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Posted: 17 Feb 2011 02:15 PM PST
John lived on a quiet rural highway west of Geelong. As time went by, the traffic slowly built up at an alarming rate.The traffic got so heavy and so fast that his free range chickens were being run over at a rate of three to six a day.
So on this particular day Farmer John called the local police station and started to complain, "You've got to do something about all of these people driving so fast and killing all of my chickens."
"What do you want me to do?" asked the policeman.
"I don't care, just do something about those crazy drivers!"
So the next day the policeman had the Main Road 's Workers go out and erected a sign that said:
SLOW: SCHOOL CROSSING
Three days later Farmer John called the policeman and said, "You've still got to do something about these drivers. The 'school Crossing sign seems to make them go even faster!"
So, again, the policeman sends out the Main Roads workers' And they put up a new sign:
SLOW: CHILDREN AT PLAY
That really sped them up. So Farmer John called and called and called every day for three weeks. Finally, he said to the policeman, "Your signs are doing no Good.. Can I put up my own sign?"
The policeman said, "Sure thing, put up your own sign.."
He was going to let Farmer John do just about anything in order to get him off his back.
The cop got no more calls from Farmer John.
Three weeks later, curiosity got the better of the coppernd he decided to give Farmer John a call ..
"How's the problem with those drivers. Did you put up your sign?"
"Oh, I sure did," replied Farmer John, "and not one chicken has been killed since then. I've got to go. I'm very busy.."
He hung up the phone.
The policeman was really curious now and he thought to himself,
"I'd better go out there and take a look at that sign … it might be something that WE could use to slow down drivers..."
So he drove out to John's farm house, his jaw dropped the moment he saw the sign.
It was spray painted on a sheet of plywood....
Slowdown and watch out for chicks!
Keep Smiling............Have a nice day! Thanks to Angela who sent me this post.
Posted: 17 Feb 2011 01:41 PM PST
Here is a good reason why I continue to like this new, exciting 2010/11 reboot of Hawaii Five-0. In the original series, you won't ever see Jack Lord doing this:
Yes, pushing a car that's just broken down! Jack Lord's Steve McGarrett would be too proud to do this on the show, and the original Hawaii Five-O was Lord's show. By the way, that's the car that Jack Lord used to drive in the old series. I love it when the current producers continue to bring back elements from their predecessor.
Posted: 17 Feb 2011 09:19 AM PST
Semenjak dua menjak ni, Mahathir sentiasa mengaku sememang dia seorang bekas PM Malaysia yang baik dan prihatin. Orang tua kalau dah bercakap yang bukan-bukan itu tandanya dia nak ****, aku tak kata hah!, hati hangpa yang sebut!!
Semalam Mahathir mengaku sememangnya dia pernah cuba untuk memansuhkan Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) ketika dia PM tetapi pihak polis berkata 'tidak boleh' kerana bahawa masih ada ancaman.
Sebelum ini Mahathir mendakwa dia membantah penahanan seramai 106 orang, sebahagian besar ahli politik pembangkang dan beberapa ahli politik dari Umno dan MCA diISAkan. Polis juga menafikan itu arahannya dan sememangnya ia arahan pihak polis.
Selepas ini Mahathir akan mengaku sememangnya bukan dia yang mengarahkan membedil Ibrahim Libya sehingga syahid dan pihak polis juga akan mengaku itu adalah arahan polis Malaysia.
Harap-harapnya bekas PM Mahathir panjang umur untuk mengaku kebaikan kelakunya sepanjang 22 tahun menjadi PM. Amin....
Posted: 17 Feb 2011 10:13 AM PST
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Posted: 17 Feb 2011 07:50 AM PST
Images of solidarity as Christians join hands to protect Muslims as they pray during Cairo protests
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1353330/Egypt-protests-Christians-join-hands-protect-Muslims-pray-Cairo-protests.html#ixzz1EEPO28ga
Lastly, read this blog post by our own local girl, Marina Mahathir:
Posted: 17 Feb 2011 09:04 AM PST
Liwat II: Bulu, seluar dalam, cadar dikemukakan
Pakar kimia Dr Seah Lay Hong hari ini memberi keterangan di Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur bahawa beliau menjumpai kesan air mani pada seluar dalam berwarna kelabu dan seluar hitam yang digunakan oleh pengadu, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Pada perbicaraan liwat yang membabitkan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim itu, Seah berkata kesan air mani itu dijumpai pada kawasan berhampiran zip seluar itu.
Bagi seluar dalam itu pula, Seah yang kini mengetuai Unit Jenayah Berat, Jabatan Kimia berkata tompokan mani dikesan pada bahagian depan dan bawah.
Selain itu, satu lagi seluar dalam berwarna biru dan dua kemeja (berwarna putih dan hijau) juga dikemukakan sebagai bahan bukti.
Permaidani dan sehelai selimut yang dipercayai diambil dari kondominium Desa Damansara, tempat kejadian didakwa berlaku juga dikemukakan.
Seah juga mengakui tiada kesan air mani atau semen yang dijumpai pada barangan lain.
Pihaknya juga menjumpai bulu kemaluan yang tidak dikenali dari lokasi kejadian yang didakwa berlaku dan ia juga ditandakan.
Jika di dalam kes dahulu, tilam adalah sinonim dengan Musa Hassan, maka kali ini, di dalam kes Sodomi II, bulu kemaluan, air mani dan spender Saiful yang dibawa oleh pihak pendakwa raya menjadi tumpuan.
Orang akan tetap ingat perkaitan tersebut sampai bila-bila.
Demikian nilai maruah Pendakwa Raya di dalam kes kali ini.
Posted: 17 Feb 2011 06:49 AM PST
Did you read The Star report on S'wak produces 1st rural school to get high performance status? That report said that Sarawak has produced the first rural school in the country to reach the High Performance School (Sekolah Berprestasi Tinggi) status. SK Ulu Lubai, located deep in the jungles of Ulu Limbang became the first school in Sarawak to receive the award.
Amongst it achievements are:
1. The Commonwealth Good Practice Champions Award in 2009.
2. It was a nominee for the UNESCO Education Best Practice Award 2010.
3. Since 2006, the school has attained 100 percent pass record in UPSR.
4. It has also won five national education ministry awards, 14 state awards and 26 district level awards.
5. This school is also networking with Bristol University of the United Kingdom and also with schools in Singapore. I am really impressed,'' he said.
Deputy PM and Education Minister Muhyiddin wants SK Ulu Lubai to serve as the benchmark for all primary schools to follow, saying that the school did so well because the management, the teachers, students and parents as well as the community, had put education as the top priority.
He announced an immediate special allocation of RM500,000, over and above the RM700,000 that comes with the award, to upgrade the school's teachers' quarters as well as RM120,000 to 47 longhouses in Ulu Limbang for repair and upgrading works. Click here for the rest of the entry.
Certainly, the achievements of SK Ulu Lubai are milestones that will be remembered and for others to follow. It has dispelled the myth that rural schools are at a disadvantage and put to an end the myth of the gap between rural and urban students.
I am sure most of those students did not have private tuition or net access but worked hard because they had the right environment, teachers, encouragement from family and friends not forgetting the grit to succeed.
It all depends on attitude and effort - of not just the students and teachers but also the parents and the community of Ulu Lubai.
How many are willing to walk the extra mile for the benefit of students? How many students would want to let the torch burn brightly for the school's prestige?
Congratulations to SK Ulu Lubai and all who have made this award possible because they chose to give their best and their all. May there be more who will choose this road to travel!
Posted: 17 Feb 2011 07:01 AM PST
Nik Aziz: Tidak percaya kebaikan Islam, Umno sesatkan bangsa
Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat berkata kegelishan atau dilema di kalangan rakyat pelbagai kaum negara ini termasuk orang Melayu sendiri berpunca daripada "Umno yang menolak perjuangan berasaskan bangsa."
Sehubungan itu kata Mursyidul Am PAS, akhirnya Umno yang menyesatkan bangsa itu sendiri akibat tidak percayakan kepada kebaikan ajaran agamanya sendiri.
Menteri Besar Kelantan ini berkata, tidak timbul isu dilema Melayu atau dilema mana-mana kaum apabila persoalan bangsa dan perjuangan sesuatu kaum itu berteraskan kepada ajaran Islam.
Katanya, apa yang penting diamalkan ialah semua menjadi hamba abdi kepada Allah dan sebagaimana seruan azan memanggil solat , disebutkan "Allahu Akbar", maka yang maha besar ialah Allah bukannya Melayu atau Cina atau India.
"Sementara dalam bacaan tahyat dan salam terangkum maksud memuliakan Nabi Ibrahim dan Nabi Muhammad serta ucapan selamat kepada seluruh bangsa di dunia ini.
"Maka inilah kehebatan faedah ibadat dan muamalat yang digabung dalam solat gunanya untuk dipraktikkan dalam kehidupan manusia," kata beliau dalam tulisan terbaru blognya.
"Sekali lagi diulangi, tidak timbul langsung dilema Melayu di sisi Islam. Ini kerana Islam sudah menyediakan ramuan yang cukup untuk dijadikan panduan hidup bagi mencapai keamanan, kedamaian serta kemakmuran di dunai sampai ke akhirat," katanya.
Pada hari yang sama semalam, bekas perdana menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad sambil mengakui pengetahuan agama Nik Aziz lebih "dalam", tetapi menggesa agar Menteri Besar Kelantan itu berhenti daripada menyalah guna dan menyalah tafsir Islam demi kepentingan politik diri sendiri.
"Saya akui pengetahuan agama Nik Aziz dalam tetapi alangkah baiknya jika Nik Aziz berhenti daripada menyalahguna dan menyalah tafsir Islam demi kepentingan politik diri sendiri.
"Tidak ada sesiapa yang dapat lari daripada hari pengadilan yang dijanjikan oleh Allah s.w.t.," kata Dr Mahathir dalam jawapan panjang lebar menjawab tulisan Nik Aziz awal bulan ini.
Justeru kata bekas presiden Umno ini, "bertaqwalah kepada Allah s.w.t. dan hentikanlah mengeliru umat Islam di Malaysia kerana ingin menang pilihan raya."
Awal bulan ini, Nik Aziz menjawab tuduhan Dr Mahathir ke atasnya dengan menegaskan, Umno yang selama ini "menzalimi orang-orang Melayu" dan menafikan beliau menjadi punca perpecahan orang Melayu Islam negara ini.
Dalam tulisan kali ini, Nik Aziz menambah, amatlah malang jika rakyat negara ini terus engkar dengan mengagung-agungkan bangsa sedangkan ia bukan ajaran Nabi.
Kata beliau, seharusnya rakyat tidak boleh melakukan suatu seruan perjuangan yang bercanggah dengan maksud surah Al-Fatihah (ayat 5-7).
"Caranya, kita tidak boleh menerima seruan perjuangan Melayu yang menolak Islam. Bila tolak Islam maknanya terima ajaran sekular.
"Atas sifat sekular, mereka itu akan terus berbelit-belit hinggalah sanggup duduk di atas prinsip agama lain (suku), politik lain (suku)," katanya lagi.
Lalu kata Nik Aziz, timbul ajaran yang asing dari Islam, antaranya mengajar umat Islam supaya "tidak bawa politik ke masjid kerana masjid itu tempat beribadat."
"Apakah ajaran seperti ini pernah diajar oleh Nabi Muhammad s.a.w? Sebenarnya, Nabi sendiri tidak pernah ajar supaya perkara politik itu disebut di luar masjid," katanya lagi.
"Demikian pula, khutbah Jumaat atau khutbah hari raya merupakan ceramah mingguan atau musim perayaan di atas mimbar masjid juga menyentuh semua perkara yang relevan dengan kehidupan manusia.
"Maknanya dalam masa berkhutbah, pihak khatib adalah penceramah yang menyampaikan seruan Islam demi kebaikan sistem hidup yang lengkap termasuk aspek sosial, ekonomi dan politik," katanya.
Nik Aziz seterusnya menulis, maka terimalah perjuangan Islam dan tinggalkan perjuangan sekular, sekali gus "sudah tentu kita tidak akan berdilema dengan identiti siapa kita."
Tulisan Nik Aziz kali ini bermula dengan isu Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB) yang menurutnya, kegagalan polisi itu pada 1990 adalah tercatat dalam sejarah.
Kata beliau, hakikatnya pelaksanaan DEB menyebabkan Bumiputera tidak kemana, melainkan ada segolongan sahaja yang mengecapi nikmat.
"Tetap sasaran pemilikan kekayaan negara hanya 18 daripada 30 peratus yang disasarkan. Kenapaa gagal? Dr. Mahathir selaku perdana menteri masa itu ada jawapan sebenar. Habis kenapa Dr. Mahathir sembunyi punca?" katanya lagi.
Justeru kata Nik Aziz, sementara umat Islam menyambut Maulidur Rasul maka sepatutnya mengambil ajaran Nabi iaitu mengajar agar menjalin persaudaraan dan berkasih sayang.
"Nabi tidak ajar kita supaya mementingkan bangsa. Justeru tidak harus kita mengungkitkan soal dilema atau tidaknya bangsa kita," katanya.
Kata Nik Aziz, apabila disebutkan kepentingan satu-satu bangsa, sudah tentu akan ada bangsa lain yang sensitif dan berdendam.
"Maknanya bila diutamakan kepentingan orang Melayu, sudah tentu orang Cina dan India akan berdendam kerana inginkan kepentingan yang sama.
"Atas dasar inilah Islam mengajar kita mengutamakan persaudaraan. Lantaran atas nama bangsa akan timbul apa sahaja tindak balas berupa dendam kesumat," katanya lagi. -TMI
Posted: 17 Feb 2011 06:10 AM PST
Qaradawi, 84, is based in Qatar, but was born in Egypt, and still wields considerable influence there. During the uprising against the Mubarak regime, a Muslim website published a chapter from Qaradawi's book Laws of Jihad, including this passage: "One of the forms of jihad in Islam is jihad against evil and corruption within [the Islamic lands]. This jihad is crucial in order to protect society from collapse, disintegration, and perdition — for Muslim society has unique characteristics, and if these are lost, forgotten or destroyed, there will be no Muslim society."
In 2002, the Muslim Brotherhood asked him to take over as their leader, but he refused, probably because he saw the position as too small for him: Qaradawi's renown is not limited to Egypt or even to the Middle East. He is an international figure, reaching sixty million Muslims weekly through his Al-Jazeera TV show, "Sharia and Life," and touching countless more through his 120 published books (including his famous, popular Sharia manual, Al Halal wal Haram fil Islam - that is, The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam), his website IslamOnline.com (which publishes many of his fatwas) and positions as president of the International Association of Muslim Scholars and the European Council for Fatwa and Research.
Qaradawi also enjoys a reputation as a moderate beyond just Esposito: the former Ground Zero mosque imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is himself widely assumed to be a "moderate" despite evidence to the contrary, has hailed Qaradawi as a "very very well known Islamic jurist, highly regarded all over the Muslim world." And another Muslim leader whose moderate bona fides have been questioned, the vaunted "Muslim Martin Luther" Tariq Ramadan, wrote a foreword to one of his books in 1998, and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone welcomed him to the city in 2004 and praised him repeatedly, despite the fact that during that visit Qaradawi explained to the BBC that suicide attacks against Israelis were not actually suicide at all, but "martyrdom in the name of God." (Qaradawi has since been banned from Britain, as well as from the U.S.)
And the things that Qaradawi tells the millions of Muslims that he reaches are anything but moderate. In January 2009, during a Friday sermon broadcast on Al-Jazeera, he prayed that Allah would kill all the Jews: "Oh Allah, take this oppressive, Jewish, Zionist band of people. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one." He also declared: "Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by [Adolf] Hitler."...
Posted: 17 Feb 2011 05:52 AM PST
.......and we do not even mention the violence against Christians. There goes Anil Netto's spin about Muslim Christian solidarity in the Herald, into the toilet . What happened to CBS correspondent Lara Logan last Friday in Egypt's Tahrir Square in the midst of celebrations at the ousting of Hosni Mubarak was inexcusable, wrong, abhorrent. At the same time it was normal. It is what happens in Egypt when crazed mobs come together. There is no reason to think that it wouldn't have happened. It had happened before, during the same revolution. The only difference was Ms. Logan was a foreigner.
Now, as what happened to Logan begins to be made public, Egyptians are outraged. I have received emails from a number of Egyptians who have asked that this issue be "put in context" and "this isn't Egypt, it is going to ruin the image of our revolution." Unfortunately, either these well-meaning individuals have been living in a different country for the past few years, or they have turned their heads away from one of Egypt's most enduring problems: sexual violence against women. Not foreigner women, but all women.
The activists have gone on full PR mode. They are apologizing to Logan and CBS. They have referred to her incident as revealing the "sins of the past 30 years … getting exposed." When it comes to sexual violence, these "sins" have been exposed. Over and over again.
This is not a new problem. In fact, the problem has been simmering silently since 2006 fall, when dozens of men and boys attacked and assaulted women outside a downtown Cairo cinema. In a mob style attack, the perpetrators attempted to grope and tear at any passing woman's clothes in the October attack.
Eyewitnesses and citizen reporters' pictures were clear proof that the terror against women had taken place. But Egyptian society, despite a few weeks of heated discussion, remained largely silent.
One need not look to mob-style attacks, which have occurred at nearly every celebration or holiday in the country for four years and beyond. The facts on the ground, facing everyday women in Egypt are appalling at best. I have women tell stories of taking their attacker to the police station, only to be told by officers there that there really wasn't anything they could do; courts would take too long. "Can you imagine if this had happened to a diplomat's wife, or a foreigner?" one of the officers told a 30-year-old Egyptian woman.
Egyptians have attempted to avoid the situation plaguing society for far too long. If it happens to a foreigner, they apologize, but if it happens to their sister, their mother, their girlfriend, their spouse, there has always been a tacit denial of any real problem. Instead of trying to save face now with Logan's case, what should be happening is a real dialogue, a real open discussion about the causes of sexual violence in society. Without one, Logan will not be the last victim of sexual brutality.
According to a 2008 study published by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights (ECWR) 60 percent of Egyptian women and 98 percent of foreign women are harassed on a daily basis. The ECWR warned that harassing foreign women would lead to the loss of millions of pounds. A number of foreigners said they would never return to Egypt. 14 percent of all foreign women said they would either never return to Egypt or tell their friends not to visit.
While the most recent incident should not damper the will of the Egyptian people to risk life and death to join forces in magnificent street demonstrations that rid the country of a dictator, it can no longer be avoided. Sexual violence is not an aberration to Egypt. It has a deep-rooted history that must not be avoided through apologies. It has to be faced head on.
In the end, let us hope that this is the final "wake-up" call for Egyptian society to tackle this problem. Far too many women have been battered, beaten and raped in Egypt to allow it to continue. The very future of Egyptian society and a bright, prosperous future, could very well depend on how women are treated and empowered in the post-Mubarak Egypt.
Posted: 17 Feb 2011 05:42 AM PST
In his remarks following the resignation of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak last week, President Obama echoed the pro-democracy protestors in Cairo's Tahrir Square. When he said, "something in our souls . . . cries out for freedom," he sounded a lot like George W. Bush. The Wall Street Journal quipped: "We are all neocons now."
Well, maybe not all. In Lebanon, Hezbollah is snuffing out the Cedar Revolution — a body blow to American and European strategic interests, not to mention what this means for the people of Lebanon.
Gazans went to the polls five years ago, when President Bush was vigorously promoting his Freedom Agenda. But elections in an un-free environment produced only a parody of democracy: one man, one vote, one time. The leaders of Hamas, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and a terrorist militia pretending also to be a political party, were happy to have voters hand them power. They do not plan to let voters take that power away again anytime soon.
Turkey's 80-year-old experiment with secularism appears to be over. Statues of Kemal Atatürk, modern Turkey's founding father, still stand, but the AKP, an Islamist party that has held power since 2003, is strangling Kemalism, and the Turkish military no longer has the strength to break its grip. In recent days, more than 150 serving and retired military officers have been arrested. Meanwhile, it's been reported that the Turkish army will start training the army of Syria, a client of Iran. Yet Turkey remains a member of NATO.
Iran's rulers believe — not without justification — that they are spearheading a global revolution against the Great Satan, the Little Satan, and all the Satans in between. They believe nuclear weapons will assist this effort — also not without justification. They treat domestic dissidents more brutally than Mubarak ever dreamed of doing. Nevertheless, this week tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets chanting, "Death to the dictator!" Members of the Iranian parliament called for the two most prominent opposition leaders to be sentenced to death for stirring unrest. The regime prohibited coverage by major media. Submissively, major media gave the demonstrations short shrift. Obama, on this occasion, offered a few words of praise for the protestors' "courage."
In Pakistan, portraits of the nation's founding father, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, hang in thousands of offices and classrooms. But those who remain committed to his vision of a homeland for Muslims that also is free and tolerant toward non-Muslims are an increasingly endangered species.
And in Arabia, the long-ruling al-Saud family fights terrorism with one hand and funds it with the other.
Obama, last week, waxed optimistic. He said that in Egypt, "the moral force of nonviolence . . . bent the arc of history toward justice once more." The examples above, however, suggest that an immoral force of violence is bending a competing arc of history toward Islamist totalitarianism.
No national-security challenge looms larger. Yet key advisers to Obama seem clueless. Testifying before Congress last week, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was asked about the Muslim Brotherhood — an organization that is to Islamism what the Comintern was to Communism. He called the Brotherhood "a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence." A spokesman was later sent out from the director's office to "clarify" that ludicrous statement. Your tax dollars at work.
Your money also has been invested in Egypt's military. Over the past three decades, American officers should have taught Egyptian officers, by word and example, what it means to be a professional soldier: The U.S. military is stronger, not weaker, because it doesn't aspire to run the government, because it keeps politics and politicians at arm's length.
The mission of Egypt's military at this juncture ought to be straightforward: Clear a space in which a democratic culture can develop — and then protect that space from anti-democratic forces. Egypt's ruling officers should guarantee freedom of speech, the press, and worship — not least for Egypt's persecuted Christian minority. They should make it possible for new political parties to organize and put forward ideas, principles, policies, and candidates in safety.
If Egypt's military is not up to this task, America's investment has been wasted. It's nice, I suppose, that there are Egyptian pilots who can fly F16s, but, really, how does that benefit the average Egyptian or American?
And no, I don't buy the argument that we equipped and trained the Egyptian military in exchange for a promise not to use that equipment and training against Israel. Egypt's military leaders are not stupid. They know it would not be in their interest, or Egypt's, to fight another war against the Jewish state. They know that even with guns and skills made in America they likely would lose were they to attack people whose back is against the wall — almost literally. Another Egyptian defeat would bring humiliation and other inconveniences.
Of course, Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood take a different view. Sacrificing a generation or two of Egyptians in exchange for the annihilation of the Zionist entity would, in their calculation, represent a bargain — not for the Egyptian nation but for the Islamic world.
How can American power be used to support those in Egypt and elsewhere who share our commitment to human rights? How can American power be used to weaken the enemies of freedom — those who want to destroy us, our allies, and the entire democratic experiment?
The answer to those questions is the foundation upon which coherent, effective policies can be constructed and implemented. But that requires not just talking like an Egyptian. It also means walking the walk. And, yes, those who do that will look a lot like neocons.
— Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on terrorism and Islamism. © 2011 Scripps Howard News Service
Posted: 17 Feb 2011 05:41 AM PST
Source_The Star:Preparing our children for life in global society
BASICALLY, interfaith dialogue is understood as an encounter between people who live by different faith traditions in an atmosphere of mutual trust and acceptance.
Dialogue does not require giving up, hiding or seeking to validate one's own religious convictions; in fact, the need for being rooted in one's own tradition to be engaged in a meaningful dialogue is emphasised.
Dialogue can be viewed as a way not only to become informed about the faiths of others but also to rediscover essential dimensions of one's own. The benefits of removing historical prejudices and enmities as well as the new possibilities for working together for common good can be recognised and affirmed.
Within this general framework, individual theological explorations can yield a variety of points of view. Some see dialogue primarily as a new and creative relationship within which one can learn about and respect others, as well as giving authentic witness to one's own faith.
Others see it as an historical moment in the development of religious traditions, in which each of the faith traditions is challenged and transformed by the encounter with others.
Still others view dialogue as a common pilgrimage towards the truth, within which each tradition shares with the others the way it has come to perceive and respond to that truth.
There is a fundamental problem in inter-faith dialogue and working together; if each side thinks it has the truth, how do you progress from there?
The call is getting louder for the teaching of all religions in schools; it is an educational commitment to pluralism. We need to prepare children for life in a global community.
It is crucial, especially during these uncertain times, to teach them to respect differences and appreciate diversity.
NOEL F. D'OLIVEIRO, Ipoh.
Posted: 17 Feb 2011 05:37 AM PST
James Clapper issued a clarification last week. Within hours of testifying to Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood is a "largely secular" organization, he clarified that he had meant to say the Muslim Brotherhood is not a secular organization. Clapper, the Obama administration's national intelligence director, did not clue us in on whether he'd been tipped off by the organization's name or by its motto proclaiming devotion to Islam, Mohammed, the Koran, sharia, and jihad — the final term being one he may have missed thanks to ongoing government efforts to purge it from our lexicon.
If Mr. Clapper's information was a tad off, his timing was even worse. And not just because even giddy Western pundits were occasionally pausing from their dance on Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's political grave to admit that the pharaoh's demise could pave the way for a Brotherhood-led Islamist ascendancy.
What might an Islamist ascendency look like? Consider this: Shortly before Clapper's faux pas, a ghastly report out of Bangladesh began making the rounds: A 14-year-old girl named Hena had been killed by fewer than 80 lashes of the 100-lash whipping local sharia authorities had ordered her to suffer. It's difficult to contain one's anger at the details. Hena had been raped by a 40-year-old Muslim man, described in news accounts as her "relative." The allegation of rape got the authorities involved, but that turned out to be even worse than the sexual assault itself.
Under sharia, rape cannot be proved absent the testimony of four witnesses. Rapists tend not to bring witnesses along for their attacks. In any event, moreover, sharia values a woman's testimony as only half that of a man, so the deck is stacked and rape cannot be proved in most cases. Yet that hardly means the report of rape is of no consequence. Unable to establish that she'd been forcibly violated, the teenager became in the eyes of the sharia court a woman who'd had sexual intercourse outside of marriage. Thus the draconian lashing sentence that became a death sentence.
What has that to do with the Muslim Brotherhood? It turns out that these not-so-secular "moderates" spend a great deal of time ruminating on the subject of sharia's brutal huddud laws — those prescribing sadistic penalties, such as whippings and stoning, for extramarital fornication, adultery, and homosexuality.
The Brotherhood's emir for such ruminations is the famed Egyptian sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a sharia scholar who graduated from the storied al-Azhar University. He is probably the ummah's most influential Islamic cleric — just ask such admirers as Ground Zero mosque imam Feisal Rauf. Qaradawi is sold as a Muslim modernizer by his many Western fans, particularly the Islamic-studies programs that the Saudis, longtime patrons of the Muslim Brotherhood, pay institutions like Georgetown University to operate. What the academy avoids telling you is that the sheikh, who has endorsed suicide bombings in Israel and the killing of American troops and support personnel in Iraq, also supports female genital mutilation (euphemistically called "circumcision") as well as sharia standards that discount a woman's testimony, limit a woman's inheritance rights to half of a man's share, and permit men to marry up to four wives (who may, of course, be beaten if they are disobedient). 1 | 2 | Next > National Review
Posted: 17 Feb 2011 05:54 AM PST
23,636 Honda City, Jazz dipanggil balik
KUALA LUMPUR: HONDA Malaysia Sdn Bhd memanggil balik 23,636 unit kenderaan jenama itu bagi menggantikan 'lost motion springs' dan 'retainers' yang menjadi punca enjin berbunyi bising dan berpotensi menyebabkan ia terhenti.
Ketua Eksekutif dan Pengarah Urusannya, Yoichiro Ueno, berkata daripada jumlah itu, 21,956 unit membabitkan model City keluaran 2009 dan 1,680 unit lagi model Jazz keluaran 2009 dan 2010.
Bagaimanapun, beliau berkata, model Honda yang dijual dalam pasaran ketika ini tidak terbabit berhubung masalah berkenaan.
Posted: 17 Feb 2011 05:26 AM PST
Source_The Star:Rescuing democracy from malaise a challenge. Diplomatically Speaking By Dennis Ignatius
The tumultuous events that shook Egypt are apparently causing jitters elsewhere. We have become decidedly unhappy with rising living costs, the concentration of wealth and opportunity in the hands of a few well-connected people, and widespread corruption. For now, however, these concerns are far from the point where they could conceivably find expression in a "day of rage".
The democracy is a precious right that people in other nations have had to fight and die for. It must never be taken for granted or allowed to wither through neglect or indifference.
And therein lies the nub of our problem: our democracy, and the key institutions associated with it, has been in slow decline for some years now.
Democracy is more than simply casting a ballot once every few years; it is a way of life, a frame of mind, an attitude of heart, where citizens actively and tangibly participate in the political life of their nation through a myriad of different ways – turning out to vote, engaging political representatives and holding them accountable, participating in dialogue and debate, staying informed on issues and making informed decisions, standing up for fundamental rights, etc.
Passivity is the great enemy of democracy. The people themselves must be the guardians of their own freedom.
Fortunately, we appear to be increasingly vocal participants in the democratic process. They have not been afraid to take to the streets to peacefully express their displeasure or to support causes they believe in.
Democracy is, after all, always a work in progress. If our democracy is to prosper, democratic transformation and change must become a priority.
Intrinsic to this is an end to the culture of impunity. For too long, public officials who abuse their position have managed to evade justice. There is a sense that those with privilege and good connections are above the law. This is harmful to democracy.
Citizens of a democracy also need to be on guard against demagoguery and those who pander to narrow racial or religious sentiment. There is already too much of this in Malaysia and it is detrimental to our democracy. Character, principle and dedicated service should matter far more than racial or religious considerations.
As well, citizens of a free nation must be in the forefront of defending the democratic institutions, including a free press, an independent judiciary and a responsive parliament, that give substance to their democracy.
The curtailment of press freedom, for example, has weakened our democracy. Only a free and fearless press can keep governments accountable and citizens well informed. It is not a luxury we can do without; it is necessary for the survival of our democracy.
Our justice system also needs to be overhauled. The reputation of some of our judges has been tarnished and their impartiality questioned. Our police force is plagued by corruption and seen as abusive and disrespectful of the rights of citizens.
Last but not least, our Parliament must be transformed into the true heart of our democracy instead of being little more than a rubber stamp. Many of our elected representatives appear to owe little or no allegiance to the people who voted for them. If we are to give meaning to our democracy, we must demand more of those we elect to represent us.
George Bernard Shaw once quipped that democracy ensures that we shall be governed no better than we deserve. Malaysia deserves better and it is up to the people to ensure that we get it. That is what the people at Liberation Square are discovering.
Datuk Dennis Ignatius is a 36-year veteran of the Malaysian foreign service. He has served in London, Beijing and Washington and was ambassador to Chile and Argentina. He was twice Undersecretary for American Affairs. He retired as High Commissioner to Canada in July 2008.
Posted: 17 Feb 2011 01:42 AM PST
KOTA BARU, 16 Feb 2011 — Kerajaan PAS Kelantan melancarkan "Gerbang Az-Ziwaaj" dengan peruntukan RM1.5 juta tahun ini bertujuan menggalakkan 1,500 pasangan muda kurang berkemampuan untuk berkahwin.
Semasa melancarkannya, Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat (gambar), berkata program bertemakan "Anda Bijak Kerana Berkahwin" itu bertujuan mengelakkan golongan muda dari terjebak dalam perzinaan dan menghalang kejadian buang anak luar nikah.
Melalui program itu, setiap pasangan diberi RM1,000 dalam bentuk cek dan peserta boleh mendapatkan borang permohonan di pejabat kadi, pejabat Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri, kaunter khidmat pelanggan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri atau muat turun borang dari laman facebook "Gerbang Az-Ziwaaj" (Gerbang Perkahwinan).
Posted: 16 Feb 2011 06:48 PM PST
It was bound to happen sooner or later, I suppose:
BORDERS FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY
Now, before you start picketing outside The Curve and Times Square demanding that the stores stay open, bear in mind that this is probably only in the US. Not sure how it would affect its international stores, but considering the franchise is owned by another company here, I think the shops should still be opened here.
Doesn't make much of a difference to me though, I hardly go to Borders. In fact, have you SEEN the Borders in Times Square lately? They seemed to have misplaced it. No, really, I literally could not find the store the last time I went.
Apparently, after all that hoo-haa about being the BIGGEST BOOKSTORE IN THE WORLD 6 years ago, they've finally ripped it all out and relocated to a tiny little place on the lower ground floor of the complex. I guess they finally that the clientele at that termite warren of a shopping mall just ain't the reading sort, eh?
The one in The Curve seems to be going strong though (not sure about the Gardens one - it always seems so empty whenever I go there).
But yeah, I'm not exactly mourning the demise of Borders. Besides, I still prefer Kinokuniya anyway. The selection is still way better, everything is nicely arranged, and current, and they have a kickass comics/graphic novel section that no other bookstore can match. I've even come to prefer the Kinokuniya in Singapore over the Borders there (which seems to have lost its charm somehow).
The other bookstore I frequent more these days is Bookxcess, of course. New books at cheap prices? AWESOME. Plus they are only about 4-5 months behind the usual bookstores anyway. Considering how few books I've been reading lately (something I REALLY need to rectify this year), I would rather not pay a full RM100 for a hardcover when I can just wait a while longer for it to hit Bookxcess instead. Plus their Big Bad Wolf Warehouse Sales are just AWESOME.
It WOULD be nice to have a lot more bookstores around, of course, and the demise of Borders IS quite sad. It WOULD be sad if they closed down the Malaysian stores as well. But seriously though, I DO wish they would buck up on they selection of titles, and/or layout, because as far as I'm concerned, even after six years and several new stores later, Borders here still has room for A LOT of improvement.
Posted: 16 Feb 2011 08:21 PM PST
Posted: 17 Feb 2011 04:55 AM PST
Suruhanjaya Diraja yang menyiasat kematian pembantu politik, Teoh Beng Hock terus menerima tamparan apabila giliran kerajaan kerajaan negeri Selangor mengumumkan keputusan untuk menarik diri daripada terlibat dalam prosiding.
Peguam pemerhati Selangor, Malik Imtiaz Sarwar memaklumkan hasrat untuk menarik diri sebaik sahaja prosiding suruhanjaya bermula pada jam 2.30 petang ini.
Katanya, beliau diarahkan oleh kerajaan negeri Selangor untuk menarik diri atas alasan yang sama dengan keluarga Teoh iaitu mereka hilang keyakinan terhadap perjalanan siasatan yang tidak langsung mencerminkan harapan rakyat yang mahukan kebenaran didedahkan.
"Setelah keluarganya menarik diri daripada prosiding, kita tidak lihat apa gunanya suruhanjaya ini diteruskan. Kita juga menyuarakan kebimbangan kita yang serupa dengan apa yang disuarakan oleh keluarga Teoh, iaitu di mana Jabatan Peguam Negara (AGC) telah memfailkan semakan kehakiman di Mahkamah Tinggi Shah Alam.
"Dalam permohonan tersebut, selaras dengan apa yang didedahkan oleh (peguam) Gobind (Singh Deo) semalam bahawa Peguam Negara mahu mendapatkan keputusan bunuh diri," kata Malik Imtiaz.
Keluarga Teoh dilaporkan tidak berpuas hati dengan penglibatan Jabatan Peguam Negara yang membuat permohonan menyemak keputusan terbuka yang dibuat oleh mahkamah koroner.
Semalam, ahli keluarga Teoh memulaukan prosiding suruhanjaya itu dengan alasan permohonan mereka untuk menundakkan inkuiri sehingga semakan kehakiman yang difailkan Pejabat Peguam Negara ke atas penghakiman terbuka oleh Mahkamah Kotoner berhubung kematian Beng Hock didengar dahulu.
Sementara itu, pada perbicaraan hari ini, ketua panel, Tan Sri James Foong mengumumkan pakar patologi Thai Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand dan pakar forensik Britain, Dr Peter Vanezis akan dijemput sebagai saksi.
Foong selepas melawat tempat kejadian di Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam pagi tadi berkata kehadiran kedua-dua pakar asing itu diperlukan.
Beliau bagaimanapun tidak mengulas lanjut.
Pornthip dan Vanezis dibawa oleh kerajaan negeri Selangor dan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) bagi memantau bedah siasat kedua yang dijalankan ke atas Teoh. -mk
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