Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa claims that the Sedition Act will be replaced with a new Act to deal with issues involving unity as well as racial and religious sensitivities (see news item, far below).
While I welcome the idea, I will only throw my support to any such attempt should the following conditions be met:
1. Mujahid must resign as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
On the 10th of December 2018, he told newsmen that the dividends Tabung Haji (TH) issued to depositors since 2014 contravened the Tabung Haji Act 1995.
According to him, an independent auditor hired to audit TH’s accounts, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), discovered that the Board’s 2017 accounts showed a deficit of RM4.1 billion due to its assets being lower than its liabilities, meaning, TH issued dividends since 2014 despite suffering losses.
According to him further, Section 22(3)(a) of Tabung Haji Act 1995 clearly states that TH can only issue dividends should its assets be worth more than its liabilities and should there be distributable profits.
However, a quick check by TTF revealed that TH never suffered losses for the period Mujahid was referring to.
On contraire, the Board registered significant gains beginning the year 2010 and ending 2017, peaking at RM4.6 billion in 2014.
What this means, is that Mujahid lied.
On the 17th of December 2018, I wrote (together with RPK):
“Bukan hanya Mujahid menipu, beliau gagal menjelaskan kepada umum berkenaan Seksyen 22(1) Akta Tabung Haji 1995 dan hanya memetik perkara-perkara tertentu dari akta tersebut yang memberikan persepsi seolah-olah beliau bercakap benar. Setelah diteliti, kami mendapati bahawa Seksyen 22(1) jelas memberikan hak sepenuhnya kepada TH untuk menentukan pada bila-bila masa samada wajar atau tidak hibah diberikan kepada pendeposit. Malah, kami mendapati bahawa segala apa keputusan yang dibuat TH berkenaan pembayaran hibah adalah keputusan bersama pemilik saham dan bukannya keputusan pengerusi lembaga.
“Sepertimana yang telah saya katakan sebelum ini, hibah (dividen) yang deberikan kepada pendeposit di antara tahun 2014 hingga 2017 telahpun diluluskan oleh syarikat-syarikat audit dalam dan luar. Sudah tentulah syarikat audit audit PricewaterhouseCoopers lantikkan kerajaan Pakatan Harapan akan membuat penilaian semula berdasarkan situasi ekonomi dan nilai matawang semasa dan bukannya pada ketika hibah tersebut diluluskan. Hakikatnya, defisit yang direkodkan syarikat audit lantikkan kerajaan Pakatan Harapan berpunca dari kejatuhan nilai aset-aset TH berikutan kepincangan dalam pengurusan ekonomi oleh Bangsa DAP sendiri dan bukannya disebabkan kepincangan dalam pengurusan TH.”
Mujahid’s lies resulted in the control of TH’s assets being transferred to a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) under the Ministry of Finance.
This caused undue anxiety among the Malay-Muslims, as the assets, meant to generate wealth to fund Umrah and Has pilgrimages by depositors, is now in the hands of the DAP, known to be slanted towards extreme radical evangelism.
So how can anyone expect me to abide by any unity-themed Act mooted by a minister who garbs himself in Islamic robes but pits the Malay-Muslims against the Christians?
2. Waytha Moorthy and Ganabatirau must resign from their respective Federal and state posts
On the 28th of November 2018, Gagasan Tiga (G3) lodged a police report at the Dang Wangi Ibu Pejabat Daerah (IPD) against Minister of National Unity and Social Wellbeing P Waytha Moorthy and Selangor DAP exco Ganabatirau.
The report sought an investigation by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohamad Tan Sri Fuzi Harun into statements issued by the duo regarding the 26th of November 2018 Seafield Hindu Temple riots.
G3 urged Fuzi to treat the statements as security threats and discover if the duo had been instigated by the DAP to trigger unrest.
On the 18th of December 2018, I wrote:
“Although heavily politicised, problems afflicting the Seafield temple didn’t just come into being overnight, but escalated over a 31 year period beginning with the sale of the land on which the temple is built to Sime Darby. Several injunctions and verdicts later, a RM1.5 million compensation agreement was reached in 2014 between land developer One City Development Sdn Bhd (OneCity) and several of the temple’s caretakers. The agreement became a point of contention ever since between two rival factions, each claiming that its head is the temple’s rightful chairman.
“Things got out of hand when a Chinese lawyer serving in one of the developer’s companies arranged for a bunch of thugs to threaten the temple’s committee. The matter was quickly turned into a racial affair by Ganabatirau when the DAP exco wrote in his Facebook that the thugs were Malay-Muslims. Instead of reprimanding the exco, Waytha added fuel to his flames by alleging that the Subang Jaya IPD dragged its feet in getting to the temple. But according to police personnel I spoke to, Waytha had yet to get in touch with the IPD at the time he issued the statement.
“In other words, he lied.
“Despite knowing how high emotions were flying, he accused the IPD of issuing false statements regarding the cause of the melee. Waytha claimed that the police only arrived one hour 45 minutes after some gangsters were spotted in the vicinity of the temple while the FRU (Federal Reserve Unit) showed up some 100 minutes later. However, according to Fuzi, the police were at the scene ten minutes after receiving a tip-off regarding some 50 or so men seen loitering around. A separate statement by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad affirmed that the riots were criminal in nature and not racially or religiously motivated.
“So why was Waytha not reprimanded?
“It is one thing that he fanned emotions leading to the loss of a firefighter’s life. It is another that he refused to issue an apology to both the Hindus and Muslims for having behaved erratically. Ganabatirau’s 30th of November 2018 statement of apology was more an insult to Muhammad Adib’s family than it was a statement of regret. Still, he did make an effort to issue an apology even if it were an attempt to mislead the ummah. Waytha, however, made it tacitly clear that no matter what happens or who dies, he gets to say and do what he wants, whenever he wants and however he wants to.
Can you now see how hypocritical the Government of Malaysia is for wanting to impose new unity laws?
On the one hand, you have a man claiming to be an Islamic scholar colluding with evangelists to steal Malay Muslim assets.
On the other, you have a man who pitted the Hindus against the Muslims entrusted to hold the Unity portfolio.
These men are now going to be working together – the one who colluded with the evangelists is going to propose a new law, which the man who pitted the Hindus against the Muslims will oversee on the pretext of it being necessary to keep the peace.
I’d rather die than abide by such law.
As long as my conditions are not met, the Government of Malaysia can go fly kites because I will continue to oppose the injustice suffered by Muslims even if I have to die standing or be called racist.
PUTRAJAYA: Issues involving unity as well as racial and religious sensitivities, which now come under the Sedition Act, will be dealt with through new legislation, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa.
He said the matter was among several issues discussed at the Cabinet meeting today.
“We want to change the Sedition Act with a new one that cannot be easily manipulated,” he told the media after Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP)’s Baitulmal Special Aid Scheme for Children of Disabled People here on Tuesday.
Mujahid said the Cabinet also discussed the government’s commitment to fighting corruption through long-term planning.
“It will be implemented by ministries in matters involving corporate governance, administration and procurement as well as political parties like in political governance. This will be the basis of the country’s anti-corruption plan that will be announced by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad soon,” he said.
Commenting on the lighting issue at the Grace Residence, Jelutong, Penang which allegedly portrayed the image of a ‘cross’, Mujahid urged building contractors and developers to think carefully about what they did as it could cause feelings of hatred among certain groups.
This, he said, could also lead to certain parties taking advantage of the situation to weaken the relationship between the various religions in the country, adding that he was still awaiting an official report from the Mufti of Penang, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor and an explanation from the Penang government.
On the special aid scheme, Mujahid said the assistance focused on the welfare, treatment and recovery of 40 selected children of disabled people with problems like autism and dyslexia.
Each child will get between RM500 and RM1,000 a month from the RM164,000 allocated by MAIWP in a move to lighten the parents’ burden of having to send their children to the various centres for treatment and recovery, he said.
Source: NST Online