The Lebanese authorities have arrested two Malaysians aged 21 and 28, believed to be suicide bombers and suspected to be linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist organisation.
Malaysian ambassador to Lebanon Ilango Karuppannan told Bernama that, “They will be brought to court on Monday (tomorrow) and we will ask them whether they require counsel.”
On Thursday, Lebanon’s Al-Joumhouria newspaper, quoting security sources, said the Malaysians were detained by army intelligence on charges of being al-Qaeda members.
Utusan Malaysia reported that the suspects, Rafik Mohammed Aaref dan Mohammed Razin Shaaban were arrested at a hotel in Beirut Hamra.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said that Wisma Putra was closely monitoring the matter.
Hurricane Sandy left Bahamas late Friday and is now heading northward toward the U.S. East Coast, where it threatens to join with winter weather fronts to create a super storm.
At least 43 people were killed across the Caribbean.
A British CEO of an investment bank was reported killed in Bahamas due to the category 1 Hurricane Sandy.
Officials at Deltec Bank & Trust identified him as Timothy Fraser-Smith.
On Thursday Hurricane Sandy pounded Cuba as a category 2 hurricane killing at least 11 people in eastern Santiago and Guantanamo provinces.
In Haiti at least 29 people were killed by Hurricane Sandy.
In Jamaica, a person was killed and another person was killed in Puerto Rico.
This is a disaster.
Mikko Lagerstedt is a brilliant self-taught photographer from Finland.
Jamaica has been hit by the eye of a category 1 Hurricane Sandy on Wednesday evening, October 24, 2012, bringing heavy rain and powerful wind.
It was the first time since 24 years ago Jamaica had been hit directly by the eye of hurricane.
So far at least two people died, a man in Jamaica and a woman in Haiti due to the Hurricane Sandy.
The heavy rain brought by the hurricane can cause flash floods and mudslides that will cause more disaster to Jamaica.
After pounding Jamaica, Sandy then headed for an overnight landfall in eastern Cuba and then will go on to threaten the Bahamas and possibly Florida.
It’s amazing how Ramon Bruin could draw those wonderful 3D illustrations.
Ramon is a freelance Dutch artist who graduated from the Airbrush Academie in the Netherlands.
Is Malaysia a secular state?
No, Malaysia is not a secular state.
The Minister in the Prime Minister Department (Law and Parliamentary Affairs), YB Dato’ Seri Nazri Aziz made that statement at the parliament yesterday.
He said that Malaysia has never been declared a secular nation despite having secular laws.
“Under the Federal Constitution, there is no mention of the word secular in it,” he said when replying a question raised John Fernandez (DAP-Seremban) at the parliament on Monday.
Referring to Article 3 (1) of the Federal Constitution, Nazri also said that the position of Islam as a federal religion was also noted in several provisions under the Constitution which included the development and spread of Islam amongst the Muslim community and that civil courts have no jurisdiction over the powers of the Syariah courts.
“There is also the oath taken by the Agong under Schedule Four to preserve Islam at all times,” he added.
Based on Article 162 of the Constitution, Nazri noted the 1988 Supreme Court’s decision in Che Omar did not declare the country as a secular nation although secular laws were used.
He also noted the words used in context of Article 162 referred to laws that were passed prior to Independence and were stated as ‘existing laws’ rather than ‘secular laws’.
So, is Malaysia a secular state?
Uncle Mahamad Naser Disa had spoken about this matter a lot of times and so did Uncle Azril Mohd Amin.
Like Nazri’s statements, they said that Malaysia is not a secular state for the reasons as given by the minister.
They always remind us about Article 3 (1) of the Federal Constitution that says that:
” Islam is the religion of the Federation”
It is very funny when DAP and PAS of Pakatan Rakyat always say that Malaysia is a secular state when Malaysia is not.
I think PR leaders would not accept the fact given by Nazri and would be looking for reasons to spin the facts and prove that they are right.
I wonder why?
There was another mass shooting in the United States on October 21, 2012.
In the incident, a man killed three people and injured four others before killing himself.
Police said that the shooting occurred at the Azana Spa across the street from the Brookfield Square Mall at approximately 11:15 a.m. local time.
The suspect was identified as a 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton of Brown Deer, Wisconsin.
At a news conference, Brookfield Police Chief Daniel Tushaus said that, “We believe this incident was domestic violence-related.”
I am very sad and sorry for the victims, their families and friends.
This is the second mass killing at a U.S. beauty spa in just a few days.
There was another mass killing on Thursday October 18, 2012 killing 3 people at a salon in suburban Orlando, Florida.
And there were lots of other mass killings in the United States.
This is a violent act.
And that is why we should not watch too much violent movies, listen to music that promotes violence such as ‘white power music’ or playing violent games on the computer and play station.
This also happens because U.S. gives their people freedom to own guns.
As I said in my older post, ’12 killed and 59 wounded at ‘Batman’ Premiere In Colorado’, people must not hurt others only because they are angry and just feel like doing so.
Some people say that they have the rights and freedom to do whatever they want but sometimes they got carried away and hurt others.
I don’t understand why do people need total freedom.
Of course we need some freedom but why do they need total freedom?
A weak earthquake has occurred with magnitude 2.9 on Richter scale near Kudat, Sabah at 08:46 pm, October 21, 2012.
The epicenter was located at latitude 6.7° north and longitude 116.8° east, 22 km south of Kudat, Sabah.
Tremors was felt in areas around Kudat.
This is a disaster.
Below is a slideshow of photographs that overlay images from France during World War II with present-day pictures of the same locations.