Friday, October 22, 2010

Worshipping Allah in a Church

Worshipping Allah in a Church

Worshipping Allah in a Church

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 12:36 PM PDT

(This post is mainly intended for the Christian/Jewish readers of this blog. Atheist/Agnostics might not be able to relate to it that much. But of course, everyone is welcome to read and comment. ;-) )

I haven't stepped into a mosque in about 4 years, if I remember correctly. And I don't miss a thing. Yes, it was my past and yes, I still have memories from those horrible days of my life but that's all it is. Memories and past. I have moved on. I have adopted a Christian name and I have changed.

One of the first thing that I tried to do (and I think I have been very successful at it) was remove everything that was part of my life or my self that was even remotely Islamic. I have changed my thinking, my culture and everything else to become this new man that I am. I have lost a lot too along the way but there is nothing that I have now that I would even think about giving up for things that I had in the past. I have lost my old family and friends but in their stead I have gained many times more—both family and friends. God has been good to me.

God. I have devoted my life to getting to know who God really is. What he likes, what he doesn't like or what he out-rightly hates (This might be shocking for some Christians but God does hate). Reading the Bible (mainly the Tanakh) over and over and obsessing over different passages, I have gotten to know a God who is caring, loving, just and real! The God that I know exists is a God that I have gotten to know not only through the Bible but also through personal experience (no, I didn't see any visions or bright lights and crap). And this is the God I want to worship when I go to church.

However, today when I was at church, all of a sudden the people decide they wanted to sing a song with one of the lines translated into Arabic. And guess what they replaced the word God with. Yup, Allah. And that is not even the worst part. For normal songs, people were just singing but when the Arabic and the word Allah came up, they all went crazy with their arms in the air, waving from side to side. It was a real worship but after so many years of carefully staying away from the mosque, I felt like I had stepped into one again and I did so innocently and unknowingly but I did so willingly.

Anyone that believes that Allah is the Arabic word for God is nothing but stupid. Because if you were interested and studied Arabic even a little bit, you'd know that the Arabic word for God is "Ilah" and the Arabic word for "the God" is Al-Ilah. Allah is not even a definable word. Allah has been used as a proper name for chief pagan deities in Mecca since before the advent of Islam. The war-cry of Islam "Allah-hu-akbar" meaning "Allah is greater" attests to that history of the word Allah. Point is, Allah is the proper name of the Islamic god (La ILAHa il ALLAH…—means there is no god but Allah).

It is true that the first ever Bible that was translated into Arabic (9th century AD) used the word Allah for God, however, don't forget that that translation was 1) intended for the Arab world 2) translated by a Christian living in Muslim lands 3) translated so that Muslims won't find it offensive and might even come to Christ if they think Muslims and Christians believe in the same god. Every other translation that has followed has followed one or all of the above points.

I have said this before but now I see it in my own church, with people that I think and know love God and actually believe that they're doing the right thing, I see that slowly everyone is bowing to Islam. And innocent people don't know a thing about what they're doing. It breaks my heart to see that in this age of information technology the one thing that people don't have is information and if they do, they have the wrong kind, the kind that is known as "a lie". It is easy and it is comfortable to believe in a lie. It is comfortable to think Jesus was some sort of a teddy bear that would hug everyone because people accept you better if you're all love. People don't like you if you tell them they're wrong. And people want to be liked. For some reason it has become people's need to be liked. To be accepted.

There are a lot of things that we believe in solely because that's what makes us comfortable (for example, my belief that there is one true God might be thought as a false belief by some). I was very comfortable when I was a Muslim. But what I saw the truth, I took hard, solid steps to get out of my comfort zone and change my thinking and personality. I changed my whole life and I am very glad about it. I am willing to do the same all over again if I find out that what I believe to be true is, in fact, not true. A lot of us might have to do that if we stand a chance to come out alive of this mess that Islam has made. A lot of us will need to understand that Allah is a different god. A lot will need to understand that Jesus wasn't all love. And a lot of us will, after we realize it all, need to change our lives radically.

Sadly, I don't see a lot of us willing to do that though.

Zaid Ibrahim Demand Apology from Najib Razak

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 11:53 AM PDT


Zaid Ibrahim demands that Najib Razak gives a public apology to all Malaysians for his threats to the nation.

Najib Razak had in his opening speech in the UMNO general assembly vowed to defend umno at all cost even if it meant crushed bodies and lost lives. 

Najib had further warned of the possibilities of racial cleansing such as in Rwanda and Bosnia.

Zaid said to a pack hall of about 1200 people that this is an irresponsible act by a Prime Minister and called on all Malaysian to completely reject such violent speech that reflect the fear and insecurity of Najib which is a Prime Minister without the mandate of the people. Najib is desperate, his behavior and threats no longer can work in this modern times and that he will be fully rejected in the next general election says Zaid to loud applause and cheers from the crowd.

Zaid Ibrahim in his concluding speech went on to stress that the people should vote without fear and not fall for the tricks of Najib who is a weak and insecure Prime Minister fumbling with his flip flop policies as reflected throuout his tenure and in the recent national budget planning of the country bringing on scores of irrelevant project and wasteful spending resulting in higher budget deficit.

Zaid compares the credibility of the talents in Pakatan Rakyat against the proven failures of the BN Ministers all throughout the many years of BN corrupt governance. He further stressed that the Pakatan alliance is an alliance of democratic consensus and not one single party could dominate over the others unlike UMNO where all the other components are subservient to the masters in UMNO.

Jambatan bosi jambatan kayu

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 10:36 AM PDT

Jambatan dulu jambatan bosi
Dikato baka, masih bole seborang
Jambatan kayu ... hai koreh hati
Tak tau takut, tak makan tomberang
Ado ompat lagi pantun sini, sini, sini, dan sini.

Berpantunlah Rais ...

The master in IDIOTICRACY? Uncultured Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 09:59 AM PDT


rais yatim

Rais Yatim,
Malaysia's Minister for Information, Communications and Culture
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is apparently disappointed with Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim for lodging police reports against several bloggers. 

The premier, who used the term "terkilan" (disappointed), said that a dialogue would have been a more reasonable approach.

"He said he will personally ask Rais to explain what many saw as an unnecessary action taken when other means of finding a solution could have been conducted," stated the Barking Magpie blog.

Rais had filed the police reports against blogger Ahirudin Attan, who runs the popular Rocky's Bru blog, BigDog and TnT. The reports were related to the allegation that Rais' son was one of the beneficiaries of the ministry's RM1 billion grant to improve broadband access within the nation.

Another blog, Apanama, also reported that Najib had expressed disappointment with Rais, and warned that the latter's political future could be at stake.

"Our friend Dr Rais Yatim appears to be in trouble and may need the services of a real (I mean medical) doctor soon. He might also need a 'political' doctor to save his career, apart from the dumb spin-doctors who have successfully dragged him into the pit. Rais's decision to lodge the police reports could just be one of his biggest mistakes in his tenure as a minister and politician in Malaysia," read the posting.

Meanwhile, Ahirudin said the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), which falls under Rai's ministry, had called him for another round of investigation relating to the matter.

"I doubt they're meeting me to return my (seized) laptop, though," he said.


Rais Yatim Making a Fool of Himself
on National Television




This is my final part in a four part article series titled 'The Ultimate Malaysian Debate: Malaysia or Malaysaja? '.

However, I hope that all Malaysians will join together with me to write, Part 5: Malaysia Free at Last, as a fitting conclusion to our struggle for a Better Malaysia, soon.

So Let's Imagine……

Fast forward to the year 2020, a new Malaysia has emerged from a long ardours journey that started more than 600 years ago in Malacca, a global cosmopolitan port-polity which is the meeting point of international trade and civilisations.

Malacca of yesterday is our true nation's legacy, that embodies the spirit of universalism, inclusiveness, tolerance, industry and diversity, that is unfortunately lost to us today, drowned by an exclusive, racial, bigoted, feudalistic and narrow ideology.

This historical 'Spirit of Malacca' has become our redeeming feature for our new tomorrow.

We as a people have reclaimed it as the foundation and true spirit of our nation.

Our struggles and conflicts to fulfil the promise of Merdeka in 1957 have found a final definition and resolution.

Malaysia is now a fully functioning democratic and pluralistic nation that not only has become fully developed politically and economically but also has become a beacon of hope for other developing nations in charting their own unique nation-building path.

We have built a nation based on our common humanity rather than on our different ethnicity.

We have built our nation on a new script that has rejected the old destructive political theatrics.

We have built a sustainable and diversified economy.

We have built stable and independent institutions.

Malaysia has transcended narrow racial interest to shape a confident, humanistic and enlightened society based on our 'Rukun Negara' and universal values.

Article 153 became a liberating rather than an enslaving clause for the Malays.

The 'politics of fear' that used Article 153 as a political instrument to perpetuate a victim mentality by the few ruling elite was reclaimed by the Malays as an instrument for the new 'politics of hope and liberation', that transformed the Malay Mind from fear of losing their identity and economical development to a liberating force that created a confident community with a sustainable economic model.

Article 153 became the fulfilment of social justice objectives, as it was intended by the founding fathers.

The Malays had rediscovered the 'Spirit of Malacca' to become partners with other citizens in celebrating diversity as a source of national identity and empowerment.

We have honoured our founding fathers, and honoured the sacrifices of our fighters for independence along with our soldiers of all races, who fought defending this nation, by living our constitution in a true, equitable and sincere manner.

We have built a strong foundation based on a new 'Contract for a Better Malaysia', that will carry our children forward to an even brighter future.

Our experiences and history has become a lesson for the world in how a determined people can eventually be truly independent in spite of insurmountable odds.

We have become a nation of brothers, a true family of humanity, in a nation called Malaysia and not Malaysaja.

So how did we achieve this monumental task?

What events shaped this outcome?

What happened?

The answers lay in understanding the following historical process and philosophical justification perspectives rather than on a misguided 'Social Darwinism' dilemma inducing theory, which shamelessly used 'the end justifies the means' approach of race-based politics of fear, to undermine a people's aspiration for freedom and liberty.

A Historical Process Perspective — The 'Clash of Opposing Ideas'

A Historical Process Perspective interprets human events as a 'clash of opposing ideas', which is set on a historical development path that has a purpose, a guiding principle, a pattern and a final conclusion to it.

The 'clash of opposing ideas' theme alludes to a dialectic process of — a thesis and anti-thesis producing an eventual synthesis – which will define and shape human entities, for example a nation.

In the case of Malaysia, the path to reach our common national destiny is a journey or clash of two opposing ideas or interpretation of nationhood, between — a thesis (Ketuanan Melayu, Malay Supremacy) and an anti-thesis (Ketuanan Rakyat, People Supremacy) — that is necessary to create a synthesis (a Better Malaysia).

Therefore, is there a purpose or meaning to all the current racial tensions, political rhetoric, polemics and events plaguing our nation today?

How can we make sense of it? Is there hope for our future? Will things ever change for the better?

The Divergent Narrative of Malaysian History and Destiny.

Currently, there exist two opposing and divergent narratives of our history that will shape our destiny. The two narratives are the 'Ketuanan Melayu, Malay Supremacy' and the 'Ketuanan Rakyat, People's Supremacy' worldview.

In the 'Ketuanan Melayu' narrative, it is said (and in one long breath) that, 'because we, the Malays ( who became dominant after the indigenous people in peninsular Malaysia), were influenced and colonised by several foreign nations and kingdoms throughout history (including Kedah which was conquered by a Tamil Emperor, Rajendra Chola and the Siam Buddhist Ligor Kingdom; Bruas, Perak ruled by the Khmer prince Raja Ganji Sarjuna, the Siam Sukhotai Kings and Indonesian Srivijaya empire that colonised part of peninsular Malaysia; Malacca as a vassal state to China's Ming Dynasty, Indonesian Majapahit and the five northern states to Siam Ayutthaya Kingdom by paying tributes (ufti), the Acheh Sultan that ruled Pahang and Kedah; the Bugis from east Indonesia that ruled Johor then Selangor; the Minangkabau from Sumatera that ruled Negeri Sembilan — and due to the closing of the Asia to Europe land route by the Ottoman Empire and the need to search for an alternative sea route — came the Portuguese, Dutch, British, Japanese and then British again before independence) which in spite of experiencing a diversified east and west civilisations' influence that should have made us global in outlook — we instead chose to dwell inward, playing the role as historical victims that projects blame on others- by focusing on the indignity of being made a 'pendatang' in our own land, when the British forced us to welcome other races as new comers or new 'pendatang' to share in the bounty of this land, while we were marginalised in political, education and economic matters, that upon independence, we demanded protection of our rights in the form of a 'Social Contract' — with the intended but never achieved — aim of achieving racial parity due to abuse and corruption, has made 'Ketuanan Melayu' (Malay Supremacy) our 'true and noble cause'.

Meanwhile, in the 'Ketuanan Rakyat' narrative, it is argued in (again in one but shorter breath) that, 'Yes while we acknowledge the circumstances we found ourselves in at independence that produced a contingent 'special position' for the Malays, that this privilege must not be abused by the few in its implementation and used as a reason to deny all the rakyat, who must be seen as co-partners and not 'pendatang' in a common nation founded on a constitution, the rights to grow and prosper mutually, as we face a globalised and competitive world together, is a natural cycle(phases) of history that demands equality through 'Ketuanan Rakyat' (Peoples Supremacy) to be our 'true and noble cause.'

Regardless of how we choose the narration of our history which becomes the 'truth' upheld by both sides, these divergent narratives must be acknowledged as a necessary process for progress.

Each side believe that theirs is the 'true and noble cause'.

Each side will advocate and defend their cause in a contest and clash of two opposing ideas of nation hood.

Therefore, does this historical process perspective puts everything in context?

Does it gives us the bigger picture of our nation's struggle which will make us transcend all insignificant petty matters (in society, in our family, in our political parties) to forge together confidently because righteousness and history is on our side? A Philosophical Justification Perspective — Defining the True and Noble Cause

Undeniably, the determining factor or driving force that will shape our nation's historical process outcome, lies in, which of these two opposing ideas and philosophy of 'Ketuanan Melayu' (Malay Supremacy) and 'Ketuanan Rakyat' (Peoples Supremacy), is the 'true and noble cause'?

Therefore, the most fundamental question or the philosophical justification of our entire debate is, how do we determine which qualifies as the rightful 'True and Noble Cause' for our nation's destiny?

If we choose to rationalise the legitimacy of both causes, then from a humanistic, universal and even Islamic perspective, a cause based on exclusiveness of race can never be justified, become viable and sustainable.

And to proof this point, if we take the race based philosophy in the context that Malaysia is homogenously Malay, then there would not be inter-racial tensions but we would instead have intra-racial tensions.

Meaning that if the Malay and Non-Malay divide didn't exist, then wouldn't there be intra-racial tensions between the Javanese and Bugis or Minangkabau and Achehnese or Boyan and Mendeling and to top it off, between the Indian lineage Malay and the Arab or Turkish lineage Malay?

Consequently, wouldn't all these Malay sub- groupings then would be seeking dominance and supremacy over the other 'Malays', each with their own version of say 'Ketuanan Melayu Keturunan India'(Indian lineage Malay Supremacy) which in fact permeates the ruling party's leadership, past and present?

What is also important is that one of the defining characteristic found in the constitution is that, a Malay is also a Muslim.

Therefore, shouldn't Islamic philosophy and principles apart from- historical, cultural, genetics and Social Darwinism arguments — also be used to philosophically justify 'Ketuanan Melayu' (Malay Supremacy)?

With this we can find, that racism definitely, does not conform to the Islamic 'Common Good Principle' (Maslahah Umum) which demands 'promoting the overall good (maslahat) and avoiding harm (mafsadah) in society'.

Since this principle is aimed at promoting the 'common good' and not an 'exclusive good' of a particular group or race, confirms without a doubt that racism is un-Islamic.

All of these examples go to illustrate the fact that a race-based philosophy is transient and expedient; hence it is impossible and unjust to be used to build a nation and sustain true national harmony.

Here then lies the answer to the fundamental and philosophical justified question of which of the two 'Ketuanan' or Supremacy, is the 'True and Noble Cause', that will drive our nation's historical process to its natural and righteous outcome?

Indeed, history and philosophy is on the side of 'Ketuanan Rakyat'.

In Conclusion

If we choose to see our current events in both — a historical process and philosophically justified perspective — then we can better understand and be assured that the outcome of a better Malaysia, is certainly based on 'Ketuanan Rakyat'.

The dynamics and events of the 'clash of ideas', can sometime make us miss seeing the bigger picture unfolding which traps us in a narrow world view, and so we act defensively, selfishly and irrationally with destructive consequences.

For those who fail or choose not to understand, that there is a historical process and a philosophical justification, to create a synthesis of a better Malaysia, our outcome as a nation would appear uncertain which makes us desperate, delusional, depressed, pessimistic, cynical and inhumane. We are then seen driven by lust (nafsu), ego and a short term view of things and events.

But by understanding, that producing a synthesis of a better Malaysia is the definitive outcome; it will make us rational, calm, constructive, cooperative, optimistic and human.

We are instead driven by wisdom (hikmah), manners (adab) and a long term view of things and events.

Furthermore, it can be agreed that there is an imminent sense or instinct where the political divide of 'Ketuanan Melayu' (Malay Supremacy) and 'Ketuanan Rakyat' (Peoples Supremacy) is reaching a defining and conclusive end soon.

This general sense that the end-game is about to unfold and that our destiny is about to take shape, hangs in the air like a thick cloud.

Even if this cloud turns dark because the 'game' is not played democratically, then this must be seen, just as a temporary — reactionary — interruption of the unstoppable march of history driven by the 'True and Noble Cause' of 'Ketuanan Rakyat' (Peoples Supremacy).

So without a doubt, we have to preserve and be even more resolute in our determination for freedom and justice.

We have to close ranks, be united and continue the good fight to its righteous end.

The politics of fear must be replaced with the politics of hope and liberation.

Therefore, I call upon all true patriots to discuss, print and distribute or email all four articles to everyone you know without haste.

Let us create a constructive engagement climate, where all Malaysians can be set free with the 'truth'.

Spread the word and message of hope that, a new dawn for a Better Malaysia for all Malaysians is approaching.

And God Willing, Our Common Destiny; a journey to true independence and liberty will have arrived.

Hidup Malaysia! Hidup Malaysia! Hidup Malaysia!

* Nurul Izzah Anwar is the MP for Lembah Pantai. This article was originally titled The Utimate Malaysian Debate: Malaysia or Malaysaja? Part 4: (Imagine) Our common destiny, a journey towards true independence.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.





OCT 22 — Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz is perhaps right about one thing in railing against the Inter-Parliamentary Union's (IPU) recent report calling for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial to be abandoned.

And that is the IPU should respect the independence of Malaysia's judiciary.

He also claims that the IPU was only getting one-sided reports about the trial from Anwar's lawyers.

He is wrong and ignorant. There was a Malaysian delegation to the IPU and they did present the country's position on the trial.

However, that version did not include the fact that the prosecution's case in Sodomy II has been shambolic.

The denial of witness statements and other evidence runs counter to rules of natural justice.

All countries which aspire to be developed and regarded as mature hold dear certain values — including natural justice.

Running roughshod over the rule of law and legal precedents is the hallmark of a third world country — like Zimbabwe.

Perhaps that is why the IPU has come to the conclusion that continuing the prosecution would bring disrepute to Malaysia's justice system.

The trial has been tainted from Day One, with testimony suggesting the involvement of political rivals and that the Attorney-General is not completely impartial.

Whatever they may think about Anwar, many Malaysians remain sceptical about the prosecution.

The longer the trial goes on with the prosecution doing all they can to prevent Anwar's team access to evidence, the further the prosecution's standing falls in the eyes of the Malaysian public.

So, yes, Nazri is still right that the IPU should not question the independence of the Malaysian judiciary.

However, he should also advise the AG's Chambers to not continue dragging the judiciary down as well.

Either the prosecution gets its act together and subscribe to the principle of fair play, or they should just drop the charges.

After all, it is within the AG's purview to do so.

Otherwise, the IPU report will stand as an indictment not of the judiciary but of Malaysia's criminal justice system.


Kempen Burukkan DAP Begitu Aktif Berjalan di Dalam PAS Selangor

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 07:55 AM PDT

Mula2 saya cuma membaca artikel Pak Bakaq/Penarik Beca. Bahawa berlaku kempen memburukkan DAP dan PKR dalam sebuah usrah di rumah HAsan Ali.

NAmun apabila saya mendengar sendiri ucapan Dato Harun Din dalam majlis itu, saya menjadi sangat-sangat kesal dan sedih. Mengapa Dato Harun Din dan PAS Selangor menghabiskan waktu dan masa yang begitu berharga melakukan suatu perkara yang menguntungkan UMNO dan Barisan NAsional.

Malahan, ucapan ini dibuat selepas wafatnya bekas ADUN Galas. Sepatutnya, ucapan ini mengarah kepada persediaan untuk DUN Galas dan bagaimana hendak memenangi DUN Galas.

Namun, ucapan berkisar kepada mengulangi fitnah-fitnah UMNO ke atas rakan PAS dalam PAkatan Rakyat.

Misalnya, fitnah UMNO kononnya berlaku huru-hara dalam Parti Keadilan Rakyat. Hakikatnya, huru hara itu hanya melibatkan 4 cabang PKR dan cabang2 lain seluruh Malaysia berjalan dengan baik.

Berlaku penangguhan 9 cabang pun adalah atas sebab AJK Pemilihan mereka yang tidak bersedia dengan baik. Bukannya sebab pergaduhan atau persengketaan.

Saya terkejut mendengar ceramah Dato Harun Din di usrah di rumah Dato Hasan Ali. Saya begitu terkejut dan begitu kesal dengan kempen memburukkan DAP dan PKR yang begitu aktif dalam PAS Selangor sekarang ini.

Mungkin Dato Harun Din perlu memberitahu mengapa beliau melobi Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai bagi pihak AMONA dan Dato Osman untuk membina Condo 26 tingkat. Sumber saya di Lembah Pantai memberitahu saya rakaman perjumpaan tersebut ada dibuat dan menunggu masa untuk dikeluarkan.

MEngapa Dato Harun Din sanggup menganjurkan perjumpaan dengan Nurul Izzah meminta Nurul Izzah menyokong projek Amona membina Condo 26 tingkat? Mengapa Dato HArun Din boleh pergi melobi projek tersebut bagi pihak seorang korporat UMNO?

Begitu juga DAto Hasan Ali, saya nak tanya bila nak keluarkan laporan bertulis kepada PAS Pusat?

Oleh kerana skrg musim pilihanraya kecil GALAS, saya tidak akan dedah rakaman usrah di kediaman Hasan Ali tersebut.

Itu sahaja buat kali ini


Tulang Besi


Night with PKR in Johor Bahru (Update)

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 01:37 PM PDT

(Elizabeth Wong - Darling of the Crowd)

Malam Harapan Baru with Party Keadilan Rakyat in Johor Bahru 22 Oct 2010.

You have to be here to see this event, a sold-out dinner talk with tables costing RM600 to RM1000 per table  for ten held at the popular TaiZen Restaurant in Taman Molek, just at the fringe of the Johor Bahru city district. There were over 120 tables in total which is about the maximum of tables that could be packed into this hall like restaurant and the food which is pork-free caters to the all Malaysian crowd was delicious and of good quality.

The people who paid good money to attend and listen to the well received speakers consist of all races from Businessmen, local popular Datuks, Professionals, Employees, Families and Civil Servants, yes that's right, civil servants from the local government office and they were quite a few number of them much to my surprise. This is a real Malaysian crowd with many tables seated with mix races that makes for a real pretty sight and to find it here in Johor Bahru is a real pleasant revelation.

The speakers main table was much visited by the people seeking photo shoot opportunity with the PKR politicians and autographs, Zaid Ibrahim was kept busy signing his books that were purchased by the people sold in the entrance foyer and even on his way out after his speech he was continuously stop by the audience requesting for photo shoot and to autograph on his book. 

Elizabeth was the next to speak after Zaid Ibrahim and was much loved by the crowd with her natural and relax charm, Elizabeth, the darling of the crowd advised the people to be wary of the main stream media and their crooked spin against  Pakatan Rakyat reminding them of the drop in ranking on media freedom under the umno led government.

She further expounded on the RM 5 billion 100 storey tower of Najib and the other mega-projects as a mismanagement of the people's money calling on Malaysians to voice their protest against these wasteful projects.

(Tian Chua - A Hero Well Received)

Tian Chua was very well received and had to go round the tables with people requesting to be photograph and shaking hands to everyone in the hall just like a movie star.

Tian Chua was the last speaker of the night and his speech was continuously interrupted with cheers and loud applause. Tian has come a long way as a speaker and has confidently grown to be now a well respected politician able to hold his ground against any from the BN camp. He has impressed the audience calling on them to stand up against the oppressive and corrupt governance by making sure they and their families and friends vote correctly for a new Malaysia.

My suggestion to Pakatan Rakyat is to invite one or two people from the blogging community to witness such events that were being organized throughout the country. The sight of the Malaysians attending such events exudes much confidence towards the founding of a New Malaysia.

Due compliments must be extended to the local party members for putting together such an excellent and successful event.

I am very much impressed. Looks like there is hope yet.

MCMC targets Malaysiakini again

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 04:23 AM PDT

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has launched another investigation into Malaysiakini, this time over two reports on the on-going Umno general assembly which the independent news portal published yesterday. The reports, both on Umno president Najib Abdul Razak's opening speech at the party's 61st AGM at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, are We must defend Putrajaya at all costs: Najib and PM moves to snuff out racial debates. Full story
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Global Warming Causes Mini-Kaiju Attacks in Japan

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 12:56 AM PDT

+0.005 degree = Bear attacks
+1 degree = Giant 300-foot radioactive-breath bear attacks (Bear-jira!)

Excerpt from AFP:

Bear attacks surge in Japan, climate change blamed


TOKYO — Bear attacks have shot up in Japan this year and sightings of the animals have spiked, a trend blamed on climatic changes and shifting land use patterns, officials and media reports said on Wednesday.

At least four people were killed and 80 wounded in bear attacks between April and September in the island-nation, much of which is covered in mountain forests, topping last year's total of 64 attacks, said broadcaster NHK.

Some 400 bears were shot dead near human-populated areas by authorised hunters on Japan's far-northern island of Hokkaido alone, where two people were mauled to death by bears earlier this year, a local official said.

In the mountainous central prefecture of Fukushima, northeast of Tokyo, more than 150 bears were shot dead after they encroached on residential areas.

Some wildlife experts have blamed a record heat wave this summer which impacted the omnivores' natural food sources and sent the Asiatic black bears foraging for food in more densely populated farming and residential areas.

"The extremely hot summer and other climatic factors may have led to a shortage of acorns or nuts in woodlands this year," said Tatsuo Sato, an official of the Fukushima prefectural government.

In some areas habitat destruction is blamed for forcing the bears into closer contact with humans. In other parts, farms are being abandoned and reclaimed by nature, reducing buffer zone with the bears' natural habitats.

Contrary to Tatsuo-san's conjecture, global warming hysteria has not resulted in any shortage of nuts in the science fields.

Umno's 'cheap shot' at animal rights ruffles feathers

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 03:56 AM PDT

Animal rights and welfare groups today demanded an apology from Selangor Umno Youth delegate Zuinuri Zainal, who had accused them of attempting to incite public hatred against the government. "We are very upset and shocked by this statement. We were criticised for speaking up for other living beings, going beyond our (own) difficulties to think of somebody else's," said Anthony Thanasayan, the president of Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association (Petpositive). Full story here:
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SNAP Losts in Logjam Direction….

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 03:44 AM PDT

The facts must be correct and clarified and not lies. How often have we heard this coming from various politicians from both sides of the house? If the statements on the logjam and causes are being misquoted and misleading we leave it to you to make your own opinions. ( the report can be read here….) 

However we take a particular interests in this statement"logjam was also caused by the construction of Murum Hydro-electric Dam" audie61 called  up the Councillor Tan Kian Hoo and he said,"Edwin SNAP President got losts along the way and he should get his facts or geography right before he comes out with his statement"

Let me say it again and is there any logic on this,"Balui and Baleh are tributaries of Batang Rajang. Murum River (which is above Bakun) is a tributary of the Balui, while Sungai Melatai is a tributary of Baleh. So how could debris in Murum floated overland to Baleh, by-passing Bakun Hydro-electric Dam?

Though he is unhappy he said that there must be answers and the people of Kapit will not want unfounded and misleading statements from people who dont know their facts.



Posted: 22 Oct 2010 02:05 AM PDT

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Don't Blame us for the Haze - Indonesia

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 01:51 AM PDT

(Unhealthy Haze in Singapore)

Don't only blame us for the Haze said the Environment Ministry of the Indonesian government, we had discovered 13 fire hot spots in Sarawak, Malaysia.

Singapore has been covered in thick smoke this week while its three-hour Pollutant Standards Index recorded a rise to an "unhealthy" range of 108 as of 6 p.m, much higher than 80 on Wednesday, which was the worst since 2006, as reported by Reuters.

Malaysia has push the blame on poor air quality in some of its southern towns on fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island.

"We have not determined if the source is from fires in Riau. We still need to check," Indonesia's  Environment Ministry deputy minister for environmental communication and people's empowerment Ilyas Asaad told reporters at a press conference.

"It is still a one-sided complaint from Singapore or Malaysia," Ilyas said, in response to statements that the haze had come from Indonesia.

Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo telephoned his Indonesian counterpart, Marty Natalegawa, to express concern about the haze and reiterated Singapore's immediate readiness to help Jakarta put out fires on Sumatra.

"Minister Yeo informed Minister Marty that the PSI went over 100 yesterday and cases of respiratory problems including asthma had increased significantly," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

A reading above 100 on Singapore's PSI, or pollution standards index, is considered unhealthy.

Meanwhile to help you cope with the haze in a fashionably healthy way, Singaporeans designers has launch the latest men and ladies collection for the annual Haze season.


Jakarta Post report HERE

Open letter to the IPU: Anwar's trial should continue

Posted: 21 Oct 2010 03:41 PM PDT

From Pandak Tukan, via e-mail

I am appreciative of the fact that you are very concerned about the quality of legal proceedings in my country as evidenced by your resolution on the current Anwar Ibrahim sodomy trial.

I understand why, on the basis of the Trowell report to you on the discrepancies surrounding the trial, you are led to observe that there is a lack of equality between the prosecution and the defence. I am also in full agreement with your call to the Malaysian Parliament to ensure a better administration of justice.

However, I disagree strongly with your stand that the interest of the Malaysian public would be served by having the proceedings stopped. To do so is nothing less than to impose exceedingly high standards, yours but not Malaysia's, over a trial which has thus far proceeded in fits and starts.    

Notwithstanding the apparently flawed proceedings, as an ordinary Malaysian, I would like to see the trial continue as I am very interested to know what facts and evidence will be further presented by both the prosecution and defence to support their case.

As an observer of the first sodomy trial of Anwar Ibrahim circa 1998-2000 and as his ardent sympathiser during those times,  I have to say there are some questions I really would like answered, hopefully during the present proceedings. Also there are some notable peculiarities, independent of the actions of the prosecution, which make me believe the trial should proceed.

First, in the 1998-2000 trial Anwar was evidently victimised by trumped up charges of sodomy and homosexuality and suffered six years of incarceration as a result. Right now, I am dying to know what it was that possessed him to be caught in circumstances that allowed for similar charges, as his earlier trial, to be laid against him.

Has he not learned anything from experience? This is not an instance of 'blaming the victim'. On the contrary, it is a fair question to ask of someone who aspires to be the country's prime minister.

I want to know whether it was sheer lack of good judgement on his part or the existence of some uncontrollable latent tendencies within him that set the ball rolling in the present saga. Either way, it does not look good for a man who wants to be the leader of 27 million of his fellow Malaysians .

Second, singularly unprecedented in Malaysian legal history, it was the defence in a sexual offence case that requested for the alleged victim's testimony of the offence to be held in camera. And the presiding judge was impartial enough to allow the request. I do not know if both facts had been included in Mr Trowell's report to the IPU.

As a man-on-the-street observing the trial, I am now really interested to know what it was that the defence wanted to hide by shielding from public knowledge that particular witness's testimony of the alleged sexual act.

With millions of other Malaysians, I wanted to know if the  reputedly formidable lead counsel for the defence had managed to tear into shreds the testimony of that witness relating to the alleged sex act. It was not just a matter of doing so before the judge. It was an opportunity for the defence to sway public opinion that the witness was a false one. Most disappointingly, it was not to be as, through the defence's own doing, the press was not allowed to report that particular testimony. How very odd, I thought, and how very different it is from the first sodomy trial.

Third, the testimony of medical professionals had only just begun in the trial. It is beginning to get really interesting. I was truly disappointed that the lead counsel for the defence chose not to immediately cross-examine the doctors.

Maybe he was flummoxed by their answers to the prosecutors' questions; maybe in his wisdom he needed to consult his set of medical experts to look for holes in the doctors' testimony. Whatever it is, the defence should not be denied their chance to cross-examine the doctors. For that reason, it is very much in the public interest for the trial to proceed.

Finally, as I said above, the present trial had progressed very intermittently. This is in marked contrast to the first sodomy trial where there was a very discernible hurriedness in the proceedings, so much so that it was plausibly termed a persecution rather than prosecution.

For this reason, I am very much inclined to maintain an objective outlook rather than have any pre-conceived ideas over the current trial, despite the discrepancies observed by Mr Trowell.

This is why BN lost in Sibu

Posted: 21 Oct 2010 03:40 PM PDT

From Dr Patau Rubis, via e-mail

Barisan Nasional's defeat in Sibu is not a "shock defeat". BN simply over-bought the Chinese voters and the Sibu Chinese were smart enough to realize that BN do not have money to implement all its promises.

They also realize that more taxes will be made to get the money needed which will mean that it will be more difficult for ordinary businessmen to do business. BN has to review its delivery system and its patronage in order to reduce costs of implementing projects.

Perkasa's involvement does not help as Sarawak was initially non-racial. It is only BN politics which had created greater racial awareness that it is by race Malaysia works.

One non-Chinese political activist told me, his people were cool on voting because the by-election as a "buy-election benefitting only the Foochows of Sibu", so why should they be involved?

For the Ibans, they were given RM100 per vote, paid direct to the voter, he alleged. He was back in Kuching drinking coffee rather than in Sibu to vote or mobilize the voters for one or the other as neither will help the Dayak cause.

The "Allah issue", who created it? It was not a Sarawakian issue but an issue imposed by the racial and religious politics of West Malaysia, especially Umno politicians and maybe Ibrahim Ali's Perkasa. Many Muslim friends told me that it is not even an issue from the Quran, but a Malaysian made issue.

Pakatan meawhile had the upper hand amongst the voters of Sibu as SUPP also had its own internal problem between those who supported the president and those deemed to be against him.

The writer is a veteran Sarawak politician.

Did Siva read Zaid's manifesto at all?

Posted: 21 Oct 2010 03:38 PM PDT

From Gordon Loh, via e-mail

I am commenting on Sivarasa's comment on Zaid's manifesto which I cannot comprehend, or is somewhat misleading.

Sivarasa claimed Zaid said PKR is a one issue party, and he does not care for Anwar. But I do not see it in Zaid's manifesto.

What he said is that people must focus on more pressing issues ahead and to remind people that while protecting Anwar, they have to work with the people preparing for GE13.

Also in Zaid's manifesto it clearly says, "I, too care about him (Anwar) and his family.

This is what Zaid had said in his manifesto:

"I am thankful and grateful for the confidence and support shown by members and party branches through their nominations. It is, after all, for them that I have stood up and spoken out. I do not seek this position for glory. I do it because of the challenges it brings. I do it because of the hard work that still remains. While other candidates harp on their ability to protect Anwar, I believe he has mustered the best legal team to protect him. I, too, care about him and his family, but above all, it is the struggle and interests of the people that is paramount. And I know that the party members will be able to make that distinction."

Sivarasa also criticised Zaid for criticising Anwar's legal team but that is up to his own interpretation.

Unless he thinks that he himself is not good enough; if not he should not think that others are saying he is not good enough.


Sivarasa joins slam Zaid chorus

Manifesto: Zaid aims to pilot PKR beyond Anwar

Malaysian Internet woes

Posted: 21 Oct 2010 03:37 PM PDT

From G Sunil, via e-mail

Streamyx sucks. Dial- up? Not even an option anymore. UniFi? Still waiting. "Sabar ajelah..."

In mid-2000 WiMax seemed to hold a lot of promise. The government allocated several licenses to numerous WiMax bidders, and the people were promised high speed wireless 802.16 broadband.

End result? One WiMax provider in the Peninsula of our homeland. Sudah potong?

WiMax holds so much promise. For mobile devices, laptops, netbooks, iPads, phones. Imagine being able to access the immense information the Internet provides, wherever you happen to be.

I hold Lim Keng Yaik personally responsible for the miserable state of Malaysia's inability to access the Internet wirelessly.

And now? 4G licenses are being issued, to anyone who applies, rupanya.

Can anyone guess what's going to happen?


Can't WiMAX bring highspeed broadband to rural areas?

Makkal Sakti party deserves more from BN

Posted: 21 Oct 2010 03:37 PM PDT

From Ramu PKK Nadarajah, via e-mail

Tamil dailies have carried an announcement by RS Thanenthiran that he is still the president of Malaysia Makkal Sakti Party (MMSP). This has raised many questions and concerns among the majority of party supporters nationwide.

Thanenthiran was legally expelled from the party on Jan 17, 2010 by the majority of the central committee members in a meeting which was properly conducted. It was even witnessed by media and other observers.

We are very surprised and shocked that such a person is being backed by the BN leadership.

People who had come for the launcing of the party on Oct 10, 2009 were supporters of either A Vathemurthy (founding deputy president) or Kannan Ramasamy (founding secretary-general). Thanenthiran only brought in a bus of people who were his family members, relatives and his restaurant's foreign workers.

He had used the supporters of Vathemurthy and Kannan to show to the prime minister that he has a strong support of the Indian community. The fact is that he has near to zero support, but for the backing of his cronies and family members.

In his one-year tenure as the party's president, he had not done any people-oriented activities but used the old way to pull in the crowd by giving out hampers. He did this in Kuala Lipis, Sungai Siput and Kuala Ketil.

He was also not received well by the people of Hulu Selangor during the by-election there last April. However both Vathemurthy and Kannan were welcomed by the voters of Ladang Nigel and Kalumpang.

In the past he had refused to answer questions on his financial transparency. He had also unilaterally amended the party constitution to assume more power.

We now strongly believe that the Registrar of Societies and the government are backing a corrupt and fraudulent leader like Thanenthiran.

The BN leadership should reliase the hard work being done by the new group of MMSP leaders in bringing in new members from Pakatan parties to our side.

However we face problems in moving forward if the BN leadership continues to engage with Thanenthiran who has lost the confidence of the party members.

BN must now show respect to the majority voice of the MMSP, failing which we will have no choice but to reconsider our support for BN.

The writer is MMSP's youth chief.

Estet.. A Malaysian spirit movie

Posted: 21 Oct 2010 10:24 PM PDT

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Teoh inquest: 'Suicide note' author still a mystery

Posted: 21 Oct 2010 10:26 PM PDT

The identity of the author who wrote the so-called 'suicide note' found in Teoh Beng Hock's slingbag remains a mystery. The coroner's court for Teoh's inquest heard today that the handwriting on the note - written in a mixture of Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia - is the same as that found in a notebook in Teoh's bag. Full story here:
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Billion Ringgit palace

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 06:01 AM PDT

One man's home is another man's palace

I am sure you all know by now that the new Istana Negara is going to cost Malaysian tax-payers in excess of RM1billion by the time it is completed. Just the other day someone sent me a piece of comparative trivia. According to this story, the Singapore government spent SGD200million and built themselves a world class desalination plant that produces potable water that surpasses WHO standards! People's money spent for the benefit of the people. Yes? Now, I am sure our government spends for the benefit of the Rakyat too. After all, there are banners all over town the past few days with Najib's face and proclaiming "Rakyat Didahulukan" (citizens' needs come first?)

I am a loyal Malaysian citizen. I love my country. And the Agung is my king and has my respect and loyalty. And whether you are Malay, Chinese or Indian or any one of the races that make up Bangsa Malaysia.Whether you are a kampung or city dweller. Whether you are a farmer or a university graduate. Whether you support Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat. If you have an ounce of intelligence. You must ask of the powers that approved the RM1billion extravagance......



Sorry. Since it is the start of the weekend let's have a few laughs to go with that.

Let's start with one from one of the masters of political comedy...

"I use public transport once in a while" - Syed Hamid Albar, former Foreign Minister and current chairman of the Land Public Transport Commission.

"......commercials on sanitary pads are openly shown on TV and this could influence the young to get involved in social ills" - Johor Puteri Umno delegate Azura Mohd Afandi.

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