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Sunday, February 25, 2018

IF ONLY NAJIB’S JAKIM IS AS ENLIGHTENED: PJ MOSQUE HOLDS CNY PARTY COMPLETE WITH ‘YEE SANG’, ANGPOWS & LUCKY DRAW

PETALING JAYA — In the spirit of muhibbah, the Tun Abdul Aziz Mosque in Section 14 here threw a Chinese New Year party for the local community today in conjunction with its 41st anniversary.
While some mosques and surau have opened their doors to non-Muslims in recent times — most notably in Penang last year when drenched residents sought relief from floodwaters — the Section 14 mosque nicknamed “Masjid Bulat” might be the first to hold Lunar New Year celebrations on its premises.
According to a poster posted on the mosque’s Facebook page, the celebration was aimed at bridging Muslim and non-Muslim ties.
Among the activities held during the party that started at 8.30am till lunchtime today was a lucky draw, an exhibition touting the importance of community relations that focused on welfare, education and health.
The mosque also gave away ang pows, the customary red packets wishing luck, good health and prosperity to visitors and even took non-Muslims on a tour of their religious sanctuary.
Visitors also tossed a yee sang dish together at the Dato’ Abdul Wabah Majid hall where large round tables decked in festive red clothes were arranged for guests.
According to the mosque’s Facebook page, a forum titled “Rich and successful Chinese” with two Chinese Muslims, academics Noraishah Chua and Muhd Fuad Yeoh, among the speakers on the panel today.
The Masjid Bulat celebrated its anniversary this year over four days, from February 22 to 25, with a series of lectures and community activities.
The mosque named after former Selangor mentri besar Tun Abdul Aziz Majid, got its nickname for its circular design when it was completed in 1977.
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BN janji tak roboh kuil, kurangkan cukai pintu jika menang di Selangor

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KUALA LUMPUR: Tiada lagi kuil akan dirobohkan jika Barisan Nasional (BN) menawan kembali Selangor pada pilihan raya umum ke-14 (PRU14), menurut pegawai khas perdana menteri, Isham Jalil.
Dalam temubual khas dengan Ketua Pengarang Tamil Nesan, K Padmanabhan baru-baru ini, Isham berkata, kerajaan BN kini menentang perobohan kuil secara salah.
“Toleransi agama dan saling menghormati di kalangan masyarakat etnik di negara ini paling penting. Sejak Datuk Seri Najib Razak menjadi perdana menteri pada 2009, banyak penekanan diberikan tentang pentingnya kesefahaman dan toleransi di kalangan masyarakat berbilang kaum,” katanya.
Isham berkata, sejumlah besar daripada RM50 juta diperuntukkan bagi menaik taraf dan penyelenggaraan kuil di negara ini untuk masyarakat India.
“Bagaimanapun, saya sedih mendengar keadaan sebaliknya di Selangor sejak Pakatan mengambil alih kerajaan negeri pada 2008 apabila 20 kuil dirobohkan pihak berkuasa tempatan negeri.”
Isham menjawab soalan Padmanabhan mengenai tindakan merobohkan sebuah kuil Hindu di Masai, Johor, yang dikatakan dijalankan kerajaan negeri, tetapi sebenarnya dilakukan pemilik tanah persendirian itu.
Dalam pada itu, Isham mengulangi keyakinannya kerajaan akan mengurangkan cukai pintu supaya lebih ramai golongan muda mampu membeli rumah dan mengurangkan kos sara hidup, jika BN menawan semula Selangor pada pilihan raya umum akan datang.
“Disebabkan kenaikan besar cukai pintu dan cukai perniagaan oleh kerajaan Pakatan, harga hartanah dan kadar sewa bagi premis kediaman dan perniagaan meningkat dengan ketara.
“Ini menyebabkan peningkatan harga barangan dan perkhidmatan, jadi kos sara hidup meningkat dan menimbulkan bebanan kepada penduduk di Selangor.”
Isham berkata, rakyat di Selangor, terutama golongan muda tidak lagi mampu membeli rumah kerana mereka terpaksa membayar sejumlah besar bagi pinjaman rumah yang memberi kesan negatif kepada pendapatan boleh guna, justeru meningkatkan kos sara hidup. -FMT

Throw away NEP crutches, urges ex-BNM exec

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Retired Bank Negara deputy manager Rosli Yaakop says the NEP has benefited the Malay elites more than those from the interiors.
KUALA LUMPUR: Retired Bank Negara deputy manager Rosli Yaakop said today it was time for the government to slowly phase out the New Economic Policy (NEP) and replace it with a merit-based system.
He said in the long run, the Malays would benefit from being part of the merit-based system.
“If we keep using crutches, our legs will become useless.
“Furthermore, the NEP has benefited the Malay elites more than those from the interiors,” Rosli said at a forum called “Quo Vadis: Economic Development in Malaysia?”.
Rosli, who was with Bank Negara’s economic department, said the country could not continue with the same policies it implemented in the 1970s.
He said the NEP was implemented to uplift the economy of the Malays but it had not helped the Malays to progress as fast as they should.
Rosli said this was because the majority of the Malays still worked for the government while the non-Malays continued to dominate the business sector.
He said a Merdeka Centre’s survey on the NEP showed that 71% of Malays had agreed to phase out the NEP.
This, he said, showed that society wanted the NEP to end.
“They want it to end because it has benefited the Malay elites,” he said.
Rosli also asked the audience if the nation was ready for Vision 2020 – a vision to achieve a self-sufficient industrialised nation by 2020 in all aspects of life, from economic prosperity, social well-being, education, political stability as well as psychological balance.
Most of them said the country had failed to create a united Bangsa Malaysia, or to create a democratic and ethical society.
Rosli also pointed out that the Malays, Chinese and Indians in a neighbourhood did not visit each other as often as they should.
“Except when they are good buddies. Then they might visit each other when someone is in hospital.” -FMT

Umno leaders hit out at Warisan for ‘racial slur’

Warisan is trying to incite hatred and discord among the people, says Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Yahya Hussin.
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Yahya Hussin distributing ang pow during a Chinese New Year celebration in Putatan.
PUTATAN: Several Sabah Umno leaders have lambasted Parti Warisan Sabah for accusing Foreign Minister Anifah Aman of making racial slurs against the opposition party and its president, Shafie Apdal, recently.
“This was an attempt by the opposition to incite hatred and sow discord among the people and I want to stress that we in BN are not taking such an approach,” Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Yahya Hussin said.
“We are a party and coalition that wants to see all ethnic groups united.”
Yahya, who is also Petagas assemblyman, was speaking to reporters after a Chinese New Year event here today.
Yesterday, Shafie confirmed that Warisan would take Anifah to court once the party had determined the amount of cost it would be seeking.
At least three police reports had been lodged by the party against Anifah over what it claimed were insinuations by the Kimanis MP that Warisan was a party of pirates out to claim its ancestral rights to the state.
Anifah’s speech was allegedly made at a recent event attended by the Chinese community from Kimanis at a hotel in Kota Kinabalu prior to the Chinese New Year holidays.
Tenom Umno chief and Kemabong assemblyman Rubin Balang said the ruling party rejected Warisan’s allegations.
“The opposition, particularly Warisan, is trying to stoke the fire of racism,” he said during a youth carnival in his constituency yesterday.
“It is our duty as leaders to ensure the rakyat live in harmony.
“As leaders, our job is to treat all equally and to bring economic and infrastructure development as well as education to everyone.
“We totally reject any leaders who try to use sentiments of racism. There’s no place for this in our country and state.”
Tenom Umno women’s chief Rahmahjan Sulaiman Khan said playing on the people’s emotions was now the main tactic of the opposition.
“Those in the opposition now like to raise the issue of race when making their rounds in the kampungs,” she said during the same event in Tenom.
“For instance, Warisan had accused Anifah of making derogatory comments but this was an attempt to twist what Anifah had said.”
Rahmahjan said the opposition was narrow-minded and indulging in cheap politics to win the people’s sympathies.
“The voters now know the attitude of the opposition which is desperate for support in the upcoming election,” she said.
“The opposition is so out of ideas that they will now spin all issues raised by BN’s elected representatives.”
It was reported that in the recording of the speech by Anifah, he had apparently told the audience that Sabahans should choose only “genuine” Sabahans to become chief minister.
Warisan said the statement implied that Shafie was not considered a genuine Sabahan.
Shafie had blamed the whole episode on Anifah and BN.
“They were the ones who started it, when it is clearly spelt out under the state constitution who are the natives of Sabah.
“Bajau is one of the (native) races and I come from that ethnic group,” he reportedly said. -FMT

Ijok land scandal (Part 2): Possible conflict of interest

Dato’ Eric See-To

2. Possible conflict of Interest.

Documents sighted by us together with R.Sivarasa’s admission that he and his firm Daim and Gamany was appointed as the lawyer to represent the interests of the settlers during their settlement claims also raises questions of possible conflict of interest (in fact, the firm’s lawyers seems to be stacked with opposition leaders and PKR members).
R.Sivarasa is a PKR member and a Member of Parliament in the state of Selangor.
Whereas the Selangor Government who approved the settlement is run by PKR where the Menteri Besar is also the Deputy President of Sivarasa’s party, PKR as well as a fellow Member of Parliament in Selangor.
How did this situation take place? Perhaps R.Sivarasa could have excused himself from representing the settlers due to this possible conflict of interest.
Did this law firm tell the settlers that their land was going to be sold for RM1.18 billion and that the two companies that have failed the settlers for 18 years will be getting RM880mil while the settlers will only get RM300mil?
Did the law firm inform the settlers that the buyer of the land intends to develop a RM15 billion Gross Development Value project on the settlers’ former lands?
Such information would have helped the settlers – many of whom are old and less educated – make a more informed decision whether to take up the offer to settle.
Source: Eric See-To

Pro-Syed Mokhtar Camp In Felda Wants Sondakh Ousted

Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhari is interested in Felda and within Felda there is already a pro-Syed Mokhtar camp, which includes a Cabinet Minister. However, not being a palm oil man, Syed Mokhtar is looking at Felda not for its palm oil business but for its huge land-bank and the potential to develop this land in non-core activities such as property. Felda is one of the largest landowners in Malaysia and has a huge land-bank worth tens of billions that can only increase in value in the future as the country continues to develop. The current controversy surrounding Ijok in Selangor is a case in point where land values have spiralled.

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
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The palm oil industry is under severe attack from the West so Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Indonesian President Joko Widodo or Jokowi decided that Malaysia and Indonesia have to jointly do something to defend what can be considered a very crucial industry to both countries. That was when Najib and Jokowi mooted the idea for both countries to collaborate and pool their resources through a joint-venture between Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd and the Rajawali Group of Indonesia.
Not many Malaysians may have heard of Peter Sondakh, or about Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd’s collaboration with the Rajawali Group of Indonesia to set up a joint-venture company called PT Eagle High Plantation. This is what would normally be known as a G2G or a government-to-government arrangement between Malaysia and Indonesia to develop a long term palm oil business. It is basically a win-win situation for both countries plus it allows Malaysia to expand what may be considered a ‘sunset business’ due to Felda’s ageing trees.

The Felda-Eagle High Plantation joint-venture is the brainchild of Najib and Jokowi

The critics of the PT Eagle High Plantation joint-venture are looking at this from a purely share-price issue whereas the issue is bigger than that. LSS Report had this to say in its 23rd February 2018 report titled ‘FELDA Old trees – a serious legacy problem that is being fixed’.
Tun Mahathir stopped all new FELDA settlers in 1990 and stopped yearly govt allocations to FELDA in 1996 – ordering FELDA to source for its own funds. Mahathir was more concerned about Proton, Sepang airport, KLCC, industrialisation, KLCC etc.. Agriculture and FELDA was not important to him.
As a result, FELDA was deprived of replanting funds and the trees got old. Yields started falling in 2008 and 2009. If urgent action was not taken then there may be no more FELDA in 10 years or 20 years time as all the trees would be too old to bear fruit.
In short, if Felda does not move forward and seek out new strategic partners and expand its core business, which is oil palm plantations, by the next generation Felda would no longer be able to continue in this industry. Hence the joint-venture with Indonesia not only brings Felda to the next level of becoming a global player, it is also a matter of survival and a move to stay viable and relevant. If not, Felda is doomed.
Malaysia has Felda while Indonesia does not have such an equivalent. So Peter Sondakh and his Rajawali Group was chosen by Jokowi to represent Indonesia’s interest in the joint-venture with Malaysia. Further to that, Rajawali managed to attract Martua Sitorus from Indonesia, the brains behind Singapore-listed Wilmar International Ltd, to participate in the venture. That, by any standards, is a feather in the cap or a coup for Felda.
Wilmar is a leading international player and the world’s biggest processor of palm oil, which is jointly-owned by Martua and William Kuok of Malaysia. Sondakh managed to convince Martua to leave Wimar and join Eagle High and this is a plus point for Felda as it strengthens the team. This collaboration between Felda and Peter Sondakh/Martua Sitorus will be a big blow to Wilmar because Martua is the brain behind Wilmar and hence an asset to the new joint-venture.
Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhari is also interested in Felda and within Felda there is already a pro-Syed Mokhtar camp, which includes a Cabinet Minister. Further to that, the Chairman of FGV, Azhar Abdul Hamid, used to work for Syed Mokhtar in Tradewinds Corp Bhd.  However, not being a palm oil man with the expertise in the industry, Syed Mokhtar is looking at Felda not for its palm oil business but for its huge land-bank and the potential to develop this land in non-core activities such as property.
Felda is one of the largest landowners in Malaysia and has a huge land-bank worth tens of billions that can only increase in value in the future as the country continues to develop. The current controversy surrounding Ijok in Selangor is a case in point where land values have spiralled.
Sondakh has set his sights on making Indonesia a global player in the palm oil business with the help of Felda, and hence the deal with Felda Global Ventures. However, there are those who argue that PT Eagle High Plantation is not viable. But then they are looking at this from a purely short-term view based on share price. In fact, they said the same thing about Bank Internasional Indonesia or BII when Maybank bought into it but the critics have now been proven wrong.

Malaysia and Indonesia cooperate to defend their palm oil businesses from Western attacks

The dream of the Indonesian Government is to make the country the global supply centre of oleochemicals. This is why they are having this arrangement with Felda Global Ventures. The reason why they like Felda Global Ventures is because the company has a strong downstream business with offices in 13 countries. Felda Global Ventures offers all sorts of synergies, which makes it very attractive for the Indonesians.
As for Felda, the advantage would be to own a stake in the third-largest plantation company in Indonesia that owns 284,000 hectares of land planted with oil palms. Hence Eagle High Plantation allows Felda a huge plantation holding that would never be possible to acquire otherwise.
The critics also say that Felda should be working with locals rather than foreigners. But then even Proton needs to work with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd of China to stay relevant. And both the Indonesians, Peter Sondakh and Martua Sitorus, have 284,000 hectares of land planted with oil palms while Syed Mokhtar has only 82,000 hectares in Sarawak.

Brothers leave 72-year-old woman bloodied in snatch theft



A video of a 33-year-old man grabbing the bag of a 72-year-old woman, causing her to fall head first, has gone viral on social media.
According to China Press, police arrested the suspect, along with his 25-year-old brother who drove the getaway car, within an hour from the 1.40pm incident.
The incident happened along Jalan Hamzah, at Taman Limau Manis, Kota Bharu where the woman had her bag snatched while she was about to enter her car.
In the video, one of the brothers alighted from their vehicle parked in front of the victim's car and snuck behind her before snatching her bag, causing her to fall.
She was motionless for close to half a minute and when she struggled to get up, fell into the drain.
The video had left netizens outraged, with some having conducted their own investigation into the getaway car which number plate was clearly caught on the video.
Their investigation found the car belonged to a 59-year-old man.
Police later revealed the car belongs to the elder brother's father-in-law. It was not reported stolen.
The duo was arrested at their father-in-law's residence in Kota Bharu.
Both brothers tested positive for methamphetamine.
The elder brother had three prior criminal records, two under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and one under the Penal Code for theft.
The younger brother had no prior criminal record.
The victim suffered injuries to the left side of her head and was admitted to hospital for treatment.

 - Mkini