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Saturday June 14, 2008

‘Sky messenger’ nabbed

A MAN who claimed to be a “messenger from the sky” and lived for “more than 3,000 years” was nabbed by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) in a raid in his house in Damansara, Harian Metro reported.

The man, in his 80s, used his home as a gathering place for his followers, and spread deviant teachings that were against the teachings of Islam.

During the last Maulidur Rasul celebration, he brazenly sent invitations to the Sultan of Selangor, Mentri Besar, Mufti, Jais, and a few government agencies, inviting them to his speeches.

Jais director Datuk Mohammed Khusrin Munawi said the group was believed to have been active for a long time. However, it was hard to trace their activities as the man and his followers conducted their affairs secretly.

During the raid, approximately a hundred followers were caught listening to his lecture. One of the group's deviant beliefs is that the basic tenets of Islam such as praying five times a day, fasting and performing the pilgrimage to Mecca were not obligatory for a Muslim.

Cash saving plan
Cuepacs suggested that the Government's move to pay salaries of civil servants in two instalments should be made in a 30:70 ratio to avoid employees finishing their cash early every month, reported Berita Harian.

Cuepacs president Omar Osman said through the mechanism, 30% of the salary should be paid in the middle of the month and the balance 70% at the end of the month.

“If the instalments are paid using a 50:50 mechanism, lower grade employees with a salary of around RM1,000 will face difficulties as a huge chunk of the pay is spent at the end of the month to pay bills and other compulsory deductions,” said Omar.

He also said civil servants who disagreed with the move could opt to save their mid-month salary and use it at the end of the month instead.

Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a sub-heading, it denotes a separate news item.

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