Sunday, June 26, 2016

You're no noodle seller, take proper rest, MP tells Bashah

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PAS' Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar today urged Kedah Menteri Besar Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah to take additional leave to rest.

This is after Ahmad Bashah was released from hospital after being warded for several weeks due to intestinal complications.

Mahfuz said it was better for his duties to be undertaken by an acting MB, so he can fully recuperate.

This despite the Kedah constitution stating that the MB need not appoint someone to act for him, unless he is on leave for more than 28 days.
He added that Bashah should also not rush back to work out of fear that he may lose his post.

"Bashah is not a pesembur or noodle seller. He is also not MB of Umno. He is the chief executive of Kedah.

"When he is sick, he would not be able to concentrate. There may be executive council members (to assist him) but he needs to think, plan, lead, oversee etc," he said in a statement.

He added that Bashah should also not rush back to work out of fear that he may lose his post.

"Don't be like Prime Minister Najib (Abdul Razak) by ignoring advice to the extent that the entire Kedah ends up in intensive care," he said.

Ahmad Bashah was released from the Penang General Hospital intensive care unit after 18 days, on Thursday.

He had before that, chaired an executive council meeting from his hospital bed.

Ahmad Bashah, who took over from Mukhriz Mahathir following an internal coup in February, fainted during a June 4 meeting in Alor Setar.  -Mkini

Musa Aman's office unshaken by Swiss probe into CM's dealings

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Sabah chief minister Musa Aman's office has dismissed recent reports of possible wrongdoing involving the CM and Swiss Bank UBS as "recycled" allegations.
The CM's political secretary Mohd Joh Wid said Musa was investigated by Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in 2012, but no charges were made.
"Unfortunately, this baseless story has been recycled by those with vested interests," he said in an email to Malaysiakini.
The Swiss Federal Court on Thursday ordered UBS Bank to release records on its business ties with Musa to the country's Attorney-General's Office (AGO).
It further ruled that the documents can be used in criminal proceedings against the bank.
It was reported in November 2014 that Swiss prosecutors had confiscated confidential bank records on UBS' relationship with Musa.
Musa is alleged to be involved in a US$90 million corruption scandal for allegedly collecting bribes for granting logging concessions of tropical rainforest in Sabah.
The alleged deposits for logging concessions were collected through UBS Bank accounts in Singapore and Hong Kong. Musa denies this.
Basel-based indigenous rights and environmental NGO Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) lodged a complaint, resulting in the Swiss AGO opening criminal proceedings against the bank in 2012.
In 2012, the MACC investigation papers submitted to the Attorney-General's Chamber's, showed that RM40 million a Sabah businessman was caught trying to smuggle from Hong Kong to Malaysia, were political contributions to Sabah Umno, and not Musa.
Then Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nazri Abdul Aziz, told Parliament the MACC had concluded "no element of corruption was proven" in the case.

Businessman Michael Chia was caught with the RM40 million on Aug 14, 2008.
Chia was charged with money laundering and trafficking by the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
ICAC investigations also reportedly found that the money was earmarked for Musa and were part of more funds being deposited into a Swiss bank account containing US$30 million allegedly being held in trust for the Sabah chief minister by a lawyer.
Nazri was accused of conflict of interest in the issue, after his son was caught on camera driving a vehicle registered in Chia's name.
Nazri said this has nothing to do with him, as his son is an adult. - Mkini

Najib: Reject anti-Islam groups and their collaborators

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today urged Malaysians to reject anti-Islam groups and their collaborators to safeguard the Islamic faith.
"We cannot compromise on the Islamic struggle in this blessed land. We reject those who dislike Islam and know who they are and their collaborators.
"It is our obligation as Muslims to strive for authentic Islam, the real Islam which is not extreme or liberal, a moderate Islam," he told reporters at a breaking of fast with local community leaders and civil servants at Masjid Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Haj in Pekan, today.
The event was also attended by the prime minister's wife, Rosmah Mansor, daughter Nooryana Najawa, son-in-law Daniyar Kesikkba and State Dakwah Islamiah and Special Functions Committee chairman Syed Ibrahim Syed Ahmad.
Najib said Muslims in this country should also respect other religions by showing the good brought by Islam to earn their respect.
He called on Muslims to exploit the last 10 nights of Ramadan with prayers to enhance their devotion to Allah.
Muslims should learn from history where Prophet Muhammad achieved much success in battle during the month of Ramadan despite the hunger and thirst.

"Being hungry need not necessarily make Muslims weak. What is important is to keep the devotion and success will follow.
"Armed with this package, insya Allah, we will succeed, not only during Ramadan but also at all times," he added.
At the event, Najib who was clad in baju melayu and sarong, gave away contribution to 61 recipients comprising 25 students of Maahad Tahfiz Tengku Ampuan Afzan and 36 people from Pekan parliamentary constituency.

Muhkriz suspects Kedah, T'ganu, Kelantan trade-off in Umno-PAS deal

Former Kedah menteri besar Mukhriz Mahathir suspects an Umno-PAS deal which could see a "trade-off" involving Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan.
"There must be a deal. They are trying to bring PAS and Umno together. There must be some trade-off for PAS. I see Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah (going) back to PAS...," he told reporters today.
He said this at his first public appearance after his sacking from Umno last Friday.
"So in my mind, this is a warning for Kedah Umno. Be prepared to hand over the state to PAS because the signs are there," he said at the press conference at the Universiti Malaya Alumni Association clubhouse.
Asked whether the cooperation would be in the form of a unity government, Mukhriz said: "Not a unity government. They will hand it over to PAS. That is my view."
Also at the press conference was former Umno number two Muhyiddin Yassin, who was also given the boot last Friday.
In denying allegations that he had conspired with the opposition to topple BN, Mukhriz said even with his sacking, the Kedah government remained stable with BN maintaining a five-seat majority in the state assembly.
This, he said, was unlike in Terengganu where BN only has a two-seat majority against the PAS-led opposition.
Mukhriz lamented that there appears to be hypocrisy in Umno as no action was taken against former Terengganu menteri besar Ahmad Said, who had filed a motion of no confidence against his successor, Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman.

"If I wanted to truly betray BN, in my last moments as Kedah menteri besar, I still had the option to advise for the state assembly to be dissolved.
"I think we all can guess what will happen if the Kedah state election was called," he said.
Also present at the press conference were leaders from Gabungan Ketua Cawangan Umno Malaysia, Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar and several Parti Amanah Negara leaders from Johor. -Mkini


(The Sun Daily) – Axed Umno member Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today hinted that he will form a new movement to combat Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.
The former Umno deputy president said the new “platform” will champion the public interest and bring the nation forward.
“With the condition of the country under Najib’s watch, we need this new political platform to give people a choice so the country’s future is always safeguarded,” Muhyiddin said during a press conference held at Universi Malaya Alumni Clubhouse here.
Muhyiddin was flanked by his wife Puan Seri Norainee Abdul Rahman and former Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.
Muhyiddin however did not elaborate when asked whether this new platform would be a new political party.
“The rakyat wants a change that can fight the culture of corruption and to have a better government institution,” he said.
“The core issue is about the people, it’s not about just forming a party, we have to think on the basis of our struggle,” Muhyiddin said.
Muhyiddin, who is also Pagoh MP, said he has discussed the issue with Mukhriz who shared similar views with him.
“We need to take time to discuss our direction because we no longer have a political platform.
“We are independent parliamentarians and we now have to ensure that we have a sustainable approach. We need to speak to others. Those who share the same views and interest to face this situation the same way we do,” he said.
Meanwhile, MCA president Datuk Seri liow Tiong Lai said the party will not interfere in a Barisan Nasional component party’s internal matters.
Liow said MCA respects Umno’s decision to sack Muhyiddin and Mukhriz.
“This is internal party matter and MCA would not intervene.
“(The component parties) are all aware that members’ discipline is the most important thing,” he told a press conference after launching the Malaysian Young Farmers Cooperative annual general meeting.
Pointing that the same applies to MCA as well, Liow said MCA would also take disciplinary action against its members who violate party regulations and discipline.

Haram Bayar Zakat Terus Kepada Asnaf Kata Harussani - Ini Teguran 'Makan Dalam' Dari Ustaz Maza.

Sebelum ini mufti Perak telah mengeluarkan satu kenyataan bahawanya umat Islam dilarang dari membayar zakat terus kepada asnaf disebabkan perbuatan tersebut haram. 
Ketika ini satu kempen berkenaan bayar zakat sendiri sedang giat disebarkan di laman-laman sosial dan ianya mendapat sambutan mengalakkan dari umat Islam. Kempen itu sebenarnya telah bermula pada tahun lepas namun ianya semakin mendapat sambutan pada tahun kedua dan mungkin akan lebih mendapat sambutan pada tahun-tahun seterusnya memandangkan jumlah penyertaan mereka yang mahu membayar zakat sendiri kepada asnaf semakin meningkat.
Malahan hasil kaji selidik yang dijalankan oleh Astro Awani baru-baru ini juga menunjukkan satu trend di mana umat Islam telah mula hilang kepercayaan secara berdikit-dikit ke atas pusat-pusat institusi zakat negara (negeri).
Berikut ialah hasil kaji selidik yang 
dimaksudkan ;

Melihatkan kepada trend yang menakutkan institusi-institusi pusat zakat Malaysia, mufti Perak mengeluarkan kenyataan bagi membendung dan menyekat umat Islam daripada tindakan membayar zakat terus kepada asnaf.
Berikut adalah kenyataan mufti Perak yang dipetik menerusi Bernama ;

Umat Islam diminta tidak membayar zakat secara terus kepada asnaf kerana perbuatan itu hukumnya adalah haram, kata Mufti Perak Tan Sri Dr Harussani Zakaria.
Beliau berkata orang ramai dinasihatkan untuk membayar zakat kepada pusat zakat yang dilantik oleh kerajaan di setiap negeri.
“Mengikut hukum syarak, apabila ada satu badan yang telah dilantik kerajaan untuk mengumpul zakat fitrah dan harta, setiap orang wajib mengeluarkan zakat kepada badan tersebut.
“Ini kerana badan itu telah diperintahkan supaya mencari dan mengumpulkan para asnaf yang ada untuk disampaikan secara adil hasil zakat itu,” katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian dalam sidang media selepas majlis penyampaian bantuan Aidilfitri kepada 300 fakir miskin dan sumbangan kepada Majlis Agama Islam dan Adat Melayu Perak (MAIPk) oleh Yayasan Muhibbah Fng Ah Seng di sini hari ini.
Setiap fakir miskin menerima sumbangan RM200 dan wakil bagi setiap 10 masjid di daerah Kerian menerima RM2,000.
Dr Harussani mengulas berhubung isu viral di Facebook di mana sebanyak 70 peratus orang ramai bersetuju membayar zakat terus kepada asnaf manakala 30 peratus lagi kepada badan pungutan zakat.
Menurut beliau, pembayaran seperti itu hukumnya tidak sah dan dikhuatiri asnaf yang menerima itu layak atau tidak menerima zakat.
“Pendapat seperti ini salah kerana MAIPk memberikan zakat secara adil kepada asnaf yang layak menerima zakat. Pegawai kita masuk kampung untuk mengesan asnaf yang layak menerima zakat dan gaji mereka kita ambil dari bahagian amil dan bukan dari asnaf,” katanya.
Beliau berkata sebanyak 24,936 asnaf menerima zakat dari MAIPk setiap tahun.
Selain itu, Dr Harussani berkata MAIPk telah membina dan membaik pulih lebih 600 rumah kepada asnaf di setiap daerah negeri ini yang membabitkan sejumlah RM12.6 juta pada tahun lalu.
“Jumlah itu dijangka meningkat kepada RM14 juta pada tahun ini. Setiap sebuah rumah yang dibina mempunyai tiga bilik dengan kos RM48,000 dan RM40,000 bagi rumah dua bilik,” katanya.
MAIPk memperuntukkan lebih RM20 juta bagi bantuan bulanan kepada fakir miskin yang tidak berupaya untuk menyara kehidupan mereka, katanya.
Beliau berkata MAIPk menyasarkan kutipan zakat sebanyak RM160 juta pada tahun ini berbanding RM140 juta, tahun lalu.
“Sehingga semalam, kita sudah mengutip RM70 juta zakat dan sudah mengagihkan lebih RM80 juta kepada asnaf di negeri ini,” katanya.

Dan ini pula respon dari Dr. Maza ;

Satu teguran yang mengambilkira akan kemarahan rakyat yang berpunca dari institusi-institusi zakat itu sendiri. Cara pentadbiran dan urus-selia mereka yang kurang cekap menyebabkan rakyat semakin bosan dengan peranan institusi zakat apatah lagi hampir setiap hari berita kemiskinan umat Islam dipaparkan di media-media. Jangan hanya tahu mengeluarkan hukum haram ke atas rakyat jika pentadbiran korang sendiri pun bermasalah. Bersikap adil la dalam berhukum.


Berita Menggemparkan Dari Negeri Kedah

Berita Menggemparkan Dari Negeri Kedah. Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Kota Siputeh Datuk Abu Hassan Sharif dilantik pemangku Ketua Bahagian UMNO Jerlun bagi menggantikan Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir yang dipecat daripada Umno.

Menteri Besar Kedah Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah berkata, DUN Ayer Hitam yang masih dipegang Mukhriz pula dijadikan DUN angkat badan perhubungan Umno negeri bagi memastikan nasib pengundi di DUN tersebut terus terbela.

Berita Menggemparkan Dari Negeri Kedah. “Tumpuan khusus akan diberikan saya sendiri bagi memastikan segala keperluan, agenda pembangunan dan kebajikan masyarakat di DUN berkenaan terus terbela,” katanya menerusi kenyataan hari ini.

Jumaat lalu, Majlis Tertinggi Umno sebulat suara memecat Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, yang sebelum ini digantung sebagai Timbalan Presiden UMNO dan Mukhriz berkuat kuasa serta-merta manakala Naib Presiden Umno Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie

Apdal pula digantung keanggotaannya.

Muhyiddin dan Shafie sebelum ini digugurkan daripada Kabinet pada Julai 2015 manakala Muhkriz melepaskan jawatan sebagai Menteri Besar Kedah pada Februari lepas.

Berita Menggemparkan Dari Negeri Kedah

Ahmad Bashah yang juga Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan Umno Kedah berkata pemecatan tersebut walaupun disifatkan sebagai ‘ditelan mati emak dan diluahmati bapa’ jelas menunjukkan Umno sebagai sebuah parti siasah yang cukup teguh tradisinya dengan amalan kesetiaan dan kebersamaan.

Umno Kedah katanya, sentiasa istiqamah dan menyokong penuh Majlis Kerja Tertinggi Umno dan kepimpinan parti demi kelangsungan.

Berita Menggemparkan Dari Negeri Kedah. “Amatlah dikesali setelah pelbagai ruang dan peluang diberikan kepada ketiga-tiga individu yang cukup banyak berjasa dan menyumbang, tiba-tiba boleh duduk semeja dan bersekongkol dengan parti pembangkang.

“..sehingga mewujudkan keresahan, kecelaruan dan perpecahan selain sifat berbelah bahagi dalam kalangan semua peringkat pimpinan dan ahli akar umbi,” katanya.