Tuesday, January 19, 2010

TheMalaysianInsider: Non-Muslims can use ‘Allah’ in three states, FTs

Non-Muslims can use ‘Allah’ in three states, FTs
Tuesday January 19 2010
Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz today said that non-Muslims are allowed to use the word “Allah” in three states — Penang, Sabah and Sarawak — and the Federal Territories.

He said this is because other states have enactments on Islam which prohibit the use of the term by non-Muslims....

Source http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/49976-non-muslim-can-use-allah-in-three-states-fts

Monday, January 18, 2010

Coal Is 'Renewable' Energy

Yeah, D'oh!

Sarawak govt says coal is ‘renewable’ energy
Wednesday January 13, 2010
The Borneo Resources Institute has strongly critised the move by the Sarawak government to classify the exploitation and mining of 1.156 billion tonnes of coal reserves as part of its “renewable energy” projects...

Source http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/1/13/nation/20100113152752&sec=nation

Wikipedia: Renewable energy is energy generated from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat, which are renewable (naturally replenished).

TheMalaysiaInsider: Four reasons for controversial ‘Allah’ ruling .

Four reasons for controversial ‘Allah’ ruling .
Sunday 17 January 2010
By Debra Chong

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — High Court judge Datuk Lau Bee Lan’s controversial ‘Allah’ ruling that rocked the nation over who had rights to the term cited that the Home Minister and government’s actions had been illegal, unconstitutional, irrational and had failed to satisfy that it was a threat to national security.

She also wrote about the apparent conflict in the matter between the Federal Constitution and the various state enactments apart from claims by Muslim groups that the matter cannot be taken to a civil court.

The judge released the written grounds of her Dec 31 judgment late on Friday while the increasingly acrimonious public debate over who has the right to use the word “Allah” continues to rage on....

Read the excerpts below in TheMalaysianInsider.
  • On why the Home Minister’s ban is illegal
  • On why the Home Minister’s ban is unconstitutional
  • On why the Home Minister’s ban is irrational
  • On the seeming conflict between the Federal Constitution and the state enactments to control and restrict the propagation of religious doctrine among Muslims
  • On the claim that the Home Minister’s ban was to safeguard public security and order
  • On claims from the Muslim groups that "Allah" cannot be challenged in court
  • On what the Court really ordered

Source http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/49845-four-reasons-for-controversial-allah-ruling

Saturday, January 16, 2010

'Allah' Ban - No Deal

Jakim says ‘Allah’ ban must include Sabah and Sarawak
Saturday January 16 2010
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 — The Islamic Development Department (Jakim) maintains that Christians should not be allowed to use the word “Allah” and rejects the suggestion that the word could be used in East Malaysia while remaining banned on the peninsula

Source http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/49785-jakim-says-allah-ban-must-include-sabah-and-sarawak-

No deal, clergymen tell Nazri
Saturday January 16 2010

Church ministers from both sides of the South China Sea slammed the federal government’s latest attempt at a compromise over the use of the word “Allah” by Christians.

Source http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/49775-no-deal-clergymen-tell-nazri

The Grace Global Prayer Church, Seremban

Tenth church hit, attack in Seremban
Saturday January 16 2010
The Grace Global Prayer church in Rasah, Seremban, became the 10th attacked in a week, after its windows were found broken yesterday evening, in the latest incident believed to be linked to the controversial "Allah" ruling....

Source http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/49744-tenth-church-hit-attack-in-seremban

Friday, January 15, 2010

‘Allah’ allowed in East Malaysia: Nazri

‘Allah’ allowed in East Malaysia: Nazri
January 15th, 2010

The Borneo Post Online:
Nazri says govt recognises two states’ traditional usage of word

KUALA LUMPUR: The word ‘Allah’ is allowed to be used by Christians in Sarawak and Sabah because the government accepts that the natives in these two states have traditionally been using it in their prayers and religious services and the Muslims there are accustomed to this practice.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

The St Elizabeth Catholic church in Kota Tinggi, Johor,

Johor church ninth hit
Thursday January 14 2010
The St Elizabeth Catholic church in Kota Tinggi, Johor, was vandalised this morning, with red paint splashed on its walls. This makes it the ninth church hit by firebombs, arson attempts or vandalism in the past week....

Source http://themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/49554-johor-church-ninth-hit

Lunch @ Boston

One of the restaurants my colleagues and I usually eat at for lunch (not everyday) is at Boston.

They now offer set lunch at RM7.90++ for any one of the 8 dished advertised + drink (milk tea, coffee or ying yong) and a scoop of ice cream. Add RM2 to replace the drink with ice honey lemon, ice lemon tea, honeydew juice, apple juice or carrot juice. Price is cheaper compared to if you ordered the ala carte.

I have already tried 3 of the corn rice dishes; sweet & sour chicken, dry-fried beef tenderloin (spicy) and grilled chicken fillet. It really fills your stomach. The only complain I have is that the dish is a bit dry, not enough gravy.

The service at the 3 Two Square outlet needs to be improved too. There are times they gave us the wrong order, other times the dish comes late, very late. They need to be reminded all the time.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Recruitment: Operafest Children’s choir

THE Operafest Children’s Choir are recruiting children between the ages of seven and 17 who love singing. Contact 012-399 0073 or 017-636 8830.

Source http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2010/1/12/central/5446588&sec=central

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lutong Good Shepherd Church, Miri

Police: Imps broke Miri church windows
Tuesday January 12 2010
KUCHING, Jan 12 — The police believe the stone-throwing incident at the Lutong Good Shepherd Church in Miri on Sunday, which left several window panes smashed, was initiated by delinquents....

Source http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/49311-police-imps-broke-miri-church-windows

Monday, January 11, 2010

Malaysia Church Arson: SIB Seremban

Eighth church attack in Seremban
Monday January 11, 2010
A primarily East Malaysian Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) Church in Seremban was attacked today with a firebomb, leaving scorch marks on its front doors.

The attack did not affect the church interior and was believed to have occurred early this morning....

Source http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/49181-eighth-church-attack-in-seremban

Year 2010 Sad Start In Malaysia: Church Arson

Cops probing fourth church arson attempt
Saturday January 9, 2010
Police are investigating the attempted arson of a church - the fourth such incident - here.

The incident at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church took place about the same time as the other three churches on Friday....

Source http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/1/9/nation/20100109161228&sec=nation

Failed attack at Taiping church, convent school
Monday January 11, 2010
Arsonists failed to set fire to Taiping’s historic All Saints’ Church and the Convent School last night, making it the fifth church and first Christian school attack linked to the controversial ‘Allah’ ruling that has riled many Muslims.

Police confirmed both incidents, saying Molotov cocktails were lobbed at the church and school but the petrol bombs did not explode. Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau also sent out a news alert reporting police confirmation that a Baptist church in Durian Daun, Malacca was splashed with black paint...

Source http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/49109-failed-attack-at-taiping-church-convent-school

Miri church attack makes it seven
Monday January 11, 2010
A stone was thrown against a church in Miri today, making it the seventh attack in three days that is linked to the “Allah” ruling which has provoked Muslim anger. Earlier reports of an arson attack proved to be unfounded.

Source http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/49125-miri-church-attack-makes-it-7-

Friday, January 8, 2010

Church In KL Fire-Bombed

Church Damaged In Midnight Fire
Friday January 8, 2010
The Metro Tabernacle Church in Desa Melawati here was damaged after a group of youths threw flammable materials into the ground floor of the church located in a shoplot.
It is believed that a molotov cocktail was thrown into the church.

Source http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/1/8/nation/5435794&sec=nation

KL Church Torched
A city church in the leafy Desa Melawati suburb was set on fire at midnight as police warned angry Muslim groups not to protest a controversial ruling allowing Catholic weekly Herald to use “Allah” in its national language section.

The attack on the Metro Tabernacle A/G, an Assemblies of God church in Jalan 4/4C Desa Melawati, completely gutted its administrative office on the ground floor. There were no reported injuries in the midnight attack.

Police have yet to identify the attackers and no one has claimed responsibility for the attack which could be related to anger over the Dec 31 court ruling. The judgment has been suspended pending government appeal
Source http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/48874-kl-church-torched-

Church Fire-Bombed Ahead Of Protests
The Metro Tabernacle church in Desa Melawati, Kuala Lumpur, has been fire-bombed in an attack that gutted its ground floor early this morning.

A church has been fire-bombed in an attack that gutted its ground floor, church officials said, escalating a dispute over the use of the word 'Allah' by non-Muslims.

Source http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/121435

Fire Attack Fails In PJ Church
A Catholic church next to the Assunta Hospital here came under attack early this morning, just hours after another church in nearby Kuala Lumpur was torched.

Roman Catholic church officials said some homemade explosives were lobbed into the Church of the Assumption in Jalan Templar at about 4am.
Source http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/48906-pj-catholic-church-attacked

Use Of 'Allah' By Church Not Recent

IGP Confirms Three Churches Hit
Source http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/48930-igp-confirms-three-churches-hit

Readers Feedback in MalaysiaKini
Protest demos: '1Malaysia, 2Standards' http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/121433
'Please tackle 'Allah' issue wisely' http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/121434

'No Plastic Bag' Every Saturday in Selangor

I must remember about this when we go shopping on Saturdays.

Selangor implements ‘No Plastic Day’ every Saturday
Sunday January 3, 2010

Effective Jan 1, a ‘No Plastic Bag’ day would be observed every Saturday and retailers and shopping centres throughout the state were urged to reduce the use of plastic bags.

Source http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/1/3/nation/20100103204118&sec=nation

Friday, January 1, 2010

Malaysia 'Allah' ban overturned

Malaysia 'Allah' ban overturned
Friday, January 01, 2010

A Malaysian court has overturned a government ban on non-Muslim publications using the word "Allah".

Ruling on a lawsuit filed by a Malaysian Roman Catholic church publication, the Kuala Lumpur High Court said on Thursday that the home ministry's ban on the use of the word "Allah" was "illegal, null and void".

Judge Lau Bee Lan said the term was not exclusive to Islam, adding that all Malaysians had the right to use the word under the constitution which guarantees freedom of expression and religion...

Read report at http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/01/20101114114404185.html

Sugar Price Increase: Less Sugar Please

Just my thought.... I personally think that the prices of foods (with added sugar) and drinks will increase. So if I ask the drink stall owner for teh kurang manis (tea with less sugar), I don't have to pay extra, if not I will be charged more?

inistry: Increase in sugar price caused by rise in price of raw commodity

Friday January 1, 2010

Sugar will cost 20 sen more per kilo from today, with the new price being RM1.65 in Peninsular Malaysia and RM1.75 in Sabah and Sarawak....

Source http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/1/1/nation/5400437&sec=nation