Monday, December 28, 2009

Mahathir’s Advice to All Mamaks inPERMIN THE EMPTY CAN THAT MAKES THE MOST NOISE

Mahathir’s Advice to All Mamaks inPERMIN THE EMPTY CAN THAT MAKES THE MOST NOISE


Mahathir’s Advice to All Mamaks inPERMIN THE EMPTY CAN THAT MAKES THE MOST NOISE

Posted: 28 Dec 2009 08:00 AM PST


PERMIN THE EMPTY CAN THAT MAKES THE MOST NOISE
READ THIS EXCLUSIVE ARTICLE BY THE TAXI DRIVER

WE ARE MUSLIMS WE ARE MALAYSIANS WE DEFEND ISLAM WITH WORDS NOT SWORDS

THE HISTORY OF ISLAM IS ONE OF THE MOST FASCINATING ADVENTURES OF HISTORY. HOW LESS THAN 10,000 MEN "CONQUERED" LANDS FROM THE INDUS TO THE IBRARIAN COST WITHIN A SPAN OF 100 YEARS AFTER THE DEATH OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD IN 634 AD. THE ROMANS USED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SOLDIERS TO MAINTAIN THEIR EMPIRE. FOR COMPARISION, LET US LOOK AT OCCUPATION TODAY. 150,000 US SOLDIERS ARE UNABLE TO KEEP IRAQ, 75,000 SOLDIERS ARE UNABLE TO QUIETEN AFGHANISTAN, AND 800,000 INDIAN SOLDIERS ARE UNABLE TO KEEP INDIAN OCCUPIED KASHMIR DOCILE. SO HOW DID THE MUSLIMS DO IT?
IT WAS BECAUSE ISLAM WAS NOT SPREAD BY THE SWORD. IT WAS SPREAD BY WORD OF MOUTH AND BECUASE OF THE STRENGHT OF THE MESSAGE. NEITHER THE SASSANIDE, NOR THE ROMAN, NOR THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE COULD WITHSTAND THE MESSAGE OF ISLAM.
ISLAM WAS ALSO INTRODUCED TO AMERICA IN THE 7TH CENTURY (DURING THE REIGN OF HAZRAT USMAN), IN THE 10TH CENTURY (MALI SHIPS FROM AFRICA), AND THE 15TH CENTURY (CHINESE MUSLIM ADMIRAL ZENG HE WHO REACDHED AMERICA BEFORE COLUMBUS), IN THE 17TH CENTURY (WITH THE AFRICAN MUSLIMS WHO WERE SLAVES) AND IN THE 20TH CENTURY (IMMIGRANTS FROM THE MUSLIM WORLD WHO CAME AS STUDENTS AND AS IMMIGRANTS).
BEFORE THE TIME OF THE PROPHET ARABIA WAS FRACTURED BY TRIBE, ETHNICITY AND GEOGRAPHY. WITIN A SHORT SPAN OF A FEW DECADES THE ARABIAN PENINSULA WAS UNITED UNDER THE BANNER OF ISLAM.

YOU CAN FOOL YOUR PEOPLE ONCE NOT ALWAYS

IN SEARCH OF IDENTITY—CLASH OF TWO DIFFERENT SCHOOL OF THOUGHT JUST LIKE THE ISREAL AND PLASTINIAN DISPUTE NO SOLUTION WHY?
Give us Bumiputra status and can be one—INDIAN MUSLIMS writes ZAkiah koya.
In her article she mention the call come from PERMIM and GEPIMA, who do this
NGOs represents? the tiniest of minority of the INDIAN MUSLIM NISED MALAYS who are born after 1957.They have no shame to claim to represent the young citizen at large who are spread all over Malaysia, to them, the people living around vicinity of Masjid India are the real Indian Muslims. While it is arrogant in the extreme, for then to make decision for the real people ,they try imposed what is right for them unilaterally without transparency, accountability and integrity. Their attempt to hijack the constitution for them, to treat majority with little respect on their the cloak-and dagger backroom dealing is open defiance, of acceptable democratic practice with a smug shrug.

They worship the Tamil language, all their bulletin to Tamil newspapers , how many of the young people read the Tamil newspapers this is why I say they arrogant . their own children Don't even speak to them in Tamil thats why I say they are hipocrates, they asking for Malay status is like hijacking the constitution.Whom they are trying to con.,this lunatics are nothing they tried to parrot the Tamil tigers to ASK FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE Who are they?. .if they have a problem they use their money and cable to solve their problem don't drag us with them our records are clean our documents are genuine
Today Sivasubramanian of Suhakam is asking the registration department to set up a task force to look into the to stateless Indians who are born here.We should do the same to ask the department to set up the task force, to review their decision which is against the constitution. That they have denied the childrens who are born to muslim parents, who speak the the Munshi Adullah given language and the assimilated Malay and Indian Muslim culture from the period of Tun Mutahir to Tun Mahatir. We don't have taketo the streets, we don't have intrude the official function,because we are not not debenture labours brought here to work in the estate ,we are not pirates who steal from the merchants. We are decent people our forefather stepped on these shores and spread the
Relgion of islam this the rich history that belong to us . they can erase this from the our
Children's history books but look what heavy price they paid for not keeping proper history record. Pulau Batu.Puteh was lost

When I interviewed the GEPIMA'S Mohamed Bin Katir Ali,while talking on the history he cut me off and gave the hisILAIYOR MURASU.Which look like BN election bulletin,
Yes sir in the name of Islam with free food u can attract people to function ,u can bank roll on UBAIDI FOUNDATION. They are your puppet masters who represent the tinest of the minority, you can take picture with Y.B. Tan Seri Nor Mohamed Yakcop,Mentri
Kewangan 11 .End of the day have u solve our basic problem,the new born babies who are denied of their constitution right by the registration department.NOW CAN U TAKE MY CHALLENGE? You and your puppet masters can urge Tan Seri to take up the registration problem to government to solve it once and for all.



Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad's advice to Malaysia's Indian Muslims to choose betweentheir Muslim and their Indian identities puts one in mind of a resonant episode in the immediate prelude to the partition of India in mid-1947.

A delegation of Indian Muslims, contemplating abandoning their homes in India for the new entity called Pakistan, went to see Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the highest ranked Muslim in the Congress Party and a strong foe of partition.

Islamic scholar Azad, who was born in Mecca, was renowned for the battles he had waged for communal unity in India, for its freedom from Britain, and for secularism.

His visitors were in no doubt about where Azad stood on the matter of partition: he was unalterably opposed and an arch critic of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, head of the Muslim League and fervent proponent of separation.

The delegation just wanted to see for themselves if Azad would waver from his resolute anti-partition stance at a perilous time.

June 1947 comprised an exaggerated moment in Indian history. It is just such moments of extremity that best reveal the essence of things. And Azad demonstrated the seer-like qualities of his stature as a leader when he posed this question to the delegation: "Where will you go should you discover that Pakistan is not your home?"

Of course, none of his visitors could countenance the notion that their anticipated new abode could turn out to be forbidding. Many of those who went to see Azad settled in the Sind region of newly-formed Pakistan, of which Karachi is the metropolis.

Fast forward 40 years to the late 1980s: The city becomes a maelstrom of communal violence between the muhajirs (Indian Muslims from India who moved to Sind and west Punjab after partition) and the indigenes. The bursts of violence were frequent, horrific and sustained, and were caused by muhajir resentment at being marginalised by the indigenes of Sind.

Two decades before the muhajir-inspired convulsions in the Sind of the late 1980s and after, the world had already witnessed the animosity between Muslim Bengalis and the Punjabi Muslim-dominated Pakistan army that led to the war of secession in East Pakistan, which then became Bangladesh.

A notable feature of this war in 1971 was that here the muhajirs (Bihar Muslims who had immigrated at the time of partition to East Bengal/East Pakistan) backed the elitist Punjabi soldiers of the Pakistani army in the battle against indigenous Bengali Muslims.

From not only these facets of subcontinent history but from several others the world over in the last century, particularly if you take the flux and flow of sectarian allegiances in Lebanon, it is not hard to conclude that parochially-constituted identities provide no lasting solder by which to glue a national identity.

One can be both Indian and Muslim

Mahathir's positing of a dichotomy – either you are Indian or you are Muslim (and therefore Malay) – to Muslim Indians in Malaysia has been proven by recent history to be a delusive conceit. Maulana Azad espoused a composite view of national identity to partition-leaning Muslims of the Indian subcontinent six decades ago. He held that you could be Indian and Muslim at the same time, in contradistinction to the great Indian poet Mohamed Iqbal, who in a famous disquisition in 1930 argued that the Muslim identity would fade in an independent India. Hence a separate homeland for Muslim Indians was imperative.

Admittedly, it is a long way from Maulana Azad to Gerald Manley Hopkins, a 19th century English poet, of special resonance in these ecologically fraught times. Hopkins loved nature in which he saw a "dappled" and "pied" quality of contrasting elements forming the same pattern which he tried to reproduce in his poems.

"Glory to God for dappled things," he rhapsodised in one of his best poems, a cosmic plea for seeing things as nature would have us – as "both/and" and not as "either/or".Muslim Indians in Malaysia can be Malaysian, Muslim and Indian at the same time, a triple and sustainable (nice ecologically friendly word that!) identity that betters Azad, and tributes Hopkins.

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Decade ends, Muslims continue to act Muslim

Posted: 28 Dec 2009 10:50 AM PST

Happy holidays from the Enemies of Islam here at PI! Let's see what the members of the 'Religion of Peace' have been up to this holiday season so far.

A Muslim hailing from a rich banking family in Nigeria (not to be confused with the rich Nigerians who always email you and offer to split $15 million) suddenly becomes 'radicalized'--in other words, he internalized the teachings of the Quran. And on December 25th, the same perp tries to blow up an Airbus with 300 people on board. The only reason the devout Muslim failed in his quest for martyrdom is because of a faulty detonator, and because the security system of last resort on board the aircraft--i.e. the passengers--reacted with their usual aplomb and speed. After all, if you're a passenger and it's your own ass on the line, you'd react pretty fast, too.

Meanwhile, in that little corner of hell on earth otherwise known as the 'Islamic Republic of Iran', the police have started firing live ammunition on the ever-growing crowds who are protesting that despicable regime's existence. The body count is rising--no one can really say how many have died so far, and of course, the Mullahs will deny that they have killed anyone, no matter how high the pile of bodies gets.

The Iranian resistance, who go toe to toe daily empty-handed against gun-wielding thugs, is pleading for help from the outside. Don't worry, my Iranian friends-- Obama is on the case! He has already issued a strongly-worded statement 'deploring' the increasing violence while he keeps playing golf on vacation in Hawaii. That'll learn 'em!

Muslims outside of Iran, of course, can't be bothered with all the violence inside Iran. Not their problem! Who cares about a bunch of heretical Shiites, anyway? It's only news if Jews, Crusaders and Zionists kill Muslims (or can be reasonably or unreasonably accused of doing so).

And the brainless buffoon of a bureaucrat in charge of 'Homeland Security' in the USA is drum-beating a senselessly upbeat message about how the 'system worked' and no flights got blown up on Christmas. Excuse me? How did someone on a terror 'watch list' board an international flight with high explosives? Airport security, where were you and what were you doing? And what the hell does 'watch list' mean anyway? It means we watch the bad guys (who are generally Muslims) get on planes unmolested, lest we somehow needlessly trample on their human rights, yes?

Thanks to Muslims, we haven't been able to carry water bottles into airports for years. And we cannot meet our friends or relatives at the gate anymore, thanks to the 'martyrs' of 9-11. Now, thanks to another devout slave of Allah, we'll all be forced to do without pillows and blankets during long flights, be confined to our seats for part of the flight like we're little kids in kindergarten, and have to abide by whatever other stupid security rules the useless bureaucrats can dream up. You gotta love the government. They can't catch Muslims on terror watch lists, but they can punish the innocent afterward.

With another ten years of Jihad against the airlines, at this rate, we'll end up having to fly naked by the end of the next decade--that is, if we're able to fly at all.


DAMNATION of MALAYSIA!

Posted: 28 Dec 2009 09:01 AM PST


(Pic from Antares)
Transparency International has labelled the Bakun Dam Project a "MONUMENT OF CORRUPTION" and highlighted debate over whether there will be enough customers in 2011 when it becomes fully operational with a 2,400MW capacity.

All the valuable timber has already been removed from its catchment area, and the dam will begin filling up next month, taking eight months to submerge all 70,000ha.an area the size of Singapore.

Antares of Magick River has this to say " Wasn't it Mahathir who proposed the accursed Bakun Dam, even though Malaysia was producing an excess of electricity? He had this hare-brained scheme of piping the power from Sarawak to Peninsular Malaysia through a 700km undersea cable. Never mind that the dam project required the resettlement of more than 10,000 indigenous people and would result in an area of pristine rainforest the size of Singapore being inundated. Mahathir's can-do contractor crony, Ting Pek Khiing, was more than happy to clear the designated area of foliage and foist the hardwoods on the Japs.


And if that wasn't stupid enough, Mahathir also signed a secret pact in 1994 with YTL and other independent power producers (IPPs), forcing Tenaga Nasional to buy their excess electricity at an exorbitant rate. This binding contract will only expire in 2015. As a result Tenaga Nasional has had to keep increasing the household price of electricity to protect itself from bankruptcy." Read Magick River HERE.

Yet today we read that there are 12 more Dams are on the drawing board in Sarawak as reported by the Straits Times of Singapore HERE. And that is not inclusive of the other planned damming projects as announced in the recent budget by the Prime Minister Najib Razak where he said:
"A business friendly environment requires uninterrupted electricity supply to ensure smooth business operations." says the Prime Minister Najib Razak who is also the Finance Minister." 
And so, many more Billions of ringgit will be thrown in to generate more electricity and includes the "Hydro Electric Project in Ulu Jelai, Pahang and Hulu Trengganu. And Sabah will also increase electricity generation says the Prime Minister."


This Bakun Dam is estimated to have cost the nation over RM 8 billion and not inclusive of the 700 kilometres of submarine cables that will cost another RM 10 billion. (estimate).

Have we no shame whatsoever? This story is now reported all throughout the world today! Why the HELL do we need all this Electricity for? And they are even talking of NUCLEAR ENERGY!

This is real MADNESS!

Read details of the Bakun Dam Project in Wiki HERE
Watch You-Tube Video on Bakun Dam HERE (Filmed in Secrecy)
Read Malaysian Mirror report "This Government is very bad" HERE
Read the Main report by AFP HERE


Looking east – to Sabah and Sarawak

Posted: 28 Dec 2009 08:01 AM PST


By Sim Kwang Yang

The running joke going the round in Sabah and Sarawak for decades has been that you hear about these two East Malaysian states only during the daily weather report following prime time news on TV.

Overnight within our new political landscape, these two large and largely forgotten, marginalised and neglected states have been the focus of media attention, thanks to the rumours of mass defection by Sabahan and Sarawakian MPs to the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

On my recent trip back to my home town of Kuching, I was told that a senior BN Dayak politician has been informed by Anwar Ibrahim that if the federal government should change hand, the chief ministers of Sarawak and Sabah would be a Dayak and a Kadazan respectively. For those who know the politics and the demographic of these two unique states well, such an offer would tip the political scale there in a radical manner.

Then, there is the open offer by Anwar that if the Pakatan Rakyat should take power at the federal level, the oil and gas royalty for Sabah and Sarawak would be raised from 5% to 20%, one way or another. This is a sensitive issue that has hurt the feelings of Sabahans and Sarawakians since the early years of their independence through the formation of Malaysia.

Although the people in these two Borneon states face different problems, they do share a long-standing, widespread, and deeply felt disdain for all things West Malaysian. Though the seething undercurrent of resentment has seldom been aired openly, it has always festered beneath the surface, smouldering from one generation of Sabahans and Sarawakians to the next.

Observations about Sabah, Sarawak

Their common complaint is the perception that Sabah and Sarawak have been neglected by the central government in socio-economic development. Today, Sabah ranks as the least developed state throughout Malaysia, with Sarawak closely behind at number 11th.By most socio-economic indicators, these two states are many decades behind the Klang Valley.

These two states are also very rich in oil and gas. Therefore, there is the resentment that while they contribute so much to the national wealth creation through massive exploitation of the two states' fossil fuel, they are not getting their fair share of the fruits of development. There is this common feeling that perhaps the original social contract via the formation of Malaysia has been betrayed.

In an opinion piece entitled Sabah for Sabahans that appeared in the Star on May 15, Fui K Soong has this observation to make about the dire strait of Sabah:

"Sabah ranked from being the richest state in the 1970s to being the poorest state. Using UNDP"s numbers, Sabah has a poverty rate of 23% compared to Wilayah Persekutuan-KL of 1.5%."

"In the district of Nabawan, the poverty rate is as high as 70%, as 20,568 households living in hardcore poverty. The drop-out rate is 50%, twice the national figure, and most schools located in the rural areas are equipped with very poor facilities."

"Children are so poor that they do not even have soap to clean themselves with. Children attend their classes naked because parents sell their free uniforms to feed their family."

"In the 9th Malaysian Plan, the total allocation for Sabah makes up 7.69% compared with 15.06% for the Federal Territory."

The situation in Sarawak is not much better. I should know, for I had travelled from one end of that state to the other during my tenure as MP, visiting hundreds of rural communities.

The employment prospect for Sabahan and Sarawakian youths in their home state is grim. There has been very little investment in industry. Wages are depressed. One hotel worker who has worked at the same hotel for 12 years still earns a miserly salary of RM400 per month, half that of an illegal foreign labourer in the Klang Valley.

Urgent unique problems

As a result, Sabahan and Sarawakian youths have migrated to West Malaysia in search of jobs, and I was told that there are 400,000 Sarawakians in Johore alone! As Gawai Dayak on June 1 approaches, these workers will be looking forward to making that trip back to their kampongs and their longhouses.

There are also a whole host of urgent unique problems haunting these two states.

In Sabah, the spectre of the massive presence of an alien population is their number one concern. Fui K Soong estimated the number of illegal migrants at two million, twice that of the native population of Sabah. According to her, Kota Kinabalu "is looking more like Manila than Malaysia."

(A senior Sabahan politician once told me in private that Sabahan must quash their ambition to secede from Malaysia, or else risk being taken over by The Philippines!)

In Sarawak, the widespread problem that haunts natives of all ethnic persuasion is the insecurity of their land tenure. They depend on their land for existence, especially in the deep interior. Their claim on land use is derived by a set of native customs, but in recent decades, their Native Customary Rights (NCR) have been summarily steamrolled by logging and plantation companies with horrendous consequence to the survival of the native farmers.

If the PR coalition make this one single promise to Sarawakian voters that, should they come to power in Sarawak, permanent titles will be given to NCR land owners eventually, the BN state government may also fall!

As long as the Umno dominated central government is strong and controls more than two-third majority in Parliament, the federal powers can afford to neglect and even ignore the issues burning in the breasts of Sarawakians and Sabahans. Federal ministers very seldom visit these two states, and the two chief ministers must kowtow to Kuala Lumpur for fear of having federal allocations being decreased or even cut off altogether.

But the last geeral election has turned the table around. Umno is able to hold on to power in KL at the pleasure of Sabahans and Sarawakians.

Those East Malaysian MPs of all races may all come from the BN camp. They may also swear allegiance to the BN. But they are Sabahans and Sarawakians first, and BN MPs second. They have deep primordial and abiding feelings for the land Below the Wind and the Land of the Hornbill.

That is why the Sabah MPs have been so characteristically vocal in Parliament during the past week, issuing ultimatum to the federal government that if things do not improve, nobody can blame East Malaysian MPs from jumping ship. It would seem that August is the dateline for the PM to turn his gaze seriously eastward.

Being active politicians, they are also pragmatic realists. They are aware of the changing mood of the people. The political tsunami that struck Peninsular Malaysia on March 8 may also sweep towards the north Borneo shores in the near future. The next big showdown will be in Sarawak, where a state general election id due in 2011.

With an ailing chief minister there in a state where the chief minister himself is the number one issue in state politics, there are many ways in which the Pakatan coalition can play their card. With Anwar Ibrahim freed from the encumbrance of directing West Malaysian politics then, he would be on the prowl in our Sarawak jungle, unless the Sarawak chief minister declares him as a persona non grata.

Issue close to my heart

Frankly, I do not think that Anwar has the numbers. There would not be enough MPs from Sabah and Sarawak who would jump ship and topple the BN federal government. And even if that is at all possible, the majority that Pakatan will enjoy in Parliament would be too thin for comfort.

Perhaps Anwar is merely playing a mind game with the BN leadership after all. If that is his intention, he has succeeded beyond expectation. He has exposed the long-veiled discontent from East Malaysia.

This is an issue very close to my heart. After all, I am an Anak Sarawak first, and a Malaysian second. I share this sense of identity with many of my Sarawak friends. Since I was born – at Jalan Padungan in Kuching 60 years ago – I have been nourished and nurtured by the sun and the rain over Sarawak.

I have suffered the pain of living under a polluted political sky in Sarawak all my life. I hate the backwardness, the poverty, the corruption, the primitiveness of politics in my home state.

Now I am 60, having fought the BN at the political front many times without avail. My dream is that the federal government should indeed change hands in my lifetime, and Umno be relegated to the opposition benches. With Sarawak and Sabah playing a king-maker role in this process, perhaps then we have a chance to review and rewrite that social contract first penned in 1963 when Malaysia was born.

If the Sarawak and Sabah MPs should jump and make this dream a reality sooner, then so be it. Who knows? This development may even be good for national integration!

This article was first published in Malaysiakini in  2009, and has been edited for Hornbill Unleashed.

Posted in Alternatives, Media/Press Tagged: Anak Sarawak Bangsa Malaysia, Malaysia Politics, Save Sarawak, Sim Kwang Yang, Sky


Art Harun’s Open Letter to Dr. Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah on his article, “Accused as criminals better than being evil.”

Posted: 28 Dec 2009 07:16 AM PST



Before I take issue with you on several matters in your article, allow me to state some disclaimers. This is to prevent me from being labelled anti this and that or pro this and that.

First and foremost, I am just an ordinary citizen of this country of ours who is just concerned with the well being of our country. Although I have my own political views, I am not affiliated to nor am I associated with any political party. I am a Malay and a Muslim. I am not anti-Malay or anti-Islam. Nor am I pro non-Malays or non-Muslims.

Now that I have made that clear, I shall address some of the issues raised. Firstly, the "social contract". These two words have become a cliche in Malaysia. Whenever somebody or some parties raise some sensitive issues which the Government does not wish to address, they will be referred to the "social contract". Soon, I suppose when a thief snatches a handbag from a poor woman, he will shout to the woman, "social contract"!

What is the "social contract"? I will not repeat what it is as I have written about it here. The first thing to note about it is that any social contract is not cast in stone. It may change as the society and state change and the need of the two parties to the contract evolve with time. What was deemed good 52 years ago may not be good anymore now, and vice versa.

If we take our Federal Constitution as an example, there have been hundreds of amendments made to it. That is the nature of it. It is a breathing and living contract which changes or ought to change according to the time.

Being so, questioning the provisions of the social contact is not a blasphemous act. Nor is it an act of treason. It is in fact a necessity for our society and our state to evolve into a progressive one. With all due respect, for you to label a certain party as "ultra kiasu" just because it apparently questions – if at all they did that – the "social contract" is unbefitting of your stature as a respectable ulamak and a well known senior lecturer. It is like labeling your own students "kiasu" for asking too many questions.

Why can't we be positive about things? Are we so used to be told what to do, what to hear and what to say all these while that we have forgotten to engage with each other properly without any ill feeling? If an ulamak and academician like you cannot engage properly and without emotion, I shudder to think of the prospect for our nation. Have we all closed our heart and soul to any opposing views?

The second thing to note about the social contract is the fact that this contract has two parties to it. The first party is the people. The second party is the State (or the government). It runs two ways. The people say "I give you, the government, some of my rights in exchange of you giving me certain benefits". So, the obligations exist on both sides.

That means both sides must abide by the social contract. Both sides have their own respective obligations to perform. Nowadays, we talk as if only the people are supposed to perform the social contract. We talk as if the government does not have any obligation to perform under the social contract. That is an obvious misconception.

The government is powerful because it holds the power granted by the people. If the people do not perform the social contract, the government would come with all its might to prosecute him. I ask you, what can the people do if the government does not perform its side of the bargain? Do you expect the people to keep quiet?

Thirdly, it is to be noted that, as a living document, the terms and conditions of the social contract may be renegotiated from time to time. Among others, John Locke posits as such. Locke even posits the right of rebellion in the event the social contract leads to tyranny. Of course, I am not advocating a rebellion here.

I am stating that the people have every right to question about the social contract and scrutinise the performance of its terms by the government. And the people have every right – in fact it is arguable that it is the people's duty – to prevent tyranny or acts of tyranny. Being so, I am sure it is not such a sin as made out by you for any party to question the social contract. That is within his right as a party to the social contract.

The next issue which I wish to address is the misrepresentation of the real issues in contemporary Malaysia. I have to state this because when the issues are misrepresented, the arguments in support of them would also go wrong. Emotions can seep in and everything can turn ugly.

The issues at hand, in my opinion, are not the status of Islam as the religion of the Federation or the special position enjoyed by the Malays and the natives of Borneo. Those are enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

I have chosen the words in the preceding paragraph deliberately. Nowadays, when the arguments for "equality" are raised, the other side quickly jumps and say "you are questioning the status of Islam" or "you are questioning the special rights of the Malays" or worse still, "you are questioning the position of the Malay Rulers".

Notice how the issues have been misrepresented to suit their purpose. What are in existence are not "special rights" but "special positions" and the parties which enjoy these positions are not only the Malays but also the natives of Sabah and Sarawak. Please read this article (Article 153) for further explanation on this issue.

On the position of Islam, I don't think anybody in their right minds would question the status of Islam as the religion of the Federation. But, dear Doctor, you must be wise enough to discern the difference between official religion and the law of the country.

Similarly, you must also be rational enough to discern the difference between Bahasa Malaysia as the official language and the rights of the people to speak whatever language they wish.

What has been raised in contemporary Malaysia is not the status of Islam as the religion of the Federation. Many events have taken place so far in relation to inter-faith dialogue that would call for a closer look at the freedom of religion as enshrined in our Constitution. These events were perhaps not within the foresight of the fathers of our nation when the Constitution was being drafted.

It is then left to us, the children of today, to take the bull by the proverbial horn and try to find acceptable solutions to everybody in accordance with the common standard of fairness and civility.

Inter alia, these problems are:

• the controversy surrounding inter-faith marriages between Muslims and non-Muslims where a non-Muslim would convert to Islam to marry a Muslim but later re-convert to his or her original faith;

• the controversy surrounding the forced indoctrination of a certain faith – whether Islam or other faith – on children who are below the age of majority;

• the controversy surrounding the issue of apostasy in Islam;

• the controversy surrounding the unfair allocation of budget for the erection of temples or churches as compared to the mosques and suraus;

• the controversy surrounding the right to practise Islam by Muslims in accordance with their sectarian beliefs;

• the controversy surrounding some fatwas issued by some body of ulamaks;

• the controversy surrounding the usage of the word "Allah" to signify God;

•the controversy surrounding the publication of Bible in Bahasa Malaysia;

• the controversy surrounding moral policing.

These issues have nothing to do with the status of Islam under the Constitution or the status of the Malay rulers. Like it or not, these issues exist and will persist for as long as we huddle ourselves in our dark caves, secure in our belief that those people who raise these issues are ultra kiasu, and they have treasonous tendencies.

This nation is built, from day one, by the unity of her people, regardless of race or religion. There is no such thing as this is "our" nation and not "theirs". In fact, may I respectfully point out that you, as a Chinese Muslim, are contradicting yourself when you refer to this land as "our own land" if what you meant by "our own land" is that this land is the land of the Malays.

Please, dear Doctor. Be more sensitive to the feelings of all Malaysians. You are after all an influential ustaz or teacher whose views are respected by many. Now, as this nation goes into adulthood, it must confront issues which naturally arise in the course of nation building. It must confront these issues unemotionally and with great respect to everyone involved. Lest the very basis of this nation, namely, the unity of her people, would just fade away and we can bet our last dime that destruction would be on its way.

I fear for my children. I fear for this nation if we continue to count "our rights" as opposed to "theirs". There is no "opposite parties" mind you. We are in this together.

Now you have come up with a rather ingenious formula. It is based on the entitlement to more rights for the majority. It is numerical power, which many argue is the direct result of democracy. Philosopher Jeremy Bentham postulates the utilitarian principle in which it is said that whatever brings the most happiness to the greatest number of people would be good.

It would appear that you have managed to reduce the utilitarian principle into a science by reducing the yardstick of happiness for the greatest number of people into a mathematical formula. But with respect, you are threading on a dangerous path. Stretched to its logical conclusion, you are validating the might of the majority over the helplessness of the minority.

In the end, finally, what matters in your equation is the numbers involved. What if, in the future, the non-Muslims become the majority in this country, may I ask you? Would you accept their lording over you as a minority then?

What about the ban of the Islamic minarets in Switzerland? Do you, as a Muslim, accept that because, after all, Christians are the majority in Switzerland? What about the ban of the hijab and head scarf in France? Do you accept that on the same basis, i.e, that Christians are the majority in France? What about the killing of Muslims Bosnians by the Serbs and Croats? You accept that too? After all Christians are the majority in that region. What if the Israelis manage to forcefully fill Gaza with Israelis leaving the Palestinians to be the minority, would you accept the desecration of everything that is Islam in Gaza?

What you are preaching, in my humble opinion, is political expediency suited for the current moment and nothing else. You are not seeing the bigger picture. With respect, you fail to look into ourselves as Muslims and spot our weaknesses as an Ummah against the backdrop of globalisation, transparency, and openness.

You pay scant regard to spirituality and our ability as Muslims to face this new age world on any ground other than the strength in numbers and loudness of our voice. You mentioned Ibn Khaldun in your article. Can you point out the existence of what Ibn Khaldun termed in his "Muqadimmah" as the spirit of "assabiya" in our contemporary Muslim society? Do we have "assabiya" nowadays? Or is it a matter of whatever is mine is mine and yours is yours?

In your mathematical formula, you are in fact preaching against Ibn Khaldun's "assabiya." The communal spirit, comradeship and camaraderie are obviously not important in your formula. What about the numerical superiority of the non-Muslims in education for instance? Non-Muslims do get 9As or 10As in the examinations. Based on your numerical formula, wouldn't they have the right to be in our public university? If so, why don't they get what they are entitled to?

What about the numerical superiority in the non-Muslims' contribution to our national coffers through the payment of taxes, duties and investments made? If your numerical superiority formula is applied, wouldn't the non-Muslims then have more rights to build churches and temples compared to Muslims?

Don't get me wrong. I am not saying they are so entitled. But I am just applying your formula to real life situations. Non-Muslims' festivities should be limited to the percentage of their numbers. Sorry Doctor, I am laughing at the suggestion. Is that what matters? Festivities? Public holidays? They should have less number of temples and churches and we should have more mosques and suraus? (You seem to suggest that there are far too many churches and temples in Malaysia but have you seen the state of these churches and temples? Some are by the side of the road and in shop lots. Some are just housed in a small doggie house.)

How much space we occupy on our way to our graves? And how big our graves are? Good God, who is kiasu? What have we, the good people of Malaysia, become? And why have we descended into this deep pit of triviality? Oh my goodness.

Sometime, I find your reasoning inconsistent ,Doctor. While you preach goodness and high morality and you make such huge outcry against the evil of living immorally as practised by some politicians and the like, at the same time you don't really mind a newspaper which sometime write obvious lies and spread hatred.

This is because, according to you, this newspaper is being frank. Well, is it okay to be bad as long as we are frank about it? You view with contempt the act of living together outside marriage by some non-Muslims but you can accept the act of lying and spreading hatred because the perpetrator is being frank? The last time I checked Doctor, even Hitler was being frank in wanting to kill all the Jews that ever walked the Earth. Was that okay?

The only way out of this racial and religious time bomb which is ticking fast in contemporary Malaysia to my mind is for all of us to confront all the issues in an unemotional manner. We should list them all out in the open. We should accept that those issues constitute problems and acknowledge that fact. We cannot deny their existence. We should stop assigning guilt. We should avoid pointing fingers. We should not adopt the my-religion-is-more-righteous-than-yours attitude.

After we manage to do that, we should then sit down and find the solutions as best as we can. And we better do it fast. Because the longer we delay it, the more insidious and deep they will become. Soon more people will misuse those issues for whatever personal purpose which they may have. The situation may then become irreversible.

May God give all of us the wisdom.

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The 21st century began in 2002

M J Akbar Sunday December 27, 2009, 12:31 AM

M J Akbar

The 20th century ended in 2002, on the day the Godhra riots began. It was a turbulent age that ravaged society and broke the land as faith became the emotional spur of identity and the principal dialectic of politics. If Jinnah used the rhetoric of Islam to divide, then Gandhi used the metaphor of Ram rajya to unite. Both left an immediate legacy of incomplete dreams; it was up to history to decide which one had a better chance of success. Jinnah's Pakistan has crept towards theocracy, inciting blood-warm civil wars and cold-eyed terrorism. Gandhi's India, despite the able custody of Nehru, has had to struggle with the scourge of communalism, the one great impediment to its tryst with destiny.

The 21st century began in 2002 Racialist Utusan'S Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah today pushed the powder-keg issues of race and religion further,



Sepetang di Kg Tanjong Selangor, Pekan, Pahang.

Posted: 28 Dec 2009 06:33 AM PST

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Baru baru ini, kami balik ke Kuantan untuk menghadiri majlis kenduri kahwin anak saudara kami dengan isteri nya yang berasal dari Larkin, Johor.

Keesokannya saya membawa isteri dan anak anak serta cucu cucu saudara berjalan jalan ke Daerah Kg Tanjong Selangor, Pekan, Pahang.

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Alhamdulillah! Seronok rasanya melihat hasil usaha saya.

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Ini pula adalah sibijak kami cucu saudara tersayang si Amir Rafiq yang berbaju oren biru sedang meneroka muncung sampan. Disebelahnya Aina Batrisyia, adik Amir.

















Ini suasana kampong dengan pohon pohon nyior melambai lambai dihembus angin laut. Sungguh nyaman dan tenang rasanya berada di desa.

















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Bikin rosak lah ana punya program!....hmmmmm..lain kali takleh bawa dah dia....


UMNO Jadi Pengkhianat Islam dan Melayu. Masihkah PAS Mahu Mempercayai Mereka?

Posted: 28 Dec 2009 05:46 AM PST

Pertama sekali, UMNO adalah pengkhianat kepada Melayu. Semenjak Merdeka 1957, UMNO tidak memulakan apa-apa langkah membantu Melayu keluar dari kepompong kemiskinan. Hanya setelah orang Melayu menolak UMNO pada tahun 1969, barulah terhegeh-hegeh UMNO melaksanakan program yang dipersetujui oleh Kongress Ekonomi Bumiputra 1 dan 2.

Hasil perlaksanaan keputusan KEB 1 dan 2 ( atau lebih dikenali sebagai DEB) maka terangkatlah majoriti orang Melayu dari paras miskin tegar. Namun, DEB kemudiannya digunakan untuk mengkayakan elit Melayu dan UMNOPUTRA menyebabkan objektif DEB yang utama ( ekuiti bumiputra 33.33%) sampai sekarang tidak di capai. Data terakhir yang saya tengok, ekuiti Bumi tersekat di paras 17% dan itu pun majoritinya terletak dalam tangan badan-badan berkanun. Adapun ekuiti dalam tangan melayu persendirian tidak lebih dari 7%.

UMNO wajib menjawab, mengapa bagi Rancangan Malaysia Ke Lapan, hanya 20% perbelanjaan kerajaan pergi pada orang atau syarikat Bumiputra sedangkan yang lain itu pergi kepada syarikat-syarikat bukan Bumiputra? Sedangkan wang RMK-8 adalah wang kerajaan yang mana ketua Kerajaan adalah UMNO. Keputusan perbelanjaan dibuat oleh UMNO dan bukannya oleh taikoon Cina. Mengapa majoriti perbelanjaan RMK8 pergi kepada syarikat Bukan Bumiputra? (Nak tengok bukti, sila rujuk kepada kertas kerja yang disediakan oleh Effendi Nawawi).

Kita juga jangan lupa siapa yang lepaskan Singapura. Bukankah UMNO yang melepaskan Singapura kepada Lee Kuan Yew? Padahal pada waktu mereka melepaskan Singapura, mereka telahpun meng "ISA" kan raaammaaaiii pimpinan-pimpinan PAS i.e. Dr Burhanuddin Helmi, Prof Dzulkifli Muhammad, Pak Nik Lah dsbnya. Tapi pemimpin-pemimpin masa tu bachul tak berani nak tangkap Lee Kuan Yew bawah ISA. Sedangkan PAP ni adalah parti komponen Perikatan.

Juga selepas penubuhan UMNO, mereka telah menjalankan polisi ekonomi penjajah bagi memudahkan penjajah meneruskan rompakan harta kekayaan tanah air kita tanpa halangan.Hasilnya menyebabkan orang Melayu mengamuk dan menolak UMNO pada 1969. Barulah UMNO terhegeh2 nak laksanakan keputusan Kongress Ekonomi Bumiputra 1 dan 2.

UMNO Khianati Islam


Dari penubuhan UMNO sendiri UMNO telah menjalankan program "Loteri UMNO". Itu jelas satu penghinaan kepada Islam dan UMNO dengan senang hati melakukannya.

UMNO juga menaja polisi mengizinkan arak dijual untuk keuntungan seperti yang berlaku sekarang ini di Malaysia. Sedangkan di negeri2 Scandinavia, yang mana tiada peruntukan Islam-Sebagai-Agama-Rasmi dalam perlembagaan mereka, arak tidak diizinkan dijual untuk keuntungan. Hanya sekardar mengisi keperluan domestik. Tapi UMNO siap lantik orang Melayu sebagai Lembaga Pengarah syarikat2 Arak ini. Jelas UMNO adalah munafik.

Juga, UMNO penghalang kepada perlaksaan syariat Islam yang utama di Malaysia. Kalau lah tidak disebabkan mahkamah2 syariah di Malaysia ditubuhkan sebelum Merdeka, nescaya Malaysia sudah menjadi seperti Turki atau Indonesia sehingga nama Allah tidak boleh disebut dalam majlis-majlis rasmi.

Secara mudahnya, sila rujuk artikel saya di sini bagi mendapat maklumat yang lebih mendalam.

Secara mudahnya, UMNO memang pengkhianat kepada Islam kerana telah menghalalkan benda yang haram dan mengizinkan umat Islam di Malaysia bergelumang dengan benda maksiat. UMNO adalah sebab utama maksiat berleluasa di kalangan umat Islam di Malaysia.

Jadi, adakah PAS masih mahu memurahkan diri berselingkuh dan duduk satu kelambu dengan UMNO setelah begitu lama UMNO berjasa menghancurkan umat Islam dan Melayu?

Tulang Besi


Christians Are Allowed to Judge: Four Bible Passages Often Cited to Deflect Judgement, and How to Respond

Posted: 28 Dec 2009 12:28 AM PST


It's a funny world… Liberals, nominal Christians and others who do not regard the Bible as God's word/relevant/binding often cite the Bible in a veto attempt whenever a Christian points out something that goes against God's word.

Of course, they don't really read the Bible except to point out perceived flaws. Most of the time, they simply rehash an argument they read on some other website or blog, or else vaguely recall that the Bible has a passage that sounds like something along those lines.

Not being well versed in the Bible, they are therefore most of the time flat out wrong regarding what the Bible actually says about judgement.

But for self-professed serious Christians, there is no excuse for not knowing your Bible! So here I summarize four of the most used and abused passages used as a convenient (if hypocritical) defense by those not aligned with Christianity.

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1) "The Bible says, judge not lest ye be judged!"

The actual passage: "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. - Matthew 7:1-2

Suggested response: I am confident that I am living righteously, and therefore am ready to be judged and measured. How about you?

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2) "The Bible says, don't point out the speck in your brother's eye when you have a plank in your own eye!"

The actual passage: "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? - Excerpt of Luke 6:41-42

Look a little farther: You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. - The rest of Luke 6:42

Therefore, suggested response: I don't have a plank in my eye, unless you care to name one for me. That being the case, can I point out the log cabin in your eye now?

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3) "The Bible says, love your neighbor!"

The actual passage: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. - Jesus in Matthew 22:39

Look a little farther: "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." - Matthew 22:39-40

Therefore, suggested response: I am commanded to love my neighbor, but also to love God. And God is hurt by your sinning. To love both God and you, it is my duty to persuade you to stop living in sin.

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4) "The Bible says, let he who is without sin cast the first stone!"

The actual passage: The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. – Excerpts of John 8:3-9

Look a little farther: Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?""No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin." – The Rest of John 8:10-11

Therefore, suggested response: If we do not cast stones and condemn you, then you ought to 'Go now and leave your life of sin'.

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PS. It is our Christian duty to warn others of the consequences of living in sin.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2nd Timothy 3:16-17

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. – 2nd Timothy 4:1-2

See also Ezekiel 33 where the watchman who sees the coming judgement from the Lord but does not warn others of the impending punishment is held responsible for his failure to sound the alarm.


Express bus driver caught watching video

Posted: 28 Dec 2009 03:29 AM PST

Only recently the nation was shocked with yet another express bus tragedy that claimed lives of 10 passengers because of the driver's alleged recklessness. This time a passenger video-taped an incident that could have caused a similar outcome. Speaking to Malaysiakini, the passenger who requested anonymity said he caught on his cellphone camera, the bus driver of the double-decker Mutiara Ekspress he was travelling in, allegedly watching a dangdut music video while driving on the East-Coast ...
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24 Dec 2009 Penang CJs party at their graduation - Part II

Posted: 28 Dec 2009 02:31 AM PST

Penang Dec 19, 2009: Penang Citizen Journalists graduating from the series of citizen journalism workshops organised by news portal Malaysiakini gathered at a beach resort for a graduation party this evening. The 33 graduates represent the 1st and 2nd groups that had completed the workshops held on the island this year. Many of the graduates have produced videos touching on issues that had resulted in direct and positive responses from state as well as federal authorities. Malaysiakini has ...
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Reasonn For Ridhuan Tee Abdullah Attacks His Own Race

Posted: 27 Dec 2009 11:18 PM PST




Ridhuan Tee Abdullah - The Malaysian Chinese Traitor!


What I Know About This Chinese Converted


I am not his fan but the reason why I choose to write about him in Bukit Tunggal today is because I want to expose who this man really is.
I started to know about this Chinese who converted to Islam about 15 to 20 years ago when he appeared on RTM religious program.After a while his name disappeared but resurfaced again in mid-90s when he was invited to host a religious forum by 9th Brigade in Sibu. At that time I was still serving in the Armed Forces and at the time when my brain was still under BN-UMNO brainwashed, where everything done in the name of Islam was always correct.
And after more than 10 years keeping quiet, in 2009 his name suddenly appeared again but this time as a guest writer  with the most  racist newspaper in Malaysia,  the Utusan Malaysia. When he appeared on RTM and later as a freelance religious speaker he normally talk about religious matter. But with  Utusan Malaysia he became an agent for UMNO to discredit  the Chinese . He condemns the Malaysian Chinese, especially those in the opposition mostly the members of DAP party or what he describes as the  ultra kiasu 


Who is He According to his Blog.


According top his blog, Dr. Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah is a  Senior Lecturer at National Defence University Malaysia cum Secretary General of Islamic Chamber of Commerce Malaysia. But no matter what he describe about himself, but  for me he is more fit to be called the traitor to the Malaysian Chinese, just like in Sarawak we have Alfred (Afraid) Jabu Numpang as the main traitor to the dayak!


His Thoughts


Some of his thought that condemned the Chinese and the other faiths in Malaysia such as Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism are :-


  1. Utusan Malaysia Labeled as Racist By Opposition Parties. He defends Utusan Malaysia by accusing the ultra kiasu party and its group as not only evil, but have an evil intention by not accepting the social contract and rejecting the federal constitution and also challenging sensitive matters that have long been agreed upon. He further added that the partners of the ultra kiasu party do not dare to speak directly for fear of loss of support. 
  2. His Attacks On Opposition Politicians. He condemns Teoh Beng Hock (Suspected murdered while still under the custody of MACC) for staying with his fiancé without proper marriage. He also condemns Pkatan Rakyat for still Retaining executive council (exco) known for their evil deeds ( refer to YB Elizabeth Wong whose nude photos were circulated in the internet.
  3. UMNO Labels as RacistHe condemns the opposition for raising   the sensitive issues such as the  demand of equal rights and opportunities for all Malaysians. He further tells the opposition that the sedition act can be used against them.In defending his thought , he argues that  the special privilege given to the Malay   was a social contract that has been agreed upon by the Malay, Chinese and Indian past leaders.
  4. In Defending Islam Privileges Compares to Other Religions in Malaysia. He points that  Islam is the religion of the majority community of the  country and has a very special position in the constitution.The advantage in Islam according to him is not discrimination because as the majority Malay Muslims, they have the rights, which includes using government funds to develop the growth of Islam. 
Bukit Tunggal Opinion


If one follows what has been written by this Malaysian Chinese traitor, his thinking has been brainwashed by UMNO, and most of its only confines to what happening in Peninsular Malaysia. His ideas never consider Sabah and Sarawak. But I don't blame him because his doctorate is not specialised in Malaysian History.
Talking about the position of Islam in these two states, I would like to tell this Malaysian Chinese Traitor that muslim is not the majority here, and under the 20 point and 18 point agreement , Islam is not the official religion in these two states.


What Motivates Him


When I was still in the armed forces last time, one of the merit system for the non-muslim officers was their conversion to Islam. Throughout my service as a commissioned army officers, I knew two officers that promoted to the rank of Lt Colonel without attending Staff College. Those two Iban officers converted to Islam prior to their promotions!
As for this Reduan Thee Abdullah..he will stops writing bad about his own race after he has no longer  working at National Defence University. He is writing for his own SURVIVAL.


Mupok aku


"Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban"



Update on Antares

Posted: 28 Dec 2009 02:00 AM PST


Antares on the recovery and looking good!

Got news from our medical sources at about 4 pm today and was informed that Antares is recovering well.

For those medically inclined;
Was informed that he had "metabolic acidosis from kidney involvement of Malaria (Plasmodium Falciparum)". He was put on the ventilator and is currently being weaned off it, but still requires to have dialysis.

But in general the information is that he is recovering slow and steady and that is good news to me.

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拿督斯里蔡细历医生文告/PRESS STATEMENT FROM DATUK SERI DR. CHUA SOI LEK

Posted: 28 Dec 2009 12:28 AM PST

拿督斯里蔡细历医生文告

(吉隆坡28日讯)马华署理总会长拿督斯里蔡细历医生今日指出,他将在元旦假期结束后召开马华重选特委会会议。

他说,鉴于重选特委会的大多数成员,包括两名部长目前皆身在国外,特委会无法召开会议讨论下一步决定。

因此,他将会在元旦假期结束后,召开第3次马华重选会议。也是马华党务委员会主席的蔡细历,也拟在假期后召开第1次马华党务管理会议。

蔡细历也声明,在这段期间,他不会对重选课题作任何回应。会议日期敲定以后,马华秘书处将发函通知相关委员会的成员,并通告媒体采访。

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PRESS STATEMENT FROM DATUK SERI DR. CHUA SOI LEK

I will call for the MCA special committee for fresh party election meeting after Christmas and New Year holidays.

Since there are many members in the special committee of which includes two MCA Ministers who are currently overseas; the committee is unable to hold any meeting to discuss further plans.

Therefore, once the date for the special committee meeting is determined, the MCA secretariat will issue notification to relevant committee members as well as to the media.

In the meantime, I will not respond to any issues or matters pertaining to fresh polls until the date for the meeting is confirmed.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a prosperous New Year.

Thank you.


moving backwardstinking asshole Ridhuan Tee Abdullah teaches umno islam his propaganda for UMNO master is still living in Mahathir’s racialist World.

Posted: 27 Dec 2009 10:14 PM PST


Malaysia must be the only country in the world where people can actually change their race by changing religion. Scientifically speaking, one can't change one's DNA by changing religion. A Muslim Chinese, a Christian Chinese and a Buddhist Chinese are all ethnically Chinese whatever religion they may profess to follow. Ahmad Ismail and Mahathir ancestors came from India. Ridhuan Tee's ancestors came from China. And yet these people are trying to prove that they are more Malay than the actual Malays by acting more extremist.From what Ridhuan Tee Abdullah said in public, one can tell what uneducated and unintellectual is. I am sure educated Malaysian can tell what the UMNO is and what it can do for this country. And it is no surprise that the UMNO will deflinitely not prevail. The destiny of this country is pathetic because of the uneffective leadership of barisan nasional for more than 50 years.
Maybe Umno thinks that by using a Chinese muslim to spew racist rantings and religious bigotry and intolerance at the non malay community (read chinese) such dribble and nonsensical accusations would be more legit and justifiable. Dribble is dribble, nonsense is nonsense no matter what and who utters it.Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders lashed out today at prominent Utusan Malaysia columnist Dr Ridhuan Tee Abdullah for suggesting that Malay-Muslims have more rights because they form the majority in Malaysia.
Encik Tee has a lot of hatred for and towards non Muslims and this is a very dangerous and wrong belief. I belief this is not religious but purely political. I really wonder why is it that Encik Tee practises discrimanatory approach to wards others who do not subscribe to his faith. I have no doubt and qualm to give and help a Muslim not because of his faith but of his needs which I believe many Muslim brothers would do the same to the non Muslims. His view is so preverted that no single right thinking man would have gone to that extent. Though he is a convert and professed to know the Islam Teaching which is questionable. If he still regard himself an Islamic Scholar, he must learn to have compassion and be more passionate.
PR leaders from PAS, PKR and DAP also took issue with the National Defence University lecturer, who is a prominent Muslim convert, for accusing non-Muslims of putting their own interests above that of the country's.
They accused him of acting in the interests of Umno and for living in a world that no longer exists.
In his regular column in Mingguan Malaysia today, Ridhuan also put forward a formula based on the racial and religious breakdown of the country's 27 million population, to apportion the share of what is due to each community in terms of rights, festivities and celebrations, adding that no one should question the "social contract."
"What he is doing is not right. As a Muslim, we want to emphasise that Islam teaches justice. Everyone has rights. We do not accept a rule where only one race's rights are protected simply because they are the majority. We cannot deny the minority," said Khalid Samad who is the PAS Shah Alam MP.
The PAS man said that the problem with how democracy in Malaysia is understood is that it tends toward the majority rule, instead of being based on principles of justice.
"Even if there was one Buddhist in a village, he must be allowed to celebrate and practice his faith because it is his right. Just because the Malays are the majority, Islam does not say we can go around and oppress others," stated Khalid, who sounded upset when told about the arguments made in Ridhuan's latest article.
He added that while the original social contract of the country did provide some form of protection for Malays so that they would not be left trailing behind, that was in the past and even then that did not mean that other races were not considered as equal citizens of the country.
"It is disappointing that Ridhuan Tee is becoming more Umno than Muslim. As a Muslim convert, he should be concentrating his efforts in trying to show the truth and justice within Islam, and not trying to win acceptance from the Malay-Muslims minorities who buy into this racist sentiment."
Ridhuan had also taken the opportunity to hit out at people who questioned the large government allocation for mosques and the comparatively smaller sum set aside for houses of worship for other faiths, in what is understood to be a direct jab at DAP's stand over the issue.
He also labelled DAP as an "ultra-kiasu" party, meaning that they were willing to do anything to retain their position for fear of losing it.
"Are the number of churches and the pile of houses of worship, to the extent of sinking the number mosques and suraus, not considered as rights? Have we ever prevented them from going to church every Sunday? Do not compare with the Muslims because we worship differently. We have different needs. Similarly goes the requirements for jamaah prayers.
"Hence, the concept of equal rights and the equal opportunities should be based on the formula that has been outlined in the constitution and by proportion of races (religions)," wrote Tee.
PKR Information Chief Tian Chua laughed when he was told about Ridhuan's written outburst in Utusan, dismissing it as a desperate attempt to serve the interests of the Umno elite.
"I personally do not feel threatened by this, I laugh … this is desperate. Tee is not acting alone. He is making justifications for his big boss. Right now, Umno is cornered, and they need to find some way to justify their position," said Chua, who is the Batu MP.
The outspoken opposition lawmaker asserted that UMNO no longer had a raison d'etre, and by doing this it was a way to tell the non-Malays in the country to "not muck around with Umno, because it might unleash something nasty."
"In the past, their (UMNO's) language of violence and supremacy was implied more than expressed.
"Now it is so openly racist, something is wrong," said Chua.
Pakatan Rakyat-ruled states such as Penang and Selangor were singled out by the Mingguan columnist as being under the "ultra-kiasu party" and no longer serving the interests of the Malay-Muslims, which according to him were under siege.
"Just look at the shopping malls, although Christians are only nine per cent, the Christmas and New Year 2010 celebrations are incomparable to the Hari Raya and the Islamic New Year. If you do not believe, visit the states ruled by the ultra kiasu and its allies, and the shopping malls of their allies throughout the country," stated Ridhuan.
The DAP's Liew Chin Tong agreed with his PR colleagues and lashed out at Ridhuan for his views and ideas which are "really behind time."
"All this talk about race doesn't really help anyone. We need a society which lifts everyone up. Sixty per cent of household family income is below RM3,000. Among this 60 per cent are also Malays."
It troubles me that Malaysia, after 50 years has come to this dangerous stage of racial discrimination. What is more worrisome is that this discrimination is excercised openly and targetted straight into the races that are being discriminated. What is happening, we may ask? This is because the government of the day allows this to happen just because they are ruling now. This will sow discontent and disharmony and hopefully creates a right atmosphere for them to retain power forever without them being blamed "directly" – It's "people power", they will say!
As for this Tee guy, he thought that being a Muslim convert gives him equal standing among his Muslim brethren. Tee, try to go for a Vice-President post in UMNO, and see what your so called Muslim brethren will termed you as. Remember, we call Indian-Muslims as Mamak. Do you want to know what they call Chinese-Muslims? Your brethren ain't among the Muslims, Tee. Your brethren is amongst us, Malaysians. I don't know how a "screwed-up" brain like yours can become a lecturer. I bet it is because you are a so-called "Convert" that gives you the degree and the post you have today. Want to take my challenge for an open debate on any topic under the sun? I am not a graduate, but let the debate be in English, because you are a lecturer, and lecturers are supposed to be fluent in English, right? Let the topic be "Malaysian Malays and their converted counterparts" I think "screwed-up" Tee must read what was written by RPK in his topic on Muslim-converts. That's the problem, Tee doesn't read English.
Liew, who is also Bukit Bendera MP, argued that equal opportunity was pivotal as the issue of poverty moves well beyond racial lines.
"He must be mistaken if he thinks that people all around the world thought that Malaysia was an ideal place to live in during the 1950s.
"That is why the message of Pakatan is clearer. Under the Pakatan Common Policy Platform, it is stated that in order for Malaysia to move on there is an urgent need to address the issue of equal opportunity of the lower-earning income group," said Liew.
He also noted that Ridhuan's article further validates the impression that Umno is currently split between ultra conservatives and more liberal minded individuals.
This Lecturer needs to further his Education.
Must have been brain washed by the BTN.
He will be promoted to Professor in no time even with such low
mentality.
He is a Raciest by the way he spoke.
We do not need such people in our mist.
POSTED BY THE TAXIDRIVER786


A lengthy comment on my stand

Posted: 27 Dec 2009 09:44 PM PST


Instead of a post toady, I have written a lengthy reply to some readers on my stand. Please read the comment http://hsudarren.wordpress.com/2009/12/24/merrry-xmas/#comments


NST Letters – Iraq: US-led Invasion Has Saved Lives

Posted: 27 Dec 2009 07:04 PM PST


I can predict a whole lotta hate mail coming my way soon via NST's Letters pages, as happened the last time.

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This is Abdul Razak Abu Samah's letter that appeared in the NST, 24 Dec 2009:

There's no moral justification for this oil venture
2009/12/24

THE oil deal between Petronas and its partners and the Iraqi authorities ("Petronas in giant Iraq oil deals" — NST, Dec 12) has caused some to raise their eyebrows not only from the point of view of the legality of the Iraqi government under international law but the morality of the deals per se.
The Iraq war has always been a contentious issue ever since the country under Saddam Hussein was invaded and occupied by the United States and Britain.

They defended the invasion on the grounds that they needed to take a pre-emptive strike against Saddam to destroy his weapons of mass destruction.

But those weapons never existed. The Americans themselves have admitted as much and the United Nations has confirmed it. The war was unnecessary. It was a grand design to seize what the US and Britain needed most: oil.

And to give effect to their scheme, they had to get rid of Saddam. Or else, they considered him a threat to Israel and he had to be eliminated. This is the irrefutable conclusion.

They could hardly say otherwise once the reason for the invasion and occupation became indefensible.

The status quo that has been established in Iraq is, therefore, a government with an Iraqi face but with the heart and soul of the American and the British.

The latter, seeing the immorality of it all, are slowly walking out, leaving the Ame-ricans behind (and it looks as if we are walking in instead).

But the war goes on. Iraqis who are loyal to Saddam are waging an underground war against the occupying forces but thousands of Iraqis have been killed.

On what moral threshold, therefore, are we seen to be a party to enjoying the fruits of an illegal and unjust war?

If worldly gain and riches are the criteria in our endeavours, then would it not be correct and legitimate also to make Israel our trading partner?

What is the difference? Under such a cloud of clashing causes and moral values, who are we to blame then if the Malaysians working there become the target of suicide attacks?

The contractual terms in the oil bargain may stipulate the work to begin after the American troops have left Iraq, but there is no clear time frame when this will happen.

ABDUL RAZAK ABU SAMAHBohor, Pahang

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And this is my response which basically says, why punish Iraqis just 'cos you hate Bush?

Some parts the NSt editors removed from my original added back in in Italics. Some helpful links I added into the text for reference. Minor changes to style left as NST version, but overall the vast majority of my original text was left as is.

(NST links become defunct after a period.)

IRAQ: US-led invasion has saved lives
2009/12/28
SCOTT THONG YU YUEN, Ipoh

I AM not in any way justifying the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States and Britain. However, I am of the opinion that Abdul Razak Abu Samah ("There's no moral justification for this oil venture" — NST, Dec 24) is misinformed about what is going on in Iraq.

First, it is a misconception that weapons of mass destruction were the only reason given for former US president George W. Bush's invasion. Among the many other factors cited by the US Congress were Saddam Hussein's infamous atrocities carried out on Iraq's civilian population, his non-compliance with countless United Nations resolutions (including firing on enforcement planes) and his now proven sponsorship of various terrorist organisations. Honestly, why didn't the UN take "multilateral" action itself instead of allowing the US to start a "unilateral" invasion?

Second, it is a gross insult to insinuate that the Iraqis are little more than Anglo-controlled sheep. Iraq underwent nationwide democratic elections with 79.6 per cent turnout to choose their new government, and the UN rejected any allegations of fraud. By Abdul Razak's same standard, is Malaysia's government also illegitimate because as a former British colony that underwent British-approved elections and British-agreed independence in the 1950s, we have 'a government with a Malaysian face but with the heart and soul of the British'?

Third, I find it hard to accept that "the war goes on" because "Iraqis who are loyal to Saddam are waging an underground war against the occupying forces". Has Razak never heard of the Anbar Awakening, where the Iraqis themselves decided to end the reign of terrorism by rising up against al-Qaeda en masse? Imagine that: the Iraqis sided with the "occupying forces" over the "freedom fighters". Madness, surely!

[Interlude: Michael J. Totten: Anbar Awakens Part I: The Battle of Ramadi - ...the mosques in the city went crazy. The imams screamed jihad from the loudspeakers. We went to the roof of the outpost and braced for a major assault. Our interpreter joined us. Hold on, he said. They aren't screaming jihad against us. They are screaming jihad against the insurgents.]

Also, if people would open their eyes, they would know that the situation in Iraq is actually more peaceful today than any time in the past 30 years. An official report by the defence, interior and health ministries estimates that from Nov 1 last year to Aug 31 this year, there were just 3,045 Iraqi casualties — a rate of just 304.5 deaths per month.

In comparison, the murder rate in peacetime South Africa is five times greater at 1,512.3 deaths per month.

Not only has violence in Iraq dropped to pre-invasion levels, the death rate is in fact far lower than during Saddam's rule (3,035.1 deaths per month or 10 times greater) and when UN sanctions were in place (9,259.3 deaths per month). The UN sanctions were thus a far greater killer of Iraqis than Saddam, Bush and Blair put together. - why no condemnation from Abdul Razak?

A quick calculation will find that the invasion actually saved more Iraqi lives than it took. On Oct 14, the Associated Press reported the Human Rights Ministry's findings where from the beginning of 2004 to Oct 31 last year, 85,694 Iraqis were killed (1,477.5 deaths per month).

By extrapolating the earlier mentioned death rates, we can estimate that if the American-led invasion had not ended both Saddam's rule and the UN sanctions, a total of 836,019 (206,387 added to 629,632) Iraqis would have died from Jan 1, 2004 to Aug 31 this year.

Taken against the figure of just 88,739 deaths during that period, we can therefore determine that 747,280 fewer Iraqi lives have been lost due to "Bush and Blair's war of aggression". Three-quarters of a million lives saved — maybe that's why a BBC poll in March found that 56 per cent of Iraqis think Bush's invasion was wrong, but 42 per cent think it was right and 85 per cent describe the current situation as "very good or quite good".

And finally, shouldn't we let the past be the past? Why punish the Iraqi people just to spite Bush and Blair, who are both no longer in office? Is Razak suggesting that no one should do business with the Iraqi people until some unspecified time in the distant future? Wouldn't that be just another round of senseless and ruthless sanctions?

After two decades of Saddam's brutality, another decade of inhumane sanctions concurrent with his continued despotism, and then close to seven years of suffering under terrorist attacks, is further depriving the Iraqi people really the moral thing to do? Why not ask them what they want instead of imposing our own prejudices on them?

Yes indeed, Warmonger Bush saved 750,000 Iraqi lives – see it for details and calculations that were used. An attempted submission under that title had failed to be published earlier on.

This is even more than the previous rough estimate of 600,000 lives which also made it into the NST way back when.

I will close with some photos of Peace in Iraq:

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Malayan Proverb ~ Now, why can't Malaysians appreciate what we have?

Posted: 27 Dec 2009 08:54 PM PST

Dear fellow Malaysians,

It's quite heartening to see our nation's cultural heritage being appreciated by Western writers for at times I feel so disgusted to come across some of our fellow citizens end up being half-baked impersonators of foreign culture and they make quite a fool of themselves in their cockeyed attempts to be something that they obviously are not!

I was reading some reports online when I came across this article on US President Barack Hussein Obama Jr by C.J.Maloney.

He was lambasting the US President for the unprecedented act of a US President bowing to foreign emperors and kings.

What caught my attention was the usage of one of our nation's famous proverbs which he had translated into English and posted right at the very top of his article.

'One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.'

~ Malayan Proverb

The original in Malay is 'Hutang emas boleh dibayar ; hutang budi dibawa mati!'

To me as a Malaysian blogger, I am very proud and pleased to see one of our nation's proverbs be accorded such respect by a foreign blogger and well established writer such as C.J.Maloney.

He blogs for History News Network, an online portal for the Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030, USA.

To have a Malay proverb be recognized and appreciated by a foreign writer and blogger such as C.J.Maloney is to me a good refreshing reminder for me as a blogger not to let my fellow writers and bloggers here in the Malaysian blogosphere be left out in keeping alive the cultural treasures and heritage that we have inherited.

There is a literary treasure trove amongst us that we can adopt and use in our daily bloggings.

I have written before about the living legend of a connoisseur of Malay Pantun here, the celebrated Tengku Nasaruddin Said Effendy, who has authored many books on the authentic original Malay Pantuns from the glorious heydays of Malay Literature taken from the many annals and legends of Malay folklore and written history.

To me, the Malay Literary Heritage is something to be treasured and studied upon for it contains the many valuable links to our nation's past and probably holds the key to the many issues which the current Malayan Peninsular inhabitants face in the volatile era of undergoing cultural, physical and progressive change of the Malaysian people.

Sometimes we never realize and appreciate what precious literary treasures we have amongst us until it's gone forever into the mysterious realms of past histories.

Only those who know how to appreciate such literary gems of the past will strive to uncover its values and preserve them for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Those who are oblivious to what I am referring to here can just be summed up as those who miss the forests for the trees but then again, I am sure that amongst the multitudes of folks living today here in this peninsular which was once heralded as the 'Golden Chersonese', might still exist some Malaysians who are well aware of my subject in this posting and will rise to the occasion of coming together to help save and preserve our nation's heritage in their own websites, blogs and other online or offline realms.

Insya Allah.


Anwars”Political Whirlpool” Voon and Philip….??”

Posted: 27 Dec 2009 07:44 PM PST


Never write anyone off. The Malaysian political landscape has changed dramatically ever since 308 and this is due to the persistence of Anwar Ibrahim in his quests to be the next Prime Minister of Malaysia. The title he has so far from it all is only "Opposition Leader" in Parliament and to his inner circles as  "PRIME MINISTER IN WAITING"

audie61 was talking to a senior veteran PBB member who said that there might be changes in PBB in the next delegates conference scheduled and slotted to be held in March. Even the status quo of SPDP is being challenged and this is due to the part of the young being hot blooded and demanding to see some changes in the upper echelon of the BN parties. This seems to be the signal that is being used by the older disgruntled and sidelined members to push the "young and dangerous' to step in the political whirlpool.

Once you are thrown in there is no point of return. The "shining stars" will have to protect their own with their own group of tough and dedicated "machais' and its not always so smooth sailing. The President of SPDP is trying to protect the party with a "status quo' and so will the other BN component parties like PBB,PRS and SUPP. But will this come at a price?    At least it seems some SPDP grassroot members are making their intentions known. 

The veteran politician equates it very simply to a "harmless knife". Anwar was harmless in UMNO but when he was pushed to a corner and after spending 10 years in the wilderness he has come back with the knife ready to slit the throats that has harmed him. Is he succeeding?

 The people in the corridors of power are so afraid of their own shadows and they are using all methods,strategies and non existence political ways to ensure Anwar  does not even smell the aroma of PUTRAJAYA for his second stint as the top leader in the government of Maalysia.

Surely, if Anwar cannot succeed so quickly what chances can we give to the deputy Presidential candidate Philip Ngo challenging Peter Nyarok for the deputies posts in SPDP. He says that if Anwar is polishing up the knife to ensure he maks it. A knife is traditionally used for the bests of purposes in our daily living but nowadays we are faced with too many instances where its used for ulterior motives.

When the very essence of our democratic principles used to run the country is being abused by the warlords in all parties "democracy will reengineer itslf back." The people can be fooled once or twice but not forever.

Who is Philip Ngo to have generated a front page talking headlined as compared to Anwar Ibrahim? Has he seen the light that is flicking at the end of the tunnel? Many in the Pakatan fold are still using the Anwar factor to push for their own survival. The next person cannot save you  and you need to be above it all or you get swallowed up.  Its just simply,"share of the spoils". The whirlpool will never stop in politics and as a DAP assemblyman said to audie61," I just cant stand factional politics and I always leave it to the people to fight for me.

Philip has challenged the status quo and the BN parties are looking at it with interests. The floodgates have just being  opened  up and for BN to stay relevant they need to see a change as it re-engineers,re-invent and re-styled. Democracy cannot be compromised and many still forget the very essence on how political parties are formed and they fail to turn to their very own party CONSTITUTION for guidance. Mosts however only look for loopholes to attain and sustain power.

Anwar and Philip might be miles apart in terms of their political resume and poltical divide but they have breathe fresh air to the political scene in their respective journeys. We have had the Storm warriors in DAP convention two weeks ago and ( check this story out ) now we are seeing the whirlpool making its presence felt in SPDP.

Wonder if  Najib and Anwar on both political divides are picking up those who are swallowed up by their parties warlords. A good leader knows that those who are the shining stars are always shot down not due to their inabilities but the jealousies of their party comrades and politcal minefields that they stepped on.

Many have fell by the wayside but in politics we never discount anyone and they will come back and haunt you. Those who are sitting comfortably in their zones will do well not to forget the KNIFE. It's a politcal whirlpool out there and Philip ,Voon and  Anwar knows bests what their PRINCIPLES AND IDEALS are.  

Good man will always come back  to restore the equilibrium and the very existence of DEMOCRACTIC GOVERNANCE.


Liberalisation of misery

Posted: 23 Dec 2009 02:08 AM PST

Liberalisation of services will make life more difficult for the majority of Malaysians and fuel resentment among the marginalised, writes Jeyakumar Devaraj


The Missing Jet engine story plus Vietnam {Tinh Hoai Huong }

Posted: 27 Dec 2009 05:57 PM PST

Jet engine goes Missing.
RM 50 millions goes Missing.
BN said, please don't Bising.
Malaysiakini said, why the minister don't go Missing.
We found out that the goal post was in the wrong Placing.
That was why, they found the RMAF monkey Acting.
Must request Namewee to Sing
Last,last, we will wait for action from Karpal Singh.
UMno !! what a Blessing.
We Malaysian feel Disgusting.
While the whole world keep Watching.
News will slowly Fading.
Malaysian will start Wondering.
End up Laughing..
Hino san Joking.
Some more news coming after reading in the Evening.
Jet engine missing minister said add more Fencing.
To prevent Stealing.
But who? will again got the tendering and money Pocketing.
Last, last is the rakyat start Campaigning.
Next GE who will know which Party is Losing.
MACC are you dreaming, waiting to do wayang Acting.
Hino san Retiring.


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