LGE’s bail: Donated funds must be accounted for, says C4

Source: FMT

NGO’s executive director says it is imperative for DAP to spell out in detail how the funds will be utilised or returned to donors.

PETALING JAYA: As a state government that advocates Competency, Accountability, and Transparency (CAT), it is important that the DAP be accountable for the funds it collected from members of the public to make up the total bail needed for Lim Guan Eng, says the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4).

Its executive director Cynthia Gabriel said, “It’s not uncommon to raise bail money especially if the amount is very excessive like in the case of Lim.

“However, as a CAT government, it becomes imperative for DAP to spell out in detail how the funds will be utilised, or returned,” she told FMT when contacted.

Yesterday, Penang DAP Chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the party had received RM1,009,000 by 2pm through a donation drive. He also thanked members of the public for their generous cash contributions. Read more

‘Like a blank cheque’

Source: The Star Online

With no clear indication as to where Hadi’s Bill is heading, retired judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Yunus says if Parliament were to pass the Bill, it would be abdicating its constitutional responsibility.

A RETIRED judge, who has served in both the civil Court of Appeal and the Syariah Court of Appeal, sees the Private Member’s Bill tabled last month by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang as a “blank cheque” to the state legislatures.

If the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 were passed, says Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Yunus (pic), state legislatures “now may create any offence as they deem fit, and may prescribe any form of sentence, however severe or harsh, as they deem fit (as long as it is not the death penalty)”.

After 42 years as a judge and officer in Malaysia’s Judicial and Legal Service, Mohd Hishamudin retired in September last year and, a month later, joined G25, which is a group of senior Muslims working on “getting the practice of Islam in Malaysia to be in line with the Federal Constitution”.

Within the group he advises on issues relating to the law and the Constitution, and helps draft public statements on these issues. But in this interview with theSunday Star, he stresses that he is speaking about what is now known as “Hadi’s Bill” in his personal capacity.

The former deputy parliamentary draftsman says that during his five years in the drafting division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers, no Private Member’s Bill ever received the Government’s support, let alone one brought forward by an opposition Member of Parliament. Read more

Church of Assumption’s cancelled ‘buka puasa’ event — Lyana Khairuddin

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY LYANA KHAIRUDDIN

JULY 3 — Members of The Church of Assumption, Petaling Jaya recently came up with an idea to improve interfaith understanding by organising abuka puasa event. The organisers even consulted popular and influential non-governmental individual (NGI), Syed Azmi Al-Habshi on the event.

Prior to the event, the Church members sourced for halal food, prepared a prayer room by removing all Christian paraphernalia from their Sunday School classroom, provide prayer mats (sejadah), provide plastic sandals to ease ablution by Muslim attendees who wish to pray, maps of nearby mosques in the event that Muslims attendees are uncomfortable with praying in a Church, and even asked whether it would be appropriate to play raya songs for the event. The details and extend of the effort by the members of the Church should be applauded. The concern comes when Muslims ourselves do not want to extend our hands in faithful friendship. A police report was lodged, causing the organisers to cancel the event to prevent any potential violence or “trouble”. Nonetheless, to prevent food wastage, the Church urged those who have registered for the event to come and collect the foods and drinks provided. Some attendees even stayed, and berbuka puasa with the members of the Church anyway. Some may say let bygones be bygones, but this incident serves as an embarrassing lesson to Malaysian Muslims. Here we have the best opportunity to extend friendship and have conversations with fellow Malaysians who are non-Muslims, who are genuinely interested in learning more about our faith. And we, through the action of one or a few persons unknown, basically rejected their “salaam”. It is akin to refusing to shake hands and extending goodwill. Worse, it propagates our need to be cocooned within a shell of protection from evils that we ourselves have created. Read more