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Why are Malays fleeing?

| December 20, 2014

Zaid Ibrahim recently spoke to The South China Morning Post about Malays fleeing Malaysia to escape the imposition of increasingly extremist ideology by the authorities and various NGOs. The encroachment of the moral police on our everyday life has become more and more obvious and it has frightened some of the ummah, especially when a lot of the rhetoric has become a case of ‘”us versus them”, them being the undefined “musuh-musuh Islam” spoken of by just about every NGO that claims to be defending Islam.

It has come to the point where even our children are put under tremendous peer pressure to be more “Muslim”, and some of us have taken to sending them to religious school immediately after regular school and they stay there until late afternoon. When do they have time for play?

There is indeed a general environment of fear caused not only be the screaming NGOs, but also by the mosque preachers who should know better. At least for those who live in the suburban areas of Selangor, it is not uncommon to hear sermons at almost every other hour of the day blaring through the loud speakers. And more often than not, the subject is divine wrath rather than divine love or beauty. And children hear all this when they should instead be introduced to the beauty of faith, the mysteries of the divine, the love of God that permeates our lives.

Perhaps it’s all part of the push back against the various social ills that plague our society. From incest to drug abuse to robbery, these social ills are nothing to laugh at and need to be dealt with if we hope to ever become a modern society. But a hardline approach is not necessarily always the answer or the solution as it is human nature to push back.

To quote my good friend Megat, “It’s a common sight nowadays seeing Muslims doing what is clearly haram and the authorities’ way of handling these matters seems very aggressive, which only make people do the haram stuff more. The authorities should be showing examples of how Islam actually works rather than making statements about what is right or wrong, or worse, showing how eager they are to punish.”

That’s a pretty good point. Our religious authorities go about their duties in what seems like absolute assurance of their invulnerability, knocking on doors in the middle of the night to find evidence of wrongdoing, warrants be damned. Instead of serving the needy, finding ways to educate and uplift them, we’re more interested in harassing people for any sign of sinful activity, not showing them that there is more to aspire to.

Spying on your neighbour

What is really scary is that the moral policing zeal might soon infect ordinary people like you and me, and we’ll be spying on our neighbours. Once the idea has set in that you have the obligation to police your neighbours, it escalates to taking on authority in telling them what to do, and how to live their lives. Going one step further and forcing them by intimidation is where we cross the line and become that which we profess to hate.

Another friend, Faiz, actually made the move to Australia, but wasn’t able to stay. But he agrees with Zaid Ibrahim that the current oppressive atmosphere created by the religious authorities is unhealthy, and is not an environment he wants his children to grow up in. And he would migrate in an instant if he could.

Faiz may be liberal, but he is a committed Muslim and a good man. For him to be so fearful of this atmosphere and the effect it will have on his children is a good indicator for how Malays feel about the zealots taking over their lives.

Megat agrees. “These zealots believe that there’s only one way to show what’s true (in the context of Islam).” The moderate and liberal Muslims feel compelled to migrate because “the aggressive approach of the authorities on handling Islamic matters in Malaysia is not only ineffective but, at times, inconsiderate.” After all, he explains, Islam is so widespread in the world today you can live in almost every foreign city and practice the faith. “There are shops selling halal food and mosques you can go to for Friday prayers.”

The government must once more define the boundaries of the religious authorities. That they are scaring off our own people is a grave sign for Malaysia, and is not healthy for not only adults, but for the children. If they are taught to do good out of fear, that is against everything the faith stands for. Doing good should come from love and good intentions. It’s time to rethink how we embrace the faith, and the faith will be strengthened by it.

Budget 2015: Why Sabah deserves special deal
Posted on October 9, 2014, Thursday

KOTA KINABALU: With Sabah’s basic infrastructures in a “sorry state”, DAP Kapayan assemblyman Dr Edwin Bosi said the State deserves a special consideration in the National Budget 2015.

He said past national budgets have shown how little allocations were given to Sabah.

“Yet, in spite of this apparent disparity, our parliamentarians have seen fit to remain mute, some supporting in protest while others stick to party line and do not want to rock the boat. It appears that only opposition lawmakers were making constructive noises,” he said.

Dr Bosi, who is DAP Sabah secretary, added that the thousands of Sabah youths streaming away to Malaya and other parts of the world in search of greener pastures are testimony of Sabah government’s failure to create and provide jobs.

“The youths were never prepared to take up jobs in the plantations and construction industry. That explains why thousands of foreigners have flooded Sabah to find work in the oil palm plantations and construction industry,” he said.

Dr Bosi said now that Sabah is confirmed as a fixed deposit for Umno BN, the Prime Minister should be more sympathetic to and concerned for Sabah.

“If the basic infrastructure remains ancient, the migration of youth will continue and the people in general will remain in poverty.

“I am pretty sure the 14th general election will produce and spring a surprise. Even the BR1M will not save BN from defeat,” he predicted.

“As one of the three nations to form Malaysia, I am expecting the government to provide at least 30% of the budget to Sabah. Only then we can see the transformation in the basic infrastructures, the agriculture and tourism sectors.

When more investments arrive so would the youths who have left the shores here, and this time with their working skills and experiences. We need to be prepared for them as we prepare the existing local human resources.

“Sabah Budget 2015 will be tabled in November. I am somewhat pessimistic whether the government can come up with another big budget like the one in 2014.

“The 5% oil royalty will be about a billion while the sales tax on crude palm oil (CPO) will likely go down. Unless the government receives high profit sharing returns, issue another bond and receive a substantial amount of federal allocations, then I can say that the Budget 2015 will be below the four billion mark.

“However, if the government is successful in getting 20% oil royalty, then this will immediately inject about four billion to the Sabah treasury,” he reckoned

Dr Bosi also said whatever it is he would like to advise the government to listen to the grassroots when preparing the budget. The inputs from the village chiefs, Kapitan Cina and Village Development and Security Committees should be welcomed and acted upon.

“They would certainly outline all the problems in the villages and towns and the government can put them (their views) to their implementing agencies to study and mitigate while the government looks for funds to implement them.

“The inputs from the government agencies must be taken seriously as they are the people who know what is required to keep the country running well. The District Officer is the most important government officer and it is only fair that the government appoints the most qualified officer for the job,” he said.

“The proposals, recommendations and views from the government agencies are of utmost importance to the government. Needless to say, the government agencies must be ever ready to listen to the people and feel their problems.

“For example, when the Public Works Department engineers proposed building flyovers to ease traffic congestions, the government must say ok and look for the funds for it.

“The Drainage and Irrigation Department engineers must have come up with a master plan on flood mitigation and it is the government’s duty to look for the funds to implement it.

“I am fed up with answers from government agencies saying that there are no allocations for such and such. A government which can boast a huge budget must not disappoint the taxpayers and the people. Our role as opposition lawmakers is obvious. We will always listen to the people and raise their grievances to the government. We will also play our role as constructive opposition lawmakers,” he added.

Dr Bosi expressed the hope of seeing a good budget allocation for Sabah from the national budget 2015.

“When I talk about good budget it means for the development of Sabah. The security funding is equally important but that should come from the national security and defence component,” he stressed.

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Malaysia’s Khairy Jamaluddin Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

You know about the craze, you’ve seen the videos, you’ve laughed your heads off, don’t deny it. Made even more popular with the help of celebrities from across the world, some of the world’s top DJs, and even Facebook’s very own Mark Zuckerberg, more and more people are partaking in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Ever since the craze started, over USD$15.6 million (RM49.4 million) has been collected from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge throughout the world for the research of the Lou Gehrig disease. Of course, Malaysians too have joined the icy dare!

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin took up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge yesterday after tweeting that he had been nominated by various people.


He later posted a photo of himself pouring a bucket of ice water over his own head at the National Aquatic Centre Bukit Jalil with a caption that simply read “Done”.


Anti-GST rally as it unfolds

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The anti-GST rally is expected to begin at 2pm today.



The anti-GST rally set to take place today in the city will see participants converging in several checkpoints around Kuala Lumpur.

The checkpoints are the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), Sogo shopping mall, Masjid Negara, Dataran Maybank and Brickfields.

Participants will then move towards Dataran Merdeka where the rally is said to take place, however yesterday, PAS clarified they will not be utilizing the square on police orders.Meanwhile,

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) President Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, in a statement yesterday morning, called upon the public to gather at Dataran Merdeka to show solidarity against the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) amongst others.


A PAS member, Nazrul, 34, from Penang, who is in charge of security told The Rakyat Post he is responsible for the welfare and behaviour of the protesters.

“My main task is to ensure that none of the protestors act aggresively or out of control. I also have look out for any signs of agent provocateurs, as these people tend to be the ones who turn peaceful rallies into chaotic ones.”


At Masjid Negara, 20 buses from Penang were spotted, believed to have ferried protestors to the location.

Most of them are hanging around in the mosque compound, clad in red t-shirts.


An estimated 200 people have begun to gather in front of Sogo shopping mall along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Rally t-shirts are also being sold at the location.

Traffic in the area is still smooth flowing and enforcement officers are not spotted as yet.

Selangor to start water rationing tomorrow, says MB

February 24, 2014

Jusli Bin Ibrahim, 56, a villager from Kampung Sungai Katali fills containers with water from a hill source to meet his daily needs. Water reserves at the Sungai Selangor dam was at 53 per cent while the reserve at Klang Gates was at 56 per cent.— Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

Jusli Bin Ibrahim, 56, a villager from Kampung Sungai Katali fills containers with water from a hill source to meet his daily needs. Water reserves at the Sungai Selangor dam was at 53 per cent while the reserve at Klang Gates was at 56 per cent.— Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 — Amid dwindling water reserves, Selangor will begin rationing supply in parts of the state from tomorrow, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim announced today.


According to media reports, homes in the state will alternate between two days with supply and two days of dry taps.

“I have discussed about the role that must be done by local authorities in tackling the water problems in Selangor,” Abdul Khalid tweeted in Malay on his account @Khalid_Ibrahim here.

“The state government will implement water scheduling starting tomorrow, focusing on problematic areas.”

Abdul Khalid was quoted by English daily The Star as saying that static tanks and water tankers from water concessionaire Syabas will be sent to affected areas.

He also named Bukit Tampoi, Dengkil and Batu 11, Cheras as among the affected areas, with the full list of the areas involved in the exercise to be released in a statement later today.

The hot spell starting from January caused ammonia levels in raw water sources to rise, causing Syabas to shut down its plants in Batu 11 and Bukit Tampoi.

Both water treatment plants have remained closed since January 28, according to the Deputy Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid last week.

Several places in Selangor, including Balakong, Cheras and Pandan have gone without water for the past week.

Syabas had also confirmed last week that water reserves at the Sungai Selangor dam was at 53 per cent while the reserve at Klang Gates was at 56 per cent.

Mahdzir had also announced that cloud seeding exercise will be carried out in water catchment areas soon to prevent a water crisis in the Klang Valley.

Malaysia has experienced a hot spell since early January, with some areas charting temperatures close to 40°C.

However, the Meteorological Department has explained that the hot weather is common during January and February, and does not qualify as drought.

Haze and water shortages in parts of Klang Valley have also exacerbated the condition.

2013 SEA GAMES: Malaysia wins first gold from Wushu

By Devinder Singh

NAYPYIDAW: Diana Bong delivered Malaysia’s first gold medal of the 2013 Sea Games after winning the women’s nanquan event today.

The wushu exponent from Sarawak scored 9.70 points to edge Vietnam’s Bui Minh Phuong by 0.02. Malaysia’s Tai Cheau Xuen took bronze with 9.67.

Diana’s win is Malaysia’s 998th gold medal in the history of the Games.

Gold medalist Diana Bong Siong Lin at the Women’s Wushu Taolu Nanquan event of the 27th SEA Games 2013 held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. — Photo by Goh Thean Howe


Read more: 2013 SEA GAMES: Malaysia wins first gold from Wushu – Latest – New Straits Times

RELENTlessly Fighting Modern Day Slavery in Malaysia

17 Jan 2013 by Timothy Tai-

In my earlier interview with lead vocalist Neil Batiancila, he revealed that when RELENT isn’t out playing gigs or leading worship at church, they hold regular jobs at an organization called Change Your World (CYW). This time, I interviewed their drummer Cuzario David to find out more about their involvement in CYW and their fight against Modern Day Slavery.


CM: Why don’t you start by telling us what you guys do at Change Your World (CYW)?

Cuzario: Well, each one of us has a different role to play in the company. Daniel is the Creative Director, Jude’s the (music) Academy Manager, Neil’s the Social Media Executive and I’m the Communications Director. As a team our goal is to creatively create awareness and educate people about the atrocity of Modern Day Slavery (MDS).

CM: For those who are hearing about Modern Day Slavery (MDS) for the first time, can you explain what it is?

Cuzario: To be forced to do something against your will, exploited and treated like slaves; forced to work with little or no pay at all while your freedom and rights are taken away from you – those are hints of what MDS is really about.

CM: Is MDS the same thing as human trafficking?

Cuzario: In layman’s terms, you could say that MDS is the mother of the issues of which human trafficking is only one of those parked under it. Other examples of MDS include mail order brides (early/forced marriage), prostitution, sex trafficking, organ trafficking, baby trafficking, forced begging, child labor, slavery by descent, domestic workers and – not known to many – deep sea fishermen who were tricked of a job and would later be mistreated and murdered at the pleasure of their captors.

CM: Is MDS really a global crisis or is it something that only affects countries like Thailand and India?

Cuzario: Statistics tell us that it is the 2nd highest organized crime and “most profitable business” ever recorded in the world, losing only to the arms (weapons) business. Some experts believe that it is only a matter of time before MDS overtakes the latter to be on top of the list. That alone paints a picture of how serious this crisis is affecting countries around the globe.

CM: But MDS isn’t something that we really read a lot about in the local papers. How real is this problem here in Malaysia?

Cuzario: It really isn’t something new in this nation and just recently over the past few months or so, we have read some success stories in our local dailies. For that, I would like to applaud the government for stepping up their game in making sure that the scene doesn’t go out of hand.

Even so, whatever that was published for the public’s eyes are only success stories. There are definitely other serious cases that went unreported or have not been covered by the media so as not to reveal the truth and scare the public about the real situation locally. That is one of the reasons why news about it isn’t widespread, resulting in the public being unaware and clueless about MDS in Malaysia.

Just last year there were news about Indonesian and Burmese maids getting abused, some to the point of death; looking further back in time, cases of missing children, many still unresolved until today. Those are just some of the stories we know locally to remind us that we are not exempted and MDS does happen in our own backyards.

Shocking statistic!

CM: I can see now why CYW came about. So what does CYW do in the fight against MDS? Do you guys raid brothels at night and rescue women and children who have been forced into prostitution?

Cuzario: As much as we want to be, we weren’t born superheroes. No we don’t do all those. Our partner Tenaganita does all that – they are the experts.

Our role in CYW, as mentioned earlier, is to create awareness about MDS. One of the ways we do that besides running campaigns and tours is by hosting gigs we call School Gigs, Campus Gigs, Office Gigs as well as House Gigs. In each one of the gigs we do not only present updated facts and news about MDS but also entertain the crowd with live acoustic set music – and that is where our role as RELENT comes to play. The whole session is like a chillaxed infotainment show. You can find out more about the gigs on our website if you like.

Other than all that was mentioned, we also handle the after-care program called the Save One Life program where together with us, volunteers raise funds to support and meet the needs of the trafficked survivors.

Car Insurance Claim Void, Malaysia


In any case, when making a police report, you must ALWAYS report that the CAR WAS STOLEN without your knowledge. If you reported it as the car was driven away when it was left in the car wash, no insurance will pay you. You can only sue the company for negligence. Advice: Let the professional do the report!I have a car crashed and broke a lampost, and the towing agent told me to pay RM100 to let him and “theprofessional” do the standard report that can guarantee dapat the insurance claims! I got the claims and escape paying for the broken lampost! I was warned: If I were to report the actual reasons my way on how the car crashed, I won’t be able to get the insurance claims.

Note:Reasons such as tyre bursts, driver tidur, car skidded, heavy rain, car went out of control, road slippery, etc all these reasons will be rejected by insurance companies and you get zero claims. It must be reported as an accident not because of your fault, the car’s technical fault, road fault, weather’s fault but must put the blame on others as the cause of accident!

You can declare yourself as the cause of accident, can still get the insurance claim, but the Police will fine you first RM300 and you have to pay for the replacement of the damaged lampost!

A Lampost at Plus Highway will cost you RM4000 !

In an unrelated event:Loss of I.C.If you lose your IC and go to get a replacement at the Bahagain Pendaftaran, the fine is RM100 for a first offender.
If you lost your IC again, the fine will be doubled and so on. If you made the police report that your IC was pick-pocketed (somewhere, say Pasar Malam) the Bahagian Pendaftaran won’t fine you! You get the replacement for free within 24 hr! Just trying to out smart them.

Same thing if you parked your car under a tree and a branch fell off and damaged your car. If you report as a parked car – your claim will not be entertained.
You have to report that while you are driving your car, the branch fell and damaged your car.


Be careful, if you have the habit of sending your car for car wash or other similar places such as car jockey at car park, while in shopping complex etc..

Two weeks ago my nephew sent his Toyota Harrier for a car wash in the car park of Bangsar Shopping Complex while he had an appointment there. He handed the car keys to the car wash people and left the car park for his appointment.

After the appointment he went to collect his car, & the car wash people told him that his car had been collected. HOW COULD IT BE!?

After a prolonged argument without any results, he had no choice, but to make a police report… and follow up with an insurance claim.

The Insurance company rejected his claim because the car was not stolen. The point of contention was why he had handed over the car keys to someone unknown, and why he had not waited till the car washing was finished.
So, be careful next time. If you really need to send your car for a car wash, better stay there and wait for your car, if not, this may happen to you..

Please forward this message to all your friends to warn them.

” I am agent of MSIG, ZURICH and BERJAYA SOMPO confirm that if you hand over the keys of your car for someone to take care example :- Car Wash, Car Park and on your return if the Car is ‘taken’ away, Insurer WILL NOT PAY for the ‘Loss’.




Malaysian mother, 18, is jailed after ‘sadistic’ beating of her ten-month-old baby girl was captured by worried friend on

mobile phone

  • The clip was filmed in Petaling Jaya, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur in May 2011
  • Unmarried mother, 18, was sentenced to 18 months in jail for child abuse
  • Abused baby is now ‘doing well’ in foster care


First blow: The mother ,seen raising her hand before hitting the child is seen sitting on a bed, while the baby girl, is in the corner of the mattress, crying hysterically as she lays face downFirst blow: The mother, seen raising her hand before hitting the child, sits on a bed, while the baby girl is on the corner of the mattress, crying hysterically as she lies face down

Disturbing viewing: The woman hits the child over the head repeatedly with a cushion and at one point throws her mobile phone at the screaming babyDisturbing viewing: The woman hits the child over the head repeatedly with a cushion and at one point throws her mobile phone at the screaming baby

Thought to be filmed on a mobile phone, the mother, who is unmarried, is seen sitting on a bed, while the baby is on the corner of the mattress, crying hysterically as she lies face down.

The woman hits the child over the head repeatedly with a cushion and at one point throws her mobile phone at the screaming baby.

As the wailing intensifies the woman pinches her arms and thighs and kicks her – the helpless baby just lays on the mattress, unable to fend off the blows.

When the distraught baby lifts her head up, she flops forward again, dazed from being repeatedly hit on the head.

Abusive: At one point the mother grabs the baby's head and slams it back down onto the mattressAbusive: At one point the mother grabs the baby’s head and slams it back down onto the mattress

The baby looks for comfort
The baby looks for comfort

Looking for help: In a heartbreaking move, the baby still crawls over to her mother and tries to rest on her knee for comfort,  but she is promptly shoved so hard that she falls on to her back

At one point the mother roughly grabs the baby’s head, pinches her face and slams her back down onto the mattress as a young child, nibbling food, wanders into shot and watches the abuse.

In a heartbreaking move, the baby still crawls over to her mother and tries to rest on her knee for comfort, but she is promptly shoved so hard that she falls on to her back screaming out.

It is unclear what the woman is saying, but the voice of another woman, assumed to be the person recording the incident, can also be be heard in the video.

Harmful: As the mother repeatedly pinches the screaming baby, a young child, nibbling food, wanders into shot and watches the abuse Harmful: As the mother repeatedly pinches the screaming baby, a young child, nibbling food, wanders into shot and watches the abuse

According to Arjunaidi Mohamed, the chief of police in Petaling Jaya, the mother was 18-years-old when she inflicted the beating on her 10-month-old child in May last year, reported CNN.

He refused to disclose the mother’s name, but said she was convicted of child abuse and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

The baby was put into the care of a foster family after her mother’s arrest and is now doing ‘very well,’ said Fatimah Zuraidah Salleh, deputy director of the children division of the Social Welfare Department to CNN.

After watching the distributing video, many users felt compelled to voice their disgust in the comment section.

One user wrote ‘I literally cried after watching this video.. Cant even imagine beating up any kid like she did.’

‘How can those other people in the room just stand by and watch this happen? That poor little baby just wants to be picked up and all she can do it continually beat it,’ wrote another user.

The court will decide whether the mother, who is due to be released in late November, will be allowed to regain custody of the child.

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Police caution public on illegal anti-Lynas rally

Posted on May 8, 2013, Wednesday

KUANTAN: The Pahang police cautioned the public against attending the illegal anti-Lynas rally purportedly planned around the state today.

“So far we have not received an application for a permit to hold such a rally,” state police contingent headquarters management chief ACP Anuar Osman said here yesterday.

“Therefore we advise members of the public to stay away from the event due to safety and security reasons,” he added.

On a separate issue, he cautioned bloggers and individuals to refrain from repeating any statement alleging a power disruption at the Dewan Jubli Perak Sultan Ahmad Shah counting centre in Bentong during the polls last Sunday.

He said such a statement could cause confusion and tension among the people. — Bernama

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