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Posted: 17 Jan 2011 08:20 AM PST
TransliterationYa ayyuha allatheena amanooinnama alkhamru walmaysiru wal-ansabuwal-azlamu rijsun min AAamali ashshaytanifajtaniboohu laAAallakum tuflihoon
Sahih InternationalO you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah ], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful.
Surah Al Ma'idah Ayat ke 90. Al Qur'an Al Karim.
Wahai orang-orang yang beriman! Bahawa sesungguhnya arak, dan judi, dan pemujaan berhala, dan mengundi nasib dengan batang-batang anak panah, adalah (semuanya) kotor (keji) dari perbuatan Syaitan. Oleh itu hendaklah kamu menjauhinya supaya kamu berjaya.
Saya merujuk kepada isu tentang usaha Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya mahu menguatkuasakan larangan terhadap mana mana premis dimana arak dijual dan disajikan untuk menggajikan pekerja Islam dan perkara ini sedang heboh diperkatakan oleh orang orang seperti Exco Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan Selangor Darul Ehsan dari DAP Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew yang mengarahkan MPSJ untuk menarik balik larangan tersebut!
Kekalutan pihak bukan Islam ini bukan hanya melibatkan pihak exco kerajaan pembangkang negeri Selangor tetapi juga turut menyaksikan Menteri Pelancongan Malaysia Dato Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen yang sama sama melenting meminta agar pihak MPSJ tidak meneruskan larangan terhadap pekerja yang beragama Islam bekerja di premis yang menjual atau menghidangkan arak.
Saksikan video berikut :
Bilamana Ronnie Liu dan Ng Yen Yen melenting dan membantah akan tindakan pihak MPSJ mahu menguatkuasakan larangan terhadap orang orang Islam bekerja dipremis premis yang menjual dan menghidangkan arak, saya boleh mengatakan bahawa exco negeri Selangor tersebut dan menteri kerajaan persekutuan itu jahil tentang hukum hakam Islam dan oleh kerana itu mereka menyuarakan pendapat mereka berdasarkan kefahaman masing masing yang cuma melihat kemungkinan pekerja pekerja beragama Islam terbabit akan hilang kerja dan punca pendapatan!
Ronnie Liu dan Ng Yen Yen tidak tahu tentang bab dosa dan pahala menurut undang undang Islam.
Yang saya nak tanya adalah kenapa orang orang Melayu yang beragama Islam turut jahil sama seperti Ronnie Liu dan Ng Yen Yen boleh semberono sahaja bekerja menjual dan menyajikan arak sebagai punca pendapatan mereka?
Apakah mereka yang terlibat ini tidak tahu akan halal atau haramnya sesuatu pekerjaan itu?
Apakah mereka yang berkenaan ini jahil tahap gaban sehingga tak sedar bahawa punca pendapatan mereka adalah haram dan sekiranya mereka ini mempunyai keluarga dan menanggung makan minum dan segala perbelanjaan keluarga mereka itu dengan hasil gaji dari pekerjaan dipremis premis menjual dan menyajikan arak itu maka secara tak langsong keluarga mereka sudah tercemar dengan memakan rezeki haram dan terlarang menurut hukum hakam Syariat Islam?
Saya berani jamin bahawa sekiranya tuan puan membuat lawatan mengejut kemana mana pusat hiburan dikawasan segitiga emas Kuala Lumpur dan persekitarannya, besar kemungkinan anda akan mendapati para pelayan bar dan kelab malam disana terdiri dari kalangan orang orang Melayu baik lelaki mahupun perempuan!
Saya pernah mendedahkan perkara ini didalam satu artikel karangan saya disini. Saya sempat merakam video menunjukkan bukti sahih akan kemaksiatan sesetengah pekerja Melayu ini dengan selamba sahaja boleh menghidangkan arak dan ada pelayan bar seorang ni menegok sahaja saki baki arak wain yang ada didalam gelas dihadapan khalayak awam! Saksikan sendiri:
Ronnie Liu dan Ng Yen Yen tak akan tahu bahawa Islam melarang umatnya melibatkan diri dengan arak, judi dan bertenung nasib! Mereka berdua kaffir dan bukan Islam. Tak ada guna kita nak marah kepada kedua kaffir ini kerana mereka belum tahu akan haramnya bagi seseorang Muslim mencari makan dengan mana mana pekerjaan yang melibatkan arak.
Yang perlu kita persoalkan adalah orang orang Melayu yang boleh tanpa malu dan segan mencari makan dengan bekerja didalam premis premis penjualan arak. Akal pergi mana beb?
Hello brader / sista! Lu memang tak tahu ke beb bahawa arak itu haram? Gua hairan beb macam mana didalam zaman ilmu pengetahuan tentang Islam sudah seribu empat ratus tahun lebih terbentang luas didepan mata dan mudah didapati, lu boleh buta kayu dan selamba dek saja cari makan dengan kerja haram ni, beb? Lu memang tak belajar agama setitik pun selama lu sudah dewasa ke beb?
Begitu gaya dan bahasa orang orang yang kononnya moden dan tinggal dikotaraya. Cakap mesti lu gua, dan bro atau sista!
Tetapi dari segi perbandingan dengan mereka yang menjaga diri dan taat terhadap perintah Allah dan menjauhi diri dari terlibat dengan maksiat, maka kumpulan buta kayu ini memang teramat rugi sekali jika mereka mati tanpa sempat untuk bertaubat!
Rugi besar syeikh! Bayangkanlah betapa besar dosa seseorang yang meminum arak dan turut sama menyajikannya? Menjual, membawa, memesan, mengedar, mengeluar dan apa apa sahaja usaha yang mempromosikan arak didalam apa cara sekalipun?
Ada juga dikalangan orang orang Melayu yang boleh saja memakai baju jersi T sukan yang tertera lambang syarikat arak seperti 'Carlsberg'. Mereka ini selalunya samada golongan yang menganggap diri sebagai 'Melayu urban' atau golongan yang tak faham apakejadahnya maksud sesuatu lambang atau jenama yang terpampang didada baju T mereka tetapi hanya tahu memakai sahaja.
Pernah semasa saya ke Kuala Terengganu dan berjalan dipantai bersama isteri saya singgah digerai gerai yang terdapat dipersisiran pantai. Ada gerai gerai yang menjual pelbagai baju T. Terkejut benar saya melihat apa yang tertera dibeberapa helai baju T yang dijual digerai tersebut!
Jelas tercetak perkataan lucah didalam Bahasa Inggeris yang bermula dengan huruf 'M****rf****r'!
Saya bertanya kepada pakcik yang siap berkopiah yang duduk menjual baju baju tersebut samada ia sedar ke tidak akan maksud perkataan yang terdapat pada baju T jualannya itu?
Ia menggeleng kepala menyatakan tidak tahu. Ada pembekal baju T datang meminta ia menjual baju baju seperti itu kerana anak anak muda di Ganu Kita suka benar memakai baju baju gaya barat maka ia setuju saja untuk menggantungkan baju baju tersebut digerai nya!
Saya pergi membisikkan maksud perkataan itu ke telinga pakcik tua itu. Berubah airmukanya dan dengan pantas ia terus pergi menurunkan baju baju bertulis lucah itu dan menyimpannya kedalam kotak! Berterimakasih ia kepada saya dan beriya iya berkata bahawa sekiranya ia faham bahasa orang putih kotor begitu mesti ia tak akan ambil dari pembekal!
Kes Ronnie Liu dengan Ng Yen Yen lebih kurang serupa le. Mereka tak tahu akan larangan Islam terhadap arak, judi dan bertenung nasib.
Kalau mereka tahu sekalipun, mereka akan begitu juga. Mereka peduli apa samada pekerja pekerja Muslim itu berdosa ke tidak bekerja dipremis premis arak?
Tidak ada bezanya bagi mereka itu. Yang mesti kita soal adalah pekerja Muslim berkenaan?
Tak kan dah tua bangka, masih tak reti reti akan halal haram sesuatu pekerjaan itu?
Akal pergi mana beb?
Nak tunggu Jamil Khir datang bising ke?
Kekadang u all ni manja sangat lah!
Nak kita buat macam Taliban sebat di Afghanistan dulu, u all kata Kerajaan zalim lah , ganas lah!
Tetapi kalau dibiarkan, u all semakin melampau!
Sendiri mau ingat lah bro / sista!
Macamanalah Malaysia nak maju?
Jika ada maarof sintok macam u?
Bawa bawalah bertaubat beb!
Kerajaan sibuk nak cari peluang bisnes halalan bil toyyibban untuk rakyat, u all yang otak bengap macam itu kaldai Baghdad sibuk cari masaalah lah!
Tolong skitlah bro. Pergilah cari rezeki halal!
Bangla dan Mat Indon pandai datang cari rezeki halal, u all pulak yang kelabu mata, dok gi togok benda haram!
Kamu nak persalahkan siapa lagi, beb?
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Posted: 17 Jan 2011 07:30 AM PST
By William de Cruz and Greg Lopez
Hundreds of thousands of Malaysians living overseas have been locked out of voting in every federal election since 2002 because Malaysian law has discriminated against them.
Laws under which Malaysia's election commission operates only allow four categories of citizens living abroad to cast their votes as 'absent voters', defined in general terms as registered voters living outside of Malaysian territories. These absent-voter categories cover only military personnel, public servants, full-time students and their spouses, who may participate in elections by lodging their votes with their respective high commissions or consulates.
All other citizens living abroad are not considered absent voters and, by exclusion in law, cannot use a diplomatic office to vote – they have no choice but return to Malaysia whenever an election is called.
But just as a potentially huge voting force is fenced off from the most basic democratic process, a growing movement of Malaysians who want to be counted in federal elections has taken shape.
Since 2008, when the last Malaysian vote saw the Barisan Nasional government lose its two-third majority – which for 53 years had allowed a ruling coalition to rewrite the Constitution at will – Malaysians from Australia to England and elsewhere have been agitating for their right to become absent voters (read here)
Andrew Yong, co-ordinator of MyOverseasVote, a campaign recently founded in London, is in Malaysia exploring legal avenues to rectify the constitutional deficiency and extend voting rights to all Malaysians living overseas, without discrimination.
The MOV website, www.myoverseasvote.org, states: " Our legal advice is that the discriminatory provisions are an abuse of the election commission's discretion under the law and a violation of the grant of equality under the Federal Constitution."
The campaign further lists as its objectives, "To end discrimination against Malaysian citizens who are living outside Malaysia, re-enfranchise Malaysian citizens overseas and to re-engage them in charting the future course of Malaysia."
Says John Khoo, founder of SABMOZ (Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia Australia) in Sydney: "Malaysians citizens simply want to participate in the future.
"The right to vote is a fundamental tenet of a practising democracy – it is the right of the people to choose their political representatives and, by extension, their government."
Disturbingly, according to Khoo, diplomatic offices in some countries have turned away full-time students, eligible under EC law, who have wanted to register as absent voters in their countries of residence. News has emerged, through a network of like-minded Malaysian organisations, that full-time students who have wanted to register as absent voters have been told only "government scholars" are eligible.
Medical student Amanda Lim was a 21-year-old registered voter in London before the last election. Unable to fly home to vote, she applied to her embassy for a postal vote, but was rejected – "I was told that this would not be possible as I wasn't a government scholar," she said.
"I felt extremely insulted. My parents work hard and pay taxes in Malaysia, and I worked hard to earn a place to study medicine at King's College, London.
"I intend to return to serve my country. So I find this kind of discrimination really gutting. It puts people off voting and discourages the young from returning to Malaysia."
The frustration with the EC is palpable and growing, as is the gnawing suspicion that a ruling BN is ever reluctant to open the election franchise to all Malaysians living abroad – after all, today's privileged absent voters owe their livelihood, their very salaries, to the serving government; ditto 'government scholars'.
But the recent voices of agitation have not gone unheard.
An official of Malaysia's EC, Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya, said in a Sydney-KL telephone interview on 25 November: "EC is aware of the issue. Malaysians have contacted us to raise this issue. We are looking at it seriously."
However, when asked if change to the law was imminent, SPR said a statement would be forthcoming. At time of publication, no statement had been issued.
But Messrs Yong and Khoo are not waiting.
MyOverseasVote in London is also calling to "bring legal proceedings against the election commission challenging the discriminatory provisions in the 2002 Regulations".
In Australia, Khoo and equally determined Malaysians have set up SABM chapters in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, with the collective objective of, among other goals, giving SABMOZ a voice on behalf of Malaysians who want to be considered absent voters by the election commission, not absentees in the voting system.
So far, all the pushing is coming from the ground up, and Opposition politicians visiting Australia on fund-raisers and awareness campaigns appear to be embracing pragmatism – an election could be only months away, leaving little time for legislative change – in favour of a more strident and public call for equal treatment of all Malaysians by the commission.
Most recently, Anwar Ibrahim himself, the de facto leader of Pakatan Rakyat – an Opposition coalition comprising the DAP, Pas and Anwar's Parti Keadilan Rakyat – visited Sydney.
Anwar made no mention of the postal vote at a dinner for which about 150 had paid for the privilege of sharing an evening with a man whose political trajectory has seen him go from being Prime Minister-in-waiting to prisoner to PM-hopeful again. The Opposition leader said he hoped to return in a different capacity soon, and to that end implored the faithfully gathered to do whatever they can, give some money, send a message, blog. Then he went as far as to mirror previous PR visitors to the New South Wales capital city, who implored Malaysians to "fly back and vote".
But if the Malaysians now striving to bring change from without have their way, the nation's absentee voters may not have to pay to vote.
Yolanda Augustin, a supporter of Friends of Pakatan Rakyat in Britain, minces no words in summing up the shared sentiment: "We are committed to seeing the growth of democracy, transparency and good governance in Malaysia."
"This has to start with clean, free and fair elections."
"The commission's discriminatory practices with regards to overseas voting rights are neither fair nor free."
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 07:24 AM PST
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 07:04 AM PST
By Stanley Koh, the head of research unit at MCA
It turns out that the government you voted in
Barisan Nasional has apparently decided that the
So what is the use of a government that will
Few believe that the removal of subsidies on
It is better for Malaysians to be rich and to
You do not need an economist to tell you that
In what we may call the Malaysian Misery Index,
Most Malaysians do not expect the situation to
Two years ago, the BN government announced that
When the GST (goods and services tax) is fully
Some have argued that imposing GST on Malaysian
Indeed, the future looks bleak.
Yet, quite a number of us are gullible enough to
Instead of believing the promises of a
Ronald Reagan once described inflation as a
So how do we fight the inflation of food prices?
Economists generally agree that the average
To fight inflation
Here are some of the things we can do:
– Stop eating at expensive restaurants.
– Tell friends and acquaintances about shops
– Avoid buying expensive beverages or foodstuff
Perhaps economist Milton Friedman was right when
Malaysians do not take the official Consumer
Many suspect that the government uses it as an
The average household consumption expenditure
According to Prof Lim Teck Ghee, real household
Today, a family of five spends 50% to 60% of
Not long ago, there was official acknowledgement
In fact, the biggest failure of the Ninth
'Why not change the government?'
In 2006, when Najib Tun Razak was Deputy Prime
A blogger by the name of Chong wrote in
"Inflation has gone up 4.5% (and above) and the
Others felt it would be easier to change the
"Instead of listening to Najib asking us to
To me, that makes a lot of sense. Any government
When such a government decides to cut subsidies,
Any government that stands accused of having
Stanley Koh was the head of research unit at
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 06:50 AM PST
From the desk of Dr Tan Kee Kwong.
Salam. I read with great interest today papers about your comments. *
*In it you were quoted that those who talk bad about Felda & called it
The sad truth is that after you took charge of Felda in 2005, you turned
I am sure you know that for the next General Election, Felda schemes &
They have been exploited & taken for a ride.
Why the many cash handouts?
Please explain the following.
1. In 2001, the cash reserves of Felda was RM4.5 billion with ZERO borrowing
* Recently your Deputy Minister replied that the cash reserves has plunged to
* This is despite the fact that for the past 3 years, the CPO price has been
* If you have looked after Felda properly the cash reseves should now be at
2. New Felda HQ in KLCC. Said to cost RM662 million, explain how this six
*going to help the poor peneroka, many of whom only get nett RM500 per
*Why a huge deposit of RM235 million paid even before construction started?
*Why the decision was made at a secret meeting in your DPM's office in
*Recently Ahmad Maslan siad this is a very good investment as it has already
*Pray how did he come to this conclusion when the building is not even finished
3. Felda Global Ventures.
*We also know that since day one it has been losing money, in fact it has lost
* Twin Rivers Project in USA, invested RM500 million, Cattle rearing project
4. Why the need to borrow from EPF?
* To all the EPF contributors beware, your money is used to finance
5. Skim Tabung tanam semula.
* He has been contributing to this fund for past 17 years & has accumulated
*However when he replanted his old oil trees, he did not use the fund but
* It has been 3 years now tried to get his OWN money back, but the
6. Felda settlers to camp outside Felda HQ.
*So this case I quoted above is widespread & happening in many. many
7. Oil palm fruit sent to Mill.
* It was a landmark case. On appeal Felda lost the case. Soon after that
**I DARE YOU
**1. Subject the whole of Felda to an independant audit & publish the
2. Felda has 43 subsidiaries publish all their annual reports & subject them
DR TAN KEE KWONG IS THE SON OF THE LATE TAN CHEE KHOON.
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 06:39 AM PST
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Posted: 17 Jan 2011 05:38 AM PST
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Revolutions in World History (Themes in World History)
Those who watched President Ben Ali delivering his most recent speech noticed a man with a trembling voice saying the opposite of what he stood for.
He said that he was sorry, that he's been duped by his entourage, that now he got the message and that he will leave power in 2014.
Was he genuine or just buying time.? He is definitely in damage control mode, and while we don't know for sure what his next move will be, it's pretty much obvious that the glass ceiling of fear has been for ever shattered in Tunisia and that the police state that Ben Ali created in 1987 when he came to power in a coup seems to be disintegrating.
It all started about a month ago when a public suicide of a frustrated, disillusioned Tunisian grew into widespread anger. Days later the ink-spot has been ever growing in an unprecedented scope and magnitude.
The Industrial Revolution in World History
The outcry against unemployment rapidly evolved into a popular movement asking for Ben Ali to leave power, for corruption to be rooted out and for the repressive police apparatus to be held accountable for human rights abuses.
My first trip to Tunisia was in 1999 during the general elections which were a classic example of vote rigging. The polls were swept by the ruling party. Few cosmetic reforms were ensued to placate the international community.
But Ben Ali's desire for unchallenged rule was insatiable. A clampdown on the opposition continued showing no signs of abating. He kept rigging votes, trampling on the constitution confident his actions wouldn't stir muddy waters.
Slave Rebellion in Brazil: The Muslim Uprising of 1835 in Bahia (Johns Hopkins Studies in Atlantic History and Culture)
The US and France were in love with Ben Ali. They were impressed with his persecution of the Islamists, his economic agenda was touted as a brilliant model that could be replicated in North Africa. and he proved to be a staunch US ally actively involved in the controversial rendition programme.
For these reasons, the US tolerated Ben Ali's long record on human rights abuses. and when young people were killed in the recent protests, Washington and Paris chose to stand by their ally.
Revolutions in the Atlantic World: A Comparative History
French newspaper Le Monde lashed out at President Sarkozy and the EU's "Silence over the Tragedy". When unrest broke in the country, President Ben Ali blamed it on "terrorists" – a reaction very symptomatic of dictators completely detached from reality who rush to lay the blame on a scapegoat to deflect attention from the core issue: that He alone is to blame.
His fear tactic backfired. He later backtracked by firing his closest aides, apologising for not listening to his people and promising more liberties and rights.
A panicky information minister who has banned Al Jazeera from reporting inside the country, suddenly appeared on the channel's main show. When asked by the news anchor ( a Tunisian) about whether Al Jazeera would be granted access, the official paused for a second and then said: "please tune in to our local channel and show the world the thousands of people now taking to the streets chanting slogans of support for their leader!".
But their leader is widely known for making a plethora of pledges only to be broken afterwards.
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I arrived in Tunis on January 1, only a few days after a wave of rallies had erupted due to the suicide of an unemployed college graduate, who torched himself after police confiscated his fruit cart, cutting off his only source of income. Mohammed Bouazizi, 26, sold fruit and vegetables without the necessary vendor's permit in the town of Sidi Bouzid, located 160 miles from the country's capital Tunis.
At the time, Tunisians had been protesting for a couple of weeks over poor living conditions, high unemployment, government corruption and repression. Three people had been killed in the protests by the time of my arrival. The atmosphere was tense, public protests were rare in Tunisia where dissent was usually repressed; however, no one I spoke to in Tunis believed then that these demonstrations would lead to the ouster of President Zein El Abidine Ben Ali who eventually fled the country to Saudi Arabia after ruling Tunisia for 23 years.
The Jasmine Revolution, as it is dubbed now, was not televised on Tunisia's main television station,Tunisie7, nor did it make headlines in the local press, but the news spread like wildfire on Facebook, YouTube, mobile phone, and to a lesser extent on Twitter (most of the tweets were from outside Tunisia).
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Prior to my arrival to Tunis, I had spent the past five weeks in the UAE, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Territories debating social media, its impact on youth, and its relationship with journalism in the Arab world with my interlocutors.
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It is very easy, but over-simplistic and naive to decide on a social media interpretation for the Jasmine Revolution, as we have been witnessing by many bloggers and self-appointed Middle East experts, many of whom neither speak Arabic nor have spent an extended period of time in the Middle East. They desperately want to convince us that Tunisians needed an external technological Western invention in order to succeed. A Twitter revolution of some sorts, as they previously labeled the Iranian Velvet Revolution, as though Arab masses were not capable on their own of saying "enough is enough."
Certainly social media was used as a communication tool for Tunisians to air their frustrations with the economy, unemployment, censorship, and corruption. But many factors lead to its success, such as a well organized trade unions movement, and the most potent weapon in the Arab world, the youth.
Population ageing is widespread across the world, but most Arab countries have been experiencing a youth explosion. More than one third of them are now unemployed. Tunisia is a bit different since it is one of the few Arab countries that opted for a family planning policy initiated during the rule of its first president, Habib Bourguiba. Tunisia, however, has also adopted a development plan with a focus on higher education, leaving a large number of young college graduates unemployed.
The Iranian Revolution: Its Global Impact
When I was driving around in Tunis, posters of President Zein El Abidine Ben Ali were sprinkled throughout the city with the slogan, "Together We Meet Challenges," a slogan meant to tout his plan of development by focusing on job creation, increasing revenue and enhancing Tunisia's positioning and influence on the regional and international scales. This obviously has failed, leaving a country of over- educated youth, many of whom are unemployed or doing menial jobs. Mohammed Bouazizi was the catalyst for their revolution.
Today, millions of Arab youth are disenchanted with politics and live a dramatic rupture with the state. Restrictions on freedom of expression, though improving in several countries, dominate the mass media in the Arab world. Social media has in many instances opened the door for them not only to share ideas, but also to take action. We've seen a vivid example of this during the Jeddah floods when the Saudi government tried to suppress the news about the devastation caused by nature due to poor infrastructure in the Arab world's richest country, but the news quickly spread on Facebook and the internet by concerned young Saudis. We've witnessed a bread revolution in Egypt, also driven by high unemployment and poverty; again initially transmitted to the outside world by young bloggers before it became international headlines.
What Went Wrong?: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response
Throughout history, when social discontent can no longer be contained, people have taken to the street to demand change. Having the most rudimentary technology, or none at all have not prevented these movements, a case in point being hand printed pamphlets distributed prior to the French Revolution, Gandhi's ability to inspire and mobilize through the exponential power of word of mouth, and the leaflets and tape recordings of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini speeches that were smuggled into the country prior to the Iranian Revolution.
Mohammed Bouazizi's self immolation was the expression not only of his despair, but that of youth throughout Tunisia ready to explode. Although they are an educated tech-savvy generation who were able to use social media as a tool, the underlying force was not a byproduct of this and the current situation would have come to pass with or without it.
Crediting social media with these revolutions however, trivializes them and does a disservice to the deep rooted issues that cause them.
As I was leaving Tunis on January 4, news spread again like wildfire of Mohammed Bouazizi's death at a hospital in the town of Ben Arous. Today, Mohsen Bouterfif died. Mohsen doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire on Thursday after a meeting with the mayor of the small city of Boukhadra who was unable to provide him with a job and housing. Boukhadra is in Algeria.
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 04:08 AM PST
Watch King's historic speech below.
"Who, then, is greedy? — The one who does not remain content with self sufficiency. Who is the one who deprives others? The one who hoards what belongs to everyone. Are you not greedy? Are you not one who deprives others? You have received these things for stewardship, and have turned them into your own property! Is not the one who tears off what another is wearing called a clothes-robber? But the one who does not clothe the naked, when he was able to do so — what other name does he deserve? The bread that you hold on to belongs to the hungry; the cloak you keep locked in your storeroom belongs to the naked; the shoe that is moldering in your possession belongs to the person with no shoes; the silver that you have buried belongs to the person in need. You do an injury to as many people as you might have helped with all these things!"
Martin Luther King Day memorials tend to celebrate King the Civil Rights leader, stressing his activism on behalf of interracial equality and reconciliation. We slight his emphasis on the link between racism and poverty and so neglect King the advocate of the poor. At the time of his assassination King was participating in the Memphis Sanitation Workers' struggle to achieve a decent wage while simultaneously planning the Poor People's Campaign. King's sermons, speeches and writings echo ancient Christian teachings on poverty and wealth, which may still serve as a resource for the contemporary struggle to overcome economic inequality. He was a 20th century exemplar of a very old tradition.
Princeton Historian Peter Brown argues convincingly that "a revolution in the social imagination occurred between 300 and 600 C.E. closely associated with the rise to power of the Christian bishop. For the Christian bishop was held by contemporaries to owe his position in no small part to his role as the guardian of the poor. He was the 'lover of the poor' par excellence." The 4th century bishops, St. Basil of Caesarea, St. Gregory of Nyssa, and St. Gregory of Nazianzus elucidated this novel virtue and its centrality to the community life of Christians. In 369 a severe drought followed by famine prompted Basil to preach a sermon on the parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:16-18), the man who decides to tear down his barns and build new ones to hold his surplus grain. "But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be? So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." Basil elaborates:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2011: Nation Ponders King In Wake Of Arizona Shooting…
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
The federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. has taken on added meaning for most Americans this year, as they try to make sense of the violence in Arizona that left six people dead and a member of Congress fighting for her life.
A state that once resisted the notion of a federal King holiday – and last year was the setting for a sharp-tongued debate on immigration – now finds itself in search of solace after the Jan. 8 attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the throng of people around her outside a grocery store in Tucson. The balm of choice is King, a pacifist Southern preacher whose own life was cut short by gun violence. "Dr. King's message was about inclusion and the recognition of human dignity, of human rights and making sure that all of our voices are heard," said Imani Perry, an African-American studies professor at Princeton University. "I hope people in Arizona, in particular, embrace that part of his message. The politics in Arizona recently have often seemed to revolve around excluding people."
Monday marks the 25th federal observance of the birth of King, whose words were often met with hate and resistance during one of the nation's most turbulent and transformative eras. Today, King is one of the country's most celebrated citizens and the only one to be honored with a national holiday who did not serve as a U.S. president.
"So little of his real politics show up in these annual commemorations," said Morgan State University professor Jared Ball. "Instead of actually reading what he wrote or listening to what he said, we pick catchphrases and throw his name around. We all feel for the tragic incident that took place in Arizona, but this is happening to people all over the world every day in one form or another."
Many use the King holiday to celebrate King's life and struggle for human rights. Some choose to honor King by following the Baptist preacher's example of service to their fellow man. For others, the holiday is equal to Presidents' or Columbus Day: Just an excuse for a long weekend, to take a short vacation or do nothing.
Martin Luther King III, head of The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, said the Arizona tragedy is a grim reminder that the country has not yet achieved his father's dream of a peaceful society.
"When incidents occur like what we saw in Arizona, it shows us how much work we must do to create the kind of nation where nonviolence is embraced," King said.
A national remembrance of the civil rights icon is an opportunity for the country to renew its commitment to King's cause. Absent that, it's unclear how his legacy would be remembered, said Rice University history professor Douglas Brinkley.
"The holiday brought the freedom struggle into the main narrative," Brinkley said. "The day is meant to be a moment of reflection against racism, poverty and war. It's not just an African-American holiday. The idea of that day is to try to understand the experience of people who had to overcome racism but in the end are part and parcel of the American quilt."
An AP-GfK poll shows that Barack Obama's term as the nation's first black president has not shifted views on the nation's progress toward King's dream of racial equality. According to the poll, 77 percent feel there has been significant progress toward King's dream – about the same percentage as found by a 2006 AP-Ipsos poll (75 percent).
Overall, 30 percent interviewed for the AP-GfK poll say they will do something to commemorate the King holiday this year, up from 23 percent in 2006. About three in four respondents said King is deserving of a national holiday.
King, who was born Jan. 15, 1929, was killed at age 39. He has now been dead longer than he lived, and each commemoration adds more distance between his generation and those who came after and directly benefited from his life's work.
"The struggle that the holiday itself has is to not just be a day off," Brinkley said. "We have trouble with that. We have to constantly be vigilant not to let that happen."
Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s: A Brief History with Documents (The Bedford Series in History and Culture)
Legislation calling for a federal King holiday was introduced in Congress by Rep. John Conyers of Michigan just four days after King's April 4, 1968, assassination. Later that same year, Coretta Scott King, his widow, started The Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in the basement of the couple's Atlanta home.
She was also committed early on to Conyers' proposal – an ironic tribute to a man who usually didn't make much of his birthday. It would be another 15 years before Congress warmed to the idea and passed it into law.
President Ronald Reagan signed the bill establishing the third Monday in January as the Martin Luther King National Holiday on Nov. 3, 1983, and the first observance was Jan. 20, 1986. That year, 17 states also had official King holidays, including Illinois, which recognized King with a holiday in 1973, the first state to do so.
Arizona established, then rescinded, a King holiday in the 1980s, but finally joined the federal observance in 1992. New Hampshire was the last state to honor King, in 1999.
Today, the King holiday also is observed in more than 100 countries, according to The King Center.
In 1994, the meaning of the holiday shifted as Coretta Scott King called for less of an emphasis on his life and more of a focus on his legacy. The mission was expanded to include volunteerism, interracial cooperation and youth anti-violence initiatives.
More than a million Americans are expected to participate in 13,000 projects around the country on the King Day of Service, said Patrick Corvington, head of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency charged with administering service projects on the King holiday. The focus on service makes the holiday more inclusive, Corvington said.
Corporate America has been slower to respond. A survey of 300 businesses by the Bureau of National Affairs showed three in 10 will give all or most of their workers a paid holiday on Monday. The legal and business publisher reports the figure is a significant increase over the first 11 years of the federal holiday observance.
I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World, Special 75th Anniversary Edition (Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929)
According to the BNA survey, only 14 percent of surveyed businesses made the King Day a paid holiday in 1986, and figures stayed in the teens until a 1993, when the number rose to 24 percent. Since 2003, the number has hovered around 30 percent of employers.
Basil enacted the Christian social vision he preached by establishing a hospice and soup kitchen for the famine victims and later developed a large complex to house the poor, tend the sick, and where the poor who could work were employed or trained in various trades. Around 369, St. Gregory of Nyssa preached on almsgiving: "Do not look down on those who lie at your feet, as if you judged them worthless. Consider who they are, and you will discover their dignity: they have put on the countenance of our Savior; for the one who loves humanity has lent them his own face, so that through it they might shame those who lack compassion and hate the poor." In a sermon on the Last Judgment scene in Matthew 25:31-46, in which care for the poor is the standard of judgment "for in as much as you did it [or did it not] to the least of these you did it to me." St. Gregory of Nazianzus warns that we should fear condemnation if we "have not ministered to Christ through those in need … Let us take care of Christ, then, while there is still time: let us visit Christ in his sickness, let us give to Christ to eat, let us clothe Christ in his nakedness, let us do honor to Christ in his needy ones, in those who lie on the ground here before us this day." .
In 1956, King preached a sermon that echoed Basil's condemnation of greed: "God never intended for a group of people to live in superfluous, inordinate wealth while others live in abject, deadening poverty. God intends for all of His children to have the basic necessities of life, and He has left in this universe enough and to spare for that purpose. So I call upon you to bridge the gulf between abject poverty and superfluous wealth." In 1962, King preached, "I see hungry boys and girls in this nation and other nations and think about the fact that we spend more than a million dollars a day storing surplus food. And I say to myself 'I know where we can store that food free of charge – in the wrinkled stomachs of the millions of people in our nation and in this world who go to bed hungry at night.'"
In 1961, preaching on the same text from Luke as Basil, King linked racism and poverty, "You see this man was foolish because the richer he became materially the poorer he became spiritually…. This man was a fool because he failed to realize his dependence on others… Now this text has a great deal of bearing on our struggle in race relations… For what is white supremacy but the foolish notion that God made a mistake and stamped an eternal stigma of inferiority on a certain race of people; what is white supremacy but the foolishness of believing that one race is good enough to dominate another race?…And there was a final reason why this man was foolish. He failed to realize his dependence on God…because he felt that he was the creator instead of the creature."
Like the ancient "Fathers of the Church" King emphasized that "the least of these" are children and "icons" of God, whose treatment is the measure of our "salvation or damnation" as persons and as a nation. Like them he argued that excess wealth is "robbed from the poor." Like them he cautioned us against the ineluctable tendency of consumption to addict us to status and power. Like them he exhorted us to "move from being a thing-oriented, to a person-oriented" society. This year, as economic crisis threatens severe cutbacks to social services for the needy, we would do well to celebrate Martin Luther King Day by remembering and resolving to emulate his advocacy of the poor in our personal and political actions.
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 04:35 AM PST
Semalam SPR mencadangkan untuk meminda sedikit undang-undangnya bagi melaksanakan sistem pengundian secara 'proxy' didalam pilihanraya yang akan datang. Ianya bermakna jika saya tidak dapat hadzir dipeti undi untuk mengundi saya boleh mewakilkan diri saya kepada orang lain untuk mengundi bagi pihak saya.
Ini merupakan satu tindakan yang amat merbahaya kepada demokrasi negara. SPR nampaknya sedang mengundang bencana kepada demokrasi dan memberikan hak untuk mengundi bagi pihak orang lain merupakan satu tektik pihak yang desperado untuk mendapat kuasa atau untuk mengekalkan kuasa kerana sistem 'proxy' akan pasti mengundang penipuan dan ketidak telusan pengundian.
Lepas satu datang satu lagi helah pihak yang tertentu untuk memporak perandakan amalan demokrasi kita. Saya mencadangkan supaya usaha ini ditentang kerana pengundian secara 'proxy' ini akan mengundang penipuan dan penyalah gunaan sistem ini. Kita tidak mahu melihat keresahan ramai dalam negara ini terus menerus berlaku.
Kalau sistem ini dipraktikan, eloklah kita berikan sahaja 'proxy' ini kepada Presiden UMNO sahaja atau Presiden PAS serta semua Presiden parti bagi pihak ahli-ahli untuk mereka gunakan mengikut kehendak nafsu syahwat mereka sahaja. Kalau Najib yang mencadangkan cadangan ini elok saja tidak diadakan pilihanraya lagi. Tidak usahlah berikan kuasa rakyat untuk melaksanakan sistem yang sedang kita amalkan selama ini.
Tidak akan dapat mengelak pandangan orang ramai yang akan menuduh cadangan ini adalah usaha pihak yang 'desperate' untuk mengekalkan kuasa kerana rata-rata kita lihat dan mendengar tentangan terhadap kerajaan yang berkuasa hari ini amat besar. SPR tidak mungkin tunduk dengan kehendak pihak yang tidak atau pun belum berkuasa lagi.
Semakin hari semakin banyak ragam pelik yang dilakukan oleh pihak yang memegang atau yang hampir dengan kuasa. Sistem ini akan dicabuli oleh pihak-pihak yang sudah hilang pengaruh untuk terus berkuasa dan akhirnya rakyat juga yang akan menanggung balanya.
Bagi sesiapa yang tidak dapat mengundi tidak payahlah mengundi kerana itu juga adalah satu amalan dalam demokrasi. Saya meminta SPR supaya melupakan sahaja niat untuk melaksanakan sistem gila ini kerana ianya akan menambah keresahan rakyat yang kini sudah sedia dalam keresahan melihat tindak dan laku mereka yang sedang memimpin.
Kita merasa hairan kerana undang-undang ditukar ganti macam kita menukar seluar dalam atau keluar masuk jamban sahaja. Helah ini akan mudah dibaca oleh rakyat. Samada bacaan mereka betul atau sebaliknya bukan menjadi hal.
Yang nyata ianya membayangkan yang pihak yang berkuasa sedang mencari berbagai-bagai helah untuk meneruskan kuasa dengan cara apa sekali pun.
Tak tahulah apa yang nak terjadi selepas ini. Tetapi semua berharap pihak yang bertanggunjawab berfikir habis-habisan dahulu sebelum melakukan kerja yang tidak semenggah ini.
Jangan pula undang-undang baru ini akan menjadikan proses pemilihan dalam pilihanraya itu menjadi berat sebelah. Kepada pihak yang memerintah, berhentilah membuat 'perangai'.
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 03:46 AM PST
Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof, the head of the Election Commission (EC), is an unmitigated hypocrite in his reason for the proposal to introduce proxy voting. He claimed the proposed system is aimed at empowering individuals to cast ballots on behalf of registered voters unable to do so themselves at designated voting stations.
Well, why doesn't he lift the restriction on voting for many overseas Malaysians - Malaysian citizens who are eligible to vote but deliberately marginalised from voting by a 2002 amendment to the election Act because they presumably "aren't seen to be pro BN" (i.e. those who aren't public servants, students on government scholarship, armed forces personnel, most of whom are non-Malays).
On one hand the EC deliberately disenfranchises many overseas Malaysians from voting, while now it proposes a system to enable registered voters to use surrogates to cast their votes for them. It's basically talking cock.
The proposal stinks to high heaven. How will this Abdul Aziz answer to his Maker for another EC nonsense?
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 02:35 AM PST
My first impression is absolute absurdity! The way Utusan Malaysia treated the president of National Union of Journalists (NUJ) by conducting an in-house interrogation and confining to 'house arrest' is unbelievable!
Just because Hata Wahari made an open-and-common statement about how mainstream newspapers are losing revenue from lower circulation as the result of playing too much politics, he is condemned like a traitor to the company and made a subject of domestic inquiry.
For Utusan to impose such a punitive action which many believe would lead to his sacking, the Umno-owned newspaper company is defying Hata's rights to voice out his concern over the dwindling newspaper circulation, reduced profit from advertisement and shrinking readership.
His concern was not only for Utusan but for other newspapers like Berita Harian, New Straits Times and others which, over the mushrooming of new newspapers and e-media tools have saw profit took a tumble. Too much of bias political news and politic-related substance, it seems, is shunning readers and advertisers.
Some people also accused Hata of inclining towards the Opposition but I personally dont think so. Although Lim Kit Siang and news portals such as Malaysiakini and Free Malaysia Today (which are very critical of the government) support what he said, what Hata said was very constructive.
Members of any organisation depend heavily on their respective unions to secure a better wage, benefit and other remunerations. So, when a union chief expressed something like that, it means he was worried about the future of Utusan should annual revenue keeps going down. This will directly give adverse impact on their salaries, promotion and other perks.
However, it is sad to note that rather than taking care of the business and ensuring its growth for the benefit of shareholders and workers, some newspaper companies today pull a lot of stunts in politics. Readers got easily blase.
They rather sell sentiment to meet the demand of certain politicians, and I think the government of Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak should realise that whether this pro-BN newspapers fill up their space with party news or not, they still support the legitimate government.
So, it is time for the government helps looking at their coffers as it will warranty their survival and the plight of their employees. Treating people like Hata in such a manner shows how much some employers are anti-union.
And believe it or not, I was one of NUJ office bearers during the early 1990s, during which some of my colleagues - no matter how outstanding there were in journalism - were sidelined and denied promotions for being active union committee members.
I also see the trend in Cuepacs and other unions. No, I am not accusing anybody of being anti-union but these are the facts that stay.
Many companies play politics too but not to the expense of their employees. For newspaper operators, its good to stay in the political stream as long as you dont have to sacrifice their rights to better wage and benefits. If the business goes down, not only will the workers have to face belt-tightening measures, their political master will also feel the pinch!
Posted: 16 Jan 2011 10:08 PM PST
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Posted: 16 Jan 2011 10:44 PM PST
As the court drags its feet in addressing the "Allah" controversy after more than a year, the Catholic Church has reprinted a rare 17th-century Malay-Latin dictionary in what seems to be a silent bid to speed up its case.
The "Dictionarium Malaico-Latin and Latino-Malaicum" was first published in 1631 by the Vatican Press in Rome. Church officials say it is historical proof that its missionaries had played a key role in the exchange of knowledge and culture between Europe and Southeast Asia some 400 years ago.
Reverend Lawrence Andrew, who had worked for the past 11 years to reprint the dictionary, told The Malaysian Insider it was crucial to counter the mistaken belief that the spread of Christianity through local languages in Malaysia was a recent 20th-century phenomenon.
"It's to say it's been here for a long time... 400 years," said the editor of the Catholic Church's local newspaper, The Herald Weekly.
The Herald had challenged the Home Ministry for the right to use the word "Allah" to describe God in the Christian context and had won in a landmark ruling at the High Court on New Year's Eve in 2009. But the paper is unable to use it as the ministry managed to get a stay pending its appeal.
The Court of Appeal in Putrajaya has yet to fix a hearing date for the case. Veteran lawyers have said there is little the church can do speed up the process as there are no rules on a time limit; adding it was not unusual for a case to be called years after being filed.
Andrew had submitted a copy of the dictionary as historical evidence to back the church's suit after the ministry tendered several essays by Islamic scholars from the influential Institute of Islamic Understanding here supporting its case.
The priest had got the Holy See's approval to reprint the dictionary 12 years ago but was only able to do so recently due to a lack of resources.
"There was the cost and also the technology now has made it much easier to clean up the pages to make it fit for print. It was very tedious work as the copy on microfilm was not clear," the priest explained.
The reprint of the dual-language dictionary is said to be an exact replica.
Andrew said the medieval spelling of the Malay words may prove hard to read and understand for the modern person, but he had decided against updating the spelling and typeset "so people cannot say we modified it".
He seems overly defensive but has been repeatedly raked over hot coals by some Islamic scholars and government officials who continue to block the Catholic Church from being allowed to use certain words to describe God despite a court ruling.
Of the original edition, only one copy has survived to today and is being kept in the Pontifical Urbanian University in Rome, according to the Vatican's former representative to Malaysia, Archbishop Luigi Bressan.
"For example, the Vatican Library does not have it; neither do the libraries connected with it," Bressan wrote in the notes to his essay "A 17th-Century Roman Dictionary of the Malay Language" that was also published as a sort of foreword in the 2010 reprint.
Bressan, who was the Apostolic Delegate to Malaysia from July 26, 1993 to March 25, 1999, was crucial in reproducing the historical document.
He observed that the Vatican had as early as 1622 set up a special printing office to spread its Catholic Christian doctrine worldwide, and had marked the importance of Malay in that role.
"The activity was quite intense, but the structures were limited and did not permit the publication of many volumes in the first years. In the next six years, 28 books were printed in 10 different languages: eight Greek, four Japanese (with Latin letters), three Latin, two Arabic (a grammar and a catechism), one Armenian (a short catechism), three Georgian, three Illyrian, one Chaldean, one Ethopian, one Syriac ... and the Dictionary Latin-Malay," the Italian archbishop wrote in his essay.
Bressan marked the Jesuit missionaries had "distinguished themselves" in translating the new Asian languages into Latin and European languages.
St Francis Xavier was instrumental in romanising the Malay language, which was used widely but had no written form in Southeast Asia then.
But Bressan said the job of preparing the Malay-Latin dictionary was given to a medieval Dutch professor, David Haex.
The Herald has reprinted 500 copies of the 1631 dictionary that can be bought for RM10 each from its office at 5 Jalan Robertson, off Jalan Pudu, 50150 Kuala Lumpur (Tel: 03-2026-6466).
Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider
Posted: 16 Jan 2011 10:10 PM PST
Posted: 16 Jan 2011 09:11 PM PST
PAS Youth wants the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) to uphold its decision to bar Muslims from working in places that sell liquor although there is pressure from DAP leaders to overturn the ruling. – The Star 16 Jan – read more click here
I would like to suggest that they focus on banning something that affects more Muslims. In fact millions of Muslims – football.
Traditional Islam suggests that men must not show skin (aurat) from the navel to the ankle.
As such, all football games are haram from traditional Muslim point of view. It is like Muslim women who are all covered up with tudung but are wearing tight skirts :)
Pas youth should express disapproval to their spiritual leader Tok Guru Nik Aziz for watching the final game between Kelantan and Negeri Sembilan (Malaysia Cup) and later jubilantly celebrated when they won. In fact by their standards the Tok Guru should announce that it was a KEMENANGAN YANG HARAM.
Why it is only women that are coerced, pressured and even forced to cover their aurat? Is it not hypocritical? Why all the billboards that have women showing skin are darkened with black ink? If you want to celebrate football, then let them women wear skirts too :)
Note : I do not agree with the banning of alcohol as it is and the intrusion of personal choice in the name of religion .
Posted: 16 Jan 2011 09:01 PM PST
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BN kalah PRU 13? By Mohd Ariff Sabri Aziz Free Malaysia Today
Malaysia, it appears is finally gripped with 'a loosening of controls and inhibitions.' And this is not good for Umno which chooses to remain archaic, clinging on to the old ways. Umno it seems thrives very well in a culture of subservience, inhibitions and in a controlled environment. In an undefined setting, Umno is lost. The seizure of power in Perak for example is generally viewed as having been made possible by the involvement of the Perak Sultan. Despite the court's ruling, the people's court regards Zambry Abd Kadir as a political usurper. He is an illegitimate and illegal MB. It follows then, that whatever policies that Zambry formulated from the time he assumed power are illegal. The monies appropriated and set aside from the consolidated fund and applied for a variety of purposes were also illegal. Just recently, the appointment of the Selangor state secretary was also seen as being made possible by the intervention and involvement of the Selangor Sultan. The two events resulted in a loosening of people's inhibitions. People are becoming emboldened to question the proper role of the constitutional monarchy. Let us be clear as to what is happening here. No vote for Umno, BN People are pointing to the fact that ours is a constitutional monarchy. It's not a call for the overthrow of the institution or a call for rebellion. It is suggestive of a larger desire by an increasing number of the population, to see that the proper rule of law and the sovereignty of the rule of law need to and should be observed. The majority of Malays who did not vote for Umno are now centered mostly in cities and towns. They are more mobile in their thinking and are less inhibitory in speech and actions. The younger generation of Malays in towns and cities hardly read newspapers. The younger generation surfs the internet and those who are about to enter voting age are openly critical. These are the people who will never vote for Umno and the Barisan Nasional. Writing on the Industrial Revolution of the 1860s, Arnold Toynbee in his lectures on the Industrial Revolution observed: "The success of Britain in pioneering industrial change and ushering in a new world history was not the result of mere mechanical inventiveness. The essential ingredient was a political culture which was receptive to change and improvement. Old working practices had to be abandoned, old rights had to be torn up, and the whole social and economic fabric of a country had to be loosened up if innovations were to take effect." Umno doesn't seem to have what it takes to manage the loosening of the social and cultural milieu. Nor does it seem to have the presence of mind, the verve so to speak, to manage the change. Since it doesn't understand and lacked the tools to manage the new social milieu, it can lose in the next GE
Capture cyberspace to get back young electors'
Samuel Aubrey Borneo Posts
KUCHING: Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties must conquer cyberspace if they were to win back the support of the urban and young voters, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said yesterday.
STRONG SUPPORT: A cross section of the 6,000 people attending the SUPP Convention.
He said the BN components should by now realise that they were at present dealing with a different society because more and more Malaysians were now getting active in the cyberspace and shaped their opinions based on what they read in the blogs.
According to him, present records show that Malaysians have the highest number of people in Facebook, and they are among one of the highest users of Twitter in the world.
Malaysians' active participation in cyberspace was also helped by the 100 per cent mobile phone penetration in the country, he pointed out.
"So, you're dealing with a different society.
"Yes, we lost the cyber space war in the last election (in 2008), but we can't lose it again. The question is, what are we doing about it?
"I'm doing my part. I have my own Facebook. I have more than half a million of friends and I hope to reach one million in the near future. When I launched 'tanyanajib' Twitter, it became the fifth most active Twitter in the world within a short period of time.
"It means that we can engage the young people … I believe the young people are not rejecting us, the young people are not anti-establishment.
"The young people want us to engage them and understand what they want us to do for them as the young people of this country," he said at the opening of the Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) Convention here.
Najib, who is national BN chairman, said he supported any move by SUPP to form cyber units to win the support of the people, especially the more sophisticated urban community.
He pointed out that the urban people were not after politics of development, adding they were most interested in politics of quality of life as well as good governance and fair distribution of opportunities. He said he had witnessed for himself in Sibu parliamentary by-election last year that the announcement of allocations and projects alone could not win the support from the urban people.
"In the urban areas where SUPP is the party we rely on to get support from the urban community, there is a more complex society that is not relying on politics of development nor relying on politics of approving government allocation.
"As I witnessed myself in the Sibu parliamentary by-election in May last year, the announcement of a few million ringgit for Chinese schools during the by-election did not guarantee support from the Chinese community.
"Why? Because the mindset has changed. Therefore, you (BN parties) have to understand now what is it that the people want.
"It's not what you think they want, but it's what the people really want.
"Because what you want may not be what the people really want," he said. Earlier, SUPP president Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, who is a deputy chief minister, said the party was very eager to join in the cyber challenge.
"I hope all the component parties will enter the fray together. It used to be a gimmick. Now, it is the 'in' thing," he said.
He said the BN would face new challenges from the young and middle-aged voters in the urban areas who not only wanted development and economic opportunities, but also fair play, transparency, efficiency and good governance.
"They will express their desires and unhappiness through the electronic media. Cyberspace will be the battle ground for future government. BN has lost the first battle in cyberspace in 2006, we must not and should not lose the second," he said.
Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfed Jabu and leaders of other BN components were also present at the opening of SUPP Convention were.
More than 6,000 delegates from SUPP branches across the state attended the one-day convention which was held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).
Posted: 16 Jan 2011 08:14 PM PST
NOTA EDITOR: Tulang Besi mendapat maklumat yang begitu membimbangkan Tulang Besi seperti di bawah. Minta-mintalah maklumat ni tak betul:
CIKGU NORMALA SUDIRMAN, JADI CALON PAS DI DUN TENANG. SUAMI DAPAT ARAHAN TUKAR TEMPAT KERJA 24 JAM
BEKAS guru, Normala Sudirman, sah dilantik sebagai calon PAS untuk bertanding dalam pilihanraya kecil DUN, Tenang hujung bulan ini.
Posted: 17 Jan 2011 05:23 AM PST
Thanks Sdr Hussein for the heads up.
"Just as we should reject the thoughtless equation of progress and hope, so we need to distinguish between nostalgia and the reassuring memory of happy times, which serves to link the present to the past and to provide a sense of continuity. The emotional appeal of happy memories does not depend on disparagement of the present, the hallmark of the nostalgic attitude.
Nostalgia appeals to the feeling that the past offered delights no longer obtainable. Nostalgic representations of the past evoke a time irretrievably lost and for that reason timeless and unchanging. Strictly speaking, nostalgia does not entail the exercise of memory at all, since the past it idealizes stands outside time, frozen in unchanging perfection.
Memory too may idealize the past, but not in order to condemn the present. It draws hope and comfort from the past in order to enrich the present and to face what comes with good cheer. It sees past, present, and future as continuous. It is less concerned with loss than with our continuing indebtedness to a past the formative influence of which lives on in our patterns of speech, our gestures, our standards of honor, our expectations, our basic disposition toward the world around us."
Christopher Lasch, The True and Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics (New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 1991) 82-3.
Posted: 16 Jan 2011 07:12 PM PST
It's just unfortunate that citizens elsewhere on this globe have to behave uncivilly for their government's state of unpreparedness. In my beloved country we already have things well under control. Food shortage will never ever happen here. Common, when was the last time you hear anyone in authority squeak about this problem – if really there's one – and suggest proactive actions? They already foresaw the whole thing coming. Appropriate measures have already been taken. Don't be silly now and lose sleep over nothing, okay.
Tagged: food riot
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