Some tender moments in our lives

There are moments in our lives when things spoken by certain people in recent past can enhance our sense of humour or make us take stock of our collective life.

Some of these expressions are indeed worth recalling (culled from reports in The Star):

Oct. 17, 2008: A police beat base located in the Chow Kit area of downtown Kuala Lumpur has been shut down because the “presence of criminals could make it unsafe” for police officers.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the beat base was located in a dirty area where police faced the possibility of being exposed to contagious diseases.

The presence of criminals also posed a threat to the safety of police officers.

He said this in a written reply to Dr Lo’ Lo’ Mohamad Ghazali (PAS – Titiwangsa).

Dr Lo’ Lo’ had asked why the beat base along Jalan Haji Taib was closed considering that vice activities were high in the area.


October 15, 2008: The Hindu Rights Actions Force (Hindraf) has been declared an illegal organisation from today, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.

In a statement issued here, Syed Hamid said the decision to declare Hindraf as an illegal organisation was made following the ministry being satisfied with facts and evidence that showed Hindraf had and was being used for unlawful purposes and posed a threat to public order and morality.

“Based on powers vested under Section 5(1) of the Societies Act, Hindraf from today is declared an illegal organisation,” he said.

He said the order was being made as a result of monitoring and investigation on the organisation’s activities by the Registrar of Societies (ROs) and Home Ministry, since Hindraf’s inception.

Syed Hamid said if left unchecked, Hindraf would continue to pose a threat to public order, the security and sovereignty of the country as well as the prevailing racial harmony.

“The decision to declare Hindraf an illegal organisation is not based on one or two of its activities that are in contravention of the law but covers all the actions it has taken since being formed,” he said.

Syed Hamid said Hindraf had all the criteria of an organised movement because it had filed for registration with the ROS on Oct 16 last year.


October 15, 2008: Independent MP Datuk Ibrahim Ali (Ind-Pasir Mas) has proposed that the Government change the name of the Internal Security Act (ISA) to the Akta Kasih Sayang (Love and Caring Act) in order to make everyone happy.

In what was seen as an attack on those recently detained under the ISA, Ibrahim said although he was against abolishing the Act, he was definitely in favour of reviewing it to make it better.

“Before the recent arrests, only one or two MPs would speak about. But now there is so much noise about abolishing it.”

Ibrahim said it had to be made clear then when someone is detained, there were rules that had to be followed.

“But now you can eat steak or chicken chop, macaroni or ayam percik. Where was there such a thing last time?” Ibrahim asked.


October 14, 2008: All Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein wants to do is to continue serving — and positions are a secondary consideration for him.

“To me, that is not important. I am a party man and enjoy what I do. I am here because I want to serve,” said the Umno Youth chief when asked about his chances of winning the vice-presidency post in the party elections next March.

Hishammuddin is making a bid for one of the three vice-presidency posts from a group of 11 contenders.


October 13, 2008: The Cheras Umno division has started a fund to help Utusan Malaysia defend itself against a RM30mil defamation lawsuit filed by Seputeh MP Teresa Kok.

Kicking off the fund with a RM20,000 contribution, division head Datuk Syed Ali Al Habshee said the Tabung Azan would also be used to assist mosques and suraus that needed money to buy loudspeakers for the purpose of the azan (call to prayer).

“Teresa has challenged the honour of Malays by suing Utusan Malaysia as it is a newspaper owned by the Malays.


October 10, 2008: Take a good look at yourself in the mirror before offering yourself to contest for positions in the Umno supreme council.

This is the advice by Home Minister Datuk Syed Hamid Albar to interested contenders in the coming party elections.

Urging Umno members not to rush into the fray, Syed Hamid said those who seek positions should be committed in carrying out the task and responsibilities that come with it.


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