away the roofs of about 30 houses in Taman Kobena, nearby.

Photos: Kuala Lumpur Hit By A Flash Flood, October 1, 2014

The submerged paking lot at Jalan Pinang. (Image: The Star)

The submerged paking lot at Jalan Pinang. (Image: The Star)

Heavy rains caused flash flood that flooded busy roads in Kuala Lumpur today, causing bad traffic jams during the evening rush hour.

The flash flood also flooded an open parking area in Jalan Sultan Ismail, submerging hundreds of cars in flood water.

Among the flooded roads were Jalan Chan Sow Lin, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Yaacob Latif and Jalan Jelatek.

The New Straits Times reported that Jalan Chan Sow Lin had to be closed for traffic until about 5p.m. as traffic policemen helped motorists to get to safer grounds.

Kota Damansara MRT Concrete Collapsed, 3 Feared Dead

A picture of the fallen beam tweeted by the Fire and Rescue Department (@bombaJBPM).

A picture of the fallen beam tweeted by the Fire and Rescue Department (@bombaJBPM).

A 300 tonne MRT concrete span collapsed at a MRT construction site,  within the former Rubber Research Institute site near Kota Damansara Monday night.

Three workers were feared dead after feared being trapped under the fallen concrete span.

The victims are Bangladesh nationals Mohamad Faruk Khan, Mohammad Elahi Hossain and Mohammad Alauddin Mollik.

The Star reported in its statement, Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRT Corp) said that: 

“A span of the guideway had dislodged from its piers and fallen on the ground below. The span, which was made up of 14 units of segmented box girders, was 38m in length and weighed 300 tonnes. MRT Corp confirms that three workers are unaccounted for and are believed to be trapped underneath. Rescue efforts are currently on-going and an emergency response team is on standby at the site” – The Star.

The Fire and Rescue Department's (@bombaJBPM) tweeted picture showing a K-9 unit at the site.

The Fire and Rescue Department’s (@bombaJBPM) tweeted picture showing a K-9 unit at the site.