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MELAKA - A social activist has condemned a video of a man allegedly threatening non-Malays while displaying sharp weapons.
Melaka Consumer and Environment Association (PPASM) education and woman bureau chief Azizah Harun urged every Malaysian to lodge a police report against the man who claims to be from Johor.
"You're giving my religion a bad name, we are peaceful people and not a violent community like what you've painted.
"We are living in a new age, not 1969, where people can judge right from wrong without blaming other races," she said in a statement on Sunday (Aug 18).
Azizah said all hell would break loose should other communities post similar intimidating videos.
"Why blame the current generation when our founding fathers had already laid the Federal Constitution," she said, adding that claims that "the minorities were bullying the majority don't make sense at all".
Hence, Azizah said Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik should look into introducing the true history of this country.
"The contribution of other races are not told to the younger generation when there are documented evidences from the British," she said.
Azizah said the public have lost the mood to celebrate National Day amid recent racial and religious tensions.
"The current government has failed to quell sensitive issues quickly and it is getting worse now," she added.
She said the actions of the man in the video are against the true teachings of Islam.
"My religion teaches me noble values and reminds me that life is temporary in this world.
"I hope right thinking Malaysians will condemn such act," she added.
The three-minute and 19-second video that went viral shows a man allegedly threatening non-Malays with violence, while brandishing various sharp weapons.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 — A married couple and their baby boy were killed after they were found in a razed house in Kampung Alah Batu, Jalan Kuala Slim in Slim River here early this morning.
Hulu Selangor police chief Supt Azman Ab Rahman said the three victims were identified as Mohd Sharidan Abdul Aziz and his wife Siti Rafini Mohd Rafiee, in their 30s and their son Rafiq Mohd Sharidan, who was almost one year old.
Azman said initial investigations showed the three victims were found charred in a room.
“The cause of fire has yet to be determined and we are still waiting for a report from the Fire and Rescue Department Forensic Unit,” he said when contacted by reporters.
Earlier, a Perak Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said his department received a call on the incident at 3.51am.
“We rushed a team of firemen from the Slim River station with assistance from Tanjung Malim and Kuala Kubu Baru to the scene,” he said in a statement here today.
He said the couple and their son found were in the first room of the house measuring 20 x 60 feet.
“All victims were confirmed dead at the location,” he said.
He said the fire victims were sent to Slim River Hospital for further action.
KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court on Monday (Aug 19) postponed for a week the biggest of five trials linked to a multi-billion-dollar scam at state fund 1MDB and allegedly involving former prime minister Najib Razak.
Najib, who lost a general election last year, has been hit with 42 criminal charges of graft and money laundering at 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and other state entities.
He has pleaded not guilty and says the charges are politically motivated.
The hearing will now begin next Monday to allow time for the completion of a previous trial that revolves around former 1MDB unit SRC International, a Kuala Lumpur High Court judge said.
"If you need more time, I can stand down or adjourn ... but for now we will proceed on Monday and check again on (this) on Thursday," Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah said.
1MDB, founded by Najib in 2009, is being investigated in at least six countries.
The US Department of Justice says about US$4.5 billion was misappropriated from the fund.
In the trial in Kuala Lumpur, Najib will have to fight 21 charges of money laundering and four of abuse of power for receiving illegal transfers of about RM2.3 billion (US$550.8 million) between 2011 and 2014.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 — Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh today expressed her regret that the government is letting rare earths producer Lynas run its refinery in Gebeng, Pahang for another six months, saying the decision means locals will have to “suffer” radiation risks from its waste.
The deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said the six-month operational extension granted by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) yesterday makes the Australian miner the winner, despite the conditions attached to its licence renewal.
“Lynas is the winner with these new conditions,” she wrote in a statement from Mecca where she is currently performing her Haj.
“The same goes for the companies supplying Lynas who will profit, while the rakyat and environment will continue to suffer health and pollution risks,” she added.
She said her regret was that the Pakatan Harapan government of today has to “bear the burden” inherited by the previous Barisan Nasional government, asserting that Lynas signed an undertaking for the removal of its Water Leach Purification (WLP) radioactive residue from Gebeng previously.
However, she noted that the AELB decision could be the last resort as the present government has limited options due to its contract with Lynas.
“Lynas should not have been allowed to operate in 2012 without a permanent radioactive WLP waste management plan. What insanity did the previous government do in believing that radioactive WLP waste can be permitted into being recycled as condisoil?” she asked.
Fuziah said her biggest regret is the exposure of the public to potential health hazards from the radioactive waste over the next four years pending the completion of Lynas’ cracking and leaching facility in Australia.
“In that time the people of Kuantan must accept the fact that Lynas' WLP radioactive waste which now reaches one million tonnes will be disposed of in Pahang. The state government abetted the previous government in permitting Lynas to operate.
“In this matter I stand in solidarity with the people of Kuantan, in bearing the health risks and environmental pollution stemming from this scenario,” she said.
Fuziah is not alone. In a separate statement, Parti Sosialis Malaysia condemned the AELB’s decision.
Its central committee and environmental bureau member Sharan Raj said the extension is a betrayal of public trust and expectations.
“Pakatan Harapan permitting Lynas to stay sends a wrong signal to the world; that Malaysia is willing to accept polluting industries as long as such industries abide by the politicians’ cosmetic conditions,” he said.
In announcing the renewal yesterday, the AELB said the conditions for Lynas to do business in Malaysia include building a cracking and leaching facility abroad, identifying a specific lot to build a permanent disposal facility (PDF) with relevant written consent from the state government, and to submit a complete PDF building plan with a sufficient financing plan to pay for its construction and operation.
KUALA LUMPUR: Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu says search and rescue (SAR) efforts for the two soldiers who have been missing since July 19 in Pulau Perak, Kedah, will continue with land searches.
This follows the ministry’s statement that SAR efforts to locate Corporal David Edmund Rapi and Lance Corporal Moses Logers have been stopped.
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency also said it had found no leads or bodies despite a 72-hour search.
“Land searches are still ongoing, and we will continue the operations at sea if there are any leads,” Mohamad said in a press conference at the ministry today.
“So far, no new leads have emerged. So our search continues, primarily on land.”
On July 22, the ministry said David and Moses, who are attached to the Fourth Battalion Royal Ranger Regiment at Bukit Cowder Camp in Perlis, had gone missing after a late-night roll call.
The Sarawak government has asked the defence ministry to allow David’s and Moses’ families to retrieve their personal belongings.
PETALING JAYA: Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has criticised those he claims disregard the dominance of the Malays in Malaysia, saying the idea that all races are equal in moulding a nation’s identity does not exist in practice even in the advanced West.
He said in European countries, despite the emphasis on human rights and equality, the whites still dominate and influence the identities of the countries.
“A country has its identity. China is for Chinese, is India for the Chinese too? No, it’s for the Indians,” he said in a lecture at a mosque last night.
“What about Malaysia, Tanah Melayu? If China is for the Chinese and the Indian sub-continent is for the Indians, can Tanah Melayu be for all?
“Of course, justice is for all, but there must be a dominant race,” he said.
Citing the controversy over the teaching of the Jawi script, Asri said its inclusion in the syllabus is because it is part of the dominant race’s heritage.
He said in neighbouring Thailand, Malay citizens learn and speak the Thai language, including for Islamic studies, while countries such as Singapore and China expect their citizens to subscribe to a single national school stream.
Malaysia, on the other hand, said Asri, has given leeway to different communities to set up their own vernacular schools.
Asri said there seems to be a phobia towards anything that is linked with Islam, including in the controversy over Jawi.
The Jawi controversy was part of the outrage by Chinese educationists over the education ministry’s move to introduce khat as part of the Bahasa Melayu syllabus.
Asri said some Muslim leaders from the ruling coalition were eager to speak out in defence of those who are “anti-religion”, but chose not to speak up when insults were thrown at Islam.
He also questioned the silence of Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu over remarks on the armed forces by tycoon Koon Yew Yin.
Koon in a recent blog posting said Malaysia’s armed forces personnel “are doing nothing except eating and sleeping”, and proposed that they be recruited as labourers in plantations. The businessman has since apologised for the remarks.
“I’m amazed that the minister in charge of the armed forces said nothing, he has been silent,” Asri said.
“They are very quiet and at peace, rahmatan lil alamin (mercy to the worlds),” he said, taking a jibe at a phrase promoted by Mujahid Yusof Rawa, the minister in charge of Islamic affairs.
Asri said in contrast, some Malay government leaders were quick to defend critics of Dr Zakir Naik over the latter’s controversial speeches.
Asri, who is among Naik’s strongest supporters, said he personally believes it is “inappropriate” for Naik to touch on domestic politics, but that he was saddened by Muslim leaders who selectively condemn Naik.
“There is not any religious value left in them,” he said.
Calls for Naik to be sent back to India grew following a recent series of lectures he gave in Kelantan, one of which touched on the loyalty of Malaysian Hindus to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He claimed that Malaysian Hindus are more loyal to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than to Mahathir despite receiving “100 times” more rights than Muslims in India.
He was also quoted as saying that Chinese in Malaysia were considered “guests” in Malaysia.
Naik, who is fighting calls for his deportation to India where he has been charged with money laundering, has since said he is being targeted in a campaign to vilify him.
KUALA LUMPUR - A video clip of another road rage case has gone viral, this time occurring near the Cheras roundabout.
A 23-second video shows the alleged aggressor standing outside another vehicle while holding a broken side-view mirror, and threatening to hit the victim's car with it as they recorded the incident.The victim then attempts to drive off, but not before the man throws the side-view mirror at the car.
Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Mohamed Mokhsein Mohamed Zon said the case occurred at around 2.30pm on Saturday.
"A 20-year-old woman lodged a report that she was driving her car toward the Cheras roundabout when another car came to an abrupt stop in front of her.
He said a man then got out of the other vehicle and began hurling expletives at her.
"The man then started hitting the vehicle's side-view mirror until it broke off completely and threw it at her vehicle as she tried to drive off.
"She then drove to the Sungai Besi police station where she filed a police report, " he said, adding that police arrested the suspect three days later after he surrendered at the Cheras police headquarters.
ACP Mohamed Mokhsein said they have remanded the 27-year-old man to help with investigations into committing mischief resulting in loss or damage under Section 427 of the Penal Code.
"This could have easily been resolved as a minor traffic accident. Motorists should not take matters into their own hands and be patient with one another, " he said.
"If you find yourself in a similar situation, do not engage the aggressor. If possible, get a brief description of the suspect and his vehicle number and drive to the nearest police station immediately."
The results of a five-year-study undertaken by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) between 2009 and 2012 showed that 18 per cent of the 13.3 million registered drivers in Malaysia would come under the category of high-anger drivers.
In the report, Miros research fellow and psychologist Karen Goonting said this meant that there were 2.4 million extremely angry drivers on the roads, adding that these high anger drivers were more likely to lose control of their vehicles, suffer a loss of concentration and display verbal, physical or vehicular aggression on the road.
High-anger drivers are defined as those who get angry about 642 times over an average of 300 driving days a year.
The study also found that Malaysian drivers were three to four times angrier than drivers in the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Turkey.
Discourtesy on the road, such as cutting queues, refusing to give way, failing to use indicators before turning or changing lanes, and triple parking were found to be the main causes of fury.
KUALA LUMPUR: US prosecutors are seeking to sell three luxury homes linked to the stepson of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, court documents showed, in the latest effort to recover money allegedly stolen from Malaysian fund 1MDB.
Malaysian and US authorities allege that about US$4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a state fund co-founded by Najib.
Since 2016, the US Department of Justice has filed forfeiture lawsuits on about US$1.7 billion in assets allegedly bought with stolen 1MDB funds, including a private jet, luxury real estate and jewellery.
The United States has begun returning to Malaysia some US$200 million recovered from the sale of seized assets.
On Wednesday, US prosecutors and the holding companies for three luxury properties asked a California court to lift a stay on forfeiture proceedings so that the properties can be sold, court filings showed.
The properties include a US$27 million London townhouse, a US$17.5 million home in Beverly Hills, and a US$35.5 million condominium in New York allegedly purchased by Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz using funds diverted from 1MDB.
Prosecutors say Riza bought the properties from Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, who faces criminal charges in Malaysia and the United States over his alleged central role in the 1MDB case.
Low, also known as Jho Low, has consistently denied wrongdoing and his whereabouts are unknown.
Riza was a co-founder of Hollywood production firm Red Granite Pictures, which was behind the Oscar-nominated film The Wolf of Wall Street.
In 2017, Red Granite paid the U.S. government US$60 million to settle a forfeiture suit over the rights to three films allegedly financed with 1MDB funds.
Last month, Riza plead not guilty in Malaysia to five charges of money laundering, involving about US$248 million in 1MDB funds.
Authorities in at least six countries are investigating suspected money laundering and graft linked to 1MDB, set up by Najib in 2009.
Najib, who lost power in a general election last year, is facing 42 criminal charges related to losses at 1MDB and other government entities. He has consistently denied wrongdoing.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 — When I was in remand, I was surprised to see a lot of my fellow Malaysian here that have been charged as criminals for drug offences. They were all used as drug mules, their lives treated like a disposable item by the drug traders and kingpins. Some of them do it voluntarily, some for a quick relief out of financial difficulties without knowing the severity of the offence, some because they trusted a wrong friend, some out of greed, and some even didn’t know what they were getting themselves into, but now, they were all staring at the death in the eye.
I am not someone who is familiar with the workings of illegal drug dealings nor with gangster-related matters as well as any other criminal activity. Matter of fact, I would tell that I am not a very knowledgeable person, in a general sense. I am a layperson, working as a security officer who sometime work double shifts to earn extra money. I am not a saint, however, it’s too far for me even to fathom that, and my vices were gambling and drinking.
Loneliness is something that hunts everyone, even a well-connected, socialised person would sometimes feel like they are alone, especially in this digital age where all the advancement in technology should be bringing people close together but it ironically doesn’t. People are breaking apart, drifting far away in their own world, so for those whom are behind the bars, isolated within a jail wall cell — it’s like a cancer, that’s becoming ever malignant.
Moral support and encouragement meant a lot for us. Family visits and letters from our beloved one become our source of hope and strength — it’s relieves the symptoms of that cancer. Some inmates struggle to even read and write in simple English, Malay or Tamil. Those who can, would help the others write for them to address their family or lawyers.
Keeping the brain active in solitary imprisonment is key in helping us to survive the loneliness and hardships, as there a saving, “Use it or Lose it”. This quote applies here.
There was a lot of time for me in prison to do some soul searching and to reflect on my life. Questions like why I am here? Where was I supposed to be? What responsibilities do I have as a son to my parents? As a brother to my siblings? As a fellow human being what are my moral and social responsibilities towards society? Everything that is progressive and constructive is always running in my mind. Being in a prison for nearly for 5 years now, has taught me a lot of things that I was blind to see when I was still out there free. My world, in hindsight, was so small in a sense — I just went to work, paid my bills, watched football, gambled and drank sometimes. That is what pretty much I know and did, most of my adult life.
My level of awareness on social issues and my values in relationships, career progress, life, love, family, freedom, friendship and faith in God was not good. In every aspect where I could have been a better person, I didn’t, and the potential in those area were left untapped. I lived in the present and drifted along with whatever and wherever life brought on.
I am a simple guy. I don’t compare myself to anyone. I don’t envy if others are better, good or richer than me. In hindsight, I am not that good when it comes to choosing the right friends for me as I don’t judge others, when I get to know someone. I won’t be thinking, back in my head, “How to make use of him or how to cheat him or what do I have to gain from this friendship?” Nor will I think if such a person has any bad intentions towards me or is thinking about using of me. I don’t have this critical thinking mind set. I just accept people as who they are. There is a name for this type of a person, a person like me, and its “Stupid” & “Naïve”, but that’s just who I was then, I was just me.
We human beings have a tendency to take things for granted, and we won’t be aware of it until it’ too late. We don’t realise how much something or someone means to us until the moment we lose them. Sometimes, it’s those simple things in life that we fail to recognise are the ones that have an important lesson to teach us in life. Like having a simple meal with our family, making a phone call to your mum and dad, spending quality time with siblings, having the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want, breathing fresh air, seeing the sunset, strolling in the park, and seeing shining stars.
Everything becomes scared and invaluable when we fail to appreciate what we had then, and now means so much to us. One thing that rips your heart apart is the moment of realisation that you can’t do the right things that you wanted to do so much. You keep telling yourself, “If I were given one last opportunity at life, just one chance to amend my mistake and to work for common good of our society, I would take it.” I will never ever able to forgive myself now as I’ve let my chance slip away.
No one could take away nor fathom the grief and regret you’ve felt knowing that your action in that spur of moment had cost you your life. Deep within us all, there lies a fire of sincerity in our hearts to do the right things, and the fire will never burn out and nor hope will ever fade away. A gem cannot be polished without some friction nor can a man progress without adversity. ‘When a man’s fight begins within himself, he is worth something’- Robert Browning
I don’t want to waste my time anymore. I have been improving my English and developing my reading habits. There are some authors that I’ve grown to really like reading such as David Baldacci, John Grisham, Michael Connelly, Harlen Coben, Sidney Sheldon and Lee Child. I would read till the wee hours of morning at 4am or 5am. I had my family to bring me SPM test books in the latest SPM exam format so that I can do the exercises, learn more and improve my mental faculty.
Sometime people will laugh at me saying, “What you are you going to do by learning all this now? We are on death row now and waiting to die, then why trouble yourself?” But I want to. Besides that, there stress here by itself can make us inmates lose our minds, albeit slowly.
I never lose hope or give up and never stop learning whatever I can with the time I have. ‘Be a student as long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life — Henry L. Doherty.
As how Napoleon Hill put it, “We must resolve to throw off the influences of our unfortunate environment and build our life”. Lots of people that have been less fortunate and under privileged have done that and succeeded.
For example, Michael Milton, the six-times Paralympic Gold Medallist. Oprah Winfrey, she was born into poverty and had a troubled childhood. She lost a child when she was 14, but now, she is a billionaire and is one of the most powerful and influential activist, host and philanthropist in the world. Heller Keller is deaf and blind but managed to graduate from college, became an author, activist and lecturer of extraordinary influence.
As such, why should you and I give up? I believe there lies unlimited talent, passion and purpose, which lies dormant within us that we still can discover and we surprise ourselves sometimes with
what we can achieve.
Faith in God
After getting arrested and be held as a prisoner for a capital case, my life had gone upside down, to say at the very least. I was troubled with the uncertainty of the future. It didn’t help as well to hear every now and then that people in the same predicament as me being sentenced to death.
Even when I didn’t want to think about death, the thought of it comes as an uninvited guest and it will always linger over in mind, refusing to go away. At the age of 27, when my life hasn’t barely begun, trying to understand death was something hard to digest.
There’s a saying — ‘for any human being, next to living well is the importance of dying well’ but now, my life is already over, and it is like a living hell. Thinking of the possibilities of getting hanged is not a very comforting vision, and so I can’t meet the above two requirements anymore.
I was far away from God at that moment but God has never been far from me. Its takes me some time to realise this truth. My heart feely heavy and all I can muster myself to say is “I am sorry Jesus”.
Hope to live
As I said earlier, even when everything was going against me. I do not used my energy to entertain negative thoughts nor dwell on my predicament. I try to discover myself and the silver lining through all of this and I channel all my energy to do so that I would not dwell in dark thoughts.
I found that studying about social science and humanities is something that I was interested in and it addresses my passion towards society. The imminent prospect of death had made me realise how much value a life is and we human beings, individual and as a whole, have a moral and social obligation towards mankind. As I reflected on my life, I’ve now also realised how important it is to have an enriching environment for the betterment of growing kids and youth and the next generation that will inherit this world from us.
I have a goal. I hope to live on and I have a passion and direction in what I can do, if I ever do live. I’ve share whatever I can here, and if you’re reading this, I’m eternally thankful. This is just a small part of what I know, I believe I can be a better person. I have done my best to change in this 5 years and I will do the same in coming days. I value my life so much now and I want to be there for my family too, as well atone for sins to them, society and my country.
If given a chance, I’d do what I can to save a life. In my defence, I did not murder anyone, I did not take anyone’s life but I do admit my mistakes and I sincerely apologise as I did not know it was heroin and I wish for a chance to heal and fix the mess that I have caused in my ignorance and foolishness. I sincerely want to right my wrongs not just because I am guilty but I think everyone of us have moral responsibility to live their lives, the best they can, to the service of others.
Taking my life away can never justify my involvement in this, but giving it back to me with a second chance, would justify, I believe, the life I would live from then on.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's cabinet will discuss the permanent residency of controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik on Wednesday (Aug 14), said a minister who believed Naik should return to India to face charges of money laundering and hate speech.
Naik, who has lived in Malaysia for about three years, has come under fire for his recent comments that Hindus in the Southeast Asian country had "100 times more rights" than the Muslim minority in India and that they sometimes believed in the Indian government more than the Malaysian one.
Race and religion are sensitive issues in Malaysia, where Muslims make up about 60 per cent of its 32 million people. The rest are mostly ethnic Chinese and Indians, most of whom are Hindus.
Malaysia's Minister of Human Resources M Kulasegaran said Naik's comments could have been aimed at creating a fissure in the multi-racial nation so he could win the favour of Muslims.
He said Naik did not deserve the status of a permanent resident and that the matter would be discussed by Cabinet, which meets on Wednesday.
Naik, who has repeatedly rejected the charges against him in India, denied the allegations made by Kulasegaran and others in Malaysia.
"My praise of the Malaysian government for its Islamic and fair treatment of Hindu minorities is being twisted and misquoted to suit political gains and create communal rifts," he said in a statement to reporters on Wednesday.
Malaysian state news agency Bernama quoted Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as saying late on Tuesday Naik cannot be sent back to India for "fear of being killed" there.
"If any (other) country wants to have him, they are welcome," he said, according to Bernama.
The National Patriots Association, a group of Malaysian military and police veterans, also denounced Naik's comments, saying that many ethnic Indians in Malaysia had served in the country's security forces.
India banned Naik's Islamic Research Foundation in late 2016, accusing him of encouraging and aiding its followers to "promote or attempt to promote feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious communities and groups".