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Tuesday, September 26, 2017


A MUSLIM man is facing a RM1,000 fine by Kelantan religious authorities for wearing shorts to play futsal, reported The Star.
Wan Khairul Hayyee Wali was given a notice at 10.45pm yesterday and ordered to attend counselling next month, failing which he would be called to the shariah court and risked being fined if found guilty.
The 30-year-old, who has been wearing shorts to play futsal since he was in school, said he was unaware of a ruling against it.
“It came as a shock to me when a religious department enforcement officer gave me a notice, saying I had flouted the Syariah Criminal Enactment for exposing my knees.
In yesterday’s incident, he said he had tried explaining to the officer that he was on his way to play futsal and had gotten out of his car momentarily to buy a burger for his wife.
“If I did not stop to buy the burger, I would never have known that it is an offence to wear shorts even when we are on the way to play sports.
“If it is an offence, they have to make it clear to the public. How are we supposed to know that it is an offence when even football players wear shorts?  
Wan Khairul said he would attend the counselling session.
A state Islamic Religious Affairs Department officer said the dress code was strictly applicable to Muslims only.
“We do not take action against non-Muslims, not even even against a female non-Muslim who wears shorts in public.”

Friends cancel Bali trip over possible volcano eruption

Rakhveer Singh Dhillon and his friends pull out of hockey tournament on Indonesian island.
PETALING JAYA: For several months, Penangite Rakhveer Singh Dhillon and his group of 10 friends have been planning a trip to Bali.
The 32-year-old businessman said they were supposed to take part in the Bali Hockey Festival, a six-a-side hockey festival organised by the Indonesian Hockey Federation.
However, eight of them had decided to put their five-day, four-night trip on hold, due to the possibility of the Mount Agung volcano erupting after 50 years of being dormant.
“The eight of us, myself included, have decided to pull out of this trip. Another four are still deciding.
“Why risk it? Yes, granted the volcano is 270km away from the villa we would have stayed at, and we would not have been affected. But can you imagine the chaos that would ensue at the airport?
“The phone lines might be down too. Our families back home will be worried as well. I do not want to take any chances,” he told FMT when contacted today.
Rakhveer and his friends have collectively spent over RM20,000 for their flights, accommodation, and registration fees for the hockey festival.
Those who have decided to pull out, Rakhveer said, are trying to either get refunds or change the dates on their flight tickets.
He said hockey players such as Baljit Charun, Jagvinder Singh and Perak Sikh Union president Gurjeet Singh Rhande were also going to participate in the festival.
“Gurjeet has said he will not be going there due to this (possible volcanic eruption),” he said.
Last Friday, the Indonesian authorities issued a high alert over the possibility of the volcano erupting. Residents in the surrounding areas have also been evacuated.
The Associated Press reported the Indonesian disaster agency as saying that some 75,000 residents around Mount Agung have left the area.
Meanwhile, several local airlines contacted by FMT today said there were no changes to their flight schedule.
A Malaysia Airlines spokesperson said they were closely monitoring the situation and would update passengers directly should there be any flight retimings or cancellations.
A spokesperson for Malindo Air said there were no changes to their flight schedule, but they were “definitely monitoring the situation”.
AirAsia issued a travel advisory stating that all its flights from and to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali are currently operating as per normal.
“We are closely monitoring the activity of Mount Agung in Bali and assessing flying conditions.
“We will continue to provide updates on the latest developments on Facebook and Twitter,” the advisory stated.
As for the foreign ministry, it had, according to Bernama, advised Malaysians in the vicinity of Mount Agung in Bali, to be cautious and obey the instructions of the Indonesian authorities.
The reminder follows a warning issued by local authorities following the possibility of a volcanic eruption.
“The Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta and the Malaysian Honorary Consul in Bali are constantly monitoring the situation and have contacted Malaysians there (in Bali),” said the statement.
Malaysians can call the office of the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta at +62-215224947 or +62-81380813036, while the Malaysian Honorary Consul in Bali can be reached at +62-36197318 or +62-81237154050 for assistance. -FMT

Man apologises for harsh words at temple during protest

Nor Azman Mohamad says protest had nothing to do with race or religion.
SHAH ALAM: The individual who led a noisy protest to clear a junkyard of scrap metal has apologised on behalf of the people of Taman Melati and Taman Teratai here if the protest had in any way hurt the feelings of some members of the community.
This follows a video that went viral over WhatsApp and Facebook showing a group shouting “Roboh! Roboh!” (“Demolish! Demolish!”), and urging the authorities to demolish a junkyard and temple located on a parcel of land in Taman Melati.
Nor Azman Mohamad, head of the committee for the residents there, said the main purpose of the protest was to complain about the land being used illegally to store scrap metal. The protestors also complained about the presence of stray dogs there that they said posed a danger to children in the neighbourhood.
He also said he was sorry if some members of the group used harsh words against the individuals at the temple.
Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) councillor Shakir Ameer, who represents the area, said the issue had nothing to do with race or religion.
He explained that the temple did not have a building permit and that the scrapyard located on the same parcel of land, was also illegal.
Shakir said the council held an operation last year to clear up the place, but those involved had moved the scrapyard 100 metres away from the previous spot and proceeded to build a temple there.
He said there was an understanding with the police, MBSA, Sime Darby and Tenaga Nasional that the land was to be left vacant as high-tension electric cables would be passing through the land for an electrification project in the future.
“The land used to be under Guthrie but now it comes under the Selangor state government,” he said during a press conference here in Denai Alam today.
Shakir said despite several notices sent to the scrapyard owners to vacate the land, they had chosen to stay put.
He urged the scrapyard owners to move their business elsewhere, as an operation may be conducted within the next two weeks to clear the land for good. -FMT


PETALING JAYA – Datuk Seri Nazir Razak says the “Muslim only” policy adopted by a self-service launderette in Muar, Johor is “a misinterpretation of Islamic teaching”.
“This is very troubling. We have to curb such extremism if we are to build a peaceful and progressive multicultural Malaysia,” said the CIMB Group chairman on Monday.

Posting a screenshot of The Star’s report on the launderette’s “Muslim only” policy on his Instagram page, Nazir said that the launderette must be practicing “a misinterpretation of Islamic teaching”.
A launderette is limiting its clientele to Muslim customers only.


KUALA TERENGGANU – Pas is confident of increasing its number of state and parliamentary seats in Terengganu, even if it has to enter into three-cornered contests with Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Harapan in the 14th general election (GE14).
It has its sights on 22 state constituencies and six parliamentary seats – compared to the 14 state seats and three parliamentary seats it currently holds. There are 32 state and eight parliamentary constituencies in Terengganu. Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has one state and one parliamentary seat.
State Pas commissioner II Dr Alias Razak said the party is expected to retain all the seats it had won, including those in Marang and Dungun, and capture more seats in other constituencies, namely Kuala Terengganu, Kuala Nerus, Hulu Terengganu, Kemaman and Setiu.
He said Umno is facing problems in nearly all the divisions because information has leaked which shows that nearly all of the party’s division chiefs will be dropped from contesting in the GE14.
“This situation augurs well for Pas. You can imagine an army that goes to war without a commander. Rebellion within the party is on the cards, and we do hope that BN will drop the names of division chiefs.
“We have been told that Umno stalwarts such as (Datuk Seri) Ahmad Said (Kemaman), Datuk Mohd Jidin Shafie (Setiu), Nawi Mohamad (Besut) and Datuk Mohd Sabri Alwi (Kuala Terengganu) will not be in the line-up of candidates. These are influential figures among the grassroots.
“Umno and Barisan Nasional will be seriously weakened by internal bickering. Pakatan Harapan, who we expect to field a number of candidates from Parti Amanah Rakyat and a couple of unknowns from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) is no threat to Pas,” added Dr Alias.
He said State Umno liaison chief and Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman would have a difficult time trying to keep the support for BN intact, not only among party members but also among voters.
Asked if Pas has shortlisted its candidates, Dr Alias said the names of its winnable candidates have been sent to party headquarters in Kuala Lumpur for further assessment, and that the announcement will be made at an appropriate time.


TWO weeks after a fire in Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah in Kuala Lumpur killed 23 people, Amanah and DAP are demanding an explanation from the owner of the tahfiz building, reported to be the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP).
Amanah vice-president Hasanuddin Mohd Yunus said the safety of the building should not have been an issue if the owner was a government agency.
“From day one of the fire, Amanah has been at the site. We have said that any religious activity under the purview of the Islamic council, including the operation of registered religious schools, must follow regulations set by the Fire and Rescue Department and local council.
“For those unregistered, the government must monitor them,” he said today.
The September 14 fire, which broke out in the third and uppermost floor of the residential religious school in Kampung Datuk Keramat, killed 21 pupils and two wardens trapped in the dormitory.
The tahfiz school had said the three-storey building that housed the students belonged to MAIWP. The school management denied that there illegal renovations had been done to the building.
The school’s deputy principal, Roslan Awang Ali, in a New Straits Times report, said the building was under MAIWP after the original owner handed over the building to the religious body as an endowment (wakaf).
Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Noh Omar said the school had been operating without building approval from the local authorities.
Lawyer Zulhazmi Shariff from DAP slammed MAIWP over its silence.
“Until today, we have not heard from the council. With the school principal, we understand. But MAIWP is the building owner. It has to explain.
“As a government body, MAIWP should know about building safety.
“City Hall gave the construction and planning approvals. How were the approvals given without checks?” he said.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng of DAP said safety in schools would be a topic raised in the coming parliament sitting next month.
“We will raise this issue about tahfiz schools and regular schools and education institutions for the benefit of the families, school managements and students.
“We have seen many fires and we cannot just let this problem be,” he said.
The three were speaking to the media after they gave aid to single mother Mashawani Mohamed Shahid, 37, who lost three sons to the tahfiz school fire, at her sister’s home in Lembah TTDI, Taman Kosas in Ampang this morning.
– https://www.themalaysianinsight.com


Malaysian stocks continued as Asian laggards after a 16% gain through mid-September in US dollar terms on the MSCI Index, half the Asian emerging-market average, with Prime Minister Najib Razak’s highly publicized White House visit with President Donald Trump raising fresh doubts about future diplomatic and economic-policy leanings.
Supporters of Najib’s ruling United Malays National Organization hailed Washington’s embrace as overdue “normalization”, pushing US Justice Department corruption and money-laundering investigations of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) into the background, and as a rejoinder to opposition allegations that China’s large FDI (foreign direct investment) footprint was “colonizing” Malaysia.
Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai noted around the time of Najib’s trip that China remained behind the US, Japan and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the FDI sweepstakes, although the Chinese ambassador to Malaysia claimed it was No 1 this year, with a US$3.5 billion total in the first half, after 30 billion ringgit ($7 billion) in deals were inked in May and the 55 billion ringgit high-speed East Coast Rail Link broke ground in August.
However, the Malaysian delegation walked away without big-ticket US projects, as it dipped into the country’s coffers to finalize 25 Boeing aircraft purchases for $10 billion and allocate $5 billion to New York-listed stocks through state-owned pension pools.
The main Employees Provident Fund, with 750 billion ringgit in assets, at the same time announced a one-third jump in second-quarter income, attributed to local securities and other developing-market performance ahead of S&P 500 gains.
Rural voters, key to the outcome of the next elections to be called by 2018, were losing faith in the prime minister according to opinion surveys, and also hold Trump in low regard for alleged anti-Muslim sentiment and legislation. They also cite fewer benefits than urban dwellers from the government’s spending binge, up 20% in the first half to fuel 5% economic growth alongside the federal debt amounting to 55% of gross domestic product.
Second-quarter GDP growth was ahead almost 6% from the corresponding 2016 period on good private consumption, but public infrastructure outlays were the chief driver, swelling the fiscal deficit to 5% against the 3%-of-GDP target. Headline inflation fell to 3% in recent months, the same level as the benchmark policy interest rate the central bank kept at its September meeting.
The ringgit could appreciate to 4 per dollar as both current- and capital-account numbers strengthened through July. Exports and imports rose 20% and total trade passed the 1 trillion ringgit mark, as the global tech and manufacturing cycles rebounded and agricultural commodity prices firmed.
Portfolio outflows reversed in the second quarter to an inflow of more than $3.5 billion, according to Central Bank of Malaysia figures, enabling an overall balance-of-payments surplus.
Foreign ownership of local-government bonds dipped to a more manageable portion than the previous 50% peak after officials imposed limits on offshore derivatives while allowing short sales. The global sukuk market, half controlled by Malaysia as the biggest player, sustained its double-digit growth through the first half and reached $375 billion in Islamic instruments outstanding by Kuala Lumpur-based International Financial Center statistics.
Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who in his 90s has set up a new political group to challenge former protégé Najib, was instrumental in the Islamic-finance push, but central bank currency transactions during his tenure are now the subject of a dedicated parliamentary inquiry also due to call longtime opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who served as finance minister two decades ago. Twenty witnesses have so far appeared to shed light on purported hidden losses, but public opinion has viewed the proceedings largely as a government vendetta against its predecessors.
The “Najib discount” may be readily applied in a comparison with stocks in adjacent Singapore, advancing 20% through mid-September on sputtering 2-3% GDP growth. Electronics and engineering exports leapt 8%, but domestic demand is still weak with construction in outright contraction.
Private consumption in Singapore was flat, and with a new president of Malay background the government has advocated education, training and automation improvements to productivity to lift future output.
Retail-business closings were up 20% in each of the past two years, and Singapore’s banks are bracing for further deterioration in the hydrocarbons sector in particular that will raise the 1.5% average bad-loan ratio.
According to the Monetary Authority the exchange-rate-based “neutral” stance remains appropriate, as big property developers like CapitaLand and City Developments call a residential-market bottom after 15 consecutive quarterly home-price drops that have scandalized both middle-class and high-end owners.
– http://www.atimes.com