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Peculiarly Kelantan’s Monarchy: Royal Rumble…!

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While their father, H.H Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Ismail Petra still receiving treatment in Mt. Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, turbulence struck the royal family, just days after his Syariah Court win over his estranged wife, the Tengku Temenggong of Kelantan, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra is back in the courts again. This time, he’s challenging the decision of his eldest brother – the Kelantan Regent – who revoked his membership in the Kelantan Succession Council on Sept 16. The council confirms the succession to the throne in Kelantan and will determines whether there is a vacancy in the throne by reason of a prolonged absence of the reigning sovereign. Tengku Muhammad Fakhry, 31, the third son of the Sultan of Kelantan, is third in line to the throne. The Sultan appointed him to the council in or about 2001.

It was just on Sunday that he scored a victory in Kota Baru when the Syariah High Court judge ordered his 18-year-old wife Manohara Odelia Pinot, a former Indonesian model, to return the RM1.2mil she borrowed from him. This time, the Kelantan prince has taken his case to the civil courts. He is applying for leave for a judicial review in the High Court here of the decision by the Regent, Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra, to remove him from the council. Yesterday, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry’s lead counsel K. Shanmuga submitted that the Regent’s action amounted to a usurpation of the Sultan’s powers because, under the implemented Kelantan State Constitution, only the Sultan could alter the council’s composition. The Regent holds office only for so long as the Sultan is incapacitated.

In his statement filed for the judicial review application, the prince said the Sultan had been critically ill since May and his brother was appointed Regent effective May 25. He said the Sultan, who has been in hospital in Singapore since May, now appears to be recovering. Shanmuga contended that while the Regent was first in line to the throne, his succession was not automatic as the council must first confirm him as the reigning sovereign. If neither the Regent nor the Tengku Bendahara – who is second in line – were confirmed, Shanmuga said the Tengku Temenggong would be next in line.

In his application filed on Dec 1, the prince had named Tengku Muhammad Faris, 40, the Kelantan Government, the council secretary and five others who had been appointed to the council by the Regent on May 24. Among others, the prince is asking the court to set aside the Regent’s decision or, alternatively, to declare the revocation inconsistent with the Kelantan Constitution. Shanmuga argued that allowing the Regent to alter the composition of the council effectively granted him the ability to create a tribunal that would determine his fitness to succeed to the throne. He contended the Regent’s decision was justiciable , adding that it was of utmost importance for the court to ensure that the constitutional mechanisms designed to protect the dignity of the succession operated in accordance with the law.

Written by Muhammad Ismail Ibrahim

December 22, 2009 at 2:00 AM

Posted in Politics

Unprecedented Kelantan: From KB Mall to KB Fall..

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KB Mall at its coolest day..

The tremor of Sunday evening in Kota Bharu’s most famous and Mid Valley-alike mall. The widespread of ” KB Moe ghutuh” SMS can be ‘detected’ as far as Bangi residents. First, I thought it was another Sultan Mizan Stadium showdown, but an hour later, it was car mishap and not because of building-factor. It was freak accident in a deadly incident occurred chaotic in front of Jalan Hamzah intersection of Jalan Sultan Ibrahim seeming massive traffic congestion recorded. It was, neither earthquake nor TNT explosive instead of amateur woman driver who, maybe, newly-certified P license. I was grinned. The woman driver had lost control of the car in an attempt to jump-start the engine (Ford Laser) at the upper level car park and rammed into the concrete wall before plunging down three stories onto an escalator.

The engine suddenly started causing the car to lunge forward and smash into the retaining wall, which also served as the building’s ventilation airway. The car plunged from the third-floor car park of KB Mall shopping complex and fell into the shopping concourse. The freak accident occurred at 4.45pm when the mall in Jalan Hamzah was jammed-packed with weekend patrons. This unprecedented incident happened in KB Mall since its opened 5 years ago. The deadly incident causing two nursing students from a nearby private college (Masterskill) here were killed and four others suffers major injured. Hundreds of shoppers were shocked over the freak accident in the five-year-old mall. As a consequences, the wrecked car lying in between two escalators after the fall in a mall like a sandwiched.Now….

‘KB Mallians’ in traumatised!

It started at the parking lot at the roof of KB Mall..

Then, erupting the concrete structure on the wall..

Sandwiched between the escalator..

The damages causing death to the passers-by..

The cars totally out of control..

Written by Muhammad Ismail Ibrahim

December 7, 2009 at 1:54 AM

Posted in News

Sensationally Kelantanese: Kawe Anok Kelatte…

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Kelantan terkenal dengan keunikan budaya dan kesenian mereka sehingga penduduk negeri Cik Siti Wan Kembang tidak segan silu menonjolkan warisan milik mereka, hatta sudah berhijrah ke tempat lain. Walaupun skop kecintaan terhadap budaya dan warisan itu adalah positif di dalam lingkungan masyarakat Kelantan, ada budaya negatif yang melingkari di dalam jiwa sesetengah orang Kelantan seperti yang dapat disaksikan di dalam filem, Budak Kelantan, arahan Wan Azli Wan Jusoh. Filem yang diarahkan anak jati Kelantan itu yang lebih memahami susur galur dan perilaku orangnya sendiri, seolah-olah telah menterjemah akan nilai sebenar perlakuan sesetengah daripada orang Kelantan, walaupun sesetengah adegan pahit untuk ditelan, tetapi ia sebahagian daripada realiti yang pernah berlaku. Melalui filem ini, khalayak dapat melihat perlakuan orang Kelantan apabila berinteraksi sesama mereka dan aspek emosi, sama ada ketika berada di negeri sendiri atau selepas berhijrah ke luar dan juga sikap mereka apabila berurusan dengan orang luar.

Pensyarah Akademi Pengajian Melayu (APM), Universiti Malaya (UM), Dr. Ahmad Ramizu Abdullah, tidak menolak bahawa orang Kelantan memang ada sifat kecintaan dan rasa sayang yang jelas serta menebal dalam diri, terhadap budaya serta warisan mereka kerana ia sudah menjadi amalan sejak kecil. Lihat, ke mana saja masyarakat Kelantan pergi, mereka turut membawa makanan, percakapan, seni, budaya, dan permainan yang sudah sebati dalam diri, sekali gus memperlihatkan kesungguhan mereka dalam memperjuangkan serta mendaulatkan warisan bangsa. Situasi sebegini jelas sekali berbeza dengan negeri-negeri lain kerana mereka dikatakan kurang peka terhadap identiti kenegerian masing-masing yang berkemungkinan berpunca dari faktor-faktor luaran. Kecintaan terhadap budaya bagus untuk diamalkan, tetapi akan bertukar negatif apabila ada individu yang beranggapan hanya budaya sendiri yang betul sehingga tidak bersedia untuk menerima perubahan di persekitaran mereka.


Sikap dan budaya mempertahankan kekitaan orang Kelantan ini juga disebut ‘puok kito’ iaitu masyarakat Kelantan ada sifat dan hubungan keakraban jiwa yang erat dan kebenarannya perkara itu dapat dibuktikan melalui penggunaan dialek seharian mereka walaupun berada jauh di luar Kelantan. Di samping loghat Kelantan, ada satu lagi budaya kekitaan yang cukup tinggi dalam diri sesetengah daripada masyarakat negeri Kelantan iaitu suka berada dalam lingkungan mereka sendiri, akan tetapi, tidak boleh diklasifikasikan sebagai ‘berpuak-puak’ atau assabiah kerana ia turut memaparkan keakraban dan kekeluargaan yang berjaya ditanam dalam diri setiap anak negeri Kelantan. Masyarakat Kelantan umumnya tidak boleh dilabelkan sebagai tertutup kesan daripada pegangan kebudayaan dan kesenian yang amat menebal, sebaliknya, ia tidak tepat untuk memberi satu interpretasi sedemikian kerana masyarakat luar juga ada sikap serupa dalam mempertahan negeri, budaya dan warisan masing-masing. Kata-kata usikan seperti ‘oghe Kelate makae budu’ tidak akan menghentikan mereka daripada bertutur dalam loghat negerinya sebaik bertemu dengan rakan senegerinya, meskipun berada dalam kelompok bukan Kelantan di dalam atau hatta diluar negara sekalipun.

Fellow Penyelidik Utama, Institut Alam dan Tamadun Melayu (ATMA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Prof. Dr. Teo Kok Seong, sikap kekitaan orang Kelantan berpunca daripada faktor sejarah lama Kelantan yang tersisih dari dunia luar disebabkan oleh faktor geografi. Kelantan meskipun mempunyai masyarakat Melayu paling ramai, tetapi disebabkan ia terletak di sempadan kawasan kumpulan bukan Melayu di utara yang dipanggil Austro-Asia iaitu dari kawasan Siam dan Kampuchea atau digelar “Monkhmer”. Maka oleh sebab itu, masyarakat Champa yang ada hari ini di Kelantan merupakan sebahagian daripada rumpun Melayu. Apapun, masyarakat di Kelantan perlu melahirkan jaringan komunikasi dan persahabatan yang lebih baik melalui sifat kekitaan, akan tetapi, sikap kekitaan yang negatif seperti yang berlaku di dalam ‘arena bolasepak kelantan’ baru-baru ini perlu dielakkan. Orang Kelantan perlu lebih rasional dan dapat mengawal emosi walaupun mereka terkenal dengan sifat pantang dicabar atau bae’ kaeng.

Kawe Anok Kelate… Demo…?

Written by Muhammad Ismail Ibrahim

December 3, 2009 at 1:50 AM

Posted in History

Kelantan FA : Prospects of 2010 : The Analysis.

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Today… after 23 days of upsetting Malaysia Cup final on 7th of November, as I heard some hearsay and rumors struck entire Kelantanese by dubbing the final as “match fixing” or can be safely named as “sold” the game away to Negri Sembilan by not-so-concrete reasons of newly-crown of Tuanku Mukhriz and a part of Khairy Jamaludin’s factor in FAM, the Kelantan FA (KAFA) through their Mr. President have come up to deny all the accusations and defamations by saying that Kelantan squad were earnestly for the final game despite outfought and disappointing two-third majority Kelantan fans at National Stadium Bukit Jalil. In response to the next 2010’s treble final prospect, Mr. President, Tan Sri Annuar Musa, or I dubbed him as Kelantan’s Roman Calderon (Real Madrid’s President) using Real Madrid-style of purchasing star players as usual by making seven new signings for the 2010 Super League next season. In contrary, for me, buying the ‘Galacticos’ do not meant we are a good in tactical and physical as interprets by Real Madrid in La Primera Liga (Spanish League) right now.


Kelantan have set an ambitious goal to win their first major silverware in 2010 season and automatically be counted among the Malaysia League elite teams. KAFA have almost everything in place of administration, finance, players, team management and the vociferous fan support to get the job done. They were major expenses in return for that 2010 prospect by using this ‘monsoon’ transfer windows, acquiring new Red Warriors. Among them were four strikers – former international and Deutschland spell and Strasbourg apprentice, Akmal Rizal Ahmad Rakhli (former Kuala Muda Naza), Norsharul Idlan Talaha and Mohd Shakir Shaari (victims of UPB-MyTeam’s dissolution) and S. Chanthuru (Penang’s ace). The others were goalkeeper, Liverpool-born Syed Adney Syed Hussein (eliminated by K.Rajagopal of SEA Games squad) and Patrice Evra-like defenders Azizi Mat Rose (one of Kuala Muda NAZA mass exodus) and S. Subramaniam (former Perak captain). However, sadly to all-Kelantanese as they have left out their phenomenon and seasoned goalkeeper Halim Napi and the 39-year-old former international is among the notable absentees in the 25-player squad.


Apart from Kelantan FA, others well-establish team still struggle facing financial fiasco and in arrears wages. But, Kelantan FA had announced their 25 players listed for the next 2010 season. In retrospect, the outcomes of the several new signing apparently, the Kelantanese sports observers have come up with an idea that the management and coaching staff were eagerly to pick uploads of well-establish players rather than using skillful and charismatic young lads who want to play for the “team” rather than play for the “money” itself. These were some of recommended players by sport journalist and critics to land in Kelantan next season, and these were players that Tan Sri Annuar Musa has overlook instead of must-buy. They were, Perak’s Razali Umar Kandasamy, tough-young lads Farderin Kadir, and Paul Scholes-mind mildfilder, Azi Shahril and pint-sized rocket, K. Soley of Perlis. Even their names no-so-glittering like others stars but, their criteria will fit the 2010 Kelantan winning team prospect. Fortunately to Kelantan fans, they will see another Halim Napi’s gesture, who has been offered to become the team’s assistant coach.


Taken into account, Kelantan failed in seeking their first major silverware in Malaysian football since introduced 1921, suffered the disappointment of two runner-up finishes last season. They were beaten by Selangor in the FA Cup final and lost to Negri Sembilan in the Malaysia Cup final. However, Kelantan would continue to take advantage of their strong home fan support, which saw them chalk up a 100% win record at the Sultan Mohd-IV Stadium in Kota Bharu last season. As a preparation toward 2010 season of Super League, Kelantan coach, B. Sathianathan will start pre-season training as early of December and they would be in Kota Bharu until Dec 7 before heading for Bangkok to play in a quadrangular tournament. Beside that, KAFA with the collaboration from Thailand Super League have arrange to hold pre-season friendly with two establish team in Thai-league, i.e FC Chonburi and BEC Tero Sasana. With 5 weeks left before the 2010 season kicks off, Kelantan now have 25 players in their ranks and hopefully not infected Real Madrid-Omen and will be the favorites in the next season.

Be part of the winning team.

Written by Muhammad Ismail Ibrahim

December 1, 2009 at 1:41 AM

Posted in Sports