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Seperti buah padi, makin berisi makin rendah; jangan seperti lalang, makin lama makin tinggi

A common problem faced by developing countries is getting their ‘developed’ peers to respect their sovereignty. Indeed, our forefathers have long warned us against arrogance and imperiousness in the Malay saying quoted above. Technologically advanced and developed countries tend to belittle the significance and importance of their less developed counterparts, perhaps unconciously believing that their success in managing their own people earn them the rights to rule (or guide, as they say) the helpless.

Although countries worldwide need to establish good, well rounded relationships with each other, like in interpersonal friendship, there is a limit to how far we could intervene in another country’s decision making. When one party tries to force their domination over the others, whether their intents were based on malice or goodwill, it could easily escalate to bullying.

The generally accepted standards of the world set by international bodies such as the United Nations are very majorly those of their founders; the developed Western countries. Just as they want us to accept their norms in our own places, they first need to realise that we too have the sovereignty over our own country. Just as they wish to decide for themselves on what is going on in their grounds, we too have our own vision for our future.

In the latest case of Anwar Ibrahim’s imprisonment for sodomy, in an unpatriotic and disrespectful act against the country that gave them food, shelter and support, Anwar’s supporters are trying to lobby foreign powers to force the Malaysian government to release their idol both publicly and privately. Under the various claims from ‘political imprisonment’ to ‘archaic laws’, they are calling for the intervention of foreign powers into Malaysia’s internal affairs.

As no humans are flawless, it is possible for developed countries to take their power for granted and unintentionally fall into the trap of bullying their developing counterparts. Let us all remind them that while it seems more imposing to force their will onto other rightful countries, they would likely to be more respected if they first learn to respect the sovereignty of other countries.

To all Malaysian, let us all show our support to the sovereignty of our own country and that no foreign bodies have the right to impose their wills over us. Sign the petition here!

Picture credits to Ahmad Ali Jetplane


One of the most overlooked responsibilities of Muslim leaders is that they are answerable for the faith and beliefs of the Muslims that they lead and as well as the position and dignity of Islam. It is especially so for Malaysia, whose Federal Constitution has stated that Islam is the religion of the federation (NOT the official religion).

This is the fact that Dr. Reza Aslan, a confused outsider with a skewed idea of how Islam should be, but claimed himself as a theology expert could never understand.

From The Malaysian Insider:

Putrajaya is setting itself up as a “parent” rather than an elected government, in banning the use of the word Allah among non-Muslims and dictating how Malaysian Muslims should practise their faith, prominent Iranian-American theologian Reza Aslan said.

In October, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) said that Malaysia as a nation “officially” adhered to the Shafie school of thought, in response to the backlash over the “I want to touch a dog” event which proved popular among Muslims.

(read the rest here: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/putrajaya-should-not-dictate-muslims-beliefs-says-reza-aslan)

It is also interesting how Dr. Aslan blamed the Putrajaya for the Allah issue when the Head of the Religion of Islam is in fact the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong. By pointing his finger at Putrajaya instead of Jakim alone, it is safe to assume that either Dr. Aslan or The Malaysian Insider or both of them, were politically biased (not that it’s a big surprise).

Please take notice the words coloured in red where The Malaysian Insider wrote, “…in banning the use of the word Allah among non-Muslims…”. That statement is incorrect. The word Allah is not banned from use among non-Muslims but instead they are banned from referring Allah to anything but the Muslim God alone.

The article also mentioned:

He said that centralised religious authorities should not exist in countries that profess to adhere to Islam, adding that such a practise was akin to usurping the authority of the Prophet Muhammad.

“Islam allows me to follow any mufti that I please. We don’t have a pope, we don’t have a bishop who tells us what we can do.

“The very notion that a group of old men gets to decide for me or for you what is the proper interpretation of my faith, that goes against the very fabric and nature of Islam,” Reza told The Malaysian Insider in a phone interview.

“Anyone who tells you there is only one version of Islamic behaviour or ideology or morality is speaking out of pure ignorance,” said Reza.

As you can see from his statement above, it is obvious that his views are that of a liberal and of a person who seems to be so egotistic to believe that only he knows what Islam really is. He is apparently ignorant of the fact that the Muslims in Malaysia are Sunni Muslims;”people of the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad and the consensus of the Ummah”, meaning that we follow a consensus and not make up our own rules as he did.

And atop of that, he declared in another interview that Islam is simply nothing but a man made institution.

See 19:42 of the video:

Islam is a man-made institution. It’s a set of symbols and metaphors that provides a language for which to express what is inexpressible, and that is faith. It’s symbols and metaphors that I prefer, but it’s not more right or more wrong than any other symbols and metaphors. It’s a language, that’s all it is.

Also, at 05:14 of the video, he said:

Somehow Harris is a better expert at what Islam is or means than the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world.

When (Sam) Harris shares his imaginary idea of Islam, Dr. Reza says that this one person is better than “the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world”; but when commenting about the Islamic authorities of Malaysia; he argues how the minority voice can claim that they are right. Remember what he said earlier in The Malaysian Insider article?

and then you tell me that 99.9% of Muslims who don’t think what you think, who don’t feel what you feel, are not Muslims. That only you and your version is the correct one.

If he does not believe that his version of Islam is the correct one, he would not enforce its principles now, would he?

This is not the first time Reza Aslan has shared (or forced) his opinions on Islamic matters in Malaysia, especially on the Kalimah Allah issue despite he believes that Islam could be interpreted as any way a person wishes to. And as before, his statements had been very self contradicting as well as embodying the voice of a liberal Muslim.

I wonder what is the opposition media ‘The Malaysian’s Insider’s motive in featuring such an ‘expert’? This certainly says a lot about the supporters of the oppositions’ stances on the principles of Islam.


(fast forward to 4:00)

Her mother is not the candidate. I don’t know why are we on a wild goose chase.

-Lim Kit Siang

The question is not whether her mother was or was not involved with Perkasa but how credible Dyana is as a politician contesting for the Teluk Intan seat.

Dyana lied when she said “My mother was not even in the 1st AGM of Perkasa”

(fast forward to 0:31)

(credits to Uncle Jinggo for the image)

It is apparent in this picture shown here that not just her mother helped at the registration table of the 1st AGM of Perkasa but she was actually there with her mother.

Why didn’t she simply admit that her mother was at the 1st AGM of Perkasa as a committee member and added “My mother is not the candidate” in the first interview?

If she’s constantly lying without a second thought now, can you trust her to not lie again?

Let’s get back to the second video and fast forward to 0:39

She did not join Perkasa

Now listen to another of her interviews and fast forward to 0:50

 

She was involved in Perkasa, I know, yes.

And when she was pressed, she said:

It was just an issue of misunderstanding, because I wasn’t sure the form, she fill in the form or not, or whether membership starts after first AGM or not, you know. And she, she was not, she was no longer involved after, even before the first AGM. So again, the question about membership or not, I’m still very, ver- very vague. I really don- not sure.

Again, I ask, if she wasn’t sure, then why did she lie and said flat out that her mother was not a member of Perkasa? Why can’t she say that she was not sure? Is it because she is afraid that people would look at her as a politician who, by the way is intending to step out as a leader, does not even care enough to know about her mother’s activities and involvements? Then she has a very good reason to be afraid. Would she care enough about the people and their problems?

Or an even scarier possibility is that it is simply because she decided that the AGM took place 6 years ago so surely no one would have evidences of her mother (and herself) participating in the AGM. Then we know that she’s a flat out liar.

By the way, did you notice that she was very, ver- very nervous in the interview?

Bak kata pepatah Melayu: Berani kerana benar, takut kerana salah…


(fast forward to 4:00)

Her mother is not the candidate. I don’t know why are we on a wild goose chase.

-Lim Kit Siang

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Why are we on a wild goose chase? Maybe I could enlighten you, Kit Siang…

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Najib’s wife is not the candidate, Kit Siang… why are you on a wild goose chase?

Now let’s stop chasing the goose, shall we? Let’s chase a politician instead. Someone you may know :D

(credits to Helen Ang)

(credits to Helen Ang)

(credits to Helen Ang)

(credits to Helen Ang)

Refer to: http://helenang.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/amboi-hannah-yeoh-tayang-prada/


Originally posted on Karim's Blog:

Dijemput semua sertai – bermula 8:00 untuk sarapan dan pendaftaran.

Alhamdulillah segala persiapan telah dibuat dengan yang terbaik yang termampu.

wacana ASWJ-2014
Kerusi telah ditambah untuk menampung 1,200 peserta.

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I just wish I could just say it
But my tongue is frozen stiff
With the million words caged
At the back of my throat.
My heart aches at the thought
My mind tells me to go on
My brain is torn in between
Paralysed in hesitation

Their eyes are all around us
Their provocations ring in my ears
Their aggravation breaks my composure
Their accusations are loud and clear
We stand in the spotlight
They watch our every twitch
They speculate our every move
They judge our every breath

Every good thing comes to an end
Some more drastic than others
Those with dull lives search
For the drama that they yearn
And with their smirks and grins
They pushed us inside
They use us as their puppets
To entertain their sick needs

Every hug is for their smiles
Every word is for their tears
I’m just so glad that you will forget
The things that happen, my dear
For such memory is an agony
That reruns like a broken tape
I just wish that you will keep
The good memories of days past

We humans are imperfect beings
Some tried harder than most
I don’t know if you did what’s right
But you did what you thought was best
And your story continues through me
Goodbye is simply temporal
For you would live on inside me
But I still wish that I could say it…

I can’t believe that it’s actually the last day of April. I definitely did not win this challenge as I wrote on scarcely half of the days but I definitely enjoyed it. There were some lucky days when I barely had to think for the words came pouring fast. On other days, I greatly annoy my sisters with my groans and complains :D Well, it certainly was a nice ride and I would like to try to complete it again next year, Insya Allah.


The room darkens as the sunlight begins to fade
A scent, so dearly-missed, growing into a parade
I rush to the window and turn up to the sky
Seeing dark dense clouds coming by and by

I pull back the latch and turn the key
Revealing the sight of the blurry city
The air is thick with smoke and dust
But it’s alright, rain has come at last

I catch the first drop in my open eye
My skin has long feel grimy and dry
Another drop on my cheek, my arm, my nose!
Now pouring by tankfuls, how fast it goes!

I bring out the buckets and whatever that would hold
The much needed water, so refreshingly cold!
Though the shower is blurring the sight of my gaze
I can see it eating up most of the smog and haze

The land has long been cracked and arid
Such delight to see drains now gushing like rapids
My clothes now drenched clinging heavily to my body
Unknowingly absorbing the toxic from the city

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