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Just tell us if GST will be on fuel too, PAS leader tells Putrajaya

October 3, 2014

Motorists queue up to fill their vehicles with petrol before the nationwide 20 sen petrol price increase at midnight in George Town, October 1, 2014. — Picture by K.E. OoiMotorists queue up to fill their vehicles with petrol before the nationwide 20 sen petrol price increase at midnight in George Town, October 1, 2014. — Picture by K.E. OoiKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 — Just a day after Malaysians were sent rushing to the pumps to fill up before yesterday’s fuel price hike, PAS leader Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad urged the government to publicly disclose if it will be imposing the 6 per cent Goods and Service Tax (GST) on petrol and diesel.

The PAS Research Centre executive director yesterday pressed Putrajaya to issue a gazette and clearly state the items that fall into three categories under the new tax scheme that will be rolled out next April.

“List down what is in the 6 per cent category, list down what is in the tax-exempted category and list down what is in the zero-rated category,” he told a forum on the Budget 2015 here.

“Until today, our question is whether petrol is in the 6 per cent list or not? They still don’t want to answer,” he said.

Last month, Putrajaya was forced to deny reports that petrol and diesel would be subjected to the GST, with Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan saying that the government has “not made a final decision” on this matter.

If fuel is subjected to the GST, it would cause a hike in the prices of other goods and services, Dzulkefly said.

“This will spark a chain effect, knock-on effect on many other goods and services,” the PAS central committee member said.

In the same forum, Dzulkefly claimed that the government’s insistence in rolling out the GST is because it was “desperate” for a revenue source.

But Dzulkefly reiterated opposition pact Pakatan Rakyat’s stand that the country was not yet ready for the implementation of the GST, listing down the conditions that should be fulfilled before the broad-based consumption tax can be implemented.

Among the conditions that should be present before the government introduces the GST are the growth of largely stagnant wages, the stopping of leakages of public funds, the introduction of the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) as another form of government revenue, he said.

The government also has to first dismantle monopolies in the economy and address the Approved Permits (AP) issue.

“Dismantle monopolies. Don’t distort the market forces of supply and demand. Allow healthy competition, because according to the laws of supply and demand, prices will go down if it wasn’t choked by monopolies,” Dzulkefly said.

On October 1, the Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Ministry announced that fuel subsidies will be cut by 20 cents, increasing the prices for RON95 petrol and diesel to RM2.30 per litre and RM2.20 per litre respectively.

Since last September, Putrajaya has taken aggressive cost-cutting measures to address its chronic budget deficits, including cuts to fuel and sugar subsidies as well as increasing electricity tariffs.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is scheduled to table the Budget 2015 in Parliament on October 10.

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Azmi Sharom ‘chased out’ of UKM campus……Bigotry isn’t going to breed Innovation, Excellence and Leadership!

October 2, 2014


Published: 2 October 2014

Law professor Dr Azmi Sharom (centre) at a parking lot outside UKM, after being denied entry into the university. – Pic courtesy of Jun Keong Lee, October 2, 2014.

Law professor Dr Azmi Sharom (centre) at a parking lot outside UKM, after being denied entry into the university. – Pic courtesy of Jun Keong Lee, October 2, 2014.Law professor Dr Azmi Sharom (centre) at a parking lot outside UKM, after being denied entry into the university. – Pic courtesy of Jun Keong Lee, October 2, 2014.A programme aimed at raising awareness on the hazards of the Sedition Act turned into a “life lesson” for Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) ‎students after the invited speaker, law‎ lecturer Associate Professor Dr Azmi Sharom, was “chased out” of the venue by security guards‎.‎

Azmi, who was charged with sedition on September 2, had been invited by Gabungan Mahasiswa UKM (GMUKM) to officiate an anti-sedition act movement and speak with the students on the colonial-era law at UKM’s campus in Bangi last night.

But the night took a strange twist when the Universiti Malaya law professor discovered multiple roadblocks mounted on campus‎ to prevent him and the media from attending the event.

‎”One of the organisers picked me up at the entrance and told me we had to enter on foot due to the roadblocks,” Azmi told The Malaysian Insider.

“So we sneaked into the campus, only to be chased out by the guards when we reached the venue.‎ They didn’t give any reason. They just said that the university management had ‘haramkan’ (banned) the event.

“Hundreds of students had already arrived at the venue, but the guards politely and adamantly told me to leave.

“So we congregated at a parking lot outside the campus, and I gave a speech for about 20 minutes as it was just really hot and dark and uncomfortable and it was getting late.”

Despite this, Azmi laughed off the experience, saying that it was a good “life lesson” for the students on how far authorities would go to stifle their ‎freedom of expression.

“It’s certainly more interesting than anything I could have taught them if the programme had gone on smoothly.”‎

The UKM event poster featuring Azmi Sharom. – Pic courtesy of Jun Keong Lee, October 2, 2014.The UKM event poster featuring Azmi Sharom. – Pic courtesy of Jun Keong Lee, October 2, 2014.‎Earlier that night, attempts by The Malaysian Insider to enter the premise and cover the programme were futile as guards were on the alert for any media presence and had set up multiple roadblocks.

The UKM event poster featuring Azmi Sharom. – Pic courtesy of Jun Keong Lee, October 2, 2014.

“We have orders from the vice-chancellor to prevent any media from entering the university tonight,” a guard at the entrance of the varsity, where the first roadblock was set up, told The Malaysian Insider.

“Even this speaker is not supposed to enter, as there are‎ fears he will incite the students and commit sedition tonight,” he added, pointing to the photograph of Azmi in a poster of the programme‎.‎

A copy of the poster held by the guards had the words “no media ‎allowed inside” scribbled in handwriting at the top.

The programme had not been approved by the university, the guard told The Malaysian Insider, adding that the GMUKM was an “opposition group”.

‎Police were also present on campus as cars slowly came into the premise, each one inspected at the multiple roadblocks set up every few hundred metres apart.

The Malaysian Insider was forced to turn away at ‎the second roadblock, after a police officer confirmed that the programme had been cancelled and the roadblocks were mounted to prevent media coverage.

‎When contacted, GMUKM member Jason Ng said that their application to hold the dinner programme had been rejected by the university, but they still wanted to go on with it.

“You know how it’s like… when we try to invite people like Professor Azmi, they feel it’s not suitable, they won’t allow it,” he said.

Last month, Azmi was charged under Section 4(1)(b) and Section 4(1)(c) of the act over his comments in a news article titled “Take Perak crisis route for speedy end to Selangor impasse, Pakatan told.”

If convicted under either charges, he will face a maximum fine of RM5,000 or jailed up to three years, or both. – October 2, 2014.‎‎
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MB Selangor umum portfolio Exco baharu – Semoga dibimbingi Taufiq dan Inayah AlLah SWT!

October 1, 2014

Oct 1 2014 / Fazallah Pit

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SHAH ALAM, 1 OKT : Datuk Menteri Besar, Mohamed Azmin Ali mengumumkan portfolio baharu pentadbirannya yang menyaksikan beberapa portfolio digabungkan bagi meningkatkan prestasi dan menjamin produktiviti dalam pentadbiran baharu.

“Barisan exco baru diberi suntikan nafas segar dengan penjenamaan baru beberapa portpolio seiring tuntutan cabaran semasa,” kata Azmin di satu sidang media seusai mempengerusi Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri, hari ini.

Persuruhjaya PAS Selangor, Iskandar Abdul Samad diberi peranan penting memimpin tugasan perumahan rakyat, manakala pemimpin veteran DAP, Teng Chang Khim memimpin tugasan pelaburan dan industri.

Berikut merupakan senarai penuh Exco Selangor dengan portfolio masing-masing:


PC MB Azmin di SUK (5)Datuk Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR – Bukit Antarabangsa)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Kewangan, Pembangunan Tanah, Pengurusan Sumber Alam, Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Negeri (MTEN) Selangor, dan Penerangan.

teng chang kim 1Datuk Teng Chang Khim (DAP – Sungai Pinang)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Pelaburan, Perindustrian (IKS) & Perdagangan, dan Pengangkutan.

YB Iskandar 2Iskandar Abdul Samad (PAS – Chempaka)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Perumahan, Pengurusan Bangunan, dan Kehidupan Bandar.

elizabeth batu caves pc 01Elizabeth Wong Keat Ping (PKR – Bukit Lanjan)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Pelancongan, Alam Sekitar, Teknologi Hijau, dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna.

ean yong hian wahEan Yong Hian Wah (DAP – Seri Kembangan)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Kerajaan Tempatan, Pemutihan Kilang Haram, dan Pembangunan Kampung Baru.

yunusDr Ahmad Yunus Hairi (PAS – Sijangkang)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Hal Ehwal Agama Islam, Jawatankuasa Adat Melayu, Pembangunan Desa dan Kampung Tradisi.

daroyahDr Daroyah Alwi (PKR – Sementa)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Kesihatan, Kebajikan, Hal Ehwal Wanita dan Keluarga.

V-GanabatirauV Ganabatirao (DAP – Kota Alam Shah)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Kemiskinan, Kerajaan Prihatin, dan Pekerja Ladang.

niknazmiNik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PKR – Seri Setia)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Pendidikan, Pembangunan Modal Insan, Sains dan Teknologi dan Inovasi.

Amirudin1Amirudin Shari (PKR – Batu Caves)

Generasi Muda, Sukan, Kebudayaan dan Pembangunan Usahawan.

YB Zaidy Bin Abdul TalibZaidy Abdul Talib (PAS – Taman Templer)

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Infrastruktur, Kemudahan Awam dan Industri Asas Tani.


Menziarahi semula Muktamar PAS ke-60 oleh Dzulkefly Ahmad

October 1, 2014

Dzulkefly Ahmad (TMI)

Published: 1 October 2014

Setelah tirai Muktamar PAS ke-60 berlabuh dan debu-debu tapak muktamar mendap di Batu Pahat, diri ini yang mengemudi Pusat Penyelidikan PAS sekali lagi terpaksa memungut segala peninggalan pengkisahan atau naratifnya.

Naratifnya diketahui umum cukup berbeza. Buat julung kalinya, seteru atau lawan politik terlepas dari fokus serangan, samada pembahas dari perwakilan mahupun dari pihak pimpinan dari atas pentas.

Sememangnya dari ungkapan tema Muktamar, telah jelas bahawa penekanan seluruh perjalanan Muktamar pada kali ini akan bersifat “melihat ke dalam” sebagai satu introspeksi.

Wajar juga mengorientasikan Muktamar “ke dalam” mentelahan wujud beberapa konflik yang tidak terungkai atau “unresolved conflict” sejak krisis Selangor, bahkan lebih awal dari itu.

Penulis tidak mempertikaikan hak perwakilan, khasnya kepimpinan terutamanya Tuan Guru Presiden untuk membuat mahasabah dan penegasan secara terbuka kepada mana-mana pihak sekalipun. Itu bukan sahaja hak, bahkan tanggungjawab pemimpin parti khasnya Presiden.

Pun begitu, bagi semua yang berucap, persoalan kritikalnya ialah: Apakah kita mencapai maksud ucapan kita ataukah sebaliknya yang telah berlaku?

Baca seterusnya di sini…
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Walk the talk, social media users tell Najib over his UN speech…..I wouldn’t say anymore!

September 28, 2014


Updated: 28 September 2014 7:01 AM

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had urged the United Nations to defeat violent extremism and religious intolerance. – Reuters pic, September 27, 2014.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had urged the United Nations to defeat violent extremism and religious intolerance. – Reuters pic, September 27, 2014.Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had urged the United Nations to defeat violent extremism and religious intolerance. – Reuters pic, September 27, 2014.Barely hours after Datuk Seri Najib Razak condemned the Islamic State militants (Isis) and religious extremism at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, social media users were quick to remind the prime minister to practise what he preached at home.

Twitter user Nash, using the handle @nash_71, did not mince his words when he posted: “@NajibRazak such a pity your words and deeds dont (sic) match where it matters most… at HOME… Malaysia… cld hv (could have) been known a great statesman.”

Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen also hit out at the PM’s remarks at the UN assembly, by tweeting: “@NajibRazak says the right thing at UN but fails miserably back in Msia – Umno, Isma, Perkasa, Utusan, Jakim, Jais extremism for all to see.”

He further posted: “At UN @NajibRazak calls for peace & moderation but no such consideration in Msia – everything is dealt with by the Sedition Act.”

This prompted a response from a follower, Peoples Power, using the handle @peoplespowerr, who posted: “He is jaguh dunia BUT not jaguh kampung.”

Another Twitter user, Hafiz Noor Shams, using the handle @__earth, appeared to issue a reminder to the PM’s earlier presumed admiration for the terror group: “Najib at the UN: WE’RE ANTI ISIS. Najib in an UMNO pow-wow: We should emulate ISIS’s courage.”

Najib had in June at a dinner to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Cheras Umno branch, called on party members to emulate the exploits of the group, which was then known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), as its members were able to defeat an Iraqi force despite being outnumbered.

Many criticised him and questioned him for voicing his support for a militant group.

However, the prime minister’s office later claimed that his words had been taken out of context and, instead, said that the militants’ actions ran counter to the Islamic faith and culture and humanity.

Human rights lawyer Latheefa Koya also took to Twitter today to say: “Najib urges global community to defeat violent extremism & religious intolerance – hello? ada kenal Isma & perkasa? (heard of Isma and Perkasa?)”, in reference to the two Muslim and Malay rights groups in Malaysia.

Former BN de facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim also tweeted using the handle @zaidibrahim: “PM snazzy dresser; spoke well about dangerous ideas permeating Islamic world in New York. When back home will he repeat them in Pekan?”

Najib had earlier told the UN General Assembly that Isis militants had destroyed lives and communities and destabilised fragile nations and threatened regional security.

“We reject this so-called Islamic State. We reject this state defined by extremism. And we condemn the violence being committed in the name of Islam.

“We know that the threat to world peace and security is not Islam, but extremism: intolerant, violent and militant extremism. The actions of these militants are beyond conscience and belief. They violate the teachings of Islam, the example set by the Prophet Muhammad, and the principles of Islamic law.”

Najib also said in his speech that there were key things that the world must do to defeat violent extremism and religious intolerance in Iraq and Syria.

“First, security and statehood must be returned to the people of Syria and Iraq.

“Secondly, we must pursue a different kind of politics… We must break the cycle where one group gains power only to wield it against the other… So we should commit to more inclusive politics.” – September 27, 2014.
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Symposium on Islam, Democracy ad Secularism….Care to join?

September 26, 2014

Sympoium on Islam

Bicara Harakah ‘Bajet 2015 Cabaran Rakyat’ 2 Okt Bersama Pusat Penyelidikan PAS…JOM!

September 26, 2014

MUHAMMAD FAIZAL | 26 September 2014. (Harakahdaily)

KUALA LUMPUR: Sempena pembentangan Bajet 2015 pada 10 Oktober nanti, Harakahdaily dengan kerjasama MyHarakah Bazaar akan menganjurkan Bicara Harakah bagi membincangkan isu-isu yang membabitkan bajet.

Program yang pertama kali dianjurkan ini dengan tajuk ‘Bajet 2015: Cabaran Rakyat’ akan diadakan di MyBazar Harakah di Jalan Pahang Barat, di sini pada 2 Oktober (Khamis) jam 2.30 petang.

Panel yang akan dijemput bagi mengupas cabaran yang akan dihadapi rakyat adalah Pengarah Eksekutif Pusat Penyelidikan PAS Pusat,  Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Pakar Minyak dan Gas Ajmel Hafiz Jamaluddin (Setiausaha PPP) dan Pakar Kewangan Korporat Hedzir Hanafi (Pemangku COO PPP).

Beberapa isu yang akan diketengahkan adalah tentang kesediaan rakyat menghadapi pelaksanaan Cukai Barangan dan Perkhidmatan (GST) pada April 2015 nanti serta kedudukan ekonomi negara yang kian meruncing.

Selain itu juga penekanan turut diberikan kepada cabaran yang perlu dihadapi kerajaan dalam mencari sumber pendapatan negara yang baru serta tidak tertumpu hanya kepada pelaksanaan GST semata-mata.

MyHarakah Bazaar turut menyediakan cenderahati termasuk 30 peratus potongan harga apembelian buku-buku kepada mereka yang hadir pada program tersebut. – HARAKAHDAILY 26/9/2014


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