DAP MP lands in ‘hot soup’ after questioning need for playing Negaraku in cinemas

In a Facebook posting on Tuesday, Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen (pic) criticised (see below) having to stand up for the national anthem before watching a film, calling it a ‘disgrace and ridiculous’.

Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen critics Negaraku on Cinema

“I would not know how to tell my friends overseas that we are so patriotic that we play our national anthem before watching a movie.

“Is Malaysia heading towards the communist Mao era where everywhere you go you must shout out loud and show you are a patriot,” he said in the post Tuesday.

Chong, who is Sarawak DAP chief, also appeared to mock the playing of the national anthem, saying that fellow patrons had a look of amusement in their eyes while others ‘laughed out in disdain’.

He later deleted the post, but not before earning the ire of netizens and also several Cabinet Ministers, including Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and Urban Wellbeing, Housing, and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Khairy was one of the first to lash out at Chong for his insensitive remarks, labelling him the ‘disgrace and ridiculous’.

“Wow. I did not know the policy of playing Negaraku before a film starts was tedious and an absolute disgrace.

“Maybe it is you that are an ‘absolute disgrace and ridiculous, Mr Chong,” the Umno Youth chief said.

Abdul Rahman wrote on his Facebook page: “You are absolutely a disgrace. Standing up to honour the national anthem is not a play child. You think by apologising you can change your DNA? I doubt it!”

Ahmad Shabery shared Chong’s original status on his Facebook page and asked netizens to give responds to his actions.

“YB Chong Chieng Jen (DAP Kuching), in his Facebook account, criticised Negaraku being played in cinemas during the Independence Day and Malaysia day celebrations. What do you think?” he asked his followers.

Chong later posted an apology for his remarks, but still stood firm by his opinion that the national anthem should not be played at an entertainment outlet.

“Though I feel that it is inappropriate to play the national anthem in a place of entertainment like a cinema, but the words I used have been inappropriate.

“I hereby retract the posting and apologise for the comment made. I do not mean to demean our national anthem,” he said, adding that his family and him still stood up when the national anthem was played.

However, netizens were not so quick to forgive and continued to hound him for his insensitivity in the comments section.

Facebook user Chiang Choon Sern said the DAP MP’s apologetic status showed that he was not at all repentant for his actions.

“If that is the case, be a real man, and there is no need for you to delete that status. Typical politicians! Say something stupid and then retract it. Very convenient.”

Naz Ahmad said Chong had shown his true colours, and people would not be fooled by his ‘insincere apology’.

Another netizen, known as Kenneth Skelchy-Lim said there were more ‘politically correct’ ways to voice disagreement.

“You don’t have to be demeaning about it. Our national anthem is something to be proud of, not ridiculed.

“It is you who are embarrassed and to think you are an elected representative, no less. Shame on you,” he commented.

DAP’s Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming, however, defended his colleague’s apology on Twitter, saying it was a ‘good and proper thing to do’

News source : The Star

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My dad was not well since the past one month, he has been in and out of hospitals since. He just got discharged today afternoon. We were all worried over his poor health, moreover after one of the doctor where he was warded showed us result on procedure they did on him :(.

Only God knows my true feelings over the past week, specially this week.  I pray that he’ll  fully recovered. He was suddenly slurring when he was talking on the phone last Monday.

May Allah swt give him speedy recovery and  good health. We all love you Ayah, my thought and prayers are always with you. Aamiin..


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Selangor MB crisis: Sultan extremely disappointed with DAP and PKR

KLANG: The Sultan of Selangor (pic) has reprimanded DAP and PKR for submitting only one name for the position of Selangor Mentri Besar.

Despite the decree by Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah on August 27 for the three parties to submit more than two names for the post, a statement from the Sultan’s private secretary Datuk Mohd Munir Bani confirmed that only PAS had submitted three names.

“The Sultan is extremely disappointed with DAP and PKR for not abiding to his royal highness’ decree and naming only (PKR president) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

“The act of DAP and PKR showed arrogance to the royal institution and also treason to the Sultan of Selangor,” Munir said.

Munir added that the decree by the Sultan, asking the three parties to nominate more than two names for the position, was a convention practiced by the palace.

“This is so the Sultan can choose a suitable candidate who does not only have the majority support of the assemblymen but also in terms skills, experiences, integrity and capabilities.

“These aspects are important to guarantee a smooth administration of the state government for the purpose of looking after the harmonious aspect of the people of Selangor,” he said, adding that Sultan felt there were many in the coalition that posed such leadership qualities.

Munir said the Sultan would now scrutinise each name before making a decision.

“The power of appointing a Mentri Besar rests on the hands of the Sultan, and hence, the Tuanku will go through the names of other Pakatan Rakyat assemblyman whom the Sultan feels is qualified and has the majority support of the House,” he said

source : The Star

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Doa pagi JumaatAamiin..

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…..get well soon Ayah..

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What Is Sedition Act 1948?

KUALA LUMPUR: In recent years the word “seditious” has been widely used in the country’s judiciary system.

“Seditious” when applied to or used in respect of any act, speech, words, publication or other things which qualifies the act, speech, words, publication or other things as one having a seditious tendency.

A person found guilty of sedition may be sentenced to three years in jail, RM5,000 fine, or both.

What is Sedition Act 1948?

The Sedition Act was enacted by the British colonial government in 1948 to combat the Communists.

The act was amended through an Emergency Ordinance 1971, not long after the riots in May 1969.

What is a “seditious tendency”?

A seditious tendency under Section 3 of the Sedition Act 1948 is defined as the following:

(a) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against any Ruler or against any Government;

(b) to seek alteration other than by lawful means of any matter by law established;

(c) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the administration of justice in the country;

(d) to raise discontent or disaffection amongst the subjects;

(e) to promote feelings of ill will and hostility between different races or classes;

(f) to question any matter, right, status, position, privilege, sovereignty or prerogative established or protected by the provisions of Part III (citizenship) of the Federal Constitution, Article 152 (national language), Article 153 (special positions of the Malays and the rights of other races) and Article 181 (the Rulers’ sovereignty)

Repeal of the Sedition Act 1948

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on July 11, 2012, announced the repeal of the Sedition Act 1948 which would be replaced with the National Harmony Act.

“With this new act we would be better equipped to manage our national fault lines. It will also help to strengthen national cohesion by protecting national unity and nurturing religious harmony.”

“The provisions proposed in the National Harmony Act will stress on inculcating the spirit of harmony and mutual respect in the Malaysian society made up of various races and religions.”

– Datuk Seri Najib Razak, July 11, 2012

Who has been charged recently under the Sedition Act?

September 2 : Universiti Malaya law lecturer Azmi Sharom – over statements on the Selangor Menteri Besar crisis published in an online news portal on August 14.

August 28 : PKR vice-president and Padang Serai MP N. Surendran faces a second sedition charge – over statement uttered regarding Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy appeal. He however alluded it to a ‘political conspiracy’ involving Putrajaya.

August 27 : DAP’s Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer – over vulgar remarks against UMNO uttered at the Penang state assembly in May.

August 26 : PAS’s Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad – over remarks on the Sultan of Selangor and the Selangor Islamic Affairs Council (Mais).

August 19 : N. Surendran’s first sedition charge– over statements regarding the judgment of the appellate court in Anwar’s second sodomy case in a YouTube video.

May 6 : DAP’s Seputeh MP Teresa Kok – over a satirical video she was featured in that was said to have insulted the Malay community and the Muslims.

March 11 : The late Karpal Singh was found guilty of sedition for questioning the Sultan of Perak’s action in removing Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the Menteri Besar of Perak in 2009.

May 29, 2013 : PKR vice-president Tian Chua and four activists were charged with sedition for uttering seditious words during forum. The four are PAS member Tamrin Ghafar, Anything But Umno (ABU) founder Haris Ibrahim, Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia president Safwan Anang and Hishamuddin Rais.

* August 27, 2014 : PKR vice-president and Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli was investigated for sedition over his remarks purporting Muslim groups threatening to demonstrate outside churches. He was charged under the Penal Code for creating public disturbances instead.

* August 25, 2014: Former Perak MP and Changkat Jering assemblyman Nizar was charged with criminal defamation of Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

National Harmony Act Bill

The National Harmony Act Bill is proposed to replace the Sedition Act 1948.

‘The Sedition Act will be replaced by the National Harmony Bill. The Bill is intended to be a comprehensive, fair and lasting piece of legislation that promotes national harmony whilst protecting Malaysian citizens from racial or religious hatred.”

When will the Bill be introduced?

The government said it hopes to present the draft of the Bill to Parliament by the end of 2015.

Until the new legislation is in place, the existing cases would be tried under the existing laws.

‘The drafting of the National Harmony Bill is taking time because it is being done in consultation with civil society and the public.

A number of recommendations have been received, including from the National Unity Consultative Council, and are currently being studied. Like other countries, we are working to find the right balance between freedom of speech and national harmony in the age of online media.”

– Statement from the Prime Minister’s Office on August 30, 2014

source : MalaysianDigest.com/AstroAwani

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Test water heater circuit breakers

PETALING JAYA: Home owners and tenants have been advised to test the automatic circuit breaker switches in their homes after a pharmacist was believed to have been electrocuted recently while using a water heater.

Consumers must also ensure that the automatic circuit breaker sensitivity does not exceed the current strength of 100mA (milliampere) or 0.1A and is tested at least once a month to ensure it works properly.

“The automatic circuit breaker switches found in the electrical case in your home are to protect you and your family from the dangers of electric shock,” the Energy Commission said in an e-mail in response to the mishap.

Pharmacist D. Anitha, 27, is believed to have been electrocuted in the shower at her home in Segamat, Johor, on Aug 12. A water heater was used.

A simple way to test the automatic circuit breaker is to switch it on by pressing the test button (marked “T”) and it should trip when pressed.

The switch can be restored to its original position.

“If the automatic circuit breaker switch does not trip after the test button is pressed, you should immediately consult a registered electrical contractor for inspection and replacement of the device,” said the commission.

It also said that if an electric water heater was installed in the bathroom, users must make sure that the automatic circuit breaker switch had a sensitivity not exceeding 10mA or 0.01A on the water heater circuit.

The commission said Anitha’s case was still being investigated.

So far, only one case of electrocution from water heater had been reported to the commission this year and one last year, the commission said in the e-mail.

Last September, a Japanese couple were electrocuted by a faulty water heater in their apartment in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.

The husband, a factory manager, and his wife, both 38, lived in Malaysia with their young son.

source : The Star

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Duo plead guilty to causing public nuisance after sexy photos go viral

Public nuisance: Low (right) and How leaving the magistrate's court in Ipoh. They were fined RM400 each.

Photographs of Low Kah Wai, 27, – clad in black pants and shoes without any shirt on but a bow-tie – and How Jo Yee, 21, who wore only white undergarments, a wedding veil and heels, went viral after social media users posted them on the Internet.

Public nuisance: Low (right) and How leaving the magistrate’s court in Ipoh. They were fined RM400 each.

IPOH: The two models involved with the sexy pre-wedding photoshoot here have been fined RM400 each, in default one month’s jail.

Magistrate Haslinda A. Raof made the judgment yesterday after the freelance models pleaded guilty to causing nuisance in public at a traffic light in front of the CIMB bank branch in Jalan Sultan Yussuf here on Monday.

Their counsel Andrew Soong, when met after the proceedings, said his clients and their families were stressed out since the photographs went viral online.

He said they were mulling action against those who published the photographs online.

Earlier, DPP Harris Ong Mohd Jeffery Ong, in pushing for the maximum penalty of RM400, said the duo’s action caught public attention with some of those photographs captured and circulated through social media.

“The country is made up of a multi-cultural society and their action is unacceptable,” he added.

In mitigation, Soong said both models would apologise to the people who were offended by their action.

Both, who were charged under Section 268 of the Penal Code, paid the fine.

source : The Star

Only Rm400 fined? The authorities should consider higher sentence, on moral ground because these kind of indecent act not our way of life in Malaysia.

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Wanted by Interpol — sex blogger who has gone missing

Sex bloggers in hot soup

PETALING JAYA: Interpol is on the hunt for sex blogger Alvin Tan to get him to return to Malaysia and face trial over several charges against him.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said his officers were liaising with the international police to bring Tan back and surrender his passport to the court.

“Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Tan should come forward immediately,” he said yesterday.

Tan, 26, and his co-blogger Vivian Lee, 25, claimed trial last year to three charges under the Film Censorship Act, Sedition Act and the Penal Code.

The two – famously known as the Alivivi pair – still face two charges under the Film Censorship Act and Sedition Act for a “Ramadan greeting” that was posted on their blog last year.

The posting contained the words Selamat Berbuka Puasa (dengan bak kut teh… wangi, enak, menyelerakan) and was placed over their pornographic images.

That posting caused a stir among Malaysians for their insensitivity.

Following the uproar, they removed the posting and replaced it with a picture of them eating ketupat, rendang and curry puffs.

Sessions Court judge Abdul Rashid Daud granted an application on May 12 this year by the pair to have their passports released so that they could shoot a documentary in Singapore.

The judge granted them the period between May 18 and June 3.

The court has since issued a warrant of arrest for Tan and, last Friday, forfeited the RM20,000 bail that was imposed on him after he failed to return his passport.

A check by The Star revealed that they have taken down their Facebook page

source : The Star

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