The "Indian Problem" in Malaysia


 

Ex-IGP apologises to Kit Siang over ‘dividing’ country along racial lines comment

Hanif Omar admits that Lim Kit Siang’s arrest in 1969 had nothing to do with the allegations.

KUALA LUMPUR: Former inspector-general of police (IGP) Hanif Omar made an official apology to Lim Kit Siang today over allegations that the DAP veteran attempted to separate Peninsular Malaysia according to racial lines.

In his apology statement before the court, Hanif retracted his statement made against Lim on Sept 6, 2018 at a forum held at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Shah Alam.

“I confirm that the plaintiff’s (Lim) arrest in 1969 was not on the basis that he called for the country to be divided according to racial lines,” he said before High Court judicial commissioner Quay Chew Soon.

Lim had filed a defamation suit against Hanif in 2018 over the former top cop’s claim that Lim “wanted to split Malaysia along racial lines”, with the west coast for the Chinese and the east coast for the Malays.

He alleged that Hanif’s remarks had ruined his reputation as an MP and a public figure.

In his lawsuit, Lim had sought general, aggravated, and exemplary damages as well as an injunction to prohibit Hanif or any of his agents from repeating or republishing the statements.

Meanwhile, publisher Sinar Karangkraf Sdn Bhd, who was named as co-defendant, also said they will publish an open apology to Lim by this week over their news reports pertaining to Hanif’s false allegations.

Sinar Karangkraf will also have to pay RM20,000 costs to Lim. However, no cost was made against Hanif.

Lim also retracted his statement against Hanif, in which he claimed the ex-IGP created a “cock-and-bull story” over his 1969 detention under the repealed Internal Security Act (ISA).

“I express regret that this unfortunate incident occurred and retract my statement on Sept 7, 2018 against Tun Hanif,” he said.

Hanif had filed a counter-claim against Lim’s remarks previously.

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'Shafee beli banglo di Bukit Tunku guna cek RM9.5 juta dari Najib'


Mahkamah Tinggi di Kuala Lumpur hari ini diberitahu bahawa cek berjumlah RM9.5 juta yang diterima Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah daripada Datuk Seri Najib Razak pada 2013 dan 2014, digunakan untuk membeli sebuah rumah banglo di Bukit Tunku, di Kuala Lumpur.

Penolong Pesuruhjaya Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) Mohd Nasharudin Amir, 49, berkata Muhammad Shafee membuat pengakuan itu ketika percakapannya dirakam oleh beliau (Mohd Nasharudin) pada 28 Julai 2017.

"Berdasarkan jawapan yang diberikan Muhammad Shafee dalam rakaman percakapan, dua keping cek masing-masing bernilai RM4.3 juta dan RM5.2 juta yang diterima daripada Najib sebagai bayaran khidmat nasihat guaman yang diberikan peguam itu kepada bekas perdana menteri berkenaan dan parti, digunakan untuk membeli rumah bernilai RM9.5 juta," katanya.

Mohd Nasharudin yang ketika itu Ketua Unit Siasatan Cawangan Pencegahan Pengubahan Wang Haram, Bahagian Siasatan SPRM Putrajaya, berkata Muhammad Shafee memberitahunya bahawa pemberian cek RM9.5 juta itu, tiada kaitan dengan pelantikannya sebagai timbalan pendakwa raya dalam kes rayuan liwat membabitkan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

How can the MACC investigate MACC officers?

Raising the matter in the Dewan Rakyat today, the Puchong MP referred to the anti-graft body’s statement confirming that three of its officers have been remanded in relation to abuse of power and misappropriation.

The matter should be investigated by the police or another independent body instead of an internal investigation, he said in debating the royal address in Parliament.

“This case is related to stealing of seized funds; it should be under the jurisdiction of the police, not the MACC. Why is the MACC arresting its own officers? How can MACC investigate MACC?” he asked. 

The Pakatan Harapan lawmaker said the case is related to US$6 million (RM25 million) in cash seized from former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation director-general Datuk Hasanah Abd Hamidin in 2018 that was believed to have been stolen.

Gobind said that it is unreliable for the MACC to investigate its own personnel, especially as this case involves senior officers.

He recalled a similar issue when the police launched an internal investigation after claims by former inspector-general of police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador that there are high-ranking police officers involved in abuse of power and criminal cartels.

“The police told us that they will launch an internal investigation on this. The police are investigating the police, and what happened to the investigation?

“I want to ask MACC, why is corruption within the police force investigated internally? What is the difference between corruption involving the police and other people?” he said. 

Gobind then challenged the government to present the results of the investigation into these cases, or ensure that the police and MACC will not be investigating their own officers. 

The opposition member pointed out that a department or agency should not be allowed to investigate its own officers and hoped that, by tomorrow, the authorities will allow another independent body to take over the case.

“We want to see if this new government is truly a reformist one, like it says it is. If you are a reformist, then show us now. If not, you are just the same as the past government – a failed government.” – The Vibes, September 20, 2021

Digital literacy, cybersecurity education sorely needed: Maszlee

 KUALA LUMPUR – Digital education and cybersecurity must be taught in schools to minimise digital illiteracy in the country, said Maszlee Malik (Simpang Renggam-Independent). 

Speaking at the Dewan Rakyat today, he said that as the government initially tackled the problem of illiteracy following the country's independence, it must now tackle the problem of digital illiteracy. 

“Whether we like it or not, digital literacy is a necessity for people in the 21st century. 

“Digital illiteracy is a big issue, especially when the country is adapting to the fourth industrial revolution. 

“The people’s dependency on digital technology today forces us to ensure the country’s digital illiteracy rate is reduced. 

“Digital illiteracy would make an individual easy prey to criminal scams, abuse, human trafficking and other types of frauds, crimes, and manipulation of the cyber world,” he said. 

On the other hand, he said the digitally literate could improve their economic status using applicable technologies for business, investment, and income generation via the gig economy. 

As such, the former education minister urged the government to take the issue of digital literacy education seriously, saying that all schools must have cybersecurity and digital literacy education as part of their curricula. 

He said education institutions must also make digital and cybersecurity subjects compulsory and available in courses they offer so that Malaysians become digitally literate. 

“We must remember that cyber-awareness is needed to ensure that the community lives in harmony. 

“Fake news and the spreading of racist sentiments and accusations could destroy the government and country. 

“This can be avoided if the people are equipped with a high level of digital and cybersecurity awareness,” he added. 

Maszlee urged the Communication and Multimedia Ministry to adopt an innovative approach to speed up the widening of internet connectivity in the country. 

He said the ministry must prepare at least 100kbps broadband for each school and educational institution, and mandate telecommunication providers to provide schools equal internet coverage.

“Internet coverage must reach all rooms needed for teaching and learning sessions, including the classrooms and laboratories,” he said. 

On sexual harassment cases in schools, Maszlee said he supported the Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill’s presentation and approval in Parliament as soon as possible. 

He said since 2011, the Education Ministry has been using its standard operating procedures for student discipline and a guideline to handle sexual harassment cases among students. 

However, he said the SOPs and guidelines no longer fit with development today and must be replaced with a new one in line with Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017. – The Vibes, September 20, 2021

3 top MACC officials held over alleged fake cash switch: source

 KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has been embroiled in yet another controversy following the recent arrest of three of its senior officials over allegedly misappropriating funds involving a portion of US$6 million (RM25 million) in seized funds belonging to the government.

A well-placed source in the MACC told The Vibes that the three officials were arrested last week in connection with the alleged counterfeiting of cash seized from former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation director-general Datuk Hasanah Abd Hamid three years ago.

Confirming a report by Edisi Siasat, the source indicated that the millions in US banknotes were seized by the MACC as evidence into the criminal breach of trust (CBT) charges involving a total of US$12.1 million levelled against Hasanah.

The site also wrote that the three officials were remanded by the MACC for six days from September 14, but questions remain as to why it is being treated as an internal investigation instead of a police case.

Edisi Siasat also alleged that at least one of the men arrested were closely linked to MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki, adding that the suspect has an alleged history of drug abuse.

The site also claimed that a police report had been lodged on the matter, but the MACC probe was launched instead due to the commissioner’s alleged ties with the suspect.

The Vibes has reached out to Azam for comment but he has yet to respond at press time.

On the other hand, police made a statement at 12.36am saying they have not received any reports on the issue.

“We take note of the viral matter related to the remand of three senior MACC officers after alleged being involved in a US$6 million cash theft case. We can confirm that no reports have been lodged over the matter.”

An MACC source has indicated that part of US.1 million in US banknotes, seized from ex-MEIO head Datuk Hasanah Abd Hamid (pic) three years ago, was withdrawn by three senior officials who allegedly switched out a large portion of the US million chunk with fake notes. – Bernama pic, September 20, 2021
An MACC source has indicated that part of US.1 million in US banknotes, 
seized from ex-MEIO head Datuk Hasanah Abd Hamid (pic) three years ago, 
was withdrawn by three senior officials who allegedly switched out a large portion 
of the US million chunk with fake notes. – Bernama pic, September 20, 2021

The evidence money, which was seized under the MACC’s Ops Dinar 2 at a condominium in Cyberjaya in 2018, was due to be returned to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) recently. However, a large portion of it came back in the form of fake notes.

It is understood that the money was supposed to be returned to Hasanah, who would then be required to reimburse the PMO, but the former intelligence chief discovered a large portion of the money given to her were counterfeit notes.

“The officers involved had requested for two weeks to return the money in their custody, in which time they converted it to counterfeit notes and returned it,” the source said without elaborating on the deadline to return the cash.

On April 12, Hasanah was given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal by the high court after judge Datuk Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh said the prosecution applied to refrain from further prosecuting her.

Shahrir added that the court could not compel the continuation of proceedings due to the fact that the prosecution decided to withdraw, adding that the prosecution provided good and valid reasons behind its refusal to continue the trial. However, the prosecution confirmed that Hasanah will be made to face charges in the future.

The judge then ordered all exhibits and evidence tendered and produced before the court to be returned to the prosecution team.

On October 25, 2018, Hasanah pleaded not guilty to the CBT charge involving US$12.1 million belonging to the government.

The prosecution initially alleged she committed the offence when she served as director-general of the Prime Minister’s Department’s research division in Putrajaya between April 30 and May 9, 2018.

The offence, which is provided for in Section 409 of the Penal Code, states that those found guilty can be imprisoned up to 20 years, whipped and fined. – The Vibes, September 20, 2021

INDIAN VOTERS DECIDE THE WINNABLE CANDIDATES IN 82 CONSTITUENCIES.

 MIC was formed in 1946 by our forefathers. MIC was formed for the purpose of welfare  , social  , education and for political strength in this country.

1. Malaysian lndians have been the deciding Voting Power in 82 Constituencies.

MIC Need to have national *survey on Nationwide MIC *Branches to identify the *Voters. Number of *Constituencies lndians were *above 30% , 25% and 15% respectively.

2. During Mahathir administration, BN won with small majority. *During the redelination *exercise Tun Mahathir has *divided the Malay Voters.

3. To date Malays are divided into 6 Groups - UMNO, PAS, Keadilan , Bersatu , MUDA, Pejuang , Malays in DAP and  Parti Gerakan.

4. Based on this ,  lndian Votes will decide the Winnable Candidates.

MALAY PARTIES ONLY GET 30 percent votes each for major parties , *Chinese voters 10percent and the deciding were 15percent voters are indians . *If the Indian voters swinging to BN , definitely BN will Win.

 if this swing to PH, PH will WIN. THIS IS Not A JOKE. *IT was PROVED IN GE 14  because Indian blueprint couldn’t be implemented in time. Many excuses were given. So indians decided to change after 60 years. Now we are going to face the 15th *General Election anytime from now.

5. We MIC need to organise to have our own MIC Election Machinery at all Constituencies. MIC will be more stronger & prepared.

6. Economically,  the Malaysian lndians still at the lowest status todate with only 1% equity.

7. Last 30 years Malaysian lndians are weak  by strength in economic, politics and population due to various challenges including population dilution.

8. There is no perfect lndian political party in the country but MIC has done better then the others - MIED , AIMST , TAFE , NLFCES , NESA and development of temples ,  Tamil Schools , Matriculation,  Polytechnics Seats and launching of Malaysian lndian Blue Print , thousands of lndian received Citizenship after 50 over years stays in Malaysia and also championing various lndian related issues from time to time.

9. Last year during this Pandemic period,  MIC was the only indian party that helped to fly in Malaysian indians in Trichy and other cities in India.

10. All these are the valuable contributions of MIC. Unmatched by any other  lndian based political parties.

11. There are number of times UMNO were NOT sincere to MIC during General Elections. We lost number of Seats. It doesn't meant MIC never support our BIG BROTHER UMNO.

So, now UMNO have to fulfill the Indian blueprint to gain the trust and voting back BN and to form a Strong BN Government.


Conversion in Malaysian hospital

 


WHAT A BLOODY SHAME OF OUR MEDICAL STAFF

Even on hospital with covid more important to convert than save life

Is this the duty of medical staff

WE ARE AND NEVER WERE A RACIST

I wish the Defence minister, the deputy defence minister read and listen to what I have to say very carefully..

Yesterday, Hishammudin accused Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan of being Racist. I demand your apology to us because it is not us who are racist.. it is you. Don't you remember when you was the UMNO youth chief? You unsealth the Keris, waved it in the air and demand for Chinese blood? Isn't that Racist and dangerous? The police should have charged you under ISA, put you behind bars and throw the key. *We don't need Racist people like you leading a multi Racial country. Now just because the elections is round the corner you have the cheek to talk about increasing the number of non malays in the Armed Forces. Something that we have heard many many times over many many years.

Let me tell you and all your bloody UMNO goons.. THERE IS NO RACIAL CONFLICTS NOR SENTIMENTS AMONG SOLDIERS WITHIN THE MAF. We have gone through tough and team training day and night for 6 months for the other ranks and 12 months training for the officers. We ate, slept, trained, sweat, cried and laughed together... After recruit or cadet training we were enlisted and Commission into various corps and services. Except for the Royal Malay Regiment, in all corps and services we were never bothered if one is a Malay, Chinese, Indian, Punjabi, IBAN or kadazan... Our loyalty only goes to our Commander what ever race and religion they are, to our Corps/services, to the MAF, to our King and country. That's was how we were taught and trained.

During both the emergencies (1948-1960/1960-1989), during the confrontation with Indonesia, and the war in Sarawak till the early 90s.. we fought like brothers..to defend this country and to maintain the independence of this country. We make sure people like you to be safe and maintain your freedom in this country.

You were never there to see our comrades died..got their legs and arms blown off. You were never there to see how their wives and children cried when their husbands came back in coffins or without legs or arms.  

You were born with a silver spoon.. you are not more than a show off. Donning a military uniform, with a Commando beret, with senior airborne wings on your chest.. You made many veterans sick Looking at your stupidity.

During the emergencies combating the CTs there were many non malays did clandestine operations, became agents inside the enemy troops and acted as rubber tappers,farmers, etc.. some were caught and killed. 

Our pilots, many were non malays too were shot down, and when they did their rescue, bodivac and medical missions, don't care the dead or injured were Malays, Chinese, iban or indians... Or what ever race they were.

Today UMNO is kissing lips with the CPC. Having closed doors meetings..all for power and money... Forgetting their sacrifice so that UMNO can continue to exist until today..

It is your (UMNO) policymakers who try to separate and divide us racially. It was your party that makes the quotas for entry and promotions.. it was your party Who control who should be generals and who should not. 

Soldiering is a professional job. If you get unskilled people to be promoted, you will get a half baked Armed Forces. A half baked Armed Forces will Never be able to defend this country effectively.

If you want the Chinese to be seen of their loyalty, make the Armed Forces more professional and not Political.

We, the veterans Armed Forces Officers and the ex senior police officers are the real Patriots. More Patriotic than any of you, "power and kleptocracy" crazy politicians. DON'T EVER BELITTLE US. IF THERE IS A WAR TO DEFEND THIS SOIL, WE WILL BE THE SECOND OR THIRD LINERS BEHIND THE REGULAR FORCES TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY... PLEASE DON'T MESS US UP WITH YOUR POLITICAL DREAMS!!!

What your party are doing towards the MAF are degrading them.. making them weak, making the Generals like puppet on the strings until they do not know to differentiate between what is right and what is wrong.

You are making the Rakyat live in a "BOILING FROG SYNDROME". The moment the Rakyat realised what happened to this country, it will be too late.

The problem with politicians like you are because you rose up not from grassroots leaders.. from the beginning until now you are just "A TORTOISE ON A POLE". Don't know how you got up there but just because your father was the PM, if not you are nothing.

We who served from 1948- 1989/91, majority are still very much alive. Your party betrayed us, ignored us, lied to us and many of us are struggling to live on with our lives.. while over all these years you and your party members became kleptocrats and took away what actually belong to us and the Rakyat.

May Allah curse all of you if you don't realise what you did wrong.

Wallahualam.

Maj Hj Mior Rosli TUDM (Bersara) 

Malaysian politicians dividing the society with their cheap stunt and divisive politics

 


Malaysia cannot be run or led by thieves, religious bigots and racists



Datuk Ramli Ibrahim has performed in more than 130 cities throughout the world. Here in this video, he is making an emotional and touching appeal to make Malaysia great once again.


Worth the 10 minutes of time watching and listening to him. His eloquent message coupled with his professional dancer's expressions and gestures is so captivating that you'd be drawn to listen to the end.


See how he beautifully, symbolically expresses a flower with his fingers and many other eloquent dancer's gestures and facial expressions.


 

BN may field Makkal Sakti (Hindraf Traitor) party candidates in GE15, says Zahid

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the request by RS Thanenthiran is justified as Makkal Sakti has been supportive of Barisan Nasional for a long time.

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional may field candidates from Parti Makkal Sakti Malaysia in the next general election (GE15), says the coalition’s chairman, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Makkal Sakti, the Indian-based party founded by former Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders is not part of BN though it has been supportive of the coalition for years

As such, Zahid, who was speaking at Makkal Sakti’s annual general meeting today, said the party should be given the chance to contest under the BN flag.

“Makkal Sakti must be treated as an asset.”

Zahid said the party’s president RS Thanenthiran has asked for the party’s candidates to be fielded in GE15 and that this would be discussed by BN.

“(I believe) we will give their candidates a place in parliamentary or state assembly seats.”

Zahid also said BN intended to lead the government again after GE15 and wrest back seats it had lost.

“The people of different races and religions want BN to form the government once more,” he said, adding this was why the coalition needed to be strengthened.

Meanwhile, at a press conference, Thanenthiran welcomed Zahid’s remarks on wanting to give Makkal Sakti candidates a chance.

He said this motivated Makkal Sakti members who had been waiting for 13 years to be given a chance to contest under the BN flag.

“Even though we have not been given a chance to contest, our support for BN has not waned.”

Thanenthiran said he would leave it to the BN leadership to decide how many seats they should contest and where they should contest.

However, he has asked that they be allowed to contest four parliamentary and seven state seats in Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Kedah.

“I believe BN components, namely Umno, MCA, MIC and PBRS, will support us.

“We have also asked for Makkal Sakti to be accepted as a BN component.”

Afghan Children hiding under trucks to smuggle goods into Pakistan


 

Discrimination in Malaysian education

 Around half (50%) of Malaysians reported having experienced perceived discrimination in education. Of those, 36% experienced verbal discrimination, 21% experienced harassment or bullying, and 18% were denied access to opportunities because of their identities. 

• Younger Malaysians (18-30) reported more experiences of perceived discrimination (59%) in education than older Malaysians (46+ 43%; 31-45 45%). 

• Indian respondents reported the highest rate of experiencing verbal discrimination (54%) and being denied access to opportunities because of their identity (40%) compared to other racial groups. 

• Non-Bumiputera respondents (Chinese 82%; Indian 85%) were more likely than Bumiputera respondents (66%) to consider race-based exclusion for school admission a form of discrimination.

• Among those reporting being discriminated, Indian respondents reported significantly more experiences of perceived race-based discrimination in schools (87%) than other racial groups. 

• Perceived socioeconomic-based discrimination in education was reportedly experienced by all race, gender and age groups at around the same level (43-51%). 

• Among those reporting having experienced discrimination in education, younger respondents were more likely to report having experienced discrimination from another student of the same age (71%) than other age groups. 

• In the same subset, Indian respondents were more likely attribute their experience of perceived discrimination to teachers (74%). Non-Bumiputera respondents (Chinese 36%; Indian 40%) reported greater perceived discrimination from government policies in education than Bumiputera respondents (Malay 15%; Other Bumi 23%). 

• The majority of those who reported having experienced perceived discrimination in education did not report it to either teachers, school administration, parents or the police (54%). 

• Among those who did not choose to report their experience of perceived discrimination, 61% cited that they did not think it would make a difference as a reason for not doing so. 

• Among respondents who reported their experiences of perceived discrimination to authorities, 48% stated that no investigation or action happened. 

• Malaysians may misunderstand what counts as discrimination, as some did not consider failure to accommodate learning disabilities as discrimination (23%) while others considered non-identity based teasing as discrimination (45%)

Survey Report

Vaccines Are Less Effective Against Delta—And Pfizer’s Protection Wanes Rapidly—But Are The Best Way To Protect Against Covid, Large Study Finds

 While vaccination is still the best way to protect against the delta variant, preliminary research from scientists at the University of Oxford found the shots to be less protective against infection and to lose effectiveness rapidly in the months following vaccination, adding weight to calls to administer booster shots even as many countries have barely begun their vaccination campaigns. 

The team compared the effectiveness of shots made by AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna against alpha and delta variants, the two most recent dominant strains in the U.S. and U.K., using test results from nearly 750,000 people in the U.K.’s Covid-19 household infection survey.

While the vaccines showed strong protection against Covid-19, the study, which has not yet been published or peer reviewed, found they were less effective against the delta variant. 

The Moderna vaccine appeared to be the most effective against delta after one shot, the researchers wrote, though the group said the young average age of recipients could be responsible for this finding and that a full assessment of two Moderna shots was not possible in the study.

The researchers found that while the Pfizer shot was initially much more protective than the AstraZeneca vaccine, this waned rapidly after vaccination and in four or five months matched the more stable level of protection offered by AstraZeneca.  

Despite diminished protection, the researchers said that getting fully vaccinated against Covid-19 remains the best way to protect against the delta variant and that the “effectiveness of two doses remains at least as great as protection afforded by prior natural infection.”

TANGENT

Fully vaccinated people infected with the delta Covid-19 variant still carry the same amount of coronavirus as unvaccinated people, the study found. This is in line with other research and could, the researchers said, make achieving herd immunity “unachievable for emerging variants.” Herd immunity is a threshold of population-level immunity where the virus cannot transmit and spread. If vaccinated people still carry as much virus as unvaccinated people, it means they may be just as able to transmit the virus just as easily.   

CRUCIAL QUOTE

“We’re seeing here the real-world data of how two vaccines are performing, rather than clinical trial data, and the data sets all show how the Delta variant has blunted the effectiveness of both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs,” said Dr. Simon Clarke, an associate professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading. The drop in immunity provided by the Pfizer shot “certainly supports the case for third “booster” jabs for vulnerable individuals,” he added. 

KEY BACKGROUND 

The findings support previous research on delta’s ability to evade the protection given by vaccines and add to growing evidence that fully vaccinated people could be able to transmit the delta variant just as easily as the unvaccinated. The finding of waning immunity, especially in the widely-used Pfizer shot, will likely support calls for booster shots in wealthy countries. The U.S. plans to provide them from September, a decision that has been criticized by health organizations as unfair and possibly prolonging the pandemic as many countries have hardly administered any vaccines at all. 

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Majoriti kes BID kerana Delta: Khairy

Menteri Kesihatan, Khairy Jamaluddin berkata kementeriannya mendapati majoriti kes kematian Covid-19 sebelum dibawa ke hospital – Brought In Dead – (BID) di negara ini adalah disebabkan varian Delta.

Penemuan itu adalah hasil jujukan genom yang dijalankan Institut Penyelidikan Perubatan (IMR)ke atas 29 kes BID, dengan 20 daripadanya dikenal pasti dijangkiti varian Delta setakat 25 Ogos lalu.

“Dari segi jenis kematian, 23 adalah kematian di hospital, manakala 29 lagi kematian BID.

“Daripada jumlah 52 kes ini, 32 dikesan membabitkan VOC, terdiri daripada 25 varian Delta dan tujuh varian Beta. Sejumlah 20 kes pula adalah varian bukan VOC (termasuk lapan B.1.466.2, enam B.1.524, dua B.1.459, masing-masing satu A.U.2, B.1.36.16, B.1.1354 dan B.6.).

“Menerusi 29 kes BID, sekurang-kurang 20 kes dikenal pasti disebabkan oleh varian Delta,” katanya dalam jawapan bertulis di Dewan Rakyat semalam, yang diterbitkan di laman sesawang Parlimen hari ini.

Beliau menjawab soalan Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (PH-Kuala Selangor) yang bertanya sama ada pesakit yang maut akibat Covid-19 sudah menjalani jujukan genom, dan apakah keputusannya sehingga kini.

Khairy berkata, pemilihan sampel klinikal daripada individu yang meninggal dunia adalah antara kriteria yang digunakan untuk menjalankan ujian jujukan genom bagi mengenalpasti jenis virus Covid-19.

Katanya, IMR mulanya menerima sebanyak 158 kes kematian untuk menjalankan jujukan genom, dengan 24 adalah kematian di hospital dan 134 BID.

“Antara kriteria penting untuk kejayaan penjujukan seluruh genom adalah mempunyai kandungan virus yang tinggi, iaitu mempunyai nilai ‘cycle threshold’ (Ct) kurang daripada 25 melalui ujian RT-PCR semasa pengambilan sampel dilakukan.

“Oleh yang demikian, IMR hanya berjaya melakukan penjujukan virus SARS-CoV-2 daripada 52 kes kematian saja,” katanya.

Some 30k civil servants yet to register for Covid-19 vaccination - Cuepacs

Some 30,000 civil servants have yet to register for Covid-19 vaccination and the Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has urged them to sign up soon to help the government achieve herd immunity before next year. 

Its president Adnan Mat said that civil servants as implementers of government policies should show a good example by supporting the national immunisation programme. 

"We are civil servants who receive instructions on government policies, so when directed to undergo vaccination we should do so," he told a press conference after handing over three units of powered air purifying respirators to Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital (HSB) in Alor Setar today. 

Adnan said heads of departments should play their role to convince these civil servants to get themselves vaccinated. 

"They should take the initiative to meet with them to find out what is preventing them from getting the vaccine,” he added. Meanwhile, HSB deputy director of medicine Dr Siti Norhani Mazrah Khalid said almost 400 of the 1,108 beds at HSB were used by Covid-19 patients, including 44 in the intensive care unit. - Bernama 



OBAMA: MALAYSIA WON'T SUCCEED IF MINORITIES ARE OPPRESSED

 


The Rise of Religious Extremism in Malaysia

 

In recent years, the phenomenon of politicisation of religion could be observed to be rampant among the Malaysian politicians. In Malaysia, the politicisation of religion is mostly done  in  order  to  garner  political  votes  and  support.  In  this  sense,  religion  is  used  as  a manipulative tool by the political parties in portraying themselves as the defenders of religion to the extent of ‘devilising’ those who oppose their religious ideas. In many respects, this is all for the benefit of a political agenda rather than for the communities.

The usage of religious sentiments mostly revolves around the Malay-Muslim identity, being the majority population in the country. The politicisation of religion is mostly observable today as being the imbued with ethnicity as the main drivers.

In Malaysia, Islam and Malayness are strongly interconnected which thus make the politicisation of Islam easier and easily accepted by many. Ultimately, religion and ethnicity are bound to make a strong political tool. Islamisation is an effective factor to promote politics in Malaysia, and Islamic language was utilised in favouring their values such as the usage of the controversial issue of  Christianisation in  the country in  order to  garner political needs. 

Politicisation of religion will create an exclusive community that builds on the idea of racism and the feelings of superiority over the others. Since 2012, the case of the usage of the word Allah by the Christians in Malaysia has fanned the flames of a huge conflict between the Christians and the Muslims. In this case, religion has been heavily politicised. Reported by Utusan Online, EXCO Pemuda UMNO (UMNO Youth Exco), Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz insisted that political parties like UMNO, Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) and People's Justice Party (PKR) unite in protecting Islam. According to him, if the issue of the word ‘Allah’ were ignored, then it would diminish Islam as the official religion of the country (Mengapa sekarang kongsi kalimah? 2010, paras. 5–6).

The idea of the Islamic ummah was used as a representation of weaknesses by some individuals. For Muslims in Malaysia, in championing this case, the concept of ummah was used  in  attaining  a  united  Muslim  community  regardless  of  the  political  differences. The banning of the word ‘Allah’ for non-Muslims reveals a sense of exclusivism among the Malay Muslims. This is despite the fact that there is an unequivocal indication that the word ‘Allah’ is a universal term free to be used by the followers of faiths other than Islam. Referring to the former Mufti of Perlis, Datuk Dr. Asri Zainul Abidin, the usage of word ‘Allah’ denotes the concept of ‘Supreme Being’ by the non-Muslims. In fact, the usage was advocated by the Qur’an and Hadith of the Prophet  (PBUH).

The banning received several commentaries from the international society, such as by Jakarta Post, which stated that the court proceedings will only cause religious exclusivism and are against the basic Islamic teachings. Additionally, it also shows that Malaysia is becoming more intolerant (Endy M. Bayuni, 2013). The politicisation of religion in Malaysia has widened the gap  between ethnicities.  The extensive  politicisation of  religion by the  politicians and religious leaders will not create a tolerant society; rather, it will only exacerbate intolerance . 

Politicising religion will create an exclusive society, with the kind of exclusivism that promotes  religiously  intolerant  and  radical Muslim  communities.  Taking  Indonesia  as an JURNAL ISLAM DAN MASYARAKAT KONTEMPORARI, 21(2):46-59   51 example, radicalism has increased due to exclusivism and bigoted understanding of religious tenets. Islamic philosophy, mysticism and political philosophy that specifies religion into an ethnic feature  will  form  an  exclusivism  in  interrelationship  with  the  religious  violence,  also, exclusivism is an act of extreme religious behaviour of takfirism.

Extremism in this sense is the product of a parasitic ideology that influences someone’s behaviour. The success of this tactic makes it easier for an individual to be command in conducting extreme activities. Propaganda is an effective tool,  and usually, religious  propaganda is  more potent  than political  propaganda Today, the dissemination of propaganda is assisted by the advancement of technology such as the internet and social network.

This method is proven being effective, as in the case of Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, whose nickname was ‘Malaysia’s jihadist celebrity’ because he used the social media platforms as a means to spread  extremism  under  the  Islamised  name  ‘Generasi  al-Ghuroba’  (Generation  of  the Foreigners). The success of this psychological effect lies not only in the content, but also the name used to identify the account. For instance, the term ghuraba is found in the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who mentioned the generation of ghuraba or the ‘strangers’ as being the true Muslims living in the final days, an eschatological term referring to the time before the Day of Judgement. From here, it may be noted how an Islamic narrative was carefully used in justifying an extremist agenda.

Social media serves as the platform that proliferator of radical propaganda by relying on the phenomenon of halo effect which makes an individual message  appear  to  be  valid  and  trustworthy  The psychological ground here lies on the extremist group’s strategy to appear more appealing and convincing  to  captivate  the prey  with religious  promises,  such as  spiritual prosperity  and assurance of the best place in the hereafter. In psychologising the target to act more extremely, promises of martyrdom and declaring an individual as a soldier of God. Once brainwashed, an individual’s perception of what is right or wrong also changes. This is evident, as many extremists today perceive themselves as the defenders of religion or race and being on the right path, while others are considered the opposite.

Propaganda can be a powerful tool to attract an impressionable individual to join what is thought to be the right course in defending religion and the ideals of the ummah.

In recent years, the phenomenon of politicisation of religion could be observed to be rampant among the Malaysian politicians. In Malaysia, the politicisation of religion is mostly done  in  order  to  garner  political  votes  and  support.  In  this  sense,  religion  is  used  as  a manipulative tool by the political parties in portraying themselves as the defenders of religion to the extent of ‘devilising’ those who oppose their religious ideas. In many respects, this is all for the benefit of a political agenda rather than for the communities.

 

The usage of religious sentiments mostly revolves around the Malay-Muslim identity, being the majority population in the country. The politicisation of religion is mostly observable today as being the imbued with ethnicity as the main drivers.

 

In Malaysia, Islam and Malayness are strongly interconnected which thus make the politicisation of Islam easier and easily accepted by many. Ultimately, religion and ethnicity are bound to make a strong political tool. Islamisation is an effective factor to promote politics in Malaysia, and Islamic language was utilised in favouring their values such as the usage of the controversial issue of  Christianisation in  the country in  order to  garner political needs.

 

Politicisation of religion will create an exclusive community that builds on the idea of racism and the feelings of superiority over the others. Since 2012, the case of the usage of the word Allah by the Christians in Malaysia has fanned the flames of a huge conflict between the Christians and the Muslims. In this case, religion has been heavily politicised. Reported by Utusan Online, EXCO Pemuda UMNO (UMNO Youth Exco), Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz insisted that political parties like UMNO, Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) and People's Justice Party (PKR) unite in protecting Islam. According to him, if the issue of the word ‘Allah’ were ignored, then it would diminish Islam as the official religion of the country (Mengapa sekarang kongsi kalimah? 2010, paras. 5–6).

 

The idea of the Islamic ummah was used as a representation of weaknesses by some individuals. For Muslims in Malaysia, in championing this case, the concept of ummah was used  in  attaining  a  united  Muslim  community  regardless  of  the  political  differences. The banning of the word ‘Allah’ for non-Muslims reveals a sense of exclusivism among the Malay Muslims. This is despite the fact that there is an unequivocal indication that the word ‘Allah’ is a universal term free to be used by the followers of faiths other than Islam. Referring to the former Mufti of Perlis, Datuk Dr. Asri Zainul Abidin, the usage of word ‘Allah’ denotes the concept of ‘Supreme Being’ by the non-Muslims. In fact, the usage was advocated by the Qur’an and Hadith of the Prophet  (PBUH).

 

The banning received several commentaries from the international society, such as by Jakarta Post, which stated that the court proceedings will only cause religious exclusivism and are against the basic Islamic teachings. Additionally, it also shows that Malaysia is becoming more intolerant (Endy M. Bayuni, 2013). The politicisation of religion in Malaysia has widened the gap  between ethnicities.  The extensive  politicisation of  religion by the  politicians and religious leaders will not create a tolerant society; rather, it will only exacerbate intolerance .

 

Politicising religion will create an exclusive society, with the kind of exclusivism that promotes  religiously  intolerant  and  radical Muslim  communities.  Taking  Indonesia  as an JURNAL ISLAM DAN MASYARAKAT KONTEMPORARI, 21(2):46-59   51 example, radicalism has increased due to exclusivism and bigoted understanding of religious tenets. Islamic philosophy, mysticism and political philosophy that specifies religion into an ethnic feature  will  form  an  exclusivism  in  interrelationship  with  the  religious  violence,  also, exclusivism is an act of extreme religious behaviour of takfirism.

 

Extremism in this sense is the product of a parasitic ideology that influences someone’s behaviour. The success of this tactic makes it easier for an individual to be command in conducting extreme activities. Propaganda is an effective tool,  and usually, religious  propaganda is  more potent  than political  propaganda Today, the dissemination of propaganda is assisted by the advancement of technology such as the internet and social network.

 

This method is proven being effective, as in the case of Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, whose nickname was ‘Malaysia’s jihadist celebrity’ because he used the social media platforms as a means to spread  extremism  under  the  Islamised  name  ‘Generasi  al-Ghuroba’  (Generation  of  the Foreigners). The success of this psychological effect lies not only in the content, but also the name used to identify the account. For instance, the term ghuraba is found in the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who mentioned the generation of ghuraba or the ‘strangers’ as being the true Muslims living in the final days, an eschatological term referring to the time before the Day of Judgement. From here, it may be noted how an Islamic narrative was carefully used in justifying an extremist agenda.

 

Social media serves as the platform that proliferator of radical propaganda by relying on the phenomenon of halo effect which makes an individual message  appear  to  be  valid  and  trustworthy  The psychological ground here lies on the extremist group’s strategy to appear more appealing and convincing  to  captivate  the prey  with religious  promises,  such as  spiritual prosperity  and assurance of the best place in the hereafter. In psychologising the target to act more extremely, promises of martyrdom and declaring an individual as a soldier of God. Once brainwashed, an individual’s perception of what is right or wrong also changes. This is evident, as many extremists today perceive themselves as the defenders of religion or race and being on the right path, while others are considered the opposite.

 

Propaganda can be a powerful tool to attract an impressionable individual to join what is thought to be the right course in defending religion and the ideals of the ummah.