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Friday, August 29, 2008

Check Out At Astro

I got this from Kit's blog who take it from Jeff Ooi

101 East : The Anwar Comeback

From :

The Al-Jazeera channel will air The Anwar Comeback on the 101 East programme at 8.30pm (Malaysian time) tonight.

It will be repeated on

- August 29: 3.30am, 11.00am & 2.30pm
- August 30: 10.00pm
- August 31: 1.30pm
- September 1: 9.30am
- September 2: 6.30pm
- September 3: 3.30pm
- September 4: 2.00pm

Kit Siang et al will appear briefly as guests at the beginning, to be followed by anchor Teymour Nabili’s one-on-one with Anwar.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Swearing in God's name

I read the below news report by NST with a sarcastic smile on my face.

The news report had literally forgotten to quote Najib's name for swearing in God's name, I believe not once but twice on the involvement of a high profile case.

And looks like Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also had forgotten that he has stepped his boss shoes....

So is swearing now an in thing to avoid a criminal charge? Looks like many alleged criminals will take this next course of action should all legal avenues are exhausted.

©New Straits Times (Used by permission)

KUALA TERENGGANU: Do not make a trend of swearing in God's name or on the Quran as this would only serve to degrade its value, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Ahmad Zahid, however, added that swearing on the Quran and in God's name had yet to become a trend.

The minister said this after attending a meeting with the National Fatwa Council here yesterday

On Saturday, Perak Umno liaison committee chairman Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali swore in the name of God that he was not involved in any political conspiracy or plan that had resulted in the arrest of two Pakatan Rakyat state executive councilors for alleged corruption.

Tajol Rosli was also quoted as saying that he would swear as many times as Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin of Pas wanted.

On Aug 15, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, the former aide to Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, swore on the Quran that he had been sodomised by the latter.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

And the winner is......

The Permatang Pauh MP goes to....... Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Yes, he won with a huge majority of more than 15,000 votes. Lawan memang tetap LAWAN... The votes to DSAI translated to mean

1) the people is fed up with UMNO-BN
2) the people don't believe the lies of UMNO-BN
3) the people wants racial politics to be wiped out
4) the people wants DSAI as Prime Minister
5) the people wants change
6) the people endorse DSAI leadership
7) the people wants better economy
8) the people is fed up with Sodomy 2
9) the people is fed up with BN election propaganda
10) the people wants a clean government
11) the people endorse an independent judiciary
12) the people are not bothered with the UiTM saga
13) the people wants DSAI in Parliament
14) the people wants the petrol price dropped
15) the people do not believe DPM

So DSAI, I hope to see you kicking ass in Parliament.... and I can't wait for 16th September.

The Permatang Pauh By-Election....

Damn it. I can't work. I am overly stress. I am anxious. All because of Permatang Pauh. I'm crossing my fingers that DSAI will win big not just 15,000 or 17,000 but a very very big win and hopefully destroy completely BN in Permatang Pauh. Let it be a wiped out of BN in Penang.

With Guan Eng as CM, and the state administration performance thus far, no way BN will wrestle back for another 50 years. If DSAI wins big or bigger than the majority of Datin Seri, it will be an endorsement of DSAI as the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Hidup Anwar.
Hidup Guan Eng.
Hidup Tok Guru.

Geez, what about R.A.H.M.A.N. , looks like the 'N' has to just wait for his turn.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Tunku Abdul Aziz as Vice Chairman DAP

I am lost for words.

Tunku Abdul Aziz, a towering personality and as Uncle Kit puts "Malaysia’s most famous crusader for integrity and transparency..."

I first met this towering figure a couple of years ago when he moderates the debate between Uncle Kit and Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz on the issue of ISA where I had the opportunity to shook his hands and since then I have been following his writings as a columnist in the NST, pretty thought provoking articles but nevertheless it is refreshing compare to the normal writing sucking up to Barisan Nasional. I foresee, Tunku will be freer now as he will probably be stripped from his Sunday column forthwith. Just my thoughts....

Tunku's CV is impressive. Not only within the private sphere but also excellent public service records. He is formerly vice chairman of Transparency International and founder President of Kuala Lumpur Society for Transparency and Integrity, the Malaysian Chapter of Transparency International.

With his appointment as DAP Vice Chairman, this will certainly boost the image of DAP Malaysia and to strengthen DAP's call for a CAT (Credible(or Competent), Accountability and Transparency) government whether it is Local, State or Federal. This is definitely a new era of new things to come for DAP Malaysia.

Congratulations and welcome to DAP, Mr. Vice Chairman.

A Threat?

Is Najib issuing a threat? Saying in a press conference that the government will withdraw the fuel rebates if the people don't appreciate it. I think he really look stupid issuing such statements. The Star reported that he appeared to be annoyed. My guess is day by day, the Prime Minister-in-waiting seats gets hotter. I remember in the 90s the Deputy Prime Minister seat is the hottest and many DPM fell, started with Musa Hitam (now Tun), the late Ghaffar Baba (also Tun), and of course DSAI.

Maybe Najib should just apologise to the public. Remember the minerals and oil in the land belongs to the people, not the government. So he is rather childish for a DPM to make such statements.

The Star reported as follows :

Najib, who appeared to be a bit annoyed, said the people must understand that for every litre, the price was subsidised 30 sen.

He also said they have forgotten about the RM625 rebate given to owners with vehicles up to 2,000cc that was announced in June.

“The rebate, if translated, will cost between 35 sen and 40 sen a litre. If the people do not appreciate the rebates, it is better for us not issue any more in the future.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Congratulations to the elected DAP CEC

Congratulations to all that contested in the recent 15th National Congress. A total of 58 candidates vying for the 20 seats with Uncle Kit top the list with 624 votes whilst the Penang CM aka GE/SG in second place with 620 votes. Maverick Speaker of the Selangor House 417 votes got through as well. The only Malay, Ahmad Ton in with 448 votes, Prof Ramasamy with 340 votes. Blogger Tony Pua in with 446 votes. No doubt Karpal is in so as his son, the fiery Puchong MP, Gobind aka Karpal's anak when he was in Malacca for a ceramah, clinching the last spot with a 305 votes. The rest that lost, there is always another time. Keep up the good work though.

A total of 731 ballots were issued with 705 votes cast and 16 spoilt votes.

Continue to work for a Malaysian Malaysia and May GOD bless ALL MALAYSIANS.

Herein below is the full list of those who won:

Lim Kit Siang - 624

Lim Guan Eng - 620

Tan Kok Wai - 571

Fong Kui Lun - 504

M. Kula - 500

Teresa Kok - 495

Dr Tan Seng Giaw - 492

Chong Chieng Jen - 476

Karpal Singh - 471

Ngeh Koo Ham - 455

Anthony Loke Siew Fook - 452

Ahmad Ton - 448

Tony Pua - 446

Chong Eng - 434

Teng Chang Khim - 417

Ngah Kor Ming - 417

Chow Kon Yeow - 410

P. Ramasamy - 340

Boo Cheng Hau - 332

Gobind Singh Deo - 305

Friday, August 22, 2008

14 or 16....

14 or 16 you decide. If 14 then China will be in deep trouble for fielding an under age girl in the Olympics.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Why so MARAH about MARA?

Malaysia suddenly became very democratic. People of all walks are able to come out to the street to protest without the threats of ISA, or any other written laws. Yes, I was talking about the march by UiTM students all across Malaysia. It started from dear Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim who proposed a 10% opening of it's campus to non-bumiputra. The reason was very noble and at the same time wanting UiTM to explore these possibilities to further enhance it's quality. So is there any wickedness in his statement? I don't think so.

Then came UMNO politicians led by the Prime Minister and of course the Vice Chancellor himself states that opening up to non-bumiputra, "the last bastion of the Malay will be end". Wooo, that is not a good statement. Now that words alone probably causes many of it's branches nationwide storm to the street to demonstrate.

Having said that, let us now look at history of why UiTM was set up? It is closely linked to the development of the independent Malaysian nation. It began in 1956 as Dewan Latihan RIDA, the English created organisation known as Rural and Industrial Development Authority. This training centre some how became Maktab MARA (MARA College) in 1965. The name change meant that the college no longer operated under RIDA and instead became the most important unit of the MARA Training Division. Which all of us know that MARA would means Majilis Amanah Rakyat or in English, the Council of Trust for the Indigenous People. Subsequently the school was renamed as Institut Teknologi MARA in 1967. Its establishment came as a response to a need in Malaysia for trained professionals, especially among Bumiputeras.

ITM's development took three major stages: From 1967 to 1976, ITM was an autonomous body with its own 300 acre (1.2 km²) campus in Shah Alam, operating under the Ministry of Rural Development. From 1976 to 1996, ITM advanced as an institution of higher learning and not only a professional training institute, operating directly under the Ministry of Education. In 1996, an amendment to the ITM Act of 1976 put ITM on a par with all the other universities but its historical name was retained until 1999 which then called Universiti Teknologi MARA.

Though the University undergone name change several times, what is more important is the quality the University produced. My opinion is simple, to meet the threats of globalisation, we cannot rely on ourself any more. We cannot be seen to be comfortable and contented in staying in their own cocoon. There is always a need to explore the impossibilities and the surroundings and as such the opening up to non bumiputeras would serve as a positive direction to prepare local Malay to counter the threats of globalisation.

This issue is not political or racial. The whole issue is the extension of quality and the sharing of knowledge. Take UTAR for example. I know of Malay students excelling in UTAR or TARC. As we all know the majority in these University, College are Chinese. So what is the threat? Why are Malay afraid in allowing the last bastion to be breached. I always threat my Malay friends as Abang and we, Chinese as Adik.

Why don't the government go one step further in harmonising race relation instead of racial polarisation. So is racial polarisation makes Malays stronger? I don't think so.What makes Malay strong is to allow the Malaysian identity stronger. This is evidenced during the recent election, whilst I was campaigning as a DAP candidate, I never seen in my lifetime such uniqueness of all race working together in establishing a Malaysian race and identity.

The only problem is UMNO. Seeing Zahid Hamidi (Minister in the PM's department) on TV3 Buletin Utama, showing a threat is simply.... 'Ketuanan Melayu'. Don't they know that Barisan Nasional got their 2/3 whacked out because the voters are voting for a multi racial and religious Malaysia? All of UMNO leadership issued threats from the President, his Deputy, Vice President Ali, and the rest. Just the same ole same.... STILL LIVING IN THEIR COCOON...

Friday, August 15, 2008

Kit's says.....

Another Case of Misreporting

Nasharuddin berkata dasar perjuangan PAS yang berpaksikan Islam menuntut dakwah diterapkan kepada semua yang masih belum memahami apa itu Islam yang sebenar.

“Kalau kita boleh bersekutu dengan DAP yang menentang Islam dari dulu sampai sekarang dan dengan PKR, mengapa kita tidak boleh dekati Umno?

This is from a Bernama report on the speech by the Deputy PAS President Nasharudin Mat Isa at the opening of the PAS Youth annual assembly in Ipoh yesterday.

DAP opposed to Islam from the past to the present? Not true. Never. We have Muslims in DAP and could not be anti-Islam. We are for all religions for the good, virtuous and noble values they teach human beings to cultivate and cherish.

What DAP is opposed to is for any breach of the Merdeka social contract that Malaysia was founded be a multi-racial, multi-religious, democratic and secular nation with Islam as the official religion but not an Islamic state.

Another case of misreporting – misquoting Nasharudin as saying that DAP “yang menentang Islam dari dulu sampai sekarang…”?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

PAS says OK to Bar Forum

about time....

-----taken from Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The Bar Council forum on Saturday should have been allowed to proceed, said the PAS Research Centre.

“A small group of us met to discuss the forum and we were unanimous that it should have been allowed to proceed. There are valid reasons for such a forum,” said Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad, the centre director, in an interview.

“As was emphasised to us by International Islamic University constitutional law expert Dr Abdul Aziz Bari and Hanifah Maidin, the head of PAS legal bureau, Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution when passed had not envisaged the circumstances that could arise, for example, the impact on people of other faiths embracing Islam.

“We don’t see the forum as non-Muslims encroaching into theological matters. The underpinning reason was for the legal, technical and procedural lacuna created by Article 121 (1A) to be ironed out in earnestness and intellectual integrity.

“Take the case of Subashini and Saravanan who were married under civil law and he later on embraced Islam.

“If the non-converting spouse does not use the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act to dissolve the marriage, what happens? These are long-standing issues that the authorities should have ironed out long ago; instead, every time a case like this raises its ugly head, it is Muslims and Islam that get bashed.”

Dr Dzulkifli, who is also the Kuala Selangor MP, said those who had united to oppose the forum had no understanding of the issue at hand.

“That's why Dr Mehrun Siraj (who was cut short from talking by the protesters who wanted the forum to end) asked for reform,” he said.

“We thought that after the March election, we had proven that we could manage dissent intellectually and discuss issues without getting emotional.

“We regret Saturday’s incident. There are some issues that should be discussed behind closed doors but this was just to plug the loopholes.”

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Why Ban Avril Lavigne, PAS FT?

I heard that PAS FT wants to ban Avril...

Imposing ones morality on another is ridiculous as morality is simply subjective. So for PAS FT imposing their morality on others will be equally be wrong. Avril Lavigne is a Five Star-Grammy nominated pop/punk/rock/fashion and actress. And whatever said about her type of music, she is decent, loyal and a model for the young to follow especially the young ladies. Nothing in her music talks about sex or drugs or any declination of moral behaviour. Her music is very youthful.

She prefers healthy living i.e. in eating a lot of fruits and vegetables. She is a catholic (conservative) and married to Deryck Whibley whom she date since 2004.

She is also involved in a number of charities such as Make Some Noise, Amnesty International,, Camp Will-a-way, Music Clearing Minefields, U.S. Campaign for Burma, Make-A-Wish Foundation and War Child and a number of youth aids foundation to raise money and educate people worldwide about HIV/AIDS. Maybe PAS FT don't know that Miss Lavigne also covered 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door for War Child's peace songs album.

Most of her concert tours are donations to the charities that she is involved in.

I am not advocating for Avril as she need not be defended BUT nevertheless I hope for some sensible opinion from PAS.

By the way, she always wear decently during her concerts and never had dancers or herself dancing provocatively or indecently.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Kayanya UMNO....

U-Must-Not-Object is certainly very rich. And I believe not only one printing company but many. Compare to DAP and the other Pakatan Partners, we got to raise personal donation to fund individual campaign. Well personally I still owe my printers RM2,500.00. Anybody helping me? Hehe :)

----- taken from the Star
Umno applies to set aside RM218m judgment By AUDREY EDWARDS

PETALING JAYA : UMNO's application to set aside RM218mil Kuala Lumpur High Court judgment will be heard on Oct 13.

The application had been made by the party's treasurer Datuk Seri Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi on July 24 following the judgment ordering Umno to pay the amount to Elegant Advisory Sdn Bhd for campaign materials obtained for the general election in 2004.

The application to set aside the judgment in default will be heard by a deputy registrar at the High Court commercial division.

In his affidavit, Abdul Azim, the sole defendant in the suit, said the writ summons and statement of claim by the plaintiff was contrary to Section 9(c) of the Organisation Act 1966 where the public officer of Umno should have been named as defendant and not him.

He also said the two documents had been handed over to an individual named Sahrena.

The affidavit also said the statement of claim by the plaintiff did not specifically state who and when the instructions were given to.

"I have also been advised by the lawyer and believe that because there was no detailed order of purchase, so no contract existed," the affidavit stated.

He also said that it was Barisan Nasional and not Umno, which contested in the 11th general election.

Abdul Azim also said the material was used by Barisan with the dacing (scales) symbol and not the keris, which was Umno's symbol.

He said he believed the action taken by the plaintiff was a misjoinder adding that he had not been served the judgment in default by the plaintiff causing him not to be informed of the court's decision.

He said the plaintiff had also filed another court action against the party three years ago and this rendered its latest action legally wrong and was an "after-thought".

The case was settled out of court with the four companies, Art Printing Works Sdn Bhd, NHK Transport & Warehouse Sdn Bhd Percetakan Rina Sdn Bhd and Setia Kawan Printers Sdn Bhd.

Among his defence was that there was no contract between the parties as no purchase order had been issued, the delivery documents were not in order where it was addressed to the wrong party and the amount was inaccurate and the plaintiff's action was a form of compulsion and abuse on Umno by the plaintiff.

When contacted Monday, Abdul Azim called the RM218mil claim frivolous and Umno would fight the matter in court.

He said the party's management committee had already been informed of the claim and he had been advised by it and lawyers to defend the suit.

Of the out of court settlement, Abdul Azim said this was done as the four companies were able to substantiate their claims.

What did I tell You....Malacca flood again

Mr. Gan Tian Loo, if you are reading this, your constituency is also flooded. Please take note. To wait for another two years or so, I'm afraid the whole kampung in Durian Daun Dalam will 'hanyut'. So please speed up.

----- Taken from the Star

MALACCA: It was sheer coincidence that the state’s flood mitigation plans dominated debate at the 12th State Legislative Assembly when several low-lying areas suffered flash floods following several hours of downpour on Thursday.

Several Barisan Nasional and Opposition assemblymen expressed concern on flash flooding in several parts of the state and wanted to know how fast the state would address the issue.

Datuk Tahir Hassan (BN - Paya Rumput) questioned how long he had to wait for the problem to be resolved in his constituency.

“We have been debating on floods since with the reply given that it is caused by the unusually heavy rains.

Helping hands: G. Arukkiasamy 16,helping her wheelchair-bound neighbour Kamala Alagan, 65, to higher ground after her home was affected by flash floods recently.

“Today, by divine providence, several areas in my constituency were hit by flash floods.

“Am I supposed to keep telling my constituents it is due to hujan lebat, hujan lebat each time it floods?” he questioned.

He said it was good the state had plans to solve the problem, noting that the plans were for the future and not immediate.

The issue was earlier raised by Hassan Rahman (BN — Sungai Rambai), who wanted to know the state’s plans to address floods at four locations along the new AMJ highway.

Goh Leong San (DAP - Kesidang) expressed concern over several areas in his constituency including Kampung Chitty where a retention pond was constructed recently.

In his answer, Gan Tian Loo (BN - Duyong), who is also state exco member for public works, said that RM128mil had been allocated by the Federal Government for flood mitigation projects in the city.

He said this included RM90.1mil to deepen Malacca River, and RM47mil for several projects in the city and the creation of a 33ha retention pond in the Krubong-Belimbing area that could hold 900,000 sq m of water.

“The various flood mitigation projects are expected to be completed within the next one to two years depending on technicalities and weather conditions,” he said, adding that the issue of floods would be fully resolved when the projects were completed.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Minority Speaks on the Bar Forum

I am impressed with my learned friend and a committee member of PAS National body thought through his writing MUSLIM SCHOLARS MUST ENGAGE INTELECTUALLY WITH NON MUSLIMS. You can read his blog here.

The Bar Council's intention is noble. I personally agree to have such discussion on matters relating to the development of the LAW. However due to the sensitivity and the immature minds of some people namely the Deputy Prime Minister, Prime Minister and some UMNO guys, misrepresented the purpose of the forum which led to the other Muslim NGOs and our friends in PAS for mistakenly confuse the motive of the Bar Council, a closed door forum would be a better deal and maybe at the same time to invite Islamic scholars, Tok Imams, Islamic NGOs and probably PAS to understand the far reaching effects on some of the decisions.

It is worth to note that the organisers i.e. the Bar Council together with the Family Law Committee and Human Rights Committee have stated that this forum is not undermining Islam in any matter whatsoever.

The motive of the Bar Council is simple i.e. to tackle the law at hand so that justice for all parties are served equally. There are many areas of uncertainty and misjudgement and the lack of understanding of it disrupts family unit when one convert into the religion. This gives unfair treatment and undue pressure to one spouse who is affected by the decision of the Court.

I further echoed the view by Saudara Mohamed Hanipa, of which I quote "...when the muslims vehemently protested such forum, I have, with the greatest respect, a difficulty to understand the reasons of such protest. While we, the muslims, are entitled to protect and defend our religion , we must also in the same vein be just and tolerant in our stand. Whatever stand we opted it must be based on the principle of fairness....". That view is much needed in progressive Muslims in Malaysia for greater tolerance in achieving greater understanding between Muslims and Non-Muslims.

It is further note that nothing in the Bar's mind questioning Islam as the official religion of the Federation.

So it is high time for such dialogue by both Muslims and Non-Muslim for the total benefit of the future of Malaysia.




Frankly speaking I am a bit puzzled by the anger expressed by some muslims in this country over the Bar Council’s forum on "Conversion to Islam: Article 121 (1A) of the Federal Constitution, Subashini & Shamala Revisited". After all it was only a forum where the chosen speakers were supposed to air their views in respect of the chosen topic.

May be , the angered muslims are right . The topic of the forum was quite sensitive and provocative. It should have been changed to make is less provocative. But it does not change the fact that it was still a forum – an avenue for the respective speakers to market their ideas which would be followed by fruitful discussions by the members of the floor.

A forum is closely connected with a freedom of speech and expression which is guaranteed by Article 10 of the Federal Constitution. Needless to say Islam values such right and jealously protects it.

Be that as it may, when the muslims vehemently protested such forum, I have , with the greatest respect, a difficulty to understand the reasons of such protest. While we, the muslims, are entitled to protect and defend our religion , we must also in the same vein be just and tolerant in our stand. Whatever stand we opted it must be based on the principle of fairness. Just because we may have unsettled prejudice against certain group does not mean we have to oppose whatever program organized by such group.

The forum , I am of the view, was not on a conversion of Islam per se as understood by certain quarters. In other words , the organizer, I believe, did not intend to question the right of non muslim to convert to Islam. On the other hand what the forum sought to achieve was the repercussion of the non muslim ‘s ancillary rights such as on the issue of custody of children and the maintainance over such conversion as reflected in the Federal Court’s judgment in Subashini a/p Rajasingam v Saravanan a/l Thangatoray.

I sincerely believe many muslims ( and non muslims alike ) are not aware of and don’t have the full knowledge of the said case i.e Subashini a/p Rajasingam v Saravanan a/l Thangatoray. Unfortunately even without such knowledge , some have protested for the sake of protest . The statement by certain irresponsible UMNO Ministers aggravated the situation. It is rather puzzling the protesters did not condemn a mediocre leader of UMNO ,Mohd Ali Rustam, when he suggested to use ISA to detain the organizer of the forum. I dare to say ISA is more dangerous and wicked than the said forum.

Reading the judgment of the Federal Court in Subashini shows that the issue of the clash of jurisdictions ( civil and shariah ) has not been satisfactorily resolved. Thus it is fit and proper to organize a forum to discuss the said case and all the issues raised in the said case.

Do our muslim brothers and sisters know that until now the muslim has not not been allowed to file a divorce petition in the civil court when he or she converted to Islam. This is because under section 51 of the Law Reform ( Marriage & Divorce ) Act, only the non muslim spouse is entitled to file a divorce petition in the civil court if the other spouse embraced Islam. This has caused a lot of problems to the muslim spouse. He or she has no other option but to go to the Shariah Court to get his earlier marriage dissolved . But the decision of the Shariah court does not bind the other spouse who refused to embrace Islam. Thus as far as the non muslim spouse is concerned , he or she is still legally considered a lawful husband or wife of the muslim convert.

With this kind of forum , the muslim speakers may inter alia be able to highlight to the non muslim that even the muslims are discriminated against when they chose to embrace Islam.

The main reason why such forum should be allowed to be held is that it did not only invite the non muslims as speakers. There were muslim speakers who were invited to air their views in the said forum. These three speakers, I believe , were competent to defend the muslims’ interest in that forum. When two out of the said three speakers pulled out from the forum at the eleventh hour , the inescapable conclusion was that the muslim scholars were not ready to engage intellectually with other non muslim speakers in that forum. The pull out, with respect, was not the good option.

I believe that the topic of the forum was not detrimental to Islam unless it was unduly sensationalized and blown out of proportion. . The forum was the right avenue for the muslim scholars to defend Islam and its legal system. It was also the best opportunity for the muslim to engage intellectually with the non muslims. The muslim don’t have to be apologetic in such forum.

This forum, is not akin to Article 11’s campaign. For me , the group of Article 11 was a kind of movement. It had launched a roadshow all over the country in order to attain certain hidden agenda. As such Article 11 was rightly protested by the muslims as it sought to drive home a message that the muslim in this country has the right to “murtad” and such right is protected by Article 11 of the Federal Constitution. Many muslims rightly believed that Article 11 was created to pursue the IFC’s unsuccessful agenda.

It is high time for the muslims to engage intellectually with the non muslims. We must show to our non muslims brothers and sisters that Islam promotes dialogue and intellectual discourse. Islam is the religion of truth and because of this truth the muslim are always ready and willing to engage with anybodies or any parties whatever their backgrounds.

It is relevant to quote this valuable advice by Allamah Yusuf Alqardhawi in this kind of issue

“ Lasna fi hajah liman yahmilu as-saifa liyablugha hadzihi alrisalat bil ‘aksi nahnu fi hajah liman yahmilu al fikra wa yahmilu al’ilma wal qalama liyablugha hadzihi alrisalati ilal assyarki wa ilal gharbi”

( Translation : At present , we ( the muslims ) are not in need those who can bring the sword on the other hand we are in greater need those who can bring knowledge and pen in order to propagate the message of Islam to the East and to the West )

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Betrayal? Exactly my feeling with the mixture of Disappointment, Outrageous, felt Offended, Aghast, Furious, Irate, Shameful, Embarrassed, Annoyed etc etc etc. Can we trust our police? More so all within the compound of the police department.


©New Straits Times (Used by permission)

THIS is how defeat is snatched from the jaws of victory. What was hailed four months ago as a record-breaking success in the war on drugs -- a seizure of nearly RM50 million worth of assorted narcotics, resulting in the arrest of a dozen felons and the disruption of an international syndicate -- turns instead into another shameful embarrassment for the police. The apparent disappearance of RM1 million worth of syabu from a strongroom in the Johor state police headquarters, with evidence indicating an "inside job", sits discomfitingly among similar thefts in recent years. In each case, mid-level officers have been punished for dereliction of responsibility by being reassigned to other duties.

To an extent, the police force is granted the right to keep its own house in order -- an article of faith born on pragmatism, considering the difficulties inherent in the police being called on publicly to investigate themselves. The continuing impulse towards establishing a commission to oversee the police, however, is only accelerated by incidents such as these. This lends urgency not only to the need to solve this crime, but to ensuring there is no hint that the police would prefer to cover it up rather than get to the bottom of it.

One wonders, though, how much the general public loss of faith in the country's security forces has conduced to the sort of fatal cynicism that would have enforcers prefer to be hanged as sheep than lambs. With millions of ringgit in seized assets languishing in their strongrooms, what temptations must befall the guards? As we are at present witnessing with the Immigration Department, where the arrest of senior officers on suspicion of complicity in illegal activities seems hardly to have cowed junior ranks into sticking to the straight path, the rot may have so permeated such agencies that it hardly matters whether or not the fish rots from the head, once the entire entity is riddled with a loss of faith.

Hence, while the Anti-Corruption Agency pounds its beat with renewed resolve, picking up sundry civil servants and government contractors to examine their palms for grease, and while public opinion continues to demand that the guilty be ferreted out and punished to the fullest extent of the law, it is truly dispiriting when the enforcers themselves continue to betray what frail shreds are left of the public trust. Without that trust, it should go without saying, they do not serve the nation's security but undermine it.

...And So The AG Is Charging Him

Just went the election fever is up and kicking. And that Malaysians want to see the mother of all battles and the start of a new destiny, DSAI will have to answer to the charge framed by the AG under s. 377 Penal Code tomorrow at Jalan Duta Session Court. The charge will be read to him, and DSAI will answer...

"Not Guilty". Bail will then be imposed.

Bail is paid. Off to a campaign that Malaysians are waiting.

What do I feel about this sequel, Sodomy 2?
Well the medical report speaks volume.

So why charge DSAI?
Waste time and public funds. That is what our government is good at anyway.

D-Day August 26

It will be DSAI
a. Entry into Parliament after 10 years
b. Realisation of power route by 16th September 2008
c. Installed as 6th Prime Minister of Malaysia

versus god-knows-who

well the BN Management Committee meets today to discuss who-has-the-guts to take on DSAI. Whosoever that may be, it will be a field day for DSAI. So it will be a D-Day for DSAI starting from August 26 en route to mission accomplish...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Costly Affair at Permatang Pauh

If it is going to be a costly affair, my advise to BN is let Anwar have his sit in Parliament. They the BN government can go around and declare that they are a "Kerajaan yang berjiwa Rakyat". Anyway putting anybody there would definitely be a waste of money. Especially so when the government in order to wack Anwar 'habis-habisan' will either employ police and the army to so-called restore order and peace OR will probably pour a lot of money like the By-election in Ijok and Machap where millions of goodies were spend in order to win in the by-elections.
I will be observing three issues in this coming by-election and will probably blog about it after the election. The three are:-

(i) this by-election will be the dirtiest election in the history of Malaysia politics with all sorts dirty linen washed publicly for all to see.

(ii) the unity of the Opposition in fighting under one banner called PAKATAN RAKYAT for the first time and to gauge the popularity of Anwar and whether he is RELEVANT to Malaysia politics.

(iii) whether BN will continue to manipulate the media or rather ALTERNATIVE MEDIA versus MAINSTREAM MEDIA

It will definitely be a battle to watch.

----- taken from the Star

PUTRAJAYA: The by-election in Permatang Pauh, which will see PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim contesting, will be a "costly affair".

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said there were both "direct and indirect" costs involved in ensuring that the whole democratic process was run efficiently and peacefully.

"The by-election is too soon after the general election in March. If (former MP) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had said earlier that she was giving way to Anwar, then the voters may have decided differently then.

"People don't usually see the indirect costs. More policemen will need to be deployed to Permatang Pauh to ensure that the whole process is conducted smoothly and peacefully, and to ensure there is no untoward incident.

"This whole operation costs extra money," he told reporters Tuesday after the ministry's monthly assembly here.

He however declined to give the number of personnel expected to be deployed for the by-election or the cost involved.

"The size of the force will depend on the excitement and emotion on the ground," he said.

On suggestions by various Umno members and PAS for Barisan Nasional not to run against Anwar, Syed Hamid said this was for the coalition leadership to decide.

"Maybe PAS can offer one of their seats instead to Anwar. After all, they are in the Pakatan Rakyat family," he said.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Question : Is the Portuguese Settlement part of the UNESCO Heritage Listing

The below is taken from Ali's blog "DARI KACAMATA MOHD ALI RUSTAM" inviting everybody to celebrate Malacca's inscription as a World Heritage. I have no problems about that BUT I am a little bit unsure as to whether the Portuguese Settlement is included as part of the heritage protection under the UNESCO heritage listing.

I have my doubt that the Settlement is part of the listing as everyone is well aware of the rich culture the Portuguese had for Malaccan and probably beyond Malacca and Malaysia as I was told that this settlement is the only Portuguese Settlement outside of Portugal and as such uniquely Malacca and definitely part of the culture of Malaysia and Malaysian history.

After 50 years of Independence, it is time for bigger and more visible Projects to show off the rich cultural tapestry of Malacca. Merging the old tradition and the new era of technology will definitely enrich Malacca as a whole. There must be some preservation of the rich heritage of the Portuguese people. Their heritage cannot be forgotten as they will contribute greatly to the tourism industry of the state and Malaysia.

----- Taken from Ali's blog

Tomorrow will be a wonderful day for all of us as citizens of Melaka. I invite everyone to join the celebrations of Melaka’s inscription as a World Heritage City from the 1st August which will begin at 8.00pm.

We are obviously happy to celebrate the occasion and many exciting events and activities have been lined up. The launch of the celebration will take place at the Stadhuys, Bandar Hilir and will be officiated by the Yang DiPertua Negeri, Tun Mohd Khalil Yaacob.

We will also launch the Merdeka Month celebration on 17th August 2008 and the Eye on Malaysia Melaka will be launched in mid August, thus making it 3 main events in the month of August. Arts and cultural events will be held every alternate day while places of worship will be decorate with lights. Such places are the Masjid Kampung Kling, Masjid Kampung Hulu, St Xavier’s Church, Sam Po Kong temple and the Cheng Hoon Teng temple.

Thanksgiving prayers will also be conducted following the rites of the different religions. I appeal to all associations within the heritage zone to conduct their celebrations along Jalan Hang Jebat, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Jalan Kampung Pantai and Jalan Hang Lekir.

They must project and promote their culture along these historical roads thus bring life and meaning to the term “living culture”. We will be sending EXCO members and officers to visit such places. The Yang DiPertua Negeri and I will also be visiting some places of interest.