Malaysia’s Hot-Dog Crisis, Increasing Fundamentalism — Yohan Theatre

Source: The Market Mogul

BY YOHAN THEATRE

As one may have heard, the Malaysian government decided to tackle an apparently ramping yet somewhat unexpected local issue: hot-dog stands. Firms selling hot-dogs have been encouraged by the government to rename such products. As a matter of fact, this encouragement seems rather compulsory since the risk incurred by non-compliant entities are “being refused halal certification”, according to the BBC. Losing such certification might not be seen as such a big deal in many locations, but it is in Malaysia. In a country whose population is, for the most part, Muslim, losing halal certification pretty much means filing for bankruptcy.

In a country whose population is, for the most part, Muslim, losing halal certification pretty much means filing for bankruptcy.  tweet

One could wonder what concerns might have driven this governmental policy. The Malaysian Islamic Development Department explains having adopted such ruling following “complaints from Muslim tourists”. The director of halal certification at the institution mentioned above Sirajuddin Suhaimee justified that such name might bring “confusion” since “in Islam, dogs are considered unclean, and the name cannot be related to halal certification”. Read more

Countering religious fundamentalism: Lessons from Malaysia

Source: Channel NewsAsia

Malaysia police arrest 3 suspected Islamic State militants planning attacks on the eve of National Day. (Photo: Malaysian police counter terrorism unit)

Malaysia police arrest 3 suspected Islamic State militants planning attacks on the eve of National Day. (Photo: Malaysian police counter terrorism unit)

SINGAPORE: Individuals tend to be drawn to fundamentalist ideology out of a desire to escape personal, familial, or social problems, rather than out of religious piousness, said Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

This understanding can inform how authorities should counter the influence and spread of religious fundamentalism, noted Mr Zahid, who shared key lessons from Malaysia in a keynote address at the Asia-Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue on Tuesday (Nov 1).

“Young girls, as young as 14 years old, from Malaysia were also influenced. She was caught at the airport when she was about to board the plane. She was so attracted by the young, handsome, bearded potential husband,” he said, adding that the girl had been radicalised through materials on the internet.

“Why was she influenced? It’s not because of religious belief… It’s because of escapism, because they would like to get out of the problems that they are facing in their family, in the society, with employers.” Read more

Seleweng gas bersubsidi, kerajaan rugi lebih RM10 juta

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

Kerajaan terpaksa menanggung kerugian yang banyak ekoran penyelewengan yang berlaku terhadap gas petroleum cecair (LPG) bersubsidi. — Foto oleh Zuraneeza Zulkifli

Kerajaan terpaksa menanggung kerugian yang banyak ekoran penyelewengan yang berlaku terhadap gas petroleum cecair (LPG) bersubsidi. — Foto oleh Zuraneeza Zulkifli

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Nov — Kerajaan mengalami kerugian kira-kira RM10.5 juta akibat kes penyelewengan gas petroleum cecair (LPG) bersubsidi sehingga Ogos tahun ini, Dewan Rakyat diberitahu hari ini.

Timbalan Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan (KPDNKK) Datuk Henry Sum Agong berkata, ia berdasarkan nilai rampasan kes-kes melibatkan penyelewengan LPG di seluruh negara.

Katanya, KPDNKK dengan kerjasama Pasukan Penguatkuasaan Pemulihan Hasil Negara (NRRET) dan pelbagai agensi kerajaan lain telah melaksanakan ‘Ops Gasak’ bagi membanteras penyelewengan LPG bersubsidi itu.

“Sehingga 31 Ogos lepas, sebanyak 198 percubaan menyeleweng LPG bersubsidi berjaya dipatahkan dengan nilai rampasan yang dianggarkan berjumlah RM5.763 juta,” katanya menjawab soalan Izani Husin (PAS-Pengkalan Chepa) pada sesi jawab lisan persidangan Dewan Rakyat di sini. Read more

Smartphone app to report racism

Source: FMT News

Pusat Komas launches 'Report Racism MY', an app for Malaysians to report incidents of racism and collate data for studies. Pic from FMT News.

Pusat Komas launches ‘Report Racism MY’, an app for Malaysians to report incidents of racism and collate data for studies. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Local NGO Pusat Komas today launched “Report Racism MY”, a smartphone app for Malaysians to report cases of racism.

Apart from allowing Malaysians to submit reports of racist incidents, the complaints will also be collated into data that will be published in next year’s Racial Discrimination Report.

“The only way to transform (society) is to know how bad the situation is. Most times we only remember one or two incidents, and keep repeating them over and over again,” noted Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) commissioner Jerald Joseph.

“So it is good that (the situation) is balanced by innovative ideas. While we generate the sad painful list of complaints, we also get new ideas how to overcome it.” Read more

DBKL bars Bersih 5, Red Shirts rallies at Dataran Merdeka

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Participants shout slogans during a past rally organised by pro-democracy group Bersih 2.0 near Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur. — Reuters pic

Participants shout slogans during a past rally organised by pro-democracy group Bersih 2.0 near Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 — Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has rejected both applications from Bersih 2.0 and the Red Shirts movement to hold protests at Dataran Merdeka.

Mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz said the reason the applications were not approved was the same as for previous rallies, but didn’t elaborate.

“We also didn’t give any approval for the previous rallies.

“Police and DBKL will control and set up barricade, we will cooperate with the police,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted today. Read more

Malaysia needs to act to ratify Kyoto Protocol amendment — S M Mohamed Idris

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY S.M. MOHAMED IDRIS

An opinion piece - file pic

An opinion piece – file pic

NOV 2 — I refer to the article in The Star (26 October 2016) ‘Junaidi: We need to focus on Paris Agreement’.

The Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar was responding in Parliament to a question posed as to when Malaysia would ratify the 2nd commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and to what extent this has been discussed and agreed by the Cabinet.

The Minister’s response as reported in The Star was that more countries are focusing on the Paris Agreement and lack interest in the Kyoto Protocol;that the Kyoto Protocol overlaps with the Paris Agreement, and the Kyoto Protocol will be phased out eventually when the Paris Agreement comes into force in 2020.

In addition, a viewing of the actual Parliamentary session reveals that the Minister also said that the Kyoto Protocol is not binding on developed nations and proceeded to name a number of developed countries that have either not ratified or have withdrawn from the Kyoto Protocol, or have not ratified its 2nd commitment period. Read more

‘Blackout 505’: Rafizi, Anthony Loke didenda RM1,950

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Nov — Naib Presiden PKR Mohd Rafizi Ramli dan tiga yang lain masing-masing didenda RM1,950 oleh Mahkamah Sesyen di sini bagi kesalahan menganjurkan perhimpunan ‘Blackout 505’, tiga tahun lepas.

Mohd Rafizi, 39, yang juga anggota Parlimen (MP) Pandan, MP Seremban Anthony Loke Siew Fook, 39, bekas anggota Sekretariat PKR Muhammad Adib Ishar, 27, dan anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri Batu Burok Dr Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi, 54, dijatuhi hukuman denda itu selepas mereka mengaku bersalah terhadap pertuduhan pilihan yang dibacakan semalam.

Hakim Mat Ghani Abdullah memerintahkan kesemua tertuduh dipenjara dua bulan jika gagal membayar denda dan memberi mereka masa hingga 3 petang hari ini untuk membayar denda itu. Read more