Monday, September 29, 2008

Can We Call For Global Muslim Condemnation & Protest Against Taliban Brutal Killing of A Policewoman in Afghanistan?

I dare say without fear that less than ONE prominent international Muslim organization or Muslims in other parts of the world would step out to openly condemn and protest against Taliban brutal killing of a courageous policewoman in Afghanistan. I would join if there is one in Malaysia!
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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Sept 28, 2008 (AFP) - - Taliban gunmen shot dead the most high-profile female police officer in Afghanistan and wounded her teenaged son as she left home to go to work Sunday, officials and the militia said.
Attackers waiting outside the home of Malalai Kakar, head of the city of Kandahar's department of crimes against women, opened fire on her car as she left, Kandahar government spokesman Zalmay Ayoobi told AFP.
"Today between 7 am and 8 am when she was (in her car) outside her house and going to her job, some gunmen attacked," Ayoobi said.
"Malalai Kakar died in front of her house. Her son was wounded."
A doctor in the city's main hospital said Kakar, in her late 40s, had been shot in the head.
"She died on the spot and her son was badly injured and is in a coma," he said on condition of anonymity.
Her son, aged 15, had been driving Kakar to work, police said. The boy later came out of the coma but was in a serious condition.
A spokesman for the extremist Taliban movement, which targets government officials as part of a growing deadly insurgency, said that the assassins were from his group.
"We killed Malalai Kakar," spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi told AFP. "She was our target, and we successfully eliminated our target."
President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack, saying in a statement that it was an "act of cowardice" by the "enemies of the peace and welfare and reconstruction of Afghanistan."
The European Mission branch in Afghanistan said Kakar had been an "example" in her country and her murder was "particularly abhorrent."
The interior ministry praised her as a "brave hero and loyal to her profession."
Kakar, a mother of six, was regularly profiled in international media and was known for her courage in one of Afghanistan's most conservative provinces.
A captain in the police force and the most senior policewoman in Kandahar, she headed a team of about 10 women police officers and had reportedly received numerous death threats.
Kandahar is the birthplace of the extremist Taliban, who are mounting a growing insurgency that targets government officials.
During their 1996-2001 hold on power, the Taliban stopped women from working outside the home and even leaving home without a male relative and an all-covering burqa.
Kakar was the first woman to enrol in the Kandahar police force after the 2001 ouster of the Taliban and had been involved in investigating crimes against women and children, and conducting house searches.
The head of Kandahar province's women's affairs department was killed in a similar way two years ago.
And in June gunmen shot dead a female police officer in the western province of Herat in what was believed to be the first assassination of a female police officer in the war-torn country.
Bibi Hoor, 26, was on her way home when two armed men on motorbikes opened fire, killing her instantly. It was not clear who killed her or why.
Afghanistan's police force was destroyed by the time the Taliban were removed and is being rebuilt with international assistance. It numbers about 80,000 people, including a few hundred women.
About 750 policemen have been killed in the past six months, mostly in insurgency-linked violence sweeping the country.
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Some noteworthy global Muslim protests:
1. In Feb 1989:
--A mob of thousands of enraged Muslims tried to enter and destroy the American cultural center in Islamabad, Pakistan, because Mr. Rushdie's book was being published in the United States. The attack left five people dead and more than 100 people wounded; three people died in similar disturbances in India.
--Hundred of thousand of protesters gathered together in Tehran Iran chanting slogan to send Rushdie to hell!
--Iranian Spiritual leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urged all Muslims to kill the author, he said: "'The author of the book is against Islam, the Prophet and the Koran, and all those involved in its publication who were aware of its content, are sentenced to death, if someone knows them but is unable to kill them, he should hand them over to the people for punishment.''
--Muslims in Syria, Jordan and other Middle-east countries Muslims who don't understand English and have not read the book also jumped into the bandwagon to protest against the book.
Let's examine the book and the author:
Mr. Rushdie was quoted as saying. ''It is not true this book is a blasphemy against Islam. I doubt very much Khomeini or anyone else in Iran has read the book or anything more than selected extracts taken out of context.''
Mr. Rushdie, was born into a Kashmiri Muslim family in Bombay, he authored a book titled "The Satanic Verses", which begins with a plane crash over the English Channel in which two men survive to be ''born again,'' one with a halo, the other with slowly developing horns and hoofs. It is not clear, despite their appearance, which of them is good and which is evil. They become involved with characters named Alleluia Cone and Mahound, the latter a businessman turned prophet who lives in the imaginary city of Jahilla. Because of Khomeini international "promotion" of destroying the author and the book, I borrowed this book from a friend of mine nearly 14 years ago and read it twice, my conclusion is that the book could be "deemed" offensive to Islam, but I couldn't find any parts of the book "insulting" Islam. Rushdie is a Muslim who used to work for a time in television in Pakistan after graduating from Cambridge University in 1968.
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2. In Feb 2006:
Since the publication of Prophet Mohamed cartoon, Denmark have become the focus of the ire of the Muslim world. Muslim demonstrators around the world have burned Danish flags, Saudi Arabia and Libya have withdrawn their ambassadors to Denmark, and Danish goods are being boycotted across the Middle East. About 28 Muslims died while "violently" protesting against the danish cartoon.
Danish journalist Karsten Kjaer has made a documentary where he travels around the Middle East, interviewing all the muftis and imams who were behind the protests and riots. It turns out - surprise - that none of them had ever seen the cartoon.
I personally saw the cartoon and the man resembles an Indian Shiks.
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I am totally against any publication of books, cartoons or any reading materials which can potentially be deemed as insulting Muslims or Islamic faith! We must ban it because it will surely induce riots and violent protests.
I will appreciate and be deeply grateful to all Muslims around the world if they "violently" protest against the brutal killing of this outstanding and courageous policewoman in Afghanistan. I will surely be one of the "violent" protesters!
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Benjamin Loi
30 September 2008 4:28am
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Article by Raja Petra Kamarudin
Excerpt:
Malays' Attitude on Islam and the Sedition Act
It was interesting to note that 300 or so Malays demonstrated outside the Bar Council office on Saturday to protest a forum on "Conversion to Islam" being organised there.Two days later, on Monday, the Bar Council organised another forum, but this time about the Sedition Act. There were NO noisy Malays screaming and wailing outside the Bar Council office on Monday, acting as if they were possessed by the DEVIL. In fact, there were hardly any Malays even in the hall. Malays were visibly absent from the forum (on the Sedition Act).Malays did NOT care a damn about that Monday’s Sedition Act forum at the Bar Council office.In fact, Malays have NO problems even if there are laws like the Sedition Act, Internal Security Act, and many more such laws. 51% of the Malays voted for the government that upholds such laws. More than three million Malays are members of Umno, the political party that upholds such laws.
Okay, you may argue that:
-Islam is against these laws.
-These laws are un-Islamic.
-Islam forbids injustice, inequality, discrimination, racism, persecution, transgressions and corruption.
-Islam makes it mandatory for all Muslims to oppose injustice, inequality, discrimination, racism, persecution, transgressions and corruption.
-God Himself has decreed that all Muslims must oppose injustice, inequality, discrimination, racism, persecution, transgressions and corruption.

(The Malays) are NOT in the least concerned with what God said or what God has decreed in the Quran.The 51% of the Malays who voted for Umno and the more than three million Malays who are members of Umno, are ONLY concerned that Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has proposed that 10% of places in UITM be given to the Chinese and Indians.(Khalid's proposal) is blasphemy as far as the Malays are concerned. Khalid can articulate to the best of his ability that government aid must be based on eligibility and merit and not based on the colour of one’s skin.Hey, this is NOT what the New Economic Policy is all about! The NEP is a race-based policy and not about helping the poor, oppressed and downtrodden.Sheesh, where has Khalid been all this while? And he claims to have come from the corporate world. You could have fooled me.Try insulting Islam -- even if they only perceive with their very narrow minds that are insulting Islam -- and see what happens. Try defiling the Quran by stepping on it or by flushing it down the toilet and see what happens.There will be 300 screaming and wailing Malays demonstrating on the streets, acting as if they were possessed by the devil.Okay, so these 300 screaming and wailing Malays, acting as if they were possessed by the devil, do not really uphold the spirit of Islam or adhere to the message of the Quran or comply with God’s decree. That is SUBSTANCE. That is NOT what counts.What does (count) is FORM, the impression that one is upholding Islam, even though it is VOID of the spirit of Islam. And that was why not many Malays were interested in Monday’s forum on the Sedition Act at the Bar Council’s office.

Malays and the Muslim Label
-Malays go berserk when you talk about conversions either into or out of Islam.
-Malays are only concerned about getting as many kafirs as possible to convert to Islam while ensuring that no one tries to leave Islam.
-They don’t really care what you believe in or what you do after you become a Muslim.
-What is important is that you wear this label that identifies you as a Muslim.
-Never mind if it is just a label worn externally. Never mind that beneath this label, in your heart, you don’t care a damn about Islam. What is in your HEART is NOT crucial. That label that you wear EXTERNALLY is.

Prophet Muhammad Subjected to similar "Sedition Act"
(About)1,400 or so years ago, Prophet Muhammad too was subjected to the Sedition Act, even though, then, it was not yet called the Sedition Act -- although the spirit of what they tried to do to Prophet Muhammad remains the same.
The powers-that-be tried to silence Prophet Muhammad in an attempt to get him to stop speaking out against the government and against the official religion of Mekah at that time.
They intimidated Prophet Muhammad with insults, abuse and ridicule -- and finally, when they failed to silence him, they tried to bribe him with offers of power and money.
When everything they tried to do to stop Prophet Muhammad from talking failed, they plotted to kill him.
God commanded Prophet Muhammad to leave Mekah and to seek refuge in Medina where he would be free to speak and there would be no Sedition Act to prevent him from speaking.
Prophet Muhammad’s migration from Mekah is called the Hijrah and is very significant in Islam. The migration of Prophet Muhammad to escape the Sedition Act is so important that the first day of Hijrah is the first day of the Islamic calendar -- also called the Hijrah Calendar.

The True Muslims at the Bar Council's Sedition Forum But hardly any Malays who claim that they are true Muslims were at the Bar Council’s forum on Monday to discuss the Sedition Act because there was no screaming and wailing and acting as if one was possessed by the devil.Most of the people who were there were kafirs who demonstrated MORE Islamic qualities than Muslims themselves. And this is because even though these kafirs do not demonstrate the form of Islam, they do, however, possess the spirit of Islam and they do uphold the values of Islam.The true Muslims that Monday at the Bar Council forum were, unfortunately, the kafirs.But they did NOT scream and wail and act like they were possessed by the devil. They were CIVILISED and discussed matters with DECORUM in
the manner that Islam prescribes.

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Khairy, you want to stand up for Palestinians? Please explain how you got 8 million Riggit to buy shares and I challenge you to donate ONLY half of your filthy money to the cause of Palestinians, to prove your sincerity and sympathy for the plight of Palestinians, or else keep your mouth shut! Don't use the Palestinian struggle to gain political mileage. Only brainless Muslims will trust and follow you...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Muslim World, Jews, Palestinians and World Peace

satan is very happy when the descendants of Ibrahim (Abraham) destroying and killing each other...

I know the article I am going to write is highly sensitive and it is unavoidable that certain quarters will accuse me of demeaning the Islamic faith, but I am determined to let my conscience guide me as I use every single word to tell the truth and I believe only the truth will set me and my Muslim friends free.

I came across many blogs and websites condemning Israel and the Jews, this unified global Muslim movement against Zionism is not just a recent phenomenon, it started nearly 60 years ago, the fate of Palestinians has not changed much and we have witnessed the clashes between terrorists group Hamas and Palestinian Authority over the past few years. The Jews and Palestinians problem should be a political issue, unfortunately, religion has conveniently been dragged into into the Israel-Palestine conflict, and nearly all Muslims around the world have been told or taught to support the Palestinian struggle, the demonization of Jews has seemed to become an integral part of Muslim global propaganda.

When we talk about the plight of Palestinians, how many Muslims have ever spared a thought for the hundred of thousand Shiite Muslims who were brutally killed in Iraq during the rule of Saddam Hussein? How many Muslims ever voice out against the corrupt and tyrannical Muslim regimes in Africa, Middle-east and Asia which have adversely brought their countries and people into destruction? How many Muslims in the world are ready to fight for justice and well-being of the Muslims in Nigeria, Sudan, Iran,Iraq,Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Mali and many other Muslim countries where Muslim children are deprived of food, shelter and education. The past Taleban regime in Afghanistan could spend a huge amount of money for weaponry when the children in the country were seriously suffering from starvation and malnutrition. As I mentioned in my other article, my Iranian friend father was forced to fight the Iran-Iraq war and he got killed, his mother had to single-handedly brought him and his brother up and they waited for 7 years to come to Canada as refugees,their family faced systematic intimidation while waiting to leave Iran. Or we just look at our neighbouring country Indonesia, I couldn't believe until I saw it with my own eyes that many children in Indonesia are suffering from malnutrition and many are forced to drop out of primary school because of family financial constraint! Muslims around the world just keep mum on the corruption and atrocities by Muslim regimes in Africa, Middle-east and Asia. But they can easily be provoked by something seemingly innocuous!

As many Jihadists have claimed, the US and Jews, etc are root-cause of the Muslim problems, they don't want to recognize the fact that corruption and poor management of the country are the real problem causing the suffering of Muslims. So it is not uncommon that Muslims around the world chanting anti-US, anti-Israel, anti-Jews slogans on street, but how often have we seen global Muslim protest against forced child labor, human rights abuses, corruption and crime against humanity? When Saddam Hussein launched his "ethnic-cleansing" campaign against the Muslim Kurds in northern Iraq, how many Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and other Muslim countries went on street to burn Saddam Hussein effigy? There was a total 28 Muslims died in various Muslim countries--Pakistan, Nigeria,etc while violently protesting against a Danish cartoon which allegedly insulted a Prophet of Islam. I categorically condemn the drawing of Danish cartoon that's insulted Islamic faith, a cartoon could cost 28 Muslim lives! A cartoon could "draw" few million of protesters around the world...

I mentioned it before in another article that if CNN or BBC documentary producer was to conclude that the Mother of Jesus was not a virgin as it is scientifically and physiologically impossible for Mary to give birth to Jesus without having pre-marital sex, you won't see Christians threatening to kill the documentary producer or staging global Christian demonstration or protest. Christianity has remained unscathed in spite of the annual TV documentaries casting doubt on the virgin birth of Jesus. Watch CNN or BBC documentaries before Christmas season every year...
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Let's come back to the Jews and Palestinians issues:
1.Jews, Palestinians and Arabians are descendants of Ibrahim (Abraham).
2.Therefore,Muslims and the Jews forefathers were from the same place in Arabian Peninsula (as Jews and Muslims acknowledge Adam and Eve are their ancestors, unlike those who believe that their ancestors were monkey or orang hutan).
3.Hence, it is undeniable and indisputable that Israel (the location) is also the homeland for Jews.
3.There are less 14 million Jews in the world (about 0.2% of world population).
4.Israel population stands at 7.2 Million (2008),of which Jews=5.4 million, Arab (including Palestinian)=1.5 million, Other=0.2 million
5.The size of Israel is 20991 sq KM (about the size of Johor)
6.The size of Israel accounts for about 3% of land in the entire Arabian Peninsula.
7.The total Palestinian population worldwide is estimated 10 million people.
8.Roughly half of all Palestinians continue to live in Israel, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.
9.The other half, many of whom are refugees, live elsewhere around the world and comprise what is known as the Palestinian diaspora.
10.Palestinian diaspora in Jordan,Lebanon, Syria,Egypt have not got any better than their counterparts in Israel, most of them are unemployed and left unattended in those countries.
11.Many Palestinians are hoping to seek employment in Israel and Israel had granted considerable number of work permits to Palestinians before year 2000, 125,000 Palestinians working in Israel and the number reflected over 25% of the entire Palestinian workforce.
12.In 2002, Israeli security concerns reduced the number of Palestinian work permits to 7,532, leaving over 110,000 Palestinians unemployed.
13. Since 2002, the number of work permits issued has depended on the political climate and have gone up and down, though never returning to the natural rate of employment before year 2000.
14.For example, in 2004 the Israeli government issued 33,386 work permits to Palestinians employed in Israel, Israeli controlled industrial zones, and the Israeli settlements, but this number has recently dropped again.
15. Many Palestinians work illegally in Israel.
16. If Jews and Palestinians can reconcile and put their differences aside, it is to the benefits of Jews and Palestinians, more Palestinians will be able to gain employment in Israel and Israel can attain higher economic growth, however, would Muslim world want it to happen?

In spite of global Muslim movement screaming and crying to rescue the Palestinians, the Super-rich oil-producing Muslim countries haven't done much to help them, countries like Syria,Lebanon and Jordon are shunning Palestinians when they are in need of help in healthcare, education and employment, etc.
1. There are about 1.5 billion Muslims around the world.
2.There are more Muslims (about 6 Million) than Jews in the US.
3.Jews were almost completely exterminated during the Holocaust in the 30s and 40s.
4.Out of 750 Nobel Prize Winners, about 180 are Jews.
5.China, a country with 1.5 billion population, is dependent on Israel for technology transfer.
5. According to Dr. Mahathir, the Jews rule the world by proxy.
6. Muslims ought to think deeply what's made Jews invincible.
7. It is possible for 1500000000 Muslims around the world who can outperform, outshine and outmanoeuvre 14000000 Jews and rule the world directly without proxy.
8. Instead of confrontation, Muslims around the world should encourage the reconciliation and cooperation between Palestine and Israel.
9. But some Muslim/Islamic countries won't want to see it happen! Countries like Syria, Libya, Lebanon might lose it political direction when Palestinians and Jews embrace one another and Jihadists in other countries may lose their job.
10. Both Jews and Muslims have many similarities and in fact it is much easier for Muslims and Jews to embrace each other culture and custom.
11. What has made Jews strong is education, education, education, and their emphasis on education!
12. The determined pursuit of education,science,technology, business knowledge etc is the only way to enhance one's employability and competitiveness, lack of it has caused some Muslims (especially those who love to wage Holy war on "imaginary" demons) to withdraw from this life and fancy life hereafer.
13. Look at Muslims in Southern Thailand and Philippine, we know what they are up to and religion is merely a camouflage for them to fulfil their personal political ambition and create trouble.
14. When they achieve power, they will use power to torture and suppress more Muslims, Muslims in in Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan and Iraq have suffered enough!
15. Just think why hundred of thousand of Muslims want to flee the countries like Afghanistan,Iran,Sudan,etc?
16. Why they dream of going to the "demonized" countries like US, Australia, Germany,Canada, etc? why?

The problem we face today is that many Muslim leaders in Muslim/Islamic countries have failed to live up the true spirit of Islamic faith, instead of following the commandments of Allah, they allow corruption and personal interests to destroy their countries! They are using Israel, Jews or other trivial issues to divert the attention of the people, so they can cover their weaknesses; they are trained and "specialized" in finding scapegoat and spewing racist remarks! One good example: In 1997, Our former Prime Minister Dr.Mahathir blamed George Soros for financial crisis and accused George Soros of being involved in international conspiracy. Anyway, both of them have since reconciled.

The Jews and Palestinians issue can only be solved if Muslim world is willing to promote peace and reconciliation between the Palestinians and Jews, encourage Palestine and Israel to look beyond current political stalemate and focus on their similarities, bury the hatchet and look for peaceful co-existence; both Jews and Arab Palestinians are direct descendants of Ibrahim (Abraham), you think Ibrahim is happy to see his offspring killing one another in Paradise? Palestinians have been "thrust" into the battlefield by Muslims around the world, Palestinians want peace, security education and employment, NOT war with the Jews! A small group of Palestinians has been foolishly used and provoked by Muslim countries to continue waging war against the Jews, they claim that they are representing all Palestinians so they can justify their acts of terrorism, therefore Palestinians are being placed at the frontier to serve other Muslim countries political agenda, they don't want Palestinians to have peace and be free from the suffering of war with the Jews, they want Palestinians/Palestine to continue its role to "solidify" global Muslims unity, without which, Muslims worldwide will lose a "precious" shared enemy--the Jews and the unity of Muslim countries around the world may start to crumble. There are various ways to help Palestinians, Muslims around the world can build the best schools, colleges, universities and hospitals for them, bring in investments in Gaza Strip and West bank to create employment opportunities, send 500,000 Muslim intellectuals to provide free remedial lessons for Palestinian school children, etc,etc. No matter how hard we "act"- twisting our face wailing and crying out for help for Palestinians,as if we were possessed by the devil, the fate of Palestinians will still remain unchanged. Is Malaysia willing to send 1000 Muslim teachers to Palestine to help the kids there? As a non-Muslim, I am willing to join! Indonesia, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mali,etc, you'd better take good care of yourself first, don't cry for Palestinians when you should cry for your children who are deprived of basic nutrition, shelter and education.satan is very happy when the descendants of Ibrahim killing one another. Don't let satan reign in our land.
Let's pursue peace, forgiveness and reconciliation.

World Peace is not a dream, if Muslims are willing to initiate it...
We have few hundred thousand of Palestinians eagerly longing and waiting for Work Permits to gain employment in Israel, they want to feed their children and provide for their family, please don't mislead or force them into being a martyr!

If I have inadvertently offended Muslims here, I offer my deepest apology that my article has caused a great deal of discomfort to you.
Selamat Hari Raya!
May Allah bless this beautiful land of our country-Malaysia, Amin!
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benjamin loi
29th September 2008- 2:30am
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(this article is written after much soul-searching)
Happy Birthday, Raja Petra Kamarudin, you are one of the few Muslims I deeply respect and hold in highest regard! You're a true Muslim that all Malaysians with a clear conscience are proud of you!

Monday, September 22, 2008

They will still be poor and helpless

Dear Jihadists and Suicide Bombers,
Can you think of some economic solutions instead of bombing and killing people, no matter how many people you've killed, they still remain poor and helpless.
Or you can consider dedicating your entire life to serving the poor,let your good deeds outshine Mother Teresa's!
Don't die for Allah when you can't even live for yourself!

Don't die for Allah when you can't even live for yourself!

Suicide bomber kills 31 in attack on Iraq police station
13 September 2008
SAMARRA, Iraq : A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-filled truck near the police station of the central Iraqi Shiite town of Dujail on Friday, killing at least 31 people, officials said. It was the second attack on Friday targeting the country's majority Shiite community after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in the northern town of Sinjar earlier in the day killing two worshippers. The bomber struck in Dujail, in the Sunni province of Salaheddin north of Baghdad, at around 6:00 pm (1500 GMT) just minutes before people were getting ready to break their daily fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Haider al-Dujaili, the head of the Dujail town council, told AFP that 31 people were slain in the bombing and another 40 wounded.
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  1. My frustration overwhelms me whenever I read about news on ruthless killings of innocent people by suicide bombers!
  2. Most of the suicide bombers are believing that they are the chosen "divine" agents to carry out Allah's intruction to kill and destroy.
  3. They don't accept the fact that Allah is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient, He created the the whole universe in His glory.
  4. Almighty Allah created everything including diamond and gold, therefore He is rich as He possesses everything.
  5. If Allah is rich, He won't promote "the poorer you are, the holier you will be" religious concept.
  6. Allah is pleased and happy to see His people happy, rich, kind, healthy, helpful and spiritual at the same time.
  7. Being poor is not what Allah wants His people to be, because Adam and Eve were not meant to be poor when Allah created them.
  8. Suicide bombers are usually poor and miserable people who can't live a proper and decent life due to the lack of employable skills and knowledge, they are usually simple-minded.
  9. Suicide bombers are people who feel despondent about this life so they fancy life hereafter.
  10. Suicide bombers can't help themselves, their family, community and country out of abject poverty and sordid living conditions, and yet they think they can help Allah. You can't help what you can see, do you think you can help what you can't see??
  11. They are the poor chaps who can't live for themselves and yet they want die for Allah.
  12. Suicide bombers, who do you think you're to represent Allah on earth? Stop insulting Allah with your acts of stupidity!
  13. Allah doesn't need you! He is omnipotent and He can do everything on His own, don't be a busybody!

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Allah wants you to be kind, merciful, hard working, rich, spiritual, healthy, happy and helpful toward the needy and underprivileged.

If you can't help yourself, how can you help others? Let alone help Allah!
You life is too "cheap" to die for the Almighty, so please don't die...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Unbelievers and Hypocrites, Hell is waiting for you!

I voted for PAS for few reasons, I see their sincerity, determination and courage to wipe out corruption in Malaysia! They are the true believers of Islamic faith and not hypocrites like some others. I may not fully agree with PAS political agenda, but their very existence has provided us with another political alternative.
Let's look at what Quran says about unbelievers and hypocrites:
"O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites, and be hard against them; and their abode is hell; and evil is the resort".--Quran 66:009 Set 83, Count 162

Hypocrite: noun [C]: when someone pretends to believe something that they do not really believe or that is the opposite of what they do or say at another time.
Unbeliever: noun [C]: a person who does not believe, doubter, skeptic, an incredulous person.

Who are Hypocrites and Unbelievers among us?
  1. Allah has endowed us with "Human Rights", but Hypocrites and Unbelievers wantonly trample upon human rights.
  2. Allah is against racism, but Hypocrites and Unbelievers perpertuate racism.
  3. Allah is against corruption, but Hypocrites and Unbelievers in Malaysia have blatantly been involved in corruption, and over the last 20 over years more than RM380000000000 (RM380 billion) have been stolen by corrupt officials!
  4. Allah is against injustice, but it is a travesty of justice to see our incompetent, dishonourable and unqualified judges fixed by Hypocrites and Unbelievers!
  5. Allah is against laziness, but Hypocrites and Unbelievers are cultivating a "National" legitimate habit of "waiting to be fed"!
The Quran reminds us of nations who were destroyed because they had rebelled, disobeyed and spread corruption. It also gives us a glimpse of the life in Hereafter of people who do good and who love and obey Alah. In the scheme of divine revelation, the past, present and the future are one continuum.
We know the fate which awaits us for all the sins which we have committed and which we are planing to commit. Remember: "Hell is the abode"!

This Holy month of Ramadan is also a month of Revelation, we must strive hard against Hypocrites and Unbelievers, they have to go...

May the Peace of Allah reign in our beloved country!

22 Sept 2008 3:12am

Saturday, September 20, 2008

If Umno is telling the truth...

I received emails asking me why I hate BN or Umno. I wish to clarify that I hate racism and corruption to the core! Umno is just a political organization, whereas BN is a political coalition. I don't have to hate an organization or its people, but I hate their immoral behaviour and hypocrisy!

Umno, as the backbone of BN, has deepened the racial polarization in our country by misleading the Malay masses into believing that granting the citizenships to Chinese and Indians have resulted in serious and irrevocable consequences for the Malays, therefore, Chinese and Indians must be systematically categorized and addressed as "Pendatang" to highlight the supreme position of "Penduduk".

I do agree that, prior to Malaya Independence, the first generation of "immigrants" can be perceived as "Pendatang", many of them were from Indonesia, China and India and they came to Malaysia mainly for the sole reason of earning a livelihood. But how can the Malaysia-born non-Malays (non-bumis) be considered as "Pendatang"? Under the guise of protecting Malay rights and interests, our government has imposed "generational curse" on us and expediently labelled us as a potential "threat" to the Malay rights and interests.

To instill "fear" into the mind of Malays, Umno first created tension in the area of education by projecting the image of non-Malays as the "robber" of scholarships and university places. To perpetuate the antagonism between Malays and non-Malays, thousand of over-qualified non-bumi students have been denied tertiary education in public universities or the course they wish to pursue. We are being "penalized" for studying hard, worse still, we are deemed as potential "threat" and "robber"! Who have robbed Malaysians of education opportunity? Umno...
Our corrupt governance is highlighted in Time Asia magazine issue on March 15 2004, South East Asian economist at Morgan Stanley in Singapore figures “that Malaysia may have lost as much as U$$100 billion (RM380 billion=RM380000000000) since the early 1980s to corruption.” Malaysia lost RM 380 billion to corruption during Mahathir’s 22 year old reign, the actual situation could have worsened and this is a conservative figure! Most of the cronies have "parked" their money overseas...

RM380000000000 can build hundred, if not thousand, world-class universities and hospitals!! Every qualified Bumi and non-Bumi students could have been sufficiently provided with scholarship. But Umno-led government will have to reject few Malay applicants and many non-Malay applicants to create the atmosphere of animosity and antagonism, Umno can "drain" Rm380000000000 and yet tell the Rakyat that the government doesn't have money to provide ample number of scholarships!! Those few Malay applicants will think non-Malays have taken away their opportunities and the non-Malays will hate the government for defending the Malay rights and interests. Does Umno really bother to care for the Malay rights and interests??

To gain legitimacy to rule and exploit Malaysia, Umno has resorted to communalism,ostensibly to protect the rights and interests of Malays, but in actual fact to enrich a small group of cronies who have plundered the wealth of our country with impunity! Any challenge to remove this small group of cronies and clean up our government will be interpreted as challenging the supreme position of the Malays, and for this reason, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been accused of betraying the Malay rights and interests.

We can build hundred of world-class public universities and provide sufficient scholarships to accommodate the desire of every Malaysian, regardless of race, to receive tertiary education, but Umno won't allow it to happen since this is a specific area where they can easily gain political mileage to perpetuate their exploitation in the country. The Malay masses will always be thankful to Umno and forgive Umno of their transgressions as they have been indoctrinated and brainwashed into believing that without Umno they will be finished off economically and politically. Umno's cohorts in BN like MCA and MIC further reinforce the "threat" and "robber" conspiracy in the mind of Malays! DAP's ideology of equality for all races further frightens Malays off.

I seriously don't think Chinese or other non-bumis are against any government policies to sincerely protect the interests and rights of Malays so as to uplift the Malays' competitiveness, but Umno has chosen a short-cut to mislead Malays by rejecting Chinese and other non-bumis. Non-bumis entry into Mara institute of Technology Universiti (UiTM) are totally denied to effectively demonstrate Umno protection over Malay rights and interests.

Can we remove this small group of corrupt cronies, clean up our government without compromising the special rights and position of Malays? Yes, we can!
1.We can give scholarships to all Malays who are in need of it.
2.We can establish more universities to accommodate every Malay desire to receive good and complete education.
3.Only able, honest and responsible Malay businessmen are awarded government projects.

If Umno is telling the truth, Umno won't treat non-bumis as "pendatang" because without pendatang sweating blood in this country, Umno won't be able to claim the credits before the Malay masses, and Malaysia may not be what it is today! Instead of recognizing our sincerity and contributions, Umno has successfully invented an imaginary "enemy" so that they can assume a legitimate role of "Protector"!
My indignation is that: How can Umno repay kindness and well-intention with hostility?!
Being able to excel in education and business is crucial for our country to move forward and compete internationally, it is for the benefits of Malaysia and Malays as well, but Umno has wrongly interpreted our efforts as "threat" to the rights and interests of Malays.
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Umno, you're not telling the truth!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

... Of Numerical Superiority!

On 10th Sept 1982, Dr Mahathir in his address at the 33rd Umno Annual General Assembly urged Malaysians to aim for a population of 70 million as a basis for a ready market and demand for local goods. (In fact, everybody knows Dr. Mahathir was urging Malays to increase the population).
On 6th April 1984, Dr Mahathir announced that maternity and leave benefits would be extended to parents having five children as a measure to encourage people to have more children to achieve the 70 million population target.
Without taking into consideration of health, education, employment and other social issues, Dr. Mahathir's goal was simply to achieve "numerical" superiority so as to ensure racial dominance "numerically" -- the more we have, the stronger we will be! I hate to make this comparison, but I think we should have the knowledge that there are only less than 14 million of Jewish people around the world; out of about 750 Nobel Prize laureates, 180+ are Jewish people. According to Dr. Mahathir, the Jews rule the world by proxy, which has further proven that "Number" doesn't really count!
We can "import" 45 million from Indonesia to achieve the target immediately or we can urge every married couple in Malaysia to have at least 8-10 children. But is Malaysia economy strong enough to sustain the rapid and "abnormal" rate of population growth?.
I am not against Dr.Mahathir policy to increase our population, but it must not be done for the sole purpose of achieving racial imbalance and therefore create racial dominance for a particular racial group in the country. This is a dangerous move because it can destabilize our country economically, socially and even politically. By granting citizenships to million of indonesians won't alleviate the poverty of Malays or improve their standard of living, conversely, it will aggravate the situation and reduce the government resources available to each Malay household. It seriously makes things worse!
What's the point of having more children when we can't nurture them, give them food, shelter and a proper education?
Look at what's happening in Indonesia today:


Monday, September 15, 2008

Dr. Mahathir, I hope you're not racist!

Dr. Mahathir posted an article titled: "Malay Unity and Malaysian Unity" on his personal blog http://test.chedet.com/che_det/2008/09/malay-unity-and-malaysian-unit.html#more on 15th Sept 2008.

I respect Dr.Mahathir for many reasons!
In spite of being an Indian Muslim , Dr. Mahathir managed to successfully assimilate himslef into the main stream of Malay society and became the Prime Minister of Malaysia for 22 years. His ability to completely leave behind his Indian heritage to become more "Malay" than "ordinary Malays" has given hope and inspiration to many "wannabe". If you go to some states like Penang and Kedah, you will see many Malays with Indian appearance, they are the most faithful Malays to show that they are Malays and I sincerely urge all Malaysians to accept them as Malay and don't categorize them into a new ethnic group, I have never come across any IC with "Mamak" as ethnicity!
To demonstrate their faithfulness, they climbed up the wall to tear a photograph of a former BN Chief Minister and went on street to demonstrate against Lim Guan Eng new state policies, they can do anything to prove that they are Malay!
If you read Dr. Mahathir snippet below, you will understand how hard and how painstakingly our former Prime Minister had done to tirelessly persuade the non-Malay citizens of Malaysia to behave like him so we will be able to forge National Unity and all the racial issues will be completely resolved. As an Indian to be become the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir can attest to it.
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Is that true? Let's examine:

Dr. Mahathir Snippet in bold:
1.Malaysia has a multi-racial population but is quite unique in that the division is not just by race alone but by religion, language, culture and economic situation. Unity in such a diversity is extremely difficult to achieve.
We should celebrate diversity, and diversity is the strength of our country. Unity must start from individual "heart" to accept one another and appreciate each other culture and language, most importantly, we ought to respect individual right to freely embrace any religion. It is not difficult to achieve unity in diversity if we have the paradigm shift from "race hegemony" to "equality".
2. If we study other nations where people of different ethnic groups have immigrated, we will find that integration and unity depended on several important factors. Firstly the indigenous people or the people who had set up the country make up at least initially, a very big proportion of the population. Additionally they would be dominant and materially successful. The small numbers of immigrants trickling in found it judicious and beneficial to be identified with the numerically superior and powerful dominant inhabitants. They would willingly forget their original languages and adopt the language of the people of the country as well as their culture; they would intermarry and over time they would be totally absorbed and assimilated and identified with the indigenous people. In such a situation unity is not a problem. The United States is one such country where the original language and basic culture of first settlers are accepted by later immigrants.
Dr. Mahathir said: "Unity is not a problem if "immigrants" willingly forget their original language and adopt the language of the people of the country as well as their culture". Do you think all the Chinese and Indians who "willingly" forget their language and speak Bahasa Malaysia only, and completely adopt the Malay culture, then we will have unity in Malaysia? If all the Indians have spoken Bahasa Malaysia and professed Islamic faith, Dr. Mahathir won't be able to become Prime Minister of Malaysia, I will explain why later...
3. In the old days before the coming of the Europeans the few Chinese and Indians who settled in Malacca adopted the language and much of the culture of the Malays. Though there was no assimilation nevertheless good relations existed between the immigrant settlers and the Malays. Unfortunately when later the China-born Chinese-speaking immigrants dominated in numbers as well as economic wealth, the Malay speaking Baba and Nyonya deliberately dropped their Malay language and Baba culture and reverted to being Chinese in every way possible.
As a Peranakan, I agree that we have very much adopted the Malay language. However, to your surprise we are more Chinese than the China-born Chinese when it comes to genuine Chinese traditions and we never "deliberately" drop Malay language, my mother is still using Malay in her daily conversation with my grandmother, many young Peranakan speak English because it is the working language in business sector; should the need arise, we can shift to Malay language to please Dr. Mahathir. My uncle is a civil servant who married a Malay, but according to him, it is "impossible" for Chinese to become Malay even though you embrace the culture, speak the language and profess Islamic faith; your outward appearance will always be the main hindrance, therefore, it is easier for Indian and Bangladeshi to become Malay than Chinese. My uncle speaks English and Malay at home, he and his wife sent all their children to Chinese elementary school merely because of "economic reason". The global investment Guru Jim Roger said: "the biggest investment in 21st century is to learn Chinese". Jim Roger decided to settle down in Singapore because of the bilingual environment for his children.

4. Difficulties in assimilation arise when the late comers are more dynamic and better equipped to progress than the indigenous people. A feeling of superiority towards the indigenous people tended to keep the late-comers apart. As their community grew they established separate enclaves and erect invisible barriers against the indigenous. As their numbers grew the separation became deeper.
Since Dr. Mahathir said: "late comers are more dynamic and better equipped to progress than the indigenous people", then what's the point to retrograde?? Why Canada, US, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Germany and many developed countries are all out to source and attract talents to their countries?? They don't expect the talents to contribute what they already have, but what they don't so they can achieve progress and prosperity for their countries. Malaysia becomes a more vibrant and dynamic country because the late comers have injected new spirit into it - to drive the growth of economy and therefore alleviate poverty for Malaysia. Malaysian must be taught to appreciate it! Dr. Mahathir once said: "if we discount the economic contribution of the non-Malay, Malaysia won't be much better than some African countries". And Dr. Mahathir also said:"26% of total population contributed largest chunk of tax (nearly 80++%) to Malaysia government". Thanks for Dr.Mahathir appreciation and acknowledgement, but Dr. Mahathir is only saying to Chinese community and we don't know what he has told the Malay community (maybe you've to read his book titled: The Malay Dilemma".
We must continue to add in colors to our countries by accepting talents from Japan, Korea, Indonesia and other countries. Conversely, our government is only too keen to reduce the "colorful picture" of Malaysia by taking in million of refugees/unskilled immigrants (be it legal or illegal) who share much resemblance to the dominant ethnic group in Malaysia. Instead of bringing social progress and prosperity for us, they've brought in social problems. Anybody who can create wealth in our country will directly bring benefits to the Malays via distribution of wealth through tax (for government to hire Malay civil servants and for Malays to have scholarships, buy cheaper house, etc), therefore, the more talents we have, the more Malays will benefit from it. Imagine we have attracted 500 thousand Japanese, Korean, India, Indonesia successful businessmen and scientists to Malaysia, just think how much wealth they can create for our country. Granting citizenship to someone who can contribute to our country was not a wrong policy and we must continue it. But Dr. Mahathir has been telling a different story to frighten the Malay masses.
5. The British are only partly responsible for the separation of the races in Malaysia, for keeping the Malays in the rural areas, the Chinese in the urban areas and the Indians in the estates. The different races are also responsible. They made no attempt to mix together as a matter of preference.
Yes, I fully agree! The British colonial government was responsible for it.
6. The Malays before World War II really believed that the Chinese and Indians were temporary guests who would return to their countries once they had made enough money. So it was at the beginning.
I am not a Malay born before 2nd World War, I don't know whether Chinese an Indians are temporary guests. But I know I am a Malaysian born in Malaysia and will mostly die in Malaysia.
7. Even when they showed signs of staying permanently, the Malays and their Rulers believed the British would honour the treaties which recognised the Malay States as the land of the Malays, the peninsula as Tanah Melayu or Malay Land.
We all honour it. The Sultans of each State must have the best CEO to run the state to take care of His Majesty subjects "on behalf of His Majesty", but look at what'd happened in Trengannu and Selangor, by being involved in corruptions, the former Menteri Besars had no respect for His Majesty at all...
8. But after the Brits returned after the war they talked of "giving" this country to whoever wishes to stay here. Although the Malays rejected this and forced the Malayan Union to be abandoned, they realised that things had changed and they had to recognise the claims of some of the non-Malays at least.
So, thankfully, Malaysia retained Chinese and Indians and that's made our country very colorful, vibrant and dynamic, and that has made the Malays become more united because of Indians and Chinese! Dr. Mahathir's father could stay in Malaysia instead of being deported back to India and his son went on to become a doctor and the best Prime Minister of Malaysia. Isn't it a wonderful story??
9. To cut a long story short independent Malaysia recognised the citizenship rights of the non-Malays and gave them quite freely. This is unlike many countries in the region where strict conditions were imposed. In fact, some immigrants were actually expelled.
Yes, we, non-Malays + Malays, must always be thankful that we are the citizens of Malaysia! And had the forced expulsion taken place, Dr. Mahathir would be selling "kacang Puteh" in India, and I would be a farmer in China, and Malay girls and boys would be like their Indonesian counterparts being maids and cheap labours overseas. Thanks goodness, we are all better off than that today!!
1. Why Vietnamese girls have to marry unknown men overseas to support their family?
2. Why the Philippino and Indonesian girls ought to leave their family to work overseas as maids?
3. Why the men from Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, the Philippine, Myanmar, India, China, Thailand, etc, have to work overseas as cheap labours?
4. Why not Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan?
5. Why not Malaysia?
10. The hope at independence was that the non-Malays would accept a single national language and a single national identity. But it became clear very quickly that the Chinese and the Indians wanted to retain their identities, their mother tongue and their culture. They did not want to be solely Malaysians, certainly not Malays.
Dr. Mahathir still doesn't understand the beauty of multiculturalism and diversity! Can I learn 3 languages (Malay, English, Chinese) to enhance my marketability and employability? Isn't it better for Malaysians to speak more languages and to experience various cultures?! My Malay friends would voice their vehement objections if the government cancel holidays for Chinese New Year and Indian festival, and if government cancels holidays for Hari Raya Chinese and Indians and Malays would also go on street to demand HOLIDAYS!! Why is Dr. Mahathir so concerned about what language and culture? Is it more nicer and interesting to see Malaysia as a MONOETHNIC, MONOLINGUAL, MONORELIGION AND MONOCULTURAL country?? We should focus more on national economy rather than language and cultural issues.
11. At the beginning some prominent people tried multi-racial politics but this was rejected by the ordinary Malays, Chinese and Indians. In the end we settled for a compromise - retain your racial identity but cooperate with each other in a coalition of racial parties.
Wrong and misleading!! Umno has long tried to portray multi-racial political parties as a challenge to "Ketuanan Melayu", I support "Ketuanan Melayu" and I support multi-racial political parties. I will explain what is "Ketuanan Melayu" in my next article.
12. Politically it was a good formula and it worked. But when English schools were abolished and the Malay, Chinese and Indians children went to their own schools rather than to the national schools where the teaching was in the National Language. The hope for true national integration faded. After this even the attempt to put the schools from the three language streams in one campus was rejected by the Chinese.
So can we have English primary schools for all races?? please go to the homepage of my blog and vote on the poll which I have set up.
13. It is no good blaming the politicians for perpetuating racial schism. Some of them who tried to ignore racial loyalties simply failed politically. For various reasons the races preferred to stay separated. They may meet at their work place or the playing field but they go home to separate enclaves according to their race.
Because Umno likes to play with it, the rest just has no choice!
14. We had opted for democracy and popularity decides who rules the country. Those who reject racialism simply lost popular support. But those who embrace racialism won.
Refer to point 13 and my two articles titled"An Open Letter to All DAP Leaders and Members 1 and 2".
15. They are not racists. The leaders of the different races were, at least in the beginning, able to get along well with each other. They developed close friendship. But they had to be very conscious of their racial backing and to cater to racial demands.
We know it's hard to satisfy everybody, but has Dr. Mahathir openly supported multiculturalism and diversity? or at least has he tried to encourage the support for multiculturalism and diversity? Multiculturalism and diversity were thrust upon Dr. Mahathir and he just accepted it reluctantly, unwillingly and grudgingly.
16. The lower ranking leaders, the ordinary members of political parties and the people as a whole had shown no sign of forgetting their racial identity. There may be few liberal minded ones who reject race, but some who do this do so because they believe their own race would gain by it. So even these people are racialist at heart.
I for one won't mind having a 100% Malay Cabinet and 100% Malay Parliament if the all the Malays MPs and Cabinet Ministers are honest, able, capable, non-racist and "corruption-proof"!
17. Then came the resurgence of Islam worldwide. The Malaysian Malays began to adopt Islamic conservativeness especially with the dress code. This tended to push them further apart from the non-Muslims who saw this as an attempt to differentiate Muslim Malaysians from non-Muslim Malaysians. Some people suspect that this is the intention.
I agree and it all began with Umno Islamization policies and Dr.Mahathir is the pioneer to declare Malaysia an Islamic State.
18. The behaviour of some extremist exponents of Islamic separateness did not help.
It is all because Dr. Mahathir condoned it while he was at the helm. Umno started the "Islamization Race" with PAS.
19. And so the races drifted further and further apart. All the time the so-called non-racial parties with their single-minded campaign against the positions of the Malays and Islam as agreed upon at the beginning actually intensified Malay racial sentiments, causing them to yearn for Malay unity rather than Malaysian unity.
Umno can only win the elections by means of communalism! Who have incited the Kampong Malays to distrust Chinese?
20. The ideal of having a non-racial Malaysian nationality has now been almost forgotten. As the self-proclaimed non-racists attacked Malay racialism, the feeling among the Malays hardened. Openly the Malays have not attacked Chinese racialism as manifested by their practical rejection of the use of the National language, their rejection of the National schools, their Malaysian Malaysia slogan. If they do it would be muted and certainly not as blatant as non-Malay attacks against Malay racialism.
Dr. Mahathir you are the one who has constantly and openly attacked Chinese racialism to prove your "Malayness". Are you trying to say if Chinese speak Malay and attend national schools. there will be national unity?
21. The Malays have seen what has happened to the Malays of Singapore and they have no desire to be like Singapore Malays.
Dr.Mahathir can you tell me what has happened to the Malays of/in Singapore? If they are so miserable in Singapore, why the Malays of Singapore refuse to leave Singapore and go to a more monoethnic environment in Indonesia or Malaysia? Why are you so concerned about the Malays of Singapore? I travel quite extensively in Indonesia, can you look beyond the tiny island of Singapore? I can bring you to Batam, Bintang and Karimun and those Islands surrounding Singapore to see for yourself how the Malays there living in abject poverty and sordid conditions? or if you don't mind we can travel together to Jakarta slum areas. Why Khir Toyo father and Syed Hamid father wanted to migrate to Malaysia from Indonesia as the country is more monoethnic? Why Indonesian workers want to work illegally in Singapore since the Malays of Singapore are so miserable? And there are considerable number of Malay Malaysians working and living in Singapore. Why?
Of course they have no desire to be like Singapore Malays...no "crutch" in Singapore! In Malaysia, where does the "crutch" come from??
22. So their reaction is to seek for Malay unity. They feel threatened, and their fear is real. Admittedly there are among the younger educated Malays a few who claim to reject Malay unity. But these people do not represent the vast majority of the Malays.
Chinese unity for what? Indian unity for what? and Malay unity for what and against what??
23. Malay unity, if it becomes stronger will make it more difficult to bring about Malaysian unity. But it must be remembered that the Chinese and Indian are also keen to retain their identities more and more. The Hindraf memorandum is very telling. And the Chinese educationists want even stronger role for Chinese language.
So we have to dismantle Chinese unity, Indian unity, Malay unity, Iban unity, Bajau unity, Orang Asli unity to forge Malaysian Unity!
24. The trend is obviously against Malaysian Unity. A weak and unstable Government with its crude attempts to win over the different races through giving in on all demands does not help. Every time it gives in to the demands of one race it simply antagonises and pushes the other races further away.
Dr. Mahathir, this is your mentality again!
25. If we still want Malaysian Unity we need to be willing to make sacrifices regarding what we consider to be our racial rights. Everyone has to do this. The leaders must be given some mandate to discuss these matters in private and to make concessions. After each step the lower rung leaders of each race must be given full briefing as to why the concessions have to be made. It would be useless if they don't agree.
There will be no Malaysian unity if we don't learn to appreciate and accept multiculturalism and diversity!
26. Provided we can roll back the present unhealthy trends and redirect it towards more positive non-racial objectives, provided we do this slowly by small steps we may be able to create a truly Malaysian identity where race would gradually become less important. It will take time but with sincerity we may reverse the present trends and move towards increasing co-operation and integration.
To achieve the goal of Malaysian Unity, we just have to open our heart to accept one another, to embrace multiculturalism and universal and Islamic value of equality, to care for the less fortunate and underprivileged, regardless of race, language and religion.
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Dr. Mahathir thinks if you and I become the "same" and we will be living happily together forever, we don't have to worry about the bread and butter issues, we don't have to be apprehensive of job and employment issues, and we will be at peace, forever! So Dr. Mahathir thinks the monoethnic countries in the world would be the happiest and most peaceful!
We can infer from Dr. Mahathir's snippet above that he believes unity comes from "sameness" and "mono-", and he thinks that with unity, we will have everything, without unity we will lose everything; thus, over his 22 years of premiership, he started the "Unity Engineering" to instil the "fear" into the mind of Malays that if they fail to stand united behind Umno, they will be "swallowed up" like the Malays of Singaore.
I mentioned earlier that if all the Indians had adopted Malay culture and became Muslims, Dr. Mahathir won't be able to become the Prime Minister of Malaysia, why? Because Dr. Mahathir will immediately be relegated into Indian Muslims or a new "Indian-Malay Muslims" category! After you deal with "ethno-centricism", there comes a new "self-centricism", there is an undesirable inherent trait in human beings which enables us to unconsciously and subconsciously categorize the "differences" between us. Therefore, you have African American, Asian American, etc. Once all the Chinese and Indians have adopted Malay culture, language and religion, Chinese may only become "Malay-Chinese" race and Indians "Malay-Indian" race. And if we are really successful in achieving full assimilation, there may come the judgement of the color of the skins, Fair Malay, Dark Malay and Brown Malay, etc...The number of Indian Muslims in Malaysia have not grown big enough to become a noticeable "category", so the main stream of Malay society has been willing to accept them as Malay.
So, just imagine if we "disappear" all the Chinese and Indians in Malaysian (transfer all the Chinese and Indians to Sabah to mix with illegal immigrants) , will the Malays in peninsula be united, successful and happy and problems-free? The answer is NO! Malays may disintegrate into different identities like Bugis, Malay, Java, good Muslim, faithful Muslim etc; Malays may even challenge the monarchy as what has happened in some monoethnic countries like Nepal (became a Republic this year), Indonesia (became a Republic), Cambodia (the King is no longer respected Army Chiefs), etc. Unless our country is rich and progressing well like Brunei, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and other European nations, the significance of our Monarchy system could be made weak if the need to safeguard Malays interests and Islam had become irrelevant (since all Chinese and Indians have "disappeared", there is no so-called "threat" anymore, what is there to protect against)?...
Same race, same language, same culture and same religion do not guarantee same thoughts, same characters, same color of skin and same level of intelligence, etc! Examples:
1. Prior to 1997, why Hong Kong was against Chinese rule?
2. Why some Taiwanese want to pursue independence?
3. Why Aceh wants to secede from Indonesia?
4. Many others
So, Dr. Mahathir, please don't worry, with the low birth rate of Chinese and other reasons, in 80 years time, out of the total popultion in Malaysia, Chinese will only make up to 2-3% and may be in 180 years time, Chinese will disappear from this country, you think your great great grandchildren will be very happy?! It is just a short time throughout the history of the development of nationhood. No more Chinese schools in the country, no more Chinese temples in the country and no more Chinese in the country, I couldn't imagine how happy your great great great grandchildren would be. By the way, I am still curious that why you are so unhappy with Chinese learning the Chinese language and adopt Chinese culture, is it that Chinese learning the Chinese language is one of the root-causes of the Malay dilemma? or you purposely want the Malays to be narrow-minded?
Let's talk about the real issues of economy and employment, don't be too preoccupied with racial issues, will Malaysia be better off without Indians, Chinese, Orang Asli, Kadazan? Dr.Mahathir, I sincerely urge you to embrace multiculturalism and diversity!
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For less than a few riggits, 20 over people have died, what's the point of "Ketuanan" if we are not able to nurture our children and give them food, shelter and proper education. Please read the true story below:
(JAKARTA, Indonesia) — At least 23 Indonesians were crushed to death Monday while trying to collect $4.25 in cash handouts from a rich family at a charity event marking the Islamic holy month, officials said. Eight others were critically injured in the stampede.
Several thousand people started gathering outside the house in Pasuruan, a town about 500 miles (800 kilometers) east of the capital of Jakarta, in the morning to collect their tithe, said local police chief Harry Sitompul.
Television footage showed the victims — mostly women — screaming as they were pushed into the fence outside the home. At least 23 died and eight others were hospitalized, Sitompul said, some after being trampled and others from lack of oxygen.
Many of Indonesia's 220 million Muslims fast during the daylight hours of Ramadan.
Under a system known as Zakat, the wealthy are required to give away a portion of their money to the poor, but distribution is often chaotic and sometimes deadly. Many donors choose to hand out gifts directly, worried that corrupt government officials will try to pocket some of the cash.
"It's tragic and embarrassing," said Social Affairs Minister Bachtiar Chamzah. "It goes to show that we have to find a better way ... we have to fix this."
The man behind Monday's charity event, reportedly a car dealer, was placed under police protection afterward to prevent reprisal attacks from relatives of victims, said Mayor Aminurohman, who like many Indonesians goes by a single name.
The same man held a similar event last year that drew thousands of people and resulted in one death, with dozens injured, he said.
"There was no coordination with police during the handout," the mayor said. "It's a shame he did not learn from his past mistakes and ask for help."
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If it could happen in our neighbouring country-Indonesia, why it won't happen in Malaysia?
If I were a Malay, I would prefer Singapore to Indonesia...
Dr. Mahathir, please follow me to some parts of Indonesia to do social works, maybe you will hate Singapore less....
Like a rainbow, Malaysia is a multitude of colors unifying into one--represents oneness, equality and the beauty of diversity. Malaysia is beautiful because you and I have made it colorful!
4:00PM 16th September 2008 Malaysia DAY

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Something to Ponder...

I've received many feedback and emails about my personal fasting experience and the reading of Quran, some said my view is thought-provoking while others used inflammatory words to demonize me, their letters are full of religious rhetoric which could have the potential of inciting sectarian violence! Also, there are three readers accused me of having a political agenda intending to "poison" the mind of Muslims...
  1. I am a simple person pursuing the simplicity of life.
  2. I am just sharing my personal experience of fasting and the reading of Quran.
  3. I am not a supporter of Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, but I support any cause to make Malaysia a better place for all of us.
  4. I seriously do not think a simple letter of mine can "poison" the mind of Muslims.
  5. I am Not promoting Islamic "Liberalism", but through the reading of Quran, I find it undeniable that Allah's given Adam and the progeny of Adam a choice - A choice to follow the teaching of Quran and walk in righteousness, or a choice to betray the mercy of Allah and follow the footsteps of satan.
  6. I am of the view that if Muslims don't follow the teaching and the spirit of Quran, they are just a "nominal" Muslim, however, those Muslims who go against the teaching of Quran are "bad" Muslims. I leave it to the readers to judge whether good Muslims outnumber bad Muslims in our government.
  7. I am not anti-government or anti-Islam. On the contrary, I sincerely urge our political leaders to use their "heart", not "their mouth", to follow the teaching of Quran.

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Nearly 14 years ago, I went to Canada to further my education, throughout my of stay in Canada as a university student, I had the opportunity to meet Muslim friends from Middle-east and other countries, I had a close friend from Iran whose family waited for almost 9 years to come to Canada, his father was killed in Iran-Iraq war which lasted almost 7 years and her mother single-handedly brought up him and his younger brother, he told me almost everything about Islamic faith and his struggle to accept the reality of the Muslim world. Nevertheless, I could always sense the thirst he had to seek the peace of God.

As Canada does take in considerable number of Muslims as asylum seekers, many of them come to Canada with a dream...A dream to be set free, not from Islam faith, but from the dictators who rule under the name of God and using the name of God to wage war - many people died in Iran-Iraq war!!

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When I was in Canada, I loved to watch documentary\ies like National Geography, CNN/BBC documentaries, etc. I watched similar TV documentary about the life of Jesus almost every Christmas, some producers cast doubt on the virgin birth of Jesus and some even went to the extent to deduce that Mary had sex with Joseph and bluffed the people into thinking and believing that she was a virgin so as to escape the punishment of the day. No Christian would go on street, running amok and chanting slogans to kill the producer or holding placard to protest against the documentary program... That might not be the case for other faiths! Why?

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Something to ponder and I can't fall asleep now!

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benjamin 15/Sept/2008, 4:17AM