10 Foreign Warships In Malaysia For 50th Merdeka Bash
Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Chief Admiral Tan Sri Ramlan Mohamed Ali said they arrived in 10 warships, which berthed here since Tuesday for the occassion.
"Some came on their own initiative to witness our Merdeka celebration, which is a special one this year.
"Never in history has RMN received so many warships here for the Merdeka celebration," he told reporters after a function to fete the foreign navy personnel here Thursday.
The ships which will be here until Sept 3 include the supply ship FNS VAR and patrol frigate FNS NIVOSE from France and four from the United States comprising the USS Kitty Hawk and USS Cowpens carriers and two destroyers, USS Curtis Wilbur and USS Martin.
Three others are from Japan comprising training ships JDS Kashima and JDS Shimayuki and a destroyer, JDS Sawagiri, and another is from New Zealand, the HMNZS Te Kaha.
Malang jika benarkan tentera Amerika turut serta sambut kemerdekaan Malaysia - Harakah, 30 Ogos
"Malam tadi, sekitar pukul 20.00 WITA Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono menerima telepon dari PM Malaysia yang intinya pernyataan penyesalan dan meminta maaf sedalam-dalamnya (provound appologize) atas kejadian itu," kata Juru Bicara Kepresidenan, Dino Pati Djalal di Istana Tampak Siring, Bali, Kamis (30/8).
Pemukulan terhadap ketua delegasi wasit karate Indonesia itu terjadi Jumat (24/8) lalu. Akibat pemukulan tersebut Donald mengalami luka cukup parah.
Insiden ini memicu berbagai aksi protes di Indonesia. Serangkaian demonstrasi digelar berbagai unsur masyarakat yang menuntut Pemerintah Malaysia meminta maaf.
Dijelaskan Dino, pembicaraan kedua kepala pemerintahan berlangsung dalam suasana konstruktif dan bersahabat. Menurut Dino, PM Malaysia menyatakan insiden itu tidak perlu terjadi.
Menurut Dino, Presiden Yudhoyono menghargai pernyataan PM Malaysia yang berupaya serta berniat baik untuk menghubungi Kepala Negara RI. Hal itu juga menunjukkan sikap arif Perdana Menteri Malaysia dan kedua pemimpin sepakat bahwa masalah itu perlu diselesaikan sesuai jalur hukum.
"Presiden menghargai langkah-langkah hukum dan tindakan indisipliner yang dengan cepat dapat diambil pemerintah Malaysia," katanya.
Kedua pemimpin mengharapkan, masalah itu dapat diselesaikan dengan cara yang baik dan cepat demi menjaga hubungan persaudaraan kedua negara yang selama ini berlangsung dengan kokoh.
Untuk itu, ujar Dino, Kepala Negara mengimbau semua pihak tetap bersikap tenang dan tidak terpancing emosi dalam kasus ini. Ia juga menginformasikan Kepala Kepolisian Diraja Malaysia telah menulis surat kepada Donald yang langsung diantarkan Duta Besar Malaysia kepada korban yang saat ini masih dirawat di rumah sakit. (Ant/OL-06)
Pemerintah Perlu Keluarkan "Travel Warning" ke Malaysia - Antara News, Aug 30
Widodo AS: Unjuk Rasa Anti Malaysia Masih Wajar - Antara News, Aug 30
JAKARTA, August 30 - Anti-Malaysia demonstrations broke out in Indonesian cities after an Indonesian referee was beaten while in Kuala Lumpur for the 8th Asian Karate Championship at the Nilai indoor stadium.
In the East Java capital of Surabaya, dozens of youths conducted a sweep against Malaysian citizens at a local hotel in retaliation for the beating, which allegedly occurred at the hands of police officers.
A report by the detik.com online news service said dozens of youths went to the Garden Palace Hotel, searching for Malaysian badminton players who participated in a local competition.
Before conducting the search, the youths demonstrated outside the East Java regional legislative building, demanding the Indonesian government lodge a protest against the Malaysian police officers’ conduct.
The protestors urged the government to “immediately severe” its diplomatic ties with Malaysia and accused Malaysia of being an “uncivilised nation.”
Indonesian karate referee Donald Luther Kalapita was allegedly assaulted on Friday in Kuala Lumpur by four Malaysian police officers and had to be taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.
In protest against the beating, Indonesia withdrew from the karate event.
Similar anti-Malaysia rallies took place in North Sumatra’s capital, Medan, and Jakarta, where protestors demanded Kuala Lumpur apologise to Indonesia. – dpa as reported by the StarOnline
Indonesian karate athletes stage rally in front of Malaysian Embassy - Antara, Jakarta Post, Aug 30
House slams Malaysia over attack on Indonesian referee - Antara, Aug 28
Terdapat dikalangan ummat Islam mereka bertanya, "Mengapakah terdapat dikalangan orang-orang kita yang aktif di medan politik lebih daripada ibadah?". Mereka ragu dengan gerakan dan kebangkitan Harakah Islamiyyah yang menyeluruh, kononnya ia tidak ada hubungan dengan pengertian Islam yang sebenar. Malah mereka menganggap ianya satu penyelewengan dari penghayatan Islam yang sebenar.
Islam tidak membezakan antara orang-orang yang beribadat di mihrab-mihrab masjid, yang mengeluarkan air mata kusyu' dan tawadu' kepada Allah, dengan orang yang berjuang untuk menegakkan kalimah Allah, baik dengan menggunakan air liur, dakwat pena, malah dengan peluh dan darah yang mengalir demi kecintaan mereka terhadap Islam.
Al-Imam `Abdullah al-Mubarak pernah menulis kepada sahabatnya yang beribadat di Makkah dengan meninggalkan jihad:
"Wahai saudara yang sedang beribadat di tanah suci,
Kalau saudara melihat kami, saudara akan ketahui,
Saudara hanya bermain dengan ibadat,
Siapa yang pipinya yang berlumuran airmata,
Maka leher kami berlumuran darah,
Kalau kuda mu penat didalam kebatilan
Maka kuda kami penat di medan perang."
Petikan dari buku "Islam : Fikrah, Harakah dan Daulah" oleh TG Hj Abdul Hadi Awang, Dewan Pustaka Fajar, Bab 1 dengan sedikit perubahan bahasa sesuai dengah tazkirah ringkas.
Today's Zaman, Aug 23 - In the wake of the European Union's strong support for Abdullah Gül's presidential candidacy, Muslim leaders have also joined the choir in lending support to Gül. The former deputy prime minister of
Praising Gül as an experienced politician and a very capable leader, Ibrahim said his leadership "has most certainly inspired a generation of Muslim democrats in
In an interview through e-mail, Ibrahim answered Today’s Zaman’s questions:
What might the Islamic world think if Gül is elected president of
Do you think
The underlying principles of the Turkish state have been reaffirmed by the AK Party government throughout its tenure, and the Turkish people have expressed their approval of a ruling party that is at ease both with
There is concern among a limited number of Western politicians and intellectuals that Gül may own the Ottoman legacy and is capable of turning
This fear is wholly unsubstantiated both by the pronouncements of Mr. Erdogan and Mr. Gül, and more importantly by the policies that the AK Party government has pursued in the last five years. In the last five years
If the military reacts again, what sort of a message will Muslims get from this reaction?
If the military intervenes, the message to the Muslim world will be clear. Democracy is a dead end. Moderates throughout the region will be marginalized and a coup in
Surayud Chulanont, the Thai prime minister, is in
Surayud signed the deal with his Malaysian counterpart, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, on Tuesday in Putrajaya, the administrative capital of
More than 2,400 people have been killed in violence in
Most of the violence has been in provinces near
About 100 Thai educators and religious teachers are expected to be sent to
No other details were immediately available.
Surayud is being accompanied on his visit by an entourage including his foreign, defence, education and interior ministers.
Both Surayud and Abdullah are due to fly to the northern resort
Syed Hamid Albar, the Malaysian foreign minister, has said that the leaders were likely to discuss setting up an Islamic bank in southern
He has said talks would centre on education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for
Meanwhile as the talks took place in Putrajaya, violence continued in the south of
An unknown number of assailants shot and killed a Buddhist man in a security guard uniform in the Waeng district of Narathiwat province, according to Prakit Meekam, a police official.
He said the attackers then attempted to behead the victim before fleeing.
In a separate incident, a Muslim man who was recently elected village chief was killed in a drive-by shooting in the Raman district of Yala province.
The predominantly Muslim provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat and some parts of Songkhla have seen the worst of the fighting since early 2004, when a separatist movement flared up after a lull of more than two decades.
Along with attacks on soldiers and police, separatists have targeted Buddhist civilians and government workers in what is believed to be an attempt to drive them from the area. Agencies
KOTA BARU, 21 Ogos - Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat berkata kerajaan negeri sedia bekerjasama dengan Badan Pencegahan Rasuah (BPR) dalam siasatan berhubung dakwaan berlaku penyelewengan dalam anak syarikat kerajaan negeri, Air Kelantan Sdn Bhd (AKSB).
Saya buka peluang 25 jam sehari kepada BPR, mereka nak datang untuk siasat, datanglah. Ada tak ada kes penyelewangan, hanya Tuhan yang tahu, kalau BPR nak siasat, siasatlah," katanya kepada Bernama di sini hari ini.
Sebuah akhbar hari ini melaporkan bahawa BPR sedang menyiasat AKSB berhubung penyelewengan dalam projek membaik pulih infrastruktur sistem bekalan air di Kelantan berharga RM600 juta.
Menurut laporan yang memetik sumber itu, BPR telah menghantar sepasukan pegawainya ke Kelantan untuk menyiasat perkara itu dan mendapati ada asas untuk siasatan terperinci dijalankan.
Pegawai-pegawai BPR itu juga dilaporkan membuat semakan di Pejabat Kewangan Negeri yang bertanggungjawab meluluskan pembayaran untuk projek itu.
Nik Abdul Aziz juga berkata beliau tidak bercadang meminta laporan daripada AKSB mengenai dakwaan berkenaan.
Mengulas isu yang sama, Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan Umno Kelantan Datuk Seri Annuar Musa, berkata Barisan Nasional telah beberapa kali cuba membawa isu itu ke pengetahuan Dewan Undangan Negeri Kelantan tetapi dihalang oleh kerajaan PAS Kelantan.
"Kita telah menggunakan saluran yang betul secara profesional iaitu sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri tetapi ditutup rapat oleh kerajaan dan ruang perbincangan mengenainya juga tidak pernah diberi," katanya kepada Bernama.
Annuar berharap semua pihak memberi kerjasama kepada BPR dalam siasatan itu supaya apa yang berlaku dalam AKSB diketahui umum. mStarOnline
Pak Lah ikrar pertahan maruah, harapan Umno
Berita Harian, 18 Ogos - DATUK Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi semalam berjanji di hadapan pejuang kemerdekaan dan veteran Umno bahawa sebagai Presiden parti, beliau akan terus menjaga Umno supaya sentiasa kuat, berpengaruh, maju dan meningkat jaya.
Ikrar penuh semangat itu dilafazkan beliau di hadapan kira-kira 3,500 pejuang kemerdekaan dan veteran Umno pada Perhimpunan Perdana Veteran Merdeka anjuran Jabatan Hal Ehwal Khas (Jasa) Kementerian Penerangan di Pusat Dagangan Antarabangsa Melaka (MITC), di sini, petang semalam.
Abdullah berkata, beliau tidak akan menjadikan kesibukan sebagai alasan untuk tidak menghadiri perhimpunan dengan veteran merdeka, kerana mereka bukan saja pejuang bangsa dan negara, malah kawan kepada orang tua beliau yang berjasa membawa kemerdekaan.
“Saya anak Umno jati, bapa Umno, emak Umno, malah datuk saya pun Umno. Jadi sayang saya kepada Umno tentulah jangan dipersoalkan.“Sebagai Presiden Umno, Pengerusi Barisan Nasional (BN) dan Perdana Menteri, saya ucap terima kasih dan penghargaan kepada jasa veteran,” katanya.
Sementara itu, Abdullah melancarkan jentera pilihan raya Puteri Umno Melaka, malam tadi.
Majlis turut dihadiri Ketua Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam; Menteri Penerangan Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin; Menteri Kebudayaan, Kesenian dan Warisan Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim; Ketua Puteri Umno, Datuk Noraini Ahmad dan Ketua Puteri Umno Melaka, Mas Ermieyati Samsudin. BeritaHarianOnline
Rakyat Kelantan Tolak Retorik Pas Mengenai Islam Hadhari
Beliau berkata sebagai bukti penolakan retorik itu, puluhan ribu rakyat Kelantan sudah mengunjungi Perkampungan Hadhari 2007 di sini sejak dua hari lalu, jelas menunjukkan tanda sokongan mereka.
"Rakyat Kelantan tahu Islam Hadhari mampu membawa negara dan Islam ke satu tamadun yang lebih dipandang mulia," katanya ketika berucap sebelum perasmian Perkampungan Hadhari 2007 di Padang Kompleks Sekolah-sekolah Wakaf Mek Zainab di sini, hari Jumaat.
Majlis perasmian perkampungan itu disempurnakan Perdana Menteri, yang turut diiringi isterinya Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, Menteri Pengajian Tinggi Datuk Mustapa Mohamed dan Timbalan Menteri Kewangan Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin ke majlis itu.
Annuar berkata usaha Perdana Menteri memartabatkan Islam di Malaysia mendapat perhatian rakyat Kelantan yang kini mula menyokong perjuangan itu, dan menurutnya para ulama di Kelantan juga sudah mula berterus terang, memuji langkah Abdullah memperkenalkan 10 prinsip Islam Hadhari.
Perkampungan Hadhari, anjuran bersama TV9 dan TV3 itu diadakan selama empat hari bermula Rabu lalu, menampilkan kira-kira 200 ruang gerai jualan serta pameran, dan sehingga hari ini lebih 200,000 penduduk Kelantan sudah mengunjunginya.
Rep: PAS has issued fatwa against Islam Hadhari
KUALA TERENGGANU, Aug 14 - PAS has issued a fatwa (religious edict) to punish those practising and preaching Islam Hadhari, deeming them infidels.
State Islam Hadhari and Welfare Committee chairman Datuk Rosol Wahid, replying to a question by Alias Abdullah (BN – Alor Limbat), said the fatwa was issued by a young PAS leader and his declaration was disseminated in a series of gatherings to the masses.
“We have all the necessary evidence in the form of recordings and written material to substantiate the fatwa issued by PAS,” the state executive councillor said.
He urged the religious department to investigate and act against the PAS leader who issued this fatwa.
Rosol said the religious department had also identified 84 mosques that had been misused by PAS leaders to preach their version of safeguarding Islam.
“They hurl all of kind of accusations and lies in their bid to disunite Muslims,” he added.
The assembly continues today. theStarOnline
Pas Perlu Hentikan 'Bunuh' Budaya Kelantan, Kata Rafidah
Beliau berkata budaya Kelantan yang antaranya dikenali di seluruh dunia seperti tarian Mak Yong dan Wayang Kulit, tidak seharusnya dibiarkan pupus kerana ia merupakan identiti rakyat negeri itu.
Rafidah yang juga Ketua Wanita Umno, berkata langkah kerajaan negeri yang menyekat kesenian budaya itu daripada berkembang dianggap tidak wajar kerana budaya mencerminkan cara kehidupan rakyat Kelantan.
"PAS perlu faham untuk membezakannya kerana budaya dan agama adalah berbeza. Budaya adalah cara kehidupan kita manakala agama adalah kepercayaan kita.
"Malahan jika kita lihat, orang Islam di negara China mempunyai budaya mereka sendiri, termasuk orang Islam di Arab, Mesir dan India. Mereka juga mengekalkan budaya mereka sedangkan Islam telah menapak di negara-negara itu jauh lebih lama berbanding di negara kita," katanya pada majlis penyampaian dermasiswa untuk 400 pelajar sekolah menengah di negeri ini di sini hari ini.
Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan melarang sebarang persembahan Mak Yong, Wayang Kulit dan Menora dibuat di tempat terbuka kerana ia dianggap bercanggah dengan akidah Islam.
Rafidah berkata jika budaya Kelantan dibiarkan "pupus", berkemungkinan besar lambat laun generasi muda negeri itu tidak akan mengenali apakah itu wayang kulit sehingga terpaksa merujuk perkara itu di luar negara.
"Jangan biarkan budaya ini habis musnah," katanya.
Dalam perkembangan lain, beliau juga meminta ibu bapa agar tidak berpegang kepada budaya bahawa memiliki ijazah adalah lambang kejayaan anak-anak dalam hidup mereka.
"Zaman kini telah berubah. Kita juga memerlukan kemahiran yang tidak memerlukan kelulusan yang tinggi sehingga ke tahap ijazah dan kemahiran itu boleh diperolehi di institusi kemahiran," katanya.
Beliau berkata terdapat kanak-kanak yang tidak mempunyai minat dalam membaca buku kerana kebolehan yang terhad namun mereka mempunyai kemahiran atau bakat lain.
Katanya ibu bapa perlu memainkan peranan mendorong anak mereka menceburi bidang kemahiran yang diminati dan tidak memaksa mereka untuk memilih bidang pengajian yang tidak diminati.
He was delivering the Friday sermon at the central Mosque in Khan Younis. He said that this conspiracy, in which some Palestinian parties are taking part is based on five axes; separation between Gaza and the West Bank, tightening the siege on Gaza, eroding the legitimacy of the Hamas's elected government, destroying the infrastructure of the Palestinian resistance, especially in the West Bank and entering into security and political deals with the Zionist enemy.
He stressed that these five axes have become a de facto "code of conduct" for some Palestinian, regional and international parties when dealing with the Palestinian issue.
Haneyya further said that his government rejects militarization of society and having numerous security agencies, as the case was in Gaza before Hamas took over, stressing: "We do not want a police state in Gaza"
He added that his government wants a strong police force, a national security agency which will protect the borders and internal security under the ministry of interior.
He said that after the collapse of the PA security agencies his government took over the responsibility and managed to control the situation adding that if such vacuum took place in any other place there would have been rife chaos.
Haneyya also talked about Abbas's presidential edicts and the illegal government that he set up in Ramallah and which started paying salaries to employees based on their political affiliation, denying those who disagree with it their salaries.
Haneyya said that Abbas was behind the closure of Rafah pointing to the fact that the Palestinian and the Israeli delegates to U.N. agreed to oppose a draft resolution submitted by Qatar and Indonesia to reopen the crossing.
"We will not surrender and the siege will not break our determination. They rely on America, we rely on Allah. They hide behind worldly powers we seek heavenly support and indeed there is a huge difference between both," Haneya said.
He also said that there are serious efforts to destroy the resistance in the West Bank through some suspicious security deals with the occupation government adding that whenever the PA security arrest a person or a group they claim that the arrested people where trying to setup an executive force in the West Bank.
He stressed that dialogue is the only way ahead for the Palestinians and expressed support for President Saleh's initiative.
Commenting on the autumn "international conference" called for by President Bush, Haneyya said this conference will be no more than a farewell party for Bush who has achieved nothing and all his plans failed.
'Ban this wretched book'
In his letter Wilders' wants "to make it a crime to use the Koran in mosques and at home."
"Ban this wretched book", Freedom Party's leader declared. "Send a signal...to Islamists that the Quran can never, ever be used in our country as an "excuse or inspiration" for violence".
"Islamists are seeking to establish a pure Islamic society governed under extremely harsh interpretation of Islam. From Islamism preferred apocalyptic millennial echo of other ideology, Fascism. Islamism is a totalitarian, utopian, violent and like Fascism - expansionist movement." This is a quote of some figures from another country, Canada.
According to an editorial article in the Ottawa Citizen Newspaper dated June 5 2006, which defines Islam: "Koran is a guide to fascism and expansionism - collection of Islamist thoughts, and those who believe in it are not Muslims, they are Islamists."
According to the Koran, as Ottawa Citizen explains, "Islam is not just a religion is a way of life. (Al Imran, 3:19). Lifestyle never limited home or private life. It covers all aspects of life, private and public. The Koran emphasizes that if someone wants another way of life than Islam, it will never be accepted by them (3:85).
According to the Citizen, that is an Islamism.
Thus, a Muslim who believes and fully accepts the Holy Writ, as required by the Koran and not takes the Islam "as only a religion" and that is an "Islamist ". He the enemy of the "civilization", "freedom" and "democracy" against whom and a total war declared.
But Islam is really "not just a religion." The Koran clearly states to the believers:
"To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety: so judge between them by what Allah hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the Truth that hath come to thee. To each among you have we prescribed a law and an open way." (5:48)
The Koran states that God had sent the Law to the Musa (Moses) and the Gospel to Isa (Jesus), peace be upon him, and before this, as a guide for mankind, the Almighty God sent Distinction (Furqan) between Good and Evil (Koran 3:3). So, where to apply the same law as not in private and public life?
According to the anti-Islamic propagandists, Islamophobic and Shariat opponents, Muslims become "Islamists" (or as some Democrats expressed "green commissioners") if they seek to establish a "pure Islamic society", which would run under the Laws and the criteria specified in the Holy Scriptures, in the Koran.
The Koran states that if the believer does not seek to do so, it stops to be a Muslim at all:
"If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) Unbelievers...they are wrong-doers." (5:44-47).
Thus, it is clear that the war declared on Islam is the declared war especially declared on the Koran, the word of God, which was heard by mankind through the last Prophet of God Muhammad (pbuh).
It is not a war for freedom and progress, not a war for civilization and peace, this a war for a way of life for mankind and the Koran in this war is a prime target for enemies of Truth.
And so Allah warns in the Koran:
"Fain would they extinguish Allah's light with their mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His light should be perfected, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it)." (9:32)
The price of oil fell for the third straight day as speculators rushed to bank profits on concerns that subprime fears will weaken energy demand.
Central banks across the world responded by pumping money into the banking system, offering loans at lower rates to commercial banks.
After years of booming house prices and cheap credit - interest rates have been historically low - the
Defaults and repossessions
This has caused high numbers of defaults and repossessions as borrowers, particularly high-risk subprime borrowers, struggle to keep up with their repayments.
After several weeks of turmoil on world stock markets due to the subprime crisis, fears appeared to recede earlier this week.
But on Thursday French banking giant BNP Paribas spooked the market when it said it had suspended three investment funds exposed to the
A short time later the European Central Bank pumped a record 94.8 billion euros into the money supply - far more than it had injected in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks - and followed up with another 61.05 billion euros on Friday.
An analyst at the Morgan Stanley
The Federal Reserve for its part pumped $35 billion into the
Before Wall Street opened, the Fed infused $19 billion in a market operation that was conducted more than an hour before its usual time.
It also took the unusual step of making a statement after the first operation - the first time it's done so since the September 11, 2001 - in an attempt to calm investors' fears.
By late morning, $16 billion had been injected in a second market operation - an unusual occurrence for a Friday.
The last time the Fed conducted two operations on a Friday was more than two years ago.
At midday, the Dow Jones industrial average briefly turned higher and then dipped in volatile trading. Both the Standard & Poor's 500 index and the Nasdaq Composite Index achieved modest gains after 1600 GMT, reversing their earlier slide.
In its statement after Friday's first market operation, the Fed said it would provide liquidity as needed "to facilitate the orderly functioning of financial markets.
World Market slide
Several other central banks around the world pumped lesser amounts into their banking systems.
But stock markets continued to slump across the world, with volatile
"It's that unnerving effect of the unknown which is spooking investors at the moment," Henk Potts of Barclays Stockbrokers in
Banking stocks were among the worst hit.
The human face of the current financial crisis is likely to be a low-earning American, possibly someone who took on a mortgage they could ill-afford and whose mortgage broker did inadequate checks on their ability to repay.
The link between these people and turmoil in financial markets involves much financial trickery that enabled banks and funds all over the world to make investments that are essentially bets on borrowers repaying their mortgages.
Banks are now setting aside cash as a precaution against further losses from their bad investments and have become far more cautious about lending.
This is known as a "credit squeeze," but the fear is that this could become a veritable "credit crunch" in which companies and consumers have inadequate access to loans.
A shortage of liquidity would restrict the ability of companies, and eventually consumers, to borrow, potentially slowing economic growth worldwide. Agencies
Pembangunan dituntut agama
KOTA BHARU 3 Ogos – Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi menegaskan, beliau menggerakkan dasar pemerintahan berteraskan Islam Hadhari bagi membolehkannya menunjuk arah sebenar kepada rakyat dan membangunkan negara dengan dasar-dasar yang selari dengan tuntutan agama.
Menurut Perdana Menteri, dengan tanggungjawab yang kian banyak dan mencabar, beliau memikul pemerintahan agar selari dengan tuntutan agama melalui dasar-dasar yang dapat diterima, dinikmati dan tidak dicurigai oleh rakyat pelbagai kaum dan agama.
Dalam ucapannya ketika merasmikan Multaqa Ulama dan Intelektual Islam Negeri Kelantan 2007 di sini hari ini, beliau mengetepikan teks ucapan yang dibawanya dari Putrajaya.
Pada majlis yang turut dihadiri Mufti Kelantan, Datuk Hasbullah Mohd. Hassan; Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri, Datuk Aiseri Alias, para pemimpin UMNO negeri dan pemimpin masyarakat negeri ini, Perdana Menteri berkata:
‘‘Saya ketepikan teks (ucapan) hari ini kerana sebagai Perdana Menteri, saya ingin bercakap dari hati ke hati dengan para ulama di sini.”
Katanya: “Saya selaku Perdana Menteri tentu hendak buat pendekatan baru, nak buat petunjuk arah, kalau tak betul, semua sesat.
‘‘Tetapi saya tidak mahu menjadi Perdana Menteri yang menyesatkan, saya tidak mahu menjadi Perdana Menteri yang dimarahi Allah, minta disimpangkan jauh.” Lagi UtusanOnline
Malaysia negara Islam? Tidak.. jadi Malaysia negara apa? p/s - Islam tidak rojak dan jauh sekali berfahaman teokratik.
Malaysia Not A Secular Or Theocratic State, Says Abdullah
He said the government in this country practised elements of government that reflected the composition of its population which was made up of various races and religion.
"We are not a secular state. We are also not a theocratic state like Iran and Pakistan which PAS wants us to be, but we are a government that is based on parliamentary democracy," he told reporters after launching a programme with the people at the Tuanku Bainun Teaching Institute, here.
He said the existing government was a responsible one whether to the people or country and administered together by leaders from all races and religions under the Barisan Nasional coalition.
"We (the government) consist of leaders from the various religions -- Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity -- and everyone is involved in discussions to reach a consensus on national development policies," he said.
The Prime Minister said the formula adopted had been proven to be capable of driving the country towards development for the past 50 years.
"That is our country that has developed according to our own formula which has been tested for the past 50 years and has already succeeded today," he said.
Abdullah said he failed to see how such a government could not continue to progress in future, that is up to its 100th independence anniversary.
Raja Nazrin: Those With Shady Past Shouldn't Be Leaders
He said this was integral to good governance, one of the three major themes of the works of the late Prof Syed Hussein Alatas, a renowned sociologist and intellectual.
"Figures in authority must be chosen for their integrity first and qualifications second," he said during his inaugural lecture to commemorate the legacy of Prof Syed Hussein Alatas entitled "Towards a Decent Social Order for All Malaysians", at the Islamic Arts Museum here, Tuesday.
He said the battle against corruption had always been top priority for Prof Syed Hussein, who published four books on the topic from as early as 1968.
Also present was his wife, Raja Puan Besar Perak, Tuanku Zara Salim, Albukhary Foundation executive vice-chairman Datuk Ismail Yusof and Syed Hussain's son, associate prof Syed Farid Alatas.
Raja Nazrin said corruption was mankind's most deadly social disease, as it could undermine good governance, weaken institutional foundations, distort public policy, compromise the rule of law and constrain the economy.
He said corruption curbed competitiveness to the detriment of economic and social development, led to tremendous misallocation of resources, and made the cost of doing business become unacceptably high.
"Corruption exists because of man's enduring desire for personal gain.
"Once corruption becomes widespread, it will no longer seem immoral and unlawful - just business as usual," he said.
He said there must be concrete anti-corruption measures and management practices based on efficiency, transparency and accountability. more in Bahasa