Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Pentagon budget: Largest ever and growing

The Pentagon budget: Largest ever and growing


The Pentagon budget: Largest ever and growing

Posted: 01 Jan 2010 03:06 AM PST

As the resistance in Iraq and Afghanistan has shown, high-tech machines and weapons cannot match the determination of people to control their own future, writes Sara Flounders.


Mahathir’s Political Secretary Aziz Samsuddin said “Ummi Hafilda is a prostitute, sodomy would be the best way. Other ways would have no affect.”

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 09:21 AM PST


Yes, God has sent us many signs. If not why would Augustine Paul expire at the same time as the sign above Umno's headquarters? Was not Augustine the main scumbag in the Anwar Ibrahim trial?

Fernando then took the court through the testimony of Raja Kamaruddin Raja Wahid, a.k.a Raja Komando, who had, in fine detail, revealed how the conspiracy against Anwar originally unfolded and the role he was given in this whole conspiracy.

"Ummi Hafilda is a prostitute," said Aziz Samsuddin Day three of Anwar Ibrahim's appeal hearing at the Kuala Lumpur Appeal Court hit a high note today when Christopher Fernando read out transcripts of the previous trial that quoted Aziz Samsuddin as saying Ummi Hafilda Ali is a prostitute.Fernando started by recapping yesterday's proceeding where he had told the court Ummi had been disowned by the father after she confessed to writing the letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, accusing Anwar of sodomising Azizan Abu Bakar, one-time driver of Anwar's wife, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.Ummi's father, a religious teacher, just before he died, wrote an open letter to the Harakah detailing the reasons he had disowned her and, in no uncertain terms, implicated her as the prime mover behind Azizan."Ummi's father died broken-hearted without ever forgiving his daughter for the role she played in framing Anwar of sodomy charges," related Fernando.

Fernando had earlier read out Azmin Ali's (Ummi's brother) testimony in court that proved she played an active role in the whole conspiracy.

The prosecution never called her to testify in court to rebut this allegation, added Fernando. Instead they expected the defence to call her. The judge, in fact, even mentioned this point in his written judgment. "But Ummi would have been a hostile witness so it should have been up to the prosecution and not the defence to call her," argued Fernando.Fernando said that the court should have invoked Section 114 (g) of the Evidence Act on the prosecution for failing to call a most crucial witness to testify in court.

Fernando then took the court through the testimony of Raja Kamaruddin Raja Wahid, a.k.a Raja Komando, who had, in fine detail, revealed how the conspiracy against Anwar originally unfolded and the role he was given in this whole conspiracy.

"The evidence of this witness will show he was invited to join the conspiracy with a view to topple the Deputy Prime Minister," said Fernando.

"The meeting was held in the office of Aziz Samsuddin, the Prime Minister's Political Secretary, on 26 June 1998."

In the meeting, revealed Fernando, Aziz confirmed that Ummi and Azizan would pose no problem as "Ummi is a prostitute".Raja Komando then asked Aziz whether there was any other way to bring Anwar down.According to Raja Komando, "Aziz replied sodomy would be the best way. Other ways would have no affect.""Raja Komando's role was to manage the political assassination part of the exercise," added Fernando. "The sodomy allegation was assigned to Ummi and Azizan."

"Raja Komando was to disseminate the allegation as far and wide as possible. He was also to spread word that Anwar is a CIA agent."From what Fernando told the court today, it was clearly established in the meeting Raja Komando had with Aziz Samsuddin that he (Aziz) was the Chief Conspirator and that, while Ummi had written the purported "Azizan" letter to the Prime Minister accusing Anwar of sodomy, Aziz was the one who had edited and redrafted it.

The letter, Fernando said, was based on the book "50 Reasons Why Anwar Cannot be PM" Рwhich somehow found its way into the attach̩ bags of almost 2,000 delegates at the Umno General Assembly that year."The judge did not give this evidence the weight it deserved," argued Fernando. "He erred, grossly.""If he had given the evidence the weight it deserved, would he have arrived at the judgment he did?"And what about the tragedies befalling the rest of the gang of conspirators? Remember what happened to Aziz Samsuddin, Dr Ristina Majid, Megat Junid, Mohtar Abdullah, Ummi Hafilda Ali, Azizan Abu Bakar, Hamzah Zainuddin, Rahim Thamby Chik, Daim Zainuddin, etc.?

The only two remaining yet to hit the dirt are the AG and the IGP. These two are still awaiting judgment on earth. And when it comes it will come hard and brutal. So stay tuned to see how the remaining scumbags find their faces hitting the shit in time to come

FURTHER READING

Dr Ristina's father died heartbroken http://www.freeanwar.net/june2002/facnews091002a.htm

Thou shalt not bear false witness http://www.freeanwar.net/articles2002/article071002.htm

Judge part of conspiracy to frame Anwar http://www.freeanwar.net/jan2003/facnews190303.htm

Another conspirator in the Anwar Ibrahim frame-up bites the dusthttp://www.freeanwar.net/April2004/Hamzah_Zainuddin.htm


Nik Aziz: Non-Muslims can use ‘Allah’

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 06:16 AM PST

KOTA BARU
3rd January 2010


PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat has come out in support of the Catholic weekly Herald use of 'Allah' to describe the Christian God in the national language, saying it was permissible for those following the Abrahamic faith.
But the popular cleric expressed worry that the word "Allah" could be abused by certain quarters, echoing growing sentiment of Muslim Malaysians aghast at the Dec 31 High Court ruling that permitted its use.
"Its just a fear it can be abused. That's the worry," the Kelantan mentri besar said today when commenting on the landmark ruling.
Justice Datuk Lau Bee Lan said in her oral judgment that the Herald had a constitutional right to use the word, touching off a controversy that has led some Muslim groups to protest the ruling.
The government has said it will appeal against the ruling. A group has already started a Facebook group to get the government to reverse the ruling.
However, others including influential cleric and former Perlis mufti Dr Asri Zainal Abidin, have supported the ruling, saying all are encouraged to follow Allah.
Speaking to reporters after launching the state Women, Family and Health Development Secretariat, Nik Aziz said the authorities, such as scholars, should have a dialogue with the Christian clergy over the issue.
"This is so that there is no confusion among the society.
"In fact, Islamic philosophy itself can be spread through such events," he added.
The PAS Kelantan commissioner also said he was willing to attend such events if it was organised.
However, PAS Kelantan Council of Religious Scholars chief Datuk Mohammad Daud Iraqi declined to comment on the issue.
Instead, he said it was weaknesses in the government in monitoring the issue that has led to the controversy.
"This is not a new issue, it has gone on so long. The government should have looked specifically into the laws earlier on," he added.

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God and Allah in Malaysia

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 05:52 AM PST

Asia Sentinel
Sunday, 3rd January 2010

Ajustice's ruling goes against the government


The decision by Malaysian High Court Justice Lau Bee Lan giving the Catholic Herald newspaper the right to use the word Allah to represent God in its Malay-language edition has been met with jubilation among the country's 850,000-odd Catholics and outrage on the part of Muslims. As many as 10,000 protesters had signed onto a Facebook group page objecting to the Dec. 31 judgment.
A flock of United Malay National Organization (UMNO) politicians have got into the act as well, including former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamd and his son Mukhriz as well as former Selangor Chief Minister Mohamad Khir Toyo and others. Moderates including Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim are being called traitors to Islam for agreeing withg the decision, which is all but certain to be appealed to a higher court by the government as soon as possible and, if past practice is any gauge, a stay of execution will probably be granted.
The decision by Justice Lau, however, focuses attention on another matter entirely, and that is the growing independence of Malaysia's lower courts to issue decisions contrary to the government after nearly three decades. Her decision against the government followed another major one in May 2008 when High Court Judge Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim ruled that Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, who headed the opposition in the state, was wrongly removed as the chief minister of the northern state of Perak. Najib Tun Razak, then the deputy prime minister, engineered the defection of three lawmakers from the national opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat, bringing the government to a halt in a 28-28 tie.
In that case, Judge Abdul Aziz ruled that Perak Sultan Raja Azlan Shah did not have the power to order Nizar to vacate his position as chief minister and instead to install Zambry Abdul Kadir, a longtime Umno stalwart, in his place. An appellate court almost immediately stayed the decision. It is still being fought out in court.
In another notable case, High Court Justice Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad in November of 2008 freed Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the editor of the internet publication Malaysia Today after the editor was ordered jailed on a series of charges, mainly in connection with a series of scathing editorials and articles that sought to link Najib to the 2006 execution murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu, then 28, the jilted lover of Najib's best friend, Abdul Razak Baginda. Two of Najib's bodyguards have been convicted of the murder.
In general, according to a think-tank source in Kuala Lumpur, "Judges in High Court have been giving very independent judgments that have been overturned by the Court of Appeal. So let's wait and see whether this will happen again."
The judges, according to another source, were appointed during the six years when Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was prime minister. Badawi in 2003 succeeded Mahathir Mohamad, who had ruled as premier for 22 years and whose reign was notable for his emasculation of the country's judiciary. Lau Bee Lan was one of Badawi's appointees, in December of 2004, as was Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim.
Although Badawi was roundly criticized for appointing Zaki Azmi, a former UMNO lawyer, as chief justice, Zaki has evolved into an effective jurist, a Kuala Lumpur source said, making strides to clean up a backlog of cases and engineering the appointment of independent judges.
"It was one of the few things [Badawi] did do right," said a Malay businessman in Kuala Lumpur. "For once - after two decades - even the Bar Council is becoming optimistic about the judiciary. But there's still a lot of rot left over from Mahathir to clean up. It's a daunting task."
Mahathir's subjugation of the judiciary began in 1988 amid an intraparty revolt against Mahathir's leadership of the United Malays National Organisation, when a Malaysian high court ruled that UMNO was illegal. With the case going to the Supreme Court, now known as the Federal Court which had issued other adverse rulings against the government, Mahathir in effect fired Salleh Abbas, the Lord President, along with three other Supreme Court justices. From that time forward, there were few if any decisions that went against the government.
That ultimately blew up in late 2007 with an enormous scandal with the publication of a videotape that purported to show VK Lingam, an influential lawyer friend of Mahathir's, in conversation with Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, then the country's third-ranking judge who was in charge of most senior judges. The conversation seemed to indicate that Mahathir was closely involved in the appointment of malleable judges favorable to the then-prime minister's closest cronies, particularly gaming tycoon Vincent Tan. Syed Hamid, the Shah Alam High Court judge who ordered Raja Petra freed, was appointed to his position during the reign of one notorious Supreme Court head, Eusoff Chin, who himself was accused of a host of judicial irregularities. The Attorney General in December said Lingam was probably only bragging and declined to prosecute him.
The current case began in January of 2008 when the Malaysian cabinet reinstituted the cancellation of the Roman Catholic newspaper's publishing license for using the word "Allah" interchangeably with "God" in its Malay language section. The Herald, which prints in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Tamil and Chinese, was first notified that it would no longer be allowed to use the word "Allah" on October 18 and November 1, 2007. But after informing the publication of the decision, a representative from the Internal Security Ministry later delivered a letter with the permit to print without restrictions, the publication's editor, Father Lawrence Andrew, told the media at the time.
The permit was withdrawn, however, a week later, when the ministry approved the paper's publication permit only on condition that the word "Allah" be prohibited and that the paper only be circulated to Christians. The church responded that the Malay-language edition of the paper is mostly read by tribes who converted to Catholicism or other Christian faiths, the preponderance of them in the East Malaysia states of Sabah and Sarawak, and that no other word would suffice to describe the deity.
Numerous religious scholars have pointed out that since Christians, Muslims and Jews worship the same god, calling the deity "God" in English means exactly the same thing as calling him "Allah" or "Yahweh" in other languages.
The issue has become intensely political, however, with Malaysia's increasingly assertive fundamentalist Muslims concerned that the Christians are proselytizing Malays in an effort to lure them away from Islam.
In her decision, Justice Lau, however, said the federal constitution allows the church to use "Allah" in the Herald as an exercise of its right to practice religions other than Islam. The constitution, she ruled in an oral opinion, gives the church "the right to use the word 'Allah' in the Herald in the exercise of his right to freedom of speech and expression."
Critics have charged that Justice Lau is a Christian, which influenced her decision. One website stated that she takes at least 15 days per year to teach Bible studies throughout the country. Others have pointed out that if the case had been passed to a Muslim judge, the chance for influence was as great if not greater.

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IS UMNO A CITIZEN BEATING BRUTE

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 06:43 AM PST


We as a nation of people have come a long way from the days when each and every one of our forefathers immigrated to Malaya. The only people of the soil are the Aborigines. The question of nationhood and national identity should now be beyond reproach. This is owing to the fact that Article 14 of the Federal Constitution (FC) provides for Citizenship by operation of law and Article 8 provides for "Equality" of all persons and there shall be no "Discrimination" of any person.

Thus arises the burning issue, why is it that after 52 years of Independence, we the people, have to face an arena of ethnic conflicts? Who is the cause of these conflicts? Are there ethnic chauvinist who are barring the interethnic mingling of the people? Why is it that on a day to day basis no sensitive problems arise when the people are intermingling at every workplace? Or is ethnic conflicts caused by political mobilization by a certain political party, which disrupts the impact of social cohesion?

It is an undeniable fact that before Independence a majority of the ethnic Malays lived in the kampongs whilst the ethnic Chinese lived in the towns and the ethnic Indians lived in the estates. This was the result of the "divide and rule" legacy of the colonial culture imposed by the British.

It is a sad state of affairs that we as a nation of united people have to be of the realization that after 52 years of attaining independence, our government leaders in UMNO still talking in terms of ethnic groups, such as, Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Muruts, Dayaks and so forth.

On a closer examination of the different category of people it would reveal that they are themselves a mixed group and are much more diverse culturally within the given group.

As for the ethnic Malays, they are a cocktail of middle eastern descent, Indians, and such people from Indonesia, that is, Acehnese, Boyanese, Bugis, Jawanese, Minangkabau, Rawa, Mandailing and from many other islands that surround Sumatra, but they may have a common faith and belief in Islam. Nevertheless they still do maintain considerable intra-group cultural differences.

In respect of the ethnic Chinese, they could be sub-divided into at least nine major ethno-linguistic groups, such as, Hokkien, Hakka, Cantonese, Teochew, Hiananese, Hochchiew, Kwangsai, Henghua and Hockchia and several other minor ones. The ethnic Chinese are also diverse not only due to their linguistic differences but also have differences in customs, historical experiences and other cultural attributes.

As for the ethnic Indians, they could be sub-divided into Tamils, Malayalis, Telegus, Kanaras, Oriyas, Hyderabadis, Mysoreans, Punjabis, Sikh Punjabis, Pathans, Bengalis, Gujaratis, Maharattas, Sindhis, Rajputs, Marwaris, Parsis and Goans. The Sri Lankans and Pakistanis are generally not considered as Indians. All these South Asian groups display enormous intra-group cultural variation.

Then we have the people of Sabah and Sarawak where there are about 55 ethno-linguistic groups. These people are have been commonly labeled as Kadazans, Muruts, Dayaks, Ibans and Orang Hulu. This group conceals the enormity of their cultural diversity. They have been labeled as Bumiputras, whilst the ethnic Chinese and Indians are not.

As we are all citizens we go to the polls once in five years to elect the government. The government derives it power to govern us from the constitution. The constitution inter alia provides that all the citizens are equal and that there shall be no discrimination. So after 52 years the government through its responsible policies should have achieved cultural homogenization and we the people should be living in a state of cultural pluralism.

But that does not seem to be the case, as there seems to be an artificially created inter-ethnic instability within our communities and the society at large. There seems to be some form of inherently flawed policies which have been diabolically conceived and executed by the government that is causing a great deal of damage to the efforts put in by the people to live in cultural peace and harmony, on a day to day basis.

Recently it has been exposed in the media that the government has since the year of 1980 or thereafter introduced through the Biro Tata Negara (BTN) a course to brainwash especially ethic Malay Students at the Public Universities by indoctrinating then on the concept of  Ketuanan Melayu or "Malay superiority"(MS).

They also propagate and disseminate the MS concept on the youth through indoctrination camps through a song entitled "Anak Kecil Main Api" (A Child Plays with Fire) where one verse concerns the power of the ethnic Malays: which is,

Kini kita Cuma tinggal

Yang akan menentukan

Hasilmengalir, ke tangan yang lian

Pribumi merintih sendiri.

A loose translation is as follows:

Political power is what we are only left with

One that will determine the faith of our nation

Wealth of this nation flows into the hands of others

Sons and Daughters of the soil suffer in solace.

It is clearly apparent that the Public Universities have lost their fundamental principle of university autonomy. The government dictates on how to maintain academic standards. The universities is no longer regarded and guarded as a leading light and the centre where a student can be free to be in the pursuit of knowledge and the truth.

As Syed Husin Ali in an essay appropriately entitled " Death Knell for Varsity Autonomy" where he concluded by borrowing the words of the poet Rabindranath Tagore and stated that a university should genuinely be a centre "where the mind is without fear and the head is held high and where knowledge is free."

It is now apparent that the government has grossly violated the doctrine of the mandate we gave them to govern. They have instead focused their attention on instilling fear in the consciousness of the feeble minds of the ethnic Malays which is to make them hate other ethnic communities. In actual fact based on divine justice the ethnic Malays have themselves realized that the enemies of the ethnic Malays are UMNO leaders.

The technique of UMNO has been to colonise the consciousness of the ethnic Malays through a technique that was pioneered by Barzakov and Lozanov in the 1970 called "suggestopedia" which is a method used to instill a deep sense of  fear for oneself and hatred of others. You can go to the link to learn more of this technique.

http://www.griffith.edu.au/school/lal/japanesemain/private.kaz.suggestopedia.html

With the growth of a new ethnic Malay middle class and with the people applying their native intelligence and commonsense to the attempted indoctrination by the mediocre UMNO political leaders, the people have realized that the days of master and slave is an outdated concept.

The current middle class in the society realize that the only way forward is to forge proper economic partnerships where there will be interplay between knowledge, experience, ideology and technology which has to be developed to function productively for the mutual benefits of the partnership.

The people are no longer keen to devote their attention to UMNO brutes, xenophobia in respect of other ethnic groups who are the citizens of this nation, where these chauvinistic brutes only want to cling on to power to enrich them selves. .


Allah Taala ti Pemadu Kuasa, Buka Mata, Buka Mulut, Buka Pending bala Dayak Amen

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 08:12 AM PST

God and Allah in Malaysia

Asia Sentinel
Sunday, 3rd January 2010

Ajustice's ruling goes against the government


The decision by Malaysian High Court Justice Lau Bee Lan giving the Catholic Herald newspaper the right to use the word Allah to represent God in its Malay-language edition has been met with jubilation among the country's 850,000-odd Catholics and outrage on the part of Muslims. As many as 10,000 protesters had signed onto a Facebook group page objecting to the Dec. 31 judgment.

A flock of United Malay National Organization (UMNO) politicians have got into the act as well, including former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamd and his son Mukhriz as well as former Selangor Chief Minister Mohamad Khir Toyo and others. Moderates including Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim are being called traitors to Islam for agreeing withg the decision, which is all but certain to be appealed to a higher court by the government as soon as possible and, if past practice is any gauge, a stay of execution will probably be granted.
The decision by Justice Lau, however, focuses attention on another matter entirely, and that is the growing independence of Malaysia's lower courts to issue decisions contrary to the government after nearly three decades. Her decision against the government followed another major one in May 2008 when High Court Judge Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim ruled that Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, who headed the opposition in the state, was wrongly removed as the chief minister of the northern state of Perak. Najib Tun Razak, then the deputy prime minister, engineered the defection of three lawmakers from the national opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat, bringing the government to a halt in a 28-28 tie.
In that case, Judge Abdul Aziz ruled that Perak Sultan Raja Azlan Shah did not have the power to order Nizar to vacate his position as chief minister and instead to install Zambry Abdul Kadir, a longtime Umno stalwart, in his place. An appellate court almost immediately stayed the decision. It is still being fought out in court.
In another notable case, High Court Justice Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad in November of 2008 freed Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the editor of the internet publication Malaysia Today after the editor was ordered jailed on a series of charges, mainly in connection with a series of scathing editorials and articles that sought to link Najib to the 2006 execution murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu, then 28, the jilted lover of Najib's best friend, Abdul Razak Baginda. Two of Najib's bodyguards have been convicted of the murder.
In general, according to a think-tank source in Kuala Lumpur, "Judges in High Court have been giving very independent judgments that have been overturned by the Court of Appeal. So let's wait and see whether this will happen again."
The judges, according to another source, were appointed during the six years when Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was prime minister. Badawi in 2003 succeeded Mahathir Mohamad, who had ruled as premier for 22 years and whose reign was notable for his emasculation of the country's judiciary. Lau Bee Lan was one of Badawi's appointees, in December of 2004, as was Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim.
Although Badawi was roundly criticized for appointing Zaki Azmi, a former UMNO lawyer, as chief justice, Zaki has evolved into an effective jurist, a Kuala Lumpur source said, making strides to clean up a backlog of cases and engineering the appointment of independent judges.
"It was one of the few things [Badawi] did do right," said a Malay businessman in Kuala Lumpur. "For once - after two decades - even the Bar Council is becoming optimistic about the judiciary. But there's still a lot of rot left over from Mahathir to clean up. It's a daunting task."
Mahathir's subjugation of the judiciary began in 1988 amid an intraparty revolt against Mahathir's leadership of the United Malays National Organisation, when a Malaysian high court ruled that UMNO was illegal. With the case going to the Supreme Court, now known as the Federal Court which had issued other adverse rulings against the government, Mahathir in effect fired Salleh Abbas, the Lord President, along with three other Supreme Court justices. From that time forward, there were few if any decisions that went against the government.
That ultimately blew up in late 2007 with an enormous scandal with the publication of a videotape that purported to show VK Lingam, an influential lawyer friend of Mahathir's, in conversation with Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, then the country's third-ranking judge who was in charge of most senior judges. The conversation seemed to indicate that Mahathir was closely involved in the appointment of malleable judges favorable to the then-prime minister's closest cronies, particularly gaming tycoon Vincent Tan. Syed Hamid, the Shah Alam High Court judge who ordered Raja Petra freed, was appointed to his position during the reign of one notorious Supreme Court head, Eusoff Chin, who himself was accused of a host of judicial irregularities. The Attorney General in December said Lingam was probably only bragging and declined to prosecute him.
The current case began in January of 2008 when the Malaysian cabinet reinstituted the cancellation of the Roman Catholic newspaper's publishing license for using the word "Allah" interchangeably with "God" in its Malay language section. The Herald, which prints in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Tamil and Chinese, was first notified that it would no longer be allowed to use the word "Allah" on October 18 and November 1, 2007. But after informing the publication of the decision, a representative from the Internal Security Ministry later delivered a letter with the permit to print without restrictions, the publication's editor, Father Lawrence Andrew, told the media at the time.
The permit was withdrawn, however, a week later, when the ministry approved the paper's publication permit only on condition that the word "Allah" be prohibited and that the paper only be circulated to Christians. The church responded that the Malay-language edition of the paper is mostly read by tribes who converted to Catholicism or other Christian faiths, the preponderance of them in the East Malaysia states of Sabah and Sarawak, and that no other word would suffice to describe the deity.
Numerous religious scholars have pointed out that since Christians, Muslims and Jews worship the same god, calling the deity "God" in English means exactly the same thing as calling him "Allah" or "Yahweh" in other languages.
The issue has become intensely political, however, with Malaysia's increasingly assertive fundamentalist Muslims concerned that the Christians are proselytizing Malays in an effort to lure them away from Islam.
In her decision, Justice Lau, however, said the federal constitution allows the church to use "Allah" in the Herald as an exercise of its right to practice religions other than Islam. The constitution, she ruled in an oral opinion, gives the church "the right to use the word 'Allah' in the Herald in the exercise of his right to freedom of speech and expression."
Critics have charged that Justice Lau is a Christian, which influenced her decision. One website stated that she takes at least 15 days per year to teach Bible studies throughout the country. Others have pointed out that if the case had been passed to a Muslim judge, the chance for influence was as great if not greater.


What Difference Can a Year Make?

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 08:01 AM PST


By Pak Bui

In the spirit of the new year, and looking through the bottom of my empty glass at the year gone past, I have put together some of the most prominent news stories of 2009 and my favourite Hornbill Unleashed posts from each month.

One weakness of such "Top (whatever) Lists of 2009" is the frailty of our human memory. We tend to place recent events on a pedestal and chuck older memories into the recycling bin of our memories.

Even in our daily lives, we often forget the happy moments we have spent in the past with our spouses or children, in the heat of some dispute or other.

January

Malaysia slipped into recession. We Sarawakians felt the pinch too, but then, we have been under the CMS thumb for so long that the economic boom-and-bust cycle has been replaced by a chronic bottom-of-the-barrel economy.

There were devastating floods in Bau, Kuching, Sibu and other towns. We can look forward to this again in 2010, and every other year, until we elect a proper government.

February

Parti Keadilan Rakyat and Pakatan Rakyat leader Anwar Ibrahim was arrested outside his house for alleged buggery. The police used force in arresting Anwar, although he had agreed to go to the police station himself. This never-ending court saga was designed to occupy Anwar's time and energy, and demoralise him and his supporters.

Anwar's celebrated drive to build up PKR in Sarawak, with support from former PBDS stalwarts Daniel Tajem and Gabriel Adit, ground to a halt.

March

Malcolm Mussen anak Lamoh, from Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), wiped out Jawah Gerang from the PKR in the Batang Ai by-election. This BN win was the only BN by-election win at the time, after a string of defeats to Pakatan Rakyat.

Maggi Mee and "instant development" rained from the skies in Batang Ai. The PKR ran a shambolic campaign and deserved the crushing defeat.

Hornbill Unleashed began life with "Termite Infestation in Sarawak" by SKY "Full Recognition for Native Customary Rights now!" By See Chee How  and "Damn the dams: they only make the First Family richer" by Apang

April

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu trumpeted the payment of RM52 million in Salcra dividends to farmers. Angry questions were asked in the State Assembly, why such a small sum had been paid over so many years, to so many farmers. Opposition Assembly representatives accused rich companies of cheating Dayak landowners of their land under "Dasar Baru". Jabu could not provide a logical answer.

I enjoyed "My State, my Government, My Business" by See Chee How, "Alice in Cancerland" by Keruah Usit, "We are Malaysians, but do we know Malaysia?" an interview with Ong Chin Wen  , "An Open Letter to Alfred Jabu" by SKY  and "Letter from America: A Tale of Two Towns" by Bunga Pakma

May

The Penan of Ulu Baram received, jointly with Hindraf, the Suaram human rights award.

Sarawak started to suffocate under the haze again, and struggled under the onslaught of hand, foot and mouth disease.

I liked "Sayang Sarawak… sungainya sempit" by Baharuddin Mokhsen, "What next in Perak…on a lazy Malaysian Sunday?" by SKY, "Painting Penan Reality" by John Riwang and "Big Bullies in Sarawak" were all excellent pieces.

June

The coup d'etat in Perak sparked anger all over the country. Hee Yit Fong's parents faced verbal abuse, we are told, in her hometown, and market stallholders refused to sell her family vegetables.

Members of Parliament from Sarawak were hammered in the national press, for cowering in Parliament and rarely speaking up.

I enjoyed "Thinking about not migrating" by SKY, () "Happy Father's Day, Datuk Seri Shahrizat" by See Chee How, "Outside Encroachment and Internal Dissent" by Bunga Pakma, "What is the Meaning of Your Life?" by SKY, and "ISA and the Panopticon: the Anatomy of Fear" by SKY (my favourite essay of the year)

July

Teoh Beng Hock's death under MACC custody struck a chord in all Malaysians. He was an average Malaysian, subjected to extreme treatment by a cruel and corrupt agency.

Will his death and his family's suffering soon be forgotten?

Essential reading included "Sarawak's Hydroelectric Dam Megaproject EIAs in Limbo" by Zhang ML, "People First? Najib, meet the poor Malays when you are in Kuching" by See Chee How, , "Malaysians continue to die" by Apang, "The MACC failed: A Betrayal of the Native Ethos" by Bunga Pakma and "MACC: Damn this racist thing" by SKY

August

There was an outbreak of cow-head stupidity in Selangor, and PAS leader Abdul Hadi called us Sarawakians 'cawat' wearers.

PAS, DAP and PKR continued to bicker publicly over trivial issues, heedless of their common goal of toppling BN.
Sarawak suffered its first death from H1N1.

Recommended reading: "Dayaks: victims of Sarawak crony capitalism" by Bloomberg's correspondent, Yoolim Lee, "We are all immigrants: a thoughful Malay citizen", "A Long Hard Journey to School" by See Chee How, "Ten Years of Public Uprising in Malaysia" by Apang, "The End of Beer" by Zhang ML  and "The Bagan Pinang buy-election" by SKY,  "What now: Jabu, Taib and James Masing?" by the HU Editor  and "The MCA Crisis" by SKY

September

A leaked Cabinet paper in Malaysia Today revealed the sordid details that the stink from the Port Klang Free Zone scandal reeked up to the highest levels of government.

The Women's Ministry finally released its task force report confirming that loggers had raped Penan girls in Baram. Some survivors were as young as ten. Eight incidents were described after a brief ten day mission to Baram in October the previous year.

The report was first made available on Hornbill Unleashed (HU).

The MCA, a founding member party of BN, went into convulsions of in-fighting, with all its top leaders displaying greed for power and insatiable vindictiveness.

Police moved in to break up peaceful blockades by Penan communities in Tutoh, Baram. Fifteen indigenous people protesting the loss of NCR land were arrested on Malaysia Day outside the Chief Minister's office.

Reports in HU included: "Jabu unwilling to open door to ladies", showing the Sarawak authorities cynical denial of the sexualk crimes, written by Rosita Maja, "Penans with big cars and houses?" by SKY), "Why the Penan blockades?" by Harrison Ngau Laing.

October

Baru Bian was appointed chief of PKR. He is a respected land rights lawyer and a worthy leader. Sabah PKR, on the other hand,  continued to implode under the weight of Jeffrey Kitingan's games.

Articles from HU included "PKR struggling in Sabah and Sarawak" by SKY, "Religion: John Hicks's Rainbow of Faith" by SKY), "Adat and Land Rights neglected in Sarawak" by Apang and John Riwang, "A Sarawakian, by whatever colour" by Bunga Pakma, and "Do as I say, but not as I do" by Maximus Koh.

November

PM Najib withdrew oil royalties from Pakatan Rakyat held Kelantan, promising to give 'wang ehsan', or charitable donations, instead.

Notable articles included "Our Earth is gravely sick" by SKY, "Is BN gaining on Pakatan?" by Kenny Gan, "There is no such 'thing' as a race" by SKY, "To me, all these reports are not true" by Rosita Maja  and "I can eat with you at the same table" by SKY.

December

The Kuala Lumpur High Court declared the ban on the use of the word 'Allah' by non-Muslims illegal.

The Registrar of Societies threatened to shut down Sahabat Alam Malaysia for "acting extremely".

Do read "An Iban political fable" by Bunga Pakma  and "The Pakatan Rakyat common policy platform got substance" by SKY.

Happy New Year, dear readers.

Posted in Alternatives, Politics Tagged: Anak Sarawak Bangsa Malaysia, Pak Bui, Save Sarawak


Bridge Over Trouble Water

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 07:53 AM PST

02012010509This new year 2010 we went to Tekuyong, Pantu. Look at the bridge (Sanjau River) that link Empaling, Gayau, Isu, Keranggas, Tuba, Muding. Thousands of people, including teachers are using this bridges that is almost collapsed? Any comment from the the users? Politic of Development or politic of Drowning when crossing the bridge?


Time to write...

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 07:00 AM PST

I've been keeping quiet in this section of the blogosphere. Partly because I got disgusted at the state of matters in Malaysia. The same old problems keep swirling around with no solution in sight. Every year brings about the same issues and yet no real solution in sight. Corruption is still a problem, but then as a friend pointed out; corruption in our sights may not be corruption at all. Given the asian habit of giving gifts to their leaders. So corruption in the view of many may not be corruption but rather abuse of power.


So as of this new year, I hope to have the heart again to write and comment about the stuff in Malaysia.


So keep me in sight. I'll be writing again.




PM Najib Visit To USA Last December Was Not Well Recieved By White House?

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 01:16 AM PST


PM Najib Visit to USA Last December was not well recieved By the White House.

Prime Minister Najib Razak was in Washington DC on 26th December 2009, busy eating nasi lemak and mee goreng as BERNAMA proudly reports. No mention of meetings with State Department, on Capitol Hill, with the White House, or any think tanks. Instead he bragged about 1Malaysia to the choir of Malaysians who have already heard it so many times. He also offered some comments on Malaysia's economy, which according to a recent report is failing to make much progress these days.
No media in US would want to interview him and also no one in US would like to be seen with him.Also at the same time India's Manmohan Singh was in the US and what did Barak Obama do? He went out of his way to charm both Mr. and Mrs. Manmohan Singh in a White House black-tie state dinner.He didn't even notice Najis's presence in the US.Tell me if not the Mongolian girl then what is it that merits being ostracized in the States for Najis? However Barak Obama has placed great respect for the Minister Mentor of that tiny red dot to invite him to the White House in late October for a tete-a-tete with him so that he can pick Harry's brains on what his thoughts are of a changing world and America's role in it.And LKY is no longer the PM of Singapore!....Recieved Through Email
What is the point of a 20 million dollar contract with APCO if our prime minister cannot even get a manufactured speaking slot at the National Press Club? We're not even talking about Brookings or SAIS where one has to have something meaningful to say to be invited. Anyone can speak at the Press Club so long as they can afford the cost of organising the function. Does the concept of 1World not carry much weight in the halls of international diplomacy or in the most powerful city in the world? I guess not.
I think taxpayers should demand to know why, after spending that much money on a DC lobby our prime minister cannot even get an interview on the local news.
On Anwar Ibrahim's recent trip to the United States, in just a few days he held events at Brookings, SAIS (even our US Ambassador attended the function),Georgetown and the Council on Foreign Relations. He met with officials from the House foreign relations committee, the Senate Foreign relations committee, the state department and the White House. His visit covered in the media including the Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review and theWashington Post (but not Bernama), Saudi television and ABS-CBN from Manila.
Does the Prime Minister's flimsy schedule have anything to do with the scandal that just won't go away? Not PKFZ. Not the Bukit Antarabangsa slide. Not the collapsed bridge. None other than the Mongolian who we cannot talk about. And in the time it took me to write this, how many new designer bags did the Prime Minister's wife purchase?

Once again thanks you to one of Bukittunggal.com regular reader that sent this information to BukitTunggal.Com.

Mupok Aku

Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban


“71 Seats Status Quo..??”

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 03:19 AM PST


The question on everyones lips is how will the Sarawak Pakatan group comprising of PKR,DAP.SNAP and PAS divide the seats allocation. Its appears the State BN according to BN political strategists will be using the same "Status Quo" breakdown of seats to the 4 coalition partners. PBB will be allocated the 35 seats SUPP 19 PRS 9 and SPDP 8. No matter how SPDP or PRS feels that they are entitle for more seats (based on their track records) as SUPP has losts terribly in the 2006 state elections it will not be entertained. 

PBB will have its Triennal delegates Conference on the 28th Feb-2nd March at the newly completed Borneo Convention Centre and after that its PRS TDC in Bintulu in May. Once these two parties have completed their respective general assemblies all eyes will be focussed on the Chief Minister as he alone will determine when it is the right time for a FRESH MANDATE from the people of Sarawak.

Unlike previous elections where there was much political calm,electorate generally demonstrated confidence and optimism in the leadership and policies of the incumbent BN government. BN has the proven track records but now the groundswell is different as the Pakatan group which made inroads in the 308 General elections are better prepared to assist their Sarawak counterparts.

The niggling and obvious question for the Pakatan group would be the breakdown of seats for the opposition front. DAP has obviously sounded their bugle charge with placing interests in the urban constituencies plus two or three semi urban/rural areas. Even newly elected DAP Chairman Sarawak Wong Ho Leng has indicated no less than 20 seats given that they have 6 State assemblyman in the DUN.

The State BN needs to be reassured that its coalition partner SUPPs politiking internally must end or else the Chinese urban electorate will surely turn to DAP. Too much infighting will also determine how the party will fare in this coming State elections and with a new kid on the block PCM(Party Cinta Malaysia) playing spoilers with intentions of contesting 30 seats the electorate will certainly be given a CHOICE. But the obvious contests will be between BN and Pakatan while PCM candidates will just split the votes. PCM has already indicated that they are more relevant than PKR.

Eventhough the mandate CLOCK is ticking ,BN knows that it needs to be prepared for a full-scale electoral offensive,backed by a well organised election machineryand superior resources.It should be unmatched by the opposition and surely the electoral battles in each constituency will be fought entirely on issues which will be localised in nature. The string or supermaket lists of issues which will be brought up by the opposition will not reflect much as compared to the bread and butter issues facing the people in the constituencies. 

The BN will obviously pick the right time according to a school of thought where all goodies will be showered down to the people of Sarawak and leave it with no choice but to return the mandate to BN. But will the political landscape which has embedded in eversince 308 prove us all wrong according  a veteran politician..?

Who would have thought Sammy Vellu,Kho Tsu Koon was defeated badly and Gerakan almost wiped out together with MIC. Will the Sarawak electorate move away from their comfort zone and change all that.? We still have our reservations….

It is without a doubt says a number of political observers that  the element of  FEAR remains for the Sarawak BN. The same sentiments plus other newer issues especially the "Allah" controversy if  left unchecked,unaddressed and not properly resolved  may have a snowballing effect especially with the percentage of 47% Christians in Sarawak.

Its a highly sensitive issue and as such Najib as Prime Minister needs to thread this line very carefully as statistics of past elections will not even be able to help the BN if the electorate in Sarawak so decides otherwise. Its a very thin line for the Federal government as any false move will no doubt be a major factor or bearing in the ballot boxes in the next Sarawak elections.

The consensus for the continuity of the Status quo in seat allocations will be a telling factor for the State BN. If there are all unison in seeing a fresh mandate for the BN and the leadership of Taib and a test of whether the electorate still believes in this equilibrium. The Sarawak electorate has so far passed their political education easily for the past 50 years and it is up to the opposition to ratlle the status quo.

The State BN parties will not need to look further than the wise remarks of Chinese Philosopher Sun Tzu(The art of war)in that it said," it would be better to rely not on the likelihood of the enmy's not coming,but on our readiness to receive him: not on the chance of his not attacking,but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable."

So is the BN ready?The status quo of the coalition partners in PBB ,SUPP,PRS and SPDP will remain and there are no reasons to uproot the tree which has steadily proven that it has kept its promises to the electorates. Only if and when the Pakatan group can move the the comfort zones of the electorates in Sarawak it is without a shadow of a doubt that BN will still call the shots. Sort out your seats fast Pakatan Sarawak or you will return as fast to the abyss with the same bullet train.  

DID THE STATUS QUO TICKLE YOUR MIND AND GOT YOU THINKING….???   


A Brave And United Nation

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 02:54 AM PST

This is what a brave and united nation does when its citizens are abandoned, left to die by the rest of the world.



Please watch parts 2 through 6 at Unpopular Opinion.


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Nasaruddin: Senyap Bila Isu Judi. Bising Dalam Isu Nama Allah?

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 01:45 AM PST

Saya dah kata. Agenda "Kerajaang Perpaduang" masih segar bugar. Lebih-lebih lagi apabila "famili" Tok Guru telah berjaya mengawal Tok Guru seperti yang dirancang oleh UMNO. Sebelum PAS mengeluarkan apa-apa kenyataan rasmi, Nasaruddin pun menyatakan pendirian sama seperti pendirian yang dikeluarkan oleh UMNO. Bukankah ini asas kepada konsep "Kerajaang Perpaduang"? Yakni, isu yang UMNO naikkan, PAS akan sambut dan sebaliknya.

Nasaruddin dilaporkan oleh UTUSAN MELOYA berkata:

Timbalan Presiden Pas, Nasharuddin Mat Isa berkata, kebenaran penggunaan kalimah Allah yang diberikan kepada mereka yang bukan Islam bukanlah isu politik sebaliknya satu pencerobohan terhadap agama rasmi negara ini.

"Keputusan mahkamah itu bukan sahaja melanggar peruntukan Perlembagaan Persekutuan malah melanggar akidah umat Islam dan ini tindakan yang tidak dapat diterima.

"Dalam hal ini, seluruh umat Islam perlu bersatu membantah kebenaran yang diberikan selain menyokong rayuan yang akan dilakukan Jabatan Perdana Menteri (JPM) dan Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) terhadap keputusan itu," katanya kepada Mingguan Malaysia di sini hari ini.


Walaupun nampak seperti betul, tapi kita harus melihat isu ini dari aspek lain juga. Mengapa UMNO yang ada track record lebih 50 tahun menentang Islam, tiba-tiba berminat sangat dalam isu ini? Apakah PAS sepatutnya menyokong UMNO dalam hal ini?

Jelasnya, ini adalah sebahagian dari agenda "Kerajaang Perpaduang" yang selama ini dijaja oleh pemimpin Pro UMNO dalam PAS.

JANGAN LUPA UMNO PERNAH ANCAM DARURAT KALAU HUDUD DILAKSANAKAN DI KELANTAN DAN TERENGGANU. Penentang syariat Islam inilah yang disokong agenda mereka oleh Nasaruddin Mat Isa.

NASARUDDIN SENYAP DALAM ISU JUDI. APASAL?

Heran ke tidak? Masa Najib lulus 10 lesen judi kenapa Nasa tak bising? Bukankah lesen judi ini JELAS HARAM DALAM ISLAM? Bukankah itu satu tindakan yang jelas MENGHALALKAN APA YANG DIHARAMKAN DALAM ISLAM?

Bukankah menghalalkan benda yang haram itu menyebabkan seseorang itu jadi kafir?
Soalnya mengapa Ustaz NAsaruddin sebagai Timbalan Presiden PAS tidak memaksimakan isu ini?

Bukankah UMNO telah menghalalkan judi semenjak penubuhan UMNO itu sendiri (i.e. Loteri UMNO 1951).

Jadi, saya tak terkejut Nasa tak naikkan isu judi dan terhegeh-hegeh dalam isu "Nama Allah" ini.

Nasa dah tak tau beza antara mana yang haram dengan mana yang tak jelas haram walaupun dia belajar di Jordan.

ISU NAMA ALLAH MASIH BELUM MUKTAMAD

Apakah Nasa lupa, seluruh mahkamah dalam Malaysia adalah terletak di tangan UMNO. Kalau UMNO mahu, mereka boleh campur tangan dan mendapatkan keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi yang sesuai dengan kehendak kita.

Namun, Nasaruddin telah menelan bulat-bulat agenda UMNO dan menjadi pengempen percuma kepada UMNO dalam isu ini.

Mengapa Nasaruddin tak boleh tunggu dan lihat sebelum menawarkan diri untuk menjadi alat UMNO dalam isu ini.

Lagipun, isu ini belum muktamad kerana isu ini masih akan berlegar di Mahkamah Rayuan dan Mahkamah Persekutuan. Ini akan memakan bertahun-tahun selepas ini.

Mengapa Nasaruddin sebuk pasal isu yang tidak jelas haram seperti ini? Bolehkan Nasaruddin tunjuk satu fatwa dari Al Azhar yang mengharamkan orang bukan islam menggunakan perkataan "Allah"?

Isu judi itu JELAS HARAM dan NASA SENYAP SERIBU BAHASA.

ISU INI MENGUNTUNGKAN UMNO BUKAN PAS

Nasarudding suka menaikkan isu-isu yang menguntngkan UMNO bukan PAS. Isu ini, kalau diambil dan diperjuangkan PAS, hanya akan menguntungkan UMNO. Sokongan pada PAS tidak akan bertambah dalam isu ini.

Cara terbaik adalah menyedarkan orang MElayu bahawa UMNO mahu menggunakan isu ini sahaja untuk menaikkan imej mereka. Mereka mahu menyamar kononnya mereka adalah pejuang ISlam.

Padahal UMNO ini juga yang telah:

a. Menghalakan perkara2 yang haram

b. Mengugut kerajaan Kelantan dan Terengganu dengan tindakan MAGERAN dan DARURAT sekiranya hudud dilaksanakan di sana

c. Menghalang setiap usaha untuk melaksanakan hukum syariat Islam di Malaysia

UMNO sendiri penentang Islam nombor satu. Logiklah mereka ini akan memperjuangkan ISlam?

ISU JUDI TIDAK SELARAS DENGAN AGENDA KERAJAANG PERPADUANG?

Nasaruddin heboh isu ini, isu Nga dan beberapa isu sebelum ini yang mana isu2 ini isu yang diambil oleh UMNO. Ertinya, Nasaruddin hanya mahu mengambil isu-isu yang selari dengan kehendak UMNO.

Apabila isu itu merugikan UMNO (seperti isu pemberian lesen judi oleh Najib), Nasaruddin sepertinya senyap sunyi.

Bagi saya ini bererti agenda Kerajaang Perpaduang masih hidup dan segar bugar.

Kita akan melihat lagi banyak isu2 "bersama" yang akan diperjuangkan oleh Nasaruddin dengan UMNO.

Kalau Nasaruddin bijak, beliau akan mempersoalkan bagaimana UMNO gagal mempengaruhi keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi sedangkan semua orang tahu mahkamah di Malaysia di bawah pengaruh UMNO.

Wallahualam

Tulang Besi





Islam perlu bersatu


Oleh ZAINAL AZHAR MOHAMED
pengarang@utusan.com.my

Naib Ketua Pemuda UMNO Pulau Pinang, Ir. Shaik Hussein Mydin (depan, lima dari kiri) bersama sebahagian dari Ahli Jawatankuasa Pemuda UMNO Negeri dan pemimpin UMNO bahagian mengangkat tangan sebagai tanda membantah penggunaan kalimah Allah oleh akhbar mingguan Herald-The Catholic Weekly di hadapan Masjid At-Takwa di Mak Mandin, Seberang Perai, semalam.

KUALA LUMPUR 2 Jan. – Umat Islam di negara ini diseru bersatu tanpa mengira fahaman politik bagi mempertahankan penggunaan kalimah Allah sebagai hak mutlak agama Islam.

Timbalan Presiden Pas, Nasharuddin Mat Isa berkata, kebenaran penggunaan kalimah Allah yang diberikan kepada mereka yang bukan Islam bukanlah isu politik sebaliknya satu pencerobohan terhadap agama rasmi negara ini.

"Keputusan mahkamah itu bukan sahaja melanggar peruntukan Perlembagaan Persekutuan malah melanggar akidah umat Islam dan ini tindakan yang tidak dapat diterima.

"Dalam hal ini, seluruh umat Islam perlu bersatu membantah kebenaran yang diberikan selain menyokong rayuan yang akan dilakukan Jabatan Perdana Menteri (JPM) dan Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) terhadap keputusan itu," katanya kepada Mingguan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata demikian mengulas keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi di sini membenarkan akhbar mingguan Gereja Katholik, Herald-The Catholic Weekly menggunakan kalimah Allah dalam penerbitannya.

Beliau memberitahu, akidah bukanlah perkara yang boleh dipandang mudah kerana ia adalah perkara wajib dalam Islam.

Katanya, meskipun tiada tindakan yang akan dilakukan oleh pihaknya, namun sebagai pemimpin Islam beliau akan sentiasa menyokong bantahan dan rayuan yang dilakukan.

"Saya menyeru lebih banyak pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) dan umat Islam supaya bangkit menyuarakan hak agama Islam yang sedang diceroboh.

"Pada masa sama saya dan seluruh umat Islam yang lain akan terus bersatu menyokong rayuan yang akan dilakukan kerajaan," ujarnya.


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Asshole Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP Zulkifli Noordin we know you are umno trojan pig so just go lick rosma’s

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 01:41 AM PST



KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 3 — Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP Zulkifli Noordin from PKR wants his fellow Pakatan Rakyat lawmaker from PAS Khalid Samad to leave his party because of their differences over the recent court ruling allowing Catholics to use the word "Allah" to describe the Christian God.Zulkifli suggested Khalid should join the DAP because of the latter's apparent stand in defending non-Muslim rights to use the word "Allah."When contacted by The Malaysian Insider, Khalid slammed Zulkifli for having no "locus standi" to comment on his stand and that of PAS."He has no locus standi to talk about PAS. If he wants to talk about my stand as a PAS member and about PAS itself, I would like to request he leaves PKR and join PAS and then he can talk about it," he said.Khalid, who is also PAS Shah Alam division head, said he was not that bothered with Zulkifli's remarks."I do not want to be too concerned with what he says," he said."Nonetheless I respect the principle that everyone is entitled to give their opinions.""What I said was that non-Muslims have used the word Allah and Muslims too use the word Allah."The difference is the concept of unity or the question of the singular nature of Allah," he said.Writing in his blog yesterday, Zulkifli, who is one of the most outspoken MPs when it comes to religion, said:"In fact I will go as far as to call on YB Khalid to reconsider his membership in PAS. Instead I suggest YB Khalid should consider joining other parties like DAP."This is because I have noticed YB Khalid's actions, especially after being awarded given trust by God to be Shah Alam MP, have destroyed the good name and image of PAS as an Islamic party."Zulkifli also criticised Khalid for backing Hindus to build a temple in Section 23 Shah Alam, which he said was a Muslim-majority area."Malays who objected and protested were criticised by him," he said in reference to the infamous cow-head protest for which the main participants have since been charged in court.
I love this guy of his Truth Islam of Nabi SAW.
I agree with Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad said that "Allah" was not only for Muslims but also for the entire universe.
"Words like 'Allah is only for Muslims' limit the greatness of Allah to Muslims only and acknowledge other gods for other religions." ('Allah if is only for Muslims use' they are mean to limit the greatness of Allah to Muslims only and acknowledge other gods for other religions.
Allah adalah untuk SEMUA umat manusia & juga kepada segala2nya yang ada di 'Universe' ini. Hanya cara2 mengamalkan agama Allah itu saja yang berbeza. Masih banyak yang sesat tak kira apa nama atau logo agamanya.
Saya nak tanya 1 soalan. Saya bukan Islam seperti Islam kamu. Kalau saya mati berdosa kelak, Allah ATAU God (Tuhan saya) yang akan hantar saya ke Neraka? Kalau kamu kata Allah akan menghantar saya ke neraka, maksudnya dia juga Allah saya. Kalau kamu katakan God saya pula yang akan hantar saya ke neraka, maksudnya kamu istiharkan ada lagi Tuhan lain melainkan Allah kamu, iaitu God saya.

Bekas mufti Perlis Dr. Mohd Asri Zainal Abidin berpendapat pihak berkuasa perlu menyediakan garis panduan tentang penggunaan kalimah "Allah" ekoran bantahan berhubung keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi yang membenarkan Herald menggunakan perkataan tersebut dalam terbitannya.Dalam kenyataan pertamanya sejak Khamis lalu, Asri juga berhujah bahawa manusia memang patut memanggil Tuhan dengan panggilan Allah."Ya, manusia memang patut memanggil Tuhan dengan panggilan Allah. Itulah Tuhan yang sebenar."Sebelum kedatangan Nabi Muhammad SAW pun, nama Allah telah digunakan untuk memanggil Tuhan," katanya.Bagaimanapun jelas beliau penggunaan kalimah "Allah" untuk tujuan menghina tidak wajar dibenarkan."Namun meletakkan nama tersebut dengan tujuan menghina adalah patut ditentang. Ini seperti jika menulis nama Allah pada berhala," kata beliau dalam tulisan blognya di bawah tajuk "Isu Nama Allah: Kenyataan Pertama Dr. Mohd Asri".Beliau menjelaskan, "jika mereka berkata Allah Tuhan semesta alam, itu tidak menjadi masalah kerana itu kenyataan yang benar."Kuffar Quraish pun memanggil Tuhan Allah, tetapi tidak menamakan berhala mereka Allah," ujar beliau.Oleh itu kata beliau, jika keputusan mahkamah mengenai penggunaan nama Allah itu hendak dipakai, garis panduan dan peraturan hendaklah dibuat."Maka peraturan mesti dibuat. Elakkan perbalahan kaum tanpa melihat kepada penyelesaian terlebih dahulu. Saya akan mencadangkan beberapa garis panduan selepas ini," jelas Asri.Dalam artikel disiarkan sebelum ini, Asri pernah berkata bukan soal nama "Allah" itu yang terlalu perlu untuk direbut atau dijadikan agenda besar."Tetapi, gerakan membina semula akidah yang sejahtera dan memahamkan generasi kita wajah Islam yang sebenar agar mampu bersaing dan menghadapi cabaran zaman," katanya.Khamis lalu Mahkamah Tinggi memutuskan bahawa Herald boleh menggunakan perkataan "Allah" dalam penerbitannya.Hakim Datuk Lau Bee Lan, dalam keputusan lisannya menegaskan bahawa Herald mempunyai hak berperlembagaan untuk menggunakan perkataan itu dalam majalah berkenaan untuk menyebarluaskan agama Kristian dan bukannya agama Islam.Beliau berkata lanjutan kepada Artikel 11(4) Perlembagaan Persekutuan, adalah menjadi kesalahan bagi bukan Islam untuk menggunakan perkataan "Allah" kepada umat Islam untuk menyebarluaskan agama itu.Bagaimanapun, ia bukanlah satu kesalahan untuk bukan Islam menggunakan perkataan itu kepada bukan Islam bagi tujuan agama, kata Lau.The backlashThe present-day reformist inclinations in Islam include two variations. One is being led by staunch secularists and the other by 'progressive Muslims.'Both may disagree with one another but their aim and goal seem to be common: To expunge Islam as we know it from laws and exegeses that, though man-made, have been handed down through the centuries as being 'divine' and thus unalterable. [19]One of the many examples in this context is the law of stoning adulterous men and women that is practiced in some Islamic societies as 'God's law,' but it is actually not found in the Qu'ran – (the law was formed in the 8th century from a hadith whose credibility many scholars have questioned). [20]Another is the literalist way the hudd or Hudood laws have been interpreted. Even though most Islamic countries (through the process of ijtihad/collective consensus), have avoided enacting 'Hudood Laws' due to these laws' incompatibility with changing times and circumstances, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan (until 2007) were the only two countries having these laws as part of their respective legal cannons.Nevertheless, the Hudood Ordinances (enacted by the Zia dictatorship in 1979 in Pakistan), were finally scrapped by the Musharraf regime in 2007.This was one of the foremost acts by the state of Pakistan directly challenging the 'Islamisation' milieu left behind by Zia who had been a staunch 'Maududist.' [21]Yet another example suggesting a gradual backlash against the Maududist politico-theological model was the recent unprecedented verdict by the Federal Shariat Court that declared drinking alcohol as a comparatively minor crime in Islam, and changed the punishment (of drunkenness) from 80 lashes (from a whip) to light strokes from a stick (made from a date tree leave). [22]Alcohol had always remained a largely tolerated indulgence in Muslim societies across the centuries. Many scholars maintain that though the Qu'ran has 'advised' Muslims to stay away from wine (as opposed to forbidding it like it does pork, carrion meat, blood and idolatry), it does not prescribe any punishment for its usage. [23].In Pakistan too, alcohol was freely sold and consumed until 1977, when first (under pressure from the Jamat Islami), the secular government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto banned its sale, and then the reactionary dictatorship of Gen. Zia turned its consumption and sale (by Muslims) as a crime punishable under his controversial Hudood Ordinances.Ironically, Zia's ban on alcohol gave birth to a thriving bootlegging mafia- even though cities like Karachi have licensed liquor stores that have successfully checked the bootleggers' influence in this city.Zia's ban on alcohol also triggered the widespread usage of addictive drugs like heroin.For example, until 1979, Pakistan literally had just a single reported case of heroin addiction. But by 1985, it had the second largest population of heroin addicts! [24]Though no Pakistani has been flogged for the offence of consuming and selling alcohol ever since 1981, the Shariat Court's verdict must have come as a blow to the architects of Zia's Islamisation process that was largely based on Maududi's politico-religious thesis of an 'Islamic state.' A state whose blueprint, many Islamic scholars opposed to Maududi-ism maintain, does not exist in the Qu'ran and is only a generation of Maududi's imagination.Waiting for reasonThere are a number of progressive Muslim scholars, especially in Turkey, Egypt, Malaysia, Algeria and Indonesia, who seem to be making deeper inroads in the 21st century Islamic reformist psyche. In Pakistan Javed Ahmed Ghamdi, the London-based Ziauddin Sardar and respected intellectual, Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy can be named.In their work on Islam they have taken a scientific and a strictly academic approach, and are not immune to openly question the historicity of the Laws of Islam that have been handed down to us from the 8th century onwards; or a history and versions of the Shariah that started to appear almost two centuries after the demise of the Prophet.To them the Muslims need to have an interpretative relationship with the Holy text. According to Sardar, for example, we have been relying on an age-old interpretation of the Qu'ran, one that is ice-capped in history. The context of this interpretation is of the 8th and 9th century Muslim societies. It needs to be radically updated through ijtihad.Most current Islamic reformists are also concerned about the retrogressive tendency in some recent so-called modern Islamists to determine 'scientific miracles in the Qu'ran.'According to Dr. Hoodbhoy, by doing this they undermine all the hard work undertaken by early Islamic scientists and philosophers and that this practice in a way also suggests that present-day Muslims should stop getting their hands dirty in labs and universities, thinking they know everything. [25]; [26].Respected Muslim scholars like Prof. Sardar, and monumental Algerian scholar, Muhamad Arkun, have been particularly harsh on French writer, Maurice Bucaille's controversial book, The Bible, Qu'ran & Science and how this book (financed by the Saudi government), has given birth to a navel-gazing cottage industry of half-baked 'experts' distracting Muslims from learning real science. They say the Qu'ran encourages the acquiring of science, instead of creating a pseudoscience by reading wrongly into the meanings of certain surahs of the Holy Book. [27]Turkish pseudo-scientist Harun Yahya (Adnan Oktar) – who has recently gained fresh new following among Pakistani TV news anchors like Shahid Masood and so-called 'security analysts' and TV personalities like Zaid Hamid – too has come under the hammer of neo-Islamic rationalists and secularists alike.The rationalists have accused Yahya of encouraging Muslims to shun secular sciences as if this act of shunning was ordained by God. [28]Interestingly, unknown to most of his Pakistani followers, Yahya has been a constant receptor of police arrests for various drug and sex related scandals. [29].Many critics of this trend have described such men as 'Islamic quacks' who are discouraging a rational and scientific mindset in present-day Muslims.Today's reformists also insist that there never was just one correct way to be a Muslim. As Sardar suggests, the propagation by any group of the single correct way is a totalitarian act. It will eschew plurality, democracy and tolerance, leading the ummah towards a totalitarian situation.That's why to modern Islamic scholars like Muhammad Arkun, it is of vital importance that Islamic history and law be critiqued and thoroughly explored in the light of reason and current times. [30]; [31].According to Arkun, it is only then that reason in Islam can be liberated from man-made dogmatic constructs – constructs that have played the foremost role in derailing Islam from its early philosophical and rational path, landing its fate in the clutches of biased power politics and, eventually, in the gun barrels of the fascistic and irrational mutations of the faith (such as the Taleban and Al-Qaeda)

PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat has come out in support of the Catholic weekly Herald use of 'Allah' to describe the Christian God in the national language, saying it was permissible for those following the Abrahamic faith.

But the popular cleric expressed worry that the word "Allah" could be abused by certain quarters, echoing growing sentiment of Muslim Malaysians aghast at the Dec 31 High Court ruling that permitted its use."Its just a fear it can be abused. That's the worry," the Kelantan mentri besar said today when commenting on the landmark ruling.Justice Datuk Lau Bee Lan said in her oral judgment that the Herald had a constitutional right to use the word, touching off a controversy that has led some Muslim groups to protest the ruling.The government has said it will appeal against the ruling. A group has already started a Facebook group to get the government to reverse the ruling.However, others including influential cleric and former Perlis mufti Dr Asri Zainal Abidin, have supported the ruling, saying all are encouraged to follow Allah.Speaking to reporters after launching the state Women, Family and Health Development Secretariat, Nik Aziz said the authorities, such as scholars, should have a dialogue with the Christian clergy over the issue. "This is so that there is no confusion among the society."In fact, Islamic philosophy itself can be spread through such events," he added.The PAS Kelantan commissioner also said he was willing to attend such events if it was organised.However, PAS Kelantan Council of Religious Scholars chief Datuk Mohammad Daud Iraqi declined to comment on the issue.Instead, he said it was weaknesses in the government in monitoring the issue that has led to the controversy."This is not a new issue, it has gone on so long. The government should have looked specifically into the laws earlier on," he added.


MENTRI BESAR NEGERI SEMBILAN ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED IN TRANSFERING RM10 MILLION TO LONDON

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 12:46 AM PST


It is reported in Malaysiakini today that Negeri Sembilan PKR leaders led by Badrul Hisham Shaharin has accused Menteri Besar Negeri Sembilan Datuk Seri Utama Haji Mohamad haji Hasan of siphoning out of the country a amount of almost RM10 Million to London sometime in 2008.

Badrul Hisham claims that he wrote to Datuk Seri Utuama Mohamad Hasan on 16 November 2008 to seek clarification on the allegations but nothing had been forthcoming until today. Badrul Hisham further claim that an official report was lodged at Commercial Crime Division at Bukit Aman on 3 December 2008 and he had contacted the Police three times to find out on the outcome of their investigations but nothing have also been forthcoming.

Badrul Hisham claims that today's demonstration is to prove a point that Datuk Seri Utama Mohamad Hasan is a 'traitor' to the people of Negeri Sembilan and need to be punished by whipping in public.

Meanwhile, Barisan Nasional leaders and the Police seem to remain silent on this issue.

The rakyat needs explanation as to how the Menteri Besar Negeri Sembilan Datuk Seri Utama Haji Mohamad Haji Hasan could accumulate such a huge sum within a short in office.


UiTM is now open to non-Malays?

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 11:30 PM PST


By Kesavan Sathasivam

I always thought that UiTM (University Institut Teknologi MARA) was strictly for Bumiputeras. Can someone explain to me how did Goh Wei Liang, an ethnic Chinese got to do his pre-university course at UiTM. I remeber not long ago the UiTM students were up in arm when a suggestion was made to open the university to non-Malays.
The following article appeared in The Star:

Wednesday August 13, 2008
UiTM slams MB's proposal


SHAH ALAM: Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Abu Shah has hit out at Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim's suggestion that the university open its doors to non-bumiputra students.

Prof Ibrahim said the call to have non-bumiputras allowed into the university was against the purpose of setting up the university.

"UiTM was set up to provide the bumiputras a chance to improve themselves by attaining tertiary education," he told a press conference at the university here yesterday.

He was commenting on Khalid's statement asking for UiTM to open 10% of its intake to the other races to raise the level of integration, competitiveness and the quality of graduates.

He said the power to decide on any changes to the intakes in UiTM was up to the government. Earlier about 5,000 UITM students held a peaceful demonstration in front of the state secretariat building where they also handed over a memorandum to a state government official objecting to the call by Khalid.

UiTM student body president Luqmannulhakim Mohamad Idris said the students wanted Khalid to retract the statement and apologise.

"We (the students) are very disturbed by the statement and we have planned our strategy on what to do if the Mentri Besar does not apologise and retract the statement," he said.

Khalid, meanwhile said the proposal was done in the interests of both bumiputras and others.

Khalid said he was fully aware that he had no right to decide on the quota for non-Malays in UiTM.

Below is the reply given by Goh Wei Liang in his Blog A Piece of My Mind.:

Goh Wei Liang said...
Anonymous of 4.21pm, I was offered a PSD scholarship to pursue my pre university course in UiTM and my degree in Australia.

I hope that answers your question. Do not be blinded by intentions to criticize or find fault to discredit the blogger or those who write as a support for Barisan Nasional, the Government of for Pakatan Rakyat in any case.

The concern lies on the main points raised in the article. Thank you, however, for your kind concern on my education path.

Friday, January 01, 2010 4:27:00 PM


Omar Goh, Do You Want To Join Augustine Paul?

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 11:16 PM PST


By Tan Teik Lye

Omar Goh Wei Liang has done it again. Just as the moron he is, he tries to win brownie points from his Umno buddies and his idol the racist scum Mahathir Mohamed by quoting an anti-Catholic website Associated Content Society to put forward his argument that the Catholic Church and Christians are wrong in calling God Allah.

For your information Goh, the question here is Umno and the corrupt Najib Razak regime has no business to tell anyone by what name they can call God. You are playing with fire Goh. Remember Goh, you are a pagan to the Christians and an infidel to the Muslims. So don't try to bodek the Malays. Just stop your spinning and lies and get a life instead. (Maybe find yourself a Shiela). This is an extract of the spin done by Omar Goh Wei Liang:

Recently, Judge Datuk Lau Bee Lan lifted the ban on the use of Allah in Herald, a Catholic-Christian newspaper. This of course sparked controversies.

Well, I agree with the official stand of BN. Let the legal process take due course. Do not challenge the legislation regardless of what the judgement is, who the judge is or what the case is on.

The law must be respected and people must uphold the Constitution.

But let me make things clear. If Allah can be used as a reference to God in Herald, then Allah can be used as a reference to God in Catholic Churches.

The preachers of Christianity and those who serve God must acknowledge those who praise Allah as their sons of God as well, no ?

Then perhaps we can move around, including the compounds of Churches, saying or shouting "Allahuakbar", no ?

Muslims can actually go around teasing the Christians on the use of "Allah". Anyone can also walk in to Churches and legally chant Allahuakbar.

Christians must accept that "Hey, he is singing praises of our Lord." No ?

Won't that spark controversies or clashes between religious groups in a once peaceful and prosperous nation called Malaysia ?

But I doubt the Muslims in Malaysia will be that extreme as they seem to be taking a defensive strategy. They are only protesting and defending their rights to the use of "Allah" at the vicinity of the High Court and in newspapers.

Someone ought to send a delegation to the Roman Catholic Church in Vatican City to clarify on such matters and seek a decree from the Council or the Pope preferably.

To recall, there was an article - Pope Benedict XVI prays to Allah. But the article is critical of the Pope. Hmm.

Thank you and Happy New Year 2010. January will be a month of lawsuits. Stay alert.


May 'ALLAH' bless Augustine Paul

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 10:11 PM PST

Federal Court judge Augustine Paul passed away yesterday, a day after Tok Mat left us.

I only got this to pray for Augustine -
semoga 'ALLAH' mencucuri rahmat ke atas rohnya.

Why? As Malaysian Muslims, Christians and other religions are now allowed to use the word Allah, may as well we start using it more often in any religious ritual.


Dont blame me. Blame the judiciary, the Majlis Fatwa and those who are supposed not to make a fun out of it.


THE PASSING OF AUGUSTINE PAUL

Posted: 02 Jan 2010 09:31 PM PST


There is no praise that can be showered on the passing of this man by the court of public opinion.

He knew what he was doing as a learned man but yet grossly violated the Oath And Affirmation of Office he took as a Judge as provided for in the Sixth Schedule of the Federal Constitution which states:

"I Augustine Paul, having been appointed as a Judge of the High Court of Malaya do solemnly swear that I will faithfully discharge my duties in that office to the best of my ability, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to Malaysia, and will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution."

Contrary, to the "solemn" oath that Augustine Paul took, he abused his powers and made a mockery of the due process of the law.

In this respect may we borrow a quotation from Rudyard Kipling: that is, "For the sin they do by two and two they must pay for one by one."

And that is the only fitting remark that can be given to the passing of Augustine Paul by all the standards of our charitableness.

You should also read the comments posted in the following links.

Malaysian Insider

And

http://msian-spring.freevar.com/apaul.htm


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