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Posted: 18 Jun 2013 08:48 AM PDT
第13届国会下议院会议将于2013年6月24日正式召开。这一天将让大家见证民联与国阵在国会的第一场战役。民联国会议员一致同意提名前联邦法院法官拿督阿都卡迪苏莱曼担任第13届国会下议院议长。 据峇东埔区国会议员拿督斯里安华，此项提名是由敦拉萨镇区国会议员兼雪州大臣丹斯里卡立代表民联于本月10日呈上给国会下议院秘书。他表示，民联是依据国会下议院第4（1）条例作出上述书面通知，并已提呈至国会下议院秘书。 他的文告指出，民联坚认议长必须独立的，且并非来自任何政党，有威信以及有资格胜任议长一职的人选。国阵预料推举丹斯里班迪卡出任议长。他也是第12届国会下议院议长，曾于1986年至1988年之间担任沙巴州议会议长。在未被推举为国会下议院议长之前，他是巫统哥打马鲁都区部主席。 为了出任国会下议院议长，他当时辞去巫统哥打马鲁都区部主席一职，仅保留巫统普通党员身份。这是有必要的，
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 08:29 AM PDT
The 13th Parliamentary sitting will take place on 24th June 2013 and we will witness the first battle between Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and Barisan Nasional (BN) – the selection of Speaker for Dewan Rakyat. Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has agreed in consensus to name the former Federal Court judge, Datuk Abdul Kadir Sulaiman as the 13th Dewan Rakyat's Speaker. According to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 10:39 AM PDT
1.) Dia bekerja dengan Allah jadi 'kilang' manusia. Tiap-tiap bulan dia diberi cuti bergaji penuh. 7 sehingga 15 hari sebulan dia tak wajib sembahyang tetapi Allah anggap diwaktu itu sembahyang terbaik darinya.
2.) Cuti bersalin juga sehingga 60 hari. Cuti ini bukan cuti suka hati tapi, cuti yang Allah beri sebab dia bekerja dengan Allah. Orang lelaki tak ada cuti dari sembahyang. Sembahyang wajib baginya dari baligh sehingga habis nyawanya.
3.) Satu lagi berita gembira untuk wanita, sepanjang dia mengandung Allah sentiasa mengampunkan dosanya. Lahir saja bayi, seluruh dosanya habis. Inilah nikmat Tuhan beri kepada wanita, jadi kenapa perlu takut nak beranak? Marilah kita pegang kepada tali Allah. Seandainya wanita itu mati sewaktu bersalin, itu dianggap mati syahid. Allah izinkan terus masuk Syurga. Untuk orang kafir dia tak dapat masuk Syurga tapi Allah beri kelonggaran siksa kubur.
4.) Untuk peringatan semua wanita yang bersuami: Seluruh kebaikan suaminya, semuanya isteri dapat pahala tetapi dosa-dosa suami dia tak tanggung.
5.) Di akhirat nanti seorang wanita solehah akan terperanjat dengan Pahala extra yang banyak dia terima di atas segala kebaikan suaminya yang tak disedari. Bila dia lihat suaminya tengah terhegeh-hegeh di titian Sirat, dia tak nak masuk syuga tanpa suaminya, jadi dia pun memberi pahalanya kepada suami untuk lepas masuk syurga. Didunia lagi, kalau suami dalam kesusahan isteri boleh bantu tambah lagi di akhirat. Kalau seorang isteri asyik merungut, mulut selalu muncung terhadap suami dia tak akan dapat pahala extra ini.
6.) Manakala suami pula mempunyai tugas-tugas berat di dalam dan di luar rumah, segala dosa-dosa anak isteri yang tak dididik dia akan tanggung di tambah lagi dengan dosa-dosa yang lain. Di nasihatkan kepada semua wanita supaya faham akan syariat Allah agar tidak derhaka denganNya. Dan semua lelaki fahami hati naluri seorang wanita dan isteri agar tidak derhaka denganNYA. -darulislamiyyah
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 07:45 AM PDT
At least 31 people have been killed in a double suicide bomb attack at a Shia mosque in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
The attack comes a day after bombings near Baghdad killed at least 10. There has been a surge in sectarian attacks in recent months on targets like mosques, restaurants and local markets. More from the bBC
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 07:56 AM PDT
This is the text of a Hamburg police report.
Officers from police station 11 have provisionally arrested a 24-year-old from the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) on suspicion of threatening with a knife. The civil protection bureau in the state criminal office has taken over the investigation.
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 07:53 AM PDT
Two weeks ago in Egypt, a Coptic Christian man named Milad living in Tanta in northern Egypt submitted a formal complaint to authorities, saying that "unknown persons" invited him and his family to renounce Christianity and submit to Islam and convert. "They also snatched at the crucifix he was wearing around his neck, and threatened to kidnap his children and wife if he refused to convert to Islam." The man identified them as members of the Salafi movement in Egypt—as they wore the trademark white robes and long beards.
Such incidents—threatening Coptic Christians to convert to Islam and kidnapping their children—are becoming commonplace in post "Arab Spring" Egypt. Some months back, Coptic priests were threatened with death if they did not convert to Islam, and the jihad on Egypt's Christian children is an ongoing phenomenon, most recently resulting in the abduction and slaying of a 6-year-old boy. Source
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 07:51 AM PDT
Despite the danger, Christians in Tanzania continue to worship. (The Voice of the Martyrs, Facebook)
The persecution of Christians in Tanzania continues. Two pastors have recently been attacked, and the police are doing little about it. On the night of Sunday, June 2, a large group of radical Muslims attacked the home of pastor Robert Ngai in Geita town, northeastern Tanzania. The attackers broke into the home and attacked Pastor Ngai with machetes. The pastor received serious cuts on his hands and arms when he raised his arms to protect his head from the blows. Doctors at the local hospital said the injuries were beyond their ability to treat and urged that he be rushed to a hospital in a nearby, larger city for treatment.
Ngai is the pastor of the Evangelical Assemblies of God Church. At last word from Voice of the Martyr contacts, he was still in the intensive care unit. Geita town is less than 50 miles from Buseresere, the city where Pastor Mathayo Kachili was killed by radical Muslims in February. Kachili's story, and that of his widow, Generosa, is featured in Voice of the Martyr's June newsletter. In full here.......
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 07:40 AM PDT
I found this in a paper at the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department site, in a paper where they try to spin their reasons for avoiding negotiating with Israel:
What are the Palestinians offering from their side?
The Palestinians have made numerous concessions and good will gestures. Although the two-state solution is common discourse today, it must be remembered that this solution is based on the Palestinian historic compromise of 1988, whereby the PLO accepted a state on a mere 22% of historical Palestine, for the sake of peace. During the past twenty-plus years of peace process, the Palestinians have entered all negotiations in good faith and have acted in accordance with agreements made. Palestine has also joined other countries in the region in establishing the Arab Peace Initiative, which extends the offer of normalized relations for Israel with 57 Arab and Islamic countries following Israel's full withdrawal from all the territories occupied since 1967, and a just solution to the Palestinian refugee issue in accordance with UNGA Resolution 194.Which means that they are offering - nothing. And they are trying to pretend that this intransigence of the past 25 years is somehow proof of their flexibility and willingness to work for peace! Keep in mind that their continuous mention of UNGA 194 means that they never have, and never will, accept the concept of a Jewish state, and they insist even today that Israel must be flooded with millions of Arabs - turning it into an Arab state - as a prerequisite to "peace". It is beyond me how Western diplomats can read this position paper, written in plain English, and still claim that Israel is the intransigent party. Hat tip: EOZ
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Posted: 18 Jun 2013 07:37 AM PDT
A head of state has priorities, after all. From Turkish Radio and Television English:
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will hold a key meeting today for the Middle East peace. Prior to his Gaza visit, Premier Erdoğan will meet Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Ankara.Erdogan's visit to Gaza was originally scheduled for the end of May, then pushed back to sometime this month. Hat tip: EOZ
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 07:33 AM PDT
The initial wave of optimism following the election of Hassan Rowhani as president of Iran is just the latest episode in Americans' "perpetual" search for Iranian moderates, Charles Krauthammer argued Monday evening. "The answer is always the same," he explained, "it's a mirage." Western hopes that Ahmadinejad's successor may be willing to negotiate on Iran's nuclear program "is a wish, not a reality," Krauthammer emphasized. "There is not an iota of difference" between Rowhani and Ahmadinejad on the three main issues — "Iran being nuclear, supporting Assad in Syria, and ultimately destroying Israel, our chief ally in the region" – that the United States is concerned about, he concluded. From The National Review
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 07:28 AM PDT
"Vigilante groups armed with machetes and sticks have joined the effort to oust Islamist insurgents in the northeast, prompting concerns by some residents that this will lead to a breakdown in law and order." Law and order has already broken down. Vigilante groups are appearing because the Nigerian government has shown itself to be impotent against these bloodthirsty jihadists. "11 killed during Islamist attack on school in Nigeria," from Reuters, June 17:
SEVEN students, two teachers and two insurgents were killed when suspected members of Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram attacked a school in the northeastern town of Damaturu, the military said. Groups like Boko Haram and the al Qaeda-linked Ansaru have become the biggest risk to stability in Nigeria, Africa's top oil producer and second-largest economy.
Sunday's attack will raise fears that, as with past surges, a month-long offensive by government troops has merely pushed militants into hiding or across borders to Niger, Chad and Cameroon, where they can regroup and prepare new attacks. "Two teachers and two insurgents were killed when Boko Haram terrorists attacked the Government Secondary School ... Also seven innocent students lost their lives," Eli Lazarus, military spokesman in Yobe state, said in a statement.
Boko Haram, which roughly translates as "Western education is sinful", has attacked several schools in the past. It was not clear how two of the attackers were killed. Vigilante groups armed with machetes and sticks have joined the effort to oust Islamist insurgents in the northeast, prompting concerns by some residents that this will lead to a breakdown in law and order. The military has cautiously welcomed the support, while warning it must not lead to witch-hunts or the settling of scores.
Lazarus said three soldiers were critically wounded during a separate attack by Boko Haram targeting the military in Damaturu, and three insurgents had been arrested. Nigerian forces say their offensive has enabled them to wrest back control of the country's remote northeast from Boko Haram. They say they have destroyed key bases and arrested more than 150 suspected insurgents in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa -- all covered by a state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan last month.
Some Nigerians saw the push as long overdue. But rights groups and aid agencies fear the longer it goes on, the more the region's vulnerable local population, which includes some of the poorest people on earth, will suffer. The offensive has forced more than 6,000 refugees - mostly women, children and the elderly - to flee to neighbouring Niger, the U.N. refugee agency said last week. Hat tip: Jihad Watch
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 06:32 AM PDT
Actually elder monks from Thanga Nayaka should consider this on the monks who were caught sex with their tagar ma..s. But as Wira Thu was said to be a gay even known as a honey girl while he was in the jail it may be useless for him.
လြန္ခဲ့သည့္ ၁၀ ႏွစ္ခန္႔ ၊၂၀၀၃ ခုႏွစ္ စက္တင္ဘာ ၃ ရက္ေန႔၊ မႏၱေလးၿမိဳ႕ သာသနာ ၂၅၀၀ အထိမ္းအမွတ္၊ ၄၅ တာ ဓမၼာရံုမွာ ေဟာၾကားခဲ့သည့္ တရားပြဲတြင္ အမ်ိဳး ဘာသာ သာသနာကို ေစာင့္ေရွာက္ေရး တရားဟု ေခါင္းစဥ္တပ္ထားေသာ္လည္း ေတာင္ျမင့္တြင္ တရားမဝင္ကားခိုးမႈ တခုျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့မႈကို အေၾကာင္းျပဳျပီး အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာဝင္မ်ားကို အၾကမ္းဖက္လုပ္ေဆာင္ရန္ စီမံကိန္းခ်ထားေၾကာင္း၊ ေျမပံုႏွင့္တကြ ေသခ်ာစီမံထားေၾကာင္း၊ မိမိက စျပီး အမိန္႔ေပးလိုက္သည္ႏွင့္ ဖ်က္ဆီးေရး လုပ္ငန္းမ်ား လုပ္ေဆာင္ရန္ တရားပြဲတက္ေရာက္လာသည့္ ရဟန္းသံဃာမ်ားကို လံႈ႔ေဆာ္ခဲ့ျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။
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Posted: 18 Jun 2013 05:43 AM PDT
Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Mohammad Shahidul Haque is blind and un-Islamic because Mr Haque said that he was unaware of anti-Muslim feeling in Myanmar. "I don't see any anti-Muslim sentiments," Mr Haque said. May Allah punish this IDIOT and his government for their un-Islamic stands
Bangladesh's foreign minister says Myanmar has agreed in principle to restart a long-delayed voluntary repatriation program for Muslim refugees living in the country, although he conceded that it may not eventuate.
Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Mohammad Shahidul Haque said Myanmar and Bangladesh reached an agreement to resume the program during annual foreign office consultations in Nay Pyi Taw from June 12-17.
Past repatriation efforts drew criticism from international human rights groups but Mr Haque insisted the process would be voluntary. Muslim Rohingya refugees would only return "under safe conditions" to Rakhine State, where two outbreaks of violence in the past 12 months between Buddhists and Muslims have left about 200 dead.
"We have encouraged the Myanmar government to restart the process. They have agreed and are looking for an appropriate time to restart the process," Mr Haque told The Myanmar Times on June 15.
"We would like to see the Myanmar nationals who are in Bangladesh return under safe conditions, voluntarily, back to their home. They can start a healthy and productive life in their own country," Mr Haque said.
Though he added that a time frame for the implementation of the process has not yet been agreed upon and was contingent on "many factors."
Dhaka has been pushing for a resumption of the program since Myanmar refused to extend the original agreement past 2005.
The lack of firm dates and vague language surrounding the commitment does not augur well for the process, which has pitted Myanmar and Bangladesh against each other over where the Muslim Rohingya refugees should be permanently resettled.
Myanmar refuses to recognise the Rohingya as an ethnic group, calling them instead Bengalis and describing them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh who arrived during the British occupation. However, Bangladesh does not recognise the term either – and objected to its use during the interview – insisting instead that they be called "undocumented Myanmar nationals".
Large numbers of Rohingya entered Bangladesh in 1978 and again in 1991-92, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says. More fled to Bangladesh during clashes in Rakhine State during October and June of last year, although many were turned back.
The repatriation process started following the 1991-92 influx after UNHCR helped broker a deal between Myanmar and Bangladesh.
However, UNHCR pulled out of the program in December 1992 over concerns that there was a lack of security for those returning to Myanmar. It also found cases of forced repatriation and the Bangladesh government blocked its access to refugee camps.
The agency returned the following year when it signed a new agreement with both the Bangladesh and Myanmar governments to monitor repatriations and between mid-1992 and 1997, more than 230,000 Rohingya were repatriated.
But the process stopped completely in July 2005 when the Myanmar government refused to extend the deadline for the original agreement and continued to block some repatriation efforts. Plans to restart it in 2009 but stalled when about 9000 refugees cleared for repatriation refused to return to Myanmar.
Bangladesh estimates there are about 26,000 documented refugees living in two camps in Cox's Bazar, close to the Myanmar border. Minister for Foreign Affairs Dipu Moni told a session of parliament in June that 300,000 to 500,000 Myanmar refugees have entered the country illegally.
Mr Haque said Bangladesh has also proposed the formation of a joint committee to look for solutions to border issues, with Bangladesh offering to host the first round of meetings. Myanmar is yet to respond to the offer, he said.
While Mr Haque insisted that relations between the two countries are "excellent" and that the situation on the border is "good", recent developments appear to contradict this, with both sides have recently taken steps to reinforce their positions.
"We have approved, in principle, the proposal to construct a barbed wire [fence] along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, set up searchlights, build watchtowers and 21 new outposts to improve border surveillance," the Dhaka Tribune quoted Bangladesh Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir as telling parliament on June 10.
He also said the government that there was also a proposal to add two additional battalions of Border Guard Bangladesh forces to the area.
On June 11, the director general of Border Guard Bangladesh, Major General Aziz Ahmed, also accused the Tatmadaw of planting landmines within 100 metres of the border, in violation of international laws.
Mr Haque would not comment directly on Bangladesh's border security measures but said Dhaka planned to follow the India-Bangladesh border model, which does include security measures.
He also denied any knowledge of the landmine issue and said that the allegations were not discussed during his meetings.
The rise in anti-Muslim sentiment in Myanmar and outbreaks of violence towards the religious minority has drawn international condemnation, most recently from the UN and European Union. It also continues to be a regional concern, with violence spilling into neighboring Malaysia, but Mr Haque said that he was unaware of anti-Muslim feeling in Myanmar.
"I don't see any anti-Muslim sentiments," Mr Haque said.
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 07:22 AM PDT
Datuk A Samad Said mengatakan pengakuan dilakukan oleh pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) yang kesal kerana kegagalan dakwat kekal untuk berfungsi dengan baik semasa Pilihan Raya 2013 membuktikan badan penggendali pilihan raya itu bersalah.
Menurut pengerusi bersama Bersih 2.0 itu, pengakuan Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusuf membuktikan pilihan raya umum 5 Mei tidak berjalan dengan baik dan oleh itu beliau seharusnya berundur.
"Bunyinya agak tidak sedaplah. Tetapi secara hormat, sesudah mengetahui beberapa kesilapan, eloklah dia undur, letak jawatan," kata beliau yang mesra dengan panggilan Pak Samad apabila ditemui oleh The Malaysian Insider pagi ini.
"Jadi dia harus, harus lakukan itu. Jadi pengakuannya itu, bagi saya ialah satu penerimaan bahawasanya apa yang berlaku itu memang betul dia bersalah," tambah beliau lagi.
Dalam wawancara bersama sebuah akhbar berbahasa Melayu yang disiarkan semalam, pengerusi SPR menyatakan kekecewaan berhubung dengan kegagalan penggunaan dakwat kekal.
"Kalau orang tanya saya sekarang ini, apakah perkara yang paling menyedihkan dalam hidup saya, saya akan jawab dakwat kekal," katanya kepada Sinar Harian.
Pak Samad yang juga seorang Sasterawan Negara mempersoalkan mengapa SPR tidak menguji keberkesanan dakwat kekal sebelum membenarkan ianya digunakan dalam Pilihan Raya 2013 lalu.
"Tidakkah SPR mengujinya dulu? Dia terus sahaja untuk mempercayai. Itu tidak boleh saya fikir ini sebab untuk memberi hak ni, memberi kuasa.
"Saya harap dia berkata itu jujur, sebab itu adalah pengakuan dia bahawasanya memang pilihan raya itu tidak murni," katanya.
Pengerusi bersama Bersih 2.0 itu juga turut menyarankan kepada penyokong-penyokong mereka agar beramai-ramai menghadiri perhimpunan #Black505 yang dianjurkan oleh Pakatan Rakyat (PR) di Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur pada 22 Jun.
"Kita menyarankan, ataupun merayu supaya ahli-ahli lebih banyak untuk menyertainyalah.
"Kalau Ambiga sendiri sudah kata turun ke jalan raya, jadi kita turun ke jalan rayalah," kata beliau merujuk kepada seorang lagi pengerusi bersama Bersih 2.0 Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.
Bagaimanapun, Abdul Aziz berkata semalam, kegagalan dakwat kekal untuk berfungsi dengan baik tidak boleh digunakan sebagai alasan untuk menuduh SPR membenarkan pengundi mengundi lebih daripada sekali atau melakukan penipuan dalam pilihan raya umum.
Abdul Aziz mendakwa kaedah itu - yang disyorkan oleh Jawatankuasa Pilihan Khas Parlimen (PSC) berhubung penambahbaikan proses pilihan raya telah menguji beberapa kali sebelum dilaksanakan pada 5 Mei lalu.
"Tetapi pada hari yang ditunggu-tunggu kuasa Allah lebih hebat apabila dakwat boleh hilang selepas beberapa kali dicuci, di mana silapnya?
"Memang sedih tapi kita tidak berdiam diri. Kita tubuhkan pasukan khas, yang dipengerusikan Datuk Christopher Wan Soo Kee dibantu dua ahli panel lain iaitu Datuk Md Yusop Mansor dan Abdul Aziz Khalidin," katanya.
PR telah mengadakan perhimpunan besar-besaran #Black505 di seluruh negara semenjak 8 Mei untuk memprotes dakwaan penipuan dalam Pilihan Raya 2013 yang menyaksikan Barisan Nasional (BN) mengekalkan kuasa walaupun kehilangan undi popular. -TMI
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 05:31 AM PDT
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Dog-catching - an art or science?
12:09PM Jun 18, 2013
week I began to write about my cat and dog theology argument. Any
ordinary reader would wonder why I link theology to animals, as if they
are needed to understand God. Why not; after all he is creator, right? Actually,
that is precisely the reason why I wrote; because there
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 04:38 AM PDT
In 1936, a family of Russian Old Believers journeyed deep into Siberia's vast taiga to escape persecution and protect their way of life. The Lykovs eventually settled in the Sayan Mountains, 160 miles from any other sign of civilization. In 1944, Agafia Lykov was born into this wilderness. Today, she is the last surviving Lykov, remaining steadfast in her seclusion. In this episode of Far Out, the VICE crew travels to the taiga to learn about Agafia's lifestyle and the encroaching influence of the outside world.
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 08:50 AM PDT
Lets treasure Tengku Razaleigh's ideas and incredible thinking too.
He has been taken for granted and his immense intelligence has been wasted for far too long..
May Allah SWT Bless him with continuous good health always..Ameen..
I know it's a ridiculous thought..that RAHMAN theory.
If the cycle restarts..well R could stand for Razaleigh..and why not? InsyaAllah..
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 04:34 AM PDT
"We never see other people anyway, only the monsters we make of them." - Colson Whitehead, (Zone One)
COMMENT In a speech to Malaysian students in Indonesia, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak exhibited the usual thinking that afflicts most politicians when he said, "That's why I ask, are people not able to think (that it's illogical)? It has turned out that some people cannot think wisely, even lawyers can't." The "usual thinking" I am referring to is the disingenuous, patronising and divisive manner in which political partisans categorise issues and people, demonising those who do not drink whatever kool aid is being dispensed.
Do not believe the lies and slander of the opposition, says our prime minister, conveniently forgetting that his party's mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia (or at least its editor) is on record saying that it is the role of his paper to spin for the government. Alternatively, what about the New Straits Times and its unskillful editing of a foreign politician's (simpatico to the opposition) parliamentary speech to make him look anti-Islam? I have no idea why some people cannot think "wisely", but can you blame them when it comes to the issues like the Royal Malaysian Police and their standard operating procedures?
In a 2006 article written by Farish A Noor for the Muslim Media News Service entitled 'Whom does the Malaysian police force serve', when the whole issue of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) was reaching boiling point, Farish highlighted this interesting fact: "This all came to a head when a routine blunder led to the posting of a police report (meant only for internal circulation) on the Malaysian police website this week. "The internal circular was meant to explain to the members of the police force why they should collectively oppose the proposal to set up an independent commission to look into the conduct of the police. "In a telling giveaway sentence, the report noted that such a commission would 'cause a state of anarchy that would undermine the ruling coalition's power' in the country."
Online mob mentality
Perhaps it is best that politicians leave the "thinking wisely" to people who would hold them accountable. Of course, the punchline here is that this would probably not happen because it is all about the party not the candidate. In addition, what of the opposition? The whole Lynas fiasco is a good example of the hysteria created using lies and slander and an example of online mob mentality that is ammunition for the perception of the existence the so-called Red Bean Army.
Never mind the backtracking that happened of Wong Tack the very public face of the anti-Lynas movement, after he (officially) joined the ranks of the opposition, the whole drama made a mockery of the Green movement here in Malaysia. However, what I find "irrational" is that a candidate like Zulkifli Noordin who contested in Shah Alam, could garner 42 percent of the vote (apparently an improvement from the previous candidate) all the while pushing an agenda which is antithesis to the whole 1Malaysia concept.
Apparently, a healthy percentage of the population is not ready for either the 1Malaysia or Bangsa Malaysia deal. Zulkifli whose preferred method of discourse seems to be jailing anyone who disagrees with him - setting up special courts for "traitors", defending the Election Commission as a "royal" institution etc - is unfortunately a 'viable' candidate if this election is anything to go by. This says a lot about the whole 'race blind' era some opposition supporters claim we are witness to or are the Malays who support Umno not Malaysians and therefore not part of this era.
Meanwhile the very supporters who demand 'ubah' of so-called giant oppositional parties, routinely mock PSM, a grassroots-level movement that so far has displayed none of the business as usual mode of thinking of the other. Indeed amongst the appeals-to-emotions arguments and downright poppycock that was heard during the Lynas fiasco, it was PSM's Dr Michael Jeyakumar who presented a rational counter argument to all the baloney that was being fed to us. There seems to be a "rationality deficit" when it comes to oppositional politics in this country. I will not bother taking digs at the establishment since; they seem to be living in a strange world of denial and delusion where the two factions within Umno seem to be waging a 'Mordor and Isengard' type offensive. I was surprised that PSM underestimated the "party not candidate" sentiment, of the post-2008 political landscape ravaged by a tsunami that neatly divided everything and everyone along party lines. PAS getting a free ride when it comes to its Islamic credentials is evidence of this.
While there much outrage over the recent whipping of women for whatever offences they committed under Islamic law, there is not a peep from PAS, as if such events would be a distant memory if they ever attained a position of influence if they ever achieved federal power. As the main defender of Islam and a supposed "moderate" one at that, surely they should have reassured Malaysians, irrespective of race and religion of their mainstream secular credentials. Of course, the loss of "moderates" like Mohamad Sabu and his compatriots either because PAS overestimated its reach or the whole "party not candidate" sentiment, would have far reaching consequences for Pakatan Rakyat, not to mention to the whole Selangor exco snafu that highlighted to the political pedigree of certain PKR candidates.
Delineation of constituencies
I have no idea why the prime minister would mention "lawyers" in his little spiel, but I am sure BN, or should that just be Umno partisans, would find much they would agree with Art Harun's piece 'Is BN a validly elected government' which unusually (for Art) goes against the Pakatan Weltanschauung. In it he writes, "The truth is this. It is without doubt that delineation of constituencies have been made and used by the BN to somewhat favour them. The question is whether that was legal or constitutional. Why has there been no legal challenge?
"But why is it such a huge issue suddenly now? Because Pakatan lost the GE13? What if Pakatan had won? Would it be an issue? Or would Pakatan be ready to live under the same delineation just because it works for them? "Was Pakatan willing to hedge its position prior to GE13 by not making any kind of noise about gerrymandering prior to GE13? I don't know." Neither do I, but I agree with most of what Art says in this piece and in another, 'Election petition - a note to YB Rafizi'.
Studying the elections results and revisiting the polemics from both sides, I have no idea what is rational or irrational anymore here in Malaysia. I do know that it will be another four years of partisan nonsense with copious amounts of kool aid dispensed. Partisan politics is always irrational.
S THAYAPARAN is Commander (Rtd) of the Royal Malaysian Navy.
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 04:15 AM PDT
Catholic activist killed for saving Jews set for sainthood
An Italian Catholic activist and journalist who was declared a Righteous Gentile for saving Jewish lives during World War II has formally been put on the road to sainthood by the Roman Catholic church.
Odoardo Focherini was beatified – the step before sainthood – at a ceremony Saturday in his hometown of Carpi, near Modena in northern Italy.
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 04:06 AM PDT
(ANSAmed) - CAIRO, JUNE 17 - Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Sunday appointed 17 new provincial governors, including seven members of his Muslim Brotherhood.
He also appointed Adel Assad el-Khayat, a member of the political arm of ex-Islamic militant group Gamaa Islamiya, which fought an insurgency war against deposed president Hosni Mubarak. In 1997, Gamaa Islamiya claimed responsibility for what became known as the Luxor massacre: in the ancient southern city of Luxor, a main tourist site, 58 tourists and four Egyptians were killed.
Tourist companies have called a strike tomorrow to protest the appointment of el-Khayat, who has been arrested several times for his political leanings, according to tourist guide union leader Wael Ibrahim. Continue to the full article here.....
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