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KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 ― The unceremonious break-up of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will not throw the DAP off the path of multiracialism, Lim Kit Siang has insisted amid talk that the split would cause his party to become narrow-minded or more Chinese-centric.

Instead, the veteran DAP politician said his party will continue championing the needs of all Malaysian races as it has been doing since its formation nearly half a century ago in 1966.

“DAP had never aspired to be a Chinese or non-Malay party,” he said according to a copy of his speech from a Klang function last night.

“Right from the beginning… DAP had pledged itself to pursue a Malaysian Dream, not a Chinese Dream, an Indian Dream or a Malay Dream,” he said.

The Gelang Patah MP said this is the same reason why the DAP was the first political party to be pan-Malaysian, having established branches in both Sabah and Sarawak before others did.

He acknowledged that the DAP has always been forced to fight off labels tagging its leaders as anti-Malay and anti-Islam, largely due to his Chinese-dominated membership, but said the battle would not affect his party’s struggle to stay multiracial and multireligious.

In the post-PR scenario, Lim said the DAP will double up efforts to become a fully Malaysian party by strengthening its Malay, Dayak and Kadazandusun membership.

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Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said PAS would not be swayed from its agenda and that the “enemies” are picking out aspects of the religion, such as hudud, to strike fear among the people.

The party president said a picture was being painted as if hudud was the first order of business should the Islamist party form the federal government, whereas it is only a part of Islamic laws covering many areas, including international and civil laws.

“In hudud, there is the punishment of cutting off a thief’s hand, and the penalty for adultery. These are what they have picked out… picked out by the media and various others to make people fear Islam,” he said during a Ramadan ceramah attended by hundreds of supporters at the Penang PAS headquarters in Pongsu Seribu, Kepala Batas, Penang.

Hadi said about 5 years ago, the late Singaporean senior minister Lee Kuan Yew had wanted to know more about PAS, and the Singapore embassy in Kuala Lumpur contacted his political secretary to set up a meeting.

“I was shocked Lee Kuan Yew wanted to meet me. That is why I think DAP is small. DAP is born out of PAP, Lee’s party,” he said, drawing some laughter from the crowd.

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Saya terbang ke JB pagi ini demi menghadiri Pesta Kesyukuran Menuai 2015 anjuran Gereja Katholik Diocese Melaka-Johor di Majodi Centre.

Pesta diadakan untuk meraikan Pesta Gawai/Kaamatan bagi pribumi Kristian yang berasal di Sabah dan Sarawak.

Pesta ini bermula dengan misa Katholik pada 10 pagi hingga ke lewat petang. Dua orang ADUN DAP di JB juga hadir dalam pesta ini, mereka adalah Andrew Chen dan Liow Cai Tung.

Saya “enjoy” menyaksikan banyak program kebudayaan dalam Pesta ini, khususnya pertandingan ratu cantik kanak-kanak yang pakai baju dan kostum tradisi.

Saya juga gembira lihat ramai anak anak Negeri Sabah dan Sarawak yang dilahirkan di Semenanjung Malaysia masih ingat bahasa ibunda dan tarian tradisi suku suku kaum mereka. Pesta menuai seperti ini adalah peluang yang paling baik bagi mereka untuk menunjukkan bakat nyanyian dan tarian mereka.

Ucapan Penangguhan Teresa Kok, Ahli Parlimen Seputeh Pada 11 Jun 2015 di Dewan Rakyat

Apakah Status Sekolah Kebangsaan Danau Perdana di Taman Danau Desa, Off Jalan Klang Lama di Kuala Lumpur
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Datuk yang diPertua, saya telah beberapa kali membangkitkan pertanyaan tentang status Sekolah Kebangsaan Danau Perdana di Taman Danau Desa yang telah dikosongkan sejak tahun 2005 demi bangunan sekolah yang tidak selamat.

Mengikut jawapan Parlimen daripada Kementerian Pendidikan pada 12-6-2014, saya difahamkan bahawa Kementerian Pendidikan telah menyerahkan kes ini kepada Kuala LumpurRegional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA). Pada 21 November 2012 yang KLRCA telah menolak tuntutan daripada pihak penuntut, iaitu Dewan Perniagaan Melayu Kuala Lumpur terhadap Kerajaan Malaysia. Lanjutan kepada keputusan tersebut, Kerajaan Malaysia dibenarkan membuat tuntutan balas Kerajaan Malaysia terhadap pihak Penuntut sedang dikendalikan oleh kamar Jabatan Peguam Negara.

Jawapan Parlimen pada 12-6-2014 juga menyatakan “Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (KPM) sedang dalam proses pelantikan perunding bagi tujuan menilai tuntutan ganti rugi kerosakan bangunan SK Danau Perdana. Peruntukan juga telah disalurkan kepada Jabatan Pendidikan Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur bagi urusan penempatan kawalan keselamatan dan perkhidmatan pembersihan kawasan sekolah berkenaan secara berkala (3 bulan sekali) bagi mengelakkan kawasan berkenaan dicerobohi dan dikotori. Kebersihan di tapak berkenaan juga akan dipantau sehingga proses timbangtara antara pihak kerajaan (KPM) dan kontaktor selesai.”

Datuk yang diPertua, satu tahun telah berlepas daripada jawapan Parlimen tersebut. Penduduk di sekitar Danau Desa masih menunggu keputusan timbangtara di KLRCA dan perkembangan terbaru.

Soalan penduduk di Taman Danau Desa adalah:
1) Apakah status ataupun hasil timbangtara di antara Kerajaan Malaysia dengan Dewan Perniagaan Melayu di KLRCA?
2) Apakah status tapak SK Danau Perdana di Taman Danau Desa tersebut? Apakah tanah tersebut telah dikeluarkan suratan hakmilik berasingan? Apakah ia telah dizonkan sebagai tanah pendidikan?
3) Apakah rancangan Kementerian Pendidikan terhadap tanah SK Danau Perdana tersebut? Apakah kerajaan masih kekalkan tapak ini sebagai tapak sekolah pendidikan ataupun ia akan ataupun telah ditukar kepada status tanah perumahan ataupun komersil?

Memandangkan kebanyakan penduduk di Taman Desa dan Danau Desa amat berharap Kementerian Pendidikan boleh menukar sekolah itu kepada sekolah rendah jenis kebangsaan Cina. Apakah Kementerian akan mempertimbangkan permohonan mereka?

Teresa Kok

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UCAPAN BALAS MENTERI PENDIDIKAN KEPADA UCAPAN PENANGGUHAN YB. SEPUTEH BERKENAAN STATUS SK DANAU PERDANA DI TAMAN DANAU DESA
18 JUN 2015

TUAN YANG di Pertua,

Terlebih dahulu Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (KPM) ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Ahli Yang Berhormat atas keprihatian YB SEPUTEH berhubung status Sekolah Kebangsaan Danau Perdana di Taman Danau Desa,Off Jalan Klang Lama Kuala Lumpur. Kesempatan ini izin saya menjawab beberapa pertanyaan berhubung sekolah tersebut.
Untuk makluman Ahli Dewan Yang Mulia,

Tapak SK Danau Perdana adalah milik Pesuruhjaya Tanah Persekutuan yang dizonkan sebagai tanah pendidikan bagi kegunaan Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (KPM).Mengenai hasil timbang tara seperti dibangkitkan oleh Ahli Yang Berhormat, ianya telah digugurkan dan penuntut dikehendaki untuk membayar kos yang ditanggung oleh responden dalam proses timbang tara yang berkenaan.

Berhubung dengan staatus sekolah berkenaan, Pihak Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR) Malaysia telah melantik pasukan pakar pada 12 Mei 2015 bagi melaksanakan kajian dan menyediakan laporan penilaian kerosakan untuk dilaporkan kepada pihak Timbangtara. Status SK Danau Perdana akan diputuskan setelah pihak timbang tara menilai laporan kerosakan yang disediakan oleh JKR.

Sebagaimana yang kita sedia maklum, tapak tersebut digunakan sebagai tapak sekolah kebansaan. Sehubungan itu, selaras dengan dasar pembinaan sekolah untuk kegunaan semua kaum, keutamaan adalah membina sekolah aliran perdana.

Sekian.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Hannah Yeoh has drawn flak from a Chinese columnist who criticised the DAP politician for wearing a head scarf to a ‘buka puasa’ event at a mosque recently.

In a Facebook posting, the Selangor State Speaker and assemblywoman for Subang Jaya brushed off the criticisms after pictures of her at the event were posted on Facebook.

“… extreme views exist in every faith & race”, she wrote today.

“Malaysians who want to move this country forward must reject such extreme views.”

Hannah asserted that the main reason why she had joined politics was to take a stand against such an extremist mindset.

“I will not apologise for my stand,” she declared.

Netizens who had viewed the Facebook post lauded her stance and voiced their support for her.

One such user with the handle Seong Yeow Tan said, “You are in a mosque is correct (sic) to wear headscarf. Doesn’t compromise your faith. Don’t bother with narrow minded individuals!”

Another user, Ambiga Rajendran, commended Hannah by saying, “Well said, YB. Living in a diverse community like ours requires respect for other cultures, not extremism”.

“Thank you for standing your ground in every issue that matters!”

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KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here today dismissed an application by DAP vice-president Teresa Kok to have her sedition charge transferred to it from the Sessions Court.

Delivering his decision, Justice Kamardin Hashim said that he disagreed with the submissions of Kok’s counsel Sankara Nair.

Sankara had submitted that the case should be transferred for hearing in the High Court for three reasons. Firstly, he contended that the Sedition Act, 1948 pre-dated video technology, thereby rendering the charge ‘odd’.

He also argued that the High Court was more senior and that if the case were to be started at the Sessions Court, Kok would be deprived of the right of appeal to the highest court in the land.

Under present law, appeals from cases emanating in the Sessions Court can only be taken to the High Court and, thereafter, the Court of Appeal. Kok will not, however, be entitled to bring a further appeal to the Federal Court.

Kamardin, however, rejected those submissions.

“The Session Court judge is capable and has 10 years of experience,” he noted. “She can hear her case.”

He also said that he did not think Kok would be deprived of any of her rights even if her appeal terminated in the Court of Appeal since that appellate court was sufficiently competent to address all matters that arise in that case.

Speaking outside the courtroom after the decision, Kok said that she was disappointed with the outcome.

“We will file an appeal against the decision by next week,” she said.

Sankara added that he would apply for five judges to decide whether the case should be heard at the High Court.

Meanwhile, the Session Court fixed Kok’s case for mention on October 2 pending the outcome of another sedition case involving Prof Azmi Shahrom in the Federal Court.

In that case, Azmi is challenging the constitutionally of the Sedition Act, 1948. To date, no decision has been handed down by the court.

Kok was charged last year under Section 4(1)(c) of the Act for her Chinese New Year video, ‘Teresa Kok Onederful Malaysia 2014,’ which was uploaded onto YouTube.

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru (pic) says Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap’s comments served to propagate the view that the act of eating or drinking in the presence of Muslims during Ramadan was an act of disrespect. ― File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 — A deputy minister’s remark telling non-Muslims to avoid eating in front of fasting Muslims only serves to prod misguided Malaysians into imposing their beliefs upon others, a disapproving Malaysian Bar has said.

Criticising Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap’s remark in response to the controversy of a Kedah schoolteacher who told non-Muslim students not to drink urine in a purported joke, Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru said she should instead by arresting the tendency to compel followers of one religion to observe the norms of another.

“Our future as a nation will be in jeopardy if this worrying trend is not arrested and reversed,” he said in a statement sent late last night.

According to the head of the Malaysian Bar, Yap’s comments served to propagate the view that the act of eating or drinking in the presence of Muslims during Ramadan was an act of disrespect.

The daily dawn-to-dusk fast during the holy month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, but although the abstinence applies only to Muslims, some are offended when followers of other faiths do not similarly refrain in their presence.

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 ― Pictures from a private buka puasa function last night between DAP, PKR and leaders from PAS’s progressive faction have been making its rounds on Facebook and other social media sites, fueling speculation that talks for a new Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition are underway.

Malay Mail Online understands that the pictures were taken shortly after a meeting was held between the axed PAS leaders and representatives from DAP and PKR at Tumpat MP Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar’s residence.

“We had a meeting, then we broke our fast. It was just a normal meeting with familiar people and friends,” PAS’ Kuala Krai MP Dr Hatta Ramli told Malay Mail Online.

DAP’s Teresa Kok, who was also present yesterday, wrote on Facebook saying that the gathering gave hope to the birth of “Pakatan 2.0.”

“Even though the PAS Muktamar’s decision was to break off relations with DAP, but tonight it seems there is hope for the the birth of Pakatan Rakyat 2.0,” the DAP leader said.

DAP’s Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong, however, insisted the gathering was an informal meet between friends and allies.

“Yes, I was there, PAS progressive leaders were there. To break fast.

“Up to you to read the meaning behind the gathering, but as I have said, it is a buka puasa gathering,” Liew told Malay Mail Online.

Others present at the gathering yesterday were former PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang, former PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub, Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad, PKR vice-presidents ChuaTian Chang andShamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin and Sungai Petani MP Datuk Johari Abdul.

Yesterday, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim confirmed the reported realignment of forces in Malaysia’s opposition front, saying in a message through his lawyers that this reorganisation will involve “new” forces, including even non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

The three-party PR alliance comprising PKR, DAP and PAS was thrown into a state of uncertainty recently after PAS decided during its June 6 muktamar to cut ties with the DAP.

The decision later led to the DAP declaring PR’s death as a coalition.

PKR, in an attempt to ensure the fallout between its allies does not cause the fall of the two governments that PR rules — Selangor and Penang — has since said that the spirit of the pact lives on although it no longer functions formally.

PAS, on the other hand, has continued to insist that PR still lives on.

The crisis has since triggered talk of the possible formation of a new alliance, one that will include a new party to replace PAS.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/axed-pas-leaders-hu ddle-with-dap-pkr-as-informal-talks-on-pakatan-2.0-begin#sthash.pgZzWz CJ.dpuf

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