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Posted: 08 Jun 2011 12:02 PM PDT
Saudara/ri pembaca boleh melihat sendiri kualiti pemimpin Pemuda yang baru dipilih. Salah seorang yang dipilih itu bernama Ustaz Syed Abdul Kadir Al Jufree.
Mengikut pendedah saudara ZainulFaqar yang sehingga hari ini tidak dapat dijawab oleh beliau, Syed Abdul Qadir telah mengeluarkan kenyataan seperti di bawah ini:
"Takkan nta semua tak tahu siapa pemimpin pusat yang tak wala' kepada Presiden (Abdul Hadi)…(mereka yang dimaksudkan ialah) Dr Dzulkifly, Dr Mujahid, Hanipa Maidin dan Ahli Parlimen Shah Alam Khalid Samad (yang) walaupun bukan pimpinan IRC tapi dipergunakan oleh Dr Dzul(kifly) untuk anti ulama'.
Pernyataan ini telah diungkapkan oleh beliau dalam suatu "workshop" bersama-sama pelajar2 Malaysia di Ireland pada 26 Disember 2010.
Jelas, kepada kita, tokoh pemuda yang baru terpilih ini sepatutnya dihadapkan ke JK Tatatertib kerana memfitnah serta menyebarkan dusta berkenaan dengan kepimpinan PAS Pusat.
Bukannya dicalonkan serta dipilih sebagai Exco Pemuda PAS Pusat.
Inilah Pemuda PAS yang bakal kita lihat selepas ini. Pemuda PAS yang hanya kesah hal-hal remeh dan kecil tanpa mampu melihat kebajikan serta kebaikan yang jauh lebih besar di hadapan mata.
Saya tak sangka orang yang berpendidikan agama macam dia ni pun boleh sebar fitnah sesuka hati.
Ada ka Ustaz Mujahid tu IRC? Saya kenal pribadi dgn Ustaz Mujahid dan arwah bapa saya seperti anak angkat kepada Arwah Ustaz Yusuf Rawa.
Ustaz Mujahid berkempen untuk PAS masa dia dalam perut ibunya sewaktu berlaku sebuah pilihanraya kecil di Perlis lagi.
Ustaz Mujahid sudah memperjuangkan PAS sejak Aljufree belum lahir lagi. Ustaz Mujahid lebih mengenali apa yang dimaksudkan sebagai fikrah PAS berbanding Al Jufree ini.
Itulah dia tahap pemikiran ustaz2 dalam Pemuda ni. Dangkal dan cetek. Tidak ada wawasan dan tiada daya maju.
Hanya tahu bawak fitnah aje.
ps Tulang Besi bercadang untuk membuat laporan rasmi kepada SU Agung di atas kempen fitnah Exco Pemuda ini.
Lepas tu Tulang Besi nak duduk dgn Exco ini dan bandingkan pengalaman Tulang Besi dalam PAS dengan beliau. Tulang Besi nak tengok siapa yang lebih faham fikrah PAS.
Posted: 08 Jun 2011 09:03 AM PDT
Posted: 08 Jun 2011 08:22 AM PDT
Keynote address by Anwar Ibrahim at the Conference on Islamic Funding in Development, Kuwait, June 7th, 2011
Keynote address by Anwar Ibrahim at the Conference on Islamic Funding in Development, Kuwait, June 7th, 2011
The Islamic finance sector, having grown by leaps and bounds over the last few decades, is no longer confined to retail borrowing or lending or partnerships and joint ventures. At its inception, Islamic finance as a global phenomenon was mentioned as if it were merely a fantasy. It was regarded more as a kind of spiritual escape route for those who were more religiously inclined. Many skeptics even linked it as part of some type of voodoo economics that would only appeal to backward Muslim countries.
And even after these initial prejudices were overcome, and business common sense prevailed, a host of factors operated against the industry and saw a lack of interest in Islamic funding particularly for long-term projects. There was the belief that compared to the conventional funding, Islamic financing was uneconomical, or that the returns were not commensurate with the risks taken.
There was this persistent myth of the lazy and inefficient Muslim enterprise where things tend to grind to a halt and delays are legendary. Thus, a typical loan transaction would incur increased costs apart from the greater burden in administering the loan. Or if push comes to shove, Islamic funding merely served as a last resort to cover shortfalls in funding.
But the reality tells us a different picture. Islamic funding has not only shaken off that undeserved association but has proven to be able to cater to large-scale infrastructure projects. In the wake of the recent financial crisis, Islamic finance institutions stepped up to the challenge to fulfill the funding needs for many of the large infrastructure projects which were once the exclusive turf of the conventional finance market.
I'm sure the experts will be talking about the development of the Islamic capital sector as well considering the phenomenal growth of the sukuk market. It is noteworthy that this sector which also incorporates Shari'a compliant securities, unit trusts and other related products is moving in tandem with the conventional capital market. But as the saying goes, there is no such thing as a recession-proof bond market as the recent sukuk default shows. But having said that, one must caution against throwing the baby with the bath water. Though investor confidence must never be unconditional, it should not be irrational. In this regard, it can be said without exaggeration that the Islamic finance and capital markets have weathered the recent financial crisis quite well. As things have emerged, Islamic funding has now become not just accepted but widely used.
To begin with, Islamic funding in development must be seen in holistic terms in as much as it is Shari'a compliant. And as we know, the Shari'a is not piecemeal but holistic. It is a comprehensive scheme of human behavior and a code of law as well as a code of morals. The first proposition therefore would be that the role of Islamic funding in development may not be gauged purely in legalistic terms. I believe the overriding concern must remain the promotion of justice and equity.
This flows naturally and logically from the concept of the Maqasid al-Shari'a, and today much discourse has been generated on the maslaha or public good of Islamic finance. I only wish to emphasize that the categories are not closed. Hence, the maslaha pertaining to development apart from setting the critical physical infrastructure would also encompass the protection and maintenance of the environment, the eradication of poverty, and generally the promotion of social justice.
Viewed in this light, any assessment of the role of Islamic finance must therefore look beyond the issue of Shari'a compliance though that must remain a prerequisite to the validity of the transactions. But it needs to be emphasized that adherence to Shari'a requirements is not the same thing as the realization of the maslaha. There is often the danger or the temptation to overlook the principles of equity and good conscience in the pursuit of profits.
The demands of a holistic approach mean that Muslims need to integrate all aspects of life within a just and equitable system. In this regard, we cannot overstate the importance of supporting strong families, education, and protecting the environment or fighting poverty and redressing other social inequities. There should also be a corresponding commitment to public works, consumer protection regulation and community welfare.
The time is ripe for the emergence of a global Islamic finance architecture defined by the highest standards of corporate governance, accountability, and transparency. As poverty eradication still remains low in priority, we could begin by giving more attention to those areas where funding is needed most. The finance industry should also introduce social safety net programs while initiating modern infrastructure in order to integrate the economy into the global networks of commerce and industry.
Islamic banking and financial market is now well diversified in the various subsectors and is still expanding. There is no doubt that the world is watching the pattern and trajectory that the growth will be taking.
I was personally involved in the formative years of the industry, and as Finance Minister had spearheaded several key areas in the capital and corporate banking and takaful arenas. Today, as some have said, gulf states and Malaysia are at the pole position but new entrants are already working overtime to catch up and should there be any slacking the rivals may soon beat Malaysia at the finishing line.
Innovation would therefore be at the top of the requirements for increasing competitiveness. Simply offering Shari'a compliant substitutes to conventional products won't be sufficient. In this regard, mere provision of funding will not work in the long term. Drawbacks in regulatory infrastructure must be urgently addressed. Inadequate sector diversification will also be detrimental.
Even companies continue to demonstrate leadership in making international forays, they need to move out of the comfort zone, into greater profit and risk sharing losing sight of their social obligations. The impending entry of the mega Islamic banks may be boon or may be disaster. The ball is at the court of the financial institutions. They must respond accordingly.
I now come to the winds of change blowing across the Middle East. Much has been said about the so-called Arab spring but there is the danger of using terms too loosely which at best may just end up as convenient clichés signifying very little. It was in Doha more than five years ago at the U.S.-Muslim World Forum that I sounded the call for leaders in the region to seize the day for reform, and that democratization in the region would be sooner than later.
We know that the tide of political reform may rise and ebb according to the strength or weakness of our commitment to democracy and freedom. As I've said before, if this progress is to be meaningful, it must strengthen the cause of democracy and not weaken it, improve governance and not condone corruption and cronyism. Commitment to this change should enhance economic growth with clear commitment to ensure economic justice and equitable distribution of income.
Those who are under the impression that the reform movements sweeping the region appear to have just sprung up overnight could do well to remember that many of the states in the Middle East, particularly those of the GCC, had already initiated progressive measures in the direction of freedom and democracy. I myself have spoken on several occasions regarding this matter and have gone on record to remark that the countries in the region were not averse to upholding the system of international rules in the economic sphere. In the political arena, the question was whether we still need to be harangued by the world into taking the path that we know is good for us, or should we instead seize the day and embark on it ourselves.
The lessons of Tunisia and Egypt remind us that in an enduring democratic society, power and authority must be based on the rule of law. Greater openness and transparency must be promoted in the administration of the state. Hence, some of the GCC states took the initiative, as first steps, to holding free and fair elections.
The question arises as to whether all freedom and democracy will jeopardize development particularly for nascent economies. As a firm believer in the role of business as a catalyst towards reform, my answer therefore is a definite 'no'. The only rider to this is that business must be subject to a culture of corporate governance that values transparency and ethical practices. There must be the political will to fight corruption and stop rogue corporations from colluding with autocrats to rape the land and destroy the environment. We see this happening in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Political reform goes in tandem with economic reform. Economic planning must carry a clear social program to bring about a humane economy. State resources must therefore be put to an effective social agenda which includes poverty eradication, public health and housing, and substantive investment in human capital development.
The problems that plague the Arab world are not unique to the Middle East. Muslim countries all over the world save a few are plagued by similar problems – gross inequities of income, poor infrastructure, antiquated education systems, inadequate health care and rising food prices and the costs of shelter.
As the storm of democracy swept across the sands of Tunisia spreading eastward to Egypt, then to Jordan and then Yemen, it has left in its trail a region completely transformed. It has made the unthinkable, thinkable. When the East Europeans rampaged through their capitals and brought down their leaders, it was never really seen as something quite extraordinary. Sure, there was much media attention but there was no suggestion that democracy was not the definitive answer to autocracy. However, when it comes to the Middle East both perceptions and expectations take on an entirely different dimension. For the West, the news is treated at least initially, with alarm rather than excitement, reluctant resignation at best rather than unbridled joy that freedom and democracy has finally reached the shores of North Africa and the land of the Pyramids.
We see the Western powers, particularly the United States, dragging their feet while weighing their options and engaging in linguistic waffling. This ambivalence has spread to Southeast Asia where leaders of sham democracies continue to get red-carpet treatment from administration officials.
The time for rhetoric is past. The region is fundamentally changed. Now it is true that in the Middle East, the accretions of historical influence and cultural conditioning impacted the polemics about Islam and democracy and impaired the ability and undermined the conviction to bring about the convergence of Islam and democracy.
European colonization gave rise to a deep-rooted sense of resentment understandable considering the past glory of Islam's own vast empire. Thriving on parasitically to this "influence of anxiety" – with apologies to Harold Bloom – autocrats, dictators and kleptocrats in the Muslim world present themselves as moderate and progressive Muslims who will be the bulwark against Islamists, in fact against the ascendency of Islam itself. The West therefore must throw their weight behind them or risks the eventuality of Islamists taking over. That has been the logic and that has been the rationale hitherto.
If the U.S is really serious about promoting freedom and democracy it should begin by setting priorities in its foreign aid programs. For instance, rather than military aid, I believe Egypt needs more economic aid and this would help to promote social justice, help reduce poverty, increase employment opportunities and raise the living standards of the people – these are essential safeguards against radicalism and extremism.
The Arab winter of discontent can only turn into spring when constitutional democracies are finally established in place of the old systems. Civil liberties must be guaranteed and basic institutions of civil society be allowed to flourish. The transition to democracy must ensure the existence of an effective check and balance against executive powers, violation of fundamental liberties and maintain the rule of law.
Posted: 08 Jun 2011 07:55 AM PDT
Huma was born in Michigan to an Indian father and a Pakistani mother. She interned at the White House in the mid-90s and graduated from GW. If she goes on to become Chief of Staff it is entirely possible that she could broker a lasting peace in South Asia by helping to end the Kashmiri conflict. I'm just saying, if I was at the negotiation table I'd commit to any concession she proposed. Let's give peace a chance.
I so not wanted to do the Weinergate scandal but here we are tonight… Dammit. Anyhow, Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York was trying to send lewd photos of a bulge in his underwear over Twitter to a college student in Seattle. But instead of sending the crotch shot photo to the one intended girl in Seattle via private messaging onTwitter, he send it publicly to 45,000 of his followers. He quickly deleted the tweet with the bugle a few moments later and about 3 minutes later said he was just hacked. The incident was quickly dubbed Weinergate a play on his name and the Watergate scandal from some 35 years ago and every Washington D.C. political scandal since then. So the new scandal, now dubbed Weinergate, started when a photograph of a man's penis erected underneath gray boxer-briefs was posted on Weiner's Twitter page.
At first Rep. Weiner denied he sent the lewd photo but after several more photos were released today via BigGovernment with one of the 6 women he was sexting over the years telling her story. Apparently some of these woman were surprised when a U.S. Congressmen started to send them lewd photos of his erection. The interesting thing about this new scandal is that Anthony Weiner was in the lead to be the next mayor of New York City in 2013. And despite popular belief today, I am willing to bet he is even in a better position to be the next mayor of NYC. Anyway, some are calling for his resignation but so far I have not seen any laws broken so while I wouldn't vote for him… I would not be calling for him to resign.
Okay, here are four of the five photos we know of so far… the fifth photo is said to be extremely graphic and is believe to be a photo of the congressman's weiner. LOL… I just had to make a weiner joke! For whatever reason this scandal is now huge in American even though there is no naked chick. I hate big sex scandals without a naked chick or two. I guess this one is for the ladies. And just wait a few days because I think a dick pic of a sitting U.S. Congressman will get leak to the net.Click on pictures to enlarge.
The R-rated revelation from Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) that may wreck his marriage, ruin his career and destroy his reputation appears to be the result of a one-letter typo: "@" instead of "D."
Weiner, who admitted Monday to posting a lewd photo of his bulging briefs on Twitter, is hardly a social media newbie. Dubbed a "technophile" by The New York Times, Weiner has been an avid tweeter: he posts to the social networking service multiple times a day, writes from his BlackBerry, makes generous use of hashtags to add color to his tweets, and frequently engages his followers in one-on-one conversations.
And that's exactly where his problems began. He committed a rookie mistake on the social networking service by fumbling Twitter's Direct Message (DM) feature — used to send private messages between two Twitter users — turning a private missive into a public tweet.
"Last Friday night, I tweeted a photograph of myself that I intended to send as a direct message as part of a joke to a woman in Seattle," Weiner admitted during a press conference Monday, adding he deeply regrets the way he has used Twitter to date.
He is hardly the first to fall victim to a "DM fail," as this type of error is known on Twitter: Economist Nouriel Roubini tweeted – then deleted — an insult that that was presumably meant for a DM conversation, saying of a reporter, "Off the record […] he is a loser and like all parasite losers he hopes for attention and traffic."readmorehttp://thebusinesstribune.blogspot.com/2011/06/repanthony-weiners-wife-huma-abedin-i.htm
Posted: 08 Jun 2011 07:52 AM PDT
By Yee Ziherng
My name is Yee Ziherng and I am a Malaysian. I stand firmly on the ground that I am a Malaysian first, Chinese second. So there are no debatable issues about races and religion here.
I have been gravely disheartened by the recent deluge of stories of Malaysians migrating. More and more people are jumping on the bandwagon of supporting the move while enumerating lists of alleged flaws and problems facing those who choose to remain, all the while without providing viable solutions to the problem.
I am not against people who work abroad; far from it, in fact, I admire them for working far away from their family in alien countries, earning in different currencies and, hopefully accumulating knowledge acquired abroad to contribute back to our country.
So what is the problem?
It would be very convenient if we were blessed with complete equality (in terms of education, work and business opportunities, etc). Convenient, but no more than a utopian dream. Race is not the question, nor the answer; how can it be, when emigrants consist of Malaysians of all races and faiths?
People leave for various reasons: be it due to low pay, rising inflation, poor governance at the helm, lack of structure and initiative to retain, attract, or nurture talents, flaws in the education system, or even because they feel that they or their talents would be better appreciated elsewhere.
Those who studied or worked abroad are being asked to remain abroad by their parents; peers complain that their salaries just about make ends meet; and every day we see new lows as politicians bicker about anything and everything except the economy and pressing social issues.
So after 54 years, the problem still boils back down to the issue of "equality, education, standard of living and, not to forget, dirty politics."
Why has the situation kept its unsatisfactory status quo?
Simple, we only complain!
How many of us have actually tried to change? I am certainly not expecting Malaysians to think of "changing" as an act of running around the streets shouting (and later being hit by tear gas and water cannons). Change comes in many forms, and can be as simple as registering yourself as a voter. We have no right to complain if we don't even bother exercising our basic rights as a Malaysian.
Here are some popular sentences that you might have heard before: "It doesn't make a difference, so why vote?" "I will return to Malaysia when things get better." or "I will be back when the country starts to appreciate me." Sounds familiar?
Let me get things straight, change doesn't happen overnight! You can't expect things to be great and wonderful the next day when you just fold their hands and sit back. We should also stop blaming the system, the government and the country — basically everyone else but "us" — while enjoying perceived "equality" overseas.
We have people constantly blaming the politicians for failing to change, but the fundamental thing is, change actually starts within us, politicians are just a medium to represent the voices of the people.
Reasons to stay
It's a truism that nothing will change for the better while we rest on our laurels: What matters is our initiative to work for it.
I too have friends who refuse to come back after graduating from foreign universities. They've seen the wider world, and are afraid of being ill-treated if they return, moreover they received no discouragement for their plans to pursue their careers overseas.
As I've mentioned, there is absolutely nothing wrong with not working in Malaysia, or even being an "ex-Malaysian", but surely for every person who chooses to chase their overseas dreams, there is one who can't, for financial or social reasons.
This latter group of people have no choice but to stay in the country and face the problems head-on, participating in the change they wish to see, while those who supposedly have a more worldly mentality and have had the advantage of a broader, wider education have rushed on ahead to allegedly greener pastures with nary a glance back.
Does the phrase '"Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country" by John F. Kennedy ring a bell? Most of us have directly or indirectly taken something from Malaysia — at the very least it shaped us into who we are today.
So why can't we temporarily set aside our personal interests and fulfil our duty as a Malaysian? Of course if it critically concerns a person's survival if he continues to stay in Malaysia then leaving might be justifiable. But how many of us leave because eking a living in Malaysia is no longer a viable option?
I am certainly not a jingoistic type of a Malaysian, but I will proudly declare that I am Malaysian. For this is the place I grew up in, this is home.
Trust me, Malaysia has not "gone to the dogs" yet, nor is it "doomed to fail" — there is huge potential for this country we love so long as we all do our part. We stay and we fight not only for ourselves, but also for a better future for future generations.
The question remains: "If all the Malaysians who are capable of contributing/changing the country left, who is left to save Malaysia?"
Here we have eunuch's MCA. Gerakan, SUPP, LDP etc. servicing their Masters BN/Umno as Malaysia loses talent like Yee Ziherng who are replaced by Indonesians, Bangladeshis, Filipino's and anyone who is Muslim. At least if we get quality Muslims that will be okay, but what we get are mostly garbage who end up marrying Malay girls and qualify themselves as Malays. So, Joceline Tan after your failed spinning about PAS being taken over by Ulamak's why not take a dig on this but alas when you have the likes of Chua Soi Lek, Ng Yen Yen, Koh Tsu Koon, nothing much can be expected.
Posted: 08 Jun 2011 06:08 AM PDT
The sex trial of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has become a bore-fest for a worn-out audience, despite having all the makings of a highly charged scandal, full of sordid details of illicit dalliances, accusations of lies and conspiracies.
When Anwar, 63, was initially charged with sodomizing his 25-year-old male aide in 2008, local and international media were clamouring to get the details as an eager public soaked in what one paper called the scandal of the decade.
What heightened the interest was that it wasn't the first time fingers were being pointed at Anwar, a married father of six and grandfather to two.
In 1998, Anwar was sacked as deputy prime minister and subsequently found guilty of sodomizing his former driver and using his position to cover it up. Even if consensual this sexual act is illegal in Malaysia.
He was jailed, but released six years later after a higher court overturned his convictions.
Ten years on and having become the leader of a strong opposition movement, Anwar now finds himself facing similar accusations.
He has maintained his innocence in both cases, and insists he is a victim of a political conspiracy. The government has denied any involvement.
But that's where the similarities end.
While the highly publicized hearings in 1998 were filled with sordid, sometimes embarrassing details and one memorable day when the mattress on which the incident allegedly occurred was hauled into court, the recent case has long worn out the public.
One major reason are the almost unending deferrals and trial postponements that have plagued the hearing since it began in February last year.
'The trial has gone on for too long, with too many technical delays that it's turned stale,' said software engineer Nanthini Retnam.
'I make it a point to skip articles on the trial and the entire scandal when I'm reading the news,' she said.
And despite the government's continuous denial of any hand in the charges, public opinion has unavoidably veered towards a conspiracy, prompting a backlash against what many see as 'gutter politics'.
'This isn't so much a normal trial, than a political drama,' said school teacher Noorhayati Ahmad, 31.
One political analyst said the public view of Anwar's case has shifted from interest to disgust at the 'degeneration of politics' from being based on ideology and important problems to sexual issues and controversies.
'I think in one sense, the case has been so long-drawn that it's become an overkill,' said Denison Jayasooria, a political observer and expert of social studies at the National University of Malaysia.
'People believe this whole thing has been orchestrated, and they will not want to have any part in it,' he said. 'It's sad that certain leaders are still unable to move away from such gutter politics.'
If Anwar is found guilty he stands to be jailed for 20 years and barred from politics for at least five years.
While a conviction would surely hit the opposition, observers say Anwar's role as position head is fast becoming dispensable with the emergence of other leaders, thus further explaining the dwindling of interest.
Anwar's alliance, consists of his National Justice Party, the hardline Parti Islam SeMalaysia and the Democratic Action Party, made major gains in the 2008 general elections, capturing five states and denying the ruling National Front a two-thirds majority in Parliament.
His partners have been quick to downplay the trial's importance in their struggle to take power in the next general elections, which must be called by 2013 but may take place as early as this year.
'This fresh round of allegations will have no effect on the opposition and what we are focused on accomplishing – that is bringing change to this nation,' opposition leader Lim Kit Siang said.
Anwar has taken great pains to draw attention away from the trial and to what he calls 'crippling issues' affecting the nation such as rising unemployment and rampant corruption, and the general public has largely made up its mind about his criminal case.
'I wouldn't be surprised if he actually did it, but it's gone on for so long, I don't really care anymore,' said James Tan, head of an advertising agency in Kuala Lumpur.
'And anyway, there's just so much sex a person can take in the news.'
The Mafia is the longest running corporation in history. It thrives along with other organizations during prosperous times and flourishes even more in periods of economic decline. Bear or bull makes no difference to the Mafia.
For all the well-deserved criticisms of the Mob's violence, its most successful members have always been remarkably astute businessmen — they have applied their street smarts to legal enterprises and earned millions doing so. In fact, the Mafia is just like any other major organization in America, raking in billions a year in profit. But few people realize that every large crime family is comprised of many individual Mafia crews that are run just like small businesses.
My new book, Mob Rules: What the Mafia Can Teach the Legitimate Businessman, brings together all of the Mob's accrued wisdom and shrewd business practices so that small business owners everywhere can learn a thing or two from their counterparts in the underworld.
DON'T SHOOT A RISING STAR: NEUTRALIZE POTENTIAL OPPONENTS
If a Mob boss thinks an employee has the talent and skills to go out on his own and pose a threat, he may neutralize him by offering him a larger share of the take. Chicago Mafia boss Johnny Torrio recognized the intelligence and ambition of a chubby young man named Al Capone (pictured above). Instead of having Capone whacked, Torrio made him an offer he couldn't refuse: a partnership. The two had many profitable years together before Torrio retired and left the Windy City to Capone. Today, the partnership Torrio struck with Capone is known as profit sharing. It's worth considering if you think a star employee might otherwise end up becoming your stiffest competition.readmore http://themalay-chronicle.blogspot.com/2011/06/dos-donts-to-umno-mafiafrom-mafia-is.html
Posted: 08 Jun 2011 05:46 AM PDT
Dr Mahathir masih lagi hendak bercakap terlalu banyak dalam mempertahankan UMNO. Niat beliau mungkin ikhlas untuk mempertahankan UMNO kerana beliau adalah ahli UMNO. Tetapi kata-kata beliau mungkin membantutkan usaha UMNO untuk kembali mendapat penghormatan rakyat. Beliau sudah agak pelupa orangnya dan banyak kali apa yang beliau kata terhadap musuh politiknya, itulah yang beliau lazim lakukan.
Dalam isu PAS dengan pembaharuannya selepas muktamar parti itu hujung minggu lepas Dr Mahathir telah mengatakan yang Karpal Singhlah yang berjaya mempengaruhi PAS supaya menolak perjuangan Islam parti itu sedangkan parti itu hanya hendak memberikan tumpuan yang lebih kepada negara kebajikan jika diberi mandat untuk memerintah. Itu adalah sebahagain besar dari pimpinan ciri Islam.
Tetapi semua rakyat ingat Dr Mahathirlah yang paling keras menentang perlaksanaan hukum hudud apabila Kelantan mahu melaksanakannya dahulu. Sekarang Nik Aziz telah mengingatkan Dr Mahathir sendiri yang beliaulah (Dr Mahathir) yang menentang keras terhadap perlaksanaan hukum hudud dahulu. Nik Aziz berkata beliau boleh menunjukan surat Dr Mahathir kepada beliau (Mahathir) jika beliau telah terlupa atau sudah mengidapi penyakit pelupa seperti yang di alami oleh kita yang sudah berusia seperti beliau ini.
Dalam surat beliau kepada MB Kelantan itu Dr Mahathir telah menolak cadangan untuk melaksanakan hukum hudud itu, bukannya Karpal Singh seperti yang dituduh oleh Dr Mahathir itu. Kelantan yang ditadbir oleh PAS selepas pilihanraya 1990 dahulu telah meminta Kerajaan Pusat untuk melaksanakan hukum hudud kerana bagi melaksanakannya ianya memerlukan kerjasama kerajaan pusat.
Mahathir telah menolak cadangan itu dan di mana-mana beliau berucap Dr Mahathir telah mempermainkan isu hudud ini dengan berjenaka seperti mengatakan jika hudud dilaksanakan ramai rakyat kita tidak akan bertangan kerana tangan tangan mereka akan dipotong kerana kesalahan mencuri. Mungkin juga apa yang dikatakan oleh Mahathir semasa itu ada benarnya kerana beliau takut terlalu ramai rakyat yang di dapati mencuri akan dipotong tangan mereka termasuk di kalangan ahli-ahli jemaah kabinet beliau.
Kalaulah Karpal memberikan tentangan terhadap melaksanakan undang-undang Islam, ianya tidaklah menjadi isu kerana beliau bukan beragama Islam. Kita sebagai seorang yang beragama Islam pun memang tidak mahu melihat unsur-unsur agama lain berada di dalam kerajaan pemerintahan kita. Kita memahami kenyataan itu dan Karpal pun faham. Tetapi yang menolak undang-undang Islam ini datangnya dari UMNO pimpinan beliau (Dr Mahathir) sendiri.
Kalau Mahathir tak bersetuju pun tak apalah, tetapi janganlah hendak meletakan isu penolakan kerajaan berlandaskan Islam itu kepada pihak lain apatah lagi kepada Karpal yang bukan beragama Islam.
Mungkin Nik Aziz patut menghantar surat yang beliau terima dari Dr Mahathir itu, setidak-tidaknya boleh mengingatkan beliau yang beliaulah yang secara formalnya telah menolak pentadbiran berunsurkan Islam itu.
Tetapi saya hanya berminat untuk mengingatkan Dr Mahathir supaya elok berfikir sebelum berkata-kata kerana jika salah cakap ianya mungkin membantutkan usaha ahli parti untuk mengembalikan keyakinan rakyat terhadapnya.
Dr Mahathir perlu faham yang UMNO masih belum lagi mendapat kemajuan dengan apa yang dikatakan program transformasi politik yang sedang kononnya dilakukan oleh pentadbiran Najib sekarang ini. Kita belum pun nampak transformasi yang digembar-gemburkan itu, bercakap pula Dr Mahathir yang akan memburukkan lagi keadaan itu.
Tetapi kalau beliau masih hendak bercakap tidak berhenti-henti, itu terpulanglah kepada beliau. Itu hak beliau untuk bercakap. Samada betul atau salah itu pun hak beliau. Samada cakap-cakap beliau itu membantu UMNO atau tidak itu pun hak masing-masing untuk menilainya. Ini negara demokrasi.
Hanya kalau boleh kita memohon, beliau tidak bercakap perkara yang beliau sendiri lakukan semasa berkuasa dahulu. Takut-takut ramai yang masih ingat apa yang beliau katakan dahulu. Kalau rakyat tak ingat, tak mengapa. Masalahnya masih ramai yang ingat bagaimana beliau mempersendakan hukum-hukum pentadbiran Islam, jauh lagi kerap dari apa yang dilakukan oleh Karpal Singh.
Sebenarnya bukan Karpal yang berjaya mempersendakan Islam itu. Ada orang lain yang lebih berjaya dari Karpal. Karpal tidak mungkin berjaya kerana beliau bukan Islam. Selalunya yang menggagalkan usaha Islam itu datangnya dari orang Islam sendiri.
Posted: 08 Jun 2011 04:52 AM PDT
Selepas pimpinan PAS mengumumkan Dokumen Negara Islam pada 2003, setelah dicabar oleh Perdana Menteri pada masa itu Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, ia menjadi salah satu faktor utama parti itu tewas teruk dalam pilihan raya umum 2004.
Daripada 27 kerusi Parlimen yang dimenanginya dalam PRU 1999, PAS hanya mampu kekalkan 6 kerusi Parlimen. Banyak pihak mengatakan PAS kehilangan undi bukan sahaja dari kalangan bukan Islam tetapi juga dari orang Melayu yang dikatakan "resah" dengan konsep negara Islam parti itu.
Sebenarnya Dokumen Negara Islam 2003 adalah kosep yang berlawanan dengan cadangan asal yang dibawakan oleh Allahyarham Datuk Fadzil Noor selaku Presiden PAS, sejak 2001 dalam bentuk Memorandum PAS kepada Rakyat Malaysia – Pemerintahan Islam Dalam Abad ke-21.
Di antara Disember 2001 dan Mac 2002, draf empat muka surat telah dibincangkan oleh sabahat-sabahat PAS termasuk aktivis NGO yang kemudiannya dibawakan oleh Fadzil dalam muktamar PAS ke-48 di Kota Bharu, Kelantan pada Mei 2002.
Fadzil yakin memorandum itu yang masih dalam peringkat persediaan itu mampu mencari titik pertemuan pelbagai peradaban, kepercayaan dan pegangan politik rakyat. Baginya, sifat pemerintahan Islam perlu ada syura, pemilihan dan demokrasi kerana pembinaan negara mesti berpaksikan kepada akhlak dan sistem nilai yang tinggi bertunjangkan sistem kepercayaan yang benar.
Beliau turut menjelaskan bahawa pentadbiran yang dicita-citakan PAS ialah yang mendukung kedaulatan undang-undang serta menekankan aspek khidmat dan kebajikan sehingga melahirkan "Negara Berkebajikan" yang diharapkannya dapat memakmurkan negara dengan kebajikan serta mengelakkan kerosakan, pembaziran dan kemusnahan.
Tujuh perkara asas dalam Memorandum itu adalah:
● Masyarakat madani
● Hak saksama (al-musaawah)
● Kedaulatan undang-undang berasaskan syariah yang luas makna dan ruang lingkupnya
● Keadilan (al-'adalah)
● Meritokrasi (as-solahiyah)
● Negara berkebajikan
● Pentadbiran dinamik dan inovatif
Sayangnya, Fadzil meninggal dunia tidak lama selepas muktamar itu, pada 23 Jun 2002, yang mengakibatkanMemorandum itu tidak lagi menjadi keutamaan PAS.
Namun begitu, sebulan selepas perginya Fadzil, PAS menyusun semula Memorandum itu untuk dibincangkan bersama dengan rakan-rakan seperjuangan di luar parti di mana tujuh perkara asas dikekalkan dengan huraian yang lebih panjang.
Apa yang mengejutkan ialah satu dokumen yang berlainan sama sekali telah dikeluarkan pada November 2002 atas namaDokumen Negara Islam yang direstui oleh Majlis Syura Ulama PAS.
Dokumen itu juga mempunyai tujuh prinsip, seperti mana Memorandum, tetapi ia berbeza dalam banyak segi.
Tujuh perkara asas Dokumen itu ialah:
● Negara undang-undang di mana dijelaskan bahawa hudud, qisasa dan takzir akan dikenakan kepada orang Islam sahaja tetapi yang bukan Islam boleh memilih sama ada menerima hukum itu atau common law
● Sistem khilafah di mana pemerintah mesti melaksanakan hukum Islam, jika tidak mereka dianggap pengkhianat amanah Allah
● Sistem syura (concensus) di mana ia akan membincangkan perkara-perkara yang boleh diijtihadkan sahaja, dan tidak boleh dalam hukum-hukum tetap Islam (qat'i)
● Keadilan dan kesamarataan (al-'adaalah wal musaawaah) yang dijelaskan tidak sama dengan persamaan (equality) dan sama bahagian (fairness)
● Kebebasan (al-hurriyyah) yang tidak boleh bercanggah dengan syara'
● Ketuanan mutlak (as-siyaadah wal haakimiyah) atau sovereignty yang mana hak ketuanan adalah milik Allah dan tidak boleh diganggu oleh mana-mana pihak.
Walau apa pun niat baik pimpinan PAS dalam menyediakan Dokumen ini, persepsi orang ramai terhadapnya telah menyebabkan parti itu ditolak dalam PRU 2004. Ia dlihat sebagai menakutkan orang bukan Islam dan orang Islam yang berpendirian sederhana.
Menjelang 2007 di mana pentadbiran Perdana Menteri Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yang lemah telah membangkitkan rasa tidak puas hati rakyat, ramai pemimpin PAS terutamanya mereka yang bersikap sederhana telah menyertai gerakan-gerakan mobilisasi demokrasi seperti perhimpinan Bersih yang mendesak kerajaan Barisan Nasional supaya telus dan adil dalam pilihan raya.
Pada masa itu juga PAS mula kembali kepada idea asal Fadzil yang mahu parti itu menjadi lebih terbuka dan berarus perdana dalam menarik sokongan rakyat. Ia juga usaha sesetengah pemimpin PAS untuk membuktikan bahawa Islam bukan sempit ajarannya, Islam adalah untuk semua.
Kejayaan besar PAS bersama PKR dan DAP dalam PRU 2008 meyakinkan banyak pihak supaya parti itu berjuang bersama-sama dalam satu gabungan yang kemudiannya dinamakan Pakatan Rakyat.
Dengan adanya barisan baru PAS yang dipilih dalam muktamar PAS ke-57 di Kuala Lumpur hujung minggu lalu, hasrat Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang untuk meluaskan usaha promosi Negara Berkebajikan dilihat akan membuahkan hasil.
Seperti yang dijelaskan oleh Hadi, Negara Berkebajikan adalah konsep yang berteraskan Islam dan boleh diterima oleh semua orang tanpa mengira agama dan kaum. Ini bermakna PAS tetap boleh memperjuangkan agenda Islam yang benar-benar memberi manfaat kepada semua manusia.
Memetik kata-kata Hadi, "Kita mulakan dengan pelaksanaan Negara Berkebajikan. Ia ada dalam Islam dan al-Quran. Dalam al-Quran tidak sebut Negara Islam, ia sebut Negara Berkebajikan", ia mengingatkan kita semua kepada apa yang diperjuangkan oleh Allahyrahm Ustaz Fadzil untuk membawa imej Islam yang lebih demokratik, inklusif, terbuka dan adil tanpa mengorbankan prinsip perjuangan PAS.
Sejak 2004, PAS telah melalui jalan yang sukar dan penuh berduri. Rasa kurang keyakinan diri di kalangan pemimpin tertentu PAS juga membuatkan mereka serba-salah dengan tawaran UMNO untuk bersatu padu demi perpaduan Melayu.
Sekarang ternyata impian Fadzil sudah menjadi kenyataan. PAS dilihat sudah bersedia untuk kembali dengan penuh komitmen terhadap Pakatan Rakyat, selaras dengan impian Fadzil yang mahu menawarkan alternatif terbaik kepada rakyat pelbagai kaum dan agama, untuk mengambil alih pentadbiran negara daripada UMNO dan BN. – Roketkini.comPengerusi DAP yang juga ahli parlimen Bukit Gelugor Karpal Singh menggesa mantan perdana menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad supaya berkelakuan seperti seorang negarawan ulung dan menutup mulutnya.
Katanya, Dr Mahathir yang sedang "meniti usia yang senja" sepatutnya menggunakan sisa-sisa kehidupannya supaya bertaubat atas segala salah laku silamnya.
"Dia banyak buat kesalahan (semasa menjadi perdana menteri) dan sepatutnya menggunakan sisa-sisa kehidupannya untuk bertaubat kerana banyak bersalah kepada negara dan rakyat," katanaya.
"…Sebagai perdana menteri, dia sangat degil dan tidak sepatutnya berkelakuan seperti itu."
Menurut Karpal lagi, Mahathir juga tidak sepatutnya campur tangan dalam hal ehwal Pakatan Rakyat.
Beliau mengulas komen dalam blog yang dimuat-naik oleh Mahathir semalam yang mendakwa Karpal sepatutnya gembira dengan barisan kepimpinan baru PAS yang dikatakan lebih rapat dengan DAP.
Mahathir menulis Karpal tidak lagi perlu mati untuk PAS melangkah mayatnya terlebih dahulu jika parti tersebut berhasrat mahu menubuhkan sebuah negara Islam kerana, perjuangan pengerusi DAP itu sudah pun tercapai tanpa perlu dia bersusah-payah.
"Tokoh yang memang besar di sebalik muktamar kali ini adalah Karpal. Perjuangannya supaya PAS gugurkan matlamat untuk mendiri negara Islam yang akan menguatkuasa hukum hudud sudah pun tercapai. Karpal tidak perlu mati untuk PAS melangkah mayatnya.
"Belum pun dia mati, PAS sekarang sudah menjadikan perjuangan untuk negara Islam dan hukum hudud tidak lagi perkara utama. Sekarang PAS akan berjuang untuk negara kebajikan," kata Mahathir dalam blognya.
Mengulas tulisan itu, Karpal berkata Mahathir juga tidak harus lupa bahawa sekitar 2001 di perhimpunan Gerakan, mantan perdana menteri itu telah berkata Malaysia adalah sebuah "negara Islam".
"Kenyataan di blognya itu tak perlu kerana dia sudah berkata demikian, kali pertama pada 2001, kecuali dia sudah lupa," kata Karpal.
Beliau juga mengalu-alukan tindakan Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang yang mahu membawa Malaysia ke sebuah negara berkebajikan jika Pakatan Rakyat menguasai Putrajaya.
Muktamar PAS ke 57 pada 3,4,5 Jun baru–baru ini mendapat perhatian orang ramai. Kalau dulu tidak ada siapa yang berminat mengikuti perkembangan PAS tetapi sejak pasca PRU ke 11, perkembangan PAS diberi tumpuan yang mendalam. Utusan Malaysia dan TV arus perdana yang sememangnya bersikap negatif dengan PAS menggunakan kesempatan Muktamar kali ini untuk 'membelasah' PAS tetapi dengan cara yang halus dan menyakitkan.
Apa yang pelik dalam liputan ini, pemimpin-pemimpin Umno dan para ahli akademik yang menjadi alat dan perkakas buruk Umno seolah-olah lebih hebat penghayatan mereka kterhadap perjuangan PAS, malah ada yang mengatakan PAS telah hilang ketulenan perjuangannya apabila sedia tunduk kepada desakan Dap dan PKR dan sanggup meninggalkan perjuangan Islam yng dibawa selama ini.
Kepada Utusan dan TV arus perdana saya ucapkan syabas kerana memberi tumpuan walaupun caranya tidaklah cerdik, tetapi yang penting kepada para penganalisa dari ahli akademik mereka telah menggadaikan nilai akademik mereka untuk kepentingan Umno saya ucapkan takziah kepada karier mereka. Kepada pemimpin Umno saya tak tahu nak ucapkan apa-apa tentang komen mereka tetapi yang pasti mereka 'lebih PAS dari PAS!'
Apa yang lebih penting dalam memahami isu muktamar PAS bukanlah apa yang mahu difahamkan oleh media massa perdana yang bertaraf 'longkang' dan 'parit' itu, tetapi apa yang lebih penting ialah apa yang PAS mahu lakarkan untuk masa depan perjuangannya. Perjuangan selama 57 tahun ini bukanlah satu perjuangan yang melalui jalan yang mudah.
Telah beberapa kali PAS rebah dan bangkit, rebah dan bangkit sehinggalah ia mampu sampai kepada tahapnya yang ada hari ini. Tahapnya hari ini bolehlah dibanggakan berdasarkan kepada beberapa halangan yang berjaya diatasi oleh PAS sepanjang keberadaannya di pesada politik tanahair. Antaranya ialah, PAS bukan sahaja didokongi oleh segmen berlatarbelakangkan agama tetapi juga oleh segmen lain yang berperanan aktif. Kedua, PAS berjaya meroboh tembok yang memisahkannya dengan pengundi bukan Islam dengan pencapaiannya yang terbaik di kawasan-kawasan campuran. Ketiga, PAS mempunyai sayap bukan Islam (DHPP) dalam struktur partinya yang tidak pernah dibayangkan sebelum ini dan akhirnya PAS berjaya melebarkan pengaruhnya di luar kawasan tradisinya di Pantai Timur dan Utara ke Tengah dan Selatan tanahair termasuk Sabah dan Sarawak. Pencapaian-pencapaian ini berlaku di tengah-tengah suasana permusuhan media perdana kepada PAS dan aturcara permainan demokrasi yang tidak adil. Bagi parti lain yang tidak mempunyai kekuatan ideologi dan organisasi parti sudah pasti akan berkubur untuk terus hidup dalam suasana sedemikian rupa, tetapi PAS mampu hidup malah terus segar bugar seperti rangkap akhir lagu PAS yang berbunyi: "Berpandukan Al Quran dan Sunnah, suburlah hidupnya dan pasti berbuah…" Inilah buah-buahnya yang dipetik oleh generasi PAS hari ini. Malangnya kita tidak akan mengharapkan para ahli akademik 'dungu' mampu melihat pencapain-pencapaian ini, janganlah mengharapkan Umno pula nak ingatkan pencapaian-pencapaian PAS!
Posted: 08 Jun 2011 03:25 AM PDT
Posted: 08 Jun 2011 04:04 AM PDT
The Malaysian Insider reported that DAP insists on overseas scholarships for all SPM aces so as to prevent loss of talent to overseas countries, like for example, predatory Singapore.
This argument is of course different from the case of the amazing Olivia Lum, the now-famous Kampar-born Hyflux chief who won the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Award for 2011. She beat 48 international finalists to emerge as the top entrepreneur.
Lum wasn't a brilliant SPM achiever. In fact, as TMI reported, she was adopted at birth and never knew her parents, ... brought up in an illegally constructed tin shack with no utilities in Kampar Perak where floods were common and food scarce ... she moved to Singapore at the age of 15 and supported her schooling through tutoring and sales jobs eventually graduating with an Honours degree in chemistry from the National University of Singapore NUS in 1986. The rest is history, bringing her to her current brilliant achievement and praiseworthy status.
Truly, in Chinese eyes, a blooming lotus.
Oh? Why 'lotus'?
As I wrote in a 2005 post The Lotus Will Not Bloom For One Man:
One of the cental pillars of Chinese culture has always been 'education'. Every Chinese, especially those from the disadvantaged social strata, aspires for his or her children to make it good via an education, to become a mandarin, to 'rise above the muddy waters and bloom like a lotus'. That's why many Chinese named their daughters 'Lotus'.
Chinese folklore has many glorious tales of a poor peasant's son becoming the Emperor's mandarin, through the young man's arduous and brilliant studies. Those historical tales have inspired Chinese society to educate their children well.
In Malaya, legends abound of prominent surgeons, engineers and other notables of society who were children of poor hawkers or coolies, so poor that they had to study by the street lamps or flickering candles during their school days. Those young lads, hardly in their teens, were also required to work for the family's survival that it was a wonder how they managed to combine their studies with their apprenticeships as hawkers and labourers. Some even walked umpteen miles to reach school. But they eventually attained their exalted positions.
Obviously Olivia Lum has joined these exalted ranks. Bravo Olivia!
I also wrote: That is why education is a very sensitive issue with Chinese Malaysians. That has been why the Chinese in Malaysia have virtually abandoned the national education system which they consider to have dodgy standards.
Chinese parents there have been known to mortgage their houses and worldly possessions to send their children abroad for tertiary education in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Canada, USA, China, India etc. Many have left very comfortable positions and lives to migrate abroad for such educational reasons.
The reasons for seeking university education abroad even though the financial cost threatens their economic position are three-fold – the dodgy standards of local universities, difficulties of getting a scholarship (the subject of this post), but most significant of all, the very slim chance of even securing a place in a university study of their preference because the government's affirmative action have marginalized many Chinese and Indians.
But back to the SPM people. Lim Guan Eng asserted that "... all SPM top scorers should get overseas Public Service Department PSD scholarships instead of 1Malaysia Development Bhd 1MDB grants if Malaysia wants to retain the country's talent."
I have some difficulty with Lim's argument for "all".
Firstly, we need to answer one question, why should the scholarship be for an overseas (presumably) university education when the achievement is only at SPM? Shouldn't it be STPM (HSC)?
Obviously I won't ask the question of 'why overseas' per se, unlike my question above, because I've already written on it in the above extract of my 2005 post, namely, no one respects the dodgy standards of local universities. Thus I fully understand why Malaysians like Lim GE prefers an overseas university education for these young achievers rather than one locally.
So, perhaps the Education Minister, instead of making populist driven and divisive 'I'm a Malay first, then only a Malaysian' bull, should focus on rejuvenating the once respected status of our universities. Recruit a few international and national experts, where I deem internationally renowned Dr Wang Gungwu to be one of the latter. We certainly don't need those 'half-past six' type, perhaps already worsened by BTN indoctrination bull and described by the US diplomats as 'inept'.
Maybe when we have improved the standards of our local universities, people won't be so obsessive with rushing overseas to study there.
Now back to 'scholarships', to my thinking, it should be awarded based on two principal factors, namely 'need' basis and 'merits'.
The latter is straightforward, where students who obtain straight A's meet the criterion.
But 'needs' basis is about the student's financial ability to afford further education, whether this be at the tertiary level or a trade skill.
Consider Khairy (wakakaka), Mohandas and Kuok, who all are children of very rich or certainly comfortably-well-to-do families. Each has scored all A1's in their SPM or STPM. Their scholarly achievements would be very praiseworthy but should they be awarded scholarships to the denial of three poor student less brilliant than them, when it's obvious the cost of their tertiary education anywhere in the world would be sap-sap suoi (peanuts) to their respective parents?
Of course this is different from and does not do away with prestigious scholarships, where the award is more about recognition of amazing scholarly achievements rather than to finally assist the beneficiary of the award. But these are the rare prestigious awards, like, for example, the Rhodes scholarships.
But as I mentioned, I have some difficulty with Lim's call for ALL top scorers to be so awarded. Scholarships at this level are not the prestigious types so I want to see the 'needs' basis considered. I'm not happy to see public money spent on funding a rich man's son or daughter education (plus living and other expenses) overseas at a foreign university.
Only, and only when the high achievers who are needy have been awarded scholarships, may we then consider those not so needy for awards of such government scholarships.
Posted: 08 Jun 2011 01:52 AM PDT
The first thing I heard as I stepped out of my car in front of the legendary Kedai Makanan Canning Garden was this resonant voice projected from the depths of the diaphram. The owner of the voice stood over a plastic chopping board, a plastic chopper in his hand. Resolutely cutting pages of white chee cheong fun into strips. This was the man whose chee cheong fun stall I had been looking for that morning to satisfy my craving for some good Ipoh-style chee cheong fun. Ok, for the less-informed chee cheong fun is literally translated into pig's intestine noodles although that part of the pig's anatomy is not used in the preparation of this quintessential Ipoh-ite breakfast food. Ok, back to the man. He was swearing in Cantonese that would make a Triad hitman blush. It appeared that was part of his charm because none of the queue of customers seemed to take any notice of his reference to parts of their parents anatomy liberally spiced with descriptions of what they could do with their orders for "less soya sauce", "more chili, less sweet sauce", "no shalllots" and the list did indeed go on to an extent that it would test Job's patience. But his swearing seemed to concentrate on how busy he was and that he didn't have the capacity to listen to everybody at the same time.
I went and stood next to him. And when there was a pause in his rants I slipped in saying, "Excuse me, can you tell me when you have time for me to tell you what I want? I can see you're busy so I am asking you to tell me when I can speak to you." That seemed to shock him. He paused his chops of the oily noodles. Took a long look at me and then...SURPRISE! He asked me for my order despite the fact that there were at least 4 customers ahead of me. A minute later his assistant shoved a large metal plate of chee cheong fun at me and barked "Sarm kao yee!" 3 Ringgit 20 sen. I took the plate, sat down at a nearby table and enjoyed my breakfast while watching the next customer curse when told that I had taken the last order of chee cheong fun available for the day.
The famous Canning Garden chee cheong fun. It is more chewy than the factory-produced variety that we KL folks are used to but definitely more tasty. I like mine with just soya sauce and oil although you can order it with a variety of other toppings. Curry pigskin, mushroom sauce or even (gasp!) a thick gravy of prawn paste.
The guru of chee cheong fun, Ipoh-style. Depending on whom you speak to this fler has been selling his chee cheong fun on the same corner of the kedai makanan for 30, 40, 50 years. But looking at him I would say 40 is the closest. He looked like in his early 60's. Quite trim which meant he probably never ate his own oily cooking. Tobacco-stained teeth. And an attitude. When I spoke with him later he informed me that Ipoh people were the most difficult, fussy customers in the world. More of that, less of this, don't cut it too thick, don't sprinkle sesame seeds...if I get gastric from your pickled green chili you pay for my doctor's bills ah? I forgot to ask his name. But I am sure that I shall visit his stall again. And maybe even introduce him to.......
Posted: 08 Jun 2011 01:57 AM PDT
THESE BIG ASS ARAB BOOBS ON THIS CHICK..
Marwa (Arabic:مروى) is a Lebanese pop music artist. Her work is popular in the Arab world. Marwa began playing music at the age of eight, when she played the accordion at school. Later on, she started singing the works of Layla Nazme, Shadia and Wardaal Jazaeria, as well as performing on stage. Marwa has developed her own style of music after mastering her talent in the hands of professor Foad Awwad, and honed her ability to sing Kahligi, Lebanese, and in the Egyptian dialect.
Today I heard a new song by Sijal Hachem, a Lebanese singer I'd never heard of before.The lyrics are a man complaining about his nagging, materialistic wife, who wants pearls and cars while he only has flowers to give her—nothing new. Here's a sample: (Arabic lyrics here)
I wouldn't have given it a second thought if I'd heard it on the radio. But I was watching the music video, which features women as sexy riot police standing in formation behind barbed wire as men charge them:
For a while after, all I could do was sit there with my jaw hanging open.
"No," I thought. "I must have misunderstood. Surely the song isn't equating men standing up to their nagging wives with people revolting against dictatorships? Surely it isn't sexualizing state security and torture? Surely is isn't capitalizing on the revolutions in such a demeaning and infuriating way?"
I'm still in shock that out of the dozens of people who must have worked on this music video, not one person thought that it was perhaps a bad idea. Not one person thought it was insulting to the memory of the thousands of people who died and are still dying around the Arab world? To the thousands upon thousands of people who are tortured in state prisons?
The imagery in the music video is disturbing on so many levels. To see scenes we witnessed in real life paralleled in a music video—of barbed wire, billowing smoke and burning tires and paper; of groups of men wearing masks to protect themselves from tear gas while holding sticks and rocks; and of state security standing in rows and hosing protesters standing peacefully with gallons of water—makes me shiver involuntarily. It was real, it was horrible, and it was traumatic.
Before the revolution, before I saw burned out trucks in front of my eyes, a similar image on television wouldn't have provoked a blink; we've become desensitized to imagery of war, of human suffering.
The video associates the imagery of war with sexy women in short shorts and stockings, gyrating, stripping, and pouting. Let's sexualize torture. Let's replace the imagery of men beaten by state security until they no longer resemble human beings with the idea of sexy state security rubbing against prisoners to get them to talk.
And let's degrade the calls of the revolution. Let's have the men in the music video shout what all the youth in the Arab world are shouting now: "Enough, Enough!" Let's have the scene in 3:06 look exactly like it did in real life. Let's throw in the Palestinian scarf for good measure. All the better. Because, you know, men revolting against their wives is serious business.
This video was not produced a long time ago. It was released last month, right in the middle of the Arab Spring. But, hey. The revolution has been televised. Why not merchandized and sexualized?
Posted: 08 Jun 2011 01:52 AM PDT
Tulang Besi bukan nak promote, tapi Tulang Besi bersetuju benar dengan laman Facebook ini.(klik di http://www.facebook.com/pages/Khalid-Samad-Sebagai-Pesuruhjaya-PAS-Selangor/189846081068162)
Khalid Samad sudah mempunyai nama di peringkat nasional. Tiada tokoh PAS yang dibenci dan digeruni oleh KETIGA-TIGA parti komponen Barisan Nasional pada satu masa selain YB Khalid Samad.
Beliau berjaya memikat hati pengundi-pengundi Melayu, Cina dan India sekaligus.
Hujjah Tulang Besi adalah:
1.0 Masa sekarang adalah masa pilihanraya. Kalau Khalid Samad menjadi Pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor, seluruh PAS Selangor tidak perlu bekerja keras di kawasan-kawasan bukan Melayu.
2.0 Masa dan tenaga yang ada boleh ditumpukan di kawasan2 Melayu kerana faktor Khalid Samad sebagai Pesuruhjaya sudah cukup kuat untuk menarik pengundi2 bukan Islam.
3.0 Adanya Khalid Samad memimpin Selangor akan memberikan pukulan maut kepada UMNO Selangor. Hasilnya nanti UMNO terpaksa bertahan dari menyerang seperti yang ada sekarang.
4.0 Kalau tak suka pada Khalid Samad pun, lepas kita dah menang nanti, kita boleh tukar PJ. Yang penting untuk pilihanraya mendatang ini, kita perlukan Khalid Samad memimpin PAS Selangor.
5.0 Khalid Samad seorang yang veteran dalam PAS. Ceramah PAS pertama yang Tulang Besi dengar adalah dari Khalid Samad di Markaz Tarbiyyah yang belum siap. Beliau juga pernah ditangkap ISA. Beliau banyak berkorban untuk perjuangan Islam dan Islam
6.0 Hanya kerana Khalid Samad mahu menghidupkan wasiat Arwah Ustaz Fadzil Nor, janganlah beliau itu dibenci begitu sekali.
Posted: 08 Jun 2011 01:27 AM PDT
Satu polemik timbul apabila ADUN Subang Jaya, Hannah Yeoh dari parti DAP enggan mengisi maklumat bangsa untuk mendaftarkan anaknya.
Hannah Yeoh yang berbangsa Cina berkahwin dengan seorang peguam berbangsa India bernama Ramachandran Muniandy.
Hasil dari perkawinan mereka, zahirlah seorang bayi wanita yang diberi nama Shay Adora Ram a/p Ramachandran Muniandy. Nama yang diberi sekian rupa nampaknya macam nama kaum India.
Husin tidak tahu hal kahwin campur, kerana ana kahwin sebangsa. Difahamkan menurut adat-adat dan amalan-amalan di Malaysia, bangsa si anak didaftar mengikut bangsa ibu atau bapa.
Amalan budaya keluarga campuran selalunya menurut budayaan suami dan turut diambil sedikit dari budaya isteri. Selalu dilihat keluarga budaya campur agak kebaratan amalan budaya.
Menurut Hannah Yeoh, "Kami diberikan borang untuk diisi. Jadi kami letak 'anak Malaysia' di ruangan 'bangsa' tetapi seorang pegawai berkata bangsa mestilah didefinisikan mengikut keturunan ibu bapa mereka, iaitu Cina atau India.
"Kami jawap anak perempuan kami bukan Cina ataupun India."
Kenapa Hannah Yeoh berbuat demikian? Dua kemungkinan yang boleh dijangka.
Pertama, Hannah betul-betul tidak mahu anaknya dianggap berbangsa India. Kedua, Hannah malu ada anak berbangsa Cina.
Sayang sekali ...
Kalau Hannah menuntut dan suami setuju anaknya didaftar sebagai Cina, boleh jadi asas untuk kita tukarkan ....
.... surat beranak Dato Nurjazlan dari Melayu ke Cina.
Posted: 08 Jun 2011 12:45 AM PDT
Aminulrasyid Amzah, 14 -
the Attorney-General is bonking one of his Directors. And know what? Not only has nothing been done about it but he is still bonking her until today in spite of everyone knowing about it.
The umno government has to answer a simple question: if the government is sure that no politician, bureaucrat and judge is corrupt, why fear ? Precisely because it is not sure, it is unable and unwilling to do so. This is giving enough fodder for people to fast against corruption.
Mahatir also argues that UMNO has a monster, eat up Parliament, Judiciary and Government, that it can't be supreme to all of these while not being accountable itself. Civil society's intent is perfect but it has unfortunately fed into this argument – it hasn't worked out the finer points of accountability of – some sort of judicial review of its orders are possible – but that's not solid, not as much as Parliament, Judiciary and Government being subject to Constitution.
If civil society can ensure umno accountability to the people, just as it is asking the three arms to be accountable to people too, if it can convince the country that umno will not be superior but equal to the three arms and that it can be called into question by people, represented by Parliament or any other representative institutional body, fears ofumno or any other government at the Centre would have to thin.
No one can disagree with the pragmatic demands of civil society – declare assets, books the corrupt, hold the highest institutions accountable including the highest office of the land. How to make them accountable, which agency will do so and how to make that agency accountable is at the centre of the present anti-corruption movement."So why bother?" many may ask. Well, our job is just to reveal the truth whether anything is done about it or not. We even reveal the misconduct of the opposition although we get vilified and are called traitors and are accused of being bought off.It is what we do — never mind how unpopular that makes us. And if you don't like it, tough! That's your problem, not mine.Talking about corruption, I still remember back in the 1980s when I spoke to the Deputy IGP, Tun Haniff Omar's number two, about corruption in the police force and he said that if they want to eradicate corruption they would have to sack 97% of the police force.I did not ask Tan Sri Amin whether he is in the 3% or the 97%. also remember back in the 1990s when the Director of ACA Terengganu named Zainal launched corruption investigations against senior government officers and Umno leaders. It appeared like 100% of these people, Menteri Besar Wan Mokhtar Ahmad included, were going to be sent to jail.Wan Mokhtar called Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Zainal was transferred within 24 hours.
So, yes, there are some good and dedicated Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA, now called MACC) officers. But then if they were to do the job they have been entrusted to do they would suffer persecution, 24-hour transfers, sent into 'cold storage' and whatnot. So it is not worth doing your job. Better, as one Member of Parliament said: you 'close one eye'.Closing two eyes plus your mouth and ears as well may be even better. Then you would go far.So whom do people turn to when they are unhappy and distrust the very institutions that are supposed to be the trustees of the public? To the police? Pleeeeeez! To the MACC? What? And get thrown out of the window?Luckily lawyer Rosli Dahlan was detained overnight in the MACC lockup in Putrajaya, which is underground. If not he would have also been found dead on the ground floor.Can you imagine the newspaper headlines the next day if Rosli had died?"Lawyer Rosli Dahlan was found dead on the ground floor of the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya. Rosli was suspected to have jumped out of MACC's underground lockup and landed on the ground floor."Yes, as in the movie 'Ghost Buster', whom do you call? The Police? MACC? No, you call the Ghost Busters! You contact Malaysia Today. You come to Malaysia Today to ask that the truth be told.And so it is with regards to the MACC. Those in the Royal Malaysian Customs Department have no one to turn to. They don't trust the PDRM. They don't trust the MACC. But they trust Malaysia Today. So they have asked Malaysia Today to let truth be told. And that is what we are going to do.So stay tuned and tomorrow we shall tell you part two of the story "Ahmad Sarbani's death: the lies and deceptions by the MACC", a story that will shock you.Just when you thought it is safe to go into the water, as they said in the movie 'Jaws'. That's right, there are many sharks in Malaysia. But not all sharks swim in the water. Many sharks walk on two feet. And many sharks wear uniforms. And many sharks are under the protection of Umno.In fact, many of these sharks are actually instruments of those who walk in the corridors of power. They are instruments to take down those critical of the government. They are tools used to silence dissent.And what worries those who walk in the corridors of power is that many who work for the government no longer trust the government but trust Malaysia Today more. And that is why they come to Malaysia Today to tell their story. And this is why they want Malaysia Today to reveal what they told us.Deep Throat in the Customs Department told us. Abu Kassim was the Deputy Chief Commissioner of the MACC when Teoh Beng Hock died in custody in 2009. When news first broke about what they are trying to mislead us and classify as 'suicide', the then Selangor MACC Director, Hishamudin Hashim, panicked and ran to Abu Kassim to get 'further instructions'.
Teoh Beng Hock in happier times
The Teoh Beng Hock Royal Commission of Inquiry (TBH RCI) has since found damning evidence of lies and manipulation of facts by the MACC to cover up what had transpired at that time — including the revelation that MACC officers have the habit of watching pornography in the office.
To divert public attention from this damning evidence, on 1st April 2011, Abu Kassim, who by now was the MACC Chief Commissioner, launched a nationwide blitz against the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (Jabatan Kastam) by sensationalising the 'news' that Customs officers had colluded with hundreds of freight forwarders to fleece the government of RM108 billion in tax revenues.
Things went terribly wrong for the MACC when, on 6th April at about 11.00am, Customs Deputy Director Ahmad Sarbani Mohamed was found dead, thrown out of the third floor of the brand new MACC office building at Jalan Cochrane in Kuala Lumpur.
Police officers removing Ahmad Sarbani's body from MACC's KL Office
The MACC Director of Investigations, Datuk Mustafar Ali, gave an immediate press statement that evening that Ahmad Sarbani had come to the MACC office voluntarily and without an appointment.
MACC Investigations Director Dato' Mutafar Ali justifying the Customs officer's death at the MACC office
Malaysia Today has now received a report from 'Deep Throats' within the MACC as well as within the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) that Datuk Mustafar's statement was a lie and calculated to deny the fact that Ahmad Sarbani died in MACC's custody, just like what happened to Teoh Beng Hock.
This is what Malaysia Today's Deep Throat in the MACC said:
"The MACC's leadership cannot be trusted. They lied and tried to cover up Teoh Beng Hock's death. And now they are doing the same again in Ahmad Sarbani's death."
Posted: 08 Jun 2011 12:42 AM PDT
Asghar Ali Engineer
Often people object to the term 'feminism' as being a western terminology. One Maulana, when invited to speak in a workshop of this title refused to come as feminism is un-Islamic. Is the use of this terminology objectionable from Islamic viewpoint? Not at all. In fact Islam is the first religion which systematically empowered women when women was considered as totally subservient to man. There was no concept of her being an independent entity and enjoying equal right with dignity.
What is feminism? Nothing but women's movement to empower her and to consider her full human being and not mere second sex as 'Simon de Bouire called her. Thus we see in western countries until early part of twentieth century she did not enjoy an independent status. It was only after thirties of twentieth century that she won equal status legally and various western countries passed the laws to this effect. Yet patriarchy is looming large on her in these countries.
Though Qur'an empowered her and gave equal status but Muslims were far from ready to accept gender equality. The Arab culture was too patriarchal to accept equality. Many ahadith were readied to scale down her status and she, in most of the Islamic societies became dependent entity and Qur'anic formulations were so interpreted as to make her subordinate to men. One hadith even said that if sajdah (prostration) were permitted before human beings, she would have been asked to prostrate before husband.
This is totally contradictory to the Qur'an but who cares. It is patriarchy which influences our laws, not Qur'an. In fact when it comes to patriarchy it prevails over the Qur'an. Either Qur'anic formulations were disregarded or so interpreted as to conform them to patriarchy, Now time has come to understand the real spirit of the Qur'an. But Islamic world still does not seem to be ready. What is worse due to poverty and ignorance Muslim women themselves are not aware of their Qur'anic rights. A campaign has to be launched to make women aware of these rights.
Another important question is what is the difference between Islamic and western feminism or is there any difference at all. If we go by definition of feminism as an ideology of empowerment of women, there is no difference. However, historically speaking Muslim women lost the rights they had due, mainly, to feudalization of Islam dominated by patriarchal values. In the west. On the other hand, women had no rights and but won through great deal of struggle and this struggle came to be known as 'feminism' i.e. women's empowerment.
But there are significant differences also between Islamic and western feminism. Islamic feminism is based on certain non-negotiable values i.e. equality with honour and dignity. Freedom has certain Islamic responsibility whereas in the west freedom tends to degenerate into licentiousness, though not in law but certainly in social and cultural practices. In western culture sexual freedom has become a matter of women's right and sex has become matter of enjoyment and lost its sanctity as an instrument of procreation.
Though Qur'an does not prescribe hijab or niqab (covering whole body with a loose garment and face as well) as generally thought but does lay down certain strict norms for sexual behavior. Both man woman have right to sexual gratification (a woman has as much right to sexual gratification as man) but within marital frame-work. There is no concept of freedom for extramarital sex in any form. Sex is permissible only with marital framework. Sex, as far as Islam is concerned, is not mere enjoyment but an act for procreations and hence has sanctity.
It is important here to emphasize that in a patriarchal society men decided the norms of sexual behavior. It was theorized that man has greater urge for sex and hence he needs multiple wives and woman tends to be passive and hence has to be content with one. This is not true as far as Qur'an is concerned. Qur'an's approach is very different. It is not greater or lesser degree of sexual urge which necessitates multiple or monogamous marriage.
Whole emphasis is on monogamous marriage (in both the Qur'anic verses i.e. 4:3 and 4:129). Multiple marriages were permitted only to take care of widows and orphans and not for greater sexual urge and the verse 4:129 gives the norm of monogamy and not to leave first wife in suspense or neglected. Thus as far as Qur'an is concerned sexual gratification is a non-negotiable right for both man woman. And hence a divorcee and a widow are also permitted to marry and gratify their sexual urge.
Also, in western capitalist countries women's dignity has been compromised and she has been reduced to a commodity to be exploited. Her semi-naked postures and her sexuality is exploited commercially unabashedly. It is totally against the concept of woman's honour and dignity. Unfortunately western feminists do not consider this as objectionable but accept it as part of woman's freedom. Some (though not many) even advocate prostitution as woman's right to earn her bread.
This is against the concept of Islamic feminism as while sanctioning sexual gratification as much right of woman as that of man, it prohibits extra-marital sexual liaison and on one hand upholds dignity and honour of woman and on the other, exalts sex on the level of sanctity and restricts it for procreation.. Thus it would be seen that discourse of Islamic feminism, while having something in common with modern western feminism, it also significantly differs from it. Islamic feminists have to observe certain norms which modern western feminists are not obliged to.
Centre for Study of Society and Secularism
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 11:47 PM PDT
Posted: 08 Jun 2011 01:28 AM PDT
NOTA EDITOR:Barisan exco Pemuda PAS yang baru dipilih majoritinya adalah dari golongan ustaz (bukan ulama). Maka, Nasruddin Tantawi terpaksa melantik beberapa orang "professional" untuk mengisi kekosongan Pemuda PAS itu. Hakikatnya, jawatan2 lantikan ini hanyalah diisi oleh mereka yang dianggap akan mengikut telunjuk mereka. Tujuan utama "professional" dilantik adalah supaya mereka menjadi machai melakukan kerja-kerja yang golongan Ustaz ini tidak boleh buat..
Tulang Besi terbaca maklumat di bawah di PenangDaily. Izinkan Tulang Besi menambah beberapa maklumat lain:
1.0 Mereka telah bersetuju bahawa Pemuda adalah benteng terakhir "fikrah PAS" lantaran kekalahan geng ulama(UG) di peringkat Pusat. Yang dimaksudkan Fikrah PAS ini adalah Fikrah geng Terengganu yang bersumber dari Ustaz HArun Taib. Fikrah yang sama juga yuang banyak menghambat pembaharuan yang mahu dibawa oleh arwah Ustaz Fadzil Nor dahulu.
2.0 Penolakan Abdullah Karim dan Ramadhan Fitri sebagai exco lantikan adalah atas desakan Ustaz Ridhuan Mat Nor. Tujuannya tidak lain adalah untuk membersihkan Pemuda PAS dari mereka yang tidak sefikrah mereka. Ramadhan Fitri juga dilihat sebagai penghalang kepada Pemuda menyebarkan "fikrah PAS" itu kepada pelajar-pelajar universiti menyebabkan Pemuda PAS semakin tertolak di kampus-kampus
3.0 "Professional" yang dilantik adalah mereka yang dianggap boleh mengikut telunjuk. Selain dari itu, mereka dianggap dapat melakukan kerja-kerja susah yang golongan Ustaz dlam Pemuda tidak dapat lakukan. Secara mudahnya, exco2 lantikan professional ini hanyalah machai semata-mata. Kata-kata serta idea mereka boleh ditolak sesuka hati mereka.
4.0 Penolakan tiga bekas Exco dilakukan atas dasar dendam kesumat serta nafsu tidak mengambil kira jasa dan kebolehan ketiga-tiga tokoh ini. Ketiga-tiga tokoh yang dibuang adalah mereka yang banyak berjasa kepada Pemuda dan kepada Tantawi sendiri.
5.0 Pemuda PAS tidak akan merubah gaya dan cara mereka seperti dua tahun yang lepas. Rakyat Malaysia janganlah berharap apa-apa dari Pemuda PAS. Dua tahun mendepan ini adalah dua tahun yang malap dan suram bagi Pemuda PAS. Golongan Ustaz yang menyamar sebagai ulama menguasai Pemuda PAS hanya kerana mahu mempertahankan fikrah sempit yang diasaskan oleh Ustaz Harun Taib dan Geng Terengganu semata-mata/ Itulah perjuangan mereka yang utama untuk dua tahun ke hadapan ini.
Pemuda selesai bentuk 'kabinet', Nasruddin gugur tiga nama
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 09:51 PM PDT
How telling is his admission that Israel only fights because it has been caged, backed into a corner, and forced to defend itself against a completely irrational psychotic.
Did I say Israel, I meant lion. /gaffe
In any case, sixty years of odds say that my bet should be on the lion.
Did I say lion, I meant Israel. /gaffe
(Sorry folks, if I keep slipping up like this, you can call me POTUS.)
Posted: 07 Jun 2011 10:09 PM PDT
The United States embassy here concluded that "a well financed political coalition" could persuade lawmakers to cross over and shift power through undemocratic means, following a Federal Court decision confirming Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir as Perak Mentri Besar, a leaked diplomatic cable to Washington said.
The document released by whistleblower website Wikileaks and published by the Malaysia Today news portal today said the US embassy here also concluded that the court had allowed the Perak Sultan to legitimise changes without voter input.
"Before this Federal Court decision, the assembly would have instead been dissolved for fresh elections, but now the sultan can legitimise the takeover without voter input," said the cable classified by the embassy's political affairs counsellor Brian D. McFeeters.
It also said that the February 9, 2010 decision in favour of Barisan Nasional (BN) "raised renewed questions about the independence of the Malaysian judiciary, already in question in connection with the (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim (sodomy) trial and other cases."
Three assemblymen had left PR and backed BN as independents, allowing Zambry to be sworn in by the Perak Sultan as mentri besar on February 6, 2009.
The ousted Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin then challenged the validity of Zambry's appointment in court, claiming the state constitution did not allow the Sultan to order him to resign as MB and that BN's majority had not been tested in the assembly.
The cable also said that Nizar told a political officer in February 2010 that the ruling would result in "the Prime Minister or the Chief Minister holding office at the pleasure of the King or the Sultan," setting a "dangerous precedent."
Nizar's lead lawyer Chan Kok Keong had also said that he was certain the apex court would make a "political decision" and rule in favour of Zambry, thereby "rewriting its own decisions and the constitution."
But Zambry's political secretary and assembly speaker Datuk R. Ganesan both told the embassy official that the court "will make the right decision" by ruling in favour of BN.
The decision came under fire from the opposition and other voices such as retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Chan Nyarn Hoi who said the apex court contradicted itself in its judgement.
""They say Nizar can take a vote of no confidence now, but why couldn't they do it earlier?" he had said.
The leak comes as Anwar's sodomy trial, which has been in the spotlight internationally, progresses to the defence case.
Questions have been raised over the conduct of the trial in which the former deputy prime minister has thrice failed to recuse the judge, although the matter is currently being appealed at the Court of Appeal.
An independent poll of Perakians in February 2010 also found that three-quarters wanted fresh elections to solve the political crisis.
However, anger over the takeover appears to have dissipated as PR surveys show that it would have won 40 seats or a two-thirds majority in the 59-seat assembly back in February 2009 but only 33 if an election was held now.
Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider
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