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Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar certainly erred when he said yesterday that Sunday’s church protest in Taman Medan was not against Christianity, but the location of the church in a largely Malay-Muslim neighborhood.

How could it not be about religion when the protestors demanded that the cross be removed?

Khalid’s statement is therefore most baffling and unacceptable.

Since the Home Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi has openly contradicted him and said that the protest was seditious, the IGP must not defend what is indefensible and must take immediate action against the protestors.

Malaysia is a multi-racial religious nation where mutual respect and tolerance must always prevail and the constitutional rights of freedom of religion of all must be protected.

On July 17 last year, Malaysiakini reported that a Nezha deity statue standing more than 10 metres tall at a temple in Kampung Tembioh, Johor, was taken down on July 16 , after concerns raised by Kota Tinggi Umno Youth who reportedly said it was due to the temple’s proximity to a surau located 50 metres away.

Although the temple chairman admitted the temple did not apply for approval from the local authorities to build the statue which had cost them RM 500,000 to ship from China, what should be noted is the ground of objection by the Umno youth.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib has talked much about moderation, yet it is sad that we have incidents that a church cross must be removed because it is being deemed sensitive in a majority Muslim neighbourhood and a deity statue was deemed unsuitable because it is 50 metres from a surau.

Anyone who has been to Jalan Tukang Emas and Jalan Tokong Melaka will see that Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple, Kg Kling Mosque and Cheng Hoon Teng temple are located not far from each other and there has been no issue at all .

It is heartening to see Malaysians, especially Muslim individuals and groups, speaking up against the intolerant behavior of the church protestors.

More Malaysians must speak up and let the Taman Medan church know that they won’t be alone in defending their right to practice their religion.

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PETALING JAYA: The Taman Medan church incident has uncovered a fundamental difference of understanding about sedition, a law which has gained much notoriety over recent months.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar said that the protest against the church was not seditious as it did not touch the Christian faith.

Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament for Klang, called Khalid’s reasoning “ludicrous”.

Khalid’s elder brother, Abdullah Abu Bakar was also at the protest. He explained that he dropped by later “when it appeared that matters would get out of hand.

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The DAP delegation to Middle East has returned to Kuala Lumpur this afternoon. This was the first time DAP leaders visited the the region and it was a pleasant and fruitful trip for us.

Before I left for Cairo airport yesterday, I joined Steven Sim and Zairil Khir Johari to visit the famous pyramid site.

The pyramids were huge and each took something like 16 years to build. They were really awesome.

I didn’t have time to go into the pyramid, but to touch the stones on the outside and take photos in the desert with pyramids as background was satisfactory for me.

Like many tourists, we wondered how the pyramids were built few thousands years ago…..

 

 

This picture taken on April 20, 2015 shows that the new church in Taman Medan has removed the cross it had put up on its facade earlier. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — An Umno leader who took part in a Muslim group’s protest against a church in Taman Medan yesterday has admitted to being Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar’s brother.

Datuk Abdullah Abu Bakar who is the Taman Lindungan Jaya Umno division leader however stressed that his family ties with Khalid should not be misconstrued, and that he had done nothing wrong by taking part in the protest.

“Yes I am the IGP’s brother but does that mean if I do anything, I am abusing my position or whatever I do is wrong?” he told the Malay Mail Online.

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Lawatan rombongan Ahli Parlimen DAP yang diketuai oleh Lim Kit Siang ke Jordan dan Mesir telah sempurna dan kami telah kembali ke Malaysia. Lawatan ini, khususnya pertemuan kami dengan pelajar Malaysia di beberapa tempat di Jordan dan Mesir telah meninggalkan kenangan yang manis pada kami.

Kami bergembira dapat bertemu dengan pelajar di Amman, Mafraq, Irbid dan Karak di Jordan, dan juga pelajar Malaysia di Iskandariah dan Kaherah di Mesir. Saya sengaja tidak menyiarkan foto pelajar Malaysia kami kerana tidak mahu mereka menghadapi tekanan daripada pihak tertentu yang cuba menghalang mereka daripada berjumpa dengan kami.

Namun kami memuji keberanian mereka mengingkari “nasihat” tersebut. Mungkin kerana mereka tahu mereka tidak melakukan apa-apa kesalahan dengan menyertai program bertemu Ahli-Ahli Parlimen DAP, sama seperti mereka meraikan kehadiran Ahli-Ahli Parlimen lain.

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DAP leader Lim Kit Siang says PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s insistence on single-handedly pushing for Parliament to debate hudud will define the future of Pakatan Rakyat. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 — PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s insistence on single-handedly pushing for Parliament to debate hudud will define the future of Pakatan Rakyat, as they struggle to deal with a widening rift within the coalition, Lim Kit Siang said.

The senior DAP leader said it was bad enough that Abdul Hadi unilaterally went ahead and tabled two private member’s bills in the last parliamentary meeting seeking a nod to implement shariah criminal law in Kelantan.

Making it worse, however, is the PAS leader’s refusal to even clue in senior members of his own party on the plans, Lim said.

While internal PAS issues are best left to the party to deal with, Lim stressed that Abdul Hadi’s continued recalcitrance breaks the commitment he himself made at the PR Leadership Council’s February 8 meeting where he had first presented his plans to the council for consideration.

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — The Egypt chapter of Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) denounced today DAP’s visit to the Middle East as polluting the motherland of Muslim prophets.

The Islamist group said DAP’s dialogue session with Malaysians there was just a facade for its “evil agenda” to erode the identity of Muslims, claiming that the secular opposition party had consistently fought against the position of Islam and Malays in Malaysia.

“DAP is holding a trip to the Middle East, Egypt and Jordan to hold dialogue sessions with Malaysian community here…Their presence is very much unwelcomed,” Egypt Isma chairman Umar Farouq Morhalim said in a statement.

“Egypt Isma hopes all students will not be lured by the ‘bait’ thrown in the attempt to erode the identity of Malay Muslims, especially when the students are the pillars of the country in the future,” he added.

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DAP MP Zairil Khir Johari’s clarification came after an editor with Isma’s website penned a commentary expressing his shock that DAP was allowed to meet and socialise with Malaysian students in the two countries, who were mostly Malays. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — DAP MP Zairil Khir Johari was made to explain today the secular party’s trip to Jordan and Egypt this week, after Islamist group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) ran an editorial alleging it was another one of DAP’s ploys to recruit and “manipulate” young Malays.

According to the Bukit Bendera MP, the trip to Jordan from Monday until yesterday had included dialogues with academic groups, a visit to a refugee camp and a meeting with Malaysian students in the Arabic kingdom.

“The purpose of this trip was to learn more about the culture and political dynamics in West Asia, especially about the Islamic political movement that is increasingly growing in the region,” Zairil said in a status update on his official Facebook page.

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