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Tuesday September 23, 2008

Kok’s ISA meal gripe hammered

FORMER Internal Security Act (ISA) detainees have derided Seputeh MP Teresa Kok’s allegation that food served to her while she was in detention was similar to dog food, Utusan Malaysia reported.

Pasir Salak MP Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, who was held under the ISA in 1987, said Kok’s statement was politically-motivated.

“Don’t politicise the issue of food. Did she want to be treated like a tourist when detained and served seafood?” he asked.

Another ex-detainee, Inter­national Move­ment for a Just World (JUST) chair­man Dr Chan­dra Muzaf­far, said he was given normal food just like what he would have had at home during his 52-day detention.

He said this was the first time he had heard that food served was similar to dog food, adding that the allegation was false.

The Azan will continue to be broadcast in the state, says Selangor MB

> Sinar Harian reported Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as saying that the azan (Muslim call to prayer) will continue to be broadcast in the state.

He said the azan was a norm in Malaysia and a tradition that ought to be continued as it was an Islamic religious practice.

On the petition by 189 non-Muslim residents to a mosque in Puchong, he said no objections were received so far.

He said he would look into the petition regar­ding a ceramah at the mosque to find out if the event had exceeded the stipulated time.

More surprise visits by National Audit Department

> Berita Harian reported that the National Audit Department will make more surprise visits to get a clearer picture of how public funds are being spent.

Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang said the move was not to trap certain parties but to detect mistakes or weaknesses.

He said no one should assume that they are immune from visits by the department, adding that officers of internal audit departments at ministries had to make more checks themselves.

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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