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Attitude of blaming youths led to support shifting to PH – Syed Saddiq

MUAR, The attitude of PAS and UMNO leaders in only knowing how to blame youths who wanted inclusive politics led to the group feeling disgusted and shifted their support to Pakatan Harapan (PH), says PH Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

The Youth and Sports Minister said the loss of youth support was due to the weaknesses of PAS and UMNO leaders but youths and technology have been made the scapegoat by the leaders of the two parties instead.

It is not the wrong of youths, but the leaders of PAS themselves who do not understand the idealism and desire of youths. Politics is indeed about policies and current flavours. This is inevitable to any parties seeking support.

This attitude did not reflect their wisdom in preaching as they often blame other parties who are more approachable to the people and who struggle for cause of the people, said the Muar MP in a statement here tonight.

A news portal today reported that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said 30 per cent of the youths who voted for PH in the last general election did not study the Quran, did not study religion but studied via mobile phone, Facebook and WhatsApp when he opened the Kuantan PAS Muktamar Dewan Muslimat (general assembly) today.

Syed Saddiq said he agreed with Abdul Hadi’s view that politics is not a quick study of two to three minutes as the minister felt politics is a policy affair and agenda which should be studied with rational views and arguments.

However, he said what was offered by PAS and UMNO was only politics using racial and religious issues and they only know how to blame DAP as well as blaming critics of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and IMDB.

I think the argument that youths voted for PH did not study the Quran is insulting the intelligence of our youths, he said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Role of centres of Islamic studies to guide muslims, avoid confusion – Raja Zarith Sofiah

KUALA LUMPUR, Permaisuri of Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah has expressed concern over the tendency of Muslims nowadays to look for quick answers online rather than to seek knowledge from relevant knowledge centres.

Her Majesty noted that it had now become a fashionable trend to reject the guidance and advice of official Islamic councils and instead agree without any doubt with individuals or groups who were not Islamic scholars.

“Unfortunately, we read many comments on social media which prove that we look for quick answers via Google rather than seek knowledge from centres such as the Centre for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation (CASIS), and to respect scholars who have been taught by older scholars through decades of studies and research,” she said.

What was even more worrying, she said, was the increasing number of what she described as Facebook ustaz and ustazah as well as Google imams.

The Permaisuri of Johor said this when launching and proclaiming the centre as the Raja Zarith Sofiah Centre for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation (RZS CASIS) at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) here tonight.

She drove home the point that the role of CASIS and other centres of Islamic studies at other universities was to guide Muslims and avoid confusion in practice and thoughts.

“For the sake of the future generations of Muslims, we must acknowledge that the academic knowledge and guidance of Islamic scholars is the only way we can honour and continue with the legacy left to us thousands of years ago,” Raja Zarith Sofiah said.

She also announced that Professor Dr Wan Mohd Nor Wan Daud, the founder and former director of CASIS, as the first holder of the Syed Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas Distinguished Chair of Islamic Thought establised at RZS CASIS.

The Chair is named in honour of the renowned Malay Muslim thinker in the contemporary world.

CASIS first opened its doors as a centre for instruction and learning at UTM Kuala Lumpur in 2011.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Dr Mahathir visits Albukhary Foundation Gallery at British Museum

LONDON, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today visited the Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World at the British Museum in Bloomsbury here.

He spent about one hour exploring the gallery, with the museum’s deputy director Johanathan Williams explaining the awe-inspiring historical artefacts that reflect Islam’s glorious heritage.

Upon arrival he was greeted by museum officials, Malaysian High Commission officials and the children of businessman and philanthropist Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Albukhary — Sharifah Sofia and Syed Danial.

Also at the gallery were Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and Youth and Sports Minister Syed Sadiq Abdul Rahman. Dr Mahathir’s presence at the museum attracted the attention of hundreds of visitors with many aware of the world’s oldest prime minister.

The visit is part of Dr Mahathir’s itinerary during his three-day working visit to the United Kingdom beginning today.

The Albukhary Foundation Gallery is helping British Museum redisplay its important collections on Islamic heritage, and reflects the connections between the cultures of Islam and the ancient world on the one hand, and the cultures of the Mediterranean world and Europe on the other hand.

The Albukhary Foundation, an international non-profit charity organisation that focuses on social development, was established by Syed Mokhtar Shah Syed Nor Albukhary. The British Museum, established in 1753 as the first public national museum of the world, owns among the most comprehensive permanent collection totalling some eight million works, much of them sourced during the height of the British empire.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Need to upgrade native courts discussed in MA63 steering committee meeting – Abang Jo

KUCHING, The need to upgrade the Sarawak Native Court to be on par with the civil court and Syariah court was among the issues that has been brought to the Steering Committee on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this would allow problems based on native customs and traditions including cases relating to Native Customary Rights (NCR) land to be solved in a more structured way.

The issue has been discussed based on our understanding of the MA63 because we have the Borneo High Court in which there must be a judge from Sarawak or Sabah to hear appeals, he said when launching the 2019 state-level Gawai celebrations themed Indi Awang Indi Asung which means One Heart One Mind in the Bidayuh language.

Abang Johari said he had also requested his deputy, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah to head the committee to look into upgrading the native court to be equivalent to the civil court and Syariah court.

He was confident that the committee would be able to improve the structure of the native court based on the local customs and tradition with the guidance of law experts to solve to a certain extent problems faced by the Dayak community.

Sometimes, the Chief Minister said, he felt the civil court might not be that competent to adjudicate problems such as those related to NCR land issues.

Only Sarawakians understand ourselves and that understanding is a platform for Sarawakians to determine their own destiny, he said.

He also called on the Dayak community to engage in modern agriculture to raise their income and boost the rural economy.

Earlier, Main Organising Committee chairman Datuk Seri Michael Manyin, who is also Education, Science and Technological Research Minister, thanked the state and federal governments for bringing basic infrastructure that benefited the predominantly rural-based Dayak community.

With centuries of tradition behind it, Gawai Dayak is celebrated on June 1 and 2 every year by the Dayaks, a collective name for the three indigenous Sarawak communities, namely the Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu.

In the past, Gawai meant a religious ceremony or festivity held to show thanksgiving for a bountiful rice harvest but nowadays, it is a social event, a time for merry-making and bonding.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Aidilfitri dream comes true for prisoners

KUALA LUMPUR, The arrival of Syawal at the end of the fasting month is made more meaningful for Muslims when it is celebrated with loved ones at home.

For Sungai Buloh Prison inmates, this celebration became a dream come true, albeit in a different setting – the prison grounds itself – at a recent celebration hosted by the prison.

Loving embraces, tears and happiness filled the scene when prisoners came face-to-face with family members.

The annual programme is aimed at giving prisoners an opportunity to meet with loved ones, while forgiving one another in conjunction with Aidilfitri celebrations.

I was so touched to see my parents and I begged their forgiveness, said 26-year-old Rashid (not his real name) who was convicted of committing robbery at a restaurant in 2015.

Twenty-eight-year-old former government officer, Khai, was thankful his wife and parents still accepted him and fully supported his efforts to turn over a new leaf.

Serving time in prison has taught me to value my family, said the father of three and convicted murderer.

A total of 27 prisoners were selected to take part in the Aidilfitri programme, while 137 family members attended.

The selection criteria included good behaviour as well as a remainder of more than eight months in an individual’s prison term.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Aidilfitri Open House at Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok

BANGKOK, The Hari Raya Open House celebration organised by the embassy here is always much-awaited by Malaysian diaspora and students who are not able to return home for the holidays.

This festive occasion provides an opportunity for Malaysians to enjoy the special Raya traditional dishes, mingle with fellow Malaysians and nurture closer bond with each other.

A Malaysian student, Vittaya Boon who is studying Environmental Science at the Naresuan University said it took him four hours to travel from Phitsanulok district to Bangkok to attend the Aidilfitri gathering organised by the Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok, here today.

I woke up at 7 am to catch the van here because I really miss the Malaysian delicacies served during Hari Raya, he told Bernama.

At the gathering guests were treated to an array of food including rendang, soto, nasi briyani and cookies while Raya songs were played to put everyone in a celebratory mood.

I feel like I am home when attending this Aidilfitri gathering here (embassy) today, said Jerald Choi Mun Jet, another Malaysian studying at Chulalongkorn University.

According to Jerald being away from home, he missed the fun and gaiety during Raya celebration where people of different races could enjoy the feast prepared by hosts.

Muhammad Imran Azman who is doing his doctoral degree in Polymer Science at Chulalongkorn University said the gathering gives those living abroad the chance to foster closer bond with fellow Muslims and Malaysians.

It was sad having to attend classes and not be with my family and friends on the first day of Hari Raya but being here today has lifted my spirits, he said.

Ambassador of Malaysia to Thailand, Datuk Jojie Samuel and his wife, Datin Catherina Cherian Samuel also gave ‘duit raya’ to the children who joined the celebration.

Jojie said the Aidilfitri gathering was also held to allow guests especially Thai nationals experience how Hari Raya is celebrated in Malaysia.

As Malaysians, we are well-known for our hospitality. We enjoy hosting open houses where friends can join in the festivities to foster inter-racial harmony, integration and unity, he said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

69 summons issued during Op Samseng Jalanan at WCE

TELUK INTAN, A total of 69 summons for various offences were issued during the ‘Op Samseng Jalanan’ along the West Coast Expressway (WCE) in the Hutan Melintang-Teluk Intan area heading south early today.

Hilir Perak District Police Chief ACP Mohd Marzukhi Mohd Mokhtar said these offences included plate numbers which were not according to regulation, no driving licence, no side mirrors, no motorcycle licence, and exhaust pipes not according to regulation.

He said 50 motorcycles were inspected during the operations which began at 1 am until 7 am.

Of these, 18 motorcycles were detained as the motorcyclists were believed to have escaped during the operations.

We also checked 34 motorcyclists and pillion riders, he said in a statement here today.

He added that a 17-year-old youth was also detained after urine tests conducted on him found him positive for the drug methamphetamine.

The WCE Section 8 network which connects Hutan Melintang to Teluk Intan was officially opened on May 31.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)