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Media Statement by Teresa Kok, DAP National Vice chairperson and MP for Seputeh in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, July 18, 2014

Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Moktar Radin’s yesterday’s tweet –”I was criticised when I once said that most women drivers are hot tempered. “This (my argument) has been proven by Kiki. CDM 25,”– has not proven that he was right , but has proven that he is a misogynist .

The actions of Siti Fairrah Asyikin Kamaruddin, also known as Kiki, who flew into a rage after an accident in Kuantan,  have  nothing to do with race or gender.

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The independent pollster Merdeka Centre has found that nearly three in five Malaysians think the country is not prepared to implement the controversial hudud Islamic penal law.

Its survey on hudud in April found that a total of 59 per cent of the Malaysians polled shared this sentiment, with 58 per cent of Malays believing so while 59 per cent of Chinese and 61 per cent of Indians gave the same response.

Just 25 per cent of respondents — and 30 per cent of Malays — believed that Malaysia is ready to introduce hudud now.

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Why should anyone be surprised anymore by the distasteful and crass speech of Umno politicians or those associated with the ruling party?

If it is not a sexist remark, it is usually something so inappropriate on race, religion and even world history (Long Live Hitler!). No Umno assembly is complete without a catalogue of tasteless jokes on sex.

This is the language Umno politicians speak everyday, to their political comrades, business cronies, wives, mistresses and even children – individuals or groups of people so beholden to them that no one dare chastise them for the rubbish that escapes their lips.

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The courts do not have the final word in the Allah case, this contest will go beyond the Federal Court, a law lecturer from the Australian National University said today.

Speaking in an academic seminar titled “The Name of God on Trial: Narratives of Law, Religion and State in Malaysia”, Joshua Neoh (pic) said that given this scenario, dissenting judgments were important because it appeals to the people and builds a counter-current of opinion.

“All decisions could be revisited and challenged judicially, the losing side in a judicial battle can always live to fight another day. That is the very nature of Constitutional interpretation,” he said in Petaling Jaya today.

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The suggestion by Umno Lawyer Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun is most laughable, ridiculous and sexist.

His suggestion  is a reflection of Umno’s fears about the possibility of Wan Azizah becoming the Selangor Mentri Besar and is  an attempt to prevent the possibility from becoming a reality. But his suggestion is a lousy excuse.

Whether Wan Azizah is qualified to be the Selangor Mentri Besar will have to be based on the constitutional provisions of Selangor State Constitution and the rules of parliamentary democracy.

Wan Azizah is certainly entitled if she can meet the flowing conditions,

1.     She is an elected member of the Selangor State Assembly

2.     She commands majority support of the State Assemblypersons.

3.     She is a Malay

4.     She is a Muslim.

If a woman Mentri Besar cannot accompany the sultan on religious functions due to menstrual problems, she can always delegates the responsibility and role to an Exco who is in charge of Islamic affairs.

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Media Statement by Teresa Kok, DAP National Vice Chairperson and MP for Seputeh in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, July 14, 2014

I wish to first extend my condolences to the family of marine police Kpl Abdul Rajah Jamuan who was killed during the attack by Filipino gunmen on a security post in Pulau Mabul on Saturday.

It was sad that after so many past kidnappings and intrusions as well as assurances by the government that safety in Sabah coastline would be enhanced, the latest incident   has happened.

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Three days ago, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had, at a Ramadhan event in Johor, made the remarks that a repeat of the 1969 race riots could not be ruled out.

What was most shocking and irresponsible was that he had obviously put the blame on the non Malay communities when he expressed expressed fears over the insults hurled towards the Malays and Muslims of late.

I am disappointed and baffled why MCA President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai , when commenting that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s statement was a “reminder” to Malaysians not to take the country’s peace for granted, had said that everyone was working towards a better Malaysia but extremists were taking every opportunity to destablise the country.

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Today I had been showing the “special pass” issued to me by Sarawak Immigration office, to comrades and local journalists. The pass specifies that I can only stay in Sarawak for 7 days.

When I met Sdr Lim Guan Eng who had arrived in Sibu to pay respects to Ho Leng in the evening, I wanted to show him my “special pass”, but I then realized that it was missing.
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