Monday, August 31, 2009

MCA president calls for EGM

Ong is betting his political career on his own EGM.

Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club chairman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing alleged that alleged RM10 million donation to Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat was handed over in three cash installments of RM5 million, RM1 million and RM4 million, the as China Press reported .

MCA party sectary General Datuk WOng Foon Meng confirmed EGM is going to be held within 30 days.

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat has instructed party secretary-general Datuk Wong Foon Meng to convene an emergency general meeting (EGM) within 30 days.

Wong, when contacted, confirmed he received Ong's instructions Monday morning."Based on Article 30.1 of the party constitution, the president can call for an EGM," said Wong.

Ong's directive preempts moves by Dr Chua's supporters to gather enough signatures from delegates to convene an EGM seeking to nullify Dr Chua's expulsion and reinstate him as deputy president, and pass a no-confidence vote against Ong.

Ong Tee Keat Controversial
MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat has filed a RM500mil defamation suit against Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club chairman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing over the latter’s claim that he gave RM10mil to the minister. The suit was motivated by Tiong’s allegation that he had “donated” RM10mil to Ong.Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing got shares in Kuala Dimension who is deep shit over the Port Klang Free Zone expose . Dimension is one of the 12 companies being investigated for the 1.5 billion wrong claims on the project.

Ong’s lawsuit against Tiong may drag on for years before a judgment can be made against the real culprit. The intention was clear. The allegation was made to discredit Ong and to allow his detractors to build up a strong resistance against his leadership.

His nemesis was hoping that MCA leaders at the division level who believed that he took the RM10mil might become upset with him for pocketing the money. The lawsuit will become purely academic if Ong does not survive the onslaught from within and without his party.

Then lately MCA President influence the centre committe to fire and sack Dr Chua the VP of MCA for the previous sex scandal when Dr Chua was taped to have sex in a hotel. But why now sack him , after 18 months after the events. Many feel Dr Chua is punished twice for the same events. Many believe this is Ong method to distract people from the Port Klang issue and method to strength his hold on MCA head. Sacking the VP , will only split the MCA more.

On the Side of Ong Tee Keat.
We must be clear that Ong is merely doing his job to investigate the PKFZ financial fiasco which is threatening to cast a dark cloud over the country. Without his commitment to dig deep into the issue, it would not have been possible for us to find out that there may be a potential breach of financial integrity which led to an over-billing of RM500mil to RM1bil.On the PKFZ, Ong has obviously risked it all.

Many of us may not agree with MCA’s insistence to continue working with some dubious politicians or the party’s lack of a clear stand on certain political issues. But we must not discount the fact that Ong’s good work to honour his commitment to account for the PKFZ fiasco is both admirable and commendable.

Will Ong survive in his own party? Will Ong survive in the next election?

Accusation against Ong
Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club chairman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing who owned KDSM the Kuala Dimension involved in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal is one of the 12 company alleged misuse of 1.5 billion claims.

Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing’s alleged RM10 million donation to Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat was handed over in three cash installments of RM5 million, RM1 million and RM4 million, the China Press as reported .

The Chinese-language daily said the details were obtained from a copy of the police report made by Tiong against Ong last week.

3 suitcase of money where handled to Ong' staff at Petaling Jaya Hilton Hotel and another one at Armada Hotel Petaling jaya.

Although he has denied taking RM10 million, Ong has admitted to taking free rides on private jets owned by Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB), the company owned by Tiong.

KDSB was the company being probed in relation to the scandal-hit Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) when Ong took rides on the company aircraft.

2 EGM ?

Ong is betting his political career on his own EGM and hopes to galvanise enough support to remain as party president even as he continues to come under siege from within and outside the MCA.

It is understood his EGM will have two main agendas — to justify his decision to sack Dr Chua and to garner support for his disclosures in the scandal-hit Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project.

But supporters of Dr Chua are also currently collecting signatures to also call an EGM to remove him as party president, and they hope to convene their meeting in September.

The latest two-EGM scenario looks set to lead MCA on a path of self-destruction, with the party split down the middle.

Ong’s EGM gambit is fraught with risk.

With significant numbers in his party in an angry mood, the EGM could end badly for him, with a no-confidence vote against his leadership.

Ong is using the PKFZ issue as a confidence vote in his leadership.

But the PKFZ scandal has been the one issue which has seen him suffer major blows to his own credibility.

PKFZ contractor Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd’s (KDSB) CEO Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has alleged Ong took a RM10 million cash donation from him last year.

While Ong has filed a RM500 million suit against Tiong, his colleague in Barisan Nasional (BN), the latter has continued attacking Ong.

Ong’s supporters are claiming that Tiong’s attacks are a result of disclosures of wrongdoing by Ong’s Transport Ministry against KDSB in an ongoing probe on PKFZ.

The Dr Chua EGM seeks to reinstate him as deputy president and to pass a vote of no-confidence against Ong.

BN leaders, especially from Umno, are watching developments closely and are unhappy that Ong had pushed his party crisis to the brink by sacking Dr Chua.

Dr Chua was expelled from the party last week for tarnishing MCA’s image over a secretly recorded video of him in bed with his mistress that was distributed publicly in late 2007 by his political rivals.

He subsequently resigned from party posts and as a Cabinet minister, but last October he made a comeback to win the MCA deputy presidency.

Since then Ong had grown insecure and was uncomfortable with Dr Chua, with the two barely on speaking terms.

By dredging up the old sex scandal, Ong was hoping to remove Dr Chua from the scene even as he took on Tiong and KDSB.

But with Umno unhappy with his actions, Ong is now facing a fight for his political life.


MCA president, Datuk Ong Tee Keat did not deny nor confirm speculations that the party will be holding an extraordinary general meeting or EGM soon to remove him as party president.


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Teoh family lashes out at MACC on kickback claim

Teoh Body found sprawled on the 5th floor , believed drop from 14th floor of MACC building.
Police Forensic team searching and gathering evidence.

Teoh's fiancee who is pregnant , suppose to register the day Teoh found death.

Teoh Beng Hock's mum, Teng Shuw Hor reading about her late son's on-going case

Teoh Beng Hock funeral attended by many. Hundreds gathered to seek justice and answer for Teoh Death.

The family of the late Teoh Beng Hock condemned the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for claiming in the coroner's court last week that the DAP political aide had received “kickbacks”.

Mohd Anuar, under questioning from the MACC lawyer, Datuk Abdul Razak Musa, told the coroner's court on Aug 26 that Teoh had personally received money from a private company totalling RM112.

The other lawyers, from the Teoh family lawyer Gobind Singh Deo to the lawyer from the Attorney-General's Chambers assisting the coroner, Tan Hock Chuan, objected strongly to Abdul Razak's line of questioning.

Teoh's boss, first-term Selangor DAP executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah who sat in when Mohd Anuar testified, has reassured Teoh's family that the claim is “totally baseless” and that he has all the documents to prove his innocence.

The RM112, Ean Yong told them, is a refund for an earlier payment for a banner.

But Lee Lan said: “The damage has been done.”

On behalf of her family, she demanded that the MACC show proof to back up its allegation immediately, or publicly apologise to the family for defaming her deceased brother.

“Proof is needed for truth and justice to prevail,” she said.

“To make a serious allegation against a person who cannot defend himself is malicious and is totally unacceptable,” she added.

The 28-year-old auditor from Alor Gajah repeated her plea for anyone with information on her brother's death to step forward and pass the details to Gobind.

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Shah Alam MP blames Umno for cow-head protest

Khalid claimed that the brother of Shah Alam Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Nawawi was one of the two men who were caught on video carrying the cow head.

Khalid claimed that the brother of Shah Alam Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Nawawi was one of the two men who were caught on video carrying the cow head.

Datuk Noh Omar, the Umno state deputy liaison chairman and Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, accused by Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad (below) as the catalyst to the protests.

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad (PAS)

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad has blamed Umno for the shocking display of bigotry two days ago, saying the brother of the local Umno chief was one of those carrying the cow’s head to protest relocating a Hindu temple.

The PAS man’s allegation comes in the wake of accusations by other Pakatan Rakyat leaders that Umno is trying to destabilise the state government by using race baiting tactics such as painting the Malay-Muslim community as under siege from non Malays.

A group, claiming to be Muslim residents of Section 23 in Shah Alam, the new site of the temple which is to be relocated, held a demonstration outside the Selangor state secretariat, dragging a severed cow-head, an animal sacred in Hinduism, which they stomped and spat under the gaze of the riot police.

He cited the actions of Datuk Noh Omar, the Umno state deputy liaison chairman and Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, as the catalyst for the residents’ recent inflammatory protest. Noh had made at least one visit to the proposed temple site in August and told the media that he would seek an injunction to stop the relocation adding that the Selangor government was going against the Federal Constitution by ignoring the sensitivities of Muslims, who make up the majority of residents in Section 23.

Asked about some residents who claimed that he had lied to them, Khalid replied that he had in fact not lied when he ran for election saying that he had always insisted on being fair, including to the Hindus even though they were a minority.

“They have rights too,” he said, pointing out that the 150 year old temple was not relocated earlier when PKNS had developed a housing area all around it and that there is only one temple for Indians living in Sections 19, 20 and 23.

“They don’t have a right to reject a Hindu temple. Their right to have a surau has been fulfilled. Hindus also have a right to have a temple for the 3 sections and we also want to fulfil that right.

“The Hindus also don’t have the right to reject a surau and each community has a right to have a place if worship. We have fulfilled the right of the Muslims,” he said.

“If the temple was placed in their backyard or smack in the middle of their community, I can understand if it feels awkward. But now it is far from their houses. There is no infringing on rights of Muslims. I take into account distances. They assume too much and feel they have more rights than what they have,” the PAS leader added.

He added it was not true that the state government was not willing to meet residents and when he met them in June, the requisite approvals for the relocation were still pending from PKNS, the owner of the land, the Shah Alam city council and the state government itself.

He also said that he will attend a meeting between the state government and residents on Sept 5 to discuss the burning issue.

“We are willing to listen to reason but the reasons must be sound. However, I don’t think we will entertain racist or prejudiced views.

“We should condemn prejudices and move to be more tolerant. There is a lesson to be learnt otherwise there will be another round of racist talks, speeches and acts. It’s unfortunate that after 52 years of independence, this is the kind of situation we have,” he said.

Umno has often been accused by Pakatan of trying to use race, religion and other tactics to frustrate the Selangor state government. Just weeks after Pakatan swept into power in Selangor last year, some Muslim residents in Kuala Langat made an issue over a centralised pig farm, a project that was actually mooted by the former Barisan Nasional state government.

Most recently, a controversy erupted over the aggressiveness of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) in wanting to grill Pakatan Selangor state lawmakers while former mentri besar, Datuk Seri Khir Toyo who has been accused of corruption over the cost of his palatial Balinese style mansion, has not been probed.

The controversy took an ugly turn when Teoh Beng Hock, a DAP political aide! Was found dead just outside the MACC headquarters in Shah Alam on July 16 after he was brought in for questioning.

Khalid delivered a parting shot at MACC, referring to comments by Section 23 residents action committee chairperson Mahyuddin Manaf, who said he was mystified by the appearance of the cow head at the protest.

“There are a lot of mysteries in Shah Alam. Nobody knows how Teoh Beng Hock died. If you ask MACC, they will probably say that the cow committed suicide,” he quipped.

-Source Malaysia Insider, The Star , Nst



Cow-head protest was end of tether for Sect 23 folk

Graffiti near the proposed site of the temple makes it clear how residents here feel.

Some residents, like Mainora, fear the issue could turn into a powder keg.

Having the temple so close to their playground will stop children from playing there, parents claim

The predominantly Malay-Muslim residents feel a sense of betrayal by their elected representatives

Sect 23 resident Sukhani has resorted to flying Umno flags to show his anger.

For the residents of the middle class Taman Ixora neighbourhood in Section 23 here, the cow-head protest after Friday prayers underlined their anger and frustration against a government unwilling to heed their views.

While they have mixed feelings about brandishing a cow-head during the protest, they are adamant in not wanting the Section 19 Sri Mahamariamman Temple relocated to their predominantly Malay-Muslim neighbourhood, more so near the Surau Al-Jannah.

“I attended yesterday’s demonstration because this is my neighbourhood and I must show support. That is what I want. I hung this Umno flag, but I voted one for Khalid Samad and Rodziah. I voted for PKR but I felt cheated. I have this Umno flag to show my anger,” Sukhani Mohd Jamil stressed, venting his anger at the state lawmakers.

Khalid Samad is the Shah Alam MP, which encompasses this neighbourhood in the predominantly Malay constituency.

The Section 23 action committee against the temple construction had sent a protest memorandum to Rodziah explaining that the temple was just 160 metres from the houses, 50 metres from a playground and 150 metres from Surau Al-Jannah. They demanded a public hearing but the Batu Tiga state assemblyman said it was unnecessary as the area was industrial land.

There was also fear in some of the residents as they are afraid that this issue might explode into a racial backlash.

“Of course, nobody wants the temple. It is too near to the playground. This has become an issue. I am scared that this will lead to fighting. They are too sensitive on this issue. Can you ask Rodziah why she wants to build it there?” Mainora Muir Hassan explained.

The mother of four stressed that the temple was not in the plans when they bought the house and questioned if the state government can do this.

“If there is not any temple, then we won’t buy. The price of our houses will also fall. Khalid wants tolerance but how can there be tolerance when it is near to the surau?” she added.

Pakatan Rakyat politicians claimed that most of the protesters were not from Section 23 and the demonstration was orchestrated by Umno.

However, local residents refuted this claim and said it was unfair because they are fighting for their neighbourhood and not for any political party.

“It is not a question of Umno or not, we are all Muslims. I am disappointed that a Muslim leader has neglected the Muslim community. Our religion has been sidetracked,” Latiff Roslan said.

“It is not a question of Umno or not, we are all Muslims. I am disappointed that a Muslim leader has neglected the Muslim community. Our religion has been sidetracked,” Latiff Roslan said.

The businessman was confused why the state government had decided to build the temple near their homes when there was no objection to build the temple in Section 22 as originally planned.

“Playground is for our children, children won’t go there to play and parents won’t allow them to play. Why is this temple made into an issue? People have objected to this temple so the government should stop the project.

“I read in the papers, that they want to move the temple by 300 metres. There is no land for the temple to be relocated by 300 metres. They want to put in the temple in the factory? So they are trying to lie to us and we cannot accept it,” he said.

The residents feel that they are being neglected by their leaders and are fed-up with Khalid’s call for religious tolerance.

“Khalid Samad is a liar, he likes to tell lies. He is scared to face the people. If the temple can be relocated by 300 metres, why not five kilometres? They asked us to tolerant. We can be tolerant but they must find a suitable location,” Azman Abdul Majid said.

The Telekom Malaysia employee added that politicians are abandoning religion for votes.

There were mixed emotions on the severed cow-head being used in the demonstration but they agree that the protestors just wanted to show their anger.

The residents are planning to seek a court injunction if the state government continues its plans to build the temple there.


Friday, August 28, 2009

Chief sacked over sex scandal

Ong Tee Keat, President of MCA .

-Dr Chua has a right to appeal to the party's central committee within 14 days, but most of its members are allied to party president Ong Tee Keat.

MALAYSIA'S largest Chinese party was thrown into turmoil on Wednesday after its top leadership sacked its deputy president Chua Soi Lek over an old sex scandal.

Dr Chua, 65, was sacked as a member of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) for tarnishing its image after the wide circulation of a DVD early last year, showing him having sex with an unknown woman.

The MCA's presidential council made the decision late last night following a recommendation from the party's disciplinary committee.

'We did so with a heavy heart after giving much consideration to the damage inflicted upon the party image brought about by his sex scandal as featured in the DVD,' party president Ong Tee Keat read from a statement after the meeting.

He said the presidential council collectively made the decision, in the best interests of the party. He also said he will brief Prime Minister Najib Razak about the decision. Later PM states that MCA has the right to sack Dr Chua , and will consider it as an Internal Matter and will not interfere.

The complaint against Dr Chua was brought by Mr Eng Cheng Guan, the Simpang Renggam division chief, who later withdrew it. The disciplinary committee, however, decided to go ahead with its proceedings.

'The decision comes as no surprise because there has been a sustained attempt by the MCA president to subvert the wishes of the rank and file, and end my political career,' Dr Chua wrote in his blog. He has a right to appeal to the party's central committee within 14 days, but most of its members are allied to Mr Ong.

Mr Ong and Dr Chua have been at loggerheads since the latter won the deputy president's post last October. It was a new lease of life after he was forced to resign as Health Minister last year when the video shot secretly in a hotel room made its rounds.

His tussle with Mr Ong began in earnest after the president left his deputy out of significant party appointments, thus limiting his reach within the grassroots. This was clearly to curtail Dr Chua's power base.

The internal troubles will distract the MCA further, as it is still unable to win back Chinese voters to the Barisan Nasional (BN). t is unclear what Dr Chua's next step will be. He has ruled out joining another party, and at any rate, he will find it hard to cross over to the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat as a few former BN leaders have done.


MCA deputy president Dr Chua Soi Lek has been formally sacked from the party for damaging the party's reputation due to his sex scandal.

At a press conference at 12.15am at the party headquarters, MCA
president Ong Tee Keat announced that the presidential council had
endorsed the recommendation of the party's disciplinary committee to sack Chua over the matter.

"We did so with a heavy heart after giving much consideration to the
damage inflicted upon the party image, brought about by the sex
scandal featured in the DVD.

"This decision has been made in the best interest of the party," said Ong, reading from a prepared text after a marathon five-hour meeting.


Earlier, Chua, when asked if he would join the opposition if he was sacked, shot back with a flat "No!" without hesitation.

Upon arriving at the MCA headquarters in Jalan Ampang, Chua was asked to predict how the presidential council meeting would go.

He replied by grabbing his neck with his hand and said three times: "Gantung mati (hanged to death)".

Chua was not allowed to participate in the meeting, which started about 9pm, as he was an interested party.


Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today said he will not interfere in the internal matters of MCA unless he is invited to act as an intermediary.

The premier said this when asked to comment on the MCA presidential council's decision to sack party deputy president Dr Chua Soi Lek last night.

Najib said MCA should solve the crisis on its own, and the only thing he had told MCA president Ong Tee Keat is that the matter should not affect Barisan Nasional.

"My only concern as BN chairperson is to ensure that whatever action taken by the individual parties do not affect the whole interest of BN.


Dr Chua confess he the man in the video.


Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno gets temporary reprieve on caning sentence

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak urged Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, who faces caning after being found guilty of drinking alcohol, to appeal her sentence.

A Malaysian state declared it would not carry out a caning sentence on a model found guilty of drinking beer until after the holy month of Ramadan.

The muslim model sentenced to be caned for drinking beer won a surprise reprieve when religious officials delayed her punishment until after the fasting month of Ramadan.

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, was sentenced by a religious court last month to six strokes, making her the first woman to face caning under Islamic law in Malaysia, a moderate Muslim-majority country.

Kartika, a Malaysian married to a Singaporean, was caught drinking by religious authorities at a hotel in Kuantan on Dec 11, 2007.

She said she had three glasses of beer before the hotel was raided. She and the other patrons were asked to provide urine samples.

The 20-month ordeal had added to her distress, she said, adding that she respected the law banning alcohol for Muslims and was determined to go through with the punishment – six strokes of the cane.

She will be fully clothed and kneeling, and struck on the backside with a small thin cane using moderate force.

Four court appearances over the offence forced her to quit her full-time hospital job and she has since had to rely on part-time modelling jobs.
“I only declared that I was a model to protect my full-time job ... I felt very humiliated because people used my status as a part-time model to publicise my case,” she said.

In 2007 she was arrested in Cherating in Pahang, Malaysia, for drinking Tiger beer in a hotel bar, and in 2009 she was sentenced by a religious court to six strokes of the cane and a fine. Only Muslims are subject to the religious court system, which has nothing to do with the ordinary criminal courts in Malaysia.

Muslim model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno

Shukarno Mutalib, 60, (right), the father of Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, meeting with Halim Ahmad, the chief assistant director of Jaip (Akidah branch), at his home in Kampung Jawang Utara in Sungai Siput.

Family time: Kartika spending quality time with her son Muhammad Azfar, seven, and daughter Wann Kaitlynn Sari Dewi, five, at her father’s house in Sungai Siput, Perak, yesterday.

Kartika response to her postponement.

"I am speechless," Kartika told reporters, adding that the Islamic officials had not told her whether she would be caned later. "I want to know what my status is. I want a black and white statement from them."

The mother-of-two has stared down religious authorities by saying she is ready to be caned, refusing to appeal against her sentence, and challenging them to cane her in public.

"I do not know in what situation I'm in. I'm clueless. I do not know if I am freed, I am in limbo," said the part-time model, who was dressed in a purple Muslim headscarf and a flowing traditional "baju kurung" outfit.

Sahfri Abdul Aziz, a legislator from Pahang in charge of religious affairs, said the punishment had been suspended on the order of the Attorney-General until after the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began last week.

Kartika Father response to the postponement

Kartika's father Shukarno Mutalib, 60, reacted angrily to the about-face and the confusion over whether the caning would go ahead, and said it would reflect badly on Islam, which forbids drinking alcohol.

"My daughter wants the sentence to be done. I'm afraid that people will mock the religion," he said. "Don't make my daughter a toy to play with," he said.

Kartika, who has lived in neighbouring Singapore for many years, had pleaded guilty to drinking alcohol at a hotel nightclub.



A Muslim model on Sunday said she was ready to face a caning penalty next week for breaching Malaysia's Shariah law, which forbids Muslims to consume alcohol.


A Malaysian woman is due to become the first woman to be caned under the country's Islamic laws after being caught drinking beer in a hotel.

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno's says she accepts her punishment, but critics say drinking should be viewed as a personal sin, not a state crime.


PM orders action against cow-head protesters

-Stepping at the cow head.Protesting at the construction of a Hindu Temple in Shah Alam.-

Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Najib Razak has ordered the police to take swift action against a group that brought a cow's head to Shah Alam to protest a Hindu temple relocation in a bid to calm swirling racial tensions.Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan after Selangor police stood by in the after Friday prayers protest were given the instructions by the outraged PM.

The group of Malay-Muslim protesters claiming to be residents of Section 23 had dumped the severed cow's head outside the Selangor state secretariat and threatened bloodshed unless the state government stopped the construction of a Hindu Temple.

The "residents" said that the construction of a Hindu temple in a 90 per cent Malay- Muslim neighborhood was insensitive because activities there would disrupt their lives.

A group of Malay-Muslim protesters claiming to be residents of Section 23 have threatened bloodshed unless the state government stopped the construction of a Hindu Temple.

“I challenge YB Khalid, YB Rodziah and Xavier Jeyakumar to go on with the temple construction. I guarantee bloodshed and racial tension will happen if this goes on, and the state will be held responsible,” shouted Ibrahim Haji Sabri amid strong chants of “Allahu Akbar!” as he referred to Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and his state administration.

Reasons for protests.
Mohd. Zurit Bin Ramli, who claims to be the secretary of the "Coalition of Malaysian NGOs" echoed Ibrahim’s stand on the matter, saying that it was irresponsible on the part of the state government to approve the construction as there was apparently a “90 per cent” majority Muslim population in Section 23.

“With a temple on our residential area, we cannot function properly as Muslims. The temple will disrupt our daily activities like prayers in the Surau. We cannot concentrate with the sounds coming from the temple,” stated Zurit.

When asked whether members of the protest were affiliated with any organisations or movements, Ibrahim claimed that the people present today were members of PAS, PKR as well as Umno who are “united in the name of Islam and the Malay spirit.”

The issue first cropped up when the Selangor government proposed that the Sri Mariamman temple be relocated from Section 19 to Section 23.

Section 23 Shah Alam has a 90% Muslim populations.

Responds from Leaders
Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin condemned the protest, calling it insensitive and disrespectful to another religion.

“This kind of emotional and insulting action can wreck the country’s peace,” the Rembau MP said in a statement.

National Unity and Performance Management Minister Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon also called for calm and asked the state government resolve the issue.

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu called the group extremist but asked Indians in the state to be calm.

"It is the right of Malaysians of any faith, including Hindus to build temples and other places of worships. I am very sad that this group had paraded the cow's head on their way to the state secretariat building," he said in a statement."I am worried that this action may lead to retaliation from the Hindu community. However, I wish to urge the Hindus especially to be calm and let the authorities deal with it," he added, saying the protesters must be punished for endangering racial harmony.

Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy who called the protest a "disgraceful" act" while Human Rights Party leader P Uthayakumar was disappointed that the police did not arrest those involved in the protest.

In a statement, the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism & Taoism (MCCBCHST) called for calm to enable the authorities find a “peaceable agreement and understanding”.

“Nothing can be gained by provocative action on the part of any side. MCCBCHST regrets that a severed cow’s head was brought along in the demonstration,” said president Reverend Dr Thomas Philips, noting the cow is sacred to the Hindu religion.

A symbol of objection?... The cow's head being paraded by the protectors in their march.

The group making their way to the Selangor secretariat building after their prayers.

Amid chants of "Allahuakbar," the group also left the severed head of a cow at the entrance of the State Secretariat here as a warning to Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

Ibrahim Haji Sabri,deputy chairman of the Sec 23 resident's committee speaking at the protest today. Some 50 residents enraged with the proposed relocation of a Hindu temple to their area staged a noisy protest with a severed cow's head this afternoon.


Some 50 residents enraged with the proposed relocation of a Hindu temple to their area staged a noisy protest with a severed cow's head this afternoon.

The residents - from Section 23 in Shah Alam - who gathered after the Friday prayers, placed the head outside the gates of the state secretariat building for a short period before removing it.

"Where is Xavier? This head is for him," shouted one of the protesters in reference to Selangor executive councillor Dr Xavier Jeyakumar.


‘Torture’ used at MACC office

‘Torture’ used at MACC office

SHAH ALAM: There is evidence that Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers physically and psychologically abuse witnesses and suspects during questioning, a lawyer told the inquest into Teoh Beng Hock’s death.

“The witness will identify the MACC officers involved. However, I cannot reveal the name of the witness now because of security reasons,” said Gobind Singh Deo, who is holding a watching brief for the political aide’s family, said he had in his possession police reports and photographs of injuries suffered by an individual to support his claim.

Teoh, who was the political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was summoned to the state MACC office located at the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam on July 15, to be questioned about alleged irregular disbursement of state funds. He was found dead the following day on the fifth floor.

Accusation leveled are :-
Oofficers took turns to slap an individual, blindfolded and forced him to strip naked. Also alleged to have wrapped an iron rod in newspapers and hit the man in the stomach, buttocks, hands and legs.Also said to have been kicked in the stomach and a cane was used to hit his private parts and feet.

Gobind made these allegations when questioning Selangor MACC assistant enforcement officer Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus.

He told coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas that the person would be called to testify what had happened to him when Selangor MACC officers interrogated him at their office in Plaza Masalam, the same place where Teoh’s body was found on July 16.

Can this report be used?
Earlier, MACC counsel Datuk Abdul Razak Musa said the police report should not be allowed into the inquest as it was not relevant to the case, pointing out that this would open up the floodgates which would divert the proceedings from focusing on finding out the cause of Teoh’s death.

Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas, who gave Gobind the green light to use the police report to frame his questions, explained to Mohd Ashraf his rights as a witness in the inquest.

“You have the right not to answer if you feel that the questions may implicate you,” said Azmil Muntapha.

The inquest was adjourned to Sept 8.

Candle vigil was held , seeking answer for Teoh death.

Mr Teoh seen here holding the hp.Teoh, who was the political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah(centre)

Malaysia Forensic team , processing teoh body at MACC building.

Teoh body found at the MACC buiding at 5th floor , believed to be drop from 13 floor.

Teoh family members performing burial rites at the site of the Teoh body.

A protester scuffles with policemen during a protest outside the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) building in Shah Alam on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 17. Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannons, and arrested dozens of demonstrators Saturday in an attempt to disperse a mass street protest against draconian internal security laws.


More than 3,000 people have packed the Kelana Jaya stadium in a two-hour gathering to mark the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock. Pakatan Rakyat top brass, including Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, took turns to address the crowd.


Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas who is hearing the inquest on the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock is this morning visiting Plaza Massalam in Shah Alam where the state MACC office is located.

Azmil arrived at the building at about 9.50am and headed straight to the 14th floor of the building. He was accompanied by lawyers, court officials and other personnel.

Reporters were however not allowed to join in the scene-visit nor enter the MACC office. They have been asked to wait at the lift lobby.

Teoh's body was found on the fifth-floor corridor of the building a day after he was taken in for questioning by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on July 15.


Teoh family meet Najib , requests for answer.


259 patients positive H1N1, no new death

-Image show steps to prevent Influenca A(H1n1)

No new deaths due to Influenza A (H1N1) have been registered today, leaving the death toll at 71, with patients confirmed positive with the virus at 259 cases.

53 were in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with 41 risk factor cases like those with chronic illness, obesity, children or babies, pregnant women, new mothers and Down Syndrome.

260 new patients with influenza-like illness (ILI) had been admitted to hospital for treatment while 312 had been discharged, leaving 1,394 ILI patients at 94 hospitals, including five private hospitals.

“Those infected with H1N1 normally have high fever (temperatures of over 38 degrees Celcius) for three to four days, headache, sore throat, tiredness, body aches and cough without phlegm during the early stage.
“Those with normal flu rarely have fever or light fever (temperatures of less than 38 degree Celcius), running nose and often sneezes,”Director-general of Health Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said.

Current H1n1 pandemic level is 6 by WHO

WHO level 6 pandemic rating.

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