Saturday, January 9, 2010

Najib says Umno is a maha racist party,voter are needed during election time only

Najib says Umno is a maha racist party,voter are needed during election time only


Najib says Umno is a maha racist party,voter are needed during election time only

Posted: 09 Jan 2010 11:20 AM PST


We believe the problems facing this generation are those very problems mentioned in our Prophet's final sermon, upon him be prayers and peace: economic injustice, racism, the oppression of women, and the manipulation of natural order.related article Najib strategy at the moment:to get Hadi Awang and his deputy Nasharudin Mat Isa endorse "traumatized" Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan story their intention is to convict him by hook or by crook,

We believe these human illnesses can only be treated through healing the hearts of humanity with spiritual truths of the impermanence of the world and the need to understand our purpose while we are here and act accordingly.related articleRacist are more destructive than the communist.Racist mischief from Utusan's Awang Selamat Despicable thieves take what are others' without gratitude and despite their knowing.This can only be done with sound and true knowledge. It is our goal to acquire and disseminate that knowledge Allah is an Arabic term for God, and Muslims believe Allah is the personal name of the One God, the Creator of the universe. Some have said that Allah is taken from "Al illaha," which means "The God." So unlike one perception revealed in a recent poll, when Muslims say Allah they are not referring to a "moon god" or some other Arab idol; they are talking about the God. The Qur'an urges people to not worship the moon, but the God who created the moon and everything in existence.

related articleNajib, ONE Malaysia atau MULTI crises in society Ijtihad, Freedom of Expression and Contemporary Politics

According to the Muslims' last holy book (Muslims also believe in Torah and Gospel are revelations from God), the Qur'an, God says tell the "People of the Book," a respectful term used for Jews and Christians, that "Our God and your God is one and the same, and it is unto Him that we [all] surrender ourselves."Qur'an 29:46.

The Qur'an urges all believers to affirm that they will not worship anyone but the one God.

In His address to young Muslims in Morocco in August 1985, Pope John Paul II said

"Christians and Muslims, we have many things in common, as believers and as human beings… We believe in the same God, the one God, the Living God, the God who created the world and brings his creatures to their perfection."Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today reiterated that Umno is not a party that practised racismrelated article Racist are more destructive than the communist.Racist mischief from Utusan's Awang Selamat Despicable thieves take what are others' without gratitude and despite their knowing and never had any intention to grab power from other races in the country. Instead, he said, Umno had always upheld the principle of wanting to be fair to all

.najib prove to us that this article is not true remember

you are muslim related article on rosmaaa order?it's mindboggling!Public Prosecutor has deceptively merely manufacturing evidences against Anwar"As Muslims were are guided by the teachings of the Quran whereby God commanded that if in leading or punishing,read this Saifuddin Nasution — you said it so well. Precise and concise. Najib should be the last person to talk about Islam. using it for his political interests and yet calls on PAS to put politics aside

it must be done fairly to all," he said when opening Umno's "Juara Rakyat" (Champion of the People) programme in Bukit Beruntung near here."If we are to say Umno is racist, it is denying history. Umno has never been a racist or an extremist party," he added.said Malaysia had sufficient laws to punish those responsible. He said what was more important now was to get the evidence and identify the perpetrators related article. .when the governmence effectiveness and rule of law. Voice and accountability,burning burning najib fiddle with sodomy2 directed by rosmah" can we afford another Anwar prosecution"Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan?

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Posted: 09 Jan 2010 09:43 AM PST

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Posted: 09 Jan 2010 07:07 AM PST

Home minister Hishammuddin Hussein today visited the Metro Tabernacle Church in Desa Melawati which was firebombed sometime around midnight on Jan 8. He also said that police are still investigating a reported attack on another church, the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Petaling Jaya, which resulted in minor damages. It doesn't mean that this is a new attack the Home minister said.
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Malaysiakini spinning Allah Issue- but hey they are opposition media so it must be Okay, Right?

Posted: 09 Jan 2010 03:31 AM PST

Today a number of Muslim NGO offered to protect churches from any further attacks. simple enough story but Malaysia kini editorialised and spun it... how?
Read the first paragraph of their story, no not even the first paragraph, read teh first three words.
 In a new twist, some of the key organisers of yesterday's protests over the Allah row have set up a team of volunteers to defend the churches
How is it a twist?
Muslims wanted to burn churches?
Is there proof the the churches were burned down by Muslims?
Is it strange that the majority wants to make clear that their protest is against the use of the name Allah in a Bahasa Malaysia Roman Catholic weekly newsletter and not against Christians?
Are Malaysiakini editors eager for more friction?
Are Malaysiakini editors racists?
Are Malaysiakini editors spinning because they think it will make theri stories more readable?more popular?

Please do explain yourself.
Are perhaps they are just young an inexperienced and do not realise that his is a delicate subject that should not be spun??
If you are inexperienced, please call someone who has more time under their belt and ask for their opinion.
Unless of course you think continually insulting Muslims will make them more malleable to the idea of letting someone else snatch theri Allah away from them...
Sheesh


Oh Muslims! Oh Christians! What is wrong with us?

Posted: 09 Jan 2010 04:38 AM PST

Peace.

Let me be direct, this is a uniquely Malaysian problem, especially within the Peninsular.

I plea to thinking caring Muslims and Christians to come forward and embrace empathy towards each other and find a workable compromise that is both Christ like and Quranic.

We Muslims must understand the frustration our Christian brothers and sisters have been going through all these years when dealing with the Government (which is perceived as Malay Muslims, as the officers are usually Malays) for example whenever they want to built churches and when dealing with issues regarding their faith.

They are also frustrated and upset over cases involving Article 11(4). Muslims must understand that like us, the Christians see it as their religious duty to spread their creed and they must have found Article 11(4) hindering them from spreading and sharing their religion, as a setback as a good faithful Christian.

Muslims probably would have felt the same if placed in a similar situation.
We Muslims must empathize, how we would feel if each time we are to build a mosque, we have to wait and wait and wait for approvals after approvals. Rasa lah sikit, tak kan tak boleh rasa kot?

In this frustration they retaliated by going to the courts, perhaps to get back at us or just to prove a point. I think these feelings are the real motivation behind the legal redress, not that they are really deeply and are so spirited to call God, Allah. That is why I suggest that this is a uniquely Malaysian problem. You don't see Christians in the west or elsewhere being so gung ho about using the word Allah as god's name; in fact, many may even find it repulsive.

On the other hand …

The Christians must understand that while the Quran has no issues about Allah as the universal name of God (read here), the Malay's understanding and emotional attachment to the word Allah is unique to the Malaysian world. Rightly or wrongly, your Muslim brothers and sisters are deeply hurt as they perceive that you are doing this with bad intentions – to convert their fellow faithful as they do not see you actively wanting to also change all the other Bible translations like English or Chinese making the word Allah a universal name for God.

More so, the Malay Muslims cannot imagine that Allah Yang Esa/Satu now can also be the Allah as part of the Trinity. For example their current worldview cannot fathom words that describe Jesus as Son of Allah (although the Quran did use this phrase).

This is uniquely a Malaysian state of affairs; you do not find Muslims in the middle-east or the west having an issue about it. In fact, they are for it and in history had to fight for the right to use the English word God as a translation to the word Allah!

While you may want to prove a point, the word Allah is ingrained deeply in the Malay hearts as in Malaysia, from young Malay Muslims recite (melafazkan) their belief in God as,

"Aku naik saksi bahawa tiada Tuhan melainkan Allah, dan aku naik saksi bahawa Nabi Muhammad itu Persuruh Allah."

Meaning there is no God but Allah – Allah being the unique name of God that the Malay Muslim professes. You must try to understand how the language used has formed the Malay Muslim worldview about the word Allah. By appreciating the nuances of the language you will be able to empathize how your Malay Muslim brothers and sisters feel and you will feel the hurt too.

Understanding nuances is key and very important. For example it would be totally nonsensical, painful and hurtful to translate the Holy Ghost in Matthew 29:19 as Hantu Suci just because the word we usually use for Ghost in Malay is hantu– it is not only erroneous but insulting, stupid and totally in a wrong tone.

What is to be done? - CHRISTIANS

My Christian brothers and sisters, may I ask you a favor? Personally I have no issues with you using the word Allah, but there are many who do and obviously there are some among them who are less tolerant and can get dysfunctional to the extent of burning down churches.

So …

Can we please choose to be more Christ like? Remember that "an eye for an eye will only make the world go blind". Are you being Christ like here? Jesus said,

"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. (Matthew 5:38-42)

Did Jesus not teach us to go beyond the letter of the law in our daily lives? Did he not tell us to do away with personal revenge? Did he not model his ministry base on love, care and empathy? Can you not find a compromise?

How about using another name that you are also familiar with? At least till the Malay Muslims relearn that the word Allah is not only for them? I was thinking how about Eloi or Eli instead of Allah? Any Christian who is worth to be call one, would have heard these names many times during Church sermons, that is, when Jesus cried out loud while on the cross, "Eli Eli lama sabachthani?" (Matthew 27:46, in Mark 15 : 34 it is Eloi Eloi lama sabachthani, translated into English as " My God, My God why have you forsaken me?").

What do you think? Boleh compromise ka?

What is to be done? - MUSLIMS

My Muslim brothers and sisters …

Firstly, we need to grow up a little and pardon me for using a crude Penang way to say this, "sampai bila kita nak tidok di bawah ketiak Perlembagaan Perseketuan ni?". We need to have more faith in ourselves and must be willing to be challenge not just in matters of the world but especially our aqidah. Did not the Quran say,

"Men said to them: "A great army is gathering against you": And frightened them: But it (only) increased their Faith: They said: "For us Allah sufficeth, and He is the best disposer of affairs." Quran 3:173

"Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, "We believe", and that they will not be tested?" Quran 29:2

"Ye shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves; and ye shall certainly Hear much that will grieve you, from those who received the Book before you and from those who worship many gods. But if ye persevere patiently, and guard against evil,-then that will be a determining factor in all affairs". Quran 3:186

So, should we really continue to support Article 11(4)? Or should we have more confidence in our capable religious leaders and ourselves in preparing the community with an unyielding and rock-solid aqidah that can buttress any external dakwah? Got confident ka? Can we set a target date to do away with article 11(4)?

Secondly, we need to stop being like a "katak di bawah tempurung." Get to know the larger world of Islam and understand that in the middle-east even from the time of the Prophet, Jews and Christians call God, Allah. We must learn not to monopolized Allah or the Arabic language. Even "Assalamualaikum" pun ada yang nak monopolize.

Thirdly, we must be always fair and just. We cannot support lopsided laws. If we can preach to others, we should allow them to the same towards us. Tak malu ka? Tak ada maruah ka kita ni? If we do not want them to preach to our followers, than we must stop preaching to their followers too. We cannot practice double standards.

When we do that, others will feel that they are treated unfairly. Sometimes the least enlighten and not so patient ones among them will retaliate in one way or the other. We must make it easy for people of the other faith to practice their ways of life (like building churches, temples, etc) just as we expect them to do the same in countries and lands like India, Europe, etc where they are the majority.

Did not the Quran say,

"Woe unto those who give short measure: Those who, when they are to receive their due from (other) people, demand that it be given in full. But, when they have to measure or weigh whatever they owe others, give less than what is due! " Quran 83:1 – 3

Allah doth command you to render back your Trusts to those to whom they are due; And when ye judge between man and man, that ye judge with justice … Quran 4:58

"O ye who believe! stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do" Quran 5:8

Conclusion

Let's compromise. Let's forgive each other, let's move forward. Let's trust Allah and have hope. Let's make this experience a learning one, let's use our hearts and minds to add value and make things better.

"Father forgive them, for they know not what they do" Luke 23:34

"So lose not heart, nor fall into despair: For ye must gain mastery if ye are true in Faith" Quran 3:139

Let us add value and Peace,

Anas Zubedy

PS: An example of a Muslim –Christian friendship, click here.

Do also read Art's article here and Pah Nur's here

and pleeeeaaasssseee join Marina's petition here


Church Bombings..Aftermath..

Posted: 09 Jan 2010 12:33 AM PST


The "Allah" controversy in which we wrote earlier on January 4th finally happened with the mindless act of some who decided to act irrationally by "Hurling Firebombs at Church Buildings in Selangor" Some political analysts say there "SHOULD NOT BE ANY HIDDEN AGENDAS..?? "Let the culprits be hauled up by the law and proper punishment be meted out.   

Sarawak State leaders have come out with their own statements and these are some :-

  • DAP N11 Assemblyman- "I pray all Malaysians use ,good sense and not politics to solve the problems surrounding the Allah controversy.
  •  PBB N6 Tupong Assemblyman(Assistant Minister of Islamic Affairs)-Advised Muslims in Sarawak not to be influenced by those acts,stressing that any religious conflicts can be resolved in an amicable way.
  • PBB P194 Fadillah Yusof-Hopes that the Police would take stern action and keep an eye on anything that may cause disharmony between different ethnic and religious groups.
  • PBB P193Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar -There are proper channels to to voice out every problem or issue and the people must have trust in the system.
  • PKR Information Chief-See Chee How -Condemn the Act of violence .This is in excusable on those who have taken the law in their own hands.
  • PKR East Malaysia Advisor Jeffrey Kitingan- Thinks those pictures will have a devastating effect in the rural heartland of East Malaysia. Jeffrey is also convinced that Chinese voters, not just the Christians, and many God-fearing Muslims as well in East Malaysia will abandon Umno in the next general elections.

National leaders are also united in Condemnation:-

  • MCA President "Such a cowardly show of brute force and intimidation and there is neither excuse not justification for them.
  • Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim-The attack on the church was a heinous act that was condemned by the Al-Quran
  • PBS Marximus Ongkili-We call for level hededness and moderation.We gain nothing by going on the streets or inciting feelings by provoking or attacking religious properties.
  • Liberal Party President-called for calm and said the government should not hesitate to invoke ISA against those who treatened peace and security.
  • UPKO-Wilfred Bamburing-What has happened over the last 24 hours is constitutedto be the darkest chapter in Malaysian history and from now on Malaysia will never be the same again.
  • Gerakan President koh Tsu Koon- had instructednational unity and integration department and Rukun Tetangga officials to help police maintain calm.Such attacks are completedly indefensible,unaccpetable and is clearly against the peaceful spirit of Malaysians as a whole.
  • PAS Salahuddin Ayub-"Allah'as stated in the Al-Quran had strongly forbid Muslims from taking action on places of worship belonging to other religions.Prophet Muhammad had also reminded his friends wh went together with him during the war,to not harm or kill enemies who took refuge at places of worship let alone burn down a place of worship.
  • MIC President Sammy Vellu- This incident should not have happpened.It is a sad day for the country.We are an independant nation where we respect everyone's religion and want peace among all religious groups.
  • PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has strongly condemned yesterday's arson attacks on three churches in the Klang Valley as "un-Islamic"

audie61 and crew are saddened with THESE  MINDLESS AND COWARDLY ACTS and Hopes that the persons responsible are hauled up by the AUTHORITIES. 

Interesting Read:- http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2010/0104/Malaysia-Catholics-allowed-to-call-God-Allah-again.-Why-the-fuss


Not our fault ya!

Posted: 09 Jan 2010 12:45 AM PST

In the aftermath of yesterday's church attacks and demonstrations prime minister Najib Razak's only comment seems to be that it is not Umno's fault or doing.

"Do not simply blame Umno when there is any problem, when churches were torched, fingers were pointed at Umno. We have condemned the attack"
- Najib Razak.

He neither apologised that this happened during his watch nor did he announce any feasible actions to rectify the problems that many say is the result of his and his cousin's (Home Minister, Hishamuddin Hussein) perceived 'approval' of demonstrations against the High Court ruling allowing the Catholic publication, The Herald to use the word "Allah" to refer to God in it's Bahasa Malaysia section.

Well, as this photo might show Najib and his cousin and friends were too busy practising their karaoke skills as People's Champions.


NIAMAH!!!


Proud to be Malaysian

Posted: 09 Jan 2010 12:16 AM PST


This morning I sat over my coffee reflecting on what happened yesterday.

The church attacks, the demonstrations, the useless and provocative statements by fork-tongued politicians.

And I was proud to be Malaysian.

Malays, Chinese, Indians.

Muslim. Christian.Hindu. Buddhists.


All Malaysians came together as one and condemned the actions of those misguided arsonists and those who would try to instill hatred among us.

Najib, you want to know what is really 1Malaysia? You saw 1Malaysia in action yesterday. And no, none of it was the result of your constant sloganeering.

We all know and we have always known that we are ONE nation, ONE people.

It's time that you and your coalition partners know too.

NIAMAH!!!


WE FORGIVE THEM!

Posted: 09 Jan 2010 12:04 AM PST

Amid the police going all out to hunt the attacker/s of 3 churches in the Klang Valley yesterday morning, leaders of the Metro Tabernacle Church said they do not harbour any ill-feeling against the culprits who set fire to their church and are thankful that the Government has strongly condemn the arson attack.

The statement of forgiveness is made as Christian groups, lawyers of all faiths and politicians from Sarawak loudly protest against any acts done to throw the country into chaos.


Metro Tabernacle's senior pastor Rev Ong Sek Leang said the church did not condone such acts but would forgive those responsible (read h e r e).


"We have a congregation of about 1,700 who are Godly and forgiving. It is a very sad day for Malaysia but a great day to know that most Malaysians do not think like that," he said.


This is what Malaysians is all about - forgiving. As only a few were involved, there is no point to aggravate the matter.


We should appreciate what Rev Ong said. Dont you see how tolerance they are?


Yes, they are forgiven by the churches but not by the law!


Aye to press, no to Waytha

Posted: 08 Jan 2010 11:08 PM PST

A group of 25 Indian Malaysians gathered today to protest against the decision of self proclaimed Hindraf chair, P Waythamoorthy to sue the press. Waythamoorthy had previously filed a suit against several news organisations including Tamil press - Malaysia Nanban, Makkal Osai, Tamil Nesan - and Malaysiakini over reports questioning the accounts for the money accumulated from the public. M Manimaran, a co-organiser accredited Tamil press and Malaysiakini for introducing Hindraf whereas co ...
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If we dont point at UMNO are you saying this is the work of ghost of Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaaribuu

Posted: 08 Jan 2010 09:07 PM PST


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"Don't point fingers at Umno or anyone else," Najib told reporters. "We have always been very responsible. Don't say this attack is motivated by Umno."

The attacks demonstrate the fragile nature of race and religious relations in Malaysia, a country of 27 million people with a 64 per cent Muslim majority. In contrast, only 9 per cent are Christians, including 800,000 Catholics.

The ghost of Altantuya haunts her alleged killers right into Malaysian .Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo raised her memory immediately after DeputyMinister Datuk Seri Najib Razak wound up debate on the RM60 billion stimulusplan on Thursday ( March 12,2009).Gobind shouted: "Answer me, you murderer. DPM, you are involved in themurder case, stand up and explain yourself. Come back, I'm not finished withyou."Najib, who is finance minister,was then about to leave. He had to return to hisseat.Deputy Speaker Ronald Kiandee came to his aid. He ordered Gobind to refrainfrom bringing up an "irrelevant topic". When Gobind refused, he immediately suspended Gobind and ordered theSergeant-at-arms to escort him out of the hall.This was greeted by loud jeers by several People Alliance opposition MPsincluding MP for Ipoh Timur Lim Kit Siang, who is also DAP adviser.They all staged a mass walkout with Gobind.Later, Najib left Parliament with his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and hisentourage.Mongolian interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu,28, was shot and blown into piecesby C-4 plastic explosives in October 2006. DNA tests later identified herremains.On October 31,2008, Abdul Razak Baginda was aquitted and dischargedby the court from the charge of abetment in her murder.Two special action force personnel – chief inspector Azilah Hadri,30 andcorporal Sirul Azhar Umar,35 – are facing trial for her murder.Both were assigned to the office of the Deputy Prime Minister who was thenthe Defence Minister at the time of the murder.The long drawn out case is reaching final conclusion.The court is expected to pass the verdict next month.Meanwhile French newspaper, Liberation, has revived the Altantuya murder.It carried detailed report linking it to Malaysia's multi-billion euros purchase oftwo scorpene submarines.The report alleged Altantuya was Najib's lover before he passed her to hisclose associate Abdul Razak Baginda, head of the Malaysian StrategicResearch Centre think tank.It alleged Abdul Razak Baginda was Najib's intermediary to receivecommission from French-Spanish shipbuilder Armaris.It claimed Altantuya was killed when she harassed Abdul Razak Baginda forthe US$500,000 due to her for services rendered while Najib and Abdul RazakBaginda got the lion share of 114 million euros via Perimeker,owned by AbdulRazak Baginda.But the Mongolian beauty did not get a single cent.Najib's jealous wife, Rosmah Mansor, made sure she died for it.This was disclosed in a statutory declaration by Malaysian blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddinn(RPK),editor of Malaysia Today.According to RPK, Rosmah, acting colonel Aziz Buyong and his wife,Norhayati,who is Rosmah's aide de camp, witnessed the bomb blow-up ofAltantuya at a jungle clearing near the Subang dam in Puncak Alam, ShahAlam on October 19,2006.Another statutory declaration by Abdul Razak Baginda's private investigatorP. Subramaniam allegedly linked Najib to Altantuya.However, all references to Najib were deleted by Subramaniam on July 1,2008.Since then, Balasubramaniam, his wife and children have all gone missing.Gobind's father, Karpal Singh, has been holding a watching brief for theAltantuya family.Karpal, DAP chairman and prominent lawyer,had sought in vain to recallBalasubramaniam, the first prosecution witness.His petition to obtain testimony from the Deputy Prime Minister was alsorejected by the High Court judge Mohd Zaki on the ground he has "no locusstandi". The judge ruled only the parties involved, the prosecution anddefence, have the right to do so.Yesterday(March 12,2009),French Liberation correspondent ArnaudDubus,announced the set up of the Altantuya Foundation by an association ofindependent journalists in Bangkok.The Foundation has the support of Thai human rights activist Danthong Breen, who is also chairman of the Union of Civil Liberties.He has made the first donation to kickstart the fund.The Mongolian Embassy in Bangkok will supervise the Foundation for transperancy and all donations will be conveyed directly to Mr. Shaariibuu Setev,60, father of Altantuya.According to Arnaud Dubus, he was moved by Mr, Shaariibuu's struggle to worktwo jobs to take care of his orphaned grandchildren when he met theMongolian in Ulan Bator in January.He shares: "I am journalist but I also have a heart. I could not help feelingcompassion for the shaariibuu family."The foundation aims to offer concrete help to Mr.Shaariibuu and the twoAltantuya orphans -Altanshagai,five, and

From another standpoint, the attacks seem to have had a sobering effect on Muslims, many of whom had promised to organise mass demonstrations after Friday prayers. As it turned out, only three protests — mostly mild affairs — were held under watchful police scrutiny.

To their credit, the men in blue reacted swiftly. "Since last night, I have instructed all patrol cars to patrol all church areas," Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan told Reuters. "We are monitoring all churches."

He confirmed to reporters that only three churches were attacked in the wee hours yesterday morning — the Metro Tabernacle Church in Ampang, Assumption Church in Petaling Jaya and the Life Chapel, also in Petaling Jaya. Only the Assumption Church is Catholic.

The attack on the Metro Tabernacle Church gutted its administrative office while a Molotov cocktail tossed into the Life Chapel damaged its porch slightly. Meanwhile, the firebomb hurled at the Assumption Church failed to explode.

In addition, a priest at St Francis Xavier, a Catholic church in Petaling Jaya, lodged a police report over a caller threatening to torch the church.

Another pastor was reportedly manhandled by four men later in the night.

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What's next after church attacks in Malaysia?
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 —Muslims rallied yesterday to protest against Christians using the word "Allah" for God after a spate of attacks on churches which threatened to stoke racial and religious tensions.

Following are some questions and answers on what lies ahead in Malaysia, a majority Muslim Southeast Asian country of 28 million.

IS THERE A RISK OF ETHNIC CLASHES?

The risk is small but analysts do not discount tensions coming to a boil between the majority Malays who are Muslim and ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities who practice a range of faiths such as Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism.

It mostly depends on whether Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's government comes down hard on the arsonists who attacked the churches. Usually at any sign of trouble the government uses the Internal Security Act that allows detention without trial.

The government says the attacks have been carried out by disaffected or criminal youths and that they are not coordinated.

What may hold back ethnic clashes is the memory of the bloody 1969 riots that divided the country.

Protests yesterday at mosques against the non-Muslim use of the word Allah have been peaceful although the language on banners and speeches suggests growing anger.

ARE RELIGIOUS TENSIONS IN MALAYSIA AN INVESTMENT RISK?

After the arson attempts against the churches, possibly. Religious disputes are a risk mostly in their potential to increase ethnic tensions, making it important for investors to see how the government handles the issue.

Investors have been avoiding Malaysia due to the lacklustre government of Najib's predecessor and Najib is working hard to implement economic reforms to win back investment.

Malaysia was one of the worst-performing stock markets in Asia in 2009, ranked fourth from the bottom. Malaysia's benchmark share index rose 45 per cent in 2009.

During a meeting with investors in New York last year, Najib was asked about the government's stand over the caning sentence meted out to a Muslim woman for drinking beer under rarely-enforced Islamic criminal laws.

An escalation of religious tensions in Malaysia could weaken Najib's ability to push through economic reforms.

WHAT COULD HAVE SPARKED THE PROTESTS, CHURCH ATTACKS?

The issue stems from a Catholic newspaper's successful legal bid last week to overturn a government ban against the paper's use of the word "Allah" to describe the Christian God in its Malay-language section.

Their argument is that use of the word Allah has been common among non-English speaking Christians in the Borneo island states of Sabah and Sarawak for decades.

The government since has obtained a stay of execution on the judgment this week amid growing Malay-Muslim anger. The case is also before the appeal's court and the verdict there can still be challenged at the Federal Court, Malaysia's top court.

It is illegal for non-Muslims to proselytise to Muslims but freedom of worship for the mainly Buddhist, Christian and Hindu religious minorities, who make up 40 per cent of the country's population, is guaranteed under the constitution.

WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT'S STANCE?

The coalition, which ruled Malaysia for 52 years, suffered its worst-ever setbacks in national and state elections in 2008 after being abandoned by non-Malays in part due to unease over an increasing Islamisation.

Religious tensions will jeopardise Najib's ability to win back ethnic Chinese and Indian voters in the next general election, which must be held by 2013. The opposition and some political commentators say that Najib failed to show leadership on the church issue.

He could lose votes in the states of Sabah and Sarawak which have larger Christian populations. Sarawak has 31 MPs and Sabah 25, home to just two opposition MPs. The government has 137 seats in a 222-member Parliament.

AND THE OPPOSITION?

The three-party opposition Pakatan Rakyat led by former Deputy Premier Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is regarded as having played the religious row much more skilfully than the government.

While stressing its Muslim credentials, PAS has appealed for tolerance as has Anwar. PAS has also managed to keep its Islamic credentials intact. — Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 — Nik Nazmi Ahmad is 27 and a product of Malaysia's controversial pro-Malay economic policies. He is also a promising politician with the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), which wants to overhaul these policies.
A contradiction? Not to Nik Nazmi, who sees both as fundamentally intertwined. And they are.

The graduate of King's College in London could perhaps be said to be the ideal outcome of the New Economic Policy (NEP).

The affirmative action policy, which came about after the race riots of 1969, sought to create opportunities for the majority community which had been shut out of the colonial economy of then-Malaya.

Nik Nazmi benefited in that he got to attend the elite Malay College Kuala Kangsar and later received a government scholarship to study law in London.

He believes such an education helped shape his strong ideals and enabled him to develop a robust intellect. Moreover, it led him to see how outmoded or "twisted from their original objectives" the policy had become.

"Some quarters might dismiss my views as being typical of a middle-class Malay youth who has reaped the benefits of the NEP and is now biting the hand that fed him.

"I cannot deny that I am a beneficiary of the NEP. Yet, it is a testimony of how far the NEP has succeeded that its beneficiaries are now arguing for change," he wrote in his newly launched book, "Moving Forward: Malays For The 21st Century".

The slim volume consists of essays on topics ranging from education to religion.

In the book, Nik Nazmi writes about how the pro-Malay policy never intended for its beneficiaries' children to become yet another generation of beneficiaries.

He points to the irony that while NEP proponents insist the policy should continue because it has failed to uplift the Malays, those who point to its successes are denounced.

Along the way, he offers his thoughts on the Malay identity, which has become inextricably tied to the NEP, and the stigma and insecurity that the policy has created.

In this respect, the author sticks close to the PKR line, which calls for the current race-based economic policy to be replaced with a policy based on needs.

While these are not novel thoughts, it is significant that they have found their way into the mainstream political arena.

Nik Nazmi's book is also available in Malay because he believes that any lasting change must be led by the Malays themselves.

"I wanted to speak to the Malays, as well as be a voice from the Malays. That's why I wrote it in English and Malay," he told The Straits Times.

As political commentator Bakri Musa says in his review of the book: "I am especially nervous when calls for eliminating the NEP come from non-Malays, and wrapped in a barely concealed sense of racial or cultural superiority.

"The political reality is that the constitutional provisions for NEP can only be amended with the consent of the super-majority, and that means with most Malays agreeing to it."

Nik Nazmi, who became an aide to opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in 2005, won a state seat in Selangor in the 2008 general election. He was the country's youngest candidate, along with Datuk Seri Anwar's daughter Nurul Izzah, who won a parliamentary seat.

Nurul Izzah herself stirred debate last year with an essay in which she sought new bearings for the Malay identity.

"I sense the need for Malays to embrace a new paradigm on what it means to be Malay. Many indeed are doing so and this is heartening," she wrote.

"Malay need no longer carry connotations of dependency on the state, insecurity or the crippling feeling of alienation and the lack of self-worth," she added.

Lawyer and former Cabinet minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, 55, also explored the Malay identity in his book "Saya Pun Melayu", or "I Am Also Malay", which is published in Malay and English.

To Nik Nazmi, this phenomenon reflects the success of the NEP.

"It created the Malay middle class whose outlook has changed because of education and exposure," he said.

He noted that many Malays are now working in global cities such as London, Tokyo and Dubai, thus shattering the myth that they are unable to compete or are held back culturally.

Wan Firdaus Mohd Fuaad, 27, a young Umno member who belongs to a small think-tank with a libertarian agenda, agreed that more Malay voices are speaking up on the Malay identity.

"Nik Nazmi's views are shared by many young Malays who have become successful because their fathers' generation was helped by the NEP. Many of them also have friends of different races because of their wider exposure," he said.

But he disagreed that such a view is limited to opposition parties or to young people. He noted that many conservative Muslim-Malays also believe it is time for the country to move on. But this does not mean that race is no longer a consideration for them.

As Nik Nazmi put it, people will always be conscious of their heritage, but it has been shown that it is possible to move beyond the obsession with race. — Straits Times

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If we dont point at UMNO are you saying this is the work of ghost of Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaaribuu

Posted: 08 Jan 2010 09:19 PM PST


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"Don't point fingers at Umno or anyone else," Najib told reporters. "We have always been very responsible. Don't say this attack is motivated by Umno."

The attacks demonstrate the fragile nature of race and religious relations in Malaysia, a country of 27 million people with a 64 per cent Muslim majority. In contrast, only 9 per cent are Christians, including 800,000 Catholics.

The ghost of Altantuya haunts her alleged killers right into Malaysian .Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo raised her memory immediately after DeputyMinister Datuk Seri Najib Razak wound up debate on the RM60 billion stimulusplan on Thursday ( March 12,2009).Gobind shouted: "Answer me, you murderer. DPM, you are involved in themurder case, stand up and explain yourself. Come back, I'm not finished withyou."Najib, who is finance minister,was then about to leave. He had to return to hisseat.Deputy Speaker Ronald Kiandee came to his aid. He ordered Gobind to refrainfrom bringing up an "irrelevant topic". When Gobind refused, he immediately suspended Gobind and ordered theSergeant-at-arms to escort him out of the hall.This was greeted by loud jeers by several People Alliance opposition MPsincluding MP for Ipoh Timur Lim Kit Siang, who is also DAP adviser.They all staged a mass walkout with Gobind.Later, Najib left Parliament with his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and hisentourage.Mongolian interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu,28, was shot and blown into piecesby C-4 plastic explosives in October 2006. DNA tests later identified herremains.On October 31,2008, Abdul Razak Baginda was aquitted and dischargedby the court from the charge of abetment in her murder.Two special action force personnel – chief inspector Azilah Hadri,30 andcorporal Sirul Azhar Umar,35 – are facing trial for her murder.Both were assigned to the office of the Deputy Prime Minister who was thenthe Defence Minister at the time of the murder.The long drawn out case is reaching final conclusion.The court is expected to pass the verdict next month.Meanwhile French newspaper, Liberation, has revived the Altantuya murder.It carried detailed report linking it to Malaysia's multi-billion euros purchase oftwo scorpene submarines.The report alleged Altantuya was Najib's lover before he passed her to hisclose associate Abdul Razak Baginda, head of the Malaysian StrategicResearch Centre think tank.It alleged Abdul Razak Baginda was Najib's intermediary to receivecommission from French-Spanish shipbuilder Armaris.It claimed Altantuya was killed when she harassed Abdul Razak Baginda forthe US$500,000 due to her for services rendered while Najib and Abdul RazakBaginda got the lion share of 114 million euros via Perimeker,owned by AbdulRazak Baginda.But the Mongolian beauty did not get a single cent.Najib's jealous wife, Rosmah Mansor, made sure she died for it.This was disclosed in a statutory declaration by Malaysian blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddinn(RPK),editor of Malaysia Today.According to RPK, Rosmah, acting colonel Aziz Buyong and his wife,Norhayati,who is Rosmah's aide de camp, witnessed the bomb blow-up ofAltantuya at a jungle clearing near the Subang dam in Puncak Alam, ShahAlam on October 19,2006.Another statutory declaration by Abdul Razak Baginda's private investigatorP. Subramaniam allegedly linked Najib to Altantuya.However, all references to Najib were deleted by Subramaniam on July 1,2008.Since then, Balasubramaniam, his wife and children have all gone missing.Gobind's father, Karpal Singh, has been holding a watching brief for theAltantuya family.Karpal, DAP chairman and prominent lawyer,had sought in vain to recallBalasubramaniam, the first prosecution witness.His petition to obtain testimony from the Deputy Prime Minister was alsorejected by the High Court judge Mohd Zaki on the ground he has "no locusstandi". The judge ruled only the parties involved, the prosecution anddefence, have the right to do so.Yesterday(March 12,2009),French Liberation correspondent ArnaudDubus,announced the set up of the Altantuya Foundation by an association ofindependent journalists in Bangkok.The Foundation has the support of Thai human rights activist Danthong Breen, who is also chairman of the Union of Civil Liberties.He has made the first donation to kickstart the fund.The Mongolian Embassy in Bangkok will supervise the Foundation for transperancy and all donations will be conveyed directly to Mr. Shaariibuu Setev,60, father of Altantuya.According to Arnaud Dubus, he was moved by Mr, Shaariibuu's struggle to worktwo jobs to take care of his orphaned grandchildren when he met theMongolian in Ulan Bator in January.He shares: "I am journalist but I also have a heart. I could not help feelingcompassion for the shaariibuu family."The foundation aims to offer concrete help to Mr.Shaariibuu and the twoAltantuya orphans -Altanshagai,five, and

From another standpoint, the attacks seem to have had a sobering effect on Muslims, many of whom had promised to organise mass demonstrations after Friday prayers. As it turned out, only three protests — mostly mild affairs — were held under watchful police scrutiny.

To their credit, the men in blue reacted swiftly. "Since last night, I have instructed all patrol cars to patrol all church areas," Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan told Reuters. "We are monitoring all churches."

He confirmed to reporters that only three churches were attacked in the wee hours yesterday morning — the Metro Tabernacle Church in Ampang, Assumption Church in Petaling Jaya and the Life Chapel, also in Petaling Jaya. Only the Assumption Church is Catholic.

The attack on the Metro Tabernacle Church gutted its administrative office while a Molotov cocktail tossed into the Life Chapel damaged its porch slightly. Meanwhile, the firebomb hurled at the Assumption Church failed to explode.

In addition, a priest at St Francis Xavier, a Catholic church in Petaling Jaya, lodged a police report over a caller threatening to torch the church.

Another pastor was reportedly manhandled by four men later in the night.

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What's next after church attacks in Malaysia?
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 —Muslims rallied yesterday to protest against Christians using the word "Allah" for God after a spate of attacks on churches which threatened to stoke racial and religious tensions.

Following are some questions and answers on what lies ahead in Malaysia, a majority Muslim Southeast Asian country of 28 million.

IS THERE A RISK OF ETHNIC CLASHES?

The risk is small but analysts do not discount tensions coming to a boil between the majority Malays who are Muslim and ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities who practice a range of faiths such as Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism.

It mostly depends on whether Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's government comes down hard on the arsonists who attacked the churches. Usually at any sign of trouble the government uses the Internal Security Act that allows detention without trial.

The government says the attacks have been carried out by disaffected or criminal youths and that they are not coordinated.

What may hold back ethnic clashes is the memory of the bloody 1969 riots that divided the country.

Protests yesterday at mosques against the non-Muslim use of the word Allah have been peaceful although the language on banners and speeches suggests growing anger.

ARE RELIGIOUS TENSIONS IN MALAYSIA AN INVESTMENT RISK?

After the arson attempts against the churches, possibly. Religious disputes are a risk mostly in their potential to increase ethnic tensions, making it important for investors to see how the government handles the issue.

Investors have been avoiding Malaysia due to the lacklustre government of Najib's predecessor and Najib is working hard to implement economic reforms to win back investment.

Malaysia was one of the worst-performing stock markets in Asia in 2009, ranked fourth from the bottom. Malaysia's benchmark share index rose 45 per cent in 2009.

During a meeting with investors in New York last year, Najib was asked about the government's stand over the caning sentence meted out to a Muslim woman for drinking beer under rarely-enforced Islamic criminal laws.

An escalation of religious tensions in Malaysia could weaken Najib's ability to push through economic reforms.

WHAT COULD HAVE SPARKED THE PROTESTS, CHURCH ATTACKS?

The issue stems from a Catholic newspaper's successful legal bid last week to overturn a government ban against the paper's use of the word "Allah" to describe the Christian God in its Malay-language section.

Their argument is that use of the word Allah has been common among non-English speaking Christians in the Borneo island states of Sabah and Sarawak for decades.

The government since has obtained a stay of execution on the judgment this week amid growing Malay-Muslim anger. The case is also before the appeal's court and the verdict there can still be challenged at the Federal Court, Malaysia's top court.

It is illegal for non-Muslims to proselytise to Muslims but freedom of worship for the mainly Buddhist, Christian and Hindu religious minorities, who make up 40 per cent of the country's population, is guaranteed under the constitution.

WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT'S STANCE?

The coalition, which ruled Malaysia for 52 years, suffered its worst-ever setbacks in national and state elections in 2008 after being abandoned by non-Malays in part due to unease over an increasing Islamisation.

Religious tensions will jeopardise Najib's ability to win back ethnic Chinese and Indian voters in the next general election, which must be held by 2013. The opposition and some political commentators say that Najib failed to show leadership on the church issue.

He could lose votes in the states of Sabah and Sarawak which have larger Christian populations. Sarawak has 31 MPs and Sabah 25, home to just two opposition MPs. The government has 137 seats in a 222-member Parliament.

AND THE OPPOSITION?

The three-party opposition Pakatan Rakyat led by former Deputy Premier Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is regarded as having played the religious row much more skilfully than the government.

While stressing its Muslim credentials, PAS has appealed for tolerance as has Anwar. PAS has also managed to keep its Islamic credentials intact. — Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 — Nik Nazmi Ahmad is 27 and a product of Malaysia's controversial pro-Malay economic policies. He is also a promising politician with the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), which wants to overhaul these policies.
A contradiction? Not to Nik Nazmi, who sees both as fundamentally intertwined. And they are.

The graduate of King's College in London could perhaps be said to be the ideal outcome of the New Economic Policy (NEP).

The affirmative action policy, which came about after the race riots of 1969, sought to create opportunities for the majority community which had been shut out of the colonial economy of then-Malaya.

Nik Nazmi benefited in that he got to attend the elite Malay College Kuala Kangsar and later received a government scholarship to study law in London.

He believes such an education helped shape his strong ideals and enabled him to develop a robust intellect. Moreover, it led him to see how outmoded or "twisted from their original objectives" the policy had become.

"Some quarters might dismiss my views as being typical of a middle-class Malay youth who has reaped the benefits of the NEP and is now biting the hand that fed him.

"I cannot deny that I am a beneficiary of the NEP. Yet, it is a testimony of how far the NEP has succeeded that its beneficiaries are now arguing for change," he wrote in his newly launched book, "Moving Forward: Malays For The 21st Century".

The slim volume consists of essays on topics ranging from education to religion.

In the book, Nik Nazmi writes about how the pro-Malay policy never intended for its beneficiaries' children to become yet another generation of beneficiaries.

He points to the irony that while NEP proponents insist the policy should continue because it has failed to uplift the Malays, those who point to its successes are denounced.

Along the way, he offers his thoughts on the Malay identity, which has become inextricably tied to the NEP, and the stigma and insecurity that the policy has created.

In this respect, the author sticks close to the PKR line, which calls for the current race-based economic policy to be replaced with a policy based on needs.

While these are not novel thoughts, it is significant that they have found their way into the mainstream political arena.

Nik Nazmi's book is also available in Malay because he believes that any lasting change must be led by the Malays themselves.

"I wanted to speak to the Malays, as well as be a voice from the Malays. That's why I wrote it in English and Malay," he told The Straits Times.

As political commentator Bakri Musa says in his review of the book: "I am especially nervous when calls for eliminating the NEP come from non-Malays, and wrapped in a barely concealed sense of racial or cultural superiority.

"The political reality is that the constitutional provisions for NEP can only be amended with the consent of the super-majority, and that means with most Malays agreeing to it."

Nik Nazmi, who became an aide to opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in 2005, won a state seat in Selangor in the 2008 general election. He was the country's youngest candidate, along with Datuk Seri Anwar's daughter Nurul Izzah, who won a parliamentary seat.

Nurul Izzah herself stirred debate last year with an essay in which she sought new bearings for the Malay identity.

"I sense the need for Malays to embrace a new paradigm on what it means to be Malay. Many indeed are doing so and this is heartening," she wrote.

"Malay need no longer carry connotations of dependency on the state, insecurity or the crippling feeling of alienation and the lack of self-worth," she added.

Lawyer and former Cabinet minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, 55, also explored the Malay identity in his book "Saya Pun Melayu", or "I Am Also Malay", which is published in Malay and English.

To Nik Nazmi, this phenomenon reflects the success of the NEP.

"It created the Malay middle class whose outlook has changed because of education and exposure," he said.

He noted that many Malays are now working in global cities such as London, Tokyo and Dubai, thus shattering the myth that they are unable to compete or are held back culturally.

Wan Firdaus Mohd Fuaad, 27, a young Umno member who belongs to a small think-tank with a libertarian agenda, agreed that more Malay voices are speaking up on the Malay identity.

"Nik Nazmi's views are shared by many young Malays who have become successful because their fathers' generation was helped by the NEP. Many of them also have friends of different races because of their wider exposure," he said.

But he disagreed that such a view is limited to opposition parties or to young people. He noted that many conservative Muslim-Malays also believe it is time for the country to move on. But this does not mean that race is no longer a consideration for them.

As Nik Nazmi put it, people will always be conscious of their heritage, but it has been shown that it is possible to move beyond the obsession with race. — Straits Times

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Posted: 08 Jan 2010 09:10 PM PST


Yesterday marked one of the 'darkest' day since the foundation of Malaysia in 1969 and I was totally left speechless when my thoughts went to the 3 churches that became the target of a 'hate campaign'.

I mean no matter how disagree you are with a certain issues, burning down others' properties and issuing veil threats during some show of demostrations and protests are DEFINATELY not the way WE Malaysians used to behave. We pride ourselves being able to live and work happily and harmoniously with so many races for so long but we just can't deny that there are groups of people who just couldn't do so and have been waiting for a very very long time for an opportuniy to create havoc between us. What's more when you got someone like Najiv Rojak and Kerismudin 'hinting' a green-light for demos and protests? Such statements issued by our so-call leaders could have 'embolden' these troublemakers to carry out their plans!

I'm not trying to blame BeEnd for all the troubles that our country is facing but don't you think any SANE people would regard that statements released by the PM Department and Home Ministry were indeed uncalled for? What are you trying to gain? Some cheap political mileage? Being the ruling party, do you really need to 'stoop' sooooo damn low in order to score some political points? Hmmmm… strange…. Is Najiv Rojak getting so desperate these days? His recent actions have been in GREAT Contradiction with the slogan of 1Malaysia. Again he has proven to be a good example of 'cakap tak serupa bikin'…

Anyhow, I'm very happy that despite such 'tense and sensitive' issue is currently engulfing the nation, we still got many many good Muslims & Christians brothers and sisters who has been practising great restraints and self-control. I'm very glad that there are no such demos and 'stupid incidents' happening in the rest of our beloved country. It's time we show to these 'troublemakers' and their 'handlers' that Malaysian will choose Justice, Peace and Harmony!


freaky friday: four fierce feories

Posted: 08 Jan 2010 08:31 PM PST


Ok … it's four fierce theories, to pacify those of you english language policepersons.

Right … Churches have been torched, people have been protesting, tensions have been rising, people are angry, fed-up and scared.

So what's the story behind the story? The theories are as follows:

Theory #1 (a.k.a UMNO's [and even a few Christians'] theory):

This is all the Herald's fault. It's all cause and effect.

If they weren't so damn adamant about this here WORD, if they had just kept quiet and stayed away from Court, this would never have happened.

Further, the church burnings were random acts of random individuals – we, UMNO, the guardians of Malay rights and supremacy, had NOTHING to do with this! We never condoned anything!! Promise! Swear to God! Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye!

So damn you Herald and the Catholic Church for all this!

Verdict: Bloody Nonsense.
For those who still think this is the most likely reason, do read this:
What Herald asked for and why, and what the High Court declared.

Theory #2 (a.k.a The RPK theory):

Excerpts from Malaysia Today:

ABIM, TERAS, PERKASA, PPIM, PKPIM, PEWARIS, KIMMA, PEKIDA, etc. What do all these NGOs, associations and movements have in common?

Well, they all serve the Umno agenda under the guise of 'protecting' Islam.

To understand Umno's agenda you have to take a walk down memory lane, all the way back to Kelantan in 1977. In 1977, Umno wanted to bring down the PAS state government of Kelantan. So Hussein Ahmad 'imported' some gangsters from across the border town of Golok, Thailand, and paid them to burn Chinese shops, houses and cars.

Kota Bharu was in utter chaos so the federal government had 'no choice' but to declare an emergency in Kelantan and suspend the Kelantan State Assembly for a few months. Then, fresh state elections were held in March 1978 (only for the State Assembly and not for the Parliament seats) ahead of the 1978 General Election.

Invariably, Umno swept Kelantan and PAS was kicked out …

… Najib wants back Selangor and he wants it back this month. So Umno has to do a 'Kelantan December 1977' revisited to get back Selangor in January 2010. And that is why Umno paid its goons to burn churches just in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur but not in any other area in Malaysia.

Read full text HERE

Verdict: Plausible … but if so, they would have declared emergency by now … or done a couple of more burnings to justify declaring emergency. Perhaps they were expecting the protests they condoned to end in total anarchy and bloodshed.

In which case this theory, if true, has fizzled out on them.

Theory #3
(aka 'The let's win back 50% of the voting public's support' or 'Let's bring all the Malays back to UMNO')………….

Malays comprise nearly 50% of the population – many of whom are sick of UMNO/BN and are now either PKR or PAS supporters.

Since PKR and PAS are all for the idea that "Allah" is for all, UMNO/BN probably think that almost all other Malays do not agree with this and are hopping mad.

Therefore, this is the opportune time for UMNO/BN to woo all these disgruntled, dejected Malays back into their fold.

Cue: Condone the protests, let things get out of hand, then swoop down like Superman to the rescue. All Malays will be thankful UMNO saved the country from these nefarious elements, upheld their religious rights and put the pendatangs back in their rightful place! UMNO boleh!

Verdict: Possible, because UMNO can only see as far as their fat nose – they didn't account for the facts that:

i) Many, MANY Malay-Muslims have NO PROBLEM with Bahasa-speaking East Malaysian Christians (or anyone else) using the word "Allah".

ii) East Malaysian Christians are now thoroughly incensed, and they are THE ONLY REASON Barisan Nasional are still in power. Let's all now see what they'll do in the upcoming State Elections and in the next GE.

Result: This theory, if true, has totally backfired big time on BN. They've committed political suicide … best thing is they didn't even see it coming! UMNO bodoh!

Theory #4 (aka: The Sungai Wang Philosopher's Theory):

Who? Yes, I got this theory from a philosopher who spends half his life in Sungai Wang Plaza.

There is a loose affiliation of millionaires and billionares – some are captains of industry, some are big foriegn investors.

All of them have been beneficiaries to BN's largesse [read cronyism and corruption] in the past, but can now see that all this pillage and plunder is bringing the economy slowly to the brink of collapsing upon itself.

They also notice that BN will not EVER relinquish control of the country and will most likely take the country down with them.

This Loose Affiliation of Millionaires and Billionaires [the L.A.M.Bs] cannot be silent while the country and all they've invested in goes down the 1Toilet.

They have to kick UMNO/BN out before it's too late.

Cue: Relocation of Hindu temple in Shah Alam, missing jet engines, Biro Tata Negara fiasco and now Herald … all these are opportunities for them to instigate a handful of dumb animals to create some havoc.

And knowing Najib's way of handling things [see Theory #4, above, for an example] – this will most likely cause yet another big red mark on his report card.

Result: UMNO/BN have once again shot themselves in the foot and banged the final nail into their coffin. Bye-bye BN, and sooner than you think.

This theory, if true, would see, very soon, another 'national crisis' which Najib and Co. will fail to handle properly [because they can't see beyond their fat noses], thereby placing their coffin into the ground and burying it.

Verdict: Hollywood would want the rights for the movie and the Sungai Wang philosopher would be the next Tom Clancy.

Right these are the theories, so decide which is your favourite:

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constitutes a form of dehumanization How to suppress American Muslims and throw Sikhs and Jews

Posted: 08 Jan 2010 08:11 PM PST





CIVIL LIBERTIES

Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress's Mohd Fazil William fiddle while KLANG VALLEY BURNS,was he HIRED BY UMNO for the church attacks

CIVIL LIBERTIES


Friday, January 8, 2010

BY RAJDEEP SINGH, JANUARY 8, 2010

At a time of fear and hostility toward Muslims, ID documents offer bigots a simple way to wreck the socio-economic mobility of religious minorities (that Sikhs, Jews, and others might be impacted is usually an afterthought). The act of redefining photo ID standards by law to slam religious minorities has an economic dimension, but it also constitutes a form of dehumanization. For the faithful, religious headcoverings are not merely articles of faith but also integral and inseparable components of their identities as human beings. They are a source of self-definition and strength.

Are you afraid of Muslims? Do you hate the Jews? Does the word "Sikh" mean nothing to you? If so, you can make life miserable for American Muslims and other religious minorities in three easy steps without violating the U.S. Constitution.

Step 1: Find out whether your state has its own version of something called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). In general, RFRA makes it difficult for the government to violate our religious freedom.

Step 2: If your state does not have a RFRA, figure out whether your state follows an infamous 1990 U.S. Supreme Court decision called Employment Division of Oregon v. Smith. By way of Smith, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the then-prevailing standard for deciding religious freedom cases and made it relatively easy for the government to violate our religious freedom.

Step 3: If your state follows the rule articulated in the Smith decision, tell your state legislators to make a law that prohibits all headcoverings in driver's license and other identification photographs. Make sure that such a law applies to everybody in your state, and tell your legislators to pretend that the law is designed to promote safety. As long as the law applies to everybody and isn't explicitly targeted at any particular religious group, your state can use the U.S. Constitution as a smokescreen for religious persecution.

The purpose of RFRA is to restore the pre-Smith standard for deciding religious freedom cases; however, if you live in one of approximately 37 states that have not adopted RFRA, you may be well-positioned to put observant Muslims, Jews, and Sikhs in a pickle. Followers of these minority faiths are distinguished by religious headcoverings. If your state requires removal of all headcoverings for ID photographs, Muslims, Jews, and Sikhs would have to choose between their religion and the right to receive a valid ID, which is more and more often required for travel, transactions, and full participation in the life of our nation.

In only three easy steps, followers of minority religions may lose the right to drive to work; purchase groceries; visit loved ones; or get a bank loan to buy the house next to yours. After being ghettoized and living like refugees in their own country for a little while, some of them will buckle under pressure and abandon their faith, and the principled ones might want to leave the United States altogether. And the amazing thing is – all of this would be perfectly constitutional. Oppressing other Americans hasn't been this easy since we put Japanese Americans in internment camps a generation ago!

Reality Check?

If any of this sounds far-fetched, consider what happened in Oklahoma and Minnesota last year. In March 2009, the legislatures of both states considered legislation that would have banned all headcoverings in state driver's license photographs without exception. The Oklahoma proposal was introduced in response to news that a Muslim woman in the state had been allowed to wear a hijab in her driver's license photograph. Although the proposal was explained as a way of promoting safety in the context of law enforcement, Rep. Wade Rousselot, a sponsor of the legislation in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, summed up the real intent of the proposal on local television as follows: "If I went to another country … I would either abide by the rules, or I would not get the privilege of a driver's license in that country … and that's what we're saying here."

The Oklahoma bill sailed through the state House of Representatives by a vote of 88 to 8 but ultimately withered in the face of stiff opposition from an alliance of interfaith advocacy groups, unsympathetic media attention, and the prospect of lawsuits under the state RFRA. Although the Minnesota proposal was not so obviously rooted in bias—and although it went nowhere after encountering resistance from interfaith advocacy groups—Minnesota does not have a RFRA, and its legislature could have easily paralyzed religious minorities in the state by following the three-step process outlined above.

At a time of fear and hostility toward Muslims, ID documents offer bigots a simple way to wreck the socio-economic mobility of religious minorities (that Sikhs, Jews, and others might be impacted is usually an afterthought). The act of redefining photo ID standards by law to slam religious minorities has an economic dimension, but it also constitutes a form of dehumanization. For the faithful, religious headcoverings are not merely articles of faith but also integral and inseparable components of their identities as human beings. They are a source of self-definition and strength. In history, Sikhs and Jews have been persecuted by empires that systematically targeted their articles of faith. Most recently, Muslims in Europe have been subjected to a similarly systematic stripping-away of their human right to religious self-expression.

In the United States, forcing someone to remove a hijab, dastaar, or yarmulke in an ID photo is equivalent to telling them to stop being who they are, and the laws of most states provide ample opportunities to do so. In the post-9/11 environment, there isn't an easier way to tell Muslims and other religious minorities in the United States to drop dead.

Despite the best efforts of bigots to suppress religious minorities by redefining photo ID standards, advocates in the Sikh community want to preempt such efforts in the future by pushing for amendments to the PASS ID Act of 2009 ("PASS ID"), a proposed federal law that would standardize photo IDs throughout the country in a way that makes them less susceptible to forgery by terrorists and other criminals. Sikh advocates and their interfaith allies want PASS ID and its implementing regulations to codify the right of individuals to wear religious headcoverings in driver's license and other identification photographs. Doing so would not only secure the civil rights of religious minorities throughout the United States but also strengthen the government's own interest in ensuring that identification photographs accurately depict individuals as they ordinarily appear.

Now more than ever, interfaith advocates must close ranks and work together in the cause of promoting civil rights and religious pluralism. Given the relative ease with which bigots can wreak havoc on our lives, we can protect our identities by protecting our American ID.

Rajdeep Singh is Director of Law and Policy at The Sikh Coalition.

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How to suppress American Muslims (and throw Sikhs and Jews under the bus)constitutes a form of dehumanization

Posted: 08 Jan 2010 07:45 PM PST




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BY RAJDEEP SINGH, JANUARY 8, 2010

At a time of fear and hostility toward Muslims, ID documents offer bigots a simple way to wreck the socio-economic mobility of religious minorities (that Sikhs, Jews, and others might be impacted is usually an afterthought). The act of redefining photo ID standards by law to slam religious minorities has an economic dimension, but it also constitutes a form of dehumanization. For the faithful, religious headcoverings are not merely articles of faith but also integral and inseparable components of their identities as human beings. They are a source of self-definition and strength.

Are you afraid of Muslims? Do you hate the Jews? Does the word "Sikh" mean nothing to you? If so, you can make life miserable for American Muslims and other religious minorities in three easy steps without violating the U.S. Constitution.

Step 1: Find out whether your state has its own version of something called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). In general, RFRA makes it difficult for the government to violate our religious freedom.

Step 2: If your state does not have a RFRA, figure out whether your state follows an infamous 1990 U.S. Supreme Court decision called Employment Division of Oregon v. Smith. By way of Smith, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the then-prevailing standard for deciding religious freedom cases and made it relatively easy for the government to violate our religious freedom.

Step 3: If your state follows the rule articulated in the Smith decision, tell your state legislators to make a law that prohibits all headcoverings in driver's license and other identification photographs. Make sure that such a law applies to everybody in your state, and tell your legislators to pretend that the law is designed to promote safety. As long as the law applies to everybody and isn't explicitly targeted at any particular religious group, your state can use the U.S. Constitution as a smokescreen for religious persecution.

The purpose of RFRA is to restore the pre-Smith standard for deciding religious freedom cases; however, if you live in one of approximately 37 states that have not adopted RFRA, you may be well-positioned to put observant Muslims, Jews, and Sikhs in a pickle. Followers of these minority faiths are distinguished by religious headcoverings. If your state requires removal of all headcoverings for ID photographs, Muslims, Jews, and Sikhs would have to choose between their religion and the right to receive a valid ID, which is more and more often required for travel, transactions, and full participation in the life of our nation.

In only three easy steps, followers of minority religions may lose the right to drive to work; purchase groceries; visit loved ones; or get a bank loan to buy the house next to yours. After being ghettoized and living like refugees in their own country for a little while, some of them will buckle under pressure and abandon their faith, and the principled ones might want to leave the United States altogether. And the amazing thing is – all of this would be perfectly constitutional. Oppressing other Americans hasn't been this easy since we put Japanese Americans in internment camps a generation ago!

Reality Check?

If any of this sounds far-fetched, consider what happened in Oklahoma and Minnesota last year. In March 2009, the legislatures of both states considered legislation that would have banned all headcoverings in state driver's license photographs without exception. The Oklahoma proposal was introduced in response to news that a Muslim woman in the state had been allowed to wear a hijab in her driver's license photograph. Although the proposal was explained as a way of promoting safety in the context of law enforcement, Rep. Wade Rousselot, a sponsor of the legislation in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, summed up the real intent of the proposal on local television as follows: "If I went to another country … I would either abide by the rules, or I would not get the privilege of a driver's license in that country … and that's what we're saying here."

The Oklahoma bill sailed through the state House of Representatives by a vote of 88 to 8 but ultimately withered in the face of stiff opposition from an alliance of interfaith advocacy groups, unsympathetic media attention, and the prospect of lawsuits under the state RFRA. Although the Minnesota proposal was not so obviously rooted in bias—and although it went nowhere after encountering resistance from interfaith advocacy groups—Minnesota does not have a RFRA, and its legislature could have easily paralyzed religious minorities in the state by following the three-step process outlined above.

At a time of fear and hostility toward Muslims, ID documents offer bigots a simple way to wreck the socio-economic mobility of religious minorities (that Sikhs, Jews, and others might be impacted is usually an afterthought). The act of redefining photo ID standards by law to slam religious minorities has an economic dimension, but it also constitutes a form of dehumanization. For the faithful, religious headcoverings are not merely articles of faith but also integral and inseparable components of their identities as human beings. They are a source of self-definition and strength. In history, Sikhs and Jews have been persecuted by empires that systematically targeted their articles of faith. Most recently, Muslims in Europe have been subjected to a similarly systematic stripping-away of their human right to religious self-expression.

In the United States, forcing someone to remove a hijab, dastaar, or yarmulke in an ID photo is equivalent to telling them to stop being who they are, and the laws of most states provide ample opportunities to do so. In the post-9/11 environment, there isn't an easier way to tell Muslims and other religious minorities in the United States to drop dead.

Despite the best efforts of bigots to suppress religious minorities by redefining photo ID standards, advocates in the Sikh community want to preempt such efforts in the future by pushing for amendments to the PASS ID Act of 2009 ("PASS ID"), a proposed federal law that would standardize photo IDs throughout the country in a way that makes them less susceptible to forgery by terrorists and other criminals. Sikh advocates and their interfaith allies want PASS ID and its implementing regulations to codify the right of individuals to wear religious headcoverings in driver's license and other identification photographs. Doing so would not only secure the civil rights of religious minorities throughout the United States but also strengthen the government's own interest in ensuring that identification photographs accurately depict individuals as they ordinarily appear.

Now more than ever, interfaith advocates must close ranks and work together in the cause of promoting civil rights and religious pluralism. Given the relative ease with which bigots can wreak havoc on our lives, we can protect our identities by protecting our American ID.

Rajdeep Singh is Director of Law and Policy at The Sikh Coalition.

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'Allah' a la Malaysia

Posted: 08 Jan 2010 06:44 PM PST


Oleh Anak Mami

Kalimah Allah telah menimbulkan pelbagai jenis ancaman keatas masyarakat di Malaysia, khasnya puak Melayu Islam yang berketurunan Mamak seperti Mamak Mahathir and the son Mukhriz, Sharizat juga mengencam kuat atas keputusan Mahkamah terhadap Herald Tribune. Golongan mamak mulalah memberi semangat keatas Melayu Islam merancangkan strategi menghasut ketenteraman Malaysia.

Kebelakangan ini, terjadinya menceroboh gereja dan mengkasari paderi di gereja , serta membakar tiga buah gereja, insiden ini telah mebusukkani nama baik Islam. Tetapi memberikan jiwa baru terhapad Allah Malaysia. Isu kontrovesi ini bukan saja memanaskan ketegangan kaum, malah nama Malaysia semakin buruk dan Islam di Malaysia telah dapat perhatian di dunia. Pandangan politik antarabangsa telah mengannap Islam di Malaysia sudah tukar peralihan dari konservatif ke terrorism.

Ini lah satu kemajuan dalam tahap peradaban konsep 1 Malaysia, di mana konsep 1 Malaysia telah membuktikan kaum majority ingin menghapuskan budaya, kebebasan beragama bangsa lain di Malaysia. Mahu tidak mahu konsep 1 Malaysia dengan desperasinya tukar jadi 1 Melayu. Kejadian membakar gereja seolah olah mencerminkan kejayaan media perdana Ugutan Melayu dan Berita Haram membatu apikan sentiment perkauman. Ini lah kejayaan media perdana mengawal pemikiran pemikiran Melayu Islam .Ini lah Islam ala Malaysia, Allah Malaysia , Allah Melayu adalah berlainan dengan Allah dalam Al Quran.

Allah Melaysia atau Allah Melayu Islam khasnya mempunyai kuasa muktamad untuk menjatuhkan hukuman keatas sesiapa saja yang beza pandangan, sesiapa sahaja yang bertentangan dengannya, Hero Islam yang memperjuangkan Islam ini dijamin dalam akhirat nanti dapat menikmati 72 anak dara di syurga. Entahlah syurga Melayu Islam ini amat bermakna untuk perjuangan jihad oleh golongan Hero Islam, Hero Islam yang terlibat dalam jihad ini dapat menikmati hak ketuanan Melayu di syurga nanti dan berstatus Umnoputra yang di iktiraf oleh Allah Malaysia. Tidak kurang juga Allah Malaysia menjaminkan bahawa sesiapa yang memperjuangkan untuk Melayu Islam dalam jihad maka ststus yang mulia di syurga Allah Malaysia.

Bagi Melayu Islam membakar gereja adalah tindakan yang wajid dan suci, mereka dibenar membela nasib kaum Melayu Islam di Malaysia. Maka Allah Malaysia telah mensyariatkan jihad dengan mengizinkan kaum Melayu Islam berperang dengan orang-orang Kafirun di Malaysia. .

Rasanya Allah Malaysia menjaminkan hak keistimewaan Melayu Islam di Malaysia, maka melayu Islam tidak usah lagi mengumpat bujang dan kahwin 4, tetapi sekali sahaja melakukan Jihad untuk Allah Malaysia dijamin oleh agen Allah Malaysia, Melayu Islam pebuh keyakian dan jaminan hidup di duniawi dan akhirat nanti. apa yang tercatat di Hadis :

"Dan (di dalam surga itu) ada bidadari-bidadari yang bermata jeli. Laksana Mutiara yang tersimpan baik.Sebagai balasan atas apa yang telah mereka kerjakan" (QS. al-Waqiah: 22-24)

hadith riwayat Tirmidzi, setiap ahli syuurga akan mendapatkan bidadari sesuai dengan amal yang diperbuatnya di dunia.
Setiap hamba yang berpuasa sehari dibulan Ramadhan, maka dia akan memperoleh satu bidadari di surga. Riwayat lain menyebutkan, setiap muslim yang mati syahid akan memperoleh 72 bidadari di surga
Bagaimanapun juga, bidadariadalah hadiah besar yang disediakan Allah untuk hamba-Nya yang taat beribadah dan beramal shaleh. Menurut hadits yang diriwayatkan Abu Sa'id al-Khudri, serendah-rendahnya ahli surga akan tetap memperoleh 80 ribu pelayan dan 72 isteri. Itu artinya, setiap mukmin yang senantiasa taat beribadah, meskipun sedikit, akan tetap memperoleh bidadari ketika mereka berada di surga.

Jadi apa tunggu lagi, Melayu Islam haruslah bakar lebih banyak gereja di Malaysia. maka dapat menikmati faedah yang dijiamn oleh Islam, ini bukan sahaja jihad untuk Islam tetapi ia amat sesuai untuk konsep 1 Melayu. Lakukan jihad berperang kafr sekali saja sudah dapat menikmati keindahan hidup di syurga nanti. Buat sementara waktu di duniawi Melayu Islam usah gila bujang , usha khalwat dan main dengan isteri orang, usah harap DEB dan ketuanan Melayu di Malaysia, tetapi dengan perjuangan konsep 1 Melayu yang di kelerolakan oleh Allah Malaysia, dengan itu jaminnan seperti yang termaktub diatas, maka dapat menikmati kepuasan seks di syurga, malah melayu Islam dapat lakukan fesyen anika seks dengan bidadari, sama ada gaya anjing, gaya seks harimau , babi yang bermacam macam aneka fesyen, tetap bidadari yang cantik molek tidak berpenyakit AIDS,lemah lembut tidak akan melaporkan kepada Fakwa dan Jakim. Jais , tidak perlu risay akan disaman ke mahkamah syariah.

Hidup Allah Malaysia!!!


Allah In Cyberspace

Posted: 08 Jan 2010 06:38 PM PST

By Joe Fernandez

From around the websites

A Native is a Native
Even if the words Bumiputera & non-Bumiputera disappear from usage, the term Native will remain as long as the land classification laws recognise Native land. In order, to determine who is eligible to own Native land, it's necessary by law to define who is a Native. This is provided for under the Federal & State Constitutions. The law has to recognise & accept that there were people on the land & working it long before the existence of the modern nation-state & the emergence of modern government. Such things can't be wished away. It's not only Malaysia which is in this legal predicament. Other countries like the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand & Latin America have Native land classification in the statute books. There are many non-Malays in Peninsular Malaysia who claim to be Malay after embracing Islam. What they forget is that although they claim to be Malays, they can't legally claim to be Natives just by embracing Islam. A Native is a Native. Likewise, a non-Native.

Sikhs also use the term Allah
The Home Ministry is not raising the issue of Sikhs using the term Allah. They are only after the Christians. So, carry on Allahing or whatever. Alternatively, apply to the Court of Appeal as an interested party. When Umno is not fighting the Hindus, they are fighting the Christians. The turn of the Sikhs and others will come soon. Meanwhile, the economy is going to the dogs and the pie is rapidly shrinking. I think that if Umno wants trouble, just give to them until they are sick and tired of it all. Let's see how much of a glutton they are for punishment. Instead, the Herald naively agreed to the stay of executive by the Home Ministry. Why make things easier for them? The Court of Appeal will simply sit on the appeal process to jam it. They have already done so with the Mazu case. Incidentally, the Purchasing Manager at the LNG plant in Bintulu is a Kayan by the name of Allah Emang from Long Apit. He should also put in an application at the Court of Appeal as an interested party.

Roots of the conflict in the Philippines south
The problem in the Philippines south began with a large-scale government organised movement of Christians from the north into Muslim territory. While citizens of the Philippines have a right to live anywhere in the republic, it's asking for trouble when the government itself participates in a scam to displace the local population. Over the years, the 13 Muslim-majority provinces in the Philippines south were whittled down to five provinces. The result of the Christian-Muslim conflict over land in the Philippines south was the refugee and illegal problem in Sabah.. It almost seems as if Manila is trying to compensate for the Sabah claim by driving away as many as possible of the Muslims in the country's south and seizing their ancestral land. So, the Muslims in the Philippines south lose their land to the Christians from the north and in turn they flood into Sabah and seize the land, government posts and business opportunities from the mainly Christian Kadazans, Dusuns and Muruts.


Workout your PC muscles for explosive sex! Return of the sex bomb Pete look at this water barrelmaa miah

Posted: 08 Jan 2010 06:37 PM PST




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My jaw hit the floor when, a couple of weeks ago, I walked into a pub to meet my friend Sam and found her dressed as a
Return of the sex bomb
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tramp.

Not the vagabond kind, but the Bettie Page kind. Much to the delight of some men drooling by the bar, she was sporting spray-on jeans, a lowcut ribbed vest, killer heels and a cropped leather biker jacket with fetish-looking zips. She had accessorised with an unlit fag and immaculate red lipstick.

Had Halloween come early, I wondered, mindful that – according to the film Mean Girls, at least – it's the one night of the year when a good girl can dress like a vamp and not be thought a total whore? But no. Tuning into The X Factor to see Cheryl Cole launch her new single, what did I find? The songstress had transformed herself into a lascivious sex bomb. A pocket square of sheer gauze and some peek-a-boo harem pants were all that stood between her naughty bits and 13 million viewers in Britain. And there was that red lippie again.

It confirmed what I'd suspected for a while: the sex bomb is back. In Paris, an exhibition to mark Brigitte Bardot's 75th birthday is drawing thousands of visitors to Boulogne-Billancourt . Meanwhile, Megan Fox, the star of Transformers, has been drafted in for the next bout of adverts for Armani underwear. Elsewhere in fashion, the Dutch model Lara Stone is flavour of the month. Stone reeks of sex (in a good way), is practically a Bardot mark II.

Sex bombs seem to be having more of a blast than waifs. Take Fox, the 23-yearold star of the new thriller Jennifer's Body. She talks a good game. "I'm just really confident sexually," she said breathlessly in a recent interview. "I think that sort of oozes out of my pores. It's just there. It's something I don't have to turn on."

Interestingly, while the sex-bomb look obviously fulfils most male fantasies it isn't entirely about appealing to the chaps. This isn't the case of Eva Herzigova's "Hello Boys" lingerie ads, which worked on the principle that if men thought she looked hot, then women would buy her bra to please them. The Noughties bombshell mostly crops up on fashion magazines. Men aren't even privy to their wondrous curves and smouldering gazes. It's a girl thing. So why do women want to be so slaggy all of a sudden?

"There is a point when dressing for men doesn't work," says Sam, 28, back in the pub. "Your average man just wants you to wear something cutesy, and I didn't like that, so I grew up wanting to be grungy and likeKate Moss

. Now I want to be a Robert Palmer girl," she says. Ironically, it's done wonders for her in the getting-chatted-up stakes. "You have to be a woman, not a girl, to pull it off. That's what makes it so great. Plus we're bored with trying to be tiny all the time. All the best girls in the shows this season had a bit of a boob, a bit of a waist. I'd rather look sexier, like I'm having fun."

Be careful not to get so smoking that you alienate the sisterhood, as Megan Fox found out to her cost. "I come across as confident and assume that means that I think I'm hot shit," she said, uncharmingly, of the reason her female fans are few. "That makes them feel bad about themselves and so they hate me."

Tut, tut. Bad sex bomb.

THE SUNDAY TIMES, LONDON


Women want to tighten their vagina for a whole host of reasons. Some simply want incredible sex, while others have had children or are suffering

Couple

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from medical conditions that result from having weak vaginal muscles.

Whatever maybe the case is, tightening and strengthening the vagina is something that every woman should do. It will not only make your sex life incredible, but you will also have a very healthyvagina for years to come.

For a tight vagina
There is no argument on what is the best way to tighten the vagina. Vaginal tightening exercises, better known as Kegel exercises, are the best way to quickly tighten and strengthen the vagina. Most women, when they think about tightening the vagina, are thinking about their PC muscle or Pubococcygeus. The PC muscle helps make up part of the pelvic floor, and contracts when you have an orgasm.

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles found in the pelvic cavity. They help support all of the organs in the pelvic cavity, including the bladder, uterus and urethra. When you do vaginal tightening exercises, you will not only be working out your PC muscle, but you will be working out all of the other muscles that make up the pelvic floor as well. This helps prevent conditions such as stress urinary incontinence, which results when the muscle that supports the urethra becomes too weak to prevent urine from leaking when you laugh, cough or sneeze.

Much better sex
Vaginal exercises will make your PC muscle exceptionally strong. When a muscle becomes stronger, it becomes more powerful. This means that when you have an orgasm, it will be far more intense than you ever thought possible. A stronger PC muscle means awesome orgasms each and every time. It's that simple. The best way to make your vagina tighter is hands down with these exercises.

Most women merely have intercourse without being aware of their vaginal muscles. But when you work out your vagina you will become extremely aware of them during intercourse. When you're having sex, you can manipulate your lover's member in many, many ways, all of which will be extremely pleasurable.

For your man
So many women do not know about tightening and strengthening their vagina, and they are, as result, missing out on the best sex of their life! Your sex life will be exponentially better. Your orgasms will be stronger and more powerful, and you will have them more frequently.

Since you are the one who is having toe-curling orgasms, what does your lover get out of it? Well, he gets a lot! Vaginal exercises will, by their very nature, not only make your PC muscle stronger, but doing these exercises will also help you develop incredible control over this muscle. This means that when you are having sex you will be able to use this muscle to tease and torture your guy. You will be able to clamp down on his manhood with your PC muscle and slowly or quickly massage him to climax. It works each and every time, and it never gets old!

Now you've found the best way to tighten your vagina, take action and take your sex life to the next level. Doing so will not only make your love life electric, but you will be strengthening your relationship for years to come. A significant part of any relationship is sex, and tightening your vagina will ensure that your sex is always hot and intense!

Being a party pro is an art. The charm, grace and mannerisms of a society diva… All comes from

How to be a society bee

How to be a society bee (Getty Images)

within.

That's the reason why some blend in easily and manage to make an impact, while others stand out because they try too hard to look cool. Thankfully, mingling with the sequinned crowd isn't difficult, once you master the moves.

Just arm yourself with these tricks and make a splash at the next champagne brunch you attend:

Mindset
"Just remember that we go to a party to relax and have fun," says model-turned-choreographer Achla Sachdev. "Enjoy the energy and don't be intimidated." Socialite Esther Daswani agrees, "People don't look or think about us, as much as we think they do. Realise that, and you will become comfortable."

Make-Up
Do up your face a bit, but not too much. "Highlight your best assets and dab on some moisturiser," advices Achla. "Take care of your hair. If you don't have time to hit the salon, then at least comb it neatly. While tying hair up at work is ok, for evenings, leave it open." Forgo the deodorant in favour of a perfume, and make sure all that make-up is non-transferable — you don't want to leave stains on people and crockery, right?

Clothes
When it comes to clothes, there are multiple opinions. While restaurateur Kishen Mulchandani says, "Less is better. Pile on the baubles and the brands, even if they are fake," Achla suggests wearing something that may not be expensive, but is appropriate and neat.
If you own a label, don it by all means — but don't wear a Shahab Durazi worksuit to dinner; wear that nice Mango dress instead. Esther says, "I would be highly impressed by a person who bought a two-rupee flower and twined it interestingly into a necklace, than someone who holds a million-rupee bag clunkily." Also, a little bling wouldn't hurt. But don't forget the golden rule: No label is better than the 'Pradda' and 'Guci' picked up from random shops.

Meet-N-Greet
Once at the party, don't hover shyly at the door. Locate the host-hostess and head over to say hello. "If you don't know them very well, shake hands," opines Achla. "If they lean to give you a kiss, place your hands gently on their shoulders, touch cheek-to-cheek, and kiss lightly in the air. Do not pat them on the back or butt, and don't hug, unless you are really old friends." Opening conversation with phrases such as: 'How kind of you to invite me' or 'You have a lovely home' work well.

Mingle
After the initial hellos, move on to people you have been introduced to, or your friends. Don't head straight to the bar. When you do, get a drink you can hold, recommends Achla. If you are a teetotaller, just quietly nurse a glass of orange juice or plain water.

Conversation
Here's Kishen's take on what to talk about: "Keep in the mind the news from the past few party papers, and throw names of people you met earlier. Make sure the people you are talking about are not within hearing range." He also suggests talking about the Pilates or power yoga routine you are following. "Just throw loads of attitude and you will emerge a winner," he claims. But Achla plays it safe. "If you'd like to interact with the guests later, tell them you've enjoyed talking to them and offer your business card. If they feel the same, they'll exchange theirs as well."

Photo-Opportunity
One of the great by-products of attending a party! If a photographer approaches your group for a picture, Achla suggests moving away politely if you are not with close friends, while Kishen says you must go for it. "Show a bit of cleavage, flash a thigh and have some fun!"

Eat
Don't head for the food unless asked to by the host. Assure you are the one to follow, in short, move towards the buffet with a group. If there are servers carrying food about, help yourself to small bites and a napkin into which you must deposit seeds, bones and other discards. "And don't talk while chewing," rebukes Achla. "Cover your mouth with your hand, finish chewing and then answer a question."

Goodbyes
When leaving the party, look for the hosts to take your leave. "In case you can't find them or if they are too busy," says Achla, "send them an SMS next morning thanking them for a wonderful time."
Happy socialising.

What not to do
Don't be overfriendly with those you've just been introduced to. They aren't "Dolly dahlings" until they say so.
Don't go off on socialist tangent or talk about the plight of child workers in Dharavi. Sounding holy or sage-like is not going to catch attention.
Don't make a fuss if offered a drink or an unpalatable dish. If you don't like it, then spit it out discreetly into a napkin.
If you are not comfortable in an outfit, change before you leave home. Making your discomfort apparent will only bring disparaging looks and comments.
Don't try and jump into every frame. If a photographer approaches you, smile and pose graciously.

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