Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan replies to Ridhuan Tee’s insult of General Arshad…

Media release from Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (PPM-005-14-22052017)
On 21 August 2019. 30/2019.

PATRIOT REPLIES TO RIDHUAN TEE’S INSULT TO GEN ARSHAD

Patriot is made aware that there is currently an organised personal attack on our President, Brigadier General Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji, and also our association. We observe a pattern whereby cybertroopers will seize on anything written ill of Gen Arshad and disseminate the recycled insults and lies in the Malay language social media. The latest of such attack is an article, ‘Sudahlah Presiden Patriot!’ by Ridhuan Tee Abdullah in Ismaweb.net on 7 July.

Ridhuan Tee took issue on Patriot’s earlier statement that criticised former UMNO President Najib Razak falsely claiming UMNO members had fought against the communist terrorists. Defending Najib and UMNO, Ridhuan Tee argued it was UMNO leaders who were in power and decision makers then, and therefore correct to say UMNO members participated in the fight against the communists. Patriot finds his arguments petty, lacking of substance and ranting the irrelevant. He had the impudence to suggest to Gen Arshad to retire quietly, to be close to the mosque, and stop trying to please the Pakatan Harapan government so as to secure a high position in government. He was mischievous and insulting.

Ridhuan further insulted Gen Arshad by stating that he was nothing compared to a real hero like the late Warren Officer Kanang ak Langkau. In the article he mentioned Kanang was leader of a special tracking unit for a special operation that successfully killed five enemies, captured one, and Kanang himself got shot three times and lost his kidney.

Truth be told, Ridhuan got all the above facts wrong. I was the officer, then Second Lieutenant Wong Ang Peng, who was specially tasked and received direct orders from the then CPO Tan Sri Yuen Yuet Leng to lead a special tracker team to locate an enemy camp. Following closely was a company of men led by Captain Othman ready to launch an attack once the enemy camp was located. Sergeant Kanang at that time was part of a platoon directly under the command of Captain Othman. The date of the incident was 1 June 1979 and not 19 Feb 1980 as mentioned by Ridhuan. In that incident Captain Othman, with other officers (yours truly included), led the company to attack and killed five enemies. We lost two soldiers. We did not capture any enemy. Kanang was neither shot nor injured during the firefight that lasted 45 minutes. The incident when Kanang got shot and lost his kidney happened two months later.

The facts show that Ridhuan was either lying or he got the stories mixed up to serve his own agenda. His honesty and integrity are in question, which is also a case in point where he was alleged to have plagiarised other’s work. In academia plagiarism is a very serious and unpardonable crime.

Ridhuan Tee is an UMNO political apparatchik whose survival depended on his ability to spew out venomous words of hatred on behalf of his political patron. The tone, content, choice of words and the factual accuracy of his argument berating Patriot and its President are reflective of the level of his intellectual capacity and his ability to argue logically and objectively.

Patriot does not wish to lend any credibility to Ridhuan Tee’s statement that is without basis, distorted, lack merits and contained bare allegations that are inherently devoid of truth.

Capt Dr Wong Ang Peng (Rtd)
Director of Public Communications
Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan
http://www.patriotkebangsaan.org.my

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Sudahlah Presiden Patriot!

Ahli UMNO dulu pun bangkit tentang pengganas komunis

 

SAYA naik muntah apabila askar pencen menggunakan nama Patriot sebagai singkatan NGO yang diwakilinya. Kamu hanya askar pencen yang cuba menonjolkan diri agar dapat kekal relevan berada dalam kerajaan hari ini.

Siapa kata UMNO tidak terbabit membendung dan menentang kegiatan komunis? UMNO ketika itu memimpin kerajaan. Maka, UMNOlah membuat keputusan. Apabila keputusan dibuat, maka tentera dan polislah yang menjalankan tanggungjawab mereka.

Pasukan keselamatan perlu menyusun dan mengaturkan strategi untuk menentang kegiatan komunis. Jika semua pemimpin kena buat, apa kerja tentera dan polis?

Memang ahli-ahli UMNO tidak terbabit secara langsung dalam menentang komunis. Pemimpin dan ahli UMNO tidak diajar memikul dan mengunakan senjata. Tetapi semangat rakyat menentang komunis kekal membara walaupun tidak memikul senjata. Cakap biar berlapik. Cara berfikir sebegini macam otak udang.

Semua sedia maklumkan, perkhidmatan awam dan pasukan keselamatan berada dalam kerajaan yang memerintah. Maka, semua agensi ada tanggungjawab dan tugas masing-masing.

Jika ada kejayaan atau kegagalan dicapai, orang akan merujuk kepada kerajaan yang memerintah, bukan tentera atau polis. Logik ini pun pesara tentera itu pun tidak boleh fikir ke? Ini tahap pemikiran pemimpin Patriot kononnya?

Hari ini komunis telah berjaya dihapuskan, apa pula kerja tentera? Takkan pemimpin dan ahli UMNO kena pikul senjata.

Dalam Rundingan Damai Baling misalnya, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Tan Cheng Lock dan David Marshall mewakili Perikatan ketika itu berhadapan dengan pemimpin komunis seperti Chin Peng. Ketegasannya dalam membantah pengiktirafan Parti Komunis Malaya (PKM) sebagai parti sah dalam rundingan itu membolehkan negara kita bebas daripada ancaman atau pengaruh komunis.

Kegigihan, keberanian dan ketegasan beliau telah membebaskan negara kita daripada belenggu komunis dan penjajah. Takkan rundingan damai perlu menghantar ketua tentera seperti Mohamed Arshad Raji. Apa keputusan yang boleh dibuat mewakili kerajaan?

Arshad seperti cacing kepanasan apabila membaca berita Najib Razak berkaitan sumbangan UMNO dalam menentang komunis.

Arshad mengulas kenyataan Najib pada 30 Jun lalu, memberitahu mesyuarat agung tahunan UMNO Gombak, menyeru ahli UMNO melawan PH dengan berani seperti ‘pendekar-pendekar kita’ yang menentang komunis.

Arshad membalas, tiada rekod UMNO dan anggotanya secara berkumpulan berjuang dan menewaskan pasukan bersenjata komunis sebelum kemerdekaan.

Anggota keselamatan yang berkhidmat di era pemberontakan komunis dengan mudah boleh sahkan mereka tidak pernah nampak seorang pun ahli UMNO menggalas 30 kilo barang dan senjata, dengan senapang di tangan, bergerak di hutan Pahang, Perak, Kedah dan Sarawak, menggadai nyawa daripada terpijak jerangkap samar demi memburu komunis.

Bagaimana UMNO hendak terbabit, rakyat jelata, mengikut undang-undang, tidak boleh memegang senjata sembarangan.

Sama seperti hari ini, kita tidak boleh bawa senjata seperti pisau atau parang sembarangan. Letak dalam kereta tanpa tujuan sudah dikira salah. Inikan punya hendak memikulkan senjata. Cakap biarlah menggunakan akal dan logik.

Mungkin Arshad rasa dirinya besar kerana telah dilantik sebagai ahli lembaga dalam beberapa institusi kerajaan. Tetapi beliau bukan siapa-siapa. Jadi tak usah berlagak seolah-olah beliau seorang yang bijak. Saya tidak pasti, apa kelayakannya.

Saya bukan mahu membela Najib atas kenyataannya mengenai komunis. Tetapi respon balas Arshad nampak sangat mahu bodek kerajaan hari ini untuk dilantik ke jawatan yang lebih tinggi. Tinggalkan perangai hodoh. Eloklah mendekatkan diri dengan masjid surau ketika usia sebegini.

Memanglah UMNO tidak berperang dengan komunis, tetapi pasukan keselamatan ketika kerajaan di bawah pemerintah UMNO. Begitu juga rundingan damai tahun 1989 antara pihak kerajaan dengan komunis.

Cubalah fahami ucapan Najib dalam bentuk teks dan konteks. Jika tidak faham, mari saya ajar. Mungkin Arshad dan ahli Patriots tidak faham bahasa teks dan konteks itu. Naif sangat.

Saya petik satu contoh yang saya ambil daripada Arkib Negara. Peristiwa yang berlaku pada 25 Ogos1957, seramai 2,000 orang awam Tanjung Malim telah mengadakan satu gerakan menentang komunis dengan memasuki dan meredah hutan belantara, seluas 30,000 ela persegi.

Mereka menyeru lima orang pengganas komunis yang masih tinggal dalam kawasan hutan Tanjung Malim supaya menyerah diri.

Tentera udara menggunakan kapal terbang yang mempunyai alat pembesar suara yang dapat didengar dalam lingkungan empat batu, mengarahkan pengganas komunis menyerah diri.

Gerakan menentang komunis ini diadakan selama empat jam, bermula 9 pagi. Kebanyakan orang awam yang menyertai gerakan ini adalah anggota Jawatankuasa Rakyat Setia Tanjung Malim. Sudah tentulah ketika orang awam meredah hutan belantara ini, mereka dilindungi oleh askar daripada Batalion ke-5 Askar Melayu Diraja serta tiga unit Pasukan Polis Persekutuan serta tentera udara.

Apa yang ingin saya simpulkan, sesungguhnya gerakan rakyat menentang komunis pada hari itu dalam tahun 1957 adalah satu perpaduan dan kerjasama semua pihak untuk membantu kerajaan membanteras komunis. Takkan dalam ramai-ramai ini tidak ada orang UMNO? Biar betul Arshad!

Gerakan menentang komunis adalah gerakan rakyat, bukan hanya tugas hakiki tentera pada ketika itu. Jadi, tak usahlah berlagak tidak tentu pasal. Tertanya-tanya apa sumbangan Arshad menentang komunis ketika itu. Terdapatkah parut di badan beliau seperti kehebatan mendiang Kanang anak Langkau menentang komunis.

Saya tidak dapat lupa kehebatan mendiang Kanang, bagaimana beliau diarahkan menyusuli kematian seorang askar di kawasan Tanah Hitam, Perak, akibat serangan oleh pihak komunis pada 8 Februari 1980.

Platun Perisikan Pertempuran, unit dalam Rejimen Renjer Diraja Batalion Ke-8 di bawah pimpinan Kanang ditugaskan untuk mencari dan memusnahkan kumpulan komunis. Kanang dan pasukannya mengambil masa selama 11 hari untuk menjejaki pihak musuh.

Pada 19 Februari 1980, kira-kira jam 3 petang, platunnya dapat menganggar kedudukan pihak musuh yang berhampiran. Bagaimanapun, mereka kemudian menyedari bahawa mereka telah membuat kesilapan dan telah memasuki kawasan pihak musuh.

Kesilapan ini tidak mematahkan semangat Kanang. Beliau berjaya menumpaskan pihak musuh, dengan seorang musuh tercedera ditangkap dan lima orang komunis dibunuh. Seorang askarnya cedera parah, manakala Kanang pada dirinya ditembak sebanyak tiga kali tetapi terselamat.

Beliau hampir menemui ajal selepas peluru musuh mengenai jantung merosakkan satu buah pinggangnya, terburai usus perut dan terlantar di hospital selama 14 bulan. Adakah Arshad sehebat Kanang? Jauh panggang daripada api.

Setahu saya, hanya beberapa kerat sahaja anggota tentera pencen yang menyertai persatuan yang kononnya digelar Patriot. Arshad tidak mewakili tentera secara keseluruhan. Nampak sahaja hebat, bukan ada apa-apa pun. Gigipun dah tak ada apatah lagi nak menggigit.

Sudahlah Arshad, pergilah dekati masjid surau, untuk balas balik waktu muda dahulu yang tidak ada kesempatan.

Saya tahu sedikit sebanyak latar belakang tentera (tidak semua) dan perangai hodoh mereka ketika bertugas diperbatasan. Saya agak lama juga bergaul dengan tentera ketika mengambil sarjana pengajian strategi bersama mereka dan ketika berkhidmat di universiti tentera (UPNM).

Nasib baik hari ini kita sudah ada Kor Agama Angkatan Tentara (KAGAT). Jika tidak pasti ramai yang yang menonggang. Itu pun masih ada yang kekal dengan tabiat lama menonggang. Ini tidak termasuk lagi melakukan perbuatan keji ketika diperbatasan.

Saya tidak kata semua terbabit. Bagi yang tidak ada iman, memang tidak mustahil. Arshad, nak kelentong orang lain boleh, tetapi bukan sayalah.

Penafian: Artikel ini adalah pandangan penulis dan tidak mewakili pendirian rasmi Ismaweb.net.

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‘No record’ Umno fought communists and won – veterans group

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Armed forces and police veterans organisation Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan has called on former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak to correct the “misleading” claim that Umno forebearers once fought and won over communists during the past insurgency.

Patriot president Mohamed Arshad Raji (photo, above) said there “is no historical record” of Umno having formed groups to fight the insurgency, which took place over several decades from the 1940s to 60s, and 60s to 80s.

“For the record, in the war against the communist insurgents, all ethnic groups in our country participated – Malays, Chinese, Indians, Sikhs, Orang Asli, Iban, Dayak, Kadazan, and the Serani (Eurasian).

“Najib’s statement had played down the pivotal role of the security forces, such as the Royal Malaysia Police and the Malaysian Armed Forces in defeating the communist threat that had taken countless lives and maimed numerous members of the security forces,” Arshad said in a statement today.

Patriot is referring to a claim made by Najib last Sunday, when, speaking at the Gombak Umno annual general meeting, Najib said Umno must be able to resist the “cruel” Pakatan Harapan government just as party forebears once fought and defeated the communists during the decades-long insurgency.

“Don’t let me (fight the battle) all by myself,” Najib told party grassroots.

In his statement today, Arshad accused the former prime minister of “willfully manipulating facts and history” to regain lost popularity among the Malay community.

He added: “Members of the security forces who had served throughout the period of the communist insurgency can easily vouch that they had never seen a single Umno member carrying a 30kg pack filled with ration and ammunition on their back and a rifle in hand, foraging the jungles of Pahang, Perak, Kedah and Sarawak, risking stepping on booby traps, to seek out the communist insurgents.

“Neither have any of its members fallen fighting the communist insurgents.”

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/482185

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#HongKongProtest: Sit in at Yuen Long MTR station on 21 August 2019…

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V Mabel Sheila Muthayyah, ex AGC officer, sues Clare Rewcastle-Brown for defamation…

PETALING JAYA: Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown has appointed a local legal firm to contest a RM100 million defamation suit filed against her by the former special officer to former attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali.

V Mabel Sheila Muttiah’s lawyer David Gurupatham said the firm, Suflan T H Liew & Partners, wrote to him last week that they would be representing Rewcastle-Brown.

“They have denied the contents in a letter of demand which we sent to Rewcastle-Brown earlier and informed us that they have instructions to appear for her and contest the suit,” David said.

As such, the lawyer said he would be withdrawing an application for leave to serve the writ of summons and statement of claim against Rewcastle-Brown in the United Kingdom.

“The appointment of the local firm has now simplified matters in an otherwise complicated procedure. We will serve the legal papers on them soon,” he told FMT.

David said he would inform the High Court registrar on the latest development, including the withdrawal of the leave application filed last week for which a case management was scheduled on Sept 17.
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Mabel said the suit was filed for “a very serious allegation levelled against a member of the administration of justice”.

In the statement of claim, Mabel is asking for aggravated and exemplary damages, together with an injunction against causing further defamation, as well as a mandatory order for Rewcastle-Brown to remove the posting from the website.

The Sarawak Report article, titled “How AG’s Office connived to prevent a second post-mortem on Kevin Morais – exclusive expose”, had alleged that Mabel had sent texts to the family members of the late deputy public prosecutor, urging them to expedite the cremation of his remains to prevent a second post-mortem.

The remains of Morais were found in a steel drum after he was kidnapped from his car on the way to work in September 2015.

A former army doctor and five others have been charged with his murder and the trial is going on.

Sarawak Report editor to contest suit filed by ex-AGC officer

V Mabel Muthayyah, a former secretariat head in the Attorney-General’s Chambers, has filed an RM100 million lawsuit against Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown for defamation over a 2015 article.

Speaking to Malaysiakini today, Mabel’s lawyer David Gurupatham said Rewcastle-Brown is being sued for “a very serious allegation levelled against a member of the administration of justice.”

“The claim is RM100 million inclusive of aggravated and exemplary damages against Rewcastle-Brown, together with an injunction from further causing defamation, as well as a mandatory order for her to remove such posting from the website,” he said.

The Sarawak Report article, titled “How AG’s Office connived to prevent a second postmortem on Kevin Morais – Exclusive exposé,” alleged that Mabel sent texts to the family members of late deputy public prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais, urging them to expedite the cremation of his remains to prevent a second postmortem.

The article also claimed that when the cajoling proved unsuccessful, bribes were offered and threats were made.

Gurupatham said the suit was filed after a letter was sent to Rewcastle-Brown demanding a public apology, which she refused to accept.

“We sent the letter to her solicitor in Kuala Lumpur, but they returned the document to us, saying that they have not received instruction to ‘accept service’, which is fine.

“So we sent the letter to her email and another copy by courier to her London address.

“However, we received confirmation from the courier company a few days ago that ‘the recipient refused delivery’,” he said.
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Currently, Mabel is a judge at the Sessions Court in Petaling Jaya.

Gurupatham said that Rewcastle-Brown had fabricated a story out of purported screenshots of WhatsApp messages between Mabel and Morais’ brothers.

“The messages were not in chronological order, and she created a story out of the messages.”

The lawyer also claimed that Rewcastle-Brown never contacted Mabel to ascertain the allegations.

“Our client respects investigative journalism. However, it must be done in a responsible way.

“They (Sarawak Report) knew who and where she was. They could have asked her about the allegations, but they never did.

“That is irresponsible. They also did not verify the allegations as well as the WhatsApp messages with our client,” he said.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/483419

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Was Shafie Apdal caught in a video saying that PPBM is Umno?

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Video purportedly shows Shafie equating PPBM with Umno

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Ridhuan Tee cries over Zakir Naik…

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https://m.utusan.com.my/berita/nasional/ridhuan-tee-menangis-gesa-pertahan-dr-zakir-naik-1.956261

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Christian Doctrines: Chalcedon. Jesus is truly God, truly man…

The Council of Chalcedon

The Council of Chalcedon was a church council held from 8 October to 1 November, 451, at Chalcedon, a town of Bithynia in Asia Minor. The Council was called by Emperor Marcian to set aside the 449 Second Council of Ephesus. Wikipedia
Date451
AttendanceApprox. 520

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The Council of Chalcedon, also known as the Fourth Ecumenical Council was a meeting of Christian leaders in the Roman Empire which established the mature expression of Christian faith known as Chalcedonian Orthodoxy. Held from October 8 to November 1, 451 at Chalcedon (a suburb of Constantinople), it attempted to resolve the issue of how to express the concept of Christ as being both fully human and fully divine.

Following the lead of Pope Leo I, the council sought a middle path between the extremes known as Nestorianism and Monophysitism, ultimately settling on a formula that affirmed “two natures in Christ without confusion, change, division, or separation.” In addition to its theological decrees, the council issued a large number of disciplinary rules governing church administration and authority, including its twenty-eighth canon, raising the See of Constantinople to a position of honor and authority equal to that of the Rome. This rule, however, was rejected by the papacy.

The council initially resulted in a major schism, especially in Egypt and the East, as many refused to accept its teaching of “two natures.” These were condemned by the Calcedonian faction as Monophysite heretics. Among those who reject the Council of Chalcedon are today’s adherents of Oriental Orthodoxy, who consider themselves Miaphysites, not Monophysites, and are now accepted as orthodox by Catholic and Eastern Orthodox authorities.

https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Council_of_Chalcedon

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What happened at the Council of Chalcedon?

ZA Blog
November 1, 2018

The Council of Chalcedon was the fourth ecumenical council. In 451 AD, leaders from all of Christendom gathered to define the incarnation of Christ once and for all.

Within the lifetime of the apostles, some Christians were already having a hard time reconciling Jesus’ divinity with his humanity (2 John 1:7). Was he only partially divine, or only partially human? Was Jesus even human at all?

The implications of these questions were huge: the answers could affect whether Jesus had the power to forgive sins and offer eternal life. Without a real human body, could he really die? If he didn’t die, the wages of sin remained unpaid (Romans 6:23) and their faith was in vain (1 Corinthians 15:17).

Establishing Jesus’ divinity

At the First Council of Nicaea (325 AD), more than a century before the Council of Chalcedon, the church declared that God the Father and Jesus the Son were “consubstantial” (of the same substance), clarifying that Jesus was in fact divine in the same way that God is divine.

The wording of the Nicene Creed specifically condemned Arianism, a heresy which professed that Jesus wasn’t “of one substance” with God, and therefore not fully divine. However, it neglected to address the human aspect of Jesus’ identity, and so the theological pendulum swung the other way: new heresies emerged suggesting that Jesus wasn’t fully human.

Even well-meaning church leaders like Nestorius attempted to logically explain the incarnation, but failed to do so without presenting new heretical ideas. The church ruled against these flawed explanations, but still needed to come up with an explanation that everyone could agree on. At the same time, some of these disagreements were sowing discord between the eastern Christian churches (Constantinople) and the western Christian churches (Rome).

The Chalcedonian Definition

At the Council of Chalcedon, the church explicitly defined the relationship between Jesus’ divine nature and his human nature, and how they manifested in his being. They determined he was “truly God and truly man,” and that he is “like us in all things, sin apart.”

The council’s complete statement is known as the Chalcedonian Definition or the Chalcedonian Creed. Here’s what they stated:

“Following, then, the holy Fathers, we all unanimously teach that our Lord Jesus Christ is to us One and the same Son, the Self-same Perfect in Godhead, the Self-same Perfect in Manhood; truly God and truly Man; the Self-same of a rational soul and body; co-essential with the Father according to the Godhead, the Self-same co-essential with us according to the Manhood; like us in all things, sin apart; before the ages begotten of the Father as to the Godhead, but in the last days, the Self-same, for us and for our salvation (born) of Mary the Virgin Theotokos as to the Manhood; One and the Same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten; acknowledged in Two Natures unconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the difference of the Natures being in no way removed because of the Union, but rather the properties of each Nature being preserved, and (both) concurring into One Person and One Hypostasis; not as though He were parted or divided into Two Persons, but One and the Self-same Son and Only-begotten God, Word, Lord, Jesus Christ; even as from the beginning the prophets have taught concerning Him, and as the Lord Jesus Christ Himself hath taught us, and as the Symbol of the Fathers hath handed down to us.”

The Chalcedonian canons

The council also established 27 new canons (church laws). They later added a 28th, and some collections show 30 canons. (The “additions” are the last three.) life without the consent of his master.
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Jesus is truly God, truly man

Today, Christians readily accept that Jesus is fully God and fully man—that there is a hypostatic union between his divine and human natures. Without the Council of Chalcedon’s decisive creed, the church may have continued working with disparate definitions and struggled to maintain orthodoxy.

As the church ruled out conflicting ideas of who Jesus was, the Chalcedonian Definition was inevitable. But it was also essential, and without it, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross would be ambiguous. Knowing that Christ is fully God and fully man, we can fully trust in the salvation he offers through his death and resurrection.

Learn more in Michael Bird’s online course, What Christians Ought to Believe.

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What was the significance of the Council of Chalcedon?

Question: “What was the significance of the Council of Chalcedon?”

Answer: The Council of Chalcedon met in AD 451 in Chalcedon, a city in Asia Minor. The council’s ruling was an important step in further clarifying the nature of Christ and the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity. The council also laid the groundwork for one of the most significant events in ecclesiastical history—the Great Schism.

In order to appreciate the significance of the Council of Chalcedon, we need a little background. Debate about the person of Christ arose prior to the first Council of Nicaea in AD 325. A man named Arius had taught the false doctrine that the Son of God was a created being and that He was of a different substance (heteroousios) than the Father. The Council of Nicaea sought to unambiguously define the relationship between the Father and the Son. The council said Jesus was truly God. Yet the opponents of the deity of Christ did not simply give up after the Nicene affirmation. But faithful Christians like Athanasius continued to defend Christ’s deity, and, in the end, truth triumphed over error.

After Nicaea came the Council of Constantinople in AD 381, which rejected the teachings of Apollinaris, who said that Jesus’ divine nature had displaced His human mind and will. According to Apollinaris Jesus was not fully human, a teaching that 2 John 1:7 warns against. Later, Nestorius said Jesus had two separate natures and two wills, essentially making Him two persons sharing one body. This teaching was condemned at the Council of Ephesus in AD 431. And ten years later Eutyches also denied that Jesus was truly human, saying Jesus’ human nature was “absorbed” or swallowed up by His divine nature. This led to the Council of Chalcedon, which only lasted from October 8 to November 1, 451.

The Council of Chalcedon anathematized (cursed) those who taught that Christ had only a single, divine nature and those who taught a “mixture” of His two natures. The Council produced the “Chalcedonian Definition,” which affirms that Christ is “the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man.” He is “consubstantial [homoousios] with the Father according to the Godhead, and consubstantial with us according to the Manhood.” Jesus Christ is “to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably” (quoted from http://www.carm.org). The divine and human natures of Christ are distinct yet united in one Person. This co-existence of Christ’s two natures is called the hypostatic union.

By affirming that Jesus Christ is one Person who is both divine and human, the Council of Chalcedon made it easier to identify error. The Chalcedonian Definition affirms the truth that Jesus Christ is fully divine and, at the same time, fully human. He is both the Son of God (1 John 5:10) and the Son of Man (Mark 14:21). Jesus, the Word incarnate, assumed perfect humanity in order to save fallen humanity. He could not have saved us unless he was fully God and fully man.

The Council of Chalcedon was also significant because it ratified the creeds of Nicaea and Constantinople. And it condemned the false doctrines of Nestorius and Eutyches. The council affirmed the single personality of Christ and the authenticity and perfection of both His natures, human and divine.
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Christian Doctrines: The Nicene Creed. The Holy Trinity.

The Council of Nicaea

The First Council of Nicaea was a council of Christian bishops convened in the Bithynian city of Nicaea by the Roman Emperor Constantine I in AD 325. This ecumenical council was the first effort to attain consensus in the Church through an assembly representing all of Christendom. Wikipedia
DateMay to August A.D. 325
Start date325 AD

Documents and statementsOriginal Nicene Creed, 20 canons, and a synodal epistle

 

The Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed is a statement of belief widely used in Christian liturgy. It is called Nicene because it was originally adopted in the city of Nicaea by the First Council of Nicaea in 325. Wikipedia

The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed

I believe in One God,
the Father Almighty,
Maker of Heaven and Earth,
and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Son of God,
the Only-Begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages;
Light of Light;
True God of True God;
begotten, not made;
of one essence with the Father,
by Whom all things were made;
Who for us men and for our salvation
came down from Heaven,
and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,
and suffered, and was buried.
And the third day He arose again,
according to the Scriptures,
and ascended into Heaven,
and sits at the right hand of the Father;
and He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead;
Whose Kingdom shall have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life,
Who proceeds from the Father;
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified;
Who spoke by the prophets.

And in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.

http://web.mit.edu/ocf/www/nicene_creed.html

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Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

From the English Language Liturgical Commission, 1988. Other ancient creeds and testimonies of the faith are collected in The Living Theological Heritage of the United Church of Christ. Affirmations of the faith for public worship are available in the New Century Hymnal and the Book of Worship of the United Church of Christ. All three books can be purchased from United Church Resources, 800-325-7061.

About this testimony

Also known as the Nicene- Constantinopolitan Creed, this classic testimony of the faith was the consensus of ecumenical councils in Nicea, 325, and Constantinople, 381. The creed was a response to the “Arian” movement, which challenged the church’s teaching that Christ was both fully human and fully divine. Arians emphasized the humanity of Christ, and therefore believed he was “subordinate” to the Father. But the faith proclaimed in Constantinople was in a Christ who was both, and therefore “of one being” with the Father. This creed is recited in the Sunday worship of the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, and many Lutheran and Reformed congregations also use the creed when they celebrate Holy Communion.

https://www.ucc.org/beliefs_nicene-creed

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The Nicene Creed: Where it came from and why it still matters

ZA Blog

March 9, 2018

The Nicene Creed is one of the most famous and influential creeds in the history of the church, because it settled the question of how Christians can worship one God and also claim that this God is three persons.
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The historical context of the Nicene Creed

What we call the Nicene Creed is actually the product of two ecumenical councils—one in Nicaea (present-day Iznik, Turkey) in AD 325, and one in Constantinople (now Istanbul) in AD 381—and a century of debate over the nature of the relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
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Arianism

The council was summoned to resolve a problem that had sprung up seven years earlier and had left the Christian church fiercely divided. In Alexandria in AD 318, a presbyter named Arius began publicly proclaiming his theory that Jesus was not God at all, only a celestial servant of the true Most High God, who alone was almighty, transcendent, the creator and first cause of all things.

After all, Jesus was prone to emotion (as opposed to the Father, who was always in control of his emotions), grew and learned (as opposed to the Father, who never changed), and died (as opposed to the Father, who is immortal).

Thus, only the Father could be considered uncreated and “timelessly self-subsistent.”

Arius thought that his interpretation had good footing in the theology of the great teacher Origen of the prior century. Origen had said that the Father was due glory and reverence as God himself (autotheos) that was not due to the Son.

Arius’s bishop, Alexander, disagreed, pointing out that Origen also said “Father” is an eternal attribute of God. This means two things: first, since it’s not possible to be a father without also having offspring, the fact that God is eternally a father means that he eternally has a son.

Furthermore, Alexander pointed out, God is perfect and not subject to change, so how could God change from not being a father to being a father?

In attempting to preserve the dignity of the Father, Arius was tampering with some of the crucial distinctions that separate God from humanity. But it was not ultimately so much a debate about Origen as a debate about Scripture.

At places, Jesus seems to suggest that he is subordinate to the Father (for example, John 14:28). At the same time, Scripture is equally clear that Jesus is and claimed to be both divine and equal with the Father as God (John 1:1; 5:16–18; 10:30; 14:6–14).

The question is how we can worship Jesus and worship the Father (who we know is different from Jesus) and still claim to be monotheists who worship one true God? (Many people today, such as Muslims, have particular trouble with this idea.)

After years of fierce division that stretched from clergy to the common people, the ecumenical council was summoned to resolve the issue once and for all.

The structure of the Nicene Creed

The final form of the Nicene Creed reads as follows:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

>And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The creed follows basically the same structure as the Apostles’ Creed. It mentions all three members of the Trinity in a similar order and retains the snapshot of the gospel story when it describes Jesus. It also expands the description of the life and work of Christ, explicitly stating that his mission was “for us and for our salvation.”
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The creed deliberately draws on tradition to show that the ideas put forward here are not an innovation to the “faith delivered once for all.”

What the Nicene Creed says about the relationship between Jesus and the Father

The main difference between this creed and the Apostles’ Creed, however, is a new, expanded section on the relationship between Jesus and the Father, since the chief concern of the council was to defend the true divinity of the Son against Arius. The creed asserts this by professing the “Lord Jesus Christ” to be the “Son of God,” “begotten of the Father,” “only-begotten.” These are biblical assertions (Mark 1:1 and 1 John 4:15 call Jesus the Son of God; Acts 13:33 and Heb. 5:5 speak of him as begotten of the Father; John 1:14 and 3:18 both use the Greek word monogenous, which means “only-begotten”). Jesus, they claim, is God: “God from God.”

If you need an analogy, the next phrase serves. It’s like light. How can you separate light from light? You can’t. (This was a traditional example in early Christian writings, usually concerning the ray of the sun and the sun itself.) Neither can the Father and the Son be separated.

Then it repeats for emphasis that Jesus is “very God of very God”; he is not made or created or a product of the true God. Jesus is the true God.

Athanasius was at the council as a deacon in the service of Alexander. He later recounted that up to this point, the Arians were still on board. In fact, they were winking and snickering at one another, as if to say, “This is fine. We can still get around this.”

Something more had to be added to defend orthodoxy, even if it could not be stated using only biblical terminology. Something was needed that would settle once and for all that the divinity of Jesus is the divinity of the Father, one and the same. It was agreed to make it clear that this Jesus is forever and eternally “of one substance with the Father.” By insisting that the Son is “of one substance” with the Father, the Arian view was rejected and the council affirmed that the Father is not “more God” than the Son. God is God, in trinity.

What the Nicene Creed says about the Holy Spirit

Because the council was primarily interested in discussing Jesus, the original form of the creed did not have much to say about the Holy Spirit. (The creed was updated after the first Council of Constantinople to reflect the deity of the Holy Spirit.)

However, there is a great deal that is said implicitly about his divinity. It is best to read the Nicene Creed as three articles. It begins, “We believe in . . .” and then suspends two subparagraphs: “. . . and in one Lord Jesus Christ,” “. . . and in the Holy Spirit.” It is Trinitarian in form.

Understanding it this way, we see all that follows as part of the third article of the creed — the Holy Spirit’s article.

To the Holy Spirit, and to his activity, belong the holy catholic and apostolic church, its teaching, its confession, its sacraments, and its ultimate new birth into the resurrection of everlasting life.

Put simply, the Holy Spirit is the one who leads the church in its worship and its confession of the triune God.

Why the Nicene Creed matters

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However, it is the Nicene Creed, not the Apostles’ Creed, that describes the minimum of Christian belief.

By sad experience, the leaders of the church found that there were areas in the “rule of faith” that left too much open to personal interpretation. The fact that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are just as much God as the Father is a nonnegotiable part of Christianity. It is not that Christians are expected to have a perfectly precise Trinitarian theology to be considered orthodox, but since questions about the relationship between Jesus and God the Father are inevitable, they needed to be answered well.

The Nicene Creed encapsulates what Scripture says about that relationship and acknowledges the mystery of it.

If Christianity had agreed with Arius that Jesus could be a lesser god—if it had failed to defend monotheism, if it had fallen into the trench of professing three unrelated deities—it may have dissolved into the religion of Rome and its pantheons of false gods.

If the early Christians had lost their nerve and conceded the “lesser divinity” of Jesus, whatever that might mean, then the work of God in Christ for our salvation would have been rendered meaningless. No mere man, nor half god, could possibly intervene to save fallen and sinful humanity, let alone restore all of creation. Only the Creator can enter creation to fix its brokenness and redeem its original, latent purpose.

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This post is adapted from material found in the Know the Creeds and Councils online course, taught by Justin Holcomb.

https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/the-nicene-creed-where-it-came-from-and-why-it-still-matters

 

 

 

 

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A Kadir Jasin: Rejection of Najib and BN was also a rejection of royal interference…

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Rejection of Najib and BN was a snub to royal interference too, says Kadir

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KJ, in his ignorance, likens “the Jesus mentality” to ego and a feeling of superiority but Jesus Christ is about humility…

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 — The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government could not ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) because it had a superiority complex, says a former minister.

Khairy Jamaluddin said this in response to a question by Andrew Khoo Chin Hock, a member of the Malaysian Bar Council and a human rights lawyer, during a forum titled “Beyond 2020: Fresh Views, New Visions” at Sunway College today.

Khairy during his speech spoke about the importance of having a ‘moon-shot’ mentality, which is to think big in order to move progressively into the future, when the floor was opened for questions.

Khoo cited an article by Malay Mail on October 15, 2018 in which the former youth and sports minister had questioned Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah and the PH government’s ability to ratify the United Nations (UN) conventions relating to human rights.

Khoo said: “As we fly off to the moon and have an out of world experience we’re still very much grounded on earth in a problematic way. The Bar Council promoted the ratification by Malaysia of ICERD and YB Khairy you in Parliament questioned whether or not the Parliament knew the implications of ratifying ICERD. How do you square what you seem to be saying about concerns with Article 153 with trying to move forward and doing a ‘moon-shot’ that will take us beyond our earth bound ideas and launching Malaysia into the galaxy?”

Khairy, in response, said that when he noticed one of the manifesto promises by PH was to ratify ICERD, he felt it was not something the previous government hadn’t thought of but it needed to be syndicated, which meant engaging all stakeholders before ratifying it.

“….To which the response was typical of the Jesus Christ mentality of the Pakatan government then: Walk on water, we can do anything. And he (Saifuddin) just dismissed it and said since we (former government) couldn’t do it, they could,” said Khairy.

“I said please watch out as you will face the same problems as we did and sure enough, fast forward two months, he backed down, simply because I felt there was superciliousness or an arrogance that they (PH) thought they were invincible.”

The government’s plans to ratify ICERD were met with outrage from the public, mainly from critics of the move backed by Umno, PAS and other Malay-Muslim groups who claimed it would jeopardise the status of Islam as the country’s official religion and special Bumiputera rights.

More than 50,000 Malaysians thronged the streets of Kuala Lumpur last December for a rally initially called to protest Putrajaya’s plans to ratify ICERD.

Article Two of the UN’s ICERD calls for an end to all racial discrimination, which runs contrary to Article 153 of the Malaysian Federal Constitution that safeguards the “special position” of the Malays and natives of Sabah and Sarawak.

Khairy said it wasn’t necessary to aggregate Article 153 in the Constitution but to do so, one needs political guile and nous so that people will buy into a government’s rhetoric.

“I feel that as an instrument itself, it’s not problematic in principle. There are, however, conditions you can attach to it.

“But because there was no humility in wanting to sell that policy, that’s when he (Saifuddin) lost ground and when you lose ground, it’s over.”

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/08/19/pakatans-failure-to-ratify-icerd-due-to-ego-jesus-christ-mentality-says-kha/1782135

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Uutusan: Not closing yet but will the moneu pumped in by Umno go to pay the staff?

Penniless, Utusan, the oldest Malay newspaper, will not be laid to rest yet. The publications under the Utusan Group are Utusan MalaysiaMingguan Malaysia, Kosmo!,and Kosmo! Ahad.

Anwar: Utusan’s financial woes due to mismanagement, not Pakatan govt

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has chided Datuk Seri Najib Razak today for blaming the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government for Malay daily Utusan Malaysia’s financial woes.

The PKR president said the former prime minister made the remark simply to score political points, explaining that the paper’s situation today was due to its company’s mismanagement.

“Their management issues were exacerbated somewhat due to change of government,” he told reporters here.

Anwar was responding to Najib’s remarks suggesting that Umno can help save the Malay daily if the PH administration unfreezes the party’s bank accounts.

Najib’s remarks came following news yesterday that the Malay daily would cease operations tomorrow after staff claimed their wages had not been paid for months.

“Najib just said that to score political points.

“Notwithstanding, I still maintain it is best if we could revive and help to save Utusan,” Anwar said.

When asked if the government could intervene in the matter, Anwar said it is unlikely that the government will help a private company as it is not the government’s responsibility.

Utusan is a part of history, especially during the rise of the people during the fight for independence.

“Some people claim that Utusan was a mouthpiece for Umno… if its editorial decisions were for the country, people and current affairs, then it could have been saved.

“I wish for it to be saved because it will be sad if the Malay daily shut down,” he said.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/08/20/anwar-utusans-financial-woes-due-to-mismanagement-not-pakatan-govt/1782518

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KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 20): Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd will continue its operations by publishing two of its publications, Utusan Malaysia and Kosmo!. 

According to Utusan Malaysia‘s web portal, UtusanOnline, the group’s chief executive officer Datuk Abd Aziz Sheikh Fadzir said operations will continue, despite the financial challenges the newspaper company is facing, particularly due to the shift of news landscape to social media.

He admitted that the Utusan Group had been assisted a lot by UMNO in the past, but said that the group now has to return to the reality of a media company’s business model, after the political party lost favour in the 14th general election.

“It is not true that we are closing down (operations). Yes, we are having some problems, but we have plans to improve our business,” he said.

The group has also decided to raise prices of its newspapers from RM1.50 to RM2.00 for Utusan Malaysia, and from RM1.00 to RM1.50 for Kosmo!, starting Friday (Aug 23).

Abd Aziz said he hopes Malaysians will continue to support the Utusan Group by purchasing its papers, despite the price increase.

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/utusan-ceo-says-company-not-ceasing-ops-utusan-malaysia-and-kosmo-continue-publishing

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Utusan gets RM1.6m reprieve from Umno

Shakira Buang  |  Published:   |  Modified: 

The embattled news publisher Utusan Melayu Group has received an RM1.6 million cash injection from Umno, according to National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Utusan branch chairperson Taufek Abdul Razak…

He revealed that the reprieve enabled the publisher of Utusan Malaysia, Mingguan Malaysia, and Kosmo! to pay salary advances of up to RM2,000 to its staff tonight.

“You all know (Umno president) Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (photo, above) held a meeting with Utusan’s board members.

“As a result of our picket yesterday, we received an injection of RM1.6 million from Umno,” he told a press conference at the Utusan’s headquarters Kuala Lumpur today.

Yesterday, some 100 current and former Utusan staff picketed at the Utusan headquarters to demand payment of their salaries, which they claimed had not been remitted for up to three months.

The staff were also told that print editions of Utusan and Kosmo! would cease publication until an undetermined date.

Following that, Utusan Group senior management had supposedly held a meeting with Zahid yesterday. When asked, however, Utusan group executive chairperson Abd Aziz Sheikh Fadzir declined to comment on the supposed meeting.

At a separate press conference, Aziz said Umno had never intervened in the paper’s editorial matters since he had taken over.

He said Utusan Malaysia editorial staff are free to decide on the newspaper’s direction and not side only with Umno and denied that the daily still has ties with Umno.

“I never received any calls from Zahid asking for certain reports to be published; not yet. We are free, and we want to bring a message of unity and that we are not racists,” he said.

Utusan Group was previously owned by Umno.

In February, Umno, facing its own financial woes, sold a 31.61 percent stake to Aziz, who is the former Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP.

The stake was sold for RM6.65 million, representing a 65.2 percent premium.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/488788

PETALING JAYA: Utusan, the oldest Malay newspaper, will be laid to rest on Wednesday (Aug 21), after a sustained period of financial uncertainty.

All publications under the Utusan Group – Utusan MalaysiaMingguan Malaysia, Kosmo!,and Kosmo! Ahad – will cease all print and online publications.

Utusan Malaysia’s National Union of Journalists (NUJ) chief Taufek Razak said that executive chairman Datuk Abd Aziz Sheikh Fadzir admitted that the company is penniless.

The sad news was communicated at a meeting between staff representatives and Human Resources Ministry personnel earlier on Monday (Aug 19).

“We were told that the company has no money left to pay the staff or operate the business any longer,” said Taufek.

The decision was made by the board of directors at a meeting earlier on Monday, and sources said that the closure will be finalised once the group is de-listed from Bursa Malaysia.

The Utusan Group has not paid its staff any salaries since June. Even before this, it had repeatedly delayed salary payments.

Salaries for executive staff were also delayed for two months, with the last partial payment of RM2,000 being paid in June.

This despite it having initiated a voluntary separation scheme (VSS) that saw its staff cut from 1,400 to 823, but even VSS payments have been delayed.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/08/19/utusan-malaysias-oldest-newspaper-and-kosmo-to-cease-publication#wFdIoKfQxkJs1GdR.99

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Umno politicians ‘helped by Utusan’ betrayed staff – MTUC

Alyaa Alhadjri  |  Published:   |  Modified: 

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) today lambasted Umno politicians who have allegedly ignored the plight of Utusan Malaysia‘s staff despite having benefited from the Malay daily’s coverage since its inception.

Its secretary-general J Solomon (above) said the management led by Umno’s former Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir must take responsibility to settle outstanding salaries and severance payments for the last three months.

“There is not enough effort put in by the Utusan management to find a resolution to date,” said Solomon, who was present during a picket by about 100 staff and former staff outside the daily’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon.

“It is unfortunate how Utusan staff have been working for the politicians for almost 80 over years. In the last 80 years, they have made many politicians rich, they have protected many politicians in having their positions in the last 80 years.

“But in the last one year, whatever effort that has been put in by the workers for the wellbeing of the politicians, they have now betrayed the trust of the workers,” he added.

Solomon further noted that attempts by Utusan to raise money through selling its assets have so far been unsuccessful.

“We find it very difficult to believe that story (of having no money) because they have properties with them, and they can actually sell some of the properties. Even if they can’t sell the properties, they must actually find a way to mortgage the properties,” he stressed.

“At least pay the salaries of the workers involved, because the idea of selling properties has been conveyed by the management to the union for the last one year.

“So you can’t say you have difficulties in selling the various properties in the last one year,” said Solomon, who also urged the Malay daily to revamp its editorial board as a way to restore confidence.

At the same time, he stressed that Utusan journalists should not be blamed for their current predicament as they were merely taking orders from the editorial board controlled by politicians.

Also present during the picket led by National Union of Journalists Malaysia (NUJM) Utusan branch was NUJ’s central exco secretary-general Chin Sung Chiew, who congratulated the staff for their spirit to fight for their rights.

Amid chants demanding for their salaries, some of the Utusan staff were heard challenging more of their colleagues, particularly the non-unionised staff at executive levels, to similarly voice their unhappiness towards the management.

The picket lasted for one hour and ended at 2pm with all working staff returning to their duties.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/488598210

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