Understanding decision making process is important

Understanding decision making process is important for me, whether it is my spouse, boss, friends, clients etc. Understanding the decision making process of an elected administration is also vital because we will be going to the polls soon and their decision making process is critical to us making a call on whether they are indeed qualified to lead for another term in office.

Their decision making process is subject to the scrutiny of the Malaysian tax payers and business community, as well as foreign investors, entrepreneurs and analyst communities.

In today's the Star, we have this good piece of news, typical 1Malaysia Spirit:

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http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/4/2/nation/20110402183658&sec=nation


Saturday April 2, 2011 MYT 8:02:57 PM
Govt allows import and local printing of Bible in all languages

PETALING JAYA: The Bible can now be imported into the country in all languages including Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia and in the indigenous languages.

It can also be printed locally and there is no requirement for any stamp or serial number

4.For Sabah and Sarawak, in recognition of the large Christian community in these states, there are no conditions attached to the importation and local printing of the Bibles in all languages, including Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia and indigenous languages. There is no requirement for any stamp or serial number.

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However, reading up articles from the same controlled newspaper for the past few months, I am puzzled by the decision making process of this administration. I wish to make it very clear here that I am not writing from a religious angle, but looking solely at how the current administration make their decisions.


In January, the administration intends to contest the High Court's verdict in the Herald's usage of the word "Allah" and will keep the Rulers briefed.

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http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/1/3/nation/20100103183842&sec=nation

Sunday January 3, 2010 MYT 6:42:24 PM
Allah issue: PM urges calm while Govt appeals court’s decision

PEKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak urged Muslims to remain calm over the High Court decision to allow the Catholic weekly, Herald, to use the word ‘Allah’ in its publication.

He said the Home Ministry would appeal the court’s decision and that he would keep the Rulers briefed.

The usage of the word Allah should be decided upon by the process of the law, he said.


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Najib, who is also Pekan MP, said he would brief Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin on the matter soon and with his consent, the issue would be discussed at the coming Conference of Rulers.

He expressed the hope for the issue to be resolved in an "intelligent" manner through the process of the court.

"After all, there is still avenue to appeal against the judgment through the Courts of Appeal and Federal Court.

"We do not want issue to be blown out of proportion," he said, adding that the Government viewed the matter seriously and would adopt the proper channels to end the debacle.

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In March, before the Sarawak State Assembly is dissolved, the current administration re-inforced its stance by issuing a reprimand letter to the same newspaper:

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http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/3/16/nation/20110316073009&sec=nation

Wednesday March 16, 2011
The Star reprimanded over BM Bible story

PETALING JAYA: The Home Ministry has issued a letter of reprimand to The Star over an article on the impounding of 5,000 Bahasa Malaysia Bibles.

The letter, dated March 2011, was addressed to group chief editor Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai on the article, published on March 9.

On the same day, a senior editor from the daily met officials from the ministry over the issue and the ministry’s comments were published the next day. In the letter, the ministry’s chief secretary Datuk Zaitun Abdul Samad reminded owners of printing presses to comply with directives from the ministry, a s stipulated under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

“Under items six and seven of the conditions of printing permits issuance, permit holders are required to observe instructions released by the ministry from time to time,” Zaitun said.

The March 9 article reported that 5,000 Bahasa Malaysia Bibles confiscated by the Home Ministry in 2009 have yet to be returned despite the Cabinet approving their release.

Minister Datuk Seri Hishammudd in Hussein explained on Sunday that the Bibles were impounded because of a pending court appeal by The Herald, the Malaysian Catholic weekly, over the use of the word Allah in its publication.

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Has the current administration weaken their own appeal case by doing the announcements today? If yes, then tax payers' money spent of the appeal case is compromised,

Also, has the Rulers' been briefed as what the Prime Minister indicated during January? If this is part of the original plan, Idris Jala's announcement did not mention about this.

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