Flood in Dengkil: 800 relocated

SHAH ALAM, NOV 6: As many as 800 flood victims in Dengkil constituency have been relocated by the rescue teams to several temporary relief centres.

In this regard, Health, Plantation Workers, Poverty and Caring Government Exco, Dr. Xavier Jayakumar has made a trip to visit and spend time with the victims. He has also been briefed on the matter by the Sepang District Officer who is also a Chairman of the District Natural Disaster Committee, Haris Kassim.

The briefing was held at the main relief centre in Dewan Orang Ramai Dengkil (Public Hall of Dengkil) where Dr. Xavier had been briefed on the rescue operation, aid and updates on the flood.

Dr. Xavier expressed the gratitude of the State Government towards the Social Welfare Department, RELA and Civil Defence Department, Sepang Municipal Council, and the police for staying alert around the clock to provide humanitarian aid to the victims.

He however expressed his concern because based on the forecast released by the Malaysian Meteorological Department (Weather Forecast), the rain would continue to persist for another 7 days and this would require those quarters involved to provide more relief centres to accommodate the victims throughout this period.

Apart from that, another relief centre for flood victims is Dewan Orang Ramai Desa Gemilang Dengkil.
After the session, Dr. Xavier was shown around the badly affected areas caused the flood in Kampung Ampar Tenang, Taman Permata flat house, and its neighbouring areas.

Also present was the Service Centre Coordinator of Dengkil constituency, Borhan Aman Shah.

Anwar: Pluralism issue is an attempt to draw away corruption in BN

KUALA LUMPUR, NOV 6: UMNO-BN is desperate for attention when it starts placing the religious card in its attempt to politicise the issue thereby causing an unhealthy political sphere in the country, said the Opposition Leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

According to him, pluralism issue is being manipulated to distract public attention on the much serious issues of corruption and misappropriation of money that have never been disclosed to public at large.

He said these issues were never raised for clarification within the UMNO-BN leadership itself and that the prevalent manipulation of facts must be dealt with seriously.

‘I have explained many times that Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) has been sent down as the greatest blessing for all universally. That is by itself plural in nature.’

‘Pluralism means equalling all religions on the same basis. That is a question of faith. How would I explain that all religions are just the same? For example, I pray according to the teachings of Islam. I do not pray in Church.’

‘It is just a political stunt. At the end of the day, they are just trying to flex their muscle by pointing out our weaknesses when there are, as a matter of fact other more important issues like corruption and misappropriation of money that UMNO-BN religious leaders have been silent about. They are merely politicising the issue of pluralism’, he said while admitting that he was one of the victims in the manipulated article on religion.

He further added that Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak himself was incapable of fending off the attack by its ally, MCA that, in his opinion, was very cynical about religion.

‘(Datuk Seri) Chua Soi Lek made such statement in the presence of Datuk Seri Najib.’

‘Does he (Najib) have a gut to respond? He does not even have a stomach to speak out against (Datuk Seri) Chua’s statement. So they (UMNO-BN) end up lambasting our statements’, he said.

He further added that Islamic Religious Department must take actions against those who make misleading statements and those who are involved in the vice activities such as gambling and ‘San Miguel’.

‘Pluralism in religion happens when a person denigrates Islam. This includes rejecting any Islamic principles and regarding all religions as the same.’

‘I have never mentioned ‘pluralism’. What is wrong with respecting other religions?’, he questioned.

Nurul Izzah willing to co-operate with JAIS

KUALA LUMPUR, NOV 6: PKR Vice President, Nurul Izzah Anwar is willing to co-operate with Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) in regards to her statement in a forum ‘Islamic State: Which Version? Whose Responsibility?’ if requested by the latter to clarify.

At the same time, she said, Utusan Malaysia newspaper must also be called to assist the investigation for manipulating her statement.

‘Yes, I hope JAIS will call Utusan Malaysia too for having published a defamatory statement on the issue of faith among Moslems’, she said at the Parliament lobby.

She added that she had been advised by her lawyer to not issue any statement regarding the matter.

‘I would urge that everyone refer to my statement in my blog as I have been advised by my lawyer to not issue any statement because he (my lawyer) will take further necessary action’, added the Lembah Pantai MP.

Yesterday, an article was published in the Utusan Malaysia front page with its headline that read ‘Melayu Bebas Pilih Agama?’ (Malays are free to profess any religion of their choice) quoting her statement in the Malaysiakini portal.

Quoting Sinar Harian newspaper today, JAIS Director, Datuk Marzuki Hussin said that she would only be called to come forward and clarify should JAIS receive other information that would further assist the investigation.

Be aware of flood and landslide, government agencies told

SHAH ALAM, NOV 6: Government authorities are advised to constantly be wary of unwanted incidents like flood and landslides in Selangor throughout this rainy reason so that it could be avoided.

Sri Muda, State Assemblyman, Shuhaimi Shafiei said that the flood incidents in his constituency on the last 27th October and a few day thereafter were very alarming.

He hoped that those responsible agencies namely, Majlis Perbandaran Shah Alam (Shah Alam Municipal Council), Majlis Perbandaran Klang (Klang Municipal Council) or State Council, Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS) and Public Works Department (JKR) would work hand in hand to resolve this issue.

‘We would advise that these agencies keep a weather eye on such possibilities so that actions could be taken accordingly if it happens.’

‘In our endeavour to curb it, it is hoped that Shah Alam Municipal Council, Klang Municipal Council, JPS and JKR expedite the plan to build a temporary retention pond in Sri Muda constituency so that it could manage the excess runoff before it goes through the normal irrigation’, he said during an interview with the Selangor TV here today.

Shuhaimi said that during the unfortunate flood incident on the last 27th October, 20 families had been relocated to Rumah Kebajikan Sri Munirah in Sri Muda constituency.

However, there was no relocation during the subsequent flood incident on the 31th October until 1st of November 2012.
‘We start distributing foods from morning until night to all victims and approximately, there were 530 families who had received the aid.’

‘I wish to express my gratitude to all parties especially Shah Alam Municipal Council, Klang Municipal Council, JKR, JPS, the office of Kota Raja MP, Village Council presided by a Village Head who are involved in the rescue of the victims.’

He further added that other areas in the Sri Muda constituency that were adversely affected were Kampung Johan Setia, Kampung Teluk Gong, Kampung Sri Nadi, Kampung Sri Gambut, Kampung Baru Satu and Dua, Kota Kemuning, Kampung Bukit Rimau, Kampung Bukit Naga, Kampung Jalan Kebun dan Kampung Harun Estate.

He requested that the State Government immediately provide help to the victims through Selangorku Grant not only in the Sri Muda Constituency but in all Klang areas entirely.

‘All parties must work closely to deal with this issue because based on the survey, it is discovered that the root of the problem is the attitude of the public at large especially developers.’

‘There are drainage and irrigation construction projects that are improperly managed. Public are also known to dispose of the waste at the improper places.’ he concluded.

BN votes on the wane because of leaders’ bad integrity, UM Study reveals

SHAH ALAM, NOV 6: Taking for granted the very grave issue of integrity will cause UMNO-BN to go downhill during the upcoming 13th General Election.

According to the study conducted by the University Malaya Centre for Democracy and Elections (UMCEDEL) recently, 66 percent respondent believed that the bad integrity demonstrated in the UMNO-BN leadership would adversely affect the party during the said election.

The study conducted from the 1st until 16th Sepetember 2012 also indicates a number of 60 percent respondents who believe that the issue of uncontrollable number of illegal immigrants into this country is bound to backfire UMNO-BN during the election.

Among other issues likely to reflect badly on UMNO-BN are Lynas issue with 59 percent, National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) with 55 percent, followed by 54 percent on the issue of UMNO-BN failure to reduce the crime rates in this country.

The study involving a whopping number of 1536 respondents also reveals that as many as 52 percent of the respondents believe that BERSIH Demonstration issue explains the deteriorating support towards UMNO-BN.

The study also concludes that the citizens are getting skeptical about the widespread media reports highlighting the weaknesses of the states under the administration of Pakatan Rakyat.

‘There is serious doubt about conflicting stands in PR leadership and the shortcomings in the administration as alleged by the media’, reads the summary of the report.’

On the same issue, Shah Alam MP, Khalid Samad, while commenting on the study expected that the voters during the GE-13 would take into account the issue of integrity and PR capability to take the helm of the county if it was given the chance.

‘Yes, I believe integrity and credibility are the key issues in the upcoming General Election.’

‘It is neither a question of racial feud between Chinese and Malay nor religious divide between Moslems and Non-Moslems. It is and always has been an issue of having a leader with good integrity whose capability in shaping a country into a bribery-free country is unquestionable’, he said during an interview with the Selangor TV.

UMNO-MCA dominates AES?

KUALA LUMPUR, NOV 5: Teja State Assemblyman, Chang Lih Kang is throwing down a gauntlet to the Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha to deny allegations that there exists an element of cronyism in the Automated Enforcement System (AES) camera installation tender to Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd.

In a press interview at the Parliament lobby, Chang alleged that the AES camera installation tender was dominated by UMNO cronies.

According to him, the CEO who is also the biggest shareholder of Beta Tegap Sdn. Bhd, Rozana Redzuan has connections with UMNO leaders in Johor.

He said that Rozana was the eldest daughter of Tan Sri Redzuan Salim and Puan Sri Atikah Abdullah, two of the most prominent UMNO leaders in Johor.

‘Tan Sri Redzuan is a former State Assemblyman of Peserai and an UMNO leader of Parit Sulong constituency, while Puan Sri Atikah was once a State Assemblywoman in the Sri Medan constituent for two terms, a Deputy Wanita UMNO Chairlady in Johor and an Exco for Wanita Pusat.

‘Apart from that, Rozana is also a cousin of Machap State Assemblyman, Datuk Abdul Hamid Abdul Rahman’, he said in the company of Selayang MP, William Leong.

Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd is one of the two most prominent private companies to have qualified for the AES camera installation tender endorsed by the Ministry of Transport aside from ATES Sdn Bhd.

Previously, William alleged that the second biggest shareholder in Beta Tegap, Dr. Andreas Teoh was connected with MCA when the latter had also struck a deal with the Ministry of Health in 2005 through Mediharta Sdn. Bhd.

The allegation was however denied by the MCA President, Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek who, at that time, was holding a Minister of Health portfolio.

PWB Fund to escalate next year

SHAH ALAM, NOV 5: Starting next year, funding for Pusat Wanita Berdaya (PWB) or Women’s Empowerment Centre will be increased to stimulate socio-economic activities following a positive feedback in all 44 centres in Selangor.

Its Welfare, Women’s Affairs, Science, Technology and Innovation Exco, Rodziah Ismail said that there would be numerous exciting programs to be introduced soon including organised programs to generate income and financial management for the medium-sized entrepreneurship.

For the non-organised program, it would range from courses on cooking, sewing to information technology that could be taught or on a sharing basis amongst them at the centre.

Previously, the State Government of Selangor had allocated approximately RM 1.33 million through Geran Selangorku as well as an allocation on other necessary equipments for cooking, computers, and sewing.

‘Such allocation was given in stages, but as a Batu Tiga State Assemblywoman myself, I have personally donated RM 150, 000 or one third of the allocation for the program in my constituent’, she said during an interview after the opening ceremony of Program Pemeriksaan Kesihatan Percuma (Free Health Check-Ups Program) at the PWB Hall in Seksyen 24.

She added that most of those, especially women who came forward to contribute to the program were not money-motivated. Rather, they were there with sincere intent of developing and sharing their expertise.

‘We are here as a knowledge-sharing group of women and not a bunch of quidnunc. I am expecting to see every centre with such input starting next year. Therefore, accommodating facilities must be well planned.’

It is expected that all 56 constituents will have one PWB at the end of this year.

Nurul Izzah disappointed over misinterpreted statement

SHAH ALAM, 5 NOV: Lembah Pantai MP, Nurul Izzah Anwar expresses her frustration when her statement regarding the aqeedah (firm belief and conviction in Islam) of Moslems was quoted out of context by certain parties.

In a press statement, she emphasised that education and knowledge-sharing were always her priority in further strengthening and enhancing the understanding of Islam.

Her disappointment was due to some attempts to manipulate her statement to make it seem as though she was taking the issue of morality amongst Moslems for granted and that she supported apostasy.

During an interview, when asked of her stand about the issue on coercion into embracing the Islamic faith, she quoted Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 256 insisting that there should not be compulsion in Islam and that the verse ought to apply to all humankind.

‘It is note-worthy however, that I personally hold a general view that once a person has professed Islam, he is subsequently subjected to the rules and regulations that Islam has stipulated as much a citizen of Malaysia who would have to abide by the Federal Constitution of Malaysia’, she added in response to a question while sitting on a panel in a forum ‘Islamic State: Which version? Whose responsibility?’ recently.

She added that she would always pray that Allah grants guidance unto all for everyone’s sake.

Malaysians to Face Double Tickets

KUALA LUMPUR, NOV 5: Jerai MP, Firdaus Jaafar expresses his frustration over the imminent possibility of fellow Malaysian citizens having to deal with two fines.

The first fine is issued by Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) or Royal Malaysian Police, while the second one is issued by Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) or the Road Transport Department.

Such reaction was elicited in response to the stand taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs during the Questions and Answers Session in the Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives) that it would not axe the postal fine (Notis Pol 170A) even though the Automatic Enforcement System would be implemented.

‘These [two] ministries are making issuing fines to road users a concomitant agenda. By right, PDRM should be focusing more on crimes.’

‘Out of the number of fines issued, almost half of those whose fines are issued upon do not understand the nature of the offence, but would nevertheless proceed to pay because they want to avoid the hassle of court procedure they have to go through. The government has to explain how it operates, not simply give them the ticket’, he said.

Deputy Minister, Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop said that the postal fine was intended to create awareness among road users to drive carefully and to decrease the number of accident cases.

Postal fine is one that is issued by PDRM to owners of registered vehicles.

Failure to provide sufficient information on the notice within a specified period of time will subject the owner to the fine for the said offence.

Abu Seman revealed that as many as 180, 062 postal fines had been issued during the Ops Selamat during the Hari Raya season starting from the 12th until the 26th August 2012.

Out of the above-mentioned number of fines issued, as many as 52, 362 fines have been cleared up.

Follow the Law, Move to Hulu Selangor, Shepherds Told

SUBANG JAYA, NOV 5: Shepherds in Selangor have been asked to abide the law stipulated by the State Government to relocate their livestock to the land that has been provided in Hulu Selangor.

Selangor Menteri Besar (Chief Miister), Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said that the State Government had made a systematic planning in its endeavour to deal with the issue of their animals being let loose to graze on near housing areas.

‘They have to move where they will be given a piece of land. They will also be able to manage their livestock in an organised way.’

‘The State Government has initiated a program where more than 100 acres of land in Hulu Selangor have been designated for the said purpose.’

‘So far, there are more than 10 shepherds who have relocated their animals to Hulu Selangor’, he said during a press interview after the surrendering of title ceremony to the Lesteri Perdana purchasers here, yesterday.

Responding to the allegation made by a number of shepherds who claimed to have been served with a notice to move, Abdul Khalid said that a round-table discussion would be held with them to resolve the issue.

‘Some of them used to rear their animals near the reserved river. We no longer encourage that because there are several housing estates in that area.’

‘House owners also complained that the animals are causing nuisance’, he explained while adding that most of the shepherds do not have their own piece of land.

Chinese Clearer on Hudud Despite MCA Slur, UM Study Reports

SHAH ALAM, NOV 5: Although the issue of Hudud has often been politicised by MCA and UMNO, it has been garnering more support from non-Moslems, especially the Chinese community.

This is because non-Moslems are starting to understand the foundation of Islamic criminal law.

Apart from that, the ever increasing crime incidences lately is also the primary reason for non-Moslems to accept Hudud should it be implemented.

Such was the statement made by Shah Alam MP, Khalid Samad to TV Selangor when commenting on the study carried out by University of Malaya Centre of Democracy and Elections (UMCEDEL).

“Praise be to Allah that our efforts have been proven fruitful in explaining to the public at large, including non-Moslems, that Hudud is just to all.”

“They are also equally concerned about the increasing crime rate in this country, so much so that they have to choose between increased crime rates or Hudud”, he said.

He also believes that non-Moslems are becoming receptive of the idea that Hudud is capable of curbing crimes in this country.

In a recent study undertaken by UMCEDEL, it was revealed that more and more of the Chinese community in this country support the implementation of Hudud.

According to the study which was conducted from the 1st to the 16th of September this year, support from Chinese voters has increased from 12% to 24% compared to the same study conducted nine months ago.

The conclusion that was reached in the study involving 385 respondents from the Chinese community revealed that there was only an increase of 1 percent vote against it with a decrease of a 13 percent vote of those who are uncertain about the effectiveness of the Hudud law implying that Chinese voters are becoming more aware of the issue.

The study also indicates that the younger generation of the Chinese community are showing deep interest in understanding the implementation of Hudud law compared to the older ones.

16 arrested by JAIS to be charged on the 20th

SHAH ALAM, NOV 5: All 16 individuals that were arrested during a raid by Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) in Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang last week will be tried in the Shariah Court on the 20th December 2012.

The raid resulted from information gathered by JAIS Enforcement Department officers; that there was an attempt to revive the Al-Arqam Group at a ceremony organised by Global Ikhwan Sdn. Bhd.

Global Ikhwan is a company that has been said to be connected to the Al-Arqam movement that was declared heretic in 1994.

The Director of JAIS, Datuk Marzuki Husin, in a press conference today, told that all 16 were arrested under Section 12 (C) of the Syariah Criminal Enactment of Selangor 1995.

“All 16 are suspects (OYDS) and will be brought before the Kuang Syariah Court for first mention.”

‘They were however released on a RM 1000 bond with one surety’, he said.

He was accompanied by the Head Deputy Director of JAIS Enforcement Department, Mohd Shahzihan Ahmad during a press conference at the JAIS building here this afternoon.

JAIS Enforcement Department had previously traced an attempt to revive the teaching of Al Arqam held at the Dataran Global Ikhwan Celebration Hall from the 30th October till the 1st of November.

The event was also alleged to have been held in commemoration of the birthday of the Al Alqam founder, Ashaari.

Impersonating as guests at the event for two consecutive nights proved successful when the JAIS officers managed to discover that there were elements of the teaching of Al Alqam.