Thursday, June 24, 2010

All eyes on Taib's beard

All eyes on Taib's beard


All eyes on Taib's beard

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 07:00 AM PDT

By Joseph Tawie

COMMENT All eyes are on Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud's beard. In Sarawak, the length of the veteran politician's beard is an indication that the state polls could be called soon.

It is an open secret that when the chief minister's beard grows to a certain point, he would be looking for "ilham" or inspiration on when to hold the election.

Athough there is still a 12-month window for the next election, political parties in Sarawak are not taking any risk with regard to Taib's beard or his inspiration.

In view of this, both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat are already making election preparations, with their leaders travelling the length and breadth of the state, organising various functions.

On the BN front, its state assemblymen have started announcing funds for various development projects.

Also not prepared to be caught with its pants down, the Election Commission has started to train personnel for the coming state polls.

Pundits, who are also keeping a close eye on Taib's beard, believe that the state elections could be called towards the end of the year, while there are those who predict that it might be held as early as August.

BN minister: We need to win big

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a political secretary to the chief minister said the federal government's five-year 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP), which starts in the middle of this year, will see massive development funds being dished out throughout the nation with special attention given to Sarawak's Corridor Renewal Energy (SCORE).

Tenders for mega projects such as the Bakun road to the proposed Murum Dam, the Bintulu/Tunoh/Baleh/Kotai road and Kapit/Song/Sibu road will be out soon. The three trunk roads are expected to cost close to RM2 billion.

There are also several major projects which are to be implemented under the 10MP in other parts of Sarawak, for which funds amounting to RM3.4 billion had been announced by the Rural and Regional Development Minister Shafie Apdal.

The state BN headquarters has also issued a reminder to its four component parties -- Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP), Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) -- to get their machinery ready.

"These are not only tell-tale signs that the election is around the corner but is also an overall effort of the state BN to ensure that the voters do not run away from them," said a veteran politician close to the chief minister.

There is little doubt that BN will win the state election, but Shafie in a recent visit cautioned against being complacent.

"We need to work harder to ensure we will win in a big way," he had said.

The minister's fear is understandable. While PBB and PRS are free of internal problems, the situation is not exactly peaceful in SPDP and SUPP and this could undermine their performance in the election.

Personality clashes and broken promises

The problem in SPDP revolves around a clash of personalities, policy implementation and broken promises. Tension started brewing last March when certain leaders wanted to expand SPDP to Peninsular Malaysia, but this was strongly opposed by another faction.

The latter felt that SPDP should focus on strengthening its position in Sarawak first.

Another important factor that led to the squabble was the rumoured intention of deputy president Peter Nyarok to resign to pave the way for treasurer Tiong King Sing to take over during the party's triennial general assembly last December.

At least half of the party's supreme council members did not want Tiong to be deputy president, so they came up with another list to challenge president William Mawan and those in the president's list.

However, in order to avoid being challenged, Mawan called for a status quo. They agreed and Sylvester Enteri was to remain as secretary-general.

But after the party election, Enteri was sacked and this triggered four state assemblymen, including Enteri and one MP, to walk out of the supreme council meeting.

They have refused to bury the hatchet, saying they will not return as long as Mawan, Nyarok and Tiong remained in the party.

The crisis in SUPP

As for SUPP, the party has been bogged down by a power struggle. The "Dudong branch" issue, for example, has been a thorn in its flesh for the past three years without any sign of it being resolved. In fact, it has gotten from bad to worse.

While one section of the party wanted to form the branch, another group opposed it

When SUPP president George Chan failed to solve the sticky situation, some 28 branches requested for an extraordinary general meeting, setting the stage for a major clash between the supporters of

Bawang Assan state assemblyman Wong Soon Koh and Dudong state assemblyman Soon Choon Teck.

This protracted crisis is bound to have an impact on state seats in the Rajan basin. Based on the previous elections, the party is expected to face an uphill task in seats like Repok, Dudong, Pelawan and Bawang Assan.

SUPP has already lost Meradong and Bukit Assek to DAP in the last election. Elsewhere, the party also lost Kidurong, Batu Lintang, Kota Santosa, Padungan, Pending and Engkilili.

These are some of the issues which Taib is pondering about while his beard grows, and when the inspiration strikes, the chief minister will be all set for a shave.

Also read:

Taib calls for meeting to prepare for state polls

 

 

 

 

 


APABILA MUFTI BERCERAMAH POLITIK UMNO

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 02:23 PM PDT

NOTA EDITOR: Berikut adalah laporan beberapa pelajar Melayu yang menghadiri ceramah Harussani di Adelaide baru2 ini. Inshaalah, saya akan mendapat satu salinan rakaman ceramah beliau di Adelaide tersebut.

Namun ada dua perkara yang saya hendak komen:

1.0 Ceramah beliau berpusat kepada pentingnya orang Melayu bersatu. Harussani memberi banyak contoh dan sebab namun kebanyakkan contoh dan sebab yang beliau beri adalah atas dasar khayalan dan berlawanan dengan fakta.

2.0 Hairannya sewaktu selepas pilihanraya 2004, waktu orang Cina dan India menyokong BN secara besar-besaran, takda pula HArussani bising pasal perpecahan umat Melayu? Tiada pula beliau berkempen atas bawah dengan pimpinan-pimpinan PAS untuk bersatu dengan UMNO?

Waktu Ustaz Ibrahim Libya dibunuh dengan kejam, mengapa Harussani menyokong pembunuhan tersebut? Adakah Ustaz Ibrahim Libya bukan Melayu?

Agenda Perpaduan Melayu Harussani ini adalah demi menyelamatkan UMNO dan pemimpin2 UMNO yang sekular. Tidak lebih dari itu.

Saya pernah diberitahu Harussani pernah mengeluarkan fatwa menyatakan Presiden PAS sesat kerana "Amanat Haji Hadi Awang". Fatwa tersebut ada di JAKIM untuk rujukan.

3.0 Harussani juga mendedahkan terdapat seorang pimpinan PAS bersama seorang lawyer telah bertemu dengan beliau membincangkan perkara Perpaduan Melayu. Ini bererti agenda "KERAJAANG PERPADUANG" masih kuat dan masih wujud dalam PAS.

Saya juga telah mendedahkan Dato Hasan Ali telah "ditangkap" berjumpa dengan Harussani di Kuala Lumpur. Gambar dan rakaman video ini ada dalam simpanan teman saya. Namun teman saya memberitahu, sekiranya Hasan Ali menafikan pertemuan ini, barulah dia akan keluarkan gambar tersebut.

4.0 Di bawah juga saudara akan nampak bagaimana Harussani ambil hadeeth sekerat-sekerat semata-mata untuk menyokong agenda UMNO kesayangan beliau.

5.0 Beliau kerap mengulangi pembohongan BN kononnya tanah digadaikan kepada Cina di Perak oleh kerajaan PR. Kasihan rakyat Perak ada Mufti pembohong. Saya nak cadangkan Nizar menyaman Mufti Perak kerana berbohong sebegini.

6.0 Beliau mendakwa Dr Harun Din dan Presiden PAS telah menyetujui pembentukan kerajaan perpaduan di Perak sejurus selepas Pilihanraya Umum 2008. Ini bererti agenda kerajaan perpaduan memang telah wujud sejak sekian lama.

Akhir kata, kita lihat Harussani sudah tidak dapat membezakan antara realiti dan fantasi. Hujjah2 beliau berasaskan khabar-khabar angin serta cerita karut yang kita tidak tahu dimana beliau kutip. Ada kemungkinan Harussani ni dah mula nyanyuk.

Kita jangan lupa, Harussani jugalah orang yang menjadi penaja kepada "Kerajaang Perpaduan" sejurus selepas pilihanraya umum 2008. Makanya, layaklah Harussanni ini digelar "Haramsani".

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Catatan dibuat oleh beberapa pelajar Melayu di Adelaide yang mendengar dan menyalin ringkasan dari apa yang disebut oleh Mufti Perak, Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria (TSHZ) ketika perjumpaan dengan pelajar Melayu Malaysia di Adelaide, yang dilakukan di Islamic Dakwah Centre of South Australia (IDCSA), pada 7.00pm, 9 Jun 2010, dalam kuliah khas TSHZ yang bertajuk "Perpecahan Ummah dan Peranan Kita".

Catatan berikut dibuat berdasarkan isu-isu hangat yang diperbincangkan di dalam
perbincangan tersebut, dan juga kekeliruan dan keraguan yang timbul di kalangan sebahagian besar pelajar yang hadir ke program tersebut. Semua fakta yang ditulis turut terdapat dalam beberapa bentuk rakaman oleh beberapa pelajar yang hadir.

1. Keperluan ummat Islam Melayu bersatu
1.1. Orang Melayu telah 480 tahun dijajah, dan penjajah menubuhkan sekolah
missionaries yang mana orang Melayu tidak mahu bersekolah di sekolah tersebut.
• Maka kerajaan mewujudkan Sekolah Melayu untuk kaum Melayu sahaja yang
akhirnya kaum Melayu tetap gagal untuk menjadikan mereka maju.

1.2. Melayu bangsa sangat istimewa, kerana tiada negara dan bangsa di dunia ini
yang bila disebut sahaja Melayu orang akan tahu mereka adalah Islam, kecuali di
Malaysia.

1.3. Kelemahan utama Melayu di Malaysia; tidak pandai di dalam 3 bidang
(1)pentadbiran Negara, politik (2)pendidikan (3)ekonomi

1.4. Ketika Najib lawat ke Perak, ketika jamuan di rumah Zambri, Najib jemput
TSHZ makan disebelah Najib dan TSHZ duduk di berhampiran Mahyuddin;
• TSHZ bertanya tentang kedudukan sebenar orang Melayu; Mahyuddin jawab
dari segi ekonomi Melayu sudah amat jauh ketinggalan; sebab dalam 17 tahun
kebelakangan ini ekonomi Melayu hanya berada pada 17%, iaitu bergerak
setakat 2.5% sahaja, sedangkan India naik 3.8%, dan Cina melonjak 5%.
• Mahyuddin sebut Melayu hanya boleh maju jika mereka berubah sikap.

1.5. Sebab utama Melayu jadi teruk disebabkan tidak mahu bersatu di dalam semua
bidang. Melayu suka berkelahi sepanjang masa.
• Melayu berkelahi dalam semua bidang; ekonomi, politik dan ilmu. Semua
bidang Melayu gagal bersatu.
• Melayu jika bergaduh mengambil pendekatan berkerat rotan berputus arang,
sedangkan kaum lain tidak begitu.

1.6. TSHZ membentangkan statistik; dari tahun 2005-2010, jumlah sebenarnya anak luar nikah yang telah didaftarkan adalah 700,000 anak luar nikah, yang mana 95% adalah anak Melayu. Jumlah itu belum termasuk jumlah anak luar nikah yang tidak didaftarkan.

• *** Nota: Fakta tersebut amat salah apabila pelajar tersebut mendapatkan fakta
semakan daripada Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) mendapati angka itu tidak
tepat; (http://www.bharian.com.my/bharian/articles/17_303anakluarnikahdidaftar2
009/Article/)

• JPN menyatakan sepanjang 2005-2010 jumlah anak luar nikah adalah 214,033, iaitu Melayu 74,723 (35%), India 23,696 (11%) dan Cina 23,692 (11%), dan bangsa lain 91,922 (43%),

• Jika berdasarkan angka TSHZ, jumlah anak luar nikah Melayu adalah 665,000 untuk tempoh 5 tahun tersbut, dan angka yang diberikan oleh TSHZ adalah 9 kali ganda lebih besar dari jumlah sebenar yang dikeluarkan oleh JPN.

• Dan kenyataan TSHZ yang menyebut anak luar nikah Melayu adalah 95% daripada jumlah keseluruhan adalah tidaktepat disebabkan angka JPN menunjukkan Melayu berada pada 35% sahaja, iaitu di tangga kedua. # Sila rujuk lampiran.

1.7. Apa yang berlaku di Malaysia Melayu sebenarnya berpecah teruk, sedangkan Cina, walaupun seolahnya berpecah antara DAP dan MCA, hakikatnya mereka bersatu dan hanya mahu mencapai satu tujuan; iaitu mahu jadi kerajaan dalam pakatan pembangkang.

1.8. Melayu tidak sepatutnya percaya kepada India, apatah lagi pepatah Melayu pun
menyebut; jika jumpa Hindu dan ular, bunuhlah Hindu dahulu.
• Pada India kita jangan percaya, walau India yang dah Muslim pun disebabkan
perangai mereka adalah tetap sama dan kita tidak boleh percaya.
• Contonya, kalau India Muslim dan Melayu bergaduh, India Muslim mesti akan
pertahankan kaum India mereka juga dalam pergaduhan tersebut dan tidak
akan menyokong Melayu.
• Sekarang ini kita dapati kalau ada sahaja mana-mana Melayu terlanggar kereta
Hindu, sudah pasti Hindu akan turun membawa parang untuk bergaduh dengan
Melayu.

1.9. Sikap orang Melayu yang paling teruk adalah Melayu suka bergaduh sesama bangsa sendiri, contohnya melihat kepada peristiwa menghalang kereta Sultan Perak semuanya adalah Melayu yang menunjuk perasaan, sedangkan Cina berkata orang Melayu tersebut telah tiada kerja lain hendak dilakukan, itu sebablah mereka menunjuk perasaan. Melayu hanya dipermainkan oleh Cina.

1.10. Dalam PRU13 kelak, jika Melayu gagal bersatu, Malaysia sudah pasti akan
hilang paling kurang 5 negeri kepada DAP, disebabkan Cina telah sebulat suara
sokong DAP, walau mereka sebenarnya berpura-pura sokong Kerajaan BN.
• Berdasarkan maklumat dari kenalan TSHZ, pada masa ini samseng-samseng
Cina sedang memberi amaran kepada semua orang Cina untuk mereka semua
mesti mengundi pembangkang dalam pilihanraya kelak. Jadi ini menjadikan
orang Cina sentiasa bersatu.
• Orang Hindu pula di Malaysia sudah pasti akan sokong DAP, tidak akan sesekali
menyokong kerajaan.

1.11. TSHZ berkata dulu UMNO marah pada beliau, tetapi sekarang ini PAS pulak
yang sanagt marahkan TSHZ dan memaki beliau disebabkan TSHZ menyatakan
tidak setuju untuk jadikan profession ulamak dalam berpolitik.
• Jangan sesekali parti politik terlibat untuk memberi fatwa, nanti orang dah tak
percayakan ulamak, biarkan hanya ulamak yang memberi hukum dan fatwa.
Jangan sesekali mempolitikkan profession ulamak.
• Masyarakat akan jadi keliru, apatah lagi sekarang sudah timbul istilah ulamak
lama dan ulamak baru, sampai ada ulamak baru yang bergelar "doktor" dan
suka membid'ahkan orang.

2. Cina dan DAP tidak ikhlas
2.1. Apa yang berlaku di Pulau Pinang, walau dalam Pakatan rakyat, PAS sebenarnya
langsung tidak diberi apa-apa jawatan oleh DAP yang memerintah.

2.2. Pada masa kini, semua gerai Melayu tepi jalan jual yang menjual goreng pisang
dan karipap yang tidak berlesen telah dihancurkan sampailah ke Kepala Batas,
sedangkan di Bandar Pulang Pinang (Georgetown) peniaga-peniaga Cina sengaja
dibiarkan oleh DAP berniaga.

2.3. DAP sekarang tidak mahu lagi membina rumah di bawah harga RM60k, yang
menjadikan orang Melayu tidak mampu membeli rumah tersebut, dan orang
Melayu terpaksa pergi ke Sungai Petani untuk membeli rumah.

2.4. Kejadian yang seeperti di Pulau Pinang sebenarnya telah turut berlaku di
Selangor yang diperintah oleh Pakatan Rakyat.

3. Isu Perak
3.1. TSHZ menyatakan beliau telah sedaya upaya berusaha untuk menyatu-padukan
Melayu Islam dalam krisis perpecahan Melayu di Perak.

3.2. Selepas PRU12 di Perak di menangi 28 DAP, 28 BN, 6 PAS, 7 PKR. TSHZ
berusaha untuk menyatukan kedua parti politik Melayu PAS dan UMNO, dan
kalau PAS mahu bersatu kongsi kuasa dengan UMNO, maka dapatlah Melayu
perintah Perak buat pertama kalinya.

3.3. Hasrat TSHZ yang telah dipersetujui adalah untuk satukan PAS dan UMNO;
dengan pemerintahan diserah pada PAS iaitu Menteri Besar dipegang oleh PAS
beserta 5 jawatan Exco, dan jawatan-jawatan lain diambil oleh UMNO, dan kita
tolak Cina yang menang satu dalam BN itu.

3.4. TSHZ sudah bincang dengan Raja dan pemimpin UMNO, keduanya bersetuju
dengan cadangan saya tersebut.

3.5. TSHZ juga sudah menelefon PakLah, dan PakLah pun menyatakan persetujuan
dengan cadangan TSHZ.

3.6. Maka pada satu malam jam 12 malam saya pergi Kelantan dalam keadaan hujan
lebat, dengan disediakan 2 kereta mengiringi saya.

3.7. 5.00 pagi TSHZ sampai di Hotel, TSHZ terus menuju ke Masjid Nik Aziz untuk
mendengar kuliah subuh.
• Walaupun begitu TGNA tidak perasan kehadiran TSHZ disebabkan TGNA
tidak pandang kiri-kanan, sehinggalah habis kuliah baru TGNA perasan dan
bertanya mengapa TSHZ tidak tegur beliau dari awal. TSHZ dan TGNA selepas
itu berbincang di rumah TGNA sampai jam 9 pagi.
• TSHZ menyatakan tawaran itu kepada TGNA.

3.8. Pada walnya TGNA tidak bersetuju.
• TGNA kata PAS tidak boleh percaya pada UMNO, disebabkan UMNO telah
pernah menipu PAS.
• Sebenarnya mengikut TSHZ bukan UMNO yang menipu PAS dan
menendang PAS keluar, tapi PAS sendiri menolak calon PAS iaitu Mat Nasir
dari menjadi Menteri Besar pada satu ketika dahulu. Itu kisah sebenarnya,
bukan UMNO patut disalahkan. Namun menurut TSHZ fakta tersebut beliau
tidak nyatakan kepada TGNA ketika perjumpaan tersebut.

3.9. TSHZ menyatakan pada TGNA adalah lebih baik berkawan dengan UMNO
daripada berkawan dengan Cina sebab hati Cina adalah tidak betul sebab Cina
adalah kafir.

3.10. TGNA akhirnye bersetuju dengan pandangan TSHZ, dan berkata idea itu bagus, tapi TGNA kata dia bukanlah Presiden PAS yang boleh buat keputusan, kena
tanya TGHA sebab dia Presiden.

3.11. TSHZ berkata beliau tidak akan berjumpa dan bertanya kepada TGHA
disebabkan TSHZ hanya mahu bertanya kepada Mursyidul Am sahaja.
• Bagi TSHZ jika Mursyidul Am kata boleh bekerjasama maka bolehlah.
TSHZ berkata jika TGNA telah bersetuju maka TGNA sendirilah yang perlu
menelefon TGHA.

3.12. Masa perjalanan pulang ke Perak, TGHA menelefon TSHZ mengatakan dia
bersetuju dengan cadangan yang diberikan oleh TSHZ. TSHZ juga menelefon
Ustaz Harun Din, dan Ustaz Harun pun menyatakan persetujuan beliau.
• TGHA kata walau dia bersetuju, tapi itu bukan keputusan Presiden sebab
keputusan hanya terletak pada hardcorenya, iaitu pada kuasa Ustaz Ahmad
Awang, Pesuruhjaya PAS Perak.

3.13. Bila sampai Perak, TSHZ menelefon Ustaz Ahmad Awang menyatakan
keputusan ketiga-tiga TGNA, TGHA dan Ustaz Harun Din yang bersetuju dengan
cadangan tersebut, namun Ustaz Ahmad Awang berkata beliau tidak bersetuju.
• Ustaz Ahmad Awang berkata lebih baik berkawan dengan orang kafir
daripada berkawan dengan orang Islam yang zalim.
• TSHZ menyatakan pada Ustaz Ahmad Awang satu hadith sohih; "bantulah
saudara kamu yang zolim atau dizolimi", iaitu kita hendaklah menasihati dan
mendekati kerajaan yang zalim agar mereka agar mereka tidak melakukan
kezaliman.
• *** Nota: Maksud Hadith yang cuba diselindungkan TSHZ dengan hanya
menyatakan untuk kita "menasihati dan mendekati" mereka yang zalim
tersebut, dan tidak menyebutpun kewajipan kita untuk menghalang mereka
dari melakukan kezaliman;

Maksudnya; Nabi s.a.w. Bersabda: "Tolonglah saudara kamu yang zalim
dan yang kena zalim". Seorang lelaki bertanya, "wahai rasulullah, aku akan
menolong seseorang yang dizalimi. Bagaimana pula, hendak menolong orang
yang zalim?" Jawab Nabi, "berhentikanlah atau halanglah dia daripada
melakukan kezaliman, maka itu adalah cara kamu menolong dia". (berdasarkan
Sohih Bukhari:6438)

3.14. Ustaz Ahmad Awang tidak mahu menerima pandangan TSHZ, dan Ustaz Ahmad Awang berkata beliau menggunakan kaedah usul fiqh, "akhaffu dhorurain".

3.15. TSHZ mempertikaikan di mana wujudnya "akhaffu dhorurain" tersebut? Dan
adakah lebih bahaya orang Islam dari orang kafir?
• Al-Quran menyatakan kita boleh berkawan dengan orang kafir tapi kalau kita
kasih pada orang kafir maka kita akan jadi kafir juga.
• Dan kalau kita putuskan hubungan dengan orang Islam maka hukumnya kita
tidak akan masuk syurga.
• Al-Quran juga menyebut tentang Yahudi dan Nasora tidak redho dengan Islam
selama-lamanya, maka itu juga bermaksud semua orang kafir sebenarnya
tidak akan redho dengan Islam.
• TSHZ menyatakan itulah sikap orang Melayu bila bergaduh, dan mereka sudah
tidak mahu menggunakan pandangan Al-Quran.

3.16. Selepas itu TSHZ berkata Ustaz Ahmad Awang campak telefon dan tidak mahu
lagi bercakap dengan TSHZ.

4. Kisah sebenar kedudukan Melayu dalam Isu Perak

4.1. Masyarakat hendaklah ambil iktibar hasil perpecahan Melayu contohnya di
Perak; walau hanya di perintah oleh Pakatan Rakyat selama 11 bulan, kita dapati
sekarang ini di mana sahaja ada kawasan majoriti Melayu dan Melayu boleh
menang di kawasan itu, pasti DAP telah pindahkan pengundi Cina seramai
mungkin, hingga sekarang ini tidak ada lagi satu pun kawasan yg menjadi
majoriti Melayu di Perak.

4.2. Selama 11 bulan pemerintahan DAP di Perak, tanah rezab tempat komunis pada
satu masa dahulu, dan semua semua tanah-tanah strategik telah diberikan kepada
Cina.

4.3. Pakatan Rakyat telah beri tanah pada Cina untjuk tempoh 999 tahun sedangkan
polisi hanya membenarkan pemberian setakat 99 tahun sahaja.

4.4. Sebenarnya isu lompat parti oleh 2 PKR dan 1 DAP keluar Pakatan Rakyat
adalah disebabkan wakil rakyat tersebut tidak bersetuju dengan keputusan yang
tidak adil dan menganiaya kaum Melayu tersebut.

• Wakil-wakil rakyat tersebut sebenarnya bukan kena beli atau dilarikan seperti
yang dituduh oleh Pakatan Rakyat, tetapi sebenarnya mereka melarikan diri
disebabkan mereka hendak dipukul.

5. Usaha penyatupaduan Melayu
5.1. 2 minggu sudah 160 NGO termasuk NGO-NGO dari Perak berkumpul dan
berjumpa TSHZ meminta jadi Penasihat mereka untuk perpaduan Melayu.

• Mereka berkumpul di PWTC yang turut dihadiri oleh TSHZ, dan mereka
menyediakan resolusi yang diserahkan kepada Najib.
• TSHZ menasihati mereka usaha tersebut dibuat bukan atas nama parti politik
buat, buat atas nama NGO Melayu semata yang mahukan perpaduan Melayu
dan bahaya perpecahan.

5.2. Bagi TSHZ, UMNO dan PAS hendaklah bersatu, dan betulkan apa-apa yang telah salah dan belajar dari kesalahan lampau.
• TSHZ menyatakan beliau sanggup untuk duduk menjadi orang tengah untuk
menyatupadukan orang Bumiputera yang tinggal hanya 54% ini, termasuk
Bumiputera Sabah & Sarawak.

5.3. Pada minggu sudah sebenarnya ada pimpinan tertinggi PAS yang bertaraf Yang
Berhormat bersama dengan peguamnya datang berjumpa TSHZ dari jam 7pm
(selepas maghrib) hingga 11 malam di sebuah hotel, meminta TSHZ mencari
jalan penyelesaian untuk menyatu-padukan semula kaum Melayu, sebab kata YB
tersebut dalam PRU13 kelak 75% Cina sekarang bersatu menyokong Cina.
• TSHZ berkata beliau sudah tidak tahu hendak berkata apa, disebabkan TSHZ
telah cuba yang terbaik untuk menyatupadukan Melayu di Perak pada satu
masa dahulu.

6. Pesanan kepada pelajar, i.e jawapan balas kepada pelajar selepas disoal berkaitan
beberapa perkara;

6.1. Hukum lompat parti;

• Isu lompat parti tidak kena-mengena dengan hukum Islam, asalkan jangan
sesekali melompat ke parti syaitan sebab itu tidak dibenarkan oleh Islam dan
disebut di dalam Al-Quran. Hukum bertukar parti tidak ada di dalam syarak,
ikut sukalah mahu menukar parti apa sekalipun.
• Sejak dahulu sudah banyak berlaku peristiwa lompat parti, dan TSHZ
menyatakan ikut sukalah pada sesiapa sahaja untuk melompat masuk parti
apa-apa sekalipun.
• TSHZ hairan mengapa sekarang ini tiba-tiba sahaja baru timbul hukum haram
lompat parti tersebut sedangkan selama ini tidak apa.
• TSHZ menyatakan tidak kiralah parti apa pun yang memerintah sebenarnya
tidak ada bezanya.
• Semuanya hanyalah 2x5 sahaja.
• Walau Kelantan dan Kedah diperintah oleh PAS, apa yang berbeza
hanyalah azan berkumandang di supermarket di Kelantan ketika masuk
waktu, dan gerai-gerai tepi masjid tutup bila azan berkumandang.
• Sedangkan rekod jenayah adalah paling tinggi di Kelantan, dan Kelantan
menjadi negeri yang paling kotor di Malaysia.
• Contohnya di Indonesia pula katanya wujud 70 parti Islam, yang menjadikan
mereka gagal memerintah di Indonesia disebabkan perpecahan mereka.

6.2. Maksud sebenar hadith "tolong saudara kamu yang zalim";
• TSHZ ditanya oleh pelajar tentang sepatutnya cara "membantu orang yang
zalim" setelah sekian lama gagal menasihati mereka, maka sekarang
hendaklah menggunakan kuasa politik untuk menukarkan kedudukan mereka
agar tidak lagi memberikan ruang mereka melakukan kezaliman, sesuai
dengan maksud sebenar hadith tersebut, sesuai dengan maksud sebenar hadith
tersebut.
• TSHZ menyatakan maksud hadith itu hanya adalah meminta rakyat
menasihati, mendekati dengan orang yang zalim tersebut, agar mereka
tidak lagi melakukan kezaliman tersebut. TSHZ tidak memberikan
jawapan kepada pertanyaan pelajar tersebut.
• Sebaliknya TSHZ menasihati pelajar tersebut hendaklah fokus dan belajar
bersungguh-sungguh, dan hendaklah menjadi pakar dalam bidang yang beliau
ceburi.
• TSHZ menasihati pelajar yang dihantar ke luar negeri jangan sesekali
bermain dengan politik, dan hanya boleh bermain politik selepas belajar
dan bila sudah bekerja.
• TSHZ juga meminta pelajar jangan sesekali memaki kerajaan yang ada,
sebab ramai pelajar di luar negara berterusan memaki kerajaan sedangkan
bila hendak dipotong biassiswa mereka bukan main marah.

6.3. Hukum Judi Bola oleh Najib untuk membantu Ekonomi
• Sebenarnya mengikut Awang Adek kerajaan hanya hendak menahan dari
berlaku perjudian haram yang tidak mampu dikawal oleh kerajaan dengan
kehilangan RM10 hingga RM20 billion, dan dengan memberi lesen kerajaan
dapat mengutip cukai.
• TSHZ menyatakan beliau telah bersuara dan menelefon sendiri kepada Najib,
tetapi Menteri Kewangan menyatakan beliau tidak tahu-menahu tentang itu.
• Saya seterusnya dan menulis surat kepada Najib menyatakan perkara itu tidak
boleh dilakukan.
• TSHZ menyatakan dia yakin kerajaan akan tarik semula lesen judi itu.

6.4. Gagalnya ekonomi dan pendidikan Melayu maju sebenarnya turut
disumbang oleh kegagalan kerajaan yang gagal berperanan dan hanya
mengutamakan segolongan politik Melayu yang kecil sahaja
• Sebenarnya kerajaan telah membuat satu tindakan yang terbaik untuk
membangunkan Melayu, tetapi kaum Melayu itu sendiri yang gagal
memajukan diri sendiri.
• TSHZ tidak memberikan jawapan khusus untuk persoalan ini.

Rujukan I
Statistik Anak Luar Nikah oleh JPN 21/03/2010
http://www.bharian.com.my/bharian/articles/17_303anakluarnikahdidaftar2009/Article/
17,303 anak luar nikah didaftar 2009
Oleh Mohd Azis Ngah
azis@bharian.com.my
2010/03/21
KUALA LUMPUR: Seramai 17,303 anak luar nikah Melayu atau tidak sah taraf didaftarkan di seluruh negara sepanjang tahun lalu. Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN), Datuk Alwi Ibrahim, berkata bilangan itu meningkat 762 kes berbanding tahun sebelumnya. Pada 2008 seramai 16,541 anak luar nikah
didaftarkan di JPN manakala pada 2007 seramai 16,100 orang.

Alwi menjelaskan dalam tempoh lima tahun lalu, JPN mencatatkan 74,723 pendaftaran anak luar nikah adalah membabitkan orang Melayu/Islam. Ini tidak termasuk kes buang bayi yang dilaporkan kepada Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM).

"Sepanjang tempoh ini, 214,033 bayi pelbagai bangsa didaftarkan dengan status anak tidak sah taraf, termasuk kes anak yang tidak berbapa 104,834 orang dan 109,199 orang mengikut Seksyen 13, Akta Pendaftaran Kelahiran dan Kematian 1957 (Akta 299)," katanya kepada Berita Minggu.

Mengikut Seksyen 13, bayi itu dianggap anak yang dilahirkan hasil ikatan perkahwinan tidak teratur atau tidak sah mengikut undang-undang negara.
Ini termasuk anak hasil hubungan luar nikah bagi orang Melayu/Islam atau pernikahan tidak didaftarkan mengikut undang-undang negara. Bayi yang lahir kurang enam bulan dari tarikh pernikahan ibu bapanya juga termasuk dalam status sama.

Bagi anak pasangan bukan Islam, kebanyakan kes merujuk kepada anak dilahirkan sebelum tarikh pendaftaran perkahwinan atau anak yang tidak mempunyai bapa.
Dalam tempoh lima tahun dari 2005 hingga 2009, pendaftaran 'anak luar nikah' membabitkan orang Melayu menduduki tempat kedua dengan 74,723 kes, di belakang kaum-kaum lain dengan 91,922 kes, diikuti India (23,696 kes) dan Cina (23,692 kes).

Beliau berkata, bayi tanpa bapa daripada keturunan Melayu/Islam diletakkan nama diikuti 'bin' atau 'binti' Abdullah atau mana-mana nama pilihan Asma Al-Husna (nama-nama Allah).
"Keputusan itu selaras ketetapan Jawatankuasa Fatwa Kebangsaan dan ia juga selaras format baru sijil kelahiran yang memerlukan nama penuh bayi berserta bin atau binti dipaparkan pada sijil kelahiran.

"Bagaimanapun, hanya maklumat ibu akan dimasukkan dalam sijil kelahiran bayi berkenaan dan nama pada MyKad kanak-kanak itu kekal menggunakan nama dalam sijil kelahiran," katanya.

Bagi kes bayi pasangan yang berkahwin di luar negara tanpa mendaftar semula di Malaysia, beliau menasihatkan mereka menyelesaikan urusan dengan pihak berkaitan termasuk majlis agama atau mahkamah.

"Jika anak dilahirkan di luar negara, daftar dengan kedutaan dan apabila pulang ke Malaysia, daftar semula dengan JPN.

"Bagi kes yang tidak mendaftar perkahwinan mereka tetapi sudah mempunyai anak, merekaboleh mendaftar terus untuk dapatkan sijil kelahiran tanpa perlu dokumen daripadamahkamah, tetapi nama bapa tidak akan dimasukkan dalam rekod.

"Maklumat itu boleh diganti dengan nama sebenar bapa selepas mendapat pengesahan statusperkahwinan," katanya.


Kenyataan Ketua Pemuda UMNO Malaysia berhubung isu pemberian lesen judi

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 11:29 AM PDT

Sewaktu merasmikan Mesyuarat Perwakilan Pemuda UMNO Bahagian Tawau pagi tadi, saya telah mengumumkan pendirian Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO Malaysia (Pemuda UMNO) berhubung isu lesen pertaruhan atau judi sukan bolasepak.

Walaupun pendirian ini telahpun disampaikan kepada pucuk pimpinan melalui saluran dalaman sebelum ini, kini saya rasa terpanggil untuk menyatakan pendirian Pemuda UMNO secara terbuka kerana masih ada tekanan dari pihak-pihak tertentu untuk menjayakan permohonan Ascot Sports. Syarikat itu juga telah memberi gambaran kononnya mereka telah menerima kelulusan dari Kementerian Kewangan untuk memulakan operasi dengan menawarkan pertaruhan bagi perlawanan bolasepak.

Memandangkan YAB Perdana Menteri masih memberi ruang untuk maklum balas umum mengenai perkara ini, maka Pemuda UMNO mengambil kesempatan ini untuk melahirkan pendirian kami berdasarkan kepada kebimbangan generasi muda.

Pendirian Pemuda UMNO mengambil kira beberapa perkara, antaranya:

1) Lesen pertaruhan ini tidak diterima dengan baik oleh majoriti rakyat Malaysia tidak kira agama. Sudah tentunya umat Islam membantah sebarang cadangan sebegini kerana ia bertentangan dengan ajaran agama disamping tidak yakin dengan jaminan bahawa orang beragama Islam tidak akan terlibat dengan gejala judi ini, walaupun dikendalikan oleh pengusaha berlesen.

Bukan sekadar itu, ramai orang bukan Islam juga tidak bersetuju dengan cadangan pemberian lesen ini, lebih-lebih lagi apabila ada suara yang menyatakan bahawa judi itu adalah sebahagian dari budaya mereka.

2) Hujah bahawa judi sudahpun menjadi perkara yang lazim melalui pasaran pertaruhan haram yang berleluasa juga dapat disanggah apabila kita melihat penguatkuasaan yang berkesan dalam dua minggu yang lepas ini. Isunya bukan sama ada judi itu adalah sebahagian daripada realiti lantas wajar dihalalkan, tetapi yang penting adalah iltizam untuk menguatkuasa undang-undang sedia ada bagi membanteras kegiatan jenayah ini. Mutakhir ini kita membaca laporan mengenai serbuan dan operasi pihak polis membanteras gejala judi habis-habisan. Ini membuktikan bahawa jika ada komitmen dan iltizam, maka masalah judi haram boleh ditangani. Pemuda UMNO di sini juga menggesa agar penguatkuasaan yang kita saksikan akhir-akhir ini bukan bermusim dek kerana isu lesen pertaruhan ini hangat atau musim Piala Dunia, sebaliknya penguatkuasaan perlu dilaksanakan secara berterusan.

3) Persoalan juga timbul mengapa Ascot Sports telah membuat kenyataan mengenai lesen yang kononnya bakal diberi kepadanya tanpa sebarang kelulusan dari Kementerian Kewangan? Bukankah sepatutnya lesen ini ditawarkan secara tender terbuka? Alasan bahawa lesen yang diberi ini kononnya adalah untuk memperbaharui lesen yang pernah diberi dahulu tidak boleh diterima sama sekali kerana lesen tersebut telah pun luput. Maka, Ascot Sports tidak lagi mempunyai hak penafian pertama atau first right of refusal.

Oleh sebab-sebab di atas, Pemuda UMNO membantah sekeras-kerasnya sebarang cadangan pemberian lesen judi atau pertaruhan sukan bolasepak dan berharap bahawa Kerajaan akan mengumumkan keputusan muktamad mengenai perkara ini dalam masa terdekat, setelah mengambilkira sentimen dan maklum balas dari rakyat Malaysia.


ARE YOU SMARTER THAN THE AVERAGE AMERICAN?

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 10:21 AM PDT

If you think the average Malaysian youth knows little and cares little about what's happening in the world around him, wait till you view this video clip. The answers given are so dumb, you won't know whether to laugh or cry. Are these folks from another planet or another era?

Oh well, enjoy it as comic relief for the weekend.


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Perkasa to KJ: Don’t sell out Malays,How can Muslim disengagement be reversed?

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 09:24 AM PDT



click this to watch Ibrahim: Wee's statement is rude and insolent



Perkasa president and Pasir Mas MP Ibrahim Ali, during a press conference at the parliament lobby, hit out at MCA Youth Chief, Wee Ka Siong over his statement last week urging the government to maintain the Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships.

English daily The Star had quoted Wee as saying, "If the government is only doing away with the PSD scholarships but retains the Mara scholarships, this will not be in line with the 1Malaysia concept that the government is promoting."

Ibrahim Ali took exception to Wee's comment and accused the Deputy Minister of questioning Malay rights.

The firebrand politician also threatened Wee that he would open a branch of his Malay rights group Perkasa in Wee's constituency of Ayer Hitam.

Ibrahim Ali also said that Perkasa is monitoring statements by non-Malay leaders on scholarship and study opportunities for their communities.

Ibrahim said that Malays also were deprived of places in universities, not just non-Malays.

He said that if one were to look at the numbers of Malay-Muslim students receiving the JPA scholarship, it it only 40% from the 57% allocated to Bumiputra candidate


How can we use the educational system to promote a sense of national belonging amongst Muslim communities? And what role should the major stakeholders – society, government, and the Muslim community themselves – play?

BY TEHMINA KAZI, JUNE 21, 2010
From tolerance to respect
LONDON, UK

At a conference for Britain's National Union of Teachers in 2008, a resolution was passed declaring that state schools should have the flexibility and the adaptability to accommodate the faith-based needs of parents and children. Unfortunately such measures often causes reactionary backlash from fringe groups and racist individuals who see this almost as a "usurping" of their national identity. Though the majority of people in the UK (rightly) condemn the over-zealous nationalism that spills into racism towards ethnic minorities, simply ignoring them will only exacerbate their lack of tolerance. Instead, we have a responsibility to ensure such problems do not get worse.

So far in the UK, the approach to promoting tolerance in education has been somewhat two-pronged. Firstly, by requiring teachers to promote understanding and acceptance in schools and secondly by applying this rule to the institution itself – asking the schools to provide a way for all students to retain their religious and cultural identity while they study. Considering the influential effect of education and teachers, this seems a pragmatic approach. In many state schools (Western as well as just British), young people from all cultures – who hold religious and non-religious beliefs – come together, replicating the environment they will have to face in real life an increasingly globalised world. It is understandable why so many believe that respecting and understanding the existence of diversity is such a crucial part of our children's education.

Ever since immigration began to creep into the forefront of British sensibilities, teachers have been given increasingly social as well as educational roles to fulfil. They must facilitate enabling environments in which to build trust among peers, parents and staff. This trend could also be partially attributed to social research and media reportage which indicates that despite all the headway made in recent years, there are still many hurdles facing multi-cultural Britain and ethnic minorities are often still under-represented in areas like politics and finance. British Muslims are no exception.

In fact for a long time, it appears that British Muslims have experienced disengagement rather than national belonging. In one example, The Mayor of London commissioned a report in November 2007, which found that in one particular week in 2006, over 90% of UK media articles that referred to Islam and Muslims were negative. This needs to change and future generations deserve better. But to help overcome this, it is not just educators that need to equip themselves with the skills to teach in a multi-faith environment. Muslim students and their parents too have a responsibility to learn how to adapt to them. And with British schools and teachers under more scrutiny than ever, teachers may often be inclined to acquiesce to every cultural or religious demand from parents and families of pupils. But this cannot be the solution.

While practices and beliefs which define groups and individuals are indeed precious, they cannot become the sole basis for educational policies and politics. This approach seems to be one that will store up resentment and – paradoxically – intolerance in the future. Culture is not static, but dynamic and schools need to reflect this by being flexible enough to treat all pupils equally. This in fact, is the real test of commitment to tolerance and understanding.

Imperative though it is for our children to be raised as well informed individuals with open minds, it is equally important that they take steps to adapt to their society and their school environment. The essence of multi-culturalism involves people living side by side under one shared identity, whilst proudly holding to their own so that nobody feels resentful or a lack of belonging. With this vision we can fight back against fringe groups that insist that Muslims and Islam are "incompatible" with Western democracy, and it starts with the education of children. By encouraging all students – including Muslim students – to view each other as equals, we can take steps to correct the disengagement that has been felt by British Muslims for far too long.

Subjects like sex education, school dress codes and prayer time need to be addressed through consultation with parents and teachers alike. The divide between commitments outside the classroom and requirements inside it needs to be negotiated, but it is important that one does not take precedence over another. Often, teachers and administrators end up fighting losing battles with parents who want to ensure their children learn in an environment in accordance with their beliefs and practices. Though an honourable and understandable request, it can quickly become difficult to accommodate. If religious or cultural stipulations come to dominate the classroom, we will be doing British students a great disservice by paying lip service to the principle of diversity but failing to create an enabling environment for peers to be equals. Mutual respect and tolerance should be encouraged by seeking equality and similarities between students, not divides.


Tehmina Kazi is the Director ofBritish Muslims for Secular Democracy.



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Zunar’s 1FunnyM’sia banned >:( ‘Where is Justice?’ next?

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 08:38 AM PDT

Zunar at the press conference we held together

I wanted to offer my 'condolences' to Zunar, having just read the news:

The Home Ministry has banned a Malaysiakini book by popular cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, or better known as Zunar, under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

In addition to Zunar's '1Funny Malaysia' – which is published by Kinibooks, a subsidiary of Malaysiakini – two other comics were also banned.

Home Ministry secretary-general Mahmood Adam said the ban was issued following the contents in the three publications that were deemed unsuitable and undesirable for public reading.

In a statement issued today, Mahmood said the book banned was titled 'Perak Darul Kartun' and the two comics titled 'Isu Dalam Kartun' and '1Funny Malaysia'.

Unsuitable and undesirable?

Yeah, maybe if you're BN and planning to stay in power forever >:(

It was very recently, that our friend Najib said:

In his speech titled "A New Vision for Malaysia", the Prime Minister made clear that he was not opposed to dissent or opposition because he believed legitimate views deserved to be heard.

I think the PM's hypocritical definition of legitimate is at best, laughable, and at worst fiendishly self-serving.

It remains to be seen what will happen with my own publication, Where is Justice – but perhaps best you get a copy now before it meets a similar fate.

This banning is a shameful act of cowardice, and I hope Zunar knows that we are behind him all the way!


Urgent action needed against Penang swiftlet farming

Posted: 23 Jun 2010 04:41 AM PDT

Rebecca Duckett highlights the risks posed by swiftlet farming in the George Town world heritage site in a letter to the Penang Chief Minister. 


Zunar, the multifaceted cartoonist

Posted: 23 Jun 2010 04:01 AM PDT

 zunar

The struggle for democratic space is also visible in the arts. Soon Chuan Yean interviews cartoonist extraordinaire Zunar, who hopes to generate more young artists who can shape history through their cartoons.  


Censored Bakun docu-series now on the Internet

Posted: 23 Jun 2010 11:46 PM PDT

Chow Z Lam's documentary series on the Bakun Dam resettlement for RTM2, which was yanked off the air, can now be viewed on Youtube.



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New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman Either an idiot or…THE MASTERPIECE OF MEDIA MANIPULATION

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 08:23 AM PDT

BAGHDAD, July 12 — Clashes in a southeastern neighborhood here between the American military and Shiite militias on Thursday left at least 16 people dead, including two Reuters journalists who had driven to the area to cover the turbulence, according to an official at the Interior Ministry.
Reuters, via Associated Press

The American military confirmed that the journalists, Namir Noor-Eldeen, top, and Saeed Chmagh, were killed as American forces battled insurgents in the area.

The two Reuters staff members, both of them Iraqis, were killed when troops on an American helicopter shot into the area where the two had just gotten out of their car, said witnesses who spoke to an Agence France-Presse photographer who arrived at the scene shortly after their bodies were taken away.

The Reuters employees were Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, a photographer, and Saeed Chmagh, 40, a driver.

"When we reached the spot where Namir was killed, the people told us that two journalists had been killed in an air attack an hour earlier," said Ahmad Sahib, the Agence France-Presse photographer, who had been traveling in a car several blocks behind Mr. Noor-Eldeen but was delayed by the chaos in the area. He said he was in touch with Mr. Noor-Eldeen by cellphone until his colleague was killed.

"They had arrived, got out of the car and started taking pictures, and people gathered," Mr. Sahib said. "It looked like the American helicopters were firing against any gathering in the area, because when I got out of my car and started taking pictures, people gathered and an American helicopter fired a few rounds, but they hit the houses nearby and we ran for cover."

The American military said in a statement late Thursday that 11 people had been killed: nine insurgents and two civilians. According to the statement, American troops were conducting a raid when they were hit by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. The American troops called in reinforcements and attack helicopters. In the ensuing fight, the statement said, the two Reuters employees and nine insurgents were killed.

"There is no question that coalition forces were clearly engaged in combat operations against a hostile force," said Lt. Col. Scott Bleichwehl, a spokesman for the multinational forces in Baghdad.

The military command offered condolences to the families of the civilians who were killed during the combat action, the statement said.

Officials at the Interior Ministry and at a Baghdad bank drastically revised their account of a large robbery at the Dar Es Salaam bank on Wednesday, saying that there had been confusion about how much of the stolen money was Iraqi dinars and how much was United States dollars. The robbers made off with 282 million Iraqi dinars, equal to about $225,000, and $366,000 American dollars; on Wednesday the police reported that $282 million had been stolen.

In Baghdad, violence racked the southern neighborhood of Saydiya, where the police picked up 17 of the 28 bodies found in the capital on Thursday. The neighborhood has become a battleground over the past several months, with Sunni Arab extremists controlling many of its streets and killing people who refuse to help them.

Shiite Mahdi Army militiamen allied with the anti-American cleric Moktada al-Sadr have been attacking the area as well, residents said. They described sometimes arriving home after work and being unable to approach their front doors because of gunfights in the streets.

A suicide bomber attacked a wedding in Tal Afar, a town 30 miles north of Mosul, killing four people and wounding six, said Brig. Gen. Mohamed al-Wakaa of the Mosul police. The groom was an Iraqi policeman. A car bomb targeting a police patrol in central Mosul killed one policeman and wounded eight, General Wakaa said.

And in central Iraq, gunmen opened fire on a police checkpoint on the road near Samarra, killing four policemen and two Iraqi soldiers.

In Diwaniya in southern Iraq, American helicopters fired on six men burying a roadside bomb, killing five of them, said Maj. Marc Young, a spokesman for the Multinational Force-Iraq. A hospital worker in the city said the five men were connected to the movement allied with Mr. Sadr. Later in the day, Mr. Sadr's supporters walked through the streets mourning the death of their colleagues, chanting anti-American slogans and promising revenge, said witnesses who watched the procession.

An American soldier was killed Thursday east of Baghdad while involved in combat operations, the military said in a statement.

The two journalists who were killed Thursday had been gathering information for a report on weightlifting early in the day, and then they heard that something was happening in the Ameen neighborhood and drove there to learn more about it, according to a Reuters official.

According to a Reuters report after the incident, some people at the scene said that American troops fired into the area from a helicopter, and a police report stated that the American attack killed the two journalists and nine other people.

Mr. Noor-Eldeen, who was not married, was originally from Mosul and first worked for Reuters there, moving on to Baghdad after receiving threats. Mr. Chmagh had worked for Reuters since before the United States-led invasion in 2003 and had four children. He also supported his sister's family after her husband was killed by insurgents.

"Noor-Eldeen and Chmagh's outstanding contribution to reporting on the unfolding events in Iraq has been vital," said the chief executive of Reuters, Tom Glocer, in a statement.

"They stand alongside other colleagues in Reuters who have died doing a job that they believe in," he added. Six Reuters employees have been killed in Iraq since the invasion.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees made an urgent plea on Thursday for money to help it increase aid for Iraqi refugees, whose numbers continue to rise. Nearly two million Iraqis are displaced within the country and nearly two million more have left, fleeing primarily to neighboring countries. About 2,000 Iraqis a day flee their homes, according to the United Nations appeal.

Qais Mizher and Ahmad Fadam contributed reporting from Baghdad, and Iraqi employees of The New York Times from Diwaniya, Mosul, Tikrit, Samarra and Diyala.

A senior American military official confirmed that the video was authentic.

Reuters had long pressed for the release of the video, which consists of 38 minutes of black-and-white aerial video and conversations between pilots in two Apache helicopters as they open fire on people on a street in Baghdad. The attack killed 12,among them the Reuters photographer, Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and the driver, Saeed Chmagh, 40.

The two leaders spoke by telephone Monday as Netanyahu cancelled his visit to Washington, due on Tuesday, to return to Israel to deal with the crisis after an assault by Israeli forces on a Gaza-bound flotilla left at least nine dead.
Obama said he understood the decision, and the two "agreed to reschedule their meeting at the first opportunity," the White House said in a statement.
"The president expressed deep regret at the loss of life in today's incident, and concern for the wounded, many of whom are being treated in Israeli hospitals.
"The president also expressed the importance of learning all the facts and circumstances around this morning's tragic events as soon as possible," the statement added.
The report, to be released next week by the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, will call on the United States to stop allowing the Central Intelligence Agency to carry out drone attacks on suspected militants.


New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman Either an idiot or…THE MASTERPIECE OF MEDIA MANIPULATION




In an ad currently on television for a finance company which specialises in pawning jewellery, a mother is shown doing so in order to finance her son's music scholarship overseas. It is interesting that not only is the mother pawning her jewellery, something that is otherwise taboo and a guaranteed way to turn into Nirupa Roy and start coughing over a sewing machine, she is shown doing so quite cheerfully in order to her finance her son's further education overseas for a degree in music. Now this is quite a change, considering that serious education in India has usually meant a degree in science or management; music would come very far down on the list of career options worth investing in.


In earlier times, education was virtually the only vehicle available for social and economic mobility, and the options here too were extremely limited. Boxed in by a rigid hierarchy, and the extremely limited availability of 'seats', most students travelled to their nondescript stations in life in cramped unreserved compartments, comforted by the fact there were so many of them facing a similar fate. The absence of options and the fixed nature of the academic hierarchy made studying an act of stressful penance, as one swotted from exam to exam, hoping to crack something half decent.


But over the last few years, a new discourse is taking root about success and how to achieve it. Spurred on by the mushrooming of many new kinds of careers, there is a greater sense of room available, a feeling that are more than just a handful ways of finding one's niche in the world. More significantly, there is increasing evidence that one can make a career out of one's talent rather than rely only on education.


The idea of talent is a truly alchemic as it locates the source of one's future success entirely within oneself. Talent is a gift, something precious and inborn that gives its owner a magnetic aura that creates its own force field. Talent burns avenues into arid wastelands and conjures up opportunities from nowhere. It democratises the very idea of success, and levels the playing field otherwise skewed heavily in the favour of those who are well born. Most importantly it creates a career out of what one likes to do and what one is good at rather than what one needs to. In most cases, it also marries the twin goals of fame and fortune that drive us today, for talent and fame are joined at the hip. This new discourse has been advertised extremely powerfully by films like Taare Zameen Par and 3 Idiots which tell us that there is another way, one which finds its way through our own individual specialness, and one where we need not second guess the world and are successful by finding our own way.


Of course, talent is such a powerful idea because it is so seductive in its appeal. By creating an aura of inevitability around itself, talent posits itself as an inexorable force that must find its own destination. This new narrative is so appealing in part because it conforms to a common fantasy- that of being special in spite of an outward appearance of ordinariness and having this specialness discovered by the world in a blinding blaze of glory. This is pretty much what both Taare Zameen Par and 3 Idiots do; both films are paper thin fantasies, that use a deliberate and meticulously constructed narrative to seduce the viewer. 3 Idiots for instance has a story that borders on the ridiculous, particularly of the Aamir Khan character, and is one of those films where every problem is solved, every character's issues resolved and where every dilemma is reconciled with a decisively sweet click. More tellingly, the winners win in conventional ways- they beat others in competitions, make a lot of money and become famous while apparently not exerting themselves. Creativity becomes conflated with ease, and the Bollywood paratha gets a new stuffing.

The talent narrative gets consumed as part of a larger storyline, that of believing in the inevitability of one's good fortune. This narrative puts desire at the heart of everything and is best illustrated by the Raj/Rahul character played by Shah Rukh Khan in many films that believes that if you wish for something truly fervently, the world will conspire to make your wishes come true. The idea that intense desire is its own engine and is sufficient to make one's dreams come true is the kind of engaging fantasy is vastly appealing in the context of today.


The idea of talent becomes an easy escape route for it allows us to believe in finding ways that circumvent effort and externalise the responsibility for our eventual success. As is clear from the participants who throng the many talent shows on television, believing in one's own talent and possessing any are only marginally related. The idea of talent which is powerful on one hand, also serves to create an army of empty dreamers, who look to strike it big, just like that. The principal trick of the magician is not to produce a rabbit out of the hat, but to make it look easy. The idea of talent is the easily produced rabbit that can be frustratingly elusive in real life. Consumerism is a feathered conspiracy to make us believe in our specialness, in our unique abilities and irresistible charm, and idea of talent makes it possible to believe this.


Perhaps, having lived lives burdened with the notion of limited destinies eked out of severely constrained options, it is time we revel in a sense of plenty. The idea of talent frees us from the yoke of conformity and gives us something to shoot at. The stardust we get brushed with when we imagine a future based on talent may not be real, but it allows us a new way to imagine the future. In an abstract overall kind of a way, talent is a powerful force of liberation. At the individual level, taken too concretely, it might be another story.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, in his unendingly offensive series of "Letters from Istanbul," offers up reasons to "wonder" about Turkey, only to indulge us in his propagandistic and arrogant attempt to smear it.


BY HAROON MOGHUL, JUNE 23, 2010
Oh Turkey, you amuse me
NEW YORK, NEW YORK

In this his second letter from Istanbul, New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman attempts to paint Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a radical, Turkey as an undemocratic Chavezista hotbed and the flotilla incident as something other than what most of the rest of humanity considered it. Before beginning this dispassionate analysis, some warnings. Pretty much everything Friedman writes has the gravity and depth of the weekend grocery store coupon inserts. Consider yourself embarrassed. Or read Matt Taibbi for more:

…along comes Thomas Friedman, porn-stached resident of a positively obscene 11,400 square foot suburban Maryland mega-monstro-mansion and husband to the heir of one of the largest shopping-mall chains in the world, reinventing himself as an oracle of anti-consumerist conservationism.

It's the same inanity, except not ecologically but politically. I find him to be false, misleading, racist, offensive and elitist. Again.

Friedman thinks it's a clever gimmick to write a letter to his readers from Istanbul, which is the famous city in Turkey that is not the country's capital. Ignoring the geographic wrongness of a political analysis ascribed to a country's economic center, Friedman, who rarely ever knows where he is and what's more does not understand the interpenetration of a) economics with politics and b) his backside with his head, offers up reasons to "wonder" about Turkey, part of his propagandistic and arrogant attempt to smear Turkey. This all-out push to demonize Turkey is in part a reaction to not wanting to engage with the siege of Gaza, and producing straw men to try and burn in place of the actual issues affecting and linking people across the world.

The Turks wanted to get into the European Union and were rebuffed, but I'm not sure Turkish businessmen even care today. The EU feels dead next to Turkey, which last year was right behind India and China among the fastest-growing economies in the world — just under 7 percent — and was the fastest-growing economy in Europe.

So Turkey's a rising power. Why Friedman's feeling up the EU, or how he know it feels dead, I don't (want to) know, but there you have it. Friedman here describes Turkey as the "fastest-growing economy in Europe," which is funny, because later he actually wonders whether Turkey will go Western or Islamic. (There is not a sentence concerning how Europe treats its Muslims, or Geert Wilders, or why the EU has rebuffed Turkey, all of which are interpenetrated.) Being European is not enough to also be Western, and to be Western depends on agreeing with one of one Western nation's many perspectives and pundits.

All you have to do is stand in the Istanbul airport and look at the departures board for Turkish Airlines, which flies to cities half of which I cannot even pronounce, to appreciate what a pulsating economic center this has become for Central Asia.

That's all you have to do. Don't even leave the airport. This is Friedman's faux humility, which is separate from his actual stupidity, though the two travel together, like the man and his moustache. Friedman's trying to say, "See, Reader, I travel to all these exotic places, and I don't get them, just like you don't, but I will explain them to you anyway because I feel entitled to, even though that makes no sense and my facial hair makes me look Turkish" (Fill in the blank time: Thomas Friedman, who considers himself an expert on the Middle East and has a Master's degree [M.Phil.] in Middle East Studies, "cannot even pronounce" these cities' names because he is an ____________).

I met Turkish businessmen who were running hotel chains in Moscow, banks in Bosnia and Greece, road-building projects in Iraq and huge trading operations with Iran and Syria. In 1980, Turkey's total exports were worth $3 billion. In 2008, they were $132 billion. There are now 250 industrial zones throughout Anatolia. Turkey's cellphone users have gone from virtually none in the 1990s to 64 million in 2008.

So far, he is making us like Turkey, if that is you like economic powers. Then he'll make Turkey into a dictatorship on the order of Russia, Venezuela and Iran, and you are supposed to ignore the fact that his article offers nothing except subjective nonsense and racist crap instead of argument.

Turkey has massive economic interests in Iran and Syria. Nothing about Islamism, no businessmen talking about culture and religion, but something about making money and markets and expanding opportunities (Subcontext: Many Western markets recently crashed hardcore. Where else are businessmen going to go?). Many of Turkey's big businessmen are AK Party supporters. Nevertheless, this fact will quickly drop off the face of the flat world Friedman believes he lives on (one plus to a flat world is, geometrically speaking, we could theoretically never walk into Thomas Friedman again).

So Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sees himself as the leader of a rising economic powerhouse of 70 million people who is entitled to play an independent geopolitical role — hence his U.N. vote against sanctioning Iran. But how Turkey rises really matters — and Erdogan definitely has some troubling Hugo Chávez-Vladimir Putin tendencies.

There are so many things wrong with this, my head hurts. Is either Russia or Venezuela a dynamic center of business? They are both dependent on petrochemicals and other natural resources; they are rentier states. Why then Erdogan represents something of Chavez or Putin, I don't know — except that apparently Erdogan is either a Muslim like Putin, or a socialist like Chaves. (Thomas Friedman is an ___________). Note also that he says "who is entitled," not "which is entitled"; even though it is Turkey that Erdogan represents, Friedman is trying very unsubtly to argue that Erdogan doesn't represent Turkey, and Turkey's policies are the policies of an Anatolian Chavez. Because the thing he fears most is democracy — actual mandates. (He is also afraid of English).

Watch how this shady so-called expert twists words to create the impression of argument; he regularly passes off false as true under the veneer of alleged analysis: Erdogan "sees himself as the leader of a rising economic powerhouse." Does Barack Obama also "see himself as the President of the United States"? What kind of racist rhetoric is this? Erdogan is the elected Prime Minister of the country. Therefore, he is its leader. I could see myself as the leader of Turkey, but I would be delusional. Erdogan does not need to see himself as the leader of Turkey to be the leader of Turkey. Maybe it's because he's a "radical"; but Friedman believes it's okay to invade a country to change people's minds, a point so at odds with the fundamentally democratic foundation and philosophy of American society so as to plausibly welcome the resurrection of Joe McCarthy.

Further, Erdogan "sees himself as entitled to play an independent geopolitical role…" Entitled. This language would not be out of place coming from the mouth of Winston Churchill, champion of freedom except for the South Asians like me who are over 1/6th of humanity: "That Gandhi, he sees himself as the leader of India, andthinks himself entitled to play a role in the world." Brown folks getting uppity. Watch out for those Negroes. Think that just because they can vote, they're our equals. (For those who actually know Turkish politics, the white-and-black divide is meaningful.)

Democracy for us, and only for you if we approve, and we must always approve. "How Turkey rises" — read: we are Turkey's parents, and need to raise Turkey right. Friedman's very language communicates his racism, which comes through in every other article this purported college graduate writes on any region of the world. Gut check: Every member state of the U.N. has a part to play. Of course sovereign nations are entitled to independent voices. So why insinuate that Turkey's politics constitute anything but a natural human and collective right?

Let us, for a moment, refer to a dictionary:

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French entitler, from Late Latin intitulare, from Latin in- + titulus title
Date: 14th century
1 : to give a title to : designate
2 : to furnish with proper grounds for seeking or claiming something

Then, this gem:

I've never visited a democracy where more people whom I interviewed asked me not to quote them by name for fear of retribution by Erdogan's circle — in the form of lawsuits, tax investigations or being shut out of government contracts. The media here is rampantly self-censored.

That's amazing. This admission from a man whose only reference to Istanbul in this letter is to the airport, where he may have been mistaken for a male ______________, dubiously interviewing other men in the bathroom, or getting chatty at the baggage claim. Has Friedman in the meantime ever interviewed the many people across the world who agreed with Turkey's responses over the past few weeks, to various global issues, and agreed with them for vastly different reasons? And I'm sure governments in Western nations regularly give lucrative contracts to their critics. Keep the previous paragraph fresh in your mind, as unpleasant a request as that is. Here it is again:

I've never visited a democracy where more people whom I interviewed asked me not to quote them by name for fear of retribution by Erdogan's circle — in the form of lawsuits, tax investigations or being shut out of government contracts. The media here is rampantly self-censored.

For this reason:

Only two weeks before the Gaza flotilla incident, a leading poll showed Mr. Erdogan's Justice and Development Party, known as the AKP, trailing his main opposition — the secularist Republican People's Party — for the first time since the AKP came to office in 2002.

Dear Reader, in which country of "rampant … self-censor[ship]" — in which other faux democracy, as is his point (Friedman accuses without accusing, his cowardly way of coming to a conclusion without any evidence in his luggage), would you find independent polling? (Because if the polling is not independent, why would his point matter?) Who did this poll? How did Erdogan know about it? Was it published in any newspapers? Isn't pointing out the popularity of the opposition the most unlikely printed act to make it to a paper in a faux democracy? If people are so afraid of speaking out against Erdogan, why would they support the opposition? And if they do support the opposition, would they vote for it? If they did, would it succeed? Why would Erdogan be afraid of the CHP, the Republican People's Party, if they were not also able to freely campaign?

I can think of other democracies where people are denied rights, such as the right to wear a headscarf or the right to marry a person of their choice, irregardless of gender. I can think of democracies that deny people the right to face their accusers, see the evidence against them or be tried impartially. I can think of democracies that racially profile, ban the use of languages, etc. This doesn't mean anything when it comes to the larger point, namely that Turkey is "not" a democracy. No democracy is perfect. Perfect governance is the provenance of fascism.

And to the accusation that the media rampantly self-censors: Fethullah Gulen's followers control some of the largest Turkish newspapers, and he himself opposed the Turkish response to Israel's actions on the Mavi Marmara, as well as the mission of the Mavi Marmara itself. Turkey's main opposition party, the CHP, is led by a Kurdish Alevi. In one week in Turkey, I was certain I was in a democracy. It's obvious to anyone paying any attention to the people and world they are immediately surrounded by.

Again: "I've never visited a democracy where more people whom I interviewed" — well, who did he interview? Seeing as he cannot pronounce — as he himself admitted — the names of Turkic cities in Central Asia, I wonder how manyTurkishpeople the smug and self-satisfied, narrow-minded, world-traveling, first-class Friedman actually interviewed, and how egregiously he self-selected and cherry-picked to suit his bias? He never once mentions in his entire article that the overwhelming majority of the world's opinion was sympathetic to Turkey and against the siege of Gaza.

Obviously, he would not interview common people, everyday folks, because he is deeply uninterested in democracy when it does not suit him or his shameless arguments (how does a known warmonger get off accusing others of radicalism and intemperance? Considering the size of his audience, he cannot escape blame for the fiasco that was the Iraq War). Many Irishmen reacted like many Turks after the killings of the activists on the Mavi Marmara. Strangely, I do not see a "Letter from Dublin". Because, frankly, dear reader, if you are not like him, he does not give a #*@%.

Lastly:

There is an inner struggle over that identity, between those who would like to see Turkey more aligned with the Islamic world and values and those who want it to remain more secular, Western and pluralistic.

This is the most vile, offensive and plainly inaccurate line ever. First, to the notion that one cannot be Islamic and pluralistic — shove it. Millions of pious Muslims have fought for democracy. They marched in favor of Mousavi, and were beaten and even killed. They were arrested and detained. They didn't call it the Green Movement for nothing. They are suffering now in Egypt, in Tunisia, in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. They are harassed in China, show-trialed and railroaded in Malaysia and demonized in Algeria. They were slaughtered for their right to independence, by the tens of thousands, in Bosnia, and disappeared over decades in the Soviet Union. Muslims bleed, and have bled, for noble ideals and great causes. There is no monopoly on democracy, not for atheists, secularists, Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, etc.

An even better example? AKP. Turkey's drive to join the EU, to give Kurds the rights they deserve (not that they "see themselves entitled to") and to limit the role of the military — all these are the product of a conservative democratic government which includes, but is not limited to, pious Muslims. Pious Muslims who want to join the EU, who abolished the death penalty and who have sought out partnerships with Western states, alliances and institutions. This is par for Friedman's course. Friedman often nakedly misrepresents the facts of any given situation, this from the same columnist who — based on nonsensical claims and arguments he was, frankly, either too spiteful or stupid to parse — supported the War on Iraq which is itself a primary reason Turkey has changed its foreign policy. Oh, and the economics of the region, which, well, he forgot to mention after that annoyingly enthusiastic numbers-dropping paragraph often his signature.

And as to this accusation:

Erdogan has evolved from just railing against Israel's attacks on Hamas in Gaza to spouting conspiracy theories — like the insane notion that Israel is backing the P.K.K. terrorists — as a way of consolidating his political base among conservative Muslims in Turkey and abroad.

1) Israel's attacks on Hamas or the siege of Gaza's people?

2) You, Thomas Friedman. Judith Miller at The New York Times. Bin Laden and Saddam. Prague. Dick Cheney. A war. Hundreds of thousands dead. Hundreds of billions spent. Obama is a Muslim. He's a socialist. These are all in reference to "insane … conspiracy theories," which have enjoyed airing in prominent places for months or even years. Let me quote Taibbi in this regard:

My initial answer to that is that Friedman's language choices over the years have been highly revealing: When a man who thinks you need to break a vase to get the water out of it starts arguing that you need to invade a country in order to change the minds of its people, you might want to start paying attention to how his approach to the vase problem worked out.Thomas Friedman is not a president, a pope, a general on the field of battle or any other kind of man of action. He doesn't actually do anything apart from talk about s–t in a newspaper. So in my mind it's highly relevant if his manner of speaking is f–ked.

As to questions of the PKK and Israel, those theories were first aired, to the best of my knowledge, by members of the "secular military establishment," and not by Erdogan. But if the battle is between secularists and Islamists, perhaps we should support the former, even in their absurd opinions?

Turkey is full of energy and hormones, and is trying to figure out its new identity.

Why is Bernard Cohn silent when you most need him? From out of the vile 19th century to the mid-1950′s. No longer is the Oriental a child, either wondrous in innocence and in need of our protection, or savage in malevolence and in need of our discipline (and in both cases, caricatured to non-human absurdity), but now the Oriental is a hormone-addled teenager, not quite an adult, not yet ready to deal with the responsibilities of adulthood. So punish the teenager in private, because after all he has feelings:

Is there anything the US can do? My advice: Avoid a public confrontation that Erdogan can exploit to build more support, draw US redlines in private and let Turkish democrats take the lead.

Soon Turkey will be driving a car on its own, and then be ready to vote, and some years later, Turkey will be able to buy alcohol with confidence when we ask it for its ID card, which anyway we will be issuing. (In 2075, Turkey will be able to rent a car.) This is the most useless foreign policy advice ever given such prominent placement. Draw US redlines "in private"; what are those redlines? He assumes they are obvious. "Let Turkish Democrats take the lead". In other words, "let the elected government of the country take charge." Wow, Thomas Friedman, that's so incredibly perceptive of you. Will you be my friend on Facebook? Can you sign my copy of your overpriced, underthought crap book?

Friedman is unendingly offensive, even to his American audience, whom he apparently thinks are as stupid as he is (we are supposed to register surprise when Friedman discovers something interesting, such as: 'I am in fact in my colon,' no doubt inspiring another massacre of trees: 'Hot, Dark and Constipated'):

Americans have tended to look at Turkey as a bridge or a base — either a cultural bridge that connects the West and the Muslim world, or as our base (Incirlik Air Base) that serves as the main US supply hub for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Turks see themselves differently.

Amazing! Turks do not see themselves as instruments for the realization of our priorities. Certainly, we will need Friedman to write more such thunderingly incisive and unparalleled letters, from Damascus, Bamako, Dhaka, Bandar Seri Begawan and other such cities, to find out if other colored people and non-Judeo-Christian Westerners-who-agree-with-me also in fact see themselves primarily in terms of themselves. Aren't we glad we have the Times to help us understand this hot, flat and crowded world?

The secular and moderate Muslim forces in Turkey are alarmed; the moderate Arab regimes are alarmed; the Americans are alarmed. The fight for Turkey's soul is about to be joined in a much more vigorous way.

) "Secular and moderate Muslim forces" – who exactly are they? Secular is moderate, of course, and Erdogan is not secular, even though he has been with his party a primary supporter of joining the ostensibly secular EU and meeting its membership criteria. I vote in American elections, and support the Constitutional separation of Church and State (as, of course, all Americans endorse and support their Constitution). I am by that logic a secularist. These simple taglines are made for bumper stickers, not reasoning and discussion.

2) "The moderate Arab regimes" would be the undemocratic ones who beat, torture, stifle and imprison their populations. Iran apparently is not "moderate," even though it's not terribly different from Egypt or Saudi Arabia (it's actually, I would argue, more democratic than either of them, even though it's not really run accountably or popularly). But Iran supports terrorism. And Osama bin Laden was from the French Riviera. And Ayman al-Zawahiri was from Teheran. (Note to Friedman, who may exuberantly cite this: I am overcome by sarcasm.)

3) Americans do not need to be qualified as "moderate". Apparently, all Americans are moderate. Maybe we are.

4) "Vigorous" must refer to the expenditure of energy. Just not brain energy.

In the words of Matt Taibbi, "I almost died laughing." In the words of Nietzsche, "Mill is a blockhead." We should do a reality show inside Thomas Friedman's head.

(Photo: Center for Strategic and International Studies)


Haroon Moghul was Director of Public Relations at the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU) from 2007-2009. Currently, he is Executive Director of The Maydan Institute, a communications and consulting company devoted to improving relationships and increasing understanding between Muslims and the West.

In any democracy, a free and fair media is necessary. One that is controlled and manipulated by the powers that be would not only hinder but also hide political transparency. As such, politicians and organizations can use rhetorical and media manipulation to simulate the political virtues of transparency.

Our MSM is not as free as some claim or think. The Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 is the sword of Damocles that indirectly controlls news and media organisations as they require the annual permits issued by the Home Ministry to continue publishing which the Home Minister may "in his absolute discretion revoke or suspend such licence for any period he considers desirable".

MSM can be fertile ground for a self-proliferating culture of scandal. We can see how stories about political strategy, political infighting, political scandal and the private lives of politicians tend to be more popular than substantive policy questions until they eventually dominate and weed out other forms of political information and public discussion. Subsequently, the MSM then influences public discourse.

Theoretically, MSM can make the political system more 'transparent' by:

a) helping people understand the operations of government
b) participating in political decisions
c) holding government officials accountable.

Practically, democratic governments and politicians simulate transparency that obscures and obfuscates information and frustrates accountability. It hides important information in a mass of manufactured political realities. Thus, it is a form of transparency that is not transparent at all!!!

While some know the insidious plans behind manipulation, others may not know how the presentation and revelation of information stems from a policy of secrecy and obfuscation.

The media can divert audience attention and supplement politics with new realities that crowd out and eventually displace other political realties and political issues. In this way political transparency can be defeated by what appear to be its own mechanisms: proliferating information, holding political officials accountable, and uncovering things that are secret.

Be very careful when reading the news. Things are not as simple as they seem. Malaysians are being bombarded by all kinds of reports that rile us, distract us and distort the political reality before us.

Are some trying to create a false world to ensnare us via illusion? Have the forces of deception penetrated so deeply into our consciousness that some may not discern fact from fiction? This is the ultimate goal of the mind manipulation -the corruption of our minds according the their evil plan.

As discussed in other posts, the education system is designed to dumb students down – to teach them to memorize and obey, instead of teaching them to think for themselves.

Manipulated education system + Manipulated MSM = exploitation and a system of deliberate mental subjugation when our mental attributes are deliberately NOT developed.

How does media manipulation for mass control occur? The following section of this post is summarized from MEDIA MANIPULATION FOR MASS CONTROL:

CONTROL THE POLITICAL DEBATE

Remember, I create the political reality in this land. I provide the platform for political debate in this country. It is my national media system of newspaper, TV and radio which represents the national political stage in this country. I put my puppets — I mean, my politicians — on my stage, so the people can watch my show and vote for their favourite actor.

We, here in this room, write the script. We decide the boundaries for what is acceptable, and what is not acceptable, to be said and heard on my political stage.

If I am to continue to control and direct the political process in this country then I must continue to control this political debate, and you must help me.

If we lose control of this political debate — if people start thinking and saying and doing things which we cannot influence and control, then woe betide me — I mean, us.

Ideally, we must train the people to police themselves. They must learn not to stray outside my limits of permissible dissent, which I have set up for my own interests.

So, when faced with the rise of these people, remember the Five Fundamentals necessary to control the political debate…..

THE FIVE FUNDAMENTALS

1- CREATE A SENSE OF CRISIS

"The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" That is what we must make them think. They must believe that nice, comfortable cosy normality is in danger. The message is that something fundamentally wrong is happening, and only we can restore the sky to the heavens. We must have them clamouring for business as usual — my business, as usual.

2- CREATE A CLIMATE OF INTIMIDATION

Within that sense of crisis, we must create an atmosphere of intimidation, where people feel afraid to support my enemies. They should feel nervous and unsure about voicing their support for these people. Ideally, they should keep their heads down and their mouths shut.

And if they dare to speak out they should always first apologise for themselves, and they should stay on the defensive.

We must keep them afraid to raise their hand, voice or pen in support of my enemies. We do this if we…..

3. MAKE IT A "MORAL" ISSUE
Some people have only a tenuous grip on concepts of "right" and "wrong". Consequently they can be over-anxious to be thought of as "good", and that makes them vulnerable to my moral-manipulation mind-control.

These people take their cue from what they perceive everybody else to be thinking and saying. That is, they take their cue from my media system.

I step in, and tell them what to think. I tell them what is "right" and what is "wrong", what's "good" and what's "bad".

I tell them they are good people if they attack my enemies, and support my cause, and that they are bad people if they support my enemies and tick the wrong box.

Indeed, they must consider it fundamentally "shameful", "unacceptable" and "repulsive" to support those of whom I disapprove.

4- KEEP CONTROL OF THE MIDDLE-CLASS
It is the middle-class who have the money, position and potential power. I desperately need them to stick with me and my system and I do this by manipulating a natural middle-class virtue, which can also, in some, be a vulnerability.

Just as I can control some people by manipulating their natural desire to be "good" so I can control some people by manipulating their natural desire to be "respectable". Some middle-class people would rather die, quite literally, than be considered "not respectable" by my national mass media, in which they invest such authority.

So, I can keep many in the middle-class away from the ideas of my enemies by associating these ideas with people who are "not respectable", who are uncouth, or drink too much, or have poor grooming, or come from the wrong part of town.

I can keep them fixated on seeking the "respectability" which my media system, and my ideas alone, confer.

If the middle-class ever lose their fear of being branded "not respectable" by me, and start to define "respectability" in their own terms — then, I am done for. Essential to this strategy is to…..

5- KEEP THE MIDDLE-CLASS AND WORKING-CLASS APART
We must keep the classes divided against themselves and imagining that they have different long-term interests. My Two-Party System does this admirably, and it's your job to keep that hoax going. If the middle-class and working-class ever unite, then… it's all over for me.

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You can also read more about media manipulation HERE, HERE and HERE.

This is a very important topic which I will discuss in other posts. And why? Simply because it is a serious problem which is increasing in intensity and frequency.

Michael Parenti said:

Their job is not to inform but to disinform, not to advance democratic discourse but to mute it, telling us what to think about the world before we have a chance to think about it for ourselves. When we understand that news selectivity is likely to favor those who have power, position, and wealth, we move from a liberal complaint about the press's sloppy performance to a radical analysis of how the media serve the ruling circles with much skill and craft.


We must not be part of their tapestry that they are weaving via manipulation of the MSM!! Be on guard! Ask – why are certain news reported? And others suppressed? Do not be distracted by some reports and remember the good fight and what should be our clear and pressing collective objective.

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Cemerlang and Gemilang

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 05:25 AM PDT

"Cemerlang means excellent. It is necessary to make a distinction between achievement and excellence. For example, it was doubtless an achievement for Abdul Malik Mydin to be the first Malaysian to swim the English Channel.

However, his time of 17 hours and 42 minutes is short of excellent if we keep in mind that a 12-year-old girl Samantha Druce managed 15 hrs 28 mins. Even a 70-year-old, George Burnstad, did better at 15.59 than the 29-year-old Malik at 17.42.

The Malay hero was nonetheless conferred a Datukship for his exploit, such 'excellence' as KPI-ed by our self-calibrated measure. Was it worth all the state-sponsored expense of Malik's training under an Australian coach and 'airflown' to England for his almost 18-hour swim when the best channel crossers can complete the distance in under-seven hours?

For that matter, why not carry out the Malaysia Boleh stunt, if they must, swimming from Langkawi to Kuala Kedah instead?

It was however a different case with the second Malaysian to swim the channel that same year (2004). Lennard Lee was already based in England – at Cambridge University doing medicine, and at least his swim met a more useful objective, i.e. to raise funds for a cancer hospital.

Clocking 9.45, Lee was faster than Malik by a whopping eight hours.

More importantly, Lee did not land Malaysian taxpayers a hefty bill for 'Satu lagi projek Barisan Nasional'.


The anti-Perkasa UMNO-ites

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 04:53 AM PDT

First, Minister Mohd Nazri Aziz dismissed Perkasa and Gertak as totally dependent on Dr Mahathir's patronage, without which those two ultra Malay NGOs would not be able to survive. Some people read more into his comments but I won't go anywhere near there.

Then
Khairy rescues Wee Ka Siong from Ibrahim Ali.

Nazri and Khairy have been UMNO blokes who have not been particularly 'kind' to Perkasa, dismissing the ultra NGO as anything but a serious political voice, which naturally brought out shrill sickening screams from Ibrahim Ali – read
Perkasa to KJ: Don't sell out Malays.

Coincidentally ;-) both guys are immensely disliked by Dr M.

Are we in fact seeing a proxy war, where Nazri and Khairy are attacking Dr M through Perkasa?

Mind you, Nazri has done it before (attacked Dr M, that is) in far more straight forward manner. He is obviously a bloke who didn't, hasn't nor will give a damn about Dr M, while Khairy has been more circumspect.

Khairy is of course pissed off that as UMNO Youth Chief he isn't a Minister, as he would have been if UMNO tradition and party protocol had been followed. Needless to say, he must have blamed Dr M.

PM Najib has been tiptoeing through the tulips vis-à-vis the Grand Olde Man, by unprecedentedly not appointing the UMNO Youth Boss as a minister while making Dr M's son, Mukhriz, who doesn't hold any UMNO Youth post, a deputy minister.

But I wonder what Najib's part is in this proxy war?

Is he using both Nazri and Khairy to neutralise Perkasa which has been sabotaging and damaging Najib's campaigning to win back Indian and Chinese support, because he dares not directly offend Dr M?


MACC report against Taib's RM3 bil empire 'retracted'

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 04:02 AM PDT

A complaint lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud for alleged misappropriation of state funds was retracted today when the commission refused to provide a copy of the report to the complainants. According to complainant Ahmad Nazib Johari, a lawyer, this is not normal practice and slammed the MACC for failing to justify its decision. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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Fantastic facts and funnies

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 03:16 AM PDT

Got meh? Where got? Don't have la? You got proof? You wanna tell you go and tell la?

Does that sound like something from a school yard argument? I am sure that all of us, male and female, have had experience of that kind of guilt-ridden bravado at least once in our school lives. I know I have. But I was surprised that this kind of schoolboy/girl antics are actually not limited to school yards. They use the exact same in-your-face, dare-you-to-prove-me-wrong tactic in Malaysian politics too. What am I talking about?

I am talking about Najib Razak's statement that the government has never promised programmes or projects for the people during by-election campaigns, including the Sibu parliamentary by-election.

He said that programmes or projects implemented in Sibu were planned by the government well before the by-election.

So either way, he was lying to the people of Sibu when he said......


Well on the positive side at least he was thin-skinned enough not to reply to Wong Ho Leng's (DAP-Sibu) question in person in Parliament. Opting instead for a written reply. I suppose Najib wouldn't be able to hold back the giggles.

And now.....(cue fanfare and drumroll)...laddies and germs the award for most magnanimous YB goes to......
Rais Yatim in recognition of his courageous efforts in protecting the rights of non-Muslim Malaysians.

"Sports betting should be legalised to recognise the rights of non-Muslims"

"Whatever the Government's taxes (from sports betting), use that fund for the good of the non-Muslim poor. The Muslims do not have to touch it"

"Do you want the calamitous result of illegal sports betting, in which Muslims are joining in hordes? Or do you regulate it where Muslims are not involved?"

All I can say to that is............

PHWAAAAARRRRR!!!

PTUI!!!

NIAMAH!!!


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Detainees subjected to torture: UN team

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 01:36 AM PDT

Malaysia was urged on Friday to repeal its tough preventive security laws by a group of UN officials investigating claims of abuse and torture of detainees in police custody. The officials, on a two-week mission in the Southeast Asian nation, said "virtually all" detainees interviewed said they were subjected to torture in order to obtain confessions while in police custody. The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, a team under the UN Human Rights Council of which Malaysia is a member, is probing those held under preventive laws, illegal immigrants and asylum-seekers. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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Selepas Penjara Pudu, bangunan bersejarah mana pula yang akan diruntuhkan?

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 02:29 AM PDT

Hari ini saya memandu keKuala Lumpur dan saya mengambil keputusan untuk melalui Jalan Hang Tuah untuk bertemu seorang sahabat lama diBerjaya Time Square.

Tujuan saya melalui Jalan Hang Tuah itu ialah untuk melihat keadaan penjara pudu yang sedang dirobohkan untuk membangunkan pusat 'commercial' yang moden.

Saya telah cuba untuk mengelak dari memberi pandangan terhadap isu penjara pudu itu kerana ramai sudah yang memberikan komen yang berbelah bagi dan saya tidak ingin untuk memberi apa-apa pandangan dalam hal ini.

Tetapi setelah saya melihat keadaan dan situasi disitu saya mula merasakan kesedihan melihat struktor 'solid' yang telah berumur lebih seabad itu, sudah mula hilang dan saya mengambil keputusan untuk memberi sedikit komen yang terbit dari hati saya.

Saya bertanya didalam hati saya, kenapalah orang-orang yang berwajib tidak ada langsung memberi penilaian terhadap struktor yang sebegitu lama dibangunkan ituuntuk dijadikan bahan sejarah negara?

Kenapalah pemimpin-pemimpin kita tidak boleh langsung melihat tanah yang kosong….meleleh air lior mereka apabila nampak tanah kosong didalam bandar; tak ubah seperti anjing nampak tulang.

Tidakkah mereka berusaha berfikir untuk melakukan sesuatu yang boleh meninggalkan nilai sejarah untuk generasi dan negara kita. Apa salahnya struktor itu sehinggakan dirobohkan dengan begitu kejam sekali?

Saya mendapat tahu alasan untuk merobohkan struktor itu ialah kerana nilai komersial tanah itu begitu tinggi dan adalah lojik untuk dibangunakan pusat komersial disitu.

Wah!! Kalau begitulah alasannya maka kita bersyukur kerana pemimpin-pemimpin ini tidak menjadi pentadbir kota Mekah atau PM Saudi Arabia.

Kalau mereka ini mentadbir Saudi Arabia mungkin bangunan Ka'abah juga akan dipindahkan kerana nilai tanah disekeliling Ka'abah itu sudah terlalu tinggi.

Nasib baik jugalah mereka tidak menjadi pentadbir Kotaraya Rome. Kalau mereka ini menjadi pentadbir Kotaraya Rome akan berpindah atau diruntuhkan semua 'castles' dan 'cathederals' yang telah berumur hampir seribu tahun kerana nilai tanah disitu memang terlalu tinggi.

Nasib baik juga mereka ini tidak menjadi pentadbir kepada Kotaraya London; kalau mereka menjadi pentadbir kepada Kotaraya itu mungkin Hyde Park yang luasnya melebihi 2000 ekar itu akan dibangunkan pusat komersial dan digantikan dengan 'Hide Park'. Akan ada sahaja kroni-kroni untuk mendapatkan kelulusan membangunkan pust-pusat komersial diatas tanah Hyde Park itu.

Saya amat khuatir tanah perkuburan Islam Jalan Ampang juga akan dibangunkan sebagai pusat komersial, kerana nilai tanah disitu amat tinggi dan berhampiran pula dengan KLCC.

Saya masih teringat kerajaan telah cuba untuk Stadium Merdeka dan Stadium Negara untuk dirobohkan kerana sebab yang sama iaitu kerana harga dan nilai tanah disitu telah naik harganya.

Dua tiga minggu yang lepas saya telah mencadangkan agar tanah lapangan terbang Sg Besi itu dipergunakan untuk dijadikan 'Park' seperti Hyde Park diLondon untuk orang ramai sekitar Ibu Negara dan pelancung asing untuk beristirehat dengan keluarga masing-masing.

Tanah in sekarang difahamkan akan dibangunkan oleh pihak swasta yang ada hubung kait dengan keluarga orang nombor 1 negara dan ini sangat menyayat hati mereka yang sayangkan negara.

Jika ini benar maka betullah apa yang dikatakan orang ramai yang pemimpin besar UMNO sendiri telah memusuhi UMNO. Tidak ada upaya lagi bagi kita semua untuk mempertahankan serangan pihak pembangkang seperti yang diminta oleh PM kita.

Kalau beliau dan keluarga beliau sendiri yang menyakiti hati rakayt, cuba beri tahu saya atau sesiapa bagaimana hendak membuat 'counter attack' yang dikehendakki oleh beliau.

Saya tidak faham kenapa pemimpin-pemimpin kita selalu membuat perkara yang tidak senonoh dan apabila menghadapi ancaman pihak pembangkang mereka meminta kita mempertahan mereka.

Jadi persoalannya, adakah kita semua ini gunanya untuk menjadi landasan bagi pemimpin kita untuk melindungai kesalahan yang mereka lakukan terus-terusan.

Ingatlah kepada nasihat orang tua-tua dulu; Yang muda membuat ragam, yang tua (pemimpin) menahan ragam…bukannya sebaliknya.

Setiap pemimpin ada sahaja ragam yang tidak sepatutnya dilakukan oleh manusia yang bernama pemimpin.

Bila kita semua marah, kita pula dianggap sebagai penentang dan penyokong pembangkang. Kita ini semuanya hanya hendak dijadikan lembu cucuk hidung, ditarik kehulu dan ditarik kehilir, ditolak kedarat dan ditendang ke baroh.

Kadang-kadang elok kita tidak mengetahui apa-apa yang berlaku disekeliling kita; senang dihati tidak berserabut dipemikiran kita. Kita tidak tahan lagi dengan sikap kerajaan yang sentiasa mengintai-ngintai untuk 'mencuri' khazanah rakyat tanpa henti-henti.

Pengakhir kata, saya dan ramai lagi yang bersependapat dengan saya amat kecewa dengan apa yang terjadi kepada penjara pudu itu. Tidak bolehkah dibangunkan segala projek pembanghunan didalam kawasan itu tanpa meruntuhkan dinding struktor itu?

Selepas ini apa pula agaknya yang mereka akan runtuhkan; tuhan sahajalah yang tahu.
Yang kita tahu hanya satu; pemimpin kerajaan kita amat termasyor dengan 'act of vandalism' terhadap peninggalan sejarah diatas nama pembangunan.



Sekian…………………………………..Aspan Alias


Siapa Ibrahim Arah Khairy Berhenti Jadi Ahli Parlimen???

Posted: 24 Jun 2010 12:18 AM PDT

Perkara nya bukan lah besar sangat dan bukan satu isu pun tetapi sengaja di gambar gembar olah Ibrahim Ali Presiden perkasa untuk melonjakkan diri nya sebagai pejuang Melayu, Bermula dengan sebuah akhbar berbahasa Inggeris itu memetik Wee sebagai berkata jika kerajaan menghentikan pemberian biasiswa JPA tetapi mengekalkan biasiswa Mara, maka ia tidak selaras dengan konsep 1Malaysia yang di promosi oleh kerajaan.

Lantas Presiden perkasa iitu melenting menyatakan bahawa PERKASA marah. Mana mungkin (biasiswa) MARA hendak disamakan dengan (biasiswa) JPA. MARA khas untuk Melayu. (Biasiswa) JPA untuk semua kaum"Kalau nak disamakan keduanya, ke mana akan pergi keistimewaan orang Melayu," kata Ibrahim dalam kenyataan yang dikirimkan melalui SMS pagi tadi.

Persoalan nya sdr Wee hanya bercakap mengenai 1 Malaysia. Ibrahim Ali membuat andaian nya sendiri dengan mengatakan bahawa Khairy yang didakwanya "tidak faham" apabila Wee "cakap berlapik".

Read more this story on: http://www.tepakbersulam.com/


Lesen Pertaruhan Sukan Bolasepak

Posted: 23 Jun 2010 11:47 PM PDT

Sewaktu merasmikan Mesyuarat Perwakilan Pemuda UMNO Bahagian Tawau pagi tadi, saya telah mengumumkan pendirian Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO Malaysia (Pemuda UMNO) berhubung isu lesen pertaruhan atau judi sukan bolasepak.

Walaupun pendirian ini telahpun disampaikan kepada pucuk pimpinan melalui saluran dalaman sebelum ini, kini saya rasa terpanggil untuk menyatakan pendirian Pemuda UMNO secara terbuka kerana masih ada tekanan dari pihak-pihak tertentu untuk menjayakan permohonan Ascot Sports.

Syarikat itu juga telah memberi gambaran kononnya mereka telah menerima kelulusan dari Kementerian Kewangan untuk memulakan operasi dengan menawarkan pertaruhan bagi perlawanan bolasepak.

Memandangkan YAB Perdana Menteri masih memberi ruang untuk maklum balas umum mengenai perkara ini, maka Pemuda UMNO mengambil kesempatan ini untuk melahirkan pendirian kami berdasarkan kepada kebimbangan generasi muda.

Pendirian Pemuda UMNO mengambil kira beberapa perkara, antaranya:

1) Lesen pertaruhan ini tidak diterima dengan baik oleh majoriti rakyat Malaysia tidak kira agama. Sudah tentunya umat Islam membantah sebarang cadangan sebegini kerana ia bertentangan dengan ajaran agama disamping tidak yakin dengan jaminan bahawa orang beragama Islam tidak akan terlibat dengan gejala judi ini, walaupun dikendalikan oleh pengusaha berlesen.

Bukan sekadar itu, ramai orang bukan Islam juga tidak bersetuju dengan cadangan pemberian lesen ini, lebih-lebih lagi apabila ada suara yang menyatakan bahawa judi itu adalah sebahagian dari budaya mereka.

2) Hujah bahawa judi sudahpun menjadi perkara yang lazim melalui pasaran pertaruhan haram yang berleluasa juga dapat disanggah apabila kita melihat penguatkuasaan yang berkesan dalam dua minggu yang lepas ini.

Isunya bukan sama ada judi itu adalah sebahagian daripada realiti lantas wajar dihalalkan, tetapi yang penting adalah iltizam untuk menguatkuasa undang-undang sedia ada bagi membanteras kegiatan jenayah ini.

Mutakhir ini kita membaca laporan mengenai serbuan dan operasi pihak polis membanteras gejala judi habis-habisan. Ini membuktikan bahawa jika ada komitmen dan iltizam, maka masalah judi haram boleh ditangani.

Pemuda UMNO di sini juga menggesa agar penguatkuasaan yang kita saksikan akhir-akhir ini bukan bermusim dek kerana isu lesen pertaruhan ini hangat atau musim Piala Dunia, sebaliknya penguatkuasaan perlu dilaksanakan secara berterusan.

3) Persoalan juga timbul mengapa Ascot Sports telah membuat kenyataan mengenai lesen yang kononnya bakal diberi kepadanya tanpa sebarang kelulusan dari Kementerian Kewangan? Bukankah sepatutnya lesen ini ditawarkan secara tender terbuka? Alasan bahawa lesen yang diberi ini kononnya adalah untuk memperbaharui lesen yang pernah diberi dahulu tidak boleh diterima sama sekali kerana lesen tersebut telah pun luput. Maka, Ascot Sports tidak lagi mempunyai hak penafian pertama atau first right of refusal.

Oleh sebab-sebab di atas, Pemuda UMNO membantah sekeras-kerasnya sebarang cadangan pemberian lesen judi atau pertaruhan sukan bolasepak dan berharap bahawa Kerajaan akan mengumumkan keputusan muktamad mengenai perkara ini dalam masa terdekat, setelah mengambilkira sentimen dan maklum balas dari rakyat Malaysia.


Will an exam-free system create a thinking Malaysian?

Posted: 23 Jun 2010 02:40 PM PDT

From P Dev Anand Pillai, via e-mail

I find it really hard to note that every time there is a change in the minister who is in charge of the education portfolio, our education system takes a change as well. One wonders whether they actually realise that they are fiddling around with how the young are going to be educated?

What we see today is a far cry from what it was when the teachers of Brinsford Lodge and Kirby were helming the senior teaching positions in the country. Tough, unruly boys' schools became sporting powerhouses and equally good scholar producing schools as well.

Students which most teachers today would have long given up hope in, were taken on by these able teachers and turned into worthy citizens that we see today. Some are captains of industries, politicians, ministers and in other top notch positions all due to the basic fundamentals that was in our education system three decades ago.

Bring the clock forward to current time and what we see is a pathetic and pale comparison to what it was before. Children today can't even speak and write in proper grammatically correct English even after 11 years of schooling.

Children today are being compartmentalised and groomed like little toy robots that are only geared into thinking about getting as many A s as possible in the exams that they been programmed to sit for.

Gone are the critical thinking ability, the ability to question, the ability to reason and most important of all, the ability to read and speak well at the age of 17 when they sit for their SPM public exam.

Most of these kids are out in the real world hardly knowing how to write a simple official letter in either the national language or English. The task is gargantuan if it is in English as these kids are taught by teachers who do not speak the language themselves.

As the Parliamentarians like Tony Pua and Khairy Jamaluddin had put it, the system needs to be overhauled but is it best done by abolishing the exams? What then is the indicator that the child is progressing from what he or she have been taught?

The entire fault line has been the experiments that the various education ministers have been carrying out with the quality of teachers that are entering the profession. Most are only interested in a permanent monthly salary which will see them through till their retirement age and thereafter guarantee a pension till they expire.

Once they get the positions and are confirmed, they start the commercialisation of education by starting numerous tuition centres, nobody questions the fact as to whether these teachers actually have the time to teach at the school which they are posted to?

Most of the time, the children are asked to do their own work whilst the teacher is missing! Perhaps busily conducting some revision course to "paying" students at the air-conditioned centres.

The government seems to continuously fail to realise that it will be the loser at the end of the day as the cost of re-training unemployed youths and those who indulge in criminal delinquency will have to be borne by it. They then passes the cost to the us, the 'rakyat' by taxing us in every way they can.
Seeing this vicious cycle continue year after year, many parents have started putting their kids in private schools which cater for a more holistic method in teaching.

Some of these schools are teaching the Singaporean, Australian,Taiwanese, British, American, Canadian and Indian syllabuses to their students, and many Malaysians who have lost hope in our system have begun to subscribe to this new trend. What respect will they have for their own nation when this seems to be the case today?

We had a great system many years ago, when the students were graded according to grades of 1-3.

A first grader's aggregate was between 6-24 and a second grader's aggregate was between 25-33.

Those who were 1st graders were considered to be very good students as one had to sit for a minimum of six subjects from three different groupings and a credit in Bahasa Malaysia was compulsory for a 1st grade. Some with 6 strong credits of C4 could also be a 1st grader just like a person with 6 A1s.

The pressure to produce the As was not evident and the students of this era who are in their late 30s and 40s today have excelled in their chosen fields and have no problem when it comes to their command of languages be it Malay or English.

But sadly today, we do not see the quality of the yesteryear anymore as the good teachers have all retired or passed on and so have the strict missionaries who have all left the country after their services were not needed anymore. Instead, we have a generation of students who have As in paper but are not worth interviewing as they are just unable to think out of the box.

Getting rid of exams may be the easy way out but are we ready with an alternative? Why can't we revert to our old system where we emphasised more on going to school and participating in schooling activities besides studying? The promotion of teachers should be based on merit and not on race and religion.

More men should be encouraged to take up teaching which has now become a profession which is dominated by women. Men must come back to teaching as many good male teachers of yesteryear had moulded many good and capable students from those whom many would have given up on.

We must first stop the practice of allowing every Education Minister to experiment with the future of Malaysia's youth and strive to bring back the system which we once had which produced not only capable students, but equally capable sportsmen and women.

If we need to get foreign experts to help us find a solution, then it must be done. The British would be the best as we inherited our older system from them and their tertiary education is still the most sought after by Malaysians till to this day.

We may have all the highest, tallest, widest and biggest structures and monuments but what is the use when we just to not have the brains to maintain it and progress further?


Independent exam system the way to go

Posted: 23 Jun 2010 02:36 PM PDT

From KS Lin, via e-mail

The Ministry of Education has plans to scrap the UPSR and PMR examinations. I would like to know how much research was done before these exam were implemented in the first place?

After its implementation, what has been its result?  How much have these exams achieved?  If very little, then we should not be listening to the ministry anymore.

Over the years, the standard of education has deteriorated. The large numbers of students achieving all 'A's do not reflect the quality of education. 

Education in Malaysia has failed for the simple reason that it politicised, to win points. Racial points!

For our standard of education to rise once again, it is important that a common and independent marking system be put in place. 

Exam papers should  be set by an independent body, e.g. UK, Australia or the NZ examination board. Marking should also be done by these bodies. These exams can be taken online, corrected, and results posted online, all independent of our education board.

Do we need the UPSR or PMR? Let these so called exams be on a voluntary basis, and as mentioned, independently conducted. 

Then, let the system reward those who do well.  Those who do not want the rewards need not take the exams. An example, those who do well should be posted to better equipped schools with all the freebies. 

Again, the stress here is independent.  Any politically motivated system, as is currently the mainstay of our education system is like what the Hokkiens say 'kiah sue'. 

'Kiah sue'  means literally, afraid to die or loosely translated, a lousy loser.  It's like a short person making oneself look tall by making sure the taller one cannot stand up and be shown to be taller.

We have school principals who do not know what is good for students. They indulge in racial politics to gain the recognition from the minstry so that they can be promoted. 

An independent exam system would give students a fair chance at improving themselves and motivate principals teachers to bring out the best in their charges.

Read:

Scrapping UPSR, PMR won't affect MRSM intake, says Shafie


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