Saturday, February 6, 2010

Is someone undermining Najib Razak?

Is someone undermining Najib Razak?

Is someone undermining Najib Razak?

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 02:52 PM PST

I have always enjoyed Josh Hong's column in Malaysiakini, even though at times I have disagreed with him, as I had with two other of my fave MKNI columnists, my good mate Dean Johns and sweetie Helen Ang – but then that's the essence of enjoyable reading because they, by providing views different to mine, have stimulated my thinking.

Josh's latest article, Nasir Safar not the issue; racism is, is a damn good read, where he lamented the racist-oriented products of the infamous Biro Tatanegara (BTN).

His concluding paragraphs, as follows, captured my full attention:

While some have come to Nasir's defence and said that his words were taken out of context, I tend to think otherwise judging from the furious reaction from the floor.

As we all know, BN component parties are habitually subservient to Umno, with many of their leaders treating right-hand men of successive prime ministers as royal emissaries. That MIC and MCA members present at the forum had the guts to stage a walkout speaks volume of the excesses in Nasir's speech.

That MIC and MCA members walked out in the midst of Nasir's speech effectively pulled the carpet from under the feet of his apologists who offered the usual excuses that Nasir was misinterpreted, misquoted, misunderstood (but never 'misguided').

Some apologists even left their pathetic claw marks on the door sill by suggesting only 'a few' walked out. Even if just one MIC or MCA person had walked out, it would have indicated the deeply offensive nature of Nasir's words.

I am not so much disturbed or concerned by Nasir's comments as others. After all, he is just a minion serving the interests of his political master. What he uttered was not a gaffe; rather, his views are quite likely shared by many in the Malay-dominated civil service.

These people are products of the controversial Biro Tata Negara, and have been fed with a racist ideology that does not in the long term engender a people of hope, courage and tolerance, but of fear, jealousy and even hatred. Just look at how the Umno-controlled media has been reporting on some vitally important national issues.

Given such a social milieu, why should we be surprised that Najib cannot even convince those around him of his 1Malaysia vision? I am more worried how this mindset can be shifted without entailing severe social costs.

Josh is saying, and I agree with him, that Najib has not convinced his own UMNO people of his 1Malaysia aspiration. Much as Najib might have claimed (in an interview in Singapore) that he was/is an UMNO warlord, it's becoming clear that he isn't the Big Kahuna as one would have expected of UMNO leaders in the mould of Tengku (at least up to 1969 - we knew how he was 'sabotaged' in May 1969), Razak, Hussein (for the short time he was PM – wonder how he would have fared if he stayed longer?) and Mahathir.

So, while we have been proudly and gleefully proclaiming there has been a sea change in the Malaysian political landscape, we have basically referred or limited this change in political thinking to the growing non-BN or pro-Pakatan electorates.

But within UMNO, there has also been a sea change as well, not necessarily the 'Road to Damascus' type*, but that of a growing disenchantment with and diminishing confidence in their No 1 leader.

* there'll be the usual migration of 'rats leaving the sinking ship' but I wouldn't classify rats as 'Road to Damascus' types

You don't need to be a rocket scientist to know this 'sea change' within UMNO started with AAB, where he was undermined continuously, and certainly most effectively.

The once-invincible respect and adulation, or even fear, by party members for the UMNO President had eroded (or 'had been' eroded), and is unlikely to be restored to the level of its glory days. This in itself may not be a bad thing for UMNO and Malaysia, but we need first to see what directions politics within UMNO will take.

The only thing I can say about AAB's downfall is that he made one humongous 'UMNO-crime' in going against (or abruptly terminating) the unfinished legacy of his predecessor. To what extent his SIL had influenced him into doing so is irrelevant, but that AAB did so spelt the beginning of his end. His enemies were just too powerful for him.

So, is Najib facing the same undermining, though the intensity is more of a chipping away at some of his policies rather than ruthless chopping at his knees?

As Josh Hong succinctly said: These people are products of the controversial Biro Tata Negara, and have been fed with a racist ideology that does not in the long term engender a people of hope, courage and tolerance, but of fear, jealousy and even hatred. Just look at how the Umno-controlled media has been reporting on some vitally important national issues.

All these wee Napoleons need is just a 'leader' to egg them on – a 'leader' who doesn't like the way Najib is going or believes the PM has gone too far.

Astrology for Anwar Ibrahim

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 10:31 AM PST

Divinely Speaking:

We shall start by analyzing the main cast of the Sodomy Samdiwar II, Hid Excellency Latok Sari Anwar Anak Ibrahim ...

Anwar IBRAHIM: Astrology and Birth Chart

Born:August 10, 1947, 12:00 PM (unknown)
in:Cherok Tok Kun (Malaisie)
Sun:16°43 Léo
Moon:20°58 Taurus
Chinese Astrology:Fire Pig
Numerology:Birthpath 3

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Biography of Anwar IBRAHIM

Dato' Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim (born August 10, 1947) is a former deputy prime minister and finance minister of Malaysia. Early in his career, he became a protégé of the former prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir bin Mohamad, but subsequently emerged as the most prominent critic of Mahathir's administration.

In 1999, he was sentenced in a highly controversial trial to six years in prison for corruption, and in 2000, to another nine years for alleged homosexual acts. However, in 2004, Malaysia's highest court, the Federal Court reversed the second conviction and he was released.

Anwar is the only Malaysian to ever make it into Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. He is also one of the signatories of A Common Word Between Us and You, an open letter by Islamic scholars to Christian leaders, calling for peace and understanding.
Early years
Anwar was born in Cherok Tok Kun, a village on the mainland side of the northern Malaysian state of Penang, to a hospital porter, Ibrahim Abdul Rahman (later to join politics and retire as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health) and Che Yan, a housewife (and later UMNO politician). He was educated at University of Malaya, where he read Malay Studies. Prior to that, he took his secondary education at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar.

From 1968 to 1971, as a student, Anwar was the president of a Muslim students organisation, Persatuan Kebangsaan Pelajar Islam Malaysia (PKPIM). He was one of the protem committee of Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) or Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia which was founded in 1971. He was also elected President of the Malaysian Youth Council or Majlis Belia Malaysia (MBM). In 1974, Anwar was arrested during student protests against rural poverty and hunger. He was imprisoned under the Internal Security Act, which allows for detention without trial, and spent twenty months in the Kamunting Detention Center for political prisoners.

Groomed for leadership
In 1968-1971, he was first groomed in the National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students (Persatuan Kebangsaan Pelajar Islam Malaysia, PKPIM) as the president of the Union. He was very well known as one of the most prominent student movement leaders. In 1982, Anwar, who was the founding leader and second president of a youth Islamic organisation called Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM), shocked his liberal supporters by joining the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), led by Mahathir bin Mohamad, who became prime minister in 1981. He moved up the political ranks quickly: his first ministerial office was that of Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports in 1983; after that, he headed the agriculture ministry in 1984 before becoming Minister of Education in 1986. By then, speculation was rife about Anwar's ascent to the Deputy Prime Minister's position as it was a commonly-occurring phenomenon in Malaysia for the Education Minister to assume the position of Deputy PM in the near future.

During his tenure as Education Minister, Anwar introduced numerous pro-Malay policies in the national school curriculum. One of the major changes that he did was to rename the national language from Bahasa Malaysia to Bahasa Melayu. Non-Malays criticized this move as it would cause the younger generation to be detached from the national language, since they would attribute it to being something that belongs to the Malays and not to Malaysians.

In 1991 Anwar was appointed Minister of Finance. In 1993, he became Mahathir's Deputy Prime Minister after winning the Deputy Presidency of UMNO against Ghafar Baba. Anwar was being groomed to succeed Mahathir as prime minister, and frequently alluded in public to his "son-father" relationship with Mahathir; in early 1997, Mahathir appointed Anwar to be acting Prime Minister while he took a two-month holiday. Towards the end of the 1990s, however, their relationship began to deteriorate, triggered by their conflicting views on governance. In Mahathir's absence, Anwar had taken steps to improve the country's governing mechanisms which were in direct conflict with Mahathir's protectionist policies. Issues such as how Malaysia would respond to a financial crisis were often at the forefront of this conflict.

Anwar's frontal attack against what he described as the widespread culture of nepotism and cronyism within UMNO (and the ruling coalition as a whole) angered Mahathir, as did his attempts to dismantle the protectionist policies that Mahathir had set up. "Cronyism" was identified by Anwar as a major cause of corruption and misappropriation of funds in the country. Mahathir retaliated by isolating Anwar within UMNO. The events of late-1998 marked the beginning of Anwar's descent within UMNO and his subsequent ouster from the party and from Malaysian politics.

Financial crisis
During the Asian financial crisis in 1997 Anwar, in his capacity as finance minister, supported the International Monetary Fund (IMF) plan for recovery, which meant a restructuring of the economy involving opening up to greater foreign investment and competition. He also instituted an austerity package that slashed government spending by 18%, cut ministerial salaries and deferred major investment projects. Large-scale infrastructure development projects known as "mega projects" were set back as well, despite being a cornerstone of Mahathir's plans for developing the nation. These measures aroused bitter opposition from Mahathir.

Although many Malaysian companies faced the threat of bankruptcy, Anwar declared: "There is no question of any bailout. The banks will be allowed to protect themselves and the government will not interfere." Anwar advocated a free market approach, sympathetic to foreign investment and trade liberalisation, whereas Mahathir favored currency and foreign investment controls, blaming unchecked speculation by currency speculators like George Soros for the shrinking economy. There is disagreement among economists whether Anwar's policies would have been more or less successful than Mahathir's; however, most denounced Mahathir's hypothesis that George Soros was to blame. Economists proposed currency controls before the Malaysian currency, the ringgit, slid further, but their advice was not taken. By the time Mahathir decided to impose currency controls and preventive measures to keep hedge funds in check, the Malaysian economy had plummeted to its lowest level yet since the recession of the early-1980s.

In 1998 Newsweek magazine named Anwar the "Asian of the Year." However, in that year, matters between Anwar and Mahathir came to a head around the time of the quadrennial UMNO General Assembly. The Youth wing of UMNO, headed by Anwar's associate, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, gave notice that it would initiate a debate on "cronyism and nepotism". The response was swift, as Mahathir issued lists of cronies who had benefited from government share allocations and privatisations. To the chagrin of Anwar and his allies, several of them were on the list, including Anwar and Zahid.

Anwar continued his assault on what he called the rampant corruption within Mahathir's administration, by attempting to impose transparent audits on major conglomerates and business empires, which, he alleged, had been overcharging for government projects and evading taxes. One of the potential victims would have been Mahathir's son, Mirzan Mahathir, who was a director in almost 100 private and Government-linked companies. Conglomerates that were closely linked to the government, such as Renong, would have been adversely affected as well.

At the UMNO General Assembly, a book, 50 Dalil Kenapa Anwar Tidak Boleh Jadi PM ("50 Reasons Why Anwar Cannot Become Prime Minister") was circulated containing graphic sexual allegations as well as accusations of corruption against Anwar. This book carried the byline Khalid Jafri, an ex-editor of the government-controlled newspaper Utusan Malaysia and former editor-in-chief of a failed magazine, Harian National. Anwar obtained a court injunction to prevent further distribution of the book and filed a defamation action against the author. In August, police charged the author of the book with malicious publishing of false news. In September, the judge who had banned the book's distribution was transferred to a lower court despite being a senior judge, further raising concerns among the public about the independence of the judiciary.

Among the allegations in the book was that Anwar is a homosexual and that he is a serial adulterer. Many regarded the book as an outright fabrication but in a surprising turn of events, rather than investigating the author for libelous writing, the police were instructed to investigate instead the veracity of the claims. Consequently, Anwar was labeled by the government-controlled media as a womanizer and a homosexual even before any investigation had taken place to determine the truthfulness of the book's contents. The author died in 2005 of diabetic complications but not before the High Court found that the author had libeled Anwar Ibrahim in publishing the "50 Reasons" book and awarded Anwar Ibrahim millions of ringgit in compensation.

Recently, the former deputy President of Anwar's political party, Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, lambasted Anwar for his close ties to Paul Wolfowitz, a staunch Zionist and chief architect of the war in Iraq. In an interview on the BBC Hardtalk program after his release from prison, Anwar admitted to his friendship with Paul Wolfowitz, the former US deputy Secretary of Defence and former World Bank President. This allegation has strong repercussions in Muslim majority Malaysia which has no diplomatic ties with Israel. Fanatic Malays also agree with the statement by former Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir, that the "war on terror" is actually a "war on Islam".

Trial and conviction
Anwar was fired from the Cabinet in September, amid police reports that he was under investigation. The following day, he was expelled from UMNO. Dr Munawar Anees, Anwar's former speechwriter, and Sukma Darmawan Sasmita Atmadja, Anwar's adoptive brother, were arrested under suspicion of engaging in homosexual acts. Five days later, they were given a jail sentence of six months after pleading guilty to "unnatural sex" with Anwar. They later recanted their confessions, and appealed the sentence, claiming to have been coerced into entering a plea of "guilty". Anees made a statutory declaration of how they were coerced into making a guilty plea. Two of Anwar's secretaries, Ezam Mohamad and Mohamad Azmin Ali, were both held separately as part of police investigations into the "50 reasons" book. Both were later released.

A few days later Anwar addressed a protest gathering of nearly 100,000 people in Kuala Lumpur, after which a number of his supporters marched to Mahathir's then official residence demanding reformasi (economic and political reforms) and Mahathir's resignation. This march, a rare event in Malaysia, caused concern in the government. That night, Anwar's home was raided by a masked and armed SWAT team from the Royal Malaysian Police. His arrest was announced several hours later, as were those of several of Anwar's supporters, although most of them were later released.

Charges of corruption and sodomy
On September 29, 1998 Anwar appeared in court and pleaded innocent to charges of corruption and sodomy. A photo of Anwar with black eye (which he gained from a beating, while handcuffed and blindfolded, by then Inspector General of Police Rahim Noor) and one hand raised became a symbol of the political opposition in many reformasi posters.

The black eye was explained by Mahathir Mohamad and Rahim Noor as being "self-inflicted" and caused by "pressing a glass over his eyes". Only after a Royal Commission was convened did Rahim Noor admit that he had administered the beating to Anwar. Both Anwar and Rahim Noor have denied the allegations that Anwar was sodomised in prison to "plant" the forensics evidence of anal sex in Anwar.

During the trial, a mattress was presented to court, supposedly stained with Anwar's semen. This was submitted as DNA evidence of Anwar's sexual acts. However, Anwar denied having anything to do with the mattress although the DNA tests came out positive. The defense team alleged that Anwar was masturbated while unconscious. Dr Lim Kong Boon, a doctor during the trial , testified that it is possible to massage the prostrate gland through the anus in order to stimulate ejaculation in an unconscious victim. The defense council presented this as evidence for police sexual abuse to obtain false forensics evidence to frame Anwar.

Anwar was also accused of corruption relating to the police investigation into and arrest of the author of the "50 Reasons" book. He was also accused of sodomy with his wife's chauffeur, Azizan Abu Bakar. Judge Augustine Paul wrote 320 page judgment in the Anwar Ibrahim case, the longest judgment in the country ever. In that judgment, he explains meticulously point by point each and every piece of evidence involved and the rulings he made.

During the trial, Mahathir appeared on Malaysian television in a special appearance to explain the arrest of his deputy. This was one of several occasions in which Mahathir declared Anwar guilty of sodomy and homosexual acts, even as the trial still was underway. The government included the statements of the purported victims of Anwar's sodomy attacks, evidence that was widely considered to be tainted. Furthermore, the prosecution was unable to accurately decide on a date that the alleged acts of anal sex had occurred - the government originally alleged that a sodomy had occurred inside a building that had not been constructed at the time of the alleged event. Furthermore, the Attorney General's prosecution team (headed by Abdul Gani Patail) also submitted a scenario in which Dr Munawar Anees took an overnight flight from Britain all the way to Malaysia to be sodomized by Anwar, and flew back to Britain after that. The infamous "stained mattress" that was taken in and out of court over 20 times throughout the duration of the trial, was supposedly the same one that Anwar did his homosexual acts and extramarital sex on. However, according to the evidence, the sexual acts had taken place on the mattress a few years ago, and yet the DNA evidence obtained from it were rather recent in age.

On April 14, 1999, Anwar was sentenced to six years in prison for corruption and, on August 8, 2000, nine years in prison for sodomy. The sentences were to be served consecutively, and Anwar was given no credit for the six months he spent in jail during the trial. The following year, Anwar's corruption conviction was upheld by Malaysia's Court of Appeal. In July 2002, Anwar lost his final appeal against the corruption conviction in the Federal Court.

In a speech during the proceedings against him, Anwar explained what he believed to be the underlying motive behind his persecution. He told the court: "I objected to the use of massive public funds to rescue the failed businesses of his (Mahathir's) children and cronies." Both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch expressed doubts about the fairness of the trials. . Amnesty International subsequently designated Anwar as a prisoner of conscience. The trial also provoked international criticism. US vice president Al Gore denounced the sodomy trial of Anwar as a "mockery", but Mahathir rejected all such international criticism as "foreign interference."

Anwar's wife, Wan Azizah Ismail, subsequently formed Parti Keadilan Rakyat (the People's Justice Party), which based its platform on campaigning for Anwar's release and reformasi. At the following general election, the People's Justice Party performed poorly in the election, only retaining a single parliamentary seat, Anwar's old parliamentary seat of Permatang Pauh, which was won by his wife.

Release from prison
On September 2, 2004, a panel of three judges of the Federal Court (Malaysia's highest court) overturned the sodomy conviction by 2 to 1, finding contradictions in the prosecution's case. However, the judges noted "We find evidence to confirm that the appellants were involved in homosexual activities and we are more inclined to believe that the alleged incident at Tivoli Villa did happen."

Anwar completed his term for corruption after his sentence was being reduced for good behaviour. Although the point was by now moot, an appeal on the corruption charges was heard on September 6, 2004. Under Malaysian law a person is banned from political activities for five years after the end of his sentence. Success in this appeal would allow him an immediate return to politics. On September 7, the court agreed to hear Anwar's appeal. However, on September 15, the of Court of Appeal ruled unanimously that its previous decision to uphold a High Court ruling that found Anwar guilty was in order, relegating Anwar to the sidelines of Malaysian politics until 14 April 2008. The only way out for Anwar would be for him to receive a pardon from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

At the time of his release from prison, Anwar was reportedly suffering from serious back problems, which his family said was the result of the beating by the ex-police chief. However, the UMNO-owned newspaper, the New Straits Times, alleged that the injuries had actually been caused by a fall from a horse in 1993 during Anwar's tenure as deputy prime minister. His wife had argued during his imprisonment that he required treatment for his condition at a clinic in Germany. The government refused, claiming that such treatment was readily available in Malaysia, offering medical treatment if necessary. However, in September 2004, after the Federal Court quashed his conviction for sodomy, Anwar was free to travel to Munich for back surgery.

Since his release from prison Anwar has held a teaching positions at St. Antony's College, Oxford, where he was a Visiting fellow and Senior associate member and at Johns Hopkins School of Advance International Studies in Washington DC as a Distinguished Senior Visiting Fellow. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In March 2006 he was appointed as Honorary President of the London based organization Accountability (AccountAbility).

In July 2006, Anwar was elected Chair of the Washington-based Foundation for the Future . In this capacity, he signed the October 1, 2006 letter to Robin Cleveland of the World Bank, requesting the transfer of the secondment of Shaha Riza from the US Department of State to the Foundation for the Future .

Political future
In November 2006, Anwar announced he planned to run for Parliament in 2008, after his disqualification expired. Anwar has been critical of government policies since his release from prison, most notably of the controversial New Economic Policy (NEP), which provides affirmative action for the Malays. The policy sets a number of quotas, such as for units of housing and initial public offerings, that must be met.

He is also the Advisor of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, the party of which his wife Dr. Wan Azizah is president. He was in the forefront in organising a November 2007 mass rally, called the 2007 Bersih Rally, which took place in the Dataran Merdeka Kuala Lumpur to demand clean and fair elections. The gathering was organised by BERSIH, a coalition comprising political parties and civil society groups, and drew supporters from all over the country.

The 2008 election date, however, was set for 8 March 2008, sparking criticisms that Barisan Nasional called for early elections in a bid to deny Anwar's plans for a return to Parliament. In response, Anwar's wife, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, declared that she would step down should she retain her Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat to force a by-election in which Anwar himself will contest.

When asked about the possibility of Anwar becoming the next Prime Minister, former leader Tun Dr. Mahathir has reacted by saying rather sarcastically, "He would make a good Prime Minister of Israel".

On 14 April 2008, Anwar celebrated his official return to the political stage, as his ban from public office expires a decade after he was sacked as deputy prime minister. One of the main reasons the opposition seized a third of parliamentary seats and five states in the worst ever showing for the Barisan Nasional coalition that has ruled for half a century, was due to him leading at the helm. A gathering of more than 1,000 supporters greeted Anwar in a rally welcoming back his return to politics. In the midst of the rally, police interrupted Anwar after he had addressed the rally for nearly two hours and called him to stop the gathering since there is no legal permission of the rally.

On April 29, 2008, and after 10 years of absence, Anwar Ibrahim returned to the Parliament, albeit upon invitation as a spouse guest of Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, People's Justice Party and the first female opposition leader in Malaysian Parliament's history.

Current developments
At 11.03pm on June 29, 2008, online news portal Malaysiakini reported that an aide of Anwar Ibrahim had lodged a police report claiming that he had been sodomised by Anwar. The news has since been updated with reports that SMS messages are being distributed claiming that the the person who made the report is Anwar's aide, Saiful Bahari, who was arrested earlier today and allegedly forced to make a false confession. The same SMS message also claimed the possibility of Anwar being arrested later today .

Anwar has since denied the allegations claiming that it was a complete fabrication and made in retaliation against him due to his recent acquisition of evidence that implicates the current Inspector General of the Police, Musa Hassan, and the Attorney General, Abdul Gani Patail, in misconduct including fabrication of evidence used against him during the 1998-1999 trials for corruption and sodomy.

On Sunday morning, June 30, Anwar moved into the compound of the Turkish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur at the invitation of the Turkish ambassador, amid reports that his life may be in real and imminent danger. Anwar's wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail accused the government of orchestrating the allegations which she condemned as political murder against her husband. She produced a photograph of the aide with a staff member of Deputy Prime Minister and said it proved a link of a government conspiracy. However, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi denies it and stressed that his government is not behind the latest sodomy allegation against Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader Anwar. On the allegation by Anwar's wife where she shown the photograph taken with a staff member of Deputy Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, Najib Razak explained that the picture was taken three months ago when Mohd Saiful went to his office to apply a for government scholarship. It is not surprise that Mohd Saiful has met with other leaders, since he was student leader of UNITEN.

Anwar Ibrahim said on June 30, 2008 stated he would leave by 11 a.m. British time, and he never sought political asylum, but sought refuge there on "humanitarian grounds": "If the government gives me a categorical undertaking for my personal safety I will leave (the embassy) now." To clear his name, Ibrahim filed a lawsuit against his 23- year old male aide who accused him of sodomy, in the Kuala Lumpur High Court. Mr Anwar left the embassy after a meeting between Malaysia's Foreign Minister, Rais Yatim, and Turkish ambassador Barlas Ozener. He told the Associated Press he had made the decision to leave after the government had made "all the undertakings to assure personal safety".

Publications and Speeches


"Radical Islam in Southeast Asia" (password required) Far Eastern Economic Review, November 2006, 60th Anniversary Issue. Published in Arabic , , , , , and in al-Bayane al-Youm (Morocco) on Jan 1, 2007.
"Accountability and the Future of Freedom" Islamica Magazine, Issue #16, Winter 2006.
"Universal Values and Muslim Democracy" Journal of Democracy, July 2005. Published in Arabic , , , , , , , .
"Political Accountability and the Moral Imperative" Accountability Forum, Issue 7, Fall 2005
"On Shah Wali Allah's Socio-Political Thought and Ibn Hazm's Kitab al-Fasl fi al-Milal wa al-Ahwa' wa al-Nihal." In Islamic Studies, Vol. 43, No. 2, 371-377.
"The Quest for Social Justice" Global Agenda Magazine, January 2005

"A Test for the West in Turkey" Washington Post, Friday July 6, 2007, A15. Published in Arabic , , , , , and .
"Seeing the Bigger Picture" Accountability21 December 22, 2006. Published in Arabic , , , and
"Malaysian Mudslinging" Wall Street Journal, October 3, 2006
"Cultivating the Seeds of Democracy" L.A. Times, March 25, 2006
"Whither East Asia" Wall Street Journal, December 15, 2005
"Destructive Engagement" Asian Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2005 Also available on BurmaNet
"Democratic Contagion Hits ASEAN Countries" New Perspectives Quarterly, Spring 2005
"A passion for freedom" The World in 2004, The Economist
"Who Hijacked Islam?" Time October 8, 2001

"The Central Role of Governance and Accountability in Achieving Development Goals in the 21st Century" Inter-American Development Bank Forum on the Americas, December 7, 2006, Washington DC.
"The Challenges of Islam and Democracy" University of Chicago, November 8, 2006.
"Democracy and the Muslim World" Stanford University, October 11, 2006.
"Democracy, Human Rights, and the Destiny of Southeast Asia" Severyns-Ravenholt Lecture at the University of Washington, October 10, 2006
"Islam & Democracy" Center for Democratic Institutions Annual Address, Canberra, Australia, July 20, 2006.
"Between Tyranny and Freedom: A Brief Voyage with the Bard" World Shakespeare Congress, Brisbane, Australia, July 19, 2006 Text
"Accountability and the Future of Freedom" Presidential Fellows Lecture at the World Bank in Washington DC June 19, 2006
"Islam and Democracy" Keynote address at World Movement for Democracy Fourth Assembly, Istanbul, Turkey, April 2, 2006
"Freedom or Sharia" Columbia University, January 30, 2006
"The Future of Muslim Democracy" December 1 2005
"Examining the Challenges of Islam and Democracy" Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, November 7, 2005
"The United States and the Muslim World" Asia Society Keynote Address delivered at SAIS in Washington DC, April 18, 2005
"Between Force and Persuasion" Keynote Address at Inaugural Session of the Conference "Inter-Civilisational Dialogue in a Globalising World", New Delhi, India, April 8, 2005
Anwar Ibrahim's speeches from 1990s posted at the The Institute for Policy Research
UNESCO General Council On the occasion of Anwar Ibrahim's election to the presidency of the 25th Session, Paris, October 17, 1989

Media and News

"A Talk with Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim" BusinessWeek, April 10, 2007.
"Anwar's 'new' agenda" The Star, April 8, 2007.
"Malaysian Pledges to Defy Ban on His Return to Politics" Washington Post, Page A14, April 5, 2007.
"Anwar Ibrahim: An Optimist of Freedom and Democracy" The Jakarta Post, January 31, 2007.
"Islam and Democracy" A discussion with Saad el-Din Ibrahim" "One-on-One" hosted by Riz Khan, Al-Jazeera English, November 30, 2006
Bloomberg News Interview with Kathleen Hayes Bloomberg TV, November 29, 2006 "(Print article)"
"Saying no to corruption" Fortune Magazine, October 23, 2006
"Anwar returns: the public reinvention of Malaysia's former deputy PM" Radio Free Australia, July 24, 2006
"Anwar bin Ibrahim's political rollercoaster" Worldview Magazine, Summer 2006
"Islam in Southeast Asia" Interview by Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, April 7, 2006
Foreign Exchange interview hosted by Fareed Zakaria (Scroll to middle of page for transcript) November 4, 2005
Interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty From the "Forum 2000" Meeting in Prague, October 11, 2005
"HardTALK" with Stephen Sackur, 2005

"Democracy for Muslims?" The Stanford Daily, October 12, 2006
"Anwar's return" The Economist, August 24, 2006
"An ode to democracy delivered by Anwar Ibrahim" UQ News Online, July 27, 2006
"Anwar Ibrahim a possible candidate for UN Secretary-General" ABC News, July 19, 2006
"Anwar Ibrahim on comeback trail" Al-Jazeera English, March 16, 2006
"Voice of moderate Islam wins support" The Sunday Times, October 02, 2005
"Anwar Ibrahim asked to apply for top UN job" Sydney Morning Herald June 28, 2006
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Numerology: Birth Path of Anwar IBRAHIM

This paragraph begins with a few excerpts of the astrological portrait which analyses several features of the personality of Anwar IBRAHIM, from a numerological view, dealing only with the life path.

Testimonies to numerology are found in the most ancient civilizations and show that numerology pre-dates astrology. This discipline considers the name, the surname, and the date of birth, and ascribes a meaning to alphabetic letters according to the numbers which symbolise them.

The path of life, based on the date of birth, provides indications on the kind of destiny which one is meant to experience. It is one of the elements that must reckoned with, along with the expression number, the active number, the intimacy number, the achievement number, the hereditary number, the dominant numbers or the lacking numbers, or also the area of expression, etc.

Your Birth Path:

Your Life Path is influenced by the number 3, which highlights communication and creativity, and indicates that ideas and personal realisations are the important features of your destiny. This number is related to altruism, harmony, the capacity to take initiatives, and the gift for passing on all kinds of knowledge and information. So, you are a person of communication, and your concern is to disseminate your ideas and your beliefs, as well as to discover other approaches and schools of thoughts. In a word, you are open to the world! You express yourself better when you are in situations which allow a great deal of personal initiatives. Then, your inventiveness works wonders. On the other hand, you find it hard to fulfil repetitive tasks and to accept the monotony of a life devoid of surprise. Your creativity is as strong as your need for freedom, and people often envy you because, even though you may encounter a few hurdles, your ingenuity enables you to merrily grow on your path.

Anwar IBRAHIM was born under the sign of the Pig, element Fire

Chinese astrology is brought to us as a legacy of age-old wisdom and invites us to develop an awareness of our inner potential. It is believed that the wise man is not subjected to stellar influences. However, we must gain the lucidity and the distance without which we remain locked up in an implacable destiny. According to the legend of the Circle of Animals, Buddha summoned all the animals to bid them farewell before he left our world. Only twelve species answered Buddha's call. They form the Chinese Zodiac and symbolize the twelve paths of wisdom that are still valid nowadays.

The Asian wise man considers that a path is neither good nor bad. One can and must develop one's potentialities. The first step is to thoroughly know oneself.

You are a reliable and helpful person, honest through and through. Intellectual independence is an essential virtue: each and everyone must take one's responsibilities and accept the consequences of one's faults.

You avoid underhand manoeuvres and scheming like the plague! Your unfailing sincerity commands your entourage's consideration. You fight shams and all forms of hypocrisy.

In addition, you take your responsibilities when you have to, you make your choices and you confront facts with courage. You are capable of displaying an unwavering determination, no obstacle can stop you as you try to overcome pitfalls, one after the other. However, you do not like gratuitous struggles nor meaningless trials of strength: you are of a sociable nature and you avoid hurting your entourage as much as you can.

However, your kindness can never conceal your true feelings. In China, it is believed that the native of the Pig is a sensual and voluptuous person, more attached than other people to life's carnal aspects. A quality that spouses and partners will appreciate, unless they are shocked by this undeniable inclination for lust! You are credited with the merit of being unable to conceal your true nature, in all areas.

Chinese astrology has five elements, which are referred to as agents: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.

You have a deep affinity with the agent Fire. In China, this element corresponds to the planet Mars, the red colour and the number 7.

Fire implies dynamism and contagious warmth. You are a passionate person who gives a touch of intensity and unrelenting tension to every element of your life. One can only praise your energy and notice your presence. .

You belong to the category of people who never give up when they are facing hurdles. On the contrary, challenges stimulate you. You are particularly exhilarated whenever a new element emerges or when you are dealing with an unprecedented context.

Obviously, the danger is that you may rush headlong against a wall of insurmountable difficulties and act impulsively or thoughtlessly. It is important that you moderate your natural impetuosity as often as possible. Beware of untimely fits of anger!

However, your undeniable frankness prevails and your straightforward and honest character appeals to a good many interlocutors.

Personality of Anwar IBRAHIM (excerpt)


Here are some character traits from Anwar IBRAHIM's birth chart. This description is far from being comprehensive but it can shed light on his/her personality, which is still interesting for professional astrologers or astrology lovers.

N.B.: As this celebrity's birth time is unknown, the chart is drawn for 12:00 PM - the legal time for his/her place of birth; since astrological houses are not taken into account, this astrological profile excerpt is less detailed than those for which the birth time is known.

The dominant planets of Anwar IBRAHIM

When interpreting a natal chart, the best method is to start gradually from general features to specific ones. Thus, there is usually a plan to be followed, from the overall analysis of the chart and its structure, to the description of its different character traits.

In the first part, an overall analysis of the chart enables us to figure out the personality's main features and to emphasize several points that are confirmed or not in the detailed analysis: in any case, those general traits are taken into account. Human personality is an infinitely intricate entity and describing it is a complex task. Claiming to rapidly summarize it is illusory, although it does not mean that it is an impossible challenge. It is essential to read a natal chart several times in order to absorb all its different meanings and to grasp all this complexity. But the exercise is worthwhile.

In brief, a natal chart is composed of ten planets: two luminaries, the Sun and the Moon, three fast-moving or individual planets, Mercury, Venus and Mars, two slow-moving planets, Jupiter and Saturn, and three very slow-moving planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Additional secondary elements are: the Lunar Nodes, the Dark Moon or Lilith, Chiron and other asteroids such as Vesta, Pallas, Ceres or Juno. There are also special features such as the Arabic Parts, the Vertex, the Black Sun, hypothetical planets, etc. They are all posited on the Zodiac wheel consisting of twelve signs, from Aries to Pisces, and divided into twelve astrological houses.

The first step is to evaluate the importance of each planet. This is what we call identifying the dominant planets. This process obeys rules that depend on the astrologer's sensitivity and experience but it also has precise and steady bases: thus, we can take into account the parameters of a planet's activity (the number of active aspects a planet forms, the importance of each aspect according to its nature and its exactness), angularity parameters; (proximity to the four angles, Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendant and Imum Coeli or Nadir, all of them being evaluated numerically, according to the kind of angle and the planet-angle distance) and quality parameters (rulership, exaltation, exile and fall). Finally, other criteria such as the rulership of the Ascendant and the Midheaven etc. are important.

These different criteria allow a planet to be highlighted and lead to useful conclusions when interpreting the chart.

The overall chart analysis begins with the observation of three sorts of planetary distributions in the chart: Eastern or Western hemisphere, Northern or Southern hemisphere, and quadrants (North-eastern, North-western, South-eastern and South-western). These three distributions give a general tone in terms of introversion and extraversion, willpower, sociability, and behavioural predispositions.

Then, there are three additional distributions: elements (called triplicity since there are 3 groups of signs for each one) - Fire, Air, Earth and Water - corresponding to a character typology, modality (or quadruplicity with 4 groups of signs for each one) - Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable - and polarity (Yin and Yang).

There are three types of dominants: dominant planets, dominant signs and dominant houses. The novice thinks astrology means only "to be Aries" or sometimes, for example, "to be Aries Ascendant Virgo". It is actually far more complex. Although the Sun and the Ascendant alone may reveal a large part of the character- approximately between 30 and 60% according to the chart, a person is neither "just the Sun" (called the sign) nor just "the first house" (the Ascendant). Thus, a particular planet's influence may be significantly increased; a particular sign or house may contain a group of planets that will bring nuances and sometimes weaken the role of the Ascendant, of the Sun sign etc.

Lastly, there are two other criteria: accentuations (angular, succedent and cadent) which are a classification of astrological houses and types of decanates that are occupied (each sign is divided into three decanates of 10° each). They provide additional information in this first general part.

These eleven (or six, if the birth time is unknown) general character traits must not be taken literally; they are, somehow, preparing for the chart reading. They allow to understand the second part of the analysis, which is more detailed and precise. It focuses on every area of the personality and provides a synthesis of all the above-mentioned parameters according to sound hierarchical rules.

Warning: when the birth time is unknown, which is the case for Anwar IBRAHIM, a few paragraphs become irrelevant; distributions in hemispheres and quadrants are meaningless, so are dominant houses and houses' accentuations. Therefore, some chapters are removed from this part.

For all paragraphs, the criteria for valuation are calculated without taking into account angles and rulerships of the Ascendant and of the Midheaven. The methodology retains its validity, but it is less precise without a time of birth.

Elements, Modalities and Polarities for Anwar IBRAHIM

Anwar IBRAHIM, here is the graph of your Elements, Modalities and Polarities, and Decanates, based on planets' positions and angles in the twelve signs:

Anwar IBRAHIM, Fire is dominant in your natal chart and endows you with intuition, energy, courage, self-confidence, and enthusiasm! You are inclined to be passionate, you assert your willpower, you move forward, and come hell or high water, you achieve your dreams and your goals. The relative weakness of this element is the difficulty to step back or a kind of boldness that may prompt you to do foolish things.

Cheers for communication and mobility, Anwar IBRAHIM! The predominance of Air signs in your chart favours and amplifies your taste for relations and for all kinds of short trips, whether real (travels) or symbolic (new ideas, mind speculations). You gain in flexibility and adaptability what you lose in self-assertion or in pragmatism.

The twelve zodiacal signs are split up into three groups or modes, called quadruplicities, a learned word meaning only that these three groups include four signs. The Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable modes are more or less represented in your natal chart, depending on planets' positions and importance, and on angles in the twelve signs.

The Fixed mode corresponds to a majority of elements in your chart and represents the desire for security and durability: you are able to concretely appreciate a situation and its stability. You definitely prefer to play the role of a loyal, obstinate and hard-working person, rather than to try new and risky experiences - beware, however, not to confuse obstinacy with intransigence. You structure, cement, and strengthen everything you find on your way: it is your nature, although you are not especially interested in swiftness: slow and steady...

The twelve signs are divided into two polarities, called active or passive, or sometimes masculine and feminine, positive and negative, Yang and Yin. This classification corresponds to two quite distinct tonalities, the first one bringing extraversion, action, self-confidence and dynamism, the second one, introversion, reactivity, reflection and caution. None is superior to the other, each group has its own assets and shortcomings. Odd signs - Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius - belong to the first group, whereas even signs - Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces - belong to the second group.

According to the disposition and qualities of your planets and angles, you are rather influenced by YANG energy, the active polarity: more concerned about actions than reflection, you sometimes rush without standing back and without the deepness that is needed. However, your spontaneity prompts you to take fresh starts, even after repeated failures caused by your rashness.

Each sign contains 30 degrees and can be divided into three equal parts: the decanates. The Tradition indicates that specific meanings can be associated to each of the three decanates. Their sphere of activity is usually limited to the Sun sign, however, it is even more interesting to observe the distribution of all the planets in the chart to get an idea of the respective importance of the three decanates, which can complement the description of the personality.

These meanings must be considered with the greatest caution. Indeed, they are minor characteristics that can only underline other outstanding traits of character.

Traditionally, the first decanate highlights the characteristics of the sign where a planet is located. The two other decanates correspond to sub-dominant planets, depending on the nature of each sign. This system leads to a multiplication of meanings and it is impossible to have a clear understanding: here, we prefer to give only the meaning of one decanate in comparison with the other two, within the birth chart as a whole. Again, the greatest caution is needed with regard to this minor indication as it is not always reliable.

The second decanate, which means the part between 10° and 20° of any zodiacal sign, prevails in your natal chart: these 10 zodiacal degrees emphasize logical thought and mental values. Therefore, you may be drawn to some kind of scientific activities, research, writing or any sort of expression where you have to... think a lot.

Dominants: Planets, Signs and Houses for Anwar IBRAHIM

The issue of dominant planets has existed since the mists of time in astrology: how nice it would be if a person could be described with a few words and one or several planets that would represent their character, without having to analyse such elements as rulerships, angularities, houses, etc!

The ten planets - the Sun throughout Pluto - are a bit like ten characters in a role-play, each one has its own personality, its own way of acting, its own strengths and weaknesses. They actually represent a classification into ten distinct personalities, and astrologers have always tried to associate one or several dominant planets to a natal chart as well as dominant signs and houses.

Indeed, it is quite the same situation with signs and houses. If planets symbolize characters, signs represent hues - the mental, emotional and physical structures of an individual. The sign in which a planet is posited is like a character whose features are modified according to the place where he lives. In a chart, there are usually one, two or three highlighted signs that allow to rapidly describe its owner.

Regarding astrological houses, the principle is even simpler: the twelve houses correspond to twelve fields of life, and planets tenanting any given house increase that house's importance and highlight all relevant life departments: it may be marriage, work, friendship etc.

In your natal chart, Anwar IBRAHIM, the ten main planets are distributed as follows:

The three most important planets in your chart are Sun, Moon and Saturn.

One of the dominant planets in your natal chart is the Sun. He symbolizes will, magnetism, sense of honour and dignity. You are a Solar being, and you often display charismatic and leadership qualities. Your warmth and your persuasive power lead you far away from pettiness. You enjoy thinking big and, consequently, you move forward according to what you decide.

Your Solarian weakness may be related to the sin of pride or to excessive authority. The frontier between pride and vanity is tenuous: be careful not to overstep it and to keep the nobleness of heart that is part of your charm.

The Moon is one of the most important planets in your chart and endows you with a receptive, emotive, and imaginative nature. You have an innate ability to instinctively absorb atmospheres and impressions that nurture you, and as a result, you are often dreaming your life away rather than actually living it.

One of the consequences of your spontaneity may turn into popularity, or even fame: the crowd is a living and complex entity, and it always appreciates truth and sincerity rather than calculation and total self-control.

As a Lunar character, you find it difficult to control yourself, you have to deal with your moods, and you must be careful not to stay passive in front of events: nothing is handed on a plate, and although your sensitivity is rich, even richer than most people's, you must make a move and spare some of your energy for... action!

Saturn is part of your dominant planets: among the facets of your character, you have a grave and serious side, wise and somewhat severe, since your concentration can be powerful, to the detriment of carelessness and friendliness.

You often look austere, but it is only an appearance, a kind of modesty or reserve; however, it is true that the Saturnian, who is fond of time, effort, asceticism, rigour and sobriety, may have popularity issues. Nevertheless, honesty and straightforwardness, reliability, as well as slow, wise and deep mental process, although not very popular and visible qualities, eventually become noticed and appreciated. Saturnians' second part of life is usually easier and more fulfilling.

Like the Jupiterian, your Saturnian facet prompts you to seek the essential, security, and longevity. However, the difference with the former is that you will never give priority to wealth or "the bigger, the better" philosophy for the sake of power. Saturn, like Jupiter, symbolizes social integration, and it is usually considered positive to have a harmonic Jupiter and Saturn in one's chart because of their social adaptation capacities.

Your vulnerability lies in your too serious and austere side, which may lead to unwanted loneliness and affective frustration. This generally does not last because Saturnians often hide deep down a golden heart that ends up revealing itself...

In your natal chart, the three most important signs - according to criteria mentioned above - are in decreasing order of strength Leo, Taurus and Gemini. In general, these signs are important because your Ascendant or your Sun is located there. But this is not always the case: there may be a cluster of planets, or a planet may be near an angle other than the Midheaven or Ascendant. It may also be because two or three planets are considered to be very active because they form numerous aspects from these signs.

Thus, you display some of the three signs' characteristics, a bit like a superposition of features on the rest of your chart, and it is all the more so if the sign is emphasized.

With Leo as a dominant sign, you naturally shine brightly. Your dignity, your sense of honour, and your generosity can almost turn you into a solar mythological hero, a knight or a lord from the ancient times. People may blame you for your selfishness, your pride or your somewhat loud authority, but if you are self-confident, kind-hearted and strong-willed, it surely makes up for your little flaws, as long as they remain moderate...

With the Taurus sign so important in your chart, you are constructive, stable, and sensual. Good taste, sense of beauty, manners, and unfailing good sense - all these qualities contribute to your charm and seductive power. Furthermore, if some people criticize your slow pace and your stubbornness, you rightly reply that this is the price for your security, and that you like the way it is - slow and steady....

With Gemini as a dominant sign, your qualities include being lively, curious, mobile, clever, and flexible: you often make others dizzy, and you may come across as a dilettante - a bit inquisitive, shallow, and insensitive because you may be too intellectualizing. However, your natural curiosity, a nice quality, and your quick humour, allow you to demonstrate to everyone how much they may gain from your company, and that your apparent flightiness hides an appetite (particularly mental) for life, which itself conceals a terrific charm!

After this paragraph about dominant planets, of Anwar IBRAHIM, here are the character traits that you must read more carefully than the previous texts since they are very specific: the texts about dominant planets only give background information about the personality and remain quite general: they emphasize or, on the contrary, mitigate different particularities or facets of a personality. A human being is a complex whole and only bodies of texts can attempt to successfully figure out all the finer points.

Your sensitivity

You love nature as much as your comfort, Anwar IBRAHIM, you are an Epicurean willing to enjoy life's beautiful and good things within the family "clan" or with friends who value your conviviality and your kindness. You are faithful, stable, with your feet rooted in the ground and you are reliable in all circumstances. You are attached to your affective and material security. You tend to be jealous and possessive and, although your nature is quite slow, you may be short-tempered and aggressive when you feel threatened. In such cases, you display an exceptional stubbornness and fury and it becomes impossible to make you change your mind. Although you are aware that your behaviour is wrong, you stick to your line and your grudge is persistent. However, you are so sensitive to tenderness and to concrete gestures of affection that a few presents or a few caresses are enough to make you see life through rose-coloured glasses again...

Your intellect and your social life

Your intelligence is sensitive and delicate, with good comprehension abilities, Anwar IBRAHIM, which endows you with a strong intuition and receptivity. To you, impressions and feelings prevail over facts and your excellent selective memory is not cluttered with useless elements. Although you are not aware, your fertile imagination may lead you to change your daily reality so that it matches your dreams better. If you are creative, you may make use of your imagination in literary pursuits where you can freely invent beautiful stories taking place in the past. Your passion for History is such that you may immerse yourself into it with too much nostalgia and therefore, you may miss opportunities the present offers to design projects and to think of the future.

Your affectivity and your seductiveness

In your chart, the Sun and Venus are both in Leo. You are a Leo to the tips of your claws, you resolutely take a conquering attitude, and you do not allow anybody to tarnish your public image. You are sensitive to people's opinions. You strive to give a dramatic character to your sentimental life, otherwise, love would seem very dull to you. Your weaknesses? An obvious touchiness, the vulnerability to people's judgments: when your charm works, you are at your best but you feel all the more powerless or distraught when your subtle enchanting mechanism gets jammed by a glitch. Your abilities to seduce are unquestionable. Does it mean that you are inconstant? Nothing is less certain. You are able to show that you are almost absolutely faithful. Faithfulness to your friends, your loves… and your rivals. Your nature is possessive and you seldom forgive blows to your pride. This is a consequence of your unlimited generosity towards persons who consider you and keep you in high esteem. No doubt, one never gets bored in your company. Unless your partner gets tired of always looking for reasons to admire you, to sustain a passionate, unyielding and uncompromising relationship. Some tyrannies are pleasant, whereas some others are more difficult to bear!

You are so proud and generous, Anwar IBRAHIM, that the power of your love contains in itself your vulnerability. However, this is precisely what makes you charming and original. You are loyal and straightforward and you need to love as much as you need to be loved. Both feelings are tightly linked and there is a real danger that love is broken up by trivial misunderstandings, just because your touchiness is affected. You are demonstrative, brilliant, and even dramatic, with a legendary generosity. For you, everything is, or must be, excessive: gestures of love towards your partner, your presents, your comfort and the luxury, which marks your outings and your travels. You are physically a lion, at least, you have its sexual appetite; you are voluptuous and passionate. Flexibility is the only thing that is out of your reach, in the ways you show your love, as well as in your responses to annoying events.

Your will and your inner motivations

Psychologically speaking, your nature is powerful and self-assured. You are a leader whose strength and nobleness naturally arouse your entourage's respect and adherence and your legitimacy is unquestioned. Your sense of commandment, the honour your person constantly exudes, your prestige and your charisma is a whole which puts you into the spotlight wherever you go.

As you are born under this sign, you are proud, determined, wilful, loyal, solemn, generous, ambitious, courageous, heroic, full of vitality, creative, confident, seductive, happy, daring, proud, majestic, honest, magnanimous, charismatic, responsible, noble, brilliant, radiant, dramatic, affectionate, full of humour, demonstrative, swaggering and self-confident.You can also be domineering, conceited, touchy, authoritarian, stubborn, intolerant, self-centered, irascible, violent, and nonchalant.

In love, Sir, you are very demanding. You are a powerful and loyal lover. Your partner must be the most beautiful and the most brilliant person and she must make you feel that she admires you. In such a case, your generosity has no limit and you give your love without reservation, with nobleness, liberalities and luxury. You set up a stable and brilliant home where children have the essential part.
The main danger is that you value trust to the extent that you grant it generously but too hastily: if you happen to find out that your trust is misplaced, the whole world around you crumbles and the relationship is forever damaged. In this regard, you are cut-and-dried and you feel so hurt and humiliated that you seldom can forgive.
Another similar danger comes from the fact that your expectations are very high and it is very unlikely that real life offers such unconditional and lasting love: for this reason, it is not unusual that you never marry, all the more so because your self-centered character is not prone to self-questioning…

Your ability to take action

Anwar IBRAHIM, your mental activity is exuberant. Ideas are buzzing at high speed and you have the ability to think of several different things and to simultaneously process them. You are less interested in actions on the concrete or physical plane, because once you "see" a solution, its implementation is not that important any more since the crucial thing is that your mind remains bubbling with excitement. You are cerebral and curious and your sexuality is filled with fantasies, where pleasant ideas are mixed up with amplifying and enriching desires. Therefore, you are not simple but if your partner follows you, the stake is really worth it. Verbal jousting, the pleasure to debate and to discuss are continuous, with you. The only danger is to irritate people who may not have your swiftness or your sense of humour.


This text is only an excerpt from of Anwar IBRAHIM's portrait. We hope that it will arouse your curiosity, and that it will prompt you to deepen your knowledge of astrology, as well as to visit and use the wide range of free applications

Astrological studies describe many of the character traits and they sometimes go deeper into the understanding of a personality. Please, always keep in mind that human beings are continuously evolving and that many parts of our psychological structures are likely to be expressed later, after having undergone significant life's experiences. It is advised to read a portrait with hindsight in order to appreciate its astrological content. Under this condition, you will be able to take full advantage of this type of study.

The analysis of an astrological portrait consists in understanding four types of elements which interact with one another: ten planets, twelve zodiacal signs, twelve houses, and what are called aspects between planets (the 11 aspects most commonly used are: conjunction, opposition, square, trine, sextile, quincunx, semi-sextile, sesqui-quadrate, quintile and bi-quintile. The first 5 aspects enumerated are called major aspects).

Planets represent typologies of our human psychology: sensitivity, affectivity, ability to undertake, will-power, mental process, aptitude, and taste for communication etc., all independent character facets are divided here for practical reasons. The twelve signs forming the space where planets move will "colour", so to speak, these typologies with each planet being located in its particular sign. They will then enrich the quality of these typologies, as expressed by the planets. The Zodiac is also divided into twelve astrological houses. This makes sense only if the birth time is known because within a few minutes, the twelve houses (including the 1st one, the Ascendant) change significantly. They correspond to twelve specific spheres of life: external behaviour, material, social and family life, relationship, home, love life, daily work, partnership, etc. Each planet located in any given house will then act according to the meaning of its house, and a second colouration again enriches those active forces that the planets symbolize. Finally, relations will settle among planets, creating a third structure, which completes the planets' basic meanings. A set of ancient rules, which has stood the test of experience over hundreds of years (although astrology is in evolution, only reliable elements are integrated into classical studies), are applied to organize the whole chart into a hierarchy and to allow your personality to be interpreted by texts. The planets usually analysed are the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, which means two luminaries (the Sun and the Moon) and 8 planets, a total of 10 planets. Additional secondary elements may be taken into account, such as asteroids Chiron, Vesta, Pallas, Ceres (especially Chiron, more well-known), the Lunar nodes, the Dark Moon or Lilith, and even other bodies: astrology is a discipline on the move. Astrological studies, including astrological portrait, compatibility of couples, predictive work, and horoscopes evolve and become more accurate or deeper, as time goes by.

Precision: According to the Tradition, a planet near the beginning (called cuspide) of the next house (less than 4 degrees for the Ascendant and the Midheaven, and less than 3 degrees for all other houses) belongs to this house: our texts take this rule into account in this interactive natal chart and in every astrological programme.

Warning: In order to avoid any confusion and any possible controversy, we want to draw your attention upon the fact that this sample of celebrities is very complete - to our knowledge, it is the most important one in the astrology world, with more than 36,000 celebrities on line, interactive charts and interpretation excerpts - and therefore, it also includes undesirable people, since every category is represented: beside artists, musicians, politicians, lawyers, professional soldiers, poets, writers, singers, explorers, scientists, academics, religious figures, saints, philosophers, sages, astrologers, mediums, sportsmen, chess champions, famous victims, historical characters, members of royal families, models, painters, sculptors, and comics authors or other actual celebrities, there are also famous murderers, tyrants and dictators, serial-killers, or other characters whose image is very negative, often rightly so.

Regarding the latter, it must be remembered that, obviously, even a monster or at least a person who perpetrated odious crimes, such as Nazi criminals for example, has some human qualities, often noticed by his/her close entourage: these excerpts come from computer programmes devoid of polemical intentions and may seem too soft or lenient. The positive side of each personality is deliberately stressed. Violent and negative sides have been erased here because it could hurt the families of such people. We are hoping that it will not rebound on the victims' side!

Goodbye for Now

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 10:55 AM PST

It was many years ago now that I first started contributing to this great website. I have enjoyed contributing ever since.

However, in recent times, I have found it rather difficult to post items here, simply because time has been tight on my end, and because of family commitments and health issues. They, of course, have had to take first place.

Some of those commitments and issues have now eased and resolved themselves. Alas, I still feel unable to fully commit to contributing here. I have several websites of my own: A New Dark Age Is Dawning, Shrewd Economist, and Florabunda. They take much of my time.

I have enjoyed every minute of my contribution to this website. Naturally, I shall miss contributing. But as I wish to spend more time writing books, I feel that this is a necessary, but unwelcome, step forward. I hope that you will understand.

Do, please, visit me at my other websites. You will be most welcome on all of them.

Stay cool!

Kindest regards to all,


Taib”Give Me The Mandate..”

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 08:10 AM PST

Imagine this scenario,"5000 PBB members at the Borneo Convention Centre in March 2010 and all fixing their eyes and ears towards their President Taib Mahmud. Suddenly he stopped and you could even hear a PIN DROP. The silence was unbearable and deafening and after adjusting himself Taib said,"Now now now my fellow members would you give me the mandate as the President to pick my successor..?"

The whole hall erupted with shouts of "Hidup Taib,Boleh,Boleh Boleh..Setuju Setuju,Setuju .There will be some who will just try to catch some breadth after the unexpected call by the President as many would have thought he is ready to hand over after being at the helm for over two decades.

One School of thought have put this together. The most senior after him would be Alfred Jabu as Deputy President 1 and Abang Johari as Deputy 2 while Awang Tengah is next down the hierarchy.  Taib has not completedly forgotten Effendi Norwawi who is still very much in his mind. Taib would bisik bisik 'whisper whisper' to Jabu to relinquish and also retire with him when this plan is completed. Douglas Uggah would be elevated to Jabu's position and he would come back to take over as Deputy Chief Minister when the time comes. (by election…yeap) 

Taib would encourage Asfia his most able Lieutenant to hatch this plan and ensure it works. Taib would be very careful not to anger either Johari's or Tengah's man and he will use this as and inform the inner circles within PBB that Effendi is the bests person to take over. Up till today Taib has never ever not trust his protege eventhough Effendi has more than once turn him down mostly using his usual health reasons.

Of course the bigger picture is to coax his son Sulaiman to take over after giving him time on a 'Sabbatical" according to Taibs closest aide. Effendi will sit in temporary to warm the seat before the return of the Prodigal Son. Classic huh.!

Why not just Johari or Tengah? Johari is very Senior but does not have Federal appointment experience and likewise Tengah. Johari does not have the full support of the Melanau PBB support but Tengah has but Tengah does not have full Pesaka 'dayak"support. Effendi does not have grassroot but has Federal support and he seems to be able to balance both Tengah and Johari factions and also neutralise the Pesaka Wing.

With just this speech Taib would be able to continue to stay in power and lead the BN in the next State elections. The successor issue would be put in the cupboard for now and Taib would be able to carry on with his agenda with the Mandate obtained from the majority of PBB members in the convention. He has profitted from this convention though it could be his last dance but its a well worked poltical coup of some sort.

Taib according to his aide has gone back to his drawing board a few times to readjust and realign. Would you dare just rule this scenario and plan out..? They always say nothing in politics surprise me anymore and this could just be one of them…Nothing indepth needed in this political plan but plain shouts of boleh,boleh,boleh………..

We witness Mahathir crying on stage at the tail end of his career.Will you use this or come up with another original.What if  you have used all other options? Dont think to hard would you….

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Posted: 06 Feb 2010 08:58 AM PST

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Ulama' dan Umara' bersama Perdana Menteri di PICC

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 06:47 AM PST

Semalam, saya turut hadir didalam Majlis Perjumpaan Ulama dan Umara bersama YAB Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Perdana Menteri Malaysia di Pusat Konvensyen Antarabangsa Putrajaya.

Sesi pagi memang penuh berisi dengan penyampaian kertas kerja 3 tokoh yang terbilang didalam negara kita.

Kertas kerja pertama bertajuk 'Langkah langkah yang di ambil Kerajaan dalam memartabatkan Institusi Mahkamah Syariah di Malaysia' oleh Yang Amat Arif Tan Sri Ibrahim Lembut, Ketua Hakim Syarie dari Jabatan Kehakiman Syariah Malaysia.

Seperti kelazimannya, isi kertas kerja Y.A.A. Tan Sri Ibrahim Lembut penuh menghuraikan perkembangan dan pencapaian Jabatan Kehakiman Syariah Malaysia sejak ditubuhkan pada tahun 1972 oleh Majlis Kebangsaan bagi Hal Ehwal Islam sehingga kehari ini.

Di bahagian akhir kertas kerja Tan Sri Ibrahim Lembut mengaku masih banyak yang perlu dilakukan demi memperkasakan Mahkamah Syariah Malaysia untuk lebih berjaya memberikan keadilan bagi umat Islam Malaysia didalam menangani arus kehidupan mereka.

Secara peribadi saya rasa masih banyak yang perlu diperkemaskan dan diperkasakan Jabatan Kehakiman Syariah Malaysia untuk melaksanakan sistem Syariah sebenar Hukum Hakam Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

Kita harus benar benar menghukum menurut ketentuan Syariah Allah dan Sunnah Nabi Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam. Hukum Syariah menurut pertimbangan manusia memang lebih membawa kemudaratan dan menimbulkan lebih banyak masaalah kepada kita. Mudah2an Ulama' dan Umara' Malaysia berani menegakkan panji panji Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala dan tidak gentar terhadap cercaan manusia yang kuffur terhadap Nya!

Hanya memerlukan keberanian menghadapi cabaran dan iktikad bahawa Yang Arif yang berkenaan mendukung Perintah Allah Azza Wa Jalla dan memegang amanah Rasul Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam!

Insya Allah!

Prof Dato Dr Ismail Ibrahim bercakap tentang 'Ulamak dan Umarak ~ Siapa Memimpin Siapa?'

Prof Dato Dr Ismail Ibrahim adalah Penyandang Kursi Syeikh Abdullah Fahim, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Kesimpulan penyampaian beliau berkisar tentang peranan para ulamak untuk menjadi pembimbing kepada golongan umara' dan menjaga nama baik dan maruah mereka selaku pemimpin agama.

Yang membuatkan saya tertarik adalah cara bersahaja Prof Dato Dr Mahmood Zuhdi Hj Abdul Majid, Timbalan Dekan ISTAC, IIUM menyampaikan kertas kerjanya.

Dalam berkelakarnya Prof Dato Dr Mahmood Zuhdi bersyarah pada para hadirin, penuh tersirat seribu satu peringatan dan pesanan pada umat Islam Malaysia supaya senantiasa berwaspada terhadap ancaman mereka yang mempunyai agenda tersembunyi terhadap kedudukan Ad Deenul Islam di Malaysia.

Prof Dato Dr Mahmood Zuhdi juga dengan tegas menolak saranan seorang yang bernama Hjh Ilani yang menyoal beliau tentang bantahan Prof Zuhdi terhadap cadangan mengadakan Suruhanjaya Antara Agama @ IFC! Saya terus bertakbir menyokong Prof dan disambut oleh ramai hadirin yang lain!

Bagi saya ini lah dia salah seorang bijak pandai didalam negara kita yang betul betul 'lelaki' didalam menyatakan yang hak di pentas perdana persidangan para alim ulama' dan para umara' yang disertai sebegitu ramai Muslimin dan Muslimat yang prihatin tentang hala tuju siyasah syari'ah dan hal ehwal Islam didalam negara kita.

Saya tidak berkesempatan untuk merakam keseluruhan sesi penyampaian kertas kerja oleh ketiga tokoh ternama yang menerima penghormatan menjadi ahli panel sesi pagi semalam.

Selepas sesi pagi itu tamat, kami para peserta telah dijemput ke dewan makan untuk menjamu selera dengan sajian makan tengahari. Lauk pauk yang disediakan memang sedap tetapi pihak katerer tidak menjaga kualiti nasi yang disediakan. Nasi mentah! Ish! Ish! Ish!

Akibatnya, maka kebanyakan para peserta makan lauk dan buah2an yang tersedia. Nasib le jika katerer terbabit akan menerima tempahan sebesar gitu lagi? Ribuan peserta! Bayangkan sahaja akan nilai tender yang sikaterer tersebut telah berjaya menerima?

Selepas makan tengahari, saya telah bersama dengan Tuan Johan Batcha, seorang pemimpin NGO Islam ke Masjid Tuanku Mizan yang juga dikenali sebagai 'Masjid Besi' untuk menunaikan Solat Jumaat.

Masjid canggih ini mempunyai ruang meletak kenderaan yang begitu luas dibawahnya. Memang hebat. Alhamdulillah.

Khatib yang dijemput adalah Tan Sri Dato' Syaikh Hj.Ismail bin Hj.Muhammad, Imam Besar Masjid Negara. Saya telah berpeluang berkenalan dengan Imam Besar Masjid Negara kita ini semasa menghadiri majlis pengkebumian Allahyarham Tun Ghazali Shafie baru baru ini dan telah bersalam dan memeluk beliau bila bertemu semula didalam majlis ini pula.

Memang sudah lumrah saya menghormati para alim dan ulamak negara kita dengan berbuat begitu. Saya amat sayangkan mereka. Tetap menyokong dan memuliakan alim ulama kita. Mereka adalah permata agama kita. Semoga Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala memberkati mereka semua. Amin!

Sesudah Solat Jumaat, kami kembali semula ke Dewan A, PICC. Sesi petang ini lebih glamor kerana ianya dihadiri Perdana Menteri YAB Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri YB Senator Mejar Jeneral (B) Dato Hj Jamil Khir Baharum, Ketua Pengarah JAKIM Dato Wan Mohamad Dato Syeikh Abdul Aziz, Peguam Negara Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, Bekas Ketua Menteri Melaka Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik, Bekas Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan Tan Sri Datuk Dr Yusof' bin Haji Md Noor serta ramai lagi pembesar pembesar negara kita yang tidak sempat saya berkenalan tetapi ada saya ambil gambar mereka selaku paparazzi tak berdaftar! Hehehehehe....

YAB Perdana Menteri sempat berseloroh dengan YB Senator Dato Hj Jamil Khir, Menteri Hal Ehwal Agama Islam negara kita sebelum upacara perasmian oleh beliau.

Entah apa dia yang menjadi usikan PM kita sehingga Dato Jamil Khir tersengih sengih kelucuan?

Sejurus selepas itu, kedua mereka berubah menjadi serius bilamana lagu kebangsaan kita 'Negara Ku' dan lagu '1Malaysia' dikumandangkan!

Saya amat bersyukur dapat bersama dengan para Ulama dan Umara negara dan berkesempatan menyampaikan pandangan peribadi saya berkenaan perlunya para ulama negara lebih berketerampilan memainkan peranan berdakwah kepada ummah.

Di antara tokoh tokoh ulama yang saya sempat ketemu adalah Mufti Perak Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria, salah seorang ulama' negara kita yang tegas tidak memberi muka kepada pihak kuffar memperkotak katikkan urusan hal ehwal agama Islam kita.

Insya Allah akan saya merakam satu sesi video wawancara eksklusif bersama Al Fadhil Sahibus Samahah Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria nanti. Dah ada perjanjian diantara kami. Doakan saya berjaya. Amin.

Saya turut teruja melihat seorang kawan saya dari Pulau Pinang, ADUN N37 Batu Maung (PKR) YB Tuan Hj Abdul Malik Kassim yang kini merupakan seorang Pengerusi Hal Ehwal Agama Islam dan Pengerusi Perdagangan Dalam Negeri / Hal Ehwal Pengguna serta Exco Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang menghadirkan diri didalam majlis anjuran Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia ini walaupun beliau kini seorang pemimpin pembangkang. Syabas Tuan Haji! Semoga kepentingan agama melebihi soal perbezaan politik!

Beliau turut menyapa saya tetapi disebabkan majlis sedang berlangsung, kami sempat bersalam salaman sahaja. Mudah2an akan ada kesempatan lain bagi kami bertemu dan berbual dengan lebih selesa nanti.

Saya akan menyambung penulisan saya tentang majlis ini nanti. Insya Allah.

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A bad mouth from Down Under

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 06:45 AM PST

"For the second time, the Malaysian legal system is being manipulated by supporters of the incumbent government to drive Malaysia's best-known leader, Anwar Ibrahim, out of national politics... For the second time, documents are being forged, witnesses are being coerced, evidence is being fabricated. This trial, like the first trial, is a disgrace to Malaysia, a country that aspires to democratic norms."

This are the words of Michael Danby, an Aussie politician who chairs the country's foreign affairs subcommitee, to the Parliament a few days ago. He was commenting on Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial, which he described as a shame to Malaysia.

Coming from a politician whose country is among the worst governments to practice racial segregation and oppressing its natives, it puts him at par with other Western writers and homosexual champions - that they are just a bunch of US-Jewish propaganda machine trying to belittle our judiciary and smear our image worldwide.

To them, Anwar is God and what he does are rightful. However, when Anwar was still a Cabinet minister, he was also subjected to their abuse. But of course, such politicians and journalists are much closer to the Opposition pact than that to the government news agencies. They either find amusement by manipulating Anwar's case or simply doing it for other reasons.

The Australian online news quoted Danby (I believe he's a Jew) as saying that the country is having a hard time holding things together, in the face of religious and ethnic divides, political battles, and economic challenges.

Quite surprisingly, this 'thief who calls others thief' has forgotten the fact that racial tension in Australia is turning into potential time-bombs. Asians, Arabs and Africans living in the country are finding it more difficult to study, work and do business as the result of racist statements made by Australian politicians, NGOs and some media players.

Just like Anwar who is good at finding avenues to distract public attention toward his court case, Australian politicians and their Western allies are in a cahood to cover up what their own government has failed - to redress racial sentiments in their own backyard and exploiting the rights of their natives. This is Australian-style of apartheid.

And where is this Danby getting such informations about Malaysia? Non other than Malaysian Oppositions 'war machine' or hearsay or what is being fed by their diplomats in Kuala Lumpur. Pardon me, is Australia the country Zahid Hamidi was referring to as trying to buy Malaysia's security documents?

An analysis by The Australian also summed up that Malaysia's economy is still being 'patronised' by neighbor Singapore.

You know how bad Najib's administration is to the eyes of the newspaper owner? Very bad... especially when we cancelled a planned second concert by Beyonce last October!

I know who sodomized him ...

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 04:36 AM PST

I know who dunit.

I got it all recorded on my Blackberry.

IShould have used iPhone, Blackberry is kinda of lame with images ...


Mahathir bin Muhammad's Madding Judeophobia/Antisemitism

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 02:01 AM PST

Comments by David G. Littman - NGO Representative of the Association for World Education (AWE) and the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) to the United Nations in Geneva:

Robert Spencer's "Islamic Nazis" is a very welcome reminder of what's on the horizon for us all.

In his recent idiocies at a ceremony held for a book titled Civilizations, Nomadic Migrations, Empires and The Trail of Islam at the Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur, former Prime Minister Mahathir bin Muhammad seriously referred to the 9/11 Jihadist horror jokingly, with the following comments :

"The way the tower came crashing down was also funny (...) I have great respect for the Arabs but for them to hijack four planes is not very Arab. Just imagine the amount of planning that would be involved." Rejecting any claims that he was being insensitive to the victims, Mahathir stressed that he was "being more sensitive to the victims" as he was simply saying the attacks were carried out "deliberately." He also said that his views about how 9/11/2001 attacks were carried out would not affect Malaysia's chances of attracting foreign investment. "I have said this many times even when I was the prime minister. But we still have the foreign direct investment. However, we cannot rely on foreign direct investments alone. We must build on our own system," he said.

On several occasions I have denounced, at the UNCHR, the crass lunacies of Mahathir bin Muhammad - but no condemnation emanated from the 'international community's conscience of the world'. Below is an extract from WUPJ's Appeal to Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan, which I drafted 6½ years ago, having raised the matter earlier in an oral statement at the UN Commission on Human Rights. Rabbi François Garaï and I signed it and The National Review reprinted it in Oct. 21, 2003.

To Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan
on Prime Minister Mahathir bin Muhammad's Madding Judeophobia

(...) In fact, Prime Minister Mahathir Muhammad was simply true to form. Already in October 1986, a day after PLO-dissident Abu Nidal's killers massacred 23 Jews at worship in Istanbul's "Gates of Peace" synagogue (Neve Shalom), he told the 101-Member Movement of the Non-Aligned countries (Harare, Zimbabwe): "The expulsion of Jews from the Holy Land some two thousand years ago and the Nazi oppression have taught them nothing. If at all, it has transformed the Jews into the very monsters that they condemn so roundly in their propaganda material. They are apt pupils of Dr Goebbels." (New York Times / IHT - October 8, 1986).

On that occasion also, not one 'Non-Aligned' delegation reacted. Two months later Malaysia inaugurated an "Anti-Jews Day" (New York Times, Dec. 8, 1986), and during his State visit to Great Britain in July 1987 he again affirmed: "The Jews have been apt pupils of Dr. Goebbels." In March 1994 Schindler's List was banned in Malaysia - on the grounds that it was "Jewish propaganda." In 1997 he blamed the Asian financial crisis on the "Jews," explaining his views: "We are Muslims, and the Jews are not happy to see Muslims progress."

Blogger Wanted

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 01:21 AM PST

Yes, Blogger, Writer, Reporter Or Even You Can Hardly Write Anything, You Are Welcome To Join My People Power Initiative Temporarily Codenamed "xMedia".

Join Me For More Exposure & Perhaps Some Cold Hard Cash

As you may have noticed that I have been experimenting with all sort of stuffs just to try to stay relevant in the Malaysian blogosphere.

I started xBlog by accident. Actually, I was forced to do so simply because no established blog owner can accept a loose canon like me bitching at their well connected blogs.

Being a dull and disabled blogger, I turned to aggregating blog, news, video, and sort of nonsense just to try to stay relevant to the Malaysian blogosphere, so much so that it has almost become a daily ritual for me to code something or design something.

Right now, I feel I may have a role to play to help bloggers who have been blogging actively and yet they are not getting much or anything at all except maybe for their political affiliation and agenda.

I therefore decided to make this announcement just to see if there is interest for bloggers to join me to form a so called People Power Publishing Network which will not only bring them more traffic, more exposure but perhaps also, and hopefully some additional cash.

xMedia People Power Publishing

I temporarily name this initiative "xMedia" and if you are interested, you don't even have to be writer, let alone professional writer. As long as you have some time to spare consistently even if it's only every so often, let's talk.

Below is what I am looking at: -

1. Friendly Networking

You publish and manage your own blog(s) as you would usually do and I basically provide you with centralized interface which I will promote as much as possible just so people can sorta have a place where they can either fast flip or discover your blog along with many others. In this case, our relationship is pretty much just like the so called blogroll friends except in my case, I'd try to provide some facilities showcase and to guide them to your blog instead of just a plain old link. I may even consider to spend some money to advertise a bit if the participation is positive.

2. Revenue Sharing Consortium

You are a part of a network or consortium of bloggers whereby not only you get to enjoy the traffic and promotional advantage of a greater network, you actually get to share the ads revenue but please don;t expect much at the moment simply because I have no idea what kind of the traffic we can generate. But you will get something for sure. To be honest with you, xBlog is not a success story because I do not have the right content as well as ... you know -- politics. But I imagine a greater network will be a completely different story simply because Size Does Matter.

In either scenario, I intend to design several specialty portals that will in turn link up all the member blogs. As for what is to be published? You can be bloggers, writer, reporter, author, designer, aggregator etc. to cater for all sort of taste buds and as for those who can hardly write and prefer not to write/report, you may join me to maintain some scandal/adult site or something in that direction ( I just found out recently that Bolehlanders actually like shits like scandal blogs See, you never try, you never know.)

In any case, I am not starting a newsportal to compete with the existing players like MalaysiaKini, Malaysia Indsider etc. So, don't worry my journo friends, I have no intention to compete with you. I am just trying to provide some networked advantage to the non-journo folks who wanted to share some content with world as a way to fulfill their personal passion, motive, agenda etc.

To join , question or to let me know what do you think, email me at: -

MalaysianScandal {at} gmail {dot} com

Till then, I remain,

Yours very truly,
Mr X @ xMedia

Wiseman says: Make Use Of Mr X Before He Is Martyred

Thank you for your support!!!

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 12:59 AM PST

The Dine For Haiti Fundraiser at Damansara Village Steamboat last night was a YUMMILICIOUSLY ROARING SUCCESS.

Thanks to all of you generous people who turned up fighting the Friday evening rain and traffic jams to contribute to the earthquake victims in Haiti. All our guests had a great time enjoying the fresh seafood steamboat, meeting our celebrity guests and taking photos and also participating in a couple of celebrity item auctions conducted by Amber Chia and Andrea Fonseka.

The gorgeous Andrea Fonseka and her lovely assistant, May were the first to arrive. Ahead of Patrick Teoh, the organiser!!!

Yasmin and Patrick trying for the James Cameron AVATAR look without the James Cameron budget.

Amber Chia brought a beautiful pair of Ferragamo sunglasses for auction and managed to raise RM600 from the auction.

Andrea donated her limited edition Adidas limited edition Missy Elliot tote and got a top bid of RM350.

Guests who came to dine checked in RM15,715 and in addition donated generously when Amber and Andrea went round the tables to offer photo ops.

Andrea and Amber raised an additional RM4,140!

This generous gent is a big fan of Andrea. I wish I'd gotten his name. He made a donation of RM700! Thank you, sir!

The celebrity guests putting their contribution into the collection box. From l-r Andrea Fonseka, Carleef, Ben Ibrahim, Patrick Teoh (holding the box), Amber Chia, Nottee Seng (asst to Amber. Seated: Yasmin Yusuff.

We collected a total of RM19,855.

But that's not all Harith Iskander and Kuah Jenhan came over after their comedy show "This Is It?" in the PJLA Theatre and pledged their personal earnings from Thursday night's show.

Other celebrities who came in support of Dine For Haiti included actor/director Gavin Yap, comedian Douglas Lim, cabaret star Joanne Kam Po Po, actor-director Joanna Bessey, radio legend Yasmin Yusuff, host and columnist Xandria Ooi and TV personality Ben Ibrahim.

The blogosphere was very well represented. Led by the inimitable Bernard Khoo (Zorro Unmasked) the bloggers made up 3 tables of happy, generous diners.

All the money collected from last night will be sent to AVAAZ to fund their efforts in Haiti. We shall keep you informed of the process when we send the money and receive AVAAZ's receipt for your contributions. Watch for details on this blog.

More photos of the event coming soon!

From all of us at Damansara Village Steamboat - thank you for your support and generousity.

God Bless All Of You.

Submit Stories | Exposé

Posted: 06 Feb 2010 01:27 AM PST

xInbox is converted from xTalk @ Casual Commentary & Ranting | Raving | Rumbling.

The purpose is straight up: To provide an avenue to those who got some interesting email stories to share and perhaps some kinda exposé whereby chances are no newsportal will ever consider to publish, either because they are rumor, scandalous or too explicit in nature.

While BN/UMNO have Mainstream Media at their disposal and the Alternative Media are doing pretty good job reporting pretty impartial stories (except subscription is required in one instance), anything else means you gotta publish in your own blog. That's fine and dandy but still there remain a problem -- What if you got an unsubstantiated story (not malicious though) or perhaps something that is accompanied by scandalous graphics?

I therefore feel there remains a need for a so call X Media for such rejects that no professional newsportal or even blogger themselves will ever consider publishing. And this is exactly why I converted xTalk to xInbox for the purpose of publishing not just X grade stories, but also to cater for anything else you may have to share.

While I do not expect to receive many stories simply because I am being boycotted by all the political concerns in Malaysian due to my 100% neutral stance (for now), I'd nevertheless continue to publish whatever I have and if you are interested to share anything, even if it's something you have already published in your own blog, you are welcome to submit it simply by emailing it to: -

MalaysianScandal {at} gmail {dot} com

Please note that publishing of stories submitted to MalaysianScandal {at} gmail {dot} com is still not yet automatic simply because email comes in all sort of formats (I am looking at the solution now) and most important of all is that there are sensitive information typical associated with emails such as email addies that I am not exactly comfortable to republish them without some trimming and pruning.

In order for me to introduce more automated publishing, may I ask to to try to do the followings: -

1. Please do not embed graphics in the email itself if you are using Gmail (anything else is okay). This is because Blogger will not publish images that is stored at the Gmail server due to privacy reason (I think). Instead, you can always ATTACH the images to the email and they will be published at the beginning of your story.

2. Unless it's your intention to publish sensitive info contained in your email such as email address, phone number etc, Please try to strip them off before sending the story over.

Other than that, I think everything else is fine.

P/S: I am now looking at forming a People Power Publishing Network for Bloggers in order to generate more traffic, exposure and hopefully some extra cash for them ... Next HERE.

Hogwash - Re: Choices -- Re: The Universe must be teeming with life

Posted: 05 Feb 2010 10:24 PM PST

From wits0

How "pure " is your pure?  How do you measure that?  He got carried away by his own speculations.  Does that mean he did not happen to hit a credible chord entirely?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Joe Fernandez

Eric Von Deniken is pure hogwash . . .
--- On Thu, 4/2/10, wits0 wrote:

The Nephilim (extra terrestrials)factor has been discussed in the past at Scott's blog and commentaries.  The ancient Biblical text confused the following generations of the Christians to mix up nephilims with God. 
If the Arabs were indeed the decendents of wild Ishmael, it follows that, somehow, the Arab Israelic enmity may be traced back to the fact that the Nephilim(s) of Abraham did genetic modification on Abraham and his blood line and not Hagar's blood line obviously.  Therefore Ishmael was not "pure" as Israel/Isaac was. 
It follows that if you're an advanced humanoid race of ETs out to inprove the stock of an ancient race through genetic engineering, you have to (initally, at least) maintain strict pedigree and maximize the numbers.  Onan was killed by "God" when he refused to ejaculate into his dead brother's wife, remember?
Now, Moses can only have had contact with a Nephilim commander.   MOST DIFFERENT RACES ON eARTH HAVE HAD CONTACT, AT DIFFERENT TIMES, WITH SUCH NEPHILIMS hence their various root memory about their ancient kings being sons of heaven etc., etc. 
Eric Von Deniken was one of the first to revive this matter in modern times but he seemed to have overdone things later with full fledged unsubstantiable speculations in later books..

God must not be equated with religion. God has no religion.The word of God must not be mistaken as a religion.
Spirituality and Religion are not the same thing.
Religion is a man-made vehicle for organisation, control and exploitation of people. This is why it is believed that our discovery of life in outer space will end all our religions. The end of religion does not mean the organisation, control and exploitation of human beings previously, under religion, will end. It will just continue under new labels.
Jesus did not start a religion and neither did Buddha.
Mohd claimed that Islam (submission to God) was the original religion started by Abraham and distorted by the Jews and Christians. He claimed the Archangel Gabriel spoke the verses of the Islam of Abraham to him. Mohd was illiterate and so recited the verses to others who wrote them down. Other verses he felt in his heart. Many of the verses he felt in his heart were later deleted from the first Quran because Mohd felt, on reflection, that these were satanically-inspired and not divinely-inspired. He took 22 years to compile the first Quran. Mohd suffered from epilepsy (gila babi) and in those days, the Arabs believed that when a person went into an epileptic fit, he was possessed by something.So, the Arabs were in awe of Mohd.
Mohd's deletion of verses from the first Quran is the basis of Salman Rushdie's book, "The Satanic Verses". Salman, a Muslim (Kashmiri) from Bombay and now a British citizen, asks in his book: "If some verses of the first Quran were satanically-inspired and had to be deleted, what guarantee is there that the rest of the verses were not satanically-inspired?"  his is why Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa asking Muslims to kill Rushdie. (However, he's in no Rush to die.)
The Jews and Christians of course believe that Mohd is a great liar who just plagiarised the Holy Bible and called it the Quran. It is very difficult to convince them otherwise. This is also the reason that Jews and Christians believe that Islam and Muslims have no place in Palestine. Historically and morally, Jews and Christians are right on this point although politically it is incorrect and also there is the humanitarian aspect to consider. So, it doesn't help when Muslims make claim to the entire Palestine including Israel and Jerusalem. This is a dead end. But Islam itself feels threatened if it doesn't have access to the Holy Land.
The problem is that when you begin with a lie (Islam being the religion brought by Abraham), you have to tell a thousand other lies to cover the first lie.
Re experiencing God in your life, that's a personal thing.
I believe that whatever is out there can be experienced in your life in the things that come to you -- good, bad, ugly, beautiful or evil as our human perceptions tells us -- and in our responses or lack of our responses which in itself is taking a position without seeming to take a position. For example, not taking a decision is itself a decision. You know what they say: "If you are not interested in politics, politics will be interested in you." Life is a sum total of the choices that we make.
(Pairin is famous for not taking decisions or being indecisive because he doesn't want to make a mistake and that's where he's wrong because anything that happens could be a blessing in disguise, you just have to look for the silver lining in the clouds and count your blessings)
I feel that it is always better to respond rather than not to respond at all or keep quiet.
For example, AI trying to cheat Dr J in the line-up needs a response. Keeping quiet will only worsen the situation.

-- On Thu, 4/2/10, raymond tombung wrote:

Re yr comment to HZ about all religions ending overnight upon the discovery of life in outer space.
UFOs prove there is such life.
The billions of galaxies cannot conceivably be empty of life.
But I beg to differ with u on your assumption that discovery of life in other parts of the universe will bring end to religion overnight. It will not. U know at one time there was this belief that one day science will explain everything and there would no longer be any more need for us e to use God to explain certasin 'mysteries' of life.
Then Science did it, even turtned the church upside down when it was discovered that we are not the center of the universe, even the solar system.... But man will not survive without a belief in some devine power. God will always be there no matter what.
We Christians believe Jesus will come back for a second time, as the Bible promises "in great power and great glory". No aliens in whatever number can overcome or diminish that.
Joe, have u heard that Jesus is a living God? He is doing so many things right now, in certain cases to answer prayer, to heal, and perform miracles, unlike other gods who are dead (Allah, etc. etc). I have experienced it (miracles) myself too many times. He had appeared and spoke to people. See YouTube's The Story of Dini or Bukan Sekadar Impian (Part 3 & 4) -- a reenacted story of how Jesus converted an Indonesian Muslim into following Him. and this is only one of many, many similar cases.
Sorry, I am not trying to argue and win with u. Just being concerned that u might be missing some important information. We might elaborate over coffee.


Posted: 05 Feb 2010 10:23 PM PST

From: shakoo

Hmmmm...what would these two guys' wives have to say about this hobby!!!

Two German Brothers have put this together!  Truly amazing! 

This is the world's biggest train set which covers 1,150 square meters (12,380 square feet), 

features almost six miles of track and is still not complete 

Twin brothers Frederick and Gerrit Braun, 41, began work on the 'Miniatur Wunderland' in 2000 

The set covers six regions including America , Switzerland , Scandinavia , Germany and the Austrian Alps 

The American section features giant models of the Rocky Mountains, Everglades, Grand Canyon ... 

...and Mount Rushmore 

The Swiss section has a mini-Matterhorn 

The Scandinavian part has a 4ft long passenger ship floating in a 'fjord' 

It is expected to be finished in 2014, when the train set will cover more than 

1,800 square meters (19, 376 sq ft) and feature almost 13 miles of track, 

by which time detailed models of parts of France , Italy and the UK will have been added 

It comprises 700 trains with more than 10,000 carriages and wagons 

The longest train is 46ft long 

The scenery includes 900 signals, 2,800 buildings, 4,000 cars - many with illuminated headlights... 

...and 160,000 individually designed figures 

Thousands of kilograms of steel and wood was used to construct the scenery... 

The 250,000 lights are rigged up to a system which mimics night and day by 

automatically turning them on and off 

The whole system is controlled from a massive high-tech nerve centre 

In total the set has taken 500,000 hours and more than $8 million dollars to put together, 

the vast majority of which has come from ticket sales 

Gerrit said: "Our idea was to build a world that men, woman, and children can be equally astonished and amazed in" 

Frederik added: "Whether gambling in Las Vegas , hiking in the Alps or paddling in 

Norwegian fjords - in Wunderland everything is possible" 

The world's biggest model train set.  

It comprises 700 trains with more than 10,000 carriages and wagons.. The longest train is 46 ft long.  The scenery includes 900 signals2,800 buildings, 4,000 cars - many with illuminated headlights and 160,000 individually designed figures.. Thousands of kilograms of steel and wood was used to construct the scenery. The set is on display to the public and is so big that they employ more than 160 people to show visitors around their creation.

Courtesy of Malaysian Scandal

{SABAHkini} The Problem is RACISM

Posted: 05 Feb 2010 10:16 PM PST

Nasir Safar not the issue; racism is - Josh Hong
Contrary to what Nasir Safar, now a former special assistant to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, said at a 1Malaysia forum in Malacca the other day, the Indians did not first come to the Malay Peninsula as beggars, but conquerors.


The Chola Dynasty in southern India attacked and invaded Kedah from Kalinga in 1023. This particular conquest was considered by the Cholas as one of their greatest achievements. 

In those early days, Kedah was known to the Indians as Kadaram (or Kedaram), which means "sceptre", commonly used by Hindu priests and warriors during ceremonies. This was partly because the first Hindu temple had been built at the foot of Gunung Jerai in Lembah Bujang, an area rich with archaeological finds dating from more than 1,000 years ago. 

This is not surprising given that the valley was among the oldest entrepôts in Southeast Asia - preceding even the much acclaimed Malacca – with the "Kadaramese" actively pursuing trade links with the Arabs and the Indians across the Bay of Bengal. It is believed that a Hindu-Buddhist kingdom was established in Lembah Bujang as early as 300AD.

While much of the Malaysian population appears to be oblivious of this historical fact (or choose to ignore it), it has not lost on Sanusi Junid, a former Menteri Besar of Kedah, who acknowledged at an academic conference in December 2004 that Malaysia's history was shaped by the Indian Ocean, which "brought Indian culture here more than two thousand years ago". 

Sanusi is a Kedahan of Acehnese origin, and it is commendable that he takes history in a more honest manner than Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, another native son of Kedah who finds India's historical connections with the Peninsula rather unpalatable, refusing to even admit to his part-Indian lineage.

Most ironic of all, the name 'Mahathir' stands for 'Maha Dheer', which is the Sanskrit word for 'the most gallant'!

Distorting history for political purposes

No doubt, many lives were lost and cultures destroyed throughout this period of incessant conflicts and wars. A hot-blooded Malay nationalist may hence consider the Cholas as imperialists and argue the Malays must stand united to ensure there would be no repeat of this historical fate. But the truth remains that the modern-day Malaysia cannot move forward as nation if its people continue to distort history for political purposes.

As for the Chinese, they came mostly as traders, with some settling into the local communities and becoming a unique ethnic group known as Babas and Nyonyas, or peranakan. 

While vices – from gambling and opium to the inhuman 'flesh trade' – found their way into Malayan society following the influx of migrant workers from China, the majority of the Chinese in the late 19th and early 20th centuries still were largely labourers and businesspeople. 

Some say referring to Chinese women of this period as "prostitutes" is insulting. I beg to differ.

Sex workers, as I ardently believe, are in most cases victims of an unjust socio-economic structure, and the majority of them are forced into the trade.

To me, a caring and loving sex worker is far more respectable than a devious politician who swindles public monies in the name of national/ethnic interest.

I know my grandmother did not come to Malaya to sell her body but to be with her husband and to raise their children, but I do not discount the fact that there were some who indeed did so out of economic desperation.

Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur does not just symbolize the industriousness and resilience of the Chinese in this country; it also reflects the painful history of the Chinese community as it used to be an enclave for opium, sex and organised crime. Don't forget, any nation's history is a mixed bag of tears, blood and laughter, replete with moments of pride as well as of shame.

But should we then generalise a particular chapter while suppressing other more defining aspects that shape the history of Malaysia, as Nasir has done?

Take history in its entirety

I often argue one must take history in its entirety, instead of mixing, matching or diluting according to one's whims and fancies.

While some have come to Nasir's defence and said that his words were taken out of context, I tend to think otherwise judging from the furious reaction from the floor.

As we all know, BN component parties are habitually subservient to Umno, with many of their leaders treating right-hand men of successive prime ministers as royal emissaries. That MIC and MCA members present at the forum had the guts to stage a walkout speaks volume of the excesses in Nasir's speech.

I am not so much disturbed or concerned by Nasir's comments as others. After all, he is just a minion serving the interests of his political master. What he uttered was not a gaffe; rather, his views are quite likely shared by many in the Malay-dominated civil service.

These people are products of the controversial Biro Tata Negara, and have been fed with a racist ideology that does not in the long term engender a people of hope, courage and tolerance, but of fear, jealousy and even hatred. Just look at how the Umno-controlled media has been reporting on some vitally important national issues.

Given such a social milieu, why should we be surprised that Najib cannot even convince those around him of his 1Malaysia vision? I am more worried how this mindset can be shifted without entailing severe social costs.
JOSH HONG studied politics at London Metropolitan University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. A keen watcher of domestic and international politics, he longs for a day when Malaysians will learn and master the art of self-mockery, and enjoy life to the full in spite of politicians.
CORRUPTION is a HEINOUS CRIME - for it's a crime against the POOR, the DISABLED and the WEAKEST members of society and a crime AGAINST FUTURE GENERATIONS.

Dear Mahathir Jan 29, 2010

Posted: 05 Feb 2010 10:14 PM PST

The new title of this obnoxious old man is FATHER OF RACISM by his own protege, Nazri

This is a good one, this article is from someone who really knows the real details of Dr. M who has been trying very hard to pose himself as a Malay. From the article it would appear that there are "facts" manufactured about the "Social Contract".
We need someone who is old enough and knowledgable to enlighten us on the subject of the "Social Contract". MCA and MIC should be good sources, maybe even PAP in Singapore should be able to shed some light. Or some historian can research the archives of the British Museum and write a book on this 'Social Contract".
I think it is important for Malaysians to know the truth so that we can cut out all the crap of the concessions made then as Malaysians today still feel discriminated and disadvantaged. Are Malaysians of certain origins still second or third class citizens after 53 years of independance or isit a ploy by UMNOputras to hang on to power at any cost?
We definitely cannot rely on Dr.M's interpretation of the Constitution and "Social Contract". He has a history of misleading us on many issues, one of which is Anwar's Sodomy.

Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2010 10:01 PM
Subject: Dear Mahathir Jan 29, 2010 ( good article )

Saff, Mrs Bhupalan is the sister of the former teacher in Anderson, the late Mr Chelliah Navarednam, who converted to Islam and was known as Suleiman Chelliah Navarednam...he was practising law in Malacca just before he passed away.

Malaysianinsider reports that you had "defended the social contract, the so-called unwritten agreement between the Malays and the non-Malays during independence, by affirming that without the agreement, Malaysia would not have been formed".

They quoted you :

"If there was no social contract, the terms and conditions of allowing citizenship to non-Malays would have not taken place. One million outsiders were given citizenships at the time."

Now, this quote from you got me curious.

Let me tell you why.

I conferred with my aunt, who confirmed that my maternal great grandfather, Eliathamby, of whom I've written previously in a posting entitled
"The land that my forefathers helped build", would have left Ceylon and arrived in what is now West Malaysia, around 1870. He died well before the conclusion of that social contract that you spoke of, so my great grandfather would not have come within those 'one million outsiders' who acquired citizenship at the time of independence in 1957.

My maternal grandfather, Vellupillay T. Williams, never lived to see the formation of Malaya so he, too, did not make up the
'one million outsiders'.

Enough of my family tree.

Let's look at yours.

I got this from a blog,
Malaysiana :

Perhaps, the most famous Malayalee to land in George Town was Iskandar Kutty, a merchant who married a Johor-Riau wife Siti Hawa Iskandar.

They became the proud parents of Alor Star's top public school Sultan Abdul Hamid College's founder-principal and Kedah's royal educatorDatuk Mohamad Iskandar.

Mohamad was the school teacher of Tunku Abdul Rahman.

He and his wife Datin Wan Tempawan Wan Hanafi from the Kedah Bendahara's (Prime Minister's) clan, were the proud parents of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's Father of Modernisation and fourth Prime Minister.

And this from Malaysia Today :

Born in December 20, 1925, Dr Mahathir hailed from the state of Kedah, at the capital of Alor Star, whose father was a school teacher.
His father was Indian who migrated from Kerala, who married a malay lady and sold banana frittersduring the second world war. His early education was through vernacular school and at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College in the city.

My question, then, Doc, firstly, is whether your father was amongst the
'one million outsiders'?

And when did you become 'Malay', Doc?

When did you move from being a son of an
Indian who migrated from Keralato a Malay?

Not that I care, but when?

Speaking of Malay, do you remember your
"Malay Dilemma", Doc?

Do you remember what you said about the problem of inbreeding amongst the Malay community, and that whole business of genes?

Back then, who had heard of this thing called DNA?

Who had ever imagined that science would one day make it possible for all of us to trace our genealogy?

Guess what, Doc?

It seems, based on all this new DNA scientific knowledge, that there's no such thing as a Malay race.

It would seem that you've gone from being a son of an
Indian who migrated from Kerala to a 'does not exist'.

Just like that!

My cyber buddy, Michael Chick, has written extensively on this matter, in a three-parter in Malaysiakini.

See what Michael writes in his final part :
"The people Malaysians call 'Malay', are actually only a tiny sub-component of the much larger Austronesian group. And all Austronesians are the end-product of extensive inter-breeding between the Taiwanese and Dravidic Indians. All this has finally been irrefutably proven by independent DNA testings from world-class faculties".

I've never been very good at all these sciences, Doc, but if you're any better, and you think Michael's cocked-up big time in his conclusions, why don't you take him on?

Damn, I digress.

So when and how did you become Malay, Doc?

Because of the definition of 'Malay' in the Federal Constitution, Doc?

Article 160 (2)?

That right?

So, right up until the last moments before Tunku's declaration of independence, you were the son of an
Indian who migrated from Kerala, and moments later

you were magically transformed into a Malay?

And is not the definition of Malay in Article 160(2) stated to be for the limited purpose where the word 'Malay' appears in the Constitution?

But really, Doc, I don't give a toss whether you hold yourself out as Malay or the son of an
Indian who migrated from Kerala.

Whatever turns you on.

What pisses me off is this Bumi-non Bumi crap.

November 19th, last year,
The Star reported on Najib's balik kampung to Makassar in South Sulawesi. You can read the report HERE.

Courtesy of The Star

Najib is reported to have said : "I feel like I am returning to my roots," and, when asked to comment on the possibility that some people might view the fact that he had roots here in a negative light, Najib said: "I am not apologetic about it. This is my family history and I am proud of it."

According to the report, Najib said he was the direct descendant of Bugis royalty who migrated to Pahang in the 18th century.

Well, at least this Malaysian is not ashamed of his roots!

Now, you know that aunt I mentioned earlier?
You know her.

Aunty Rasammah.

I googled her name yesterday and this is what is written of her in Wikipedia.
"Rasammah Bhupalan, also known as Rasammah Naomi Navarednam or Mrs F..R. Bhupalan is a renowned Malaysian freedom fighter and social activist
Born in 1927, she has championed causes such as the anti-drug abuse movement, women's rights, education and social justice causes.

Rasammah was one of the earliest women involved in the fight for Malaysian (then Malaya) independence. She joined the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, the women's wing of the Indian National Army, to fight the British. She served in Burma during World War II.

As founder president of the Women Teacher's Union, she fought for equal pay for women teachers and tried to bring disparate teachers' unions under an umbrella.

The former school principal was the first Asian representative of the World Confederation of Organisations of the Teaching Profession for two successive terms. She was also very active in the National Council of Women's Organisation (NCWO) and Pemadam.

She was a teacher in the Methodist Boys' School, Kuala Lumpur from 1959 to 1964 and was the principal of the Methodist Girls School, Kuala Lumpur for 13 years from 1970 until she retired in 1982. On 11th November 2007, Mrs.Bhupalan was one of the few veteran teachers who were invited to attend MBSSKL's 110th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. The dinner was specially organized to honour all the former and current teachers of the school".

Quite frankly, I think the write-up in Wikipedia does little justice to all that Aunty Rasammah has done for this country. But that is another matter.

More importantly, Doc, why are you, the son of an
Indian who migrated from Kerala, and Najib, the descendant of Bugis who migrated from Sulawesi, bumiputra, whilst Aunty Rasammah is not?


Posted: 05 Feb 2010 10:15 PM PST

Biadap....a Malay word. I think you know what it means. If you don't I just have to leave to you to find out by yourself.
An open and clear seditious statement. What are the authorities doing about it?
Subject: FW: BIADAP opposition LEADERS

Subject: BIADAP opposition LEADERS

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

SHAH ALAM, Jan 25 — Malay nationalist group Perkasa has said it is not afraid to play the race card in order to rally support for its causes.

Its leader Datuk Ibrahim Ali, at a ceramah organised by Umno here last night, said that since Election 2008 the country has seen the rise of arrogant non-Malay leaders who no longer respect Malays as the dominant race in the country.

"I first came in (as MP) to Parliament in 1986. I remember, in those days, the (non-Malay) opposition leaders were of a different class," said Ibrahim to some 400 Umno supporters who attended the party's inaugural Juara Rakyat programme in Shah Alam.

"But after the 12th general election, we have seen the rise of a generation of more 'biadap' (disrespectful) opposition leaders," added the former Umno leader, who left to become an independent in 2004 after a falling out with then party president Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Ibrahim, well-known for his oratory skills, fired up the Umno crowd when he said the "Allah" issue was reflective of the "kind of disrespect" that the non-Malay leaders, particularly from the secularist DAP, have for the Malay-Muslims of this country.

"Look at the current political situation now, we have the Taiping (DAP) parliamentarian questioning the allocation for suraus; we have Teresa Kok (Seputeh DAP parliamentarian) and the azan fiasco.

"We have Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng stepping on the pictures of the two Perak Malay lawmakers. If they want to step on the pictures of Chinese photos, it's up to them but never do it to the Malays," blasted Ibrahim.

Ibrahim used all these examples to back his claims that the Malay position as the ruling and dominant race, which he claims is enshrined in the Federal Constitution, is being degraded by the non-Malay opposition leaders.

But the Pasir Mas MP, who contested and won under a PAS ticket in 2008, blamed the alleged predicament of the Malays on PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Ibrahim said Anwar, as a Malay leader himself, had opened the floodgates that allowed non-Malay leaders to "step on the Malays' heads."

He said that from the moment Anwar was released, there "was an air of trouble brewing", referring to the growing influence of the Anwar-led opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

Ibrahim said it is this "new politics" propagated by Anwar that has "nurtured" a culture of "rudeness" towards the Malays.

Both Ibrahim and Anwar were arrested in the 1970s under the ISA while they were still university students.

"The Malays have been tolerant enough. God willing, we will lead the Malays against them," he said to thunderous applause from the crowd.

Perkasa began as a one-man group after Election 2008 but is now rapidly shaping up as a national pressure group for Umno, representing those seeking to defend the constitutional position of the Malays and the "social contract".

Political observers believe that its rapid growth is possibly fuelled by the heated political climate induced by the "Allah" issue, which has sparked uproar among the country's Malay majority.

Many of those joining Perkasa are Umno members who feel that the party has strayed from its original ideals of striving for and maintaining Malay dominance in the country.

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Pulau Pinang Adalah Sasaran Seterusnya?

Posted: 05 Feb 2010 08:12 PM PST

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Tajuk: Pulau Pinang Adalah Sasaran Seterusnya?
Ditulis Oleh: Zul Mamak Png

Ini merupakan sebilangan kecil program yang telah sedang dan akan diteruskan di Pulau Pinang di bawah PR... yang saya tulis ini adalah berkaitan dengan perkembangan Islam sahaja... Kerja buat kita banyak terbantut mungkin selama 2 tahun sebelum ini apabila MAIPP masih dikuasai oleh UMNO... Insya Allah perkembangan Islam lebih rancak selepas ini apabila terdapat wakil-wakil daripada PR berada dalam MAIPP.....

Zul Mamak Png

Umno kini berada dalam keadaan terdesak dan tertekan.. Apa jua isu diketengahkan oleh UMNO .. dapat dipatahkan oleh Pakatan Rakyat.. Mereka dalam keadaan gelabah `biawak`..Sekarang ini mereka cuba mensasarkan kerajaan Pulau Pinang di kala kerajaan Pulau Pinang sedang bergerak dengan begitu meyakinkan dalam perancangan untuk meneruskan pemerintahan berdasarkan CAT.

Apa yang telah dan sedang dilaksanakan oleh kerajaan Pulau Pinang :

1. Peruntukkan untuk Hal Ehwal Islam sewaktu Kerajaan Barisan Nasional memerintah Pulau Pinang dalam tahun 2008 adalah sebanyak RM12.5 juta. Apabila Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat yang dipimpin oleh YAB Lim Guan Eng mengambil alih pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri peruntukkan tersebut dalam tahun 2009 telah dinaikkan sebanyak RM20.5 juta. Untuk tahun 2010 peruntukkan tersebut dinaikkan lagi sebanyak RM24.3 juta dan sudah melebihi hampir sekali ganda.

2. Mewujudkan majlis Syura sebagai Think Tank kepada hal ehwal pengurusan agama Islam di Pulau Pinang.. Secara tak langsungnya menunjukkan bahawa kerajaan PR Pulau Pinang meraikan semua golongan dari semua lapisan masyarakat Islam Pulau Pinang supaya bersama-sama memberi idea dan pandangan dalam memaju umat Islam Pulau Pinang.

3. Meneruskan perancangan program 1 keluarga 1 hafiz .. yang telah memasuki tahun kedua tahun ini ... Sumbangan diberikan kepada setiap hafiz di antara RM 300 - RM 500 seorang .. dan juga kepada keluarga yang banyak melahirkan huffaz.

4. Setiap masjid diberikan sebanyak RM 1000.00 dalam bulan Ramadhan... masjid daerah RM 3000.00.. Masjid Negeri RM 5000.00.... Sebanyak RM 132,000.00 telah diperuntukkan untuk pembangunan rohani ini.

5. Peruntukan 1.5 juta untuk pembangunan SAR di Pulau Pinang.

6. Mewujudkan Jawatankuasa Penyelarasan Pendidikan Pulau Pinang yang bertindak sebagai satu forum pengumpulan maklumat mengenai perkembangan pendidikan di Pulau Pinang.. di mana PASTI yang merupaka pendidikan pra sekolah tajaan PAS telah diserap masuk di bawah jawatankuasa ini.

7. Telah berjaya mewujudkan Halal Hub International yang pertama di malaysia .. walaupun umat Islam di negeri ini adalah minoriti.

Ini merupakan sebilangan kecil program yang telah sedang dan akan diteruskan di Pulau Pinang di bawah PR... yang saya tulis ini adalah berkaitan dengan perkembangan Islam sahaja... Kerja buat kita banyak terbantut mungkin selama 2 tahun sebelum ini apabila MAIPP masih dikuasai oleh UMNO... Insya Allah perkembangan Islam lebih rancak selepas ini apabila terdapat wakil-wakil daripada PR berada dalam MAIPP...

Jadi UMNO cemburu...mereka iri hati...mereka sakit hati melihat terlalu banyak perubahan yang telah berlaku di Pulau Pinang... tak larat saya nak sebut di sini... Lalu mereka mensasarkan Pulau Pinang sebagai target baru mereka untuk menyembunyikan permasalahan yang begitu teruk yang berlaku di kalangan pimpinan UMNO dan BN..

Maka dalam sehari dua ni ..mereka timbulkan mengenai Zaharin bekas Pengerusi PKR PP dan beberapa lagi pimpinan lain yang dikatakan akan lompat parti kerana berbeza pandangan Mr CM.. akan lompat masuk Parti Cinta Malaysia... Lepas tu timbul pulak wakil DAPSY kata... nak lompat lompatlah... Diletakkan pada muka hadapan beberapa paper utama ....

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Dalam hati saya terdetik... hampa ni tak dak kerja lain dah ka.... UMNO dan BN ni... Mereka highlight berita ni melalui media mereka dengan meluas sekali dengan harapan rakyat akan terpengaruh llu mempercayai bahawa PR PP berada dalam masalah besar dan pada masa yang sama kesemua program kerajaan negeri tidak diketahui oleh rakyat Pulau Pinang....

Sudahlah UMNO... macam budak-budaklah hampa semua.. Sekarang ni kita berada dalam suasana era politik baru... yang rakyat mempunyai kecerdikan luar biasa anugerah Ilahi untuk menilai prestasi terbaik PR ....

Tunggakan cukai: YBK akan buat laporan polis

Posted: 04 Feb 2010 10:42 PM PST

Permodalan Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan (YBK) akan membuat laporan polis kerana mendakwa berlaku salahguna kuasa menteri besar dan kerajaan Selangor yang memulangkan semula bayaran tunggakan cukai tanah milik yayasan itu.
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