Double-Bill

What’s Abd?!!
Local News
  • Singapore wins it’s first Olympic Medal in 48 years
  • Prime Minister announces that Malay/ Muslims will have to pay more for Mosque Building Mendaki Fund (MBMF) at National Day Rally

International News

  • Malaysia’s Ex-DPM Anwar Ibrahim begins campaign in a three-cornered by-election campaign at Permatang Pauh.
  • Saiful, accused victim of sodomy swears on Quran.

Wow! That’s quite a lot to be discussed. Let’s discuss about our medal win at the Beijing Olympics. What are your views on that?

As expected, the medal win brought much controversy as the all the medal winners were China-born athletes. There would inevitably be a number of people who would dismiss that win as a win by a Singaporean. Reason being, they were scouted to play for Singapore to win medals and the question lingers on whether or not they even feel Singaporean.

No doubt, that question can never be answered by anyone other than for the athletes themselves. However, we should all take note that this is the current trend in sports. Players being poached over with the sole objective of bringing sporting glory to their adopted country. It is completely normal and so all Singaporeans should bask in the joy that we did win a medal and that medal is credited to Singapore, not China. The trainings she undergone and the tournaments that she went on were all under Singapore’s Red and White colours. What we can only hope is that she learns how to sing Majulah Singapura, our national anthem and learn how to say the pledge as this is what makes us truly Singaporean.

Well said indeed. That should answer the many questions that linger on Singaporeans minds. So, next on the table to be talked about is the increase of this Mosque Building & Mendaki Fund (MBMF). Your comments on this, sir.

The MBMF is the merging of two separate funds in 1984. The main purpose for MB was to fund mosque building programmes in Singapore. With the shift in time, current building costs have dramatically increased and the amount of contribution is no longer significant. Though an automatic deduction from the monthly salary, employed Malay/ Muslims are able to withdraw from this by filling in a form to CPF and submitting it.

The MF’s main purpose is for contributions to Yayasan MENDAKI. This amount shall then be used to administer projects for the interest of Malay/ Muslims in Singapore.

More information of MBMF can be read here:

http://statutes.agc.gov.sg/non_version/cgi-bin/cgi_getdata.pl?actno=1999-REVED-3&doctitle=ADMINISTRATION+OF+MUSLIM+LAW+ACT%0A&date=latest&method=part&segid=934446910-001624

If you read the statutes link above, you will realize that this is optional and not compulsory. Therefore, any Muslim who feels that he does not wish to contribute further to the MBMF, may inform his employer after attaining a certificate from MUIS. However, I am of the view that this fund especially the Mosque Building Fund (MBF) should continue to be paid by all Muslim Singaporean for the very simple reason that, you earn a good deed easily – through automatic deduction! A form of investment towards Paradise I should say.

I do however understand that whilst there are many Malay/ Muslims who contribute to the Mendaki Fund, they are not able to capitalize on the fund either because they do not know how or they do not qualify. My advice to you is to get yourself involved in the activitities by Mendaki so that you may capitalize on the funds contributed. However, in all circumstances, the public have to understand that the most of the funds issued by Mendaki is focused on Malay/ Muslims who are less fortunate. Unfortunately, there are a lot of Malay/ Muslims who fall under this category!

In conclusion, I’d say that you have the hand to decided how much you want to contribute. So, stop grousing so much if you feel the pinch because you can download the form online and decide – how much you want to contribute, if any.

Thank you sir. That was indeed spicy thoughts yet informative. I hope that information would have been able to be absorbed by our readers. Moving on to Intenational News, what are your thoughts and views on the by-election campaign.

Finally, we get to my favourite topic, Malaysian Politics. I’d like to consolidate points 1 and 2 together for this if you don’t mind as they go hand in hand.

Please do.

Let’s begin with Saiful. I find it rather discerning that such measures were taken and broadcasted on the news. Such measures being that he decided to swear on the Quran to prove innocence. I believe that in Islam, the Quran should be used as a last measure to prove innocence and not to be used nonchalantly. I find that it is a mockery that the Quran was used and felt humiliated by the actions. Further to that, Islam also mentions that in swearing over the Quran, there is no need for one to swear in front of it, physically. The mere mention of the Al-Quran would have more than suffice. What Saiful did was shameful and should be disregarded.

As it is, the swearing ‘coincided’ with the start of Anwar Ibrahim’s by-election campaign. By-election campaigns would have been made known early to the public and the election board and information would have been readily available, therefore pure coincidence is too gullible for anyone to believe it to be true. I am full of confident that Anwar Ibrahim will triumph in this election unless the ruling government, Barisan Nasional (BN) decides to pull a new stunt and causes Anwar to lose.

The current dramatic events only seem so orchestrated especially with Saiful. He has been spared the cuffs and police have indicated that they will not arrest or charge him because he is a victim. More recently, the government also announced the introduction of DNA bill. This bill would require criminals to provide their DNA sample and it has most certainly been directed towards Anwar although Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar has denied this allegation to be politically motivated. Nevertheless, this bill will not affect Anwar’s chances of winning the by-election and Anwar cannot be forced to give a sample as it could not be applied retroactively, this as informed by Gobind Singh Deo, an opposition lawmaker.

Nonetheless, it seems very certain to me that Anwar will win this by-election, god-willing.

Very interesting views. I hope all is well for Malaysia as well or it could get very ugly in their quest for power.

So I guess that will be all from us at the moment.

Keep your eyes glued on the Olympics at the moment for more action.

Till next time, this has been Whats Abd?!!

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