Zahid: Don’t sacrifice social contract with grab for power

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Home minister warns of disorder with streets 'littered with blood and dead bodies' if Malaysia’s social contract is broken. Pic from FMT News.

Home minister warns of disorder with streets ‘littered with blood and dead bodies’ if Malaysia’s social contract is broken. Pic from FMT News.

PUTRAJAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has reminded Malaysians not to sacrifice the nation’s “social contract” because of the desire to wrest power from the government.

The home minister today said Malaysia’s peace and harmony is possible because of this agreement that has bound the people from various races, religions and cultures together for many years.

“Today, that foundation is being challenged and has become very flimsy because there are people out there who want to grab power and have distorted the social contract with their deceptive propaganda,” he said, without naming anyone.

The Umno deputy president cited the Malay proverb “retak menunggu belah” (a crack waits to become a split), saying such a situation should not be allowed to happen.

“I must remind that if that social contract is broken, there will not (only) be social disorder but worse than that, our streets will be littered with blood and dead bodies,” he said. Read more

Non-Muslims musn’t be forced, says Chinese group on Maghrib closure

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Non-Muslim traders shouldn't be subjected to the same policy, to the point that they too, would be fined for not abiding by it, says Chinese community leader. Pic from FMT News.

Non-Muslim traders shouldn’t be subjected to the same policy, to the point that they too, would be fined for not abiding by it, says Chinese community leader. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Non-Muslim traders in Kelantan should not be forced to close their businesses during the Maghrib prayer time, a Chinese community leader from the state said today.

Kelantan Peranakan Chinese Association (PPCK) president Lim Kham Hong was asked to comment on the state government’s policy requiring all traders to stop their activities during the Maghrib prayers.

“We have no problem closing our shop temporarily to make way for Maghrib prayers, but non-Muslim traders shouldn’t be forced into doing so,” Lim said, adding that the policy should be enforced only on Muslims traders.

“What’s important is that the policy doesn’t affect those from other religions, where they are forced to stop their activities instead of doing so willingly. That, we do not agree with.”

Lim added that it should also not be enforced to the point that non-Muslims traders would be fined for not abiding by the policy. Read more

Ong: EC wasting everyone’s time in new voter objections

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DAP's Ong Kian Ming says Election Commission regulations allow it to strike off 'baseless and groundless' objections, which deprive legitimate voters their rights. Pic from FMT News.

DAP’s Ong Kian Ming says Election Commission regulations allow it to strike off ‘baseless and groundless’ objections, which deprive legitimate voters their rights. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A visit to the Election Commission’s Selangor branch yesterday revealed the pure waste of time and resources by all concerned just to cater for the dubious objections against newly-registered voters, says Ong Kian Ming.

The DAP national election strategist had visited the EC’s Selangor branch in Shah Alam with his party colleague Lee Kee Hiong, who is also the state assemblyman for Kuala Kubu Baru, to observe the objection process yesterday.

“From our interviews with the newly-registered voters who were there, it was clear that the grounds for the objections against them were groundless and baseless,” Ong said in a statement released last night.

“Voters in the P103 Puchong parliament seat were objected to based on the reason of ‘pemilih diragui’ or ‘doubtful voter’ even though there was no further proof given as to why this voter was consider as ‘doubtful’. Read more