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- Nurul Izzah Anwar: Antara Politik dan Keluarga
- The true state of community relations in Malaysia today
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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.
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.
Posted: 23 Aug 2010 08:00 PM PDT
By Nurul Izzah AnwarCOMMENT 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.
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.
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.
Posted: 23 Aug 2010 03:03 PM PDT
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.
Di bawah adalah surat dari Mahazalim ke MB Kelantan menghalang perlaksanaan hukum syariah di Kelantan.
PERDANA MENTERI MALAYSIA
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.
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)
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted: 23 Aug 2010 08:26 AM PDT
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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:
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.
WHAT DO YOU THINK…..??
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
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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.
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.
Posted: 23 Aug 2010 03:36 AM PDT
Shouldn't polygamy be as well?
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."
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".
Posted: 23 Aug 2010 03:53 AM PDT
From June, via e-mail
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.
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.
Posted: 23 Aug 2010 03:52 AM PDT
From P Sivakumar, via e-mail
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.
Posted: 23 Aug 2010 03:51 AM PDT
From Ismail Yusoff, via e-mail
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.
Posted: 23 Aug 2010 03:47 AM PDT
From JC Tansen, via e-mail
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.
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