Monday, July 29, 2013

Arab-Malaysia Development Bank founder shot dead on the spot, wife injured

Arab-Malaysian Bank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi, 75, was shot dead on the spot in 2 pm after the bullets pierced his left chest and rib cage in a car park at an open space parking lot in Lorong Ceylon near Kuan Yin Temple Kuala Lumpur.

However, his wife Cheong Mei Kuen, 49, was hit on the left wrist and right thight at the spot, several hundred meters away from the bank headquarters was rushed to the hospital.

It was reported that the former banker and his wife were walking towards his car; a gun man approached him and fired several shots at him, killing him on the spot.

CCTV showed the assailant was a man wearing a long sleeve checked shirt and khaki pants.

Dang Wangi police Chief Assistant Commissioner Zainuddin Ahmad confirmed the incident and saying it has been classified as murder case.

It is believed that three suspects, using a Proton Waja taxi, were involved in the shooting.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

BN retains voters’ trust, win Kula Besut By-Election

BN reasserted its trust in Kuala Besut by-election after its candidate Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Rahman won 8,288 votes to PAS candidate Azlan Yusof’s 5,696 votes and 125 spoilt votes.

The win maintains the status quo, with the BN ruling coalition garnering 17 seats in the state assembly to Pakatan Rakyat's 15, a two seat majority in the 32 seats state assembly in the nation’s first by-election after the 13th general election.

The result saw BN increased its majority to 2,592 votes from 2,434 votes in the 13th general election on May 5.

A total of 14,108 voters or 79.76 % voting rate and in line with the forecast analysis, BN had an upper hand in the by-election over his PAS challenger Azlan Yusof, winning all eight polling Centre, including the two narrowly lost to PAS namely Kg Nangka and Bukit Puteri as a result of some swing votes. 

The battle ended PAS’s strategy of creating a hung state assembly with both BN an opposition having 16-6 seats situation. 

The by-election saw the effective BN strategy by campaigning to ensure the continuity of stable state administration for sustainable development while PAS was championing "the 16:16, Kuala Besut to make history" slogan which is proof-irrelevant.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Blogger Amizudin Ahmat ordered to serve jail sentence

Amizudin Ahmat’s three months jail serve as a lesson and sent a strong direct message especially to bloggers and Netizen as well as reporters that they should be morally and legally responsible for what they write as they do not have the right to libel the person they write about.

It’s reported that Blogger Amizudin Ahmat failed in his attempt to set aside a three-month jail sentence for contempt. The Court of Appeal, in a unanimous decision, upheld the jail sentence after dismissing his appeal. 

Judge Datuk Zaharah Ibrahim, who led the three member-panels, said they were unable to find any error by the lower court in finding Amizudin liable for contempt.

"The order in compelling him to three months is not excessive," she said, before dismissing the appeal with no order as to cost.

Amizudin, known as "sharpshooter" in the blogsphere, was found guilty by the Kuala Lumpur High Court in August last year of contempt of court over 11 contemptuous articles against the then Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim in his blog.

The court had prohibited him from publishing articles against Rais in his blog, an order which the court found he had breached.

On Nov 21, 2011, Rais was granted leave to commence committal proceedings against Amizudin for breaching the court's order by continuing to publish defamatory articles in his blog.

Rais, 71, sued Amizudin, 44, and a PKR Youth Committee member, on Jan 31, 2011, for defamation over an article posted on the latter’s blog-site,, on Dec 28, 2010, implying that Rais had allegedly raped his maid.

He won his defamation suit at the High Court on July 19, 2011, and was awarded RM300,000 in damages and RM100,000 in costs.

The Court of Appeal later upheld the High Court’s decision saying that the award was not high in view of Dr Rais high social standing. However, it reduced the costs from RM100,000 to RM50,000.

Earlier during submissions counsel R. Sivarasa, who is representing Amizudin, said the main "complaint" here was his client had put a hyperlink in his blog, which was linked to his original defamatory posting. Sivarasa argued that the hyperlink does not tantamount to a republication of the defamatory content.

"If a hyperlink implies republishing, then it will open the floodgates of many such cases which will threaten the internet world," he said.

"The custodial sentence is also excessive as the appellant has learnt his lesson and this can be seen in his actions in removing the articles from his blog."

Rais' counsel Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, however, said Azimudin should be held responsible as it is his website.

"The court had ordered him to remove is, but in providing the link, it is a republication of it."

He said the blogger had not just posted the link, but had also invited his readers to read the piece from the link. The court, however, allowed Sivarasa's application to grant Azimudin a stay on the jail term, on condition he filed the leave to appeal at the Federal Court within two weeks.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Matters related to religions were not open to ridicule, says Communication and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek

Social media is one of the most popular in the cyber world today. It’s a new space that gives us unlimited instant opportunity for fun, information, connection and entertainment. 

Unfortunately, some misuse it to hate on others, terrorizing, offending and cyber bullying. There are many users posting inappropriate videos of others and posting derogatory photos.

In the dynamically changing environment, the bottom line on social media that the users are responsible for is the content that chooses to submit for sharing. The users should take personal responsibility for not insulting or mocking religion on social websites.

They should also take responsible for not contain anything that is likely to cause serious or widespread offence. Material that is likely to condone or encourage violence or anti-social behavior is also prohibited. Anything claimed deemed to be distasteful should not necessarily be held in breach of the responsible use of social media.
It’s a well-known fact that the authorities and the tech doctors can easily identified the offensive terrible remark, photos or video that were posted and who will be responsible for the wrong doing.

It’s reported that the Communication and Multimedia Ministry will not compromise with those who insult or mock religion on social websites.

The minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, said stern action would be taken against perpetrators, if it was proven that social websites were used to touch on religious sensitivities, resulting in anger and unrest among believers.

He said, the arrest of controversial couple Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee was a reminder that matters related to religions were not open to ridicule.

 "This is a warning to all parties not to mock matters pertaining to religion. It is not only non-Muslims who cannot touch on the feelings of Muslims but Muslims should also be careful not to touch on the feelings of others," he said. 

Alvin Tan, 25, and Vivian Lee, 24, have been charged and imprisoned without bail by the Sessions Court on three counts of provoking Muslims during Ramadan and displaying pornographic pictures on the website. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Cannot compare Perkasa Chief Ibrahim Ali with Alvivi, says minister

Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Abdul Rahman Dahlan said, Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali's urging to burn Bibles containing the word "Allah" cannot be compared with the present case against the sex bloggers Alvin Tan dan Vivian Lee for insulting Muslims.

He said, Ibrahim had already explained his urging was merely to correct the error of printing in the said Bibles, and burning was the proper thing to do just as Muslims burn copies of the Quran that have misprints. However, the acts of the couple, dubbed Alvivi were aimed at attacking another religion, which could threaten interfaith harmony.

"What Ibrahim Ali said was normal, but various portals twisted the statement saying it was an urging to burn the Bible. That is incorrect," he said.

"This pair put forth more that goes against the people of Malaysia. What I worry about is that if we do not take specific action, it would involve friction among religions," he added, noting that Alvivi were also infamous in Singapore.