Is BN going to try and make Malaysia an “Islamic State”?

21 October 2017


Islamic state – a slip of the tongue?

THE declaration of Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is not shirking its responsibility to make Malaysia an Islamic state has spooked BN component parties, especially MCA.

Asyraf added that the government was providing the financial resources to empower Islam, and that this year alone, RM987 million was provided to the Education Ministry for Islamic education, and RM559 million to the Islamic Development Department (Jakim).

An Islamic state is a type of government primarily based on the application of sharia law for the dispensation of justice and the maintenance of law and order.

Jakim is a department under the PM’s office that employed the infamous Zamihan who was arrested for disparaging the sultan of Johor and Malaysian Chinese.

Asyraf’s statement caught MCA flatfooted. First MCA publicity spokesman Ti Lian Ker blamed Dr Mahathir, who is no longer with the government, then claimed that the Asyraf statement was political posturing to entice the Malay voters, and then threw MCA’s support behind the sultan of Johor.

While MCA and other BN component parties were trying hard to distance themselves from the uproar caused by Asyraf’s statement, the BN leadership chose to remain silent.

Asyraf statement was very clever as he brought BN into the play for an Islamic state. What we already know from press reports is that Umno has given its president Najib Razak the mandate to negotiate a pact with its long-term nemesis, the hardline opposition PAS. According to Umno information chief Annuar Musa, although the ideology and ways of Umno and PAS are different, the parties have the same DNA and goal, which is to champion Islam and the Malays. If they are having the same DNA, it is more than likely Umno will succumb to PAS pressure to turn Malaysia into an Islamic state and introduce hudud laws.

According to a Bloomberg Political July article, the move is simple maths for Najib: More than 60% of Malaysians are Muslim, and 50% are ethnic Malays, many of them in rural areas. He needs their votes for Umno to extend its 60 years in power, and closer ties with PAS may help.

* Dr Johan Arriffin is a member of G25 and a former deputy director of Yayasan Sabah.

* This is the opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insight.

BN: We are committed to make Malaysia an Islamic state

KOTA BARU: Development of Islam in the country, which is being strengthened from time to time, is a clear signal that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is not shirking its responsibility to make Malaysia an Islamic state, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.

He said not only the people but also other nations could see the development of Islam in Malaysia over the last 60 years since the country gained independence and that this was possible because of the wisdom of BN, which is led by Umno.

“Efforts by the government to uphold Islam can be seen in the Constitution which has placed Islam as the religion of the federation,” he said when appearing as a panelist on the Kelantan-level ”Bicara Minda dan Sesi Dialog Perjuangan For All” programme here last nighti.

He added that the government was providing the financial resources to empower Islam and that this year alone RM987 million was provided to the education ministry for Islamic education and RM559 million to the Malaysian Islamic development department (Jakim).

Also on the panel, which was moderated by Dahlan Maamor, was Umno information chief Annuar Musa, who is also the Ketereh MP.

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PM dialogue with Chinese youth: Question on Identity of MO1 ignored…

21 October 2017


Participant slips MO1 question to Najib in dialogue with Chinese youths

Najib Abdul Razak today sought to engage with Chinese youths but some participants decided to slip in pointed questions to the prime minister, including one on whether he was really “Malaysian Official 1” (MO1).

These queries were not picked up by the committee in charge of selecting the questions but several of them were displayed in full view of the audience due to the format of the event.

Audience members were asked to send in their questions through social messaging app WeChat, which then appeared on a large screen behind the stage. The organisers then scrolled through the list in real-time to pick the questions.

During this process, several pointed questions appeared on the screen but were not posed to the prime minister.

These include the question “Abdul Rahman Dahlan, our senior government minister in cabinet, said ‘I agree that MO1 is the prime minister’. Is that true?”

The person behind the question, using the pseudonym ‘MO1’, appeared to have sent in the same question several times, but it was not entertained.

Another question which was also not posed to Najib was about the extension of Md Raus Sharif and Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin as Chief Justice and Court of Appeal president respectively beyond their constitutional age limit of 66 years and six months.

The dialogue was organised by the Federation of Chinese Association Malaysia (Huazong).

One of the organising committee members later told Malaysiakini that they had refrained from choosing “pointed” questions.


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Malaysia has her own Ghost Busters!


When spooks don’t have a ghost of a chance

A client of Ja’afar from Kampung Penambang, Kelantan standing next to his car. The woman employed Ja’afar to get rid of mysterious fires at her house.


JOHOR BARU: If there are spooky apparitions in your neighbourhood, who do you call? You call ghostbuster Sa’ad Ja’afar apparently.

The 44-year-old self-proclaimed hantu hunter will end the hauntings … and from afar.

All it takes is a phone call and no matter the distance, he will work on it.

Sa’ad said he can reach anywhere in the world from his centre here, to get rid of ghosts or end hauntings but the furthest he has done so thus far is Sabah – “I caught a jinn (an evil spirit) there”.

“I don’t need to be physically present to help those who need my services to rid their premises of the supernatural,” said the ghostbuster who hails from Melaka.

He claims his centre – Rawatan iLahana – is the “first in the world” to offer long-range ghostbusting services.

Assisted by Mohd Azim Adam, 46, Sa’ad started the centre in 2015 and claims to have cleansed some 300 locations nationwide to date. Among his satisfied clients, he counts 70 of different faiths.


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Patriots Association: Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK) is instigating violence and hatred!

20 October 2017


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RPK instigating violence and hatred, says Patriots Association


PETALING JAYA: The National Association of Patriots (PPK) has taken blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin to task for instigating violence, hatred and fear among Malaysians.

Referring to a blog post written by Raja Petra on Oct 17, the NGO of retired military and police officers said such conduct was “totally irresponsible”.

“We normally take no heed of the writings of any blogger, especially if one is a mouthpiece of a political party. But when one becomes an instigator of violence, we cannot remain silent.”

In his blog post, Raja Petra had claimed that DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang and his party was “pushing Malaysia to the brink of a civil war”.

“If you think the many racial and religious conflicts that occurred since Sept 2, 1945 till May 13, 1969 are tragedies, wait till you see this next one.

“This next one, which is going to be more like a civil war, is going to be about a multitude of issues, race and religion being only two of the many reasons.

“And this time it is not going to just be in Johor, Selangor, Penang, Bukit Mertajam, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, and so on. It is going to be nationwide and the toll is going to be very high indeed,” he said.

Raja Petra also said Lim and DAP had been “testing the patience of the Malays and Muslims”.

“It is almost like Kit Siang and DAP are openly declaring war on the Malays, Islam and the Raja-Raja Melayu,” he added.

However, PPK president Brig Gen (Rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji slammed Raja Petra’s remarks, calling them irresponsible.

“We do not see anyone or politician ‘openly declaring war on the Malays, Islam and the Raja-Raja Melayu’, as what RPK suggested,” he said, referring to Raja Petra by his initials.

“One has to read the lines and between lines to see how cleverly RPK has used historical events out of context to make his disjointed arguments. It is clear that he has intent to instigate not only violence, but hatred and fear as well,” Mohamed Arshad said in a statement.

Pointing out that many in PPK had served in the security forces for more than 30 years, he said they had experienced enough hardship and seen enough violence.

“We hate violence. We treasure peace and harmony. The peace we enjoy today is hard fought and hard earned. As such, no individual or organisation that instigates violence will escape a piece of our mind.”

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MCMC instructs to remove post on major data breach…

20 October 2017



Alleged data breach: Don’t shoot the messenger, MCMC told

PETALING JAYA: The Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) want the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to explain its order for to remove its report on an alleged breach of personal data involving millions of people.

Calling such behaviour undemocratic, LFL added that it was a grave abuse of power and against the “no-Internet-censorship” policy protected in both the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and MSC Malaysia’s Bill of Guarantees.

“Instead of shooting the messenger, MCMC should be more alarmed at the contents of the report which should be MCMC’s primary concern, ie. the personal data security of the communications and multimedia industries and the prevention of online fraud.

“If the report was untrue or inaccurate, then the burden is on to rectify or remove the report altogether if it cannot be salvaged.

“However, if the report can be substantiated, then it would be wholly irresponsible and shocking for MCMC to order for its removal as this would clearly amount to censorship of internet content and a desperate attempt to stem the flow of critical news and information,” LFL executive director Eric Paulsen said in a statement today.
Paulsen said MCMC should remember that its “real work” was not to censor news that it did not like or target those who posted critical or “offensive” remarks against the authorities.

“It would be more prudent for MCMC to come to terms with the reality of the Internet and social media rather than resorting to harsh enforcement methods that are inconsistent with modern democratic demands,” he added.

He said unless MCMC could justify its action, all orders against to remove the report should be immediately revoked.


MCMC orders Lowyat to take down report on massive data breach


MALAYSIA’S internet regulator today ordered an online forum to remove news on a massive data breach involving millions of users, estimated to have taken place between 2012 and 2015.The Lowyat website said the order from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission came after it reported that databases of Malaysians’ personal details, obtained from, the Malaysian Medical Association and the Malaysian Housing Loan Applications, among others, were being sold for bitcoins since late yesterday on its forums.

It said “the mother lode” was customer data from telecommunications companies, including Celcom, DiGi, Maxis, TuneTalk and Umobile.

“While we did brush off the tip-off as just another scammer looking to make a quick buck at first, we decided to dig a little further and discovered that this could be one of the biggest data breaches ever in Malaysian history,” said the website.

It said more than 50 million records from telco firms were being sold, including data on customers’ names, addresses and mobile phone numbers, and even the MyKad numbers of some Malaysians.

“Based on the data, we estimate that the breach could have happened anywhere from 2012 to 2015.

MCMC orders to remove report on major data breach

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Among the data on sale was 50 million entries of data from various telcos.

It said the data included customer names, billing addresses, mobile phone numbers, sim card numbers, handset models and MyKad numbers of customers.

It added the data breach was believed to have occurred between 2012-2015.

Other data on sale were 17 million rows of customer information from a jobs portal.

The data included candidate’s name, login name, hashed password, email address, nationality, address and mobile phone number.

It added this particular set of data was likely to have been obtained between 2012 to 2013.

Apart from these, there were also two sets of 20,000 and 62,000 data of doctors respectively, obtained from medical associations and 720,000 entries of housing loan applications.

The doctors’ data included MyKad numbers, operating address and mobile numbers.

The housing loan application data contained information such as name, MyKad number, contact number, email address, blacklist status, address, job, employer details, salary and spouse’s details.

Malaysiakini has contacted the MCMC for comment and is awaiting a response.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has ordered to remove a report of what the technology portal claimed was one of the country’s biggest data breaches in history.

Around two hours after the report titled “Personal data of millions of Malaysians up for sale, sources of breach still unknown” was uploaded this evening, removed the story.

It was replaced with the message stating: “MCMC has requested the removal of this article. We are still awaiting an official statement from them”.

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The Suhakam public inquiry into the Missing Four…

20 October 2017

Pastor’s wife breaks down when asked about death threat

SUHAKAM HEARING | The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) public hearing on the disappearances of several activists and social workers took a 15-minute break today after one of the witnesses broke into tears.

Susanna Liew, wife of the missing pastor Raymond Koh, was being fielded questions regarding her reaction after Koh received a death threat in 2011, and started sobbing thereafter.

“That morning I remember I cried when I called my friend, because I felt it was getting dangerous. I even thought of migrating to Australia but my husband loves this country. He wanted to stay in Malaysia.

“So, we left the house temporarily. We stayed in another place for two months. A friend of ours let us stay at his place,” she said between sobs.

The death threat was delivered to Koh’s and Liew’s home on Aug 23, 2011, and comprised a package containing two bullets and a strongly worded letter.

This followed a raid by Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) on Koh’s charity Harapan Komuniti on Aug 3 the same year, over allegations that Koh was proselytising to Muslims.



Love for country stopped Pastor Koh from migrating, says wife

She added that she and Koh were frequently stopped at the immigration checkpoint when they headed to Singapore and other countries.

“Raymond was stopped nine times and I seven times from October 2011 to October 2012 at the Johor Bahru immigration checkpoint.

“On Dec 26, 2011, when I was coming back from Singapore at the JB checkpoint, they took away my passport and asked me to follow them to meet a Special Branch officer. I was scared and worried.

“The officer asked me why I went to Singapore many times and about a kindergarten I had sold five years prior to that. He asked me what activities I conducted and what I taught there.”

She said there was also one incident when she and her family returned from New Zealand in September 2011 and noticed a group of well-built men following them, one of whom was taking pictures of them.

When asked if Harapan Community had any intention to spread or preach Christianity, Liew said it was against the guidelines of the non-profit organisation.

“We warned all the staff and volunteers through our internship programme that there cannot be any preaching of any religion while they carried out their work and activities.

“This warning was given verbally. All activities there were inclusive and included all races and there was no intention to preach any religion.”

19 October 2017


Pastor Koh’s abduction ‘similar to police ops’

Noel Achariam


The abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh was similar to how a police operation is conducted, the Suhakam public inquiry into the disappearance of Koh and three others heard today.

The first witness at the inquiry, Roeshan Gomez, who was driving behind a silver Waja (earlier reports said Koh was driving a silver Proton Waja), said he saw the abduction.

“I was driving to the crematorium when I saw a silver (Proton) Waja in front of me. Then I saw five to six men in four SUVs. Then, I saw two people struggling in a car. One was trying to pull the other person out.

“My friend who was with me tried to shoot a video but we were blocked by an Indian man who stood in front of our car. We then reversed… and left the scene.”

Gomez, a 25-year-old doing his chambering at a law firm, said he then lodged a police report on the incident at the Kelana Jaya police station.

After he had described the scene to the investigating officer Inspector Ali Asra, the policeman allegedly told him that from the description given “could be similar to how a police operation is conducted”.

Gomez was then shown three closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) clips of the alleged abduction on February 13 and asked to confirm if they were the same SUVs and men that he and a friend saw during the incident.


Investigation Officer (IO) said Pastor Koh’s abduction was like a police ops, witness claims

Zikri Kamarulzaman


A police personnel investigating the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh had remarked that the latter’s abduction was similar to a police operation, the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) public hearing was told today.

Witness Roeshan Celestine Gomez said the investigating officer (IO) from the Kelana Jaya police station had made the remark when the witness’ police report on the incident was lodged.

“He said not to worry and that it looked very much like the modus operandi of a police operation,” Gomez said during the public hearing in Kuala Lumpur.

“(The IO) said it happened (during) broad daylight, it was very quick… He said the fact someone was taking a video, (would) fit the police operation method.”

The chairperson of the hearing panel, Suhakam commissioner Mah Weng Kwai, cautioned that this is all hearsay at the moment.


Suhakam inquiry on missing 4 summons former IGP

Noel Achariam


FORMER inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar has been subpoenaed by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia’s (Suhakam) public inquiry on the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh and three other activists tomorrow.

Suhakam commissioner Mah Weng Kwai said Khalid was served the letter last week.

“We have sent him the letter, and we were told that he had received it. We have also subpoenaed an officer from the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais).

“Whether they come or not, we can’t say. All witnesses are important and we are only interested to find out the truth,” he told The Malaysian Insight.

More than 15 people have been subpoenaedm and the commission has interviewed 35 people, including family members of the missing four, police and interested parties.

Suhakam’s proposed public inquiry into missing 4 activists: What will the IGP say?


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Peter Bellew leaves MAS after less than a year as CEO. 2nd Foreigner-CEO to resign.


18 October 2017



Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew is leaving the struggling company to return to Ryanair


Malaysia Airlines Loses Third CEO Since 2014

CEO Peter Bellew is leaving the struggling Southeast Asian airline to return to Ryanair

Malaysia Airlines Bhd. Chief Executive Peter Bellew said Tuesday he is leaving the company, in a surprise resignation that could have the potential to upset the struggling Southeast Asian airline still recovering from the loss of two jets that killed hundreds in 2014.

Mr. Bellew, who was promoted to what he described as the “toughest job in aviation” in July last year after his boss Christoph Mueller abruptly quit, wasn’t available for a comment.

Mr. Mueller too quit after just one year on the job, citing personal reasons. Before him, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya departed after his contract ended in 2015.

Mr. Bellew is returning to Ryanair Holdings RYAAY -0.25% PLC as chief operations officer. In a statement by the Irish discount carrier, Mr. Bellew said he was “excited to return home.” Before joining Malaysia Airlines, he was involved in a senior operations role at Ryanair.

The announcement caught Malaysia Airlines by surprise. The airline said it “takes note of the unexpected announcement” by Ryanair, adding that Mr. Bellew had “expressed his commitment” to Malaysia Airlines last month.

Malaysia Airlines, which said its turnaround remains “on track and on schedule,” has made some progress after it was taken private by its main shareholder—Malaysia’s sovereign-wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

The company is due to take the delivery of is first two Airbus A350 jets before the end of this year and has recently ordered new planes from Boeing Co. , including its midsize 787 Dreamliner jets.

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Malaysia Airlines doesn’t sound happy at all with Ryanair‘s announcement…


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 After saying he had no plans to leave for Ryanair just a few weeks ago, Peter Bellew is doing just that.


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Peter Bellew: “Zero interference” from the Malaysian government or Khazanah; going to Ryanair as a form of national service to Ireland.


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Bellew explains why he is leaving Malaysia Airlines to return to Ryanair



KUALA LUMPUR: Peter Bellew, who helmed Malaysia Airlines Bhd as its group managing director and chief executive officer for less than 1½ years, explains why he is leaving the national carrier to return to Ryanair.

In the statement issued on Wednesday, he said that he received a call from Ryanair late evening two weeks ago to be COO.

“It is Ireland’s greatest company.  They need my help and there is a big challenge.  It is a form of national service,” he said in a personal statement why he was rejoining the Irish low-cost carrier.

On Tuesday, Ryanair announced that Bellew would be rejoining the Ryanair team in Dublin from Friday, Dec 1.

The statement took the Malaysia Airlines board by surprise, calling the announcement “unexpected”.

Malaysia Airlines noted that Bellew had publicly “expressed his commitment to Malaysia Airlines” at a press conference with Malaysian and international media on Sept 27 when asked on speculation that he would re-join Ryanair.

He explained: “But a week later the call came and in life we can really never say never.  I am looking forward to being close again to my family and friends 14 hours away in Ireland.”


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AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ535: Some people are always waiting to run down AirAsia…

Oct 16

Crew were not screaming but telling passengers as they had to sit down and belt up and get oxygen on for safety reasons

Oct 16

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18 October 2017

DCA: AirAsia crew did right in Sunday’s emergency situation


PETALING JAYA: The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has come to the defence of the pilot and crew of AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ535 against allegations that they responded inappropriately to an emergency situation last Sunday.

DCA director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the rapid reduction of altitude was part of standard operating procedure.

“Modern aircraft fly at a very high altitude, more than 30,000 feet, in which the pressure outside is too low for humans to survive,” he said. “So the pressurisation system is automatic to ensure the cabin pressure is comfortable for passengers.”

Azharuddin said he did not know what exactly happened with the QZ535 flight but he suspected there was a problem with the pressurisation system.

“This is common,” he said. “The captain can adjust the system manually or semi-manually. He can resort to many procedures to ensure the passengers fly comfortably.

“One of the ways would be to bring the aircraft down as fast as possible to normalise pressure so passengers do not have to continue using the oxygen masks.

“The captain’s action was correct.”

The pilot came under heavy criticism from various quarters for the rapid drop in altitude, which reportedly caused a panic among the crew members and passengers.

Asked to comment on reports that some of the crew members were shouting, Azharuddin said that was part of their training and they did the right thing.

“Because of the rapid descent, which causes depressurisation, resulting in the oxygen masks dropping for passengers to use, the crew is trained to shout to get important instructions across to passengers.

“At that point of time, their priorities change from pleasing passengers to ensuring their safety.”

He said the crew members had to exert their authority over the anxious passengers.

“They can’t be calm and smiling at this point. They have to shout to get their instructions across and make sure the safety of the passengers is taken care of.

“The main reason for having cabin crew members on an aircraft is to ensure the safety of passengers. Serving them a meal is secondary.

“I can’t say exactly what happened on that particular flight, but in general, this is normal SOP by the crew, who have to move fast in such a large aircraft and make sure they get their instructions across to passengers.”

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. surfaces from hush-hush with tweets defending Flight


Oct 16

Passengers on flightQZ535 thought they might die when the plane dropped 20,000 feet mid-air.



Here is an example of the cooments made:

i hope all crew members of Flight lost their job… they should never again be allowed to be a cabin crew member

Oct 15

AirAsia Perth to Bali flight QZ535 plunges 20,000 feet in mid-air emergency


Aircraft doesn’t ‘plunge’, it makes a rapid controlled descent to below 14,000ft where air is breathable 🙄



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4) Plunging 20,000 feet – was that an out-of-control event? No. When cabin depressurisation is detected, the most urgent thing to do is for the pilot to put the aircraft into a steep controlled descent to get to a flight level where air is breathable





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Now, Halal Barbers?

19 October 2017

Penang to investigate religious teacher in haircut remark video

Looi Sue-Chern

RELIGIOUS authorities in Penang will investigate whether tahfiz school headmaster Shahul Hamid Seeni Muhammad violated any regulations under the Administration of the Religion of Islam (State of Penang) Enactment in saying it was haram for Muslims to get haircuts from non-Muslims.

State religious affairs exco Abdul Malik Abdul Kassim said the Penang Islamic Affairs Department would also probe whether Shahul is allowed to teach Islam in the state, adding that he could be charged in shariah court for teaching religion without accreditation.

“If he has accreditation, we will check if he has violated any of the terms under the law, which can have his accreditation revoked by the Penang Islamic Council (MAINPP),” he told reporters in Komtar today.
Earlier today, Penang MCA lodged a police report calling for Shahul and Malik’s remarks in the media to be investigated.

Malik said on Tuesday that the state did not regulate comments made by religious teachers, adding that tahfiz school management and comments by individuals were separate matters.
Following the police report, Malik told The Malaysian Insight that he did not say the state government could not regulate such matters.

“I didn’t say (the) state cannot regulate. We can bar them (from) speaking at public places,” he said via text message.

Later at the press conference, he said it was up to MCA what its politicians wanted to do, and the authorities should be left to investigate the matter.

Wan Ji: Not wrong for Muslim women to get haircut in non-Muslim hair salon

By Opalyn Mok

GEORGE TOWN, Oct 17 — It is not wrong for Muslim women to have their hair cut by female hairdressers in non-Muslim hair salons, PKR preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin said today.

He said an old ulama named al-Imam al-Mardawi mentioned in the Kitab al-Insaf that it is not wrong for non-Muslim women to look at or touch the hair of Muslim women.

“Therefore, there is nothing wrong for Muslim women to get their haircut at a non-Muslim hair salons,” he told the Malay Mail Online.

Wan Ji was responding to a viral video clip of religious preacher, Shahul Hamid Seeni Muhammad, warning Muslim women not to frequent non-Muslim hair salons.

The two-year old video clip was one of a few videos that started making its rounds online and on social media the last few days.

The video started with Shahul Hamid saying it was wrong for Muslim men to go to female hairdressers before he added that Muslim women too must not let non-Muslim female hairdressers touch their hair.

In two other video clips, also back in 2015, Shahul Hamid said it was wrong for Muslims to wish others “happy birthday” and that it is haram for Muslim parents to send their children to Chinese vernacular schools.

Commenting on this, Wan Ji pointed out that a famous ulama, Syaikh Salman Auda, had stated that celebrating birthdays is “harus”.

He said back in 2013, the late Karpal Singh wished the late Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat on his birthday.

“If it is haram, for sure, Tok Guru Nik Aziz will stop Karpal but he did not,” he added.

As for Muslim students studying in Chinese vernacular schools, Wan Ji, who is also the Penang Chief Minister’s information officer, used another example practiced by previous Muslim ulamas for generations to stress his point.

“During the Abbasiyyah dynasty, Khalifah al-Ma’mun formed the Baitul Hikmah for a non-Muslims, Ishaq Hunain, who translated Greek books to be learnt by the Muslims. As a result, many great ulama were born such as Ibn Sina, Al-Biruni, al-Khawarizmi and many more,” he said.

He said it is not true that it is haram for Muslims to study in Chinese schools.

“In fact, this contradicts what had been practised by Muslim ulama for many generations,” he said.


17 October 2017


Haram for Muslims to get haircut from non-Muslims, says religious teacher

Sharon Tan


A RELIGIOUS teacher, who previously courted controversy by urging Muslims to boycott curry powder made by Hindus, says it is haram for Muslims to receive a haircut from non-Muslims.

Ustaz Shahul Hamid Seeni Muhammad, headmaster of Maahad Tahfiz Darul Tahzhib, said in a video uploaded two years ago, which has since gone viral, that getting a haircut from non-Muslims was haram.

“From the time I started studying in a pondok school to Form 1 and up until now, I have not allowed any non-believers to touch my head. It is better for us to go to Muslim shops because at least this way, we can help Muslim businesses,” Shahul Hamid said.

Three years ago, also through a video a clip that went viral, Shahul Hamid urged Muslims not to buy curry powder products from “Hindu” companies like Baba’s and Alagappa’s. He also poked fun at a dishti bomma, a square metal plate with the face of a “fearsome demon” on it, at the entrance of the Alagappa’s flour mill near Permatang Pauh.

In the haircut video clip, which has been viewed more than 9,000 times, Shahul Hamid also said it was haram for Muslim women to go to a non-Muslim salon, as a woman’s hair was considered aurat and should not be exposed to non-Muslims, even if they are women.

Shahul Hamid also made a jab at transgenders working at salons by mimicking their voices, which he said sounded like frogs.


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Pulau Pinang anggap Shahul Hamid tak langgar akidah, elak isu tauliah



31 July 2014

PAS preacher apologises for curry powder remarks, pleads withdrawal …

PAS preacher apologises for curry powder remarks, pleads withdrawal of police reports (VIDEO)

By Opalyn Mok

BUKIT MERTAJAM, July 31 — Stung by the heat over his curry powder remarks, Islamic preacher Shahul Hamid publicly apologised today for his racial slight against Malaysian Indians and Hindus.

The PAS member, accompanied by Penang deputy PAS commissioner Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa, also begged his detractors to withdraw their police complaints against him and to give him a second chance to make amends.

“I am here now to openly apologise to all over the offensive words I’ve said during a religious speech and I wish to state that I did not intend to insult or to incite racial tension as I was only trying to attract the attention of my audience then,” he told a news conference at the Bandar Perda mosque here.

“I am sincerely apologising to all Indians. I regret saying those words and I promise not to do this again,” he added.

Shahul also said he wished to meet with ethnic Indian community leaders to personally apologise to them for his remarks.

A video clip of Shahul’s speech, in which he told Muslims not to buy curry powder from “Hindu companies” such as Alagappa’s and Baba’s was uploaded to social media sites recently, provoking fury from the minority communities.




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SlimmeWhite Advert: Both sides of the Case…

The four-minute clip shows a woman whose husband throws her out of the house and divorces her despite her many pleas.

The video alternates between flashbacks of conversations the couple had before their marriage, in which he promises to love the woman even when she is old and wrinkled. However, the present-day reality is far removed from what he promised as he abuses her both physically and verbally.

After she is thrown out of the house, her sister recommends she take the Slimme White beauty drink.

One month later, noticeably fairer and thinner, the woman is seen walking past her husband, who chases after her and apologises for his actions, telling her he still loves her.

However, she tells him to move on, saying she will pray for his happiness.


WAO slams Slimme White ad on domestic abuse victim

September 29, 2017

Women’s Aid Organisation says women need respect and equality, not a beauty product that promises fair skin and a flat tummy.

PETALING JAYA: The Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) today slammed an advertisement featuring a domestic abuse survivor whose husband begs her to return after she uses a beauty product to make her thinner and fairer.

Calling the Slimme White ad “offensive, unhealthy and irresponsible”, WAO said such advertisements were also “incredibly damaging” as they implied that women who look a certain way deserve abuse, and that their husbands have a right to abuse them.

“Ads like this enable domestic violence.

“The video’s perverse logic is essentially: be pretty and your husband won’t hit you. What an insult to women,” it said in a statement.


Company defends ad, says it teaches respect for wives


PETALING JAYA: A company that has come under fire for an advertisement deemed as degrading to women, has defended the message behind the slimming and whitening product it promotes, saying it teaches men how to better appreciate their wives.

Speaking to FMT, company director Mohd Faizal Aminuddin of SlimmeWhite Malaysia said the advertisement attempted to show the reality of some marriages and how men had to learn how to appreciate their wives more.

He lamented that a certain blogger had totally misinterpreted the storyline, twisting the original message and claiming that the advertisement degraded women.

He said the company was considering taking action against the English language blogger because of the controversy that had ensued.

“We are going to take action against the blogger as it has gone too far and the original meaning of the ad has been distorted,” he said.

He said the advertisement, uploaded to Facebook on Monday, had received positive feedback and that sales for the Slimme White beauty drink had been encouraging.

“We received a call from a customer, telling us that she was in the same situation and the ad had inspired her to change for the better.

“But it is sad that the message was misinterpreted by some people,” said Faizal.

The advertisement has been shared over 31,000 times and viewed 1.7 million times to date.

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