Sunday, August 22, 2010

Singapore tightens one more screw

Singapore tightens one more screw


Singapore tightens one more screw

Posted: 22 Aug 2010 07:00 AM PDT

By Maxwell Coopers

COMMENT Singapore in a new move is going all out to make it as costly as possible for kidnappers and hostage takers. In a legislation passed last Monday, the country's widely-circulated newspaper, the Straits Times, called the enactment of the new law as "(giving) effect to a United Nations convention against terrorism".

For a country that recently was the target of a terror bomb plot inspired in Indonesia by militant clerics, it does therefore make for plenty of reason to justify why it may need such a law.

After all, it is a global metropolis. Hordes of business clusters dot its marketplace. And so too, are the many government and international organisations which have based their operations in the island-republic.

Hence, it did not take long to make sure the city-state retains its allure.  And perhaps accordingly with its fortress-like security preparedness, it told the world how little stomach it has for hostage takers!

The new law immediately imposes the death penalty on hostage takers of either a government official or an international governmental organisation. And if the offence is committed against any other person, the offender can be jailed for up to 15 years.

Strangely there was no mention either in local papers or over Internet chat lines why it was imposing, of all things, the death penalty when the victim is a government official!

Hardline attitude

There is no doubt that when matters such as this grave stare down the Singapore state, the republic always resorts to what it knows best: give the problem a good whipping and send it packing.

It is too soon, however, to consider the legal, ethical and moral implications that now warrants the death penalty for yet another new classification of offences.

And just as interestingly, the new law makes it permissible for offenders to be prosecuted and extradited to Singapore for offences committed outside Singapore's boundaries.

What all these amounts to, is an unprecedented sweep of "extra-territoriality" though that may be purely an academic exercise in legalese.

Yet there is no denying of the practical challenges that may soon follow suit once implementation is adopted.

There was no discussion as to what prompted this sudden hardline attitude.

Singapore has not had any major kidnapping incidents on its mainland for as long as living memory could possibly arrive at.

High stakes

The only time when something of that sort ever did happen was late last year when one of the nation's vessels, a container ship named Kota Wajar, belonging to shipping firm PIL, was hijacked and is crew commandeered.

That then proved a Catch-22 sort of situation for the nation's operators.  

Authorities were neither able to mount a French-style rescue mission nor undertake any kind of acts that would have resolved (the issue) in blood and thunder synonymous with nations exhibiting a healthy dislike for such kinds of criminality.

They were also constrained by the very law they themselves had instituted. And that concerns the Kidnapping Act 1998, which expressly prohibits ransom payouts as it may otherwise encourage kidnappings.

Yet there is no denying that, given the recent exposure of a military servicemen's quest to join the ranks of the al-Qaeda terrorist group coupled with revelations that terrorist groups planned to bomb a train station, there conceivably is every reason to justify, stemming from those news, that attitude of not wanting to brook criminal activity of any kind must be met with the severest of penalties.

All said there should no faulting Singapore authorities.

It has high stakes riding on their back and one of them is to keep the country continually safe for all and sundry.

And nowhere was proven to such tantalising effect than in the recent Gallop poll commissioned in the United States which identified the city-state's public record on safety as being the main draw for the world's immigrants.

Maxwell Coppers is a free-lance writer based in Singapore.


Mosque near Ground Zero!

Posted: 20 Aug 2010 09:00 AM PDT

Ram Puniyani dissects the misinformation surrounding the controversial proposed Islamic Cultural Centre near Ground Zero in New York and hopes that the path of peace will prevail over the one of hatred.

 


S'pore: Legal charges threat to freedom of expression

Posted: 21 Aug 2010 09:00 AM PDT

Singapore officials should cease using criminal defamation and contempt laws to silence government critics, Human Rights Watch said on 29 July.

 


Attack on media sign of split in Umno and MCA?

Posted: 22 Aug 2010 08:20 AM PDT

1-muted Malaysia flash mob organizer speculates that the current attack on the media reflects internal splits in Umno and MCA. He warns on line media such as Malaysiakini, Malaysian Insider and Free Malaysia Today to be vigilant and expect to be 'attacked' Reporter: Hazlan Zakaria Editor: Shufiyan Shukur Camera: Amir Abdullah Photography: Aebot Mayakembara (Citizen Journalist)
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蔡细历:非偏向反对党 年轻人也支持马华

Posted: 22 Aug 2010 08:31 AM PDT

(芦骨22日讯)马华总会长拿督斯里蔡细历认为,时下年轻人偏向反对党的说法,并不完全恰当。

他说,世界上所有民主国家中,都会出现30%支持政府者、30%反对政府者,而另40%则属于随时会改变主意,所谓的中立者或观望者。

询及时下年轻人对马华的态度或印象时,蔡细历说,这个并不是一个问题,因为仍有许多年轻人加入马青。

"我不敢说时下年轻人对马华没有问题,只是现在年轻人的思考能力比较强,要求也比较高,他们对政府的看法,已和过去的长辈不同。"

中国报 22-08-2010


Hukum berburuk sangka terhadap sesama Islam

Posted: 22 Aug 2010 06:46 AM PDT

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Ya Ikhwanul Muslimin na wal Muslimat,

Allah 'Azza wa-Jalla telah mengharamkan sikap buruk sangka terhadap sesama mukmin, kerana ia akan menyebabkan timbulnya fitnah, bukan sahaja di antara seseorang individu dengan individu yang lain tetapi juga dalam anggota Jamaah Islamiyah. Apabila sikap terkutuk ini terdapat di kalangan anggota jamaah ia boleh mengujudkan perasaan saling tidak percaya, saling meragui, benci-membenci, pertelingkahan, perpecahan dan akhirnya bermusuh-musuhan di antara sesama Islam.

Allah Subhanahu wa-Ta'ala mengharamkan hambaNya yang beriman dari menyimpan perasaan persangkaan atau sangka-sangka buruk terhadap Allah dan terhadap saudara-saudaranya yang seagama. Malah Allah mengharamkan juga segala unsur, bibit atau segala punca yang boleh menyebabkan timbulnya rasa buruk sangka di kalangan anggota Jamaah Islamiyah. Pengharaman ini telah ditegaskan di dalam al-Quran dan hadith-hadith Nabi sallallahu 'alaihi wa-sallam sebagaimana firman Allah dan sabda Nabi:

يَا اَيُّهَا الَّذِيْنَ آمَنُوْا اجْتَنِبُوْا كَثِيْرًا مِنَ الظَّنِّ اِنَّ بَعْضَ الظَّنِّ اِثْمٌ وَلاَ تَجَسَّسُوْا وَلاَيَغْتَبْ بَعْضُكُمْ بَعْضًا اَيُحِبُّ اَحَدُكُمْ اَنْ يَاْكُلَ لَحْمَ اَخِيْهِ مَيِّتًا فَكَرِهْتُمُوْهُ وَاتَّقُوْا اللهَ اِنَّ اللهَ تَوَّابٌ رَّحِيْمٌ

"Hai orang-orang yang beriman! Jauhilah kebanyakan dari prasangka, sesungguhnya sebahagian dari prasangka itu adalah dosa, dan janganlah kamu mencari-cari kesalahan orang lain dan janganlah sebahagian kamu mengumpat sebahagian yang lain. sukakah salah seorang di antara kamu memakan daging saudaranya yang sudah mati? Maka tentulah kamu merasa jijik kepadanya. Dan bertakwalah kamu kepada Allah. Sesunguhnya Allah Maha Penerima taubat lagi Maha Penyayang". AL-HUJURAAT, 49:12.

عَنْ اَبِى هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ اِيَّاكُمْ وَالظَّنِّ فَاِنَّ الظَّنَّ اَكْذَبُ الْحَدِيْثِ وَلاَ تَجَسَّسُوْا وَلاَ تَحَسَّسُوْا وَلاَ تَنَافَسُوْا وَلاَ تَحَاسَدُوْا وَلاَ تَبَاغَضُوْا وَلاَ تَدَابِرُوْا وَكُوْنُوْا عِبَادَ اللهِ اِخْوَانًا


"Dari Abi Hurairah berkata: Bersabda Rasulullah sallallahu 'alaihi wa-sallam: Aku peringatkan kamu dari prasangka sesungguhnya prasangka itu adalah bisikan yang paling bohong. Dan janganlah kamu mencari-cari rahsia (kelemahan, ke'aiban dan keburukan saudaranya), janganlah merasa-rasakan (yang bukan-bukan), janganlah kamu melakukan pertengkaran, jangan berhasad (dengki), jangan berbenci-bencian, janganlah membelakangkan (saudaramu seagama). Dan jadilah kamu hamba Allah yang bersaudara". H/R al-Bukhari.

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ قَالَ : رَاَيْتُ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَطُوْفُ بِالْكَعْبَةِ يَقُوْلُ : والَّذِى نَفْسِ مُحَمَّد بِيَدِهِ لَحُرمَةُ الْمُؤْمِنِ اَعْظَمُ عِنْدَ اللهِ مِنْكَ مَالهُ وَدَمهُ وَاَنْ يَظُنَّ بِهِ اِلاَّ خَيْرًا. رواه ابن ماجه.



"Dari Abdullah bin Umar berkata: Aku melihat Rasulullah sallallahu 'alaihi wa-sallam sedang tawaf di Kaabah lalu bersabda: Demi jiwa Muhammad yang di tanganNya, sesungguhnya kehormatan seseorang mukmin lebih besar di sisi Allah dari engkau (Kaabah) wangnya dan darahnya sehinggalah dia berprangsangka sesamanya yang baik". H/R Ibn Majah.

عَنْ عُمَرَ بْنَ الْخَطَّابِ قَالَ : وَلاَ تَظُنُّ بِكَلِمَةٍ خَرَجَتْ مِنْ اَخِيْكَ الْمُؤْمِنِ اِلاَّ خَيْرًا.

"Dari Umar bin Al-Khatab beliau berkata: Janganlah kamu berprasangka (buruk) dengan kalimah yang keluar dari (mulut) saudara kamu yang mukmin kecuali yang baik". Lihat Tafsir Ibn Kathir, jld. 4, m/s 271.

عَنْ حَارِثَةِ بْنِ النُّعْمَان قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : ثَلاَثٌ لاَزِمٌ ِلاُمَّتِى : اَلطِّيَرَةُ وَالْحَسَدُ وَسُوْءُ الظَّنِّ. فَقَالَ : وَمَا يُذْهِبُهُنَّ يَارَسُوْلَ اللهِ مِمَّنْ هُنَّ فِيْهِ ؟ قَالَ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : اِذَا حَسَدَ فَاسْتَغْفِرِ اللهَ وَاِذَا ظَنَنْتَ فَلاَ تُحَقِّقْ وَاِذَا تَطَيَّرْتَ فَامْضِ


"Dari Haritha bin an-Nukman berkata: Bersabda Rasulullah sallallahu 'alaihi wa-sallam: Tiga perkara yang sentiasa ada pada umatku: Kepercayaan sial. Hasad dengki. Prasangka.

Beliau bertanya: Apakah yang boleh menghilangkan dari itu (semua) wahai Rasulullah bagi sesiapa yang telah ada pada dirinya perkara-perkara tersebut?

Baginda bersabda: "Apabila berhasad dengki mintalah ampun, apabila berprasangka janganlah diteruskan dan apabila mempercayai tataiyur hendaklah dihapuskan". H/R at-Tabrani.

Semua punca-punca timbulnya buruk sangka yang dijelaskan oleh ayat al-Quran dan hadith-hadith di atas berpangkal dari hati yang rosak dan berpenyakit lantaran kejahilan (tidak berilmu agama). Akhirnya menyebabkan lemah iman, lemah keperibadian, hilang panduan dan tidak tahu ke arah mana mahu dituju sehingga mudah berburuk sangka. Hal keadaan seperti ini telah dijelaskan oleh Nabi Muhammad sallallahu 'alaihi wa-sallam:

اِذَا قَلَّ الْعِلْمُ ظَهَرَ الْجَفَا وَاِذَا قَلَّتِ اْلآثَارُ كَثُرَتِ اْلاَهْوَاءُ وَلِهَذَا تَجِدُ قَوْمًا كَثِيْرِيْنَ يُحِبُّوْنَ قَوْمًا وَيَبْغَضُوْنَ قَوْمًا لاَجْلِ اَهْوَاءٍ لاَيَعْرِفُوْنَ مَعْنَاهَا وَلاَ دَلِيْلَهَابَلْ يُوَالُوْنَ عَلَى اِطْلاَقِهَا اَوْ يُعَادُوْنَ مِنْ غَيْرِ اَنْ تَكُوْنَ مَنْقُوْلَةً نَقْلاً صَحِيْحًا عَنِ النَّبِىِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلِيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَسَلَفِ مِنْ غَيْرِ اَنْ يَكُوْنُوْا هُمْ يَعْقِلُوْنَ مَعْنَاهَا وَلاَ يَعْرِفُوْنَ لاَزِمَهَا وَمَقْتَضَاهَا. رواه مالك.


"Apabila (seseorang) kurang berilmu akan (mudah) menimbulkan perasaan benci dan tuduhan salah (kepada orang lain). Dan jika pengetahuan tentang athar (hadith dan perbuatan sahabat) hanya sedikit, akan ramai yang mengikut hawa nafsu. Berpunca dari yang demikian, akan engkau temui suatu kaum (kumpulan) yang ramai mencintai (menyebelahi) kaum (kumpulan) yang lain hanya atas dasar hawa nafsu (bukan atas dasar kebenaran al-Quran atau al-Hadith) kerana tidak mengetahui (ilmu)nya dan dalilnya. Sedangkan mereka menyokong atau memusuhi (satu kumpulan) tanpa mengikut (landasan) hadith yang sahih dari Nabi dan dari Salaf ummah ini, mereka tidak mengetahui makna (al-Quran dan al-Hadith) dan tidak mengetahui apa yang dikehendaki (oleh hadith) tersebut dan tidak tahu untuk mempraktikalkannya". H/R Imam Malik.

Dewasa ini, saya lihat keburukan perangai dan sikap golongan yang berprasangka dan berhasad dengki sesama Muslim berterusan sehingga melangkaui bulan puasa ini.

Ramadhan seolah tidak lagi menjadi penghalang kepada sifat mazmumah yang ada didalam hati dan jiwa mereka yang busuk membenci sesama Islam walaupun tiada lagi adanya Syaitan dan Iblis, Jin atau Ifrit yang boleh dipersalahkan golongan ini diatas kebusukan perangai mereka berterusan tanpa titik noktah terus memfitnah, mencaci maki, berseteru macam orang yang tak beriman terhadap Allahu Ta'ala!

Apakah semua ini?

Kenapakah para penulis blog masih terus menghujani sesama Muslim dengan kata nesta, caci maki, fitnah durjana seolah mereka tidak berada di dalam naungan Ramadhan al Mubarak?

Para penghasad dengki ini sengaja menempah tiket ke Narr Al Jahannam dengan kedegilan mereka.

Orang-orang yang mempunyai penyakit ragu-ragu, was-was dan buruk sangka terhadap Allah dan terhadap ibadahnya, ia perlu segara meninggalkan penyakit tersebut dan segera bertaubat. Agar ia tidak berulang, maka perlu dirawat dengan ilmu agama terutama ilmu akidah.

Oleh itu setiap mukmin sewajarnya menyebukkan dirinya dengan menuntut ilmu seperti menghadiri majlis-majlis ilmu yang memperkatakan tentang agama. Kerana hanya ilmu agama yang dapat merawat dan menyembuhkan penyakit ragu-ragu, was-was dan buruk sangka.

Ya Allah! Engkau Sahaja Lah Maha Pembalas!

Maka tunjukkan lah KekuasaaanMu Ya Rabb!!!


Azmi Sharom On Freedom of Information And Balls

Posted: 22 Aug 2010 06:45 AM PDT

Nurul Izzah Anwar: Anak Harus Mandiri

Posted: 22 Aug 2010 03:53 AM PDT

Kamis, 5/8/2010 | 17:56 WIB

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Nurul Izzah Anwar: "Anak harus tahu bahwa ia tidak akan selalu mendapatkan apa yang diinginkannya!"

KOMPAS.com – Nurul Izzah Anwar, putri mantan Wakil Perdana Menteri Malaysia, Datuk Anwar Ibrahim, Senin hingga Kamis ini melakukan kunjungan ke Indonesia. Dalam kunjungannya ini, Izzah -begitu perempuan ini biasa disapa- antara lain bertemu dengan sejumlah pemimpin muda Indonesia, baik dari kalangan politik maupun universitas.

Jadwalnya padat, namun Rabu (4/8/2010) lalu Izzah menyempatkan diri berkunjung ke kantor redaksi Kompas. Ia membawa serta putra bungsunya, Ahmad Harith (1 tahun), yang saat itu ditemani pengasuhnya.

Sebagai staf ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai yang juga ibu dari dua anak batita, Izzah berusaha sebisa mungkin tetap mendapatkan quality time-nya bersama anak.

"Bila dalam setiap acara memungkinkan saya untuk membawa anak, saya coba. Seperti sekarang ke Indonesia saya membawa anak kedua saya. Tentunya (membagi waktu) tidak akan perfect, ya. Tetapi sebagai ibu saya sudah mencoba menyeimbangkan sampai titik ekstrem," ujar Izzah

Ditanya apakah ia akan membawakan oleh-oleh untuk si sulung (Nur Safiyah, 2,5 tahun), Izzah menggeleng sambil tertawa. Ia mengaku tak sempat jalan-jalan, mengingat banyak teman dan sahabat ayahnya yang ingin bertemu.

"Lagipula, anak harus tahu bahwa ia tidak akan selalu mendapatkan apa yang diinginkannya," tutur istri Raja Ahmad Shahrir ini.

Izzah memiliki pandangan sendiri mengenai peran ibu ini. Menurutnya, menunjukkan kasih sayang kepada anak tidak hanya dalam bentuk pemberian hadiah, tetapi juga memberikan suatu bentuk pengajaran agar ketika besar nanti anak bisa mandiri.

"Kalau kita limpahkan segala bentuk kasih, berikan semua barang materialistik, apa kabar masa depan yang akan dinikmati anak kita nanti? Saya sendiri menghadapi jaman suka dan pelik semasa ayah dipenjarakan tahun 1998. Jadi saya mau anak saya itu diberi bekal sebagai seorang Islam, iman, dan membekalinya dengan persediaan untuk menempuh hidup, agar berdikari," katanya.

Bekal dalam hidup, menurutnya, bukan hanya dalam bentuk "silver spoon" saja. Kekayaan juga bukan merupakan satu-satunya faktor yang menentukan kebahagiaan anak.


'1 Muted Malaysia' flash mob a muted affair

Posted: 22 Aug 2010 03:09 AM PDT

Activists protesting what they claim is the government's long-standing and iron-fisted control over the media has gathered at the Suria KLCC mall in the nation's capital to express their displeasure through a little civil disobedience. Sadly scarcely a dozen protestors turned up despite the hype surrounding their much anticipated 'mobbing' of the national landmark. This is the third press freedom flash mob to hit KLCC, this time triggered by the recent 'silencing' of three popular Chinese radio station 98.8FM talk show hosts. Reporter: Hazlan Zakaria Editor: Shufiyan Shukur Camera: Amir Abdullah Photography: Aebot Mayakembara (Citizen Journalist)
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Wawancara Khusus Tempo dengan Nurul Izzah, Anak Tokoh Oposisi Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim.

Posted: 22 Aug 2010 03:34 AM PDT

KAMIS, 05 AGUSTUS 2010 | 14:30 WIB

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NURUL IZZAH, ANGGOTA PARLEMEN MALAYSIA DAN PUTRI SULUNG TOKOH OPOSISI MALAYSIA DR. ANWAR IBRAHIM.

TEMPO InteraktifJAKARTA -Banyak orang menilai situasi politik dalam negeri Malaysia sama seperti Indonesia di masa Orde Baru. Oposisi ditekan, dan media tak bebas mengkritik pemerintah. Perasaan itu dialami oleh Nurul Izzah, putri sulung pemimpin oposisi Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim. Meski baru dua tahun menjadi anggota parlemen, ia sudah merasa tidak nyaman dengan kondisi politik negaranya.

Sebab, kata dia, begitu banyak intimidasi yang dibuat oleh rezim Perdana Menteri Najib Razak. Kepada Faisal Assegaf dari Tempo, ibu dua anak yang masih terlihat cantik ini menjelaskan soal kiprahnya sebagai politikus muda. Berikut ini penuturannya saat ditemui pada Selasa sore lalu di Hotel Aryaduta Semanggi, Jakarta.

Anda lelah dengan kasus ayah Anda?
Siapa yang mau ditimpakan fitnah sekeji itu untuk kedua kalinya. Seluruh keluarga merasa lelah dan marah karena kejahatan itu luar biasa. Tapi, di mahkamah, terwujud begitu banyak ketimpangan dalam dakwaan itu. Masa menunjukkan tidak ada kredibilitas dan ada konspirasi pihak tertinggi untuk mengulangi kasus fitnah ini.

Apa pernah berpikir ayah Anda seorang biseksual?
Tidak pernah wujud rasa tersebut. Sebagai muslim bertanggung jawab, bila didatangi kabar fitnah, itu merupakan kabar jahat.

Soal kasus Anwar, Anda merasa nyaman berpolitik?
Tentunya tidak. Siapa pun tidak perlu menjadi Anwar Ibrahim untuk merasakan memang tidak nyaman terjun ke politik karena banyak kejahatannya. Kita tidak boleh berdiam diri. Di bawah rezim BN (Barisan Nasional), sangat banyak kelemahan yang jelas, dan rakyat mau dan perlu perubahan. Bukan digantikan pemimpin sempurna, melainkan yang jauh lebih baik dari yang ada saat ini.

Anda pernah diintimidasi?
Tentu. Hak saya sebagai wakil rakyat dinafikan. Berceramah politik tidak dibenarkan. Tidak diberi ruang dan izin. Media pun begitu. Bila mereka menulis tentang saya, mendapat kecaman dari Pak Menteri. Ini merupakan taktik yang digunakan oleh pemimpin yang tidak yakin dengan kekuatannya.

Ancaman melalui SMS?
Ada, dan sudah berkali-kali. Pernah saya melakukan dialog dengan kumpulan pedagang keturunan Cina. Polisi menghentikan pidato saya dan mengambil mikrofon saat saya di atas pentas.

Tapi Anda bertekad berpolitik selamanya?
Politik itu satu bentuk ibadah juga karena kita melawan penguasa yang tidak adil. Apa salahnya kita berjuang… oposisi memang untuk merampas kekuasaan. Kita perlu pastikan demokrasi lebih menyeluruh dan memberikan partai lain untuk bernapas dan menyuarakan kepentingan rakyat, tidak BN saja.

Anda berkomitmen melanjutkan trah Anwar Ibrahim dalam politik Malaysia?
Semua akan melanjutkan perjuangan Anwar. Bukan sekadar soal individu, ada tujuan dan visi lebih penting dan besar. Kalau saya diberi peluang, saya akan teruskan tentunya. Ini bukan soal Anwar Ibrahim, ini soal rakyat.

Jadi Anda siap menghadapi risiko apa pun?

Kita hanya perlu memberanikan diri supaya lebih ramai orang memberanikan diri.

Anda yakin Anwar bisa jadi perdana menteri?
Saya yakin dengan ketentuan Allah. Saya yakin dengan apa yang kita lakukan.

Anda percaya dengan kebijakan ekonomi baru Malaysia?

Itu retorika. Tidak ada satu pun reformasi ekonomi yang sudah dilakukan oleh Najib. Soal isu Satu Malaysia, itu merupakan angan-angan yang tak mungkin dicapai. Kalau Najib tidak bisa meyakini wakilnya, Muhyidin Yassin, bagaimana dia mau meyakini rakyat.

Mengenai isu lobi Zionis, apa benar Anwar diburu oleh Mossad?

Kami mendapat (ancaman melalui) e-mail dan sebagainya.


KENYATAAN BERSAMA PAKATAN RAKYAT PULAU PINANG DALAM MESYUARAT TERGEMPAR PADA 22.8.2010 DI KOMTAR, GEORGE TOWN.

Posted: 22 Aug 2010 02:36 AM PDT

NOTA EDITOR: Zahid sepatutnya kena jawab mengapa ambil seorang peguam yang telah dipecat Bar Council untuk jadi calon BN di DUN Permatang Pasir. Sendiri kena tengok diri la. Apa pun jawatan Zahid, bagi saya beliau adalah seorang pelacur politik.

KENYATAAN BERSAMA PAKATAN RAKYAT PULAU PINANG DALAM MESYUARAT TERGEMPAR PADA 22.8.2010 DI KOMTAR, GEORGE TOWN.

Mesyuarat tergempar PR dipanggil hari ini berikutan permainan isu "Guan Eng gantikan Agong" yang digembar-gemburkan oleh UMNO dan media massa. Permainan politik oleh UMNO ini adalah begitu karut kerana hanya orang tak siuman dan berniat jahat baru berani menggantikan nama DYMM YDP Agong dengan nama lain.

Dalam mesyuarat tersebut Ahli EXCO Negeri Pulau Pinang portfolio agama Islam YB Abdul Malik Kassim telah menjelaskan teks khutbah yang disediakan oleh MAINPP dan JAIPP.

10 usul telah diluluskan dalam mesyuarat tergempar PR Pulau Pinang yang dipengerusikan oleh Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang dan Pengerusi Pakatan Rakyat Lim Guan Eng:-

1. Melafazkan ikrar taat setia kepada DYMM Yang di Pertuan Agung sebagai pemimpin terunggul negara atau Kepala Utama bagi Persekutuan menurut Perkara 32 Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan juga sebagai Ketua agama Islam bagi Negeri Pulau Pinang menurut Perkara 5(2) Perlembagaan Negeri Pulau Pinang.

2.Melafazkan ikrar taat setia kepada Yang di Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang mengikut Perkara 1 Perlembagaan Negeri Pulau Pinang.

3.Menegakkan Islam sebagai agama rasmi negeri; tetapi agama lain boleh diamalkan dengan aman dan harmoni menurut Perkara 5(1) Perlembagaan Negeri Pulau Pinang.

4.Mengulangi sokongan ke atas dasar kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang yang diumumkan oleh Ketua Menteri mengharamkan judi bola yang pada awalnya diluluskan oleh UMNO.

5. Menyokong pemberian kewangan khas Hari Raya Aidilfitri yang diumumkan oleh YAB Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang sebanyak RM 400 kepada semua ahli pentadbiran kerajaan negeri, MPPP, MPSP dan agensi kerajaan negeri yang dibuat pertama kalinya dalam sejarah Malaysia.

6.Mengutuk amalan politik kotor dan jahat UMNO dan media massa yang dikuasai ini yang memainkan isu "Guan Eng gantikan Agong" dalam doa khutbah kedua solat Jumaat yang merupakan satu fitnah jahat yang dilakukan terhadap kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang dalam bulan Ramadan yang mulia ini.

7.Menafikan dengan keras dakwaan UMNO kerana teks khutbah Jumaat yang disediakan oleh Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Pulau Pinang (JAIPP) tidak pernah menggunakan nama Ketua Menteri bagi menggantikan nama Yang di-Pertuan Agong serta Kerajaan negeri, JHEAIPP atau YAB Ketua Menteri sendiri juga tidak pernah menerima atau mengeluarkan arahan secara lisan mahupun bertulis kepada mana-mana pihak untuk menggunakan nama Ketua Menteri.

8.Mendesak UMNO mengambil tindakan terhadap mana-mana khatib/imam mesjid yang dapat dibuktikan telah terpesong atau lari daripada teks khutbah yang disediakan dengan menggantikan nama DYMM YDP Agung dengan nama YAB Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang.

9.Mendesak BN dan UMNO hentikan permainan politik kebencian di kalangan orang ramai yang menimbulkan ketegangan kaum dengan cuba mengaitkan imam/khatib yang tidak mengikut teks khutbah yang disediakan, kalau ada, dengan fitnah penggunaan nama YAB Lim Guan Eng diarahkan oleh kerajaan negeri.

10.Menyeru rakyat and penyokong PR bersikap tenang dan tidak masuk perangkap UMNO untuk mengalihkan perhatian rakyat daripada program baik kerajaan negeri meluluskan program pemberian kewangan khas Hari Raya Aidilfitri sebanyak RM 400 kepada semua ahli pentadbiran dan agensi kerajaan negeri, pemberian tahunan RM 100 wang penghargaan warga emas, menambahkan peruntukan hal ehwal Islam sebanyak 100% kepada RM 24.3 juta pada 2010 berbanding dengan RM12.5 juta pada 2008 dengan sumbangan Ihya Ramadan dan bantuan kepada Sekolah Agama Rakyat (SAR), serta mengharamkan perjudian bola selaras dengan prinsip amar maaruf nahi mungkar.





YB Dato Mansor Othman

Timbalan Ketua Menteri 1 Pulau Pinang

Pengerusi PKR Pulau Pinang



YB Chow Kon Yeow

Pengerusi DAP Pulau Pinang



Ustaz Rosidi Hussain

Timbalan Pesuruhjaya PAS Negeri Pulau Pinang



Kelantan Gold and Silver Dinar ~ Mahaguru58 supports it!

Posted: 22 Aug 2010 02:41 AM PDT

'Gold rush' in Kelantan as dinar goes on sale
Harakahdaily

KOTA BHARU, Aug 20: When was the last time gold sold like hot cakes in Malaysia?

In spite of the relentless attacks by Barisan Nasional over the PAS state government's move to introduce gold currency in Kelantan as an alternative to the barter trade system, there has been a rush to acquire the new coin which comes in several denominations and subject to the current price of gold.

The gold dinar and silver dirhams went on sale Wednesday, with national news agency Bernama reporting that Kelantanese were 'storming' into Islamic pawn shops Ar-Rahn, the authorized representative for dinar and dirham.

However, some buyers were reportedly sticking to the only thing they had known about gold's usage - as personal ornament.

Following Kelantan's announcement that the gold dinar will be made legal tender, Deputy Finance minister Awang Adek Hussin slammed the PAS-led state government for trying to introduce its own currency, and warned that currency matters came under the purview of the Federal government and Bank Negara Malaysia.

Denying Awang Adek's claim, state economic planning, finance and welfare committee chairman Husam Musa said the dinar was meant to be an alternative in the barter trade system only.

"I do not see why this issue has to be blown up following Kelantan introducing the use of the dinar, as it has been around since the beginning of Islam," said Husam.

Operating manager of Ar-Rahn, Siti Azian Ibrahim, said a total of 344 pieces of dirham and 50 pieces of dinar were opened for sale yesterday.

"Looking at the situation, at the beginning we did not expect the dinar will be well received as many who disagreed with its usage in everyday business," she said.

"But on the first day of sale at Ar-Rahn, the people are showing intense interest to buy it," she said, adding that most customers said they wanted to make the dinar into personal jewellery.

High grade gold

Five types of dinar were on sale at different prices based on the current value of gold in the market.

At press time, half-a-dinar cost RM296, one dinar at RM592, two pieces at RM1,184, five dinars RM 2,960 and 8 dinars at RM 4,736.

The silver dirham sold at RM13, two dirhams at RM26, five dirhams RM65, ten dirhams RM130 and 20 dirhams at RM260.

Siti Azian added that the dinar was produced using high grade of gold normally used for jewellery, adding that buying gold had always been a trend in Kelantan due to its stable market value.

Those interested to acquire the dinar may get more information athttp://islamicmint.com.my/ or from Ar-Rahn outlets.
It was reported earlier in Sinar Harian that 1000 business/shopping outlets in Kota Bharu have agreed to accept dinar and dirham in their businesses. That's interesting. And I am planning to get a dinar and a dirham for my personal use. I'd like to experience the gold currency.

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Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

I am not an economist or an expert in the world of finance but deep down in my heart, I am all for the introduction of the gold dinar and silver dirham back into our trading systems.

What the Kelantan State Government has done by reintroducing the gold dinar and silver dirham into our daily lives is something that any self respecting Muslim will definitely support to the best of his or her abilities?

We have all heard of how countries of the world such as the USA are flooding the market with their currencies not backed by the equal worth of gold in the Federal Reserves or those of the World Bank!

I don't need to go into the nitty gritties of such scams but I state herewith my total support for the gold dinar and silver dirham to be our preferred currencies.

Paper money is a kuffar's invention. Let's support the Kelantan Gold Dinar and Silver Dirham!

This is the only real money!

Thanks to KakChik's Wardrobe for highlighting this.


My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist!

Posted: 22 Aug 2010 06:00 AM PDT

The descendant of Kit Siang and Ngeh were granted citizenship after Independence now they want to be Sultan and Agong!




The Chauvinist DAP Chinese would not rest in peace until a Chines opposition member were to become a Sultan or an Agong!!



Although I have not seen the movie and I am sure it is about misconception of being a Muslim or a name sounding like Muslim or Arab.
Shah Rukh Khan was acting in this movie "My name is Khan" and on how this man went to Washington and was mistaken for being a terrorist just because of his name.
Well yeah! If you are an American of an Arab-descent with a "Muslim-sounding name" do not criticised the US government terribly hard or just your luck one night some one from the Homeland Security will come and pick you up and detained you under the homeland security ordnance.
As it is now Muslim-American are now living in fear in the US, the land of the free where freedom of expression is the fundamental way of life there, among other things.
The controversy over the building a multi-purpose Muslim centre where a prayer room is also provided has already gone awry. The thing is it is not even at ground zero but away from it and in spite of this fact racist white American political leaders such as Newt Gingrich are already whipping up the jingoistic anti-Muslim fervor that is now dividing Americans.
The Muslim-multi purpose is for everyone not only Muslim. So why the brouhaha and uproar?! Just plain anti-Muslim persons sentiment, I am sad.
Back to us the same thing is happening. The chauvinist Chinese led by Kit Siang and his just as his chauvinist Bai cohort has been going around making people believe that Malays are a bunch of racist. No sir I shall not keep my mouth shut if you think by voicing our our Malay rights that we are now considered as racist so be it.
The sad fact is even some Malays believe in the lies concocted by Kit Siang and his cohorts
You Chauvinist non-Malay opposition poetical leaders you cannot make us believe that by uttering our Malay right in public or otherwise that we are considered racist?? no sir!
We are not going to fall into the trap as one set by the American administration that Muslim-American had better keep their mouth shut about their rights as American to voice their objections just like any other American, and their rights to condemn a bad US administration or otherwise be labeled a terrorist.
As for you Malays out there do not fall into the same trap laid by these Chauvinist non-Malay politician from the opposition into making us Malay believe that if we voice out our concern over our infringed Malay rights that we are racists?!
The way it is now, no Malays dare to come out to condemn the opposition for showing their disrespect to the Malays rulers and the King, for fear of being labeled a Malay racist, don't be a moron you Melayu bodoh express yourselves this is your country!


L U S T

Posted: 22 Aug 2010 01:32 AM PDT

This is latest version of the knotty poem after some modification/amendment just like you are aloud/allowed while romping playing bedminton, Malaysian judicial officers' most popular sport. I hear when NegaraKu is qualified to hold the Olympics, this sport will be included in recognition of "Malaysia having arrived".~~ Desi,knottyaSsusua

That 4-letter Word in Verse
lust
lasts
as long as man breathes

worst of the lusts lasts
hangs precariously under
is for the perennial powerful energy
driving

S - E - X

when a man, or woman,
would even abandon friends of long lasting years

for the ecstasy of his best friend's mate
running bed or bad

it's all in a game, well said
but Adam fell for a dame
that Eve was well laid

and thereafter
the golden Apple has caused
many men to lose their heads

all over an orifice

where the sun also never shone
but never clearer than the truth

many a man's, and a woman's
jewel
is stolen
in broad daylight
day and night
quite a sight
when Power piles atop on
a lesser power, wow
to RPK's delight



lust

that four-letter killer
yet a filler
in a man's national service
or private journey
into the epic centre of
his ecstasy
or someone else's agony

our courtly treasury
is well blessed
to have such sentinel
safeguarding our chest
virtuous national service
in
or out
of the chamber
steal a winner

bless to the giver and Taker
they deserve each other
luster, lusted
heaven or hell
justified


The Malays In Critical Dilemma Again

Posted: 22 Aug 2010 01:10 AM PDT




Caught midstream in geopolitical turbulence a mile wide with the South-Asian war on the right bank and on the left the Koreas on the boil, Malays in Malaysia may wish they can keep looking straight to avoid having to decide which way they have to go. But they must decide, and fast. Time is running out on them.

There is no middle ground left in the surge of asymmetrical terror in the Clash of Civilizations.

Our old friend in Cuba, Comrade Fidel Castro, has been saying since his recovery from bad health that the war is now verging on the ultimate nuclear holocaust. He may be right.

While the Man of Peace, Barrack Hussein Obama, preside over that civilization clash from the White House, India and Pakistan, both reluctant allies of the US (purposed mainly for the Containment of China), have applied to become members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) that started out with Russia, China and five of the Central Asian countries.

As India sets aside US2 billion to reopen the Ledo Road built during WW II to reach Kun Ming through Myanmar, Pakistan and China have agreed in principle to extend the Korakoram road into a highway that will run through the Northwest Frontier into Baluchistan and then through Sindh to the new port on the shore of the Indian Ocean.

China has also told Afghanistan she is ready to build a railway connection from Kandahar to the same port in Sindh.

Iran, meantime, after successfully leading the ECO countries in building the rail connection between Islamabad and Istanbul, has committed US3 billion to build a railway from Herat to Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan.

After the US has sent back Afghanistan to the Stone Age and that once wondrous country has become the world's largest producer of opium to stay alive, the great hegemonic power slapped the much-disliked Kerry Lugar aid-trap on Pakistan, giving the US virtually all authority to micro-manage Pakistan in exchange for the paltry USD7.5 billion spread through five years.

Pakistan has since become a death-trap and thoroughly a failed-state, now fearing the US will demand her small arsenal of nuclear bombs and render her defenseless in the South-Asian territorial conflict. To make matters worse, she is currently flooded with 14 million of her people badly affected.

Against the American war, Chinese outfits have been building quality roads in Central Asia and have begun to take electricity from there to eventually reach Turkey, for industry.

Kashgar, the Old Silk Road largest bazaar on the Tajik-Xinjiang border will soon be rebuilt into a modern city with giant trading and shopping malls, with roads leading out to Tajikistan, Kyrgystan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and to the Korakorum and to the heart of China.

The contrast between the US and China-Russia with the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) is a simple contrast of War and Peace, leaving Obama, the Friend of Peace, on the side of War – a good man living with bad josh and evil karma, yeah.

That's about the right bank of the Malay world, in a nutshell. Just as border tensions become unnaturally and unnecessarily high between India and China, the world was edged into frantic tensions on the left bank over the two Koreas, the tensions reaching straight to the Spratlys, the Straits of Malacca, the whole of the China Sea and its neighborhood and stretching the Pacific into a grasp of heat.

In short, the turbulence on the left and right banks of the Malay World translates into World War.

While in the development even Sri Lanka has turned towards the peace-bearing SCO (and ECO), Malaysia, which had spearheaded the move to set-up our own East-Asian Caucus (involving ASEAN, China, Korea and Japan) has now virtually retracted that East Asian peace initiative.

EAC would have given Asean and her partners the leverages needed to return the tension-filled Containment of China back into negotiable conduct of trade,development and cultural exchanges.

It would have also given the chance for Asean countries to redistribute Asean trade which has been hogged by Singapore, the island republic taking the lion's share o about 65 percent from the start.

Malaysia was en-route to leading the pack of 10 to reform the trade and economic profiles of our regional bloc when the previous to the previous premier led himself into a hilarious power skirmish with his nemesis, Anwar Ibrahim, making them both losers. It was ostensibly about sodomy.

Now, with the US-Vietnam nuclear agreement causing the scenario to totally change, the Malays, as they are led by Umno, are quite apparently in a state of bewilderment and not knowing on which side of the Malay River (Sungai Melayu) will the harvests become gold, and which will be fire.

Because around 30 percent of Malaysia is Chinese and the Chinese have been more economically successful in Malaysia (as well as in all Asean), it seems safe to say Malays in Malaysia are generally scared the Chinese would run them aground politically, sooner or later.

But how can the Chinese do that if the Malays do not sell off their birthrights this writer hasn't been able to grasp since the beginning of time.

In other words, that fear seems to be seated on the self-assumption the Malays are corrupt, are naturally corruptible and will sell off their birthrights for a fee and bits of flesh, like it had been in Palembang and Jambe, the Malay heartland.

Some Malays appear to have been gripped by US propaganda that has made China into a US archrival now that the Muslims have been reduced into intra-Islam anarchy of sects (and sexes).

China, on the other hand, is the third country in Space and has modernized her arsenal to include ICBMs with cluster-nuclear warheads. But the US may be able to blow these with her anti-missile lasers.

The meaning is this: China is still decades away from becoming a contestant for hegemony or even for hemispheric imperialism.

China is, instead, a very successful vendor of intercontinental trade, diplomacy and development.

The same as with Iran, which the US and Zionists want us to believe is well on the way to becoming a regional power wishing to nuke Israel, China too is being made into a bogey by the US.

Some Malays enjoy this fear-the-Chinese syndrome. It had been a Malay trait from before WW II and dubbed in history as the Great Fear, becoming the motive force of the efficient anti-Chinese movement in 1944-46.

Truth is, China has just moved into a GDP of US5 trillion. Because the Japanese GDP had shrunk a bit, China may have become statistically the second largest economy in the world.

But that is US5 trillion in a country of 1.3 billion. It makes the Chinese urban per capita income only about RM5,000 and with about RM1,500 for the rural. Take note the numbers are in RM, not USD.

That is, indeed, a great leap for what had been an abject poverty-clutch only three decades before. But China would need time to use domestic consumer spending to boost her economy. She will be export-dependent for a long while yet.

This means, unless she reverts to the old style of command economy, she is not about to become imperial.

Militarily, while she has a huge infantry and a remarkably fast-expanding modern air force, she is merely in the process of building her first two aircraft-carriers to contest the mighty US Pacific Fleet.

Hence, the danger China poses to us is more in her cheap goods than in her military might. She is a US embarrassment because of the US1.8 trillion America owes to the Bank of China rather than for being militarily a contestant.

Because the US and Britain/Europe have all the time been technology-stingy, more and more countries in the world have been looking to China and Russia for technology-transfer and for state-of-the-art aircrafts and weaponry.

The US sold us (Malaysia) F-fighter jets without giving us the code to open the bomb-hatch! Will they give us the code if Anwar Ibrahim becomes the Malaysia Prime Minister? Is there any guarantee forthcoming from the Pentagon or from the Whitey House?

The Chinese isn't much of a threat. Chinese in Malaysia can become difficult if they were to smuggle into the country something like three million persons from the Chinese mainland into the recently constructed economic corridors.

Short of that kind of a stunning human smuggling racket, the Chinese in Malaysia are at worst merely a case of bad breath, and at best, a vibrant commercial and industrial community that can become astounding with the right opportunities and the right mannerisms.

This is to say in the Sino-Malay periodical effervescences, it is the Malays that have been at fault.

Corruption-prone, they have been quick to swerve into banshee-screaming to extend the tenure of the super-privileged gotten-rich-quick class of Malay princes, politicians, contractors and businessmen, the Malay Labor left out and instead, made to pay for the costs of the hubris and debauchery. Malaysia is now on the edge of bankruptcy.

Hardly anything has gone into the way of Labor under the leadership of Najib Tun Razak who is hosting the High Income Economy, ensuring his father, The Great Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, is now truly dead.

Hardly anything worth redeeming has been heard of a Social Policy in Najib's New Economic Model (NEM), him busy wooing Chinese and Indian voters who probably will continue to vote against the Barisan Nasional (BN), anyway.

The Malays are in critical dilemma once again for the lack of an ideological guidance other than an absurdly distorted Islam,

One Malaysia must need an ideology that can offer Malaysians a way out of the ethnic and sectarian conflicts or it will merely be a political posture worth no more than a lollipop that will melt under the sun.

The Malays have no place to rally around. This is an industrial society and it is senseless to believe Malays can anymore stand together around fundamental Islam or around the pool of the super-privileged nationalist elite that has gone berserk in corrupt practices and in arrogance.

Going back to Labor in Co-production is possibly the only way there is.-- a. ghani ismail, 22 August, 2010


Scrap Lahad Datu's coal-fired plant!

Posted: 22 Aug 2010 03:23 AM PDT


A posting by Rockybru on Friday, Aug 20 about the billion ringgit coal-fired plant in Lahad Datu near Sandakan, Sabah draws my attention. And taking the Q from him, I would like to add a few lines (or facts) about it.

I wonder whether Che Khalib Mohamad Noh is still one of the directors of Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd who was also responsible in 'approving' the project. And, is his buddy at Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Abdul Razak Majid still holding similar SEB directorship? (here)

If so, both can give a lengthy asnwer to the progress of the coal-fired plant, which was met with criticism not only from people in Lahad Datu and Sandakan but NGOs and environmentalists alike. And the rumors that it was meant as a 'parting gift' for Pak Lah and his friends (who could they be?) has opened up questions to possibility - that it was a syndicated political project.

However, I dont want to go into its depth. What concerns me and many is the fact that the EIA reports was in favor of such a plant, which has been banned in many countries like most in Europe for its devastating air pollution impact.

What went wrong at the EIA agency? Who got the order to tamper with its originally 'obstructing contents' and gave it a 'clear' for the construction of the plant? If nobody wants to answer this, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will have no choice but to set up an inquiry on it.

Something was not right with the site report, either. It was originally proposed some 10km from the shore but it was then agreed that it must be built by the sea as it would accommodate the setting up of a port for ships ferrying coals.

Another burning issue is that, the Bakun Dam project which is expected to be completed in 2011 should be able to supply enough energy to the needs of Lahad Datu and Sandakan.

The argument is simple - the government, via TNB, plans a 676km submarine cables across the South China Sea to connect Bakun and Peninsular Malaysia, when in fact the distance from Miri to Sandakan is only 480km. Besides, the idea to sell Bakun's electricity to Brunei and Kalimantan has to be reconsidered. Why cant we sell it to the people and industry in Sabah and Sarawak first instead of providing it to other countries?

Maybe we could also consider the summary of the EIA reports here and comments by those who have read it.

Excerpts:

Transportation via marine vessels will generate waste oils and bilge water. If not properly managed and disposed, these will lead to pollution of marine waters. Piling and trenching activities will increase the turbidity in the construction and adjacent area. According to the hydraulic modelling results, the suspended sediment concentrations in excess of 50mg/l in the worst case scenario (during the North East Monsoon) are limited to only within about 150m from the piling and trenching sites (on both sides).


I am not an expert. Maybe Rocky and the rest of you can understand it. But my summary is simple: stop the plan, fully-utilise Bakun's supply and leave Lahad Datu's shores clean and healthy. To those who wanted to benefit from the project, you are doomed!


Tulang Besi: The Victim of “American” Discrimination

Posted: 21 Aug 2010 11:29 PM PDT

Not long ago, Tulang Besi applied for a position in United States. Despite being told by the agent that Tulang Besi has a great chance of getting the job due to the fact that Tulang Besi is an alumni of an American University and has a fully functional social security number registered with the American government.

Several months had passed, yet no answer from my agent in the US. Finally, after checking with a few sources, Tulang Besi concludes that Tulang Besi is rejected outright. And, the main reason for the rejection is because Tulang Besi's real name starts with Abdul (Abdul Rahman Abdul Talib).

If only Tulang Besi had submitted a resume without mentioning the "Abdul", the application would have been accepted.

THE SAME FATE IS SUFFERED BY TULANG BESI's BROTHER IN UK

Tulang Besi's brother lives in the UK. When he first arrived, he submitted his resume various agents. Several weeks had passed yet none replied.
Tulang Besi's brother, then, decided to rewrite his resume. This time, he omitted the word Muhammad from his name. He then sent out his resume to the same agencies.

Within hours after sending the new resume, Tulang Besi's brother was bombarded with tens of requests for interviews or inquiries.

It goes to show, the American effort to compartmentalize Muslims and to jump-start a massive discrimination effort towards Muslims is working.
Now, Muslims having Muslim names that starts with "Abdul" or Muhammad are natural targets for discrimination. We are not worthy of any rights guaranteed in the Western world.

Another good example is the French's obsession with Purdah or Burqa. They went out of their way to ban Purdah and Hijab in their schools.
Yet, they provide protection to a film director name Roman Polanski from facing charges of child molestations in the US. They even appointed a minister who openly admits to have had sex with boys in Thailand.

The message sent out is: Religious clothing is an abomination. Raping children is an unalienable right

Thus far, we have never seen any evidence linking Osama and Al Qaeda with the September 11 bombings. Most of the American information is obtained from prisoners who underwent torture in Guantanamo Bay or various Central Asia republics.

It is a known fact that most men will confess anything under torture even to the extent of claiming oneself to be a woman. I know in Egypt, they will torture a political prisoner until he admits that he is a woman/girl. Only then, the political prisoner is released.

So, most of the information we read about the so call "Terror Network" are obtained from detainees confessions who had undergone the process of torture.
At the same time, people like me will have to undergo systematic discrimination whenever I enter the realm of the West.

In the West, Muslims are the cursed people and people who put Muhammad or Abdul in their names are automatic extremists and must be abolished from the face of the earth. Unless of course, if people like me is willing to come out in public that I am a child molester or someone who likes having sex with boys. Then, I can be assured of the protection of the West.

Tulang Besi


'Better late than never' or 'better never than late'

Posted: 22 Aug 2010 11:35 AM PDT

Saya bukanlah seorang yang begitu pessimist tetapi lebih mementingkan priority yang betul jika BN masih mahu memerintah di peringkat persekutuan. Saya lebih cenderung untuk bercakap yang benar daripada bercakap secara orang yang ber'politicking'.

Pada hemat saya, elok UMNO dan BN pertahankan apa yang ada sahaja kerana ditakuti yang dikejar tak dapat yang dikendung pula berciciran. Saya mahu nyatakan pandangan secara terus-terang kerana tidak ada masa lagi bagi UMNO untuk berusaha untuk mengambil kembali apa yang sudah hilang.

Kebarangkalian untuk mengambil kembali Pulau Pinang, Kedah dan Kelantan adalah mustahil. 'Impossible!' bak kata AR Tompel di dalam sebuah filem lakonannya. Tetapi di sebaliknya kebarangkalian negeri Terengganu dan NS untuk kecundang adalah amat besar. Perak dari sudut moralnya memang kerajaan PR. Katalah apa pun dan oleh siapa pun, negeri Perak akan kembali ke pangkuan PR.

Mungkin ramai yang akan memarahi saya kerana pandangan saya ini, tetapi saya tidak akan menghiraukannya kerana saya mahu tidur lena dan saya mesti bercakap yang benar. Saya tidak berkesanggupan untuk berkata-kata untuk menyedapkan hati kita semata-mata. Buat apa kita hendak bermimpi di siang hari?

Keputusan pilihanraya di negeri-negeri yang sekarang dikuasai oleh PR adalah predictable. PR jelas akan mempertahankan kerajaan negeri-negeri tersebut. Begitu juga keputusan undi bagi NS dan Terengganu. PR berpontensi besar untuk memenangi negeri-negeri ini. Sementara NS dan Terengganu masih di tangan kita elok kita jaga dan berikan tumpuan kepada 2 buah negeri ini. Lakukan apa-apa yang 'needful' untuk 2 buah negari ini.

Kelemahan PR di NS semasa pilihanraya dulu hanyalah keterampilan calon-calonnya sahaja. Jika calon-calonnya adalah dari nama-nama yang dikenali dan berpengalaman PR sudah pun mengambilalih negeri itu dalam pilihnaraya yang lalu. Kali ini jika PR meletakkan calon-calon yang ada sedikit nama dan pengaruh maka UMNO akan kecundang jika apa-apa kelemahan yang ada tidak diperbetulkan.

Pada tahun 1999 pembangkang berdoa supaya BN mengekalkan Wan Mokhtar Ahmad sebagai peneraju BN dalam menghadapi pilihanraya umum pada tahun itu. Sesungguhnya Wan Mokhtar diberikan tanggungjawab mengetuai BN dalam pilihanraya itu dan akhirnya kesemua 7 kerusi Parlimen di Terengganu jatuh ke tangan PAS dan satu ke tangan PKR di Kemaman. Kerusi DUN hanya dimenangi oleh BN sebanyak 5 kerusi sahaja.

Di Sarawak pembangkang berdoa lagi jika Taib Mahmud masih kekal maka banyak kerusi DUN dan Parlimen akan kecundang. Taib Mahmud telah pun diumumkan kekal sebagai peneraju di dalam pilihanraya negeri yang akan datang ini. Dijangka BN akan menang tipis atau pun kalah terus di dalam pilihanraya negeri yang bakal tiba dalam beberapa bulan sahaja lagi.

Keadaan ini juga berlaku di NS sekarang ini. Jika Mohammad masih kekal sebagai MB dan terus memikul tanggungjawab untuk melalui PRU13 nanti, maka negeri adat ini juga akan terlepas ke tangan pembangkang. Mohammad Hasan akan menerima nasib seperti Mahadzir Khalid dan Khir Toyo.

Sekaranglah masanya bagi pemimpin-pemimpin membuktikan bahawa mereka benar-benar sayangkan parti dan negara dengan berkorban. Berkorban apa sahaja. Jika kita terpaksa berhenti maka bertindaklah sekarang dengan berhenti dan bersara.

Transformasi yang disebut-sebutkan oleh pucuk pimpinan kita itu mesti dilaksanakan dengan betul dan dilaksanakan oleh orang yang betul. Penyelesaian sesuatu masalah memerlukan kefahaman yang terperinci apa sebenarnya masalah yang kita hadapi. Fahami masalah sebenarnya dulu, barulah dapat kita melakukan proses penyelesaian itu. Kalau kita tidak tahu masalah dengan terperinci, sampai bila pun kita tidak akan menemui penyelesaiannya.

Masalah sebenar yang dihadapi sekarang ialah krisis keyakinan terhadap semua pemimpin UMNO dan ianya melarat kepada semua pimpinan dalam BN. Kerosakannya sudah sampai ke tahap yang 'irremediable'. Sekarang ini pemimpin yang sepatutnya melakukan transformasi itu sendiri menjadi persoalan rakyat. Siapa yang hendak menerajui transformasi ini?

Orang ramai menganggap mereka yang duduk di dalam MKT UMNO sekarang ini pun hanya menambahkan ketidakyakinan rakyat, maka proses memperbetulkan keadaan tidak ada siapa yang boleh melakukannya. Memang tidak ada.

Apabila pimpinan yang dipandang rendah oleh masyarakat maka pandangan itu akan menular kepada pimpinan parti-parti dalam BN dan kita tidak seharusnya terkejut dengan keadaan begini. Itulah sebabnya GERAKAN, MCA dan beberapa ahli komponen yang lain menyalahkan UMNO kerana kemerosotan sokongan rakyat yang ketara di dalam pilihanraya yang lalu.

Masing-masing di dalam kepimpinan tertinggi bercakap dengan perbezaan pemikiran di antara mereka. Najib dengan konsep 1Malaysia yang tidak difahami ramai, Muhyiddin dengan isu Kemelayuannya. Antara Najib dengan Muhyiddin menyanyi tidak seirama dan selagu. MCA membuatkan UMNO lebih terdesak dengan tuntutan-tuntutan yang gila-gila.

MCA sudah mengakui bahawa mereka sudah terdesak dan sanggup bersama DAP untuk memenuhi tuntutan bangsa Cina. UMNO pula masih dalam state of denial dan untuk kepentingan politik kepartiannya mencela TGNA dan pemimpin Melayu yang lain. Penghinaan yang dilemparkan kepada pemimpin Melayu ini sampai tak sanggup kita nak dengari oleh pemimpin kita dan penyokong UMNO sedangkan kita memerlukan pimpinan Melayu.

MCA dan DAP memikirkan bangsanya tetapi Melayu hanya memikirkan bagaimana hendak terus berkuasa terus-terusan untuk kepentingan peribadi masing-masing. Apabila membelasah pemimpin seperti TGNA, ianya seolah-olah UMNO boleh berdiri di atas kaki sendiri sekarang ini.

Akhirnya penyokong-penyokong UMNO bergaduh dengan semua pihak sehinggakan tidak ada siapa lagi yang mereka hendak bergaduh. Kalau dah bergaduh dengan semua orang kenapa pula salahkan orang lain kerana tidak menyokong UMNO? Bagaimana hendak mendapatkan sokongan dari Melayu jika pemimpin PAS dihina dan dikecam sedangkan parti itu sekarang mendapat sokongan ramai orang Melayu.

Kenapa jadi begitu? Adakah disebabkan PAS itu? Atau disebabkan kita ini seperti anak 'nangoi' yang beranak banyak tetapi tidak tahu untuk menjaganya atau malas untuk memperbaiki diri sendiri.

Banyak kali blog ini menyebut tentang instrospeksi diri. Salahkan diri kita sendiri sebelum kita menyalahkan pihak lain. Kalau dahulu UMNO mendapat sokongan, kenapa sekarang tidak? Mesti ada sebab, dan sebabnya bukankah ada pada diri kita sendiri?

Kalau pekong sudah membesar akhirnya ia akan diketahui ramai kerana pekong itu berbau dan mudah dihidu orang. Jangan hiraukan kudis orang; hiraukan pekong yang ada kepada kita.

Pekong ini jika baik sekali pun ia akan meninggalkan parut sepanjang hidup kita. Parut itu akan mengingati orang ramai dan itu merupakan masalah besar dari segi etika kepimpinan.

UMNO memerlukan 'facet' yang baru dengan imej yang baru. Parti ini perlu perubahan dari A to Z.. UMNO ini perlukan pendekatan yang baru denagan perjuangannya asalnya dahulu yang sentiasa baru di setiap waktu.

Di antara 'facet' yang baru ialah muka-muka yang memimpin itu harus dari kumpulan lain dan mesti tidak ada langsung muka-muka yang ada pada hari ini. Kita mesti faham UMNO sudah begitu hamis pada pandangan ramai. Apa yang dicakapkan oleh pemimpin kita tidak diyakini oleh semua. Apa yang dilakukan mereka menjadi ejekan ramai. Apa pun pemimpin kita buat sudah menjadi bahan jenaka.

Jika sudah sampai ke tahap itu, bagaimana hendak terus memerintah. Salah siapa? Introspeksilah diri sendiri.

Pilih diantara 2 'proverb ini; 'better late than never' atau 'better never than late'.


'Tis the nature of the beast

Posted: 21 Aug 2010 11:59 PM PDT

Malaysiakini - MCA's Chua changes tune on bumi equity issue.

Hardly surprising to read of Chua Soi Lek backing down from his earlier call for the 30% bumi equity to be gradually removed - which actually had been a right call. But alas, as they say, it's in the nature of the beast, where the MCA beast is that of a lap dog called to heel and swiftly obeying.

I have always believed in affirmative action to lend a hand to the weak and less fortunate, to take them along with us down the road towards a better life. But it should be based on a 'needs basis', to be determined by a number of criteria including asset testing.

It's terrible that one should only benefit from favoured treatment on the basis of skin colour rather that of needs.

The recent call by Tony Pua for the abolishing of the housing discount for Malays for purchases of residence above a price tag of RM500,000 was an excellent example of indirect 'asset testing'. If a Malay can afford a house of above RM500,000 why the hell should he or she require a discount other than by the sick argument that he/she has the correct kulit-fication (skin colour).

The discount is meant to enable poorer Malays to be able to afford and acquire housing and a fair examination of Tony Pua's call will show clearly his proposal didn't extend right down to the less costly houses. In other words, Malays purchasing houses of not more than RM500,000 will continue to enjoy the legislated discount.

But trust UMNO to ignore this fact and attack Pua for wanting to do away with the policy of housing discount for Malays completely. Talking about the nature of the beast, the UMNO one has this modus operandi, that of telling deliberate lies designed to either frighten or anger the heartland against political competitors, who could actually represent the Malays more sincerely, effectively and respectivefully without treating them like convenient political tools to be used when needed and discarded when not - picture the FELDA settlers.

A fair and colour-blind affirmative action will still ensure the less fortunate Malay would deservedly receive assistance and support from the government to ensure they may better their lives. And the fewer but equally impoverished Indians and to a lesser extent, Chinese, will similarly enjoy the 'needs basis' government support.

The non asset-tested 30% equity is nothing more than an open cheque for the UMNO elite to plunder the nation's wealth while the poor Malays in the heartland continue to be poor, and then be told lies that their poverty has been due to the avaricious rapacious Chinamen.

By his cowardly belakang pusing, Chua Soi Lek has shown the real character of MCA, namely its eternal subordination and cringe to UMNO, which has long being despised by the Chinese community - recall the paltry 9% Chinese support for Chua as a community leader.

Chua made even worse the adverse impression of his back down by his sycophantic crooning to the PM. MKINI reported: Chua said the party thanked the prime minister for the advice, which he said was in line with the BN's vast experience in dealing with issues of common interest.

Indeed the so-called 'BN's vast experience in dealing with issues of common interest' has always been consistent in: U Must Not Object to its policy, whims and fancies, in this case to the 30% bumi equity, even if it's well known that some bumis will immediately sell off the equity (shares etc) the moment they have been handed that.

The elitist and self-interest rule of UMNO, abetted by its subordinate cronies like MCA and MIC, has been made more apparent by the example of the current Penang State government which has taken pains to be thrifty and more efficient so that some of the savings could be translated into financial subsistence for the more senior citizens (of all ethnic groups) to enjoy, and recently, also to the Muslim state civil servants as special Raya bonuses to ameliorate their Raya expenses in these hard times.

No doubt the last action must have driven UMNO mad with jealousy and worries about a DAP-Pakatan government becoming more and more acceptable to the Malay community that they have launched into an insidious campaign to demon-ize Lim Guan Eng in the eyes of the Malays, using lies about untoward mosque sermons involving Lim.

It shows that UMNO is so desperately bankrupt with policy ideas that once again it has resorted to religio-racist bigotry, using its sinister formulaic mantra of raja, agama dan bangsa against Lim. 'Tis the nature of the beast.

And sadly PM Najib, for all his 1Malaysia talk, has subscribed to the evil campaign by calling for an investigation into allegations fabrications that mosque sermons in Penang had replaced the Agong's name with that of Lim Guan Eng.


蔡细历呛讲一套做一套‧“民联像国阵一样贪腐”

Posted: 21 Aug 2010 07:13 PM PDT


---->蔡细历颁发脚车予幸运儿,左二为李学超局绅,右起洪瑞英、蔡淑贝及马清醒。 (图:光明日报)



(霹雳‧太平)马华总会长拿督斯里蔡细历指出,民联在一些州属执政只有2年半,但一样出现腐败舞弊,而且讲一套做一套,与国阵都是一样的(sama -sama)。只是国阵已执政了53年,腐败会多一些,但民联也非完美,相信它若执政久些,弊端便会更多。

若能解困马华也挺民联

他说,不要以为若民联执政,一切华社的问题便会迎刃而解,包括取消马来人特权。

他说,"我重申若是如此,马华也会全力支持民联。"

蔡细历周五(8月20日)晚出席马华太平区会所主办的感恩及团结宴时,揄揶民联在一些执政的州属,一样支持信满天飞,而且还闹出小贩要自杀等事件,证明该阵线言不由衷。

谈及马华的高调问政态度时,他说,马华在会长理事会上,已决定要跨越种族,凡事针对课题回应及作出解决,突破传统的保守处理方式。

"马华过去的低调问政,被误以为是福利团体,因此必须回归政治,如行动党一样的高调宣传。"

扬言使统考文凭受承认

他说,马华其实在最近已解决了许多华社课题,包括独中生在进入大专院校时可申请贷学金、大马教育文凭优秀生获得奖助学金、全津及半津学校从明年开始可获水电费等。

蔡细历也说,马华有信心可以争取独中统考文凭受承认,只是目前仍有一些技术问题待解决而已。

他希望巫统也能以跨种族方式处理政策课题,以便成为国阵的好榜样。

"因此,我希望华社能给予国阵一个机会,以便逐步解决华社所面对的问题。"

吁党员大选勿互抽后腿

蔡细历呼吁党员矛头对外,而非在大选时互抽后腿。

他说,马华目前已没有安全选区可言,也不要指望华人支持马华是理所当然,如果没有党员的全力支持,马华在每一个选区都无法获胜。

他举例在北霹雳区,马华只有一个州议席,如果拥有9000名党员的马华太平区会,其中有30%党员抽后腿,来回便失去了5000张选票,在这种情况下,马华要保住这个选区是非常困难的。

大课题马华得分仅0至3%

他说,在乌雪补选后,马华曾通过专业公司进行了3个月的调查工作,结果发现华裔对马华领袖在地方上的服务给予60至70%的满意度,但对国家的重大课题,却只给予零至3、4%而已,原因是华裔认为马华只会内斗,而且只重视党职及官位而已。

"因此,马华认为是时候要高调论政,并针对课题处事,让华裔了解马华也有处理大课题的能力,突显党的观点及焦点。"

光明日报‧2010.08.21


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