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KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 — A coalition government of Umno and PAS will be better for Malaysia as it will propel the country forward and strengthen Islam, according to international Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik.

He said he was not suggesting for the two main Islamic political parties in the country to merge, but it would definitely be better if Umno and PAS could form a coalition government.

“I’m not saying that both parties (Umno and PAS) should make it as one party, but if they can make it, Alhamdulillah…(if not) you can keep your party, you can keep your identity, but when you have a coalition government, it should be a coalition of the Muslims.”

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Amanah’s Khalid Samad says it will now be harder for PAS to convince non-Muslims that Islamic laws will not affect them.

PETALING JAYA: The Kelantan government’s reported decision to impose a 15-minute blanket ban on trading at dusk has prompted an Amanah official to ask whether PAS is saying one thing and doing another.

Speaking to FMT, Amanah communications director Khalid Samad said it would now be harder for PAS to convince non-Muslims that Islamic laws would not affect them.

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Naib Presiden Parti Amanah Negara (AMANAH), Datuk Husam Musa, hari ini mempertikaikan arahan kerajaan Kelantan mengenakan larangan berniaga ke atas peniaga bukan Islam pada waktu Maghrib.

Kata Husam, arahan berkenaan sepatutnya terhad kepada peniaga Muslim sahaja kerana peniaga bukan Islam tidak menunaikan solat Maghrib.

“Saya rasa kerajaan Kelantan sekarang tak ada agenda utama untuk menunjukkan mereka berkhidmat dan memajukan rakyat.

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — Voters should select either PAS or Umno to govern Malaysia as Malay political power lies with both parties, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said.

Hadi was responding to a question on what he felt was the impact of new party Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) impact on Malay’ political power, in light of the formation of another party that would “further split the votes of the Malays”.

“The political power of the Malays is with PAS and Umno. If any parties wish to govern Malaysia, choose PAS or Umno.

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PETALING JAYA: Seorang ahli Parlimen dari Umno hari ini menyarankan hukuman sebatan di bawah undang-undang syariah dilaksanakan secara terbuka dan khalayak bagi memberi keinsafan maksimum kepada pelaku jenayah dan orang ramai.

Menurut Ahli Parlimen Bagan Serai, Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali, cadangan hukuman itu perlu diberi pertimbangan serius oleh kerajaan jika cadangan meminda Rang Undang-Undang (RUU) 355 diluluskan Dewan Rakyat kelak.

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — The strange “disappearance” of activist Peter Chong took another twist as police said he claimed to have been abducted in Thailand after going there to seek information on a Christian pastor’s abduction.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh said Chong, who returned to Malaysia today after going missing for 11 days, had told local police that he had travelled to Thailand to meet someone with information on Pastor Raymond Koh’s disappearance.

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The Black Swan

Nassim Taleb’s bestseller “The Black Swan” talks about a world shaped by highly improbable events. He argues that most of what that we take for granted after the event was considered impossible before the event.

We know swans are white and that acquired common sense often stops us from realising that there are black swans too. We are not given to being counter-intuitive.

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Sungei Besar Umno division chief Jamal Yunos says he has the proof to back allegations against Seputeh MP.

PETALING JAYA: Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Md Yunos is unfazed by the defamation suit DAP MP Teresa Kok filed against him.

In fact, Jamal is waiting for the writ of summons to be personally handed to him or his lawyer.

“This is just a way for Kok to cover up her wrongdoings, by making it seem as if my allegations were false,” he said to FMT.

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