Ace World News September 25 Local News ‘SOUTH EAST ASIA…

Ace World News – September 25 – Local News

‘SOUTH EAST ASIA NEWS DESK REPORTING ’    

RAWALPINDI- PAKISTAN: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif was asked by the government to play “facilitative role for resolution of current impasse,” DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted. 

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif was asked by the government to play "facilitative role for resolution of current impasse," DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted '

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif was asked by the government to play “facilitative role for resolution of current impasse,” DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted ‘

With the  political turmoil due to Mr. Imran Khan Cricketer philanthropist turned politician and Canadian-Pakistani cleric, both in opposition have demanded that current government should step down immediately.

Their reasons include: he South Asian nation is also plagued by high unemployment, daily power cuts and a Taliban insurgency, while anti-Western and violent sectarian groups are gaining strength.

Some thousands have marched to Islamabad, the capital and most protesters on the streets of Islamabad say they are demonstrating against government corruption, which they blame for  the country’s widespread poverty.

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KARACHI-PAKISTAN: A woman can do just about anything a man can, all she requires is ‘opportunity’, said 22-year-old Pakistani mountaineer Samina Baig, speaking at the jam packed Aga Khan University Hospital’s gymnasium, with her talk aptly titled ‘No Mountain Too High, Nor Too Easy’.

' Samina Baig delivers her written speech as her brother Mirza Ali looks on.—White Star '

‘ Samina Baig delivers her written speech as her brother Mirza Ali looks on.—White Star ‘

Last year, she also became the first woman to ever climb the tallest peaks in Seven Continents as part of the diplomacy mission project called “Seven Summits” funded by international community.

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‘ Banning Word of ALLAH is Liking Banning Word of GOD ‘

#AceWorldNews (Exclusive) – Opinion – South East Asia News – September 18

For long, Malaysia has been a multi-religious country where most people can adhere to their own religion even though Islam is the official religion. A state with a history of its diverse faith followers that lived in peace with each other. However, recent years have seen a drastic rise in growing intolerance towards the religious and ethnic minorities.

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In recent developments, are the infamous Malay Court Ban limiting the use of the Arabic word Allah for Muslims “ONLY.

The country has come under fire for its systematic evidence of targeting Christian community; the church burnings, grave desecration and the seizure of 300 Bibles. This Bible raid was justified under the Court ruling as it contained the word Allah. Come again.

When one thinks that the word Allah has been used by Malaysians for over 600 years and the name Allah was used in the Gospel printed in Malaysian 400 years ago, we can better comprehend the senselessness and impropriety of this prohibition. Ridiculous:.

The followers of Christ in the Arabian Peninsula, including some 12 million followers of Christianity are using the word Allah without any qualms or statutory rulings.

So why and what is wrong in Malaysian Christians using the word Allah?

The Koran itself is very clear on this subject, by affirming that Muslims should say to Jews and Christians that “our God and your God is one”.

However, many Malay Muslims have a rigid and schematic view of Islam. The challenge is to “educate the masses” and to promote religious freedom. Moreover, the government says Allah should be reserved exclusively for Muslims — who make up nearly two-thirds of the country’s 29 million people — because if other religions use it that could confuse Muslims and lead them to convert.

For crying out loud, is this really happening?

The Allah ban is a direct result of our failure in Nation Building as a peoples. Everyone is responsible for it and everyone should play a role in the reconciliation process. We will have to look back as a nation and ask where did we go wrong. Then from there, we will need to find new creative ways to bridge the cross cultural gaps that led to this point,” says Malaysian human rights defender and Director, Dignity International (an international human rights based organization) Adrian Periera.

On-ground human rights groups have joined hands with Malaysian Catholics in campaigning against this ruling. One good that came out of this inanity, is the renewal of the Malaysians spirit that is seen into coming together as a united force. Needless, the Malays Catholics don’t find themselves alone in this battle and can count on the support of Muslim groups.

Organizations like Sisters in Islam (SIS) and the Front for Islamic revival (IRF) have launched initiatives on social networks to promote accurate information removed from the ideology and propaganda of the government and extremist movements.

God, what is your religion?” This cryptic question, spotted on a T-shirt worn by a Malay Muslim woman demonstrator in a public protest for expressing solidarity with minority Christians over who can use the term ‘Allah’.

This debate has crossed national borders and sparked a debate among Muslims around the world.

In Pakistan, the English daily newspaper Daily Times questioned the ruling, asking why Malaysia would deny people of other faiths to “own God in all His attributes”. Similarly a newspaper in the United Arab Emirates called the court ruling “wrong”, and said the word Allah was never exclusive to Islam but used by both Christians and Jews to refer to God even before the advent of Islam.

So. My God is not your God. And your God is not mine”

Is this making sense to any sane person within Malaysia and elsewhere? I guess not.

Reza Aslam, Muslim Academic writer said that the world was “laughing” at Malaysia over the court ruling that he described as a political decision more than anything else. “That you can control people’s ideas, their behavior, their faith and their minds simply by trying to control the words that they use, is absurd. It is an embarrassment to a modern, constitutional, democratic and deeply Muslim state like Malaysia,” said the religious scholar.

Indeed, congratulations to Malaysia being the first country to ban God’s name and to limit God to themselves.

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' SEA News Supports Saving Malaysia's Rivers '

#AceWorldNews – Exclusive – South East Asia News – September 18 

MALASIA:SALT Movement’s members have been keeping quite busy with their activities focusing on the land rights and environmental concerns of indigenous Malays whose lives are getting affected due to the mega-Dam projects.

' Save Our Rivers '

‘ Save Our Rivers ‘

SALT Movement’s Coordinator Amanda Leonie reports on this year’s event held in collaboration with grass-roots initiative SABAH Save Rivers in conjugation with the International Day of Action For Rivers. Further more,SALT is part of the coalition together with other 8 NGOs that are working on this campaign.

A successful campaign called “Rivers Are in Our Hands” was launched with the following objectives:

1. To create awareness among the public to protect rivers from pollution due to development projects.
2. To raise public awareness about the need to appreciate the water and use it wisely.
3. To celebrate the river that has sustained us.

' Save Our Rivers '

‘ Save Our Rivers ‘

In West Malaysia, SALT reports that SALT team collaborated with Save Rivers, BaramKini, JKOASM and TaskForce against Kaiduan Dam to hold an event focusing media activism.

The event’s audiences during the film screening, viewed three films namely Save Tasik Chini, The Sunken Grave and Stop Baram Dam.

These documentaries represent the grave issues from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. After the film screening, audiences proceeded towards a public space for participating into an innovative activity of “Ballon-Giving” that focused on raising awareness within people about the importance of the rivers.

In SABAH: A a coalition called Sabah Save Rivers which SALT Malaysia is part of, celebrated the Action for Rivers by launching ‘Rivers Are In Our Hands‘ campaign. The event was able to draw a crowd of approximately 60 people from other districts like Kota Marudu, Kota Belud, Pitas, Tenom, Ranau, Kudat, Tongod, Keningau and Penampang.

Yet again, the goal of this campaign is to penetrate the message about the importance of rivers on environment and for protection of rivers from the industrial waste pollution due to the development projects such as Dams, to raise public awareness about the need to appreciate the water resource, to use it wisely and to celebrate the river that has sustained Malaysians.

Please check out the gallery of the events, Malaysia: Rivers Are In Our Hands

Reporting credits: Amanda Leonie, SALT Movement Coordinator, Malaysia.

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1. http://www.icmica-miic.org/about-us/2013-06-04-16-36-42/asia/malaysia/275-activities/ext-campaigns/other-campaigns/776-rivers-are-in-our-hands-celebration.html

2. Article link: http://wp.me/p2Mxgu-DX

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