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Politics Today – 16th January 2014

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PKFZ example of Malaysia a land of mega-scandal with no criminals
DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang said that an RCI (Royal Commission of Inquiry) should be formed to investigate the PKFZ (Port Klang Free Zone) project. He said this in light of the decision made by Putrajaya to withdraw the charges against Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy and Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, two former transport ministers who were earlier linked to the project. He said that this is something that needs to be done and called on the support of MPs from both the political divide to avoid Malaysia becoming a laughing stock in the international market as it would show that Malaysia is a land of mega-scandals with no people charged.

 

Return Bibles – Anwar tells Jais
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that JAIS (Selangor Islamic Religious Department) should return the bibles seized from the BSM (Bible Society of Malaysia) recently. He said that he is against the manner by which JAIS raided the premises of BSM which he said was ‘high-handed’. In the raid, some 300 Malay and Iban bibles were confiscated while 2 officials from BSM were arrested. Anwar said that he is not disputing the rights of JAIS to question, investigate or call up anyone for clarification but the way the raid was conducted did not respect the sensitivities of other religions and as such, it was ‘very dangerous’.

 

PETRONAS/ malaysia-pkfzBlame the weather, not reduction of petrol subsidies for price hikes – Khairy
Khairy Jamaluddin, the Youth and Sports Minister has called on the people not to blame the reduction of petrol subsidy by the government for being the main reason price of goods were increasing. He said this in light of certain quarters who said that the reduction of the subsidy was the main reason why prices of goods were increasing. Khairy said that a survey conducted showed that prices were raised due to the demand, supply and weather coupled with the fact that the festive season was around the corner. He said that when he visited the wholesale market, he found that the petrol price had very minimal effect on the price of goods.

 

Global study finds Putrajaya imposes ‘very high’ restrictions on religion
According to the Pew Research Centre, an American think-tank, the restrictions in Malaysia in terms of religion is among the worst in the world. This was found in the study which was published in the Restrictions on Religion report where Malaysia was considered ‘very high’ in terms of restrictions imposed by the government. A total of 198 countries were involved in the study where Malaysia was the same level with Egypt, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq and Russia. About 99.5% of the world’s population were covered in the report that looked into the efforts by governments in banning certain types of faiths and other prohibitions.

 

Federal Constitution supreme than any other law in Allah row so Sikhs should be allowed to use word
Karpal Singh, the national chairman of DAP said that the Federal Constitution outweighs all other laws involved in the Allah issue. He said this in reference to the use of the Allah word by Sikhs in the country. He said that under Article 4(1), the Federal Constitution is the supreme law of the land and due to that, the Allah issue will not affect the Sikhs. Sallehin Mukhyi, the state executive councilor in charge of Islamic affairs in Selangor had said that the Allah ban covers all non-Muslims which include Sikhs. The word Allah appears 37 times in the Sikh’s holy scriptures which was highlighted by Karpal recently.

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