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MOHAMMAD YUNUS AND INDRA LOVE CHILD SANJAY ? THE GREAT INDIAN KAMASUTRA WHAT HAS BEEN INTRIGUING HERE HAS BEEN THE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP

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MOHAMMAD YUNUS AND INDRA LOVE CHILD SANJAY ? THE GREAT INDIAN KAMASUTRA WHAT HAS BEEN INTRIGUING HERE HAS BEEN THE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP


MOHAMMAD YUNUS AND INDRA LOVE CHILD SANJAY ? THE GREAT INDIAN KAMASUTRA WHAT HAS BEEN INTRIGUING HERE HAS BEEN THE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP

Posted: 01 May 2011 01:59 PM PDT

 

IT WAS MOHAMMAD YUNUS WHO CRIED THE MOST WHEN SANJAY DIED WHO FATHERED SANJAY ?

RAPE AND THE UGLY INDIAN SUCH BARBARISM IN A COUNTRY THAT DREAMS TO BE A WORLD POWER

If only India's other stats – on economy, poverty alleviation, healthcare – grew at the rate crimes against women are climbing up in this country. At an increase of 31% it is exponential. It is also shocking, amazing and ridiculous. A 2006 report by the National Crime Records Bureau said in India a woman is raped every half hour and is killed every 75 minutes. And this is according to 2004 data. Factor in a one-third jump and do the math. Also, make space for the large number of women, perhaps larger than the ones reporting their violation, who keep quiet and bury their shame forever in their hearts for fear of another round of abuse, this time from family, society, police.
Such barbarism in a country that dreams to be a world power and demands every seat at every global high table should indeed be humiliating not only for its leaders but also its people. But few are moved by the plight of half the nation's population, still living in such dread, such suffocating coexistence. And this in 2009 – the 21st century.
Where do the perpetrators get such courage and confidence from that they stop a running bus, pull out a woman and leave her by the roadside after raping her, that they trap a foreign diplomat and rape her in a car, that they catch hold of a college student and violate her atop a building even as heavy traffic passes by a few feet below? How is it that a cop instead of protecting a young girl shuts her inside a police post and does the unthinkable?
The arrogance mostly comes from a knowledge that in a society like India's the victims will be silenced "naturally and culturally". It comes from the deadly and deeply ingrained dynamics of a feudal nation that treats women as second class citizens. And it comes from hundreds of years of brainwashing of the male mind after Manu said women were little better than cattle. Importantly, it derives an insidious power of its own by the silent suffering of women themselves, by their own reluctance to fight for the space they rightly deserve and are perpetually denied.
Top police officers say the number of rape cases reported may not even be a fraction of the one that's actually committed. Social activists echo this. For every woman who reports her violation, there are 10 who will not speak up. Somehow, the Indian male – and a predominantly male-dominated police and administration – continues to put the onus of the crime, rather incredibly, on the victims: you must have sent some signal; you must have been dolled-up and dressed provocatively; maybe you are crying rape because you have been caught; why did you have to answer nature's call when you know there could be thugs lurking around; what shame you have brought on us; why you.
This is enough to kill the spirit of most women and for those that can transcend this psychological brutality there is the crude questioning by cops and lawyers, something many victims say is like going through a second rape. Not surprising that they prefer to seal their lips and kill their sense of dignity and honour. And we are not even talking about the numerous others subjected to molestation, groping, eve teasing and degrees of verbal and physical abuse – at the movie hall, in the bus, in crowded bylanes, markets, trains, almost everywhere. As one female colleague who used to take the metro in Kolkata to commute said, "The first time I was groped, I created a ruckus. And fought like mad. But after a few times, it got hard. In any case, the stares you get after that is almost, like, killing. If you are a working woman in India not rich enough to take your own car to office, groping is a routine reality."
A group of informed citizens have started a cyber campaign against rape, clamoring for stricter laws, including death sentence if it involves minors and handicapped. It's already got robust support and, clearly, many think it's a step in the right direction. The courts will have to get stringent – many still persuade the rapist to marry his victim – but there is urgent need for another three-pronged effort. One, investigating agencies will have to be sensitized on how to deal with such cases. Two, society at large will have to change its attitude towards victims and make the leap from judgemental censure to empathy. Finally, women themselves will have to fight their demons and come out in the open about their various abuses.
India, as an article in TOI recently said, is now one of the most dangerous places for women to be in. We can do without this dubious distinction.

SRINAGAR: J&K CM Omar Abdullah didn't go to meet governor N N Vohra first after he left the assembly. He drove back home, drafted his

resignation — which is apparently so worded that it can be said to be ambigious about his insistence on immediate resignation — and reached Raj Bhavan with state finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather and political advisor Devendra Rana to hand it in.

Vohra is said to have reasoned with the 39-year-old chief minister, urging him not to act emotionally. He is learnt to have told him that he would not accept the resignation until the allegation was probed and determined one way or the other and Omar should carry on with his work until then.

Omar has finally agreed to stay on provided a clear time frame is given for the probe. The CM hasn't made a statement after that but he bared his mind — and anguish — in the assembly: "I know it's a false allegation. But I want to resign until I am cleared of this false charge. I cannot work till I am proved innocent. This is a blot on my character…Under the law, one is innocent until proven guilty. But that's for routine crimes. Since the allegations raise questions on my morality, I consider myself guilty until proven innocent."

His resignation letter is said to be a little more nuanced. It said, "I will be grateful if you could inquire into the allegations against me in a time-bound manner and…if you are satisfied that there is any basis in these allegations please accept my resignation immediately."

His tormentor Muzaffar Beig appeared unmoved by the drama. Reacting to the CBI's denial of his claim, he said, ''The agency is trying to cover up the issue as it has been doing since it was formed.''

He added PDP leaders named in the CBI list had been denied party tickets in 2008 assembly elections. Beig said Farooq Abdullah's name, too, figured in the list as entry No. 'C-38'.

Already the CBI has arrested G M Mir and Raman Mattoo, both ministers in the former PDP government, besides Iqbal Khandey, the former principal secretary to then chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.

Meanwhile, Vohra has reached Delhi to discuss the simmering crisis with government leaders.

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Mohammad Yunus and indra love child sanjay ? the great indian kamasutra What has been intriguing here has been the intimate relationship

Posted: 01 May 2011 01:56 PM PDT

 

It was Mohammad Yunus who cried the most when Sanjay died who fathered sanjay ?

Rape and the ugly Indian Such barbarism in a country that dreams to be a world power

If only India's other stats – on economy, poverty alleviation, healthcare – grew at the rate crimes against women are climbing up in this country. At an increase of 31% it is exponential. It is also shocking, amazing and ridiculous. A 2006 report by the National Crime Records Bureau said in India a woman is raped every half hour and is killed every 75 minutes. And this is according to 2004 data. Factor in a one-third jump and do the math. Also, make space for the large number of women, perhaps larger than the ones reporting their violation, who keep quiet and bury their shame forever in their hearts for fear of another round of abuse, this time from family, society, police.
Such barbarism in a country that dreams to be a world power and demands every seat at every global high table should indeed be humiliating not only for its leaders but also its people. But few are moved by the plight of half the nation's population, still living in such dread, such suffocating coexistence. And this in 2009 – the 21st century.
Where do the perpetrators get such courage and confidence from that they stop a running bus, pull out a woman and leave her by the roadside after raping her, that they trap a foreign diplomat and rape her in a car, that they catch hold of a college student and violate her atop a building even as heavy traffic passes by a few feet below? How is it that a cop instead of protecting a young girl shuts her inside a police post and does the unthinkable?
The arrogance mostly comes from a knowledge that in a society like India's the victims will be silenced "naturally and culturally". It comes from the deadly and deeply ingrained dynamics of a feudal nation that treats women as second class citizens. And it comes from hundreds of years of brainwashing of the male mind after Manu said women were little better than cattle. Importantly, it derives an insidious power of its own by the silent suffering of women themselves, by their own reluctance to fight for the space they rightly deserve and are perpetually denied.
Top police officers say the number of rape cases reported may not even be a fraction of the one that's actually committed. Social activists echo this. For every woman who reports her violation, there are 10 who will not speak up. Somehow, the Indian male – and a predominantly male-dominated police and administration – continues to put the onus of the crime, rather incredibly, on the victims: you must have sent some signal; you must have been dolled-up and dressed provocatively; maybe you are crying rape because you have been caught; why did you have to answer nature's call when you know there could be thugs lurking around; what shame you have brought on us; why you.
This is enough to kill the spirit of most women and for those that can transcend this psychological brutality there is the crude questioning by cops and lawyers, something many victims say is like going through a second rape. Not surprising that they prefer to seal their lips and kill their sense of dignity and honour. And we are not even talking about the numerous others subjected to molestation, groping, eve teasing and degrees of verbal and physical abuse – at the movie hall, in the bus, in crowded bylanes, markets, trains, almost everywhere. As one female colleague who used to take the metro in Kolkata to commute said, "The first time I was groped, I created a ruckus. And fought like mad. But after a few times, it got hard. In any case, the stares you get after that is almost, like, killing. If you are a working woman in India not rich enough to take your own car to office, groping is a routine reality."
A group of informed citizens have started a cyber campaign against rape, clamoring for stricter laws, including death sentence if it involves minors and handicapped. It's already got robust support and, clearly, many think it's a step in the right direction. The courts will have to get stringent – many still persuade the rapist to marry his victim – but there is urgent need for another three-pronged effort. One, investigating agencies will have to be sensitized on how to deal with such cases. Two, society at large will have to change its attitude towards victims and make the leap from judgemental censure to empathy. Finally, women themselves will have to fight their demons and come out in the open about their various abuses.
India, as an article in TOI recently said, is now one of the most dangerous places for women to be in. We can do without this dubious distinction.

SRINAGAR: J&K CM Omar Abdullah didn't go to meet governor N N Vohra first after he left the assembly. He drove back home, drafted his

resignation — which is apparently so worded that it can be said to be ambigious about his insistence on immediate resignation — and reached Raj Bhavan with state finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather and political advisor Devendra Rana to hand it in.

Vohra is said to have reasoned with the 39-year-old chief minister, urging him not to act emotionally. He is learnt to have told him that he would not accept the resignation until the allegation was probed and determined one way or the other and Omar should carry on with his work until then.

Omar has finally agreed to stay on provided a clear time frame is given for the probe. The CM hasn't made a statement after that but he bared his mind — and anguish — in the assembly: "I know it's a false allegation. But I want to resign until I am cleared of this false charge. I cannot work till I am proved innocent. This is a blot on my character…Under the law, one is innocent until proven guilty. But that's for routine crimes. Since the allegations raise questions on my morality, I consider myself guilty until proven innocent."

His resignation letter is said to be a little more nuanced. It said, "I will be grateful if you could inquire into the allegations against me in a time-bound manner and…if you are satisfied that there is any basis in these allegations please accept my resignation immediately."

His tormentor Muzaffar Beig appeared unmoved by the drama. Reacting to the CBI's denial of his claim, he said, ''The agency is trying to cover up the issue as it has been doing since it was formed.''

He added PDP leaders named in the CBI list had been denied party tickets in 2008 assembly elections. Beig said Farooq Abdullah's name, too, figured in the list as entry No. 'C-38'.

Already the CBI has arrested G M Mir and Raman Mattoo, both ministers in the former PDP government, besides Iqbal Khandey, the former principal secretary to then chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.

Meanwhile, Vohra has reached Delhi to discuss the simmering crisis with government leaders.

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What Would you as a Malaysian Do to Stop thea bunch of depraved thieves who after plundering the country dry, called themselves nationalists and heroes ?

Posted: 01 May 2011 12:58 PM PDT

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WATCH: "You could tell he was scoping out the trouble aspects of it."
But eventually the ANWAR loses  patience with  UMNO.

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nationalists and heroes.

He levitated the Pentagon, brought down Lyndon B. Johnson, shamed Richard Nixon, challenged Wall Street and pioneered a cultural revolution.
But like a professional pimp, you watched the whole show and fixed up someone. Wake up, my dear brothers. Stop this, once and for all.
Sometimes I still hear his Brooklyn meets Boston accent when I think about Abbie Hoffman, his family or his legacy. I directed Steal This Movie to capture what I consider to be Abbie's greatest gift: using satire and culture to impact and inspire people to take action. Steal This Movie was the last narrative film I did, and Abbie inspires me to this day.
Abbie died 22 years ago this month and that's got me thinking about what he would do to stop the Koch brothers.
Remember when he nominated a pig for president at the 1968 Democratic National Convention? Whether it was the Vietnam War, income inequality or environmental causes, Abbie always struck the right note.
That's how I first heard his name. His action on Wall Street — where he literally threw cash down to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange — merged intrigue and interest with activism in a way no one had even conceived of. He believed in never making it boring, which is advice I've followed as a young New Yorker picketing and protesting lunch counter segregation at the Harlem Woolworth's, and later as a director and political activist.
But behind the strategic humor and laughs was a serious and lifelong conversation about the haves and have-nots. Abbie would be disgusted at how much money there is in politics today. I know he'd have a few zingers aimed squarely at the big corporations that have demonstrated they own what Abbie would refer to as "the whole pickle."
That's why I know Abbie would take on the Kochs full throttle. More than anyone else today, the Kochs have a thirst for unchecked power, and that's a trait Abbie detested.
That two oil scions could amass $43 billion in wealth and spend $324 million exerting political influence would have infuriated him. But it also would've inspired Abbie, because it is a fight about the lifeblood of our democracy, which is at stake today.
Let's make Abbie our muse as we think about ways to stop the Koch brothers quest to remake our democracy in their image. Our Koch Brothers Exposed and Brave New Foundation videos are meant to be equal parts informative, entertaining and engaging. It's a model with Abbie's fingerprints.
Thinking about Abbie today, I wager he'd acknowledge social media as the great force for democratization. He'd have an iPhone (after all, Jerry Rubin was an early Apple investor), he'd have a page on Facebook and would interact with critics, imitators and allies through Twitter. His YouTube channel would feature young protesters everywhere from Cairo to Madison, WI.
I can only image how his LinkedIn profile would read.
Tell me what you think Abbie Hoffman would do to stop the Koch brothers at my Koch Brothers Exposed Facebook page.
Anwar, BN/Umno has been trying to shred your dignity, pride and humanity from you. And you have withstood that with honour and pride.Anwar makes light of sex allegations Many people have asked me why I am such a strong Anwar Ibrahim supporter. If Anwar have been attacked so relentlessly with so much deceit, so much falsehoods and yet can challenge the BN, he is the man.He is the man who can provide the kind of leadership needed to propel this nation forward. This kind leadership is so lacking since the days of Abdul Razak. DSAI (Anwar), no other politician in Malaysian history has had to endure what you went through. We salute you for your courage and your family for suffering together with you. We wish you the best and may you be the prime minister of Malaysia after GE13.He has a new advisor. The previous one kept telling him to deny, deny and deny. When confronted he lashed back, but now he makes fun of it. Good strategy, but he has to be sure he is innocent as the backlash could be permanent.The question is why does he have so much problems with sexual matters if he is as pious as he makes himself out to be? Surely nobody would attack a pious person? Well, that is an answer for another day. Whether the people believe him is left to the ballot box. But poking fun at the sex allegations does not translate to what he can do for the people. Anwar is now immune to sex allegations since the day he started to open up the can of worms in BN. Enduring all these attacks will make Anwar a better man. Anwar, we don't care what they said about you anymore. But the most important thing is when you come into power, please do this country a great favour – govern justly and prudently. I think the people of this country have waited long enough.I believe there is a purpose for you to go through all these nonsense. You cannot go lower. Get good and competent people around you to bring about real change for this country. This country could be greater than Singapore, Korea or Taiwan.Go after all those who have plundered and bring them to account, every cent of it. We must forever set the tone that whoever steals and plunders while in power shall pay. No forgiveness of past leaders by present leaders and no forgiveness of present leaders by future leaders. It is mandatory to investigate and prosecute – write this into our constitution. DSAI, BN/Umno has been trying to shred your dignity, pride and humanity into pieces. And you have withstood that with honour and pride. For this, my family and I we salute you and we hope you will take this nation to greater heights.
'Oath-taking turns into a circus' Malaysians cringe in embarrassment and dismay to witness what is happening.Moral derelicts who openly admitted they are the persons behind the production and distribution of the sex videos in question, take an oath in God's name to accuse the actor in the video as guilty of acts of obscenity.Moreover, the accusers show up in the mosque wearing bullet-proof jackets which show they are more afraid of men than God. We are reminded of the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commmission) security guard who, upon questioning by the RCI (royal commission of inquiry) investigating the death of Teoh Beng Hock on why he had failed to carry out his patrol on the night in question, answered that he was not led by God to do so.What sordid use of religion. This regime has dragged religion through the mud and made a mockery of our country.There are many reasons why I am not returning to Malaysia. The NEP, Ketuanan Melayu, Umno, corruption, and so on. I should also include in my long list my utter despise for certain low-life Melayu. I am not talking about decent and smart Melayu but these low-lifes, and they may include the majority of the civil servants, most definitely the police and army personnel.Each time I take a trip home I always hope the plane will not have some of these idiots. They always have the same outfits – the so-called branded sports clothing. They have no idea that only hooligans and right-wing morons wear such outfits. But then again, it does fit them perfectly., you should leave Malaysia for the right reason. Rather than changing country when the going gets tough, you should help change the government. What gives you the right to criticise? You curse the people you leave behind and write off our country, while you take the easy way out.Keturunan Malaysia: Boonpou, I agree with Cannon, you could have list your reasons for migrating for good in many ways but the way you did implied you are running away from the responsibilities of a true Malaysian who will fight and die for his country and people – for better or worse That's not all, you did it with a vengeance that borders on racism. Me? I am capable and in a position to flee at a moment's notice, but no I won't. This is 'negaraku, tanah tumpah darahku'. Keturunan Malaysia, we don't make a ruckus about our race, as if it's the result of our choice we are born a Melayu, Chinese, Indian, or whatever. We are Malaysian by choice and race by birth.We identify with this land of ours. We have partaken – benefitted – from the blessings and goodness of our land and our people.As we critique what is not right in our midst, we do not forget our country, what it has done for us. We owe our people an obligation to make our nation a better place as a result of us passing through it and Keturunan Malaysia, I am certainly across the divide from the two of you politically, and I will make no excuses and have none.But this time I have to say, I enjoyed reading both your comments – that as a Malaysian, whatever my affiliation, I am proud to be Malaysian. I get sick when I travel and meet another Malaysian who has migrated, and all he can talk about is how bad Malaysia and its people are, including bad mouthing a certain race.Besides the things we agree to disagree, we are truly Malaysians and care for this 'tanah air ku', no matter how much we fight each other. I wish all the sick politics can just go away, and in its place two groups of politicians ready to fight to serve us the people and not their self-serving needs. Good luck to all my fellow Malaysians. My Muslim friend told me that once you have taken the ablution to enter the mosque, one should be pure. I wonder why Shazryl Eskay Abdullah and his Datuk T colleagues wear bullet-proof vest in a place of worship?: You are in a mosque and you are taking an oath to condemn another fellow Muslim and watched by hundreds of Muslims… and yet you say, God is 'Maha Ampun', 'Maha Penyayang'.And the best of all, you say you were there when the sexual intercourse took place. Why don't you, as a true Muslim, stopped the act in the first place.




what is that UMNO is Deadly Afaid of Anwar Can Poker Save the UMNO ?

Posted: 01 May 2011 12:54 PM PDT






Delving into the depths of another mind can be both interesting and adventurous. Similar minds attract while different ones mesmerise…Quite often we find a person attractive or beautiful. But how many times do we find another person mentally stimulating? Like a good book or a movie, how many times does another leave us with thoughts to mull over, questions to answer and yet more questions to ask?Do you wait eagerly for the next meeting of minds with someone? How often does someone excite the mind rather than just the body or emotions?You may grow used to the sheer physical beauty of your loved one; grow out of a sexual attraction or even get used to their kindness, warmth or niceties and start taking these for granted. But there is one thing that can neither be taken for granted, nor is a trait you could get used to or grow out of. This is the stimulating power of another mind, the uncanny intricacies of the mind that attract and enrapture you.This is the one quality that doesn't come with an expiry date.As a young girl, along with other friends, I enjoyed reading Mills & Boons, not for any sexual content as most imagine (back then they didn't even exchange a kiss till the last page), but for the witty repartee between the main characters.
The almost-always petite, fiery haired and tempestuous heroine and the tall, arrogant, dark hero with superior intellect and a silver tongue. Their exchanges would hold me enthralled and for me, these became the definition of romance.If you were in love, you had to be able to exchange witty repartee; it became an irreplaceable stimulant in a relationship. The relationship of Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice too had acrimonious but stimulating conversations as the basis.We are always interested in the working of an unusual mind. Those who are predictable get boring after a while. It's the minds that are able to think differently, think out of the box, come up with new, creative ideas and keep destroying to rebuild again, that are really worth interacting withWhenever a problem is brought up, almost everybody tries to offer quick, easy and commonplace solutions. And then there may be that one person who will think different. And come up with a solution that's unusual and pathbreaking. That's the mind that operates a notch or two deeper than others.You may talk to many during the course of a day. And yet there may be the one whose conversation had the ability to make you sit up and take notice; the one whose thinking process and mind not just interested, but challenged you. That is the mind and the conversation that stayswith you, the one that you will seek out again and again. The one you will have a mind affair with.A mind affair that is quite different from a physical affair. Or even love or romance. Delving into the depths of another mind can be more interesting and adventurous than anything else in the world. While a similar thinking process and similar thoughts can be attractive and reassuring, what can be mesmerising is a different mind that challenges your understanding and the working of your own mind. It is not necessary that the mind you relate to would be attractive to another as well.Criminal minds all share a common mind-set that is disturbingly different from the average mind-set. Such proclivity towards a criminal mind is evident from childhood. The very strangeness and dangerous quality of this mind holds a different type of fascination for us and we find studies, books and movies made around the study of such a mind extremely engaging. And then there is the realm of mind games, games that highly intelligent minds play to control the minds of those lesser than themselves or those emotionally dependent on them. Such intelligent, but complicated minds can be highly dangerous and are usually associated with people who have a high IQ level. You wouldn't even realise and somebody close to you could be controlling your every thought, every action and emotion. And deriving a great satisfaction from it!It's almost like playing a game, like posing a challenge to oneself. Such a mind often veers towards obsessive and it can be very difficult to disengage from such a person who almost takes you over mentally.lso consider the twists and turns of the corporate mind, the ability to survive highly politicised situations and stay afloat with sheer power of mind. This can be a unique aphrodisiac when you win the games and the worst depressant when you lose some! It's a game of one upmanship. Such games can be dangerous for the uninitiated, though they are a deadly battle of survival that takes place every day, all the time, just beneath the sophisticated, smooth-seeming veneers of most organisations, at the higher levels.The beauty of finding a person whose mind appeals to you is that he/she keeps you fully engaged and in a state of perpetual stimulation. The effect can be a highly positive one if you do not allow yourself to be completely overshadowed but rather focus on enjoying the magnificence and intricacies of such a lively interaction and taking inspiration from it to build your own mind and grow to a higher level together

Anwar Ibrahim, the brightest talent in Umno during the 80s and 90s, is now the ruling party's Number One enemy. The bounty placed on his head by the Umno elite can be compared to that of fugitive terrorist Osama bin Laden in the Western world.
For most part of the last decade and especially now, we have witnessed all scales of conspiracies, fabrication, lies, manipulation, defamation and attacks against Anwar.
The ultimate aim of the Umno elite seems to centre and revolve only around him. And of course, how to end his political career – prematurely and unnaturally.
The reasons are simple, it is because Anwar poses the biggest threat to the Umno elite – both inside and outside the party. This may sound strange since Anwar has long left Umno, in fact, since 1998 when he was sacked and thrown into jail.
But with current crop of leaders so dismal and the Najib Razak-Muhyiddin Yassin combo a shaming flop, Umno grassroots cannot be faulted for wishing for the glory days when their party stood proud and tall.
RAHMAN flipped to NAMHAR
Optimism and hope were then bursting and Anwar's Wawasan 2020 set to sweep the country and community to new heights.
Now, there are only tired and sad plots that depend only on sex and smut to rivet public attention.
If either Muhyiddin or Najib were to speak only about their policies, they can expect to draw only yawns. Because no Malaysian could ever believe they could translate their rhetoric into performance. This is what happens with tremendous loss in credibility.
So no surprises that Najib and gang are doing all they can to keep the Umno door tightly shut against Anwar and also to demonize him to the Malay community at large.
There is this famous 'belief' that all the prime ministers in Malaysia are already pre-named by the alphabets in the first prime minister's name RAHMAN.
Tunku Abdul Rahman himself was the first alphabet, followed Abdul Razak, Hussein Onn, Mahathir Mohamad, Abdullah Badawi and Najib Razak. Who will be the next prime minister then?
The return of the big A
The curious within Umno and the Malay community have already flipped the code backwards NAMHAR. 'N' is for the current Najib. But who will the 'A' be?
Many Malays believe that it is Anwar.
Now, perhaps Malaysians and foreigners will better understand the inexplicable, even mad onslaught of sexual accusations against Anwar. From sodomy and homosexuality to sex with female prostitutes and promiscuity, Najib has thrown all that he has at his political arch enemy.
Such smut must be agony for Anwar and his family, but reassuring it is for Malaysians that trumped-up sex and lust are all that Najib can try to pin onto the Opposition Leader. Not corruption, embezzlement or sheer dishonesty.
Imagine the reverse if Anwar was PM – would a warehouse be sufficient to contain all the investigation files of corruption allegations against Najib and the Umno elite?
So it is that Najib – Malaysia's 6th prime minister -  is running out of 'bullets'. Only jail and sudden 'accidents' are left.
Which will it be and what will happen next, only time can tell. But make no mistake, behind the PM are men of ruthlessness deep enough for the darkest deeds. The Umno elite will do what it has to do to cling on.
It is left to the Umno grassroots and all other Malaysians to put their foot down and topple them.
Meanwhile, despite the monumental pressure, the 63-year old Anwar is bearing up well. If anything, the past years have weathered him for unbearable turmoil.
It is astonishing that he is still standing and has not U-turned from any of his stated goals to bring about racial and economic equality and justice, where the priority goes to those with the greatest needs regardless of colour.      -  
The release by the White House of President Obama's "official" birth certificate was a poignant reminder of just how deep and pervasive racism remains in our nation.
Think about this: A sitting president has to "prove" to the nation that he was indeed born in America — Hawaii — and therefore eligibly qualified to be elected president of the United States!
A factually non-issue was permitted become a national issue, not because of Donald Trump and the media. No, this was the ultimate result, of the silence and tacit acquiescence of white political, religious, and community leaders, especially leaders of faith-based organizations, who sat, said and did nothing to counter this insidious new form of 21st-century racism. The silence and abnegation of moral leadership, by persons whom we should have otherwise expected to publicly to challenge this growing "birther" issue, is a stain on the conscience of our nation.
In 1963, Rabbi Joachim Prinz, then president of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) was the speaker who immediately preceded Dr. King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech at the March On Washington. The AJC was one of several major organizations participating in the March On Washington on August 28, 1963.
Obama's decision to release his "official" birth certificate in an effort to silence the challenge to the legitimacy of his American citizenship reminded me of the words of Rabbi Prinz on that occasion. He said:

When I was the rabbi of the Jewish community in Berlin under the Hitler regime, I learned many things. The most important thing that I learned under those tragic circumstances was that bigotry and hatred are not the most urgent problem. The most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is silence.

Is the "need" of Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th president of the United States, to "prove" his citizenship, yet again, another example of what some people called the dawn of a "post-racial America" following his election?

Americans are facing some serious challenges. Our national debt is $14,275,534,380,225.86 and growing. If you are not good at math, that figure is in the trillions. Unemployment is at 9.6 percent. Foreclosures caused 2.8 million Americans to lose their homes due to the banking debacle and is raising at 112 percent in 2010. Even more, Americans do not want additional taxes. And if you think the present situation can't get grimmer think for a moment about the future.
The mathematical literacy score of American youth is smack at the bottom of measured industrial nations. From Singapore to India to Iceland, other kids are academically destroying us. At least our youth measured slightly ahead of those in South Africa and Cyprus. Well, that is not exactly true; in "Advanced Math" the kids from Cyprus did better. So, where do we go from here?
HELLO POKER!
How exactly is it that a card game might actually help these challenges?
1. Poker is a multi-billion dollar industry whose profits are not taxed in America. 2. Poker has the potential, and the desire, to support philanthropic programs. 3. The knowledge needed to play poker could substantially help fill the black hole in our children's math education.
Tens of millions of Americans play poker. Many of them online. Presently, our government is not taxing either the businesses or the players. Do the math. If you thought "Wow, is that stupid" after you hit those calculations, you are probably brainy enough to be a good poker player. In fact, Joint Committee on Taxation found that regulating internet gaming would generate nearly $42 billion over the next 10 years.
Why has poker not yet been legislated? Some individuals have outspokenly objected to the idea of supporting online "gambling". The issue of gambling in America was conceded years ago when lottery tickets became available at every corner gas station. If you are playing the lottery, your odds of winning are about as good as a 65-year-old grandmother becoming the next Miss America. Additionally, multiple brick and mortar casinos across our county already offer live poker play. Saying it's okay to play poker in a casino but not at home is like saying you can go have a drink at a bar but it's illegal to have a glass of wine at your dinner table.
So, what is the status of poker? On April 15, 2011 (appropriately tax day) Federal authorities unsealed an indictment against the founders of online poker's three largest and most popular sites. In its rash poker raid the FBI also decided to leave several online sites untouched and operating.
In 2005 the World Trade Organization decided that the United States violated international agreements by prosecuting operators of offshore Internet gambling sites. The WTO rejected the U.S. argument that the restrictions were necessary to protect public morality. International communities which license Internet gambling contend that the U.S. crackdowns against foreign betting is illegal and protectionist, since gambling for money is permitted in U.S. for state-regulated betting in sports like horse racing.
Mark Mendel, the Caribbean government's legal advisor, told Reuters:

"I don't think there's another country in the world that puts people in jail for engaging in trade that's lawful under international law,"

The game of poker presents a unique challenge to our judicial department because laws related to "gambling" are extremely unlikely to hold up in any court when the dialogue turns to poker. Poker is not a game of chance.
Anyone who plays poker, or at least anyone who wins, knows that poker is a strategic game based on math and the ability to calculate statistical odds along with an aptitude to recognize patterns in an opponents play. There is less gambling in poker than in old fashioned Monopoly where the opportunities for money grubbing property accumulation are destined by the random role of dice.
Examine the arithmetic. Major poker tournaments start with fields of thousands of competitors. The average pro is easily up against over 100,000 competitors in any give year. Yet, according to Poker News, pros like Phil Hellmuth can claim not one but 11WSOP bracelets, Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson ten, Johnny Moss nine, Erik Seidel and Phil Ivey eight – the issue of chance is statistically ludicrous.
Companies running online poker in the United States should be paying taxes, regulated and following legal gaming policies. This will happen seamlessly if someone would actually write the regulations. Legislators (those guys who can't balance a budget, but make sure their own salaries will be paid, even as they threaten to halt government services and employees paychecks) need to start thinking about economic responsibilities and educational opportunities. In an environment in which 36 states are insolvent, and there is already some form of legalized gambling in 42 states, legalization is inevitable.
In addition to the taxation and educational benefits, poker is a game of staggering opportunity when applied to philanthropy. There are tens of millions of players worldwide. A huge majority of them happily clustered together online in one forum, where you have the chance to ask for their support for different causes. And, this is a community willing, able and committed to doing just that. For example, Jamie Gold, referred to as the "Poker Philanthropist" has hosted charity events that have now raised over $100 million for nonprofit organizations.
Recently, my company was speaking with Full Tilt Poker about how to bring people from around the world together in an online tournament where the proceeds would benefit the victims of the Tsunami in Japan. A project now abandoned due to a recent indictment. In addition to hosting the tournament the site was developing a click and donate option for its players. Millions of people worldwide having the opportunity to support charity. Imagine that model in play every month for different programs from education to poverty to hunger to health care.
What kind of people are playing world class poker? Chris Ferguson, Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA, for one. On his first trip to the World Series of Poker, Mr. Ferguson's consistent and extraordinary skill led him to seven final tables. Gambling? Chance? I don't think so. Another player, Andrew Bloch, has three degrees: a law degree from Harvard and two degrees in engineering from M.I.T. Greg Raymer has a Masters in biochemistry, and a law degree, all according to PokerTeam.com. Bill Gates, internationally recognized as a brilliant entrepreneur who built the world's most significant technology company, amassed a historic personal fortune and becoming one of greatest living philanthropists — Poker player! Historically, poker has a very lofty following that includes: Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Warren Harding, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Barack Obama, and, okay, Richard Nixon.
While politicians have been pondering the future of poker, Harvard Law School professor Charles Nesson created the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS), which uses poker as an educational tool. According to Mr. Nesson:

"Poker theories and situations can teach basic life skills, strategic thinking, geopolitical analysis, risk assessment, and money management."

Poker is actually a rare win-win for all parties in all situations. For Republicans who so often and so stridently speak out about Government not controlling the individual rights of our citizens, the idea of our federal administration telling people that they do not have the right to spend their own money, to play a game, from their homes, is horrifying. For the liberal Democrats who are looking for financial windfalls in taxable dollars, $42 billion is not a bad start. For the philanthropic community, these funds can make a profound difference. And, for all parties, the educational supplement for mathematics should not be glossed over or ignored.
The National Debt continues to increase an average of $4.08 billion per day. We all have much more important battles to wage then if we can play cards from our homes. And poker is a game we all lose if we don't get this right, and one where there is much to win if we play it correctly.
White political leaders, especially in the Republican Party, should hang their heads in shame. Wednesday, April 27, 2011, should be remembered as day of moral ignominy in America. It was a day that symbolized the disgraceful and tragic silence of the "good" people among our political and community leaders who did nothing to publicly challenge the irrationality of Donald Trump and others who peddled their racist garbage of President Obama's non-citizenship.


UMNO’s Child Rapist are Honored Sessions Judge Kamini Lau advocated the use of “chemical castration” as an alternative to a jail term for rapists.

Posted: 01 May 2011 12:50 PM PDT


FORMER MALACCA CHIEF MINISTER TAN SRI ABDUL RAHIM TAMBY CHIK STRESSED THAT HE HAD  "NATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY" TO REVEAL WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THE SEX ACT.LIKE

BACK IN 1994, THE THEN CHIEF MINISTER OF MALACCA, ABDUL RAHIM THAMBY CHIK, WAS REPORTED TO HAVE RAPED A 15-YEAR-OLD SCHOOLGIRL (UNDER MALAYSIAN LAW, SEX WITH A MINOR CONSTITUTES STATUTORY RAPE). LIM GUAN ENG, CURRENTLY THE CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG AND THE THEN MP FOR KOTA MELAKA, SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE RAPE OF A MINOR AFTER THE GIRL'S GRANDMOTHER-CUM-GUARDIAN, WHO WAS ALSO LIM'S CONSTITUENT, TURNED TO HIM FOR HELP.
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HOWEVER, FAR FROM DESERVING JUSTICE, BOTH LIM AND THE SCHOOLGIRL RECEIVED THEIR "DUES". LIM WAS JAILED FOR THREE YEARS FOR SPEAKING UP AGAINST THE RAPE WHILE THE GIRL WAS GIVEN THREE YEARS "PROTECTIVE CUSTODY". AS FOR RAHIM, BECAUSE OF THE RAPE AND PENDING CORRUPTION CHARGES, HE WAS FORCED TO RESIGN, AFTER A 12-YEAR STINT AS MALACCA'S CHIEF MINISTER.
BUT THE JUDICIARY SAW RAHIM ESCAPE PUNISHMENT FOR A CRIME COMMITTED; THIS CAME ABOUT AFTER THE PUBLIC PROSECUTOR WITHDREW THE CHARGE CITING LACK OF EVIDENCE. THE CORRUPTION CHARGES AGAINST RAHIM WERE ALSO DROPPED
 In an observation that is bound to spark a debate, a trial court on Saturday advocated the use of "chemical castration" as an alternative to a jail term for rapists.Additional sessions judge Kamini Lau said, "The Indian legislatures are yet to… address the issue (of rape) with all seriousness by exploring the possibility of permitting imposition of alternative sentences of surgical castration or chemical castration, particularly in cases involving rape of minors, serial offenders and child molesters or as a condition for probation, or as an alternative sentence in case of plea bargaining."

Delhi additional sessions judge Kamini Lau suggested castration as an alternative punishment for rapists while hearing the case against a man who had raped his 15-year-old step-daughter for over four years. Though the court sentenced him to 10 year of rigorous imprisonment, it said that such crimes were required to be addressed differently. "A full public debate, with regard to imposition of castration (both surgical and chemical) as an alternative punishment for the offence of rape and molestation, is the need of the hour," ASJ Lau said. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on convict Dinesh Yadav, 35, a labourer by profession.

It directed that a copy of the order be sent to the secretary of ministry of law and justice, Government of India and national commission for women.

The Indian Penal Code provides only a jail term for sexual offenders. Countries like USA, UK, Germany, etc, have started using chemical castration as an alternative. Chemical castration is administration of medication designed to reduce libido and sexual activity, usually in the hope of preventing rapists, child molesters and other sex offenders from repeating their crimes. In surgical castration, the testes or ovaries are removed through an incision in the body. Medical experts, however, are divided on the efficacy of the method.

The judge observed that though the method is "not the perfect solution to inhibit child molestation", it certainly discourages sexual assault better than incarceration.

The court expressed its apprehension that the idea may get panned by activists. "I am not oblivious of the fact that arguments are bound to be raised against the above by some activists, but in my view, it would be sheer hypocrisy given the damage the rapist and sexual predators do to their victims," the judge added.


By now, most of us are familiar with the story of the 11-year-old girl who was raped by 19 young men. The story gets worse: this little girl, who was gang-raped, has become the target of victim blaming. A TV anchor quoted one of the rapists, who defended himself by saying, "She looked older than 11."
Then came a statement from the victim's father, who said, "She may look older than 11, but she still has the mind of a child."
It doesn't really matter what her father said, because he shouldn't have had to be on the defensive. I still cannot fathom how these men could even attempt to blame her, but I know that in reality, victim blaming is an all-too-common reaction in cases of sexual assault.
Many sexual assault victims who comment on my articles too often state that their family and friends do not support their admissions of rape, because they know their rapist. For some reason, people often invalidate rape victims because they find the fact that their rapist was an ex-partner, friend or family member unbelievable. They could not be more wrong.
Healing from sexual assault is very difficult, especially when your friends and family not only invalidate your claims but blame you for being raped. Victim blaming, however, is a huge part of our culture. I'm sure you've heard these all-too-classic lines, probably more than once:
    • "She was dressed provocatively."
    • "She had a bad reputation."
  • "She should have known better than to put herself in that situation."
Through speaking with many other victims of sexual assault, it has become evident that in general, experiencing a rape is something others often refuse to validate. This is especially true in the case of acquaintance rape, as well as being raped by an ex, a current partner or a family member. Many people are quick to scoff at these types of "rape" claims.
Why is it that people are often more apt to take up arms against the rape victim rather than the rapist? Is it because they have never experienced the pain and humiliation of sexual assault and therefore can't possibly understand how a rape could happen between a person and their partner, spouse, co-worker or relative? Perhaps they place the blame on the victim because they didn't fight back? This doesn't make it any less of a rape than if the victim had violently protested. It is hard for most people to imagine the fear that rape victims experience when they are isolated and then sexually assaulted. It is especially confusing when you are raped by someone you know and trusted. Acquaintance rape happens more often than you think.
It is time to put an end to the biggest rape myth of all time. The rape myth I am talking about is that of the scary monster in the alley, because that is what many people think of when they hear the term "rapist." Although there are many violent and random rapes that happen both inside and outside the home, the fact is that 84 percent of rapes are executed by someone the victim knows. In fact, according to the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy, "Most of the time a person is raped by someone they know, trust, or love."
The scary monster in the alley is a convenient myth because the truth is much scarier. Assuming a rape cannot possibly occur between friends, colleagues or family members is on par with how most children define the term "stranger." In elementary school, when we learned about stranger danger, our teacher tricked us by asking if a dangerous stranger always looks mean and scary.
"Of course they do!" We vigorously shook our little heads in unison.
Clearly anticipating this response, she told us we were wrong and reminded us that a dangerous stranger can look nice and even friendly. This is often the same for rapists.
For most people, it is generally hard to accept that a person they spent many Christmas dinners with, or someone who came to their Fourth of July picnics, had the capacity to commit one of the most heinous crimes known to humankind. It is a fact that most victims know their rapists, and the discomfort a person may experience when learning that a person they know has committed a rape is no reason to invalidate the victim.
If someone tells you they've been sexually assaulted, there are a few things you can do:
    1. Believe them. As the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy says, "Believe them. A person has very little to gain by making up a story about sexual assault."
    1. Encourage counseling. Tell them about RAINN, the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, and direct them to their website, centers.rainn.org. The site provides telephone numbers for sexual assault hotlines and has a great search engine that locates rape crisis centers in your area.
    1. Take them to get medical attention. Ask the victim if they want to go to the hospital. If the assault recently occurred, it is important to immediately seek medical attention for several reasons.
    1. Seek out law enforcement. Ask them if they want to report their assault to the police. If they want to go, it is helpful if they have a friend to accompany them. If they don't want to go, be understanding.
  1. Lend an ear. Just listening to their story and being there is probably one of the best things you can do to help a friend or relative who has been sexually assaulted. Validation is indispensable, especially because many victims of sexual assault incorrectly blame themselves.


CORRECT,CORRECT, CORRECT UMNO and the Government are not behind this CIRCUS

Posted: 01 May 2011 12:47 PM PDT


This is further proof of PDRM (police) working with the porn peddlers – the light strike force escorting the Datuk Ts.There seems to be a lack of political will to apprehend the wrongdoers and now the porn peddlers are even brave enough to even put it on YouTube and other electronic media
.We are in a state of crisis and soon we will have more porn movies officially sanctioned to be screened in YouTube, exposing them to our children, and this culture will destroy our future generation Why should the BN government waste public money protecting these bunch of crooks?This Umno regime has dropped its pretension of religious piety that it is "Islamic" and acts as a "defender" of Islam. It approves the dissimination of the 'teaser' segments of the sex tape that were widely published and aired over the government TV channels as 'news.'The white strip in Thai with the Bangkok address is to show that Eskay had lied. Somebody in Thailand had uploaded in YouTube to tell the Malaysian public that the sex act was done in Thailand with Eskay, who looks like Anwar, as the actor.
It was done to frame Anwar. The second man in the video directed the act. The tape given to the police is not the only copy. Somebody had already made copies before Eskay gave it to the police.
The first and yesterday's upload was done in Thailand while the second was done by somebody who had the copy in Malaysia.
It stands by idly as the police 'investigates' the matter to death focusing on the actor in the tape, rather than prosecuting the trio for screening and distributing pornography.
Now, the full version of the tape containing explict acts are made available to the public. These moral derelicts are even dragging their smut into the mosque. Islam is dragged through the mud and brought into disrepute. The Islamic religious authorities are helpless spectators while Malaysians are subjected to nauseating obscenity and victimised by Umno's vile politics.

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Right-thinking Muslims and Malaysians should unite and condemn this regime that is hurting and destroying our nation in pursuit of its selfish and evil ends.Umno claims that they are the defenders of the Malays. But what is happening today is a far cry of the Malays I know of yesteryears in which their graceful culture and piety seem to be the hallmark of the race.

The Malay culture that Umno is portraying today is one of filth, crudeness and sinfulness. If the Malays don't wake up to this fact, Malays as a race will soon be wiped out in no time and then it will be too late for them to salvage themselves.
I've spent the last 10 years living as a ghost. I write words that others claim as their own. I've had the opportunity to work with inspiring individuals and earn what I call "mini-Masters theses" in their areas of expertise. But let's be honest: this is not a profession little children dream of pursuing. I just happened into it.
Najib who is aware of what is going on is either powerless to stop this or he is actively encouraging this behind the scenes. Either way, it points to one fact: this country needs a real leader. We believe you, Mr Prime Minister, when you say that Umno and the government are not behind the swearing by Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah yesterday.We can all squirm and cry and accuse the government of this, that and what-not. Nothing is going to change because we foolish voters are the ones to blame for putting incompetent politicians up there.The gist of the 'sexual' attack on Anwar is to make him too pre-occupied with court cases until he has little time left to strengthen Pakatan Rakyat.BN knows half of the Malays are now supporting Pakatan and it is an open secret that most non-Malays are supporters of the opposition. So the only way forward for BN is to get back the Malay votes in order to win GE13.Before elections we all turn coffee-shop politicians and demand for change. But on polling day, we sell our votes for as little as RM50. So bear with it and move on.


We believe you because it is every day in Malaysia that those out on police bail can call for press conferences or taunt the police and then have police protection to swear on the Quran in a mosque.
Last time it happened, was, oh gosh…. I can't remember!
We believe you because every Ali, Gopal and Ah Chong can get Jawi officers to officiate at a swearing ceremony. The last time I checked, Jawi officials are employed by the government.
Yesterday, they facilitated Shazryl's swearing on the Quran, which according to most Muslim religious experts is contrary to Islam. And they did it willingly, as a service to mankind.
But Mr Prime Minister, if you say that Umno and government are not involved, then we believe you.
We believe you, Mr Prime Minister, that Umno and the government are not involved in the swearing ceremony just like the government and Umno were not involved in when sodomy "victim" Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan swore on the Quran during the Permatang Pauh by-election.
Why shouldn't we believe you, Mr Prime Minister?
It is every day that police and the authorities drag their feet in the so-called investigations and "allow" leakages of the porn video on YouTube and then feign ignorance. This, from a police force that locks up a man in order to get his DNA sample.
The fact of the matter is, there is only one master tape and police are clueless.
The Datuk Trio claim they are behind it but the police and Attorney-General's Chambers are still "stumped". Coincidentally, while the authorities are dragging their feet, the "Datuk T" trio are busy smearing muck on Anwar ibrahim and his family.
This is, of course, par for the course in Malaysian politics.
So yes, Mr Prime Minister, we believe you!
We would believe you more if you can focus on the economy and get it running, cut graft and give us what you promised when you took office — 1 Malaysia. People First. Performance Now.
All these shenanigans are affecting our faith a bit.
But, you know what, Mr Prime Minister, we still believe you!

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It starts, as these stories often do, with my childhood. I am not blaming my parents, who provided me a loving and supportive home; it was merely a matter of circumstance. My brother, Derek, was only 19 months older than me, just one year ahead in school, and better than I was at everything. He was a better student: He earned straight As while I got the occasional B+. He was a better athlete: He made it to the state championships, while I barely earned myself a place on the JV track team. He was a better gamer: He beat me at every match of checkers and Monopoly we ever played. And, to add salt to my wounds, Derek also was a better person. More sensitive and compassionate, anyway. He cried when his fifth-grade classmates cruelly poured salt on the slugs he had been tending for Pet Care, killing them. I laughed.
Even my name placed me firmly in this second-place role. My parents were living in Taiwan at the time of my brother's birth, my father working as a U.S. Foreign Service officer. He and my mother learned Mandarin and hired a Chinese-speaking nanny. When I came along in Hong Kong the following year, the nanny and Derek took to calling me MeiMei, which means "little sister" in Mandarin. The nickname stuck, at my own insistence, my whole life.

The day I took off for Stanford at aged 17 1/2, was for me what the events of Tahrir Square earlier this year were to the Egyptians: liberation. I was free at last from the shadow of Derek's reputation, from teachers who would tell me, "You're not living up to your [meaning: your brother's] full potential." Away from my family, I could finally be MeiMei without being the little sister.
And that's precisely what happened. At Stanford, I was able to shine brightly, playing a supporting role to none. I expressed myself courageously, made friends easily and felt blissfully happy to be alive.
But then, somehow, I lost my way again. Not long after graduating, I went to work for the management consultancy firm McKinsey & Company. I felt intimidated, not as smart — or at least not as skilled in creating Excel spreadsheets — as my colleagues. A misfit. My self-esteem began to slip.

Yet I was still riding the coattails of my Stanford success. So I left consulting to pursue my dreams of being a writer. I co-authored and found a publisher for my first book, "Sexual Fitness." But at the same time, I met D. He charmed me with his easy wit, Southern preppie style, and success as an entrepreneur. The more I became involved with him, the more I let go of my own career dreams. Soon, I was playing second fiddle to D, just as I had done throughout my childhood with Derek.
And so, when a publishing mentor asked me if I'd like to ghostwrite for a living, it seemed like a perfect fit: I would be another's voice. I didn't need to be in front of the audience, promoting the book. I was content to do the nitty-gritty work of choosing the words, rearranging the sentences, bringing other people's ideas to life on the computer screen.
Then, six years ago, I noticed that I'd become a ghost not only in my professional career, but also in my personal life. D was running the show in our marriage, making all the rules. He demanded that we have an open relationship. He told me that he wasn't ready for kids and didn't know when he would be. I tried and tried, through individual and couples counseling, to find a compromise. But when I realized that he wasn't going to change, I found some of that college-MeiMei courage. I left.
The years that followed were crushing. I felt unworthy of existing on this planet. I felt I'd failed. Yet it was precisely this failure that set me free. Now that I was no longer Derek's sister or D's wife, I was forced to confront the question: Who am I? And what I found — through therapy, yoga, meditation, poetry and spiritual books, and many long conversations with friends — was that I am me. The MeiMei I was at Stanford: unapologetic, brash and full of zest for life.
Now it is time for me to speak with my own voice. To say what I have to say out loud. To, as the inimitable Walt Whitman put it, "sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world." It's time for me to free myself from the supporting role of ghostwriter. I'm ready to write under my own name, to call myself an author.
It's easy to live in the shadow of another, offering yourself up as the helpmate, the assistant, the midwife. So many of us travel this path. Why? I think it's because doing so frees us from taking responsibility for our own lives. You have an excuse for not being the fully expressed version of yourself: You were putting your children's interests first. You had to move because of your spouse's job. Your boss asked you to stay late, so what choice did you have?
Well, I'm here to tell you from experience that that's no way to live your life, offloading the burden of your choices onto other people's shoulders, hiding behind their greatness. I'm done with that, and I hope you are, too. Come join me on my journey as I learn, once and for all, how to speak confidently with my own voice. Together, we'll cast off the chains of our self-doubt and stand proudly in the spotlight. Welcome to the Life Out Loud


Smooth Criminals

Posted: 01 May 2011 08:11 AM PDT

I was casually browsing through the news when I saw this:

Malaysia 'smooth criminals' walk off with diamonds

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian police said Sunday they were investigating how "smooth criminals" walked off with over 3.0 million ringgit ($1.0 million) worth of diamond jewellery from a gem exhibition.

District police chief Arjunaidi Mohamed told AFP that officers were probing the heist, which took place at the exhibition stand of famous local jeweller Habib at a suburban mall on Friday night.

"We have obtained the CCTV footage from the scene and have also taken statements," he said, declining to give further details as the investigation is ongoing.

It is evident that the crime rate in this country is extremely high.

If only the police spent more time solving these crimes than arresting peaceful protesters on the streets.

Really, it would be far more productive and beneficial.


Apa Perkaitan Yusry KRU Dengan Video Blue Rahim Thamby Chik?

Posted: 01 May 2011 07:56 AM PDT

Mengapa tiba2 nama Yusry KRU dilibatkan dalam isu Video Blue Rahim Thamby Chik? Angin takda, ribut takda, tiba-tiba pendapat Yusry KRU telah dipinta bagi membincangkan isu kesahihan video blue Rahim ini.

Sinar Harian melaporkan Yusry KRU sebagai berkata:



SHAH ALAM - Rakaman video berdurasi 20 minit sukar dipalsukan, kata pengarah dan penerbit filem, Yusry Abdul Halim.

Bagaimanapun, menurutnya, ia juga bergantung kepada sudut rakaman itu diambil.

"Jika tempoh masanya pendek, tidak mustahil ia boleh dipalsukan. Tetapi jika tempoh rakaman itu 20 minit dan sudut rakaman berubah, ia agak mustahil untuk dipalsukan.

"Video tidak sama dengan gambar yang lebih mudah dipalsukan," katanya kepada Sinar Harian semalam.


Malahan Polis juga berkata mereka kemungkinan akan memanggil Yusry KRU sebagai membantu siasatan:

Federal Police secretary Datuk Ghazali Md Amin, when contacted, said police were considering calling on Yusry following his comments on how a video clip could be produced.

"We can call anybody to assist us in our investigations, including Yusry, but for now we are analysing the evidence. If we need to call him, we will but for now we are looking at the evidence we have at hand."


Soalnya sekarang, mengapa Yusry KRU? Apa sudah jadi dengan orang2 di FINAS? Mengapa tak rujuk kepada FINAS yang saya percaya mempunyai pakar-pakar yang tidak kurang hebatnya?

Tak tau nak kata, tapi ada maklumat Tulang Besi dapat, Rahim Thamby Chik dan Eskay pernah dilihat berada di pejabat KRU banyak kali dalam beberapa minggu. Setakat ini, berita ini cuma khabar angin. Tapi, dalam politik Malaysia, khabar angin kadang-kadang lebih dipercayai dari berita rasmi.

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And here is the rest of it.


May Day: A pensioner's plea

Posted: 01 May 2011 03:04 AM PDT

Pensioner Haji Mat Harus b Abdul Rahman sends his plea for the government to assist pensioners receiving less than RM1,000 monthly pension for assistance. Video by Ee Chia
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May Day: Maju Junction scenes

Posted: 01 May 2011 02:29 AM PDT

PSM's Sungai Siput MP was among about 20 political, labour and rights activists and leaders caught today in a police dragnet on what was supposed to have been a May Day march in solidarity for workers to call for a minimum wage law. Dr M Jeyakumar Devaraj (left) had just arrived this morning at the corner of Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Dang Wangi, near the Maju Junction shopping complex when, after a few minutes of talking to the police to persuade them to let the group march, Jeyakumar was arrested and taken away.
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May Day: Arutchelvan is arrested

Posted: 01 May 2011 01:02 AM PDT

PSM secretary-general S Arutchelvan had earlier also tried to negotiate with the police near the Chow Kit monorail station before being taken away by police officers, believed to be from the Dang Wangi district police headquarters. Arutchelvan, one of the key members of the Labour Day organising committee, was supposed to have joined others in the march from Chow Kit to the Dataran Merdeka. In aa short press conference prior to his arrest, Arutchelvan told reporters that he considers the police obstruction to the peaceful march a "violation of basic right". He also said that he had already informed the police prior to the march, and said such a notice is sufficient as opposed to a police permit.
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May Day: Arrest at Dang Wangi

Posted: 30 Apr 2011 11:31 PM PDT

A May Day protestor was arrested in front of the Dang Wangi police station when he and a group were wating in vigil for the others who were arrested earlier in the day at Maju Junction and at the Chow Kit monorail station. PSM's Sungai Siput MP and the party's sec-gen S Arutchelvan were among about 20 political, labour and rights activists and leaders caught today in a police dragnet on what was supposed to have been a march in solidarity for workers and to call for a minimum wage law.
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May Day Rally 2011 In KL

Posted: 30 Apr 2011 11:52 PM PDT

It started out as a small group at around 10:30am, just outside Maju Junction.

The cops were not in the vicinity as they were waiting at the Chow Kit monorail, the original gathering spot.


Most of the protestors had banners and placards.


The gathering wasn't limited just to Malaysians. A small number of foreigners were there, mostly spectators, perhaps.


But then the crowd suddenly grew into a huge mass of people. At all times, there was peace and order.

This crowd was far bigger than the one last year.


Eventually, the cops caught on. The traffic police and his counterpart look on in consternation.


But of course, they alerted their team, and very soon, the blue squad arrived in huge numbers.


The obligatory arrests were made, even though no laws were broken.


Apparently, at least 14 people were taken in. This man is one of them, who was made to sit in the truck for quite a long time.


But the rally went on. There was a sit-in. And people displayed their banners.

"TO HELL WITH THE CAPITALISTS!" this one says.


This one claims that, "IF JOBS WERE SO EASY, THE RICH WOULD KEEP THEM FOR THEMSELVES."


Oh yes, it was a very socialist crowd over there :-)

The sobering truth, however, is that the prices of goods are going up, but not the wages. For these folks, there is no minimum wage to protect their well-being.

As I drive in my nice, foreign-made car, I cannot help but feel sympathy for those who must struggle to make ends meet.

I think perhaps even the cops can identify with the need for implementing minimum wages, for they were nowhere as brutal as they have been for other protests.


Protest updates in a bit, folks!

Posted: 30 Apr 2011 11:05 PM PDT

Stay tuned.


Kontrak Baru buat Para Pekerja

Posted: 30 Apr 2011 08:19 PM PDT

Assalamualaikum dan salam sejahtera.

Baru-baru ini Malaysia dikejutkan dengan laporan Bank Dunia yang berkata lebih sejuta rakyat Malaysia telah berpindah keluar negara untuk bekerja. Sesiapa sahaja boleh membaca laporan tersebut untuk memperoleh erti dan makna sendiri, tetapi apa yang jelas lagi zahir ialah negara kita telah mengalami situasi "brain drain", yang bermakna tenaga kerja berkualiti kita semakin lama semakin hilang.

Bagi saya, para pekerja tanpa mengira sektor merupakan tulang belakang negara kita. Tanpa kaum pekerja, apakah mungkin kita mencapai pertambahan GDP tahunan antara 4-7% setiap tahun dalam dekad yang baru berlalu? Tanpa warga pekerja, apakah mungkin halatuju ekonomi negara mampu diubah dari berpendapatan pertengahan (middle income economy) ke berpendapatan tinggi? Jika kita tidak memfaktorkan golongan pekerja, apakah cita-cita Malaysia untuk mencapai status negara maju di ambang tahun 2020 mampu menjadi realiti?

Amatlah jelas tidak.

Maka saya terpanggil untuk bertanya, bilakah akan terlaksana dasar gaji minima? Bukankah masanya telah tiba, setelah hampir 48 tahun wujudnya Malaysia, untuk kita benar-benar menunjukkan penghargaan ikhlas kita kepada para penoreh getah, penyapu sampah, buruh binaan, pemandu bas, pekerja restoran fast food, dan ramai lagi yang masih menampung hidup dengan kurang daripada RM700 sebulan?

Oleh itu, sempena sambutan Hari Pekerja saya pertengahkan tiga soalan kepada Perdana Menteri YAB Datuk Seri Najib Razak:

1) Apakah tahap gaji minima yang akan dicadang Majlis Perundingan Gaji Kebangsaan (National Wage Consultation Council)? Adakah Kerajaan Persekutuan betul-betul berani untuk menguatkuasakan cadangan tersebut?

2) Apakah kekerapan pengubahsuaian tahap gaji minima ini? (Sekiranya pengubahsuaian kerap berlaku maka ianya terlalu mengganggu golongan majikan; jika terlalu jarang, maka ianya kelihatan tidak adil.)

3) Siapakah yang sebenarnya mempunyai suara dan kuasa untuk membuat keputusan mengenai isu gaji minima ini? Adakah ianya hanya golongan politikus, terutamanya dari sesebelah pihak sahaja? Atau para birokrat? Apakah jaminan Kerajaan Persekutuan bahawa golongan pekerja akan punya hak bersuara dalam hal ini?

Dalam pada itu, memandangkan betapa pentingnya tenaga pekerja dalam membangunkan Malaysia, saya menyarankan suatu "Kontrak Baru" (New Deal) buat golongan pekerja tak kira yang baru mula atau sudah lama bekerja:

1) Penetapan gaji minima, atau lebih tepat, gaji sara hidup yang mencukupi;

2) Pelepasan cukai RM5,000 setahun bagi pendidikan berterusan (continuous education) bagi memantapkan dan meningkatkan tahap kemahiran;

3) Program "Kereta Pertama Ku", di mana pembelian kereta pertama dibebaskan dari bayaran cukai;

4) Kadar cukai pendapatan individu dihadkan kepada 15% bagi pekerja berumur 50 tahun ke atas;

5) Perlindungan takaful RM500,000 percuma kepada para pencarum Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP);

6) Cuti Bersalin Suami (paternity leave) selama 30 hari;

7) Hak berpersatuan bagi pekerja dalam kesemua sektor.

Bagi yang bertanya bagaimana 7 janji "Kontrak Baru" di atas dapat dilunaskan, maka ianya berpandukan 7 langkah berikut:

1) Penambahan produktiviti;

2) Penghapusan subsidi korporat (yang diberi kepada pemegang konsesi tol, penjana kuasa bebas atau IPP, dsb);

3) Penghapusan ketirisan ekonomi;

4) Penghapusan malapetaka rasuah;

5) Penggunaan bermandat khazanah minyak dan gas asli negara;

6) Pentadbiran kerajaan yang lebih baik;

7) Reformasi politik yang menyeluruh, seperti yang telah saya jelaskan dalam Akta Pemansuhan Darurat (APD).

Akhir kata, janganlah kita sesekali melupakan jasa, budi, dan bakti yang telah ditabur kaum pekerja. Semoga suatu hari nanti penghormatan yang cukup setimpal akhirnya akan dapat kita hulurkan kepada mereka ini yang berjuang demi pembangunan tanah air tercinta.


CSM for mGf socialist bookmaker TS Chong:)

Posted: 30 Apr 2011 07:48 PM PDT

INVITATION: 7:30pm, Tuesday, 3rd May 2011:

Book launch - Sengsara Kem Kamunting: Kisah Hidup dalam Penjara ISA


Dear friends and colleagues,

Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD), Abolish ISA Movement (GMI) and Civil Rights Committee (CRC-KLSCAH) are cordially invite you to the launch of Selangor Hulu Kelang State Assemblyman YB Saari Sungib's book entitled Sengsara Kem Kamunting: Kisah Hidup dalam Penjara ISA, and panel discussion with the topic ' Who is behind ISA? (Siapa di belakang ISA?) '.



Date : Tuesday, 3rd May 2011
Time : 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Venue : Auditorium, 1st Floor, KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) 1, Jalan Maharajalela, 50150 Kuala Lumpur.

(next to Maharajelela Monorail Station)



Programme:
Welcome by GMI

Speech by Book Reviewer YB Chang Lih Kang (Perak Teja State Assemblyman)

Official Book Launch and Presentation



Panel Discussion: Who is behind ISA? (Siapa di belakang ISA?)

· S. Arutchelvan (Socialist Party of Malaysia, PSM, Secretary-General)

· Hishamuddin Rais (Activist, Filmmaker and Writer)

· YB Nurul Izaah Anwar (MP Lembah Pantai, KL)





Book sale and signing



For queries please contact Chong Ton Sin 016 379 7231 or SK Chua 019 352 3864 @

Ms Nalini 019-375 8912 @ GMI Secreatariat 03-7784 3525



Feel free to circulate this invitation to your friends and colleagues.

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Majlis Pelancaran buku Sengsara Kem Kamunting: Kisah Hidup dalam Penjara ISA, 7:30 mlm, 3hb Mei 2011


Salam sejahtera,

Dengan anjuran bersama Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) dan Civil Rights Committee, KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (CRC), Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD) akan melancarkan buku Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor kawasan Hulu Kelang YB Saari Sungib, yang bertajuk Sengsara Kem Kamunting: Kisah Hidup dalam Penjara ISA. Dijemput semua teman dan pelanggan untuk hadir ke majlis pelancaran bagi memeriahkan lagi majlis tersebut di samping melibatkan diri dalam diskusi 'Siapa di belakang ISA?'



Tarikh : Selasa, 3hb Mei 2011
Masa : 7.30mlm – 10.30mlm
Tempat: Dewan Seminar Tingkat 2, KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall,

No.1, Jalan Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur. (Sebelah Stesen Monorail Maharajelela)



Program
- Kata-kata aluan GMI
- Ucapan oleh Pengulas Buku YB Chang Lih Kang (ADUN Perak kawasan Teja)
- Pelancaran Rasmi dan Penyampaian Cenderamata

Diskusi Panelis: Siapa di belakang ISA?

Ahli Panel: 1) S. Arutchelvan (Setiausaha Agung Parti Sosialis Malaysia, PSM)

2) Hishamuddin Rais (Aktivis Sosial, Seni dan Penulis)

3) YB Nurul Izaah Anwar (Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, KL)


Penjualan buku dan tandatangan.

Sengsara Kem Kamunting ditulis menurut getaran hati dan denyutan perasaan Saari sebagai seorang yang telah dibebaskan daripada penahanan akta kejam ISA. Buku ini merakamkan imbauan pengalaman penulis dan rakan-rakan bagi tahun pertama ditahan ISA, iaitu dari April 2001 hingga April 2002. Ia mengenang apa yang dilalui semasa berada di bawah tahanan SB selama dua bulan sebelum penulis dihantar ke Kem Kamunting. Penulis berkongsi perihal apa yang dilalui, dirasai, direnungi dan pengalaman-pengalaman orang lain yang dihayati, khususnya pengalaman mereka yang melalui nasib sama dipenjarakan atas motif politik. Ia merakamkan dengan terperinci pengalaman penulis dan rakan-rakan melancarkan mogok lapar sempena tahun pertama ditahan di bawah ISA. Buku ini tamat sebaik sahaja ia mengkisahkan bagaimana kempen mogok lapar berakhir.



Sebarang persoalan sila hubungi Chong Ton Sin 016-379 7231 @ SK Chua 019-352 3864 @ Cik Nalini 019-375 8912 @ Secreatariat GMI or 03-7784 3525
Tolong sebarkan jemputan ini kepada rakan-rakan anda!

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DESIDERATA:
Please try to attend this book launch-- if not for anything, at least keep the BOOK INDUSTRY alive. And wishing you wellA:) ~~ YL, Desi

PS: I've been doing some public service by annoucing events symphonic to my HEart's beatBIteBYTE so that my merits will rise and rise towards the heaven where lies the rainbow, though it touches not the gOodOldeMotherEarth.


Islam's Christian Scapegoats

Posted: 30 Apr 2011 05:53 PM PDT

by Raymond Ibrahim
FrontPageMagazine.com
April 29, 2011

After mentioning the sort of atrocities Christians in Pakistan suffer—including being killed by "blasphemy" laws, constantly "abused in public and harassed in the street by groups of Muslim youths," ostracized and impoverished by the government—a recent Fox News report reminds us that Christian persecution is further exacerbated by anti-Americanism:

Life on any given day for Pakistani Christians is difficult. But members of Pakistan's Christian community say now they're being persecuted for U.S. drone attacks on Islamic militants hiding on the border with Afghanistan. The minority, which accounts for an estimated one percent of the country's 170 million population, says because its faith is strongly associated with America, it is targeted by Muslims. When America does a drone strike, they come and blame us, Faisal Massi, a 25-year old student from Sau Quarter, a Christian colony in Islamabad. They think we belong to America. It's a simple mentality.

Not only is it a "simple mentality"—indeed, Muslim tradition holds that "All infidels are one religion"—it's also a convenient one, whereby Muslims avenge themselves on the "strong infidel" (the "Christian" West) by attacking the "weak infidel" (Christian minorities living under Islam).

Examples of this approach are many: years ago, when Pope Benedict quoted history deemed unflattering to Islam, anti-Christian riots ensued, churches were burned, and a nun was murdered in Somalia; weeks ago, when a fringe American pastor burned a Koran, dozens of U.N. aid workers were killed by Muslims in Afghanistan, some beheaded.

Consider Iraq: its persecuted Christians are being targeted in part "over their religious ties with the West." Even last year's Baghdad church attack, wherein over fifty Christians were butchered, was in "retaliation" to absurd accusations against the Coptic church; the al-Qaeda affiliated perpetrators went so far as to threaten all Christians around the world as "legitimate targets for the mujahedeen (holy warriors) wherever they can reach them." (Bold as that sounds, the clause "wherever they can reach them" is a reminder that it is the Islamic world's accessible, vulnerable Christians who will continue to be targeted.)

This phenomenon—attacking one set of Christians in response to another—has roots in Islamic law. The Pact of Omar, a foundational text for Islam's treatment of dhimmis (i.e., non-Muslims who refused to convert after their lands were seized by Islam) makes this clear. The consequences of breaking any of the debilitating and humiliating conditions Christians were made to accept in order to be granted a degree of surety by the Muslim state were stark: "If we in any way violate these undertakings … we forfeit our covenant, and we become liable to the penalties for contumacy and sedition"—penalties that include enslavement, rape, and death. Moreover, the actions of the individual affect the entire group: everyone is under threat to ensure that everyone behaves. As Mark Durie points out,

Even a breach by a single individual dhimmi could result in jihad being enacted against the whole community. Muslim jurists have made this principle explicit, for example, the Yemeni jurist al-Murtada wrote that "The agreement will be canceled if all or some of them break it" and the Moroccan al-Maghili taught "The fact that one individual (or one group) among them has broken the statute is enough to invalidate it for all of them" (The Third Choice, p.160).

Accordingly, months ago, when a Christian man in Egypt was accused of dating a Muslim woman, twenty-two Christian homes were set ablaze to cries of "Allahu Akbar." Days ago, when Muslims made false accusations against a Copt, one Christian was killed and ten hospitalized, an old woman was thrown out of her second floor balcony, Christian homes, shops, fields, and livestock were plundered and torched—to cries of "Allahu Akbar," per a report aptly titled "Collective Punishment of Egyptian Christians."

Thus, as the world shrinks—and as Muslims continue to conflate the West with Christianity—the reasons to persecute Islam's Christians grow: ethnicity and geography no longer matter; shared religion, even if nominal, makes all "Christians" liable for one another. A dhimmi is a dhimmi is a dhimmi. And if it's more convenient to punish the Muslim world's defenseless Christians in response to the West, so be it—even if the latter remains oblivious or indifferent.


ANWAR :LIVING EVERY MINUTE IS A MIRACLE THE MALAY IMPRINTED MAHATIR BHAI THE $100 BILLION MYSTERY

Posted: 30 Apr 2011 05:10 PM PDT

The politics of business and democracy

 … Come, my friends,
     'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
     Push off, and sitting well in order smite
     The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
     To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
     Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
     It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
     And see the great Achilles, whom we knew. (56–64)
Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ulyssess

THE BALLOT BOX: THE ULTIMATE ARBITER IN A DEMOCRACY

by Terence Netto @www.malaysiakini.com
COMMENT Because the ballot box is the ultimate arbiter of distempers in a democracy, Malaysian voters must be anticipating the next general election – the 13th in their history as an independent country – with unusual keenness.
The fact that the number 13 is freighted with an ominous significance because it connotes a tragic chapter in Malaysian history – the May 13 riots of 1969 – renders added frisson to the anticipation.
The thunderheads that have boiled up on the political horizon to set voters on edge present an idiosyncratic mix of issues of personal sexual morality and ones of grave national import.
Just now an issue concerning the sexual morals of a contender for the prime ministerial position, Anwar Ibrahim, has taken centre stage, to the exasperation of legions of his supporters, not because they do not think that it matters, but because they view the rules for adjudicating it as hopelessly rigged against him.
Also, it is of little help to their serenity that they see at least one of his accusers, in the case of the video allegedly showing him in a transaction with a sex worker, as tainted with same brush that is now being used to blacken Anwar. Few things are as annoying as the pot calling the kettle black. Likewise, few things can be more exasperating that attempts to infer an aspirant's moral credentials to govern from his or her private sexual morals.
One does not have to subscribe to Plato's dualism of the mind and body to hold that it's best to keep the spheres of public and private morality separate, especially private sexual morality. But because to the majority of Malaysians religion is a public matter, these spheres cannot be held to be separate.
No precedent in modern history
No politician has done more in the last four decades in Malaysia to make religion a public matter than Anwar Ibrahim. So there is a rough kind of poetic justice to the travails he has now to endure.
It is hard to find a precedent in modern history for the very public and humiliating trials by innuendo and insinuation he and his family have had to endure – in Sodomy I, Sodomy II and now in the sex video controversy – over the last 13 years.
Perhaps the closest comparison one could find would be the hounding of the American civil rights Martin Luther King Jr by FBI director J Edgar Hoover in the 1960s. Hoover kept up a steady stream of pressure on King and his wife by circulating aural evidence of the civil rights leader's sexual misdemeanors. But, in the main, that pressure was applied away from the public gaze. Consequently, the psychic hell that King and Loretta had to endure was private.
In contrast, Anwar and family have had to endure very public tribulation which the ordinarily decent are loath to justify. The fact that elementary standards of due process have been denied him in this odyssey of public humiliation adds to the repugnance felt by the decent over his and his family's treatment.
That is why at this juncture the 13th general election is being awaited with mustard-keen anticipation.There are issues of grave public moment that should compete for the public attention's but right now the manufactured sensation of Anwar's private sexual morality has taken centre stage.
It makes you want to believe in the truth of the concept of the wound and the bow, the literary principle that the psychic wounds one suffers on the way up in life become the bow that launches the effort at grand rectification.
One hopes that would be true about Anwar. He has had to endure much; would that eventual vindication and rectification be proportionate to his travails.

The plot to frame Anwar is revealed!

Eager to become prime minister, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim was prepared to sacrifice his own race, just to get non-Malay support, Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today
The civilised world must be outraged by what is taking place in Malaysia. Justice is being trampled upon and truth is being sacrificed for political expediency without shame or remorse. And it is not fair that we have to suffer this humiliation.
Thinking Malaysians are perplexed how on earth the police went ahead to investigate Anwar Ibrahim for sodomy even though there were allegedly medical reports confirming that there was no basis for their action.
According to the medical report in the possession of Malaysiakini, Saiful was never sodomised by anyone, least of all by Anwar Ibrahim. Dr Mohamed Osman Hamid from the Hospital Pusrawi had confirmed this fact after physically examining Saiful on 28 June 2008.
Yet four hours later, Saiful made a police report at the police pondok in Hospital Kuala Lumpur that Anwar had sodomised him. At 6.00pm on that day, Saiful went to Hospital Kuala Lumpur for his second medical examination which, according to an unverified report by Raja Petra, also confirmed that Saiful was not sodomised. Nevertheless, he made his police report against Anwar.
The police cannot claim that they were in the dark over the existence of these reports. In any case, the police are required to send victims of rape or sodomy for a medical examination to confirm the allegations and collect vital medical evidence for prosecution purposes.
When Saiful made that damning report against Anwar, he must have surely disclosed to the police that such an examination had already been carried out by doctors. That being the case, the police would have obtained these reports and must be fully aware that the police report made by Saiful was therefore without any merit.
Yet, why was Anwar arrested, questioned and detained? Doesn't this indicate that there was a plot to vilify him and convict him on false charges? If the police had acted professionally, would they have gone ahead with what they had done, unnecessarily putting to risk their reputation and credibility? Or were they taking instructions from politicians who felt threatened and therefore were bent on destroying Anwar to preserve their power base?
The whole sodomy episode reeks with injustice and stinks to high heaven. This sordid affair brings to mind something that was said long ago: "Of all injustice, that is the greatest which goes under the name of law, and of all sorts of tyranny the forcing of the letter of the law against equity, is the most insupportable."
Under the circumstance, Aliran is horrified and revolted that the police have seemingly paid scant respect to the rule of law. They owe an explanation to the public.
There are reports floating around that Dr Mohamed Osman Hamid from the Hospital Pusrawi had gone missing because it is alleged that he is being harassed to change the report to implicate Anwar. Aliran would like to know if this is true.
  • Aliran would like to know whether the medical report in the possession of Malaysiakini apparently from Hospital Pusrawi and signed by Dr Mohamed Osman Hamid is genuine and a true and faithful copy of the original report that is with Hospital Pusrawi.
  • Aliran would like to know whether the police is brave enough to make public the existing reports from hospital Puswari and Hospital Kuala Lumpur in order to end the rumours circulating that these reports have indeed vindicated Anwar Ibrahim.
  • Aliran would like to know in the event when these reports are verified as true and genuine whether the police would forthwith drop all charges against Anwar and stop hounding him as if he has a case to answer.
  • Aliran would like to know when it is established that Saiful had made a false report to the police whether he would be arrested and charged immediately.
  • Aliran would like to know the unseen hands behind this episode who had apparently used Saiful to frame Anwar for their political survival.
This matter has dragged on long enough and it is time to bring it to a closure without any further delay. Will the Prime Minister out of respect for the dignity of the human being and in fairness to justice display common decency in setting up a Commission of Inquiry to bring to book all those who had tarnished our nation with their nefarious activities which had brought to question the credibility of our police force?
P Ramakrishnan
President
The scandalous porno tape, used in desperation to implicate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim allegedly engaging in sex with a prostitute in order to turn the tide in favour of the Barisan Nasional during the Sarawak election, refuses to fade away even after the Sarawak election.
Graphic: musramrakunman.blogspot.com
It was a widely publicised news item and – according to some reports – the tape was even distributed in the longhouses in Sarawak to disparage and demean Anwar and present the opposition in poor light to gain political mileage for BN.
The police declared that the tape was genuine. The people were made to feel that very soon the sordid episode would be unravelled and the person in the tape exposed.
The various statements in the public domain created the perception that it was Anwar in the porno tape. The police conveyed the impression that it was a matter of time before Anwar was exposed as the owner of the Omega watch stolen by the prostitute. The Omega watch seemed to be the most important missing link to establish Anwar's identity.
But to their utter disappointment there was no record of the purchaser in Taiwan, where the watch was apparently bought. The missing link went missing and they were no nearer the truth.
Now they say 'they will not hesitate to expose to the public if necessary "the performer" in the sex video who allegedly resembled opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.'
In other words, what they are saying is tantamount to the fact that they have identified "the performer" but they are not inclined to expose "the performer" unless it was necessary to do so.
The Malaysian public is rightly confused. What is meant by unless it was necessary? Why then did they go to such great length to find out the owner of the Omega watch? You took the trouble to trace the watch all the way to Taiwan.
What was the purpose? Wasn't it to link "the performer" to the watch so that you can definitely identify "the performer" and expose him?
If it wasn't necessary to identify "the performer" why is Anwar being harassed? He was called to give his statement a second time yesterday (28 April 2011). Unless you have irrefutable evidence that the character in the video is indeed Anwar, there was no necessity to ask him to report to Dang Wangi district police headquarters. Is it because they want to keep this shameful episode alive?
It is as though there is no other worthwhile issue in this country for the media to comment on and for our political leaders to discuss. Have we become so depraved that sex scandals have to hog the limelight and take up so much of the nation's time and attention?
Malaysians have a right to be sceptical about the whole sordid affair. It is evident that there is a concerted effort to finish off Anwar in the interest of the Barisan Nasional. He is the only person standing in their way who can prevent the BN's continued reign in Putrajaya. That being the case, would it not be logical to expose Anwar right now?
But why aren't they doing it? Is it because "the performer" in the video is a pretender?! If it was Anwar, they would have gone to town with this information during the Sarawak election to disparage and destroy the opposition with one stroke. The print and electronic media and the blogs and websites would be gleefully swarmed with this news for days on end. But that is not happening!
But they are dragging their feet in this affair for far too long even though there doesn't seem to be much hope of unearthing the truth. Why are they spending so much time with regard to Anwar when there is a simple, straightforward issue at their doorstep crying for a remedy?
The terrible Datuk Trio who were in possession of a pornography video should have been charged by now. The terrible Datuk Trio should be facing the music for screening a pornographic show to the public. With so much irrefutable evidence against the trio staring at and challenging the police, why is there so much foot-dragging? Why is there a reluctance to take action to punish those who screened a pornographic video? What is holding up the police and the Attorney-General?
Karpal Singh had rightly pointed out that prostitution is not an offence but using the premises for prostitution or living off the earnings of a prostitute is an offence. According to Karpal, "Whomsoever solicits or importunes for the purpose of prostitution or any immoral purpose in any place shall be punished with imprisonment…" If that is the law, where does Anwar fit into this? What offence is he guilty of?
A report has it that the police have located the place where the sex act took place and identified the prostitute. Why haven't they taken action against the owner of the premises for allowing his place to be used for "immoral purpose"? Why haven't they taken action against the person who procured the services of the prostitute?
The villains plotting to crucify Anwar have been identified; their involvement in this sordid affair has been established. Why are we not moving in on them?
P Ramakrishnan is president of Aliran


Special Day Post Reprised

Posted: 30 Apr 2011 05:07 PM PDT

by a poet-Asspirant
Steal trying very de HEart! ~~ YL, Desi, knottyaSsusual

Sunday, May 01, 2005
First of May

Today is a Special Day for desiderata -- a day of celebration, coinciding with MyDayofR&R this year. Though I spent time this morning (to be chronologically correct, the hour just before entering this auspicious day as young Christoper, of the DOGgone book, remember?, would have wanted to record it, I was working from 11.00pm last night (Saturday -- no, there was no Boston Public episode) so that I could uplink the Epilogue at 12.01am.

As I often quoted, in variations, that "work" that is a labour of love to share with fellowmen and fellwowomen, it gives tremendous joy, it is no more work, but a journey of delight and joy. And I find indescriable joy and delight in writing on Sundays, normally for desiderata.english, with this Labour Day entry an exception.

On a personal level, I have long adopted as my anthem, touchingly recalled by the following:

When I was small

And Christmas trees were tall

We used to love while others used to play

Don't ask me why the time has passed us by

Someone else moved in from far away

Now we are tall

And Christmas trees are small

And you don't ask the time of day

But you and I, our love will never die

Guess who'll cry come First of May

The apple tree that grew for you and me

I watch the apples fallig one by one

And I recll the moment of them all

The day I kissed your cheek and you were gone

I grew up on the BeeGees' rendition, maybe many of you do; recently my horizon expanded to an equally nostalgic version by Emi Fujita, introduced by a friend of just six weeks, but it seems so long ago ... When Christmas trees were still tall?, thanks to that someone special of http://yancorner.blogspot.com

On the universal level, I have stated (in various ways) the belief that when we do work that brings us joy and delight, it doesn't become "work" anymore. It's then an activity of the body and mind that helps us grow. It gives us dignity; it gives us love; it gives us an identification of Self.

This self is unique. It is important for our journey in Life. We find dignity in self-realisation that we are worthy to oneself, one's family, one's community, one's country, and the world, for it comprises a community of all humankind.

So on this auspicious day, to all parents, growups-to-be, here's Desiderata wishing you Happy Labour Day. May we find, and give, Dignity in Labour, always.

posted by desiderata


Zunar menuduh Ulama UMNO mempertuhankan 'Abdullah Badawi' dan Mahathir Mohamad??

Posted: 30 Apr 2011 04:27 PM PDT

Sudah sekian lama saya perhatikan kecenderungan kartunis Zunar untuk menggunakan lukisan lukisan kartunnya untuk memperlekehkan para pemimpin negara terutamanya pemimpin UMNO seperti PM Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak dan isteri beliau, mantan PM ke 4, Tun Dr Mahathir Muhamad dan mantan PM ke 5 Tun Abdullah Badawi serta melakar kartun melambangkan Anwar Ibrahim sebagai mangsa mereka.


Kartun dijadikan bahan politik untuk menyerang peribadi peribadi terbabit dan bilamana diambil tindakan kerana memfitnah dan mendatangkan aib kepada mangsa mangsa sasaran politiknya itu, dipersendakan bahawa para pemimpin negara terbabit takut kepada kartun!


Kartun politik tidak boleh dipandang enteng, tuan tuan dan puan puan. Mesej yang dibawa kartun kartun tersebut boleh membunuh sepertimana kita melihat rusuhan rusuhan yang telah tercetus dibeberapa negara bilamana peribadi Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam dihina oleh pelukis kartun Denmark dan ada kartunis yang telah dibunuh angkara penghinaan nya itu.


Kartun Zunar bersifat fitnah terhadap indidividu individu terbabit. Bilamana ia melakarkan kartun di atas dengan melambangkan bahawa ulama ulama UMNO 'mempertuhankan' Abdullah Badawi dan Mahathir Mohamad!


Kartunis tersohor seperti Dato Lat dihormati kerna cara beliau melukis kartun mengabadikan keadaan zaman lalu yang sudah hilang dari kehidupan kita. Dek kerna itu seluruh negara menghargai usaha Dato Lat dan walaupun ada kartun kartun Lat yang kadangkala mempersendakan para pemimpin politik seperti Tun Dr Mahathir, Pak Lah, Samy Vellu dan sebagainya, kartun kartun Lat lebih bersifat menghiburkan dan tidak berniat jahat seperti kartun Zunar diatas.


Bakat melukis kartun tidak harus disalahgunakan oleh Zunar untuk menghina para ulama UMNO. Menuduh mereka sebegini hanya menjatuhkan kredibiliti sikartunis.


Ulama UMNO berhak untuk mengambil tindakan undang undang terhadap Zunar diatas fitnah ini. Kartun politik bersifat 'libel' dan boleh disabitkan dengan pelukisnya dari segi undang undang.


Seseorang kartunis yang menjatuhkan maruah mana mana individu dengan menyabitkan peribadi mereka dengan individu sebenar seperti kartun diatas hanya mencari masaalah perundangan.


Ini pendapat saya.


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