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Posted: 22 Jul 2012 09:32 AM PDT
This afternoon, I was out of the house from 1.45pm till 9.30pm meeting my friend, working out at the gym, attending Step Dance class and visiting a blog reader and his very warm and friendly wife which meant I missed reading news updates till about 10p.m. I was completely gobsmacked when I read THIS ARTICLE in The Malaysian Insider and another in Malaysiakini HERE.
The first thing came to my mind was the song Fly Robin Fly by The Silver Convention and I sang it loudly while reading the articles but changed the lyrics to Fly money fly...out , fly money fly out of Malaysia!!!! Try it! :-) I mean try singing it... :-)
Since you all have access to TMI, I will post the one from Malaysiakini followed by another exclusive report from Malaysiakini about the same topic that was posted last December.
Extracted from Malaysiakini HERE
Malaysia is among the top 20 countries in the world when it comes to capital flight, according to the London-based Tax Justice Network.
According to a report by influential London-based daily The Guardian, Tax Justice Network's researcher James Henry estimated that US$283 billion (RM892 billion) has been transferred to tax havens from 1970 to 2010.
For comparison, the amount is three and a half times more than Malaysia's foreign debt of RM257.2 billion in 2011 and is second to Nigeria (US$306 billion or RM964 billion).
Globally, Henry's research - which involved sifting through Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) data - concluded that at least US$21 trillion to as much as US$32 trillion were siphoned abroad to avoid tax.
Tax Justice Network's estimates of capital flight from Malaysia is far more conservative than that of Washington-based financial watchdog Global Financial Integrity (GFI).
In a report published in December last year, GFI estimated by US$47 billion (RM150 billion) were illegally siphoned out of Malaysia in 2009 alone.
For the period of 2000 and 2008, GFI estimated that there was US$291 billion (RM927 billion) in illicit outflows from Malaysia.
The Najib administration disputed GFI's figures and cited a much lower figure of RM135.3 billion for illicit capital outflow for 2000 to 2009.
92,000 super-rich tax evaders
Henry, a former chief economist at McKinsey Consultancy and a tax haven expert, explained that the net effect of illicit capital outflow was tax evasion.
His colleague John Christensen explained to The Guardian that this hurts public coffers and causes a large gap in income inequality.
"Inequality is much, much worse than official statistics show, but politicians are still relying on trickle-down to transfer wealth to poorer people.
"This new data shows the exact opposite has happened: for three decades extraordinary wealth has been cascading into the offshore accounts of a tiny number of super-rich."
Henry's research estimates that 10 million around the world have assets offshore, but only 92,000 people own almost half of the minimum estimate of US$21 trillion - US$9.8 trillion.
Flaws in measuring income gap
He said that if governments could figure out how to tax the offshore wealth or at least entice its owners to reinvest and pay for global problems such as climate change.
According to The Guardian, the sheer scale of the hidden assets by the super-rich suggests that standard measures of inequality - surveys of household income or wealth - are severely underestimating the true income gap.
It cited Milorad Kovacevic, chief statistician of the UN Development Programme's Human Development Report, explaining that the very wealthy and the very poor tend to be excluded from mainstream calculations of inequality.
"People that are in charge of measuring inequality based on survey data know that the both ends of the distribution are under-represented - or, even better, misrepresented," he says.
"There is rarely a household from the top one percent of earners that participates in the survey. On the other side, the poor people either don't have addresses to be selected into the sample, or when selected, they misquote their earnings - usually biasing them upwards."
M'sia hit by RM150bil in illicit outflows in 2009
An exclusive report by Malaysiakini
EXCLUSIVE Malaysia saw a whopping RM150 billion (US$47 billion) in illicit money siphoned out of the country in 2009, making it the top four countries suffering the highest illicit capital flight.
This amount is in addition to the staggering loss of RM927 billion (US$291 billion) over a period of nine years - between 2000 and 2008 - says the latest report by Washington-based financial watchdog Global Financial Integrity (GFI).
In January, GFI sparked an uproar when its ground-breaking report, 'Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries', ranked Malaysia at No 5 among the countries with massive outflow of illicit capital.
In an update to its earlier report - this time supplemented by figures from 2009 - GFI said Malaysia, which has suffered a cumulative lost of RM1,077 billion (US$338 billion) over the past decade, maintains its No 5 spot.
The rankings of the top four countries remain relatively the same - China (with a loss of US$2,500 billion) is ranked No 1, followed by Mexico (US$453 billion), Russia (US$427 billion) and Saudi Arabia (US$366 billion).
The latest GFI report, 'Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries Over the Decade Ending 2009', is penned by economists Sarah Freitas and Dev Kar (right), who is a former senior economist at the International Monetary Fund.
Bribery, theft, kickbacks, tax evasion
According to the authors, the estimates are based on balance of payments, bilateral trade and external debt data reported by member countries to the IMF and the World Bank.
"Unrecorded capital leakages through the balance of payments capture illicit transfers of the proceeds of bribery, theft, kickbacks and tax evasion," says the report.
Asia accounted for almost half the global share of illicit financial outflows (45 percent), driven largely by China and Malaysia.
However, GFI found that there was a dip in illicit capital outflows in 2009, but this was attributed to the global financial crisis instead of systematic improvements in governance or economic reform in these countries.
"This is a breathtakingly large sum at a time when developing and developed countries alike are struggling to make ends meet," said GFI director Raymond Baker.
"This report should be a wake-up call to world leaders that more must be done to address these harmful outflows."
GFI pointed out that the financial flows from Malaysia have more than tripled from US$22.2 billion (RM71 billion) in 2000 to US$68.2 billion (RM218 billion) in 2008.
"This growth rate, seen in few Asian countries, may be a result of significant governance issues affecting both public and private sectors," it lamented.
Bank Negara launches probe, but...
Following the release of the report in January, Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is also the finance minister, pushed the ball to Bank Negara's court, saying that it would provide an explanation on the findings.
"There can be many reasons, but let Bank Negara provide more specific comments on that," Najib told journalists when quizzed about the matter.
Soon after, Deputy Finance Minister Donald Lim announced that Bank Negara has launched a probe.
But to date, Bank Negara has yet to announce the result of its investigations nor explain the massive illicit capital flight, despite offers of help from top GFI economists.
However, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Mukhriz Mahathir (left) has dismissed GFI claims as "bizarre".
"We do not see the need to look into it. If you go through the report, they have made quite a few bizarre claims against several countries," Mukhriz said.
"Going by Bank Negara's figures, we know how much exactly is going out, so you can hardly consider those figures (from GFI) as factual."
According to GFI, increasing transparency in the global financial system will help reduce the outflow of illicit money from developing countries.
It recommends the following measures:
Posted: 20 Jul 2012 07:06 PM PDT
Mike's co-workers are being so sweet to throw us a baby shower at his workplace today. His co-workers are like his extended family since he has been working there for more than 10 years.
We appreciate Jessica's effort in organizing this shower for us. We just love having Mike's mom and Papa John with us too. I miss them a lot as we only meet up once in a blue moon.
Most of all, I am very grateful to Heavenly Father for blessing us with baby shower round 2 which is unexpected.
I have put the photos together in a slideshow and I hope you enjoy it.
Posted: 22 Jul 2012 09:00 AM PDT
11 July 2012
Last updated at 22:43 GMT
Alzheimer's 'early signs timeline developed'
Protein plaques in the brain indicate Alzheimer's disease
Scientists have assembled a "timeline" of the unseen progress of Alzheimer's before symptoms appear.
A team at Washington University School of Medicine looked at families with a genetic risk of the disease.
Writing in the New
Posted: 22 Jul 2012 08:33 AM PDT
Morris and his wife Esther went to the state fair every year, and every year Morris would say, "Esther, I'd like to ride in that helicopter".
Esther always replied, "I know Morris, but that helicopter ride is fifty dollars, and fifty dollars is fifty dollars".
One year Esther and Morris went to the fair, and Morris said, "Esther, I'm 85 years old. If I don't ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance."
Esther replied, "Morris that helicopter ride is fifty dollars, and fifty dollars is fifty dollars".
The pilot overheard the couple and said, "Folks I'll make you a deal. I'll take both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say a word, I won't charge you! But if you say one word, it's fifty dollars."
Morris and Esther agreed and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard. He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, but still not a word. When they landed, the pilot turned to Morris and said, "By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't. I'm impressed!"
Morris replied, "Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when Esther fell out, but you know, fifty dollars is fifty dollars."
Thanks to SKTio who sent me this joke.
Posted: 22 Jul 2012 08:31 AM PDT
Posted: 22 Jul 2012 11:04 AM PDT
Alhamdulillah, nampaknya semakin ramai artis-artis di Malaysia nie yang terbuka hati untuk menuju ke arah hidup yang lebih baik. Terbaru, bintang filem X dan Hanya Aku Cinta Kau Seorang, Nuremy Ramli pulak membuat keputusan untuk tampil dengan imej bertudung.
Mengikut apa yang diceritakan Nuremy, mimpi Nuremy berjumpa arwah bapanya adalah antara punca mengapa Nuremy mengambil keputusan untuk bertudung.
"Saya bermimpi bertemu arwah ayah saya beberapa kali cuma yang peliknya, arwah ayah tak tersenyum bila melihat saya. Ini membuatkan saya tertanya-tanya apa maksud mimpi tersebut. Saya tak nafikan memang saya ada rasa serba tak kena, sehinggalah saya membuat keputusan untuk bertudung, alhamdulillah, saya berasa lebih tenang dan selesa," -blog bulanpurnama
Semuga Allah memberikan kekuatan iman kepada artis berkenaan untuk terus beristiqamah dengan perubahan yang dilakukan.
Tahniah dan syabas dari kami.
Posted: 22 Jul 2012 07:03 AM PDT
We face problems of great magnitude, so how can they be resolved by the application of Sharia's Law, since these problems did not exist in the early centuries of Islam? - Dr Farag Foda (The Absent Truth)
COMMENT By now readers are probably wondering why S Thayaparan is going on about the 'Islamic' issue when obviously there are bigger fish to fry. After all, hudud will never come to pass in Malaysia, so there's nothing to worry about. Never mind that under Umno, Malaysians have been witness to a slow process of Arabisation that has seen the civil service decimated in terms of its racial and religious components.
Never mind that since race and religion are not mutually exclusive here in Malaysia that the history taught to successive generations is nothing more than propaganda meant to remind everyone of their place in the Umno social order. Never mind that books are banned and that silence is the only response by the so-called alternative front to Umno hegemony. Never mind that Malay culture has changed so radically over the past decades that anyone viewing Malay cultural artifacts from a bygone age are amazed at how different the 'Malays' were, or at least how 'Malays' were viewed.
The manipulation of the feudalistic nature of Malay society combined with toxic forms of Islam from abroad has resulted in a Malay society where a class of people based on patronage and money live a life far removed from the shackles of Islamic piety, but also a non-Muslim class living in the shadow of the prophet, to steal a Milton Viost title. It's as though people don't realise that you don't really need the official stamp of hudud for our lives to be so constricted by the dictates of Islam.
Every time the hudud issue comes up online under the cloak of anonymity, Malaysians let vent on their 'Islamic' fears. Pakatan supporters bury their fears under the belief or faith that Malaysians have nothing to fear when it comes to the hudud issue with the reformed PAS and PKR.
Of course when we get down to it, if we really objectively analyse this issue, the only real difference between Umno and Pakatan is that Umno is willing to overtly use Islam as a weapon in the political game and so far the Islamic members of this alliance has dodged the issue without voicing any radical departures as far as Islamic policies are concerned.
A cursory listen to the Pakatan tune will reveal that when push comes to shove, Pakatan has no problem coddling Islamic bigotry all the while appeasing the Christian variety when Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim says that there should be laws that "discriminate against homosexuality" but archaic laws that punish the innocent should be reviewed. There's a joke in here somewhere, but I am too pissed off to deliver the punchline. Some would argue that the "RM600 for housewife pledge" shows that there is not much of a difference at all with regard to any issues except maybe that Pakatan has more finesse when it comes to political "cajoling".
I mean surely there are other ways to address the extremely important women's issues in this country, especially where religion has been hijacked by the patriarchy (in the words of Karen Armstrong) rather than throwing a measly 50 bucks a month at housewives who are not the only "women" in this country.
Official and online discourses
What got my hackles raised this time about the Islamic issue, was a comment piece in the Malay Mail by Yushaimi Yahaya titled 'Slam the brakes on religious, racial remarks'. (Reading the mainstream media at a newsstand is a good thing because it allows one to see how critical the discourse is in the alternative media) I have taken my shots at Yushaimi in my 'Press Gangs of Malaysia' comment piece but since then, he and I have been communicating online and I believe his heart is in the right place. However I do think that more often than not we should not be too quick to follow the dictates of our hearts and instead place emphasis on what our minds tells us.
In his 'Slam the brakes' comment piece, Yushaimi related how his 'limits' were breached as far as racial or religious remarks were concerned after reading online comments which he thought (and no doubt were) bigoted about Malays and Islam after the samurai sword wielding duo and their ill-fated attack on Putrajaya. Yushaimi may have to trawl the Net to discover his breaking point, but all readers have to do is read the local dailies to discover mine.
Yushaimi may dismiss racial or religious rhetoric from politicians as mere attempts to garner brownie points but I would think elected officials stirring up racial sentiment for the survival of their own political parties would be the more egregious sin than the most often anonymous commenters on the Internet. If Yushaimi is concerned that Islam is getting a bad rep from acts of violence attributed to them, then perhaps he should condemn those who perpetuate the racist or bigoted acts that seem to go unnoticed by mainstream political/social commenters.
When we have 'undercover' journalists spitting out the holy sacrament and concocting lies about conversion, this gives Islam a bad name. When we have students rallying against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) citizens and other 'ethnicities', this gives Islam a bad name.
When we have small business holders cooking beef burgers in front of a Hindu/Brahmin social activist's house, this gives Islam a bad name. When an elected representative opines that hudud law be implemented on non-Muslims, regardless of whether they agree or not, this gives Islam a bad name. When we have the home minister sitting with the 'cow head' protesters (who were later charged with sedition and illegal assembly), this gives Islam a bad name.
These are just a few recent examples of how my limits have been breached by the forces of Islamic extremism in this country. The Net is the last tenuous bastion of free speech. Since the mainstream press is unsuitable for whatever reasons for the general public to air their views in an open and sometimes racist/bigoted manner, then the only haven left is the anonymity of the Internet. Yushaimi asks why the bashing on one segment of society?
The answer is simple. When 'that' majority segment has been exposed to the racist and bigoted doctrines of the BTN (Biro Tatanegara) courses for example, do you blame the 'other' segment for viewing 'them' with hostility? When that majority 'rights' are trumpeted by the ruling coalition and their counterparts as supreme to all 'others', do you blame the minorities with viewing the majority with a cynical lens? And this is the problem right here. When the discourse is confined to the online world or quiet religious forums (which sometimes gets disrupted by the defenders of the faith) nothing is going to change. Maybe that's the plan. The only people who can change the way how Umno perpetuates Islam in this country are the political parties that claim they are an 'alternative' to the current ruling coalition.
Grab the bulls by the horns
When we talk of the handout culture or how certain communities are demonised, what we are really talking about is a culture that is intimately entwined with the way Islam is practiced in this country. Here, take a look at what Puteri Umno chief Rosnah Abd Rashid Shirlin said when giving her support to the proposed implementation of hudud law, "Muslims are obliged to support regardless of party, and refrain from making negative comments or say something that will stir up doubts." This kind of thinking which has been cultivated by Umno to buttress any argument it makes when it comes to Malay 'rights' or anything which threatens their hegemony should be actively discouraged within the Pakatan coalition.
Of course, Pakatan has a poor track record when it comes to dealing with internal dissent, Latheefa Koya's departure from MBPJ (Petaling Jaya City Council) for whatever reason is just the latest example in a slow burning issue of the way how Pakatan handles dissent. Then we have cretins like Ridhuan Tee Abdullah who claims that as a Muslim he "has no choice" but to group himself with the Malays because constitutionally speaking the 'Malays' are the ones who 'profess' Islam.
Forget about the fact that the premise of who is a Malay is a loaded question as far as the constitution goes, but why the Umno sycophancy on Ridhuan's part? Surely identifying oneself as Malay does not automatically include being supportive of the policies Umno? Would not the Islamic impulses of PAS be a more appropriate avenue for Ridhuan (a Chinese Muslim) to express his own religious preoccupations? After all aren't they 'Malay', too?
And when we get down to it, the discourse as far as Islam is concerned is dominated by the voices of those who 'get angry', that their religion is not accepted by those who don't practise it. That's the ugly truth. Like I said nobody wants to grab the bulls by the horns, certainly not Pakatan which can't afford to offend the sensibilities of its voting Muslim demographic, even though radical political and religious thinking or better yet policies is what is needed if we are to solve the 'problems' that Umno is often blamed for.
Of course, ignoring deeper issues and concentrating on short-term communalist gains is what this election is all about for both sides of the divide. 'Wait till the election is over and give Pakatan a chance' is what I keep hearing. Maybe I would find it credible if there was some evidence that Pakatan intended to address the 'Islamic' issue and all that it has wrought in some meaningful way, but as it is all I hear is the platitudes of the faithful that things will change when they come into power. Nobody wants any real constructive discussion on this issue with the election so close.
I have said my piace and won't be revisiting this issue any more but when the dust clears and things remain the same, with the way how the crescent is wielded here in Malaysia, ever a deleterious presence in our lives, I'll remain silent. After all, 'I told you so' has always been a poor rejoinder. Malaysiakini
Posted: 22 Jul 2012 06:43 AM PDT
You must be wondering why I am being obsessed into making Italian food lately.
You see, I didn't mention this earlier that I was shifting into another apartment and there is a lot to do in terms of unpacking, sorting and organizing through the boxes and plastic tubs. My knives set was nowhere near me and I had to cook anything which does not require me to use knives to cut the meat.
Thus, I had Italian for the entire week! Let's see what I have made for the past two days.
On Friday, I made Fusilli with tomatoes and meatballs. I prefer using 100% whole grain pasta because I hate refined carbs. Meatballs are always served best with pasta and spaghetti sauce.
My friend, Aaron Long, had suggested me to make lasagna yesterday. However, I was too lazy to google up the recipe and hence, I made my own style of lasagna.
Now, you must be staring at the picture below and guessing what I have used to make this dish.
First, I stir-fried ground beef with sweet peas before adding the spaghetti sauce while the fusilli pasta is boiling in another pot. Pyrex baking dish is my best friend here as you can see. Then, I added the cooked beef into the bakeware and layered with Mozarella grated cheese alternately. Before I covered it with fusilli, I added sliced pieces of bacon for yummylicious boost. And lastly, cover up the pasta with the remaining Mozarella grated cheese and bake it for 30 minutes at 350 deg F (175 deg C).
And tadaaa… I get my own homemade lasagna!
Posted: 22 Jul 2012 06:30 AM PDT
Professor Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University. He is a grandson of Hassan Al-Banna the revered founder of Muslim Brotherhood, one of the largest modern day Islamic movements in the world. Through his writings and public lectures, he has greatly contributed to the debate on the challenges of Muslims in the West and the current political revival in the Muslim world.
Prof. Tariq was in Penang recently to give a lecture on the topic of "Islam, Democracy and Human Rights: The Awakening of the Muslim World" at Traders Hotel, Penang. The lecture cum forum was organised by the Penang Institute. After his lecture, there was a panel discussion which was Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa, chairperson of the Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF). The discussants were Professor Tariq Ramadan himself along with YB Nurul Izzah Anwar, Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai, Dr Maszlee Malik, Assistant Professor at the Department of Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh in the International Islamic University of Malaysia, and Professor Datuk Dr. Woo Wing Thye, Executive Director of Penang Institute. (all of them as picture in above, photo by yours truly)
I attended the talk and found his talk to be very interesting and enlightening. Since Ahmad Farouk of IRF was one of the speakers, I was keen to attend too as I had admired his writings very much. I had thought of writing about the lecture for CJMY but since Susan Loone was there, she had already written for Malaysiakini. Also, due to my carelessness, I had left my notes behind.
Anyway, since I find that whatever Prof Tariq had said during the lecture, and also at another talk, were very good indeed, which everyone should read, thus I'm sharing here all that Susan Loone had reported from his talk.
I particularly like one of his talk where he said regarding the Allah row in our country. He said this reflected that those Muslim who argued that Chrisitans should not use the word 'Allah' has inferiority complex. Whoaa!! Haven't I been saying that all along… as far as 5 years back… always in my blog I mentioned about some Muslim, especially the Muslim UMNO government, having inferiority complex, not only on this matter but other matters as well.
Ok, so here are 4 articles by Susan Loone of Malaysiakini, the first one was the one that I attended and I had taken a few photos which I had put up on my Facebook album.
Tariq Ramadan: Muslims must fight unjust laws
World leading contemporary Islamic philosopher and thinker Prof Tariq Ramadan has offered six principles of governance which break the stereotype that frames Muslim administrations as anti-democratic and anti-human rights.
In a lecture organised by Penang Institute yesterday, Tariq listed rule of law, equal citizenship, universal suffrage, accountability, separation of powers and ethics in politics as basic democratic principles which must be complied with by Islamic governments.
For example in Malaysia, Muslims – as any other citizens of other religions – must abide by the law as they have accepted the framework of the country, added Tariq in his lecture titled 'Islam, Democracy and Human Rights: The Awakening of the Muslim World'.
However, citizens must struggle within the given framework to oppose existing (or new) laws which are unjust, said Tariq, adding "And you know how many laws in this country need reform".
The remark elicited a loud round of applause and laughter from the 300-odd crowd – comprising Penang government officials, academicians, politicians and NGO activists – who attended the three-hour lecture.
But an amused Tariq told the participants that their response to his comment made him feel like he was with the opposition, which he clarified he was not.
"I am not with the opposition, not in political terms. But in philosophical terms, I say something which is very true, your model is not perfect and your mores are not perfect," he said.
"That in the name of justice, in the name of your conscience, as a Muslim, Buddhist, Christian or whatever you are, in the name of the citizenship you have, it is your duty to stand up for what is right, if not for your government, it is for the people who live in your country," he added, to more applause from the audience.
"Don't put me in the political landscape of your country. I don't care, for if one day you come into power and you are in acceptance of injustice, you will have my wrath against you. This is the way principles are maintained," he stressed.
'Unity must be based on what is right'
Later, Tariq – the grandson of Hassan Al-Banna who founded the Muslim Brotherhood – said the Muslims must not be united based on what is wrong for to do so is not being powerful but weak.
The 49-year-old Swiss citizen of Egyptian origin also took part in a panel discussion with Islamic Renaissance Front chairperson Ahmad Farouk Musa, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia assistant professor Maszlee Malik and Penang Institute executive director Prof Woo Wing Thye.
Meanwhile, Tariq elaborated at length on the second principle – equal citizenship – which must be present in Islamic governance to ensure the government practised democracy and human rights.
He said that citizens must not only be equal before the law but must participate in the narrative that binds them as a nation.
He described Malaysian society as being "pluralistic", saying that it is a society with different cultural and religious backgrounds.
"Don't talk about my citizenship as if I am a minority. I am a citizen, you get it? Equal citizen means don't ask me about my history or where I come from but where we are going together."
'Jews welcomed as part of ummah'
Tariq then cited a situation where the Prophet when arriving in Medina – which Muslims described as the first Islamic government or society – had welcomed the Jews as part of the community or "ummah".
He said "ummah" in Islam is not only from the spiritual aspect or an organised structural community at the local level but meant that a community was "part of us and have the same rights and duties as us".
He added that no community is better than the other just because they are Muslims.
Tariq then advised that a citizen of a country must observe the laws, speak the language to express himself or herself, and must be loyal.
Tariq warns against 'playing with Islam and hudud'
As the country's Malay based parties – PAS and Umno – try to outdo each other by showing who is more Islamic, an influential Islamic thinker and philosopher has warned against using hudud on non-Muslims.
In a lecture organised by the Penang Islamic Foundation, Prof Tariq Ramadan said even in the harshest Islamic position, to say hudud is to be implemented on non-Muslim is "un-Islamic".
Tariq – who lectures at Oxford University – warned against political parties "playing with Islam" and using hudud as a means of competition to show who is more Islamic.
Tariq – who is scheduled to speak in Kuala Lumpur today – cautioned against the implementation of the Islamic jurisprudence in the current context as the victims would eventually be "the poor and the women who are more fragile".
He added that the Islamic law would most probably not be used against the royalty – who he claims use public funds to travel overseas for their personal enjoyment.
Instead of hudud, Tariq advocates focussing more on the Sharia' – which he describes as mainly Islamic principles and not a set of laws to punish people.
He added that the Sharia' is a set of objectives to promote respect for justice and dignity of all people, and not just for the Muslims as Islam is based on principles and ethics.
In Malaysia, Tariq proposes that to promote Sharia', the government must be more serious about education, justice, fighting corruption and the manner in which women and migrants are treated.
Women are to be given their rights to be "present and vocal" as the Prophet was very clear about the matter, he added.
He advocates focussing more on implementing Sharia' in the heart – to be generous, tender and courageous – and to immediately act against corruption and injustice.
Meanwhile, Tariq spoke passionately against the death penalty – which is still implemented in Malaysia – and reiterated his call for a moratorium on the punishment.
Although Muslims cannot avoid the fact that the matter is stated in the Quran while stoning is mentioned in the Hadith, he asked if the law is to be carried out "literally without considering the current context and the evolution of time and situation".
He called on Muslim scholars to consider three questions before supporting capital punishment: (1) what the Quran or Hadith says? (2) what are the conditions to consider? and (3) what is the current context?
Scholar: Not haram to topple unjust Muslim gov't
Is it forbidden in Islam (haram) for Muslims to support groups that intend to oust a Muslim country's government as claimed in an Utusan Malaysia report?
On the contrary, said one of the world's most influential Islamic scholar and thinkers, adding it is only right that Muslims resist an authority that is unjust.
The outspoken professor Tariq Ramadan – who lectures Contemporary Islamic Studies in Oxford University – said that it is right for Muslims to be constructively critical of their governments.
"We have to resist injustice. The Prophet has said that the best jihad is to take a world of truth and place it in front of a tyrant," he told Malaysiakini when met in Penang yesterday.
Tariq was responding to Masjidil Haram fatwa council member Sulaiman Saloomi who reportedly said that it was haram in Islam to topple Muslim governments, especially if the replacement brought greater danger to society.
Umno-owned Malay language daily Utusan Malaysia in its regular dose of Pakatan Rakyat bashing had quoted Sulaiman as saying that demonstrations are forbidden even if the leadership has gone against Islamic teachings.
The cleric's solution was that the errant leader should be advised instead, according to the Umno-owned daily.
Cleric siding with the powerful
Tariq however completely disagreed with the remark, saying that Sulaiman's authority was incorrect.
When asked if demonstrations are forbidden in Islam, Tariq replied that the cleric was speaking only for those in power.
"We have to resist based on principles of justice.
"There must be elections. When the leaders are not elected..," said Tariq, who presented a two hour lecture organised by the Penang Islamic Foundation in Penang yesterday.
"It is right for Muslims to resist any unjust power by non-violent means. We can remove unjust leaders like what happened in the Middle East. It was the right thing to do," he added.
He also criticised Sulaiman's claim, while speaking in Kuala Terengganu, citing Prophet Muhammad that anyone who tries to disrupt the affairs of the ummah (Muslim community) while they are united, should be killed.
Tariq, who was on a two day speaking tour in Penang, replied that it was wrong to say this, as it is not based on the correct Islamic principles.
Scholar: Allah row shows signs of 'inferiority complex'
While use of the Arabic word for God, 'Allah', has been a hot topic between Muslims and Christians in the country, a renowned contemporary thinker and philosopher sees discussion on the matter as having been "too simplistic".
Speaking at a lecture in Penang on Wednesday, Prof Tariq Ramadan said that for someone coming from the Arab world, arguments as to whether a non-Muslim could use the word 'Allah' were "completely out of touch with reality".
Tariq – who lectures at the University of Oxford in England – said Christians were using the word 'Allah' much earlier, before the Muslims in Egypt did because, in Arabic, the term means 'God'.
"When I speak about God, I use the word Allah. It means one God and no other God," he said in the lecture organised by the Penang Islamic Foundation in George Town.
"So, suppose we say you cannot use this word because it is ours, we would be monopolising the word," he told the 500-strong crowd at the two-hour session.
"It also means we are not confident in our language," quipped the influential Islamic scholar, who is a Swiss citizen of Egyptian origin.
In January 2010, Catholic weekly The Herald won its suit in the High Court, which overruled a ban by the Home Ministry on the weekly's use of the term 'Allah' in its Bahasa Malaysia edition, -which had prompted fiery protests from certain quarters nationwide.
On a three-day tour
The federal government has since appealed the decision of the High Court, which also granted a stay in favour of the Home Ministry to stop The Herald, from using the word 'Allah', pending an appeal by the ministry.
Tariq – who is the grandson of Hassan Al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood – was on a three-day lecture tour of Penang and Kuala Lumpur, from July 17-19.
He also spoke before a well-attended crowd at the home of PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim in Kuala Lumpur last night.
Tariq also said in Penang on Wednesday that some liberals believed that even when speaking in the English language, one must use the word 'Allah'. However, this was not the reality.
Muslims believed that diversity of languages was a sign of God's presence.
Not allowing others to use the word 'Allah' showed "inferiority complex and that we are not confident" about our principles, he added.
Posted: 22 Jul 2012 08:01 AM PDT
Orang Kuat Umporno Kelantan yang asyik kempunan mahu jadi MB Kelantan, Tok Pa jadi pening apabila golongan artis mula berebut-rebut untuk bersama PAS dan PKR. Paling memeningkan beliau, setelah para artis ini menyertai PAS dan PKR, mereka pasti akan berubah daripada keadaan yang "tidak senonoh" kepada yang lebih senonoh dan bermoral.
Berbeza dengan artis yang berebut masuk Umporno. Tiada beza langsung, daripada keadaan "tidak senonoh" dilihat lebih "tidak senonoh", cuma bezanya mereka apabila masuk Umporno poket mereka mungkin agak "kembung" sedikit.
Memang pun Umporno parti untuk para `peminta sedekah' yang selalu beranggapan rezeki datangnya dari parti sekutu Apco ini.
Maka, Tok Pa pun berkata bahawa PAS `terpaksa' memerlukan kerjasama artis kerana tertekan dengan kejayaan Umporno mendekati golongan muda. Orang muda mana yang semakin mendekati parti lembu kondo itu, wahai Tok Pa? Apatah lagi di Kelantan, Umporno langsung tiada di fikiran anak-anak muda Kelantan. Tok Pa tidak sedar bahawa semangat anak-anak muda di Kelantan kini meresapi semangat anak-anak muda di negeri-negeri lain yang bakal menumbangkan Umporno di dalam PRU akan datang.
Katanya, dahulu di Kelantan persembahan artis termasuk Dikir Barat dan Mak Yong diharamkan dan PAS juga tidak begitu gemar dengan golongan artis kerana didakwa terlibat dalam kegiatan tidak bermoral.
"Tetapi kini mereka perlu mencari pendekatan baharu untuk mendekati golongan muda yang merupakan kelompok penting pengundi," katanya lagi. Kenyataan Tok Pa terlalu cetek dan dangkal sekali. Tok Pa lupa bahawa Dikir Barat dahulunya dilarang di Kelantan kerana semua tahu bahawa di dalam persembahan Dikir Barat ketika itu banyak adegan yang berunsur maksiat.
Penyanyi wanita dan kadangkala `pondan' menyanyi sambil menggoyang-goyangkan punggung mereka di khalayak ramai serta lirik lagu dikir yang kadangkala lucah amat bertentangan dengan hukum Islam. Bahkan, sehingga kini persembahan Dikir Barat yang mempunyai unsur-unsur maksiat sedemikian terus dilarang, namun para artis semakin menyokong PAS kerana mereka faham Seni Islam itu bagaimana, kecuali Tok Pa yang masih tergila-gilakan "bapok" beraksi di dalam dikir.
Begitu juga dengan Mak Yong yang diharamkan oleh Kerajaan PAS Kelantan kerana terdapatnya unsur-unsur syirik serta khurafat di dalam persembahan tersebut.
Sebenarnya, bukan sahaja Dikir Barat atau Mak Yong bahkan persembahan nyanyian biasa juga dikawal oleh Kerajaan PAS Kelantan. Adakah artis menjauhi PAS? Tidak, kebanyakan artis memahaminya kerana artis tersebut berugama Islam, tidak tahu lah kalau Tok Pa berugama `Tok Cha" kerana gagal memahami hukum Islam.
Kita semua dapat lihat mana-mana artis yang menyertai PAS terutamanya akan lebih baik penampilan mereka daripada sebelumnya. Justeru itulah Umporno amat merasa cemburu dengan kejayaan PAS sehinggakan mereka tidak pernah terfikir bagaimana seorang artis yang selalunya `meminta sedekah sesuap nasi' dengan mereka sanggup menyertai PAS yang belum pun menjadi kerajaan yang memerintah Pusat seperti mereka. Mereka lupa, hasil tarbiyah PAS iaitu rezeki bukan di tangan Umporno, tetapi di tangan Allah, itulah penyebab semakin ramai artis menyertai PAS atau PKR. Cuma segelintir artis yang masih meletakkan maruah mereka setaraf dengan peminta sedekah dan pelacur jalanan sahaja yang masih mengampu dan membodek Umporno.
Hakikatnya, PAS dan PKR tidak 'memburu' artis, sebaliknya artis yang kini berbaris menanti giliran untuk bersama PR. Jika mereka mahu hidup mewah dan senang lenang, lojikkah pada akal mereka akan senang lenang bersama PR yang sekarang ini hanya sebagai Pembangkang di Pusat? -wfauzdin
Mustapa dijangkiti penyakit 'denial syndrom'
Posted: 22 Jul 2012 03:12 AM PDT
က်မတို႔ အိမ္ပါတ္ဝန္းက်င္မွာဆိုရင္ ဓႏုေတြကမ်ားတယ္။ အေမတို႔နဲ႔အတူ ႀကီးျပင္းလာတဲ့ ပါတ္ဝန္းက်င္လို႔ ေျပာရင္ မမွားပါဘူး။ သူတို႔ ေတြကေတာ့ ဗုဒၵဘာသာဝင္ေတြပါ။ သီတင္းက်ြတ္ဆိုရင္ မုန္႔ဆီေၾကာ္လာပို႔ ၾက တယ္။ တပို႔တြဲဆိုရင္ ထမႏွဲလာပို႔ၾကတယ္။ သၾကၤန္ဆိုရင္ ကင္ေပါင္းေက်ာ္တို႔ ေကာက္ညုင္းနဲ႔လုပ္တဲ့ ယာကု တို႔လာပို႔ၾကတယ္။ လာပို႔ေနက်အိမ္ကလာမပို႔ေသးရင္ေတာင္ က်မတို႔ေမွ်ာ္ေနမိတယ္။ သူတို႔လည္းဒီလိုပါဘဲ က်မတို႔ အိဒ္ ပြဲေတာ္ေရာက္မဲ့ေန႔ကိုေမွ်ာ္တတ္ၾကတယ္။
က်မတို႔ပြဲေတာ္ေရာက္ရင္ ဒီလိုဘဲ အိမ္ေပါက္ေစ့ မုန္႔လိုက္ပို႔ရတယ္။ အိမ္မွာလည္း လာစားဖို႔ဖိတ္ေခၚၾကတယ္။ အရမ္းေပ်ာ္ဖို႔ေကာင္းပါတယ္။ ကိုးကြယ္တဲ့ဘာသာမတူေပမဲ့ အိမ္နားနီးခ်င္း ေဆြမ်ိဳးရင္းေတြလိုပါဘဲ။ အေရး အေၾကာင္းၾကရင္ စည္းလံုးၾကတယ္၊ ကူညီေဖးမၾကတယ္။ တခါတေလၾကေတာ့ အဲဒီလိုတဦးနဲ႔တဦး လူမ်ိဳး ဘာသာမခြဲျခားဘဲ ေႏြးေထြးတဲ့ ခ်စ္ခင္မူေလးေတြနဲ႔ေနခဲ့ႀကတာကို တမ္းတမိရင္ အမိေျမကို အရမ္းလြမ္းမိပါ တယ္။
ေတာင္ႀကီးမွာ ရွစ္ေလးလံုးမတိုင္မွီက တိုင္းျပည္မွာအစိုးရကိုဆန္႔က်င္မူေတြ လမ္းလြဲဖို႔အတြက္ မူဆလင္ ဗုဒၵ ဘာသာအဓိကရုန္းျဖစ္ေအာင္ လုပ္ခဲ့တယ္။ မသိနားမလည္တဲ့ တေန႔လုပ္တေန႔စား အလုပ္သမားေတြ၊ မႀကာ ေသးခင္ကမွ ဗမာျပည္အလယ္ပိုင္းကေန ေတာင္ႀကီးကို ေျပာင္းလာတဲ့ ဆင္းရဲသား လက္တြန္းလွည္းတြန္း သမား လူစိမ္းေတြကိုအသံုးခ်ျပီး ျပသနာႀကီးသထက္ႀကီးေအာင္ လံႈ႕ေဆာ္ဖန္တီးမွဳ ေတြ လမ္းညြန္ေပးသူေတြ ရွိခဲ့လို႔ ဘာသာေရး အဓိကရုန္းႀကီးႀကီးမားမားတခုျဖစ္ခဲ့တယ္။
ေဟာ! ၾကည့္ပါအံုး ျဖစ္ရျပန္ၿပီ။ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံ ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္မွာ ဒီမိုကေရစီလမ္းေၾကာင္းလြဲဖို႔အတြက္ လာျပန္ၿပီ ဘာသာေရးအဓိကရုန္းေတြ။ ႏိုင္ငံေရးျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲေရးေရာက္ခါနီးတိုင္း ဘာသာေရးလူမ်ိဳးေရးအဓိကရုန္းေတြ ျဖစ္ၾကၿပီ။ တကယ္ဘဲ က်မတို႔နိုင္ငံအတြက္ ဝမ္းနည္းစရာေကာင္းပါတယ္။ က်မတို႔လို ကိုယ့္ေမြးရပ္ေျမကို တန္ဖိုးထားခ်စ္ျမတ္နိုးေနတဲ့သူေတြအေပၚ စာနာနားလည္မွဳမထားဘဲ ဓားစာခံအျဖစ္ ေျမနိမ့္ရာလွံစိုက္လို႔ ခုတံုး လုပ္ၾကတယ္။ သိတဲ့သူေတြက သိနားလည္ၾကေပမဲ့ အခ်ိဳ႔ကေတာ့ လူတစု အဖြဲ႔အစည္းတခုရဲ့ လွည့္ကြက္ထဲ ကို မ်က္စိစံုမွိတ္ၿပီး တံလွ်ပ္ကိုေရထင္လို႔ ျပႆနာေတြဖန္တီးႀကတယ္။
ဘန္ေကာက္က အေတြ႔အႀကဳံေလး တခုေျပာရမယ္ဆိုရင္လည္း ရွိပါေသးရဲ့။ တေန႔မွာ ေဆးဆိုင္တဆိုင္ သြားၿပီးေဆးဝယ္ေတာ့ ဆိုင္ရွင္က အဂၤလိပ္စကားေတာ္ေတာ္ေျပာခ်င္ပံုရတယ္။
ဆိုင္ရွင္နဲ႔က်မအမ်ိဳးသားက စကားေတြေဖါင္ဖြဲ႔ေနၾကတာေလ၊ မၾကာပါဘူး က်မတို ့ကို ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံကမွန္း လည္းသိေရာ ဖမာ့လားဆိုၿပီး ဟိုလိုလိုဒီလိုလိုနဲ႔ တျခားဘက္ကိုသြားလိုက္တယ္။ ၿပီးေတာ့ သူ႔တပည့္နဲ႔ဘဲ ေစ်းေရာင္းလြတ္ထားေပးခဲ့တယ္။ က်မတ႔ိုေတာ္ေတာ္အံၾသမိပါတယ္။ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံကလာတဲ့ လူဆိုရင္ ဘာလူ မ်ိဳးဘာဘာသာဘဲကိုးကြယ္ကုိးကြယ္ အားလံုးကို ဖမာ့ဆိုၿပီး ဝါးလံုးရွည္နဲ႔ ဇြတ္ရန္းေတာ့တာပါဘဲ။ က်မတို ့ဆို ရင္ ျပည္တြင္းမွာတုန္းကလည္း ဘာသာျခားဆိုၿပီး ခြဲျခားခံရတယ္။ ျပည္ပေရာက္ေတာ့လည္း ဖမာ့ ဆိုၿပီးနိမ္ခ် ခံရျပန္တယ္။ ဘာဘဲျဖစ္ျဖစ္ ဘယ္သူေတြက ဘယ္လိုတံဆိပ္ေတြတပ္ၾကပါေစ က်မတို႔လိုျပည္တြင္းမွာ ေမြး ဖြားႀကီးျပင္းလာတဲ့သူေတြ အားလံုးဟာ ဗုဒၶဘာသာကိုးကြယ္တာမဟုတ္တာကလြဲလို႔ ဓႏု-ရွမ္း ကခ်င္ ကရင္ စသျဖင့္အားလံုးတူတူပါဘဲ။
ဒါေၾကာင့္ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံနဲ႔ပါတ္သက္ရင္ ထိုင္းက ဖမာ့ဆိုၿပီးနိုင္ရင္လည္း မခံခ်င္သလို အျခားနိုင္ငံေတြက ထိပါး လာရင္လည္း မခံနိုင္တာကေတာ့ ဗုဒၶဘာသာျမန္မာလူမ်ိဳးမွ မဟုတ္ပါဘူး။ ခရစ္ယာန္ဘာသာကိုးကြယ္တဲ့ ျမန္မာျပည္သားေတြ၊ အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာကိုးကြယ္တယ့္ ျမန္မာျပည္သားေတြ၊ ဟိႏၵဴ ဘာသာကိုးကြယ္တဲ့ ျမန္မာျပည္သားေတြ အားလံုးဟာ တေသြးထဲတသားထဲပါဘဲ။
အခ်ိဳ႕ေသာသူေတြက အတူယွဥ္တြဲၿပီးတေျမထဲေန တေရထဲေသာက္လာၾကတဲ့လူတြ အခ်င္းခ်င္းၾကားမွာ အမ်ိဳးေပ်ာက္မွာစိုး ေၾကာက္လွပါတယ္ ဆိုတဲ့ေဆာင္ပုဒ္ တခုသံုးၿပီးကိုယ္လိုရာကို ဆြဲေနၾကတာကေတာ့ ေသြးစည္း ညီညြတ္မူကို ျဖိဳခြဲေနတာန႔ဲအတူတူဘဲလို႔ က်မအေနနဲ႔သံုးသပ္မိပါတယ္။ က်မကေတာ့ အမိျမန္မာ ျပည္ကို တန္ဖိုးထားရသလို ေတာင္ေပၚသူျဖစ္ရတဲ့အတြက္လည္း ဂုဏ္ယူပါတယ္။ က်မလိုဘဲအျခားေဒသ မွာေနထိုင္ ၾကတဲ့ ေတာင္ေပၚသူေတြဘဲျဖစ္ေစ ေျမျပန္႔သူေတြဘဲျဖစ္ေစ ဘယ္ေနရာဘယ္ေဒသေရာက္ေရာက္ ဘာသာမ တူလို ့ ဘာတံဆိပ္ေတြဘဲတပ္ၾကပါေစ မ်ိဳးခ်စ္ပါတယ္ဆိုတဲ့ပုဂိုလ္ ေတြထက္မသာရင္ေတာင္ သူတို႔ထက္ မနိမ့္တဲ့ခ်စ္ခင္တန္ဖိုးထားမူ ေတြနဲ႔ အတူ အမိျမန္မာျပည္ကို ကာကြယ္ ေစာင့္ေရွာက္ၾကလိမ့္မယ္ ဆိုတာကို ေတာ့ က်မ ယံုၾကည္ပါတယ္။ READ ALL IN MMSY-ဘာတံဆိပ္တပ္တပ္ က်မ ေတာင္ႀကီးသူပါ by ႏွင္းႏွင္း (ေတာင္ႀကီး)
Posted: 22 Jul 2012 02:33 AM PDT
The DAP has insisted that it does not have communist links, but pointed out that BN was the one with direct links with the Chinese Communist Party.
Commenting on claims by Special Branch chief assistant director of the E2(M) national social extremist threat division Mohd Sofian Md Makinuddin on Monday that PAS and DAP were infiltrated by Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terrorist and communists elements respectively, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, in a press release today, said back in Oct 12, 2009 Umno Youth had set up a permanent secretariat to strengthen ties between BN Youth and the Communist Youth League of China (CYL), adding that under BN Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin, the secretariat seeks to facilitate contnous bilateral programmes to promote a stronger bond between the two entities.
Lim said, "This is not a government to government relationship but party to party direct linkage... made knowingly, consciously and with full consent by Khairy."
Posted: 22 Jul 2012 05:30 AM PDT
Dan makan dan minumlah kamu, dan jangan berlebih-lebihan. Sesungguhnya Dia tidak suka orang yang berlebih-lebihan.
Di dalam hadis daripada Anas katanya:
"Bahawa Rasulullah s.a.w. berbuka puasa dengan beberapa biji rutab sebelum bersolat. Sekiranya tiada rutab, maka dengan beberapa biji tamar, dan sekiranya tiada tamar, maka Baginda minum beberapa teguk air."
(Riwayat Imam Ahamd dan Tirmizi, katanya hadis ini hasan)
Posted: 22 Jul 2012 01:20 AM PDT
Buah-buahan yang dibeli tak kira di kedai buah-buahan atau dipasar malam atau di pusat membeli belah, pastikan anda mengupas kulitnya terlebih dahulu sebelum memakannya. Membasuhnya saja tidak mencukupi. Kerana apa?
Dari gambar yang tertera di sebelah, buah epal berkenaan ternyata telah disaluti dengan bahan lilin upaya ia kelihatan sentiasa licin dan segar. Satu bentuk "penipuan" untuk mengaburi mata pengguna.
Lebih malang jika lilin berkenaan adalah dari jenis lilin beracun yang sepastinya akan menyebabkan kemudharatan kepada orang yang memakannya.
Sebelum ini blog GB pernah mengingatkan supaya kita berhati-hati dengan buah Oren yang diimpot. Namun buah oren kemungkinannya ada maafnya kerana tidak ada orang yang memakan kulit oren. Tetapi buah epal, ada juga orang yang memakan dengan kulitnya sekali.
Justeru itu berwaspadalah.
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Posted: 21 Jul 2012 11:34 PM PDT
Posted: 21 Jul 2012 11:19 PM PDT
Saudi authorities warned non-Muslim expatriates on Friday, the first day of Ramadan, not to eat, drink, or smoke in public until the end of the Muslim holy month's sunrise-to-sunset fast - or face expulsion.
The Interior Ministry of the oil-rich kingdom called on expatriates to "show consideration for feelings of Muslims" and "preserve the sacred Islamic rituals." Otherwise, a ministry statement said, Saudi authorities will cancel violators' work contracts and expel them.
Comparing with the Saudis, our religious enforcement officers don't really go to hotels and exclusive restaurants to nab these people. I remember during the 1980s, there were cases when those eating in public during Ramadan were ushered onto 'kereta jenazah' and driven around town before being penalised.
Saudi Arabia's population of 27 million includes some 8 million expatriates, including Asians, Arabs, and Westerners, according to government figures.
The ultraconservative Sunni kingdom is the home of Islam's holiest sites. The warning - which is issued at the beginning of Ramadan every year - serve as a reminder that the Western-allied monarchy must answer to a strict religious establishment that holds de facto veto power over many of its policies.
With challenges to the established order growing bolder from a population nearly half of which is under 30, Saudi Arabia has recently made some moves to show moderation. It is sending female athletes to the Olympics for the first time this year. King Abdullah has promised to allow women to run and vote in municipal elections in 2015. He also has tried to rein in the country's feared morality police.
But some people believe that while such moves give impression that the grip of hardliners has eased, "when you look around, nothing has changed and suppression has not changed."
Warnings or no warnings, they say "expatriates are always at risk of expulsion for the least offense in the kingdom."
The prince newly appointed to handle most aspects of law enforcement is known as a strict adherent to religious rules. Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz was governor of the holy city of Mecca before becoming Interior Minister.
Saudi Arabia is wary of the wave of Arab Spring uprisings that has toppled long-time authoritarian leaders in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and neighbouring Yemen.
It followed a carrot-and-stick strategy to contain unrest by pledging around $120 billion for the kingdom's lower income groups. It has heavily cracked down on protests, especially in eastern regions dominated by Shiites demanding greater rights, and is steering a middle course between conservatives and reformers among the Sunni majority.
Posted: 21 Jul 2012 10:36 PM PDT
It has been a long journey. :-) My son graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Contemporary Music last Sunday. The joy and pride I felt within my heart when he walked up to the stage and received his scroll is indescribable. Indeed, all of us are very proud of him and his achievements. :-) *beaming with joy*
I only wish my father had been there to see his grandson graduate.
To be honest, I am ashamed and sad of the way I pushed him from the time he was in pre-school till Form 1. It is not easy to be a mother and a teacher for the tendency to bring the classroom home lurks around the corner. When I had my spinal injury in 2002, I could not be a helicopter mom to him any more and he slowly slipped away from my 'grip'. He was a straight A student till Form 4 when teenage angst reared its ugly head. By the grace of God, he did fairly well in his SPM and went on to take his South Australian Matriculation course and went on to study music at UCSI University where he became independent and slowly found his niche.
Thankfully, he and I have a beautiful relationship. Having learnt from my mistakes in parenting, I believe I am doing a better job bringing up my second boy. :-) After all, bringing up kids is like making pancakes - mess up with the first one and subsequent ones get better! :-)
Today, he teaches music at an international school, gigs at hotels thrice a week and teaches at a music school on Sundays.
I am really proud to see how he is so driven as compared to the time he was in Form 4. He will be setting up his own company with another musician and hopefully, make waves not only in the local music scene but also regionally and internationally one day.
I am sad that he works so hard. :-( It breaks my heart to see how he has become so skinny as he hardly has time to rest or even sleep. How I wish he had ended up as a lawyer, engineer or accountant but am glad he is chasing his own dreams and doing what he is best at.
If any of you has any performance opportunities for his trio and another band which he belongs to, please let me know. I can be contacted at email@example.com
Sorry for this short post. I am off to see my bridesmaid for a while and then to the gym and then will be visiting a blog reader whose wife recently had a coronary bypass surgery.
Take care and have a great day!
P.S. Oh dear!!! I forgot that I had posted Are we all slightly MAD? an hour ago and really thought I had not posted anything yet. Sighs...Forgetful me strikes again.
Posted: 21 Jul 2012 09:27 PM PDT
Pada 13 Oktober 2011, YB Nurul IzzahAnwar telah membangkitkan isu projek pembangunan Network Centric Operations (NCO) yang telah dianugerahkan secara tender terus kepada Sapura Secured Technologies Sdn Bhd (SAPURA) untuk pembangunan secara berfasa dari RMK-10 hingga RMK-13 iaitu dalam tempoh 20 tahun.
Timbalan Menteri Pertahanan pada 23 November 2011 telah menjelaskan: "Sistem NCO merangkaikan bukan sahaja markas, pasukan ATM, malahan aset-aset yang bergerak – sistem NCO membantu 'fully shared information.'"
Pun begitu, Menteri menjawab secara bertulis bahawa kos bagi Program Pembangunan NCO ATM Fasa 1A bagi tempoh 2 (DUA) tahun sahaja adalah sebanyak RM 140 juta; dan bagi pembangunan fasa-fasa seterusnya adalah bergantung kepada prestasi dan kejayaan di dalam pembangunan Fasa 1A ini.
Disebut juga pemilihan SAPURA sebagai Peneraju Utama Program Pembangunan NCO ATM adalah berdasarkan kepada beberapa faktor sebagai kepakaran dan pengalaman yang luas dalam bidang pertahanan, keselamatan dan teknologi maklumat.
Daripada maklumat terkini yang Nurul Izzah menyatakan, SAPURA telah lewat dalam menyiapkan kerja-kerja berkait dengan program NCO ATM Fasa 1A, khususnya:
· Timeline Detail User Requirements (DUR) yang sepatutnya bermula pada 22 Oktober hingga 21 Mac 2012, tertunda kerana SAPURA menggunakan alasan hanya boleh dilaksanakan selepas mereka mendapat bayaran advance payment, dan pada masa yang sama SAPURA lebih banyak meluang masa dalam persiapan LIMA '11, hingga menyebabkan aktiviti DUR kurang diberi perhatian.
· Enjin aplikasi yang didakwa telah dipunyai oleh SAPURA sebenarnya tiada dalam pegangan mereka. SAPURA gagal menunjukkan contoh aplikasi yang disimulasi menggunakan enjin aplikasi yang dikenal pasti.
· Perletakan jawatan oleh tiga bekas ketua jurutera perisian SAPURA dalam tempoh setahun, daripada Mei 2011 hingga Februari 2012 merumitkan keadaan.
Oleh itu, sehingga kini beberapa persoalan penting masih gagal dijawab regim Bn antaranya:
1. Adakah kerajaan akan menghormati saranan dan kritikan pihak Angkatan Tentera Malaysia seperti di atas?
2. Adakah kerajaan akan menamatkan kontrak dengan SAPURA kerana gagal menyiapkan kerja-kerja seperti yang dipersetujui dalam fasa 1A, dan membuat bidaan baru melalui tender terbuka untuk program NCO ini?
3. Adakah pemilihan dan pembelian aset pertahanan selari dengan Dasar Pertahanan Nasional agar aset yang dibeli dengan wang rakyat tidak menjadi 'gajah putih' seperti satu ketika dahulu apabila kereta kebal ringan dipasang sistem meriam yang tidak sesuai, kesediaan peperangan (combat readiness) pesawat pejuang yang pincang sistem senjata dan yang terbaru ini dengan sistem NCO yang tidak disiapkan mengikut jadual dengan peralatan enjin aplikasi yang tiada dalam pegangan kontraktor?
4. Adakah kerajaan bersedia membuat satu Audit Pertahanan dengan melibatkan pihak pembangkang sebagai wakil rakyat di mana maklumat audit boleh dirahsiakan?
5. Adakah kerajaan bersedia melaksanakan reformasi parlimen dengan memperkenalkan sebuah Jawatankuasa Tetap Parlimen untuk perolehan pertahanan Negara supaya segala kepincangan dan pemberian kontrak kepada syarikat yang sub-standard dielakkan?
6. Akhir sekali semua pihak berkepentingan (stakeholders) termasuk pembangkang dan rakyat secara amnya mahukan kerajaan mengambil serius dan melaksanakan tangungjawab secara telus di dalam perkara yang melibatkan keselamatan negara di mana segala pertanyaan dan maklumbalas mesti di ambil kira sebagai usaha bersama demi mempertahankan kedaulatan negara. Kita semua tidak mahu sebarang program yang bakal menelan lebih RM1 bilion tersadai dan menanggung perbelanjaan berlebihan akibat ketidakcekapan dan kerja-kerja sub-standard.
Posted: 21 Jul 2012 08:45 PM PDT
Thanks to Angela who sent me this post taken from The Daily Mail.
Suppose you were an alien sent to Earth to live with humans, to observe their behaviour and write a study about them — like an anthropologist studying a remote tribe. What would the alien anthropologist make of the human race? What conclusions would it reach?
It would probably be puzzled by the fact that most human beings are filled with a restlessness that makes us feel uneasy when we're not occupied, and makes it impossible for us just to 'be'.
It might be puzzled that we spend so much time oppressed by anxieties, worries and other negative emotions — and by our drive to accumulate more and more wealth, status and success, even though often these don't bring any contentment.
The alien would probably conclude that there is something wrong with human beings, even that we suffer from a kind of psychological disorder.
And as a psychology lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University and author of several books on spirituality and psychology, I would say the alien would be right.
In my book, I argue that we are all slightly mad — but that it is so intrinsic we're not aware of it. This madness is the reason we focus our attention outside ourselves, and fill our lives with constant activity and distraction, like addicts who need a constant supply of a drug. It makes it impossible for us to find contentment. It causes discord in relationships. It impels us to search for wellbeing and fulfilment outside ourselves, in wealth, success and power.
The name of this psychological disorder? I call it 'Humania' — which means human madness. The bad news is we all show the symptoms — the good news? There's a cure. . .
Read more AT THIS LINK.
Posted: 21 Jul 2012 11:17 PM PDT
Macam tak percaya negeri kuat UMNO ada masalah air. Negeri Timbalan Perdana Menteri pulak tu.
Sebelum ini cukup bising pom pang pom pang dari golongan UMNO/BN hebohkan masalah air di Selangor dan Kelantan.
Sekarang betul-betul kena kat batang hidung. Tak nak pulak bising.
Ulasan dari FB:
JOHOR hadapi krisis air, wow!!! aku tak percaya, bro.... memang tak percaya!! mana boleh Johor hadapi krisis air, yang hadapi krisis air ialah Selangor, apa pasal Johor pula yang jadi 'mangsa'??
Yang ni lagi teruk, tengoklah airnya warna apa. Kat negeri mana tu?
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