Unity for Rohingya: Politics or true concern?

Source: FMT News

An analyst says PAS and Umno should address Orang Asli problems if they care about human rights. Pic from FMT News.

An analyst says PAS and Umno should address Orang Asli problems if they care about human rights. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A political scientist regards the recent PAS and Umno protest against the treatment of the Rohingya in Myanmar to be more of a showcase of their newfound political alliance than a show of concern over a humanitarian crisis.

“Instead of addressing the Rohingya issue, the rally looked more like an attempt to showcase Umno and PAS coming together and working as a political pact rather than a coming together of two parties in the name of human rights,” said Faisal Syam Hazis of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

“If that’s the intention, I think the opposition has the right to question their motives and the kind of image they are trying to portray for themselves.”

Faisal said that there were many pressing national issues that required cooperation beyond partisan politics, such as the plight of the Orang Asli in PAS-governed Kelantan. Read more

Compulsory to support Syariah Bill

Source: Borneo Post

KUCHING: All MPs of Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties have to support the proposal by PAS to upgrade the Syariah courts when it became a government Bill as the federal government has taken it up.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had pledged at the Umno general assembly that the federal government would take up the Bill following discussions with the Islamist PAS.

The compulsory support of BN MPs for the Bill was stated by Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Ahmad Maslan   during the Umno Overseas Club annual general meeting in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

In a report by Malaysiakini, the Pontian MP said several BN parties had opposed the private member’s Bill because it was tabled by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

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Islamic laws manipulated for political mileage, says Siti Kasim

Source: FMT News

Lawyer-cum-activist, Siti Kasim. Pic from FMT News.

Lawyer-cum-activist, Siti Kasim. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Islamic laws in Malaysia have been manipulated and used as a tool by politicians interested only in obtaining political mileage, says lawyer-cum-activist Siti Kasim.

Hence, the Malays in this country should stand up and question the implementation of these laws instead of taking them lying down, she added.

“These man-made laws will affect the Malays first, and then the rest (those of other races).

“We the Malays must question these laws instead of simply accepting them as God’s law.

“Learn about Islam from those who are genuine, not from those with ulterior motives,” she told FMT. Read more

Zunar ikrar terus lukis kartun bongkar rasuah, ketidakadilan

Sumber: FMT News

Zunar berkata, bakat adalah tanggungjawab yang lebih besar daripada ketakutan dipenjarakan dan kerajaan tidak boleh mengharamkan cara pemikirannya.

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Malaysian award-winning cartoonist, Zunar.

PETALING JAYA: Walaupun takut dipenjarakan, kartunis kontroversi Zunar berikrar akan terus melukis sehingga ke titisan dakwat terakhir dalam usaha membongkar kegiatan rasuah dan ketidakadilan di negara ini.

Beliau berkata, bakat bukan anugerah, sebaliknya ia adalah tanggungjawab yang lebih besar daripada ketakutan.

“Mereka boleh haramkan buku saya, mereka boleh haramkan kartun saya, tetapi anda tidak boleh mengharamkan minda saya. Saya akan terus melukis hingga ke titisan dakwat terakhir,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Zunar atau nama sebenarnya, Zulkilflee Anwar Ulhaque berkata, beliau kini berdepan 9 pertuduhan di bawah Akta Hasutan, selain pernah ditahan 2 kali di bawah akta sama dengan 7 bukunya diharamkan, 3 kilang percetakan yang mencetak bukunya dan pejabatnya diserbu pihak berkuasa.

Katanya, pengendali laman webnya turut ditahan, selain beliau dilarang keluar negara sejak pertengahan bulan lalu. Read more

Police to submit investigation papers on Zunar to DPP

Source: The Star Online

Kartunis kontroversi itu ditahan semalam di bawah Seksyen 124(c) Kanun Keseksaan berkaitan aktiviti memudaratkan demokrasi berparlimen. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

Kartunis kontroversi itu ditahan semalam di bawah Seksyen 124(c) Kanun Keseksaan berkaitan aktiviti memudaratkan demokrasi berparlimen. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: The police will submit their investigation papers to the Deputy Public Prosecutor for the next course of action following the arrest of cartoonist Zunar, says Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Sukri Kaman.

He said Zunar was picked up with four others at an event here on Saturday. All of them were released on bail yesterday morning after being detained at the Dang Wangi police headquarters.

On Saturday, police raided a fund­raising event with Zunar’s fans at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chi­nese Assembly Hall.

The four detained were Zunar’s sales assistants Megat Abdul Wahid and Lawrence Jeyaraj, DAP member Jimmy Wong and a fan who wished to be known as A. Toong.

Their lawyer Nicole Tan said Zunar, Megat and Lawrence were being investigated under Section 124c of the Penal Code for activities detrimental to parliamentary demo­cracy.

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Malaysia: When cartoons and comedy become national threats — Zan Azlee

Source: Asian Corespondent

(File) Malaysia's Zunar wearing a prison outfit and plastic handcuffs poses for photographers prior to launching his book in February 2015. Pic: AP.

(File) Malaysia’s Zunar wearing a prison outfit and plastic handcuffs poses for photographers prior to launching his book in February 2015. Pic: AP.

WHEN comedy becomes a threat to national security, we know society is heading down a deep, dark chasm where everyone has lost their sense of humour, personality and just plain humanity.

A few days ago, Malaysian cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, better known by his moniker Zunar, was arrested by the police at a meet-the-fans event in the capital city. The headlines said: Zunar arrested… again. Its true. It was not the political cartoonist’s first brush with our men in blue. It was not even his second. In fact, Zunar’s work has landed him in trouble so many times that its becoming quite hard to keep track of his run-ins with the authorities. Read more