Religion makes racism more intense, says Saifuddin

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PETALING JAYA: Any form of racism in the country becomes more intense when it is coupled with religious sentiment, former Umno leader and CEO for the Global Movement of Moderates  Saifuddin Abdullah said in an opinion piece in Sinar Harian today.

The Pakatan Harapan secretariat chief added that this race-religion narrative was being created by some leaders in Umno in collaboration with certain religious leaders, including a mufti or two.

“Making use of a siege mentality framework, they call on Malays and Muslims to defend Islam,” Saifuddin wrote in the Bahasa Malaysia daily.

He said that the result of such actions is the “outbreak” of controversial issues, including the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims, the confiscation of bibles, the protest against religious symbols, the declaration of DAP as “kafir harbi”, and the latest issue over the “hot dog”. Read more

Zahid: Only 1 policeman convicted for deaths in lock-ups

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dewan_rakyat_signpost_2015_-_parliament_reportKUALA LUMPUR: Only one police officer has been jailed for causing the death of a detainee.

Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, in a written reply, said the police officer was found to have caused the death of a detainee in the Taipan police station lock-up on Jan 20, 2009.

“The suspect was sentenced to three years in jail for each charge,” Zahid said, without specifying the nature of the charges.

He said another police officer was acquitted for an incident that took place on May 21, 2013. The detainee died while being held at the Criminal Investigation Department of the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters, here.

Zahid, who is also deputy prime minister, was responding to N Surendran (PKR-Padang Serai), who wanted to know what disciplinary action had been taken against police officers over the numerous deaths in lock-ups and shootouts since 2005. Read more

Lay off those who did good deeds with their foreign funding — Dr Kua Kia Soong

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Dr. Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM advisor: "Lay off those who did good deeds with their foreign funding November 7, 2016 The government should lay off Malaysiakini and local NGOs that have been working selflessly for decades for Malaysian justice, democracy and human rights"

Dr. Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM advisor: “The government should lay off Malaysiakini and local NGOs that have been working selflessly for decades for Malaysian justice, democracy and human rights”.

It is pathetic that our beleaguered government should be trying yet again to demonise NGOs including Malaysiakini and Bersih 2.0 over their receipt of foreign funding, after the humiliation it received when it launched an all-out attack against Suaram in 2012, in concert with the mainstream media.

The government’s vindictive campaign against Suaram lasted for more than a year and involved no less than six government agencies that were ordered to investigate Suaram. Everyone could see that it was payback time for Suaram having complained to the French courts to investigate the suspected commissions in the RM7 billion Scorpene submarine scandal. Read more