Sabtu, 11 Februari 2012

Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

Sambutan Maulidur-Rasul Peringkat Hulu Langat: Adun Bangi Hantar Sepasukan Peserta

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 03:42 PM PST



Posted: 11 Feb 2012 12:22 AM PST

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Philosophy Politics Economics

National Feedlot Centre Chief Lying Through His Teeth?

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 04:56 PM PST

I am completely shocked to read that National Feedlot Centre (NFC) Chief Executive Officer Wan Shahinur Izmir making the claim that the NFC "had the right to use the RM250 million government loan as it deemed fit" as long as it repaid the interest.

"The issue of NFC managing its loan monies amounting to RM250 million is the company's responsibility to administer and utilise... NFC retains the prerogative to invest the funds in the best interests of the company," Izmir said.

The CEO of NFC, who is also the son of Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, responded as such to additional exposes that the NFC loan has been used to purchase 2 new luxury condominium units in Singapore worth RM17 million each under the name of Datuk Seri Mohamed Salleh Ismail, who is the chairman of NFC as well as Shahrizat's husband.  These purchases were on top of another luxury condominium in Singapore, 2 luxury units in Bangsar as well as a piece of land in Putrajaya.

However during our Public Accounts Committee meeting on the NFC scandal on 23 November 2012, the senior Ministry of Finance (MoF) official was very specific in saying that the loan cannot be used for purpose other than that specified, and there was definitely no provision for the loan to be used for property "investment".

The senior MoF officer even explained that the purpose for each drawdown must be clearly stated.  When further queried, the officer confirmed that the MoF who provided the RM250 million loan facility had never received an application to purchase propety.

Therefore if the senior MoF official was telling the truth when testifying with the PAC, then Wan Shahinur Izmir must be lying through his teeth to defend the indefensible.

During the meeting, the PAC has specifically requested for documents relating to the NFC scandal be presented to the committee for review and verification.  These documents included the loan agreement, the schedule, terms and conditions of loan drawdown by MoF, financial reports of the NFC as well as other relevant documents.

It was decided during the meeting that the next meeting shall be held at the soonest possible time in January to ensure that the PAC is able to get to the bottom of the scandal.

It is unfortunate that no meeting has yet been called by the PAC chairman to date on this matter, as well as on another matter - the 1MDB projects - to date.  We hope that the matters will not be delayed further as the rakyat deserves to know the truth, and nothing but the truth as soon as possible especially on these projects which have scandalised the nation.

Request to Meet Transport Minister over RM3.9b KLIA2 Scandal

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 11:48 PM PST

The cost of the new "low cost terminal" KLIA2 had increased drastically from the originally estimated RM1.7 billion in 2007 to RM3.9 billion last year.  The underlying reason was the shift of the airport from the originally proposed northern site (KLIA North) to the current western site (KLIA West) which is under construction. The shift of the site has caused the cost of construction to bloat because KLIA West was already identified as unsuitable for the construction of an airport due to it being a peat swamp.  This is increased the cost by at least RM1.2 billion.

In addition, the shift to KLIA West has resulted in the need for a 3rd runway costing RM270 million as well as a 2nd control tower costing an estimated RM300 million, which would not have been required had the new low-cost terminal be built in KLIA North.
However despite knowing full well that the KLIA West is unsuitable for airport construction and will incur substantially higher cost, MAHB has intentionally chosen not to disclose this crucial information to the relevant Government officials involved.

The Transport Minister, Dato' Seri Kong Cho Ha has only since responded a month ago that I was "deliberately politicising" the issue and that he doesn't "have much to answer because the decision was not made by Ministry of Transport".

I will now be writing formally to the Minister to seek an appointment to receive clarification from him over the issue.  As the Minister-in-charge of airports in the country, and with the Ministry's Secretary-General Dato' Long See Wool sitting on the Board of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, the Minister cannot disclaim responsibility over the fiasco which involved tax-payers' monies.

Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of MAHB had on 29th November 2011 had the cheek to deny that public funds will be used to fund the drastic increase in cost of KLIA2, the new "low-cost" airport.

The cost of the airport first announced in July 2007 by the Transport Minister then Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat was RM1.7 billion.  The airport was also supposed to be completed by September 2011 but has since been delayed several times to the now April 2013 deadline.

Despite Tan Sri Bashir's denial that public funds will not be used, MAHB has announced to Bursa Malaysia on 30th January that it will raise approximately RM598 million from a proposed share placement exercise.  The action by MAHB to raise additional funds from the market proves that public financial interest has been compromised as a result of the RM2.2 billion increase in cost of KLIA2.

Existing major shareholders of MAHB which act indirectly as trustees to Government and public funds are forced to dilute their shareholding by 10% as a result of the exercise.  In addition, MAHB has announced that "assuming that the net earnings of the MAHB Group for the financial year ended 31 December 2011 remains unchanged, the earnings per share (EPS) of the MAHB Group will be reduced proportionately with the increase in the number of MAHB shares".

The above proposed issuance of new shares to raise funds, is on top of RM3.1 billion in debt MAHB has raised in 2010, of which RM2.5 billion has already been drawn down for the purposes of financing the new KLIA2.

The Minister of Defence, Dato' Seri Zahid Hamidi had cordially invited Pakatan Rakyat Members of Parliament to seek clarification from him over the defence procurement controversies such as the RM9 billion Second Generation Patrol Vessels (SGPVs) and the RM7.55 billion Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs).  The Minister of Health, Dato' Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who is also Dato' Seri Kong's party colleague had also welcomed us to the Ministry of Health over Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) health infringements.

Our request for a meeting will be faxed today to his office and I am certainly that Dato' Seri Kong Cho Ha will have nothing to hide and similarly welcome us to the Ministry to provide all the necessary clarifications of the drastic overspend by MAHB on KLIA2 to the tune of RM2.2 billion.

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 11:33 PM PST

EPF housing loan 'comes with 2.67 times guarantee'
S Pathmawathy | 1:31PM Feb 8, 2012

Although not all their questions have been answered, Pakatan Rakyat MPs are somewhat comforted by the Employees Provident Fund's (EPF) clarification on the RM1.5 billion home-loan plan.

"It will not be loaned directly to house buyers... it's given to the government and backed by a surety 2.67 times the value of the total loan amount given by EPF," Petaling Jaya DAP MP Tony Pua said today.

"We were also made to understand that it's not up to RM1.5 billion as announced by Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing minister... for the time being EPF is only lending RM300 million."

In their memorandum, however, the Pakatan MPs urged EPF's directors and investors to reject the loan scheme.

"EPF's purpose is to prepare retirement interest for their members... therefore Pakatan Rakyat is of the opinion that it is wrong, cruel and immoral to gamble and expose hard-earned savings to such risk to parties with weak credit levels," they said in the memorandum.

The minister, Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, had said last week that the money would be used as an "easy financing scheme" for 20,000 eligible Public Housing Project (PPR) tenants and potential buyers who cannot obtain bank loans.

According to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, the scheme is designed to help the lower-income group who have failed to obtain housing loans from financial institutions.

Pakatan, then accused the government of encouraging "sub-prime" lending.

Pua, together with parliamentarians Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR-Lembah Pantai) and Dzulkefly Ahmad (PAS-Kuala Selangor) submitted a memorandum listing out their qualms to EPF's deputy chief executive officer of investments Shahril Ridza Ridzuan, who briefed the MPs on the proposed loan scheme.
According to Nurul Izzah, EPF will monitor how well the plan is meted out before channelling the rest of the fund in trenches.

Dipping into retirement funds

"We have the assurance from EPF that they will impose strict terms and conditions to ensure the funds of contributors will be protected and defended," Pua told reporters after the 45-minute meeting at the EPF headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

On top of the surety, EPF funds will also be managed and distributed by a financial institution and not the Federal Territories Foundation, he said.

"So that the work will be transparent, loans will not by given to those who don't qualify and (there is) disciplined collection."

However, Pua posed a question to Raja Nong Chik asking for the rationale on dipping into retirement funds entrusted to EPF when commercial banks can also impose stringent terms before giving out loans.

"Why can't commercial banks also set similar regulations and directly disperse loans to house buyers just like for a regular housing scheme," he quizzed.

The opposition MPs have been staunch opponents of the move saying that EPF's role was to ensure the financial security of the retirement funds of its contributors.

Both Pua and Nurul Izzah suggested turning to Bank Rakyat and Malaysia Building Society Bhd for the purpose instead.

Nurul Izzah also demanded to know why, when the proposal was mooted in 2010 Raja Nong Chick had announced that the government had identified nine banks which would be dispersing loans to house buyers who qualify.

"We will continue to monitor the situation, our main concern is how the funds are used.

"With asymmetric information how are we to know for sure that the people's money with not be wasted?" she added.

Stressing that the institution should not be exposed to risks, Dzulkefly reminded the government that the EPF "is not in the business of doing micro-credit lending or retail lending to individuals".

"We would like to assert that we are always in support of those who need to buy houses but not in this manner... but with the explanation today, we have been vindicated and consoled," he said.

Pakatan Memorandum to EPF on Low-Cost Housing Loan

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 11:42 PM PST


On behalf of Members of Parliament from Pakatan Rakyat, we hereby submit a memorandum calling upon the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) Board of Directors as well as its Investment Panel to review and reject the proposed plan to extend RM1.5 billion in high-risk loans for low-cost housing purchasers in Kuala Lumpur.

  1. We fully support measures by the Government to assist the poor to own their own properties and remain cognizant of past efforts that have been undertaken by the government without drawing on workers' retirement savings.
  2. We are extremely concerned that Employee Representatives and members of the EPF Board have denied knowledge of the special loan scheme. Former EPF board member, Sabah Commercial Employees Union (SCEU) general secretary Rebecca Chin who only recently retired a week ago, and current Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) President Mohd Khalid Atan have confirmed that they were unaware of the special loan scheme and no endorsement was made by the Board.  This gives rise to the suspicion that the Federal Government has imposed the obligation upon EPF without due process.
  3. MTUC Secretary-General, Abdul Halim Mansor has also publicly objected to the plan by EPF to extend RM1.5 billion in loans to low-cost housing purchasers who fail to secure financing from commercial banks.
  4. Depending on the structure of the loan scheme, it may be in breach of the EPF Act 1991 as there are no provisions for EPF to extend loans to individuals with low-cost housing units as collateral.  We call upon the Board to make available the details of this special loan scheme to provide the assurance that it is in compliance with the Act.
  5. We are also seeking confirmation on the statement by the Minister of Federal Territories and Urban Well-Being that several banks and financial institutions were approached and that only EPF 'stepped forward'. The names of these banks and their rationale for declining to participate must be disclosed to justify the EPF's purported willingness to "step forward".
  6. Most importantly, the EPF must not be turned into a "lender of last resort" by any party, including the Federal Government for its social welfare programmes.  The scheme will set a bad precedent for the fund being abused politically to win votes in the future.
  7. While the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak has tried to play down the scheme by claiming that the RM1.5 billion loan is only a fraction of EPF fund size, such infraction could well be expanded for other purposes and extended to other states in the country thus over-stretching the risks that the EPF is forced to take without reasonable returns to tally.

The EPF "aims to provide financial security for its members' retirement purposes. The fund is committed to preserving and growing the savings of its members in a prudent manner in accordance with best practices in investments and corporate conduct."  Hence, it is Pakatan Rakyat's view that it is wrong, wicked and immoral to exploit and risk the workers' hard-earned monies and savings in a special home financing scheme for those with weak credit ratings.

The EPF Board of Directors and its Investment Panel must exercise their powers in the interest of the contributors, above any other parties with vested interests, including the Federal Government.  It is for the Federal Government to assume the responsibility of social welfare by providing a roof over the head of all Malaysians, and not the responsibility of the EPF.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

MP Lembah Pantai

MP Petaling Jaya Utara

MP Kuala Selangor

Lim Guan Eng

Lim Guan Eng

The Debate With Chua Soi Lek Is On The Topic “Is the 2-Party System Becoming a 2-Race System” Should See A Contest of Ideas, Ideals And Policies That Benefits Democracy And Also All Malaysians Not Just Chinese Alone.(en/bm/cn)

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 08:40 PM PST

Press Statement by Penang Chief Minister And DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 11.2.2012

The Debate With Chua Soi Lek Is On The Topic "Is the 2-Party System Becoming a 2-Race System" Should See A Contest of Ideas, Ideals And Policies That Benefits Democracy And Also All Malaysians Not Just Chinese Alone.

The debate with MCA President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek organised by MCA's Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Research(INSAP) and Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute(ASLI) is not on topic of "The Malaysian Chinese In The Coming General Elections – Quo Vadis?" but on the topic "Is the 2-Party System Becoming a 2-Race System".

The topic of the debate "Is the 2-Party System Becoming a 2-Race System" was suggested by the organisers through a letter by ASLI's CEO Datuk Dr Michael Yeoh on 3 February 2012. I had accepted this topic as this is in line with DAP's and the Penang state government's commitment to fight for the rights of all Malaysians just as MCA believes in fighting for only one community. It is wrong for Chua to change the topic on the merits and demerits of a 2-party system or whether it is becoming a 2-race system to one of "Malaysian Chinese-Quo Vadis?".

MCA is organising the conference on "Malaysian Chinese at Political Crossroads" to be officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, and several other topics will be explored by various speakers. The organisers had agreed that Chua will I be debating in Mandarin at Berjaya Times Square Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on 5-6pm 18 February 2012 carried live by Astro AEC television station.

I wish to stress that I am willing to debate in English or Bahasa Malaysia at another slot similar to my debate in 1991 with Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat where two debates were held, one in Mandarin and the other in English. I have appointed my Political Secretary and Komtar ADUN YB Ng Weik Aik to finalise debate arrangements and details with MCA as well as DAPSY National Chair Rasah MP YB Anthony Loke to handle the logistics of the debate.

The debate with Chua Soi Lek is on the topic "Is the 2-Party System Becoming a 2-Race System" should see a contest of ideas, ideals and policies that benefits democracy and also all Malaysians not just Chinese alone. DAP offers the ideas, ideals and policies implemented in Penang that can be translated nationally of fostering a sense of belonging, a sense of togetherness and a sense of ownership amongst all Malaysians. Only when when there is respect of political rights, socio-economic justice and respect for each other's human dignity are we Malaysians regardless whether we are Malay, Chinese, Indian, orang Asli, Iban or Kadazan.

Lim Guan Eng

—- BM Translation—-

Kenyataan Ahbar oleh Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang dan Setiausaha Agung DAP Lim Guan Eng di Kuala Lumpur pada 11.2.2012

Debat Bersama Chua Soi Lek Atas Topik “Adakah Sistem Dwiparti Akan Menjadi Sistem Dua Kaum?” Harus Berteraskan Persaingan Antara Idea, Ideal Dan Dasar-Dasar Yang Memanfaatkan Demokrasi Dan Semua Rakyat Malaysia, Bukan Hanya Kaum Cina.

Debat dengan Presiden MCA Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek yang dianjurkan oleh kumpulan pemikir MCA Institute of Strategic Analysis & Policy Research (INSAP) dan Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) bukanlah atas topik “Kaum Cina Dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Akan Datang – Quo Vadis?” tetapi atas topik “Adakah Sistem Dwiparti Akan Menjadi Sistem Dua Kaum?”

Topik debat iaitu “Adakah Sistem Dwiparti Akan Menjadi Sistem Dua Kaum?” telah dicadangkan oleh pihak penganjur melalui surat daripada CEO ASLI Datuk Dr Michael Yeoh pada 3 Februari 2012. Saya telah menerima topik ini kerana ia selaras dengan komitmen DAP dan juga Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang untuk memperjuangkan hak semua rakyat Malaysia, sedangkan MCA hanya memperjuangkan satu komuniti. Justeru, tindakan Chua untuk menukar topik yang memperihalkan pro dan kontra sistem dwiparti dan juga sama ada ia akan menjadi sistem dua kaum kepada topik yang mempersoalkan masa depan kaum Cina dalam topik “Kaum Cina di Malaysia – Quo Vadis?” adalah salah.

MCA akan menganjurkan persidangan “Kaum Cina Di Persimpangan” yang akan dirasmikan oleh Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, di mana beberapa topik lain akan dibicarakan oleh pelbagai penceramah. Pihak penganjur telah bersetuju bahawa saya akan berdebat dengan Chua dalam Bahasa Mandarin di Hotel Berjaya Times Square di Kuala Lumpur pada pukul 5-6 petang 18 Februari 2012 yang akan disiarkan secara langsung oleh stesen televisyen Astro AEC.

Saya ingin menegaskan bahawa saya sanggup berdebat dalam Bahasa Melayu atau Inggeris dalam pentas yang serupa dengan debat saya pada tahun 1991 dengan Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat di mana 2 sesi telah diadakan, satu dalam Bahasa Mandarin dan satu dalam Bahasa Inggeris. Saya sudah pun melantik Setiausaha Politik saya dan ADUN Komtar YB Ng Wei Aik untuk membuat penyelarasan dengan MCA serta Ketua DAPSY dan Ahli Parlimen Rasah YB Anthony Loke untuk mengendalikan logistik.

Debat saya bersama Chua Soi Lek atas topik “Adakah Sistem Dwiparti Akan Menjadi Sistem Dua Kaum?” harus berteraskan persaingan antara idea, ideal dan dasar-dasar yang memanfaatkan demokrasi dan semua rakyat Malaysia, dan bukan hanya kaum Cina. DAP menawarkan idea, ideal dan dasar-dasar yang dilaksanakan di Pulau Pinang sebagai contoh yang boleh diteladani untuk memupuk rasa kekitaan, kesetiakawanan dan rasa pemilikan di kalangan rakyat Malaysia. Hanya dengan menghormati hak politik, keadilan sosio-ekonomi dan martabat insan boleh kita benar-benar menjadi rakyat Malaysia yang tulen tanpa mengira latar belakang sama ada Melayu, Cina, India, Orang Asli, Iban atau Kadazan.


—– Mandarin Translation—


我与蔡细历辩论的辩题是"两线制会不会变成两种族制?" ,我们应该在辩论中交换能为民主制度及全国人民(不只是华人)带来好处的心得、理念及政策。



马华正主办一场名为 "来届全国大选:华人政治分水岭"的政治研讨会,首相拿督斯里纳吉将主持开幕,其它主讲人将主讲其它课题。主办当局也已经同意,我和蔡细历将于2012年2月18日,5时-6时,假吉隆坡时代广场酒店,进行一场华语辩论,由Astro AEC现场直播。

我要强调,我愿意分别在另一个环节以英语或马来语辩论,正如我在1991年与拿督斯里翁诗杰进行的两场辩论那样,分别以华语、英语进行 。我已经指示我的政治秘书兼光大区州议员黄伟益与马华敲定辩论细节,而民主行动党社青团团长兼拉沙区国会议员陆兆福将负责辩论的后勤工作。

我与蔡细历辩论的辩题是"两线制会不会变成两种族制?" ,我们应该在辩论中交换能为民主制度及全国人民(不只是华人而已)带来好处的心得、理念及政策。行动党在槟州推行的建议、理念与政策,也可以在全国实施,促进各族人民间的归属感、凝聚力及拥有感。唯有我们能够不分种族,无论是马来人、华人、印度人、原住民、伊班人或卡达山人,互相尊重彼此的政治权利、社会经济正义、尊重彼此的尊严时,我们才是真正的马来西亚人。


Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud

Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud

Peristiwa Jalan Kebun berulang di Kpg Idaman

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 07:34 AM PST

Ini lah keadaan di Dewan Kampung Idaman Pelabuhan Klang sebentar tadi.

Anda lihatlah sendiri gangguan dan kekacauan yang dilakukan oleh pihak-pihak tertentu ini

Comments for Wee Choo Keong

Comments for Wee Choo Keong

Comment on Now Everyone in AirAsia can join MAS by Nik

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 05:45 AM PST

hanan bt abdullah

I cannot agree with you more. AJ is becoming a joker. He has reduced himself to be a “budak suruhan” of the Pariah.

Comment on Now Everyone in AirAsia can join MAS by Keneth of MAS

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 05:42 AM PST

Aj & Rashdan are dancing to the tune of the Pariah. There is no else in MAS or in Malaysia to be the CFO of MAS except from that Pariah airlines, where safety never a priority. AJ better change MAS to be subsidiary of AirAsia.

These two fools in MAS tak malu. They had to recruit people from AirAsia. YB you are right. MAS under Aj and the crony Rahsdan made MAS “MARUAH HILANG”.

Comment on Now Everyone in AirAsia can join MAS by Ramli Khazanah

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 05:35 AM PST

To solve any problems in MAS, we must get rid of tan Sri Azman and his crony, Rashdan. These are the Bina tak Fikir idiots that are causing all the problems in GLCs.

Comment on Now Everyone in AirAsia can join MAS by Hantu Siber

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 03:13 AM PST

i pity MAS staff. my sympathy to them.

Comment on Now Everyone in AirAsia can join MAS by hanana bt abdulla

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 02:25 AM PST


the sampah-minded mat kelate is at his

‘creative best’ supporting a half past six

semi-pro accounting executive to the cfo post.

This is ultimate stupidity.

There must be some crediblity when the cfo

signs the company report , he must be seen to be


The paper professional accountant is a standard

which a big company like mas must be seen to

operate with. The operative word is integrity.

Yeah, this appointed mat can do all the accounting work.

It reminded me the story of a government workshop in

the 1970′s where all the cost accounting work was

undertaken by a senior experience finance clerk.

This goes to show if a mere graduate from oxfart

like mat kelate can be a member of top management

he appoint a sun accountant as cfo -as if malaysia is

short of accountant

as a parting shot , one must always take the job and

duties of a professional accountant with a bit of salt

as seen in the outsatanding fiasco-

> proton headed by an accountant azlan hashim

sold the proton subsidiary mv agusta to a small jalan

ipoh chingkie outfit for 1 euro, And the company

later recovered almost rm 1 billion from the

sale of mv agusta to BMW and Indian motor Cycle [USA]

So much for the application of professional accountant, eh

So what has happened, since Dolah had denigrate the

image of malaysian professional to a pariah, it does not matter who

is the cfo of mas. Hooray 1- malaysia sundalised to

1 -malaysia pariah


Comment on Now Everyone in AirAsia can join MAS by kamarudin of Khazanah

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 01:57 AM PST


Why don’t we change the blood in Khazanah which is is contaminated under Azman Mokhtar. Azman is good in appointing consultant to do his job for him. Remember what Azman said about AirAsia X: It is a dogy deal. But Khazanah still proceed with the dirty deal. He is a dodgy man.

Comment on Now Everyone in AirAsia can join MAS by Kamarul

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 01:53 AM PST

All the problems in MAS are started from Khazanah under Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar. He is the main culprit. Now he put his crony Rashdan in MAS to destroy it faster.

Comment on Now Everyone in AirAsia can join MAS by Along

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 01:36 AM PST

Banyak betut.

MAS memang banyak deadwood dan sikalang zombies, he, he, he.

Padan muka.

Comment on Now Everyone in AirAsia can join MAS by zari

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 01:30 AM PST

This what we call “changing blood”. This is also happening in banking sector.
Normally it’ll affect top management positions only. Lower rank staff tak perlu bimbang.

Comment on Now Everyone in AirAsia can join MAS by jala

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 12:02 AM PST

YB, why is the MYCC is dragging its get in its investigation into the MAS-AirAsia share suap and the CCF? Please put a question into Parliament and ask for an explanation. Don’t let these two idiots AJ and Rahsdan sleep well. They must be punished for what they have been doing.

Direct Free Kick



Belanja Sharizat Lebih Daripada Belanja 523 Sekolah Tamil

Posted: 11 Feb 2012 08:45 AM PST

Lim Kit Siang

Lim Kit Siang

Malaysian health reforms socio-economics: Part 5

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 09:47 PM PST

— David KL Quek The Malaysian Insider Feb 11, 2012 FEB 11 — Why the need for Health Reform now? This is the question that has been posed by many people. What indeed are the key reasons for the government to embark on such a radical transformation of our health system? There is no easy [...]

36 Hours: Penang, Malaysia

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 07:17 PM PST

By ROBYN ECKHARDT Published: February 9, 2012 The New York Times A fishing boat near Telok Pahang. More Photos » PENANG is on a roll. Thanks to an influx of private and public investment and creative energy — precipitated in part by Unesco's 2008 listing of Penang's capital city, George Town, as a World Heritage [...]

Is Khazanah Nasional a bumi fund?

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 06:22 PM PST

— Spencer Gan The Malaysian Insider Feb 11, 2012 FEB 11 — Dear Mr Prime Minister, I need clarification. Two days ago, you announced that PNB and Khazanah Nasional will be divesting some of its businesses to bumiputera firms. There was also the usual talk of open tenders and how qualified bumi firms will be [...]

Even after Anwar’s acquittal, politics will likely stay dirty

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 05:57 AM PST

— Bridget Welsh The Malaysian Insider Feb 10, 2012 FEB 10 — Malaysia recently hit the headlines after opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted of sodomy charges, although the prosecution has already filed an appeal. The case is entirely political and reflects the government's willingness to use the judiciary for political ends. Malaysia is set [...]

Malaysia’s prime minister loses most from Anwar trial

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 05:42 AM PST

— by Barry Wain The Malaysian Insider Feb 10, 2012 FEB 10 — Malaysians expressed a collective sigh of relief when Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted of sodomy charges in early January. Their groan of dismay over the prosecution's subsequent decision to appeal was equally palpable. For most Malaysians, despite being divided in their [...]



Nasrudin: Anak muda Islam boleh rai Hari Kekasih jika...

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 07:36 PM PST

Nasrudin: Anak muda Islam boleh rai Hari Kekasih jika...

Nasrudin: Anak muda Islam boleh rai Hari Kekasih jika...
Anak muda Muslim dan Muslimah boleh meraikan kekasih hati terutama mereka yang telah berada diambang perkahwinan, sama ada sempena Hari Kekasih ataupun pada hari lebaran yang lain, selama mana mereka memelihara adab dan akhlak Islam, kata Ketua Dewan Pemuda PAS Pusat, Nasrudin Hassan.

nasrudin hassan tantawi pas youth leader interview 160609 03Menulis tulisannya di Harakahdaily dan turut dimuat dalam blognya, beliau berkata antara adab dan akhlak Islam tersebut ialah:

a] Pastikan tidak berdua-duaan, sebaliknya ditemani mahram;

b] Tidak mendedahkan aurat apatah lagi berpakaian seksi; dan

c] Tidak melakukan perbuatan yang dilarang agama

"Mereka mungkin perlu bertemu pada saat-saat tertentu dengan memelihara adab dan akhlak yang telah saya nyatakan tadi, bagi mereka saling mengenali dan menyelami isi hati mereka sebagaimana mereka perlu membincangkan rancangan masa depan dan persiapan mereka menghadapi gerbang perkahwinan," katanya.

Namun, tegas Nasrudin, anak muda Muslim perlu mengelakkan budaya asing dan syiar agama lain dibawa masuk mewarnai corak dan gaya kehidupan mereka.

"Lantaran Islam sudah lengkap dengan tatacara dan gaya hidup yang indah dan mendamaikan.

"Islam tidak pernah menghalang kemahuan dan keperluan manusia tetapi Islam memurnikan kemahuan dan mengurus keperluan mereka agar tidak terhindar dari redha Allah swt Tuhan yang mencipta mereka," tambahnya.

Menurutnya lagi, meraikan kekasih hati tidak terhad kepada anak muda yang belum berumahtangga, bahkan terlebih wajar ianya diraikan oleh pasangan yang sudah berumahtangga, sama ada yang baru dibina ataupun yang sudah lama.

"Keraian tersebut boleh menyuburkan rasa kasih dan cinta yang sekian lama bersemi. Hubungan suami isteri bertambah intim dan keluarga kian erat.

"Terutama seorang pejuang, terlebih aula ia memiliki rumahtangga yang mendamaikan agar aksi di medan juang lebih berkesan," katanya.

Nasrudin mengesyorkan, sempena hari kekasih ataupun apa jua nama hari lebaran yang membawa maksud serupa, diraikan dengan hadiah dan ziarah.

"Jika melibatkan pasangan yang belum diijab kabul, pastikan tiga adab dan akhlak yang telah saya tegaskan tadi laksanakan.

"Tidak susahkan? Hanya perlu ditemani mahram seperti adik beradik ataupun ibubapa serta berpakaian menutup aurat.

"Ianya untuk keselamatan anda juga. Ingat, kita hidup di zaman yang sangat terdedah kepada kemungkinan maruah kita dicalar dan diragut dengan begitu mudah dan rakus jika kita tidak mengambil langkah berhati-hati.

"Saya ucapkan selamat meraikan kekasih hati anda dengan akhlak Islami. Semoga rumahtangga anda, sama ada yang bakal dibina atau yang telah lama dibina, akan senantiasa dirahmati dan diberkati Allah swt.

Mengulas lanjut, Nasrudin berkata, memadu kasih antara dua insan lelaki dan perempuan adalah antara nikmat anugerah Allah swt kepada ummat manusia.

"Malah kasih dan cinta yang berputik lalu berbunga dan berbuah inilah menjadikan bumi ini meriah dengan penghuninya. Namun Islam tidak menetapkan hari-hari tertentu untuk meraikannya.

"Adam dan Hawa pernah memadu kasih. Sunnah mereka berdualah menjadi fitrah ummah yang tidak mungkin boleh dipadam.

"Lantas Islam dibawa datang dari tuhan yang sama dengan tuhan yang telah mencipta manusia lalu menyatukannya dengan kasih dan cinta, malah tuhan yang sama jua telah menyusun kehidupan ini dengan penuh sistematik agar cinta tidak bernoda dan kasih tidak menjadi tragedi.

"Islam mensyariatkan institusi perkahwinan untuk meluruskan kasih dan cinta. Justeru itu, Islam mengizinkan lelaki dan perempuan saling membina perasaan, memupuk rasa kasih serta memekarkan bunga cinta antara mereka selama mana mereka tidak membiarkan syaithan dan iblis menjadi perantara yang menjerumuskan hubungan mereka ke lembah maksiat dan mungkar," jelasnya.


Inilah Manifestasi Cinta

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 02:32 PM PST

/ February 9, 2012

INILAH MANIFESTASI CINTA Prof Madya Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin (sertai facebook dan twitter realDrMAZA)

Cinta adalah salah satu perkara ajaib dalam hidup. Setiap yang mempunyai roh khususnya insan dahagakan cinta. Manusia hidup dengan cinta. Hidup membela cinta. Bahagia kerana cinta. Derita kerana cinta. Bahkan sanggup mati kerana cinta. Segala perjuangan atau episod hidup yang diselit unsur cinta mempunyai rasa dan warna yang tersendiri.

Derita kerana cinta ada kelazatannya yang luar biasa. Sakit kerana cinta ada rasa yang berbeza. Gembira meraikan cinta tidak sama dengan gembira biasa. Korban cinta, indah pada cerita dan rasa. Manifestasi itu muncul dalam kehidupan dan memberikan nilai dan rencah yang pelbagai rupa, warna dan rasa.

Sesiapa yang memusuhi dan memungkiri cinta dia merupakan pemilik jiwa kontang yang kering dari nilai insani yang sejati. Cinta itu fitrah. Ia satu keperluan. Bahkan mungkin suatu kewajipan ataupun rukun dalam menikmati kebahagiaan hidup dunia dan akhirat.

Cinta mampu merubah segala yang ada dalam jiwa seorang insan. Telinga, mata dan segala anggota kadang-kala terpaksa tunduk kepada falsafah cinta. Tunduk kepada nilaian cinta. Pahit boleh menjadi manis. Manis boleh menjadi pahit. Indah boleh menjadi buruk. Usang boleh menjadi baru. Hodoh boleh menjadi cantik. Berat boleh menjadi ringan. Susah boleh menjadi senang. Segalanya terbalik dan berubah penilaian dan rasa hanya kerana cinta.

Ini mengingatkan kita kepada rangkap puisi yang disandarkan kepada al-Imam al-Syafi'e (meninggal 204H) :

Telah gering sang kekasih, maka daku menziarahinya daku juga turut gering kerana risaukannya datangnya sang kekasih menziarahiku maka daku pun sembuh kerana melihatnya (lihat: Ibn Muflih, al-Adab al-Shar'iyyah, 2/296).

Manifestasi Cinta

Demikian manifestasi cinta itu boeh menjelma dalam pelbagai rupa. Banyak tindakan yang luarbiasa boleh terhasil dari cinta. Sehingga kadang-kala tidaklah dapat difahami oleh akal yang memikirnya tanpa melihat dari jendela kasih.

Saya merenung riwayat Abu Ya'la yang dinilai sahih oleh al-Hafizd Ibn Hajar al-'Asqalani dalam al-Isabah daripada Anas bin Malik r.a yang menceritakan tentang hari Abu Quhafah, iaitu bapa Saidina Abu Bakar al-Siddiq menganut Islam. Pengislaman beliau agak lewat. Abu Bakar r.a memang begitu mengharapkan bapanya itu menerima Islam.

Menariknya, pada hari Abu Quhafah menghulurkan tangannya kepada Nabi s.a.w untuk menganut Islam, Abu Bakar menangis. Nabi s.a.w bertanya: "Apakah yang membuatkan engkau menangis wahai Abu Bakar?". Jawabnya: "Seandainya tangan bapa saudaramu (Abu Talib) berada di tempat bapaku sekarang, lalu dia (Abu Talib) menganut Islam sehingga engkau gembira lebih aku suka dari bapaku sendiri menganut Islam".

Demikian halusnya perasaan Abu Bakar, kegembiraan bapanya menganut Islam itu tenggelam apabila mengenang Nabi s.a.w tidak memperolehi kegembiraan yang sama disebabkan bapa saudara kesayangan baginda (Abu Talib) tidak menganut Islam. Abu Bakar membayangkan alangkah baik jika Abu Talib yang berada di tempat bapanya ketika itu. Itulah cinta. Itulah berkorban apa sahaja. Tiada rasa gembira jika kekasih berduka. Tiada rasa gembira jika kekasih tidak kongsi bersama.

Kehidupan Abu Bakar; tindakan dan pergerakannya adalah manifestasi cinta yang sangat dalam dalam terhadap seorang rasul. Dia telah memenuhi makna sabda Nabi s.a.w:

"Demi (Tuhan) yang diriku berada dalam tangannya, tidak beriman seseorang kamu sehingga aku lebih dikasihinya dari dirinya, bapanya dan anaknya" (Riwayat al-Bukhari).

Justeru itu, fahamlah kita makna kemanisan bercinta kerana Allah dan RasulNYA. Cinta seperti itu telah mencetuskan pelbagai keajaiban dan kehairanan manusia biasa sepanjang sejarah kemanusiaan. Sanggup berkorban dan terkorban sebagai manifestasi cinta.

Para sahabah sanggup meninggalkan keluarga dan sahabah handai. Sanggup kehilangan harta dan nyawa. Semuanya kerana cinta. Pada mata manusia mereka menderita. Di lubuk jiwa, mereka sedang tenggelam dalam satu kemanisan yang sukar hendak digambarkan dalam tulisan dan perkataan. Kemanisan iman! Inilah yang disebut oleh Nabi s.a.w:

"Tiga perkara sesiapa yang ada padanya maka dia mendapati kemanisan iman. (pertama) Hendaklah Allah dan rasulNya lebih dicintai mengatasi selain keduanya. (kedua) Hendaklah dia mencintai seseorang, tidak dia cintainya kecuali kerana Allah. (ketiga) Hendaklah dia benci untuk kembali kepada kekufuran sepertimana dia benci untuk dicampakkan ke dalam neraka" (Riwayat al-Bukhari dan Muslim).

Cinta Menafikan Cinta

Cinta juga menafikan cinta. Jika kita benar-benar sayang kepada seseorang, sudah pasti kita tidak akan menyayangi orang yang membenci kekasih kita tanpa sebab yang benar. Sudah pasti kita dapat menerima orang memusuhi kekasih kita tanpa suatu alasan yang boleh dimaafkan. Bagaimana boleh berhimpun dua kekasih yang bermusuhan dalam satu perasaan, melainkan kadar cinta kita itu tidak memenuhi ruang. Di sinilah yang al-Quran tegaskan bahawa tidak mungkin seseorang yang mencintai Allah dan RasulNYA, tetapi dalam masa yang sama menyayangi mereka yang memerangi Allah dan RasulNYA.

Firman Allah: (maksudnya)

"Engkau tidak akan dapati sesuatu kaum yang beriman kepada Allah dan hari akhirat, tergamak berkasih-mesra dengan orang-orang yang menentang (perintah) Allah dan RasulNya, sekalipun orang-orang yang menentang itu ialah bapa-bapa mereka, atau anak-anak mereka, atau saudara-saudara mereka, ataupun keluarga mereka. Mereka itu (yang setia) itu, Allah telah menetapkan iman dalam jantung hati mereka, dan telah menguatkan mereka dengan semangat pertolongan daripadanya; dan Dia akan memasukkan mereka ke dalam syurga yang mengalir di bawahnya beberapa sungai, mereka tetap kekal di dalamnya. Allah redha kepada mereka dan mereka redha kepadaNYA. Merekalah hizbulLah (golongan Allah). Ketahuilah! Sesungguhnya golongan Allah itulah orang-orang yang berjaya". (Surah al-Mujadilah: 22).

Islam tidak menyuruh kita memerangi bukan muslim tanpa sebab yang diiktiraf oleh agama. Kita mungkin boleh duduk berbincang dengan bukan muslim, atau muslim yang tidak kuat berpegang dengan agama. Bersimpati dengan mereka, berkawan dan bertukar manfaat kehidupan dunia. Menyampaikan pandangan dan pendapat dan saling menghormati. Ini selagi mana mereka semua tidak menzahirkan peperangan, penghinaan dan pencercaan terbuka terhadap Allah dan RasulNYA. Jika itu berlaku, tidak mungkin ada berhimpun dalam suatu jantung cinta Allah dan sayangkan penentang Allah.


Saya tidak mahu membahaskan tentang maulid sebab saya telah sebut dalam artikel yang lain tentang perbahasan dan perbezaan para sarjana mengenai tarikh kelahiran Nabi s.a.w dan pandangan terhadap sambutan itu sendiri. Setiap tempat mungkin ada penilaian yang berbeza berdasarkan perbezaan cara dan maksud. Cumanya, hubungan muslim dengan Nabi mereka bukan seperti hubungan antara kita dengan tokoh-tokoh dunia yang lain yang di sambut sekadar mengenai jasa atau sekadar satu pesta.

Hubungan kita dengan baginda adalah hubungan cinta yang menzahirkan manifestasinya. Para sahabat Nabi s.a.w tidak ada sebarang perayaan mengenai Nabi s.a.w tetapi manifestasi cinta itu menjelma saban hari dan waktu dalam kehidupan mereka. Mereka berjaya membawa obor iman dalam kehidupan sekalipun tanpa perayaan. Sedangkan kita dengan segala perayaan gagal menunai manifestasi cinta itu.

Bahkan dalam perayaan kita, orang-orang besar, menteri dan raja hadir dengan penuh gaya dan pakaian kesombongan yang sama sekali berbeza dengan kehadiran Nabi s.a.w semasa hayatnya ke dalam majlis para sahabat tercinta! Cinta melahirkan manifestasinya.