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Perkasa lunacy binge

A screenshot from the YouTube clip which allegedly mocks the Court of Appeal's ruling on the Allah issue. - October 30, 2013.

 Perak Perkasa wants action over YouTube clip mocking court ruling on Allah 

A screenshot from the YouTube clip  which allegedly mocks the Court of Appeal’s ruling on the Allah issue. –

October 30, 2013.The Perak chapter of Malay right wing movement Perkasa today lodged a police report over a YouTube clip, which it claimed mocked the Court of Appeal decision on the use of the word Allah

Ter-Hindu jadi lebih Ter-keliru ,  itu sebab  Ter-Tragedi   tapi jangah kau orang call  “Uncle Ib”  pulak,  nanti Ter-Ibrahim atau Ter-Perkasa lagi dasyat,   baru ada akai nanti …..di Ter-Perkosa kan.

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sometimes you wonder if all they do (Perkasa) is only look for perceived offenses on social media etc and nothing else,
As soon as they find something , so excitedly jumping on the victim , like a retriever dog on a fox hunt.retrieving a dead fox and placing it on the feet off their masters, .tonques out and sad eyes so eager to get approval from their masters that they get a pat on the head and a doggie biscuit reward for their loyalty/dedication.

surely there must be other issues more deserving for them to champion the community they profess to be representing, but actually succeed in mauling the reputation and good name of, with their extreme antics bordering on illogical insanity..
guess they are at the ” fringes of lunacy ” and Tun could very well have them in mind inspiring the description..

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School becomes Abbatoir for Ritual Slaughter

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school is a place of learning, abbatoir is a pace for butchering.
there are innocent children’s mindsets involved. and a lot of blood, a school is not where butchering of animals should be done, not every religious person are for slaughter of animals, killing is just wrong..
we are talking about school children’s perception here, and it is a “Ritual”.put aside the religious significance a moment and consider the blood letting and the savagery of slaughter, witnessed by the innocent minds, many children are horrified by even experiments dismembering frogs, children see animals as living things like their pets to be loved..

and to get them to witness this mass slaughter,it can be extremely horrifying and distressing because however you look at it,it is still about killing and violence..
Will be extremely traumatic and have long term implications on their psyche.perhaps causing nightmares. even adults cannot stomach violent scenes like these on TV and this is real life.!
where are the parents who ought to be protecting their kids from seeing things like these ? good grief, will sanity prevail..?

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A ritual is a well-defined sequence of words and actions designed to focus attention, establish significance, and achieve a beneficial result

Misconceptions abound in the  mind of many non-Muslims, who fail to perceive the significance and wisdom behind the  act of the ritualistic animal sacrifice in Islam before Aidil Adha.

Won’t it be better addressing those misconceptions  in order to erase distortions about Islam instead of arrogant remarks.

Mass slaughter of animals in schools. where/what is the wisdom in that?

So this has to be more than a black-and-white issue where animal sacrifice is right or wrong .

Or maybe professed vegetarians are somehow more spiritual or closer to God.

But at the same time, the issue cannot be seen as a blanket acceptance of a religious tradition for the sake of ritual.

The significance of the day of sacrifice goes much deeper in spirituality and is more symbolic in meaning than the outwardly widespread distribution and hearty feasting of the meats by Muslims on the three days after the completion of the annual Hajj every year.

We wonder which is more puzzling, the reaction of outrage and indignation by them when it was pointed out to them of the seemingly inappropriate location to carry out the mass ritual sacrifice or the decision to carry out the ritual in schools?

If anything , it is a clear indication of the stubborn mindsets and deaf ears of the establishment that just will not listen nor see things any other way but their own, And prepare for their wrath if you happen to see or think  otherwise and have a point of view. That is unacceptable to them and threatening to the status quo.

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“GOODNESS  Gracious .. face palm ( Double palms and bury our faces in them) or throw  hands up in despair looking up and  seeking relief for this confounding state of affairs and having to put up with people like them?”

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The Sacrifice of “Eid al-Adha” 

(It is not their meat nor their blood, that reaches Allah: it is your piety that reaches Him: He has thus made them subject to you, that ye may glorify Allah for His guidance to you: And proclaim the Good News to all who do right.) (Al-Hajj 22: 37)

“No one should suppose that meat or blood is acceptable to the One True God. It was a pagan fancy that Allah could be appeased by blood sacrifice. But Allah does accept the offering of our hearts, and as a symbol of such offer, some visible institution is necessary. He has given us power over the brute creation, and permitted us to eat meat, but only if we pronounce His name at the solemn act of taking life, for without this solemn invocation, we are apt to forget the sacredness of life. By this invocation we are reminded that wanton cruelty is not in our thoughts, but only the need for food …” (Yusuf Ali commentary)

Sacrifice is not a pillar of Islam. Nor is it obligatory during Hajj, its accompanying ‘Id or the ‘Id al-Fitr. This is not to say that it did not or does not happen. However, we must look at the occurrences in a contextual manner, understanding not only the pre-Islamic institution of sacrifice, the Qur’anic reforms concerning this practice, and the continuance of sacrifice in the Muslim world, but also the context in which the Qur’anic revelations occurred. For it seems that with many people, both nonMuslims and Muslims alike, context is the key that they are missing.

One only has to look at how the Qur’an treats one of the most famous stories in the Judeo-Christian world: the sacrifice of Isaac (here, in the Islamic world seen as the sacrifice of Isma’il) to see a marked difference regarding sacrifice and whether or not Allah is appeased by blood. The Qur’anic account of the sacrifice of Isma’il ultimately speaks against blood atonement.

Notice that the Qur’an never says that God told Abraham to kill (sacrifice) his son. Islam’s attitude toward ritual slaughter is not that of blood atonement, or seeking favor with God through another’s death, but rather, the act of thanking God for one’s sustenance and the personal sacrifice of sharing one’s possessions and valuable food with one’s fellow humans.

The ritual itself is NOT the sacrifice. It is merely a method of killing where the individuals kill as quickly as possible and acknowledge that only Allah has the right to take a life and that they do so as a humble member of Allah’s creation in need of sustenance just like every other species in Allah’s creation.

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above are passages extracted from the interesting full article:

 The Sacrifice of “Eid al-Adha” 

AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE AGAINST ANIMAL SACRIFICE  by Shahid ‘Ali Muttaqi

 

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Are we Malaysians left behind in our religious practice when it comes to the ritual slaughtering of animals?

Some Muslim countries such as the UAE have already worked on plans not to allow animals being slaughtered in public or at any undesignated place, including outside the mosque, other than the many authorised abattoirs they have built.

In India, Muslims would not slaughter sacrificial animals in public where there are children, women or people of other faiths..

 

Take a cue from these Muslim countries

When would Malaysia take a cue from these Muslim countries and other Muslims living in developed countries who also perform the korban just like the Muslims in this country?

In developed countries where Muslims are the minority the korban is not banned but they have to do it in proper abattoirs and Muslims there, in general, do not object to this ruling..

When is the government of the day in this country going to edify the public on this matter?

Muslims should be open to the call by some concerned citizens who do not condone the slaughter of animals in school compounds or public places for the simple reason that it is not appropriate nor hygienic for such rituals to be carried out in those places.

These citizens are not against any ritual rites of the Muslims but they only mean to say that it would not be proper for the ritual to be done in the open where children and those “not ready” could see.

 

Petrified by the unpleasant scene

Prone to so many diseases

Protect public health and the environment

Adverse effects on health and the environment

Moderate Muslims

Muslims should not be made to think that the call by some concerned groups that “it is not a wise idea that animals be slaughtered in public places, especially in school compounds” – is against the korban rite of the Muslims.

It is thus disingenuous for some Muslim groups to point finger at these concerned citizens calling them as “anti-Islam”.

Malaysia should take the cue from some Muslim counties to edify the general public that slaughtering of animals is best done “behind closed doors” or in some other restricted places.

There are many moderate Muslims out there – in this country and throughout the world – who do not share the views of the minority groups that make use of sensitive issues like the slaughtering animals in the open to glorify their position in the name of religion.

Most Malaysian Muslims, for that matter, are more mature than the members of the minority groups among them who cannot accept criticism from non-Muslims.

* Dr Moaz Nair

Must read : article on-ritual-slaughtering-of-animals-in-public – moaz-nair

 

 

sad affairs

Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB), Sabah’s second largest church, has assured Muslims that the Catholic church’s appeal against the Allah ruling is not against them or Islam, but against the wrongful conduct of the Federal Government and its officials.

In a communique to its leaders and members today, SIB said the church has never undermined the position of Islam as the religion of the federation

It is more than just about a word; it is about the fundamental right to worship God in the way we have been doing for generations without hindrance.

“The decision of the Court of Appeal against Herald puts new restrictions on our human and constitutional rights to freedom of religion.

A comment from a Malaysian Insider reader:

As a Muslim , let me assure the Christians and other non Muslims that the majority of Muslims in Malaysia are good practising Muslims and we understand the issue fully and that the ban was politically motivated. Only a small number of extremist nurtured by Umno Baru were hell bent in creating religious dis harmony for the greater cause of Umno Baru’s political survival.

And a reply:

I am just sad that many of your fellow muslims do not share your sentiments, and it is not even totally their fault, UMNO has done so effective  a job to whip them into a  religious frenzy and successfully convinced”brainwashed” them into believing that their fellow non muslim malaysians are their enemies and a threat to them that they are seeing conspiracy in everything and suspicious of all those who are not UMNO people, including fellow BUMIs.. it is so distressing to witness how low UMNO will go to retain power  and control, that they are willing to sacrifice the well being of the entire country and the peace  of mind of all its people.

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Almost every one in the country with a clear sense of discernment knows what this Allah issue is about and who it is directed in favor for and against ,  the political ploy that it is,  designed to stoke passions on both sides, – 2 birds with one stone – currying favour from Peninsular’s largely Muslim marjority  while sending a subtle message or warning to the non muslims, Christians and non Christians alike-because a very large proportion from this segment had voted against them..-


Christians just happened to be in the line of fire,  giving them “BN/UMNO” a good excuse to launch their tirade conveniently using Allah as guise for their nefarious intent.

The message that it is to their peril and detriment to not support UMNO/BN.

That it is way too much hassle for supporting the other side,.,

And indications are that they will continue this hounding in their attempt to wear down the psyche of the non supporters, whom are mainly from the non muslims .

Thereby UMNO’s   sinister plot is trying to  manipulate  perception to create the impression of ” A cause and effect or consequence of the non support. The equal and opposite reaction from UMNO .”

But they fail to consider that it can be a double edged keris that can cut both sides.

It may not be overly shocking if that happens and they find they have commited politically Hara Kiri with their backfiring scheme.

 

Malaysians prosper today because of the legacies and enterprises left behind by our forefathers who were building better lives for their descendants ,It is to their credit that we can still interact and trade amongst ourselves and prosper each other, our destinies and lives of all the ethnic communities , so intricately intertwined that in many instances , remove one link from the equation , the chain breaks.Which is what distinguishes us as a nation with a diverse potpouri of ethnicities but collective identity. as Malaysian

The wheel will not spin and turn on its hinge if for instance our Malaysian Chinese and Malaysian Indians are asked to disrespectfully leave their mother country….Malaysia.

It is high time we acknowledge the  observation that this is a multi-racial, mosaic of a society where we cannot go it alone….take out one part and the whole collapses.

  • So the so called higher ups who spew hatred and cause a disruption of our ethic togetherness are talking pure bull-shit.

Let’s hope the newly formed  NGO  “Harmony”  is able to re-introduce the missing chords of a well- known musical song which is called… Malaysia.

 

understanding effects of gst

How does GST affect you?

By Hann Liew

As the Budget 2014 (tabled on the 25th of October 2013) announcement draws near, Malaysians await with bated breath on whether the government of the day will or won’t finally introduce a Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Malaysia.

How does GST work in Malaysia?

In the current tax regime, the 10% Sales Tax (on manufacturing and imports) and 6% Service Tax (on the F&B and professional services industry) is collected by one party (usually the seller) and passed on to the tax authorities.

For example, in the previous 6% Service Tax regime, when you buy a cup of coffee from Starbucks that says RM15 on the menu, you pay RM15.90 (including the current Service Tax of 6%). Starbucks will keep RM15 and pass on RM0.90 to the tax authorities.

In a GST regime (assume 4% GST in this calculation), the following happens:

1. Starbucks buys the coffee beans from the wholesaler to make your cup of coffee for RM10 (RM10+ 4% GST). The Wholesaler keeps RM10 and passes on RM0.40 from Starbucks to the tax authorities.

2. You buy that cup of coffee from Starbucks which the beans were used to make, and pay RM15.60 (RM15 + 4% GST). Starbucks now keeps RM15 and passes on RM0.20 to the tax authorities (RM0.60 – RM0.40). The reason why Starbucks only passes RM0.20 to the tax authorities is because they have effectively already ‘paid’ RM0.40 in tax earlier on the first RM10, and only RM0.20 tax is left to be paid on the RM5 “value-add”.

We have graphically shown this example below.

How will the implementation of GST affect me?

As mentioned, the replacement of Sales and Service Tax with GST is intended to be revenue-neutral to the government’s coffers, so in theory, to consumers this may represent a minimal effect to the aggregate prices of everyday goods and services. Lets look at 3 scenarios to see what it means for prices, (1) for items charged with Service Tax, (2) for items charged with Sales Tax, and (3) for items with no Service or Sales Taxes:

6% Service Tax Abolished, 4% GST introduced – Pay less

While most consumers don’t directly see the current 10% Sales Tax (its mostly a business to business tax), many of us experience the 6% Service Tax (when we eat at food outlets and restaurants like McDonald’s and Starbucks, and when we engage a lawyer for services etc.). As per our earlier graphic, if the rate of GST is below 6% (say at 4%), we may end up paying less than we did before.

10% Sales Tax Abolished, 4% GST introduced – Pay less

Similar to the earlier example, you may end up paying less if a product manufactured or imported now is subject to 4% GST rather than 10% Sales Tax.

SST Exempt Items, 4% GST introduced – Pay more

With that in mind, sectors of the economy which were not covered under the Sales and Service Taxes may now be under the coverage of GST, as it is a broad based tax measure. Unless these things are zero-rated (ie GST is applicable, but at a 0% rate), prices of goods not previously covered under those 2 tax systems will now be affected by the broad based GST and cost more.

So there you have it! Some scenarios that may occur if the SST is replaced with a 4% GST. However, the obvious concern here is to make sure that businesses do not take advantage of just the fact that GST has been introduced as a reason to raise prices of goods and services indiscriminately. To this end, the Anti-Profiteering Act has been tabled to enable enforcement against such practices.

 

How does GST work

GST is a broad-based consumption tax levied on the import of goods (collected by  Customs), as well as nearly all supplies of goods and services . The only exemptions are for the sale and lease of residential properties, the importation and local supply of investment precious metals and the provision of most financial services. Export of goods and international services are zero-rated. In some countries, GST is known as the Value Added Tax (VAT).

Taxable Supplies Non-Taxable Supplies
Standard-Rated Supplies(7% GST) Zero-Rated Supplies(0% GST) Exempt Supplies(GST is not applicable) Out-Of-Scope Supplies(GST is not applicable)

Goods

Most local sales would fall under this category.E.g. sale of TV set in a  retail shop Export of goodsE.g. sale of laptop to overseas customer. The laptop is shipped to an overseas address by the supplier Sale and rental of unfurnished residential propertyImportation and local supply of investment precious metals
  • Sale where goods are delivered from overseas to another place overseas
  • Private transactions

Services

Most local provision of services would fall under this category.E.g. provision of spa services to customers. Services that are classified as international servicesE.g. air ticket  to Thailand (international transportation service) Financial servicesE.g. issue of a debt security

In countries like  Singapore, It is compulsory for businesses to come forward to register for GST when their taxable turnover exceeds $1mil per year. Businesses that do not exceed $1mil in taxable turnover may register for GST voluntarily.

After registration, businesses must charge GST at the prevailing rate. This GST that they charge and collect is known as output tax, which has to be paid to IRAS. GST incurred on business purchases and expenses (including import of goods) are known as input tax. Businesses can claim input tax if conditions for claiming are satisfied. This credit mechanism ensures that only the value added is taxed at each stage of a supply chain.

Example:

A GST-registered manufacturer imports leather from overseas and uses them to manufacture a bag. The manufacturer sells the bag to a GST-registered retailer. Thereafter, the retailer sells the bag to an end-consumer.

1. Manufacturer
  • Pays GST to Customs for importsImport value = $100
    Import GST paid = 7% X $100=$7 (input tax to claim from IRAS)
  • Charges and collects GST for sale of toys to retailerSelling price to retailer = $200
    GST charged to retailer = 7% X $200 = $14 (output tax to pay IRAS)
2. Retailer
  • Pays GST to ManufacturerPurchase value = $200
    GST paid = 7% X $200=$14 (input tax to claim from IRAS)
  • Charges and collects GST for sale of toys to end consumerSelling price to end consumer = $300
    GST charged to end consumer = 7% X $300 = $21 (output tax to pay IRAS)
3. End-consumer
  • Pays GST to RetailerPurchase value = $300
    GST paid = 7% X $300=$21

End consumer is not GST-registered. Therefore, he cannot claim GST paid on his purchase from IRAS.

GST which is also known as VAT or the value added tax in many countries is a multi-stage consumption tax on goods and services.

GST is levied on the supply of goods and services at each stage of the supply chain from the supplier up to the retail stage of the distribution. Even though GST is imposed at each level of the supply chain, the tax element does not become part of the cost of the product because GST paid on the business inputs is claimable. Hence, it does not matter how many stages where a particular good and service goes through the supply chain because the input tax incurred at the previous stage is always deducted by the businesses at the next step in the supply chain.

GST is a broad based consumption tax covering all sectors of the economy i.e all goods and services made in Malaysia including imports except specific goods and services which are categorized under zero rated supply and exempt supply orders as determined by the Minister of Finance and published in the Gazette.

The basic fundamental of GST is its self-policing features which allow the businesses to claim their Input tax credit by way of automatic deduction in their accounting system. This eases the administrative procedures on the part of businesses and the Government. Thus, the Government’s delivery system will be further enhanced.

We need to pay taxes so that the government can finance socio-economic development; which includes providing infrastructure, education, welfare, healthcare, national security etc.

“Over the past few decades, the worldwide trend has been for the introduction of a multi-stage GST system. Today, almost 90% of the world’s populations live in countries with GST, including China, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and India.”

 

All you need to know about Malaysia Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Link to the official website of the

        Royal Malaysian Customs department:   http://gst.customs.gov.my/en/gst/Pages/gst_wi.aspx

 

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Ungrateful Chinese -ungrateful UMNO or ungrateful Malaysia?

Umno mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia has again played the race card by calling the Chinese in Malaysia ungrateful despite being given citizenship here, the privileges in the economic sector and the leeway to develop Chinese schools.“Despite controlling the country’s economy, the development of Chinese schools and the implementation of government policies which allows the Chinese to continue to prosper, the Chinese still wants to topple Malay political leadership from power.”

“Despite controlling the country’s economy, the development of Chinese schools and the implementation of government policies which allows them to continue to prosper, the Chinese still want to topple the Malay political power.

“The Chinese are now colonising the Malays but the Malays remain patient and polite as these are their traits,” he said.

“I pity the Malays for not coming to their senses. Even though they have given in to the Chinese, they continue to be hurt and betrayed.”

.extracts from : utusan-calls-chinese-ungrateful-again

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Have often wondered what Malaysia will be like today if there were no tin mining and rubber economies so long ago  that gave the country a boost.

Probably Malaysia may have evolved into an mainly agrarian economy and a  proportion of the population mostly in agriculture  or in the fishing industries..

If Malaya had not been colonised or there was no mass immigration of the Chinese and Indians into Malaya to extract the raw resources .

If the Malay communities were the main people recruited to work the tin mines and rubber tapping.

If they were resettled into estates and away from their kampungs.

It is truly an image that is so difficult to visualize because it seems so impractical and out of place to reconcile the classic passive nature of the community with the rigourous demands of hard work bordering on enslavement that is required to work in the industries.

The community will probably have resisted and rebelled from such forced exploitative labour and easily retreated back to their own communities or kampungs and still subsist on fishing or growing their own sustenance.

Whereas the other “imported” communities had no choice,  many recruited , some forcibly , from their homeland thousands of miles away and hence it was a matter of shelter and survival, not just merely bread and butter issue.

The long hours , risk to personal safety , brutal physical punishments on tired bodies to work the tin mines.

The tedium and discipline needed for the early and long hours of drudgery in rubber tapping and living in squalor in the estate huts .

The risk involved in the exploration of forestries to source for timber and the dangers or perils of working in the jungles in the timber trade without the aid  and conveniences of modern  communication and mobility.

Back in the days when one had to physically do jungle trekking with all the inherent dangers to access and extract the timber logs,

The monotone punishing  routines that the “imported” communities underwent just so they can improve their lot and provide for better situations for their families.

So give credit where it is due..

Malaysia although has moved past tin mines and rubber estates but palm oil and timber industries are still active and contributes a significant portion to the Malaysian economic pie.

These early pioneers ,from the entrepreneurs to those on the ground ,collectively their efforts  contributed in shaping the formative years of the country , giving rise to the financial institutions ,corporations , brokerage houses and Ports not to mention the thousands of spin offs from them, trading houses  ,import /export , manufacturing , service industries that may not have come about so soon had it not been for the demand that was created by the industries.

Many of the conglomerates of today have their roots in these early days of their formative years as small enterprises.

So who were these people , that helped shaped Malaysia into what She is today? How many of them were from the ethnic communities or the indigenous people. How much did they contribute in the formation of Malaya  that evolved into Malaysia..

Would Malaysia be what it is today at this level , in the world stage if the efforts of these early pioneers had no role to play in nation building.

If Malaya had no wealth or resources to exploit, would there have been a Tunku to want to strive  for independence that we can chart our own destiny. ? The questions just go on and on……………..? ?

As a whole, the generations of today of us  Malaysians across all the ethnicities, including many of us who happen to be their  descendants , owe these early pioneers a debt of appreciation.

It was them who laid many of the foundations of this country that enabled us into evolving to the prosperity of Malaysia of today.

Malaysians prosper today because of the legacies and enterprises left behind by them that we can still interact and trade amongst ourselves and prosper each other, our destinies and lives of all the ethnic communities , so intricately intertwined that  in many instances , remove one link from the equation , the chain breaks.

Which is what distinguishes us as a nation with a diverse potpouri of ethnicities but collective identity. as Malaysian .

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Chinese control the economy ? 

Common sense and logic will tell us that a country is as strong as it’s economic power. Control the economy and you control the country, and Chinese in Malaysia do not have much of a presence in the goverment dictating things.

If they control the economy, they will be lording over the goverment ,influencing everything to do with decisions and policies..and you cannot hide the effects of this  influence if you tried.
Malaysians are so daft.believing evrything they are spoon fed by the ruling Goverment

If Chinese control the economy and they feel under threat, wont it make sense that they will take steps to safeguard their interests, moving their money elsewhere , and a chain reaction will be felt but that is not happening.
The wealth and prosperity of all is so intricately interconnected  that all the races can be mutually dependent on each other to succeed.

All this “Chinese controlling economy conspiracy” , is just UMNO panicky rhetoric, but they still do business with the Chinese as well as all others, and even if Pakatan is voted in, it will still be a Malay dominated Goverment not Chinese as UMNO will like many to think and fear that Pakatan will just be a puppet of the Chinese.

Actually Chinese are dis- illusioned with the unreliability/unpredictability of UMNO, witnessing how politically frightening they are,with their instant pandering extremism, bigotry etc. , so only human nature to feel safer if they change UMNO with Pakatan, which is still , predominant Malay Bumi party but with different idealogies that the Chinese find more appealing and conducive to thrive under,and Pakatan has manage to win their trust.

Don’t they get it ?
The time comes when UMNO realize these and take remedial steps to address it is the time that Pakatan will need to worry and have a real struggle for hearts and minds of Chinese and the moderates from other communities. Including the Bumis/Malays.

Bryanbb
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suppression of communities to accomodate the malaynisation of malaysia

Nesrine Malik of The Guardian hit the nail on the head when she said the Allah ban “is less about religion than about putting the non-Malay minorities in their place . . .”

The Allah issue is a guise to hide Umno Baru’s agenda which is the Malayisation of the country. This is not the first time that Umno has tried to turn Malaysia’s multicultural identity into a Malay identity.

It’s about Ketuanan Melayu. It’s about institutional racism.

Let us look at the Umno-BN government’s track record to see this pattern of Malayisation and Islamisation of the country.

(I say the Umno-BN government, because the non-Malay component parties – MCA, MIC, Gerakan – are complicit to the plot if only by their acquiescence).

Islamisation and suppression of other religions

Even before the introduction of its Islamisation programme in 1982, the government has been promoting Islamic values as the country’s values while ignoring the values or contributions of others in this multiracial country. It was as if there was only one set of values – the Islamic one.

“It is important that we prove that the Islamic system can fulfill the needs of not only the Muslims but other communities as well” said Dr Mahathir Mohamad (New Straits Times, 18 March 1985)

To leave nothing in doubt, Mahathir went on to say: “I hope we will not waste any effort shouting slogans which sound nice to the ears but empty in content. Instead we should go gradually forward in implementing Islamic principles.” (The Star, 2 August 1985).

Islamisation and suppression of other religions

Other acts of Islamisation in schools included instructing mission schools to remove crucifixes from the building and the removal of the cross or any other Christian symbols from their school badge and replace it with a star or a crescent.

In Sabah the authorities banned the teaching of Christianity on the school premises even after school hours. Because of strong protests this ban was lifted.

The Islamisation of the education system has been going on for years. The discrimination and suppression of other religions took many forms.

Regarding places of worship, it was recommended that Muslims be given an allocation ratio of 1:800 population with a spatial requirement of 0.4 hectare for a mosque.

For a surau, it is 1:250 and 0.1 hectare. For non-Muslims the ratio was 1:4000 with a spatial requirement of “suitable standards” for a church or temple.

MCCCBHST request that they be treated equally was rejected. However the “suitable standards” was made more specific. Non-Muslims were now allocated 0.2 hectare – half that of the Muslims’. In fact, it is less when considering the ratio remained 1:4000 which is five times the number of people required for a mosque.

Another form of discrimination and suppression was by refusing or making it extremely difficult for non-Muslims to get planning approval for their places of worship. Land was not allocated for places of worship for non-Muslims and burial grounds not provided for in the master plans of some of the new towns.

The Sultan of Selangor commented in 1984 that while he was happy to see many suraus and mosques in the state, he aired his unhappiness that there was not a single place of worship for non-Muslims in Shah Alam. He wondered aloud, tongue-in-cheek no doubt, if non-Muslims ever prayed. He further observed that although land for places of worship for non-Muslims had been identified, its conversion had been stopped, “. . . perhaps by the state government or the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS)” (The Star, 17 January 1984).

The Shah Alam Church of Divine Mercy (often dubbed “the-on-and-off church) is probably the most famous example of how the authorities try to thwart attempts by non-Muslims to build places of worship.

The Catholic Church had applied for a piece of land to build a church in 1977. A 1.116 acre was allocated by the state and sold to the church in 1985 after the Sultan of Selangor’s much publicised comments.

Formal approval to build a church was given in May 1993. Work started on the church in Section 24 of Shah Alam in June the same year.

Almost immediately Muslim NGOs and politicians protested claiming that the church would challenge the sanctity of Islam as the country’s official religion and the position of Muslims. The Menteri Besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib instructed the municipal council to withdraw the approval.

The continued reluctance by local authorities and state governments to cater to the needs of non-Muslims is probably the cause of the sprouting up of ‘shophouse churches’ and temples.

Administrative roadblocks on non-Muslims

Other examples of the State’s actions vis-a-vis non-Muslims include: lack of burial ground, the propagation of Islam to non-Muslim minors despite strong parental objections. The conversion of 17-year-old Susie Teoh is a case in point. Her conversion to Islam was challenged by her father Teoh Eng Huat who appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn the verdict of the Kota Bharu High Court that parents have no right to determine the religion of their children. Apparently this is contrary to reading of the law by Tun Mohammed Suffian Hashim (the late Lord President) that the religion of a minor under the age of 18 is decided by his/her parent or guardian.

Cases of dubious conversions persists to this day including cases of alleged ‘body snatching’ – when the state religious department take corpses for Muslim burial despite the protests of family members and evidence that they were practising other religions – Hinduism in most cases.

The import of Al-kitab, the Bible in the Indonesian language, was banned under the ISA in 2 Dec 1981. This was lifted after the churches protested.

The prohibition of the use of certain words deemed exclusive to Islam is not something new. State governments in Perak, Selangor, Kelantan and Terengganu in the 1980s issued a list of 36 words, including ‘Allah’ that non-Muslims were forbidden to use. After the MCCBCHST protested the list was pruned down to four words (Allah, solat, Kaabah and Baitullah). The Christian leaders refused even this list on the principle that no government has the right to forbid anyone to use any word of any language on earth.

So the banning of the use of ‘Allah’ is not something new.

The Immigration Department also did its part in suppressing other religions by making it difficult for priests to enter the country. This affected the Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus greatly as they needed the priests to conduct religious ceremonies and there were not enough local priests.

Sabah and Sarawak are not exempt

If those in Sabah and Sarawak think that it’s only about the ‘A’ word, that they are free from this suppression they should look back on the government’s track record in their states.

The Sacred Heart Cathedral in Kota Kinabalu is the most famous case.

Some Muslims in Sabah had objected to the rebuilding the Sacred Heart Cathedral that would have been the biggest Roman Catholic church in the Sabah when completed. The old church had been demolished so that a new one could be built in the same design as the St Joseph’s Cathedral in Kuching and able to accommodate a congregation of some 1,380 in a single sitting.

In Sandakan, Sabahan Muslims objected to the building of a Buddhist temple in Kampung Tanah Merah. The then Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Chong Kah Kiat resigned over the issue of Maru, a Goddess of the Sea statue in Kudat, Sabah, for which approval was granted but later withdrawn when Muslim extremists protested.

In Sarawak, the Sikhs were attacked for building a gurdwara in Kuching.

The letting in of Muslim immigrants into Sabah is as much a political issue as it is a religious issue. It is to change the ethnic and religious balance in the state – to create a Muslim majority which can in turn impose restrictions on other religions just like in West Malaysia.

East Malaysians accept the government’s assurance on the use of Allah at their own peril. The problem goes beyond the use of one word. It is a problem of Malayisation and Islamisation.

While all religions are affected by the government’s ban on the use of ‘Allah’ and other restrictions and discrimination, it is the Christians who are the main target of Umno’s politics. This was made clear by the Minister for Tourism and Culture Nazri Abdul Aziz who told other religions to butt out of this controversy. “I hope non-Christian groups won’t get involved in this matter. It is between us Muslims and the Christians. This is very sensitive.” ( Malaysiakini, 21 Oct 2013)

Malayisation

It’s not just religion but also other issues that the Umno-led government has shown its intolerance to diversity.

In 1971, a Congress on National Culture was held at the University of Malaya. On the face of it there is nothing wrong with trying to forge a national identity, especially if every culture in the country is included.

“Malaysia’s multi-cultural society cannot be forgotten in deciding the country’s culture…” (Straits Times, 18 Aug 1971).. Culture does not lend itself easily to guidance or legislation” (Straits Times, 18 Aug 1971)

Home Affairs Minister Ghazali Shafie later gave us a glimpse of the government’s idea of the ‘national culture’ when he said “. . . attempts by the immigrant races to defend and promote some of their cultural elements which were already extinct in their countries of origin were futile and a waste of time…” (Straits Times, 20 May 1979), and he gave the example of the Lion Dance.

In tune with government policy, the police in 1982 refused permission for lion dances to be performed in public, saying that under government directives they were only allowed during Chinese New Year even though that particular directive had been lifted.

Ghazali later as Foreign Minister said that only characteristics of art which are based on the Malay identity and Islam could be accepted as elements of the national culture: “In this respect there should be no give-and-take” (Straits Times, 9 Oct 1982). The Umno-led government’s position on this was non-negotiable.

Encouraged by the federal government’s position, state governments began to remove signboards with Chinese characters until reminded that other languages were permitted as long as the Malay translation was featured prominently. Despite the federal government’s rule on signage, in 1987 municipal workers were directed to black out Chinese characters on signboards at the Johor Seafood Carnival. This caused an uproar.

In line with Umno’s agenda for Malay-centric national culture, the Director-General of Education Murad Mohammed Noor issued a circular to all principals detailing what was permissible in school cultural shows (8 Aug 1984). Such activities had to reflect the National Cultural Policy.

The activities that were allowed:

(1) dances like the inang, zapin, joget, kuda kepang, ballet (so, ballet is indigenous to Malay culture),

(2) musical instruments like the gamelan and kompang,

(3) traditional games like gasing, congkak and wau, and 4. traditional theatre such as makyong, bangsawan and boria.

Other activities which highlighted ‘foreign’ cultures or do not reflect the national culture were not allowed.

Another act by the government to suppress non-Malay cultures and heritage include the attempt to acquire Bukit Cina cemetery in Malacca together with the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple which is the oldest in Malaysia (1704). The ostensible purpose of this state acquisition was to level it for development. But it would also get rid of a non-Malay non-Islam heritage.

The temple trustees resisted. Before long, this became a national controversy as Chinese throughout the country supported the stand of the temple.

Rehman Rashid, a columnist for the New Straits Times had asked ‘So what’s another hill’ (5 Oct 1984), displaying his insensitivity to the significance of the hill to the Chinese as representing the link to their ancestors’ arrival in this country (certainly earlier than the arrival of many ‘Malays’).

And more significantly, a symbol of the friendship between the Chinese and the Malays when the Emperor of China gave his daughter Hang Li Po to Sultan Mansur Shah in marriage.

The controversy raged on for some time before the government relented in the face of nationwide protest.

East Malaysians took note of what was happening in West Malaysia.

The then Chief Minister of Sabah Joseph Pairin Kitingan warned against cultural assimilation and the domination of one race over others ( New Straits Times, 11 Aug 1986). Edward Jeli, the Sarawak State Minister for Land Development, said that to lose one’s culture would be tantamount to losing one’s identity. (Sarawak Tribune, 16 Oct 1986).

The fight for cultural identity did not involve only the Chinese, In April 1984, ten Indian associations sent a collective memorandum to the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports making clear their unhappiness that there are

“ politicians, government servants, academicians and religious leaders who have already decided for themselves the future status of Malaysia as an Islamic State. Consequently their concept of national culture is one of Islamic Culture alone. In their concept the cultural values of the other communities have little or no relevance. They are prepared to ride roughshod over the sentiments and sensitivities of the other communities. The influence of this group is by no means small. It is being felt in a number of ways”.

The memorandum went on to the following areas of concern:

1. Pressuring non-Muslims to wear Malay/Muslim attire

2. Showing little or no concern about the cultural practices of others

3. Creating obstacles for others to develop their cultures, religions and languages

4. Discriminating on the basis of religion

5. Condoning Islamic extremism

6. Ridiculing other religions

7. Laying down standards of personal behaviour and morality for others

8. Pushing Islamic indoctrination

9. Propagating the slogan of one language, one religion, one race

10. Supporting cultural assimilation rather than integration

One should ask if indeed a ‘national culture’ that is politically determined and legislated is desirable, and if that is possible even. Should not a national culture in a multiracial nation spring from the mingling of the different communities and take on aspects of the different cultures? Are we only ‘truly Asia’ on billboards and TV commercials?

A commentary in the New Straits Times of 1 July 1992 by journalist-writer Salleh ben Joned summed it up nicely when he said “Rojak is good for nation building.”

Conclusion

it is obvious what Umno’s real goal is. It’s not 1Malaysia unless One Malaysia means one race, one culture, one religion.

Umno has never repudiated its agenda of cultural assimilation, Islamisation or Ketuanan Melayu

. It has never stopped trying to “put the non-Malays in their place”.

It desists temporarily in the face of strong opposition by the non-Malays only to try again and again.

This latest controversy about the use of ‘Allah’ is just another episode in Umno’s quest to Islamise and Malayise the country.

Prime Minister Najib Razak’s allowance for Sabah and Sarawak to use ‘Allah’ is only because his government depends on both these states to survive. What Umno tried to do in the 1970s and 1980s it will try to do again . . . and again.

The fact that the Umno-led government has veered so far to the right, pandering to extremist groups like Perkasa, religious extremist groups like Ikatan Muslimim Malaysia (ISMA) and economic opportunists (including non-Malays) is most disconcerting.

While Malay dominance is a fact of life, it must not be to the detriment of the other races. There must be no institutional racism disguised as affirmative action or Malayisation in the guise of a fabricated national culture.

A Malaysia where the non-Malays are not allowed to play their full part as equal citizens will be a poorer Malaysia – economically and culturally.

To paraphrase the late opposition leader Dr Tan Chee Koon, we (the 51.7% of Malaysians) must not throw up our hands and ask “Apa Boleh Buat”, taking what is dished out to us by Umno lying down.

We must be positive, stand on our principles and not move from our position of what is fair.

The majority of Malaysians (going by GE13) want a multiracial, tolerant and fair Malaysia as envisioned by the founding fathers of our nation.

There was a time when Malays, Chinese and Indians mixed freely.

Indeed “rojak is good for nation building”

Malaysians must not allow the racial and religious extremists to call the tune.

This is more our country than theirs – there are more of us.

full transcript:  allah-issue–malayisation-and-islamisation-of-malaysia

Reverse Psychology- Racial Mind Games

mind games

This is known as reverse psychology . Promoting or saying something sure to provoke indignation from one community against another,creating resentment ,like telling a child he is not as clever as the other etc.. clearly designed to manipulate emotions on both sides..

Just be rational and look around us in our day to day lives as we interact amongst each other in the day to day affairs ..,how we feel about our friends ,buddies ,colleagues or associates across ethnic lines.

And we will see how stupid these people are trying to divide the communities.
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Question to ourselves is that,

DO we let them do so by playing their Mind Games and effing with our Minds?

Or are we actually susceptible to their deliberate design and have bought in to their rhetoric Hook Line And sinker?

Should we  we allow them to mess with our emotions and see things the way they insinuate as being the truth ?

Or do we decide for ourselves based on our own pragmatism from observing what our Malaysian society is really like .?

Lest we forget , we are the ones who does a major part of the interacting amongst ourselves in our various etnnic communities. Exposing our selves and savouring first hand the  rich diversity in our Malaysian  culture , on a daily basis.

 

tolerance

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We should beat the “BLACK “out of them also !

Just worried what color they turn into after we we slapped them on their faces..!

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