- American focus on "radicalization" of Muslims
- Mati Kickdefella!.. Nik Amalina Ada Blog Sendiri!
- Noisy Indians?
- MTUC: End Discrimination Against Workers and Unions in Malaysia
- Nazri to shut the duck up!?
- Basement Tapes on the Bureau (Biro Tatanegara)
- Tambah Dana Untuk Rumah Ibadat Bukan Islam
- DONT PUSH THE NON MALAYS TO THE WALL Dr M: Don’t pick on bumi issueCivil Revolution May Usher A Constitutional Democracy
- Unemployed graduates in Malaysia
- Pre-Independence novels in English set in Malaysia & Singapore
- Cuit: Alkisah India di India dan India di Malaysia
- 'Keling' blood: 'Utusan has immunity'
- SUBLIMINAL CONCEPTION OF NAJIB IN NARATHIWAT
- BTN Debate Can't Be Stopped
- Satan Is A Pondan
- Police seems to like me...
- Nazri says Dr M is a racist...and calls himself a hypocrite!
- Swiss Controversy : Misunderstanding the minaret
- More bumi places in IPTA is not racist says Mahathir
- 6 year old Santhosperumal pulls Mercedes with four passengers
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 02:25 PM PST
" Radicalization " of domestic Muslims, especially among youths, has reportedly become a homeland security concern of the United States. After being assaulted on 11 Sept. 2001, the United States have been fighting two wars in the predominantly -Muslim Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama has announced a surge of 34,000 soldiers for the Afghan War and reaffirmed the Augustinian doctrine of Just War recently in Oslo.
Reading more Bernard Lewis writings in 2009
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 12:43 PM PST
Assalamualaikum.. Hello.. Achtung.. Ya Habibi.. WOI!! Puak demo baca molek ni – Kawe sebagai PRO, nak royak yae Nik Amalina anak Tok Guru Nik Aziz, yang suami dia Ariffahmi-Bin-Aku-Tak-Ingat-&-Malas-Nak-Check, telah mulakan blognya sendiri, Seri Suri. [Ni nak kena charge RM400 sebab bagi publisiti] Baru-baru ni, Nik Amalina (NA – eh, macam Narcotics Anonymous) telah hantar surat p-a-n-j-a-n-g
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 10:09 AM PST
I guess the useless newspaper's article would have traveled to many inboxes and caused few police reports to be made as well. I think its a pathetic excuse by the writer just to comment about MP Kulasegaran (even then, it was misleading statement as MP Kulasegaran talked about Malay supremacy, not rights). Only the last [...]
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 12:09 PM PST
Media Statement – 11/12/2009
End Discrimination Against Workers and Unions in Malaysia
Repeal anti-union section 26(1A) of the Trade Unions Act 1959
On the occasion of the United Nations' (UN) Human Rights Day, this is annually observed on December 10 to mark the anniversary of the presentation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) calls for a greater recognition and respect of workers' rights in Malaysia. This year the theme determined by the United Nations is non-discrimination.
MTUC specifically calls for an end of all forms of discrimination of workers in Malaysia.
Unions are essential for the promotion and protection of rights of workers, especially in the struggle for justice against the employer. Workers standing together as a union are less likely to be taken advantage and/or exploited by their employers. The right to unionize is specifically provided for in Atricle 23(4) specifically provides that '(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.'
One of the reason for this state of affairs is the Malaysian government, that has been more pro-business and hence have not actively encouraged and promoted unions in Malaysia. As an example, we have section 26(1A) of the Trade Unions Act 1959, which states, "No person shall join, or be a member of, or be accepted or retained as a member by, any trade union if he is not employed or engaged in any establishment, trade, occupation or industry in respect of which the trade union is registered…". Workers join unions so that they can be protected by their unions when their rights are violated by their employers. This provision automatically deprives the worker the assistance and benefits of being a union member when the worker's most fundamental right has been violated, that is the worker's right to employment with the particular employer. This provision also impedes unions from continuing to fight for the wrongfully dismissed worker. It is provision that certainly does not promote unions, or the need to form and join unions. MTUC reiterates its call for the immediate repeal of section 26(1A) of the Trade Unions Act 1959.
Malaysia must stop discriminating against workers in favour of employers, and should actively promote unions at every workplace. This should be a key objective of the Malaysian government to ensure that human rights of all workers are protected.
MTUC also calls for an end of discrimination of workers, based on whether they are public servants or workers in private companies. For workers in the public sector, the Malaysian government has a lot of benefits including free healthcare. As an example, public servants and their dependents enjoy free heart healthcare at the National Heart Institute (Institut Jantung Negara – IJN), whilst other workers will have to pay astronomical sums, which many a time is beyond the worker's means, to get the necessary heart healthcare at the Malaysian government heart institute. Malaysia should ensure that all workers, in fact all persons in Malaysia, are entitled to free universal healthcare and other essential benefits.
MTUC also calls for the end of all forms of discrimination against all workers in Malaysia, be they local or migrant, documented or undocumented.
MTUC calls for an end of discrimination of workers currently being practiced based on whether they are workers in public sectors or private sectors.
MTUC calls for equal rights for all workers, and the repeal of Item 2 of Schedule 2 of the Employment Act 1955, that currently denies basic worker rights for some classes of workers including domestic workers.
MTUC calls for an end of the pro-business pro employer policies and stance of the Malaysian government, and for the Malaysian government to adopt a pro worker pro union position that will necessarily benefit the majority of workers in Malaysia and their dependents, and necessarily balance out the effect of past discrimination against workers.
Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud,
Malaysian Trades Union Congress
Subang Jaya, 11/12/2009
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 10:35 AM PST
Last Sham-urai. I just left a comment at Jalan Sudin, about how Nazri has succeeded in telling the whole world two things:-
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 09:15 AM PST
BTN and Ai. In my previous posting, a blogger called Panglima Perang Cyber left a comment and pointed me to a site that has put up a 16-year old clipping supposedly of Anwar Ibrahim when he was UMNO, still Dr Mahathir's blue eyes, and in charge of the BTN (which he and followers now label as racist, etc).
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Posted: 12 Dec 2009 10:42 AM PST
Oleh Rahim Sabri
Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) menggesa kerajaan memberi lebih perhatian kepada bukan Islam, termasuk menambah peruntukan untuk rumah ibadat mereka.
"Kita memahami apa yang disebut (oleh DAP), dan (ia) bukan berhasrat untuk mempertikaikan agama Islam," kata timbalan presidennya Amidi Abd Manan kepada Malaysiakini.
"Jadi kita menggesa kerajaan memberi perhatian yang lebih kepada bukan Islam."
Beliau diminta mengulas kontroversi kenyataan ahli parlimen Taiping, Nga Kor Ming, di Parlimen berhubung peruntukan besar kerajaan dalam membina rumah ibadat Islam dan tetapi kecil sahaja peruntukan untuk bukan Islam.
Kenyataan Nga, juga setiausaha DAP Perak, itu merujuk jawapan seorang menteri bahawa kerajaan memperuntukkan RM748.26 juta untuk membina dan menyelenggara 611 masjid tetapi hanya RM9 juta diagihkan untuk tujuan agama bukan Islam, iaitu 1.2 peratus sahaja.
Susulan kenyataan tersebut, beberapa tokoh dan NGO mempertikaikan Nga dengan alasan beliau tidak wajar mengungkitkan peruntukan untuk membina masjid kerana perlembagaan mengiktiraf Islam sebagai agama rasmi.
Amidi, yang kini memangku jawatan presiden Abim, berkata kerajaan seharusnya mengikut contoh Rasulullah yang bersikap adil kepada penganut agama lain sewaktu memimpin di Madinah.
"Jadi selaku kerajaan yang memerintah, kerajaan juga seharusnya mencontohi Rasulullah SAW, terutama dari sudut peruntukan kepada bukan Islam," katanya.
Beliau berkata, ABIM menyokong jika kerajaan juga memberi perhatian kepada kesejahteraan agama lain memandangkan masalah sosial yang semakin banyak berlaku.
Disoal sama ada kerajaan harus menambah peruntukan bukan Islam, Amidi berkata kerajaan bukan sahaja harus menambahkan peruntukan tetapi juga perhatian untuk melahirkan masyarakat beragama di Malaysia.
Bagaimanapun pembahagian itu juga harus menepati lunas Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang meletakkan Islam sebagai agama rasmi negara.
"Maka satu masyarakat yang beragama harus menjadi satu ciri kepada rakyat Malaysia," katanya.
"Ia juga membolehkan masyarakat agama lain mempraktikan ajaran agama mereka tanpa dipengaruhi oleh mana-mana pihak."
Pertubuhan Jamaah Islah Malaysia (JIM) pula menyifatkan "tidak elok" dibandingkan peruntukan untuk masjid dengan rumah ibadat bukan Islam.
"Tidak elok dikaitkan bersama. Permohonan peruntukan (orang bukan Islam) boleh dimajukan tanpa dikaitkan dengan (peruntukkan) umat Islam," kata presidennya Zaid Kamaruddin.
"Penganut bukan Islam boleh memohon untuk rumah ibadat mereka secara berasingan."
Ditanya kewajaran kerajaan menambah peruntukan kepada rumah ibadat bukan Islam, beliau berkata menjadi tanggungjawab kerajaan untuk memastikan keperluan rakyat dipenuhi tanpa mengira bangsa dan agama.
Manakala Persatuan Kebangsaan Pelajar Islam Malaysia (PKPIM) pula berkata mengikut tafsiran Islam sebagai agama rasmi persekutuan, ia bermaksud kerajaan berhak mengeluarkan dana kepada orang Islam khususnya untuk pusat ibadat umat Islam.
"Jadi tidak timbul masalah ketaksamaan mengeluarkan dana kepada rumah ibadat Islam atau bukan," kata presidennya Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz.
Mengulas kewajaran menambah peruntukan kepada bukan Islam, beliau berkata ia bergantung kepada keperluan masyarakat bukan Islam dan jumlah pertambahan penduduk bukan Islam di sesuatu kawasan.
"Populasi bertambah ramai, maka keperluan dana untuk rumah ibadat pun bertambah. Ia bergantung kepada keperluan. Tiada keperluan, tidak wajarlah ditambah.
"Begitu juga masjid atau surau, dana bergantung kepada keperluan pada satu kariah," kata Muhammad Faisal.
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 09:03 AM PST
Civil Revolution May Usher A Constitutional Democracy In MALAYSIA DONT PUSH THE NON MALAYS TO THE WALL
Can Malaysians avoid yet another crisis. Although oscillating between corrupt civilian governments and POLICE dictatorships, crises have been a way of life for BARISAN GOVERNMENT But this crisis IS GOING TO BE different. It IS not particularly for or against a leader. It was the third act of a grass-roots movement, led by the PEOPLE in favor of the rule of law under a constitutional framework.
AVOID THIS MAHATHIR'S VISION OF MALAYS
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 11:35 AM PST
While the uproar over the BTN continues, let's look at what happens to some of our university students after they graduate.
The following was the answer received by Selayang MP William Leong in Parliament recently:
In 2004, there were 4,594 unemployed graduates of whom 163 were Chinese, 207 were Indians and 4,060 were Malays;
In 2005, there [...]
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 10:46 AM PST
Presented in alphabetical order of author.
a) How many have you read?
b) How many sound like something you'd like to read?
c) Any mistakes/omissions?
This is for an upcoming book I am planning ;-)
Herman C AHRENS
Give and Take, 1956
The Real Pirates of Borneo, 1898
Blondes Prefer Tuans, 1934
Snake Wine, a Singapore Episode, 1955
John Martin: miner, 1914
Jungle Leech, 1935
Land of Short Shadows, 1932
K.E. Savage BAILEY
Hunter S. BANNER
The Clean Wind, 1931
Hell's Harvest, 1934
The Mountain of Terror, 1928
Red Cobra, 1929
Terror Wave, 1935
Thus My Orient, 1947
The Adventures of So Hi, 1950
Gavin BLACK (pseudonym for Oswald Wynd)
The Gentle Pirate, 1951
Red Sun South, 1948
Peter BLUNDELL (pseudonym for FN Butterworth)
The Banja Pirates, 1924
The Confessions of a Seaman, 1924
The Finger of Mr. Blee, 1913
The Little Brown Baby, 1925
Love Birds in the Coconuts, 1915
Princess of the Yellow Moon, 1922
The Sin of Godfrey Neil, 1920
Wanted: A Tortoise Shell, 1920
The Test, 1957 (also published as White Man's Test)
With the Dyaks of Borneo, 1905
Lady Margaret BROOKE
Lost Property, 1930
Time for a Tiger (the first part of The Malayan Trilogy),1956
Miss Hawkins: the Ocean Boarder, 1933
Sunset in the East, 1955
Jackals of the Sea, 1955
Singapore Passage, 1957
CHIN Kee Oon
Ma-Rai-Ee (later titled The Silent Enemy), 1952
My Candle Burns at Both Ends, 1947
A Freelance of Today, 1903
Saleh: A Prince of Malaya, 1926
Saleh: a Sequel, 1908 (I am not sure why this sequel appears several years before)
Since the Beginning: A Tale of an Eastern Land, 1898
The Lovely & The Damned, 1944
Penang Appointment, 1934
(Mrs.) R.M. CONNOLLY
Bermadu: a Tale of Modern Malaya, 1911
Joan CONQUEST (Mrs Leonard Cook)
The Sale, 1930
Almayer's Folly, 1895
Lord Jim, 1900
An Outcast of the Islands, 1896
Arthur Owens COOKE
The Rajah's Ruby, 1929
Chester CORNISH (pseudonym for Alleyne Ireland)
Beating 'em to It; or. The Sultan and the Sausages, 1917
The Chandu Men, 1955
F. de CROISSET
Lady in Malacca. 1936 (translated from La Dame De Malacca)
Clive DALTON (pseud. for F.S. Clark)
Always Afternoon, 1933
Island Spell, 1934
The Jesting Fades, 1938
Once to Every Man, 1935
The Spacious Days, 1939
Valiant Journey, 1935
White Pagan, 1932
Jessie A DAVIDSON
Dawn: a Romance of Malaya, 1926
Echo of a Bomb, 1957
Eyes of the Moon, 1927
The Fetters of Love, 1928
The Return of Gloria, 1926
Mark DERBY (pseud. for Harry Wilcox)
The Big Water, 1953
Malayan Rose, 1951
Out of Asia Alive, 1954
Sun in the Hunter's Eyes, 1955
The Sunlit Ambush, 1955
Trail of Treasure, 1953
G.W. DE SILVA
Only a Taxi Driver: a Romance of Singapore, 1939
The Princess of Malacca, 1938
Sulaiman goes to London: A Romance of the East, 1938
(Mrs) Egerton EASTWICK
The Governor's Wife, 1900
The Resident Councillor, 1898
The Golden Sword, 1957
The Soul of Malaya, 1931 (translated from Malaisie, 1930)
G. Manville FENN
Rajah of Dah, 1891
Middy and Ensign: or, a Tale of the Malay Peninsula, 1917
Trapped by Malays: a Tale of Bayonet and Kris, 1907
Malay Woman, 1954
W. Roberts FORAN
The Land of Fear, 1938
"Tid Apa" What Does it Matter?, 1915
The Story of Pigou, a Malay Boy, 1922
The Bamboo Rod, 1951
Bright Moon in the Forest, 1946
Planter's Wife, 1946
The Wiles of Lim Quong, 1943
(Major) Charles GILSON
The Cunning of Quang, 1935
A Tale that is Told: a Romance, 1949
No News from Helen, 1943
No Time to Look Back, 1950
The Tragedy of the Chinese Mine, 1930
Olive J. GROOM
Jungle Escape, 1957
HAN Su Yin
And the Rain My Drink..., 1956
Blood on the Leaves, 1953
The Gay Sarong, 1926
Simon HARVESTER (pseud. for Henry Gibs)
The Golden Fear, 1957
Coast of No Return, 1953
Death in Deep Green, 1952
Cocktail Alley, 1933
Exit Mrs Banks, 1935
Runaway Rascal, 1938
A Touch of the Sun, 1933
A. HILLMAN & WW. Skeat
Salam the Mouse-Deer, 1938
The Men from Singapore: A Romance, 1946
Stanley Portal HYATT
The Black Pearl of Pieloo, a Tale of the Malay Seas, 1914
Nancy Ford INMAN
To the Ends of the Earth, 1952
The Magician's Daughter, 1922
The Knight Errant, 1936
Biggles Delivers the Goods, 1946
Ray F KAUFFMAN
Coconut Wireless, 1948
Agnes Newton KEITH
Land Below the Wind, 1939
Three Come Home, 1948
White Man Returns, 1947
Ordeal of the Damned, 1951
Frances Parkinson KEYES
Fielding's Folly, 1940
Eastern Gate, 1952
Rosalind LE FLEMING
Tomorrow to Fresh Woods, 1936
Peter LECKIE (pseud. for Peter Martin)
Eastern Slave, 1927
Malayan Nights, 1927
Silver Nutmeg, 1947
Laurie E. LONG
Ernest Abaft Admidships, 1949
My Two Jungles, 1957
The Flying Fox, 1956
F. Van Wyck MASON
Singapore Exile Murders, 1939
The Narrow Corner, 1932
Fatal Shadows, 1933
A Maiden in Malaya, 1919
North from Singapore, 1956
Vile Repose, 1950
Homecoming, 1955 (translated from Japanese)
The Chinese Bungalow, 1923
Jungle Wallah, 1931
The Owl and the Moon, 1922
The Planter's Wife, 1927
Pierre Steplon Robert PAYNE
David and Anna, 1947
Singapore River, 1942
Malay Adventure, 1937
The Nettlebed, 1952
The Greatest Game, 1930
Eileen Arnott ROBERTSON
Four Frightened People, 1931
Three Came Unarmed, 1929
The Pirate Wind, 1920
Sepia, 1926 (reptinted as Passion Fruit, 1934)
Denis & Claude SANTRY
Salubrious Singapore, 1920
Pabitra K. SEN-GUPTA
Rainbow Over Malaya, 1945
Malayan Story, 1957
Two Died in Singapore, 1954
Round the Bend, 1951
A Town Like Alice, 1950 (also published as The Legacy)
Malacca Boy, 1957
Homer W. SMOTH
End of an Illusion, 1935
Robert STANDISH (pseud. for D.G. Gerahty)
Follow the Seventh Man, 1950
Storm Centre, 1951
In Singapore. The Story of a Strange Search, 1932
Uneasy Money, 1957
The Death of Lawrence Viving, 1929
Red Bamboo, 1954
Galleon's Reach, 1927
James R. ULLMAN
Windom's Way, 1952
The Tale of Fleur, 1930
W. Melville WACE
Yolande of Johore, 1929
Winter is Past, 1955 (Mills & Boon!!)
Seven Tickets to Singapore, 1941
The Panglima Muda, a Romance of Malaya, 1894
Roswell WILLIAMS (pseud. for Frank Owen)
Loves of Loh Fah, 1936
Dale WILMER (pseud.)
Jungle Heat, 1954
Blue Jungle, 1928
The Final Victory, `1935
John Vectic Carew WYLLIE
Goodly Seed, 1953
Tiger of Bitter Valley, 1957
List edited from a much longer piece by William R. Roff in JMBRAS Vol. 55. Special thanks to Guat!!
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 10:11 AM PST
ARKIB : 09/12/2009
Oleh Zaini Hassan
(yang berada di kota raya Hyderabad, India dari 29 November-4 Disember menghadiri Forum Editor-Editor Sedunia)
BERADA di kota raya tua India, Hyderabad selama seminggu minggu lalu amat memberi kesedaran kepada diri ini. Setiap inci persegi tanah di kota-kotanya dihuni oleh ratusan insan. Setiap kilometer persegi dihuni oleh ratusan ribu insan dan setiap bandar raya di negara keramat itu dihuni oleh jutaan manusia. Dan India ialah tanah bagi 1.2 bilion umat manusia. Angkanya bertambah setiap saat.
Berada di India bererti kita berada dalam satu realiti kemanusiaan yang sebenar. India ialah tanah bagi manusia ramai. Jurang hidupnya adalah antara langit dan bumi. Yang papa terlalu papa, yang kaya terlalu kaya. Yang kaya, tidak pandang ke bawah, yang bawah tetap di bawah.
Kasta, darjat atau keturunan masih diamalkan secara tebal di seluruh India. Ia semacam satu agama. Kasta atas tidak boleh bersatu kasta rendah.
Jalan rayanya haru-biru. Suasananya hiruk-pikuk. Bas, lori, kereta, basikal, teksi roda tiga, kereta lembu, kuda bersimpang siur. Bunyi hon adalah wajib. Pegang sahaja stereng, bunyi hon dulu. Di belakang bas dan lori tertulis `tolong hon'. Tiada siapa marah jika dia dihon. Hon ialah nyawa.
Semasa dalam perjalanan menghadiri makan malam perpisahan di Istana Chowmohalla (dibina pada 1780 oleh Nawab Nizam Ali Khan, Asaf Jah II),
pemandu bas yang membawa kami tiba-tiba turun lari meninggalkan bas yang dibawanya. Hilang dalam lautan manusia dan kenderaan. Kami terpinga-pinga. Dua lelaki preman masing-masing memegang submesingan jenis sterling yang mengawal keselamatan kami dalam bas berkata ``jangan bimbang''. Pemandu tadi sebenarnya turun untuk meleraikan kenderaan-kenderaan yang sudah berpintal di atas jalan raya. Dia bertindak menjadi polis trafik.
Sambil dia menyelesaikan kekusutan itu, saya melihat di seberang sana seorang penumpang turun dari teksi roda tiga yang dinaikinya menolak kenderaan itu yang mati di atas jalan raya. Tiada rasa marah pun di muka penumpang itu yang menolong menolak teksinya yang rosak.
Tiada siapa peduli apa yang berlaku di sekeliling mereka. Polis trafik pun menjalankan apa yang terdaya, tanpa memperlihatkan sedikit pun kekerutan di dahinya. Trafik lalu lintas tetap berjalan lancar, walaupun dalam suasana kekecohan.
Sebelah malam, di tepi-tepi jalan insan-insan tidur merata-rata. Ada yang telah nyenyak membungkus tubuh dengan kain selimut daripada kedinginan kota itu. Yang belum tidur, duduk mencangkung sambil memandang ke satu tujuan yang tidak diketahui.
Hampir dua jam bergelut kami tiba di istana bereka bentuk masjid itu. Di sepanjang dinding tembok istana tertulis tulisan dalam bahasa Inggeris ``Ini tempat suci jangan kencing''. Kencing berdiri sambil si anunya memancut ke dinding adalah pemandangan umum yang biasa. Mungkin kerana terlalu ramai manusia, tandas bukan lagi pilihan. Awas, setiap pagi berhati-hati berjalan di kaki-kaki lima kerana terlalu banyak jerangkap samar dari isi perut manusia berlonggok di sana-sini. Suasana serupa juga juga khabarnya boleh dilihat di bandar raya lain termasuk di Mumbai.
Sampainya di istana itu, kami dibawa masuk ke dalamnya. Satu suasana antara langit dengan bumi. Kawasan istana lama itu diwarnai dengan lampu-lampu berwarni yang menyenangkan perasaan. Bagaikan berada dalam kisah Hikayat 1001. Tarian-tarian Bollywood dari era 50-an hingga kini dipersembahkan kepada kami. Selesai persembahan kami dijamu dengan juadah Hyderabad tersohor di dunia, nasi beriyani.
Kami makan beriyani kambing dan ayam, tanpa mempedulikan apa-apa lagi. Ia terlalu sedap tanpa boleh ditandingi oleh mana-mana restoran Malaysia, waima Hameediah di Campbell Street, Pulau Pinang mahupun Mahbob di Bangsar.
Di luar tembok sana, suasananya adalah terlalu kontras. India yang penuh warna-warni. India yang penuh dengan drama. Di dada-dada akhbarnya konflik di mana-mana. Di Parlimennya pun haru-biru seperti di atas jalan rayanya juga. Televisyen memaparkan bagaimana seorang speaker dewannya tidak diendahkan oleh ahli-ahli Parlimen yang memboikot sesi soal-jawab. Akhbar Deccan Chronicle dalam karikatur muka satunya (macam Senyum Kambing) keesokan harinya mencuit: Mengapa mereka tidak mahu buat sesi soal-jawab dalam kantin saja, kan di situ tempatnya ahli Parlimen selalu melepak?
India tetap India. Orang India ialah masyarakat yang begitu unik. Jika kita sering tengok wayang Tamil atau Hindi, itulah budaya mereka. Kecoh, kecoh dan kecoh.
Namun, kita di Malaysia pun ada orang India. Kecohnya pun lebih kurang sama. Mereka ini rata-ratanya terdiri daripada ahli-ahli profesional, peguam dan kini menjadi ahli politik. Di Malaysia hanya orang India yang pandai-pandai sahaja yang sering buat bising. Mereka menguasai Majlis Peguam dan kini mereka sudah ramai di Parlimen, bukan mewakili MIC, tapi mewakili DAP dan PKR.
Kerana mereka lantang dan suka buat haru-biru, suara mereka sering kedengaran. Salah seorangnya ialah N. Kulasegaran yang kini memegang jawatan Naib Pengerusi DAP Perak. Beliau lantang mempersoalkan hak-hak orang Melayu.
Katanya, beliau tidak faham mengapa setelah bertahun lamanya masih ada kelompok manusia percaya kepada warna kulit atau penampilan yang lebih tinggi daripada satu kaum lain.
Kita tidak pasti apakah beliau ikhlas dengan kenyataannya itu. Dia tahukah apa yang dia cakap? Tapi yang pasti kenyataannya itu cukup sensitif dan akan membuat kumpulan lain marah. Tapi seperti biasa orang Melayu marahnya tidak lama. Tak apalah. Orang Melayu tidak seperti orang India, walaupun ada juga Melayu yang darah keturunan Keling (DKK), tapi darah Melayu yang lembut banyak menguasai mereka.
Jika di India, mungkin kita akan sentiasa dikawal oleh pengawal bermesingan. Kulasegaran perlu mengambil cuti. Pergilah melawat ke India, dan hayatilah erti kehidupan di sana, hayatilah erti kasta dan darjat, miskin dan kaya, seperti yang saya alami minggu lalu.
Seburuk-buruk Malaysia, inilah tanah tumpah darah kita.
source : Utusan Malaysia
The world That I see
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 10:06 AM PST
'If, say, an Indian or Chinese counterpart of 'Zaini Hassan' or 'Awang Selamat' had insulted the Malay community in another paper, the 'fair-minded' home minister would have no hesitation in shutting down the paper.'
Of noisy Indians and 'keling' blood: Utusan strikes again
Tan Kian Khim: This latest Utusan Malaysia article, combined with the reinstatement of Penang Umno chief Ahmad Ismail will do wonders for Umno's credibility among clear-minded Malaysians.
If, say, an Indian or Chinese counterpart of 'Zaini Hassan' or 'Awang Selamat' had insulted the Malay community in another paper, the 'fair-minded' Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (who saw fit to personally defend the Umno-backed Shah Alam cow's head hooligans) would have no hesitation in applying the ISA to shut down the paper and arrest the writer for making 'seditious remarks'.
But we all know who pays Zaini Hassan and Awang Selamat's bills.
Lee Tat Fatt: Hello, Mr PM, promoter of '1Malaysia'. What have got to say about this? Nothing I guess. But one thing is for sure. If a Tamil newspaper insulted the Malays, we all know what would happen (that's right - they would be classified as a threat to the security of nation).
Acode168: Najib, on one hand you talk about '1Malaysia', on the other you use the Umno-controlled media to provoke racial issues amongst the Malays. Please don't think the rakyat are all stupid and blind.
Rayfire: To the Umno-led BN government, you are the pinnacle of double standards. This Utusan Malaysia is raising sensitive issues on a daily basis and you keep quiet. But you go after people who hold candlelight vigils saying they are a threat to the nation.
As for the Utusan journalist, he is continuing his tirade because of immunity provided by the owner of this newspaper. And people like those 'cow head' protestors who accept it as the gospel truth will go on to harass fellow citizens saying they are second-class citizens.
Habib RAK: DKK apparently stands for 'Darah Keturunan Keling'. I'm a proud DKK. It's an undeniable fact that my grandparents are from India. Other than the Orang Asli, everybody else in Malaysia is also a DK-something.
They are either 'Darah Keturunan Cina, Indonesia (Java, Aceh, etc), Thailand, Burma, Philippines, English, Dutch, Portugese, Japan, Arab.
A commentator has pointed out that 'Melayu' means 'runaways' in the Javanese language. Thus all of who originated from another locality are Melayu in Malaysia. But I know that all of us are now proud Malaysians and we are doing our best for our beloved country Malaysia.
Only those who have a skewed and warped mindset choose to remain ignorant. Zaini Hassan is just one example of an ignorant (jahil).
Paradox: Zaini and the editor of Utusan Malaysia are another product of BTN. Zaini, I hope one day your daughter will fall in love with an Indian man and marry him.
Karma: MIC is wasting their time lodging a police report. For what? You think the police are so free to drive all the way out to arrest him? There is no promotion benefit for the policemen involved.
The police only act on instructions. They should find time to catch snatch thieves for that would be better.
Nazr: Since most newspapers vendors and distributors are Indians, I suggest they all retaliate by refusing to sell this crappy newspaper. This is the only way to really hurt them.
Chipmunk: The Malays originated in Yunnan, China. They Proto-Malays were also known as Jakun. They were seafaring people. Probably because of their seafaring way of life or trading, they were believed to have lived in coastal Borneo.
They then expanded into Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula. A Portuguese historian, Godinho de Eredia, referred to the Malays as Saletes (Orang Selat, or People of the Straits). Hindu influence on Malay culture is historically very great.
A large number of the Malays were Hindus before they were converted to Islam in the 15th century. So Zaini, who is the 'keling'?
Zainal: Is Zaini Hasan describing Dr Mahathir Mohamad?
Greyhame: No need for words, great need for votes. How I pray that the next general election will come soon.
more news at http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/119590
seals: what should have MIC done about this ? Again it proved MIC is not relevant in protecting the Indians? Let all Indians seek the help of Hindraf, at least they ahve done some thing for Indians ...
The world That I see
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 08:03 AM PST
We in Malaysia are concerned about the fact that we being ethnic Chinese and Indians and the non Muslim Bumiputra people of Sabah and Sarawak have been living for the past 40 years or more in a shaky modern democracy. Sometimes we wonder as to how these scandalous racial policies were permitted to be perpetrated by the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) unabated.
There is an obvious reason as to why the term "scandalous racial policies" are used to refer to the acts and conduct of UMNO until the situation arose recently where the pot started to call the kettle black. This refers to the extremely funny skirmish between the father of Malaysia's racism policies, that is non other than, Mahathir and the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Nazri.
It indeed was a hilarious national affair. It categorically and emphatically confirmed all the insinuations that have been posted by and large by anonymous bloggers on the biosphere. The skirmish put to rest the unconstitutional acts and conduct executed by UMNO which is clearly unconsciona
The first salvo came from Nazri, when he labeled Mahathir as a racist over the stand of the 84-year-old man with regard to the National Civic Bureau (BTN) courses.
The old man Mahathir shot back that UMNO is a party perkauman which is meant only for the Malays and nobody(else) can join and as such (Nazri) is in a racist party and since he is against racism he should resign from UMNO.
This whole episode was a blessing in disguise for the ethnic Chinese, Indians, and the non Muslim people of Sabah and Sarawak which was brought to the forefront by divine providence.
There seems to be something amiss here, to note as to how this racial situation of Malay supremacy was implemented and was allowed to be mismanaged for some 40 years or more.
This is owing to the fact that prior to obtaining Independence the UMNO, the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) and the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) formed a body called the Alliance which was the predecessor of the Barisan National (BN).
So, when we take a leaf from what is recorded in history, the visual political landscape would provide the missing link as to how and when this 40 year joke of racism first started to rear its ugly head.
The MCA was formed on February 27, 1949 with the implicit support of the post World War 11 British Reoccupation Authority by the Kuomintang (KMT) members as an alternative to the Malayan Communist Party.
The first leaders of the MCA were KMT army leaders. Leong Yew Koh was a KMT major general. He became the Governor of Malacca. Henry H.S. Lee was a colonel in the KMT. He was Malaysia's first Finance Minister. Lim Chong Eu was a colonel (medical) doctor in the KMT. He joined the MCA in 1952.
In 1957 we obtained our Independence. The first general election was held in 1959. Lim Chong Eu was the leader of the MCA and he demanded that the MCA be allowed to contest 40 of the 104 seats. The Tunku rejected it. There was an internal strife in the Alliance.
Lim Chong Eu and his supports resigned and stood as independents. UMNO won 51.8% of the votes which resulted in 74 out of 104 seats which was enough for a two-third majority in Parliament and the Alliance formed the government.
The relationship in the Alliance was well until its leaders decided in 1963 to make the Malay language the National Language of Malaysia. UMNO sought to reduce the reliance on the English language in government affairs. The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) backed the special rights for the Bumiputra which strengthened Islam's position in public affairs.
The Democratic Action Party (DAP) took a strong stance against UMNO and PAS position on Islam. They made the call for a "Malaysians Malaysia". In the meantime in 1968 the Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Gerakan) was formed. It was led by Lim Chong Eu.
Matters came to a head in 1969 general elections. The Alliance won less that half of the popular vote. The Alliance secured 66 out of 104 seats in Parliament. Most of the losses came from the MCA. The Alliance lost the States of Kalantan, Perak and Penang.
The King declared a national emergency on the advice of the government. Parliament was suspended. The National Operations Council (NOC) was led by Najib's father Abdul Razak. Until Parliament was reconvened the NOC consisted of 7 Malays, 1 Chinese and 1 Indian. In Razak's cabinet there were two powerful men. They were Ismail Abdul Rahman and Ghazali Shafie.
The New Economic Policy (NEP) was formulated during the NOC. Whilst Mahathir was expelled from UMNO he authored "The Malay Dilemma". In the book Mahathir controversially argued that the Malays needed "Affirmation Action" in order to overcome deficiencies in their genetic stock. Razak, subsequently readmitted Mahathir into UMNO.
Under the NOC the NEP targeted 30% Malay share in the economy. The old civil service hiring quota of 4 Malays for every, 1 non-Malay was effectively disregarded. By 1973 98% of all new government employees were pseudo Malays. 90% of the Government scholarship for studying abroad, were awarded to Malays. Hiring quotas in the private sector were enforced. Preferential entry requirements for Malays into universities were enforced thereby reducing the entry for the other ethnic groups.
In 1976 Razak passed away. Hussein Onn became the Prime Minister. Mahathir was given the key post of the Ministry of Education. Then Hussein Onn resigned in 1980 and Mahathir became the Prime Minister.
Against this backdrop, it can be clearly seen that as from 1969 up to this date where Najib is the Prime Minister of Malaysia, he and his government have completely submerged the constitutional rights of the citizens who are non-pseudo Malays, This unconscionable acts were implemented by his father, Razak.
The non-pseudo Malay people have been subjugated to such a point that they have even lost their constitutional rights to their "freedom of speech, assembly and association, religion and equality."
It appears that Najib is not able recognize the flaws diabolically conceived and created by his father and built upon by UMNO over the years. He fails to understand that constitutional rights have to be upheld by the government, as such rights and obligations between the populace and the government are essential for the people to live in harmony.
Najib is the President of UMNO and Malaysia's Prime Minister. He should know the fundamental rights of any citizen cannot hang on the fancies of individuals in authority. As such, such rights can ill afford to be consigned to the limbo of undefined premises and uncertain applications of which UMNO has made a mockery of them for the past 40 or more years.
Having had made a mockery of our fundamental rights in Malaysia we find Najib's statement made in Narathiwat, Thailand as reported in the Star on 10.12 2009 that is:
"As long as it is not against Islamic principles, I cannot see why the people living in Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat provinces should not support the moves taken by the Thai government to restore peace."
And this statement of Najib appears to be below the threshold of his consciousness or his mind must have been on automation where his words came out to rapidly and he was not able to consciously perceive what he was speaking.
What about you Najib subjugating our rights, is it permitted in Islam?
Najib, for all the mockery that UMNO and you have made to the ethnic Chinese, Indians and the people of Sabah and Sarawak over the last 40 years or more that statement you made gave us a revulsion on the contradictory manner in which your government endeavours to subjugate us in Malaysia of which fact you pretend to be oblivious.
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 09:34 AM PST
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak wants all quarters, including ministers not to prolong the polemics on the National Civics Bureau (BTN). He said he himself would evaluate BTN's training modules and arrive at a decision on them later.
The prime minister should take note that it is not possible to stop the debate on BTN. What he should do is not to display the I-know-best attitude but to listen to all quarters. After all, the taxpayers are paying more than RM74 million annually to run these racist courses.
Najib should take cognisance that the dawn has set on race based politics. No race should lord over another. It is time for this country to embrace all its citizens and other talents too who want to be part of our initiative to make Malaysia a successful nation.
Any attempt to delay, prolong or defend the BTN will not be taken lightly by Malaysians who just want to throw racism out of the window.
We have had enough of the polemics of NEP, Bumiputera quota and other affirmative actions which did not really help the needy ones. These policies were used and are still being used to benefit the politically connected and the privileged.
Recent scandals such as the PKFZ, the Shah Alam hospital etc. are examples of the failure and abuse of race based policies.
The results - foreign and local investors started to shun investing in this country. Second Finance Minister Husni Hanadzlah had sounded the alarm bell in a speech recently.
UMNO, MCA and MIC collective political fortune and support can only be recovered through the ending of race based politics. This may sound far fetched but the 308 general election was taken the same way too.
Again, Najib's role is to listen and help to address the problem. He should not attempt to stop the debate. Public discourse is part of a healthy democracy.
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 10:18 AM PST
He who kills Satan shall be the Lord!
I don't who will be the Lord but it looks like we do have good candidate for the other role. Imagine there are already dozens of hateful comments on him only an hour or two after the following news article appeared: -
NB: It appears Satan is after all also a PONDAN!
More at Malaysia Mirror
written by fireduck, December 13, 2009 01:44:23
The 10% bumis in the private universities are probably the smarter ones with more open minded parents who knows a thing or more about having their kids flying high with the eagles rather than flocking with a great big bunch of turkeys. And eagles do not need crutches.
... Dozens More Hateful comments on Satan Inside ---
written by onnetline, December 13, 2009 01:43:08
Can't get close enough to spit at this fcuking racist and corrupted ex-dictator or Indian Muslim .............. Mahatahi a/l Kutty !
With the excuse of NEP, he has made all his half dark Indian children multi-millionaires through corrupted ways while the true poor and needy Malaysians were sidelined !
Only the Malays at UMNO believed that his family was poor enough to deserve all that wealth through NEP.
written by HEADACHE, December 13, 2009 01:35:54
I have always been thinking - respect the elders. Even Mahathir, the bloody racist.
Now I have got this words to say to him, "FCUK OFF".
written by bodohland_citizen, December 13, 2009 01:32:31
From Kerala with love
written by penangboi, December 13, 2009 01:16:13
We are not disputing helping poor bumiputeras who can't afford the fees for education. This bloody Mamakutty is again playing the racial card. What a bloody racist!!!
The issue which is totally unacceptable is creating a double standard in the quality of students to be admitted to higher level of education.
Why can't this senile old man see the illogical reasoning behind his racist policies. There are certain levels of competency you must and cannot tamper with, and one of them is the quality of students that come out of tertiary education.
Just to achieve the quota of getting a certain percentage of bumiputera graduate so that this Mamakutty can 'show' to the Malays how 'successful' the Malay race is under his racist policies, he is willing to compromise on the quality of students that universities churn out.
During my time as a student for instance, a non-bumi student must get a Grade 1 in MCE (equivalent to SPM now) whereas a bumi only need to obtain a Grade 2 to get into Form 6. Similarly, a bumi student does not have to get good results to get into the local uni but non-bumi who get the same results as a bumi would not even have a sniff of seeking entry.
And that is only education we are talking about. What about in business? Bumi companies are given government projects without consideration of their real capabilities. Meritocracy is completely ignored in promotion of government servants.
And because of Mamakutty obsession with getting Malays rich and wealthy using the short-cut way, we now have a Malay population which is so dependent on government hand-outs that once the crutches are taken away they falter. (This is a generalisation of course but the exceptions are rare indeed).
And we must always remember that Mamakutty makes it sound oh so noble to uplift the Malays, but in truth it is done with the sole intention for boosting UMNO's political support. By adopting such racist and discriminatory policies Mamakutty is ensuring that the Malays have no choice but to support UMNO. It is akin to getting the Malays addicted to the drugs of 'bribery' clothed in the guise of 'affirmative action' so that they become completely dependent on UMNO's handouts.
Now you all know the hidden agenda behind UMNO in general and Mamakutty in particular.
written by betasigma, December 13, 2009 01:14:17
here comes the bloody racist hamkarchan again!!jus ignore him.
written by mob1900, December 13, 2009 01:06:48
What is there to hand out when there's no more to hand out?
Your Regime has looted the country dry and forced the minorities to bear the brunt of your so called NEP policies for the last 40 years!
Isn't that enough?
You had forced generations of Malaysians into thinking racism is right, corruption is a way of life and to live off others is a given right to AMNOputras. When you admit those who've been 'left-behind', it's the whole nation when your regime pillaged and burnt the nation coffers!
Why are you not invited to other countries to give such views?
Because you're wrong and no sane country would invite such discriminatory and disastrous methods such as yours. Our current dismay state is a living proof of your doing, sir.
written by Msian Idol3, December 13, 2009 01:03:00
Mamak malay cannot even tell the difference in the quest for quality rather than quantity. Ever heard that we only need a few good leaders & less a bunch of quacks who does not have a clue in leadership. It is quality leadership that can bring the worst to the next level of meritocracies and not vice versa. Our ex mamak PM is so flaw in his readings & he virtually set the tail spin downwards for the malays( & Non malays) to perform with a herd & kampung mentality so that he, his family & cronies can perpetually rule Msia for their pocket needs. Go to hell imposter.
written by malsia1206, December 13, 2009 00:54:08
Dear Tun Mahathir, you are making specific mention of oportunities given to Bumiputras to enter local Universities. Let me remind the Tun how about -
1. opportunities in the Civil Service?
2. opportunities in registered Contractors?
3. opportunities in securing APs?
4. opportunities in ownership of GLCs?
5. opportunities in getting grants for churches and temples?
These are just but the other few examples. Do you realise they all have a common denominator? Do you need me to spell it out for you in clear certain terms? What did the Menteri called you recently? Maybe those 2 words have yet to sink in your thoughts.
written by benny loh, December 13, 2009 00:52:07
THE FATHER OF ALL RACISMwritten by esac, December 13, 2009 00:20:37
No point to waste my time and energy to comment on 'non-issues'.written by kenny, December 13, 2009 00:03:24
I have decided to get a life by stepping up with non-emotional action that adds benefits and value to your own life.
The Greatest Exploiter of Racism! No need to psycho the people anymore. You have driven most of the bright and talented students away in exchange for the ever increasing tens and tens of thousands of unemployable graduates.
Your expected relapse can be due anytime now since your last heart attack. Many M'sians you have driven away are now Heads of Dept in foreign hospitals. If you are true to yourself and country, please insist on having your matriculasi doctors(not the pre-NEP ones and led by a Jewish from Mayo Clinic like before) hold the scapels this time around. I'm sure they will do a good job on you!
Old man, how can you continue lying to the people when everyone now can see that you're even lying to yourself.
written by imanj, December 13, 2009 00:02:50
It would be wise for the Malays to seriously read the many comments..Are you going to continue allowing anyone like in the case of our ex-Prime Minister with his statements that so impresses upon others,the Malays are literally unable to fend for themselves unless helped and given opportunities just to make the qouta based on the constituition?
There are many implications that state the Malays are not financially capable and even not knowledgeable enough in making a complete life full of ambition.If that is the case,in his reign as PM,why haven't the Malays moved to a level where they can afford a preferred education in the private colleges/universities or even other countries with their own financing?
It would all begin with today's generation that had parents and grandparents,who should have done well for themselves in their education to secure good professional jobs and hence provide the grounding and path for their present generation.
It would be more honorable to attain your goals on one's personal achievements.Parents should rightly expose their children to knowledge from the start of their childhood so that their children develope their minds and potentials into the right direction.
The country 's education system is responsible to provide the best,more furtile content in the curriculum which is direct,of high standard,simplified,current,relevant and authentic and not a selfish curriculum that ensures the statistics in the student;s results are to be based on and suited to race/religion and qouta.
Stop shunning any child of their potential,are there not many politicians/and their children today educated in the English Language in very notable universities using privileges and they can afford it? For any malay,yes provide them by all means,just do it with good intentions,with the right methods and not with arrogance and certainly not to buy votes.For damage is already being done,when merits are not considered,those who are very capable and intelligent are sidelined and this leads to a nation of unproductive/inefficient workforce,which is certainly negligent and careless on the Country's Administration's part.You will see a future of so called professionals that will bring embarassment to their said profession and certainly a bad reputation to this country's image..
Aren't we seeing it already? Came clean with your intentions,I say to my country's government,if it's beneath you to acknowledge that the non-malays play an important part in the country's needed progression where the non-malays have always shown potential,been hardworking,were responsible for most of the way Malaysia has progressed so far,then ensure the Malays do not be responsible for the country's detoriation presently and in the future.
This certainly isn't Islamic,nothing said from a man claiming to be muslim is prayerful..A good leader will see no boundries in his citizens of any colour or religion.A good leader gets the job done for everyone's survival to keep up with the world's situations.A good leader will always avoid racial aspectswhen putting forth applications,ideas,concepts for the country's development..
I am but dissapointed for being a muslim convert in this country.It should be made clear that it's not just any muslim that has this Government's attention and interest,it is only a malay muslim that will be considered a better person and has a place,if he supports this Government and their personal agendas and personal policies.
written by Richard Lo, December 13, 2009 00:01:48
And you wonder why the country is facing a brain drain.
written by Ocassey, December 12, 2009 23:52:23
HIGH TIME FOR THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN SABAH AND SARAWAK TO QUESTION THEIR REPRESENTATIVES IN PARLIAMENT TO FIND OUT EXACTLY THE PERCENTAGE OF BUMIPUTERA OF THE SAID 60% THAT ACTUALLY CONTAINS THOSE FROM SABAH AND SARAWAK. BEAR IN MIND THE DILUTION CAUSED DURING THE DICTATORSHIP OF TDM WHEN THOUSANDS FROM ACROSS THE ISLANDS AND BORDERS WERE BEING ISSUED KARTU BIRU.
THE ORANG ASLI FROM THE VARIOUS REGIONS AND STATES IN THE PENINSULAR , THE PORTUGUESE "MINORITIES" AND THE THAI "MINORITIES" ALSO NEED TO BE NOTED THE PERCENTAGE THAT REPRESENT THEM FROM THAT SAID 60%.
MINUS ALL ABOVE MENTIONED "BUMIPUTERAS" WITH A LITTLE GIVE AND TAKE SHOULD BE THE "MALAY" BUMIPUTERAS FROM THAT MENTIONED 60% THAT TDM WAS SINGING ABOUT.
THE NATIONAL STATISTICS DEPARTMENT , IF ITS "FACTS" CAN BE RELIED UPON CAN B CALLED UPON TO DIVULGE ON THE YEARLY BREAKDOWNS ON THE "BUMIPUTERA" STUDENT INTAKES IN ALL NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES.
THE EDUCATION MINISTRY AND HIGHER EDUCATION MINISTRY HAVE THOSE FIGURES AT THEIR FINGER TIPS. WHO ARE THOSE IN ALL THE SCIENCE COLLEGES WHERE HOSTEL FACILITIES ARE PROVIDED ? WHO ARE ALL THOSE SCHOLARS BEING SENT OVERSEAS FULLY ON GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS ?
LET US HAVE THE BREAKDOWNS OF THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY IN THE CIVIL SERVICES, THE POLICE FORCES, THE ARMED FORCES---land, sea and air . THE CUSTOMS DEPARTMENTS, THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT, THE REGISTRATION DEPARTMENT, THE FORESTRY DEPARTMENT,
THE WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT, SIRIM, NUCLEAR RESEARCH DEPARTMENT, ETC.
LET US TAKE A LOOK INTO ALL LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND THEIR EMPLOYEES. WHAT ARE THEY
IN THAT 60% MENTIONED BY TDM. ? TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT WISMA PUTRA AND ALL THE FOREIGN OFFICES IT CONTROLS ALL OVER THE GLOBE . WHAT IS THE STATISTICAL BREAKDOWNS THERE IN HUMAN RESOURCES SERVING WITHIN ?
BE TRANSPARENT TO JUSTIFY THE PRESENT SITUATION THE COUNTRY IS IN .
THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS TICKING LIKE A TIME-BOMB !!
written by arazak, December 12, 2009 23:23:31
Yeah right. . ., while the ordinary rakyaat is struggling to put their children in local universities and fighting for the limited space available, you and your UMNO cronies send their kids to US, UK, Australia and the other evil "white man" countries using the peoples' money. . .!
In fact most of your UMNO and their cronies children could not even qualify to enter the Sintok University let alone the other local universities!
This is not "didikasi" of your UMNO and their cronies' children, but rather "dady kasi"!
written by Taiping60, December 12, 2009 23:20:57
I think the time has come for Tun Dr Mahathir to retire. He has to stop talking to the media as he is causing more harm to Malaysia.
That man is causing more harm to Malaysia than helping. He is dividing the country. He is encouraging extremism. So the only way out for him to retire and keep his mouth shut. I am sure every average thinking Malaysians will agree with me.
written by aawilliam, December 12, 2009 23:19:03written by bambooman, December 12, 2009 22:21:40
when the oil dries .......your ppl will be maid to Singaporewritten by Vertigo Cure, December 12, 2009 23:16:03
What the fcuking arguments and reasons this bastard gave to justify racism! Nothing he said makes any sense. I still can't believe he was PM for 22 years! With this type of stupid idiot as PM no wonder Malaysia is in deep shit.written by corpuscavernosa, December 12, 2009 23:12:20
Mamakthir, you said only 10% of bumi in private institution because they can't afford. Why do they need to in the first place if they can get into govt institutions even with poor results? Or why don't you use the billions and billions of dollars you looted from the country to help these suckers?
Throughout the implementations of NEP, only a few melayus have benefitted from the awritten by uxzee, December 12, 2009 23:10:42
firmative action. There are still too many malay scholars here on taxpayer money who are failing their exams, repeating their studies. Simply because majority of malays(not everyone)are plain stupid with low IQ.Talking about business skills,mamakthir himself admitted that melayus are good at spending all their money given by government for doing business.I have watched with my eyes the number of melayu restaurants in UK which lasted for less than a year. If you cant even manage a small restaurant, forget about managing bigger ones like Mas, Proton, Petronas etc.This is what i call melayu disease.
If there are more non-bumiputra students in the private institutions of higher learning as Mahathir said, the reason is because they do not have a choice. The parent of these non-bumiputra students have to beg, borrow or steal to put their children in these private institutions because the BN government discriminate against these non-bumiputra students and do not give them any oppurtunity to enter the government public institutions even after obtaining excellent results. Whereas the bumiputras are freely taken into public institutions and the rich ones have a choice to enter private institutions.written by Semuaok, December 12, 2009 23:10:24
The Mahathir/BN government have failed miserably to provide higher education oppurtunities to low income non bumiputras.
Father of racist.written by Navigator, December 12, 2009 23:08:06
If you love the Malay, you should have raised their score for them to be eligible. Even though the number might be small but atleast you know who are really good that can help.
Now look at your successors
1) Bodowi - Sleeping Prime Minister
2) Najis – Corrupted C4 Minister
3) MumZhiDin – Takes on the Japanese - remember look east – Yes! Malaysia Boleh.
You can't blame the Education Minister because you appoint them. So you have to F**k yourself.
God I can't take these anymore. Mamak shut the F**k up.
Let's look at the situation logically. They claim the Malays were here first but they are well behind the Indians and Chinese. Whose fault is it? They could have developed the country on their own but they did not. Now that it is developed, they blame the Indians and Chinese who developed it? They also blame the British when it was their sultans who brought them in to fight their petty battles. They do not thank the British for giving making them civilised and the non-Malays for clearing the jungles, build schools, hospitals and roads. It speaks very much for the quality of the Malays.written by alpha100, December 12, 2009 23:03:23
Lately he starts talking about matters with racial tone? Is he trying to get support for some matters? Nak jadi PM lagi ke atau nak jadi hero sahaha?written by by2020, December 12, 2009 23:02:37
Dear TDM,written by tt c, December 12, 2009 23:01:40
Before you loss memory, could you tell how many of minister's children are on scholarship? Those Malaysian ministers are poor? So what happened to the millions of ringgit you allow them to plundered from the rakyat?
Obviously nobody will be rich enough if they are as greedy as you! You are just thinking people of your kind should enjoy special status, and special "RICH" definitions. When they is government money on offer, all of your kind will immediately become "POOR" and taken the offer supposing allocate for the poor!
You said 90% of income tax for the country is paid by non-bumi. It is not because they are rich, it is because they are god fearing, and obeying citizens. How many of your cronies making big money but do not pay tax? Your kind is just enjoying special privileges including right to evade tax!
When are you going back to Kerala? You UMNO has been shouting "pendatang balik" When are you going to do that? A palace must have been built there waiting for you. Please go back when you still remember the way.
i don't see why anyone should publish any thing spoken by this racist and corrupt exPM. Just ignore him. Don't bother to comment on what he says.written by Navigator, December 12, 2009 22:59:23
Seen in isolation, this issue may not be significant. But seen in the larger context of the civil service, military and police enrolment, the racist policy is glaring. At one time, less than 3 - 5 % of the non-Malays obtained places in the local universities. It is the result of a race suffering from inferiority complex, trying to keep others down so that they can come up. But they forget they have to compete with the rest of the world. Ketuan Melayu is a sign of inferiority complex and of denial. The inferiority complex is also displayed in actions, showing petty minds at work.written by Mirage, December 12, 2009 22:59:15
We killed our own educational system by taking almost exclusively Malays to become teachers, without regard for quality. Poor quality teachers produce poorer quality students. The non-Malays saw it and sent their children for tuition. You cut your nose to spite your face.
And so, we are left far behind in the knowledge field. Go to Low Yat and see how many Malays are really interested in the computer field. Now you have an idea where you are heading.
Btw Mahahthir NOBODY IS REALLY TAKING WHAT YOU SAY SERIOUSLY ANYMORE ESP NOW THAT WE KNOW YOU ARE A RACIST PIG.written by Mirage, December 12, 2009 22:59:15
You are responsible for the corruption in the country (most notable to date PKFZ),
You are responsible for Racism thru BTN
You are responsible for choosing all the wrong DPM and most notable is Badawi who has set Malaysia backwards by 5 years
You are responsible for squandering 100 Billion of the country's money
You are responsible for being a adamant fool to continue fueling Proton which we all know is already a failure
Your are responsible for breeding useless minister for you own good
Btw Mahahthir NOBODY IS REALLY TAKING WHAT YOU SAY SERIOUSLY ANYMORE ESP NOW THAT WE KNOW YOU ARE A RACIST PIG.written by hamid, December 12, 2009 22:53:14
You are responsible for the corruption in the country (most notable to date PKFZ),
You are responsible for Racism thru BTN
You are responsible for choosing all the wrong DPM and most notable is Badawi who has set Malaysia backwards by 5 years
You are responsible for squandering 100 Billion of the country's money
You are responsible for being a adamant fool to continue fueling Proton which we all know is already a failure
Your are responsible for breeding useless minister for you own good
If there was no balance, those left behind would feel hatred and jealousy and might act irrationallywritten by talk2stop, December 12, 2009 22:49:36
Do you mean "Mengamuk"? Only brainless people mengamuk! You are father of racist , what did you know? When you are in power, you shut your fu@ing mouth for what?
I got to say recalcitrant fit him well. Paul Keating is a visionary person. He knew what he was saying. I can't agree more than that. Now and then this Mahathir come out firing must be the viagra.written by Mirage, December 12, 2009 22:48:48
University is good but when you have idiots studying in a Uni you are defeating the purpose. Why bother calling it a University?
Mahahthir,written by anon, December 12, 2009 22:47:40
Then what happen to merit based? You mean to say that bumiputra should be protected forever? What repercussion.....the only repercussion I know is that they have been protected for so long that they feel is their right. Put them anywhere else in the world and they will die!
The longer you live and longer you talk the more shortcoming are expose. If you teach you child to walk, after awhile you would let them walk on their own unaided, In your case you continue to promote this aiding which will make them more dependent of UMNO. Well FCK YOU TOO OL MAN
Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that the opportunity given to more bumiputras to enter public universities should not be disputed as a racist act which prioritises one race at the expense of others.written by Stupid me, December 12, 2009 22:37:43
I am beginning to believe what Anwar said about this Maha sh*t - he must be getting too old and all the ops are now making him senile.
What do you call a University that takes in 'bumiputra' students, the majority of whom who do not meet the minimum qualification? Then their marks are pushed - literally speaking - and they pass and graduate.
Why the quota system in the first place? If these 'bumis' do qualify and have no money then help them by all means. But to just haul them all and make them all doctors and engineers and lawyers - who believe English Language only exists in countries like England, U.S and Australia - is somwhat pathetic.
If they are given all the incentives and motivation and they still do not make it, why do you have to herd them all in Universities? Just to fulfill that NEP crap? To strike a balance?
The Malays who made it meritoriously deserve to be helped but certainly not the others who just want to sit on a fancy chair in a lounge suit as a Director of a company with a voluptuous secretary - and play golf.
Yes, open up two more Universities that are on par with Oxford and Cambridge and herd all the cow-head protestors inside these two Universities - the same sh*itheads who stepped on the opposition party members.
Listen Mahamutt, I know of 'bumi' students ( more tahn 55% ) who failed and were pushed to pass and graduated - what do you call that?
You have UiTM with about 36,000 students - 'bumiputras' - a lot of whom keep changing courses - starting with the Law faculty then finding it confusing and switching to other easier courses.
RACISM: The belief that people's qualities are influenced by their race and that the members of other races are not as good as that of your own, or the resulting unfair treatment of members of other races.
Now tell me if what I said is not racism.
He should be prescribed some sleeping pills. Nobody wants to listen to what he says except his cronies. Has he not done enough damage ? Never realize that he is past the expiry date.written by tom73my, December 12, 2009 22:28:18
Mahathir, I just cannot not pick on this practice of giving 7% discount to super rich Bumi for buying RM 1 million property. Why?
suddenly this DKK maha tiew has regain his memory on bumi status
....all this while he was very quiet
....when ahmad ismail called others pendatang...his is senile
....the umno NGOs making foolish statement....he is senile
....BTN training morons....he is senile
...and now he has found his memory on bumi issue but not the wastages of taxpayers money that he and his cronies throw away!!!!
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 09:09 AM PST
Late last night, while coming back from Bandar Baru Sri Klebang, near Chemor, I saw the swirling blue lights of a police patrol car following ours. There was no siren nor verbal warning via loudspeaker to stop. I hesitated, partly because my wife who was half asleep, said, 'Don't stop, don't know who they are.' But I had to stop because it really looked like a genuine police car and I would not like the idea of being shot at for not stopping.
I sounded annoyed when a policeman came near to my side when I asked, 'apa salah?' (or what did I do wrong?) He asked for my driving licence and identity card and asked where I was going and where I came from. There is also the favourite question of 'apa kerja?' (or what do you do?). Then I was told that one of my tail lamps did not light up. All the while, my phobic wife said, 'don't get down, drive to a bright area' but I had to trust my own judgment. I got out of the vehicle and sure enough the right side tail lamp was off. Again I was asked what work I do. I asked them in return, from which police station, 'IPK?' and was corrected, 'IPD'. He also asked who was sitting in the car and I replied, 'my wife' (she refused to wind down the window, so I could not blame him for asking). While one was writing down my particulars, the other advised me to get the light fixed.
Earlier this evening, I remembered about the problem light which my wife promised to take it for repairs but didn't. It was already quarter to 7pm and I had yet to shower to attend this birthday dinner. So I went to the nearest auto air-cond shop to have the bulb checked. The apprentice changed the bulb but the light came on and off. Then he suggested that I take it to an electrician. So I went to one which was about to close. He was initially put off by the type of car but realized Mazda twin-cab pick-up was easier to open the lamp cover than the Ford. After changing the base of the bulb, he checked the light as well as the braking lights. It was only while driving to the nearest junction that I realized the rear right signal lamp was not working instead! But I was getting late for my mother-in-law's birthday dinner and had to chance it. In fact, two factory workers were waiting for me to fetch them.
After dinner, at Jalan Lahat, I saw a police road block. When it came to my turn, one look at the back passenger (Indian looking Myanmar national) he signaled to me to stop at the side and signaled to one policeman to check me out. This Indian policeman wished me 'Good evening, may I see your driving licence and IC including those of your passengers?' As my wife drove past in another car, I gestured her to stop in case there were problems with their papers. He asked me the favourite question, 'what do you do?' and I replied, 'retired'. He said 'you don't look retired' and I replied, '59 already, not retired?' Then he asked 'retired from PDRM?' and I said, 'private sector, lah'. 'Where are you going?' and I replied, ' after mother-in-law's birthday dinner' By then he saw me gesturing to my wife in another car in front, and he offered his hand and wished me, 'happy birthday, why didn't you say so!' and I replied, 'nice meeting you!'
At home, my wife actually said when she was following my car, she noticed the problem lamp did not light up and thought I was stopped because of it. In other words, the earlier problem recurred and the signal lamp as well will have to be re-checked. But I must say, the police gave me the benefit of the doubt... because I looked... presentable? honest? never mind, I got away both times without having to 'bribe' like what others perceive the police would do. I should give credit where credit was due.
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 09:57 AM PST
Mac, a brother blogger writes an "interesting logic" at To Think About It.
"The Selangor state government, under Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, claims that the BTN course is a political machine used by UMNO to brainwash/indoctrinate the people. Not having gone for any BTN courses myself, I am in no position to comment with the greatest certainty, but I can say that I am not surprised. Well actually, I
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 10:01 AM PST
I was in Switzerland during one of business trips and had experienced the country's hospitality as well as ethics.
The recent controversy on the ban of minarets should be a reminder to the Muslims that we have a lot more to do in promoting the real Islamic teachings. Some may claim that the ban is another evidence of the West's antagonism towards Islam which can be argued and reasoned.
Some scholars slam the ban and say it is an example of growing anti-Islamic incitements in Europe by the extremist, anti-immigrant, xenophobic, racist, scare-mongering ultra-right politicians who reign over common sense, wisdom and universal values.
However, are we really doing our parts in promoting Islam as good Muslims? We may have failed to portray the real Muslim images despite being the chosen ones. We can blame the media propaganda or other excuses, but at the end of the day, we are responsible for most of the damages on Islamic brands.
A Saudi scholar, Shaikh Murshid Al Motairi, underlined the need for launching a massive campaign to withdraw investments of Muslim countries from Swiss banks and halt going to Switzerland for holiday making.
According to banking sources, the volume of Arab investments in Swiss banks amounted to more than $400 billion. This makes up more than 10 per cent of the total banking deposits to the tune of $3.7 trillion.
The Muslims are themselves to be blamed....
Misunderstanding the minaret
THE controversy over the Swiss vote against the construction of new minarets seems to emphasize political and constitutional issues, notably the restructuring of many right-wing parties around the issue of a "European-Christian" identity standing against an "Islamization of Europe" and the possible conflict between the democratic right to make decisions by voting and the constitutional principle of freedom of faith. Yet the main argument suggested to support the ban position is rarely discussed.
The basic reasoning of the ban position is presented in a flyer prepared by the "Federal Popular Initiative Against Minarets", which is initiated by a provincial "Egerkinger Kommittee", and it focuses on the significance of the minaret. The key idea lays in the following assertion: "The minaret is an expression of willingness to have politico-religious power." The two-page flyer suggests that this is the case because the minaret "has nothing to do with faith," and also because of what Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in 1997 when he compared, playing with the words of a 1912 Ottoman poem, the minarets to "the bayonets" in an Islamist march to power.
Rejecting Erdogan's statement as irrelevant to this discussion or especially to use it as proof that building minarets signify an intention of politico-religious conquest by Switzerland's Muslim diaspora is the easier part. Since Erdogan also suggested then that the domes of mosques are their "helmets", then it would be incomprehensible not to include the "domes" in the referendum. Then the "Egerkinger Kommittee" should include the "believers" themselves as a forbidden entity because they are characterized in the same quote as Erdogan's "soldiers". Obviously what is said rhetorically by a man at a time when he was still part of an Islamist hard-core group involved in a heated debate in the Turkey of 1990s should not be even considered as a statement of any worth in the debate over the meaning of the minaret for more than one billion Muslims.
So the more serious discussion is not about one single political statement at one single point in time but about the significance of the minaret throughout time. It is true that Muslims began the tradition of adhan (call to prayer), which is frequently and wrongly seen as the minaret's primary function, even before minarets came into existence. It should be noted here that the Swiss objection does not seem to be primarily focused on the function of prayer calling, for none of the four existing minarets in Switzerland is actually used for that purpose.
But what is perceived now as exclusively Islamic minarets are in fact inherently pre-Islamic, notably Christian. Minarets were introduced in the process of conquest such as in the earliest surviving imperial mosque — the Umayyad Mosque of Damascus — in the beginning of the 8th century. Minarets were in this case an appropriation of a Byzantine church's bell towers.
Slowly minarets became one of the elements asserting the grandeur and influence of big mosques financed by the early Islamic states, notably between the 8th and the 10th centuries. The Damascus Mosque's minarets seem to have been imitated later in the 10th century when the rulers of Andalusian Cordoba were aspiring to rival the major Islamic eastern caliphates. The helicoidal 9th century minarets in the mosques of the Abbasid city of Samarra, which are the largest mosques in pre-modern history, seem to have been imitated in Egypt in the same century. Yet minarets were not a constant element. In the eastern Islamic lands, especially within the Persian space, minarets seem to play a minor role. At some point in the 14th century minarets in Iran were simply decorative accessories for huge portals with big domes in the background.
It is probably with the Turkic dynasties, culminating with the Ottomans since the 15th century, that minarets would be equated with Islamic images in the Western European imaginaire. It has been widely reported in the European travelogues that one of the first acts of Ottomans after conquering Constantinople in 1453 was the insertion of a minaret at one of the corners of the Byzantine church of Haghia Sophia. In fact, the Ottomans seemed to have used the minaret as one of the elements to visually appropriate conquered Byzantine churches and convert them to mosques. They tended also to build monumental minarets, sometimes four, in their new mosques.
Whatever its meaning in the premodern era, the minaret's signification seems to have been reshaped starting from the end of the 19th century. In the various Exposition Universelle, especially those held in France, we could see the creation of a fixed Orientalist architectural identity where a "Muslim building" would have certain elements indicating its Islamic nature. At the corners of manufactured models that are meant to represent the French colonies in predominantly Islamic territories we would see rounded or octagonal minarets even in what seem to be secular buildings. Paradoxically, this is exactly how the earliest Islamic, notably Ottoman Turkish, buildings looked like by the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. Mirroring the Orientalist models, modern Muslims tended to assign to themselves specific architectural elements in order to create an identity that is visually recognizable.
When the Islamic postcolonial nation states emerged, especially since the 1950s, some actually opted for less typical models blurring the boundaries between secular and religious buildings. But the tendency created in the Orientalist 19th century context emphasizing a fixed architectural identity was reinforced in many other cases. This is the example, especially of the mosques that were built in or financed by Gulf states. Even in the more vernacular architecture by the Egyptian Hasan Fathy, the minaret was selected along the dome.
It is within the latter tendencies that we should understand the mosques of the Muslim diaspora. As has been demonstrated by Renata Holod and Hasan-Uddin Khan in their voluminous and well researched "Contemporary Mosque": "The development of a Muslim diaspora has meant that the mosque has become a repository of identity and authenticity for those who have found themselves distanced from their home countries... The newly developed 'global mosque' allows for little movement away from the use of the formulaic dome and minaret."
It thus appears that the historical significance of the minaret was not homogenic. It seems that the dominant tendency, especially within the Muslim diaspora, was the construction of minarets as an act of cultural affiliation and remembrance rather than of expressing dominance. It is utterly simplistic to assign to the minaret the intention of politico-religious conquest, for even in the case of Muslim hard-liners, their specific understanding of one single architectural element is defined by the dominant modern view of their community that is of cultural affiliation and remembrance rather than by their explicit political views.
The opposition to the minaret by a majority of Swiss voters is certainly due to some complicated factors. Cultural assumptions shaped over centuries and only reinforced by current political events and by dominant Islamic self-representations play a more profound role to make a majority of people assign a certain "willingness to have politico-religious power" to the minaret.
Yet in this case the most apparent meaning, especially in the case of a diaspora, seems to be rather defensive. As much as the Swiss are in need of historicizing their understanding of Islamic visual representations, Muslims should engage more with their visual context and refrain from unidimensional self-representations. Because if it is misleading to assume that their insistence on the presence of the minaret is suggestive of intentions of domination, it is probably true that the rigid affiliation to one single architectural model (the dome-minaret model) is representative of an isolated and meager visual imagination, which is not very helpful for any diaspora.
— Tarek Kahlaoui is assistant professor of Islamic art history and history at Rutgers University, NJ. He can be contacted at: email@example.com
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 09:17 AM PST
Ex-PM Mahathir has his own opinion, that's his right. As for me, I think the term bumiputra has been abused and misused to promote certain race only. Look at the Orang Asli, the natives of East Malaysia, the Chitties who were once bumiputras and so on. How many managed to enter IPTAs before year 2000? Now [...]
Posted: 12 Dec 2009 08:03 AM PST
Just look at his diet : He does not take any special food. But he eats five eggs and cereals for breakfast, a whole pot of chilli chicken for lunch and drinks mugs of energy beverage, That's not like any normal pre-school boy I know. Six-year-old T. Santhosperumal looks like any normal pre-school boy. But looks can be deceiving [...]
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