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RAMADAN DAN DISIPLIN
OLEH: DR CHANDRA MUZAFFAR
9 JULAI 2014

Ramadan Al Kareem mempamerkan serta menekankan banyak nilai-nilai sejagat yang murni dan antaranya ialah nilai disiplin.

Permulaan berpuasa sehingga waktu berbuka perlu mematuhi waktu tertentu dan yang lebih penting ialah ibadah puasa itu sendiri menguji disiplin diri kita dari fajar hingga ke senja --- kemampuan kita untuk mengawal diri kita dari makan dan minum atau melakukan sebarang perbuatan yang melanggar amalan ibadah itu.

Amalan-amalan ibadah yang lain juga memperkukuh nilai disiplin. Solat lima waktu umpamanya berpaksi pada waktu-waktu tertentu malah rukun Ibadah haji tidak dapat dipisahkan daripada peraturan-peraturan tertentu yang wajib kita amalkan.

Walaubagaimanapun disiplin tidak terbatas pada amalan ibadah semata-mata. Disiplin adalah nilai yang sangat relevan pada setiap dimensi hidup kita. Dari soal-soal peribadi sehingga cabaran-cabaran kemasyarakatan, disiplin merupakan anak kunci yang menentukan kejayaan atau kemunduran kita. Itulah sebabnya dalam setiap falsafah agama dan budaya, disiplin dihargai dan amat diutamakan.


THE MALAYSIAN LINK TO TERROR IN SYRIA 
WRITTEN BY: DR CHANDRA MUZAFFAR
30 JUNE 2014

Since April 2014, the Malaysian media has carried numerous stories of Malaysians who are directly or indirectly linked to terrorist groups operating in Syria, and to a lesser extent, Iraq. We are told that they see themselves as "jihadis” who are fighting for an Islamic cause. There are unconfirmed reports that some of them have been killed in the on-going conflict in Syria.

Police intelligence appears to have mined a lot of information about the activities of these individuals and groups. Their local training hideouts have been revealed and their regional and international links exposed. This has enabled the police to make several arrests.

Eliminating Muslim terrorist networks of this sort will not be a walk in the park. The police, and indeed, the majority of the Malaysian populace share the same faith as the individuals associated with these terrorist operations. A lot of Malaysian Muslims may also harbor some of the misconceptions and prejudices which impelled some of these jihadis to take the road to Damascus.

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RULERS, INTEGRITY AND SOVEREIGNTY
WRITTEN BY: DR CHANDRA MUZAFFAR
16 JUNE 2014

NSTP group managing editor, Jalil Hamid, deserves to be commended for the tremendous courage he has shown in revealing some of the undercurrents that caused the avalanche of protests from the intelligentsia over the controversial Johor Housing and Property Board enactment. (New Sunday Times June 15, 2014)

These undercurrents --- essentially business ventures involving a Singapore billionaire and sons of the Sultan of Johor --- raise fundamental questions about national sovereignty and the integrity of the royal institution.

The rakyat hope that these questions will be addressed by the Conference of Rulers. As an institution, it is in the best position to formulate clear guidelines on how Rulers and their immediate family members should conduct themselves vis-à-vis business and state administration. It is quite conceivable that there is already some notion of the boundaries that separate ethical from unethical conduct.

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MH17: RELEASE MILITARY RADAR DATA
WRITTEN BY: DR CHANDRA MUZAFFAR
20 JULY 2014

The MH 17 disaster continues to generate a lot of questions. People everywhere want to know what really happened.  What caused the crash? Was it a surface to air missile that brought MH 17 down? Or was it a missile fired from a jet fighter following the passenger airliner?

Answers to these questions may tell us who was actually responsible for the dastardly attack.

In the interest of finding the answers, the International Movement for a Just World (JUST) calls upon the authorities in Kiev, Moscow and Washington to de-classify and release the raw military radar data manifest for the incident area on that ill-fated day. This vital information should be studied by an independent international panel of experts. The panel’s findings should be made public immediately.

For the families of the victims of the MH 17 crash and for the world at large, it is this military radar data that may provide the closure that they yearn for.

EMPATI DALAM RAMADAN
OLEH: EN. RAFLLY NANN
10 JULAI 2014

Betapa bulan Ramadan adalah bulan yang sangat mulia dan tinggi fadhilatnya bagi seluruh umat Islam di seluruh dunia yang berpuasa menahan lapar dahaga secara fizikal dan mengekang hawa nafsu secara spiritual.

Ramadan adalah bulan perpaduan umat Islam dimana kesatuannya wujud di seluruh dunia. Bermula daripada timur di Jepun sehingga ke bahagian barat Amerika seluruh umat islam beserta umat Islam di Asia, Eropah dan Afrika menunaikan ibadah fardu berpuasa pada bulan Ramadan yang sama dengan mematuhi kesemua Rukun Islam yang terangkum melalui syahadah, solat, puasa, zakat dan haji.

Bulan Ramadan adalah bulan mendidik masyarakat nilai empati kerana ia berjaya memaut kasih dan sayang sesama kita sebagai sebuah negara bangsa. Perpaduan menjadi nyata sewaktu umat Islam berpuasa , masyarakat bukan islam akan menunjukkan semangat toleransi dan hormat kepada rakan-rakan mereka yang berpuasa di samping dapat menikmati pelbagai juadah makanan yang mungkin hadir setahun sekali di pasar-pasar Ramadan.


GOVERNMENT STATEMENT ON THE HERALD COURT DECISION
WRITTEN BY: DATUK SERI IDRIS JALA
23 JUNE 2014

A Government spokesperson said:

"The Government respects the decision of the court and asks all parties to abide by it. The ruling only applies to the Herald newspaper’s use of the word ‘Allah’. Malaysian Christians can still use the word ‘Allah’ in Church. The Government remains committed to the 10-point solution.

"Malaysia is a multi-faith country and it is important that we manage our differences peacefully, in accordance with the rule of law and through dialogue, mutual respect and compromise.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

For more information on the ‘Allah’ issue, please see the below article by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Idris Jala.

My take on the ‘Allah’ issue ― Idris Jala

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