Monthly Archives: January 2009

Syed Hamid warns the ‘Herald’

(NST) The Home Ministry may take legal action against the Catholic weekly, Herald, over its continued use of the word “Allah” in this week’s issue.

Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar warned that the show of defiance could cause conflict and anger among other races in the country.

“We should abide by the law and the government’s decision. The decision to ban the use of the word ‘Allah’ in its publication does not come from the ministry but from the cabinet.

“If anything happens, then don’t put the blame on us. I will refer this matter to our legal unit.”

The weekly’s editor, Father Lawrence Andrew, was quoted by AFP as saying on Tuesday that he intended to continue doing so until the court rules on the issue next month.
“We find this restriction on the use of ‘Allah’ unacceptable when we have been using it as a translation for the word ‘God’ for centuries in Malaysia,” he was quoted as saying.

The government last month ordered a ban on the Herald’s Malay edition until the court makes its decision, as part of conditions for it to be allowed to continue publishing in English, Chinese and Tamil.

Andrew had also said Munshi Abdullah, the father of modern Malay literature, translated the Bible into Malay in 1852 and he also translated the word “God” as “Allah”.

“So, there is strong historical proof of what has been used for centuries.

Syed Hamid said all publications must abide by the law. “Even if it (Herald) does not want to, it should wait for the court to decide.

“To me, it seems that it purposely wants to create a collision or a conflict. It should remember the rights of other races, too. We respect other religions and cultures and we expect it to do the same thing.”

Syed Hamid added that if the government decided to ban the weekly later, then it should not be blamed. “I just hope it will follow the law and government’s instruction.”

Sensitive religious issues must be avoided at all costs, he added.

“That is why I have avoided a debate on this subject but if one religion decides to show its strength, then this is dangerous.

“To me, it is best we sort it out in an environment that is not confrontational but with full understanding.

“The Herald has all the while been aggressive in the way it responds to us and reacts to our instructions as if they could act according to their own. It should remember that we are living in a society with all sorts of people, religions and cultures.”


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University Malaya Racist Circular Letter Approved & Cleared

um11The writer- Sutrisno, sounds Indon?

Dear Friends
This is unbelievable! Outrageous! Shocking! I’m totally speechless. No words can describe how I feel right now.
We have just celebrated our 50th Merdeka. For 50 long years, we are still considered an alien race.
Can you believe that? Lets show them what we can really do with ourselves. How? We MUST get together and be united. Lets help our kind at all times.
If they can be racist, why can’t we be racist? I have always treated them as one of our own but I am convinced time and again that OTHERS do NOT think the same about us.

This is a letter from University Malaya ‘s Head of Graduates to all the students of a certain race.

For those of you who are NOT bothered in stressing your brains too much in understanding the written Malay, I’ll do the translation:

Therefore, I as the Head of Graduates of University of Malaya would like to advice all our fellow graduates of University of Malaya to combine forces and prepare ourselves together with all the necessary knowledge and preparation before we continue our fight in the actual battle field.
This advice implies mainly to our Malay Graduates. We must treasure the sacrifices made by our ancestors which tried so hard to ensure that Tanah Melayu ( Malay Land ) is FREE from the intrusion of alien races.
We must NOT fall into the category of those who forgets their roots until they will be taken over by other races.
Graduates must prove themselves that we are capable and the best choice to take over the throne of governing the country in the future.
This implies with the theme of MPMUM Progressive, Dynamic, Professional. There is nothing more important that can compared to our always-sensitive and improving graduates.
I also would like to advice all Malay Graduates to prepare ourselves in facing all sorts of unpredicted challenges that may occur in near future, relating to the rise of our fellow citizens, in particular to the non-Malay races.
Don’t let ourselves slack and allow our ‘enemies under the blankets to attack us’
(Direct translation from the Malay idiom)
Don’t allow our Malaysia to fall into the hands of those who are irrelevant.

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Bank Negara Raids Gemilang Mirza Office

January 13, 2009 17:22 PM

Bank Negara Raids Gemilang Mirza Office

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 (Bernama) –

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) raided Gemilang Mirza Sdn Bhd today on suspicion of conducting illegal deposit-taking and money- laundering activities.

The raid was conducted on the company’s premise in Papar, Sabah following complaints received from the public, the central bank said in a statement.

“Relevant assets and documents of the company were seized for purpose of the investigation,” the central bank said.

BNM said the raid was conducted under Section 25(1) of the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (BAFIA) 1989 and Section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act (AMLATFA) 2001.

Section 25(1) of BAFIA 1989 prohibits any person from receiving, taking, or accepting deposits without having valid licence, whereas Section 4(1) of AMLATFA prohibits any person from engaging in or attempting to engage or abetting the commission of money-laundering activities.

If found guilty, the scheme operator faces jail term of not more than 10 years or fined not more than RM10 million or both under BAFIA.

Meanwhile, a fine not exceeding RM5 million or jail sentence of not more than five years or both await the offender under Section 4(1) of AMLATFA 2001.

BNM advises the public to be cautious about investment schemes promoted on the Internet, through phone calls or seminars conducted by individuals or companies that are not licensed or authorised by it to accept deposits or to conduct foreign currency dealings.

A list of all licensed institutions that accept deposits is available on BNM website at


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Pemuda Majlis Gereja Malaysia (Pemuda CCM / CCM Youth) merasa kesal dan bimbang atas larangan Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) terhadap gereja Katolik menerbitkan edisi bahasa Malaysia akhbar The Herald-The Catholic Weekly.

Pemuda CCM juga berpendapat bahawa larangan edisi Bahasa Malaysia ini tidak munasabah, malah tidak adil saksama. Bukankah gereja kita diterima sebagai sebahagian masyarakat majmuk negara tercinta kita? Negara Malaysia sangat bangga dengan masyarakat majmuknya di mana rakyat berbilang bangsa, kaum dan agama hidup bebas, aman dan damai. Oleh itu, ia sangat menghairankan kenapa segolongan rakyatnya sekarang tidak dibenarkan menggunakan Bahasa Malaysia, biarpun untuk terbitan the Herald yang terhad untuk penganut Kristian dan istilah Allah telah digunakan oleh penganut Kristian di Malaysia sejak generasi-generasi yang lalu.

Di samping itu, bukankah orang beragama Kristian di negara ini juga warganegara yang berhak dan patut digalak menggunakan bahasa kebangsaannya dalam segala urusan hariannya? Bahasa Malaysia adalah hakmilik bersama. Sering kita mendengar seruan pemimpin-pemimpin negara kita agar rakyat Malaysia berbahasa Malaysia. Oleh sedemikian, Pemuda CCM berasa hairan atas larangan KDN ini. Larangan KDN ini adalah tidak adil dan, malah, merupakan sesuatu penindasan atau diskriminasi terhadap penganut Kristian yang berbahasa (dan berbangsa) Malaysia.

Pemuda Majlis Gereja Malaysia membantah larangan KDN ke atas Gereja Katolik menerbitkan edisi Bahasa Malaysia akhbar The Herald-The Catholic Weekly. Kami meminta kerajaan Malaysia supaya menghentikan penindasan oleh KDN ini dan membatal larangan tersebut, demi kebebasan rakyat beragama Kristian. Kami juga membuat tuntutan bahawa perkataan Allah yang digunakan antara golongan Kristian di negara-negara Arab, Indonesia, dan juga di Sabah dan Sarawak telah lama digunakan.



Daniel Chai

Setiausaha Pemuda
Pemuda Majlis Gereja-Gereja Malaysia
Mobile| +6012 237 6102

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Upko: Green MyKad a new stress on the people

arthur-sen-bKota Kinabalu: The re-issuance of the green MyKad to “stateless” people in Sabah is putting new stress on local people in the State, said Upko Youth chief Arthur Sen.

“We in Upko Youth are questioning the rationale behind the National Registration Department’s decision to reactivate the issuance of the green MyKad, which had been frozen since 2004,” he said.

He claimed the exercise will only benefit foreigners who were born in Sabah and who had been issued birth certificates without citizenship.

According to information received, he said the green MyKad is only valid for five years and asked what will happen to the temporary citizenship status of these green MyKad holders and their children after that period was over.

“There is a big possibility that these green MyKad holders will one day become permanent residents and then qualify themselves or their subsequent generation to obtain the blue MyKad as citizens É in the long run it would change the population demography of Sabah,” he said.

This must be prevented from now by stopping the NRD exercise, he stressed. “Another negative effect will be that the green MyKad holders will compete against the genuine locals in economic activities É this is already happening now, and what more when they already get the green MyKad,” he said.

Also in terms of access to public facilities, he said the local people will also be forced to compete with the immigrants like for medical treatment and wards at the public hospitals, recreational parks and so on.

“All these are saddening. Government agencies like the NRD need to be more attentive to the feelings and political sentiments of the genuine locals in Sabah,” he said.

22 November, 2008- Daily Express

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