Saturday, September 4, 2010

What are you waiting for Abdul Gani Patail? after your partner in crime was booted out

What are you waiting for Abdul Gani Patail? after your partner in crime was booted out


What are you waiting for Abdul Gani Patail? after your partner in crime was booted out

Posted: 04 Sep 2010 11:21 AM PDT



AG & Altantuya Trial ©Malaysiakini
We may be able to charge this scum for extortion in Kasitah's case. But do we know he could have been charged for murder when Liza almost choked to death having a wrinkled strawberry given to her by this AG?
Musa Hasan is gone and now Abdul Gani Patail is going too. Lets be patient . No shit should be on this land of Malaysia. Things are happening – watch carefully. When God cleanse He makes sure its completely clean. Keep watch.


















It is imperative that the Attorney General's wide powers be subject to close scrutiny and not be permitted to be exercised arbitrarily.

If the government is truly serious in wanting to improve and restore public confidence in the administration of justice in this country, it must be prepared to review the presently unfettered powers of the Attorney-General.

**Raja Aziz Addruse is a former Bar Council president and former president of the National Human Rights Society (Hakam). Ding Jo-Ann is a Kuala Lumpur-based lawyer.In Malaysia it is selective prosecution and persecution. Murder, corruption and theft of the country's resources are not crimes worthy of attention.

Instead, we are interested in patriots who are prepared to openly fight for their country and even our youth who are verbalising their views about our nation.

Our 1PM advised that we should trust print media, but before we can do that we have to trust the government not to propagate in the print media. We turn to the cyber world for truths and our government tells us that everyone out there not spouting the same rubbish they are, are liars.

Of course our judicial system is warped and twisted, it has been since the sacking to Tun Salleh Abbas all those years ago and cannot be righted again without the removal of all its members.

My biggest fear now is that the MCMC is going to clamp down on our accessibility to the media and media content of our choice. This is a possible prelude to the GE 13 – no news means no competition. What shall we do then?

To RPK I take my hat off to you Sir, and I certainly hope when the time is right, which should be soon, you will display all the dirt accumulated for us to see and for the people implicated to be accountable for
Some countries in the Commonwealth, such as Australia and Canada, do not have such a problem. There the job of reviewing evidence, and beginning and conducting prosecution of offences, is entrusted to a Director of Public Prosecutions.

Since he is unencumbered by the sort of duties and functions the Attorney-General has, he is kept away from direct government influence and is able to act with impartiality in assessing whether or not to prosecute a case. His decision is based on whether there is a realistic prospect of conviction on the evidence available and whether it is in the public interest for the prosecution to begin.

The Attorney-General in such a system would be a government minister. This would remove the structural defect in the present Malaysian system which constantly invites accusations that the Attorney-General is motivated by bias or is being selective in instituting criminal proceedings.

If he were made a part of the political party in power, the Attorney-General would not need to pretend to be neutral. Though not directly involved in deciding whether to institute criminal prosecutions, he should be responsible for overseeing and superintending the prosecution services of the country and should answer to Parliament for the conduct of the Director of Public Prosecutions and of his department.

There is currently no formal mechanism requiring the Attorney-General to account for his conduct in relation to prosecutions of criminal proceedings. In spite of the wide powers he wields, he has no duty to report to the prime minister, cabinet or Parliament.

There has been no call for him to account for the failure of a number of high-profile prosecutions, which commenced with much fanfare but ended up being a waste of public funds.

Last year, Tan Sri Eric Chia, the former managing director of Perwaja Steel, was acquitted after 43 days of trial without his defence being called.

In acquitting the accused, the presiding High Court judge heavily criticised the conduct of the prosecution, especially their failure to call several key witnesses who had obvious knowledge of the material elements of the case.

With reference to particular key witnesses from Japan, the judge questioned whether it was the Japanese witnesses who were "reluctant" to come or "the prosecution was the one reluctant to bring them here".

The prosecution of Koh Kim Teck, a businessman, and his two bodyguards, who were charged with murdering 14-year-old Chinese national Xu Jian Huang, and who were acquitted in 2005, is another case in point.

After a trial lasting 36 days and with 39 prosecution witnesses having given evidence, the presiding judge found that the prosecution had not brought forward any evidence which could implicate the accused in the murder and that there had been no "prima facie" case made out to warrant the defence being called to answer the charge.

The prosecution had apparently omitted to call material witnesses, including the investigating officer for the case and Koh's driver who had reportedly given a cautioned statement that he had seen both bodyguards throw Xu into the swimming pool where he was eventually found. Two other material witnesses who were present in the house were also not called.

Yet another was the prosecution for the murder of Noritta Samsudin, where the accused was acquitted after 29 days of trial. The prosecution appealed against the acquittal right up to the Federal Court.

In dismissing the appeal, the Federal Court noted that there was a gaping hole in the prosecution's case, where it failed to sufficiently account for the likelihood of there being another person present at Noritta Samsudin's condominium unit who could also have committed the crime. No one else has been charged for the murder.

Any discussion on expensive and long-running criminal trials would not be complete without reference to the Irene Fernandez trial which spanned seven years and took over 300 days to complete.

It is still not over for the Tenaganita director, who was convicted in 2003 of publishing false news about the ill-treatment of detainees in camps for illegal immigrants. Her appeal against this conviction to the High Court has been the subject of numerous delays and has yet to be heard.

The Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial will also go on record as one of the longest trials in Malaysian history.

After more than 150 days, Abdul Razak Baginda was acquitted of abetting the murder and discharged on Oct 31, while the two police officers charged with her murder have been called to enter their defence.

As it is the taxpayers' funds that ultimately pay for all criminal prosecutions, they have a vested interest in knowing how such cases, which appear to be ill-prepared, can be brought to trial.




The ex-Land and Co-operative Development Minister, Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam, has a tape-recording of the AG extorting money from him. Yes, that's right, the AG demanded money from Kasitah Gaddam or else he was going to charge him for corruption.

NO HOLDS BARRED

Raja Petra Kamaudin

Home ministry's appeal on RPK release postponed

(Bernama) — The Federal Court today adjourned the hearing of an appeal by the Home Ministry against the High Court's decision to release blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin from two-year detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) to a date to be fixed.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah informed the panel led by Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria, that the prosecution had not served the notice of appeal on Raja Petra, the reason for his absence today.

Justice Arifin who sat with Federal Court justices Datuk Hashim Yusof and Tan Sri James Foong Cheng Yuen granted the prosecution's application to adjourn the appeal, as they had not served the notice on Raja Petra, who is the editor of the web portal Malaysia Today.

When asked by Justice Hashim on the chances of serving the notice on Raja Petra, Tun Majid replied: "Raja Petra's address is still unknown."

Raja Petra's counsel Malik Imtiaz Sarwar told the court that the appeal had become academic because the minister's order to detain him for two years had already expired.

"The matter is academic but it's nothing to stop the minister to issue a new order as it's already two years," he said.

Tun Majid replied that the minister's order would become academic after Sept 21, 2010.

Speaking to reporters later, Tun Majid said the prosecution did not know Raja Petra's whereabouts as his right address was not known to the prosecution. On Nov 7, 2008, the Shah Alam High Court ordered the release of Raja Petra from ISA detention after ruling that his two-year detention at the Kamunting detention camp in Taiping was unlawful.

Raja Petra was arrested on Sept 12, 2008 as he was deemed a threat to national security and the order to detain him under the ISA was issued on Sept 22, 2008.

Raja Petra was detained on the grounds that he, among others, owned and operated the Malaysia Todaywebsite and had intentionally and recklessly published his articles and also readers' comments on Malaysia Today that were critical of and insulted Muslims, the purity of Islam and the personality of Prophet Muhammad.

In filing the habeas corpus application, Raja Petra had named the Home Minister as the respondent.

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The Umno people are asking me to come home to 'face the music'. Basically they are talking about my allegation against the wife of the Prime Minister, Rosmah Mansor. They call me a fugitive from the law and accuse me of not being brave enough to be accountable for my actions by coming home to face trial, and so on.

As I said before, either they are ignorant or they are intentionally trying to mislead the public. I have already written about this issue at length more than once so allow me to just go through the summary of the whole issue.

First of all, the two criminal charges against me have been dropped. I have been discharged not amounting to an acquittal. So what charges are they talking about? There are no charges against me and neither is there a warrant of arrest pending. So how can I be a fugitive from the law?

That is the first point.

What I have stressed over and over again is the fact that they are still trying to get me under detention without trial — the Internal Security Act. In short, they are trying to get me through the 'back door'. That is my bone of contention.

Now, there are two things wrong here.

First is that my detention without trial is for the same 'crime' as the charges I had faced, and now dropped. This means I am being punished twice for the same crime, which is wrong in law. You can't be punished twice for the same crime. I have said this before.

Second is that the Shah Alam High Court has already ruled my detention as unlawful. The government, however, is not happy with that. Around the same time that the government announced it would not be appealing against the Razak Baginda acquittal it announced it would be appealing against the high court's decision to release me.

Is not murder a more serious crime than writing an article not favourable to the government? Why announce that they would not appeal against Razak Baginda's acquittal for murder and at the same time announce that they would appeal the release of someone freed from illegal detention without trial?

Okay, so they want to appeal the high court's decision to release me. Well and fine. They in fact already filed the appeal in early 2009. Then, after almost two years of inactivity, they suddenly pursue the appeal.

Why after almost two years of silence do they suddenly wake up? Is it because the detention order against me is expiring soon — in about three weeks to be exact? Are they trying to ride on the old detention order so that they can roll over the detention order another two years? This would avoid them having to issue a new detention order.

I call this mala fide, which means bad faith in layman's language.

Yesterday, the Federal Court was supposed to hear the appeal. But without any warning the government asked the court to postpone the hearing. My lawyers were ready to proceed and I had already told them to fight this case till the end. Why do they not want to proceed with the hearing? Why ask the court to postpone it indefinitely?

The excuse the government is giving is they do not know my address so they can't serve any papers on me.

That is utter bullshit. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad knows my address. I have given it to him. Tan Sri Sanusi Junid also knows my address. He has come to my house for dinner. In fact, we met twice. And Sanusi has not hidden this fact. He has told others about it who in turn phoned me to tell me that they found out from Sanusi that he came to my house for dinner.

It is therefore no secret.

When I was in Kamunting back in September-November 2008 they served papers on my lawyers. They know who my lawyers are so why can't they serve whatever papers they want to serve on my lawyers? They have done this before. Why can't they do it again? My lawyers are authorised to receive papers on my behalf. Serving the papers on my lawyers is as good as serving them on me.

Anyway, yesterday's appeal hearing is a continuation of the hearing of February 2009. This is not a new hearing. It is a continuation. And this means the papers have already been served back in 2009. So what new papers are they talking about?

More importantly, I do not need to be in court for the hearing. I am not under arrest or out on bail. This is detention without trial, not a criminal charge. So I do not need to be in court. Why can't they proceed with the hearing even though, as they said, I am not in court?

Do you remember the case of the Hindraf 5? They were also not in court. Yet the court heard their appeal in their absence. In fact, the Hindraf 5 asked the court for permission to appear in court but the court rejected their application. The court ruled that they do not need to be in court.

So there you are. The Umno chaps talk about the allegation against Rosmah Mansor. I am telling them it is not about that. It is about the government still trying to detain me without trial. And yesterday the government just proved me right.

Over to you Umno. What do you have to say now?

Aiyah, the Attorney General is so full of shit. He treats Malaysians as if they are country bumpkins. Okay, his DPPs are stupid, as the Teoh Beng Hock murder inquiry has proven. But that does not mean the rest of us are also stupid.

Hey, maybe the AG would like to response to this allegation.

The ex-Land and Co-operative Development Minister, Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam, has a tape-recording of the AG extorting money from him. Yes, that's right, the AG demanded money from Kasitah Gaddam or else he was going to charge him for corruption.

Kasitah Gaddam then went to meet the Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and played the tape for the PM to hear. But the Prime Minister did nothing. And Kasitah Gaddam refused to pay the money that the AG demanded. So the AG charged him for corruption. Read more here: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/2/13/nation/7307934&sec=nation

Does Umno want to talk about this? A comment from Dr Mahatbir maybe?

As I said, the AG is so full of shit. And I bet he prays five times a day and fasts the entire month of Ramadhan as well. I suppose he can always go to Mekah after this to get his sins cleansed in front of the Kaabah like most Muslims do.

Munafiq!




















Sidang Media Ahli Parlimen KEADILAN

Posted: 04 Sep 2010 09:35 AM PDT

 

Dimaklumkan bahawa Ahli-Ahli Parlimen Parti Keadilan Rakyat akan mengadakan sidang media tentang pemilihan KEADILAN pada tarikh, masa dan tempat berikut:

Tarikh: 6 September 2010 (Isnin)
Masa: 11 pagi
Tempat: Ibu Pejabat KEADILAN, Tropicana

Sekian, terima kasih.


PKR Bukit Gelugor Division Nomination Episode

Posted: 04 Sep 2010 08:51 AM PDT

By An Observer

As decided by the PKR Central Commiittee, all the party's divisions in the country have to carry out their electons within September and October this year.

New division committees and national delegates will then be elected in the annual general meeting of the divisions respectively.

Many divisions already conducted their nominations, and the Bukit Gelugor Division, Penang, also carried out its nomination today from 10am to 4pm.

Raveentheran, the assemblyman of Batu Uban and PKR Bukit Gelugor Division chairman, carried a stack of nomination forms to the Division's nomination center at the JKKK Taman Brown Hall at about 3.50pm , 10 minutes before closing time.

Raveenteran is also PKR's Deputy Secretary General and Deputy Chairman of Penang state.

It is an election rule of PKR that the annual fee of RM2 each must be paid by all the candidates, their proposers, and seconders latest by the nomination day and before nomination closed.

Raveentheran was not able to do that successfully. 2 more stacks of his nomination forms actually arrived after 4pm.

Moreover, he also seemed to have had breached the rule of representation in the party election, which strictly requires either the candidate, his or her proposer and seconder to be there in person to submit the nomination forms to the party election officers. He, as the Division incumbent chairman, claimed to be able to represent all those who were not there by submitting nomination forms on their behalf.

In any event, it is noted that 8 sets of his nomination forms were received, whereas 22 sets of his nomination forms were rejected by the party's election officers on duty there for late submission. A final decision, however, is expected to come from the Party Headquarters before 6th September, when all nominations received would be posted in the same Hall for members' objection.


MORE THAN JUST A FLAG-GIVING DEPARTMENT, ISN'T IT?...

Posted: 04 Sep 2010 10:43 AM PDT



I came across this good read today by a former journalist Jailani Harun at http://justread-whatever.blogspot.com/ on how and what the Government should do with the mainstream media.

He asked Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak whether he trusts them and does he believe everything they write and publish.

That is why mainstream media should be free of political control, he said, adding that : " the government already have Bernama, RTM and its radio stations. Tying Utusan to Umno, NSTP to Umno or Nanyang Siang Pau to MCA, for instance will only make them the government tools and propaganda machineries."

Jai, as he is popularly known to us has also made an interesting note…

We are not living in the 60s, 70s and 80s where newspapers and TV stations were very important in disseminating news and information.

The Information Department (Jabatan Penerangan) used to be very important in carrying out such tasks but I think it is high time for it (Jabatan Penerangan) to be dissolved for its redundancy.

That's what Jai has to say.

In my opinion, which i beg to differ, however, asking for dissolution of the department is probably not a good idea at the moment, but perhaps a re-invention of the department, a re-look at its approaches and policies and maybe an infusion of some sense of professionalism.

Or an infusion (read: bring on new players) of new blood (plural) at the top of the pyramid?

It is wise to call for opening of its door to real professionals from the public sector with vast experience in media and communication that have touched base with the masses with their media and communication campaigns thus far.

And we are talking about successfull campaigns that drove home the messages to the hilt.

Enuf said, we have a good number of Malaysians capable to deliver effectively.

A cross fertilization of sort perhaps, an introduction of contemporary ways and measures to really get Government messages to the ground and the grassroots and top-ringgit communicators to be roped in for national service.

In short, open the doors, open up the posts and get real professionals for the assignment.

We are told that most of the department's officers are not bilingual, with poor command of English! Hence, not much could be expected from them, now in the advent world of media and communication.

Following are two excerpts of news from Bernama about the current state of news of the department.

In all intent and purposes, we ought to think that the department's assignment and core business are much more than just distributing Jalur Gemilang in conjunction with the National Day, or what some of us out there had seemed to miss the plot when naming it Hari Kemerdekaan, or Independence Day!


Read these



KUALA TERENGGANU, 30 Ogos (Bernama) -- Jabatan Penerangan negeri Terengganu mengagihkan kira-kira 6,000 Jalur Gemilang kepada pengguna jalan raya sempena ulang tahun kemerdekaan negara ke-53 esok.

Pemangku Pengarah jabatan itu Mustafa Abdul Kadir berkata pengagihan bendera kebangsaan itu dibuat untuk menyemarakkan sambutan kemerdekaan pada setiap tahun


SEREMBAN, 27 Ogos (Bernama) -- Jabatan Penerangan Negeri Sembilan pada Jumaat mengadakan kempen kibar Jalur Gemilang sempena sambutan Hari Kebangsaan ke-53 dengan mengedarkan 4,000 Jalur Gemilang kepada orang ramai untuk dilekatkan pada kenderaan.


Pengarahnya Hashim Bedu berkata 2,000 Jalur Gemilang itu diagihkan di hentian teksi Terminal 1 di sini manakala selebihnya di perkarangan Wisma Persekutuan di sini.

Both of the department could not get the celebration's name correct and they were equally confused, as whether it is Hari Kebangsaan (National Day) or Hari Kemerdekaan (Independence Day) ...

Wither, eh?




Malaysians against Burn The Quran Day

Posted: 04 Sep 2010 05:54 AM PDT

Its still Ramadan. Muslims in Malaysia are expected to celebrate the Eid (Victory Day) on the Syawal moon on Friday, Sept 10. In other parts of the world, incuding the United States, the Eid is on Sept 11, the date already set by an extreme Christian group for 'Burn the Quran Day'.

Met with heavy criticism from all over the world, including fundamentalist Christian organisation in the US, India, Canada, UK and others, the group led by little-known preacher, pastor Terry Jones in Florida is organising it to symbolise their hatred towards Islam for Sept 21, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre building in New York, which since then has labeled Islam as a religion of terror.

Since last week, Islamic, Christian and religious groups in various countries have called on Muslims worldwide and others to unite against Jones and his group, describing them as religious extremists which may dampen efforts to clear Islam of the tragedy.

Terrorists come in many forms and got nothing to do with religions. We have seen Christian, Tamil, Sikh and Buddhist extremist on rampage in the past but nobody blamed their respective religions. Similarly, we dont hate the Jews for what befalls the Palestinians but we are against the Tel Aviv administration for its continuous atrocities on them.

In India, church leaders in the country will condemn the burning of Quran by the 'fanatic' Christian groups in US (here). Catholic and Protestants leader will come together in Mumbai on Wednesday to stress on Christianity's message of peace and condemn those acting contrary to it.

The meeting will be attended by the Catholic archbishop of Mumbai, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, along with bishops of the Protestant Church of North India and other Christian groups.

In Gainesville, about 20 religious leaders representing three faiths and a number of denominations stood together on the steps of City Hall at noon Thursday as a show of solidarity against a small Gainesville church that has commanded worldwide attention for its plan to burn the Quran on Sept. 11 (here).

With the city at the "center of a spiritual storm," the Rev. Larry Reimer, the minister of the United Church of Gainesville, US called for citizens to rally around Muslims "in a time when so much venom is directed toward them."

However, what Diana Clark of the Canadian Free Press wrote, drew my attention. "...Certainly, the Bible cautions Christians to reject false doctrine. But that is a very simple and personal act of turning away, in your own mind, heart and actions, from that which subverts or denies the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

"Nowhere in the Holy Bible, however, does it tell us that we are to control the minds of others. God gave men Free Will, because He intends for each of us to make our own choices, for which He says He will hold us accountable..." (here).

Muslims in Malaysia are going to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri in peace and joy. However, those in the US are in fear of the Sept 11 backlash. And in Malaysia, Muslims, Christians and other religions are also against the Burn the Quran Day, aren't we?



Star uses threatening headlines on Namewee but Siti Inshah not even named in all reports

Posted: 04 Sep 2010 03:26 AM PDT


Courtesy Hartal MSM

Irony of ironies, the first of four police reports against Namewee was lodged at Kulaijaya police headquarters on Aug 28. Kulaijaya is the school district of the bigoted Ketuanan Melayu principal who had ordered the prayer bracelets of her Hindu students to be cut, according to details in the police reports against her.

Siti Inshah Mansor drew more than a dozen police reports for her religious bigotry (likening Hindu prayer strings to dog leashes) but no action taken, no harassment from the police.

As for Namewee, three police squad cars sped to his home late at night. So hardworking one, our PDRM.

But let's see how Sniveling Star reported the two cases — Namewee's and Siti Inshah's.

On Namewee, the paper had the following reports:

■Rais warns of stern action over videos with racial slurs
■Stern action against those who incite racial uneasiness
■DPM warns of stern action against those who incite via words or actions
■Police: Wee not arrested yet
On Siti Inshah, UNBELIEVABLY!! the Sniveling Star did not even mention her by name in any of its reports:

■Send racist principal for counselling, says Chua
■School head under probe over racist remarks
■BN, Pakatan leaders united against speech at school
■Police question woman over alleged racist remarks
■Decision on Johor principal soon, says Wee
■Wee: Report on principal's remarks expected today
Compare the tone of the coverage on the two cases. With Namewee, it's clearly laced with intimidation and threat. With Siti Inshah, not only is she spared the 'name and shame', they're treating her with kid gloves.

Doubtless Perkasa will be soon giving the woman a trophy and sash hailing her as Wiranita Hall of Famer.

But what turns our stomach is that MCA president Chua Soi Lek — whose party owns the Sniveling Star — merely calls for Siti Inshah to be transferred to a desk job and given counselling.

Furthermore the black pot Chua Soi Lek dares to scold the kettle Namewee for "a lot of vulgar words and signs that should not be used at all."

Hah! Talk about thick skin.

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Related, see today in Malaysian Mirror, columnist Mariam Mokhtar:

"If Namewee (Wee Meng Chee) is prosecuted for his music-video, then two mixed messages are being sent out by the government: The first is that the authorities practise double-standards. The second is that it was only because of Namewee's 'intervention' that the government sat up and took racism seriously."

Read More http://hartalmsm.wordpress.com/2010/09/04/is-kl-fingering-taib/


Temuramah Dengan "YB Surau" (MP Serdang : Teo Nie Ching)

Posted: 04 Sep 2010 01:32 AM PDT






"Mengapa saya perlu memberi sumbangan untuk menghina agama lain, tidak... tidak,"

"Kalau saya nak menghina, adakah saya hendak memberi sumbangan, saya rasa kenyataan itu (dakwaan menghina) itu tidak masuk akal, tidak betul,"

"Saya juga terkejut. Saya tidak panggil wartawan ke program saya. Ini lawatan biasa,"

"saya pergi ke sana dengan niat yang suci dan ikhlas iaitu untuk memberikan sumbangan."


The Malaysian Insider

KAJANG, 4 Sept — Sementara kira-kira 30 kariah menunggu dengan sabar sambil berbual mengenai perkembangan semasa, sekitar pukul 11 malam tadi, Ahli Parlimen Serdang Teo Nie Ching singgah di Surau At-Tholabiah, Sungai Ramal Luar berhampiran Kajang.

Wakil rakyat itu sepatutnya berada di surau itu pukul 10 malam untuk bertemu dengan mereka selepas berakhirnya majlis tarawih. Bagaimanapun beliau lewat sejam kerana terpaksa singgah di Madrasah Cheras Perdana untuk memenuhi permintaan saat-saat akhir.

"Maaf, saya tiba lewat. Ada program saat-saat akhir. Mereka memanggil saya datang," kata beliau dengan tenang ketika melangkah ke Surau At-Tholabiah, yang terletak di tepi Lebuh Raya Sik.

Madrasah Cheras Perdana antara yang mengundang beliau bertemu dengan umat Islam meskipun tercetusnya isu kunjungan ke Surau Al-Huda.

Permintaan Madrasah Cheras Perdana dan kesungguhan pengurusan Surau At-Tholabiah menandakan Teo yang sudah mula dikenali sebagai "YB Surau" menandakan terus menerusi semangat dan sokongan di sebalik debat mengenai isu ini berterusa.

Dengan berpakaian baju kurung berwarna kuning dengan selendang, yang dihadiahkan oleh salah seorang peminatnya baru-baru ini, Teo berkata: "Apa yang berlaku sekarang ini adalah satu ujian."

Beliau telah menerima enam selendang setakat ini, termasuk selendang dari Mesir yang dihadiahkan oleh "Datuk Zin". "Kalau ada jemputan saya akan datang, menjadi tugas saya untuk datang.... saya melakukan ini bukan sahaja ketika Ramadan, tetapi sepanjang tahun... saya pergi bertemu dengan semua orang tidak kira agama dan kaum," katanya.


Kehadiran di Surau At-Tholabiah adalah persinggahan beliau yang terakhir pada bulan Ramadan. Awal pagi ini beliau bertolak di Sarawak sebagai sebahagian daripada persediaan DAP menghadapi pilihan raya umum negeri itu.

Ahli Parlimen penggal pertama berusia 29 tahun itu tiba-tiba menjadi 'popular' ekoran kontroversi yang dibangkitkan oleh Umno dan Perkasa dua minggu lalu.

Dalam ucapannya Penasihat Surau At-Tholabiah Mohd Yusof A. Kadir berkata, "walaupun berhadapan dengan isu kontroversi, kami berharap beliau (Teo) akan terus bersemangat untuk berkhidmat sebagai wakil rakyat."

"Kami berharap semangat YB tidak jatuh, tetapi pada masa yang sama kita akan ikut arahan orang atasan," kata beliau mengalu-alukan kedatang Teo yang menyampaikan sumbangan pada majlis ringkas yang diadakan di ruang luar.

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"Ini duit rakyat," kata Teo ketika menyerahkan sumbangan kepada Pengerusi surau Abdul Rahman Mohd Tahir seolah-olah mahu menangkis kritikan sesetengah pihak yang mempertikaikan wakil rakyat bukan Islam menyampaikan sumbangan dan derma di kawasan masjid dan surau.

Ketika ditemui The Malaysian Insider dalam satu pertemuan kira-kira 10 jam sebelum itu, Teo berkata, kunjungan beliau ke masjid atau surau sama sekali tidak harus dilihat sebagai tindakan menghina agama Islam.

"Mengapa saya perlu memberi sumbangan untuk menghina agama lain, tidak... tidak," kata beliau ketika ditemu bual di ibu pejabat DAP di Petaling Jaya tengah hari semalam.

"Kalau saya nak menghina, adakah saya hendak memberi sumbangan, saya rasa kenyataan itu (dakwaan menghina) itu tidak masuk akal, tidak betul," kata wakil rakyat kelulusan undang-undang ini.

Teo mengulangi bahawa Umno dan Perkasa sengaja memperbesarkan isu ini dan menolak bahawa beliau menggunakan kunjungan ke masjid atau surau untuk kepentingan politik.

"Saya juga terkejut. Saya tidak panggil wartawan ke program saya. Ini lawatan biasa," kata beliau sambil menambah, "saya pergi ke sana dengan niat yang suci dan ikhlas iaitu untuk memberikan sumbangan."

"Umno memang ada cakap saya telah memperalatkan surau untuk meraih publisiti untuk diri sendiri.

"Tetapi saya tidak berniat untuk buat demikian lagipun pada hari itu juga saya tidak jemput wartawan untuk datang.... kalau saya pergi saya dan bawa wartawan mungkin boleh tuduh saya gunakan surau untuk jadikan saya lebih popular," katanya.

Selepas isu ini diperbesarkan, Teo mengakui sudah melawat beberapa surau lagi.

"Ini adalah tugas saya jadi saya perlu jalankan tanggungjawab seperti biasa," katanya lagi.

Sebenarnya kata Teo, kebanyakan program telah disusun sejak sebelum Ramadan lagi dan ada juga jemputan yang baru selepas isu ini tercetus.

"Macam malam ini baru terima jemputan dua hari lalu, mereka tidak takut kerana faham.

"Selain masjid dan surau saya juga ada pergi ke bazar untuk beri buah kurma.

"Respons syang saya terima sampai hari ini agak menggalakkan... ada orang cakap ia bukan satu isu, ada juga yang cakap mereka itu (pengkritik) cemburu," kata Teo sambil menambah, beliau akan melakukan apa yang sepatutnya perlu dijalankan selaku seorang wakil rakyat.

Menjawab soalan bagaimana beliau menghadapi isu semasa ini, Teo juga berkongsi bahawa pada hari pertama dan kedua beliau memang tertekan dan ada menangis.

Teo berkata, beliau menitiskan air mata semasa dalam perjalanan ke rumah dan ketika berada di rumah sehari selepas Majlis Agama Islam Selangor mengeluarkan kenyataan bahawa Sultan Selangor murka dan akan mengeluarkan surat amaran.

Malah kenyataan itu menjadi tajuk muka depan media pada Sabtu lalu.

"Hari Sabtu, saya rasa begitu susah," katanya.

"Memang saya rasa tertekan kerana saya ingat ia salah saya," kata beliau tetapi mengaku tidak menjejaskan kerjaya politiknya.

Bagaimanapun kata Teo, beliau seolah-olah merasakan telah membuat satu kesilapan yang boleh menjejaskan reputasi parti dan juga ahli jawatankuasa Surau Al-Huda.

"Memang rasa begitu, tidak senang dan sedih kerana ahli jawatankuasa telah digantung kerana tindakan saya.

"Pada saya, jika pada malam itu mereka tidak menjemput saya masuk ke ruang solat, ia tidak akan jadi satu isu yang begitu besar.

"Walaupun mereka jemput saya dengan niat baik dan ikhlas, layan saya dengan baik dan akhirnya apa yang saya bawa kepada mereka adalah masalah.

"(Oleh itu) saya menangis sendiri bukan depan orang," katanya.

Teo juga berkongsi bahawa beliau menerima banyak panggilan daripada pemimpin parti dan mereka sebenarnya tidak marah.

"Semua orang hanya simpati dan faham bahawa pada hari pertama dan kedua saya berada dalam satu kedudukan yang sangat sukar.

"Mereka hubungi dan memberi nasihat kepada saya... apabila (Lim) Kit Siang dan Lim Guang Eng hubungi saya, bila mereka hubungi mereka cakap jangan risau, saya rasa ini satu sokongan moral daripada mereka," katanya lagi.

Teo, antara calon pilihan raya umum 2008 yang menggunakan pendekatan kreatif untuk mendekati pengundi memberitahu beliau tidak sama sekali terfikir untuk meletakkan jawatan kerana isu ini, tetapi rasa takut dan risau kerana "saya tidak mahu membawa masalah kepada parti."

"Saya rasa begitu ketika itu kerana pada saat itu kita belum terima begitu banyak nasihat, sokongan dan panduan daripada PKR dan PAS lagi.

"Tok guru (Menteri Besar Kelantan Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat) juga ketika itu masih belum keluarkan apa-apa kenyataan pada masa itu," katanya lagi.

Teo, penolong setiausaha publisiti kebangsaan DAP berkata, beliau sememangnya bimbang sama ada telah buat satu kesilapan yang akan mengakibatkan orang Melayu menganggap DAP sebuah parti anti-Melayu dan anti-Islam.

"Ini kerana saya rasa telah mencuba dengan begitu bersungguh untuk meyakinkan masyarakat Melayu bahawa DAP bukan sebuah parti 'Chinese, Chauvinist dan Communist (CCC)' sebagaimana didakwa oleh musuh kami," kata beliau dengan merujuk kepada usaha DAP yang cuba meyakinkan orang ramai bahawa ia adalah sebuah parti yang berkhidmat untuk semua kaum.

"DAP adalah sebuah parti untuk semua rakyat Malaysia... memang saya takut bahawa usaha-usaha yang kita lakukan selama ini akan terjejas oleh sebab saya telah lakukan kesilapan atau boleh kata kecuaian yang bodoh," ujar beliau.

Selain menangis, insiden ini juga membawa kepada Teo membeli telefon BlackBerry untuk mengikuti perkembangan semasa dengan lebih dekat.

"Sebelum ini saya tidak guna BlackBerry, lepas insiden tersebut saya beli pada 31 Ogos. Saya perlukan BlackBerry sekarang, pada hari ini saya perlukan BlackBerry untuk dapatkan banyak informasi," katanya.

Beliau masih melihat ke depan untuk berhadapan dengan cabaran dan tanggungjawab lebih besar sebagai wakil rakyat.

"Selepas melihat komen dan Tok Guru mempertahankan saya dan sudah menjelaskan bahawa dari segi Islam memang tidak salah orang bukan Islam masuk masjid dan surau, dari sana saya telah mendapat kekuatan dan selepas insiden itu, ramai orang telah keluarkan kenyataan mempertahankan saya termasuk (Naib Presiden PAS) Datuk Mahfuz Omar, Dewan Muslimat pusat dan Selangor juga ada datang jumpa saya untuk beri semangat - satu jumpa di Kajang dan satu jumpa di Balakong.

"Saya rasa selepas hari Sabtu, komen daripada masyarakat agak positif.

"Ada orang yang kata saya tidak buat apa-apa kesalahan dan kata tiada masalah orang bukan Islam masuk masjid dan surau.

"Ada juga fikir bahawa tidak pakai tudung itu adalah tidak sopan kerana saya sepatutnya pakai tudung," katanya yang mengaku telah meningkatkan pemahaman tentang Islam berbanding Mac 2008.

"Lepas kejadian itu, masyarakat sekarang lebih kenali saya. Saya mengaku walaupun telah jadi wakil rakyat lebih daripada dua tahun tapi masih ramai yang belum kenal siapa saya.

"Tetapi selepas insiden ini saya pergi ke bazar mereka sudah tahu siapa saya.

"Walaupun tidak dapat sebut nama saya tapi mereka panggil saya "YB surau", tapi saya rasa mereka peka dengan isu ini dan telah kenal saya," katanya lagi.

Teo juga merasakan telah menerima banyak simpati daripada masyarakat berkata, beliau sebenarnya merasakan telah menerima sokongan yang begitu banyak.

"Hari-hari, sekarang saya terima selendang dari kawan-kawan Melayu dengan mengatakan bahawa supaya mereka (pengkritik) tidak bising

"Hari ini saya dapat satu lagi emel - ada pihak yang mahu mendermakan RM5,000 kepada saya untuk membuat satu program di kawasan saya," kata Teo.

Dipetik Dari: The Malaysian Insider
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/bahasa/article/mp-serdang-kini-popular-yb-surau-sangkal-sumbangan-hina-islam/


Message from Desi to The Young Ones...

Posted: 04 Sep 2010 12:53 AM PDT

Dear ER, esp The Young Malaysians:

Get behind Namewee, sing along with Cliff Richard, and Malaysia will be alright. I am proud of the future gen!:) IF THERE ARE MORE RAAPERS LIKE WEE MENG CHEE!:)-- YL, Desi



Linked From Here to fellow neshound Wong Choon Mei's malaysia-chronicle.com:





Saturday, September 4, 2010
All eyes on DPM as Namewee grilled more than 7 hrs by MCMC
Namewee in trouble with his Nah video
Malaysia Chronicle

Controversial rapper Namewee was grilled by Internet regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission for more than 7 hours over his Nah video tape that lambasted two Malay headmistresses for hurling racial slurs at their Chinese and Indian pupils.

This is the second time this week that Namewee, whose full name is Wee Meng Chee, has been pulled in for questioning. Last week, he spent several hours giving his statement to the police at the Taman Tun Ismail post in Kuala Lumpur.

"They did not give me any warning or threaten me with action. They only wanted to gather details on the video that I posted and I answered all of their questions," Bernama reported Namewee as saying.

"I answered truthfully because I have nothing to fear since my intention for posting the video was to voice out against racism and not because I am racist."

Khairy - I was never a racist
Namewee entered the MCMC headquarters in Cyberjaya at 12.30pm on Friday and emerged after 8.00pm. He has previously said he fears he will be arrested soon.

Victimized

Indeed the matter has gathered tremendous steam due to an attempt by Umno, the Malay-based ruling party, to play up the issue although Namewee has already taken the clip off YouTube and clarified he had not meant to hurt any particular community.

While Namewee's 3-minute clip was vulgar and contained the obscenity favored by his genre of musicians, pundits said it did not contain racial slurs or was it seditious in nature as claimed by top Umno leaders, including Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.

In particular, Khairy has crusaded against Namewee, urging the stiffest punishment for the 27-year old musician cum film director.

"He didn't flirt with being racially offensive, he was beyond the line at being racially offensive," Malaysiakini reported Khairy as saying.

Yet many others in the Malay community were more even-handed in their views. While they were shocked at his profanity, they admitted he was attacking the two headmistresses for their racist remarks and not because they were Malay. Neither did Namewee attack the Malay race as a whole, they acknowledged.

Nasruddin - 'kurang ajar' but provoked
"Namewee's video is kurang ajar (uncouth), but I think the video would not have been out if swift action had been taken against Siti Inshah (one of the headmistresses) and without racial provocation. Namewee is against racism and has become a victim of racial provocation in the country," Harakahdaily reported Nasruddin Tantawi, the PAS Youth chief, as saying.

Manipulated

There is growing speculation that Muhyiddin, who is also Education minister, was behind the Namewee lynching to deflect pressure from his ministry to take action against the two school principals – one in Kedah and another in Johor.

Muhyiddin - deflecting pressure?
The pair told their Chinese pupils to go back to China and one of them even likened Indians to dogs. But till now, no action has been taken despite numerous police reports lodged by outraged parents and community groups. While both teachers have apologized, the public wants the government to either sack or at least demote them as their wrongdoing was serious. There are even calls to charge them for sedition.

"This is typical Umno politics of manipulation and double-speaking. Sad to say, Muhyiddin has earned himself a reputation for being a racist because he has failed to act neutrally despite the fact that he is not just the Umno deputy president but also DPM of all the races. It is a personal failure and he should confront it," Batu MP Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.

"As for Khairy, let this be a lesson to him. As political leaders, we should remain committed to our stance. He has tried to change into the clothes of a liberal but he is just being an opportunist. The moment he thinks there is a good chance to replenish his Malay credentials, like in the Namewee case, he shows his true colors. There is no moderation in his views on Namewee, it is just a one-sided attack to make the Malays angry with Namewee."


TV3's Blasphemous Eid ul Fitr's Ad ~ Which Idiot approved this insulting message?

Posted: 04 Sep 2010 12:51 AM PDT


I just don't see what the hell TV3 is trying to achieve here with this nonsensical Hari Raya promo?


Are the idiots at TV3 trying to inculcate a Christmas like nonsensical ideas into the minds of our young impressionable children?


Don't they have a Syariah panel in TV3 to oversee the underlying messages or values that this TV channel is trying to impose on its viewers here?


Doesn't the Ministry of Information vet these kind of messages that seem to promote the belief in a Santa Claus like mythical figure when Islam's holiest month of Ramadhan is being mentioned in its lyrics and the old Malay man riding the trishaw is just so alike Santa Claus riding his reindeers into the self imagined scenario here?


What bloody nonsense is this???


Are you really itching for the National Fatwa council to come slap a stop broadcast order for this bullshit?


Are you guys over there at TV3 naive about Islamic do's and don'ts as you have portrayed yourselves here to be?


Where is your Aqeedah?


Jahil Muqarrab!


Pull off that insulting Raya promo and apologize to the Malaysian Ummah!!!


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Allahu by Sami Yusuf, a delightful celebration of our beloved Almighty God

Posted: 04 Sep 2010 12:05 AM PDT


This is definitely one of the best nasyeed's that I have come to love listening to lately.

I first fell in love with the version of this delightful song which was sung by RAIHAN in Urdu below :


Who says that celebrating the glory and majesty of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala has to be done in a dreary affair as you see some so called servants of Allah the Most Merciful go about their ways like they haven't answered the call of nature for days at end? :P

This nasyeed is as uplifting of a true believer's spirit and love for Ar Rahman as it can get!

Thank you Sami Yusuf and Raihan!

You guys have made us proud! May Almighty Allah bless you all!

Ameen.


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Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah Interview On BFM89.9

Posted: 03 Sep 2010 10:44 PM PDT

A voice in the UMNO wilderness? Voicing out for the Nation. An ideal personality for Prime Ministership in these uncertain times...

Do listen to this BFM89.9 interview with TRH on 1st September 2010, a day after Merdeka Day.

Could his new NGO be the rallying point for the rakyat to take back Malaysia through the ballot box? A vehicle for Haris Ibrahim's concept of A Third Force perhaps?


Malaysia's AG Chambers ranked highest in the world

Posted: 03 Sep 2010 09:34 PM PDT

Results  of the first Global Legal Initial Barrier survey conducted by Durex has put the Malaysian AG's chambers  on top as the national prosecutor most likely to get you in court regardless of the legal barrier and limitations set by legislation.

This new position is a jump of 25 position for the Malaysian boys in wigs. Last year they ranked near the bottom in the 30-country survey as the public saw them unable to clear even the lowest barriers in the most clear cut of corruption cases and bring the perpetrators to book.

Clearly this year they have found at least 4-tahil of extra brain power and organised themselves into a more formidable phalanx for ramming down legal obstacles.

HASSAN SKODENG

Their most spectacular success so far is the case involving blogger Hassan Skodeng who wrote a rather hilarious satire about the nation's energy monopoly suing green movement, World Wildlife Foundation for losses suffered as a result of lights-off during the WWF's highly publicised annual global warming awareness campaign 'Earth Hour'.

Despite the patent comic undertones of the whole article and an army of disclaimers on the blog landing page warning and guarding readers from taking anything too seriously, Hassan Skodeng found himself facing the full majesty of the Malaysian legal system on Thursday, Sept 2, 2010.

Charged under Section 133(1)A for Intent to Annoy, Hassan Skodeng face the very unfunny possibility of being a gues of the Malaysan Prison Department for one year or receive a painful payment receipt of RM50,000 from the court registrar.

RONALD McDONALD

Prominent dietitian cum clown, Ronald McDonalds said the charge is clearly a violation of Article 1 of the Comedy Code which says that you can't get mad at a clown for scaring the fat kid in the corner.

"I am not saying that TNB CEO, Datuk Seri Che Khalib is a fat kid, though he is slightly chubby but what I am saying is that when you make a joke, there is every likelihood that someone would be offended but that is the very definition of comedy isn't it, to laugh at something we see as absurd.

Ronald who is also the president of the Malaysian Association of Clown who are also Restaurant Mascots said that a few more of such prosecutions and the Attorney General himself may qualify as a clown soon.

"I wonder this article you are writing will be considered satire or not? Oh wait a minute, they don't care whether it is satire or not, they can still take you to court if they think you are annoying them," Ronald quipped.

ART HARUN

Lawyer Art Harun took a close look at the relevant legislations that the AG's chambers would have run through before prosecuting Hassan Skodeng and nearly poked his eye out on a particularly outstanding bit of code.

"Holy Mother of crap, why is Hassan Skodeng smiling?" he asks.


The MCMC's own "Guideline on Content" [Item 7.3 of Chapter 2] states that:
"Content which is false, is expressly prohibited except in any of the following circumstances:
(a) satire and parody;
(b) where it is clear to an ordinary user that the content is fiction."

Ask how a clown would interpret those codes differently from a lawyer, Ronald said that the construct of the MCMC's guideline clearly prohibits the suing of comedians for trying to make people laugh and it covers professional as well as amateur comics.

"I mean, how likely is anyone to think that TNB would sue the WWF for Earth Hour? Just as it is unlikely that anyone would believe that Durex would conduct a legal satisfaction survey.

"By suing Hassan Skodeng, I think we now have no choice but to nominate the AG's chamber for the best new comic act for 2010," said Ronald McDonald.


Now you see it no you don’t kick me if you have balls

Posted: 03 Sep 2010 09:31 PM PDT


radan Kuppusamy
September 04, 2010
Despite the growing clamour for his exit, Samy Vellu is sticking to his own timeline. — file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 — Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu's announcement this week that he is not stepping down in December has thrown the party into confusion, with supporters of deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel — expecting an early handover — facing the reality the MIC president will be around for some time yet.

They had eyed December 31 as a good cut-off time for Samy Vellu's reign, and some were preparing a grand send-off — but are now disappointed that Samy Vellu, whom they had hoped would be cajoled into retiring earlier than he plans to, has dashed their hope.

On Wednesday, Samy Vellu firmly told his critics not to dream. "I am not leaving in December," he said. "I will leave on a date of my choosing. I will not walk away into the night."

However, supporters of vice-president and Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, who are hoping Samy Vellu will call for an early presidential election, were overjoyed with the Samy Vellu's announcement.

They want him to stay until at least mid-2011 when he can call for a presidential election and let the delegates' decide once and for all who will succeed him as party president.

Samy Vellu had propped up Palanivel and ensured his wins in two contests for the deputy president's post against veteran Datuk S. Subramaniam in 2006 and 2009.

In the last contest, Palanivel nearly lost but managed to hang on courtesy of Samy Vellu's strategy in fielding Datuk S. Sothinathan as a spoiler. Sothinathan polled 280 votes, splitting the support for Subramaniam and enabling Palanivel to slip through by only 82 votes.

The combined votes against Palanivel were 827 compared to the 629 he had garnered.

On Wednesday, the 74-year-old Samy Vellu candidly admitted he has to go but maintained that he would only do so at a date of his choosing. All efforts to oust him by lodging police reports, using newspapers to pressure him, and starting the Gerakan Anti-Samy Vellu have failed miserably.

Earlier, the government had offered various inducements — including a federal Tunship and a special ambassador's post in South Asia — in the hopes that Samy Vellu would be enticed into hastening his exit — but he was not.

Subramaniam's supporters said an early election was the way out. "It would be free and fair and the person with the real support would inherit the MIC," a supporter said.

"A party led by a popular leader can better interact with the community and restore Indian support for the Barisan (Nasional)," she said.

Palanivel's supporters, however, disagree. They want Samy Vellu to leave and hand over to his position to Palanivel, who would become acting president until the next party election — which is not due until March 2012, when Samy Vellu's current term ends.

Samy Vellu has promised to leave "eight or nine" months earlier than that, putting it at around August or September 2011, when a presidential election can be held.

But supporters of Palanivel claimed that an early presidential election would be illegal and was not provided for in the MIC's charter.

They also say Samy Vellu must resign in order to create a vacancy for the president's post, a position that supporters of Subramaniam dispute.

"Samy Vellu can remain president and conduct the presidential election as long as the CWC (Central Working Committee) agrees," they said adding the legal issues can be ironed out. "What's important is the will of the delegates as expressed in the general assembly or the CWC."

While these disputes rage on in the MIC, the two main protagonists in the drama — Palanivel and Dr Subramaniam — are crisscrossing the country under the guise of ministerial functions to meet delegates and lobby for their support.

Although Palanivel is against an early presidential election, but he is not leaving the matter to chance and has hit the campaign trail to canvass for support.

His appointment as a deputy minister soon after the Hulu Selangor by-election has galvanised his camp and raised their hopes that he may one day inherit the MIC.

Subramaniam, seen to be more popular among the party rank and file than Palanivel, is equally determined to meet and win over the party grassroots.

If Samy Vellu does hold a presidential election, the two leaders are determined to be ready to battle it out and not be caught by surprise.

Former deputy Datuk S. Subramaniam is also likely to enter the fray, along with possibly Sothinathan, to make it a grand, do-or-die affair to inherit the MIC after Samy Vellu's exit.

Ultimately, however, it is Samy Vellu who will still decide the winner. Despite the waning of his long career, he still controls the loyalty of at least 60 per cent of the delegates and will likely determine his own heir.

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RETIREMENT OR RE-EMPLOYMENT?

Posted: 03 Sep 2010 09:27 PM PDT


Singapore Minister Mentor recently made news when he said there should be no mandatory retirement age. He reiterates his stand in the Straits Times today which carried the headline "MM Lee: If a man is fit, let him carry on working". The former PM elaborates on his views on work and retirement in the email interview. Click here to read an extract. The full interview is accessible only to subscribers.

By coincidence, retirement is the cover feature in Malaysia's StarBiz today. Two seniors share their views on the issue with journalist Errol Oh.

Lily Fu, 62, who maintains the SeniorsAloud blog

A lot of people look at the seniors as one big homogenous group. It's not the case, and certain policies don't address this. The 55 and above category stretches to 85 or more. It's a 30-year span and it's very difficult to compartmentalise. The government policies on the elderly are mostly aimed at the poor. But there are also seniors who are wealthy and who don't need financial help. And there's a large band of people in between.

Some of those who retire tend to lapse into depression, feeling that they are no longer needed. At the same time, there is not much income coming in as before, and they have to grapple with inflation. They are not sure about what to do with their time.

We have to look for facilities and homes for the seniors. Where do we go? Surely not the old folks homes. There are many types of seniors. We are the baby boomers, who are better educated than our parents and we expect more. More has to be done on retirement living. What will happen to us when we reach our 70s?

Seniors are very proud people. They want financial independence. We have people who have retired at 55, but still have a lot more to contribute. However, their age and salary scale work against them. Why would companies want to employ them? There are very limited opportunities for re-employment, and these are mainly in areas such as consultancy and teaching.
I believe that raising the retirement age is to the Government's benefit.

Bulbir Singh, 69, noted for his prolific letter-writing

I feel that my life now is very useful and valuable. I had prepared for retirement. At about 50, realising that retirement was close, I bought a home. I wanted a clean pension. I didn't want to owe anybody.

I keep myself occupied. In fact, I've got little idle time these days. You've got to programme yourself to fill your days with activity and purpose. You have to be physically and mentally alert, and you have to make yourself useful.

We can't just do nothing. There are 1,001 things to do. There's no such thing as complaining about boredom. Those who can teach, can give tuition. There's many ways of helping others, if we choose not to continue working for a salary. We have a civic duty, which means we owe something to society.

For the full article including interviews with other seniors, click here.


The New Ledger: Anwar Ibrahim is far from being a moderate Muslim!

Posted: 04 Sep 2010 03:45 AM PDT



Ben Domenech [pic above], a senior editor of an on line news portal The New Ledger, whose article appeared in The Huffington Post, another popular online website, described America as naive in its quest trying to connect America with moderate Muslim personalities. Now America is questioning on how far it is willing to stretch its definition of "moderate" in order to overlook certain uncomfortable facts! Remember Shiite Iraqi Ahmed Chalabi, whom America thought to be a friend turned out he was more close to Ahmadinejad of Iran!

Among his other morning routine, it was understood, President Obama would click on to his favourite website before facing the world. Well at least he is now well versed on what is the definition of a fool's gold, and to now understand the real meaning of the word moderate, and to know more about how certain Malaysian politician that has been leading the US Administration by the nose to condemn Malaysia for his own political purpose.

Domenech also said how America have seen this "in search of moderate Muslim" problem most recently in the interactions with Imam Rauf in the swirl of controversy about his mosque project in New York City. He said some view Rauf as a moderate go-between who could further legitimate relations -- but others point to his funding sources and refusal to denounce Hamas as a sign the moderate label is questionable.

Domenech described Anwar Ibrahim as a fool's gold when America embraced Malaysia opposition leader as another one of those "bona fide" Muslim moderate and Domenech pointed out that while Anwar was free to show he was not an anti-Semitic to his English speaking American audience in order to gain support, his anti-Semitic fervour was so loud and clear to his Malaysian supporters for him to make his political comeback.

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Below is the article which appeared in the New Ledger:

America's political leadership has a love affair with the concept of connecting with the moderate Muslim world. This is not the domain of one party or one ideology -- indeed, the administrations of both George W. Bush and Barack Obama are heavily invested in the idea. Yet in the push to find moderate Muslims with whom to interact, there's a question that seems to keep coming up: how far are we willing to stretch the definition of "moderate" in order to overlook certain uncomfortable facts?

We've seen this problem most recently in the interactions with Imam Rauf in the swirl of controversy about his mosque project in New York City. Some view Rauf as a moderate go-between who could further legitimate relations -- but others point to his funding sources and refusal to denounce Hamas as a sign the moderate label is questionable.

The Rauf situation inspired the Wall Street Journal to arrange a roundtable of several Muslim figures this week -- but the panel unintentionally served as a perfect example of the kind of strained definition of "moderate" some sources employ when it comes to leading Muslim political figures. In this case, the Journal included Malaysia's opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, in the conversation. His statement is worth reading, but it must also be studied with a critical eye:

Skeptics and cynics alike have said that the quest for the moderate Muslim in the 21st century is akin to the search for the Holy Grail. It's not hard to understand why. Terrorist attacks, suicide bombings and the jihadist call for Muslims "to rise up against the oppression of the West" are widespread.


The radical fringe carrying out such actions has sought to dominate the discourse between Islam and the West. In order to do so, they've set out to foment anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism. They've also advocated indiscriminate violence as a political strategy. To cap their victory, this abysmal lot uses the cataclysm of 9/11 as a lesson for the so-called enemies of Islam.

To some, Ibrahim is a beloved figure -- he is charming and a capable communicator, who has been subject to malignant political and legal attacks, and has defenders in the United States ranging from Al Gore to Paul Wolfowitz. Yet to read Ibrahim talk of those who "foment... anti-Semitism" for public relations gain is jarring, considering it is exactly the sort of activity he is utilizing to mount his political comeback.

One of the oldest tactics when it comes to relations with the Western world is the art of saying one thing in English, and another in your native language. Ibrahim is canny enough to know that his purposes are best served by keeping his anti-Semitic messages in a form which appeals to the right audience -- in this case, he's invoked the spectre of Jewish influence on more than one occasion. The pattern prompted a letter from B'Nai Brith earlier this year, sent to the State Department and the leaders of Senate and House committees, requesting that U.S. officials cease relations with Ibrahim over his "anti-Jewish and anti-Israel slanders," which include suggesting that Israeli spies are "directly involved in the running of the government," are antagonizing him through the police force, and are organizing a public relations campaign against him.

We would be wise to consider the aims of individuals like Ibrahim, not just accept his words to the American press at face value. I had the opportunity recently to interview Lee Smith, the author of The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations and a columnist for Tablet. He advances a view of American-Muslim relations that is both more sophisticated and more straightforward than the one which ruled in Washington over the past ten years. A key takeaway from his approach to understanding the Muslim world is that we must understand the way that individuals like Ibrahim and Rauf use the American approach to foreign relations to their advantage, and not allow for entanglements that make us lose sight of their real aims.

In any case, it's clear that honest relations with legitimate spokesmen from the Muslim world are paramount as we move closer to a decade removed from the 9/11 attacks. Yet we should have no illusions about the nature of those friendships, and we must reject the idea that figures can get away with saying one thing in their own countries and in their own language while criticizing that same activity in our newspapers and in English. Americans would not tolerate such two-faced activity from our own leaders, nor should we tolerate it from others. Or click here for the original article!



' My Dog Died!' the remarkable story of an Australian revert to Islam and other Muslim luminaries

Posted: 03 Sep 2010 09:04 PM PDT



What a heart warming story of an Australian atheist who eventually discovered the Truth of Islam and has now become a Muslim!

He is a very down to earth affable guy and is much loved by the audience. From what I see, I'm sure that this brother is now very much at peace within himself and an outstanding revert to Islam, his birthright. Its yours too. 

Study Islam for what it truly is and not what hatemongers make it out to be? I am sure that Almighty Allah will open up your heart and your mind to realize that Islam is our key to salvation and Way of Life. Insya Allah.



I would also like to share with you the remarkable story of a very learned Christian Minister who embraced Islam and is now an outstanding Muslim drawing so many Christians to become Muslims today!

Dr.Jerald F.Dirks is a former minister (deacon) of the United Methodist Church. He holds a Master's degree in Divinity from Harvard University and a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Denver.

Here's Part 2 of the amazing video of this brilliant man who has now become one of the outstanding Callers to Islam out there in the West.

Masya Allah! 


I call upon each of you who is yet to be a Muslim to watch these videos and listen to what these gems amongst the Reverts to Islam have to say and share about our birthright to be Muslims, those who submit to none but Allah, our Almighty God and Creator.


Insya Allah, you'll discover Islam within yourselves.

May God bless and guide us all.

Ameen.


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Race Racist Racialist Extremist Terrorist

Posted: 03 Sep 2010 06:54 PM PDT


A rapper questioned for 7 hours over an anti-racist song? I guess the police & MCMC got nothing better to do than waste time with a kid.
The HM in the center of Namewee's video only got a fucking show-cause letter from where? The PSD right? Where the fuck are the police, ISA or Seditious Act in this scene even with police reports lodged? Polis makan & tidur la tu..
Was the HM detained for questioning on her remarks to students whom she is supposed to educate? The other teacher from Penang only need to apologise to settle the issue. See how simple some problems are solved.
I wonder who's racist? The politicians or garmen!? Maybe uttering the word 'RACIST' will get ppl into trouble now.

Rapper declines to reveal details of questioning that lasted over seven hours

Racist remarks: Johor principal will be given show cause letter, if guilty

Teacher allegedly hurled racist, vulgar remarks at students

Racial slurs: Penang discipline teacher apologises


中国经济跃升带起商业价值‧蔡细历:中文有助贸易

Posted: 03 Sep 2010 06:21 PM PDT

---->蔡细历(左4)为巴东色海区会的网站主持推介。 (图:光明日报)


(吉打‧居林3日讯)马华总会长拿督斯里蔡细历医生表示,大马是靠贸易来带动整个国家的经济,所以贸易也是整个国家的火车头,而中文在加强贸易方面,更扮演了举足轻重的角色。

他说,贸易是大马的命脉,因此在增加贸易的同时,中文的商业价值就将随着上涨,所以马华新的领导层目前也是以上述角度来看待。

统考生地位有望受承认

他说,首相拿督斯里纳吉也认同有关观点,故统考生可以申请贷款及奖学金,接而下来要做的就是承认统考生的地位。

他也说,以往谈到华小和华教的课题都是以种族来看待,他认为在目前中文教育有一定的商业价值,如果以种族的角度来看待是不正确的。

他举例说,中国目前也被大家公认为经济第2大强国,因此中文是有它的商业价值存在,目前大马的贸易与这些以中文为主的国家是占了20%,但世界上与中文为主国家的贸易是一项庞大的款项,大马贸易的价值就占了其中2%。

" 所以, 我们要增加贸易就有必要栽培掌握中文的人才。大马要达致高收入的国家,在短短的10年里必须增加贸易,第一要吸引庞大的国内外投资,每一年最少要达致1150亿令吉。"

必须栽培掌握中文人才

" 在第9大马计划, 我们只是达致一半,如若从第10大马计划开始,换句话说,我们国内外的投资必须增加到两倍,才能达致高收入发展的国家。"

蔡细历周五中午为马华巴东色海区会服务中心主持推介礼后,在记者会上指出,如果是以种族的观点来看待教育的课题,他认为会面对更多的阻碍。

他说,我们必须了解母语教育对华人有着重要的角色。

因此,他与教育部长跟进华教课题时,是以中文的商业价值为重点,而他通常跟进教育的课题也不会宣扬,因为往往教育的课题都是具有争论性。

他相信,解决问题要有解决问题的策略,因此他认为等到问题解决了,才宣布比较好。

巴东色海马华设服务中心

蔡细历致词时指出,他希望在服务中心启动后,有关的区会可以立即投入服务,而区会主席更需以包容的心态,并以团队的精神来为民作出贡献。

盼选民加深对马华认识

他也要求区会主席要与各方面保持良好关系,虽然吉州是由民联政府来执政,但有的部门还是由中央来管控,他希望他们能与土地局官员、县署官员、警方及州发展局官员保持联系,以在做起事来达成事半功倍的效果。

他也希望各区会懂得善用宣传的技巧,让选民了解马华所作出的成绩,加深大家对马华的认识, 如若做得不正确的地方,他也欢迎华社给予指正。

仪式上,大会安排蔡细历为巴东色海区会的网站主持推介,而出席的马华领袖有峨仑州议员梁荣光、吉州署理拿督马兴中、州秘书黄联泉、州财政洪本钦、州团长王孙文及槟吉各区会主席等。

此外, 吉打州董联会主席陈国辉也在仪式后, 与蔡细历作出短暂的交流,并提呈有关华小豁免缴付水电费,及鲁乃华民小学寻求拨款的备忘录予蔡细历。

光明日报‧2010.09.03


Kalau Mahathir kata saya salah, salahlah saya - Ling Liong Sik

Posted: 03 Sep 2010 04:57 PM PDT

Kes rasuah yang melibatkan Tun Ling Liong Sik ini adalah kes yang sangat penting diikuti oleh semua rakyat berbilang kaum dalam negara ini. Kes ini akan memerikan dua badai; samada untuk benar-benar sebagai tindakkan jujur untuk membeteras rasuah atau permainan politik pihak tertentu untuk meletakkan kesemua kesalahan kepada Tun Ling Liong Sik (LLS) seorang.

Apabila segala-galanya telah diselesaikan oleh Mahkamah maka semua akan tahu apa sebenarnya yang terselindung dari rakyat selama ini. Kes TLLS ini akan pasti diikuti dengan terperinci oleh rakyat dan juga masyarakat antarabangsa. Kes ini sangat penting kerana ianya akan melibat pandangan masyarakat tempatan dan antarabangsa bahawa ketidak jujuran kepimpinannya akhirnya akan diketahui umum juga akhirnya.

Apabila sudah dapat dinilai oleh orang ramai maka barulah rakyat tahu apa yang diperkatakan oleh pihak yang mengkritik pimpinan dahulu banyak benarnya dari yang kurang benar. Isu rasuah memang isu yang terlalu hebat dipersoalkan rakyat selama ini dan sekarang isu ini sudah menghampiri keadaan yang segala-galanya akan terbongkar dengan sendirinya.

'Bangkai gajah masakan boleh ditutup dengan nyiru'. Sekuat mana pun usaha untuk melindunginya dari pengetahuan rakyat, ia akan tetap akan terbongkar akhirnya. TLLS telah berkata diluar Mahkamah semalam, "jika Mahathir kata saya bersalah maka bersalahlah saya".

TLLS walau bagaimana pun mengucapkan berbanyak-banyak terima kasih kepada bekas PM kita itu, Dr Mahathir kerana bersetuju untuk menjadi saksi kepada perbicaraan ini. Dr Mahathir setkat ini tidak ada mengeluarkan apa-apa kenyataan peribadinya terhadap isu perbicaraan TLLS ini.

Jumlah wang yang terlibat dalam pembelian tanah ini merupakan kes yang sudah pasti melibatkan ramai yang lain dari TLLS. Ianya melibatkan keseluruhan ahli-ahli Jemaah Kabinet Negara. Apa yang pasti ianya merupakan tindakkan yang tidak ada kejujuran dari individu-individu yang terlibat.

Dari segi moral demokrasinya, semua ahli Jemaah Kabinet mesti 'accountable' terhadap kes ini kerana ianya adalah keputusan kabinet. Ramai diantara Jemaah Menteri semasa itu masih berada didalam kabinet sekarang ini dan jika kes sebegini berlaku dinegara maju kesemua ahli Jemaah Menteri itu akan meletakkan jawatan.

Semasa TLLS berhadapan dengan PAC beliau telah memberitahu PAC bahawa yang melakukan pemantauan keatas penilaian tanah tersebut diketuai oleh PM sendiri, iaitu Dr Mahathir.

Mengikut kata Zaharah Shaari, Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian pengangkutan semasa itu, TLLS sedar bahawa jika pembelian tanah itu didasarkan kepada 'Land Acquisition Act 1960, sebanyak RM600 juta wang rakyat boleh diselamatkan.

Zaharah memberi tahu yang TLLS sudah berbincang dengan Dr Mahathir tentang isu harga tanah ini. Disini sudah nyata bahawa apa yang dikatakan oleh TLLS itu merupakan indikasi yang dalam kes ini bukan beliau seorang bertanggunjawab tetapi ramai lagi yang patut dipersalahkan.

Sekarang TLLS memohon kepada Mahkamah untuk bertindak untuk membuat 'declassification' terhadap semua minit-minit mesyuarat kabinet dan 'post Cabinet' yang berkaitan dengan isu PKFZ ini. TLLS menuntut supaya semua minit-minit in di' declassify' bagi mempertankan dirinya dari pertuduhan ini diMahkamah.

Melakukan pertuduhan kepada seorang pemimpin besar seperti TLLS ini merupakan satu tindakkan yang sangat besar risikonya walau pun ramai orang termasuk diri saya ingin melihat apa sebenarnya yang berlaku sehinggakan berbillion ringgit wang oenat jerih rakyat disonglap begitu sahaja. TLLS adalah seorang 'TUN" dan tentunya beliau merasa terkilan kerana dibawa keMahkamah kerana kesalahan ramai yang lain.

Jika beliau membawa ramai yang lain bersamanya untuk terlibat dalam kes ini pun, tidak ada siapa yang boleh menyalahkan TLLS. Dengan kata-kata beliau semalam jelas menunjukkan kepada kita yang beliau telah dijadikan kambing hitam dalam isu ini.

Dalam kes TLLS ini telah membuktikan apa yang blog ini pernah menulis; jika memerintah, ikut aturan yang ada. Kita tidak boleh mengambil keputusan peribadi semata-mata kerana kepentingan peribadi yang berkehendakkan kekayaan yang terlalu berlebihan. Kerajaan kita tidak boleh ditadbir mengikut nafsu sendiri, Negara ada peraturan dan amatlah menjijikkan jika pemimpin mentadbir negara seperti mentadbir persatuan sepak takraw.

Pertuduhan telah dibuat dan dari sekarang ianya telah terdaftar diMahkamah. Hanya kita dibawah-bawah ini mahukan pengadilan dilaksanakan dengan penuh tanggung jawab. Jika ramai lagi yang terlibat, adalah lebih adil jika kesemua yang terlibat diadili oleh Mahkamah yang bebas dari tekanan politik dan eksekutif.

Jika LLS seorang yang bertangjawab biarlah beliau seorang yang mendapat penghakiman, tetapi jika ramai lagi yang melanggar undang-undang didalam isu ini kesemuanya wajib menghadapi apa yang sepatutnya mereka hadapi.

Kata orang tua-tua, 'limau jangan masam sebelah' kerana jika 'limau masam sebelah' ianya adalah satu tindakkan yang tidak adil. Kesemua yang terlibat mesti dihakimkan kerana jika tidak dihakimkan rakyat lagilah yang menanggung derita permainan rasuah yang hina ini.

Kepada LLS saya memohon supaya beliau menghadapinya dengan sabar dan tenang. Ini melibatkan wang rakyat dan jadikanlah pengalaman ini sebagai pelajaran yang wang rakyat itu adalah wang rakyat. Jangan kita persendakan rakyat sampai kesebigini jauh. Rakyat pun ramai yang sudah pergi sekolah yang tinggi-tingi; tidak seperti saya yang hanya bersekolah atap.

Mari kita ingatkan kita sesama kita; rasuah itu adalah musuh kepada ummah dan ianya sangat merbahaya kepada keamanan dunia. Ianya lebih bahaya dari penagihan dadah. Jika sudah merasa wang rasuah yang besar seseorang itu tidak akan dapat berhenti dari melakukanya berterusan. Ketagih rasuah lebih buruk akibatnya. Ianya tidak ada kesudahannya.

Semua pihak mesti memerangi rasuah ini seperti kita memerangi pengaruh zionis sebagaimana yang disebaut-sebut oleh pemimpin-pemimpin parti politik kita. Kalau kita hendak menjadikan 'equation' dengan bahaya zionis, pengaruh rasuah adalah lebih merbahaya dari pengaruh zionis itu kepada negara kita.

Tidak ada amalan yang lebih buruk dari rasuah. Agama kita pulak mengingatkan kita yang memakan rasuah itu seperti kita memakan daging saudara kita sendiri. Itu yang saya diajar. Tak tahu pulak kalau ada yang boleh menyanggah pendapat ini.


Chinese photographer helps save a river

Posted: 03 Sep 2010 04:54 AM PDT

Huo Daishan, a newspaper photographer, did not want to give up on the river he loved. So he embarked on a crusade to save the heavily polluted river. The Philippine Daily Inquirer has the story.


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