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DAP vice chairman Teresa Kok (centre) says it remains to be seen whether S. Deepa's 11-year-old daughter Sharmila can practise her faith as a Hindu since she was unilaterally converted to Islam by her father Izwan Abdullah. – The Malaysian Insider pic, February 11, 2016.

With the dust barely settled on the custody battle between Hindu mother S. Deepa and her Muslim convert ex-husband, many questions remain unanswered over the fate of their two children, DAP said today.

The party’s vice chairperson Teresa Kok who described yesterday Federal Court decision as “disappointing overall” said that one poser now was whether Deepa’s 11-year-old daughter Sharmila can now practise her faith as a Hindu since she was unilaterally converted to Islam by her father Izwan Abdullah.

“Will Deepa and her daughter be required to go through another stressful process of renouncing the conversion?

“And which court will have the jurisdiction over this matter,” Kok asked in a statement today.

The Seputeh lawmaker said that the amendment to Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution resulted in the shariah courts not being bound by the decision of the civil courts, notwithstanding that the Federal Court is the highest civil court of the land. Continue Reading »

S. Deepa arrives at the Federal Court in Putrajaya, February 10, 2016. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 — The Federal Constitution needs to be amended to avoid more Malaysians from suffering the fate of Hindu mothers M. Indira Gandhi and S. Deepa — who were both forced into long legal battles for custody of their children, DAP MP Teresa Kok said today.

Despite the Federal Court’s ruling yesterday in Deepa’s case that only the civil courts have the power to decide on custody of children born in a civil marriage, Kok voiced concern that the Shariah court may still choose to give court orders in such cases.

“It appears that notwithstanding the latest Federal Court decision in Deepa, there is no guarantee that another Shariah Court will not do the same as the earlier Shariah court did in Deepa and in others,” the Seputeh MP said in a statement today. Continue Reading »

Malay rights group Perkasa has joined the chorus of voices expressing concern over the proposal to amend the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA). – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 9, 2016.

Malay rights group Perkasa today expressed concern over the attorney-general’s plan to amend the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA), saying the move could cause a revolt.

Its information chief Hassan Basri Muhammad said the group was concerned that Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali’s intention to change laws on confidential government information by imposing a heavier punishment on those involved in leaking such secrets would backfire on the government. Continue Reading »

First day of CNY

Today is the first day of CNY. I went for CNY mass at the Catholic Church of Jesus Caritas at Kepong Baru together with my mother, sister, nieces and nephew. It is very full of Chinese traditional flavor. All of us received Ang Pao and mandarin oranges from the priests.

The parish priest Father Michael Chua gave a good sermon on the theme of culture and the Catholic faith. Lion dace was preformed after the mass.

After that I went to KL Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall open house, met with a number of Chinese community leaders and a diplomat from the Chinese embassy.

I have been spending the first day of CNY with such routine for the past two decades.

Happy Chinese New Year and happy holiday to all of you! Continue Reading »

Last night was Chinese New Year eve, as usual, I have had reunion dinner with my family members. After dinner, I joined my brothers and sister to give greetings to my parents. We blessed our parents and parents blessed us with nice words and Ang Pau.

This has been the tradition of my family. I believe all my Chinese friends did the same on CNY eve too. This is the tradition for most Chinese. Continue Reading »

​Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir bids farewell to a member of his staff as he leaves his office in Alor Setar, this morning. The first-term Kedah MB says his removal was due to his criticism of the prime minister. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, February 3, 2016.

Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir says he was removed as Kedah menteri besar because of his criticism of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak over the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and RM2.6 billion donation.

Mukhriz told a press conference in Wisma Darul Aman today that those were the real reasons Umno no longer wanted him to lead the state.

“The real reason this action was taken against me was because of the criticism I voiced out against the prime minister, just as he admitted himself.

“The criticism refers to the 1MDB scandal and the RM2.6 billion donation and the burden of living costs on the people due to the GST,” he said, shortly after announcing his resignation as menteri besar.
Mukhriz today said he would not quit politics and would carry on working for the people.

“No, it’s in my blood. If people still want me, I will continue.”

Mukhriz, the son of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was seen sympathetic to former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who was sacked in July last year over his criticism of Najib’s handling of the 1MDB affair.

Mukhriz’s removal followed a press conference on January 20 led by state Umno liason deputy chief Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, who urged Mukhriz to be removed citing his weak performance as menteri besar.

Ahmad Bashah will be sworn in as menteri besar tomorrow. – February 3, 2016.

PETALING JAYA: The reputation of Malaysia as a moderate Muslim nation is going down the tubes as the government continues to attract attention and for all the wrong reasons, said Australian daily Sydney Morning Herald (SMH).

In an editorial, SMH cited the jailing of former Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, almost one year ago, for what it described as a “dubious charge of sodomy” so that he could be removed from the political arena and stopped from commenting on the “deteriorating state of democracy in his country.”

This “deteriorating state”, SMH said, included the arrests of seven Opposition MPs under the Sedition Act for remarks made against the “government, the judiciary and Malaysia’s sultans” and for participating in peaceful protests against debt-riddled 1Malaysia Development Berhad. Continue Reading »

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Swiss Attorney-General has revealed that as much as US$4 billion may have been misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Bhd and transferred to Swiss bank accounts.

“Various former Malaysian public officials and both former and current officials of the United Arab Emirates” were said to be involved.

The Swiss Attorney-General has now invoked mutual assistance provisions for Malaysian action against two former officials of 1Malaysia Development Bhd and others.

The investigation involves bribery, misconduct in public office, and money laundering.

In a press statement yesterday, the Swiss AG’s office said agreement on cooperation between the two countries was reached at a meeting in Zurich on September 15 last year with Malaysian counterparts.

The Swiss investigation “has revealed serious indications that funds have been misappropriated from Malaysian state companies,” the statement said. Continue Reading »

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