Tuesday, February 21, 2017
PETALING JAYA: Penerbit Tiga Ananda, cawangan PT Tiga Serangkai di Surakarta, Indonesia menarik balik buku kanak-kanak terbitan syarikat itu susulan beberapa bahagian di dalamnya mengandungi bahan pornografi, dan menjadi viral di media sosial.
Jakarta Post melaporkan buku bertajuk “Aku Berani Tidur Sendiri” iaitu sebahagian daripada siri “Aku Belajar Mengendalikan Diri” hasil karya Fita Chakra didakwa mengandungi ilustrasi kanak-kanak sedang melakukan onani.
Pengurus Besar Tiga Ananda Mas Adimuawan berkata buku itu sebenarnya sudah ditarik balik sejak Disember dan pembeli juga digalakkan untuk memulangkan semula buku berkenaan.
“Kami akan memulangkan wang mengikut tanda harga. Kami mencetak kira-kira 3,000 buku, dengan 900 sudah dijual. Kami menarik balik baki buku itu daripada pengedar dan ia akan dimusnahkan.
“Kami mohon maaf. Ada kesilapan pada ilustrasi yang tidak sepatutnya dilihat dan dibaca kanak-kanak,” katanya dipetik daripada Jakarta Post.
Adimuawan berkata penerbitan buku itu pada awalnya bertujuan membantu ibu bapa menjelaskan kepada anak mengenai pendidikan seks, dan memberitahu kanak-kanak bagaimana melindungi diri mereka daripada serangan seksual.
“Kami sebenarnya ada mendapatkan konsultasi daripada pakar kanak-kanak dan psikologi dengan menyusun beberapa bahan untuk buku itu. Tetapi kami akui cuai kerana menerbitkan ilustrasi yang membuatkan pembaca tidak selesa.
“Kami benar-benar minta maaf,” katanya dipetik daripada Jakarta Post. -FMT
PETALING JAYA: The Kuala Lumpur-based Istanbul Network has criticised PAS for what it says is its warped sense of priorities.
In an interview with FMT, the think tank’s CEO, Ali Salman, said an Islamist political party should be focusing on economic development instead of prescribing punishments.
The Istanbul Network brings together leaders of think tanks from Muslim countries. Ali hails from Pakistan.
“PAS is talking about a criminal code when this should be the last item on its agenda instead of the starting point,” he said.
“A starting point for an Islamist party should be to solve problems faced by the people. Islamist parties have to be socially and economically active.”
Ali was commenting on PAS’ proposal to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act to increase the severity of punishments.
He said Islamist political parties, especially those that operate in multicultural societies, must develop broad policies in the interest of all citizens rather than focus on Islam alone.
“In my view, Islamic political parties which focus on Islam alone and not address social and economic issues as well as issues of governance and corruption have a very myopic view of Islam.”
He said the success of an Islamist government wasn’t defined by the presence of Islamic laws but by socio-economic indicators.
“Have jobs been created? Have investments increased? Is health and education better? These are what define the success of an Islamist government.”
Commenting on last Saturday’s rally in support of the PAS-proposed amendments, he said it would not scare off investors as the demands had nothing to do with economic policies.
“At most, it will spook individuals but not organisations. The things which scare businesses are mechanisms like price and profit controls.”
Ali also spoke on the importance of individual freedom, economic freedom, political freedom and religious freedom to a country’s economy.
“Freedoms are a spectrum,” he said. “For a country’s optimal development, these freedoms must exist together. If you have some forms of freedom but not others, you will be holding back a country’s development.”
Citing the Egyptian uprising of 2011, he said the suppression of any type of freedom would make people demand for it sooner or later.
He said religious freedom was the essence of Islam because of its prohibition of coercion. “If Islamist political parties aren’t ready to give religious freedom, then they aren’t doing justice to Islam.”
Ali also commented on talk in social media that Malaysia was going down Pakistan’s path. He said this wouldn’t happen because Malaysia was different from Pakistan for being a multicultural society and having a diverse economy. Furthermore, he added, the two countries’ economic and foreign policies were not similar.
He also said there were many misconceptions about Pakistan’s problems being rooted in Islam.
“Pakistan’s problems stem from poor governance and its foreign policy. There are extremists, but it’s not because of Islam. It’s manifested in radical Islam, but the root of the problem is that social and economic issues haven’t been addressed for decades.”
He said many of Pakistan’s past leaders used Islam as a means of legitimising their rule and developed so-called Islamic policies that were more “form than function”.
This was a lesson for Malaysia to learn, he added.
“When you have more form than function, then you give Islam a bad name. If you force women to don headscarves or focus on punishing people, then you’re only harming the religion’s image.
“If we’re sincere about Islam, we have to be more sensitive to broader socio-economic issues rather than superficial issues. Nothing about religion should be enforced.” -FMT
KUCHING: DAP says Petronas is still taking many non-Sarawakian staff here despite an agreement with the state government to increase the number of locals hired for its operations in the state.
Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong said she had received information that the national oil firm may be still hiring workers from the peninsula.
“Last year, our state government took a very firm stand on this issue to stop Peninsular Malaysians from taking up all the top posts in Petronas in Sarawak,” she told a press conference at the party’s headquarters here.
“I would like to ask if that position still stands today. How are they sure that the people at Petronas now are not using other ways to enter Sarawak to work, such as social visit passes instead of work permits,” Yong added.
Yong asked the government to ascertain and publish the number of Sarawakians working for Petronas here in order to prove there has been an increase in the number of locals following the company’s downsizing carried out early last year.
Last March, Petronas announced it was cutting 1,000 jobs, with a voluntary separation scheme (VSS) offered to select staff following a redeployment exercise.
“It seems people can enter Sarawak very easily and job opportunities are taken away by people from Peninsular Malaysia. When it comes to autonomy, I hope they are serious about it,” the DAP elected representative said.
The national oil firm’s hiring practices came under fire last year when it announced that it would replace retrenched Sarawakian staff here with at least 90 Peninsular Malaysians.
Last August, the state government announced a moratorium on work permits for Peninsular Malaysians.
After a meeting between then chief minister, Adenan Satem, and Prime Minister Najib Razak, Petronas announced that a total of 192 posts that were vacant would be advertised in local papers and filled by Sarawakians.
Petronas also agreed that the number of Sarawakians in its workforce at the management level would be increased from 33% to 60%, and at the executive level from 48% to 75%, by 2020.
Petronas said last August that it had 5,190 employees in Sarawak, 3,880 of whom were Sarawakians. -FMT
PUTRAJAYA: A pilot project to inculcate the clean toilet culture in schools will take off next month, says education deputy director-general (Education Operation Sector) Ahmad Tajuddin Jab.
He said several schools had been selected for the project before it could be implemented in schools nationwide, as practised in developed countries, such as Japan.
However, for the project to be implemented, he added the education ministry needed the support of parents to encourage the culture at home.
So far, we have only organised clean toilet competitions but these were mainly one-offs.
“What is more important is to continuously generate awareness on the importance of a clean toilet environment, educating children on hygenic toilet habits and ways of keeping toilets clean,” Tajuddin told reporters after presenting the 2016 national-level awards to schools which had successfully enlivened their surau here yesterday.
Last August, Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid had said that this year, the ministry would introduce sharing the responsibility of cleaning and maintenance of school toilets as a national agenda.
Commenting on the natural resources and environment ministry’s proposal that enviromental study be introduced in schools, Tajuddin said environmental aspects had been incorporated in several subjects that were referred to as cross-curricular topics.
He said for 21st century education, learning would revolve around financial management, health education and environmental protection that would be incorporated in school subjects and extra-curricular activities.
“However, the ministry will look into how this can be applied in a more organised manner,” he added.
Tajuddin said on Feb 8, the education ministry had also held discussions with the natural resources and environment ministry on developing a syllabus related to environmental science and this would be fine-tuned by a joint technical committee. -FMT
Malaysian police identified a senior official in the North Korean embassy on Wednesday as a suspect in the murder of Kim Jong-nam, and said another was linked to the North Korean airline.
Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said both suspects are still in Malaysia and have been called in for questioning. He said North Korean diplomat held the rank of second secretary at the embassy.
Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport last week while he was preparing to board a flight to Macau.
Khalid told a news conference that police "strongly believed" four other suspects who fled Malaysia on Feb 13, the day of the attack, had arrived in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.- Mkini