Monday, August 23, 2010

Sabah and the genesis of frog politicos

Sabah and the genesis of frog politicos


Sabah and the genesis of frog politicos

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 08:13 PM PDT

By Erna Mahyuni

COMMENT Malaysians who associate democracy with decency and fair play are still bitter about the coup Umno pulled off in Perak last year. But 15 years before Perak, there was Sabah. In 1994, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), then a Barisan Nasional rival, won the Sabah state election, but did not even have time to uncork the champagne bottle. Umno moved in and, almost in the twinkling of an eye, engineered a coup through defections. They say Anwar Ibrahim led the charge.

Sabahans were the first Malaysians to denounce their statesmen as "katak" (Malay for "frogs"). Among the high-profile politicians who hopped out of PBS were Joseph Kurup and Bernard Dompok. Kurup is now the MP for Pensiangan and Dompok is the Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister.

But PBS chief Joseph Pairin Kitingan had to face a more heartbreaking betrayal when his brother, Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan, left PBS to form his own party. Currently vice-president of PKR, Jeffrey hopped through three other political parties – PBRS, Akar and Upko—and even applied twice to join Umno, only to be rejected.

Kadazans divided

Though the Kadazandusuns, the majority community on Sabah, hold Pairin in high regard, his party no longer commands their support. The locals see no reason why they should support a party whose members' loyalties are suspect.

It was rumoured that the frogs were offered up to RM3 million each to defect.

James Chin, writing about the 1994 election in Asian Survey, notes that despite strong regional sentiment and tribal nationalism in the state, these factors were not enough to withstand "the onslaught of the BN's national political machine with its almost unlimited funds and resources".

Those resources include local television and radio stations. The BN campaigns through them, and one of the campaign messages is the "Binalah Sabah Baru" TV commercial that shows people living in abject poverty. We are supposed to believe they are Sabahans, but they are actually illegal immigrants living in shanties.

It was telling that in the closely contested 1994 election, PBS won all 15 Kadazandusun majority constituencies while BN won the 18 Malay/Muslim constituencies. The remaining seven seats were predominantly Chinese. PBS won four of them and the rest went to BN's SAPP.

PBS is now a shadow of its former self as other parties, including Upko and PBRS, jostle for Kadazandusun support. With Pairin's inevitable retirement looming and Jeffrey's image as a turncoat persisting, no candidate has yet emerged to unite the now-splintered Kadazandusun electorate.

Anwar was allegedly the prime mover behind Sabah Umno's victory in the state. It is said that he was behind negotiations with the defectors, setting the wheels in motion for PBS' dethroning.

We must forgive Sabahans if they are wary of PKR. After all, it is Anwar's party and its head honcho in Sabah is Jeffrey.

What both Umno and PKR have failed to realise is that the racially charged politics that we associate with Peninsular Malaysia does not apply in Sabah. For one, the majority race is the predominantly Christian Kadazandusun and the brand of Islam practised in Sabah is far more moderate than that of West Malaysia.

Anwar made a huge political gaffe by his initial appointment of Azmin Ali as Sabah PKR chief, a move that alienated locals. His lack of understanding of the local political landscape and his inability to attract respected political leaders to PKR's fold will make it nearly impossible for PKR to win Sabah in the next general election.

PAS will have an even more difficult time than PKR. Voters have soundly rejected the Islamic party's overtures in the state. This leaves DAP as the only peninsular-based opposition party with any hope of winning seats.

Empty promises

However, Umno is not going to have it easy either. Despite its promises of development and aid, Sabah still struggles with poverty.

According to United Nations statistics (http://www.undp.org.my/uploads/SabahHumanDevp.pdf), 23% of households in the state live below the national poverty line, with child poverty rates standing at 42%. More than one fifth of the population aged six and above have never been to school.

Yet the state boasts rich natural resources and an enviable biodiversity, not to mention tourist attractions such as Sipadan island and Mount Kinabalu. The truth is that the state has precious little control over the revenues it makes, which are channelled directly to the federal government.

What has Umno brought? Instead of development and improved infrastructure, as it has promised in every election campaign, it has tried to tighten its hold in the state by appointing Malaysians from the peninsula as heads of departments in the civil service.

Umno has yet to address the problem of illegal immigrants. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Idris Jala, who regards it as a minor issue, has obviously not visited the crime-ridden "black areas" of Kota Kinabalu, which are controlled mainly by illegal immigrants.

Sabah's voters made their choice clear in the 1994 election. Simple majority or no, PBS had clearly won the mandate.

In the 1980s, former chief minister Harris Salleh bartered away Labuan to curry favour with the federal government and paid the price when the voters reacted by supporting PBS and ousting his party, Berjaya.

But the voters still suffer. The frogs betrayed not only their trust, but also put in place a government motivated by greed instead of a belief in democratic principles. Sabah deserves better.

Erna Mahyuni is a Sabahan writer currently based in Kuala Lumpur.


A new script for Malaysia

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 08:00 PM PDT

By Nurul Izzah Anwar

COMMENT A Malay daily recently declared that a civil war would break out in the country. And this war would dwarf the May 13 1969 racial riot – the worst in Malaysia's history. The war, said the newspaper, is a response to a non-existing amended constitution that abolishes the special position of the Malays and Islam. Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin also made reference to the 1969 riot in his comment when he reminded his Barisan Nasional (BN) colleague, Dr Chua Soi Lek, to tone down his demands to scrap what the government likes to call the pro-Malay economic policy.

In Penang, we heard stories that the name of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has been replaced with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in Friday sermons in some mosques in the state.

Apart from some Umno leaders who are fond of making racist comments, we also now have Perkasa which claimed to champion the constitutional position of the Malays.

These stories have been reported at length and front-paged by many newspapers, inviting discussions from both sides of the political divide.

These stories are not new. Many of us have heard similar stories not too long ago.

Remember in 1987 when Umno organised a racially charged political rally? It was followed by detention of many opposition leaders, including Karpal Singh and Guan Eng, under Operasi Lalang.

I wonder what the people behind the recent racial provocations hope to achieve.

Political theatre

I was too young to remember Operasi Lalang, but from my understanding of the event, it sounds so similar to the political theatre we are watching right now.

Every now and then, Malaysians are forced to watch the show based on an outdated script, written perhaps by those in power who benefit from racial polarisation.

Except for the change in the cast, the script always revolves around racial hatred, and how one community is a threat to another community's interest.

Thank God, this latest show has not resulted in a new racial riot, or the "great war" that the Malay daily was trying to instigate.

Obviously, this tactic has not worked with Malaysians. Young Malaysians now demand a new script for the nation to be written by them.

In saying that the latest attempt at disuniting the country has failed, I am not entirely dismissing the fact that the racial rhetoric might have attracted some groups of young Malaysians.

Reading reports on Perkasa activities, I noticed the presence of a small number of young Malays. These are the people that I wish to reach out and to join other young Malaysians to write a new script for the nation.

Real issues

Perkasa has been accused of only trying to defend rent-seeking activities, but I doubt these youths are awarded any government contract. My suspicion is they have been indoctrinated with years of racist propaganda.

They are not alone. I have heard of civil servants and even teachers who made racist remarks while on the job.

For them, this country is all about "us" versus "them", "oppression by certain group" or "risk of losing political power."

But I have not given up on them.

I want to tell them that it is not hard to look beyond the colour of our skin, to understand that diversity has always been the foundation of this country.

I would like for all of us to focus on the real issues that will destroy this country: such as corruption, low foreign investment, lack of job opportunities and many other problems shared by all Malaysians.

It would not be easy to make them understand, but the success of the new script for Malaysia's future depends on not just one group but also others who have been misled and marginalised. That is why all Malaysians must speak out and decide once and for all what the new script would be. A script built on the promise and vision of an independent Malaysia for all citizens: based on the rule of law, justice and equality.

Those who deny the will of the people for a better Malaysia should take note. Malaysians recognise theatre as it is, and the days of political theatre are over.

Nurul Izzah Anwar is PKR's MP for Lembah Pantai.


Why Women Have Sex Back to the future of sex: The return of abstinence

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 03:03 PM PDT

Women indulge in sex not for love and passion, but for various other "unromantic" reasons— including relieving themselves of boredom, out of pity for a man and even to cure a migraine headache—says a new book.

Why Women Have Sex by Cindy Meston and David Buss has highlighted 200 reasons as to why women have sexual intercourse.

While attraction ranks way down in the list, it seems that women go to bed with their partners as a way of relieving boredom, keeping the peace, curing a headache and even as a thank you for a nice dinner.

"Research has shown that most men find most women at least somewhat sexually attractive, whereas most women do not find most men sexually attractive at all," the Telegraph quoted the authors, who are both psychology professors at the University of Texas, as saying.

The researchers interviewed 1,006 women as research for the book, and found some very surprising answers.

One revealed that she did it for a spiritual experience, as she thought it to be "the closest thing to God".

Others listed "cure for stress headache", "to make my sexual skills better" and "for a clearer complexion".

However, the majority (84 per cent), admitted that they had sex to ensure a quiet life or to bargain for their partners to carry out household chores.

"I have sex to relieve the boredom. Because it's easier than fighting. Plus it gives me something to do," said one of the interviewee.

While another admitted: "I had sex with a couple of guys because I felt sorry for them."

One of the surveys carried out by the authors revealed that one in ten women admitted having sexual intercourse in return for presents, or lavish meals.

Responses included "he bought me a nice dinner" or "he spent a lot of money on me early on", "he gave me gifts early on" and "he showed me he had an extravagant lifestyle".

Read more: Why women have sex – Man-Woman – Relationships – Life & Style – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/relationships/man-woman/Why-women-have-sex/articleshow/4981575.cms#ixzz0xT6NN16i

BY SHAZIA KAMAL, AUGUST 23, 2010

Newsflash! All-out uninhibited, unrestricted sexual freedom is so last decade. A recent Slate article, "Why Is a Former Sex Blogger 'Rethinking Virginity'?," reported a drop in young women's self-exposure on social networking sites. A survey of women bloggers who were previously in the "show more and tell all" school of thought (such as Lena Chen of the "Sex and the Ivy" blog) indicates they have now pulled the blinds down on the blog windows into their sexual lives.

The author of the Slate article, Jessica Grose, writes, "This new circumspection – on the part of both chastened twenty-somethings and some forward-looking teens – may in part be a bow to their professional futures." Grose also notes an unusual pattern taking place among young women: "it's as if young women are going through the cycle of rebellion and regret much faster than other generations – because it's all being publicly chronicled as it unfolds." Such findings raise the question of the foundational cause of this sexual revolution, part deux. Does it come from an internal place leading people to return to an original haven of chastity and virginity, or is it caused simply by fear and obedience to their future bosses of the older generations? Even if it is not fear and shame from an older generation, Grose addresses the worst fear of all, perhaps even greater than public speaking: scorn from fellow peers. "This judgmental attitude is typical of a group I've called 'generation scold.' If you behave with abandon – either on the Web or in the bedroom – they believe you only have yourself to blame."

It appears that fear of other people and social "damage control" are the leading motivations for many young adults who are removing questionable posts and pictures of party nights from the internet. However, a conversation about shifting attitudes of self- exposure stimulates a deeper layer of thought, pointing to a re-emergence of the practice of abstinence. This layer was explored in depth by a group at Harvard College in May 2010, at a conference entitled "Rethinking Virginity."

The sexual revolution of the 1960's and '70's essentially replaced the idea of abstinence in sexuality with the notion of absolute sexual freedom. This replacement was done through a campaign that portrayed abstinence as a restraint on individuality and tied to an old-world understanding of religion that was also being questioned at that time. Embedded in that framework was the concept of choice, highlighted with the emergence of "the pill." In truth, that choice was masked by an attitude that pointed to only one route: an unbound expression of sexuality. To do or think otherwise meant an unyielding attachment to oppressive ideologies.

The issue of abandoned babies, pre-marital sex and young and irresponsible "parents" is a matter that create a lot of emotions. From outright outrage, to moralising, this topic makes the headlines almost everyday. Is it any wonder that the average Malaysian, and concerned politician, jumps the gun and comes to conclusions which are not well thought-out?

Schools for pregnant mothers, for instance, is not a project which can materialise overnight. If it does, one will have to question what kind of educational modules will the schools have to offer? If the father of the child is made to marry the mother of the child, does he too attend the school? And for argument's sake, will the parties involved all live in a dormitory, or will they live in gender segregated dorms?

To date, there is very little in the news to allay our fears and also explain how the school for pregnant mothers ("Sekolah Hamil") will be run. And when the mothers (or parents) graduate from this school, will they stay married for the rest of their lives? There are more questions than answers.

A blog post written by Ustaz Nasruddin Hassan At Tantawi which was issued as a press statement by Dewan Pemuda PAS Pusat begs for a second and third reading.

It is understandable that for a Muslim and also an Asian society, unmarried single mothers and babies born are of wedlock are a no-no.

This despite Malaysia touting itself to be a modern and progressive country. DPPP, as a faith based political organisation, feels righteously that it must address the issue. Hence, the "Taysir az Ziwaj" project which promotes "Permudahkan Proses Perkahwinan" which literally means "To Ease the Marriage Process". The project will educate the sanctity of marriage and parenthood. Still some of the clauses the statement said begged to be believed:

(4) Gejala seks bebas [ zina ] dan rogol adalah angkara nafsu yang tidak terkawal dan ia disalurkan secara tidak betul, tidak benar dan membawa keburukan kepada diri dan orang lain . Sedang Islam menggalakkan perkahwinan [ aqad nikah ] agar hati manusia tenteram dan tenang serta nafsu dapat dikawal. Ini membawa kebaikan kepada semua ummat manusia.

Rape is a criminal act and it is about power. Marrying a potential rapist or one will not stop him from raping others. The bus driver who molested the young girl recently in front of school children, was married. Marriage will not stop rape, and neither will marriage stop a man or woman from having sex out of his or her marriage. That's why affairs happen. Polygamy may be seen as a deterrent, but believe me, it does not stop a criminal from acting on a crime.

(5) Perkahwinan yang digalakkan oleh Islam ini sewajarnya dipermudahkan prosesnya agar generasi muda negara tidak liar dan kemaruk nafsu lalu terjebak dalam kancah seks bebas [zina]. Memudahkan prosesnya boleh dilakukan oleh pihak berwajib [kerajaan] seperti [sekadar menyebut beberapa contoh] :

Memberi peruntukan kepada pasangan muda yang ingin berkahwin

Memberi insentif sebagai galakan berkahwin

Mengurangkan karenah birokrasi yang menyulitkan

Kursus dan khidmat bimbingan perkahwinan secara percuma

Menganjurkan perkahwinan beramai – ramai yang menjimatkan

Mendidik masyarakat dengan budaya sederhana dalam majlis perkahwinan

Merendahkan hantaran perkahwinan

How old is a pasangan muda? 12? 16? 8?

(6) Antara kaedah mempermudahkan proses perkahwinan ini ialah Nikah Khitbah atau dalam bahasa mudah disebut oleh masyarakat kita sebagai Nikah Gantung . Nikah Khitbah adalah sama seperti nikah biasa mengikut hukum dan perundangan Islam yang mempunyai 5 rukunnya iaitu :

Suami

Isteri

Wali

Saksi

Aqad [Ijab Qabul]

Cuma bezanya ialah pasangan pengantin [ suami isteri ] tidak tinggal serumah dalam tempoh – tempoh tertentu kerana beberapa keadaan seperti [sekadar menyebut beberapa contoh] :

Masih menuntut di kolej atau university

Tidak mempunyai kemampuan menyewa rumah

Belum bersedia menanggung komitmen kehidupan berumahtangga

What about married couples whose husbands work overseas while their wives and kids stay back in Malaysia? Is that considered Nikah Gantung too, or is there an age limit?

Also, this "Belum bersedia menanggung komitmen kehidupan berumahtangga" – if a young couple are not ready to be committed to a marriage, then they should not date each other and instead focus on their studies and careers. They should also be taught about the responsibilities and consequences of a sexual relationship.

It is not just a matter of staving lust; it is about being responsible for one's physical and emotional well-being. Let's be blunt: if you can't handle marriage or an adult relationship, you can't handle sex. And I have said it before, and many times: marriage is not just about sex and love. It is a FINANCIAL COMMITMENT, to the couple and their children.

(10) Sebenarnya Nikah Khitbah ini pernah dilakukan dalam masyarakat Arab . Menurut amalan tersebut , sewaktu majlis pertunangan , ia dilangsungkan sekali dengan majlis aqad nikah [halflun nikah] tetapi mempelai tidak boleh tinggal sekali [serumah] sehingga berlangsungnya pula majlis perkahwinan [haflul Qiran] . Terkadang tempoh itu [antara pertunangan dan perkahwinan menjangkau tahun lamanya].

(11) Dalam masyarakat Melayu , amalan ini sebenarnya pernah diamalkan sebelum ini dengan nama Nikah Gantung . Ia pernah di kaji oleh beberapa Anthropologist seperti Paletz , Djamour dan Jones. Mereka mengistilahkan Nikah Gantung sebagai "Suspended Marriage Contract" iaitu satu fenomena sosial yang diamalkan oleh masyarakat Islam di Asia Tenggara.

As a Muslim, I would like to know if this is Arabic culture or truly a Muslim marriage.

I do not plan to run down PAS or any faith based organisations with my opinions. But as someone who has worked and learned about the about from a public health non-profit, the solutions to baby dumping so to speak, premarital sex, sex with another partner while one is married, and sex and marriage in all its permutations, need to be thought out properly with a taskforce of medical practitioners, social scientists, social workers. Data and interviews must be conducted, and tabled. Cultural/religious views must be sought after. You cannot work and execute such lofty ideas in a bubble.

Fine. Have young marriages. I can tell you, baby-dumping will not stop.

Because I have met with babies of young parents who are married to each other, and have been dumped for whatever convenient reason their parents have. And the number is growing.

* Dina Zaman i

Today, there are strong indications that the definition of "oppressive" has shifted or evolved. There is always an oppressive regime in place somewhere, whether governmental or social, and then there is a movement to counter that. We must take a moment to think about what oppressive mechanisms are operating in this contemporary society. One suggestion is the culture of instant gratification via consumerism. This is now a society built on the pillars of immediacy and urgency. The technological "powers that be" have demonstrated the ability to cater to the psychological urge of NOW. In fact, NOW is so important that people, despite having the freedom of choice, are settling for something less than their ideals because they are enslaved by NOW.

Against this invisible dictatorship of instant gratification has begun the counter-culture movements to bring abstinence back to the mainstream. One example is a new dating website strictly for virgins,YouandMearePure.com, where the creators proclaim, "We offer a comfortable place where abstinence is nothing to be ashamed of and can be discussed safely and with freedom." The website's style of marketing relies upon the existence of a negative stigma around abstinence ("shame"), which it is therefore strategically countering with positive connotations ("safety," "freedom"). Where at one time virginity and chastity were ideals to be cherished and followed unwaveringly, we have somehow reached the point where guarding these virtues has become a social taboo. Now society has circled back to restoring a value to abstinence and its empowerment potential.



UMNO Yang Menghalang Perlaksanaan Hudud, Bukan Karpal

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 02:58 PM PDT

NOTA EDITOR: Harus diingat surat ini ditulis oleh seorang Perdana Menteri yang juga bertanggungjawab memberikan lesen judi bola kepada Vinsetan beberapa mingu sebelum Mahazalim melepaskan jawatan sebagai PM

Yang jelasnya, surat Mahazalim ini surat yang mewakili semua ahli UMNO dan juga mewakili pendirian rasmi UMNO berkenaan dengan hukum jenayah syariah. YAng lebih menyedihkan MAhazalim menggunakan hujjah2 dari Sisters in ISlam yang terkenal sesat dan jahil dalam ISlam serta perundangan.

Dia kata KEADILAN adalah yang paling penting. Dengan kata lain, MAhazalim tidak yakin akan berlaku keadilan sekiranya Hudud dilaksanakan. PAdahal Hudud adalah hukum dari langit.

Apa pun, Tok Guru Nik Aziz telah mengadap Mahazalim dan menyatakan sekiranya MAhazalim/UMNO tidak bersetuju dengan Enakmen Syariah Kelantan, silalah UMNO buat "hudud" mereka dan Kelantan akan laksanakan.

Yang paling menyentuh sanubari saya adalah apabila Tok Guru menyatakan kepada Mahazalim sendiri bahawa ini bukan isu politik tapi ini adalah tanggungjawab semua umat Islam tidak kira parti.

Dalam keadaan itu pun, Mahazalim tetap menolak kehendak kerajaan Kelantan dengan memberi amaran keras kepada PAS.

Tak heranlah manusia bernama Mahathir bin Muhammad Iskandar Kutty menolak perlaksaanaan hukum jenayah syariah. Manusia yang sama ini bergelumang dengan duit judi dan arak.

Malahan, Vinsetan telah dijemput untuk duduk dalam Lembaga Pengarah Yayasan Perdana oleh Mahazalim.

Bagaimana hendak berharap kepada penyokong judi macam Mahazalim untuk perlaksaanaan syariat Islam.

Dengan kata lain, hukum hudud di MAlaysia tidak berjalan bukan kerana Karpal, tetapi kerana UMNO.

Lesen judi boleh bagi, hukum hudud dikengkang oleh UMNO.

Yang jelasnya, apabila matinya Dr Mahathir kelak, saya tidak akan membaca Al Fatihah atau menyembahyangkan jenazah beliau. Saya ragu dan was-was terhadap akidah beliau yang melayakkan beliau di solatkan dan dihadiah Al Fatihah.

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Di bawah adalah surat dari Mahazalim ke MB Kelantan menghalang perlaksanaan hukum syariah di Kelantan.


PERDANA MENTERI MALAYSIA

YAB Tuan Haji Nik Abdul Aziz bin Nik Mat
Menteri Besar Kelantan
KELANTAN


Y.A.B. Tuan Haji,

PENGUATKUASAAN KANUN JENAYAH SYARIAH II 1993
DI NEGERI KELANTAN

Rujukan : MB(KN)(S)16/6/(26)
Bertarikh 8 Jun 1994

Pihak kerajaan pusat sentiasa berpandukan kepada kebijaksanaan (al-Hikmah) yang telah ditunjukkan oleh baginda Rasulullah SAW. dan juga para sahabat baginda khususnya al-khulafa ar-Rasyidun dalam melaksanakan ajaran Islam lebih-lebih lagi yang berkaitan dengan hukum-hukum jenayah.

1. Jalan yang diambil oleh Kerajaan Pusat ini adalah juga berpandukan kapada kaedah yang terdapat dalam sistem pemerintahan Islam iaitu "tindakan pemerintahan adalah sentiasa bergantung kapada kepentingan ramai (muslihat umum)." Penguatkuasaan kanun jenayah yang digubal oleh Kerajaan PAS di Kelantan, menurut kajian sehingga setakat ini tidak menampakkan dan tidak menyakinkan pakar-pakar perundangan Islam yang tidak mempunyai sebarang kepentingan politik bahawa ia selari dengan ajaran dan kehendak Islam sebagaimana yang telah diuruskan dengan bijaksana oleh Rasulullah SAW. dan para sahabat.

2. Sepertimana yang Amat Berhormat sendiri sedia ketahui, KEADILAN adalah ASAS yang paling utama ditekankan oleh agama Islam apabila melaksanakan sesuatu perkara. Penekanan mengenai dengan keadilan adalah sangat terserlah dalam ajaran Islam lebih daripada penekanan yang terdapat dalam ajaran-ajaran yang lain dalam sejarah agama. Baginda Rasulullah SAW. sewaktu mengembangkan agama Islam ialah usaha menghapuskan ketidakadilan yang menjadi sebahagian daripada budaya dizaman itu.

3. Tidak perlu bagi saya menyatakan disini betapa banyaknya terdapat ayat-ayat Al-Quran yang menegaskan tentang pentingnya keadilan dan lebih banyak bagi ayat-ayat yang mencela sebarang jenis kezaliman. Disamping itu al-Quran juga sentiasa menggesa supaya dielak daripada terjadinya huru-hara dan Allah sendiri sangat tidak gemarkan kapada mereka yang menyebabkan huru-hara berlaku. Kita hanya bertindak balas terhadap sikap permusuhan dan serangan yang dilakukan terhadap kita. Di Malaysia, orang bukan Islam bukan sahaja tidak memusuhi kita tetapi mereka memberi kerjasama bahkan membantu kita dalam urusan-urusan yang bersangkutan dengan kegiatan dan amalan ajaran Islam.

4. Khusus mengenai undang-undang jenayah PAS di Kelantan, kajian awal menunjukkan dengan jelas bahawa undang-undang itu yang disediakan menerusi perjuangan sebuah parti politik ternyata bukan sahaja menyebabkan ketidakadilan akan berlaku tetapi, sebaliknya ia akan membawa kezaliman. Kebenaran kenyataan ini adalah berdasarkan kapada keterangan berikut:

(i) Dakwaan bahawa undang-undang ini akan dikuatkuasakan hanya di kalangan orang Islam sahaja dan tidak digunapakai untuk orang bukan Islam akan menyebabkan ketidakadilan dan kezaliman yang ketara berlaku. Memang benar di zaman Nabi Muhammad SAW., orang Yahudi biasa dihukum di bawah undang-undang yang berada di dalam kitab Taurat mereka tetapi kitab Taurat mempunyai hukuman yang tidak berbedza dengan hukum-hukum dalam al Quran.

Mereka yang berzina umpamanya, akan dihukum rejam sama seperti hukuman terhadap jenayah yang sama bagi orang Islam. Justru itu tidak ada perbedzaan sama ada penjenayah dihukum di bawah undang-undang Islam atau Undang-undang Yahudi di zaman Nabi Muhammad SAW. Tetapi terdapat perbedzaan yang amat ketara di antara hukuman di bawah undang-undang yang ada sekarang dengan hukuman di bawah undang-undang jenayah yang dicadangkan oleh kerajaan PAS di Kelantan. Menghukum orang Islam dengan lebih berat tetapi orang bukan Islam dengan amat ringan untuk jenayah yang sama atau jenayah dilakukan bersama amatlah tidak adil dan merupakan satu kezaliman, sedangkan undang-undang PAS akan menyebabkan ketidakadilan dan kezaliman berlaku, maka undang-undang PAS tidak boleh diterima sebagai undang-undang Islam atau secucuk dengan undang-undang Islam ataupun selaras dengan ajaran Islam. Ia sebenarnya tertentangan dengan agama Islam.

(ii) Masaalah kesalahan merogol wanita, berdasarkan kapada undang-undang PAS, jika seseorang wanita yang belum kahwin melahirkan anak maka ini adalah bukti ia telah berzina dan akan dihukum mengikut undang-undang PAS, sedangkan apa yang sebenarnya berlaku ialah wanita itu adalah mangsa rogol. Mengikut undang-undang PAS jika ia menuduh perogolnya, tuduhan hanya boleh diterima sah jika terdapat empat orang saksi (yang terdiri daripada orang-orang yang baik, yang tidak melakukan dosa besar) yang menyatakan bahawa telah melihat dengan terang dan jelas bahawa yang dituduh telah merogol wanita berkenaan.

Seperti kita ketahui, melainkan dalam keadaan perang seperti di Bosnia diwaktu mana orang Serb merogol beramai-ramai wanita Bosnia, tidak mungkin jenayah merogol dilakukan di hadapan saksi-saksi yang terdiri daripada orang-orang yang baik. Jika saksi ini melihat dan mereka tidak menolong wanita berkenaan, mereka boleh dianggap sebagai bersubahat seperti penjenayah-penjenayah Serb bersubahat dengan perogol daripada kaum mereka. Jika ada pun saksi, dan mereka tidak membuat apa-apa untuk menolong mereka tidak boleh dianggap sebagai terdiri daripada orang yang baik, tetapi disebaliknya dianggap sudah bersubahat. Dengan itu tuduhan mangsa rogol akan ditolak dan perogol akan terlepas.

Keadaan di mana mangsa rogol dihukum salah kerana melahirkan anak di luar nikah dan perogol dilepaskan sebagai tidak bersalah kerana tidak ada saksi adalah sama sekali tidak boleh diterima oleh sesiapa pun sebagai sesuatu yang adil, bahkan ia adalah satu kezaliman yang dahsyat.

5. Hukum Hudud Islam bertujuan untuk memberi keadilan kapada semua pihak. Ia bukanlah bertujuan untuk melakukan kezaliman. Undang-undang PAS jelas menunjukkan ketidakadilan dan kezaliman yang ketara akan berlaku. Justeru itu undang-undang yang disediakan oleh PAS bukanlah undang-undang yang menepati ajaran Islam. Ia hanyalah undang-undang ciptaan PAS yang bertentangan dengan penekanan oleh agama Islam yang menuntut supaya menghukum secara adil dan menolak sebarang kezaliman. Kerajaan Pusat akan sentiasa berpandu dan menerima ajaran-ajaran dan amalan Islam dari semua aspek tanpa diheret oleh kehendak organasasi politik yang mempunyai kepentingan yang lain daripada Islam dan kepentingannya .

6. Jika undang-undang PAS yang jelas mengandungi unsur-unsur ketidakadilan dikuatkuasakan dinegara ini, dan jika ia dikatakan itulah Hukum Hudud Islam maka umat Islam dan juga anggota masyarakat bukan Islam akan hilang kepercayaan Islam membawa keadilan untuk penganutnya. Ia juga memberi gambaran yang buruk terhadap agama yang suci ini dan menjejaskan imej orang-orang Islam di kalangan penganut agama-agama yang lain. Ia tetap akan menyebabkan penganut agama lain menjauhkan diri daripada agama Islam dan menyebabkan orang yang berminat memeluk Islam menolaknya.

7. Kerajaan Pusat tidak berhajat untuk bersubahat dengan PAS bagi melaksanakan ketidakadilan semata-mata untuk kepentingan politik dan sokongan oleh orang yang telah diabui matanya. Kerajaan Malaysia yang sentiasa dan terus mempertahankan ajaran dan nilai-nilai Islam tidak dapat membenarkan Kerajaan Pas menjalankan sesuatu yang bercangah dengan prinsip keadilan dalam Islam, maka Kerajaan Pusat akan mengambil tindakan yang sewajarnya terhadap Kerajaan PAS demi menjaga maruah dan ketinggian martabat Islam dan penganut-penganutnya.

DR. MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD

15 Julai 1994


Pas-Dap tak sehaluan isu hudud: tapi no hal!

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 10:08 AM PDT


SALAM Ramadhan! Lim Kit Siang kata DAP dan PKR takkan terima Hudud sampai bila-bila pun; Karpal Singh pun kata begitu; Mursyidul Am PAS kata Hudud ialah tonggak perjuangan parti itu. Jelas pandangan pemimpin-pemimpin ini berbeza sekali, bagai langit dan bumi. Tetapi mereka semua duduk semeja dan berpakat dalam usaha mendapat pengaruh politik untuk mentadbir negara. Walaupun kata-kata mereka jelas menunjukkan mereka tidak sehaluan dalam hal ini, apa yang nyata ialah sikap kompromi pemimpin PAS dalam isu ini. Dalam pakatan mereka, apa yang jelas ialah suara DAP begitu kuat dan dihormati. Parti2 lain dalam PKR perlu akur bahawa pemimpin sebenarnya ialah DAP, satu-satunya parti politik tanahair yang berjaya mempengaruhi PAS. Dalam hal ini, Umno, satu-satunya parti yang memegang teraju pentadbiran negara, dipandang serong oleh sebahagian pemimpin PAS, walaupun kedua-dua parti dianggotai hampir 100 peratus ahli yang beragama Islam. Ini tidak menghairankan. Dalam politik, apa pun boleh jadi.


Chua confident A-G, cops will not react to demands

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 09:49 AM PDT

MALIM NAWAR: Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek is confident that the police and the Attorney-General's (AG) Chambers will not react to demands that his speech made at a recent economic congress be deemed seditious.

"My speech during the congress was made in front of the Prime Minister and no one touched on the special rights of Malays or issues which can be declared as seditious," said the MCA president.

Dr Chua was also unperturbed by Perkasa's call for him to be charged for sedition.

Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali claimed Dr Chua's persistent call to abolish the 30% bumiputra equity quota has distressed the community.

At the Aug 14 congress, Dr Chua said the MCA had advocated that bumiputras be given price preferences in certain economic sectors when the economy was liberalised for open tender.

To enable bumiputras to compete on a more equitable basis, he said the MCA proposed a gradual reduction of the 30% equity.

Asked whether he was irritated by Perkasa, he said the group had the right to voice their views in a democratic country.

However, he said the media should stop highlighting the views of extremist groups as it would make them bolder in coming out with more extreme demands.

"We are walking into their trap. Their style of politics is the 60s style where they talk about race.

"If the media do not entertain them, they will stop," he said after a dinner at SJK (C) Ying Sing here yesterday.

Dr Chua said such extremist groups "are getting popular for no reason with the help of the media".

Earlier in Petaling Jaya, Ibrahim claimed the authorities had sufficient grounds to charge Dr Chua under the Seditions Act.

He said this in response to Perkasa economic bureau director Dr Zubir Harun's call to have Dr Chua arrested under the Internal Security Act for disregarding "national interest".

Perkasa and the Malay Consultative Council had condemned some resolutions made during the congress.

Dr Zubir was quoted in an online news portal as saying that Chua had made unwarranted demands.

THE STAR (Monday August 23, 2010)


Malaysia depends on its Chinese, right?

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 09:34 AM PDT

"IT is generally recognized that the Chinese are the merchants that drive the (Malaysian) economy, the Indians are the lawyers that facilitate the economy and the Malays are the politicians that skim the profits off the economy. Most Chinese and Indians that have the financial ability; leave the country. The best and brightest students all head for Singapore where the playing field is more equitable or Australia. In Singapore, their top students each year overall is usually from either Indonesia or Malaysia and these kids half kill themselves studying so they can be offered residency rather than go back to Malaysia/Indonesia."

No! It didnt come from me. If you read some comments about the Malaysian economy in Time.com, you will come across it. Not sure whether the writer is a Malaysian or not, it painted a 'not-so-right' picture about us, dont you readers agree?

Another one reads: "...the most important feature of Malaysian politics/social life is the NEP and NEP is more importantly based on race rather than economic status. The native Malays or Bumiputera or Bumis for short are given for example 7% discount in housing which other minorities like Chinese and Indians who fall in the low income bracket do not get. All companies listed in the KL stock exchange must have 30% Malay ownership... Government projects must be tendered by Bumis..."

We have heard too many of this but an article written by Michael Schuman has 'inspired' such criticism toward Malaysia.

Who should correct this 'perception-cum-impression'? Dont we have sufficient and efficient counter-mechanism for such attacks?


Najib arrest Dr Mahathir before he scalpel on you with surgical precision

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 08:54 AM PDT

Mahathir takes on Najib


Is he thinking?


After engineering the downfall of his handpicked successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi with surgical precision, is former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad now training his scalpel on his protege Najib Tun Razak's jugular?

Those attending a function here this morning must have felt that this was the case based on the 84-year-old's scathing remarks.the medical doctor-turned-politician, suggested that Najib's government should be given the boot if did not convince parents that education was one of its topmost priorities.

"You can change the government if you want to, or if you don't want to change the government, you can change the person. But telling me (the problem), a former prime minister, is not going to help. You must tell the (current) prime minister," he said.

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Najib Tun Razak can only shake his head in dismay as the reports and briefings all paint a very bleak future for the Barisan Nasional.

The message is depressingly the same: in the next polls bout, his ruling coalition stands little chance of regaining the states lost to Pakatan Rakyat. Worse still, the opposition may make new gains in several states.

The prime minister and BN supremo is in a pickle: how to stem the tide? How to rally the disgruntled people to his cause? His pet projects lie virtually in tatters, his party members are ripping each other apart, his coalition partners are tearing into each other, while his political foes are growing stronger by the day.

The situation is so bad that some opposition leaders believe that Najib may resort to extreme measures to stop the deepening rot – exploit every issue, create a climate of fear, push the country to the brink and then invoke the draconian Internal Security Act.

The reasoning is that with all his opponents in Kamunting, he may entertain hopes that he can go to the polls playing the role of a saviour. The bad guys are not around to spoil his party. Only the good guys – him and his fellow dudes – are left and people will have no choice but to play along.

But political observers do not think Najib will turn into a desperado simply because the crude antics may backfire. People may choose to stay home.

Najib is left with one window of opportunity – the Sarawak election. A convincing victory over there will throw a lifeline to his sinking sampan. But the outlook is not so rosy. When Sibu fell in the recent battle, it clouded the prospects of the BN. Then there is Taib Mahmud, the White Rajah of Sarawak.


M J Akbar,



Call it the Manmohan Singh paradox: the strength of his coalition depends largely upon on how weak he is as Prime Minister. The glue holds because he has no power over his partners. One minister is caught with his hands in the telecom till and shrugs off accusation with impunity; a second has no time for Cabinet meetings; a third dismisses a portfolio as people-centric as railways with the throwaway line that it does not represent her true identity. All the Prime Minister can do is smile and carry on. The smile is wearing thin.


A fundamental equation has been quietly reversed. During UPA1, the smaller allies were in power because Congress held them up. Now, the Congress is in power because the Trinamool, DMK and NCP hold it up. Since power is central to Congress schemes for the present and future, all parties have, by mutual consent, eliminated accountability from the algebra of governance to create a semblance of stability. Temperament and tantrum can coexist with venality and incompetence.


The casualty is credibility: it began to creep away but the pace has gradually built up to a crawl. If Dr Singh, whose own reputation remains more positive than that of his government, does not act soon, the pace will quicken to a trot and develop into an irreversible gallop.


Weakness is contagious. It tends to debilitate even those limbs of the body politic that are functioning normally. Congress ministers have always known that they owe their jobs to party president Sonia Gandhi, but they showed the requisite deference to the PM during UPA1 because they knew that Dr Singh's image would be an asset on judgment day when the voter headed for the ballot box. This enormous strength has withered because no one expects Dr Singh to lead the party in the next general elections. Dr Singh admitted as much at his only press conference held, ironically, to project an image of control. Instead, he passed the baton when he said, in his typically honest manner, that he would make way for Rahul Gandhi the moment he was asked to do so. Power is never stagnant. It either consolidates around the leader, or ebbs. Those with longer plans for the future than the Prime Minister are establishing individual markers at the cost of collective cohesion.


The two profound challenges before the government are a turbulent relationship with Pakistan, turned septic by terrorism; and the Naxalite insurrection, spurred by poverty and decades of neglect. There is disarray and dissension within government on both fronts. External affairs minister S M Krishna was clearly, and visibly, disoriented when his colleague Chidambaram, armed with explosive information, lit the fuse under his conciliatory mission to Islamabad. Home secretary G K Pillai had Chidambaram's permission to reveal David Headley's testimony about ISI and Pakistan navy aid to Mumbai terrorists, or he would have lost his job. The Prime Minister chose to rise above the drama.


This is useful if you want to buy time, but not effective if you want to run a government.


Dr Singh is burdened by a further paradox. He is presiding over not one but two coalitions. Congress itself is the second coalition, a storehouse of multiple interests that requires dexterous management even during times of serenity. Personal feuds are only a part of the alternative story; there are genuine and strongly held differences over policy. This is healthy, up to a point; when that point comes, the leader must demand obedience to a government decision. An astute veteran like Digvijay Singh would not have berated Chidambaram as a misguided intellectual snob whose single idea was to shoot his way through the Naxalite problem, without tacit support from his party leader. The Prime Minister has imprisoned himself in the rather dubious proverb, that silence is golden. Silence is too aloof an option for democracy.


A helpless Prime Minister induces a hapless government. Drift, as the term indicates, is never in a hurry. A government can float a long way before someone realizes that it has lost direction. Drift does not threaten a government's survival, but it saps the people's patience.


The third paradox may seem puzzling but is easily comprehensible. It is always much more difficult to run a weak government than a strong one. The latter has a command structure, purpose and enough discipline to induce confidence in the ever-watchful voter. A weak government is great news for a newspaper, and even better fodder for television; but that is where its limited entertainment utility ceases. During his first five years, Dr Singh was an anchor that was powerful enough to keep the ship steady through heavy turbulence in the final 12 months of its journey. Victory in 2009 could have made him master of a cruise liner. If, however, he continues to do nothing, he could become captain of a paper boat.


A millstone

The chief minister is a millstone around Najib's neck. BN leaders find it hard to deal with this man who has been around for nearly 30 years. He throttled the state and "robbed" it of its fabulous wealth. He has overstayed his welcome and there are now signs that he is losing his grip. The coming state election may well see Taib and Najib's doom.

Many politicians in Kuala Lumpur predict that the downfall of Sarawak BN will trigger a domino effect. Sabah will fall and so will the other states in the peninsula when the next general election is called. This is a scary fate for Najib.

Najib knows he needs to act fast. His sampan is leaking badly. The "rats" are deserting him. He is the only one putting his oars to troubled waters. There is little hope he can reach shore safely. All around him the storm is howling mad.

The MCA has recently whipped up a maelstrom of anger when it treaded on sensitive ground. It aroused the ire of Perkasa and many Umno leaders. It looked as if they were ready to start a civil strife. The venomous atmosphere is what Najib least needed at a time when he is trying to regain the trust of the voters.

Najib sorely needs the Chinese vote bank to stay intact. Problem is he is courting the Chinese at the expense of the Malay voters and at the same time antagonising Umno members. His efforts at fence-mending in the BN may be fruitless judging by the reports on his table. They all point to one incontrovertible conclusion: the Chinese are staying away from BN.

An Umno member said all the reports and briefings done by concerned groups for the benefit of Najib revealed the real picture of the voter trend. The flow is not going his away.

There were more disturbing news when Najib was told that the BN would not be able to retake all the states it lost in 2008. What must be more unnerving is that more states may fall to the opposition juggernaut.

Political vengeance

A source said that during the briefings, Najib was informed that states like Terengganu, Perak and Negri Sembilan are tottering. The ongoing internal bickering in Terengganu Umno is damaging and may well be the cause of its collapse. Perak may be a simple case of the people exacting political vengeance.

The source added that Negri Sembilan is another problematic state where the main issue is the feud between the Umno divisions and Menteri Besar Mohd Hassan.

More bad news piled up on Najib's table. Johor, long considered an Umno's bastion, is showing signs of crumbling as the opposition is making credible headway.

The big question is: why is the opposition making inroads into BN territories?

"It is not so much how strong the opposition is as how weak the component parties in the coalition are," a party insider said.

"The MCA is truly losing ground and that explains its leader's controversial statements.

"Gerakan is totally out of the loop as the party is no longer seen as relevant to any of the races despite its multi-racial but Chinese-based concept," he added.

Catch-22 position

An Umno member said: "The MIC is not functioning and so is the PPP. The Indian voters are searching for a solid political platform."

So that leaves BN with only Umno. What can Umno do on its own? What can Najib accomplish if he is all alone?

Said another Umno member: "We feel that Najib is in a Catch-22 position. If he helps the Malays, he may lose the support of the other races. If he helps the Chinese and the Indians, he may see his Malay support evaporate."

He said that someone floated the idea of a merger with an an NGO or even PAS to boost support for Umno. But the snag is the only reliable and strong NGO is Perkasa and the right-wing group is not the darling of the non-Malay crowd.

"PAS is split into two factions – the fundamentalists and the liberals (which are pro-Anwar Ibrahim). The fundamentalists are comfortable with the idea of a tie-up with Umno provided the prime minister comes from PAS while the liberals want PAS to stay with Pakatan Rakyat and Anwar to be the prime minister.

"With their demand, it is difficult for the fundamentalists to sit down and begin serious talks with Umno," the Umno member said.

Perkasa may look an attractive proposition but the NGO is not too keen to change into a political entity and team up with Umno.

"Politicking is creeping into Perkasa. The fear is that if the NGO becomes a political party, then it may face the same troubles as Umno," a source said. Hence, Perkasa feels it can play its check and balance role more effectively outside than inside the political arena.

The pile of reports on Najib's desk doesn't make good reading. He must be wondering what else can he do to bring the BN and the country back on track. The options are few. The risks are many. He is walking on a tight rope high above the circus crowd while juggling many things. The BN clowns below egg him on to perform more daring feats while jeering onlookers in the other camp will him to make a fatal mistake. The ground is hard, rocky and sharp: one slip and Najib goes down into oblivion. It is not a nice place to be at the top.



National Geography Mengenai Dr. Pornthip Rojanasunand, Pakar Forensik Kes Teoh Beng Hock - Crime Scene Bangkok

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 08:26 AM PDT



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“WAR IN N34 KRIAN”

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 07:25 AM PDT

 

N34 Krian Peter Nyarok Assistant Minister and Deputy President of SPDP will need to work doubly hard in the upcoming State Elections if he is to remain the assemblyman for the constituency. He will be challenged by his old nemesis SG of SNAP Edmund Stanley Jugol who has already made his intentions known at the Pakatan meeting recently.

This is one seat that SNAP steadfastly has indicated to their Pakatan partners that they are convinced that they will pull of a surprise and defeat the incumbent Peter Nyarok. There are three obvious reasons for that:

  •  1. Three cornered fight that is the inclusion of former Executive Secretary SPDP Banyi Beriak as independant candidate or PCM will be good for SNAP
  •  2. The unsolved SPDP5 problem will see a decline of the support from BN coalition partners  
  •  3.  The SNAP return from a "unrecognisable dead party" to now a Pakatan coalition will greatly help its cause. SNAP was a formidable force once.

Krian constituency (10429 voters) consists of  95% Iban and in 2006 Nyarok won by a majority of 2089 and the voters turnout was 72.48%.Nyarok garnered 4784 votes to Jugols 2695. There were 76 spoilt votes.

It seems that the Incumbent will be in for a tough Battle in the War in Krian N34. Would Banyi Beriak be the spoiler..??

WHAT DO YOU THINK…..??



OF SUGAR DADDIES AND COUGAR WOMEN

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 06:08 AM PDT


I must admit I have never heard of 'cougar women' till yesterday while reading the Sunday Times. The fact that the paper carried the article with pictures of local women surprised me. For those as clueless as me, the term 'cougar women' refers to older women who are attracted to much younger men. Think Madonna, 51 and her latest toy-boy, Jesus Luz, 23, or Demi Moore, 47, and her much younger husband, Ashton Kutcher, 32.


I can understand why older men go for younger women. It's the Law of Physical Attraction, of course. For the younger women, it's likely the Law of Financial Attraction. 'No money, No honey. So bye-bye, if you're a sugarless daddy!

But what do older women see in younger men, and vice versa? Methinks the same Laws apply too! In most cases anyway.


Women marrying a partner seven to nine years younger increase their relative mortality risk by 20% compared with couples where both are the same age. But the relative mortality risk of a husband who is seven to nine years older is reduced by 11%. (Source: Sven Drefahl)


Older women, take heed.  A study by Sven Drefahl at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rosktock, Germany, shows that the greater the age gap between a woman and her husband, the shorter her life expectancy, regardless of whether he is older or younger. That should be enough to scare off any cougar on the prowl!

But the problem with research studies is that you can always find another one that says exactly the opposite. And there are also studies that claim cougars do not exist.

Personally, a 5-7 years' difference is fine, but a 70-year gap? I can't imagine any virile young man would want to marry a great grandmother 70 years older than him, unless she is Mek Wook Kondor!

Mek Wook Kondor, 108, and her husband, Mohd Nor Musa, 39. Source: NST 

Click here to view some celebrity cougars.


'Tis the nature of the beast (2)

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 05:55 AM PDT

Malaysiakini - Karpal to PAS: Don't rock the boat.

Yesterday I posted 'Tis the nature of the beast where I pointed out a couple of innate characteristics of UMNO and MCA.

Today it's PAS' turn. Don't worry, I'll blast DAP as well, just to be fair to every party.

The recent tragedies of babies born out of wedlock being abandoned by their mothers and dying unattended, known notoriously as 'baby dumping', have caused immense shock and anger.

Pak Haji Nik Aziz has called for the death sentence for the irresponsible mums and then shocked us by demanding that illicit (unmarried) lovers be stoned to death.


Stoned to death?!

In Malaysiakini's Karpal locks horns with Nik Aziz over baby dumping, Karpal Singh said that the Pak Haji was too harsh - Bhai you're telling me. F* I can't get over it, proposing such a medieval punishment such as stoned to death!

It's bad enough to have capital punishment without that Middle-Eastern atrocity, which is best left to the Israelis (remember "He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her"?) and Arabs.

Instead Karpal proposed that this social problem be studied to understand its root cause.

Karpal said: "I am somewhat disturbed by the statement of Nik Aziz, who not only supports the use of capital punishment for those found guilty of dumping babies but has also asked for those committing illicit sex to be stoned to death."

"Nik Aziz should realise we do not live in primitive times. In the present time and age, the punishment of stoning to death, which is a cruel and unjust punishment, does not, and cannot have a place."

But Karpal is a fine one himself – didn't he demand the death penalty for child rapist, following another earlier shocking case where a school bus driver with numerous children on board the bus, stopped by the roadside to sexually assault one of his lil' passengers.

I wonder whether Karpal had overreacted because the driver is an Indian? But I trust I never have to hear my hero make another irresponsible call for the death penalty. My esteem for him has been severely shaken.

But okay, Karpal must have subsequently returned to his senses in chiding Pak Haji for proposing brutal punishment for women who are actually victims, the ones who have the misfortune to bear alone by themselves the burden of unsafe sex.

We should be placing emphasis on education, guidance and counselling rather than stoning people to death. And if society has been more understanding, and parents or families of the unfortunate young women provide support in accepting and caring for the unwanted babies, we would have less of 'baby dumping'.

Then shortly after that, as reported by Malaysiakini's Valentine's Day blamed for baby dumping PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan blamed celebrations on Valentine's Day and New Year's Day as the root cause, where these celebrations encourage free sex that has led to ... yadda yadda yadda ... culminating in baby dumping.

Nasrudin claimed: "It's an indication that the 'mating season' occurred during the New Year's Day celebrations."

New Year Day and Valentine's Day are celebrated all over the world, yet we don't have our kind of baby dumping in those countries. Why?

'Coz their societies are far more humane, compassionate, caring, supportive and most important of all, less misogynistic.


Misogynistic? Please read my 2006 post Wives not satisfying husbands are abusive!

And incidentally Nasrudin, what about those numerous cases of incest which occurred more frequently in Kelantan and Terengganu than any other states? Have you yet backtracked them 9 months to either New Year Day or Valentine Day (or more likely, Budu Day wakakaka - see Has Aphrodisiac Budu Been Responsible?)

Stoning women to death, blaming western celebrations on baby dumping, blaming women for everything, wanting to punish women – really I dread to think of such leaders for our nations. But 'tis the nature of the beast in PAS.


As if the above unspeakables were not enough, Pak Haji Nik Aziz then boldly claimed that only Karpal in DAP was against the implementation of hudud laws which would solve the world's problems.

Two issues here – (a) by stating Karpal is the sole DAP leader against the implementation of hudud laws, he's actually asserting that every other DAP leader has supported it, which of course is just hopeful nonsense, and (b) hudud laws exist also in, as one example, Pakistan for years yet they have atrocious tribal laws such as revenge rape, with the lower caste group usually being the victims. Read my two posts from 2005:

(1) The NW Frontier – Sharia vs Lust! (3)
(2) Musharraf: "Get Raped & Become a Millionaire"

Don't give the excuse that those were cases involving tribal laws. They happened in Pakistan, a land where the hudud has been implemented for years, and where Islamic knowledge are far far superior to that in Malaysia. And I could go on to show the misogynistic bias of Saudi syariah judges too.

The point is hudud laws won't mean diddly squat if the clerics, leaders and people are biased or lustful shitheads (or dickheads).

In asserting the DAP minus Karpal is for hudud, Pak Haji had been dreaming, or hopeful or has high expectations, the last in many ways encouraged by Penang's Lim Guan Eng in over-praising the caliphate of Umar bin Abdul Aziz as a model for good government and Perak's Nga Kor Ming for frequently quoting from the Quran.

Thus, is it any wonder that Penang Muslims have been praying for Lim Guan Eng to 'open up his heart' to embrace Islam soon - wakakaka!

I reckon Pak Haji in averring DAP's almost-unanimous support for hudud, must have decided to give the issue an extra nudge, to get Karpal out of the way so the DAP 'pro-Islamic progressives' wakakaka can get on with their support of PAS' ultimate dream, the implementation of syariah laws and hudud*.

* The latter codifies the bounds of acceptable behaviour and the punishments for serious crimes such as theft, fortification (gulp), yamseng-ing (gulp again) and apostasy.

Lim and Nga must watch out on the quantum of their support for Islamic governance and Quran quoting. It's one thing to be respectful and indeed to show the respect, but it's another to support the implementation of hudud.

They must be mindful of the nature of the beast, in PAS.


Hanya tukar WADAH bukannya tukar AKIDAH

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 05:43 AM PDT

Kesetiaan kepada negara merupakan salah satau tonggak kepada Rukun Negara. Kalaulah Rukun Negara dijadikan slogan yang dipakai semanjang zaman mungkin kita tidak akan menghadapi masalah seperti yang menyelubungi kita sekarang ini.

Malangnya masing-masing Perdana Menteri manjadikan slogan sebagai motto pimpinan peribadi. Masing-masing mencipta slogan baru jika menjadi PM untuk membezakan kepimpinannya dengan kepimpinan yang sebelumnya.

Rukun Negara sudah jarang-jarang disebut kerana ianya mula dilupai sejak 5 atau 6 tahun selepas Dr Mahathir naik sebagai PM. Pada halnya Rukun Negara itu bukan dicipta oleh individu politik, tetapi merupakan ciptaan oleh pemimpin-pemimpin kita dari berbilang kaum secara konsesses guna membina semangat bersatu dikalangan rakyat berbilang kaum yang hidup dengan kesetiaan kepada negara yang tulin.

Saya masih ingat bagaimana Tun Abdul Razak mengumumkan pelancaran Rukun Negara yang saya sudah lupa tahunnya menekan yang Rukun Negara ini merupakan hasil dari perbincangan dan 'soul searching' yang mendalam dengan pemimpin semua kaum semata-mata untuk mewujudkan bangsa yang bersatu.

Kalau kita kaji dengan teliti Rukun Negara adalah diasaskan kepada kehendak Agama dan kepercayaan kaum yang begitu 'diverse'. Rukun Negara mengakui yang setiap bangsa ada 'attribute'nya masing-masing serta identitinya serta cara hidup dan budaya mereka sendiri.Dalam perbezaan-perbezaan inilah Rukun Negara menekankan untuk hidup mengenali diantara satu dengan lain serta menghormati puak-puak yang bersama-sama hidup dan negara yang bertuah ini.

Tuhan sendiri telah memfirmankan yang manusia itu dijadikanNya berpuak-puak dan berlainan diantara satu dengan lain untuk mengenali dan menghormati diantara satu puak dengan satu kelompok yang lain. Kalau kita belajar 'sifat 20' kita diberikan kenyataan yang jelas yang begitu saintifik yang sifat bersalah-salahan itu adalah asas yang nyata didalam penghidupan.

Salah satu cebisan yang disebut didalam 'sifat 20' itu ialah sifat bersalah-salahan. Katanya 'ADA lawannya TIADA'. Dari sepotong ayat ini kita boleh belajar jika kita ada sikit-sikit kebijaksanaan. Maksudnya, jika tidak ada elemen panas, dimana kita dapat merasakan elemen sejuk misalnya. Kalau tidak ada perbezaan bagaimana kita hendak tahu dan memahami elemen persamaannya dan begitulah seterusnya.

Rukun Negara telah mempraktikkan apa yang dikatakan 'addin' atau cara hidup didalam Islam itu. Tetapi Rukun Negara yang menjadi fokus pimpinan telah diabaikan oleh pimpinan 'post Husein Onn' dan kalau kita tanya adik-adik yang muda-muda yang berumur dibawah 35 tahun ramai yang tidak ingat atau pun tahu tentang Rukun Negara ini.

Semasa Rukun Negara diberikan tumpuan buku-buku latihan dan rampaian anak-anak sekolah ada dituliskan semua kandungan Rukun Negara dan tidak ada murid semasa itu tidak hafal dengan kesemua prinsip Rukun Negara itu.

Rukun Negara yang begitu unggul digantikan dengan slogan yang tidak ada apa-apa munafaatnya. Pada tahun80an, Bersih Cekap dan Amanah menjadi slogan kita tetapi hasilnya tidak ada. Zaman itulah bermulanya rasuah mula bercambah dan ianya mula jelas dilihat sejak tahun 1984. Masing-masing mengambil kesempatan dengan kekayaan negara dengan mencuri wang rakyat dan jumlah yang terlibat bukannya kecil tetapi menjangjau jumlah yang berbillion ringgit. Bersihnya jelas tidak nampak malah mulai pudar.

Cekapnya pun entah dimana. Zaman itulah Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) kerugian dalam perniagaan pertukaran wang asing sebanyak 36 billion ringgit, satu usaha yang sia-sia yang tidak sepatutnya dilakukan oleh sebuah bank pusat. Nor Mohammd Yakcop yang semasa itu menjadi ketua bahagian treasury BNM yang bertanggungjawab kepada kerugian besar yang tidak ada tolok banding besarnya. BNM terpaksa menjual harta benda untuk menunjukkan kerugian yang kecil dan akhirnya BNM mengumumkan kerugiannya hanya dalam lingkungan 9 billion ringgit.

Kalau ditanya kepada Nor Mohammad kenapa beliau melakukan perkara yang membazirkan kekayaan negara itu, jawabnya 'standard'; "tanya PM'. Kerugian dalam 'dealing' Maminco melenyapkan wang rakyat sebanyak 600 juta ringgit Malaysia. Sebagai rakyat saya tidak boleh ditahan untuk berkata-kata demikian kerana negara ini rakyat yang punya dan saya adalah salah seorang dari rakyat yang sentiasa berdoa tentang kemakmuran negara ini.

Masa tidak mengizinkan saya untuk mengulas beberapa kejadian yang merugikan negara dizaman itu. Yang penting tidal ada kecekapan menguruskan kewangan negara seperti yang di slogankan itu.

Amanahnya pun tidak wujud. Bagi seseorang pemimpin yang betul-betul beramanah pucuk pimpinan mesti menyebelahi nasib rakyat. Tetapi dizaman inilah pemimpin yang diamanahkan menjaga masa depan rakyat terabai. Dasar-dasay yang diamanahkan rakyat dilacurkan dan kerajaan semasa itu hanya berminat untuk mengisi 'tempolok' mereka yang rakus memperkosa dasar-dasar yang baik dan digantikan dengan dasar untuk kepentingan sekelompok kecil kroni yang tamak dan haloba.

Dalam pada itu media dan pimpinan kebenak pemikiran rakyat yang setia kepada negara itu ada kesetiaan kepada UMNO. Kepada sesiapa yang tidak menyokong UMNO dianggap tidak setia kepada UMNO. Menetang pandangan pimpinan UMNO dianggap sebagai pengkhianat dan ini adalah penyelewengan yang tidak terhingga terhadap isu kesetiaan kepada negara.

Menjadi ahli dan penyokong kepada parti yang lain dari UMNO bagi orang Melayu merupakan satu kesalahan dan diboikot dalam masyarakat terutamanya dikampong-kampong.

Tetapi segala-galanya sudah berubah kerana rakyat sedar bahawa kalau dikaji dari sudut keasetiaan kepada negara, UMNO kini sudah dilihat sebagai parti yang tidak selari dengan kehendak negara dan banyak tindakkan pemimpinnya merupakan tindakkan yang 'insubordination' terhadap negara..

Perlakuan rasuah dikalangan kepimpinan UMNO menyebabkan kerosakkan kepada sistem pentadbiran negara dan akhirnya merosakkan fabrik politik dan sosial negara. Gejala rasuah menyembabkan kantung kewangan negara merosot dan rasuah juga membuatkan mereka menjadi pemimpin denganmembeli undid dan sokongan untuk berkuasa.

Salah guna kuasa oleh kepimpinan UMNO menyebabkan banyak pihak yang terinaya, terutamanya dalam bidang pembahagian peluang kekayaan dikalangan rakyat kerana hanya orang-orang yang berbaik-baik denga mereka yang berkuasa sahaja yang mengambil kesempatan yang akhirnya melahirkan sikap 'cronyism' yang sangat menebal.

Cebisan contoh-contoh yang dipaparkan tadi menjadi negara menjadi kelam kabut dan memberikan impak yang tidak sihat kepada negara. Rakayat semakin hari semakain bijak memberikan pertimbangan terhadap 'conduct' politik UMNO dan sekutunya.

Sejak sepuluh tahun yang lalu trend kesedaran dikalangan rakyat termasuk orang-orang melayu mula kelihatan. Sekarang rakyat sudah menganggap memberikan sokongan kepada UMNO dan sekutunya didalam BN merupakan tindakkan tidak setia kepada negara dan rakyat.

Orang ramai sudah mula menganggap membenarkan UMNO berkuasa bererti menggalakkan kegiatan rasuah dalam negara. Tindakkan UMNO mengungkit jasa-jasa UMNO dimasa lampau kepada negara sudah tidak dihiraukan lagi oleh rakyat .

Yang penting sekali untuk menyelamatkan harta benda rakyat dan negara berada didalam keadaan selamat dan terurus dengan baik bagi menjamin masa depan generasi mereka. Sudah mula terbit didalam pemikiran rakyat mebiarkan pemimpin UMNO memferaidkan harta rakyat dikalangan mereka merupakan tindakkan yang menzalimi diri kita sendiri.

Kali ini, jika rakyat memberikan pula kesempatan kepada PR untuk mentadbir negara, maka akan bermulalah sistem dua parti yang sangat-sangat diperlukan oleh rakyat bagi memberi tahu sesiapa yang berkuasa bahawa kuaa rakyat adalah elemen yang 'ultimate' dalam sesebuah negara yang mengamalkan demokrasi.

Jika PR rakyat pula yang gagal melaksanakan tugas mereka juga akan kecundang dan kuasa itu akan kembali kepada BN dalam pilihanraya selepas itu

Lain-lain perkataan yang dimaksudkan oleh artikel ini ialah hanya system dua parti sahaja yang boleh merongkai masalah kita hadapi yang tak kunyung selesai ini. "Sudah lama sangat menunggu UMNO untuk berubah, tapi tak berubah jugak" kata seorang kenalan saya baru-baru ini.

UMNO dan BN bukannya Agama yang tidak boleh ditukar ganti. Rakyat nampaknya hanya mahukan pertukaran WADAH bukannya bertukar AKIDAH.


If Homosexual Marriage is a Constitutional Right…

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 03:36 AM PDT

Shouldn't polygamy be as well?

…Judge Vaughn Walker, in the Proposition 8 decision, is arguing that the more than seven million people who voted to define marriage as between a man and a woman have no standing in their appeal of the case because they could not prove how homosexual marriage harms them. The same argument could be made over bigamy and polygamy since no one is forced into multiple marriages and thereby can't suffer harm by the polygamous practices of others.


Nurul Izzah Anwar: Antara Politik dan Keluarga

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 02:08 AM PDT

Jumat, 6/8/2010 | 17:38 WIB

Facebook- Bersama sang suami, Raja Ahmad Shahrir.

KOMPAS.com – Sejak sang ayah, mantan Wakil Perdana Menteri Malaysia Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim, ditendang dipenjarakan akibat kasus korupsi dan sodomi tahun 1998, Nurul Izzah Anwar turut aktif menyuarakan reformasi. Bersama ibunya, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Izzah mengikuti jejak ayahnya di bidang politik. Sepuluh tahun kemudian, Izzah telah memenangi kursi parlemen sebagai wakil Partai Keadilan Rakyat di daerah pemilihan Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur, dalam pemilu Maret 2008.

Seperti diberitakan harian KOMPAS saat itu, Izzah menjadi anggota termuda parlemen Malaysia yang terpilih pada pemilu tahun itu. Usianya baru menginjak 28 tahun. Dia juga baru saja melahirkan bayi perempuan, Nur Safiyah. Namun, Izzah tidak khawatir dengan semua itu.

"Seperti yang telah saya lakukan selama kampanye dalam 13 hari terakhir, saya berusaha membagi waktu sebaik-baiknya untuk kampanye dan untuk anak saya. Alhamdulillah, semua berjalan dengan lancar," tutur perempuan kelahiran November 1980 ini.

Kariernya sebagai staf ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai di bawah naungan Partai Keadilan Rakyat, ternyata tidak membuat Izzah melupakan hak dan tanggung jawabnya sebagai ibu dan istri. Ia bersyukur suaminya, Raja Ahmad Shahrir, selalu mendukung aktivitasnya.


"Alhamdulillah, suami saya dari dulu kan memang mendukung. Merupakan suatu syarat bila berkahwin dengan saya, bahwa beliau menyadari tanggung jawab yang harus saya pikul sebagai ahli politik, dan menyokong saya semasa bertanding (dalam pemilu)," papar Izzah pada Kompas Female, saat berkunjung ke redaksi KOMPAS, Rabu (4/8/2010) lalu.

Izzah mengenal sang suami sejak sama-sama berjuang dalam era reformasi, dan akhirnya memutuskan menikah pada tahun 2003. Namun, baru tahun 2007 pasangan ini memiliki buah hati (Safiyah, kini 2,5 tahun). Usai menikah, Izzah masih kuliah di semester akhir. Ada alasan mengapa ia tak segera memutuskan memiliki anak.

"Kiranya saya pikir kalau mempunyai anak itu suatu komitmen besar. Jadi kita menerima rejeki, tapi jangan kita lupa tanggung jawab yang datang sebagai seorang ibu," tutur sarjana teknik elektro dari Universiti Tenaga Nasional, dan master hubungan internasional dari Universitas John Hopkins, Washington, DC, ini.

Ketika akhirnya dikaruniai momongan, Izzah ditantang untuk melakukan peran gandanya: sebagai perempuan berkarier dan seorang ibu. Sebisa mungkin ia menyeimbangkan masa-masa bersama keluarga, dan masa bersama rakyat.

Untuk mendapatkan waktu lebih banyak bersama putra-putrinya, Izzah selalu membawa mereka saat bertugas. Seperti awal minggu ini, ketika berkunjung ke Indonesia, ia membawa anak bungsunya, Raja Ahmad Harith (1). Membawa anak saat bertugas boleh dibilang suatu budaya baru di Malaysia. Namun Izzah yakin, kalau ia selalu mencoba melakukan budaya ini, lama-kelamaan rakyat di bawah konstituennya akan memahami bahwa sebagai perempuan ia memiliki tanggung jawab lain.

Ia menyadari, pasti tidak semua pihak bisa menerima keputusannya. Tetapi, perlahan-lahan perempuan pasti mampu membuktikan keikhlasan dan komitmennya untuk menyeimbangkan kedua perannya. Apapun yang terjadi, katanya, baik anak maupun konstituen jangan sampai dipinggirkan.

Izzah merasa tak mungkin meninggalkan dunia politik saat ini. "Saya pikir, kita punya tanggung jawab karena masa depan yang saya ukir adalah masa depan yang akan ditanggung oleh anak-anak saya nanti."


The true state of community relations in Malaysia today

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 03:56 AM PDT

From Sritharan Palanisamy, via e-mail

I notice that most Malaysians are becoming greedy, self centered and inconsiderate of others' plight, etc. They are very demanding and vocal (no thanks to information technology which has added more spice to the daily thoroughfare of life).

Malaysians have been obsessed with racial prejudice even before Merdeka. The only difference is that today, it is very obvious, extensively discussed and intense. Who is the perpetrator and who is the victim?

It sounds like a million-dollar question but those who have studied Malaysian history could easily conclude that each community is the perpetrator and also are the victims themselves.

This might sound strange but that is the reality in Malaysia.

Each and every community has valid reasons to accuse the other of not being fair to them. The predominant community has every right to accuse the other communities of not being Malaysians at heart, but only paying 'lip service' when they say they are.

The leader of the ruling government came up with a slogan '1Malaysia' which is said to give prominence and care to certain human virtues irrespective of community and creed. It sounds good but a significant number of grassroots of his own party are not accepting it.

In my opinion, I too would say please make some changes to the new aspiration so that the predominant community reaches the target set for them, by the government. However, the target, its current achievements and the new deadline should be firmly, truthfully and sincerely announced to all Malaysians.

Strictly, there should not be any "unwritten rules and regulation" applied openly by certain high ranking government officials with regards to their respective departments objectives.

The rules and regulations of the government to improve the social status of the predominant community should be accepted and welcomed by all the other communities.

I would like to stress here that the predominant community also includes that of Sabah and Sarawak. It is my opinion that they have been partially sidelined by those in Peninsular Malaysia on certain economic and social issues.

The business community (mainly made up of a particular community) should be thankful that Malaysia, till today, was their easy 'cash cow'. However, no one can deny that it was this community that was the backbone for Malaysia's development and economy. This community is believed to be very united as compared to others.

However, it could also be put in a 'negative' perspective that "This community selfishly and jealously protected their domination in the economy and in the business opportunities".

I would be happy if they follow "live and let live" attitude. This would help Malaysia to prosper faster.

The third largest community is virtually dependent on both the other communities for its survival. Its political leaders too, do not seem sincere in their welfare though they have more political parties for themselves than really needed. This community should learn to follow rules and regulation pertaining to building of places of worship, schools, shelter, etc.

I have noticed many of them making noise or have public rallies though in most cases it was clear that they either have breached the rules and regulations or did not follow the proper protocol to get their demands fulfilled. They need to get their priorities right and work for it with the co-operation of others.

One should not deny or challenge the birthright of another Malaysian no matter what is his community. I, like many others, believe that the land of birth is an act of god. Asking another Malaysian to leave Malaysia, just because he is in disagreement on certain issues, is unjust.

I remember, long ago, a Swedish child was born in airplane bound for Australia. When the child was born the plane was flying over Thailand. Duty bound governments of all the three countries gave the parents to choose the nationality they want the child to have. Thailand offered citizenship to the child is because that country was considered the country of birth of the child.

My conclusion is that, there are very few 'True Malaysians' in Malaysia today. Apart from some true Malaysian leaders (political or social) and an insignificant number of the rakyat, only the children of mixed marriages and those children who do not know their roots are true Malaysians.

This is really a bad and sad state for a country which has very good potential and adequate variety of resources. My humble request is the quote "Sink or Swim together" is no more relevant. Now it should be changed to "Mutual trust, care, help and respect for the ultimate 1Malaysia".


The young ones are utterly useless

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 03:53 AM PDT

From June, via e-mail

Reading the article, ' The Truth: Racism is Rife in Malaysia', I felt disgusted by the remark that Chinese employers are too racist to employ other races for a higher post.

And here, I would like to stress that I am not an employer in any company at all but just someone holding a senior post in a medium-sized company, waiting for retirement in another 20 years.

I have been working in a few companies prior to this and for someone who was not accepted by local university or college (this was due to our beloved government's quota policy), my experience is the key to my success.

As for my experience in this present company, I have started as a low executive and now I have become the right hand person for four bosses. This has nothing to do with my qualification.

Due to the expansion of my current company from a cashflow of RM20 million a year to now up to RM100 million a year, we have started to recruit new blood by getting trainees from universities and colleges.

More than 95% of these trainees were not ready to face the real world of business. I would believe this is the failure of their upbringing and of our education system.

In my experience at training these students, I have come across these problems:

  • 98% of them cannot work creatively.
  • 98% of them wait for their seniors to spoonfeed them with all the information, better still do everything for them and they just type for you.
  • 95% of them even have problems typing the format you want although you have written everything for them.
  • For Malay students, they will use "sembahyang" as a reason to get out from the office to pray at least half an hour each section, and they do not care if you are having a deadline to reply the client. Malay students will tell you that "sembahyang" comes first.
  • For Indian students, they will use "sembahyang" to absent from work. They also do not care if you have a deadline, they will just tell you that they want a half day leave to go home to pray because this is their culture.
  • For Chinese students, they never use "sembahyang" as a reason, but they will tell you that they don't really need to work as their parents told them to go home if the work is too hectic to bear. And Chinese students also have more gadget, their will busy SMS-ing while doing their work, end up everything mistake.

All three races likes to go missing in action during working hours and you will find them chit-chating in pantry over a cup of coffee.

Currently, I have two Malay assistants and one Chinese assistant. I love them all the same and I teach them the same thing. I have the intention of promoting one of the Malay assitants to become my deputy due to her responsibility, initiative and ability to work.

My advice to those who are complaining about their employers - don't ask what the employer can give to you as during your interview, you have agreed upon the terms and conditions to accept the job.

You should ask yourself what have you done for the company that the company has to repay you with a huge reward.

Read:

The Truth: Racism is Rife in Malaysia


Chinese chamber should investigate allegations of impropriety

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 03:52 AM PDT

From P Sivakumar, via e-mail

The Malaysian Indian Business Association (MIBA) is alarmed by the complaints made by individuals, of unreasonable restrictions and double standard practiced by the Chinese in the private sector in Penang when it comes to job interviews and promotions.

One cannot discount the fact that the allegations may be exaggerations and a desperate attempt by a few to discredit the PR government and in particular the DAP in Penang. However, the MIBA feels that it would be a dereliction of duty to ignore the disparaging remarks.

The Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry should investigate these allegations, and if found true, should take measures to ensure interviews and job promotions are conducted with integrity and impartiality to ensure best-practice standards are maintained at all times and on a level-playing field.

We have been accusing the BN government of practicing politicised racism in civil service recruitment and of late the government linked companies (GLCs).

Most Malaysians today are driven by a common desire for a better tomorrow for Malaysia, so let's shift from race struggle to Malaysian struggle by accepting our differences and safeguarding the basic rights and social justice of all citizens to achieve multi-ethnic new politics.

For 53 years we have been kept apart through policies that discriminate against the citizens and the MCA is loud and clear this time around in calling Umno to end the discriminatory policies . On the contrary if the Chinese business community is accused of discriminatory practices in private sector employment , then the community will risk losing public confidence.

The writer is the president of the Malaysian Indian Business Association (MIBA).

Read:

The Truth: Racism is Rife in Malaysia

 


E-census: No error in system

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 03:51 AM PDT

From Ismail Yusoff, via e-mail

We refer to the posting title "E-census error – how can it happen?" from Ms Chuah Siew Eng in Free Malaysia Today dated Aug 19, 2010 and are concerned with the feedback raised by the writer.

With regards to the article, we would like to inform that Department of Statistics through our call centre did not receive any other similar complaint with regards to the matter highlighted by the writer.

The enumeration process is based on population count and living quarters and is carried out using three methods which are face-to-face interview; self enumeration whereby the respondents are given the choice either to fill up the hardcopy questionnaire; or on-line response via e-Census.

The e-Census approach was developed to cater for those living in major towns and do not have the time for the face-to-face interview and has difficulty to meet the enumerator. The e-Census has undergone several rounds of checks and pre-tests to ensure its validity and integrity.

For the religion question, e-Census provides a drop down menu of the types of religion. The location of the "No Religion" is immediately above the "Other Religion".

The possibility of the complain to occur could be due to the selection of "Other Religion" instead of the intended answer "No Religion" in the religion question. On received of the writer complaint, department did a check and found no error in the system.

However the writer had used the e-Census successfully and submitted the response to the system on the Aug 12, 2010.  As a leading provider of statistical data, the department takes this matter seriously to ensure the accuracy, quality and integrity of data. We appreciate the concern brought up by the writer.

The writer is the deputy commissioner, Population and Housing Census, 2010

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E-census error - how can it happen?

 


The case against damn dams in Sarawak

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 03:47 AM PDT

From JC Tansen, via e-mail

Sarawak's bold program of building a long corridor of mega hydro-electric dams deserves public scrutiny. Serious concerns about environmental impacts and the rights of affected indigenous people have been raised but few answers have been forthcoming.

In total, 12 dams are envisaged. The four largest dams are Bakun (2400 MW), Baleh (1400 MW), Baram (1000 MW) and Murum (900 MW). The eight others will generate 1434 MW of electricity.

Together with the 60 MW extension of Batang Ai, an additional 7300 MW of energy would be generated. Bakun is all but completed and is awaiting clearance for impoundment (filling of reservoir).

The state has no need for the energy that these dams will generate. Sarawak already has an installed capacity of 1300 MW and the state's present need is less than 1000 MW.

The beneficiaries of the mega dams seems to be a few large aluminum smelting companies such as Rio Tinto Alcan, who want an abundant supply of energy but are willing to pay only a very low price for it. For the scale of these projects, the industry will create relatively few jobs.

In many countries, a large dam is now generally considered to be a project of last resort when all other sustainable options have been examined and exhausted. In fact, countries like the United States and France have decommissioned some dams for environmental reasons.

In contrast, Sarawak appears to have an eye on records. Whereas a large dam is defined as one above 15 metres, Bakun is a staggering 205 metres high and will flood an area the size of Singapore. Murum will flood half that area, and construction is underway.

Many environmental reasons have been put forward against large dams. For one, vast areas of terrestrial ecosystems and much of their animal and plant life are destroyed.

Sediment build-up in the reservoir reduces sediment flow down river, increasing erosion rates of river banks and adversely altering river ecology. And reservoir build-up will gradually reduce the dam's power generation capacity.

While dams can eliminate the incidence of natural flooding in the plains, the risk of a burst dam, as has happened often enough, greatly increases insecurity for those living beneath a large dam.

The dams will flood upriver valleys where indigenous communities have lived since antiquity, and their heritage sites.  The luckless folks are being relocated, many against their will. Bakun alone has displaced 15000 people.

In an affront to affected communities and other stakeholders and contrary to the law, the state has not made available the social and environmental impact assessments. All goes on under a cloak of secrecy, calling into question the enforcement of Malaysia's laws.


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