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Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has insisted that Kelantan is entitled to a five per cent royalty for oil extracted off its waters, saying it was time to “re-examine the relationship between the states and the federal government”. The Gua Musang MP told a packed Stadium Sultan Mohamed IV last night that national oil firm Petronas was bound by law to give the money to states where oil is found, adding Kelantan was not interested in compassionate payments. “Kelantan may be poor. But we are not beggars. We demand what is rightfully ours,” the Kelantan prince said to cheers and cries of “Allahu Akbar (God is great)” at the last night’s gathering organised by the state government over the oil royalty issue.

The PAS government had demanded the oil royalty payment from Petronas last year, after the Statistics Department revealed that Kelantan, together with Sabah and Terengganu, had contributed 62.5 per cent of the oil extracted in Malaysia. The Barisan Nasional-ruled federal government has insisted oil from the joint development area with Thailand was not from part of Kelantan’s waters and has only offered RM20 million as “compassionate payment”. But Razaleigh, the founding chairman of Petronas, disagreed with the government’s move, saying the formula for oil royalty was first agreed with Sarawak and later extended to all states.

“If Sarawak is due her five per cent royalty, no less is Kelantan, by the same principle,” thundered the Umno politician popularly known as Ku Li. Razaleigh said he has received the blessings of the Kelantan palace to speak on the issue and also confirmed that he will lead a parliamentary caucus to press the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional to honour the Petronas agreement. “The oil caucus I will lead is not just about oil. It is to re-examine the relationship between the states and the federal government,” he told the crowd, adding the larger issue here was state rights as Malaysia was a federation of sovereign states that have assigned only certain rights to the federal government.

“Let us re-examine the terms of the Federation Agreement signed in 1948,” Razaleigh added, referring to the founding of Malaya before it gained independence from Great Britain in 1957. He repeated his earlier argument that Putrajaya should respect the agreements made and not change them depending on who ruled the states, saying “How are we to ask investors to have confidence in us if we can’t even keep contracts between ourselves!” The move has a precedent in Terengganu after the 1999 general elections, when PAS won the state, prompting the federal government to convert oil royalty payments to compassionate payments managed by a federal department. Terengganu had sued for its right and Putrajaya relented only after Barisan Nasional recaptured the state.

Ku Li, who noted to the crowd that he was entering the stadium after 15 years, was earlier escorted in by a convoy of 50 trishaws. Among those sharing the stage with him were Kelantan state executive councillors, led by Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat. The approximately 50,000 crowd cheered and clapped when Razaleigh began his speech with “I stand here representing only myself. I am here upon principle.” The former finance minister and one-time Umno vice-president, who had unsuccessfully challenged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for the Umno presidency, had no kind words for his party during the speech and later when speaking to reporters.

He described Kelantan Umno chief Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, also International Trade and Industry Minister, as a sycophant, and party-owned newspaper Utusan Malaysia as reporting fiction. “Don’t mention those names to me. Mustapa is a sycophant, Utusan is just [reporting] myths,” he retorted. Razaleigh has, in recent months, taken a strident stand against his party, particularly over the oil royalty issue and the larger issues of governance in Malaysia. He had earlier written in his weblog (razaleigh.com) that by ignoring both the letter and the spirit of agreements over oil found in Malaysia, the federal government sets aside the very purpose of Petronas. “More importantly there is a failure to understand the origin of federal powers over state resources.

“We have forgotten that the states existed prior to the Federation. The Federation only exists because the states were willing to vest their rights in it, such as their rights in oil. Not the other way around,” he wrote. Razaleigh noted the federation itself rested on the principle of fairness to all the states, and to its citizens, wherever they may live. “When the government of the day ignores this principle, it is ignoring a basic principle holding our country together. “There has been too much centralisation of power in the federal government. Powers functions and rights that belong to the states must be restored to them,” the Gua Musang Umno chief said.

The Speech That Prompted The Police To Act
Anwar Ibrahim;
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The cops move in


Speech by Mahfuz Omar




Speech by Nurul Izzah


Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s first public forum in Lembah Pantai, his first since his release in 2004, ended in chaos here last night. The police interrupted Anwar 30 minutes into his speech at 11.35pm at the PKNS flats in Kampung Kerinchi. The PKR advisor was telling the public about his upcoming sodomy trial when six uniformed officers led by Brickfields OCPD, ACP Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Talib, walked into the crowded parking lot where the forum was held. As the police got closer to the stage, the 500-strong crowd became agitated and started insulting the officers. At that point, Anwar tried to calm the crowd: “Everybody please calm down. Let me deal with this.”

He tried to recite a prayer when Abdul Bari got on the stage. “Just give me five minutes to recite the prayer,” Anwar asked but the police stopped him without warning and moved to grab the microphone away. This caused momentary chaos as Anwar’s men rushed to protect him from being apprehended. Abdul Bari looked visibly worried when the crowd became agitated and began chanting, “Reformasi!”. After 10 minutes of heated arguments with Abdul Bari, the veteran politician was then allowed to be escorted into an apartment in a nearby flat.

The police, including Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Mohamad Sabtu Osman, then ordered the crowd to disperse as a small group of FRU personnel began to line up near the parking lot entrance. The organisers also tried to ease the tension and asked the supporters to leave peacefully. “Please calm down. They are only doing their jobs. Please leave,” one of the organisers shouted. Twenty minutes later, Anwar came out smiling from the apartment and walked to his car. The car drove off while the remaining few remaining shouted, “God is great!”

A distressed-looking Nurul Izzah, Anwar’s daughter, criticised the OCPD for stirring up public emotion. “I think it is a clear provocation because you certainly do not have to do that. We stress again this is merely supposed to be a briefing. “This is terrible because it showcases how politics has gotten involved in police dispensing their duty,” she told reporters here. The Lembah Pantai MP also argued that they were supposed to have been allowed to hold the talk because it was PKNS land. “We should have been able to use the hall (of the PKNS flats) but it was denied by the Umno leadership here.

“Since we were not given the hall, the OCPD said that it was fine to hold the talk here (in the parking lot) but a permit was not given,” she added. Abdul Bari later explained that it was Anwar who provoked the police to act. “We were okay in the beginning but with the presence of Datuk Seri Anwar... his speech was political in nature which was not in line with why they gathered. “So we were forced to act,” he said. He also stressed that he had warned Anwar to stop before the police moved in.

The blame game



The Roman Catholic Church is now being asked to drop its claim to use “Allah” and to resort to dialogue to prevent further religious tension and strife. This, after eight churches and a convent school becoming targets of arson, stone and paint attacks over four days. This, after the government successfully applied for a stay of the Dec 31, 2009 High Court ruling that the Catholic weekly Herald may use the word to describe the Christian God in its Bahasa Malaysia section. While a Catholic bishops conference in Johor also stressed the need for dialogue in the wake of the unprecedented attacks, it is interesting that the call for dialogue comes from Barisan Nasional (BN) politicians and their party-controlled media.

None of them said anything when the then-BN and Umno home minister Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar unilaterally and arbitrarily banned the Catholic weekly from using the term in 2007, citing national security and to avoid misunderstanding and confusion among the populace. And there was no call for dialogue then; just a decree with no recourse. The Catholic church did what it thought was right under the Federal Constitution and asked for a judicial review late that year. To cut the story short, Syed Hamid had stopped the Herald from using a name it had already used for years, and a name that Christians in Sabah and Sarawak have used for centuries.

And on New Year’s Eve, the High Court ruled the Herald had a right to use the name, for there is nothing in the Federal Constitution that forbids it. And to cut the latest story shorter, the Umno-controlled Utusan Malaysia today came out with reasons why “Allah” is exclusive to Muslims, citing aspects of Syariah law and the Federal Constitution. The Malay-language newspaper also implicitly argued the church’s claim to the name has stoked tensions and by dropping it, would calm the tense situation. In other words, don’t blame anyone else if churches continue to be attacked. Drop the claim, all will be fine. Then, we can talk.

Just blame yourself for “reaping what is sown”, as an Umno blogger eloquently wrote when saying the church had robbed the Malays of the word “Allah”. That’s hardly the start of a dialogue by any standards. It would be best for BN politicians and Utusan to say explicitly: “You are not worthy to use the name. And we have made that law.” Perhaps the government should realise it cannot legislate faith. It might have done so under Article 160 of the Federal Constitution to define Malays, but limiting names for God is unknown in the world. It is disingenuous to blame the Catholics for starting this row, and asking for a dialogue now or to tell the people it’s a trick to convert Muslims to Christianity, to threaten their faith, to challenge the position of Malays and the Malay Rulers. The Catholics cannot be blamed for all of the above. Nor the Christians. That would be the easy way out, to blame victims for the crime committed by its perpetrators. The blame should be on the person who made them lose their constitutional rights; no more, no less. What anyone wants to call their God is their right. No more, no less. source -malaysianinsider.com

P\S: The rural party give this man to talk?hahaha..

The word Allah in Arabic



Allah is the standard Arabic word for God. While the term is best known in the West for its use by Muslims as a reference to God, it is used by Arabic-speakers of all Abrahamic faiths, including Christians and Jews, in reference to "God". The term was also used by pagan Meccans as a reference to the creator-god, possibly the supreme deity in pre-Islamic Arabia. The concepts associated with the term Allah (as a deity) differ among the traditions. In pre-Islamic Arabia amongst pagan Arabs, Allah was not considered the sole divinity, having associates and companions, sons and daughters - a concept which Islam thoroughly and resolutely abrogated. In Islam, the name Allah is the supreme and all-comprehensive divine name. All other divine names are believed to refer back to Allah. Allah is unique, the only Deity, creator of the universe and omnipotent. Arab Christians today use terms such as Allāh al-ʼAb ( الله الأب, "God the Father") to distinguish their usage from Muslim usage. There are both similarities and differences between the concept of God as portrayed in the Qur'an and the Hebrew Bible.
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It is a known fact that every language has one or more terms that are used in reference to God and sometimes to lesser deities. This is not the case with Allah. Allah is the personal name of the One true God. Nothing else can be called Allah. The term has no plural or gender. This shows its uniqueness when compared with the word god which can be made plural, gods, or feminine, goddess. It is interesting to notice that Allah is the personal name of God in Aramaic, the language of Jesus and a sister language of Arabic. The One true God is a reflection of the unique concept that Islam associates with God. To a Muslim, Allah is the Almighty, Creator and Sustainer of the universe, Who is similar to nothing and nothing is comparable to Him. The Prophet Muhammad was asked by his contemporaries about Allah; the answer came directly from God Himself in the form of a short chapter of the Quran, which is considered the essence of the unity or the motto of monotheism. This is chapter 112 which reads:

"In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
Say (O Muhammad) He is God the One God, the Everlasting Refuge, who has not begotten, nor has been begotten, and equal to Him is not anyone."

Some non-Muslims allege that God in Islam is a stern and cruel God who demands to be obeyed fully. He is not loving and kind. Nothing can be farther from truth than this allegation. It is enough to know that, with the exception of one, each of the 114 chapters of the Quran begins with the verse: "In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate." In one of the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) we are told that "God is more loving and kinder than a mother to her dear child."

But God is also Just. Hence evildoers and sinners must have their share of punishment and the virtuous, His bounties and favors. Actually God's attribute of Mercy has full manifestation in His attribute of Justice. People suffering throughout their lives for His sake and people oppressing and exploiting other people all their lives should not receive similar treatment from their Lord. Expecting similar treatment for them will amount to negating the very belief in the accountability of man in the Hereafter and thereby negating all the incentives for a moral and virtuous life in this world. The following Quranic verses are very clear and straightforward in this respect:

"Verily, for the Righteous are gardens of Delight, in the Presence of their Lord. Shall We then treat the people of Faith like the people of Sin? What is the matter with you? How judge you?" (68:34-36)

(Source from www.allah.org)

P/S: Some of us may think that this video song is a NASYID. But it is not. A lot of very sexy girl there, and the singer keep saying Allah Allah? If it was in Malaysia, This person will get killed or bombed.





Muslims rallied yesterday to protest against Christians using the word "Allah" for God after a spate of attacks on churches which threatened to stoke racial and religious tensions. Following are some questions and answers on what lies ahead in Malaysia, a majority Muslim Southeast Asian country of 28 million.

IS THERE A RISK OF ETHNIC CLASHES?

The risk is small but analysts do not discount tensions coming to a boil between the majority Malays who are Muslim and ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities who practice a range of faiths such as Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism.

It mostly depends on whether Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's government comes down hard on the arsonists who attacked the churches. Usually at any sign of trouble the government uses the Internal Security Act that allows detention without trial. The government says the attacks have been carried out by disaffected or criminal youths and that they are not coordinated. What may hold back ethnic clashes is the memory of the bloody 1969 riots that divided the country. Protests yesterday at mosques against the non-Muslim use of the word Allah have been peaceful although the language on banners and speeches suggests growing anger.

ARE RELIGIOUS TENSIONS IN MALAYSIA AN INVESTMENT RISK?

After the arson attempts against the churches, possibly. Religious disputes are a risk mostly in their potential to increase ethnic tensions, making it important for investors to see how the government handles the issue. Investors have been avoiding Malaysia due to the lacklustre government of Najib's predecessor and Najib is working hard to implement economic reforms to win back investment. Malaysia was one of the worst-performing stock markets in Asia in 2009, ranked fourth from the bottom. Malaysia's benchmark share index rose 45 per cent in 2009. During a meeting with investors in New York last year, Najib was asked about the government's stand over the caning sentence meted out to a Muslim woman for drinking beer under rarely-enforced Islamic criminal laws. An escalation of religious tensions in Malaysia could weaken Najib's ability to push through economic reforms.

WHAT COULD HAVE SPARKED THE PROTESTS, CHURCH ATTACKS?

The issue stems from a Catholic newspaper's successful legal bid last week to overturn a government ban against the paper's use of the word "Allah" to describe the Christian God in its Malay-language section. Their argument is that use of the word Allah has been common among non-English speaking Christians in the Borneo island states of Sabah and Sarawak for decades. The government since has obtained a stay of execution on the judgment this week amid growing Malay-Muslim anger. The case is also before the appeal's court and the verdict there can still be challenged at the Federal Court, Malaysia's top court. It is illegal for non-Muslims to proselytise to Muslims but freedom of worship for the mainly Buddhist, Christian and Hindu religious minorities, who make up 40 per cent of the country's population, is guaranteed under the constitution.

WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT'S STANCE?

The coalition, which ruled Malaysia for 52 years, suffered its worst-ever setbacks in national and state elections in 2008 after being abandoned by non-Malays in part due to unease over an increasing Islamisation. Religious tensions will jeopardise Najib's ability to win back ethnic Chinese and Indian voters in the next general election, which must be held by 2013. The opposition and some political commentators say that Najib failed to show leadership on the church issue. He could lose votes in the states of Sabah and Sarawak which have larger Christian populations. Sarawak has 31 MPs and Sabah 25, home to just two opposition MPs. The government has 137 seats in a 222-member Parliament.

AND THE OPPOSITION?

The three-party opposition Pakatan Rakyat led by former Deputy Premier Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is regarded as having played the religious row much more skilfully than the government. While stressing its Muslim credentials, PAS has appealed for tolerance as has Anwar. PAS has also managed to keep its Islamic credentials intact. — Reuters Malaysian Insider

Allah issue



Allah name in the Christians Bible by Ahmad Deedat


The issue of Allah’s name in the Herald has been manipulated by Umno leaders to the hilt. The way Umno reacted to the issue seems to suggest that Allah is held dearly by Umno leaders. But is Allah really loved by Umno as He is supposed to be loved? Umno is a great manifestation of those whose actions do not match their verbal expression of loving Allah. How to express our love to Allah, the Most Exalted? How to gain His love in order to turn it into a mutual one; to ensure that we love Him and He loves us? Allah says in the Quran: "If you love Allah, then follow me (i.e the Prophet ), Allah will love you and forgive you your faults, and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful." (3:31)

This verse indicates that the pious person should express his love to Allah by believing in His Prophet and following the Message, and through obeying the Prophet, abiding by his orders, leaving what he prohibits and obeying all what Allah has revealed to him, because that is the vivid expression of the practical love that fills his whole entity. Let us imagine if loving Allah becomes the tagline of Umno. Just pause a second to ponder if the Muslim politicians in Umno embrace this policy in their political struggle. Do you think they would ever indulge in gambling activities in whatever forms if they sincerely claim to love Allah?

If Allah is present in Umno’s administration of the state, we have the right to ask which Quranic verse justifies the issuance of gambling licences. When Allah says gambling is an abomination of Satan’s handwork so eschew such (abomination ) that you may prosper (5: 90 ), we want to know do they truly believe and in turn translate it into practice such a vivid command of God? If Allah attributes prosperity by eschewing gambling, we desperately want to know from you —the so-called lovers of Allah — why do you fail to get rid of the gambling business in order to gain the true meaning of prosperity?

Do our present Muslim leaders need to resort to electoral fraud and money politics to secure victory in any election if they really follow the steps of God? Don’t they think that having a free, fair and clean election is also part of God’s teachings Allah says in the Quran: “O you who believe, be upright before God, in [fulfilling] what is His due, witnesses in equity, in justice. Let not hatred of a people, namely, the disbelievers, cause you not to be just, and to harm them on account of their enmity; be just, towards both friend and foe, that justice is nearer to God-fearing. And fear God; surely God is aware of what you do, and will requite you for it.” (5: 8 )

This verse commands the true believers to establish justice even to their enemy. Yet what we have in Bolehland is that injustice is happily propagated and administered without feeling any iota of anxiety to Allah’s wrath. Allah says if you accuse any person of committing adultery or sodomy you must make available four witnesses, failing which you are liable to be punished under the law of Qazaf (false accusation). Do God’s words trigger Umno’s nerves? If they do, do they still want to carry out their evil plot to assassinate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s credibility via unsubstantiated sodomy allegations?

Do Umno leaders, who justify the use of the ISA — a law which allows detention without trial — against their own people, realise that those who love Allah would never ever condone let alone implement this unjust and inhumane law? Allah’s teachings never tolerate any form of corruption. Allah’s prophet was reported to have said: “The Giver and the Taker (of corruption) are both located in Hell.” Yet in Bagan Pinang a corrupt leader was nominated by a corrupt party to represent (read to corrupt) the people.

Allah says in the Quran: “O Mankind! We have indeed created you from a male and a female, [from] Adam and Eve, and made you nations and tribes that you may come to know one another. Truly the noblest of you in the sight of God is the most God-fearing among you (49: 13). This verse categorically rejects any form of racial sovereignty. As far as Islam is concerned racial supremacy is a myth. Thus any form of racism cannot be condoned or tolerated. It is said that this verse was revealed about Bilal (one of companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Bilal was a Negro. When Bilal gave the call to prayer in Mecca after its conquest, a group of men from Quraysh, among whom were Sahl Ibn 'Amr, al-Harth Ibn Hisham and Abu Sufyan Ibn Harb, said: “Did Allah and His Messenger not find anyone to call to prayer except this raven.”

“In response, Allah said: (Lo! We have created you male and female) from Adam and Eve, (and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. Lo! the noblest of you) in the Hereafter, (in the sight of Allah) on the Day of Judgement, (is the best in conduct) in the life of the world; which in this case is Bilal.” Allah says in the Quran: “O ye who believe! fulfil (all) obligations” (5: 1). Let us put this to Umno leaders: To whom is this verse directed? Yes, to the believers. And what is the command? Yes, to honour the pledge. Now, is a royalty agreement not part of an obligation which needs to be honoured?

Who is the culprit cajoling Petronas not to fulfil its obligations for the payment of oil royalty to the Kelantan government. Despite the existence of a valid and binding royalty agreement signed by both Petronas and the Kelantan government mandating the former to pay cash payments to the latter, this culprit, without any sense of guilt, happily said the Kelantan has no right to a royalty. If Umno really loves Allah it must go steps further than merely show its incoherent stand on the publication of Allah’s name in the Herald. Umno must proclaim its stand loud and clear on many unethical activities or agenda endorsed by the present government. Does Umno love Allah when it lets corrupt leaders hold public office? Does Umno really love Allah when it maintains draconian laws in order to silence dissenters and instil a culture of fears in the people’s minds”

Does Umno really love Allah when it allows all form of hedonistic entertainment to be swallowed by our youths in the name of modernity? Until and unless Umno can provide convincing answers to the aforementioned queries, we are convinced that its outcry in the Herald fiasco is merely another form of hypocrisy of the first order. And believe me Umno is damned good at this!

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