Friday, July 31, 2009

A German's View Of Fanaticism

By Emanuel Tanay, M.D.

A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. 'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.'

We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.

The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.

The hard quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' is cowed and extraneous.
Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.

China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
Peace-loving Germans,Japanese,Chinese,Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.

As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands, world wide, read this and think about it, and send it on - before it's too late.

The author of this email is a well-respected German psychiatrist.It is well-written,short and precise. Hantu Laut

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Hantu Laut

The law on consent to give DNA samples or not differ from one country to another.

In UK (United Kingdom)or rather in England and Wales the
Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 changed this to allow DNA to be retained from people charged with an offence, even if they were subsequently acquitted. The Criminal Justice Act 2003 later allowed DNA to be taken on arrest, rather than on charge. Since April 2004, when this law came into force, anyone arrested in England and Wales on suspicion of involvement in any recordable offence (all except the most minor offences) has their DNA sample taken and stored in the database for 12 years, whether or not they are subsequently charged or convicted.

Malaysia passed the DNA Bill in June 2009 that will force criminal suspects to provide DNA samples. The compulsion would be through a court order.

The one below which is applicable in New Zealand would be close to the Malaysian's requirement.


 What is DNA?
The human body is made up of millions of cells. Each cell contains DNA and each person's DNA is slightly different. This means that your DNA profile can be used to identify you. For example, if the Police found a hair at a crime scene, using DNA they could work out if it belonged to you provided they have your DNA profile. This is why the Police collect DNA and store it on their DNA database.

 Police powers to take DNA samples
The Police can take a DNA sample in certain situations. They do this by taking a buccal test (done by swabbing the inside of the mouth) or a blood test (usually done by a fingerprick) .

A blood sample can only be taken by a suitably qualified person, like a doctor or nurse. You may take a buccal sample yourself. You can choose which way the sample is taken unless a Judge orders otherwise.
The powers the Police have depend on:
• whether you're a suspect in a specified crime and they have evidence to compare a profile to; or
• if they simply wish to include your DNA profile in their DNA databank.

 If you're a suspect
When the Police are investigating an offence they may take a sample from you only if:
• you are a suspect; and
• the offence is serious enough that it will be determined by a jury (an "indictable offence"); and
• they have reasonable grounds to believe that the sample will confirm or disprove your involvement in the indictable offence.

They either need your permission to take a sample or a compulsion order from the High Court. You can speak to a lawyer about giving a sample at any time.

If the offence is a "summary offence" (for example, common assault or wilful damage), the Police can only take a sample if you give them permission.

 Police requests for a DNA sample
When the Police ask to take a sample for DNA analysis, they must give you a written notice and tell you the following things:
• the offence the sample request relates to;
• that they have reasonable grounds to believe the sample will confirm or disprove your involvement in the offence;
• you do not have to give the sample;
• you can change your mind about giving the sample at any time before it is taken;
• you are able to speak to a lawyer before deciding;
• the sample may be used as evidence;
• if you don't consent to giving the sample, and there is good cause to suspect you committed the offence they are requesting the sample for, the Police may apply to the Court for an order requiring you to give a sample.

If you allow the Police to take a sample, your consent must be written and signed or recorded on video. At any stage before the sample is taken, you can withdraw your consent just by saying so.

If you're between 14 and 17 years old, the Police will need both your permission and permission from one of your parents. If you're under 14, the Police may ask you to give a sample but they cannot make you give one unless the offence they are relying on is manslaughter or murder. If the offence they are investigating isn't one of those, the only way they can get a sample is if you let them. They can only take a buccal sample in this case.

 Compulsion Orders
If you refuse to give a sample, the Police will need to apply to the High Court for a compulsion order to take a DNA sample. A notice must be sent to you by the Police telling you they have applied to the Court and you are able to give evidence to the Court opposing the grant of the order.

The two guys from DAP who refused to give their samples can't escape.The police can get a court order to compel them to provide the samples.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Lim Kit Siang's Obfuscated Article And Dirty Rotten Political Scoundrels

Hantu Laut

In sheer desperation to prop up their flagging support and to stonewall the true nature of the death of Teoh Beng Hock, the opposition in general and Lim Kit Siang in particular were prepared to come up with some ridiculous example of, not a Royal Commission, but a judicial review of the mysterious death of a biological expert and weapon inspector David Kelly in Britain in 2003.

Kelly was found dead with his throat slit and was suspected to have committed suicide. Due to controversy on whether he took his own life or was murdered by element involving the government a judicial review or inquiry into the cause of his dead was conducted by the British government.Lim's rather obfuscated article here.

Lim in his article made it appears that Kelly's case is the same as Teoh's and a judicial review is the same as a Royal Commission which he motivated and intended to mislead clueless Malaysians to believe in his ill-conceived expert's stand on the issue.Lim's bad intention can be seen from simply quoting the case in name only without revealing the full extent of the story.

The Kelly's controversy is not simply a mere mysterious death, it involved the security of the nation and reputation of the British government.

Kelly was a civil servant in the Ministry of Defence and was suspected as the source that leaked information to the BBC on the government embellishment of intelligence report on the presence of weapon of mass destruction in Iraq that eventually led to the invasion of Iraq by American and British forces.The 'sexed up' report was attributed to coming from the press office of Prime Minister Tony Blair.The judicial inquiry was chaired by Lord Hutton appointed by the government which eventually concluded that Kelly committed suicide and exonerated the government.

Janice Kelly arrives at the inquiry on Monday
I just thought he had a broken heart

Two days after his death the BBC confirmed that Kelly was their principal contact

In the Hutton's inquiry his wife told the inquiry into his death that her husband had been utterly dismayed by the media frenzy around him.

Janice Kelly said he became: "distracted... dejected... desperate...I just thought he had a broken heart. He had shrunk into himself".

A judicial review is different from that of a Royal Commission as the inquiry falls under the review of one of the branches of government, the Judiciary.The Kelly's case which attained national importance due to leakage of highly confidential information that implicated the British government obviously did not justify a Royal Commission of inquiry .

The judicial inquiry was not born out of oppositions politicising the issue or political gesturing as in the Teoh's case, which has now become DAP's constant battering ram against the government and attempted slaying of the dragon to show who's the people's hero.

It is sad to note that some section of our society is taken in by the opposition's lies and politicized agenda.They have distorted the facts and turned the tragedy into their political capital to rouse racial sentiments to politically benefit the DAP and others of their ilk.

It's requirement of the law that any death under mysterious or suspicious circumstances must have an official inquest to determine the cause of death and the government is doing exactly what the law requires them to do.If the opposition have no confidence in the government it is merely their own opinion and not generally the majority opinion of Malaysians.If Malaysians have not wanted this government they wouldn't have voted them in as the Federal government in the March 2008 Elections and won in 8 out of the 13 states.It was short of just 8 seats to get two-thirds majority.

The oppositions had gone over board because this is the first time they have significant and substantial presence in government and are overly excited at the prospect of being the government soon.It is,therefore,in their interest to create political disquiet, sow the seeds of discontent in the people's mind and destabilise the government. Any slackening of this dirty campaign would mean a nosedive in support.

There is no such thing as a Utopian government, every government is not perfect, each and every one has weaknesses and imperfections.How soiled is the imperfections is the deciding factor whether a government is good or not.

Thomas Jefferson has summed up in the simplest form of what he contrues as good government.
He said "The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the only legitimate object of good government." or in even simpler form the Canadian political maxim of "Peace, order and good government"

What have Pakatan been trying to do since after the March 2008 Elections? Weren't they trying to destroy the peace and harmony that the nation has enjoyed for over 50 years, with the exception of the May 13 racial riot, the cause of which is not dissimilar to what the opposition is doing now, inciting hatred of the government.Obviously, Pakatan only have tantalising issues.

Is a Royal Commission really that necessary to determine the cause of death merely based on assumptions and accusations by the oppositions that the government is unreliable and untrustworthy.A Royal Commission is only appropriate if the general public and the government deemed that part of the government system has failed just like in the case of the MACC where the government have doubts on the operating procedures employed by the agency that have directly or indirectly contributed to the death of a witness.To accuse the agency at this stage of homicide and lay the blame at the government's feet is unfair and unjustifiable. We should abide by the legal parlance that 'one is innocent until proven guilty'.

The opposition has threatened to seek audience with the Agong to request for a Royal Commission.

Lim Kit Siang is not a fool or stupid politician, he knew fully well the Agong has no power to call for a Royal Commission on his own.The Agong can only call one upon the advice of the government. To involve the Agong and portray to the people that he can interfere in executive decision is most absurd and could make the government redundant.

This is DAP and Pakatan's ultimate 'sandiwara' to fool the people, the like of those that make regular visits to political blogs, including this one. People with their eyes shut and mind zonged, courtesy of Pakatan's dirty propaganda machinery.

There is no need for the Prime Minister to meet the family of the late Teoh Beng Hock but since he has kindly acceded to their request he should be lauded for it.

Past Royal Commission in Malaysia:
The hound dog's cliches:

Najib – turn the first stone to find out the causes and circumstances of Teoh’s unusual death at MACC by respecting the family’s wish and set up Royal Commission of Inquiry.Read it here...

TBH RCI – Has Gani Patail never known of the Hutton Inquiry into the causes and circumstances of David Kelly’s death?.Read it here...

One thing I would agree with Lim Kit Siang is, YES, we do need a new IGP.The force needs some very serious shaping up to bring back respectibility and restore public confidence.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The 'Untouchables'

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Read this
sanctimonious and haughty claim.We are untouchable.We are spotless.We are clean.We are politically hygienic.

Sheer arrogance Ronnie Liu!

Ronnie Liu and Ean Yong of DAP has lodged police report against the blog

The 'Fugitive' has his version of who might be behind the blog here.

I am wondering since the DAP and Pakatan Rakyat have no confidence in the corrupted police force why would they want to lodge police report.You hear almost on daily basis the vitriolic attack on the police,the AG, the judiciary, the prime minister and government.

When people in UMNO and BN lodged police report against defamatory articles written by Raja Petra in his blog before, this bunch of bemused, maybe that's too kind a word...... this bunch of gung-ho crackpots screamed their head off and cried foul, claiming attack on freedom of expression.

Freedom for 'hate campaign' is not the same as freedom of speech, as even in the most advanced democracies there are limits to freedom of speech or expression.This bunch of crackpots pretended not to know and couldn't care two hoots.

We are the 'Untouchables'. Now you know why some alleged underworld connection in DAP.Remind you of that gangster movie starring Robert De Niro as Al Capone.

Malaysia questions ethnic preferences

By Robin Brant
BBC News, Kuala Lumpur

Najib Razak, March 09
PM Najib Razak wants to win back the support of non-Malays

Malaysia's New Economic Policy is not new, it has been around for almost 40 years.

But in his first 100 days in office, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak has been forced to tackle the government's most controversial policy - one that gives special treatment to the majority Malays.

It was meant to help people like Azban. He is 37, with a wife and two young children. He works in a ticket office at a train station.

I met him as we waited for the lift at the government-built tower block where he lives, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.

The estate is rundown, with water pouring down from a spill higher up.

But it is better than the wooden house he used to live in before he left his village for the capital city.

For decades the NEP has ensured preferential treatment for people like Azban: special access to jobs, housing, education and loans - all because they are Malay.

Malaysia is made up of three main ethnic groups: Malays, Chinese and Indians.

The Malays make up the majority - just. The Chinese and Indians have been in this country for centuries but some Malays still regard them as foreigners.

Patronage politics

The NEP was born out of race riots in 1969.

The aim of the policy was to tackle an imbalance between rich businessmen, mostly Chinese, and the poor, who were mostly Malay.

At the time government figures claimed that Malays controlled less than 3% of the economy.

Ramon Navaratnam was one of the team of government economists who helped draw up the NEP.

"The principle was, have an expanding cake, with more balance and equity provided for Malays or the underprivileged - of all races it was supposed to be."

But he said the noble aims were soon displaced by the politics of patronage.

"Some politicians got smart about it and wanted to allocate special reservations and shares and stocks and contracts to Malays, and very often it went to the wrong Malays, who had no clue about business."

Forty years on the Malays, who are also known as Bumiputra, which means "son of the soil", have grown in economic power.

According to government statistics they control 20% of the economy, but that is still some way off the target of 30%.

Malay students board the bus at Universiti Malaya in Selangor
Malay students are granted preferential access to universities

It may have been an effective political tool but many people, such as Syed Amin from the Malay Chamber of Commerce, see it as a failed project.

"There is no point in saying that we have achieved some measure of success just because we have trained a few Bumis in being professionals" he told me.

He thinks the Malays still need special help.

I think the people of this country realise and understand and agree that the Bumi population of this country needs to be supported."

'Still in development'

Tucked away in an exhibition centre on the top floor of a shopping mall was an event for small and medium sized enterprises.

I got there just as it opened. Some stalls were still setting up.

After a 15-minute walk around I had been pitched security systems, help on setting up a toll free 1-800 number and numerous franchise opportunities.

The event should have been a haven for entrepreneurs, to come to promote their business and to share ideas.

For years in Malaysia entrepreneurship has always been associated with the Chinese. Read more...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Majaps & SLA Seminar: Good Discourses

Hantu Laut

The Prime Minister recently announced 11 goodies and one of which is to expedite birth registration in Sabah and Sarawak.It is good news for Sabahans who failed to register their births either out of ignorance or due to logistic problem especially those in the rural areas where most of the problem lies.It is good news and bad news.

Sabah is a hotbed for illegal immigrants and has been a torn in the flesh for many Sabahans since USNO days when the then Chief Minister Tun Mustapha Harun, with Federal government blessings, allowed his kinsmen from the Southern Philippines to enter Sabah freely as refugees.From a few thousands the number has over the years exploded to a few hundred thousand and increasing.The multiplier effect is mind boggling.They are not refugees in the real sense.Majority are economic refugees seeking employment and a better life away from their impoverished existence back home.

The presence of both Filipino and Indonesia illegal immigrants had become a thorny issue and it wouldn't be wrong to assume there are more of them than us, the real Sabahans.Even more worrying many have, legally or otherwise, obtained Malaysian identity cards giving them illegibility to vote. The table below shows Sabah population growth in comparison to Sarawak.

Population growth in Sabah and Sarawak
between 1970 and 2005

1970 1980 1991 2000 2005
Sabah 648,693 1,1013,003 (56%) 1,808,848 (78%) 2,603,400 (44%) 3,250,000
Sarawak 976,269 1,235,553 (27%) 1,642771 (33%) 2,012,616 (23%) 2,300,000
Number within brackets: rates of increase.

From the table we can see that between 1970 and 2000, the population of Sabah grew by 1,954,707 or 301%, while the figure for Sarawak was 1,036,347 or 106%. In other words, Sabah's population grew at a rate three times faster than Sarawak!

Excuse my language, are Sabahans men better fuckers than our brothers in Sarawak.I'll leave that to you wild imagination.Unfortunately, for whatever reasons, the Federal government has not been very cooperative in solving this problem.

My focus is on the recent seminar organised by Majaps (Council of Justices of the Peace Sabah) and SLA (Sabah Law Association) attended by lawyers,JPs, judges,politicians and the general public.The session was chaired by President of SLA Datuk John Sikayun.Many good things have come out of this seminar on the rules and regulations proposed on the issuance of late registration of birth certificate.

The one that should be seriously considered for implementation is the proposal by Tan Sri Bernard Dompok and Philip Lasimbang and supported by the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjun for applications of late birth registration to be displayed at the kampong, District Office or newspaper. It would be even better if all three can be done to give wider coverage to enable the authority to detect fraudulent applications through objections from the public.Magistrate can only endorse applications when he is fully satisfied with the information provided by witnesses.If I may add the display at the kampong and District Office should be kept for at least thirty days before the application can be heard.

If I may indulge in my personal experience in this unfair or I would say unconstitutional ways the Nati0nal Registration treated Sabahans and Sarawakians in depriving them of their rightful citizenship.Some 30 years ago I employed a Kadazan girl from Penampang to work in my office as a secretary.At the time of interview I sighted her identity card and was surprised it was red in colour.I asked her since she is Kadazan how come she has red I/C which means she is either stateless or a permanent residence status.This is where circumstances and ignorance has deprived the poor girl of her citizenship.According to her she was born in Brunei a few years after Malaysia Day and her father registered her birth in Brunei instead of in Sabah.When she came back to Sabah still as a child the government refused to give her citizenship and gave her the red I/C instead.The ridiculous thing is both her parents are Malaysians and she is not. Dorie worked for my company for five years before leaving for greener pasture.I hope she has secured her citizenship by now.

The Sabah government under Chief Minister Musa Aman should pursue this with the Federal government to fund all related costs including logistic costs of the Mobile Court which was mooted by Chief Judge of Sabah And Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjun.He should be lauded for this brilliant idea and one that can protect us from fraudulent applications by foreigners.

It is also imperative that the JPN should not be allowed to conduct the exercise without participation of the Mobile court and all related costs including advertisement in newspaper and costs incurred by the Mobile Court be paid by the National Registration Department.

A transcription of the seminar appeared in today's Sunday edition of the Daily Express.

More such seminar should be held to gether public views on issues of great concern to Sabahans.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Analysing Kim Quek

Hantu Laut

This is the man who called himself a political analyst.What is he analysing ? His knowledge of the law sucks. A conceited analysis to apple polish the master's balls.A pathetic attempt to cloud the people's mind and poke more fire of discontent.

Now that Nik Aziz is softening and cuddling up to UMNO more intense propaganda to ridicule Najib and his government is in the pipeline from PKR and DAP.

Not only his analysis sucks, he is also armed and dangerous. He says.

"On the second point. Gani’s narrow interpretation of the phrase “for the public welfare” is laughable. When the nation has been so incensed by the heinous injustice of this tragedy that it is almost on the point of revolt, appointing an RCI to probe into this death is not only legally and politically appropriate but the very minimum the government must do if it still wants to retain a remote semblance of rule of law in this country"

"And yet, our attorney general is telling us that making such a move is incompatible with “public welfare.” Then what will constitute “public welfare”? Waiting for violence to erupt in the streets – knowing fully well that public confidence in the existing law enforcement bodies including the courts is already non-existent? Even when an RCI is commissioned to probe into the death, there is no assurance of justice done, judging from the government’s habit of ignoring recommendations of RCIs in recent times; but at least it will calm the highly strung nerves of the nation by showing that the government is finally taking steps in the right direction. And I can’t imagine any decent person will dispute by saying that taking such a course does not fulfil national interests as implied by Gani’s narrow interpretation"

I quote....."the nation has been so incensed by the heinous injustice of this tragedy that it is almost on the point of revolt"

Mr Kim Quek who incensed,incited,inveigled and bamboozled the people.It's people like you.It's people like you who makes all kinds of ill-conceived analysis so that this peaceful nation can degenerate into chaos and anarchy.How did you conclude that injustice has been done by the government when it is sparing no effort to get to the bottom of this tragedy and it hasn't even started.Are you telling me if your brother is a murderer you are guilty by association and should be equally punished?

How could you be impartial in your analysis when you are a hyperactive member of PKR? Who you trying to fool?

Honestly, you need to be analysed first.

Kim Quek full article here.Take it with plenty of salt. I believe he is not competent in law.

Of Holy Men And Parliamentary Brawl

A super Bowl or Super Brawl, Korean style ?

The bandidos of Mexico.

The bloody Indians

The Sri Lankan parlimentary dance.

The Russian mafias

A more civilised country, shouting match only.

Than finally the most civilised country, an intellectual discourse, distinctively crispy and boring.

A Tale Of Two Tuns

From the blog ARTiculations. An interesting read. Bullseye!

A Tale of Two Tuns

If ever there was a wish which I would want to be granted when I grow really old, - this is not to say that I am not already old, it is just that I am not that old, yet - that would be a wish that I could be given the wisdom of knowing when to keep my mouth shut. Because really, people who are pass their "best-before" date could really sound curious and funny, especially when what they are saying now goes against what they have been saying and doing while they were younger.

Amidst all the grief and disbelief caused by the tragic lost of life of an innocent son of Malaysia in the past week, two Tuns were also hogging the headlines over what they said. In a way, these two Tuns had almost connived to provide me - and many others, I believe - with much needed comic relief in times when such relief was really needed.

And so, I should have perhaps thanked both of them but for the fact that their statements were laced with so much irony and insidiousness.

Firstly it was Tun Abdullah. He was apparently conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Democracy by Universiti Utara Malaysia.

It is now of course fashionable within the ruling elite to have the prefix "Dr" somewhere between the array of prefixes preceding their name. Like Tun Tan Seri Datuk Seri Dr Hj So and so. It gives them the comfort of being in possession of something extra. Something which others do not have. Or so they think. Like when they buy a Mercedes, they must buy a Brabus. Things like that. Sorry, I digress.

Anyway, yes, Tun Abdullah was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Democracy by UUM. I would not go into whether or not such conferment was justifiable - because this article would be too long otherwise - but what he said during his acceptance speech was what, in my opinion, precipitated the saying "silence is golden".

Upon being conferred, our newly minted Doctor in Democracy proceeded to the microphone and, in what was believed to be nothing short of an astounding moment, called for the abolishment of the ISA. I really hope he had read his prepared speech before delivering it. And if he had read it, I hope he understood what he was saying. If anything, I hope he was awake while he was doing so.

That call would have, in the normal course of things, been met with jubilant celebrations of orgasmic proportion. However, coming from an ex Premier under whose administration there were 82 arrests; 76 new detention orders and 87 renewal of detention orders under the ISA as at the end of 2007 (figures are from the SUARAM's Human Rights Report 2007), that call was as funny as - if not funnier than - a drunken kangaroo spinning like a top on its tail while shouting "kangaroo boleh!"

Added to that, under his administration, the ISA was abused beyond anything which was thought possible when Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Teresa Kok were arrested for apparently "insulting Muslims and Islam". Raja Petra, as we all know, was later detained at Kamunting before a brave Judge, Justice Dato' Syed Helmi of the Shah Alam High Court, released him (the government's appeal against that release is still pending in the Federal Court).Read more....

Friday, July 24, 2009

Read This:A New Disclosure

Hantu Laut

Is the MACC being flogged for crime that might have been committed by others.These are questions better asked by the police.We should not even in a moment of anger compose anything that's we are unsure of or have no evidence to support.

I wouldn't for a moment thought of such an extraneous subject let alone broach about it.

A possibility far remove from the thunderous storm whipped up by the oppositions against the Najib's government over the death of one Teoh Beng Hock. A death that has become a cause celebre of the opposition Pakatan Rakyat or a probable diversion from the truth, no one knows for sure.

A new blog has sprung up that tells a completely different story, one that will be vehemently denied, not on how Teoh died, but on the probable cause of his death. The blog is here.

Read with caution.

Pakatan supporters already saying the blog was put up by UMNO.Waiting for what Lim Kit Siang has to say.Raja Petra has his say here.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Pakatan's Gesture Politics

Hantu Laut

What is an inquest?

An inquest is a judicial investigation to find out the cause of death especially those that happened under mysterious or suspicious circumstances.In some cases, accidental death can also end up in an inquest to determine the true cause of death.

An inquest is usually presided over by a magistrate who acts as a coroner.If foul play was found than a full enquiry and criminal prosecution may follow.

An inquest, not a Royal Commission, is the first judicial step to find out the cause of death. If criminal act was established than the case can proceed with its prosecution. Alternatively, if the government is not satisfied with the finding of the investigation it can than call for a Royal Commission.

Why are people like Lim Kit Siang and Anwar Ibrahim making senseless objections to what they know very well is the first step to establishing the cause of death.Their attempts at politicising the tragedy is most disgraceful and shows their heartless disrespect for the family of the deceased. This is a time of grief where even the choice of words must be chosen with care.The least said the better it is for the bereaved family.

People like Lim and Anwar probably have never lost their loved ones and do not understand the pain, the agony and the heart breaking moment of losing someone you loved dearly. This heart wrenching experience are only known to those who had the misfortune of losing their loved ones.

Having gone through the ordeal twice in the past thirty years, I feel for the immeasurable pain of members of the family and fiancee of the late Yeoh
Beng Hock and the nonsense that they have to go through every day played out by Pakatan leaders, politicising and publicising the tragedy, to lessen not the sorrows of the family but to serve Pakatan's political agenda.How cruel and selfish can one gets to gain political mileage at the expense of other people's grief.

The government and the Prime Minister himself has taken personal interest in the case to ensure justice will be served.He has done more than what is necessary to ensure no cover up and the truth be told to the family and the public upon completion of all the necessary investigations.

It is most unfortunate that we do not have responsible opposition in this country.At a time like it they should be fraternizing to help the government to get to the bottom of the tragedy and allow full investigation before making all kind of unfounded allegations and politicising the tragedy to incite the people's emotions.

What is gesture politics?

Gesture politics is an action made by a person or organization for political reasons and is intended to attract public attention but has little real effect.

Damned If You Do Damned If You Don't

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I must congratulate the Prime Minister for making the right decision on the Teoh Beng Hock case and as I have suggested earlier to look into the internal workings of the MACC and the Police too.

The opposition must have been caught by surprise as they have secretly wished Najib would not agree to the formation of a Royal Commission which undoubtedly will make him more unpopular.He did the right thing.Their wish didn't come through.Now, look what they are trying to do.They are raving mad and accused BN of leading Teoh's family up the garden path.Read what that shit-stirrer Lim Kit Siang says here.

His headline screamed:

Teoh Beng Hock’s death – Cabinet decision on Royal Commission of Inquiry falls far short of public expectation, unsatisfactory and unacceptable

Whose expectation Kit Siang, yours and your Pakatan minions or the public ?

Still not happy, shit-stirring, stoking fire and steering the people in the wrong direction.He is venomous and dangerous.This man needs help.

Nice try Mr Lim.You are exothermic and dangerous.Your burning desire to bring UMNO and the BN down is not going to happen.
In your eyes full of hatred anything the BN do can't be right and that the extent of you madness.Damned if you and damned if you don't.

For you to suggest that Tungku Aziz Ibrahim (my ex-form teacher) of DAP be made head of the Commission is absolutely ridiculous.Members of the Commission should come from a mixture of prominent people, ordinary citizens and if necessary some from any of the commonwealth countries.All should not have any political affiliation to any political parties in Malaysia.

Eddy, a regular commentator to this blog has suggested a few names which I think is good.They are:

Royal Professor Ungku Aziz
Emeritus Professor Khoo Kay Kim
Former Judge NH Chan
Former Attorney General Abu Talib

Those are just few names.The government can cast the net wider to find the right people who are neutral and impartial.

What happened at the MACC is what the opposition have always wanted, that the anti-corruption agency be made more independent and given wider powers.This is the result of former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi giving in to demands of the opposition, a new anti-corruption agency with wider powers to arrest, detain, interrogate and bash you up if needs be.Unfortunately, they do it under their own whim and fancy.This is what can happen when power falls into the wrong hand.Badawi must have unknowingly created a monster.

The government should pass a law making it compulsory for the MACC and Police to conduct all interrogations under camera.All interrogations must be video taped and formed as part of the evidence if called for.A law should also be passed to set the maximum length of time a person can be put under interrogation.This is to protect the innocent.The criminal minds and the hardcore will not crumple under extreme torture, it is always the innocent that succumb to such method.

Najib's next job, to reform these two agencies and make them more professionals and respected by society.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Zaid's Racists And Fascists Anomaly

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A beneficiary of the UMNO legacy who had suddenly found his lost conscience and discover high moral values under a new umbrella.Don't kid yourself that this is true.Wait till they become the government.

Zaid Ibrahim, a lawyer by profession and a politician by design, has called on Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to join PKR saying the Tengku is the only one who is not a racist in UMNO, which according to him has become a fascist organisation.Is PKR in desperate need of new leadership? Has Anwar Ibrahim lost his shine that they need to bring in people like Razaleigh to prop up support.

The outcome of Manik Urai could have been the wake up call that spurs Zaid to appeal to Razaleigh.Both Razaleigh and Mahathir have been critical of the government.Maybe, Zaid should also call Mahathir to join PKR.Better still, add more icing to the cake, get Abdullah Badawi to come along too.

The Oxford Dictionary described fascism as extreme right wing political system or attitude which is in favour of strong central government and which does not allow any opposition.

So! Where does UMNO fits into this factor of fascism.Right wing, yes... strong central government, yes...and does not allow opposition, certainly not true.The opposition is now strongest ever for the past 50 years.It is the main ingredient of fascism, absolutely no opposition.

Let's take a look at what right wing entails.

According to Wikipedia right wing is support for preserving traditional or cultural values and customs and maintaining some form of social hierarchy. In modern times right wing also support capitalism and free markets.

Being right wing, therefore, is not as evil as badly painted by Zaid.A strong central government is the dream of every government without which there cannot be law and order and without which any states in the federation can or will try to break away.

Nations with weak central government come under the definition of 'failed state'.Malaysia is not, by any stretch of out imagination, a failed state yet.

Pakistan can be called a failed state because the central government has no control over its territories in the northern region.The North West Frontier provinces are ruled by war lords with their own sets of law.Somalia, is a failed state, true and pure, it has no central government in the true sense.The country is in a complete state of anarchy.

These are countries that started with Western-styled democracy that they have no notion about.They copied their ex-masters blindly but do not have the same commanding attributes to exert influence and control over the people. Just like man cannot live by bread alone government cannot survive on idealism alone and there is nothing wrong with democracy tailored to suit the country's polity.

Singapore, would not have been what it is today if Lee Kuan Yew had listened to the West and adhered to Western type democracy.It is of no doubt that Singapore's success has also been due to Lee Kuan Yew's zero tolerance against corruptions.Not only the streets are clean here, the government, in fact almost the whole system is clinically clean of corruptions.

The opposition is trying to impose an idealistically unrealistic form of democracy and one that I believe they themselves wouldn't be able to put into practice when or if they do form the government.All the sanctimoniousness and portentous remarks are just ploys to inveigle the people. Anwar Ibrahim was part of the so-called fascist regime before and have indulged in same activity.So is the caller Zaid Ibrahim, a recipient of UMNO's benefaction, who had never questioned his conscience before whether his rise to fame and fortune was of his own making.

Razaleigh is in the last leg of his political life and is not likely to sell his soul to the devil and succumb to Zaid's histrionic praises of him.

In praise of Razaleigh, the lawyer turned politician said “He (Razaleigh) will not use the police and or the MACC to bring about the downfall of his political rivals. He will not appoint racists as newspaper editors. His wife will not be offended if her photograph does not appear in the newspapers.”

One would have thought as a lawyer Zaid would have been more careful with choice of words.To lump everyone in UMNO as racists and fascists is a gross overkill.

Mussolini and Hitler must be laughing and kicking in their graves.

Read Tengku Razaleigh's response here.

Breaking News (Unofficial at time of posting)
Cabinet has agreed to Royal Commission on Teoh's case.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Royal Commission It Will Be

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Manik Urai came and gone.

When I wrote about the impossible possibility of the result of the by-election my friend Bernard Khoo of Zorro Unmasked poked fun at my predictions.You can read his condescending article here.

Well, as good as it gets, Manik Urai went the way I predicted.PAS almost fall flat on its face winning only by inches this so-called impregnable fortress which my friend thought was just my wild imagination.Below is a paragraph from the article I wrote.

'UMNO has a good chance of narrowing the majority gap or even wrestle the seat from PAS if they work hard enough.Most of their losses in past by-elections were due to loss of confidence,demoralisation, bad planning and poor strategy'

You can read the full story here.

With only 65 votes difference and over 100 spoiled votes, UMNO took the loss with a bold face.There were no ruckus or fracas, UMNO took it in its stride, accept the loss in a gentlemanly manner.

Flip the coin and imagine it was PAS in UMNO's shoes and with 65 inches between them you can bet your bottom dollar the whole Pakatan mob will descend on Manik Urai and scream for countless recounts.Cheating, vote buying, phantom voters and every word in the hocus-pocus dictionary would be the call of the clarion, Pakatan's standard allegation against the BN government in every elections and if they lose going to the streets is standard procedure.

The politicising of the death of Teoh Beng Hock is another Pakatan ways of demonising the government and the Prime Minister. A Royal Commission will put to rest any speculation on Teoh's death.

I believe the PM will allow and announce the formation of a Royal Commission.It is good for the people, the government, the nation and the Prime Minister himself.

On a lighter mood, why is former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi telling us this? He has plenty of time to do it in his first full term and the right time because he has more than two-thirds majority in Parliament at that time.


Malaysians can watch partial eclipse of the Sun tomorrow 22 July around 9-10 a.m.

Image:Solar eclipse animate (2009-Jul-22).gif

Maximum eclipse
Duration 398 s (6 min 38.8 s)
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 22°27′08″N 090°28′04″E / 22.45222°N 90.46778°E / 22.45222; 90.46778
Max. width of band 258.4 km

On 24 October 1995 I watched a total solar eclipse at a small village called Matunggong at Kudat in Sabah.With a few friends we stayed at a friend's farm overnight to watch the eclipse next day.

Below is a solar eclipse viewer which we used to view the eclipse.

Do not view a solar eclipse with your naked eyes.

There is still no sign of the effect of the proxigean spring tide.Probabaly a lull before a storm.Things might change with tomorrow's eclipse of the sun.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Proxigean Spring Tide And Apollo 40 Years

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During the last 400 years, there have been 39 instances or 'Extreme Proxigean Spring Tides' where the tide-producing severity has been near the theoretical maximum. The last one of these was on March 7 1995 at 22:00 hours Greenwich Time during a lunar Full Moon. There were, in fact cases of extreme tidal flooding recorded during these particular spring tides which occur once every 31 years.

An usually high tide of 20 to 30 percent is expected from today until 23rd July and residents living along the coasts are advised to take precaution.Those with houses on stilts over the sea are being advised to move out for the duration of the highest tide.The high tide coupled with strong wind and high waves would be dangerous for those living close to the shoreline.

Kota Kinabalu and other areas nearby should expect strong wind and high waves pounding its shoreline.

Today, 40 years ago men set foot on the moon.Launched on July 16, 1969, it carried Mission Commander Neil Alden Armstrong ,Command Module Pilot Michael Collins , and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr.

On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to land on the Moon, while Collins orbited above .

Tides are caused by the gravitational interaction between the Earth and the Moon. Tides are the cyclic rising and falling of Earth's ocean surface caused by the tidal forces of the Moon and the Sun acting on the Earth .The relative distance of the Moon from the Earth also affects tide heights. When the Moon is at perigee the range is increased and when it is at apogee the range is reduced.

Oppositions Bankrupt Of Fundamentals Of Politics

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The headline In Malaysian Insider says "Pakatan, reunited by death" .

This is the ultimate grouping of political mismatch that many myopic Malaysians wanted to be their next federal government.A dismal group completely exhausted of better ideas on how to cope with their distrust for each other. They found a rough and ready solution to fix the cracks in the wall.Politicise and capitalise the unfortunate death of a young man to show unity.

Unity, not in minds but in superficial numbers.Irresponsible politicians making incendiary statements on matters they absolutely have no inkling about.Adding fuel to the fire to stoke anger and the sad thing is the youths of this nation fall for their huff and puff.

Take someone whom I consider intelligent and a bright star with a good future in politics but is now becoming another one of the Anwars, uttering what he should have not.In politics people judge you by what you say more than by what you have done.

“Beng Hock is our hero,” “There is no doubt that Beng Hock was murdered,” “Malaysia is not safe anymore,” says Husam Musa just to show unity with his peers no matter how stupid his statement is. Maybe, the police should call him to provide evidence of the murder.

In a democratic system the fundamental role of the opposition is to present itself as a viable alternative to the ruling government.This can be done by presenting an alternative ideological platform or simply show it has greater competence to govern than the present government.

Unfortunately, Pakatan has not been able to show the people they are the better choice except to those blinded by their rhetoric.Their administration of the four states (previously five, lost Perak to BN) under their control is at most mediocre and a big disappointment.They are beset with endless bickering and distrust and spend more time fighting among themselves than running the states.

As opposition at federal level and government in some states they should have in its criticism of the government show it could have done things better by offering cogent reasons for its criticism or by presenting alternative policies.Opposition must exercise circumspection when opposing the government particularly where there are eminent threats to peace and security of the nation.It should therefore not engage in activities that undermine the unity and stability of the nation.

The politicising of Teoh's death, trying to make martyr out of him and blaming the government for his death is sickeningly third world mentality and shows the lack of knowledge of the fundamentals of politics.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

In Need Of Major Overhaul

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It's about time Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak take a serious look inside the workings of both enforcement agencies, the Malaysian Police and the MACC (Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission).

The MACC over zealousness of probing into the conduct of opposition politicians on the flimsiest of complain and keep their eyes shut on corrupt BN leaders is throwing spanner in the works.Najib good work will eventually come to naught if these selective persecutions are allowed to continue.The MACC must be seen to be fair and carry out their work without fear or favour.

As of now they are seen as secret police of the government which goes entirely against the purpose of its formation.People's perception, real or imagine, can make or destroy a government.

Both agencies seriously need major overhaul in mindset

Below is part of Najib's inauguration speech:

"In the coming weeks, I will be consulting with people around our country, as I begin to reshape the leadership and priorities of the Government. I am mindful that we should build on the successes and lessons of the past. It must be a government with new approaches for new times – a government that places a priority on performance, because the people must come first".

"I am aware that the people expect me to do certain things. Please judge me by my actions. My actions will come in due course."

The Prime Minister is trying his best to reach out to the people and he must not let these two agencies spoil his efforts.

Friday, July 17, 2009

An Email From Raja Petra

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I am all for a royal commission to investigate the death of Teo Beng Hock and I hope the Prime Minister would allow it for the good of the nation and for his own good.

In my article " DAP Leaders Playing With Fire" some of my commentators misconstrued that I am defending the MACC, I am not.What I am trying to convey is, DAP leaders should not act in haste that can lead to an ugly situation, let there be thorough investigation first before we start pointing fingers at anyone.

This is a tragedy that should not be left unanswered and a royal commission would be most befitting and fair to the deceased family and also to the government.

Criminal action by the police or MACC should not be construed as one condone by the Prime Minister and the government.Therefore, it is in Najib's interest that he gets to the bottom of this tragedy.If there were foul play than those involved must be punished according to the law.

In a kind of response to my article, I received an email from Raja Petra himself showing concern about the tragic incident and at the same time remind me of the article he wrote some time ago about the MACC which many people, I assume, including me, did not take seriously at that time.

I post Raja Petra's article below.He has also posted the article in his Malaysia Today.

by Raja Petra Kamarudin


The writing was already on the wall very much earlier. Alarm bells were wailing like banshees. But this was largely ignored. It was ignored because it was Malaysia Today that had triggered the alarm bells. Malaysia Today is not the most reliable source. It does not offer the best of information. What Malaysia Today dabbles in are rumours and innuendoes.

When the Anti-Corruption Agency, now called the MACC, kidnapped the family of a police inspector, Malaysia Today raised the alarm. They had kidnapped the wife and child of a police inspector who had investigated a Chinese underworld boss on the instructions of a higher-up with the rank of ASP.

The inspector was just doing what his boss had ordered him to do, and that was to open a file and launch an investigation into the activities of the Chinese prostitution, loan shark, drugs and gambling syndicate. And this resulted in the detention of three syndicate bosses.
What the MACC wanted the police inspector to do was quite simple. They wanted him to change his report so that the three underworld bosses can be freed from detention.

And he would have to do that if he wants to secure the release of his family.

The police inspector refused to do that. Instead, he made a police report. And so did his wife. But nothing was done about the matter. The MACC officers were not arrested and dragged to court on kidnapping charges.

The MACC then leaked information to the media that they are investigating a very senior police officer, the Director of the CCD, for the crime of not declaring RM27 million worth of assets. The fact that MACC investigations come under the Official Secrets Act was not a hindrance. After all, the OSA is only used against opposition supporters and not against those who serve those who walk in the corridors of power.

Nevertheless, the Director of the CCD was finally not charged for not declaring RM27 million in assets. He was charged for using police property for his personal reasons, something that all government officers, ministers and politicians do blatantly every day of the week. But his real crime is that he detained several Chinese underworld bosses who control the prostitution, loan shark, drugs and gambling business all over Malaysia.

Then they arrested the lawyer who acted for the CCD Director. The MACC officers came to his office on the eve of Hari Raya and handcuffed him after roughing him up like one would do to an armed bank robber. To ensure that the lawyer suffered the greatest embarrassment this Hollywood-style arrest was done in full view of the entire office.

Malaysia Today wrote about all this. Malaysia Today not only wrote about all this but Malaysia Today repeated the stories again and again to make sure no one would say they somehow missed the story. But still nothing was done. No one denied the story. More importantly, no one did anything about what Malaysia Today revealed.

The MACC has been a tool of those who walk in the corridors of power for a long, long time. Officially, Barisan Nasional has 14 component members with Umno as the lead partner. Unofficially, Barisan Nasional has seventeen component members. The Election Commission is the fifteenth component member of Barisan Nasional, the Malaysian police the sixteenth, and the MACC the seventeenth. They all serve the interests of Umno and the Prime Minister.

The writing was already on the wall very much earlier. Alarm bells were wailing like banshees. But this was largely ignored. It was ignored because it was Malaysia Today that had triggered the alarm bells. Malaysia Today is not the most reliable source. It does not offer the best of information. What Malaysia Today dabbles in are rumours and innuendoes.

“Where is the smoking gun?” they ask. “Show me the body!” they demand. No gun, no body, then no crime has been committed.

Well, today, there is a body. It is the body of a most unfortunate Chinese opposition member who was arrested and tortured by the MACC officers. Yes, he was tortured. And he was tortured because the MACC wanted him to talk.

But he could not talk. He could not talk because there was nothing to talk about. The MACC wanted him to finger his comrades in the opposition. They wanted him to implicate his friends in the opposition for various crimes that the MACC alleges had been committed by those in the opposition.

He tried to explain that he is not being stubborn. He tried to explain that no crime had been committed. He tried to explain that he could not possibly implicate his comrades in the opposition for various crimes if these crimes are merely a figment of the MACC’s imagination.

So they continued to torture him. And he could no longer stand the torture. After all, he is not the macho type of man. He is but a gentle man who only wanted to get married this weekend. That was all that he wanted.

They threatened to kill him if he refuses to talk. With tears running down his cheeks he begged for mercy and pleaded with them not to harm him. They threatened to throw him off the top floor if he refuses to talk. Sobbing like a baby he went down on his knees and begged for his life.

They dragged him across the room and opened the window. Then something went terribly wrong. It was supposed to be just a threat. They just wanted to put fear in him. They did not really want to throw him off the top floor. They just wanted him to see what the ground floor looks like from the top floor.

The unfortunate young man panicked. He went ballistic when he saw the distance he would have to travel before hitting the ground floor. He struggled. They could not hold onto him. Gravity took over and the life of this young man was prematurely snuffed out.

The MACC then announced that they had released him the night before. They failed to announce that they had not released him from custody but released him from this world. Then they suddenly found his body the day after. He jumped. He committed suicide. He took his own life. He was never tortured. He was not dragged to the window with the threat that they would teach him how to fly.

This has been going on for far too long. The MACC acts like God. They kidnap families and torture those they arrest. They threaten those they interrogate with death if they refuse to talk.

And now one young man has really died. But no one will be punished. No one will be punished because they will say the young man took his own life. Why he took his own life no one knows. He was never tortured. He was never threatened with death. He was not made to look how far down the ground floor is. He was not accidentally dropped when he panicked and struggled and they could not get a good grip on him.

That is what they will be telling you and me later today.

This message sent to by

All opinion expressed above belong solely to Raja Petra.

I always believe in giving people the benefit of the doubt and you are innocent until proven guilty.So is the MACC, they are innocent until proven guilty.

In this respect I would like to thank Raja Petra for his concern and would urge the government to act fairly and justly.....appoint a royal commission to clear its name and let the family of the deceased know the truth so they can be at peace knowing what actually happened.

DAP Leaders Playing With Fire

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Pakatan leaders are most reckless and acted irresponsibly when confronted with a problem.Their first reaction is to simply lay blame on BN leaders to gain political mileage with the people.Making incendiary statement to rile up the people is totally irresponsible and dangerous.Below is the crowd's reaction after listening to provocative statements made by various DAP leaders on the death of Teo Beng Hock, political secretary to DAP assemblyman Ean Yong Hian.

"A crowd of 500 people had gathered at the scene for a candlelight vigil in his memory, which soon grew into a protest with angry chants of “Najib pembunuh, BNzalim, BN jahanam” (murderer Najib, cruel BN, go to hell, BN)and “Reformasi!”

In this kind of situation everyone should keep a cool head and let thorough investigation be carried out first before making any conclusion.I do agree the MACC may be indirectly responsible for detaining and interrogating him beyond the normal hours but I see no plausible explanation for the MACC to be made responsible for his dead.

If foul play is suspected than DAP may have to look inside its own nest instead of pointing finger at the MACC.Who would want him dead? Certainly, not the MACC. As a witness he is better alive than dead.Maybe, Wee Choo Keong wasn't lying about the underworld connection of some lawmakers.

If foul play is suspected and as in any criminal investigation the first suspect would be those link to the crime under investigation.The police must not leave any stone unturned, they must investigate the case from all angles to be fair to the deceased family, the government and the Prime Minister.

Even if there was no foul play, to be fair to MACC and the government, the police should still investigate whether it was suicide or unfortunate accident.

My advice to Pakatan leaders, don't politicise something that can get dangerously out of hand.What you conveying to the public is malicious, unfounded and dangerous.

My deepest condolence to the family of Teo Beng Hock.May his soul rest in peace.

Breaking News:
The Marrriott and Ritz Carlton in Jakarta bombed.Death and destruction.

Police stand guard in front of the damaged Ritz-Carlton hotel ...

In this image taken from a footage shot by METRO TV and distributed ...

Terrorist's attack, suicide bomber, 6 deaths and 18 injured so far.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Khairy Jamaluddin's Un-Islamic Al-Islam

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They say ignorance is bliss.Is this a mixture of ignorance, stupidity and religious bigotry.I hope the police arrest those involved and deal with them severely.What they have done is dangerous and can cause religious upheaval for spreading falsehood.The government should take a serious view of this case and not be seen as taking it lightly and the magazine should be reprimanded or given a show cause.All right thinking Muslims should condemn this sort of behaviour.While we respect our own religion, we should also respect other religions.

These ignorant narrow-minded bigots either pretended not to know or are truly ignorant and stupid not to know that there are many East Malaysians who look Malays but of the Christian faith and some even have Muslim names but are Christians and sermons in churches in Sabah and Sarawak are usually conducted in Bahasa Melayu for those who can't speak English.

I will not write anymore on the subject as Khairy Jamaluddin has said enough in his article below.

Un-Islamic Al-Islam?
The actions of a journalist from Al-Islam magazine
of going undercover to two Catholic Churches
during Sunday mass, consuming and spitting
the Holy Communion wafer - what Catholics
believe to be the flesh of Christ himself - out of
his mouth before photographing it, can only be
described as appalling and offensive. As Leader
of Barisan Nasional and UMNO Youth and as a
Muslim, I have no reservations whatsoever in
condemning this instance of unethical j
ournalism, grounded in both disrespect and

Needless to say, these actions are contrary to the goal
of an empathetic society that I have been promoting
as a way for Malaysians to progress as a people
from diverse backgrounds. Empathy requires
sound appreciation of one another's unique
cultures and sensitivities - it calls for us to
consider the perspectives of others before acting
in ways that may affect them.

It also violates the Islamic injuction for empathy,
plurality and respect, something made clear in
the Holy Quran Surah Al-Hujarat, verse 13:
"O Mankind! We created you from a single pair
of a male and a female, and made you into
nations and tribes so that you may know one

The Islamic virtues of empathy, respect and
tolerance were obviously absent in both the
journalist and the magazine's editorial
team that sanctioned the publishing of the article
and the methods employed to gather information
over supposed cases of Muslims
converting to Catholicism/Christianity.

Everyone involved in the researching,
writing and publishing this article should have
considered the fact that Muslims already find it
offensive when non-Muslims do not
observe basic courtesies expected when in a
mosque, like taking off shoes and covering
heads. They should further imagine their own
reactions if someone went undercover in
their local mosques, pretend to worship as a
Muslim and made a mockery of congregation
prayer. I suspect Al-Islam failed to consider
the fact that the gravity of their own actions
were similar to this hypothetical situation
where the sanctity of the Muslim place and act
of worship are violated. And this is at the
heart of the problems we face as a
multi-cultural and multi-religious society - people
simply do not stop to think about another
community's legitimate interests and
sensitivities by positioning themselves from
another's perspective before acting.

Here's a joke of being ignorant or being stupid.

A young man goes into a pharmacy and says to the pharmacist,

could you give me condom. I'm going to my girlfriends

for dinner and I
think I may be in with a chance!"

The pharmacist gives him the condom and as the young man is going out;
he returns and says, "Give me another condom because my girlfriend's
sister is very cute too. She always crosses her legs in a provocative
manner when she sees me and I think I might strike it lucky there too.
" The pharmacist gives him a second condom and as the boy is leaving he
turns back and says, "Go on, give me one more condom because my
girlfriend's mum is still pretty cute and when she sees me she always
makes eyes, and since she invited me for dinner, I think she is
expecting me to make a move!

During dinner, the young man is sitting with his girlfriend on his left,
the sister on his right and the mum facing him.
When the dad gets there, the boy lowers his head and starts praying,
"Dear Lord, bless this dinner and Thank you for all you give us."
A minute later the boy is still praying; "Thank you Lord for your

Ten minutes go by and the boy is still praying, keeping his head down.
The others look at each other surprised and his girlfriend is even more
surprised than the others.

She gets close to the boy and says in his ear, "I didn't know you were
so religious." The boy replies, ......

"I didn't know your dad was a pharmacist!"