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4 Articles on Malaysian Politics – Interfaith ‘Guidelines’ (Orwell par excellence), presumtuous claims of Ramakrishnan, Malay Original Faith vs Middle Eastern Religions, PAS’s ethical stance – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 21st February 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Abuse of Power, critical discourse, media traps, media tricks, Orwellian, out of context, political correctness, politics, unprofessional behaviour on February 21, 2012 at 9:27 am

ARTICLE 1

Pak Lah: Inter-faith guidelines a must – by Mohd Farhan Darwis – February 21, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 — Tun Abdullah Badawi pushed today for guidelines on inter-religious interaction, saying they are necessary to ensure good relations in multi-ethnic Malaysia.

The former prime minister (picture) said this was due to “maximum interaction between Muslims and non-Muslims.”

“These guidelines are very necessary. Through these guidelines, we can have good relations. As with the Islam Hadhari I implemented before, they are not in conflict with other religions,” he said, referring to the brand of Islam he espoused during his administration.

The Ulama Association of Malaysia (PUM) said last Thursday official guidelines that govern conduct between Muslims and non-Muslims were needed to avoid any confusion between the two groups and to help people understand Islam.

PUM secretary-general Dr Mohd Roslan Mohd Nor said the guidelines were to ensure that those who do not have “authority” in Islam would no longer issue conflicting views and opinions.

The association recently urged Muslims to stay away from non-Muslim religious festivals following Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s visit to Batu Caves in conjunction with Thaipusam celebrations.

The prime minister’s visit has divided opinion over whether Muslims should join religious festivals celebrated by other faiths.

Influential former Perlis Mufti Asri Zainul Abidin also weighed in yesterday, saying such guidelines were needed as politicians have abused Islam to further partisan ends.

Abdullah, the chairman of the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM), said today Islam Hadhari focused on good governance, justice for minorities, the environment and other issues that could be pursued by all.

“People are concerned with the Muslim community due to Islamophobia. Steps must be taken to ensure good relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.”

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Conversely the guidelines ALSO NEED to ensure that those who do not have “authority” in religions OTHER THAN Islam would no longer issue conflicting views and opinions on non-Muslim religions. Otherwise this amounts to pontification by Islamic scholars and authorities to non-Muslims on non-Muslim lifestyles.

ARTICLE 2

PM Must Debate With PM-In-Waiting – P Ramakrishnan – Tuesday, 21 February 2012 00:15

With the just concluded political debate between MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, we have crossed the Rubicon. There is no turning back from this kind of debate in the future.

Malaysians will look forward to such debates so that political parties can be consistent in their policies and statements. What is stated nationally through such TV debates will remain as the official policy of the political parties.

This will, indeed, put a stop to politicians adopting different stances when they address different communities. The former prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, had accused Anwar Ibrahim of being a Chinese when addressing the Chinese and an ulamak when speaking to the Malays. There have been similar claims of duplicity when Umno politicians speak to different communities.

This has to stop if we are trying to forge a nation based on mutual respect for one another and to co-exist as a harmonious community dedicated to the welfare of Malaysia. It is all the more necessary to dispel suspicion by speaking honestly without adopting different stances.

This is only possible if everyone has access to the policies of the political parties through nationally televised debates. Nobody can speak with a forked tongue after such debates.

It is, therefore, very crucial for the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister-in-waiting to meet face to face in a nationally televised debate to state their respective positions. In today’s politics, a two-party system is surely emerging and it is imperative to listen to these two leaders.

Anwar has already challenged Najib to have a debate with him. He has publicly thrown down the gauntlet and it is left to Najib to take up the gauntlet. That is the only honourable thing to do.

Najib cannot avoid this debate especially when Anwar is even prepared to give the prime minister extra time to put forward his position and to reply to the opposition leader. It will not reflect well on the Prime Minister and the Barisan Nasional if Najib refuses to debate Anwar.

This is a much-awaited debate and Malaysians have a right to expect this debate to take place. This will definitely put a stop to the unhealthy political game of speaking differently to different communities and deliberately distorting the views of the other party.

The ball is in the Prime Minister’s court.

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There is no such thing as a PM-in-waiting. It is presumptuous to imagine that any post is reserved by any political party without the people voting for that coalition first. PR has not even won. Who knows 3rd force candidates will be out in force to ensure the end of BOTH BN and PR? This is ‘political subjudice’ if anything. There is no way to qualify that Anwar is a PM-in-waiting period.

Ramakrishnan is skewing facts and misrepresenting Anwar’s political viability with articles like these. This in fact could be an actionable offense if one is to consider the vested interest angle more so due to Ramakrishna’s holding of a bureaucratic post – making such statements or using such terms could well be illegal. Also unless PM Najib will end APARTHEID in law and constitution, the so-called ‘ball’ is NOT in the Prime Minister’s court. The so-called ‘ball’ by all other means is in the VOTER’s court by the MP’s they vote on. Neither PM Najib nor so-called- PM-in-waiting Anwar may survive GE13 – that is for the Rakyat (the voters and citizens) to decide. Once again only vote your MP or Assemblyman by the below criteria :

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. . . . amongst other things.

ARTICLE 3

Hasan Ali says Jati will be ‘saviours of the faith’ – by Shannon Teoh February 21, 2012

SHAH ALAM, Feb 21 — Former Selangor PAS chief Datuk Hasan Ali announced today his new Muslim NGO Jati would be “saviours of the faith” by defending Islam, Malay rights and the Malay Rulers, a concept he termed as IMR.

The former Selangor executive councillor told about 300 at the launch of Jati here that the weakened faith of Muslims had led to them being left behind in the economy and plagued by moral and social ills.

“We are saviours of the faith. We are here to save the faith and not just in Selangor,” he said in his presidential address this evening.

The Gombak Setia assemblyman, who was sacked from PAS after accusing the Islamic party of deviating from its religious principles, said that Malaysia has suffered because it has adopted Western ideas of development without modifications, leading to “lopsided development.”

“In 2008, Bumiputera equity was only 19.3 per cent. In the list of Malaysia’s top ten billionaires, only one is Malay Bumiputera. Is this what Hasan Ali will leave behind for future generations?” he said, referring to logistics tycoon Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhary.

Hasan (picture) added that every 17 minutes, a child was born out of wedlock in Malaysia, the country spent RM1.7 billion on alcohol annually and in 2006, 11.2 per cent of Malaysians suffered from mental illness.

“In FELDA, husbands are swapping wives. What is going on?” he said, adding that immoral activities that occurred in the nightlife hotspots of Kuala Lumpur were also happening among the mostly Malay 2.8 million population in the federal land development programme.

He told a press conference later that Jati “has a big role and agenda to use our strength to solve problems of faith, character and morals.”

Hasan, who is a firm supporter of anti-apostasy movement Himpunan Sejuta Umat, has repeatedly claimed that Christians are converting “hundreds, maybe even thousands” of Muslims due to the weakness of their faith.

Jati claims to have over 1,000 members not including those who signed up today.

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Convert to Nusantaran Animism NOT Christianity! Xian-ism is also not the real Malay faith, even as Islam was invented in 600s AFTER Xian-nism, Nusantaran Animism however was around since 20,000 bc, possibly 50,000 bc. How inaccurate can Muslim apostates get?!? Both Xianity (from Aramea/Armenia) and Islam (Prophet Mohammad being contacted by Jibril one of the 4 Archangels introduced to the worl 600 years ago in Xianity) are foreign religions that are derived from Judaism (circa 1700s BC – the oldest probably original form of Monotheism) which is from the Egyptian priesthood (Amun/Ra Sun disc worship) 2200 b.c. to 300 b.c.!

Why does any Malay 1000s of miles away with th their own native faith system (nominally Bomoh-ism, Kersi worship etc..)) need to help anyone in the Middle East fight for control of what is in many ways Monotheism’s RELIGIOUS FRANCHISE as a spiritual colony of sorts with a locus of faith 1000s of miles away, even as Sunni-Arab (originally ‘365 Year-Cycle Gods’) and Shiite (originally Persiatic Zoroastrians with the very cool ‘Towers of Silence’) fight for the franchise WITHIN the franchise?!?

Meanwhile Hasan needs to consider the issue of equality of man, rather than holding so strongly to something adopted in the 1500s rather than something 100% Malay (Nusantaran Animism) that likely pre-dated most world cvilisations, then make a stand on the  3 items below :

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. . . . amongst other things.

The others who have not gone apostate, please do continue on as you please as is your human right, though in the knowledge of the above facts, but those who do go apostate, surely there is not much difference? If this post offends, please inform, I will remove if requested.

 

 

ARTICLE 4

Billionaires? More like politician-business incest (that parasites off, takes advantage of the non-insider Rakyat) – Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:13

Prime minister Najib Razak was offered a lesson on economics today by Kuala Selangor member of parliament Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, following a remark linking the number of billionaires in the country to prudent economic policies.

According to Dzulkefly, Najib’s view only showed an urgency for UMNO and BN leaders to understand “rent seeking behaviour”, under which ruling policians indulge in “incestous relationship” with big businesses, resulting in the bulk of wealth circulating among a small number of political cronies.

“This group will then secure a system of patronage and cronyism by picking up the bills of politicians,” said Dzulkefly.

On Saturday, in his opening address at the forum on “Malaysian Chinese at the Political Crossroads”, which saw a debate between DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng and MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek, Najib welcomed the growing number of billionaires in Malaysia, saying the trend had been due to the government’s economic policies and the country’s stability.

“I looked at yesterday’s newspapers… the list of Malaysian billionaires. I studied each one of them. Maybe some in this room today. Every one of them became rich because of our policy,” said Najib, who added that these billionaires were in “the right place and at the right time”.

“Even if they don’t get concessions, they have to be in the right place and at the right time. They benefited from our policy, they benefited from the fact that we give stability to this country.”

However, Dzulkefly said the existence of what he called the ‘super rich’ phenomenon was due to the government’s wanton privatisation of such basic public services and facilities as highways, water and electricity supply, ports, sewarage and health.

‘Season of contracts’

Citing what he called the ‘season of contracts’ in the run-up to the general election, Dzulkefly said the size of “kickbacks and paybacks” commensurate the value of the contract, and added that it was “normal practice” for a minister linked to a government project to demand 10 per cent from the awardee.

Dzulkefly also said a quick check on each of the 30 Malaysian billionaires that Najib alluded to would reveal their origins and their political connections.

“Those ‘instant bilionaires’ invented by Tun [Mahathir Mohamad] are now saddled with debt around them… I don’t have to mention who they are as it is an open secret!” said Dzulkefly, referring to the former prime minister’s ‘Malaysia Incorporated’ economic model that centred on privatisation of major public bodies.

While not all super-rich entrepreuners such as those in the United States were borne out of a system of patronage, the same is not the case with Malaysia, said Dzulkefly.

“But almost of the local billionaires – barring a small group – have been the product of such a system in this land of ‘Malaysia Boleh’,” he quipped.

Echoing a recent speech by former Finance minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah who lamented the disastrous consequences of crass privatisation, Dzulkefly said the failure to distribute wealth equally among the populace ought to be treated with embarassment by Najib.

“40% of household incomes are less than RM1,440 and close to 60% are within the RM3000 monthly income bracket. And 80% of households with income less than RM1000 are from among the Malays-Bumiputera!” stressed Dzulkefly.

“Therein lies the economic scourge stuck in the ‘middle income’ regime which has been criticised by the World Bank, with only a 2.6% increase in real wages in the past decade, as cited by the World Bank.”

He said such failures in closing wealth disparity among Malaysians should be enough reason for UMNO and BN not to plead for another mandate at the coming polls.

He said in contrast, the policies of Pakatan Rakyat were based on the concept of distributive justice.

“We are ready to take over, but only with the support of the people.”

-Harakahdaily

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PAS, the ethical soul of Malaysia, albeit on a learning curve where the UNHCR and Islam interact. It’s just money but Malay financial insecurity is so severe that they’d rather be corrupt and apartheid accepting than honourably competing on meritocracy . . . those who cheat automatically lose. And to chet for something as worthless as money is just too much to sacrifice especially for those who have the power and protection of financial buffers being in bureaucracy.

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