DAP Will Not Give Me A Fair Hearing

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http://normanfernandez.blogspot.com/

 by Chuah Bee Kim

sourced from NST online

JOHOR BARU: FORMER Johor DAP deputy chairman Norman Fernandez said he would have a fairer chance before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who had Jesus crucified, than at DAP’s disciplinary committee.

Fernandez quit his party membership after the party leadership voted on Saturday to refer him to a disciplinary panel over his Facebook posts, which they deemed compromising to the party’s image.

“There is no way they are going to give me a fair hearing.”

Fernandez pointed out that during the meeting on Saturday, non-commitee members of the state DAP leaders, namely Liow Cai Tung (Johor Jaya assemblyman), Cheo Yee How (Pengkalan Rinting) and Yeo Tung Siong (Pekan Nanas) cast votes to refer him to the disciplinary panel.

He said although DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang did not vote, his presence at the meeting was enough to cause detriment.

“There is growing hypocrisy among DAP leaders. I have been searching my conscience for some time, possibly before the last general election, and I don’t want to be part of a party that has become subservient to Pas,” he said in reference to DAP’s and Pas’ alliance in the opposition coalition.

Fernandez said he was not planning to join Gerakan as speculated by certain quarters.

“The thought never crossed my mind, and the speculation probably came about because I support multi culturalism.”

Fernandez, who blogs at Normanfernandez.blogspot.com, said he refrained from blogging for the past 3 ½ years because of the fear of antagonising DAP.

However, now that he was just a member of the public, Fernandez said he would start blogging again.

Fernandez served as the Johor deputy chairman for one term.

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Preparing for CNY

Dear Readers,

Am busy spring cleaning the house for the Lunar New Year.

Meanwhile, my subscription for beekim.me will end on Feb 9, so I will be reverting to beekim.wordpress.com when it does.

Thank you.

Take care, everyone.  For those celebrating CNY, 恭喜发财”, “万事如意”  and  “歩歩高升”

 

 

Maintain Harmony, Strengthen Ties

Umno backs govt stand

Party support government’s move to guard and uphole position of Islam

by Shahrum Sayuthi and Adib Povera

UMNO’s supreme council yesterday threw its support behind the government’s stand in defending the use of the word “Allah”, party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.

Najib, who is also the prime minister, said the supreme council also took into consideration the 10-point solution agreed to by the Federal Government in 2011, which allowed the Christian community in Sabah and Sarawak to use the word “Allah” in the Malay version of the Bible.

The implementation of the agreement, however, was subject to the Federal Gonstitution and state laws.

Najib said Christians in Sabah and Sarawak could continue with their present practice as there was no Islamic law over the use of the word “Allah” in these states.

“The Umno supreme council has decided to maintain our support for the move by the government to guard and uphold Islam, including the use of the word “Allah.”

“The council is also taking into consideration the 10-point solution agreed to by the Federal Government, subject to the Federal Constitution and state Islamic enanctments,” Najib said after chairing the party’s supreme council meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

“The government’s pledge to honour the solution was mentioned in one of the 10 points.  The matter is stated in point number nine of the 10-point solution,” Najib said.

Point No. 9 stated: “Beyond the Bible issue, the government wishes to reiterate its commitment with Christian groups and all religious groups to address inter-religious issues and work towards the fulfilment of all religious aspirations in accordance with the constitutions, taking into account other relevant laws of the country.”

Najib will meet representatives of the Christian Federation of Malaysia to discuss the way forward.

The remaining points are:

BIBLES in all languages can be imported into Malaysia, including in Bahasa Malaysia or Indonesia.

These Bibles can be printed in Peninsula Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.

BIBLES in Sabah and Sarawak’s indigenous languages, such as Iban, Kadazan Dusun and Lun Bawang, can also be printed locally and imported.

FOR Sabah and Sarawak, in recognition of the large Christian community in these states, there are no conditions attached to the importation and local printing of the Bibles in all languages.  There is no requirement for any stamp or serial number.

BIBLES in Bahasa Malaysia or Indonesia, imported or printed, must have the words “Christian publication” and the cross sign printed on the front cover.

THERE should be no prohibition and restriction for people who bring along their Bibles and Christian materials on their travels.

THE directive has been issued by the secretary-general of the Home Ministry to ensure the proper implementation of the cabinet decision.  Failure to comply will subject officers to disciplinary actions.  A comprehensive briefing by top officials will be given to all relevant civil servants to ensure proper understanding and implementation of the directive.

CHRISTIAN ministers in the cabinet will meet on a regular basis with representatives of the various Christian groups to discuss their issues and work with the relevant ministeries.

On demands by several quarters for the government to take action against those who had criticised the recent speech by the Yang-di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah over the exclusivity of the word “Allah” for Muslims, Najib said the government’s stand on the matter was “as the one being supported by Umno”.

He said the ruler made the speech in his capacity as the Sultan of Kedah during the investiture ceremony of his 86th birthday celebration.

“With that, the people of Kedah must respect and adhere the call made by the Kedah Sultan to his subjects.”

-The New Straits Times –

Jan 25, 2014

Janji Ditepati

21 January 2014

PROMISE FULFILLED

 

 

PASIR GUDANG: THE  Chinese community  is elated that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is fulfilling his promise to allocate RM1 million for Foon Yew High School to build a second branch campus.

Najib had made the announcement during a meet-the-people and high tea session at Kompleks Sentosa, here, before the 13th general election.

It will be built on a 9.39ha site in Bandar Seri Alam, near here, which belongs to UEM Land Holdings Bhd.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin handed over the cheque for the construction of the new campus on behalf of Najib on Sunday.

Present were Johor Baru member of parliament Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad and Seri Alam Properties Sdn Bhd executive director Freddie Lee Ah Choy.

Khaled said the Federal and state governments were committed to providing educational opportunities to everybody in the state.

“This is part of our effort to develop Bandar Seri Alam into a City of Knowledge. Several public institutions of higher learning, international schools and colleges have already opened their campuses in the township,” he said.

Johor Baru Tiong Hua Association president Lim Ik Kim said receiving the allocation was like receiving a big ang pow.

“The Chinese community is very thankful to the prime minister who has kept his word. We are also thankful to the developer for giving us the land to build the school,” he said.

Foon Yew High School board of governors chairman Tong Sing Chuan expressed the school’s gratitude to Najib for his approval of the allocation.

“This allocation is very important and meaningful for the school. I hope the Education Ministry will approve the construction of the campus soon because there are many parents who want to send their children to Foon Yew,” he said.

The Chinese independent high school, which has a main campus in Stulang Laut, Johor   Baru, and a  branch campus in Kulaijaya, has a total enrolment of 10,794. Its main campus was built in 1950.

Khaled said the government would also build a new Tamil primary school in the township soon.

Johor Baru MIC Youth division leader S. Dewa lauded the decision.

“This is very good news for the Indian community because we want Tamil vernacular schools to be up there with the Chinese vernacular schools and national schools.

“The Indian community would like to thank the Federal and state governments for having the foresight to divide the spoils equally among the various ethnic groups,” he said.

The land title of the school was approved three years ago, but there were some hiccups in the master plan related to road access.

The construction of the primary school is expected to begin soon.

Read more: PROMISE FULFILLED – Johor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/streets/johor/promise-fulfilled-1.466865#ixzz2qzGWlGUC

Stay Away From “Ah Long” (Loansharks)

Twelve-year-old Zainah did not go to school today.  It’s the first day of school after the long break.    She has been asking her mother why.
Noraini Mohamad promised Zainah that she would be able to go to school next week.
The reason Noraini, 42, is not sending her daughter to school is because she fears for Zainah’s safety.
Her nine-year-old son, who is in Primary Three, was also absent from school.
Three months ago, Noraini had wanted to help her Pontian-based furniture business.  She borrowed RM20,000 from an Ah Long (loanshark).  The following month, she sought the help of another Ah Long for RM10,000.
In total, she now owes money from four loansharks and all are breathing down her neck with death threats to pay up.
When Norani’s husband, found out about the matter, he was furious and upset.  Nevertheless, he accompanied Noraini to the Johor Baru MCA public complaints bureau.
The family had contemplated suicide.  “I have paid the loansharks an estimated RM23,000 and still they keep calling me day and night demanding that I pay up.  I had to fork out about RM3,000 every week,” Noraini claimed.
“I was so distraught that I told my husband I wanted to end my own life.  My husband also talked about it. Maybe we should just give the children some poison and take them with us.

“We are driven to the edge and no matter how much I pay them, the loansharks said that I have only been paying the interest; and that I have yet to settle my loan amount,” she added.
Johor Baru MCA public complaints bureau deputy chairman Michael Tay said the bureau received complaints like this on a weekly basis throughout last year.
“I kept telling the public not to go to the loansharks, but my message never gets through to some people.
“And then they come and tell me they want to kill themselves.  I pity the children who are dragged into the mess.
“Now these victims are living in fear, and their children also had to miss school because of this,” he said.
A police report was lodged by Noraini after one of the loansharks threatened to harm Noraini’s children.
Tay said that Noraini had not said that she would not settle her loan.
“She is just asking for more time,” he said, and appealed to the loansharks not to push Noraini to the brink.
“She has a business, which is making money but the couple needs to pay the staff salary and the supplier.  It is not possible for her to repay the loan immediately.  Please give the family some time,” Tay said.

Neighbourly Love

car

Today I’m pretty mad.  I saw three vehicles, all belonging to my neighbours parked around my house.  Two were near my gate.  This Toyota Vios (pictured) was not blocking my path but it had been parked in the same spot since Dec 18, 2013.

At first, I was a bit concerned.  After watching so many CSI episodes, a lot of things came to my mind.  I didn’t know whose car it was.

So, a police report was lodged.  The police in Bukit Indah, Johor Baru, were a friendly lot.  They immediately called the Road Transport Department and also the State police contingent to confirm the car had not been reported stolen.

The police also managed to trace the owner.  It turned out that he is a tenant in one of the houses in the neighbourhood.  He works in Singapore, and he didn’t want to congest his area so he parks the car at my place.

If it is once in a while, I don’t mind showing some neighbourly love. But they park there all the time.  How would they like it if I were to park my car outside their house all the time?

I know most people are complaining about the price hikes now, while I’m complaining about cars parked outside my house.  Well, this car hasn’t been moved since Dec 18.  The owner certainly didn’t need to use the car.  It is only for display.  So, he must be loaded.  He probably won’t be complaining about the price hike either. If he does, he should sell this car to someone who needs to use it.

Ok, enough bitching on the last day of  2013.  Happy New Year everyone!

Green Conscious

24 December 2013

By CHUAH BEE KIM

Girl Reading A Book

SAVING THE EARTH: Participants in the Malaysia Environmental Photography Challenge 2013 were required to submit pictures which focused on the environment and recycling

JOHOR BAHRU: THE vice-president of the Johor Photographic Society (PSJ), Tan Sop Ching, has won the first prize  in the Malaysia Environmental Photography Challenge 2013. He received  RM3,000.

The second and third prizes of RM1,500 and RM1,000 went to Tai Siew Chen and Lim Yong Zheng respectively. Loh Tong Hiok won two of the 10 merit awards.

Former Stulang assemblyman Mok Chek Hou attended the event on behalf of Johor Baru member of parliament Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad.

Participants could submit up to 15 entries. The shots had to have been taken in Malaysia in the last three years. The focus was on the environment and recycling.

The prize giving ceremony took place at the Sutera Mall shopping centre, here, in collaboration with PSJ and 5E Resources. 5E resources sponsored the prize money.

PSJ president Tang King Huat said thousands had viewed the photographs which were on display at the mall for three days.

“People resort to illegal dumping due to ignorance. Waste dumped into the river causes damage to the environment and poses a health risk to the public,” said Tang.

“We hope the photographs convey the message on the need to conserve the planet for the next generation.”

News reports on the illegal dumping of oil into the rivers of Selangor and the haze were what prompted 5E Resources, which works closely with the state Environment Department on waste disposal and management in Johor, to support the photography contest.

Also present were 5E Resources managing director Darren Lim and Sutera Mall central manager Crystal Soon.

Houses Allocated For Retired Veterans

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18 December 2013
211 houses allocated for retired veterans

CARING FOR THEIR WELFARE: Medium low-cost affordable houses in Taman Mutiara Rini will be completed by next year

THE Johor state government has allocated 211 of the 1,055 medium low-cost affordable houses in Taman Mutiara Rini here for former Armed Forces (MAF) personnel.

Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the project, developed by Mutiara Rini Sdn Bhd, will see the construction of 748 semi-detached houses priced at RM220,000 each.

The remaining 307 units are terrace houses pegged at RM80,000 each.

All the houses will be completed by next year.

Khaled was speaking to reporters at the balloting process for the armed forces personnel and retirees for affordable housing last Sunday.

Also present were State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Latiff Bandi, Johor state secretary Datuk Obet Tawil and Armed Forces Fund Board (AFFB) chairman General (Rtd) Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor.

Mutiara Rini Sdn Bhd, a member of the Boustead Group, was launched in 1996 and since then the company has successfully completed the development of 152ha with 7,000 homes of various sizes and designs.

Boustead Holdings Bhd chairman General (Rtd) Tan Sri Mohd Ghazali Che Mat said the affordable housing in the state is in line with the federal government’s vision to provide homes for low-income earners.

“As part of the AFFB, 20 per cent of the homes have been allocated for former members of the armed forces to meet our objective of caring for the welfare of military personnel,” Mohd Ghazali said.

DS Khaled

Read more: 211 houses allocated for retired veterans – Johor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/streets/johor/211-houses-allocated-for-retired-veterans-1.436223#ixzz2nmRFlr9g

Bigfoot Muncul Lagi Di Johor

When I saw this headline on the frontpage of the Berita Harian, I got very excited.  It brought back memories of 2005 when the New Straits Times broke the story about sightings of large footprints that could belong to who else?… Bigfoot!

The story, which quoted reliable sources from the Johor Malaysian Nature Society, soon drew a team of foreign media members and researchers to the state in search of the legendary creature.

Some locals made a hefty profit acting as trekking guides to these tourists. Villagers, including the Orang Asli community, reportedly claimed they had spotted the creature in the national park and the forests of Tanjung Piai, Mersing, Kahang and Kota Tinggi.

And I remembered the then State Wildlife Department director saying something like “the Orang Asli don’t normally tell lies”, and someone in the entourage softly retorting “Orang Asli are the best liars” during one of our trips into the forest. No offence to the Orang Asli community but that really happened during the “Desperately Seeking Sasquatch” circus.

Rival papers shot the NST down by saying Bigfoot didn’t exist. Then the big hoo-ha faded away ….

Until today.

When I called Johor MNS chairman Vincent Chow, he still strongly believed in the existence of the creature. He claimed some locals have sighted a Bigfoot family comprising two adults with a little Sasquatch walking in the woods.

And today’s Page One story?  Well, that turned out to be a false alarm with the State Wildlife Department dismissing the large footprints found by farmer Liew Tze Chong, 58, in Kampung Gudang Garam in Segamat as that of a

tapir

Whether Bigfoot exists for real or is just a myth will always be a mystery…. (sigh).