Monday, November 1, 2010

UMNO Campur RM2.3Billion Duit Judi Dalam Akaun Hasil Negara

UMNO Campur RM2.3Billion Duit Judi Dalam Akaun Hasil Negara


UMNO Campur RM2.3Billion Duit Judi Dalam Akaun Hasil Negara

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 12:02 PM PDT

NOTA EDITOR: KAlau UMNO sebuk sangat pasal hasil judi, mengapa UMNO tidak asing hasil judi di Pusat?


RM2.3 bilion wang judi dalam akaun Kerajaan Pusat?
Sabri Said

PULAU PINANG, 31 Okt: Para pemimpin Umno perlu menjelaskan hasil judi bernilai RM2.3 bilion yang terdapat dalam akaun hasil yang disatukan di Kementerian Kewangan pada tahun 2009.

Hasil inilah yang telah digunakan oleh kerajaan Pusat untuk membayar gaji kepada seramai 1.2 juta penjawat awam dan semua projek pembangunan termasuk untuk manfaat masyarakat Islam.

Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng mendesak perkara ini ekoran tuduhan bahawa kerajaan negeri menggunakan wang dari hasil judi untuk diberikan kepada warga emas di negeri ini.

Lim menegaskan sekali lagi, kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang tidak menggunakan wang judi untuk diberikan kepada warga emas di negeri ini sebagaimana dakwaan Umno.

"Sebenarnya ia dari hasil penjimatan yang kita lakukan. Sudah dua kali kerajaan negeri mendapat pengiktirafan dari Ketua Audit Negara tentang pengurusan kewangan yang terbaik dalam negara ini disamping mendapat pujian dari badan anti-rasuah antarabangsa iaitu Transparency International," tegasnya lagi.

Sehubungan itu, katanya, pihaknya tidak akan terpengaruh dengan tekanan dan kempen Umno kononnya kerajaan negeri menggunakan wang judi untuk membantu rakyatnya.

"Kita tidak akan tunduk kepada mana-mana pihak yang cuba menakut-nakutkan Kerajaan Negeri melalui apa jua cara yang mereka persembahkan. Sebagai sebuah kerajaan negeri yang bertanggungjawab kita akan terus membela dan memberi penghargaan kepada warga emas sebagai mengenang jasa mereka yang berusia lebih dari 60 tahun," katanya.

Lim Guan Eng berkata demikian ketika berucap semasa majlis penyampaian sumbangan kepada 153 waris warga emas yang telah meninggal dunia dalam daerah Seberang Perai Utara di Sungei Dua pagi tadi.

Dalam majlis tersebut sumbangan sebanyak RM153,000 telah diberikan kepada waris sebagai membantu meringankan kos pengurusan jenazah yang telah digunakan oleh mereka selepas kematian keluarga mereka.

"Walaupun terdapat ugutan dan usaha bagi menakutkan kepimpinan kerajaan negeri dengan pelbagai fitnah dan dakyah, kita tidak akan tunduk kepada mana-mana pihak.

"Bagi warga emas yang beragama Islam, janganlah terpedaya dengan tohmahan parti pembangkang di Pulau Pinang iaitu Barisan Nasional (BN) yang cuba mempengaruhi warga emas dengan menuduh ianya dari sumber yang haram," katanya.

Tambahnya lagi selagi Kerajaan Negeri diterajui oleh Pakatan Rakyat (PR) maka usaha murni yang dilaksanakan seperti penghargaan kepada warga emas dengan sumbangan sebanyak RM100 seorang serta sumbangan sebanyak RM1000 kepada waris warga emas yang meninggal dunia akan tetap diteruskan.

"Yang jelas di sini pembangkang seperti Umno dan BN di Pulau Pinang telah mulai merasa gerun dengan kebangkitan rakyat di Pulau Pinang apabila melihat kejayaan yang berjaya dicapai dalam sasaran kita memberi pembelaan kepada mereka yang memerlukan.

"Ekoran itulah Umno-BN akan terus membuat pelbagai fintah dan tohmahan bagi mengaitkan Kerajaan Negeri supaya dipandang serong oleh masyarakat khususnya orang Islam dan sekaligus memberi kredit dan sokongan kepada mereka, " ujarnya lagi.

Turut hadir dalam majlis penyampaian sumbangan tersebut ialah Timbalan Pesuruhjaya PAS Pulau Pinang, Ustaz Rosidi Hussain dan kepimpinan Pakatan Rakyat tempatan.


WELCOME Hillary “We can’t simply charge Lingam just to get an extra 0.1 or 0.2 It’s called dissent, not sedition, it’s UMNO’S CIRCUS PLAY

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 09:17 AM PDT



US State Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived at the Subang Skypark Terminal of Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport here tonight for a three-day official visit to Malaysia.

 

The wife of former US president Bill Clinton was accompanied by a delegation which included five senior officials from the US Department of State.

Their arrival at 8.35pm was met by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, Deputy Foreign Minister Senator A. Kohilan Pillay and Malaysia's ambassador to the United States Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis.

While here, Clinton will be attending a luncheon hosted by Anifah tomorrow at Wisma Putra, Putrajaya followed by a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at the Prime Minister's office.

Anifah and Clinton will discuss bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.


Nurul have called umno a circus. When you buy a ticket to the circus you get clowns along with lion-tamers, while trapeze artistes inspire the cheerleaders. But it does become a curious extravaganza when you can't tell the difference between who is who.
Wain writes that the Mahathir administration, which took office in 1981 with the slogan, "clean, efficient, trustworthy", was almost immediately embroiled in financial scandals that "exploded with startling regularity".
By the early 1990s, he says, cynics remarked that it had been "a good decade for bad behaviour, or a bad decade for good
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NURUL have called UMNO a circus. When you buy a ticket to the circus you get clowns while trapeze artistes inspire the cheerleaders.

Clinton will leave for Papua New Guinea on November 3 for an official visit. — Bernama



Will Tsu Koon dare to urge in Cabinet for open tender for building-for-land deal involving 65 acres of prime land in KL with gross development value of RM15 billion for building a RM628 million Matrade expo centre, warning Najib of adverse KPI and NKRA in combating corruption?

Why is it every politician accused of a scam, however big and ugly, always protests his innocence, asks for an inquiry, and states (without the slightest embarrassment, even though he may be caught with not just his hand but his arm, elbow and shoulder in the cookie jar) that he is clueless about the crime and therefore finds no reason whatsoever to give up his office? Ashok Chavan is no exception to this rule.



Suresh Kalmadi is exactly where he was before the CWG scam broke out and the nation woke up to the fact that a huge part of the Rs70,000 crore spent on the Games was simply purloined by a bunch of shameless crooks who held up the nation to ridicule before the world. Despite all the hot air blown and the multiple inquiries launched from the PMO, Kalmadi still sits in his corner office with a smirk on his face, telling the whole world to go do its worst. He is Teflon-clad. Nothing hurts him. He appears to be beyond all inquiry, above the reach of all investigators, and by the time the multiple agencies complete their mammoth task of chasing down the crooks in this huge heist, the nation would have moved on to other, bigger scams and the media will be chasing yet another set of irascible rogues. No wonder Kalmadi smirks.


So does A Raja. It's well over a year since the 2G scam broke, assessed between Rs 20,000 and Rs 60,000 crore, but all that the media and the Opposition could elicit from the Government was a half hearted CBI enquiry that, last Friday, made even the Supreme Court comment on its tardy pace and inquire sarcastically whether a decade will have to pass before the inquiry is complete. What about the man involved in this huge scam? No, Raja is not cooling his heels in a prison. Nor does he look embarrassed in the least. He still struts around as India's telecom minister, much to the dismay of even the Supreme Court. He remains a respected member of the Prime Minister's cabinet. Does he give a damn about the inquiry? No, doesn't look like it. He sports the same smirk that Kalmadi does.


Chavan looks more dour than both. In that sense, he is closer to Satyam's Ramalingam Raju. But like Kalmadi he is now busy pointing his finger at others. Senior and not so senior but critically placed bureaucrats, most of them chosen by him, army and navy chiefs, even his own so called distant relatives who wangled flats at Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society. He claims he had no idea that they were up to no good. Just as Kalmadi is pointing his finger at Shiela Dixit, the Delhi administration, and all the other agencies who were involved in expending the astronomical Games budget. Kalmadi also tried to whip up patriotic sentiment, suggesting that those criticising the loot of the exchequer were actually anti-nationals trying to undermine India's image before the world just before the staging of the Games. Luckily, no one fell for that arrant nonsense and, even after Indian athletes performed spectacularly at the Games, Kalmadi was still booed every time he got up to speak. So much so that to avoid embarrassment the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi nixed his name from their guest list for the celebration parties.


But see, he is still there. In office. So is Chavan. So is Raja. So are a whole bunch of people who have been, otherwise, spurned by the public. Even RR Patil, Maharashtra's Home Minister (and Deputy CM) during 26/11, is back in office. This time, he has Ramesh Bagwe with him, as his Minister of State, to make matters worse. Shinde and Vilasrao cannot return to Maharashtra to replace Chavan because, it appears, they too played a crucial role in the same scam. So did a whole lot of senior Government officers who have mastered the art of breaking rules to please their political benefactors and make money and property for themselves on the sly. Land reserved for Kargil widows and war heroes. Homes for the homeless, for beggars, vagrants, street children. Land for public hospitals. Parks. Public gardens. Mangroves. Forest land. Land under the CRZ. Salt pan land. There is nothing they will not grab.


The tragedy is not jut the loot. It's the punishment. No one in power ever gets punished even when they are caught in flagrante delicto. Yes, a few get rapped on the knuckles but the process of inquiry, investigation and, eventually, justice takes so long that seasoned scamsters have learnt how to cope with it. Even when punishment happens, which is rare, very rare, it is too little too late. And by that time no one quite cares. Newer, bigger rascals have emerged.


Strange, how we beat a pickpocket to death. We lynch a petty thief. We lock away for years on end, poor people who may have committed some minor indiscretions out of severe, back breaking poverty. But the rich and the powerful step away from their enormous crimes to pretend that nothing ever happened.


 

The lack of outrage at the conclusion by Delhi police that there is "a fit case" to charge Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and author Arundhati Roy with sedition for what the two said in a seminar at Delhi is appalling. Only a few civil liberties advocates spoke out against the move. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party openly bayed for their blood. Congress maintained a studied silence. The minor parties were just not bothered. Union law minister Veerappa Moily didn't come out to well when he suggested that freedom of expression couldn't' be used to violate "patriotic sentiments", whatever that means.

The incident isn't the best advertisement of either our democracy or our famed culture of tolerance. Sedition involves an attempt to overthrow legally constituted government. As far as I know, neither Geelani nor Roy did anything remotely in that direction. What they said was definitely against the government line on Kashmir. It was also against the popular opinion. Mercifully, there is no law that obligates us to toe the government or popular line. Going against it is dissent, not sedition; and democracies thrive on dissent. They do not shun it.

Geelani's views about Kashmir are well known. He has made no secret of them. Most other Indians do not agree with him and even find his views offensive. Yet, he is an Indian citizen and entitled to his individual liberties as much as any other. Freedom in a society is tested by its tolerance of what most of its members consider offensive. Freedom to say goody-goody thing is actually no freedom. If we assert before the world that Kashmiris in India are living in freedom, it means even those Kashmiris who would rather not be part of India. They have as much right to air their opinion as the rest of us have to assert Kashmir is an integral part of India. If we find Geelani's ideas offensive then let us come up with better ideas to counter them.

I am never tired of recalling the historic 1989 ruling by the US Supreme Court upholding the right of American citizens to burn the national flag. Justice Anthony M Kennedy, who wrote a concurring opinion with the majority, put it so memorably, "It is poignant but fundamental that the flag protect those who hold it in contempt." By so doing, the court added to the majesty of the American flag and the constitution, it did not imperil them.

The same goes for Roy too. She holds strong views and expresses them forcefully. Too forcefully for many people's comfort. Yet, her presence lends balance and a provocative edge to the discourse that would otherwise have been too one-sided. She raises uncomfortable, often troubling, questions. Of course, she does not provide all the answers. Sometimes her stance is contradictory and confusing. For instance, she herself uses airlines and railways but the development model she recommends would deny these to most others. If we are to build more airports, planes, and railways then land, steel, and aluminium for them have to come from somewhere. That would require some people to be displaced. One cannot be totally against displacement and still enjoy these facilities for oneself.

However, her views are not the point. The point is her ability to say it in the manner she chooses. Of course, the moment she picks up a gun or begins to organize an army to overthrow the constitutional authority, she can be booked and restrained. But if she merely argues-much to the discomfiture many, of course – that Indian state tramples upon its own citizens, that it is sold out to corporate interests, that each new mine is a huge conspiracy to dispossess the poor and the defenceless, then she has to be countered with better arguments that it is not so. Threatening her with court cases actually proves her point.

In any case, presence of people like her or Medha Patkar ensures that the debate is well rounded and all voices are heard. It may not stop the development but it at least would ensure better compensation and rehabilitation package for the displaced. That way, she is also being patriotic. When she challenges our ideas on Kashmir, does she not force a thought about where things have gone wrong and how we may right them? That also is a patriotic act. Now, should Mr Moily be booked because he violates this sentiment?

In the end, it is not about Geelani or Roy. It is about our own idea of India. It is sad that police even in national capital cannot differentiate between an act of rebellion and a contrary opinion. It is sadder that the entire political establishment remains silent when citizens are threatened with criminal charges for voicing opinions-howsoever unpopular or offensive. This is only to be expected at a time when books are withdrawn from universities because some goon decides it is written in bad taste. It is time for us to rise and take the matter of our freedoms into our own hands. If we won't use our liberties, sure as hell we would lose them.


Downplaying Malaysia's position on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) could prove devastating for the country's economy, especially where its foreign direct investments (FDIs) are concerned. Noting that the CPI is internationally recognised as a reasonable assessment of the state of corruption in 180 countries, former Transparency-International Malaysia (TIM) president Ramon Navaratnam said that "to negate it will come at our own peril".

"Whether we like it or not, this index is taken seriously by both the international community and investors (alike), and should be recognised (by Malaysia.) So to negate it, or to play it down will be at our own peril," he said.

Navaratnam said domestic investments including the ones by Bumiputeras would not be spared from a fall in FDIs, adding that this would in fact have a greater impact on the economy. Malaysia's CPI score fell to 4.4 this year from 4.5 in 2009, maintaining a historically-low 56th position.

Even with this decline, the response from many government officials has been largely lacklustre.Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nazri Abdul Aziz said that the government was unable to mend public perception on corruption.


PARTING SHOT
Well said, Justice Hegde
When Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde received the Rotary Award for `his unswerving commitment an unflinching courage in discharging his duty', no one was surprised. He deserved it. But what he said on receiving the award was interesting. "It's a shame that we government servants have come to a stage where we get recognition for discharging our duties… I need not have to go in search of corrupt government officials. They are right outside our doorstep. It's no longer a case of searching a needle in a haystack. Rather it'

Beyond government control

Citing both the VK Lingam and Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandals, Nazri said that these cases were beyond government control. He added that they were left to the Attorney-General to act upon.

"We can't simply charge Lingam just to get an extra 0.1 or 0.2 in our rating point. We cannot do anything about PKFZ because it is already in the hands of the judiciary," Nazri said.

Minister in the PM's Department Idris Jala shared Nazri's views.Downplaying the CPI as a survey for "business people, experts and analysts", he said that the drop in score should not be viewed as a negative development.

Jala said the government had put in place several measures in recent years to combat corruption, including the formation of 18 special corruptions courts, and introduced laws such as the Whistleblower Protection Act.

But Navaratnam, however, believes these measures are not enough. He said the country's anti-corruption and legal departments needed more training and resources. "Many of the (corruption) cases with the Attorney-General go to court but end up losing, partly because these lawyers face more experienced lawyers," he added.

Grounds of technicalities

Navaratnam said that some defendants would escape on grounds of technicalities, while some judges were intent on getting "100% proof" when it came to convictions.

"There is no such thing as a perfect case. Judges should be able to recognise that corruption is a scourge and convict those on overwhelming evidence," he said.

Navaratnam currently serves as the chairman of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) panel on corruption prevention and consultation. He strongly feels that all of these measures would be meaningless unless money politics is abolished.

Describing money politics as the "mother of all corruption", he said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak needed to be much tougher in turning it into a thing of the past. "You can't have money politics on one side and a well-equipped force on the other. If you get rid of money politics, it would be much easier to fight corruption. But efforts (to combat corruption) are not good enough."

"If we have done so, then our rankings (on the CPI) would have gone up," he said, adding that Malaysia should emulate Singapore, which scored first on the CPI charts.

He said although no index in the world was "absolutely perfect", the CPI was one of the world's most reliable indices and Malaysia would do well to examine its own faults.

"We need to accept the index despite (our) reservations, and resolve as a government and as a people to combat corruption more effectively. We need to constantly examine the index to see where we did well, and where we are lacking," he said. However, Navaratnam admitted that Malaysia had a difficult road ahead when it came to combating corruption.

"The road to Vision 2020 will be filled with large potholes, and this will make it more difficult for Malaysia to achieve a developed nation status by 2020," he said.Cat

 



DO'S AND DON'TS FOR RETIREMENT

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 07:28 AM PDT

This article has been making the rounds on the Internet for some time. I believe it's written by a Singapore retiree. Excellent advice that should be shared.


4 Pre-Conditions for Retirement

I retired in year 2000 at age 52. I am now 61, thus I can claim that I got more experience at retirement than most!

I thought I should share my experience because I have seen too many friends and neighbours who became so bored that they have become a nuisance to their spouse and children and to others!

A few of them have solved the problem by going back to work. They were able to do so because they have a skill/expertise that is still in demand.

The rest (and many are my neighbours) live aimlessly or are waiting to die - a very sad situation, indeed.

You can retire only when you fulfil these 4 pre-conditions:

1) Your children are financially independent (e.g. they got jobs),
2) You have zero liability (all your borrowings are paid up),
3) You have enough savings to support your lifestyle for the rest of your life,
AND most importantly,
4) You know what you would be doing during your retirement.

DO NOT retire till you meet ALL 4 Pre-Conditions.

And of course you should not retire if you enjoy working and are getting paid for it!

The problem cases I know of are those who failed to meet Pre-Condition #4. When asked, "What would you be doing during your retirement?" some replied, "I will travel/cruise and see the World". They did that, some for 3 months and then ran out of ideas....

The golfers replied, "I can golf every day." Most could not because they are no longer fit to play well enough to enjoy the game.

Those who could, need to overcome another hurdle - they need to find the "kakis" to play with them. It's the same with mahjong, bridge, badminton, trekking and karaoke - you need "kakis"!


Most could not find others who share their favourite game and playing/singing alone is no fun. AND when they do find them, a few of them found that they are NOT welcomed like my obnoxious neighbour whom everyone avoids.

Thus if you are into group sports or games, you must form your groups BEFORE you retire. You need to identify your "kakis", play with them and discover whether they "click" with you.

The less sporty "can read all the books bought over the years". I know of one guy who fell asleep after a few pages and ended up napping most of the time! He discovered that he did not like to read after all. We do change and we may not enjoy the hobbies we had.

Routine Activities to Fill Your Week

For most people, your routine work activities are planned for you or dictated by others and circumstances. When you retire, you wake up to a new routine - one that you yourself have to establish as nobody else would do it for you! The routine to establish should keep your body, mind and spirit "sharpened".


A good routine would comprise:

a) One weekly physical sport - you need to keep fit to enjoy your retirement. If you are the non-sporty type, you should fire your maid and clean your home without mechanical aids. Dancing and babysitting are good alternatives.

b) One weekly mind stimulating activity - e.g. writing, studying for a degree, acquiring a new skill, solving problems or puzzles, learn or teach something. You need to stimulate your mind to stay alive because the day you stop using your brain is the day you start to die.

c) One weekly social activity - choose one involving lots of friends/neighbours. Get yourself accepted as a member to at least 3 interests groups. Unless you prefer to be alone, you do need friends more than ever as you get older and less fit to pursue your sport.

d) One weekly community service activity - you need to give to appreciate what you have taken in this life. It's good to leave some kind of legacy.


With 4 weekly activities, you got 4 days out of 7 covered. The remaining 3 days should be devoted to family related activities. In this way, you maintain a balance between amusing yourself and your family members.

Any spare time should remain "spare" so that you can capitalise on opportunities that come your way like responding to an unexpected request to do a job or to take advantage of cheap fares to see places or to visit an exhibition.

Mind stimulating activities

In "Today" paper you would have read of 2 inspiring oldies. One is a granny who learned to play the guitar at age 60 to entertain her grandchildren. She's 70+ today and those grandchildren have grown to play with her.

Another is an Indian radiologist who on retirement, qualified as an acupuncturist. He's age 77 and still offers his services (by appointment only) including free ones to those who have no income. I guarantee you that they are happy people who discovered a "2nd wind" to take them to the sunset with a smile on their faces.

Mind stimulating activities are hard to identify. They require your will to do something useful with the rest of your life, a mindset change and the discipline to carry it through.

Your Bucket List

Despite your busy routine, you will at times be bored. Then it's time to turn to your Bucket List. Your bucket list contains a list of things to do before you kick the bucket. They are not routine and are usually one-off activities.

You need them to have something to look forward to.

These include anniversaries, trips (and pilgrimages), visits to friends and relations abroad, re-doing your home, attending conferences (related to your hobbies), acquiring a new set of expertise.

4 such activities that are spaced out quarterly would be ideal.

Retirement Is A Serious Business

If you can afford to retire and want to, do prepare to live to your fullest. You need to be fit to enjoy it - therefore get into shape now.

You do not want to get up on a Monday and wonder what to do each week. Therefore identify your set of weekly routine activities now and try them out to confirm that they are the activities that you will be looking forward to doing each week, week after week.

Your bucket list of "rewards" or "projects" or "challenges" is needed to help you break away from the routine thereby make life worth living. Start listing what you fancy and refine it as you chug along in your retirement.

You will have so much fun you would wish you were retired since you turned 21!


What Non Muslims need to understand about the practice of Islam in Malaysia?

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 06:48 AM PDT



This topic comes to my mind after my appearance in Astro's Agenda Awani program where the host Suhaimi Sulaiman threw the question as to the way Non Muslims view the matter of Islam and its practice here in Malaysia?


I absolutely agree with him that those of us who are Muslims here in Malaysia need to do more to help share the truth about Islam as it is practiced here in Malaysia with our Non Muslim fellow citizens.


The way Non Muslims are excluded from getting to know the reality about Islam in a way adds to their ignorance about it and this unhealthy situation feeds the skepticism that many Non Malays and Non Muslims gradually develop in their hearts and minds towards the Muslims of Malaysia resulting in a state of distrust towards the Muslim majority here.


When I was young and in my primary school days, I had friends from other races and faiths. There was no sense of being different from each other and our camaraderie was natural without any suspicions or ill feelings between us, Malays, Indian Muslims, Indians, Chinese, Sikhs, etc. 


A natural sense of common understanding prevailed between us and we didn't stress too much on our differences and rather went along with our lives as it unfolded. When we attended our religious classes, my fellow students who were not Muslims went on to their Moral classes and we all knew best not to dwell on such obvious differences between our faiths and beliefs.


That was in the 60s and 70s.


We all grew up in peace and relative harmony together. Today, unfortunately there is a growing sense of distrust between Muslims and those who are not fed by a daily stream of misinformation and untruths as to the state of affairs concerning the practice of Islam here in Malaysia and a vested agenda to sow such distrusts between the multi ethnic, multi faithed Malaysian society.


This enmity is sown in the hearts and minds of those who do not know the truth about the faith of Islam and they are fed bit by bits of lies and distorted ideas about Islam and the Muslims through the online media and news portals or channels.


Things that were once taboo are allowed to be discussed and insults published without moderation or even if such portals are said to be moderated just blatantly allowed to be there in the comments sections by those editors who purposely let such hurtful comments and insults through in order to spawn vile enmity between Malaysians.


Do they even stop to consider what they are doing for a moment?


We are all fellow citizens of this country. Each of us have no where else to call home but this land which is known as Malaysia. Maybe some of those who have the means would have no problems in migrating to greener shores but for the majority of us ordinary Malaysians, this is our motherland and we wish to live and die here, no where else.


I'd like to share with those of you who aren't Muslims as to what Islam entails of us?

  1. As Muslims, we are to worship none other but Allah the Almighty God.
  2. We are to worship Him 5 times a day and it is up to us as to whether we wish to offer additional prayers?
  3. We are to fast in the month of Ramadhan starting before daybreak and break our fasts upon sunset.
  4. We are to pay zakat @ charity if we can afford to? It is 2.5% out of our excess wealth and income.
  5. We are to go perform our Hajj @ pilgrimage to Makkah al Mukarramah and Madinah al Munawwarah in Arabia once in our lifetime IF we can afford to do so and are able to healthwise?
Apart from that we are to have :
  1. Belief in Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala as our Almighty God
  2. Belief in the Malaikats @ Angels
  3. Belief in the Kitabs @ Scriptures
  4. Belief in the Messengers and Prophets of Allah
  5. Belief in the Doomsday
  6. Belief in the Qada' and Qadr' @ Destiny 

In between our performing and fulfilling our religious obligations, we are enjoined to do good and forbid evil. We are enjoined to work and earn our sustenance in legitimate ways and labor.


We are enjoined to help each other live a life that is good and beneficial towards not only ourselves but also those of our loved ones, family, friends and neighbors even if they be not Muslims.


All that is holy and good is enjoined upon us and we are to observe good character and the spirit of welfare and harmony between ourselves who are Muslims and also that of our fellow citizens without differentiating between creed or color?


Okay, now let me share with you some answers to the many questions that Non Muslims usually ask about our faith of Islam. 


I don't promise you that I will be able to present to you completely as to what you need to know all about Islam in this one article but I take it upon myself to share with you the information that will add to your knowledge as to what Islam is and make it clear as best as I can when explaining about the core principles of Islam.


I will pose the questions Non Muslims usually ask and will then answer the questions as best as I can in as clear and simple a manner as possible. 


I will assume the position of answering on behalf of my fellow Muslims and use the editorial pronoun of 'we'. 


Those of you who are still unclear about the subject may post your further questions to me here in a manner worthy of response and reply. I thank you in advance for your courtesy in posting to me such questions.


Q : Who or what do you worship?


A : We worship Allah the Almighty God of us all. By that I refer to The Supreme God, Creator and Master of the entire universes. If you care to study about Allah, He reveals information about Himself in the Final Testament to all mankind in the Glorious Al Qur'an Al Kareem in many of the chapters and verses. 


The Surah Al Ikhlas @ Chapter 112 Verses 1 to 4 is a good example of what Allah the Almighty wishes us to know of Himself?



112:1
Transliteration
Qul huwa Allahu ahad
Sahih International
Say, "He is Allah , [who is] One,
Muhsin Khan
Say (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)): "He is Allah, (the) One.

112:2
Transliteration
Allahu assamad
Sahih International
Allah , the Eternal Refuge.
Muhsin Khan
"Allah-us-Samad (The Self-Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures need, He neither eats nor drinks).

112:3
Transliteration
Lam yalid walam yoolad
Sahih International
He neither begets nor is born,
Muhsin Khan
"He begets not, nor was He begotten;
112:4
Transliteration
Walam yakun lahu kufuwan ahad
Sahih International
Nor is there to Him any equivalent."
Muhsin Khan
"And there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him."



When some members of the Qureyshi Arabs @ Pagan Arabs of Makkah came and asked the Blessed Messenger of Allah about Him, Allahu Rabbul Alamin revealed the verses above to Muhammad, our Noble Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam so that Allah is known to them for what He truly is?


Now, the first verse here tells Muhammad to say to the Pagan Arabs that Allah is One!


Qul hu wAllah hu Ahad!


Not two nor three or hundreds as what those pagan Arabs had been prone to worshiping since their forefathers, the Children of Adam Alaihis Salam got lost in their ways of worshiping as what Allah the Almighty Had Taught our Father, the Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam after his creation, way up in Paradise.


It is preposterous for Allah the Almighty after having created our Father Adam Alaihis Salam and taught him all that he needed to know to allow Adam Alaihis Salam to go on and worship something else!


Surah Al Baqarah Chapter 2 Verse 21 :



2:21
Transliteration
Ya ayyuha annasuoAAbudoo rabbakumu allathee khalaqakum wallatheenamin qablikum laAAallakum tattaqoon
Sahih International
O mankind, worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, that you may become righteous -
Muhsin Khan
O mankind! Worship your Lord (Allah), Who created you and those who were before you so that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious - see V.2:2).



Allah the Almighty it is Who created us and those before us and revealed all the earlier scriptures to the Prophets before Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam which were His Guidance to them in those Ages.


Surah Al Baqarah Chapter 2 Verse 4



2:4
Transliteration
Wallatheena yu/minoona bimaonzila ilayka wama onzila min qablika wabil-akhiratihum yooqinoon
Sahih International
And who believe in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith].
Muhsin Khan
And who believe in (the Quran and the Sunnah) which has been sent down (revealed) to you (Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam ~ Peace be upon him ) and in [the Taurat (Torah) ~ to Musa Alaihis Salam @ Moses and the Injeel (Gospel) to Eesa al Masih Alaihis Salam @ Jesus Christ, etc.] which were sent down before you and they believe with certainty in the Hereafter. (Resurrection, recompense of their good and bad deeds, Paradise and Hell, etc.).

The reality of Islam is that we acknowledge the prophethood of all earlier emissaries of Allah the Almighty and that He sent to Mankind noble messengers to guide the people of such times and ages over the long stretch of Time.


Al Islam is the culmination of all the teachings that all prophets and messengers of Allah the Almighty sent to us Mankind and completed with the sending to us of Allah's Greatest and Final Messenger, the Blessed Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam fourteen centuries ago!


Now, all these information about the Blessed Prophet of Allah is readily available both online and offline for those who really want to learn about him, the Unlettered Prophet and Mercy of Allah for all Creation.


Yet, it is entirely up to each individual here on Earth to seek for the truth and reality of Al Islam and all that it stands for?


Choosing to ignore the reality of Al Islam is your choice but if you want to know as to what is real and what is falsely being circulated online and offline about the birthright of each and every human being here on Earth, then I welcome you to a world of knowledge that awaits those of you who are man or woman enough to face the truth?


In the very first verse of the Surah Al Ikhlas @ Chapter of Sincerity, Allah the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful declares Himself to be One.


If I am to ask you as to how many Gods you worship and you reply = One! ...in my book you are already considered to be half a Muslim.


For we both agree as to the One and Only God which is what Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam struggled for 13 long years to bring about his people ~ the Makkan pagan Arabs to attest to!


The matter of there being only One God!


Now, comes the question of clearing the subject as to which 'One God'?


I cant agree to your stating that your 'One God' to be this or that as you are wont to worship?


We have to be definite about the subject matter as to which 'God' you are referring to in your mind and as to what I am stating here?


Allah the Almighty clearly states that He is One. Not 2 or 3 or a myriad of self imagined or adduced to be platitude of gods incorporated?


Qul hu wAllah hu Ahad!


Say (O Muhammad) that Allah is One!


If we can agree to that, half of my battle here is already won.


To make it even simpler, let me show you an example as to what I am getting at?


Are you a motorist? An automobile driver?


Now, pray tell me as to how many drivers there are in your car?


I mean, how many persons actually steer or drive your car at any one time when it is moving or on the go?


Or for the matter, how many steering wheels are there in your car?


I am sure that your answer will be = one!


Just like in this reality of our existence to be only One God!


If there are more than one, then we are all set for total chaos!


Just like there can't be two steering wheels with two individual separate drivers each steering the vehicle as they very well please to either left or right, there can't be two or more Gods deciding as to what takes place here there or everywhere!!!


I hope that you are now clear as to the point that I am making here? 


If not, you and I dear brother or sister will be stuck on this subject from now till forever and make no progress as to this matter eternally!


Looks like this article has already been stretched to quite a bit.


What say you that I stop at this point of discussion and follow up after this?


Pray send in your responses especially those of you who are yet to be Muslims as to the contents of this article so far?


Thank you.


May Allah bless and guide us all.


Ameen.


Aziz akan menang, insyaallah.

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 11:19 AM PDT

Kita tidak mendahlui Tuhan, tetapi jika kita gunakan hukum akal anugerahNya calun UMNO yang didukung oleh Tengku Razaleigh (TR), Encik Aziz Yusuf akan memenangi PRK DUN Galas pada 4hb. yang akan datang. Jika Tuhan mengizinkan YB Aziz akan berusaha untuk melaksanakan tanggungjawab sebagai wakil pengundi Galas diDewan Undangan Negeri Kelantan dengan sepenuh hati bagi membela nasib rakyat yang tinggal diDUN Galas.

Aziz adalah seorang anak tempatan yang berkhidmat dengan KESEDAR dan beliau merupakan calun yang sangat sesuai untuk mewkili rakyat Galas kerana 'familiarity' beliau dengan keadaan setempat. Sifat beliau sebagai seorang yang merendah diri dan seorang yang bertenaga masih muda Aziz pemilihan Aziz itu merupakan pilihan yang tepat dan secocok dengan cita rasa rakyat tempatan.

Sentuhan TR sangat memberi kesan kepada sokongan pengundi terhadap Aziz dan dibantu pula dengan sifat rendah diri Aziz yang mudah bergaul dengan masyarakat membuatkan pengundi Galas jelas kembali kepada kita dan memberikan dukungan kepada Aziz, insyaallah. Dalam pilihanraya kali ini TR membuat gerakkan kempen yang sangat bersih; tidak mengajak sesiapa berkelahi malahan penyokong PAS tidak pernah mendapat tempelak dari pemimpin ini dalam siri kempen pilihanraya kecil ini.

"It is a friendly game" kata seorang sahabat saya, seorang peguam berbangsa Cina yang telah pergi keGua Musang semata-mata untuk membantu parti TR (maksudnya UMNO) walaupun beliau tidak mengenali TR. Beliau berkata yang beliau nampak penambahan sokongan kaum Cina terhadap Aziz apatah lagi selepas TR berjaya mendapatkan projek perumahan untuk rakyat Galas yang baru-baru ini dilancarkan diGua Musang. TR telah berusaha untuk mendapatkan projek ini sejak tahun 2008 dan akhirnya TR mendapat kelulusan dari kerajaan pusat.

TR sangat berpuas hati kerana dengan projek ini maka beliau telah dapat menyelesaikan masalah yang dihadapi oleh rakyat yang tinggal dalam DUN Galas ini yang kekurangan kemudahan perumahan. Rakyat disana hanya membayar RM40,000 bagi rumah yang berharga melebihi RM100,000 itu. Komitmen TR untuk rakyat Gua Musang yang beliau bela sejak 40 tahun dahulu tidak pernah berhenti.

Gua Musang, jika mendapat sokongan dari kerajaan pusat dan jika dibantu pula oleh kerajaan negeri merupakan kawasan yang mudah membangun. Kedudukkan 'geography'nya yang strtegik merupakan elemen terpenting yang boleh membangunkan kawasan ini sejak 'network' jalanraya dan lebuhraya menuju keKota Baru melalui Gua Musang ini dipertingkatkan.

Gua Musang boleh dihubungi melalui darat keTrengganu, Utara Perak dan Selatan Kedah serta mempunyai jalanraya yang baik mengubungi K Lumpur melalui K. Lipis, Raub dan Bentong. Perjalanan dari Gua Musang keKuala Lupur hanya memakan masa selama 3 setengah jam sahaja sekarang ini. Kedudukkannya yang 'Central' menjadikan kawasan ini yang dahulunya jauh terpencil akan menjadi kawasan yang akan maju dan membangun dengan mudah.

Apabila Gua Musang sudah mencapai kemajuan yang pesat tidak berapa lama lagi saya merasakan Gua Musang boleh dijadikan Ibu Negeri Kelantan kerana kedudukkannya yang begitu strtegik.

Nampaknya TR menggunakan pendekatan yang sangat berbeza dengan PRK yang lain-lain sebelum ini. Dalam siri kempen ini TR mendekati rakyat pengundi dengan meneruskan interaksi manusia dengan manusianya dengan baik. Tidak ada pihak UMNO Bahagian Gua Musang yang menempelak PAS secara terbuka kerana TR percaya dengan demokrasi tulin. Bagi beliau memenangi pilihanraya dengan cara yang kotor bukan sikapnya. TR menekankan cara kemenangan yang paling unggul ialah dengan bukti kepimpinan dan kerelevanan batang tubuh kepimpinan masing-masing.

Itulah sebabnya pengempen-pengempen dari luar kawasan itu tidak dapat berbuat apa yang selalu mereka lakukan dalam PRK-PRK yang lalu dibanyak tempat sebelum ini. TR telah bergelumang sejak awal enam puluhan lagi dikawasan ini dan untuk menjadikan UMNO sebuah parti yang relevan bukannya satu usaha yang mudah. Beliau terpaksa mengorbankan segala-galanya bukan sahaja diGua Musang malahan diSeluruh negeri Kelantan kerana semasa itu tidak ada sesiapa yang sanggup menerima cabaran untuk menghidupkan UMNO diKelantan.

Insyaallah Aziz akan mendapat mandat kali ini dan saya hanya mengharapkan beliau akan dikurniakan kesihatan tubuh badan dan pemikiran yang baik untuk menjalankan tugas sebagai wakil kepada rakyat Galas diDewan Undangan Negeri Kelantan selepas 4hb yang akan datang.

Adalah diharapkan beliau akan bekerjasama dengan 2 ADUN yang sedia ada, Dato Norzula Md Diah dari DUM Paloh dan juga Ysuf Abd Ghani dari DUN Nenggiri. Ketiga-tiga ini jika bekerjasama dengan baik insyaallah TR akan berusaha tanpa halangan untuk memajukan bukan sahaja DUN Galas malahan juga seluruh kawasan Parlimen Gua Musang keseluruhannya.

Seandainya ada lagi PRK dimana-mana kawasan lain pada masa yang akan berkempenlah cara yang diatur oleh TR diGua Musang. Gunakanlah model kempen disana sebagai contoh untuk diikuti pada masa-masa yang akan datang. Selalunya orang yang marah kepada kita akan berlembut kalau kita tidak menunjukkan sikap arrogant kita kepada pandangan masyarakat. Malahan orang ramai akan lebih menghormati kita.


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Posted: 01 Nov 2010 02:15 AM PDT

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Ku Li Factor To Favor BN In Galas?

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 11:22 AM PDT


All of you have probably read predictions made by political analysts for the past week and most of the their prediction were in BN favor. Most probably their conclusion was based solely on Ku Li factor ( Gua Musang being the stronghold of Ku Li). S
omehow, I felt most of them had erred in a way for their failure in understanding the Kelantanese. Would PAS be ruling the Kelantan state for two decades if Kelantanese is of the same mindset like anyone of us around the peninsular?
Gotcha, didn't I?
Nevertheless, the Barisan Rakyat Bloggers were represented by a small group of observers during the nomination. It was supposed to be a 'melawat sambil belajar' excursion. But definitely not those Khir Toyol's type of excursion. We financed our own trip and many thanks to our renowned photographers, Rodi and Claire, for their generous contribution to a hearty freshwater fish lunch at this Marilyn Monroe restaurant in the heart of Kuala Lipis town.
Now back to Galas...
I have limited experience in by-election but with what I had under my belt, I can say that this one is somehow special. Special in a way that one can actually feel it in the air... the level of awareness and maturity is high among the people there as compared to all those that I have attended. That this is a vote against the rot of the ruling coalition at federal level which has gotten worse since March 2008.
I must commend PAS for their part in instilling and raising this level of awareness to the rural areas.
Galas to remain with PAS despite Ku Li stronghold and the goodies...

Note: Opinion expressed here is of personal capacity.


DAP: SPR jangan campur urusan polis

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 01:41 AM PDT

DAP mengigatkan SPR agar tidak mencampuri urusan polis berkaitan dengan kempen di DUN Galas.
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It is Azmin Overtaking Zaid Now

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 01:02 AM PDT

Malaysiakini reported that Based on unofficial results trickling in from PKR's headquarters in Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, party vice-president Azmin Ali takes the lead for the first time in the race for the deputy president's post. 

Azmin is leading with 3,172 votes by midnight, to Pakatan Rakyat coordinator Zaid Ibrahim's 2,470 while Mustaffa Kamil Ayub slowly catches up with 1,091. 

So far, Penang (6 divisions), Perak (8), Pahang (7), Malacca (4) and Negeri Sembilan (2) conducted the polls.

The following is the unofficial tally of the overall number of votes for the three deputy presidential candidates, after taking into account the tallies from PKR headquarters of the six divisions close to midnight:

Azmin Ali – 3,172
Zaid Ibrahim – 2,470
Mustaffa Kamil Ayub – 1,091

The polls began on Friday in its first-ever direct elections that will be conducted over four weekends until Nov 21.

Other than the hotly-contested deputy president post, four vice-presidents and 20 supreme council posts are also up for grabs.

Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has retained the party presidency unopposed.

Meanwhile, 17 candidates will vie for vice-presidency and 132 for the supreme council posts.

Malaysiakini yesterday already reported the following as the number of votes obtained by candidates for the vice-president (four seats).

Nurul Izzah Anwar – 649
Mansor Othman – 610
Fuziah Salleh – 506
Tian Chua – 489
N Gabalakrishnan – 393
R Sivarasa – 348
Suresh Kumar – 219
Dr Xavier Jayakumar – 176
Baru Bian – 146
Jonson Chong – 145
Ansari Abdullah – 91
Yusmadi Yusoff – 91
Yahya Sari – 68
Dominique Ng – 53
S Manikavasagam – 49
Saiman Marjuki – 36
James Ghani – 31
 CALON-CALON AHLI MAJLIS PIMPINAN PUSAT (132)

 


RM250 Transport to Galas Compensation ~ A BRIBE by any other name

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 01:35 AM PDT




When I first read and heard of this RM250 transport money being offered to the outstation voters of Galas over the news, all that comes to my mind is that this is nothing more than a clear cut case of political bribery!


Why is it that the Elections Commission is silent about it?


It makes no difference as to who is offering such a bribe openly or asking the contesting party to do the same?


Whether one calls it as a sadaqah or what the hell ever, a bribe is a bribe and it is a crime to offer such bribes to voters whether clandestinely or openly!


What is this country coming to be?


Sheeesh!!!


Is it halal now to offer bribes openly and whitewash such a crime with blatant excuses?


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Posted: 01 Nov 2010 12:52 AM PDT

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Pahlawan Merah disambut meriah di Galas

Posted: 31 Oct 2010 11:40 PM PDT

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Sodomy II: It's checkmate

Posted: 31 Oct 2010 02:27 PM PDT

From Pakac Luteb, via e-mail

The charade in court continues. Anwar Ibrahim's lawyers are denied a very reasonable request, access to the case notes on which a medical report is based. But the denial really makes no difference in the outcome of the case.

Antibody testing of Saiful's blood could clearly show if Saiful was speaking truthfully or lying when he testified that Anwar Ibrahim had sodomised him multiple times over a period of months, without a condom.

If Saiful was telling the truth, Saiful's blood would contain antibodies to Anwar Ibrahim's semen and sperm. If no such antibodies are found in Saiful's blood, then Saiful was lying in court.

Please read this. It's a study by the National Institutes of Health in the USA. The study describes what I had said about antibodies being produced when semen and sperm are deposited in the rectum.

I challenge the prosecution and defence to do the antibody testing and do it properly, no cheating.

Dear AG Gani Patail, the case against Anwar Ibrahimm is sitting on a bad foundation. A big 'hole' is about to 'open up' and 'swallow' the case.

I'm confident about the outcome of the antibody testing, if it's done fairly and correctly, without cheating.

Dear AG, as the winner of a chess game says 'checkmate' to the loser, I say 'checkmate, game over' to you.

Drop the case against Anwar Ibrahim, before the 'hole' 'opens up' and 'swallows' you.


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Politicians should not politicise water issue

Posted: 31 Oct 2010 02:26 PM PDT

From Ani, via e-mail

I refer to the article "Putrajaya cannot impose water hikes in Selangor" dated Sept 30.

As a consumer, I am worried about the delay in the restructuring process of the water asset as it will only cause more problems from consumers. Pipe bursts and leaks will become burden to the consumers.

I know nothing about politics but I urge all parties who are involved in the restructuring discussion to put aside their political agenda and focus to settle the water issue before it becomes worse and at the end, consumers like me will need to face the implications.

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Putrajaya cannot impose water hikes in Selangor


Political enemies undermining CM Lim

Posted: 31 Oct 2010 02:25 PM PDT

From FC Wong, via e-mail

Every Penangite knows that Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng can do his job.

But do they know that financial constraints for infrastructure and sosial-eco developments are being undermined by certain quarters? And that they then put the blame on the CM?

Faham-faham lah, dia orang hanya pandai cari salah dia. Yang baik tak cerita. Itu politik pemusuh.

Read:

'Guan Eng is king of liars'


My family life is a politicable debacle

Posted: 31 Oct 2010 02:24 PM PDT

From 2nd class citizen, via e-mail

A family of gangsters who know nothing of the real fight except that they would take you down along with them just to make their point. Mind you, we never really get our way, we just sit around in this self fulfilling, self deprecating circle, cutting all ties in the process.

The head of the household, the godfather, my papa, seems content resting on his laurels, playing the 'head of the household card' any chance he gets. It does seem to nullify all situations, understated or otherwise. A famous linguist once said: 'If I had him I would have nothing else but...'

It is true, for I too was once a Christian. With only Christ in my life I was focused on living a life for his love, to learn his faith and to recite scriptures. Instead, I now have nothing else but my family.

This is really a sad state to be in, because I feel as if the final slap in the face will be to the family who tied me down and who manipulated me for their own means. If I do this, I would really be destroying myself.

If there is any justification to my way of thinking it would be that keeping level with each family member is limiting and unimaginative. What's the problem? It's something! I'm a man, but they cannot even treat me like so.

They like to label me, Chinese, scriptwriter etc, etc. They like the simple things, such as conversation and family dinners with the relatives. It gets to be a bit repetitive, which is my problem with this way of life. It tends to wear you down.

The funny thing is: A lot of people do not understand that a democratic life is something that the West has built and developed. If we take from them, regardless of having our Chinese or Indian rituals, it's still about democracy, not about race or religion, creed or credo.

To do simple things, such as going to the driving range on a Thursday night, to sit with old golf buddies and discuss the PGA tour is in fact a product of democracy. In China, people do not live like this. In fact it is the complete opposite.

In China it is about the things we get to do in life – an ancient form of communism that has not been tainted and still serves to the good. The real issue, though, is not with America's great democracy or with China's way of life. This, at least for me, is about the Chinese Diaspora living in Malaysia. This is about the ones who had left the homeland in search of greener pastures.

Yes, it is true they may have left for reasons we have since forgotten; seeking; for trade; for knowledge; to fulfil some ancient prophecy. We, no, excuse me, I, don't really know.

My family history goes back too deep to fully comprehend the secret histories that have taken place. In retrospect, I only see lives filled with struggle, hate and family feuds fuelled by the motivation of monetary gain.

When I was a young boy, I believed in a commonwealth Malaya, despite the fact that  Dr Mahathir and his pro-Malay referendum had begun to take shape. A perfect little child, with dreams of a perfect little life, under a perfect empire led me to a world of disappointment and heartache.

I was not to have the rights that my ancestors had enjoyed; instead, I was reduced to the lowly ranks of second class citizen on the cusp of being banished from the country. I had to adapt, to incline myself with the Muslim way of life, but still somehow retain what I knew to be good about myself.

"God is dead, and he remains dead. We have killed him.' Friedrich Nietzsche said that in his book 'The Gay Science', first published in 1882. You see, I cannot be a Muslim, but if there is some grace in the newly proclaimed, recently elected Malaysia (Malay-land), and then I must find my own way to deal with these beliefs.

It is true, Malaysia is a democracy, but it was only at the advent of the '97 Asian financial crisis, where George Soros had intervened, did we actually understand this.

It's funny to me, because it was at this time, that a few too many Chinese families began to seek Christ in their respective churches. Ironically, it is due to the lapse in their financial situations that led to this.

Dare I say Malaysia has become a better place because of it? Only time will tell.


Tipping point of Hollywood's idiocy

Posted: 31 Oct 2010 02:23 PM PDT

From Dave U Random, via e-mail

Yes, we are always at that stupid tipping point. How unlucky we are...oh but wait, years later and after we spent billions of dollars on propaganda and brain-washing and silencing the opposition (the truth) somehow it always turns out it was a big hoax for money and eugenics (alias sustainable development).

We had enough of scammers and brain-dead Hollywood morons up on their hills telling us we have to cut back while they own 5-10 or more times the wealth the average American has.

Hollywood, stick that 'holy wood' where the sun doesn't shine. The Amazon is dying... oops! It does not after cutting just one acre, 15 grows.

Global cooling will kill us...oops. No it's global warming...oops...if that does not happen then climate change will....oops, if not then climate disruption wil.

Hollywood is a joke now this biodiversity threat. It always turns out that this maybe a scam as well, just wait for the truth....but of course first the propaganda machine and the moron congress will spend billions...as they always do.

They have been stepping into the same s...t for the I don't even want to tell how many times. Only an uneducated society can do it.

Wise up and learn, do not self-censor and forget your assumptions and everything the 'credible' people and institutions tell you.


From gator, via e-mail

"The urgency can't be overemphasised... We are at a tipping point." Run for your lives! Another tipping point has been reached. If this is as bad as global warming was, we will have new species coming out of our ears!

Global warming became climate change, that became climate disruption and finally became old news. A new eco-scare lie from the left is coming. Safeguard your wallets, your wealth is what is about to go extinct.

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Earth is 'at a tipping point', warns Harrison Ford



Sabah rights a SAPP afterthought in Batu Sapi

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 01:10 PM PDT

By Joe Fernandez

ANALYSIS Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Yong Teck Lee is challenging Chief Minister Musa Aman to a public debate on the issue of Sabah rights. There's nothing but cynicism among Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) members over the issue of Sabah rights being flogged by SAPP in the campaign underway in Batu Sapi, and with good reasons.

Yong, they say, is the very reason why Umno is in Sabah today and the state's autonomy has been seriously compromised subsequently as a result.

When the Mahathir government held Jeffrey Kitingan in the 1990s under the Internal Security Act (ISA), ostensibly for plotting Sabah's secession, not many of the present champions of state rights including Yong raised even a murmur in public.

Just before the PBS pullout from BN in 1990, Jeffrey confronted Yong on the matter and raised the possibility that might result in him being detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) since he was the party advisor. Yong, then a PBS deputy president, replied that "the detention (Jeffrey's) under ISA would be a small sacrifice for Sabah".

Jeffrey's take then was that the PBS pullout from BN would give the authorities additional reasons for his detention besides his campaign for Sabah rights. Yong convinced another deputy president, Bernard Giluk Dompok, that PBS should pull out from the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN). Both then prevailed upon Chief Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan to make that fateful decision on the eve of the general election in 1990. Jeffrey was held under the ISA as Mahathir felt that it would be the best way to punish Pairin.

The PBS pullout from BN gave Mahathir the excuse that he had been waiting for to send Umno into Sabah. The issue of Sabah rights was consigned to the dustbin by the federal government. The rest is history.

Yong was also instrumental in Umno seizing control of Sabah in 1994 from PBS after the latter had successfully fought the state election for an unprecedented fourth term. This was despite Yong deserting the party on the eve of the state election and getting the registration of SAPP approved within 24 hours. Yong formed SAPP and aligned himself with Umno in the state election after Pairin rejected his demand that he (Yong) be given the exclusive right to name all the Chinese PBS candidates.

Pairin had better claim

Pairin, reportedly Sabah's best chess player, did not want Yong to pack PBS with only his supporters and ignore other Chinese leaders. Moreover, Yong's demand out of the blue fuelled the psychic in Pairin that the former planned to flee after the state election and team up with Umno.

In any case, Yong's SAPP won less Chinese seats than PBS and proved that he could not claim to be the undisputed leader of the community in Sabah. Pairin and PBS had an even better claim.

Yong's "political mischief-making" did not end however with his party's dismal three-seat performance in the 1994 state election to bolster Umno's 20-seat win.

Yong called upon Sng Chee Hwa, the same Sarawak tycoon who took him to see Mahathir Mohamad and had SAPP approved, to help plot the downfall of the one-month-old PBS government. The moneybags came in from Labuan as well besides Sarawak. It was not long before both Dompok and Joseph Kurup were lured away from PBS to form their own parties and make common cause with Umno-SAPP. Other state assemblypersons from PBS joined Umno.

Yong was the kingpin after the Pairin administration fell and even went on to become Chief Minister for two years in a state government dominated ever since then by Umno. The issue of Sabah rights never crossed his mind.

Yong was also disqualified in the Likas election petition in 1999 over the electoral rolls being padded with illegal immigrants holding MyKads issued via the backdoor. After the setback, the Election Commission had a law passed in Parliament to state that no election result can be challenged once gazetted.

After Likas, Yong had no seat whether in the state assembly or Parliament until Batu Sapi presented itself. Yong has been in the political cold for a long spell and hopes that he can redeem himself in Batu Sapi by harping on Sabah rights.

Main plank

Hence, it's ironic that Yong today should make Sabah rights the main plank of his campaign in Batu Sapi. His challenge to an Umno chief minister on Sabah rights holds no water. An Umno chief minister cannot be expected to stand up for Sabah rights.

Yong has a lot of explaining to do on the autonomy of Sabah being compromised by his various acts of commission and omission, overtly and covertly, after he had a good 10-year run in PBS. He should explain what Umno is doing in Sabah today. He was willing to trash PBS in the process of facilitating the entry of the Peninsular Malaysia-based Umno into Sabah. Now, he sheds "crocodile tears" over Sabah rights after having done in the most powerful local party ever to dominate the politics of the state.

Yong is treading on a minefield with his emphasis on Sabah rights. PBS does not have to explain what it has done so far for Sabah rights. The party was in the forefront with its "Sabah for Sabahans" campaign theme from 1985. Yong has since borrowed the theme for Batu Sapi resulting in Musa Aman labeling his approach as out-dated.

All PBS has to do is to tell the people that it was doing well on the issue of Sabah rights until Yong teamed up with the ruling Malay elite in Kuala Lumpur and threw a spanner in the works.

Now, PBS's options on Sabah rights are limited as a member of the BN. It was this realisation that led to Pairin advising his brother, Jeffrey, to make his own independent waves on the issue of Sabah rights.

Jeffrey appears to be doing well on that score despite distractions like that posed by Yong trying to hijack the issue of Sabah rights for his self-serving agenda.

BN leaders, too, especially from Dompok's United PasokMomogun KadazanDusunMurut Organisation (Upko), have also jumped on the bandwagon of Sabah rights. Cynics swear that this is because they have been left out from the spoils of office. All it takes is some federal government projects to be channelled their way to silence them on the issue of Sabah rights.


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