Sunday, October 4, 2015

Scream ‘tolong’, not ‘help’ – Bernard Manickam

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Make sure you speak in full Bahasa Malaysia when you are trying to seek for help, or else people might not understand you.
A viral news that originated from social media is making its rounds among netizens this week.
It involves a girl, Khairunhanisah Azlan Hanif, who was asking for help on social media after someone broke-in into her dad’s car and stole some important medical documents.
A rather common thing for a person to use the Internet to ask for help these days, so what is all the buzz about you might ask.
Well, according to certain “concerned” Malaysian citizens who happen to have an “Internet Law Degree” from God knows where.
Her mistake was that she used English to call for help instead of Bahasa Malaysia.
Rather than focusing their efforts towards helping her, certain parties are more concerned about her language.
The comment section of her post were filled comments condemning her for not using our national language and stating that many Malaysians cannot understand English properly.
So if I were to come into contact with trouble for example a snatch thief, I should scream “tolong” (help), instead of “help”?
Because if I screamed “help”, people from my surroundings will be busy telling me “sila guna Bahasa Malaysia” (please use Malay language) while the thief escapes with my belongings?
I have many Malay friends who can speak fluent English and some that are trying to improve themselves by speaking the language on a regular basis.
Surprisingly, instead of treating them as role models, these individuals who were trying to improve themselves were labelled “berlagak” (showing off) or “orang putih celup” (a slang used to describe an English-man wannabe) just because they didn’t use our national language often enough.
Is this is product of the so called “world class education” that our Education Ministry claim to have?
Are we so patriotic about our national language that we fail to see the bigger picture?
Don’t get me wrong, being patriotic and loving our mother tongue is a good thing, but sometimes being realistic is more important.
Like it or not, English is still the legitimate international language. We can either adept, or be left behind because we were just too proud to learn someone else’s language.
Instead of telling Khairunhanisah to change her language, why not use Internet platforms like Google Translate to help you understand what she was trying to convey.
By doing that, not only can you try to help her, but at the same time you would be able to improve your proficiency in English as well.
Isn’t it a win-win situation for everyone then?
At the end of the day, there is no point in showing you have so much love for your mother tongue but no love for your own people.
* Bernard Manickam reads The Malaysian Insider.

Come out of hiding, Kit Siang urges Gani

Former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail leaving a wake for murdered DPP Anthony Kevin Morais in Kuala Lumpur last month. Gani has kept mum on 1MDB despite being sacked from his post in July. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 4, 2015.Former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail leaving a wake for murdered DPP Anthony Kevin Morais in Kuala Lumpur last month. Gani has kept mum on 1MDB despite being sacked from his post in July. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 4, 2015.
Former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail should come out of hiding to clarify the issues surrounding troubled 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), said DAP’s Lim Kit Siang today.
He threw his support behind former Special Branch deputy director Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador who had in an open letter to Putrajaya urged Gani to clarify the scandal surrounding the state-owned investment vehicle.
It was earlier reported that Hamid had asked about Gani’s silence, saying if Gani was threatened to keep quiet.
Despite some quarters claiming this could be so, he said he always believed in Gani’s integrity.
“I do not know what scandal Hamid is referring to, but I would endorse his statement that the people would be forgiving and support his call to Gani to come out of hiding to take a stand,” Lim said in a statement today.
“Gani would reach his compulsory retirement age on October 6. Will Gani stand and speak up in national interests after Tuesday?”
Federal Court judge Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali was named the new Attorney-General in late July, replacing Gani, who is reportedly suffering from a kidney ailment, state news agency Bernama had reported, quoting Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa.
Gani’s abrupt removal had caused concern, especially since he was part of a now-defunct task force to probe into 1MDB over its alleged financial irregularities.

Lim also asked if Malaysia was a “kleptocrat” after the prime minister, who was now subject to a corruption inquiry by the United States’ Justice Department into the purchase of properties by those connected to Najib, advised those seeking information on the report to direct all enquiries to the US government.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, however, had urged the public not to trust media reports on the matter.
“Is the IGP seriously suggesting that after a fortnight, the Malaysian government, whether through the police, Foreign Affairs Ministry or the powerful and well-funded Prime Minister’s Office, are incapable of establishing the veracity or otherwise of the New York Times report?
“If Najib could not get a specific ‘yes’ or ‘no’ from the (Barack) Obama administration, what is the use of the ‘special relationship’ between Najib and the US president, particularly after Najib boasted he was the only prime minister to play golf with Obama?”

UPSR religious papers postponed, says Jakim

The Kafa class assessment test (UPKK) and Religious Primary School Assessment Test (UPSRA) on October 5 and 6 have been postponed because of the smoke problem. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 4, 2015.The Kafa class assessment test (UPKK) and Religious Primary School Assessment Test (UPSRA) on October 5 and 6 have been postponed because of the smoke problem. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 4, 2015.
The Kafa class assessment test (UPKK) and Religious Primary School Assessment Test (UPSRA) tomorrow and on Tuesday (October 5 and 6) have been postponed.
Director-general of Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) Datuk Othman Mustapha said this followed the announcement by the Education Ministry of the closure of schools in several states because of the worsening smoke.
“The UPKK postponement involves all examination centres nationwide coordinated by Jakim. The new exam dates will be announced later,” he said in a statement today.
In addition, the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department has postponed the UPSRA examination in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan to October 12 and 13. – Bernama

Only Parliament, not courts, can amend constitution, say judges

A three-man bench says the judiciary cannot usurp the power of the legislature in regard to amending certain words in the constitution. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 4, 2015.A three-man bench says the judiciary cannot usurp the power of the legislature in regard to amending certain words in the constitution. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 4, 2015.
The Federal Constitution can only be amended by Parliament to include or remove words used by the framers of the national charter, the Court of Appeal said.
A three-man bench, which on Thursday declared that it was legal to punish peaceful rally organisers for failure to give a 10-day notice to the police, said the judiciary would have usurped the power of the legislature if allowed to perform such a function.
“We are mindful that the words used or not used by the framers of our constitution are not etched in stone.
“The constitution may be amended to include or remove or modify any word or words originally used or excluded by the framers. But surely that is a task for Parliament,” said judges Tan Sri Raus Shaarif, Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh and Datuk Zamani A. Rahim who delivered a joint judgment on Thursday against the acquittal of Johor PKR executive secretary R. Yuneswaran for unlawfully organising a “Blackout 505” rally in 2013.
In short, the judges said, the 1957 Merdeka constitution framers wanted Parliament to be the judge of what was “reasonable” to determine the limits to fundamental rights, not the courts.
The bench made the remark in response to an argument during submission by lawyers for Yuneswaran that “criminalisation” of the restrictions limiting the right of peaceful assembly under Article 10(1) (b) was not “reasonable” and, therefore, unconstitutional.
Yuneswaran’s counsel had relied on a 2010 Federal Court ruling that reasonable restriction should be read when interpreting Article 10 (freedom of speech, assembly and association).
That principle was adopted in the Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad versus public prosecutor by another Court of Appeal last year, which declared section 9(5) of the PAA was unconstitutional.
The bench, led by Raus, said the provision of the article was clear and there was no necessity to read the word “reasonable” into that provision.
The judges, who referred to documents by the Reid Commission, said a drafter of the constitution justice Abdul Hamid of Pakistan had opined that the word “reasonable" wherever it occurred before the word “restrictions” in the three sub-clauses of Articles 10 should be omitted.
Hamid had said right to freedom of speech, assembly and association has been guaranteed, subject to restrictions which may be imposed in the interests of security of the country, public order and morality.
Hamid’s opinion was followed.
“It, therefore, follows that the non-inclusion of the word ‘reasonable’ in Article 10 was not some oversight on the part of the Reid Commission,” the judges said.
The judges said the constitution’s framers did not want the word “reasonable” in Article 10 because they wanted to avoid a potential conflict between Parliament and court.
“They want Parliament to be sure of the fate of the law which they are enacting and they want the laws of this country to be certain.”

'Chinese targetted to divert attention from 1MDB'

The claims that there is a plot to overthrow the government is merely a diversionary tactic to stall investigations on 1MDB, claimed former Special Branch deputy chief Abdul Hamid Bador.
He said that those in power are willing to do anything to ensure that the investigations are put to a stop, and one method employed is to confuse the public.
“In line with that effort (to stop the investigations), they are confusing the public by conjuring a stale script that there is supposedly a conspiracy to topple the government, which doesn’t make sense.
“Who wants to topple the government? Supposedly it's the Chinese who are taking power?
"Ish, ish, ish, so wicked is the diversionary tactic used by these robbers – from a criminal breach of trust to a racial issue,” he said.
Hamid said this in an open letter to the government dated Oct 1, which was circulated to the media last night.
He lamented that all the public wants in the issue is an explanation from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak (photo) on the allegations surrounding 1MDB, in particular whether it has indeed borrowed RM4 billion from Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP). However, answers are not forthcoming.
Instead, he recounted, the public is met with calls to give the 1MDB issue six months (from September) to be resolved, while the investigations are met by various hurdles.
Among others, the then attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail was removed from his post and MACC officers had been arrested, while the Public Accounts Committee and the Special Task Force investigating 1MDB were ‘disbanded’, he said.
Hamid himself was also transferred to the Prime Minister’s Department, which he had claimed was an attempt to silence him on the 1MDB issue.
Portrayed as 'upset and selfish'
In his letter today, Hamid claimed that the Special Branch’s top leadership are now moving to discredit him.
“I am portrayed as someone who is upset and selfish for not being appointed as the Special Branch chief. Supposedly, I was ungrateful when my request to retire early was rejected by the inspector-general of police.
“Since when have I asked to retire early?” he said, adding that the rumours against him were well off-the-mark.
“In truth, I am not like those who like to, and are only good at, licking the bones hurled by useless political leaders.
“I have never kissed the hands of these useless political leaders and the hands of their wives,” he said.
He added he had previously told his former subordinates in the Special Branch that he was not willing to continue his work in the department if he had to do the ‘dirty work’ of rescuing those ‘robbing’ 1MDB.
However, he stressed that this did not mean that he no longer wanted to serve in the police force.
“On the contrary, I had pleaded to the inspector-general of police to keep me in Bukit Aman (police headquarters), at least in the Integrity and Procedure Compliance Department (JIPS) so that I can continue to contribute positively to the police in matters of discipline and eradicating corruption,” he said. -Mkini

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