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- Nasha, Berapa Kalikah Kau Cium Tangannya Kemudian Kau Ludahinya Semula?
- The Bold Knight, the Apples of Youth, and the Water of Life
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Posted: 15 Aug 2012 08:56 AM PDT
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 admin-s
"You Chinese, kan? Tak boleh,"
Lee Yan Lin
On the 9 August 2012, Thursday, I had my dinner at McDonald's at Mid Valley (the one on LG floor, not the one opposite cinema). I went there slightly over 6pm, as the dinner value meals only starts at 6pm. I ordered the "Coca-cola Glass Meal", and as it comes with an ice-cream (sundae), I requested to collect the ice-cream after meal. The lady who was serving me consulted another Malay (I purposely mention her race here; it is pertinent to my case) lady whom I assume to be either the manager or supervisor. To my utter horror, the second lady turned to me and said, "You Chinese, kan? Tak boleh,". I was dumbfounded. All I had asked for was to collect the ice-cream a little later, so what did me being Chinese had to do with anything? It wasn't my first time making such request; other McDonald's outlets I'd been to were perfectly fine with it.
I understand that it was a peak hour. I also understand that because of it, they wanted to reserve the privilege of "double-service" to the Muslims who are fasting. But what I absolutely cannot fathom is why was my race being brought into question? If she had told me something along the line of "I'm sorry, you cannot collect it later because it's peak hour", I am sure I would have had a pleasant dinner instead of having to chew my burger in disgust. What's even funnier is that just a few days ago, the whole nation was said to be united when Dato' Lee claimed Malaysia's first Olympic medal. Now, I'm being discriminated at a fast food outlet simply because I'm not a Muslim and I don't fast.
And here's the 2nd issue. The lady who was originally serving me gave me a black glass when she was filling up my tray. There's nothing wrong with the glass, ONLY that the one on offer this week (the week ending yesterday) was the RED glass; the black one was offered more than a month ago. When I asked her why the black glass instead of the red, she smiled at me and said, "Oh, you nak yang merah ke??". I'm sorry, but the signboard clearly said the RED one was the one given out this week. Did she think that because I was a child (I have a small frame, but I'm 21 for goodness sake) I am stupid enough to be an easy prey for her to get rid of old stocks? I really don't know.
I sincerely hope that the McDonald's management will look into this matter. If they cannot ensure their employees' work ethics, I do not see how they can continue to operate in a multiracial society like Malaysia.
I wonder if the writer did take note of the names of the lady worker at the counter and her Malay manager. If she did, then the McDonald's management can easily launch an investigation into the conduct of these two employees of McDonald's Mid Valley on LG floor.
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 11:01 AM PDT
Nik Aziz: Lebih baik Nasha keluar PAS
Menteri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat tidak hairan jika Nasharudin Mat Isa keluar daripada parti itu setelah bekas timbalan presiden PAS itu dilihat bersama Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak di Mekah semalam, demikian menurut laporan Bernama.
"Pelik apa, kalau (Datuk Mohd) Asri (Muda) yang berpuluh tahun menjadi presiden PAS boleh masuk Umno, jadi Nasharudin juga akan turut berbuat demikian," katanya kepada Bernama di Kota Bharu hari ini.
Akhbar hari ini memaparkan gambar Nasharuddin menyertai perdana menteri dalam pertemuan dengan tokoh-tokoh ulama sempena Persidangan Luar Biasa Pertubuhan Kerjasama Islam (OIC) yang berlangsung di Arab Saudi.
Nasharuddin sebelum ini pernah mencetuskan kontroversi dalam PAS ekoran menyokong cadangan pembentukan kerajaan perpaduan Umno-PAS sehingga menimbulkan rasa kurang senang kepada Nik Aziz.
Dalam Muktamar Agung PAS tahun lepas, Nasharuddin gagal mempertahankan jawatan timbalan presiden kepada Mohamad Sabu.
Nik Abdul Aziz juga dipetik Bernama sebagai berkata adalah lebih baik bagi Nasharudin meninggalkan PAS daripada menimbulkan masalah kepada parti. -mk
Isu Ustaz Nasa. Kenyataan Terkini Ketua Pemuda PAS Pusat
Pemimpin Pas Tidak Perlu Ulas Mengenai Nasharudin
(Berapa Kalikah Kau Cium Tangannya
Kemudian Kau Ludahinya Semula?)
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 08:03 AM PDT
According to Wikipedia, RUSSIAN FAIRY TALES is a collection of Russian fairy tales, collected by Alexander Afanasyev and published by him between 1855 and 1863. His work was explicitly modeled after the Brothers Grimm's work, Grimm's Fairy Tales.
I love fairy tales and many do not know that the original versions of many such tales , especially by the Brothers Grimm are not simple tales. I also love Russian writers especially those from the Golden Age such as Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace), Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov) and Anton Chekhov (Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard). Twentieth century Russian writers I admire are Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita, Pnin and The Real Life of Sebastian Knight) and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (The Gulag Archipelago).
This evening, I wish to share two of my favourite Russian fairy tales: The Bold Knight, the Apples of Youth, and the Water of Life written by Alexander Afanasyev in Narodnye Russkie Skazki, 1862 and Go I Know Not Whither and Fetch I Know Not What written by Alexander Afanasyevin Narodnye Russkie Skazki. These tales are delightful and it is most unfortunate that due to the current state in the standard of English, children cannot enjoy such beautifully crafted tales. Happy reading!
The Bold Knight, the Apples of Youth, and the Water of Life
by Alexander Afanasyev in Narodnye Russkie Skazki, 1862
An old king whose sight was failing heard of a garden with apples that would make a man grow young, and water that would restore his sight. His oldest son set out; he came to a pillar that said on one road, his horse would be full and he hungry, on the second, he would lose his life, and on the third, he would be full and his horse hungry. He took the third. He came to a house where a widow made him welcome and offered to let him spend the night with her daughter Dunia. He accepted, and Dunia made him fall into the cellar.
His second son set out and met the same fate. Finally the youngest son set out, over his father's reluctance. When he received the same offer from the widow, he said he must go to the bathhouse first; Dunia led him to it, and he beat her until she revealed his brothers. He freed them, but they were ashamed to go home.
He rode on and found a pretty maiden weaving. She could not direct him to the garden but sent him on to her second sister. She bade him leave his horse with her and go on a two-winged horse to their third sister. The third sister gave him a four-winged horse and told him to ensure that it leapt the wall in a single bound, or it make bells ring and wake the witch. He tried to obey her, but the horse's hoof just grazed the wall. The sound was too soft to wake the witch. In the morning, she chased after him on her six-winged horse, but only caught him when he was near his own land and did not fear her. She cursed him, saying nothing would save him from his brothers.
He found his brothers sleeping and slept by them. They stole his apples and threw him over a cliff. He fell to a dark kingdom. There, a dragon demanded a beautiful maiden every year, and this year the lot had fallen on the princess. The knight said he would save her if the king would promise to do as he asked; the king promised not only that but to marry him to the princess as well. They went to where the dragon was coming and he went to sleep, telling the princess to wake him. The dragon came, she could not wake him and began to weep, and a tear fell on his face, waking him. He cut off the dragon's heads, put them under a rock, and threw its body in the sea.
Another man sneaked up behind him and cut off his head. He threatened to kill the princess if she would not say that he had killed the dragon. The king arranged for the marriage, but the princess went to sea with fishermen. Each time they caught a fish, she had them throw it back, but finally, their nets caught the knight's body and head. She put them back together and used the water of life on them. He comforted her and sent her home, saying he would come and make it right. He came and asked the king whether the alleged dragon slayer could find the dragon's heads. The imposter could not, but the knight could. The knight said he wanted only to go to his own country, not to marry the princess, but she did not want to be parted from him. She knew a spoonbilled bird that could carry them, if it had enough to eat. They went off with a whole ox, but it was not quite enough; the princess cut off part of her thigh to feed it. The bird carried them all the way and commented on the sweetness of the last piece of meat. She showed it what she had done, and it spat the piece back out; the knight used the water of life to restore it.
He went back with his father, used the water of life, and told him what his brothers had done. The brothers were so frightened they jumped in the river. The knight married the princess.
Go I Know Not Whither and Fetch I Know Not What
by Alexander Afanasyevin Narodnye Russkie Skazki
A royal hunter shot a bird; wounded, it begged him not to kill it but to take it home, and when it went to sleep, strike its head. He did so, and the bird became a beautiful woman. She proposed that they marry, and they did. After the marriage, she saw how hard he had to hunt, and told him to borrow one or two hundred rubles. He did so, and then bought silks with them. She conjured two spirits and set them to make a marvelous carpet. Then she gave the carpet to her husband and told him to accept whatever price he was given. The merchants did not know how much to pay for it, and finally the king's steward bought it for ten thousand rubles. The king saw it and gave the steward twenty-five thousand for it.
The steward went to the hunter's house to get another, and saw his wife. He fell madly in love with her, and the king saw it. The steward told him why, and the king went himself and saw the hunter's wife. He decided that he should marry her instead and demanded the steward devise a way to be rid of the husband. The steward, with Baba Yaga's advice, had him sent to sea in a rotten ship, with a bad crew, to catch the stag with golden horns in the thrice tenth kingdom. The hunter being told of this, told his wife. She conjured up the stag and had him take it on the ship, sail out for five days and turn back.
The king was enraged with the steward, who again went to Baba Yaga. This time, the steward had the king send him to "go I know not whither and bring back I know not what." The wife's conjured spirits could not help her. She told him to ask for gold from the king and gave him a ball, which if rolled before him would led him where he needed to go, and a handkerchief, with directions to wipe his face with it whenever he washed. He left. The king sent a carriage for his wife. She turned back into a bird and left.
Her husband finally came to a castle. They gave him food and let him rest; then they brought him water to wash. He wiped his face not with their towel but his handkerchief. They recognized it as their sister's. They brought their mother, who also recognized it; she questioned him, and he told his story. She summoned all the beasts and birds to see if they knew how to "go I know not whither and bring back I know not what." Then she went out to sea with him and summoned all the fish. Last of all to arrive, a limping frog knew.
The woman gave him a jug to carry the frog, which could not walk that fast. He did, and the frog directed him to a river, where it told him to get on it, and swelled large enough to carry him across. There, it directed him to listen to two old men who would arrive. He did, and heard them summon "Shmat Razum" to serve them. Then the old men left, and he heard Shmat Razum lament how they treated him. The man asked Shmat Razum to serve him instead, and he agreed.
Shmat Razum carried him back. He stopped at a golden arbor, where he met three merchants. At Shmat Razum's directions, he exchanged his servant for three marvels: they could summon up a garden, a fleet of ships, and an army. But after a day, Shmat Razum returned to the hunter.
In his own country, the hunter had Shmat Razum build a castle. His wife returned to him there. The king saw the castle and marched against him. He summoned the fleet and the army and defeated the king, and was chosen king in his place.
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 07:28 AM PDT
Wife craved for roti canai.
So, we went to Kanna PJ.
Roti canai on fake banana leaves.
Our drinks - one teh 'si', one Milo 'O' ais
Fish curry, chicken curry and dahl.
I normally takes the dahl as it is filling.
Table No. 14 on 14/08/12.
If you doubt the 'safety' of these banana leaves, doubt no more.
They have been certified "safe".
Sunday May 20, 2012
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 06:44 AM PDT
"We are businessmen but have been compelled to leave our motherland because of harassment, lawlessness, looting, kidnapping of girls and their forced conversion to Islam." Compare this to the rights that Muslims enjoy in India. "Pakistani Hindus arrive with horror tales," from PTI, August 10 2012.
In the backdrop of a 14-year-old Hindu girl's abduction in Pakistan's Jacobabad city in Sindh province three days ago, a controversy erupted when a delegation of 150 Hindus was detained by Islamabad for seven hours on Friday before being allowed to enter India for a pilgrimage. Head of the delegation Anup Kumar said they were supposed to cross over to India in the afternoon, but their arrival was delayed because the Pakistani authorities were apprehensive that they may not return due to the law and order problems in the southern province of Sindh, where most of Pakistan's estimated seven million Hindus live. Why would they want to return?
Before leaving Pakistan, members of the delegation had to give an undertaking to the authorities that they would not seek asylum from the Indian government and would under all circumstances return to Pakistan within 30 days, Kumar said. He said Hindu families were not safe in Pakistan and kidnapping of young Hindu girls and brides at gunpoint by fundamentalists had become a routine affair. "There is no law and order in Sindh and the government is watching the activities of fundamentalists as a mute spectator."
Kumar said the recent abduction of the teenager in Jacobabad had sparked fear among the minority community, which was now planning an exodus. He said it was possible that the majority of the delegation members would never like to go back to Pakistan in the prevailing circumstances. He said Hindu girls were being forced to convert to Islam after being abducted. In Islamabad, President Asif Ali Zardari took serious note of reports of a "sense of insecurity" among Hindu families in Sindh and directed the authorities to allay the minority community's grievances.
Media reports from Jacobabad said seven Hindu families comprising 90 people had decided to move to India for good. "We are businessmen but have been compelled to leave our motherland because of harassment, lawlessness, looting, kidnapping of girls and their forced conversion to Islam," said Amesh Kumar of Bakhshapur area in Jacobabad. An unnamed Hindu man from Quetta told the Dawn newspaper: "Pakistan is our homeland and at the moment we are going to India for visiting our sacred places. But if I find the situation in India better than in Pakistan, I will prefer to settle there and others also think the same way."... Hat tip: Jihad Watch
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 06:34 AM PDT
"Whatever we wish to achieve in the future, it must begin by knowing where we are in the present - not where we wish we were, or where we wish others to think we are, but where we are in fact." - Thomas Sowell (Economic Facts and Fallacies)
COMMENT So, let me get this straight. Bersih leader Ambiga Sreenevasan believes that racial politics should end and the way to end it would be to engage in more... racial politics? National Indian Rights Action Team's (Niat's) rather self-serving list of demands, I say self-serving because one of the components of the three cabinet ministers post and four deputy ministers reserved (for Indians) would not only include elected representatives but also (surprise, surprise) those appointed from NGOs.
Question. If a Chinese or Malay NGO candidate/elected representative has done "more" for the Indian community that an Indian candidate, would the said individual still be considered for the 'Indian-only' post? I would bet my last ringgit that if Pakatan Rakyat (if they ever come into federal power) were to announce such a strategy, they would be received with open arms by a certain section of the Malaysian voting public who claim to be interested in a race-blind society but who in reality understand the code Pakatan uses to demonstrate its commitment to the idea that their racial expectations would be met in a more "honest" manner by a non-BN government.
I don't think the plan is "too idealistic", I think it's downright myopic, cynical and detrimental to any sort of "racial harmony" that oppositional types like to say is part of the 'change' agenda and the kind of racial nonsense Umno-BN has been peddling for decades. Can you imagine the fallout if this were a group of Chinese NGOs having a list of demands for the government?
The editorial warlocks over at Utusan Malaysia and the Perkasa thugs would be having epileptic fits and Umno would be leaping for joy at the unexpected windfall of actually being in the Pakatan position of doing nothing while their adversary shoot himself in the foot. Poor DAP, while their golden boy Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has to go out of his way to calm Malay nerves that nobody in his party would ever seek the highest office in the land, here we have Indians NGOs being satisfied with second best and worse of all a position given to them by their Malay masters.
It's funny, actually. Lim has to fend off allegations from a rival political party (MCA) that he is giving false hope to the Chinese community with regards to leading this country, all the while proving an extremely effective elected representative for the state he runs. Indians, or those claiming to represent them, on the other are so marginalised that they do not even pose a credible threat to the powers-that-be.
Yet another racial formula
Apparently the Niat booklet explains that the marginalisation of the Indian community was due to under representation in the government. Apparently two former prime ministers agree with this claim. Really?
I believe the Indians are marginalised because they continued to vote for inept corrupt leaders who bilked them with the sacred cows of religion and culture and an apathetic Indian middle-class who didn't give a damn about their community. All this set the stage of an eventual class conflict as expressed by the 'mandore' sentiments of Hindraf. (This opinion drew much flack when it first appeared in my 'The slaying of our sacred cows' piece)
And if the two former prime ministers thought that under representation was the cause of the marginalisation of the Indian community, why didn't they do anything to fix it? I mean if it was easy a putting a couple of token Indians in positions of power, which would in turn 'fix' the Indian problem, they why not do it?
The answer is simple. A marginalised and fractured Indian community served the interests of the ruling elite. The Umno racial formula and the complicity of the Indian 'mandores' ensured that the Indian vote bank would be bought over by short-term racialist gains. What this silly list of demands is attempting is another kind of racial formula. And why not? If anything, Chinese and Indian support of Pakatan is not really based on any egalitarian foundation but rather that their racialist expectations would be better served by an alliance which is not as corrupt and (here's the hilarious part) racist, as Umno.
Nobody in Pakatan (with a few exceptions) dares put forward the idea that a non-Malay could ever lead this country but Pakatan supporters make the appropriate noise when it comes to meritocracy and race blindness when it is politically expedient to do so. The usual justification is that the Malay community is the majority and only they can decide if and when it is palatable for a Malaysian regardless of his or her race to ascend by popular will to the highest office in the land. So don't rock the boat. The goal is to be led by a forward-thinking Malay and banish the hated BN from Putrajaya.
Yup, and once there, we can still play the same racial game with ideas of the sort espoused by Niat but coming from Pakatan no doubt it would be more palatable. And once this happens we will unfortunately once again, get the government we deserve. Ambiga praises this initiative as proposing solutions rather than a list of problems, but what if the solutions are as bad as the problems? How does having a Department of Minority Affairs and Development help minority communities here in Malaysia? Has the Women's Affairs Department helped women in Malaysia? Has the Orang Asli Department helped alleviate the problems faced by the indigenous peoples of this land?
I would argue that all these 'minority' departments have just added to the bureaucratic nightmare which is the Malaysian civil service and has become the breeding ground for the despised cronycrats. I was of course smirking at the suggestion that banning the sale of alcohol in convenience stores would help 'curb' alcoholism in the Indian community. Didn't PAS attempt this dance before? Interesting isn't it, how these religious types (and I'm assuming religious types of every flavour had their say in this list of demands) always resort to enforcing their value system on others instead of accepting the reality that when it comes to social ills like alcoholism, the aspect of personal responsibility should be front and centre of any effort to curb the problem.
Why not champion some of the more provocative ideas which have been out there for decades? Here are a few. Dismantle the federal bureaucracy which is there to provide employment for a specific racial group, which in turn nurtures as sense of entitlement within this section of the Malaysian polity. Dismantle the NEP (New Economic Policy) and institute a class-based affirmative action programme. Halt state/federal funding for vernacular/religious schools. Re-establish English as the medium of instruction in school, with Malay being a compulsory paper. Add Mandarin and Tamil to the compulsory list. Do away with the race-based quota system when it comes to educational opportunities.
Curb the powers of religious institutions, especially if they attempt through religious dogma to undermine the relationships between the diverse religious communities in the country. Concentrate on rural development as a means of raising the standard of living instead of viewing them as ignorant vote banks. These are just a few ideas that have been floating out there for decades and not solutions. Solutions come about if people are willing to consider these ideas as a basis for possible solutions that would lead us out of this racial quagmire we find ourselves in.
Perhaps if we vote for people who believe that these ideas are sound and that it should at least be attempted after decades of following our Pavlovian response to racial hot-button issues, maybe it would lead to a situation where the 'majority' has no hang-up as to who leads Malaysia. Maybe it would lead to a political climate where NGOs don't have to propose race-based solutions to problems caused by raced-based preoccupations in the first place.
If anything Niat secretary Arun Dorasamy (right), this is "too idealistic" and not your demands, which is merely playing the same race game repeatedly and hoping for a different outcome. Understand now, that both our ideas would no doubt draw flack from a certain section of the Malay community nurtured into believing that their very survival depends on the game being rigged in their favour. But the difference is that Niat's demands is in effect threshing away in racial quicksand worsening the situation while the ideas I'm highlighting are an attempt to grab a vine to pull us out of this mess.
The tragedy is this election is for the average Pakatan supporter, it is a choice between the lesser of two evils (as some too comfortably claim). Perhaps this is why Niat's suggestions would at the end of the day be implemented if Pakatan ever comes into power (even though it is mocked now) and the ideas I talked about would be consigned to the rubbish bin. Change is only meaningful if it involves sacrifice and nobody wants to rock the boat when the port of Putrajaya is within reach. Malaysiakini
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 06:30 AM PDT
"The ruling power is always faced with the question, 'In such and such circumstances, what would you do?', whereas the opposition is not obliged to take responsibility or make any real decisions." - George Orwell
COMMENT By now most readers would realise that Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin is my bête noire that I'm inexplicably fond of revisiting. The fact that he can string a sentence in English and maintain a conversation even though it's laced with the usual Umno venom puts him higher on the evolutionary scale than the usual racist pond scum that ooze about in Putrajaya. I guess if he passes off as intelligent in the current political scene then we as a nation are really in trouble. Check that.
It's election season so the dumb just keeps on coming. His latest strategic move against the opposition by way of his BN cybertroopers Youth Team - why is it every move Umno makes has a patina of Nazi chic in it? - is to claim that the alternative news portals are in fact biased against BN. Well duh? Of course they are biased. Okay, let's add a little nuance to my statement. Online news portals definitely give air time to 'opposition' personalities and why not since it's an untapped market considering the mainstream media gives nearly nothing or spins outrageously as contended by former National Union of Journalists president Hata Wahari, or more recently as shown by Utusan Malaysia, which can't seems to tell the difference between spinning and outright lying.
They don't bother censoring the gaffes that government types make. They sniff out controversial views or stories for the sake of publicity and most times if the mainstream media is viewed as propaganda organs, there's a faint trace of yellow in the way how online journalism is practiced. Online political pundits, most of them anyway, are partisan to the extreme, in favour of the opposition. Some of them make a side income of writing for the mainstream press but let's face facts; they really cut loose in the media which allows them the freedom to express themselves in all their partisan glory. Here in Malaysiakini, the political pundits section most times, it's one big echo chamber.
I have written about this sad state of affairs in my 'Press Gangs' piece but let's not kid ourselves; this is the way how Umno-BN set up the discourse. While Utusan is allowed to wreak havoc in the name of Umno supremacy and the rest of the mainstream press in the shackles of political interests, the alternative press has connections and is funded by a range of political and foreign interests that would surprise their subscriber base, it is the usual BN hypocrisy to play the victim in the saga of their eroding influence. The reason why the BN hate is concentrated online is because there is no place to air contrarian views in the mainstream press.
Show us the evidence
Khairy claims that his troopers are being censored. Two things. Firstly, now you know how it feels.
Secondly, as far as Malaysiakini is concerned, I find it difficult to believe that any online news organisations would censor BN cyber trollers for the simple reason that they attract more views. People love a good debate. I know for a fact that Malaysiakini have banned certain posters for various policy reasons but none solely because they were pro-BN. But I may be wrong. I make no claims as to how Malaysiakini works, only that they have never asked me to engage in self-censorship or attempted to restrict my criticisms against any political party. Khairy, why don't you give us a concrete example of where one of your boys or girls was discriminated against?
Khairy moans about the fact that the online world should be concerned about racial sensitivity and seditious remarks, but he has no problem when Umno propaganda organs spew the most virulent strains of racist rhetoric which would sound familiar in the Jim Crow South. Khairy just doesn't get it and I think he is in the same boat with a large section of the electorate. It is a good thing that Pakatan Rakyat is a three-headed beast but not for the reasons most Pakatan supporters believe. It has got nothing to do with diversity but everything to do with a clash of ideas. I suspect I have not been clear about this in my various Malaysiakini pieces.
For far too long, Malaysian racialist impulses have been buried beneath the iron grip of the Umno-BN imposed 'muhibbah' spirit. With Pakatan, the clash of racial and religious preoccupations is unfettered by any fear to submit to an authoritarian central power base. It's there for all to see. BN may attempt to gain some political mileage out of this but the nebulous spirit of 'change' or disgust of BN has too strong a grip. Take this M Manoharan (left) tweet fiasco. Buried under his rather stupid not to mention racist tweets were some rather provocative musings on the nature of how sports in this country is managed. What it brought out was (predictably) the worse in Pakatan supporters and nauseating displays of so-called patriotism by both BN and Pakatan.
(For the record as far as Chong Wei's achievement goes, I have always been partial to this May West quote "The score never interested me, only the game", and Chong Wei did play a damn good game in my opinion.) The fact that most people have ignored other stupid and honestly more damaging rhetoric emanating from Pakatan, or seem to be at ease with the way how Pakatan has handled the Islamic issue for instance, should tell Khairy that his strategy is not really working and that Umno's belief that the bonds binding the opposition aren't as tenuous as they believe. Racial sensitivity obviously isn't a deal breaker as this regime would have us believe.
What Khairy is missing is that the opposition is merely playing a defensive game with the occasional well-timed haymaker corruption 'allegations' which knock the wind out of Umno sails. Every time Umno goes on the offensive, like when Utusan screams that it is "haram" to support the DAP, all the opposition has to do is wait for the eventual fallout from Umno's own strategic blunders. It must be very confusing to the rank-and-file Umnoputras when Pakatan holds a press conference mocking the religious credentials of the prime minister when it comes to the question of hudud, seeing as how former prime ministers have demurred from the hudud option.
Incapable of change
It really doesn't matter if Khairy thinks that there's an impression out there that youths support the opposition. The reality is that a large section of the voting public does support the opposition and that their minds are made up. And since Umno seems incapable of changing, the opposition and its supporters have never really been challenged to offer an alternative to Umno beyond offering a corruption-free utopia while tiptoeing around the Islamic issue. How exactly we are going to get this corruption-free Utopia since the body of Pakatan is filled with the guts of Umno has never really been explored.
Pakatan supporters take it on faith all the while ignoring the profound implications of a welfare state (when we have something like Article 153 in our constitution) that the Erdogans of PAS keep bandying about when they are not quibbling about the desire for an Islamic state by the hardliners. The unanswered questions are numerous. Former CID director and newly-minted PAS member Fauzi Shaari (right) accurately describes one part of the problem of the subservience of the police force but ignores the deeper racial implications of the indoctrination that starts very early on and the racially-charged nexus between Chinese-dominated big business and Malay-dominated governmental corruption that seeps into the corridors of police power.
How Pakatan is going to handle something like this all the while introducing an element of meritocracy into a system predicated by racial preoccupations has never really been fully explored. A smart opponent would use this but as it is, Umno-BN is corruptly mired in their own power plays and failed policies. As I have said before, I think the power-sharing racial formula is an odious concept but so far Pakatan has been doing a damn good job in giving the impression that it would redefine the concept when they get into a position of federal power. BN on the other hand, the alliance that should be doing the redefining if it wants to legitimately stay in power, is just wallowing in its own racialist filth.
The day will come when by attrition or maybe just plain luck, BN is replaced and what we would be left with is a ruling power without a credible opposition. Only this time, unlike the stupid thinking of the past of a voter base that willingly smoked the BN crack pipe and mocked the opposition, it would be true because a vanquished BN has offered no evidence that it would make a credible opposition. This is your problem, Khairy, and not that the alternative media is censoring you or saying hurtful things about the regime you represent.
Of course, all this is beyond Khairy or even the ordinary disaffected voter. The march to defend or take over Putrajaya is all that matters. The inconvenient truth is that big dreams often amount to nothing more than pipe dreams if effort isn't put into realising them. And I guess that's my Merdeka slogan. Malaysiakini
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 06:00 AM PDT
"Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here." - Eleanor Roosevelt
COMMENT As someone who is despised by Hindraf supporters or rather their online cultists (Pakatan Rakyat too have their kool aid drinkers), it's uncanny how I have the ability to articulate the general drift of Hindraf's various attempts at dealing with those who have power and those who want to claim it. Hindraf leader P Waythamoorthy's strategy (which seems to be in direct opposition of elder brother Uthayakumar's) of dealing with BN and Pakatan for the betterment of a certain class of Indian Malaysians, is something I have written about in my various Hindraf pieces.
I wrote that one possible strategy for Hindraf was to discover which coalition gave them the best deal when it came to the voting block they claimed to represent. At first glance, this seems like running with the hare and hunting with the hounds and no doubt the extreme mercenary nature of this proposition puts whichever class Hindraf claims to represent as being either racists opportunist or shiftless wastrels always on the lookout for handouts from groups in power. But as I argued in countless other pieces, we are still playing a race game and the only difference between Hindraf and the other players is that Hindraf is displaying their race cards for all to see.
So, while the comment section of Malaysiakini is littered with Pakatan partisans who have no problem with the championing of Chinese rights (sic) with regards to education and the systemic discrimination the (Chinese) community faces, all done under the guise of multiculturalism, these same defenders of 'human rights' bristle at the gumption of Hindraf for doing the same for the Indian poor. Of course, Hindraf does itself no favours. Visit the Human Rights Party website and you'll discover everyone except Indians are racists. Indians who do not agree with them are 'mandores' or 'mandorinis'. All this is beside the point and I'm just going over old ground.
Waythamoorthy's (right) drama-filled return and subsequent refinement of strategy has earned him the scorn of some within Hindraf who see him as a pretender to the throne, and of course some Pakatan supporters who see him as some sort of Umno stooge. Just like when Uthayakumar declared he would stand for election against Pakatan, there was the usual deluge of rumours that he was bought over by Umno.
What I find hilarious is that the idea of non-partisanship seems anathema to certain Pakatan supporters. If an organisation is willing to work with the federal government, then the said organisations are Umno stooges. Don't get me wrong, I am aware that Malaysia is filled with proxy Umno NGOs that are there as the unofficial voices of Umno or BN but who claim non-partisanship. However, just as there are many groups which claim non-partisanship thar are aligned with Umno-BN, there are many groups claiming the same but aligned with Pakatan.
I'm of the opinion that a group like Hindraf works best as an advocacy group instead of a political party. When you are focusing on communal issue affecting a particular racial group, you cannot attempt the moral high ground and claim that you are fighting for the rights of all Malaysians regardless of race or that getting what your community wants will benefit the all Malaysians. This is the problem with a political entity like the Human Rights Party. Nobody takes its or Hindraf's claims that it is fighting for the rights of all Malaysians seriously. Nothing in its rhetoric suggests this.
However, when it comes to Waythamoorthy's plan of dealing with BN or Pakatan, each comes with its own specific set of problems. Waythamoorthy's belief that PM Najib Razak regime's handing out of goodies to Indians is indicative of the administration's acknowledgment of the problems facing the Indian community is rather bizarre. Firstly, the regime has been handing out goodies to all and sundry in a desperate attempt to garner votes. The whole 1Malaysia scheme in its various guises is merely state sanctioned bribery which the average citizen laps up, but which would not make a difference to hardcore Pakatan supporters. Take the money (goody) and vote Pakatan, as they say.
Secondly, what exactly has Umno-BN done with regards to the issues raised by Hindraf to demonstrate that they are acting in good faith? The plight of marginalised communities, be they Indians, Orang Asli, Malays or Chinese, is the last item on the reform agenda. Specific voting blocks are targeted, Felda settlers, civil/military personnel, the urban poor, etc, in the hopes of bolstering ground-level support but the reality is the large masses of economically deprived, no matter which race, are left out of the equation.
Hindraf's reversal of fortune
Is Pakatan any better? Waythamoorthy asks Pakatan to engage in a little introspection. I suggest the same to Hindraf. If 50 percent of the Indian vote has shifted back to BN as Waythamoorthy suggests, the question I think should be asked by Hindraf is, is this a good thing? Was Pakatan so derelict in its duties that the Indian votes would be better spent in BN, who have been derelict in their obligations for the past 50 years? In other words, has the BN changed so drastically in the past four years that it would be better for Indians to vote BN?
Waythaymoorthy says that it's not his duty to "control people's minds" but he had no problem during the last elections asking people to vote Pakatan and now asking them to vote for either alliance if they help solve the "problems of the poor and underclass". It's all a bit strange. Either concede that solving the problem of the Indian poor means influencing the Indian vote or take the stance of total non-participation in the voting process as far as Hindraf is concerned and remain true to its non-partisan ethos.
But the most important questions, Hindraf need to ask itself, is why its fortunes has changed so much since the 2008 tsunami? Where once Hindraf was held in high esteem by most Malaysians and by a large section of the Indian voting public, it is now a fringe group involved in its own petty infighting. What happened? Is its reversal of fortune because Malaysians are racists? Are all the Indians who don't support Hindraf 'mandores' or 'mandorinis'? Is everyone wrong and against human rights except Hindraf?
If the various race-based political parties that make up Pakatan can ride the multiracial winds to satisfy their agendas, why can't Hindraf, which claims to represent all Malaysians?
At the end of the day, playing the race card is a no-win situation. Even if Hindraf get everything it wants from whoever is in power it would be based on a race criteria and would be wholly dependent on the whims of the ruling parties. In effect, what Hindraf or any race-based party which advocates any kind of racialism would create is a permanent mandore-class subservient to whatever racial formula which is in play at the moment. This, of course, does not mean that I think there is no place for advocacy groups highlighting the grievances of particular communities but rather I believe that there must be a point where race-based considerations are absorbed into a wider class-based approach. For all my criticism of Pakatan, I believe that they at least are attempting something like this.
As it is, the Indian community is far too small to make grand sweeping changes to the political reality of Malaysia but what it is in a position to do (if the community is united) is to tip the scales in way that makes it possible for those grand changes to be made on the communities' behalf which would benefit every Malaysian. Never mind the revisionist history of some Pakatan bigots that belittle the contribution of Hindraf to the 2008 tsunami, what right-thinking Malaysians must be cognisant of is that there has never been such a radical mainstream movement like Hindraf capable of influencing the future of this country.
What it needs to do now is get its act together.
Writer's note: Ranjit Singh correctly draws attention to the fact that in all my articles about Hindraf, I have not directed readers to Hindraf.org, which is the party website. Anyone interested in getting a better understanding of Hindraf should also visit that website. I'll end with this rejoinder from Albert Camus whom we are both obviously familiar with: "If absolute truth belongs to anyone in this world, it certainly does not belong to the man or party that claims to possess it." Malaysiakini
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 08:01 AM PDT
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 04:30 AM PDT
According to Wikipedia, Drauzio Varella, MD, (b. January 1, 1943 in São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian physician, educator, scientist and noted medical science popularizer in the press and TV, as well as best-selling author. In addition to medicine, Varella is noted as a public commentator on issues such as prison conditions, social welfare, government, literature and his professed atheism and skepticism.
Varella came from a family of Portuguese and Spanish descent from São Paulo. He studied medicine at the Medical School of the University of São Paulo. While a student, he was one of the founders of a pre-med preparatory course with João Carlos di Genio and other colleagues, and where he taught chemistry for several years. This course later became the larger private educational system in Brazil, the Universidade Paulista and the Sistema Objetivo. Varella has won the prestigious Prêmio Jabuti literary award.
After graduation, he specialized in infectious diseases with Prof. Vicente Amato Neto, at the University of São Paulo and at the Hospital do Servidor Público de São Paulo. This work led him to develop an interest in immunology and in the last 20 years he worked at the Hospital do Câncer of São Paulo, specializing in oncology.
As a medical professor, he works at Universidade Paulista, but has taught also in several other institutions in Brazil and abroad, such as the New York Memorial Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Karolinska Institute, University of Hiroshima and the National Cancer Institute of Japan. One of his main fields of works has been AIDS, specially the treatment of Kaposi's sarcoma. He has had an active role in prevention and educational campaigns about AIDS, being the first one to have a radio program on the subject. From 1989 to 2001 he volunteered to work as an unpaid physician in one of the largest jails of Brazil, the Carandiru, in order to tackle the fearsome AIDS epidemics raging among male inmates. As a result of this experience, he wrote a best-seller book describing the harrowing life of the inmates, which later became a movie picture (Carandiru, directed by Hector Babenco), both winning accolades from the public and specialised national and international critics.
As the chairman of a cancer research institute at UNIP, Dr. Varella presently heads a research program on the potential of Brazilian Amazon medicinal plants for treating neoplasms and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This research is supported by the São Paulo Research Support Foundation. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.
I read about him today because Angela sent me the following write-up.
The Art of Being Well by Dr. Dráuzio Varella
If you don't want to be ill.... Speak your feelings.
Emotions and feelings that are hidden, repressed, end in illnesses as: gastritis, ulcer, lumbar pains, spinal. With time, the repression of the feelings degenerates to the cancer. Then, we go to a confidante, to share our intimacy, our "secret", our errors! The dialogue, the speech, the word, is a powerful remedy and an excellent therapy!
If you don't want to be ill...Make Decisions.
The undecided person remains in doubt, in anxiety, in anguish. Indecision accumulates problems, worries and aggressions. Human history is made of decisions. To decide is precisely to know to renounce, to know to lose advantages and values to win others. The undecided people are victims of gastric ailments, nervous pains and problems of the skin.
If you don't want to be ill...Find Solutions.
Negative people do not find solutions and they enlarge problems. They prefer lamentation, gossip, pessimism. It is better to light a match that to regret the darkness. A bee is small, but produces one of the sweetest things that exist. We are what we think. The negative thought generates negative energy that is transformed into illness.
If you don't want to be ill...Don't Live By Appearances.
Who hides reality, pretends, poses and always wants to give the impression of being well. He wants to be seen as perfect, easy-going, etc. but is accumulating tons of weight. A bronze statue with feet of clay. There is nothing worse for the health than to live on appearances and facades. These are people with a lot of varnish and little root. Their destiny is the pharmacy, the hospital and pain.
If you don't want to be ill...Accept.
The refusal of acceptance and the absence of self-esteem, make us alienate ourselves. Being at one with ourselves is the core of a healthy life. They who do not accept this, become envious, jealous, imitators, ultra-competitive, destructive. Be accepted, accept that you are accepted, accept the criticisms. It is wisdom, good sense and therapy.
If you don't want to be ill...Trust.
Who does not trust, does not communicate, is not opened, is not related, does not create deep and stable relations, does not know to do true friendships. Without confidence, there is not relationship. Distrust is a lack of faith in you and in faith itself.
Good humor. Laughter. Rest. Happiness. These replenish health and bring long life.
The happy person has the gift to improve the environment wherever they live. "Good humor saves us from the hands of the doctor". Happiness is health and therapy.
-Written by by Dr. Dráuzio Varella-
Pass this on to your friends. May you live well and happily. Thanks to Angela who sent me Dr. Drauzio's write-up.
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 02:48 AM PDT
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Posted: 15 Aug 2012 02:36 AM PDT
After the various investigations, all of you should have clearly known the details of the atrocities committed by Separatist RNDP led by Dr. Aye Maung in Rakhine Riots.
If you fail to arrest and take action on those 'War crime Criminals from RNDP, who committed 'Crimes against Humanity', you all could be held guilty with abetting and concealing the crimes, according to International and Myanmar Criminal Laws.
Hmu Zaw is also guilty with the spreading of the false news of fully armed Bengali illegal invasion even with Rocket Launchers, wrongly painting the issue as "Threatening the National Security", which effectively incite hatred on Rohingyas and flamed the unnecessary 'Ultra-Nationalist Spirit', and effectively "Forcing all the Myanmar citizens" to stand against Bengalis, Rohingyas and then later extended to all the Myanmar Muslims.
Actually Hmu Zaw should start to post about the Human Rights, citizens' rights, Equal Rights, campaign to stop Hate Speeches, name calling etc. As the so called democrats are attacking the government and all the Muslims of Myanmar, if Hmu Zaw and government could started to do according to our beloved President U Thein Sein, the whole world including all the Muslims from Myanmar and the world would firmly support and stand with the present government.
(Proof of Hmu Zaw's wrong postings in FB could be seen in the interview of the President with VOA where U Thein Sein declared that there is no infiltrators or no new migrants but the descendants of brought in before 1948 with the tremendous population increase from them.)
Command responsibility, sometimes referred to as the Yamashita standard or the Medina standard, and also known as superior responsibility, is the doctrine of hierarchical accountability in cases of war crimes.
The doctrine of "command responsibility" was established by the Hague Conventions IV (1907) and X (1907) and applied for the first time by the German Supreme Court in Leipzig after World War I, in the 1921 trial of Emil Muller.
The "Yamashita standard" is based upon the precedent set by the United States Supreme Court in the case of Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita. He was prosecuted in 1945, in a still controversial trial, for atrocities committed by troops under his command in the Philippines. Yamashita was charged with "unlawfully disregarding and failing to discharge his duty as a commander to control the acts of members of his command by permitting them to commit war crimes."
The "Medina standard" is based upon the 1971 prosecution of US Army Captain Ernest Medina in connection with the My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War. It holds that a commanding officer, being aware of a human rights violation or a war crime, will be held criminally liable when he does not take action.
Please kindly continue to read all here @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Command_responsibility
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 02:15 AM PDT
It was on April 3, 1965 that Paul Harvey, ABC radio commentator, delivered his piece called "If I were the devil". Naturally, the strongly worded piece bothered and flustered the conscience of the radio audience in the United States.
Paul Harvey started his broadcasting career in 1944 in Chicago. He had a strong fan base because of his insightful, in-depth feature stories. In the '50s, Harvey befriended FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who shared his perspective of life. Paul Harvey also befriended Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who became famous for his witch-hunting of suspected communists in the '60s. It is no surprise to learn that Paul Harvey was a close friend of Rev. Billy Graham, the famous American evangelist.
Interestingly, Paul Harvey's radio programme featured a segment called "The Rest of the Story" where he spun fascinating stories which intrigued his listeners. Undoubtedly, his innocuous voice and articulate delivery engaged listeners like no other could. Apparently, he would sign off dramatically, by saying out his name, and then a long suspenseful pause would follow after which he would give a snappy "good day!" You can listen to it when you watch the YouTube clip of the original programme posted at the end of this post.
There are a few versions of his diatribe and I am posting the original 1964 piece.
If I Were The Devil by Paul Harvey
"If I were the devil… If I were the Prince of Darkness, I'd want to engulf the whole world in darkness.
And I'd have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population.
But I wouldn't be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree—Thee.
So I'd set about however necessary to take over the United States.
I'd subvert the churches first—I'd begin with a campaign of whispers.
With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: 'Do as you please.'
To the young, I would whisper that 'The Bible is a myth.'
I would convince them that man created God, instead of the other way around.
I would confide that what's bad is good, and what's good is 'square.' And the old, I would teach to pray, after me, 'Our Father, which art in Washington…'
And then I'd get organized. I'd educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting.
I'd threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa.
I'd peddle narcotics to whom I could. I'd sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I'd tranquilize the rest with pills.
If I were the devil, I'd soon have families at war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, and nations at war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed.
Fanning the flames
"And with promises of higher ratings, I'd have mesmerizing media fanning the flames.
If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions—just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you'd have to have drug-sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.
Within a decade, I'd have prisons overflowing.
I'd have judges promoting pornography—soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress.
And in His own churches, I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify science.
I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money.
If I were the devil, I'd make the symbols of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.
If I were the devil, I'd take from those who have and give to those wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.
And what do you bet? I could get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich!
I would caution against extremes and hard work, in Patriotism, in moral conduct.
I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on TV is the way to be.
And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure.
In other words, if I were the devil, I'd just keep right on doing on what he's doing.
Paul Harvey. Good day."
Ironically, Paul Harvey's diatribe only became popular in 1999. Snopes has done a very good write-up about it and you can read it HERE.
Spine-chilling to say the least!
Paul Harvey died at age 92 in 2008. To think that forty-eight years ago, he delivered such prophetic words. Is it any wonder that some regard him as the modern-day Nostradamus?
*Thanks to Angela who sent me the 1999 version that intrigued me so much that I spent many hours reading about his life.
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 04:16 AM PDT
PAS sedang bersiap sedia untuk menerima kemasukan beberapa pemimpin Sabah ke dalam parti selepas sambutan Hari Raya tidak lama lagi.
Mengumumkan persediaan parti untuk perhimpunan 5000 orang di sini pada 1 Sept nanti, Ketua Pemuda PAS Sabah, Lahirul Latigu berkata Mursyidul Am merangkap Menteri Besar Kelantan Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat akan menerima kemasukan pemimpin-pemimpin tersebut pada majlis itu.
"Tok Guru (Nik Aziz) akan mengumumkan nama-nama beberapa pemimpin Sabah yang akan menyertai PAS. Beliau akan mengumumkan nama-nama pada perhimpunan khas pada 1 Sept.
"Perhimpunan khas dipanggil Himpunan Hijau ke Putrajaya dan akan turut dihadiri oleh pemimpin-pemimpin PAS Pusat, termasuk Presiden TG Abdul Hadi Awang, Timbalan Presiden Mohamad Sabu, naib presiden dan ahli jawatankuasa," kata Lahirul.
Juga dijangka hadir ialah Ketua Pemuda PAS, Nasruddin Hassan Tantawi, Timbalan Ketua Nik Abduh dan Naib Ketua Pemuda, Dr Raja Ahmad Al-Hiss.
Ini merupakan kali pertama PAS Sabah akan mengadakan satu acara secara besar-besaran.
Menurut Lahirul, acara ini juga disambut dengan semangat kemerdekaan dan memperingati serta menjulang 49 tahun kemerdekaan Sabah".
Sabah telah menjadi pusat tumpuan misi Pakatan Rakyat untuk menawan Putrajaya.
Ketua Umum Pakatan Rakyat Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim telah berjaya menarik Ahli Parlimen di negeri ini, meminta mereka untuk tinggalkan BN dan berdiri sebagai calon bebas atau di bawah panji-panji Pakatan.
Menurut Anwar, apa yang penting ialah bahawa mereka menyokong agenda Pakatan.
Ramai Lagi Yang Akan Tinggalkan BN
Dua ahli parlimen BN telah pun melompat parti - Lajim Ukin (Beaufort) dan Wilfred Bumburing (Tuaran). Pada hari Ahad lepas, Naib Presiden UPKO Senator Maijol Mahap juga mengisytiharkan sokongan untuk Anwar.
Semalam, Lajim mendakwa bahawa tiga lagi ahli parlimen dari BN akan ikut serta menyeberang ke Pakatan Rakyat selepas Hari Raya.
"Ini bukan spekulasi atau khabar angin tetapi sesuatu yang benar. Walau bagaimanapun, kami tidak akan mendedahkan nama-nama mereka.
"Mereka akan mengumumkan peletakan jawatan mereka daripada parti dan menyokong Pakatan secara berperingkat-peringkat dari selepas Hari Raya sehingga pembubaran Parlimen," katanya kepada Keadilan Daily.
Beliau juga mendakwa bahawa 18 daripada 35 ahli jawatankuasa Umno Bahagian Beaufort telah meletak jawatan dan menyertai Pakatan Perubahan Sabah (PPS), yang merupakan sekutu Pakatan.
"Beberapa lebih ketua-ketua cawangan Umno di Sabah, bekas ahli parlimen dan pemimpin yang telah dilantik sebagai menteri juga akan meninggalkan parti itu.
"Pengumuman akan dibuat pada masa yang sesuai," katanya. -FMT/Terjemahan bebas: GB
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 12:31 AM PDT
ANWAR'S HIGHFALUTIN CIRCUS
THIS is a piece written by the NST training editor published today. I find it a good read. Simple yet loaded. And yes, very relevant to the increasingly hot political atmosphere, not the least in Sabah.
Having been in the arena myself for quite a while now, since 2001 to be exact, I am of the opinion that our every action today must be based on our past experience, guided by our destination. And pardon my being parochial, or even communal, but now is time for my fellow minority bumiputra to be pragmatic and realistic. I am still in Upko. And the ruling government...
By AZMI ANSHAR
DATUK Seri Anwar Ibrahim has always tried to make himself bigger than anything earthly -- bigger than Parti Keadilan Rakyat, the party he founded, and even bigger than Pakatan Rakyat, the axis in which PKR fraternises with the DAP and Pas to challenge the Barisan Nasional's political supremacy.
It seems that all political machinations and hubris that the Opposition and de facto PKR leader initiated, engaged in or supported inevitably revolves only around his political relevancy and longevity.
Anyone charmed to do Anwar's bidding would bitterly find out later that they were nothing but political collateral.
After his meteoric ascension to the deputy Umno presidency in 1993, Anwar made the mistake of thinking he was bigger than Umno, that he was the "special one" -- able to "walk on water", troubleshoot problems and rally the masses despite exposing his character flaws that eventually could not be protected anymore.
Umno didn't think much of his halo: they sacked him in 1998 for misconduct but until this day, Anwar cannot shrug off that mentality of making himself bigger than what he really is -- a desperate politician helming a troubled ship steadily hurtling to nowhere.
Axis partners endure Anwar's antics as they privately wince at his narcissistic bent on making the news -- good or bad -- to be all about him.
Consternation aside, Anwar's value as the key interceder to smoothen structural disagreements between DAP and Pas, especially their recurring quarrels on hudud, is the reason why his chicanery is tolerated.
The latest Anwar outing is fishing for politicians, Sabahans Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin and Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing in particular, out of Umno amidst their laughable poseurs of idealism for some short-term gains offered by Anwar.
That stated, Lajim and Bumburing's departure was received with relief by BN, the duo's negligible roles restricted to Sabah's "cowboy town politics".
That's why Anwar tries hard to turn the departures into a national circus where he can play ringmaster to an enthralled crowd ready to buy tickets to his gaudy show of seeing him elevated as prime minister.
Anwar's dream though of grabbing the premiership is already an ordeal: for the opposition that hope to improve their status in the general election, for the BN government forced to fight tenuous firestorms detonated by Anwar; and for himself after deluded into thinking that the majority of Malaysians are still spellbound by his waning ideas.
This coaxing of politicians to abandon ship is déjà vu typical of Anwar's waning ideas, more so when he thinks that the love is missing, that he has to dip into his veritable bag of clichés -- tricks once useful to deceive the public, but now pitiful.
There are too many clichéd tricks that Anwar deployed in the 14 years since his sensational sacking under an embarrassing cloud of still reverberating revelations but one stands out for relevance: Anwar's hoary proclamation that on Sept 16, 2008, six months after the opposition's huge electoral gains, the Federal Government would topple due to the so-called defections of BN members of parliament, including those from Sabah. Or not.
You should have witnessed Anwar then: he was fuelled by excessive smugness and undrinkable moralistic fervour, poking easy holes into a then tottering administration that just lost five states and the two-thirds parliamentary majority.
Yet, Sept 16 came and no one defected, at least not on the massive scale brazenly touted by Anwar. As much as Sabah politics is unpredictable, unwieldy and satiated with "warlordism", they still respect their BN brethren too much to rock the boat. That respect is still holding.
There was a time when Anwar's double dealing was so overbearing that the DAP stalwart Karpal Singh went postal, decrying Anwar's party hopping complot with this eye-popping rant, "Anwar Ibrahim must repent for his action, and Pakatan Rakyat should look for a new leader and not one that promotes party hopping".
Can we expect Karpal to launch another honourable, albeit dramatic, rant against Anwar's latest spectacle? Karpal could and he should. Everyone else within the DAP or Pas is either cheerleading or dare not wrinkle the Pakatan fabric.After all, to rebuke Anwar for his highfalutin circus is to degrade the fragile glue bonding the precarious Pakatan Rakyat axis. New Straits Times
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 12:21 AM PDT
Affiliate marketing is one of the most effective and powerful ways of earning some money online. This program gives everybody a chance to make a profit through the Internet. Since these affiliate marketing programs are easy to join, implement and pays a commission on a regular basis, more an more people are now willing in this business. However, like all businesses, there are lots of pitfalls
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 12:19 AM PDT
Just recently, a man who was very well acquainted with Vince Gironda contacted me. He told me some stories about the old "Iron Guru" I had not heard before. It got me thinking about Vince. Back when I first started bodybuilding I bought all of Vince's courses. I read every article he wrote for MuscleMag International, too. That cantankerous old guy was way ahead of his time! He really knew all
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 12:19 AM PDT
Is your morning coffee an ok option on your healthy eating plan? If coffee really bad for you or is it actually good? I get these questions about coffee and health all the time and as a coffee drinker myself, it is smart to take a look at both the good and the bad. Now, I'm not here to tell you that coffee is good for you. If I did, I would be telling only the good side of the story and I'm
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 12:11 AM PDT
I'm gearing up to head home for the holidays. Most of my family and friends think I'm nuts to leave California where it has been averaging about 75degrees for Toronto where it has been averaging -10Celcius (about 14degreesF). I'm never one to do something without seriously mulling it over and weighing all my options first. Going home has a few tremendous benefits for me and I will
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 12:11 AM PDT
What is Eczema? Eczema is a skin condition commonly known as dermatitis which can result in dry flaky skin which can be itchy and feel hot. This sensation often leads to vigorous itching which in turn can damage the skin. The word Eczema comes from the Greek words that mean "to boil over". The word Dermatitis comes from the Greek word for skin. Both words refer to the same condition though.
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