Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Down

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Posted: 26 Jan 2010 09:00 AM PST

Very tired. Miki is very much testing my patience. Is it me? I am not patient? Is it Miki, is he too mischieveous? I am just very tired…


“nadai namanama!” said sarawakians on the allah issue

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 09:21 AM PST

remember in my selangau trip report here and here, i mentioned about interviewing some of the natives there on the allah issue? most of them respond with "nadai namanama!" – that is, in the iban language, "no problem!".  yes, to the sarawakians, christians and muslim alike, to them there's no problem at all regarding the allah issue, that's why they can't understand the hoo-haa it created in peninsular malaysia.

i wrote about the interview and sent it to UCAN and it was published yesterday (with a little editing help). i copy in full the article here but i added in photos of some of these people mentioned (mouse over to see their names).  a few of them refused to have their photos taken.

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'Allah' furore leaves Sarawak village puzzled.

SELANGGAU, Malaysia (UCAN) — Christians and Muslims in Sarawak are puzzled by the controversy over the use of "Allah" for God. The word has been in use for centuries in the area and has never been an issue.

"We were using 'Allah' as far back as the 17th century," says James Jang, a parishioner of St. Charles Church in Selanggau, central Sarawak.

The main language in the area is Iban, which is related to Malay, and is used during Mass. The word "Allah" features frequently.

"Even with all the fuss on the peninsula, we Muslims and Christians here still see no problem … at all," Ata Ngaden, 67, another parishioner, told UCA News.

Last week, government minister Nazri Aziz suggested that the word "Allah" could be limited to the use of Christians only in the eastern states of Sabah and Sarawak.

The proposal was given short shrift by Christians across the country.

Segiong Radi, 56, from Selanggau, cannot see why it should not be used everywhere.

'No opposition from local Muslims'

He said the community in the interior of the state had been using "Allah" to refer to God "for a long time." He said there was no opposition from local Muslims at all and he wondered why there is such a fuss over the issue in western (peninsular) Malaysia.

Kalsum Daud, 43, a local Muslim, said she has no problem with Christians using the word "Allah." She said there is no tension between Christians and Muslims in the town.

Even though there is a Christian majority, she was able to open a coffee shop for Muslims serving only halal food next to a Christian-owned cafe.

Robert Nanta Kasi, St. Charles parish council chairperson, said "Allah" was used in catechism books and Bibles, which are all in Malay, and no local Muslim had ever complained.

The controversy was ignited by a court ruling allowing the national Catholic weekly "Herald" to use the word. The government reasons that Muslims could be confused by the use of the word by Christians.

Nanta says the position is ironic, given the government is encouraging wider use of the national language.

Ulin Naga, a Methodist laborer, also questions the government's reasons for the ban, asking how one strong enough in his or her own faith could be confused.

Kalsum agrees.

"If a Muslim is confused, it is either he is not confident of his faith at all or he is an extremist. But over here in Selanggau, no Muslim is like that. To us Muslims, the issue of Christians using Allah is 'nadai namanama' ('no problem')," she says.


Rais : Permohonan Maaf Aduka Harus Dipertimbangkan. 80% Setuju Aduka Tidak Wajar Dihukum

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 10:00 AM PST

Seramai 80% responden NTV7 Edisi Bahasa Inggeris menyatakan bahawa penulis blog, Aduka tidak wajar dihukum. Hanya 20% berkata sebaliknya. Soalan asal berbunyi Should bloggers who insult Rulers Escape Punishment.

Sementara itu, Mahkamah Majistret Kota Bharu telah memerintahkan Aduka Taruna yang didakwa menghina Almarhum Sultan Johor, ditahan reman selama empat hari.

Penulis blog itu telah menyerah diri kira-kira pada jam 4.40 petang semalam di ibu pejabat polis daerah (IPD) Kota Bharu.

Aduka, yang bekerja sebagai pereka grafik dan berasal dari Negeri Sembilan, dibawa ke mahkamah dengan kawalan ketat polis pada pukul 9 pagi dan dilihat keluar dari mahkamah 10 minit kemudian.

Ketua Polis Johor, Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff, ketika dihubungi mengesahkan penahanan penulis blog itu yang disiasat mengikut Seksyen 233(3) Akta Komunikasi dan Multimedia 1998.

Namun, Menteri Penerangan Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim pula berkata, Kerajaan tidak berhasrat mengambil tindakan terhadap penulis blog yang memohon maaf secara terbuka kerana menyedari kesilapan dalam penulisan blog mereka. Menurut Rais, permohonan maaf dari penulis blog berkenaan harus dipertimbangkan.

"Mana pihak yang sudah pun menyesal dan melahirkan perasaan dukacita dan menarik semua tulisan blognya seharusnya kita tidak mengambil tindakan lagi," kata Rais.

Bagaimanapun, katanya, penulis blog yang terbabit dengan sesuatu kesalahan haruslah membuat permohonan maaf secara formal kepada pihak yang berkaitan.




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Shame on our Citizens

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 08:51 AM PST

Posted by: victorchew46

Today we saw a blogger detained by the police for insulting the late Sultan of Johor. I really cannot understand how he is picked upon except that people demonstrated and made police reports about his blog! Many bloggers are silly when they express themselves in the heat of the moment (writer included) but do not have the intent to hurt or harm anyone or any group's sensitivities and a warning, a reprimand will do. Why keep our busy police who are desprately trying to curb rising crime rates and politcal problems, involved in things that the controlling authority of the network can do?

I am stupified by the action of our authorities when there are greater issues to solve, they pick on small ones at times. So much could be done with 20 million MR for all schools instead they choose to select 20 and give 1 million MR each. This is always the policy of this government, to give to a few and let the others wait in anxiety and envy! Why?

No wonder so many bloggers now joke so much and talk about durians and fishing and sex rather than go into serious political issues. I am swayed too but I believe in my country and I feel there is much to be done still and will continue to pick on issues that may one day land me in a place I do not desire to be in! So be it!

God bless the rakyat of Malaysia.


Why the silent bias by PKR supporters?

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 08:41 AM PST

Posted by: jyuen
There have been several recent reports of major discord going on in PKR and Pakatan Rakyat but why not comments here on CB?

Is it because the pure anti-BN sentiment of most of the regulars here is so strong that when something is not quite right with your favorite horse that there is nothing you can say?

To me, what's happening is just a matter of the truth that it doesn't matter what the party label is - it is still same people, same mentality, better window dressing, better sounding promises.

Till date I still see no improvement in the lives of ordinary Selangor citizens, no local financial improvements like public parking is still expensive, parking fines are still ridiculously high (RM 100 compared to the police RM 30), poll tax and assessment is still high - all the things that are controlled by the local state government which to refresh everyone's memory had changed label but the results are still the same.

My personal message - stop fighting (against BN and each other) and start doing what you promised


Chronicles of Duncan MacLeod: Hold Fast

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 08:49 AM PST

The death of her husband at noon on the 2nd of June 1937 was a harsh blow to my great-grandmother, Susan MacLeod. But if she thought that day couldn't possibly get any worse, she was wrong. After the funeral, Father MacGillivray showed up at the door of her small apartment on Intercolonial Street with two nuns and several large paper bags.

"We've come for the children," he said. "They belong to the Church."

The death of John Rory MacLeod meant Susan was left to care for not only the several children they'd had together, but also John R's two children from his first marriage (though the elder of the two, Donald, was in his teens and just about ready to fend for himself) and Big Jim, the mentally-challenged brother of John R's late first wife. To top it off, Susan was heavily pregnant. Suddenly she was left to care for a double-digit family all by herself.

They belong to the Church. The words reverberated in Susan's head like heavy rocks thrown down a dry stone well. As she stood there trying to come to terms with what was happening, the two nuns went around the apartment stuffing whatever items of children's clothing they could find into the paper bags. Big grocery bags, with handles. They belong to the Church.

Susan, daughter of a fishing boat captain from Fogo Island, Newfoundland, was Anglican like her father, and had never become Catholic. The Church had permitted John R to marry her, but she'd had to sign papers guaranteeing their children would be raised Catholic. Now that John R was gone, the Church wasn't going to leave anything to chance.

They belong to the Church. The echo in Susan's head finally faded from a deafening roar to a faint whisper. Not one to yell or make a scene, she quietly walked to the door of the apartment, opened it, turned to father MacGillivray and said, "Get out. Now."

Father MacGillivray was about to put up a fight. How could she possibly ensure the children would be brought up as good Catholics? Would she actually take them to church? How did she expect to care for such a large family by herself anyway? How could she? How could she? Those children belonged to the Church!

"These are my children," she said, her eyes fixed on his. "Now get out."

Maybe it was the look in her eye. Maybe it was her stance. Maybe Father MacGillivray knew the motto of Clan MacLeod was 'Hold Fast'. Whatever it was, he could tell she was serious. He walked past her and out through the door, followed closely behind by the two nuns, who still hadn't spoken a word. Their brown paper bags, the big ones with the handles, were empty again. Before Susan could close the door, Father MacGillivray turned to face her.

"We'll be back," he said. He pointed at her round belly. "And we'll be coming for that one too."

He made good on that promise. Father MacGillivray and the two nuns came back on more than one occasion. Each time, Susan would send the children running off in every direction. Father MacGillivray never got any of them. Susan MacLeod held fast.

When Susan MacLeod gave birth to her youngest child, Jackie, mere weeks after her husband's death, she knew she was in real trouble. She had managed to prevent the Church from taking her children away, but knew she couldn't keep that up for long. Her relatives could help out, but they could only do so much. She needed help.

Reluctantly, she contacted John Rory's Gaelic-speaking, moonshine-making family in Glencoe. Since Angus MacLeod's three eldest sons (John Mor, John Rory and Duncan) had already died, and Angus and Jessie were themselves quite old, the head of the family was now John Rory's younger brother, Donald Ignecious MacLeod, known to all as Dan. He and his wife Maggie (the former Margaret Sarah MacDonnell) agreed to take Susan's two eldest boys, Duncan and Hughie, for the summer.

Susan MacLeod struggled and suffered great hardship, with the family never far from excruciating poverty, and sometimes neck-deep in it. My granduncle Hugh MacLeod once said they were so poor that "on Christmas morning if you woke up without a hard-on you'd have nothing to play with." But Susan raised her children. She held fast.
Susan MacLeod
My great-grandmother, Susan MacLeod

Ironically, years later, she became Catholic. She never wavered from her determination to protect her children, though, right till the end. For Susan MacLeod, the end came on Saint Patrick's Day, 1968. She was crossing Prince Street when she was hit by a drunk driver. The force of the impact killed her instantly and threw her from one corner to another. The driver of the car, a prominent local politician, was never punished.

The end of her life was tragic, just like that of her husband. But while she was alive she was not only a great mother to her children, but a shining example of quiet determination, of tenacity in the face of adversity. I'm glad Susan MacLeod held fast. And I'm glad she sent her two eldest sons, Duncan and Hughie, up to Glencoe that summer after John R died. That was the start of an annual tradition, one which provided my grandfather — and me — with lots of great stories. In fact, the story of my grandfather's first trip to Glencoe is one of my favourites.

But that's a story for another day.

Chronicles of Duncan MacLeod is a series of posts on my MacLeod ancestors. Some are based on information I dug up myself but most are stories told to me by my grandfather, Duncan MacLeod. Here are the other posts in the series:

The Swans of Eigg
The Gardener's Crossing
Duncan's Kilt
Crooked-Neck MacLean
One Eye, Two Guns, Three Tunes & Twenty-five Cents


And people actually get paid for this: report says that Al-Qaeda still wants to use WMD's against U.S.

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 05:47 AM PST

A work of genius! How could these learned analysts have possibly discovered such a thing! This is on a par with their other brilliant discoveries: poverty causes terrorism, Islam is a Religion of Peace that has been Hijacked By A Tiny Minority of Extremists, etc. etc.

"Report says Al-Qaeda still aims to use weapons of mass destruction against U.S.," by Joby Warrick for the Washington Post, January 26.

When al-Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, called off a planned chemical attack on New York's subway system in 2003, he offered a chilling explanation: The plot to unleash poison gas on New Yorkers was being dropped for "something better," Zawahiri said in a message intercepted by U.S. eavesdroppers. The meaning of Zawahiri's cryptic threat remains unclear more than six years later, but a new report warns that al-Qaeda has not abandoned its goal of attacking the United States with a chemical, biological or even nuclear weapon.

The report, by a former senior CIA official who led the agency's hunt for weapons of mass destruction, portrays al-Qaeda's leaders as determined and patient, willing to wait for years to acquire the kind of weapons that could inflict widespread casualties.

The former official, Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, draws on his knowledge of classified case files to argue that al-Qaeda has been far more sophisticated in its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction than is commonly believed, pursuing parallel paths to acquiring weapons and forging alliances with groups that can offer resources and expertise.

"If Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants had been interested in . . . small-scale attacks, there is little doubt they could have done so now," Mowatt-Larssen writes in a report released Monday by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

The report comes as a panel on weapons of mass destruction appointed by Congress prepares to release a new assessment of the federal government's preparedness for such an attack. The review by the bipartisan Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism is particularly critical of the Obama administration's actions so far in hardening the country's defenses against bioterrorism, according to two former government officials who have seen drafts of the report.

The commission's initial report in December 2008 warned that a terrorist attack using weapons of mass destruction was likely by 2013....Blindingly brilliant! Jihad Watch


Purple Cane Tea Restaurant @ The Gardens Mid Valley - www.purplecane.com.my

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 08:42 AM PST






Healthy and yummy food! The top selling tea dishes are must-tries! You will love 'em! So, one visit is not enough...mmm...Price: Reasonable. Service: Not bad.

Add:
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59200 Kuala Lumpur
W. P. Kuala Lumpur , MY
Tel:
603-2283 6090
Fax:
603-2283 6093
Web:
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Cab passengers’ right to complain

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 08:17 AM PST

Cab passengers' right to complain


Fare ride ... Passengers Nuraisyah Abd Latib and Norisma Ismail sit
in a cab driven by Mohamad Najib Zubri that displays a
"metered taxi" sticker.
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 18, 2009) :
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Aziz urged consumers not to be apathetic and exercise their rights to complain against errant taxi drivers "as only with their cooperation and that of the enforcement agencies can the taxi service be improved"

"We want the consumers to know their rights and quit the apathetic or lazy habit to complain," he said during the launching of the the public transport consumer rights awareness campaign here.

Mohd Nazri said flyers listing the consumers' rights will be distributed to raise their awareness.

He said consumers may complain to the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board via hotline (1-800-88-9600), sms (15888), email (aduan@lpkp.gov.my ), website (www.lpkp.gov.my ) or the Community Development and Consumer Affairs Ministry.

I did once sms to 39900 when a commercial lorry was being driven recklessly somewhere in Melaka. A few days later, I received a call from LPKP informing me that the registration number of the lorry was not found in the system. In short, it was an unregistered vehicle (probably with a false license plate) or what they called a 'lori hantu', my friend said.


Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 08:29 AM PST

Universities urged to be more liberal

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 — Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah today called on all local universities to be more liberal and not impose too many regulations for the students who want to deliver a speech at their speaker's corner.

Instead, he said the universities should take advantage of the speaker's corner to bring positive changes for the students, especially in improving their public speaking skills.

"I'm worried that if too many regulations are imposed it will hamper their interest in public speaking," he said after re-opening the speaker's corner at the Perdanasiswa Complex in Universiti Malaya. here today.

Meanwhile, UM deputy vice-chancellor for student affairs and alumni associates, Professor Datuk Dr Azarae Idris, said that the university is in the midst of drafting guidelines to enable the students to benefit from the student's corner. — Bernama



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Ok, so what's the difference with this news? Erm....well.



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Police deny using force on student demonstrators

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 — The police today denied claims they had reportedly used force and provocation and had been unprofessional when preventing an illegal assembly of tertiary students in the federal capital on Saturday.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Wira Muhammad Sabtu Osman said in a statement the matter was handled with care by the police in accordance with the requirements of the law.

He said the police kept the situation under control by ordering the students to disperse but they refused and disrupted the peace, security and movement of the public in the area.

Nine students from five public institutions of higher learning were arrested for participating in an illegal assembly by some 200 students and ignoring a police order to disperse in front of the Sogo shopping complex in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. Muhammad Sabtu said in today's statement that the detained students were questioned and released on the same day.

"Nevertheless, there was tension at the police station due to intervention from several quarters, which made the preliminary questioning and investigation difficult.

"The intervention delayed the police process to release the students on bond," he said. Muhammad Sabtu said that based on the police investigation, those involved would be prosecuted under Section 27(5) of the Police act 1967. Evidently disappointed with the students' violation of the Universities and University Colleges Act, he said undergraduates should use the right channels to express themselves.

"Matters such as these should be resolved within the universities and not allowed to disrupt public order," he said. — Bernama


2V1G[2] : 第三首歌

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 08:23 AM PST




2V1G[2] : 第二首歌

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 07:56 AM PST




Muslim has no monopoly over "Allah"

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 07:32 AM PST


soc.culture.singapore
From: "truth"
Subject: Muslim has no monopoly over "Allah"

By ANWAR IBRAHIM
Malaysia has once again resurfaced in international headlines for the wrong
reasons. Over the last two weeks, arsonists and vandals attacked 10 places
of worship, including Christian churches and Sikh temples. Though there were
no injuries and the material damage is reparable, the same cannot be said
about the emotional and psychological scars left behind. After numerous
conflicting statements from government officials, the underlying causes of
the violence are still unaddressed. Malaysia's reputation as a nation at
peace with its ethnic and religious diversity is at stake.

Malaysia's poor handling of religious and sectarian issues is not unique.
The ill treatment of minority groups in Muslim countries is often worse than
the actions Muslims decry in the West. I have called attention to the
broader need in the Muslim world for leadership that demonstrates
consistency and credibility in our call for justice, fairness and pluralism.
These values are embedded in the Islamic tradition as the higher objectives
of Shariah expounded by the 12th-century jurist al-Shatibi.

We have seen Muslims around the world protest against discriminatory laws
passed in supposedly liberal and progressive countries in the West. Yet just
as France and Germany have their issues with the burqa and Switzerland with
its minarets, so too does Malaysia frequently fail to offer a safe and
secure environment that accommodates its minority communities.

The recent arson attacks exemplify what's wrong with the way Malaysia
regards its non-Muslim citizens. The attacks were provoked by a controversy
over the use of the word "Allah" by Malaysia's Christian community, which
numbers over two million, or about 10% of the population. In late 2007, the
Home Ministry banned the use of the word by the Herald, a Catholic
newspaper, and later confiscated 15,000 copies of Malay-language Bibles
imported from Indonesia in which the word for God is translated as "Allah."
A Dec. 31, 2009 ruling by the Kuala Lumpur High Court overruled the earlier
ban, asserting constitutional guarantees regarding the freedom of religion
in Malaysia. Since then, an already tense situation boiled over, largely due
to incitement by a few reckless politicians, the mainstream media and a
handful of nongovernmental organizations linked by membership and leadership
to the United Malays National Organization, the ruling party.

For example, Utusan Malaysia, the nation's largest Malay-language
daily-which is also owned by UMNO-has inflamed Muslim religious sentiments
by accusing non-Muslims of desecrating the name of the "Muslim" God and
alleging a Christian conspiracy to overrun this predominantly Muslim nation
through conversion. I have seen these incendiary propaganda techniques used
before, when politicians and demagogues exploit public sentiment to garner
support by fomenting fear. Such tactics are useful diversions from
embarrassing scandals ranging from controversial court decisions, to
allegations of exorbitant commissions extracted from military procurements,
to the theft of two jet engines from the inventory of the Royal Malaysian
Air Force. This behavior has been exacerbated since the ruling party lost
its two-thirds majority in parliament last year. UMNO is now desperately
struggling to regain public support.

Few Muslims around the world would endorse the claim that we have a monopoly
on the word "Allah." It is accepted that the word was already in the lexicon
of pre-Islamic Arabs. Arabic's sister Semitic languages also refer to God as
"Allah": namely, "Elaha" in Aramaic, and "Elohim" in Hebrew. Historical
manuscripts prove that Arabic-speaking Muslims, Christian and Jews have
collectively prayed to God, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, as
"Allah" for over 1,400 years. The history of Islam in Southeast Asia is
known for its pluralistic and inclusive traditions, and amicable relations
between Muslims and non-Muslims have been the norm for generations.

Muslim scholars outside of Malaysia thus find our "Allah" issue absurd and
cannot fathom why it has sparked protest and outrage. Minority Muslim
populations living in the West, particularly in the aftermath of 9/11, have
diligently tried to remind the public that Muslims, Christians and Jews
share common Abrahamic roots and ultimately worship the same God.

Local sensitivities have been aroused over this issue. They should be
handled through dialogue and engagement. Instead of permeating a sense of
insecurity or a siege mentality, Muslims must be encouraged to engage and
present their concerns to the Christians in a constructive manner. The
example of Muslim Spain is a moment in our history to which Malaysian
Muslims should aspire. But efforts toward fostering a convivencia are not
only found in the past. The ongoing "Common Word" initiative, a global
effort launched in 2007 that captured the support of over 130 of the world's
most prominent Muslim scholars, has made historic progress towards building
goodwill among Muslims and Christians to find ways to live in sincere peace
and harmony. It is ironic that noble efforts such as these are being undone
by the actions of Muslims themselves.

Malaysia's international reputation has taken a beating since Prime Minister
Najib Razak was sworn in last year. Despite his efforts to promote national
unity, news about the caning of a young Muslim woman charged with drinking,
the mutilation of a cow head in protest of the construction of a Hindu
temple, ill treatment of Muslim converts who revert to their earlier faith
and even the outlawing of the practice of yoga by Muslims have many at home
and abroad wondering which direction Malaysia is headed under Mr. Najib's
leadership. There are already misgivings about governance, human rights, the
rule of law and rampant corruption; Malaysia dropped 10 spots on
Transparency International's 2009 Corruption Perception Index, our worst
showing in over 15 years. The vision of Malaysia as a peaceful and stable
location for investment, tourism and migration is now in peril.

This matters most for Malaysians who have to contend with an increasingly
polarized social and political landscape. Malaysia cannot afford to be held
hostage by the vested interests of a few who manipulate faith and identity
as a means to elicit fear for political and economic gain. This is old
politics, and it has become clear that those who incite hatred are only
doing so to prolong their monopoly on power. The majority of Malaysians
reject this approach. They realize that overcoming the challenges we face-a
stagnant economy, declining educational standards and rising crime-depends
on our ability as a nation to internalize and make real the principles of
fairness and justice to all.

Mr. Anwar, a former deputy prime minister of Malaysia, is a member of
parliament for the Justice Party and leader of the opposition.


I AM BACK

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 07:23 AM PST

I am back after a week's off from writing. I haven't had much time reading the blogs either; but what struck me most upon reading the Star Online this morning is the report which says that the MACC has completed its investigation on former Selangor MB Khir Toyo on the alleged misuse of public funds for trips made overseas with his family (including an Indonesian maid), amounting to more than RM 1 million.

Now, what about the multi-million ringgit home that Khir Toyo built? Let us hope the MACC has not over looked this, and to start digging deep into the source of money to built the house. I have not heard much from him these days in the mainstream media, and it is better for him to remain quiet, rather than to start another row with the PKR Selangor state government. The more he speaks, the more 'skeletons' appears out of his hidden closet.

I am glad that MACC has finally completed the investigation on Khir Toyo, and if the allegation proves to be true, let us hope that he gets the justice that he truly deserves.

Someone called me yesterday to say that there has been a talk that a recently retired Chief of Defence Force (CDF) is likely to take up the appointment of the Malaysian Ambassador to a European country. Who could this person be, and if this rumour is true, it does not surprise me because there has been several senior military officers who were appointed ambassadors in the past; the last being the former Chief of Army Tan Sri Gen Md. Hashim Hussein who was the nation's ambassador to the Pakistan.

News out of Army Headquarters is that the present Chief of Army (COA) is scheduled to take his pre-retirement leave, and this would mean that army will get a new COA before September this year, and hopefully the replacement will be the incumbent Deputy COA.

I have been receiving many calls alluding to the article that I wrote regarding to my choice of the Deputy COA. I am convince with the choice of either one of the two (refer to my earlier writing of the subject), and the choice is overwhelming judging from the responses that I get.

I hope my speculation on the new line-up for the army 2010 following the retirement of the COA is correct.


CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION


Sejuk sgt bakar batang pokok kurma untuk memanas badan.

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 07:37 AM PST



Sebab mata LELAKI GEMAR LIHAT Badan WANITA....

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 07:35 AM PST

Malam pasangannya siang,
Jaga pasangannya tidur,
Rajin pasangannya malas,
Dan lelaki pasangannya perempuan.

Kerana perempuan adalah
pasangan kepada lelaki,
maka Allah telah menciptakan bentuk badan wanita
itu dapat memikat hati lelaki.

Bila berkata tentang terpikat,
maka ia ada hubung kait dengan nafsu.
Jika ia ada hubungkait dengan nafsu,
ianya ada hubungan pula dengan bisikan syaitan.

Jadi untuk mengawal nafsu, mestilah dikawal dengan iman.
Untuk mendapatkan iman mesti menurut perintah
Allah dan RasulNya dan menjauhi laranganNya.

Pada mata lelaki, perempuan ini adalah simbol.
Simbol apa, semua orang tahu.
Orang lelaki mempunyai imaginasi yang nakal jika
tidak dikawal dengan iman.
Maka mata lelaki ini selalu menjalar
apabila terlihat seorang perempuan.

Setiap bentuk badan seorang
perempuan boleh dihayati oleh seorang lelaki
dengan berbagai-bagai tafsiran nakal nafsu.
Apabila seorang lelaki terlihat seorang
perempuan, maka perkara pertama yang akan
dilihatnya ialah rambut wanita berkenaan.
Maka akan ditafsirlah berbagai2 cara oleh
seorang lelaki akan rambut wanita berkenaan.

Oleh kerana itulah wanita wajib menutup rambutnya.
Apabila rambut wanita itu telah ditutup, maka
mata lelaki itu akan turun ke bawah melihat
bentuk lehernya,
maka wajiblah wanita itu menutup lehernya.
Maka mata lelaki itu akan turun lagi
melihat bentuk payu daranya,
maka wanita itu berkewajipanlah menutup bentuk
payu daranya dengan melabuhkan tudungnya.

Setelah itu mata lelaki akan
turun lagi melihat
bentuk ramping pinggangnya,
maka labuhkanlah pakaian supaya tidak ternampak
bentuk pinggangnya,
maka mata lelaki itu akan melihat pula akan
bentuk punggungnya,
maka wajiblah wanita itu membesarkan pakaiannya
agar bentuk punggung tidak kelihatan, dan
lelaki itu akan pula melihat bentuk pehanya,
maka janganlah sesekali wanita itu memakai kain
yang agak ketat sehingga terlihat bentuk
pehanya walau sedikit,
maka akan dilihat lagi oleh lelaki itu akan
bentuk kakinya pula,
maka janganlah wanita itu berseluar, kerana
terus-terang pihak lelaki bercakap, walau
muslimah itu bertudung labuh, berbaju labuh,
jika beliau memakai seluar,walau nampak besar
sedikit, nafsu kami lelaki akan terusik secara
sepontan, entah tak tahu Kenapa?

Mata lelaki ini nakal, setelah tidak ternampak
akan bentuk kakinya,
maka akan dilihatlah pula akan mata lelaki itu kepada kakinya,
maka wajiblah wanita itu untuk menolong lelaki
itu tidak berdosa, menutup kakinya dengan
melabuhkan kain, atau memakai stokinyg warnanya
jangan sesekali berwarna kulit perempuan,
maka mata lelaki ini akan kembali ke atas,
akan melihat pula bentuk tangan wanita itu,
maka tolonglah wahai muslimah, agar melabuhkan
tudung menutupi bentuk tangannya yang indah pada pandangan lelaki.

Maka wahai lelaki,
janganlah pula kamu melihat mukanya,
kerana ia akan menimbulkan fitnah, kecuali jika
kamu wahai lelaki, ingin meminangnya.
Jika wanita itu cukup soleh, takut mukanya yang
cantik akan menimbulkan fitnah,
maka berpurdahlah kamu,
jika itu lebih baik untuk kamu.

Tetapi mata lelaki ini ada satu lagi jenis
penyakit,iaitu mata
lelaki itu akan tertangkap dengan sepontan jika
ia terlihat warna yang menyerlah atau terang
jika ianya berada pada perempuan.

Maka oleh itu wahai perempuan, tolonglah jangan
memakai pakaian yang warnanya terang-terangan sangat.
Jika hendak pakai pun, pakailah untuk suami.
Itulah wahai muslimah, jika anda semua ingin tahu
apakah dia mata lelaki itu, dan perlu
diingatkan, jika semua aurat telah ditutup,
jangan anggap tugas kita telah selesai, perlulah
pula kita menjaga kehormatan diri masing2,
jangan keluar seorang2,keluarlah dengan
mahram, atau keluarlah sekurang2nya 3 wanita agar
tidak diganggu gangguan luar, mata lelaki pula
janganlah menjalar langsung kepada muslimah,
walau muslimah itu telah menutup aurat,
insyaAllah selamat dunia akhirat.

Seperti firman Allah,"Dan tundukkanlah pandanganmu
dan jagalah kemaluanmu".
Dunia sekarang telah banyak yang cacat celanya,
sehingga ketaraf seseorang yang memakai tudung
masih beliau tidak menutup aurat, dan pada kaum
lelaki, mata kamu itu wajib untuk tidak
mencuri2 melihat wanita muslimah, kerana ia
dilarangi oleh Allah SWT.

Ingat-ingatkanlah wahai muslimin muslimat.
Sekilau-kilau berlian paling menarik untuk dicuri..
Seindah-indah ciptaan adalah yang paling sukar untuk dijaga…




wasalam………………….


PKR to Zul Noordin: 'Zip it'

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 07:18 AM PST

UPDATED 8PM The party's political bureau has imposed a gag order on its controversial MP Zulkifli Noordin pending a disciplinary committee hearing soon.

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, who had previously told the press that Zulkifli had crossed the line with his police report, was ambiguous when asked if Zulkifli is now a liability to the party and said PKR regretted (his actions) and felt very strongly against the decision to lodge the police report against a fellow MP.

Also, Anwar refused to confirm if the party would pressure Zulkifli to retract his police report and said he didn't know what he (Zul) would prefer, but certainly, PKR was convinced his action was wrong and he had to make the necessary correction.

I really wonder why Anwar cannot say what Zaid said - SACK ZULKIFLI!


PAS bertahan di Kelantan selagi Nik Aziz kekal

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 06:53 AM PST

Meskipun dibanjiri berita-berita negatif sejak tahun lalu, tetapi kerajaan PAS dijangka akan tetap bertahan di Kelantan, selagi Menteri Besarnya, Nik Aziz Nik Mat kekal pada tempatnya.

Demikianlah analisa ahli akademik yang mengamati perkembangan politik di Malaysia. Berita negatif seperti perlantikan menantu MB, Abdul Ariffahmi Abdul Rahman sebagai Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kelantan Menteri Besar Incorporated, yang mengundang pertikaian amalan nepotisme, isu Bazar Tok Guru dan sebagainya yang menyarat di dada Utusan Malaysia, lidah UMNO, memberi gambaran seolah-olah kedudukan kerajaan PAS di Kelantan semakin tergugat.

Biarpun pergelutan kuasa dalaman PAS turut memberi kesempatan kepada UMNO untuk menonjolkan kecelaruan yang berlaku dalam parti, namun penganalisa menganggap ia tidak menjejaskan kedudukan Nik Aziz. Cuma, senario ini mengundang permasalahan di sebaliknya, iaitu kebergantungan PAS terhadap karisma Nik Aziz. Persoalannnya, sejauh manakah PAS boleh bertahan atas imej Tok Guru yang sudah berusia 79 tahun?


Pergelutan dalaman semakin ketara

Ketika ditemuramah MerdekaReview melalui email, Profesor Madya di Singapore Management University, Bridget Welsh berkata, secara umumnya, prestasi kerajaan PAS di Kelantan memperlihatkan penambahbaikan dalam jangka lima tahun kebelakangan ini, dan kemajuan ini menjadi faktor PAS diberi mandat semula dalam PRU ke-12.

Walau bagaimanapun, Bridget mengakui bahawa pergelutan dalaman di PAS Kelantan telah membawa imej negatif kepada kerajaan Kelantan, mencungkil keraguan sama ada parti ini mampu mentadbir di peringkat persekutuan. Namun, Bridget gagal meramalkan sejauh manakah pergelutan dalaman ini memberi kesan kepada PAS dalam PRU setakat ini. "Terpulang kepada bila PRU diumumkan," katanya.

"Sementara itu, sama ada PAS mampu menyelesaikan pergelutan kuasanya sebelum pemilihan parti pada tahun depan (2011), juga menjadi faktor penting. Seandainya tidak, isu ini akan menjadi semakin ketara dan terus menghakis kekuatan dalam parti. Sepanjang tahun yang lalu, serangan peribadi semakin ketara, tanpa mengendahkan imej parti," tambahnya.

Ahli akademik yang mengamati politik PAS sekian lama ini berpendapat, sememangnya kekuatan UMNO juga menjadi punca yang penting, tetapi PAS perlu meneliti kelemahan sendiri.

Kestabilan kerajaan mengalihkan medan pertarungan

Menurut sumber yang mendekati PAS, walaupun perbezaan pendapat dalam parti adalah sesuatu yang lumrah sejak dahulu, tetapi keadaannya tidak dahsyat kerana parti berdepan dengan ancaman UMNO. Namun demikian, apabila kuasa kerajaan menjadi stabil selepas PRU ke-12, maka medan pertarungan politik dialihkan dari luar parti ke dalam parti.

Namun, beliau tidak menganggap kedudukan kerajaan akan tergugat, memandangkan pergelutan kuasa ini hanya terbatas kepada pimpinan atasan, dan belum menular ke peringkat akar umbi. Dengan kata lain, sokongan akar umbi terhadap PAS masih kukuh.

Analisanya dilanjutkan kepada pemilihan parti pada tahun 2009. Salah satu faktor pemimpin Kelantan kecundang adalah kerana perwakilan melihat ketidaksepaduan antara mereka. Menurut sumber ini, ketika pemilihan parti pada tahun 2007, perwakilan pusat telah memenangkan pemimpin Kelantan, agar mengekalkan kerajaan Kelantan PAS dalam PRU ke-12. Selepas tewas dalam pemilihan parti tahun lalu, pemimpin Kelantan telah kehilangan medan politik di peringkat ahli jawatankuasa pusat, maka medan pertarungan politik dialih ke dalam kerajaan Kelantan sendiri.

Sumber ini menambah, perlantikan EXCO kerajaan Kelantan, Takiyuddin Hassan sebagai Penolong Setiausaha Agung PAS pada 24 November 2009 bertujuan untuk menyisihkan pengaruh pemimpin ini dari Kelantan. Takiyuddin Hassan juga menyandang jawatan Timbalan Yang Dipertua PAS Kota Bahru.

Sebagaimana yang difahami, Takiyuddin Hassan tidak sehaluan dengan Husam Musa, malah dikhabarkan cuba "cah keting" Husam Musa lantaran cemburu terhadap pemimpin yang lebih "dimanjakan" ini. Bahkan, Takiyuddin Hassan disindir sesetengah orang kerana cara hidupnya yang mirip dengan orang UMNO.

Nik Aziz terlalu lama di tempatnya...

Sementara ada yang melihat Nik Aziz sebagai kekuatan PAS, ada pula yang bertanggapan kemelut kebelakangan ini berpunca daripada Nik Aziz yang terlalu lama memegang kuasa. Beliau berkata, mungkin keluarga Nik Aziz beranggapan bahawa mereka memiliki kekebalan, dan boleh memperolehi kepentingan daripada kerajaan negeri, kerana keadaan ini sesuatu yang lumrah dalam politik.

Penganalisa ini mengambil bekas PM Mahathir Mohamad sebagai contoh, yang terlalu lama pada tempatnya, sehingga perkara yang kecil diperbesarkan. Beliau berkata, Nik Aziz telah memerintah hampir 20 tahun. Seperti manusia yang lain, beliau juga mempunyai kelemahan sendirinya. "Hal yang remeh-temeh seperti kek di perbesarkan, sebaliknya isu kehilangan enjin jet yang bernilai RM100 juta ditutup begitu sahaja."

Pada pendapatnya, perlantikan Abdul Ariffahmi Abdul Rahman adalah berdasarkan kepada kemampuannya, seperti perlantikan Khairy Jamaluddin oleh Abdullah Badawi (bekas PM), tetapi Nik Aziz terlupa bahawa isu seperti ini mudah menjadi buah mulut orang lain.

Tumbang kerajaan Kelantan, Musnahnya PAS

Bridget Welsh juga membuat andaian bahawa jikalau PAS kehilangan kuasa di Kelantan, maka ia mungkin mengundang kesan yang "memusnahkan". Menurut Bridget, PAS memerlukan masa yang lebih memulihkan partinya, jikalau sokongan asas PAS itu dileraikan dari kubunya.

Sejak tahun 1960-an, Kelantan menjadi kubu PAS, dan diperluaskan pengaruhnya ke negeri lain di Utara Semenanjung oleh bekas Presiden PAS, Allahyarham Mohamad Asri Muda. Bekas Menteri Besar ini pernah memimpin PAS untuk menyertai Barisan Nasional, yang berakhir dengan pemecatan PAS dari BN. Beliau meletak jawatan pada 23 Oktober 1982, ketika Muktamar PAS ke-23 bersidang, lantaran pelbagai tuduhan dan skandal yang dilemparkan terhadapnya.

Nik Aziz masih teguh

Profesor Sains Politik Univerisiti Kebangsaan (UKM) Malaysia, Mohd Agus Yusoff beranggapan bahawa tuduhan nepotisme terhadap Nik Aziz tidak akan menjejaskan kedudukan dan sokongan terhadap beliau. Beliau berkata, imej Nik Aziz sukar untuk di-demystify, kerana beliau seorang penganut Islam yang beriman, dan tidak akan melakukan sesuatu yang bercanggah dengan Islam.

"Saya tak nampak pokok bergoncang, air berkocak. Nik Aziz masih dihormati rakyat dan sesetengah ahli UMNO," katanya. Malah, profesor ini menganggap kerajaan negeri PAS tidak akan tumbang di Kelantan, selagi Nik Aziz kekal pada tempatnya.

Untuk Mohd Agus Yusoff, UMNO gagal mencari seorang pemimpin yang setanding Nik Aziz di Kelantan. Keadaan menjadi lebih sukar untuk UMNO Kelantan apabila penduduk Kelantan mengambil berat terhadap apa yang berlaku di peringkat kebangsaan.

"UMNO Kelantan susah nak mempertahankan apa yang dilakukan pemimpin UMNO di peringkat persekutuan," ulasnya.

Kerajaan bertukar setiap dua dekad?

Ironinya, kelemahan PAS tersembunyi di sebalik kekuatan ini. Bukan sahaja UMNO gagal mendapatkan seorang tokoh yang setanding dengan Nik Aziz, bahkan PAS sendiri gagal menemui pemimpin sedemikian. Jika dilihat pada barisan pimpinan yang ada dalam kerajaan Kelantan, Timbalan MB Ahmad Yaakob antara calon yang paling diterima sebagai pengganti Nik Aziz, tetapi masih jauh ketinggalan, dari segi karismanya berbanding Nik Aziz.

Keadaan ini mendedahkan dilema PAS. Persoalannya, sejauh manakah kerajaan PAS ini mahu bertahan atas imej dan karisma seorang tokoh bernama Nik Aziz?

PAS membentuk kerajaan negeri buat kali pertama pada tahun 1959, dan memerintah untuk 18 tahun (1959-1978). Kemudiannya, kuasa beralih kepada BN untuk 12 tahun (1978-1990), sebelum merampas kembali Kelantan bersama dengan Semangat 46 yang terpisah dari UMNO pada tahun 1990.

UMNO Kelantan melaungkan slogan "Cukuplah 18 tahun" pada PRU ke-12, sebagai cubaan merampas kembali kerajaan negeri tersebut, tetapi berakhir dengan hanya mendapat 6 dari 45 kerusi DUN.

*Chen Shaua Fui ialah Assistant Editor MerdekaReview, edisi bahasa Cina. Diterjemah dan disunting Lim Hong Siang.


A New Year Cake For The Star

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 05:49 AM PST

I handed over this house-made cake to Philip Hii to convey our greetings to The Star.

Philip just joined the nation's largest English daily as a journalist. He is to be based in Sibu.

As there is no bureau yet for Sibu, so I had to ask Philip to personally pick up the cake from Premier Hotel.

According to my understanding, The Star's local edition shall be launched in March. This is going to send a new wave of excitement to the readers here.

We look forward to receiving the birth of the edition.


Muslims Have No Monopoly over ‘Allah’

Posted: 26 Jan 2010 03:27 AM PST


Malaysia finds itself on tenterhooks because minority issues have been handled poorly.

By ANWAR IBRAHIM

Malaysia has once again resurfaced in international headlines for the wrong reasons. Over the last two weeks, arsonists and vandals attacked 10 places of worship, including Christian churches and Sikh temples. Though there were no injuries and the material damage is reparable, the same cannot be said about the emotional and psychological scars left behind. After numerous conflicting statements from government officials, the underlying causes of the violence are still unaddressed. Malaysia's reputation as a nation at peace with its ethnic and religious diversity is at stake.

Malaysia's poor handling of religious and sectarian issues is not unique. The ill treatment of minority groups in Muslim countries is often worse than the actions Muslims decry in the West. I have called attention to the broader need in the Muslim world for leadership that demonstrates consistency and credibility in our call for justice, fairness and pluralism. These values are embedded in the Islamic tradition as the higher objectives of Shariah expounded by the 12th-century jurist al-Shatibi.

We have seen Muslims around the world protest against discriminatory laws passed in supposedly liberal and progressive countries in the West. Yet just as France and Germany have their issues with the burqa and Switzerland with its minarets, so too does Malaysia frequently fail to offer a safe and secure environment that accommodates its minority communities.

The recent arson attacks exemplify what's wrong with the way Malaysia regards its non-Muslim citizens. The attacks were provoked by a controversy over the use of the word "Allah" by Malaysia's Christian community, which numbers over two million, or about 10% of the population. In late 2007, the Home Ministry banned the use of the word by the Herald, a Catholic newspaper, and later confiscated 15,000 copies of Malay-language Bibles imported from Indonesia in which the word for God is translated as "Allah." A Dec. 31, 2009 ruling by the Kuala Lumpur High Court overruled the earlier ban, asserting constitutional guarantees regarding the freedom of religion in Malaysia. Since then, an already tense situation boiled over, largely due to incitement by a few reckless politicians, the mainstream media and a handful of nongovernmental organizations linked by membership and leadership to the United Malays National Organization, the ruling party.

For example, Utusan Malaysia, the nation's largest Malay-language daily—which is also owned by UMNO—has inflamed Muslim religious sentiments by accusing non-Muslims of desecrating the name of the "Muslim" God and alleging a Christian conspiracy to overrun this predominantly Muslim nation through conversion. I have seen these incendiary propaganda techniques used before, when politicians and demagogues exploit public sentiment to garner support by fomenting fear. Such tactics are useful diversions from embarrassing scandals ranging from controversial court decisions, to allegations of exorbitant commissions extracted from military procurements, to the theft of two jet engines from the inventory of the Royal Malaysian Air Force. This behavior has been exacerbated since the ruling party lost its two-thirds majority in parliament last year. UMNO is now desperately struggling to regain public support.

Few Muslims around the world would endorse the claim that we have a monopoly on the word "Allah." It is accepted that the word was already in the lexicon of pre-Islamic Arabs. Arabic's sister Semitic languages also refer to God as "Allah": namely, "Elaha" in Aramaic, and "Elohim" in Hebrew. Historical manuscripts prove that Arabic-speaking Muslims, Christian and Jews have collectively prayed to God, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, as "Allah" for over 1,400 years. The history of Islam in Southeast Asia is known for its pluralistic and inclusive traditions, and amicable relations between Muslims and non-Muslims have been the norm for generations.

Muslim scholars outside of Malaysia thus find our "Allah" issue absurd and cannot fathom why it has sparked protest and outrage. Minority Muslim populations living in the West, particularly in the aftermath of 9/11, have diligently tried to remind the public that Muslims, Christians and Jews share common Abrahamic roots and ultimately worship the same God.

Local sensitivities have been aroused over this issue. They should be handled through dialogue and engagement. Instead of permeating a sense of insecurity or a siege mentality, Muslims must be encouraged to engage and present their concerns to the Christians in a constructive manner. The example of Muslim Spain is a moment in our history to which Malaysian Muslims should aspire. But efforts toward fostering a convivencia are not only found in the past. The ongoing "Common Word" initiative, a global effort launched in 2007 that captured the support of over 130 of the world's most prominent Muslim scholars, has made historic progress towards building goodwill among Muslims and Christians to find ways to live in sincere peace and harmony. It is ironic that noble efforts such as these are being undone by the actions of Muslims themselves.

Malaysia's international reputation has taken a beating since Prime Minister Najib Razak was sworn in last year. Despite his efforts to promote national unity, news about the caning of a young Muslim woman charged with drinking, the mutilation of a cow head in protest of the construction of a Hindu temple, ill treatment of Muslim converts who revert to their earlier faith and even the outlawing of the practice of yoga by Muslims have many at home and abroad wondering which direction Malaysia is headed under Mr. Najib's leadership. There are already misgivings about governance, human rights, the rule of law and rampant corruption; Malaysia dropped 10 spots on Transparency International's 2009 Corruption Perception Index, our worst showing in over 15 years. The vision of Malaysia as a peaceful and stable location for investment, tourism and migration is now in peril.

This matters most for Malaysians who have to contend with an increasingly polarized social and political landscape. Malaysia cannot afford to be held hostage by the vested interests of a few who manipulate faith and identity as a means to elicit fear for political and economic gain. This is old politics, and it has become clear that those who incite hatred are only doing so to prolong their monopoly on power. The majority of Malaysians reject this approach. They realize that overcoming the challenges we face—a stagnant economy, declining educational standards and rising crime—depends on our ability as a nation to internalize and make real the principles of fairness and justice to all.

Mr. Anwar, a former deputy prime minister of Malaysia, is a member of parliament for the Justice Party and leader of the opposition.


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