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MCA has opted out of cabinet after GE 13 as its leaders complaint that the Chinese voters did not support MCA during last general elections. However, after a few months, MCA leaders chose to crawl back to the BN cabinet.

Najib’s speech in MCA assembly today basically echoed the stance made by the former MCA president, Chua Soi Lek after GE13; i.e. If you don’t vote for me, I don’t serve you.

I think MCA delegates must seriously debate Najib’s speech today. Do they support or against his stand?

Chinese constitutes about 28% (or less) of the total population in Malaysia. 47% voters voted for BN in GE13. This means, besides the Chinese voters, many other races didn’t vote for BN in last GE too. Will Najib say the same thing to other ethnic community?

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak says the Chinese cannot make demands on Barisan Nasional if they continued to support Pakatan Rakyat. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, October 12, 2014.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today that the Chinese could not make demands on Barisan Nasional (BN) if they continued to support Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

Speaking at the MCA’s 61st annual general assembly, Najib said BN would only be fair to the Chinese if they supported the ruling coalition instead of PR.

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Before I uploaded my piece and photos of the Oktoberfest event which I attended on Friday night, I was told that Selangor Exco Elizabeth Wong had uploaded in her Facebook a photo of her and me having beer at the event and there were fierce arguments in her FB Timeline about the post.

I expected my post to invite fierce debate and looking through the arguments which have taken place after I have posted my piece, I must say the debates were really fierce 

I don’t propose to answer or reply to all points raised but wish to make two comments:-

1. We all can have different views and principles but we should always argue rationally and with maturity. Rude and crude language must not be used. Neither should there be any racial or religious attacks.

2. Focus of debate should be on the key point stressed by MP for Shah Alam Khalid Samad who had, amid calls to ban the event, courageously defended the event and stressed that “sensitivities” can be managed while maintaining the rights of non-Muslims, by imposing conditions such as prohibiting Muslims from participating in such events or holding these events at non-Muslim majority areas.

Some people accused me for “provoking the Muslims” or “promoting unhealthy lifestyle” by putting the photos of attending Oktoberfest in my FB Timeline. I always share in my FB events which I attend. Only those with political agenda and narrow worldview will make irresponsible and baseless accusation against me.

As a MP, I represent all Malaysians who have different values and judgement on issues. As I respect those who think that drinking alcohol is bad (or maksiat), I also support the freedom of many occasional social drinkers who don’t hold that opinion.

Uploaded here below is a media photo which shows that other PR leaders including Lim Kit Siang, Gobind Singh, Ean Yong Hian Wah, Teng Chang Kim, Tony Pua, and Sivarasa were present to support the event. Entrance to the event is only for non Muslims aged 18 and above.

While I was the senior Selangor Exco from 2008 to 2013, I was not really aware of the Oktoberfest event organized by Carlsberg and I have never attended the event.

However, I decided to attend it last night after certain quarters tried to block it from happening.

When I arrived at the event at the car-park area of One Utama, I was told by the host that the crowds were bigger this year.

I think the controversy has given the event free publicity. It has also created the curiosity of many defiant non-Muslims like me to attend the event.

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NO SOALAN :16

PEMBERITAHUAN PERTANYAANDEWAN RAKYAT, MALAYSIA

DARIPADA                  :  Y.B. PUAN TERESA KOK SUH SIM (SEPUTEH)

PERTANYAAN         :  LISAN

TARIKH                        :  09.10.2014

Y.B. PUAN TERESA KOK SUH SIM [ SEPUTEH ] minta MENTERI KEWANGAN menyatakan apakah tindakan yang telah dilakukan oleh Kerajaan terhadap skandal penjualan kereta mewah terpakai tanpa duti import dari Langkawi keluar Langkawi dengan surat pengecualian duti kastam yang sah. Apakah Kerajaan akan mengecualikan cukai terhadap mangsa pembeli tersebut memandangkan mereka tertipu oleh surat Kastam.

JAWAPAN

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat, Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia (JKDM) telah melakukan aktiviti risikan dan pemerhatian terhadap skandal penjualan kereta mewah terpakai tanpa membayar duti import yang keluar daripada Langkawi dengan surat pengecualian duti/cukai Kastam yang sah. Berdasarkan aktiviti risikan dan pemerhatian tersebut, JKDM mendapati 2 kategori kesalahan yang berlaku berhubung dengan salahlaku kereta mewah iaitu kesalahan melanggar syarat kemudahan import sementara (overstay) dan fraud.

Kenderaan yang didaftarkan di Langkawi dibenarkan untuk dibawa masuk ke Kawasan Utama Kastam (KUK) dengan pengecualian duti import dan cukai jualan menggunakan kemudahan diimport sementara untuk tempoh tidak melebihi tempoh 30 hari untuk sekali perjalanan dan tidak melebihi 90 hari setahun. Kesalahan overstay berlaku apabila kenderaan yang terlibat tidak dibawa balik ke Langkawi setelah melebihi tempoh yang dibenarkan.

Bagi kesalahan overstay, Bahagian Penguatkuasaan JKDM akan merampas

kenderaan berkenaan dan kompaun di bawah seksyen 138 Akta Kastam 1967 akan dikenakan kepada pemilik kenderaan. Tuntutan ke atas duti/cukai yang terlibat ke atas kenderaan terbabit akan dilakukan dan sekiranya pemilik gagal untuk membuat bayaran cukai yang dituntut, tindakan pendakwaan di mahkamah akan diambil.

Kesalahan fraud pula berlaku dimana kenderaan yang didaftarkan di Langkawi telah dibawa masuk ke KUK menggunakan kemudahan import sementara. Kemudian, pembatalan syarat-K iaitu syarat “Cukai Kastam

Dikecualikan .  Mesti  Dibayar  Sebelum  Boleh  Ditukar Kegunaan/Milik” seperti yang disahkan pada geran dan rekod JPJ ke atas kenderaan tersebut dilakukan dengan mengemukakan permohonan kepada JPJ menggunakan borang kastam palsu. Tiada duti/cukai yang dibayar ke atas kenderaan terbabit. Walau bagaimanapun, pemilik kenderaan telah mengemukakan dokumen tersebut kepada JKDM bagi tujuan mengemaskini rekod kereta tersebut sebagai telah dibayar duti/cukai Kastam.

Bagi kes fraud, sementara siasatan dijalankan, kenderaan terbabit diberi pelepasan di bawah seksyen 115(1)(a) Akta Kastam 1967 iaitu pemilik diminta untuk mengemukakan 10% tunai atau jaminan bank dan 90% bon am daripada nilai cukai yang dituntut. Sekiranya terbukti berlaku kesalahan fraud, tuntutan duti/cukai ke atas kenderaan terbabit akan dilakukan namun tiada kompaun dikenakan. Tindakan pendakwaan di mahkamah akan diambil sekiranya pemilik gagal untuk membuat bayaran cukai yang dituntut.

Sehingga 15 September 2014, sebanyak 114 buah kenderaan telah disita atas kesalahan overstay manakala 271 buah kenderaan disita atas kesalahan fraud. Siasatan terperinci dan komprehensif perlu dilakukan sebelum Kerajaan membuat sebarang keputusan berhubung pengecualian duti/cukai ke atas kenderaan yang disabitkan dengan kesalahan tersebut bagi menentukan bahawa ia adalah kes pemilik teraniaya (innocent owner). Semua faktor akan diambil kira dan diberi pertimbangan sewajarnya supaya kes seumpama ini tidak dimanipulasi oleh pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab.

PEMBERITAHUAN PERTANYAAN DEWAN RAKYAT

PERTANYAAN                    :                               BAGI JAWAB LISAN

DARIPADA                          :                               PUAN TERESA KOK SUH SIM [SEPUTEH]

TARIKH                                  :                               8 OKTOBER 2014

SOALAN                               :                               26

 

Puan Teresa Kok Suh Sim [Seputeh] minta MENTERI PENGANGKUTAN menyatakan kos pembinaan KLIA & KLIA2 dan cukai lapangan terbang yang dikenakan oleh MAHB di kedua-dua lapangan terbang yang dikenakan oleh MAHB di kedua-dua lapangan terbang ini. Nyatakan jumlah penumpang yang menggunakan KLIA & KLIA2 pada Julai, Ogos, September 2014 dan cukai (airport tax) yang dikutip di KLIA dan KLIA2.

JAWAPAN

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The New York Times has urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to keep his promise to repeal the Sedition Act. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 7, 2014.

The New York Times has condemned Putrajaya’s ongoing sedition blitz and said it was a “deplorable attack on free speech and a serious threat to democracy”.

The influential US daily said in an editorial that Datuk Seri Najib Razak should keep his promise and immediately repeal the colonial-era Sedition Act.

“Mr Najib’s crackdown is a deplorable attack on free speech and a serious threat to democracy.

“He appeared to understand this danger when he promised to repeal the Sedition Act. He should do so immediately,” the daily said.

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(The bible was held over the head of Bishop Julian Leow. The principal ordaining Bishop John Ha then said, “Receive the Gospel and preach the word of God with all patience and sound teaching.”)

I was at the 4-hour-ordination mass for Archbishop Julian Leow at Holy Family Church at Kajang. It was a solemn cum prayerful ceremony. About ten thousand church members attended this greatest event in the Catholic Church.

I have prayed hard for the church, for our country leaders and for Bishop Julian in the four hour long ordination mass.

I am very impressed with Bishop Julian’s speech at the end of the ceremony, particularly the 4Ls that were mentioned by him in his speech.

A Catholic priest told me that he has full faith in the newly elected bishop after listening to his speech. Some pastors from other churches expressed hope that this new shepherd of the Catholic Church can work together with them.

In his speech, Bishop Julian said our country is at crossroads, he is willing to dedicate his office in healing and building of this nation.

Well said Archbishop Julian Leow. We praise God for choosing you to be our shepherd. The Church has a role in nation building and reconciliation of the nation. We look forward to your leadership and we will pray for you always for divine protection, guidance and covering from the Heavenly Father.

(Group photo of the bishops and priests with Archbishop Julian Leow at the end of the ordination ceremony)

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Catholic priest Reverend Father Julian Leow Beng Kim during his ordination ceremony at the Holy Family Church in Kajang today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, October 6, 2014.

Soon after being installed as the fourth archbishop of Kuala Lumpur today, Reverend Father Julian Leow Beng Kim pledged himself and his pastoral office to healing and building the nation which he said was at the “crossroads”.

In his speech at the end of the three-and-a-half hour ordination and installation ceremony today, Leow said people needed to write a fresh narrative for the nation which included mutual respect, interdependence and cooperation.

“We are at the crossroads of our future as Malaysians, a future from a shared past, that we as people of many faiths have built up and sacrificed much for. I truly pray that common sense will prevail and that difficult but right decisions are made always by us and by our leaders.

“Therefore with your support, I dedicate myself and my office to this task of healing and building our nation, Malaysia,” he said to applause from the crowd.

“This new narrative is not about competing with each other, to see who is first, who is more superior or who is more successful, but our strength as a nation is gauged by how we treat the weakest and the most vulnerable among us.

“The most neglected of our society  must be our priority to move this nation forward,” the new archbishop said.

This morning, Leow was installed and ordained as the fourth archbishop of KL, a post appointed by the Vatican.

The ceremony at the Holy Family Church in Kajang was attended by some 12,000 Catholics as well as foreign dignitaries.

Busloads of Catholics from all over the country began arriving at the church as early as 7am to witness the two-part ceremony – the ordination of 50-year old Leow as bishop and his installation as archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.

As Leow made his way to the altar at the start of the ceremony, his parents, sitting in the front pew, held his face and kissed him.

A long and thunderous applause followed after Leow was ‎bestowed with the symbolic ring, mitre and crozier – symbols of his pastoral office.

As the archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Leow will lead some 180,000 Catholics from 40 parishes and chapels in Selangor, the Federal Territories, Negri Sembilan, Pahang and Terengganu.

Leow was appointed by the Vatican on July 3, taking over from Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam, who retired in December upon reaching the age limit of 75 after serving as archbishop of Kuala Lumpur for ten years.

Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia Archbishop Joseph Marino was presider at the ceremony.

President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, Archbishop John Ha, was the main celebrant.

Archbishop Emeritus Soter Fernandez and Pakiam were the two co-consecrators.

A native of Seremban, Leow completed his primary and secondary education at St Paul’s Institution, Seremban.

He then obtained a Bachelor of Building from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 1989.

After a three-year working stint in the private sector, Leow commenced his seven-year formative studies to the priesthood at College General Major Seminary, Penang in 1994.

He was ordained a priest on April 20, 2002 at the Church of the Visitation, Seremban.

Leow also said that his pastoral priorities would focus on four L’s – the lost, the last, the little and the least.

The lost were those who had strayed from the church, the last were migrants and foreigners who had left their homes to search for better lives, the little were the young and youths, and the least were the “voiceless, neglected and the oppressed”.

“The church must speak out and care for the weakest in our midst,” he said. – October 6, 2014.

- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/catholic-church-ma rks-new-milestone-installs-4th-kl-archbishop#sthash.vFA6OyZE.dpuf

http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2014/10/06/dont-blame-vernacular-sch ools/

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/dont-make-vernacula r-schools-scapegoat-for-failed-policies-umno-told

In August, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Razali Ibrahim had said that the existence of Chinese primary schools is an obstacle to national unity. He also asked the government to cease building new Chinese primary schools.

When speaking at the Bera Umno divisional meeting on August 10, Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Datuk Sabri Ismail Yaakob said that the existence of vernacular schools has resulted in the lack of mutual respect among the races.

Such baseless, unfair and irresponsible comments ought to have been strongly rebutted by the Cabinet. But the Cabinet has remained silent on this unfair Chinese school bashing by a Minister and a deputy Minister.

It is obvious that the Cabinet’s silence has now embolden Petaling Jaya Utara Umno duty division chief Mohamad Azli Mohemed Saad to suggest two days ago that the upcoming Umno General Assembly should discuss the abolition of the Chinese vernacular schools.

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