Monday, October 11, 2010

On This Day In 732, Charles the Hammer Stopped Islam's Advance on the West

On This Day In 732, Charles the Hammer Stopped Islam's Advance on the West


On This Day In 732, Charles the Hammer Stopped Islam's Advance on the West

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 03:16 PM PDT

by Citizen Warrior

ISLAM CONQUERED most of the Middle East and North Africa and then came across the Straights of Gibraltar and conquered Spain, subjugating the people under Islamic rule, giving the European (mostly Christian and Jewish) people the choice of conversion to Islam or perpetual underling status burdened with a tax on non-Muslims (vital funds Muslims used to finance further conquests).


Islamic armies moved north into what is now France (known as Gaul at the time). That was the high-water mark of Islam's first major invasion of Europe , because it was there they were stopped.

After several large battles, the Islamic hordes were defeated by an army led by Charles Martel, who came to be known as Charles the Hammer. The final and decisive battle occurred on October 11th, 732, one hundred years after the death of Mohammad.

Europe is being invaded again by Islamic hordes. This time they are being welcomed in by people ignorant of history and ignorant of Islamic doctrine.

People who are committed to Islam's political goal of world domination have been swarming into Europe by the millions, gaining more and more political clout and winning more and more battles as Europeans concede their freedoms, their land, and their money to this aggressive and relentless ideology.

But they will be stopped. Europeans are not spineless people. Not even all of Europe 's politicians are spineless. Islam was stopped before — despite the fact that many European kings had made deals and allied themselves with the Muslims to gain a temporary political advantage. It was happening then. It is happening now.

But Europe is waking up and so is America , Australia , and India . The more people know about basic Islamic doctrine, the more immune they become to the political manipulations of orthodox Muslims. Concessions made will be revoked. The West will rise again and stop Islam for the third time.

To fortify our commitment to our future victory, today we honor the fighting spirit of Charles the Hammer.


Deklarasi Kongres Ekonomi Cina : MCA seolah-olah meletakkan syarat untuk terus menyokong BN!

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 09:00 AM PDT

Perhimpunan Agung Tahunan MCA Ke-57 meluluskan 14 resolusi termasuk menyokong penuh 13 deklarasi yang diluluskan oleh Kongres Ekonomi Cina pada 14 Ogos lalu.

Antara deklarasi kongres berkenaan adalah supaya ekuiti bumiputera sebanyak 30 peratus dalam semua sektor ekonomi dikurangkan secara berperingkat dan syarikat milik kerajaan (GLC) mengambil ahli lembaga pengarah berbilang kaum.

Deklarasi itu telah mendapat bantahan daripada pelbagai pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) Melayu yang menyifatkan ia sangat tidak sesuai dengan masanya berikutan bumiputera masih lagi terkebelakang dalam pelbagai bidang di negara ini.

Turut diluluskan juga adalah resolusi berkaitan pendidikan yang mahukan buku sejarah di sekolah menyediakan maklumat jelas mengenai pengorbanan setiap kaum dalam perjuangan kemerdekaan dan pembangunan Malaysia. Ia juga mahukan segala maklumat dalam buku berkenaan hendaklah tepat dan sahih serta digugurkan fakta-fakta yang boleh menjejaskan keharmonian antara kaum.

Sebanyak 1,764 perwakilan pada perhimpunan di Wisma MCA di sini turut meluluskan resolusi yang menggesa sekolah semua aliran diberikan peruntukan dan bantuan secara berkala.

Kerajaan turut digesa supaya meneruskan usaha membantu pelajar berkebolehan sebagai susulan kepada keputusan memberikan biasiswa Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) kepada lulusan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) yang mendapat 9A+ tanpa mengira kaum.

Dalam pada itu, ia juga meluluskan resolusi mendesak kerajaan mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap mana-mana individu atau kumpulan yang mengeluarkan kenyataan berunsur hasutan atau ancaman yang boleh menjejaskan perpaduan kaum di negara ini. Kerajaan juga diminta supaya memastikan setiap rakyat memahami agama dan adat resam kaum lain di Malaysia.

Turut diluluskan adalah resolusi menyokong usaha kerajaan melaksanakan dasar kebebasan beragama menerusi langkah mewujudkan Jawatankuasa Mempromosikan Persefahaman dan Keharmonian Antara Penganut Agama.

Sebelum itu : Presiden MCA, Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek hari ini mengulangi gesaannya supaya kerajaan mengkaji semula ekuiti bumiputera sebanyak 30 peratus.

Beliau berkata, ia adalah selaras dengan program transformasi ekonomi yang sedang dirancang dan dilaksanakan oleh kerajaan pada masa ini yang bermatlamat untuk mencapai status negara berpendapatan tinggi.

"Ekonomi negara perlu diliberalisasikan dan kuota bumiputera 30 peratus itu harus dikaji semula.

"Ia tidak bermakna kami cuba merampas hak keistimewaan kaum majoriti tetapi apabila kita meliberalisasi, kek ekonomi akan berkembang dan semua orang akan mendapat perkongsian yang sama rata," katanya pada sidang akhbar selepas tamat Perhimpunan Agung Tahunan MCA di sini hari ini.

Permintaan MCA itu adalah salah satu daripada 13 deklarasi yang telah diluluskan pada Kongres Ekonomi Cina pada 14 Ogos lalu.

Deklarasi itu sebelum ini mendapat bantahan daripada pelbagai pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) Melayu yang menyifatkan ia sangat tidak sesuai dengan masanya berikutan golongan bumiputera masih lagi terkebelakang dalam pelbagai bidang di negara ini.

MCA bagaimanapun pada hari ini meluluskan resolusi yang antaranya menyokong penuh 13 deklarasi itu.

Dalam pada itu, Soi Lek turut membidas kenyataan perwakilan Wanita MCA Pahang, Khiew Yuh Jiu pada perhimpunan agung tahunan pergerakan itu semalam yang membangkitkan isu berhubung skandal seks beliau.

"Saya hormat apa yang mereka katakan di dalam perhimpunan itu. Namun saya ingin ingatkan mereka bahawa saya dipilih melalui pemilihan yang diadakan sebelum ini."Ini adalah cara yang demokrasi. Saya hormati mereka tetapi saya juga meminta mereka ini menghormati saya sebagai Presiden MCA," katanya.

Komen : Penulis melihat sudah bermula kembali politik 'pressure group' Cina yang kuat terhadap UMNO yang perlukan undi Cina untuk menghadapi pengaruh saudara mereka sendiri dari parti pembangkang. Jika dahulu di bawah Jepun orang Cina di layan dengan buruk dan ini menyebabkan mereka memberontak melalui parti Komunis. Parti Komunis terus menentang kerajaan selepas merdeka namun di patahkan oleh orang Melayu dan kaum bukan Melayu yang anti komunis.

Sikap menentang kerajaan memerintah oleh parti Komunis masih wujud dalam pemikiran orang Cina, bukan dalam bentuk parti Komunis tetapi dalam bentuk lebih halus melalui platform yang berlainan.

Politik orang Cina di Malaysia selepas 50 tahun mula 'daring' dan 'adventurous'. Desakan dari DAP, MCA telah tidak ada bezanya melainkan platform berbeza. NGO orang Cina pula senada dengan parti politik Cina cuma mereka hanya bermain tarik tali sehingga tuan rumah merasa letih.

Atau kita boleh umpamakan politik orang Cina seperti kapal selam di laut. Kadang-kadang ia mematikan enjin untuk mendengar deruan enjin lawan dan kadang-kadang mereka mengangkat telescope dan menterpedo karam kapal lawan. Kecelaruan politik tuan rumah telah banyak menguntungkan masyarakat Cina dalam mencatur politik mereka. Sama-samalah kita fikirkan sebelum nasi menjadi bubur. Wallahuallam.


Ibrahim Ali accused of disrespect for late Chong

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 08:57 AM PDT

PARLIAMENT Opposition MPs today said they felt "utter disgust" with Ibrahim Ali (Ind-Pasir Mas), who allegedly did not stand up and continued talking on the phone as the House stood in one-minute silence as a sign of respect for Batu Sapi MP Edmund Chong Ket Wah. Story to follow: malaysiakini.com
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Malaysiakini at Jobstreet's career fair

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 07:23 AM PDT

Malaysia's top independent news portal Malaysiakini at the three-day Jobstreet career fair at the MidValley Exhibition Hall at MidValley City, Kuala Lumpur. Full story Camera: Shufiyan Shukur Editing: Indrani Kopal
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Chua: Ensure BN is the choice

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 07:06 AM PDT

-------->Into the future: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek (sixth from left) launching his Facebook account at MCA's 57th annual general assembly Sunday. With him are his deputy Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (fourth from left) and (from left) Wanita MCA national vice-chairman Heng Seai Kie, vice-president Datuk Chor Chee Heung, vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, secretary-general Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, vice-president Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai and vice-president Gan Ping Sieu.


KUALA LUMPUR: MCA may take a different stand from Umno when highlighting certain issues concerning the rakyat, but this should not be construed as being disloyal to Barisan Nasional.

MCA had only one agenda – to make Barisan the party of choice by the people, said party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

"However, we are not a blind follower, we will continue to articulate the hopes, fears, expectations and frustrations of the various communities in Malaysia.

"As such, there will be occasions when MCA will take a different stand from Umno," he said at the opening of the MCA 57th annual general meeting at Wisma MCA here yesterday.

Dr Chua said MCA should be sensitive to the needs and aspirations of the people; and the party would continue to be their voice in the Government.

The party, he added, would remain relevant and be more high profile in its effort to solve problems faced by the rakyat.

Expressing his concern over certain quarters playing up racial and religious issues of late, Dr Chua said the party strongly condemned such actions. He appealed to all politicians to reject those who thrived on racialism.

The party president was confident that the people would continue to support Barisan under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's leadership if the coalition took the middle path and embraced all races.

He was confident that the voices of extremism, regardless of any race or religion, would become a minority under the policy of inclusiveness under the 1Malaysia concept.

As for the youngsters, Dr Chua said the generation now thought differently compared to their parents' generation.

He added that the youths did not want to be told to be grateful that their parents were accorded citizenship, or worse still, be referred to as immigrants.

Dr Chua said about four million Malaysians over the age of 21 had yet to register as voters, and they played a crucial role in deciding the next federal government.

At a press conference after the AGM, Dr Chua noted that the members attending the one-day event were in a high fighting spirit.

"Their main focus is on unity and party stability, as well as to ensure the party moves foward to face the general election," he said.

THE STAR (Monday October 11, 2010)


Guan Eng Bohong Lagi! Naikan Tarif Air Untuk Kesejahteraan Pemimpin Pakatan.

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 04:41 AM PDT

Kerajaan dibawah kepimpinan ketua menteri paling celaka dalam sejarah negeri Pulau Pinang,memang layak digelar negeri berkebajikan.

Prihatin terhadap nasib beberapa kerat pimpinan haprak Guan Eng berlidah biawak telah membela mereka dengan menaikkan tarif air.Rakyat Pulau Pinang yang mengundi pakatan sememangnya sanggup menanggung kebajikan pemimpin pakatan dengan kenaikan tarif air.

Kenaikan elaun lembaga pengarah PBA semenjak kerajaan Sosialis memerintah membuktikan Guan Eng  menjaga nasib diri beliau dan kroni kroninya.

Di bawah adalah keuntungan PBA sejak dari 2005 hinggalah 2009.Ternyata PBA dibawah pengurusan Guan Eng yang mengamalkan CAT benar benar berjaya mengurus tadbir dengan baik,ini kerana sejak dibawah pengurusan akauntan buruk ini PBA mengalami kerugian sejak 2008 hinggalah 2009.

Kerugian yang dialami oleh PBA amat teruk dan untuk menampung kenaikan elaun Guan Eng dan adiknya Mat Sabu maka tarif air dinaikkan.

Alasan yang diberikan oleh Guan Eng ternyata memperbodohkan rakyat dan dalam masa yang sama ketua menteri berlidah biawak ini memberbohong kerana menyembunyikan fakta fakta diatas.

Pada masa yang sama Guan Eng dan koncu koncunya merompak wang PBA dengan melakukan pembaziran melalui claim yang tidak munasabah

Guan Eng berlidah biawak ini menyapu bersih wang elaun sebagai Pengerusi PBA yang melebihi RM4000 ini tidak termasuk elaun dari PBA Holdings.Manakala Dr Mansor sebagai naik pengerusi memperolehi lebih dari RM3000 dan Mat Sabu lebih dari RM2000 kesemuanya tidak termasuk elaun tambahan yang diberikan oleh PBA Holdings

Kerugian yang besar ini tidak menghentikan tabiat Ketua Menteri yang mengamalkan CAT untuk meneruskan amalan pembaziran apabila terlalu kerap mengadakan mesyuarat 4-5 kali dalam masa 3 bulan. Setiap kali bermesyuarat pihak PBA terpaksa menghabiskan sebanyak RM80ribu untuk menangung elaun menghadiri mesyuarat,elaun bayaran hotel,elaun makan,elaun perjalanan kenderaan yang dibayar dengan kadar 70sen/km kesemua itu diperuntukkan kepada mereka.

Anda yang berada di PBA atau pun di didalam kerajaan negeri bolehlah memeriksa rekod rekod perbelanjaan ini dan bandingkan diantara zaman pemerintahan BN yang mencapai keuntungan yang tinggi dan pemerintahan ketua menteri paling celaka dalam sejarah yang mengamalkan CAT mengalami kerugian dan pembaziran.

Jika dibandingkan rekod rekod perbelanjaan mesyuarat sebelum pemerintahan kerajaan sosialis DAP didapati mesyuarat tidak dibuat sekerap yang dilakukan oleh Guan Eng dan kadar elaun bulanan dan mesyuarat adalah rendah.

Rakyat diperbodohkan secara terang terangan apabila Guan Eng memberikan alasan alasan yang tidak munasabah.Akibat pembaziran dan amalan retorik  CAT, rakyat terpaksa menanggung kesusahan apabila tarif air dinaikkan.

Ternyata Lim Guan Eng hanya pandai bermain dengan kata kata,mengula gulakan rakyat dengan pembohongan demi pembohongan agar beliau bebas melakukan apa saja .

*sumber statistik dari MIM


Settlers threaten to camp outside Felda HQ

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 05:09 AM PDT

Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) settlers today warned the government to make the appropriate replanting payments to them within three months - or face settlers camping at its doors. more stories : malaysiakini.com
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Syria’s Grand Mufti on Islam and Tolerance of Other Religions

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 03:03 AM PDT

This is an interesting dude.

You might argue with him on the finer points of the examples and precedents cited in the article, and on just how free people were to worship in Jerusalem before 1948, but he seems like he'd at least argue his points reasonably.

Hope he doesn't get fatwaed as an apostate or anything like that for his views, srsly! I believe many Muslims disagree with his views.

Excerpts from The Star 11 Oct 2010:

The importance of dialogue
BY SHAHANAAZ HABIB
shaz@thestar.com.my

Syria's Grand Mufti Sheikh Dr Ahmad Badr Al Din Hassoun is no stranger to churches and temples. He has visited more than 300, giving speeches there and calling for tolerance and mutual respect among different religions.

He argues that Muslims who oppose inter-faith debates and dialogues are those who lack genuine and deep knowledge of Islam.

"They don't truly comprehend what Islam really is so they have closed in on themselves and confined Islam to their own identity."

He points out that the Holy Quran is in fact a book of dialogues and debates.

"What did Abraham say to his people when he was arguing against idol worship and what did they say to him in reply? Moses was arguing with the Pharaoh and Muhammad with his opponents who are the non-believers. All this is in the Quran.

"God is reciting to us all these debates as part of the Quran. Even the angels protested and argued with God when He was about to create man – and that too is recorded in the Quran," he says.

His point is that "God is teaching us the discourse of dialogue and exchange".

Using that argument, he asks, how can a child know about life if he does not have a dialogue with his mother or how can students in primary schools learn without some form of dialogue with teachers?

"How can we build a state or country without exchange of some kind?

"I love Islam and choose it because it doesn't deny the other religions. Every day I affirm to myself that my Lord is the Lord of the universe, so how can I reject and turn my back on dialogue when my God and theirs is the same?"

And Dr Ahmad Badr puts what he preaches to practice. To date he has visited over 300 churches and temples and spoken in them.

He has even prayed in churches!

"The Holy Prophet was in Mecca for 13 years and he used to go and pray in the Kaabah area. At that time, there were 360 stone idols circling the Kaabah and he would stand in the midst of them and pray to God.

"He wasn't concerned about the presence of the stone idols there. He never once touched (destroyed) any with his hand. He let those who believed pray to them, while he prayed to God itself. He was patient with them for 21 years but asked how they can worship idols that they made with their hands."

For Dr Ahmad Badr, it is crucial to engage and relate with the rest of the world.

"We shouldn't simply fight and oppose non-Muslims. Neither should we turn our back or refuse to go out and reach out to them," he says.

He notes that the Holy Prophet always reached out to Jews, pagans and non-believers. Prophet Muhammad used to visit the council house of the pagans when they made decisions and even went to their homes where there were idols. He also visited the homes of the Jews in Medina.

"He never had any problems going to those places. He went there to display the true behaviour and virtue of the Muslim. So why are Muslims afraid to go to these places?

"I go to the house of Christians, Buddhists and Hindus. I visit them and bring them presents. This is what Islam taught me to do – to respect the human being.

"I think this is what Muslims need today," he urges.

Furthermore, Dr Ahmad Badr does not believe in a so-called Islamic state or a state defined by religion because he deems it to be divisive and even dangerous.

He points out that religion and state are relatively recent terms, and that during the time of the Prophet there were Jews, Christians and pagans living together and the Prophet interacted with them. They were allowed to keep their religion and they were part of the state.

Hence, he says, the notion of a "religious state" rejects such an arrangement.

"In such a state, there should be only one religion, which implies a rejection of the religion of others. This is not what is preached by Islam," he says, adding that there should be no compulsion in religion.

"Religion is my relationship with God and not my relationship to the state," he stresses, adding that faith is rooted in the heart – and the heart is the house of God.

"Everyone has a heart which is a place of worship of God and this place is lit up by light and faith," he explains, adding that if the seven billion people on earth had their hearts enlightened by faith, then they would realise that any individual who is slain reflects on God himself.

"I don't believe in religious wars nor in holy wars. The killing of another human is not a holy deed. I never saw religion bid me to kill anyone. My religion has commanded me to try to reach out to people to bring them to a state of peace," he declares, adding that it is important to teach people, especially the young, to have respect for all sacred teachings.

Having studied the different faiths in the world, Dr Ahmad Badr says, religions do not conflict as they all invite to one essential value, which is the sacredness of the divine and the inherent dignity of the individual.

But the problem, he says, is that followers do not really comprehend the religion they adhere to and that some political leaders exploit religious sentiment and "light the fire to promote discord and enmity" between the followers of different faiths to advance their own special interest.

"This is what is happening today in the world," he says.

Educate and enlighten

Touching on the Palestinian and Israeli problem, he says that in the past (before the state of Israel was formed in 1948) Muslims, Christians and Jews used to live in peace and harmony and there were no problems with people of any faith going to worship at the holy sites and shrines, be it in Jerusalem or Bethlehem.

But now, because of the international partitioning, millions of Palestinians have been evicted from their homes and made refugees (so that Israelis can move in) and there are also thousands of armed Israeli troops around the holy sites so "how can I go and pray to God when armed men are around me".

He also highlights the irony that Europe, with 33 countries, a number of languages and religions, has lifted the borders between them, while in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, it is the opposite.

Some want Iraq split into Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish states, he says, while in Sudan there is a threat of the north and south being divided based on religion.

Dr Ahmad Badr also laments that Muslims are abused more by their own leadership than by the non-Muslim world.

"Don't ask me about the Arab lands. I am so saddened by what they are doing in those places. I don't complain about the enemies," he says.

And what does he think about the Danish cartoons ridiculing the Prophet and the American pastor who threatened to burn the Quran?

He says he had actually invited the cartoonist (Kurt Westergaard) and Florida pastor (Terry Jones) to Syria for a dialogue (but they did not agree) so that they would learn what Islam is really like and what the Quran represents.

"I don't curse them and I don't oppose them in fighting. I try to educate and enlighten. If the cartoonist really knew who Muhammad was, he would never ever have distorted the image in such a cartoon fashion." (The cartoons which first appeared in a Danish newspaper in 2005 and sparked Muslim outrage internationally have been recently republished in a book titled The Tyranny of Silence.)

As for pastor Jones, Dr Ahmad Badr says he did not read the Quran so he does not know there is a most beautiful and profound portrayal in it of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

"The Quran teaches me as a Muslim to respect and value the views of the Jews and Christians. The pastor wants to burn a document that ensures we have mutual respect, which he claims is lacking in us. So he is the one who loses, not me."

In any case, he says, the real copy of the Quran for Muslims is not on paper but in their breast.

"We keep it preserved pure in our heart. These men should not be opposed or condemned in a violent manner. If they really understood and realised the reality of Islam, then they would learn to love and respect it."

See here for more on Geert Wilders – he was just repeating the viewpoint of self-proclaimed Muslims, but as mentioned above, one that Dr Ahmad opposes.



MCA - dare to say, dare to do?

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 04:38 AM PDT

Malaysiakini - MCA: We are loyal but won't blindly follow

... so said MCA President Chua Soi Lek. At the party's 57th AGM he stated: "There will be occasions when MCA will take a different stand from Umno. MCA needs to be sensitive to the needs and aspirations of the rakyat, so that we continue to be their voice in the government."

"We have to overcome the negative perception of the Chinese towards MCA. We have been perceived as a party that has been unable to voice out the aspirations of the community."

Well, let's see. As a start what do MCA MPs say about the Dewan Rakyat's Speaker saying there'll be no debate on the 'racist' principals as they're already disciplined.

All of us including the Speaker himself and Chua know that's not true.

Besides, the debate is more than just about the disciplining. It's about the nature of official indoctrination of public servants by the Biro Tatanegara (BTN), which has already been reported by many participants as having a sinister racial content, and the DPM's staggeringly stupid statement that he couldn't do anything about the slow pace of bringing the racist duo to heels, and of course the inordinate heels dragging to discipline the two publicly-paid bigots even until now, yes, up to the very instant when the House Speaker brazenly claimed they are being disciplined.

There there is the question of how PM Najib's various policy statements, namely 1Malaysia and zero tolerance towards racism, etc stand in the face of such defiant public servants.

I take this opportunity to also advise the MCA and indeed the Gerakan and MIC to bear in mind that the Barisan Nasional is a coalition and not UMNO with several non-Malay affiliates or branches. Therefore MCA (and Gerakan and MIC each) should stand up as a sovereign party that is a full partner in a coalition or alliance. Don't behave like a subordinate branch of UMNO.

What does this entail then?

While the BN as a party should of course, as far as possible speak out together on policy issues, the operative term should be 'as far as possible', meaning there may be times the MCA should be able, and indeed dare to speak out differently on an issue of interest to the community or constituency it represents.

When there is an general or state election pending, the seats should be allocated not just as per a coalition formula BUT through meaningful negotiations among the parties. In other words, there is no such thing as the BN chairperson (meaning UMNO) dispensing seats out like Father Christmas and MCA and Gerakan keeping mum.

Also and very importantly, the selection of candidates to seats assigned to MCA shall be only at the discretion of the MCA leadership and should never ever be subordinated to approval by the BN chairperson (eg. Hulu Selangor where the MIC president was humiliated as being no more than a mere UMNO branch leader).

It's an insult that MCA candidates have to be approved by an UMNO man.

Finally (for now), where an agreement or consensus cannot be arrived at between, say, MCA and Gerakan, these two BN parties should be permitted to fight it out. For example, in Australia, the Liberal and National parties, both partners in the Coalition, are allowed to compete against each other in some seats.

An added advantage in this is to prevent UMNO from employing its old tactic of divide and rule over MCA and Gerakan. Fighting it out is better as it will weed out the Chinese based party least supported by the voters. Better still, the MCA and Gerakan should merge into one single party.

Let's see how determined Chua and the MCA (and Gerakan) will be.


How I No-Think

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 03:05 AM PDT

When I learn to think, I realise that a lot of time is spent not thinking.

It is very easy to think we think when I fact we are worrying. How do we tell the difference?

When you worry, the same thoughts go round and round in an endless circle of arguments and counter-arguments with no end in sight. (Can I say Malaysians are a worried lot?)

When you think, you identify the issue or problem and define it. You apply logic to it, and out comes the conclusion. You may or may not like the conclusion - but that is the conclusion or the solution to the problem. That's it. The next thing is to act.

There is no right or wrong. There are consequences which you may or may not like.

Now, I want to elaborate a bit on the no-think or no-mind thing that I wrote in my last post.

Thinking is simple - it is logic: deduction from general principles or maxims or premises, or inference from particular cases. The trick is not to cheat by jumping a step or being too nice to oneself and not being strict.

With no-think or no-mind, I have to understand that there is such a thing as thoughts and an entirely different thing called mind. Thoughts and mind are separate, and the idea is to try to tell the difference.

In everyday life, we are so caught up by activities that our minds are in a buzz, our thoughts are all over the place and the body and mind do not coordinate.

Sit Quiet

The first thing to do is to sit down and be quiet.

This is not an easy thing to do - to sit quiet. We are used to lots of activities and we will soon realise that those activities are an attempt by us to run away from ourselves.

The idea is to keep the body still, so that the only thing that is left active are the thoughts.

The next step is to remove the thoughts. This is by far the most difficult thing to do. Thoughts come, thoughts go. All kinds of thoughts arise. Before long, you will get to thoughts which make you angry - usually thoughts which give you the idea that other people have done things which are unkind or unfair to you. You can get very angry. I did. When that happens you must quickly realise that those are only thoughts and not you. You do not believe it, but slowly you will have to come to accept that for a fact.

There is this stream of thoughts that come rushing round and round your head happily on their own, like naughty little children having fun and causing a riot. There is nothing you can do much about them. Let them run, until they are tired. Sure, they the thoughts or stream of thoughts will get tired.

But only for a fleeting moment. Then off they go again. Round and round.

The key is to catch that momentary pause in the stream of thoughts. That momentary pause is gives one the window to "nothingness of no thoughts." That gives one a glimpse of the "cloudness mind." That clear and calm mind. Mind without thoughts is a clear and spotless as a mirror in the Hubble telescope.

The task from this point on is not to focus on the thoughts, but to look for that thoughtless gap with the stream of thoughts is tired and paused and keep prolonging that gap one time after another time.

When you have mastered widening the gap, you have found your real mind.

With body still, thoughts still, there is the mind - which is still. In that pristine stillness of mind, reality is reflected for you to observe.

This is all there is to meditation, in so far as I know it. Without any superfluous connotation whatsoever.

At that stage, one can live happily.

I invoked that state of mind when I wanted to quit smoking a long long time ago. I quit instantaneously, in a world of no smoke.

Technical Aspects of Meditation - By which simple things are made complicated

Samadhi

This is a Sanskrit term for focusing the mind.

As riotous thoughts rush about, one way to cut through those thoughts is to focus the mind. (My gap method is easy and faster.)

Some will tell you to focus on something - light, flame, symbol, image.

Once you are able to focus your mind and cut out thoughts, you have already found your basic mind.

There is all there is to it.

Some people wants to put in more layers of meaning, but I think that is not necessary.

Vipassana

This is a Sanskrit term for looking to wisdom.

The idea is that after you are able to clear your thoughts and focus your mind, what do you focus on?

The instruction here is to looking for wisdom. What is wisdom? Reality. Things as they are.

So, the exercise is to observe with one eyes and one's mind things as they are, and accept them as facts.

This sounds like simple, but it is not that simple.

Our minds are clouded by preconceptions and prejudices. Most of the time, we do not see with our minds, we filter things with our preconceived ideas. We often looks for proofs of our imaginings and gross generalisations and of course we find what we look for, usually, with things that are mental.

See with a clear mind, cloudless, colourless.

That's a lifetime of practice.

There is no need to sit and meditate in a darkened room with incense and low music.

Observe as we go about living our everyday lives, and become by the things we learn about ourselves, our friends, and our surroundings.

That's the truth.

Madness

Madness comes from greed. Do not practice samadhi or vipassana if you are greedy or vengeful. It can kill you. If you are obsessed, i.e., if you can't let go of things or let things be, then you obsession may kill you. For example, you hang on to a thought and won't let go. You follow that same thought every moment. That, to me, is the definition of madness.

Everything Will Pass

This is the ultimate wisdom - everything will pass. So, things do not really matter. Or rather, nothing really matters in the end.

This realisation comes heavily on us as we grow older and then old. When energy goes, and we accept things as they are, rather than try to change things to suit us.

Conclusion

I thought that I had better elaborate a bit on the no-mind stuff just in case there are a person or two who is curious about it.

As you can see, it is not complicated - maybe tedious and involved. The literature is all over the place, usually badly written by illiterates luminaries who speak in foreign languages through their toothless gaps in the middle of a jungle.

There are other books (Western) which makes things too simple - which learns one to pamper oneself unnecessarily.

I don't think these things as I have written above are a big deal. There are just a skill that can be learned, like typing on a computer or using the iphone. The trick is not a make a big deal out of things.

I shall next write on Why I Live, and How I Live. I am inexorably going into a situation which I am reluctant to enter.


Candidate named after Umno General Assembly

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 02:54 AM PDT

When met at the Parliament lobby, Tengku Razaleigh confirmed that the the ruling coalition has yet to decide on who will represent the party in the by-election. "No, no, no. No decision has not been made. (We just talked about) the machinery being ready (in time for) the by-election." Story: www.malaysiakini.com
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Najib mum on Galas BN candidate

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 02:29 AM PDT

BN is yet to decide on its candidate for the Galas by-election, said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today. "We are still deciding on the candidate. We have discussed it but the decision will be made later," said Najib when asked if Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah would be the candidate. Story: www.malaysiakini.com
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DAP: Just where will GLCs get RM454b for ETP?

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 02:07 AM PDT

PARLIAMENT How will our government-linked companies (GLCs) squeeze out RM454 billion over the next eight to nine years when their combined market capitalisation is only half that amount, their debts amount to RM38.6 billion and their shareholder funds only RM140 billion? This was the question raised today by DAP publicity secretary Tony Pua, who demanded that Prime Minister and Finance Minister Najib Abdul Razak gives the answer when he tables Budget 2011 on Friday. Story here: www.malaysiakini.com
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Cops detain young lawyers distributing “Police & Your Basic Rights” Pamphlets

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 02:11 AM PDT

Once again, the cops are out to get anyone who might be trying to help citizens understand their rights >:(

Via Lim Chee Wee, Vice President of the Bar Council:

The Malaysian Bar is at a loss to understand the basis for the police's action in detaining four Bar Council Legal Aid Centre (Kuala Lumpur) (BCLAC KL) volunteers yesterday while they were distributing pamphlets to educate the public on their rights when dealing with the police. The exercise was a public education initiative dubbed "'Lawyers Approaching Community" (or "LAC", which is also the acronym for the Bar Council's Legal Aid Centres), and was geared towards publicising National Law Awareness Week, which begins nationwide today.

The police harassed the volunteers, comprising a lawyer, a lawyer-to-be and two pupils in chambers, claiming that the Bar Council pamphlet, titled "Police and Your Basic Rights", was "illegal" and "anti-police".

Ironically, both the pamphlet and the booklet that preceded it were launched by none other than YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department and de facto Law Minister, at the Bar Council in February 2009 and April 2006, respectively. At the 2006 event, the Minister himself assisted in distributing the booklets to members of the public immediately after the launch. In 2009, in addition to expressing his support for the publication, he stated that citizens are entitled to their rights and the police must adhere to standard operating procedures.

However, the police did not comply with such procedures in yesterday's incident. Although they stated that the BCLAC KL volunteers were not under arrest, they refused to return the volunteers' identity cards (which they had requested) and instead compelled the volunteers to follow them to the police station, where a police report was lodged against them.

The Malaysian Bar calls on the police, and members of other law enforcement agencies, to move away from a "police state" mindset of intimidation and impunity, to the practice of respect for human rights. We also urge that more effective and holistic human rights education and practical training of law enforcement officials be conducted, with a view towards changing law enforcement attitudes and methods in relation to detention and arrest, and treatment of detained/arrested persons.


Pakatan,”Attack,Attack,Attack…!!”

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 02:10 AM PDT

The team players of PR4 Sarawak are working very hard and they have somehow devise a master plan to capture the imagination of the people of Sarawak. A political science graduate said to audie61,"Is BN4 Sarawak still having a good NAP.?"

 CM Taib who is the commander in Chief of SarawakBN is under hell of a lot of attack and the generals in PBB,SUPP,SPDP,PRS are still thinking that they can rely on the main stream media to assist them. Just blah,blah ,blah to a handful of  BN loyalists will not assist BN anymore.We are not in the 70s and in this day and age no matter where you are, the cyberworld plays a very PROMINENT ROLE.  

The word is when you are under attack you must first know how to defend but ultimately one must know how to attack back. Praising the Team of Pakatan strategists for his "attack,attack,attack strategy on Taib the PKR information Chief See Chee How said,"It will be incessant towards Taib and we will use our political brains to change the mindset of the people to vote for PR4. This is our resource.BN has huge chunks of armoury and we cannot dispute that"

DAP had Taib we want answers,PKR has this Spot the Differance http://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/ )

BN4 will need to be do hell of a lot to turn the wheels back before its too late. The AGE OF DENIAL IS LONG GONE.The thinking caps needs to be energised to win back some of the losts ground in cyberspace. Its easy to just ignore the fact and have the projection of a defeatists attitude but there is HOPE when one decides to find the solutions to the problems.

 Will the respective political strategists in BN Sarawak component parties stand out and be counted? Who are they? Where are they? Has BN losts its edge or does it need to lose more to wake up from its NAP?

If you are a BN Sarawak party member,supporter or sympathiser go tell your leaders "Act NOW in the Cyberworld."

Maybe this picture of Saddam Hussein will give you something to think about. Pakatans weapons of mass destruction will eventually engulf the whole of Sarawak and its up to BN Sarawak to face the REALITY.

WE WARNED YOU BEFOREHAND………………. 



Hisham denies cops failed to probe Banting lawyers

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 01:15 AM PDT

PARLIAMENT Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein defended the police force against criticisms of inaction in the murder case of cosmetics millionaire Sosilawati Lawiya and three others, denying that past reports lodged on the main suspects in the murder were neglected. malaysiakini.com
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Lim: SRJK(C) shouldn't be a sore thumb ...

Posted: 10 Oct 2010 09:47 PM PDT

Gerakan Youth chief Lim Si Pin caught on the sidelines of the MCA Youth assembly says the issue of the Chinese primary school should not be brought up since it has been in existence since before Independence.
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Whisper Whisper...

Posted: 11 Oct 2010 07:57 AM PDT



Just received a text message from Uncle B requesting for my response to 'Bloggers For Nurul' campaign..
Hell! I didn't even know such a campaign existed until Uncle B's text came in. Perhaps, I have been refraining myself from reading news for far too long.. just to avoid all those racist remarks by Perkasa. Racism doesn't have a place in this blog.
But that's not the only reason for the complacency of this blog.
Blogging can be quite a tedious task for someone who can be considered poor in translating thoughts into words. It needs one to stay focus on the subject matter to be able to see what is coming following a series of events.
I cant afford the time and the focus now or at least for the time being. Blogging has taken my focus away from my line of work. So much so, it somehow found its way and interfere with my priorities.
A different approach towards the fight for change for a better Malaysia for all Malaysians is now in force. Talk less and walk more. And periodically, a blogpost or two..
Now back to the core issue.. 'Bloggers For Nurul' which I think is a very good idea.
If PKR wants to take a big step forward, Nurul for VP would be the Big Step Forward. Simply because she is not poison by Umno's decades of dirty politicking. And judging from her talks and walks, she has all it takes to lead and Nurul for vice presidency would be the first step for the revolutionary change to PKR's flawed culture.
Forget about Azmin Ali.. His initial action against ZI candidacy says a lot about this man. Still stuck in outdated way of politicking. A mysterious man with few words. Most of the time in deep thoughts. Only good for back-stabbing.
Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim? He should just concentrate on utilizing his expertise in managing the state's assets and straighten out all the rots of the previous state government.
Since this is a 'one member, one vote' electoral process, the level of maturity of PKR members is put to test.
The nominations that came in shows that the presence of Umno's mindset is still deeply rooted in many of them.
Grima Wormtongue or not, if maturity is to prevails, the choice should be between Nurul or Zaid Ibrahim as VP..
A win-win situation for PKR.
After all, PKR is the weakest link in Pakatan Rakyat but with biggest bloated ego amongst them all.


Peneroka Marah ‘Ladang Rakyat’ Sandiwara Pas

Posted: 10 Oct 2010 11:53 PM PDT

GUA MUSANG 11 Okt – Pembukaan "Ladang Rakyat" di Hulu Kelantan dijangka menjadi isu besar untuk ditangani oleh kerajaan PAS negeri Kelantan menjelang pilihan raya kecil Galas 4 Nov ini kerana tanah yang terlibat didakwa diambil daripada penerokanya oleh kerajaan negeri untuk diusahakan oleh swasta.

Malahan isu berkenaan sudahpun menjadi topik utama perbualan di kedai-kedai kopi di sini walaupun penamaan bagi pilihan raya kecil kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri Kelantan itu adalah pada 26 Okt ini.

Seorang peneroka, Harun Che Anal, 61, berkata tindakan kerajaan negeri mengambil tanah itu dan diberi kepada syarikat wasta luar Kelantan bagimembangunkannya sebagai "Ladang Rakyat" telah menjejaskan masa depan penduduk setempat yang telah mengusahakan pelbagai tanaman di situ lebih dari dua dekad.

Beliau berkata tanah yang telah ditanam dengan getah dan kelapa sawit itu sudah lama mengeluarkan hasil, tetapi tanah itu diambil oleh kerajaan negeri, walaupun ada peneroka yang telah membayar deposit bagi mendapatkan hak milik tanah itu.

"Ada pihak cuba melengah-lengahkan pemberian hak milik itu, mungkin sebagai muslihat untuk merampas tanah ini. Kami akan cuba halang daripada tanah kami dirampas," katanya kepada Bernama.

Timbalan Ketua Umno Bahagian Gua Musang Mat Yusof Abdul Ghani berkata beliau yakin PAS akan dihukum oleh pengundi pada pilihan raya kecil itu kerana tidak berlaku adil kepada rakyat.

Mat Yusof, yang juga Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri kawasan Nenggiri, berkata kerajaan negeri telah mengabaikan nasib penduduk yang kehilangan tempat untuk mencari rezeki.

"Terdapat ketidakadilan dalam pembahagian semula keuntungan tanah ini, sebahagian diberi (tanah) dan sebahagian tidak, walaupun rakyat telah duduk dan bercucuk tanam di situ untuk mencari rezeki sejak bertahun-tahun.

"Sudahlah hilang pendapatan, hilang pula tanah. Orang Gua Musang suka membuka tanah dan menanam getah, kelapa sawit dan buah-buahan, sepatutnya mereka diberikan geran," katanya.

Mat Yusuf berkata kerajaan negeri telah mengambil tanah tersebut dengan alasan untuk membangunkan Ladang Rakyat dan memulangkan semula kepada rakyat dalam bentuk dividen serta pembangunan untuk menghapuskan kemiskinan sedangkan
apa yang berlaku adalah sebaliknya.

Anggota Parlimen Gua Musang Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah pernah berkata bahawa tindakan kerajaan negeri meluluskan tanah untuk projek perladangan swasta boleh menjejaskan penduduk Orang Asli di Gua Musang.

( Seorang peneroka, Harun Che Anal, 61, berkata tindakan kerajaan negeri mengambil tanah itu dan diberi kepada syarikat swasta luar Kelantan bagimembangunkannya sebagai "Ladang Rakyat" telah menjejaskan masa depan penduduk setempat yang telah mengusahakan pelbagai tanaman di situ lebih dari dua dekad. )


Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah a miraculous rebirth by offering himself as candidate UMNO’s Man for Galas

Posted: 10 Oct 2010 11:55 PM PDT


UMNO's Man for Galas: Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

by Terence Netto @www.malaysiakini.com

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah will accept to become UMNO's candidate for the Galas by-election to be held on November 4. Nominations are for October 24.

Last Saturday, upon his return from abroad, the Kelantan prince and UMNO's most famous dissident announced that he had accepted his party's offer to head the BN campaign for the seat but declined to be drawn on the issue of candidacy.

Razaleigh said he would first meet with UMNO President and Prime Minister Najib Razak later today before any further decision. By yesterday, however, Razaleigh, after having closeted with advisers and aides, decided to move the process of his rehabilitation in UMNO a stage further by becoming the candidate.

Deputy Prime Minister and BN lead campaigner Muhyiddin Yassin had earlier proposed that Razaleigh not only head the BN campaign but also its candidate. The seat fell vacant after the death through illness of the PAS incumbent Hashim Sulaima who prised the seat from its BN stranglehold in the 2008 election. Galas is one of three state wards in the parliamentary constituency of Gua Musang which Razaleigh has

been winning for UMNO since 1969. Muhyiddin's proposal smacked of a shrewd strategy of muzzling Razaleigh on the issue of payment of oil royalty to Kelantan, a sore point between the BN-led federal government and the PAS-dominated state.

Razaleigh had aligned himself with the state on the issue, which is now the subject of a suit filed by the Kelantan government.

 

No Deal with Pakatan Rakyat

Out of the political wilderness

By accepting to become not only chair of the BN campaign but also its candidate, Razaleigh puts himself in an anomalous position of being dissident-turned-defender on not only the oil royalty issue but a host of other matters on which he has tread a fine line of dissent from government's practices and policies.

In the last two years, observers noted that Razaleigh's treading this line of dissent was premised on the assumption that UMNO would implode from the raft of scandals and crises that have besieged the government of Najib Razak and that of his predecessor, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

But the momentum of a 53-year incumbency is not easily dissipated and UMNO has held on, leaving its most famous dissident who, for the better part of three decades has believed it is his manifest destiny to become PM, wan and tired.

Now at 73, Ku Li, as he is popularly known, has decided to opt for a different strategy of deference to necessity and turn dissidence into conformity.

Observers will watch how his opting to come from out of the political wilderness into the mainstream of UMNO politics would help him realise his aspiration, which is to restore the party to his pre-Dr Mahathir Mohamad eminence. Ku Li blames UMNO's present decline on its departure from the best practices of the pre-Mahathir era.


M J Akbar, 27 June 2010,

 

Power is the glue of politics. That is why a government is expected to be in array and opposition generally in disarray. Ideology is a fickle custodian of unity in an age of convenience. Its absence has eliminated the difference between single-party rule and coalition government. Both are held together by individual or sectarian self-interest, which is why they last. Ideology is a differentiator; it makes a partnership untenable even if the partners consider it sustainable. Sentiment is irrelevant to any political marriage. This is true of all democracies where coalitions become necessary. Politicians live for power; why would they invite a premature death?


Indian politics, reduced to minimalist, notional ideology, devoid of individual or party accountability, is peculiarly suited to coalitions. If there were accountability, the DMK's A Raja would not remain in Manmohan Singh's Cabinet. Because there is none, the current coalition will survive without either condemnation or confession. An occasional spot of PR-driven tinkering is all that is needed.


Sometimes alliance parties find it convenient to simulate conflict, but this is public posturing to satisfy populist opinion before an election. Bengal and Bihar are the new templates of posture-politics.


Mamata Banerjee would, ideally, like to marginalize Congress and usurp the Congress vote. But as long as Congress has some vote she cannot afford to destroy the alliance. There will be variations in the mathematics of the equation, which is perfectly reasonable, since even a municipal election jerks the kaleidoscope to induce new patterns. The entrails of Bengal's May municipal results must have been fully read by now, but a glaring fact was obvious very early: the Left Front did far better against Congress than against Trinamool. Mamata will consequently squabble for additional space, but she has not lost her political marbles. She knows the tensile strength of her alliance with Congress and will not stretch it to breaking point. Nor does Congress care if her nickname in Delhi has become Derailways Minister. The game is political. A new game may or may not begin after the Bengal Assembly elections next year.


In Bihar, Nitish Kumar and the BJP are equipped with multi-megabyte calculators, which work on long-lasting batteries powered by mutually-beneficial ground reality. The photograph of a Nitish-Narendra Modi armshake was not exactly news to the Bihar voter. It made the front page much before the last general election. A substantial number of Muslims voted for Nitish Kumar in 2009 despite that photo because they wanted to thank him for keeping the peace as well as giving them jobs. They knew they were voting for the NDA. Since then, however, there has been some slippage in minority support for Nitish. Nitish's political gasp at the reappearance of the photo was an attempt to buy a few brownie points at easy rates, a familiar tactic of electoral politics. Similarly, the BJP's gruff huff and puff was intended to energize its own core vote. Neither party will win in Bihar if they split their support, and their leaders have tasted the comforts of office.


The real conflicts in the UPA2 era are not inter-party but intra-party. The BJP has done signal service to news media over the past year, feeding it with a constant supply of stories about personal bickering such as the one over Jaswant Singh's Jinnah book. The author-MP's return to the party marks a partial restoration of sense but much more reparation is needed on the long road ahead to credibility. Congress, as the main ruling party, should have been happily becalmed.


But it has been restive, pushing unpopular policy decisions such as deregulation of petrol prices while its spokespersons shoot themselves in both feet with gold-medal accuracy. For the first time in years they seem to be happier abroad than in domestic TV studios. Congress is complacent because it believes that it has time to recover before the 2014 general election. The states have dropped off the radar because most of them are in a mess.


Congress is suffering from insurrection in Andhra Pradesh, abdication in Karnataka, uncertainty in Maharashtra, indifference in central India, bondage in Bengal, futility in Bihar and drift in Punjab. Its spirits are concentrated around a single hope, that Rahul Gandhi will engineer a miraculous rebirth by offering himself as candidate for UP chief minister in a diamond-versus-dimple election.


Regional parties need their share of headlines and so Mulayam Singh Yadav discovers ways in which to expel Amar Singh, while no soap opera could ever have the courage to script any serial akin to the inheritance wars of the DMK. It is perfectly logical that a feudal culture should breed feuds. There is calm in the one-woman party because its leaders cannot expel themselves. The glue of power melts only in the heat of public anger. Corruption, prices and Bhopal have induced a simmer, but it will need more heat to reach boiling point


 

Are you able to distance yourself from your problems and look at them objectively? Take control of the crisis before it takes you over!

 

WE grow up hearing platitudes like "This too shall pass", "When the going gets tough, the tough get going" or "Trust in God, all will be well. " These are the ways friends and relatives console and try to give strength to a near one in trouble.

 

Strangely, however many times you may have heard them, these words still end up comforting you when repeated in the midst of a crisis. It's like a reminder that troubles are temporary and will be followed by better times.

 

People react in various ways when in trouble. I saw a woman emerge from a hospital the other day, sit on a bench and start wailing. She didn't seem in pain and was accompanied by two young girls who ignored her distress except to tell her to stop making so much noise. This was obviously one woman who believed in making her distress public and seeking attention. In contrast, the girls stood in dignified silence.

 

Some people tend to draw succour from a clutch of people surrounding them during troubled times, others prefer to withdraw into themselves. The former seek advice from all around, the latter hold their own counsel and work on it. Some become irritable and snap at those around, while others remain calm and collected. Some prefer to close their eyes and almost wish troubles away, others get into warrior mode and take matters head-on.

 

The first thing to do when in trouble is to take control of the crisis before it takes you over. Typically with a health problem, you could get bogged down by the differing opinions of doctors and people around advising you to turn to alternative medicine or home remedies. In a marital crisis, you could be wondering whether to walk away or forgive your spouse, while friends confuse you with passionate, wellmeaning but wildly differing advice. Are you able to distance yourself from your own problem and look at it objectively That is the first step in resolving your problem. Ultimately, you are the only one who can take your own decisions.

 

While it is very easy to go under and give up hope, the survivors are the ones who look for a handle on the situation and just don't let hope die. One of the ways of doing that is to strategise in a crisis as you would for a business situation. Break up the situation into parts and segregate issues that are beyond your control and those that can still be dealt with by you. In a health crisis, you may not be able to reverse the situation, but at least you can take better care of yourself now onwards. In a relationship, only you know what you can live with and what you can't.

 

As you control and manage the manageable parts of the problem, you start gaining selfconfidence and see a glimmer of hope. This then shows you the way ahead. Confidence in yourself and hope are indeed the two qualities you need to keep alive during any crisis if you are not to become a victim to the situation.

 

While there is no harm in taking advice from well-wishers, remember most people dole out advice for lack of anything better to say. You have to be intelligent enough to be able to pick up the right nuggets and ignore the rest.

 

Some people tend to withdraw into a shell when surrounded by problems. They become quiet and reduce communication with the outside world. This is a way of conserving much-needed energy. Silence helps one focus on the issue and look at it objectively from every angle. It also helps one arrive at decisions with least interference from outside noise and with more clarity.

 

And then of course the belief that there is an end to every problem, whether you can see it or not, keeps you going. And however troubled you may be now, you can always look forward to a better tomorrow. That is the law of Nature. This too shall pass…

 

 

 

 

 

 

The current squabble among top Perak DAP leaders is at the height of lunacy and must stop at once, said DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim.

 

He added the unseemly internal squabbling over local leadership was already causing considerable damage to DAP's reputation built up over the years.

 

"Do you think it is fair to put all the hard work and personal sacrifices of thousands of party members at risk to satisfy your craving for personal glory and power?

 

"It is the height of lunacy to jeopardise what we have achieved so far and the party's future prospects by greed-driven, irresponsible, behaviour," he said in a statement yesterday.

 

The state DAP leaders, he added, should put aside their personal ambitions and place the party's interest at heart.

 

The open feud between Perak DAP leaders has seen state DAP deputy chairman M. Kulasegaran threatening to quit over a fallout with chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and secretary Nga Kor Ming, who are cousins.

 

Tunku Abdul Aziz said that while infighting was a norm in politics, "it is a luxury we can ill-afford as we strive desperately to build a reputation for consistency, reliability and credibility."

 

He stressed that the party was motivated solely by considerations of service before self, he said.

 

Tunku Abdul Aziz also warned all in leadership positions not to expect special treatment if they went against party values and principles despite their "seemingly special relationships" with those in the party's top leadership.

 

All levels of leadership, he added, must discourage factionalism which was guaranteed to divide loyalty and detract from the party's main focus of bringing change to the country.

 

The former Transparency International Malaysia head said the focus should not be on personal desires but on what could be done to win the people's support to lead the country in a just and transparent manner.

 

"We are under the minutest public scrutiny, and on the day of reckoning, they will deliver their verdict. That verdict will decide our political relevance," he added.




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