Sunday, August 29, 2010

wow! how i love the double standard!

wow! how i love the double standard!


wow! how i love the double standard!

Posted: 29 Aug 2010 10:45 AM PDT

yippy! thanks to umno for making me happy again. the double standard. they hypocrisy. they are at it again.

the saga of DAP MP teo nie ching entering the surau. umno and perkasa boss,  the loud-mouth 'shit' ali boy, jumped up and down, pouncing on teo. why? because she is from DAP. opposition. someone said sometime back a non malay, ng yen yen from BN visited a surau too… and without the tudung (veil) no umno people condemn her, MAIS keep quiet. if you recall, our ex pm's wife always go around without t tudung, even to the mosque (if i'm not mistaken).

then the latest – our beloved information minister is quick to jump on namewee for the video clip he made regarding the racist principal from johor. puteri umno too  (and soon, mark my word, of course perkasa ali boy will jump at namewee's throat too).  why all along utusan malaysia had been so… so… very much bit time super damn racist, and yet not even a whimper towards them from the govt/umno. and  perkasa.

rais yatim said 'action to be taken against video containing racist slur'. i was fortunate to have seen the video before namewee canned the video and i see no tinge of racism in it at all.  in fact, he was hitting out at a racist (the principal) and for that, puteri umno made so much noise. why? was it because namewee is a chinese, the principal is a malay and puteri umno don't like the fact of a chinese hitting out at their own race?

of course there are many other instances of double standard e.g. the cow-head protest, the anti isa protest, hindraf gathering and so on and so on.   it happened so often that i'm already numbed by it. used to be very angry over it but not now anymore. now, i'll be happy instead – because this is a good signal for us to know what to do come the next general election.



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Pakatan is 'more Malay' than Umno-led BN! Pakatan must sapu Putrajaya!

Posted: 29 Aug 2010 08:53 AM PDT


I wonder how many have read or have missed the article below. It appeared in Malaysia Today but originally published at Free Malaysia Today. The article is an-opener on how Umno is trying put fear in Malays by painting a picture that with DAP in Pakatan, the Chinese will dominate politics to the point of Malaysia getting a Chinese prime minister! ;) Well, so what! Even 'mamak' Tun Dr. Mahathir himself had at least once talked about the possibility of Malaysia having a non-Malay Prime Minister.

At the opening the 47th general assembly of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), the then Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said, "The Malaysian prime minister need not come from the Malays alone, non-Malay bumiputeras (aboriginals) may also become the prime minister of Malaysia one day when Malaysians of Chinese or Indian descent are accepted by all the races...The process towards this end has started. Believe me, if we are all sensitive to the tastes of Malaysians, the issue of race and origin will no longer obstruct any Malaysian from holding any post."
Ok, now read the article below! 8-) Don't miss the para highlighted in pink.


By Zefry Dahalan

COMMENT It is no secret that Umno is on a mission to preserve itself by instilling in Malays a fear of Chinese domination.
Its leaders and spokesmen like to tell the Malays that Umno's fall would mean the loss of Malay rights and supremacy, which is an oblique way of saying that a vote for the opposition is a vote to hand over power to the Chinese.

They deliver this message not only in political speeches and writings, but also at gatherings of public servants. Many who have attended Biro Tatanegara courses report that the training often places heavy emphasis on the alleged Chinese threat.

Among the most hysterical of the spokesmen mentioned above are the spin doctors who dish out their stuff through the mainstream media, which are all directly or indirectly controlled by Barisan Nasional.

In many of the spins, it is implied that Pakatan Rakyat is synonymous with DAP and that if the opposition coalition wins the next election, Malaysians may get a Chinese prime minister.

It is hard to say whether these Malay rights champions are really that poor in elementary arithmetic or whether they think their listeners or readers cannot count. In the last election, DAP contested only 47 seats and two of its candidates were Malays. In the next election, it is doubtful that it will field enough candidates to make it the biggest party in Parliament even if all those candidates win.

Another politics-of-fear strategy consists in calling for a union between Umno and PAS. The tacit message is that the Malays must unite under one political force to safeguard their interests against the non-Malays and infidels. Under this strategy, PAS is often portrayed as naive for staying on as a partner of Pakatan, which, so the argument goes, is controlled by DAP.

Contrary to the impression one gets from Umno broadcasts and writings, not everyone in that party is a simpleton. Indeed, there are some intelligent and well-educated people in its leadership. So Umno knows very well that even if Pakatan wins all the parliamentary seats, there is no way that any Chinese-based party will dominate the government.

But the idea, of course, is to create a little confusion and a lot of fear among the Malays, especially rural Malays. Unfortunately, this spin is having its desired effect on a surprisingly large number of Malays, including urban Malays.

Misleading spin

A simple study of the candidates' list in the 2008 election will show how misleading the spin is. If Umno had won 100% of the seats it contested, the number of Malay MPs would be 103. However, if Pakatan had won 100%, there would be 116 Malay Mps.

The PAS leaders who are favourable to the unity talks should realise that if they cooperate with Umno, they may receive support from some pro-Umno voters but will lose much of the votes traditionally given to PAS.
Furthermore, 60% of PAS leaders are against any form of cooperation with Umno. They are with the party's spiritual head, Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, who is regarded as a godfather by the majority of PAS supporters.

By remaining with Pakatan, PAS is assured not only of a large block of Malay support, but some Chinese and Indian support as well.

Meanwhile, Malay voters must realise that it will not be the end of the world for their race even if Umno is vanquished in the next election. PAS and PKR and even some DAP candidates are there to maintain the Malay power base.


Kuil Atau Gereja Mana Yang Nak Jemput Ibrahim Ali Berucap?

Posted: 29 Aug 2010 08:15 AM PDT

Perkasa mahu undang-undang halang bukan Islam kunjungi masjid

Perkasa mahu undang-udang digubal bagi melarang bukan Islam daripada memasuki kawasan masjid dan surau meskipun tokoh agama berpandangan bahawa tidak salah bagi masyarakat bukan Muslim berbuat demikian.

Mursyidul Am PAS Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat dan bekas mufti Perlis Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin bahawa bukan Islam boleh mengunjungi rumah ibadat umat Islam.

Selain mereka, beberapa pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat juga mempertahankan kunjungan bukan Islam ke masjid dan surau.

Malah pandangan Perkasa itu bertentangan dengan fatwa Mac lalu yang membenarkan pelancongan mengunjungi masjid.

"Perlu ada undang-undang bagi menghalang insiden bukan Islam memasuki kawasan surau dan masjid," kata Presiden Perkasa Datuk Ibrahim Ali pada sidang media di sini hari ini.

Meskipun beliau mengakui bahawa bukan Islam pernah memasuki masjid ketika zaman Nabi Muhammad s.a.w, Ibrahim berkata, menjadi tanggungjawab Islam untuk mempertahankan kesucian rumah ibadat.

Ahli Parlimen Bebas Pasir Mas ini turut menuduh Nik Aziz tidak menjalankan tanggungjawabnya sepenuhnya dengan mempertahankan Ahli Parlimen Serdang Teo Nie Ching yang mengunjungi Surau Al-Huda di Kajang, Ahad lalu.

"Sebagai Muslim, taqwa mengatakan bahawa kita mesti memelihara kesucian masjid. Nik Aziz seorang yang beriman tetapi kurang bertaqwa," kata Ibrahim.

Ibrahim menggesa Majlis Agama Islam Selangor agar mengambil tindakan ke atas jawatankuasa pengurusan Surau Al-Huda yang membenarkan Teo menyampaikan ucapan.

"Tindakan ini telah mencemari kesucian Islam," kata Ibrahim.

Ibrahim menuduh wakil rakyat penggal pertama menyampaikan ucapan dengan bermotifkan politik.

"Beliau bercakap tanpa tudung dan tidak menutup aurat. Ia keterlaluan, beliau mempunyai niat politik," kata beliau lagi.

Ibrahim berkata walaupun beliau dijemput untuk menyampaikan ucapan di kuil-kuil selaku wakil rakyat tetapi lazimnya akan menolak jemputan sedemikian bagi mengelakkan politik dan agama bercampur.

"Apa akan berlaku jika saya bercakap mengenai politik di kuil atau gereja? Orang Hindu tidak akan menyukai. Orang Kristian juga tidak akan menyukai," kata beliau.

Ulasan GB

Alahai, Presiden Perkasa cuba kononnya hendak mempertahankan "kesucian" masjid dan surau.

Dan katanya Ahli Parlimen Serdang Teo Nie Ching yang mengunjungi Surau Al-Huda berucap mempunyai niat politik.

Kita cabar Ibrahim Ali sebutkan apa yang sebenarnya diucapkan oleh Ahli Parlimen Serdang itu jika beliau tahu.

Sedangkan apa yang sebenarnya ialah

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.


Kedua, Ibrahim menyatakan:

"Apa akan berlaku jika saya bercakap mengenai politik di kuil atau gereja? Orang Hindu tidak akan menyukai. Orang Kristian juga tidak akan menyukai," kata beliau.

Baguslah jika Ibrahim Ali dapat jemputan untuk bercakap (tak kisah lah samada ucapan politik atau pun tidak) di dalam kuil atau gereja. Tetapi setahu GB takkan ada mana-mana pihak kuil dan gereja yang teringin nak jemput Ibrahim berucap. Hidungmu tak macunglah Ibrahim!


We’re Like The Aussies

Posted: 29 Aug 2010 06:56 AM PDT

Jo told me that Malaysians are a bit like the Aussies.

Whenever friends from abroad come to visit, we tend to invite them to stay with us (with open arms). Just like the Aussies, she says, They will even tell you that their house key is in the third flower pot and "just make yourself at home".

We had this funny conversation when we were having lunch at Pastamania just last week and I was telling her how we love looking up friends when we are abroad.

It's just fun to catch up with friends this way especially if we know them really well.

Like my childhood friend in London. She's been asking me to visit her and stay with her when I do go. I've known her since we were both six years old.

And remember my HK trip? All made possible because dear SP gave us her entire apartment to stay in during the 10 days we were there (not to mention her extra set of keys so we could waltz in and out of her apartment as and when we wished).

And of course, when I am in KL, I am so fortunate that I have friends I can stay with, any time. They'll open their guest rooms for me and that's so Malaysian right?

And guess what? I do the same too.

I told Nir, my uni mate, that she is welcome to come and stay with me any time she comes back from Germany. And she also means it when she tells me,"Come visit me in Dortmund and come stay with me. And this is not ajak-ajak ayam, okay." And I know she means it.

That's the Malaysian way of being hospitable.

But that's not the Singaporean style, I heard from Jo. Singaporeans would never think of impinging on the privacy of their friends so they'd rather go to a hotel room. When a Singaporean does ask about accommodation, she asks, "So which hotel are you staying at?" The very (Malaysian) offer of "come bunk with me" isn't done.

Frankly speaking, I love hosting friends. I don't normally open up my home to people I don't like or to mere acquaintances. And yes, when friends come and bunk over, I have a set of keys for them too. So they can have the freedom to come and go as they please.

I was telling Jo that when I do go to Singapore, I have friends I can really bunk with. In fact, that's the best part about travelling right? You meet with friends, you catch up, you save on hotel costs and you have a gala time.

So is it true that Singaporeans are like us in many ways but also NOT like us Malaysians in many ways?

I'd really love to hear what you think!


PAS Rancang Saman Utusan & MAIS, Hassan Ali Pula Kenapa Membisu?

Posted: 29 Aug 2010 07:36 AM PDT

PAS kaji saman Utusan, Mais fitnah isu MP Serdang kunjung surau

PAS mengkaji tindakan undang-undang terhadap Utusan Malaysia dan pihak-pihak terbabit termasuk Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (Mais) berhubung isu kontroversi kunjungan Ahli Parlimen Serdang Teo Nie Ching ke Surau Al-Huda, Kajang.

Naib Presiden PAS Datuk Mahfuz Omar berkata laporan akhbar arus perdana itu yang mengatakan Teo memberikan bantuan kepada ahli PAS di surau tersebut adalah satu penipuan dan fitnah yang sengaja diperbesarkan.

"Kita telah bincang perkara ini dalam mesyuarat (bulanan) PAS hari ini dan kita serahkan kepada peguam untuk mengkaji perkara ini terlebih dahulu sebelum membuat keputusan muktamad.

"Selain Utusan Malaysia kita juga akan ambil tindakan kepada pihak yang menyebarkan fitnah termasuk Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (Mais) kerana tidak menyiasat perkara ini terlebih dahulu," kata beliau ketika ditemui pada majlis pelancaran Kempen Anti Saman Ekor (KASE) di pekarangan Plaza Tol Sungai Besi di sini petang ini.

Beliau berkata, PAS juga akan membantu pengurusan Surau Al-Huda untuk mendapatkan keadilan dan mungkin tindakan sama akan diambil kepada pihak-pihak terbabit.

"Ya, kita juga akan dapatkan kebenaran bagi pihak pengurusan surau itu, kalau apa yang dilaporkan itu fitnah kita juga akan ambil tindakan undang-undang.

"Apa yang saya faham Utusan Malaysia membuat laporan palsu apabila mengatakan Teo menyambaikan sumbangan kepada ahli PAS, memberi tazkirah dan juga memberi ucapan politik,

"Sedangkan beliau (Teo) hanya dijemput untuk memberikan ucapan selepas memberikan sumbangan kepada surau tersebut untuk memperbaiki pagar di kawasan surau itu. Apa yang dilaporkan itu adalah satu penipuan yang nyata," katanya.

Mais mendakwa tindakan Teo itu telah menimbulkan kemurkaan Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah yang menitahkan Mais menyiasat dan mengambil tindakan sewajarnya ke atas pengurusan surau tersebut.

Majlis itu juga telah mengambil alih pengurusan surau itu.

Dalam kenyataannya malam tadi, Mursyidul Am PAS Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat mempertahankan tindakan Teo menyampaikan sumbangan dan tazkirah di ruang solat surau itu yang terletak di Kajang Sental.

Menteri Besar Kelantan itu berkata tindakan anggota Dewan Rakyat tersebut tidak menyalahi hukum Islam, malah sebaik-baik cara untuk mendekatkan mesyarakat bukan Islam kepada Islam.


"Tidak salah orang bukan Islam termasuk wanita masuk dalam masjid sama ada untuk berucap atau apa sahaja asalkan berpakaian sopan bagi bukan Islam dan menutup aurat bagi orang Islam," katanya.

Mahfuz yang juga Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena menegaskan bahawa Mais boleh menyerahkan surat amaran tetapi bukan kepada Teo, sebaliknya Majlis Muzakarah Fatwa.

"Majlis Muzakarah Fatwa telah mengeluarkan fatwa pada Mac tahun ini dengan mengatakan orang bukan Islam boleh memasuki kawasan masjid tetapi mesti mendapatkan kebenaran daripada pengurusan masjid terlebih dahulu.

"Dalam isu Teo ini juga sama kerana beliau telah mendapatkan kebenaran sebelum memasuki kawasan surau itu.

"Jadi ia bukan satu kesalahan, kalau Mais nak beri surat amaran beri kepada Majlis Muzakarah Fatwa bukan Teo kerana yang keluarkan fatwa adalah jawatankuasa itu," tegasnya.

Dalam satu kenyataan semalam, Teo menjelaskan bahawa kehadirannya di Surau Al-Huda hanya bertujuan menghulurkan bantuan berbentuk sumbangan kerajaan negeri bagi memperbaiki pagar surau berkenaan dan berbuka puasa bersama anggota jawatankuasa serta jemaah surau.

"Oleh kerana saya telah dijemput untuk memberi sepatah dua kata, saya dengan secara ikhlas memberi sedikit penjelasan mengenai program pendidikan kerajaan negeri yang memanfaatkan rakyat Selangor," katanya.

Mengulas lanjut, Mahfuz berkata tindakan memperbesarkan isu itu boleh memberikan persepsi buruk terhadap Islam.

"Orang bukan Islam melihat akan perkara ini dan tindakan pemimpin Barisan Nasional terutamanya Umno memperbesarkan isu ini akan memberikan tanggapan negatif terhadap agama Islam," kata beliau yang juga Pengerusi KASE.

Dalam pelancaran KASE itu sebanyak 5,000 risalah diedarkan kepada pengguna jalan raya.

KASE telah dilancar 2 Ogos lalu dalam usaha PAS membela nasib mereka yang menjadi mangsa saman ekor. -TMI

Ulasan GB

Dalam kecoh-kecoh isu wakil rakyat DAP masuk ke surau, GB ingin tahu dimanakah Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Hal Ehwal Agama Islam, Adat-Adat Melayu, Infrastruktur dan Kemudahan Awam, Datuk Dr Hasan Ali yang juga Pesuruhjaya PAS Selngor?

Pimpinan PAS Selangor selama ini dikaitkan dengan kumpulan Kerajaan Perpaduan dalam PAS. Apakah mereka cuba "play safe" di dalam isu ini kerana rakannya, Pengarah JAIS, Khusrin Munawi (Penyokong tegar UMNO) telah pun membuat kenyataan melarang orang bukan Islam memasuki ruang solat di dalam surau dan masjid?

Setelah berhari-hari isu ini dibincangkan dengan begitu hangat oleh semua pihak tanpa kelibat PJ PAS Selangor sehingga Naib Presiden PAS Pusat pula membuat kenyataan untuk menyaman Utusan dan MAIS? Ahli PAS seluruh negara saya kira menyetujui tindakan PAS untuk menyaman pihak terbabit, tetapi Pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor yang membisu mungkin perlu dicurahkan sebaldi air panas untuk disedarkan dirinya.

Dan seperti biasa juga pimpinan PAS Pusat pun berdiam diri terhadap kebisuan Pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor tersebut di dalam isu besar ini....


Why They Can’t Condemn Hamas

Posted: 29 Aug 2010 07:25 AM PDT

Hamas is a shibboleth. If you want to know whether an ostensible Muslim "moderate" is really moderate, ask him if Hamas is a terrorist organization.

It is really not a hard question, even if Feisal Rauf can't — or won't — answer it. Rauf, the would-be imam of the controversial Ground Zero mosque, is also a stud in the State Department's stable of ready-to-travel-on-your-dime "moderates." That same State Department has branded Hamas a terrorist organization, and we can't even get it to say that about the Taliban, the guys we're fighting in the overseas contingency operation formerly known as the War on Terror.

During a WABC radio interview, Aaron Klein three times pressed Rauf to admit that Hamas is a terrorist organization. Rauf bobbed and weaved in classic Islamist style. "I'm not a politician," he replied, as if only politicians trouble themselves over whether terrorists are terrorists. "I try to avoid the issues. The issue of terrorism is a very complex question." Avoid the issues? You don't say!

But it is not a complex question, no more complex than "Does Derek Jeter play for the Yankees?" It is a straightforward question that Islamists complicate with clever casuistry, carefully designed to ring all the right chimes for our opinion elites and their media pitchmen.

TWISTING THE RELIGION WITH POLITICS?
On Tuesday, I appeared on Scoreboard, a Fox Business Channel program, to debate the proposed mosque with Dawood Kringle, a prison imam who is a perfect fit for the correctional system in Michael Bloomberg's New York City. Like the mayor, Imam Kringle knows and admires Imam Rauf, so it's only natural that he supports the Ground Zero mosque. He reasons, in his best Rauf-speak, that it would be "a tangible manifestation and demonstration of the spiritual principles of Islam as applied to everyone's lives."

Exactly: The main problem with Islamists is that they want to apply the principles of Islam — which are far from limited to "spiritual principles" — to everyone's lives. It never seems to register with Imam Rauf's apologists that we already have thousands of mosques and Islamic centers in the United States, and no one is suggesting these should be shut down, even though many of them are hotbeds of rabidly anti-Western ideology that have not proved to be reassuring "tangible manifestations" of how Islam is lived.

Nor does it seem to matter that Rauf's project is an exercise in self-absorbed indignation. Claiming to "build bridges," Islamists demand that their First Amendment right to religious freedom (which no one has denied) be deferred to while urging that your First Amendment right to free speech be smothered by governmental scolds — including a preening president, a demagogic mayor, and a House Speaker who wants to use her public office to investigate the project's opponents (i.e., 70 percent of the public). The anticipated "tangible manifestation" in question not only divides a nation still under jihadist siege; it deeply wounds the 9/11 families, the remains of whose slaughtered loved ones are still being retrieved from the vicinity of Ground Zero.

Still, even Kringle's desultory case for the mosque paled in comparison with his adamant refusal to answer the question, "Is Hamas a terrorist organization?" You can watch the short debate for yourself here. There are long pauses, shucks, jives, and gibberish — but no answer:

Asman: Do you believe Hamas is a terrorist organization?

Kringle: [Pause] I would, um — [pause]

McCarthy: That's not a hard question.

Asman: [To McCarthy] Hold on a second.

Kringle: No, no, no. I —

Asman: Is Hamas a terrorist organization? A simple question.

Kringle: I believe that there's people, uh, connected with Hamas that are, uh — advocate terrorism —

Asman: Is Hamas, though, a terrorist organization, as the State Department says it is?

Kringle: I believe that the people — that people that, uh, that, uh, exist on the fringe of there — Hamas is a political party that, uh, that grew out of, uh, out of, uh, what happened to, uh, Palestine. Obviously, there's going to be people that are, uh, that are going to twist up, uh, the religion to serve their political agendas.

This is just counterfactual bunk. It is served up by the imam and many likeminded apologists as though Hamas did not have a richly documented history, and as though Islamists did not reject the very premise that religious and political agendas can be distinguished. Continue to page 2 and 3of Andrew C McCarthy's article in the National Review


NO TALK ON HARDTALK!

Posted: 29 Aug 2010 06:41 AM PDT

According to this update HERE by Malaysia Today, Bridget Osborne from the BBC called to inform Raja Petra Kamarudin that the Hardtalk BBC program scheduled for 3.00pm, Wednesday, 1st September 2010, has been cancelled.


Bridget said that BBC's lawyers advised them not to proceed with the program as this would upset the Malaysian government and may even expose the BBC to legal action.

Bridget added that the questions they would delve into, which would be very sensitive in nature and critical of the government, would run foul of the Malaysian government.

The fact that the program would be accessible in Malaysia, said Bridget, makes this a problem for the BBC.

It looks like RPK is too hot even for HARDtalk and BBC said it is a rare occasion that they have had to drop a program.

HARDtalk is a BBC radio program that interviews newsmakers and personalities from across the globe on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 0430 and 2330.

On 11th May, 2005 BBC, Hardtalk interviewed Anwar Ibrahim and you can read excerpts HERE. Nothing happened to BBC then and British-Malaysian ties were not jeopardized.

On 22nd March 2008, BBC Hardtalk interviewed TDM over HERE. Again, nothing happened to BBC then and British-Malaysian ties were also not jeopardized.

Actually, it depends on how a skilled interviewer handles the whole interview but then again, we can see that other forces at work are truly powerful.

So does this mean that RPK is too hot for BBC to handle? Or does it mean that Britain cares more for other things than for freedom of speech?


Time In A Bottle ...

Posted: 29 Aug 2010 03:59 AM PDT

Wifey and me went to KL today to but it felt like we were tourists from out of town. We went to Petaling Street (also known as China Town) and it brought memories of our recent holiday to Malacca when we took a walk along Jonker street.

Though we're both pretty familiar with KL town, we haven't been to Petaling street since they revamped the place. Since we've been practically crawling all the malls for the past few weeks we couldn't think of any new mall to visit and decided why not try China Town.

The more cleaner, modern Petaling Street ...

Well, I must say I miss the old haphazard version of Petaling Street compared to this more ...urrrmmm ... modern version. The old one gave it a more authentic hawker street kinda feel. I used to frequent that place quite a bit in my younger days buying the many imitation ... urmmm, I mean cheaper branded Rolexes, Tag Heuers' and whatnots.

Of course they still do sell all those 'branded' stuff but somehow I missed the old feel of the cramped and stuffy environment it exuded. It made it feel more genuine and in line with the imitation and cheap stuff they sold.

But we did feel like tourists from out of town though. And we also acted the part pretending like it was the first time we were walking through the stalls ... LOL! Well, at least it did give us a feeling like we were on holiday ... hahaha ...

We ended up buying two t-shirts for the boys, a door chime and some fruits, yes, we actually bought fruits in Petaling Street and also had a chicken rice lunch in one of those old pre-war buildings.

Then we took a walk to one of the older shopping malls in KL called Kota Raya and instantly we felt like were in Manila cos the place was practically packed with Filipinos meeting up for their weekly Sunday outings and utilizing the many money transfer facilities on offer in Kota Raya. Like I said, it felt more like we were the foreigners instead of the other way around :D

I haven't been to that part of KL much and that place hasn't really changed much. It has a more 70's or 80's feel with many old buildings still surrounding the place. It used to be my hangout back in the 80's when places like Mid-Valley, Sunway Pyramid, IKEA or One Utama was unheard of. Kota Raya used to be 'the' place to be.

 The many existing old shop houses ...

Though it brought back memories of my youth, I don't intend to go there for a very long time. I'll just stick to my favourite two malls at the moment with is Empire Shopping Gallery and Sunway Pyramid!
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Marshanda Berjilbab Setelah Mimpi Kiamat

Posted: 29 Aug 2010 03:37 AM PDT

Aktress Indonesia, Marshanda memutuskan untuk mengenakan jilbab setelah mendapat mimpi buruk tentang Kiamat selama beberapa hari.

Bintang sinetron Benci Bilang Cinta itu mengaku sedikit kekok saat pertama kali mengenakan jilbab kerana wanita yang mesra disapa Chacha itu tidak pernah berpakaian seperti itu.

"Saya bermimpikan Kiamat selama lima hari berturut-turut seperti dalam filem Armageddon dan berasa sangat takut.

"Pada waktu itu saya belum konsisten untuk mengenakan jilbab sehingga pada 12 Jun lalu, saya telah sedar dan bersyukur kerana dibukakan pintu hati untuk berjilbab," ujarnya menurut detikhot pada Jumaat.

Kini, kekasih Ben Kasyafani itu menolak tawaran untuk berlakon sinetron yang memintanya membuka tudung.

"Insya-Allah saya akan sentiasa memakai jilbab dalam setiap sinetron yang dilakonkan," ujarnya.


Marshanda Berjilbab Setelah Mimpi Kiamat

Jakarta Artis Marshanda memutuskan untuk mengenakan jilbab setelah mendapatkan mimpi buruk. Selama beberapa hari, bintang sinetron 'Sejuta Cinta Marshanda' itu sempat bermimpi tentang kiamat.

"Lima hari berturut-turut itu mimpinya kiamat, kayak film 'Armageddon' gitu dan aku takut banget," ujarnya saat ditemui dalam acara santunan untuk anak yatim di Hotel Sofyan, Jalan Cut Mutia, Menteng, Jakarta, pada Jumat (27/8/2010).

Marshanda mengaku sedikit risih (kekok) saat pertama kali mengenakan pakaian tertutup. Perempuan yang akrab disapa Chacha itu pun sempat tidak konsisten dengan keinginannya itu.

"Saat itu aku belum konsisten, pas tanggal 12 Juni, itu aku semakin menyadari, aku dibuka banget matanya untuk bersyukur," ungkap kekasih Ben Kasyafani itu.

Kini, Marshanda telah memutuskan untuk terus mengenakan jilbab. Ia juga siap menolak tawaran main sinetron jika harus membuka kerudungnya itu.

"Insya Allah setiap ada sinetron aku mau tetap pakai jilbab, kalau harus melepas aku nggak mau," ujarnya.(nu2/hkm) - detikhot


Ulasan GB

Ya, banyak sudah kisah mimpi mengenai kiamat yang GB dengar dari orang persaorangan yang Allah pilih untuk dikhabarkan.

Dan banyak sudah tanda-tanda tentang ketibaan hari yang dijanjikan itu dipaparkan oleh Allah s.w.t. untuk manusia.

Pun ramai yang masih leka mengenainya.


Landmark trial of GM anti-dengue mosquitoes in Malaysia

Posted: 29 Aug 2010 02:13 AM PDT

Malaysia is considering releasing genetically modified mosquitoes designed to combat dengue fever, in a landmark field trial that has come in for criticism from environmentalists.  

In the first experiment of its kind in Asia, 2,000-3,000 male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes would be released in two Malaysian states in October or November.

The insects in the study have been engineered so that their offspring quickly die, curbing the growth of the population in a technique researchers hope could eventually eradicate the dengue mosquito altogether.

Females of the Aedes species are responsible for spreading dengue fever, a sometimes deadly illness that has killed 100 people so far this year in Malaysia alone.

Unintended consequences

But environmentalists are not convinced, and are concerned the genetically modified (GM) mosquito could fail to prevent dengue and could also have unintended consequences.

"Once you release these GM mosquitoes into the environment, you have no control and it can create more problems than solving them," said Gurmit Singh, head of the Centre for Environment, Technology and Development.

"There are a lot of risks involved," he told AFP.

Singh said the larvae will only die if their environment is free of tetracycline, an antibiotic commonly used for medical and veterinary purposes.

"If the larvae come into contact with the tetracycline, the chances of the larvae surviving is higher than it dying off," he said.

"We don't know how the genetic flow will be affected. The non-targeted species might be adversely affected and increase the risk of ecological harm."

"We shouldn't take the risk, it is better to play safe," Singh said, adding that current measures to contain dengue outbreaks such as spraying insecticides are still effective if enforcement is beefed up.

Read more_Landmark trial of GM anti-dengue mosquitoes



8 cancer signs highlighted

Posted: 29 Aug 2010 01:37 AM PDT

There are eight signs, symptoms or test results that could improve early diagnosis of some cancers, British doctors say.

The researchers focused on changes that gave a one in 20 or higher chance of turning out to be cancer.

The symptoms include:

  • Coughing up blood.
  • Rectal blood.
  • Breast lump or mass.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • Post-menopausal bleeding.
  • Abnormal prostate tests.
  • Anemia.
  • Blood in urine.

In certain age and sex groups, the eight symptoms or findings point to the need for urgent investigation by family doctors, Dr. Mark Shapley and colleagues from Keele University (halfway between Manchester and Birmingham) said in Friday's online issue of the British Journal of General Practice.

The conclusion was based on an analysis of 25 studies from the U.K., U.S., Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Denmark and Germany.

The age of the patient is important, said Dr. Kevin Barraclough, a GP from Stroud.

"Iron deficiency anemia in a 21-year old female is extremely unlikely to be due to colorectal cancer, whereas in a 60-year old male, cancer is likely," Barraclough wrote in a journal editorial accompanying the study.

The red flags reinforce the importance of encouraging patients to discuss worrying symptoms early with their GP, said Prof. Amanda Howe, honorary secretary of the Royal College of General Practitioners, which publishes the journal.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/08/27/cancer-signs.html#ixzz0xyxYCxu8

Source_CBC News:8 cancer signs highlighted



Free international phone calls through G mail

Posted: 29 Aug 2010 01:25 AM PDT

Google Wave and Google Buzz may have had troubles attracting usage, but the new ability to place calls from Gmail appears to have caught on quickly.

"Over 1,000,000 calls placed from Gmail in just 24 hours!" Google tweeted Thursday, evidently pleased with the number.

For comparison, there are somewhat more than 300 million people in the United States. If the average person makes 10 calls per day–research in 2008 put the number at 208 calls per month–that means about one out of every 3,000 calls in the U.S. went through the service on its first day.

The service lets Gmail users make free calls to U.S. and Canada and inexpensive calls to phones in other countries. It uses Gmail as an interface and optionally can integrate with Google Voice to receive calls as well.

(For a full description of using Gmail to make phone calls, see Jessica Dolcourt's hands-on review.)

To be sure, a lot of calls are placed daily in the United States, where the new Gmail feature was activated initially. But the figure indicates that a sizable number of the millions of Gmail users at least gave it a whirl even if they didn't decide it was time to stop paying for their other phones.

Read more_Google: 1 million Gmail calls during first day by Stephen Shankland



The Anti-Facebook Arrives September 15: Will You Switch?

Posted: 29 Aug 2010 01:15 AM PDT

Diaspora, the open source social network and potential Facebook challenger, will be ready to launch on September 15, according to the project's developers.

In a recent blog post, the Diaspora team say they have the nascent social networking software up and running, and are happy with the near-final result. Despite these proclamations, however, it's unclear what Diaspora will look like or how it will function when Diaspora finally launches.

Open Source Facebook

Diaspora is meant to be an alternative to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks allowing you to share content such as photos, status updates, links, and so on. The plan for implementing Diaspora, as I understand it, is for users to download the software package, and then install it on their own Website hosted by yourself or a Web hosting service like Go Daddy.

For those not interested in hosting their own Diaspora site, the team also plans on creating a one-click sign-up version of Diaspora as well. But it's not clear when a hosted version of Diaspora would become available. However, the real power behind Diaspora appears to be the ability to take control of all your social networking data and put it on a server that you control.

Features

At launch, Diaspora will likely be fairly basic. Key features, according to the project Website, include the ability to scrape your data from major social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr; and for Diaspora users to connect with each other and share content such as status updates and photos between different Websites. Diaspora is also supposed to include end-to-end GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) encryption to make sure everything you share with your friends is protected while it's being sent across the Internet from one site to another.

Plans for Diaspora after its initial launch include Open ID integration, Voice over Internet Protocol services, and instant messaging. The team also plans to make Diaspora extensible so that developers can write plug-ins for it, which I assume would be similar to using WordPress plug-ins.

Read more_The Anti-Facebook Arrives September 15: Will You Switch? content by PC World

Reuters Edition: U.S.By Ian Paul at PC World


Isu Bukan Islam Masuk Masjid: Kejahilan UMNO Semakin Terdedah

Posted: 29 Aug 2010 12:59 AM PDT

Bagaikan menahan lukah di pergentingan, UMNO dan para kuncunya tidak habis-habis menerkam apa jua kesempatan dan isu sebagai modal mempertahan survival politik perkauman mereka. Seperti biasanya, bagaikan jerat sudah mengena, UMNO dan para pendokongnya mengambil kesempatan ke atas tindakan beberapa pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat bukan Islam yang telah memasuki masjid dan surau baru-baru ini.

Peristiwa Dr. Xavier Jayakumar berucap di dewan utama sebuah masjid di Taman Sri Andalas, Klang pada Ogos 2009 yang lalu, telahpun hampir dilupakan. Kini tindakan YB Teo Nie Ching (Ahli Parlimen DAP Serdang) masuk ke Surau Al-Huda, Kajang dan YB William Leong (Bendahari PKR, Ahli Parlimen PKR Selayang) masuk ke dalam Masjid At-Taqwa, Selayang Baru pula dijadikan isu besar.

Untuk menjelaskan pendirian kami mengenai isu ini, kami ingin membawa perhatian semua pihak kedudukan perkara ini dari perspektif fiqh (hukum Hakam Islam). Sekurang-kurangnya ada empat pandangan mengenai masalah ini. Pertamanya: Mazhab Hanafi yang membenarkan bukan Islam memasuki semua masjid. Keduanya: Mazhab Syafie yang membenarkan masuk kesemua masjid melainkan masjid Haram dan kawasan tanah haram Makkah. Ketiganya: Mazhab Hanbali yang membenarkan untuk memasuki masjidil haram dan lainnya setelah mendapat kebenaran dari umat Islam atas tujuan-tujuan yang munasabah. Akhirnya, Mazhab Maliki yang tidak membenarkan memasuki semua masjid melainkan kerana darurat kerja.

Beberapa peristiwa di zaman Rasulullah juga boleh dijadikan panduan. Baginda pernah membenarkan ramai orang-orang bukan Islam masuk dan tinggal lama di masjid. Rasulullah juga diriwayatkan pernah menerima tetamu Kristian dari Najran di dalam masjid Madinah, malah diizinkan oleh Nabi s.a.w untuk menunaikan sembahyang mereka di dalam masjid dan nabi menyebut kepada sahabat: "Biarkan mereka (untuk melunaskan sembahyang mereka)"

Kepelbagaian pandangan ini menggambarkan keluasan hukum Islam dalam persoalan yang digembar-gemburkan sebagai isu besar ini. Hakikatnya, majoriti ulama silam dan kontemporari jelas mengharuskan bukan Islam memasuki masjid-masjid biasa dengan syarat-syarat tertentu seperti keperluan mendapat keizinan umat Islam atau badan berkuasa Islam, mempunyai sebab yang munasabah dan menjaga adab-adab yang telah ditetapkan.

Oleh yang demikian, kami berpendirian bahawa adalah tidak wajar bagi siapa jua untuk menyempitkan sesuatu yang tidak jelas dari sudut nas-nasnya dan dalil-dalilnya. Apatah lagi jika kita sememangnya berpegang dengan mazhab al-Syafie sebagai mazhab rasmi umat Islam di Negara ini. Lebih jauh lagi, sikap menghalang bukan Islam memasuki masjid ini adalah bertentangan dengan semangat yang diputuskan oleh Muzakarah Jawatankuasa Fatwa Majlis Kebangsaan Bagi Hal Ehwal Ugama Islam Malaysia Kali Ke-90 yang bersidang pada 1 Mac 2010 telah memutuskan bahawa pelancong bukan Islam diharuskan memasuki masjid dan ruang solat dengan syarat-syarat yang telah ditentukan.

Amalan menerima bukan Islam memasuki masjid atas tujuan yang murni juga telah diamalkan di beberapa negara lain. Ia terbukti memberi nilai positif kepada keberkesanan pemahaman mereka kepada agama Islam, mengelakkan salah faham dan menjana interaksi yang harmoni dalam perhubungan di antara umat Islam dan bukan Islam.

Sewajarnya, para wakil rakyat PR demikian perlulah diberikan pujian kerana kesungguhannya dalam menjalankan tugasnya dengan baik kepada masyarakat majmuk di negara ini. Apatah lagi ia memang telahpun mendapat kebenaran pihak pengurusan masjid dan dilakukan pula atas tanggungjawab mereka sebagai wakil Kerajaan Negeri Selangor.

Kekecohan yang digembar-gemborkan hakikatnya akan memakan tuan. Inilah gambaran kegagalan UMNO selama ini dalam mendidik rakyat mengenai hakikat Islam. Sikap seperti ini akan menyuburkan pendirian fanatik melulu di kalangan orang Islam yang kurang berilmu. Lebih menghinakan apabila berita mengenainya ditokok tambah dengan pelbagai fitnah baru demi mencapai matlamat politik sempit yang diperjuangkan. Kita sentiasa mengingatkan bahawa umat Islam tidak boleh merelakan diri mereka terus dibelenggu dalam kerangka pemikiran sempit politik perkauman dan agama ala UMNO ini. Ini akan menjadikan kita semakin lesu dan masyarakat bukan Islam pula semakin menjauh dari kita. Yakinlah bahawa, kerja mereka ini akan menjadi sia-sia seperti mencari umbut di dalam batu.

Hakikatnya, tanpa mereka jangka, krisis yang mereka wujudkan ini akan menjadikan orang Melayu dan masyarakat Islam lebih memahami agamanya secara total dan lebih berkeyakinan bahawa Islam dan masyarakat Melayu akan lebih terjamin di bawah Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat pada masa depan. Inilah keyakinan kita kerana Islam itu tinggi dan merupakan agama yang membawa rahmat untuk seluruh alam.

28 Ogos 2010

DR MUHD NUR MANUTY
Pengerusi
Biro Pemahaman & Pemantapan Agama
Parti KeADILan Rakyat


FATWA JAKIM

Hukum Pelancong Bukan Islam Memasuki Masjid Dan Ruang Solat Utama Di Dalam Masjid

Keputusan:


Muzakarah Jawatankuasa Fatwa Majlis Kebangsaan Bagi Hal Ehwal Ugama Islam Malaysia Kali Ke-90 yang bersidang pada 1 Mac 2010 telah membincangkan Hukum Pelancong Bukan Islam Memasuki Masjid Dan Ruang Solat Utama Di Dalam Masjid. Muzakarah telah memutuskan bahawa pelancong bukan Islam diharuskan memasuki masjid dan ruang solat dengan syarat mendapat keizinan pihak pengurusan masjid dan perlakuan serta tingkah laku mereka tidak mencemarkan kesucian masjid dan sentiasa terkawal dan beradab. Walaubagaimanapun, perbuatan berdoa atau bertafakur oleh pelancong bukan Islam mengikut cara agama mereka dalam keadaan yang boleh menimbulkan fitnah adalah dilarang.

Keterangan/Hujah:

1. Dalam hal-hal yang berkaitan ibadah, sensitiviti umat Islam sangat tinggi dan nilai-nilai ta'abbudi amat dititikberatkan oleh masyarakat Islam.

2. Umat Islam dibenarkan melakukan ibadah sembahyang walaupun di dalam gereja kerana Saidina Umar al-Khattab pernah melakukannya. Umat Islam perlu bersikap tasamuh dan tidak terlalu rigid dalam membenarkan orang bukan Islam mendekati masjid.

3. Keindahan Islam boleh ditunjukkan kepada orang bukan Islam melalui lawatan mereka ke masjid-masjid selaras dengan peraturan dan garis panduan yang telah ditetapkan oleh pengurusan masjid.

4. Sikap membenarkan orang bukan Islam memasuki masjid tidak boleh disamakan dengan sikap tidak membenarkan penggunaan kalimah Allah oleh Kristian kerana konsepnya adalah berbeza.





S.H.E Hebe – Love music video

Posted: 28 Aug 2010 11:09 PM PDT

Chinese MV of Love by Taiwanese singer Hebe Tian from pop group S.H.E. The song is the first promotional track from the singer's debut solo album To Hebe

Sophisticated stuff. Not my cup of tea to be frank, but I like the fact that she's trying something different from the usual S.H.E stuff.

S.H.E Hebe – Love music video from YeinJee's Asian Blog


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Free Café Harimaya Station, Japan

Posted: 28 Aug 2010 09:38 PM PDT

Harimaya Station is a cafe chain in Japan which offers free Senbei (煎餅, Japanese rice crackers) and drinks to their patrons.

Free Cafe Harimaya Station, Japan

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Free Café Harimaya Station, Japan from YeinJee's Asian Blog


Malaysian Chinese racial profiling the Mainland Chinese!

Posted: 28 Aug 2010 08:57 PM PDT

SUHAKAM (Malaysian Human Rights Commission need to educate all the journalists, politicians, all the government servants including police, immigration and people about Human Rights, Racial Discriminations and racial profiling etc..

It is even chargeable in court of law as a hate crime. Racial profiling like calling "KALA", "INDIAN" or "CHINESE"could lead to Genocide.


"The 8 Stages of Genocide"
1.Classification People are divided into "us and them".
2.Symbolization "When combined with hatred, symbols may be forced upon unwi…lling members of pariah groups…" "To combat symbolization, hate symbols can be legally forbidden as can hate speech".
3.Dehumanization "One group denies the humanity of the other group. Members of it are equated with animals, vermin, insects or diseases."
5.Polarization "Hate groups broadcast polarizing propaganda…"
6.Preparation "Victims are identified and separated out because of their ethnic or religious identity…"
8.Denial "The perpetrators… deny that they committed any crimes…"



Vendors at TTDI market warmly received Jalur Gemilang from Lim Lip Eng

Posted: 28 Aug 2010 08:19 PM PDT




In conjunction with the upcoming Merdeka day, MP for Segambut Lim Lip Eng distributed some 300 Jalur Gemilang to vendors at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail market and members of the public in his effort to ignite the patriotic spirit in the area. Out of the 300, only 30 national flags were provided to him by the government. The rest were purchased partly from his own pocket and partly from kind donation from the public.

"To hoist a national flag in from of your stall is a way to express one's patriotic spirit," he said adding that the response from the vendor and members of the public have been very encouraging.

Lim urge his electoral not to lose the spirit of Merdeka as it is important to remember the country's struggle for independence.

"We can't lose the spirit of patriotism to our nation after we have just been independent slightly over half a century.

"How much does it cost to buy a Jalur Gemilang and a handle to hang it from?," he said.

Lim said our forefathers have sacrificed dearly to ensure a better future for us all.


Kisah Si Alim Dengan Si Jahil

Posted: 28 Aug 2010 07:36 PM PDT

Asri: Guna agama cetus permusuhan kaum cemarkan Islam

Bekas mufti Perlis Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin mengulangi pendiriannya bahawa bukan Islam boleh masuk ke dalam masjid atau surau atas tujuan yang betul dengan syarat tidak mencemarkan kemuliaan rumah ibadat.

Sehubungan itu kata beliau, pendekatan sesetengah golongan politik menggunakan isu agama untuk membangkitkan permusuhan kaum sehingga boleh menimbulkan salah faham terhadap Islam, "sebenarnya tindakan itulah yang mencemarkan Islam."

"Bukan Muslim boleh masuk ke dalam masjid jika dengan tujuan yang betul seperti untuk mengenali Islam, memahami atau mempelajarinya.

"Juga untuk urusan dengan orang Muslim, dengan syarat tidak mencemarkan kemuliaan masjid. Ini kerana pada zaman Nabi s.a.w bukan Muslim masuk ke masjid untuk bertemu Rasulullah s.a.w," kata beliau dalam kenyataan dikeluarkan hari ini.

Kata Asri, ada media yang melaporkan beliau mempertahankan tindakan Ahli Parlimen DAP Serdang Teo Nie Ching yang kini berhadapan dengan kontroversi berucap di Surau Al-Huda, Kajang pada Ahad lalu.

Bagaimanapun kata Asri, beliau tidak campur dalam urusan politik wakil rakyat itu dan tidak mengetahui apakah yang sebenarnya berlaku di surau tersebut.

Ketika pelbagai pihak menyerang tindakan Teo itu, dalam kenyataannya malam tadi, Mursyidul Am PAS Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat mempertahankan tindakan wakil rakyat tersebut menyampaikan sumbangan dan berucap di ruang solat surau itu.

Menteri Besar Kelantan itu berkata, tindakan anggota Dewan Rakyat tersebut tidak menyalahi hukum Islam, malah sebaik-baik cara untuk mendekatkan mesyarakat bukan Islam kepada Islam.

Dalam kenyataannyaa hari ini, Asri menegaskan, orang bukan Islam boleh memasuki masjid atau surau dengan niat yang baik, bukannya untuk tujuan berpolitik.

"Bukan Muslim, bahkan Muslim juga tidak boleh menggunakan masjid untuk tujuan politik puak dan peribadi," katanya.

Asri juga berkata isu-isu agama Islam hendaklah dinilai dengan timbangan agama yang berteraskan dalil dan hujah.

"Menggunakan neraca politik kepartian untuk menilai isu agama boleh merosakkan kesucian agama ini.

"Islam dibina atas hujah dan dalil, sementara politik kepartian sering dibina atas persepsi dan prejudis," katanya.

Oleh itu kata beliau, pandangan dan pendapat mengenai Islam hendaklah berteraskan hakikat Islam yang sebenar.

Dalam kenyataan dua hari lalu, Asri menyifatkan perbuatan Teo memasuki bahagian dalam surau tidak bertentangan dengan ajaran Islam.

Selain diperkuat dengan fatwa yang dikeluarkan beliau berpendapat, amalan orang bukan Islam mendekati masjid atau surau adalah tanda positif terhadap penerimaan agama, selagi tidak bercemar kesucian agama.

Jawatankuasa Fatwa Majlis Kebangsaan Bagi Hal Ehwal Ugama Islam Malaysia memutuskan bahawa pelancong bukan Islam diharuskan memasuki masjid dan ruang solat dengan syarat mendapat keizinan pihak pengurusan masjid dan perlakuan serta tingkah laku mereka tidak mencemarkan kesucian masjid dan sentiasa terkawal dan beradab.

Keputusan itu dicapai pada muzakarah 1 Mac 2010.

Bekas mufti itu menegaskan, bukan menjadi satu kesalahan kepada orang bukan Islam untuk memasuki surau dan masjid asalkan niatnya baik dan betul.

Dalam kenyataan itu, Asri berharap kepada umat Islam di negara ini tidak terikat dengan stigma tertentu hingga mendorong mereka membuat kesimpulan mudah tapi salah.

Teo dilaporkan akan menghadap Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah bagi memohon ampun serta memberi penjelasan kepada baginda tentang tindakannya.

Kata beliau, kehadirannya di Surau Al-Huda hanya bertujuan menghulurkan bantuan berbentuk sumbangan kerajaan negeri bagi memperbaiki pagar surau berkenaan dan berbuka puasa bersama anggota jawatankuasa serta jemaah surau.

"Oleh kerana saya telah dijemput untuk memberi sepatah dua kata, saya dengan secara ikhlas memberi sedikit penjelasan mengenai program pendidikan kerajaan negeri yang memanfaatkan rakyat Selangor.

"Saya kesal perkara ini telah menimbulkan perasaan resah antara umat Islam dan isu ini telah diperhangatkan oleh pihak tertentu atas sebab-sebab politik," kata beliau. -TMI


Perkasa mahu Mais dakwa MP Serdang

Presiden Perkasa Datuk Ibrahim Ali menyertai senarai mereka menyokong tindakan ke atas Ahli Parlimen Serdang Teo Nie Ching dengan menggesa agar wakil rakyat penggal pertama itu turut didakwa.

"Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (Mais) ada ambil tindakan terhadap bekas mufti (Perlis) Dr Asri kerana bagi ceramah dalam surau di Selangor tanpa tauliah.

"Oleh itu, Mais hendaklah segera mendakwa Ahli Parlimen Serdang yang mencemar Surau Al-Huda... kegagalan mendakwa bererti tidak menyahut titah Sultan Selagor yang amat murka dan dukacita," kata Ibrahim dalam kenyataannya.

Kes ke atas Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin yang dibawa oleh Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor akhir tahun lalu sedang didengar Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah Shah Alam.

Dalam kenyataannya malam tadi, Mursyidul Am Pas Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat mempertahankan tindakan Teo menyampaikan sumbangan dan tazkirah di ruang solat surau itu yang terletak di Kajang Sental, Ahad lepas.

Menteri Besar Kelantan itu berkata tindakan anggota Dewan Rakyat tersebut tidak menyalahi hukum Islam, malah sebaik-baik cara untuk mendekatkan mesyarakat bukan Islam kepada Islam.

"Tidak salah orang bukan Islam termasuk wanita masuk dalam masjid sama ada untuk berucap atau apa sahaja asalkan berpakaian sopan bagi bukan Islam dan menutup aurat bagi orang Islam," katanya malam tadi.

Tindakan Teo itu dikritik Umno dan Perkasa sebelum ini dan turut dilaporkan menimbulkan kemurkaan Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah yang menitahkan Mais menyiasat dan mengambil tindakan sewajarnya ke atas pengurusan surau tersebut.

Dalam kenyataannnya, Ibrahim juga membawa misalan nasib yang menimpa pendakwah Islam Amerika Syarikat Malcom X yang ditembak mati di Manhattan Audubon Ballroom pada 1965.

"Pendakwah Islam yang berdakwah kepada orang-orang Kristian hingga masuk ke gereja semata-mata berdakwah kepada bukan Islam akhirnya ditembak mati.

"Di Serdang (Selangor), wakil rakyat DAP, yang bukan Islam, yang sentiasa dalam 'hadas besar' telah 'ditarik' ke ruang solat, saf pertama surau, oleh PAS (yang pasti ahlinya Islam) dan PKR (ahlinya Islam dan bukan islam) semata-semata untuk memberi tazkirah Ramadan pada jemaah, yang sudah tentu dan pasti beragama Islam," katanya,

Sehubungan itu, Ibrahim yang juga Ahli Parlimen Bebas Pasir Mas berkata, adakah Allah sedang memberikan satu 'iktibar' untuk berfikir bersama tentang realiti PAS, yang menurutnya menjual agama Islam demi survival politiknya ketika bulan Ramadan.

"Rumah Allah dicemari, dinodai dan segala-galanya halal demi undi, ini kerja syaitan yang memasong 'orang yang dikatakan beriman tapi tidak bertaqwa," katanya lagi.

Dalam kenyataannya semalam Teo berkata beliau akan menghadap Sultan Sharafuddin bagi memohon ampun serta memberi penjelasan kepada baginda tentang tindakannya.

Kata beliau, kehadirannya di Surau Al-Huda hanya bertujuan menghulurkan bantuan berbentuk sumbangan kerajaan negeri bagi memperbaiki pagar surau berkenaan dan berbuka puasa bersama anggota jawatankuasa serta jemaah surau.

"Oleh kerana saya telah dijemput untuk memberi sepatah dua kata, saya dengan secara ikhlas memberi sedikit penjelasan mengenai program pendidikan kerajaan negeri yang memanfaatkan rakyat Selangor.

"Saya kesal perkara ini telah menimbulkan perasaan resah antara umat Islam dan isu ini telah diperhangatkan oleh pihak tertentu atas sebab-sebab politik," kata beliau.-TMI


Ulasan GB

Dengan dua tulisan di atas mengenai dua orang manusia, seorang berpendidikan agama seorang lagi tidak. Seorang berilmu (alim) seorang jahil. Dr Mohd Asri dengan Ibrahim Ali. Mengulas isu yang sama iaitu isu surau Kajang yang menjembput wakil rakyat DAP.

Kata Mohd Asri:

"Bukan Muslim boleh masuk ke dalam masjid jika dengan tujuan yang betul seperti untuk mengenali Islam, memahami atau mempelajarinya.

"Juga untuk urusan dengan orang Muslim, dengan syarat tidak mencemarkan kemuliaan masjid. Ini kerana pada zaman Nabi s.a.w bukan Muslim masuk ke masjid untuk bertemu Rasulullah s.a.w,"
kata beliau dalam kenyataan dikeluarkan hari ini....

Katanya:

Sehubungan itu kata beliau, pendekatan sesetengah golongan politik menggunakan isu agama untuk membangkitkan permusuhan kaum sehingga boleh menimbulkan salah faham terhadap Islam, "sebenarnya tindakan itulah yang mencemarkan Islam."


Demikian penjelasan yang cukup terang dan nyata dari seorang yang tidak menyertai mana-mana parti politik.

Kemudian kita lihat tindakan UMNO yang memperalatkan isu lawatan wakil rakyat DAP di surau Al-Huda di Kajang itu menerima respons dari golongan yang jahil beragama juga. Ibrahim Ali, Presiden Perkasa, sebuah pertubuhan pelampau Melayu mendesak agak Wakil Rakyat DAP itu didakwa.

Si jahil memang menyokong si jahil, si pelampau memang menyokong tindakan si pelampau yang lain.

GB dah ulas sebelum ini bahawa

Seperti yang GB ulaskan sebelum ini, tindakan UMNO yang cuba menunjukkan mereka lebih Islam itu menjadikan mereka sebagai golongan yang pelampau - pelampau yang bebal terhadap agama - tetapi hanya menggunakan agama sebagai alat politik untuk menyerang Pakatan Rakyat terutama PAS yang semakin dicemburuinya. Dan GB telah mendedahkan sebelum ini, 90% menteri-menteri dari kalangan UMNO ini tidak membaca Al-Quran, jauh sekali mengkaji ayat-ayatNya dan Hadith, justeru itu mereka bebal sebebalnya tentang agama. Mereka hanya bergantung kepada seorang dua "ustadz celup" dimana ustadz-ustadz ini menjadikan diri mereka lembu-lembu untuk habuan duniawi.

(tambahan: sebut sahaja siapa juga menteri UMNO.. Nong Chik ker, Awang Adik ker, Nazri Aziz ker, Anifah Aman ker, Rais Yatim ker, malah Muhyiddin atau Najib sekalipun, GB curiga sangat samada mereka boleh membaca Al-Quran)

Keras kritikan GB, namun demi kebenaran itulah yang sebenar-benarnya.

Anda UMNO boleh memujuk semua sultan agar UMNO memegang semua kunci masjid dan surau, jangan benarkan ahli-ahli dan pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat masuk ke dalamnya. Ia akan mempercepat UMNO terlingkup. Bagi umat Islam sebenar, mereka boleh mendirikan solat di mana-mana hatta segala masjid dan surau terkunci untuk mereka. Kerana Allah memerintahkan "dirikan solat", bukan dirikan masjid.

Pegang kata-kata GB ini, bahawa UMNO BN tetap lingkup setidak-tidaknya di dalam pilihanraya kali ke 14!



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