Sunday, August 14, 2011

thanks to the penang fatwa council

thanks to the penang fatwa council


thanks to the penang fatwa council

Posted: 14 Aug 2011 10:58 AM PDT

…. for its wise decision to prohibit the use of loudspeakers for quran prayers at dawn.

my apartment is just in front of a surau. when i first moved in, some days i will hear the dawn quran prayers but as times goes by, getting used to it, it didn't disturb me anymore (managed to sleep through it!). as the years moved on, i did notice though the prayers were getting not so loud. i think the surau had already gradually tone down the volume. thanks to them.

sometimes in the evening though, after the prayers (what's that evening prayer call – maghrib?), when there was a ceramah at the surau,  they used loudspeaker for the ceramah! i can hear what was being said, though not entirely all – catch a few sentences now and then.  that was about 2 or 3 years ago… and again now i notice this practise had stop.  good for us…. and thanks to them.

the call for prayer is still loud though… but luckily that is only for a short while… and oh it is loud only because i'm just opposite the surau! i'm not complaining of course as i know this is what they have to do. i respect their religion… what t

hey have to do, so i hope the feeling is mutual.

anyway, here are two articles from malaysiakini regarding this issue.

 

PAS Youth 'aye' for Penang's loudspeaker fatwa
Aidila Razak
Aug 13, 11
9:23pm

PAS Youth today declared its support for Penang Fatwa Council's decision to prohibit the use of loudspeakers for the recital of the Quran before dawn prayers.

Speaking to reporters in Shah Alam today, PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan said that this prohibition is in line with the teachings of Prophet Muhammad.

"We feel this is a correct move as the prophet had prohibited his followers from reciting their prayers in a manner which disturbs others in performing their worship.

"The reading of the Quranic verses using loudspeaker is done at 4am or 4.30am and this could the disturb the sleep of young children, or individuals who are praying in their own homes," he said.

He added that the prohibition is not for the call of prayer and many do not realise that they could be disturbing others.

"This is the beauty of Islam. Most don't realise (it is wrong) as they feel that (reading the Quran using loudspeakers) is an act of worship (beribadat)," he said.

Loudspeakers for indoors okay

However, he noted, the use of loudspeakers for the recital of Quranic verses at indoor events is not a problem so long as participants consent to it.

The Penang Fatwa Council's decision has also found support from Perlis mufti Juanda Jaya who said that Perlis has for several years now observed this practice.

Berita Harian, however, reported that the National Fatwa Council said that the state fatwa council should have consulted muftis from other states before making such a decision.

Its chairperson Abdul Shukor Husin also told the Malay daily that there is no need for such a prohibition as mosques and suraus should be able to judge based on whether they are located in a Muslim-majority area or not.,

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Perlis backs Penang on mosque loudspeaker ban
Aug 13, 11 3:13pm

The practice of broadcasting readings of the Quran through mosque or surau loudspeakers at dawn goes against the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, said Perlis mufti Juanda Jaya.

"The practice of turning up the volume on the microphones before dawn goes against the Prophet's teachings, because it disturbs those who are still asleep.

"Such acts of disturbing others is forbidden and is a sin," said the mufti in a SMS to Malaysiakini.

Juanda was commenting on a Berita Harian front-page story yesterday 'Ban on use of loudspeakers at dawn' on the Penang Islamic Affairs Department's (JHEAIPP) circular instructing all mosques and surau in the state to stop the practice with immediate effect.

The Perlis mufti said he agreed with the directive of the Penang Fatwa Council to forbid broadcasting Quran readings during the early hours of dawn.

"We support the directive and Perlis has long enforced the prohibition in our mosques and surau," said Juanda.

He said the Perlis Fatwa Council chaired by the Tuanku Raja Muda Perlis had broached the matter as early as April 30, 2007.

"The microphone at the mosque is only used to amplify the azan (call to prayer) twice, that is the first azan 30 minutes before dawn and azan subuh at dawn," he said.

"This practice is in accordance with the prophet's sunnah that ought to be observed by all Muslims who respect the authentic teachings of Prophet Muhammad.

"Those who differ on this matter are ignorant of the laws and role of the mosque in Islam," he said.

'PM's Office respects decision'

Commenting on the same matter, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Jamil Khir Baharom was quoted by Bernama saying he respects the Penang authority's decision.

"We respect the decision because it is the result of the state fatwa committee meeting on April 7 and the circular on the ban was issued on Aug 3," he said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Berita Harian yesterday reported the JHEAIPP's directive and their explanation that the practice of broadcasting Quran readings at dawn was against Islamic law (hukum syarak) and would disturb others inside as well as outside the mosque.

The department said prohibitions and evidence of this, citing a hadith by Abu Sa'id al-Khudri where the prophet issued such a prohibition:

"Listen ye who worship God, cause not disturbance to others. Do not raise your voice in reciting prayers, above that of the others."

The Malay daily also reported unhappiness with the directive, and elsewhere quoted National Fatwa Council chairperson Abdul Shukor Husin criticising the directive as it may affect the "unity of Muslims" in the country.

He said it did not need to be directed by the state fatwa council, but could be decided at the discretion of the individual mosques depending on location.

"Actually there is no need to issue a fatwa – a fatwa should be fair and wise, and should be studied whether there is such a need for it.

"Once it becomes a fatwa it could become an issue, and cause disunity amongst Muslims," Berita Harian quoted Abdul Shukor saying.

'In line with Islam'

Meanwhile former Perlis mufti Mohd Asri bin Zainul Abidin also backed the loudspeaker ban saying it was consistent with the Prophet's teachings.

"I am most in agreement with the decision of the Penang Islamic authorities in issuing a directive that readings of the Quran should not be broadcast through loudspeakers, such as what is happening in many mosques before prayer times," said the outspoken Asri in a statement this evening.

"The fatwa or directive, in my view, is in line with the dictates of Islamic law."

Asri explained that only the azan, that he said only took five minutes, was meant to be amplified.

"There is no text that tells us to amplify our voices (in prayer) until it disturbs others. What more, this is forbidden by the Prophet," he said, adding that taking care not to disturb others was the Islamic way.

"We cannot force others to listen to our prayers," he added, pointing out there were Muslims who may choose to pray on their own at their own pace, as well as those who were asleep or children, pregnant women and those who were ill, in addition to non-Muslims.

The former mufti said the present practices confused non-Muslims as to what really constituted the azan, and as a result, caused misunderstanding.

Citing the same hadith, that he had discusses at great length on his blog and in a letter this January, Asri explained at length what the Prophet had recommended on this matter, in particular reminding practitioners to be mindful about disturbing others.

"Abiding by this matter is not a political issue, but merely following the directives of the Prophet as well as preserving Islam that is always harmonious.

"Muslims in Penang should support this decision,"he said.



Tony Pua - a con and a parasite!

Posted: 14 Aug 2011 09:29 AM PDT

Tony Pua warns that he will sue the Malaysian Govt, Prime Minister Najib, Nazri Aziz and those he believes are involved in 'screwing up' Tajuddin Ramli. I personally think Tony should as well sue God for TR's karma.

In a posting I WILL SUE YOU!, stopthelies.my unraveled what and who Tony Pua is - a conman and a parasite! The Malay version is available, thanks to Tun Faisal with his posting Penipu Rakyat Tony Pua kroni berjaya, makan hasil hand-out?.

"Tony has been dragged in and out of courts umpteen times by his creditors and clients. He in turn dragged them in and out of courts by counter suing and winding them up. In other words, the man is an expert in the area of business litigation and knows how to successfully hide his flaws by using the law.

"His business venture Cyber Village, where he often claims he made his first million from has had various suits filed against it by disgruntled clients who felt cheated by its inability to perform their contractual obligations.

"In one instance, Cyber Village entered into contract with a Berjaya Group subsidiary named My2020.com to set up an e-procurement hub. Cyber Village missed deadlines and even overbilled with Tony Pua unable to justify during the trial how he arrived at the additional charges at a rate of RM800 a day.

"To top all this of – the e procurement system delivered by Cyber Village to My2020 was an absolute failure!"

So much of a politician who himself is facing so many suits!



Mat Sabu: Di London Rakyat Mengamuk. Di Malaysia Polis Yang Mengamuk

Posted: 14 Aug 2011 10:32 AM PDT

Timbalan Presiden PAS Mohamad Sabu menyelar tindakan beberapa pihak yang cuba menyamakan antara Himpunan aman Bersih 2.0 9 Julai lalu dan rusuhan yang berlaku di United Kingdom.

Mohamad merujuk kepada kenyataan Timbalan Ketua Polis Negara, Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar yang berkata perhimpunan Bersih 2.0 mungkin menyebabkan rusuhan seperti apa yang berlaku di Kota London sekarang.

Menurut Mohamad, rusuhan di UK berbeza dengan gerakan menuntut perubahan secara aman di Malaysia dan diakui sendiri oleh Perdana Menteri Britain, David Cameron bahawa rusuhan London tidak berkaitan politik.

"Saya tak tahu Timbalan KPN ini. Di London rakyat mengamuk. Di Malaysia polis mengamuk.

"PM Britain sendiri kata rusuhan tidak kena mengena dengan politik," kata Mohamad ketika ditanya Tv Selangor pada sidang media di Ibu Pejabat PAS semalam.

4 Ogos lalu, ribuan rakyat memprotes kematian seorang lelaki akibat tembakan polis di Tottenham, utara London.

Keesokan harinya, beberapa pemuda bertopeng memulakan rusuhan, merosak dan membakar kedai.

Kejadian itu merebak ke bahagian lain di London seperti Croydon dan Bayswater sebelum merebak ke arah Utara England dengan kejadian sama dilapor di Birmingham, Liverpool dan beberapa tempat lain.

Dalam posting di laman web Facebooknya beberapa hari lalu, Khalid berkata rusuhan berterusan di London yang kini merebak ke beberapa bandar utama di Britain adalah bukti bahawa mimpi ngeri seumpama itu boleh dielakkan dengan menghalang protes jalanan.

Menurut Mohamad situasi ini amat berbeza dengan demonstrasi di negara ini.

Beliau mengakui polis boleh menggunakan kekerasan mereka dalam rusuhan tetapi bukannya dalam himpunan aman.

"Saya sendiri berulang kali sebut jangan terbalikkan walau satu pasu bunga pun.

"Di sini tidak ada langsung berlaku kebakaran, terbalikkan kereta, pecah kereta atau (rosak) harta awam. Patutnya polis hadapi himpunan aman secara aman," tegas beliau lagi.

Dalam pada itu, Menteri Penerangan Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Seri Rais Yatim semalam mendakwa ada peserta himpunan Bersih 2.0 yang diupah RM50 untuk memakai baju berwarna kuning.

Merujuk kepada tragedi di London, beliau berkata, polis di negara luar tidak teragak-agak melakukan kekerasan demi menegakkan undang-undang sebaliknya di Malaysia, meskipun berdepan ejekan peserta Bersih, mereka masih mampu bersabar.

"Lihat dengan apa yang kita alami di Malaysia, dan ini kita harus ambil sebagai satu perbandingan untuk keinsafan kita, yang mana betapa tertibnya Polis Diraja Malaysia mengawal keadaan berbanding dengan apa yang berlaku di luar negara," beliau dipetik sebagai berkata.

Terdahulu DAP turut membidas kegagalan pemimpin Umno-BN dalam menyamakan rusuhan dan sebuah perhimpunan aman.

Menurut setiausaha organisasi DAP, Teresa Kok, Bersih 2.0 adalah sebuah perhimpunan aman yang jelas matlamatnya dan bukanlah seperti yang didakwa pemerintah selama ini.

"Yang mengganas di London adalah perusuh, sebaliknya yang bertindak ganas di Malaysia sewaktu perhimpunan aman Bersih 2.0 adalah pihak polis.

"Di Kuala Lumpur, perhimpunan aman Bersih 2.0 mempunyai matlamat yang jelas dan telah dianjurkan secara terancang.

"Agenda, tarikh dan waktu bersurai telah dinyatakan secara terus-terang buat pengetahuan pihak kerajaan, polis, media dan orang awam dari awal-awal lagi," katanya dalam satu kenyataan media.






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chess and god.

Posted: 14 Aug 2011 07:32 AM PDT

jodoh itu, rahsia tuhan.
kita takkan tahu percaturannya.


TGNA Sokong Larangan Bacaan Al-Quran Guna Pembesar Suara, Selari Dgn Syarak

Posted: 14 Aug 2011 08:39 AM PDT

Larang guna pembesar suara selaras syarak

KOTA BHARU, 14 Ogos: Tuan Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat menjelaskan arahan Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Pulau Pinang (JHEAIPP) tidak membenar masjid menggunakan pembesar suara menyiar bacaan al-Quran sebelum Subuh selari dengan syarak.

Menteri Besar berkata, Islam tidak menggalakkan bacaan al-Quran diperdengar dengan kuat terutamanya menggunakan pembesar suara kecuali azan.

"Hanya azan sahaja yang perlu dikuatkan dengan tujuan untuk menyeru umat Islam menunaikan solat dan meninggalkan sementara urusan dunia," katanya selepas merasmikan pelancaran Koperasi Rakyat Kelantan Berhad di KTC hari ini.

Beliau diminta mengulas larangan Jabatan Agama Islam Pulau Pinang menggunakan pembesar suara di masjid sebelum solat Subuh kerana ia dianggap mengganggu ketenteraman masyarakat berbilang kaum.

Sebelum ini media melaporkan JHEAIPP mengarahkan semua masjid dan surau menghentikan bacaan al Quran menggunakan pembesar suara sebelum Subuh kerana bercanggah dengan hukum syarak.

Arahan tersebut juga selaras dengan keputusan masyuarat Jawatankuasa Fatwa Negeri berkenaan pada 7 April lalu.

Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz yang juga Mursyidul Am PAS berkata, umat Islam jangan begitu seronok membaca al-Quran dengan menggunakan pembesar suara kerana ia tidak elok dan boleh mengganggu ketenteraman orang ramai terutama kanak-kanak sedang tidur.

"Di Kelantan mungkin tak apa, sebab sudah menjadi perkara biasa, namun sesetengah tempat mungkin tidak boleh dan keputusan itu perlu dihormati," ujarnya.

Ketua Pengelola Unit Dakwah Halaqat, Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Kelantan, Ustaz Abdullah Abdul Razak berkata, suasana masyarakat berbilang kaum perlu diambil kira apabila memperdengarkan bacaan al Quran secara kuat sebelum Subuh.

Katanya, bagi penduduk tinggal di negara yang majoritinya orang Islam perkara seperti itu tidak berbangkit kerana orang ramai sudah faham.

"Apa yang diputus di Pulau Pinang itu selaras dengan kehendak syarak kerana suasana persekitarannya bukan hanya didiami orang Islam sahaja.

"Syarak hanya membolehkan azan dilaungkan dengan kuat bagi menyedarkan orang yang tidur supaya bangun menunaikan solat," ujarnya di sini.

Tindakan JHEAIPP turut disokong pensyarah USM, Prof Madya Dr Asri Zainul Abidin dan Mufti Perlis, Dr Juanda Jaya yang memberi contoh Rasulullah saw pernah melarang orang membaca al-Quran secara kuat dalam masjid kerana boleh mengganggu jemaah lain. -HD


Larang Pembesar Suara : Perlis Sokong Pulau Pinang

Mufti Perlis Dr Juanda Jaya berkata amalan bacaan al-Quran menggunakan pembesar suara pada waktu subuh di masjid dan surau dengan kuat adalah bertentangan dengan sunah Nabi Muhammad SAW kerana ia mengganggu orang yang sedang tidur.

"Amalan pasang mikrofon kuat waktu sebelum subuh adalah bertentangan dengan sunah Nabi SAW kerana ia mengganggu orang yang sedang tidur. Perbuatan mengganggu ini adalah haram dan berdosa," kata beliau dipetik dari portal Malaysiakini.

Sehubungan itu, Dr Juanda berkata pihaknya menyokong tindakan Jawatankuasa Fatwa Negeri Pulau Pinang yang melarang bacaan al-Quran menggunakan pembesar suara pada waktu subuh.

"Kami sokong kenyataan itu dan Perlis dah lama kuat-kuasakan larangan itu di masjid dan surau, walaupun kadang-kadang ada (pihak) yang larang.

"Mikrofon (di) masjid hanya boleh laungkan azan waktu subuh sebanyak dua kali sahaja iaitu azan pertama 30 minit sebelum subuh dan kemudian azan subuh.

"Ini adalah amalan yang menepati kehendak Sunnah Nabi SAW yang sepatutnya dipatuhi oleh semua umat Islam yang cintakan Sunnah Nabi SAW yang sahih," katanya.

Mengulas perkara yang sama, Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom dipetik Bernama berkata pihaknya menghormati keputusan yang dibuat oleh Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Pulau Pinang itu.

"Kami menghormati keputusan itu kerana ia adalah hasil mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Fatwa Negeri pada 7 April lepas dan surat pekeliling mengenai larangan sudah dikeluarkan pada 3 Ogos lalu," katanya selepas menghadiri majlis Iftar Perdana Bersama Asnaf dan penyampaian bantuan Ramadan di Kompleks Pusat Islam, Kuala Lumpur malam semalam.

Berita Harian semalam melaporkan, Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Pulau Pinang (JHEAIPP) mengeluarkan larangan selaras dengan keputusan Jawatankuasa Fatwa Negeri itu kerana amalan berkenaan dikatakan bercanggah dengan hukum syarak dan boleh mengganggu orang lain di dalam dan luar masjid.

Akhbar milik Umno itu juga memetik pengerusi Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan Prof Datuk Abd Shukor Husin, berkata larangan itu ditakuti mendatangkan kesan kepada penyatuan Umat Islam di negara ini.

Sebaliknya, kata beliau, larangan itu sebenarnya tidak perlu diputuskan oleh Jawatankuasa Fatwa Negeri, sebaliknya ditentukan mengikut budi bicara dan disesuaikan dengan keadaan sesuatu tempat.

"Sepatutnya tak payah keluarkan fatwa dulu, fatwa itu harus berhemah dan berhikmah, kena kaji sama ada tempat itu memerlukan larangan atau tidak, kerana bila sudah difatwakan ia akan menjadi isu yang boleh menjadi punca masyarakat Islam tidak bersatu.

"Contohnya satu kes masjid berdekatan dengan hospital, bila nak masuk waktu solat, imam baca al-Quran sehingga mengganggu pesakit, jadi mereka jumpa dengan mufti dan larangan itu boleh dipertimbangkan mengikut kawasan," katanya dipetik Berita Harian.





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Lucky Mismah now a Malaysian working as janitor & owns a terrace house!

Posted: 14 Aug 2011 06:00 AM PDT

Mismah, who had her permanent resident status allegedly upgraded to citizenship in just four hours, was finally found by the media.

She denied any irregularity in the granting of her Malaysian citizenship and was quoted by Malay daily Sinar Harian as saying, "I follow the rules, not like what others have alleged."

NONEMismah, who hailed from Bawaen, Indonesia, was upset over the accusation that her citizenship was obtained through the "back door" when a report stated Mismah was found to have been categorised as a permanent resident on the National Registration Department (NRD) website, and yet she was listed in the Election Commission's electoral roll.

Hours after the report was published, Mismah was subseqeuntly 'upgraded' by the NRD to Malaysian citizen.

The NRD later clarified that Mismah was granted citizenship in January this year after having been a permanent resident for 29 years. Nevertheless, the agency did not explain the discrepancy on its website.

Mismah, who is currently working as a janitor in a direct sales company, had since moved out of Kayu Ara and now owns a terrace house though Sinar Harian did not say where Mismah is now living, but according to the Election Commission, she is a registered voter in Ijok, Kuala Selangor.

So what if the truth is Mismah waited for 29 years to be a citizen of Malaysia?

She waited and now she has all the privileges that come with being a Bumi while many non-Bumi Malaysians, born and bred, are still second-class citizens in their own country!

You see, ex-Indon Minah's just a janitor yet she can own a terrace house while an ex-Indon Menteri Besar can own a Balinese mansion in Shah Alam! ;)

What a fast track to prosperity!

Can an ordinary non-Bumi Malaysian be that lucky?



Mahfuz Sanggah Kenyataan Rais Yatim Yang Anggap Semua Orang Sama Macam UMNO

Posted: 14 Aug 2011 05:22 AM PDT

Kenyataan dangkal Menteri Penerangan Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Seri Rais Yatim berhubung upah RM50 kepada peserta himpunan Bersih 2.0 diselar ahli parlimen Pokok Sena, Mahfuz Omar.

Sambil menyifatkan Rais sudah kehabisan modal dalam menyatakan pendiriannya, Mahfuz turut memberi amaran kepada Rais agar tidak menyamakan peserta himpunan Bersih 2.0 dengan mereka-mereka yang perlu disogok untuk melakukan sesuatu.

"Dia (Rais) anggap semua orang sama macam dalam Umno, nak buat sesuatu itu mesti dengan bayaran, nak pergi mana pun dengan bayaran. Jadi inilah budaya dalam Umno selama ini bahawa majlis keraian, menyambut pimpinan mereka boleh ramai kerana diberikan duit, diangkut dengan bas.

"Rais tak boleh berfikir luar daripada kotak pemikiran Umno. Kalau Umno berjaya menghimpunkan orang dengan duit, jadi orang lain pun hanya akan buat dengan duit
,kata Mahfuz kepada Tv Selangor.

Rais semalam mendakwa ada peserta himpunan Bersih 2.0, 9 Julai lalu diupah RM50 setiap seorang untuk memakai baju kuning, malah mendakwa mereka juga diberi makanan untuk berbuat demikian.

Rais juga membuat kesimpulannya sendiri dengan menyatakan bahawa sebilangan rakyat yang menyertai himpunan itu bukan bertujuan untuk menuntut pilihan raya yang adil dan bersih tetapi bermatlamat politik.

Malah beliau turut mengaitkan himpunan aman di negara ini dengan rusuhan di London.

"Adakah mereka (Umno) nak katakan bahawa kalau (rakyat) Malaysia yang keluar Bersih itu dibayar dengan duit, (jadi) adakah mereka nak katakan mereka yang keluar buat rusuhan (London) dibayar dengan duit?

"Hampir 100,000 orang yang hadir di Kuala Lumpur tapi tidak ada rusuhan, sebaliknya yang merusuh adalah pihak polis. Pihak keselamatan yang merusuh peserta perhimpunan, yang datang dengan penuh kesopanan," sanggah Mahfuz terhadap pendirian Rais.

Tambah Mahfuz, Rais dan parti pemerintah hakikatnya harus akur bahawa punca kebangkitan rakyat adalah rentetan pelbagai masalah yang dihadapi mereka termasuk kos sara hidup yang semakin meningkat dan tidak setara dengan gaji mereka.

"Apapun dia (Rais) mengatakan punca demonstrasi tu menunjukkan bahawa dia perlu mengakui bahawa rakyat negara kita ini berhadapan dengan masalah yang besar. Kalau dia kata tekanan hidup, bermakna rakyat tertekan dengan kos hidup kerana ketidakadilan dalam pelaksanaan pemerintah negara kita ini,"katanya.

Pada 9 Julai lalu ribuan rakyat Malaysia menongkah ledakan gas pemedih mata dan pancutan air kimia demi menuntut pembaharuan dalam sistem pilihan raya.

Dalam perhimpunan itu hampir 1,700 orang ditahan termasuk kepimpinan Gabungan Pilihan Raya Bersih dan Adil (Bersih 2.0) dan Pakatan Rakyat.

Ia nyata sekali berbeza dengan apa yang berlaku di London pada 4 Ogos lalu apabila ribuan rakyatnya memprotes kematian seorang lelaki akibat tembakan polis di Tottenham, utara London.

Keesokan harinya, beberapa pemuda bertopeng memulakan rusuhan, merosak dan membakar kedai.

Kejadian itu merebak ke bahagian lain di London seperti Croydon dan Bayswater sebelum merebak ke arah Utara England dengan kejadian sama dilapor di Birmingham, Liverpool dan beberapa tempat lain.




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Mark Zuckerberg still in 453845 circles and growing after quitting Google+

Posted: 14 Aug 2011 04:58 AM PDT

On Monday, July 4th, 2011, Mark Zuckerberg Is The Most Followed User On Google+ but nine days later,

Zuckerberg closes off Google+ account so he can't be tracked

Read more: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2093546/zuckerberg-closes-google-account-tracked#ixzz1Uzdw6h4U

Surprisingly, today, I chanced upon Zuckerberg's site. Notwithstanding the bare minimum amount of information, there are at least 453845 Google+ users (and the number is growing by the seconds) who have Mark in circles.



The Six-Second Kiss @ The Resurgence - http://theresurgence.com/

Posted: 14 Aug 2011 03:00 AM PDT

Click here to read all about 'The Six-Second Kiss'.



Ibu Terkejut Anak 14 Tahun Hamil Dikerjakan Suaminya

Posted: 14 Aug 2011 03:55 AM PDT

Seorang ibu yang curiga melihat anak gadisnya berusia 14 tahun gemar memakan benda masam selain perubahan saiz tubuhnya hampir pitam apabila dimaklumkan anaknya disahkan mengandung dua bulan selepas pemeriksaan di klinik kesihatan, di sini, kelmarin. Gambar fail

Lebih mengejutkan, gadis terbabit mendakwa kandungannya adalah hasil benih bapa tiri, yang juga suami ibunya.

Difahamkan, remaja terbabit menjadi mangsa rogol lelaki terbabit setiap kali ibu dan kakaknya tiada di rumah kerana keluar bekerja.

Difahamkan, ibu mangsa mengesyaki sesuatu yang buruk berlaku berikutan perubahan tubuh mangsa, terutama perutnya yang semakin membesar, selain gemar memakan asam.

Curiga dengan perubahan itu, ibu mangsa membawa anaknya menjalani pemeriksaan di klinik dan doktor mengesahkan gadis terbabit berbadan dua.

Terkejut dengan perkara itu, ibu mangsa mendesak anaknya menceritakan apa berlaku sebelum mangsa mengaku dirogol bapa tirinya sebanyak dua kali pada Jun dan Julai lalu.

Mangsa juga mendakwa diugut supaya merahsiakan kejadian itu daripada ahli keluarga lain.

Ibu mangsa yang berang kemudian membuat laporan polis di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Keningau.

Ketua Polis Daerah Keningau, Deputi Superintendan Zahari Mohamed berkata, kejadian dipercayai berlaku di rumah mangsa di Kampung Kepayan Lama, Jalan Apin-Apin, sekitar Jun lalu.

"Mangsa dipaksa bapa tirinya melakukan hubungan seks ketika isteri dan kakak mangsa tiada di rumah.

"Mangsa juga diugut akan dicederakan jika menceritakan perkara itu kepada orang lain,"
katanya ketika dihubungi, semalam.

Zahari berkata, berdasarkan laporan dibuat ibu mangsa, polis menjalankan gerakan memburu dan suspek berjaya ditahan di rumahnya.

"Suspek kini direman bagi membantu siasatan dan kes ini disiasat mengikut Seksyen 376 Kanun Keseksaan kerana merogol," katanya.

Zahari berkata, suspek boleh dikenakan hukuman penjara maksimum 20 tahun dan sebatan jika sabit kesalahan. -hm


Cut Waste? Who Is Wasting Resources?

Posted: 14 Aug 2011 02:07 AM PDT

Undeniably, health care, an important social service provided by the government for citizens, must be easy, accessible, adequate in supply and affordable to the masses. Yet, our country has yet to draft and to implement a National Health Policy for the rakyat.

After reading this report, I am compelled to cut to the chase the talk about cutting waste at government hospitals.

Despite soaring health care costs, the Health Ministry has found that a substantial amount of medicine dispensed by government hospitals goes unused or expired.

According to the report, Datuk Eisah A. Rahman, the ministry's senior director of pharmaceutical services, the medicine returned to the pharmacy at various hospitals for the first half of the year was:

  • RM128,818 at Kuala Lumpur Hospital
  • RM82,436 at Sarawak General Hospital
  • RM27,899 at Seberang Jaya Hospital in Penang
  • RM53,769 at Tuanku Fauziah Hospital in Perlis
  • RM190,616 at Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital in Seremban
  • A TOTAL OF RM483 538 from just FIVE HOSPITALS!!!

The ministry is collating data from the other government hospitals. Eisah said the current figures alone reflect the amount of medicine wasted adding that it would be a substantial amount for all the hospitals.

There are 135 hospitals in the country with the ministry spending RM1.6bil on medicine in 2010, an increase of 14.48% from the previous year.

Whilst I applaud Datuk Eisah A. Rahman's courage in making this disclosure, I am quite aghast that it is only now that the public know about this wastage. Why did it take so long for the ministry to take the bull by its horns by implementing the "return medication programme" only last year?

It is most worrying that one reason behind the campaign was to help reduce the possibility of the prescription drugs being misused by others.

Isn't there some sort of stock check system whereby the relevant staff can ensure there is no wastage or misuse? Surely there exists some sort of recording system for the medical supplies and that orders must only be made and approved when existing supplies are about to be exhausted. Does this report reveal more than meets the eye?

One wonders about the size of the cumulative figure for the whole country in ONE year and for the last TEN years. And also, to compare the figures for this wastage per year and assess its proportion in relation in the total expenditure. It is important that the Minister of Health explain how he is going to handle this situation to ensure history is not repeated! More importantly, that the rakyat's money is used prudently FOR THE RAKYAT and NOT for illegals!!!

Who will take responsibility for the state of affairs? What measure will be implemented to avoid such wastage? And, who is the one wasting resources?

What on earth is happening to Health Care in Malaysia? For sure, a major restructuring is needed especially in:

1. Privatization - Are decisions made by Economic Planning Unit rather than the Ministry of Health?
2. Health Tourism - How is this being handled?
3. Proliferation of private insurance and its impact on medical fees
4. How illegals/foreign labour is putting a strain on public health care

Equity, accountability and accessibility of public health care services must ALWAYS prioritize the citizens. As in other sectors, TRANSPARENCY is also needed in decision making!

Currently, the rakyat face problems related to:

1. Burgeoning private insurance costs
2. Spiralling health care care costs
3. Access to services restricted in some cases
4. Expensive medication
5. Wrong medication or wrong diagnosis.
6. Long queues at public hospitals
7. etc etc

To exacerbate matters, it was also reported HERE that the government is introducing a new financing scheme for primary care (1Care for 1Malaysia) by forming a private company/corporation to act as an insurance company and managed-care organisation (MCO). The doctors who wrote this letter expressed their concerns about the company and you can read about it in my post on ICare here.

Obviously, there has to be a big change in the way things are being done. The rakyat must always come first. And to ensure that happens, CHANGE IS IMPERATIVE. Vote wisely for that massive swing to make things better in this country.







Rais Berdusta Di Bulan Puasa

Posted: 14 Aug 2011 01:20 AM PDT

Rais dakwa peserta BERSIH 2.0 diupah RM50

Ada peserta diupah RM50 seorang untuk memakai baju kuning dan menyertai perhimpunan BERSIH 2.0 pada 9 Julai lalu, dakwa Menteri Penerangan Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan Datuk Seri Rais Yatim.

Beliau berkata selain itu, mereka juga diberi makan dan perkara tersebut didedahkan dalam satu laporan yang dikeluarkan kementerian berkenaan.

"Ini jelas membuktikan upah politik itu berlaku dalam tindakan dan tindak-tanduk pemakai baju kuning atau pemimpin-pemimpin mereka," katanya pada majlis berbuka puasa di Felda Lui Timur semalam.

Rais berkata bukan semua peserta perhimpunan itu mempunyai matlamat yang jelas, kecuali sebahagian dengan matlamat politik sendiri.

Merujuk situasi di London, beliau berkata polis di luar negara tidak teragak-agak menggunakan kekerasan bagi menegakkan undang-undang, sebaliknya di Malaysia, meskipun berdepan ejekan peserta Bersih, mereka masih mampu bersabar.

"Lihat dengan apa yang kita alami di Malaysia, dan ini kita harus ambil sebagai satu perbandingan untuk keinsafan kita, yang mana betapa tertibnya Polis Diraja Malaysia mengawal keadaan berbanding dengan apa yang berlaku di luar negara," katanya.

Beliau juga berkata demontrasi di negara maju berlaku ekoran masalah tekanan hidup, dan bukan disebabkan perkara remeh-temeh seperti memperjuangkan agenda politik tokoh pemimpin pembangkang. - Bernama

Ulasan GB

Demikian tahap akhlak seorang menteri UMNO BN yang sanggup berdusta di bulan puasa ini.

Dia ingat kita serupa macam dia, serupa macam UMNO BN yang kerap mengupah orang untuk berdemo dan melaksanakan kerja-kerja untuk mereka.

Ya Allah, Kau dedahkanlah kebenaran itu kebenaran....


Dear Guys,

Posted: 14 Aug 2011 12:24 AM PDT

Dear Guys,

Don't take her for granted. She knows she isn't perfect but she's trying to be the best she can be. So give her credit and acknowledge the things she does for you, even the little things she does for you matters too. Appreciate her for who she is and don't try to change her into something she is not because she is perfect just the way she is. She may make mistakes here and there but learn to forgive her because no one is perfect, tell and show her you love her everyday, give her assurance that you will be there for her no matter what happens in the relationship and that you don't want to lose her.

Be her super hero, her bestfriend, and most of all her boyfriend. If she is with you then she obviously loves you with all her heart so don't ever doubt her love for you, know that her love is true and don't take that love she shows for you for granted ever. Show her the respect and attention she deserves you know, show her she truly means something to you. Let her know that your love for her is stronger then any insignificant argument that will occur in the relationship, So don't let insignificant quarrels compromise what amazing love you two have. Show her that you love her with all your heart.


Filed under: Entertainment, Heartfelt, Her Prince Charming


some interesting articles on islam

Posted: 13 Aug 2011 11:51 PM PDT

NOTE: this is suppose to be posted 2 days ago. forgot about it.

here are some interesting articles i took from here and there that flows from the JAIS raid on DUMC,   i highlighted some points which i agreed to very much, and also make comments if any in italics. later on, when i find similair articles like this, i will add them in here for my own reference.

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Zaid untuk Rakyat blog

KITA and religious freedom

Aug 10, 2011

TESTING if save sitll got

KITA is the only political party in the country that will fearlessly defend Article 11 of the Federal Constitution, which safeguards religious freedom. We believe that this freedom belongs to everyone – Muslims and non-Muslims – and is a fundamental right of every human being. We believe it is cruel for anyone to be forced to accept a religious belief or faith that he or she in all good conscience has renounced or refuses to believe in.

yes, so very true. as i and many others had said religion should be a personal matter – between god and the individual but here only in malaysia, we have the authorities acting on muslim who decide to renounce their faith. what a shame! why force them to believe in what they choose not to believe anymore – yes, that is cruel, as zaid said.


In Malaysia today, religious freedom is available to non-Muslims, but unfortunately and for all practical purposes, it is not available to Muslims. Federal Court decisions have made it almost impossible for a Muslim to renounce his faith; not only that, he would be subject to punishment for apostasy. Lina Joy's case effectively amended Article 11 by implying that a Muslim's right to religious freedom is limited or circumscribed.

malaysia boleh! using constitutions, laws, courts, authorities, what-have-you to stop muslim from renouncing their faith and to punish them. only in malaysia!!

That is why in this country, there will be more and more confusion and an escalating war of attrition among religious communities. State laws will continue to empower officers to make arrests and raid premises so that they can make sure Muslims are not in the company of evangelical Christians. JAIS clearly feels duty-bound to ensure Muslims cannot exercise their right to convert. JAIS doesn't really care what lies inside the heart of Muslims. They are simply happy to punish and imprison someone like Kamariah Ali and regard her as a deviant Muslim. It does not matter what her true beliefs are, just as it does not matter if she is happy with the faith.

Other parts of the country will experience similar JAIS raids in future, and increasing numbers of Muslims will be punished for exercising their freedom to believe. PAS, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and DAP will not support the true meaning of Article 11 for different reasons. PAS will not because they feel that as goods Muslims, they must not allow the freedom to choose as "lesser" Muslims may take the opportunity to do so. Anwar will not support it because it may affect his chances of becoming Prime Minister. DAP will not support it because they don't want to lose votes, and they want to keep Penang. That explains why the great defenders of freedom in Pakatan Rakyat had to issue a gag order over the JAIS matter. Don't address sensitive issues, is what they seem to be saying… get to Putrajaya first.

If KITA were to run the Government, the issue would be dealt with differently. We would refer Article 11 to a properly constituted Constitutional Court. If the court were to hold that Article 11 applies to Muslims as well, then they would not need to hide in church premises to exercise their beliefs and agencies such as JAIS would not need the power to trespass and ransack private properties to look for possibleconverts. Our motto would be, "To each his own."

If, however, the Constitutional Court rules that the intent of Article 11 is not to accord religious freedom to Muslims as well, and that Malaysia is in fact an Islamic State, then we would need to amend the Federal Constitution to insert an all empowering Article (such as in Iran) that states that all laws must conform to the Qur'an, and that laws contravening Islamic tenets and practices would be void. Islamic tenets and Islamic practices, in this case, would be those that are approvedby the Conference of Rulers.

The problem today is that we live in a Jekyll and Hyde situation. We have a secular Federal Constitution but politically, we want Muslim laws to be our primary governing instrument. We want to be a member of the family of the UN Conventions and ostensibly support human rights, but we also want Islamic laws and morality to prevail.

hmm… i like this. think i will try to remember this by heart and quote it to people during our kopi-tiam chat. 

Our politicians will not touch this crucial issue as they believe it will jeopardise their popularity. Some will continue to express anger and frustration, but nothing will change. KITA is the only party that is truly ready and capable of making that change happen.

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ARTiculations blog

Friday, August 12, 2011

JAIS missing the point

JAIS issued a statement yesterday concerning the so-called "raid" on Damansara Utama Methodist Church's Dream Centre in Petaling Jaya on 3rd August 2011.

In its statement, JAIS clarified that it was not a raid as reported. Nor was there any force used during the walk about by JAIS in the Church's premises. In its own word, it was just an "inspection". Kinda like what PUSPAKON (sic) is doing on all vehicles which are sold second hand.

It could then be gathered from JAIS' statement that it was a friendly thingy. You know, the kind of visit by strangers to our house unannounced just after we have dinner with some guests where our guests were questioned why they were in our house; what did we, as hosts, say before, during and after dinner; did we, as hosts, try to proselytise (did I get the spelling correct? Sorry, I have to confirm this because before the raid, I never knew this word existed, let alone know its meaning) them yada yada yada.

JAIS director, Encik Marzuki Hussin said, among others:

Jais officers did not interrupt the event and only inspected the venue after the dinner had ended.
Accusations that Jais raided, used force and trespassed are wild accusations.
The 12 Muslims who had attended the event were only asked to provide their details and directed to attend counselling sessions.
I find this really amazing, really.

Our Honourable Prime Minister flew all the way to the Vatican to meet the Pope; shook his hand; gave the Pope a book and established a diplomatic relationship with the Vatican. Then he came back to Kuala Lumpur cutting short his family holiday because he would rather be with us, the people.

And what did some little Caliphs, defenders of the faith do? Yes. Together with the police, they "inspected" a private dinner hosted, not by the church, but by an AIDS organisation to say thank you for all the hard works and efforts put into the organisations by some people.

The point is not whether it was a raid or inspection, JAIS. Nor was it whether you entered before, during or after the dinner. Nor also whether there was any interruption. Nor whether you all were as nice as cupcakes. That is NOT the point.

The point is you had the nerve to gate-crash a private dinner on the pretext of investigating a report the details of which you were unable to give when requested. And please tell me under what authority and for what reason are the 12 Muslim guests were asked to attend counselling session with you.

What counselling? Counselling for what? For having dinner with some Christians? Judging from your rationale, the Prime Minister and his whole entourage to the Vatican might have to attend counselling to ya? Sometime ago I attended a funeral of the son of a dear friend of mine in a church. I stood up when they were singing hymns and sat in silence when prayers were being said. Do I have to be counselled too?

This is the kind of thing which is making Malaysia a laughing capital of the world nowadays. Some years ago I remember, there was a text message sent out by none other a mufti alleging that a number of kids were about to be proselytised (is my spelling correct?) at a church. It caused an uproar. But of course the good mufti was not hauled up for anything although recently a certain Penang lady was hauled up by the police for allegedly urging Christians to walk for whatever reason.

The thing which I would like to ask is this. Is there any necessity at all to do this kind of thing?

Muslims in Malaysia seem to be very weak indeed. We cannot listen to certain music group. Cannot watch MTV. Cannot go to concerts, even to concerts by the completely fagotty Michael Learns to Rock, for God's sake!!! These guys rhymes the word "car" with "star" for God's sake! Cannot watch certain films. Cannot tahan seeing women's ketiak in public. Cannot tahan seeing non-Muslims eating or drinking during puasa month.

We need to be protected all the time. Otherwise our aqidah would be gone. And we would become kafir. And of course we would then all go to hell.

One question struck me. If Muslims in Malaysia are so easily persuaded to leave Islam, there must be something wrong with the state of Islam in Malaysia, isn't it? I mean, why would the Muslims in Malaysia so easily persuaded to do so then? Perhaps then, JAIS and the all the mullahs should look into this aspect rather than blaming everything on other faiths.

A word of advise to JAIS. We are a multi-cultural-faiths society. We need to be respectful to others. It doesn't matter whether Islam is the official religion of the country or whether it is the faith of the majority of the people in our country.

Islam teaches us moderation. And Islam teaches us to be respectful of others.

Now, article 11 of the Federal Constitution does guarantee freedom of religion to every person in Malaysia (even though that person is not a citizen of Malaysia). Admittedly, paragraph 4 of the said article also permits laws to be made to "control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam."

I do not know whether there is any such law in Selangor. But for argument's sake, let's assume that it has.

Nowhere in the law it is stated that Muslims cannot eat or attend a dinner with Christians, be it in a church compound or at the zoo or anywhere else. That is why even our Honourable Prime Minister attended a dinner with the Christian sometime ago (remember the hoo-haas about removing crucifixes and stuffs?).

If there are reasonable suspicion (I repeat, reasonable suspicion – which means not any kind of grandmother suspicion) that some groups are trying to propagate whatever religious doctrine to Muslims, then by all means please take the appropriate action. Please note, I said, appropriate action, not any grandmother action.

Now what is appropriate and what is not? Well, again, we live in a multi-cultural-faiths society. Our actions must not be one which would or could give rise to disharmony. That is all.

By all means, JAIS may investigate the allegation quietly. How to do that? Well, our special branch is one of the best in the world. Recently they even managed to sniff out a plot to wage war against the King; a plot to turn this country into a communist state; and they, according to the Deputy IGP and Home Minister also managed to avoid a riot like the London riot in Kuala Lumpur. Yes. They are that good.

So JAIS, how to investigate? Ask assistance from our special branch. They will know how to sniff this kinda thing within seconds.

When all or sufficient evidence are gathered of such activities, then JAIS can go on and exercise its powers lah. Call people for statements. Arrests the people involved. Charge them in Courts. Habis cerita kan?

Better still, to be civilised, it would be better for JAIS, in the name of 1Malaysia, under those circumstances, to call up the church or group in question and confront them with the evidence which JAIS has collected. Let's hear what they have to say. If there is not reasonable or acceptable explanation, JAIS can proceed to charge them.

That's it. No drama. No raid. No inspection. Nothing at all.

Before I end this, one more point. Religion is a state matter. Selangor is governed by Pakatan Rakyat. I then presume JAIS is a state agency. The Menteri Besar apparently did not agree with the action. Question – why wasn't he briefed on the "inspection", knowing how sensitive this issue is?

As a political party, PAS, which is part of Pakatan Rakyat, also apparently disagree with JAIS' inspection. But Hassan Ali, a state EXCO member, defended JAIS. The MB then imposed a blanket gag order.

May I ask bluntly, what the hell? Do you know what you are doing or not? If so, are you opposed or are you in favour of it? Which is bloody which?

If the MB doesn't agree and one lone EXCO member is against that, what should be the natural consequence to that? My question is simple. What is the official position of the Selangor State Government about this whole episode. Never mind Hassan Ali. Never mind Tan Sri Khalid. Never mind PAS or DAP.

WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL POSITION OF THE SELANGOR STATE GOVERNMENT?

That many of us would like to know.

I would like to end this post with this verse. May we all get His wisdom and mercy.

??? ???????? ???????? ?????? ????????????? ???? ?????? ?????????? ??????????????? ???????? ??????????? ????????????? ? ????? ???????????? ?????? ??????? ??????????? ? ????? ??????? ??????? ???????

O you men! surely We have created you of a male and a female, and made you tribes and families that you may know each other; surely the most honorable of you with Allah is the one among you most careful (of his duty); surely Allah is Knowing, Aware. (translation : Shakir)

O mankind! Lo! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. Lo! the noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct. Lo! Allah is Knower, Aware. (translation: Pickthal)

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Malaysian Insider Opinion

The real lesson from the Jais-Damansara Utama Methodist Church controversy
August 11, 2011

AUG 11 — The recent controversy over the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) raid on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) reminded me of a visit I made to a shelter for Muslim HIV patients in Subang Jaya a few years back.

One of the members of my PKR division was active in a mosque in that area. She introduced me to the shelter, which was being run by the local Muslim community.

Such institutions are important for, as we all know, the stigma against people living with HIV and AIDS is still rampant in our society and hence many of them have a tough time re-integrating with their families and communities upon leaving hospital.

The fact is some Muslim HIV and AIDS patients who are so ostracised are given a lifeline by the charitable works run by the Christian churches. This of course doesn't reflect well on Malaysia's Islamic religious authorities who are supposed to be looking out for the welfare of all Muslims with their hundreds of millions of ringgit of resources.

In Islam, it's considered a very sad, pitiful thing for a Muslim to die cut off or isolated from his or her fellow believers. I'm sure this is the case with any other faith. So whenever churches engage in charitable work that involves Muslims, their kindness is viewed with suspicion.

Interestingly enough, the church involved in this episode was conscious of this fact, and so worked with the Muslims to repatriate any Muslim HIV patient they had back to the care of their community. Unfortunately, some of their friends and family refused to have anything to do with them, and so there was no other option but for them to remain under the care of the church.

From an Islamic perspective, the blame for a Muslim dying outside the faith community should rest not only on the individual but on his or her community who did not come to their aid during their hour of need as well. Muslims have duties that are obligatory for them individually (fardu ain) and duties that are obligatory for them collectively (fardu kifayyah). This is clearly the latter, where if no one in society takes up this duty the entire society is to be blamed.

Yes, these people may have intentionally cut themselves off from their kith and kin. Yes, some of them might have been involved in drugs or illicit sex (although it's a conveniently ignored fact that many HIV infections in Malaysia are from partners, parents or through blood transfusions). But that does not mean that they deserve to not be treated with dignity, as human beings or to die outside Islam.

Islam's emphasis is always on the mercy of God. Whatever someone's past may be, his or her salvation ultimately lies in repentance and through God's mercy and forgiveness.

By starting their own shelter, the group of Muslims from Subang Jaya fulfilled their fardu kifayyah and deserve credit for this.

When I visited the shelter to present a small donation to them, I was amazed at the good work they had done. They had converted a terrace house into a discreet shelter that can accommodate about 12-15 patients at one time. They were probably flouting planning laws as the shelter was in a residential area. Furthermore, running such a place isn't cheap and they had to sustain their efforts through massive, constant fundraising efforts. But at least they were doing something.

During my visit, I realised that the shelter was teeming with other visitors. There were not only officers from the Prison Department and hospital (many of the shelter's inmates are handed over from prisons and hospitals) but also the church leader mentioned above, who was transferring his Muslims charges to the shelter.

Compared to those who write sensational articles about conspiracies against Islam or complain about why Christians are engaged in charitable works among Muslims, these were exemplary Muslims who chose the path of action instead of just empty talk.

I asked them if they had approached the religious authorities to get funding. They told me they had, but were informed that the religious authorities had their own plans instead and so did not receive a single sen. One wonders why this noble project was not given support from the get-go, especially since the "official" HIV shelter was still in the "planning stage"?

I therefore share the view that we should be questioning how the zakat money is being spent in Malaysia. In spite of the hundreds of millions of ringgit collected for zakat and similar levels of state government grants for Islam, many deserving Muslims are unable to get assistance due to outdated policies and bureaucratic inertia. With the huge resources at our disposal, this is simply wrong.

The zakat money can certainly be better managed. For instance, I was privately shocked at being given a souvenir after attending an event to present zakat to the poor! Although one must assume in good faith that the money for the gift wasn't taken out of the zakat, it was still sending the wrong message. VIPs are given too many "souvenirs" that we don't really need — it's a nice gesture but at the end of the day the money could have been put to better use.

This reminds me of a story involving my great-grandfather, Haji Wan Musa Abdul Samad, who was the mufti of Kelantan from 1908 to 1916. When the Sultan and the authorities wanted to build a concrete version of Masjid Muhammadi (Kelantan's state mosque) to replace the previous wooden structure, he resigned in protest as he believed that the zakat fitrah (which is paid by Muslims at the end of Ramadan) — which they wanted to use to fund the new mosque — must be only given to the poor and not used for development.

My point is that the Umno-owned newspapers are missing the point by trying to pin the blame on the Christians (for engaging in charitable works among Muslims) and poor Muslims (for being recipients of the charity). Malaysian Muslims should rather be asking why some of our fellow ummah are falling through the cracks despite the many resources at our disposal to help them.

Recently, a constituent of mine told me the story of the blind Jewish beggar. At the market, the beggar would curse Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. as a lunatic or a sorcerer. When the Prophet learned about this, he decided not to get angry but instead would visit the beggar every day to feed him without saying a word. The beggar would eat contentedly without realising that it was the same person he was cursing every day who was feeding him.

When the Prophet passed away, Caliph Abu Bakar as-Siddiq took over the responsibility. But when Abu Bakar first fed the beggar, the beggar became angry and shouted that this was not the same man who used to feed him all this while.

Abu Bakar immediately cried and revealed to the beggar that the person who has been feeding him all this while was the Prophet himself. The beggar could not believe it, remembering how cruel he was to the man who showed him only kindness.

Is our response reflective of the Prophet's exemplary personality?

We should be concentrating on helping poor Muslims (and non-Muslims), rather than intimidating religious or ethnic minorities.

* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.

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Malaysiakini letter

Raid by Jais an 'uncivilised' act
Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa
Aug 10, 11
6:23pm

We, from the Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) read the news regarding the proposed Faith Crime Act by the deputy education minister yesterday with trepidation.

The proposal came about as a response to Jais' unwarranted raid of Damansara Utama Methodist Church last week.

The raid conducted by Jais was purely based on suspicion that the Methodist Church was involved in an act of proselytisation. The Malaysian Aids Council however reiterated that the dinner was actually a fund-raiser for HIV/AIDS support programmes.

The whole issue boils down to one main issue. The so-called defenders of the faith believed that their action was espoused by the religion of Islam in preventing the believers from apostasy.

This uncivilised act of storming into a sacred place accompanied by the Mafia-like police was endorsed by none others than the insular and xenophobic NGOs like Perkasa and Pembela.

We believe that such an act of storming into a church without any warrant and based on mere suspicion was a travesty of justice and democratic principles. Freedom of assembly is enshrined in Article 10 of our constitution. Any act that violates this freedom is reprehensible.

We realise that this conflict stems from the static and stagnant approach to understanding Islamic law. The codified law in Islamic jurisprudence derived through the exercise of juristic reasoning of the latter years was considered sacred and beyond reproach. Hence the most rigid and literalist interpretations tend to prevail.

The defenders of faith failed to look at ample evidence in the Quran that gives the liberty to the people to freely follow their conviction.

Any individuals are given the right to accept or reject a particular faith based on his personal conviction.

"There shall be no coercion in matters of faith" [Qur'an, 2:256]

"And [thus it is] had thy Sustainer so willed, all those who live on earth would surely have attained to faith, all of them: dost thou, then, think that thou couldst compel people to believe" [Qur'an, 10:99]

This message of freedom of belief and the call to religious tolerance is reiterated time and time again in the Quran and through various Prophets. This has been the call of all the Prophets even before Prophet Muhammad. Refer the Quran [7:85-87, 39:39-40, 17:84].

Faith is a personal conviction. The state has no authority to interfere in one's choice of faith. One is answerable to God for the decision he or she makes in her life. Hitherto it is very perturbing that a lawmaker proposed for Faith Crime Act to be enacted by the government.

This act infringes on God given right for us to believe on our free will. No one has the authority to take this right from us. We are answerable to God alone in the life to come. We must ensure that our community embraces this freedom of religion and we will not succumb to any threat to remove this freedom away from us.

The principle of reciprocity is to be upheld since it gives a meaning to the concept of justice. In a modern multiracial society like us, where different faiths lives together, we have to respect the right of an individual to choose and convert to a faith that he or she believes in.

There should not be undue pressure or coercion for a person to believe in a faith he or she has no belief anymore. It would be a real tragedy and disaster when a state started imposing its authority in matters of faith.

The writer is chairman and director of Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF).



ayat2 cinta.

Posted: 13 Aug 2011 11:48 PM PDT

Mencintai dan memiliki itu adalah 2 benda yang berbeza. Hanya yang cukup sabarnya dapat memahaminya. Lantas, menerimanya.
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INDONESIA cleaner/cook/contract worker Mismah got PR in less than six months

Posted: 13 Aug 2011 11:20 PM PDT

Source: Official News in Main Stream newspaper Star and TV3 Midnight news on 14.8.11 about 12.10 AM. INDONESIA-born Mismah came into the country legally in 1982 in search of a job. She soon applied for PR status, which was approved in the same year on July 17. So an Indonesian a cook and a cleaner could get PR in about SIX months……For us, although even Myanmar Muslims are treated differently. Actually ALL Foreigner Muslims SHOULD be treated equally in a Muslim country. One of my friend Masters & PhD from Malaysian Government University and stayed in Malaysia for 15 yrs went to Malaysian Immigration to just get the PR APPLICATION forms only. Malaysian Immigration even REFUSED TO give the application form claiming that 15 yr WORKING (with salary), Studying and doing research with the student pass made him not entitle or not eligible for PR. Even those married to Malaysians were allowed to apply after 5 yrs' marriage.

I had PR status for 29 years, claims woman at the centre of 'Mismah-gate'

INDONESIA-born Mismah claimed that she held permanent resident (PR) status for 29 years before being granted the citizenship in January, reported Sinar Harian.

Mismah was among 1,597 individuals named by certain parties last week as having received "instant citizenship".

Mismah, 47, said she had applied for her citizenship twice, once in 1994 and the second time last year.

"I came into the country legally in 1982 in search of a job. I soon applied for PR status, which was approved in the same year on July 17," she said.

Mismah, who worked as a construction labourer, had met her husband-to-be two months later.

She quit her job soon after marriage.

She said she only returned to work after the birth of her third child, taking on jobs as a cook and a cleaner.

"My citizenship was approved on Jan 31 this year. I have waited for years to become a Malaysian citizen, not four hours, four days, or four weeks," she said.

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PAS Mohon Agong Ambil Tindakan Terhadap SPR

Posted: 14 Aug 2011 12:28 AM PDT

Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) memohon Yang di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA) mengambil tindakan terhadap Pengerusi dan Timbalan Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) kerana gagal menjalankan tugas mereka bagi memastikan daftar pemilih bersih dan tidak dicemari penipuan.

Timbalan Presiden PAS, Mohamad Sabu menyatakan pendedahan media yang dilakukan beberapa minggu ini membuktikan betapa daftar pemilih yang disediakan diragukan kesahihannya tetapi terus dinafikan oleh SPR.

"Kehilangan kepercayaan sebahagian rakyat kepada SPR begitu memuncak sekarang.

"Oleh itu kita harap YDPA campurtangan segera dan ambil tindakan terhadap Pengerusi dan Timbalan Pengerusi SPR kerana gagal jalankan tugas," kata Mohamad dalam sidang media di ibu pejabat PAS di sini hari ini.

SPR kini dibelenggu pelbagai kontroversi seperti isu 'Mismah', status MyPR bertukar kepada pemegang MyKad dalam tempoh beberapa jam dan banyak lagi.

Mohamad yang lebih dikenali dengan panggilan Mat Sabu turut menambah betapa Pengerusi SPR Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusoff dan Timbalannya Datuk Wira Wan Ahmad Wan Omar seringkali bertindak menyebelahi kerajaan Umno-BN.

"SPR suka guna kalimah parti pembangkang. Umno boleh, tapi bagi SPR semua parti politik adalah pelanggannya," ulas Mat Sabu.

Apapun, menurut beliau, tindakan membersihkan daftar pemilih dan memastikan mereka yang bertanggungjawab menerajui suruhanjaya menjalankan tanggungjawab dengan telus dan amanah, merupakan langkah terbaik demi masa depan Malaysia.

"Jika rakyat terima keputusan pilihan raya, negara ini akan aman. Jika rakyat tolak, ia berbahaya pada keselamatan negara.

"Kita tak ada masalah parti lain menang.. tapi akan jadi masalah jika mereka menang kerana manipulasi daftar pemilih," tegas Mat Sabu lagi.




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How 13 years of a Socialist Government led to the London riots

Posted: 13 Aug 2011 10:38 PM PDT

(London) In 1997, the socialist Labour Party won the UK General Election and set about implementing changes to the UK which it felt would lead to a much fairer society.

One was the opening of the UK borders, which since 1997 has led to around 6 million people coming to the UK without any checks made on them whatsoever. Another was signing up to the European Human Rights Act. However, while that isn't such a bad thing, how it is interpreted in the UK is another. Which is why we have murderers (and Al-Qaeda terrorists) in the UK whom we can't deport because of their human rights.

But the one aspect of Labour's ruinous reign I wish to talk about is benefits. Labour, whilst in power (and even now out of power), felt that poverty is the root of all evil, and if they can abolish it, then everybody will be happy. So what they did was hand out money to anybody who wanted it. In fact, so eager were they at handing out money to so called worthy causes that in 2008/9 social security benefits cost the Exchequer £150.1 billion. In the same year, gross income tax receipts were £152.5 billion. Want to know how the UK spends so much? Here's a classic example:

34-year-old single mother of 10 (fathered by four ex-partners) Moira Pearce lives in Gillingham Kent (around 30 miles from London). She lives in a 3-bedroom house paid for by the taxpayer, has never worked and receives £31,200 a year in state benefits (this is on top of the free house). She is currently saying that she cannot get by on £31K a year and is going around the area asking charities if they can help her out.


The thing, this woman isn't a one off, there are thousands of young women in UK who are single and who push out children on a yearly basis shttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifimply to collect benefits. Where normal working people work in which to earn money, these idiots lie on their backs and think of England. This culture of breeding for money without a male role model in the home has lead to a generation of feral children who have no sense of community, law and order and who are taught by the liberal classes that the reason they are poor is because of rich people. Which is why they have no problem stealing what they want because they feel they are simply getting back what was stolen from them in the first place.

The irony here is the Socialists who enacted this policy of trying to eradicate poverty in the UK by simply handing over money willy-nilly (in the UK, they used to pay children £30 a week to go to school) have not only made the problem worse but they have actually made it bigger.Hat tip: Eye On The World


The New Britannia by Mark Steyn

Posted: 13 Aug 2011 10:20 PM PDT

The trick in this business is not to be right too early. A week ago I released my new book — the usual doom'n'gloom stuff — and, just as the sensible prudent moderate chaps were about to dismiss it as hysterical and alarmist, Standard & Poor's went and downgraded the United States from its AAA rating for the first time in history. Obligingly enough they downgraded it to AA+, which happens to be the initials of my book: After America. Okay, there's not a lot of "+" in that, but you can't have everything.

But the news cycle moves on, and a day or two later, the news shows were filled with scenes of London ablaze, as gangs of feral youths trashed and looted their own neighborhoods. Several readers wrote to taunt me for not having anything to say on the London riots. As it happens, Chapter Five of my book is called "The New Britannia: The Depraved City." You have to get up pretty early in the morning to beat me to Western civilization's descent into barbarism. Anyone who's read it will fully understand what's happening on the streets of London. The downgrade and the riots are part of the same story: Big Government debauches not only a nation's finances but its human capital, too.

As part of my promotional efforts, I chanced to find myself on a TV show the other day with an affable liberal who argued that what Obama needed to do was pass another trillion-dollar — or, better yet, multi-trillion — stimulus. I think not. The London rioters are the children of dependency, the progeny of Big Government: They have been marinated in "stimulus" their entire lives. There is literally nothing you can't get Her Majesty's Government to pay for. From page 205 of my book:

"A man of 21 with learning disabilities has been granted taxpayers' money to fly to Amsterdam and have sex with a prostitute."

Hey, why not? "He's planning to do more than just have his end away," explained his social worker. "Refusing to offer him this service would be a violation of his human rights."

Why do they need a Dutch hooker? Just another hardworking foreigner doing the jobs Britons won't do? Given the reputation of English womanhood, you'd have thought this would be the one gig that wouldn't have to be outsourced overseas.

While the British Treasury is busy writing checks to Amsterdam prostitutes, one-fifth of children are raised in homes in which no adult works — in which the weekday ritual of rising, dressing, and leaving for gainful employment is entirely unknown. One tenth of the adult population has done not a day's work since Tony Blair took office on May 1, 1997.

If you were born into such a household, you've been comprehensively "stimulated" into the dead-eyed zombies staggering about the streets this last week: pathetic inarticulate sub-humans unable even to grunt the minimal monosyllables to BBC interviewers desperate to appease their pathologies. C'mon, we're not asking much: just a word or two about how it's all the fault of government "cuts" like the leftie columnists argue. And yet even that is beyond these baying beasts. The great-grandparents of these brutes stood alone against a Fascist Europe in that dark year after the fall of France in 1940. Their grandparents were raised in one of the most peaceful and crime-free nations on the planet. Were those Englishmen of the mid-20th century to be magically transplanted to London today, they'd assume they were in some fantastical remote galaxy. If Charlton Heston was horrified to discover the Planet of the Apes was his own, Britons are beginning to realize that the remote desert island of Lord of the Flies is, in fact, located just off the coast of Europe in the north-east Atlantic. Within two generations of the Blitz and the Battle of Britain, a significant proportion of the once-free British people entrusted themselves to social rewiring by liberal compassionate Big Government and thereby rendered themselves paralytic and unemployable save for non-speaking parts in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. And even that would likely be too much like hard work.

Here's another line from my book:

"In Britain, everything is policed except crime."


A Malaysian Muslim Senator calls for 'war' against non Muslims?

Posted: 13 Aug 2011 10:17 PM PDT

Senator Ezam Mohammad Nor is a Right Honorable member of the Malaysian parliament and a member of the Malaysian ruling party UMNO. And this Defender of Islam is ready to demonstrate how 'moderate' and 'noble' Islam really is. Following up on the Malaysian religious police raid on a Malaysian church last week (see also here and here); "Ezam wants to burn down online news portals", by K Pragalath, Free Malaysia Today, August 12, 2011: Read it all here from Jihad Watch


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