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Kelantan MB Datuk Ahmad Yakob announced today that PAS would be pursuing the enforcement of hudud law in the state. – The Malaysian Insider pic, December 14, 2014.

Kelantan government today has set December 29, for a special state assembly meeting to table an amendment to the Syariah Criminal Code Enactment II 1993.

The state government’s information committee confirmed this in its Facebook page today, after Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob made the announcement this afternoon.

“The amendment is part of the procedure by the state government to table a private member’s bill in Parliament for Kelantan to enforce hudud,” Ahmad told a press conference.

He said all state assemblymen should participate in the debate before passing the Bill on the amendment.
This comes despite facing resistance from fellow Pakatan Rakyat (PR) partners, such as DAP, rejecting the implementation of hudud as a legal system, whether at the state or national level.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng reportedly said PR must make a clear stand that the coalition would not implement hudud in the country, should it win the next general election. – December 14, 2014.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/kelantan-to-table- amendment-on-hudud-on-december-29#sthash.0g2EDqLA.dpuf

SUBANG JAYA, Dec 14 — The DAP unanimously resolved today to state its objection to the implementation of hudud laws anywhere in the country, saying it has never been a part of Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) common policy framework.

In eight of the 32 resolutions adopted by the DAP’s national conference here, party delegates agreed that PR should instead focus on its agreed common platform, which is enshrined in the pact’s election manifesto – Buku Jingga – and the Shah Alam Declaration, which focuses on economic well-being and democratisation.

“DAP stands firm on the long-achieved agreement between the Pakatan Rakyat parties that hudud will not be implemented in administrative or the legal framework of Pakatan led states or the federal government,” the resolution said.

Cracks began showing within the federal opposition pact when PAS announced in April that it would seek the support of Muslims MPs to amend the Federal Constitution to invoke the 1993 Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code Enactment II, which would then pave the way for hudud to be implemented in the PAS-led state.

Stressing on the importance of consensus on the matter earlier today, DAP’s acting national chairman Tan Kok Wai advised PR component parties to refrain from pushing their “private agendas”, hudud being one, in order to present a united front.

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Persidangan DAP 2014

Hari ini adalah konvensyen tahunan DAP. Ia diadakan di hotel baru, e-City Hotel di One City, Subang Jaya.Tema Konvensyen parti pada kali ini diambil daripada peribahasa Bahasa Malaysia, iaitu “Berat Sama Dipikul, Ringan Sama dijinjing”. Speaker konvensyen ini adalah Hannah Yeoh, speaker DUN Selangor.Saya gembira melihat ramai perwakilan dari kesemua negeri hadir dalam Konvensyen ini. Lebih daripada 1,200 perwakilan dan pemerhati hadir dalam Konvensyen hari ini. Kehadiran ini adalah menggalakkan memandangkan tahun ini bukan tahun pemilihan parti.

Selain itu, Azmin Ali dan Wan Azizah, dan Dr Hatta Ramli daripada PAS, dan juga wakil daripada beberapa kedutaan luar negara juga hadir dalam sesi perasmian Konvensyen DAP ini.

Klip video kenangan peninggalan 3 wakil rakyat DAP, iaitu mendiang Kapal Singh, Wong Ho Leng dan Siah Leong Peng ditayangkan. Selain itu, klip video tentang Impian Malaysia dan dasar kebajikan Kerajaan Pulau Pinang bagi orang India yang miskin juga ditayangkan dalam konvensyen juga.

 

Barely has the dust settled on the issue of the seized Bibles in Selangor, a Catholic priest in Muar, Johor, was detained for having 30 copies of a hymn book with the word Allah which were meant for his Orang Asli parishioners.

Father Cyril Mannayagam (pic), 44, said although the police later decided not to pursue the case against him, the hymn books, titled “Kepujian Kepada Tuhan Allah” (Praise be to God) were seized and had yet to be returned to him.

“I repeatedly told them that the song books were only for my own people in my church and that I wanted to use them for the service with the Orang Asli parishioners in Bekok, Tangkak,” the parist priest of the Church of St Andrew in Muar told The Malaysian Insider.

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Seputeh MP Teresa Kok warned UM that its students will not allow themselves to be treated ‘like kids’ and are prepared keep up the fight for academic freedom. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 — As a group of students continue to keep vigil outside their campus gates at Universiti Malaya (UM), a DAP lawmaker urged Malaysians to take up their cause today, calling the youths “courageous” for daring to fight for academic freedom.

Seputeh MP Teresa Kok said the students, who are protesting their university’s punishment of their peers for organising the October talk by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, are not merely demanding rights for themselves but are fighting for the future of students here.

“Without academic freedom, UM and any other Malaysian university cannot play the role of critic and conscience of society,” the DAP federal lawmaker said in a statement.

She said UM had, in the first place, turned itself into an “international laughingstock”, when it banned Anwar from attending the October 27 talk.

It caused even more damage to its reputation when it punished seven students earlier this week for their involvement in organising the talk, she said.

Of the seven, two main drivers of the event were slapped with suspensions and fines, while four others were given fines.

“In fact, UM administration has also brought much embarrassment to itself and the nation,” Kok said.

“The university should not be just a place for one to gain technical skills and knowledge, but it is a place where one can develop a critical mind and learn the truth; and hence better contribute to the society upon graduation.

“It is indeed sad that the UM administration has failed to uphold academic freedom,” she said.

She warned the university that its students will not allow themselves to be treated “like kids” and are prepared keep up the fight for academic freedom.

After the university ordered the seven punished, a group of students launched “Occupy UM”, vowing to “occupy” the grounds outside the campus gates until and unless the suspension orders and fines are lifted.

“The courage displayed by the students in fighting for academic freedom is commendable and deserve public support.

“I wish to call on Malaysians to support the courageous fight of the students,” Kok said.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/support-courageous- students-malaysians-urged-as-occupy-um-continues#sthash.f4L6dAqx.dpuf

After having made itself an international laughing stock for banning Anwar Ibrahim from attending a talk organized by Universiti Malaya ‘s Student Council and for subsequently imposing a campus lockdown, UM administration has again caused further damage to its reputation by punishing the students involved in organizing the talk.

In fact, UM administration has also brought much embarrassment to itself and the nation.

University should not be just a place for one to gain technical skills and knowledge, but it is a place where one can develop a critical mind and learn the truth; and hence better contribute to the society upon graduation.

It is indeed sad that the UM administration has failed to uphold academic freedom as without it, there is no way UM and any Malaysian university can play the role as critic and conscience of society.

The UM administrators’ decisions and actions have also proven that while times and students have changed, they have not changed.

UM administrators should know that the students will refuse to be treated like kids and are prepared to fight for academic freedom.

It will therefore be unjust and futile for them to employ unfair tactics and punishments to deny the academic freedom the students ought to have.

The courage displayed by the students in fighting for academic freedom is commendable and deserve public support.

Last night, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang and his political secretary Dyana Sofia and I visited the Occupy UM students to express our solidarity.

In my speech, I praised them for their courage and told them that people like them who are prepared to fight courageously against injustice and what they believe are the hope of the nation.

Vince Tan, secretary-general of the group Progressive University of Malaya, has said in a statement two days ago that UM has a history of being selective in the speakers it allows on campus.

He said that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was given a hero’s welcome at the Faculty of Law early this year where he gave a lecture on poverty but Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, was prevented from speaking at the Law Career Convention where she was supposed to speak on public interest litigation.

The brave students are not fighting for themselves or just against the charges and punishments imposed on the UM8, but they are also fighting for academic freedom which ought to exist in a university.

I wish to call on Malaysians to support the courageous fight of the students.

“占领马大”运动,应该得到社会人士的支持

(吉隆坡13日讯)行动党士布爹区国会议员郭素沁说 大学里的学术自由和学生活动的自由,是让大学有效 扮演社会批判者及良心角色的重要因素。 因此,马大学生目前在校园门口所展开的“占领马大 运动,是应该得到社会人士的支持。

她在昨日拜访了“占领马大”活动的学生之后发表文 说,‘占领马大’ 除了是声援 被马大校方对付的8 名学生之外,也是学生争取学术自由、学生校园活动 主和自由的行动。因此他们的行动应该受到更多关 民主和社会运动的人士的支持。

郭素沁指出,马大校方之前禁止在野党领袖安华出席 该大学举办的讲座会,之后又在当天封锁校园以阻 他进入校园,这些动作已使到马大校方成为国内和国 际社会的笑柄。

“马大校方最近严惩涉及主办安华讲座会的学生领袖 除了引发校园学生的反感之外,它也更加打击马大 形象。”
郭素沁在一篇文告中说,马大校方的系列决定,显示 它受国阵政府掌控,同时没顺应时代的改变,因此 对学生的打压,也更加引发学生的反感和公众的批评 。

她补充说,大学不是只训练学生追求技术与知识的机 ,它更加使训练学生独立思考、追求真理和批判社 的地方。因此校方必须给予学生钻研学术和主办活动 的自由。

郭素沁昨晚偕同行动党国会领袖林吉祥前往马大校园 为“占领马大”的活动的学生打气。

她也在昨晚 的演讲中,称赞这些果敢对抗校方不公义做法的学生 “国家的希望”。

郭素沁

Selepas saya buat bising banyak kali di Dewan Rakyat dan di dalam pertemuan dengan Datuk bandar dan Menteri WP Tengku Adnan tentang kelulusan kondominium berpadat tinggi di Happy Garden dan Kuchai Entrepreneur’s. Park, hari ini, Datuk Loga, Timbalan Menteri WP mengumumkan DBKL akan menjalankan projek penglebaran Jalan Kuchai Maju.

Datuk Loga datang ke kawasan saya dalam bulan Julai untuk lihat keadaan trafik dan jalan, selepas itu beliau pun setuju membesarkan jalan tersebut, kerana ini merupakan projek yang paling murah yang boleh dilakukan oleh DBKL pada waktu kini.

Kos pembesaran Jalan Kuchai Maju yang sepanjang 500 meter ini akan makan belanja RM750k dan akan siap pada akhir bulan Januari 2015.

Datuk Loga juga berkata DBKl akan membesarkan jalan yang sempit di sekitar pasaraya NSK.

Dalam sidang akhbar bersama dengan beliau, selain daripada berterima kasih kepada DBKL dan Datuk Loga, saya juga menyeru DBKL untuk mengadakan kawalan terhadap plot ratio ataupun kepadatan projek kondominium di Kuala Lumpur, kalau tidak, kesesakan trafik tetap akan berlaku walaupun banyak jalan dibesarkan.

Seputeh MP Teresa Kok was detained by cops despite them knowing she did not launch a petition calling for the azan volume to be lowered. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 12, 2014.

Police detained Seputeh MP Teresa Kok under the Internal Security Act for seven days despite finding no truth in allegations that she launched a petition to lower the volume of the azan (the call to prayer) at a mosque in Bandar Kinrara, the High Court heard today.

Lawyer S. N. Nair submitted that there was no evidence of the other grounds put forward to justify her arrest, which included Kok opposing the Jawi wording in road signs throughout Kuala Lumpur.

“On the Jawi issue, no police report was lodged against her and on the azan issue, mosque officials had testified in this court that it had nothing to do with her.

“So it was proven that all the allegations were not true and did not in any way affect the security of the country,” Nair submitted in Kok’s claim against the government for her unlawful arrest and detention in September 2008.
In his testimony in May, Kota Damansara mosque committee secretary Ahmad Redzuan Samsudin said Kok never pressured them to stop using the loudspeaker for the azan.

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