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Harper Hears A Hu – by Matt Price 02/ 5/2012 11:41 pm

In Equality, Ethics on February 7, 2012 at 8:05 pm

There’s nothing that the Chinese government likes more than Western leaders dropping all that human rights stuff and instead coming around to kowtow before them, as Steven Harper will do with President Hu Jintao this week. The Chinese government is so pleased, it will even give him the panda treatment, freeing up two bears to visit the Toronto zoo.

And what has brought about this change? In a word: Oil.

A few years ago, the Chinese government was definitely not in the panda mood. Its pipeline to the tar sands across Northern B.C. was going nowhere, seemingly unloved by Harper who instead had the audacity to meet with the Dalai Lama, that notorious “splittist” still carrying on about how his homeland has been invaded and his people violently persecuted, even today.

PetroChina ended its agreement with Enbridge and the message was sent that Ottawa needed to do more to get the pipeline done.

Fast forward a few years and Enbridge puts together a secretive $100 million war fund from Chinese state oil companies and others to mount a regulatory and public relations push for the pipeline. But, has Harper heard the lesson? Has Harper heard his Hu?

Absolutely. About a month ago, the Harper government and its agents unleashed a bully campaign on behalf of China’s pipeline, attacking opponents, discrediting Canadian voices, and even financially threatening a charity that supports one of the critics.

Team Harper’s labelling of critics as “foreign radicals” would resonate with his Chinese hosts who use similar bully rhetoric, although it may also make them nervous considering all that Chinese money that has gone into Enbridge’s lobbying campaign inside Canada. Harper can console them on this point though: Hypocrisy does not apply to those uninterested in self-reflection.

So Harper has heard his Hu and is now fully engaged on his behalf. Harper tries to wrap this pipeline up in language about Canada’s “national interest,” but allows no definition of that term that does not coincide exactly with what the tar sands industry wants, which is mindless expansion at any cost.

Yet Harper is unlikely to inform his hosts that despite his best efforts, the democracy called Canada is not ready to rubber stamp this pipeline just yet. He probably won’t say that First Nations remain vehemently opposed and can at the very least tie the project up in court for many years. He also won’t say that his bullying is backfiring, or that British Columbia simply doesn’t want the pipeline and could very well elect a government that won’t let it happen.

Overall, Canadians will be happy to see panda bears, but they want even more to protect their very own spirit bears from oil spills and that means no tar sands pipeline to China.

More importantly, they want a government that doesn’t sell out Canadian values — going from supporting victims like the Dalai Lama to bullying its own people — all to promote a dirty product that is stealing the future from our children.

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This article above should be retitled ‘Harper Tattles a Hu . . .’

Choose between moral right and greed. Canada is appealing to China’s baser nature if anything, will like a bad friend introducing addictive substances to a newbie in the club – or on this world stage, make China as hated as the colonial occupied nations, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and even U.S.A..

China could keep it’s hands ethically clean by not dealing in oil but make enquiry on eco-tourism, infrastructure and human rights development and focusing on Native Canadian representation at the UN for a start? How ‘white’ is Canada and what good would oil do to China’s reputation overall? And do the whites that are in power know about the native canadian sovereignty issue? Perhaps the Chinese could focus on developing hydro in Canada instead where ‘spirit bears’ will not be affected? Would be an eye opening scientific and exploration venture, instead of using the oil route. Clean is always good, native is always better. What DOES Harper get out of the whole thing? Oily snow? Inroads into Canada should be better done in anything but the heavily industrial route which perhaps may undermine China’s relations with the First Peoples should they somehow manage to become the new custodians or Canada. By natural right Canada is a Red Race led nation not white Canadian. China should keep this potentiality open and develop or wait for Fusion energy to be developed instead. Destruction of environment for some profit or energy security based on dated paradigms (combustion probably is very backward now, everyone is watching so why not help emancipate the First Peoples or at least not cause pollution and taking their lands instead?

If China has the mind for it, China should invest in the eco-green and First People’s FIRST paradigm instead of the colonial/corporate raider paradigm. It’s just energy, and the sovereignty of native people compromised could remove China’s methods (as described in various unconventional strategies by China’s less known ‘strategists’) of countering competition (also entirely removing colonial influence on a human rights basis) from colonial powers clothed in modernity across the world, as well as make China morally wrong and as detestable as the colonial peoples – raping the land and polluting pristine land, displacing where First Peoples live.

In as soon as Fusion technology is invented, the Oil technology, oil extraction paradigm and permanent loss of reputation among First Nations which could be diplomatically devastating to China in the long run, China will regret rushing for what could be useless resources and a loss of repute and the all important moral right to throw out colonial bullies or liberate colonised peoples who have no representation in the UN. China would keep it’s fair reputation and could be potential emancipators of the First Peoples (not suggesting an excuse for a War of Liberation . . . but there you go, the First Peoples might very well be the Manchus in China to the Japanese in WW2 . . . IF China leaves that oil alone.), China needs to think 100,000 years ahead not 10 or 100 years (this probably will be the time frame for Fusion sources that will render whatever Oil acquisitions worthless and destroy relations and reputation in a way that China may not recover from).

Overall the world would be a happier place if First Peoples retook representation and political power from the colonial powers and China could even then, though Fusion if invented already would make Oil meaningless, get the now First People led government to allow the Chinese to use that oil. The potentially most dangerous power bloc is best dismantled through this method, and China already has the upper hand. Do not underestimate the HUMAN factor, energy from the already expiring oil tech paradig, will be nothing compared in the near future – by ethical considerations China should leave the oil alone and focus on human rights and Native canadian representation and Sovereignty instead, though in a reasonable manner – gentle admonitions to shame these colonial led governments will do? Think Native Americans, Native Canadians, Aboriginese and Maori. Don’t these people feel bad somehow somewhere? That these First Nations have no representation on the UN? BRICS is well placed to raise the status of First Peoples, via the ethical and sovereignty, non-racism angle to their rightful pre-colonial sovereign state.

Also this ethical stance is also the ticket to wage war on the West by IF BRICS-ALBA-PIIGS feels strong enough to take on the West. Miscalculate the power here to wrest these 4 rightfully First People headed nations though (as mentioned like Manchuria was in Japan during WW2 except that Japan made Manchuria a puppet rather than an independent state), and the results would be as fatal as Vietnam was for USA or Afghanistan was for Soviet Union.

Wage war or use diplomacy to win these 4 colonial nations with installation of First People leaders though, and we will find that BRICS will likely be the de facto power for the rest of human history. How BRICS-ALBA-PIIGS treats the First Peoples at that point will be an indicator of what kind of people they are and how the world turns out – remember no peoples want to be annihilated or have no UN representation . . . but China’s last stint as hegemon of the Eastern world was 600+ years ago and was toppled only a mere 60+ years ago . . . do the right thing China . . . that the the colonial powers are still unable to – liberation of entire peoples, allowance of rightful representation on the UN and autonomy in political power . . .

Stephen Harper’s “Ethical” Visit To China Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Harper had a special gift for the president of China Hu Jintao, a can of “ethical oil” all the way from the tarsands. If this deal goes through, I wish all my friends from British Columbia good luck because it will be a port in BC from where this “ethical oil” will be shipped to China with a pipeline running through the province.

Posted by LeDaro at 11:10 AM

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Mocking consideration for reputation does show some true colours does it not?

8 Articles on Structural Problems in Malaysia : Wealth distribution problems, Unthinking voters, Allegories on racism, Journo Duplicity-fear, Selective fingering of corruption, South Africa’s ‘Righteous Minority Affirmative Action’ (unlike Malaysia Affirmative Action for the Majority . . . wtf???), Selective criticism ignoring nepotism, Mob mentality afflicted politicians from another era – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 8th february 2012

In Apartheid, Bumiputera Apartheid, corruption, critical discourse, democratisation, media traps, media tricks, Plutocracy, politics, Wealth distribution on February 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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Rising social inequality in Malaysia — Toh Kin Woon

MARCH 20 — Recently, Malaysia’s mainstream media carried prominently news about Malaysia’s 40 richest businessmen or tycoons. A few among them count as among the richest in Asia, with wealth running in the billions of US dollars.

But I don’t consider having a few billionaires as an indicator of successful economic development. On the contrary, I feel that there is a defect in our country’s developmental record.

The nurturing of several billionaires is one indicator of a heavy concentration of wealth and income in the hands of a few. Little wonder the gap between the richest five per cent of households and the bottom 40 per cent is getting wider. Malaysia’s Gini coefficient, which is a crude measure of income inequality, is among the highest in Asia.

Despite rising inequality, there seems little concern about it. Except for a few, policy makers, politicians, especially from the Barisan Nasional, and even the public at large give hardly any attention to such social injustice and its negative ramifications.

They may be concerned about the incidence of absolute poverty. Even the rich and powerful would be put off by the sight of poverty, such as dilapidated housing, hunger, disease and sickness, and would support state programmes to eradicate poverty.

It is a different matter, however, when it comes to calls for a redistribution of income and wealth through state intervention. The relatively well off, including even the middle class and state elites, are hardly enthusiastic about creating a more egalitarian society. They will not, for example, support high direct taxes to finance state provision of health care, an efficient and cheap public transport system, and welfare payments to the poor and aged. They want low taxes, a small public sector, and more reliance on private initiatives to provide social goods.

Many years ago, when I was studying for my MA in development economics in a British university, I learnt that it is always important to ask the key question as to who in society is benefiting from growth. This, unfortunately, is not much asked these days. Instead, the obsession is only with growth.

Until today, I am still troubled by this question. I want to see the realisation of a more egalitarian Malaysian society, in which all citizens lead dignified lives. Hence, I would like the government to adopt measures that can close the gap between the rich and poor.

Rather than having a few billionaires, I would rather have a society where there the bulk of society are members of the middle class. Egalitarianism is a goal we should all strive for. — Aliran

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Aliran is one of few voices far ahead in the future. Existing wealth paradigms are not working. Existing wealth distribution paradigms are complete failures. Readers also pls. read the below group to see how far this amassment of wealth has gone without control, time for a Bolshevik/French revolution against the Plutocrat Crypto-Monarchs? But let us replace the Political Crypto-Monarchs with NORMAL people first so we can educate the masses on – “The Equal Right of All Men to the Wealth of the World” (Utopian eh? Welcome to the future of mankind . . . ) :

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=36665503866

;and to think Malaysia can’t even achieve :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

Wanna see a better world without the likes of Singapore by GE13? Lets give the world an example they will never forget, out of Singapore, via the 13 point plan . . .

 

 

ARTICLE 2

The immovable 10pc – Praba Ganesan – Praba Ganesan – 18 Mac 2010

MARCH 18 — The math does not work, does it? There is this obsolete, cruel and more importantly crude government, and despite its single-minded intention to self-destruct, it stays in power.

Malaysia is an anathema to all countries in our wealth, infrastructure and education group. We are close to being unexplainable. The government has tried to be more obsolete, crueller and cruder in the past two years, yet it is not met with any further rejection. Why?

The answer lies in the vote-base securing power for the Barisan Nasional (BN) — the immovable 10 per cent.

In the general, you have your traditional BN supporters, those who are immune to critique and sworn to the perpetuation of the present system, irrespective of its pending collapse. I have several family members and close friends in it, and they want to walk that path indefinitely.

At the other end, the non-BN guys. Those equally sworn to the end of BN rule and have stayed that course through all reincarnations of opposition — Independence of Malaysia Party, The Socialist Front, Gagasan Rakyat, Barisan Alternatif and now Pakatan Rakyat.

I’ve less family members and close friends in that side of the pitch. But in the last three years, the spike in support for them guarantees irrespective of how much longer BN stays in power it will always be confronted by a sizeable opponent, not a token one anymore. A true nemesis, not a kid with a wooden bat.

Which leads to the — equally divided between the ever-effervescent and extremely dull — undecided voters. The ones deciding whether BN wins by a landslide or if PAS or DAP rotate leadership of a bigger than small Opposition MP total in Parliament. In 2008 they turned their backs on BN.

However, that does not change the Federal government

You need the real king-makers, the immovable 10 per cent. Let me tell you about them.

The group has one characteristic, they vote BN even if they personally don’t have that much love for the ruling coalition. They vote BN because despite everything life in Malaysia is ok for them. That’s it. Life is ok. There are no sexy reasons, just an extremely cautious and cynical outlook to life. (Hey, blame it on our Asian genes.)

They keep BN in power, and help them stay there.

The number 10 is arbitrary, mostly guesswork — to show them being substantial, while being small enough to be an under-serviced group. The group is disparate and they don’t have an active effort to gather themselves under an umbrella. There is no “We really, really don’t care that much for the BN, but we vote for them all the time Club”.

It is important to know them, so that the arguments made to them apply to them, and have a chance to convince them.

What do they want? They want good. They want the good without having to endure any growing pains. This is where they falsely associate the BN government as the purveyor of reasonable good, because they have been in the power position infinitum.

They are willing to settle for good not coming through, as long as bad (for them) does not rise.

So much of what the BN decides, launches or offends does not irk them.

They’ll politely listen to you when you repeat your rehearsed lines about the mystery surrounding the death of a model or in a lock-up or at the bottom of a government building. They’ll nod away when you express your disdain with human rights openly abused and elections lacking the honesty one must surely wish for. They’ll buy you drinks when you admonish the nepotism, the xenophobia and the denigration of the human spirit. You’ll almost go blue exasperated about the brain drain, and they’ll comfort you with an arm over you while the other hand strokes the “green card” tucked inside their wallet.

Moral imperatives are not going to win their votes.

They are not interested in the process which the good prevails or develops from, they just want good.

Who are they? Some of the commentators in this website. The middle manager who needs his firm to be stable as he makes his career surge. The sub-contractor who hates the system, but has a life made from him compromising himself and the system. The school teacher who thinks all governments are inherently flawed which is a fair reason to back this one.

They are all around us. Your voting record (or lack thereof) will tell you if you are one of them.

My own personal favourite is my batch-mate — the good doctor in Putrajaya. He is cynical of everything, and builds his reputation on just being disagreeable and cocky about his intellect. You should see him justifying bad government, it is the closest as you will get to see a square peg being forcibly but successfully pressed into a round hole.

When you have made your mind, and possess a decent intellect you can always justify your world-view.

Ferdinand Marcos, Mobutu Sese Seko, Nicolae Ceausescu and Robert Mugabe are all frowned upon today, but in the heights of their power the very people who turned their backs on them were cheering them in stadiums and long parades.

The “immovable 10 per cent” will in a distant future disassociate their support for historically denounced characters. Which is why I try to commit to memory all my friends who are “Facebook fans” of a certain former prime minister.

So you see, now you can understand why the BN can and has made decisions that make your blood boil, but which do not ruffle them. They only care about appeasing their supporters, and keeping a portion of the undecided. The ‘immovable 10 per cent’ will find their own way to crossing the name of the BN candidate.

I’ll meet my quiz-mate in two hours, and he’ll run through for me all the nasty things the government is up to, mostly what was carried by The Malaysian Insider. As usual I’ll smile and tell him, the government does not care for him, since they can’t lose his vote twice in any given election.

I will tell him, as I tell my readers if you want the change you desire, identify those around you who are. If you bother to let listen and not moralise, they will share with you their misgivings about a life without BN. Listen and engage on their terms.

Don’t pour facts down their throats, you’ll only make them withdraw into their shells. Don’t force a responsibility they have never felt for others. Don’t insist they change, because it suits you.

You never win them in the conversation. You only have a chance if they consider the conversation long after it has ended.

That they realise as Edmund Burke put it: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

And maybe you can start by putting that as a bumper sticker on your car.

* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.

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They forgot to mention dr.Evil’s beer company kid, that is too haram to close an eye to Syariah Court inaction . . . AND because of the glaringly obvious NEPOTISM which is intolerable in the ruling party, the vote would inevitably favour DSAI. As for the wrongs of many things that also happened under DSAI’s watch, let us say that if not for his intent to reform, we would never be able to unravel what happened. DSAI is the way forward, even though he is linked to the past. Allah has deemed it suitable that he lose favour with dr.Evil so that Malaysia would be cleansed. Dare any Malaysian deny that things are better because of what happened and because DSAI is still around to correct them? Also :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

And with the 13 point plan in place, re-assimilation of Singapore as well.

 

 

ARTICLE 3

Mass sleepwalking — Tay Tian Yan

MARCH 2 – 2010 — Seventy-six Malay civil organisations joined hands to form the “Malay NGO Consultative Council,” vowing to defend the rights of Malays and Muslims.

I rushed to check the calendar to make sure it was not March 1, 1946.

Indeed so!

If this took place in 1946, I would say it was understandable and logical.

Six decades ago, the British issued the open-minded and fair “Malayan Union” decree, but it raised alarm among the Malays.

They were worried about the status of the Malays as well as their religion. As a consequence, Malay organisations were mobilised to “defend the rights of Malays and Muslims.”

But this is 2010! I wonder whether we have been transported back in time to those good old days?

The colonists left long ago, and the Alliance and Barisan Nasional have been in firm control of this country for the following half century, while the New Economic Policy has been in place for four decades…

The Malays have the power, status, achievements, and the numbers!

What else is there to defend?

Can you imagine the Whites in America rising up to “defend the rights of the Whites” and counter the Native Americans who have questioned their rights?

Or the NGOs in China unite to “defend the rights of the Hans” from the oppression of Tibetans and Uighurs?

It is said that the Whites in America have risen up to defend the rights of the Native Americans, while a few right-minded Hans in China have urged the government to halt the oppression against their Tibetan and Uighur brothers.

Only when our future and fate are being threatened do we actually need to rise up and defend.

Otherwise, we can only call ourselves “Quixotics” — fantasisers who perceive those around them as enemies and get contented with their own illusions.

The word is derived from “Don Quixote,” the protagonist in Miguel de Cervantes’s novel about four centuries back.

A country bumpkin, Don Qixote read a lot about the stories of knights, and found himself falling into a world of his own illusions.

One day, he picked up a rusty spear, put on an old suit of armour, and went on his adventure.

He spotted windmills, and thinking that they were ferocious giants, he attacked them.

On his death bed, Don Quixote had his senses restored. He came to the realisation that all those knight stories were anything but the truth.

Hey, hey! Perkasa, GPMS, Mubarak and the like. Are you all right? Or are you still having a mass sleepwalking?

And Cuepacs, too! Are you not an outfit for civil servants? Why don’t you go about defending the interests of civil servants instead?

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(1) Can you imagine the Whites in America rising up to “defend the rights of the Whites” and counter the Native Americans who have questioned their rights? Or the NGOs in China unite to “defend the rights of the Hans” from the oppression of Tibetans and Uighurs?

It is said that the Whites in America have risen up to defend the rights of the Native Americans, while right-minded Hans in China have urged the government to halt the oppression against their Tibetan and Uighur brothers.

This is an issue of geo-political vs. human rights brinksmanship. Neither can let go immediately at this point. Or should both let go in stages? In either case, do note this below link’s article and the unbalanced balance of covert infiltration which requires that USA lets go first :

http://www.rense.com/general81/faeeof.htm

(2) ” But in this age of globalisation, Malaysia should position itself more as a liberal and open country, while the Malays should be adequately equipped to compete on an equal footing. ”

Partially ambiguous without specifics. Hmm, everyone equipped with the Human Rights Charter’s protections are adequate, lets not justify for or allow to justify. Lets have one on :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

” And on his death bed, Don Quixote had his senses restored. He came to the realisation that all those knight stories were anything but the truth. ”

Tit for tat? Give here that tit. And this one’s no t*at. As said, this is not for the cynical . . . when a caveman began his first fire, he was never thinking of flying to Mars. This is still nothing unbelievable, wait 50 years, maybe something will prove this point with, for the current and future item, and those familiar with Quixote would know that EQUALITY of Man reaches into the issuance of endorsement of the very Courts denied to those who have had theirs fallen.

In the past it was armed men who would fight. Now it is informed men who would endorse. What do you wish for the world? And what are you doing about it? Here’s what to do : vote for non-nepotists, non-racists and non-plutocrats (glc types etc..). Very likely, a better Malaysia will arise.

 

 

ARTICLE 4

Be tolerant — Lim Mun Fah (MySinChew) – 3 Mar 2010

MARCH 2 — If we can sincerely recognise, accept and tolerate differences, we can have a beautiful future.

Because of religious differences, we have diverse beliefs.

Because of cultural differences, we have diverse life.

Because of lingual differences, we have diverse ways of communication.

Because of educational differences, we have diverse ways of thinking.

Because of these diversities, our society is unique, vigorous and colourful.

Malaysia can actually create a rare atmosphere of diversity.

If we are willing to recognise, accept and tolerate while allowing mutual dependence among different religions, cultures, languages and educations, differences can certainly form a very unique, irreplaceable Malaysia.

Recognising, accepting and tolerating differences represent a virtue spirit of aggressiveness.

Unfortunately, such diverse characteristics that we once possessed and been proud of are now facing a variety of tangible and intangible suppression because of the rise of singularism.

Singularism tends to produce extreme acts and therefore, we can see people stirring up trouble everywhere. They use differences to create antagonism and expand confrontation into hatred.

Infinitely expanding differences and playing with racial sentiments is indeed very dangerous but it is also the cheapest and best weapon for incitement. Therefore, the growing fundamentalists are continuously playing up with racial and religious issues. They deliberately try to hurt the feelings of all races. We are outraged and at the same time worried.

We are worried as once the act of making differences a confrontation becomes a means for incitement, religious, cultural, lingual and education diversities will be suppressed. Step by step, they will be pushed towards the narrow and extreme direction. The narrow and extreme racial sentiment will bring together hatred and confrontation. It will also lead to outburst of conflicts.

Harmonious differences are beautiful and fascinating. But confronting differences is ugly and disgusting.

We need to appreciate it before we can communicate.

We need communication in order to foster understanding. And we need understanding in order to live together and complement each other.

If we are increasingly concerned about the differences among each other, we will increasingly dislike each other and can accept only those who are “exactly the same” as us. Also, misunderstanding will start growing.

Be tolerant. If we believe the experience and lesson learned from history, we can march towards “1 Malaysia”. — mysinchew.com


written by Pooh, March 02, 2010
not tolerant but acceptance because tolerance has its limit and breaking point.just accept the differences and embrace it. we were made different and there is no such thing as equality because some will be more equal than others. be fair and just. be kind and considerate.

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Hi Lim Mun :

Kinda stilted and a platitude spewer of an article throughout but these few glaring miswordings (hopefully not intentional) can’t be ignored, one gets the impression this is not Lim Mun’s native language or Lim Mun has difficulty thinking to just simply say – EQUALITY FOR ALL CITIZENS . . .

(1) ” . . . a virtue spirit of aggressiveness . . . ” ?!? Did you mean :

1) virtuous spirit of aggressiveness???
2) spirit of virtuous aggressiveness???
3) spirited virtue of aggressiveness???
4) aggressive virtue of spirit???
5) aggressive spirit of virtue???

You can’t be extolling aggression so 1, 2, and 3 are not likely what you meant, but 4, and 5 don’t make sense either . . .

(2) Harmonious differences are beautiful and fascinating. But confronting differences is ugly and disgusting.

You are making comparisons of differences so this should better read :

” But confrontational differences are ugly and disgusting.”

(3) And we need understanding in order to live together and complement each other.

Complement? Somewhat obtuse, but fair enough . . .

(4) If we believe the experience and lesson learned from history, we can march towards “1 Malaysia”.

“If we believe the experience and lesson learned from history . . . “, Er, believe the experience of history?!? This line was either translated from mandarin and meant something totally different or the writer was just writing off the bat. Do people get paid to write like this? So shows the value of networking . . .

Hi @Pooh :

There is equality. It is just not being upheld by the some authorities, specifically Malaysian ones ib certain political factions racist or nepotistic or term limiteless. Such lethargy . . . is @Pooh saying to agree to submit to inequality?

Please address :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

 

 

ARTICLE 5

‘The most corrupt institution in the country’ — Martin Jalleh – MARCH 2 -2010 — Umno is rotten to the core; it is rotten from its lowest level to the highest.

The year 2009 began with the chairman of Umno’s disciplinary board, Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen, proposing a radical (or desperate) solution to reduce rampant money politics in Umno — get rid of its Youth and Puteri wings! The Umno elite, Datuk Seri Najib Razak included, found the proposal ridiculous and rejected it.

Datuk Zaid Ibrahim advised Tengku Rithauddeen to retire and resign from the board since his efforts in reining in corruption in Umno had proven to be futile. Lim Kit Siang went one step further saying, as a result of Tengku Rithauddeen’s failure to weed out corruption, the whole of Umno should be uprooted altogether!

On Jan 30, 2009, a group of Umno Youth members protested against both Tengku Rithauddeen for his proposal and also the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for its intervention in “party matters”. It rattled Tengku Rithauddeen so much that he resignedly replied: “We will do our job; MACC will do theirs.”

In March, two Umno members threatened to apply for an injunction to postpone the Umno general assembly until all allegations of money politics were investigated. They highlighted their report on the misuse of power on the (then) PM and Deputy PM and the more than 1,000 reports of graft in Umno.

Nine days before the Umno elections, the disciplinary board barred Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Mohd Ali Rustam from contesting the post of party deputy president after three of his “agents” were allegedly found guilty of being involved in money politics in the run-up to the elections.

But Ali continued as an Umno member and CM. Even Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was stumped by this: “Isa was thrown out because he was involved in money politics… he also lost his position as a minister. But here we have a very strange decision. He was found to be corrupt but he can remain as the Chief Minister…”

Khairy Jamaluddin, who was a candidate for the post of Umno Youth head, was also found “guilty” by the board, but was only given a warning. He won the post and was heckled by an Umno mob who yelled “Khairy! Rasuah!” and “Penipu!” during his acceptance speech.

Another candidate for the post of Umno Youth head, Datuk Seri Mohamad Khir Toyo, was cleared by the board of all corruption charges. People expected Khir to be found clean, or Umno would be without an opposition leader in Selangor of his calibre and he would not look good in his new role as a “champion of good governance”!

Several MBs and CMs who lost in the party elections blamed it on money politics. They claimed that delegates seemed more drawn to the “distribution of gifts” than what they had done for their states. (Only one of the MBs and CMs succeeded in securing a place on the 25-seat supreme council.)

It was also time for Pak Lah to retire. As a parting shot to the party that ended his presidency/premiership prematurely he warned that “…materialism has seeped into the party, making a number of party members greedy and avaricious, hence creating the negative perception that Umno is a corrupt party”.

When setting up his new Umno supreme council Najib sought to be “inclusive” — he included the losers in the Umno elections and whose integrity had been questioned such as Tengku Adnan Mansor (of V.K. Lingam video clip fame), Ali (money politics) and Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz (approved permits)!

In April, Najib became the PM. Many agreed with the assessment of Tengku Aziz — a former chairman of Transparency International — of Najib’s People’s Cabinet, as a team “totally uninspiring (and) of recycled political expendables, many with personal records of integrity that will not bear close scrutiny.”

Indeed, Najib’s supposed strong resolve to start afresh with his new Cabinet was in reality a successful spin by his camp for about 80 per cent of those appointed ministers were spent characters, self-seeking sycophants with stained records, or what Dr M called “unsavoury characters”.

Umno’s anti-corruption charade continued in full force. In August, Umno fielded a disbarred lawyer in the Permatang Pasir by-election. It prompted Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to ask: “Is Umno so short of people that we have to find a lawyer disbarred for financial dishonesty to stand?”

In October, Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad became Umno’s candidate in the Bagan Pinang by-election. Najib’s nebulous defence of the decision was that “the offence committed by Isa was not an offence under the law”. The Chief Commissioner of the MACC had in January 2009 declared categorically that “money politics is corruption”!

The DAP’s Wong Ho Leng gives an accurate implication of Isa’s win: “Isa’s win would translate into an endorsement of corruption within Umno and the government that it leads. It lays bare the fact that Umno has no better leader to win a by-election than one who has been condemned by Umno itself to have been corrupt.”

PKR’s Azmin Ali sarcastic take on Isa’s victory was that Umno does not have to do any reform nor worry about money politics anymore. They can still win anyhow!

Consider columnist M. Bakri Musa’s invaluable insight: “To Umno folks, the party has replaced Allah as the source of bounty and benevolence… Corrupt leaders are forgiven not by Allah but by the party. Isa Samad had his political corruption sentence reduced, and then he was rewarded to be the party’s election candidate. Khairy had his ‘money politics’ conviction essentially pardoned, and then blessed by being head of Umno Youth”!

The year ended with Dr M quoting in his blog a former senior Umno leader’s lamentation: “Umno is rotten to the core. It is rotten from its lowest level to the highest. What’s left are remnants of people with self-interest who still hope of being rewarded for supporting Umno. They are not nationalists and cannot be trusted.” According to Dr M, this leader intended to jump ship to PAS! — aliran

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Martin Jalleh, do not gloss over the fact that the AP system and so many other wrongs were created by dr.Evil and also endorsed or continued by Pak Blah who also introduced Israeli and Singapore style FORCED MILITARY CONSCRIPTIONS backed with jail terms and fines which were rubber stamped by MPs still holding seats today. Does anyone know which MPs rubber stamped the military conscription into existence? Forced Military CO scriptions without Abstention options is unconstitutional and illegal especially when we do not even have EQUALITY and APARTHEID typified most laws and articles of Constitution.

Would Martin like to sometime address or run as a candidate on the below 3 items under 3rd Force or independent candidacy? Don’t write half-hearted articles if you love your country.

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

 

 

ARTICLE 6

Nomad Muslim contributed to Zul’s victory & I’m sorry — Nomad Muslim

MARCH 2 – 2010 — Dear Editor, I would appreciate if you publish this long but terribly important letter on Zulkifli Nordin, Umno, the Malays and the tragic state Malaysia finds itself in today. Thank you and may Allah (sw) bless you.

The letter:

I did contribute to Zulkifli’s victory and I’m sorry dear Malaysians

I’m a Muslim student in Malaysia from an African non-Muslim country. I have been here for a while to know much about this country.

Although I’m in the science stream, I follow the Malaysian political scene with fervour. In fact, foreign students particularly Muslims follow Malaysia’s sorry state with disgust and shock.

A nation we thought we could be proud of and sell to others including our countries, but unfortunately hell-bent on proving that God’s Grace can be a curse.

As Malaysia prepared for the now historic March 08 elections, we did whatever we could in our own simple ways of contributing to the Pakatan (later formed of course) groups particularly PAS and PKR.

Either we encouraged our Malay brethren whom we knew were registered to go and vote or at least help in disseminating the PAS and PKR political platforms and popularize their candidates. One such candidate was Nulkifli Nordin, a Reformasi stalwart.

Reading his blog then which was started in Feb 2008 was interesting. What a shameful metamorphosis indeed! In case he deletes it, we have captured it for posterity and Allah (sw) knows much more. Now here comes what I did.

On March 02, 6 days before the poll, as I went through Malaysian blogs, I came across damaging information against the UMNO candidate for KULIM Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir published in the blog of former DAP MP James Wong, who linked to a statement issued by The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH).

The statement was carried by The Merdeka Review and it was in Chinese. I immediately alerted Zulkifli through email and a comment left at his blog. I also sent him the link to Lim Kit Siang’s reaction to what Abdul Azizi has done by threatening to burn down the KLSCAH in 2000.

By then, the people who were visiting his blog were very small in number. He was desperately popularizing his blog through Malaysia-Today, Harris Ibrahim and Zorro blogs which are of course very popular. But my information will change a lot. As I left the comment in his blog, I requested that his not publish my comment but act on its message. He heeded my call. To him, I was just a concerned “Malaysian” who was fighting with him (or for him?) to secure him a victory against Umno.

Zulkifli Nordin thanked me and on the same date that I alerted him published the KLSCAH information plus Lim Kit Siang’s press statement on Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir’s antics. Using the photo provided by Merdeka Review, he added: Tolak budaya samseng and then wrote: (We thank you wanyama for alerting us on this news….).

Wanyama was the fake name I used to sign in. The reaction was swift. That particular entry was published in Malaysia today. I personally linked it to Harris Ibrahim’s blog and Zorro’s too through commenting in their blogs. 20 people including me commented on the entry and I wrote: “Well, I’m the one who rang the alarm bell. Mr Zulkifli, this is a big chance to awaken the Chineese. It should be printed today and made sure every Chinese voter gets it. It is politics of honesty, accountability, responsibility and good manners. UMNO samsengs have no such qualities no wonder they are threatening people with fire. How can such people be made MPs? Kulim voters, be they Chinese, Malays or Indian, reject samseng.”

Zulkifli who was struggling with the Chinese vote got a golden chance to awaken the Chinese in Kulim and distributed thousands of flyers over this “Extremist” UMNO man (to use his own words…how days change). This also proved fatal to UMNO. Desperate to defeat him, UMNO was distributing demonic CDs against Anwar Ibrahim in Kulim and Zulkifli was campaigning on the premise that he was a Reformasi man and that he was DSAI’s lawyer. Rather than continuing on its demonic spree against DSAI, UMNO in Kulim was put on the defensive and by March 06, it was clear that Zul was headed for an emphatic history.

UMNO tried to disqualify him 2 days to the polling date on the premise that he didn’t submit his Account Statement and he lodged a police report against the Returning Officer and also sent a scathing letter to The Star for publishing a report titled: “Question mark over Zulkifli” and demanded that it publishes his press statement. Later the EC clarified that he was eligible to contest. Note that UMNO wanted to act against him only after his chances of winning became clear and didn’t object to his candidacy on the nomination day as usual.

Then the DAY came and Zul went on to win the Kulim seat. His ranted against the evil, corrupt, extremist and disgraceful Umno (his words) and the people listened and voted for him. One day after the victory, a Mahathirist commentator who used the pen name: arb_ok wrote: “Assalamualaikum YB, Congratulations on your recent election as the people’s representative. On behalf of my friends from KL who went back all the way to Kulim just to vote you, we sincerely hope that you shall carry your new responsibilities to the fullest.

Please remember not to take the voters for granted. The Kulim folks are no longer awed by the BN. I personally hope that despite you winning on Keadilan ticket, you shall not pursue the cause of DSAI as he is a gone case. Please remember to serve the Kulim folks well and you shall be rewarded handsomely.

And I must let you know that my vote went to the candidate and not the party. I despise Keadilan for their struggle on Anwar. Largely the Kulim folks are not fond of Anwar but we were simply sick of the PM and his advisers.

Selamat berkhidmat. Wassalam and syabas YB.”

@Nomad Muslim responded to this rabid Mahathirist and defended Anwar, Zul and PKR as a “Malaysian” and I wrote:

“Dear arb_ok

Ass.wr.wb [[[ *** an NLP mispelt if anything *** ]]]

Your understanding is warped and your intellectual poverty is immense and heartrending that it needs attention. Let me address the issues that you have raised one by one.

1. You congratulated the new YB on his victory which is right. Then you went on to claim credit on behalf of your friends in KL. Well, you need to show the evidence that there were friends of yours who authorized you to speak on their behalf. I myself is from KL and went to vote in Kulim for Noordin. You said the new YB should carry his duties well since Kulim voters are no longer awed by BN. Agreed! But it is Malaysia which also is not awed by BN and its pussyfooters.

2. Then you addressed the new YB saying that he shouldn’t pursue the cause of DSAI since he is a gone case. It is here that I’m very interested in. first of all, what’s DSAI’s cause and who determines that cause? Secondly, how did you know that he was gone? Using which barometer? By what law, by what justice? Your calculation that you voted for the candidate but hates his party unearths your buffoonery since at the end of the day a candidate is voted on the basis of the ideals and manifestos of his/her party. Moreover, if Noordin is good, then it means the party that fielded him must have been good in the sense that it looked for the good people.

3. You wrote: “I despise Keadilan for their struggle on Anwar.” I must say that your hatred to Anwar the person has rendered you a buffoon beyond salvation point. This is because KeADILan is a party made of diverse people with diverse background driven by one goal: a better Malaysia. The fact that Anwar is part of that mass movement or party shouldn’t confuse you my dear. Yes, I can see you hate Anwar but Anwar even is not aware of your existence, so it will be civil and informed not to nag others about him as you are desperately doing here. Furthermore, the fact that KeADILan was formed after Anwar was jailed doesn’t make it an Anwar party. In any way, a party is borne at a given moment due to a certain political, economical or national cause at a given moment too, and therefore KeADILan’s birth at the height of the political assassination of DSAI doesn’t make the party bereft of any idea or its multifarious supporters and winners a hapless bunch of people wallowing in intellectual penury.

4. You said Kulim people are not fond of Anwar. Hehehe Which Kulim people are you talking about? It is just like how you said on behalf of KL friends. Mah! You are so cheap and condescending my dear. Your view and atavistic rage against Anwar can’t be said to be that of Kulim or its people. I’m sorry to inform you that Kulim is not you. Kulim has thousands of people with different ideas, perceptions, beliefs and orientations, therefore, your childish rants that the people of Kulim are anti-Anwar as if you are the Kulim itself makes your argument utterly naïve and ludicrous. Just say, as far as I’m concerned, ok? Thanks, wassalam.”

One may ask why all this trouble, well, we did all this to support the change and Malaysia’s prospect for a better tomorrow. We support the Islam of Tok Guru Nik Aziz (note I say Nik Aziz and not Ustadh Hadi) and the leadership of DSAI and now Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. We did this in order to support the people we thought were conscientious enough to understand that there is a crying need for a new paradigm in this nation and the salvation of this outwardly glamorous nation but deeply rotten inside. We did this because we have seen how rotten the system is, how failed Malaysia is becoming and how defeatist culture and inherent opportunism is becoming the accepted norm.

In 2006, a friend from another country was arrested in Kedah while he was going to Thailand. He was informed that his visa had expired the previous day by the Kedah Immigration and then he was detained. A relative of his requested me to accompany him to Alor Star to visit the man. I did. What I saw was shocking. Rather than putting the man through due process, the Immigration men demanded RM10,000. And when we informed them that his case has already being taken to court, a lawyer from UiTM who was working with the Immigration men said this to me: “all this will be solved. Both the prosecutor and the judge are known to me and he will be released immediately provided you pay the amount”, and then he gave me his account number.

He was a treacherous man selling his motherland. He is a product of a corrupt system that’s hailed as a success. We wanted the likes of Zulkifli to do something for Kedah, Malaysia and all those who love this nation. And those petty Umnoputras who rant against the world for demanding a fair tribal for DSAI, it is because even poor foreign students know how corrupt Malaysia’s judiciary is. We are witness to it and the world knows much than you can imagine.

Like would a Malay(sian) student in the US would in all probability support Obama, or the same student in India would do a dig for the Congress, the overwhelming majority of foreign Muslim students in Malaysia unequivocally support Anwar Ibrahim. Make no mistake about it and we aren’t stupid about it. We also salute beloved Tok Guru Nik Aziz whose courage and fatigue represent the spirit of the nation. And we also salute the always urbane and truly patriotic Ku li. For me and many others, these three men (plus many others in the trenches) are the real patriots. A patriot is the one who demands the best of his/her nation, not a vile, tribal posturing, knife (keris) waving buffoon who can’t express himself in an intelligent way. These three men also have been victims of the system and they are ones who can only correct it.

For us, Zul was part of the true patriots. The man who accused his UMNO rival of extremism became its ugly and unacceptable face. There was no intellectual input from him on any issue, a typical Ibrahim Ali, only younger. The fact that Ibrahim Ali is a vile character who can bad mouth others isn’t a sign of patriotism and neither would his empty tribal rhetoric take the Malays to a new frontier. I have been observing Zul, and I must say I feel sorry that I did little to help him win an argument against a rival whom he embraces today betraying the men and women who struggled with him all along. May be the Arab saying that revolution eats its children is true.

In fact, the Malays are very strange people if not the strangest on earth. Say, if you work together and you disagree, they will become your enemies and even do unimaginable things to you simply because you parted ways. Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.

They will also go to your “original” enemies simply to spite you but it is they who spiting their own souls and dignity. You can say they are a people who cut off their noses to spite their faces. Ya Allah! Take former PKR Secretary General Dato Salehuddin Hashim for example. The fact that he has had few disagreements with (may be) some PKR leaders, today, he wants to destroy the party! That’s his way of his struggle and reformasi. Reading his statements in the Malaysian Insider and The Edge yesterday reminded me of the Quranic verse: “And do not be like she who untwisted her spun thread after it was strong [by] taking your oaths as [means of] deceit between you because one community is more plentiful [in number or wealth] than another community. Allah only tries you thereby. And He will surely make clear to you on the Day of Resurrection that over which you used to differ.” (16: 92)

When Malaysian MPs were going to Korea two weeks ago, I was at KLIA leaving for my country-South Africa. As I waited for my flight and roamed the airport, I saw PKR MPs Zuraidah Kamaruddin and Kapar MP M. Manickavasagam, PAS MPs like Dr Hatta Ramli and Dr. Lo’lo Ghazali and some UMNO MPs. Zul was the loudest and the most uncouth. Wearing a tight jeans and a T-Shirt (infidel clothes I guess), he never even greeted the Pakatan MPs. He stuck with UMNO MPs and you could see him haughtily laughing from around the corner. Loudly speaking on the phone, you could think he was excited for flying. I almost wanted to talk to him, but some UMNO MPs guarded him and I was fearful knowing that I’m a foreigner even if a Muslim.

Definitely he was a trapped man, and a perfidious character devoid of God’s fear. I want to say this to Zul, dishonesty and betrayal of ideals and friends is not part of serving Islam. And Islam is not served by attacking private premises, bad mouthing others, tribalising its universal message and turning it into a base political tool. Islam is more than that my dear! One way of serving Islam is respecting your friends and comrades even if they are non-Muslims let alone Muslims and disagreements in ideas and ideologies in Islam is a mercy. If certain PKR leaders take a position and you take another, that’s a mercy unto you all. Don’t force others to take your position and don’t humiliate others and be conscious of God in Whose Court you shall answer alone. Your intentions should be for Him and remember God wants us to prove that we love Him by loving humanity.

Zul today wants PAS and PKR to severe ties with DAP but he thought it fit that he should use DAP support to win. He saw it fit to use Lim Kit Siang’s statement against his UMNO rival to get the overwhelming Chinese vote and today he talks as if UMNO gave him the seat. Any person with an iota of intelligence will tell you that Lim Kit Siang is more pro-Islam and Malay today than he was on March 07, 2008. Rather than capitalizing on that; and bringing the nation together and giving the Malays dignity and bringing to an end this heartrending mentality of: “we are sensitive people, (you mean others aren’t?), we will ran amok. We are weak, we need eternal crutches”, Zul is going back, back on anything good.

If he was a visionary leader, he would have understood that neither UMNO nor the current mentality will sustain the Malays. He would have taken his people to a new frontier much as they may hate it because a great leader takes his people where they DON’T want but aught to be while a leader (UMNO type) takes his people where they WANT. (Responding to base reactions, empty rhetoric and visionless politics devoid of God’s fear and based on brutal tactics).

Allah (sw) has been good to you Malays in many ways. He made you Muslims, He brought the Chinese and Indians to this country, if you doubt their benefit and contributions, ask others. Ask us! After Islam, the presence of the Chinese and Indians in this country is the greatest grace Allah (sw) has bestowed upon you Malays. He gave you a beautiful, an abundant nation. He gave you meek people who accept second class status and never demand much-the Sabah and the Sarawak Bumis. He gave you resources and a strategic place to call home. Rather than glorifying God and taking care of this nation, you cry daily, whine daily, threaten others daily, refuse to ask yourselves critical questions. Blame others, shame yourselves by repeatedly saying ‘we are weak, we are sensitive’ and defame Islam by using it as a tribal bomoh culture rather than a universal message.

You cry our “Allah”, since when did Allah become your tribal god? Please explains to us Muslims from the four corners of the earth why “Allah” is yours for example? You are not more Muslims than us. Are you? So tell us why? You won’t respond and if you do, it will be along the usual lines: “Our people will be confused.” All that you know is to say: our people are weak, our people are sensitive, our people are easily confused, and our people can easily run amok”. Is that’s how you prove your intelligence? Is that’s how you want others to respect you? Is that’s how you want Muslims in other countries to take your case and explain it to others? Is this is how you want to be viewed globally? My dear brethren, my dear Malays…till when? For us Muslims in other parts of the world, we know why! Unfortunately the people who are responsible for this tragic state are the same people who are leading you today and you never even stop for a moment to ask: where are we heading. May be you will wake up when you have already fallen to the pit!

Islam is not for Muslims alone. Non-Muslims can use Islam against us if they feel we aren’t being true to what we purport to believe in. If the Chinese and Indians say NEP is un-Islamic, that’s true. The Prophet (pbuh) would have decreed the same today. The Prophet (pbuh) would have issued a decree saying the poor Chinese and Indians should be given aid too. But a typical UMNO-Zulikifli type would respond: “We are sensitive, hak kita, ini bumi kita…we will use the keris… we will run amok…May 13” There won’t be a single intelligent response. An Islamic input, a humanist input, an economical input. It will be the same Ibrahim Ali and May 13 rhetoric. Not only you shame yourselves, you do that to those who love you because of Islam.

There is a crying need for the Malays to wake up and realize that business can’t be as usual. That protests don’t build a powerful community. They need to realize that Islam is for all and that UMNO’s tribal posturing will harm them more others and that the world isn’t waiting for them. You are being overtaken by all and sundry while you rant and rave, stuck in your own created quagmire. The Ibrahim Alis, demonic Utusan-undoubtedly Malaysia’s face of evil-, the Puad Zarkashis, The Alhabshees, BTN, and opportunist, inherently dishonest turncoats who can be bought for few Ringgits won’t help you in becoming a better people and a nation.

A man who can’t show your capability, but rather trades in your anguish, a man who sacrifices your future for political expediency, a man who doesn’t share with you the latest economic figures, research out, etc but sings a tribal song to you in order to inflame you and arouse your base emotions is not the one who will make you prosper and succeed in the Two World. You need intelligent leadership, a God fearing leadership, an honest leadership, true Malay leadership. You need Ku Li, Nik Aziz and DSAI. Allahuma Fashhad (O God be the witness).

“And that ears (that should hear the tale and) retain its memory should bear its (lessons) in remembrance.” Holy Qur’an 69: 13)

Wassalam!

Your brother from South Africa

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Not only do the South Africans have hearts of Lions, they have souls of Lions. No economic cowardice and good intentions towards all races and faiths ! I have read that there is even a NEP favouring minorities like the Chinese who incidentally also have Chinatowns in South Africa. This favour is for minorities who settled BEFORE 1990! And we here in Malaysia are BEHIND South Africa the NEP favouring majority Malays since 1950s has been in place up to 2010 and the minorities have had no NEP or anything even up to now, and when we ask for :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

;the worst of the racist faction even threatens minorities merely asking for equality and social freedoms with riots ! Would the President of South Africa make a statement of denouncement of Malaysia’s BN’s legalisation of APARTHEID and PR’s inability to speak clearly on the same???

 

 

ARTICLE 7

The column that wasn’t – Marina Mahathir

MARCH 3 -2010 – When we want to compete with anyone in any field, we seek those who are better than us. And we keep going until finally we are recognised as the best.

For example, a tennis player starts at the unranked bottom and tries to play and win against better players until, finally, there is nobody to beat.

We do not, however, insist that everybody comes down to our level or to play badly in order for us to win.

This is what puzzles me about the syariah courts in our country. In 1988, a clause was inserted into our Constitution that has been interpreted as having erected a “Berlin Wall” between the syariah and the civil courts.

Basically, Article 121(1A) said “the courts referred to in Clause (1) shall have no jurisdiction in respect of any matter within the jurisdiction of the syariah courts.”  This has caused untold problems because real life sometimes dictates that some issues cross over both jurisdictions. But leave that aside for a moment.

Although the new clause did not say that the two separate courts were equal to one another, there are some people who are of the view that the syariah court is superior to the civil courts simply because syariah law is deemed of a higher order than civil laws.

This is because apparently God made syariah laws while mere human beings made the civil laws. Never mind the fact that human beings have been changing syariah laws over the years, for instance, by loosening laws that protected women from losing all their property to their divorced husbands.

Like other laws in this country, syariah laws have to be drafted, tabled and passed through our various lawmaking bodies, whether at the State or Federal levels. This process leaves a lot of human fingerprints all over them.

Civil laws are drafted, tabled and passed through Parliament. The difference is that at the tabling stage, they have to be debated before they are passed. The quality of the debate may be sometimes wanting but debated they are. This process provides some sort of ‘quality control’ over the laws so that they are hopefully current, reflect realities and are just.

The same does not hold true of syariah laws. When they get tabled at State Excos, non-Muslims do not participate because there is the notion that they cannot partake in any such debate.

That leaves only the Muslim Excos, few of whom are women. This means that if a bill affects women, the opinions of the female minority in the Exco can be ignored.

Furthermore, most people are ignorant about their religion and tend to leave these matters to those they believe know best. Thus if the State Mufti or religious adviser says it’s a good law, they are unlikely to challenge him. Thus are religious laws passed unscrutinised.

Until, that is, something happens, such as when someone gets convicted of a syariah crime and punishment is meted out. Who knew that people could get caned for drinking, or for having a baby out of wedlock until the recent cases of Kartika and the three women?

Not only are these laws not debated when they are being made, they can’t be debated afterwards either, unlike civil laws. To do so, according to some people, is akin to arguing with God. (There are, however, some who think that God welcomes such arguments just so that He can prove He is right).

If one believes that syariah laws are superior to civil laws, should they not be held to higher standards? Should they not be subjected to more rigorous debate than civil laws out of fear that they may be unjust? If syariah courts are deemed superior to civil courts, should not their processes be more transparent and efficient? How is it that there are innumerable women having to undergo tremendous suffering because syariah court orders to their divorced husbands to pay child maintenance cannot be enforced?

How is it also that we suddenly hear about women being caned without any information about the processes they went through? Did they have the benefit of legal representation and heard in an open court? If they did, who were their lawyers and what defence did they mount?

Surely the best court of law is one that strives for justice, which shows it is fair to all parties. In this case, on whose behalf was justice served?

I have no problems with syariah laws if their foundation is justice, equality and non-discrimination for all, even non-Muslims. But when their intent, processes and enforcement are unfair, they only give the impression that Islam is unjust and discriminatory. Surely to give such an image of Islam is a sin. – rantingsbymm.blogspot.com

* Marina Mahathir is a columnist with The Star which declined to publish this piece today.

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Marina said : ” I have no problems with syariah laws if their foundation is justice, equality and non-discrimination for all, even non-Muslims. ” Sounds good. So what hasn’t Marina been able to endorse unambiguously :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

But for prevention of conflicts of interest and nepotism, no Malaysian should never vote for any party who would put Marina up for Prime Minister. They would do well to join any NGO run by Marina though, and that is the extent of a position a child or relative of a former PM, Minister, MP or Assembly man can expect to hold without endangering the people with an Oligarchy of politically embedded families.

See Tok Guru’s son-in-law and Pak Lah’s or dr.Evil’s sons (Marina’s brothers), note the difference. Leave the Nepotistic actions for the weak minded sycophants and political opportunists in waiting to shame themselves with. Down with the political family Oligarchs !

 

 

ARTICLE 8

Rais claims PKR on verge of collapse – 4 Mar 2010

Mohsin announced his resignation from PKR this morning, citing concerns over the party’s stand on the “Allah” row. — Bernama pic

PUTRAJAYA, March 3 — Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim is convinced that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) will fold in the wake of resignations by many of its members.

He said this trend had been expected and it was now becoming a popular topic. He said this after attending a special briefing by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on the Universal Service Provider, here today.

He was asked to comment on a series of defections by several of the party leaders lately. Rais said the reason was obvious because the party’s policies were not based on the struggles for the people or to bring improvement to the country.

“It is based on the ambition of someone who wants to be the prime minister. It is also based on family politics because the party leader comes from a particular family. I don’t have to mention any name.

“The members are probably feeling restless. We hope the people in Penang will come to a conclusion and make their final consideration in the near future,” he said.

When asked whether the PKR was in the midst of collapsing, he said it was clear that the party had lost the direction of its struggles as well as its capability to contribute to the growth of democracy that had built our society.

He advised the public to study the purpose and objectives of a particular political party before joining it.

The PKR today lost another elected representative when the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bagan Serai, Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri, announced that he was leaving the party.

Mohsin said he had lost confidence in the struggles and political objective of the PKR and the Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

He was following the footsteps of the Bayan Baru MP, Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, and the MP for Nibong Tebal, Tan Tee Beng, as well as former Penang deputy chief minister I, Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, who had left the party.

Meanwhile in Ipoh, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said he was not surprised by Mohsin’s resignation from PKR as it had been expected.

Everyone already knew that the party was facing problems but the party leaders were still trying to hide it, he told reporters after chairing the weekly State Exco meeting, here today.

Zambry, who is also Perak Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, said that as usual, the opposition parties would quickly point their fingers at Umno as being involved.

“They will quickly accuse us…they will say that Umno is behind their internal problems,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Perak PR leaders described the reasons given by Mohsin Fadzli to leave the PKR as weak.

Former Perak mentri besar, who is also the MP for Bukit Gantang, Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, said the complaint on the use of the word “Allah” which had been ignored by the PKR leadership should not be made the reason for the resignation.

Perak DAP chairman, who is also the Beruas MP, Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, said discussions had always been the basis for cooperation within PR and Mohsin could have used this channel fully.

Perak DAP secretary, who is also the Taiping MP, Nga Kor Ming, however, said the move by the opposition MPs who had left PR would make the pact stronger after this.

Meanwhile, the Perak PAS Youth movement called on Mohsin to resign as the MP for Bagan Serai because he had betrayed the mandate given by the people who had elected him as the PR representative for the constituency in the last general election.

Its vice-head, Salman Salleh said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission should also begin investigation to check whether there was any element of corruption involved in Mohsin’s resignation from the PKR. — Bernama

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“It is based on the ambition of someone who wants to be the prime minister. It is also based on family politics because the party leader comes from a particular family. I don’t have to mention any name.”

All MPs hope to be PM, so that point doesn’t count. Based on family politics? Look at cousins Naj-Hish, dr.Evil father of Mucky and that shipping fellow, Pk Blah and KJ, Sammy and son Paari. Gerakan killed itself through Nepotism and MCA  to a degree as well.

While Anwar and family, Kit and Eng are inappropriate from close family ties we cannot judge them until they have won GE13 and have the luxury of applying strict anti-nepotistic principles to themselves, though Tok Guru has shown everyone the ethical way by asking his son-in-law Ariffahmi to step down from PMBK, something the greedy and corrupt BN faction would never do.

They do have reasons to be closely related FOR NOW. They have been prosecuted and hounded by authorities in a most unfair way and are part of the Opposition which has no access to the monies used to buy off corruptible MPs. What excuse has BN got for the presence of family members throughout it’s ranks?

Rais has been subsumed by UMNO racist faction’s polemic, and despite his intelligence and former experiences in Semangat 46 fails to see the value of :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

;which could see the re-assimilation of Singapore via the 13 point plan proposed in the below group :

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=318515515322&_fb_noscript=1

Does Rais not wish the best for his fellow man by ensuring a holistic form of governance that is impossible under BN’s current paradigms of 3rd world governance?

Gargamel from Smurfs 2011 (directed by Raja Gosnell)

Rais Yaatim

Rais de Giles

Other random comments circa 2010 :

Look at the richest Malays in the country, it is the brother of the prime minister, the son of a former prime minister and the son-in-law of another former prime minister,” he said, referring to banker Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, entrepreneur Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin respectively.A society that gives non-meritorious scholarships to children from wealthy families, hefty discounts to millionaire purchasers of expensive bagalows on the basis of their race fails to uphold true democracy.

Hopefully the police will see that, if not for the Opposition presence/threat, their salaries could easily have been lowered instead of being raised. As long as democracy is healthy in Malaysia, rather than a One-Party regime, salaries for government servants and services for civilians and private sector will improve. If one party dominates everything, expect the corrupted politician to skim of even the salaries of the bureaucrat, police, healthcare, education, military and god knows what else. This is simple bribery, don’t be too impressed with that, make sure there is a healthy bi-partisan political scene so conditions can improve for everyone and just do your job in a neutral manner favouring the Rakyat instead of any political coalition.

Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew is not a good example of statesmanship for all the wrongs he committed in the name of ‘the people’s good’. Nepotism and Crypto-Monarchy are ills that will bring down any great nation, much less excepting soon to be re-assimilated Singapore. Lim Mun must be on someone’s payroll or is just not sharp enough to notice the rot in Singapore and its’ self proclaimed leaders.

Singapore has survived so far because the judgment of our Malay leaders have succumbed to a lack of right mindedness in endorsing failed paradigms of apartheid, Zionist style fascism and extremism. There will be 1 jumping corpse in the pages of Singaporean history and another in Malaysian history. Be certain that any right minded historians will ensure that these 2 particular corpses will leap over buildings in a single bound for all eternity in Mankind’s records . . .

To Tengku Razaleigh :

Any hearing or punishment will be a sham, Tengku should not tolerate this nonsense and haul up dr.Evil for the AP-System, Toll Concessions and even take those responsible for Forced Military Conscriptions backed with jail terms and fines to task. Maybe Semangat 46 should be revived and stand as an independent party as a possible leader of any Third Coalition of minor parties outside BN or PR.

Third Coalition could side with PR in effecting :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

;and yet reconcile and perhaps rehabilitate the displaced UMNO politicians to the nations benefit. The idea of a mass of unruly and severely corrupted former embedded politicians running around sabotaging the nation possibly as criminals or political terrorists buying up rubberstamp politicians to cause more firebombing or corrupt local police and even councilmen for their own profit is not something any citizen would like and is no better than UMNO and it’s lapdogs in either case.

Tengku, time to blaze your own trail maybe?

3 Articles on Violence Based Teaching/Religious Paradigms in the 3rd World – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 8th February 2012

In Justice, Law, Malaysia on February 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm

ARTICLE 1

Let’s talk about canes – Colin Boyd Shafer (Malaysian Inside) – 2010-03-02 08:25:44

MARCH 2 — Before coming here (to Malaysia), I never thought much about canes but when I did, it was usually in a positive light.

Walking canes help the disabled, elderly, and hikers live more active and comfortable lives.

When my grandmother broke her hip, she needed a cane. The cane was an important instrument for her to support herself on.

As a camp counselor, I loved making walking canes with my campers.

The children loved feeling mature and sophisticated walking with a cane, looking like Confucius on the mountain.

Speaking of that, if you ever try to climb Malaysia’s great Mt. Kinabalu make sure you bring a cane, and lots of energy! In short, a cane can help individuals.

Many of my travels as a child took me through parts of the world where sugar cane is produced.

Sugar cane is indigenous to Southeast Asia, but today one third of all sugar cane production comes from Brazil.

Sugar cane can be refined into table sugar; cane juice with lemon and ice makes a delicious drink called caldo de cana; cane can also be used to make ethanol (biodiesel for Brazilian cars), distilled cane becomes Cachaca the popular Brazilian alcohol, and some people just chew sugar cane raw.

In other words, the cane can be very useful to society.

Growing up in Canada it was common to receive heaps of candy canes in December. I could always count on my teacher to give me a cane during the holidays. Candy canes are delicious and sweet. In this case, the cane brings joy to many people’s lives.

But the word “cane” carries a different significance now for the average Malaysian.

Last April in Seremban, Chan Qi Xian died after being caned by his teacher. He was a little boy who made mistakes. Tragically, he’ll never have the opportunity to make the same mistakes again. He needed to learn from his — not die from them.

Recently, this physical reprimand has been applied by syariah law.

In 2007, Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno was caught drinking in a hotel bar. She was sentenced to caning but the punishment is on hold.

To the international observer, it may seem like a Malaysian Muslim drinking in a bar is a rare sighting. I asked Malaysians if they knew Muslims who drank regularly in bars. They all said yes. Does this surprise you?  Why was Kartika singled out?

Last month, Syariah caning took place in Malaysia for the first time. Three women were quietly caned before the media could respond, for sex before marriage.

Are these the only three Muslim women (or men) who have done this? Is this really a crime worth international attention?

Syariah caning is done with a “limp wrist”, meant to shame — not to hurt, but is it the severity of the physical pain that should be focused on?

Whether it is a light tap or a hard rap, whether it leaves bruises, or the receiving party actually wanted it, caning is not an appropriate action to take against drinking, pre-marital sex, and misbehaving children.

Are they just making an example of these individuals? If every Muslim is caned for drinking beer or having illicit sex in Malaysia, the country will be a very different place: a scary place for many Muslims I know — especially those who are Muslim by name (Malay) but not by conscience.

If this is a fair law then it should be applied all the time, not just symbolically. Can you imagine how many people would need to be punished?

Why do I joke about such a serious matter?  Maybe because the actual offenses are not so serious? If they are applying a serious punishment to an unserious crime, one can’t help but laugh at the ridiculousness of the situation.

Just because someone makes a mistake, just because someone is in the wrong — it does not make that person a criminal. Or at least not someone who deserves such an odd punishment.

A child has died, and women have been hurt (limp wrist or not), if only publicly embarrassed over a private matter.

Many different peoples with many different points of view will be reading this, but can’t we all agree that the punishment should fit the crime?

I have obviously been very fortunate in regards to the “canes” I have encountered. I am a non-Muslim, non-Malaysian, non-woman, and non-child, yet I feel compelled to comment on this issue.

I am not an expert on corporal punishment caning or syariah law caning, I simply want to comment on this “punishment”, not the “belief behind it.”

If a punishment is just, then it should be transparent and able to withstand scrutiny. I don’t think silencing/censoring/ignoring different views helps anyone (ie. the recent reprimand of The Star for having a non-Muslim comment on this issue).

Some types of “canes” can be beneficial to society. It’s just that I don’t believe that this particular type of cane, used in these particular instances, benefits society.

Why use the cane to hurt non-criminal women and children?  Every single person reading this, myself included, has made mistakes.  We can learn without being caned. Sometimes it seems like Malaysian society is limping along with a cane. Let’s cast it aside and walk proudly and ethically through the 21st century.

 

 

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Chan Qi Xian had the spirit literally struck from his body. The intent of the whipper was so vicious that the delicate ungrown spirit guiding the health of the boy thought it was time to depart and never returned. Bereft of the his spirit, Chan Qi Xian’s health deteriorated and he died.

Man has multiple intelligences guiding aspects of his existence. Man’s *HEALTH* (when physically struck / even casually touched with ill intent (some Bomohs, and hence the aurat and no touching culture) / gazed at with envy or desire (hence the Niqab or Burkha) / impacted from unnatural Auric interaction with Power lines, Broadband Emitters, Telecommunications towers (Cancer causing) / separated from loved ones, seperated from home (NS deaths) / incarcerated in prison (Kugan) / or even fed with foods laced with ill intent from corrupted Souls – take care of who does the cooking) / or even lowered population growth from the Libido being suppressed by overpowering family Dynasties where none should exist in supposedly Democratic nations, *MIND* (when poisoned/murdered by CERTAIN BRANDS of Socialisation/Psychology/NLP), emotions (when poisoned/murdered by VICIOUS persons causes Scientology’s ‘Suppressive Persons’), *SPIRIT* (when poisoned/murdered by contact with EVIL persons/places, causes corruption, nepotism), social capacity (when poisoned/murdered by vaccinations causes the Autism), or even suppression of legalised outlets for the appeasal/awakening/nourishment of lower spirits within man guiding libido (Red Light Districts) or primitive-Godlike portions of mind (Alcohol/Coca/Cannabis/Opium Outlets), venues for LBGT community/Nudism, that should be holistically viewed etc..

There are both strong and weak among Humanity, awareness of who are weak is the most important quality of police and enforcement, and the strong and healthy are unaffected by such EVILs to some degree though when directed en masse can still affect them. Among the weak however upon the most casual intent or even to most of us a ‘mere caning’ would succumb.

Those who are weak avoid such harms via renunciations, heavy and open espousals of religions, via Niqab and Burkha (which are banned by some countries), via shaven heads and robes, via additional ‘spirit housing/binding’ in form of Kirpans/Turban/Religious Amulet/Idol/Athame(which are banned at various levels in agnostic-devilish, countries) etc..

Now those who ARE aware and in positions to write laws had better discharge their duties to Mankind no matter how ostracised they could end up from speaking up on such issues. There is a spiritual dimension to man that is little collaborated or explored upon except by :

” religions and secret societies though often for self profit and personal power, where monks own luxury car collections, or members who are often well positioned to determine the course of society indulge in exotic tantric practices to gain power over his fellow parliamentarian or fellow citizens . . . ”

And these are not suitable individuals to guide the masses of which many leaders arise from, and fall to, by. Are you Metaphysically aware? If you are able to, and prepared to fight the enemies of man, for a ‘United Nations Human Spiritual Rights Charter’, now is as good a time as any to begin steps towards the emancipation of man from the /enslavement that began with the embrace of industralisation and modernisation.

Such levels of Human Psyche cannot be treated as non-existent for the masses while a selfish clique empowers itself via sequestering and forbidding of knowledge while practicing the same which rightfully belongs to all Mankind and neglect of the spiritual element in penning of any laws. Anything and everything goes, and enforcement/government is not here to oppress/forbid but to ensure no one gets hurt in the process of expression of FREEDOM.

 

 

ARTICLE 2

Death after caning mystery By SARBAN SINGH By FARIK ZOLKEPLI – Thursday April 2, 2009

GEMAS: Mystery surrounds the death of a nine-year-old pupil of SJK (C) Kampung Baru Tiong near here who died several hours after being caned on the back of his hands by a teacher.

Chan Qi Xian had complained of a severe headache after he was caned around noon on Tuesday for not doing his homework.

State Education Department director Datuk Abdullah Mohammad confirmed the case but was quick to add that the caning could not have possibly caused the boy’s death.

“I was told that the teacher caned the boy for failing to do his homework. That is a normal thing to do.

“His death is a mystery and we hope the post-mortem will be able to shed light on the actual cause of death,” he added.

Abdullah said the school authorities rushed the pupil to the Segamat Hospital when he complained of dizziness. They also contacted his parents.

When the boy’s condition deteriorated, doctors rushed Chan to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru.

However, it is learnt that the hospital authorities there told Qi Xian’s parents that his condition was critical and that he would not survive.

His parents then brought him home where he died at 3.30am yesterday.

Abdullah said that based on the headmaster’s report, Qi Xian did not suffer from any illnesses. “But we do not know if he had a medical condition,” he said.

Abdullah, who was away attending a meeting, said he would visit the school to talk to the teacher as well as other staff members about the incident.

Headmaster Lim Yan Ho refused to disclose details, adding that he had submitted a report to the state education department.

State police chief SAC I Datuk Osman Salleh said the boy could not have died due to the caning.

“It makes little sense to say that the death was due to the caning. We are doing our own investigations to see if the boy suffered from some medical condition,” he said.

He also advised parents to notify the school authorities if their children had medical problems. ”This will allow the school to have every pupil’s medical record.

“This way, we will be able to prevent untoward incidents, especially when disciplining them,” he said.

Qi Xian’s remains were brought to the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital here yesterday morning for a post-mortem. It is learnt that the autopsy would only be carried out today.

In Johor Baru, state health department director Dr Mohd Khairi Yakub said they would investigate the allegation that the Sultanah Aminah Hospital had turned away Qi Xian.

 

 

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Think NHS . . . also the parents have not been adequately compensated and need to bring the issue up to  higher authority :

http://www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/humanrights/resources/plainchild.asp

United Nations Department of Public Information

Information Centres Service
Strategic Communications Division
Department of Public Information
United Nations
New York NY 10017

inquiries2@un.org

 

 

ARTICLE 3

To cane or not to cane? — Azril Mohd Amin

MARCH 3 — It may surprise some who read these words that the title of this piece is also the name of a seminar and workshop at an upcoming (July, 2010) professional conference sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry at Kuala Lumpur’s General Hospital.

Reading some non-Muslim vituperation over the caning issue, you might not guess that the issue is receiving the highest professional attention and scrutiny. Indeed, this factor in Islamic law of sentencing is insulted and thoroughly misunderstood by non-Muslims even here in Malaysia, particularly in a recent column written by one of the editors of The Star newspaper.

Let us remind this editor and other Islamophobes that the issue of humiliation versus incarceration is of the utmost importance to resolve in the modern world. In the 1980’s, San Diego, California, was already releasing all prisoners held in its city jail, simply in order to make room for the waiting list of new prisoners.

US state governments were already sub-contracting prison services out to private prisons, in which inmates were treated with notably more humanity and intelligence, not only in food and healthcare, but also in rehabilitation programs.

The western so-called “liberal” system of punishing criminals by locking them up in tiny, dirty cells together with many other more hardened criminals has been breaking down for some time now. The recidivism rate (the rate at which ex-convicts return to their lives in crime, and then show up back in their jails once again) has reached almost 90 per cent in some cases, proof positive that incarceration does NOT deter crime.

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) received in the Al-Qur’an a system of crime deterrence based on personal and social humiliation of the criminals. One of the principal sentencing is caning. What we Muslims must do post-haste is collect statistics to verify whether or not our divinely-revealed system, administered correctly and without medical damage, actually does deter criminals from further aberrant behaviour. The effectiveness of medical punishments as social deterrents for more serious crimes must also be investigated.

What we must NOT do is postpone such punishment for weeks and months, while the convicted criminal waits and waits for his/her sentencing to be carried out, enabling them to return to normal daily life. Such delays constitute a de facto surrender to the non-Islamic system of incarceration, since such criminals are not free until their punishment has been carried out.

Even the sister sentenced to caning in Pahang for drinking alcohol in public fully accepted her punishment and only begged that it be carried out in a timely manner. And yet, weak-willed Muslims seem to have caved in to the hysterical protest of outsiders by delaying her punishment until today.

The issue of Malaysia’s Federal Constitution will need ultimately to be addressed. It must suffice at present to point out that the Syariah Courts cannot be expected to cave in to the secular legal system in Malaysia’s context.

America’s experience in outlawing alcohol during the 1930’s only succeeded in stimulating one of the most lawless and violent periods in recent American history. Saudi Arabia’s outlawing of homosexuality, along with Malaysia’s, is so obviously unenforceable as to breed almost total disrespect for the law. Even the death penalty does not seem to be stopping or even slowing down the drug merchants.

Balancing secular and Syariah Law in Malaysia is indeed a difficult and important undertaking, due to the racial make-up of the country. However, constitutions can be amended, and should be, when the laws they promulgate run contrary to the overwhelming wishes of the citizenry “on the ground”. If Muslims find that personal humiliation is a more effective crime deterrent than incarceration, they must be given that option under the Federal Constitution as well.

* Azril Mohd Amin is vice president, Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia. This is his personal opinion.

Let the individual Muslim decide if he wishes to be tried by Syariah or Civil court. And also take not of what is not punishable if it is a Personal Sin. If these items are not included in Malaysian governance, Singaporean Malays who make up a critical 15% vote there will have less incentive to help re-assimilate Singapore. The 13 point plan of course is also critical if we wish to effect plebiscite among Singaporean Indian and Chinese populations in Singapore to vote for re-assimilation.

On Malaysia’s side the below needs to be in place as well :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

Then Malaysia would be truly First World and also gain a 14th State by it’s human rights orieted efforts as described above.

America’s Racist Drug Laws – by Stephen Lendman – 2-6-12

In Abuse of Power, advocacy, amendments to law needed, better laws, drug laws, drugs, racism on February 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Sentencing Project Executive Director Marc Mauer’s a leading expert on sentencing, race, and criminal justice.

For 25 years, it’s “work(ed) for a fair and effective criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing law and practice, and alternatives to incarceration.”

Criminal injustice is pervasive, especially against people of color. Racial and ethnic minorities comprise over 60% of America’s prison population. “For black males in their twenties, 1 in every 8 is in prison or jail on any given day.”

America’s racist war on drugs disproportionately targets people of color and ethnic minorities. They comprise 75% of those in prison on drug related charges.

On March 17, 2011, Mauer testified before the US Sentencing Commission regarding proposed federal drug offense sentencing guideline amendments to the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act.

He said in 2009, drug offenses accounted for over half (51%) of the federal prison population. Those imprisoned represent a 20-fold increase since 1980. Their numbers exceed those incarcerated in 1980 for all offenses. They’re the most significant source of America’s 700% federal prison growth.

In recent years, state incarcerations stabilized. Federal ones keep rising. Drug related offenses are most responsible. Racial and ethnic minorities are grievously harmed. Reform is urgently needed.

Mandatory minimum sentences exacerbate the problem. So do other racist policies, including judicial unfairness, three strikes and you’re out, get tough on crime policies, and a guilty unless proved innocent mentality.

New York’s 1973 Rockefeller drug laws are most pernicious. Anyone convicted of selling two ounces or more of heroin, morphine, “raw or prepared opium,” cocaine, or cannabis, or possessing four ounces of the same substances receive mandatory 15-year minimum sentences up a maximum of 25 years to life.

In 1979, marijuana possession penalties were reduced from crimes to misdemeanors. However, aggressive pursuit of offenders continues, especially in New York City. More on that below.

Nationwide crack cocaine (vs. powder) and marijuana possession penalties are also pernicious. Until revised under the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act, first time offenders convicted of possessing as little as five grams of crack (one ounce = 28 grams) automatically got five years in prison.

The new law reduces, but doesn’t eliminate, the disparity between crack and powder cocaine. Henceforth, possessing 28 or more grams of crack subjects offenders to penalties up to five years. Mandatory simple possession sentencing ended. In addition, courts may reduce prior sentencing disparities.

Nonetheless, pot busts define America’s drug war. In 2006, Mauer said primary focus since 1990 shifted to marijuana offenses. As a result, they comprised 82% of the increase in drug arrests. Virtually all of them were for possessing small amounts. Enforcement costs are enormous – $4 billion or more annually for marijuana alone.

Under the 1970 federal Controlled Substances Act, cannabis is a Schedule I drug, meaning it’s defined as having high potential for abuse. So far, redefinition attempts failed. In 2001, the Supreme Court ruled against medical marijuana use in United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative.

In Gonzales v. Raich (2005), the High Court ruled that Congress, under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause, may criminalize the production and use of home-grown cannabis, even where states approve it for medicinal purposes. More on that below.

A Brief History of Legal Cannabis in America

In 1619, Jamestown colonial law required settlers to grow hemp. George Washington grew it as one of his main crops. Its use for rope and fabric was common throughout 18th and 19th century America.

Around 1860, cannabis regulations and restrictions were first instituted. After 1906, states began labeling it poisonous. In the 1920, prohibitions began. By the mid-1930s, all states enacted regulations, including 35 under the Uniform State Narcotic Drug Act. Violators were penalized but not imprisoned.

In the 1970s, communities began abolishing state laws and local regulations banning cannabis possession. Federal laws remain in place. In the 1990s, local sale for medical purposes began even though doing so conflicts with federal law.

Nonetheless, 16 states and the District of Columbia legalized medical marijuana, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

Expect others to follow. Possession amounts and other legal provisions vary by state, but the message is clear. Medicinal marijuana works. As a result, criminalizing it harms those dependent for relief.

In addition, it’s a growing revenue source for budget-strapped states. It also produces jobs when they’re most needed. It’s a win-win, regardless of outdated, counterproductive and repressive federal policies.

Efficacious substances should be encouraged, not prohibited. In 1850s America, pharmacies carried medicinal cannabis. Around the same time, states began regulating pharmaceutical sales, including penalties for mislabeling and adulterated substances.

It became a slippery slope toward criminalizing cannabis. Today’s momentum suggests eventual legalization, starting with medicinal use.

Racially Biased New York City Marijuana Policies

In 2008, the New York ACLU published a report titled, “Marijuana Arrest Crusade: Racial Bias and Police Policy in New York City – 1997 – 2007.”

From 1977 – 1986, 33,000 possession arrests were made. Numbers declined to 30,000 from 1987 – 1996. However, from 1997 – 2006, they exploded to 353,000. Today, outside the report’s timeline, they number around 50,000 annually for simple possession of small amounts. More on that below.

US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas once said:

“As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”

In New York City, Blacks and Hispanics are Exhibit A. They’ve been victimized by racist drug enforcement, notably for cannabis possession. From 1997 – 2006, Blacks comprised 52% of arrests, Hispanics another 31%. Whites accounted for 15%.

Those arrested and jailed affected 185,000 Blacks, 110,000 Hispanics, but only 53,000 Whites for minor possession offenses. Most were aged 26 or younger. About 91% were males.

Under Mayor Rudy Giuliani (January 1994 – December 2001), marijuana possession arrests exploded 10-fold. Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg (January 2002 – present), they’re higher than ever. At the same time, New York police provide little information. As a result, few New Yorkers know their city conducts “a historically unprecedented marijuana arrest crusade.”

Cops involved up to top commanders benefit. Marijuana busts are safe. Involved officers and supervisors accrue overtime pay, and produce numbers showing productivity. [[[ *** All a waste of energy compared to a singl legalize bill with price controls as well *** ]]]

In contrast, those arrested are harmed even if not prosecuted. Procedures include handcuffing, fingerprinting, photographing, and potentially obtaining DNA samples. Often people with no criminal records are affected. Henceforth they’ll have one and plenty of baggage.

Whether or not convicted, employment and educational opportunities, mortgages or other loans, public housing benefits, licenses, travel visas, and good credit standing are at risk.

Moreover, arrests and overnight custody alone are humiliating, degrading, alienating and unjust for possessing small amounts of controlled substances, especially marijuana that long ago should have been legalized.

Last September, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly responded to public pressure. As a result, he ordered commanders not to arrest people possessing small marijuana amounts unless they’re in public view.

In 1979, New York state decriminalized amounts of 25 grams or less. Henceforth, displaying it publicly became low-level misdemeanors, subject to ticketing, not arrests or jailing.

New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy drew widespread criticism. Mostly Black and Hispanic males are targeted. Police routinely confront them, demand their pockets be emptied, and if marijuana is displayed, they’re arrested for having it in public view. As a result, around 50,000 annually are criminalized unjustly.

At the time, critics called Kelly’s action important. Chief Legal Aid Society attorney Steven Banks said it would make a tremendous difference to wrongfully targeted young minorities.

Drug Policy Alliance executive director Ethan Nadelmann called the order a significant change in how police deal with minor marijuana possession cases. Hopefully, “gross racial disparity” would be curbed.

Kelly’s order in part read:

“Questions have been raised about the processing of certain marijuana arrests.” Henceforth, “(a) crime will not be charged to an individual who is requested or compelled to engage in the behavior that results in the public display of marijuana.” Displaying it must be “actively undertaken of the subject’s own volition.”

Queens College sociologist Harry G. Levine said public defenders and legal aid lawyers estimate up to three-fourths of those arrested displayed it on police orders. Those affected don’t know they’re illegal, but police are very intimidating.

Last year, Brooklyn Democratic assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and Republican Senator Mark Grisanti sponsored legislation to downgrade small possession public displays from misdemeanors to a lessor violations. Bloomberg opposed them, claiming it would encourage greater use.

Despite Kelly’s order, marijuana arrests declined slightly but continue. So does NYPD’s racist crusade. Bloomberg supports it. So does Kelly tacitly. In 2010, one in every seven city arrests were for displaying marijuana in public view. Illegal police searches and false charges were mostly responsible.

Last year, New York’s illegal stop-and-frisk policy affected over 600,000 people, overwhelmingly young Black and Hispanic males. Despite Kelly’s order, illegal arrests continue. Institute for Juvenile Reform and Alternatives member Chino Hardin said “build(ing) a movement to stop” New York’s crusade is essential.

On December 8, the ACLU called “NYPD Pot Arrests Habit….Tough to Break,” saying:

Police Commissioner Kelly’s order lowered arrests slightly, but maintained New York’s distinction as “the marijuana arrest capital of the world. This just won’t do.”

City Hall policy is at fault. People of color are aggressively targeted for petty offenses like “graffiti, disorderly conduct, and – you guessed it – minor marijuana possession.”

Ingrained habits are hard to break. Kelly’s order lacked teeth, especially without City Hall’s endorsement.

As a result, New York Black and Hispanic youths face unrelenting persecution unless public pressure forces legislative relief. It’s long overdue nationwide with teeth.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour/

 

 

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1) New York’s 1973 Rockefeller drug laws are most pernicious. Anyone convicted of selling two ounces or more of heroin, morphine, “raw or prepared opium,” cocaine, or cannabis, or possessing four ounces of the same substances receive mandatory 15-year minimum sentences up a maximum of 25 years to life.

Someone gets high for a day for using what he grew that Mother Nature provided, then all the taxpayers get to support his a$$ for life? Keep at it USA, this way we can be sure that USA will never be a viable super power, all the money is spent on prisons and all the population is in prison. Meanwhile the Senate or Congress or what not enjoys whatever psychedelics they like at parties, the double standards are unbelievable . . .

2) In addition, it’s a growing revenue source for budget-strapped states. It also produces jobs when they’re most needed. It’s a win-win, regardless of outdated, counterproductive and repressive federal policies.

Supporting a supposed ‘criminal’s’ (who decides what is criminal?) a$$ in prison is NOT A JOB that any self respecting person weant to do. It may pay well but only the most corruoted souls on the planet would want to do that sort of job. Even the homeless and beggars have more dignity and principles, get a REAL job so-called government employees, and the state should produce REAL jobs . . . enriching prison contractors is just institutionalized corruption . . . USA sucks, and the writer sucks for sayong jobs are produced when the economy is being destroyed and productivity is wasted, human rights abused . . .

3) In Gonzales v. Raich (2005), the High Court ruled that Congress, under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause, may criminalize the production and use of home-grown cannabis, even where states approve it for medicinal purposes. More on that below.

Who are these ‘high court’ people? Who are their affiliates? What phenotypes are they of? Who are their business partners and friends, fellow colluders? Identify all these groups and the neo-feudalist, lack of neutrality/democracy faction of the USA is exposed. Voters must find this out and make sure that these people from above groups are NEVER voted into power or heck, even promoted into positions of power like ‘High Court’. These are plants that grow on their own, and have been placed there by ‘God’ if you believe in ‘God’, for humanity to use. No group of people have authority, least of all by threat of incarceration or arms to prevent any person from using these things. Barring the ‘psychic’ issue which doubtless can be worked around with secure usage facilities and perhaps specialty districts, there is no democratic or human rights basis for preventing people from using psychedelics AS per their desire and with informed consent

4) Despite Kelly’s order, marijuana arrests declined slightly but continue. So does NYPD’s racist crusade. Bloomberg supports it. So does Kelly tacitly. In 2010, one in every seven city arrests were for displaying marijuana in public view. Illegal police searches and false charges were mostly responsible. Last year, New York’s illegal stop-and-frisk policy affected over 600,000 people, overwhelmingly young Black and Hispanic males. Despite Kelly’s order, illegal arrests continue. Institute for Juvenile Reform and Alternatives member Chino Hardin said “build(ing) a movement to stop” New York’s crusade is essential.

Ok so 3 abusers have been fingered here. Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Youth Organizer and Campaign Coordinator for the Prison Moratorium Project Chino Hardin. Kick them out of office by not voting them where they cannot use the vast powers of government to harm ordinary people looking to enjoy a simple high. It’s just a high. In Chino’s case set up a parallel but opposing Institution At most offer, ‘Psychedelics use rooms’ where the users can isolate themselves and when sobered up can go out again to live a normal life. Itt is unconscionable to arrest then burden the taxpayers.