When a Datuk Gong shrine caught the attention of Cleopatra of Syed Saddiq fame…


The person who drew attention to it.

It’s the same person filmed walking into Syed Saddiq’s office


After complaint by ‘Cleopatra’ on Chinese altar with mosque-looking roof, police tell worshipper to change its shape

Saturday, 25 Jan 2020 08:25 PM MYT


KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 — Selangor police have asked a non-Muslim man to change the shape of his altar’s roof after it courted the wrong kind of attention on the internet for looking like the roof of a mosque.

In a statement, Selangor police said after the pictures went viral, they approached the owner of the altar and he had agreed to change the shape of the altar after receiving scrutiny from Muslims online.

“From the information we gathered, we found this altar to be a longstanding one and was built to worship a Malay guardian known as “Datuk Gong” or “Na Tuk Kong” in Chinese and there was no intention to offend the delicate sensitivities of other races.

“Since this issue went viral on social media, the authorities discussed the matter with the owner and he has agreed to change or alter the shape of the altar,” the police said in a statement.

Initially, the complaint was made by Nur Fathiah Syazwana Shaharuddin, 25, who now goes by the moniker “Cleopatra” on her Instagram account.𝙆𝙀𝙉 @ruffleseed

This is 拿督公 Datuk Gong or Datuk Keramat

Since he’s ‘believed’ by Chinese as a local Malay guardian, shrines are usually decorated with items related to the Datuk and his position as a Malay; a Malay sarong, songkok, keris, baju Melayu, even local mosque architecture.

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Nur Fathiah courted controversy last year for getting a meeting with sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman regarding the promotion of e-sports in the country.

Syed Saddiq faced allegations of bias and power abuse on the meeting, after it was made public that Cleopatra had recently joined his Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, and was welcomed into the Segambut branch by Sharifah Zohra Jabeen of “listen, listen” infamy.

Malay Mail did a search and found out that at the time of the meet, Cleo International, the company Cleopatra represents, was only registered for a week with the Companies Commission of Malaysia which raised further eyebrows of its ability to handle an e-sports portfolio.

Nur Fathiah snapped a picture of the controversial altar and posted it on her Instagram page four days ago asking “Who build this? I need further explanation. Location Taman Klang Utama.”

She received both support and backlash from citizens. Some felt she was being racist while others rallied by her side for championing Islamic rights.

Upon hearing news of the police action, Nur Fathiah then shared the police statement and the accompanying picture of the altar on Instagram saying: “Thanks a million to the police and all parties involved for taking action following my raising of this issue.”

However on her Twitter handle @lxcleopatraxl, she wasn’t so humble.

“The police’s decision is my decision as well. You are welcome to make your protests. Your opinion doesn’t affect or the police at all if you keep ranting on socmed. Thank you,” she said.




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Fake news of a case of Coronavirus in Ipoh…


Meanwhile, ministry director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah denied another viral message that a Malaysian student studying in Wuhan had returned and was now warded at the Ipoh Hospital after testing positive for the virus.

“Institute for Medical Research lab test results have turned up negative for (novel coronavirus) 2019-nCoV […] there is no case of 2019-nCoV in Ipoh thus far,” Noor Hisham posted on Facebook.



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Coronavirus and Tourism: We need their Reminbi, so let the Chinamen and Chinawomen come even if they are from Wuhan…


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Mahathir and wife, and Azmin Ali attend Gerakan CNY do: Gerakan to apply for membership in PH next?


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Are Islamic groups involved in both overt and covert attempts to convert Sabahan students to Islam?


Sabah minister investigates alleged attempt to convert student to Islam

Desmond Davidson Updated 3 hours ago · Published on 25 Jan 2020 7:00AM · 1 Comments

YaPEIM has denied offering money to an Iban student to get her to convert to Islam. It says funds channelled through its Inspirasiku programme are meant to help students from poor families. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 25, 2020.

MALAYSIA must end the subtle attempts by Islamic groups to convert students at schools and varsities, said a Sabah politician seeking to meet Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the long-standing issue.

State Education and Innovation Assistant Minister Jenifer Lasimbang told The Malaysian Insight that she is investigating an Iban woman’s claim that her daughter was offered money to convert to Islam.


Academic: Sabah parents refuse govt pre-schools, fear conversion

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PETALING JAYA: An academic has discovered that native Christians in Sabah, especially those in the rural areas, are reluctant to send their children to government-run pre-school programmes as they fear the students would be converted.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) principal research fellow Denison Jayasooria revealed that a study he is currently working on, shows that the native Christians in such areas would opt to send their children to pre-schools set up either by churches or private entities.

His study, which revolves around faith-based communities, is expected to be completed early next year.

“There are two factors for their decision. One they want their mother tongue to be taught and the other was the fear the children, at such a young age, might be forced to convert under pressure,” he told reporters on the sidelines after a talk at the Malaysia Freedom Summit earlier today.

Jayasooria said he had learned of this particular concern from discussions with local leaders.

However, he clarified that the local leaders had not revealed any specific incidents that sparked such fears.

Jayasooria then said there needs to be greater sensitivity especially when a majority of the civil servants come from one religion and one ethnicity and are sent to a place where there is a different make-up.

60% of Malaysian Christians are natives of Sabah and Sarawak.

“Local administrators and civil servants need to be extremely sensitive to the religion, culture, language and ethnicity of the dominant group in the area.”

Issues of students in Sabah, which is home to a sizeable Christian population, converting to Islam is not new.

In 2015, controversy broke after reports surfaced that a Christian student had embraced Islam and donned a headscarf without her parents’ knowledge.

It was alleged that she was influenced by the school’s former hostel warden during her board.

However, the state education department denied any wrongdoing by the school or any teacher involved, claiming the student had wanted to convert on her own accord.

A year before, a Labuan church group claimed that “active conversion attempts were nothing new” at a matriculation college on the island off Sabah.



Lawyers urge Mahathir to ban students’ religious conversion

Published on: Friday, January 17, 2020 By: David Thien

KOTA KINABALU: Non-Muslim lawyers feel it is time for the Education Ministry, now that it is under Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, to issue a directive once and for all forbidding the conversion of students to whatever religion in schools. A Sabahan lawyer who has been engaged to handle the latest alleged conversion of a Christian student to Islam said she was also contacted by Catholic lawyers in peninsula and Sarawak, who were concerned about the recurrences of such incidents. “This is not the first reported case,” said Priscilla Ruth Marcus, who has been engaged by the parents of the boy in Kota Marudu in the latest incident, to refer the matter to the courts. 

Parents Vilbon bin Madilan and Wastinah Mangis have decided to sue the relevant authorities over the conversion of their son, the eldest in a family of five, by an Ustaz posted to the school. “My clients’ instruction is to challenge the validity of the conversion of their son. He is still a minor,” Priscilla said. “The parents were unaware of the conversion. They were shattered when they found out. In the past, two teachers from the peninsula in SMK Lutong in Miri, Sarawak, converted a 13-year-old student to Islam. “The Education Ministry acted to end the episode as any attempt to convert any child below 18 years to whatever religion without the parents’ consent is illegal. “The girl involved came from a Christian family which had angered the predominantly Christian community in Sarawak.”

A similar controversy arose in SMK Kinarut in Sabah when a 16-year-old schoolgirl reportedly was converted to Islam. The then Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said their inquiry showed the girl was still a Christian and had not converted although she practised the Islamic ways. Her father, Jilius Yapoo, correctly insisted that his daughter remained a Christian and can only decide on her own religion after she turns 18.  The cases appear to reinforce fears among parents of the rural Christian communities in both Sabah and Sarawak over what might happen if they send their children to schools with hostel facilities. Away from home, the parents need to be reassured that their children are going for an education and not a new religion. While it may be natural for teachers, especially those who are religious, to share their beliefs with their students, the parents viewed this is as a form of indoctrination.

They said the teachers’ responsibility is to teach, and in the case of the hostel students, to also care for their well-being as these young students were away from home. The children are still considered minors and the law is very clear that their religion is determined by their parents until they turn 18. It is also a violation of the Child Protection Act.


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Riza Aziz, Rosmah’s son and Najib Razak’s stepson, is sued by the real ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ for US$300 million…


Riza Aziz’s mother, Rosmah Mansor, married Najib Razak in 1987.


Jordan Belfort, the former stock broker whose story inspired the hit movie The Wolf of Wall Street, is suing the filmmakers for $300m (£229m).

Belfort was played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film, which was was Oscar-nominated and a box office success.

He claims Red Granite Productions lied about being “legitimately funded” when he sold the rights to his story.

The company’s lawyer described Belfort’s lawsuit as “desperate and supremely ironic”.

Red Granite Productions co-founder Riza Aziz was arrested on suspicion of money laundering last year.

Belfort, 57, claims Aziz “concealed these criminal acts and funding sources from him” and that he was “blindsided” over the true source of the company’s funding.

Hollywood producer Aziz is the stepson of the former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is accused of siphoning $700m (£534m) from the government-run 1MDB – who funded the film – into his personal bank accounts.

The film, which is Martin Scorsese’s biggest film success to date, was based on Belfort’s book, which described his wild rise as a young New York stockbroker in the late 80s, and his subsequent fall, through a haze of drugs, women, corruption and fraud.

Belfort, who spent 22 months in prison for crimes depicted in the 2013 movie, now wants to make his rights deal void, claiming he never would have made it had he known where the money was coming from.

The amount he is suing for – $300m (£229m) – is how much the film made at the box office.

However Red Granite’s lawyer Matthew Schwartz said in a statement: “Jordan Belfort’s lawsuit is nothing more than a desperate and supremely ironic attempt to get out from under an agreement that for the first time in his life made him rich and famous through lawful and legitimate means.”

DiCaprio’s portrayal of Belfort earned him a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination.

The Wolf of Wall Street was adapted again last year, as a live immersive experience in London.



1MDB scandal: Najib Razak’s stepson Riza Aziz sued by ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ for US$300 million

  • Riza was CEO of Red Granite Pictures, which bought the rights to Belfort’s memoirs and its sequel allegedly using funds siphoned from 1MDB
  • In his suit, Belfort claims he was deceived about the source of the funds and the scandal engulfing 1MDB has curtailed his ability to profit further
Compiled by SCMP’s Asia desk

Compiled by SCMP’s Asia desk

Published: 2:33pm, 24 Jan, 2020

In the 1990s, Jordan Belfort’s “pump and dump” scam earned him millions of dollars and 22 months in jail after being convicted of securities fraud. His extravagant rise and fall was depicted in The Wolf of Wall Street, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.Now Belfort has filed a US$300 million lawsuit against Riza Aziz, the stepson of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak. Riza’s production company Red Granite Pictures purchased the rights to Belfort’s memoirs and its sequel, allegedly using money siphoned from 1MDB, the state fund at the centre of wide-ranging corruption allegations.

In his suit, filed in Los Angeles on Thursday, the former stockbroker claims the scandal engulfing 1MDB has curtailed his ability to profit further from the rights to his story, Variety reported. The suit claims Belfort believed Riza when he claimed the funding for came from wealthy private investors and Goldman Sachs.

“Belfort was completely blindsided to learn, after the fact, of the source of funding for Red Granite and the film based on his book/ story, as defendants concealed these criminal acts and funding sources from him, ” the suit states. “Had he known he certainly never would have sold the rights.”

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) alleges US$4.5 billion was siphoned from 1MDB between 2009 and 2014 and laundered in multiple jurisdictions including Singapore, the US and Switzerland.

Both Malaysia and the US have concluded 1MDB funds were used to buy luxurious jewels, a super yacht, a private jet – and to fund The Wolf of Wall Street. The DoJ in 2016 filed a civil forfeiture suit to recoup some of the film’s proceeds. Red Granite in March 2018 agreed to pay US$60 million to settle the action.

Red Granite’s lawyer, Matthew Schwartz of Boies Schiller Flexner, said Belfort’s suit had no merit.

“Jordan Belfort’s lawsuit is nothing more than a desperate and supremely ironic attempt to get out from under an agreement that for the first time in his life made him rich and famous through lawful and legitimate means,” Schwartz said in a statement.

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Sabah: She went to school a Christian but came home a Muslim! And she is only 16…



Sabah Christian dad in tears at first sight of daughter in tudung

Sunday, 08 Feb 2015 01:29 PM MYT

By Julia Chan

PAPAR, Feb 8 — Sitting on the porch of his wooden stilt house, Sabahan rubber tapper Jilius Yapoo’s eyes welled up with tears when he recalled his shock earlier this week when he saw his 16-year-old daughter in a tudung (Muslim headscarf) for the first time.

The staunch Christian dusun said he had gone to his daughter’s hostel to take her home for the weekend when the teenager emerged garbed in the tudung, looking upset.

“She was wearing the tudung and showed it to me. I teared up and she looked at me and cried.

“She told me she had converted into Islam and could not back out now. I was absolutely speechless,” said Jilius, choking back tears.

The father of eight from the Kaiduan village in Kawang lodged a police report on Wednesday after being told by his relative that his daughter was seen in the Muslim headscarf at her school SMK Kinarut.

He said he had earlier tried to take the matter to the school’s Parents Teachers Association meeting but was allegedly rebuffed and told to calm down.

Jilius said he had also tried to see his daughter the day of the meeting, but was not able to.

“It was only two days later that I went to pick her up from school to take her home for the weekend when I got to see her, but she said she would not be coming home this week,” the distraught father lamented to Malay Mail Online when met at his home yesterday.

“She is only 16, underaged, and should not need to make a decision like this. Even if she had willingly declared the words (shahadah, the Islamic declaration of belief Allah and Muhammad), and wanted to convert, she and the school should have informed me,” said Jilius.

Malay Mail Online had on Thursday reported that authorities are investigating the alleged “Islamisation” of a Christian student in SMK Kinarut near here by the school hostel’s warden.

It is believed that the school’s former hostel warden had incited the conversion of the student with the recital of the shahadah, forcing her into embracing Islam despite being “underaged”.

According to the student’s mother, Jaina Yassin, her daughter had a lot of Muslim friends in school but never mentioned anything about changing her faith.

“We used to pray as a family with our pastor, who came to the house sometimes. When we heard she was wearing a headscarf and had converted, our hearts just sank.

“How can this happen?

“We have three other children studying in the same school and I fear this might happen to them as well,” she said, adding that the church pastor had suggested they consider transferring her out of the school.

The family, with Jilius as the sole breadwinner, earns a small income of up to RM350 a month.

The money is used to support the ten people living in their home, which is in the rural West coast of Sabah.

The village consists mostly of subsistence farmers and there is no telephone reception or television available, although there is electricity and running water.

“I sent her to school for her to learn and get an education. Not to be converted into another religion.

“As long as she is underaged and under my care, she cannot make this decision. When she reaches the age of consent, then it is up to her,” said Jilius.

Village safety and security committee chairman Michael Frederick said it was unusual for the school to allow a religious conversion without asking for the student’s parent’s permission.

“Usually they notify parents just to take their students out from school and a letter needs to be produced and signed by parents and acknowledged by the committee.

“We are not against freedom to choose religion but I hope the authorities will look into this and ensure it was carried out properly in the future, without ill motives from the school, and with parents consent.

“We cannot have students going to school one religion and coming out another,” said Michael.

Sabah police have said that the case has been referred to the state religious authorities for further action.

State Education Department director Datuk Jame Alip when contacted said that the matter is now in the hands of the police. He declined further comment.

Christian groups in Sabah have recently cried foul to alleged furtive attempts to convert Bumiputera followers of the faith to Islam.

In January 2014, a group of indigenous Sabahan villagers from the remote Pitas district were reportedly deceived into embracing Islam for RM100 by a Muslim welfare group.

Sabah Council of Churches as well as the Roman Catholic Church of Sabah had also complained officially to the Education Ministry last year of a covert ploy to convert under-aged Christian students at the residential Labuan Matriculation College to Islam.


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Raymond Cheah is not an advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister!


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Is the #Coronavirus in #Malaysia? Yes!


M’sia confirms first coronavirus cases

Hariz Mohd & Shakira BuangPublished: 11:48 am  |  Modified: 12:14 pmA+A

The Health Ministry has detected the first set of positive cases of the new coronavirus in the country, the Health Minister announced this morning.

Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said three people had been tested positive with the virus by the ministry’s laboratory last night.

He told a press conference that the three patients are related to the son and father from Wuhan, China, who had been tested positive with the virus in Singapore three days ago.





The 8 Chinese nationals quarantined in a JB hotel don’t have coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Eight Chinese nationals quarantined at Johor hotel

KEVIN DAVASAGAYAM /24 JAN 2020 / 16:28 H.

PETALING JAYA: Eight Chinese nationals who arrived in Johor Baru from Singapore yesterday, have been placed under quarantine at a hotel there under the supervision of the Health Ministry.

Deputy Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said all of them were fellow travellers with the 66-year-old Chinese male national from Wuhan who was confirmed yesterday as Singapore’s first case of an individual who tested positive for the imported novel coronavirus. The man arrived in Singapore on Jan 20.

According to Lee, all eight travellers need to be placed under isolation for at least a week in order to determine if they develop symptoms of the virus “because they have had contact with the patient who tested positive for coronavirus”.

Meanwhile, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the eight individuals consist of four adults, and four children.

“On Jan 23, Singapore reported a case of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) involving a 66-year-old Chinese citizen from Wuhan,” said Noor Hismam.

“Following the information, the Singapore Health Ministry contacted its Malaysian counterparts (MoH), to inform that the coronavirus victim was in contact with the eight individuals who are currently in Johor Baru, Malaysia.

“Upon receiving this information, the Johor State Department of Health (JKN) acted quickly and located the contacts and conducted health screening to check their health status.”

Hisham, however, said tests conducted on the individuals revealed that they are healthy and in no way are exhibiting symptoms of the virus.

“Clinical samples have also been taken from these contacts for the 2019-nCoV detection test and the Johor State Health Department will continue to monitor their health daily for up to 14 days or until they return to their home country whichever comes first” he said.

Hisham also confirmed that until today (Jan 24), no confirmed cases of Wuhan virus have been reported to JKN Johor, nor to MOH.


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#Wuhan #coronavirus


What is life like for those from the Chinese city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak?

BBC Chinese has been talking to the locals still living in Wuhan, the central city where the virus emerged last month.

They are unable to leave after officials imposed limitations on movement within certain areas of the country in order to halt the spread of the illness.

So, as families across the country gather to celebrate Chinese New Year, three residents share their experience of life under lockdown with the BBC.

People in protective masks outside Wuhan Fifth Hospital
Image captionMore than 80 million masks were sold by Chinese online retailer Taobao, 20-21 January

Wuhan-native Ms Feng, 25, returned home from Beijing to Wuhan for the Chinese New Year on Wednesday. On the high-speed rail, the atmosphere felt eerie.

The Spring Festival is the world’s biggest annual human migration, and the station should have been full of people. But, instead, it was empty.

“When we arrived at Wuhan, 90% of the passengers wore face masks. Nobody talked and it was quite horrifying,” she said.

In the early hours of the next day, authorities announced they were putting Wuhan under lockdown – and it was at this moment that Ms Feng realised the severity of the situation.

“I thought it was under control, but the reality was the otherwise.”

Now, she is wracked with anxiety, regretting having made the trip home: how is she going to get back to work in Beijing after the holiday ends? What if she is infected with the virus? And will she be quarantined even if she somehow manages to get back to Beijing?


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