Thursday, May 31, 2007
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
Alhamdulillah, today marks the launching of my new blog in Malay, KLMUSLIM, after several readers emailed me asking me to share my thoughts with them in Bahasa Melayu, the national language.
I hereby have launched the above blog to fulfill their wishes and will simultaneously blog here in my English blog and over there whenever possible.
Those of you who prefer to communicate in Malay can visit the blog from today.
May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala bless us all with His Mercy and Guidance, Ameen.
Wassalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
" Whoever declares that There is No God but Allah and becomes a Muslim has pledged a covenant with Allah and they aren't allowed to break it!" Period.
This uttering of Belief in Allah, God Almighty is not like making a date with your girl or boyfriend and then calling it off. You don't play play with God. Once you are a Muslim, you stay a Muslim, live as a Muslim and die as one.
There is no backing out of your covenant with Allah. Period. You who want to be Muslims better be a 100% sure of your faith and keep to your covenant with Him or stay out of Islam. You do not fool around with God.
Learn about Islam, your birthright from the authentic sources and do not get played out by those who have ulterior motives and just want to take you for a ride, literally as that idiot did in Singapore recently and the other Malay chap calling himself Rasul Allah!
These kind of devils in human form are always on the prey and will lead you to hell the minute you let your guard down and get duped into their deviant cults and beliefs.
Islam is not to be faulted for the screwup's that vermin like those do. Same goes for the others.
Actions of the demented few do not portray the true character of any creed or belief.
I envisioned that my reaction to the Federal Court of Malaysia's Landmark Judgment against Azalina binti Jailani @ 'Lina Joy' will surely bring forth a deluge of protests from those who were clamoring for her to be the first official murtad @ apostate here in Malaysia and I have not been proved wrong!
Blogger Antares has sent me a comment lambasting my rejoicing over the decision and as he puts it in his own word here as it came..unedited and as it is. Read on and see what kind of emotions this case's judgment has unearthed.
I am sure that many of Islam's enemies out there are feeling disappointed and will rant and rave for nothing about this.
The irony is that these Islamophobics fail to realize that we Muslims have every right to defend and fight for our religion and protect our fellow brothers and sisters as best as we can from falling into the way of the Devil.
Na'uzu billahi min zalik! May Allah Forbid!
Those who come in and comment decently and state your views on an acceptable manner and decorum will be allowed to take part in discussing this matter. Those who just are full of shit can save me the trouble and keep it all to yourselves.
Malaysian Muslims are grateful to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala for this result!
Here is my first 'hatemail'. Let the hate games begin! I am all for Azalina remaining a Muslim!
Please state your religion before commenting if you have any valid grounds to comment here.
ALLAHU AKBAR! ALLAHU AKBAR! ALLAHU AKBAR!
Subhanallah! Alhamdulillah! Wallahu Akbar! La haula wala quwwata illa billah hil aliyyil azhim!
Allah is the Greatest! Most Glorified is He! There is none more powerful than Him, the Most Majestic!
I received great news that the Federal Court has ruled that Azalina binti Jailani remains as a Muslim and her MyKad will remain as it is stating her religion to be so.
Click here to watch Brother Yusri Muhammad, the President of ABIM @ Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia and Chairman of PEMBELA, a coalition of Muslim Associations here in Malaysia speak about the results of the judgment concerning Lina Joy.
This is indeed a glorious day for us Muslims in Malaysia!
I have been praying that the application by her will be dismissed and the status of Islam here in this nation remains supreme and that the Syariah Court will prevail over this blatant attempt by her who has been misled by the Christian missionaries will be now brought to trial before the Syariah Court and judged according to the Syariah Laws now!
MENJ has posted about it too here.
I have been holding my peace about this case all this while because it is a matter that was before the courts and I didn't want to stoke the simmering passions and emotions further for not wanting to create any untoward incidents as a result!
Today, my prayers and all the other millions of Muslims in Malaysia have been answered and the Federal Court has administered justice to this case as it should!
I await the follow up on Azalina binti Jailani by the Mahkamah Syariah @ Syariah Court where as an apostate who has made her status known publicly, she is now guilty of a major sin in Islam.
She must be brought before the Syariah Court and charged with the crime of apostasy!
I want to see what our Syariah Courts are going to rule with? Man made lukewarm excuses of the laws of their own making or according to what the Holy Qur'an and Hadiths of Allah's Messenger, Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam prescribes?
What is it going to be?
As for now, I am so relieved with this decision that if it had been in her favor, will see an eruption of emotions from amongst the concerned Muslims of Malaysia who will not be silent and passive anymore!
Islam and Muslims in Malaysia have been provoked times and times again by those who just do not know how to appreciate the freedom we have right here in this nation and we have been ridiculed, taunted and challenged by those who have a hidden agenda to undermine the supremacy of God's Chosen Faith for all Mankind all these while!
Well, I for one think the time has come to address and eliminate all these destructive venom that threatens to destroy the peace and harmony in our beloved nation by these elements who harbor ill will and anarchy towards us Muslims all these while!
Lina Joy needs to be charged in the Syariah Courts proper according to the Syariah Laws of the Kingdom of Malaysia.
Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala has laid down the laws and rules for us Muslims and as she is a Muslim unless ruled otherwise by the Syariah Courts of this Government of Malaysia, she must be charged as such.
May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala give our leaders the strength and wisdom plus the courage to hold high the banner of Kalimah At Tauheed to reign supreme over this blessed land!
Syabas to the Right Honorable Chief Justice of Malaysia, Tun Dato' Seri Ahmad Fairuz bin Dato' Sheikh Abdul Halim (pictured above) and His Honor Justice Alauddin Mohd Sheriff for ruling in favor of Islam and the Syariah Courts plus the NRD's decision to deny the apostate wannabe her misguided wishes!
May Almighty Allah bless them both and give them their due rewards in the Akhirah! Ameen!
I can understand Justice Richard Malanjun's dissenting views and decision about the case. The missionaries will surely curse him like hell if he agrees with the Chief Justice on this.
Whatever it is, justice has been served and the nation has been spared a tragedy in the making if the judgment had been otherwise!
This day will be remembered forever in the annals of this nation's history as a momentous moment when Islam was put up for trial in the courts of Man.
Alhamdulillah, Islam has prevailed and will always prevail provided the Muslims start taking care of their faith and their fellow Muslims!
Failure to nip deviants and apostasy in the bud gave birth to the likes of 'Lina Joy' who surely today is a victim of the foul plays of the Christian Missionaries and the apathy of the Muslims in her life to help and support her when she was lost and fell prey to the advances of that Indian Catholic.
The apathy of the Muslims in Malaysia and the failure of the relevant authorities running the various Jabatan Agama Islam Negeri's and Persekutuan is the reason why cases like Lina Joy have come into being!
All the religious departments should take a cue from this landmark victory of Islam against this attempt to officially declare her apostasy to be valid and they must buck up and shape up!
It's time to seek and destroy all the enemies of Islam who are waging a covert war against us and masquerading as fighters for 'human rights' and seek to infiltrate and convert as many Malays from Islam into Christianity with their many guises.
It's also time for the Abdullah Ahmad Badawi administration to spring clean the Jabatan Kemajuan Islam from the deadwoods and parasites who have failed to perform their duties as entrusted to them.
No more excuses or just demotions. Sack the incompetent ones and replace the lethargic Heads of Departments who are just idling their times away at the expense of the government's reputation and reformat the entire Islamic Department to be an effective, pro active and efficient force! Abdullah Badawi can do it if he so chooses! May Allah SWT guide him so!
Congratulations to all Muslims in Malaysia and throughout the world for this day! I'm so glad!
Takbir!!! ALLAHU AKBAR! ALLAHU AKBAR! ALLAHU AKBAR! Syukur Alhamdulillah!
Wabillahi taufeek walhidayah. Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Ta'ala Wabarakatuh!
Well, it's finally here. The case that every concerned Muslim and Non Muslim and all 'closet apostates' are waiting for.
Azalina Jailani is going to know for sure about her fate today, whether the Justice System here is going to fulfill her desire to be officially endorsed to be the first ever 'murtad' from Islam here in the Kingdom of Malaysia or penalize her according to the Syariah as she deserves.
Here is the gist of a memorandum handed over by the Defenders of Islam Alliance @ PEMBELA to His Royal Highness, the Yang Dipertuan Agong and their Royal Highnesses, the Malay Sultans and to the Prime Minister, Dato Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi :
- Seek the Consent of His Highness, the Yang di Pertuan Agong and their Royal Highnesses, the Malay Sultans as the Heads of the Islamic Faith according to the Federal Constitution and remain firm and strong in defending the special position of Islam in this nation.
- The Government under the leadership of His Excellency, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi take the necessary steps against the actions of certain parties who are questioning the special position of Islam as enshrined in the Federal Constitution and encouraging deviation of the aqeedah amongst the Muslim Ummah of this nation.
- Parliament amend Article 11 of the Federal Constitution and include clear definitions about the Freedom of Religion amongst the Muslim people in this nation to be in accordance to the the Laws and Decrees of the Syariah. This amendment is to avoid liberal and unfounded interpretations regarding the freedom of religion under Article 11 to the extent of failing to adhere to the requirements of the Islamic Syaria' and the laws of this nation.
- The Federal Government and State Governments that have yet to approve laws to control or stop the propagation of religious indoctrination and beliefs amongst the Muslims of this nation under the Article 11.4 Federal Constitution, to immediately do so. Also calling for the states that already have such laws in place to enforce them to the fullest extent.
- The Federal Government defend the Article 121 (A) that provides exclusive authority to the Syariah Court to judge cases concerning the Islamic Faith as accorded by the Federal Constitution.
- Any conflict about the individual religious status of a Muslim must be referred to the Syariah Courts as the most suitable forum to decide matters concerning the Islamic faith. To fulfill this , the 9th Chapter of the Federal Constitution about the scope of authority of the Syariah Courts must be updated to state clearly that matters concerning the status of an individual Muslim's faith is in the jurisdiction of the Syariah Courts.
- Any attempts to revoke or corrode the special position of Islam in the Constitution and the national legal system must be stopped at once. Any dissatisfactions regarding the practice and implementation of Islamic Laws in this nation must be channeled to the discussion table with the relevant authorities. Confrontations through 'road shows' and confrontations in the courts chambers will only further deteriorate inter faith relations and threaten the social harmony.
- The media, including the main mass media and the alternative media, be firm and fair in handling matters concerning Islam.The actions of certain media who seem to support the views that Malaysia is a secular nation and that Islamic practices are an individual's choice is regretted. These views do not represent the main Islamic perspectives in this nation. The media must be professional and ethical in reporting and making analysis regarding Islam without having their own agendas.
- The Government must take proactive actions in encouraging dialogues and understanding amongst the various faiths. These efforts must be carried out sincerely to create a harmonious establishment of inter-faith relations, not to interfere in or disturb the tenets of faith and the values of any certain faiths.
- Any efforts and actions taken in settling sensitive religious issues in this nation must be in accordance with the principles of the supremacy of the laws and the upholding of the Constitution as well as not create any ill feelings between the various ethnics and faiths.
- We are convinced that these represent the feelings of the majority of the citizens of this nation. Thus these concerns need to be brought forward and referred to in our handling of issues relating to Islam in Malaysia. May we all unite as one in our stand and commitment to be righteous, just and in accordance to the historical background, present realities and future aspirations of our beloved nation. May we be able to achieve our aspirations to establish a blessed and prosperous nation with the Mercy and Forgiveness of Allah.
Chairman of PEMBELA & President of the Islamic Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM)
Well, let's see what takes place this morning at the Justice Complex, Putrajaya.
Those who are interested to be present in this landmark case are requested by PEMBELA to be there by 8.00 am.
PEMBELA advices those attending the judgement day tomorrow for Azalina Jailani @ Lina Joy to exercise decorum and avoid creating any untoward situations or incidents.
May Allah SWT guide the learned judges and inspire them to uphold justice for us all and to save Azalina Jailani from the deviant path she has taken.
This case is going to decide whether Islam is truly respected and observed in this nation or the Islam Hadhari administration of Abdullah Badawi just a fleeting mirage in Malaysia?
Tawakkaltu Allallah hu La ila ha ill lall Lah!
Monday, May 28, 2007
Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Ta'ala Wabarakatuh!
This post is dedicated to the leadership of Parti Islam SeMalaysia @ PAS.
As a Muslim here in Malaysia, naturally I am a supporter of PAS and in my heart will always continue to do so and pray that the leadership of PAS will learn to go about achieving the party's objectives in a practical , humble and moderate way. Insya Allah.
The thing is PAS has been struggling for nearly as long as we have achieved Independence from the British but still fails to understand that to be successful in it's aspirations to rule this nation, it has to gain the support of at least 51% of the Malaysian people.
I am a supporter of PAS all these while but there are some things I just have to get off my chest and share with the PAS leaders as to what I feel is stopping them from succeeding in the polls of this country save for the State of Kelantan Darul Naim, where they have a strong base.
Even then, do not take things for granted for in elections, anything can happen and the results can be quite surprising!
So, do not be lackadaisical in thinking that your rule over Kelantan is guaranteed and unshakable! May you continue progressing over there and expand to the other states as well but there are certain matters which the leadership has to address.
First and foremost is what I believe to be a major downfall of PAS's official mouthpiece @ HARAKAH!
HARAKAH since day one has only come to publish BAD NEWS as it's headlines. Has PAS no other things to share with it's readers except NEGATIVE things all the years since it's coming into being?
People do not like to read insults and accusations the first moment they come across any newspaper or magazine!
By fitrah, we human beings are imbued with the goodness of spirit and only the sick demented few love to look for gossips and pry into the faults and sins of others!!!
Everytime I come across the HARAKAH party newspaper, my heart is disturbed having to read bad news each and everytime . Really!
Does PAS want to be known as the 'Bad News Party'? Is there nothing worth celebrating and cherishing in life except to zoom into the UMNO butts?
Does PAS have no other vocation in life except to be nitpickers and try to look as if they are a hundred percent sinfree and so holy moly?
There are so many things that PAS can share with it's readers and silent supporters whom I know exist in the millions here in our nation but are put off by the insensitive manner by which PAS tries to champion it's cause!
The Malaysian people are not blind nor are they deaf or dumb either. Malaysians consist of all ethnicities and faith.
Most of us want to live in peace and harmony save for the crazy idiots found amongst us. These are the shit stirrers, rooting for trouble and spoiling for a fight! Damn idiots!
Each Malaysian in his or her heart will not deny the goodness that is found in the real teachings of Islam save for those who have yet to learn about it or have been fed the untruths about Islam by it's enemies and further frightened of the kind of Islam that PAS comes to be associated with by the Islamophobic mass media.
PAS needs to come to terms that it's approach all these years is not exactly right and that it needs to put to practice what Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala commands us Muslims as in the Surah An Nahl, Verse 125, Al Qur'an Al Kareem!
It's not that hard really to make some changes in the manner by which PAS wants to reach out to the Malaysian people.
All it needs to do is to really practice what Almighty Allah asks us to do in reaching out to our fellow mankind, irrespective of race or religion, and social status.
Having relocated to Jalan Raja Laut, in the midst of the 'sin city' in Central Kuala Lumpur and in a brand new building showing it's willingness to make changes and carry out it's operations from the infamous area of KL, shows that there is still room for the PAS leadership to make inroads into the people's hearts and minds.
Syabas! My heartiest congratulations to all those who made it possible. Now, all you have to do is to carry out what Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala Himself commands us to do.
Try changing your approach to the people by changing how you publish the HARAKAH newspaper and see the people coming closer to you.
Order all those firebrands who so love to instigate and castigate others especially against the UMNO folks to change their tone and tune and see for yourself how by being true Da'ee's, PAS can still be relevant to the future of Islam in this blessed nation, that is the home to so many multi ethnic, multi faithed Malaysians.
I can only say that if the PAS leadership take this advice to heart and make the necessary changes in their party's policies, success will only be part of the rewards that Ar Rahman will shower you with in the future! Insya Allah!
Wabillahi Taufeek Walhidayah. Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Ta'ala Wabarakatuh!
What a shocker! What hell kind of an irresponsible act is this?
This is a serious lack of responsibility by the government in not practicing what they preach or demand the CF to be approved of any other building projects before they allow occupation or usage especially when it concerns the private sectors.
You must do as I say and not do as I do, eh? Tch...tch..tch..tch! Damn! The public are screwed!
Does the government not give a damn about the safety of the million over civil servants spending their working hours in such uncertified to be fit for occupation public buildings?
No wonder, we are seeing so many mishaps taking place in the public buildings such as in Putrajaya, the Justice Complex at Jalan Duta, schools, hospitals, clinics, dormitories, etcetera!
What kind of bloody nonsense is this?
How can the PWD @ JKR let things deteriorate to such an extent and do nothing to rectify this gross acts of negligence on their part?
Of all the things that is going wrong with this government, this must truly be amongst the worst!
The safety of the public visiting such places and the civil servants working in the buildings is severely being compromised and innocent people being put in danger by such waiving away of the need to have such important public buildings not being certified by the authorities themselves to be fit for occupation!
All I can say is that the public must be warned that they are entering all those buildings at their own risk!
This must surely be one heck of a stupid policy irresponsibly being done by the BN government!
Does Samy Vellu want to say that it is God's fault that the CF's are not required when any of the government buildings collapse in the future?
Is Abdullah Badawi gonna lose any sleep over this? (Pun intended)
Here's the report from the Sun :-
CF not required
by Llew-Ann Phang and Giam Say Khoon
PETALING JAYA (May 28, 2007): There is no legal requirement for government buildings to have a certificate of fitness (CF) before they are occupied and the onus is on the Works Ministry's Public Works Department (PWD) to ensure the buildings are safe and meet specifications.
Even so, Kuala Lumpur City Hall mayor Datuk Ab Hakim Borhan said, it would be ideal and safer for all buildings, including those belonging to the government, to obtain a CF.
"Some government offices have CF and some have none but this is usually the PWD's decision," he said when contacted yesterday.
A Malay daily had, on Saturday, quoted Ab Hakim as saying City Hall had not received any CF application for the Jalan Duta court complex and that there were many government buildings without such certification.
Asked to comment on the CF issue, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said: "In principle and to my understanding, if the buildings belong to the federal government, their designs come under the responsibility of PWD or other government agencies, and they can practise professional self-certification as the government engineers and architects are qualified to do so.
"In Kuala Lumpur, these buildings need to obtain a development order (before they can be built). After that, they can be self-certified (by the government's engineers) who will then inform City Hall."
Ong said he had yet to receive any official report from the local authority on the court complex as it came under the jurisdiction of City Hall, which was under the Federal Territories Ministry.
Persatuan Arkitek Malaysia president Dr Tan Loke Mun said: "The law is silent on requiring a government building to obtain a CF and it would usually be vetted by the PWD architects themselves."
He said the development of government buildings was usually undertaken by PWD, which only needed to obtain a planning approval from the local authority as the project would involve the development site's surroundings.
On April 17, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu handed over the RM270 million court complex -- the second largest in the world -- to Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim. Samy Vellu noted that the building was completed ahead of schedule.
On April 18, a crack was seen on a wall and at the end of the month, a portion of the ceiling collapsed in the room of a secretary to a civil court judge.
On May 8, the air-conditioning system broke down during a trial.
Last Wednesday, a pipe burst in the cafeteria and the problem was traced to the use of a sub-standard end-cap in the piping.
Two defective buildings in Putrajaya also made headlines: on April 11, the Immigration Department saw a massive leak which caused operations to be suspended, and on April 28, a portion of the ceiling collapsed at the Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative Ministry's multi-purpose hall on April 28, also because of a leak.
Be prepared to have the ceilings collapse on you when you are in any 'Jabatan Kerajaan'!...or bursting pipes ..or sewage spewings! It could just happen...from the way things are going!
Have you noticed the way our nation's pavements and roadside curbs tend to break off easily and easily crushed by a vehicle's tyres accidentally hitting them or they simply crumble to pieces over a very short period of time?
What do you think is the reason?
I for one will say that the reason is none other than that these scoundrels simply short change the government or local authorities by mixing very little amount of cement when they prepare their concrete on the spot by engaging the foreign workers who do as they are told.
Why do you think buildings left by the Colonial British Masters withstood the test of time and are still around except those that have disappeared into the annals of time due to demolition by the idiots who don't know the value of preserving such old monumental treasures!
The low quality of work done by these irresponsible and guilty of criminal negligent contractors puts our nation to shame and also they endanger the public by their acts.
The Public Works Ministry almost always lays the blame on God for all the travesties that take place as a result of such shoddy, low quality, inferior workmanship.
I believe that the main reason for all these happening is the lack of proper responsible monitoring by those who are appointed to look into the standards of such public infrastructure projects.
There has been a serious breach of trust committed by the collaborating officials appointed and trusted by the ministry to oversee the various projects now crashing down on to the unsuspecting occupants of public buildings such as the ones we now hear so very often in the news reports!
Those officials who have been appointed are to be held responsible if they do not ensure that certain high standards and safety requirements are adhered to and the projects carried out must not compromise in the required standards of workmanship, for life's can be lost as a result if they fail to stick to the proper measures.
This government lacks serious backbone to see to it that the guilty are made to pay for it!
Instead of corrective action to right the wrongs, we see gross lack of responsibility on the part of the very persons whom the government and the public trusts!
The authorities should either sack the incompetent officials or even the bloody minister for failing in his capacity to ensure that the contractors responsible for such shoddy workmanship are either hauled before the courts and fined as much as the law permits and ordered to redo whatever damage has been done to the exact standards of whatever projects they have been given!
When you compromise on standards, these is what you get! Lousy low class shoddy workmanship! And we have the audacity to proclaim to the world that 'Malaysia Boleh!'
Yes...we surely 'Boleh Lingkup' if we allow such criminals to get away with it!
Abdullah Badawi needs to kick ass and not just spew his raspy rhetoric before the buildings come crashing down on Malaysians heads!
It's now or never! Spring clean the Works Ministry and take action on all the corrupt officials!
If the government fails to act now, it just goes to show that there is a very serious discrepancy taking place in the running of the ministries concerned and many are involved!
Don't just talk as if we are so perfect, prove it by taking action! We the public are in danger!
Or are you waiting for life's to be lost before you get off that cushy seat and do your duty?
Sunday, May 27, 2007
A friend forwarded an email to my spouse who in turn forwarded it to me reminiscing about the days and years gone by where life as we knew it was much more practical, easier , cheaper costs of living and kids had fun in the truest sense of the word.
The context of the email reopened a flood of memories in me and I have decided to share them here with you.
TO ALL THE THOSE WHO WERE BORN IN THE 50's and 60's / early '70s.....
First, the majority of those born in the 50's,60's and 70's survived with mothers who had no maids. They cooked /cleaned while taking care of us at the same time.
I was raised by my 3 sisters as my mom left me when I was 2 and remarried leaving me to the care of my 3 elder sisters. May Allah SWT bless them all.
I cherish the moments I spent with my friends in my kampong, Jalan Kota Giam, East Jelutong, Penang and will always remember with fondness all the times I enjoyed with my friends, Wan Ali, Arwah @ the late Che Mat Sabor, his younger Brother Nordin, Abu, his younger brother Ali Fatah, Iqbal, Samsudin, Baharudin, Kamarudin, all brothers, and many others who must be in their early and late 40's now.
Photo above shows Wan Ali with his family which he just emailed to me.
Wan Ali and myself were best buddies and we spent a lot of time at the sea front of our village. I made a raft out of a drifted wooden pallet and stuffed all the polyfoam and styrofoam I collected which had drifted from the sea to my kampong's seashore. I nailed in all the foams in the raft's sides with scraps of plywood and planks collected from the nearby Lean Seng Shipyard.
When the tide came in, I would push my raft out to sea and slowly float out to sea.
Two bricks tied up and attached to a long nylon rope was my anchor and I fashioned two oars from planks salvaged from the shipyard.
Ali and myself enjoyed going out to sea and we caught many fish like gelama, ikan belanak, semilang, stuka @ small stingrays, ikan gerut gerut, ikan penyulung, ikan ketang,etc. We caught belanak with our 'jala tebar' @ throw nets. Ali would cast the nets while I kept the raft steady from toppling over!
At times, he would borrow his uncle's sampan and we would go fishing into deeper waters with Pak Pin , a kampong friend. We used to also fish at a mid sea platform. Really great to have done all that.
Sometimes, we would go fishing in the night there and everything would be pitch dark save for the hurricane lamp we had and we caught better quality of fish there.
We would drink hot plain coffee which we brought with us in Thermos flasks and we ate Cream Crackers or the 'roti mayat' @ an oval shaped biscuit brought by the kati or kilo from the Chinese sundry shops. Best memories of having the sea breeze caress our faces as we felt the fish snapping at our lines. Can't forget that!
Another great fishing spot was the Ferry Terminal. Groupers and catfish were found in large numbers there and I always brought home a netful of such fish. Only thing was having to slip past the PPC staff. Hehehehehe...
Back in the kampong, we would indulge in Gula Tarik', candy floss @ 'Gula Kapas' , F & N fizzy drinks, 'Ais Kacang' @ shaved ice with syrups, 'Ice Cream Malaysia' @ frozen syrup in plastic tubes (popsicles) and all kinds of sweet stuffs. We also ate 'Sagon' @ a mixture of fried shredded coconut mixed with cane sugar and prepared dry. The mixture was sold in paper cones.
I remember another favorite delicacy that we enjoyed back then, 'Gula Katok' @ a hard caramel sweet confectionary sold by the Chinese man who would carry the sweet which was prepared in a 'dulang' @ round dish which he balanced on his head and carried a stand which he would fold up and carry on his shoulder.
When we kids gathered around him to buy a chip or two from him which he sold for 5 cents or 10 cents, he would chip away at the hardened caramel hence the saying of 'Gula Katok' which meant 'Hammered Sweet'.
Another form of sweet sold by another Chinese confectionery seller was the 'Gula Gulung' or 'Rolled Sweet'. This was a gooey molasses kind of sweet which was sold by the Chinese guy using two coconut leaf sticks and rolled and rolled by him till it formed sort of like a lollipop. Costs about 10 cents a stick. we just sucked on it and smiled broadly grinning from ear to ear as we enjoyed ourselves!
Funny thing was , back then, diabetes was rare. Salt added to Pepsi or Coke was often the remedy for fever.
We would also wet a leaf and stick it to our foreheads to bring the fever down and most times , it did ! Mothers would also stick a wet piece of paper and stick it to the forehead of their babies to stop the hiccups! Remember that?
For small cuts , we would just bandage the wound with the coffee powder and it would heal nicely in a few days time.
I should know for I once sliced off the tip of my forefinger while chopping wood and did just that. Today, the finger bears testimony to the efficiency of the coffee powder first aid treatment.
When it rained, me and my friends would go play in the rain and stand underneath the pouring deluge from the various gutters of the kampong houses! We didn't catch colds back then and we were tough guys. We didn't fall sick easily and we played outside throughout the days when we weren't in school.
During breaks in school, we would play our hearts out and became healthy, in both body and soul. Nobody cared about each other's race, religion or social status. We simply loved each other and became true friends to this day.
We have aged no doubt but in our hearts, we remain as kids and if we were to get to meet again, all those memories will flood back and we would laugh and smile at each other's recollection of those carefree days of our life!
Back then, we used to make paper boats and sampans and let them float along the raging streams and drains out to the sea. We would follow our paper boats all the way while being soaked in the pouring rain and frolic as we pleased!
We also made boats out of the coconut palm stalks, which we just collected from the trees growing all around us. I have drawn a sketch here showing what I mean. As they say, a picture is worth more than a thousand words. See for yourself.
We would push the boats with the remaining stalk of the coconut leaf all along the kampong roads and passageways. All that pushing and running along made us strong and we had muscular legs and feet.
Think of the rewards of being poor! Hahahahahaha! Rich kids get sick by not being able to run and sweat!!! Not that I am asking you to be poor. Just trying to see the plus points of my being poor. Hehehehehe.
Nowadays, the slightest drizzle would see an onslaught of cold and influenza, meriting a visit to the clinics and hospitals. How come people nowadays get sick so easily?
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention all the knee guards and extra protection you see being worn by cyclists nowadays.
As children, many would ride with their parents on bicycles/ motorcycles for 2 or 3. Richer ones rode in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a private taxi was a special treat.
As a poor kampong kid, it felt luxurious to be able to ride in the taxi and not have to suffer the hot, cramped buses which had no air condition back then.
Even the taxi's weren't air conditioned but the taxi had those two turnable window side panes which caught the air and channeled it into the cab and circulating the air within. Still remember?
Accidents were rare back then and people were not in a rush to reach their destinations. Traffic jams wasn't a norm back then as not many people owned cars and most rode in buses or trams.
Owning a bicycle was already considered being rich. I didn't own a bicycle until I finished my schooling and started working as a money changer's assistant. Bought my first bicycle with my first salary of RM300.00 which was quite a big amount to me that time.
I think life back then was so much better when everyone took it easy and were more relaxed.
We drank water from the tap and NOT from a bottle. I developed my paunch from my schooldays where I would gulp fresh tap water from the gardener's tap. The water in Penang came from the Waterfall Gardens and was very sweet and refreshing.
Now, people get murky water from their taps as a result of all the pollution that has taken place in the land and the rivers have turned into open sewers. Yechhh! No wonder, people need to go buy their drinking water from the shops and supermarkets nowadays.
The cause of this problem is because people nowadays don't care about preserving the rivers and streams of this nation. They just throw all kinds of rubbish into the rivers thinking 'Out of sight ; out of mind'.
What bloody idiots we have amongst us who are not only stupid but bloody egoists who wouldn't want to listen to good advice!
Our local authorities and 'enforcement personnel' are a corrupt useless lazy apathetic bunch of morons, who do not do their duty to the nation as they swore to do when they were appointed to their jobs!
They did their 'Ikrar Sumpah Setia' with a hypocritical heart and didn't really mean it when they uttered their oaths to uphold the laws of the various local authorities! Things were much better during the British colonial days because the Brits were a tad more disciplined and paid a lot of attention to such matters.
The people of this nation have over the years deteriorated into being litterbugs and wouldn't bat an eyelid to throw anything onto the streets or drains and rivers that are before them.
I am sure many of you have seen the driver or passengers of the car, van, bus or lorry in front of you simply chuck whatever trash they have in their hands and out of the window and onto the road! The major casualty is surely this nation's water resources.
They forget that when too much rubbish gets thrown into the rivers and do not decompose overnight because the presence of all those tonnes of rubbish slowdown the river flow and turn the water toxic and cause the water to become stagnant. The result is polluted rivers turned into severs and nobody gives a damn!!!
When I emailed Karam Singh Walia about the Ulu Yam River being polluted, the man replied asking for HARD EVIDENCE!
I don't know what other evidence I needed to furnish when I had already emailed him a color photo of the rubbish polluting the river. I didn't have a videocam with me to take a full motion picture to back up my complaint so ,it's just another complaint gone to waste!
Malaysians of the future will suffer like hell when things turn out exactly as our famous cartoonist Lat pictured in one of his publications. a land full of smog and pollution.
Back to reminiscing.
We would spend hours on the fields under the bright sunlight flying our kites, without worrying about the UV rays which never seemed to affect us. Kids nowadays are applied with sunblock and lotions by their pampering moms and they turn into weaklings as a result.
We went into the jungles and shrubs to catch spiders without worries of the Aedes mosquitoes.
With a mere 5 pebbles (stones) we would have an endless game of 'Batu Seremban'. Girls would spend hours throwing the stones into the air and catch them as they fall back. This developed a very good sense of balance and dexterity in the girls. It also improved their hand and eye coordination.
With a ball (tennis ball best) we boys would run like crazy for hours playing 'Chabak' or 'Rounders' as it was also called.
We became healthy and strong as a result of all that running and everyone would be all sweaty and flushed pink or as in my case, 'golden brown' with a healthy pumping heart and excellent blood circulation. We didn't take all the multivitamin pills you see kids being fed nowadays and we were healthy naturally.
Kids nowadays waste their time away in the cybercafes, cursing and spewing expletives as they play their noisy cybergames as I had to endure a most uncomfortable episode recently when the internet connection to my home had a problem.
One particular Chinese teenager shouting 'Tiu Na Seng' every one or two minutes drove me nuts and I just turned around and gave the idiot a tongue lashing in Hokkien which promptly shut him up!!!
He was truly shocked to have this uncle looking so 'Or Or' suddenly 'Tiu' him back in Hokkien!!! Everyone else was so relieved and many nodded their heads in approval for my taking the fella to task!!! No more going to the cybercafes for me even if my Streamyx acts up at home!
Back to the past.
We caught guppies @ 'Ikan Peacock' in the drains, streams and canals and when it rained, we swam there. No worrying about whether the river was 'clean or not'. Back then, most of the places were clean.
Not like today. Today, you are just asking for it if you go plunge into the rivers! No telling what dangerous stuff is gonna cause you to become sick once you are in them! A classic case of a river gone dead is the Sungai Pinang back home in Penang. I hope Koh Tsu Koon trips up and falls into that particular river one of these days and gets to gulp a mouthful!
Then....and only then, might we see any affirmative action on his part as the See Emm of the 'Pearl of the Orient' which is now the tarnished, corroded shell of it's former lustrous self!
Back in the 60's and 70's, we shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually worried about such sharing of drinks being unhygenic. We didn't use straws. Everyone just drank from the bottle straight. Age of innocence and free of race or religious consciousness. Malays, Indians, Chinese, Punjabi's all shared whatever we had with us.
We ate salty, very sweet & oily food, candies,bread and real butter and drank very sweet coffee, tea, 'Ais Kachang', Chendol and the likes but we weren't overweight because.....WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, till streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours repairing our old bicycles and wooden scooters out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, multiple channels on cable TV, DVD movies, no surround sound, no phones, no personal computers, no Internet.WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and we still continued the stunts.
We never have birthdays parties till we are 21.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and just yelled for them!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
Yet this generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 40 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the government regulated our lives for our own good. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
Thanks to Suhaya Manap for bringing back the memories. Really cherish them. How about you?
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Fearing the Registrar of Societies threat to deregister the Parti Keadilan Rakyat if he goes ahead and stands for election as the candidate for the post of President in the PKR 4th National Congress now taking place at the Chung Hua High School, Seremban, Negri Sembilan, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has withdrawn himself from the elections.
He remains as the Special Adviser to the PKR.
The other contestant Abdul Rahman Osman, the former Treasurer of the party also withdrew himself from the elections and as a result , the incumbent PKR President, Datin Seri Dr.Wan Azizah retained her position uncontested.
Dr.Syed Husin Ali, was returned unopposed as the PKR Deputy President.
In a sense, the PKR has been saved from further turmoil as a result of cool heads prevailing at this crucial stage of their party facing so many challenges from both within and outside the party especially when the General Elections are just around the corner.
Anwar Ibrahim needs to hold his horses and bide his time till he is totally free to return to actively take part in the nation's politics in April, 2008.
Till then, he can do his part in smoothing out the framework and operations of the multi-ethnic and multi-faithed party that came into being solely for the reason of fighting to free him from prison.
I mean, if he is really sincere in wanting to do something for the people of this nation, I am sure that he doesn't need to be the President of the party just yet. Anwar Ibrahim can work towards carrying out more beneficial charity activities and help the poor and downtrodden of this nation.
Sometimes, people like him who are educated and have a religious background from his ABIM days, forget that to be able to achieve anything when working with people, they first need to capture the hearts and minds of the people before running for whatever positions they so desire.
But then, I remember a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad Salalahu Alaihi Wassallam who forbids the giving of public office to those who ask for it. I will post it later here to add to it's authenticity.
Anwar Ibrahim should take his time now and strengthen his party's operations to really stand up to it's declaring to be the 'Justice Party of the People'.
At the moment I am typing here, I read that the Indians in the PKR are quitting the party one by one headed by Dato' Nallakaruppan, Anwar's longtime friend and who also suffered imprisonment as a result of the actions against Anwar whereby the police raided his home and 'discovered' unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
Well, it really doesn't matter when such folks want to leave. PKR should be a party that practices what it preaches. Members should be free to leave the party and only those who are serious and committed to their struggles should remain.
Do not simply take in any Ahmad, Ah Seng or Samy who desert their places in UMNO, MCA, MIC, GERAKAN and any other of the coalition parties of the ruling BN when they can't get their way or secure projects from their positions and connections there and try to mosey over to the PKR intending to be a 'big fish in a little pond'.
PKR must also set a certain standard in not taking in those who have vested interests or hidden agendas and are just coming in to become 'remora's' and stick to Anwar's butt and try to curry favor with the party leadership in order to further their own personal causes!
When Anwar was incarcerated, many of such types deserted ship and left the party. That's a clear sign of their true colors and exposes their true intentions to the reasons of why they entered the party.
Whatever it is, Anwar faces a monumental task ahead in trying to stage a comeback in his political adventures in Malaysia.
I wrote earlier as to why I think Anwar won't be able to do a 'Nelson Mandela' just yet due to all the restrictions and legal roadblocks being put by the ruling BN in his path back to the top?
As one who was very supportive of him whom I thought to be the best candidate to run this country after Mahathir back then, I still haven't washed off my hands in wishing him all the best in his attempt to be the comeback kid in this nation's political arena after all that he has gone through. I just wish to advice him to watch out for all the potholes and 'booby traps' such as the one the ROS has warned him of in his desire to be the President of the PKR.
I am sure Anwar wouldn't wanna screw up his chances this time around. Be safe than sorry, bro!
This is what I received forwarded in my email. The contents are quite relevant to us!
Read on and take a cue from what a victim suffered losing her car to the ploy she fell for when she noticed a piece of paper stuck to the back of her car's glass panel.
You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside. You start the engine and shift into Reverse.
When you look into the rear view mirror to back out of your parking space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window.
So, you shift into Park, unlock your doors, and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view.
When you reach the back of your car, that is when the car hijacker's) appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They will practically mow you down as they speed off in your car.
And guess what, ladies? I bet your purse is still in the car. So now the car hijacker has your car, your home address, your money, and your keys. Your home and your whole identity is now compromised!
BEWARE OF THIS NEW SCHEME THAT IS NOW BEING USED.
If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, just drive away.
Remove the paper later. And be thankful that you read this e-mail.
I hope you will forward this to friends and family, especially to women.
A purse contains all kinds of personal information and identification documents, and you certainly do NOT want this to fall into the wrong hands. Please keep this going!
Well, I for one will always remove the paper of advertisements before I drive off and I really pray to God that I won't have to suffer such an incident, ever! Ameen Ya Allah!
I hope none of you reading this won't have to either! Better for us to be safe than sorry!
Tell all your friends and loved ones to be aware of this latest tactic of the criminals out there!
Friday, May 25, 2007
Not that the man is suffering any financial hardships or finding it hard to make a living or anything!
It's just that the poor guy is just getting himself mired down from one sticky mess to another due to his 'impatience' to be the CEO of Malaysia.
Yeah, he doesn't 'beat around the bush' about his aspirations. The reality is however that to be the Prime Minister of the Government and Kingdom of Malaysia, one needs to be the President of UMNO!
There is no way in the present political climate and scenario of our nation that the UMNO Supreme Council members or the Delegations of all the UMNO branches are gonna keel over and make room for him who has been banished from it's party to ever stage a comeback ala Nelson Mandela!
Anwar Ibrahim can never return to where he was before in UMNO! It's not only a matter that will be a 'Mission Impossible' ; it's more so a matter of personal integrity!
Anwar Ibrahim has so often declared that he will never return to UMNO!
The Malay saying of 'Kalau sudah berpatah arang, manakan boleh bertaut kembali?' comes to mind. Meaning ' if as a piece of charcoal is broken apart, there is no way it can be joined back to be whole again'.
Malays are known for their holding grudges and vendetta's against their enemies. Declared or kept simmering in their hearts. They may forgive but they surely will never forget!
After Anwar got sacked from his Deputy Premiership, he went around the country sharing his outrage and dissatisfactions against the many 'Brutus' he found amongst the UMNO Supreme Council members and his former mentor turned 'arch enemy' and 'nemesis' -Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad, the PM back then!
Anwar spoke openly about many things that the ones responsible for his ouster from the 2nd highest seat of power in the government were guilty of and laid open some secrets that only he knew.
He was pissed off after being disgraced as no other Malaysian DPM has ever suffered at the hands of Mahathir and his forever kowtowing Cabinet (back then)!
His disclosures made them seethe in anger and the rest is history!
Anwar was the first VVIP Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister who was sacked unceremoniously and bludgeoned blue black by the then Inspector General of the Royal Malaysian Police, stripped naked in the Bukit Aman Police HQ cell, had his image and self respect destroyed systematically by the wily Tun Dr.Mahathir and accused to be a bloody filthy sodomite, not fit for office!
His trial was more like a 'kangaroo court' thingy and after being incarcerated for 6 long years under trumped up charges, the man was finally released from prison after the justice system ruled in favor of his appeal and acquitted him after Mahathir was no longer in power!
In a way, Anwar Ibrahim is indebted to Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for not interfering with the judicial system in his case.
God knows as to whether Anwar is really guilty of all that he had been charged with and accused of but then again, my question is ' Is anyone of us really squeaky clean and free from sin?'
Mahathir remains obstinate to this day about his stand that Anwar is rotten to the core and a sodomite!
Why the hell did he remain quiet about him all those years that he groomed Anwar to be his deputy and second in command? What other proofs does he want to show to prove his allegations? Being who he is , there is no way that he can say he didn't know?
He had tabs on everyone in his Cabinet. He was the ultimate Commander in Chief of Malaysia and his intelligence unit was par excellente!
Is Anwar what Mahathir says he is? We will never know. All we have before us is what the courts have ruled and deemed to be the truth and nothing but the truth.
The reality is ...'truth' can be conjured up to be this and that and fabricated or conjured up to be whatever the 'powers to be' want and we know that anything is possible nowadays especially so when it is concerning power and position in the highest offices of this and any other nation on earth!
So, Anwar got his freedom finally and returned to his family. After spending his time overseas recuperating and had restorative surgery carried out on his spine, the 'Reformist' is now on the verge of being able to take part in the politics of this nation again after serving his sentence.
The problem with Anwar is that he is just too bloody excited and impatient to be back in power and it shows in the manner in which he was so carried out doing a 'jig' in the recent Ijok 'buy election'.
RTM, the main choreographer of the BN's mass media propaganda machine so cleverly exploited that scene of Anwar doing a 'bergencok' to the beat of the Indian drums accompanying his former tennis partner and long time friend Dato Nallakarupan on the election stage and unable to hold his excitement over the supposedly repeat of the PKR's win in Lunas in the last election there, screwed himself by that one moment of over anticipation!
Thus, that clip of him doing the jig was repeatedly broadcast over the prime news slot in RTM's TV effectively destroying any little feelings of sympathy or trust that the people came to have on him to be one whom they could trust again after his episode in prison and having his reputation sullied by the former PM and his 'yes'men.
It's not easy to recover lost trust and Anwar just spoilt his chances to make a comeback into the hearts of the Malaysian 'gullible' public when he lost control of himself over there that night in Ijok!
It's true that the poor man did no major sin in dancing to the rhythm and beat of the Indian drums...but to the ordinary villager being brainwashed repeatedly of the scene showing Anwar 'bergencok' it came across as a sign of arrogance and raising doubts as to whether 'this is the man that they want to support?'.
I am speaking from my heart as I see where Anwar slipped up and destroyed any slim chances that the PKR had in winning that by election.
The chances of the PKR clinching the votes of the people of Ijok was further dealt another 'boo boo' when it's candidate Tan Sri Khalid had a slip of the tongue in asking the people to vote for the Barisan Nasional when he was standing for election as the Opposition's candidate!
Whether it is true that RTM manipulated the videoclip and had it edited to come out like that, the damage was done and the results of that election again saw the PKR's hopes and dreams evaporated and dissipate away into the night.
Do not underestimate the awesome power of multimedia! With today's state of the art advancements in technology, anything can be done to turn the truth into false and false into the 'truth'.
They can turn a 'saint' into a sinner and vice versa!
Now, I hear Anwar is accused of interfering with the way things are taking place in PKR's internal politics and he is said to have denied his friend Nallakaruppan the candidacy in Ijok which he had promised to him in the first place before asking Dato Nalla to relinquish his place and had Tan Sri Khalid nominated to stand for election there where he lost due to all the above stated factors.
Anwar is also accused of interfering in the PKR Youth Elections and his contesting for the party's Presidency against his own wife, the incumbent PKR President, Datin Dr.Wan Azizah, who sacrificed so much for him and against another candidate and old timer in PKR for the seat.
Talk about them being power crazy! Even when Anwar has received more than 120 nominations from the entire PKR divisions ; his wife and incumbent PKR President has received 20 and the other challenger only 10, none of the two challenging him wants to back out and let him be the President of the PKR!
What does that tell us about politics? It's all about power and position. Money, fame and an ego trip!
The husband taking on his wife and the wife still adamant to hold on to her position and not give way to her husband, the very man for whom she fought for all these while and sacrificed so much!
Now, do you wonder why some dinosaurs from Mahathir's Cabinet still clampdown onto their seats of power? It's all about money! Power and position!
We are talking billions and millions of cold hard cash here or is it now just a matter of figures stashed away in offshore and foreign banks?
Samy Vellu asks ' who can do a better job in taking 'care' of the Works Ministry if not him? The man speaks as if he is an immortal! He just lost his younger brother. My condolences.
Anyway, back to Samy.
Does he think that if he was to drop dead today, the nation is going to go under? All the bridges, highways and infrastructure gonna implode the second he kicks the bucket? Humbug!!!
'Qullu nafsin iza iqatul maut'! Every living being will taste Death! None is gonna be here forever save Almighty Allahu Ta'ala.
Same goes for Keng Yaik, Rafidah Aziz, Nik Aziz, Lim Kit Siang and Karpal! All seem to be so bloody reluctant to let go of power or their positions although they are all past their due dates!
RTM today in it's TV News slot had it's news anchor ( the Malay lady in the 'Sharizat Jalil style' tudung ) smear another new insult upon Anwar when the usage of the word 'wahyu' @ 'divine revelation' was uttered by the newscaster attributing it to Anwar's 'meddling' in the powerplay taking place in the PKR!
Really devilish of RTM to stoop to such low levels of character assassinations of the BN's opponents and in which RTM now seems to excel so unabashedly!
Does Anwar have any chance to ever stage a comeback to the seats of power when faced with such dirty rotten tricks of the trade and having to deal with the BN's SEDIA GEMPUR' thug squads further strengthened by their mass media mega propaganda machine under the tutelage of it's Information Minister , a former journalist and staunch Mahathir 'hero worshipper' in the person of Datuk Zainuddin Maidin?
It's impossible! Anwar just can't do what Nelson Mandela did. The circumstances and situations here are just not the same as in South Africa where even after suffering from the injustice of apartheid, the people there still managed to have a change in government and now enjoy a sense of freedom to choose whom they please to lead them in government.
Over here in Bolehland, the only one's who can 'Boleh' seems to be the BN. The Opposition are just too disunited and disorganized, constantly squabbling amongst themselves over issues such as the Bumi, Non Bumi matters, Race and Religion differences and remain as they were since Independence way back in 1957.
In my opinion, Anwar Ibrahim just can't stage a comeback ala Nelson Mandela. Period.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
I hope that the present 'Blog War's ' taking shape in our Malaysian Blogosphere dissipates away into cyberspace and everyone getting so bloody worked up about where the embryonic 'All Blogs' is heading , give it a rest and wait till it's reached it's ultimate station.
Sure, we all worry about being dragged into anyone's political agenda or vested interests and do not want to be turned into a 'pressure group' serving any political party's interests.
Some choose to be silent observers, some like me and Ktemoc raise our concerns in our blogs and express our thoughts so very clearly, taking care not to cause hurt to the feelings of those in the protem committee ; yet get to deliver our message to them straight up.
The reason I am sharing my concerns here is to ensure that those of us actively blogging here in Malaysia will not end up as the ones responsible for the failure of the grouping to come into existence due to such warmongering in cyberspace.
The Malay saying of 'Bagai menarik rambut dari tepung ; rambut usah terputus, tepung usah berselerak' meaning ' As pulling a hair from the flour ; let not the hair break off or the flour get scattered' is referred.
We need to exercise wisdom when discussing something as sensitive as this.
The context of my saying so is asking all those who are commenting about the subject at Susan Loone's posting to exercise commonsense and goodwill when commenting about something that has yet to be finalized.
We are being scrutinized and monitored by the powers that be who are just itching to pull the plug on us (metaphorically speaking) due to our being able to express our thoughts at will online bypassing all the usual censorship that is imposed on the regular print and broadcasting media.
Let's join ranks as a coalition of bloggers yet retain our own individual stand about anything we feel strongly about especially where it concerns our faith, social standings and political leanings.
I am confident that those who value and appreciate what we have now before us will cease to continue nitpicking and griping about the 'All Blogs' agenda or plans and let things settle down first.
As I said earlier, we who are blogging here have a choice. To be or not to be is up to you and me.
For now, all I ask is for us to be united in our hearts and minds to remain free to be able to speak as we see fit about all that we so treasure and cherish.
Viva Malaysian Bloggers. Stay cool and remain committed to our cause. We can do this!
Stay united and let's all close ranks for now. I wish you all the best. Cheers!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
When I watch this videoclip of Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad speak about 'sending signals to the rotten government', I wonder if he realizes that the signal will bounce back to him?
This 'rotten government' that he speaks of is his legacy left to us Malaysians as a result of his 22 long years of cooking up and serving us as the main dish of his premiership.
Who appointed Abdullah Ahmad Badawi? Who anointed Najib Tun Razak and made sure that the Deputy Premiership went to his chosen one instead of Muhyiddin Haji Yassin?
Abdullah Badawi had no choice. Tun Dr.Mahathir saw to it that the chain of command was to be as we have it now.
Only thing Mahathir didn't foresee was that there were certain forces beyond his control that today have brought things to a stage where many of his pet projects came to an early grave and were cancelled by Abdullah Badawi's Cabinet.
Looking at him speaking the way he does in this Malaysiakini interview , brings forth his dissatisfaction at the way Abdullah Badawi has sidestepped him and denying him the access to pull strings anymore as he was so used to all those long 22 years in being the Top Gun in the government.
When he says that the people must use their brain and vote smartly, he forgets that it was him who had been schooling the citizens of Malaysia to be what they are today, programmed to just submit and remain subservient to whoever is in charge of the government of the day.
Tun Dr.Mahathir did not allow anyone to speak up and voice out their opinions freely during his watch and those who did were soon sought out and sent packing to Kamunting.
Such dictatorial commandeering of the people of Malaysia slowly but surely destroyed any sense of willpower in the majority of the Malaysians as a whole and they became afraid.
Only a small number of Malaysians had the courage to oppose him and they were tracked and kept tabs on by the Special Branch, our nation's own Intelligence Team of the Royal Malaysian Police.
Operation Lalang which Mahathir ordered to be carried out saw many of those brave citizens of Malaysia arrested ; consisting of many Opposition leaders, newspaper editors and those deemed to be a danger to the Prime Minister and his government.
Today, when he speaks like this, asking the cuckolded and defanged ordinary citizens of this nation to 'send a signal to the 'rotten government' ; who is he kidding?
The BN Government through the years under him has effectively turned the majority of the Malaysians into a 'couldn't care less society' who fear retribution from the authorities if they were even to go stage a picket or protest against it!People get bashed up by the FRU even if they were to gather by the roadsides brandishing a banner or poster denouncing anything they feel is not right and injust!
Blood has been shed and limbs broken by the truncheons and boots of the FRU just for some folks who tried to 'send just a few signals to the ones in Putrajaya'!
The recent Machap and Ijok 'buy elections' saw the voters threatened and forced to submit to intimidating threats and shows of force by the overbearing BN machinery bulldozing away any minute chances of the people to even affect any change in the political representation in those rural areas ; what more of any urban constituencies throughout the nation in the coming GE?
If the present BN 'rotten government' that Tun Dr.Mahathir has left for us will give no quarter to the people to send any small signal to the powers that be in those two recent 'buy elections', what is he talking about 'using your brain' to vote whom you will?
We all know that the present state of affairs in this country gives no room for dissent or a level ground for a gentlemanly contest 'democratically'.
Results can be rigged and voters can be traced back to their ballot papers and found out as to whom they cast their votes for?
How can I say this?
Well, as being a voter myself and once being one of the 'Ketua Pusat Pengundian' back in Penang, I know that the ballot papers given out are marked and issued according to the electoral roll. I am sure that the ballot papers can be traced back to their casters.
Hence, the notion that Tun is speaking of sending signals to the 'rotten government' that he himself groomed and turned into the menacing behemoth that it is now today, is just a wasted opinion that would not change anything even if he was to broadcast it live to the entire nation.
The damage has already been done, dear Tun. Malaysians simply have lost that 'Semangat Perjuangan' that used to be prevalent during the times of the Tunku and Tun Razak.
'Under Mahathir No Opposition' that UMNO came to be known by has really seeped too deeply into the hearts and minds of the very people whom you are asking to 'vote responsibly' today.
Today, your precious Barisan Nasional threatens to disconnect the Bloggers from cyberspace for daring to ill speak your successors. Who do you think taught them to be so? Is it not you?
Citizens of Malaysia today so wish to engage and take part in the democratic process and forge a better future for all but again, your legacy is simply too well entrenched and formidable that it's comparable to the general Malaysians as being fragile 'cucumbers' trying to make a run against the BN Government 'durians' !
Guess who gets skewered?
So dear Tun, there's not much room for any brave Malaysian to stand up and state his or her mind freely, thanks to you and your legacy of all the draconian ISA, OSA, AUKU, etcetera effectively stifling any attempts at sending any such signals that you ask for today.
Malaysians are where they are today as a result of your brilliant leadership and will remain so for the next century or so unless someone along the years running the country decides to do a drastic turnabout in government policies and get rid of all that you have set up and being carried on by Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his team.
Till that moment comes , if it ever does, here's wishing you a nice day!
Malaysians won't forget what you have made them to be. Really. You have dispensed them the wrong medications during your 22 long years of practice.
Too late to try prescribe them any placebos. They simply can't get it up ; thanks to you! :)