Friday, August 27, 2010

Major John Lam Weng Choong - Celebrating his life (1952-2010)

Major John Lam Weng Choong - Celebrating his life (1952-2010)


Major John Lam Weng Choong - Celebrating his life (1952-2010)

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 09:57 AM PDT

Major John Lam served in the Malaysian Rangers, an elite fighting Corps from 20th April 1970 until 01st January 1987. His appointments throughout his military career were as follows, Platoon Commander in the 1st Rangers, 2IC Company of the 1st Rangers, Aide de Camp to the GOC of Region 2 (East Malaysia), SO3 (Territorial Army) Region 2, Company Commander 5th Rangers and SO2 Intelligence of 11th Brigade. He was described by many as a "gem" of an Officer. Highly disciplined and dedicated to his men and unit. A dependable and trusted officer.

Major John Lam Weng Choong Celebrating His Life

After he left the service he took up law and became a practising lawyer, met his wife, Alex Kuan, a lawyer too and got married running their law business in Ipoh. In 2010 he was diagonsed of having a severe illness, he succumbed to it. His funeral was held on the 25th June 2010 at the Tambun Cemetry,his remains interred there. He will be deeply missed by his wife, son Matthew, daughters Rachel and Rebecca, mother, brothers and sisters. Not forgetting his brothers in arms from the Corps of Rangers. God bless you John, rest in peace. Here is the full screen link. Where you can view the images in a larger size.


Duit raya: RM400, RM500 and more competition, please …

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 08:44 AM PDT


It’s not about religion

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 07:56 AM PDT

Gregory Harms is author of Straight Power Concepts in the Middle East: U.S. Foreign Policy, Israel and World History.

Since the September 11 attacks, the topic of Islam, and in particular Muslim extremism, has come front and center in the news coverage and public discourse. This focus has in some cases spun off into strange and disturbing areas. One example in the news is the "Ground Zero mosque," which is neither a mosque nor located at Ground Zero. Another are reports on a recent Pew Research poll indicating 18 percent of Americans think President Obama is a Muslim.[1] Yet the point in both stories is not the inaccuracies. The point is that these perceptions are construed as being negative; the mosque's "location" and Obama's "religion" are a source of indignation. In other words, anything associated with Islam existing at Ground Zero or in the White House is, to some, unacceptable. More succinctly put, anything associated with Islam is unacceptable.

This fear and hatred, while irrational, is unsurprising. The American conception of the Middle East and Islam was impoverished to begin with. And the actions of al-Qaida on 9/11 did not improve matters. Moreover, after almost a decade of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, with thousands of US military personnel dead and tens of thousands wounded (physically and mentally), the public's negative view of the Middle East has been compounded.

But the cases of fear and hatred only happen to be directed at Islam. The issue is certainly not theological, that is, Islamophobia is not based on specific disagreements with the religious tenets of Islam. Instead, the contention is with whatever is common among those who live in the Middle East. They happen to be Arabs, and they happen to be Muslim. And therefore, in instances of intolerance, those are the objects of animosity.

There is also the opposing scenario. The Middle East is a place where religion plays a central role in people's lives; no different than, say, Christianity does among many Americans. However, the Middle East has borne the burden of external, Western intervention in its affairs for the past century, which has had an effect. No different than anyone anywhere on Earth, when groups suffer oppression, they find solace and strength in what binds them communally. Most of the Middle East is ethnically Arab and religiously Islamic, two distinctions setting the region apart from the uninvited Christian West. For most Arabs, being Muslim is a source of identity, a point of cultural pride, and a guiding tradition. For those who participate in terrorism, on the other hand, it is a battle cry and an excuse for indiscriminate killing.

Both groups have a relationship with Islam -- one sincere, one tenuous. However, if the former group were represented by a swimming pool, the latter would amount to a teaspoon. Yet many Americans view the Middle East as being a mess (not unjustifiably), as being violent (likewise), and that these realities are a function of what is contained in the Quran. This is where things go awry. The answer to the question, How much does religion play a role in Middle Eastern instability is: Basically zero.

In the United States, the Middle East has always been, at minimum, something of a peculiarity. As it exists in the American imagination, the region and its inhabitants are characterized by a gallery of reductionistic images.

One such image is the cartoon-like portrayals in the spirit of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, referencing the Abbasid dynasty (758-1250) during the Arab Empire. Another caricature is the wealthy Arabian prince, with his traditional headdress and flowing dishdasha, driving a Rolls-Royce and dealing in Saudi crude. Another is the now all too familiar evocation of the terrorist. In other words, the Arab/Muslim Middle East has been defined by preconceptions -- of decadence, violence, wealth, and religious fervor. (See American television and movies for the last fifty years, which have reflected and reinforced this fact.)

Of course, instances of these three stereotypes do exist. The Abbasids were a real dynasty during the height of the Caliphate. The Middle East is in fact bursting with oil, and some around the Persian Gulf have achieved opulence beyond comprehension. And terrorists do exist and do kill innocent people. However, it should be pointed out that the first group existed over 750 years ago and the caliphs and sultans portrayed (questionably) in Walt Disney films represent a very small group of people. The second group is also very small, as is the third. Nevertheless, this distorted view is a fixture of Western culture, one that we have inherited over the centuries and grown up with since birth. This observation is not new and has been thoroughly investigated in what is now a sizable scholarly literature existing under the rubric "orientalism," a mode of critique established by the late scholar Edward Said.

As mentioned, US involvement in the region has exacerbated our worst impressions of it. After 9/11 Americans were encouraged to ask, Why do they hate us? This question was initially posed by George W. Bush's national coordinator for security and counterterrorism, Richard Clarke, and promptly made its way into the president's speeches and the mainstream commentary.[2] The "they" in the question meant the terrorists specifically, but the pronoun quickly generalized to mean the Middle East.

Prior to World War II, US relations with the Middle East had been quite limited. It was Great Britain and France that had established imperial domination throughout the region, dividing after World War I what had been the Ottoman Empire into Western-style nation-states. Conversely, the Arabs' sense of the United States was rather favorable, as its was not involved in their manipulation. As observed by historian Rashid Khalidi, 

From the nineteenth century until at least the middle of the twentieth, the United States was in fact viewed quite positively in the Middle East as a non- or anti-colonial power, as having no imperialistic designs on the region, and as engaged primarily in benevolent activities there such as education and health care. Beyond this, the United States was often seen as a beacon of hope for those aspiring to democracy and freedom from foreign control.[3]

It was after WWII that London and Paris lost their primacy in the Middle East, and were replaced with American dominance. Though US entry took place in the context of a much overstated Cold War contest with the Soviet Union, the real business at hand was petroleum, not communism. As noted by Franklin Roosevelt's State Department economic adviser, "In all the surveys of the [foreign oil] situation ... the pencil came to an awed pause at one point and place -- the Middle East."[4]

Over the course of the post-1945 period, Washington has supported dictators and autocrats (e.g., Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia), overthrown popular, progressive leaders (e.g., Iran in 1953), sought to suppress independence (e.g., Palestine), and physically invaded countries that did not threaten the United States (e.g., Iraq). The goal has been to insure consistency. By stifling secular democratic inclinations -- which are alive and well throughout the Middle Eastern populations -- Washington has fostered greater "cooperation" (the principal criterion for being deemed a "moderate" by DC) in its pursuit of managing the region's vast natural resources.

But over a century of experiencing external ascendency over its development, certain patterns in the Middle East have come into view. Especially in light of Israel's position amidst its neighbors, existing as an adjunct to American power, organizations that likely would never have existed -- Hamas, Hizballah, and others -- have emerged as a response to Tel Aviv's militancy. (Similarly, it is difficult to envision the IRA's formation without Britain's hand in Ireland.) In addition to organizations that have been involved in terrorism, a more socially conservative trend in the various societies has also taken place. Style of dress, attitudes, and tolerance have changed in part for the sterner. A friend in the Palestinian West Bank told me a few years ago, "You didn't see that sort of thing as much, fifteen or twenty years ago," as he pointed out a woman wearing a black chador with the full-face veil. 

These regional currents tend to be couched in terms of religiosity. Suicide bombers invoke the name of God; women are veiled in the context of Quranic stricture. But the stimulus that is catalyzing this behavior is largely external, driven purely by economic and political objectives in Washington, and has little to do with spirituality. Furthermore, the number of people this behavior describes is a minority. Much of the Arab world instead longs for a more secular, democratic system of governance, a reality that is adeptly examined in Juan Cole's book Engaging the Muslim World. 

On the American side we see what we are shown. And what we are shown is what makes compelling television. At the networks and cable news outlets, the Middle East is strictly associated with weapons, explosions, anger, men wearing scarves over their faces, and individuals talking nonsense about suicide bombers receiving virgins upon arrival in heaven. The reportage implies that the Middle East just happens to be that way, and that the United States and Western Europe simply have to do their best in dealing with it.

The reigning paradigm in American mass journalism is encapsulated in noted political scientist Samuel Huntington's "clash of civilizations" hypothesis. This postulation suggests that conflict between civilizations rather than ideologies (e.g., communism versus capitalism) will become the primary global form of confrontation. In his renowned 1993 article in Foreign Affairs, Huntington states, "the efforts of the West to promote its values of democracy and liberalism as universal values, to maintain its military predominance and to advance its economic interests engender countering responses from other civilizations."[5]

Put another way, the West (read the US) will have to keep its guard up ("maintain military superiority in East and Southwest Asia") and look sharp as it demurely looks out for its own enlightened interests and tries to help others. But despite best intentions, there will be "countering responses" to be dealt with. What the CIA calls "blowback," Huntington (quoting historian Bernard Lewis) chalks up as "an ancient rival against our Judeo-Christian heritage." Naturally, power is partial to retaining both viewpoints, depending on the occasion: Those at Langley provide the unvarnished reality; those in the Ivory Tower furnish the acquittal.

The "ancient rival" reasoning dovetails neatly with the orientalist assumptions mentioned above, and general dismissal of the Middle East as hopeless. In turn it allows the news reportage to make sense, because the same amount of history is disregarded in both: most of it. This thinking is also quite attractive -- as is the coverage and commentary -- to the foreign policy establishment and planners, for self-evident reasons.

Current Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak -- a former prime minister and the most highly decorated soldier in the country's history -- stated in a 1998 television interview, "If I were a young Palestinian, it is possible I would join a terrorist organization."[6] What Barak revealed was his understanding of the situation the Palestinians are forced to live in, and the responses such circumstances can inspire. What is at work is political, military, and financial power. The byproducts are indignity, anger, and resentment. Because what is desired is freedom from coercion. It's not about religion. 

NOTES

1. "Growing number in America believe Obama a Muslim - poll," BBC News, August 19, 2010.

2. Richard A. Clarke, Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terrorism (New York: Free Press, 2004), 31, 33. See Fareed Zakaria, "The politics of rage: Why do they hate us?" Newsweek, October 15, 2001. Zakaria's essay is a model example of the mainstream commentary that de-emphasizes US implication -- the thoughtful, "centrist" variety.

3. Rashid Khalidi, Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East (Boston: Beacon Press, 2004), 30-1.

4. Daniel Yergin, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power (New York: Free Press, 1991), 396.

5. Samuel P. Huntington, "The Clash of Civilizations?" Foreign Affairs, 72, no. 3 (summer 1993): 29, 49.

6. "Interview with Ehud Barak" [with Paula Zahn], CNN, June 25, 2003, http://archives.cnn.com/transcripts/0306/25/se.13.html.


Taiwan: Tell the difference between Yukata and Kimono

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 06:54 AM PDT

By Portnoy Zheng

Famous comic blogger and Japanese culture observer JaeJae teaches us how to tell the difference[zht] between Yukata and Kimono, the two similar Japanese traditional garments.


Umno akan terus berkuasa kerana PR bodoh melantun-lantun

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 05:59 AM PDT


Careful with those flu jabs on children

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 05:36 AM PDT


Duit Raya Bayar Saman Ekor.

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 05:15 AM PDT

Duit raya Kerajaan Persekutuan bernilai RM500 .00 bersamaan satu saman ekor RM300.00.DS Najib amat pandai memain perasaan rakyat.

Apabila banyak rakyat yang tidak boleh menghidupkan cukai jalan akibat saman ekor.Kerajaan beri duit raya RM500.00.Dengan duit raya itu rakyat boleh melunaskan saman ekor dan akhirnya dapat balik kampung kerana sudah mempunyai cukai jalan.

Jadi dua kali lima dan lima kali dua yang untung akhirnya kerajaan .Duit kembali kepada kerajaan .Salah satu bank yang untung ,dimana banyak agensi kerajaan menyimpan akaun mereka di situ ialah CIMB?

Mudah-mudahan rakyat tidak terpengaruh dengan janji ,hanya menolong rakyat untuk mengekalkan kuasa mereka.


The trams of Penang

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 02:46 AM PDT


Two Japanese Among Four Held Over Issuing of False Bonds

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 02:43 AM PDT


Nik Aziz says anti-Malaysia demo embarrassing

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 12:27 AM PDT


5 Soalan Panas: Suhaizan tiru gaya Mahfuz, Salahuddin?

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 05:41 PM PDT


Pakatan Rakyat TopBlog - Carta Blog Pilihan (16/08/10)

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 06:00 PM PDT


Beri peluang Islam tangani penyakit masyarakat - Harakahdaily

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 05:51 PM PDT


SEBELUM 31 OGOS

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 08:05 AM PDT

SEBELUM 31 OGOS

wahai anak-anak cikgu telah mengajari angka dan bulannya sekali
ini Ogos untuk dilihat dalam-dalam kalaupun ramai membuang Sejarah
sebelum 31 Ogos ini, anak-anak tentu tiada hiraukan 13 Ogos ini
hati bangsa kita luka lagi
mereka bukan sekadar membaling najis
juga membakari hati kita
tatkala api mereka menjilat setiap jalur bendera kita
sedang mereka yang sama membaling najis dan membakar hangus bendera kita
senang sekali mencari sesuap nasi di bumi Malaysia kita ini.

tiada yang sedar
memberi seluas diplomasi
menjilat luka sendiri saban saat dalam Ogos ini.

mari anak-anak kita pelajari Sejarah 13 Ogos
sebelum 31 Ogos akan datang.

ZULKIFLI BIN MOHAMED
Chukai, Darul Iman
26 Ogos 2010.


Movie --> Gym --> Eat --> Sleep

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 08:55 AM PDT

August 27th 2010 Kuala Lumpur: Today is a holiday for the state of Selangor. TZ has looking forward for this day. So how TZ spent the day... Okay another 30 mins. The day officially will be off.

TZ woke up around 9:30am with a morning call from his colleagues of asking him to reply the mail. Thanks to the morning call he only slept less than 5 hours. The day before, he worked until 3am and managed to sleep at around 5am.

@ 12pm, TZ left for Cathay e@Curve for a movie that he and his friend wanted to watch two weeks ago. Again deal to the busy schedule, this movie has been postponed. So what is the movie did TZ watch this morning?





After the movie, TZ went for a late lunch and chill out @ Coffee Bean before heading for gym at around 5pm. He went for RPM Challenge on 6:30pm after 1.5 hours of weights workout. It was a very enjoyable gym session after so long without a proper gym session.


Mom's cooking is the most enjoyable food for TZ... He missed his mom's cooking as it has been 2 weeks he never gone back for dinner. Yum Yum ... Mom cooked Steam fish, Stewed Beef and one vegetables. The nicest was the chicken herbs soup...

Okay, it's the end of the day and it's time for TZ to hit the bed, Recharge is important for TZ. TZ has to recharge for those energy which has lost for the past two weeks... Until then, good night folks and have a nice weekend.


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UMNO Mainkan Isu MP DAP Di Surau Serdang

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 08:56 AM PDT

Naib Presiden PAS: Tidak salah MP DAP Serdang berada di surau

Pemimpin PAS mempertahankan langkah Ahli Parlimen Serdang Teo Nie Ching yang mengunjungi sebuah Surau Al-Huda di Kajang Ahad lalu yang kini dipertikaikan oleh pihak-pihak tertentu termasuk Perkasa dan Umno.

"Tidak menjadi satu kesalahan atau masalah bagi wakil rakyat bukan Islam mengunjungi masjid atau surau untuk memberi bantuan," kata Naib Presiden PAS Datuk Mahfuz Omar ketika ditemui The Malaysian Insider di sini hari ini.

Mahfuz yang juga Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena berkata, jika hendak mempertikaikan wakil rakyat itu tidak memakai tudung, tindakan tidak mengenakan tudung, "ia tidak mengharamkan seseorang daripada datang ke masjid."

"Cuma ia menjadi adap, bukan syarat (mengenakan tudung) apabila masuk ke masjid, surau... bukan syarat tetapi adap," kata beliau.

Terdahulu beliau menyampaikan takzirah di masjlid bandar Kinrara selepas solat Jumaat.

"Ketika di masjid Kinrara, saya ada menimbulkan contoh, bagaimana masjid ini kemungkinan dibina oleh seorang Cina walaupun projeknya diperoleh oleh seorang Bumiputera, dan pekerja-pekerjanya mungkin dari Myanmar, yang bukan beragama Islam.

"Adakah kita melarang dia daripada memasuki masjid dan surau ketika sedang dibina?" kata Mahfuz sambil menambah, dalam kes Teo beliau sebenarnya dibenarkan oleh pengurusan surau.

"Dari hukum tidak menjadi masalah... sama seperti isu doa, membaca doa untuk bukan Islam, bukan satu kesalahan, kita minta hidayah, tetapi isu itu dipolitikkan," kata beliau lagi.

Teo dipetik sebagai berkata beliau tidak faham sebab kunjungannya ke surau itu menjadi kontroversi dan "dipermainkan-mainkan" kerana hanya berniat ikhlas.

"Kunjungan ke surau Al-Huda, Kajang adalah satu lawatan yang mesra, (dan) ikhlas untuk berjumpa dengan penduduk di situ. Mereka menerima kehadiran saya," kata wakil rakyat penggal pertama ini.

Utusan Malaysia dalam laporan muka depan hari ini memetik Pengarah Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor Datuk Mohammed Khusrin Munawi berkata, perkara tersebut tidak harus berlaku kerana orang bukan Islam tidak dibenarkan memasuki masjid dan surau, apatah lagi ruang solat utama kerana mereka dikategorikan seperti wanita yang didatangi haid.

Teo menjelaskan beliau hanya mahu menyampaikan sumbangannya bagi memperbaiki pagar seperti yang diminta oleh pihak pengurusan surau tersebut.

Mengenai tindakan memasuki ruang solat utama di surau itu, Teo berkata, beliau hanya memenuhi jemputan.

"Pada hari tersebut mereka menjemput saya masuk," katanya.

Ditanya kenapa beliau tidak memakai tudung ketika memasuki surau, Teo yang juga Timbalan Setiausaha Publisiti DAP menjelaskan:

"Saya tidak dinasihatkan oleh (pengurusan) surau untuk memakai tudung. Saya (pun pada mulanya) tidak menyangka saya boleh masuk surau itu.

"Pada kebiasaannya saya hanya berada di luar surau sahaja. Ini bukan kali pertama saya ke surau itu. Sebelum ini saya berada di luar," katanya yang sudah mengunjungi beberapa surau sepanjang Ramadan yang bermula 11 Ogos lalu.

Dalam laman webnya Teo berkata:

"Beliau yang hadir berbaju kebaya disambut oleh Pengerusi Surau Ustaz Azemi Ahmad dan ahli dan kariah surau sebaik sahaja selesai ibadah solat sunat tarawih dikerjakan."

Teo berharap dengan kunjungan beliau kali ini akan menambah lagi kemesraan dan persahabatan di antara masyarakat berbilang kaum.

"Beliau juga mengumumkan bahawa kerajaan negeri Selangor ada membuat penawaran bantuan pinjaman pelajaran kepada lepasan-lepasan SPM di mana pinjaman yang terbuka kepada permohonan anak-anak negeri Selangor ini akan berubah menjadi biasiswa jika keputusan peperiksaan peminjam di universiti adalah cemerlang.

"Beliau menyeru kepada semua agar mengambil peluang tersebut supaya tiada anak-anak yang tercicir untuk memasuki ke universiti semata-mata disebabkan masalah kewangan," kata laman web itu. -TMI


'Tazkirah' di surau: Saya ikhlas, kenapa dipermain?

Ahli parlimen Serdang Teo Nie Ching berkata beliau tidak faham kenapa kunjungannya ke sebuah surau di Kajang Ahad lalu menjadi kontroversi dan "dipermainkan-mainkan" kerana beliau berniat ikhlas.

"Kunjungan ke surau Al Huda, Kajang adalah satu lawatan yang mesra, (dan) ikhlas untuk berjumpa dengan penduduk di situ. Mereka menerima kehadiran saya.

"Saya tidak faham mengapa kunjungan biasa ini dipermain-mainkan," katanya ketika diminta mengulas kenyataan Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS) yang menyifatkan tindakan Teo menyampaikan 'tazkirah' di masjid sebagai tidak wajar.

Utusan Malaysia hari ini melaporkan di muka depannya, yang memetik Pengarah JAIS Datuk Mohammed Khusrin Munawi sebagai berkata, perkara tersebut tidak harus berlaku kerana orang bukan Islam tidak dibenarkan memasuki masjid dan surau, apatah lagi ruang solat utama kerana mereka dikategorikan seperti wanita yang didatangi haid.

Ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini Teo menjelaskan beliau hanya mahu menyampaikan sumbangannya bagi memperbaiki pagar, seperti yang diminta oleh pihak pengurusan surau tersebut.

Manakala ucapannya di dalam surau tersebut, jelas Teo, tidak menyentuh langsung soal politik, tetapi sebaliknya hanya menerangkan tentang bantuan pendidikan yang ditawarkan oleh kerajaan Selangor.

"Kebanyakan mereka tidak mengetahui tentang perkara ini, dan saya mengambil kesempatan untuk menyampaikan perkara tersebut kepada mereka," katanya.

Muslimin, muslimat jemput

Sementara itu, mengulas isu kemasukannya ke dalam ruang solat utama di surau itu, Teo berkata beliau hanya memenuhi jemputan.

"Pada hari tersebut mereka menjemput saya masuk. Saya double check sama ada boleh masuk atau pun tidak.

"Saya sudah mendapat keizinan daripada pihak surau untuk masuk ke dalam surau. Muslimin dan muslimat pun, mereka menjemput saya masuk," jelasnya lagi.

Katanya, tarikh dan masa kunjungannya selepas solat Tarawih itu, juga ditentukan oleh pihak surau berkenaan.

Ditanya kenapa beliau tidak memakai tudung ketika memasuki surau, Teo yang juga timbalan ketua publisiti DAP menjelaskan:

"Saya tidak dinasihatkan oleh (pihak) surau untuk memakai tudung. Saya (pun pada mulanya) tidak menyangka saya boleh masuk surau itu.

"Pada kebiasaannya saya hanya berada di luar surau sahaja. Ini bukan kali pertama saya ke surau itu. Sebelum ini saya berada di luar," katanya yang sudah mengunjungi beberapa surau sepanjang Ramadan yang bermula 11 Ogos lalu.

Surau: Baca sendiri blog Teo

Di sesetengah masjid terkenal seperti Masjid Negara dan Masjid Putrajaya, golongan bukan Islam dikehendaki menutup kepala sekiranya ingin melawat kawasan sekitarnya.

Teo juga menjelaskan, pada Ramadan kali ini, beliau ada juga mengunjungi dan berbuka puasa bersama ahli jemaah di beberapa surau di kawasannya parlimennya tetapi tidak pernah memasuki ruang solat utama.

Sementara itu, Utusan Malaysia juga melaporkan, Yang Dipertua Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa (PERKASA) Selangor, Abdullah Mansor memandang serius tindakan Teo kerana menurutnya, ia bertentangan dengan titah Sultan Selangor berhubung larangan menggunakan masjid dan surau untuk tujuan politik.

Abdullah juga menyatakan bahawa tindakan itu juga menyalahi hukum.

Justeru tambahnya, jika benar dakwaan itu, ia satu penghinaan yang amat besar kepada umat Islam apabila ada seorang bukan Islam yang keadaannya tidak 'bersih' memasuki ruang solat utama surau untuk mengadakan majlis dan membuat ucapan.

Pengerusi jawatankuasa surau Al-Huda Azemi Ahmad pula dilaporkan menjelaskan Teo masuk untuk berceramah dan menyampaikan sumbangan moreh kepada surau tersebut.

Bagaimanapun, Azemi berkata, isu itu tidak perlu digembar-gemburkan kerana tiada apa yang boleh dipolitikkan, lapor akhbar milik Umno itu.

Azemi turut meminta orang ramai supaya membaca sendiri laman web Teo untuk mendapatkan penjelasan sebenar. -mk


Ulasan GB

UMNO melalui akhbar pencacainya Utusan menjadikan kunjungan Ahli parlimen Serdang Teo Nie Ching ke sebuah surau di Kajang sebagai satu isu agama dan perkauman, namun ia menjelaskan pula mengenai kejahilan mereka terhadap agama Islam.

Entah siapa mengajar mereka melarang bukan Islam ke surau.

Yang nyata ia hanyalah satu sifat cemburu, irihati dan dengki, kerana MP berkenaan adalah dari Pakatan Rakyat. Jika mereka yang melakukan, 1001 justifikasi diberikan.


Oxford Dictionary of English: Enter 'Hikikomori', vuvuzela, 'bromance', 'staycation' and 'frenemy'!

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 07:42 AM PDT

LONDON, Aug. 19 (AP) - (Kyodo)—"Hikikomori," a word that has come into common usage in Japan in recent years to signify the abnormal avoidance of social contact, especially by adolescent males, has found its way into the third edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English published Thursday. The word is one of more than 2,000 new entries in the dictionary, whose first edition was published in 1998, according to Oxford University Press, the dictionary's publisher.
The vuvuzela, the plastic horn used to cheer teams during the soccer World Cup in South Africa earlier this year, also won an entry in the latest edition.
Other new entries include "bromance," a close but non-sexual relationship between two or more men, and "staycation," a holiday or holidays spent in one's home country without going abroad.
The British publisher also added "frenemy" -- a combination of friend and enemy which refers to a friend or partner who is simultaneously a potential enemy or rival.
The second edition of the dictionary added such Japanese words as "otaku," meaning fanboy or geekhead, and "karoshi" for death from overwork.
(Source)



Islamic Extremists in the work place

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 08:58 AM PDT

Defense Secretary Gates ignores the homegrown Muslim threat. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan killed 14 and wounded 30 in his jihad at Fort Hood in November. According to the Defense Department, the incident wasn't a terrorist attack but merely a case of workplace violence. This is typical of government efforts to paper over the growing domestic Muslim threat.

On Aug. 18, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates released the final Fort Hood follow-on review, in which he proposed initiatives to "mitigate internal threats, ensure force protection, enable emergency response and provide care for victims and families." Radical Islam is nowhere to be found.

Some passages hint at the nature of what took place, such as the need to clarify the rules for religious accommodation "to help commanders distinguish appropriate religious practices from those that might indicate a potential for violence or self-radicalization." PowerPoint briefings that describe the duty of jihad against the unbelievers - as Maj. Hasan presented to a military audience - probably don't fall in the "appropriate" category. The report also calls for increased counterintelligence awareness of the potential for linkage to international terrorism. For example, if someone already showing signs of radicalization exchanges 18 e-mails with a Yemen-based al Qaeda field commander over six months, as Maj. Hasan did, it's probably worth looking into more closely.

A vaguely worded passage recommends firming up the process whereby individuals act as "ecclesiastical endorsers of chaplains." These are people who vouch for those who serve in the military chaplaincy. The original Fort Hood incident report found that "DoD standards for denying requests for recognition as an ecclesiastical endorser of chaplains may be inadequate." A majority of the Muslim chaplains in the U.S. military were validated by the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, part of Cordoba University in Leesburg, founded by Taha Jabir Al-Awani, president of the Fiqh Council of North America. A fatwa from this institution on Muslims serving in the U.S. military states, "We abide by every law of this country except those laws that are contradictory to Islamic law." In other words, Shariah is supreme to the officer's oath to the Constitution. An endorsement from this group should be considered a red flag, not qualification to serve.

The Defense Science Board currently is examining "behavioral indicators of violence and radicalization," and the report recommends a better force protection reporting system for suspicious behavior. This is where the system breaks down. Maj. Hasan didn't slip under the radar because of an inadequate reporting system or lack of indicators that he was a problem. He escaped strong scrutiny solely because he was Muslim.

In the prevailing politically correct climate, few officers want to risk reporting anything to do with a Muslim for fear of official retaliation. Those who report Islamic extremists in the ranks, or even try to give poor fitness reports to troops who happen to be Muslim, are more likely to be the subject of investigation or suffer administrative harassment. The force cannot be protected until military members are convinced they can report on Muslims without placing their careers in jeopardy.

The latest Fort Hood report fails to face the Islamic problem head-on. It reinforces the generally understood rule that Muslims are a privileged class in the American military who - figuratively speaking - can get away with murder. Editorial-Washington Times


Chicken Cornish

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 07:12 AM PDT



Yian came out with her secret recipe for chicken cornish to pamper our appetite this evening. Wow! The taste was superb!

The homemade chicken cornish is more of western taste. The golden brown puff pastry with filling of onion, mashed sweet potato and pumpkin, diced potato, cheese, chicken, western herbs, ground black pepper, olive oil, etc make the taste irresistibly good.

Each chicken cornish weighed approximately 300 grams and it really made a heavy meal!


Mosque's Saudi Patron

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 05:01 AM PDT

Islamofascism: New dots are emerging from the probe into who's behind the Ground Zero mosque, and the radical Muslim Brotherhood is coming into view. While a couple of U.S. nonprofits — the Cordoba Initiative and its sister, the American Society for Muslim Advancement — are coordinating the New York project, they hardly give the full picture. A Saudi charity has sunk more than $300,000 into ASMA. It's called the Kingdom Foundation — headed by Alwaleed bin Talal, the Saudi prince whose 9/11 relief check was rejected after he blamed the attacks on U.S. foreign policy.

Bin Talal is a major financier of Muslim Brotherhood fronts in the U.S. His foundation is run by Saudi hijabi Muna Abu Sulayman, who appears on ASMA's Web site as one of its "Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow."

"Her work," according to her official bio, "focuses on increasing understanding between Islam and the West through establishment of academic centers and programs, both in the Middle East and the United States."

Sulayman, who spends much of her time in the U.S., happens to be the daughter of Dr. AbdulHamid Abu Sulayman, "one of the most important figures in the history of the global Muslim Brotherhood," according to the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report.

So? The Egypt-based Brotherhood is the parent of Hamas and al-Qaida and the source of most of the jihadi ideology and related terror throughout the world today. Citing its secret U.S. archives, prosecutors say the Brotherhood has a plan to "destroy" America "from within," and is using its agents and front groups in the U.S. to carry out that strategy. Like the mafia, it's highly organized, and uses shells and cutouts to launder money.

Dr. Sulayman's U.S. offices were raided by the feds after 9/11 on suspicion of providing material support to terror groups. An unsealed federal search warrant lists him as chairman and president of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, or IIIT, the Brotherhood's U.S. think tank.

In December 2008, IIIT hosted Ground Zero mosque imam Feisal Rauf to discuss his Shariah Index Project, which will be housed in the planned 15-story structure. The index will formally rate which governments best follow Islamic law, as practiced by Saudi.

Sulayman succeeded Rauf's late father, Muhammad, as rector of the International Islamic University in Malaysia. Rauf keeps an office in Malaysia, and he's held Shariah project meetings there.

Moreover, Rauf's 2004 book on Islam was published in Malaysia under the title, "A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble: Islamic Dawa in the Heart of America Post-9/11." Dawa is Arabic for proselytizing. In the book, the New York imam calls for a "subsidiary entity within the judiciary" in America that adjudicates on Shariah compliance.

Rauf's father was born in Egypt. Both he and Sulayman studied Islam in Cairo, Brotherhood headquarters. Sulayman is also listed by the feds as secretary of an Islamic school in Virginia called GSISS — at least that's what it used to be called, before it was raided. Now it goes by "Cordoba University."

Rauf insists he's a "healer" trying to build "bridges" between Islam and the West. But these radical Brotherhood connections raise new suspicions. Investors


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