MORE PICS & Video (30 s) – NAJIB stating Malaysia - an Islamic Nation spoken as a matter of fact; A Pragmatic truth to him influenced by his beliefs?
Najib stays on solid ground ;
;STAR - INSIGHT; By JOCELINE TAN
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has been the target of a smear campaign over the Altantuya case but he may have cleared another turning point after the doctored photo episode backfired on its Parti Keadilan Rakyat creator. DATUK Seri Najib Tun Razak arrived for the Rompin Umno division meeting in a helicopter. The aircraft had to make an impromptu landing in a school field because the area where they were supposed to land was filled with tents erected for a jamuan rakyat that day. The meeting was at the modern Uniten campus and as the Deputy Prime Minister said in his speech that morning, Umno and Rompin have come a long way. Najib recalled visiting an Umno branch in Rompin more than 20 years ago. The village road was so bad he had to make his way on foot after the wheels of his car were stuck in the mud. He also recalled an elderly teacher from the area who had no qualms about ringing Tun Razak Hussein to speak his mind, quite unbothered that Razak was not just his MP but also the Prime Minister. More reminders of the early years came in the form of a framed drawing presented by Rompin Umno chief and long-time supporter Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis. It was an ink sketch of a teenage Najib with his parents and brothers, one of whom was still a chubby baby.
Najib has been on the go in the past weeks attending Umno division meetings all over the country and a number of themes have emerged from the speeches he made. First is the general election. The signs point to early polls and he has been urging the Umno grassroots to work towards ensuring a strong mandate for Barisan Nasional. Second is the Malay progress after 50 years of independence and the importance of keeping up with change, to be less reliant on the government, to be bold and to compete. Third, he has used the Umno forum to strike back at the opposition parties, particularly Parti Keadilan Rakyat. Najib has been the target of a PKR smear campaign from the day think-tanker Razak Baginda was arrested over the murder of the Mongolian woman. The PKR attacks reached a peak during the Ijok by-election where he was taunted with chants of “Altantuya!
“Ijok was a real turning point. He went there knowing he would be the target. He had to roll up his sleeves and fight tooth and nail,” said a political insider. Najib has led five by-elections for Barisan since 2004 but Ijok was his toughest because he had to defend himself on a personal level. The latest and perhaps most controversial jab is the by-now infamous picture that originated in the weblog of PKR's unconventional information chief Tian Chua. The digitally composed photograph showed a grim-looking Najib flanked by a smiling Razak and a woman resembling the dead Altantuya Shaariibuu. It was such a poor effort that no one in his right mind would take it seriously. In fact, it has backfired on its creator.
Blogger Syed Azidi Syed Abdul Aziz, better known by his nom de guerre Kickdefella, did a digital match and found that the image of Najib in the doctored photo was actually a picture of Najib taken when he spoke at the World Economic Forum. Chua has admitted it was a digital job, so why the fuss, some had asked. For a start, this is not something that a party that claims a higher moral ground than Umno would resort to. Neither is it an act that a party aspiring to be taken seriously by the electorate would wish to be associated with. Chua's action also got a lot of attention because, as the information chief, he is ranked sixth in the party hierarchy. It would have been fine if he had, from the start, qualified it as a joke or, as claimed, an attempt at satire. But it was only after the furore erupted that he began rationalising the reason for publishing the picture.
DAP politicians have been quietly disapproving of the whole affair. They were victims of similar underhandedness and are still seething over the doctored photograph portraying a few of them with communist leader Chin Peng posted on the Umno Youth website. PAS leaders, on the other hand, were shaking their head in disbelief. They are seasoned politicians and their first reaction was that such clumsy deception would backfire should an actual photograph actually turn up. Besides, PAS politicians know only too well the cruel power of a tampered photograph. They still believe the opposition alliance would have won the 1990 polls were it not for the photograph showing then ally Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah wearing a Kadazan headgear bearing what looked like a crucifix. Politics, unlike football, is not a beautiful game. Those close to Najib have asked him point blank if he has met Altantuya. Najib is very certain he has never met the woman or even knew of her, let alone had a picture taken with her. “We have asked him many times, and he is adamant about it. He is confident there is no picture because he has never met or seen the woman. Why is it so hard to believe that Razak is a smart and savvy think-tanker but that he is very private about his private life?” said a close associate of Najib’s.
Top Najib press aide Tengku Shariffuddin Tengku Ahmad said: “He did not even know of her existence. He is very confident there's no such photo in existence. “We did not say anything when the case started because our stand was to let the investigation take its course but the opposition kept playing it up. It came to a point in Ijok when we felt that enough was enough.” Najib made his strongest stand in Ijok when he declared: “As God is my witness, I have never met Altantuya. What I know is what I read in the newspapers.” The botched photo incident may be yet another turning point for Najib. “Najib has been under siege, a victim of innuendos and allegations,” said a Malay media consultant.
A pro-PAS friend of the consultant was so swayed by the conspiracy theories making the rounds that he was prepared to believe Najib was finished. “But after seeing the photograph, my friend thinks there is a political game to frame Najib. Personally, I did not think much of it because the allegations were so extreme. I've always believed his pedigree would determine his conduct,” said the consultant. Najib has told his aides that he would let people judge for themselves how low PKR politicians were prepared to go.
Said Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin (ABOVE): “The problem among some people is that they just refuse to listen even when it comes from the horse's mouth. I went through the same thing. The best way is to make your case and get on with your work.” The Prime Minister, he added, was also the target of speculative attacks last year but he rode it out. “The important thing is that the party accepts Najib's explanations. These are experienced men, they've been through it a lot – Pak Lah last year and Datuk Najib this year. They're handling it with great composure and that's what we want from our leadership,” said Khairy. Those trying to dislodge Najib have to understand that whatever the intensity of the storm blowing outside, he is on solid ground in Umno.
He enjoys the confidence of the Prime Minister and he commands the ground for he has built up support at every stop of his long career. “It is not something he needs to worry about. His network in the party goes back to his days as Umno Youth leader and everywhere he goes, people remember his father's contributions,” said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar. Najib, he said, has never been stronger than now in the party. “The PM has complete and absolute trust in him. He is very supportive of his deputy and that is an important plus factor. Don't waste time trying to instigate the PM about Najib, it's not going to work. It would be difficult for anyone to come between them,” said Syed Hamid. Another turning point: Those trying to dislodge Najib have to understand that whatever the intensity of the storm blowing outside, he has solid standing in Umno. Khairy: ‘The important thing is that Umno accepts Najib's explanations’ Syed Hamid: ‘Don't try to instigate the PM about Najib, it's not going to work’
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and from Jelas.info
Supremacist Bigotry: Who Can Defend Us?
Much said on the case of Najib, Hisham, Islamic States and high-handed threats. The question on my mind is simple: who can defend us? If a secular state is what we believe in, who will stand up for it? Can MCA, Gerakan or MIC stand up for it? We've seen what happens when they try. Do you think MCA is going to openly defy Hisham? Nobody's stupid enough to believe that.
Let's briefly examine Hisham's calculations in this matter. He must have been perfectly aware that he was creating massive intra-BN tensions and that he was going to cost BN/MCA a few seats at least. Did he care? Not one hoot. Hisham wrongly believes that the BN grip on power is unassailable. But he rightly understands that only Umno is worth anything in this 'coalition.' He's perfectly happy to sacrifice some BN seats if it means strengthening his own intra-Umno position in the run-up to the Umno elections. After all, that's where the only avenue to real power is. What can we do as Hisham and gang conspires to screw us over? It is pivotal to realise that MCA/Gerakan/MIC can't do diddly squat in the face of big brother. I truly appreciate the support of certain BN individuals, but as far as I know, none of their politicians came out to publicly defend me while I was in prison.
Same is going to be for this Islamic state business. And if you don't dare criticise Umno and their arrogant bigotry in public, what good are you? Working 'behind the scenes' so as not to piss off your masters means perpetuating their ill-conceived supreiority complexes. Don't be fooled into thinking that all Malays are so arrogant- that's equally racist and inane. The BN formula has steadily and brutally destroyed race relations in this country, just ask any old timer. It needs to be thoroughly replaced wholesale. If not, these issues will be continued to be played as pawns in internal battles within the Umno hegemony, and it is the whole of
Watch the Video Clip (34 s) his exact words, on his reply - Malaysia is an Islamic State
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It was unfortunate, Datuk Najib Razak , the Deputy Premier “off the cuff” remarks were made are all influenced by his beliefs. From the Video Clip, it can be seen it was an automatic response to the question posed. He is holding strong beliefs to this issue. His reply was motivated by his beliefs and he seemed unaware of the influence of his beliefs; and was not paying attention to what he was saying in relation to the subjects that deemed to be significant or important.
In all these actions, he was NOT incorporating thought to think what he said might be hurtful to others – no tact you might say or insensitive. He was not thinking concerning all of these automatic actions (remarks) — he was doing. He might be thinking but not paying attention to the doing. Of course his beliefs are not absolute truth. His automatic responses that seemed to elude his notice and he identifies them as merely truths. Therefore, they are entirely unquestioned and challenged by others.
The problems and conflicts arise over philosophical differences in interpretation over arguments whether the nation is a secular or Islamic state. Even facts and other information which are more correct and more helpful, he would still cling and hold on to old beliefs, reject or doubt them because his ideas or theory seem contradictory to the new data.
And this is one of the problems we encounter in all our lives and in the world that has produced or given birth to many things, such as hatred, discrimination and conflicts between, between nations, between neighbors and between people.
Truths are mere beliefs, but as you identify them as truths, you do not see them as beliefs. So the problem is when trying to communicate your truth to somebody who is different, it almost … there becomes a question of honesty, rather than truth. You’re not being dishonest if you’re communicating your truth to another individual whose truth is different than yours, but they may perceive it that way. In a cultural setting, the physical location of a country, the mass beliefs expressed in that country which are reinforced by all of the people incorporate certain absolutes, which become their truths as in religious beliefs. What is significant is that we must recognize objectively that theses are NOT actually TRUTHS. They are strongly unquestioned BELIEFS. The belief systems that are strongest to us individually, we would call that a truth. You express it each day within your focuses. You associate with it continuously. Many of your automatic responses are associated within yourselves as truth.
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The conference is organised by the
-Najib was asked whether
Earlier, Najib launched a book entitled "The Ijazah of Abdullah Fahim" authored by Mesut Idris and Syed Ali and published by MPH Group Publishing. It is available at major bookstores at RM59.90 per copy.
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MCA: We are a secular nation
By : Eileen Ng, NST
"The documents showed that a secular state is the foundation of the formation of
Ong said former prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj had said during a meeting on
Additionally, Ong stated that when former MCA president, who was Finance Minister, Tun Tan Siew Sin spoke in parliament on July 10, 1957, in support of the Constitutional Bill, he said that although Islam would be the official religion, "this does not in any way derogate from the principle, which has always been accepted, that Malaya will be a secular state and that there will be a complete freedom to practise any other religion".
Ong added that all these documents showed a true picture of
He said that the issue of
The council also strongly objected to attempts by the government to change the status quo. The Bar Council said that in the context of the country’s history and the constitution itself that proclaimed its supremacy, there was no doubt whatsoever that
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PRESS STATEMENT -Malaysia a secular State
The statement made by the Deputy Prime Minister in this 50th year of Merdeka that Malaysia has never been a secular state is startling as it ignores the undisputed constitutional history of the country as well as the social contract by which the multi racial and multi-religious people of this nation came together. The Federal Constitution was a carefully thought out, carefully negotiated document that evolved after much debate and discussion. Some historical context is necessary. In 1956, Tunku Abdul Rahman had headed a Merdeka Mission to
negotiations were conducted by 4 representatives of the Malay Rulers, 4 representatives of the then Alliance Government and representatives of the British Government. The Reid Commission was then appointed to draft a constitution for independent
organisations and received 131 memoranda. One of the striking features of the Reid Commission report and the Federal Constitution is the inter-communal compromises. These compromises were essentially the result of proposals set out in a memorandum by the then
"The religion of
." (Emphasis added)
Subsequent to the issuance of the Reid Report, further reviews were carried out by a Working Party that again consisted of representatives from the Malay rulers, the Alliance party and the British Government. The
In the context of our history and the Constitution itself that proclaims its supremacy, it is the Bar Council's view that there is no doubt whatsoever that
Ambiga Sreenevasan’ President’ Malaysian Bar,
Dear Malaysians, please do not take Najib Razak seriously. I personally believe that he does not understand or differentiate between an Islamic state, an Islamic nation and an Islamic country. Having Islam as the official religion does not make
And how about draconian laws that clearly go against the tenets of Islam like ISA (detention without trial) and OSA? Does Najib know that in an Islamic state, you cannot have Sultan or King as the supreme leader of the land has to be an ulamak ( religious guru)? I once pointed out to the former prime minister Dr Mahathir at a forum in Shah Alam one year after he unilaterally declared
I also pointed out to him that since he did not seek the approval from the Cabinet and the Parliament, I would regard his proclamation as null and void and purely his personal opinion. Besides, I also argued that both the Reid and Cobalt Commissions did not specify
I would even go one step further to state that it’s totally acceptable to adopt certain Islamic values which are universal in nature into our system of governance. We have nothing to worry if the government of the day truly follows the tenets and values of religion.
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Abdullah Urges Muslims To Reclaim Their Lost Golden Legacy
ABOVE: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak delivering the address on behalf of PM Ahmad Badawi
KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Tuesday outlined four imperatives, including renewing the spirit of unity among Muslims, for Islamic states to seek a wider and more active role in a globalising world and reclaim the golden legacy of the Islamic era. The prime minister said Muslims must also start to revive their economic position, invest in education and skills and establish social justices, based on timeless Islamic principles. He said that for more than a thousand years, Muslim civilisation was the zenith of human achievement with the Muslims as the leading philosophers, scientists, and innovators of their era and as such, they needed to reclaim this golden legacy that had been lost to the ages. Abdullah said Muslims often forgot that through the spread of the empire, they gave birth to a Muslim wave of globalisation more than a thousand years ago, where Muslim states were shining examples of economic progress, scientific innovation and social justice. "We cannot remain mere spectators in a world that is rapidly moving ahead. We must commit ourselves to enhancing our competitiveness in order to play a contributing role to the advancement of human civilisation, as was the legacy of Islamic states in the past" he said.
He said this in his address at the
"Ultimately, we must begin to move beyond politics and conflict, and focus on the issues that truly concern us as an ummah -- tackling poverty, eliminating illiteracy, combating ignorance and raising the quality of life. This is the immediate concern for us all, as Muslims," he said. On another key imperative, Abdullah said Muslim nations must begin to revive their economic position because Muslims' share of the global economy was poor and even the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) member countries had collectively recorded a declining share of trade within developing countries. In 2005, the OIC's collective Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was less than five per cent of the total world figure, and intra-trade volume -- at about US$800 billion -- was only about six to seven per cent of total global trade.
Abdullah said that when Malaysia took over the chairmanship of OIC, one of the objectives Malaysia set out to achieve during its tenure was to expand and deepen the economic linkages between Muslim countries of "what I call putting an economic face to the OIC". "I believe that we are already on our way towards promoting the revival of the global Muslim economy. In 2005, the World Islamic Economic Forum was launched under the aegis of the OIC. We have endeavoured to promote economic links and entrepreneurs within the Muslim ummah, particularly among women entrepreneurs as well as young leaders," he said. Abdullah, who is the current chairman of the OIC, said he had spearheaded a capacity-building programme within the OIC to build capabilities in commercially-driven and income-generating projects, particularly in the lower-income countries, adding that these initiatives were among the many efforts the OIC would continue to undertake to further promote trade and economic cooperation among the Muslims.
Abdullah also said that there was a need for Muslim countries to invest in education and skills because the rise of every nation was preceded by the acquisition of knowledge. He said Muslims need to build a knowledgeable society -- an "Ulul Al Bab" community -- in which real and true knowledge is the governing principle of all human activity. "We must be willing to invest towards educating the next generation of great scholars -- the ulama that will light our way -- in every spectrum of the sciences. Of the great scholars that we already have today, we must honour them and their contributions. We must build a generation of Muslims that recognises and honours knowledge. This is the way of success," he said.
Speaking on the need to establish social justice, based on timeless Islamic principles, Abdullah said Muslim countries must liberate good, human capabilities so that every Muslim and individual citizen could positively participate in our system of governance.
"We must remember that the governed possess the right to be governed as free men, as human beings governed by consent. This is true, not only through the prism of western frameworks of human rights, (but) it is also true from the tawhidic concept of justice," he said. Abdullah pointed out that the four imperatives must be undertaken within a cohesive framework of Islam, which promotes a proper appreciation of Islam as a force for progress and development, adding that this approach may be found in the principles of Islam Hadhari, which he introduced in
The prime minister said that unfortunately the reality today was that Muslim countries were woefully unprepared to face the challenges of globalisation where many of them were still grappling with basic developmental issues at a time when many other nations were finding ways to become more competitive. "It is quite clear that some Muslim countries today are in a state of confusion and even desperation. In fact, for some Muslims, they have even begun to see globalisation as a conspiracy to undermine Islam. This leads many of them to espouse radical views and even commit extremist acts and for many other Muslims, they remain resigned to their sorry fate, deprived and dejected. "Nevertheless, we need to realise that the phenomenon of globalisation is here to stay. Simply opposing globalisation -- adopting the attitude of withdrawal or taking the path of obscurantism -- is clearly not a wise option. In fact it is not an option at all," Abdullah said.