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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ustaz Azhar Idrus pun jadi mangsa fitnah video seks?


Sejak malam tadi para penguna media sosial digemparkan dengan penyebaran rakaman video berdurasi 0:38 saat memaparkan seorang lelaki yang mirip dengan seorang penceramah agama, Ustaz Azhar Idrus.

Rata-rata penggiat media sosial, marah dan kecewa dengan tindakan penyebaran gambar dan rakaman tersebut yang disifatkan sebagai cubaan jahat untuk memalukan individu tersebut.

SuaraTV walau bagaimanapun gagal menghubungi Ustaz Azhar sebentar bagi mendapatkan maklumbalas berhubung penyebaran rakaman video tersebut.

Secara ringkasnya Ustaz Azhar Idrus sebelum terkenal sebagai penceramah agama merupakan seorang gitaris dalam satu kumpulan band muzik sekitar Kuala Terengganu yang diberi nama “Band Boy”. Beliau dan Band Boy sempat membuat beberapa persembahan di stadium-stadium dan jemputan event kecil-kecil.

Setelah kumpulan muziknya mengambil keputusan untuk buat rakaman, Ustaz Azhar Idrus akhirnya menarik diri dari kumpulan tersebut kerana tujuanya hanyalah suka-suka sahaja menyertai kumpulan muzik bukannya untuk mencari glamor.

Ustaz Azhar Idrus juga merupakan seorang yang aktif bersukan dan pernah mewakili Terengganu dalam acara berbasikal pada era 80-an. Menjadi rutin kelapangan masa waktu malam, Ustaz akan berbasikal meronda sekitar Bandar Kuala Terengganu bersama-sama kawan-kawan sehobi dengannya.

Ustaz Azhar Idrus dikatakan pernah bekerja dengan Utusan Malaysia cawangan Kuala Terengganu sebagai artis grafik. Selepas seminggu mendirikan rumahtangga iaitu pada tahun 1990, Ustaz mengambil keputusan untuk berhenti kerja dan beliau bekerja sebagai pencanting batik.

Pada ketika inilah beliau memperlajari bidang ilmu agama secara bersungguh-sungguh dan mendalam. Tiada alasan baginya sama ada hujan mahupun ribut. Beliau beranikan diri dan gagahkan kudrat untuk pergi mencari guru-guru agama dan belajar dirumah guru berkenaan.

Dikatakan juga, perubahan diri Ustaz Azhar Idrus ke arah menjadi seorang yang bersungguh belajar agama adalah didorong oleh kawan baiknya seorang “Otai Punk” yang telah menghilangkan diri selama lima tahun. Setelah lima tahun berpisah, kawan kepada Ustaz Azhar Idrus muncul dengan perwatakan dan peribadi yang sangat berbeza daripada 5 tahun yang lepas dari segi pemakaiannya dan juga tingkah lakunya.

Ceramah Ustaz Azhar Idrus (UAI) mendapat sambutan golongan muda di seluruh negara. Menyedari hakikat ini usaha Peirre Andre mengarah filem “Ustaz, Mu Tunggu Aku Datang” adalah usaha menarik golongan muda menonton filem dakwah itu.

Sekali lagi David Teo menerbitkan filem dakwah, “Ustaz, Mu Tunggu Aku Datang” lakonan Shiro yang memenangi Raja Lawak dahulu. Semalam (28 November) filem itu mula ditayangkan ke seluruh negara. Saya yang menontonnya di Midvalley tak tahan ketawa berdekahdelah melihat gelagat Shiro.

Dari awal penyertaan Shiro dalam Raja Lawak, saya sudah ramal mereka akan menjadi Raja Lawak. Terbukti ramalan saya itu apabila mereka dinobatkan Raja Lawak 2012. Ini adalah filem pertama mereka.

Filem arahan Pierre Andre ini adalah yang terbaru selepas Highland Towers yang mengutip sebanyak RM3 juta. Saya yakin filem “Ustaz, Mu Tunggu Aku Datang” akan mengutip lebih dari RM2 juta kerana ramai anak-anak muda yang meminati UAI akan menonton filem ini.

Ustaz Azhar hanya muncul sekejap sahaja dalam filem ini tetapi dengan gaya bersahaja Ustaz Azhar kelakar macam Shiro juga.

“Ustaz, Mu Tunggu Aku Datang” mengisahkan seorang pemuda iaitu Dadu (Shahrol) yang tidak mempunyai hala tuju hidup. Dia sering dibuang kerja dan tidak pernah serius dalam hidup.

Tinggal serumah pula dengan Muiz (Ajak Shiro) yang turut bergantung hidup kepadanya sedangkan Dadu juga penganggur. Apatah lagi pegangan agama mereka berdua, memang terpesong dan tidak pernah solat.

Bagaikan satu sinar, suatu hari sepupu Dadu iaitu Hamzah (Along) datang bermalam di rumah sewa mereka dan kedua sahabat itu terpukul dengan perubahan baru Hamzah. Dia semakin mendalami agama dan bercerita mengenai aktivitinya sering mendengar ceramah ustaz di masjid kepada mereka.

Insiden itu terus membuka mata Dadu dan Muiz lantas sepakat untuk kembali ke pangkuan agama. Bagaimanapun, tidak semudah itu apabila dalam perjalanan untuk mendengar ceramah di masjid, mereka diduga dengan pelbagai musibah.

Pada keseluruhannya, filem komidi arahan Pierre Andre ini boleh tahan mengajak golongan muda kembali kepada agama. Dengan kemunculan UAI sudah parti ramai peminatnya akan mengunjungi pawagam lapor SuaraTV


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Will Selangor abolish highway tolls?

Khalid Ibrahim lost his job as MB because he did not deliver on Pakatan Rakyat's election promise.
COMMENT
selangor highway300One of the issues that was raised against former menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim was his alleged approval of the Kidex and Dash highways.
During the 2008 election campaign, Pakatan Rakyat promised voters that it would abolish highway tolls and would not approve the building of highways on which tolls would be charged. Because Khalid did not deliver on this election promise, he was removed from his position.
While there may be valid arguments regarding this, the issue of toll highways must not be seen in isolation but alongside the master plan for the development of Selangor.
Until the Puchong Highway was completed, it took one hour or more to drive from one end of Subang USJ to the Federal Highway. Subang was practically one huge parking lot in the early to mid-1990s.
Since then, property prices in Subang have spiralled. What used to cost RM200,000 could now be sold for RM1 million and, in some cases, close to RM2 million.
Hence the development of a highway to ease the congestion in Subang did bring some good. And the same happened in other parts of the Klang Valley where traffic bottlenecks were eliminated with the construction of feeder roads and new highways.
While Pakatan Rakyat wants to eliminate toll highways, they must also explain how Selangor is going to handle the large volume of traffic if no new highways are built.
More houses and townships are being built. Car sales are increasing year after year. With more people and more cars, Selangor will need more roads to handle the increasing volume of traffic.
The Selangor government will have to explain how it can ensure that the state will not revert to the 1990s when it was almost impossible to get to your place of work in under an hour for a distance that should have taken less than half that time if not for the traffic congestion.
Politicians have always promised populist policies during elections, such as lowering tax, an increase in salaries and more development.
However, you need money and plenty of it to do all this. So you need to explain where the money will come from. If not it will just end up as empty promises, like the promise to end toll highways with no proposal of how to handle the traffic.
Roslan Bistamam is an FMT columnist.

Azmin on water deal: Rakyat deserve to know details

Selangor MB says no plans to scrap water deal but terms must be made public to the rakyat.
azmin waterKUALA LUMPUR: Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said that the rakyat as consumers deserve to know the full details of the water deal that was signed by his predecessor.
Azmin who is also PKR’s deputy president said that full disclosure of the agreement was necessary to justify the possible impact of the deal on consumers.
Speaking to a top English daily, he said, “How do you expect me and the new administration to defend the decisions taken on the project if we cannot explain to the rakyat the terms and conditions, the tariff rates that will be applied and how it will affect them as consumers?”
He said this in response to an outright refusal by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Maximus Ongkili to reveal the contents of the water deal, following legal advice from the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).
Azmin also said that while he is in possession of the memorandum of understanding, he cannot divulge details of it because the document is classified as an official secret (OSA).
He however did give his assurance that he would not scrap the water agreement as the needs of the people were of utmost importance to him.
He said, “I am not going to revoke it. I want the exercise to be completed as soon as possible so that the people can have enough water in the future.”
Since taking over as MB last month, Azmin has been persistently pursuing the federal government to disclose details of the agreement that continues to be shrouded in secrecy.

Gerakan plays a wayang on pendatang

Suspended party member Tan Lai Soon's view is shared by many Malaysians, whether in public or in private.
COMMENT
By Koon Yew Yin
pendatang300At Gerakan’s recently concluded national conference, the Malaysian public was treated to a lonely voice of the party in the way of one of its delegates who stated his view with regard to the birthplace of the various racial groups in the country. According to Johor delegate Tan Lai Soon, not only were the Chinese and Indians pendatang, but the Malays were also not natives of Malaysia either as they had come from Indonesia.
Tan said he wanted to explain the position of Malaysians in the country, as the original Bumiputeras were the Orang Asli and natives of Sabah and Sarawak.
“Except for the natives of Sabah and Sarawak and the Orang Asli, everyone else in Malaysia is a pendatang,” he said.
Tan also noted that “when Umno members say that the Chinese are pendatang, they obviously forget that they are also pendatang from Indonesia.”
This view is one which many Malaysians hold, whether in public or in private.
But it is one which Umno, Perkasa, BTN and “ketuanan Melayu” supporters do not like to hear and are trying to suppress as it delegitimizes the special privileges they are addicted to. Tan’s statement can be said to be akin to stating that the emperor is not clothed when he is parading around in his fine new clothes.
Damage control or digging a bigger hole
For daring to point out this inconvenient fact of the origins of many Malaysians, Tan’s membership in Gerakan has now been suspended with immediate effect. Attempting to do damage control, deputy president Cheah Soon Hai is now arguing that Tan’s position was not the party’s stand. According to him Gerakan is a party of all races and that no Malaysian is a pendatang.
Meanwhile, on cue, a coalition of Malay NGOs called Pertubuhan Pembela Islam (Pembela) has lodged a police report at the Dang Wangi police station over the issue and has asked Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail to charge Tan under the Sedition Act. According to Pembela, the “seditious” statement has given rise to a tense situation and triggered anger among Malays as well as indirectly insulted the position of the Malay rulers,
Cheah said it was not just Malay NGOs who were upset with Tan’s remarks as party members too had lodged complaints over the remark by Tan in his speech. Finally, he offered a public apology “on behalf of the party to all Malaysians who have been hurt by his remark”.
Gerakan may be trying to sooth Umno’s ruffled feathers by its apology but it is digging a bigger hole for itself. “Spineless party”, “puppet party”, “kowtowing leaders”, “shameless leaders”, “wimpering lap dog” are some of the more polite responses that the Gerakan president and vice-president have obtained from disgusted members of the public.
Tan’s statement may be politically incorrect or insensitive, but he was simply saying out loud what many educated members of the public understand to be the history of migration into Malaysia from the neighbouring countries and from afar. This also happens to be the authoritative view among many scholars of Malaysia, whether they are historians, geographers, demographers or experts in other disciplines.
The origins of the population of colonial Malaya was the subject of much investigation and study by colonial officials and scholars. Almost all books and official records that came out during the colonial period devoted considerable attention to the subject of the origins of the Malays and non-Malays.
Below are some sample writings on the subject from colonial scholars that will be useful for Gerekan member Tan to use in his defence when his suspension case is heard by his party leaders soon.
From R O Winstedt
“In recent historical times the mixture of Malay races has proceeded rapidly in British Malaya …. Old Malay Malacca was full of thousands of Javanese and many Muslim Gujeratis and Tamils, and these aliens must have left their mark on a population that was a collection of strangers from the beginning. Selangor may have traces of old Malacca suzerainty, but the modern nobility are Bugis and there have been numbers of recent Sumatran immigrants. Negri Sembilan has been Minangkabau almost from the first. In Kedah and the Northern States there has been an infusion of Siamese blood. Again, in every State in the past there has been intercourse with the aborigines, and the aboriginal women have borne children to Malay fathers. Wavy or curly hair, dark complexions and other evidences of Semang blood distinguish the Malay of Upper Perak. South of that there is the lank-haired Indo Chinese Malay type, whose ancestry is Sakai on the distaff side.” Malaya (London , 1923) edited by R O Windstedt, pp. 86-87.
From Emily Sadka
In addition to this internal immigration [Malays into the Protected Malay States] there was a large inflow from the islands of the Indonesian archipelago. In Perak, the foreign immigrants – the Bugis particularly – were the principal traders of the state; a Bugis trader, Nakhoda Trong, was a partner in the syndicate which leased the farm of the Perak river customs duties in 1874. There were settlements of Rawas and Mandelings from north-east Sumatra; a Rawa Che’ Abdul Karim went with a Sumatran to open up Selama in the 1870s, and during the British occupation of Perak in 1875-6, Rawas, Mandelings and Bugis helped the British in their military operations….
In 1879, a census of the Malay population in Perak gave the number of foreign Malays as 9,274 out of a total free Malay population of 56,632. In Selangor the population was even more mixed. Towards the end of the seventeenth century, the Bugis settled on the Klang river and Selangor, and in the middle of the eighteenth century, a Bugis prince became the first Sultan of Selangor and established the present dynasty.
There were important Bugis and Sumatran trading communities in Kuala Lumpur and Klang. It was a quarrel between them that precipitated the Selangor wars of 1866-73. In Kuala Selangor there were also foreign Malay communities; in 1875 the Resident of Selangor described the population as consisting of Mengkabaus, Mandelings, Rawas, Bugis and Chinese…. Negri Sembilan…had absorbed into its clan system colonies of immigrants from Malacca, Java and Acheh; and…a Bugis chief had established a settlement on the lower Linggi ….
Note: footnotes are omitted except for this one
A Malay traveller has described the population of Klang in 1872 as a heterogenous collection of Malays, Arabs, English, Chinese, Eurasian, Klings, Bengalis, Hindus, and native born (peranakan) of Penang, Malacca, Singapore and Kedah – about 3,000 in all. See Mohammed Ibrahim bin Abdullah, Kesah Pelayaran [Account of Travels] Johore, 1956, p. 46
Make non-BTN history compulsory reading
The above are just two examples of the meticulous accounts of the population of Malaya and Malaysia during the colonial period. They also throw light on various other subjects such as the roots of the royal houses in Malaysia and the dynasties they have founded.
These and other unbiased histories and studies need to be compulsory reading material for all the political parties in Malaysia so that we can avoid further needless controversies on subjects such as who are pendatang and who are indigenous, and on related issues that provoke unwarranted calls for the use of the Sedition Act.
Koon Yew Yin is an FMT reader.

IMAGINE THERE IS NO NEP

Dr Wong Chin Huat
For many members of ethnic minorities, if there is no New Economic Policy (NEP), then all the people will be living in peace.
Wong Chin Huat, TMI
The reality is more complicated than this. Doing the NEP may just do away state partiality, but not socio-economic inequality.  And we need an alternative to do away both.
What’s wrong with the NEP?
Many people like to argue that the design of the NEP was good, only its implementation was bad. I respectfully disagree.
For me, the intention of many – but definitely not all – to have and support the NEP was good, but its design and its implementation were flawed.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, if you like.
So, what’s wrong with the NEP? The NEP was flawed in three ways.
Flaw 1: statist assumption
First, like all statist projects, the NEP was based on the assumption the state was benevolent and selfless, and had no mechanism to check the “agency problem” of its executors.
The very core idea of the NEP, which was firmly planted in 1946 and lives on after its technical conclusion in 1990, was that state partiality can check the excess of socio-economic inequality. Unfortunately, even in pragmatic sense, two wrongs don’t make a right.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak just claimed that Bumiputeras only effectively controlled 10% of corporate share.
And according to Dr Muhammed Abdul Khalid in a 2002 article titled “Anti-poverty plans are colour-blind”, the poverty rate for the Bumiputera was 5.3% as compared with that of only 0.6% for the Chinese.
Even when comparing the bottom 10% of each ethnic group, the Malays’ average household income was only about 70% of that of the Chinese.
The simple question to ask: how can the powerful NEP state fail to help the Malays, both in building a competent and self-reliant capitalist class and lifting the Malays out of poverty after 45 years?
Has the state done all it can? Or does it fail because it has not extracted more from the minorities or hold them back enough? Or is the failure caused by some sabotages by the evil Jews and the evil Americans?
The more convincing answer to me is misplaced incentives.
First, economically, the uncompetitive nature of Umno’s electoral one-party state allows the ethnic champions and guardians to steal what they are supposed to protect. If you can only count on me to advance your interests, what don’t I take a cut?
Second, politically and most detrimentally, the economic independence of Malays will gradually eliminate the political dependence of Umno.
Think of it this way: if ghosts are forever gone, ghost-busters will be out of job.
Similarly, if a cat is kept fundamentally to catch mice, then the cat must be able to catch enough mice to impress the masters. However, if the cat eliminates the mice population, it will be the victim of its own success. As its usefulness end, all its mistakes and nuisances may become intolerable.

Anwar doesn’t run Selangor, says Azmin

Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali (left), seen here with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (centre), says day-to-day administration of the state was handled by the executive councillors, who made collective decisions. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 23, 2014.Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali (left), seen here with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (centre), says day-to-day administration of the state was handled by the executive councillors, who made collective decisions. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 23, 2014.
PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is not secretly calling the shots behind the Selangor government, Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali told a Malay paper.
Azmin, who was sworn in last month, said decisions made by his administration were based on the wisdom of the executive councillors.
"I believe that Anwar wants me to be an effective leader," Azmin told Sinar Harian, adding that he was free to make independent decisions.
"I believe that Anwar wants me to adopt the same principles in governing Selangor," Azmin told the paper.
Azmin said the day-to-day administration of the state was handled by the executive councillors, who made collective decisions.
Azmin said in the past month of leading Selangor's government, many big decisions made were independent of party interference.
"I made these decision based on facts and needs, not because I had been ordered to," he told Sinar Harian.
Azmin has been a long and loyal associate of opposition leader Anwar and was Anwar's aide when the latter was an Umno minister.
Last month, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad accused Azmin of being Anwar's "puppet".
"Azmin can only become a good menteri besar if he does not follow instructions from other people," Dr Mahathir had said.
On Tuesday, Anwar said Umno was playing dirty politics by attempting to pit him against Azmin.
"Why would we support Azmin for the position of Selangor menteri besar if we wanted to tie his hands? Even as party deputy president we supported him.
"Why is Umno so busy trying to pit Azmin against me or anyone else? We need a strong and united party, not one wracked by infighting," Anwar had said.
Anwar said unity in PKR was evident during the nomination of candidates for the Selangor menteri besar post.
"We did not agree with certain quarters such as the Selangor royalty who ignored the wishes of the rakyat. Our stance has not changed.
"In the end, we decided to support Azmin and since he took over, the performance of the state administration has been quite admirable."
Anwar had also denied claims that Azmin was made to sign an undated resignation letter as part of conditions before assuming the menteri besar post.
"All these allegations and claims originate from Umno, so the email must have been sent to Umno rather than me," Anwar said.
- TMI

Bigger problems in the country than touching dogs, says Anwar

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim joins the crowd at last night's 'Rakyat Hakim Negara' gathering in Seberang Jaya. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, October 23, 2014.Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim joins the crowd at last night's 'Rakyat Hakim Negara' gathering in Seberang Jaya. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, October 23, 2014.
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said there are bigger problems in the country than the recent "I Want to Touch a Dog" which he said has been turned into "a national issue that threatens the nation".
"There are Muslims who are involved in gambling firms and beer companies. A minister's family member has a multi-million ringgit security labelling contract for liquor and beer.
"Have the ustazs said anything about this and about big shots who consume alcohol?" he said at a "Rakyat Hakim Negara" gathering in Seberang Jaya last night.
The event, which was aimed at helping people to overcome their fear of dogs and to understand canines better, infuriated religious authorities, with some Muslims condemning it as an attempt to insult the ulama (clerics).
Anwar said he was asked on Twitter if he supported the act of Muslims touching dogs, which were regarded as 'unclean' animals.
"I said no. If (a Muslim) wants the touch a dog, just 'samak' (cleanse) after that. What is the big problem?
"A national issue that threatens the country is now young people (Muslims) wanting to touch dogs?"
Anwar joked if Muslims would also have trouble touching money previously in the hands of the Chinese who eat pork.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng says the people 'would wait for Anwar' to come out of jail, if the latter loses his appeal on October 28. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, October 23, 2014.DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng says the people 'would wait for Anwar' to come out of jail, if the latter loses his appeal on October 28. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, October 23, 2014.The crowd burst into laughter when he asked if he should do ritual purification for touching Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
"He hugs me whenever we meet so do I have to 'samak' after that?"
At the event last night, Anwar, who is PKR de facto leader, told the crowd that it could be his last ceramah for a long time if his sodomy appeal at Federal Court on October 28 does not succeed.
Anwar was sentenced to five years jail in March on a charge of sodomising his former aide, after the Appeals Court overturned an earlier acquittal by the High Court.
The Permatang Pauh MP said he spurned offers to live abroad to avoid persecution because he wanted to set a good example to youths and show them the struggles that were needed to bring change in the country.
"If it is necessary in order to raise the awareness of youths, then I will face the test," he said.
"After me, it will be (Bagan Serai MP N.) Surendran, Mat Sabu (PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu) ... beratur (lining up).
"They think if I am in jail, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will crumble but it won't. It will rise up stronger to fight Barisan Nasional (BN)...that is our oath."
Referring to 1998 episode when he was assaulted under police custody resulting in a black eye, Anwar said he hoped the incident would not repeat.
"Before I was jailed, I didn’t believe I would be beaten. But I was assaulted and they said I had beaten myself up," he said.
The gathering had a slow start due to heavy rain, but the ceramah went on and the crowd grew larger.
PAS central committee member and Parit Buntar MP, Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (pic, right), said the struggle was not about Anwar but about justice for all Malaysians.
"Whether Anwar is freed or jailed, PR's struggle will continue," he said, adding that the coalition had seen and survived tough times by solving their issues, and would face future tests calmly.
Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, said if Anwar is jailed for five years, “we will wait for him”.
“There may also be a wave of reformasi nationwide, which can help get him out sooner,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mohamad (pic, left) described the recently-tabled Budget 2015 as good but its implementation "penipu" (a sham).
This, he said, was because there was no mention on the expenses for prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife's trips overseas, among others.
"Problems of corruption, misappropriation, power abuse will continue," said Mohamad, also known as Mat Sabu.
He said Indonesia had bigger corruption problems but its government had jailed eight ministers, and before new president Joko Widodo appointed his Cabinet ministers, their names were sent to the country's anti-corruption body for vetting.
Mat Sabu said television channels in the republic gave air time to presidential candidates from rival parties.
"In Malaysia, the opposition hardly gets coverage on TV," he said, adding that Najib was getting unpopular and reforms only could be possible under PR.
- TMI