Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Malay Muslim community. “Let him deal with the fact that you are no longer a blessing in his life.”“Religion and politics are two sides of the same coin

Malay Muslim community. “Let him deal with the fact that you are no longer a blessing in his life.”“Religion and politics are two sides of the same coin


Malay Muslim community. “Let him deal with the fact that you are no longer a blessing in his life.”“Religion and politics are two sides of the same coin

Posted: 18 May 2010 02:08 PM PDT

IMAM KHALID LATIF


BY SARRAH ABULUGHOD, MAY 17, 2010

Screams broke through the rhythmic voice of the khateeb as I ran out of the prayer in concern. The man's hand lifted to strike once more as I instinctively lunged to block the blow. By the grace of God, my sudden appearance gave him pause and he did not manage to reach his target. This event marked my moment of entry into the clandestine world of domestic violence within the Muslim community. "Let him deal with the fact that you are no longer a blessing in his life."

This statement by Khalid Latif, the chaplain at New York University, was given in a lecture, titled "Real Men Don't Hit Women," which was named runner up in the FaithTrust Institute's 2009 National Sermon Contest. Below, I speak with Khalid Latif about this elusive and taboo-ridden topic and what we can do to bring light to this topic in our communities.

Why do you think people often become involved with domestic violence issues only after a close friend or family member is harmed?

It becomes hard for many people to understand life beyond their own lived experiences. This in turn leads to us not being able to provide the resources needed by many in our communities who are going through very severe and serious life situations because we are unable to objectively understand the very subjective pains that they are experiencing. It becomes apparent in many situations, including that of domestic violence, where Muslims lose the ability to make relevant our tradition to the masses, both Muslim and non-Muslim alike, because we just don't understand where people are coming from. This is a sharp contrast to the individual who is the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, who uniquely was able to connect to people who came to him via their lived experiences, not solely his own. It is indicative from the fact that men and women would come and speak to him on their own volition of things that they went through. Examples include, admissions of alcohol consumption and committing of zina, subjects that would be extremely hard to broach with most individuals today, because of the anticipation of a lack of compassion and understanding. They knew that they would be able to speak with him about it and he would listen and be able to understand, even if he hadn't directly experienced what they had been through.

What can our communities and our spiritual leaders do to address this issue?

First, there's not really a concept of pastoral care in most Muslim communities. We have a variety of programs in which one can learn Islamic law and theology, but their practical implementation is neither taught nor easily understood. As a result, counseling becomes subjective to and limited by an Imam's or Khateeb's own experiences. There also has to be a willingness to admit whether one is truly qualified to take on tasks that they are presented with. If I am unable to connect with the American Muslims or reach beyond my own ethnic group or generation, then I have to admit my shortcoming for the sake of the community.

When a person unleashes years of pain and pent up frustration as a result of being a victim of abuse, he/she asks "Why did this happen to me?" "Does Allah love me?" "Can I be angry with Allah?" No one has definite answers that will offer complete contentment but these questions still need to be asked so at the very least, services and programming can be approached more strategically with an understanding that those questions are out there and need to be dealt with.

We must broaden our conversations concerning gender. We delineate the rights and responsibilities of women, but rarely do we speak about the roles allocated to men via our paradigm. Who is teaching our boys how to be men? Our banal conversation on gender can't get past the question of whether or not it's permissible for a boy and girl to speak to each other. As such, we don't know how to treat the other gender because we don't understand our own.

Statistically speaking, it takes a victim 6-8 times to leave an abusive situation. Does this statistic have the potential of being even higher in our communities?

It's definitely higher. For most, the person that they marry will be the first person they are intimate with. It'll be the first person that they have a unique trust with, and it'll be hard to let that go. Every excuse possible will surface in their minds as to why it's ok for them to be abused because how can they really take on the idea that someone that they love so much is not good for them. Plus, the cultural stigmas surrounding divorce are huge and many are unwilling to help an abused woman break out of a marriage. A person also has to contend with the reality that if he/she opts to end an abusive relationship, he/she very well might be alone for the rest of their lives, which for some people is a lot scarier than getting hit.

How can we deal with instances in which our religious leaders give sermons which, perhaps unintentionally, condone abuse?

We need to raise the bar on who we allow to deliver sermons in our mosques. Our leaders need to be able to critically engage our texts, not regurgitate information. There has to be an understanding of who is in the audience and what impact your words will have on someone different from you.

How can our community address cases of emotional and religious abuse?

We have to be careful who we get married to in the first place. We have to encourage our young people not consent to a marriage that they are not comfortable with.

As a community we also have to set up viable institutions for counseling, mediation and ultimately shelter for those who have been abused. The Muslim community is a very unhappy community. We don't deal with anxiety issues or mental health problems in an effective and systematic way. My faith is intrinsically linked to my emotional physical self. If either of those is being abused, it's going to damage my spirituality.

How do you suggest our readers get involved in the issue of domestic violence in the Muslim community?

If you have an innate ability to be a good listener, then be willing to listen, whether a person is close to you or not. And if you aren't meant to be a counselor, then find out what you are good at and give that back to the community. When you don't, the rest of us lose out on the blessing that is uniquely you.

Sarrah Abulughod is part of the leadership of the D.C. Green Muslims, a group intent on highlighting the importance of being environmentally conscious and eco-friendly from an Islamic perspective. Sarrah also serves her community by being an active community outreach volunteer for the Domestic Violence Resource Project and serves as a board member with the Muslim Public Service Network.


Indutva optionJug Suraiya,
Henry Ford once remarked that customers for the cars he made could have any colour they chose provided it was black. L K Advani seems to hold a similar view regarding the product that the BJP is selling, which is Hindutva. According to the BJP leader, secularists can have any colour they want provided it's the saffron of Hindutva.
In his blog, Advani reportedly argued that in India, Hindutva and secularism are one and the same thing. While such an assertion might leave both the saffronites as well as the secular camp at a loss for printable words, the BJP leader has cited an article by lawyer Ram Jethmalani to corroborate his contention. In his article, Jethmalani had said that Hindutva was not the property of the sangh parivar but was a 'synonym' for Indian secularism. To support this view, Advani referred to a court judgement secured by Jethmalani in which the bench had observed that "Hindutva is a way of life or state of mind and cannot be understood as religious Hindu fundamentalism."
The court was quite right, of course. What is called Hindutva cannot and ought not to be called Hindu fundamentalism. For the simple reason that Hinduism true Hinduism can never be fundamentalist by its very nature and definition, which is bedrocked on tolerance and the acceptance of points of view other than one's own. In that Hindutva or cultural nationalism, as it's sometimes called tries to semetise or straitjacket the elastic eclecticism of the Hindu way of life and thought, the two are intrinsically incompatible.
This supple Hindu eclecticism, capable of absorbing anything and everything, is diametrically opposed to hidebound and blinkered Hindutva with its tunnel vision, which narrows the boundless horizon that has for millennia been the backdrop of what today we call India. It is this tradition of tolerance that imbues Indian secularism and makes it distinct from western concepts of secularism. In the West, secularism supposedly stands for the separation of church and state, faith and politics. Secularism as understood and practised in India is exemplified by a worldview contained in a single phrase: Sarva dharma samabhava. This is the basis of what might be called India's ecumenical secularism: not a divorce of state and church, but a celebratory union of public life and spiritual affirmation, an affirmation not restricted to a single creed, or congregation, but which includes all creeds and all congregations.
That's the problem with Hindutva: the 'H' makes it sound like the sole preserve of Hindus. Who, if they are true Hindus, would not in any case be party to such an exclusivist formulation, in much the same way that Groucho Marx said he would not join any club which would have him as a member. If you drop the 'H', and transform 'Hindutva' into 'Indutva', a lot of problems vanish, including that of secular opposition.
Indian secularism or spiritual secularism, if you like is a river of faith fed by many tributaries, originating from diverse wellsprings. A de-saffronised Indutva, an Indutva without the sectarian 'H', would not only be acceptable to Indian secularism but be identical to it.
That's the real cultural nationalism that not just the BJP but all political parties who aspire to represent the republic should espouse: not chauvinist Hindutva, but a multi-branded Indutva, an article of everyday faith in the land of Industan
Religion and politics go together, Church people say
The Church must engage in politics for the benefit of society, say Church people as Malaysia readies itself for a by-election in a Christian-majority constituency.
"Religion and politics are two sides of the same coin. Here in [Eastern society], you cannot separate them," asserted K.J. John, a Catholic writer.
The former civil servant and now an online media columnist said that, "Jesus was the first politician. Jesus intervened at a particular place and time, and that is already a political intervention."
"What we need today is public theology, which is a Christian faith that can interact in the public arena, to speak for goodness, righteousness and truth, and to live by these," said John.
In Malaysia, he continued, people are now recognising the role of civil society movements and the need to be involved in the governing of their community. This includes the Churches where people need to stand up and make their voices heard. Church leaders are now engaging state leaders in dialogue and vice-versa.
John was one of several Church people said recently at an event in Penang that brought together Church leaders and the head of the state government.
Anglican Bishop Ng Moon Hing, president of the Christian Federation of Malaysia, said dialogue among Churches and the government should be an ongoing exercise to understand each other.
"It should not be done merely during elections but all the time," he said on the sidelines of a recent meeting between 380 leaders and representatives of Churches and Christian bodies in Penang and Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang state.
Pastor Edward Lim of Gateway City Church said common objectives of both Church and state include eradicating poverty and serving marginalized people.
Pastor Lim also suggested the various Churches unite as one body to share the blessings of God and the love of Jesus with people without any strings attached.
Christianity and politics are again coming to the forefront of national consciousness as both the ruling coalition and opposition coalition campaign head of a parliamentary by-election in Sarawak, eastern Malaysia, on May 16.
The use of the word "Allah" for God by Malay-speaking Christians threatened to become an issue during campaigning. However, police have banned all political parties from bringing up the controversy, vowing to take action under the Sedition Act or the Internal Security Act, which permits detention without trial for up to two years.
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Finally, the Church has openly said what it had been 'whispering' these last many years since the 1990s. Yes, we have been hearing about what the priests preach during their Sunday sermons. Thus far, however, it has been a sort of 'closed-door' event. Now, the Church has openly declared its stand. And that stand is: religion and politics just can't be separated.
Muslims always argue that Islam is not a religion but a complete way of life or adeen. I agree and have never disputed that or argued against it. But what does adeen mean? I know it means a complete way of life. But how complete is complete?
Prophet Muhammad did not introduce a religion. In fact, the Prophet declared that he was not introducing a new religion but was bringing us back to the original religion of Abraham, the same foundation for Judaism and Christianity. This makes all three religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — sort of 'sister religions'.
So what did Prophet Muhammad introduce then? He introduced a system. And this system included local government, national defence, the treasury, internal security, a judiciary, an information network, a diplomatic corps, and many more that you would see in a modern government today.
Many have reduced religion in general and Islam in particular to just a set of rituals. If that is the case then we do not need Holy Books, the Quran included. It takes only a day to teach you all the rituals. But it took Prophet Muhammad an entire generation to teach Islam to the extremely stubborn Arabs. And this is because Islam is not just about rituals — the same for all religions.
The detractors to this would argue that that might have been so 1,500 years ago. But times have changed. No longer does religion need to run the country like days gone by. Today, governments are set up differently and we have a separation of tasks and duties. The legislature does the work of formulating laws. The judiciary does the work of dispensing justice. The treasury does the work of managing the finances. The military does the work of national defence. The police does the work of internal security; and whatnot.
Agreed! Nations, today, are too large compared to those of 1,500 or 2,000 years ago. One 'unit' can no longer run the entire nation. We have many units performing various tasks. We can no longer have the synagogue, church, mosque or temple managing everything like in the days when communities comprised of merely a collection of a few wooden huts. But this does not mean that the synagogues, churches, mosques or temples have lost their right to at least comment on political or elected leaders having to uphold and practice justice, fair play and good governance.
The religious leaders do still have a role to play in government. Their role is of course not to run the government. We have an elected government to do that job. But they have to still play the role of being the conscience of the government. They need to remind the political leaders about their duties and responsibilities to the people who elected them into office. And the synagogue, church, mosque or temple cannot shirk this role.
I agree that religion and politics, to a certain degree, should be separated, but only as far as the day-to-day running of the government is concerned. Religion, however, can't close its eyes, ears or mouth to injustice and corruption. It can and must be a critic to bad governance and injustice. It has to be the conscience to a government that has no conscience.
If the Church had dared speak out in Nazi Germany then the Holocaust might not have happened. But the Church chose to remain silent. Agreed, some church people, on their own initiative, did do something and the result of that was some Jews were spared death. But it was a 'private enterprise' by some priests who had a conscience and who felt they needed to do something in the name of humanity. The Church, however, did not take an official stand or condemn this crime against humanity.
Did the religious leaders and scholars condemn Saddam Hussein's ethnic cleansing in Iraq, or the 'western-influence-cleansing' in Iran soon after the 1979 'Islamic' Revolution? In fact, in Iran, the religious people played a very prominent role in the 'western-influence-cleansing' and those perceived as 'counter-revolutionaries' suffered the 'Inquisition'. So, instead of propagating human rights, religion became an instrument to a violation of human rights.
I repeat, I am not propagating that Malaysia becomes a theological state, whether Islamic State or whatever. I am saying that the 'members of the cloth' must speak out against injustice, corruption, abuse of power, racism, discrimination, wastage of public funds and extravagance, fraudulent elections, draconian laws, and much more. All religions are opposed to these transgressions and violations. So all religious people must also oppose them.
That is the role of religion in government. It becomes the conscience of the political leaders when these political leaders lose their conscience. Then, maybe, religious people would no longer be seen as hypocrites like how most people currently see them.


Hahahaha to local politics

Posted: 18 May 2010 09:51 AM PDT

I have been away for almost 2 weeks, roaming some places in and out of the country. Some interesting events took place since then - the PKR saga, Anwar's sodomy case, Wee Choo Keong quits PKR, Sime Darby and of course, the Sibu by-election which BN lost!

Lost? Hmmm.... local politics. It really sucks!

For all the effort, project-promo and round-the-clock campaign, we ended as losers. Unlike Hulu Selangor, Sibu was said to be among the safe constituency for Barisan Nasional. Nevertheless, lots of lesson to be learnt.

When will Prime Minister reshuffle the Cabinet? A few heads have to roll, many suggested. Rumors are that Nor Yakcop and 2 ministers will be chopped, 2 deputies will be promoted to full ministers while 3 others will be dropped.

Former MCA President Ong Tee Keat will be retained, I think while the guy who trashed him in party elections a month ago, Chua Soi Lek has declined any Cabinet position until the next election next year... a true gentleman!

I also hope to see one or two Mentri Besar to be removed. Umno should know who and who and why they have to be replaced by better candidates.


SELANGOR MB inc FIASCO..........

Posted: 18 May 2010 08:51 AM PDT

Kapar MP S Manikavasagam exposed Selangor-owned sand and mining company Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd. (KSSB) . KSSB, a company involved in the sand and minerals industry, is wholly-owned by Mentri Besar Incorporated.

KSSB is not a normal limited company (sendirian bhd). KSSB is a company wholly owned by MB Incorporated (Menteri Besar Incorporated). It means that KSSB is under the full control of Selangor Government through the office of Menteri Besar i.e. YB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
  • He named three top executives of the company in his report filed
  • The company has been allegedly mismanaged due to the "deviation" by some of its top officers.
  • Kumpulan Semesta's accounts have not been updated, and this resulted in millions of ringgit not being collected.
  • Kumpulan Semesta has also been providing excessive rebates and discounts to certain companies, and while its business targets were not met, some of its officers received two-fold salary increments and were paid four months bonus.
  • Some sand miners obtained permits without paying royalty to the company.
  • Company also issued "transport dockets" to illegal miners as well.
  • The company had also allegedly permitted the ferrying of sand without payment first, resulting in "outstanding accounts running into the millions".
SELANGOR MB REACTS.....

The menteri besar said he was disappointed by the way Manikavasagam tackled the allegations by going to the media first.

Although the state government allows certain public discussions, Khalid said it was best establishing the cases first without involving the public.

"We should tackle it after we have established the criminality of the case. Only then it would be best to inform the public," he said.

KSSB RETALIATES.......

KSSB demanded that YB Manikavasagam apologise and withdraw the false accusation within 48 hours or face legal action for defamation for what YB Manikavasagam had exposed. KSSB also called for YB Manikavasagam to resign and pay compensation to the company once it is cleared.


YB Wee ( keadilan MP) quits PKR in protest.........

Wee told that he had resigned because of the way the party and the Pakatan Rakyat Selangor government had handled the scandal involving a state-owned mining company Kuala Semesta Sdn Bhd (KSSB).

"The statement made by the company in the media asking Kapar MP S Manikavasagam to apologise was the last straw that broke the camel's back. I am making this statement with a very heavy heart. I can no longer remain in PKR, I can no longer pretend," he told reporters at a press conference held in his office here.

He added that the statement made by KSSB clearly shows that the Selangor government is seeking to gag Manickavasagam and to intimidate him.

Wee also said he was disappointed with the PKR leadership for "covering up" the issue.


UMNO/PBB - Orphanage parties.

Posted: 18 May 2010 11:19 AM PDT

UMNO in recent development looks like it is going to be an orphanage party. So does PBB in Sarawak. What is the common attribute of these two parties? Both are parties for the Malays and the indigenous.

What is the common danger that faces both the parties for the indigenous? The answer is, both look like going to be the orphanage parties respectively for the peninsula and Sarawak

The third and the most vital question is; what is the common and familiar disease that both are experiencing now?

Both the parties are facing serious intra and inter party antagonists and without immediate efforts with appropriate face-saving devices for each and individual party can lead the coalition to an eventual dilapidation and disrepair.

UMNO, until today is still trying hard to find its actual identity, which the party has lost since Mahathir's leadership.

Now UMNO is BN and BN is UMNO. MCA, GERAKKAN and MIC in essence are of no consequence to BN, as they are parasites to UMNO.

UMNO has been blamed by its components in the peninsula since the 2008 GE for the dismal performances and now the core component of Sarawak BN, PBB is noticeably blamed by the voters and rejected Taib Mahmud in the open in the 8-day campaign period in Sibu by election.

Najib and Muhyiddin camped themselves in Sibu to make up a win and defended BN with all their might with lofty promises and dishing out hand outs to Sibu voters but that was not good enough to coax and charm the voters to maintain the seat within BN.

Najib in essence is jilted by the Chinese voters in recent by elections. Our Chinese friends know what they want and nothing can shake their stand and struggles. They are not easily hook winked by short term monetary hand outs and do not take Najib's offer seriously.

A personal friend from Sibu commented that the offer of rm5 million for the Chinese and missionary schools was taken as an insult as the rich Foochow community can make up the amount by themselves.

The local sentiments against Sarawak State leadership is starting to show up after 29 years of tolerating his tight-fisted rule and corruptly perceived CM and the State Cabinet is the main issue that was effectively used by the DAP to entice them to vote against SUPP/BN.

Like UMNO in the peninsula PBB is now negatively perceived by the people of state and for Taib to be the Samy Velu of Sarawak is highly probable. Taib has been over staying and to right minded political opinion, he has to start packing for retirement without interruption.

It is apparent that the Sarawakian is giving a very strong and strapping notice to Taib; either he leaves or BN has got to go.

Taib and PBB seem to put Sarawak Component parties, PBRS and SUPP in tight spot; torn in between the allegiance to the coalition and the actual needs of the Sarawak public to see Taib's departure. To them Taib is just a paper tiger.

Conclusively we should agree among ourselves that UMNO is an orphanage party in the peninsula, while PBB is a newly born orphan, and that may cause power for the present State Government.


Thanks……………………………………Aspan Alias


“Sarawak State Elections..??”

Posted: 18 May 2010 06:52 AM PDT

CM Taib was interviewed by the Press/Media outside the DUN Building whether the defeat in Sibu means that the Sarawak State elections will be differed and held back. His answer was "I will call it when I am inspired" The rumour mill as published in the English News Borneo Posts has somewhat been the talk of the day after the Buzz of DAP/PR  win in P212Sibu'

 The calls for a SNAP election is growing louder as the Opposition parties sees it an Opportune time to strike when the Iron is Hot. In October 2009 we wrote this article ,"Maju Group 1987 Nearly..2011 .Not Unless..??" and this was extracted ,"20 seats out of 48 seats in 1987 and the Maju group nearly did it. 15 seats were won by PBDS and 5 seats by Permas. If the CM has the "Inspiration" he might just call the early elections in 2010 just a year short of the full term. 23 years later after 1987 and the seats have increased to 71

The State BN will need to go back to the drawing board and work their strategy to face the ever growing opposition front. A BN/SUPP political strategists said to audie61 that the loss in Sibu is Sad but they already know that the Hardcore Opposition numbers in Sibu is between 13000-15000 The Floodgates are already open and the 15000-20000 at the last day of the ceramah was an indication that the PEOPLES POWER is hard to stem out. We have never seen it in Sibu and this was really an EYE OPENER.

SUPP going through its toughest time and at its Lowest Ebb will need to pull together to win back the peoples hearts.We need to go all the way down to the grassroots,listen and action immediatedly instead of dishing out goodies during election time. 

Our top leaders needs to walk their talk from now and its no use to HARP ON IT BUT NOT PRACTISE IT. If not it will be a little too late as the State elections will be just a blink of an eye away.If the EYE OPENER of the ceramah is not an indicator what else is there..??

The CM looks very calculated in the questions asked by the Press/Media but deep down he must be very disappointed and angry that a strong BN/SUPP seat fell to DAP. He will not be running away from a fight and he will be leading the State BN to get a Fresh mandate from the rakyat. The question remains "Will the People Power be overpowering and make it unmanageable for the BN to hold onto the State..?"

 The People of Sarawak has reached political maturity unlike what a DUN member in todays English tabloid has mentioned that the 71 seats remains BNs strongholds and "its only a small battle losts". On the surface it is a battle losts to BN but it must be noted that PEOPLE POWER will smack right back on his face if BN is too complacent. Even DCM George Chan has cautioned that the Sibu Loss is a Warning to BN.

People Power will determine who stays and admiinster the State of Sarawak after the next Elections.  CM remains cautious and he knows when the Inspiration Date is and he alone knows bests.

He needs to make the right decision at the right time and when it matters mosts and this inspiration will have a desired result for BN. People Power and the calls of early elections by the Opposition fronts will play right into the CM Taibs hands……

Check out this writeup

The Sarawak dilemma: A confident start, but bumpy ride lies ahead — Mariam Mokhtar

May 18, 2010

MAY 18 — Politicians from the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) have always believed that they can fool all of the people all of the time.

At least, until Sunday, when the people of Sibu made history by voting in the DAP candidate and rejecting BN's choice from the Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP).

The slim majority of 398 votes may not sound convincing, but it is nevertheless a win for the DAP. If money politics had not been involved, the DAP might have had a majority of several thousand votes.

After BN's shameful underhand tactics, with offers of money and promises of development that were made only last week (a similar tactic was done in the last Hulu Selangor by-election), this win is a clear message from the electorate.

This victory is well-deserved. The DAP worked hard for it but it must be under no illusion, for if the electoral dice had fallen differently, politics in Sarawak and Malaysia would have been business as usual.

Politicians from both sides of the political divide had a gruelling week on the campaign trail. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak visited the area, not once but three times, in breathless pursuit of every last possible vote. During the last visit, the public was serenaded by the prime minister's wife. Were these renditions BN's swansong or were they the battle cries to arouse patriotic sentiment and an esprit de corps within the BN supporters?

Najib's presence was seen as a desperate bid to woo the Chinese, Iban and Melanau voters. But campaigning wasn't confined to members of the Cabinet. For the opposition, DAP national chairman Karpal Singh took a break from court proceedings in Putrajaya to put in an appearance in Sibu. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the de facto opposition leader, for whom sleepless nights and a rigorous schedule, both nationally and overseas, are nothing new joined the PAS president Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang on the opposition campaign trail.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said that it needed a miracle for its candidate to win and overcome BN's money politics. But election day turned out just as confusing and frustrating as the campaign. There were lots of contradictory messages throughout the day. By 11pm, the outcome was inevitable and we now know a number of certain truths.

First, that BN lost, and badly. Najib made Sibu his personal crusade but the electorate showed him the door. Million ringgit bribes for Chinese and mission schools, church donations and financial gifts to longhouse residents did not sway these Sarawakians. Even the unprofessional manner of the Election Commission failed to stem the rising tide against BN.

There was no doubt that the DAP and Pakatan soldiered on as best as they could during the campaign, pitting their limited resources against the well-funded, bloated and well-oiled political machinery of BN.

Second, will Najib rise to the occasion as the "people's prime minister"? At Rejang Park last Saturday, Najib said he would sign a cheque for RM5 million for flood mitigation measures on condition the BN candidate, Robert Lau, was "delivered" to him in the following day's polling.

In the same speech, he said that "his government cares for the people" and "fights for the people". He made reference to being the PM of "1 Malaysia" and that the "people come first, and that "it is the people that matter".

Najib has acknowledged that Sibu needs money to solve its flooding problems. In addition, Sibu also has a lack of basic infrastructure in the rural districts, a serious gang culture, land rights issues, poverty, a prolonged economic malaise and a mass exodus of its youth. Will Najib put party political interests aside and act responsibly, in the name of national interests?

The failure of the electorate to "agree to a deal" must present Najib with one of his biggest challenges. How will he confront this problem? The Sarawak state elections are due. Sibu has shown a swing to the DAP, but the state is tightly controlled by its Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud, and BN, which holds a tight rein on the federal government, still pulls the strings in Sarawak.

It is interesting too that Najib told the people in Rejang Park: "You shouldn't listen to people who make promises", in a veiled reference to the Pakatan opposition. He then promised to help Sibu, only if BN won. He proclaimed that he was the "prime minister for all" and that his "stable government that cares and delivers" wanted to see a "strong, prosperous Malaysia". So, will he honour his pledge now that he is the "people's prime minister"?

The third truth is the "elephant in the room" in the form of Taib. He is reportedly one of the richest men in the world, with assets and businesses in Malaysia and worldwide. The major issues concern his style of governance and the appointment of his successor as head of state, and leader of his party.

People may say that the White Rajahs of Sarawak, who ruled the state for 100 years, have gone. They haven't. The Taib Mahmud dynasty is a poor copy of the original Brookes of England. Taib is not revered like the White Rajahs. His vision is short-lived.

His political style and mismanagement of Sarawak's resources suggest that he rules Sarawak as if the state were his own, with a vulgar display of wealth and a lack of concern and respect for the welfare of the people. Timber concessions and the approval of multi-million dollar projects are kept within a select band of people.

Sarawakians are angry with him, and he was deliberately sidelined from the Sibu campaign trail as he was considered a liability. Companies operating in the interior have allegedly polluted the rivers and groundwater, destroyed jungle pathways and raped the women of the indigenous tribes. But still no form of justice is evident and no one has been made accountable.

Plantations benefit the owners, and dam construction, the project builders. Despite the development in trading, construction, property and road making, very little money and few benefits have filtered down to the common man. Education, provision of health services, law enforcement, electricity, running water, roads and basic infrastructure are still lacking in many parts of Sarawak.

The people of Sibu have delivered a clear message to the government. It remains to be seen if the opposition Pakatan and DAP can maintain this momentum into the state elections and also the general election.

The real test lies ahead and the road will be bumpy. The newly-elected MP has to lead and show how to effect a fundamental change in politics, where national interests take precedence. The country must come first and not party politics.

After his success was announced, an elated Wong Ho Leng expressed his gratitude to the voters: "Thank you Sibu. Thank you Malaysia. One small step in winning Sibu, one giant step to winning Putrajaya."

Wong should not be modest in his achievements and aspirations. When asked by reporters what he thought the results would mean for impending state polls, Wong replied that "Sarawak is ready for change."

We disagree. He should have said "Malaysia is ready for change."

* Mariam Mokhtar is commentator of Malaysian politics and life.



Penang Today

Posted: 18 May 2010 05:22 AM PDT

By the Administrator

Penang Today shows the famaous Rasa Sayang Sabgrila Spa of Batu Ferringghi, the first 6 Stars beech Hotel in Penang since the 1970's, which is of even more attractive appearence after its latest renovation undertaken 2 years ago.

 

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Jadual Lawatan Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim ke Pulau Pinang

Posted: 18 May 2010 05:07 AM PDT

Jadual Lawatan Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim ke Pulau Pinang

 19 Mei 2010 (Rabu)

 12.00 tghari – Penyerahan sumbangan Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang kepada Sekolah2 Agama Rakyat di Sekolah Agama Rakyat Al Aminiah, Permatang Nibung.

 Turut  bersama YAB Lim Guan Eng (Ketua Menteri), YB Mansur Osman (Timb Ketua Menteri), YB Malik Kassim (Exco Agama), YB Salleh Man (Pesuruhjaya PAS Pulau Pinang), YB Maktar Shafee.

3.3.0 ptg – Mesyuarat bersama Majlis Pimpinan Negeri/ AMK/Wanita/ADUN/Ahli Parlimen/Ahli Majlis/Penyelaras DUN Pulau Pinang.

5.00 ptg – Mesyuarat Cabang/AMK/Wanita/Ahli Majlis/JKKK/ADUN Permatang Pauh

6.00 ptg – Sumbangan kepada mangsa kebakaran di Kubang Seman dan pelajar yang memasuki IPT bersama Timbalan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang

7.20 mlm – Solat Maghrib/Tazkirah/Solat hajat di Madrasah An Nahdoh Kubang Seman bersama Ybhg Usatz Mutalib.

9.00 -12.00 mlm – Ceramah Perdana 1 – Konspirasi Fitnah Ke 2

Tempat – Dewan Haji Zabidi, Permatang Pauh

Penceramah –

1)     YB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim

2)     Ybhg Ustaz Hassan Razak

3)     YB Mansur Osman

4)     YB Saifuddin Nasution

9.00 – 12.00 mlm – Ceramah Perdana 2 – Konspirasi Fitnah Ke 2

Tempat – Dewan Jawi, Sungai Bakap

Penceramah –

1)     YB Saifuddin Nasution

2)     YB Maktar Shafee

3)     YAB Lim Guan Eng

4)       YB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim 


What is Kangeroo Court?

Posted: 18 May 2010 04:44 AM PDT

indexToday the Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak  suspended YB Dominic Ng (PKR Padungan) and YB Chong Chen Jen (DAP) for 12 months  each.  For uttering the word "Kangeroo Court" in May 2009, during another motion to suspend  YB Wong Ho Leng Dap Bkt Assek) also for 12 months. No wonder BN Dayak YBs dare not say the words "Survey all NCR", they also be suspended for 12 months. Any comment?adun_n9_padungan_yb_ng_kim_ho_dominique


two two faces of the tainted Attorney-General’s discretion to decide on the charge against a person. get the fuckout before we kick your ass out

Posted: 18 May 2010 05:03 AM PDT

My soul is not for sale to the devil. My soul is priceless! Amen.

Najis and his Umno-warlords should be very, very afraid. Afraid not because some sections of the population won't listen to you or that they would point their middle finger at you instead of pointing the tired-index finger at the sky to symbolize your 1Malaysia.. No, not that.
What can be more insulting?

Freaking monkey, monkeying around with the people's money. Rob the nation and used the Rakyat's money as baits for more opportunities to screw the Rakyat.

That's the whole problem, UMNO thought this nation belong to them only. They lie, rob, steal, jail and kill anyone at their own whims and fancies. This is insanity and this is Malaysia.
You should be afraid because this is the first time they won't sell their votes to you for your money.
And seeing that your oldest, commonest and dirtiest trick of buying votes during elections, i.e."Umno's lethal weapon" is not working, so your BeEnd is habis come GE-13.
WHAT ETHICS AND MORALS DO YOU EXPECT FROM ALI BABA HIMSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……………………. Lets ONE_UP in the INTERNATIONAL PLATFORM
Well if our government has failed in everything else, I can give you at least one that they have passed with flying colours – CORRUPTION! How else can one grade the government if the Head Honcho himself blatantly practised corruption. What else can we expect from our leaders? The best brains have left us, exported out to other countries. The good brains left fighting are sent to Kamunting from time to time to give others a clear message. AND all we have left to run the nation are murderers, thieves, gangsters, frogs and prostitutes.

So with that pool of 'leaders' what can Malaysia expect? From what I heard and saw in the video, perhaps Najib don't even understand that he had actually committed an election act offence and/or corruption – I mean after all, he can only think of 'blowing' things up, right?

…"If Robert Lau becomes the MP on Sunday, on Monday I will ask the cheque to be prepared. Do we have a deal or not? We do! You want the RM5 million, I want Robert Lau to win,"
BUT Robert Lau was miraculously DEFEATED ! So it is NOT Corruption to GIVE Rm5 million since the actus rea was not completed ? So NO OFFENCE committed at all ? MACC cannot prove ?
HOWEVER, In Hulu Selangor, it was a Clear -CUT OFFENCE as the actus rea was fulfilled & completed ?
To prove the case MACC must call all voters to affirm that they indeed did receive the MONIES and were fully influnced to vote for BeEnd candidate ?
No wonder the whole Govt. machinery is corrupted to the hilt. The policeman and the lower rank have a role model in the pm. It would be doomesday soon if PR does not take over the country in the next GE. The prison cells need to be increased immediatley after the next GE should PR become the next ruling party.

two two faces of the tainted Attorney-General's discretion to decide on the charge against a person.

WHAT DID HE MEAN BY 'TENTATIVE CHARGE BUT ALL IS NOT LOST'?

The scope of the Attorney-General's powers in Malaysia has long been a subject of debate and controversy. He is the chief legal adviser to the government and is responsible for advising ministers involved in legal proceedings in their official capacitywhy Gani Patail high ranking officier AG office was not CHARGE for not reporting the crime this is the blunt misuse of power by the B.N'S NAJIB'S SMS

. Fabrication is one of his specialities. Have you read the Unholy Trinity related article it's mindboggling!Public Prosecutor has deceptively merely manufacturing evidences against Anwar

Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial has been adjourned to tomorrow after the defence raised discrepancies over the charges framed and accuser Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan's testimony yesterday Remember that infamous judge from Sodomy 1 ? The lawyers want the law to be applied in this trial? Don't the lawyers know what happen in sodomy 1 ? And what do you think will happen in sodomy 2 ? Correct Anwar will go to jail! All the lawyers can do is prolong the case.If that bugger Augustine Paul was still alive and the judge for the case, he would say it is irrelevant whether there is consent or not. In buggery , consent or not , it is still buggery the learned judge would declare. As long as Anwar does it , it does not matter who he sticks it to whether it is Saiful or Azizan. The time or the place is all irrelevant as far as the case of sodomy is concerned. Anwar did it before. Anwar did it again. Anwar will do it again, and again and again till he can't get it up. Then the saga ends. Stupid lawyers and judges are sodomising the courts of justice in this country.

THE HIGHLY IRREGULAR NATURE OF THIS CASE WAS ALSO MARKED BY FREQUENT AND MYSTERIOUS CHANGES OF LEGAL PERSONNEL, RESULTING IN A COMPLETE CHANGEOVER OF THE DEFENSE TEAM, THE PROSECUTORS AND THE JUDGE EVEN BEFORE THE HEARINGS BEGAN. THESE WEIRD PHENOMENA WERE CROWNED BY THE SHOCK APPEARANCE OF A NEW TEAM OF PROSECUTORS WHO WERE APPOINTED ONLY HOURS BEFORE THE HEARING WAS SUPPOSED TO BEGIN, THUS NECESSITATING AN IMPROMPTU POSTPONEMENT OF THE TRIAL FOR TWO WEEKS. NONE OF THESE CHANGES OF LEGAL PERSONNEL HAS BEEN PROPERLY EXPLAINED, EXCEPT FOR THE RESIGNATION OF ABDUL RAZAK'S FIRST LAWYER; ZULKIFLI NOORDIN, QUIT, HE SAID, BECAUSE OF "SERIOUS INTERFERENCE BY THIRD PARTIES".ZULKIFLI NOORDIN ASKED WHAT DID HE MEAN BY 'TENTATIVE CHARGE BUT ALL IS NOT LOST'? ON 11TH OCTOBER, MALAYSIA TODAY CARRIED A POST ENTITLED 'ABUSE OF POWER BY THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER' THAT LAID OUT A SERIES OF SMS'ES ALLEGED TO HAVE PASSED BETWEEN NAJIB AND SENIOR LAWYER SHAFEE ABDULLAH IN RELATION TO RAZAK BAGINDA'S ARREST AND REMAND IN THE DAYS BEFORE BAGINDA WAS CHARGED. NAJIB WAS PUBLICLY ASKED TO COMMENT ABOUT THESE SMS'ES AND HE NEVER DENIED THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE SAME.NOW, THERE'S ONE OTHER EXCHANGE OF SMS'ES, THIS TIME ALLEGEDLY BETWEEN RAZAK BAGINDA AND NAJIB. I DO NOT RECALL NAJIB HIMSELF HAVING EVER ADDRESSED OR DENIED OR ADMITTED THE CORRECTNESS OR OTHERWISE OF THESE SMS'ES DIRECTLY, AS HE DID WITH THE SERIES OF SMS'ES REFERRED TO IN THE MT POSTING.I AM REFERRING TO THE 2 SMS'ES MENTIONED AT PARAGRAPHS 51 AND 52 OF THE FIRST STATUTORY DECLARATION OF PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR BALASUBRAMANIAM. LET ME REPRODUCE BELOW BOTH PARAGRAPHS 51 AND 52 OF THAT FIRST STATUTORY DECLARATION.51. ON THE DAY ABDUL RAZAK BAGINDA WAS ARRESTED, I WAS WITH HIM AT HIS LAWYERS OFFICE AT 6.30AM. ABDUL RAZAK BAGINDA INFORMED US THAT HE HAD SENT NAJIB RAZAK AN SMS THE EVENING BEFORE AS HE REFUSED TO BELIEVE HE WAS TO BE ARRESTED, BUT HAD NOT RECEIVED A RESPONSE. 52. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, AT ABOUT 7.30AM, ABDUL RAZAK BAGINDA RECEIVED AN SMS FROM NAJIB RAZAK AND SHOWED, THIS MESSAGE TO BOTH MYSELF AND HIS LAWYER. THIS MESSAGE READ AS FOLLOWS: " I AM SEEING IGP AT 11AMTODAY … MATTER WILL BE SOLVED … BE COOL". HE SAID NOW WHY WOULD NAJIB PUT HIS NECK FOR SOME MURDER ?

If money cannot get votes, what do you have left?

Mr Prime Minister you said it loud and clear to the people. You vote my candidate in and I will help you! A very basic tit for tat situation that leaves no doubt to the people of Sibu that they need to teach you a lesson in eating humble pie. A lesson in the possibility that maybe, just maybe, money cannot buy everything.

By Steadyaku47

I watched the spectacle that Najib made of himself just the other day in campaigning for the Sibu by-election. Wiping spit and sweat off his face as he horse-traded with the people of Sibu. "If Robert Lau becomes the MP on Sunday, on Monday I will ask the cheque to be prepared. Do we have a deal or not? We do! You want the RM5 million, I want Robert Lau to win,"

You help me and I will help you! You scratch my back and I will scratch yours! The audacity of our Prime Minister to horse-trade with the people he has sworn to serve! Why? Has he taken it upon himself to "turun padang" – down to the level of those corrupt government officers and PDRM who is so fond of reminding us that to help us, we must first help them? It brings back unpleasant memories of my time in the immigration department at which I have spent a good many hours trying, without any success, to get PR status for my family.

I remember that one day when the Napoleonic immigration officer across the counter arrogantly told me that my wife is to be "denda" the sum of $1000 a day for each of the three days that she had overstayed. It took a lot of control for me to not spit in his face. With all the self-control I could muster, I turned and walked away. I then went to get a "support" letter from one UMNO big wig which "selesai" the matter without any "denda" being imposed.

As I watched our Prime Minister sweating away on center stage, it brings back to me those unpleasant encounters I have had in the past when corrupt mata-matas happen to find me making minor traffic infringements while they are doing their "cari makan" rounds. Their routine is precise. "Lesen Encik … Encik dari mana, … ke mana … kerja apa" … out with his "summon book" and the start of his scribbling to nudge us closer to the "selesai" talk. Now we start to do the asking … "Tolong Datok … or as the Chinese say "Latok"… And he comes back with the "Macam mana saya nak tolong ni?" Sound familiar?

With the policeman, the deal is done there and then. He gets his money and we are off. With Najib, he does not know if his "offer" is good enough for the people to accept. Whether they want more or whether they are prepared to get a summon or even go to jail (as the policeman had threatened to do if no "selesai" takes place) … but Najib is game. He makes the RM$5 million offer and promises to deliver if the other party reciprocates by giving the Barisan Nasional candidate their votes. After the offer, Najib must have felt it was a done deal after all it was a promise that would cost a few million ringgit to deliver and all they had to do was "pangkah" Najib's man. But, as in all deals with Barisan Nasional, it is always a one way trade. Damn if you do and damn if you don't. But now we know that the people of Sibu could not be bothered if they are damned even as they said "NO".

With Najib, as I watched him wipe away the spit and the sweat of his pudgy face, my initial compulsion was to turn away from the spectacle of our Prime Minister telling the Rakyat that they must help him first before he can help them. But, like watching an accident as you drive past, even as your head wants to turn away from the blood and the gore, you will find yourself continuing to look and watch this sad man trying to win over voters the only way he knows how – by buying their votes! But as we now know, to no avail because when I awoke on Monday morning, DAP had won.

What now, Mr. Prime Minister? Because if money cannot buy votes then UMNO is in trouble! If UMNO is in trouble then you too are in trouble and by elementary deduction, so would Rosmah, Muhyuddin, Rais, MCA, MIC … in fact the whole gang would be in strife. The beginning of the end, perhaps? The harbinger of things to come in the not-too-distant future?

Mr Prime Mister Sir, I would suggest that you refrain from "punishing" the people of Sibu for not voting your candidate in lest they punish you again in the coming general elections next year. Lashing out at the voters who deserted you will bring more harm to UMNO than to the people who did not vote you in. Making an example of them will only lead to more votes going to PKR. In retrospect, that might not be such a bad thing after all ….

Mr Prime Minister you said it loud and clear to the people. You vote my candidate in and I will help you! A very basic tit for tat situation that leaves no doubt to the people of Sibu that they need to teach you a lesson in eating humble pie. A lesson in the possibility that maybe, just maybe, money cannot buy everything.

That the people of Sibu was not bought over by his usual attempt at "BUY election" must be worrying for Najib. It was not Muhyiddin that was making the offer. It was the head honcho himself. I only have this to say to Najib – be afraid, be very afraid. If money cannot get votes, what do you have left?

As Billy Joel said "Honesty is such a lonely word. Everyone is so untrue. Honesty is hardly ever heard. And mostly what I need from you".

It is back to the drawing board for the UMNO guys.

Posted by the taxidriver786



A convert's regret

Posted: 18 May 2010 04:22 AM PDT

Ten years ago, Faizal Wong Abdullah became a Muslim. He ways because of the influence of his friends, but at the expense of his family who effectively disowned him. Now he wants out. He wants to revert and filed an application to do so in March... Full story in Malaysiakini.com: www.malaysiakini.com
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In need of a kidney

Posted: 18 May 2010 02:59 AM PDT

Sharad Kumar is a 26 years old Indian boy who lives with his father in Port Dickson. He suffered from a very serious ailment since a very young age where both of his kidneys are dysfunctional. His father tried everything to make him healthy again but to no avail. He had sent Sharad Kumar for treatments not only in Malaysia but also to India. But Sharad Kumars condition is getting worse day by day. His father had no choice except going for a kidney transplant, although the cost is high and he might not be able to afford it. Although hes not like other kid, Sharad Kumar still has friends and one of his best friends is the old neighbor that he knew when he was young. His best friend's mother, who only wants to be known as Kak Nor, treated Sharad Kumar like his own son, When she sees Sharad Kumars pain and suffering, she feels the need to help. After discussing with her children, she decided to offer one of her kidney to Sharad Kumar. At first, Sharad Kumar's father didn't take it seriously and think it was a joke but Kak Nor insisted to offer her help. They went to a private hospital to check whether Kak Nors kidneys are suitable for Sharad Kumar for the transplant, but to their dismay they cant do it here in Malaysia. According to the hospital, the procedure of the kidney transplant in Malaysia doesnt allow such transplants because theyre not related to each other. However, the hospital advised them to do it in another country like Singapore or Indonesia. But the downside <b>...</b>
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two two faces of the tainted Attorney-General’s discretion to decide on the charge against a person. get the fuckout before we kick your ass out

Posted: 18 May 2010 04:57 AM PDT

My soul is not for sale to the devil. My soul is priceless! Amen.

Najis and his Umno-warlords should be very, very afraid. Afraid not because some sections of the population won't listen to you or that they would point their middle finger at you instead of pointing the tired-index finger at the sky to symbolize your 1Malaysia.. No, not that.
What can be more insulting?

Freaking monkey, monkeying around with the people's money. Rob the nation and used the Rakyat's money as baits for more opportunities to screw the Rakyat.

That's the whole problem, UMNO thought this nation belong to them only. They lie, rob, steal, jail and kill anyone at their own whims and fancies. This is insanity and this is Malaysia.
You should be afraid because this is the first time they won't sell their votes to you for your money.
And seeing that your oldest, commonest and dirtiest trick of buying votes during elections, i.e."Umno's lethal weapon" is not working, so your BeEnd is habis come GE-13.
WHAT ETHICS AND MORALS DO YOU EXPECT FROM ALI BABA HIMSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……………………. Lets ONE_UP in the INTERNATIONAL PLATFORM
Well if our government has failed in everything else, I can give you at least one that they have passed with flying colours – CORRUPTION! How else can one grade the government if the Head Honcho himself blatantly practised corruption. What else can we expect from our leaders? The best brains have left us, exported out to other countries. The good brains left fighting are sent to Kamunting from time to time to give others a clear message. AND all we have left to run the nation are murderers, thieves, gangsters, frogs and prostitutes.

So with that pool of 'leaders' what can Malaysia expect? From what I heard and saw in the video, perhaps Najib don't even understand that he had actually committed an election act offence and/or corruption – I mean after all, he can only think of 'blowing' things up, right?

…"If Robert Lau becomes the MP on Sunday, on Monday I will ask the cheque to be prepared. Do we have a deal or not? We do! You want the RM5 million, I want Robert Lau to win,"
BUT Robert Lau was miraculously DEFEATED ! So it is NOT Corruption to GIVE Rm5 million since the actus rea was not completed ? So NO OFFENCE committed at all ? MACC cannot prove ?
HOWEVER, In Hulu Selangor, it was a Clear -CUT OFFENCE as the actus rea was fulfilled & completed ?
To prove the case MACC must call all voters to affirm that they indeed did receive the MONIES and were fully influnced to vote for BeEnd candidate ?
No wonder the whole Govt. machinery is corrupted to the hilt. The policeman and the lower rank have a role model in the pm. It would be doomesday soon if PR does not take over the country in the next GE. The prison cells need to be increased immediatley after the next GE should PR become the next ruling party.

two two faces of the tainted Attorney-General's discretion to decide on the charge against a person.

WHAT DID HE MEAN BY 'TENTATIVE CHARGE BUT ALL IS NOT LOST'?

The scope of the Attorney-General's powers in Malaysia has long been a subject of debate and controversy. He is the chief legal adviser to the government and is responsible for advising ministers involved in legal proceedings in their official capacitywhy Gani Patail high ranking officier AG office was not CHARGE for not reporting the crime this is the blunt misuse of power by the B.N'S NAJIB'S SMS

. Fabrication is one of his specialities. Have you read the Unholy Trinity related article it's mindboggling!Public Prosecutor has deceptively merely manufacturing evidences against Anwar

Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial has been adjourned to tomorrow after the defence raised discrepancies over the charges framed and accuser Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan's testimony yesterday Remember that infamous judge from Sodomy 1 ? The lawyers want the law to be applied in this trial? Don't the lawyers know what happen in sodomy 1 ? And what do you think will happen in sodomy 2 ? Correct Anwar will go to jail! All the lawyers can do is prolong the case.If that bugger Augustine Paul was still alive and the judge for the case, he would say it is irrelevant whether there is consent or not. In buggery , consent or not , it is still buggery the learned judge would declare. As long as Anwar does it , it does not matter who he sticks it to whether it is Saiful or Azizan. The time or the place is all irrelevant as far as the case of sodomy is concerned. Anwar did it before. Anwar did it again. Anwar will do it again, and again and again till he can't get it up. Then the saga ends. Stupid lawyers and judges are sodomising the courts of justice in this country.

THE HIGHLY IRREGULAR NATURE OF THIS CASE WAS ALSO MARKED BY FREQUENT AND MYSTERIOUS CHANGES OF LEGAL PERSONNEL, RESULTING IN A COMPLETE CHANGEOVER OF THE DEFENSE TEAM, THE PROSECUTORS AND THE JUDGE EVEN BEFORE THE HEARINGS BEGAN. THESE WEIRD PHENOMENA WERE CROWNED BY THE SHOCK APPEARANCE OF A NEW TEAM OF PROSECUTORS WHO WERE APPOINTED ONLY HOURS BEFORE THE HEARING WAS SUPPOSED TO BEGIN, THUS NECESSITATING AN IMPROMPTU POSTPONEMENT OF THE TRIAL FOR TWO WEEKS. NONE OF THESE CHANGES OF LEGAL PERSONNEL HAS BEEN PROPERLY EXPLAINED, EXCEPT FOR THE RESIGNATION OF ABDUL RAZAK'S FIRST LAWYER; ZULKIFLI NOORDIN, QUIT, HE SAID, BECAUSE OF "SERIOUS INTERFERENCE BY THIRD PARTIES".ZULKIFLI NOORDIN ASKED WHAT DID HE MEAN BY 'TENTATIVE CHARGE BUT ALL IS NOT LOST'? ON 11TH OCTOBER, MALAYSIA TODAY CARRIED A POST ENTITLED 'ABUSE OF POWER BY THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER' THAT LAID OUT A SERIES OF SMS'ES ALLEGED TO HAVE PASSED BETWEEN NAJIB AND SENIOR LAWYER SHAFEE ABDULLAH IN RELATION TO RAZAK BAGINDA'S ARREST AND REMAND IN THE DAYS BEFORE BAGINDA WAS CHARGED. NAJIB WAS PUBLICLY ASKED TO COMMENT ABOUT THESE SMS'ES AND HE NEVER DENIED THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE SAME.NOW, THERE'S ONE OTHER EXCHANGE OF SMS'ES, THIS TIME ALLEGEDLY BETWEEN RAZAK BAGINDA AND NAJIB. I DO NOT RECALL NAJIB HIMSELF HAVING EVER ADDRESSED OR DENIED OR ADMITTED THE CORRECTNESS OR OTHERWISE OF THESE SMS'ES DIRECTLY, AS HE DID WITH THE SERIES OF SMS'ES REFERRED TO IN THE MT POSTING.I AM REFERRING TO THE 2 SMS'ES MENTIONED AT PARAGRAPHS 51 AND 52 OF THE FIRST STATUTORY DECLARATION OF PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR BALASUBRAMANIAM. LET ME REPRODUCE BELOW BOTH PARAGRAPHS 51 AND 52 OF THAT FIRST STATUTORY DECLARATION.51. ON THE DAY ABDUL RAZAK BAGINDA WAS ARRESTED, I WAS WITH HIM AT HIS LAWYERS OFFICE AT 6.30AM. ABDUL RAZAK BAGINDA INFORMED US THAT HE HAD SENT NAJIB RAZAK AN SMS THE EVENING BEFORE AS HE REFUSED TO BELIEVE HE WAS TO BE ARRESTED, BUT HAD NOT RECEIVED A RESPONSE. 52. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, AT ABOUT 7.30AM, ABDUL RAZAK BAGINDA RECEIVED AN SMS FROM NAJIB RAZAK AND SHOWED, THIS MESSAGE TO BOTH MYSELF AND HIS LAWYER. THIS MESSAGE READ AS FOLLOWS: " I AM SEEING IGP AT 11AMTODAY … MATTER WILL BE SOLVED … BE COOL". HE SAID NOW WHY WOULD NAJIB PUT HIS NECK FOR SOME MURDER ?

If money cannot get votes, what do you have left?

Mr Prime Minister you said it loud and clear to the people. You vote my candidate in and I will help you! A very basic tit for tat situation that leaves no doubt to the people of Sibu that they need to teach you a lesson in eating humble pie. A lesson in the possibility that maybe, just maybe, money cannot buy everything.

By Steadyaku47

I watched the spectacle that Najib made of himself just the other day in campaigning for the Sibu by-election. Wiping spit and sweat off his face as he horse-traded with the people of Sibu. "If Robert Lau becomes the MP on Sunday, on Monday I will ask the cheque to be prepared. Do we have a deal or not? We do! You want the RM5 million, I want Robert Lau to win,"

You help me and I will help you! You scratch my back and I will scratch yours! The audacity of our Prime Minister to horse-trade with the people he has sworn to serve! Why? Has he taken it upon himself to "turun padang" – down to the level of those corrupt government officers and PDRM who is so fond of reminding us that to help us, we must first help them? It brings back unpleasant memories of my time in the immigration department at which I have spent a good many hours trying, without any success, to get PR status for my family.

I remember that one day when the Napoleonic immigration officer across the counter arrogantly told me that my wife is to be "denda" the sum of $1000 a day for each of the three days that she had overstayed. It took a lot of control for me to not spit in his face. With all the self-control I could muster, I turned and walked away. I then went to get a "support" letter from one UMNO big wig which "selesai" the matter without any "denda" being imposed.

As I watched our Prime Minister sweating away on center stage, it brings back to me those unpleasant encounters I have had in the past when corrupt mata-matas happen to find me making minor traffic infringements while they are doing their "cari makan" rounds. Their routine is precise. "Lesen Encik … Encik dari mana, … ke mana … kerja apa" … out with his "summon book" and the start of his scribbling to nudge us closer to the "selesai" talk. Now we start to do the asking … "Tolong Datok … or as the Chinese say "Latok"… And he comes back with the "Macam mana saya nak tolong ni?" Sound familiar?

With the policeman, the deal is done there and then. He gets his money and we are off. With Najib, he does not know if his "offer" is good enough for the people to accept. Whether they want more or whether they are prepared to get a summon or even go to jail (as the policeman had threatened to do if no "selesai" takes place) … but Najib is game. He makes the RM$5 million offer and promises to deliver if the other party reciprocates by giving the Barisan Nasional candidate their votes. After the offer, Najib must have felt it was a done deal after all it was a promise that would cost a few million ringgit to deliver and all they had to do was "pangkah" Najib's man. But, as in all deals with Barisan Nasional, it is always a one way trade. Damn if you do and damn if you don't. But now we know that the people of Sibu could not be bothered if they are damned even as they said "NO".

With Najib, as I watched him wipe away the spit and the sweat of his pudgy face, my initial compulsion was to turn away from the spectacle of our Prime Minister telling the Rakyat that they must help him first before he can help them. But, like watching an accident as you drive past, even as your head wants to turn away from the blood and the gore, you will find yourself continuing to look and watch this sad man trying to win over voters the only way he knows how – by buying their votes! But as we now know, to no avail because when I awoke on Monday morning, DAP had won.

What now, Mr. Prime Minister? Because if money cannot buy votes then UMNO is in trouble! If UMNO is in trouble then you too are in trouble and by elementary deduction, so would Rosmah, Muhyuddin, Rais, MCA, MIC … in fact the whole gang would be in strife. The beginning of the end, perhaps? The harbinger of things to come in the not-too-distant future?

Mr Prime Mister Sir, I would suggest that you refrain from "punishing" the people of Sibu for not voting your candidate in lest they punish you again in the coming general elections next year. Lashing out at the voters who deserted you will bring more harm to UMNO than to the people who did not vote you in. Making an example of them will only lead to more votes going to PKR. In retrospect, that might not be such a bad thing after all ….

Mr Prime Minister you said it loud and clear to the people. You vote my candidate in and I will help you! A very basic tit for tat situation that leaves no doubt to the people of Sibu that they need to teach you a lesson in eating humble pie. A lesson in the possibility that maybe, just maybe, money cannot buy everything.

That the people of Sibu was not bought over by his usual attempt at "BUY election" must be worrying for Najib. It was not Muhyiddin that was making the offer. It was the head honcho himself. I only have this to say to Najib – be afraid, be very afraid. If money cannot get votes, what do you have left?

As Billy Joel said "Honesty is such a lonely word. Everyone is so untrue. Honesty is hardly ever heard. And mostly what I need from you".

It is back to the drawing board for the UMNO guys.

Posted by the taxidriver786



Malaysian meaning of 'gratitude'

Posted: 18 May 2010 04:20 AM PDT

GRATITUTE!

It means the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful, or experiencing appreciation.

The adjectival form is 'grateful' which the dictionary defines as warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received, as in "I am grateful to you for your help."

But in Malaysia, while Malay and Indonesian dictionaries provide basically the same meaning as for the English word, apparently 'gratitude' has a totally different meaning when uttered by people like Ibrahim Ali.

I mulled over this strangeness for a while before I decided to look under 'feudalism' which came up with:

A system of obligations that bound lords and their subjects in
Europe during much of the Middle Ages. In theory, the king owned all or most of the land and gave it to his leading nobles in return for their loyalty and military service. The nobles in turn held land that peasants, including serfs, were allowed to farm in return for the peasants' labor and a portion of their produce. Under feudalism, people were born with a permanent position in society.

I believe Ibrahim Ali could have these two [yellow highlighted] sentences in mind when he spoke of the lack of 'gratitude' of the Chinese, that is, modifying the former a wee bit to read "In theory, the PM owned all or most of the land and gave it to his supporters in return for their loyalty ..." and "Under feudalism, people were born with a permanent position in society".

While we pitifully bash poor Ibrahim Ali, in reality he is nobody other than a front. I told my matey well-known blogger Walski of the incredible blog myAsylum that the bloke is just a survivor.

Look, if Pakatan becomes the ruling party one day, Ibrahim Ali will be there beside the new Pakatan PM singing a new song titled 'Reformasi is for me'; if PAS assumes power, Ibrahim Ali will replace the Kulim Wonder as the No 1 Islamic warrior of Malaysia, and in the unlikely event of DAP becoming the ruling party, Ibrahim Ali of course will be in astronaut costume, helmet and all, to show he's an ardent rocket jock wakakaka.



Yes, there is still a prevalent belief in some quarters of the medieval concept of "... the PM owned all or most of the land and gave it to his supporters in return for their loyalty ..." and "Under feudalism, people were born with a permanent position in society", where its symptom is sometimes laughingly referred to as The disease of 'sehelai kain pelekat & RM100'.

I had then written of it as: …
Malaysians in general, especially those of the earlier generations, don't give a sh*t about corruption or corrupt pollies, or such stuff as accountability and transparency so long as they get some benefits, namely the sehelai kain pelekat and RM100 (allowing for inflation).

This has been why BN and in particular UMNO have been getting away with blatant corrupt practices for the past 52 years (and expect more years of such to come) as manifested in the overtly obscene ostentatious Bali Palace and the Satay Palace in Klang, ...

... and how 600 Janome sewing machines and even the arrogant boast of how 10 years of public works was compressed into one month won the day in the Ijok by-election in 2007.

But after 52 years of waving the same sehelai kain pelekat, even RM3 million in Hulu Selangor and RM5 million in Sibu were no longer acceptable.

Naturally the 'unbelievable' repetitive act by both the Chinese of Hulu Selangor and Sibu in disdainfully rejecting the feudal Lord's 'magnificent' offer has shocked some people whose front man has been Ibrahim Ali.

They asked in complete puzzlement: WTF has been going on with those Chinese? What's wrong with them?

Indeed, why aren't they 'grateful', more so when "… people [like them] were born with a permanent position in society"?

Of course these people don't see that the lollies they had brazenly offered as inducements to gain the support of voters don't belong to them in the first place but in fact to the voters!


The answer to the angry puzzlement of Ibrahim Ali and his likes has been out there all along, but when they don't want to see it, then they see naught.


Islam UMNO Sama Dengan Islam Khawarij

Posted: 18 May 2010 03:26 AM PDT

Sapa dia Khawarij ni? Secara mudahnya, Khawarij adalah mereka yang menghalalkan benda yang haram dan mengharamkan perkara yang halal dalam Islam.
Misalnya, Puak Khawarij menghalalkan membunuh orang Islam yang melakukan dosa besar. Padahal darah orang Islam yang berdosa adalah haram untuk ditumpahkan.

Juga, Khawarij mengharamkan ketaatan kepada Saidina Ali padahal ketaatan kepada Saidina Ali bukan sahaja halal tapi wajib.

Dengan mudah, Khawarij mengharamkan yang halal dan menghalalkan yang haram
ISLAM UMNO PULA?

Perangai dan fahaman Khawarij begitu jelas terserlah dalam UMNO. Misalnya, UMNO bermati-matian "berjuang" menghalang orang bukan Islam menggunakan kalimah Allah. Tapi, hakikatnya hukum orang bukan Islam menggunakan kalimah Allah tidak haram.
Sebegitu radikal puak Khawarij yang membunuh nyawa orang tidak berdosa, UMNO telah membakar beberapa gereja dalam Malaysia.

Pada waktu yang sama, UMNO dan Najib Tun Razak mengeluarkan lesen judi bola dan "Special Draw". Kita tak dengar pun mana-mana ahli UMNO bangun menentang pemberian lesen judi ini. Malahan, mereka seperti menyokong tindakan pimpinan mereka ini.
Di sini kita lihat betapa rapatnya UMNO dengan Khawarij. Malahan, bagi saya, UMNO adalah Khawarij cawangan Malaysia.

Pokok kesesatan baik UMNO mahupun khawarij adalah mereka mengubah hukum Allah SWT sesuka hati mereka. Terutama sekali dalam bab-bab berkaitan dengan perkara yang jelas dan terang dalam syariat.

Bagi saya, pengikut-pengikut UMNO harus meninggalkan UMNO secepat mungkin kalau mereka tidak mahu mengikut jejak langkah Khawarij.

JAIS PUN DAH TERPENGARUH DENGAN MADZHAB KHAWARIJ ALA UMNO

Sewaktu isu Kalimah Allah dulu, JAIS siap buat banting dan lancar kempen mengharamkan orang bukan Islam menggunakan Kalimah Allah.

Punyalah JAIS bertungkus lumus untuk melacurkan diri kepada UMNO, dia tak sedar di Selangor semua Gereja menjalankan upacara agama mereka dalam Bahasa Inggeris. Maka, kalimah Allah tidak digunakan oleh gereja-gereja di Selangor.

Yang hairannya kita tak dengar pula Khusrin Rahmat bersuara dalam kes Judi Bola tajaan Najib Tun Razak ni. Apasal JAIS senyap pasal isu judi bola ni. Malahan dalam khutbah2 tulisan JAIS, tak sebut pasal judi bola.

Akibat JAIS mula mengamalkan Islam Khawarij UMNO, maka JAIS sudah nampak macam orang mereng.

Tulang Besi


Selamat Hari Buruh 2010!

Posted: 18 May 2010 01:35 AM PDT

Sambutan Hari Buruh anjuran Persatuan Penduduk Bangsar Baru di Kompleks Sukan Bangsar

Pada 6 Mei 2010, saya dijemput untuk menghadiri sambutan Hari Buruh, di Kompleks Sukan Bangsar yang di anjurkan oleh Persatuan Penduduk Bangsar Baru:

Kenyataan rasmi Nurul Izzahs sempena Hari Buruh, sila klik sini

Bersama-sama dengan AJK-AJK Persatuan Penduduk Bangsar Baru. Such lovely ladies, keep up the good work!

Wakil-wakil dari alam flora, balai polis pantai, wakil bomba, wakil pos laju, wakil indah waters dan lain2 turut hadir.

paling kanan, bersama Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Perkhidmatan Datuk Hj Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz


Barisan National’s loss in the Sibu parliamentary by election yesterday is CLEAR message that Sarawak Chinese Voters that it is time for Chief Minister Taib to go, said Monash University political analyst Professor James Chin. Absolutely Agree, Please also bring along George Chan, Masing, Mawan and Jabu too…..

Posted: 18 May 2010 01:04 AM PDT

taknakiban1


Ikan Tapah di Simpang Pantu, Sri Aman pan NYAU enda Rindu meda BN laban Nipu Rakyat…..Tiap tiap bepilih meli Dayak $5, $10, murah agi ari rega Tapah $18 sekilo…….

Posted: 18 May 2010 12:23 AM PDT

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Blackmailing Comments ~ Now ain't this plain stupid?

Posted: 18 May 2010 01:22 AM PDT
































Every now and then, I'd receive blackmailing comments such as these.

The commentator would usually be a non blogger or even if he or she is one, their blogs are usually stock full of nonsensical rants and raves blasting away at everyone but their sorry screwed up self's!

These crazy cyber snipers would come in like they are the cyber mafia's strutting about in the cyber space of others demanding that we publish their trashy comments or else we are according to their screwed up demented minds, this or that?

Who gives a flying hoot about what a cowardly, cowering behind a pseudonym cyber sniper thinks?

They can go jump and drown themselves into the nearest sewer for all I care!

This anonymous Zaharah, please spare me your drivel and go get a life!

That is if you do have one?

I'm not a newbie here in the Malaysian Blogosphere to succumb to your threats.

I state the truth of the matter as I see fit and my blog here has a comment policy, which if you were smart enough to read first would know that I don't give a hoot to blackmailing cyber snipers like your obviously demented sorry excuse of a self!

You wanna trash Nik Aziz or who the hell ever, kindly do it at your space?

Psst... I hear Alam Flora has vacancies.

Don't you wanna apply?

Good luck!


Further exchanges between Mr Gwyn Welsh and Mahaguru58

Posted: 18 May 2010 02:13 AM PDT






















Dear Mahaguru58,

My name is Gwyn Welsh and currently working in Indonesia. I have been following your commentary in your blog recently.

I noticed that you have been spreading the word of Allah to all and sundry, of which I certainly believe it is a noble thing to do as a Muslim.

This would actually brought me to think as to your opinion of the current government of Malaysia ruled by UMNO-BN. UMNO has on many occasions in the past, declared Malaysia as an Islamic country.

However, I noticed that several recent decisions taken by the government run counter with the principle of Islam.

The Muslim majority ministers in the Najib-administration had no qualms in approving the betting license for Berjaya Group as you have correctly mentioned. Does this make the Government of Malaysia less Islamic than say Brunei or UAE for that matter?

What would be the sin or punishment for Muslims who are party to approving the license?

Malaysia is a multi cultural and racial country and one could not help but to live together by expousing tolerance and attitude of give and take.

Betting forms part of the life of the Chinese community. They may have been rejoicing upon the approval given by the Malaysian government as betting football and other international sports could be made much easier.

Wouldn't they be unhappy if these outlets or avenues for their little enjoyment be taken away by the government? Isn't it be OK for Islam should the non-Muslim community indulge in non-halal activities such as gaming, pork consumption and others?

What do you think of Malaysian politicians who fan racial sentiments once they have lost an election?

If you have surf into the blogs of A. Kadir Jasin, Dr. Mahathir and Khir Toyo, you may agree with me that they are fanning racial sentiments in order to unite the Malays under UMNO but not Pakatan. Don't you think they are behaving selfishly for their own political gains and survival?

May peace be upon you Gwyn.

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Thank you for emailing me and asking these questions.

Frankly speaking, there are a lot of errors being committed by the present BN Federal government of Malaysia where they rule this country under a charade of being a moderate Islam oriented government but in reality they are just hypocrites taking the citizens of this multi faithed, multi ethnic citizenry for a ride.

If you want to know the truth of the matter as far as my opinions regarding the eligibility of any one nation here on Earth to claim being up to mark as far as running their country according to what Almighty Allah and His Messenger the Final Prophet Muhammad the Mercy for all Mankind have decreed, there is not one nation that merits such a title?

None. Not even 'Saudi' Arabia.

You opinionate that if Malaysia as a country were to take away the privileges of betting on sports and other gaming activities, it would be infringing on the rights of the Non Muslims to enjoy non Halal pastimes such as gambling, consuming alcohol, consumption of pork and other choices?

As a Muslim who has come to understand my faith of Al Islam to be the ONLY Way of Life that The Almighty Has Decreed for us mankind, i have come to learn the reasons why Allah forbids all such activities for us who have faith in Him.

Reasons which if evaluated rationally and by researching in depth as to why Allah forbids all those which are forbidden to us, clearly shows us the dangers of such forbidden practices.

There are just so many forbidden activities for us to consider but let's take a few of the major sins that is forbidden in Islam.

Let's take the subject of intoxicants and gambling which are among the items you mention said to be the rights of the Non Muslims which are forbidden to us Muslims:

Allah the Almighty decrees them to be Haram @ Forbidden to us who believe in Him and in actuality equally harmful to the entire mankind:

This verse is from the Surah Al Maidah Chapter 12 Verse 90 of the Holy Al Quran Al Karim.

90. Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo innama alkhamru waalmaysiru waal-ansabu waal-azlamu rijsun min AAamali alshshaytani faijtaniboohu laAAallakum tuflihoona

90. O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (Dedication of) stones, And (divination by) arrows, Are an abomination, Of Satan's handiwork:

Eschew such (abomination), That ye may prosper.

Let's discuss about the consequences of any one taking alcohol.

Alcohol is very harmful to us human beings because it causes may disastrous effects on to our person.

When a person consumes alcohol, the drug acts on nerve cells deep in the brain. Alcohol initially serves as a stimulant, then induces feelings of relaxation and reduced anxiety.

Consumption of two or three drinks in an hour can impair judgment, lower inhibitions, and induce mild euphoria
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Five drinks consumed in two hours may raise the blood alcohol level to 0.10 percent, high enough to be considered legally intoxicated in every state. Once a drinker stops drinking, his or her blood alcohol level decreases by about 0.01 percent per hour.

Signs and symptoms of alcohol use and intoxication:

* Smell of alcohol on breath
* Irritability
* Euphoria
* Loss of physical coordination
* Inappropriate or violent behavior
* Loss of balance
* Unsteady gait
* Slurred and/or incoherent speech
* Loss of consciousness
* Slowed thinking
* Depression
* Impaired short-term memory
* Blackouts

Signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, experienced by alcoholics and problem drinkers:

* Tremors
* Agitation
* Anxiety and panic attacks
* Paranoia and delusions
* Hallucinations (usually visual)
* Nausea and vomiting
* Increased body temperature
* Elevated blood pressure and heart rate
* Convulsions
* Seizures

What are the Dangers of Alcohol Abuse?

In addition to risk of injury or death as a result of accident or violence, alcohol abuse poses a broad range of physiological and psychological dangers.

Neurological dangers include impaired vision and impaired motor coordination, memory defects, hallucinations, blackouts, and seizures. Long-term consumption can result in permanent damage to the brain.

Cardiological problems include elevated blood pressure and heart rate, risk of stroke and heart failure.

Respiratory dangers include respiratory depression and failure, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and lung abscesses. Additionally, alcohol abuse increases the risk of mouth and throat cancer.

Liver disease caused by chronic alcohol abuse, including alcoholic fatty liver, hepatitis, and cirrhosis, kills 25,000 Americans each year.

Other physiological dangers include damage to the gastrointestinal system (including duodenal ulcers, reflux, and diarrhea), the pancreas, and the kidneys. In addition, alcohol consumption may cause malnutrition, disrupt the absorption of nutrients in food, and suppress the immune system, thus increasing the potential for illness.

Psychological dangers include impaired judgment and verbal ability, apathy, introversion, antisocial behavior, inability to concentrate, and deterioration of relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.

How Does Alcohol Affect Pregnancy?

Alcohol is an especially dangerous drug for pregnant women. Drinking during pregnancy raises the risk of low-birthweight babies and intrauterine growth retardation, increasing the danger of infection, feeding difficulties, and long-term developmental problems.

Heavy drinking during the early months of pregnancy can result in the birth of babies with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants are likely to have irreversible physical abnormalities, including small skulls, abnormal facial features, and heart defects, and to suffer retarded growth and mental development.

Chronic abuse of alcohol can lead to addiction or alcoholism. The behavior of abusers and the consequences of that behavior are better indicators of alcoholism than how often or how much a person may drink.

Alcohol addiction can be characterized by increased tolerance, causing the abuser to drink greater amounts to achieve the same desired effect. When an alcoholic stops drinking, he or she will typically experience the symptoms of withdrawal.

What is Alcoholism?

Chronic abuse of alcohol can lead to addiction or alcoholism. The behavior of abusers and the consequences of that behavior are better indicators of alcoholism than how often or how much a person may drink. Alcohol addiction can be characterized by increased tolerance, causing the abuser to drink greater amounts to achieve the same desired effect. When an alcoholic stops drinking, he or she will typically experience the symptoms of withdrawal.

Source : http://www.acde.org/common/Alcohol.htm

That my dear Gwyn, is just one example of how Alcohol or Intoxicants can destroy human quality of life when consumed. Allah the Almighty forbids us to partake of such harmful drinks for the very sheer reasons stated above.

That is just focusing on the physiological and psychological aspects of the harm that Alcohol brings to its imbibers.

Let's take a look now at the social destruction aspect of those who drink alcohol?

Have you come across drunks?

Doesn't matter whether it be youths or adults?

Drunk people will do things that rational ones will never even dare to do?

Take a look here and see how drunks try to manhandle and rape a CNN reporter?

Nowadays, people become victims of drugs and alcohol abuse where when they become unconscious or inebriated as a cause of consuming drinks laced with drugs or alcohol, they are taken advantage of and suffer permanent shame and moral degradation and at times even suffer from the rapes and contract life endangering sexually transmitted diseases some of which are fatal such as AIDS, etc.

It all starts from that one drink or drug abuse. Forbidden in Islam for these very reasons.

As a Muslim, I care for others as well, doesn't matter to me that they are Not Muslims.

If such a harm is devastating upon a fellow Muslim, I know for sure that my Non Muslim friends stand to suffer the same. Why must I as a Muslim just stand by and watch destruction take place upon those who aren't Muslims due to their taking forbidden stuff?

Where is my conscience if I just allow such abuse to befall my Non Muslim fellow human beings?

I'd be a very lousy Muslim if I simply followed the rationale of the ignorants that it is okay for Non Muslims to drink alcohol, engage in fornication and gamble away their lives as they please just because they have yet to learn about the reasons why Islam forbids all such evil deeds!

That is the reason why I don't buy the excuse being given out by the BN leaders who say that such sports betting is only for Non Muslims!

Are Non Muslims not humans?

Do their families and loved ones not suffer when the father or the mother gambles away their hard earned money and squander away whatever little resources they have managed to earn and blew it all away in such gambling and betting activities?

Have we not learned of the disastrous consequences of all those who fell into serious debts as a result of their gambling vices which led to one miserable consequences after another for the helpless members of a gambler's family?

Why must we who are Muslims stand by and just watch our fellow Malaysians who happen to be Non Muslims live a hellish life here on Earth just because they have yet to receive the Light and Guidance of Almighty Allah?

Any Muslim leader who approves such evil practices is not a leader anymore to me in my book!

He or she can go to Hell as far as I am concerned and I will not accept or regard such a leader as my Ulul Amri @ the Scholar and Ruler.

The PM has lost the respect I had for him when he approved such a sports betting license.

It starts with a little bet and gradually ends up as a loathsome monster which will destroy the livelihood of millions of my fellow Malaysians if not the rest of the mankind.

I do not wish to see my fellow beings no matter that they be Kaffirs end up as the losers in this sports betting devious scheme by the ruling BN to milk the haram income from such forbidden activities.

I can carry on with the other vices and as to why they are forbidden in Islam but I will speak about that in the following response to you.

Let us now speak about the Malaysian politicians who are fanning racial sentiments.

A true Muslim will wish nothing but peace and harmony for those who are under his or her political will or authority. Only the devilish ones will descend into being racist demons causing harm and misfortune to the ones not from his or her own ilk or community.

The Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam ( May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) advised us not to differentiate between the races in His Final Sermon @ Khutba Al Wida :

Among the words that he uttered on that historic 9th day of Dzul Hijjah , 10th Year after the Hijrah in the Uranah Valley of Mount Arafat, Arabia were :

"O ye people, without doubt, God is one, just the same as you can have only one father. All of you are children of Adam, and he was fashioned from the earth's clay.

Beware, no Arab is superior to an alien, nor is an alien superior to the Arab.

No red is superior to the black, nor is a black superior to the red. "

So, for any true Muslim worth his name, doesn't matter whether he or she be a leader or a commoner, it is a major sin to differentiate between anyone due to their race or lineage and not to discriminate between them just because they are not his or her own race or ilk!

True Muslims live to take care of their own and also others, without bothering too much about the differences between us who are the Believers and those who have yet to learn about Al Islam and their birthrights to it.

We are commanded by Allah the Most Merciful to :

125. OdAAu ila sabeeli rabbika bialhikmati waalmawAAithati alhasanati wajadilhum biallatee hiya ahsanu inna rabbaka huwa aAAlamu biman dalla AAan sabeelihi wahuwa aAAlamu bialmuhtadeena

125. Invite (all Mankind ) to the Way Of thy Lord with wisdom And beautiful preaching; And argue with them ( the Non Believers ) In ways that are best And most gracious: For thy Lord knoweth best, Who have strayed from His Path,
And who receive guidance.

With that I hope that I have answered your questions and fulfilled my duty to share with you what I have come to learn of my faith of Al Islam and invite you to learn about it just the same so we can all be blessed and guided by Him, Our Supreme Lord, Master and Creator.

May Allah forgive us of our sins and help us to help one another to seek Our Salvation in Him.

Ameen.

May peace be with you.
--
Zainol Abideen
Protem President of the Muslim Bloggers Alliance
http://www.themuslimbloggersalliance.org
http://groups.google.com/group/muslim-bloggers-alliance
http://mahaguru58.blogspot.com

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I'd like to have your permission to publish our exchanges here for the benefit of all our fellow human beings?

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Tell you what, I've published the gist of your questions ; removing your email address link and published our exchange as a public address so that others who might want to ask the same questions like you get the answers they seek for through this article.

Hope it's alright with you.

Peace.

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Dear Mr. Zainol Abideen,

Thank you for your quick and rather long as well as informative reply to my email. It is indeed helpful of you to bring me up to speed on these issues of concern. I am also glad that you have published my email to you on your blog so as to gather more intellectual reply from readers. This should go a long way to further deepen our understanding as well as to know the depth of readers on such issues.

Do keep in touch and may God bless you and Malaysia.

Regards,
Gwyn

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You're most welcome Gwyn.

I'm glad to know that you're agreeable to my publishing our exchange here in my blog. You read me right in wanting to disseminate the truth with regard to the errors being perpetrated by Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak under guise of being magnanimous to the so called needs of our Non Muslim population.

Someone has to be man enough to state the truth and yours truly has never shied away from speaking my mind as I see fit.

The problem with many Malaysians is the lack of finesse in addressing such issues in the public space available here online.

The many vocal commentator's if you can call them that at Malaysiakini are prone to be vulgar and abusive without having the decency to use appropriate language when commenting on matters such as these.

They won't come leave me comments here as they know very well that such spurious diarrhea of their mind won't see the light of day in my blog space.

I only approve relevant sensible comments or even arguments that have valid points or considered fit to be published for the public consumption.

Do email me further if you have more concerns or queries.

Will be addressing the other questions you raised later.

Insya Allah ~ God Willing.

Till then, here's wishing you all the best in your endeavors.

By the way,may I know your gender?

Gwyn ...is it a man's name or female?

Sorry for my asking.

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Dear Mr. Zainol,
I am a man. My origin is Welsh and my hometown is Gwynedd, northwestern of Wales. It is an ancient region with Norman built castles and the most important economy activity is tourism.

Would not be sure if you might have heard of an opera singer by the name of Gwyn Hughes Jones. He is from the same hometown as mine.

Which part of Malaysia are you from? I have been to Ipoh and Penang several months ago and the food was fantastic.

What do you think of Anwar Ibrahim and his current on-going trial which may end his political career prematurely. He appears to be a capable politician, being able to join hands with PAS and DAP. Read a lot that DAP is against the Islamic nation for Malaysia.

Thank you for taking your valuable time off to reply to my emails and wish you the best.

Regards,
Gwyn

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Good to know that Gwyn.

The most that I have heard of Wales is the fact that my home island of Penang used to be called Prince of Wales Island. Yes, I hail from Penang and its not what it used to be, as far as the environment is concerned.

Penang's beaches were once famous for their sandy golden sands and easy life but with the advent of over commercialization of its stretch of prime tourist attraction northern beachfront, seawater pollution and the hiking up of the retail prices of just about every service, food and hotel accommodation costs there has been a factor why I'm not that gung ho in returning home to it now that I've emigrated to KL.

I used to be an ardent supporter of Anwar Ibrahim until he betrayed the Islamic movement cause and sold his soul to the DAP devils and the PAS 'holier than thou preachers'.

After all his theatrics and chameleon like political shape shifting, that support I had for him has long evaporated like the morning dew.

As for the DAP, PKR and PAS seemingly coming together, it is just a sham.

Its a marriage of convenience of 3 varying political entities; sleeping on the same bed but having different dreams. Each wants to occupy the seats of political power in Putrajaya and seemingly having a loose coalition bent on overthrowing the BN.

The DAP have sworn not to allow this country become an Islamic nation in the true sense of the word. Looking at the way the BN is being led by Najib Tun Razak, I see no reason for the DAP to get so flustered about the subject?

Day by day, I see Najib leading this nation far away from the true ideals of an Islamic Kingdom and instead turning Malaysia into a hodge podge nation of hedonistic tendencies yet masquerading as an Islamic moderate country.

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Dear Mr. Zainol,

Thank you again for your quick reply.

I have been in Indonesia for about 2 years now. prior to that I was serving in Brazil and China. I work for Archer Daniel Miller (ADM) and they have a joint venture tie-up with Wilmar, a huge edible oil refining group.

Wilmar has in two years ago, joint up with Perlis Plantation Berhad Group, a huge conglomerate owned by Malaysian tycoon, Robert Kuok Hock Nien. Wilmar is owned by his second nephew, Kuok Khoon Hong.

You have mentioned in your email below that Anwar Ibrahim has betrayed the Muslim movement and is now having ties with DAP and PAS.

You have also mentioned that PAS could be holier than thou, an expression which surprises me as many including those in Indonesia do look up highly on Nik Aziz, the Kelantan Chief Minister. He does command high respect from even Muslim scholars here.

I might be wrong but I do see that in order for the Opposition to rule Malaysia or at least to form a formidable political force, they have no choice but to work along with the non-Malays. Without which, I certainly believe the task can be insurmountable.

The above are just ramblings from my mind on Malaysian politics.

I am a newbie to the atmosphere and might be wrong on my observation. Do correct me if I am indeed wrong.

Regards,
Gwyn

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PAS has been inconsistent in its political struggle especially by abandoning its main battle cry ~ to set up an Islamic State in accordance to what the Blessed Prophet envouches in his numerous Hadiths @ Sayings.

They dropped the demand for the Shariah Laws to be implemented as the major Constitution of the proposed Islamic Nation of Malaysia.

They even went ahead and signed an agreement with the DAP to forge a union of conveniences to overthrow the BN. PKR led by Anwar Ibrahim acted as the go between.

Thus PAS lost its hard earned honor as a true Islamic movement which the majority of us Muslims held it to be and hoped that if they eventually did gain power politically, they'd put to practice what they preached all these while?

PAS has been ruling the State of Kelantan since 1990 ~ 20 years now in the running.

Have you ever heard of anything remotely even resembling an Islamic law been passed in that state?

These are all those donning a turban and sporting a goatee fly by night politicians.

They have sold their souls to the DAP devils as far as we are concerned and can't be trusted. By we, I mean those of us who had supported PAS for their initial hardliner stand against all forms of evil and moral corruption that took place in the corridors of power in this Bolehland.

PAS has been caught with their hands in the cookie jar for so many times as exposed by a blogger by the pseudonym as Kickdefella who published incriminating documents proving PAS taking kickbacks from Chinese loggers as a reward for giving out timber licenses in Kelantan.

Syed Azidi is a Kelantanese Blogger who worked for the State Government as part of a media intelligence setup whose main job was to launch a cyber campaign to paint the BN Federal Government in a bad light and targeted the now resigned former Malaysian Premier Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Not a hard thing to do since Abdullah Badawi was notorious for practically sleeping on the job and issuing nonsensical directives marionatted by his infamous son in law Khairy Jamaludin, the current UMNO Youth Chief and his cronies such as Dato Idris Jusof, the former Terengganu Chief Minister and his crony Dato Patrick Lim Soo Kit, into siphoning off Terengganu Petronas Oil Royalty money into their Monsoon Cup set up as a decoy, in filling up their respective offshore bank accounts, etc.
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Kelantan's Lojing Highlands which used to be green with forests is today stripped bare as a result of all these rampant over logging.
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Blogger Big Dog published an article about it here. The whole Lojing Highlands timber fiasco stinks like hell and despite all kinds of denials by the Kelantan State Government of any wrongdoings, the stark landscape of the now stripped barren highlands cries out for justice!

Who pocketed the money?

The Kelantan State Government of PAS, of course.

Who runs the Kelantan State Government?

Why, the holier than thou ' shoot from the mouth' fatwa spewing turban clad Nik Aziz, the Paradise Agent. :P

The fella dispenses promises of 'Heaven' to just about anyone who votes for PAS! One doesn't need to be a Muslim to gain entry to his ' Heavenly Paradise'.

There is just so much political hogwash spewing out from these shady characters masquerading as the saviors of this country that they put to shame all the major criminal outfits operating in the nation's capital.

Only thing is that these crooks go about pontificating as if they have halos above their heads and the ignorant masses swallow their every propaganda hook, line and sinker.

Whose wallets get fat from all these operations?

Not your local Pakatan Rakyat sympathizer!

They are content to be thrown a few measly bucks whilst the Pakatan MPs cruise about in style at the people's expense.

No sirree.

I don't buy their bluff!

Neither will I stand for Najib's buffoonery, either.

As long as I am able to, I will fight to expose all these political parasites milking off the nation.

So help me Allah!


Pakatan Rakyat DAP udah Mandangka RASUAH di diberi BN, $600 sepintu serta $1000 siti Undi ngagai IBan Sibu nya duit sida empu (Duit Cukai Rakyat). Oh Ha Iban udah Pandai …..Setuju?

Posted: 18 May 2010 12:08 AM PDT

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