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- Karpal booted out as Apco row escalates
- The story of Mukhayriq, a Rabbi from Medina “He was the best of the Jews”but MAHATHIR worst of the muslims
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- Dr M gets Matthias Chang to end hunger strike
- Honouring our warriors
- 'Israel-police link': Hishammuddin concedes and orders probe
- MIC sure of getting 70pc of Indian votes
- Nurul Izzah Anwar; The sad reality is that these myths are being perpetuated by Umno and Barisan Nasional for their own gain. The fact is that Umno wants to keep the Malay community under its suzerainty forever
- Sawarak natives win legal battle to protect their land
Posted: 09 Apr 2010 03:30 PM PDT
Hishamuddin Tun hussein dilaporkan berkata:
"Tuduhan yang dibuat oleh Anwar Ibrahim adalah serius. Justeru, kita mesti menyiasat bagi menentukan kesahihannya," katanya.Mengikut dokumen-dokumen yang didedahkan oleh Raja Petra Kamaruddin dalam blog beliau, Hishamuddin telah pun mendapat laporan penyiasatan terhadap kes ini semenjak 2008 lagi.
Saya membawa dokumen-dokumen tersebut, dengan ehsan Malaysiatoday dari artikel mereka bertajuk "Round 1 of 10: Hishammuddin's bullshit revealed"
Posted: 09 Apr 2010 03:05 PM PDT
Ada seekor blogger bernama "Penembak Babi" telah memberi gelaran "Puak Babrican" kepada sekumpulan bloggers yang beliau benci sangat-sangat. Kebencian beliau berputik dari sikap beberapa blogger yang "Anti-UG".
Beliau merujuk kepada gambar ini:
Oleh kerana beliau bengang sangat, sampai minum Babrican pun nak dijadikan isu. Dia sedar tak Babrican ni dijual hatta di Mekah. Ia adalah produk jualan sebuah syarikat milik warga Saudi bernama Aujan Industries. Aujan Industries ditubuhkan pada 1909 oleh Ahmad Aujan yang berasal dari Bahrain (masa tu Bahrain dgn Saudi ni satu).
Minuman ini dijual di seluruh Saudi Arabia hatta di Mekah dan sekitar Masjidil Haram. Kalau kita beli sebotol, kita boleh bawak minuman Barbican sampai depan Kaabah. Takkan ada orang akan marah dan melarang. Kalau nak tahu lebih lanjut, sila baca kat sini. Tapi tak taulah mamat ni boleh paham sebab laman web Aujan ni takda dalam bahasa Tranung. Yang ada dalam bahasa omputih sama Arab.
Ni nak kata orang bodoh sombong. Dah bodoh, tak boleh diajar. Bahlol dan baghal. Dia kata dia penembak babi, baik dia tembak dia sendiri sebab otak lagi rendah dari babi.
Mamat ni sengaja guna nama "Puak Barbican" sebab nak bagi kiasan kononnya blogger-blogger anti UG ni rapat dengan arak. Ni semua permainan bodoh Penembak Babi yang perangai macam babi.
Dan semua blogger2 Pro UG pun sambut guna perkataan ini. Padanlah dengan mereka menyambut benda ni sebab IQ mereka pun rendah. Mereka tak sedar, BARBICAN ini adalah produk syarikat milik orang Islam yang bermula semenjak 1905.
Ni contoh orang jahil berlagak alim. Last-last diri sendiri yang malu
Posted: 09 Apr 2010 02:54 PM PDT
Before I elaborate, let me first confess of my excitement when Pak Lah first announced integrity as the cornerstone of his administration a few years back. I thought this is what the country sorely needs. However unfortunately, after much fanfare and millions of ringgit gone astray, all we have today is the Institute of Integrity and very little else. Maybe, "Integrity in Governance" is not included within APCO's terms of reference, perhaps that's why? Ex-Malasian Leader Says He Paid Abramoff
Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday that disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was paid $1.2 million to organize his 2002 meeting with President Bush, but denied the money came from the Malaysian government.
Mahathir told reporters he was aware a payment was made to Abramoff, but he didn't know who made it. He said he had been persuaded by the U.S. think tank Heritage Foundation to meet with Bush at the time.
"It is true that somebody paid but it was not the (Malaysian) government," Mahathir said. "I understood some people paid a sum of money to lobbyists in America but I do not know who these people were and it was not the Malaysian government."
Mahathir said the Heritage Foundation believed he could help "influence (Bush) in some way regarding U.S. policies."
Mahathir visited the White House at a time when this Southeast Asian country had emerged as a key U.S. ally in the war on terror, following Mahathir's crackdown on suspected Islamic militants although he had been consistently critical of Bush's foreign policies.
Abramoff, once among Washington's top lobbyists, pleaded guilty last month to charges that he and a former partner concocted a fake wire transfer to make it appear they were putting a sizable stake of their own money into a 2000 purchase of casinos.
Abramoff also has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an investigation into his ties to members of Congress and to the Bush administration.
Interesting remarks on APCO's appointment in Malaysia to make Najib and pals look good by Ben Bland in theHartal MSMblog. Hartal says Bland is a freelance journalist based in Singapore, reporting for publications such as The Daily Telegraph, The Economist, the FT weekend magazine, Monocle, Asia Sentinel and the British Medical Journal. He was a stock market reporter at The Daily Telegraph and Dow Jones Newswires in London, before leaving the City to Southeast Asia.)
You have to wonder what sort of internal debate went on in APCO before they decided to take on the job. Here'sUnspun's totally fictitious and facetious account of what might have been:
APCO Dove: I don't think we should take the job as there's nothing we can do to change them, and if we can't change them then there's no way to make them look good.
APCO Hawk: Of course we should take it. The money is good and it will give a big boost to our reputation in that part of the world where we haven't been able to make as much headway as in the US.It may even make people forget that we're closing down…I mean scaling down…in Indonesia.
Dove: Yes, but what sort of a reputation will we have if we take this job? Najib and his goons are just in plain denial. No amount of spin we put into this will be effective unless we convince them to change their ways.
Hawk: It doesn't matter. Think of the money we'll get. And the opportunities it will create for us. We'll be plugged in to all the important people in Malaysia from No.1 down. And by the time they realize that the PR is ineffective, we'll have made our money anyway.
Dove: I'm still uneasy about all this. I'm worried our own reputation would suffer if we take them on….
Hawk: Dove, Dove have courage son. We're like lawyers who take the view that even the worst criminal deserves a good defense. We're here merely to tell their story in a good light.
Dove: But there is nothing to tell. There are not good stories to tell because Najib and his boys are morally and intellectually bankrupt…
Hawk: You are too pessimistic. At the end of the day the fees will go toward our bonuses and nobody will remember our sins. Look at Burson Marsteller for instance, until that bitch Rachel Maddow tagged them with the"When Evil needs public relations, Evil has Burson-Marsteller on speed-dial" soundbite everyone had already forgotten all the hopeless causes they championed…and got away with. people never learn from history. That's our saving grace.TOTALLY agree with Zaid that the Cabinet has no bloody business to deliberate and decide that Anwar must be referred to the Rights and Privileges Committee. The whole mess was created ENTIRELY due to the inefficiency and 'ignorance' of the concerned Speaker with regards to the Standing Orders. Syabas Zaid for pointing out this very FLAWED descision by the Speaker !What you have been describing regarding the independence, integrity and separation of powers vested in our democratic institutions and leaders long been destroyed and compromised by Mahathir during his 22 years in office. RELATED ARTICLE The story of Mukhayriq, a Rabbi from Medina "He was the best of the Jews"but MAHATHIR worst of the muslims
What is left is just a facade and even then not a very good one. Everything is done on whims and fancy of some one, to please some body or for political expediency. Beneath the thin veneer of a seemingly successful and vibrant democratic country the rot underneath is deep and serious; corruption, cronyism, farcical judiciary, police brutality, racism, religious bigotry, abuse and misuse of laws and powers, etc.RELATED ARTICLE Nurul Izzah Anwar; The sad reality is that these myths are being perpetuated by Umno and Barisan Nasional for their own gain. The fact is that Umno wants to keep the Malay community under its suzerainty forever
What is needed is a change of govt bend on restoring independence and integrity of our democratic institutions with leaders who are held responsible for their actions or inaction by the rakyat. In the good old days, judges were prepared for the sack but remained steadfast and true to their principles and convictions. A certain central bank governor opted to resign rather than suffer the humiliation of having to take orders from politicians. Well friends, those days are long gone and it looks like as if persons of integrity may never hold the reign at any of our state institutions again.
Today if you like to remain in the helm you would have to play politics and do as what the political masters tell you to do, no complications please — integrity seems to be the hardest word.
Nurul Izzah Anwar.
Which explains why the Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speakers have conducted themselves in such fashion last week. The Speakers have lost control of the Dewan. It's absolute mayhem every day. The shouting matches and the wasting of hours of precious debating time is due to their lack of understanding of the role of Parliament and their own position and authority to regulate the proceedings in the House firmly and fairly. Their handling of the issues pertaining to Standing Order 36 (12) violations by MPs is shameful. Yes, members of the Dewan must not make misleading and deliberately untruthful statements. That's the essence of Order 36. Whilst Erskine May correctly states that the rule is applicable to all members of Parliament, in terms of actual parliamentary practice based on proceedings in England and Canada and Australia, the rule not to "misled the House" is meant to ensure compliance by ministers in government to tell the truth and not lie to Parliament. This is what is known as ministerial responsibility to Parliament, and the rule "not to misled" is to ensure ministers not lie in Parliament. We can glean this principle by looking into the cases of John Profumo, John Biffen and the Westland Affair. If we read the British or Canadian Hansard, the reported cases involving the offence of "misleading the House" will always refer to ministers who have lied or misled the House on the facts under their charge. Due to this demand for strict integrity in discharging one's ministerial responsibility and accountability to the Parliament, British and Canadian ministers must exhibit the highest sincerity and honesty while furnishing their replies to parliamentary queries.RELATED ARTICLE Khairy Jamaluddin open the Pandora's Box.to trap Najib,NAZRI GOT CONNED ONE APCO NAJIB..
To translate this context within our legislative process then, as an example — should the defence minister state that the contract for the maintenance of our submarines amounted to RM270 million, and if other parliamentarians can indeed prove that this figure is wrong, then the minister concerned should rightly be referred to the committee for action. Similarly, when at some point the deputy minister of defence states that the commissions for the purchase of some submarines was in the region of RM450 million while on another occasion the minister himself maintains that no such commissions were paid, it suggests to us that someone is possibly lying. These then are some of the prime examples where the radar of the Speakers of the Dewan should bleep loudly. Such inconsistencies in data are what that they should be interested in. related article najib got 600million from the submarine The central aspect of the Westminster system is the ability of Parliament to acquire accurate information about government and about ministers giving truthful and complete answers to Parliament. This is what Order 36 is meant to address. Not to punish any statements by opposition leaders and members of Parliament for statements BN does not agree with or embarrassing to them. Not to punish different interpretations of the same facts or to punish political viewpoints. The Speaker must first rule whether the impugned statement is misleading on the face of it. Only then should he ask for a vote whether to refer or not to refer to the Privileges Committee. He must, on the facts or statements before him, decide independently and fairly whether a member has violated the rule before he takes a vote. So, for instance, if he is satisfied with the explanation from YB Mahfuz that his statement APCO equals Umno is merely an opinion then he should rule accordingly and stop the fracas. The Speaker cannot punish a member for giving an opinion. If he thinks there is some serious factual errors and made deliberately to misled the House, he must give his reasons after getting the explanation from the member. He could ask YB Mahfuz to correct them and apologise, and that would be the end of the matter. Or if he believes there is prima facie basis for the complaints then he can bring the matter to a vote. He cannot let the majority decide whether a wrong has been committed by an opposition member because they majority will always say yes. They always want to refer the opposition member to the Privileges Committee even if no wrong has been done. They always want to suspend an opposition member (better still if an opposition member joins them). If the Speaker is not willing to ensure the independence and impartiality of the Chair, then Parliament will become a dog house where yelling is the order of the day. There will be no time for debate on policies in Parliament. At this rate one wonders why should anyone be interested to be a member of Parliament.. RELATED ARTICLE
So Anwar Ibrahim now has to be referred to the Committee of Privileges and would probably be suspended for saying that there is similarity in the concept of 1 Malaysia and One Israel; and for suggesting the possibility that APCO may be responsible for these ideas? What crime or violation has he done? It is an opinion of an opposition leader. He gave his reasons to support his arguments and they were good, reasonable reasons. Parliament must not and cannot afford to stifle its members and punish them too, just because they have embarrassed the government. Any member is given sufficient latitude to speak on any subject without fear of civil actions by the authorities. That is what parliamentary privileges mean. British politicians over the ages gave their life to secure independence of Parliament from the monarch and other ecclesiastical powers. Unfortunately our own Parliament willingly stifles its own Yang Berhormat.If Anwar had given any factual errors, the Chair could just resolve the matter fairly by asking him to correct them. What were the findings of the Deputy Speaker when he made the decision to refer Anwar to the committee? Was it in his findings that an error was deliberately committed by Anwar to mislead the House? There was no ruling on the facts, only an assertion that the Speaker has the power to do so. But the facts seem to stay with Anwar. We can differ and disagree perhaps only on the conclusions.related article before one puts another in handcuffs and sends that human being to jail, one should have pretty strong solid reasons for doing so
The reason the Speaker has chosen to refer Anwar to the committee was apparently because Nazri had said so. And Nazri said so because the Cabinet said so. In any other civilised country, Nazri and the entire Cabinet would be cited for contempt of Parliament! Parliament has to make its own decision, and not be dictated by the Cabinet. This is the meaning of separation of powers and the independence of Parliament. This is what the Standing Orders are for, this is what the privileges given to Yang Berhormat are for. A Parliament with integrity cannot be seen to be shamelessly directed by the Executive, and the Cabinet ministers. If this is the case, the Deputy Speaker then might as well dispense with the facade of the independence of the Parliament that they had spoken about and defended so vigorously back when they were backbenchers.But you certainly cannot exercise independence and integrity if you build your career by depending on instructions with vested interests or unquestioningly taking orders, from parties with an agenda of their own, at the expense of the rakyat. How lofty positions can change us all.
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BY MUQTEDAR KHAN, DECEMBER 28, 2009
There are many stories that contemporary Imams rarely tell their congregations. The story of Mukhayriq, a Rabbi from Medina is one such story. I have heard the stories about the battle of Uhud, one of prophet Muhammad's major battles with his Meccan enemies, from Imams and Muslim preachers hundreds of times, but not once have I heard the story of Rabbi Mukhayriq who died fighting in that battle against the enemies of Islam.
So, I will tell the story of Rabbi Mukhayriq – the first Jewish martyr of Islam. It is quite apropos as the season of spiritual holidays is here.
Mukhayriq was a wealthy and learned leader of the tribe of Tha'labah. He fought with Prophet Muhammed in the battle of Uhud on March 19, 625 AD and was martyred in it. That day was a Saturday. Rabbi Mukhayriq addressed his people and asked them to go with him to help Muhammed. His tribe's men declined saying that it was the day of Sabbath. Mukhayriq chastised them for not understanding the deeper meaning of Sabath and announced to his people that if he died in the battle his entire wealth should go to Muhammed.
Mukhayriq died in battle against the Meccans. And when Muhammed, who was seriously injured in that battle, was informed about the death of Mukhayriq, Muhammed said, "He was the best of Jews."
Muhammed inherited seven gardens and other forms of wealth from Mukhayriq. Muhammed used this wealth to establish the firstwaqf – a charitable endowment – of Islam. It was from this endowment that the Prophet of Islam helped many poor people in Medina.
When Muhammed migrated form Mecca to Medina in 622 he signed a treaty with the various tribes that lived in and around Medina. Many of these tribes had embraced Islam, some were pagan and others were Jewish. All of them signed the treaty with Muhammed that is referred to by historians as the Constitution of Medina. The first Islamic state, a multi-tribal and multi-religious state, established by Muhammed in Medina was based on this social contract.
According to Article 2 of the Constitution, all tribes who were signatory to the treaty constituted one nation (ummah). Mukhayriq's people too were signatories to this treaty and were obliged to fight with Muhammed in accordance to Article 37 of the Constitution, which says:
In a way Rabbi Mukhayriq, who was also a well-respected scholar of Jews in Medina, was merely being a good citizen and was fulfilling a social contract. But his story is fantastic, especially for our times when we are struggling to build bridges between various religious communities. Mukhayriq's loyalty, his bravery, his sacrifice and his generosity are inspirational.
Perhaps it is about people like Mukhayriq that the Quran says:
Mukhayriq's story is a story of an individual's ability to transcend communal divides and to fight for a more inclusive idea of community. He was a true citizen of the state of Medina and he gave his life in its defense. He was a Jew and he was an Islamic hero and his story must never be forgotten and must be told and retold. When Muslims forget to remember his, and other stories that epitomize interfaith relations they diminish the legacy of Islam and betray the cause of peace.
If Muslim Imams told his story in their congregations in America and elsewhere, I am confident that it will contribute to manifestations of increased tolerance by Muslims towards others. There are many such wonderful examples of brotherhood, tolerance, sacrifice and good citizenship in Islamic traditions that undergird the backbone of Islamic ethics. I wish we told them more often.
Muqtedar Khan is Director of Islamic Studies at the University of Delaware and a fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.
As a student I knew of the horrors of the Holocaust and other human tragedies, but merely as a distant thunder: The violation of human rights and crimes against humanity were only an abstract notion.
That was all fated to change with my arrest under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) of Malaysia, which allows for indefinite detention without trial. My crime?
I had known Anwar Ibrahim, the deputy prime minister and finance minister of Malaysia, as a close personal friend for many years. We shared and strove for a vision of life firmly rooted in human dignity. We struggled for building an intellectual and political milieu for free expression. Together, we subscribed to the idea of economic prosperity, gender and racial equality and a civil society.
Alas, the Malaysian dictator, Mahathir, under the growing burden of corruption and cronyism, conspired to halt the march of freedom. In order to build his fraudulent case against Anwar, Mahathir himself ordered my arrest.READ MORE A VULTURE, NAMED MAHATHIR WHAT KIND OF MUSLIM YOU ARE TO DO THIS TO YOUR MUSLIM BROTHER
A VULTURE, NAMED MAHATHIRAs a student I knew of the horrors of the Holocaust and other human tragedies, but merely as a distant thunder: The violation of human rights and crimes against humanity were only an abstract notion.That was all fated to change with my arrest under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) of Malaysia, which allows for indefinite detention without trial. My crime? I had known Anwar Ibrahim, the deputy prime minister and finance minister of Malaysia, as a close personal friend for many years. We shared and strove for a vision of life firmly rooted in human dignity. We struggled for building an intellectual and political milieu for free expression. Together, we subscribed to the idea of economic prosperity, gender and racial equality and a civil society.Alas, the Malaysian dictator, Mahathir, under the growing burden of corruption and cronyism, conspired to halt the march of freedom. In order to build his fraudulent case against Anwar, Mahathir himself ordered my arrest.My kidnapping and detention by the infamous Malaysian Special Branch taught me how it feels to be forcibly separated from one's wife and children. How it feels to be searched and seized, disallowed to make phone calls, handcuffed, blindfolded, stripped naked, driven in an animal cage, shaven bald, endlessly interrogated, humiliated, drugged, deprived of sleep, physically abused. What it's like to be threatened, blackmailed, tormented by police lawyers, brutalized to make a totally false confession, hospitalized for a consequent heart ailment, and treated as a psychiatric patient with symptoms of Stockholm syndrome.Barely surviving on a meager diet of rancid rice and chicken along with 12 medicines a day, I spent nearly four months handcuffed around the clock to my hospital bed, under the watchful eyes of the prison guards.Thereafter, my ability to speak, read and write took a considerable time to show signs of recovery. Short-term memory lapses were frequent. I existed in a fluid state in which suicidal tendencies, depression and despair were punctuated by fits of rage and indignation.Weekly visits of less than an hour by my wife, Nadia, with our young children — Aisha and Omran — were my only contact with the outside world and the only inspiration to live on.In collusion with the lawyer appointed on my behalf by the police, the Malaysian authorities refused the legal assistance of my choice, coercing me not to mount an appeal against the court verdict and threatening me with greater punishment under new charges if I didn't co-operate.Simultaneously, Nadia constantly endured police harassment, wiretapping and disruption of our e-mail and bank accounts. Some of our friends were met with the same fate and were compelled to abandon us when we needed them most.But, in attempting to scare off and alienate my friends, how terribly mistaken were Malaysian autocrats in aping gross Gestapo tactics. How they underestimated the temper of freedom in so many places around the world, above all among friends in the West.Floodgates of human compassion were opened when the futurist author Alvin Toffler, who Mahathir asked to advise him on a pet high-technology project, sent a message of protest to the Malaysian leader within 72 hours of my capture. In a major interview with the Western press, Mahathir even felt it necessary to make assurances — unfulfilled, of course — about my well being.With every passing day, the rising tide of concern for my plight seemed to personify the words of Elie Wiesel: "Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor. Never the victim. Never the tormented."Friends and strangers alike took a stand and support began to mushroom everywhere. Nadia related to me in the hospital how Amnesty International had declared me a "prisoner of conscience," and how Pen International adopted me as a "writer in prison." Against all odds, two prominent Malaysian lawyers, Manjeet Singh Dhillon and Balwant Singh Siddhu, offered their services unconditionally. To top it all, an international coalition — Friends of Dr. Anees — came into existence in defence of my rights. The core group of Naseer Ahmad, Baseer Hai, Safir Rammah, Jamal Mubarak, Anees Ahmad and Naeem Siddiqui mounted a media campaign with phenomenal success.What touched my heart was that the person, Kamal Mubarak, who set up the Web site had never met me in person. From the depths of my confinement, I could see the magic of human compassion had begun to defeat oppression.The pinnacle was reached after my release in the warm hug laced with watery eyes of an Amnesty friend in Toronto, Margaret John, who witnessed a pledge of solidarity between me and Devan Nair, the former president of Singapore, for we had come to share a similar fate.My victimization at the hands of Mahathir's "Asian values" has transformed me in another way. All my adult life, like so many in the Muslim world, I have suspected under every nook and cranny some conspiracy by the West to keep us down. Yet, in this seminal experience of my life, my friends in the West succeeded in saving me, while Mahathir, a Muslim, did everything to destroy me. And he is trying to do the same to Anwar again through his obliging courts on totally fabricated charges.Mahathir has demonstrated that, though a proclaimed Muslim, his heart is blind to compassion. Tyranny is the hallmark of his bankrupt concept of "Asian values."My tragedy, and that of my friend Anwar, ought to make our fellow Muslims think very hard when they ponder the West and its role in the world. As we set out to shape our collective destiny in the 21st century, will the values of Mahathir or Jefferson serve us best? Mahathir himself made that choice for me. Sic semper tyrannis.These are words of Dr. Munawar A. Anees
If Muslim Imams told the story of Rabbi Mukhayriq to their congregations in America and elsewhere, I am confident that it will contribute to manifestations of increased tolerance by Muslims towards others.
THE NEW GENERATION OF MALAYSIANS WANT A PEACEFUL INTERPRETATION OF HISTORY – ONE THAT WILL NOT CONTINUE TO BLAME THIS OR THAT GROUP FOR THIS OR THAT ENGINEERED AND WELL-CRAFTED CONFLICTS SEEN AS FACTUAL, OBJECTIVE AND OFFICIAL NARRATIONS OF MALAYSIAN HISTORY."MAN HAS NO NATURE… WHAT HE HAS IS HISTORY," WRITES THE SPANISH PHILOSOPHER ORTEGA Y GASSETT.BUT WHOSE HISTORY MUST MAN LEARN? WHOSE CONSTRUCTION OF HISTORY MUST WE CRAFT AS OFFICIAL KNOWLEDGE? WHAT IS THE CONCEPTION OF HUMAN NATURE MUST WE HOLD IN WRITING ABOUT HISTORY? THERE ARE NO HISTORICAL 'FACTS'. THE TERM ITSELF IS AN OXYMORON AND A CONTRADICTION. THERE ARE ONLY SELECTED MEMORIES WE PURSUE OUT OF OUR IDEOLOGICAL BIASES. UNDERLYING THE SELECTION PROCESS LIE THE ACT OF HISTORICISING AND THE BASE AND SUPERSTRUCTURE THAT SHAPE THE MANNER HISTORY IS WRITTEN. THE MODERN STATE – THE 'NECESSARY EVIL'- DICTATES THE IDEOLOGY OF HISTORICISING; THUS THE MAXIM "WINNERS WRITE HISTORY, LOSERS WRITE POETRY OR STUDY ANTHROPOLOGY"-THE MUSLIM786 MALAYSIA
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Ask around and you will hear some townsfolk saying they are Sibunite or Sibuan.
Whatever you call them, the people of Sibu are staunchly proud of their town, which has several 'record breaking' features that sort of compensate for its poor siting on what was marsh land at the time it was founded.
There is no escaping the flash floods that occur several times a year (pic).
The population is dominated by the Chinese especially the Foochows. Others include the indigenous Melanau, Malay and Iban. The population of Sibu district, according to 2009 census, is about 260,000.
Sibu , which I reckon is about the size of Ipoh city, is the main tourist gateway to the upper Sungai Rajang , with its small riverine towns and many Iban and Orang Ulu longhouses.
A frontier town by the river
It's in the news now following the death of Bandar Sibu MP Robert Lau Hoi Chew.
Lau, who died at 66 after a long illness on Thursday, will be remembered as the man who modernised Sibu although its status as the second largest city in Sarawak (after Kuching) has since been overtaken by Miri.
The Sibu district has another parliamentary seat, Lanang. The MP there is Tiong Thai King, the current Sibu Municipal Council chairman.
It was only once that the DAP had won Bandar Sibu and that was in 1982, albeit a small majority. There are three state seats within the constituency: Bawang Assan, Pelawan and Nangka.
In Lanang, there are two state seats: Bukit Assek and Dudong.
In the March 2008 general elections, Lau (pic) retained Bandar Sibu with a 3,235-vote majority in a three-cornered fight with PKR's Lim Chin Chuang and Sarawak DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng.
Except for Bukit Assek, where Wong is the state assemblyman, the other state seats in the two parliamentary constituencies are held by the Barisan.
It has been more than 15 years since I stepped into Sibu and I had visited the town and its outskirts at least four times before that.
Several people were my hosts during my visits there, taking me to different places by 4WD and express boats and introducing me to the 'wonders' of their town and the longhouses on the outskirts.
I was taken to restaurants selling exotic animal meat - like crocodile and flying fox - though I was not game enough to try them. And every street in town, I thought, had a girlie barber or some sleazy joint.
The 'first' sides of Sibu
Sibu has a reputation as a rough, frontier town on the riverside. It was the 'New Foochow' to the immigrants from Fujian who settled in Sibu in the early 20th century at the invitation of 'White Raja' Charles Brooke.
Due to the Rajang bustling with activity, Sibu served an important role in the Brooke administration as a trading centre between the coast and the vast upriver hinterland. It continues to fulfill this role today.
There has been tremendous development over the years and I am told that much of the transformation of the town was attributed to Lau.
Sibu now boasts of having the tallest building in Sarawak - the 28-storey Wisma Sanyan (to be surpassed by a towering building in Kuching soon) and the largest town square in the country.
The Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum is the first medical museum in Malaysia,in honour of one of the oldest hospitals in Sarawak.
Its Central Market is the biggest indoor market in Malaysia and home to thousands of stalls selling fresh vegetables, fruits, live poultry and numerous farm, livestock and forest products.
One of my pals wrote to me in February that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had visited the market during an official trip to Sarawak and had posted pictures of his visit there on his official Facebook page.
When Lau was chairing the Sibu Municipal Council, before making his electoral debut in 2004, he had this grand idea of promoting his town globally and proposed the idea of having a 'Visit Sibu Year.' This, however, was only carried out about five years later.
During his council term, Lau adopted the swan as the symbol and mascot of the town.
The swan, the symbol
The bird is actually non-existent in Sibu, except for numerous huge artificial swans and statues.
However, according to the Chinese community there, when the early immigrants arrived in Sibu in the mid 19th century and early 20th century, the Sungai Rajang reminded them of Swan River in Fuzhou, China.
And it is this tale that inspired Lau to take the swan as the town's symbol.
Due to his passion to promote the town he is often called 'Mr Sibu' and because he actively promoted toilet cleanliness during his stint as Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister (2004 - 2008) he was also known as 'Mr Toilet.'
Lau also promoted tree-planting and green lungs in town and city areas.
River cruise into the deep
His grand design to make Sibu a preferred tourist destination in Sarawak's central region bore fruit when the municipal council launched 'Visit Sibu Year 2009.'
A major attraction introduced during the year was the Pandaw River Cruise, a nine-day crusing up Sungai Rajang, the longest river in the country, deep into the rural areas of Sarawak.
Tourists in the cruise enjoy the sceneries of the tropical rainforests as well as visiting traditional and modern long houses.
However, while Lau was the most popular personality from Sibu in recent times, the town's most illustrious sons is arguably Sarawakian nationalist Rosli Dhoby.
He is remembered for his assassination of Sir Duncan George Stewart, the second governor of colonial Sarawak in 1948.
Rosli was sentenced to death by hanging and was buried at the Kuching Central Prison in 1950. After 46 years of his remains resting in the prison compound, it was moved out from the prison and and re-buried at the Sarawak Heroes Mausoleum near the Sibu Town Mosque on March 2, 1996.
A hero remembered
In honour of his involvement in the anti-colonial movement and his struggle against the British, Rosli and his accomplices in the assassination (Awang Ramli Amit,Bujang Suntong,and Morshidi Sidek) were later given a full state funeral by the Sarawak Government.
Thus, Sibu citizens - by whatever name they call themselves - certainly have much to tell visitors about their history, heritage and local heroes.
Should there be a by-election arising from Lau's death it would certainly be a great opportunity to bring the 'swan town' into the mainstream of national news to share its wonders with all Malaysians. —Malaysian Mirror
Posted: 09 Apr 2010 04:34 AM PDT
The Barisan Nasional's preparation to wrest the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat from PKR has hit a snag, following the resignation of MCA women leader Chew Mei Fun.
Chew's resignation from her party post and, by extension, her government appointment positions yesterday, has affected the overall confidence level of Chinese community as a whole and especially in Hulu Selangor, said PKR strategist Tian Chua.
"It shows there's a crisis in the BN leadership, particularly in MCA.
"What has happened in MCA simply shows that there are still unresolved issues in the party and the factions within the party have not united although there is a new president," he said.
He said it was also apparent now that the women and youth wings of the party were not supportive of the new president Dr Chua Soi Lek.
"I see her resignation as significant as the party will now not be able to form a strong team, thus leading to a loss of faith of the Chinese in the party, " the Batu MP said .
Chew, in announcing her resignation yesterday, said the election of Chua as president compromised her core beliefs and mission to uphold human rights.
"If we accept without question leaders who are not good role models, it will send a negative message to the people, especially the children who look up to the leaders as role models, in that our party (MCA) accepts and condones such corruption notwithstanding our wholesome and respectable culture," she said, adding that as a women leader it was her duty and responsibility to uphold gender equality and women's rights.
On March 28, Chua made a dramatic comeback and was elected president of turmoil-ridden MCA, ousting president Ong Tee Keat.
In 2008, Chua, who was then Health Minister and MCA deputy president, resigned from his post after admitting he was in a secretly-filmed sex video which has been widely circulated. His admission left the government red-faced.
Chew, a senator and deputy minister, had on Nov 16 vowed to resign if Chua was elected president.
Yesterday, BN women chief Sharizat Abdul Jalil yesterday denied that preparations for the Aril 25 by-election in Hulu Selangor were affected by Chew's resignation.
In attempting to dismiss rumours of internal turmoil following Chew's departure, deputy MCA president Liow Tiong Lai said: "It just means we have to act fast. We are short of time and must rectify the situation."
Posted: 09 Apr 2010 04:31 AM PDT
There is intense lobbying for the Hulu Selangor seat in the MIC camp, with sources claiming that there are those "jumping over" its president S Samy Vellu.
Many names have cropped up over the past week, with some saying that it would be Hulu Selangor MIC Youth chief V Mugilan or perhaps even the party's information chief P Kamalanathan.
On Wednesday, party sources claimed that MIC deputy president G Palanivel, the party's original nominee, had been dropped because of opposition from various quarters.
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak added more coal to the furnace of speculation, when he said that he would decide on the candidate. He, however, confirmed that the seat would be given to MIC.
Should the prime minister, who is also the Barisan Nasional chairman, opt for someone else, it would be a blow for both the president and deputy president of MIC.
Observers told FMT that Najib would not risk shaming the two veterans.
A reminder for Samy Vellu
According to them, the prime minister's remark did not hint that he had another name in mind but rather to drive home the point, especially to Samy Vellu, on who the boss is.
The MIC president had ruffled feathers when he jumped the gun by naming Palanivel as the candidate, when it is the BN chairman who has the final say on this, a day after the Hulu Selangor incumbent Zainal Abidin Ahmad died.
This is a crucial by-election for Najib since he is the Selangor Umno chief, and irking Samy Vellu and Palanivel would be like playing Russian roulette.
"We all know how Samy Vellu is. In political years, he was an adult when Najib was still in his diapers. So he would not take it lying down.
"Even during last year's MIC election, when Najib openly urged the delegates to vote for change, they stuck to the president's line-up," pointed out one insider.
It is an open secret that Najib has increasingly alienated Samy Vellu based on the belief that the further he moves from the MIC president, the closer the Indian community would come to BN.
And it is a known fact that support for MIC and its president of three decades had dwindled in the face of mounting allegations.
'Umno taking over MIC' perception
Agreeing that the prime minister would be treading on thin ice by humiliating Samy Vellu and Palanivel, another insider noted that the 73-year-old MIC president still commands a cult following.
"He is like the Godfather to many in his party. They may grumble in the background and plot his downfall, but at the end of the day, they'll kiss his hand and do his bidding," he said.
"So if Najib names another candidate, there would be protest votes and the MIC machinery would grind to a halt.
"It would open up a pandora's box, with some seeing it as Umno having usurped the leadership role in MIC, the implications of which would reveberate until the next general election," he added.
In view of this, the insider stressed that Palanivel would eventually be named as the BN candidate come April 15.
Furthermore, he noted that Palanivel, given the misgivings of certain quarters, is a well-known figure in the constituency and has his own support base.
He is also said to share a good rapport with Najib and his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin.
Palanivel held the seat for four terms until the 2008 general election, when he was defeated by a razor-thin majority of 198 votes.
Election paraphernalia being printed
Meanwhile, an Umno source claimed that the party's local leaders have been informed that Palanivel is the candidate and have been instructed to give their full support.
"As for Mugilan, he is viewed as too young and untested material. The same applies for Kamalanathan, who is not from Hulu Selangor," said the source.
FMT also learnt that printing of election paraphernalia with Palanivel's photograph as the candidate is currently in the works.
The Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat, at one time considered to be a BN stronghold, is a Malay-majority semi-urban seat.
The constituency has about 63,000 voters, with Malays constituting 52.17 percent or 33,961 of them. Chinese make up 26.1 percent or 16,915 voters, Indians (19 percent or 12,549) while others (2.2 percent or 1,437). The seat has about 1,000 Orang Asli voters as well.
Posted: 09 Apr 2010 04:28 AM PDT
Malay rights pressure group Perkasa has decided to stay away from the Hulu Selangor by-election campaign because Barisan Nasional has decided to let an Indian candidate run.
Perkasa coordinator Zainuddin Salleh said Umno members campaigning in Hulu Selangor "do not act or speak for Perkasa" even if they were also members of the recently-formed NGO.
"Perkasa will not be involved in any campaign in Hulu Selangor," he said.
Perkasa, headed by maverick politician Ibrahim Ali, has been publicly endorsed by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. And in an interview with Al-Jazeera last week, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said the organisation was "not so extreme" and the government could accommodate it.
Najib announced on Wednesday that MIC would be contesting in Hulu Selangor on April 25.
Perkasa, along with some quarters in Umno, had been pressuring Najib not to let MIC represent BN in the contest.
Hulu Selangor was for a long time an MIC seat until incumbent G Palanivel lost it to PKR's Zainal Abidin Ahmad in the 2008 election by 198 votes. Zainal Abidin died of cancer on March 25.
Perkasa claims that 22,400 of the 32,020 Malay voters in Hulu Selangor are its members. There are altogether 64,500 voters in the area. Nineteen percent of them are Indians and 26 percent are Chinese. The rest are Orang Asli and others.
Posted: 09 Apr 2010 04:21 AM PDT
Ferrari has unveiled the 599 GTO, which becomes the fastest road-going car it's ever produced.
Only 599 will be made, each with a 661bhp 6.0-litre V12 capable of pushing the car to 208mph. It goes from 0-62mph in 3.35 seconds and has an automatic gearbox that can shift gears in less than a tenth of a second.
As well as the power boost (from 612bhp in the standard 599 GTB), the car gets aerodynamic improvements, many inspired by F1 knowhow. The front bumper is reshaped, and there's even work done inside the wheels to direct hot air out from the brakes in an aerodynamic way.
It's lighter too, with thinner glass and each component studied and pared back where possible - including the ceramic brakes, body panels, gearbox and exhaust system.
Ferrari says the car is 'based on the 599XX, the advanced experimental track car, and can be considered almost a road-going version.' This will be one of the most hardcore cars ever permitted on the roads.
There's no word on pricing yet, but expect a five-figure increase over the £202,000 of the standard car. Close to £300,000 has been mooted.
Courtesy of Yahoo! News
Posted: 09 Apr 2010 04:21 AM PDT
Lawyer Matthias Chang today agreed to end his hunger strike following a plea from his ex-boss Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
According to a spokesman from Dr Mahathir's office, the former prime minister, in his appeal to Chang, told the latter that he needed to end his fast as they had a lot of struggles ahead of them.
He said they needed him to continue with his struggle for justice for the Palestinians and Iraqis.
Dr Mahathir, who is currently abroad, also told his former political secretary that he would make every effort to have the unjust law repealed or amended and he needed Chang to advise him on it.
Chang, who went on a hunger strike from April 1, agreed to end the nine-day protest after Dr Mahathir's appeal was relayed to him.
He had refused to take any solid food since his incarceration which took effect on April 1.
His health took a turn for the worst, forcing the Kajang Prison authorities to admit him to the Serdang Hospital on Monday where he was put on drips.
Even then Chang still refused to take any solids.
Chang was discharged from hospital on Wednesday and returned to the Kajang Prison but persisted with his hunger strike.
Meanwhile, friends who were concerned over his health came up with the money to pay the RM20,000 fine on Monday, which was accepted by the court, but an application for a discharge order was rejected by High Court judge Noor Azlan Shaari on grounds that such an application could not be made by a third party.
Noor Azian had earlier cited Chang for contempt and fined him RM20,000 in default one month's jail. He refused to pay the fine and went to jail. — Bernama
Posted: 09 Apr 2010 04:19 AM PDT
Today I read an excellent piece in The Malaysian Insider written by Hafidz Baharom titled Honouring our warriors.
I want to share it with you, as follows:
APRIL 9 — Answer me this: Since when did warriors have to be totally Islamic in this country?
You have to admit, this is a new low for Jakim. Perhaps they sat about wondering just how else to make people's lives miserable. After butch looking girls and yoga practitioners, it somehow popped in their heads to target army veterans.
The Tugu Negara, which basically portrays dead people and Caucasian looking soldiers raising the Jalur Gemilang, is in itself un-Islamic to begin with, but we kept that, didn't we? Even when the "Communists" damaged it.
The National Monument was built as a symbol to honour the dead, regardless of their religious beliefs. Will the Defence Ministry then go further to list which of the dead soldiers were alcoholics, ate pork, fornicated with women and have their names de-listed in the name of Islam?
Why not? It's the last step by the ministry to finally make the entire Islamic agenda worthwhile.
Next up, the entire non-Muslim soldiery will be disbanded and a Protection Tax goes through Parliament, which is basically applicable only to non-Muslims.
Here comes the dhimmi and jizya concepts!
I'm being cynical. No way would this happen in a Pakatan Rakyat government.
Let us be true to the spirit of the nation, history and multiculturalism here.
Malaysian soldiers of all beliefs died for Malaya during World War II and the Emergency. Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus, Freethinkers and Muslims alike. One of the current aspects of the Warrior's day celebration is to sound the "Last Post" and "The Rouse" on a bugle.
And for the record, there is nothing Christian about "The Last Post"! There are no lyrics to the tune! How the heck is this Christian?!
It's based on a poem by Carol Ann Duffy. Have a read:
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If poetry could tell it backwards, true, begin
that moment shrapnel scythed you to the stinking mud…
but you get up, amazed, watch bled bad blood
run upwards from the slime into its wounds;
see lines and lines of British boys rewind
back to their trenches, kiss the photographs from home-
mothers, sweethearts, sisters, younger brothers
not entering the story now
to die and die and die.
Dulce- No- Decorum- No- Pro patria mori.
You walk away.
You walk away; drop your gun (fixed bayonet)
like all your mates do too-
Harry, Tommy, Wilfred, Edward, Bert-
and light a cigarette.
There's coffee in the square,
warm French bread
and all those thousands dead
are shaking dried mud from their hair
and queuing up for home. Freshly alive,
a lad plays Tipperary to the crowd, released
from History; the glistening, healthy horses fit for heroes, kings.
You lean against a wall,
your several million lives still possible
and crammed with love, work, children, talent, English beer, good food.
You see the poet tuck away his pocket-book and smile.
If poetry could truly tell it backwards,
then it would.
If anything, it truly describes the thoughts of a soldier before going to battle, and perhaps even their rewards after demise. One argument I'd probably have are the English names instead of Ali, Chan, Jugah and Muthu.
Even that Latin line, before anyone jumps to the conclusion that the Pope had something to do with it, states that it is a "sweet and honourable thing to die for one's country". I share the same sentiment, unless it's caused by malfunctioning Nuri helicopters that should no longer be in service.
Following that is the sounding of "The Rouse". This is to commemorate those who died waking up to a better afterlife, while also telling the living soldiers to start their duties once more.
Another aspect of this is the laying of wreaths at the tomb. If this is considered un-Islamic, then allow me to just state this. The next time someone wants to place a garland over any Umno member, he has to be considered as doing something un-Islamic and should have action taken upon him by Jakim, since they have nothing better to do.
Why not carry on with the tradition, bugle, wreath laying and all, and then simply hold a tahlil and doa selamat at the National Mosque, and church sermons, Hindu temple blessings, and even a prayer service at a Buddhist temple in Brickfields after?
[kaytee's note: my uncles and his friends used to do above]
If we truly preach that we are a multicultural nation with Islam as its official religion, which respects other beliefs, then what this government is proposing is unconstitutional because we are imposing our belief system on those who are non-Muslims.
Even worse, they're actually doing it to dead non-Muslim Malaysians, who gave their lives defending this nation without giving a damn that it would one day be labelled Islamic.
Posted: 09 Apr 2010 04:16 AM PDT
Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has conceded that there were problems with a computer firm employed by the police headquarters and that the company's services had been terminated.
"For the record, the contract with the company Asiasoft has been terminated," said Hishammuddin during a press conference in Putrajaya today.
He was responding to allegations by Permatang Pauh MP Anwar Ibrahim, who accused the police of hiring a company which allowed Israeli military intelligence agents to infiltrate the communications server room of the Bukit Aman police headquarters.
He said the home ministry would take a four prong approach towards investigating Anwar's allegation.
Posted: 09 Apr 2010 04:14 AM PDT
Hulu Selangor MIC today expressed confidence that about 70 per cent of the 12,453 Indian voters in the parliamentary constituency would support the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the by-election on April 25.
Information chief Raily Muniandy said the MIC division would be able to achieve the target to make up for the dismal performance of the BN component party in the general election in 2008.
"In the last general election, we only had 30 per cent support. This time (in the by-election), we are confident of the support of 70 per cent of the Indian voters to ensure a BN victory," he said when met here.
The Hulu Selangor seat was represented by MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel since 1990. He lost to Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) by 198 votes in the general election in 2008.
The by-election is being held following the death of Zainal Abidin on March 25.
Raily Muniandy said the BN stood a good chance of recapturing the seat, based on the sentiments of the constituents, particularly the Indians, who had previously shied away from the MIC.
The BN has announced that it would nominate a candidate from the MIC to contest the seat.
The candidate is expected to be identified on April 15, two days before nomination for the by-election. — Bernama
Nurul Izzah Anwar; The sad reality is that these myths are being perpetuated by Umno and Barisan Nasional for their own gain. The fact is that Umno wants to keep the Malay community under its suzerainty forever
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