Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Twenty Ma Wan residents, in pajamas and sporting made-up eyebags, showed up at a Town Planning Board meeting yesterday to oppose the third airport runway plan.
They said they were annoyed by the noise of aircraft flying overhead and criticized the government and Airport Authority for ignoring their complaints.
In the lobby, the group played a short drama of scenes of residents sleepless in Ma Wan and the noise they have to endure before entering the public hearing at 8.45am at the board’s headquarters in North Point..
Every five minutes of the hearing, the protesters made aircraft noises.
Tsuen Wan district councillor for the Ma Wan constituency Roy Tam Hoi-pong, who led the protest, said: “Ma Wan has been affected by the noise pollution from the airport and residents have been complaining and annoyed every second.
“The Airport Authority keeps promoting the third runway, saying that there’ll be fewer airplanes crossing over Man Wan if the project is completed,” Tam said.
“But the former director of civil aviation, Albert Lam Kwong-yu, has said the problem could not be solved unless cross-border airspace allows more airplanes flying to the south.”
However, he said, it was almost impossible for a more open cross-border airspace.
Tam, who is also president of Green Sense, said that the third runway would not only affect Ma Wan residents but also the marine environment.
“We strongly oppose the project since the government and Airport Authority have not solved the noise pollution, environmental and economic problems,” he added.
At the same meeting, former Observatory head Lam Chiu-ying also opposed the plan, saying building the third runway would not expand the airspace for aircraft flying into Hong Kong.
In a 16-slide Power Point presentation he sent to The Standard, Lam suggested expanding Terminal One to enhance the airport’s competitiveness.
“If the airspace problem cannot be solved, the northern flight paths are still unavailable, and the flight frequency is limited,” he wrote.
Lam also demanded the Town Planning Board resubmit the project’s application, stating the need for adding the runway and ensuring flight safety.
The meeting of the board on the draft Chek Lap Kok outline zoning plan will continue in North Point today.
The Japanese government plans to revise the public offices election law to enable citizens to vote at major stations and commercial complexes other than designated voting places in a bid to raising voter turnout, a government source said Monday.
As Japan is set to lower the country’s voting age from 20 to 18 in June, the government aims to increase voting opportunities by passing the bill by the end of March to have it become effective for the House of Councillors election this summer, the source said.
On election days, citizens are currently allowed to vote at only one place at schools or public offices in their residential district designated by the election council.
The revision of the election law envisions offering options on where to vote by setting up “common voting stations” at places many people visit, such as stations, shopping centers and other public facilities in their residential area, in addition to the current voting places.
Information on each voter will be shared via an online network at all voting stations to prevent the same person from voting more than once in different places, the source said.
The bill also aims at widening the scope of people whom voters can accompany to voting places from the currently designated “babies” and “others in unavoidable circumstances,” to “babies, children, students or others below 18 years old.”
To improve voters’ convenience, local municipality offices will also become able to extend their opening hours on voting days prior to actual polling day, if the bill is passed.
The move comes at a time when the number of voting places in Japan has been on the decline following a series of consolidations due to the falling population, the lack of poll monitors and the financial difficulties of municipality offices.
The number of polling stations set up for the House of Representatives election in 2014 was down 600, compared with that for the general election in 2012.
Leaders of the Canadian Muslim community have repeatedly condemned ISIS inhuman practices blaming it of extreme and misguided interpretation of the Quran and of being deviated from the true Islamic teachings.
In a publication circulated to its followers last year, the Islamic State (a.k.a. IS, ISIS, ISIL, The Caliphate), provided the Islamic-based guidelines for “capturing apostate women” and taking “possession” of them as “slaves,” which means a permission to have intercourse with the female slaves even if it is against their will.
The following are selected excerpts of the Islamic guidelines issued by ISIS:
“Unbelieving [women] who were captured and brought into the abode of Islam are permissible to us… It is permissible to have sexual intercourse with the female captive… If she is a virgin, he [her master] can have intercourse with her immediately after taking possession of her. However, is she isn’t, her uterus must be purified [first]… It is permissible to buy, sell, or give as a gift female captives and slaves, for they are merely property… It is permissible to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn’t reached puberty if she is fit for intercourse… It is permissible to beat the female slave as a form of disciplinary beating…”
ICNA Canada: It is permissible for Muslim men to have sex with their female slaves
ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Canada is an Islamic nationalwide organization striving “to build an Exemplary Canadian Muslim Community” by “total submission to Him [Allah] and through the propagation of true and universal message of Islam.”
Located at 391 Burnhamthorpe Rd., East, Oakville, Ontario, ICNA Canada emphasizes that “the propagation of true and universal message of Islam is only possible in Canada when whole Canadian Muslim Community transformed into a Dawah community by practicing and propagating the true Islamic Way of Life. With the vision of building an exemplary Canadian Muslim community it is very important to spread the word of Islam…”
Zunera Ishaq, the woman that stood at the centre of the “niqab debate” in the Canadian election campaign, works for the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).
ICNA Canada shares with its followers a “Syllabus for the Month of March for MGAs and Workers” that provides selected verses of the Quran and hadiths (traditions containing sayings of Mohammad the prophet of Islam that constitute the major source of guidance).
The syllabus contains verses 1-11 verses of Chapter 23 of the Qurab Al-Mu’minun – The Believers in Arabic and in English accompanied with interpretation:
“Successful indeed are the believers. (1) Those who offer their Salât (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness. (2) And those who turn away from Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk, falsehood, and all that Allâh has forbidden). (3) And those who pay the Zakât. (4) And those who guard their chastity(i.e. Private parts, from illegal sexual acts). (5) Except from their wives or (slaves) that their right hands possess, – for then, they are free from blame; (6) But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors; (7) Those who are faithfully true to their Amanât (all the duties which Allâh has ordained, honesty, moral responsibility and trusts) and to their covenants; (8) And those who strictly guard their (five compulsory congregational) Salawât (prayers) (at their fixed stated hours). (9) These are indeed the inheritors. (10) Who shall inherit the Firdaus (Paradise). They shall dwell therein forever. (11) (Translation by Dr. Mohsin)”
The interpretation of verses 4 and 5, as appears on ICNA Canada’s syllabus, confirms the permission for Muslim men to take a slave woman and to have an intercourse with her.
Islamic ruling on ‘sex slave’
Saudi Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid explains this issue his website islamqa.info (which is recommended by some Islamic organizations in Canada as a valuable source of information):
“Islam allows a man to have intercourse with his slave woman, whether he has a wife or wives or he is not married.
“A slave woman with whom a man has intercourse is known as a sariyyah (concubine) from the word sirr, which means marriage.
“This is indicated by the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and this was done by the Prophets… Our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) also did that, as did the Sahaabah, the righteous and the scholars.
“The scholars are unanimously agreed on that and it is not permissible for anyone to regard it as haraam or to forbid it. Whoever regards that as haraam is a sinner who is going against the consensus of the scholars…
The wife has no right to object to her husband owning female slaves or to his having intercourse with them.”
Free Islamic book at Dundas explains the “legitimate sources of slaves” according to Islam
The Walk in Islamic Info Center (WIIC), a Toronto-based organization dedicated to Dawah (propagating Islam) activity, has an Islamic booth at Dundas Square in downtown Toronto. Last year activists at the Islamic booth distributed for free the book “Human Rights in Islam and Common Misconceptions.”
The book stipulates “two exceptions as legitimate sources of slaves,” which are “war captives, or prisoners of lawfully declared wars by a Muslim ruler” and “an inherited slave born from two slave parents.” Other sections of the book sanction crucifixion, chopping off thieves’ limbs, stoning adulterers to death, imposing the Jizyah tax on non-Muslim residents and launching to jihad to spread the message of Islam.