Saturday, April 21, 2018

Dr Tan Kee Kwong kow-tim-ed?

FMT - Tian Chua: Wangsa Maju needs a young, bilingual candidate (extracts):

Tian Chua is said to be the putative chief of the PKR's Chinese section. By his words he has effectively kow-tim-ed poor Dr Tan Kee Kwong, the son of the redoubtable (late) Dr Tan Chee Khoon, the man who noted for his "Without Fear or Favour" fame.

As I mentioned in my post last year titled F**k Beer, but STOP dictating our lifestyles according to your religious beliefs, PKR members who support the beer festival like Wangsa Maju MP Dr Tan Kee Kong would be, in best case scenario, ignored by their party, wakakaka. But I leave you to imagine the worst case scenario.

Dr Tan Kee Kwong
son of the redoubtable late Tan Sri Dr Tan Chee Khoon

late Tan Sri Dr Tan Chee Khoon 

Dr Tan Seng Giaw
mentee of
 the redoubtable late Tan Sri Dr Tan Chee Khoon

Tian Chua said that PKR's candidate in the Wangsa Maju seat needs to be carefully thought out as it is a Malay-majority area.

“It is a Malay-majority constituency. There are a lot of civil servants, police cooperatives and some areas are heavily influenced by ulamas too."

“So, if there are any changes, the replacement must be a younger leader with a strong bilingual capacity.”

Dr Tan Kee Kwong in the 2013 general election defeated the Umno divisional chief Mohd Shafei Abdullah with a majority of 5,511 votes, in a straight fight which saw a voter turnout of 57,771 (86%).

But the jungle drums are beating out a PKR death note for Dr Tan Kee Kwong, with the gossip that another Tan, Datin Paduka Tan Yee Kew, a former parliamentary secretary to the international trade and industry ministry, may be replacing him.

Datin Paduka Tan Yee Kew 

Tan Yee Yew, by now 65, was from the MCA (in fact then, a senior central committee member ) and had served as a three-term Klang MP from 1995. She was appointed International Trade and Industry Ministry parliamentary secretary after the 2004 general election.

But she was said to be marginalised by the MCA, thus she joined PKR in 2008, and like all who jumped ship to join PKR, was immediately 'beautified', 'canonised' and made a saint, wakakaka.

Tan Yee Yew joining PKR in 2008 

It seems that PKR has joined DAP in purging hard working old timers. Out with the old lamps and in with the new ones.

Aladdin's wife exchanging old lamp for a new one

But Tian Chua's for a young bilingual candidate
seems not to be fully met by Saint Datin Paduka Tan
 Yee Kew, assuming she is the replacement for Dr Tan Kee Kwong because she would be 65 by now. 

Either she might not be the new PKR candidate for Wangsa Maju OR the PKR jungle drums has been beating out fake news.

LKS sold us down the river

MM Online - Former EC chairman slated for Kota Lama state seat:

former EC commissioner Ab Rashid Ab Rahman

VP of ultra Malay fascist NGO, PERKASA
while opening Perkasa’s Federal Territory annual general meeting in 2013, he was quoted as saying that the three redelineation exercises during his term at the EC, which were done “in a proper way”, had ensured the continued political dominance of the Malays

KOTA BARU, April 20 ― Former Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Ab Rashid Ab Rahman will be contesting in the Kota Lama state seat here in the 14th general election.

Ab Rashid, who is also PPBM vice president and Kota Baru PPBM head, made the announcement himself at a press conference here today.

Also present was Kelantan DAP chairman Chua Chin Sui.

Kota Lama is one of the state seats under the Kota Baru parliamentary seat. ― Bernama

Looks like the DAP, under Lim Kit Siang's Entente Cordiale with Mahathir, has now embraced a Malay ultra right winger like Abdul Rashid who admitted under his term as Commissioner of EC, he had (three times) re-delineated electoral constituencies to ensure the continued political dominance of the Malays.

F**king well-done, DAP-under-Lim-Kit-Siang, you have sold us down the river.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Demon-ising Dr Aziz Bari

MM Online - Perak group wants Aziz Bari dropped as GE14 candidate (extracts):

IPOH, April 20 — A group of 53 non-governmental organisations, calling themselves Jaringan Bersatu Sahabat Perak (JABAT), has condemned the selection of academic Abdul Aziz Bari by DAP to contest in Perak during the 14th general election.

Its spokesman Mohd Ishraqi Sulaiman claimed that Aziz had disrespected the monarchy and insulted the palace and Selangor Sultan. [...]

Ishraqi claimed the acts were against the Rukunnegara, royal institution and Federal Constitution, but did not elaborate why.

Note: JABAT could not elaborate why putting Dr Bari up as a DAP candidate will be against the Rukun Negara, Royal Institution and Federal Constitution because it has been tok-ing kok, wakakaka.

'siam' is Penang Hokkien for 'avoid', thus in above context, 'to stand aside'

Penang Hokkien 101: 'Siam sai hong' means 'ponteng', wakakaka

During the early days of Pakatan ruled Selangor, just after the 2008 GE, Dr Bari was the one saying Teresa Kok, then ADUN for Kinrara, could be deputy MB in Selangor.

Then, the general argument militating against her legibility to be deputy MB was that HRH needed a Malay MB and also a Malay deputy MB to advise him on State's Islamic matter.

Dr Bari as a constitutional law expert, dismissed that fallacy, saying HRH was/is himself the Head of Islam in Selangor and didn't/doesn't require any advice from anyone, and also that HRH had/has the state MAIS to fall back upon on more complex Islamic issues.

sweetie Teresa Kok 

But the triple 'C' taboo hanging over Teresa Kok's head, to wit, being Chinese, Christian & Chabor (a woman), was too far a cultural bridge for conservative minds, especially conservative Malay minds. Thus Khalid Ibrahim, then MB and true to his kniasi (takut mati politics) character, acted 'dunno'.

That constitutional advice might well have black-marked Dr Bari for the first time, but he subsequently went on to irritate conservative Malay minds on his constitutional interpretations. When he was nominated by the DAP to be a town councillor in PJ or thereabout, he was noticeably dropped by the PKR-led government from being one.

Rumours flew high and low regarding that deliberate ostracization by the PKR MB, as follows:

(a) DAP played him out (after the DAP had nominated him, I wonder how?),

(b) PKR played him out as he left PKR to join DAP (I won't be surprised, wakakaka)

(c) HRH
did not like him so he was dropped on royal order.

Thus, he has a blemish vis-a-vis royalty and wakakaka, PKR too, not unlike Zaid Ibrahim, both being accused as quasi-republicans.

The Star Online had reported that in September 2014, Dr Bari's statements ..... were alleged to have questioned the role of the royalty in politics and also suggested that the discretionary powers of the Sultan were only limited to instances where there was a hung state assembly.


He was suspended from IIUM in October 2011 for questioning the remarks made by the Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah over a raid on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais).

Coincidentally, both Zaid Ibrahim and Dr Aziz Bari left PKR to join the DAP, wakakaka.

But PKR's Wong Chen, MP for Kelana Jaya, being the gentleman he is, spoke fondly of Dr Bari, as follows:

Wong Chen

we need more politicians like him who has been a gentleman and behaves with courtesy and civility

On the news of Professor Aziz Bari leaving PKR to join DAP, I wish him the best. When he was in PKR, we used to discuss constitutional issues. His book on the Malaysian constitution is a very good book and is a rich source of information. He is also known for not owning a handphone.

Prof. Aziz stood on the PKR ticket as a Parliamentary candidate for Sabak Bernam, Selangor in 2013. We had very high hopes for him. It is a loss for PKR when a man of such talent leaves. A few weeks ago, sastrawan A Samad Said, despite being a very close friend of Anwar Ibrahim and PKR, also opted to join DAP. But at least in consolation, he is moving to our ally. Internally, PKR will need to look into why we are losing such talents in Selangor.

In particular, I salute Prof. Aziz for his loyalty and bravery, standing up for Kak Wan in her quest to be MB Selangor. He took the position that the Sultan has no choice but appoint her as MB. Aziz Bari risked police arrest for saying that “only God, not the Sultan of Selangor, has absolute power”.

Good bye my friend and good luck.

Wong Chen had a nasty falling out with MB Azmin Ali in May last year when his budget for Kelana Jaya was mysteriously cut off. The Sun Daily reported (extracts):

Wong Chen revealed the audit report conducted on his office while claiming that his community spending was frozen by the Selangor government.

In an earlier claim in May, Wong Chen had criticised the state government's audit on a RM250,000 budget allocated to his office, which according to him was unfair and lacking in transparency.

In defending his reason for making the matter public, Wong Chen insisted that he had repeatedly written to the state government over the matter but did not get a response.

I'm gonna f**k him up kaukau


For more on Wong Chen's frustration with his OWN party and state government, read FMT's PKR MP tells Azmin: If you were in my shoes, you’d understand, in which Wong Chen said 400 single mothers and abandoned old people in his Kelana Jaya constituency were affected by the Selangor state government's decision to freeze his welfare account after a 'non-transparent' audit.

Ooops, as usual I have wandered off. let's get back to Dr Bari's candidacy in Perak.

I am not sure who/what is this JABAT NGO, but I would not be surprised it's one of pre-election 'dirty tricks' campaign to kow-tim Dr Bari, though as mentioned, I do not know who has prompted JABAT, wakakaka.

If JABAT is BN-friendly, then f**k it. But if JABAT is friendly to a member of Pakatan Harapan, let's see how the DAP will react, wakakaka.

Zaid - new target for the Hell-Hounds

FMT - Zaid: I’m not angry, just disappointed with ‘arrogant’ DAP leaders (extracts):

Summary - The DAP member reveals the communication between him and the party over the possibility of contesting a seat in GE14 and his unhappiness over the DAP leadership's attitude.

Zaid said he had been offered the Gelang Patah seat 12 months ago by DAP, but that three months later he was told the offer was “conditional on something else”. He did not say what the condition was.

“It was later withdrawn. Then a second-liner in the DAP leadership told me that I could go to Bentong if I was interested. I said it was not a constituency that was suitable for me. I am not a giant killer and have limited resources since I have been unemployed for the last eight years.

“There was total silence on the subject of the election and seat allocation in the last six months. In fact, I was not very involved in the party’s activities.

When I sent a text message on March 27 this year to the party’s key men to ask if there would be any seat for me to contest. I was not even granted the courtesy of a reply. So it’s not the issue of not having a seat that bothered me, but the attitude that was shown.”

Using what happened to him as an example, Zaid extrapolated that what was lacking in the Malay-Chinese relationship at the political level was the right balance of civility and respect.

death of courtesy 

“The problem with MCA was that they became too compliant and submissive in their relationship with Umno, and that’s why they lost the support of the Chinese. I am now equally convinced that the arrogance of the DAP leadership will never secure them deep Malay support. Somewhere in between lies the right balance that I was trying to find.

“Anyway, I hope DAP leaders do not try to prolong this matter and stop telling people that I was offered a seat which I then refused.” Zaid said he, too, would not broach this subject again, adding the important thing was for solidarity to ensure victory for the opposition.

That missing courtesy, also seen in the obvious marginalisation of Dr Tan Seng Giaw on the night Lim Guan Eng announced the DAP candidates for Selangor, has been a wretched behavior in the current DAP leadership.

the party victim

the party running dog is someone consorting with Mahathir

It smacks of, as Zaid mentioned, arrogance and also what I have noticed, a biadab-ish dismissal of those members perceived (by the current leaders) as "useless" party-junks.

It's not just piss-poor Chinese-Malay relationship or the cultural difference. Lack of courtesy is recognised adversely for its abysmal characteristics in most culture, though it has to be said Asians are more expected to show exemplary courtesy as a result of their traditional cultural-valued upbringing.

Throughout history, Chinese have been known and admired for extending exemplary courtesy even to their enemies. I believe the Western word for it is called 'chivalry'. But that's in Chinese history, the type of value-system that a person like Koh Tsu Koon grew up with but most probably not so for Tony Pua.

DAP's current leadership has unfortunately not been an example of the best of Chinese-Asian traditions or culture - see my post un-Chinese Tony Pua.

Replying to a query by a party member is expected and shouldn't be ignored because that would signal bad manners, arrogance and poor upbringing, a drastic insult to our ancestors.

With such revelation, though not the party confidential information has not been completely exposed, I believe it is the end of the road for Zaid's career in the DAP.

But it'll be the beginning of attacks on him by the Hell-Hounds which feral obnoxious creatures will relish savaging, vilifying and abusing him.

WTF is PAS contesting in Sungai Pinang, Penang?

MM Online - PAS makes Sungai Pinang four-way fight (extracts):

SEBERANG PERAI, April 20 ― Penang PAS said it will contest in the Sungai Pinang state seat last night, joining DAP, Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Gerakan and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) in the race.

Penang PAS state commissioner Fauzi Yusoff, who announced the Islamist party’s list of candidates in Penang, said this is the one seat in Penang that PAS will try to snatch from former ally DAP. [...]

Sungai Pinang's voters are about 31 per cent Malay while the balance are ethnic Chinese (54 per cent) and ethnic Indians (14 per cent) voters ...

white section south of Georgetown city 

The Sungai Pinang seat under the Jelutong parliamentary constituency previously saw a three-corner fight between DAP, Gerakan and an independent candidate in 2013 but DAP incumbent Lim Siew Khim defended the seat with a 4,707-vote majority.

Now, PAS is not only going up against DAP but also incumbent Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu, who is contesting under PSM's banner, and Gerakan, making it a four-corner fight for the urban seat that is located very near to George Town.

There is also talk that state Gerakan chairman and Penang BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow will also contest here.

Teng Chang Yeow

In 2013 DAP's Lim Siew Kim won with a 4.7K majority out of a state constituency of almost 24K, but then there was presumably PAS support for DAP via Pakatan Rakyat. This time there won't be any.

Lim Siew Kim

very Penang-ish name

But I wonder WTF PAS wants to contest there when the Sungai Pinang demographics shows a 54% Chinese: 31% Malay: 14% Indian composition.

We Malaysians are all inherently racist when it comes to politics. as well as nons being f**king fearful of PAS' hudud intention. Thus I'll be a monkey's uncle if the Islamic Party can win in Sungai Pinang. It's obvious no Chinese nor Indian will want to vote for the Moon Party because of its scimitar-threat.

If PAS siphons off the 31% Malay voters, I feel it may f**k up both DAP and BN, but more on the latter, with probably only PSM benefiting, though to what extent it's difficult to say.

The Sungai Pinang state constituency is embraced by the Jelutong federal parliamentary constituency, where my blogging matey Jeff Ooi, MP for Jelutong, has had a wee 'kucing kurap' saga associated with him in November 2013, which might turn Malays against the DAP party, wakakaka.

Jeff Ooi 

As late as 4 days ago, Jeff is still uncertain whether he'll be pick to stand in Jelutong this term (GE14) - see Star Online's Jeff Ooi: I still have four projects to finish. Hope he makes it.

This may possibly advantage Sungai Pinang hometown boy Teh Yee Cheu, who left his former constituency Tanjong Bungah after he exited the DAP in acrimony. Besides, the PSM brand may possibly attract the 14% Indian votes.

Teh Yee Cheu 

Teh has been mucho vociferous on environmental issues such as hill slope development, sea reclamation, flooding and high-density mega projects. I wonder whether these issues may appeal to his Jelutong hometown residents, though their experience of the recent humongous flood might find sympathy with Teh's stand?

However, notwithstanding the Indian votes, the PSM brand is pretty new in Penang whereas the PRM brand (goo t'au tong) is more recognisable by older Islanders. I wonder why Teh did not go for the other socialist party which is actually based in Penang.

goo t'au tong (parti kepala lembu)

Parti Rayat Malaysia

But PAS entry into the contest makes one wonder why when it's unlikely to win nor benefit BN, nor will it disadvantage DAP?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Caretaker government?

MM Online - BN approves allocation of RM90.5m for additional building at Segamat hospital (extracts):

Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the construction of the building was to cater for the needs of the hospital which was now offering 18 areas of specialty to members of the public. ― Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

SEGAMAT, April 19 ― The Barisan Nasional (BN)-led government has approved an allocation of RM90.5 million to build a new building at the Segamat Specialist Hospital.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the construction of the building was to cater for the needs of the hospital which was now offering 18 areas of specialty to members of the public.

Wait a ding dong minute, can a 'caretaker' government approve such an allocation?

It's convention that a 'caretaker' government ... will avoid entering major contracts or undertakings during the caretaker period.

If it is not possible to defer the commitment until after the caretaker period, for legal, commercial or other reasons, a minister could consult the Opposition, or agencies could deal with the contractor and ensure that contracts include clauses providing for termination in the event of an incoming government not wishing to proceed. Similar provisions cover tendering.

Since parliament has been dissolved on 07 April 2018 by consent of HM the Agong, and today being the 19th April 2018, the 'caretaker' government must abide by prescribed conventions.

PSM pissing into the wind

FMT - We'll back you but don’t come to our areas, PSM tells PH:

Wakakaka. But I am a bit shocked that PSM would say words like "our areas". Though as an innate socialist myself and thus quite sympathetic to PSM, I believe the party might have been a bit presumptuous. PSM is actually in no position to make such a territorial statement. It'll be like pissing into the wind.

Yes, PSM through Dr Michael Jeyakumar has often called on Pakatan, specifically the DAP, not to contest in the Sungai Siput federal seat because a 3-corner fight will invariably 'bestow' the seat to the BN. He has been right and I support his continuing fight to remain as MP for Sungai Siput.

But then, when PSM puts up candidates in DAP held seats in what would inevitably be losing contests for PSM but which process will bring about 3-corner fights, taking away votes the DAP otherwise would have won, I couldn't but feel PSM speaks geese as in 'What's good for the goose is good for the gander'.

Would that not be the double standard of PSM? It reminds me of my cousin who in our schoolie days would beg me not to sapu his GF but who would have no compunction in sapu-ing mine, wakakaka (Bastard, he always did succeed .. sob sob sob).

But the PSM could be said to be worse, in that it targets mainly seats held by DAP Indian representatives. Why?

Is the PSM after all an Indian party when I have been defending its multiracial characteristics?

know the Malaysian story of crabs in a basket?

Take for example Jelapang. I have often lamented the obvious objectionable obduracy of PSM in standing poor sweetie M Sarasvathy there a third time despite her 2 previous disasters. I'll just cut & paste my earlier post on Jelapang, as follows:

PSM lost in Jelapang Perak twice to DAP. It did not even gain second position, when in 2013 in a 3-cornered fight it was thrashed kau kau by BOTH DAP and BN.

Despite its severe thrashing, PSM has again staked its intentions to contest in, would you believe it, Jelapang, apart from some other Perak seats.

Apart from PSM's masochistic behaviour, could you blame Nga Kor Ming (DAP), much as I dislike the once-Quran pontificating man, for playing tit-for-tat with PSM by DAP contesting in Sungai Siput?

Dr Jeya's argument is that Pakatan's hold on its 2013 (also 2008) won-seats has left PSM with little options, in short, Dr Jeya wants Pakatan (whether DAP, PKR etc) to move aside for PSM. But the sad fact is no one will move aside for PSM.

OK, let's examine PSM contest in Jelapang in 2013 and PSM's then-demand that DAP gave way, despite the state constituency being a DAP stronghold.

The ethnic ratio in Jelapang was 7% Malays: 68% Chinese: 25% Indians and these wouldn't have changed much even now, unless new army camps have sprung up there, wakakaka. I doubt BN would bother in Jelapang.

A 25% Indian votes could be considered a typical reasonable constituency for PSM, which in the final analysis showed(s) PSM was/is just an Indian-majority party. Maybe that's why PSM is hitting DAP Indian contested seats.

But Jelapang is only viable for PSM if the party could secure more Malay and Chinese support, say at least 15% from each. I believe most Malays are repulsed by PSM's socialist character and its logo which shows semblance to communist-type or revolutionary-type parties.


But with the DAP contesting there, how will PSM chip away at the almost 70% Chinese vote-base?

One could argue that the DAP should now 'give' that seat to compatriot PSM but alas, in the 2013 general election the 3-corner fight showed PSM came out last, yes, bloody last, even losing to the BN candidate.

While the DAP candidate, Teh Hock Ke, won 68.9% of the votes and BN 18.9%, Sarasvathy Muthu (Saras) of PSM could only secure 10.4%.

For all her party's Indian-ness, Saras couldn't even marshal together a decent proportion of the 25% Indian votes in Jelapang, yet PSM obdurately stood her in a DAP stronghold. Yes, PSM has been known to stubborn at times, but only to its great disadvantage.

If DAP had given that seat to PSM (as it nearly did to PKR in Batu Kitang in Sarawak), the BN candidate would have laughed his way to the Perak DUN.

Really, the PSM should realise it's too small a party to be allied to any coalition and therefore should consider joining either PKR or the DAP as there is no more room for small boutique parties such as has PSM or even PRM.

Will Lim Kit Siang or Guan Eng stand in Labis?

Star Online - DAP's anti-climax in Labis (extracts):

The DAP strategy to wipe out MCA and spark off a political momentum in Johor appears to be in trouble.

The latest sign that their grand design is not working out as planned came when they had to recall a retired politician to contest the Labis parliamentary seat.

Naming lawyer Pang Hok Liong for Labis was clearly a last resort kind of move and such an anti-climax to their ambitious offensive in Johor.

Pang, who last contested a general election in 2004, is seen as the classic recycled candidate.

The party failed to persuade any of its big names to go against MCA vice-president Datuk Chua Tee Yong, 40, who is the incumbent in Labis.

It is seen as an admission that they cannot beat Chua although the latter had won by only 363 votes in 2013.

What about Lim Kit Siang or Lim Guan Eng standing in Labis? After all they are Johoreans. Apa takut?

If two biggies Teo Nie Ching and Gobind Deo don't want to stand in Labis (after sussing out the place), why blame Dr Boo Cheng Hau.

Dr Boo - made a scapegoat 

Stop finding scapegoat from those already marginalised by party leaders, namely, the Lim's. Next they will be blaming Dr Tan Seng Giaw for refusing to stand in Labis.


BEST political statement 2018 (13)

Taken from FMT:

This time the honour goes to Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg who has described the opposition’s collaboration with former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as merely an “act of convenience” to achieve their political agenda.

Thus the BEST political statement is "Opposition pact with Dr M ‘an act of convenience'".

He continued: "In the past, DAP opposition leaders described Mahathir as a dictator and self-serving, but today the situation has changed and they are now good friends."

"It gives the impression of DAP as being without any principles in fighting for the people."

CM, allow me to correct that. It's not the DAP that's without principles.

Sangeet Kaur Singh

It's what Sangeet Kaur Singh, daughter of our venerable late Karpal Singh, has reminded the current party leaders, Lim Kit Siang and his son Lim Guan Eng, about collaboration with a political enemy like Mahathir.

That while there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics, there must be PERMANENT PRINCIPLES in the DAP.

For her courage in speaking up against dictatorial bulldozing in DAP, she was vilified humongously by the rabid immature penis-measuring Hell-Hounds.

Thus it's Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng who are without principles in allying with a man like Mahathir.


Back to the good old days - thanks Dr Asri

Perlis Mufti: Muslims and non-Muslims can share a table for their respective meal, ensure no mixed up of food (extracts):

From Sin Chew Daily:

Non-Muslims can share a table with Muslims for their own meal including non-halal food such as pork, according to Perlis Mufti Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, as long as they ensure the food consumed by Muslim is not mixed up.

He said this in reply to questions raised during a dialogue before the “Reception hosted by Perlis regent for Chinese and Siamese community” jointly organised by Perlis Malaysia One Centre and Perlis Mufti Office, Perlis Islamic Religious Affairs Department and Perlis Islamic Customs and Cultural Council yesterday afternoon. [...]

In his reply, Asri said people should be sincere in treating each other. Muslims should not ban or exploit the rights of non-Muslims. Muslims should practice self-restraint and remind their Muslim brothers of not having contact with non-halal food. Muslims have no right to ban non-Muslims from consuming non-halal food.

Citing an example, he said as long as pork and liquor consumed by non-Muslims are not mixed with Muslim food, that is the cordial relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.

Apart from Dr Asri's immense dislike for Hindus, he seems to be pretty relaxed and liberal about inter-racial socialising.

I wonder what would JAKIM say, considering it has been promoting the most severe form of division between Muslims and non-Muslims inter-mingling where even a birthday cake without a JAKIM-issued halal certificate cannot be taken into halal-certified restaurants like MacDonalds.

Continuing he added:

Asri explained that Islamic doctrine does not compel Muslims to dine in restaurants with halal certification but everyone should be able to differentiate ‘halal certification’ and ‘halal’.

He said it is not easy for Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) to issue halal certification. To meet the standard, the process would have to fulfil halal requirements. However, this does not mean shops without halal certifications do not comply with halal regulations.

“The Malay woman selling nasi lemak at the roadside is without halal certification. But her food is halal. Similarly, as long as restaurants operated by non-Muslims meet the halal requirements in the process of preparing the food, and there is no mixed up of non-halal food, then it’s alright.”

Dr Asri also paid put to another fallacy, saying:

He said that in fact Islamic rules do not ban Muslims from using products made of any part of the pig. It only said pork is not halal and Muslims are not supposed to consume pork. Some open-minded Muslim scholars agreed that Muslims can use products such as paint brush made of pig bristles.

KPDNKK officers holding paint brushes believed to be made of pig bristle

“In order not to have any disputes, by labelling the paint brush, hardware shops offer Muslims a choice. Of course, it is not an issue if the product is not labelled,’’ he said.