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5 Articles on Malaysian Politics : PAS forgets the minorities, MCA’s 50+ years of contributions without ending APARTHEID (money is no substitute for self respect that only EQUALITY can grant), Guan Eng misusing that parachute CM’s non-mandate, Farish ‘Spins’, Mahathir shenanigans – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 22nd February 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Apartheid, dhimmi, dhimmitude, dishonest academia, intentional omissions, Islam, Malaysia, media traps, media tricks, misrepresentation of facts, non-Muslim rights, racism, social freedoms, spirit of the law, subtle insults on February 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm

ARTICLE 1

PAS Candidates Must Take Bai’ah Oath – Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:02

KUALA LUMPUR — PAS election candidates must pledge the ‘bai’ah (oath of allegiance) to the party which is higher than a loyalty pledge, said its president, Abdul Hadi Awang.

He said this would ensure that PAS candidates would not stray from the Islamic principles, ways and objectives.

“Anyone who goes against ‘bai’ah’ will be wretched in this world and hereafter,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

On claims that PAS has digressed from its struggle to set up an Islamic country by advocating a welfare state, he said, “PAS abides by its constitution by curbing anything that deviates from Islam.”

(Bernama)

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What implications does this have to the PAS Supporter’s Congress? Are the PAS Supporter’s Congress full and equal voting rights worthy yet? If PSC are equal in voting rights, will the non-Muslims in the PSC be affected by the Bai’ah Oath? See Hadi? A shade (quite light) of Asabiya. You never thought about the non-Muslim members (who many not even be equals in the PSC) and left them out in your statement. Or did the media portal omit?

On claims that PAS has digressed from its struggle to set up an Islamic country by advocating a welfare state, he said, “PAS abides by its constitution by curbing anything that deviates from Islam.”

Well many faiths deviate from perfecr Islam, many ethncities deviate from perfect Islam, will you curb many faiths and many ethnicities deviating from perfect Islam? The Quran said to ‘KNOW the different tribes’ not curb them, regardless of if they deviate from Islam. Perhaps Hadi has to mix around abit more, because this sort of insularism and inward communalism entirely disenfranchises all other races and faiths. As people age, the grow lazier and less alert, maybe a reminder, will Hadi consider the 13 point plan’s issues below :

https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/unmoderated-malaysian-comments-and-13-point-assimilation-plan/

;and confirm the status of the PSC? Are the PSC full voting members and eligible for candidacy in PAS???

 

 

ARTICLE 2

Chua Shed Light On MCA’s Contributions To Chinese Community – Monday, 20 February 2012 00:09

PUTRAJAYA — MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek has enlightened the Chinese on MCA’s contributions to and concern for the community in his debate with DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, said Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

He said Dr Chua carried himself well at the debate and made convincing arguments on the role of the MCA and the BN on the development of the Chinese community without criticising or blaming the opposition.

“Feedback shows that the Chinese community suddenly woke up and realised that the MCA has done quite a lot for them and we have always been working together.

“Please remember that whatever decision we make is based on consensus; there is no bulling by any party, big or small,” he told reporters after presenting the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) to about 1,600 people from the Putrajaya parliamentary constituency here yesterday.

On Saturday, Dr Chua and Guan Eng conducted a debate in Mandarin on the topic “Chinese at the Crossroads: Is the Two-Party System Becoming a Two-Race System?” at Berjaya Times Square.

Organised by the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli) and the MCA think-tank, Insap, the debate was moderated by Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall chief executive officer Tang Ah Chai.

It was broadcast in Mandarin on Astro AEC, with a simultaneous translation in Bahasa Malaysia on Astro Awani, and aired over the Star’s 988FM.

Tengku Adnan, who is also Umno secretary-general, said the support from the Chinese community is on the rise just like that of the Malays and Indians as the communities realise that only the BN can look after their welfare and prosperity.

Meanwhile, he said, seat-swapping among BN component parties for the next general election was discussed at the BN Supreme Council meeting, but no final decision was made.

He said the matter would be decided after Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin visit Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Sabah and Sarawak.

Asked whether Umno has finalised its candidates and submitted the list to the prime minister, Tengku Adnan said, “It is confidential … be patient. I am not saying yes or no. Be patient.”

(Bernama)

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Any and all contributions cannot match :

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.

Keep those contributions for yourselves MCA, we need an end to APARTHEID,and would prefer an END TO APARTHEID above ALL contributions.

 

 

ARTICLE 3

Guan Eng’s Attempt To Save Self From Embarrassment – Tee Siew Kiong – Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:15

Looking back at the debate on 18 February 2012, it becomes too obvious that not only did DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng avoid replying questions from MCA President Chua Soi Lek and from the audience on policies and administration of the country, the Penang Chief Minister now puts the blame on the organizers as allowing only MCA supporters to ask questions and DAP followers not given the chance to pose questions. In so doing, Guan Eng has lost the statesmanship of a debate.

Finding fault after the debate and not during

Being fault finding, Lim Guan Eng takes the audience to task after the debate session. This is unfair to the moderator Tan Ah Chai and the organizers. In fact, during the day long conference, in the day time sessions, several persons who posed questions were DAP supporters. Why didn’t Lim Guan Eng say this is unfair? Furthermore, the people who asked questions had to queue up, taking turns to direct their inquiries to the debaters within a limited time. MCA members are also the rakyat. They have the right to pose questions to Lim Guan Eng, who is the Chief Minister of Penang and a DAP echelon member.

During the debate, Lim Guan Eng did not take questions directed to him by the crowd – giving answer that deflected from the questions. But he now accuses the people who posed questions as being all MCA members after the debate. This reduces the substance of a debate. What the audience wants to hear most is Lim Guan Eng providing a satisfactory and visionary answer to show the public the direction of Pakatan Rakyat and DAP.

Unfortunately, Guan Eng kept talking about the benefits to Penang people within a short time during his term, for example, giving RM100 to senior citizens. This can never fulfill the needs of people nor enhance the standard of living.

Lim Guan Eng dodges questions

Not only did Lim Guan Eng avoid replying the questions, he also ignored other issues, especially pertaining to Pakatan Rakyat’s political, economic and social plans for Malaysia. This is very disappointing. By failing to reply these basic questions, how may Malaysians believe that Pakatan Rakyat as a political coalition has the ability to govern the country.

Largely empty DAP seats before the debate

DAP’s focus tends to emphasize their party leader Lim Guan Eng. Most of the DAP members failed to be present in the forum sessions held from morning till pre-debate. Most of the reserved seats stood empty. Only when the debate was about to commence, only then were the the seats occupied. This proves that DAP supporters do not care for the rest of the DAP speakers at the forum, which include Dr Tan Sing Giaw, Chong Eng, Liew Chin Tong and Teoh Nie Ching.

Not only is such a circumstance unfair to the organizer, it is also a disservice to members of the public who were unable to enter the hall for the conference.

It is regrettable that in view of Guan Eng’s dodging of every question from the floor or from that of the MCA President, DAP has thence shifted blame to MCA to divert attention away and help their Secretary General escape the embarrassment of being unable to reply the questions.

TEE SIEW KIONG is MCA National Organising Secretary

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Never heard of those people. But DAP being not under BN which is all for apartheid policy and lapgogs, though DAP has been shifty about ending apartheid, is still better than MCA. Now once 3rd Forcers organise sufficiently to END APARTHEID, MCA will become entirely irrelevant and DAP will become the next MCA. Gentrification (acceptance of APARTHEID in Malaysia’s version), kills the purpose of political parties and DAP has regressed into a cult of personality party that does not speak clearly on APARTHEID.

 

 

ARTICLE 4

And thus democracy makes cowards of us all — Farish A. Noor
February 22, 2012

FEB 22 — The older I get, the grumpier and more cynical I become; and as I grow more cynical by the day, nothing gets my goat more than having to watch and read about the developments in Malaysia where the lowest common denominator rules the day.

On this occasion I find myself riled once again by the popular and populist demand for vernacular education, and to maintain a multi-track education system in the country. Again and again this issue bedevils our national politics, and again and again most, if not all, of the political parties in the country fall back to their safe positions while banking upon what they regard as their natural and safe political constituencies.

In this regard both the ruling coalition and the opposition coalition seem to be equally at fault: Neither side seems prepared to take the bull by the horns and do what seems simply necessary if we still going to entertain the notion that there is some form of nation-building at work in this country. Malaysia boasts of its uniqueness, but in this one regard it does seem to be unique indeed.

After more than half a century of independence we still cling on to the notion that an inclusive national narrative can come about through not one, but several vernacular education systems. Nowhere else in the world (or the developed world at least) can I think of an example of such an arrangement, where both the government and the opposition seem inclined to support the popular demand for vernacular-based education streaming.

Nowhere else in the world would a plural society be made all the more alienated from itself by allowing kids to study in the company of those who are more culturally and linguistically closer to them.

We lament, as we often do, the declining levels of inter-ethnic contact in the country; and we bemoan that the so-called ‘golden years’ of Malaysia in the 1950s and 1960s are long gone. And yet we maintain this inane belief that by segregating children from an early age along linguistic-cultural lines we can still forge a Malaysian nation, together. How? And upon what basis would that shared sense of national belonging be found?

We wonder how and why the religious functionaries in the country can make the pronouncements they do, but what do we expect if we allow a condition where children from the same linguistic-cultural background are kept in the company of people similar to them from primary to secondary education, and perhaps even beyond?

I have said the same thing so many times by now that I am only thankful that the internet does not incur the waste of ink and paper: Yet today, in Malaysia, it is conceivable that a child of a particular linguistic-cultural group grows up in the company of similar children up to the age of 18, without ever having to shake hands with someone of a different ethnic, linguistic or religious background. So much for diversity then – how on earth can we expect Malaysians to integrate if the educational system keeps them apart for so long?

And while on the subject of comparisons, can we imagine a similar situation in any developed country, like the UK, Germany or France? Where would France and Germany’s minorities be if they were segregated from childhood in Arabic or Turkish schools?

How could they hope to enter the mainstream of society that is still defined and shaped by the national language of those countries? On the contrary, while I was living in Germany I came across scores of German-Arab and Turks who wanted their kids to enter and succeed in the mainstream educational system, knowing that in that country that is the only path to higher education, and possible upward social mobility as well.

Yet what it takes for this to happen in Malaysia is political courage and the will to put forward radical proposals that may not be popular, in fact downright unpopular. It takes a politician with guts to say that Malaysian kids ought to be able to meet, study, compete and succeed in a singular national educational system that mirrors the reality of Malaysia’s plural and complex society.

And it takes some courage to state that if any Malaysian parent wishes his or her child to study Mandarin or Tamil, he should be able to do so in the same singular national schooling system where these languages should also be taught as Malaysian languages — languages that have been spoken in the region for centuries.

But politicians tend to be timid in the face of democratic populism, and the will of the voter — no matter how uninstructed, how bigoted or biased — seems to hold sway over their own opinions. I have met politicians on both sides of the fence who have confided in me their fears and anxiety over where the nation-building process in Malaysia is heading, and who know that if this trend continues there will not be one Malaysia but several Malaysias, that live side by side but remain clueless about their neighbours. But these very same politicians seem captive to the ballot box and paralysed when it comes to doing what is necessary, albeit unpopular. They cannot speak out for fear of losing their so-called ‘natural vote bases’, that happen to be ethnic and linguistic vote bases, reflective of our fractured society. And so the charade continues, and we remain a nation that studies, and lives, apart.

Thus has Populist Democracy made cowards of us all?

* Dr Farish A. Noor is a senior fellow at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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The real coward or dishonest spin doctor is Farish himself that refuses to face the below facts that have led to the symptoms Farish has complained about here, education, language and mainstream society, faith segregation :

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.

Without the above in place that ENSURES EQUALITY, there will NEVER be integration as Farish ‘hopes’ in absence of the above 3 items. The symptoms as listed by Farish are stated in absentia of acknowledgment that APARTHEID in laws and constitution is causing all the malaise that Farish has listed. The pre 1969 born citizens and those infected by APARTHEID attitudes or acceptance or apartheid attitudes fuel the problems as mentioned. Were a general unknown unaffiliated person to state the above, there would be not issue, now being an academic Farish cannot be forgiven for such omissions and is in fact a propagandist of people who refuse to end apartheid. Again I say, will ALL people, ESPECIALLY academics who are honest (and not faux academic, faux cynical or faux high minded) END the apartheid as per the above 3 items?

Dishonest academia or cowed academia?

 

 

ARTICLE 5

Dr M calls all Malaysians ‘racists’ – by Clara Chooi UPDATED @ 03:55:56 PM 22-02-2012 – February 22, 2012

Dr Mahathir said those who accused him of racism were similarly guilty. — Picture by Jack Ooi
SHAH ALAM, Feb 22 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad labelled all Malaysians “racists” today when responding to accusations against Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders for playing the race card when lobbying for Malay and Chinese support.

The former prime minister shrugged off criticisms, pointing out that it was common for anyone to ignore the interests of others when trying to get their way.

“This country, everybody is racist. Now, everybody talks about his own interest, doesn’t care about other people’s interest.

“So let’s not hide and say we are not racist,” the straight-talking politician told a press conference today.

“All of them, the people who say I’m racist, they are racist because they say I’m racist,” he added, with a smile.

Dr Mahathir was responding to BN’s “doublespeak” regarding the outcome of support for PAS and DAP, following MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s debate with DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng last weekend.

Dr Chua had warned the Chinese community against supporting DAP, claiming a vote for the secular, majority Chinese party would only empower Islamist PAS.

Separately, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak suggested to a gathering of Islamic religious scholars the following day that a vote for PAS would empower DAP, which he implied would be disastrous for Muslims and Islam in Malaysia.

“Even if we vote for that faction, it is the one who sleeps in the same bed with them that will profit,” he said during his luncheon address at “Himpunan Ulama, Cendekiawan Islam dan Penulis Maya” here.

“The Chinese held a debate on ‘Chinese at the crossroads’. Muslims, too, are at a crossroads, more so since the general election is not far off. We must choose, and the one we choose must be able to guarantee the honour and purity Islam.”

Najib’s remarks were later criticised by opposition leaders, who said it showed the prime minister had turned his back on his 1 Malaysia unity pledge for race politics.

“Najib has definitely abandoned all pretences for reform or transformation. It’s back to the old realpolitik of race, religion and money,” PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli told The Malaysian Insider.

He said it was “amusing” that Barisan Nasional (BN) still resorted to old divide-and-rule tactics in an age where voters have greater access to information, and suggested that the ruling coalition was in “panic mode” as elections loom.

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“All of them, the people who say I’m racist, they are racist because they say I’m racist,” he added, with a smile.

Here’s Mahathir ‘strawmanning’ himself. Make your own conclusions as to what this means about the already pro-APARTHEID BN coalition . . .

 

4 Articles on malaysian Politics : PKFZ, More Councillor Abuse of Power, DPM pushes ‘Acceptance’ of APARTHEID, Said Samad forgets himself – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 22nd February 2012

In Abuse of Power, age is in the mind, Bumiputera Apartheid, conflict of interest, critical discourse, criticism, Equality, Fat Cats, flawed judgments, term limits on February 22, 2012 at 7:21 am

ARTICLE 1

Tee Keat: PKFZ exposes ‘not even curtain raiser’ yet – February 20, 2012 – Malaysian Insider

Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat has threatened to reveal even more names implicated in the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal after the controversy was highlighted at yesterday’s debate between Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and Lim Guan Eng.

The former MCA president said last night that “none of those names” mentioned in reports lodged with the authorities have been produced before the courts yet.

“Whats happening right now (court proceedings) is not even the curtain raiser. It has not even begun yet!” the Pandan MP told his constituents at a Chinese New Year event.

DAP secretary general Lim took his rival Dr Chua to task yesterday over alleged corruption within Barisan Nasional (BN), singling out PKFZ where former MCA boss Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik and his successor as transport minister, former MCA deputy chief Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy, face charges of lying to the Cabinet.

The project, initially estimated at less than RM2 billion, more than doubled to RM4.6 billion by 2007. But Dr Chua also insisted MCA is anti-graft “which is why we never demonstrate when our leaders are charged,” an apparent reference to PR’s assembly outside the court here when Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim faced the verdict for his sodomy trial on January 9.

“We have confidence in the law. We never say our leaders are innocent,” the former health minister added, saying he could not comment on the case specifically as it would be subjudice.

But Ong (picture), who was deposed as MCA president by Dr Chua after only 15 months in charge, pledged that he “will see it through… till the end no matter how long it takes. You have my assurance on that.”

‘“This (ongoing events) is nothing compared to what was mentioned in the thick and heavy volumes of reports lodged with police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Prime Minister’s Department which (Bar Council president Lim) Chee Wee is also aware of.

“None of those names mentioned in the reports have been produced before the courts. There was so much and I would like to know if it has been read them yet,” Ong added.

While he was transport minister, Ong had ordered several probes and committees to look into the scandal but was then sacked from Cabinet after he lost the MCA presidency to Dr Chua in March 2010.

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Shall we vote for ‘leaving the PKFZ under curtains’ (likely the whole truth would be exposed about PKFZ in time by journos and researchers anyway) if the below 3 items could be granted :

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.

Catching a handful of corrupt billionaires surely cannot be more important than ENDING APARTHEID for an entire nation??? There are 2 ways to work around towards equality though, OTK’s ‘expose corruption method’ (if intended as a method to end apartheid at all . . . I hope) could not be said to be less effective in ending APARTHEID through addressing the UNHCR angle or citizen rights, though the PKFZ issue does distract from the issue of APARTHEID overall.

ARTICLE 2

Adhere to renovation guidelines, says council – by Faizal Nor Izham – Tuesday, January 31, 2012 – 20:44

KLANG: The Klang Municipal Council is urgingl residents to get a copy of the the council’s renovation guidelines before they renovating their homes.

Council vice-president Mohd Iksan Mukri said although the guidelines have been in existence since 1993, not many were aware of them and and there had been a growing number of homes with illegal extensions.

The issue of poorly-planned housing renovations in Klang was brought up at the Klang Municipal Council’s (MPK) e full-board meeting yesterday.

“These renovations, sometimes unauthorised, are usually done to extend the front or sides of a premises. However, the renovation works often tend to disrupt neighbouring houses,” Mohd Iksan said.

He said many such cases had been reported to the council last year, although he was unable to give an exact number.

“We recommend anyone intending to renovate their houses to first contact us and ask for our renovation guidelines, available at RM10.”

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‘. . . although the guidelines have been in existence since 1993, not many were aware of them . . .’

Aha more Pakatan red tapists! This article seems innocuous enough but it’s intent is CONTROL of the voters again. Look here ‘councilmen’ the GUIDELINES do not exist if the Rakyat say so. The Rakyat does not have to be aware of anything the BN guys wrote in some airconditioned office 20 years ago that Pakatan now throws at the voters that the Rakyat will never wanted to go along even in 1993 with nor wants to pay their tax funds for. Who the hell are the people who wrote the so-called NUISANCE rules? BN. Why the hell is Pakatan throwing these BN written rules at us without amendments?

Have the current Pakatan councillors taken a 66.6% quorum census on whether the guidelines should be passed? If this handful of councilmen is PLACED by political cronies without the Rakyat’s 66.6% quorum vote via Local Council Elections that Pakatan has never kept word on, it is arguable that the ‘gudelines’ INCLUDING the UNELECTED/UNVOTED Klang Municipal Councillors are ILLEGAL and not approved by a 66.6% quorum majority of the voters rather than 1% MPs, this includes the unelected councillor cronies who draw salaries on taxpayer funds even though the Rakyat did not and probably would never vote for them. Amend all voting systems to one-man one vote!

Which political cult of personality, nepotistic and term limitless probably as well (Pakatan is full of unvotable nepotism and term limitless mentality types) placed these idiot writers of guidelines that the majority of the voters did not accept in 1993 when BN was in power? Why have these BN era guidelines not been AMENDED yet and imposed on the Rakyat instead? By extension what makes the current Pakatan installed (instead of voted at 66.6% quorum) Council any different from the 1993 BN council ESPECIALLY if the same guidelines look set to be enforced  without majority agreement (that even being subject to the minority of one rule that democratically ensures right to dissent???

The councilman’s salaries do not exist if the Rakyat say so. If the Rakyat do not want to pay a stupid RM10 guidelines copy, the Klang Municipal Council, which is not even there by popular vote and merely installed (not voted at 66.6 quorum at a one-man one-vote paradigm) by Pakatan politicians (much like in 1993 BN installed the same without Local Copuncil Elections – an election promise for GE12 that Pakatan has entirely FAILED to keep), the INSTALLED/UNELECTED Klang Municipal Councillors had better shut up, do their jopb to amend those guidelines and stop harrassing the voters for RM10 like some schoolyard protection money gangster. However, IF the renovation works disrupt neighbouring houses, this shall be determined by the complaints IF ANY (though don’t even try to strawman false complaints by political supporter.colluder cronies to prove a point), not for the Klang Municipal Councillors to re-empt and presume then demand RM10 from the voters for. Private property, private building, NONE of the council’s business unless formal complaints are made.

The Klang Municipal Council had better adhere to a 66.6% quum, not the voters adhere to the Klang Municipal Council ‘renovatrion guidelines’. Where are those Local Council Elections and amendments to BN era local laws? The ‘end of APARTHEID Constitution’ needed amendments?

ARTICLE 3

Start them young, says DPM : Muhyiddin launches interfaith programme, says respect for religions must begin in schools – by Hamzah Nazari – Wednesday, February 22, 2012 – 12:35

HARMONY: Muhyiddin shares a light moment with Sri Aman students yesterday — Pic: Ashraf Shamsul Azlan

PETALING JAYA: To promote interfaith understanding, the National Unity and Integration Department of the Prime Minister’s Department and the Education Ministry have organised the World Interfaith Week.

The programme, which was launched by Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday at Sri Aman Girls Secondary School, is slated to be an annual affair.

Muhyiddin quoted Prof Dr Kamar Oniah Kamaruzaman of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in her book Religion and Pluralistic Co-Existence — The Muhibah Perspective on the five main principles to ensure harmony among religions and communities is maintained:

“Do not interfere and intervene in the internal affairs of other religions and races; acknowledge, understand and respect the differences and sensitivities of other religions and races; practice of sympathy and empathy, being kind to people and treating them the way they like to be treated; cooperate as a society by generating and acting on the parallel ethics for the benefit of all; and uniting in diversity to love the nation by fostering the spirit of loyalty and high sense of patriotism.”

He said that unlike other countries that were plagued by wars, fighting and crises, Malaysians respected each other’s religions and also celebrated each other’s religious holidays.

“Malaysia already practises peace and harmony among religions, allowing it to develop as a country,” he said. He said a country could not develop without peace.

“It is my opinion that we should begin the respect for religions in schools, appreciate our diversity and practise not just tolerance, but acceptance,” he said.

The launch was also attended by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (national unity and performance management) Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, Education Department director-general Datuk Seri Abdul Ghafar

Mahmud, National Unity and Integration Department director general Datuk Azman Amin Hassan, Selangor deputy director of education Mahmud Karim, and students from six schools in the area.

Abdul Ghafar said the early part of the programme took place this month through university-level forums held in Kelantan.

He said but they were looking at organising co-curricular activities that would draw the attention of secondary school students.

Azman Amin said that during the forums on understanding in Kelantan, which involved 18 people from 10 nations, they had also visited places of worship of different faiths.

Selangor State Advisory Committee on Unity member Sanggat Singh Peshi said students had 10 years in school to be influenced by interfaith harmony.

“This year’s theme is ‘harmonise’,” he said, “It is the music of peace and muhibah (goodwill).”

The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Malaysia director T.K. Lee said it is important to acknowledge the fundamental nature of humanity and the consciousness and oneness of mankind. “We should have no prejudice among ourselves as we are the flowers of one garden. No matter race or religion, we are basically one,” he said.

Among the religions that were represented by the programme were Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and Sikhism.

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“It is my opinion that we should begin the respect for religions in schools, appreciate our diversity and practise not just tolerance, but acceptance,” he said.

The best way to appreciate diversity is voa the 3 items below. Acceptance of APARTHEID is anathema to good governance and democratic freedoms and the UNHCR Article 1 as well as Islam which forbids the Sin of

Asabiya. Tolerance is as implied. The only type of relations which can exist under APARTHEID is tolerance if not other forms of retaliation appropriate to the severity of the apartheid. APARTHEID lite is still apartheid and hence will never be accepted. Also only fools will tolerate APARTHEID. Anyone who has any self respect will fight to end apartehid not tolerate APARTHEID. Perhaps DPM Muddy will consider the UNHCR Article 1 and the Sin of Asabiya since all that wealth already means DPM Muddy only wants power. And power is best achieved by granting :

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.

Paedophillic undertones? For clarity, start them young on DEMOCRATIC non-APARTHEID, UNHCR and Islamic non-Asabiya principles.

The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Malaysia director T.K. Lee said it is important to acknowledge the fundamental nature of humanity and the consciousness and oneness of mankind. “We should have no prejudice among ourselves as we are the flowers of one garden. No matter race or religion, we are basically one,” he said.

Short of saying NO APARTHEID and the 3 items above? Some could say that behind a mouthful of APARTHEID being swallowed or spat out, is making our ‘foodie-faither’ here miss out on the more important parts of what TK (oops Team Killer?!?) Lee  intended to say. Say it clear Mr. TK . . .

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.

Equality is good, even for foodies ya?

ARTICLE 4

‘I don’t want to die useless’ – Hornbill Unleashed – by Aneesa Alphonsus – February 21, 2012

National laureate A Samad Said believes that Malaysians chose to keep their mouths shut, doing nothing; then ‘don’t blame the government. Blame yourself’.

Walk into the National Museum and head into the “Malaysia Now” Exhibit at Gallery D and you will see him among the nation’s literary greats. National laureate A Samad Said, a dimunitive man with a larger than life persona and much revered by Malaysian.

Conversation with him is a surreal experience, more so when he ordered a hot chocolate with an impish smile, dashing the notion that all serious literary people drink coffee – black.

At 76 years old, Pak Samad has the kind of zen persona that makes even his most vitriolic statements sound like poetry. It does then seem odd that he should co-chair the Bersih coalition.

So how did this quiet, unassuming man get involved in one of the biggest demonstrations the country has seen?

Those who saw the photos or who were at the walk in July 2011 are likely to remember for a long time to come, the sight of him walking barefooted to the palace to deliver a memorandum after having lost his slippers in the foray of the demonstration.

After so many years of quiet, why now at this age, did he decide to lend his voice and be a part of such a rally?

A native of Belimbing Dalam, a villager near Durian Tunggal in Malacca, Pak Samad received his early education during the second World War years at Sekolah Melayu Kota Raja (Kota Raja Malay School) in Singapore.

When the war was over, he continued his education at Singapore’s Victoria School and went on to work as a clerk in a hospital.

Pak Samad confessed that he had always wanted to be a writer. He began an unsuspecting career in 1954 by writing short stories, poems, features, dramas, novels and even diaries.

Later, he would get a job with Utusan Zaman in Singapore and other well-known Malay language magazines like Mastika and Remaja. He added that the reason why he wanted to write to much was so that he could chronicle everything he saw as sincerely as possible as seen through his eyes.

His calling as a writer was cemented in the years of 1957 and 1968 when a novel he had written won the consolation prize in a writing competition organised by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.

The novel was Salina. Salina was the story of a woman who, due to poverty, finds work in the Singapore’s red light district of the 1950s.

Salina the novel, is today touted as a literary masterpiece, moving in its portrayal of humanity.

Much ugliness in Malaysia

When asked if Pak Samad personally knew a woman like Salina, he proffered that he knew and met many women like her. Salina, he said, was a composition of characters he had met.

“When I was in Singapore in the 1950s, I lived in places like Lorong Lalat before moving to Rangoon road. Both these areas and the surrounding ones like Johor Road and Deskar Road were red light districts.

“The rooms and houses were cheap, so that’s where I stayed,” he smiled.

“It was during this time that I got to know a few waitresses and sex workers. I would say that the character of Salina was a combination of these women I met.”

Salina took Pak Samad to greater heights and his writing career flourished.

As the years began to roll out, he realised that settling to recording and writing what he saw wasn’t enough.

Leaning forward in his chair, he said: “Here there were so many ugly things happening in front of me. I would see unfairness, intimidation, fraud and this moved me a step ahead from what I was used to.

“I saw that after 54 years of independence, we have come to point zero again. We have become racial when we want to win votes.

“I think there’s something wrong somewhere if, after five decades, a nation cannot stand on solid ground; I think it has failed.

“This is why I decide to walk, as you asked me. I wanted to do more than just write about what I saw.”

‘We need sincere leaders’

Pak Samad has his own idea of what it would take for the country to thrive as she should.

It’s a big idea, but he put it simply when he said, “We need sincere leaders with a vision and with a real project in mind to galvanise a nation. We don’t have that right now.”

He added that having said that, it would only be fair to exclude Tunku Abdul Rahman from the equation.

“Tunku Abdul Rahman was the beginner… who started things.

“Tun Abdul Razak may have had a vision but this didn’t quite turn out because he was too pro-Malay.

“After that, everything became rojak… because things became messy; you don’t come to the ideal to have a nation which is now symbolised by a motto – 1Malaysia. That’s what it is – 1Malaysia is just a motto, an advertisement.”

At this point, Pak Samad opened his eyes wide in mock annoyance, then quickly breaks into a smile and laughing heartily he asked, “Do I look angry? I’m not angry. I just act angrily.

“My wife always reminds me to be careful about what I say and write. But I know that whatever I write, there will be repercussions. I have always said that poems are weapons. I even have an anthology out called Puisi Itu Senjata but people don’t read it.”

But Pak Samad’s sense of reassurance is settled in the fact that Malaysians are beginning to voice their thoughts.

He said he believed that the younger generation is making an impact in some of the changes being witnessed. The “old people” he has discounted because they already know who to vote for.

‘Don’t blame the government’

Pak Samad is hopeful that this will eventually bring about the balance which is needed for democracy.

He said that this equilibrium will end what the government is doing by giving abrupt citizenship to immigrants just to make sure they vote for Barisan Nasional.

Why should someone who has just been here for three or five years be given the power to determine the country’s rule is a question he posed.

He said there were millions of other genuine rakyat who are not been given that chance.

“I will come back to the same thing again and again. I’m afraid that Malaysians won’t do their bit.

“If you keep your mouth shut doing nothing, don’t blame the government. Blame yourself,” he stated.

Perhaps it is this dogged determination which he says is part of his personality that has kept him doing what he has all this time.

To those who are not familiar with Pak Samad, fiery is not how one would describe him. But make no mistake that he is.

He doesn’t suffer fools gladly but is still very compassionate about the rights of Malaysians and there isn’t an iota of doubt that this is a man who is in love with his country.

He laughs at his repetitive self and says he knows he sometimes sounds like a broken record.

‘I am still same person’

But he doesn’t mind, of course, because someone has to say something. And at the risk of getting into trouble for it, he is completely at peace with it being him.

Acknowledging that he is in the twilight of his life, Pak Samad expressed a desire to see Malaysia become an example of a new country – harmonious, rich, fair, respectful and dominant in a way that her voice will be internationally respected.

“Some people have told me that I have changed as a person. But I know I am still the same. I do what I do, say what I say and write what I write because I don’t want to die uselessly.

“I want to be able to die knowing that I did something for my country, even if it’s a small part, to bring about the change I hope to see in my lifetime.”

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National laureate A Samad ‘Onsokumaru’ Said believes that Malaysians chose to keep their mouths shut, doing nothing; then ‘don’t blame the government. Blame yourself’.

Shouting in itself is also quite useless, but to not die useless, Samad should run for election as a independent candidate. Some of us have been sabotaged so severely we may no longer be viable, but Samad, well loved and still very much alive and claiming to be concerned about Malaysia has no reason not to run as a candidate. Die useless? Samad is only as old as Ron Paul U.S. Representative for Texas’s 14th congressional district, Ron Paul is this very day revving up for his presidential candidacy in the USA and Samad talks about dying useless? Pathetic. Little wonder the difference between USA and Malaysia or even apartheid Africa (term limitless Mugabe is 88 years old still clinging to power . . . how about either prescription for Mubarak and Gaddafi, Mugabe?. . . ).

What on earth is Said Samad TALKING ABOUT?!? Twilight of life? Die useless?!? Get off your laureated a$$ and run for candidacy yer privileged coddled fogey! The people need Said as an MP to displace the term limitless nepotists and racists and corrupt running the country! Blame yourself?!? We’ll blame Said for not doing anything!

Drop the frames after this lol . . .