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2 theSun | THURSDAY NOVEMBER 20 2008

news without borders RUKUN NEGARA: THE PRINCIPLES


TO achieve greater unity TO maintain a TO create a just society in TO ensure a liberal approach TO build a progressive society
among Malaysians democratic way of life which the wealth of the nation to her rich and diverse which shall be oriented to modern
shall be equitably shared cultural traditions science and technology

Raja Nazrin warns against briefs

Farmer’s 20-year jail term

modern-day tribalism
for incest upheld
ALOR STAR: The High Court yesterday upheld
the 20-year jail term and 12 strokes of the rotan
imposed on a farmer for committing four counts
of incest on his niece four years ago.
Judicial commissioner Zamani Abdul Rahim,
PETALING JAYA: Mankind is failing other religions. Islam itself is built on a in dismissing the 38-year-old farmer’s appeal,
badly at creating a sense of com- Diversity is not only something to be cherished history of myriad traditions. said the Sungai Petani sessions court judge did
munity and is instead allowing race, but is essential ... what has built this country “I know this as a Malaysian for what not err in passing sentence.
culture and religion to dominate and made it strong are the contributions of its has built this country and made it strong The man was jailed for 18 years each on
discourse, Raja Muda of Perak Raja different communities. Malaysians of different are the contributions of its different the first two counts of committing incest on
Dr Nazrin Shah said yesterday. communities. his 17-year-old niece in Taman Mutiara Indah,
“When we think of social fragmen- races and religions have come together to put their “Malaysians of different races and Sungai Petani, on May 25, 2004, and at Taman
tation as good rather than bad, some- shoulders to the collective plough despite their religions have come together to put Sri Tanjung on June 5 the same year.
thing is awfully wrong. Our moral gy- differences, something that many countries have their shoulders to the collective plough He received another 20 years’ jail each and
roscopes have gone completely awry. not been so fortunate enough to share.” despite their differences, something total of 12 strokes of the rotan for committing the
If we continue on the present path, that many countries have not been so offences at the same places on June 19 and June
great dangers lie ahead,” he said in fortunate enough to share.” 29, 2004. The sentences were to run concurrently.
his speech at the Diversity Matters Forum on Raja Nazrin said multicultural societies are fast He said the idea behind multiculturalism is
becoming the rule rather than the exception.
Diasporas in the Commonwealth held at Monash
“Contrary to the rhetoric, however, it is not
that countries with people of different cultural M’sia Net penetration rate
University’s Sunway campus here. backgrounds should allow them to live a free
Raja Nazrin cautioned against falling into a becoming a source of strength. Mankind is failing life without being forced to do things they don’t among Asia Pacific’s highest
“new and destructive form of modern-day tribal- – and failing badly – at creating a sense of com- want to do. BANGKOK: Malaysia, New Zealand, Japan,
ism”. munity. Instead race, culture and religion have “What characterises democratic life is that South Korea and Singapore are the most
“Cultures can cooperate as much as clash. We become the dominant discourse.” it is the person who decides whether he or she connected countries in the Asia Pacific re-
need to reclaim religion from those who would Raja Nazrin said diversity is not only some- wants to adjust more and be absorbed or remain gion, with 55 % to 80 % of their populations
distort its truths. We must reject radicalism and thing to be cherished but is essential. aloof. having access to the Internet by 2007.
extremism of all types. “I know this as an educationist for the store “At the same time, the need to forge a The bottom five – Myanmar, Timor-Leste,
“If there is someone in my society who is of knowledge does not increase until and unless community of people with shared values and Tajikistan, Bangladesh and Cambodia – have
hungry or unemployed or sick and cannot afford there are differences in thinking. It is when there interests remains paramount,” he said. less than 1% of their population using the
treatment, then it diminishes me even if he is of is stultifying uniformity that stagnation occurs. Internet while the average for region is 20%.
a different race or religion,” he said. “I know this as a Muslim for Islam recognises (See full text of the speech on The United Nations Economic and So-
cial Commission for Asia and the Pacific

No list for PM yet on MCA cabinet positions (Unescap) said despite significant progress
Asia and the Pacific had made in using
information communication technology
KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA has yet to present ministerial post, as reported by Sin Chew Daily, Badawi, who is in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, for a (ICT), a significant disparity still remained
its list of proposed party representatives in the Tee Keat said whether anyone resigned or not two-day visit beginning yesterday, did not rule out in Internet access between high-income
cabinet to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah would become academic once the list of the the possibility of a cabinet reshuffle soon should and low-income countries. – Bernama
Ahmad Badawi following the party elections last candidates is presented to the prime minister. an MCA minister vacate his seat.
month, MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat Meanwhile, MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee However, he said, the minor cabinet reshuffle
said yesterday. Ka Siong declined to comment on the reported did not necessarily mean filling that vacancy alone
State govt accepts blame
Speaking to reporters at Parliament House, resignation of Ka Chuan and dismissed it as a but could also involve change of portfolios and for King of Tennis no-show
Ong dismissed a rumour that such a list had been rumour or speculation. some adjustments to the present portfolios. PENANG: The Penang state government ac-
sent to Abdullah. Asked when he would present “I do not know. I just came to know from “The possibility of a cabinet reshuffle is always cepted blame for the cancellation the “Kings
the list, he said: “We will cross the bridge ...” friends that there has been a press report on the there,” he told Malaysian journalists yesterday of Tennis” that was supposed to be held at the
At last month’s MCA elections, Housing and Lo- matter,” he said. when asked to comment on a news report that Esplanade last weekend. State exco member
cal Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan An aide to Ka Chuan, however, confirmed that Ka Chuan had tendered his resignation. Chow Kon Yeow said action would be taken
lost to former health minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi the latter had handed in his letter of resignation Abdullah said he would monitor MCA’s next against the organiser of the event.
Lek in the contest for deputy president. as minister to Tee Keat. move before deciding on the matter.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee He- The source said Ka Chuan had submitted an “We accept and agree that the failure of the
He said so far he had not received a resigna- event had tarnished the image of the state and
ung lost in the contest for a post of vice-president “undated resignation letter” after his defeat in the
tion letter from Ka Chuan but would respect the those concerned would be dealt with accord-
while Deputy Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage party elections on Oct 18. “Yes, he (Ka Chuan) did
Minister Teng Boon Soon failed to make it to the submit the resignation letter to Datuk Seri Ong (Tee latter’s decision to resign should he have valid ingly,” he said during the debate on the 2009 Sup-
central committee. Keat). That’s all I got to say,” the aide told Bernama. reasons to do so. – Bernama ply Bill and 2009 Penang Development Estimates
Asked whether Ka Chuan had vacated his Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad » See also Page 8 Bill in the state assembly last night. – Bernama