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KUALA LUMPUR, 3 JAN: Penderitaan mangsa perang di Aleppo yang menghadapi musim sejuk tanpa bekalan makanan dan perlindungan yang mencukupi menyentuh hati rakyat negara ini.

Justeru, pertubuhan Malaysians Love Syria dan Yayasan Darul Hijrah menganjurkan program #Walk4Syria pada 1 Januari lalu untuk mengadakan kutipan amal sekitar ibu kota.

Program yang disertai sekitar 40 sukarelawan itu dimulakan dari kawasan Pudu, Pasar Seni, KL Sentral, Masjid Jamek dan berakhir di hadapan Pasaraya Sogo bermula pada jam 10 pagi dan berakhir kira-kira jam 4 petang.

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PETALING JAYA: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang is proposing the “Pensiangan Formula” to address the “political and constitutional stalemate” arising from the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act.

In a statement, Gelang Patah MP Lim, said the idea of the “Pensiangan Formula” came to him during a recent visit to Pensiangan, Sabah, in the wake of a statement by Umno Supreme Council Member Jamil Khir Baharom that the private member’s bill to amend the act enabled the government to circumvent due constitutional process.

This process included obtaining the consensus of all state governments, the National Islamic Council and the Rulers’ Conference.

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The recent McDonald’s ruling on birthday cakes is preposterous. In insisting on halal certification for cakes brought to its restaurants, did the fast food chain consider that not everyone brings a cake bought from a shop?

There are mothers who bake their children’s birthday cakes for parties at McDonald’s. And there are those who order them from people like me, who enjoy baking for friends.

So what are parents to do if McDonald’s wants them to provide a halal certificate for one of my cakes? Or does my being Malay and Muslim spare me from the need to apply to Jakim for a halal certificate?

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PETALING JAYA: Long-haul bus company TransMalaya Ekspres has denied claims that Muslim couples are required to produce a marriage certificate when purchasing bus tickets at its counters.

Its ticket servicing department officer, Rina Suhara Ramli, said the company had never imposed such a requirement on its customers as it believed in respecting their privacy.

“We have never asked for a marriage certificate from passengers who want to buy bus tickets. We only segregate passengers based on gender.

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PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Teresa Kok today defended her stance on gender segregation in buses, saying she supported it for women’s safety, but not as a form of moral policing.

“This topic deserves more discussion before implementation. I support allowing women to travel at ease in long-distance buses.

“But I don’t support moral policing by the bus conductor or the bus company,” she said in a Facebook post.

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GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has accepted the retraction and apology of The Star newspaper over an article written by its chief political correspondent Joceline Tan.

Lim’s legal officer Raja Syarafina Raja Shuib said this following the newspaper’s retraction and apology published on Dec 25.

Lim had accused The Star of publishing a “false and misleading” report titled “Snap election for Penang” in the July 17 edition of the Sunday Star.

Tan, in her opinion piece running nearly 50 paragraphs, had written about a meeting of the DAP leadership, where they were said to have discussed a proposal for snap Penang elections. She had also written about the controversial Taman Manggis land issue.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 28 ― Male and female passengers who board long-haul bus operator TransMalaya Ekspres will be expected to sit separately if they are not family or married, even when they are non-Muslims.

Speaking to Malay Mail Online, the company said it made the decision to provide comfort and safety for female passengers, following concerns over sexual harassment against the group.

“The point of this is to give an advantage to our female passengers because we have heard and read reports of how female travellers get molested by strangers, so we took this effort to give them a greater sense of security and comfort.

“This is for both Muslim and non-Muslim. We simply want to avoid any untoward incidents,” said Noorlini Ramli, the owner and co-founder of KRZ Management Sdn Bhd that manages the TransMalaya fleet.

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PETALING JAYA: All religious institutions or organisations qualify for tax exemptions, provided that their income are from donations and intended for religious activities.

The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) said that a recent amendment to the Income Tax Act 1967 in Budget 2017 shed light on how the exemptions can be applied.

“The amendment to paragraph 13(1)(b) Schedule 6 Income Tax Act 1967 (Act 53) in Budget 2017 seeks to provide clarity of the law on the application of exemption to religious institution or organisation.

“Prior to this amendment, there has been some confusion among taxpayers as to whether or not religious institutions or organisations automatically qualify for the exemption under the act.

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