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Posted: 20 Nov 2010 01:56 PM PST
The following is a letter from a convert to Christianity (from Islam) in Afghanistan who was able to smuggle this handwritten letter (found in its original form here) with someone's help. He is being tried on charges of apostasy. Because of who he is and what he's done, no lawyer is willing to take up his case. Thought about posting it here to see if anyone is able at all to help the guy in any way possible.
"To the international church of world and to the President Brother Barak Obama President of the United States and to the head of ISAF [International Security Assistance Force] in Afghanistan!
"My name is Said Musa 45 years old. I have been working since 15 years as a Physiotherapist in I-C-R-C [International Committee of the Red Cross] orthopaedic centre in Kabul, Afghanistan. About four and a half months before by security force of Afghanistan I [was] captured, due to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world. One person ____ he is spy of ____ [a] leader in Afghanistan. He told about me [to] the Government's officials, 'He's believer, He's head of church in ____'. He showed my house to the security force. Since that time I am in jail. The authority and prisoners in jail did many bad behaviour with me about my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. For example, they did sexual things with me, beat me by wood, by hands, by legs, put some things on my head, mocked me 'He's Jesus Christ', spat on me, nobody let me for sleep night and day. Every person spat on me and beat me. Also the prosecutor wrote something wrong against me. He told from himself something wrong against me on my file.
"He is stimulating every day the prisoners against me, 'He is also in jail due to spy for Iran country', to reveal the church in Kabul. I'm in a very and very bad condition in the jail.
"I agree with long imprisonment about my faith even for long life. Because I'm the sinnest person in the world. Because sometimes they treated for died I refuse my faith due to died. Sometimes I tolerate the persecution but immediately I acknowledge my sin before Lord Jesus Christ: 'Don't refuse me before your holy angels and before your Father.' Because I am very very weak and sinful man.
"Nobody could accept my defender before the court. If I say I am a Christian man he immediately spat on me and abuse me and mock me! I am alone between 400 handlers of terrible values in the jail like a sheep. Please, please, for the sake of Lord Jesus Christ help me. Please send a person who should supervise my document and my file, what I said in it. My prosecutor has told something wrong to the judge because he asked [for] money but I refused his request. Please, please you should transfer me from this jail to a jail that supervises the believers. I also agree with died on cross of my pride. I also agree with the sacrifice [of] my life in public, I will tell the faith in Lord Jesus Christ son of God and other believers will take courage and be strong in their faith. Hundred percent I am stable to my word. I have family of seven - one wife, three daughters and three sons. My big son [is] about eight years old. One of my daughters can't speak, she has some mental problems.
"This is a request from me to all over the world, people please help me. I could not have any person to help. For [the] sake [of] Lord Jesus Christ please pray and immediately help me and rescue me from this jail. Otherwise, they will kill me, because I know they're very very very cruel and hard hearted!
"Your destitute brother in the world.
"Please my English writing is not enough good. If I did some mistake please forgive me! From Kabul Provincial jail."
Posted: 20 Nov 2010 09:30 AM PST
by Red Tomato Penang on Saturday, 20 November 2010 at 16:13
記: 記者 羅: 羅賓漢
羅:也不完全是這樣；剷除貪污需要時間，貪污問題與娼妓問題是一樣的，是數千年前就有的老問題，不是一時一刻即可解決的。很多時候，處理問題要懂得順序，不可本末倒置。一個人的力量 是沒有用的，公務員私底下陽奉陰違，懶惰不進取，註定了急於改革的人一定會失敗。林冠英件做為一州之長，他要懂得分輕重，公務員怠惰問題必須交給專業團隊去處理，林冠英不應太「大 材小用」，他不該一個人獨攬太多職務，要懂得分配職權，將權力由上而下的分配下去，給專業團隊去解決。弄清楚，孫悟空要面對的是二郎神，而不是與二郎神的神犬糾纏不清。
Posted: 20 Nov 2010 09:25 AM PST
by Red Tomato Penang on Sunday, 14 November 2010 at 11:05
Posted: 20 Nov 2010 09:15 AM PST
〈檳城教父傳奇系列9〉by Red Tomato Penang on Sunday, 14 November 2010 at 11:07
「因为社会上匹夫匹妇多，检定人格的标准，自也就匹夫匹妇化，匹夫匹妇只有"同类意识"(consciousenss of kind),缺少真理与正义；只有以偏盖全，缺少大处着眼。所以，常常有很好很好的人，反被视为坏蛋、被视为"人格有问题"。 」
Posted: 20 Nov 2010 08:34 AM PST
by Red Tomato Penang on Saturday, 20 November 2010 at 16:06
我当时并不明白这张海报所代表的是什么东西。原来这标志就是由苍佑医生在离开马华后所倡议成立的民主联会合党(民联)党徽, 该党筹委会于1962年4月组成，是一个多元种族的政党，并在1963年正式成立,最近当苍佑医生的老战友拿督斯里温振祥去世的时候，前者再三托付后者的家属，要在后者的棺木上，除了盖上一层民政党的红色党旗外，必须再盖上一层青色的民联党旗，而且` 青旗必须在红旗之上'。苍佑医生当时因为身体欠恭, 还派出女婿把青色党旗送上温家。此中含意，任由后人推论。
在1964年大选成功中选槟州州议员的，除了有苍佑医生以外，还有郑玉贵、郑耀林与邱继圃。民联在森美兰州的领袖还包括郭开东与朱运兴，这两位属林派的前马华份子。朱运兴曾担任副教育部长, 后因坚持华语为我国官方语言而辞去副教育部长职位.基于森美兰州一伙, 因不苟仝苍佑医生的多元种族路线, 他们于1963年4月纷纷失利于民联党代表大会后退党, 使民联沦为一个只以槟城为基地的区域性政党.
民联的最大成绩，莫过于在1964年,由苍佑医生带领该党与李光耀的人民行动党(即民主行动党的前身,当时新加坡属马来西亚,联合邦的一州),人民进步党,及砂劳越人民联合党与马钦达党组成一个叫"马来西亚团结总机构（团总）"(Malaysian Solidarity Convention)的反对党阵线,向联盟与社阵展开兢争。
1969年的政治泡涛汹涌澎湃, 民政党在占据槟州立法议会内24席中的16席大多数情次之下, 一跃而成槟州执政党, 一直到2008年308政治海啸后全军覆没.之前丹斯里许子根博士、苍佑博士的政治秘书, 担任了近18年的槟州第三任首长。
因此,积心处优的苍佑医生，只能在1971年才开始有机会落实他改变槟州的蓝图，即以一个沉睡的渔村迈向工业化城市。他当时所提出的"外资直接投资"（Foreign Direct Investment, FDI），这个字眼虽然在国际上在今天已成为一个口头禅，但是许多人都不知道它其实是发源自苍佑医生。
Posted: 20 Nov 2010 09:09 AM PST
Posted: 20 Nov 2010 08:59 AM PST
PETALING JAYA: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has been appointed to the National Economic Council (NEC).
This would allow the concerns of the Chinese community to be made known to the council, Dr Chua here Saturday.
"To MCA, the appointment is significant as it enables the party to express the concerns of the Chinese community and play an active role in contributing to the nation's economy.
"The role and contributions of multi-ethnic Malaysians are vital as well as complementary in developing the nation and enhancing its competitiveness in the world economy," said Dr Chua, thanking Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for the appointment.
The NEC panel is chaired by Najib, who is also the Finance Minister, and comprises 12 members, including senior Cabinet ministers and officials such as Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.
Earlier in his speech before presenting gifts to children at the Agathians Shelter here Saturday, Dr Chua said NEC's primary role was to act as advisor to the Government in order to boost economic growth for Malaysia to achieve high-income nation status.
The council, he said, would meet every Monday, aimed at gathering various opinions from its members on how the Government could maintain the country's Gross Domestic Product at 6% growth rate in order to achieve the status.
"As such, I also see my appointment as a huge responsibility and I look forward to working together with all members of the council and doing my level best to deliver," Dr Chua said.
THE STAR (Saturday November 20, 2010 )
Posted: 20 Nov 2010 09:04 AM PST
Impatient, arrogant, power crazy - harsh words - all directed at Zaid Ibrahim, the alleged desecrator of the Holy of Holies, the very person of Anwar Ibrahim.
To PKR supporters, criticizing Anwar Ibrahim, let alone asking the great one to leave PKR, is not a done thing. It's akin to blasphemy.
Alas, instead of understanding why Zaid had gone super ballistic in his disdain of the de facto PKR leader and in general the PKR leadership clique, so as to be able to take stock of possible pre 13th GE weaknesses, no, Zaid was straightaway labelled as an UMNO mole, a Trojan horse, a snake, a frog, a running dog and every conceivable mammalian or reptilian creature that lives under the Malaysian sun, and beyond. These harsh, hostile and irrational treatments are reserved for anyone who dares to criticize the PKR icon, Anwar Ibrahim.
Anyway, what's wrong with Zaid, as seen from my non-anwarista's eyes wakakaka?
Years ago my class was taught by Mr Pillai, English teacher extraordinaire, about the idiom "don't suffer fools gladly". And another teacher, Miss Ong, our religious knowledge teacher revealed to us that the Mr Pillai's idiom was a derivation from the sarcasm of the Apostle Paul as expressed in 2 Corinthians 11:19 (King James' Version): "For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise."
I suspect this to be the feelings of Zaid Ibrahim in his recent struggle with vested interests among some members of the PKR leadership. He was appalled by what he came to know of the PKR party polling process, that it was rigged, the polling officials lacked impartiality, and ballot papers were mishandled. He made his complaints, calling for the polls to be aborted and for the polling system to be reviewed. He wasn't the only candidate to do so.
Despite hundreds of complaints from other PKR candidates and branches, the JPP, PKR election committee remained bizarrely silent. When Haris Ibrahim of the People's Parliament blog, handed over a PKR ballot paper for the party's deputy presidential contest to Dr Molly Cheah, the chair of PKR JPP, she responded that was the first she knew about. But what has she done about that?
RPK praised Dr Molly Cheah as an honest person. I'm sure everyone agrees with that, but Malaysiakini journalist Terence Netto wrote about Dr Cheah's cluelessness and lack of know-now in her role as the principal monitor of the PKR party elections. Her personal honesty was not enough. She should have taken a more assertive participation rather than (as we understand from Haris) leave it to the party secretariat to do her job.
Netto asked: ... what plans are there for the re-education of Dr Molly Cheah, the PKR lead election monitor, who was plucked from obscurity and named to her important role rather like one Fairus Khairuddin, who was similarly hoisted from nowhere and made deputy chief minister of Penang in March 2008.
... Her only qualification for the important post of chief election monitor seems to have been her friendship for Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PKR president and fellow doctor. Cheah has no known track record in anything except general practice medicine.
In the event, when complaints about irregularities in the election process began to sweep in from the Zaid Ibrahim camp, Cheah was like a deer caught in the headlights: she simply had no clue about what was happening, not a very reassuring spectacle for a party with pretensions to take over Putrajaya.
Perhaps fence-sitting voters see in the saga of Cheah an uncanny prefiguring of what a PKR-led Pakatan government could be about: an apparition that wafts in and wafts out.
Anwar Ibrahim claimed that PKR had answered Haris Ibrahim's query on the ballot papers. But Haris pointed out that the explanations by the party secretariat (mind you, not the JPP) did not answer how he (Haris) came to be in possession of the PKR ballot paper, regardless whether the ballot was 'old' or not. It was frighteningly available to Haris, a non-PKR member!
taken from Haris Ibrahim's blog
Yet PKR continued its blatant disregard for complaints and either dismissed them or claimed to have solved most.
It drove a PKR member, Jonson Chong, to write a personal letter to Dr Wan Azizah, the de jure president of PKR, appealing to her to at least allow an independent audit of a small sampling of the party electoral process, those of the Libaran branch, but alas, to no avail.
The PKR top leadership seems hell-bent on bulldozing the polls through to its conclusion, as planned, regardless of complaints from candidates (Zaid and Mustaffa Kamil), party members (Jonson Chong and other branch leaders) and independent observer (Haris Ibrahim).
In the face of such stonewalling, Zaid Ibrahim, the type who suffers no fools, had probably become more riled by the nauseatingly noxious noisome jeers from the anwarista praetorian guard. Did that egg him on to greater and more daring insults of the so-called refomasi icon? Who knows? It was the inevitable cycle of mutual insults which developed into a beautiful but highly destructive vortex.
So Zaid left PKR. What did you expect? To roll over on his back and accept the haram nonsense?
This was a man who resigned his ministerial post in protest against the use of the ISA against Teresa Kok and Raja Petra Kamarudin and a sweetie reporter, not one who had to be chucked out of UMNO screeching, screaming and taking to the streets. Zaid does not suffer fools gladly.
Of course it was to the relief of the Anwar-Azmin camp, and as the anwaristas would have exclaimed, good riddance to bad rubbish.
But everyone knows the PKR polling process was tainted. Haris Ibrahim questioned the party's secretariat for running the show instead of the JPP. It would be akin to UMNO running the general election process instead of the Election Commission. Free-Malaysia-Today reported phantom voters in PKR's Kelana Jaya division early last month. There was more, please read on!
Haris Ibrahim wrote in his post Indeed, who is lying of his informant telling him the PKR returning officer attending an election could manipulate the list of members, where if voter turnout was low, the numbers could be adjusted upwards with additional ballot papers dropped into the ballot box.
Haris also was informed by Rashid Azad Khan of phantom voters in Kubang Pasu, where Zaid's polling agent reported that the voter turnout in Kubang Pasu was only 84, yet the result mysteriously showed Azmin winning with 80 votes while Zaid obtained 76, a total number exceeding the actual turnout by 72 votes. Shades of the phantom voters that PKR had blamed UMNO for!
Rashid also pointed out that there was a 30-minute blackout immediately after the election ended but candidates' agents were not allowed into the polling room, at a time when the ballot boxes were still not sealed. He also mentioned an election officer was caught on camera wearing Azmin's campaign badge, raising questions over the officials' impartiality.
The gravest indication of the questionable polling process came to light after Zaid's agent lodged a complaint on the extra 72 votes as well as his exclusion from the polling room during the blackout. Rashid Azad Khan said the party election monitor decided, probably in the face of such damning complaints, that the Kubang Pasu result should be a tie of 81 to 81.
Undoubtedly, in the annals of Malaysian election experience, it was an amazing, bizarre and unprecedented decision, where the election official not only raised the total votes cast to 78 above the actual turnout (instead of the earlier extra 72 votes), but could rule arbitrarily on a fairy tale result, from the earlier dodgy 80 to 76 to an outrageous fabricated nonsense of 81 to 81.
According to Haris Ibrahim, Rashid Azad Khan also confirmed that the Zaid team have evidence in hand of the fraud in Kubang Pasu and had communicated this to Saifuddin, the party's secretary general. Rashid says that Saifuddin promised to see them but has reneged on the promise to this day. Well, Saifuddin needn't worry about his broken promised anymore now that Zaid has left!
The result of Azmin Ali becoming the new deputy party president is no doubt inevitable. But technically at this moment he isn't yet as the polls hasn't concluded. He's only a party VP, yet at the Selangor party rally last night his face beams from the most prominent position in the giant poster on the main stage of the Shah Alam City Council auditorium. VP Azmin Ali occupied the central premier position, flanked by Anwar and I believe, Khalid Ibrahim.
Tell me, which political party in the world provides the leadership positon in a group poster to a mere vice president? Yes, only PKR!
Posted: 20 Nov 2010 09:41 AM PST
This post is about the minions in mainstream media and it is a Google Post i.e. google a topic (in this case Joseline Tan) and see what comes up most often.
Here are some of the most common tack about JT; just read the hyperlink titles and click if you want. I suppose a leech can be expected to suck her way to the top of an editorial shit pile!
Rocky's Bru said: OH, JOCELINE TAN!
and Joceline Tan and the two SILs
Seventh Rangers (Mechanized) said:
Joceline Tan desperately spinning ...
Cuit Sikit said:
Tahniah Joceline Tan (Jose the Special One)
This by politics2politics takes a big slice of the cake:
JOCELINE TAN, THE STAR the schoolgirl behaving ...
The above are all old stuff in Google on JT but the following is a response to her article, "End of the road or a new beginning?":
Unethical journalism and a blatant lie by Joceline Tan
How can so many be wrong or perhaps this is a conspiracy by Google! Google must be running an anti-JT campaign. I wonder how she can sleep at night.
Anyway, the following blogpost by drrafick puts things succinctly:
November 20, 2010 by drrafick
The attack on Zaid Ibrahim has not stopped. The way I see it is that Zaid case will be spun by the MSM with the aim to crack the strength of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition. One such attempt is an article published in The Star written by Jocelyn Tan under the heading "End of the road or a new beginning?
To counter what appeared in the papers, Muhammad Firdaus Christopher and Rashid Azad Khan who are known Associates of Datuk Zaid Ibrahim today sent me a letter of rebuttal on the article. I am not like most newspaper readers. Most of the time when I read a political news in the MSM, I tend to keep an open mind. At the moment my analysis shows that the MSM reporters are doing what their political masters want them to do.
My hope is that bloggers and the alternative media in Malaysia are different. Right now, I can say only some are truly different. Majority of them whom are pro Pakatan Rakyat do not take the criticism leveled against Azmin or Anwar kindly. Many can't differentiate between the party and Anwar or Azmin.
A state Exco in her SMS exchange with me says that Azmin despite his warts won Sabah fairly because of his hard work and Zaid was a sore loser that had lost his position despite spending a lot of money there. I don't know about the money involved but from what I gather, Zaid is popular figure in Sabah and going by the nomination he had received it is unlikely that he would be spending much money to buy votes. Chances are the underdog would likely to do so and the open and continuous campaign by Anwar on the members in Sabah does not gel for a "de facto leader".
I have said it before that there are serious flaws in PKR election process. The election machinery is supposed to be run by the Chairman of JPP but it appears that it is run by the Sec Gen of PKR. The votes do not tally in many places and many ordinary members have challenged the validity of the election in many areas but without real and proper investigations most of these allegations were dismissed.
I can appreciate and relate to Zahid frustration on the whole thing that led to his announcement to leave the party. I am not a politician and would unlikely to be one in the near future but I have been through similar predicaments before. Party is an association. It has rules. Members need to follow these rules. It is simple as that. Unfortunately man made rules are manipulated by the experts and party leader. Many members who don't know the rules tend to accept whatever is told by their leaders as gospel truth without even a blink. Many don't know the constitution.
Keadilan is no longer about Anwar. In fact I would say that Keadilan should not be about Anwar. It should be about the country. I would like every Malaysian to ask themselves whether they want change because they hate BN or because they think Keadilan can really make a difference in governing the country. If one cannot run the party in a fair (ADIL) manner than can we expect them to run the country in the way that we want.
Posted: 20 Nov 2010 08:23 AM PST
I loved it, and I think you might too. :-)
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24 -28 November 830pm & 28 November 3pm
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Posted: 20 Nov 2010 08:11 AM PST
I loved it, and I think you might too. :-)
DATES/TIMES: 24 – 28 November 2010.
24 -28 November 830pm & 28 November 3pm
VENUE: PJLA Theatre, Jaya ONE
Block K, Jaya One,
Section 13, No.72A, Jalan Universiti,
46200, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
TICKETS: Call 03- 7960 0439 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
RM55 Wednesday and Thursday and Matinee Shows
RM65 Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evening Shows
RM25 for Students [Limited tickets per show, restricted view]
ALL SEATS ARE NUMBERED.
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Posted: 20 Nov 2010 05:53 AM PST
Each time we read and hear or see how the Umno inspired racists, whether they are Umno leaders, civil servants, Umno-friendly Muslim Clerics, Umno owned mainstream media or Umno inspired Malay NGO's utter racist remarks against non Malays or non Muslims, the eunuch leaders of the non Malay / non Muslim BN Component parties are sickeningly silent. Even Hindraf, stays silent rather choosing to fire salvos at Pakatan Rakyat.
What's worrying is that the silence of the non Malays and non Muslims over the Institutional Racism practiced by the BN/Umno Regime only legitimizes the Ketuanan Melayu Agenda of Umno. When PERKASA, Ridhuan Tee Abdullah, Perak Mufti Harussani Zakaria or any other Malay Muslim bigot speaks and acts, you can be sure that it is Umno that is actually speaking and acting. BN/Umno is indeed two faced and is supported by their Eunuch's such as MCA, MIC, GERAKAN, PPP, SUPP, PBS, PBB etc.. to hoodwink the non Malays and non Muslims to continue supporting BN/Umno.
Institutional racism is the differential access to the goods, services, and opportunities of society. When the differential access becomes integral to institutions, it becomes common practice, making it difficult to rectify. Eventually, this racism dominates public bodies, private corporations, and public and private universities, and is reinforced by the actions of conformists and newcomers. Another difficulty in reducing institutionalized racism is that there is no sole, true identifiable perpetrator. When racism is built into the institution, it appears as the collective action of the population.
Professor James M. Jones postulates three major types of racism: (i) Personally-mediated, (ii) internalized, and (iii) institutionalized. Personally-mediated racism includes the specific social attitudes inherent to racially-prejudiced action (the bigot's differential assumptions about abilities, motives, and the intentions of others according to), discrimination (the differential actions and behaviours towards others according to their race), stereotyping, commission, and omission (disrespect, suspicion, devaluation, and dehumanization). Internalized racism is the acceptance, by members of the racially-stigmatized people, of negative perceptions about their own abilities and intrinsic worth, characterized by low self-esteem, and low esteem of others like them. This racism is manifested through embracing "whiteness" (e.g. stratification by skin colour in non-white communities), self-devaluation (e.g. racial slurs, nicknames, rejection of ancestral culture, etc.), and resignation, helplessness, and hopelessness (e.g. dropping out of school, failing to vote, engaging in health-risk practices, etc.).
Persistent negative stereotypes fuel institutional racism, and very much matter because they influence interpersonal relations. Racial stereotyping contributes to patterns of racial residential segregation, and shape the views of white people about crime, crime policy, and welfare policy, especially if the contextual information is stereotype-consistent. A great percentage of white Americans rate Black Americans and Latino Americans as less intelligent, preferring to live from welfare benefits rather than work, and "more difficult to get along with socially".
Institutional racism is distinguished from the racial bigotry, by the existence of institutional systemic policies and practices meant to place non-white racial and ethnic groups at a disadvantage in relation to the institution's white members. Restrictive housing contracts (see restrictive covenants) and bank lending policies (see redlining) have been forms of institutional racism. The gross under-representation and often white washing of Hispanic and Asian males in mass media is another effective form of institutional racism. Other examples are racial profiling by security guards and police, use of stereotyped racial caricatures (e.g. "Indian" sport mascots), the under- and mis-representation of certain racial groups in the mass media, and race-based barriers to gainful employment and professional advancement. Additionally, the differential access to goods, services, and opportunities of society are defined within the term institutional racism, such as unpaved streets and roads, inherited socio-economic disadvantage, "standardized" tests (each ethnic group prepared for it differently; many are poorly prepared), et cetera.
Some sociologic investigators distinguish between institutional racism and structural racism. The former focus upon the norms and practices within an institution, the latter focus upon the interactions among institutions, interactions that produce racialized outcomes against non-white people. An important feature of structural racism (structured racialization) is that it cannot be reduced to individual prejudice or to the single function of an institution. Like-wise, it is important to note that once a structure is emplaced, its consequences likely will affect the entire population — not just the racially discriminated people. Structural racialization also underscores many of the institutional arrangements that are often identified as "American exceptionalism" — such as the non-existence of a labor party, weak labor unions, and a fragmented government system. Structural racialization borrows from system theory, which examines the interactions among institutions and entities and rejects reductionist thought; thus, there is a mutual, cumulative causation instead of a single cause. Using the system's approach for structural racialization calls into question whether or not race or social class is more important in the US. Instead, it suggests an interaction, between race and social class, and their consequences upon institutional design and institutional meaning.
The following is from Wikipedia:
Ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy and Malay dominance in Malay) is the claim that the Malay people are the tuan (masters) of Malaysia. The Malaysian Chinese and Indian-Malaysians — who are significant ethnic minorities in Malaysia — are considered beholden to the Malays for granting them citizenship in return for special privileges, as established in Article 153 of the Constitution of Malaysia. This quid pro quo arrangement usually is referred to as the Malaysian social contract. The ketuanan Melayu concept usually is used by politicians of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the most influential Malaysian political party.
Although the ketuanan Melayu idea pre-dates Malaysian independence, the phrase ketuanan Melayu did not come into vogue until the early 2000s. The most vocal opposition to that is from non-Malay-based parties, such as the Malaysian People's Movement Party (Gerakan) and Democratic Action Party (DAP); although pre-independence, the Straits Chinese also agitated against ketuanan Melayu. The idea of Malay supremacy gained political weight in the 1940s, when the Malays organized to protest the Malayan Union's establishment, from which they later fought for independence. During the 1960s, there was a substantial political effort challenging ketuanan Melayu led by the People's Action Party (PAP) of Singapore — which was a Malaysian state from 1963 to 1965 — and the DAP, after Singapore's secession, however, the Constitutional articles related to ketuanan Melayu were "entrenched" after the racial riots of 13 May 1969, consequent to an election campaign focused on the rights of non-Malay people and the ketuanan Melayu matter. From that arose the "ultras", advocating a one-party government led by UMNO, and increased racist emphasis that the Malays are the "definitive people" of Malaysia — i.e. only a Malay could be a true Malaysian.
Posted: 20 Nov 2010 04:43 AM PST
The Propaganda is very clear.Its a mathematical game and with huge numbers one will be able to stand tall and have a bigger say in the political field. PKR says it has 400,000 members in their lists.How come not even 10% came out to vote asks a real estate owner? Are the leaders in PKR going to just keep quiet on this issue? There must be a revamp of the membership system?
On the plus side however he commended PKR for their farsightedness of having the national polls but all the loose ends and discrepancies needs to be ironed out. I dont need to tell them how to do it. They have the brains and the resources to do it.
The real estate owner added ,"Could they have got their membership from the electoral roles? It looks quite obvious with the very low turnout ? Don't tell me the listed members have suddenly left PKR in the thousands?
10% of 400,000 members something amiss.Actual figures doesn't lie does it….??
Posted: 20 Nov 2010 03:12 AM PST
Assalamualaikum kepada seluruh pembaca Malaysiawaves. Sewaktu Tulang Besi berada di Mina baru-baru ini, Tulang Besi terfikir satu fakta. Kalau dilihat ketiga-tiga kerusi yang dimenangi oleh BN di Semenanjung Malaysia dalam siri-siri Pilihanraya Kecil, UMNO cuma mampu menang di kerusi yang mempunyai bilangan undi pos atau orang Asli yang besar. Misalnya:
Bagan Pinang - UNDI POS yang Besar
Hulu Selangor - Undi orang Asli beserta bilangan undi Pos yang agak besar
memandangkan majoriti MIC cuma 1500 undi++
GALAS - Undi orang Asli yang besar serta pengguanaan Jabatan Hal Ehwal Orang
Asli oleh BN di dalam kempen mereka.
Pihak Pakatan Rakyat MESTI mengambil tindakan yang pro aktif di dalam memerangi fenomena undi pos dan undi orang Asli yang jelas dipergunakan oleh UMNO/BN untuk memenangi kerusi2 mereka.
Sekiranya gagal, nescaya keputusan pilihanraya umum yang depan akan lebih berpihak kepada UMNO dan BN.
Saya cadangkan dedahkan fenomena ini di peringkat antarabangsa.
Posted: 19 Nov 2010 11:30 PM PST
I had almost given hope for something amusing before the weekend kicks in. Until I opened The Star today. In fact, no need to open already got funny. Right there on the front page. This photo was there...
The Inspector-General getting some tips on gambling. All for training purposes only.
Now, if you read the story you will eventually find out that what the police 'say' they are doing is learning the skills to catch gamblers and cheats. Now, that's all very good. But what I laughed about was the way the PDRM chose to go about publicising their strategy. With their current public image I would imagine that the last thing the Inspector-General would do is to have photos of himself at a gambling table albeit a 'mock' one. Whatever the reasons given. "To catch a thief we need to think like a thief," said the IGP, Ismail Omar. I am sure that there were thousands of Malaysians who had a big laugh at that and might have even commented that the Malaysian police need no training in that area. All I can say is that my heart bleeds for all the honest, hard-working and lowly paid Malaysian police personnel who must have cringed when their big boss said that. But to be fair to the IGP when he was asked what kind of skills the policemen have acquired he replied, "That is confidential information. We do not want the enemy to know what we know." Yes of course.
And I must not forget to thank The Star's editors who have honed such a great sense of humour when coming up with photo captions for stories such as this......
"Full house: Policemen learning the various gambling games at the mini casino in the Cheras police college yesterday."
"Learning to gamble: Inspector-General Tan Sri Ismail Omar (front row centre) getting some tips on how to play a card game....."
When he was asked about abuse, the IGP smartly announced that he put his faith in his men. "Insya Allah (God willing), they will know their responsibilities and will not go against their badge," he said.
Now to complete this great situation comedy I am waiting for JAKIM to come out with their take on this surely very HARAM practise of gambling.
What can we expect next from the IGP? Lessons on rape? Snatch theft? Mat Rempit motorcycle stunts?
Na, here's your gold medal. Can you give me a house ah?
On another page of The Star today there is a less amusing but nevertheless laughable story. The story is about Asian Games Gold medallist, Chai Fong Ying (pictured above). Chai won a Gold Medal for taijijian and taijiquan at the 16th Asian Games in Guangchou on Monday. That is an achievement worthy of recognition for a Malaysian sportswoman. But that isn't what is laughable. What is quite amusing is that Chai actually said to the Malacca Chief Minister, Ali Rustam when she met him, "I will appreciate it very much if the state can reward me with a house." I certainly hope that she meant it as a joke. Otherwise it will be a sad reflection of what levels we have sunk to as a nation.
Have a great weekend, folks!
Posted: 19 Nov 2010 10:22 PM PST
Self-appointed leader of the Third Force in Malaysian politics, civil rights lawyer Haris Ibrahim, has taken on the mantle of shortlisting candidates to stand under the banners of PR components, Part Keadilan PKR Rakyat (PKR), and Democratic Action Party (DAP). I don't believe either of the two PR party leaders have sanctioned Haris' initiative, for I can't imagine two key components in an alternative-government-in-waiting would surrender or privatise this important role.
In another article I had indeed asked of Haris,who also leads the online NGO People's Parliament, "Who art thou in politcs?", chiefly wondering why he was so "involved" in PKR inner politics when he was NOT even a card-carrying member, and that his writings were/are mainly in favour of two then appointed "top" PKR leaders who only recently abandoned the BN banner to join PKR.
In the Star print edition of Nov 17, 2010, a news report headlined
"Azmin's faction blamed for pushing Zaid to a tight spot", it was reported that:
"Meanwhile, Barisan Rakyat coordinator Haris Ibrahim denied that it was a "third force" or that it was backed by Zaid.
The blogger, who said the group aimed to supply Pakatan Rakyat with MPs that would not abandon it after securing enough seats to form the Federal Government, said it hoped to contest 30 parliamentary seats in the next general election.
"So far, we have 16 potential candidates. We will contest using PKR and DAP banners but in Parliament, we will serve as independents.
"We do not want to form a new party as we want to do away with politics of patronage where division chiefs expect to be nominated." (news report excerpt ends here)
A PKR strategist told this writer that an outsider like Haris who is not even a party member is being too presumptious to think PKR would surrender this role of selecting candidates to outsiders.
"Why would PKR or DAP want to pass on to a third party to select candidates to contest under our banner?
"And who is to tell that these socalled men/women of integrity picked by Haris will permanently follow his mandate based on his own set of principles and ethics?"
Indeed, I think Haris, drunk on commenters' cheering squad on his blog, has arrogated for himself a status justified by the cheering squad -- that status befitting a demi-god? On what criteria has Haris followed to shortlist these 16 candidates for the next general elections (GE13)?
A fellow blogger when asked about Haris' initiative, said as far as he knew, Haris was definotely very close to Zaid. "And this Third Force could turn out to be a Third Farce," he merrily added.
For people new to bloggers' world, Haris was a civil rights lawyer who shot to prominence in the high profile case of defending two bloggers, Jeff Ooi,now a DAP MP, and Ahirudin Attan aka Rockybru,now a Datuk, in a defamation suit by the NSTP and several top executives. In an olde post Haris went public in expressing differences of opinion with Rockybru on some issues, and I chipped in as a commenter that it was not professional for a lawyer, still acting as counsel for his client, to go public with this open show of differences.
I recently checked with Rockybru, who I worked pretty well in organising the annual Bloggers Universe Malaysia (BUM) events for four outings -- although we hail from different political philosopical backgrounds -- told me recently that in the NSTP suit case, he and Haris had indeed "parted ways".
I give Haris benefit of doubt that he might have good intentions, but to get involved so "intensely" in PKR activities while not willing to join up as a member, it raises many reservations in my mind. Is he acting on behalf of key players like Zaid and Jeffrey Kitingan?
In fact, as I had observed in an earlier article, Haris and some socalled Barisan Rakyat bloggers got pretty involved in PKR party elections, having concurrently started a campaign named "BLOGGERS FOR NURUL" just as deputy presidential candidate Zaid Ibrahim had advised the MP for Lembah Pantai Nurul Izzah Anwar to accept the nomination for deputy president candidacy (which Zaid had confirmed contesting, but would make way for Nurul. What I have noted is that Haris has consistently "supported" Zaid's and Sabah leader Jeffrey's stands, in the duo's politicking in PKR. If either Zaid or Jeffrey have been feeding PKR "insider information" to an outsider like Haris, then it reveals much of their leadership as far as integrity is concerned.
As Haris' initiative is officially reported by the MSM, I have sighted an article written about this socalled Third Force previously on his blog, but Nov 17's Star report is the first time where DAP and PKR are dragged into the picture.
Third Force would be new impediment for change at Putrajaya
I have written that a Third Force is premature on the Malaysian political landscape when even the Pakatan Rakyat comprising PKR, DAP and PAS -- the latter two having proven records of some 50years of struggle to boast of, with PKR only a 12-year teenage growing up period -- for the first time have given Malaysians the hope of a two-party system, hence the most viable coalition to replace the BN government.
At this junction, do we need a third force of "Spoilers" who would likely make the next GE13 see more three- or more-cornered fights, mainly to the benefit of the incumbent BN regime?
Who's to guarantee that some or all of this core group of some 20 "persons of integrity" when elected into Parliament would not sell their souls in a "hung Parliament scenario? Ask the electorate if they had felt cheated when three PR assemblymen in Perak caused the downfall of the PR government when they deserted PKR and DAP and "became independents". Independents, my foot! It's the almighy dollar/ringgit you frogs are looking at, no? RM4million for he Yet Foong, yes?
The next question arising is: Haris, where are the funds coming from to finance the election campaign for GE13 for these candidates under your Third Force?
Zaid who Haris adores as seen from his blogposts had yesterday stated he might set up a new political party once his resignation from PKR takes effect coming December 16.
The Case of froggie Wee Choo Keong
Let's digress a bit here and examine PKR banner-elected MP for Wangsa Maju Wee Choo Keong. In gist, he was once a DAP elected MP but fell out with party leaders, He and some cronies then set up the Malaysian Democratic Party (MDP). He and several others stood as candidates under the MDP banner in two general elections, and I believe all contestants lost their deposits.
Just before the March 2008 GE We managed to squeeze himself a seat, contesting under PKR banner BUT REMAINING AN MDP MEMBER, and the rest is history.The man -- ah, another lawyer! -- then jumped ship and is now an Independent-friendly-to-BN. Independent, my foot! Another case of staring at the almighty dollar/ringgit sign!
Maybe Zaid can team up with Wee -- their common enemey now is PKR, is it not? -- and can take part in GE13 under MDP? I bet it would turn out to be another farce. Oops, another real force in Malaysian politics. Zaid may even win enought support from BN-friendly MPs to be elected Opposition Leader, and Wee the Whip?
Though another writer claims on Zaid's behalf that it's presumptious of certain writers to link any of Zaid's moves to finally connect with Haris' latest initiative, it is a possibility that it finally would transpire that way. Zaid might not get enough support to register his new party, these two new forces would converge into one? So to contest in GE13, Zaid becomes another "man of integrity" by Haris' definition to add onto to his short list?
Am I going to be surprised? That's a RM64million question I may get to answer six months from now should PM Najib Tun Razak receive inspiration to call for an early GE13, one I believe could lead Malaysia down that slippery slope into another failed state. And a Third Force would not in any way help the PR's road to Putrajaya to prevent Malaysia becoming another Zimbabwe.
Posted: 19 Nov 2010 07:39 PM PST
Look at above photo. Note the face of the cop (second from left) holding the truncheon in readiness to bash an unarmed Tian Chua, who's already in the locking hold of another security personnel. I would say there was an element of aggression and hatred. Why did an unarmed Tian Chua trigger off such emotions in that cop?
The photo is 3 years old. It accompanied yesterday's news that Tian Chua, Gobala and 15 others were acquitted by the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court from participating in an opposition (Bersih) organized rally on 10 Nov 2007, deemed by the BN controlled police as illegal assembly.
One may safely assume the cops looked upon Tian Chua and company as the enemy rather than just members of the Malaysian public in an, well okay, illegal assembly.
There has been this unfortunate lack of professionalism by the police in treating members of the opposition as such. Some MPs like Tony Pua were even manhandled by the police. Such treatment of the people's representatives would have shocked any western democracy but here in Malaysia, it seems to be okay. The police don't even realize the serious enormity of manhandling MPs or ADUNs. They think they are above the law and only answerable to UMNO.
The reason is obvious, where the police and other public institutes consider themselves to be employees of UMNO rather than the public. 22 years of this indoctrinated impression have been the evil outcome of UMNO brainwashing of the public services. As the public services comprise in general personnel from only one ethnic group, the brainwashing has been fortified by disinformative propaganda designed to exploit ethnic fears.
I would not be at all surprised that most of the lower echelon police and pubic service staff aren't even aware of their (suppose to be) impartial roles. We have witnessed the lamentable pro-UMNO conduct in the police, MACC and civil service
Do you remember that most biadap Penang State Development Officer who wasn't even ashamed to attack CM Lim GE, at an UMNO gathering. Who in the democratic world would ever imagine the likelihood of a civil servant attacking an elected people's representative at a political gathering? Well, it happens in Malaysia!
He should have been sacked for violating at least half a dozen of the civil service codes of conduct, but disgustingly, the Chief Secretary defended his biadap-ness and instead blamed CM Lim. Both the Chief Secretary and that SDO aren't poorly educated lower echelon public service members, thus their civil service 'sins' have been all the greater. Their shameful lack of professionalism in their all too obvious political allegiance have been horrendously irreparable. The late Tun Ghazalie Shafie would have turned in his grave at their chowkana behaviour.
The so-called independent third branch of a democratic government, the judiciary, is also one of the most despised Malaysian public institutes, if not the most despised (since it is the last recourse for members of the public).
Thus when Malaysiakini released the news that the 17 protestors were acquitted by the court, the news portal's column Vox Populi has this headline One swallow doesn't make a summer.
Obviously the readers reckoned such judicial decision would be the exception to the rule, a rarity. One reader wrote: The court is invariably under the thumb of the corrupt elites but in any organisation there is always a few noble characters. But in a system corrupt to the core, you can rest assure that judges like Jagjit will never make it to the Appeals Court and above.
While readers acknowledged the fairness of judge Jagjit Singh Bant Singh in dismissing the frivolous but potentially punitive charge for Tian Chua, Gobala and colleagues (for more of his judgement, see Malaysiakini's Bersih rally: Two MPs and 15 others acquitted), the reference to his impartial judgement as a 'swallow not necessarily making a Malaysian summer' summarises the public general loss of confidence in the impartiality, integrity and professionalism of public institutes like the police, judiciary, MACC and the civil service.
22 years of rot will take a long time to cure.
Posted: 19 Nov 2010 06:32 PM PST
The "twinning" of mosques and synagogues as a means to promote mutual understanding and combat anti-Semitism/Islamophobia has grown from a mere 50 places joining hands last year in North America, to more than 100 mosques and 100 synagogues in 22 countries on four continents.
RAJA PETRA KAMARUDIN (RPK) WITH SIDEKICK HARRIS BRUTUS IS A CON-MAN, A ROAD SIDE MEDICINE PEDDLER IN LONDON HAS NO BRAIN TO ENGAGE INTELLECTUALLY
BY HABEEB ALLI, NOVEMBER 17, 2010
Children of two brothers
For the third year, this exercise of interfaith exchange has progressed in good faith. Synagogues agree to twin with nearby mosques, with congregants visiting each other during Jewish Sabbath and Muslim Friday prayer services and, in some cases, inviting guest speakers or jointly carrying out community events like Hanukkah and Eid parties, or talks by individuals such as the Palestinian author of I Shall Not Hate, Izzeldin Abuelaish.
I have personally taken students to the synagogue. One young Pakistani-born boy, Umair, marvelled at how cordial Jews were and how familiar their service is. And one Palestinian girl, Afnan, who at first refused to enter the synagogue, left saying how different it was from what she'd thought, especially after meeting a warm, educated female rabbi.
Many people wonder about the term "Twinning" to describe the event. But the genealogical history of Muslims is an ancestral path that leads to Ishmael, a son of Abraham, while that of the Bani Israel – the Qur'anic term for the Jewish people – leads to another of Father Abraham's sons, Isaac.
So we're children of two brothers – a good reminder actually – since around this time Muslims commemorate Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God during Eid ul-Adha, which fell on 16 November this year.
Twinning was initiated to encourage a better understanding between Muslims and Jews living in the West, regardless of political inclinations, with a more direct opportunity to dialogue about their faith traditions specifically.
In Toronto, in addition to Jewish visits to hear imams' Friday sermons at mosques and Muslim visits to hear the Torah read in synagogues, the Noor Cultural Centre – which promotes cultural education and bridge-building in the Muslim Canadian community – has organised a weekend-long educational study conducted by Rabbi Dr. Reuven Firestone and Dr. Mahmoud Ayoub. The focus of the study is to reach out to students of both communities and discuss images of war and violence in Jews' and Muslims' scriptural texts on the weekend of 19 to 21 November.
According to Walter Ruby, the man behind the scenes at the New York-based Centre for Ethnic Understanding: "Twinning has brought together thousands of Muslims and Jews to jointly promote tolerance, understanding, education and goodwill in an effort to combat Islamophobia and anti-Semitism."
It has grown from a mere 50 places joining hands last year in North America, to more than 100 mosques and 100 synagogues in 22 countries on four continents.
Normally hosted the first weekend in November, Twinning events also take place throughout the month, providing meaningful exchanges for Muslims and Jews to understand each other's faith – or participate in community initiatives, which could be creative events, or be as simple as having a rabbi and an imam chat over coffee.
In Toronto Dr. Barbara Landau plays a key role in promoting the Twinning and works to ensure such events are not limited only to November.
Landau is a friend and long-standing peace activist in Toronto among Jews and Muslims. She has participated in missions to conflict areas in the Middle East to share how Canadians' efforts in promoting interfaith dialogue can serve as models for cooperation. She has worked tirelessly with others, including her co-chair at the Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims, Shahid Akhtar, since 9/11 to see that young people in our communities understand each other and also work on common projects for the goodness of humanity.
"The Weekend of Twinning has time and time again shown us that Jews and Muslims can not only live together peacefully as neighbours, but also partner together to build a better community at-large," said Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and lead organiser of the Weekend of Twinning.
With many more mosques and synagogues indicating their willingness to participate in the event, Landau is also optimistic that next year's Twinning weekend will be even bigger and better.
Is it Islam Hadari or UMNO Islam?
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The heart of the Islamic message is first and foremost a message of love and understanding, of compassion and tolerance and of peace. It tells us to strive for justice, fight oppression and oppose tyranny. There are many tribes and communities, cultures and languages and all these will impinge directly on our worldview. Yet we must never lose sight of the fact that humankind is only one.
UMNO the traitor to the ISLAM ,Hwa Beng MCA CHINESE PREPOSTERIOUS…
8 Nov 2010 … Chua also claimed that it was UMNO's competing with PAS over Islam which had caused the country to be trapped as a "middle income" nation ..
UMNO FIGHTS FOR its political life; what it once stood for slips from its grasp; is shunted into irrelevance as the Malay, its main support, cannot accept being told what is best for him. What was once the unquestioned political party of the Malay is reduced to re-work its political agenda to win back that support. Its troubles began in 1987, when the Gua Musang MP, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, came to within a whisker of defeating the UMNO president, Dato' Seri (now Tun) Mahathir Mohamed.
It led the High Court to declare UMNO the mass movement illegal the following year. In its place a new (or in the political currency of today, a progressive) UMNO, or UMNO Hadhari, took its place. It had one aim: to prevent Tengku Razaleigh ever again in a position to challenge the UMNO president. The 2004 UMNO presidential nominations had its origins in the convulsions of 1987. What is not stated is that it was Tengku Razaleigh who won, but what he did not know then was the presence of conspirators who sole aim was to ensure he was defeated at any cost.
But this UMNO had no intellectual force to keep it going, and depended on the strength of the president's advisors. That it lasted so long is that Tun Mahathir had one in a man he was once proud to tell anyone who would listen that it was he who brought him to UMNO but would cringe now at the mention of his name: the jailed former deputy prime minister and UMNO deputy president, Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim. When he was sacked and arrested in 1998, the UMNO Hadhari raison d'etre collapsed, with no one with any intellectual strength to keep it alive. For it fell foul of Malay cultural and feudal tradition, and nothing it does since ever seems right.
It is worse now. There is no one in UMNO who can repair this alienation. It sees the Malay ground shifting irrevocably to PAS, which encourages it for its larger political aim of turning Malaysia into a theorcratic Muslim country. But PAS itself is caught in its own political doubts, as over the years, many educated Malays who would once have joined UMNO are not preapred to, and moved body and soul to PAS, but is nevertheless worried about its fundamentalist agenda. What this wrought is a PAS that looks, on the surface, more like UMNO the mass movement.
PAS is strongest in a largely Malay constituency, and its strength is in the overwhelmingly Malay dominates states of Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan and Trengganu. There is still in PAS the idealism that once was the hallmark of UMNO. This is a powerful political message that UMNO cannot counter with finesse, certainly in the Malay states. If UMNO wanted to break that, it had to return to what it once was, or challenge PAS on its ground. Its leaders would have to humiliate themselves for the first, and so decided on the second.
It went about it by first declaring Malaysia an Islamic state. It would not debate this in Parliament or obtain the consensus of the Conference of Rulers, whose assent on matters Islamic must be obtained. Instead, Dr Mahathir, then prime minister, viewed it as a natural consequence of Malaysia and its commitment to the ideals of Islam. It did not say what it was or how it changed Malaysian polity, only that it is now unchallengeable that Malaysia is an Islamic state.
Then it spouted Islam Hadhari, or progressive Islam, which it would not debate either, as a counterweight to PAS's Islamic agenda. While we know what PAS has in mind, we do not know UMNO's or the Malaysian government's plan. But the ruling National Front (BN) coalition, not knowing what it was all about, accepted it for no reason than that UMNO wanted it. We still do not know what it means. Or how it differs from Islam as we know it. But Islam Hadhari is spread far and wide as an ideal, without any explanation of what it is or stands for. We are told that Islam Hadhari is a better alternative to PAS's fundamentalist Islam.
But Islam Hadhari is concocted as an Orientalist version of Islam, in which the tenets of the faith are viewed through Orientalist spectacles, and then challenge the followers of the faith for centuries. Islam Hadhari now accepts the Orientalist belief that Islam should be peace-loving to the point that it must allow the West to destroy it at will if what it practices falls fouls of Orientalist perception. An Orientalist is a Westerner who has studied a native view and cast an ideology around it, and this takes precedence of what it actually means on the ground.
When this theory runs aground, as in Iraq and Afghanistan, it flounders to a degree that frightens the Orientalist. Osama bin Laden is criticised as a Muslim extremist, and his actions are poured on Islam. But is he not an extremist fighting to secure his space who happened to be a Muslim? Is it not strange that when Catholicism rears its ugly head in Northern Ireland, it is the Catholic extremists, not the Catholic religion, that is blamed. Could it not be so in Islam, or Hinduism, or Buddhism, or whatever?
But Islam Hadhari in Malaysia runs into problems. When TV3 had its "Sure Heboh" carnival, with the government's blessings, the government-appointed muftis and religious leaders objected. It was resented as an unnecessary intrusion of religion in what is a business and cultural decision. TV3, in fact, defied the religious fraternity to insist it would continue with its "Sure Heboh" carnivals throughout the country. It was a warning to the religious authorities that they should interfere in decisions like this only when its opinions are asked for.
What then is Islam Hadhari? The government is silent. But supporters come with increasingly bizarre explanations on what it is. Islam Hadhari is around since the first days of Islam. One letter in the Internet newspaper, malaysiakini, even has a list of about a score of Muslims, from the Prophet Mohamamed to – and I kid you not – the prime minister, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's grandfather, Ustadz Abdullah Fahim; the Prophet's followers and successors are on this list. So far it has not been challenged. When the government is quick to challenge malaysiakini when it disagrees with what it carries, one must assume this letter does spell out what Islam Hadhari is.
Why then is there this reluctance to tell us what Islam Hadhari is? Could it be UMNO wants a hammer lock on Islam Hadhari so it cannot be challenged, and PAS and the opposition cannot attack or decry it? Is it then that Islam Hadhari is not explained and kept deliberately vague so it is for UMNO's sole use? This is where the difficulty comes. When an Orientalist version of Islam drives a self-proclaimed Muslim party as UMNO, without the faintest idea of what it is, how could it challenge the religion that is practiced by its followers as it was ordained? More important, is not Islam Hadhari another name for UMNO Islam?
It is not a battle UMNO can win. In the 1970s, the Shah of Iran confronted the underground Islamic opposition led by the Grand Ayatollah Khomeini but repeatedly lost ground as his regime became more autocratic and dictatorial until he was forced out in the Islamic revolution. It has declared war on Islamic fundamentalist groups, not because it believes it but at the request of the United States, who in the 1970s, backed the Shah in Iran, in a society which is ripe for change because it has been ignored by the government for long. Unlike the Shah, Pak Lah does not have the thinkers who would put an intellectual gloss to his rants. That makes his position more precarious than it already is.
[This is my column in the latest issue of Seruan Keadilan, the official organ of Parti Keadial Nasional, published today, 15 August 2004.]
related Between Najib and who have better intellectual knowledge on islam
19 Nov 2009 … Mohamed, who is Umno deputy permanent chairman, asked whether contempt of court can be invoked when it came to syariah court decisions …
PAS leaders have echoed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's remark that it is
an insult to categorise Malaysia as an Islamic state, saying its current qualities do not reflect anything from the official religion.
PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar ridiculed the idea of calling Malaysia an Islamic state, especially in the western world.
"Yes (it is an insult) because Malaysia is proud that the western world sees Malaysia as an Islamic state. It is hilarious," he mocked when asked by The Malaysian Insider.
Anwar, the PKR de facto leader, had said in an interview with Sky News Australia that he considered it an insult when countries hail Malaysia as a great Islamic country.
He had made the comment in what was seen as an effort to coax Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to apply pressure on the Barisan Nasional (BN) government to end what he alleged were corruption and electoral fraud.
Mahfuz said it was an embarrassment to Islam that the corruption rate in the country was worse than in some secular states.
He said it was possible for Malaysia to be an Islamic state in the future if the leaders are truly committed.
PAS is an Islamist political party and positions itself as a political party that aims to establish Malaysia as a country based on Islamic legal theory derived from the primary sources of Islam, the Quran, Sunnah, as well as Hadiths, as opposed to BN's Islam Hadhari, which PAS sees as based on a watered-down understanding of Islam.
Dzulkefly says Malaysia does not have the standards to be an Islamic state. — File pic
"As far as I'm concerned, an Islamic state or an Islamic country embodies idealism, democracy, transparency, accountability, a true level-playing field, meritocracy and justice for all," he told The Malaysian Insider.
He said bluntly that Malaysia was far from representing those tenets.
"It is truly an insult in the sense that you make a mockery of Islam (by calling Malaysia an Islamic state)," Dzulkefly said.
He said while Malaysia could be called a Muslim country because of the large number of Muslims and practice of syariah laws, it does not have the standards to be an Islamic state.
"There are Muslims here but there is no embodiment of Islam," he said.
He went on to say that naming Malaysia as a modern Islamic state was backed by political motives.
PAS central political bureau member Khalid Samad also said he agreed wholeheartedly with Anwar's view that it was an insult when countries hail Malaysia a modern Islamic nation.
"With the level of corruption everywhere, I have to agree with him," said Khalid, who is also Shah Alam MP.
"Because when you're talking about an Islamic state, you're talking about the political aspect, the social practices rather than the individual practice.
"In terms of governance, accountability of leaders to the general public, the racial-racist policies inculcated is contrary to Islamic principles of life. That would be an insult," he said.
Khalid says an Islamic state does not allow corruption. — File pic
"An Islamic state does not allow corruption, does not allow cronyism… An Islamic state insists on strong moral practices, for leaders to be an example to the general society at large and that is not the case with the BN government," he stressed.
Anwar, the opposition leader, had made the claim in an interview with Sky News Australia on November 14 in an effort to garner international support after apparently having failed to obtain US backing over his sodomy accusation.
"They cannot just consider and go to Malaysia and say, 'Well, it's a great moderate Muslim country'. I would consider that an insult. How do you consider a Muslim country moderate when it's so corrupt?" Anwar was reported as saying.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has dismissed the former deputy PM's remarks, calling him "a minority voice" and that world leaders do not agree with his views.
Former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi also took a hit at Anwar yesterday, and went further by saying that it was an insult for Anwar to regard such a perception of Malaysia as an insult.
Posted: 19 Nov 2010 06:57 AM PST
By Mohd Aziz Sabri Abdul Aziz
COMMENT It's easy to criticise a party when it has dropped in the polls. From a historically commanding position of having a two-thirds majority, Umno-Barisan Nasional (BN) lost that lead in the 2008 general election.
BN now has 140 seats in Parliament while the non-BN parties have 82.
The problem now for BN-Umno is obviously the fact that it will be staring at bad news for a sustained period of time.
Presumably we're looking at many months of sluggish economic growth, more job losses, and the general mess that the (state) governments have to put up with.
To counter this, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Umno-BN will have to announce a turnaround in the economy, which the public can notice and feel.
For example, they have postponed the introduction of GST (goods and services tax), which will definitely be a relief to the people.
But they (Najib and company) still need to do something to keep their polling numbers up in the meantime. The government certainly cannot expect to do this just by pressing on the media pedal and lining up "feel good news" such as public holidays and minor tax breaks.
However, there seems to be two options the government can choose.
The first option is to deliberately pick a few very high-profile issues of importance to the public – the economy, for example, would be a good place to start.
The government can deliberately highlight major policy disagreements (between the BN and its opponents) so that the public will be forced to choose between two competing futures.
For example, the policymakers in the government can put up a spirited case as to why the ETP (Economic Transformation Programme) projects will indeed work. So far, the opposing side has shown nothing other than just opposing these plans.
Another example would be the contentious proposal to build the 100-storey Menara Warisan. If need be, employ consultants to put every one of us critics in our places. You need to show just one success story to silence your critics.
The second option would be to announce a series of high-profile policies designed to show that Najib is in touch with the values that voters cherish most.
Policies such as clamping down hard on corruption, introducing real reforms in the judicial system by retiring off non-productive judges, cleaning up the police force by putting "rotten apples" to pasture and dropping some non-performing ministers would endear BN to the voters.
But perhaps the two most important issues that are creating public distress are corruption and lack of transparency.
On the corruption front, what would immediately earn public respect is action against people who are generally believed to have amassed wealth beyond their means while holding high office.
Najib should find it possible to create a "values agenda" here, demonstrating that Umno-BN is in touch with the public, while Pakatan Rakyat with all its internal feuds and squabbles is out of touch.
The main objective is to make people think: "I'm just glad they're in the charge and not the other lot."
If we can instil this kind of thinking in the public, the opposition parties are gone.
This article first appeared it the writer's sakmongkol AK47 blog. The writer is a former BN state elected rep.
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