22 April 2014

Seorang murid tahun 4 ditembusi sebatang besi sedalam 5 inci...

Seorang murid lelaki tahun empat cedera apabila pipi kanannya ditembusi sebatang besi sedalam lima inci ketika sedang bermain di luar pekarangan sebuah sekolah di Kota Kinabalu.

Difahamkan ketika kejadian, mangsa yang menunggu bas di kawasan parkir selepas tamat waktu persekolahan, terpijak besi penghadang longkang sepanjang semeter yang tercabut mengakibatkan murid berkenaan mengimbangi badan dan terjatuh.

Pegawai Perhubungan Awam Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Sabah Mohd Affendi K. Ramin berkata pihaknya menerima laporan pada 12.51 tengah hari dan lapan anggota Balai Bomba Kota Kinabalu dikerah ke tempat kejadian.

Dalam pada itu, Pengarah Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat negeri Nordin Fauzi berkata mangsa kemudian dibawa ke Hospital Wanita dan Kanak-Kanak Likas.

Pengarah Pendidikan Sabah Datuk Jame Alip pula berkata Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri akan mengarahkan pihak pengurusan semua sekolah memeriksa dan memperbaiki kawasan yang boleh membahayakan pelajar.

"Pihak sekolah diminta oleh Pengarah Pendidikan Negeri untuk mengambil tindakan sewajarnya tentang aspek keselamatan pelajar sepanjang masa," katanya dalam satu kenyataan yang dikeluarkan Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah Kota Kinabalu.

ame turut melawat mangsa di hospital, yang kini dalam keadaan stabil dan menemui ibu bapa murid berkenaan. – Bernama


Seorang murid Tahun Empat Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan (SRK) Sacred Heart, Kota Kinabalu, nyaris maut apabila sebatang besi sepanjang satu meter tertusuk di pipinya dalam kejadian kira-kira jam 12.30 tengah hari tadi.

Ketika kejadian, mangsa dikatakan sedang bermain di luar kawasan sekolah bersama rakannya sebaik selesai seisi persekolahan. 
Namun, salah seorang rakan mangsa dikatakan terpijak penutup longkang berjalur besi yang karat hingga menyebabkan salah satu batang besi terjungkit.

Pada masa sama, mangsa yang melintasi longkang berkenaan tidak menyedari besi berkenaan lalu tertusuk sehingga menembusi pipinya.

Bila PTI di benarkan dalam Sabah, maka tiada lagi tempat anak2 tempatan di Sabah untuk bersekolah.Terima kasihlah kepada Din dan BN kerana memberikan peluang kepada anak-anak PTI keutamaan daripada anak tempatan...

Penang DAP prepares for Bukit Gelugor polls...

The Penang DAP committee is preparing for the Bukit Gelugor parliamentary by-election, with the seat being left vacant by the death of Karpal Singh.

State DAP chairperson Chow Kon Yeow said the party has been told to prepare the statistics and logistics related to the seat, which Karpal had won with a thumping majority in the 13th general election on May 5 last year.

Chow said the party will meet on Thursday to discuss this, the same day that the Election Commission plans to hold a special meeting on the same matter.

Asked if Karpal's lawyer son Ram Karpal (left) will be the candidate, Chow said "it is the prerogative of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) to decide on this".

Asked if the state committee will submit its recommendations, he said: "We will submit names if asked. There are also Penangites in the CEC, and they know about the situation in Penang."

He was speaking after a press conference held by Karpal's family at Komtar today.

Karpal died in a road accident on April 17, along with personal helper J.Michael Cornelius.

Ram Karpal 38, was with his father in the vehicle when it collided with a five-tonne truck near Gua Tempurung, Kampar, at 1.10am.

Karpal had revealed his succession plan to New Zealand journalist Tim Donoghue and author of the 2013 biography ‘Karpal Singh - Tiger of Jelutong’, saying that his son Ram Karpal would succeed him.

He was said to already have a succession plan in mind when convicted of sedition charge in 2009 and fined RM4,000 on March 11 this year.

Politicians who are convicted and fined in excess of RM2,000 are not eligible to hold or seek positions.- mk

What next in Anwar sodomy II...

Despite 85 pages of rhetoric, the Court of Appeal’s written judgment (the “Judgment”) convicting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy has failed to establish the only corroborative evidence of the charge – the DNA evidence.

This is a case of one man’s word against another, with no eyewitness to the incident. 

Without establishing the DNA evidence beyond reasonable doubt, the Court of Appeal has no business to overturn the High Court judgment acquitting Anwar on ground of doubtful integrity of the DNA samples.

 The crucial question to ask is: have the samples become vulnerable to tampering after the sealed plastic bag containing individual receptacles holding the samples was cut open by the investigating officer without authority and kept for prolong duration before delivering them to the chemist?

The prosecutor said no, reason being that the individual receptacles were also sealed, hence, the samples were protected.

Sample tampering irrefutable

But the catch is: while the plastic bag which was heat sealed was tamper-proof, the seals to the individual receptacles were not tamper-proof. 

Australian forensic pathologist Dr David Wells testified that the seals to the receptacles could be removed and resealed based on the materials used and the manner of sealing, after he had examined them.

Appeal Court judges of Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi, Datuk  and Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh, who took the highly unusual step of appending their signatures to one single written document, dismissed Dr Wells’ claim by saying “he merely looked at the containers in court and gave his opinion solely from the manner in which these containers were sealed and the type of material used as seals. That was merely his opinion pure and simple”. (para 121 of the Judgment)

It was, of course, Dr Wells’ opinion. What else could he do other than expressing an opinion?  If the seals were not readily removable, why didn’t the prosecution refute his claim?  As a matter of fact, according to Anwar, who saw the receptacles in court, these seals consisted of only “ordinary and easily removable tapes and easily removable KL Hospital paper seals” as stated in his statement in dock.

Is that the reason Dr Wells’ testimony was not challenged in court?  Would he have been let off the hook if in fact the claim was false, knowing the critical importance of the issue?

And why did Jude Pereira take the reckless step of cutting open the permanently sealed plastic bag? He said he wanted to put the receptacles into individual envelopes and re-label them. But that explanation was obviously phoney as rightly pointed out by High Court judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah for the simple reason that each of the receptacles had already been clearly labelled by the hospital doctors and Pereira’s mission was merely to deliver them to the chemist without Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah any input of his own.

Shockingly, despite the opening of the plastic bag had opened the gateway for meddling with the samples in the unsecured receptacles, the judges declared such unauthorised action as not amounting to tampering with the samples, even repeating Pereira’s incredible claim that he was merely following standard operation procedure (para 85). 

Talking about SOP, is it also SOP to place the samples in Pereira’s personal steel cabinet for 42 hours instead of the police freezer, which was a beach of police standard practice, as well as defiance of KL Hospital forensic pathologist Dr Siew Sheue Fong’s strict instruction that the samples be kept in freezer?

Why have the judges completely omitted to mention the defence claim that such prolong storage under room temperature would have damaged further the already much degraded samples?

Being a senior police officer familiar with forensic investigation, Pereira must have known that his reckless beach of discipline in his mishandling of the samples could fatally damage the integrity of the chain of custody as well as the quality of the DNA samples, both of which are of vital importance to the prosecution case.

Then why did he still do it?  What was it so compelling that he had to take such risks?  Why did he keep the samples to himself for 42 hours?  If he was not up to something sinister, what was he up to?

Dubious DNA samples

Could that explain the miraculous phenomenon that the these samples were later found to have suffered no degradation at all, despite being retrieved 56 hours after alleged sodomy and stored for another 42 hours under room temperature, something unheard of?

The two Australian experts held the view from their long careers that semen collected 36 hours after ejaculation could hardly be successfully tested for the sperm’s DNA due to degradation.

DNA expert Dr Brian McDonald testified from his observation of test reports handed to him that the profiles of DNA tests for various samples taken from the rectum including those showing DNA of Male Y (which prosecution claims to be those of Anwar) showed no evidence of degradation.

This contradicted with the samples’ history, inferring that they might not be the same samples that were retrieved from complainant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan’s rectum by the hospital doctors 98 hours earlier.

In addition to such contradictions which cast serious doubt over the credibility of the DNA findings, the two Australian experts also pointed out many discrepancies, deficiencies and flaws of the chemist’s DNA reports and hospital doctors’ examination reports, including the exposure of the puzzling presence of DNA of multiple people extracted from Saiful’s rectum, which the chemist have overlooked, compounding the crisis of confidence in these reports.

These are, of course, serious challenges to the prosecution case, which stands or falls on the DNA evidence.

Slamming of experts childish

But instead of taking these Australian experts’ opinion head on with equally professional counter argument, the judges seem to have found a short cut by resorting to name-calling to devalue the Australians’ testimonies while simultaneously enhancing the status of statements made the government’s professionals.

Thus, the Australians have become “armchair experts” who have no practical experience (false, of course) to lend credibility to their argument, while the government chemists have “impeccable credentials” with competence in both the academic and practical fields.

The judges even went to the extent of concurring with lead prosecutor Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah’s submission that the Australians’ evidence were “speculative and theoretical if not hypothetical, thus lacking in probative value” (para 142). 

In contrast, the evidence of the two local chemists was described as factual and based on their own analysis of samples.

Then, using the premise of “lacking in probative value”, the judges in one sweeping stroke, rejected the Australians’ critical testimonies on all the critical issues, which are sample tampering, doubtful DNA reports and penile penetration (para 150).

Presto! Problem solved! The Australians’ unfavourable testimonies are set aside in favour of the affirmative ones submitted by government professionals. The prosecution case is thus saved.

But what is the truth?

Dr Wells, a forensic pathologist, specialises in sexual assault cases. He is head of Clinical Forensic Medicine at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Associate Professor in the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash Unviersity, Member of the Advisory Panel – National Institute of Forensic Science, Member of the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine. 

He has worked with World Health Organisation in establishing medico-legal services for victims of sexual violence in developing countries.  He has written several books and articles on sexual violence and awarded the Order of Australia Medal.  He has testified in all levels of courts where his testimonies have been accepted.

Dr Bian McDonald, holding a PhD in pathology, is a consultant molecular geneticist.  He is a member of the Australian Forensic Science Society, member of the Australian Biomedical Society and served as committee member of the Human Genetics Society, a director of both DNA Consults and Molecular Genetics for the Sonic Clinical Institute.  He was also a head geneticist officer in New South Wales.  He has written books, papers and articles on the subject of DNA, a list of which fills up five pages.

Clearly, the above credentials speak for themselves, and show how utterly irresponsible is the act of rejecting those expert opinions en bloc with the cavalier and childish comment on those evidence being “mere opinion, speculative and theoretical”, which actually reflects the shallowness of the writer of the Judgment, whoever he is.

Penile penetration

On the subject of anal penile penetration, this is another major flaw of the prosecution case.  All the four doctors who had examined Saiful had reported no sign of penetration, which contradicted the latter’s testimony that the “fast and furious” act had caused him pain.

Though the three government doctors later changed their tune, however, their revised views were based on the subsequent report issued by the chemist, who claimed the presence of semen of “Male Y” in Saiful’s rectum.

Such revised view had, of course, zero value, as the doctors’ report must be based on their own observations and not on subsequent reports issued by others.

Anwar’s statement in the dock

Was Anwar a coward, scared of being cross-examined in the witness stand as insinuated by the judges, when he chose to give an unsworn statement in dock as his defence?

Anyone who has read his 9,000-word statement which took him an hour and 20 minutes to deliver in court, could not have failed to be moved by the endless series of injustice he has suffered and his cries of despair that he would ever receive justice in the court.

The long litany of unjust treatment he had received at every step of his judicial defence as enumerated by him has proved beyond the slightest doubt that this is political persecution, not a criminal trial, where the verdict is a foregone conclusion.

There is no better testimony to that than the shock with which the world greeted the acquittal of Anwar at the High Court three years ago, as the proceedings of the trial had been so manifestly unfair and vindictive that no one expected an acquittal.


That the prosecutor and the judges did not let go the slightest opportunity to build up the perception of guilt against Anwar is seen in its dishonest inference that Anwar didn’t call alibi witnesses because they couldn’t have substantiated his story of innocence.

This is double injustice to Anwar, because it was the powers that be that had put a spoke to his alibi defence.  Anwar said in his statement in dock: “My alibi witnesses made known to the prosecution were in fact included in the prosecution list of witnesses, which was not supplied to my lawyers. They were defence alibi witnesses. I am informed this is the first time this has been done.”

Anwar also gave the example of the owner of the condo where the alleged incidence took place, Hasanuddin Abd Hamid, who was harassed by the police for a total of 30 hours where his statements were video recorded. Another alibi witness, Fitria Dipan the maid, ironically offered by the prosecution, couldn’t even be traced.

Prosecution + defence v defence

A trial judge is supposed to be an umpire, taking a neutral position to weigh without prejudice the merits and demerits of facts and legal arguments presented by the prosecutor and the defence and deliver his decision at the end of the hearing strictly according to facts and relevant law, without fear or favour.

But this is distinctively not the case in the present trial. Reading through the Judgment, one can’t help but get the impression that there is an invisible dividing line separating the prosecutor and judges on one side and the defence on the other. With due respect, it looks like a joint effort to fix the respondent, and let the facts and law be damned.

In fact, the outcome of this trial was already self-evident when Anwar’s request to replace specially invited lead prosecutor Shafee was rejected all the way to the highest court. Being an Umno lawyer and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s confidante, Shafee’s role as prosecutor was to part of a political agenda.

Now that Anwar has appealed to the Federal Court, the nation will hold its breath at what will happen next. 

Will it be another saving grace for the judiciary, or will it be another plunge that will trigger off a new phase of bruising conflict that will cause much suffering, but with the prospect of opening up a new era for the nation? – Kim Quek, TMI

Agak2 berita ni masuk tv3 tak? 


21 April 2014

Pemberian geran R&D rm100 juta - Najib ada main wayang...

Pengarah Strategi PKR, Rafizi Ramli mempersoalkan satu geran bernilai RM100 juta  kepada sebuah syarikat untuk tujuan projek komersil. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 21 April, 2014.
Najib campur tangan dalam pemberian geran RM100 juta...

PKR hari ini mendakwa Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak ada terlibat dalam pemberian satu geran R&D Kementerian Sains, Teknologi & Inovasi (Mosti), bernilai RM100 juta kepada sebuah syarikat.

Pengarah Strategi PKR Rafizi Ramli berkata beliau mempunyai bukti berupa surat kelulusan dari Menteri MOSTI Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin kepada NSE Resources Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd untuk pembangunan "gasifier steam boiler plant" iaitu sebuah projek komersil.

Surat kelulusan itu merujuk kepada surat daripada Pejabat Perdana Menteri yang bertarikh 21 November, 2013 selepas syarikat terbabit menulis surat permohonan kepada Najib selaku perdana menteri pada 15 November, 2013.

Beliau berkata, pemberian geran untuk perojek komersil dengan jumlah dana rakyat sebanyak RM100 juta itu bertentangan dengan prosedur biasa.

Ini kerana geran maksima yang dilaporkan bagi satu projek (mengikut Laporan Tahunan MOSTI) ialah sebanyak RM2 juta dibawah Technology Acquisition Fund (TAF).

Malah kata beliau, geran R&D diberikan adalah bagi tujuan penyelidikan dan pembangunan teknologi, bukannya untuk satu projek komersil yang melibatkan dana ratusan juta.

"Ini adalah salah satu geran yang terbesar pernah diberikan. Dibawah skim geran R&D Mosti hasil campur tangan perdana menteri sendiri yang membayangkan ia tidak mengikuti prosedur," katanya Rafizi.

Mengulas lanjut beliau berkata, jika syarikat ini diberikan geran sedemikian rupa besarnya iaitu RM100 juta, apakah MOSTI bersedia mengumumkan bahawa syarikat-syarikat lain yang mengusahakan projek komersil seumpama itu atau terlibat di dalam industri teknologi juga boleh memohon geran untuk membiayai projek-projek mereka?

Menurut Rafizi, oleh kerana jumlah RM100 juta yang diberika ini adalah dalam bentuk geran, maka NSE Resources Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd mungkin tidak perlu membayar balik satu sen pun kepada kerajaan. 

"Kita telah menyaksikan bagaimana pinjaman mudah kepada NFC (bukannya geran) pun tidak dibayar balik kepada kerajaan, apatah lagi jumlah RM100 juta yang diberikan sebagai geran.

"Ini hanyalah satu projek yang menunjukkan bagaimana Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak campur tangan dengan memberi arahan kepada MOSTI agar geran RM100 juta diberikan kepada sebuah projek komersil. 

"Kita tidak tahu berapa banyak lagi campur tangan dan arahan seperti ini yang dibuat oleh beliau selama ini kerana peruntukan geran R&D adalah besar iaitu sebanyak RM1.1 bilion," katanya sambil mendakwa mempunyai beberapa lagi dokumen lengkap. - harakahdaily

Did Najib interfered in RM100 million grant to company...

PKR has today questioned Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's alleged interference in the approval of a RM100 million research and development (R&D) grant to a company for a commercial project.

PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli (pic) said Putrajaya had approved the grant application by NSE Resources Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd through a letter signed by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin, on January 21.

According to Rafizi, the grant was for the development of a gasifier steam boiler plant. 

The approval letter from the ministry apparently referred to a letter from Najib's office dated November 21 last year, after NSE Resources wrote to the prime minister on November 15.

Rafizi claimed the award of the grant goes against existing procedures and regulations, pointing out that the maximum amount given for a project is RM2 million under the Technology Acquisition Fund (TAF).

He said R&D grants were given for commercialisation and technology development purposes and not for a commercial project.

"This is one of the biggest grants given out so far. We do not know the extent of interference as the allocation for R&D grants is huge at RM1.1 billion," he said at a press conference at the PKR headquarters today.

The implication of this, said the Pandan MP, is that NSE Resources does not need to repay the money given to them.

"We have seen how loans were given to NFC and they do not have to return a single sen to the government, what else RM100 million which is given in the form of a grant," he said, referring to the RM250 million National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) cattle scandal that led to the resignation of Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil from the cabinet.

In claiming that he had proof, Rafizi said he would wait for a reply from both Najib and Ewon on the matter. – tmi

Sebelum baca potongan akhbar di bawah sila tonton dan dengar video ini dulu...


Ooi Najib kalu nak banteras rasuah bukan dengan cara berlari 3,000 meter. Buat macam negara China! Tembak bagi mampuih perasuah! Barulah orang takut nak rasuah. Kalu buat larian anti-rasuah rakyat dapat apa? Setakat dapat t-shirt seorang sehelai, air mineral seorang sebotol kemudian berpeluh! Rasuah dok macam tu juga...

Kalu betoi2 nak perangi rasuah mai sini ku nak ajar.Pertama, humbankan dulu UMNO dari tampuk kuasa, sebab UMNO ni adalah bapak segala rasuah...

Read here and here

A Malaysian passenger is happy to be alive after Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 was forced to make an emergency landing at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport early Monday.

"When the plane was about to take off, we could hear three loud bangs. The plane was shaking, especially rows 19 to 23 on the D, E and F side," said the passenger who wanted to be known as Raymond.

"Oxygen masks dropped but people did not panic. There was a lot of praying but people were calm," he said when asked about the situation in the aircraft that hovered for about three hours above KLIA.

Kedaulatan Undang2 mengikut UMNO...

Masuk percuma, cuma perlu bawa tuala, garam dan air mineral...


Flying-carpet Bomoh - Karpal died at a haunted spot...

raja bomoh

Raja Bomoh: Karpal died at a haunted spot...

Ibrahim Mat Zin, the self-styled World Bomoh King, has offered to cleanse Malaysia’s major interstate highways of the evil spirits that he says are responsible for accidents like the one which killed veteran politician and senior lawyer Karpal Singh last week.

In a video(below) interview posted on Suara TV, he says the jungles through which the highways cut are the natural haunts of evil spirits.

“There is a need for the North South Expressway and the East Coast Expressway to be neutralised,” he says.

“I’m willing to fly in a helicopter from Johor Bahru to Perlis and along the East Coast Expressway to neutralise them.

“I ask everyone to cooperate with me. I’m not charging any fee. I’m doing this because I care about the safety of highway users. I want them to be safe on the highways so they can celebrate Hari Raya, Chinese New Year and Deepavali peacefully.”

The video also shows Ibrahim performing a ritual at the spot on the North-South Expressway where Karpal met his death.

He says in the interview that the spot is part of a stretch that is notorious for the appearance of ghosts and the occurrence of fatal accidents.

“On this stretch, people have reported seeing headless humans and apparitions of animals such as elephants, lions and cows.”

Ibrahim claims that he is a descendant of Datuk Maharaja Lela, the Malay nationalist who in 1875 killed JWW Birch, the British administrator of Perak.

In an immediate reaction, the Perak PAS Youth wing said it was disappointed with the Perak Islamic Religious Department (JAIPk) for not acting against Ibrahim despite having opened an investigation against the bomoh.

“The Muslims in Perak are shocked to see him in action near Karpal’s accident spot. It is as though he is still free to conduct his activities despite being advised by Perak mufti Harussani Zakaria to repent,” said Perak PAS Youth chief Raja Ahmad Iskandar Al-Hiss in a statement.

“We are disappointed and embarrassed with JAIPk’s inaction against Ibrahim,” he said.-fmt

Bomoh tikar terbang halau puaka Gua Tempurung...

Aksi Raja Bomoh Di Kawasan Berlaku Kemalangan Maut Karpal Singh...

Selepas kematian Karpal Singh dalam kemalangan jalanraya di Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan berhampiran Gua Tempurung beberapa hari lalu, individu yang mendakwa dirinya Raja Bomoh, Ibrahim Mat Zain semalam muncul di kawasan berlakunya kemalangan itu untuk melakukan ritual yang didakwanya untuk menghalau makhluk jahat yang di kawasan itu.

Dalam ritualnya sambil membawa bunga malai yang digantungkan di salah satu tiang penghadang lebuhraya itu, Raja Bomoh mendakwa, kemalangan yang menimpa keatas Karpal Singh adalah disebabkan angkara makhluk jahat di persekitaran Gua Tempurung itu.

Tambahnya, beliau hadir untuk menghalau makhluk jahat atau penunggu itu untuk mengelakkkan lebih ramai pengguna jalanraya terus diganggu dan terlibat dalam kemalangan jalanraya selepas ini.

Ternampak niat dan tujuannya memang baik tetapi jelas cara atau kaedah yang dijalankannya adalah salah. Adakah Islam menganjurkan cara demikian? Bolehkah kita percaya kemalangan semata-mata disebabkan gangguan penunggu dan mengenepikan faktor kecuaian manusia?

Adakah makhluk jahat, penunggu, hantu lebuhraya atau lebih tepatnya iblis dan syaitan dapat dihalau dengan cara yang beliau lakukan itu?

Apakah yang Raja Bonoh ini mahukan sebenarnya? Siapa yang menyuruhnya berbuat demikian, kenapa perlakuannya tidak dihalang dan macam-macam persoalan lagi muncul apabila melihat perlakuan terbaru beliau ini.

Sebelum ini, beliau telah melakukan dua kali ritual merungkai misteri kehilangan pesawat MH370 di KLIA dan kemudian apabiia diumumkan pesawat itu hilang di Lautan Hindi, Raja Bomoh itu juga dirakan melakukan ritual pencarian di sebuah kawasan tepi pantai.

Jika semasa di KLIA beliau membawa kelapa, tikar dan teropong buluh digunakan sebagai alat mencari MH370 yang masih misteri, dan di tepi pantai itu, buah kelapa dan teropong buluh terus menjadi alatan wajib bagi Raja Bomoh. Namun ritualnya langsung tidak membantu mencari pesawat yang hilang itu.

Tindakan Raja Bomoh itu mendapat kecaman banyak pihak, termasuk oleh Anwar Ibrahim yang membangkitkannya di Dewan Rakyat manakala tindakan Khairy Jamaluddin menegurnya pula mengundang kemarahannya sehingga beliau mengugut mahu menamparnya sepertimana beliau kononnya pernah menampar seekor buaya tidak lama dulu.

Beberapa pemimpin lain seperti Zahid Hamidi dan Shahidan Kassim juga menegur perbuatan Raja Bomoh, walaupun kemudian didedahkan bahawa kedua-dua pemimpin itu pernah dipakaikan selempang silat oleh Raja Bomoh beberapa tahun sebelum ini.

Raja Bomoh yang terlibat dalam bidang perbomohan ini sebenarnya adalah guru silat gayong sejak sekian lama, bahkan pernah mengadakan majlis penganugerahan selempang yang dihadiri oleh beberapa VVIP. Selain itu beliau juga terlibat dalam bidang perbomohan. Wajah dan iklan perubatannya sering muncul dalam beberapa akhbar tabloid sebelum ini.

Tetapi di awal tahun 80an dulu, ketika di Teluk Intan, ilmu persilatannya banyak dipertikaikan oleh orangramai dan beliau juga pernah ditampar ketika itu. Dalam kejadian lain pula, beliau juga pernah dibelasah sehingga terdampar di dalam longkang di Teluk Intan akibat masalah lain yang diwujudkannya.

Sejak itu beliau lama menghilang dah kemudian lebih popolar di Kuala Lumpur dengan acara perbomohan dan mengadakan majlis-majlis anugerah persilatan atau perhimpunan anak-anak muridnya sambil dihadiri oleh VVIP tertentu.

Dilaporkan juga sejak 2002 lagi, JAWI telah mengisytiharkan amalan perbomohan yang dijalankannya adalah bertentangan dengan Islam, namun beliau tidak pernah ditangkap atas kesalahan itu.

Berlakunya insiden kehilangan MH370 merancakkan kembali kemunculannya di tempat awam, walaupun tidak diketahui siapa yang menyuruhnya berbuat demikian. Dalam pencarian MH370, rasanya tiada sesiapa yang memintanya melakukan ritual di KLIA dan tepi pantai itu walaupun beliau didakwa menyebut nama seseorang VVIP yang memintanya berbuat demikian.

Begitu juga, selepas kematian Karpal Singh berhampiran Gua Tempurung, juga rasanya tiada mana-mana pihak yang tergamak memintanya melakukan ritual menghalau penunggu itu, apatah lagi semua perlakuan atau ritual yang dilakukannya itu amat memalukan sesiapa juga yang berfikiran waras menyaksikannya. Nampak lawak dan bodoh.

Sudahlah bertentangan dengan akal yang waras dan pemikiran logik, ia juga seperti menghina Islam sendiri. Apakah amalan Islam begitu hina dan kolot?

Dalam hal ini, oleh kerana JAWI dikatakan sudah pernah mengisytiharkan amalannya salah dan bertentangan dengan Islam, JAWI atau mana-mana pejabat agama lain tidak seharusnya sekadar menjadi penonton saja kepada perlakuan beliau itu. Bertindaklah segera untuk mengelakkan lebih banyak kekeliruan dan kejadian yang memalukan agama.

Meskipun Raja Bomoh ini sudah berusia lebih 80 tahun, pejabat agama tidak harus ada simpati atau helah untuk tidak menahannya. Jika Kassim Ahmad yang didapati mengeluarkan pandangan anti hadis masih boleh ditahan dan bakal didakwa dalam usianya yang juga lebih 80 tahun, biar kurang disenangi oleh Mahathir Mohamad, tiada alasan juga untuk tidak bertindak sama terhadap Raja Bomoh yang lebih menyeleweng dan memalukan agama ini.

Jika dibiarkan, tidak mustahil nanti apabila berlaku saja sesuatu kejadian dalam negara, maka akan muncullah Raja Bomoh ini dengan segala ritual dan peralatannya yang pelil-pelik. 

Sudahlah kita di negara ini dipelikkan dengan perangai Zulkifli Noordin dan Nawawi Ahmad, Ahli Parlimen Langkawi (nasib baik sudah meminta maaf) yang mencemar dan menghodohkan wajah Islam seolah-olah kematian bukan Islam boleh dipermain dan dihina, perlakuan Raja Bomoh ini jika dibiarkan akan mencacatkan lagi wajah Islam di negara ini dan di mata bukan Islam.

Kepada Jamil Khir Baharom, menteri yang bertanggungjawab kepada hal ehwal agama Islam serta jabatan agama seluruh negara, segeralah banteras kekotoran dan karut-marut ini.- shahbudindotcom

Raja Bomoh spouting mumbo-jumbo again...

Bomoh (shaman) Ibrahim Mat Zin (pic, third left) is in the headlines for the wrong reasons again, this time for conducting a cleansing ritual along KM306.1 of the North-South Expressway.

The area has been in the spotlight since last Thursday after Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh died when his Toyota Alphard was involved in a collision with a lorry.

Selangorkini reported today that Ibrahim, known as Raja Bomoh Sedunia Nujum VIP, performed the cleansing ritual to rid the area of spirits.

 Karpal, 73, and his personal assistant Michael Cornelius, 30, died in the 1.10am accident on Thursday when his Alphard was involved in a collision with a five-tonne Mitsubishi Canter.

Images of Ibrahim performing the ritual have been widely circulated on Facebook and Twitter, bringing a barrage of criticism from social media users.

Malaysians have demanded that Putrajaya take action against Ibrahim, stopping him from continuing with his activities, which have been described as illegal from a religious perspective.

A blog (aans1.blogspot.com) quoted Ibrahim as claiming that Karpal's death was due to spiritual disturbance in the Gua Tempurung.

Ibrahim had claimed that the area around the Gua Tempurung area was infamous for spiritual disturbances as many drivers had suffered similar experiences, especially at night.

Ibrahim made the headlines in the early days of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 going missing by performing a locating ritual at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Allegations circulated that Ibrahim was being protected by certain quarters.

This is because the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) had in 2004 declared that Ibrahim's bomoh treatments was in conflict with the Islamic faith.

Jakim had ruled that Ibrahim's treatments had elements of superstition and deceit.

Ibrahim claimed that he had been invited to KLIA by one of Putrajaya's top leaders to help locate MH370 using a spiritual method and prayer.

He performed the ritual using a fish trap hook and bamboo binoculars, and was widely pilloried by Malaysians.

He then came a second time to KLIA with his assistants, brining along coconuts and a carpet. – tmi


20 April 2014

Selamat Jalan Harimau Jelutong...


Kesedihan mengiringi perjalanan terakhir mendiang Karpal Singh...

Kesedihan menyelebungi kediaman mendiang Karpal Singh di 144A, Jalan Utama sebaik keranda dibawa masuk ke dalam van menuju ke Dewan Sri Pinang dalam perjalanan terakhir sebelum disemadikan.

Orang ramai mula berkumpul seawal jam 6.30 pagi untuk mengiringi mendiang.

Isteri mendiang, Gurmit Kaur dalam keadaan sedih dan teresak-esak melihat suaminya mula dibawa keluar daripada kediaman mereka sejak berkahwin 40 tahun lalu.

A funeral cortege accompanies the coffin of the late Karpal Singh, former chairman of the Democratic Action Party, through the streets of Penang after leaving Dewan Sri Pinang today. – The Malaysian Insider by Najjua Zulkefli, April 20, 2014.

Mula jam 7.45 pagi, kereta dan motorsikal mengiringi van yang membawa mendiang.

Sepanjang perjalanan, kenderaan berhenti bagi memberikan laluan dan penghormatan terakhir.

Sekitar jam 8 pagi, van membawa jenazah tiba di Dewan Sri Pinang dan disambut dengan pasukan pancaragam bekas sekolah mendiang St Xavier Institution bagi memberikan penghormatan terakhir.

Orang ramai beratur untuk memberikan penghormatan terakhir kepada mendiang Karpal Singh di Dewan Sri Pinang, Pulau Pinang, seawal jam 6.30 pagi ini. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Hasnoor Hussain, 20 April, 2014.

Ribuan orang ramai mula berpusu-pusu masuk dan beratur panjang menunggu giliran untuk memberikan penghormatan terakhir kepada tokoh peguam dan politik yang disegani tersebut.

Tidak jauh daripada dewan, tiga tempat bersejarah, Mahkamah Pulau Pinang, Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang dan sekolah mendiang, St Xavier yang merupakan titik permulaan dalam karier mendiang.

Ahli keluarga, pemimpin DAP dan penyokong mendiang kelihatan sedih mengenangkan pemergian pemimpin kesayangan mereka.

Sukarelawan juga sibuk menjaga perjalanan dalam dan luar dewan.

Sekitar jam 11 pagi, mendiang akan dibawa menuju ke Bukit Gantung untuk disemadikan buat kali terakhir melalui beberapa jalan penting seperti bangunan DUN dan sekolah lama mendiang. – tmi


the State Eulogy...

Mourn Karpal, but celebrate his achievements too...

 We mourn the untimely and unexpected passing of DAP national chairperson and Member of Parliament for Bukit Gelugor, Saudara Karpal Singh.

Karpal is an eight-term MP, for Bukit Gelugor and Jelutong, as well as a three- term state assemblyman in Penang, first elected in 1978.

For 40 years, Karpal dedicated his life to the legal profession, fighting for justice, upholding our constitutional rights to freedom and human rights. His landmark cases are textbook references for lawyers.

A devoted father and husband to his wife Gurmit Kaur, both of them brought up five children who are all successful practising lawyers, except for the youngest who is an accountant. The eldest, Jagdeep is at present a Penang state executive councillor, while the second eldest Gobind is the Member of Parliament for Puchong.

With his life suddenly cut short at 74 years, following the tragic accident on the highway on April 17, Penang has lost an upstanding and outstanding leader and lawyer. The rakyat lost a fearless "tiger" with an indomitable spirit who stood up for the poor, weak, defenceless and dispossessed.

Karpal’s fighting spirit stands out

But it his fighting spirit that stands out. You can detain Karpal physically, but you can never detain his spirit.

I saw this myself, when we were both detained without trial under the now repealed Internal Security Act (ISA) in 1988, at the Kamunting Detention Camp. He suffered from severe spinal back pains, but refused to yield.

This refusal to yield was evident even after Karpal suffered an unfortunate accident in 2005, which paralysed him waist-down.

Not only did he overcome this paralysis, but he continued his brilliant legal and political career. Karpal became the first disabled person in Malaysia to be elected twice to Parliament, both times with huge majorities.

In seeking both rule of law and a better Malaysia, Karpal practised what he preached – refusing to take fees for cases of gross injustices, even from the famous VIPs like parliamentary Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang, and even from the poor Malay, Indian or Chinese.

His departure will leave an immense void, not only in his family's lives, but also in those of all Malaysians whose lives have been inspired by his principled cause.
To Karpal’s family, we share your grief in this time of bereavement with deepest sympathies and condolences.

Thomas Jefferson said that when the government fears the people, there is liberty; when the people fear the government, there is tyranny. Throughout his life, Karpal showed us how not to fear the government.

Let us therefore mourn Karpal Singh, and at the same time, honour him by celebrating his accomplishments and realising his aspirations for justice, integrity and freedom.

Thank you, Karpal. Rest in peace.

This is the State Eulogy presented by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng during the public funeral conducted by The Penang State Government for Karpal Singh at Dewan Sri Pinang at 10.15am on April 20.

Karpal: The Tiger’s leap into immortality...

“Karpal Singh of Jelutong
Tenaciously, he stood strong
Upholding truth and justice
For democracy and peace -
This man was gentle,
This man was strong…”

This man was gentle.

Karpal’s reputation as “the Tiger of Jelutong” had long preceded him when I had the privilege of getting to know him as my roommate in Kawasan 6 of Kamunting detention camp during Operasi Lalang in 1988.

Sharing our lives in detention, I came to know the gentler side of Karpal, his infectious chuckles as he narrated stories of his legal cases and his colourful encounters.

At Kamunting, much of his time was taken up with preparing for his habeas corpus writs to the High Court in Ipoh, and later at the Supreme Court. There were few lawyers as emotionally and politically involved as Karpal, scrutinising every aspect, every angle, every word and the very syntax used to couch the framing of the Internal Security Act.

We were fortunate to have the benefit of his counsel and relevant legal documents, as we prepared our own applications for habeas corpus. I remember assisting him in typing his defence on an old manual typewriter.

If Karpal thought he already knew the ISA statute well from having defended so many ISA detainees before his detention, at Kamunting he got to know the law even better, inside out.

Karpal’s victory in his habeas corpus application before Justice Peh of the High Court in Ipoh on March 9, 1988, must stand on record as one of the most ironic of all ISA cases at a time when the government had plugged practically all the loopholes for an ISA detainee to be freed.

Minister forced to concede error

In this case, the home minister was forced to concede that one of his “allegations of fact” was an error, since on the occasion in question, Karpal was actually before the same judge and not, as alleged, making a “racially-charged” speech at a gathering. Justice Peh’s concluding remark was:

“Viewed objectively and not subjectively, the error in all the circumstances, would squarely amount to the detention order being made without care, caution and a proper sense of responsibility and that such circumstances had gone beyond a mere matter of form.”

Karpal’s indefatigable battles in the courts for successive habeas corpus writs are by now legendary. After that historic victory at the High Court in Ipoh, Karpal was rearrested nine hours later, on his way home to Penang.

I still remember his chuckle and the gleam in his eyes as he narrated the court scene that day: “You know, the crowd in court actually shouted ‘Long live Justice Peh!’ after he had read his judgment. Can you believe that?”

The Supreme Court later allowed the home minister’s appeal and set aside Justice Peh’s decision on July 19, 1988. It held that this “subjective satisfaction” of the minister is not subject to judicial review.

So Karpal remained with us at Kamunting until January 1989. We also had a good laugh when he told us his reply to the Advisory Board when they reviewed his detention. When asked to “show cause why he should not be detained further”, Karpal replied, in his manner, and with that fierce glint in his eyes:

“Can you explain to me why I am being unlawfully detained?”

Karpal’s detention at Kamunting was also ironic when he met another detainee at Kamunting whom he had, several years previously, helped to get off the death penalty.

The circumstances on which he argued his case, and the serendipitous turn of events in the face of obstacles that appeared insurmountable, will certainly make great reading for a compilation of his landmark legal cases.

This man was strong

Outside the tiger’s cage, Karpal used his astute legal mind to fight for truth, justice and democracy.

While lesser mortals are only brave in playing to the gallery, it did not matter to Karpal whether a misdemeanour had been committed by princes or politicians; if injustice or violations of democracy were committed by the ruling coalition or by the coalition or party to which he belonged – he would never flinch from raising his voice in condemnation of wrongs.

Throughout his illustrious career, some unforgettable episodes stand out vividly as exemplifying Karpal’s indomitable courage: He took former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to court for wrongful detention under Operation Lalang; he spoke out in Parliament against the excesses of the late Johor Sultan and a case involving the Pahang royalty; he sued then Tang di-Pertuan Agong (the late Johor Sultan) in 1986 on behalf of a businessman who had alleged that he had been brutally assaulted by the Agong.

Within the political coalition to which he belonged, Karpal was not afraid to criticise, or even chastise, the top leaders of Pakatan Rakyat for what he regarded as denigration of democratic principles: He has been the most consistent opponent of the introduction of hudud by one of the Pakatan partners, PAS.

It is truly ironic that he should leave us at a time when PAS is trying to introduce a private member’s Bill to introduce hudud in Kelantan, after his ringing quote that this will come about only “over my dead body”.

In 2009, he was the lone voice within the Pakatan leadership who spoke out against Anwar Ibrahim’s attempts to entice BN Members of Parliament to cross over to Pakatan, an unethical political practice that his party had been condemning for years.

Karpal also criticised the top leaders in DAP, mentioning Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng by name, for siding with Anwar.

Then, in 2012, he called on Pakatan to practice a “one candidate, one seat” policy, an undemocratic practice of the party elite monopolising federal and state seats that had existed for a long time in the Opposition.

I remarked, at that time, that Karpal was truly a lion among the lambs... the one time this tiger changed his stripes to become a lion!

In the end, after having failed to neuter the Tiger of Jelutong, the BN government has had to resort to an antiquated and grossly unjust colonial law, namely, the Sedition Act, to entrap him.

At the time of his unfortunate demise, Karpal was awaiting his appeal to the apex court. The best tribute to the Tiger of Jelutong is not any feudal pardon but the repeal of this legal relic of a past discredited colonial era. In any case, as Karpal would say, this is all academic – the Tiger of Jelutong has leapt into immortality, beyond the reach of amoral men…

It is fitting that we should anchor this tribute to Karpal with a Shakespearean quote by Mark Anthony:

“This was the noblest of them all…
His life was gentle, and the elements
So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world,
This was a man...”       

Rest in peace, Karpal. It’s been good to have known you…Kua Kai Soong,mk

Students from St. Xavier's Institution gave a befitting farewell as the late YB Karpal Sing's cortege stop by at his alma matter.

YB Karpal Singh's cortege stopped at the Penang State Assembly as this was where he started his political career.


Bomoh tikar terbang cakap puaka Gua Tempurung punca kemalangan Karpal Singh...

Bomoh tikar terbang kata kemalangan menimpa Karpal Singh kerana gangguan puaka Gua Tempurung...

Raja Bomoh Sedunia Nujum VIP, Datuk Mahaguru Ibrahim Mat Zin mendakwa kemalangan maut yang menimpa ahli parlimen Bukiit Gelugor, mendiang Karpal Singh baru-baru ini berpunca dari gangguan puaka Gua Tempurung yang banyak berkeliaran di kawasan tersebut.

Ibrahim ketika di temui berkata, kawasan sekitar laluan Gua Tempurung itu memang terkenal dengan gangguan makhluk halus yang sering mengganggu para pemandu kenderaan terutamanya pada sebelah malam.

“Mengikut pandangan saya sebagai Raja Bomoh, kemalangan yang menimpa ahli parlimen Bukit Gelugor baru-baru ini adalah disebabkan gangguan dari puaka Gua Tempurung,” katanya sejurus selepas melakukan ritual ‘menghalau puaka’ di tempat kemalangan ngeri yang menimpa mending Karpal petang tadi.

Menurutnya lagi, beliau telah pergi ke lokasi kemalangan yang menimpa mendiang Karpal, untuk melakukan ‘ritual menghalau puaka’ agar makhluk halus yang berada di kawasan sekitar tidak lagi mengganggu para pengguna lebuh raya itu.

“Semoga usaha yang saya lakukan itu dengan izin Allah akan dapat mengurangkan kemalangan jalan raya yang sering terjadi.

Karpal dan pembantu peribadinya, Michael Cornelius, 40-an maut dalam kemalangan membabitkan kenderaan serba guna (MPV) yang dinaikinya dan lori di Kilometer 306.1 Lebuhraya Utara Selatan laluan utara berhampiran Gua Tempurung di Kampar awal pagi Khamis lalu. - omakkau

Bomoh tikar terbang buat ritual di KM 301.6 lebuhraya PLUS Utara Selatan...

Apa kerja dia berada di Lebuhraya PLUS, lokasi berlakunya kemalangan yang menyebabkan kematian bekas pengerusi DAP Karpal Singh.

Setelah ilmu pembomohan tak menjadi kenyataan dalam misi mencari MH370, dia masih nak mencari khurafat di lebuhraya pula ke?

Tentu aksinya menimbulkan persoalan dan menarik perhatian pengguna lebuhraya yang melalui kawasan tersebut.

Untuk apa dia lakukan ini semua langsung tidak dapat difahami. Mungkin nak cari publisiti kot.

Karpal, 73, maut ditempat kejadian apabila kenderaan serbaguna (MPV) Toyota Alphard yang dinaikinya terbabit dalam kemalangan dengan lori di Km301.6 Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan dekat Gua Tempurung di Kampar, Perak pukul 1.10 pagi semalam.

What was Raja Bomoh doing there? He was spotted at Km306.1 on the north-bound stretch of the North-South Expressway, the crash site where Late YB Karpal Singh died in a road accident

Penghormatan terakhir bermula 8.30 pagi esok...

Orang ramai yang ingin memberi penghormatan terakhir kepada mendiang Karpal Singh di Dewan Seri Pinang di George Town esok dinasihatkan datang awal.
Pengerusi DAP Pulau Pinang Chow Kon Yeow yang mengetuai jawatankuasa pengebumian negeri bagi Karpal, berkata mereka boleh berbuat demikian dari jam 8.30 hingga 10.15 pagi.
"Kami anjakkan sedikit waktu daripada jam 9 pagi yang diputuskan semalam kepada jam 8.30 pagi agar orang awam mempunyai masa yang cukup untuk berbuat demikian," katanya kepada pemberita selepas memantau persiapan majlis penghormatan negeri kepada mendiang Karpal Singh, di Dewan Seri Pinang hari ini.
Beliau berkata dianggar 2,000 hingga 3,000 orang akan menghadiri upacara itu.
Karpal Singh, 74, maut dalam nahas jalan raya di Km 306.1 Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan berhampiran Gua Tempurung, Kampar pada awal pagi Khamis.
Kemalangan pada jam 1.10 pagi itu turut meragut nyawa pembantu peribadinya Michael Cornelius, 39.
Chow turut meminta badan bukan kerajaan, persatuan, badan keagamaan dan parti politik yang ingin memberi penghormatan terakhir agar mendaftar terlebih dahulu antara jam 8.30 dan 9.30 pagi.

Sesi untuk mereka akan bermula 10.15 pagi, katanya.
Beliau juga berkata 1,000 penunggang basikal akan turut menyertai perarakan jasad mendiang esok.
Semalam, Chow mengumumkan perarakan jasad mendiang akan melakukan tiga 'persinggahan bermakna' dalam perjalanan dari Dewan Sri Pinang ke Krematorium Batu Gantung.
Persinggahan itu ialah di Kompleks Mahkamah Tinggi Pulau Pinang (tempat Karpal Singh bertugas sebagai peguam), Dewan Bangunan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang (lokasi kerjaya politik beliau) dan sekolah lama  Karpal St Xavier's Institution.
Perarakan dijadualkan bermula jam 11.30 pagi dan akan tiba di krematorium pada 1 tengah hari.- Bernama

Ahli Parlimen UMNO mohon maaf atas kenyataan terhadap Karpal...

Ahli Parlimen Umno dari Langkawi, Datuk Nawawi Ahmad, yang mencetuskan kontroversi baru-baru ini di laman sosial dengan kenyataan sensitif berhubung kematian Karpal Singh, akhirnya memohon maaf.

"Saya ingin menzahirkan perasaan kesal dan sesal saya atas perkara yang berlaku dua hari lepas berhubung tulisan di laman Facebook peribadi saya berkaitan kejadian yang menimpa mendiang Karpal Singh.

"Tiada kata-kata yang dapat menggambarkan betapa kesalnya saya, dan betapa perlunya saya meminta maaf kepada keluarga mendiang YB Karpal Singh dan semua orang yang saya singgung dengan tulisan yang cuai dan sia-sia itu," status Facebook terbaru Nawawi dipetik.

 Setelah Karpal terlibat dalam kemalangan jalan raya pada Khamis, Nawawi mengirim gambar di Facebook daripada kemalangan itu beserta keratan akhbar lama dengan petikan Karpal yang berkata "langkah mayatnya dahulu sebelum mewujudkan negara Islam".

Dalam sidang media kemudiannya, Nawawi(pix bawah) berkata setelah berfikir panjang dan meneliti kembali gambar dan kenyataan yang dimuat naik itu, akhirnya mengakui perbuatan itu adalah salah dan tidak beretika.

"Tiada perkataan yang dapat saya gambarkan betapa sedih dan menyesal di atas keterlanjuran catatan saya. Dan permohonan maaf saya datang dari saya sendiri tanpa didesak mana-mana pihak ataupun parti," katanya pada sidang media di KL Sentral, Kuala lumpur.

Beliau juga mengakui tidak peka dengan sensitiviti sekeliling menyebabkan beliau tidak sedar perbuatannya itu melukakan perasaan bukan sahaja ahli keluarga bahkan seluruh rakyat Malaysia.

"Saya gunakan akaun Facebook selama lima tahun sejak saya dilantik menjadi Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun). Apa yang saya paparkan hanya suka-suka, tidak pernah menjadi masalah namun kerana saya kini ahli Parlimen maka ia mendapat perhatian orang ramai," katanya.

‎Ditanya adakah  menyedari perbuatannya itu bakal mencetuskan kontroversi, Nawawi berkata ketika itu beliau berada di dalam kereta.

"Semasa memuatnaik gambar itu saya berada dalam kereta. Tanpa berfikir panjang, terus menulis kenyataan tersebut kerana teringat cabaran mendiang mengenai langkah mayat beliau dahulu," katanya.

Nawawi yang juga Pengerusi Kereta Api Melayu Tanah Berhad (KTMB)‎ berkata tidak menyedari gambar yang dimuat naik itu akan menyinggung perasaan ekoran skrin telefon bimbit yang digunakan terlalu kecil.

"Saya copy paste gambar tersebut menggunakan telef‎on bimbit jenis I-Phone dan skrin itu kecil. Apabila saya balik kemudiannya buka di komputer baru saya nampak memang gambar itu amat menyinggung perasaan," katanya. Baca seterusnya...

UMNO MP apologises to Karpal's family...

Umno's Langkawi MP Nawawi Ahmad has finally issued a public apology for his remarks on the passing away of Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh deemed insensitive.

"I would like to express my deep remorse and regret on what transpired the last two days about my posting on my private Facebook account pertaining to a status of what happened to the late YB Karpal Singh.

"Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologise to the family of the late YB Karpal Singh and everyone, who I have offended due to a needless and careless posting," he said in a statement on his Facebook account this afternoon.

On Thursday, Nawawi had posted on the Facebook a collage of Karpal's bloody body coupled with an old news report quoting him as saying that an Islamic state would only be possible "over my dead body".

The collage was accompanied by a message by Nawawi which read: “Would anyone like to take on Karpal Singh’s challenge? Please give your names. Hehe.”

Karpal, 73, together with his long-time assistant Michael Cornelius Jayakrishnan, 39, perished in a car accident near Kampar, Perak on that day.

Nawawi retracted the Facebook posting three hours later but issued no apology, insisting that the message was not meant for official consumption.

"I feel that Facebook is not official and not serious, so I did not expect what I wrote to become viral," he had told Malaysiakini when asked for clarification.

Datuk Nawawi Ahmad meminta maaf di laman Facebooknya atas kenyataan yang dibuat terhadap kematian Karpal Singh.

'I take full responsibility'

Nawawi, who is also Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad chairperson, had also used the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 incident and Karpal's accident as example of why trains were a better option in another posting on Facebook.

However, in his apology today, Nawawi said there were a few administrators in charge of his Facebook page but he took "full responsibility" for what had happened.

The apology comes after Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Joseph Kurup described Nawawi's remarks as well as former BN Shah Alam MP candidate Zulkifli Noordin's as "unacceptable" and "very disappointing".

Zulkifli had on Twitter said Karpal's death was an act of Allah to pave the way for hudud law.

However, he suddenly began singing Karpal's praises after being inundated with heavy criticism from netizens, including Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.

No apology has been forthcoming from Zulkifli to date.- mk

Photo: BN and Pakatan leaders throng Karpal's wake

BN and Pakatan Rakyat leaders continued to pay their last respects to Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh.

At 10.30am, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri came by, saying she fondly remembered Karpal as a "very professional politician and lawyer".

State Opposition Leader Jahara Hamid also came by at about 11am with several Umno assemblypersons including Shahedan Kassim (Teluk Bahang) and Roslan Saidin (Pinang Tunggal).

Around noon, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, his father Gelang Patah MP Kit Siang and a host of other DAP leaders arrived and draped a party flag over the coffin.

Read more: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/260393