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Posted: 17 Jan 2011 09:34 AM PST
this is a very beautiful well-written article by a young professor called mohd. tajuddin, which i would like to share. it is related to the after friday prayer protest on the azan issue at the kg kerinchi mosque, kl.
from the latest news, it seemed that the MCA lawyer had apologised. eh? i feel he shouldn't. the extreme hypocrites malays from some NGOs had already went on a protest and burned his effigy. it is true that at some mosques or surau, the azan is very loud… not that we are questioning the call of izan (nor are we against islam just because we said this, as the extreme hypocrites after friday PRAYERS protestors said so). we just want the volume to be within acceptance level.
the picture you see here is taken from the window of my f lat. the mosque you see is the bayan baru mosque which is about 150 metres away. on the left, you'll notice a mosque head too, right? well that is the bayan baru surau which is just next to my flat. in the beginning when i first moved in, the noise was awfully loud to me as at first couldn't get used to it. believe it or not, i can hear the azan from both the mosque and the surau! first the surau will start… then followed by the mosque… wow!…. like stereo sound. however several years back, i can't hear the azan from the mosque anymore so i guess they have tone down the volume but of course can still hear it from the surau. since i'm so near, well… it is loud. even when i was talking on the phone to a friend, my friend on the other side once said she heard the azan so clear and loud. oh well… i'm used to it already. no complain whatsoever.
ok don't forget to click on 'read more' to read what prof. dr mohd tajuddin had to say.
The true spirit of the azan
COMMENT Let us be clear on the purpose of the adhan in its original form. According to the hadith (recording of the sayings and actions) of the Prophet Muhammad as documented by Sirah Ishaq:
"When the apostle was firmly settled in Medina and his brethren the emigrants were gathered to him and the affairs of the helpers were arranged, Islam became firmly established.
"Prayer was instituted, the alms tax and fasting were prescribed, legal punishments fixed, the forbidden and the permitted prescribed, and Islam took up its abode with them. It was this clan of the helpers who 'have taken up their abode (in the city of the prophet) and in the faith'.
"When the apostle first came, the people gathered to him for prayer at the appointed times without being summoned. At first the apostle thought of using a trumpet like that of the Jews who used it to summon to prayer. Afterwards he disliked the idea and ordered a clapper to be made, so it was duly fashioned to be beaten when the Muslims should pray.
"Meanwhile 'Abdullah b. Zayd b. Tha'laba b. 'Abdu Rabbihi brother of B. al-Harith heard a voice in a dream, and came to the apostle saying: '(In my dream) There passed by me a man wearing two green garments carrying a clapper in his hand, and I asked him to sell it to me. When he asked me what I wanted it for I told him that it was to summon people to prayer, whereupon he offered to show me a better way: it was to say thrice 'Allah Akbar. I bear witness that there is no God but Allah I bear witness that Muhammad is the apostle of God. Come to prayer. Come to Prayer. Come to divine service. Come to divine service. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. There is no God but Allah'.
"When the apostle was told of this he said that it was a true vision if God so willed it, and that he should go with Bilal and communicate it to him so that he might call to prayer thus, for he had a more penetrating voice. When Bilal acted as muezzin 'Umar heard him in his house and came to the apostle dragging his cloak on the ground and saying that he had seen precisely the same vision. The apostle said, 'God be praised for that!'"
The main purpose of the azan
It is clear in the hadith that the main purpose of the azan is to call Muslims for prayers at a single time because there was no idea of a mechanical device to tell exact time. The azan was also used to tell people to pray in their homes when there is a calamity or severe weather that makes going to the mosque a dangerous affair as in the following hadith:
"Once on a very cold and stormy night, Ibn Umar pronounced the azan for the prayer and then said 'Pray in your homes'. He (Ibn Umar) added, 'On very cold and rainy nights, Allah's apostle used to order the muezzin to say 'Pray in your homes'."
The Malays of the Nusantara region had resorted to the use of the beduk (a tree trunk made hollow to echo the beats or a taboh which is a leather drum in mosques of old). The traditional Malay mosques of old never had a minaret but possessed the 'rumah taboh' or a low tower to house the drum.
In one sense, the Malays went against the Prophet's order of a clapper or drum but because there were no Jewish or Christian tradition to be mistaken with then, the ijtihad of the drum was accepted. This shows that Islam is tolerant of the cultural contexts of the area.
Mosques in China have been found to echo the architecture of the temple form, once again showing the tolerance and magnanimity of Islam. In Spain, when Muslims were in power, there were many churches that were left intact. In Malaysia we see the presence of heritage temples and churches littering the country that proclaims the generosity of Islam.
But what of the antics of extreme Malay NGOs and Malay-based political parties? Burning effigies? Stepping on cow heads with the knowledge that the animal is considered sacred to certain citizens of this country? The Prophet never taught his followers to step on politicians' pictures or burn effigies or desecrate holy objects of the major religions.
Only once did I find the Prophet's anger related in this regard and manner, but note that it was in relation to the houses of Muslims who hear the azan but do not come for prayers. In a hadith cited by Bukhari:
Allah's Apostle said, "By Him in Whose Hand my soul is, I was about to order the collecting of firewood, order someone to pronounce the Azan for the prayer, ask someone to lead the prayer, then I would go from behind and burn the houses of men who did not present themselves for the prayer."
The issue of the azan is a simple one, but because of ignorance and a sense of cheap political strategies to drum up support, it has been blown out of proportion. The fact remains that in countries such as the US, the azan is not allowed to be pronounced because it is in a non-Muslim areas. Muslims still flock to the mosques because the azan is sounded within the compound only.
A tool of convenience
And even if there is no azan being called, the congregational prayers can still be performed validly. The narrations clearly stipulate that the azan is a tool of convenience and it is not a singular part of the prayer as prescribed to the Prophet and his nation on the Night of Ascension. The azan is not obligatory, though it is still considered important to be called out aloud.
Thus, the request by the non-Muslim lawyer to lower the sound is not a threat to the performance of prayers since everyone now can tell the time of prayers. Besides, in some Malay-dominated areas, the sound of the azan being called by many mosques sometimes creates confusion, to the point that the beauty in its call is jeopardised.
It is time that some kind of ruling about the decibel level of the azan be made in relation to the proximity of various mosques as well as taking into account whether the area is more populated by non-Muslims or not. It is a logical and simple request. And it was made in a letter to Putrajaya in a civil and respectful manner.
What of the answer of some Muslim Malays? Loud threats and burning of effigies! Why are Muslims angry at being labelled as extremists and terrorists by the Western media, when their actions speak volumes and show how the Western media are clearly 'correct' in their assessment. But Islam as taught by the Prophet shun these extremities.
I read with interest that a spokesperson of the government denied that the government had ordered the sound to be lowered. I also read in Harakahdaily that a PAS Youth leader condemned Putrajaya and the BN government for giving in to the request by the MCA lawyer.
To me, if the BN government did order the volume to be lowered then they would have acted within the true spirit of Islam as taught by the Prophet. But then, the government spokesmen had denied so.
I am completely surprised and taken aback by the PAS Youth's condemnation of the alleged move to lower the sound. PAS had shown great magnanimity and true spirit of tolerance in the 'Allah' issue, the Teo Nie Ching Mosque issue, the 'aerobics in the mosque compound' issue, the church-burning issue, the cow-head incident, and many more.
But the PAS Youth leader has made PAS to be as bad as another Malay political party as well as Perkasa. I hope the senior leaders of PAS can quickly make a clear statement of magnanimity and generosity of Islam as shown in the other incidents.
We must take heed of what Imam Ghazali recorded in his Ihya Ulumuddin as follows:
"One night Said Al-Musayyab heard Umar Abdul Aziz reciting aloud the Qur'an in the Mosque of the Prophet. Said ordered his son to go to the person who was praying and tell him to lower his voice in recitation. His son replied that the mosque is a public place and that they had not a single right to it and furthermore, the man who was reciting was the Governor of Medinah.
"Said then called onto the reciter and said," O you who is praying. If you desire that Allah The Most High accept your prayer, then lower your voice. If you desire that the people accept you, the people are only in need of Allah." When Umar, the Governor of Medinah, heard this advice, he shortened his superragotary prayer and lowered his voice in recitation."
How beautiful was the action of the governor who heeded the reminder of his subject without throwing a tantrum and proclaiming that one must listen and respect the Qur'anic recitation at all times. This is about one Muslim reminding a Muslim leader not to disturb people during their times of sleep.
Elements out to stir unrest
There are elements in this country out to use Islam in order to stir racial unrest. Of that fact it is very clear to me, an educated father of five. We Malaysians must protect the safety of our children from these elements of extremism at all costs.
Muslim parents and citizens of Malaysia must look long and hard at their religion as taught by the Prophet because some religious scholars and political leaders are clearly presenting Islam in a very negative sense to serve their own material agendas.
I beg also of all non-Muslim to be patient and ignore these extremist elements and continue to be civil in their discourse and discussion of Islam in the public arena.
As a Malaysian citizen who is a follower of Islam, I welcome civilised discussions and questions or even 'complaints' about my religion. Let us manage them maturely. Just as Malaysia is entering her adulthood, we also must not handle matters in the manner of little children throwing tantrums. The more so when there are childish adults who are out to capitalise on ignorance and suspicions.
PROF DR MOHAMAD TAJUDDIN MOHAMAD RASDI is a 23-year veteran academic and teaches architecture at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He specialises in mosque and Islamic architecture particularly that which relates to Malaysia using a hadith-based and socio-cultural approach in order to create the total idea of built environment suited for a whole social structure. He is the author of 'The Mosque as a Community Centre' (1998).
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 07:17 AM PST
Below are some old photos of Leo Idol 2010 that happened last year at Han Chiang High School's Stadium. Every year, Leo Club organizes a talent quest competition called Leo Idol but I heard that last year's was the last one already, don't know is it true or not.
I have been participating in the helper team for 3 years already but I did not help out for last year's. I was in national service so don't be surprise for my bald head. Hehe.
So how did I come out from national service camp to attend this Leo Idol event? Actually I was on MC, sick and came out of camp but I recovered and I still have time, so I went to check them out. Hehe.
Leo Idol was getting better, the participants were so strong, so good in singing and they really amazed me a lot.
Each batch was like better than previous batch I felt. Real awesome night.
Botak head. Real old me man. =D
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 08:00 AM PST
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Posted: 17 Jan 2011 08:00 AM PST
SPECIAL REPORT The November 2010 inflation figure may only have indicated a modest rise in prices of 1.7 percent compared to the same month in 2009, but on the ground the pinch is tighter.
A deeper look into official statistics may explain why the average Joe has been force to tighten the belt beyond what is expected from the marginal overall price hike.
The National Statistics Department (NSD) said the largest contributor to the inflation rise is the increase in price of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
More importantly, this mainly consists of food eaten at home, putting much pressure on grocery bills for working families (40 percent of them earn less than RM1,500 per month) and are also facing hikes in utility bills (up 1.1 percent according to official data), transportation costs (up 1.4 percent), healthcare charges (up 1.6 percent) and education fees (up 1.7 percent).
The NSD said among the sub-groups (of food at home) which showed significant increases during the period (of January to November 2010) were sugar, jam, honey, chocolate and confectionary (10.2 percent), vegetables (8.1 percent), meat (2.9 percent), fruit (1.7 percent), fish and seafood (1.6 percent) and rice, bread and other cereals (0.9 percent).
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 08:01 AM PST
Ada seorang pemuda Arab yang baru saja menyelesaikan bangku kuliahnya di Amerika. Pemuda ini adalah salah seorang yang diberi nikmat oleh Allah berupa pendidikan agama Islam bahkan dia mampu mendalaminya. Selain belajar, dia juga seorang juru dakwah Islam.
Ketika berada di Amerika, dia berkenalan dengan salah seorang Nasrani. Hubungan mereka semakin akrab, dengan harapan semoga Allah s.w.t. memberinya hidayah masuk Islam.
Pada suatu hari mereka berdua berjalan-jalan di sebuah perkampungan di Amerika dan melintas dekat sebuah gereja yang terdapat di kampung tersebut. Temannya itu meminta agar dia turut masuk ke dalam gereja.
Mula mula dia keberatan, namun karena desakan akhirnya pemuda itu pun memenuhi permintaannya lalu ikut masuk ke dalam gereja dan duduk di salah satu bangku dengan hening, sebagaimana kebiasaan mereka. Ketika paderi masuk, mereka serentak berdiri untuk memberikan penghormatan lantas kembali duduk. Di saat itu, si paderi agak terbeliak ketika melihat kepada para hadirin dan berkata,
"Di tengah kita ada seorang Muslim. Aku harap dia keluar dari sini."
Pemuda Arab itu tidak bergerak dari tempatnya. Paderi tersebut mengucapkan perkataan itu berkali-kali, namun dia tetap tidak bergerak dari tempatnya. Hingga akhirnya paderi itu berkata,
"Aku minta dia keluar dari sini dan aku menjamin keselamatannya."
Barulah pemuda ini beranjak keluar. Di ambang pintu, pemuda bertanya kepada sang paderi,
"Bagaimana anda tahu bahwa saya seorang Muslim?"
Paderi itu menjawab,
"Dari tanda yang terdapat di wajahmu."
Kemudian dia beranjak hendak keluar. Namun, paderi ingin memanfaatkan keberadaan pemuda ini dengan mengajukan beberapa pertanyaan, tujuannya untuk memalukan pemuda tersebut dan sekaligus mengukuhkan ugamanya. Pemuda Muslim itupun menerima tentangan debat tersebut. Paderi berkata,
"Aku akan mengajukan kepada anda 22 pertanyaan dan anda harus menjawabnya dengan tepat."
Si pemuda tersenyum dan berkata,
Sang paderi pun mulai bertanya,
"Sebutkan satu yang tiada duanya,
dua yang tiada tiganya,
tiga yang tiada empatnya,
empat yang tiada limanya,
lima yang tiada enamnya,
enam yang tiada tujuhnya,
tujuh yang tiada lapannya,
lapan yang tiada sembilannya,
sembilan yang tiada sepuluhnya,
sesuatu yang tidak lebih dari sepuluh,
sebelas yang tiada dua belasnya,
dua belas yang tiada tiga belasnya,
tiga belas yang tiada empat belasnya."
"Sebutkan sesuatu yang dapat bernafas namun tidak mempunyai roh!
Apa yang dimaksud dengan kuburan berjalan membawa isinya?
Siapakah yang berdusta namun masuk ke dalam syurga?
Sebutkan sesuatu yang diciptakan Allah namun Dia tidak menyukainya?
Sebutkan sesuatu yang diciptakan Allah dengan tanpa ayah dan ibu!"
"Siapakah yang tercipta dari api, siapakah yang di azab dengan api dan siapakah yang terpelihara dari api?
Siapakah yang tercipta dari batu, siapakah yang diazab dengan batu dan siapakah yang terpelihara dari batu?"
"Sebutkan sesuatu yang diciptakan Allah dan dianggap besar! Pohon apakah yang mempunyai 12 ranting, setiap ranting mempunyai 30 daun, setiap daun mempunyai 5 buah, 3 di bawah naungan dan dua di bawah sinaran matahari?"
Mendengar pertanyaan tersebut, pemuda itu tersenyum dengan keyakinan kepada Allah.
Setelah membaca Basmalah dia berkata,
-Satu yang tiada duanya ialah Allah s.w.t..
-Dua yang tiada tiganya ialah Malam dan Siang. Allah s.w.t. berfirman, "Dan Kami jadikan malam dan siang sebagai dua tanda (kebesaran kami)."(Al-Isra': 12).
-Tiga yang tiada empatnya adalah kesilapan yang dilakukan Nabi Musa ketika Khidir menenggelamkan sampan, membunuh seorang anak kecil dan ketika menegakkan kembali dinding yang hampir roboh.
-Empat yang tiada limanya adalah Taurat, Injil, Zabur dan al-Qur'an.
-Lima yang tiada enamnya ialah Solat lima waktu.
-Enam yang tiada tujuhnya ialah jumlah Hari ketika Allah s.w.t. menciptakan makhluk.
-Tujuh yang tiada lapannya ialah Langit yang tujuh lapis. Allah s.w.t. berfirman, "Yang telah menciptakan tujuh langit berlapis-lapis. Kamu sekali-kali tidak melihat pada ciptaan Rabb Yang Maha Pemurah sesuatu yang tidak seimbang." (Al-Mulk: 3).
-Lapan yang tiada sembilannya ialah Malaikat pemikul Arsy ar-Rahman. Allah s.w.t. berfirman, "Dan malaikat-malaikat berada di penjuru-penjuru langit. Dan pada hari itu delapan orang malaikat men-junjung 'Arsy Rabbmu di atas (kepala) mereka." (Al-Haqah: 17).
-Sembilan yang tiada sepuluhnya adalah mu'jizat yang diberikan kepada Nabi Musa yaitu: tongkat, tangan yang bercahaya, angin topan, musim paceklik, katak, darah, kutu dan belalang.
-Sesuatu yang tidak lebih dari sepuluh ialah Kebaikan. Allah s.w.t. berfirman, "Barang siapa yang berbuat kebaikan maka untuknya sepuluh kali lipat." (Al-An'am: 160).
-Sebelas yang tiada dua belasnya ialah jumlah Saudara-Saudara Nabi Yusuf .
-Dua belas yang tiada tiga belasnya ialah Mu'jizat Nabi Musa yang terdapat dalam firman Allah, "Dan (ingatlah) ketika Musa memohon air untuk kaumnya, lalu Kami berfirman, 'Pukullah batu itu dengan tongkatmu.' Lalu memancarlah daripadanya dua belas mata air." (Al-Baqarah: 60).
-Tiga belas yang tiada empat belasnya ialah jumlah Saudara Nabi Yusuf ditambah dengan ayah dan ibunya.
Adapun sesuatu yang bernafas namun tidak mempunyai roh adalah waktu Subuh. Allah s.w.t. ber-firman, "Dan waktu subuh apabila fajarnya mulai menyingsing." (At-Takwir: 18).
Kuburan yang membawa isinya adalah Ikan yang menelan Nabi Yunus AS.
Mereka yang berdusta namun masuk ke dalam syurga adalah saudara-saudara Nabi Yusuf , yakni ketika mereka berkata kepada ayahnya, "Wahai ayah kami, sesungguhnya kami pergi berlumba-lumba dan kami tinggalkan Yusuf di dekat barang-barang kami, lalu dia dimakan serigala." Setelah kedustaan terungkap, Yusuf berkata kepada mereka, " tak ada cercaan terhadap kamu semua." Dan ayah mereka Ya'qub berkata, "Aku akan memohonkan ampun bagimu kepada Rabbku. Sesungguhnya Dia-lah Yang Maha Pengampun lagi Maha Penyayang." (Yusuf:98)
Sesuatu yang diciptakan Allah namun tidak Dia sukai adalah suara Keldai. Allah s.w.t. berfirman, "Sesungguhnya sejelek-jelek suara adalah suara keledai." (Luqman: 19).
Makhluk yang diciptakan Allah tanpa bapa dan ibu adalah Nabi Adam, Malaikat, Unta Nabi Shalih dan Kambing Nabi Ibrahim.
Makhluk yang diciptakan dari api adalah Iblis, yang diazab dengan api ialah Abu Jahal dan yang terpelihara dari api adalah Nabi Ibrahim. Allah s.w.t. berfirman, "Wahai api dinginlah dan selamatkan Ibrahim." (Al-Anbiya': 69).
Makhluk yang terbuat dari batu adalah Unta Nabi Shalih, yang diazab dengan batu adalah tentara bergajah dan yang terpelihara dari batu adalah Ashabul Kahfi (penghuni gua).
Sesuatu yang diciptakan Allah dan dianggap perkara besar adalah Tipu Daya wanita, sebagaimana firman Allah s.w.t.? "Sesungguhnya tipu daya kaum wanita itu sangatlah besar." (Yusuf: 28).
Adapun pohon yang memiliki 12 ranting setiap ranting mempunyai 30 daun, setiap daun mempunyai 5 buah, 3 di bawah teduhan dan dua di bawah sinaran matahari maknanya: Pohon adalah Tahun, Ranting adalah Bulan, Daun adalah Hari dan Buahnya adalah Solat yang lima waktu, Tiga dikerjakan di malam hari dan Dua di siang hari.
Paderi dan para hadirin merasa takjub mendengar jawapan pemuda Muslim tersebut. Kemudian dia pun mula hendak pergi. Namun dia mengurungkan niatnya dan meminta kepada paderi agar menjawab satu pertanyaan saja. Permintaan ini disetujui oleh paderi. Pemuda ini berkata,
"Apakah kunci syurga itu?"
Mendengar pertanyaan itu lidah paderi menjadi kelu, hatinya diselimuti keraguan dan rupa wajahnya pun berubah. Dia berusaha menyembunyikan kekuatirannya, namun tidak berhasil. Orang-orang yang hadir di gereja itu terus mendesaknya agar menjawab pertanyaan tersebut, namun dia cuba mengelak. Mereka berkata,
"Anda telah melontarkan 22 pertanyaan kepadanya dan semuanya dia jawab, sementara dia hanya memberi cuma satu pertanyaan namun anda tidak mampu menjawabnya!"
Paderi tersebut berkata,
"Sesungguh aku tahu jawapannya, namun aku takut kalian marah."
"Kami akan jamin keselamatan anda."
Paderi pun berkata,
"Jawapannya ialah: Asyhadu An La Ilaha Illallah Wa Wa Asyhadu Anna Muhammadar Rasulullah."
Lantas paderi dan orang-orang yang hadir di gereja itu terus memeluk agama Islam. Sungguh Allah telah menganugerahkan kebaikan dan menjaga mereka dengan Islam melalui tangan seorang pemuda Muslim yang bertakwa.
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 07:09 AM PST
The Daily Star
Dhaka, Monday 17 January 2011
Bangladeshi Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque has informed the nation that steps are being taken to look into corruption in the judiciary. To this effect, as he states, a five-member committee comprising senior High Court judges has been instituted, the fundamental purpose being a ferreting out of corrupt elements in the judicial branch.
It is our understanding that the committee, formed against the backdrop of a recent TIB report on judicial corruption, has set before itself the task of cleansing the judicial branch of corrupt elements within it.
We welcome the move and indeed the spirit in which it has been made. It is certainly encouraging to note that the highest court in the land has taken due and positive cognizance of the report and means to allay the fears and apprehensions which have crept into the public mind as a result of the report.
The recent exchange of views between the judges and officials of TIB on the subject, preceded earlier by the judiciary's directive to TIB for a submission of documents relating to its opinion survey, should be taken as a further sign of the judiciary's readiness to go after those involved in unethical activities within its corridors.
It is essential that every effort be made in order to convince people that at the end of the day, it is the judiciary that will interpret their rights and uphold their individual and collective interests.
It ought to be clear to everyone that the CJ and his colleagues have adopted a forward-looking stance on the TIB report.
In this instance, we would like to point out that the rather negative impression that was being given out earlier about the TIB by a section of the press was both misplaced and misleading. The hype created around the report appeared to convey the impression that TIB was being subjected to an inquisition. The fact was that TIB had merely conducted a survey in accordance with standard procedures followed all over the world and simply reported it. Unfortunately, what followed looked like a sense of satisfaction in certain circles that at long last TIB was having its comeuppance. It was nothing of the sort.
Citizens will now breathe a sigh of relief at the proactive and positive manner in which the judiciary has responded to the report. Its action only reinforces the principle that it believes in transparency and surely means to look inward as a way of preserving its role intact as the guardian of the constitution and of people's fundamental rights.
Finally, we would like to make it known to the CJ in particular and the judiciary in general that in their efforts to investigate corruption in the courts, indeed in the legal field, they will have the full and unstinted support of this newspaper, and hopefully of the media as a whole as well as the civil society and people at large.
We are in full agreement with the CJ that the judiciary like other organs of the state is accountable to the people. His comments have without question cleared the air of any misgivings that may have arisen.
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Posted: 17 Jan 2011 07:03 AM PST
The park bench was deserted as I sat down to read
Beneath the long,straggly branches of an old willow tree.
Disillusioned by life with good reason to frown,
For the world was intent on dragging me down.
And if that weren't enough to ruin my day,
A young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play.
He stood right before me with his head tilted down
And said with great excitement, "Look what I found!"
In his hand was a flower, and what a pitiful sight,
With its petals all worn - not enough rain, or too little light.
Wanting him to take his dead flower and go off to play,
I faked a small smile and then shifted away.
But instead of retreating he sat next to my side
And placed the flower to his nose and declared with overacted surprise,
"It sure smells pretty and it's beautiful, too.
That's why I picked it; here, it's for you."
The weed before me was dying or dead.
Not vibrant of colors: orange, yellow or red.
But I knew I must take it, or he might never leave.
So I reached for the flower, and replied, "Just what I need."
But instead of him placing the flower in my hand,
He held it mid-air without reason or plan.
It was then that I noticed for the very first time
That weed-toting boy could not see: he was blind.
I heard my voice quiver; tears shone in the sun
As I thanked him for picking the very best one.
"You're welcome," he smiled, and then ran off to play.
Unaware of the impact he'd had on my day.
I sat there and wondered how he managed to see
A self-pitying woman beneath an old willow tree.
How did he know of my self-indulged plight?
Perhaps from his heart, he'd been blessed with true sight.
Through the eyes of a blind child, at last I could see.
The problem was not with the world; the problem was me.
And for all of those times I myself had been blind,
I vowed to see the beauty in life,
And appreciate every second that's mine.
And then I held that wilted flower up to my nose
And breathed in the fragrance of a beautiful rose
And smiled as I watched that young boy,
Another weed in his hand,
About to change the life of an unsuspecting old man.
- Author Unknown -
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 06:22 AM PST
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Posted: 17 Jan 2011 07:22 AM PST
Najib perlu tegur belanja boros rosmah
Kuala Lumpur: Perdana Menteri Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Razak diseru supaya menegur tabiat isteri kesayangannya, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor yang boros dan gemar berbelanja besar.
Ketua Cabang KEADILAN Rembau, Badrul Hisham Shahrin berkata, kerajaan pimpinan Najib kerap memberi alasan untuk memotong subsidi rakyat disebabkan kos pengurusan ekonomi negara meningkat setiap tahun.
Dalam pada masa sama, katanya, Najib merayu rakyat agar mengubah cara hidup dan tidak boros berbelanja.
"Peliknya, Presiden Umno itu kekal membisu apabila pemborosan melibatkan isterinya Rosmah Mansur. Sebab itu, saya melihat Rosmah ini sudah menjadi beban utama kepada seluruh rakyat Malaysia. Najib perlu berani menegur isterinya," katanya kepada Keadilandaily.com.
Badrul berkata demikian mengulas pendedahan Timbalan Presiden KEADILAN, Azmin Ali yang mendakwa Rosmah membelanjakan RM100,000 semalam untuk menginap di hotel Atlantis di Dubai.
Menurutnya lagi, bukti betapa rakyat Malaysia muak dengan perangai Rosmah tidak dapat dibendung apabila mereka menanyakan soalan bertalu-talu mengenai cara Rosmah ketika Perdana membuka segmen #TanyaNajib di laman Twitternya pada 11 Januari lalu.
"Hampir 90 peratus dari soalan yang ditanyakan rakyat dalam Twitter berkaitan perangai Rosmah. Sudah tiba Najib memberanikan diri menegur perangai isteri kesayangannya itu," ujarnya.
Turut dikemukakan oleh rakyat kepada Najib di lama sosial itu berkaitan peningkatan kos sara hidup di negara ini serta kematian tragis wanita Mongolia, Altantuya Shaariibuu yang dikaitan dengan Presiden Umno itu.Secara sinis, Badrul berkata cara hidup Rosmah yang boros berbelanja hanya boleh diubati sekiranya suaminya itu tidak lagi menjadi Perdana Menteri selepas Pilihan Raya Umum akan datang.
"Sebab itu, saya menyeru seluruh rakyat Malaysia untuk menilai secara adil kepimpinan Najib ini. Sejak beliau menjadi menteri sehinggalah bergelar PM, dasar Najib lebih kepada perbelanjaan bermewah-mewah tanpa mengambil kira kesengsaraan rakyat. Rakyat menderita tidak mengapa, yang penting Rosmah berbelanja mewah," katanya sinis.
Belum ada isteri-isteri PM sebelum ini yang bertindak liar seperti yang dilakukan oleh isteri Mohd Najib, Rosmah Mansor namanya.
Najib nampaknya seperti tidak dapat mengekang dan mengawal tindakan Rosmah yang besar sangat nafsunya menjadi "diplomat" sekalipun bukan berhormat dan tidak pula bertauliah.
Rakyat BERHAK untuk mendesak Najib mengarahkan isterinya berhenti dari berkelakuan jelek yang menghabiskan wang rakyat.
Jika tidak Najib akan menanggung segala sumpah dan makian rakyat yang tak pernah mengundi Rosmah Mansor, isteri yang didakapnya saban malam.
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 05:16 AM PST
Let's talk back about my Bandung travel trip which I had last year. One of the places I went was Jalan Riau or simply known as Riau Road. This place is famous for many boutique outlet stores, but then the best was not there. The best outlet store, Rumah Mode is at other road.
On my first dat at Bandung, I arrived in the afternoon, after checked in and settled down our luggage at the hotel, we went to take a cab to Jl. Riau for a walk as this place is recommended by the Internet.
Well, in a simple town, not very small town, the traffic at there is pretty bad which is quite surprising. I though stuff like traffic jam only occur at big city or capital city of a country but this town on the Jawa island has a very bad traffic. Cab driver told us that many people from Jakarta would drive to Bandung during the weekends and that's explain the traffic congestion.
It took us like 45 minutes to reach Jl. Riau and I stucked my face on the cab windows all the time. =D Another nice thing was that the cab ran on meter, which is not like the irresponsible cab in Malaysia, sucks.
The weather at there was a little bit dark, drizzled a little bit but we still manage to walk on the street. The cab drop us at somewhere I am not sure. I saw many many boutique outlet stores at there. Some say the brand at the outlet is authentic, some say is fake, and I feel it's fake, and it's top-grade immitation. Somehow, they are cheap!
Not many people walk on the street, but I see many cars. Tourist were like a little but locals were many!
It's pretty interesting to check out those fashion boutique outlet. Branding from Versace, Lacoste, Polo and more. The outlets are really big and all have pretty nice interior design and store architecture.
Night falls, had dinner somewhere around there then we took a cab and went back to hotel. To Chi-Walk, we went and that's the place where Sensa Hotel is located at.
Chi-Walk or Chihampelas Walk is another shopping destination on Jalan Chihampelas, but this is like a mini shopping mall for the locals and it's quite cool. I just know that their stores are more high end and nicer than my hometown, Penang. Wow.
Well, the temperature at night is pretty cool, like 21-24 degree celcius. Like in a aircon room. Nice.
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 05:56 AM PST
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 05:23 AM PST
Dua remaja melecur seluruh di badan dan seorang daripadanya koma apabila dua buah kenderaan terbakar
Gambar: KEADAAN kereta dan motosikal yang terbakar dipercayai berpunca daripada pergaduhan di kawasan perumahan Jalan Raja Syed Alwi di Kangar, pagi tadi. Dua remaja berusia 17 dan 19 tahun dilaporkan cedera parah susulan kejadian terbabit. - Foto Eizairi Shamsudin
KANGAR - Dua remaja melecur seluruh di badan dan seorang daripadanya koma apabila dua buah kenderaan terbakar di Jalan Raja Syed Alwi, dekat sini awal pagi semalam.
Polis sedang menyiasat insiden bakar-membakar tersebut yang dipercayai berlaku pada jam 6 pagi.
Ketua Siasatan Jenayah Perlis, Supritenden Mohd. Nashir Ya berkata, seorang remaja berusia 17 tahun ditemui melecur 71 peratus pada badan yang kini koma dengan motosikal jenis Medonas hangus terbakar manakala seorang lagi remaja, 19, melecur 31 peratus.
Menurutnya, dua remaja berbangsa Cina itu turut dipercayai mempunyai kaitan dengan kes kebakaran melibatkan sebuah kereta jenis Toyota LE milik seorang penduduk di taman perumahan tersebut.
"Remaja yang koma, melecur seluruh badan manakala seorang lagi dikaki dan belakang badan. Kedua-dua mereka kini di rawat di Hospital Sultanah Baiyah (HSB), Alor Setar, Kedah
"Polis menerima laporan pada jam 6 pagi dari seorang penduduk yang mengadu kenderaan menantunya yang diletakkan di luar rumah di khianat atau dibakar pihak tertentu kira-kira 5 pagi," katanya pada pemberita.
Menurut Mohd. Nashir, dalam 27 minit kemudian, polis menerima satu laporan dari seorang bapa bahawa anaknya berusia 17 tahun melecur pada badan dan menerima rawatan di Hospital Tuanku Fauziah (HTF), dekat sini.
Menurutnya, polis yang datang ke tempat kejadian menemui pelbagai bahan bukti di lokasi kenderaan terbakar itu dilaluan dipercayai digunakan untuk melarikan diri oleh dua remaja tersebut pada jarak satu kilometer (km).
"Motosikal remaja yang koma ditemui kira-kira 500 meter hangus manakala motosikal seorang lagi remaja ditemui pada jarak 1km dengan kesan darah dan cebisan kulit selain sebuah telefon bimbit, selipar dan topi keledar turut dijumpai," katanya.
Tambahnya, remaja 17 tahun itu dikenal pasti merupakan mekanik manakala sorang lagi berusia 19 tahun penjual daging di pasar. Kedua-dua mereka belum dipastikan saling mengenali dengan pemilik kereta itu.
"Kami masih menjalankan siasatan dan menunggu kedua-dua remaja tersebut yang kini di serius dirawat akibat melecur di HSB untuk mengambil keterangan," ujarnya kes tersebut disiasat dibawah Seksyen 435 Kanun Keseksaan kerana kianat. BERNAMA
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 04:44 AM PST
KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin today advised consumers not to buy or drink tea which contains artificial colouring.
She said the artificial colouring in tea could be detected by sprinkling the tea onto cold water in a glass, and the colouring would settle at the bottom of the container.
She was asked to comment on a Bernama report quoting the Kelantan Health Department yesterday that the "teh timbang" or "teh sukat", tea dust with artificial colouring and was hazardous to health in the long term.
"The ministry hopes that the people will not panic as constant monitoring and enforcement is being undertaken to ensure the safety of consumers," she said in a statement.
Rosnah said statistics showed that from 2006 to 2010, 10 per cent (125 samples) of the 1,253 samples of tea tested contained artificial colouring.
As a result, 28 cases were brought to court and the offenders were fined a total of RM35,350, she added.
Rosnah said consumers who suspected that the tea they bought or consumed contained artificial colouring could lodge a report with the ministry through the district health offices or state health departments or the ministry's website at http://fsq.moh.gov.my. -- BERNAMA
Read more: Don't consume tea with artificial colouring http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/Don_tconsumeteawithartificialcolouring/Article/#ixzz1BIJRNz69
Published: Sunday January 2, 2011 MYT 2:22:00 PM
Posted: 16 Jan 2011 12:03 PM PST
Posted: 16 Jan 2011 03:40 PM PST
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 04:06 AM PST
The West must confront the Organization of the Islamic Conference about its failure to protect Christians and moderate Muslims.
Pope Benedict XVI's call last week for increased protection of Christians targeted by sectarian violence in the Middle East and elsewhere was met with a furious response by the Egyptian government, which complained that the pope's comments constituted "unacceptable interference" in Egyptian affairs. The reaction of the Egyptian government is as revealing as it is hypocritical. When in 2005 the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a number of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, the Egyptian government coordinated the campaign of member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to pressure the Danish government into apologizing for the cartoons and taking action against the newspaper. Egypt has also played a leading role in the OIC's continuous efforts at the United Nations to criminalize so-called "defamation of religion," a naked attempt to prohibit criticism of Islam and restrict freedom of expression in the name of human rights.
This controversy follows on the heels of the brutal murder of moderate Pakistani politician Salmaan Taseer for his criticism of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, which are being used to oppress religious minorities — non-Muslims, to be sure, but also unorthodox Muslims, such as Ahmadiyyas and Sufis. Like Egypt, Pakistan has been one of the most active promoters of efforts to prohibit criticism of Islam and counter so-called "Islamophobia." In fact, the first U.N. resolution on defamation of religion was introduced — initially as "defamation of Islam" — by Pakistan in 1999.
The OIC's efforts as the international defender of Islam are probably an attempt both to appease domestic religious extremism and to counter what is perceived as increasing hostility toward Muslims in the West. It is true that significant portions of the populations of Western countries are uncomfortable with what is perceived as an aggressive and intolerant Islam, and some Westerners do harbor bigoted views of Muslims. It is also true that bans on the burka and minarets are difficult to reconcile with religious freedom and equality, and that Muslims have been disproportionately (though perhaps unavoidably) affected by the excesses of the "war against terrorism." But in general, Muslims are not officially discriminated against in Western countries, where they enjoy far more freedom than they would in any OIC country. Despite serious problems with radicalism and lack of integration, there are numerous examples of prominent Western Muslims who have succeeded in business, politics, and other fields. The plight of Muslims in the West is thus in no way comparable to the plight of residents — including Muslims — of OIC states, who are frequently subject to systematic denial of basic rights as well as increasing violence from terrorists. In the light of the cartoon controversy, the response by Egypt to concerns about attacks on Christians suggests that Egypt considers it worse to offend the religious feelings of Muslims than to kill innocent non-Muslims.
The increasing extremist violence and the response of prominent OIC members such as Egypt is the logical outcome of the institutionalization of a particular religion and religious identity rather than pluralism, equal rights, and individual freedom as the basic framework of society. Rather than containing religious extremism, the efforts of a number of OIC countries to promote Islamic values have legitimized and fanned the fundamentalism that now threatens to tear apart those societies.
There is a lesson to be learned from this for Western governments. There is an urgent need to confront the OIC about its double standard. It is not enough to vote against the U.N. resolutions on defamation of religion .The plight of religious minorities and the denial of human rights in OIC countries must be put firmly on the agenda. It would be wrong to equate such criticism with hostility toward Muslims, or to back away from taking these principled steps for fear of misunderstanding. Responding to terrorist attacks, civic-minded Egyptian Muslims recently acted as human shields for Christian Copts celebrating Christmas. Moreover, a number of local human-rights organizations in Egypt and other OIC countries are extremely critical of the developments in their own regions. This shows that there are Muslims in these countries, however marginalized, who share the ideals of basic universal human rights and equality. It is their voices, not that of the OIC, that are the best hope for a future in which Egyptian Christians can attend church and Pakistani politicians can discuss the merits of blasphemy laws without fearing for their lives — Jacob Mchangama is director of legal affairs at the Danish think tank CEPOS and external lecturer in international human-rights law at the University of Copenhagen. National Review
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 04:31 AM PST
Kuala Lumpur: Mahkamah Tinggi hari ini menetapkan 28 Februari depan untuk mendengar kes saman seorang peguam Rosli Dahlan terhadap 17 defendan termasuk pegawai kanan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) dan kerajaan ekoran penahanannya dan seterusnya didakwa kerana gagal menyatakan maklumat mengenai asetnya.
Timbalan Pendaftar Anisah Normah Muhammad Noor menetapkan tarikh itu di dalam kamar di sini.
Peguam Kanan Persekutuan Azizan Md Arshad mewakili defendan yang terdiri daripada pegawai SPRM, Timbalan Pendakwa Raya dan kerajaan memberitahu pemberita, bahawa pada tarikh itu hakim akan mendengar permohonan defendan ke-16 iaitu Pengurus di Unit Perisikan Kewangan Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) Abdul Rahman Abu Bakar untuk membatalkan saman itu kerana mendakwa ia menyalahi proses mahkamah.
Pada 16 September 2009, Rosli memfailkan saman berjumlah RM50 juta itu dengan menamakan pemilik dan penerbit Utusan Malaysia Bhd, sebagai defendan pertama, diikuti pengarang akhbar itu Datuk Mohd Zaini Hassan dan Abdul Rahim Lajis.
Pegawai SPRM yang turut dinamakan sebagai defendan ialah Timbalan Ketua Pesuruhjaya Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed (kini Ketua Pesuruhjaya) dan Timbalan Pengarah Penyiasatan dan Pendakwaan Kevin Morais.
Dalam pernyataan tuntutannya, Rosli mendakwa penahanannya adalah salah di sisi undang-undang dan notis diserahkan kepadanya pada 17 Julai 2007 oleh SPRM sungguhpun agensi itu sedar bahawa siasatan terhadap anak guamnya iaitu bekas Pengarah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Komersial Bukit Aman, Datuk Ramli Yusuff, pada masa itu sedang berjalan.
Beliau mendakwa pemeriksaan untuk mendapatkan maklumat kedudukan kewangannya yang dijalankan mengikut Akta Pencegahan Penggubahan Wang Haram oleh pegawai dari Bank Negara juga tidak wajar.
Peguam itu mendakwa bahawa SPRM (dahulunya Badan Pencegah Rasuah - BPR) memutuskan untuk mendakwa beliau meskipun beliau menawarkan secara bersumpah untuk memberikan butiran yang diperlukan mengikut notis itu.
Rosli juga mendakwa artikel berbaur fitnah yang disiarkan oleh Utusan Malaysia pada 12 Oktober 2007, iaitu menjelang ketibaan Hari Raya Aidilfitri, memuatkan berita seorang peguam kanan akan didakwa di mahkamah.
Bagaimanapun, empat defendan pertama daripada akhbar berkenaan telahpun memohon maaf dan permohonan maaf mereka tersebut disiarkan oleh akhbar itu pada 14 April 2008.
Rosli memohon untuk mendapatkan ganti rugi am RM20 juta dan ganti rugi teladan serta ganti rugi teruk RM30 juta.
Pada 20 Disember lalu, Rosli dibebas tanpa dipanggil membela diri selepas Mahkamah Sesyen di sini memutuskan pihak pendakwaan gagal membuktikan kes prima facie terhadap kegagalannya mematuhi satu notis untuk mendedahkan segala maklumat mengenai asetnya. - BERNAMA
Yang penting di dalam kes di atas ialah : Sebagai seorang rakyat, ANDA boleh mengheret polis atau SPRM jika anda tahu dan yakin anda tidak bersalah atau jika Polis / SPRM bertindak di luar batas undang-undang.
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 03:43 AM PST
The attack against the Church of Saints in Alexandria, Egypt, on December 31 last, shows in an increasing harsh light the growth of Christianophobia in the Islamic world (and beyond). It is important to denounce this violence, but also to find practical steps to counter it. First, the facts: Muslims accuse the Egyptian Coptic Church and Patriarch Shenouda III of holding two women who converted to Islam captive against their will in convents in Egypt.
This accusation, which is completely false, was repeated on the very same day of the attack on December 31. In the mosque 200 metres from the church attacked at midnight, following his imam's sermon, there was a demonstration of Muslims calling for the release of these two women and all others. This story has been dragging on for four years.
It claims that the two women, Wafa Constantine and Camelia Shehata, who are married to two priests, had marital problems, that they then converted to Islam and were kidnapped and hidden by the Church. It is true that the women had marital problems, but it is not true that they converted. In fact the late leader of Al-Azhar, Tantawi, decreed that there is no evidence of their conversion.
The two women were then brought to the Church, who for fear of their possible kidnapping by Islamist movements, gave them refuge in convents. But the story keeps coming back to the surface. Even after the attack on the Syrian Catholic church in Baghdad on October 31 last year, the group that claimed responsibility for the terrorist act, cited the case of these two women, to justify attacks against Christians in Egypt. All of this is absurd.
On Jan 8, I participated in an online forum of an Islamic newspaper, al-Mesreyya, discussing the attack on the church in Alexandria. Instead of expressing their condolences for the Christian victims, their horror at the attack, etc.. everyone — at least 60 comments — said that "it is the Copts' fault," and cited the story of the two women; that the attack on the church was organized by Copts themselves "to make us look bad in front of the rest of the world"; or something that was organized by the US and Mossad.
I posted a short comment, but it was not published. In the few lines I wrote, I asked what right is there to force a conversion? Conversions are not stifled in Egypt, that is, conversion to Islam is facilitated but those from Islam to another religion are strongly hindered. Some analysts warn against attempts by the West to exploit all this violence against Christians.
In fact, however, in many European countries, Muslims continue to increase their demands, presenting them as their "rights"; they do unusual things and nobody says anything. For example, in France and Italy, Friday Muslim prayer takes place in public spaces, on the streets, blocking traffic. Islam in Europe is becoming increasing by demanding and governments do not know how to react to it; some impede integration; the relationship between governments and Muslim immigrants is among the most difficult.
Of course, the vast majority of Muslims want peace, want to integrate, but among them there are people who have another project: we in Europe have the right to have our law, Shariah, and you prevent us from having this. A few years ago in Milan, the head of the Viale Jenner mosque, responding to a questions about conversions to Christianity in Egypt said, "you simply have to apply the law", which means the death of those who have converted.
And if you condemn the application of the law then you are holding back our freedom of religion. This position is creating problems in France, Italy, Sweden, etc. .. For this reason, some European countries are beginning to say "enough". There is the growing realization that something must be done. The episode in Alexandria in Egypt is an act against religious freedom. But Muslims in the name of Syariah, are not able to understand the value of human rights. Human rights must come before all tradition and all laws, even syariah. — By Fr Samir Khalil Samir, SJ Herald Malaysia
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 12:39 AM PST
It was in Temerloh yesterday afternoon when I got a call from B.
She was having a big, frantic quarrel with her older sister F.
The Bulan Restu bus had stopped for a short while for passengers who just in case, wanted to go about their routine business.
Trying to be a 'referee' on the phone is horrendous and frightening.
I could hear the yellings and shoutings in the background and B trying to tell me her side of the story and there seemed to be an endless battle of words.
And my journey to KL continued with B smsing me several times and I forwarding the smses to F to let her know how B felt and vice-versa on F's smses to me.
I felt like having a heart attack.
As if the painful divorce was not enough!
I have to bear with my daughters setting up a warzone.
And I did call the police yesterday..
According to H, two of them came by the house and left after advising B and F.
They told them to have only verbal fights if must, but never extending to physical ones.
Having more important things to attend to, H said they left quickly.
I really thank them very much for popping by.
On the KL front, J said that the father needs to see a doctor fast.
He has been coughing so badly.
She is very worried for the dad.
Good daughter..she wants to recommend the PMC doctor she knows for him to go for a medical checkup.
To worsen this cough, I believe he has not stopped his secretive new-found hobby of cigar smoking.
Actually, he was supposed to go for some angio thing way before our divorce.
Btw..is it true that cigars are less harzardous than cigarettes?
What do I care?
Of course its none of my business, but when I arrived Kuantan at 1 am something last night,
( take the Nice Plusliner executive coach, guys..it's really comfortable and offers a very good on-board service), I couldn't stop feeling sad and cried deeply inside.
I hope he gets married quickly and settles down.
Then his new wife can take care of his health and he need not have late nights out to go and see her.
The 'wooing expenses' can be lessened too.
He probably can balance his budget better.
I wouldn't want to go running to see him already down with a heart ailment and feeling bad that I have not said sorry for all my sins.
Well..please forgive me for all my sins and halalkan makan-minum until we opt to speak to each other again.
If I may say, I wish him all the happiness even though I hate his girlfriend who is extremely bitchy and loves to say the p****t and b*bi t*a words.
Bad breeding breeds frogs leaping out from the mouth, even though her job is an air stewardess one.
But whoever he chooses in not for me to judge.
They're in love and that is all that matters most.
I hope he will not take his health for granted.
The small concern is for the good old times we shared..sincerely.
And pity the children too.
P.S. Old lady, you better go for a check-up too!
You never went for any!
Obviously, it's the pot calling the kettle black!
Ok..I will do it tomorrow, next week, next month..wait wait!
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 03:22 AM PST
Source: Ko Moe Thee's blog
ဗုဒၶဘာသာကုိ ဖ်က္ဆီးေနတဲ့ ကုလားဘုန္းႀကီးဆုိျပီး ေဆြႏုိင္ဘေလာ့ဂ္မွာ စပါလာျပီးတဲ့ေနာက္ ဒီမုိကေရစီ ဖက္ေတာ္သား အခ်ိဳ႕ေတြရဲ့ ေဆြးေႏြးခ်က္ေတြ၊ အျမင္ေတြကုိ အကဲခတ္ေနခဲ့ပါတယ္။
က်ေနာ္တုိ႔မွာ မသိဖါသာျဖစ္ျဖစ္ တမင္ျဖစ္ျဖစ္ စဲြသိမ္းထားတဲ့ လူမိ်ဳးေရး၊ ဘာသာေရး အစြန္းစိတ္ေလးေတြကုိ မွန္မွန္ ကန္ကန္ျဖစ္ေအာင္ မျပဳျပင္ႏုိင္ဘူးဆုိရင္ ၂၁ရာစုမွာ ေခတ္မွီတုိးတက္ တန္းတူညီမွ် တရားမွ်တတဲ့ ဒီမုိကေရစီ ျပည္ေထာင္စုႏုိင္ငံေတာ္ တည္ေဆာက္ေရးဆုိတာ က်ေနာ္တုိ႔အတြက္ ဘုန္းႀကီးႏွင့္ ဘီးလုိ ေဝးေနအုန္းမယ္လုိ႔ ထင္ပါတယ္။
ဗီဒီယုိသတင္းက ၂၀၁၀ ဒီဇဘၤာ(၇)ရက္ေန႔ ဘားအံျမိဳ႕ ဇဲြကပင္ခမ္းမမွာ တပ္မမွဴး အပါအဝင္ အာဏာပုိင္ေတြ တက္တဲ့ ဆရာေတာ္အရွင္ Eiddidpala ဦးစီးတဲ့ နံပါတ္(၁) စိတ္ဓါတ္ျမွင့္တင္ေရး သင္တန္းဆင္းပဲြပါ။ (http://swenaing.blogspot.com/2011/01/blog-post_6331.html)မွာ ၾကည့္ႏုိင္ပါတယ္။ အဲဒီဘုန္းႀကီးကုိ ကုလားဘုန္းႀကီးလုိ႔ ေဆြႏုိင္ဘေလာ့ဂ္က စတင္အမည္တပ္လုိက္ျပီးေနာက္ မြတ္စလင္ကုလားေတြ မဟာဗ်ဴဟာအရ ဗုဒၶဘာသာကုိ ဖ်က္ဆီးဖုိ႔လုပ္ေနတာ ကာကြယ္ရမယ္စသျဖင့္ လူမ်ိဳးခ်င္း မုန္းတီးစိတ္ေတြကုိ ႏႈိးဆြေပးတာမ်ိဳးကုိလည္း ေတြ႕လာရတယ္။ ကုလားျဖစ္တယ္ ဆုိရင္လည္း ေျခမ မေကာင္း၊ ေျခမေပါ့။ ကုလားဘုန္းႀကီးတစ္ေယာက္ မေကာင္းတာေၾကာင့္ ကုလားေတြအားလုံးကုိ ေရာႀကိတ္လုိက္မေဟ့ဆုိတဲ့ လူမ်ိဳးခ်င္း ခဲြျခားႏွိမ့္ခ်လုိစိတ္(Racial Discriminatory Stereotyping)ႏွင့္ မသိခ်င္ေယာင္ေဆာင္ ေရးၾက၊ ျဖန္႔ၾကတာဆုိရင္ လိပ္ျပာသန္႔ၾကပါရဲ့လားလုိ႔ ေမးရပါမယ္။ က်င့္ဝတ္သိကၡာႀကီး၊ တန္ခုိးႀကီး၊ သာသနာျပဳ ထိပ္ထိပ္ၾကဲ ကုလားဆရာေတာ္ေတြလည္း ရွိေန ကုိးကြယ္ေနၾကတာဘဲ မဟုတ္လား။ ဗုဒၶဘာသာသည္ လူမ်ိဳးတုိင္း လူသားတုိင္းအတြက္ မဟုတ္ဘူးလား။
ဒီေနရာမွာ မထိတထိႏွင့္ ေဝ့ဝုိက္မေနေတာ့ဘဲ၊ တည့္တည့္ ေဆြးေႏြးလုိက္ခ်င္ပါတယ္။ လူႀကီးလူေကာင္းစိတ္ဓါတ္ႏွင့္ ယဥ္ေက်းစြာ(Civilised Manner)ႏွင့္ ျပန္လွန္ေဆြးေႏြးမႈေတြကုိ ေလးစားစြာ ၿကိုဆုိပါတယ္။
ကုိလုိနီစနစ္ ဆုိးေမြေၾကာင့္ က်ေနာ္တုိ႔ အဖြါးေတြ၊ ေဘးမႀကီးေတြက တုိင္းတပါးက ဝင္လာသူေတြႏွင့္ အိမ္ေထာင္ၾကျပီး က်ေနာ္တုိ႔ကုိ ေမြးလာတာ က်ေနာ္၊ က်မတုိ႔ အျပစ္လားလုိ႔ ပထမဦးစြာ ေမးခ်င္ပါတယ္။ ေနာက္ဆုံးကုန္ကုန္ေျပာရရင္ က်ဳပ္တုိ႔ရဲ့ ဖြားေအေတြ၊ ေဘးမႀကီးေတြကုိ တုိင္းတပါးသားေတြႏွင့္ လက္ထပ္ရေကာင္းလားလုိ႔ အျပစ္တင္ခ်င္ တင္ႏိုင္တယ္ ဆုိအုန္းေတာ့ ဘာမသိ၊ ညာမသိႏွင့္ သူတုိ႔ ေမြးလာလုိ႔ လူျဖစ္လာတဲ့ က်ဳပ္တုိ႔ကုိ ဘာပုဒ္မႏွင့္ အျပစ္တင္ႏုိင္ပါသလဲ။ ဘယ္လူ႔က်င့္ဝတ္ဆုိင္ရာ ဥပေဒ(Civilized Laws)ေတြႏွင့္ ႏွိမ့္ခ်ခဲြျခား ဆက္ဆံႏုိင္ပါသလဲ။ တစ္ကယ္ေတာ့ ေစာေစာ ကၽြန္ျဖစ္တဲ့ အိႏၵိယက ခုိင္းေကာင္းေအာင္ က်င့္ထားတဲ့ အိႏၵိယတုိက္နယ္သား အလုပ္သမားေတြ၊ လယ္သမားေတြကုိ ေနာက္က်ကၽြန္ျဖစ္တဲ့ ျမန္မာျပည္ထဲ အလုံးအရင္းႏွင့္ သြင္းခဲ့တဲ့ ကုိလုိနီစနစ္ကုိ အဓိက တရားခံအျဖစ္ မျမင္ႏုိင္ဘဲ ကုိလုိနီစနစ္ရဲ့ ခဲြျခားအုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ျခင္း(Divide and Rule)ကုိ အခုလုိ ၂၁ရာစုမွာ တျခိဳက္မက္မက္ ဖက္တြယ္ထားျပီး အခ်င္းခ်င္း ျပန္ခ်ေနျခင္းကုိ သာယာေနျခင္းကလည္း ေမာဟတစ္မ်ိဳးပါဘဲ။
ကုလားဆုိျပီး အမုန္းခံ၊ အႏွိမ္ခံေနရတဲ့ ျမန္မာမြတ္စလင္ေတြဟာ တုိင္းရင္းသား မိတ္ေဆြမ်ားႏွင့္ ေသြးသားေတာ္စပ္သူ ေမာင္ႏွမ ဝမ္းကဲြမ်ားျဖစ္တာကုိ ဘယ္သူမ်ား ျငင္းႏုိင္ပါသလဲ။ ေသြးမစပ္ပါဘူးလုိ႔ ျငင္းခ်င္သူမ်ားအေနႏွင့္ မိမိခႏၶာကုိယ္က ေသြးေတြကုိ ကုန္ေအာင္ ေဖါက္ထုပ္လုိက္ၾကဖုိ႔ တစ္နည္းဘဲ ရွိတာကုိလည္း သိေစခ်င္ပါတယ္။ သူတုိ႔ေတြကုိ မေန႔တစ္ေန႔ကမွ ဝင္ေရာက္လာတဲ့ ႏုိင္ငံျခားသားမ်ားလုိ ဆက္ဆံသင့္ပါရဲ့လား။ ဆက္ဆံခြင့္ေကာ ရွိပါသလား။ မ်က္ေစ့ စုန္မွိတ္ျငင္းရင္ ဘာမွ မျမင္ႏုိင္တာမုိ႔ အကန္းႏွင့္ အတူတူပါဘဲ။ အျမင္က်ယ္ၾကဖုိ႔ လုိပါျပီ။
ကရင္ကုိလည္း ကရင္မုိ႔ႏွိမ္၊ ရခုိင္၊ ခ်င္း၊ ရွမ္း၊ မြန္၊ ကယား၊ ကခ်င္ဆုိလည္း နည္းမ်ိဳးစုံႏွင့္ ႏွိမ္၊ ဒီၾကားထဲက ကုိယ့္ေဆြမ်ိဳး ေသြးသားေတာ္စပ္ေတြကုိလည္း ကျပားျဖစ္လုိ႔ႏွိမ္၊ အႏွိမ္ခံရသူေတြကလည္း အႏွိမ္မခံရေအာင္ ျပန္ခ်ၾကႏွင့္ လြတ္လပ္ေရးသာ ရလုိက္တယ္။ ဘယ္တုန္းကမွ တုိင္းျပည္ တည္ျငိမ္ တုိးတက္ ေအးခ်မ္းေအာင္လုပ္ဖုိ႔ အခ်ိန္မရွိခဲ့ပါဘူး။ ဒီလုိပုံမ်ိဳးႏွင့္ဆုိရင္ ေလာကပါလတရားေတြ ႀကီးစုိးျပီး သမမွ်တ တုိးတက္တဲ့ ျပည္ေထာင္စု ႏုိင္ငံေတာ္တည္ေထာင္ဖုိ႔က ေရႊျပည္ေတာ္ ေမွ်ာ္တုိင္းေဝးႏွင့္ ဒုံရင္း ဒုံရင္း ျဖစ္ေနအုန္းမွာပါ။
အႏွစ္ငါးဆယ္ေက်ာ္ က်ဳပ္တုိ႔ အခ်င္းခ်င္းခ်ေနတာေၾကာင့္ တတုိင္းျပည္လုံး စုတ္ျပတ္ေနျပီး တစ္ခ်ိန္က ကုိယ့္ထက္နိမ့္က်ခဲ့တဲ့ အိမ္နီးနားခ်င္း ႏုိင္ငံဟူသမွ်မွာ က်ဳပ္တုိ႔ရဲ့ အမ်ိဳးေကာင္းသား၊ အမ်ိဳးေကာင္းသမီးေတြ လူညြန္႔တုန္း၊ ဘဝပ်က္၊ ကၽြန္ခံေနရတာကုိ သင္ခန္းစာ မယူႏုိင္ေသးဘဲ၊ နအဖအလုိက် အခ်င္းခ်င္း ခ်လုိ႔ကုိ မဝႏုိင္တဲ့ လူတစ္ခ်ိဳ႕ ဒီမုိကေရစီအုပ္စုေတြထဲမွာ ရွင္သန္ေနတာ အ့ံၾသစရာေပဘဲ။
တစ္ေယာက္ေျခ တစ္ေယာက္ဆဲြ၊ တစ္ေယာက္လမ္း တစ္ေယာက္ပိတ္ႏွင့္ အျပဳထက္ အဖ်က္ကမ်ား၊ တုိင္းျပည္အရင္းအျမစ္(Recourses)ေတြ အေဟာသိကံအျဖစ္ခံျပီး စစ္အာဏာရွင္ သက္ဆုိးရွည္ေရးႏွင့္ ျပည္ေထာင္စု အက်ိဳးစီးပြါး ပ်က္စီးေရးကိုဘဲ ဆက္သြားၾကမလား။
ကုိယ့္ႏုိင္ငံသားအခ်င္းခ်င္း၊ တုိင္းရင္းသားအခ်င္းခ်င္းၾကားမွာ တန္းတူေရး၊ တရားမွ်တေရးႏွင့္ လြတ္လပ္စြာျပိဳင္ဆုိင္မႈကုိ အားေပးျခင္းျဖင့္ အိမ္နီးခ်င္း ႏုိင္ငံေတြသာမက ကမၻာႏွင့္ ယွဥ္ႏိုင္ေအာင္ ၿကိုးစားၾကမလား။
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