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The tussle over Allah has nought to do with religion

KUALA PILAH – Respect each individual’s religion to avoid disharmony,

Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir today urged Malaysian Muslims

during his investiture ceremony in conjunction with his 66th birthday.

In a packed Istana Besar Seri Menanti, here, Tuanku Muhriz said Islam as a religion teaches

men to do good to each other regardless of their background and race.

“In a Malaysian context, the Constitution has set Islam as the official religion of the country

without hindering others to practice their own religions,”

“With that, I urge Malaysian Muslims to continue living in harmony with each other and

ensuring respect is given to others who practice different religions.”

Tuanku Muhriz called on leaders of every community to cast aside sentiments which

can destroy the harmony the country is thriving in.

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Two Malaysian academics have come out in support of Christians in the country on their right to use the

word “Allah” in their religious practices amid Putrajaya’s admission that states can regulate such activities.

Universiti Malaya law professor Dr Azmi Shahrom and former International Islamic University law lecturer

Dr Abdul Aziz Bari went on record to support such rights when they affirmed affidavits in support of a

judicial review application by a Sarawakian Christian, Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill, against the home minister.

Both documents sighted by The Malaysian Insider said the use of the word “Allah” was an aspect of the

Christian faith which was guaranteed under the Federal Constitution.

They said Christians, or for that matter, other non-Muslims, were permitted to use the word in their worship

as long they did not use the Arabic term to propagate their religion to Muslims.

On May 11, 2008, the ministry seized eight Christian CDs from Jill Ireland at the

Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang, prompting the Melanau Christian to challenge

the seizure in court.  Full story

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From Pakistan.an Islamic Republic country…

Towards Intolerance

by Masood Khan

I really felt sad on Malaysian prime minster, Najib Razak, Jan. 24 statement wherein

he supported courts judgment banning non-Muslims (read Malaysian Christians) from using

word Allah in Bible text and in church services. As per court, only Muslims can use the word

Allah and Malay-speaking Christians have to forego their centuries-old practice of calling

the God as Allah. What do you call this — authorities attempt to distract Malay Muslims

, who constitute 60% of the population, attention from subsidy cuts and rising cost of living,

or it’s simple a case of narrow-mindedness to put various religious groups against each other

to perpetuate the grip over power. Since such ban was imposed there were a number of violent

protests followed by arson incidents. Christians have refused to go by the ban and vowed to

continue use of word Allah in the church services – means things are moving towards showdown.

Regardless of any falsified justification, it’s a regrettable action and shall be condemned across

the board. Malaysians shall learn from Pakistan what successive governments over there gained

by pitching various religious and sectarian groups against each other. Such a narrow-mindedness

created monsters of ignorance and death. Today no one in Pakistan knows how to put this

uncontrolled genie back in the bottle.

We wish better sense will prevail in Malaysia; for rest of the Muslim world Malaysia used to be

an island of peace and tolerance. Sad, it’s no more as an evil eye has casted its bad shadow on a

moderate and progressive country.

MASOOD KHAN

Jubail, Saudi Arabia

Masood Khan is a career diplomat who is the current Permanent Representative of Pakistan

to the United Nations in New York.

Among his array of impressive credentials  –He also held the  Director-general for United Nations,

Organisation of the Islamic Conference (2003–2004)

sourced pakistan.worldnews/views/ towards-intolerance/

Even the church fire-bomb in Penang made the news in Pakistan

malaysian-church-bombed-amid-allah-row/

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Every well learned and informed  Malaysian muslims and non muslims are well aware of the fact

that the tussle over the use of Allah in Malaysia has nought to do with religion and is politically

motivated. And this includes Malaysian  muslims from both sides of the argument, whether For or Against..

But sadly , it exempts those who are less informed and hence ignorant section of Malaysian muslims ,

who have been so easily and naively manipulated by the politicians for their selfish design  .

Their ignorance allowing them to be vulnerable and susceptible for their emotions to be jerked

around by the unscrupulous irresponsible politicians manuevering to retain power. Religion is a

powerful emotional element, which if used or abused for nefarious purposes can tear a society part.

Or unite hearts and minds.

The muslim world in general , who knows of this Malaysian  non-issue over the Allah reference,

must be looking on in alarm and feel for their Malaysian brothers/sisters in the Islamic faith,

probably wondering curiously  on the  Malaysian version of Islam they are not totally  familiar with.

They have yet to encounter  such a emotional stance protesting  the use of Allah by non muslims,

for to them , especially from the adherents who live in countries where Islamic civilization has

flourished thousands of years giving them their very Islamic roots , it has to seem so petty to tussle

over a word that has been used for eons without hindrance nor objections  from any quarter of any

faith in their region. Which is known to be volatile for religious themed conflicts.

Wonder if they may  perhaps  feel their Islamic faith as they understand it is being misrepresented

or misguidedly taught by the Malaysian leaders.

Yet despite some of them voicing their concerns , among which are highly respected Islamic scholars

and intellectuals and authorities of the  Islamic faith in the international community. Their voices

or counsel have been largely ignored and unheeded by stubborn Malaysian mindsets who are rigidly

insistent that they know better.

These  include ostensibly the Malaysian religious organisations and teachers  who seem more

politically inclined than they are pious.

Malaysia has to be  the only nation in the international Islamic community of nations that forcibly

claims exclusivity to the right to use Allah and and adamantly denies it’s use as a reference

to other faiths. Going to the extent of making the term  illegal for it to be used by any other

except for Islamic practitioners.

And turning  a deaf ear to mild  derision and criticism from the international Islamic community

by highly respected muslims who happen to be  authorities of Islamic knowledge..

Another irony is that , some of the critique comes from Islamic republic countries that adapts

sharia laws as opposed to the Malaysian constitution that is secular in nature.

So far , Malaysia’s reputation as a multi racial country which has a lovely diversity in culture

and inter communal relations that is integrated and peace loving and also that of Malaysia as a

secular country with Islam as the official religion but is very moderate in outlook..?

Well, All that has taken a vicious beating.

Noble ideas like pluralism, feminism, liberalism, secularism. all viewed suspiciously as threat to Islam. Supposedly alien ideas, seen as  Western values imposed on and corrupting vulnerable unsuspecting Malaysians.

But instead  Racism , religious extremism, intolerance, chauvinism etc..

is forming an impression among the international community that all these “ism”  has

reared their ugly heads in this once lovely , peaceful country of genuinely warm

friendly people known as Malaysians.

Although, it may not be as bad as it seems but then impressions either  positive

or negative ,  can be long lasting and damaging or beneficial to a country .

And in Malaysia’s case, sadly it is more leaning now towards  the latter.

Personally , i do not believe that the Allah controversy has no amicable resolution.

The stumbling block is not the issue itself but the leaders reluctance to tackle it and come up with a

compromise , acceptable to all sides. For that to happen, we need very firm leadership that does not seem bias

to any side .

Unless and until the current Goverment take a good hard look at what has been going on

and the potential damage it can cause , and the tear that has already happen. .

Do some soul searching and seriously try to plug the messy stink ,many of which are self created.

We as a nation , will reek like an overflowing toilet stinking up the South East Asian neighbourhood.

Firm no-nonsense leadership is desperately needed from our PM and his administration.

That means even if he has to incur the displeasure of his own party .

Serve all the Malaysian people and their best interests not just  the elite exclusive hotshots

or big wigs in his political organization!

Bryanbb

Racist Mahathir? MAHATHIR’S OWN DILEMMA.

Dr M is anti Chinese, Pure and Simple

*MAHATHIR’S OWN DILEMMA*
by Dato Din Merican
MAHATHIR IS OFTEN PORTRAYED NOWADAYS AS AN “ARSEHOLE” WHO DESTROYED THE UNITY OF MALAYSIANS SO THAT HE COULD PIT ONE RACE AGAINST THE OTHER AND REMAIN IN POWER TO ENABLE HIM AND HIS CRONIES TO PLUNDER THE WEALTH OF THE NATION.
AND THE SAD THING IS HE HAS NOT STOPPED DOING IT EVEN WHEN NEARING
HIS MISERABLE DEATH-BED.PITTING THE MALAYS AGAINST THE NON MALAYS HELPS KEEP UMNO-BN IN POWER AND IT’S A SUCCESSFUL STRATEGY AT THE EXPENSE OF MALAYSIA’S VIABILITY AS A SUSTAINABLE NATION-STATE.

THIS MAMAK ARSEHOLE IS THE NEMESIS OF THE NATION AND THE DEVIL INCARNATE HIMSELF!  WHEN WILL HE GO, ONLY THE DEVIL KNOWS! SO GOD HELP US…
Dr. Mahathir has yet to deal with the ghosts of his past deeds. Here no one can help him but he himself.
This is indeed tragic for a once formidable leader of our country who is advancing in years (born in 1925). He just cannot let go and now he has taken upon himself the task of interpreting Malaysian history.
It is not a Malay Dilemma or a Chinese Dilemma.
It is solely Mahathir’s own dilemma.
A half-breed Indian Mamak who cannot accept his original roots but must portray himself to the world that he’s more Malay than the Malay themselves.
It is telling on his self inferiority complex. And in the process he is destroying Malaysia’s multiracial harmony and national cohesiveness.
* He is unwilling to come to terms with himself. Just because a Chinese taxi driver dropped him off at the labourer’s quarters instead of the main residence proper while he was a medical student in 50′s Singapore, The insult was long lasting in his mind.
 His anti-Chinese feelings are not to be easily erased.  After 57 years of UMNO and government handouts, he may be right after all that the Chinese look down on the Malays as fit to be beggars and labourers.
*Let us admit this.
The Chinese community contributed enormously to the growth and the development of our country over the centuries even *BEFORE* the British arrived as colonialists
.Instead of giving them due credit for their hard work and sacrifices, UMNO is erasing their roles in the history books.UMNO is abusing them as a
national punching bag – scapegoats and bogeymen – for its own failures to uplift the living and educational standards of the Malays
.(a) The Chinese know what they want and are willing to put up with obstacles and hindrances in their way to get ahead. The Chinese will remain a resilient and viable race no matter what shit is thrown at them or put in their way.
(b)Their work ethic is the envy of all Malaysians.
(c) Their business acumen is second to none. Even the Chinese diaspora throughout southeast Asia, mainland China, Hongkong, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan knows that. Practically every Chinaman in every Chinatown throughout the globe know what the Chinese in Malaysia is capable of. It has earned them their bragging rights.
(d) They are investing heavily in the education and future prospects of their young. Their next generation.

(e) They continue to improvise and modernize their companies and business strategies for opportunities abroad, since they cannot get contracts in our country on their own merit, and must, therefore, be sub-contractors to favored UMNO cronies cum businessmen.
*Imagine a pencil that cost 50 sen is “direct-negotiated” to cost RM5.00 a piece where the UMNO middleman sapu-ed the profit of RM4.50 (if that’s not greed, corruption and abuse of power, what is?)
Taxpayer’s monies are squandered away needlessly like that and it’s normal practice.
*(e) At home, they (the Chinese) expect a government which is transparent and accountable, NOT a corrupt and abusive one.
In the last election, THEY VOTED AGAINST UMNO-LED BARISAN NASIONAL FOR THIS REASON.Are the Chinese after political power?
I have Chinese friends – and Indian friends too –  with whom I discuss issues (corruption, abuse of power, discrimination, good governance, race relations, and so on).
From them I get the sense that  –
1. THEY ARE QUITE HAPPY TO HAVE A MALAY PRIME MINISTER AND A MALAY DOMINATED GOVERNMENT. THEY HAVE NO QUARREL WITH ISLAM AS THE STATE
RELIGION.
( DR.M & MOST OF THE SENSIBLE MALAYS KNOW VERY WELL THAT THE NON-MALAYS ARE NO REAL THREAT TO MALAY POLITICAL DOMINATION BY SIMPLE DEMOGRAPHY) That is a given.2, They respect our King and his brother rulers.
*The Chinese are actually the No 1 suckers for all the crappy awards and medals thrown out at every donkey sultan’s birthday party. They will even pawn their mistress’ underwear to purchase such honorific titles and awards. Pieces of shitty metal.
It is not shocking to hear some Chinese towkay pay RM300,000 to secure a VVVIP datukship.
*3) But at issue to the Chinese (and me too) is what kind of Malay leadership we should have for Malaysia.
They HATE the present bunch of Malay racist leaders who use Islam to play divide and rule among the people.
THE CHINESE WANT ENLIGHTENED AND PROGRESSIVE MALAY LEADERS WHO WILL NOT USE RACE AND RELIGION FOR THEIR OWN POLITICAL ENDS. (ALL PATRIOTIC MALAYSIANS SHARE THE SAME COMMON GOOD VALUES; LESS CORRUPTION, LESS WASTAGES & GREATER EFFICIENCY & BETTER GOVERNANCE SO THAT OUR BELOVED & BLESSED MALAYSIA CAN BE COMPETITIVE & BE HAPPY, PEACEFUL &PROSPEROUS)
4. They feel that anti Chinese bashing after GE-13 should stop.
5They want to be respected as Malaysians with equal rights guaranteed by the Federal Constitution, not as pendatangs, to have some say in the affairs of state in so far as those policies affect their welfare and interests, and they want to contribute to the future development of Malaysia.I am sure that, like me,
THEY ARE DISAPPOINTED WITH A FORMER PRIME MINISTER (THE MAMAK DEVIL) WHO HAS ABANDONED HIS BANGSA MALAYSIA VISION in order to further HIS INTEREST IN SEEING A KETUANAN MELAYU 1MALAY MALAYSIA.
I will have none of this.Just give me a Malaysia for all citizens, irrespective of race, creed, color and religion so that together we can face the challenges of a 21st century world.
Note: Whoever is responsible for the views expressed in the article above ,  it will be fairly accurate to  ascertain that he/she  resents Tun  Mahathir with a totally irreverent fervour and definitely  is not written by Dato Din Merican ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Facebook-K and DNOTE: I never wrote this  anywhere and not on my own blog. I have disagreed with the politics of Tun Dr. Mahathir; that is true. But I never expressed my views in this kind of language. I have too much respect for someone who was my hometown hero and my Prime Minister for 22 years of my life to resort to this approach. The person who wrote this has no guts to use his own name and instead chose to use mine. I am grateful to Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam for bringing it to my attention.–Din Merican. 

from: Din Merican-i-never-wrote-about-dr-mahathir-in-this-way

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Well, Dato, for what you ostensibly did not write , it sure turned out to be an intriguing read, the palpable anger and resentment and frustration in the words can be sensed.. Cant help but noticed that If the points raised were not so crudely eloquent but suppose in the hands of a more articulately skilled and polite writer, all that is needed is rewording the article to a more subtle and polite expression but nonetheless retain the sense of resentment or anger but not change a thing in the points raised ..it pretty much sums up what a large proportion of Malaysians really do feel.

.Personally, although i do not subscribe to some of the views expressed in the article but begrudgingly it has validity on the other opinions raised..I just wonder for what reason ,of all other more infamous bloggers,some who actually can write as crude as the article, your name was selected..
Guess to think that you are capable of crudeness like that bordering on vulgarity , that is the very insult ! Yet the writer,although it requires quite a level of intelligence to pen down the views expressed , yet he insults his own intelligence and exhibits stupidity by choosing to use your name..
But i doubt you will lose any sleep over it, or it will tarnish your good name in any way. Anyone acquainted with how you write to express knows instantly, it cannot be your penmanship..

Bryan

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This below is how Dato Din really writes and also what he actually wrote which the article above “borrowed”  from…..

DinobeanoNo Dilemma, Dr Mahathir, just the need for a Better Malaysia

 

Dr. Mahathir has yet to deal with the ghosts of his past deeds. Here noone can help him but he himself. This is indeed tragic for a once formidable leader of our country who is advancing in years (born in 1925). He just cannot let go and now he has taken upon himself the task of interpreting history. It is not Malay or Chinese Dilemma. It is Dr Mahathir’s. He is unwilling to come to terms with himself.

Let us admit this. The Chinese community contributed enormously to the growth and the development of our country over centuries. In stead of giving them due credit for their hard work and sacrifices, UMNO has used them as punching bag for its failure to uplift the living and educational standards of the Malays.

The Chinese know what they want and are willing to put up with obstacles and hindrances in their way to get ahead. Their work ethic is the envy of all Malaysians. They are investing heavily in the education of their young. They continue to modernise their companies for opportunities abroad, since they cannot get contracts in our country on their own merit, and must, therefore, be sub-contractors to favoured UMNO businessmen. At home, they expect a government which is transparent and accountable, not a corrupt one. In the last election, they voted against UMNO-led Barisan Nasional for this reason.

Are the Chinese after political power? I have Chinese friends–and Indian friends too– with whom I discuss issues ( corruption, abuse of  power, discrimination, good governance, race relations, and so on) and from them I get the sense that they are quite happy to have a Malay Prime Minister and a Malay dominated government. That is a given. They respect our King and his brother rulers. But at issue to them (and me too) is what kind of Malay leadership we should have for Malaysia.

The Chinese want enlightened and progressive Malay leaders who will not use race and religion for their political ends. They feel that Chinese bashing after GE-13 should stop. They want to be respected as Malaysians with rights guaranteed by the constitution, not as pendatangs, to have some say in the affairs of state in so far as policies affect their interests, and they want to contribute to the future development of Malaysia.

I am sure that, like me, they are disappointed with a former Prime Minister who has abandoned his Bangsa Malaysia vision in order to further his interest in seeing a Malay Malaysia. I will have none of this. Just give me a Malaysia for all citizens, irrespective of race, creed, colour and religion so that together we can face the challenges of a 21st century world, united and focused in the pursuit of excellence.

–Din Merican

sourced: no-dilemma-dr-mahathir-just-the-need-for-a-better-malaysia

 

old age paranoia and senility come hand in hand.The Tun  may be horrified of what he perceives Anwar can do to destroy his self concocted “legacy of grandeur to this country..the so called “father of malaysia’s modernity , vision 2020″ ” and his descendants prospects in this country. .
Maybe he has the fear of ” a Marcos complex”. that a similar fate may befall him like the Marcos regime and how Marcos had to hide his money in exile and as the Phillipines try to recover the plundered loot of billions from him..
If Anwar is PM,, he can do a lot to set the record straight in the annals of Malaysian political/govermental. history., facts/truth of which Malaysian PM was responsible for what and so on etc.,Which PM was a villain/hero ,which PM did more harm than good to the country ,in the context of the Malaysian historical perspective.

 

The Price of Malaysia’s Racism

by  JOHN R. MALOTT
Slower  growth and a drain of talented citizens are only the beginning.

 

Malaysia’s national tourism agency promotes the country as “a bubbling, bustling melting pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony.” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak echoed this view when he announced his government’s theme, One Malaysia. “What makes Malaysia unique,” Mr. Najib said, “is the diversity of our peoples. One Malaysia’s goal is to preserve and enhance this unity in diversity, which has always been our strength and remains our best hope for the future.If Mr. Najib is serious about achieving that goal, a long look in the mirror might be in order first. Despite the government’s new catchphrase, racial and religious tensions are higher today than when Mr. Najib took office in 2009. Indeed, they are worse than at any time since 1969, when at least 200 people died in racial clashes between the majority Malay and minority Chinese communities. The recent deterioration is due to the troubling fact that the country’s leadership is tolerating, and in some cases provoking, ethnic factionalism through words and actions.

For instance, when the Catholic archbishop of Kuala Lumpur invited the prime minister for a Christmas Day open house last December, Hardev Kaur, an aide to Mr. Najib, said Christian crosses would have to be removed. There could be no carols or prayers, so as not to offend the prime minister, who is Muslim. Ms. Kaur later insisted that she “had made it clear that it was a request and not an instruction,” as if any Malaysian could say no to a request from the prime minister’s office.

Similar examples of insensitivity abound. In September 2009, Minister of Home Affairs Hishammuddin Onn met with protesters who had carried the decapitated head of a cow, a sacred animal in the Hindu religion, to an Indian temple. Mr. Hishammuddin then held a press conference defending their actions. Two months later, Defense Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told Parliament that one reason Malaysia’s armed forces are overwhelmingly Malay is that other ethnic groups have a “low spirit of patriotism.” Under public pressure, he later apologized.

The leading Malay language newspaper, Utusan Melayu, prints what opposition leader Lim Kit Siang calls a daily staple of falsehoods that stoke racial hatred. Utusan, which is owned by Mr. Najib’s political party, has claimed that the opposition would make Malaysia a colony of China and abolish the Malay monarchy. It regularly attacks Chinese Malaysian politicians, and even suggested that one of them, parliamentarian Teresa Kok, should be killed.

This steady erosion of tolerance is more than a political challenge. It’s an economic problem as well.

Once one of the developing world’s stars, Malaysia’s economy has underperformed for the past decade. To meet its much-vaunted goal of becoming a developed nation by 2020, Malaysia needs to grow by 8% per year during this decade. That level of growth will require major private investment from both domestic and foreign sources, upgraded human skills, and significant economic reform. Worsening racial and religious tensions stand in the way.

Almost 500,000 Malaysians left the country between 2007 and 2009, more than doubling the number of Malaysian professionals who live overseas. It appears that most were skilled ethnic Chinese and Indian Malaysians, tired of being treated as second-class citizens in their own country and denied the opportunity to compete on a level playing field, whether in education, business, or government. Many of these emigrants, as well as the many Malaysian students who study overseas and never return (again, most of whom are ethnic Chinese and Indian), have the business, engineering, and scientific skills that Malaysia needs for its future. They also have the cultural and linguistic savvy to enhance Malaysia’s economic ties with Asia’s two biggest growing markets, China and India.

Of course, one could argue that discrimination isn’t new for these Chinese and Indians. Malaysia’s affirmative action policies for its Malay majority—which give them preference in everything from stock allocation to housing discounts—have been in place for decades. So what is driving the ethnic minorities away now?

First, these minorities increasingly feel that they have lost a voice in their own government. The Chinese and Indian political parties in the ruling coalition are supposed to protect the interests of their communities, but over the past few years, they have been neutered. They stand largely silent in the face of the growing racial insults hurled by their Malay political partners. Today over 90% of the civil service, police, military, university lecturers, and overseas diplomatic staff are Malay. Even TalentCorp, the government agency created in 2010 that is supposed to encourage overseas Malaysians to return home, is headed by a Malay, with an all-Malay Board of Trustees.

Second, economic reform and adjustments to the government’s affirmative action policies are on hold. Although Mr. Najib held out the hope of change a year ago with his New Economic Model, which promised an “inclusive” affirmative action policy that would be, in Mr. Najib’s words, “market friendly, merit-based, transparent and needs-based,” he has failed to follow through. This is because of opposition from right-wing militant Malay groups such as Perkasa, which believe that a move towards meritocracy and transparency threatens what they call “Malay rights.”

But stalling reform will mean a further loss in competitiveness and slower growth. It also means that the cronyism and no-bid contracts that favor the well-connected will continue. All this sends a discouraging signal to many young Malaysians that no matter how hard they study or work, they will have a hard time getting ahead.

Mr. Najib may not actually believe much of the rhetoric emanating from his party and his government’s officers, but he tolerates it because he needs to shore up his Malay base. It’s politically convenient at a time when his party faces its most serious opposition challenge in recent memory—and especially when the opposition is challenging the government on ethnic policy and its economic consequences. One young opposition leader, parliamentarian Nurul Izzah Anwar, the daughter of former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, has proposed a national debate on what she called the alternative visions of Malaysia’s future—whether it should be a Malay nation or a Malaysian nation. For that, she earned the wrath of Perkasa; the government suggested her remark was “seditious.”

Malaysia’s government might find it politically expedient to stir the racial and religious pot, but its opportunism comes with an economic price tag. Its citizens will continue to vote with their feet and take their money and talents with them. And foreign investors, concerned about racial instability and the absence of meaningful economic reform, will continue to look elsewhere to do business.

Mr. Malott was the U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, 1995-1998.

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.sourced:    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL  

Reasons why Najib’s “KangKung” remarks didn’t sit well with Malaysians.!

Najib fumbles AGAIN

From  The Star :

Najib hits back at kangkung critics

Najib Tun Razak said he used kangkung to explain supply & demand

” I like to eat kangkung”   – ” I gave example on the principle of supply and demand which

decide the prices of some of the food commodities which are not subject to price controls,” he said.

” the vegetable was only one example of food items used by the public. (Huh ??)

“..use existing laws against any trader who charges too high”

he and deputy would go down to the ground to check on prices

What  big Gaff ..now Najib will be associated with kangkung and quail (kangkung dan puyuh).

What is worst is that  Najib accused the people, the rakyat,  the ordinary man in the street of being

ungrateful to his  Goverment when the prices of kangkung went down.

In exactly his words , 

> masa naik persalahkan kerajaan…

> bila dah turun kenapa tak puji kerajaan

> Ini tidak adil

These were your own words. Mr PM please think. Why should the rakyat have to be thankful to you

when the price of kangkung goes down?

As you rightly put it, kangkung price is subject to supply and demand. You yourself said it.

The price of kangkung is not dependent on you or your gomen.

So why did you say that the rakyat should be thankful to you and your gomen when the

price of kangkung goes down? You even said ‘Ini tidak adil’.

That is why people are making fun of you. You do not seem to understand simple basic things.

If left to market forces the people will not blame you for high prices.

The people never blamed you for the up and down movement of kangkung prices.

People are blaming you for the prices of goods, foods and services that are

INDEED THE SUBJECT OF PRICE CONTROLS.

Prices that are determined by you and your gomen, either directly or indirectly through your policies.

Here is a short list:

1. Minimum wages RM900 (a killer, determined by you)

2. Price of petrol (determined by you)

3. price of electricity (a TNB monopoly, price determined by you & JJ)

4. price of sugar (a monopoly – removal of subsidy determined by you)

5. price of rice (a Bernas monopoly – price determined by you)

6. the price of cars (monopolised by Proton – price determined by you)

7. price of almost all imported products (subject to APs controlled by your cronies)

8. price of postage (minimum 60 sen now – determined by you, just before Syed Mokhtar bought POS)

9. toll rates – determined by you

10. quit rent hiked up – determined by you

11. price of steel – determined by you, through import controls

12. price of cement – determined by you, through import controls

13. price (“and other costs”) suffered at Puspakom

14. price (“and other costs”) suffered at Metrology (a monopoly that calibrates all mesin timbang

, including those used to weigh kangkung)

15. taxi fares (determined by you)

16. express bus fares (determined by you)

17. school bus fares (determined by you)

18. train fares (determined by you)

19. LRT and MRT fares (determined by you)

20. digital tv infra charges (determined by you)

21. Langkawi ferry fares (determined by you)

22. Lesen perniagaan DBKL – determined by you (gone up)

23. Price of Mandarin oranges – determined by you (import controls)

24. price of baby formula – determined by you (import controls)

25. price of my cigars – determined by you (APs)

26. price of hiring foreign maids (a killer, determined by you)

27. price of hiring foreign workers (another killer, determined by you)

28. price of imported beef – (determined by you – AP is controlled by one person)

29. price of medicine supplied by Pharmaniaga (determined by you, its a monopoly)

30. Dear readers, can you all please add to this list. Thank you.

The PM needs an economic primer on managing the country. and a thousand other prices.

There are NO market forces or very little market forces operating here.

I am not saying market forces must operate here. Let me repeat (in case your boys twist things around).

I am not saying market forces must operate here.

In Malaysia market forces DO NOT determine the prices of the things on this list – plus many, many more.

Dear Prime Minister please look at that list again. Do you see kangkung on that list? No you dont.

Why? Because kangkung is NOT a price controlled or price regulated item.

Kangkung depends on market forces. No one blamed you for kangkung prices going up or down.

Therefore your point that “bila (harga kangkung) dah turun kenapa tak puji kerajaan”

is completely out of place. It is an illogical statement.

No one mentioned kangkung. Who mentioned kangkung? You did.

You mentioned an item that is NOT subject to price controls.

So which prices are the people complaining about? Look at the list again.

The people are complaining about the prices that are determined by you Sir,

Najib Tun Razak the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Not the prices determined by the market forces of supply and demand.

Whether we like it or not, the market forces are more ADIL. They do not discriminate.

We cannot say the same for all these “controls” that we have in our economy.

All these “controls” need good and careful management.

This is where you and your gomen are falling down. You are not managing things well.

That is what the people are complaining about.

 

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sourced : najib-fumbles-again

 

Nazir Tun Razak.Defender of his father’s legacy .?

All is not well with the Razak clan

An opinion piece titled Remembering Tun Razak by prominent banker Datuk Seri Nazir Razak (pic) appears to have struck a raw nerve with the First Family and their supporters – with possible dire consequences for the CIMB boss.

The consensus in the Datuk Seri Najib Razak camp is the article, which sketched the legacy of Malaysia’s second prime minister, was ill-advised and served only to provide ammunition for the Prime Minister’s opponents at a time when arrows are being fired at him and his wife from all sides.

In the article to coincide with the 38th anniversary of Tun Abdul Razak Hussein’s death, Nazir outlined the qualities that made his father a much respected figure. As the custodian of the nation’s coffers, his frugality was legendary.

On the rare occasions when his family travelled with him, Razak made sure that he paid for the expenses himself. He was also famous for his integrity and understood that he was a servant of the people whose trust must never be betrayed.

Nazir pointed out that his father was “People First”, long before the sound bite, and believed that there was a place under the Malaysian sun for every one of its citizens.

It is understood that the piece was put out to remind Malaysians of the Razak legacy and also to protect the family name.

It found favour with many in the chattering class who have grown despondent over Najib’s lacklustre performance as a prime minister and the downward drift of the country into a deep and dark abyss of religious and racial extremism.

Many considered the article timely given the roiling debate of lavish spending by the government and the seemingly cavalier attitude by ruling politicians towards hardship faced by Malaysians due to rising cost of living.

But in Putrajaya, the opinion piece was received poorly and it is no stretch of imagination to say that Nazir is persona non grata in the corridors of power.

Punitive action being bandied about range from making it clear that he does not enjoy the favour of the government to forcing him to consider his employment options.

Much of the talk could be just hyperbole, fuelled by a sense of betrayal. But what is clear is that ties between the First Family and their supporters and the banker have never been so strained.

Well-placed sources told The Malaysian Insider that there were many objections over the article and this included the lecturing tone, its timing and the motive behind it.

It was as if only Nazir was concerned about the Razak legacy, complained Team Najib. In addition, they felt that there must be a sense of loyalty to family, especially during difficult times.

And that sending a message to the PM through an opinion piece was out of order, particularly as it appeared in media not controlled by Umno.

The article dated January 14 was carried by The Malaysian Insider, The Star and Sinar Harian.

It is learnt that Najib and his younger brother have exchanged words about the opinion piece, with another piece, seen as more conciliatory, on the same issue coming out in the Umno-owned New Straits Times two days later.

Despite sniping by pro-government bloggers over the piece, Nazir is unmoved, believing that he owes a duty to his family to remind Malaysians of his father’s legacy and protect it at all cost.

sourced :  all-is-not-well-with-the-razak-clan

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My thoughts..

If Nazir had a choice between championing his father’s good name that he inherited that his father worked so hard for and gave his life while in the service of the country and people he loved, a name Nazir will be very very proud of or see the actions of a brother who not only inherited the same name but also rose up to be in the same position in Govermnt , seemingly damaging the legacy .
i suppose he will be prompted to say something..

The late Tun Razak had many feathers in his cap ,on his shift as PM. he started the controversial NEP but under very noble design,to lift Malaysians out of poverty.(not expecting it to be hijacked by UMNO)
Made a historic visit to communist China (under challenging circumstances or political environment back then , and was welcomed hugely by Chairman Mao-significance of this trip lost on the current generation) ) opening up access or trade ,benefiting Malaysians..endearing him to all Malaysians and uniting all across the ethnic barriers in one heart. Which a grateful nation endorsed by giving Him and party an overwhelming victory in elections etc .

Najib has only inherited his father’s name but we are yet to see the magnanimous or humble qualities of the father in the son..His father hid his sickness from the public and continue to worry about the nation till his last breath..In essence , he gave his life till the last whilst still in the service of his country and fellow countrymen.

Tun Razak “served” the People and nation he led. But His son seems to expect the “reverse”. Tun Razak was loved by many because of the “ping pong” diplomacy when he visited China. His son becomes resented because of a gaff in ” kangkung” diplomacy?

Tun Razak and Najib ,irreconciliable differences in these words. Two  names representing two very different personalities.that are poles apart in terms of public perception and reverence..

Tun Razak, humble ,soft spoken but strong and determined..

Najib..public perception has it that seem to be anything but those qualities.

The impression he has created in his  public persona  is that as being indecisiveness , disoriented , submissive like a weak pushover and bullied by the ultras and the UMNO “old men” pandering to their whims.

Which is why it is difficult to reconcile the revered name of  Tun Razak in the same light . So far apart is the  public perception of the father and the son , an impression held by a large proportion of Malaysians..

Lest we forget , We are Asians with a culture that emphasize on very strong family ties and patriachal values and bloodlines that goes few generations in our genes..and preservation of a family” good name at all cost.
Nizar is being a concerned “son.”

We do not need to be children of great men to feel protective if we think our father’s name is being besmirched.
.But all the more so, if our father indeed had a legacy that is part of our country’s history..Like Nazir.!

Bryanbb

About China.Tale of 2 political systems

An entertaining and insightful talk on the China’s one party system and how it seems to have worked in getting  things done helping to elevate the people’s circumstance..as compared to the “vibrant democracies” in the world.

 

 

Chinese political system.Understanding China’s style of governance

 

beyond consciousness

A book titled “Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe“ has stirred up the Internet, because it contained a notion that life does not end when the body dies, and it can last forever. The author of this publication, scientist Dr. Robert Lanza who was voted the 3rd most important scientist alive by the NY Times, has no doubts that this is possible.

Scientists Claim That Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves To Another Universe At Death

BY STEVEN BANCARZJANUARY 7, 2014E

Beyond time and space

Lanza is an expert in regenerative medicine and scientific director of Advanced Cell Technology Company. Before he has been known for his extensive research which dealt with stem cells, he was also famous for several successful experiments on cloning endangered animal species.

But not so long ago, the scientist became involved with physics, quantum mechanics and astrophysics. This explosive mixture has given birth to the new theory of biocentrism, which the professor has been preaching ever since.  Biocentrism teaches that life and consciousness are fundamental to the universe.  It is consciousness that creates the material universe, not the other way around.

Lanza points to the structure of the universe itself, and that the laws, forces, and constants of the universe appear to be fine-tuned for life, implying intelligence existed prior to matter.  He also claims that space and time are not objects or things, but rather tools of our animal understanding.  Lanza says that we carry space and time around with us “like turtles with shells.” meaning that when the shell comes off (space and time), we still exist.

The theory implies that death of consciousness simply does not exist.   It only exists as a thought because people identify themselves with their body. They believe that the body is going to perish, sooner or later, thinking their consciousness will disappear too.  If the body generates consciousness, then consciousness dies when the body dies.  But if the body receives consciousness in the same way that a cable box receives satellite signals, then of course consciousness does not end at the death of the physical vehicle. In fact, consciousness exists outside of constraints of time and space. It is able to be anywhere: in the human body and outside of it. In other words, it is non-local in the same sense that quantum objects are non-local.

Lanza also believes that multiple universes can exist simultaneously.  In one universe, the body can be dead. And in another it continues to exist, absorbing consciousness which migrated into this universe.  This means that a dead person while traveling through the same tunnel ends up not in hell or in heaven, but in a similar world he or she once inhabited, but this time alive. And so on, infinitely.  It’s almost like a cosmic Russian doll afterlife effect.

Multiple worlds

This hope-instilling, but extremely controversial theory by Lanza has many unwitting supporters, not just mere mortals who want to live forever, but also some well-known scientists. These are the physicists and astrophysicists who tend to agree with existence of parallel worlds and who suggest the possibility of multiple universes. Multiverse (multi-universe) is a so-called scientific concept, which they defend. They believe that no physical laws exist which would prohibit the existence of parallel worlds.

The first one was a science fiction writer H.G. Wells who proclaimed in 1895 in his story “The Door in the Wall”.  And after 62 years, this idea was developed by Dr. Hugh Everett in his graduate thesis at the Princeton University. It basically posits that at any given moment the universe divides into countless similar instances. And the next moment, these “newborn” universes split in a similar fashion. In some of these worlds you may be present: reading this article in one universe, or watching TV in another.

The triggering factor for these multiplyingworlds is our actions, explained Everett. If we make some choices, instantly one universe splits into two with different versions of outcomes.

In the 1980s, Andrei Linde, scientist from the Lebedev’s Institute of physics, developed the theory of multiple universes. He is now a professor at Stanford University.  Linde explained: Space consists of many inflating spheres, which give rise to similar spheres, and those, in turn, produce spheres in even greater numbers, and so on to infinity. In the universe, they are spaced apart. They are not aware of each other’s existence. But they represent parts of the same physical universe.

The fact that our universe is not alone is supported by data received from the Planck space telescope. Using the data, scientists have created the most accurate map of the microwave background, the so-called cosmic relic background radiation, which has remained since the inception of our universe. They also found that the universe has a lot of dark recesses represented by some holes and extensive gaps.

Theoretical physicist Laura Mersini-Houghton from the North Carolina University with her colleagues argue: the anomalies of the microwave background exist due to the fact that our universe is influenced by other universes existing nearby. And holes and gaps are a direct result of attacks on us by neighboring universes.

Soul

So, there is abundance of places or other universes where our soul could migrate after death, according to the theory of neo-biocentrism. But does the soul exist?  Is there any scientific theory of consciousness that could accommodate such a claim?  According to Dr. Stuart Hameroff, a near-death experience happens when the quantum information that inhabits the nervous system leaves the body and dissipates into the universe.  Contrary to materialistic accounts of consciousness, Dr. Hameroff offers an alternative explanation of consciousness that can perhaps appeal to both the rational scientific mind and personal intuitions.

Consciousness resides, according to Stuart and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose, in the microtubules of the brain cells, which are the primary sites of quantum processing.  Upon death, this information is released from your body, meaning that your consciousness goes with it. They have argued that our experience of consciousness is the result of quantum gravity effects in these microtubules, a theory which they dubbed orchestrated objective reduction (Orch-OR).

Consciousness, or at least proto-consciousness is theorized by them to be a fundamental property of the universe, present even at the first moment of the universe during the Big Bang. “In one such scheme proto-conscious experience is a basic property of physical reality accessible to a quantum process associated with brain activity.”

Our souls are in fact constructed from the very fabric of the universe – and may have existed since the beginning of time.  Our brains are just receivers and amplifiers for the proto-consciousness that is intrinsic to the fabric of space-time. So is there really a part of your consciousness that is non-material and will live on after the death of your physical body?

Dr Hameroff told the Science Channel’s Through the Wormhole documentary: “Let’s say the heart stops beating, the blood stops flowing, the microtubules lose their quantum state. The quantum information within the microtubules is not destroyed, it can’t be destroyed, it just distributes and dissipates to the universe at large”.  Robert Lanza would add here that not only does it exist in the universe, it exists perhaps in another universe.

If the patient is resuscitated, revived, this quantum information can go back into the microtubules and the patient says “I had a near death experience”‘

He adds: “If they’re not revived, and the patient dies, it’s possible that this quantum information can exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul.”

This account of quantum consciousness explains things like near-death experiences, astral projection, out of body experiences, and even reincarnation without needing to appeal to religious ideology.  The energy of your consciousness potentially gets recycled back into a different body at some point, and in the mean time it exists outside of the physical body on some other level of reality, and possibly in another universe.

– See more at: http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/scientists-claim-that-quantum-theory-proves-consciousness-moves-to-another-universe-at-death/#sthash.5lMefdSn.dpuf

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