Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day

As a Christian, I find the statement by JAIS reported in The Malaysian Insider  misleading.

It was reported : 

Jais pointed out that there were 257,411 births out of wedlock between 2000 and 2008, and blamed Valentine’s Day celebrations as one of the causes.

“Therefore every Muslim, especially teenagers, must abandon the tradition of celebrating Valentine’s Day, which was meant to corrupt the Muslim community,” it said.

“Remember that the Jews and Christians would continue to deceive Muslims. They will do everything undermine the Muslims’ belief and personality,” said the sermon.

I believe in proper and inspired education to tackle social ills and I respect the need for JAIS and for any other religious authority (as they deem fit) to instruct, teach and guide members of their faith. However, information if not given accurately is misinformation, and such misinformation coupled with ignorance will further divide Malaysians of different races and religions. 

The two greatest commandments which all Christians are exhorted to live by are, firstly to love God with all our heart, soul and mind and secondly, to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. I encourage JAIS to consider engaging in honest dialogue with representatives of the Christian body in Malaysia as well as those of other faiths in order to collectively learn the differences of man-made traditions and Godly truths so as to avoid a recurrence of such attempt of gross misinformation.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Freak Accident

 photo courtesy of SJ Echo

News Article from SJ Echo : Freak Accident
Two foreigners die while another two admitted to hospital after they were extracted from sewage manhole

SUBANG JAYA: A Bangladeshi kitchen staff  and a shopping mall Nepalese security guard who were found lying unconscious with two other foreigners in a shopping mall sewage manhole died from inhalation of fumes in what has been described by authorities as shocking.

Bangladeshi, Mohammed Momen whose age is unknown was found lying under the three other men slumped over him. Attempts to revive him failed.

Nepalese guard Balinath Tah, 33 whom authorities suspect had responded to the distress call from the two men succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital.

The freak accident has left authorities baffled on why Mohammed Momen and a yet unidentified colleague were in the manhole and how they lifted the manhole cover in broad daylight in the first place. Both were dressed in kitchen overalls.

Eye-witnesses who were first at the scene said they saw two security guards attached with the shopping mall in the manhole gasping for air when they looked into the open manhole.

A steel rod normally used to open roller shutters was found next to the manhole.

The Fire and Rescue Services Department who arrived at the scene immediately initiated attempts to extract the men from the manhole.

SS17 Fire and Rescue Services officer in charge assistant superintendent Ahamad Majid who was at the scene said when they arrived, they found the manhole open and upon checking found four men in the manhole.

"With personnel from SS17, Hazmat and Petaling Jaya, we extracted the men from the manhole and medical personnel immediately attended to them," Ahamad said.

Subang Jaya OCPD ACP Zainal Rashid Abu Bakar said police were investigating the incident to get to the bottom on why the men were in the manhole in the first place.

Subang Parade management spokesman said Subang Parade had no scheduled maintenance work for its manholes. We r concerned with the incident and have launched our own internal investigations on the matter. The matter is now being investigated with the authorities. We shall give our fullest cooperation to the authorities to get to the bottom of this.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

S'gor pushes for auxiliary police force

Kerajaan Persekutuan Perlu Terima Tawaran Kerajaan Negeri Untuk
Tubuhkan Pasukan Polis Bantuan

YAB Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim menghantar surat kepada YB Menteri Dalam Negeri, Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein semalam yang meminta pihak kementerian mempertimbangkan permohonan Kerajaan Selangor untuk Menubuhkan Pasukan Polis Bantuan.

Surat ini adalah yang kedua dihantar YAB Menteri Besar selepas surat pertama yang dihantar kepada YAB Timbalan Perdana Menteri dan salinannya dihantar kepada YB Menteri Dalam Negeri pada  Julai tahun lepas,  tidak mendapat sebarang maklum balas.
Dalam surat kepada YB Menteri Dalam Negeri itu, YAB Menteri Besar menyatakan kebimbangan Kerajaan Negeri terhadap kadar jenayah yang semakin meningkat sehingga menimbulkan kebimbangan serius di kalangan rakyat Selangor, serta mengulangi hasrat kerajaan negeri untuk mengambil langkah konkrit demi menangani masalah ini.

“Saya menulis kepada YB Menteri Dalam Negeri supaya hasrat Kerajaan Selangor untuk menubuhkan Pasukan Polis Bantuan menjadi kenyataan. Keselamatan rakyat adalah keutamaan kerajaan negeri, dan tiada alasan munasabah mengapa kerajaan Persekutuan harus menolak tawaran kami untuk menyumbang sumber tenaga dalam usahasama menjaga keselamatan rakyat,” kata Menteri Besar.

Kerajaan Selangor pernah memohon kepada Kementerian Dalam Negeri untuk menubuhkan Pasukan Polis Bantuan dan Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) menjadi perintis, tetapi ditolak dengan alasan anggota polis mencukupi untuk mengawal keselamatan.

Bagaimanapun, dua kes yang terbaru di mana  dua pegawal keselamatan ditetak di Damansara Perdana serta kes wanita hamil yang ditampar dan dirompak jelas membuktikan perlunya ada pasukan keselamatan tambahan untuk membantu polis mengawal keselamatan dan mencegah kejadian jenayah.

Niat Kerajaan Selangor ini murni iaitu menyediakan pasukan keselamatan bagi membantu dan melengkapi rutin harian anggota polis, bukannya mengambil alih tugas penguatkuasaan pasukan polis. Dengan peningkatan bilangan pasukan keselamatan yang diberi tugas rondaan dan pencegahan jenayah, keselamatan rakyat dapat dipertingkatkan.

“Kerajaan Selangor komited untuk menubuhkan Pasukan Polis Bantuan ini dengan hasrat menyediakan persekitaran kehidupan yang aman selaras dengan misi Kerajaan Negeri menjadikan Selangor sebagai negeri idaman, tenteram dan berkebajikan,” kata Menteri Besar.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

My Constitution Campaign

My Constitution Campaign

Is coming to Subang Jaya

Venue :  MPSJ Auditorium
Date :  13th February, 2011
Time :  12.30pm to 6pm 

Who Are We?

A committee of lawyers, students, academics, members of the media, members of non-governmental organisations and Malaysians from all walks of life, we are the Constitutional Law Committee formed under the aegis of the Bar Council, Malaysia.

The Committee was formed to address and promote understanding of the Malaysian Federal Constitution and the concept of constitutionalism.

What is the MyConstitution Campaign?

A first-of-its-kind national campaign to educate the Malaysian public and create greater awareness about the Constitution. The MyConstitution Campaign is guided by the following observations:  

The Constitution covers almost every aspect of Malaysian life, from the simple right to freedom of movement to the right to elected government. 

The Constitution is the primary document that defines us as a nation and preserves the central pillars of democratic governance. 

Every Malaysian is a beneficiary of its promise of constitutionalism and of democratic governance, and therefore all Malaysians must be armed with knowledge and understanding of the Constitution.

Organised by : Jawatankuasa Penduduk Zon 3 and my office