Friday, January 15, 2010

Malaysian Gurdwara Council: No law prohibiting use of 'Allah' for non-Muslims - Malaysiakini

There is no law prohibiting the use of 'Allah' among non-Muslims, the Malaysian Gurdwaras Council said today.

Its president Harcharan Singh said the preamble to the Selangor Non Muslim Enactment 1988 states that the law is meant to control and restrict the propogation of non-Islamic religious doctrines and beliefs among persons professing the Islamic faith.

NONEHarcharan said, however, when the Selangor Islamic Council president Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa's statement was reported in the New Straits Times on Jan 12, the preamble to the section was dropped.

"These words are vital to show the prohibition is only against usage of such words as 'Allah' to propogate among Muslims."

"There is no law to stop non-Muslims from using it in their own publications meant for members of their own faith," said Harcharan.

He said High Court judge Lau Bee Lan made it clear in her judgment that the publication or use of the term 'Allah' is only prohibited if it is meant to propogate non-Islamic faiths to Muslims.

Look at historical perspective

Harcharan appealed to everyone to look at the present issue from the historical and the federal constitution viewpoint.

"Furthermore, the enactments passed are state laws and can never over-ride the federal constitution."

"The detractors should consider the preamble to the 1988 Act which prohibits the usage of 'Allah' to propogate non-Islamic faiths among Muslims.

"Any argument for or against, should include the position of the federal constitution as Malaysia's supreme law," he said.

Harcharan, was referring to Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim's statement which appeared in The Sun today in which he was reported to have said that the enforcement of the law should be based on prevailing circumstance.

The New Straits Times, meanwhile, in its Tuesday edition quoted Mohamad Adzib as saying that there are laws prohibiting the use of the word by non-Muslims.

Harcharan said Perak was the first state to pass such a legislation called the "Control and Restriction of the Propagation of Non-Islamic Religions Bill 1988".

"After the enactment was passed, the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism (MCCBCHS) met the then prime minister to express its concern.

"The MCCBCHS also issued a statement where it viewed the restriction on non-Muslims as unconstitutional. Dr Mahathir Mohamad had then promised to look into the matter."

P.Uthayakumar’s biased Judge, Ops Padam Hindraf and ASP Vasanthakumar confirmed by DCP Akhril


P.Uthayakumar’s ethnic cleansing trial started today at 9.35 a.m with the continued Cross Examination of DCP Akhril Sani, the then Deputy CID Chief of Bukit Aman.

Even before P.Uthayakumar could finish his line of questioning, the Judge had ruled that his question was not relevant and another open argument and raising of voices.

The biased Judge was again trying to be difficult today but P.Uthayakumar told her off once again not to make it “too obvious”. This was followed by a staring match for a long 20 seconds after which the Judge told him to go on when.

During Cross Examination the incompetency, dishonesty and credibility of this very senior police officer DCP Akhril Sani and the Royal Malay-sian Police Force became very obvious when he

1) This police DCP testified that Exhibit P1 at page 1 was the picture of a dead man and his shirt was bleeding when he only produced a black white picture and never bothered to print a colour copy of the picture. When asked to point out the red blood that he had earlier testified on the black and white picture he could not answer.

2) A reporter had allegedly called him on 25/11/07 and told him of the posting in the Policewatch Malaysia website but he could not remember the name of the reporter, which press he was from ie English, Tamil, Chinese or Malay, his telephone number, he never lodged a police report even though he agreed that the allegation in the website was serious. P.Uthayakumar put it to him that the reporter never existed and that this police DCP was lying.

3) He does not remember who the CPO of KL was two years ago on 25/11/07.

4) Agreed that one person named Murugaiyah a/l Ratnam (65) was killed at the 25th November 2007 Hindraf peaceful assembly but the biased Judge disallowed P.Uthayakumar application for the police DCP to verify and confirm the Burial Certificate that was marked as “IDD-2”

5) Initially testified that he had never heard of the policewatchmalaysia website until 25/11/07 although he later agreed that this website criticizes the police force and UMNO.

6) Operasi Padam (wipe out) Hindraf was launched but led by the Special Branch. He agreed that under OPS Padam Hindraf, Hindraf was successfully declared unlawful in early 2008.

7) To a question that one ASP Vasanthakumar from the Police Special Branch E3 Division under the operational warfare was appointed and had been declared Hindraf leader by the IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan on 13/12/07 and not by the Hindraf Chairman or its members when he was “strategically” arrested and detained together with the other four Hindraf lawyers, he agreed to the same.

8) The learned Judge disallowed P.Uthayakumar’s application for the police list of Indian victims shot dead and killed by police and death in police custody although the same was specifically referred to in the charge sheet

9) The learned DPP Noorin Badaruddin said that the request was a fishing expedition. P.Uthayakumar replied that the Attorney General (AG) should not have prosecuted P.Uthayakumar in the first place if they are not prepared to make public this shooting to kill list listing out all the Indian victims

10) This DPP Noorin submitted that even if a statement was true P.Uthayakumar has committed Sedition by saying it. To this P.Uthayakumar replied that by virtue of Article 145 of the Federal Constitution the A.G should have to act in the general public interest which includes not wrongly convicting P.Uthayakumar.

P.Uthayakumar remarked that the we are not in Zimbabwe where it would be all right if Robert Mugabe had instructed his DPP to this effect but in Malaysia justice the rule of law has to prevail.

11) Lawyer N.Surendran however clarified that by virtue of Section 3(2) (a) of the Sedition Act if the intention is to point out an error of defects of the state or a fair comment then it is justified and not Sedition. And that this P.Uthayakumar’s prosecution is done with mala fide and is politically motivated. That the DPP’s submission is that even if P.Uthayakumar spoke the truth, he is to be sent to jail anyway is not in the interest of Justice. He cannot be punished for speaking the truth. “This is not only the law but also common sense”.

12) The other assisting lawyer Charles Hector submitted that the witness cannot remember and should be given the opportunity to show the court this list of Indians shot dead and killed by the police.

The DPP asked for an adjournment to make further submissions. The Court adjourned this matter to 9.30 a.m tomorrow (15/1/10).

The court sessions ended at 1.05 p.m.

By then P.Uthayakumar had been on his feet for about 3/1/2 hours continuously from 9.35 a.m to 1.05 p.m. But this did not deter him. He came out of the dock smiling and unscathed and knowing that he will be sentenced to jail in any event because the Judge has got UMNO’s orders to convinct P.Uthayakumar and not based on the facts law and justice.


Kerajaan harus bertanggungjawab terhadap keselamatan pelajar.

BATU CAVES, 12 Januari - Penutupan jalan di Batu Caves menyukarkan para pemandu bas sekolah untuk menurunkan pelajar di hadapan sekolah malah mereka menurunkan mereka di hadapan jejantas Batu Caves. Situasi ini membimbangkan para ibu bapa dan guru kerana murid sesi pagi yang diturunkan pada 6.30 pagi terpaksa menaiki dan menuruni jejantas yang boleh mengundang bahaya sekiranya mereka terjatuh di anak tangga. Malah selepas menuruni jejantas mereka harus berjalan di tepi jalan yang digunakan oleh lori besar, kereta dan juga pelbagai jenis pengangkutan. Pemandu bas tidak dapat memasuki jalan di depan sekolah kerana ia terlalu sempit untuk patah balik semasa keluar ke jalan besar. Jalan tersebut telah ditutup disebabkan oleh kerja pembinaan landasan untuk KTM yang bakal dilancarkan.

Komen HRP: Kerajaan harus menitikberatkan keselamatan para murid kecil ini yang kurang sedar akan bahaya lalu lintas. Kerajaan seharusnya menyediakan jalan alternatif kepada pemandu-pemandu bas dan para ibu bapa untuk menurunkan anak-anak mereka di hadapan sekolah supaya keselamatan mereka terjamin.


Perjuangan penduduk rumah panjang Subang selama 16 tahun

Penduduk rumah panjang Subang yang dijanjikan rumah dalam 18 bulan kecewa kerana harapan mereka untuk berpindah ke rumah baru telah melangkah tahun ke-16. Pada asalnya mereka ialah penduduk kampung Bunga Raya dan telah ditempatkan di rumah panjang buat sementara waktu sehingga mereka mendapat rumah baru yang telah dijanjikan. Namun penantian selama 18 bulan yang dijanjikan bertukar menjadi 16 tahun dan sehingga kini mereka tidak mendapat sebarang kata putus daripada pihak yang berkenaan. Kini bilangan keluarga pula telah bertambah daripada 74 kepada 114 buah keluarga.

Menurut Balakrishnan (55 tahun), mereka dijamin rumah baru yang bernilai RM42,000 tetapi akan diberi yang hanya bernilai RM32,000 untuk penduduk-penduduk ini. Malah mereka juga telah dijanji akan dibayar duit pampasan sebanyak RM7000 bagi sebuah rumah. Namun kini mereka memberi alasan kegagalan sesetengah penduduk untuk mendapatkan pinjaman sebab faktor usia dan ada yang disenarai hitam untuk melengahkan mereka. Apa yang menghairankan ialah terdapat beberapa keluarga telah habis membuat bayaran penuh kepada bank untuk rumah yang dijanjikan tetapi masih tidak tahu di manakah rumah mereka. Penduduk rumah panjang sedar akan lokasi yang telah dijanjikan kepada mereka untuk perumahan baru telah bertukar menjadi Subang Permai yang menjadi taman perumahan rumah mewah. Para penduduk hanya menyimpan surat pernjanjian tawaran rumah (SPM) yang diberi oleh Sinar Fadilan Development dan tiada bukti yang lain.

Kini penduduk rumah panjang berhadapan dengan pelbagai masalah. Mereka sedang berhadapan dengan masalah takungan tangki kumbahan. Mereka juga sedang berkongsi satu meter air untuk 114 keluarga dan akan berkongsi bayaran yang melebihi RM2000 sebulan. Malah masalah jenayah dalam kalangan pemuda semakin menjadi serius seperti pengedaran dadah dan juga gengsterism. Malah mereka juga sedang sengsara kerana tiada kemudahan pengangkutan, tiada taman permainan dan masa depan anak- anak mereka menjadi tanda tanya. Berikut ialah soalan yang dituju oleh penduduk rumah panjang Bunga Raya terhadap kerajaan. “Kenapa hal ini tidak mendapat respons daripada UMNO yang dahulunya telah memulakan program perumahan baru buat kami? Adakah hanya rakyat yang bertanggungjawab dalam menyelesaikan segala kesulitan yang dihadapi semasa membuat permohonan di bank. Jadi kenapa kerajaan harus menyuruh penduduk pindah sekiranya mereka tidak dapat menyelesaikan masalah berkenaan bank? Adakah Kerajaan Pakatan akan mengambil berat akan isu ini?”



No Kindergarden for poor Indian children

Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Permata Kindergardens admitting almost all malay muslim children, moving up the luxury of even providing Permata choir and Permata music classes (The Star 12/1/010 at page N 18).

But an estimated 70% or about 100,000 of the Indian children who enrol in Standard One in both Tamil and National schools do not go to kindergartens or have school choirs and music classes.

This is the UMNO Prime Minister’s One Malay-sia.

P. Uthayakumar


Compensation for burnt churches, Nothing for temples demolished

Hindu temple demolishments burnt down and relocated next to sewerage ponds but Najib did not pledge RM 500,000.00, Anwar Ibrahim did not condemn the same, Hadi Awang did not visit even one single such Hindu temple, Khairi Jamaluddin did not make a positive statement, Malaysiakini did not report 23 newsreports in one day, etc., as was done when churches were attacked & torched in Malaysia.

But when the Sri Kadagambal Kaliaman Hindu temple was burnt down in 2006 by the police personnel in uniform and a police report lodged and the Muneswarar hindu temple being burnt down in June 2009 during the racial attacks against the Indians in Taiping by the UMNO linked Pakida and Tiga Line criminal elements, there was zero such public reaction.

Playing to the Christian voters in Sabah, Sarawak and the Western Christian world? Western envoys were satisfied with briefing reports NST 12/1/2010 at page 6.

But no such pro-active action from the UMNO Malaysian government, opposition parties, NGOs’ and the Malaysian civil society towards issues affecting Indians, as was in the recent case of the torching of the Assumption Church in Petaling Jaya.

P. Uthayakumar


Indian women denied RM 15 million govt alimony aid.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom made this announcement of RM 15 million alimony aid but it is only for muslim women. What about the poor and working class Indian women who face the highest divorce rate in Malaysia and which is poverty related One Malay-sia?

This is again discrimination against non muslims!