Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A colossal victory abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government

A colossal victory abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government


A colossal victory abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 02:08 PM PDT

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 3 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin gave a stern warning today to MCA over its appeal for the government to rescind the ban on non-Muslims use of the word "Allah", after Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein admitted that the decision was regrettable.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that MCA must accept the decision of the government and should not trigger another debate on the word "Allah."

Muhyiddin also questioned MCA's intention in sharing the same platform with DAP.

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From jahiliyya to Muhammed to fatwa chaos to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin stern warning today to MCA


Analyze this Newt and Palin.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

It is a colossal victory for America. It is a great victory for the American people and the US constitution. Of course Imam Fasel Rauf and Daisy Khan are elated. The Rabbis and Priests of Lower Manhattan who supported the project deserve this moment and the American people honor them.

The opponents of the Cordoba Center have no legal or moral leg to stand on. They tried to stir up hysteria based on race-baiting and fear. They tried to steam-roll the First Amendment, and the tried to use bigotry and political saber-rattling. Fox News has been in the forefront of the Crusade that fuels Islamphobia in this great nation of ours. Some of the worst bigots in the nation danced around the dead bodies of 3000 Americans, of which about 300 were Muslim-Americans.

The same players did not lift a finger to oppose Strip Clubs, Escort Services, and Massage parlors which truly desecrate the memory of the fallen. However an interfaith center that has Jews, Christians and Muslims as Board Members was supposedly anathema to the opponents.

They were clever–they mislabeled it "Ground Zero Mosque", instead of "Lower Manhattan Community Center". The opponents then tried to use a ruse to stop the center by having it declared as an historical site. How many Burlington Coat Factory building are historical sites? Where were the historical site folks when a retailer had purchased the building?

Neither the Republican Party, nor the Tea Party can ignore the Consitution or make laws prohibiting the free exercise thereof

America is a nation of laws. The Wise men have spoken–the Burlington Coat factory is not a historical site. The Cordoba Center already owns the building. They can do whatever they want with the building. The following Wall Street Journal report gives us the details of the meeting.

The New York City Landmarks Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to deny landmark designation to the site of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, paving the way for the controversial community center and worship space to rise two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The former Burlington Coat Factory building that will make way for the Cordoba House which some are calling the "Ground Zero Mosque" is seen in lower Manhattan on July 29 in New York.

The commission's chairman, Robert B. Tierney, said the building at 45-47 Park Place "does not rise to the level of an individual landmark." The 11-member panel is appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has vehemently defended the mosque as an example of religious freedom.

The proposed community center has become the center of an intense national controversy, prompting opponents to call on the commission to grant landmark status in hopes of blocking the plan.

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NEW YORK: A church in Florida, US, is reportedly planning to host an "International Burn a Quran Day" on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attack, a move that has been condemned by many Christians and Muslims.

The Dove World Outreach Centre in Gainesville, Florida, would host the event to remember 9/11 victims and take a stand against Islam, which it calls a "deceptive religion" and "of the devil".

The church is promoting the event on its website and Facebook page and has invited Christians to burn the Muslim holy book at its premises from 6 pm to 9 pm.

"We believe that Islam is of the devil, that it's causing billions of people to go to hell, it is a deceptive religion, it is a violent religion and that is proven many, many times," church pastor Terry Jones was quoted as saying by the CNN.

The Facebook page has more than 1,600 fans. "Eternal fire is the only destination the Quran can lead people to, so we want to put the Quran in its place – the fire!" the page says.

The church also launched a YouTube video to disseminate the message.

"I mean ask yourself, have you ever really seen a really happy Muslim? As they're on the way to Mecca? As they gather together in the mosque on the floor? Does it look like a real religion of joy?" Jones says in the YouTube video. "No, to me it looks like a religion of the devil."

Jones also said he has written a book titled "Islam is of the Devil", and that the church sells coffee mugs and shirts featuring the phrase.

Muslim and Christian groups have, meanwhile, launched a protest against the event.

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) issued a statement urging the church to cancel the event, warning it could cause worldwide tension between the two religions.

"The NAE calls on its members to cultivate relationships of trust and respect with our neighbours of other faiths. God created human beings in his image, and therefore all should be treated with dignity and respect," it said.

Another Facebook group with more than 3,100 fans said it stands "against the disrespect and intolerance that these people have for the Muslim people".

An Islamic advocacy group – Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) – has said it would give out 100,000 copies of the Quran to local, state and national leaders, in a bid to educate the public during the month-long fast of Ramadan.

"American Muslims and other people of conscience should support positive educational efforts to prevent the spread of Islamophobia," CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said.

The commission's vote – taking place under heavy police presence at a theater at Pace University in Lower Manhattan – is viewed as the principal municipal hurdle for the mosque, which is now free to move forward. Commissioner after commissioner said the building, constructed in 1857-58, is not unique and lacks the characteristics necessary for a landmark. Manhattan has more than 11,000 landmarked properties.

One opponent sat quietly in the audience holding a sign that read "Don't glorify murders of 3,000 – no 9/11 victory mosque."

As the commissioners left the room, an opponent in the audience asked if any of them had lost a loved one during the terrorist attacks. The opponent urged the commissioners to look into the cameras and "apologize for this disgrace."

"I hope Mayor Bloomberg is satisfied," he said.

But opponents of what is formally known as the Cordoba House said they're not giving up the fight.They saw Landmark protection as a Hail Mary play that would stop the project — and force the planners of the 13-story community center and Muslim prayer space to find another location.Last month, at a contentious public hearing, they accused the Landmarks commissioners of caving to political pressure from Mayor Bloomberg and others to support the center rather than considering the building for its historical merits. NY Daily News

Bloomberg called a Press Conference to discuss the issue. The Myaor has supported the project.

The project's sponsor, the Cordoba Initiative, describes itself as a pluralistic organization seeking better relations between the Islamic community and other faiths.

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Kapan UMNO Akan Menutup Rumah2 Urut di Melaka?

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 10:28 AM PDT


Noh Omar, selaku jurucakap UMNO Selangor, menyalak-nyalak minta rumah2 urut di Selangor ditutup. Soalan saya kepada Noh Omar adalah bilakah rumah2 urut di Melaka akan ditutup sama?

Di bawah adalah gambar2 saya ambil sewaktu saya berada di Melaka satu masa dahulu. Maaf dipohon kerana gambar diambil pada waktu malam. Secara jelasnya, rumah2 urut bersepah di tengah2 Bandar Melaka. Namun, tiada pun UMNO sebuk untuk menutup rumah-rumah urut ini.

Juga, apabila diinspeksi, senarai barisan ADUN2 UMNO di DUN Melaka, dari 28 ADUN, 18 adalah dari UMNO. Ertinya, ADUN UMNO sahaja sudah cukup untuk mendapat majority 2/3 di Dewan Undangan Negeri Melaka. Kalau tidak percaya, sila semak di Laman Rasmi Kerajaan Negeri Melaka.

Malahan, apa yang akan dilakukan oleh UMNO adalah menyediakan sekolah untuk remaja2 yang mengandung akibat zina..

Sia-sia penguasaan "Melayu Islam" anjuran UMNO di Melaka yang berjumlah 2/3 di DUN Melaka. TIADA USAHA yang jelas untuk mengurangkan zina di kalangan remaja. Dari sumber saya di sekolah2 di Melaka, remaja Melaka menghadapi masaalah yang baru, yakni masaalah pelacuran.

Industri pelancngan yang begitu pesat di Melaka telah memberi peluang kepada pelajar2 sekolah di Melaka untuk melacurkan diri mereka, tidak kira lelaki mahupun perempuan. Maka, saya tak terkejut UMNO mahu menyediakan sekolah untuk remaja. Ini kerana, bukan setakat zina menjadi masaalah, pelacuran pun satu masaalah besar di Melaka di kalangan para pelajar.

Melaka adalah contoh betapa sia-sia menyokong UMNO sekiranya kita mahu melihat syariat dan hokum Islam berjalan. Melaka juga membuktikan UMNO tiada niat untuk menjalankan hokum Allah SWT. Bayangkan, majority UMNO 2/3 di DUN Melaka tidak mahu digunakan oleh mereka untuk menjalankan syariat Allah SWT sehingga pelacuran sudah menjadi masaalah di kalangan para pelajar sekolah di Melaka. Akibatnya, terpaksa Melaka menyediakan sekolah2 khas untuk pelajar yang mengandung.

Tak payahlah UMNO sebuk di Selangor. Di Melaka tu masaalah kamu lebih teruk walaupun kamu ada majority 2/3 dalam DUN Melaka.

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Noh cabar PAS tutup pusat hiburan, rumah urut
Tue, Aug 3, 2010
Dalam Negeri
KAJANG: Timbalan pengerusi Umno Selangor Datuk Noh Omar mencabar kerajaan negeri menutup pusat hiburan dan rumah urut sepanjang Ramadan.
"Pas Selangor perlu mendesak kerajaan negeri menutup pusat berkenaan jika benar-benar memperjuangkan Islam.
"Tindakan ini perlu dilaksanakan oleh Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Hal Ehwal Islam, Adat Melayu, Infrastruktur dan Kemudahan Awam Selangor, Datuk Dr Hasan Mohamed Ali, sekiranya parti yang memperjuangkan Islam berkenaan betul-betul ikhlas dalam perjuangannya," kata menteri pertanian dan asas tani itu.
Umno, katanya mendesak dan mencabar PAS bertindak segera bagi menghormati bulan mulia itu.
"Buktikan bahawa Pas tidak berada di bawah telunjuk parti komponen lain, khususnya DAP dalam menangani isu ini dan rakyat sendiri boleh menilai sejauh mana keikhlasan Pas dalam memperjuangkan Islam," katanya berceramah selamatkan Selangor di Kajang, semalam.

Menurutnya, Umno sedia berganding bahu sekiranya PAS ingin bersama-samanya mendesak kerajaan negeri mengeluarkan larangan operasi pusat hiburan sempena Ramadan.
"Kita sedia berganding bahu mengenai perkara ini dan komitmen kita amat jelas tapi kita kurang pasti apakah PAS sanggup berbuat demikian atau lebih suka mengambil sikap berdiam diri demi menjaga kepentingan politik bersama PR.
"Jangan pula disebabkan demi menjaga kepentingan fahaman politik, mereka sanggup mengabaikan perjuangan yang mereka laung dan hebohkan kepada rakyat sebelum ini," katanya.



Undi Anwar bak berkhalwat dengan Mat Sabu

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 09:19 AM PDT

In my wildest dream I couldn't have come up with such a venomous headline but I guess we all have much to learn from the self-declared Islamist party that is Pas.

Infused with pure religious values, Harakah's headline teaches us that sodomists belong in deepest darkest purgatory and whoever votes for him shares the burden of his multitudes of sin and will accompany him in Hell.

Interestingly. Harakah has found a wide berth for Mat Sabu to escape punishment for khalwat with someone's wife.

There is much we can learn from Harakah and PAS and how it developed the divine ability to absolve sin and raise sinners to sainthood merely by spouting hatred and lies in the name of their political Islam.

What else can I say

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MahatHIR What makes you think your appearance in court is just as a witness. We can foresee, you will be attending as an ACCUSED.

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 07:50 AM PDT

Mahathir murdered our minds and apppears to have gotten away with it. Why can't he get away with murdering our souls?



This is what Najib,Mahayudin,and mahathir –agreed to form partnership

Would the reform legislation become "dead ducks" the moment by are passed by Parliament, as with Abdullah stepping down as Prime Minister in three months' time, will the new Umno top leadership be in the very forefront to roll back the proposals to give more bite to anti-corruption campaign and to restore the independence, impartiality and integrity of the judiciary?

MAHATHIR: and few surprises What makes you think your appearance in court is just as a witness. We can foresee, you will be attending as an ACCUSED.

A mere handful of professions are honoured with an honorific that survives beyond the office. Priests, judges, armed services officers, professors and doctors, of both the medical and academic disciplines: that's about it. Journalists, even editors, and politicians, even cabinet ministers, would invite ridicule if they handed out visiting cards marked 'Editor X' or 'Cabinet Minister Y'. Indians are, at best, ambivalent about media and politics. They respect our guardians of law, knowledge and security. There is a new tendency among former envoys to add 'Ambassador' before their name, a practice borrowed from America, but this is a title snatched from vanity rather than bestowed by popular acclaim.


Jaws started dropping, when they summoned Tun Forgetting

Dr Mahathir stressed that Dr Ling is innocent until proven guilty.
MAHATHIR, why the inconsistency ? We don't remember you saying
that when Anwar for the first time was charged in court.
Can you blame us if we say you are GILA. ?

Arrogant and smirking, he waited for the grilling
"I cant remember a thing", he kept regurgitating
With guffaws in the wing, even the clocks stop ticking

"It wasn't stealing, just a teenie weenie peeling"
"It wasn't misleading, just the usual overbilling"
"To keep Barisan running, we can't stop the greasing"
"Even the judge presiding, know and love this ruling"

There is no denying, there will be no jailing
Only a little blotching, on the pants you're wearing
Suddenly he remembers, then started entertaining,
It begun with gentle sniffling, then, full blown wailing !!

Ego sometimes persuades a pompous politician to flaunt a bogus 'Dr' on his nameplate. This is not a reward for academic brilliance but an upgrade to a peacock feather, the 'honorary doctorate', a worthless piece of paper handed out by an institution desperate for attention. However, this does not matter too much, since we do not expect a high level of honesty from our politicians. Only two letters separate use from abuse, so there will always be a quack preening himself in the garb of a doctor. But when a person held in high esteem dilutes the trust reposed in him, it affects the collective reputation of the brotherhood.

Good one , lets sit back and watch the wayang.!

Ring Ring the Phone Rings at the house beside the 18th Hole at the Mines shattering the early morning tranquility! And the conversation goes;

>> PHONE CALL NO .1 (Today Morning)

>> RING RING RING …( Philipino tune)

>> KERLA SNAKE : Aloo….! (with a sleepy voice)

>> Whisky Ling : Aloo….Hic ! Lato Seri !

>> Tiew Na Seng ….Alloo Alloo!…Lato! Hic ! Hic !

>>

>> KERLASNAKE : (Removing the wife's wig away from his mouth..! %$&^%*$%)

>> Ye ye saya ….Who is this! Siapa siapa!

>> Whisky Ling: Hic ! Hic! its me la Lato Seri …Ling la..

>> KERLASNAKE : Ling ?Ling mana ni? Ling Alor Setar ke ? Ling ooohh Lingam ! How are you?

>> Where u! Yena- Auckland or Wellington macha?

>> Whisky Ling : Hic ! Hic ! its me la Dato …..not Lingam la…

>> Ling la….MCA….remember or not! Ling Port..Ling Kapal ..!

>> KERLASNAKE : Ooooooooohh ! Ling ok ok how r u? Ena ? Ur sons?

>> Whisky Ling : Not so good la .! Hic Hic

>> The bastard Najib has hung me dry laa..I'm being charged for the PKZ affair! Hic!

>> How Datuk?

>> KERLASNAKE : Charged you? He asked for a cut?

>> Whisky Ling : No …la Datuk…he has got charges going against me in the court!

>> KERLASNAKE: Court ! Astafillah Al Azim! Apa ni..!

>> WhiSky Ling : Azim?? i think he became judge now..! he is not being charged for >>anything la..

>> Yesterday I had to go Putrajaya Court ! They charge me lor!

>> How like that! I make , Azim make Bintulu F**ker make u also make….how come I get

>> charged? And tiew na seng….how cum u don't no maa?

>> kerlasnake ; Ayooo.! Really aaa! I l sleep very early now days …the Bloody San Migue beer really knock me out la..! Mai san Mizan also has all this Filipino maids running around doing everything …pening la…! (sshhhhhhhhh….I tell u more later la..boss at the side)

>> Whisky Ling : I don care Latuk! Hic Hic! I want to know what happened?

>> You say with this Tun Ship – i become MAHDi or Kebal and nobody can charge me

>> I only make sum sum…mostly when to u UMno buggers ..how come i get charged ..?

>> kerlasnake : Aiya….I also suprising la…we removed Tee Keat when he became to righteous and did not toe the party spirit! We even had MCA elect the bugger who like to F**k like rabbit from Johor! We even got the son on board with some position..apa ye ..lupa la..!And it I think we agreed to sacrifice that cow ..apa nama ..Madam Pang ka apa..ye..

The one who's husband brokered many deals when u were in Transport la..!

>> Whisky Ling : i don't care Latuk! I don't care!

>> kerlasnake: Hmm…this fella Najib is difficult la..ever since he got into trouble with the Mongolian gal he has always managed to create other sensational issues to be in the lime light to take the pressure and attention away from him..I asked him several time already …it's his wife la.. apa nama the GRO cow ….Rosmah from Selemban ..she and the bloody carpet seller and bomoh's she is hanging aroud with..all getting the SPIN Consultants providing them with all this to side track the Mongolian case la..!

>> Whisky Ling : I don't care Latuk ! Gua don't care..! hic Hic!

>> I want to know how we settle this! Hic

>> kerlasnake : No worry…I will call Lingam and see who is hearing this case!

>> I will also call Najib

>> I will call apa nama tu…si Patil

>> I will call apa name tu ..??

>> Whisky Ling.: Ok latuk.! Ok Latuk..i wait for u r call! If not settle I will open other matter also! You and I know – we all carry a lot of dirt laundry!

>> kerlasnake : No worry ..Ling . Where will u be today evening?

>> Whisky Ling : Flannigan Pub la Latuk..!

>> kerlasnake : Which one? Bangsar or Sri Hartamas

>> Whisky Ling : i tell u later la ,,latuk.! I have to start transferring money la…going to the bank now!!


Does justice matter after 17 years? M J Akbar, 05 July 2009, 12:00 AM IST

The first inquiry into the demolition of the Babri mosque on December 6, 1992 was completed within seven days. On the morning of Sunday, December 13, Sharad Pawar, then defence minister, invited a group of friends and colleagues to the home of an associate MP. He watched a film – live footage of the whole episode, taken by some government agency, possibly intelligence. Those antique reels should still be somewhere in the archives. There was little that any inquiry committee could have added about the sequence of events on December 6 that ended with the fall of the mosque by the evening.

The causes of this historic event were also a matter of public record. L K Advani's rath yatra was not a surreptitious journey. Indeed, extensive media coverage may have been part of the purpose, since he wanted to create mass momentum for his political project. Neither was there any secrecy when Congress laid the foundation stone of the temple to Lord Ram in the middle of the 1989 polls. Babri was a central theme, along with Bofors, of those dramatic elections. The 1989 BJP versions of Varun Gandhi were full-throated, not muted, in their slogans as parties sought votes with a rhetoric that has been subsequently banned: Mandir wahin banayenge! and Mussalman ke do sthaan, Pakistan ya kabristan! No one hid anything: We shall build a temple on that precise spot! Muslims have two options, either Pakistan or the graveyard!

Democracy is a volatile game played in the open. What was there left to inquire into?

All that an official inquiry could do was place a stamp of judicial impartiality on known facts. It did not seem strange, then, that Justice M S Liberhan, appointed on December 16, 1992, was asked to deliver his report in three months. If he had extended it to six months or even a year, it would have been reasonable. Why did he take 17 years?

The key actors were known and available. No sleuths needed here. Why did Liberhan take more than nine years to obtain V P Singh's deposition, and nine-and-a-half for P V Narasimha Rao's? Surely they were not evading his orders? Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti were ministers in a BJP-led government when they gave evidence. Former RSS chief K S Sudarshan appeared only on February 6, 2001. Rao could have said all he had to long before April 9, 2001, four years after he lost his job as prime minister.

Had the commission already served its first purpose by 2001? It had outlived Rao's term in office and thereby, ensured that its findings could not be used to demand Rao's resignation. Rao survived December 6, 1992 by the cynical expedient of buying out those he feared most, Muslims within the Congress. Some inside government were given promotions; most outside were inducted in a January 1993 reshuffle. Conscience purchased, life went on.

It would be interesting to know if the Liberhan Commission has disclosed the one mystery of December 6: what was Rao doing that entire day? Babri was not destroyed by a sudden, powerful, maverick explosion. It was brought down stone by stone, the process punctuated by the rousing cheers of kar sevaks.

So, what was Rao doing during those minutes and hours from morning till sunset? Sleeping. That is what his personal assistant said to the many agitated Congressmen and women who phoned to ask why the government was asleep. They were shocked to learn that this was, literally, the official explanation. Their agitation cooled when they realized that the party would have to pay a horrendous price if government was destabilized. Plus, of course, there were concrete benefits in silence.

There may not be a rational explanation for a 17-year inquiry, but there is a political explanation. Every government between 1992 and 2004 had a vested interest in delay. The minority governments of H D Deve Gowda and Inder Gujral could not have survived a day without support from the Rao-Sitaram Kesri Congress. (Mrs Sonia Gandhi was not party president then.) Neither Gowda nor Gujral would have wanted a report that indicted their benefactors.

The BJP-led coalition that ruled for six years had the guilty on its front row. Only Uma Bharti has been candid enough to say that she was delighted when the mosque fell ("I'm ready to own up to the demolition and will have no problem even if I'm hanged". Justice Liberhan could have punched mortal holes into the BJP front row when it was in office. And so when he sought one extension after another, there was public silence and private relief.

Whether advertently or inadvertently, Justice Liberhan protected politicians on both sides of the great divide. There remains a curiosity question. Why did he not submit his report in 2004? Admittedly Dr Manmohan Singh was finance minister in the Rao government, but he had nothing to do with the politics of Babri. When delay becomes so comfortable, why bother?

THAT'S RIGHT, FOLKS… PRETTY GODDAM UGLY!!!
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Auto Wudu Washer, a first in the world Malaysian Innovation

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 06:29 AM PDT

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I refer to this excellent technological advancement made by a local Malaysian innovative company which has introduced the 'Auto Wudu Washer'.

I am not surprised at all to read some negative comments by some 'blinkered' commenter's who do not fail to see only the negative aspects of the spokesman being a Non Muslim and there are even those who choose to go ballistic in insulting the spokesman to be a Hindu .... exposing the commenter's apparent lack of wisdom in handling this subject.

Why do such folks fail to look out for the good that this product does and instead go on to insult others who are just out to help make things a bit more easier for those of us who live in an urban environment?

Islam is not a faith that teaches its adherents to live a life devoid of progress or developments. It is a faith that is suitable and practical in all and every imaginable environment or circumstances.

To me as a Muslim, it makes no difference as to who is the inventor of this automatic wudu' washer?

Mr. Anthony Gomez who is the inventor and founder of AACE Technologies Sdn Bhd has come up with a machine that dispenses water adequately for us to take our wudu' without wasting precious water.

What the hell is wrong with that?

Why do some folks have to be so petty and start questioning his self , race or religion?

The Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam prohibited us from wasting water when taking wudu'.

It has been narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abdullah bin 'Umar (May Allah be well pleased with both of them), that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) passed by a person performing wuzu. He (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: " Do not waste (water), do not use more water than you need it. "

In the Blessed Al Quranul Karim, Allah Azza Jalla reminds us in Verse # 31, Surah Al A'raaf :

7:31
Sahih International
O children of Adam, take your adornment at every masjid, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess.
Tafsir al-Jalalayn
O Children of Adam! Don your adornment, that which covers your nakedness, at every place of worship, at prayer and at the circumambulation, and eat and drink, what you want, but do not be excessive; He truly does not love those who are excessive.


Thus, I see no reason why we need to make a fuss as to who invented this Auto Wudu Washer and start passing such negative comments with regard as to its inventor being Mr. Anthony Gomez, a Malaysian Christian?

So what if he is a Christian?

Don't tell me that these naysayers have not used or utilized any Non Muslim's invention?

Who has not used or taken advantage of Non Muslim inventions to date?

The aircraft that transports millions if not billions of pilgrims on the Hajj or Umrah trips...aren't they built by many Non Muslim craftsmen and aircraft engineers?

The ships that transport commodities and cargo from Muslim countries and nations...how many of them are built and crafted totally by just Muslim shipbuilders and artisans?

There are a million and one other items that I can use as an example to be built or invented by many Non Muslims out there. Have these naysayers not used any of them in their blinkered life?

This very computer and internet that we are now using...has it not been built or designed by Non Muslims in the first instance?

Please...break out of that self imposed shell of ignorance and try to see the world as it really is?

We all live in a world that is interconnected by Muslims and Kaffirs. Whether we realize it or not, we are dependent on each other in many ways that serve each others needs.

Try to see the world through the eyes of the optimist and Insya Allah, a thousand and one benefits will materialize before our eyes.

If you stubbornly still choose to view each and every thing with a closed and negative mindset, Wallahi, this earthly life as you know it will be definitely hellish in the sense that you have chosen to deny what Allahu Ta'ala has made permissive!

I call upon those of you my brothers and sisters in Islam to not constrict yourselves to such narrow-mindedness and make this advancement in technological beneficial devices designed specially to fulfill and meet our needs in adhering to a sunnah of the Blessed Prophet Muhammad Rahmatulil Alamin Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam which is to use water sparingly when taking wudu!

Just because it is a modern scientifically advanced and beautifully designed modern appliance ; there is no restrictions at all as far as even the ulamaks are concerned with the usage and promotion of this wonderful appliance.

Read what the scholars of Islam have to say with regard to this Auto Wudu Washer here in response to a question asking about the usage of this device?

To Mr. Anthony Gomez,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the world of Islam by creating this Auto Wudu Washer.

Know you that despite the narrow minded views of those few so called Muslims who fail to see the beauty of your creation, there are billions of us Muslims who appreciate your coming up with the Auto Wudu Washer.

It is up to Allahu Ta'ala to give His Guidance and Blessings to those who strive to make things easier for the Believers and you sir are undoubtedly amongst those whom He surely will reward accordingly for this contribution to the world's Muslims.

This machine will surely be of immense benefit to urban city centres and masjids that are located in modern facilities around the world.

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MCA president urges all to exercise and eat healthy

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 06:28 AM PDT

---->Thank you: Lee (right) presenting a token of appreciation to Chua during the club's 15th anniversary celebration recently.



MALAYSIANS have to adopt healthy eating habits and routine exercise to keep themselves fit for their later years, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, who is also a medical doctor.

Speaking at the 15th anniversary dinner of the Senior Citizens Recreation Club in Seremban recently, Dr Chua urged Malaysians to change their attitudes and take better care of their health and fitness to ensure a quality living standard in their later years.

"Recent studies show that 80% of Malaysians over the age of 60 will develop one chronic disease. This is not good news and as long as we continue to overeat and not exercise, we are going to be a nation of unhealthy people.

"Because of medical advancement, the lifespan of the average Malaysian has increased.However, we have to ensure that not only do people live longer but that they also enjoy a good quality of life throughout those years," he said to a crowd of almost 1,000 guests at the Chung Hua High School in Seremban.

Dr Chua said an ageing population and decreasing birth rates — issues faced by most advanced nations today — could potentially impact a country's economic development unless steps were taken to minimise its effects.

"Social welfare is one of the aspects that needs looking into or eventually, it will be the younger population who will have to support the elderly.

"The retirement age should be raised to 60 years and part-time jobs should be an option for seniors," he said, adding that retraining of senior citizens could be an option to help seniors secure jobs in other fields upon retirement.

Dr Chua, who joined in the club's anniversary cake-cutting ceremony, also presented awards to club members.

State MCA chief Datuk Dr Yeow Chai Tiam, who was also present, said the state government's recent contribution of RM55,000 to the club and its 22 branches statewide was proof of its commitment to the well-being of senior citizens here.

"We are doing what we can. There are 2.34 million Malaysians above 65 years of age and at least 40% of them are facing financial difficulties.

"We should look into raising the retirement age and also perhaps providing a monthly subsidy for these older folk who have contributed to our nation's growth, " he said.

He suggested that an annual grant be given to active senior citizens' associations or clubs to enable members to carry out more beneficial activities.

"We also hope to see more multi-racial clubs where people can meet and mingle regardless of their race, religion or background," he added.

Club chairman Lee Sook Fun thanked Dr Chua for taking time off his busy schedule to join the senior citizens in celebrating the club's anniversary.

"Dr Chua's presence here today means a lot to us. Clubs like ours need support for us to be able to organise activities.

"Our gratitude also goes out to the state government which has provided us with some financial help over the years," she said.

Lee, 62, said the club was a place for seniors to meet and mingle with their peers and keep themselves busy with activities like karaoke and tai-chi.

"We have more than 400 members aged between 45 and 90.

"As most of us are retired, we cannot afford to spend a lot of money on organising activities for members. Clubs like ours are important as it allows seniors to keep themselves occupied and fit," she said.

Guests at the event were treated to a sumptuous dinner and entertained with song and dance by club members.

THE STAR (Tuesday August 3, 2010)


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Orang bodoh : dulu seorang sekarang sudah bertiga

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 04:51 AM PDT

Tan Sri Muhyiddin bersetuju dengan Dr Mahathir yang slogan 1Malaysia masih tidak difahami oleh rakyat. Dr Mahathir telah dengan jelas memberikan pandangan beliau yang slogan itu membawa banyak masalah dan tidak difahami oleh semua pihak.

Saya bersukacita dengan kenyataan kedua dua pemimpin ini kerana saya pernah menulis tentang isu ini hampir setahun yang lalu didalam blog ini yang bertajuk "1Malaysia – satu Malaysia tidak faham' dan tulisan saya itu disambut dengan hangar bingar dari pembodek-pembodek orang yang berkuasa yang bernama dan bergelar itu.

Saya dihentam dengan kuatnya oleh banyak pihak; ada yang mengatakan saya ini bodoh kerana tidak faham apa itu 1Malaysia, sedangkan kanak-kanak sekolah rendah pun kononnya faham tentang slogan itu.

Semasa itu saya menjawab mugkin dalam 28 juta rakyat Malaysia ini, saya seorang sahaja yang tidak faham tentang slogan ini. Tetapi tidak seorang pun dikalangan yang mengkritik saya itu memberikan kefahaman kepada saya yang 'bodoh' ini.

Rupa-rupanya sekarang sudah ada 3 orang yang bodoh kerana tidak memahami slogan ini, iaitu, Dr Mahathir, TS Muhyiddin dan Aspan Alias.

Sekarang saya memohon supaya mereka yang ramai-ramai yang membodohkan saya dahulu supaya memberikan kefahaman kepada kami bertiga ini.

Mungkin Rais Yatim boleh memberikan kelas bimbingan untuk memberikan kefahaman kepada kami. Jangan pula meminta bayaran yuran yang tinggi kerana saya tidak berduit. Kalau nak hantar bill yang mahal-mahal hantarlah kepada Dr Mahathir dan Muyiddin.

Tetapi saya tahu seperkara yang nyata; iaitu puluhan juta ringgit telah dibelanjakan dengan menggunakan wang rakyat untuk melaksanakan kempen melalui media letronik dan cetak.

Banyak wang rakyat juga digunakan untuk membiayai pembinaan 'Bill Boards' yang merata-rata kita lihat sepanjang jalan Lebuh Raya negara kita.

Sesungguhnya slogan 1Malaysia ini merupakan slogan yang tidak akan difahami oleh semua pihak jika ianya bermakna lain dari samarata untuk semua termasuklah yang mengatakan saya bodoh itu.

Tak apalah, oleh kerana semua mengaku diri mereka pandai biarlah saya mengakui diri saya ini bodoh kerana tidak faham makna 1Malaysia ciptaan DS Najib itu.


MCA Backs Down From 'Allah' Stand - By Boo Su-Lyn.

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 04:36 AM PDT

The MCA attempted today to distance itself from the DAP although both parties had called on the government to lift the ban on the use of "Allah" by non-Muslims.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) component party's backtrack on their stand came after Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin questioned them earlier today for sharing the same platform as DAP.

"MCA does not share the same stand with DAP on the call to lift the ban on the use of 'Allah' by non-Muslims," said party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek today in a statement.

Dr Chua added that MCA was merely echoing the wishes of non-governmental organisation Christian Federation of Malaysia after a dialogue with them during the party's presidential council last week.

"MCA is only voicing out the wish of the NGO since the issue has not been resolved when it was brought up last year," said Dr Chua.

MCA had urged Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein yesterday to use his authority to rescind the ban on the non-Muslims' use of the word "Allah" after the latter expressed regret over his predecessor's decision to do so.

Last week, Hishammuddin said his predecessor in the Home Ministry should not have banned the word "Allah" from being used by the Catholic Church and added that the decision will continue to haunt his ministry "for a very long time".

However, MCA's call earned a stern warning from Muhyiddin today who told them to accept the government's decision and to avoid triggering another debate on the word "Allah".

"Component parties must accept so there would not be a debate that will set off another situation which is already calm. I am not sure why DAP and MCA have the same stand in this matter. We know this issue became a heated debate which led to an unhealthy environment," said Muhyiddin today.

The BN deputy chairman also said that the word "Allah" is an old issue and that the government will stand by its decision.

Youth and Sports Deputy Minister Senator Gan Ping Sieu however rebutted Muhyiddin's claim and said that the word "Allah" only became an issue when the government decided to ban the word.

"We are not making the same stand with DAP," said Dr Chua.

"We only want to the Barisan Nasional Government to resolve the issue as soon as possible so that it will not be further exploited by the opposition," he added.

DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang had also called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to end the long-drawn out court dispute between the government and the Catholic Church.

Former home minister Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar had imposed the word ban on the Catholic Church's newspaper, The Herald, two years ago.

Syed Hamid had temporarily allowed the conditional use of the word "Allah", only to rescind the government gazette later.

He had then cited fears that the use of word outside an Islamic context would confuse Muslims.

The Catholic Church has since taken the home minister to court early last year, challenging the ban slapped on its weekly newspaper, The Herald, after the ministry threatened to revoke its annual publishing permit.

In a landmark judgment last New Year's Eve, High Court judge Datuk Lau Bee Lan ruled the Catholic Church has the constitutional right to use the word and that it was not exclusive to the religion of Islam, as the ministry had claimed.

But the home ministry filed an appeal against the High Court decision in February and won a stay, preventing the Catholic Church from using the word until the case is dealt with in the Court of Appeal.


Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider


PENJELASAN MENGENAI KONSEP 1MALAYSIA TERUS DIJALANKAN : TPM...

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 02:52 AM PDT


PUTRAJAYA, 3 Ogos (Bernama) -- Langkah untuk memberi penjelasan mengenai konsep 1Malaysia memang wajar dilakukan dan sedang dijalankan oleh kerajaan untuk memberi penerangan secara terperinci kepada rakyat mengenainya, kata Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Beliau yang bersetuju dengan pandangan bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad berkata kerajaan tidak menjangkakan rakyat akan dapat memahami konsep itu selepas setahun ia diperkenalkan oleh Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dalam pentadbirannya.

Bagaimanapun, katanya terdapat rakyat yang sudah mula dapat memahaminya."Kerajaan memberi penjelasan, mengadakan pelbagai program untuk rakyat agar lebih memahami tentang apa yang dimaksudkan tentang gagasan 1Malaysia.

"Kita jangka mungkin dalam satu tempoh akan datang, semua orang akan dapat memahami ertinya yang sebenar, tidak ada salah tafsiran tentang apa yang dimaksudkan gagasan 1Malaysia," katanya kepada pemberita selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Kabinet Pembangunan Belia di sini hari Selasa.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika mengulas mengenai pandangan Dr Mahathir semalam yang mahu kerajaan menjalankan program penerangan secara menyeluruh bagi memperjelaskan konsep 1Malaysia secara terperinci kepada seluruh masyarakat berbilang kaum di negara ini bagi mengelak berlakunya kekeliruan.

Muhyiddin berkata wujud kecenderungan tafsiran mengenai konsep itu dibuat mengikut pandangan kelompok tertentu berbanding yang dijelaskan oleh Perdana Menteri.

"Perdana Menteri menjelaskan gagasan ini adalah gagasan yang berteraskan perlembagaan negara. Itu yang paling kukuh dan apa pun tafsirannya, ia tidak seharusnya lari daripada apa yang terkandung dan semangat yang ada dalam perlembagaan.

"Baik dalam soal hak kaum bumiputera, bahasa, budaya, kedudukan raja dan agama. Apapun ia tidak seharusnya lari daripada itu," katanya.

Beliau berkata yang pastinya gagasan 1Malaysia adalah satu perkara yang dinamik, ia bukan statik dan pasti ada pihak yang cuba mentafsirkan mengikut kehendak masing-masing.-- BERNAMA


SLOGAN 1MALAYSIA PERLU PENJELASAN TERPERINCI : DR M...

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 02:46 AM PDT



GEORGE TOWN, 2 Ogos (Bernama) -- Penjelasan terperinci dan menyeluruh berhubung slogan 1Malaysia wajar diberi bagi mengelak pandangan dan pendapat berbeza dalam kalangan masyarakat pelbagai kaum, kata bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

"Saya bercakap dengan orang Cina, orang Melayu, masing-masing ada pendapat berbeza dan tidak boleh disatukan, saya berpendapat satu penjelasan perlu dibuat," katanya kepada pemberita di sini pada Isnin.

Dr Mahathir, yang juga Yang Dipertua Pertubuhan Kebajikan Islam Malaysia (Perkim) berkata demikian pada sesi soal jawab sempena Multaqa Yang Dipertua Perkim bersama Guru-guru Pendidikan Islam dan warga Perkim peringkat zon utara di sini pada Isnin.

"Mereka (rakyat) tidak tahu yang mana satu, yang mana untuk orang Cina dan yang mana untuk orang Melayu. Kalau suruh saya buat penjelasan, mana saya tahu bukan saya yang buat slogan itu," katanya. .-- BERNAMA


COME JOIN THIS TAXIDRIVER’S MISSION TO GET MAHATIR BE SUMMON BY SUPREME COURT TO APPEAR AND DEFEND HIS USE OF ISA TO SILENCE HIS POLITICAL OPPONENTS

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 12:58 AM PDT







Thirty-five persons — 30 in Petaling Jaya, four in Penang, and one in Ipoh — were detained by police during a peaceful candle-light vigil held in several parts of the country on the night of Sunday 1 August 2010, the date commemorating the 50th anniversary of the oppressive Internal Security Act (ISA).

Those arrested were among the people who had gathered to protest against the country's most hated and feared legislation, which allows for detention without trial and has been wielded against more than 10,000 people since it went to effect on 1 August 1960.

The enactment of the ISA in 1960, three years after Malaya gained independence, was related to the internal battle against the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) which was then involved in an armed insurgency and insurrection, which started soon after World War 2.

Earlier in 1948 after three European planters in Perak were killed by communists, the then colonial British administration introduced the Emergency Regulations Ordinance 1948 and declared the infamous Emergency across the country.

Under the Emergency Regulations, the police were given sweeping powers of arrest, and severe punishment, including the death penalty, could be administered without an ordinary trial.

The martial law rule forced the CPM to go underground and launched an armed struggle using hit-and-run guerrilla warfare tactics.

The Emergency officially ended on 31 July 1960, after 12 long years. But the CPM campaign continued on a much smaller scale, and officially ended only in 1989 when the communists laid down arms.

Following the formal ending of the Emergency, the then Malayan Parliament enacted the ISA on 1 August 1960 to replace the colonial Emergency Regulations Ordinance 1948.

The ISA has been in force since 1 August 1960, and this year marks the 50th year of existence.

When it was first tabled in Parliament on 21 June 1960, the then Deputy Prime Minister cum Home Minister Tun Razak declared that the law was meant to deal with the CPM and related subversive activities, and not to restrict legitimate political activities. The ISA was not enacted to silence the voice of dissent nor meant for the ruling party to abuse it to curb its political rivals.

However, over the years, the ISA has evolved to become a harsh tyrannical law to curb political dissension and to silence the critics of the ruling party. It has, in effect, became a legal, but immoral, legislative tool in the hands of the ruling party leaders to get rid of their political rivals, abusing it to put the popular legitimate opposition leaders under detention without trial.

Under the ISA, anyone can be arbitrarily detained indefinitely without trial at the pleasure of the Home Minister.

Hence, the ISA is a draconian law that violates the fundamental human, civil and constutional rights of the citizens, and is in contradiction to the democratic concept of the rule of law.

The ISA has be abused by the authorities during the recent years, the most recent case being the unjustified detention of Selangor senior state executive councillor Teresa Kok of the DAP, and Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng on Friday 12 September 2008.

The most notorious abuse of the ISA was during the Mahathir administration when he launched Operation Lalang which was carried out on 17 October 1987 to crack down on opposition leaders, social activists, and church leaders.

The operation saw the arrest of 106 persons under the ISA and the revoking of the publishing licences of English daily The Star, Chinese newspaper Sin Chew Daily and the new defunct Bahasa Malaysia weeklyWatan. They were given back their publishing permits about six months later. The employees of these publications had to undergo half a year of hardship, with no job, no money, and they should be counted as victims of the oppressive ISA, too. I was one of them.

Among the prominent persons arrested during Operation Lalang were the then Opposition Leader and DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang, his son Guan Eng, DAP strongmen Karpal Singh and the late P. Patto, trade unionist and DAP strongman the late V. David, the then PAS Youth secretary Khaled Abu Samad, Brother Anthony Rogers of the Catholic Church, university lecturer and pastor Dr Poh Boon Sing, religious teacher Jamaluddin Othman, the then Penang PAS Youth chief Mohamad Sabu, and Christian social activist Lim Chin Chin.

The ISA is no more relevant, and should be abolished. The Najib administration should be bold and brave enough to acknowledge the current geo-political realities in the contemporary world on our multi-racial, multi-religious, mult-cultural and mult-lingual nation, and act to abolish the oppressive draconian ISA to give due recognition and respect to the dignity of the human person and his fundamental God-given human, civil and constitutional rights.

Why has our FDI (foreign direct investments) declined so drastically? One basic reason is our poor record of human right practices, whether the federal government admits it or not.

Human rights are the fundamental basis for a holistic well-being of all human persons in all aspects — spiritual, moral, intellectual, emotional, physical, social, and economical. A progressive nation must ensure the balanced development of all these aspects for its citizenry.

If we want to be a progressive developed nation by 2020, the most fundamental matter we need to get right is our practice of human rights. There is the primary need for the authorities to recognise and respect the right to racial, religious, cultural, political, social, economic self-determination of all persons. Due recognition and respect must be given to the dignity, equality, and religious and educational rights of all citizens, irrespective of colour, creed, culture, and class.

As the first step toward such an ideal morally righteous, equitable, virtuous, and just society, the Najob administration should abolish the ISA, and review and revamp all other restrictive and oppressive laws such as the Police Act, the Official Secrets Act, the Printing Presses and Publications Act, and the Universities and University Colleges Act.

The second step for the federal government to ractify all the international human rights covenants and conventions of the United Nation, especially the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

The presevation, promotion and propagation of human rights are essential to the pursuit of a balanced holistic, just and fair development.

If the Najib administration is prepared to walk the talk, and take the country to greater heights by taking positive commited action to abolish the ISA, and remove all the legal restrictions to allow for truth, righteousness, freedom , justice, fairness, and peace to flourish and bloom in our nation, it has my vote at the next general election.

But, I think I am just having a hallucination!

CAN MAHATIR BE SUMMON BY SUPREME COURT TO APPEAR AND DEFEND HIS USE OF ISA TO SILENCE HIS POLITICAL OPPONENTS PERVEZ MUSHARRAF WASN'T EXPECTINGTHE SUMMONS THE SUMMONS ON WEDNESDAY BY PAKISTAN'S SUPREME COURT TO APPEAR LATER THIS MONTH AND DEFEND HIS NOVEMBER 2007 IMPOSITION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY

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When General Pervez Musharraf stepped down as Pakistan's president last year, he looked forward to a quiet life of golf, lucrative speaking engagements, and evenings clinking glasses and tugging on cigars with friends over a game of bridge. He certainly wasn't expecting the summons the summons on Wednesday by Pakistan's Supreme Court to appear later this month and defend his November 2007 imposition of a state of emergency — when he sacked the very judges, led by the recently reinstated Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, who are now demanding answers from him.

Musharraf's resort to emergency rule was widely derided as a self-serving move by to stave off political challenges. As both army chief and president, Musharraf suspended the constitution, sacked the Supreme Court bench, arrested opposition activists and muzzled sections of the media. Many Pakistanis, including even some of Musharraf's erstwhile allies, have welcomed the court's decision to hold him accountable.

CAN MAHATIR BE summonby Supreme Court to appear and defend his USE OF ISA to silence his political opponents

I.S.A. — THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF SENILITY AND AMNESIA?

The next biggest joke is the picture above – Yes to ISA, Hidup Melayu! Hidup Islam.

The statement says it all. Will the real Malay-Muslim please stand up? Zaid Ibrahim, Azmi Sharom, Dr Azly and many more had taken a stand. What about the rest?

This is why this nation has gone bonkers!

We have two clear choices; (1) stay and fight to change this nation or (2) use our feet.

I am staying because Dr M was wrong about my status. I am too poor to migrate. I wonder if Dr M and UMNO know what it feels like to confront a cornered tiger.

We should let them know how it feels to take the people for granted. The use of coercive forces will not dent our spirit.

To change or not, is OUR CHOICE. I urge you to make that CHOICE. And make it NOW!
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[Gavin Khoo Kay Peng is a well-known political commentator. He is also a corporate consultant and runs a popular blogStraight Talk]




Chief Justice Ifthikhar Chaudry has summoned Mr. Musharraf. This act of judicial activism not only scares Mr. Musharraf, but it also sends chills up the spines of the PPPP government which was absolved of all crimes by the National Reconciliation Ordinance. Mr. Sharif was also implicated in many corruption scandals and was part of General Zia Ul Haq's Martial Law in the 90s. None of the Pakistani politicians are squeaky clean and everyone has skeletons in their closets. If the Supreme Court pursues Mr. Musharraf, it can also go after the Zardari government and the Sharif practices. The Army also may not be very happy at the indictment of one of their own. This scares the establishment in Pakistan.

Mr. Omar Waraich prodigiously describes the situation and defines the inherent dangers to the present government, if it chooses to pursue Mr. Musharraf.

President Pervez Musharraf

When General Pervez Musharraf stepped down as Pakistan's president last year, he looked forward to a quiet life of golf, lucrative speaking engagements, and evenings clinking glasses and tugging on cigars with friends over a game of bridge. He certainly wasn't expecting the summons issued on Wednesday by Pakistan's Supreme Court to appear later this month and defend his November 2007 imposition of a state of emergency — when he sacked the very judges, led by the recently reinstated Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, who are now demanding answers from him.

Musharraf's resort to emergency rule was widely derided as a self-serving move by to stave off political challenges. As both army chief and president, Musharraf suspended the constitution, sacked the Supreme Court bench, arrested opposition activists and muzzled sections of the media. Many Pakistanis, including even some of Musharraf's erstwhile allies, have welcomed the court's decision to hold him accountable. But there are also fears, even among some of Musharraf's staunchest opponents, that the move represents an activist judiciary overstepping its role, playing to popular sentiment and positioning itself as an alternative authority to the unpopular civilian government.

Musharraf currently faces no charges, but the court has demanded his presence for an interview that could form the basis of a future prosecution. Leading political figures such as former prime minister Nawaz Sharif — who was overthrown by Gen. Musharraf in a 1999 coup — have long demanded that he be charged with "high treason" for "subverting the constitution." The current summons is not binding, so Musharraf has the option of dispatching a lawyer to speak on his behalf. On Friday, after consulting with former ministers, he has appointed a team of high-powered lawyers to mount a defense. The chances of Musharraf, currently residing in a new apartment in London, appearing for a verbal showdown with Judge Chaudhry are remote, despite his statement in a recent television interview that he was willing to fly back to Pakistan and face his accusers. Time Magazine. Target Musharraf: Are Activist Judges Helping or Hurting Pakistan? By Omar Waraich / Islamabad Saturday, Jul. 25, 2009

Many of President Musharraf's former allies are turning against him. According to American pollsters, Mr. Nawaz Sharif is very popular. However polls are a few years away, and things may change dramatically, specially becuase Mr. Sharif is working with Mr. Zardari, and lately with the Americans too.

Ikram Sehgal, a respected defense analyst who served in the army with Musharraf, welcomed the Supreme Court's move. "Personally I like Mr. Musharraf very much," he says. "But I also believe that everyone should be held to account for their actions. And his actions were blatantly illegal when, as army chief, he imposed a state of emergency. It set a worrying precedent that any future army chief could use to send the judiciary home." Sehgal says stabilizing democracy in Pakistan will require the judiciary to revisit the constitutional tangles left over from the Musharraf years. But Sehgal raises a warning over the current case. "All of the 14 judges involved were affected by Musharraf's actions," he says. "There is an issue of neutrality."

But an aide to current President Asif Ali Zardari worries that the Supreme Court's action could trigger a fresh phase of political instability. "This is exactly what we were worried about," says the aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, in reference to Zardari's reluctance to reinstate Chaudhry and the judges sacked by Musharraf. (Zardari was forced to back down in the face of a crisis generated by nationwide protests led by lawyers.) "This judicial activism goes against our message of national reconciliation." During the 1990s, deposed civilian governments routinely found themselves dragged into court. "We don't want to a return to the politics of vengeance," says the Zardari aide.

The government has recently accused Chaudhry of encroaching on its prerogatives. Earlier this month, he struck down a new government "carbon tax" imposed in compliance with IMF demands to phase out fuel subsidies. Zardari responded with a presidential decree that brought the price of gas back up.

The reason Musharraf had dismissed Chaudhry, whom the former military ruler had appointed as Chief Justice, was the judge's enthusiasm for harrying the government with rulings that were popular with the public. Chaudhry had burnished his reputation by striking down the planned privatization of a steel mill and hearing petitions raised by the relatives of Pakistanis that human rights groups allege are being held in secret custody as terror suspects. When Chaudhry refused to yield to Musharraf's demand that he resign, the country's lawyers took to the streets in his support.

Surprisingly, perhaps, Chaudhry has some supporters among members of the old regime."In any democracy, there have to be some check and balances," says Tariq Azeem, a senator who served as Musharraf's deputy information minister and had backed the removal of Chaudhry. "Normally, it is the opposition that takes up that role. But at the moment there is no opposition. People now have to look to somebody to give them relief, and the only people left are the courts. No wonder when they take a popular step, people are happy."

Azeem also foresees personal trouble for Zardari if Chaudhry moves to revive corruption charges dropped by Musharraf as part of a presidential amnesty linked to a political deal that cleared the way for Zardari and his slain widow, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto to return to Pakistan. The couple always denied the charges, maintaining that the cases against them were politically motivated.

"What is bound to create problems for many people is when the Supreme Court takes up the National Reconciliation Ordinance," says Azeem, in a reference to the presidential amnesty. "The Chief Justice has already said that it's a pending matter. It's very significant. If he's going to take it up, it is naturally going to ruffle feathers, to put it lightly." Zardari is already burdened by unpopularity, public anger at power cuts and prices, and the challenges of taming Islamist militancy. If the Supreme Court continues to flex its muscles and revisits the president's old corruption cases, he could find himself in even more trouble than Musharraf seems to be in. Time Magazine. Target Musharraf: Are Activist Judges Helping or Hurting Pakistan? By Omar Waraich / Islamabad Saturday, Jul. 25, 2009

Any politcal destabalization will play right into the hands of the enemies of Pakistan.




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Melayu mudah lupa (Malays are prone to forgetfulness)
– a popular modern Malay saying

"Work with me… not for me." – Former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who ruled for 22 years, once spoke about the nine challenges called 'The Way Forward-Vision', said to be a culmination of his work throughout his tenure.

The document charted the challenges the nation must confront in order for it to develop on par with the advanced nations.

These challenges are summarised as follows:

1. Establishing a united Malaysian nation with a sense of common and shared destiny

2. Creating a psychologically liberated, secure, and developed Malaysian society with faith and confidence in itself, justifiably proud of what it is, of what it has accomplished, robust enough to face all manner of adversity

3. Fostering and developing a mature democratic society, practising a form of mature consensual, community-oriented Malaysian democracy that can be a model for many developing countries

4. Establishing a fully moral and ethical society whose citizens are strong in religious and spiritual values and with the highest ethical standards

5. Establishing a mature, liberal and tolerant society in which Malaysians of all colours and creed are free to practise and profess their customs, cultures and religious beliefs and yet feeling that they belong to one nation

6. Establishing a scientific and progressive society, a society that is innovative and forward-looking, one that is not only a consumer of technology but also a contributor to the scientific and technological civilisation of the future

7. Establishing a fully caring society and caring culture, a social system in which society will come before the self, in which welfare of the people will revolve not around the state or the individual but around a strong and resilient family system

8. Ensuring an economically just society… in which there is a fair and equitable distribution of the wealth of the nation, in which there is full partnership in economic progress

9. Establishing a prosperous society with an economy that is fully competitive, dynamic, robust and resilient

With the Internal Security Act (ISA), how do we then meet these challenges? How is it an antithesis to what a civil society means? Do we still deserve the ISA?

Snapshot of protests

We are on the threshold of 2009. We have created a larger middle class, educated and imbued not only the taste of progressive Western secularist ideals synthesised with deep cultural and/or religious values still preserved, but also a better understanding of the principles of human rights. We know that Malaysia ratified the 1946 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We know that these involve the rights to the freedom of speech and assembly.

Our nation no longer deserves the ISA or any other intolerable Acts that kill the creativity and imagination of its nation. The ISA is an ideological state apparatus must go if we are to move forward as a nation that is known for it wisdom, intelligence, tolerance, and commitment to social justice – one that takes care of the needs of the poor of all races, without fear or favour.

The ISA which provides for detention without trial for up to two years at a time is anathema to the idea of a civil society. If we charge the detainees in court, we could learn a lot more about the meaning of 'national security'. It is not merely about maintaining public order but about trying to understand why citizens are publicly acting in manner deemed 'disorderly'. The history of the use of the ISA is tied to the history of the ruling class and how those who own the means of production own the means of silencing progressive voices of change.

Let us look at some snapshots of the protest movements in our history:

Why did Raja Haji the legendary Bugis warrior mount a revolt against the Dutch, ending in his martyrdom atop a hill in Malacca? Why did Mat Kilau, the legendary warrior from Pekan Pahang act up against the British ending in his mysterious self-imposed exile and death by natural cause at the age of 122? Why did the Malay Nationalist Party, a continuation of Kesatuan Rakyat Indonesia Semenajung and an early radical Malay party in the late 1940s act up, only to be met with witch-hunts by the returning British?

Why did those fighting for Independence in the 1950s under the banner of Saberkas act up against the dying colonial British Empire, paving the way for the creation of what is now knows as United Malay National Organisation? Why did those truly multiracial group of social activists act up by organising the hartal against the British in the early 1960s only to be met with heavy- handed reaction? Why did those calling themselves the Malayan People's Anti-Japanese Army revolt against the powers-that-be, end their persecution by the British that returned to power when the Allied Powers crushed the Axis Powers?

Why did the Malaysian intellectuals and social activists speak out over almost 20 years of the Kondrietiff cycle, beginning from May 13, 1969 to October 1989, to this moment in time to be met with the American McCarthy Era-type of response form the present government?

The answer lies in economics. Human existence, motivation, the rise and fall of nations has been attributed to economics. One's existence is defined by the material condition one is in or born into.

Question of power

Deeper than simple economics lies the question of power and the powerless, and the politics of under- representation. The Americans revolted against the British in the late 1770s under the banner 'no taxation without representation', symbolically registering their protest with the Boston Tea Party.

Essentially they revolted against intolerable laws set forth by the British – the 1765 Quartering Act and Stamp Act of 1765, Townshend Act 1967 and Coercive Acts 1774.

In our case, the answer lies in the ideology of Malaysia-style Oriental Despotism. The complex, dynamic, systematic, contradictory, sustaining, and consensual politics of the political-economy of a dependent communal-based capitalist state has made it possible for the use of the ISA to be rationalised and legitimised by arguments that touch merely on the symptoms of the breakdown of public order, rather that the root cause of the order in which the public need to be organised.

Had there been a sound developmentalist agenda from the onset of Independence – an agenda that retards the evolution of a corrupt corporate capitalist pluralist neo-feudalistic neo-colonialist capitalist state – we would have avoided or abandoned the use of the ISA and seen the evolution of a truly civil society that practises politics of inclusion.

To put it in simple words: we have made the wrong historical turn. We have to come back to where we began – back to the drawing board. This is the challenge – how do we undo hyper-modernisation and the politics of mistrust?

We are actually doomed as a nation. We need to get out of this quagmire if we are to save ourselves from total destruction in an age wherein the centre cannot hold, as the poet WB Yeats wrote.

How are we doomed? Why have we come to a point in which the ultimate keris – the ISA – is used to silence the voices asking the government to look into the plight of the oppressed and the desolate? Why is the voice of reason cast aside and force used instead? What might the consequence of this in an age of globalised, high speed, split-second information flow, consumption, and instantaneous revolution?

How do we evolve – or rise form the ashes of destruction brought about by internal contradictions that we have failed to resolve?

This nation needs to conduct soul-searching. Urgently.

And the ISA is an anti-Islamic act, nor is it sanctioned by any religion. Let us be clear on this notion of peace and justice. There are no communists amongst us; only neo-colonialists holding on to their ideological state apparatuses. A just government will need no I.S.A.

OUR USUAL REMINDER, FOLKS:
While the opinion in the article is mine,
the comments are yours;
present them rationally and ethically.
AND — ABOLISH THE ISA — NOW!




Uniting the 'divided' race, or so it seems

Posted: 02 Aug 2010 04:15 PM PDT

By Zefry Dahalan

COMMENT The Umno-PAS unity talks issue is once again being played up by the mainstream media, especially the Malay dailies. So what is the euphoria about?

According to reports, the Malays are split along the lines of Umno, PAS and PKR, which was even acknowledged by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

If Umno's argument is taken into account that PAS should merge with it in order to have only one party representing the Malays, then a new party should be formed called Parti Melayu SeMalaysia.

True to the 1Malaysia concept, all Chinese parties should fall under one entity, called Parti Cina SeMalaysia, and similarly, there should also be a Parti India SeMalaysia as well as Parti Sabah SeMalaysia and Parti Sarawak SeMalaysia.

All the five component parties should come under the 1Malaysia Party coalition.

If this becomes a reality, then we can also scrap the need for elections and the coalition can push through any policy without objection, or check and balance.

The manner in which the unity talks are played up gives the impression that the Malays are the only people in the world who are disunited.
Apart from the full monarchy system in Brunei, can Umno name any other country in the world that just has one party?

Thais, Indonesians, Singaporeans, Japanese, Koreans, Chinese and Indians all have more than one party in their country. Even more developed countries like the US, Britain, France, Germany and Australia have more than one party.

So what is the fuss about? Is Umno telling us that by having more than one party, a particular race will be divided?

The fact is, people are smarter than what Umno thinks, and the Malays are no different. They can tell the difference between political affiliations and personal relationships with relatives, friends, neighbours and colleagues.

What about the fence-sitters?

The writer believes that out of the estimated 11.16 million registered voters, nearly half are not aligned to any political parties. So how can Umno come to the conclusion that the Malays are divided because of politics?

Should Umno and PAS merge, will it stop the social ills among the Malays? Will it stop corruption and pave the way for good governance?

Even if the merger takes place, what guarantee is there that the Malays will not be split on the political battlefield, given the countless infighting in Umno itself during party elections. Umno should put its house in order first.

And if Umno is sincere about Malay unity, then why is it ignoring the Malays in PKR, who make up 65% percent of the party. Why only PAS?

This proves that Umno's agenda is not Malay unity, but the party has an ulterior motive.

It is also surprising that no PAS leader has raised this issue, to ask Umno why it is not extending an olive branch to those in PKR as well.


Drive Malaysian cars if want to enjoy the privileges

Posted: 02 Aug 2010 02:24 PM PDT

From Zakay A Rehman, via e-mail

The article in a national daily entitled 'Singaporeans unhappy over new fuel rulings' refers. Malaysians who use Singapore or Thai cars also complaining that they shouldn't be penalised under the new regulations.

Before the issue turns into a farce, with threats of boycotting JB and anti-establishment sentiments allowed to blow up, let's get things right.

Petrol prices at the pump in Malaysia are cheaper than its neighbours due to the government of Malaysia using her income to pay for the price difference or subsidies.

This means that Malaysian are forgoing other things like better schools, better hospitals, etc. for us to pay lesser at the fuel pump.

Thus, it is beyond any argument that though we welcome our fellow neighbours as visitors to our shores, we have every right to withhold subsidising their fuel consumption, past practice notwithstanding.

That also goes for Malaysian driving foreign vehicles, if you want to enjoy the privilege, drive Malaysian cars please!


Discount or Subsidy?

Posted: 02 Aug 2010 11:08 PM PDT

Don't play with bumi discount fire, warns UMNO Information Chief Ahmad Maslan. Tony Pua is not supposed to talk about it anymore as he can next be accused of sedition or incitement.


Well, if that is how much Ahmad Maslan wants that discount, honestly as far as I am concerned he can have it.


But let us call a spade a spade and nothing else.

Is that discount? Wikipedia says "Discounts and allowances are reductions to a basic price of goods or services." It further adds:

"They can occur anywhere in the distribution channel, modifying either the manufacturer's list price (determined by the manufacturer and often printed on the package), the retail price (set by the retailer and often attached to the product with a sticker), or the list price (which is quoted to a potential buyer, usually in written form).

There are many purposes for discounting, including; to increase short-term sales, to move out-of-date stock, to reward valuable customers, to encourage distribution channel members to perform a function, or to otherwise reward behaviors that benefit the discount issuer. Some discounts and allowances are forms of sales promotion."

Wikipedia goes on to explain in greater detail the various kinds of discounts offered or one might encounter and i have reproduced its content's page here:

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It would seem that only the category "1.4 Discounts and allowances dealing with customer characteristics" would apply to the Bumi discount that Maslan refers to. Even then it would seem like none of the sub sections here would refer to the Malaysian version of Bumi discount. Really no one in the whole world, as it would seem, think there should be such a discount as Maslan imagines.

There is something about the characteristics of a discount that maybe ought to be explained. If we were to take the definitions given above, the discount ought to be the difference between the list or approved price the manufacturer offers and the price actually paid by the buyer.

In the case of a developer of properties his calculations of price of individual units don't matter as much as what he hopes to receive from the sale of the entire development. As long as that global figure is achieved the developer cares little about who buys at what price.

So the developer is now forced to sell to the bumis at a discount 30% of the units. Now let us say that the development is made up of 10 units of identical bungalows. Now, it is not only the individual units that the developer has to build, but he has to also provide common amenities like roads, swimming pool, guard house etc. He may have worked out the entire cost of the project, including land to be, say, RM10 million. He may want to make RM10 million in profit. In which case he would need sell the entire project of 10 bungalows for RM20 million. Therefore, he would need to price each unit at RM2 million.

Now, if 30% or 3 units are to be sold to bumis at a discount of 5% it would seem like the developer will have to sell these at RMRM1,900,000 each. If that were to be all, the developer suffers a loss of RM300,000. Now, if this is what has been happening, we should have a long time ago heard from the developers complaints about their sacrifices. But no. They have been silent. In fact they have acquiesced the implementation of this discount policy quite happily just so that they will be able to get all their necessary approvals. But this is not what happens, is it?

The RM300,000 loss is now added on to the price of the remaining 7 units so that they bear that "loss". The non-bumis have to cough up at least RM42,850 using simple calculations. Sure all you mathematicians out there can work out the more precise figures so that the bumi price is actually 5% less than the non-bumi price. I never claimed to be good at maths anyway.

Unlike the discounts that we see in stores where the seller is making a sacrifice for whatever reason. Here the seller, the developer is NOT making any sacrifice. the seller makes his RM10 million. The non-bumi buyers are asked to pay for and on behalf of the bumis their so called "discount"!! Basically this is a direct subsidy by the non-bumi buyers for the bumis who buy.

As I said earlier, I am quite agreeable about paying on behalf of my bumi countrymen. Just don't call it discount. Call it subsistence. Call it subsidy. Just don't call it discount for heaven's sake.





Malaysians at the mercy of EBay and PayPal

Posted: 02 Aug 2010 02:22 PM PDT

From Lim Kuan, via e-mail

EBay and PayPal have been allowed to operate in Malaysia now by Bank Negara.This move by Bank Negara has not been well thought out, because both Malaysian buyers and sellers on EBay as well as on PayPal are treated unfairly in comparison to buyers and sellers from United States. Both these companies are sister companies

Buyers and sellers from the United States are protected by buyer and seller protection but not so Malaysians who are left to the mercy of their customer service personnel, who unfortunately are not well trained.

When you lodge a complaint, they are unable even to identify whether the complainant is a buyer or seller. They either do not bother to read the complaint or are just inept. Quite often they do not bother to respond at all.

They also seem to have pre-prepared answers and just give you a standard reply that is nearest to the issue raised. There is no attempt to look at each problem individually and answer accordingly.

To make matters worse, both EBay and PayPal do not have offices in Malaysia , not even a representative's office. Yet they operate in Malaysia!

When users have problems, they conveniently tell you to call them at a US number. Say, a person buys a product for 12 USD, making a call to the US will cost 12USD or more, not to mention the problem of time difference. So much so, most Malaysians just stomach unfair deals.

Unfair and dubious deals abound on Ebay. If you buy five products you can be sure three or four will not be genuine. This is more true of goods from China and Thailand. I once bought a semi precious stone from China and it cost 15 USD. I found it to be just a piece of glass.

When I complained to PayPal as I payed by PayPal, they required me to send a gemologist's certification which would have cost me very much more than the supposed precious stone. I offered to send it to them for verification but they said they did not have such facilities. In the end, I just gave up.

This particular seller is still happily selling fakes on EBay and is rated as a top seller. EBay turns a blind eye because it only focuses on profits. The jewellery section in Ebay is quite large and the company should have some verification process in place.

Another section where fraud is rampant is the computer section. Again mainly due to Chinese products, sold by both Chinese sellers and other sellers who buy from China.

I strongly urge the Malaysian authorities to review the recognition given to Ebay and PayPal and to ensure that Malaysian buyers and sellers are given the same protection as US customers. The current discrimination against non US customers should be stopped

As more and more Malaysians engage in e-commerce, Bank Negara and the Ministry of Domestic Trade as well as other relevant authorities should act speedily to protect Malaysian consumers.

Malaysian authorities should insist on some form of insurance coverage for Malaysians. Proper channels for lodging complaint against. not only the two mentioned companies but all such cyber commerce sites.


DAP, PKR should stop being a wuss with Ibrahim Ali

Posted: 02 Aug 2010 02:16 PM PDT

From Khim Tee, via e-mail

For those kind gentlemen from DAP and PKR, who pretend to behave like English noblemen with wisdom to talk diplomatically with Ibrahim Ali, you guys seem to protect this racist whereas MCA, MIC are neutralising him.

So DAP, PKR if you don't have balls, please sit down and stop playing gentlemen. It's time to separate the boys from men. This guy MUST be stopped before the country explodes, do you now understand gentlemen of DAP and PKR?

Read:

Nazri: Time to 'get rid' of Perkasa

Get rid of Chinese NGOs as well, says Perkasa boss

That forbidden fruit called Ibrahim Ali


Making a mockery of meeting rules

Posted: 02 Aug 2010 02:13 PM PDT

From Guna Sega, via e-mail

I was there at the meeting as the chairman of my school PTA. The meeting was adjourned by Dr Halimah Ali when she felt matters were getting out of hand.

She had uttered 'mesyuarat ini di tangguhkan'. When she said that, we left the hall. However, she continued with the meeting after that with several others.

Later, in your website and other media reported that all the PTAs agreed to channel the allocation directly to school.

Could the decision made at this meeting be valid? If yes, then it can be taken as mockery of the meeting rules?

Read:

State exco Halimah takes charge of Tamil school fund


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