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Posted: 09 Nov 2012 09:41 AM PST
by now i guess many of you knew about the so called controversy nurl izzah got herself into, after her talk at the islamic state forum. her video can be viewed here. as a result of her talk and (so called) controversy, someone by the name of steve oh wrote a letter to malaysiakini. i had read steve oh's writings before many times and he writes very well indeed. if not mistaken, i had already notice his name many years back when he was writing to either sang kancil or beritamalaysia (newsgroup, of which i were in). well, as a result of his letter, believe it or not, 15 policemen swooped in to malaysiakini office! hmm… why eh? i believe it is because steve spoke the truth!! what he wrote, were what most of us felt too. thus, i feel compel to reproduce his letter in full here, though you can go to the link and read.
The Malaysiakini report on Nurul Izzah Anwar's statement that there should be no compulsion in religion even for Malays is a watershed idea for the nation.
This poignant truth surpasses even the remarkable observation made by former Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on the country's "first rate infrastructure and third world mentality."
It shows that Malaysian leaders know what's wrong with their country but do they have the moral courage and political capability to right the wrongs?
I am sure Nurul Izzah and her political coalition will win many votes if she makes her suggestion a key policy in their political manifesto.
It will bring Malaysia in line with contemporary values of human rights because the Malays are still a bonded people, controlled by all sorts of rules and regulations that exempt other Malaysians.
This one-nation two-system method of governance is retrograde and reason why despite all the high-sounding political slogans about 1Malaysia, real unity remains elusive.
Control is a double-edged sword and the government has done harm to the image of Islam because to non-Muslims the double standards it practises in propagating Islam while restricting other religions, shows Muslims as weak in their beliefs and need cocooning from the world.
The Malay mind thus becomes like a licensed mind because the government and its religious authorities decide what they can and cannot believe and do.
For example, they cannot marry a non-Muslim without having their intended spouse convert to Islam. Such a practice is not seen in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country.
We have also seen Lina Joy, a Malay who had converted to Christianity, unable to have her conversion recognised. I know of others in similar circumstances who have faced persecution and Operation Lallang in 1987 saw several Malays unfairly jailed and beaten while in custody.
The politicians are not concerned about the welfare of the Malays or Islam but their political control over the Malays so that they can keep them as a fixed deposit.
With political control, the corrupt politicians are then able to plunder the nation and prove they are the real enemies of Islam, and fortunately more Malays are seeing the truth.
You only need to meet a Singaporean Malay to observe how myopic Malaysian Malays appear in comparison.
It seems pointless to send Malays on government scholarships to obtain PhDs in various fields when the Malay mind is still like the proverbial frog's under a tempurung (coconut shell).
Thus such a Malay mind is a closeted mind and this is often reflected in the sorts of ridiculous ideas we often hear or read about in the media when those sorts of leaders open their mouths and give us a peek into their minds.
Did not one even ludicrously suggest to vote for the DAP is a sin?
Sometime in the early 80s, I wrote a letter with a similar view as Nurul Izzah's that was published in the New Straits Times.
I opined that the Malays have a right to be exposed to various ideas including different religions and I still believe that when the Malay mind is liberated from government control, then the country may soon see the enlightenment that Anwar Ibrahim wrote about in his book 'The Asian Renaissance'.
Malays are not inferior to the Chinese or anyone but after 55 years of feudalistic control by their political overlords, the system of political largesse has resulted in a government-sanctioned policy of treating Malays as inferior and needing special treatment and the government continues to labour this perception.
States that practise religious or ideological control over citizens are like the communists that dictated what the people should believe. They failed miserably and their capitalism today can only succeed when the human spirit is free to soar.
We are told Malay graduates fare poorly in the queue for jobs in the private sector and the finger can be pointed at the government's failed policy of racial segregation and producing what the employers consider an inferior product.
Until meritocracy is practised the Malays will continue to suffer a bad image.
When we were in school the Malays in our class were always among the top students and ours was a top school in the country. But because of the government's subsequent policy of racial discrimination, sadly our alma mater has lost its former glory.
Today religion and ideology-repressed states are failed states and even China, the remaining major bastion of communism, no longer practises thought control and freedom of faith is upheld albeit religious persecution still happens within certain places.
Malaysians have seen that rapid Islamisation and religious zeal by the authorities have not produced a society that reflects the high moral values that Islam and all religions advocate.
Instead in Malaysia we see Muslims act against the teachings of their religion and even so-called religious leaders have allowed themselves to be used as political tools in a political agenda at the expense of Islam.
Is that not why corruption is rife and many Muslims are culpable of all sorts of crimes even the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, linked to the incumbent political leadership?
The religion of force has not produced true believers and no matter what the religion, it becomes diluted and delusional when its adherents become nominal and have to play hypocrite to avoid persecution.
Even the enigmatic Dr Mahathir Mohamad had to concede that his Muslim brothers and sisters conform more to form than substance but his half-truths overlook that it was due to his Islamisation and failure to right the wrongs after 22 long years in the driver's seat, that is largely to blame.
If anything is deficient in the Malay mind blame it on a government that has fed the disease, not cure it.
Not long ago a Malay friend of mine died and was buried a Muslim though I know he had since stopped being a Muslim and was a strong follower of a strange foreign cult and he had not been tacit about his real beliefs and even tried to convert me.
Is it so difficult for those who claim they believe in the true religion to accept the hard truth? Is form more important than substance and face-saving more important than honouring the truth?
Pseudo-believers can be found in any religion and that is why no religion that takes its own teachings seriously advocates coercion though all religions have spread through proselytisation.
When religionists confuse submission with subscription they lose the plot. Forcing someone to submit to something is different from seeing someone subscribe to something out of willingness and conviction.
It results in the sort of silly actions by teachers who whip students for not obeying their enforced Islamic zeal in schools.
The forcing of non-Muslims to convert to Islam when they marry Muslims only creates a class of nominal Muslims.
The same can be said of forcing those who are born into Muslim families to be Muslims. Malays therefore are like 'religious slaves' if I may use the analogy.
They are born into religious and ideological bondage. They are often fed lies about other religions. Reading what some of their books describe of subjects that I know intimately is like reading horror fiction.
So when I hear enlightened Muslims like Nurul Izzah talk sense, I feel there is hope for the truth to be vindicated.
Anyone who is not free to think for himself or herself and has the freedom to adopt the religion of personal conscience and conviction is still a slave in reality. For this reason, religion becomes a farce.
Can anyone afford to entrust his or her eternal future to any political party?
It is reason why those Muslims who go to mosque every Friday and pray five times a day and fast at Ramadan still think it is okay to accept bribes in their jobs because it has been the practice for so long.
They are no different from the prostitute who has a shrine of Kuan Yin in her room while engaged in a sinful business.
The same hypocrisy can also be found among the practitioners of other religions because nominalism and hypocrisy go hand in hand and produce spiritual blindness and intellectual darkness.
Is that not why we find so many Muslims in high office guilty of corruption and sexual misconduct, not unlike those who do not believe in God or consider themselves religious?
At least the latter unlike the former are acting out their beliefs and can't be called hypocrites. Sometimes I respect the atheist more than the religious hypocrite. Nevertheless, God tells us the fool believes there is no God.
The liberation of the Malay mind will not only enhance the quality of Muslim faith but also enrich the Malay race as a people and community.
The government has been hypocritical in preaching about diversity but practising a system of racial and religious discrimination.
Add to it a policy of keeping the Malays in religious bondage and you have the ingredients for an incendiary society that can be ignited by the political conspirators as we saw in May 13, 1969.
Only this time we have bright and enlightened Malays who prevent history repeating itself.
I don't see the Chinese hung up about their religious and political diversity. The fact a Malay is defined as a follower of Islam defies logic, natural justice, and the fact race is not synonymous with religion. So were the pre-Muslim Hindu Malays not real Malays?
The doctrine of Ketuanan Melayu is really a misguided idea of nationalism, a subversion against nationhood, a political ploy and an idea bound to fail because it has no moral authority in contemporary society.
You cannot believe that European colonialism is morally repugnant when you replace it with your own local variety.
Fifty-five years of political feudalism as we have seen in Malaysia is enough for Malaysians to realise until they discard the status quo, they will never see radical change and remarkable progress as we see in Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
Even Indonesia is outpacing Malaysia in its democratisation and economic progress.
The sooner the political cocoon is discarded the quicker we will see the Malay emerge as a beautiful butterfly instead of remaining in the suspended stranglehold of political ugliness.
There are many emancipated Malay minds and the hope of the Malays lies in their intellectual leadership, not those who exploit race and religion to advance their own perverted, selfish and greedy interests and still speak the language of deceit.
It is time Malaysians reject the idea that the government is the licensing board for intellectual freedom.
The Malays have to emancipate themselves and it is young leaders like Nurul Izzah who offer hope for them.
The archaic ideas and ways of the old political guard that has controlled the country for so long, is out of sync with the times and aspirations of contemporary Malaysians.
It is the corrupting ways of the old guard that is why Malaysia is unable to make real progress and falling further behind Singapore, because while Malaysia protects its corrupt police and politicians, Singapore prosecutes them, and they don't even have to factor in religion to act righteously.
We only need to look across the Causeway to realise that an honest and sincere respect for others is the way to build a successful nation.
It gave me great joy to listen to the public announcement in Tamil as I alighted from a train in Singapore's MRT station.
Singapore has no hang-ups about its colonial past or that promoting Malay, Tamil, English and even Japanese is less nationalistic among its majority Chinese leaders.
What is wrong with Malaysia begins in the Malay mindset because they control the government and its machinery.
It has affected even non-Malay minds of certain MCA and MIC leaders who have sold out their own people for the same reasons the Malay leaders have sold out theirs.
Watching them shadow box with their Umno comrades while their constituencies continue to suffer serious injustices gives credence to the notion of the Ugly Chinaman and the Ugly Indiaman.
They need to prove to the majority race that they can be relied on to put their own people in their place as long as they are recipients of political largesse.
Nurul Izzah offers hope for the nation because she thinks like a Malaysian and a Muslim coming to terms with the reality that God is not just the God of the Malays but everyone and that faith is not about clobbering others and cocooning oneself in ignorance and bigotry but engaging those who differ from us.
I have just spent more than two weeks in Taiwan and though this country has been colonised by various nations, it has no chip on its shoulder and is not xenophobic.
Its tourism slogan is 'Taiwan the Heart of Asia' and I soon found out why, because its people are generous.
Malaysia claims it is Truly Asia but is it really?
How is it truly Asia? Or is it just another slick slogan? How Asian are you when you compel others to speak like you, dress like you and believe like you?
Fortunately it is the people themselves, the ordinary Malaysians who reflect the virtues of the country and its appeal to foreigners as a friendly and hospitable place.
The victims of this ugly political bigotry are the Malays themselves who in my purview are among the nicest people anywhere.
The same can't be said of some of their lying and conniving political leaders and that is why Nurul Izzah is a leader of the times and the future despite her youth.
Pak Lah hit the nail on the head with his 'first world infrastructure, third world mentality' comment and it is my hope that younger politicians like Nurul Izzah will be able to liberate the Malay mindset from its bondage to the political and religious status quo.
What Pak Lah could only diagnose, perhaps Nurul Izzah, her mom and dad in politics, and others who love their country will be able to cure.
The hope of Malaysians is in the hope that a new government will cure the sickness that sees the country bedevilled by the devils they know and want no more of.
There is a brave new world waiting for Malaysians but it is not in hanging on to the past and the present political leaders whose performance despite the fresh slogans, are banal at best, and who have yet to learn that slogans, spin and lies do not make a nation, least of all a great one.
If Malaysians want change they have to work hard for change and if a report that more than 20 percent of Malaysians are still not registered to vote, it is yet another challenge the opposition face to rouse them to act because every vote counts when the system is against you.
later on, in response to the police raid, steve oh wrote to malaysiakini, and here it is:
The following is an open letter by Steve Oh, the man who penned the letter that is at the centre of a police investigation.
I am sorry to learn about the police visit to your office yesterday, not just one or two but 15 of them.
It lends credence to former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad's idea of 'a police state'. If not over my letter, I am sure the police will find another reason to visit your office. It is mind-boggling why so many were necessary and you must have run out of tea or coffee.
I am told the reason for their visit was over a letter I had written to you and which you had published touching on the comments by Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar at last Saturday's Oriental Hearts and Mind Study Institute (OHMSI) Truth Matters forum.
I am glad that you still have it in the letters column because as your editor-in-chief Steven Gan rightly explained, "There is nothing considered as seditious in Oh's letter" and he is absolutely right. I stand by what I have written and let others fall in their false accusations.
I am just a nobody expounding somebody's ideas of freedom in a country bent on becoming the 'world's best democracy' as promised by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. My ideas are congruous with his noble proposal so I can't understand why Malaysiakini is being put through the gauntlet again, this time over my letter. If a citizen has no freedom to express his or her peaceful ideas, then it is a dark place indeed.
I love the Malays, I love the Indians, I love the Chinese, I love the Sabahans, I love the Sarawakians and to speak the truth in love about their welfare is to love Malaysia and that is why I write. Nothing should stop anyone from speaking out against the wrongs in society and good governance is about rectifying the wrongs and not exacerbating the wrongs with more wrongs.
I am also told that unless you give the police my email contacts they will confiscate your computers. You have refused to give them any details without my permission. It is what a noble and principled journalist and newspaper will do even if there is nothing to hide. It is all about professional ethics and safeguarding the integrity of journalism.
I do not want you to lose your computers so please feel free to give the police my email details under protest and offer them every cooperation, but they may still confiscate your computers. There is nothing to add or subtract from what was published, and my letter was on its way to the Malaysiakini archives until the police became the catalyst for its spread.
News and views come and go but the police can make them last much longer. I don't blame the police who have to follow orders and I look forward to when they will not be used to pursue trivial matters when the real criminals are out there. The police must also remember that they are accountable to a higher divine authority and must act justly and protect all citizens from slander and various forms of injustice.
Let good triumph over evil
Allow me to thank your readers for their comments of support but it is not about me but the welfare of others who have suffered the harsh injustices in the country. We climb mountains because they are there and we say things that need saying because we are conscionable human beings who care for others when we observe the injustices happen right before our eyes and the least we can do is speak out in their cause.
It is not my intention to upset anyone, least of all those who hold office in government which we all must respect but in a democracy when those in governance give us reason to criticise them as when they do wrong then it is our patriotic duty to speak out.
"Courage is not the absence of fear but the strength to do what is right in the face of it," wrote J Johnson.
The betrayers of democracy are not only its repressors but those who abet them by their apathy or sympathy. I know more and more Malaysians want their country to be a better place and have good governance. That is why they speak out and Malaysiakini provides that avenue in a responsible way.
What is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing, as Edmund Burke wrote.
My prayers still are for the government and all those in authority that they will do good and not harm the innocent because doing what is right exalts a nation and everyone benefits. There are good politicians in government as in the opposition and a responsible and responsive civil society has to be active to ensure the good triumph over evil.
Posted: 09 Nov 2012 09:07 AM PST
oriental hearts and mInd study institute (OHMSI) organised a 'truth matters' forum entitled "islamic state: which Version? whose responsibility?" in petaling jaya recently.
this video is part 1 of a four part series, with the main speaker, dr ahmad farouk musa, director of islamic renaissance front., a man i greatly admire. a liberal muslim who is very wise (and logical) in his views. love all his writings.
watch this video and listen carefully to what he said. thanks to my fellow CJ, alan chai, i get to hear him. also, don't forget, after this video, links of the other 3 videos.
the other 3 videos, text as copied from alan's CJMY page:
Posted: 09 Nov 2012 10:00 AM PST
Manjung, 9 NOV : NGO 'Bantah AES' mendesak Menteri Pengangkutan, Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha untuk membatalkan perlaksanaan Sistem Penguatkuasaaan Automatik (AES) dalam tempoh seminggu.
Koordinator Bersama, Bantah AES, Saifullah Zulkifli menegaskan, sebarang usaha untuk menangani masalah kemalangan adalah disokong.
Akan tetapi pelaksanaan AES adalah meragukan dan membebankan rakyat.
"Pihak Bantah AES dengan ini memberi tempoh seminggu kepada Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha untuk membatalkan pelaksanaan AES dan memberi respon terhadap bantahan ini.
"Jika berlaku sebaliknya, satu lagi perhimpunan 'BANTAH AES' bersama pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat (PR) akan diadakan ke Parlimen," katanya dlam satu kenyataan media.
Beliau berkata demikian selepas Himpunan Rakyat Bantah AES yang dihadiri 500 orang penyokong di Sitiawan, Perak hari ini.
Mereka mula berkumpul di Masjid An-Nasyirah, Sitiawan selepas solat Jumaat dan kemudiannya berarak ke pejabat Cho Ha yang juga Ahli Parlimen Lumut.
Memorandum bantahan terhadap AES ini mengemukakan empat faktor mengapa sistem itu ditolak.
Empat faktor yang dinyatakan dalam memorandum tersebut adalah latar belakang dua buah syarikat yang dilantik dan perjanjian penswastaaan amat mencurigakan.
Memorandum itu juga berkata kemalangan tidak disebabkan hanya kerana kelajuan semata-mata dan perlaksanaan AES menambahkan beban kewangan kepada rakyat.
"Pihak Bantah AES menyatakan kekesalan terhadap sikap penakut Ahli Parlimen Lumut, Datok Seri Kong Cho Ha untuk berhadapan dengan rakyat dan hanya menghantar kerani pejabat parlimen untuk menerima memorandum tersebut," ujarnya lagi.
Himpunan ini dihadiri oleh pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat, NGO dan pimpinan masyarakat.
Antara pimpinan yang hadir dan memberi ucapan adalah wakil PKR Perak, Chang Lih Kang, Dr Raja Ahmad Iskandar yang wakili Dewan Pemuda Pas Perak, Siti Aisyah Sheik Ismail selaku wakil PKR Pusat dan beberapa pimpinan NGO lain.
Posted: 09 Nov 2012 06:53 AM PST
Park Geun-hye at first thought running for president would be a cakewalk for her. Should her dreams come true, she would become the first female head of state in the modern history of the Korean Peninsula. South Korea's opposition parties were not able to present a challenger of high caliber, while the economic boom over the last few years under President Lee Myung-bak – who comes from the same ruling party as Park's – appeared to create a feel-good factor that refused to go away.
Her presidential aspiration was also accoladed by her being the daughter of Park Chung-hee, the military strongman who oversaw the most spectacular transformation of an economic backwater into an industrial powerhouse in the 1960s through the 1970s. Not until a series of corruption allegations against her close aides emerged, which triggered a massive internal strife as is so often the case in South Korean politics. Adding to the disarray in Park's political campaign is the talk of two other candidates joining forces to ensure the liberal camp would prevail.
Park has since been running neck-and-neck against her rivals in opinion polls. Forced into a corner, she had no option but to publicly apologise for all the wrongdoings committed by the state during her father's economically miraculous but politically oppressive rule. For many older South Koreans who lived through the White Terror between 1961 and 1979, Chung-hee was a ruthless leader who tolerated no dissent and showed no qualms in flexing his own iron fist if necessary.
Among his most prominent targets of assassination was Kim Dae-jung, who was to become the first democratically elected president from the opposition camp in 1997. Controversially, Chung-hee (right) is also widely credited with paving a firm foundation for South Korea's future ascension as a developed nation. When one buys a Samsung, Hyundai or LG product today, one ought to know it was Chung-hee who was instrumental in making these domestic business entities global giants of the 21st century. His legacy as such was so sorely missed that the Time magazine named him among the top ten Asians of the Century in 1999.
Taking the moral high ground
By and large, the jury is still out on Chung-hee's nearly two decades of iron rule, but his human rights violations have finally caught up with his daughter, who is now compelled to make a clean break with her father's past, something truly extraordinary in a deeply filial and Confucian society. Up until then, she had remained silent on the issue but has done so to make up for her lack of democratic credentials. In other words, her apology is meant to regain the moral high ground over her opponents.
While not quite our answer to Park, at least not in terms of electoral politics, there is no dispute that Marina Mahathir is one of the outstanding public figures Malaysians have seen. Her steadfast fight against stigmatisation of HIV victims is well acknowledged, and she does not mince her words whenever the political scene becomes ugly and idiotic, her solidarity with Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan when the latter came under the contemptuous attack from Perkasa and other Umno members, for instance.
My highly - and many would say self-indulgently – critical view of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad (left) is well known. Still, I would never question the fact that Mahathir loves his own children dearly, and that his wife Siti Hasmah has been a model prime minister's wife and is also an elegant Malay lady who always knows her place and never oversteps her boundaries, unlike you know who. But that is in the private sphere of family life. Publicly however, Mahathir remains the man who has shaped Malaysia beyond recognition over his 22-year rein, and the negative impact of his policies only started to surface after he stepped down.
Down, but not out. Mahathir is so fearful of even a minuscule reversion of his policies that he has been making one irresponsible, divisive and many a time racist statement after another, seeking to tear the country apart with a vengeance and appearing to be the one pulling the strings behind Umno's thick veil of complexities.
Mahathir at the heart of Malaysian malaise
In her recent interview in Singapore, Marina Mahathir talked candidly about what she considers has gone wrong in Malaysia: the education system, censorship, money politics and the resort to sex in the political scene. I am certain her views as such echo Malaysian public sentiments, but in choosing to downplay her father's influence in her position today, I cannot help regretting that she is still not facing up to the realities.
Extensive scholarly research has confirmed it was Mahathir's long and authoritarian rule that bred cronyism, corruption, the suffocation of dissent and the malfunctioning of the judicial and political institutions. From Khoo Boo Teik's 'The Paradoxes of Mahathirism', Jomo Kwame Sundaram's and Terence Gomez's 'Malaysia's Political Economy: Politics, Patronage and Profits', Diana K Mauzy's and RS Milne's 'Malaysian Politics Under Mahathir', Ahmad Mustapa Hassan's 'The Unmaking of Malaysia' and, Barry Wain's 'The Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times', it has been proven time and again that Mahathir is at the very heart of the Malaysian malaise today.
Among them, Wain (above, left in picture) has written perhaps by far the most important book on Mahathir and claimed also that the strongman had wasted or burned up to RM100 billion on grandiose projects, corruption and currency speculations, an allegation that Mahathir himself fails conspicuously to refute. Hence, how can Marina Mahathir simply dismiss her father's political impact on the nation by saying "often people made me feel I had to be responsible for everything he did", and "sometimes I became the surrogate for criticism"?
Of course she should not be held responsible for Mahathir's reign of terror, but she must also remember she is who she is today largely due to her father's powerful presence in the country. Put differently: why were Perkasa and Umno ultra quick to pick on the Bersih committee members and other opposition leaders but were timid to go against her? Would her fate have been vastly different if her father was not Mahathir Mohamad but Muthu, Ah Beng, Ali or David? Or one may also ask if her siblings Mukhriz (left), Mokhzani and Mirzan would have been super rich if they did not carry the name Mahathir.
Who, as education minister, effectively killed off an initially vibrant campus and student politics? Who saw it convenient to play up the nationalistic card and latter lamented (and continues to lament) the appalling standard of English among Malaysians? How many leaders in the world have ever demonstrated a rare show of audacity by sacking three Supreme Court judges and suspending five others in one go? And, most crucially, who set off the biggest political crisis in Malaysia by mercilessly persecuting Anwar Ibrahim by way of unfounded sex scandals, creating a climate of fear on the part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities and turning the country into an international laughing stock?
'Hope she harbours no political ambitions'
I am not here to judge Marina Mahathir personally, for I do support many of the good causes that she champions and appreciate her timely support for Bersih and other just-minded social movements. My opinion is simply that she cannot go on criticizing all that has gone awry under both Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (left, in photo) and Najib Abdul Razak (right in photo), without also taking a deep look at what preceded them. Knowing that she will keep quiet, I can only hope that she harbours no political ambitions, or her father's long and dark shadow might haunt her as is the case of Park in South Korea.
After all, it is not easy being a daughter of a strongman, especially one who has nearly destroyed all the public institutions in the country in the name of race, religion, nationalism and development. .Malaysiakini
JOSH HONG studied politics at London Metropolitan University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. A keen watcher of domestic and international politics, he longs for a day when Malaysians will learn and master the art of self-mockery, and enjoy life to the full in spite of politicians.
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Posted: 09 Nov 2012 06:30 AM PST
It was hotter than hell that last week of the 1998 summer season...
And I needed to get out of L.A. for a million different reasons.
I woke up that hot Friday morning with a bee in my bonnet,
And a wicked bank account with my virgin fingers itching to get on it.
I had made an out of the blue telephone call earlier that week,
To see a dear old cohort from school for stiff cocktails and dinner unique.
With that in mind I drove to Wells and withdrew ten thousand dollars,
And like a mad woman sashayed out of the bank with a whoop and a holler.
I raced in and out of the liquor store for two bottles of Dom,
Then was off to the florist for an exotic boquet blooming with charm.
I packed a small bag not knowing where we could end up by dawn,
I just figured one way or the other we'd be long gone, gone, gone.
I arrived at Mio's with a smile on my face and mischeif in my heart,
Wondering how to spring a wicked surprise on him right from the start.
We hugged hello and I asked him if he might be feeling dangerous...
"How dangerous" He inquired and I quipped "Let's hit Las Vegas!"
We stopped for a drink at Bird's on our way out of the city,
And toasted each other because we were decidedly oh, so witty.
Taking off into the steamy night without a backward glance-
To a noisy world of lights, drinking, debauchery, gambling, and dance.
We zipped out of town and headed north on the I-15,
The air was so hot our sweat disappeared into steam.
Soon up ahead yonder and a little past the Nevada state line,
We spied the dazzling, twinkling lights of Sin City and soon it was arrival time!
Caesar's Palace was sold out so Mio made a quick local phone call,
And then we were Luxor-bound for a week long jiggy-ass ball.
Assigned to us was Suite #313345 - it had two TV's, two spacious rooms,
A wet bar, a smashing view, and a cheesy clockradio for the tunes.
It was five in the morning when we staggered up to the suite
and the desert sun was already coming up,
But we ordered the hard stuff and chilled champagne flutes-
not a hearty breakfast menu, tea bags, or coffee cups.
POP! went the corks, and CHI-CHING! went the slots,
SLAM! went the register with every purchase we bought.
One night we played Roulette, the night after that we creamed the slots,
I learned risky money games and sure played them a lot!
We drove over to the Stratosphere because martini's were the order,
I think we tipped our girl a hundred bucks and then another quarter.
In search of yet a faster race we opted to get some blow,
And cruised the creepy dirty streets of Las Vegas' skid row.
We found a chap by the name of Wes who we escorted back to our pad
Because the Bouncing Powder he scored for us was sooo righteously rad.
We the Trio From Hell snorted all evening and well into the day,
We talked, we gambled, we drank, but didn't want Wes to stay.
The night after that we scoured the streets - again in search of the illustrious Wes,
But couldn't find him anywhere, and wound up bouncing nontheless.
Tony The Scumbag emerged from the shadows and appeared from out of the blue.
Leaned into the window and cooed "Hey, have I got some heavy kickin' rock for you...
...Take the pipe and hold it carefully - just like this,
Close your eyes, inhale the smoke, and you'll be transported to bliss."
High as a kite and drunk as a louse,
Mio drove Tony back to his house.
Originally I packed my camera to take snapshots galore,
and The Luxor has in-house developing and plenty of film for more.
We used our pricey spa passes and dined like gluttons at Hamada,
Played at the pool, wiped out the stores, and got blitzed in The Ra.
After a week we finally got bored with the Nevada heat and the Vegas flash,
So I withdrew another cool ten grand in cold, hard cash.
We got on the phone in search of a real wicked vacation,
but couldn't agree so we argued about the ultimate destination.
All of a sudden a light bulb went off and Mio sat up with a start,
Eyes glazed he announced we should go to Europe! The U.S. we would part!
Deciding to go we started to pack,
Home to L.A., we had to get back.
We checked in with two bags and went home with eleven,
We had been in obvious foolish spending heaven.
Europe we decided on and we had just a week to prepare-
Paperwork, packing, shopping, a Bon Voyage bash, and no time to spare.
We paid the bill and crammed my car with surprises,
And vowed to arrive home before the sun rises.
Posted: 09 Nov 2012 07:02 AM PST
Kerteh 9 November: Kira-kira 20 ahli Perkasa biadap dan tidak menghormati agama apabila melakukan demontrasi ketika azan berkumandang di Masjid Sultan Mizan di sini, tengah hari ini.
Mereka membawa kain rentang dan berkumpul depan balai polis Kerteh sambil terjerit-jerit menghambur kata kesat kepada rombongan bas Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat yang singgah untuk solat Jumaat.
Namun, gangguan itu tidak menghalang jemaah masjid menyambut kehadiran Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim meskipun kedudukan lokasi demontrasi berkenaan hanya dipisah dengan jarak 50 meter.
Keadilan Daily yang turut menyertai siri Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat, difahamkan kumpulan ahli Perkasa yang mengadakan demontrasi itu, bukan penduduk tempatan.
Mengikut jadual, Anwar bertemu rakyat dalam jamuan di Kampung Gelugor, Kerteh, selepas solat Jumaat.
Jam 4.30 petang pula, Ketua Umum KEADILAN itu mengadakan ceramah dan bersantai di Syahbandar, Kuala Terengganu.
Selepas solat dan tazkirah Maghrib di Surau Ladang Sekolah, Kuala Terengganu, Anwar dijadual berucap pada ceramah perdana di Markas KEADILAN, Kampung Kubang Palas, Kuala Telemong, Hulu Terengganu.
Beliau juga berceramah di ceramah di tapak pasar Teluk Ketapang, Seberang Takir, antara jam 8.
30 malam hingga 12 tengah malam.
Selain Anwar, antara penceramah lain yang dijangka berucap ialah Datuk Saifuddin Nasution; Azan Ismail; Dr Alias Abdul Razak; Rafizi Ramli; Abdul Rahman Yusof;, Mahyuddin Abdul Rashid dan Ng Chai Heng.
Posted: 09 Nov 2012 05:41 AM PST
Nurul Izzah serahkan transkrip ucapan forum kepada Jais, saman terhadap akhbar diteruskan.
SHAH ALAM, 9 Nov — Naib Presiden PKR Nurul Izzah Anwar bertemu dengan Pengarah Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Jais), Datuk Marzuki Hussin untuk memberikan penjelasan dan menyerahkan transkrip ucapannya berhubung dengan forum yang menjadi kontroversi kerana dikatakan beliau menyokong kebebasan beragama termasuk kepada orang Melayu-Islam di negara ini.
"Saya telah memberikan aduan yang menyatakan penjelasan perkara sebenar kepada pengarah Jais, Datuk Marzuki.
"Dan Alhamdulillah Jais telah memberikan kerjasama yang baik," katanya ketika ditemui oleh pemberita selepas bertemu dengan Jais.
Nurul Izzah ditemani oleh peguamnya, Fadlina Sidik bertemu dengan pengarah dan tiga orang penguatkuasa Jais turut menyatakan kerjasamanya kepada badan penguatkuasa Islam negeri Selangor tersebut.
Fadlina memberitahu pemberita bahawa saman terhadap akhbar Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian dan beberapa blog akan tetap diteruskan kerana memutarbelitkan kenyataan beliau dalam sebuah forum minggu lalu.
Semalam, Naib Presiden Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa (Perkasa), Datuk Zulkifli Noordin menyatakan kesediaannya untuk menyediakan peguam kepada Utusan Malaysia jika disaman oleh Nurul Izzah.
"Saya baru berbincang dengan peguam kanan untuk mempertahankan Utusan Malaysia jika disaman.
"Saya bersedia jadi peguam untuk Utusan Malaysia tanpa bayaran ..... dan saya nak beritahu Anwar, Nurul Izzah, kamu akan terkejut beruk siapa yang akan pertahankan Utusan Malaysia," katanya dalam forum anjuran Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa (Perkasa) itu.
Jelasnya lagi, tindakan yang dibuatnya itu bukan hanya semata-mata mempertahankan media tersebut, sebaliknya bertujuan menyelamatkan dan mempertahankan masyarakat Melayu dan Islam kerana akhbar itu tegasnya menjadi lidah rasmi perjuangan mempertahankan Islam.
"Kami bukan mempertahankan Utusan Malaysia, kami mempertahankan Melayu, Islam," katanya.
Dalam kiriman SMS kepada The Malaysian Insider sebentar tadi, Nurul Izzah menjelaskan selain daripada menyerahkan transkrip ucapannya kepada Jais, beliau turut membuat aduan kepada Jais terhadap manipulasi kenyataannya yang dilakukan oleh akhbar Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian dan beberapa blog.
Kenyataan yang didakwa dibuat Nurul Izzah tentang kebebasan beragama termasuk kepada orang Melayu-Islam mendapat respon negatif pelbagai pihak.
Sultan Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah juga telah menyatakan rasa terkejut dengan kenyataan yang dibuat Nurul Izzah tersebut. -TMI
Nurul Izzah sudah jelaskan, pemimpin Umno bagaimana?
Posted: 09 Nov 2012 03:23 AM PST
Shame on you U THEIN SEIN & HMUU ZAW… If Japanese PM and Director, they would resign and may even do Harakiri suicide. But I suspect that you all have no shame at all and your Bigot country also got the leader they deserved.
ဘန္ေကာက္ အေျခစိုက္ မီဒီယာေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေရးအဖြဲ႕ Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) က ရခိုင္အေရးတြင္ လူမ်ိဳး ဘာသာခြဲျခားမႈ၊ လူမ်ိဳး ဘာသာကြဲ မုန္းတီးမႈႏွင့္ အမုန္းပြားမႈျဖစ္ေအာင္ လံႈ႕ေဆာ္ေရးသား ျခင္းမ်ားကို ျပည္တြင္းဂ်ာနယ္ အခ်ိဳ႕ႏွင့္ ျမန္မာ အစိုးရအရာရွိအခ်ိဳ႕က ျပဳလုပ္ေနျခင္းအေပၚ စိုးရိမ္ေၾကာင္း သမၼတဦးသိန္းစိန္ထံ အိတ္ဖြင့္ေပးစာတေစာင္ ယေန႔ေပးပို႕ခဲ့သည္။
ထို႕သို႕ အစြန္းေရာက္အျမင္မ်ားေၾကာင့္ မတည္ၿငိမ္မႈမ်ား တိုက္႐ိုက္ျဖစ္ပြားေစ သည္ဟု ေျပာမရေသာ္လည္း ပဋိပကၡႏွင့္ သေဘာကြဲျပားျခင္းမ်ားအား ပိုနက္႐ိႈင္းေစေသာ ခြဲျခားႏွိမ္ခ်မႈမ်ားကို အားေပးရာေရာက္သည့္အျပင္ မသိနားမလည္မႈ၊ ယုံမွတ္မွားမႈမ်ားကို မီးထိုးေပးရာေရာက္ေၾကာင္း ေဖာ္ျပထားသည္။ က်င့္ဝတ္သိကာၡႏွင့္ ညီေသာ စာနယ္ဇင္းလြတ္လပ္ခြင့္ကို မထိခိုက္ေစဘဲ လူမ်ိဳး ဘာသာ ခြဲျခားမႈမ်ားကို တားဆီးဆန္႕က်င္ရန္ ေတာင္းဆိုထားသည္။
Posted: 09 Nov 2012 03:12 AM PST
ျမ၀တီ ၿမိဳ႕တြင္း တစ္ေနရာ
ျမန္မာပို႔စ္ ဂလိုဘယ္ သတင္းဂ်ာနယ္မွာ မြတ္စလင္ မုန္းတီးေရး ေၾကညာခ်က္ ထြက္ေပၚလာျပီး တစ္ဆက္တည္း ေကာ႔ကရိတ္ ၊ က်ံဳဒိုး ၿမိဳ႕မ်ားရွိ ဗလီမ်ား သို႔ လက္ပစ္ဗံုးျဖင့္ ပစ္ခတ္တိုက္ခိုက္မွဳ ျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့သည္။ ဤသို႔ ဘာသာေရး ပဋိပကၡ မ်ားျဖစ္ပြားေစရန္ အင္တိုက္အားတိုက္ လုပ္ေဆာင္ေနမွဳမ်ားကို ဟန္႔တားႏိုင္ရန္ ျမ၀တီၿမိဳ႕တြင္ ဘာသာေပါင္းစံု ကြန္ရက္ ဖြဲ႔စည္းရန္ ေဆြးေႏြးပြဲျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့ပါသည္။
ေအာက္တိုဘာ ၄ရက္ ၊ တြင္ ၿမ၀တီ ၿမိဳ႕နာေရး ကူညီမွဳ အသင္းရံုး တြင္ ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္အတြင္းျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့ေသာ ပဋိပကၡ ကဲ့သို႔ ျမ၀တီၿမိဳ႕တြင္ မျဖစ္ ပြားေစရန္ အတြက္ ျမ၀တီၿမိဳ႕နာေရးအသင္းမွ ဦးေဆာင္မႈျဖင့္ ေဆြးေႏြးညွိႏႈိင္းမႈ တစ္ရပ္ကို က်င္းပျပဳလုပ္ခဲ႔သည္။ ယင္း ေဆြးေႏြးညွိႏႈိင္းပြဲသို႔ ျမ၀တီၿမိဳ႕႐ွိ သာသနာထြန္းကားျပန္႔ပြားေရး အဖြဲ႕မွ တာ၀န္႐ွိသူ၊ ျပည္ေတာင္စုၾကံခိုင္ေရးႏွင့္ ဖြံ႕ ၿဖိဳးေရးပါတီမွ တာ၀န္ရွိသူမ်ား၊ မီးသတ္ဦးစီးဌာန၊ ဒုစ႐ိုက္ႏွိမ္ႏွင္းေရးအဖြဲ႕မွ တာ၀န္႐ွိ္သူမ်ား၊ ျမ၀တီၿမိဳ႕ (၈၈)ေက်ာင္းသားအဖြဲ႕၊ အမ်ိဳးသား ဒီမိုကေရစီအဖြဲ႕ခ်ဳပ္မွ တာ၀န္ရွိသူမ်ား၊ ရပ္မိရပ္ဖမ်ားႏွင့္ မီဒီယာအဖြဲ႕မ်ား တက္ေရာက္ခဲ့ၾကသည္။
ျမ၀တီၿမိဳ႕သည္ နယ္စပ္ၿမိဳ႕ ျဖစ္သည္ႏွင့္ အညီ လူမ်ိဳးေပါင္းစံု ဘာသာေပါင္းစံု သြားလာေနထိုင္ၾကသည့္အျပင္ လက္လုပ္ လက္စားအမ်ားစုမွာလည္း လူမ်ိဳးေပါင္းစံု ျဖစ္သည္ႏွင့္ အညီ ကိုယ္အသိစိတ္ဓါတ္ႏွင့္ကိုယ္ ထိန္းသိမ္းေနထိုင္ၾကရမည္ျဖစ္သလို စည္းစည္းလံုးလံုး ခ်စ္ခင္ရင္းႏွီးစြာ ညီအကို ေမာင္ႏွမ အရင္းသဖြယ္ ေနထိုင္ဆက္ဆံၾကမည္ဆိုရင္ မည္သည့္ျပသာ နာမွ ေပၚေပါက္ လာႏိုင္စရာ မ႐ွိပါေၾကာင္း အကယ္၍ အေၾကာင္းတစ္စံုတရာ တစ္ခုေၾကာင့္ အေသးအဖြဲျပသာနာမွ ျပသာနာႀကီးႀကီးမားမားမျဖစ္လာ ေစရန္ တစ္ဖက္ႏွင့္ တစ္ဖက္ ဆက္သြက္ညွိႏႈိင္းတိုင္ပင္ေဆာင္႐ြက္၍ ျပသာနာကိုေျဖရွင္းလွ်င္ အဆင္ေျပမည္ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္းႏွင့္ ဆက္သြယ္မႈ လြယ္ကူေစရန္ အတြက္ ဘာသာေပါင္းစံု ကြန္ရက္အဖြဲ႕ ဖြဲ႕စည္း ၍ ေဆာင္႐ြက္ ရန္ ေဆြးေႏြးခဲ့ေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။
မြတ္စလင္ သတင္းစဥ္ ႏွင့္ Hot News ဂ်ာနယ္
Posted: 09 Nov 2012 03:09 AM PST
ႏို၀င္ဘာ ၈၊ ၂၀၁၂ M-Media သတင္း – ထြန္းေတာက္
ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္။ ။ ေအာက္တုိဘာလအတြင္း ရခိုင္တြင္ တေက်ာ့ျပန္ျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့ေသာ ကိစၥရပ္မ်ားရဲ႕ ေနာက္ဆက္တြဲ အျဖစ္ ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္႐ြာတြင္ မြတ္စလင္မ္မ်ား ႀကံဳေတြ႕ခံစားေနရေသာ အေျခအေနမ်ားကုိ ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္ ရြာသား တစ္ဦးနဲ႔ ဆက္သြယ္ ေမးျမန္းခဲ့တာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
ေမး - ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္မွာ အခုလက္႐ွိ ဘယ္လုိအေျခအေန႐ွိပါသလဲ။
ေမး - ဘယ္ တပ္ရင္းလဲခင္ဗ်။
ေမး - ဒါဆုိ အခုေလာေလာဆယ္မွာ ေအးေအးခ်မ္းခ်မ္း႐ွိေနတယ္ေပါ။
ေျဖ - ဒါေပမယ့္ အခုက အမ်ဳိးမ်ဳိးျဖစ္ေနၾကတယ္။ အခုပဲ ရခိုင္ေတြ ၀င္လာေတာ့မယ္။ ဘာျဖစ္တယ္ညာျဖစ္တယ္ဆုိေတာ့ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တုိ႔ေတြလည္း စိတ္ေအးခ်မ္းသာစြာ မေနရဘူး။ က်ီးလန္႔စာစားျဖစ္ေနရတယ္။ ညဘက္ဆုိလည္း ကုိယ့္အစီအစဥ္နဲ႔ကုိယ္ ကင္းေစာင့္ေနၾကရတယ္။ ၿပီးေတာ့ဗ်ာ ဖုန္းေတြလည္းလာတယ္။ ရမ္းၿဗဲတုိ႔၊ ေက်ာက္ေခ်ာင္းတုိ႔ကေန။
ေမး - ဘာဖုန္းေတြလာတာလဲ။ ရမ္းၿဗဲတုိ႔ ေက်ာက္ေခ်ာင္းတုိ႔ဆုိတာ ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္နဲ႔ ဘယ္ေလာက္ေ၀းလဲ။
ေမး - စား၀တ္ေနေရးအတြက္ ဘယ္လုိပူပင္ ေသာကေရာက္ေနရတာပါလဲ။
ေမး - အဲဒါဘာျဖစ္လုိ႔လဲ။ ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္က ဟုိးအရင္ကတည္းက ရခိုင္ဗုဒၶဘာသာ၀င္နဲ႔ ကမန္မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြ ခင္မင္ရင္းႏွီးခဲ့ၾကတယ္ဆုိ။
ေမး - ဟုတ္ကဲ့၊ ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္ကုိ ကုန္သြယ္ေရးက ဟုိးအရင္က ဘယ္လုိ ကုန္သြယ္ၾကသလဲ။
ေမး - အဲဒီမွာ စစ္တပ္႐ွိေနတယ္ဆုိေတာ့ စစ္တပ္ကေရာ အဲဒါေတြကုိ ဘာမွ မလုပ္ေပးဘူးလား။
ေမး - ဒါဆုိ အခု စားေသာက္ေရးအတြက္ ဘယ္လုိလုပ္ေနၾကသလဲ။
ေမး - ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္မွာ အခု မြတ္စလင္မ္ အိမ္ေျခနဲ႔လူဦးေရ ဘယ္ေလာက္႐ွိလဲ။
ေမး - ဟုတ္ကဲ့။ အခုေလာေလာဆယ္ က်န္းမာေရးနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီးေတာ့ေရာ ဘယ္လိုအေျခအေန႐ွိလဲခင္ဗ်။
ေမး - ဒါဆုိ ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္ကလူေတြက အခု ဘယ္ကုိမွ သြားလုိ႔မရဘူးလား။
ေျဖ - ဟုတ္ကဲ့ မရဘူးခင္ဗ်။ မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြ ဘယ္ကုိမွ သြားလာလုိ႔မရဘူး။ မေန႔ကလည္း သံတြဲကေန စက္ေလွနဲ႔ ဆန္ေတြ၀င္လာတယ္။ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တုိ႔အတြက္ မဟုတ္ပါဘူး။ အဲဒီစက္ေလွနဲ႔ လိုက္မယ္ဆုိေတာ့ မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြကုိ ေပးမလုိက္ဘူး။ မလိုက္ရဘူးတဲ့။
ေမး - ဘယ္သူေတြက ေပးမလိုက္တာလဲ။ ဘာေၾကာင့္ မလိုက္ရတာလဲ ေမးၾကည့္လား။
ေျဖ - ေမးတယ္။ လ၀က၊ စစ္တပ္၊ စရဖ၊ နစကနဲ႔ ရဲက ေပးမလိုက္တာ။ သူတုိ႔ကေျပာတယ္ မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြ သြားလာခြင့္ မရေသးဘူး လုိ႔ေျပာတယ္။ အဲလုိ သြားလာခြင့္ မေပးတာ မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြအတြက္ ေတာ္ေတာ္ေလး ဒုကၡေရာက္ၿပီး အခက္အခဲျဖစ္ေနပါတယ္။ တခ်ဳိ႕ဆုိ ရန္ကုန္ျပန္ခြင့္ မရလုိ႔ အလုပ္ ထြက္ရတာမ်ဳိးေတြ႐ွိလာတယ္။
ေမး - အဲဒါက ဘယ္လုိမ်ဳိးလဲခင္ဗ်။
ေျဖ - တခ်ဳိ႕ကေလးေတြက ရန္ကုန္မွာ ေက်ာင္းတက္၊ အလုပ္လုပ္တယ္။ တခ်ဳိ႕လည္း ႏိုင္ငံျခားထြက္ရေတာ့မွာ။ သူတုိ႔က သူတုိ႔ဇာတိကုိ ခဏျပန္လာတဲ့အခ်ိန္ ဒီမွာ အခုလုိေတြျဖစ္သြားေတာ့ သူတုိ႔လည္း ရန္ကုန္ကုိ ျပန္သြားလုိ႔မရေတာ့ဘူး။ ဒီေတာ့ သူတုိ႔ေတြလည္း ေက်ာင္းလည္း မတက္ရ၊ အလုပ္လည္းထြက္ရ၊ ႏိုင္ငံျခားလည္း မထြက္ရေတာ့ဘူးေလ။ ဒီေတာ့ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တုိ႔ မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြရဲ႕ ဘ၀ဟာ အစစအရာရာမွာ ဖိႏွိပ္ခံေနရၿပီး ဆုံး႐ႈံး နစ္နာမႈေတြ ႐ွိေနပါတယ္။ ေတာ္ေတာ္ေလး ဒုကၡခံစားေနရပါတယ္။ ဘယ္လုိဆက္ျဖစ္လာဦးမလဲ မသိေသးပါဘူးဗ်ာ။
ေမး – တစ္ျခားဘာမ်ားေျပာခ်င္ေသးလဲခင္ဗ်။
ေမး - ဟုတ္ကဲ့။ အခုလုိ ေျဖၾကားေပးတာ ေက်းဇူးတင္ပါတယ္။
ေျဖ - ဟုတ္ကဲ့ပါ။ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တုိ႔ ခံစားေနရတာေတြကုိ ေျပာခြင့္ရလုိ႔ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တုိ႔ကလည္း ေက်းဇူးတင္ပါတယ္ခင္ဗ်ာ။
အဲဒါကေတာ့ ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္ ရြာသားတစ္ဦးနဲ႔ M-Media မွ ဆက္သြယ္ေမးျမန္းထားတာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
Posted: 09 Nov 2012 03:00 AM PST
Over five thousands years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel, "Pick up your shovels, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the Promised Land."
Nearly 75 years ago, (when Welfare was introduced) Roosevelt said, "Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a Camel, this is the Promised Land."
Today, Congress has stolen your shovel, taxed your a*ses, raised the price of Camels, and mortgaged the Promised Land!
I was so depressed last night thinking about health care plans, the ecomomy, the wars, lost jobs, savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc. I called a suicide hotline. I had to press 1 for English. I was connected to a call center in Pakistan. I told them I was suicidal. They got excited and asked if I could drive a truck...
Folks, we're screwed...!
This analogy makes perfect sense!
1. The sport of choice for the urban poor is BASKETBALL.
2. The sport of choice for maintenance level employees is BOWLING.
3. The sport of choice for front-line workers is FOOTBALL.
4. The sport of choice for supervisors is BASEBALL.
5. The sport of choice for middle management is TENNIS.
6. The sport of choice for corporate executives and officers is GOLF.
THE INEVITABLE CONCLUSION:
The higher you go in the corporate structure, the smaller your fixation on balls become.
Therefore, one might conclude, there must be a ton of people in Ottawa (and Washington) obsessed with playing marbles!
An eldery patient gets hearing aids from a doctor. After short time, he meets the doctor again.
Doctor, "Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased."
Patient, "Oh, I am in a funny situation now. I haven't told my family yet. I just sit and listen to their conversations. In a month, I've changed my will three times!"
Recently, the Psychic Hotline and Psychic Friends Network have launched hotlines for frogs. Here is the story of one frog and his discussing with his psychic.
A frog telephones the Psychic Hotline and is told, "You are going to meet a beautiful young girl who will want to know everything about you."
The frog says, "This is great! Will I meet her at a party, or what?"
"No," says the psychic. "Next semester in her biology class."
A nervous taxpayer was unhappily conversing with the IRS auditor who had come to review his records. At one point the auditor exclaimed, "Mr. Carr, we feel it is a great privilege to be allowed to live and work in the USA. As a citizen you have an obligation to pay taxes, and we expect you to eagerly pay them with a smile."
"Thank God," returned Mr. Carr, "I thought you were going to want cash!"
Posted: 09 Nov 2012 02:57 AM PST
Could you find a more sharp disagreement between genuinely smart folk than in the competing description of Hispanic immigrants offered by Heather Mac Donald and the editors of the Wall Street Journal? Here is the Journal this morning:
Immigrants should be a natural GOP constituency. Newcomers to the U.S.—legal or illegal—tend to be aspiring people who believe in the dignity of work and self-sufficiency, and they are cultural conservatives. They are not the 47%.Here is Heather yesterday:
If Republicans want to change their stance on immigration, they should do so on the merits, not out of a belief that only immigration policy stands between them and a Republican Hispanic majority. It is not immigration policy that creates the strong bond between Hispanics and the Democratic party, but the core Democratic principles of a more generous safety net, strong government intervention in the economy, and progressive taxation. Hispanics will prove to be even more decisive in the victory of Governor Jerry Brown's Proposition 30, which raised upper-income taxes and the sales tax, than in the Obama election.Heather is clearly right. Anyone who has followed her work on this topic for years knows her sobering insights are based on extensive, on-the-ground research and careful analysis. The Journal, which often reflects the views of the Republican establishment, bases its immigration views on wishful thinking. And not just its immigration views. Today's bromides about "aspiring people who believe in the dignity of work and self-sufficiency" are of a piece with the Journal's similar soft-spot for the "Arab Spring" and Muslim outreach. These GOP fantasies are similarly based on the wishful thinking that Islamists are also "cultural conservatives" sure to forge freedom-embracing democracies when empowered in the Middle East and become model Americans when courted here — sure to assimilate seamlessly into our society rather than seek to change it fundamentally.
Falling in love with your own high-minded rhetoric is no substitute for clear-eyed examination that takes the world as it is, not as we would have it. In point of fact, Islamists, like many Hispanic political activists (think: La Raza), are statists. As I've detailed in The Grand Jihad and, more recently, Spring Fever, their thoroughgoing alliance with the American Left is ideologically based — it is not a product of insensitive messaging or "Islamophobia." Islamists revile finance capitalism, favor redistributionist economic policies, and endorse nanny state regulatory suffocation as well as an ever-expanding welfare state. This is not because Leftists made inroads while conservatives idled. It is because — though this often seems unimaginable to the Journal — Islamists, like many Hispanic activists, are the vanguard of a different culture that they passionately believe is superior to the culture of individual liberty.
There is no single-issue quick-fix to the challenge of ushering them into the Republican coalition. Rather, there is a choice to be made: either convince them that they are wrong, meaning make the unapologetic case for liberty and limited government; or fundamentally change who you are, meaning accommodate their statism.
The fact that this choice is easy to identify does not mean the right alternative is easy to implement. Convincing skeptics of the long-neglected case for freedom is going to take a long time — you can't cede your leading institutions to statists for decades and expect to turn things around over night. But the second alternative, the one that is so easy — and obviously for some, so tempting — is surrender and steep decline. Accommodation only works in a normal political order where both sides have the same core values but differ on how to validate them. It does not work when one side is looking to vanquish the other. National Review
Posted: 09 Nov 2012 03:10 AM PST
Kuala Terengganu – Tindakan biadab seorang anak yang bertindak mengejar ibunya sendiri dengan sebilah pisau mendapat pembalasan apabila dia dihukum penjara selama 8 bulan dan denda sebanyak RM3,000, semalam.
Sekiranya gagal membayar denda tersebut, Muhamad Sofian A Aziz, 29, bakal berdepan dengan tambahan penjara selama tiga bulan lagi.
Keputusan itu dibuat selepas Majistret Rozianti Mohamed menerima pengakuan bersalah tertuduh yang juga pencari barang terbuang itu.
Muhamad Sofian yang tinggal di Kampung Gong Tok Nasek dituduh melakukan ugutan jenayah dengan mengejar ibunya, Siti Fatimah Seman Ahmad, 57, dengan menggunakan pisau.
Kesalahan itu didakwa dilakukan pada 4 November lalu, jam 9 pagi di Kampung Gong Tok Nasek dengan niat menyebabkan rasa cemas terhadap ibunya, seorang penenun songket.
Pendakwaan dilakukan Pegawai Pendakwa, Inspektor Zainuddin Abd Ghani.
Sinar Harian sebelum ini melaporkan, hanya disebabkan permintaannya untuk mendapatkan sejumlah wang dipercayai untuk membeli dadah tidak dipenuhi, seorang anak sanggup mengejar ibunya dengan menggunakan sebilah pisau.
Tidak cukup dengan itu, suspek juga bertindak ganas merosakkan beberapa peralatan yang ada di rumah mereka, termasuk peralatan menenun songket milik mangsa yang digunakan untuk mencari rezeki.
Kejadian pada jam 9 pagi di Kampung Gong Tok Nasek itu berlaku apabila mangsa enggan memberikan wang sebagaimana dikehendaki suspek, sebelum lelaki itu naik hantu dan mengamuk sebelum mengejar ibunya dengan pisau.
Menurut sumber, mangsa yang ketakutan melihat perlakuan agresif suspek segera keluar dari rumah kerana bimbang diapa-apakan.
"Bagaimanapun, tindakan kurang ajar suspek disedari seorang ahli keluarga yang kemudian menghubungi polis.
"Susulan laporan dibuat, polis menahan suspek di rumah keluarganya beberapa jam selepas kejadian. Suspek dilaporkan selalu meminta RM50 setiap hari daripada ibunya," katanya. -SH
Posted: 09 Nov 2012 12:00 AM PST
Posted: 08 Nov 2012 10:46 PM PST
Payah orang Melayu Islam kita nak tukar agama.
Kalau keluar dating dengan Mat Salleh atau kaki togak arak sekali pun, pakai baju terdedah aurat sampai nampak tersembul sana sini, orang itu biasanya tetap orang Islam.
Akidah kita orang Melayu Islam bukanlah rapuh sangat.
Kalau peroi sangat, salahkan diri sendiri, bukan sebab ada kenyataan si polan kata orang Melayu boleh pilih agama sesuka hati.
Janganlah kita sibuk dengan pukulan bertubi2 pada seseorang yang 'injured'.
(Teringat saya pada wrestling..hentam kuat2 pada bahagian yang sudah cedera biar mampus!)
Kita tahu dia telah terlepas mulut dan terpaksa menanggung kesilapan ayatnya.
Bila kita rasa nak sesuaikan agama dengan zaman moden, inilah terjadi.
Kita anggap dia belum matang dalam hal agama dan politik..baru setahun jagung.
Dia jadi politician pun dalam keadaan terdesak..hendak membantu makbapaknya berpolitik.
Kita kena ingat, ramai orang Arab pun beragama Kristian dan Yahudi.
Tak bermakna bila Arab mesti Islam.
PLO leader Allahyarham Yasser Arafat tu pun kawin dengan orang Kristian..siapa nama dia..Suhail?
Anyway, dia terus jadi Kristian..tak tukar agama pun..sampai dapat anak sorang..sampai Arafat mati.
Kita tahu ramai orang Melayu kita yang kawin Kristian/non- Muslim, semuanya berjaya mengajak pasangan masing2 memeluk agama Islam.
Jarang sekali kita dengar orang Melayu jadi kapir.
Janganlah kita berlarutan nak menunjukkan kita ni semua warak sangat..sudah2lah.
Biar YB Nurul Izzah tanggung dosa.
Allah SWT saja yang akan menghukum dia.
Kita jangan rasa kita lebai sangat.
Takkan berduyun2 orang Melayu nak tukar agama sabit kenyataan dia.
Bukanlah kita ni bengap sangat.
Orang kampung yang tak berpelajaran tinggi bukanlah bodoh.
Kita orang Melayu Islam walaupun sejahil mana pun tetap ingatkan Allah SWT walaupun bukan kaki masjid atau kepala tak bertudung.
Jugak, saya berharap janganlah kami yang bertudung dianggap 'bungkus kepala'.
Mengambil keputusan untuk memakai tudung hijab adalah satu perkara yang sangat berat.
Kita jaga amalan masing2..banyak ke sikit, Allah SWT saja yang tahu.
Jangan kita sibuk menuduh orang lain dah berdosa jadi kafir atau tidak.
Hanya Allah SWT yang Maha Mengetahui.
Harga bawang putih dan bawang merah baru naik.
Kita kena berhujah pasal benda2 yang lebih mengutamakan hal ehwal rakyat yang ramai masih susah.
Soal agama serahkan pada para ulamak yang tak terikat dengan perjuangan politik.
Mereka kenalah memantau supaya janganlah ada gejala murtad dalam negara kita.
Kalau mana2 orang Melayu kita nak murtad, bukan hasil mulut ahli politik yang masih berhingus.
Cukup2lah..janganlah kita ingat orang Melayu mudah terpengaruh dengan pendapatnya.
Kita pula elok janganlah melatah..
Kita nampak macam takder modal lain nak berlawan dengan pembangkang.
O yea..Janganlah asyik nak tayang video lucah pemimpin pembangkang.
Enough lah..janganlah teruk sangat kita main politik longkang.
Macamlah takder taktik lain.
Posted: 08 Nov 2012 11:00 PM PST
Recently, Yahoo Health featured a very interesting and informative article on pain.
Seven Pain Myths, Busted - By Lisa Collier Coo
Whether you're one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain or simply get the occasional backache, chances are good that some of your beliefs about pain could be wrong.
Many people believe, for example, that medications are the best way to treat pain. However, surprising new research shows that something as simple as music could provide relief. A study had 143 participants listen to music while following the melodies and identifying incorrect tones. At the same time, they received pain shocks on their fingertips.
Being distracted with music-related tasks caused a decrease in pain, even more so among participants who had high levels of anxiety about pain. Becoming engaged in an activity could very well be a useful strategy for people suffering from pain, which may prove itself useful when pain medication doesn't entirely do the trick. Here's a quick look at seven common pain myths—and facts.
Myth: Babies don't feel pain
Fact: Both children and infants do feel pain. The belief that infants don't feel pain because their nervous system is immature led to circumcisions being performed without anesthesia. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a recent statement on circumcision, stating that the procedure is well tolerated with appropriate pain management.
Unfortunately, kids in hospital receive infrequent pain assessments, according to a study published this month in The Journal of Pain. This may be due to a false perception that pain affects children less than adults.
Myth: All pain is curable
Fact: Some chronic conditions, such as back pain, arthritis, and fibromyalgia, can continue beyond the usual recovery period, and may last for months or even years. However, those suffering from chronic pain can improve their quality of life and reduce their pain, usually with a combination of medication, physical therapy and other approaches.
7 Simple Tips To Manage Chronic Pain
Myth: Pain meds are the only way to treat pain
Fact: Pills are just one of many treatments used for pain relief. Doctors sometimes use implantable devices that stop pain signals from reaching the brain. Neuro-stimulators, for example, use electricity to decrease pain. A procedure called facet joint denervation uses radio waves to burn away pain nerves. Relaxation techniques such as yoga, tai chi, meditation and deep breathing reduce stress, which could relieve headaches, according to the Mayo Clinic. And new research shows that acupuncture relieves pain slightly better than placebo.
Myth: Women have a higher pain tolerance than men
Fact: When asked to rate their pain on a scale of one to 10, women consistently pick a higher number, new research from the Stanford School of Medicine shows. "It's still not clear if women actually feel more pain than men do," senior study author Atul Butte said in a news release, "but they're certainly reporting more pain than men do." These reports included a wide variety of ailments. "No matter what the disease, women appear to report more-intense level of pains than men do," he said.
Myth: Pain in the breast can't be cancer
Fact: Although it's true that breast cancer is often painless, this doesn't mean that painful lumps cannot be cancerous. "The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A mass that is painless, hard, and has irregular edges is more likely to be cancerous, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or rounded. They can even be painful," according to the American Cancer Society. Any breast changes, including new lumps or masses, should be checked by the appropriate health care professional.
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Posted: 09 Nov 2012 12:37 AM PST
JMM: 'Nazri perlu terima teguran kita, bukan cabar'
SHAH ALAM - Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) tetap dengan pendiriannya menyatakan Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz sebagai "liabiliti" kepada Barisan Nasional (BN) meskipun Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri menolak tanggapan sedemikian.
Presiden JMM, Azwanddin Hamzah berkata, pihaknya tetap dengan pendirian itu berdasarkan maklumat diperolehi daripada rakyat.
Sehubungan itu, Azwanddin menegaskan, reaksi Nazri kelmarin menunjukkan beliau angkuh dan hanya mengutamakan kepentingan peribadi, bukannya parti.
Tambahnya, "sepatutnya Nazri bertindak mengeluarkan kenyataan yang lebih matang, bukan mencabar saya bertanding di tempatnya."
"Kita tegur daripada pemerhatian dan kita dengar orang yang bercakap di belakang, kita tak ada niat untuk burukkan beliau, kita nak membantu parti itu.
"Tapi bila kenyataannya keluar hari ini (kelmarin), saya tengok beliau begitu angkuh dan sepatutnya beliau kena keluarkan kenyataan yang lebih matang dan menerima teguran kita sebagai wakil kepada rakyat.
"Kita tetap pendirian katakan beliau memang liabiliti BN dari segi isu rasuah," katanya kepada Sinar Harian Online.
Dalam reaksinya kelmarin, Nazri berkata, "saya aset (kepada parti), bukan liabiliti.
" "Saya rasa saya aset kepada BN, kalau tak, takkan mereka (pembangkang dan Azwanddin) nak serang saya.
"Yang buat serangan pula adalah Pengarah Strategi PKR.
Jelas itu strategi dari PR dan bimbang dengan kedudukan saya. Tapi kita tengok nanti sama ada saya ni aset atau liabiliti kepada BN," katanya.
Mengulas lanjut, Azwanddin berkata, Nazri seharusnya menerima pandangan daripada pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) yang memberi teguran demi kepentingan parti dan bukan mengeluarkan kenyataan mengikut emosi.
Beliau berkata, NGO hanya bertindak sebagai pemerhati bebas dan memberi teguran tanpa mempunyai agenda untuk memburukkan sesiapa terutama pemimpin-pemimpin negara.
"Kita bercakap untuk kebaikan BN, tapi beliau keluarkan kenyataan untuk kepentingan peribadi.
"Beliau sepatutnya terima pandangan kita, dan menjawab dengan baik untuk kebaikan bersama dan beliau memang bebas untuk bercakap," katanya sambil menambah, kekesalan terhadap kenyataan Nazri yang disifatkan sebagai "keanak-anakan." -SH
Posted: 08 Nov 2012 09:48 PM PST
DATELINE PETALING JAYA:
EXCITEMENT is building up here as pet lovers wait to celebrate World Animal Day tomorrow in a local field here.
As many as 700 invitations have been sent out to pet lovers, residents associations and also animal NGOs to attend the event that is being put up by the Petaling Jaya City Council or MBPJ.
"This is the first time that the
Posted: 09 Nov 2012 02:29 AM PST
The UBAH Dream Machine has recently been launched by DAP and it's rolling to Petaling Jaya this Saturday 10 Nov!Latest: Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has kindly agreed to grace the occasion. Come Come preview our new campaign machinery with great speeches from Tony Pua, Gobind Singh and Rafizi Ramli MBPJ Civic Hall at 8pm. See you there! Be there or be square! ;-)
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