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Posted: 19 Feb 2010 03:18 PM PST
In its news article Zul Noordin dodging party disciplinary hearing The Malaysian Insider reported:
PKR deputy president Syed Husin Ali said today Kulim Bandar Bharu MP Zulkifli Noordin has been evading the party's disciplinary board.
Syed Husin, in a statement issued today, said the errant MP, known for his Islamic hardline views, has been told to reply to a Feb 8 show cause letter but asked for a Feb 12 extension.
Zulkifli picked either today or Feb 23 to face the board but on Feb 16, the problematic Kulim MP told the media that he was going to Korea for a party trip. PKR denied there was such a trip today.
"The party has no idea about his trip. He never told the disciplinary board anything about the trip nor did he propose a substitute date for his hearing," said Syed Husin. "This is typical of him ... Zulkifli has chosen his personal Korean trip over attending the hearing to defend himself."
Alamak, how to be a warrior defending Islam when he doesn't even have the gonads to defend his self-claimed Islamic stand?
When the going gets tough, the tough gets going, but the Kulim Koward Klearout to Korea.
Posted: 19 Feb 2010 02:13 PM PST
Yes, I did fcuk around but hey, I am a Tiger and this is my year, so you motherfcukers just shut the fcuk up, okay?
Posted: 19 Feb 2010 01:57 PM PST
Najib likes to do this, do that, waste a little time here, spend a little money there, give this guy some money, buy the other guy some gift, bikin wayang, bikin bodoh, cut corner here, take short cut there ... in the end >>> Same old shit, he is going to do what is predictable of UMNO.
UPDATED By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — A government pathologist who performed the second post-mortem on Teoh Beng Hock last November, told the inquest into his death to...
Gov't pathologist disputes Pornthip's findings
Feb 19, 10 7:44AM
The Sungai Buloh hospital pathologist has disputed Pornthip's suggestion that there was manual strangulation on the neck of the deceased.
So, is there any surprise with such an outcome? That's is exactly why I told you guy Anwar Ibrahim is done ... He better start to shine his butt a little and get ready to be welcome back to Sungai Buluh again.
I am still consulting the divine world how is the very slim chance that our friend may be spared of his imminent incarceration?
Mirror mirror on the wall, will the snake tempt me to eat the apple ... Fcuk off, I want to keep my virginity!
Zaid or Syed, are you guys ready to take over yet?
Posted: 19 Feb 2010 01:20 PM PST
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Posted: 19 Feb 2010 01:02 PM PST
Sure you can ... in your dream.
Road to an absolute monarchy?
17 Feb 10 : 8.00AM
By Wong Chin Huat
Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria, one of the
judges on the Perak menteri
besar caseREMEMBER these names: Tan Sri Alauddin Mohd Sheriff, Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria, Datuk Zulkefli Ahmad Makinuddin, Datuk Mohd Ghazali Mohd Yusoff and Datuk Abdull Hamid Embong.
They have fundamentally transformed the nature and prospects of the Malaysian state with their 9 Feb 2010 judgement on the Perak menteri besar case. Based on their judgement, Malaysia seems to be developing tendencies to become a coup-prone absolute monarchy.
Constitutional vs absolute monarchy
Until 9 Feb, Malaysia was clearly a constitutional monarchy.
Constitutionalism means not merely having a constitution, but having the government's power limited by the constitution. This is why states like the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) are not considered constitutional democracies despite having a constitution and the word "democratic" in their name.
Similarly, a constitutional monarchy — a particular variant of constitutional democracy — is not merely a monarchy with a constitution. It is a monarchy where the monarch's power is limited by the constitution such that he or she is a figurehead, and the real power is exercised by the elected government.
In contrast, any monarchy where the monarch enjoys substantial — not necessarily absolute — power to control the elected government is effectively an absolute monarchy. Absolute monarchies come in all forms and shapes, from Brunei, which is manifestly a family business, to Thailand, which is decorated with democratic institutions.
In a textbook example like the UK, the constitutional monarch is a figurehead and should just rubberstamp recommendations made by elected governments. He or she is to be advised by the elected government, not the other way around.
His or her discretionary powers concern mainly the formation and ending of governments as a result of elections, without interfering in the period between elections. In brief, that boils down to only two major decisions.
Firstly, whom to appoint as the prime/chief minister-designate? Secondly, whether to consent to requests for parliamentary/legislative dissolution by the present government.
The royal family: genetic lottery, not expertise?
By convention, the British monarch would minimise his or her discretion even on these matters. A request for dissolution, whether or not it is a result of the House's loss of confidence in the premier, is usually granted.
A constitutional monarch would not mistake him or herself as a check-and-balance institution. In modern democracies, elected governments should be checked by either elected politicians (Parliament) or professionals who are selected on the grounds of expertise and integrity. These include judges, independent central bank governors and members of various regulatory commissions. The royalty in that sense is an institution formed based on genetic lottery rather than expertise.
England's 19th century constitutional authorityWalter Bagehot offered an interesting justification for a constitutional monarchy. A political system needs a "dignified" element (a non-partisan head of state) whose purpose is "to excite and preserve the reverence of the population", and an "efficient" part (politicians) that "employ[s] that homage in the work of government".
If you like, the political usefulness of a monarch lies exactly in his or her political "uselessness". The constitutional monarch needs to be presentable, loveable and admirable, but need not be very intelligent. And Bagehot's counterintuitive theory is why Queen Elizabeth II gets to keep her job without having to invoke the Sedition Act.
Democratic vs legalistic logic
In assessing the nature of Malaysia's monarchy, the judges' judgement must be judged from the logic of democracy, not legality alone. In other words, we become an absolute monarchy when the monarch can expressly go against popular will, even if his or her actions are technically constitutional. Some judges in Malaysia have made this clear.
In 1966, the Sarawak governor tried to dismiss Chief Minister Datuk Stephen Kalong Ningkan on the grounds that he had lost the legislature's confidence, much like how Perak's Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin was dismissed 43 years later. Borneo High Court Chief Judge Harley A-G reinstated Ningkan, ruling that a legally appointed minister can only be dismissed after a no-confidence vote.
In 1985, the Sabah governor was forced to swear in United Sabah National Organisation (Usno)'s Tun Mustapha Harun as a minority chief minister even though Parti Bersatu Sabah had won a slim legislative majority. Judge Datuk Tan Chiaw Thong then ruled that the governor had "exercised his power not for preserving democracy but for destroying it". Hence, the swearing in was null and void.
Harley's decision, upheld by Tan in 1985, was however not followed by judge Datuk Abdul Kadir Sulaiman in 1994. Abdul Kadir ruled that a no-confidence vote is not "the only evidence" of loss of confidence.
(source: Sultan Azlan Shah image from sultan.perak.gov.my)
Abdul Kadir's judgement was problematic because it took away the power to fire the head of government from the legislature and in all likelihood placed it with the state's figurehead. It was arguably academic because the ousted Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Pairin Kitingan had conceded defeat after the governor rejected his request for fresh elections.
On 6 Feb 2009, the Perak Sultan however sacked a menteri besar who did not concede a loss of confidence. And then on 9 Feb 2010, the Federal Court's decision made it clear that the monarch could bypass the legislature to sack the state's chief executive. And that, for all intents and purposes, is what has sown the seeds of an absolute monarchy in Malaysia.
A tendency towards absolute monarchy increases the likelihood that the monarch can at any time go against the will of elected representatives.
Hence theoretically, if the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong believes that Datuk Seri Najib Razak has lost Parliament's confidence, even without a no-confidence vote, Najib can be sacked. The Agong is then free to appoint Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim or even Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah as the new prime minister.
Now, in this hypothetical situation, would Umno take this royal discretion lying down and not hold protests greater than those the Pakatan Rakyat held after the Perak takeover?
More realistically and dangerously, the Federal Court's decision sends an important political message: the electorate are not the final judge of government. The palace is. This is likely to encourage some quarters to think the King should also exercise his discretion freely in appointing the prime minister.
When the Barisan Nasional (BN) took over Perak, Umno had no qualms evokingMalay nationalism. Imagine this scenario then: what if the BN were to lose federal government, say by winning only 100 out of 222 seats, but it won 65 out of 114 Malay Malaysian-majority seats in the peninsula. Would Umno be likely to replicateUsno's 1985/86 tactics in Sabah — which included violence — minus a few technical differences?
And then what would the palace decide? And would the electorate allow the elected government's victory to be stolen? Where would the judiciary, the civil service, the police and ultimately the military stand? Would Malaysia not become another Thailand or Iran?
Can we do anything to prevent coups? Perhaps, by voting solely along party lines come the next election, and forgetting about the quality of individual candidates. We just need to make sure it's a landslide either way.
Wong Chin Huat is a political scientist by training and a journalism lecturer. He suspects that someday Umno supporters and royalists may remember the 9 Feb 2010 judgement with bitterness.
Posted: 19 Feb 2010 07:50 AM PST
Word has surfaced within the PBB circles that Fadillah will be meeting the Party President at around 4pm on Saturday and until then there is every possibility that the CONTESTS might be halted as it might jeorpadise the good relationship of these two likeable, friendly and very hardworking legislators. These two command very respectable following within the PBB Rank and File.
Sarawak update com has a background indepth of these two PBB legislators and the writer has not been shy in revealing the truth abouth their flaws and strengths.
Hold on to our breadth as these two are the second echelon leaders who are destined to chart the States Path in the years to come. All will be known after the CM and PBB Party President reveals his hand by rubbing THE MAGIC LAMP………
If it happens we will hear the Announcers Voice "Ladies and Gentleman.This is the Main Event …………. blah blah blah.."
Posted: 19 Feb 2010 09:01 AM PST
Bukan saya nak bangga. Tapi saya bagitau, berkat saya ditarbiyyah PAS, saya menjadi manusia dan tidak berakhir menjadi penagih dadah atau perompak. Melalui tarbiyyah PAS, Tulang Besi membina hidup sendirian kerana ibu bapa sebuk. Sebagai anak sulung, Tulang Besi tiada kakak dan abang untuk meminta pertolongan.
Hanyalah taribiyyah, usrah2, kuliah2 dan program2 PAS sahaja sebagai penunjuk jalan di masa kegelapan. TUlang Besi bersyukur arwah ayah membawa Tulang Besi ke program2 usrah PAS masa umur TUlang Besi lebih kurang 12 tahun.
Tulang Besi memang sedari awal ditarbiyyah dengan PAS dan menyokong PAS. Tulang Besi tidak pernah mengenali mana-mana jemaah lain kecuali PAS.
TUlang Besi bersyukur kerana semasa pemimpin-pemimpin PEmuda PAS yang ada sekarang ini masih pakai lampin lagi, Tulang Besi telahpun mengikuti usrah dan program PAS. Ceramah PAS pertama yang Tulang Besi ikuti adalah yang diberikan oleh Khalid Samad di Markaz Tarbiyyah PAS yang belum siap. Setiap kali Markaz Tarbiyyah Tmn Melewar tu takda duit, mereka buat ceramah. Waktu itu, Tulang Besi masih ingat duduk bersandar di dinding yang sekarang ini berhampiran dengan Pejabat Pemuda dulu.
Tulang Besi jadi ahli PAS sewaktu PAS parti yang hina dan dagang. Di waktu itu, tiada siapa berani mengaku menjadi ahli PAS. Seingat Tulang Besi, ada seorang sahaja yang berani mengaku ahli PAS, yakni abang kepada Abdul Rahman Mayan. Memang orang bangsa Mamak ni kalau berjuang Islam 100x lebih berani dari orang Melayu. Tak heran kalau nanti ada bangsa Mamak yang akan jadi Presiden PAS.
(Tapi kalau Mamak yang sokong UMNO, 100x lagi jahat dari orang Melayu, macam Tun dgn Daim).
Tulang Besi tak boleh lupa waktu mula2 ikut usrah dulu, kita diajar akidah Islamiyyah dengan kitab "Mastika Hadeeth" terbitan Jabatan Perdana Menteri. Waktu itu sedang hebat PAS dilabel sebagai sesat dan peristiwa Memali. Maka, PAS bertindak menggunakan kitab yang diterbitkan Jabatan Perdana Menteri bagi melindungi akidah orang Islam.
Selepas itu barulah ada kitab "MUqaddimah Aqidah Muslimin" yang ditulis Tuan Guru Haji Hadi Awang. Dan, selepas itu Kitab Mastika Hadeeth cuma digunakan untuk kuliah umum sahaja.
Tulang Besi masih ingat topik akidah pertama yang Tulang Besi belajar adalah Syirik. Dan Syirik hukumnya kita taat kepada manusia lebih dari kita taat kepada Allah SWT. Itulah INTIPATI Tauhid Uluhiyyah yang Tulang Besi tidak pernah lupa.
PAS MENYELAMATKAN TULANG BESI DARI MENJADI MANUSIA TAK BERGUNA
Jadi, jangan ingat tindakan Tulang Besi sekarang ini, menegur dan membetulkan pimpinan dengan blog, bukan sebahagian dari tarbiyyah PAS ke atas Tulang Besi. PAS boleh berbangga kerana PAS berjasa menyelamatkan Tulang Besi dari menjadi seorang penagih dadah atau perompak (atau yan g lebih teruk lagi menjadi pendokong UMNO) kepada seorang yang tamat pengajian di luar negeri dan mendapat ijazah.
Dan Tulang Besi berjaya mendapat A2 dalam Bahasa Malaysia untuk SPM dengan hanya membaca HARAKAH setiap minggu. Tingkatan 4-5 tidak memberikan masa yang banyak untuk Tulang Besi belajar Bahasa Malaysia. Maka, Tulang Besi tak baca sedikit pun buku teks Bahasa Malaysia. Apa yang Tulang Besi buat adalah membaca Harakah setiap keluaran dari muka depan sampai muka belakang. Hasilnya, Alhamdulillah, Tulang Besi dapat A2 dalam matapelajaran Bahasa Malaysia.
Sekali lagi, Tulang Besi ingatkan, jangan cuba asingkan Tulang Besi dari PAS. Tulang Besi tidak pernah mendapat tarbiyyah lain dari tarbiyyah PAS. Dan Tarbiyyah PAS yang awal dahulu adalah menekankan ilmu dan peningkatan ilmu.
Di waktu itu, kita ada Arqam, ada Tabligh. Tapi, cara PAS adalah penekanan kepada Ilmu, bukan pada amal ataupun kepada zikir. Dan ternyata, cara PAS lebih berkesan dan panjang kesannya. Kerana ia berdasarkan kepada manhaj Islami.
Kepada penyokong-penyokong UG, berentilah buat fitnah ke atas Tulang Besi
WALA', THIQAH, AKHLAK JEMAAH, DISIPLIN JEMAAH DSBNYA
Semua ni sebenarnya baru dalam PAS. Ianya popular semenjak pulangnya Arwah Ustaz Fadzil ke rahmatullah. PAS tidak pernah menghalang ahlinya menyuarakan pandangan dan pendapat. Menegur pimpinan bukan satu perkara yang ditegah oleh PAS.MEMFITNAH pimpinan itulah yang ditegah oleh PAS.
Tulang Besi sering dapat teguran untuk ikut saluran jemaah, ikut disiplin jemaah, ikut akhlak jemaah, ikut adab jemaah. Tapi, yang Tulang Besi tengok, bila Khalid ikut adab jemaah, dia kena pecat dari jawatan. Bila Abdullah Karim buat laporan, semua kena tolak mentah-mentah.
Bila ada mana-mana pendapat atau usul dibentangkan dalam mana-mana mesyuarat Agung, mana yang tak disukai pimpinan akan ditapis dan dibuang. Itu yang saya pelik.
Adab dan saluran apa yang mereka hendak kita ikut. Bukan Nabi SAW pernah bersabda:
"Ad diinnu Nasihah" ( Agama itu adalah Nasihat)
Apakah dgn blogger PAS memberi nasihat dan teguran kepada pemimpin PAS dikira tidak mengikut disiplin jemaah?
Sepatutnya pimpinan wajib mengambil kritikan-kritikan dari berbagai sumber dan menerima mana yang betul dan menolak mana yang tak betul. Bukan menyerang bloggers, menuduh macam2. Padahal, waktu pilihanraya, kesemua bloggers diharapkan bantuan mereka.
Waktu di Bagan Pinang, semua bloggers membantu PAS tanpa meminta imbuhan walau seposen. Takkan yang tu pimpinan PAS tak nampak.
Lagi satu, kenapa ada double standard dalam PAS. Dato Harun Din secara terbuka engkar arahan serta pendirian jemaah. Boleh Dato Harun Din lepas macam tu sahaja. (Saya bercadang menulis tentang ini).
Orang kecik kena orang besar lepas. Adakah itu yang dipanggil "Adab Jemaah" dalam PAS?
Posted: 19 Feb 2010 08:26 AM PST
I started blogging 6 years ago at a crucial juncture of my life. 2005 was the year that I started fulfiling my dream of a master's degree, got my apartment and charted my own career. So, here is a lookback to the last 6 years in 2 syllabus.
"Best of luck in the future and thanks for your contribution"
John Coyne ( Current CEO of Western Digital Corp )
It has been wonderful working with somebody as dedicated and intelligence as you. I'm sure you will do well in your new company and your other future endeavors, just make sure you be "good". Temptations are aplenty in your new company....
We suppose to have some farewell for you during our HR meeting today. Unfortunately, the meeting was cancelled due to the evacuation drill and many are either away on work or leave. Sorry about that...I will see you before you leave today. take care." Fauzi ( HR Director )
Biennial Family HolidaysQuestionable Cuisines
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Posted: 19 Feb 2010 07:54 AM PST
Here is my video interview of the Malaysian Parliament's quite controversial MP ~ YB Datuk Bung Mokhtar Raden, Kinabatangan, Sabah.
Quite infamous for his 'bocor' quip at DAP's Cili Padi MP Fong Po Kuan which resulted in a nationwide brouhaha. All that has been forgotten now but the MP was recently in the news for marrying one of Malaysia's famous and pretty actress, Zizie Izzette!
I just had to rib YB Datuk Bung Mokhtar about it and he was sporting enough to share his happiness with us after the protest against the 50 Aussie MP's.
Thank you Datuk!
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Posted: 19 Feb 2010 06:08 AM PST
Posted: 19 Feb 2010 07:38 AM PST
The trial of Anwar Ibrahim continues amidst an increasing number of editorials and commentaries in prominent international news sources. Even several foreign leaders have professed their opinions by way of public declarations, and statements.
Much of this commentary has framed the trial as a political maneuver on the part of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's government and claims that the proceedings are 'rigged' and 'unfair.' The trial has been described as an embarrassment to Malaysia and a test of whether the Government is truly moderate, democratic, and fair.
One editorial asks, "Is this moderate Muslim democracy becoming a nation with no real rule of law?" Yet the truth is that it is Malaysia's judicial impartiality and commitment to democracy that has been put on trial in the court of international opinion.
Much of this criticism stems from the fact that many other countries do not regard the act of sodomy as a crime.
In Malaysia, the law clearly states that "carnal intercourse against the order of nature," as it is described by the penal code, is illegal and is punishable by 20 years in prison. While other countries may find this distasteful, outsiders have no right to criticize us or our constitutional laws.
These are for the people Malaysia – and their representative government – to decide.
Anwar has travelled internationally advocating for his defence over the last year and a half, since the allegations were brought against him. That is his right, and his viewpoint is reflected in the international coverage, which has been heavily skewed in his favour.
While the international media do not seem intent on presenting both sides in this case, both sides are being given their due right to present evidence within Malaysia's court of law.
Fair, transparent and impartial judicial proceedings – without government interference – is what Anwar is receiving in this case, and what all Malaysians deserve. By implying the contrary, outside voices are belittling Malaysia's rule of law and seeking to judge the case before all evidence is fairly assessed.
Evaluating the evidence is not the job of the media, or international observers. It is a job of the judges involved in the case. Public opinion does not, and cannot, trump justice.
Posted: 19 Feb 2010 03:33 AM PST
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Posted: 19 Feb 2010 03:25 AM PST
The Star for example.
Iraqi doctorate student charged with reckless driving
That was the headline. The report goes on to say that Hamood Sheehab Hamid, 45 from Iraq was charged with reckless driving and causing the death of a fellow student of the Universiti Sains Malaysia. The Iraqi is studying for a doctorate in electronics engineering. Okay.
But the killer fact is that no plea was recorded because Hamood could neither understand English nor Bahasa Malaysia.
The baarger is taking a doctorate in electronics engineering and speaks no English or Malay!!! What other language does USM teach in? That, The Star reporter or the editor didn't bother to report. Is that acceptable practise in journalism ah? Maybe that will the subject of tomorrow's edition?
Posted: 19 Feb 2010 03:13 AM PST
Posted: 19 Feb 2010 03:10 AM PST
This is my home. I care. I want to make it better.
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Posted: 19 Feb 2010 03:05 AM PST
ON 9 Feb 2010, history was made in Malaysia when three Muslim women were caned at Kajang prison for "illicit sex", a syariah offence. Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the caning was done according to the law, and claimed it "did not result in any wound on [the women's] bodies".
Hishammuddin must have thought this a trivial matter because he only bothered to inform Malaysians about it nine days after the women were caned. He also insinuated that it was all "systems go" for beer-drinking model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno to be caned, and that Malaysians should not "misunderstand" or "play up" the issue.
Therefore, according to Hishammuddin, the following rules now govern Malaysian citizens:
People can and will be punished secretly; the government can choose to inform citizens later when it pleases.
Muslims can expect their private lives and personal morals to be subjected to endless scrutiny from now on. Non-Muslims need not worry. Yet.
A particular interpretation of Islamic laws is increasingly part of Malaysia's political terrain. If citizens question why this is so, then they "misunderstand" and want to "play up" the issue.
Here's the rub. The international community, including Muslim scholars, regards caning as a form of cruel and degrading punishment. Additionally, research shows that caning is not an effective deterrent, not even for violent or sexual crimes. Yet Hishammuddin's argument is that it is acceptable and even Islamic for the state to use it as a form of punishment.
If it were acceptable and Islamic, why did he take so long to inform Malaysians about this historic round of caning? It is important to remember this is not the first time Hishammuddin has opined that the government's secrecy on its human rights violations is justified.
How indeed have large sectors of Malaysians been responding to issues relating to Islamic crime and punishment?
According to them, PAS-led Kelantan has been whipping people for syariah offences since 1997. PAS Youth then went on to accuse the parties who questioned Kartika's whipping as "slandering Malaysia's religious institutions".
Lest we dismiss this as the default response of an Islamist party, it must be noted that Johor Baru Umno Youth and Wanita Umno also lodged police reports against those who questioned the sentence. It thus seems that in syariah-related matters, the line between Umno and PAS is blurred, no matter what their respective leaders claim.
In fact, even Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), with Malay-Muslim Malaysians as its core constituency, is coy when it comes to syariah-related matters.
It would be easy to dismiss these positions held by PAS, Umno and PKR as mere political party rhetoric. But in Malaysia, political Islam is reinforced time and again through the Umno-controlled media and PAS party organ, and unelected institutions such as the monarchy, the courts, religious enforcers and even the police.
Imagine, in November 2009, it was the Kuantan Syariah Court Registrar — not even a cabinet minister or the attorney-general — who asserted that there were no legal impediments to caning Kartika.
It seems not to matter to these Malaysians that other Islamic scholars disagree with this focus on "Islamic" punishments. Advocates of syariah punishments in Malaysia now justify their positions by pointing towards the perpetrators' willingness to be punished.
But this is unconvincing, given the larger political climate now in Malaysia, where those who disagree with official policies on Islam are threatened and censured.
The country we deserve
What would a snapshot of political Islam in Malaysia today show us? That our biggest political parties are vying to see who can most effectively push for a particular interpretation of an Islam-compliant — if not entirely "Islamic" — state.
It would also show that syariah-based punishments are being meted out in secret, condoned by the government of the day. And it would show religious bodies — both official and vigilantes — stepping up their efforts to clamp down on syariah-related offences, as interpreted by the state.
These layers of political Islam are mutually enforcing, and could soon pose a threat to Malaysia's democratisation. Just look at theocratic Iran. It has comprehensive legislation focusing on private morality. For example, adultery is punishable by flogging, hanging or stoning. The state-appointed religious leaders uphold these laws mercilessly and brook no dissent. They recruit paramilitary officers, the Basij, to police the morals of Iranians. As armed recruits, the Basij are also called upon to use unthinkable violence to break up pro-democracy movements and anti-government demonstrations.
Of course, Malaysia is not Iran. Not yet. In Iran, the Islamic revolution's heirs are now feeling the effects of having their private lives scrutinised and then punished in the most brutal ways. They are risking their lives and taking to the streets to protest what they see as a corrupt religious dictatorship.
In Malaysia, there are virtually no mass protests when Islam is politicised to violate citizens' rights. In fact, even when certain civil rights groups protest, they are quickly threatened by the state and other "Islamic" organisations, and do not seem to gain much public support.
So in Malaysia at least, Islamist advocates of syariah punishments are truly getting the country they deserve. The question is, what about the rest of Malaysia?
news courtesy of Nut Graph
Posted: 19 Feb 2010 02:04 AM PST
THE actions and pronouncements of Umno ministers in the Cabinet during any crisis or scandal demonstrate amply what may be deemed as their apparent lack of brainpower. Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Law Minister, is a classic example.
He did not know that there was no Witness Protection Act until former Bar Council Chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan pointed it out to him. Then he demonstrated his ignorance of the Constitution, when he said that the separation of powers among the Legislature, Executive and the Judiciary is a luxury that Malaysia cannot afford!
Nazri is very adept at putting his foot in his mouth. Remember his challenge to Karpal Singh to prosecute lawyer V K Lingam in compliance with the recommendations of the Royal Commission? What came of it? Well, nothing because, realising the potential fallout, he probably connived and colluded with the AG not to permit it.
Nazri once again showed his inability to think straight when he commented on the 'Allah' issue. According to him, non-Muslims in Sabah, Sarawak and Penang can use the word "Allah". Why he left out Malacca is baffling. However, Sabahans and Sarawakians residing in West Malaysia are barred from using the word as a mark of respect to local Muslims! Nazri's statement makes very little sense - indeed it's an absurd logic without any merit.
'Confusion worse confounded'
Indeed, the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims has generated a great deal of controversy. To be sure, Islam came into existence in AD 622. The word "Allah" had been used for more than 600 years by Jews, Christians and after 1469 by the Sikhs. The word is used freely in the Middle-East, Egypt, Jordon, Lebanon, India and Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population.
The arguments of some who have commented on the issue are flawed and they - beyond doubt - demonstrated the truth of the saying "confusion worse confounded" in their heads. None demonstrated this better than Nazri.
Like Nazri, few in the government or in any official Muslim religious authority care for constitutional provisions regarding religious freedom. Muslim authorities seemingly do not care for what the Qur'an says.
For example, Dr Azmi Sharom, a law lecturer, pointed out that in Surah 22 verse 40 of the Qur'an, it is clearly said, "Had not Allah checked one set of people by means of another, there surely have been pulled downed monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure."
One nation in two or three entities
Has any official local Muslim authority shown that it cares for the learned opinion of other renowned Muslim scholars elsewhere on the issue? It also appears that interpretations of the Qur'an and Islam of eminent Islamic scholars in the Arab world and other Muslim countries like Indonesia are ignored. It also appears that the powers-that-be are more prone to listening to right-wing religious bigots out to destroy our unity and harmony.
I wonder whether Malaysia is one nation or two or three entities pretending to be a country!
The controversy over the use of "Allah" by non-Muslims shows the attempt by the Muslim right-wing to privatise the word – something that no progressive Muslim country has done. The government's appeal against the High Court decision to allow the Catholic Herald weekly to use the word "Allah" not only reveals the religiously-bigoted policies of the government but also the hollowness of 1Malaysia.
"Spirituality and peace are inseparable. While religiosity without spirituality tends to divide ("my religion is better than yours"), spirituality emphasises the importance of loving God (however we know Him) and loving and respecting one another (whichever is our professed religion, or no religion at all). Spirituality breeds peace."- Dr Amir Farid Isahak (in Star, fit4life, 7 Feb 2010)
"Ignorance never settles a question." - Disraeli
Article courtesy of TOTA, my member friend from Aliran
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