- This is Really Nuts
- Protes isu “Allah” didalangi orang UMNO
- The Politics of 'Allah' - The Wall Street Journal
- Bagaimana Dengan Lagu Kebangsaan Negeri - Allah Lanjutkan Usia Sultan?
- Demo Masjid Negara
- Hadir di Program Turun Padang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim di Lembah Subang
- Hadir di Program Turun Padang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim di Desa Mentari
- They deserve help, but…
- Najib and 1Malaysia - Churches Attacked
- This is for those churches attacked in Malaysia - Did Jesus rise from the dead?
- Inkues Ditangguh, Beri Laluan Kes Raub Hina Mahkamah Terlebih Dulu
- Isu kalimah "Allah": Umno terlalu agresif
- Malaysian Churches Firebombed - bbc online
- Church Burning Craze???
- latest – 4th church identified that was being attacked!
- Intimidation of Handy Manny
- Umat Islam berhati-hati terhadap tunjuk perasaan anjuran NGO
- Paya Indah Wetlands - Chalet
- Najib Melenting, Zaid Mahu UMNO Bertanggungjawab Terhadap Serangan Gereja
Posted: 08 Jan 2010 08:52 AM PST
When I logged into Facebook today I noticed a whole bunch of people on my list were posting one-word status updates, all colours. Then I noticed only the ladies were doing it. Then I noticed guys leaving comments asking them what it was about, and almost invariably the ladies were all at least a little cryptic about it. So I asked my friend Google, who told me it was a meme in which women are to say what colour bra they happen to be wearing at the moment; the meme was supposed to raise breast cancer awareness. All I can say is:
It seems a lot of people found it tee hee cute, but how many people know more about breast cancer now because of it? All I know is what colour bra half the women on my list wore today. Even worse is that people were cryptic about it. I even read somewhere that someone who wanted their friends to do the meme threw in a line about confusing men. Well isn't that cute! Let's deliberately confuse half the population, to raise breast cancer awareness!
Ok, I'm not actually upset about all that. That would be silly, so don't anyone get their pink polka-dotted bras all knotted up. What I really want to say here is: If you want to do this, do it right.
For someone to participate in that meme, all she has to do is remember what colour bra she put on this morning. That's it. If she has somehow forgotten, she might look at her bra and say 'Well shit look at that I put the fuschia one on today!' But how many are going to start pawing at their own breasts, looking for telltale signs of breast cancer? No, like I said, if you want to do this kind of thing, do it right.
By the way, I don't know crap about breast cancer, so I can't tell anyone how to 'do it right'. I love holding breasts in my hands as much as the next guy (well, depending on who the next guy is), but they're not MY breasts, and like I said, I don't know crap about breast cancer anyway. So what to do?
Well, one thing I can do is try to raise awareness of testicular cancer among the fellas out there. And guess what, fellas? I don't give a shit what colour underwear you've got on right now. I don't even care whether you're wearing boxers, briefs, tighty-whities or those litte bikini brief things. I don't care, because it doesn't matter. All I care about is this: do you know how to check yourself for signs of testicular cancer?
Yeah, go ahead, laugh it up. But bear in mind that testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males age 15 to 35. That's an American statistic, but in Canada it's probably about the same. TC is still pretty rare compared to other cancers, and is way less common among Asian men, but you know what? Its relative rarity here in Malaysia means fewer men have even heard of it, so I'll bet a lot of cases go unchecked way longer than they should because of an almost complete lack of awareness (not to mention cultural stuff that may or may not inhibit men from talking about their balls with doctors and whoever else). I've heard a few stories about Malaysian guys who got testicular cancer; too many of those stories didn't have very happy endings, compared to stories from home. Anyway, no matter where you are, I think it's a good idea that you have some awareness of testicular cancer.
Since I'm no doctor, I'll just point you to some websites where you can find information about testicular cancer:
And, saving the best for last:
That last site is awesome. It even has a section called 'The Humorous Side of TC'. Even if you never find out you have TC and end up saving your own life because you had proper awareness of it, you'll at least know some good jokes about testicles. Trust me, when everyone's telling jokes and you're searching your memory for a few good ones to contribute, nothing beats testicle jokes.
Anyway, after taking a look at those websites (you will take a look, won't you fellas?) I hope you'll take the time to do a self-examination. A detailed description can be found here. If you're easily bored by details, then at least do this: Grab your balls. If you don't find any hard, pea-sized lumps on what should otherwise be the smooth surface of your testicles, you're probably OK. But check again some other time. And READ THE LINKS I JUST POSTED, ESPECIALLY THE ONE ABOUT THE SELF EXAM. Oh, and just as the ladies out there (and the men who love them) know that all breasts are kind of lumpy, you fellas should bear in mind that you don't actually have two smooth eggs in your scrotum. There's all sorts of plumbing in there, so it will feel kind of lumpy. You just have to know where the lumps should be, where they shouldn't, and whether there have been any changes in where your lumps are. Anyway, just check the links.
I do appreciate the fact that you've read this far. In case you're wondering why I'm going on about this stuff, and you don't know my background, this is where I should point out that in 2002, when I was 28 years old, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. I had a lump that turned out to be an epididymal cyst, which I went in to have removed; when the doctor opened me up he found lesions on my right testicle. He removed the testicle as well. That wasn't a spur-of-the-moment decision: the testicle had atrophied and he was going to remove it anyway, with my consent. But still, having one of my nuts sliced off was not something I was looking forward to. Anyway, the lesions turned out to be malignant tumours, and the next thing I knew I was being told I had seminoma. (That sucked but it sure beats non-seminoma, which grows and spreads much faster.) I was assured my cancer probably hadn't spread, but CT scans revealed it had in fact spread to my retroperitoneal lymph nodes. To kill the cancer I underwent radiation therapy, during which I would lie motionless on a table while a big machine shot beams of radiation into my abdomen. I did this 20 times, the beams hitting exactly the same spots each time thanks to seven tattoos a nurse had put on me to use as a map. After that I just did my best to recover, though in hindsight moving to a developing country a stone's throw from the equator two weeks after completing the radiotherapy may have complicated things a wee bit. Still, I think I've done pretty well, thanks to a positive attitude and a supportive family. And I've got a wonderful little boy, and another one on the way. Life is good. But there's always the possibility the cancer will return; I'm also more likely to get other types of cancer, such as leukemia, thanks to the radiation I was exposed to. So far so good, though. I just need to stay positive and stay INFORMED.
Oh, and ladies, you can help! This is not just a man thing, no ma'am! You see, YOU might be the one who finds the lump. Or maybe your man finds one, or has symptoms that at least one of you suspects might be signs of testicular cancer, but he's all macho and doesn't want to see a doctor. Seriously, you can help. We need you, ladies. If it makes you feel any better, we'll do our best to help you check for breast lumps. We'll do that, won't we fellas?
In the meantime, anyone reading this can help, simply by sharing what I've just written with their brothers, sons, fathers, friends, cousins, colleagues, or anyone else who could benefit from at least a little awareness of this thing called testicular cancer. And if anyone out there happens to know anyone here in Malaysia who has testicular cancer, or has been through it, please put them in touch with me. I think I want to start a support group.
Anyway, sorry if I'm being pushy or preachy about this stuff, but really I think most guys out there need a good boot in the arse to get them to be aware of testicular cancer. If you think that sounds a bit harsh, I can tell you it sure beats a kick in the balls.
Posted: 08 Jan 2010 08:27 AM PST
Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib bin Tun Razak telah silap apabila beliau mengatakan bahawa UMNO tidak terlibat dalam protes berkenaan dengan penggunaan perkataan "Allah" kerana memang orang UMNO terlibat dalam protes-protes ini.Saya merujuk kepada sebuah laporan media oleh Malaysiakini yang melaporkan seperti berikut:"Memulakan perhimpunan itu sejurus selepas solat Jumaat, Ketua Wira PERKASA
Posted: 08 Jan 2010 09:08 AM PST
God means love in many places, but in Malaysia it can also mean politics. That's the takeaway from the United Malays National Organization-led government's attempt to quash the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslim groups.
At issue is the Catholic Herald's two-year court battle to use the A-word in its Malay-language edition—which it claims it needs to do because there's no other suitable word for "God" in Malay. Last week, the High Court overturned an arbitrary government ban. Yesterday, however, the church agreed to a stay of the decision—at the government's request—until the ruling can be appealed. So the Herald is once again muzzled.
Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail characterized the decision as "a matter of national interest," which implies that somehow Muslims across Malaysia would revolt if the Herald were allowed to reference God in another language. Never mind that Malaysians of many faiths have peacefully co-existed for decades.
The real reason UMNO is politicizing the issue and pandering to its conservative base may be to deflect attention from its own political vulnerabilities. The opposition coalition, led by Anwar Ibrahim, has gained popularity by touting a vision of a secular country in which all religions have equal rights. Even the opposition's Islamic partner, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party—which hasn't always supported liberal ideas—issued a statement Monday saying that the Herald's use of "Allah" is its constitutional right.
Prime Minister Najib Razak called the A-word controversy a "sensitive issue" Sunday. But by allowing his party to continue curtailing freedom of speech, he is only stirring tensions. What a disappointment for a man who ran for office promising to create "One Malaysia."
(Source: The Wall Street Journal)
Posted: 08 Jan 2010 08:17 AM PST
Oleh datuk Zaid Ibrahim
Semakin sukar untuk Malaysia menjadi sabuah Negara aman damai selagi Umno terus memerintah. UMNO bila tersepit mempergunakan isu kaum dan agama di negara ini.
UMNO yang ada hari ini tak sama dengan UMNO zaman Tunku Abdul Rahman dahulu yang lebih terbuka dan dihormati banyak pihak. Hari ini cara politik UMNO telah meluaskan jurang perbezaan kaum dan agama.
Jika UMNO dibiarkan terus memerintah, ia akan menyebabkan negara dan rakyat sentiasa dilagakan kerana kesempatan ini akan diambil oleh pemimpin mereka untuk mempolitikkan perbezaan kaum dan agama.
Kita tahu bukan semua ahli UMNO setuju dengan permainan politik seperti ini. Tapi kita juga tahu ada golongan dalam UMNO mahu orang Melayu mengangkat mereka menjadi wira pembela agama. Golongan ini melalui kuasa kerajaan telah melarang akhbar The Herald, yang hanya dijual di gereja-gereja Katolik saja, daripada menggunakan perkataan "Allah", dan mereka yakin Mahkamah Rayuan akan "memperbetulkan" keputusan yang ada sekarang.
Kita mesti sentiasa waspada bila ada kumpulan menggelarkan diri mereka pembela agama dan Allah. Seperti kata Allahyarham Gus Dur, bekas presiden Indonesia dan pemimpin besar Nahdatul Ulama; Tuhan yang Maha Besar, Maha Agung dan Maha Berkuasa tidak perlu dibela, yang memerlukan pembelaan adalah manusia yang dianiayai dan ditindas.
Jadi bila ada kumpulan NGO yang dibiayai oleh UMNO ini berkumpul dan berteriak "Islam dinodai" atau "Selamatkan agama kita", rakyat mesti berhati-hati dan perlu waspada tentang apa motif sebenar mereka.
Soal penggunaan perkataan Allah (God) atau Tuhan Allah (the Lord God) oleh orang Kristian Bumiputera di Sabah dan Sarawak mesti difahami dari perspektif sejarah pra-Merdeka dan sebelum mereka menyertai Malaya untuk membentuk Malaysia pada tahun 1963.
Semasa membaca doa di gereja, ramai penganut Kristian di sana tidak tahu berbahasa Inggeris; lagi pula mereka dari berbagai kaum seperti Iban, Kadazandusun, Bidayuh, Murut, Melanau, Kelabit, Kedayan dan sebagainya yang mempunyai bahasa dan dialek yang berbeza.
Jadi mereka memilih satu bahasa yang difahami semua pihak, iaitu Bahasa Melayu. Kitab Bible berbahasa Melayu yang mereka gunakan datangnya dari Indonesia. Bible mereka menggunakan perkataan Allah.
Sejak zaman-berzaman orang Islam di Sabah dan Sarawak tidak menghadapi apa-apa masalah tentang hal ini. Begitu juga orang UMNO di Semenanjung yang tak rasa sensitif. Kalau benar orang UMNO marah, mengapa isu ini tak timbul pada masa dahulu?
Mungkin kerana sebelum ini kuasa UMNO dan Barisan Nasional di Parlimen sangat kuat, maklumlah mereka ada 2/3 kerusi, iaitu boleh buat apa saja yang mereka suka. Sekarang banyak hal dengan tiba-tiba menjadi "sensitif".
Ini kerana kedudukan politik UMNO sudah goyang. Persoalannya ialah, mengapa UMNO membenarkan nama Allah digunakan sejak sekian lama. Mengapa tidak arahkan semua doa dan percakapan dalam gereja supaya jangan guna nama Allah?
Bila orang bukan Islam diminta menyanyi Ya Allah Selamatkan Sultan Kami adakah mereka melakukan kesalahan? Mengapa hanya The Herald diharamkan daripada menggunakan perkataan Allah? Sudah tentu The Herald tidak akan menggunakan perkataan itu kalau penganut dan pembacanya menggunakan perkataan lain dalam ritual sembahyang dan doa mereka.
Jadi Perdana Menteri Najib dan Menteri Dalam Negeri Hishamuddin kena semaklah doa orang Kristian di Sabah dan Sarawak – jika didapati mereka menggunakan perkataan Allah, mungkin tindakan keras harus diambil.
Tapi sebelum mengambil tindakan keras, kena semak juga sejarah. Saya difahamkan bahawa pada abad ke-17 sudah ada perkataan Allah untuk Tuhan dalam kamus Melayu-Latin.
Allah juga disebut dalam kitab doa Katolik yang dibawa ke Tanah Melayu pada abad ke-19. Persoalannya, jika tindakan keras diambil, adakah ia akan membantu usaha dakwah Islamiah atau mencacatkan imej Islam semata-mata kerana ada orang tertentu mahu jadi wira agama tanpa kajian yang mendalam.
Para alim ulamak seluruh dunia Islam sudah lama menerima orang dari agama lain menggunakan nama Allah sebagai nama Tuhan. Antaranya yang diguna pakai oleh umat Kristian Koptik di Mesir dan Kristian di Lubnan, Palestin, Iraq dan beberapa negara umat Islam yang lain.
Sudah tentu ulamak-ulamak UMNO juga sedar perkara ini kerana mereka sudah jauh berjalan dan banyak pengalaman. Tak kan lah ulamak UMNO yang amat tinggi ilmu agama mereka buat-buat tak faham semata-mata nak "bersihkan" Islam dari segala unsur-unsur kaum, budaya dan agama lain.
Tak kan mereka tak sedar Bahasa Melayu kita masih lagi mengekalkan Bahasa Sanskrit dari asal usul Hindu untuk Islam seperti perkataan sembahyang, puasa, syurga, neraka, dosa, pahala dan sebagainya.
Kita telah ada cukup undang undang melarang sesiapa sekali pun yang berusaha untok menarik minat orang Islam kapada agama lain.
Ini larangan yang jelas. Kepercayaan kapada ajaran agama kita yang tulin adalah benteng untok kita memberhentikan mana mana usaha untuk membawa orang Islam keluar dari akidah Islam. Kalau ini belum cukup itu bererti pegangan agama kita lemah.
Siapa yang perlu disalahkan?
Menyentuh mengenai lagu kebangsaan negeri-negeri, beberapa buah negeri menyelitkan nama Allah juga, bagaimana apabila yang bukan Islam dipaksa menyanyinya seperti lagu kebangsaan negeri Perak?
Allah usianya Sultan
Adil dan murah
Kiri dan kanan
Iman yang soleh
Negeri dan Sultan.
Atau lagu kebangsaan negeri Pahang
"Ya Allah Yang Masa Kuasa
Lanjutkan Usia Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia
Dirgahayu Darul Makmur Aman dan Bahagia Sentiasa
Ya Allah Selamatkan Kebawah Duli Raja Kami".
Mengapa ia tidak diharamkan atau diarah semua bukan-Islam tutup mulut dari menyebut perkataan Allah?
Inilah kerja-kerja bodoh golongan nasi0nalis dan separa-nasionalis (UG) yang cuba mengkurung nama Allah hanya untuk umat Islam tetapi tak melihat realiti sebenar apa yang telah dan sedang berlaku, sedangkan selama ini mereka berdiam diri!
p/s Meminjam kata-kata Ahmad Nisfu di dalam Seniman Bujang Lapok: "Kecik-kecik tak nak mampos, dah besar menyusahkan orang".
Posted: 08 Jan 2010 07:02 AM PST
Kira-kira 200 umat Islam yang menunaikan solat Jumaat di Masjid Negara hari ini mengadakan demonstrasi untuk membantah penggunaan kalimah Allah.
Polis memantau Masjid Negara dari udara.
Di lapangan, ribuan umat Islam mengerjakan solat Jumaat, diperhatikan oleh puluhan anggota polis.
Kawalan keselamatan ini bertujuan menghindar tunjuk perasaan yang dikhuatiri boleh mencetuskan keadaan yang tidak diingini.
Beberapa kain rentang dinaikan untuk mengenengahkan isu keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi membenarkan sebuah akhbar kristian menggunakan kalimah Allah.
Namun umat Islam sendiri membuktikan mereka tidak cepat mengikut emosi.
Solat Jumaat berjalan lancar dan jemaah menghayati khutbah yang disampaikan bersabit isu yang dibicarakan.
Selain ribuan jemaah yang mengerjakan solat Jumaat, turut hadir wakil-wakil yang menggelar diri sebagai Gerakan Bantah Penggunaan Kalimah Allah.
Mereka ini mewakili persatuan seperti TERAS, PERKASA, PERSATUAN PENGGUNA Islam MALAYSIA (PPIM), PEWARIS, dan Kimma dan Pekida.
Tujuan mereka ialah meraih sokongan jemaah untuk menyertai tunjuk perasaan bersabit isu penggunaan kalimah Allah.
Namun hanya kira-kira 200 orang jemaah yang meluangkan masa untuk mendengar ucapan wakil badan-badan itu.
Pemimpin wakil-wakil berkenaan bertegas bahawa kalimah Allah hanya untuk kegunaan umat Islam.
Kehadiran anggota polis memastikan tidak ada kejadian yang tidak diingini dan tunjuk perasaan oleh badan-badan ini bersurai selepas kira-kira 15 minit.
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Posted: 08 Jan 2010 05:58 AM PST
I went to visit Sofie today. It has been a whole month since I last went to visit them – that was when I took the children shopping for their uniforms etc.
Sofie's eldest son, Azlan, who sat for his PMR last year, got 1A,2B's, 2C's and 3D's. The subject he scored A was for Kemahiran Teknikal. His school teacher and headmaster recommended that he applies for Sekolah Teknik boarding school and while he is reluctant to go (reason being there'd be nobody to take care of his mother at home in case she falls sick again), we are all encouraging him to go if he does indeed get the offer.
Azman, the second child, who had been staying at his school hostel at a nearby semi-residential school since last year, was home for the weekend when I went to visit today. He brought along a letter from the school asking for various fees, including for food. All in all, the total was RM240. Had I not visited them today, Sofie wouldn't have highlighted the matter to me. To her I have been helping them a lot already and so she was not going to ask for more. Whatever fixed monthly amount that she had been getting she used to pay for workbooks etc. I told her we have a separate fund specifically for schooling needs, so the amount should be covered by this fund, not the monthly pocket money for the children that had been banked in to her account.
Saiful's and Ika's fees are not as much as their 2 older brothers' fees. But these will still be covered by either our Sponsorship or Children Education Fund.
Other than that, Sofie has started looking around for a job. She has improved a whole lot health-wise (those who had been following her story may remember my description of how weak she was when I first met her) and although she still looks fragile, she is at least already capable of not only taking care of herself, but also cooking for her children.
I like her attitude. Unlike some people (I think you know who) who expects help to come in anytime they need it, Sofie on the other hand said, "Takkan sampai bila-bila saya nak tunggu bantuan Kak Afizah je!" OK, actually the bantuan doesn't come from me, but delivered THROUGH me, but what to do… as the saying goes… "Lembu punya susu, si Pi dapat nama". Hehehe…
The only problem now is that since the community there are all aware of Sofie's health history, they are reluctant to give her a job. No, not because she has HIV, but because at one time Sofie's condition was so bad, they are afraid she may end up like that again. All of them kept asking her, "Larat ke engkau nak kerja? Nanti kalau sakit balik macam mana?" With Sofie still looking rather fragile, so far no luck!
But guess what? Sofie did not give up just like that. She managed to get a "work-at-home" kinda job, inserting wires. For every 500 pieces, she'd be paid RM8. She just brought home the first batch of 500 today and she's supposed to send them back tomorrow to earn her first RM8. If she feels she can cope, tomorrow she'll ask to bring home more so she can earn more. With her children helping her out at home, I think she may be able to do more than just 500 a day.
See what I mean when I said I like her attitude? She TRIES to be as independent as she can be! Mrs K and Fuzi could learn a thing or two from her!
Sofie has applied for financial assistance from both Welfare and Baitulmal. Application submitted before Raya last year. So far, nobody has visited her at home to assess her situation. Thank goodness a few of my blog readers are helping the family out while the children's educational needs are covered by either our CEF or Sponsorship Fund. Otherwise by now, Sofie would have already asked her still schooling eldest son to work (she had that in mind when I visited her initially).
On another note, when I visited Sofie today, her sis-in-law (her ex-husband's younger sister) and children were also there, visiting. Sofie selamba-ly introduced her to me, "Ni adik bekas suami saya. Dia tau lah perangai abang dia macam mana. Akak nak tau, akak tanyalah dia!"
Oh no thank you, I wasn't there to gossip about her ex-husband. I was there to help them for their future.
Anyway, Sofie's sis-in-law, Fiza, is also a single mother. Her late husband died 2 years ago, leaving her to fend for her 4 kids. Last year, due to health problems (Fiza has heart problems), she was unable to work, and needed her daughter, then in form 2, to take care of her at home. So the girl missed school for about 2 to 3 months. Her mistake was, she never informed her school. The school sent a show cause letter to Fiza at home, but due to her health problems, she did not respond. The girl didn't bother to respond either. She just wanted to take care of her mother. Those lazy buggers at her school should have at least attempted to visit her at home to find out what her problem was. But no, they did not. When the show cause letter was not replied, they expelled the girl from school.
When she got a bit better, Fiza went to the school to explain matters and to get her daughter back into school. She asked the teacher in charge to visit them at home to find out for sure about their hardship. She begged the teacher to reconsider her daughter's case. She told the teacher about her problems, yet all the teacher said was, "Itu masalah awak, bukan masalah saya!" I suppose since Fiza's daughter isn't so bright (she can't even remember her own IC number without looking at her MyKad), maybe the teacher figured the school was better off without her. And maybe too, Fiza, who doesn't earn much as a rubber tapper, had not been paying her children's school fees.
So Fiza went to the Pejabat Pendidikan early this week to appeal her daughter's case. She was told, "Tengoklah puan, kalau ada rezeki anak puan, bolehlah dia sekolah balik. Kalau tidak, taklah." Like that oso can ah??
The school may have the right to take disciplinary action against errant students (AFTER they investigate the case thoroughly), but that doesn't mean the children should be deprived of their basic rights to education.
The girl is supposed to be sitting for her PMR this year. I am not sure how long she has to wait to find out the result of her appeal (Fiza was told it may take at least a month), but the girl should be in school NOW.
With her income of about RM200 per month, Fiza's application for Welfare Aid had been approved (after a few months applying). She's using the monthly aid to pay for her house rental and utility bills. But I guess nothing much has changed, the monthly welfare aid can be very inconsistent. Fiza had also applied for Baitulmal help but was told that she didn't qualify because she could still work. Well, she IS working, as a rubber tapper, despite her heart problem, but she doesn't earn enough lah!
I already have my hands quite tied with all my HIV cases. But I don't have the heart to buat donno with Fiza's case. Telling her I can't help her because she doesn't have HIV would make me no different than the various agencies with their standard "ini bukan di bawah bidang kuasa kami" line. Hopefully I can help source some kind of help for her.
Posted: 08 Jan 2010 06:26 AM PST
Najib promised many things. Change, he said. He wanted to change Malaysia. Unity, by showing off his copy-cat-ed slogan 1Malaysia to the whole world, he claimed he could unite Malaysians. But ever since the son of Razak took over Abdullah's position last year, everything changed, from bad, to worse. Beng Hock was killed while being interrogated by MACC. Najib denied any participation in the freak accidents.
Soon, any news regarding Altantuya disappeared from all major newspapers and electronic media. Port Klang Free Zone scandal was buried, no high-ranking officers were involved in the multi-million ringgit corruptions, they reported. Before that, UMNO members went on the street with a cow head, stepping, and kicking on it because they knew it is the holy animal for the Hindus. Everyone else was blamed on except the culprit itself.
When the court first read its final verdict on the recent Allah's case, UMNO knew what it had to do. Seize the chance and creating turmoil among Malaysians. That's their ultimate aim.
By allowing illegal gatherings and demonstrations, Hishamuddin showed how the Barisan Nasional government can accept humiliations towards other people's religions. And now, churches have been attacked.... explosives marred the buildings of the prayer grounds of the Christians........ The victims can only ask for help in their silent prayers, because they have no one to turn to for help...not even their own government can do a thing about it..
Violence involving both religious issues and religious organizations is gonna turn really really bad.
When people fight,people cry. Religious problems will be further amplified by the current racial tension among Malaysians.
But from afar, Malaysians could hear someone clapping their hands and cheering for the never-ending racial politics in this country...... and 1Malaysia will forever remains a lie and the slogan will continue to fool Malaysians for another few decades..... just like its cousin, Malaysia Boleh.
MALAYSIANS MUST REMAIN STRONG AND UNITED. WE BELIEVE WE CAN RESIST BARISAN NASIONAL AND KICK RACISM OUT OF OUR BELOVED MALAYSIA.
Written by C Guevara.
REPORT BELOW TAKEN FROM THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 — Police are urging for calm as they secure churches nationwide, after three were attacked with firebombs in separate pre-dawn incidents in the Klang Valley, which have been linked to protests against the recent "Allah" ruling.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan confirmed the attacks, saying the first attack was by motorcyclists who threw a helmet filled with flammable liquid at the Metro Tabernacle Church in Desa Melawati, causing a fire that burned books and chairs near here, at midnight. Its administrative office was gutted in the attack.
He confirmed that they have identified one suspect who was seen by a guard at the church, which is part of the Assemblies of God.
"This is not a well-planned, coordinated attack so people should not be scared," he told reporters at Bukit Aman here.
The second attack was at about 4am at the Church of Assumption in Petaling Jaya, where a Molotov cocktail thrown by a motorcyclist failed to break and explode. There were several Catholics attending a prayer session at the time, police added.
The third incident took place at the Life Chapel Church in Section 17, Petaling Jaya at 9am, where two Molotov cocktails, also thrown by a motorcyclist, exploded to blacken the walls of the porch and upper-storey window of the two-storey church building.
Musa also confirmed that he has a received a phone call from an undisclosed church saying there have been threats against them.
The national police chief had directed his men to be alert nationwide and all patrol teams to monitor churches since 6pm yesterday.
"I advise all the churches to make police reports if they receive any threats or they can contact me directly at 019-282-3701," Musa said.
Musa said that the motives of the attack are still unknown. Police forensic teams and fire investigators have swung into action searching for clues in the three attacks.
The top cop also warned the demonstrators that the police will take the necessary action and every means to ensure national security including using the Internal Security Act (ISA) to dampen rising tension in the country.
"I will do whatever is needed to ensure that the country is safe," he promised.
He reiterated that the demonstrations being planned after Friday prayers today were illegal as no permits have been issued.
"I have told all of my officers to monitor all the mosques in the country, especially those that will have the demonstrations," he said.
He said that every individual, including those writing blogs including updates in the social networking website Facebook, will be investigated for sedition if they flamed sentiments and encouraged people to break the law.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein also condemned the attacks.
"I am assuring not only minorities but all Malaysians that they are safe. The issue of race and religion is always sensitive and it is not something new to Malaysia.
"We saw the signs, signals, warning after the court made its decision. We have been monitoring the situation," he said.
He added that the government has always and will engage with religious leaders in the country which is in line with the prime minister's vision of 1 Malaysia.
Hishamuddin again denied he and the PM had condoned the planned demonstrations.
"We never said that the demonstration could go on, do not put words in my mouth," he said. Hishammuddin and Najib, who are cousins, have said over the past few days that Muslim groups have a right to express their feelings about the "Allah" ruling but they should not break the law.
Hishammauddin also laughed off allegations made by Pakatan Rakyat that the Umno-led government should take responsibility for the spate of church attacks.
"If they want to blame us for the attacks, then the Pakatan Selangor government should take responsibility (because all the attacks happened in the state)," he said.
Posted: 08 Jan 2010 05:03 AM PST
We all wonder what will happen to us after we die. When a loved one dies, we long to see them again after our turn comes. Will we have a glorious reunion with those we love or is death the end of all consciousness?
Jesus taught that life does not end after our bodies die. He made this startling claim: "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again." According to the eyewitnesses closest to him, Jesus then demonstrated his power over death by rising from the dead after being crucified and buried for three days. It is this belief that has given hope to Christians for nearly 2000 years.
But some people have no hope of life after death. The atheistic philosopher, Bertrand Russell wrote, "I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my own ego will survive."1 Russell obviously didn't believe Jesus' words.
Jesus' followers wrote that he appeared alive to them after his crucifixion and burial. They claim to have not only seen him, but also to have eaten with him, touched him, and spent 40 days with him.
So could this have been simply a story that grew over time, or is it based upon solid evidence? The answer to this question is foundational to Christianity. For if Jesus did rise from the dead, it would validate everything he said about himself, about the meaning of life, and about our destiny after death.
If Jesus did rise from the dead then he alone would have the answers to what life is about and what is facing us after we die. On the other hand, if the resurrection account of Jesus is not true, then Christianity would be founded upon a lie. Theologian R. C. Sproul puts it this way:
"The claim of resurrection is vital to Christianity. If Christ has been raised from the dead by God, then He has the credentials and certification that no other religious leader possesses. Buddha is dead. Mohammad is dead. Moses is dead. Confucius is dead. But, according to…Christianity, Christ is alive."2
Many skeptics have attempted to disprove the resurrection. Josh McDowell was one such skeptic who spent more than seven hundred hours researching the evidence for the resurrection. McDowell stated this regarding the importance of the resurrection:
"I have come to the conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted upon the minds of men, OR it is the most fantastic fact of history."3
So, is Jesus' resurrection a fantastic fact or a vicious myth? To find out, we need to look at the evidence of history and draw our own conclusions. Let's see what skeptics who investigated the resurrection discovered for themselves. Continued here....
Posted: 08 Jan 2010 04:08 AM PST
Inkues mendiang Teoh Beng Hock sekali lagi ditangguhkan untuk memberi laluan kepada kes menghina mahkamah oleh pegawai Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM), Raub Ghani didengar terlebih dahulu pada 15 Januari ini.
Hakim Mahkamah Koroner Azmil Muntapha Abas semalam mengarahkan supaya prosiding terhadap Raub dijalankan terlebih dahulu berikutan keluarga Teoh memfailkan permohonan itu.
Pada 1 Januari lalu, Raub memfailkan laporan polis terhadap pakar patologi Thailand, Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand ekoran tersiarnya sebuah artikel bertajuk "Pornthip sahkan Beng Hock mati dibunuh" di akhbar rasmi Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Suara Keadilan.
Para peguam Teoh, Karpal Singh dan Gobind Singh Deo memfailkan permohonan menghina mahkamah di bawah Seksyen 5, Akta Kesaksian, Penculikan dan Ugutan 1947.
Dalam laporan polis, Raub mendakwa Dr Pornthip telah "membocorkan" maklumat kepada orang-orang yang tidak layak memperolehinya mengenai laporan forensik ke atas bedah siasat kali kedua pada 22 November
Mereka juga memfailkan permohonan bagi mendapatkan laporan-laporan polis yang dibuat oleh pegawai-pegawai SPRM dan supaya mahkamah juga boleh memperolehinya.
Hakim mengarahkan supaya peguam SPRM, Abdul Razak Musa menyerahkan laporan-laporan itu di mahkamah hari ini.
Dr Shahidan Md Noor menyerahkan laporan bedah siasatnya di mahkamah semalam. Bagaimanapun laporan bedah siasat kedua daripada Dr Pornthip dan laporan daripada patologi British, Dr Peter Vanezis belum diserahkan lagi.
Gobind berkata, "laporan polis yang dibuat oleh Raub berupa ugutan. Ekoran dari itu, Dr Pornthip berkemungkinan tidak akan hadir untuk memberi keterangan pada ikues ini. Oleh itu, prosiding menghina mahkamah hendaklah didengar terlebih dahulu."
Beliau berkata, integriti sistem kehakiman di Malaysia menjadi persoalan jika Dr Pornthip gagal hadir kerana takut akan akibatnya daripada tindakan peguam negara dan pihak polis ekoran dari laporan itu.
"Kami telah diberitahu oleh para peguam yang mewakili kerajaan negeri Selangor bahawa Dr Pornthip telah dinasihatkan supaya mendapatkan pandangan sama ada beliau harus datang ke Malaysia," tambah beliau. -FMT
Posted: 08 Jan 2010 03:54 AM PST
Kemarahan umat Islam terhadap keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur membenarkan majalah mingguan "Herald The Catholic Weekly" menggunakan kalimah "Allah" boleh diterima dengan fikiran yang terbuka dan berlapang dada.
"Tetapi tindakan Umno yang terlalu agresif dan memprovokasi keputusan mahkamah itu mungkin timbul dari rasa benci kepada bukan Islam," kata Setiausaha DAP Ipoh Barat, P Sugumaran (gambar) kepada Free Malaysia Today, hari ini.
Sugumaran berkata, beliau ingin mengajak seluruh umat Islam untuk melihat perkara ini dari beberapa sudut pandangan seperti mana yang dikatakan oleh pemimpin PAS.
Katanya, "keharmonian negara amat penting dan kesejahteraan rakyat harus dijadikan agenda utama pentadbiran kerajaan. Saya cukup menghormati para pemimpin PAS yang mengambil pendirian untuk tidak mahu bertindak secara agresif dan provokatif dalam isu ini."
"Saya pasti bahawa PAS mempunyai prinsip perjuangan dan pembelaan yang berbeza dalam konteks ini bila mana mereka berinteraksi dengan semua golongan secara rasional," tambahnya. -FMT
Posted: 08 Jan 2010 03:12 AM PST
Malaysian churches fire-bombed as 'Allah' row escalates
One church was badly damaged in the attacks
Three churches have been attacked in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, ahead of protests by Muslim groups.
The administrative offices of one church were destroyed by a firebomb attack and one of the other two churches attacked was slightly damaged.
Some Muslim groups are angry at a court decision allowing non-Muslims to use the word Allah to refer to God.
The government of the mainly Muslim nation has condemned the attacks on the churches and vowed to take action.
About 60% of Malaysians are Malay Muslims and the government relies on their vote.
There also significant Chinese and Indian minorities, who are mainly Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.
The Kuala Lumpur High Court struck down the three-year old ban on non-Muslims using of the word Allah.
Some major Muslim organisations, including the Islamic political party, PAS, have agreed with the court, saying other Abrahamic religions - Christinaity and Judiasm - may use the word.
But some vocal groups, including the Muslim Youth Movement, Abim, have cast the use of the word Allah as a surreptitious effort on the part of Christians to try to seduce Muslims away from Islam.
Church officials say that although the word Allah originated in Arabic, Malays have used it for centuries to refer generally to God, and Arabic-speaking Christians used it before Islam was founded, reports the BBC's religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott.
The argument has continued in the media and the courts for months but had not become violent - until assailants on motorbikes were seen smashing the windows of the Metro Tabernacle Church, a Protestant church in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
The ground floor office of the three-storey church was destroyed in a blaze a little after midnight, said Kevin Ang, a church spokesman.
Separately, Molotov cocktails were thrown into the compounds of two other churches before dawn, causing minor damage in one and none in the other, church officials said.
Prime Minister Najib Razak condemned the attacks, saying such actions would "destroy our country's harmony".
"The government will take whatever steps it can to prevent such acts," he said.
There was tight security at all churches in Malaysia and at several mosques where protests against the court's ruling took place, says the BBC's Jennifer Pak in Kuala Lumpur.
Mass nationwide demonstrations failed to materialise on Friday, but protesters at mosques in Kuala Lumpur carried placards reading "Allah is only for us" and "Heresy arises from words wrongly used".
"I hope the court will understand the feeling of the majority Muslims of Malaysia," said Ahmad Johari, at the National Mosque.
"We can fight to the death over this issue," he told Associated Press news agency.
The government has appealed against the court verdict and the High Court has suspended the decision's implementation until the appeal is heard.
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Posted: 08 Jan 2010 02:58 AM PST
PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has condemned the attacks made on three churches in the Klang Valley but has asked the public not to start pointing fingers at who may have been responsible for the attacks.
The Prime Minister said he viewed the matter seriously as these actions could jeopardise harmony, adding that the Government would take all possible action to prevent such incident from recurring.
At the same time, Najib had directed the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan to beef up security and surveillance at places of worship.
"We must not allow the peace and the understanding that we have among Malaysians of various ethnic backgrounds and faiths be threatened by anyone or any parties.
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan at a press conference at Bukit Aman on Friday.
"As I have said before, whatever problems that arise, we must use the right channel and method to solve it. Our action must not be against the law as this can jeapordise harmony," he told reporters after chairing the fourth Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) on Friday.
Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Chief Secterary to the Government Tan Sri Sidek Hassan.
Najib also reminded the public not to point fingers on who the perpetrators behind the church attacks were but should allow the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.
"Action will be taken against those responsible based on facts and the law," he said.
Asked if there were fears of retaliation due to the incident, the Prime Minister said the authorities must nip the problem in the bud.
"I hope with statements and action taken by the police, people will not take law into their hands. The IGP will report to me on the incident once there are evidence and new developments," he added.
Umno Youth head Khairy Jamaluddin at the Tabernacle Church in Desa Melawati on Friday
Other public figures have come out to condemn the arson attacks against the two churches.
Urging all parties to remain calm, they also asked for swift police action to ensure the situation does not get out of control.
In the meantime, the MCA is offering the Metro Tabernacle Church the use of its hall at Wisma MCA for its services this Sunday, vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said.
The MCA, through its religious bureaus, will find an immediate place for the Metro Tabernacle to relocate, she said.
"This is the act of a very small group of Malaysians. We need to come together and work against any form of violence.
MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen at the Metro Tabernacle Church in Desa Melawati on Friday.
"Do not leave it to the Government or the police alone; the rakyat (people) must come together and stand up for each other," she said.
MCA national youth chairman Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong also condemned the attacks, saying the movement is saddened.
"Such despicable acts serve no purposes in bridging differences, and ... will ultimately destroy initiatives to help shore up harmony between the various faiths in Malaysia.
"MCA Youth urges all decent minded Malaysians not to let the mercury rise further, and pray in our own ways, that peace will prevail," he said in a statement.
Kedah Gerakan's youth wing condemned the acts as despicable and shameful, and described the wrongdoers as cowards trying to cause disunity.
"Our country had came a long way since independence in promoting unity among Malaysians, despite the differences in race and religion.
"As such, all Malaysians should unite to condemn these cowardly attacks that threaten national unity," said the wing's chief Tan Keng Liang.
"As an act of good faith in condemning the arson attacks, I hope that the Government would consider assisting, including financially, the churches in repairing the damage caused by the despicable act of arson," he added.
Gerakan central committee member Dr Hsu Dar Ren described the arson as "a wanton attack on the freedom of practice of religions which we should all treasure and protect in this multiracial society of ours."
"I hope politicians on both sides of the divide will refrain from fanning emotions and instead try their best to cool the temperature down and let the judicial process run its course," he said.
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim described the attacks as heinous and said such actions were against the teachings of Islam.
"Islam teaches its followers to respect the places of worship of other religions. I urge all parties to remain calm. I have full faith that Malaysians will be able to resolve the matter without any conflict," he said in a statement.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, who was at the Assumption Church, condemned the attack, describing it as a cowardly act.
"I urge the police to give protection to all churches and conduct a thorough investigation on the attack on the Assumption Church," he added.
Khalid also said that he was grateful to the church authorities, who had given their reassurance that they would not react to the arson attack.
"I appeal to the people in Selangor to refrain from any further such action, which will only cause further trouble for all people," he added.
Umno Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin said it was a dark day for Malaysia.
"This is a despicable act. This is not the Malaysia I know," said Khairy, who visited the Metro Tabernacle Church in Desa Melawait in Kuala Lumpur, which was attacked by arsonists early Friday.
He urged the police to act swiftly.
Saying that Barisan Nasional Youth strongly condemned the action, Khairy Jamaluddin added that whatever the feelings of anyone on the issue of the usage of the word "Allah" in the Herald, the irresponsible action of those who destroy places of worship should not be defended by Muslims.
"If Muslims are responsible for this incident, they should be ashamed and remorseful because clearly Islam advises Muslims to respect other religious beliefs.
"Malaysia is a multiracial country. There will be arguments and misunderstandings over issues which touch on race and religion.
"What is important is the people should resolve any problems with maturity and respect for each other's sensitivity," he said in a statement.
Selangor PAS termed the arson attacks as cowardly acts.
"We view the news of the attacks on churches, including in Selangor, with sadness and regret. Such attacks have never happened in our country and they do not at all reflect our culture, tradition or the religious beliefs of Malaysians.
"Selangor PAS sympathises with the affected churches and urges all PAS members in the state to remain calm and patient and pray for the safety of all," its state Information chief Roslan Shahir Mohd Shahir said in a statement.
The Muslim Professionals Forum described this as "the cowardly and utterly senseless act of a group of misguided, chauvinistic bigots."
"This act of arson, committed presumably in the name of Islam, desecrates the very religion it purports to protect. The Holy Quran unequivocally prohibits destroying the houses of worship of all religions, as warned in Surah Al-Hajj, Verse 40," its board of directors said in a statement.
"During the reign of Umar ibn Al-Khattab, the second righteous caliph, the religious freedom of the citizens of Ilya (Jerusalem) and the sanctity of their synagogues and places of worship were confirmed, they said.
Muslim Professionals Forum urged the authorities to immediately conduct an impartial and thorough investigation to identify, apprehend and punish the perpetrators.
It also urge individuals, organisations and political parties to refrain from further issuing provocative and inflammatory statements related to the high court verdict.
"We also urge all Malaysians to empathise and stand in solidarity with our Christian community in their hour of grief and need, and urge all peace-loving Malaysians to maintain composure and let cool heads prevail," they said in their statement.
Social activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir said it was very important for all Muslim Malaysians to condemn the act whole-heartedly.
"This is not what Islam is about. The leadership must play its role and come out and tell the people not to condemn houses of worship," she told reporters at the church site.
Veteran DAP leader Lim Kit Siang said all political party leaders should take a common stand to condemn the attacks.
They should condemn "in the strongest possible terms the spate of church attacks in the wake of the 'Allah' controversy and ensure that there is no further escalation.
"As Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak should immediately impress on the Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein to take all urgent and necessary measures to protect the good name of the country or be held responsible for any undesirable consequences," he said.
Wangsa Maju Member of Parliament Wee Choo Keong said he was very shocked.
"The Prime Minister and Inspector-General of Police mus take immediate action to protect all places of worship regardless of their religion.
"We do not want to inflame the present tensions in the country or the country's unity will be set back many years -- this is a test for the Prime Minister and his 1Malaysia vision," he said.
In Miri, Sarawak political leaders condemned the attacks as well, callling for the swift restoration of common sense and wisdom to prevent any escalation of violence.
Senior Iban state leader Datuk Peter Nyarok Entrie said his party, the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), viewed the arson as an attack against the 1Malaysia concept and an attack against all peace-loving Malaysians.
"SPDP, a multiracial and multi-religious party that is made up of Muslims and non-Muslims, is shocked and saddened that the dispute over the use of the name 'Allah' in the peninsula had erupted into violence," he said.
Nyarok, who is deputy president of SPDP, said there was a need to restore calm and order in the Klang Valley.
Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president and state Minister Datuk Seri Dr James Masing said the issue should not have been blown out of proportion.
"Politicians should stay out of this matter and leave it to the religious bodies of the respective religions to sit down and discuss a mutually acceptable way to resolve this," he said.
Masing said Sarawak and Sabah do not have such controversies because people of all faiths and races were mature enough to accept each others' beliefs.
Assistant state minister Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman, from the Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu, also stressed the need for common sense to prevail, saying that the state government has always practised tolerance and acceptance when it comes to handling issues of religious and racial nature.
Keadilan Sarawak chairman Baru Bian said the usage of Allah's name became blown out of context in the peninsula because of political meddling.
He said this is a non-issue in Sarawak despite the name being used widely by all religions in the state for so many decades.
Malaysia.. Malaysia.. what's up now?
You have cow head protest,
you have missing jet engines,
you have innocent people being "pushed down from a building" because he found out something dirty in our system...
And now.. You have burning churches on the go..
I'm sure Pope will be pissed....
I have lots to say on this issue but I couldn't say anything because as usual, we're barred from saying the truth... or else...
" KITA MASUK ISA!! "
It's the same old story.. Now they'll just show you they're doing some work to stop this issue from rampaging.. Culprit or scapegoat will be caught and prosecuted just to make everyone happy.. But in the end.. We may find that the person or devil behind the master plan is safely tucked somewhere.. Hmm... Deep thought....
Posted: 08 Jan 2010 01:21 AM PST
Posted: 07 Jan 2010 11:38 PM PST
One day, while Miki was watching TV, Azman scornfully commented "Ek elehhhh… Manny tu bukannya buat apa kerja pun! Semua tools dia yang buat!"
A few months later, as the same programme was on TV, he said it again "Alaaa.. kalau camtu saya pun boleh buat?! Hmmphh..Sebenarnya Manny ni tak terror langsung…"
You would never believe the person he was talking about.
It is Handy Manny from Sheetrock Hills.
I mean what the heck la kannnn?? That is just Disney animation for goodness sake!
Manny is just a digital depiction reflected from his creator's secret imagination of becoming all straight men's desired personality. Or all fully-functioning-hot-blooded Team Jacob women's desired stok geli-geli! Like this:-
Andrew Dan-Jumbo, celebrity carpenter, host of 'Take Home Handyman'
But I just don't get it. Why the green eyed jealousy? Takkan tengok katun pun jealous kot bang oii?? Lain la kalau I nak jealous kat Megan Fox tu.. tools dia tu real la jugak walaupun enhanced under the knife…
I just don't understand men!
Posted: 08 Jan 2010 02:07 AM PST
Posted: 08 Jan 2010 12:27 AM PST
Beratus ribu umat Islam menunaikan solat Jumaat di Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur di bawah pengawasan polis yang di kerah untuk membanteras sebarang tunjuk perasaan berhubung isu penggunaan kalimah Allah oleh sebuah akhbar Krisitian.
Wartawan TVSelangor Salmiah Drahsin melaporkan bahawa keadaan tenang di Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur sungguhpun beberapa kain rentang dinaikan untuk menyatakan pendirian pihak berkenaan mengenai isu itu.
Antara lain kain rentang itu menyebut "Jangan Politikan Isu Kalimah Allah" – merujuk kepada tindakan beberapa pemimpin kerajaan menyokong tunjuk perasaan dikhuatiri boleh mencetuskan keadaan yang tidak diingini.
Dianggarkan satu ribu akan menyertai tunjuk perasaan di sini, menggabungkan pengikut beberapa badan bukan kerajaan seperti Teras, Perkasa, PPIM, Pewaris, Ikim.FM, Macma, PUM, JIM, Darusyifa, PJPIM, IRIMM, AMB dan Kimma.
Dalam pada itu, khutbah Jumaat di Masjid Negara dan masjid-masjid lain berpaksi kepada keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur membenarkan akhbar Krisitian The Herald menggunakan kalimah Allah.
Khutbah itu menzahirkan kebimbangan pihak tertentu menggunakan kalimah Allah untuk mengelirukan orang Islam dan menghina agama Islam.
Iman Masjid Negara meminta jemaah supaya menolak keputusan mahkamah itu yang sudah pun di tangguh perlaksanaannya buat sementara waktu.
Selesai solat jumaat itu, beberapa wakil pertubuhan bukan kerajaan memberi ucapan kira-kira 15 minit mengenai isu itu.
Hanya kira-kira 200 orang mendengar ucapan itu sebelum bersurai.
Sementara itu di Masjid Negeri Shah Alam, ribuan umat Islam turut mengerjakan solat Jumaat dalam keadaan aman dan tenang dengan di pantau oleh polis.
Selesai usai solat Jumaat, pasukan polis berkawal di disekitar pintu masuk masjid.
Wartawan kami, Yusmawati Yusof melaporkan perhimpunan membantah penggunaan nama Allah di adakan dalam dewan masjid.
Perhimpunan yang disertai 500 orang ini dianjurkan Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia Selangor, Persatuan Ulama, dan Persatuan Imam dan Pegawai-Pegawai Masjid Selangor.
Sebuah kain rentang mengandungi tandatangan membantah penggunaan kalimah Allah direntang berhampiran pintu masuk.
Manakala di Masjid Jamek Kampung Baru, penunjuk perasaan berhimpun dalam perkarangan masjid.
Laungan takbir bergema seusai solat Jumaat, menarik kehadiran jemaah masjid ke perhimpunan anjuran Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia ini.
Keadaan aman di Lembah Kelang semasa solat Jumaat itu menyusul tindakan pihak tidak bertanggungjawab menyerang sekurang-kurangnya tiga gereja Kristian menggunakan bom petrol atau molotov cocktail.
Bagaimanapun tidak ada sesiapa yang cedera dalam serangan ke atas Gereja Metro Tabernacle A/G, di Jalan 4/4C Desa Melawati, Gereja Assumption, Petaling Jaya dan Live Chapel Church di Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya,
Kejadian berlaku antara tengah malam semalam dan pukul sembilan pagi ini.
Naib Presiden PAS Datuk Mahfuz Omar menegaskan serangan ke atas gereja itu bukan didalangi oleh ummah yang mengutamakan kesucian agama Islam.
"Islam melarang umatnya daripada merosakan tempat beribadat orang Islam dan bukan Islam. Saya yakin tindakan (serangan) ini adalah perbuatan politik oleh pihak tertentu untuk menangguk di air keruh," kata Mahfuz. Berita -TVS Foto - BH
Posted: 07 Jan 2010 11:31 PM PST
Posted: 07 Jan 2010 10:20 PM PST
Datuk Seri Najib Razak dengan sekeras-kerasnya menolak dakwaan bahawa Umno membakar perasaan tidak puas hati ekoran keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi yang membenarkan akhbar mingguan Herald menggunakan perkataan "Allah", yang turut menyebabkan tiga gereja diserang sejak tengah malam tadi.
"Jangan menuding jari ke atas Umno ataupun mana-mana pihak.
"Kami sentiasa sangat bertanggungjawab, jangan kata serangan ini dihasut oleh Umno," kata Najib yang kelihatan tidak gembira apabila ditanya sama ada ahli-ahli politik khususnya dari Umno seharusnya dipersalahkan kerana mengapi-apikan situasi yang tegang sekarang.
Sebaliknya beliau marah wartawan ini yang mengajukan soalan sama ada Umno wajar diperslahkan dalam hal ini.
Ahli Majlis Kepimpinan PKR, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim mengutuk Umno dan menggesa kerajaan mengambil tanggungjawab penuh terhadap serangan-serangan gereja sejak tengah malam tadi.
"Ia harus mengambil tanggungjawab penuh atas situasi yang semakin buruk antara masyarakat berlainan agama di negara ini dalam mengendalikan isu Allah," kata bekas Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri ini.
Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim yang melawat gereja The Assumption di sini mengutuk serangan ke atas gereja dan menyifatkannya suatu sebagai tindakan pengecut.
"Saya menggesa polis memberikan perlindungan kepada semua gereja dan menjalankan siasatan menyeluruh terhadap serangan ke atas gereja The Assumption," tambahnya.
Beliau berterima kasih kepada pihak berkuasa gereja yang memberikan jaminan mereka tidak akan bertindak balas terhadap serangan itu.
"Saya merayu kepada rakyat Selangor agar menahan diri daripada melakukan tindakan sedemikian, yang hanya mencetuskan lebih banyak masalah kepada semua orang," katanya.
Sementara itu Naib Presiden PAS, Salahuddin Ayub berkata tindakan membakar gereja dalah satu perbuatan tidak bertanggungjawab dan bukan amalan orang Islam.
"Ia tidak sedikit pun mencerminkan sikap Islam yang sebenar terhadap penganut agama lain, sedangkan hak kebebasan beragama dijamin oleh Islam," katanya.
Beliau menegaskan, malah Allah amat melarang umat Islam bertindak terhadap mana-mana rumah ibadat penganut agama lain, sekalipun dalam peperangan sebagaimana yang dinyatakan di dalam al-Quran.
"Rasulullah juga mengingatkan sahabat yang menyertai peperangan supaya tidak membunuh mereka yang berlindung di rumah-rumah ibadat agama lain, sama sekali tidak bertindak membakarnya," katanya seperti dipetik dari Harakahdaily.
Begitu juga, katanya sewaktu pembukaan Makkah oleh tentera Islam yang dipimpin Rasulullah di mana penduduk yang berada di dalam rumah-rumah ibadat dijamin keselamatan mereka selain berlindung di rumah sendiri.
"PAS mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya perbuatan menyerang gereja berkenaan," tegasnya.
Dalam kejadian awal pagi tadi, tingkat bawah gereja Metro Tabernacle musnah akibat serangan itu.
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