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Jamil Khir: New committee to study Hudud implementation soon

Posted: 02 May 2014 07:45 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: A central technical committee will be set up soon to study the implementation of Hudud Law in Kelantan, according to Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said the committee would involve the Federal Government, the Kelantan government and PAS.

Apart from studying every aspect of the implementation of the law, the committee would also explain the matter to all levels, including political parties, he told reporters after meeting with Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah here Friday.

Jamil Khir said the committee was aimed at ensuring that the implementation of the law would run smoothly, while taking into consideration the well-being and justice for Muslims, as well as articles under the Federal Constitution.

He said the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) would function as the secretariat for the committee, while the members would not comprise politicians.

Meanwhile, Mohd Amar said the Kelantan government positively viewed the setting up of the central committee, saying that it had also set up its own state-level committee for the same purpose.

"PAS has explained its aspirations and proposals on the implementation of the law to DAP and PKR. So far, we (the state government) are satisfied with its explanation," he added. - Bernama

Karpal Singh: A formidable lawyer, says ex-judge at memorial service

Posted: 02 May 2014 06:38 AM PDT

PETALING JAYA: A memorial service was held for the late Karpal Singh at the La Salle Hall here on Friday attended largely by ex-students of La Salle PJ and St Xavier's Institution, Penang.

Former Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Mahadev Shankar remembered the ex-Bukit Gelugor MP as a very formidable lawyer.

"I'm very lucky that throughout my career, he was never on the other side. He would've wiped the floor with me," he said.

He added that Karpal had a great ability to speak with conviction in the courtroom.

"When thousands of people converge on the mortal remains of someone, it says something about who that man was," he said, calling Karpal's death a loss to both Malaysia and the world.

Ex-Penang deputy chief minister Datuk D Goh Cheng Teik, Karpal's junior in St Xavier's over 40 years ago, said the school's multi-racial background helped Karpal to see Malaysians past their race.

DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang, who was also present, had a few kind words.

"Karpal was ready to come forward and lead this battle. Ever since I first met him, we've been fighting this battle (for democracy) shoulder-to-shoulder," he said.

Adding that Karpal was a brilliant lawyer who won over a thousand cases, Lim said his friend did not limit himself to high-profile cases, such as the Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sodomy trials but also those of the common man.

"We mourn Karpal, but we also celebrate him," Lim concluded.

Ending the service was Karpal's son and Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, who remembered his father as a man who never lost his edge.

"When he got into his first accident, people thought it was over. It was a terrible moment for him, but Mr Karpal wouldn't give up," he said.

Gobind also remembered his father as a man who would search through countless paperwork to find a legal loophole - anything that would win him a case.

This, he added, helped the Opposition to debate matters in Parliament.

"Even towards the end, even in a wheelchair, you knew if you had him behind you, you could rely on him," he said.

MH370: Families of Chinese passengers leave hotels in Beijing after MAS’ deadline

Posted: 02 May 2014 05:54 AM PDT

BEJING: Families of Chinese passengers aboard the ill-fated Flight MH370 left Lido Hotel here on Friday evening following Malaysia Airlines' decision to close all its family assistance centres.

A notice has been put up to inform the families that MAS would stop providing food and accommodation from 6pm on Friday (May 2) at all three hotels in Beijing, namely Lido, Rosedale Hotel and Chunhuiyuan Hotel, where lodging have been provided since March 8.

The next-of-kin could be seen bidding each other farewell at the hotel lobby at about 6pm, before leaving in small groups.

The doors of the ballroom, where daily briefings were held for the families, were locked after the deadline.

A new notice has been put up to inform the families that MAS would make an advanced compensation payment of US$50,000 (RM163,325) after they return home to help them cope financially. 

"Details will be announced via our official communication platform within two weeks," the statement read. A MAS official said the airline would be in close touch with families. 

"They are able to contact us through our family support centre and three 24-hour hotlines," he said. The centre at Shunyi district in Beijing would be open from May 4 onwards.

It would be in-charge of communication with MAS' headquarters and the Malaysian and Chinese governments, besides co-ordinating the dissemination of latest updates to the family members.

"We are also going to keep them updated via SMS messages which will be in Mandarin," a MAS official said.

According to the families committee on its official Weibo account, the families were "helpless over this sudden and irresponsible announcement."

"Many of us are suddenly left with nowhere to go. Where should the old people and the next-of-kin from outstation go? Where is the plane? Where are our family members?" it said.

However, the post disappeared a few hours later. 

A new post lamenting the lack of response to the families' request for an effective "liaison mechanism" to address their technical queries was published instead.

CNN reported that the relatives "wailed and yelled" when the announcement to close down the assistance centre was made in a briefing on Thursday.

It said a video of MAS CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya making a seven-minute English statement was played for the next-of-kin.

The families began to break down when the message was translated into Mandarin, according to Sarah Bajc, the American partner of a passenger Philip Wood, who was in Beijing.

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