Monday, November 8, 2010

Sorry, this is no monumental shift

Sorry, this is no monumental shift

Sorry, this is no monumental shift

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 06:00 AM PST

By Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz

COMMENT Some people are irked that I said the Barisan Nasional wins in Galas and Batu Sapi by-elections created a momentum, but they haven't reached the level of a monumental shift.

The Batu Sapi's majority is marred by a mathematical error. Indeed, the BN candidate, Linda Tsen, won but not by a majority of 6,000 plus.

The majority should be the difference between her votes and the combined votes of the opposition. It's not the difference between her and her nearest rival.

When seen in the proper way, she got a marginal increase over that achieved by her late husband. It's a win in any case, of course.

We must be honest in our analysis if we were to make meaningful responses.

The opposition says BN spent a lot of money. That's not true. The projects brought by BN will be enjoyed by both who voted and those who didn't vote for BN.

In any case, haven't we heard the opposition parties saying that the politics of selling development doesn't work anymore?

But in terms of a quantum leap? She only got 620 votes more than her late husband did. This is not a monumental shift.

In Galas, we shouldn't uncork the non-alcoholic sparkling drink yet. Umno won by a majority of 1,190 votes. That's true. But where does the majority come from?

'Repenting' voters

The increase in Malay votes for Umno was around four percentage points. This is hardly a monumental shift. Umno got more votes from the Orang Asli and gained some 200 votes from the Chinese.

The only possible explanation that I could come up with is, the bulk of Umno's support came from "repenting" Umno voters.

PAS won the last time because a sizeable number of Umno people voted for them. The latter didn't like the Umno candidate then – Saufi Deraman. They have now come back.

So in terms of Malay votes, there is only a perceptible change in status quo. I would say, Malay supporters of Umno and PAS are about even.

The people who hold the balance are the Chinese and the Orang Aslis. I am sorry to say, these are fickle-minded supporters. They flow with the tide of fortune. They may go the other way around.

So, in order to say that we have created a monumental shift, a lot more work has to be done in the Malay heartland.

So before Umno people start accusing me of riding rough shod over Umno's sensitivities, please think again. I believe Umno is the safest bet for Malays and Malaysians.

But Umno must first of all recapture that trust among Malays first. In Galas, if it could only take away 4% of Malay votes from PAS, I can't support the opinion that says it's a monumental shift.

It's even more ridiculous if I am forced to interpret this marginal shift as indicative of the general acceptance of 1Malaysia, Economic Transformation Plan, Government Transformation Programme and so on.

Win with substance

I am not saying I am right, but unless you can come up with a more convincing argument beyond mere invectives of saying that I am double-faced and deserved to be dropped as candidate in 2008, I will be inclined to say you are a fool.

I want Umno to win with substance and secure that victory on conviction.

So think about this. In 2008, Umno candidates got only about two million votes from 5.7 million Malay votes.

I will concede that we have made a monumental shift if we can recapture the bulk of the 5.7 million Malay voters. Now, that is a tectonic shift.

As for me, let's just say I am Umno's early warning siren. Does not matter if it's self-appointed.

This excerpt is part of a commentary which first appeared in the sakmongkolAK47 blogsite.

Dr Raffick Says It Right

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 12:02 PM PST

Dr Raffick is an insurance industry veteran so I am told. So he is a kindred spirit and a comrade-in-arms as the industry goes but there is also another common factor. We are both registered to vote in the Bukit Antarabangsa constituency where Azmin Ali is the MP.

The following is a post from his blog, Rights2Write and I believe he has said it right. It looks like Azmin Ali will have at least two votes less in the next GE. I have only one thing to add; "Anwar, Don't kill Nurul Izzah's spirit!". Please read:

Who is important: Zaid, Azmin or PKR?
November 8, 2010 by drrafick

Zaid Ibrahim critics called him by many names. Among others these include being a coward, a non team player and someone who runs away from problems. Others say that this is his trademark. He ran away once in UMNO when he faces obstacles and now he is running away again. I remember reading it from somewhere that when ZI joined PKR, his critics said that he wouldn't last. History has shown to be true.

It is not easy being newcomer especially one that has a strong character and has high expectation in making a change. Having a strong principles and strong attitude can be regarded as arrogant by some especially people those opponent that wants to make an issue out of it. Fact remains that if the party cannot govern itself professionally then how can one expect it to govern the nation. Zaid resignation has greater impact on the party and the people than the cumulative impact of Zulkifli Noordin and Zahrain Hashim leaving the party months ago.

Mustaffa Kamil Ayub who was my classmate in UKM has also been sending mixed signals. He has also expressed his dissatisfaction over the election process. Like Azmin, Mustaffa also emigrated from UMNO when Anwar was kicked out from the party. If two deputy president contenders are raising the same issues surely there is some credibility to the argument that has been put forward.

Anwar initial reaction was disappointing. His indirect defense of Azmin Ali by saying that ZI left because of the poor results in election result in Sabah. He had also asked Zaid to give proof on his allegations that the election was rigged. Anwar must accept that officially he has no post in PKR. His wife does. A de-facto leader is not something that is recognized in any party constitution. He does not have the rights to question or demand answers from ZI. Right now the JPP Chair person, Molly Cheah and the party Sec Gen which has powers to demand such explanation has not done so.

PKR formation at its onset was about Anwar. It grew beyond Anwar to a certain extent where people start saying the injustice towards Anwar is a symbolic gesture to the injustice that happens in this country. However PKR has not been able to shed its core struggle that it is about Anwar and that is bad for the party. Allah forbids but what will happen if Anwar drop dead tomorrow? Can the party leaders continue the struggle? Can Azmin who grew as a loyalist but without going through serious political challenge hold the party together? In my honest opinion this is something that is debatable.

PKR is not about Anwar anymore. It has become the aspiration of the people to bring changes. Right now it has failed to show that it can hold his house together in a professional manner. It has failed to perform in many areas. I say ZI withdrew because he felt that is the best for him. The question is whether AA will do the same for the best interest of the party. Who is important, the party or the individuals who has craving for a "deputy premiership"?

Kuantan's Countryside ~ Escape to tranquility

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 10:06 AM PST

Whenever I return to my wife's hometown ~ Kuantan, I always try to go on a cruise along the rural areas and capture idyllic scenes, tranquil kampong sights and if we get lucky, stop at a traditional Malay cookies selling stall at Penor, on the way to Pekan.

Here are some photos I managed to snap and would like to share here with you. I have taken hundreds of shots but need time to compress and upload them to my imagebank online before getting to share them here with you. 

Time is the essence.

Kg Mukim Ubai, on the way to Penor is lush and green. This village road is flanked by greenery and is as idyllic as Malay kampongs can be. No rush here.

It was raining as I stopped along the road here and got out my camera. Not wanting it to be spoilt by the rain, I sheltered under our red golf umbrella unwittingly drawing the attention of a kampong nosey parker as he rode his motorbike coming towards me as I was taking shots of the surroundings.

I ignored him and he rode off. :P

I managed to shoot this flower as it held rain droplets. How I wish I can afford those specialized macro zoom lens and also the 50 to 300mm zoom lens? I'm pretty sure that I can take better shots with them. :)

Plenty of greenery here for the hungry city eyes to take it all in and bask in its finery...hehehehe..I mean only these eyes that know how to appreciate such splendor before it is all just a slice of our memories. As my now turned to history kampong back in Jelutong, Penang.

Such scenes are now missing in most of the 'developed' areas in these nation.
Newly germinating coconut palms are seen here promising a new batch of coconut palms that will soon grow tall, filling up the panorama of the kampong there in Pahang.

If you look closely at the left side of this picture just before the lamp posts at the corner, you'd see the monkey that came out of the bushes at the left hand corner of this shot.

Proof that wildlife is well and alive there in the rural area of Kg Mukim Ubai, Penor, Kuantan, Pahang. :)

Some sheep which were grazing by the road side of the village. Quite a pleasing sight for sore eyes, tired of looking at the concrete jungle here in KL.

More pictures after this.


Posted: 08 Nov 2010 08:43 AM PST

It is not my place to comment on the PKR Party elections. But, for me, to simply withdraw and float wild accusations against the party election commission is downright irresponsible.

It is also bad on the image of Pakatan Rakyat as a whole for Zaid and Haris to make unsubstantiated accusation like so.

If there was evidence, Zaid do not need to withdraw from the race. Simply bring forward the evidence to the public and I am very sure the matter will be handled properly by the authorities.

This is the time of internet and web. If there was fraud, it is more difficult to hide them as compared to expose them.

And there rest of Malaysians are more than happy to witness any evidence brought forward by Zahid or HAris or anyone else

Making wild accusations like what we are seeing now will not help Zaid or Haris in promoting their case at all.

Tulang Besi

Zaid Ibrahim “Watz Up..?”

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 07:34 AM PST

Check this out……Is Zaid Ibrahim good for his words.


When he was sacked from UMNO on 2nd of December 2008 we gave him the song ,"What a wonderful world" Now the whole Malaysian political scene will not feel aggrieved but will happily sing him this song,"Let's Kiss and Say Goodbye "

Check all this out and read what they have to say:-




Posted: 08 Nov 2010 06:38 AM PST

The world famous movie signature with Tony doing a sky-pointing routine.

The fascinating movie opening with Tony doing a jive walking with a pail of paint in Brooklyn.

The suave Tony Manero, a Robert Stigwood adaptation of British Nick Cohn's Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night which appeared in 1976's New York magazine

Tony's famous You Should Be Dancing routine (which he took a leave from Fred Astaire's legwork and all)

Tony and Stephanie rehearsing Tango Hustle on More Than A Woman

Below: Tony in a train leaving The Faces and Brooklyn for a new life in Manhattan with Stephanie

Last night I watched "Saturday Night Fever: The Inside Story" over Astro Channel 731. I was watching it with The Missus and it was like being a teenager all over!

I watched John Travolta's Tony Manero Saturday Night Fever, again.

Again since I don't remember (honestly it countless) how many times watching the iconic silver screen masterpiece of the 70s.

But watching it again and again was never a bore, in fact it is a respite after all those serious stuffs they dished out on satellite TV and renting DVD of movies after its three-month cinema release. Glee was not even close to the appetite!

It was like going back to 1977, and I was a 14-year-old Kuala Lumpur secondary school student who was overwhelmed in the vehemence, passion and mania while some folks called it madness and of "The (Night) Fever".

Thousands more of us were caught in the feverish fad, and if you are not hooked then "you tak rugged la brader" as the saying goes back then. The word cool was probably unheard of then.

When the movie hit the federal capital (most probably around this time of the year) in 1977, I watched it 8 times at Panggung Shaw at Wisma Pudu over a period of 3 weeks.

It was to observe and doing my best to learn the dance routines of "Night Fever", "More Than A Woman", "Disco Inferno" and the best of them all "You Should Be Dancing".

An upmarket hotel in Kuala Lumpur even held "The Fever" dance competition and it was won by a senior at our school who teamed up with a popular Mat Salleh-looking ballet dancer-turned-choreographer. It was told that she was from the neighbouring girls' school.

Weeks after the opening, we boys from St Johns Institutions made our way to Wisma Pudu in mini bus after school and thought we had a deal to watch the movie paying only 60 sen. We had no idea that it was for the front row (the first line in front of the screen!) experience that left most of us cheapos with almost severe neck.

But enjoy the blockbuster we did. Some of us, me included went back to watch it again and again.

Then it was us into role playing Tony's character (John Travolta) and his Faces – Joey, Double J, Gus and Bobby C.

Who could forget Tony's three-piece white suit over a black stripe dance shirt? Or his floral shirt and the hair-blowing scene which legitimise hair dryer in a boy's room.

But then it was not the only "merchandise" of the movie, for the best remembered so-called memorabilia was the "kasut John Travolta", a high-heeled sharp-pointed men's shoes.

Weeks after the movie Kuala Lumpur was awash with the popular shoes, most sought after were in Burgundy and Off-white colours.

Saturday Night Fever which grossed over USD 300 million worldwide is a 1977 film starring Travolta as Tony Manero, an immature young man whose weekends are spent patronising 2001 Odyssey, a local Brooklyn disco, Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney) as his dance partner and eventual girlfriend, and Annette (Donna Pescow) as Tony's former dance partner and girlfriend.

While in the disco, Tony is the king. His care-free youth and weekend dancing help him to temporarily forget the reality of his life: a dead-end job, clashes with his unsupportive and squabbling parents, racial tensions in the local community, and his associations with a gang of macho friends.

The story opened with Tony jive walkin with a pail of paint to the tune of Bee Gees' Staying Alive and fade to black with his migration from Brooklyn to Manhattan, a progress he made with his new partner who is a little older.

Years later Tony appeared in Stayin' Alive which was almost a pale shadow of The Fever. That too I watched with disappintment.

Last night I went back to The Saturday Night Fever. The fever that never dies...

Isu Kota Damansara Sarang Maksiat - Satu Penjelasan

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 06:36 AM PST

Artikel Raja Petra dan Penarik Beca yang terbaru bertajuk "Kota Damansara Berlendir Dosa" menarik hati Tulang Besi. Sebenarnya isu ini telah lama Tulang Besi naikkan kepada salah seorang Ahli Majlis MPSJ yang amat rapat dengan Tulang Besi.

Malahan, Tulang Besi kenal beliau sebagai seorang yang wara' dan kaya raya. Ertinya, beliau tidak perlu kepada rasuah kerana beliau telah pun kaya. Dan beliau tidak mungkin mahu berselindung dan menanggung dosa dari aktiviti2 maksiat.

Saya bertanya kepada beliau:

"Mengapa banyak sangat Pusat2 Urut dan "Cyber Cafe" dalam kawasan MPSJ sejak sekarang ini? Mengapakah tiada tindakan yang tegas dari penguatkuasa MPSJ"

Beliau menjawwab dalam beberapa butiran:

1.0 Pihak penguatkuasa sering mengadakan "rush" dan rampasan barangan dari premis2 berkenaan. Tidak benar penguatkuasa MPSJ tidak mengambil apa2 tindakan.

2.0 Masalaahnya adalah setiap kali dilakukan serbuan, pemilik2 Pusat Urut dan Cyber Cafe ini boleh datang ke MPSJ dan mengambil balik barangan yang dirampas itu.

3.0 Ini kerana undang2 negara tidak memberi kuasa kepada pihak penguasa tempatan untuk merampas barangan dan menyimpannya. Melainkan mereka ada perintah mahkamah.

4.0 Hasilnya, disebabkan kuasa Majlis Tempatan yang terbatas, pemilik2 premis berkenaan boleh terus menerus melakukan aktiviti mereka.

5.0 Tuduhan ahli2 Majlis makan duit dan menghalang penguatkuasa melakukan serbuan dan rampasan adalah bohong semata-mata.

6.0 Diperlukan akta dipinda di peringkat Parlimen untuk memberi kuasa kepada Majlis Tempatan supaya mereka boleh memberi lebih dari saman sahaja.

Itulah yang Tulang Besi dapat dari kawan baik Tulang Besi yang menjadi Ahli Majlis MPSJ.


Tulang Besi .

马华中央委员会文告( 08-11-2010 )

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 06:29 AM PST


8 November 2010

The Central Committee meeting today reaffirms the power and authority of the trustees of MCA to acquire for and on behalf of MCA 313,315,760 ordinary shares of RM1 each in Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad (the Star Shares") from Huaren Holdings Sdn Bhd for a consideration of RM1,281,461,458 at RM4.09 per share based on the prevailing market value.

The Central Committee also reaffirms MCA's beneficial interests in Star as aforesaid remain unchanged both before and after the transfer. The transfer is effected for the purpose of reorganizing MCA's investments, whereby Huaren Holdings Sdn Bhd will divest its passive investment in Star and increase focus on its investments in unquoted shares and other assets, in order to achieve greater management efficiency and provide maximum return to the stakeholders. MCA's investments in Star will continue to be passive and long-term in nature.

MCA reaffirms its long held commitment of non-interference in the business and affairs of Star which will continue to be managed and run by independent and competent professionals.





Cara-Cara Pemimpin2 PAS Membantu UMNO

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 04:54 AM PST

Semua orang tahu bahawa UMNO sudah bankrap. Mereka sudah tiada daya penarik untuk menarik sokongan baik dari orang Melayu mahupun bukan Melayu.
Dalam segala hal mereka gagal: pentadbiran, harga barang, korupsi, penjagaan hak Melayu, pentadbiran agama Islam, pentadbiran ekonomi Negara.

Satu-satunya modal yang mereka ada hanyalah : Menakutkan Orang Melayu Kononnya Hak Orang Melayu Semakin Terhakis Kerana DAP Semakin Berkuasa.
Mereka hanya bergantung kepada modal menakutkan orang Melayu kononnya hak mereka telah terhakis di bawah pentadbiran Pakatan Rakyat.

Mereka menjadikan DAP sebagai BAHAN TAKUT mereka. Mereka pergi ke seluruh ceruk kampung menakutkan orang Melayu kepada DAP.

Pada waktu yang sama, mereka menyebar fitnah kononnya PAS dan PKR dipergunakan oleh DAP. Inilah sahaja modal UMNO yang ada bagi memastikan UMNO terus releven dan boleh terus hidup. Dalam segala isu yang lain, UMNO telah bangkrap


Dalam pendedahan saya berkaitan ucapan Dr Harun Din di rumah Hasan Ali beberapa minggu sebelum Pilihanraya Galas, jelas dan terang dari mulut Dr Harun Din sendiri, beliau turut sama menyebarkan propaganda serta fitnah UMNO ini, kononnya DAP akan menghakis serta memusnahkan hak Melayu.

Jelas hujjah Dr Harun Din dangkal kerana beliau hanya mengulangi isu Karpal menolak hokum hudud. Apa yang beliau lupa, MCA, MIC, Gerakan, PPP serta UMNO juga menolak hokum hudud dan hokum syariah Islam.

Dan, tidak hairan orang Islam menolak hokum Islam kerana mereka bukan Islam. Ertinya bukan setakat hokum hudud mereka tolak, malahan keseluruhan Islam termasuk rukun Islam mereka tolak.

Namun, mengapa Dr Harun Din menjadikan isu besar terhadap perkara yang telah lama maklum. Bukan DAP sahaja menolak hokum hudud, UMNO juga menolak hokum hudud. Adakah Dr Harun Din sudah lupa dengan surat Dr Mahathir Mohammad Iskandar Kutty kepada MB Kelantan tempohari?


Oleh kerana PAS dikawal oleh puak2 Pro UMNO dalam pemilihan yang lepas, maka tiada usaha yang serius dari PAS untuk memerangi fitnah dan mehnah UMNO ini secara serius.
Mana mungkin boleh berlaku usaha yang serius, kerana pemimpin2 PAS sendiri turut menyebarkan fitnah yang ditaja UMNO? Hasilnya, UMNO bermaharajalela menyebarkan fitnah mereka menakutkan orang Melayu dengan perkara yang tidak ada.

Dan PAS hanya duduk dan melihat semata-mata kerana di dalam PAS fitnah yang sama turut disebarkan oleh kepimpinan PAS.

Kita jangan lupa Dr Harun Din sendiri secara terbuka menyokong pendirian UMNO dalam isu penggunaan Kalimah Allah. Dan beliau MELANGGAR KEPUTUSAN PARTI secara terbuka. Tak hairanlah Dr Harun Din membantu menyebarkan fitnah UMNO kepada dalaman PAS.

Hakikatnya, PAS tidak akan mampu mengalahkan UMNO sekiranya mereka turut menyebarkan fitnah yang ditaja UMNO kepada ahli2 dalaman PAS.


Tulang Besi

Amir: Finding a niche in teaching art

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 03:26 AM PST

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Posted: 08 Nov 2010 02:28 AM PST

Quite often I come across books that cater specifically to retirees. For many, the transition from employment to retirement isn't as smooth as they would like it to be. How does one fill up those long hours with nothing much to do? Where can one find new friends with common interests? What opportunities are there for re-employment? Where can one find passive sources of income? Questions, questions and more questions confront the newly retired.

Fortunately, there are plenty of books that provide answers to these questions and more. "How to make the rest of your life the best years of your life" is one of my all-time favourites on the subject of retirement. Written by Mark Hansen and Art Linkletter, it offers practical advice on how to manage and enjoy your retirement. I found it very motivating. I got my copy two years ago from Kinokuniya. I'm sure it's still available.

Another book I would recommend is "The Rainbow Years" by Barrie Hopson and Mike Scally. It's actually a workbook that examines the seven major life themes (hence the rainbow) of work, money, relationships, learning, leasure, health and spirituality. There are plenty of exercises and questions to work through, and action plans for each of these themes. My copy came all the way from the UK, through a friend. I am not sure if the book is available here in Malaysia.

The National Library of Singapore has a whole section on retirement topics. I recently spent a pleasant afternoon browsing the shelves of books and finally selected these four below for further reading.

If you think no one here has written a book about the golden years, think again. Here are two that I have in my collection. Both are a joy to read and will certainly put a smile on your face as you recognize all the familiar idiosyncracies of older adults. I bought my copy of "Help! I'm Growing Old" from MPH early this year. The author, Chuah Tong-Ik, is a lecturer and pastor. His book is a delightful read. To order "He Who Laughs, Last", you will have to visit David Tong's website. He is a retired Kirkby-trained teacher and this is his second book.

Support local writers and get a copy of each book.

If you have read any good books on retirement that you would like to share, do let us know. Email us at

Hindu Monkey God Hanuman Endorses Obama

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 02:26 AM PST

In brief:

NEW DELHI: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama can now expect help from an unexpected quarter — Lord Hanuman.

All-India Congress Committee member Brij Mohan Bhama has organised a 11-day religious ceremony at Karol Bagh here for his success in the U.S. elections.

The idea of sending an idol of Hanuman dawned on him after friends in the United States mentioned a "prominent American politician who carried a miniature Hanuman idol in his pocket for luck," Mr. Bhama said speaking on the first day of the ceremony on Tuesday.

The idol is being presented to Obama as he is reported to be a Lord Hanuman devotee and carries with him a locket of the monkey god along with other good luck charms.

Obama has carried a small gold statue of the Monkey King, revered in India because Hindus believe monkeys are descendants of the monkey god, Hanuman.

"Obama has deep faith in Lord Hanuman and that is why we are presenting an idol of Hanuman to him," said Bhama.

Continue reading for insights into this latest divine appointment to the Presidency '08.


On a tip from wits0 and then hutchrun. Kudos to Gateway Pundit for the unexpectedly much linkage.

This exercise in ecumenism and One World Religion is also being carried by Obi's Sister and Moonbattery.

Obama the New God looks to be usurping the old religions one by one…

From The Hindu:

11-day prayer for Obama's success

Congress leader invokes blessings of Hanuman

15 kg, 21-inch brass idol will reach Obama by August 24

NEW DELHI: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama can now expect help from an unexpected quarter — Lord Hanuman.

All-India Congress Committee member Brij Mohan Bhama has organised a 11-day religious ceremony at Karol Bagh here for his success in the U.S. elections.

The idea of sending an idol of Hanuman dawned on him after friends in the United States mentioned a "prominent American politician who carried a miniature Hanuman idol in his pocket for luck," Mr. Bhama said speaking on the first day of the ceremony on Tuesday.

"After hearing that, I decided to gift Mr. Obama a larger, gold-plated version along with the wishes of thousands of his supporters in this country," said the leader struggling to lift the 15 kg, 21-inch brass idol.

The first-day ceremony, pranapratishta, or infusion of divine life into an idol, was performed by a dozen priests reciting mantras in tandem. It was attended by Democrats Abroad India chairperson Carolyn Sauvage, who spent over an hour at the venue.

The idol was later kept in the sanctum sanctorum of the Sankat Mochan Dham, where it will be kept for 10 more days. Mr. Bhama said several temples in New Delhi had already expressed an interest in keeping the idol for worship on their premises before it begins its journey across the Atlantic.

Along with the idol, a copy of Hanuman Chalisa, a compilation of hymns in praise of the Lord, would be sent.

"We will ensure that Mr. Obama receives the idol by August 24, a day before the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado," said Mr. Bhama.

The 'miniature Hanuman idol in his pocket' remark refers to this:

From New York Post:


WASHINGTON – Barack Obama trounced Hillary Rodham Clinton with the help of the Monkey King, an American eagle and a poker chip.

Obama, campaigning in New Mexico, revealed to a group of voters in a cafe the pocket full of charms that he carries with him.

He said he keeps a "lucky poker chip" given to him by a voter, and an American eagle pin that was given to him by a Native American woman, saying they remind him of the people he meets along the campaign trail.

Obama has also carried a small gold statue of the Monkey King, revered in India because Hindus believe monkeys are descendants of the monkey god, Hanuman.

And alerted by a trackback from Obi's sister (who has more insights into Obama's history religious flip-flopping), here's more…

From The Times of India:

Obama to get Hanuman idol

NEW DELHI: With Democrat senator Barack Obama busy in the run-up to the US presidential polls, a group of well-wishers in the capital have decided to send him a symbol of his lucky charm, Lord Hanuman, to help him emerge victorious.

Obama's representative Carolyn Sauvage-Mar on Tuesday received a gold-plated two-feet-high idol which she will pass it on to the Obama after it is sanctified.

The idol is being presented to Obama as he is reported to be a Lord Hanuman devotee and carries with him a locket of the monkey god along with other good luck charms.

An hour-long prayer meeting to sanctify the idol was earlier organised at Sankat Mochan Dham and by Congress leader Brijmohan Bhama, Balmiki Samaj and the temple's priests.

"Obama has deep faith in Lord Hanuman and that is why we are presenting an idol of Hanuman to him," said Bhama.

Accepting the souvenir, Sauvage-Mar, who is chairperson of Democrats Abroad-India, said, "Obama has extended his thanks for the support."

However, questions on Obama's religious beliefs elicited just a smile from Sauvage-Mar, apparently to avoid controversy back home where the Democrat senator is pitted against the Republican Party's John McCain in the Presidential polls.

The idol will be kept at the temple for 11 more days and then sent to US.

"We will perform the prayers for 11 days and then hand the idol to Carolyn who will send it to Obama," said the temple priest.

Note that in Hinduism, it is perfectly acceptable to believe in and call upon Jesus at the same time as Hanuman, as Hinduism believes that all religious paths lead to the same final destination.

With all due respect to the religious beliefs of followers of Hanuman

Will this be decried as 'racist' by the Obamapostles? These previous incidences of linking Obama to monkeys sure were.

Not that Obama isn't getting endorsements from all sorts of characters worldwide.

So the Obamessiah is currently an avowed Christian (or rather, a member of a church that adheres to racist theology/ideology and has a loony reverend), but grew up nominally Muslim and is looked up to by Muslims worldwide as one of their own, and now carries a Hindu idol in his pocket and has the blessings of Hindus.

Looked upon as the new Messiah who deserves new Biblical scriptures, uniting all religions into one mixed-up conglomerate, and declaring himself supportive of Israel but ready to kowtow to its enemies at the drop of a threat…

Anti-Christ anyone? (Messiah is Hebrew for Christ, which is Greek for 'Anointed One')

Obi's Sister had a poignant insight:

…or he's really crafty in that he's collecting all these valuable gifts from around the world like Xerxes or Alexander or whatever ancient warrior king he thinks he's channeling this week…

That got me thinking… As the future Antibama-Christ, he may be modeling his divine emperorship on previous rulers of the world, i.e. by being the agent of ALL gods from ALL religions:

I am Cyrus, king of the world, great king, legitimate king, king of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad, king of the four rims of the earth, son of Cambyses, great king, king of Anshan.

I strove for peace in Babylon and in all his other sacred cities. As to the inhabitants of Babylon… I abolished forced labour…

From Nineveh, Assur and Susa, Akkad, Eshnunna, Zamban, Me-Turnu and Der until the region of Gutium, I returned to these sacred cities on the other side of the Tigris, the sanctuaries of which have been ruins for a long time, the images which used to live therein and established for them permanent sanctuaries. I also gathered all their former inhabitants and returned to them their habitations.

- Cyrus the Great, conquerer of Babylon and benefactor to the multitude of religions of various conquered peoples

Legitimate king, eh? Cyrus resembles an ancient-age sounding board for Barack 'The Presidency is Mine By Birthright of My Race and My Liberalness' Obama.

Only difference is, Obama would rather Babylon (Iraq) go down in flames while he rushes the troops home, and strongly supports forced labor (aka socialism/communism/welfare taking away your money).


UPDATE: On a tip from hutchrun, apparently multiple armed Hanuman is unusual for India.


Posted: 08 Nov 2010 01:34 AM PST

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Posted: 08 Nov 2010 01:33 AM PST

Haris Ibrahim, respected as an independent political voice of Malaysian conscience, has questioned the integrity of the PKR party polling for the deputy president position, which is supposed to be contested (until this morning) by 3 persons, Azmin Ali, Mustaffa Kamil Ayub and Zaid Ibrahim.

This morning Zaid Ibrahim withdrew from the contest and also resigned every one of his PKR appointments and positions, obviously in utter disgust with the party's deputy president election process.

Haris wrote in his post Indeed, who is lying?, a query he posed to PKR regarding the questionable party election process, the following:

… is the safekeeping of these ballot papers now entrusted to staff at the Secretariat who were intended to assist the central election committee on administrative matters, and no more?

If so, what other duties and functions of the central election committee have been assumed or, worse, seized, by these Secretariat staff?

Who is overseeing the elections, in truth?

If it is not the central election committee, then who?

The Secretariat staff again?

Free and fair elections overseen by Secretariat staff, then, and not Molly Cheah and her committee, anymore?

How convenient!

From the above it appears that Dr Molly Cheah who is the chair of the PKR central election committee is not oversighting the election process for the party's deputy president, while the secretariat is.


The Malaysian Insider reported that Anwar Ibrahim came out (as to be expected when it involves his Azmin Ali) to defend Azmin's amazing lead in the polls, stating "…the party had already answered the allegations by social activist Haris Ibrahim yesterday regarding claims of vote-rigging."

Not so, riposted Haris (maybe he said "Bullsh*t" but of course I won't attribute such a harsh word to Haris). Haris said all the explanations by the PKR poll official have not answered his question of how he Haris came to be in possession of the PKR ballot paper for the contest for the party's deputy presidency, regardless whether the ballot was 'old' or not. It was frighteningly available to Haris, a non-PKR member!

Haris wrote:

... the informant explained that the central election committee returning officer could manipulate the list of members attending at the ongoing elections, where voter turnout is low, adjust it upwards and stuff additional ballot papers into the ballot box.

This is an important question that has gone unanswered. The very fact of my possession of the same
[ballot paper] contradicts the very first statement quoted.

At 2 pm today, I met and had coffee with Dr Molly Cheah, the chairperson of the PKR central election committee, the body tasked with the duty of ensuring that the ongoing PKR elections is indeed free and fair.

I met her to hand over the copies of the ballot papers received from the informant, the serial numbers duly removed.

Interestingly, this was the first she was actually seeing the ballot papers.

It is for her now to verify, if she cares to, if these were indeed from the batch of ballot papers printed by HQ for use in weekend No.1 of the party elections, from 29th October to 31st October.

So, much as Anwar would like to dismiss both Zaid and Mustapha's complaints of polling irregularities, the fact that a non-PKR member, Haris Ibrahim, came into possession of the ballot papers is a serious, severe and suspicious indictment of the integrity of the PKR polls.

Then Haris continued with his investigation, writing even more scathingly:

Zaid's political secretary Rashid Azad Khan said the polls should be called off in view of allegations of irregularities and claims of phantom voters.

"For example, our polling agent reported that the voter turnout in Kubang Pasu was only 84."

"But the initial vote tally showed that Azmin clinched 80 votes while Zaid garnered 76 votes."

"Where did the additional 72 votes come from? Could they be phantom voters?''

Rashid also said the agents had reported that there was a 30-minute blackout immediately after balloting ended at 4pm Friday.

"Candidates' agents were not allowed in, and the ballot boxes were not sealed at the time,'' he claimed, adding one of the election officer was caught on camera wearing Azmin's campaign badge raising questions over their impartiality.

Then, as if the PKR polls could be negotiated a la ch'in ch'ai ch'in ch'ai, after the complaint on above, this was what the election monitor decided on:

Rashid claimed that following complaints, the election monitor decided that the Kubang Pasu result should be a tie of 81-81.

"I am appalled. How can the results simply be amended?'' he asked"

Wah, pun boleh tawar, saperti jual beli katak.

You can them out of UMNO but you sure can't take UMNO out of them!

Reformasi my bloody foot. It's plain DEFORMASI!

Anwar: Zaid's decision could be due to Sabah losses

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 12:27 AM PST

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said Zaid Ibrahim may have made his decision to withdraw from the contest for deputy presidency after the results of the Sabah PKR elections over the weekend. Early this morning, Zaid had posted an entry in which he has withdrawn from contesting the polls, also saying he has stepped down from all party posts. Full story here:
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Posted: 08 Nov 2010 12:14 AM PST

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Existence After Death, and Before

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 12:02 AM PST

I am trying to avoid the standard term - Life After Death, or Afterlife - principally because I belief that, after death, life as we know it does not or will not exist.

Life as we know it is life with the physical form for people - and even that I do not think human beings have not even accepted life in all human forms to the same.

So, I think the best that we can try to discuss is existence after death.

Wisdom dictates that we do not discuss what we do not know.

Siddhartha kept what his disciples have called the "Noble Silence" - he just won't not talk about it.

Confucius scolded his students: "You don't even what life is all about, you want to talk about life after death!"

From the scientific point of view, or rather to come to grips with possibilities in the scientific terms that we now understand: Life as we know it is life in dimensions we know - basically sensory dimensions. The blind has one dimension less. The blind and deaf has two dimensions less. The blind and deaf and dumb as three dimensions less. The blind and deaf and dumb and no-touch as four dimensions less. And so on. But there is life as we know it.

Once we die, logic tells us that there could be other dimensions - which are totally different from the dimensions that we do know. Now, this is purely speculative and we really do not know what that "existence" is even if we encounter it.

If that is the case, then we really do not care.

What do we really care in this existence?

I think there are two basic concerns in this existence - this bodily existence, and hence the concerns only deal with the survival of the physical form: nutrients to sustain the body and sex for the continued survival of the genetic proteins.

It is quite interesting to realise that life as we know it knows that each particular bodily or physical form will not survive forever (and this realisation should really knock out lot of nonsense from the activities of some human beings as they waste a huge chunk of their lives trying to prolong their lives).

At the end of the day, it is the prolonging of the survival of genetic proteins that is of interest to life-form in general. While human beings would worry about the future of the human race, in such concerns as over the environment as we know it, it probably should be realised by individual members of the human race that the human race may probably be just a blip in the long history of the existence and survival of life-form.

I have this little theory that as life-form is dwindling in the variety of its manifestations as well as its sizes. I can imagine a time when there is literally an infinite variety of life-forms, from the very big to the minuscule, and that somehow the environment has turned hostile for some or most of them, and the present environment is only good for human beings and some other life-forms. No doubt, the environment will continue to change (I won't say evolve because I do not think the changes are always marginal nor smooth) and human beings will surely disappear from this earth and this world, and all the worldly concerns we have now will also disappear and there will peace on this earth and in their world without the clamour and shenanigans of human critters. (I would like to read the stories told by germs, bacteria and parasites about how they through centuries or millennia have destroyed the evil giants called human beings - which just kept reappearing until some asteroids or other destroyed them for good.)

So, if we are just proteins and other fatty acids and molecules - just as the television or the radio or the handphone or the computer or the internet - then really the existence as we know it is nothing but an illusion caused by the accidental combination of sub-particles which happen to auto-animate and giving the impression to human beings that human beings are really alive - in the way human beings understand life to be. (I can imagine the mountains laughing at the silly human beings, and while having a smoke unwittingly created a volcanic eruption which killed some human beings nearby.)

Our problem is that we choose to see the things we want to see, within the small confines of our narrow perception, and think that the views and realisation - and illumination and enlightenment - that we have derived and obtained for ourselves are such big deals - when they really are not. They do not matter, to us nor to others.

When everything is deconstructed down to their basic components, we are nothing but little bits and pieces that come into shape - and dare I say being - as a result of movement, a shake, a vibration which gives rise to energy - which is a tautology as energy is anything that can cause a movement.

The biggest puzzle for the human mind is how that movement comes about. Who made that first move? Or should it be, how did (does?) that first movement come about?

Some sacred texts say it was a breath. Or it could easily be the release of gas.

Things come into being when conditions are right. But all kinds of things come into all kinds of being as all kinds of conditions exist.

Whether the conditions that come together are the conditions that we want is quite another matter. It is as if we have a say or control. We could be beyond our depth.

My final thought is this: As we do not know where we came from when we were born, we would not know where we would go when we die.

The truth may be that we neither came nor go.

We flicker - and we are lost to the flame.


Posted: 07 Nov 2010 11:53 PM PST

PKR: Zaid still officially in the running

Posted: 07 Nov 2010 11:45 PM PST

Outgoing Federal Territory PKR chief Zaid Ibrahim is still a candidate for the party's deputy-president post until he tenders an official letter of withdrawal to the party elections committee (JPP). Full story here:
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Insulting and belittling Deepavali ad by Finas

Posted: 07 Nov 2010 01:57 PM PST

From S Ramakrishnan, via e-mail

The TV advertisement of 1Malaysia promotion by Finas in RTM/TV3/Astro during Deepavali this year is inundated with encouraging religious conversion of Hindus to Islam. It shows how a Hindu youth married to Muslim girl can still celebrate Deepavali with his parents.

The boy's family is initially hostile to his Muslim conversion but accepts him after the birth of his children. Anyone who marries a Muslim in Malaysia must convert to Islam and this fact is hidden in this advertisement. This deliberately hiding of facts is mischievous and misleading to the Hindu viewers.

It leads the viewers into the belief that religious conversion may be hostile in the beginning but will be accepted upon the birth of children into the family. Finas is silently misleading Hindu youths into religious conversion as part of the 1Malaysia campaign.

The girl who is married to this convert refuses to eat food cooked by Hindu family until she is assured that the food is cooked by another Muslim. This episode only depicts that the Hindus are inferior to Muslims that they can't eat food cooked by Hindus... not halal I suppose.

If that is the case what is the motive to show such an insulting and belittling advertisement during Deepavali which is a Hindu festival. This only shows the intolerance of the authorities in accepting the religious and cultural differences.   

The apparent pleasantries on the surface of the advertisement ignore the fact that converts over time will be subjected to directives from JAIS, MAIS and other religious bodies. Converts will be discouraged and pulled away from celebrating Deepavali but these consequences are conveniently covered up.

A Hindu convert is welcomed by Finas but if a Muslim converts to another religion, then it is apostasy. Why the double standard? The advertisement reveals the hidden agenda of BN government in dealing with cultural and religious sensitivities of Indians and others.

1Malaysia seems to be not accepting or respecting the diversities of different ethnic groups in Malaysia but subtly converting others into Islam. Such hidden parochial agenda doesn't augur well for the well being and future of minorities and their children.

This episode also proves that the minorities in Malaysia are under fear that their legitimate rights to practice their religious festival might be under threat. The guarantees of religious freedom are under threat by the proponents of hardliners. This advertisement goes against the spirit of Sections 295-298A.

Sections 295-298A of the Penal Code provides penalties for those who commit offenses against religion. The penalties range from up to three years in prison or a fine of up to US$1,000 (approximately).

Prosecutions for blasphemy usually target those who offend Islam, but an insult to any religion can give rise to prosecution. Clearly Finas and the film producer have violated the Sections article 295-298A.

Action must be taken against Finas and the advertisement producer.

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