Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Perverse logic and indecent politics

Perverse logic and indecent politics

Perverse logic and indecent politics

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 08:00 PM PDT

By Stanley Koh

COMMENT Some things do not change. As in years past, the old broken record still produces the grating sounds of racial debate, the same perverse arguments against free speech and the mock-panic cry that peaceful dissent threatens national security and unity. Malaysians have become so used to such idiotic talk that they have learned to shrug it off as just background noise.

Yet, the latest political melodramas seem to underscore the fact that our political kingpins may be suffering from some form of manic paranoia or multiple mental sclerosis of insecurity.

It does not bode well for our parliamentary democracy that some of these mentally diseased politicians are using their own brand of perverse logic to undermine the states ruled by the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

How do you define political maturity? Is the ability to think logically or to engage in sensible reasoning a prerequisite of this maturity? These questions have gained pertinence because the power players seem lately to be increasingly employing perverse logic as part of a defence mechanism against dissent.

Our political landscape — and with it the mindset of the electorate — is undergoing a fundamental psychological transition. Malaysians are becoming more politically mature, discovering and developing their roles as citizens and trying to build a working relationship with elected representatives at all levels.

The guiding principles of this relationship are:
  • Focus on the integrity and credibility of the candidate's character;
  • Treat elected representatives as servants of the people;
  • Ensure the candidate's ability to connect with and be responsive to the electorate;
  • Make the candidate aware that he serves in his position at the mercy of the electorate; and
  • The electorate expects honesty, common sense and a decent level of political maturity from the candidate.

Obviously, political leaders and public servants must have moral and intellectual maturity. But if ranked according to international standards, how many from among our politicians, ruling elite and public officials can make the passing grade? That should be an interesting question for Malaysians to mull over.

If an officer of the law can make the chart-topper statement that a person could have strangled himself to death or if a radio DJ loses his job for being a threat to national security, is there ground for optimism that this nation's destiny is in good hands?

Common sense

It has taken him a long time, but outspoken minister Nazri Abdul Aziz has finally realised that politicians command little respect. Commenting on the MCA-Perkasa antagonism over Bumiputera economic quotas, he said: "That is why, I realise now, why there is so little respect for politicians. They say one thing and they do another thing, and I don't blame all of you (the public) if you got no respect for politicians."

How can the public have any respect for such political leaders like the minister who harbours the perverse view that Twitter and Facebook are bad because they can erode Malaysian culture?

Perverse logic is pervasive in our political arena. Common sense is no longer common in politics.

Malaysians are judging what they see on the political landscape and, increasingly, what they see is sleaze. And what they hear is the perverse logic coming from the perverted minds of politicians who see things through the racial lens.

Hardly a week passes by without some kind of formal complaint lodged against a political rival over some trivial remark or some kind of police report based on some perverse logic about an infringement of constitutional rights, a violation of sedition laws or a direct threat to national security and unity.

Like one critic has said, "Politicians are much like ships, noisiest when lost in a fog."

Immature politicking in this country is the result of a lack of respect and appreciation for democratic values and principles.

The ruling regime treats the opposition as a rival gang that it must constantly do battle with in order to avenge the 2008 electoral loss.

Psychoanalysts believe that a person is suffering from a mental disorder if he habitually employs perverse logic to defend the indefensible, using it as a shield to hide selfish aims and objectives.

But it was not by accident that perverse logic has become so much a part of the ruling regime's lingo, especially in justifying tough actions against dissenters. Many believe it has always been by design, and that it is one of the defining characteristics of that brand of authoritarianism that has come to be known as Mahathirism.

Perverse thinking

There are many classic Mahathiristic statements that bear this out. "Malaysians are not ready for democracy" and "democracy is not the religion in Malaysia" are just two of perhaps dozens of examples one can find to illustrate perverse logic a la Mahathir.

A former minister even once quipped that Malaysians should not be given 24-hour TV broadcasts because they would not be able to stay awake during working hours the following day.

Time has proven such perverse thinking erroneous.

Thanks to Mahathir and his crony leaders, logic is no longer a logical and healthy path of reasoning to prove the validity of political arguments. One can no longer arrive at the truth through robust debate. Moral and intellectual views on social justice, human rights and freedom of speech are overwhelmed by perverse logic and threats under sedition laws.

Ancient wisdom says that truth and logic go hand in hand. But in Bolehland, both have been amputated so that tribal laws can continue to reign, and all governing powers — legislative, executive and judiciary — can rest in the hands of the Barisan Nasional.

The tragic consequence of this political comedy is that most politicians now rarely think logically.

The only glimpse of hope for Malaysia's future is that more and more Malaysians are realising that self-deception has become a serious malady among our politicians, even across the ideological divide. Many can now sniff out a crooked and dishonest politician or a high-ranking enforcement officer habitually using perverse logic to justify their actions and protect their self-interests.

Stanley Koh is the former head of research at MCA.

The Man From La La Mancha; Don "Mahathir" Quixote And His Squire, Sancho "Ib Ali" Panza

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 02:34 PM PDT

It must not be fun being Tun Mamakhathir today.

Unlike Najib who is said to have too much baggage when he became PM, old Tun retired as PM in 2003 with too much baggage. He had possibly hoped that his "Vision 2020" would be enough to set the nation on its way and cement his name in history as the greatest PM ever and ever will be. 

Now it appears history will not be too kind to him and being quixotic in his twilight years reduces him to a farce . His latest outburst says it all; labelling those who advocate meritocracy racists is enough said. Just be history ok? He's pathetic.

And Art Harun: "Eh, Tun Dah Lupa?"

Also: Zaid Ibrahim, "Malay By Heritage"

Sokong Ustaz Zakaria Saman Zahid RM20 Juta

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 02:10 PM PDT

NOTA EDITOR: Saya tak sabar nak tengok Ustaz Zakaria Ahmad menyaman Zahid Hamidi dalam sebanyak RM20 juta. Ajar sikit si Zahid tu supaya mulut tu jangan cabul sangat. Saya akan saman - Zakaria
Mohd Ali Hashim
PULAU PINANG, 25 Ogos: Ustaz Zakaria Ahmad (gambar) akan mengambil tindakan terhadap mereka yang telah menjadikan isu bacaan doa kepada Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng di dalam khutbah Jumaat untuk memfitnah beliau.

"Saya akan mengambil tindakan terhadap mereka yang telah menjadikan isu ini untuk memfitnah saya. Tindakan menyaman mereka yang terbabit sedang dalam proses oleh pihak peguam yang telah saya lantik bagi memfailkan kes ini.

"Ini melibatkan maruah saya. Mana boleh mereka sesuka hati melemparkan fitnah sedemikian," tegasnya kepada Harakahdaily selepas mengadakan pertemuan dengan Majlis Agama Islam Pulau Pinang (Maipp), semalam.

Katanya, apa yang amat dikesalkan ialah isu itu dipolitikkan oleh sesetengah ahli politik untuk jadikan modal politik.

"Diperbesarkan isu sekecil ini semata-mata untuk menyalahkan pihak lain. Ia kini sudah jadi satu isu yang serius. Saya tak boleh biarkan perkara ini disalah tafsirkan," tegasnya lagi.


Sementara itu, Timbalan Yang Dipertua Maipp, Mohd Saleh Man menjelaskan tidak menjadi satu kesalahan kepada sesiapa sahaja yang mendoakan kepada orang bukan Islam untuk diberikan hidayah kepada mereka sama ada dalam khutbah atau pun di luar khutbah.

Menurut nya, dalam isu yang melibatkan Zakaria selaku pendakwah bebas yang didakwa membacakan doa khutbah Jumaat menyebut nama ketua menteri tidak harus dijadikan isu politik oleh mereka yang faham akan sejarah penyebaran agama Islam sejak zaman Rasulullah s.a.w. lagi.

"Pada zaman penyebaran Islam oleh Rasulullah s.a.w. baginda pernah mendoakan supaya orang bukan Islam diberi hidayah untuk memeluk Islam. Oleh kerana itu isu ini tidak sepatutnya dibangkitkan kerana ia mencemarkan imej baik Islam pada kaca mata masyarakat lain.

"Doa untuk orang bukan Islam itu dibolehkan agar mereka diberi petunjuk dan hidayah,bukannya mendoakan kesejahteraan mereka. Manakala Yang di-Pertuan Agong dan Yang Dipertua Negeri kita hormati selaku ketua agama Islam di dalam negara dan juga negeri," katanya yang juga Adun Permatang Pasir.

Beliau berkata, isu itu tidak harus diperbesarkan lagi setelah Zakaria membuat pengakuan dalam pertemuan dengan Jawatankuasa Majlis Agama Islam Negeri, semalam.

Perperangan Khandak dan Uhud - Apa ertinya kepada kita?

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 02:12 PM PDT

Salah satu peperangan yang paling hebat dalam sejarah Islam ialah peperangan Khandak dalam mana tentera Islam hampir tertewas. Setelah berperangan itu berlaku dalam beberapa minggu barulah tentera Islam memenangi peperangan itu tetapi ramai diantara tentera Islam mati dalam syahid.

Peperangan itu benar-benar mencemaskan pihak tentera Muhammad saw dan apabila perperangan berakhir dengan kemenangan pihak Islam Saidina Ali karamallah huwajha telah bertanya kepada Rasulallah, "Ya Rasulallah, apakah perperangan yang lebih hebat dari perperangan Khandak ini?" Muhammad menjawab, "Perperangan Khandak ini bukannya perperangan yang terbesar, Peperangan yang lebih terbesar ialah perperangan melawan diri kita sendiri yakni perperangan melawan nafsu kita yang senantiasa perlu dilakukan sepanjang hayat kita"

Dalam dialog yang singkat diantara Rasulallah dengan Ali itu kita dapat memunafaatkan hakikat bahawa yang selalu kita kalah ialah apabila kita tidak berdaya melawan nafsu syahwat kita sendiri. Kita tidak dapat melawan nafsu untuk mejadi tamak; tamak untuk mengekalkan kuasa dan nafsu itu membisikkan kepada kita untuk melakukan apa sahaja untuk kepentingan dan haloba kita sendiri.

Kita dan pemimpin sendiri tidak dapat menahan diri dari hasutan nafsu untuk mengaut harta orang lain seperti harta rakyat yang telah memberikan kepada kita amanah untuk dijaga dan pertahankan. Kita selalu melanggar perintah Tuhan dan sebaliknya memenuhi kehendak keinginan dan hawa nafsu kita sehinggakan sanggup mencuri dan menyalah gunakan kuasa yang dipinjamkan Tuhan untuk melakukan kejahatan kepada ummah dan manusia yang kita pimpin.

Menunjuk-nunjuk dengan kekayaan dari harta curi pun sudah tidak menjadi kesalahan lagi bagi mereka yang tamak kuasa dan glamor hidup dialam fana' ini. DAN kumpulan ini juga tidak lagi mempunyai rasa malu kerana mengikuti arahan jahat nafsu tadi.

Maka itulah sebabnya apa yang dikatakan oleh Muhammad kepada Ali itu memang sudah menjadi kenyataan. Ramai umat pada hari ini tidak dapat menjadikan apa yang berlaku semasa zaman Muhammad dulu sebagai pelajaran hidup.

Kegagalan melawan diri sendiri boleh membawa kegagalan dalam menjayakan perjuangan telah ditunjukkan oleh Tuhan dalam perperangan Uhud dalam mana tentera Islam telah tewas ditangan tentera musyrikin dengan teruknya..

Segala stategy Muhammad tidak dapat dilaksanakan kerana tentera Islam tidak fokus untuk berperang kerana nafsu untuk mendapatkan harta rampasan peperangan lebih diutamakan oleh mereka. Mereka berperang sambil memandang kepada harta yang banyak dan berperang dalam keadaan mabuk tatkala itu.

Akhirnya perjuangan asal uintuk memenangi perperangan itu telah gagal kerana tentera Islam mempunyai agenda peribadi dari peperangan tersebut. Selepas peperangan Uhud jugalah minuman keras diharamkan secara mutlak oleh junjungan besar kita.

Pemimpin kita perlu mengambil iktibar dari insiden kekalahan tentera Islam ini kerana sebab itu jugalah yang menyebabkan kita gagal untuk meneruskan perjuangan kerana masing-masing mendahulukan kepentingan peribadi yang keterlaluan daripada melaksanakan tutututan perjuangan sebagai pemimpin negara yang bertuah ini.

Jika UMNO yang memimpin umat Islam ini tidak berjaya untuk melawan nafsu untuk melakukan rasuah dan salah guna kuasa, maka kekalahan kita dihari muka tetap akan kita alami seperti yang dialami oleh tentera Islam didalam peperangan diBukit Uhud itu.

Jika Tuhan boleh memberi pengajaran kepada pejuang-pejuang Islam dizaman Muhammad itu, apa kah tidak ada kemungkinan kita juga akan mendapat pengajaran yang sama dari Tuhan seperti yang berlaku didalam perperangan Uhud itu?

Hanya keimanan yang ada pada diri kita sahaja yang mampu memberikan jawapannya. Lagi pun hanya Tuhan sahaja yang boleh menilai taraf keimanan seseorang itu disisinya.

Apa yang terperosok didalam qalbi kita itu adalah hak Tuhan semata-mata yang mengetahuinya. Jika kita terbiahkan dari segi zahiriahnya, kita dan pemimpin kita mempunyai kelemahan yang sama atau pun lebih lagi dengan kelemahan tentera Islam semasa perperangan Uhud itu.

A good Prime Minister

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 06:10 AM PDT

  • Perak, by the way, announced a similar package for the State civil servants too ! I do know for a fact that all the civil servants work tirelessly everyday, especially those from Grade 41 to JUSA and Turus level.

  • As much as we criticize the civil servants for being lazy to act and think, I do somehow disagree at times. Some civil servants, especially those in the Grade 52 to Turus I work from 6.30am till 6.30pm, a complete 12 hour cycle.

  • And if needed to, they will even work till the midnight, just to get things done and going especially when it comes to National Budget, Taxation, Accounting, Auditing etc. Hey, even during preparation of policies !

  • Today, we do have among the fastest service related Customs and Immigration Department, if not already the fastest.

  • We have dedicated teachers, medical personnel and law enforcers and not forgetting, those who guard our borders at the Straits and jungles up North !
  • I believe the PM has all of them in mind, his "People First, Performance Now" transformers and leaders who work to serve the Malaysian community better at a competitive level.

  • Based on that, Datuk Seri, cheers to you !

Jon Stewart of the Daily Show is my kind of a Jewish-American friend!

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 06:28 AM PDT

Stewart Mosque

I am a good Muslim, to my own reckoning, and a pro-American person at best, but after 9/11 and George W Bush Jr I have been in a state of a private mourning over the escalation of racial-religious divide and the death of what I believe to be what America was once, a land of the free where freedom of expression is the hall mark of this great nation.
Lately the kerfuffle over the misconception on whether a mosque would be built at ground zero, a place where terrorist attacks on the Twiin Towers in New York, took place, and now an anti-Islamic fervour is on the rise over the issue.
The fact is the "mosque" is just a multi-purpose hall where everyone, from any religfious denominations can come and visit, and of course there will be a prayer room for Muslim to pray. So what is kerfuffle is all about! Nothing, it is just an excuse for redneck American like Newt Gingrich and white trash like Sarah Palin trying to get ahead of their chances to be the next president, and we hope not!
While I thought everything was not to my liking, in so far as the world race relation is concerned then came Jon Stewart of the CNN Daily Show.
Below is a news report on The Daily Show which shows Jon Stewart as an archetypical of what real Americans are like: Come to think of it they are far from stupid and definitely not a nation of xenophobic!

In a segment on "The Daily Show" last night titled "Extremist Makeover Homeland Edition," Jon Stewart addressed the Ground Zero mosque for the third time as of late, this time giving mosque critics FOX News a taste of their own medicine.

In clips all from the last 24 hours, Stewart showed how several FOX pundits prefaced unfounded reasons why the Islamic cultural center would be dangerous with defensive claims of tolerance for the religion. Former Clinton adviser Dick Morris even went so far as to call it a "terrorist command center."

In another clip from FOX, Eric Bolling displayed his charred safety deposit box from the World Trade Center to show why he was personally invested in keeping the mosque away from the vicinity of ground zero. Although Stewart mocked his display of lost cash and coin from an event where so many lives were lost, Stewart respected Bolling's discomfort with the symbolism of the mosque. That was until Bolling took out an index card written on in highlighter connecting Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to Iran and other dangerous parties, with question marks written next to each "fact."

"It's a dangerous game of guilt by association that you can play with anyone," Stewart pointed out. "It's 'six degrees of people who don't eat bacon.'" He then pulled out an index card of his own, highlighted with similar "facts" connecting News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch to none other than Osama Bin Laden, leading him to ask, "Is FOX News a terrorist command center? I don't know! I just don't know."

Msia-Indonesia: We are still very patience

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 06:32 AM PDT

In Jakarta, President Susilo Bambang Yodhoyono said relations between Indonesia and Malaysia remain strong despite anti-Malaysia street demonstrations by 'a few small groups', and that he didnt think that will sour any bilateral ties.

In Kuala Lumpur, Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said Malaysia was losing patience over such incidents, and bilateral ties could be affected should Jakarta fails to put an end to such ugly episodes (here).

"I am saddened that the demonstrations still continue, not only in Jakarta, but also at our consulates in Indonesia although we have agreed to resolve the issues pertaining to the arrest of seven Malaysian fishermen and three Indonesian maritime officials," he said.

Anifah warned that Malaysia's patience had been tested and would not tolerate the situation for much longer. "They have their own political and domestic problems in Indonesia. But we do not want Malaysia to become the victim."

However, what Susilo said was not in tune with the harsh statement by his Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa that Indonesia can only withdraw its ambassador to Malaysia when all Indonesians return home.

"We can withdraw our ambassador, but after that, we are still going to face a lot of problems, such as our workers who are threatened by dead penalties, illegal logging, and so on," Marty said during a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission I on Foreign Affairs in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Marty also said there were a lot of Indonesian people working in Malaysia, so cutting any diplomatic ties with that country could give more burdens.

The commission chairman, Mahfudz Siddiq from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), said he could understand Marty's view.

"However, for now we cannot only stop by issuing an official diplomatic note as a sign of protest to Malaysia," Mahfudz said (here).

"We need stronger political actions, which will not only prompt Malaysia to discuss about the border issues, but to also make that country realize that the unclear border disputes have given Indonesia nothing but economic losses."

Well, from my point of view, the issue has been exaggerated and thrown out of proportion. Some parties tried to lucre from it, i.e by arranging massive 'home return' for Indonesians.

Whatever it is, diplomatic settlement is still the best way. As far as relations between our two countries are concerned, it remain as 'we-need-each-other'. Dont our friends in Indonesia think so?

also read Dunia Tiger's SIAPAKAH DALANG SEBENAR?

CM “One Year Short of 3Oth”

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 05:33 AM PDT

CM Taib is facing his toughest battle as he closes in on his 30th Year in charge the State of Sarawak. There has been many calls from both within and outside the ruling BN Government that he steps down sooner rather than later.

  • Should he do it before his 30th year in office in March 2011..? 
  • Will he be leading BN Sarawak again to the next State elections.? 
  • It seems the call of him "stepping down" is getting louder and more "dirt" is thrown out openly involving the family and his business worldwide.

CM Taib is a fighter and he knows that quitting now is not an option and he will go all out to prove his detractors wrong. Though time is not on his side, he will strike when you least expected and many will be caught offguard. His meticulous strategy in leading BN Sarawak will even make the UMNO Sec-General eat his "words back" and maybe Taib might even take the trouble to bake a CAKE FOR HIM….


I'M reaching the 50th Year as a Minister not only as CM since 1962…

An earlier article which was posted in an internet portal

Umno is confident that BN would be able to retain Sarawak in the upcoming state elections even if Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud decides to step down.

azlanCommenting on Abdul Taib's shock announcement yesterday that he was mulling calling it a day after 29 years at the helm, Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said regardless of his decision, it would not affact BN's chances.

"Maybe he realises that people in Sarawak need change. For us, we'll still be able to hang on to Sarawak whether he leads or other people lead," said Tengku Adnan, who is also BN secretary-general.

He was commenting on Taib's response on whether or not he will contest the upcoming Sarawak election, and if he will remain chief minister if he wins.

The veteran politician, who rose to leadership in 1981, said yesterday: "I don't know, it is up to the prime minister, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) and the people to decide on my position.

"Well, a lot of people say I am not needed (any more). So if I am not needed, then I go out."

Umno not pressuring Taib

Tengku Adnan denied speculations that Umno was putting pressure on Abdul Taib to step down, who has been courting increasing bad press over the wealth accrued by his family.

"There is no pressure from our side, but we'll accept it if he wants to go. Maybe he's been in power for too long.

"When you've been in power too long, people get tired of you. He is also probably tired, so the statement he made is fair," said Tengku Adnan when contacted.

He said Ahmad Taib's situation mirrors that of former Umno president Dr Mahathir Mohamad who began planning his departure after BN suffered a dip in support in 1999.

NONE"It is statesman-like to think of the state rather than just of himself. As far as we (Umno) are concerned, there are other leaders who will be able to take over if he chooses to step down," he said.

Despite Tengku Adnan's denial, the prominence given to Taib's statement in Umno-linked newspapers has raised eyebrows.

The statement, while an expected response from a politician prior to an election, made the front-page of Berita Harian and given a full-page spread in the New Straits Times.

Taib was elected into parliament in 1967 and became chief minister in 1981. In 2006, he expressed his desire to step down due to ill health, but was prevented from doing so by party members.

Higher stakes for BN

Taib's withdrawal at this juncture would be timely as his increasing unpopularity has fast become a liability to BN.

In fact, said PKR Padungan assemblyperson Dominique Ng, Taib was the main cause for BN's defeat in the Sibu by-election in May.

azlan"Sibu was BN's stronghold. If they can lose Sibu, they can lose all the Chinese-majority (constituencies)," he said.

The unexpected loss has raised the stakes for BN in the state election, due to be called by the middle of next year.

Additionally, BN is under more pressure to win the Sarawak election which is being seen as representing a testing ground for the ruling coalition ahead of the next general election.

If he steps down, would it diminish Pakatan Rakyat's chances in Sarawak?

"It is irrelevant because our main problem is still BN policies. If he leaves, the next person to succeed him will still be a BN person," said Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian.

As such, the PKR duo are banking on the hope that Sarawakians realise that "another Taib nominee" will not bring in the changes they desire.

'Cable-connection' to corrupt civil servants

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 02:32 AM PDT

EXCLUSIVE It is hard to shake the perception that the culture of corruption is synonymous with civil servants in Malaysia. Even the chief secretary to the government, Sidek Hassan, admitted a whopping 41 percent of those of charged with corruption were civil servants. Whether it is cheating on medical certificates or asking for an extra buck to 'close one eye' to an impending traffic summons, the tales are all too familiar. Full story here:
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Bung rindu berbuka di rumah Mertua

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 03:02 AM PDT

Sebagai ahli parlimen untuk kawasan Kinabatangan, Sabah, Bung Mokhtar banyak menghabiskan masa di Kuala Lumpur ketika sesi Parlimen. Selain itu, dia juga memegang tugas sebagai Timbalan Presiden BN Backbencher Club.

Banyaklah masanya dihabiskan keseorangan dalam bilik hotel di Kuala Lumpur. Jauh dari keluarga - isteri dan anak. Bagi mengisi masa lapang, banyaklah Bung menerima pelbagai jemputan.

Satu hari dalam satu Majlis dia diperkenalkan dengan artis Zizie. Tengok artis siapa tidak minat? Zizie orangnya cantik, putih gebu dan montok. Ini buat abang Bung geram.

Untuk permulaan, Bung dapat cari sebab musabab untuk bersembang dan bergelak ketawa hingga pergi bersiar. Semua itu mudah untuk seorang ahli politik.

Tahu-tahulah orang politik pandai bercakap dan berhelah untuk ambilhati orang. Pandai berjenaka untuk mencuit hati seorang perawan.

Setelah lama dia merapati Zizie, jauh dari khalayak umum, mereka sudah mesra sebagai kawan. Hati Bung sudah tercuit. Dia tidak tahu reaksi Zizie.

Bung tahu dia sudah berumur, Zizie masih muda. Rambutnya sudah beruban. Macam-macam ubat sudah diguna sejak rapat dan mesra dengan Zizie, untuk dihitamkan rambut supaya nampak sepadan. Kalau sudah ada hajat, kenalah disuarakan.

Setiap kali bersiar-siar atau bersembang-sembang di talipon dengan Zizie, mulutnya tidak terkeluar hasrat hatinya. Lagi bila teringat anak isteri di Kinabatangan. Bagaimana caranya?

Suatu hari di bulan puasa, Bung menalipon Zizie.

Kring kring ...


"Zizie, ini Bung."

"Ehhh abang Bung ... lama tidak dengar. Bila datang Kuala Lumpur? I miss you," jawab Zizie dengan suara yang begitu riang dan ceria.

"Zizie buat apa?" Bung bertanya.

"Tak ada apa-apa. Tunggu nak berbuka.

"Abang Bung nak ajak Zizie berbuka di hotel mana? Bestnya ...!!!!"

Cepat saja Zizie meminta. Artis ... tak ada segan silu. Biasa mereka membaca langkah-langkah lelaki miang.

"Ishhh ... tak bolehlah di hotel. Di lihat orang bah." Bung berhati-hati.

"Kenapa si ... abang Bung ini malu ka kelihatan bersama dengan Zizie ... Yalah kita tak cantik macam Erra Fazira, Siti Nurhaliza ..."

Zizie menyerang perang psyop. Bung pun tahu. Dia menjawab, "Bukan itu. Tak mahu dijadikan gossip. Zizie bertambah popular bila ada gossip. Saya ahli politik. Gossip merosakkan."

"Datang sinilah! Kita buka sama-sama di rumah," Zizie ajak.

"Mak dia di Penang di rumah Akak. Abang bawa isteri berbuka dengan Mak Mertua. Zizie seorang saja," kata Zizie dengan suara manja bernada menjemput.

Idea sudah sampai dalam batu jemala Bung.

"Itulah saya ini selalu berjauhan. Kalau berbuka di rumah, saya selalu juga berbuka di rumah Mak Mertua...," tersekat mulut Bung nak teruskan.

"Hmmm ... Bung rindu masakan Mak Mertua?" Zizie membantu Bung menghabiskan ayat.

"Masakan Mak Mertua hanya di Sabah. Bukan orangnya sangat. Alangkah elok ada rumah Mak Mertua di Kuala Lumpur untuk tempat berbuka."

Dapat umpan Bung terkeluar.

Dihujung talipon sana, mata Zizie terbeliak. Satu tangannya menutup mulutnya keriangan.

"Zizie ... Zizie ... awak ada di sana."

"Ya Ya ada ..."

Bung sudah dapat signal dan petunjuk. Hati sudah suka sama suka.

Tidak lojik untuk buat cerita. Helah Bung ingin memikat Zizie kedalam sangkar untuk dapatkan Mak Mertua?

Banyak alasan orang nak kahwin lagi, tapi tak pernah kerana rindukan berbuka di rumah Mak Mertua.

Latest TBH inquest video 'missing' from AG's website

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 01:21 AM PDT

Why were previous video recordings of the Teoh Beng Hock inquest uploaded on the website of the Attorney-General's Chambers, but not of the last session? Does this have anything to do with the less-than sterling performance of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) head of prosecution Abdul Razak Musa at the last hearing? Full story here:
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Malaysia ranked 37th? Let’s look closer!

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 01:51 AM PDT

Firstly, can I say that Newsweek's website for this is a total piece of crap. Higher tech is not necessarily better you idiots! Most important is ease of browsing and spreading info!

This post is sadly not as good as it could be, and i blame Newsweek :P


So, our friend Najib so proudly tweeted that we came in 37th in some poll on the 100 greatest countries. I thought the poll was worth a closer look.

For starters, let's look at who beat us:

Israel, Czech Republic, Greece, Croatia, Poland, Chile, Slovakia, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Costa Rica, Latvia

So basically a whole bunch of ex communist bloc countries, Latin American countries well off the beaten path, and a BANKRUPT nation all polled ahead of us?

Still want to be proud?

A friend of mine, who prompted me to finally 'forgive' Newsweek long enough to write this, pointed out more:

* Surprisingly Kazakhstan is ranked #14 in education while Malaysia is #36.

* China and Vietnam have better health care than Malaysia's #52 ranking

* Even Cuba beat us at "quality of life" coming in at #32 while we are at #48

* Mozambique comes in at #47 while Panama is #35 for "political environment" while we are ranked #54

Funny how ex-Eastern Bloc countries, freed from the "evils of communism" in the 1990′s, seems to be doing better than us who has had 53 years of independence. Duh!

Now, said friend had to go through a very painstaking process to gleam these details, which I can't say I had the patience to.

What that means is that there must be many more…

.. oh screw it. I'm going to pick out one by one and list out at least notable countries that ranked higher than us in political environment. Suck it, Najib.

El Salvador, Indonesia, Peru, Dominican Republic, India, Mozambique, Mexico, Jamaica, Ghana, Brazil, Argentina, Botswana, Uruguay, Latvia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Romania, Panama, Croatia, UK, Hungary, South Africa, Chile, Greece, Costa Rica, Israel, Lithuania, Japan, Slovakia, Portugal.

Ok, I think that's enough. So basically it's like a a good chunk of Africa is better of politically than us?

Great jobla, Najib – you wanna prize?

ps- as Pratamad put it, in other news: Newsweek ranked worst ever 'interactive inforgraphic', hahaha :)

pps- check out Stephen Colbert, haha

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The Chinese are now claiming this is Barr Chin (Tanah Cina) - maaf kalau aku mencarut tapi mana pemimpun Melayu semua?

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 01:35 AM PDT

It is easy to say that the Chinese, all of them are now insulting the Malays by claiming that Tanah Melayu is actually Tanah Cina and that would definitely get the attention of the majority, who knows what would happen after that?

What is for sure is that someone who claims to be a historian, Michael Chicks have come out in the open to present  his 'findings', the result of 'research' that appears to turn everything about Nusantara history on its head.

He claims that there is no such thing as Tanah Melayu and the lack of mention of 'Tanah Melayu in ancient texts means that it must have not existed.

One can forgive this chicken-brain false conclusion because the researcher is not a scientist. it runs along the same line as this classic joke on false logic:

A dog has four legs,
My cat has four legs, 
therefore My cat is a dog.

Ancient records are full of references to Gangga Negara, Mahawangsa, Johor -Riau, Johor Lama dan Melaka but there was no reference to Tanah Melayu, but that does not mean that the earliest forms of civilisation or kingdoms are not Malays.

The Malays have been here and their civilisations have gone by different names just as China was not known by that name until the evil madman Qin came up and terrorised the people into one and made them his and gave them his name.

Malay ancient history can be traced back to the Abrahamic traditions and there are those who say that the history of the Malays go as far back as Nabi Idris (Enoch), the prophet inventor generally credited with writing, arithmetic and astronomy.

That aside, one has to wonder the motive behind revealing such a 'finding; at a time when racial tension is at an all-time-high.

What reaction are they expecting? Nothing? well I am sure they have reason to think that the Malays will let it slide but who is to say that this will definitely happen.

After all, everyone has a limit, I feel that this is the ultimate insult for Malays.

This Chicks person is saying that the land the Malays claim are theirs, actually belong to an a later immigrant race, one that had slighted them in the past and threatened harmony to such an extent that the Malays had to give up Singapore.

The timing and content of the so-called 'research' is clearly aimed at raising the tension further, some say to a level beyond tolerance by any Malays.

This finding is so inflammatory that I would consider it an attack by Singapore on Malaysia, nothing less.

It is certainly a more palatable option than to assume that all Chinese are saying that Tanah Melayu is actually Tanah Cina.

Still I want to know where Malay Leaders stand on this issue...please don't stay quiet without a good reason.

A short parable

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 12:43 AM PDT

The Old Horse has only one worry. If Mr  SoDoMi's group wins the next election, and Mr SoDoMi becomes the Chief, then the Old Horse may find himself incarcerated in a Dungeon.

Mr SoDOMi may start digging at the archaelogic site, and who knows what he may find, since the archaelogical site are full of treasures and loots from the old time.

The worry is real. Once the digging starts, it may reveal things hidden underground for the long years that the Old Horse was chief.

Looking at the Place, the Old Horse realised that one big faction of votes have gone. SO he has to play up the sentiments of the Main faction to make sure that his people remain at the helm. Even at the expense of cutting off the Present Chief who was the son of the (late) second Chief of the Place.

So the Old Horse tried his best to fan and fan. Emotions are like fire, the more you fan, the bigger it will be;  and by fanning incessantly , he hopes that the fire will be big enough to engulf the Place and make all people of the  Main Faction vote for his own group , even if it means that he has to sacrifice the present Chief, and make the Second-in-command the next chief, even if he has to sacrifice the future of the Place.

The best solution actually is not to fan but to make the playing fields more level so that people of all Factions can play together happily and fairly, , with aids going to the poor and the handicapped and the socially disadvantaged. By making fairer rules, it may win back some of the hearts of the Minority Faction. That is actually the best way for the Old Horse to beat Mr SoDOMi. But he fails to see this. Maybe he has got cataracts, or shortsightedness so bad that even spectacles would not help.

So he attacked the other factions, and make factional remarks to try to get the people in the Main faction to see his points. Nevermind that it will chase away the people of the other minority factions, nevermind that it may hinder people from other Places wanting to put money in this Place. Nevermind that the Place may be destroyed by his fanning.

Dangerous game he played. But he is not senile.

It is all to prevent himself from facing the possibility of seeing the Dungeon.

Percubaan NST dan BERNAMA PutarBelit Pendirian Nik NAzmi Terhadap Syariah

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 11:56 PM PDT

NOTA EDITOR: Nak buat macamana. Dah memang kedua-dua akhbar ni (NST dan BERNAMA) akhbar milik UMNO. Sememangnya mereka akan cuba memutar belitkan segala nya untuk kepentingan politik UMNO/BN.

Isu Syariah: Pendirian Jelas
25 Aug 2010 | Current Affairs, News, Personal, Religion | by admin | 0 Komen

Isnin lalu laporan New Straits Times memetik kata-kata saya menyatakan pelaksanaan hukuman hudud di Malaysia adalah "tidak sesuai".

Laporan ini kemudian dipetik pula oleh Bernama tanpa menghubungi saya.

Sebenarnya saya telah nyatakan ketika dihubungi NST bahawa tidak timbul persoalan bahawa saya menentang syariah kerana ia sebahagian daripada agama Islam.

Dalam 17 Perkara Dasar Keadilan, termaktub pendirian Keadilan dalam hal agama:

"Mendaulatkan Islam sebagai agama Persekutuan sambil menjamin hak bukan Islam untuk beragama dan berfikir, dan untuk memperkembangkan peranan agama dan nilai-nilai sejagat demi menegakkan kebenaran, keadilan, tatacara berakhlak, kemanusiaan dan kemuliaan insan."

Pendirian Pakatan Rakyat juga adalah jelas. Dalam Dasar Bersama Pakatan Rakyat yang dimeterai Keadilan, PAS dan DAP pada Disember 2009 Pakatan memartabatkan peruntukan Perlembagaan termasuk kedudukan Islam sebagai agama Persekutuan dan menjamin hak kebebasan beragama di Malaysia.

Pakatan juga komited untuk menubuhkan mekanisme yang menyeluruh untuk memberi penyelesaian yang adil dalam kes-kes yang melibatkan pertindihan sistem perundangan sivil dan syariah, termasuk sebuah Suruhanjaya Diraja untuk mengkaji semua isu-isu berkaitan dengan mendalam.

Dalam temubual saya Januari tahun ini dengan laman web the Nutgraph juga saya menegaskan adalah penting untuk semua menghormati mahkamah syariah (serta Perkara 121(1)(a)) dan memahami matlamat hakiki syariah (maqasid syariah) iaitu pemeliharaan agama, jiwa, akal, keturunan dan harta.

Isu ini telah saya ulas dalam dua bab dalam buku saya, Mendepani Zaman iaitu Meraikan Warisan Wasatiyyah Kita – bagaimana kita boleh mengembangkan peranan Islam dalam masyarakat selari dengan tradisi kesederhanaan Islam di Nusantara dan Tiada Paksaan: Masyarakat Islam dan Bukan Islam di Malaysia – bagaimana mempertahankan muafakat Perlembagaan bahawa Mahkamah Syariah hanya tertakluk kepada umat Islam dan tidak kepada masyarakat bukan Islam.

Dalam aspek syariah kita harus lihat perlunya mengambilkira fiqh al awlawiyyat (fiqh keutamaan) dalam proses pelaksanaannya.

And here's something completely different

Posted: 24 Aug 2010 11:34 PM PDT

Traditional archery is something that the whole family can enjoy, it gives everyone a chance to connect with an ancient sport that is both interesting, fun and fulfilling

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Market forces and language skill requirements

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 04:13 AM PDT

From Yu, via e-mail

It is true that racism is rife in Malaysia. However, I cannot agree with your article, 'The truth: Racism is rife in Malaysia'.

The comments and opinions of certain people in your article about language skill requirement is a form of racism.

Language skill requirement is market economy, this type of market economy is practised every where, but many Malaysians, under the influence of narrow minded race politics, cannot understand market ecomony.

To be successful in the market place and climb the corporate ladder. If the market requires Arabic language, one must learn Arabic language.

If the market requires Bahasa Malaysia, then one must learn Bahasa Malaysia. It is that simple. In this particualr case, racism is not the reason.


The truth: Racism is rife in Malaysia

Languages empower you in more ways than one

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 04:11 AM PDT

From Shocked Mat Salleh, via e-mail

I can't believe this article, 'The truth: Racism is rife in Malaysia'. My Malaysian husband and I are required by law to find a partner of a different race and give them a directorship and 30 percent of the equity of our business, that we earned through our hard work, or else we cannot expand.

Somehow this is not racist. But then we have some people claiming that Chinese businesses requiring employees to be able to speak Chinese are racist? You've gotta be kidding me!

Look at it this way. You want to work for a Korean company in Malaysia. They require employees to speak Korean. This is not racist, it's understood. You want to work for an American MNC in Malaysia. They require employees to speak English. Understood: Not racist.

Now let's look at subgroups of Malaysians. You want to work for an Indian company in Malaysia. They need people who speak Tamil. This is understood. And of course it's understood to be required to speak Malay to get a job in a Malay company. Why in the world is it suddenly racist that a Chinese-run company needs people who speak Chinese?

It's clear common sense! Really, you have zero basis for getting upset about this matter, unless you are also upset that the Indian businesses need Tamil-speakers! And I don't see anyone getting upset about that.

Racism really is rife in Malaysia, but I don't think we're seeing it in the same places.


The truth: Racism is rife in Malaysia

The sheer arrogance of power

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 04:10 AM PDT

From Kleng Soo, via e-mail

Yes, arrogant is the right word. Have you ever booked a Town Hall, or stadium for a function before? I have.

If you need to hold a function, like a concert or mini sports carnival, the most logical venue is to rent the Town Hall, or a stadium.

But although the booking was made eight months ahead, it can be cancelled by the town council at the last minute because a state function scheduled that day.

Instead of checking it out, and to changing their programme, they change yours, to suit them. Another experience is lodging in a hotel, at Mersing, Johor.

After a tiring day due to four hours of driving from KL, one looks forward to a hot shower and a good rest when arriving at the hotel with reservation.

Instead, you are told that you cannot stay there because that evening the MB is putting a night there.

How safe are submarines in the Malacca Strait?

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 04:09 AM PDT

From John smith, via e-mail

Technically speaking, it is not likely that a submarine can operate safely in the shallow waters of the Malacca Strait. At its shallowest, it has a reported depth of just 25 metres.

At certain speeds, a sub cannot travel near the bottom of the sea. And many tankers have a hull depth of more than 12 meters.

The chance of collision is not remote, given that at least 50,000 ships sail through the strait every year (source: International Maritime Organisation).

Sink an oil tanker and you have a major environmental disaster - and a major disruption to the world's oil traffic.

We fear the world's terrorists plotting to sink a ship in the straits. Maybe we will accidently do this for them by operating subs in the shallow cut near Singapore.

The strategic purpose of a submarine is to hide beneath the surface. Name one port in the western Malay coast deep enough for a sub to enter while submerged.

Satellite surveillance is cheap and available to all, including Malaysia's enemies. A sub operating in the straits cannot go undetected.

I'm not a warrior, but I too have questions about how a sub can operate effectively in the straits. Maybe they are only meant for the South China Sea?


I am no traitor, Nurul tells the 'patriot'

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