Monday, August 9, 2010

To try or not: Singapore agonises

To try or not: Singapore agonises


To try or not: Singapore agonises

Posted: 09 Aug 2010 07:00 AM PDT

By Maxwell Coopers

COMMENT It is too early to say what Singapore may just do with the author of the controversial book "Once A Jolly Hangman. Singapore Justice In the Dock"' by Alan Shadrake. Almost instantaneously a case that attracted unprecedented global publicity has had its publicity run ended as soon as it even began.

For observers of the Singapore scene that is not just unusual but absolutely unprecedented for a nanny state which had always prided itself on standing up to detractors; symptomatic as some would say of its typical siege mentality.

If ever there is any proof of that, one only needs to look at how the Republic pursued bitterly the prosecution of Romanian diploma Silvio Ionescu and all others who have had dared the Singapore system in the past.

Something of "mea culpa" is brewing at the moment. Or, appropriately what could be described as a climb-down by Singapore authorities.

From its original, inflexible stance of actually wanting to try Shadrake for criminal defamation allegations, the city-state is resorting to something it has never done in the past: a plea bargain.

In exchange for an apology from Shadrake the authorities would drop charges of criminal defamation against the aged British author.

It is too soon to proclaim a victory for human rights campaigners.

Though the Media Development Authority (MDA) – the body that initially brought those charges to bear – has said the book will not be banned, the truth of the matter is that it is nowhere to be found in the bookstores in the country.

And like every controversial book, the danger or rather irony of trying to insulate it only engenders the very opposite reaction that the actions preceding it actually create.

In other words, what happens is that it becomes popular not because of its Booker or Pulitzer Prize winning material, but because of something largely unexpected: the strident protests it generates to objectionable excerpts.

That perhaps just seems to be what Shadrake's book has all been about.

For way too long, many in the country and beyond have come to view Singapore's judicial system as something bordering on being "perfect".

There naturally is a world of difference between what is perfect and what is poetic!

Poetic justice

But for a state that provides the mandatory death penalty without the benefit of doubt of allowing for a discretionary element in sentencing, the concept of poetic justice hardly, if ever, qualifies

Crime and punishment are very complex social issues mirrored by the uniquely, extraordinary circumstances within which they are perpetrated.

To corroborate that are the appeal courts. Their existence in democratic societies is nothing but a tacit acknowledgement that justice is rarely poetic. And because it is so, errors in judgment resulting in sentencing can find the recourse they need for rectification.

These institutional organs do not just administer justice on what can be called from a "second lease" premise.

They are also to give vent as some of the cases in the Republic in the past have amplified to according recognition to the very social factors triggering that crime.

For instance, convicted drug smuggler Poh Kay Keong had his conviction of death overturned after it emerged that this admission of guilt to Singapore's drug enforcement agencies was obtained under duress.

And there was a celebrated case in 1994 when two brothers wrongly convicted of a capital offence and just a month away from their deaths won a reprieve when their diligent, hardworking counsel, the late JB Jeyaretnam, produced just the evidence to exonerate both the convicted men on grounds of technicalities.

Without a judicial review board and with absolutely no debate at all in the country of the deterrence utility of the death penalty, Shadrake now stands as the lone voice of conscience in the city-state -- something odd as he is not a Singaporean.

What is even incredulous is that it had to take a non-Singaporean to champion the cause of justice in an island-republic. So trying him for a book he wrote and and for which he is well armed with facts may just be a situation the local Singapore authorities will be all too keen to avoid.

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


Laporan 27 Peniaga Melayu Dihalang Berniaga di KOMTAR Adalah PALSU

Posted: 09 Aug 2010 02:47 PM PDT

NOTA EDITOR: Mengikut kenyataan rasmi dari Penang Development Corporation melalui Pengurus Kanannya, Mohd Bazid Abdul Kahar:

Daripada penjelasan di atas dapat dilihat bahawa PDC bukannya menghalang tetapi hanya ingin mempastikan penggunaan ruang di ruang legar konkos , paras 3, KOMTAR dibayar sewa oleh KMA dan dibuat mengikut prosidur dan syarat yang dikenakan oleh PDC bagi menjamin suasana dan keselesaan di kawasan tersebut. Adalah tidak patut PDC dipersalahkan bila KMA mengutip sewa daripada 27 peniaga tetapi tidak pun diberikan kepada PDC.
Hakikatnya, Komtar Merchant Association (KMA) tidak membayar sewa pada tuan tanah. Jadi, Tuan Tanah ada hak menghalang semua dari berniaga di kawasan kepunyaannya. Tiada kena mengena dengan hak melayu atau orang Islam.

Namun, UMNO, melalui lidah rasmi mereka Utusan Meloya sedang bersiap-siap memainkan isu di atas. Hairan saya bagaiaman KMA boleh mempengaruhi UMNO Penang dengan sebegitu mudah? Ataupun KMA sememangnya dikuasai oleh mereka yang pro UMNO selama ini?

Begitu rendahnya nilai UMNO. Sehingga sanggup menyokong mereka yang tidak membayar sewa seperti KMA. UMNO hendak membantu KMA menipu para peniaga di KOMTAR.

Pokoknya, janganlah kita percaya apa sahaja yang datang dari UMNO. Biasanya ia adalah penipuan kerana UMNO adalah penipu paling besar dalam dunia.

Ini juga satu bukti bagaimana agenda Melayu sering di salah gunakan oleh UMNO untuk kepentingan mereka dan kroni2 mereka.

Demi melindungi kroni2 mereka yang tidak bayar sewa, mereka naikkan agenda Melayu.

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Penganjur tidak bayar sewa punca masalah di Komtar
Harakahdaily


PULAU PINANG, 9 Ogos: Para peniaga bazaar Ramadhan di Komtar tidak boleh berniaga tahun ini ekoran dari tindakan penganjur bazar itu tidak membayar sewa kepada Lembaga Pembangunan Pulau Pinang (PDC) walaupun telah mengutip yurannya dari peniaga.

Demikian dijelaskan oleh Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng dalam laman komuniti Twitternya.

"Mengapa penganjur tak bayar PDC wang sewa yang dkutip daripada 27 peniaga Melayu? Bazar Ramadan tunggu bayar sewa.Tahun depan deal terus dengan peniaga," tulis beliau dalam twiiternya.

Sementara itu, beliau juga berkata, satu surat kelulusan telah dikeluarkan kepada penganjur iaitu Persatuan Peniaga Komtar melalui naib pengerusinya yang bernama Ghani.

Utusan Malaysia, media Umno, hari ini menyiarkan di muka depannya laporan kononnya kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang menyekat peniaga Melayu membuka bazar Ramadhan di Komtar.

Laporan bertajuk "Melayu terus ditindas" itu jelas cuba memainkan isu perkauman terhadap kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang pimpinan Lim Guan Eng itu.

Ekoran itu, Guan Eng menyifatkan ia satu lagi siri mempermainkan isu perkauman terhadap kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang.

Sebelum ini, akhbar yang sama memainkan isu seorang peniaga Melayu yang mempertahankan kedainya yang dibina di atas pokok dari dirobohkan oleh pihak berkuasa tempatan.

Guan Eng menjelaskan, tidak ada isu ia kedai Melayu atau tidak. Isunya adalah keselamatan kerana ia dibina di atas pokok, kata beliau.


Selamat Berpuasa, syariat dan hakikatnya.

Posted: 09 Aug 2010 04:04 PM PDT

Besok, insyaallah, bermulalah bulan Ramadhan Almubarak dalam mana umat Islam akan melakukan satu ibadah yang telah disyariatkan, iaitu berpuasa keseluruhan bulan itu pada siang hari.

Kita dituntut untuk menahan makan dan minum disiang hari serta mengelakkan dan menahan nafsu dari melakukan apa-apa perkara yang berdosa siang dan malam.

Ianya bukan sahaja menahan dari kita makan dan minum tetapi melatih kita supaya jangan membiarkan diri yang sebenarnya diri kita itu (bathin kita) dari mengerjakan semua sifat Amarah dan Mazmumah yang terkeji, seperti dengki, khianat, cemburu, memfitnah, takbur, ujub dan yang lain-lain yang berhubung kait dengan manusia sesama manusia (hubungan hablum minannaas).

Lain-lain perkatann kita dituntut untuk mengelakkan diri kita dari melakukan dosa syariat (dosa dengan tuhan) serta dosa hakikat (dosa sesama manusia) bagi membersihkan diri (jasad dan batin) kita dari segala dosa dan noda.

Saya juga mengambil kesempatan untuk mengingatkan diri saya serta ahli keluarga untuk mengelakkan diri dari melakukan yang mungkar tetapi mengerjakan amalan yang makruf seperti yang dituntut oleh syariat agama dan hakikatNya.

Kebimbangan yang ada bagi umat yang menganuti agama suci kita dan apa-apa agama sekali pun ialah samada bathin kita bersama-sama berpuasa selari dengan puasa yang disyariatkan kepada tubuh kita yang tidak makan dan minum disiang hari itu.

Sebagai manusia yang serba lemah dan kekurangan ini ramai, lebih-lebih lagi bagi diri saya yang selalu berdosa ini untuk mengawal perjalanan syariat dan hakikat yang selari (parallel); iaitu kita berpuasa pada syariatnya dan amalan puasa itu benar-benar dilakukan oleh diri yang sebenarnya diri kita itu, iaitu bathin kita.

Dugaan untuk tidak makan dan minum pada siang hari itu merupakan dugaan yang mudah kita atasi tetapi yang sangat susah bagi kita ialah dugaan bathin kita untuk mengelakkan dari 13 sifat keji itu: dengki, khianat cemburu, ujub, takbur sombong dan lain-lain, yang kesemuanya melibatkan perhubungan manusia dan manusia itu (hablum minannaas).

Jika kita berjaya mengatasi dugaan hakikat ini maka nescaya berjayalah ibadah dan amalan berpuasa itu. Pendeknya ibadah (kerja tubuh yang tidak makan dan minum) selalunya mudah diatasi tetapi amalan (kerja bathin kita) hakikat itu merupakan dugaan yang amat sukar untuk diatasi. Berjaya atau tidaknya amalan hakikat itu hanyalah diri kita yang sebenar-benarnya diri kita sahaja yang tahu.

Besok hari bermulalah latihan kita untuk membersihkan tubuh dan diri yang sebenarnya diri itu selama sebulan pada bulan Ramadhan dan diharap latihan pada bulan almubarak ini akan berlanjutan kebulan-bulan yang lain dalam takwim kehidupan kita, tidak kira pada siang atau pun pada malam hari, insyaallah.

Akhirnya saya melalui blog saya ini ingin mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan Selamat mengerjakan Ibadah serta Amalan berpuasa pada pada ahli keluarga dan rakan-rakan kenalan pada keseluruhan bulan Mubarak, Ramadhan yang bermula pada esok hari.

Semoga kita semua berada didalam sepenuh keredhoanNya disepanjang bulan puasa ini dan dalam bulan-bulan serta tahun-tahun yang seterusnya.


Anwar Ibrahim - lies upon lies upon lies

Posted: 09 Aug 2010 10:56 AM PDT






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Sleepless in Sarawak

Posted: 09 Aug 2010 09:00 AM PDT

Whichever way you look at it, the political outlook does not appear rosy for Taib and the other component BN party leaders who are so dependent on his patronage, writes Abang Benet.


3 held at anti-subsidy cuts campaign launch

Posted: 09 Aug 2010 07:42 AM PDT

Three members of the Protest Movement Against Price Hikes - or Protes - were arrested just prior to the launch of its latest campaign at the evening market at Kampung Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur today. Suaram Coordinator Tah Moon Hui, PKR Batu youth chief Rozan Azen Mat Razip and PKR Batu youth committee member Fareez Kamal were arrested after allegedly refusing to heed a police request to open a car for inspection. PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar said they had refused to open the car for the police because the car belonged to another activist. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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THE WAY FORWARD TO A NATIONAL POLICY ON RETIREMENT ISSUES

Posted: 09 Aug 2010 07:49 AM PDT


Kudos to KMDC, organisers of Malaysia's first-ever conference on Retirement Transformation. Held on 3 August at the Sime Darby Convention Centre, the event couldn't have come at a better time. With the slowing down of the birthrate and longer life expectancy, 9.9% of the population in Malaysia will be aged 60 and above by 2010. According to UN definition, any country with 10% of its population above the age of 60 is categorized as an ageing nation.

Slide: Prof Ong Fon Sim of UniRAZAK

Thanks to pre-conference interviews that were carried in the local media and in magazines like Smart Investor, the conference succeeded in drawing attention to key retirement issues and the challenges posed by an ageing population, namely:
  • strain on public retirement funds e.g. EPF and pension funds
  • higher medical and healthcare costs
  • provision of age-friendly facilities
  • measures to retain older workers
  • empowering elders to be actively engaged

Slide: Mr Mohamed Akwal Sultan, CEO of Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency (AKPK)

The discussions covered a wide range of topics. Although much of the focus was on financial literacy, some of the speakers touched on other areas like re-employment of older workers, business opportunities in the silver industry, wellness and retirement living.

Slide: Dr Goh Chee Leong, Faculty Dean, HELP University College

It wasn't just all talk. At the press conference which I attended, Datuk Dr Zainal Aznam Yusof of the National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC), announced the launch of the Foundation for Sustainable Retirement (FSR). As the protem chairman, he explained the objectives of FSR and the way forward in transforming the retirement landscape in the country. For more information on FSR, please read my earlier post on BREAKING NEWS: LAUNCH OF THE FOUNDATION FOR SUSTAINABLE RETIREMENT.

Members of the protem FSR committee and advisory panel present at the press conference: Datuk Dr Zainal; Mr Kim Walker, CEO of Silver Group, Singapore; Mr Roland Naufal, Founder of 4C Consulting, Australia; Mr Khoo Chuan Keat, Sr Exe Director of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Malaysia; and Mr Tadaaki Masuda, Director of Council on Ageing, Japan.

It is reassuring for retirees to know that policy-makers and key industry players are working in tandem to come up with proposals they hope will lead to the development of a national retirement policy that will benefit all stakeholders.


UMNO Selangor faces perennial problems.

Posted: 09 Aug 2010 05:33 AM PDT

I am writing an issue that my fellow UMNO members and supporters will detest and abhor. UMNO's campaign to topple Selangor PR government brings no noteworthy consequence and it is going to be bungled.

Short text messages (SMS) fly all around inviting everyone that the message could reach, to come all out for one political demonstration against Selangor State government but not many paid attention to the call.

UMNO Selangor is all out taking every opportunity to disgrace the state PR government by the same leaders who desecrated and despoiled their previous BN government of the rich state.

The potency on the side of BN is not anyway, nears the networking of the PR and without untainted leaders and issues BN's effort to unseat PR government in the state will be futile and abortive.

This is the real perception of the public, as the public voted out the same people in the last GE for all moral wrong doings they were seen to be committing. They are not returning the support to the incurable BN government with the old corruptible traits with them.

Most of the members of the voting public do not trust the leaders and they don't take UMNO seriously despite of the uninterrupted barking towards the PR government leaders in particular the MB.

UMNO must not stop searching for talents among the party members to demonstrate its seriousness in wanting to regain power through democratic processes. The kind of personalities must be untainted and these personalities would not have to go for demonstrations like what the current dubious set of leaders is taking.

UMNO have lost in the game of perception with its opponent and the miserly image seems to be irremediable. The only way for those leaders involved in the last BN government is to retire and play no role in the process of regaining power.

The current Selangor UMNO leaders can offer and contribute to UMNO for its recovery by resigning and retire perpetually.

UMNO must give utmost efforts to find new blood (not necessarily young) to take the mantle and give the people a fresh alternative lineup to make up the qualifier for acceptable substitute to the ailing UMNO front liners in the state.

The people want a revolution in UMNO first before they can offer UMNO to return power to UMNO. They want an entirely new facet in UMNO, nothing less. The rakyat does not matter who rules.

The people want strictly clean and systematic administration under leaders with accountability. The previous government leaders in Selangor had illustrated the reflection of irresponsible and dubious in character.

The people instead want those previous set of BN government leaders to face the Law for their crimes they commit instead of exerting their effort to return to power.

The public is already exhausted and drained by the immoral conduct of these set of failed and derelict leaders and they are not welcome to loiter around in the party any longer as they will further cart the party to the gully.

If we are serious to return Selangor to BN, the whole set has to be replaced without further delay. If this is done there should be a slim hope to regain the support of the people.

Anything less means than that, there is no way for Noh Omar and gang to redeem the embarrassment from the people of the state.


Anwar's statement based on fact, says Karpal

Posted: 09 Aug 2010 03:49 AM PDT

Karpal Singh maintains that Anwar Ibrahim's statement in his affidavit against his complainant Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan and DPP Farah Azlina Latif - that the duo were intimate and vital information was exchanged - are not mere allegations, but assertion of facts. "Anwar has obtained the information (over the alleged affair and the leakage of documents and information) from a credible source. The statements in the affidavit are statements of fact," he said. "It is not merely heresay but a fact which has not been rebutted in any of the two affidavits-in-reply." The two affidavits mentioned, submitted by DPP Mohd Hanafiah Zakaria and investigating officer Jude Blacious Pereira, denied any knowledge of an affair and also refuted claims that Farah and Saiful were privy to the investigation papers and other documents. Full story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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What the anti-ISA protesters told the Foreign Minister

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 08:28 PM PDT

Anti-ISA protesters in London were surprised when Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman walked up to engage with them. Sydney Sassoon reveals what transpired in their conversation.

Exchange of words: Anifah meets anti-protesters in London


Candles and T-shirts vs batons and guns

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 09:00 AM PDT

After the heavy-handed police action against the anti-ISA vigils on 1 August, Ms Batik decided to write a poem.

50 years of ISA - anti-ISA vigil in Penang 026

A lone candle burns brightly in the night as police close in on anti-ISA protesters outside the Jelutong Police Station


Lighting candles

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 07:35 AM PDT

The simple act of actively lighting candles is perhaps dangerous if it illuminates the darkness of ignorance, oppression and injustice, says Yeoh Seng Guan.


Ibn Taymiyyah and his fatwa on terrorism

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 06:17 AM PDT

The ulama opposing terrorism are repeatedly emphasising the religious plurality of the world today and no medieval opinions expressed by jurists can be valid, asserts Asghar Ali Engineer.


Hundreds gather for World's Indigenous People Day

Posted: 09 Aug 2010 03:14 AM PDT

Three hundred Orang Asal, native rights activists and others gathered at Bagan Lalang Beach in Sepang, Selangor, today, to commemorate the World's Indigenous People Day (Hari Orang Asal Sedunia - HOAS) with a slew of activities aimed at educating and fostering understanding between Orang Asal and the public. This year the celebrations were organised by the Malaysian Network for Indigenous People (JOAS) along with Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC) and the Selangor chapter of the Orang Asli Association of Peninsular Malaysia (POASM), with the assistance of Tourism Selangor Sdn Bhd and the state government. Read more
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Former US diplomat, now lobbyist, close to Anwar, becomes daily defender and late night blogger

Posted: 09 Aug 2010 03:22 AM PDT

So what's Malott's Motives?

By Roy Thinnes

John Malott is an eminent man: the former United States Ambassador to Malaysia has maintained his involvement in Asian affairs, from helming the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., to working with the lobbyists at the Washington consultancy Manatt Jones, to writing articles on the internal politics of the country in which he served as Ambassador. It is in the last capacity that Malott is of interest here. He has, lately, taken to popping up wherever the trial of Anwar Ibrahim is discussed. This ranges from pieces in the Wall Street Journal to the comments and chat section of the Huffington Post in recent days.

If that latter bit strikes you as odd, it should. This is the age of new media, but new media is not, properly, new any longer, and most persons engaged in public communications know how to engage with it. The Internet and its forms give us a remarkable number of avenues for public engagement — far beyond the traditional channels of publications and letters — but the ill-kept secret of using them effectively is not to use most of them. Messaging should be channelled and disciplined, and this goes triple for an eminent person like former Ambassador John Malott. "Social" media in particular (in which we must include something as basic as conversation-oriented blog comments) is geared toward a pattern of share-and-react. What is appropriate among friends generates strife among strangers, and degrades the dignity of, say, an erstwhile Ambassador.

John Malott has not learned this.

He popped up in the Huffington Post's comments section at nearly four in the morning, issuing two vitriolic responses to a column by Joshua Trevino on Anwar's trial. Trevino's essay was neither pro- nor anti-Anwar, being an evenhanded examination of the mistaken assumptions undergirding present Western press coverage of that trial. Malott, though, apparently took it as an attack on Anwar's cause, and responded accordingly.

Malott's first comment was a strange series of inaccurate statements, ranging from a declaration that assault was no longer an issue in Anwar's trial, which is false; to a bizarre assertion that "Zionist terrorism" is a more morally reprehensible phrase than "Zionist aggression"; to a misunderstanding of what "protege" means. (The issue of anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic statements in Malaysian politics was far more accurately addressed by Trevino himself, in the July 20th Washington Times. Malott closed his comment with a haughty suggestion: "Perhaps you should pick another country to write about." Unusual advice at the close of a passage that didn't write about its country particularly well, seemingly petty.

Incredibly, just eight hours later, Malott was back for more. His second comment went in-depth on the specific charges against Anwar, emphasizing that the politician is on trial under Malaysia's anti-sodomy statute — and not its rape statute — with the purpose of showing Trevino to have been wrong. Instead, he managed to accidentally support the point that Trevino was making: the Huffington Post columnist explicitly acknowledged that Anwar is prosecuted for sodomy, and then went on to examine the deeper meaning of the charges and its coverage. Malott's argument that the absence of rape charges conclusively eliminates that as a factor in prosecutorial intent will strike anyone familiar with criminal prosecution as risible: reductions and changes in charges are a commonplace throughout developed nations' legal systems. And as Al Capone discovered when jailed for income-tax evasion, prosecution on one charge doesn't mean the prosecutor isn't trying to get you for another. Malott managed to buttress Trevino's point, and provide an example of the sort of agenda-driven interpretation of Anwar's trial that the latter was writing about — surely not the former Ambassador's intent in weighing in.

What, exactly, is Malott's intent? As has been noted, he's turning up in Anglophone media lately any time and anywhere that Anwar Ibrahim is mentioned. And he has long ties to the Malaysian politico, not least through his own wife, Hiroko Iwami Malott, who was head of the Japan chapter of the "Free Anwar Campaign" during Anwar's first trial and imprisonment a decade ago.

Fast-forward to 2005, and we see Anwar and Malott turning up on academic panels together. The two are said to have remained close over the years. This is all circumstantial, of course, but it is suggestive of close personal ties to the defendant in the trial, and seemingly a conflict of interest for a credible commentator. Toss in the odd and unedifying spectacle of a former United States Ambassador picking petty fights in blog comments — with no other history of doing so — and one could reach certain conclusions. But it is not for us to speculate on Malott's Motives, merely to report that he seems to have lost the sense of balance and serenity one normally expects from a diplomat. Read the original text here!


UMNO dan China Komunis Bertukar Pimpinan Pemuda

Posted: 09 Aug 2010 02:22 AM PDT

NTOA EDITOR: Di dalam sebuk2 UMNO menuduh DAP sebagai parti komunis (???), rupanya dalam senyap2 UMNO dan Parti Komunis CINA akan mengadakan pertukaran kepimpinan Pemuda di antara kedua-dua parti. Dipersilakan membaca laporan BERNAMA di bawah.

Lepas ni, terpaksalah UMNO menaikkan gambar Mao Dze Dong di PWTC. Hehehehehe
Umno, China Communists to swap youth leaders
August 05, 2010

A giant portrait of Mao Zedong, the CPC's first chairman, is seen in Beijing's Tiananmen Square September 18, 2009. — Reuters pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 5 — Umno and the Communist Party of China (CPC) yesterday agreed to have youth leadership exchanges so that the youth leaders of both countries can have a better understanding of the economic and social development taking place in Malaysia and China.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on behalf of Umno on co-operation between Umno and the CPC in Beijing yesterday, said this was all the more timely as China was now a major economic power.

Wang Jiarui, Head of the International Liaison Department of the CPC Central Committee, represented the CPC.

"On their part, they are amazed with our achievements and racial harmony and would like to learn from us how we were able to attain this harmony without any bloodshed," Tengku Adnan said in a statement to Bernama.

He said as a follow-up to the MOU, both countries agreed to set up a permanent mechanism to enable the exchanges to take place beginning this year. — Bernama


Eviction agony looms over the estate residents

Posted: 09 Aug 2010 01:49 AM PDT

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American Muslims facing bias, discrimination and marginalization.

Posted: 09 Aug 2010 02:03 AM PDT

We have all heard of how some blinkered Americans especially those with low IQ levels have been hounding our fellow Muslims there in the United States of America ever since September 11, 2001?

We have also heard of how American Muslims have continued to help out the victims of that tragic event and also forked out quite a lot of dollars to ease the sufferings of the mostly black Americans and poor whites who lost all their belongings in the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and other southern areas of the US?

Yet despite all these selfless sacrifices by the generous noble hearted Muslims of America, they continue to be discriminated against and victimized by the lowlifes who call themselves as American Patriots bla ..bla..bla..

Click here to see what J. Samia Mair has to say about the marginalization of American Muslims? She is a writer with the Baltimore Muslim Examiner.

Luckily, the Mayor of New York, Michael R. Bloomberg is way above the protesting numbskull's and proceeded to endorse the building of the Cordoba Center, a mosque and community center planned to be built near Ground Zero.

Here he is on video speaking about the issue :

Congratulations sir!

Go here to read the transcript of Mayor Bloomberg's righteous speech.

For all that America has come to brag about being the liberator of those whom it declares to be oppressed and downtrodden in the whole wide world, it seems oblivious to the cacophony of its own citizens cries for help and justice in the truest sense of the word!

Now isn't that just a tad too bad for its image as the so called home of the brave and land of the free?

What bloody bravery are these weirdos talking about when they gang up on innocent born and bred American Muslims living within its borders and contributing to its own domestic economy just like every other tax paying law abiding citizens?

What screwed up sense of freedom are these hatemongers crowing about when its own Muslim citizens of America are being hassled and protested against erecting their own houses of prayer with their own hard earned money and doing so legibly and legally going by every written law and rules in the book so to speak?

My advice to America will be to dispense justice and equality to its own citizens first before trying to act like Mr Goody 2 Shoes and police the whole wide world!

I have heard and read about middle America be composed of hillbillies and trailer park trash minded simpletons all these years with blinkered views and IQ's that hit dirt many years back but I didn't want to believe such reports out of being a fair Muslim in not wanting to see others as a backward people but now it seems that I have erred in opinionating as such?

America's getting dumb and dumberer by the day.

No wonder that their former President was a proven nutcase?

Malacca's Mohd Ali Rustam will do well in America....:P


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Historically shallow, spiritually weak, culturally superficial

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 11:20 PM PDT

I am of course talking about a people who do not like to read, any people but the closest to my heart is my people, the Malays.

I remember when I was 11 years old when the whole family trailed my father as he took his post grad from Ohio State University, it was our first time out of the country (except Singapore and Thai border towns that is) and it how liberating it was to see how differently others lived.

On my first day of school, my father walked me the half mile or so to show me the way and when we arrived at the front door, he just shooed me in.

"Go see the principal and she will tell you where your class is, see you later," he said.

As he walked away, I lifted my right foot in hesitation, put it back down, drew a deep breath that smelled wonderfully of brown leaves and exhaled steamily into the crsip autumn air before walking in.

I pushed open the main door and looked for the office and was immediately told to sit outside the principal's office. She called me in and after verifying my identity and expressed mild amusement that some kid from the other side of the world can understand her perfectly.

She took me to class and introduced me to the teacher and left.

The teacher asked me to introduce myself and after giving my long Malaysian name, told them to call me Sam. which drew uncontrolled sighs of relief from several of the children in class.

She pulled down a world map and told me to show the class where Malaysia is and so I did and after a short chat about how long it took us to get to the US (Four days, including a two day-layover in London and nearly getting caught in a storm at Chicago O'Hare) she asked me to teall abit about teh Malaysian History.

At first I was excited to tell her that our history started earlier than the American from 1776 but before I could open my mouth, my brain froze and said that it would be shameful for me to say 1511 because that is simply the year Kerajaan Melayu Melaka was defeated and taken over by the Portuguese.

I just said that I am not a good student of history but said that it there was an ancient kingdom in Tanah Melayu as early as 1200s but thats about all I know....

I felt ashamed but what can I do.. to this day I still feel that our history books do not pay enough emphasis on OUR history, rather it talks about the history of Malaysia as a colony and the history of the Japanese Occupation...

I think it is time we rework our history syllabus to include ancient kingdoms and latest historical findings about Lembah Bujang's existence 2,000 years ago and the Perak Man...


Surah Al Baqarah Chapter 2 Verse 109 Discussed

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 11:11 PM PDT

2:109
Transliteration
Wadda katheerun min ahli alkitabilaw yaruddoonakum min baAAdi eemanikum kuffaran hasadanmin AAindi anfusihim min baAAdi ma tabayyana lahumu alhaqqufaAAfoo wasfahoo hattaya/tiya Allahu bi-amrihi inna Allaha AAalakulli shay-in qadeer
Muhsin Khan
Many of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) wish that if they could turn you away as disbelievers after you have believed, out of envy from their ownselves, even, after the truth (that Muhammad Peace be upon him is Allah's Messenger) has become manifest unto them. But forgive and overlook, till Allah brings His Command. Verily, Allah is Able to do all things.
Yusuf Ali
Quite a number of the People of the Book wish they could Turn you (people) back to infidelity after ye have believed, from selfish envy, after the Truth hath become Manifest unto them: But forgive and overlook, Till Allah accomplish His purpose; for Allah Hath power over all things.
Tafsir al-Jalalayn
Many of the People of the Scripture long that (law, '[if only] that', represents [the import of] the verbal noun) they might make you disbelievers, after you have believed, from the envy (hasadan is the object denoting reason), being, of their own souls, that is to say, their wicked souls have prompted them to this [attitude]; after the truth, with regard to the Prophet (s), has become clear to them, in the Torah; yet pardon, leave them be, and be forgiving, stay away, and make no encroachments against them, till God brings His command, concerning fighting them; truly God has power over all things.

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Now, how many of us have wondered times and times again at the tenacity of those amongst the enemies of Allah and Islam who do not lay off trying to draw the weak and the ignorant amongst the Muslim ummah to their way with their incessant offerings of the wealth of this earthly life and their hollow promises of delight in their imagined heavens?

The way things have been taking place within these End Times is that there have been a few cases of the weak and weary souls amongst the non practicing ones amongst the ummah who have succumbed to the temptations that have come from the ones named in the verse above.

I am not at all surprised because even in the times of the blessed Messenger of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala such kind were present in the form of the hypocrites who despite being from the same tribe of Arabs such as Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam and some of them even being paternal uncles of him, did remain as Kaffirs and refused to have faith in him or Allahu Ta'ala.

Whats there to be surprised if in these days, those who have never known faith resort to proclaiming themselves as believers in Christ or whatsoever albeit in the wrong sense of the message that Isa Al Masih tried to bring to his people, the Bani Israel?

Many amongst mankind choose to overlook the fact that Isa Al Masih was only sent to the lost sheep of the Bani Israel and not to them per se save for the Final Messenger of Allah and the Mercy to all mankind being Muhammad al Mustafa, Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.

In most cases, revelations of Allahu Ta'ala in the form of these Quranic verses seem to be lost on those whose eyes can't see, ears can't hear and brains that are befuddled with their ardent greed for the temporal pleasures of this life.

There are even those amongst the ummah who fail to understand or comprehend all that which Almighty Allah has sent down to us because in their hearts has set in the disease called Al Wahn. Love of this life and dislike of Death.

Even though they know that Death is inevitable, many amongst the ummah still go the way of the Jahiliyyah and fall prey to their Nafs and all those desires that lead them away and astray from Ar Rahman.

Some of them take offense if any of the Callers to Islam were to remind or advice them of the realities of this life and the only faith that Our Creator has revealed to us through his multitude of prophets and messengers.

They do not like to be reminded or reprimanded when they screw up things here despite having all the revelations of Allah present before them in the form of the Blessed Al Quran Al Karim.

Even those who lay claim to being the Keepers of Al Islam fail to see to it that Allah's Qalam be followed to the letter and Islamic Syaria upheld and implemented.

In exchange we have to deal with man made laws and ridiculous mockery of His Commandments which are presented to us in watered down interpretations and often ending up causing more damage to society than good.

There are those amongst the Jews and the Christians who have never ceased to sow discord amongst the Muslims of this world by sponsoring those amongst us whom they know can play a pivotal part in bringing over the ummah to the dictates and designs of the enemies of Allah and Islam.

Together with them are their accomplices and fellow Disbelievers who gang up against the Mukmins and take advantage over the re emergence of Jahilliyyah amongst the hedonistic loving ones amongst the ummah.

The majority of the so called Muslims on the other hand are so severely inflicted with the disease called 'Al Wahn'.

On the authority of Thawbaan , the Prophet said:
"The People will soon summon one another to attack you as people when eating invite others to share their food."

Someone asked, "Will that be because of our small numbers at that time?"

He replied, "No, you will be numerous at that time: but you will be froth and scum like that carried down by a torrent (of water), and Allah will take the fear of you from the breasts (hearts) of your enemy and cast al-wahn into your hearts."

Someone asked, "O Messenger of Allah, what is Al-Wahn?" He replied, "Love of the world and dislike of death." [An authentic hadith recorded by Abu Dawud and Ahmad]

So, those of you who call yourselves as Muslims, stop for a moment and reflect as to the state of our Muslim ummah?

Are we doomed to be as the froth upon the ocean waves or can we check ourselves and restore some sense of credibility to our persons as the ummah of Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam?

Are we that weak so as to allow ourselves to keep on rotting into nothingness or can we not pull up our breeches and get ourselves back on track as the rightful Muslims that we claim to be?

Why the hell should we allow the screwed up so called leaders of this ummah to lead us to hell fire?

Can't we object to cock a doodle harebrained ideas such as those being proposed and announced soon to be launched 'school for pregnant fornicators' by Mohd Ali Rustam, the Don Quixote Chief Minister of Melaka?

Why the hell are we scared to voice out our objections to idiotic schemes like that?

Remember, we only live in this world once.

Don't be chicken shit cowards and quiver in fear when the future of this ummah is being shanghaied into oblivion by such idiots!

With misleading so called leaders of the ummah like these, who needs enemies?

These bozos are enough to seal our fate to be the losers of the Akhirul Zaman.

Will you just let them lead Malaysia to its destruction?

The enemies of Islam are just rubbing their hands in glee watching this debacle fall into place.

Their jobs have just been made so much more easier.


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