4-day remand for so-called ‘Malacca Sultan’
An order from the Magistrate’s Court has been issued to remand Noor Jan Tuah for 4 days by the police. The man who self-proclaimed as the ‘Sultan of Melaka’ was detained by the police. According to State deputy CPO Datuk Shah Gzali Khan Shahadat, the man was travelling to Pulau Besar for ane vent when he was arrested and will be investigated under the Sedition Act after more than 10 reports were lodged by various quarters. It was reported that some 50 people believed to be the followers were going to Pulau Besar to attend what was supposed to be a thanksgiving event.
Umno to hold 30 roadshows to ‘educate’ Muslims on why non-Muslims can’t use Allah word
Datuk Seri Noh Omar, the Selangor state Umno chnief said that the state branch is organizing 30 roadshows on the Allah issue. He said that the events were organized to ‘educate’ Muslims in Selangor about the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions Enactment 1988 (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) which prohibits non-Muslims from using the Allah word, among 34 other Arabic words in Selangor. He said that the roadshows will involve the 22 Umno branches in the state and are aimed at educating Muslims on why non-Muslims cannot use the word in the state with the first show starting in Sekinchan followed by Shah Alam.
166,000 objection letters received by DBKL over assessment rate hike
Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib, the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur said that DBKL (Kuala Lumpur City Hall) has received about 166,000 letters of objection on the proposed assessment rate hikes of properties in Kuala Lumpur. This was as of December 17th, the deadline for submitting of the letters for the residents of the capital. Of the total, Ahmad Phesal said that there were ‘duplicates’ as some property owners sent repeated letters to DBKL. He added that all the appeals will be reviewed and should conclude in March as there are 8 panels that are tasked at hearing the complaints on the hikes which led to a public outcry late last year.
Why the silence? Christian body asks Putrajaya
Rev Dr Eu Hong Seng, the chairman of the CFM (Christian Federation of Malaysia) said that Putrajaya should not maintain its silence over the increased religious tension following the Allah issue. Dr Eu stated that 4 incidents have occurred that targeted Father Lawrence while some Muslims are burning effigies of the priest and threatening protests against the Catholic church. There were demonstrations held in Klang at the Shekinah Glory AG Church, at the Metro Tabernacle Church in Gombak while an advertisement was placed in The Star recently that justified the raid on the BSM (Bible Society of Malaysia) and the 10-point solution should have resolved the issue by now if the government had given a clear direction on the matter.
Najib ridiculed by foreign media over kangkung remark
The infamous ‘kangkung’ remark made by the prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recently has gained him international recognition after international media ridiculed him over the statement. BBC and Singapore’s Straits Times cited that Najib has put himself in a difficult position over the kangkung statement in which he slammed the people for not praising the government when prices of goods go down but criticizes the government when the price goes up. The issue came into light where Najib lamented that the people were ungrateful after he found out that the price of kangkung had dropped recently because he felt that the government deserved praise.