Friday, May 28, 2010

Axis of Bizarre EVIL NAJIB and MAHATHIR

Axis of Bizarre EVIL NAJIB and MAHATHIR


Axis of Bizarre EVIL NAJIB and MAHATHIR

Posted: 28 May 2010 12:59 PM PDT




French lawyer fears no threats in Scorpene probe
Susan Loone
May 3, 10
2:51pm



"pressure and threats" during the course of his investigations into Malaysia's purchase of two French submarines, but believes that the international spotlight on the case will provide him some protection


French lawyer Joseph Breham believes that there will be


the double faced honorary consul of mongolia: altantuya's father gave all the pictures, notebooks, films, computer files – to the double faced syed rahman


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After the murder of Altantuya, a charitable soul contacted Shaaribuu Setev, the father of the young woman : Datuk Syed, honorary consul of Mongolia in Malaysia. "I am ready to do everything to help you", said the diplomat to Shaaribuu Setev. His dedication even pushed the amicable Datuk Syed to make revelations to the father. "The Malaysian governement is ready to spend one billion of tughrik (mongolian currency, equivalent to 500,000 euros) to cover up the case"




Colourful characters are plenty in politics. But at the top of the global heap we have some leaders who take eccentricity to a whole new level. They may or may not be part of the so-called 'Axis of Evil' but they definitely seem to be part of the 'Axis of the Bizarre'. Here's my take on the weird species that lead some countries.






Most have seen NAJIB as an unprincipled opportunist – conniving and duplicitous as he pushed ROSMA to the forefront.
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Is this the man?
The custodian of the dying ember?
The man who generations to come will remember as the last man standing, before the new dawn set in?
OR
Is this the man who is going to set in an even more harsh regime?
To ensure he and his team will have a long run on the nation?
Driven by chauvinism, and detested by the international as well as the domestic society?
Is this the start of a dynasty in the Malaysian Public Life?
Does this mean that we Malaysians are so incapable that we need a select few families to tell us how to live our lives?
Are we so dependent that all aspects of our lives need to be controlled?
Are we so handicapped that we need these political dynasties to teach how to interact with each other?
CAN WE THE MALAYSIAN PEOPLE RISE TO THE OCCASSION WHEN THE NATION NEEDS US?
CAN MALAYSIA DEPEND ON U

DENIED

Parliament, Karpal asked Najib if he had raised a keris at an UMNO youth rally in Kampung Baru in 1987 and uttered racist words to the effect that the blood of the Chinese would be spilled.

Najib flatly denied making such utterances.

The next day, in response to Najib's denial, RPK published a post entitled 'In response to Najib's denial in Parliament yesterday' in which Pete reproduced a press release by YB Lim Kit Siang dated 27th April, 2007.

In that press release, YB Lim alluded to a Government White Paper entitled "Towards Preserving National Security" wherein the goverment had reported that, quoting YB Lim, " in an Umno Youth rally led by Najib on 17th October 1987, banners bearing strong words were displayed, including one which said: "SOAK IT (KRIS) WITH CHINESE BLOOD" '.

Yesterday, I got my hands on that White Paper.

It's a damning document of the messages of hate that emerged from that rally 22 years ago.

I also got my hands on reports on 18th October, 1987 of that rally that appeared in our then still largely independent MSM.

Malaysiakini reported yesterday that Anwar had said,"I was not at the rally, I was the Umno vice-president then… it was organised by Umno Youth and by Najib, (so) I have to just take Najib's assurance and denial in Parliament," and "…I am not in the position to discuss or accuse Najib, because I am not aware of what he had said," and"To be fair, my only statement is that, Najib has denied… but documents and banners are available (and) there were very extreme positions, racist and extreme demands and statement (on them),"and "it is best for Najib to make it clear, if there were excessive (statements) made… and admit it, so that we can move on".

Let me just say now that what Anwar is reported to have said is amply supported by the White Paper and the news reports of 18th October, 1987.

Yesterday, the Malay Mail reported Karpal as now saying that "I wanted to know if he said it, and he gave his answer, let's just leave it as it is, the matter should not go on further," readmore click belowAnwar had said,:documents and banners are available (and) there were very extreme positions, "SOAK IT (KRIS) WITH CHINESE BLOOD" '




Col Muammar-al-Gaddafi
Country: Libya
Famous Quote: "I cannot recognise either the Palestinian state or the Israeli state. The Palestinians are idiots and the Israelis are idiots."
President Gaddafi once referred to a water pipeline project as the eight wonder of the world. He himself may well be the ninth wonder. He calls himself the king of kings of Africa and the imam of Muslims. The Colonel's entourage includes voluptuous heavily-armed women, all reportedly virgins and his uniform usually has more medals than buttons. He takes his tent wherever he goes and recently, apart from angering New York by pitching his tent in the city, he criticized half the world in a 90-minute tirade at the UN.

Asif Ali Zardari
Country: Pakistan
Famous Quote: "I might hug you" (to Sarah Palin)
The former "Mr 10 Per Cent" seems to have spent as much time in jail as out of it. Doesn't really rule the popularity charts in Pakistan and is the hot favourite for SMS and blog jokes. He is currently under investigation for his purchase of a 365-acre estate in the UK worth 4 million pounds, which has been termed the 'Surrey Mahal' by the Opposition. After being bombarded by terrorists and Americans alike, the odds don't look too good for Zardari's 'reign of error'. His latest tirade against India warned of a 1000-year ideological war. Some things never change.

Silvio Berlusconi
Country: Italy
Famous Quote: "I have to bring you some greetings, greetings from a man, what is his name, what is his name — just a minute it was someone with a tan — Barack Obama…."
This one may well be the 'joker' in the pack and for some strange reason, the Italians can't get enough of him, voting the bumbling billionaire back into power time and again. When he is not busy rubbing the Arab world the wrong way, he seems to spend his time choosing young attractive women for his cabinet. His propensity to put his foot in his mouth is often overshadowed by media reports of his numerous affairs. As he outs it: "I am often faithful". From accusing Communists of "eating children" to complimenting US president Barack Obama on his "sun tan", Berlusconi has done it all. He was recently hit on the face with a statuette. It remains unclear if the deranged attacker also had a weird sense of humour.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Country: Iran
Famous Quote: "Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury."
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, it's safe to say, is not very fond of the West or Israel. His trademark fiery speeches, usually targeted at Israel, give headline writers more masala than a Bollywood film. In fact, much to the chagrin of the West, President Ahmadinejad refuses to acknowledge the Holocaust. "They have invented a myth that Jews were massacred," he claims. Under his leadership, Iran seems to have discovered a new-found love for nuclear power. These days he's busy battling dissidents on the streets and curbing Internet freedom.

Hugo Chávez
Country: Venezuela
Famous Quote: "Capitalism leads us straight to hell."
Chavez came into the spotlight after trying to grab hold of the then President during a coup attempt. That alone should make him an honorary Pakistani. But luck was on his side and he was pardoned and released after two years in jail. A flamboyant speaker, he is a severe critic of neoliberalism and globalization. Uncle Sam remains his favourite whipping boy. He once said, "I hereby accuse the North American empire of being the biggest menace to our planet." He frequently accuses the US of plotting an attack on Venezuela and once referred to President Barack Obama as an "ignoramus" and to Bush as "the devil". His national policy seems to revolve around the mantra: If it moves, nationalize it. Once, Spanish King Juan Carlos told him to "shut up". Unfortunately, he didn't.

Kim Jong-il
Country: North Korea
Famous Quote: "Great ideology creates great times."
He is the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, but there's nothing democratic about him. Said to lead a recluse's life, Kim Jong-il has to often prove (to the West) he is not ill by making public appearances wearing a dull safari suit. It seems to be the only item of clothing he has. He is reputedly deified in North Korea and a Wikipedia article claims that "many North Koreans believe he has the magical ability to control the weather" based on his mood. When Kim is not busy fighting famine, he keeps busy by bugging Uncle Sam and his friends by testing nuclear weapons.




readmoreFor how long UMNO regime A tool used to remain in power to plunder the wealth of this nation.



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

"Ummi Hafilda is a prostitute," said Aziz Samsuddin

Day three of Anwar Ibrahim's appeal hearing at the Kuala Lumpur Appeal Court hit a high note today when Christopher Fernando read out transcripts of the previous trial that quoted Aziz Samsuddin as saying Ummi Hafilda Ali is a prostitute.

Fernando started by recapping yesterday's proceeding where he had told the court Ummi had been disowned by the father after she confessed to writing the letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, accusing Anwar of sodomising Azizan Abu Bakar, one-time driver of Anwar's wife, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Ummi's father, a religious teacher, just before he died, wrote an open letter to the Harakah detailing the reasons he had disowned her and, in no uncertain terms, implicated her as the prime mover behind Azizan.

"Ummi's father died broken-hearted without ever forgiving his daughter for the role she played in framing Anwar of sodomy charges," related Fernando.

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

The prosecution never called her to testify in court to rebut this allegation, added Fernando. Instead they expected the defence to call her. The judge, in fact, even mentioned this point in his written judgment.

"But Ummi would have been a hostile witness so it should have been up to the prosecution and not the defence to call her," argued Fernando.

Fernando said that the court should have invoked Section 114 (g) of the Evidence Act on the prosecution for failing to call a most crucial witness to testify in court.

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

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

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

In the meeting, revealed Fernando, Aziz confirmed that Ummi and Azizan would pose no problem as "Ummi is a prostitute".

Raja Komando then asked Aziz whether there was any other way to bring Anwar down.

According to Raja Komando, "Aziz replied sodomy would be the best way. Other ways would have no affect."

"Raja Komando's role was to manage the political assassination part of the exercise," added Fernando. "The sodomy allegation was assigned to Ummi and Azizan."

"Raja Komando was to disseminate the allegation as far and wide as possible. He was also to spread word that Anwar is a CIA agent."

From what Fernando told the court today, it was clearly established in the meeting Raja Komando had with Aziz Samsuddin that he (Aziz) was the Chief Conspirator and that, while Ummi had written the purported "Azizan" letter to the Prime Minister accusing Anwar of sodomy, Aziz was the one who had edited and redrafted it.

The letter, Fernando said, was based on the book "50 Reasons Why Anwar Cannot be PM" Рwhich somehow found its way into the attach̩ bags of almost 2,000 delegates at the Umno General Assembly that year.

"The judge did not give this evidence the weight it deserved," argued Fernando. "He erred, grossly."

"If he had given the evidence the weight it deserved, would he have arrived at the judgment he did?"

repeatedly accused the Attorney General's office of bringing the charges against him as part of a political conspiracy falsification of evidence have been raised to the current affair by human rights organizations, which charge the trial is a bid to once again derail Anwar's political career. Sodomy is a crime punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment and caning. Anwar led the Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition to unprecedented political gains in March 2008 elections that broke the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition's 50-year two thirds majority in the Malaysian parliament.

In the 1999 case, the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians in Geneva, Switzerland, charged that "There are reportedly serious inconsistencies in the different testimonies given by the key witnesses. One of the senior police officers whom Mr. Ibrahim allegedly directed to have statements withdrawn, when called by the prosecution, produced a report he had written to Prime Minister Mahathir in 1997, stating that the sexual allegations were groundless and "deliberately created" as part of a conspiracy. In early January 1999, the government chemist who had conducted DNA tests of stains on a mattress conceded that the stains could have been planted by police and that the tests could not warrant a conviction, The senior lawyer from the Attorney General's Chambers added that it had more such forensic and oral evidence to support the sodomy charge.

The prosecution ultimately charged the opposition leader with consensual sex of a perverted nature rather than forcible sodomy, raising the question why Saiful hadn't been charged as well.

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Robert Mugabe
Country: Zimbabwe
Famous Quote: "The only white man you can trust is a dead white man."
When Mugabe is not busy devaluing the Zimbabwean dollar by adding zeroes by the bucketful, he gobbles up farms owned by whites. He has been likened to Adolf Hitler by UK and has driven thousands of whites out of the country. In fact, his hatred of whites is only surpassed by his hatred for homosexuals and he has waged a violent campaign against the community in Zimbabwe. His retirement plans are said to include a fancy villa in Hong Kong. When does the 86-year-old retire? Not soon enough, the white farmers feel.

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BN keluarkan lesen judi - DAP, PAS dan PKR cegah operasinya

Posted: 28 May 2010 09:11 AM PDT

Kerajaan Pulau Pinang telah mengambil ketetapan yang pemegang lessen judi sukan yang baru mendapat kelulusan kerajaan pusat tidak akan dibenarkan beroperasi dinegeri tersebut.

Lim Guan Eng (LGE) telah menyatakan dengan jelas bahawa ianya selaras dengan pendirian DAP tidak bersetuju kegiatan perjudian menjadi budaya berluas luasa dinegeri tersebut.

DAP memang selama ini memang tidak bersetuju dengan kegiatan berjudi dinegara ini.

PAS tidak payah dipersoalkan lagi; parti ini memang menentang perjudian semesekali kerana itu adalah salah satu dosa syariat yang terbesar.

Dengan keputusan itu rakyat menganggapnya sebagai satu keadaan pelik kerana kerajaan BN pimpinan UMNO yang mengeluarkan lesennya tetapi DAP pula yang tidak berpuas hati dan menolaknya mentah-mentah permohonan syarikat pemegang lessen judi itu untuk beroperasi dinegeri yang ditadbir DAP itu.

PAS telah membuat keputusan untuk memprotest tindakkan pengeluaran lessen judi sukan itu dari Kelantan keKuala Lumpur.

Kerajaan PKR Selangor setakat ini telah mengarahkan untuk membekukan permohonan dari pemegang lessen judi sukan ini untuk beroperasi di Petaling Jaya, Selayang dan semalam Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya telah melakukan tindakkan sama.

Apakah tindakkan DAP, PAS dan PKR itu merupakan tindakkan yang salah? Jika ianya dianggap salah berilah alasan-alasannya.

Saya dan ramai lagi ingin mendengar alasan-alasan itu dari mereka yang tidak bersetuju dengan tindakkan DAP dan PAS itu.

Orang ramai juga ingin mendengar pandangan mufti-mufti seluruh negara. Kita setakat ini hanya mendengar bantahan terbuka dari mufti Negeri Perak sahaja.

Jika mufti-mufti dan majlis fatwa tidak memberikan pandangan saya rasa tindakkan PAS dan DAP itu sudah cukup untuk kita mendapatkan nasihat dan pandangan.

Rasanya sudah terlalu lama menunggu untuk mendapatkan pandangan Sahibul Samahah Mufti-Mufti kerajaan-keraajan negeri yang lain.

Bagi saya, saya tidak payah mendapatkan pandangan Mufti-Mufti dan Majlis Fatwa kerana saya tahu berjudi itu adalah salah untuk dibenarkan oleh sebuah kerajaan yang mengaku mentadbir sebuah negara Islam contoh ini.

Kepada DAP dan PAS serta PKR, saya mewakili sesiapa yang tidak bersetuju dengan operasi judi sukan ini, mengucapkan berbanyak-banyak terima kasih kerana berusaha menyekat perkembangan budaya judi setidak-tidaknya dalam negeri-negeri yang ditadbir oleh saudara sekelian.

Setidak-tidaknya ada juga tempat hendak berlindung dari budaya berjudi yang boleh meruntuhkan moral masyarakat dan generasi itu.

Kepada kerajaan-kerajaan negeri yang lain, ikutlah contoh kerajaan Pulau Pinang, Kelantan, Kedah dan Selangor agar usaha memerangi kegiatan berjudi sukan ini dapat kita jayakan bersama.

Marilah kita selamatkan generasi kita dari terjurumus kedalam kegiatan judi yang telah dihalalkan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan ini.


Sekian…………………………………….Aspan Alias


Methodist becoming Pro Barisan National?

Posted: 28 May 2010 08:11 AM PDT

Once upon a time, I joined the Methodist church in Seremban and enjoyed the warmth of the people.
I have a secret, that I have sponsored a Tamil Methodist teenager with 2 month of my salary (just came out to work) so that he can study as his family could not afford it. It is a secret that I just want to kept to myself because it should be that way. Yet with this revelation, I hope that this 'act of kindness' will buy me 5 minutes of grace to fester about my biggest disappointment of the year.

Its about the Chinese Methodist Church in Sibu who were given RM1.75 million 'donation' of taxpayers money coincidently during a by election.

I called it a bribe.

Chronology:

17th May 2010 - trying to make sense.
Context: Election, money given to the Chinese and Christian as both are target group which are basically profiles the Methodist Sibu. No money was given all these years. This is special budget allocation.
Reason: not clear.
Consequence: May help in financial situation, distrust from the ... poorer Melanau/Iban Christians and other faith, allegations of buying over christians, unfavourable rumblings in Peninsular, increase derision of faith & causes the Christian leaders to spend time to make sense.

Principles to consider
1. Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a rich man whose ways are perverse. ( Proverbs 28.6)
2."Everything is permissible"—but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible"—but not everything is constructive. (1 Corithians 10.23)
3.It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall. (Romans 14:21)So, we need to weight carefully. Any threat is an opportunity and this is one opportunity that church can make a stand on integrity even on donation or grant.

I then wrote emails to the Chinese Sibu Church via their FB page, and emails to the methodist organisation and to DUMC. No response for the church. The church did not make any effort to be transparent about the situation for about a week.

24th May 2010 - I prayed for forgiveness for the churches in Malaysia. Today, received a forwarded email from concern christians with an email which I found inadequate yet will respect the bishop's direction.

"After all, the money given is actually taxpayers' money. Indeed the problem in our country is that most of the money for religious bodies is usually given to one particular religious community, with relatively much smaller proportions given to other communities. In so far as the money was given to the churches this time round, it can be said that the government is trying to right a past wrong. Further, the churches concerned never asked for the money."

26th May 2010 - The 4 churches ( not 3 ) declared that they are keeping the monies.

28th May 2010 - The Methodist church in Malaysia explained that the reason for keeping the money is that "returning the RM1.75 million government grant given during the Sibu by-election campaign will inadvertently make them out to be opposition supporters."

This is a day of mourning for the churches in Malaysia. Not only we have lost the opportunity to be a change agent and a reflector of Christ's value, we have lost the trust to be a credible faith.

Here are the given rationale and I do wonder why there was no bible verses that the Methodist leaders can use to substanciate their feeble attempt.

1. It is our money anyway -> Did the rest of the other faith who pay tax agrees to this? (refer 5)

2. We did not ask for it - > So, it is Barisan National's fault then? There are also report that the churches did ask for it. Who is lying?

3. Only election is when you will get these goodies. -> Isn't that the same with people who get paid RM50 to vote? And the church is an organisation and have collective conscience.

4. If we reject, we will be linked to opposition. And we are impartial and the money have no influence.-> Logic - if you reject = opposition, then accept = support Barisan National and UMNO. That already, is not impartial.

5. We do not get money from government always -> Lets not confuse the issue here. If talking about grant to non Muslim community, lets work it out with other faith and make a proposal to the government. 2 wrongs does not make a right.

Dear Reverand Hwa Yong and the Methodist ministers in Malaysia, remember that Judas was given 20 coins of silver to betray Jesus. You are not Judas, yet you have kept quiet about the money perhaps thinking that it will go away. We also do not see the Methodist's dynamism in the Allah issue or other issues confronting poorer churches in Malaysia. Is this not enough to imply that the Methodist movement in Malaysia is now friendly towards the Barisan National government?

The fact that the Sidang Injil Borneo churches are much poorer yet they were not given aid. The SIB church leaders spoke up & its a growing church that is not favourable to the desire of the government. And the Catholic church is also not given money as they displayed great courage to defend the rights of the Christians in the Herald case. And I think if they were given this bribe, both church leaders will refuse.

It is a shame to the Chinese church for our obsession with wealth, better looking churches and more land. Go ahead and enjoy yourselves planning bigger barns to keep your harvest.

End with a quote from another Methodist.
"Let them keep the money. Jesus came without a penny and He hung on the cross without a penny. But look what He did for all eternity. "


Application to apostate! A request from a 'muallaf'...

Posted: 28 May 2010 07:44 AM PDT

Good day Brother Zainal,

Hope you and your family are well.

I have a Hindu friend who converted to Islam via marriage to a Malay Muslim girl. Now they're divorced.

He wants to start afresh and get married to an Indian girl and lead a Hindu life. His case is on-going with Syariah court to denounce Islam and return back to his original faith, Hinduism.

Is it true that no one is allowed to come out of Islam? If yes, how is it fair that everyone is free to embrace Islam but forbidden to get out.

I don't mean to be rude, but kindly enlightened me since I have so much of respect for Islam and have many Islam brothers in my life. My opinion is that man embrace a religion of his choice to get closer to God, but if he chooses to change the path, he must be allowed to.

How am to convince or be convinced myself that Islam is a fair religion, as I don't see others practicing such methods, maybe I could be wrong, "tak cukup pengalaman", but please advice.

Regards

Mr.X

* The actual name and email address of this person has been hidden upon his request. He agrees however to have the contents of his email here be published for public deliberation.

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So reads the email from a Malaysian Hindu blog commentator who has been in contact with me lately.

From the gist of his email, I come to understand the situation of Mr.X's friend who became a Muslim just for the sake of marrying a Malay Muslim woman.

Now, I wouldn't want to question what has already taken place between the 'muallaf' and his ex-wife?

What I'd want the Islamic authorities to consider before approving any further converts to Islam is to assess each application from such reverts to Islam based upon the merit of each case?

Persons who claim to believe in Allah and accept Al Islam as his or her faith ought to be interviewed and their selfs be entered into a special program to test and evaluate their actual reasons for wanting to be registered as true Muslims in our multi faithed, multi ethnic country?

As a caller to Islam, I am all for Non Muslims or Kaffirs to embrace and enter Al Islam borne out of their true convictions of realizing that there is no other god except Allahu Rabbul Alamin and that our blessed Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam is the final Messenger of Allah to all mankind.

Nevertheless with cases such as above cropping up every now and then in our country, it is important for the Islamic authorities of Malaysia to process each application to register themselves as Muslims and to gauge their true intentions?

I propose that such applications be vetted thoroughly and a cooling off period be imposed upon each application and the applicant undergo a religious understanding program by JAKIM or the relevant State Islamic Departments to see if the applicants are really sincere in wanting to be registered as a Muslim?

Declaring oneself to be a Muslim but not really having true faith in Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala or the teachings of Al Islam is a betrayal of the highest level by these persons who in actuality are just putting up a show of belief when in reality they just want to get the certificate of conversion to Islam to marry their chosen Muslim partners?

Thus, for the sake of ensuring that we do not have to face such bogus conversions anymore in the future, I see no other way for us to prevent these fraudulent 'reverts' except to put them through a Confirmation of Aqeedah program. This is not meant to discourage true reverts for in actuality, it will be a good learning period for these new converts to Islam.

It can be run along the lines of the ESQ enrichment programs and each applicant or revert can be tested by qualified Muslim authorities individually. Surely, true reverts to Islam would want to strengthen their newfound belief with all the right truthful knowledge of Islam and cherish such exposures to the faith?

They can be given systematic exposure to the true tenets and principles of Islam and be tested as to their professing of the faith and be assessed as to their true acceptance of the religion?

Truly bogus fraudsters who are insincere and not really true believers of Allah and Islam as they claim to be will be found out within the running of the faith affirmation program which I am proposing?

As I see it, the case in question here involves someone who became a Muslim for the wrong reasons or intentions.

He wasn't really sincere in declaring himself to be a Muslim as we can all deduce that by now. As a result of his decisions, many lives have been affected and a woman now has become a divorcee.

Whomsoever approved his conversion in the first place, is the guilty one in this case. Yes sirree!

We need to go to the root cause of all these fraudulent conversions. Because of these religious officers who failed to really truly determine as to whether the one they were issuing the certificate to was really a true believer, today we are facing another application to apostate from the Deen of Allah?

Because of the failure of the religious departments of this country, we have before us another muallaf who stands to make it to the must screen list of Malaysiakini.tv!

Yes, he definitely will be sought out by Malaysiakini.tv to highlight how cruel this country is in not making it easy for reverts to apostate themselves as they please or as they wish?

Because of the way our religious departments are so gung ho in approving any applications to embrace Al Islam without really proving themselves to be sincere in wanting to become a Muslim, today we are facing another case of a revert to Islam who wants to call it a day and go back to worshiping the very idols that he renounced when he declared the Syahadah before the religious officer or officers concerned?

All these need to be taken in consideration by those who are in charge of the 'Conversion to Islam' departments of this country.

Will this exposure awaken the officers concerned or will this case be taken up by all the Islam bashing media portals, channels and newspapers who so love such cases and will go all out to whack the religious departments concerned and turn it into another controversial issue that will further inflame our already bruised nation's sensitivities?

Wallahu alam bissawab.


Blanket Subsidies - We need to rise above politics!

Posted: 28 May 2010 06:59 AM PDT

I humbly suggest that politicians from both sides to view and act upon the subsidy issue based on economics rather than politics. Do not use the issue for political mileage, gain points for both internal party politics as well as the general elections. Whoever helm their party or the country sooner or later will need to face the consequences of blanket subsidies. There should not be any blanket subsidies, period . Here is an article I wrote with regards to the petrol subsidy – click here


Vell Paari apologises... OK laaarrr!

Posted: 28 May 2010 06:04 AM PDT

Its OK, bro. We accept your apology to Prime Minister and Umno President Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak. When you accused Umno of being the hidden force to oust your father as MIC President, you didnt know the actual story. Its OK.

Umno members and the Malays are not such. Never had they interfered in other party's business. When MCA and MIC were plagued with domestic problems, of course Umno leadership were worried, Umno members were worried too. Why, Because you people help strengthen Barisan Nasional, our ruling party.

We didnt interfere, except advising the leaders or MCA and MIC to find amicable solution in solving problems to their respective parties. A weak component will also weaken our bonds. To step a foot in your domestic affairs is beyond our level-headed minds.

I think you should focus what is happening in MIC now. Your daddy needs to explain to MIC members why he sacked four members of the central working committee (CWC). Even party sec-gen S Murugesan has openly questioned such an action (read here).

The Gerakan Anti-Samy (GAS) is also your domestic problems. So, help your father to address it. V Mugilan, one of the sacked must have reason to launch his GAS.

The Malays have high regard for MIC contribution in Barisan Nasional. If we want to continue being partners, its best that we dont make any controversial statements and stop screwing each other. Not nice la.

The next time we meet, I will buy you 'arevekade mutte, rende'!


China's a Bad Example

Posted: 28 May 2010 06:04 AM PDT


Photo of the China Central Television Building in Beijing
(A massive building of amazing architecture)

Was unable to access the blogs or most of any blogs especially from blogspot or wordpress as i was in China. So my apologies for not updating here in this blog.

Am travelling again all over Asia and was last in Beijing, China and now in Singapore, won't be back until next weekend.

This Chinese government is not good for the modern world of basic human rights and freedom of information or almost any other freedom as i suppose these conservative goverment officials practice differing standards when it comes to human rights. There are some quarters in the Beijing government that propagates positive reforms for greater freedom and democracy however they are discreet about their ideals and their displeasures are kept to a whisper.

You can access the blogs and to the free world of the cyberspace from China but you will require to download some free program from "Freegate" or access the internet through a "VPN" network which a lot of the affluent chinese do but for a visitor like myself might just find it too troublesome or not find the time to set it up.

This chinese government have imposed very harsh internet censorship under extreme laws and regulations and i laud the move by Google to move out of China and because of this move by Google i am going to show my support for Freedom of Information by using any Google products or services. Well Done Google!

Someone suggested a movement of a global boycott of Chinese products to add pressure for this bad example to basic human rights on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information. Well.. we will see as this boycott could be exciting and will find much support from the develop world.

China is not good for the progressive world of human rights and basic freedom and showing a very bad example and this could just catch on with other autocratic governments. The world must tell China that this is not right.

A recent report from Forbes suggest that the international community of the  Global Network Initiative(GNI) oppose the chinese government as in their report of 27 May 2010 HERE. (Must Read).

PS. Of course i am aware of the happenings in my beautiful Malaysia and stay tuned for my 2 sense worth.

"And Remember,
No Matter Where You Go,
There You Are.."

-Confucius-


15000 for Sunday rally says Mugilan

Posted: 28 May 2010 04:00 AM PDT

At a press conference immediately after MIC sec-gen's announcement that he is against the summary sacking of CWC members, Mugilan urged other CWC members to follow suit, "if they are brave". He also said that not standing behind the ousted four will mean the end of their political career, as delegates will not vote them in again in 2012 to punish their silence today. And KP Samy added that the CWC members had 24 hours to convene an emergency meeting "if they are concerned about (GAS's mass gathering due on Sunday)". The gathering, which was originally meant to be held at Umno-owned Putra World Trade Centre has been moved to the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre. According to Mugilan, Murugessan's statement was a "slap to (his) detractors" and that he is confident that 15000 MIC members will be present on Sunday.
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How to achieve success as a Muslim nowadays?

Posted: 28 May 2010 04:25 AM PDT

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Dear brothers and sisters in Islam,

I received the following questions from one of my readers recently in this article. Answering those questions ought to be in depth and in detail, hence this article dedicated towards answering just the questions he or she posed?

Anomie68 asked :

1. How to strive to make this thing happen sir?

2. Can you elaborate so that we can take actions now?

3. We need practical solutions or actions toward achieving the goal like, who should we vote, should we join PERKASA, or who should we support, BN or PR?

4. Should we form a body like AL-ARQAM did?

I believe people like AL-ARQAM knew Rasullulah had prophesied AL-MAHDI will come at end of time, so they strived to make it a reality. They failed but may their efforts be rewarded.

The prophet also prophesied that AL-AQSA would fall into Muslim hand. Many had tried to make it reality but at end Salahuddin Al Ayubbi did it.

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My answers :

Well, for starters, we need to improve our knowledge of Al Islam and put such `Ilm to practice within our life and that of our immediate family members and relatives.

We need to profess our faith to the letter and follow the Sunnah of the Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam precisely as he has advised us to follow.

Many of our Ummah today fail to even understand the reasons behind even every act of ibadah that is part and parcel of our daily Muslim spiritual practices and fail to know the meanings behind even the basic Surah's that we recite in our solat and dhikrs.

There are many who do not know why we need to pray?

Why our solats are important to our wellbeing, both in body and our soul?

Failure to conceive the meanings of our religious practices leaves an empty void in our inner self which results in detachment from that ibadah and failure to connect to the essence of such prayers and acts of worship.

The importance of solat is very much neglected by most Muslims who live a modern lifestyle and aping the decadent values of the current Western way of life. A majority of Muslims in major cities here in our country live their life's no different from those who are Kaffirs.

There are many who do not even know how to pray?

This is evident when we see some of them who are caught in a situation where they are asked to be the imam if they are forced by their friends to follow them to the surau or masjid to balk or refuse to lead such prayers and will be very adamant in asking others to do so.

This is the reality where I have personally witnessed many such instances in many surau's especially those at city centres like Suria KLCC, etc.

This is the very first thing we need to address. The importance of knowing the procedures and meanings of our acts of ibadah. Every thing else is secondary. The solat will be the very first thing that will be asked of us when we are dead and buried. It is our soul @ Ruuh that will be asked these questions by the Malaikats of the Qubr @ Sayyidina Munkar and Naqir Alaihis Salam's.

This is the reality of Al Islam.

The solat @ prayer is the catalyst to our state of being both here in this life and in the hereafter. Anyone of us who shirks our solat will be raised in the hereafter as the losers and stand to receive our apt punishment which is the blazing Hellfire. There are stages of Hellfire in accordance to the levels of our sins that we have committed here during our life on Earth.

On the other hand, Allah the Almighty has prepared various levels of Jannah @ Paradise for those of us who merit such reward if we fulfil our obligations as true practicing sincere Muslims in the real sense and put to practice what our faith of Al Islam requires of us?

Living in these End Times requires us to be much more committed in our Deen @ Way of life. We can't take for granted that just because we claim to profess Al Islam, we will be amongst those who get to enter Jannah just like that?

No sirree! There are things that we must do and to do so with knowledge. We can't be like the parrots which imitate anything that they are prone to hear and repeat the same without understanding exactly whatever it is that they articulate?

How many of the Muslims of today know the true meanings of whatever it is that we recite in our prayers and do'as?

We are not native Arabic speakers. We are Malaysians and each of us is raised differently according to our lineage and circumstances.

I grew up in a Malay kampong and was able to attend Quranic classes in my childhood but then wasn't enrolled in a Madrassa or religious school or college.

Whatever 'Ilm that I have come to learn about and put to practice has been what I learned in my adulthood by attending various religious classes in the surau's, masjids and other places of learning?

I consult my many religious teachers and scholars on whatever I need more in depth information about and also do my own studies and research on the many subjects or issues that I find worth finding about?

I did venture into the realm of the Tariqah's and world of Sufism for many years. I found out that there were some who were sincere in imparting spiritual knowledge to the students and some who were deviating from the source @ Sunnah of the Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.

Usually the Mursyids are not to be blamed entirely for such acts of khurafat but rather the overzealousness of their mureeds which lead them astray.

Yet, the mursyids themselves need to get their followers back on track with the Haqiqat of Islam or risk being punished in the Yaum al Akhirat for their accomplicity with the tendency of being hero worshipped which is nothing but succumbing to their Nafs.

Next thing we need to focus upon is the state of our neighbourhood and the way we go about our lives today in the midst of all the social ills plaguing our community.

It is common nowadays for people to look the other way when we see things that are wrong and immoral taking place before us for fear of retribution or reprisals from those committing the sinful acts or crime.

In doing so, we allow such criminal acts or immorality to flourish and spread uncontrollably as seen in the rise of illegitimate babies being born and then dumped into just every conceivable rubbish dump, toilet, buried here and there or simply disposed into the swamps, rivers or lakes of our neighborhood.

It all starts with that act of looking the other way or failing to report to the relevant authorities. Some of our societies have grown so timid that they practically turn into eunuchs over the years and this in turn is so very bad for the society in the long run.

Who do we blame for this situation? The parents, families or authorities? What about personal choice?

Should we not blame the individuals who choose to become effeminate and end up becoming a burden to the whole society in turn?

The social ills' plaguing our nation starts with the failure of the parents to mould their children from the very early stages of parenthood itself.

Very too often the young parents we have in this nation are mostly clueless about the do's and don'ts of our Islamic faith. I don't want to go into the other faith's or beliefs just yet in discussing this situation.

Many of these young parents are themselves ignorant about the true teachings of Islam and when they live in the big cities or towns where people keep to themselves and not bother to get to know their neighbors or offer advice and help when such young parents get into any trouble or hardships, such ignorance grows to breed social ills.

Criminal elements who often come from such homes end up becoming more enamored by society's apparent apathy and they become emboldened to carry out more rampant attacks and violations upon the weak and helpless members of the neighborhood.

Thus we can see what happens when the parents are not living according to the tenets and principles of our faith and our Prophet's Sunnah and the Commandments of Allahu Rabbul Alamin?

Sometimes we are cynical when people point their fingers at the parents as the root cause of society's problems. Yet we need to consider that there might just be some justifications towards such accusations?

When parents do not know how to raise their children according to what Islam prescribes, then the child grows up oblivious to the halal and haram aspects of life?

It is also important for us to consider our traditional Eastern values and cultural norms which if studied properly will show us the underlying connections between tradition, cultural and religious ties that in many ways moulds us as a person, transforming our inner values as we grow up into becoming adults.

It is important to note that parents and teachers play a very important role in determining as to what we end up later in life?

So if you were to ask me as to what I think about the role of parents/ guardians or teachers of young kids, teenagers and young adults? I'd say that these group of people play the most important role of any one human being, more so of those who are Muslims.

Muslims are subject to the severest of life regulations prescribed by our faith compared to all other human beliefs or ways of life.

Islam takes all such considerations of challenges that human beings face here on Earth and there on to life in the next realm, that of the spiritual world. The Yaum al Akhirah.

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala being our Creator certainly knows us in all our tendencies and thus revealed for us the Holy Quranul Kareem as our Complete Guidance and Manual of Life. A Creator such as He doesn't leave us clueless as to how to go about our lives?

He sent to us prophets after prophets and mighty messengers each to their own people in their own time and ended up sending to us His Final Messenger, the Unlettered Prophet, Sayyidina Muhammad ibni Abdullah, Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.

The mightiest Prophet and Messenger above them all, who lived amongst our forefathers just about a thousand four hundred eighty four years ago was the Habib of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

When I was in the realm of the Tariqah, I came to learn that if not for Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam, Allahu Rabbul Alamin would not have bothered to create us all and this life as we now know it would not have come to be?

This however is a subject that ought to be shared in another article. I'd like to bring you back to our topic.

To elaborate further as to the reasons why we are being hounded by the Kaffirs and made out to be seen as crazed, fanatical hordes of rampaging foaming at the mouth terrorizing abhorable beings whilst claiming to profess the religion of peace is all due to the systematic way our enemies have succeeded in portraying impassioned Muslims as such by clever media productions.

If you are into multimedia production, you'd know exactly what I mean when professional editing can take certain clips of protest shots showing Muslims angry about certain provocations against our Ummah or religious figures whom we adore such as our blessed Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam is insulted or poked fun at by devilish agent provocateurs such as the Danish cartoonists.

These media professionals then splice such shots showing angry Muslim protesters, slide in shots showing Islamic symbols, zoom in on certain provocative protest banners or billboards, insert certain verses of the Quran enjoining Muslims to fight against the Kuffars and blend in some propagandist themes or music meant to stir and arouse the emotions of the viewers and succeed in influencing them to develop a sense of hatred towards Muslims in general.

Have you heard of the saying, 'Turning a saint into a sinner and vice versa?

Well cleverly produced multimedia can do just that. With professional editing, media experts can come up with just about anything nowadays that can mould public perception according to what the producers want to achieve?

It's possible nowadays to conjure up computer generated images showing us what has before this been impossible to portray or produce. We at times are shown images that bewilder our imagination. That's what modern multimedia productions can do?

As Muslims, it's important for us to acquire knowledge that transcends all sciences and be up to date with all that is taking place before us in this life?

It's also important for us to have a solid aqeedah that withstands all kinds of challenges that is thrown at us from all those who are our enemies both declared and covert. Attacks against our monotheistic way of life and belief of Al Islam takes place in all forms. Some are straightforward ; some are subtle and some camouflaged in what seems to be platonic love and goodwill.

Not that I suspect each and every outreaching of the Kuffars towards us to be conceited and bearing evil agendas against our being Muslims but I'd advise Muslims just to be alert and aware of all such missions being carried out to subvert those who are weak in faith towards accepting Eesa Alaihis Salam to be more than the messenger of Allah that he is?

As Muslims it is a duty towards oneself and one's dependents that we live our lives as prescribed by our faith and not to digress even a little from the path of Al Islam.

You must make the effort to improve on your grasp of our Islamic knowledge and to teach or impart such knowledge to those within your authority and care.

You need to set the example and stop whatever non Islamic way of life or lifestyle that you and your family are currently caught up in?

Put to practice the Sunnah and soon you will experience the kind of peace and harmony that you might not have enjoyed all these while in your life and in your home?

Mix with the right company and stay in constant touch with the righteous scholars not the ones whose principles and fatwas can be decided by the number of zero's that is added to their paycheck at the end of the month or in between?

As to your question as to whom you should support, surely you ought to know as to whether any such party or organization deserves your vote or support?

Let's take for instance your asking about PERKASA, BN or PR?

PERKASA is an organization that has been set up to fight for the preservation of Malay rights plus ensuring the continuation of the Malay Sultanates even though the Sultans themselves have yet to endorse the very organization that has been set up exclusively to ensure their survival?

If you are into all these, you are at liberty to do so?

I am more concerned about the position of Islam in this country and the way it is implemented by the ones who claim to be its Keepers?

It makes no difference to me as to whoever it is that claims to be in charge of Islamic affairs here? I just want to see them practice what they preach. Rhetorical bla bla bla doesn't work for me.

I voice out against the Sultans because I see them not doing what they should for the benefit and good of Islam and Muslims here?

I still await miracles to take place as far as the Keepers of the Faith here are concerned?

Moving on to the BN or the PR, both political coalitions do not seem worthy of my support for sheer reasons of not actually working for the upholding of Ad Deenul Islam here in Malaysia.

UMNO has not actually been bothered too much to implement the true Islamic principles in its organizations for very obvious reasons, now have they?

Money politics is very much a central part of its party so far and it will take a truly powerful and serious Presidential leader of UMNO to spring clean the nation's major federal government forming party.

To date, none of them have succeeded.

So that ought to answer your question.

I will not support the current PR coalition for reasons that it consists of the DAP who are sworn enemies of Islam.

DAP's Chairman Karpal Singh challenged us to cross his dead body if we wish to set up an Islamic State here in Malaysia. Although he did apologize to me in public when I challenged his stand in the Forum Keadilan way back in 1999, the old man has yet to truly repent and withdraw that statement.

PKR doesn't appeal to me for it is just a party whose major agenda is to make Anwar Ibrahim the Malaysian PM. That isn't what I'd want to support?

Any party that doesn't have any plans to uphold the Syaria here in Malaysia doesn't merit my support. Period!

Al Arqam started off well in accordance with the Syaria of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and Sunnah of the Blessed Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam. As they got stronger and bigger in their organization, ego and deviance set in and corrupted the movement's core values.

Allahyarham Abuya As Sheikhul Arqam introduced khurafat into their amals and ibadah causing the religious authorities to ban the movement.

So, if you are asking me if we should set up something similar, I'd say no.

Not if we are to conjure up any similar hero cult worshiping movement with any so called iconic religious figure who claims to be infallible or superior in any way above the rest of the Muslims here or elsewhere?

I'm just waiting to see what Professor Harun Din is going to do when his superior returns to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala?

If Nik Aziz passes on in the near future and PAS cuts off itself from the DAP and PKR, there are chances that I might just throw in my support to the learned Prof and support him in establishing a truly Islamic administration ready to support the resurrection of the Islamic Khilafah in the Muslim world?

For now, I'm biding my time and reserving my support for him and him only.

Insya Allah.


By the way, please be aware that there are certain folks in America who wish to see their President return to his Muslim roots such as below:

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Frankly speaking, I'd absolutely have no objections!

No objections at all. Hehehehehe.

If Allah wills it to be, who can stop Him, eh?

May Islam and the Muslims prevail over the Kufr, Insya Allah in our lifetimes.

Ameen.


Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.


MIC sec-gen joins chorus of discontent

Posted: 28 May 2010 03:08 AM PDT

MIC secretary-general S Murugessan has become the second major party figure in as many days to have expressed dissatisfaction with the unilateral expulsion of four party leaders by party president S Samy Vellu. Murugessan said he has to answer to his conscience and to the MIC delegates who voted for him and not just to one person, in reference to Samy Vellu. "Summary dismissal is not the first option but should be the last option... The members should be given a chance to defend themselves at the disciplinary committee," he said, during a press conference in Petaling Jaya. Full story here: malaysiakini.com
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Siapa Taek Jho Low? AMK mahu dia disiasat

Posted: 28 May 2010 01:51 AM PDT

Ketua pemuda PKR (AMK) Shamsul Iskandar Mat Akin menggesa supaya seorang pemuda Malaysia yang dilaporkan sering berbelanja mewah di luar negara disiasat. Pemuda tersebut, Taek Jho Low sebelum ini mencuri perhatian apabila dilaporkan oleh akhbar New York Post sebagai rakyat Malaysia yang berbelanja ratusan ribu ringgit untuk mendampingi selebriti Hollywood.
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We won't chase you away, PKR tells Utusan

Posted: 28 May 2010 01:52 AM PDT

Utusan Malaysia is "not welcome" at the three-day PKR national congress in Kota Bharu, its deputy president Syed Husin Ali said. However, the party would not chase reporters from the Malay daily out of the congress hall, he said. "We won't stop them. "They are not invited but we won't chase them away," he told reporters last night when asked about a text message received by several media representatives in Kota Bharu informing that Utusan Malaysia reporters were not allowed to cover the congress. - Bernama More: malaysiakini.com
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Posted: 27 May 2010 07:56 PM PDT

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HAPPY VESAK DAY

Posted: 28 May 2010 02:12 AM PDT


Gautama Buddha never taught his followers and believers any bad things - murder, graft, gamble, taking drugs and alcohol, ill feeling towards others and other bad habits. In fact, he wants them to observe mutual respect, living in harmony and helping each other. Read Prime Minister's message HERE



HAPPY VESAK DAY TO ALL BUDDHISTS


NAMO AMITABHA. Have a Blessed Wesak

Posted: 28 May 2010 01:05 AM PDT


By Admin

Wesak Day is celebrated around the world by Buddhists which marks three momentous events in Buddha's life - his birthday, enlightenment, and achievement of Nirvana. The celebration begins at dawn when devotees gathering at the temples to meditate on the Eight Precepts. Donations, giving food to the needy, offerings of incense, joss sticks and prayers are carried out. The sutras are chanted in unison by monks in saffron robes. The celebration is highlighted by a candle procession.

MarGeeMar The Scribe and The Blog Team wishes everyone a Blessed Wesak. NAMO AMITABHA.


The top 11 richest and billionaires in Malaysia are:

Posted: 28 May 2010 12:54 AM PDT

By Anak Mami

The top 11 richest and billionaires in Malaysia are:
1) Tan Sri Robert Kuok; US$12 billion
2) Tan Sri T. Ananda Krishnan; US$$8.1 billion
3) Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng; US$4.6 billion
4) Puan Sri Lee Kim Hua; US$3.9 billion
5) Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan; US$3.85 billion
6) Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow; US$3.8 billion
7) Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay; US$2.5 billion
8) Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar AlBukhary; US$1.7 billion
9) Tan Sri Vincent Tan; US$1.6 billion
10) Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King; US$1.2 billion
11.)Tong Sari Omar Goh Wei Liang; Rupiah 1.18 billion

The full list of Malaysia's richest can be found in the June 2010 issue of Forbes Asia, which is available on newsstands now.


Buddhism and human evolution

Posted: 27 May 2010 11:36 AM PDT

By Stanley Koh

COMMENT Gautama Buddha walked the earth in the sixth century as Prince Siddhartha in northern India, passed away at the age of 80 and left a legendary path for the 21st century with 500 million faithful followers calling themselves Buddhists.

Buddhism, ranking sixth among the world religions in terms of number of adherents, is a timeless path, a spiritual way of life in human evolution.

On this day, May 28, millions celebrate the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the historical Buddha (meaning "awakened" or "enlightened"), whom many also revere as Sakyamuni or Bhagava (Blessed One).

On this day, Buddhists all over the world rejoice and celebrate in remembrance of a human being extraordinaire who searched for truth and found the answers to the riddle of life.

Gautama Buddha was a role model during his time, a living example of the noble eight-fold path (middle path) encompassing a foundation of morality, cultivation of the mental faculties and transcendence from material existence with right understanding and wisdom.

It continues to be a non-dogmatic teaching and a guide that gives advisory precepts so that the follower may become compassionate, peace-loving and in harmony with himself or herself as well as with others.

Buddhism is a spiritual guide to the divine process of human evolution from the material realm to the spiritual planes of existence.

Every Buddhist must walk the spiritual path alone, just as each and everyone evolves at his or her own pace and according to his or her intellectual and spiritual capacity. For none can piggyback on another or walk the path on somebody's behalf.

Universal laws

No Buddhist can attain enlightenment by merely worshipping the Teacher day in and day out without avoiding evil, performing meritorious deeds and cultivating wisdom in the process of practising the teaching.

If indeed the universal truth of man is all about an evolutionary path, the constitution of man, with his physical, mental and spiritual faculties, must operate within the confines of the universal laws.

The universal laws on love, logic, space, time and spirit pervade the cosmic plan of the Creator that many speak of as "universal consciousness and One-ness of Being".

Buddhism speaks of the cycle of birth and death and karma, or the cause and effect of impersonal natural laws governing all forms of human behaviour.

We are then accountable only to ourselves, each one of us individually, for each is embarking upon this evolutionary journey not by choice, but by the natural progression of the spirit-form.

Buddhism, like other esoteric teachings compatible with it, teaches that the purpose of life is to gain knowledge and evolutionary progress (rather than process), absorbing life experiences after each reincarnation.

In 1975, it was exposed to the world that a spiritually extraterrestrial human-like race, called the "Plejarans" from the planet Erra (within an open cluster of stars in the constellation of Taurus, almost 420 light years, on average, from our planet Earth), had been contacting a Swiss farmer named Billy Miere in what has been called the Pleiadian Mission.

Material lives

The Plejarans gave Miere hundreds of discourses and left him with a thousand pages of notes on earth's living science, tracing the origins of earth and the fascinating history of the human race.

One of the notes says the teaching of Buddhism is closest to the truth of the human evolution. It speaks of the laws of karma, the natural phenomenon of reincarnation, and countless spiritual planes or dimensions with different space-time configurations.

According to the Plejarans, well versed in the history of Buddhism and knowledge of the universe, there are seven levels for the human spirit beyond the earthly dimension. Two of these levels are called the "pure conscious" spirit forms and five levels are for human spirits undergoing the process of reincarnation through material lives.

On average, a human being requires 60 billion to 80 billion years to master the lessons of material life (that is, on earth or another similar planet) for the evolution of the spirit.

This is also mentioned by Gautama Buddha in some of his discourses on the existence of many worlds with forms and others without forms, that is, the spiritual worlds.

Hence, on Wesak Day, Buddhists should remember that the human spirit's evolutionary progress is to gain "truth, knowledge and wisdom". This is the true commemoration of Buddha's Day.

Furthermore, as human beings, we create our own heaven or hell, and it is the duty of Buddhists to create an environment of wellbeing not only for themselves but for others as well.

On behalf of Free Malaysia Today and its staff, I wish all Malaysian Buddhists a happy and joyous Wesak Day. May all beings be well and happy.

Stankey Koh, a former head of research at MCA, is a Free Malaysia Today contributor.


PKR must plumb for quality, not quantity

Posted: 27 May 2010 07:52 PM PDT

PKR deputy president Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali today opened the Wanita and Youth divisions of the party with a call to create a leadership corps drawn from within a pool of cadres imbued with the highest ideals. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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Going back to the rakyat.... hmmmmm

Posted: 27 May 2010 08:16 PM PDT

The people's feedback. That's what Datuk Najib said yesterday - that the government will listen to the people's feedback first before making any decision whether to increase, reduce or phase out subsidies on essential goods. Politically, such a statement sells. Its commendable, too. Recognising the role of our rakyat in determining what they favor and not should always be on our mind.

But why only now? Although its never too late, we should have subscribed to this approach a long time ago, not only during Najib's era. Some of our decisions were never popular, in fact were shot down by the people.

Actually, its the way to go. Anything that matters the rakyat most, should be referred to them. Not that we need a referendum (why not?) before implementing a policy but at least we are able to determine what the masses say about it. They are not the post-Merdeka rakyat as the majority of them are well-educated or at least know what is taking place in the country.

There are many things we can always refer to the people. One of which is the popularity of a 'wakil rakyat'. This is most important as they are they ones who voted for them in elections. Popular can either be hard-working and effective or vise versa - a political crook!

Believe it or not, there are many political crooks in Umno. A non-Parliamentarian division chief may launch an offensive againts his deputy who is a Member of Parliament although he (the chief) has had his chance for a term. He also thwarts any effort by his deputy to introduce good programs to his constituency by launching a 'bad mouth policy' to smear his name. He will make the MP looks unpleasant to top party leadership.

This is happening. Najib should seek the rakyat opinion about their MPs and Aduns. Dont listen totally to what the state's Umno head says about his 'no problem'. Sooner or later, Umno will have to pay heavy price for its ignorance. The next general elections will answer this.

Similarly, there are other things where the people's feedback comes handy. For example, the establishment of a regional economic zone. It sounds so grand, allrite but as to whether it really benefits the rakyat should be considered. No point having a mega project is the locals cant afford to participate in its activities or whether it fits into one race needs.

Without the rakyat, there would be no government. What Najib said is good - going back to the people. Let the people give their feedback before we step on anything.

I believe Najib, too wants to know what the people think of his wife...


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