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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21 ― After five years in a tug-of-war with authorities over the word “Allah”, the Catholic Church will get its final shot today at pursuing its right to use the word as the Federal Court mulls whether to proceed with the long drawn out dispute.

In the dispute, Malaysia Catholic Church has insisted it has the right to print the word “Allah” ― the Arabic word for God that some Muslims here insist is exclusively theirs to use ― for its Bahasa Malaysia-speaking church members in its internal weekly paper, Herald.

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s comments that Perkasa would not have existed had it not been for the rise in extremist views among the non-Malays can be best described by the Chinese proverb 自欺欺人 (deceiving one self and deceiving others).

It is clear that Mahathir’s comments are also his indirect attempt to try to justify his association and support for the extremist organisation.

I am not surprised that Mahathir did not and could not cite any concrete proofs or examples when he said about the rise in extremist views non Malays because what he claimed was just baseless.

Mahathir was in fact repeating the falsehood that Perkasa has said before about why it existed.

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Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo says measures taken so far to curb custodial deaths do not seem to be effective. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, January 19, 2015.

A DAP federal lawmaker has once again suggested that laws be enacted to hold police “criminally liable” for causing hurt and deaths of detainees to curb cases of custodial deaths in the country.

Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo pointed out that officers in charge of the police stations and investigating officers should be held liable for the condition of the detainees under their charge.

Gobind said this following the coroner’s court ruling recently that police were responsible for the death of lorry driver P. Chandran while in custody as they had failed to provide him with timely medical assistance.

The DAP lawmaker added that legislation was also needed to ensure the government and the police force were automatically liable in civil actions for causing injuries and deaths in custody, unless there was proof that all reasonable steps had been taken to ensure the safety of the detainees.

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The DAP has organized a leadership retreat for party elected representatives, national and state leaders at e.City Hotel, Subang Jaya from 16 to 18 January.

The theme of this retreat is “Realign, Re-energize, Renew”. These 3Rs are very crucial for the DAP at this moment of time.

While heavy discussions have dominated the retreat, leisure activities were also slotted in the programme.

KUALA LUMPUR: The recent floods in the East Coast states have washed away Umno’s “big lie” about non-Malays being uncaring about the fate of the Malay people, and exposed as myth the supposed Chinese-only attitude of the DAP, the MP for Raub, Mohd Ariff Sabri Aziz, said today.

The warm response of the people of Kelantan towards DAP members and supporters bringing flood relief had broken Umno’s lie of the DAP being uncaring about the Malay people and unpatriotic, he said.

He said there had been an “eerie silence” about the efforts of the DAP, a party dominated and led by Chinese politicians, being in the thick of things in Kelantan, Pahang and Perak.

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Ketua Parlimen DAP Lim Kit Siang ketika ditemubual di Kuala Lumpur sempena memperingati ulang tahun ke-39 kematian Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, baru-baru ini. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider Mukhriz Hazim, 16 Januari, 2015.

Parti pembangkang, DAP, sentiasa menyokong Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB) dengan objektifnya bagi membasmi kemiskinan dan menyusun semula masyarakat, kata pemimpin veteran, Lim Kit Siang.

Dasar pro Bumiputera itu bagaimanapun, hanya menjadi masalah selama ini kerana cara ia dilaksanakan, sehingga ia menjadi “agenda Umno-putera” dan bukannya untuk memanfaatkan Melayu bukan elit, kata Lim tentang dasar yang diwujudkan Perdana Menteri Kedua Malaysia yang kedua Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.

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Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad was second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein's political secretary. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, January 15, 2015.

A close confidante of Malaysia’s second prime minister, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, has rated the country’s controversial affirmative action-based economic policy created by his boss as both a “great success and great failure”, 45 years after it was first implemented.

Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad, who was Razak’s political secretary, said the New Economic Policy (NEP) had done well to lift the Malays out of poverty and increase the number of Malay professionals in all sectors.

But it has failed in its other objective of eradicating poverty regardless of race, Abdullah, better known as Dollah Kok Lanas, told The Malaysian Insider in an interview as part of a series to commemorate the 39th death anniversary of Razak who died on January 14, 1976.

Abdullah also noted what economists have been telling Putrajaya in recent times, that wealth inequality is no longer between races, but within each race, and in the case of the Malays, concentrated within an elite class.
“Some might argue that the enlarged national economy is indeed being shared across the three main races of the Malaysian society, but (this is) among the 1% or less. I have sympathy with this view.

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GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has questioned why IGP Khalid Abu Bakar is practising double standards by applying different sections of the Penal Code to Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen and former Umno Deputy Minister Mashitah Ibrahim.

Lim recounted that the IGP had said Mashitah’s case was different as she was investigated under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code which is a non-arrestable offence.

“The IGP mentioned that a person can be arrested under the Sedition Act but not under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code,” said Lim.

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