RESPON TERHADAP PENAHANAN KETUA MENTERI PULAU PINANG


Press Statement
Abdul Rahman Dahlan
BN Strategic Communications Director

June 29th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RESPONSE TO THE ARREST OF THE CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG

1. The course of justice must be a swift one. After months of internal investigation and intense public discourse, I am relieved that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has decided to take action against the Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Lim Guan Eng.

2. I raised the concern over the sale and  purchase of YAB Lim Guan Eng’s bungalow at Jalan Pinhorn in March 2016, because I believed there are wrongdoings within the transaction and the people of Penang deserve nothing but the truth.

3. Clearly, DAP’s slogan of being the most clean political party in Malaysia does not hold water, post Lim Guan Eng’s arrest by MACC today. Transparency and accountability must be practiced, not preached.

4. It is my hope that the MACC will carry out their duty without fear and favour like they always do. And eventually this will bring us the truth and justice.

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Kenyataan Media
Abdul Rahman Dahlan
Pengarah Komunikasi Strategik BN
29 Jun 2016

SIARAN SEGERA

1. Tindakan menegakkan keadilan mesti dilakukan dengan pantas. Sebulan selepas siasatan dalaman dan perbincangan secara terbuka yang tegang, saya berasa lega apabila Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) memutuskan untuk mengambil tindakan kepada Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, YAB Lim Guan Eng.

2.      Saya membangkitkan kebimbangan berhubung penjualan dan pembelian banglo YAB  Lim Guan Eng di Jalan Pinhorn pada Mac 2016, kerana saya yakin berlaku salah laku dalam transaksi dan rakyat Pulau Pinang berhak mengetahui kebenaran.

3. Jelas sekali, slogan DAP kononnya menjadi parti politik paling bersih di Malaysia tidak boleh lagi diguna pakai, susulan penahanan Lim Guan Eng oleh SPRM hari ini. Ketelusan dan kebertanggungjawab mesti diamalkan, bukan sekadar diperkatakan.

4. Saya berharap SPRM akan meneruskan kelazimannya dalam menjalankan tugas tanpa kebimbangan atau pilih kasih. Pada akhirnya, semua ini diharap membawa kebenaran dan keadilan.

Tamat

Two foreigners linked to 14 robberies shot dead.


TANJUNG MALIM: A gunman who fired at several policemen and his accomplice who lunged at them with a curved machete were shot dead in Jalan Proton City-Behrang Ulu here early today.

Initial investigations revealed the foreigners were linked to 14 robbery cases in Perak, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan over the past year.

Perak Police Chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi said police were left with little choice but to defend themselves as they returned fire, killing the thugs in the incident about 5.30am.

He said one of the police vehicles was fired upon but none of the policemen were injured.

Seized from the robbers’ Proton Waja was a semi-automatic Beretta pistol loaded with two bullets and four magazines. The car was stolen in Kelana Jaya in 2013.

“Also seized from the car were three machetes, three vehicle registration plates, a Samsung tablet and an assortment of jewellery,” Abdul Rahim told a press conference at the Muallim police headquarters here today.

He believed the dead robbers, in their 40s, who did not have identification documents on them, were foreigners as they bore no BCG vaccination marks.

Earlier, a team from the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman and the Perak CID spotted two men in a Proton Waja in Jalan Uli Slim.

Abdul Rahim said police identified themselves but the driver of the car sped off before the vehicle was intercepted and the duo detained.

He said it was at that juncture that the two men attacked the police before they were gunned down, adding that two of their accomplices were still at large.

Kuala Kangsar win extraordinary, sweetest victory


Menteri Besar Perak Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir today described the Barisan Nasional (BN) victory in the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary by-election yesterday as an extraordinary and the sweetest victory in this blessed month of Ramadan.

“Certain quarters anticipated that it would be difficult for BN as the candidate (Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid) is not allowed to leave the house (as she was under ‘iddah’ for four months and 10 days, as stipulated in Islamic law, following the death of her husband).

“But, Alhamdulillah, the voters in Kuala Kangsar still gave their mandate to BN candidate,” Dr Zambry said after presenting Aidilfitri donations to approximately 400 recipients comprising the poor, disabled and orphans in Pulau Pangkor here today.

The menteri besar said the victory also proved that the people could no longer accept the politics of hate and provocation bandied by the opposition, and preferred the BN’s ‘people first’ approach.

“The people know that the politics of hate and provocation will not do them any good,” he said. — Bernama

Mara Junior collage for cop’s children to be set up in Kuala Kangsar


Another Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) will be built in Perak for children of the police force, announced Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Speaking during a function at the police tactical centre for the Kuala Kangsar by-election, he said this was to ensure the welfare of children of police personnel were well taken care of.

“MRSM for college kids will be built in Perak this year. There is one for police personnel in Kulim, so it’s fair to have one for the police officers here,” he said.

Quarters for police officers throughout the nation will also be checked by the Home Ministry to ensure that they live in comfortable conditions.

“Some of the quarters that I’ve seen looks deplorable and we will work on improving that.”

Dr Ahmad Zahid also praised police personnel stationed at the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-elections for keeping things peaceful, adding that campaigns held were by far the most peaceful in the country.

DAP admitted it put up provocative billboards’


9 JUNE 2016 @ 1:50 PM BY DAWN CHAN

SEKINCHAN: Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) today said that it was their Pakatan Harapan ally, DAP, which had crafted the inflammatory campaign billboards in Sekinchan town.

PAN communications director Khalid Samad said they were kept in the dark over the matter before finding out it was DAP that had erected the billboards on Wednesday.

Khalid said he had spoken to Selangor DAP chairman Tony Pua to clarify matters. “Tony (Pua) explained that this was a situation where the Chinese community in particular have bottled up their feelings because of what Jamal (Sungai Besar Umno chief Datuk Jamal Yunos) had said about them.

“They are disappointed that Jamal had not retracted his hurtful racial statements and had not apologised to the Chinese community.

Those were the bottled up feelings that they needed to express (through the billboards). “We have discussed and agreed that we would not put up billboards like that as it can be provocative and should not happen anymore.

We will have closer coordination between us to ensure that the messages on Pakatan Harapan billboards are the same,” said Khalid. Yesterday, police tore down six billboards with messages targeting Barisan Nasional and Pas leaders afer receiving a report from the public. The messages include allegations against 1Malaysia Development Berhad and picture of Jamal allegedly uttering racist quotes.

Selanjutnya di : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/06/150755/dap-admitted-it-put-provocative-billboards?m=1

Perak BN did not enggage with paragliders on nomination day


The Perak Barisan Nasional had nothing to do with the two paragliders who bore the coalition’s flag during nomination for the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary by-election last Sunday, said Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir.

“We do not know anything about them, and leave it to the authorities to conduct the investigation,” Zambry told reporters after chairing a coordination meeting on the Kuala Kangsar by-election in the Perak royal town today.

Kuala Kangsar by-election police spokesperson ACP Shaharon Anuar Abdul Latiff said yesterday the paragliders had not obtained approval from the Department of Civil Aviation.

Zambry, who is also Perak BN chairperson, said today’s meeting was to coordinate the programmes that had been drawn up for the by-election campaign

Repent . Zahid tells Nizar #KEKALBN #PRKKUALAKANGSAR


Ahmad Zahid Hamidi wants former Perak Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin to repent for using the name of “Allah” in making various allegations against the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

Zahid, who is a Umno vice-president but carrying out the duties of deputy president following the suspension of Muhyiddin Yassin from the post, said Nizar should change and reflect upon himself.

“I’m not surprised by the words from his mouth as he apparently has not changed and has not repented over what he has gone through before,” said the deputy prime minister.

He said this when asked to comment on Nizar’s statement cited on social media that said: “God wants the people of Kuala Kangsar to ‘teach’ (to defeat) BN through the Kuala Kangsar by-election.”

“I hope that his repentance receives Allah’s mercy,” said Zahid referring to the statement.

Nizar, who is Perak Amanah deputy chairman, was reported to have made the statement during a ceramah in Kampung Sayong Lembah here yesterday.

Nizar was said to have wondered why from the 222 parliamentary seats in the country, the by-elections were being held in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar, and said this could be divine intervention.

“When I thought about it deeply, it came to my realisation that this is where I was given the mandate to be the Perak Menteri Besar from March 2008 to February 2009.

“This is where those two came and seized the Pakatan Rakyat government which I had led.

“Who were the two? None other than (Prime Minister) Najib (Razak) and (Ahmad) Zahid,” Nizar was quoted as saying in a report on social media.

Zahid, who is also the Bagan Datoh MP, said he would not react to every word said by Nizar.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said what Nizar had said was “rude”.

He said he did not expect Nizar to utter such words without considering the feelings of the family of the late Wan Mohammad Khair-il, just for political reasons.

“Because I knew Datuk Wan Khair-il well. I know his wife. I know his children,” Hishammuddin said when asked to comment after visiting the Ramadan bazaar at Taman Berkat, Sungai Besar, today.

Hishammuddin, who is Umno vice-president, said based on Nizar’s character, it was difficult to stop him from making such statements.

He urged others not to follow Nizar’s example and to consider the feelings of the late MP’s family.

Drones prohibited today in Kuala Kangsar by-election


The use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles near the Perak  Jubilee Hall, here which will be the nomination centre for the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary by-election tomorrow is prohibited.

A police spokseperson ACP Shaharon Anuar Abdul Latiff said police would disable the drone and find those responsible for operating the device.

Shaharon Anuar who is also Perak police contingent management divison head also advised party supporters not to provoke one another during the nomination day.

“A total of 2,940 personnel will be deployed during the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar parliamentary by-election to ensure security in the area.

“Some 1,381 policemen will be deployed to ensure a smooth nomination process,” he told reporters here today.

Meanwhile, Perak Election Commission director Ahmad Adli Abdullah said all preparations for the nomination process at the Jubli Perak Hall went smoothly and the centre would be opened for an hour from 9 am.

“Only three people from each party, namely the candidate, proposer and seconder will be allowed into the nomination centre,” he said.

Police crippled LPG scams


A subsidised Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) abuse syndicate, which raked in RM4.2 million per year, has been busted with the arrest of two men in Kamunting, Taiping, Perak, yesterday.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) Enforcement Deputy Director Ahmad Dahuri Mahmud said acting on a tip-off, they raided a syndicate which transferred LPG from the subsidised tanks to those used by industries.

The syndicate was active in Kedah, Penang and Perak.

“We arrested two men, aged 35 and 40, before raiding five premises in the three states,” he told reporters here today.

Some 5,259 LPG tanks worth RM573,302.10 were seized from five premises.

The syndicate, which began operation two years ago, made business premises, stores and plantations as locations for the transfer of LPG.

Ahmad Dahuri said the syndicate bought LPG gas (12kg or 14kg) at RM30 and transferred the gas into tanks for industries which can accommodate up to 50kg.

“After that they sell it to customers at lower prices and can make a profit of up to RM100 for one gas tank.”

He said two of the raided premises were used to store subsidised LPG and that the operators sold them to the syndicate.

“The syndicate made profit of up to RM4.2 million per year. We are looking for several suspects, including those who bought the LPG.”

– BERNAMA

The Bill is actually not hudud as exaggerated by the opposition


KUALA LUMPUR, June 2 – The tabling of the Private Member’s Bill on Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 will not
adversely affect support of the non-Malay voters for Barisan Nasional in the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-elections on June 18.

Wanita UMNO chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the women movement would go to the ground to explain to voters on the bill during the campaign for the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary by-election and the Sungai Besar state by-election.

“The Bill will likely be an issue, but we will explain to them the matter. The Bill is actually not hudud as exaggerated by the opposition,” she told
reporters after opening the Global Indian Festival 2016 here, today.

The Bill was tabled by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in the Dewan Rakyat last Thursday.

Shahrizat also appealed to voters to continue giving Barisan Nasional the mandate in both by-elections.

On the Global Indian Festival, being held until June 5 at Mid Valley Exhibition Hall, Shahrizat said the festival offered the best platform to buy
Indian products such as textile, decorative and food items at reasonable price

RESPONDING TO 10 FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) ON THE AMENDMENT BILL TO THE SYARIAH COURTS (CRIMINAL JURISDICTION) ACT 1965 (REVISED 1988) @ ACT 355


The following were my responses given during a dialogue session with the non-Muslim representatives, particularly those from MCA and GERAKAN Kelantan recently held in Kota Bharu on the 31st May, 2016.

1. In the first place, why is it necessary to amend the Act 355?

Answer:

The proposed amendments to the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) primarily aims at elevating the jurisdiction of Syariah Court which is currently limited to the maximum punishment of 3 years imprisonment, or RM5,000 fine or 6 syar’ie strokes. The Act 355 was last amended in 1984 to increase the punishment from the previous 6 months’ imprisonment and fine of RM1,000. The present punishments are not just outdated but their sheer limitation in scope fail to effectively serve as both private and public deterrence for offenders. Accordingly, the crux of the proposal is to increase the penalties to the maximum level as enshrined by the Shari’ah (Islamic law) save for the death penalty. Nonetheless, the exact quantum of fine, imprisonment and strokes of rotan for the respective offences will be left for the determination by the respective State Legislative Assembly.

2. Wouldn’t the 100-strokes appear to be extreme?

Answer:

The implementation of the Syarie stroke of rotan is markedly different from the way it currently being conducted under the civil law. The Shari’ah strongly prohibits any form of harmful imposition of the stroke. For example, the strength of a stroke is predominantly measured by the level of its swing. Shariah only permits the harmless kind of stroke. The analogy being, if a book is to be placed between the arm and the body of the person in-charged, the book will not fall during the swinging process. Clearly, the 100-strokes possibly imposed under the Syariah is no where in comparison to the one harmful stroke given under the civil law.

3. Would the Act 355 indirectly affect the Non-Muslims?

Answer:

It is impossible for the Non-muslims to be the subjects of the Syariah Court as the Federal Constitution (being the supreme law of the land) confines the jurisdiction of Syariah Court to the Muslims only. Section 2 of the Act 355 clearly stipulates that only Muslims shall be triable and punishable in the Syariah Court.

4. Can the Act 355 be regarded as a ‘back-door way’ towards the implementation of Hudud?

Answer:

It is crucial to stress that The Act 355 has nothing to do with Hudud. If Hudud is to be implemented, it requires at least 3 statutory amendments to the Federal Constitution. Certainly it is not by amending the Act 355 which merely relates to the jurisdiction of Syariah Court as expressly provided in Item I, State List of the 9th Schedule, Federal Constitution.

5. Can the Federal Constitution be amended?

Answer:

Yes, but only with the required 2/3 majority votes of the members of Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives); or 148 from the total of 222 MPs who are agreeable to support any amendment to the Constitution. In the current political scenario, assuming that all 135 Muslim MPs from UMNO, PAS, PKR, PAN, PBB and DAP vote for any amendment, they would still fail to form the required majority to effect such an amendment. Accordingly, the Non-Muslim MPs possess equal rights and authority to determine on the implementation of Hudud.*

6. Which is the relevant part in the Federal Constitution that needs to be amended in order to enable for Hudud to be implemented in Malaysia?

Answer:

There are at least 3 parts in the Constitution which require prior amendments for the said purpose:

(i) List II of the 9th Schedule to include additional criminal jurisdiction to the Syariah Courts as provided in Item I: namely, the inclusion of criminal offences such as theft, robbery, rape, murder and causing grievous hurt (offences currently prescribed by the Penal Code); and for the purposes of implementation, the enlargement of the jurisdiction of Civil Court, polDATO’ LOKMAN ADAM:
The authority of the Malay Rulers because regardless the level of maximum punishment to be approved by the Parliament, the final amendments still lie within the power of State Legislative Assembly (DUN).

While the Government is subject to all these specific procedures, the Opposition, e.g. PAS is free to pass its private proposal before the Parliament. In fact, PAS has always been keen to bring the presentation of the Bill in the Parliament and it is the privilege of the Government to expedite the process to make it happen.

DR ASYRAF WAJDI DUSUKI
1st June, 2016

Sungai Perak Waterfront


KUALA KANGSAR, June 1 — The Kuala Kangsar Municipal Council is proposing to construct a shopping area, the Grand Bazaar, on the site that faces the majestic Sungai Perak, dividing the town and Manong.

The council hopes to get federal funding for the project, which is estimated to cost about RM30 million. If the proposal gets off the ground, the council predicts the bazaar would be a shot in the arm for tourism and the local economy.

Council president Shahrom Abdul Malik said the bazaar would house an array of stores where visitors would be able to buy household items, clothes and handicraft.

“We plan to build the shopping areas on a 62,700sq km site near the Sungai Perak Indah Square,” he said.

“At present, we are getting many tourists and visitors who visit historical attractions. Tourists will stay longer and boost the economy if there is a shopping area.”

The council aims to attract shoppers from around Kuala Kangsar, including neighbouring districts like Hulu Perak.

Shahrom said the project was one of the ideas supported by the late Kuala Kangsar MP Datuk Wan Mohammad Khairil Anuar, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Sarawak earlier this month.

“This idea was one of the late MP’s vision for the rebuilding of the riverfront. He saw the riverbank as a catalyst for the economy.

“He had provided a lot of input into the layout plans for the project since he had an architectural background.”

If the allocation was given, Shahrom said the project would take five to eight years to complete.

“We hope the federal government will provide the allocation because it would be a boon to the local community,” he said.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/plans-afoot-to-develop-sungai-perak-waterfront#sthash.HBbm2CiG.dpuf