The Council of Churches of Malaysia has expressed shock at remarks made by Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor urging churches not to speak untruths in their sermons.
“This is an unfounded statement and calls into question the spiritual integrity and witness of the church in imparting the faith in line with the Gospel as revealed in the holy scriptures.
“It is an affront to the church for the minister to insinuate that our religious duty in preaching during worship services are ‘lies’ because it is critical of societal issues,” Council of Churches general secretary Reverend Hermen Shastri said in a statement this evening.
Earlier today at a 1Federal Territories luncheon in Kuala Lumpur, Tengku Adnan had urged churches not to speak untruths.
Tengku Adnan said his remarks about church sermons yesterday were misconstrued.
“I did not say churches were places where slander is spread. I only gave a reminder for houses of worship to continue their respective religious activities, and not become a centre for the spread of fake news which can spur hatred for the government,” he said in a statement.
He reportedly had said churches had spread fake news based on Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia (PHM) chief P Waytha Moorthy’s claim that the minister had lied about an RM50 million allocation for Indian housing loans.
Tengku Adnan clarified that his message was not aimed solely at churches and that he was not opposed to churches.
“I only referred to churches as an example, because my message is to all houses of worship including mosques, suraus, and temples,” he said.
Ku Nan: Use churches to disseminate God’s will, not ‘unhappiness’
UPDATED 6.40PM | Don’t speak nonsense in church, Umno sec-gen tells audience in Titiwangsa. malaysiakini
So, wat he talk one?
I think the Christians in Malaysia should know who to vote in GE14.
Parti Warisan Sabah deputy president Darell Leiking said the church is a place for truth and not falsehood.
He said this in response to Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor who reportedly asked Christians not to spread fake news in churches.
Very debased form of instigation which of course LKS will just ignore.
The instigator must have felt some tension when when it was publicized that Putrajaya is one of a few constituencies Tun Dr Mahathir might contest at Pru14. Teuku Adnan (not Tengku, as he had only an Achinese name, not any kind of royalty) must have gone weak in the knees reading about that.
More so when crowds formed and followed Tun when he did a walkabout at the pasar malam in Putrajaya and one lady even shouted “Hidup PM baru” as Tun passed by. The constituency is 84% Malay made up mostly of government servants. They must have gone fed up with the situation in the country – the monkeying of 1MDB (theft, robbery and piracy, said Tun), GST, the ever increasing prices of goods and Najib did nothing to check those.
Teuku Adnan was reported by M’kini to have “felt pity for ‘old’ Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali” over their recent visit to a pasar malam in Putrajaya. “I pity him when he visited the pasar malam, he’s an old man,” said he.
Teuku Adnan can’t even see or read that 92 years old Tun Mahathir was healthy, physically able to go about everywhere in the country. We can’t call him stupid, as he is a Minister and freedom of expression is questionable in this country, but he certainly is not smart.
And not smart again saying, “We saw (that) especially Siti Hasmah who can’t even walk, she needs people to hold her.” He cannot even think that those holding Tun Siti Hasmah might have just wanted to show respect and a sense of endearment to her.
Yet Teuku Adnan, though very much younger, looks much older than his age. His photo shows him fat and ugxx. When fat, the brains don’t work that well, hence he cannot understand and had to ask, “Why was he doing that? Why was he visiting the pasar malam? We don’t know.” What the ….
More not smart talk by the fat man, saying “I don’t understand why they are doing (these) sorts of things. Was he trying to get some pity?” he said after attending the 1Federal Territories Luncheon in Titiwangsa…
The people can take to the streets if Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak dares to call for an emergency and halt the upcoming 14th general elections, Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
Mahathir, however, said that Malaysians are generally timider compared to citizens in countries like Brazil and South Korea, where massive protests pressured their top leaders to resign over corruption allegations.
“But in Malaysia even when we do Bersih, not many go out (to join)… If you take no risk, you get no gain. So we must be brave.
“If there was an emergency declaration called by Najib, we can go out every day to demand for an end to the emergency and for a return of democracy,” he said.
Read more at https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/411018#YDXmIfCrj1obtGkS.99
Leaves don’t flutter if no winds.
BERSIH 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah has made a plea to Malaysians living abroad to resist political fatigue and make their vote count in the next general election.
In a teleconference with Malaysians around the globe yesterday, Chin said there was an urgent need for all voters to participate in the elections as the ruling government had shown clear disinterest in electoral and legislative reform.
“Overseas voters are very important, whether you are small or large in number,” Maria said.
“This election, I feel that we need all the votes we can get, simply because I feel that the government in charge is not interested in reform.
Well, I am a follower of Yahusha and I believe my fellow believers will never spread falsehood in the church or ANYWHERE!
Dr Mahathir Mohamad said, should Pakatan Harapan win the coming general election, his second stint in the prime minister’s office will not be for long . “I can’t stay for very long. At the most, I can last for two years,” he said in an interview with Japan’s Mainichi newspaper.
In the interview with the Japanese daily, the nonagenarian reiterated his intent to pass the torch to his deputy-turned-nemesis-turned-ally Anwar Ibrahim, and seek a royal pardon for the latter. (Note that he said that even to foreign newspapers.)
A royal pardon is necessary for Anwar to hold office, as he is barred from standing for elections for five years due to his soon-to-end jail term.
Meanwhile, in the rest of the interview, Mahathir chastised Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s administration for allegedly being too close to China. (He knows China has been a traditional enemy of Japan).
“He (Najib) sees China as a source of funds which he could borrow. But when you borrow and cannot pay, you are going to be in trouble.
“(In my time) Malaysia’s policy was neutral. We were friendly with every country. Whether China or Japan or Korea or America. We were friendly. If they do something wrong, we feel we have the right to criticise them,” he said.
China has been involved in a number of high profile projects in Malaysia over the past several years, leading critics like Tun Mahathir to claim that Najib was undermining the country’s sovereignty to secure funds.
Two years is long enough for GST to be abolished.
An Umno supreme council member has rejected Pakatan Harapan’s call for international observers for the 14th general election. What the fook.
Lim Kit Siang said that former premier Dr Mahathir had been open to discussing the matter with the opposition during his tenure.
DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang recalled how on July 9, 1990, Mahathir had met with him, a member of the opposition then, at the Prime Minister’s Office for an hour to hear him out on the suggestions for the Commonwealth observers for the 1990 general election.
“Dr Mahathir did not agree that the Commonwealth observer mission should be invited in the name of all political parties, and that an all-party committee should be established to handle all matters concerning the mission,” recalled Lim citing his press statement at the time.
But he had a discussion with the Opposition Party leader. And gave his reasons for not agreeing.
Not UMNO. What the …. Takut ka? Plenty to hide arr?
EC says it will invite observers to witness GE14 process – Bernama
The Election Commission (EC) has invited and will invite international election observers and appoint local NGO representatives as observers for the general election, said EC chairperson Mohd Hashim Abdullah.
He said that during the 13th general election (GE13), the EC had invited international election observers from several countries and had also appointed representatives of local NGOs as observers.
“In the 14th general election (GE14) too, the EC will invite election observers to look at the transparency of the election process. They comprise local as well as foreign observers.
Recently, Pakatan Harapan deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin was reported to be challenging the government to invite an independent election observer team from the Commonwealth Secretariat and the United Nations to observe the proceedings of GE14.
Mohd Hashim said the local observers comprised representatives of NGOs or any local organisations that were eligible and neutral and not aligned to any political party.
For the international observers, they comprised various nations representing the Commonwealth countries, Asean and others.
Mohd Hashim also explained that in the existing election system, there were also permanent observers comprising representatives of candidates who were also members of the contesting parties.
He said they would function as location observers (pemerhati barung) for review by the EC; voting centre agents who would play a role as observers at the voting place during the polling process; and vote-counting agents who would function as observers during the vote counting process.
He said these representatives/agents played an important role as observers and monitors for every polling and counting process taking place at the voting stream directly because they were stationed in the polling and vote counting room throughout the period, that is, from the time the polling and vote counting began until the counting of the ballot papers ended.
“Not only the process occurring inside the polling centre but even outside the polling room are being observed by agents of candidates who function as observing agents to monitor the goings on at the polling centre and the surrounding area,” he said.
In this regard, he added, the EC would ensure that all candidates contesting in the GE14 sent their representatives/agents during the election process.
“The EC will announce the names of representatives/agents on duty on that day so that the people know that the election process is transparent and fair.
“With the presence of the candidate’s agent as a third party, it proves that the EC does not deny the rights of the observers to also be present in the election process.
“The political parties should not have any fear about the transparency of the existing election process practised in this country,” he added.
Why no mention of postal voting? Any observers there? Who?
Who carry the ballot boxes to counting centres? Any observers along the way?
What about electricity black outs? During the initial shock or surprise, possible the polling clerk quickly change the numbers written in the record sheet?
No mention of voters being registered at uncompleted military camps?
The Chinese New Year rally cum GE election rally is coming , hopefully the BN candidate get their big ang pow ready for distribution, Chinese is a more realistic race they prefer instant hard cash rather then those big futuristic project angpow like schools, community hall which take years to materialize if not at all. Other races is more easy to please, maybe a few kilo rice and sugar will do.
Up to now, the EC has adopted a narrow and restricted position on the invitation of international observers for GE14 – that it be confined to foreign election observer groups which had invited the commission previously.
This is clearly unacceptable.
The EC should conduct deep soul-searching to determine why it has fallen so abysmally from a world-class and credible institution when the country achieved independence six decades ago, to the lowly position it holds today.
Malaysia’s ranking on the Electoral Integrity Index is the appalling position of 142 out of 158 countries, lower than Indonesia ranked No 68, Singapore ranked 94, and Philippines ranked 101.
There is an urgent need to legitimise and improve both the country’s election process and the EC’s credibility, independence and professionalism.
This is why the EC should not shirk its primary constitutional duty to ensure that short of a system of automatic registration of qualified voters, the highest percentage possible of eligible voters are registered on the electoral roll to entitle them to exercise their constitutional role to vote in the GE14.
But having over three million eligible voters not yet registered on the electoral roll when polls are so soon is really scandalous, and reflects poorly on the efficiency, competence, professionalism and dedication of the EC.
As of the third quarter of last year, 14.8 million Malaysians are registered as voters but more than three million Malaysians who are over 21 years old have not registered.
ROS yet to recognise Bersatu…
Uphill battle against EC and ROS…
Where is the truth in PM’s defense of 1MDB?
tony Pua said: The first person who should be investigated for spreading the most outrageous ‘fake news’ in the country is none other than Prime Minister Najib Razak himself, who claimed that 1MDB’s monster RM42 billion debt is “not missing”.
Earlier this week, Najib announced that the government is looking into introducing laws to curb fake news which is a threat to political stability and public order. The Prime Minister said the move was necessary because the people could be instigated to hate the government or commit something like uprisings due to the influence of fake news.
However, it could not have been more ironical that the biggest purveyor of fake news today is none other than the Prime Minister himself.
Yesterday, Najib defended 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) RM42 billion debt, saying the money never disappeared, unlike the RM31 billion losses incurred in Bank Negara’s (BNM) foreign exchange scandal.
However, in the BNM scandal, no one was accused of pocketing the money.
Whereas, in the case of 1MDB, the whereabouts of the RM42 billion, or a substantial portion of it is unknown and/or unverified. In fact, if indeed Najib was telling the truth, the question must be asked, why did the Cabinet classify the Auditor-General’s Report on 1MDB under the Official Secrets Act?
Or can Najib tell us where US$940 million worth of “units” is currently parked after the original custodial bank, BSI Bank was shut down?
If all monies are indeed properly accounted for in 1MDB, why is it that 1MDB has failed to produce a single audited financial statement since March 2014? In fact, it was the missing funds highlighted by none other than the United States Department of Justice (US DOJ) which led Deloitte Malaysia to withdraw their endorsement for 1MDB’s March 2013 and 2014 accounts. This means that 1MDB doesn’t have any properly audited financial statements for the past six years!
It could not be more ironic that Najib was lying through his teeth about 1MDB’s RM42 billion debt in front of 1,200 Muslim religious and village leaders who were about to depart for their holy pilgrimage in Mecca.
Tony Pua further said:
Since the US DOJ exposed the money trail originating from 1MDB into the personal bank account of Najib, the Prime Minister has refused to confirm or deny the allegations. The US DOJ showed how approximately US$732 million was laundered into his account with Ambank between 2011 and 2014.
The US DOJ further showed how some of these funds have been subsequently used to acquire a US$27.3 million pink diamond pendant for his wife Rosmah Mansor as well as a US$250 million luxury yacht by Jho Low.
In addition, there was also the sum of US$238 million from 1MDB which found its way to Rosmah’s son, Riza Aziz’s company in the United States, Red Granite Capital.
The above does not yet include billions of dollars of other assets, including private jets, luxury properties all around the world and rare expensive masterpieces, which were in the process of being seized by the United States government. These assets were deemed assets acquired via illegally laundered funds which originated from 1MDB.
Worst of all, all our questions relating to all of the above have been rejected by the Parliament Speaker so that the PM need not be accountable to Malaysians. It cannot be more obvious that the he has plenty to hide.
Well done, Tony. So many people have been wondering like you do, above.
Good that you put them out in the media. Not that Najib or anybody would answer. But there is a strong need for more voters to know the reasons why Najib and UMNO/BN must not be given votes at Pru14. There is a dire need for a change of government.
The government has been reported to “mull” this and mull that. But has there been any action or any results?
The latest is Nur Jazlan saying Home Ministry mulls laws on ‘anti-social behavior’, the Home Ministry proposing to the government to introduce laws to curb anti-social behaviour, especially the “mat rempit” menace.
But saying the police would have the authority to detain or take action against those causing distress or nuisance to the public with the existence of the Anti-Social Behaviour laws, ain’t that funny? Sure the Police have the laws and the power to act on Mat Rempits at present.
“The laws on anti-social behaviour is not a curfew order. (In fact,) the police have carried out their responsibilities very well. However, police will have more powers to take action against mat rempit groups with the introduction of the laws.
“At the moment, action can only be taken when a mat rempit has committed an offence. With the Act, the police can take action to dismiss the groups and arrest those who are still stubborn.” What dismiss? Arrest Mat Rempit groups? They cannot even get together if not causing nuisance?
Why waste time mulling this and that, just ensure the Police arrest the Mat Rempits when racing. The Police are under the Home Ministry.
Good that Johor police chief Mohd Khalil said police would go all out to crack down on the groups and their rampant llegal racing activities – Bernama.
“The mat rempit menace is not only happening in Johor but also in other states… Now, they have turned ‘sensitive’ areas like hospitals and schools into racing venues which they do not have any respect (for people),” he said.
Yes, the problem is the increasing loss of respect for authority, decorum and decency, even on the roads, under Najib’s rule. For example, not only motor cyclists, even car drivers do not care about red lights at traffic junctions in many places in the towns. Corruption is one of the causes and it is rampant in the country.
It needs a no-nonsense PM like Tun Dr Mahathir to get the errant members of the public to respect the laws at all times. No such things as driving through red traffic lights during his time as PM.
Otherwise the Government should get the Mat Rmpits to race in stadiums or authorized places, land provided by the government, even far away from the towns. The Ministry of Youth should organize this, huh, Okspod graduate Minister?
Let the Youths have fun racing – but at authorized places, and properly regulated races, ready with ambulances for those thrown off their bikes, etc. Khairy Jamaluddin should get the F1 Racing Circuit in Sepang allow motor cycle racing there as well, or build bike racing tracks around the place, charge the Mat Rempits fees for use. After all, car racing is not every day, is it? And the Mat Rempits wanna do it any day.
Indians love to be conned and lied to by BN and Najib. The Indian community support will be with BN in the coming election.
Time and again, the PM and rest of his BN crony squad have promised heaven and earth to the Indian community just before an election and without fail, BN has never delivered on their promises.
The cycle of being promised a better economic pie by BN before an election and the election promises not being fulfilled after the election has been going on for eons but yet the Indians keep voting BN time and again.
I do not expect the Indian community to wise up this time around. As for the minority of educated Indians, well, they will not fall for Najib’s ‘nambikai’ rubbish.
Too many movies where crooks are heroes?
Or vice versa?
Wow, Gerard Lourdesamy says it loudly to BN –
During Thaipusam, DPM Ahmad Zahid Hamidi asked Indians to support BN on the “next big day”.
The next big day is the Tamil New Year, I suppose. Don’t worry, the Indians will throng the temples to worship and celebrate, with or without the BN.
What is the point of making promises that are not kept? Go to any government department, school, public university or the police, and they will regard you as a “keling” and “kaki botol”. Not worth their time.
Go to the private sector, they will ignore you because you are too dark to be seen and too poor to make a difference.
Have the billions of ringgit allocated to the Indians reached the deserving ones or have the funds been diverted to MIC, Makkal Sakthi, IPF and MyPPP to be dissipated?
Once in five years, Indians seem to matter to Umno/BN especially when there is a close fight in the elections. The rest of the last 60 years has been the same – neglect, indifference and contempt.
Can anyone say here why Indians don’t like to be called “keling”? That word was used freely to refer to Indians since the Malacca Sultanate days in the 15th century.
Is it because it refers to Kalinga, a state north of the land of the Tamils in India?
Do the Tamils not like the Kalingas? Is it offensive to call
Malaysian Indians “keling”? If so, kindly say why.
Asking just as a matter of interest only. Thanks to anyone who can explain.
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