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12 Articles From Around the World : Charming Relics In The Military, English Still Hate French, Nepal Well Meaning But Not Thinking Right, Voting Machines Harm Democracy, Voting Machines Hackable – Technofascists Tool, Tech Error Is Not Intent, Forced Insurance Without Abstention Options An Undemocratic Lie, Aussies Blame Hungry Man-Eating Sharks For Aussie Overfishing, Iran’s Doublespeak On Display To The World, Nepal Not Very Enlightened In Land Distribution, Technofascist Wiifi To Intentionally Cause Poisonous Chemical Uptake, Classism in Music-Entertainment Industry, Counter-Classism in Music-Entertainement Industry – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 3rd October 2012

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ARTICLE 1

CREWS: Homosexuals in the military demand special privileges – Toleration doesn’t cut both ways – by Col. Ron Crews – Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The American armed forces exist to defend our nation, not to conduct social science lab experiments in which our troops serve as human subjects. Try telling that to this administration.

The first anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Sept. 20, has come and gone. Now, there is mounting evidence that proves our warnings were not idle chatter. The threat to freedom posed by this radical sexual experiment on our military is real: It is grave and it is growing.

Activists inside and outside our government who pushed the repeal have deployed a smoke screen around the fact that once the military was forced to exalt homosexuality in the ranks, the all-too-foreseen consequence reared its ugly head.

Senior military officials have allowed personnel in favor of repeal to speak to media while those who have concerns have been ordered to be silent. Two airmen were publicly harassed in a Post Exchange food court as they were privately discussing their concerns about the impact of repeal. A chaplain was encouraged by military officials to resign his commission unless he could “get in line with the new policy,” demonstrating no tolerance for that chaplain’s religious viewpoint. Another chaplain was threatened with early retirement, and then reassigned to be more “closely supervised” because he had expressed concerns with the policy change, again demonstrating no tolerance for that chaplain’s religious viewpoint.

At an officer training service school, a male serviceman sexually harassed another male serviceman through text messages, emails, phone calls and in-person confrontations. The harassing male insisted the two would “make a great couple.” The harassed serviceman reported the harassment, but the command failed to take disciplinary action.

Service members engaged in homosexual behavior protested a service school’s open-door policy for all students that prohibited the closing of room doors for the purpose of hiding sexual behavior. The protesters claimed that they had a right to participate in sexual behavior with their same-sex roommates.

A senior chaplain was stripped of his authority over the chapel under his charge because, in accordance with federal law, he proclaimed the chapel to be a “sacred space” where marriage ceremonies would only be between one man and one woman.

The Navy has allowed sailors openly engaged in homosexual behavior to choose their bunkmates. Imagine in this new age of “tolerance” if a sailor asked to be moved from a close-quarters berthing area because of his concern about another sailor’s sexual appetites. We already know what would happen, because tolerance has never been a two-way street.

Obviously, the recent “study” (aka propaganda) claiming that the repeal went off without a hitch should be shredded post-haste. It has no connection to reality.

This is just the first wave in the first year of the assault on the constitutionally protected freedom of our service members. Remember, the groups that forced their sexual experiment on the armed forces represent the lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender community. It’s only a matter of time before a man who claims to be transgender demands to be placed with women during training, in the showers and in the barracks. The women in the units will have no recourse, especially if their objection to living, changing, bathing and bunking with a man is based on sincerely held religious beliefs. They would have two choices: Either accept this outrageous imposition silently or be charged with bigotry, hatred, intolerance and every other name the advocates of this agenda can throw at them. Neither choice is acceptable. When “sensitivity training” is in full force, these women just might face discipline and punitive separation merely for speaking up and requesting a reasonable measure of privacy and protection of their religious freedom.

This outrageous social science lab experiment could have been easily prevented. The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty has worked closely with members of Congress to enact legislation, which has already passed the House, to protect freedom of conscience for chaplains and those they serve.

Even more outrageous is that we have to ask Congress to protect freedom of conscience for chaplains and those who serve in the military. The fact that Congress excluded a religious freedom protection amendment (authored in partnership with Alliance Defending Freedom), to the repeal sends a clear message that our current leadership does not consider, much less respect, the constitutional implications of their actions while they bow in allegiance to the powerful and aggressive lobby of those who supported the repeal.

Col. Ron Crews, a retired Army chaplain, is executive director for Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.

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The colonel needs to get a grip. Much like non-military civvies giving wolf whistles or catcalls to women anywhere in the world do not get reported, the SMS is as discreet as milkitary discipline can expect. One cannot even expect the chaplain to get involved in this sort of communication.

1) The threat to freedom posed by this radical sexual experiment on our military is real: It is grave and it is growing.

The USA needs every able bodied person they can get. There is no luxury of choice at this point. This is not experimental but necessity based.

2) The Navy has allowed sailors openly engaged in homosexual behavior to choose their bunkmates. Imagine in this new age of “tolerance” if a sailor asked to be moved from a close-quarters berthing area because of his concern about another sailor’s sexual appetites. We already know what would happen, because tolerance has never been a two-way street.

Well they should all be allowed to move if needed or choose as well. Both homosexual and non-homosexual personnel should be allowed to choose with ‘away from’ choices on eitrher side given priority. Homosexuality incidentally is a mark of extreme military nature.

3) Senior military officials have allowed personnel in favor of repeal to speak to media while those who have concerns have been ordered to be silent. Two airmen were publicly harassed in a Post Exchange food court as they were privately discussing their concerns about the impact of repeal.  A chaplain was encouraged by military officials to resign his commission unless he could “get in line with the new policy,” demonstrating no tolerance for that chaplain’s religious viewpoint. A senior chaplain was stripped of his authority over the chapel under his charge because, in accordance with federal law, he proclaimed the chapel to be a “sacred space” where marriage ceremonies would only be between one man and one woman.

There is military unit number that needs to be maintained even as USA tries to be the most inclusive nation worldwide, in this case the media will not be friendly and will even allow USA’s enemies to attack and weaken the military. Even if the spiritual purity’ of a soldier is not congruent with sexuality provided by the Church, a soldier still needs spiritual sustenance and should have access to the chapel so long as the soldier is having sex in the chapel or being disruptive and is generally respectful. Of course the chaplain was in the wrong! The soldier has a right to access the chapel regardless of orientation because Man is more than their sexual orientation and the chaplain made the chapel into a place where sexuality was judged above all else.

4) They would have two choices: Either accept this outrageous imposition silently or be charged with bigotry, hatred, intolerance and every other name the advocates of this agenda can throw at them. Neither choice is acceptable.

Men who do seek men for sex, especially the dominant men who consider women too fragile for ‘boisterous’ sex, are the most aggressive and exceptional soldiers of the lot. In Roman times this was a norm and accepted as coming with the territory. Perhaps Xian (hermit) and Victorian (Tory) sensitivities have blunted the martial sense of the Colonel. The USA may not want to be too obvious about this so that is the reason.

5) Even more outrageous is that we have to ask Congress to protect freedom of conscience for chaplains and those who serve in the military. The fact that Congress excluded a religious freedom protection amendment (authored in partnership with Alliance Defending Freedom), to the repeal sends a clear message that our current leadership does not consider, much less respect, the constitutional implications of their actions while they bow in allegiance to the powerful and aggressive lobby of those who supported the repeal.

This Colonel Cres has become an old fashioned gentleman, more aristocrat than a practical officer who knows the value in numbers rather than sexuality of the men, and is evidently aged in mindset to find sexual issues distasteful. These are coarse and iron natured issues that evidently grate on the Colonel’s age acquired sensitivities or upbringing. They bow to nothing, but perhaps the Colonel has already chosen a time warp of choice, and this does not include homosexuality among militarily viable soldiers who do need spiritual sustenance at the chapel, or dropping religion where needed to protect the military from outside (Islamist infiltrated media) influence. These are NOT special privileges but things the Colonel has not and probably lacks the objectivity to think through, probably due to age from/of fixity of mindset. A good man who could advocate the 3 type of unit format I suggested elsewhere :

i) LGBT friendly and mixed with Hetero
ii) LGBT ONLY
iii) non-LGBT and for Hetero only.

Guess which unit will be able to lead ALL in the army? Evidently (i) the LGBT and mixed, simply because this is about war, not sexuality or religion. Fundamentalism is a luxury, and USA must be a nation for everyone not just anyone’s favoured group or in this case unit – so why disallow access to the chapel or complain when fundamentalists are removed from the unit? At least until the above 3 types of units are formed this will continue to be the norm.

ARTICLE 2

‘Get out of decaying France while you can’, campaign warns – France’s youth should leave a “decaying and ultra-centralised country run by old men”, according to a new campaign that has sparked debate on how the country treats its younger generation. – By Henry Samuel, Paris – 6:32PM BST 25 Sep 2012

Young French people should seek work and hope for the future abroad, according to an unlikely trio of influential men in their 30s – entrepreneur Félix Marquardt, rapper Mokless and TV journalist Mouloud Achour, who have launched a campaign dubbed “Barrez-Vous”(“Beat It”).

In a tribune in Libération newspaper earlier this month, they said French young people must face the “embarrassing truth” that they lived in a “sclerotic gerontocracy that is collapsing a little more every day”.

Mr Marquardt, who has US nationality, said France’s failure to teach English better in schools and its obsession with protecting its language was a major obstacle to mobility.

The country’s economic policies have put youth so low on their priorities that one in four people under 25 is out of work, they argue. Meanwhile, France’s ageing political class refuses to let the younger generation in.

Their call followed numerous reports about a rising tide of wealthy and successful French who are leaving the country to avoid the new Socialist government’s plan to tax the country’s highest earners at 75 per cent. David Cameron provocatively offered them the “red carpet” should they choose Britain as their new tax home.

The “Barrez-vous” trio said this was not about “tax evasion, but escape plain and simple” that applied as much to “apprentice restaurateurs, hairdressers and chauffeurs as to bankers”.

They apparently had little time for President François Hollande’s electoral pledge to make youth his top priority and his 2.3 billion-euro programme to create jobs for 150,000 young people without skills.

They received support from Rokhaya Diallo, founder of anti-racism group Les Indivisibles, who said the young felt totally ignored, particularly those from high-immigrant suburbs where unemployment can reach 40 per cent.

“We’re not going to tell young people to be masochists and stay put in a country that clearly doesn’t like them,” she said.

Critics of the campaign were quick to brand the trio unpatriotic and lacking moral fibre.

Michel Sapin, the labour minister, said: “I don’t think the idea of going elsewhere should be an ambition to offer young French people, even if it’s very important to know what’s going on there.”

Right-wing former agriculture minister Bruno Le Maire said: “Beware of provocation. I would say to them: ‘Stay and roll up your shirtsleeves’. France is a wonderful country that we’re in the process of ruining.”

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i) In a tribune in Libération newspaper earlier this month, they said French young people must face the “embarrassing truth” that they lived in a “sclerotic gerontocracy that is collapsing a little more every day”.

Not really. France is not Socialist enough to allow land distribution yet. At that point rhetoric has no effect.

ii) Mr Marquardt, who has US nationality, said France’s failure to teach English better in schools and its obsession with protecting its language was a major obstacle to mobility.

French are among the best resistors of English Linguistic colonialism

iii) The country’s economic policies have put youth so low on their priorities that one in four people under 25 is out of work, they argue. Meanwhile, France’s ageing political class refuses to let the younger generation in.

True to a point. Term limitlessness is bad.

iv) Their call followed numerous reports about a rising tide of wealthy and successful French who are leaving the country to avoid the new Socialist government’s plan to tax the country’s highest earners at 75 per cent. David Cameron provocatively offered them the “red carpet” should they choose Britain as their new tax home.

These people have electronic cash like credit cards and bank money. That is not real money or even collectible. Stock markets are not real money. Fiat is not real money though there is some being held.  Profit from trade in non-collectible or not yet landed ‘commodities’ is not real money – many things cannot be collected . . .

Good riddance.

v) They apparently had little time for President François Hollande’s electoral pledge to make youth his top priority and his 2.3 billion-euro programme to create jobs for 150,000 young people without skills.

Hollande is an honest man to this point. Thos who leave are the fifth columnists or zombie citizens France can do w/o.

vi) “We’re not going to tell young people to be masochists and stay put in a country that clearly doesn’t like them,” she said.

English media has never been as hateful or subversive of the French as seen here. Drivel propaganda article insulting of the readers’ intelligence.

ARTICLE 3

Can Lease Hold Forestry in Nepal Benefit People and the Environment? – Policy Brief Number 56-11, July 2011

In Nepal an innovative form of forestry management, known as the Leasehold Forestry (LHF) Programme, is being introduced to protect forest land and help it regenerate. A new SANDEE study analyzes the role of this programme in improving household welfare in Nepal. The study was undertaken to see whether degraded forest land, a resource available to a greater or lesser extent in all low-income countries, can be managed to both improve the environment and enhance socio-economic wellbeing.

The study is the work of Bishnu Prasad Sharma from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. It assesses whether the LHF programme helps households save time collecting forest resources and whether it helps increase household income. It finds that a household participating in the LHF programs saves 33 workdays in the collection of forest resources and that LHF plots provide resources worth approximately 5 percent of household income. The study recommends ways in which the LHF regime could be restructured to increase efficiency and so further improve social welfare.

The Leasehold Forestry Programme

LHF is an innovative kind of property rights regime. It was introduced in 1993 by the Government of Nepal with the twin objectives of regenerating degraded forest land and alleviating rural poverty. There are presently around 4,000 LHF groups in the country. Together these have 36,000 household members and operate in 26 out of 75 districts. The Government of Nepal considers LHF a high priority and the programme has, according to a series of previous studies, succeeded in improving forest cover in previously degraded land.

Under a LHF regime, the Government hands over state-owned, virtually open access, degraded forest land to a group of poor households. These groups are generally less than ten in number and each household receives around one hectare of land in the form of a lease contract. The duration of a LHF lease is 40 years, although this can normally be extended by another 40 years. The state requires households involved in the LHF programme to protect their
forest lands against degradation from open grazing, forest fires, soil erosion, and other threats. They are also expected to replace open grazing on their LHF land by stall feeding of livestock. LHF rules ban the cultivation of cereals on leasehold land and the programme expects households to enhance their income in a sustainable manner from livestock, timber and non-timber forest products. The basic idea is that LHF will enhance forest regeneration while also making it possible for LHF land to meet basic livelihood needs.

Looking at Two Pioneer Districts

This study was conducted in the districts of Makwanpur and Kavrepalanchok (Kavre, for short). These were the first two districts to implement the LHF program in 1993. These districts were selected for two reasons: (a) they would have mature LHF regimes and (b) due to their location in the lower and upper parts of the mid-hill belts, they would be representative of the topographical diversity that exists in the LHF program.

In 2007, Makwanpur and Kavre had 288 and 243 LHF groups, respectively. Since the LHF program is based on the principle of the natural regeneration of forests, only groups that had completed five years of tenure were chosen for the study. These groups would have had time to get their programmes up and running and to have made a difference to their land. Accordingly, the study assessed 245 and 194 LHF groups in the two districts.

Primary data was collected through a questionnaire survey. This was used to collect information on issues such as This policy brief is based on SANDEE working paper no. 61-11, ‘The Welfare Impacts of Leasehold Forestry in Nepal’ by Bishnu Prasad Sharma, Patan Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. The full report is available at: http://www.sandeeonline.org

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Parochial and disempowering policy overall that inculpates expedience and bowing to poitical oppression. The country belongs to the citizens, so why should land be taken away after 40 years? If population of the country increases in 40 years, what will happen if the family that is leased the land AFTER 40 years if no savings were possible during that time? Will the family be thrown off the land after the 40 year period into even denser population by then?

For most of the countries somewhat off the main Silk Road type or land trade routes or popular sea lanes, the liklihood of increase of jobs is just as poor, so jobs are unlikely to congregate in Nepal but elsewhere, and we do know that degree based or high tech jobs are always limited in number as well as executive or paper work positions EVEN in the USA or Europe, the number of degreeless graduates confirms this, Nepal will be even worse off!

This is not a permanent solution unless subsistence suitable sized land for agriculture (as is the moral right of a citizen of any country to claim with larger sized land possible if populations allow) is GIVEN to that famuily and not leased. If the family manages to gather much wealth then fine, but this appears unlikely especially for Nepal being not on or near any major trade areas.

Suggest that those titles be FREEHOLD and if possible ALLODIAL. Size of land though should be subsistence sized for a single family (or larger if population is less), and that Nepal focus on tourism and organic foods, and population controlled paradigms with redistribution of wealth for development of land and acquisition of luxuries for citizen if tourism is profitable. Being the originating country of Buddhism, the Nepalese should understand that the planet and planet’s resources do not really belong to any though overpopulation must be avoided.

Every living being’s birthright which is reasonable living space and perhaps a permanent home, must be assured and the overpopulation that has led to the concept of capitalism or state sequestration of land or plutocratic collusion with government’s nepotists or oligarchs writing laws that CREATES ‘the poor’, rather than ensures welth distribution insted of wealth sequestration as well as land sequestration. if every citizen if equal then all wealth of the nation is a collective shared resource. while the lack of stratification based on wealth should be directed at ethical and moral criteria for acces to trhat same wealth (i.e. the most ethical or moral people will get the most wealth while those who are less than exemplary or downright self serving or even criminal will get the least ‘shares’ of wealth – IN EITHER CASE – this ‘Utopian’ concept must be tempered with maximum quantums of wealth that are not excessive per ‘class’ of preferred citizen types as in example below :

Physical Criminals        Violent Crimes, Destructive                Basic and Minimal Access perhaps half times GDP / 3 times average annual salary sequesterable / 1 star access (Lower Class)
White Collar Criminal    Seeks/Creates Loopholes in Political or Legal System    Normal Access perhaps 1 times GDP / 10 times average annual salary sequesterable / 2-3 star venue access (Middle Class)
Disruptive Non-Violent Crimes (i.e. Invasion fo Privacy)
Legalistic/Ethical Citizen    Does Not Seek Loopholes / Refuses Handout Culture    Quality Access perhaps 2 times GDP / 30 times average annual salary sequesterable / 3-4 star venue access (Upper Class)
Moral/Fundo Citizen        Exemplifies ‘Quaint/Unique’ Civilisational Values        Luxury Access perhaps 3 times GDP / 100 times average annual salary sequesterable / 5 star venue access (Apex Class)

Then there are Negative Freedoms as well that can also be read about throughout the responses in this blog which some religions are unable to reconcile due to fundamentalist attitudes . . .

The above are being applied barely, and only in part or under double standard – based on nepotism, clique politics or race politics as of now, preventing the 99% of citizens from participating in democracy while sequestering even political power and the right to ratify equality type distribution as listed above. Vote properly Joe Publics, if your MPs all decide there is no road tax, insurance or that land is distributed under freehold or even allodial title, or that the state will distribute wealth of the richest to the limit of anything above 100 times annual average salaries (or as suggested by moi a 20 million limit to all sequestered wealth to any and all), or of tertiary education will be FREE, the equality anf freedom of the citizentry will  be that much better and the nation that much stronger.

One might say wealth or military power is the only way, but civilisation values are the key that will underline the right to ‘rule’ oor ‘pontificate’. If all one does is be able to wage war and be wealthy, the world will end up like USA, to a point which is beautifully lower class but has no civilisational values, even as the right to either MUST be maintained and not Theocratically imposed. Balance is lacking, even at the UN these days, and Nepal being ‘Buddhist’ must mke an effort to displace the ‘wealth or war’ paradigm for Nepal’s own citizens first then spreading out the influence of true civilisation from there.

Being so ‘Enlightened’ and the supposed birth-nation of Buddhism, an effort must be made wherever there is oppression or unfair fees (like using the Lese Majeste laws as reasonably as possible, not imposing theocracy on citizens, making sure all citizens have freedom of speech, preventing or ending road tolls – perhaps for foreigners only – including opt out options for military conscription, not penalizing for not having insurance, keeping legal fees down to a 1% tp 10% at very most of any citizen’s annual salary (instead of denying access to legal services except the rich), even ending of road tax or legalising Satellite dishes so that TV companies cannot collude with politicians to enrich the 1%, making passports FREE or water (certain amount) and electricity (certain amount) FREE etc..) regardless of the cynicism or lack of wexemplars. Someone nmeeds to start somewhere even as the rest of the world or even UN stumbles or gove in to fiat convenience.corruption, and give citizens a FREEHOLD right to land in what is their country as much as the next citizen’s, is the only way to go. Not just Nepal is run in a 3rd world manner, but even the st world people fight for democracy and things like the 2nd amendment or term limitless Senators all the time draining salaries and colluding with big business whil ethe rest of the 99% languishes, 40 year leases are CYNICAL to say the least. Those titles be FREEHOLD and if possible ALLODIAL, at least subsistanxce sized as well or larger if there is land to spare. Then spread the enlightenenmt at the UN and free the rest of the landless population worldwide . . .

ARTICLE 4

2 Articles On Why Voting Machines are Not Viable And 3rd World Nations Are Greatest At Risk

Brazil Offering a Model for U.S. Elections? – posted by IFP Contributor Mar 5, 2012

Centralized E-Voting Process that Almost Instantly Records the Ballots of Brazil’s 140 Million Voters has Drawn Interest from Election Officials in Other Countries, Including the U.S.

Delivering voting machines to locations in the Amazon rainforest can take up to 2 weeks by vehicle, boat and on foot, but votes are transmitted instantly via a secure satellite network. (Flickr photo)

Brazil, which has about 20 million fewer registered voters than the United States, is providing a model for other nations with its use of electronic voting machines.

The Latin American country uses compact, portable voting devices and a centralized process to tabulate even close elections within hours. Adding to the system’s efficiency, Brazil’s approximately 140 million voters cast their ballot on the same model of voting machine whether they live in Sao Paulo, Campo Grande or villages deep in the Amazon.

The result is quick and reliable results, according to Brazil’s elections agency. Speed and logistical solutions are part of the reason many countries, including the United States, are looking to Brazil for how to run reliable, secure and efficient balloting.

Brazil implemented an all-electronic voting system more than a decade ago and has made improvements since. The municipal elections in October, for example, will employ an upgraded version of an Intel Atom-based voting machine that incorporates advanced fingerprint identification capacity.

“I know in the United States it’s different,” said Giuseppe Janino, secretary of technology for Brazil’s Tribunal Superior Eleitoral (TSE), or in English, Superior Electoral Court. “I realize with so many states it’s difficult to find a way to have a central, single system.”

In Brazil, the move to its present-day method was in response to an outcry from angry and frustrated citizens, according to Janino.

“We had to do something to make the process reliable,” he said. “It took 1 or 2 weeks to show results and outcomes were in doubt through the manual process. It was slow, had a lot of errors — the electoral process was totally untrustworthy.”

Reflecting on similar complaints registered about the 2000 U.S. general election, Janino noted the improbability of his country suffering through a controversy like when George W. Bush and Al Gore battled over hanging chad on Florida ballots.

“That wouldn’t have happened in Brazil because we eliminate the human interaction at all voting sections,” he said. The election secretary added that the absence of paper ballots eliminates the tedious task of recounts, done by hand in the past.

The TSE also hasn’t seen cases of mechanical malfunctions that surface from time to time in the U.S., including the DS200 optical ballot scanner used in Florida, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin. Among other “substantial anomalies,” the scanner is prone to freezes and misreads ballots, according to a recent U.S. Elections Assistance Commission report. The device built by Election Systems & Software was not decertified by the EAC, but the Omaha-based manufacturer is working to remediate the problems.

Brazil’s Nuts and Bolts

Brazil’s machines, or urnas, are designed by the government and manufactured by Sao Paulo-based Diebold Procom, a subsidiary of Ohio-based Diebold Inc. that has had the TSE contract since 1999.

Candidates’ photos are displayed on the screens of Brazil’s electronic voting machines. Source: Brazil TSE  (Flickr photo)

Roughly the size of a small toaster oven, the voting machines have a screen activated by a built-in numerical keypad. Voters punch numbers that correspond to the measures or candidates, the latter often displayed with a headshot. Votes are transmitted via a secure satellite network. Battery life is 9-10 hours, which comes in handy at polling places lacking electrical power. A 2-week delivery by vehicle, boat and on foot is typical for locations hundreds of miles into the Amazon, “no easy task,” Janino said, as about 15 percent of voters live in rural areas, including rainforest that blankets more than half of Brazil.

The voting machine, which weighs 8.8 pounds, is designed so that even people who do not read or those speaking different languages can successfully make their selections. The visually impaired have an option to hear their votes cast through headphones. Voters can identify themselves with only three fingerprints, a feature piloted in 2008 with 60,000 voters and has since grown significantly.

“We are currently in Phase 2 of the biometric identification program and have around 10 million voters who can identify themselves through their fingerprints in this year’s municipal elections,” Janino said. “By 2018 we will have 100 percent of the voters biometrically registered.”

Although the government has not seen any evidence of fraud since e-voting was first employed, Janino and his department aren’t resting on laurels. Hackers are being hired to do their worst to the latest generation of voting system.

“In 2009 we invited hackers to try to get into the system and no one could, so in advance of the next election in October we’re inviting more hackers to try again,” Janino said. “But they won’t be successful.”

Mixed Global Acceptance

Workers prepare for the 2010 Brazilian general election at an urban polling location. Source: Brazil TSE  (Flickr photo)

Brazil began weaning itself off paper ballots with the 1996 municipal election. One-third of the sections, or what the United States calls precincts, blazed the paperless trail that year. Reports of citizens having trouble adjusting to the new equipment were minimal, according to the TSE. Another third made the transition with the 1998 general election, and when the remainder came on board with the 2000 municipal balloting, top vote-getting candidates weren’t the only winners.

“That made Brazil the first country to hold a completely automated election,” Janino said.

The second was India. When 380 million Indians cast votes on more than 1 million machines in May 2004, their country’s election wasn’t the first to be all-electronic, but it was the world’s biggest. India, the globe’s largest democracy, has used e-voting machines exclusively for national and local elections.

Belgium and the Philippines also use technology in either the voting or counting process for all of their national elections. Countries at various stages of piloting or partially using forms of electronic balloting include the United States, Estonia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan and Russia, according to the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.

Some countries are moving in the opposite direction. Germany banned e-voting in 2009 after a court ruled that the automated process used for the previous 10 years was unconstitutional. Citing issues over adequate privacy and security safeguards, the Netherlands in 2008 decertified its e-voting machines and moved back to paper balloting. Machines still tabulate results, but the sentiment, as stated by the government, is “as long as there is no good alternative, Netherlands agrees with pencil and paper.”

Janino shrugs his shoulders when he hears such things. “There are countries that use paper, and people trust that process even if it is manual and slow,” he said.

For countries open to the idea of computerized elections, Brazil is happy to share its knowledge, success and even hardware. Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Mexico have signed agreements to rent the TSE’s voting machines for their own elections.

America also has knocked on Brazil’s door — not for equipment, but know-how.

“Delegations from the U.S. have come to Brazil,” Janino said. “We help them learn about our process, how we implement, what our experiences have been and advise them to find a way to have a central system.”

The latest American delegation to visit was from California, the state with the most registered voters and the greatest number of delegates up for grabs in its June 5 presidential primary.

urna-biometrica.jpgRecent advancements in Brazil’s standardized electronic voting machine include biometric identification. Source: Brazil TSE (Flickr photo)

Secretary of State Debra Bowen, whose job includes serving as California’s chief elections officer, has looked closely at electronic voting since 2007 when she commissioned a complete review of software, hardware, source code and documents of voting systems used throughout the state. With the resulting independent scientific analysis as her guide, Bowen supported a system that, as she described, “offers the best of both worlds.”

“I chose to favor the transparency of voter-marked paper ballots, which can readily be recounted, coupled with the accuracy and speed of the computer to do the tedious work of counting multiple races,” Bowen said.

On all the voting systems she recertified following the audit, Bowen placed tighter use conditions on the components of voting systems that the researchers found were the most fundamentally flawed and vulnerable to security breaches. Those concerns are a big reason the secretary of state doesn’t see California being fully automated anytime soon.

“Because of proven technological insecurities and highly publicized government-hacking successes, I don’t see any big push toward all-electronic voting in the near future,” Bowen said. “Right now, with proprietary closed-source voting systems, entire institutions have to hope that unethical people don’t get their hands on source code or software. Our democracy is not built on trust alone; there are checks and balances, and course corrections after lessons are learned.”

While an automated election model mirroring Brazil’s doesn’t seem to be on the horizon for California, all of its 58 county election offices are required by law to provide at least one electronic ballot-marking machine in every polling place. Although generally used by voters with disabilities, the machine may be used by any registrant.

The U.S. agency charged with testing, certifying and overseeing voting systems across the country takes no position on the electronic vs. manual debate.

“The EAC does not endorse any particular type of voting system and state participation in EAC’s program is voluntary,” said agency spokesman Bryan Whitener. “States determine the type of voting system they use according to individual state laws and procedures.”

The EAC, which was created in the wake of the 2000 presidential election turmoil, is established by the Help America Vote Act that sets functional standards for voting systems used in federal elections. These standards will be followed for the third time when America votes for a president in November, be it by human or machine.

http://newsroom.intel.com/community/news/blog/2012/03

Future Now, Hardware, Bits ‘N Bytes, Software Tags: electronic_voting, e-voting, internet_voting, electronic_ballot, voting_machines, ballot_scanning, brazil_elections, election_technology

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Brazil Is NOT Offering a Model for U.S. Elections for the reasons in the article shown below :

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It only takes $26 to hack a voting machine : Researchers demonstrated three different types of attacks – by Matt Liebowitz

ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINE DEMONSTRATED AT REGISTRARS IN NORWALK

A voter access card is inserted into an electronic voting machine during a demonstration at the Registrars-Recorder/County Clerk’s headquarters in Norwalk, Calif., in 2003.

Campaigning for the 2012 presidential race has already begun, but what the candidates don’t know is that come election day, hackers could be the ones whose votes have the biggest impact.

Researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois have developed a hack that, for about $26 and an 8th-grade science education, can remotely manipulate the electronic voting machines used by millions of voters all across the U.S.

The researchers, Salon reported, performed their proof-of-concept hack on a Diebold Accuvote TS electronic voting machine, a type of touchscreen Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting system that is widely used for government elections.

(Diebold’s voting-machine business is now owned by the Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems, whose e-voting machines are used in about 22 states.)

In a video, Roger Johnston and Jon Warner from Argonne National Laboratory’s Vulnerability Assessment Team demonstrate three different ways an attacker could tamper with, and remotely take full control, of the e-voting machine simply by attaching what they call a piece of “alien electronics” into the machine’s circuit board.

The electronic hacking tool consists of a $1.29 microprocessor and a circuit board that costs about $8. Together with the $15 remote control, which enabled the researchers to modify votes from up to a half-mile away, the whole hack runs about $26.

Two of the takeovers show the researchers controlling the buttons on the keypad despite what the “real” voter enters. But in what Warner called “probably the most relevant attack for vote tampering,” the researchers were able to blank the e-voting machine’s screen for a split-second after the “vote now” button was pressed. While the screen went dark, they remotely entered their own numbers into the DRE’s keypad.

Johnston explained in the video: “When the voter hits the ‘vote now’ button to register his votes, we can blank the screen and then go back and vote differently and the voter will be unaware that this has happened.”

Johnston and Warner say that the ease with which this type of remote hack could be deployed highlights the need for e-voting machines to be designed better, with not just cybersecurity, but physical security in mind.

“Spend an extra four bucks and get a better lock,” Johnston said. “You don’t have to have state-of-the-art security, but you can do some things were it takes at least a little bit of skill to get in.”

© 2012 SecurityNewsDaily. All rights reserved

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44706301/ns/technology_and_science-security

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Do not even deal in locks, and get a guard/watchman instead. Much like fiat currency is unmonitorable, only pencil and paper as well as HUMAN watched and UN HUMAN monitored voting will work. With Wii based or Satellite tech based technology, even microprocessors can be ‘overriden’ with signals from an external source. The potential for modification of votes will be as bad as the contrived numerology in Singapore’s election results show. The final vote tally numbers will not reflect reality of actual votes but instead believable sentiment as ‘watched’ by the propaganda ministry of the relevant nation in question which will be ‘matched’ with a numerology inclined number or percentile. This means that propaganda wars and not actual votes will count, with voting machines potentially unneeded and manipulated.

ARTICLE 6

The man who sent sex text in error to ALL his contacts… and ended up in prison – by Paul Bentley – PUBLISHED: 17:05 GMT, 27 September 2012 | UPDATED: 23:33 GMT, 27 September 2012

Craig Evans, 24, had been jailed for 18 months for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity
Freed after judges hear the messages went out to all his contacts including members of his own family

Tripped up by technology: Craig Evans who accidentally sent a sex text to all his contacts and ended up in jail

Craig Evans must have thought things couldn’t get any worse after he accidentally sent a saucy text message intended for a lover to every contact in his phonebook.

How wrong he was!

The 24-year-old swimming coach ended up in prison for sex offences after the text also found its way to two young schoolgirls.

Evans had typed an intimate invitation to his girlfriend asking her if she would like to engage in sex with him ‘skin on skin’.

Excruciatingly, a slip of the fingers on his BlackBerry smartphone resulted in it going out via BlackBerry Messenger to all the numbers on his phone.

But as well as having to deal with the humiliation of his family reading the message, Evans’s mistake led to far more serious consequences.

Among the recipients of the text were two girls aged 13 and 14, which led to Evans, who teaches swimming in a leisure centre, being arrested and charged with causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was jailed for 18 months at Birmingham Crown Court in July.

The story unfolded in court this week when his lawyers went to the Court of Appeal in London to have his conviction overturned.

They argued that Evans’s ‘misguided use of his BlackBerry’ made it ‘difficult to conclude that he was targeting anyone’.
Bad mistake: A slip of the fingers on his BlackBerry smartphone resulted in it going out via BlackBerry Messenger to all the numbers on his phone

In the message, Evans, of Birmingham, asked an unknown lover if they would have sex with him ‘skin on skin’ and whether they would prefer it to be ‘fast or slow’.

Granting the appeal, Lord Justice Elias said the circumstances were ‘unusual’ and agreed that Evans had been ‘evidently misguided’ in the use of his phone.

He added: ‘The facts of this case are rather unusual. Messages… were sent to every single contact in his phone, including members of his own family.’

Quashed: Mr Evans walked free from the Court of Appeal in London after judges accepted his ‘misguided use of his BlackBerry’

He added: ‘The fact that they were repeated shows that he was evidently misguided in the use of his BlackBerry.

‘It is difficult to conclude that he was targeting anyone.

‘There were a number of mitigating factors in this case.’

The judge, sitting with Mr Justice Coulson and Mrs Justice Thirlwall, added that the sentence, which he also reduced to nine months, would be suspended ‘given the unusual circumstances’ and freed Evans.

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Challenge the judge’s decision in Supreme court. The intention of trhe defendent was not to have sex with younger than legal aged persons but a tech based mistake. A clear apology to the underaged persons and parents should do, not this jail sentence! The judge is not considering these countering facts before passing sentence or deciding the person was guilty! How right he’ll be!

ARTICLE 7

Going nowhere fast… the Ferrari proudly put on display outside police headquarters to deter uninsured drivers – by Daily Mail Reporter – PUBLISHED: 18:07 GMT, 27 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:07 GMT, 27 September 2012

The driver of this supercar would probably rather be ragging it around a racetrack or attracting admiring glances while cruising down some of London’s most glamorous streets.

But this fluorescent orange Ferrari won’t be going very far at all for the time being – although it still may demand some attention.

The £200,000 vehicle, which has a top speed of 208mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds, is being used to highlight a major campaign by police to target uninsured motorists.

Seized: The £200,000 Ferrari FF is on display outside New Scotland Yard as part of a campaign to clamp down on uninsured drivers

The 28-year-old owner of the FF model has not yet claimed the car back after it was seized in South Kensington.

The car, which has been placed alongside an £18,000 Mercedes belonging to a disqualified driver, has the phrase ‘uninsured vehicle seized by police’ plastered on its windscreen.

The display comes on the 11th day of action in the campaign – dubbed Operation Cubo – which has so far seized a total of nearly 37,000 uninsured vehicles since it began in October last year.

By this afternoon, a total of 300 vehicles were seized and 30 arrests made for various offences including driving while disqualified, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of class A drugs.

Captured: The Ferrari has been placed next to a £18,000 Mercedes which belongs to a disqualified driver

Clampdown: The two cars are on display outside New Scotland Yard as part of Operation Cubo, a major campaign to target uninsured motorists

While the cars are on display outside New Scotland Yard, a number of seized vehicles will also be on show in prominent positions around London as part of the campaign.

For all to see: Seized vehicles will be on show in prominent positions around the capital while the supercars are displayed to passers-by

During the ten Operation Cubo days held so far, more than 750 people have been arrested for a variety of offences including rape, possession of illegal firearms, money laundering and drugs.

Firearms, other weapons and large quantities of cash and drugs have also been recovered.

Commander Stephen Watson, who is leading the operation, said: ‘Operation Cubo has achieved some outstanding results and we expect another large haul of vehicle seizures today, and more importantly a number of arrests – including arrests for some very serious offences.

‘We are targeting criminals by denying them the use of the roads so it’s much harder for them to commit crime.

‘The overwhelming majority of people who don’t insure their cars are also habitual criminals.

‘We’re also helping to make London’s roads safer as uninsured drivers are more likely to have collisions and less likely to have road-worthy vehicles.

‘By displaying seized vehicles across London, we are sending a strong message to people who choose to drive without insurance that we will seize and possibly sell or crush your vehicle.’

‘Nearly 37,000 vehicles have now been seized since we began our initiative and hundreds of criminals arrested.

‘Cubo uses highly visible, but effective tactics that capture criminals in the act and deter their offending, while reclaiming London’s roads for responsible and law-abiding drivers.’

Crime: During the ten Operation Cubo days held so far, more than 750 people have been arrested for a variety of offences

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When you sign your car over to the DVLA, your signing over title ownership of that car to the them, they own it. Read your V5 documents, it clearly states your the registered keeper, not the owner. Now as part of that contract of looking after the car for them, you have to insure it, tax it, mot it every year and have to have a license to drive the thing. When you dont, the can come and take there car away from you. Now could someone lawfully take something away from you, that they didnt own, without your consent? Course not, its called stealing, but when they own it and you break the terms of your contract they can. Good scam hey, shame not many people know, overwise there would be trouble. What would happen if you didnt sign it over, you guessed it, the cars yours again, but you would have to drive on the roads under full liability, maybe make people better drivers. Ive done it, been stopped by the police a few times, but ive always got my car back.,…..because i own it.

– funkychunkylover , milton keynes, 28/9/2012 07:47
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– bluejonny , Portsmouth, 28/9/2012 07:45
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They won’t stay there long… Too much of a temptation for someone 🙂

– ghost , Dundee, United Kingdom, 28/9/2012 07:44
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Where is the numberplate on the ferrari? Is this a con?

– mick BW , Ilkley, 28/9/2012 07:40
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Looks like a good police operation. More like this please. Crush the cars.

– BobCratchet , London, United Kingdom, 28/9/2012 07:39
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Should be used by the police as a fast persuit car 🙂 – Puddleduck , This side of the pond, 28/9/2012 07:02 . . . . . . . . That’s not such a far fetched idea. I was in Italy a few years ago and a police Lamborghini Gallardo went speeding past us on the motorway.

– Chris , Guildford, 28/9/2012 07:24
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Should be used by the police as a fast persuit car 🙂

– Puddleduck , This side of the pond, 28/9/2012 07:02
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How long before those two cars are stolen !

– St.. James , Barbados, 28/9/2012 02:33
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Fantastic cartoon-like ‘angry face’ with the headlights and grille on that car!

– J.S. , London., United Kingdom, 28/9/2012 02:21
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Insurance is really good for the insurance company. They promote fear inside you to loose your vehicle, but they do not fear to have to pay your damaged vehicle. And they profit a lot…

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Amend the law to REMOVE the need for insurance for cars or even homes (do know the risks of no insurance as well, but a careful person or family will finally have the right to save lots of useful cash). Insurance companies have had it too good and insurance is extremely expensive especially for those who barely earn enough to save. Propose a limit if not remove entirely insurance. If a bank can give only 1% to 8% in interest, then what one earns yearly that can be put to insurance for certain mustt not exceed 0.25% to 2%. Imagine being a bank to the insurance company while earning at a middle or low class job! Impossible and unfair! Limits to insurance charges based on salary annual levels at 0.25% to 2% at most OR complete removal of need for insurance for those to at least be allowed to opt out. Forcing people to pay inmsurance at such levels is the same as protection money rackets except that the state colludes and enforces instead! Thats right! GANGSTERISM! If banks cannot even affford to give more than 8% in interest to the 99%, the 99% sure as hell cannot afford to do the same for insurance companies! Making a living out of fear that is backed by state enforcement is neither civil nor civilised! Take the below examples :

In Malaysia, the annual car insurance premium for a RM28,000 600-850 cc car is RM900+. For a RM40,000 1500 cc, the premium is RM1,200+

That comes to near 80 a month. Does anyone among the 99% actually get to save 80 a month for retirement? If that is impossible they cannot be penalized for merely owning a car, or at least muct be allowed to opt out without the state penalizing them further. Or perhaps insurance can be for a few days at a time so that people on long distance will drive respectfully and yet be covered. In the even nothing happens the insurance company still gets paid!

Try this one from the USA :

When I purchased my ’03 Chevy Monte Carlo two years ago, the people i bought it from at Ford (i bought mine used) set me up with a dealer to do insurance with and it turned out well. I was paying about $217/mo. to start off with. Each month, my insurance kept going lower and lower. One year later, i was paying about $10 less than what i originally started paying for my insurance.

That comes to near 200 a month. Does anyone among the 99% actually get to save 200 a month for

So please vote to have that requirement for insurance be removed. There MUST BE OPT OUT options especially in insurance. The issue of criminal intent to sabotage uninsured owners might be an issue but that sort of thing should be what the police get their cash or penalising from rather than the protection money paradigm above. Vote for MPs who will allow opt outs for insurance! Instead of deterring uninsured drivers, lets deter the state collusion, insurance potential criminals instead. As for insurance industry people dismayed by this article, please, there are many ways to make a living, no decent person would want to be associated with laws or earning money through fear in this manner. Civilisation or police-council revenue from fines is not a quasi-criminal fear based enterprise.

If enough MPs are voted specifically on the basis of promising to remove insurance (insurance companies barely make up 1% of the popularion, why should 99% of us pay them because out MPs collude to give them OUR money?) monthly protection money . . . meaning insurance payments END FOREVER for those who want to opt out. So ask your MP if they will do this and decide who is votable. If no MP wants to do this, then run for election yourself specifically intending to remove the right or power of enforcement to compound a vehicle not involved in any criminal action, but for simply being uninsured which should be an option that is not criminalized.

ARTICLE 8

Jaws no more: Australia to kill sharks – Published: 27 September, 2012, 16:27 (Reuters / Ho New)

Great white sharks have been considered a ‘vulnerable’ species since 1996, but the recent spate of shark attacks off the Australian coast has led the country to announce plans for a cull.

Any shark that poses an immediate threat by straying too close to the Australian coast will be killed. There have been five fatal shark attacks in the last year alone. The Premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett, said that his state had recorded only 12 shark fatalities over the past 100 years, meaning nearly half have occurred in the last 12 months.

Plans were announced on Thursday for an $6.85 million AUD ($7.12 million) programme to be implemented.

This will include $2 million AUD for the Department of Fisheries, which will be responsible for tracking, catching, and destroying sharks considered to be swimming in dangerous proximity to beachgoers. Over A$4 million will be spent on tagging, study and research.

Earlier this year, there were demands for the fishing ban on great whites to be lifted following the death of surfer Ben Linden, 24, who was mauled by a shark in July, 180 km north of Perth, in western Australia.

The most recent attack was in August on 34 year old Jon Hines, who was approximately 960km north of Perth. He suffered abdominal and arm injuries, after punching and scratching at the shark’s eyes as he was attacked. He was one of the few lucky survivors.

In January 2006, an attack occurred on a 21 year old girl who was swimming in only waist-deep water.

Environmental groups have been protesting against the plans. Great whites are a protected species, but several of the attacks are believed to have been carried out by them. Great whites can grow up to 20 feet long, and develop 3 inch long teeth.

Colin Barnett told ABC radio, that they will “always put the lives and safety of beachgoers ahead of the shark,” reminding listeners that, “this is, after all, a fish – let’s keep it in perspective.”

French authorities recently approved plans for a cull of around 20 sharks after a series of attacks in a surfing hotspot near its island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean.

Experts believe the ‘unprecedented’ increase in attacks to be in line with population growth and the popularity of water sports.

Animals, Health, Australia, Biology, Security

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Ever thought that overfishing made sharks have no choice but to eat humans? The sea is theirs too and when humans take the food from the sea and leave sharks nothing to eat, sharks can hardly be blamed. Who threw the first punch here? Be fair or there will be reparations. Humans eat land food, sharks eat sea food. Humans are encroaching on shark habitat territory and removing their sources of food . . . in this case, regardless of the repair of Levianthanesque Eaters or Sharks needs no urging. Just because sharks do not evolve weapons to defend their borders or have an ability to speak against encroachment of their fishing grounds, does not mean that humans can enter shark habitat, take sharks’ natural food and then kill sharks because there is nothing to eat and humans are the only thing left to eat. Same thing with sonar which are deafening/crippling dolphins and whales with the same encroachment on habitat. Because communication or society or weapons are undeveloped does not mean we have any right to encroach if we are civilised.

Think Red Ameri-Indians or Aztecc/Mayan etc with no advanced weapons being colonized and slaughtered and punished and enslaved for being ‘Pagans’ or not of similar religion (Xianity). Mass commercial fishing should be banned or commercial fish farmed in a manner that do not affect higher and obviously intelligent forms of sea life (sharks have a near 2 century lifespan or more, whales have the larhest brain, dopphins have sophisticated societies, though in similarly, I still recommend collection of carcasses of the same dying of natural causes – after appropriate spiritual consideration/action is given before consumption. But to kill these life forms especially the ungrown or fertile adults of particularly large and obviously intelligent species is wrong.

Where are those meat growing labs? Dozens of worldwide level religions and not an effort towards ‘kill-less’ food. But lots of killings of fellow humans in the name of religion or difference of expression in faith or even sexuality. What makes humans think humanity is civilised? The holyman’s fat bank account while people starve or freeze to death? The willingness to accept a broken and abusive legal and educational system? Drop a few more superquakes and turn the earth inside out with a volcanic-lava/deluge spin cycle to clean up the ‘insane Capitalist-culture’ humans  Bring back the dinosaurs later to clean up the left overs, at least the great lizards murdered without all that insincerity and faux intellect/insanity based justification and actually made use of the carcasses of their prey as food. And now time to drown out the idiot neighbours with the television . . . while the insane ply the roads thinking they are going to be rich or benefit off the pain of people who can at least think properly. Waste of resources supporting the useless eater race of humanity, especially the regress types, racists and fundos . . .

ARTICLE 9

Iran’s President – ATS Members have flagged this thread 96 times – Topic started on 28-9-2012 @ 10:07 AM by Corruption Exposed

I’m sick and tired of the media lying to us about things that are clearly untrue, especially when it comes to demonizing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. We all know that all news outlets are agenda driven, but this is just ridiculous!

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

All Praise Belongs to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and May Peace and Blessings

be upon the Greatest and Trustworthy Prophet and His Pure Progeny, His Chosen

Companions, and upon all Divine Messengers.

Oh, God, Hasten the Emergence of Your Chosen Beloved, Grant Him Good

Health and Victory, Make us His Best Companions, and all those who attest to His

Rightfulness.

Mr. President,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank the Almighty God for having once more the chance to participate in this meeting. We have gathered here to ponder and work together for building a better life for the entire human community and for our nations.

Coming from Iran, the land of glory and beauty, the land of knowledge, culture, wisdom and morality, the cradle of philosophy and mysticism, the land of compassion and light, the land of scientists, scholars, philosophers,

masters of literature, and writers, the land of Avicenna, Ferdowsi, Hafiz, Maulana, Attar, Khayyam, and Shariar, I represent a great and proud nation that is a founder of human civilization and an inheritor of respected universal values. I represent a conscious nation which is dedicated to the cause of freedom, peace and compassion, a nation that has experienced the agony and bitter times of aggressions and imposed wars, and profoundly values the blessings of peace and stability. I am now here for the eighth time in the eighth year of my service to my noble people in this august assembly of sisters and brothers from across the world, to show to the world that my noble nation like its brilliant past, has a global vision and welcomes any effort intended to provide and promote peace, stability and tranquility which can be only realized through harmony, cooperation and joint management of the world.

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. . . represent a great and proud nation that is a founder of human civilization . . .

Oh yeah? Empty platitudes and a shifty attitude. Ahmadinejad POINTEDLY kept changing the subject whenever the interviewer asked about a 2 state solution for Palestine/Israel. Why? Ahmadinejad also did not want to address the LGBT rights issue instead saying non-Jews can marry Jews. That was not the question posed by the interviewer who obviously out of being affected by the ethos of a person holding Iran’s Presidency (2nd term 8th year?), did not manage to pursue or demnd the question be answered, with Ahmadinejab running off on the non-Jew/Jew marriage tack until the interviewer lost track and was ‘successfully’ diverted.

As for representing an ‘old’ ciivilisation, then why does this ‘Persian’ have an Arab name? 5000 years of Persians are not called Mahmoud or ‘Ahmad’ anything. Does ‘Ahmad’ know how to write or speak in Pahlavi? No? So all that this supposed Iran President guy represents is a genetic REMNANT of Persian peoples (who knows how mixed an ancesry that may not even remember 3 generations back before the Pahlavi surname/family was lost) not even an inheritor who doesn’t even know how to write or even has a Persian name. Iran does not exist, Persia does but is spiritually and culrutally and even linguistically colonized save for the core of elite that still know Zoroastrinism and Pahlavi but who are unfortunately not in power. Arabs have been around for 1400 years and only after 600s did Arabs learn the power of fundo-ism.

Ask if they will get the moral police down on non-Muslims lobbying for a red light district, or if LGBT people are allowed to have their own district. Nudist colonies? 2nd Amendment Rights? To not be affected by the Syariah Court or Hudud practicioners. Or if either district would even be signed into existence. Ask if APOSTASY is legal. Ask if RELIGIOUS APARTHEID will be applied against other faiths. Littering a speech with love and peace words does not change the above facts. I’ll believe Persia when I see Persia. Iran should be ‘reset’ and USA might be the one to do that if the Persians locals can’t. Just look at the fundo mess in the Middle East. Freedom of life does not exist there in Iran and this South East Asian hell I’ve been trying to cure of APARTHEID and greed and fear based HATRED and fundamentalism of various degrees for near the last 2 decades. Send in the marines and for hell turn the most fundo of the damned areas here into a massive reverse-Auswitcz.

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Neurosurgeon Shows How Low Levels of Radiation Such As Wi-Fi, Smart Meters And Cell Phones Cause The Blood Brain Barrier To Leak –  Sept 19, 2012 by MARCO TORRES

Neurosurgeon and researcher Dr. Leif Salford has conducted many studies on radio frequency radiation and its effects on the brain. Dr. Salford called the potential implications of some of his research “terrifying.” Some of the most concerning conclusions result from the fact that the weakest exposure levels to wireless radiation caused the greatest effect in causing the blood brain barrier to leak.

Since he began his line of research in 1988, Dr. Leif Salford and his colleagues at Lund University Hospital in Sweden has exposed over 1,600 experimental animals to low-level radiation. Their results were consistent and worrisome: radiation, including that from cell phones, caused the blood-brain barrier–the brain’s first line of
defense against infections and toxic chemicals–to leak.

Researchers in 13 other laboratories in 6 different countries had reported the same effect, but no one had proven whether it would lead to any damage in the long term. In a study published June 2003 in Environmental Health Perspectives, Salford’s team repeated the experiment on 32 additional animals, but this time waited eight weeks before sacrificing them and examining their brains. In those animals that had been exposed to a cell phone, up to two percent of the neurons in all areas of the brain were shrunken and degenerated.

Salford, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at his institution, called the potential implications “terrifying.” “We have good reason to believe,” he said, “that what happens in rats’ brains also happens in humans.” Referring to today’s teenagers, the study’s authors wrote that “a whole generation of users may suffer negative effects, perhaps as early as in middle age.”

An argument is sometimes made (not necessarily accurately) to those who express concern about radiation from “smart” meters, Wi Fi, etc, that the radiation emitted from these devices is at such a low level that the public needn’t worry about it. However Dr. Salford’s studies showed opening up of the blood brain barrier from very low levels of radiation. In fact, Cindy Sage and Dr. David Carpenter write in a 2008 paper (Public Health Implications of Wireless Technologies) it was “the weakest exposure level [which] showed the greatest effect in opening up the BBB [blood brain barrier].”

Dr. Devra Davis, author of “Disconnect” explains the science of cell phone radiation in a very comprehensive way. For example she shows photos of two cells, one whose DNA has been damaged by “gamma” radiation (which is what was emitted in Hiroshima) and another cell damaged by low level pulsing non ionizing radiation (from a cell phone). Both cells look very damaged compared to a normal cell; but she even goes on to say the DNA from the cell exposed to the cell phone radiation looks worse. She also discusses the campaign to discredit reputable scientists and their studies–some of these reputable studies having been around since 1972 (Frey).

In May of 2011, the World Health Organization official recognized that wireless radiation such as emitted by “smart meters” is a possible carcinogen. After decades of corporately-funded, biased research being held up as “industry-standard”, there are hundreds of independent peer-reviewed scientific studies now showing there is a clear health hazard with technology emitting wireless radiation in the range that “smart meters” do. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people with a “smart meter” installed, have contracted illness, insomnia, rashes, headaches, and worse. And many have been forced to leave their homes entirely, due to health effects. What’s more, in apartment buildings where 30+ “smart meters” are installed in a single electrical room, the dangers are even higher. There have been no long-term health studies done on this high level of Electromagnetic Radiation.

PBS Interview with Dr. Keith Black (neurosurgeon) regarding WHO’s classification of RF Elecctromagnetic radiation as a 2b possible carcinogen. “We haven’t had any good studies in the pediatric population. A child’s skull is much thinner. . . .and the amount of radiation that goes into the pediatric brain is much higher than in an adult. So we should be cautious with how we allow our children to use a cell phone. They’re going to be the ones that not only are going to use it at a much younger age but at a much longer duration.”

Let’s start connecting the dots and end this madness to our health and the health of future generations.

Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.

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So that fluoride can get into the brain, along with other substances that destroy freewill and autonomy. Neurotech and chemical abuse. Wiifi btw is already in Penang, introduced by DAP political party of Christian term limitless oligarchs and nepotists.

ARTICLE 11

I don’t need to use sex to sell records – Adele – 2012-09-27 09:04

I’m not married – Adele
Adele tunes nursery rhymes for baby
‘I’d get drunk and forget my words’ – Adele
Adele gets married in secret
Adele named UK’s richest young singer

Los Angeles – Adele has criticised pop stars who use sex to sell records.

The pregnant diva has slammed her chart rivals – who include Rihanna, Madonna and Lady Gaga – who strip off in their videos to promote themselves and insists most female singers look very different in real life to how they look on screen.

She said: “They don’t look how they do in magazines or videos. I have seen them up close.

“Exploiting yourself sexually is not a good look. I don’t find it encouraging.”

Adele has always had a fuller figure but she insists she would never go on a diet or change her image to try and be more successful.

The 24-year-old singer – whose last album 21 has sold over 23 million copies worldwide – prefers to just let her music define her.

She is quoted as saying: “I have never seen magazine covers and music videos and thought, ‘I need to look like that to be a success.’

“To sell more records I don’t need to do that. I just stand there and sing. I’m not worried that I’m a ‘plus size’ and so much bigger than other artists.

“No matter what you look like the key is to be happy with yourself.”

– BangShowBiz/Channel24

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Adele has decided to target the middle and upper demographic for music BUT must remember that lower class entertainment is something that the middles and uppers may never understand. The right of the lowers to access such entertainment is sacrosanct and cannot be denied, though the source of money and type of star might well be barred access to the discerning and class conscious leery of ‘blood diamonds’ of the entertainment world (i.e. lazily mixing sex with music or film rather than keeping the 2 separate, connoisseurs or the status conscious would take offense but the general public will not care, does not have energy or time to care).

Private clubs for such things do exist for the proclivities of the rich but when sex becomes the basis of earning of wealth, the people involved will be considered unethical and barred from such and such societies that denounce sex for profit and sex based wealth persons. Adele has somethign there which could raise or at least guard society, and the class conscious will finally have a place and justification for their stuffiness among entertainers.

“No matter what you look like the key is to be happy with yourself.”

Then Adele ends with a positivist NLP, contrary to the idea of dissing sex selling entertainers which is the premise of the rant. Sigh. Well the entertainment-music industry is full of fluff heads so who’s paying attention but the linguistically inclined or careful readers . . .

Lower class sex reliant producers and music houses by association with churning out sex oriented entertainment for wealth will now find themselves on the short end of the ‘snob list stick’ in the sense that a upper class black ball of sorts will be applied. Perhaps the 5 star hotels, luxury brand label cars or vehicles and planes – 1st class ticketing for travel services, or even 5 star neighbourhoods might stop the hogh worth sex based wealth types and promoters or purveyors of the same from gaining access to ‘5 star services’ to proclaim a sense of awareness of ‘sex-money’ much blood diamonds are looked down upon now.

The American ‘aristocracy’ might want to cosy up to Adele, though careful with the ‘Blue Coatism’ that tries to forbid any and all from their entertainments. A wealthy crass citizen is as much as a wealthy classy person, though both have rights to dissociate from each other. Try the below Article 11 on the exact opposite of ‘don’t use sex’ Adele, ‘do use sex’ Gabriella Ellis.

ARTICLE 12

Back to the basic: Made In Chelsea’s Gabriella Ellis strips down as she prepares to launch her music career – by Fehintola Betiku – PUBLISHED: 17:35 GMT, 2 October 2012 | UPDATED: 17:35 GMT, 2 October 2012

She became a household name when she allowed the cameras at E4 to cover all aspects of her life for their hit TV show Made In Chelsea.

But with dreams to be more than a reality star, Gabriella Ellis has stripped down as she prepares to launch her music career.

Stood topless in a pair of distressed daisy dukes, the 24-year-old is going back to basics in the hopes to be recognised for her vocal talent.

Doing it her way: Made In Chelsea’s Gabriella Ellis has stripped down as she readies her music career

In the seductive monochrome images, Gabriella covers up her dignity with one hand as she gazes into the camera lens.

The singer and songwriter, who has had a number one record in Greece with a dance version of Ray Charles’s Hit The Road Jack, smoulders in another shot as she gently tussles her brunette hair.

Currently recording her debut album, Ellis shows off her svelte figure in another still as she turns away camera.

Stunning: The 24-year-old smoulders as she stands topless in a pair of weathered daisy dukes

Despite keeping her latest project under wraps, in the past the ambitious songstress once named Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera as her influences, and is hoping for some chart success in the UK.

In previous episodes of MIC, Gabriella has showcased her vocal range and late last year she released a music video for her single Fight.

Seductive songstress… Gabriella is keeping quiet on her official plans to release any tracks but has been in the studio laying down tracks

But until her new material ready for the world, fans of the TV starlet can look forward to keeping up with the happenings in her life when fourth series of the E4 reality show returns to screens on October 15.

And as anticipation has increasingly been mounting over the new series, producers have unveiled publicity photos of the new cast members.

The new line-up even includes one of Spencer Matthews’ ex-girlfriends, Sophia Sassoon with Rose Cochrane-Stack, Andy Jordan, Sam Cussins and Stevie Johnson completing the new faces.

Set to cause a stir: The new faces set to join the upcoming new series of Made In Chelsea have been unveiled, including Spencer Matthews’ ex Sophia Sassoon (L)

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Some manage or have the stomach or confidence for sex based entertainment, some don’t, others are trapped in societies or poverty that necessitates or prevents, in the rare case BOTH. But all have a right to exist and be entitled to their spaces, though the freedom to boycott or to support must be protected by a MATURED government which is supposed to be neutral. And that is why term limits are important as time as youth is limited to prevent stagnation, at least until technology gives what could be immortality. Ever notice how the typical hateful term limitless politician becomes a corrupted waxwork or democracy destroying dictator? Identity is lost when they become the job . . . hence the public needs to remove such characters from the law making scene. See a society turn fundo? Espouse apartheid? Oppress any ‘fringe’ group? Inflate and go bankrupt to do QEs? That shows time to remove the offending people who allow this.

Adele does not have the overview in ‘dissing’ sex based entertainment, but Gabriella should know that a candles that burns twice as bright . . . gotta love those sex sirens though, twice as stimulating and makes life twice as meaningful, even as their commitment to one demographic prevents them from holding the neutral ground. Immersion for the sake of identity is dangerous! But thanks to extremes like Adele and Gabriella, the 99% of dullards who can’t, will have something to BREATHE by. Keep being  yourselves Adele and Gabriella! At least the world won’t go numb or die of boredom with the discourse such interactions or extreme representations bring!

The challenge is to create an environment or sense of civilisation that allows open carry heavy weapons owners, organic psychedelics users, dogging nudists, cannibals cooking themselves, vegetarians, pork or beef meals being eaten, AND hijab-burkha wearing people, (or a combination of all of the above . . . a pork/beef eating vegetarian (perhaps alternate months being or the third?), Hijab Wearing Nudists (perhaps PuckMonster costume in chiffon with exposing BDSM-wear so effectively naked underneath?), LGBT Heterosexual (???), dogging-asexual (???), carrying a gun/with sword sized bayonet? HEY LOOK! A new religion! I’ll call this ‘Blatant-Coy-ism’ THAT would be something worth discussing and truly a mark of civilisation!

Not to mention same-sex-union-disallowing faithers-Fundos to share the SAME park bench or neighbourhood in the open WITHOUT breaking any laws (meaning the law has made provision for EVERYTHING) getting snarky, or having a argument or fight break out.

Then we could move on to removing taxes (unnecessary impositions and expenses like road tolls, insurance without opt-outs, passports, forced military conscriptions) and who knows death as well (no offense to Death Cultists . . . ) or Death even then! See the inspiration a seemingly meaningless Adele and Gabriella dichotomy can bring? Ok back to my/your/whoever’s favourite subculture(s) – PRIVACY for proclivity types please not hateful fundos of whatever faith installing hidden cameras then deciding the victim needs drugging by the psychiatric establishment . . . P.F.P.T..

Calvin = Gabriella, Hobbes = Adele.

15 Articles on Malaysian Politics : Apartheid Accepting MCA Issues Threats for BN’s Racists, Mahathir’s Corruption Pathos, Pakatan’s Cybertroopers’ One Sided Views, Backhand Insults Against the People In the Form of Manipulative False Praise, Point By Point Counter of ‘RPK Propaganda’, Natives Start Storming Government Buildings For End of Apartheid, Pakatan Pot Calls Barisan Kettle Black, Marina Mahathir’s Out of Touch Insincerity, Najib Suffers Mahathir and Potential Loss of 2nd Term PMship For Not Ending Apartheid and Not Using Mandate, Despite Having Resources RPK Stricken With Stagnation Or Intent to Hoodwink Rakyat Talks in Circles, A Good 2nd Hand Idea, More DAP Politicians Quit Nepotistic DAP Party, Ending the Hegelian Dialectic By Dropping BN and PR, 2 Articles on Hudud – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 5th August 2012

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ARTICLE 1

Chua: ‘Do not take nation’s harmony for granted’ – Published: Friday August 24, 2012 MYT 9:50:00 PM By DERRICK VINESH

SUNGAI PETANI: The people should not take the country’s racial and religious harmony for granted as it can change overnight.

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said Friday that Malaysians of all races enjoyed various types of freedom such as religious and education freedom, apart from the nation’s peace, stability and economic growth.

He, however, cautioned that the harmonious situation should not be regarded as ‘automatic’.

He said that after the March 2008 General Election, it was obvious that racial and religious relationships seemed to be under tremendous stress because of intense politicking.

“This is further aggravated in PAS-led states such as Kelantan and Kedah, where there is no alcohol, no gambling, no cinema, no live concert, and male and female segregation,” he said before opening MCA Sungai Petani’s Merdekaraya dinner gathering at Dewan Beng Siew here Friday night.

Dr Chua said that despite all these, PAS’ ally in Pakatan Rakyat, the DAP, would continue to assure non-Muslims that PAS would not implement hudud and that it would not impose its values on them.

“But, this is happening right before us. Even if DAP objects to hudud, it is only (DAP national chairman) Karpal Singh who opposes hudud. The rest are so quiet about it,” he said.

Dr Chua said it was a big lie by the DAP that it would not allow hudud to be implemented and that hudud would not affect the non-Muslims.

“Hudud will definitely affect the whole nation and everybody,” he said.

Dr Chua noted that hudud would reduce foreign direct investment, affect tourism and the service sector, cause lack of confidence among local investors and affect the economic sector as a whole.

He said if PAS were to amend the Constitution and say it would be according to its religious teachings, then all Muslim Members of Parliament (MP) would have to support it.

He said the situation would be similar to when PAS amended the State Constitution in Trengganu, all Umno state assemblymen there had to support it.

“So, there is no such thing as that hudud cannot be implemented because it can be implemented.

“MCA’s stand on hudud is very clear. This is a multiracial country and religion should not be politicised,” he said.

Dr Chua said hudud would divide Muslims and non-Muslims, adding that it might cause friction and turn racial.

And this, he said, was contrary to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s racial inclusiveness policy under the 1Malaysia concept.

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Is that so? This is as much everyone’s country as the government’s. Do not threaten the Rakyat and end apartheid instead. Do not take Rakyat’s silence for harmony or think the people accept apartheid and extreme religion. Overnight on GE13, the Rakyat will change any offending politician instead of being threatened with ‘change’ as MCA dares now. So BN can keep being a lapdog or a racist and be removed by the people instead. People! Lets change ALL the racists and lapdogs or obscenely rich, term limitless or fundo MPs and politicians overnight . . .

ARTICLE 2

‘Better the devil you know’, Dr M tells voters – August 22, 2012

Dr Mahathir said BN needed only to be prodded before it will give the people what they want. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 ? Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today Malaysians were better off with the “devil [they] know” in Barisan Nasional (BN) than a Pakatan Rakyat (PR) federal government he said was likely to bankrupt the country with its populist promises.

“The BN has listened to the people and has changed many laws and policies. All that the people need to do is to urge the BN to carry out whatever change the people desire.

“Better the devil you know than the angel you don’t,” the former prime minister wrote in a posting on his popular blog today.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is expected to call for a general election soon, but attacks from PR and a number of scandals involving his administration have delayed such plans.

The Najib administration has also introduced a number of new policies as well as reversals in an attempt to blunt PR’s promises for reforms if the latter takes power.

The prime minister was forced to establish a royal commission to probe the problem of illegal immigrants in Sabah following a number of minor defections there to PR.

He has also promised to repeal the controversial Sedition Act, after abolishing other security laws earlier this year.

But PR has made dents in the BN armour with recent revelations involving a national cattle farming project scandal and by highlighting possible government interference in a contract for the city’s LRT extension project.

The federal opposition has also promised cheaper cars to Malaysians in return for support.

Writing in his blog today, Dr Mahathir appeared to compare PR with US President Barack Obama, and suggested that the opposition parties’ promises for change were just that — promises.

“In his campaign to become President of the US, Barack Obama promised change. He promised to close down Guantanamo Detention Camp. He promised to stop trials of detainees by Military Courts. He promised to pull out from Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, four years into his first term, he has failed to keep his promises.

“Now the opposition in Malaysia have copied Obama and is promising change.”

While he acknowledged that BN has ruled Malaysia for long, he pointed out that the coalition had a good track record.

“Five years to give (PR) a trial as government is dangerous. Many things can be destroyed in five years. Besides, the opposition as government will ensure there will be no return for the BN. Officers in the government will be used to ‘gempar’ (threaten) whoever tries to change government.

“Already we see this person who claims to fight for free speech suing and resorting to the courts to shut the mouth of his critics. Other powers of the government will be similarly abused.

“Nepotism and cronyism will be employed as indeed they are in the party he now heads,” he said in an apparent reference to Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

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Mahathir forgets APARTHEID. Try neither BN the devil, nor PR the sea, support and vote for 3rd Force non-GLC and non-term limitless types instead.

ARTICLE 3

The online dirty war — Hwn Yaul Len – August 23, 2012

AUG 23 — A few days ago, a Facebook account profiling itself as “Umno Youth Malaysia”, published a seditious poster “If you agree to make Christianity the official religion of Malaysia, carry on supporting Pakatan Rakyat. God bless you”.

Many Internet users were not happy with the poster and left comments condemning Umno Youth. The posting has also angered Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers and they demanded an explanation from Umno Youth. Although the poster was later deleted, the damage has been made to Pakatan Rakyat, as well as Umno Youth.

Some issues, such as racial and religious issues, are very sensitive in our country’s political arena. Those who talk about the issues, as well as those who listen to them, must be very rational. If someone deliberately provokes sentiments, it could lead to a situation not easy to be cleaned up.

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin promptly responded and claimed some people had planted “stolen goods” on the party’s wing and that the Facebook account was not the official site of Umno Youth, adding that a police report had been lodged.

If the social networking site that published the dangerous messages and seditious content that could incite emotions was really a fake, the intention of those who made it is indeed very obvious.

A few days ago, there was another similar incident. A rumour claiming that Kedah MCA chairman Datuk Chong Itt Chew had paid RM500 to dismiss an injured woman in a car accident was spread across Facebook.

The woman later stepped forward to refute the rumour. She and Chong had also lodged police reports respectively.

The two incidents are just the tip of the iceberg. Any politician, regardless of which party they are from, might become victims of online framing. It is believed that the number of fake news and messages online would increase because of the approaching general election.

It is not easy to judge whether a scandal is true or false. Even if we are not able to verify, we should at least be suspicious instead of blindly believe them all. Some messages, after all, are deliberately created by some people and some photos have been edited to attack political opponents.

Some people just blindly believe all information online and share them with others. This is also why much information is widely spread before it is confirmed to be authentic.

As the general election is approaching, it is foreseeable that various scandals involving politicians would continue to emerge. Regardless of whether it is on Facebook or other online media, there would be so-called “exposed” news and photos involving politicians.

Faking Facebook accounts to smear political enemies is expected to become one of the dirty tricks in the forthcoming election’s online warfare.

It is a test to the maturity of netizens whether to believe and spread them or not. — mysinchew.com

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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The dirtiest single event in Malaysian political history apart from Ops Lallang, is DAP promising to declare MP assets THEN refusing to declare assets, and even daring to ask EXCO to declare instead in an insulting bait and switch method. This is compounded by EXCO being INSTALLED not elected via Local Council Elections which DAP promised to implement but did not and now uses the EC to pretend they cannot implement Local Council Elections with. 90% of DAP’s other campaign promises have failed. Not so great PAP mentors DAP has . . .

ARTICLE 4

People now better at judging government, says Husni – August 20, 2012

IPOH, Aug 20 — The people have become more mature in their assessment of the government’s initiative to introduce various facilities for their benefit, noted Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.

Describing the opposition’s pledges as merely a populist strategy to gain political mileage, he said: “Inevitably, in the political arena, there is always a segment of society that has a tendency to align itself to the opposition.

“Nevertheless, the people’s support for the Barisan Nasional (BN) is growing and they are now more aware of the government’s earnestness to chart a future for them.”

Speaking to reporters at his Aidilfitri open house here today, Ahmad Husni said the government was constantly seeking ways to assist the people.

He said the newest initiatives in that regard were the 1 Malaysia Privilege Card for policemen and soldiers and the KDS1M discount card for students.

“Our focus is on alleviating the people’s burden in the face of rising global food prices.

“It is during crises such as these that the people will realise who they can trust, and who they can count upon,” he added. — Bernama

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NO support is NOT increasing, perhaps support for PR is decreasing, but that does not mean that support for BN increases either. Hegelian dialectic AGAIN. BN has the mandate to grant :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

;but does not use that mandate, preferring to allow the Rakyat to suffer. Equality is about not being insulted not those crutches offered by government. The government has no earnestness to chart a future for the Rakyat but lots of bribe paradigm methods. This is merely equality and BN refuses to give the Rakyat what they want. Causing social crises such as these, people realise who they can trust, and who they can count upon. BN certainly CANNOT be counted on unless the above 3 items are granted refusing to use that mandate as per the Hadiths or the UN Charter which Malaysia is a signatory of. People now better at judging PROPAGANDA as well Husni. This is shameless spin and pandering to the ego of the Rakyat. The Rakyat need good policy like ending apartheid and ending crony capitalism not false praise of the people’s ability to identify falsehood or bad governance.

ARTICLE 5

Behind the veil of hypocrisy – Raja Petre Kamaruddin – Sunday, 19 August 2012 Super Admin

Malaysians by and large are hypocrites who only talk but will do the opposite of what they say. They demand that others do what they themselves refuse to do. They are very fast with their mouth and freely swear and curse others while they will not tolerate any disagreement.

What irks me is not criticism. I can take criticism. What irks me is hypocrisy. And there is much hypocrisy behind that veil that hides the face. And that hypocrisy comes in many forms.

How do I despise thee? Let me counts the ways.

One form of hypocrisy is regarding Hudud.

I respect the right of Islamists to advocate the Islamic Sharia law of Hudud, as is the right of anyone in a democracy to advocate whatever they want, including more Chinese schools or more Hindu temples or gay rights or whatever.

It is therefore hypocritical, in a democracy, for anti-Hudud proponents to vilify pro-Hudud proponents by calling them barbarians just as it is hypocritical for pro-Hudud proponents to vilify anti-Hudud proponents by calling them infidels (whether they are Muslims or non-Muslims).

1) Hypocritical to try to justify amputation of people’s limbs PERIOD. If amputation is not villainous for a mere snatch theft for example, RPK needs to get his head checked. What does stealing national funds get? Beheadings? Why does RPK even bother to argue this?OBVIOUSLY amputation is barbaric. Call a spade a spade, call an Islamist apologist an islamist apologist. RPK is a fake among intelligensia for even trying to counter that Hudud is not barbaric or that Hudud does deserve respect. Extreme punishment deserves no respect.

In a democracy everyone has the right to advocate whatever he or she want to advocate without being ridiculed and vilified. And both sides — the pro-Hudud proponents as well as the anti-Hudud proponents — demonstrate a lack of democratic spirit. This is hypocrisy when you shout about democracy but you refuse to allow democracy.

2) This is being the devil’s advocate and argument for argument’s sake. There is NOTHING democratic about amputating people’s limbs.

Whether the Federal Constitution of Malaysia allows the implementation of Hudud is a matter open to debate.

3) NO. The world over, to all non-extremists amputation for any crime is MORALLY WRONG. RPK worries, this myth about blood thirsty Muslims is not being helped by advocating Hudud.

Whether Malaysia is a fully-fledged Secular State considering that Islam is stipulated as the religion of the Federation, whether Malaysia is already an Islamic country (not quite meaning Islamic State) as declared by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and whether the Constitution allows or forbids the implementation of Hudud does not take way the right of anyone who wishes to propagate or oppose Hudud.

You can propose or oppose Hudud. That is your right. You can’t take away that right to propose or oppose it. And in this instance both sides are guilty of not respecting the democratic right to argue Hudud and hence both sides are hypocrites.


written by Admiral Tojo, August 19, 2012 20:06:34
There is NO such thing as Hudud laws in Quran. We should use the Quran to argue with these hudud junkies. The Arabs, who invented this hudud laws of the desert themselves as labelled ‘MUNAFEEQUNS – HYPOCRITES” as in 9:97 Quran. So, if you follow them and create institutions to propagate this disbelieve, you yourself become a hypocrite and will practise hypocrisy willfully. For further reference and hopefully the riddance of hypocrisy please visit mentalbondageinthenameofgod.wordpress.com

Malaysians complain that Malaysia does not respect the right of its citizens to criticise the government or the country’s leaders. Doing so would result in you facing charges under the Sedition Act, they lament. However, Malaysians have a very low tolerance level when you criticise the government they love, whether state or federal, and when you criticise the leaders they love, whether from Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat. This is not in the spirit of a democracy and is hypocrisy from both sides of the political divide.

4) Then RPK ducks behind the pathos of bad politics in Malaysia. Take a break ‘Princey’ this writing is BAD and getting worse. Thats all. Don’t even write anymore, I can’t believe RPK wrote this . . .

Muslims talk about Islam almost non-stop. And if you say anything negative about Islam they will scream and accuse you of insulting Islam and will demand your blood. These Muslims say we must follow the Qur’an, the Sunnah and the Hadith and if we do not then we are not Muslims but will, in fact, become an infidel or kafir. However, these same Muslims elect their government through a kafir system of Parliamentary general elections modelled after the kafir Westminster system of government. How can Muslims who scream Islam, Qur’an, Sunnah and Hadith adopt a system that does not follow the Prophet Muhammad’s Sunnah? Is this not hypocrisy? “But if we do not comply with the kafir system then how would we get into power?” these Muslims will argue. Would cleansing yourself in the toilet bowl purify you?

5) Prophet Muhammad NEVER mentioned amputation or hudud. That was probably a Bedouin punishment, NOT Islam which was derived from Christianity after all. 600 years to reach the Middle East from Aramea seems fair enough. Then, pathos punctuation with the ‘below waist’ reference. Dear me, RPK sure RPK  had a Royal upbringing? Maybe still viable for streetfighter politics with the pottier mouthed political animals, but RPK my man, you sure ain’t no leader or statesman . . .

Muslims refuse to accept that they are saying one thing but doing the other. And that is hypocrisy. If Islam is supposed to be supreme, then everything else that is placed above Islam must be rejected, the general elections included. If not then Islam will not be supreme since Islam will come under the system. Are Muslims prepared to place Islam supreme by rejecting everything that is not Islam, the general elections included, even if they can’t get into power? The Muslims believe that the Four Caliphs who came after Prophet Muhammad were the Rightly-Guided Caliphs, meaning God or Allah guided them. Hence what they did is not what they did but what Allah guided them to do. When the First Caliph after Prophet Muhammad, Abu Bakar, was about to be chosen, the citizens of Medina asked him how can they be assured that he would be a fair, honest, just, etc., leader? Abu Bakar took out his sword and placed it on the ground before him and told the crowd that if he deviates and is not true to his word then they are to take his sword and cut off his head. That was the example of Abu Bakar, which Muslims are very proud to tell us.

6) . . . Abu Bakar took out his sword and placed it on the ground before him and told the crowd that if he deviates and is not true to his word then they are to take his sword and cut off his head. . . . Who is RPK chanelling? Auda Ibn Tayi? (pun intended, if offended do warn, that purifying toilet bowl might just work here . . . ) . . . Lawrence of Arabia 1962, David Lean . . . This was before the invention of the UN Human Rights Charter and MODERN LAW. Inapplicable example. In the past there was also ‘Trial By Combat’ in which the victor was right regardless of circumstances. Does this response make how bad your example and premise of that para clear to you RPK?

At the moment we have not even taken a sword to cut off the heads of our leaders yet, which Abu Bakar said we must do and as reported in the Hadith. At the moment we only criticise them in the Blogs and in the Internet and everyone is foaming at the mouth and curse us and call us all sorts of nasty names. This is hypocrisy, especially those Muslims who are so proud of Islam, the Qur’an, the Sunnah, the Hadith, Prophet Muhammad and the Four Rightly-Guided Caliphs as well as those non-Muslims who say they want to change the government because they want more democracy and freedom of speech.


written by din, August 19, 2012 16:42:56
Hello RPK, chopping off hands is it not barbaric in this modern year, are you trying to tell you agree by chopping off hands, you have forgotten what you (RPK) have gone thru…………

7) . . . after the total ‘pandering to fundos’ nonsense in the earlier half of the article, sympathy and correlation with bloggers, to what ends . . .

Malaysians are so passionate about the political parties that they support, both sides of the political divide. They will vilify and curse those who criticise the party they support and will call you all sorts of nasty names. However, less than one-third of registered voters are card-bearing members of political parties. They are so passionate about ‘their’ political party and will not tolerate an iota of criticism against ‘their’ political party. And they love ‘their’ political party so much that they will not even spend RM1 to become a member of ‘their’ party. This is hypocrisy. And they will demand that others who are neutral and are not members of any political party to show loyalty to ‘their’ party. And if we do not they will condemn us like hell for not showing loyalty to the party that they did not even pay RM1 to become a member of.

8) Who needs a political party? Anyone who amends laws and GTFO of Dewan after 2 terms will do. This sort of scavenging behaviour for the wealthier candidates or term limitless ‘careerists’ that become nepotistic is shameful at best, detestable at worst.

Readers of Malaysia Today call me a coward for refusing to go back to Malaysia to ‘face charges’ when there are no pending charges against me. And they make this allegation using false names and false e-mail addresses while cowardly refusing to register to comment in Malaysia Today because they want to remain anonymous. This is hypocrisy. One million Malaysians live overseas and these people are demanding a change of government because they are fed up with the same government for the last 55 years. They want us to sacrifice for the good of the nation. But they refuse to sacrifice their time and money to go back to Malaysia to register as voters or go back to Malaysia to vote during the by-elections or general elections. Sacrifice is what they want others to do, not what they will do.

9) Hey! We’re not a Raja who could get ‘daddy” (Sultan) to pardon in case things get too hot, or holding degrees and being well fed and rested, well thought of for DECADES instead of the extreme abuse some of us had to endure for lack of patronage or wealth. Most of us do not have Assange-like networks and a high profile to bail ourselves out IF something goes wrong here in the 3rd world. If there are no charges, get back here and make good on all your b.s.. You want to complain because there is no change? Well run for candidacy to put forward bills for change or at least fund a candidate or few. Tengku Razaleigh term limitless to boot as is is 20+ years senior to RPK, this refusal is not about having a thin skin or insufficient finances? One million Malaysians who live overseas that cannot afford to fight here or do not have a strong network are justified, RPK is not, because of all the above advantages . . .

This is hypocrisy. Malaysians by and large are hypocrites who only talk but will do the opposite of what they say. They demand that others do what they themselves refuse to do. They are very fast with their mouth and freely swear and curse others while they will not tolerate any disagreement.

10) . . . and being married to Marina Mahathir living off the BILLIONS stolen why don’t you ask Marina for being a beneficiary of that wealth to offer to start hudud being such a promoter if hudud? NO EXCUSES or comparisons to 1 million Malaysians from where RPK stands. I’m beginning to believe that those who call RPK a vile whatever seem true, with the addition of HYPOCRISY if not extreme cowardice or just being a lapdog counter propaganda man. There is no need for disagreement here as this RPK writer is proving to be most undemocratic and disagreeable in support of obviously undemocratic hudud (ask the 1st world how many think amputating limbs is democratic or worthy of respect, might as well bring back ‘Trial By Combat’ and say that is respectable . . . one to seek justice, the other to dispense justice, BOTH involving maiming or bloody solutions . . . ) and round condemnation of the overseas Rakyat. Well that makes clear what RPK and possibly People’s Parliament part of the problem not the solution. C’mon write better RPK, I’m sure you can, and by not returning to Malaysia, be branded a coward and a flatulent fart of a armchair blogger instead if a real 2 term intent politician . . .

ARTICLE 6

500 natives storm police station – Hornbill Unleashed – August 17, 2012 Filed under: Human rights,Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 AM – by Joseph Tawie

Sarawak police raided a village and detained five people whose names were not even in the report filed by a plantation company for allegedly burning a bridge.

Some 500 angry villagers with their children from Melikin and nearby longhouses in Serian and Simunjan stormed the Serian police station yesterday, demanding the release of five individuals who were detained on Sunday night for allegedly causing a fire.

The villagers learnt that the five – Sanjan Ambol, 58, Musit Ngawing, 52, Tuai Rumah Nyalu Tampa, 55, Samad Junna, 41, and Singa Unsit, 58, – were to be charged at the Serian district court. All five were villagers from Melikin, Danau Melikin and Ensebang Plaie.

The villagers first went to the Serian district office, but on hearing that they were still being detained at the Serian police station, they rushed there and demanded that the detainees be released immediately.

The police had to restrain the angry villagers from entering the police compound and even threatened to arrest them, but they ignored the warning.

The five detainees were released at about 11am without any charge being framed against them despite being remanded for three days.

Freed detainee longhouse chief Nyalu Tampa expressed surprise to see so many people had come to support them.

“Their support gives us strength and makes us more determined to defend our NCR [native customary rights] land,” he said.

The detainees’ lawyer, See Chee How, said that they were arrested on Sunday night after representatives of United Teamtrade Oil Palm Company lodged a report that a bridge to the plantation was burnt.

“My clients should not have been arrested in the middle of the night when the police have not carried out investigation first.

“They simply arrested them based on a report lodged by the company, and without concrete evidence. Moreover, this is not a serious crime.

“Why can’t they wait until the next morning? I can even ask my clients to surrender themselves to any police station,” said See, who is also Sarawak PKR vice-Chairman and the Batu Lintang assemblyman.

See said that he received a call on Sunday night from one of the villagers telling him that the police were at the village to arrest the five persons.

Illegal arrest

He said he spoke to Inspector Azlan Abdul Wahab who led the police party and asked him why they were arresting the villagers for a minor act.

He told Azlan that they could have just asked the individuals to surrender themselves in the morning.

“But he told me that his instruction was for him to arrest them immediately. I asked him who was his superior so that I could talk to him.

“Azlan told me that his instruction was very strict, and could not tell me, ” said See.

He added that he informed Azlan that the police action was malicious and illegal.

“Moreover, no one has been identified in the police report made by the company.

“It is very malicious on the part of Azlan [to arrest the villagers]. I hope that he was not instructed by a senior police officer because it is bad.

“You have not done any investigation and yet you arrest them. That is illegal,” he said.

Besides questioning the legality of the arrest, See also questioned the rationale for bringing the five detainees all the way to Tebedu sub-district for the application of a remand order.

He said when he went to Serian on Monday, the application for the remand order was not done in Serian because the district officer who is also the magistrate was not in Serian.

The police, he said, could have asked the Tebedu Sarawak Administrative Officer come down, but they did not do it.

“Why did the police want to make it so difficult? They could also have taken the five villagers to the Balai Ringin sub-district which is a stone’s throw from Melikin.

“But when you apply for a remand order, you must first carry out an investigation and tell the magistrate why you need it.

“The police should have investigated the detainees during the night, but they did not do it,” said See.

Legal action against cops

See said the five detainees have instructed him to take legal action against the company and the government for taking away their land as well as against the police for arresting them without proof.

The dispute between the company and the native landowners has reached a critical point after the company issued a notice demanding anyone riding a motorcycle using the company’s road will have to pay RM5 per entry.

For cars, the drivers have to pay RM30 and for 4WD vehicles, the drivers will have to pay RM50 per entry.

The toll has angered the people who have lands and farms at the other side of the plantation and in retaliation, the native landowners mounted a blockade to stop the company from using their road to the plantation.

***Commentator Comments :

Sabah & Sarawak are a total tragedy, swindled and sucked dry Taib, PBB, & by Putrajaya. Not even a proper trunk road! The natives lack electricity and drinking water while Criminals bought submarines and built twin towers costing multi-billions for kick-backs. All cronies live in palaces. Outrageous! Just compare: Scotland in Great Britain and Quebec in Canada had an open, honest & fair national referendum on cessation/separation. Any talk of independence and your ex CM Tun Faud Donald Stephen died in a crash. BN’s evil is earth-shaking. Finish them off now!

Comment by alan newman, new zealand — August 17, 2012 @ 9:12 PM

500,000 natives should have already taken to the streets demanding for the thief minister, Taib mahmud, to be investigated and prosecuted for abusing his authority and position in grabbing NCR lands and alienated more than one million hectares of state lands to his own family members and close cronies under the cleverly engineered “payments in kind” policy of the thief minister

Under the payment in kind policy, the Sarawak State Government would approve and award mega projects to his children’s group of companies at a highly inflated cost and then alienated huge tract of state lands with high valued timbers in lieu of payments. The premium calculation for such lands would usually be only RM300.00 per acre.

For every RM10,000,00.00 the Sarawak State Government “owed” Titanium Management Sdn Bhd which is owned by Taib’s son and its subsidiaries, his son’s company would gain 33,333 acres of state owned lands.

All Dayaks must vote out UMNO controlled BN led by the master grand thief in Putrajaya and the grand thief in Sarawak.

Comment by Mata Kuching — August 17, 2012 @ 2:01 PM

We must applaud the police for being very very ” prompt” in their action in arresting innocent villagers. They came in the cover of darkness,ill prepared to do an improper arresting job. That Tuan Azlan fella must be very very nervous by now for being a stooge of the Oil Palm Company and “tricked” to do their dirty job for them. Good for him to simply take orders without determining the legality and ramifications of his ill intended actions. Wonder whats going to happened to him next with such a lousy KPI? I wonder too, what is to happen to the father and son who were battered by land grabbing thugs a few months back? Why the so so very slow police action and no arrests done on that case which have evidents as clear as the blue sky. Perhaps the police only work in dark places where evidents are hidden and fuzzy? To the tuan azlan,if you want to spice up your KPI,go arrest the thugs who beat the father and sons. Thats easier then to simply follow orders form your Towkay Sawit without any inkling of what you are doing! And do not simply barge into the kampongsn at night and arrest inocent villages unless you intend to arrest the whole village population when they come to meet you in your office for an explanation! Now how to hide your bias towards your Oil Palm towkay. Presumably your second pay cheque is from the land grabing towkay?

Comment by Brian — August 17, 2012 @ 11:36 AM

FELLOW COUNTRYMEN,I HOPE U HAVE AWAKENED NOW.VOTE BN OUT IN GE13 IF U WANT BETTER LIVES.

Comment by VINCENT AK PAUL — August 17, 2012 @ 10:13 AM

THANKS MALAYAN FRIENDS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

We congratulate Malayans on their 55 years of independence from some 150 years of British rule on 31 August.

Also on 16 September having not learned anything from British colonization and plunder, the Malayan UMNO annexed Sabah and Sarawak on this date 1963.

Sabah and Sarawak have been Malayan colonies for 49 years and suffered more than in the past 150 years from colonial misrule and looting of our resources.

The famous storming of the 500 Dayaks is just the beginning of our people’s march to taking back our country from Malayan colonial rule.

If you support us in our cause please spread the news!

Comment by ANGRY DAYAK — August 17, 2012 @ 11:59 AM

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Sabah and Sarawak could almost go independent . . . Cameron and Noda are a bad joke in their home countries with as many incongruities in policy. Whats wrong with Alan Newman? Propaganda?

ARTICLE 7

Apologize for fumbling on Internet law, Guan Eng tells BN ministers – Wednesday, 15 August 2012 17:10 – by  Lim Guan Eng

Last night, Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak tweeted that he has asked the Cabinet to review the controversial Section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950. This is another back-flip by Najib and his BN government seeking to reverse what is undoubtedly a grievous error that is unjust and irrational piece of legislation following outrage and popular protest by civil society movements and opposition parties.

Yesterday, the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) Malaysia successfully organised the Malaysian Internet Blackout Day initiative which received full support from various news portals, activists such as Marina Mahathir, various NGOS such as the Bar Council and also opposition parties including the DAP.

This Internet Blackout Day initiative was organised to oppose Section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950, an ignominious amendment passed by the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara earlier this year, which effectively enables law enforcement officials to hold one accountable for publishing seditious, defamatory, or libelous content online, as long as the allegedly defamatory content is traced back to one’s username, electronic device, and/or WiFi network.

Guilty until proven innocent

One is also presumed to be guilty of publishing illicit content on the Internet unless one can prove otherwise. In other words, Section 114A goes against the basic principle of law by laying the burden of proof on the accused instead of the accuser. Anyone can make an accusation without showing proof, it is the accused that must show proof that he or she is innocent. This is typical BN mentality where they can make simply make wild and even false allegations against opposition PR leaders who then have to show proof that they are innocent

The Prime Minister’s flip-flop also follows statements by BN lawmakers such as Umno Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin and an MCA senator who apparently now oppose a law which they had voted for.

Why is it that Khairy and others are now so keen to show Malaysians that they oppose the law when the could have easily chosen not to vote for it when it was tabled? Is it not merely duplicity for them to speak out now to claim credit for an popular initiative by the rakyat?

This proves that BN leaders are complete frauds, and that the supposed Government Transformation Programme is nothing but a sham. The undeniable fact is that without the protest by civil society and opposition parties, there would not be any talk of a review. For Khairy and others to claim credit now is nothing less than opportunism.

The only way out now for Najib and the Cabinet is to prove their sincerity is by apologising and revoking not reviewing Section 114A of the Evidence Act immediately in the coming session or risk being exposed as duplicitous.

If no apology is forthcoming from the Prime Minister, then the people will see this as nothing more than a political stunt.

All BN MPs Must Prove Their Sincerity By Immediately Apologising For Their Complicity In Passing Section 114A Of The Evidence Act And Revoking not reviewing It At The Coming Parliamentary Meeting Beginning On 24 September 2012 Or Risk Being Exposed As Political Fraudsters To Deceive The Voters During The Coming General Elections.

LIM GUAN ENG IS THE PENANG CHIEF MINISTER & DAP SEC-GEN

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No locus standi to demand. 90% of campaign promises unkept. Promised Local Council Elections failed with undemocratically installed EXCO instead. BN would not apologize to those who also do the same. Pot calling kettle black. PR and Guan Eng (2 terms as CM nearly up, more than 2 terms as MP, with family members throughout the political party . . . ) should apologize for failing to keep campaign promises instead before even trying to ask BN to apologize for something as inconsequential as internet law when APARTHEID exists, we we do not even have :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

ARTICLE 8

‘You walk the talk first’ but shouldn’t Marina tell this to her DAD first & foremost – Written by  Marina Mahathir – Thursday, 16 August 2012 21:21

REPRINT The Government wants us to change our lifestyles to cope with inflation.

It is easier said than done since most people were having it difficult even before the hikes. The Government must first set an example by doing things it should have done long ago.

WITH the recent hike in fuel prices and the Government’s exhortations for us to change our lifestyles in order to cope, may I provide here some suggestions for the Government and those who work for it to “share our burden”.

1. Stop having meetings, especially out at resorts, far enough away to be able to claim transport allowances. Have online meetings instead or teleconferences. Use Skype or chat.

2. No need to order special pens, bags, T-shirts, notepads and other goodies for those same meetings.

3. No need to order kuih for mid-morning or teatime meetings in government offices, or nasi briyani lunches for those meetings that happen to end just at lunchtime.

4. Cancel all trips for government servants to conferences overseas unless they return with full reports of what they did there, who they met and what they learnt and how they mean to apply what they learnt at home. Ask them to do presentations to colleagues who did not get to go, on the most interesting and important papers that they read.

5. Scrutinise invoices for contracts to make sure they are truly reflective of what those projects or supplies cost.

6. Stop elaborate launches for government programmes. In particular, stop the buying of souvenirs, special batik shirts, corsages, bouquets and caps.

7. Make all civil servants and politicians travel economy class. That means really travelling at the back of the plane and not buying full fare economy class tickets that allow them to be upgraded to Business Class.

8. Stop having the full complement of police escorts to cut down on petrol costs. If they need to be somewhere by a certain time, start earlier like the rest of us. Wouldn’t be a bad thing for them to also experience a traffic jam.

9. Once a week (or more), have ministers use public transport so they know what everyone else has to suffer. This might provide them with the incentive to improve them.

10. Once a week, let ministers go to a market to buy food for their families with instructions to not spend more than RM100.

11. Get ministers to carpool. They might get more work done just by being able to talk to each other to see what can be coordinated between their ministries. For instance, the Ministers of Health and Women could discuss what to do about women’s health issues in the car on the way to work. Maybe have a secretary to travel in the front seat to take down notes on what was discussed. By the time they get to their offices, things can get implemented.

12. Once a month, get civil servants to work with one disadvantaged group in order to be better able to appreciate their problems. It could be blind people one month, hearing disabled people the next, orang asli the following month andpeople living with HIV/AIDS after that.We could start buddy systems which pair one civil servant with one disadvantaged person and at the end of it, ask each pair to make recommendations on how to make life better for each other. This might get rid of the problem of desk jockeys, people who never stray very far from their desks yet make policies for people they know nothing about.

13. Have PA systems that shout out the name of the officers who have to serve people at government offices so that people get the services they came for and don’t have to keep coming back just because the officer was out having coffee. No counter should be left unmanned for more than five minutes before the officer is paged to go back to their stations. This should cut down waiting time for the public and save them transport costs in having to keep returning just to get one thing done.

14. Government officers who lose people’s files should be fined and have their names publicised for being careless and causing inconvenience to the public. Instead of making the public travel to their offices several times to deal with their problems, they should travel to go see their client and deal with it right there and then. And every officer who goes out of the office should be given a reasonable time to get his work done after which he is expected back in office so he doesn’t waste time doing something else.

15. And newspapers should save paper by reporting real news rather than non-news that they carry, particularly nonsensical utterances by politicians. As they say, we need to do this all together in order to make a difference. So if the Government and politicians make these lifestyle changes, I will do my part and change mine.

Thank You.

Marina Mahathir is the daughter of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad

Mailbag

***Commentator Comments :

Friday, 17 August 2012 08:48 posted by U Trust Her?

Can u trust the offspring of a snake? An evil one too, lying through his teeth?
The greatest looter, deceiver, is still loose and still stir up irritants through the world “Malay” and “Islam” but earning billions out of it! The Kerala outcast becomes the king maker in malaysia through lying cheating and deceiving and evil intents.Even now, prospective MP have to be vetted by him for election!! How powerful – in this ??? country!
No wonder R Tee is salivating and quickly turned himself into Malay hoping to jump on the bandwagon to dirty, illegal riches! Too late R Tee, u will end up in shit. The curtain of this lying art is falling and u just appear on the show. Watch out the s*** is falling down on all the actors including in Marina and his whole family. And u r in it too!

Thursday, 16 August 2012 23:47 posted by dickhead johnnie

I never trusted this lady. I suspect she’s just daddy’s test balloon to see which direction the wind is blowing. She is part of a family which is not unlike Shahrizat’s lembu family. Only problem is the cows in Sharizat’s stay in luxury condos whereas the cows of the Mamajutty resides in offshore bank vaults like airconned Swiss cows. She is Mahathir’s alternate weapon like Rocky Bru and RPK, Be wary of her and her writing,,,,she carries a double edged pen mightier than the parang,

Friday, 17 August 2012 02:10 posted by PR voter

No lah Marina, don’t waste time telling all these nonsense. These are kacang putih. You should tell your father to return to national coffer all the money he had stolen through bailout, 10% contracts he received as commission, Ali baba businesses etc…. Sick of her hypocritical essays. Marina, actually you are in no position to say anything, comment about anything about other people as long as you keep silent on your father’s misdeeds to this nation. Your comments are all bias as long as you don’t mention a word about your father, understand? We don’t buy your message.

ARTICLE 9

Dr M & the Sabah RCI: ‘Mother of all gambles’ that Najib has already LOST – Written by  Joe Fernandez, Stan Lee, Malaysia Chronicle – Monday, 13 August 2012 09:53

As the saying goes, you can fool some of the people some of the time but not all the people all the time. And this is evident in the much-panned 8-point Royal Commission of Inquiry into the illegal immigrants issue in Sabah unveiled by Prime Minister Najib Razak on Saturday.

Not only has Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim slammed the RCI as being another political “gimmick”, he has accused Najib of deliberately designing the RCI’s scope so as to protect the culprits behind the citizenship-for-votes scam at the heart of the issue. This scam has been blamed for many of the problems prevalent in Sabah including overcrowding, rising crime, violence, poverty and social tensions between the locals and the illegals.

“These are major criminal acts, particularly when it involves corruption and cheating and falsifying documents. These are serious flaws, but of course, these are not part of the RCI’s terms of reference,” Anwar told reporters after a huge rally in Kota Marudu on Sunday.

Najib had empowered a 5-member panel to probe if foreigners in the state were unlawfully awarded Malaysian ICs or citizenships and included in the electoral roll. But the panel’s terms, as Anwar and other Pakatan leaders including DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang have pointed out, do not include an investigation to identify those involved in handing out citizenships unlawfully.

“Yes, it seems Dr Mahathir is clearly nervous about the RCI,” said Anwar, referring former premier Mahathir Mohamad.

“But they must have given their assurance that they will not pick at who is at fault, who are the people taking money or falsifying documents and why. So that means the entire RCI is just flawed.”

Dissatisfied Sabah leaders continue to leave BN

In a bid to counter the Opposition’s arguments and to defuse Anwar’s growing clout in East Malaysia, the Umno-controlled mainstream media has tried to drag him into the illegals fray, arguing that he was Mahathir’s deputy during the 1980s and the one responsible for establishing Umno in Sabah.

But as Anwar’s aides pointed out, setting up Umno in Sabah and formulating a “treasonous” scheme to grant citizenship to illegals so that they would vote for BN and ensure it stay in power are 2 different issues. Anwar himself has denied any knowledge or involvement in the Project IC or as many call it Project M (for Mahathir), saying that he was “kept out of the loop” in this matter.

Indeed, the counter-propaganda and Najib’s RCI have failed to discourage fed-up Sabah leaders from leaving the Barisan Nasional fold. Sunday’s rally was to announce the crossing over of another senior BN leader Senator Maijol Mahap over to Anwar’s side of the political divide.

Maijol, a former Upko vice president, is the 3rd senior Sabah BN leader to switch allegiance and the exodus is expected to intensify after the Hari Raya celebrations.

While Maijol has not announced joining any particular Pakatan Rakyat party, he joins Tuaran MP Wilfrid Bumburing and Beaufort MP Lajim Ukin as members of a newly set-up movement to fight for change in their impoverished state. This movement is aligned to the Pakatan, which is the federal opposition and is tipped to have a better than even chance of wresting the federal government from Najib’s BN at the next election.

“On whether we expect more crossovers, my answer, of course, is yes,” said Anwar.

Sabahans know Project M was Mahathir’s baby, not Anwar’s

Even Maijol said as much during the rally, that Sabahans can forgive Anwar for bringing Umno into Sabah but not Mahathir and other henchmen for allowing the illegals to trample over the rights of the locals.

Reflecting the view of many Sabahaans, Maijol credited Anwar for bringing political change to Malaysia. He said that while during the 2008 general election, the wind of change had bypassed Sabah, it would not do so in the next general election widely expected to be held within the next few months.

“To me, all this happened and has continued to occur because of one factor and that factor is Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. He has created a new spirit for change in Malaysia and these changes will lead to a new political system for the country – a two-party system and I support this,” Maijol told the rally.

Courting disaster

Najib courts disaster if he doesn’t mean what he says and is not saying what he means as far as the RCI goes because the Sabahans are dead serious over this issue. He will be dismissed for what he has so far turned out to be i.e. a fulltime professional bullshitter, for want of a better term. The state will turn in frustration to the Opposition and the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.

Sabahans will suspect the worst if the RCI goes through the sham of a Public Inquiry.

There’s no need for over-emphasis on a Public Inquiry since nothing can come out of it except piecemeal solutions which will simply increase the political frustration level in Sabah.

Instead, what’s needed is for the Home Minister to take the cue from the Prime Minister and direct the Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) and Election Commission (EC) in Sabah and Putrajaya to allow the RCI to access their respective data banks.

Too many things can go wrong in ‘blood-thirsty’ Sabah

Too many things can go wrong in Sabah especially when the people in the state are baying for blood.

For example, it will come as “the mother of all shocks” if the Federal Government claims via the RCI that most of the foreigners given out “citizenships” in Sabah are in fact stateless people and therefore “there’s no problem” This would be politically unacceptable. No foreigner in Sabah can be given citizenship without the prior recommendation of the state government as the initiating party on a case-by-case basis. If the federal Government by-passes the state government, the people affected would not be considered Sabahans but Peninsular Malaysians subject to the Immigration Act unless they acquire permanent residence which would be politically impossible to grant. The lack of permanent residence status however would not prevent such people from voting in the state.

Forensic ICT experts will be needed to help the RCI to determine and weed out all JPN MyKads which are a nullity in law from the very beginning. The RCI’s 8-Point Terms of Reference may be vague on such help.

The 1st Generation of the MyKads held by those ineligible to hold them is those which don’t carry any details on the parents of the holders but yet have been issued the document under the category of operation of law which doesn’t require the actual physical possession of a citizenship certificate. The application for such MyKads would have been facilitated by a false Statutory Declaration (SD) giving Sabah as the place of birth. The SD would have been followed by a late registration of birth certificate to be used to apply for the MyKad.

One problem is that many holders of such documents may have moved to Peninsular Malaysia, even back to their home countries or passed away.

In that case, the passage of time would have worked in favour of the JPN to cover its tracks. However, the infamous cases of Salman Majid and Majid Kani in Court – Google it – are something that the JPN cannot explain to the RCI. Salman’s lawyer, Karpal Singh, and Majid’s lawyer, P. J. Perira, can be subpoened by the RCI.

The constant change of ICs in Malaysia from Blue to Bunga Raya to MyKad and the latest smart MyKad has played further havoc with the date base and has reportedly allowed the JPN to conceal its tracks from yesteryears.

Secret Unit in Putrajaya: Lost cause for Sabahans especially Orang Asal

Still, the information on the 1st Generation of illegal MyKad holders should be available on the JPN database unless it had deleted such information citing the passing on of the holders or their return to their home countries or leaving the state.

The children and grandchildren of the 1st Generation of MyKad holders cannot be exposed as ineligible and weeded out unless the information on the latter (1st Generation) is available. The data base on the 2nd Generation of ineligible MyKad holders is likely to show that everything was above board, indicating parents’ details.

From then on, the cause is lost for the people of Sabah especially the Orang Asal.

In the absence of the required data at JPN, the Immigration Department may be able to provide the back-up date to piece together the picture on the 1st Generation of ineligible MyKad holders.

Much of the problem, according to the grapevine, is in Putrajaya where a secret unit under the direction of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad stepped up the issuance of Malaysian personal documents to illegal immigrants in Sabah in contravention of the Federal Constitution. The suspicion is that the secret unit was initiated during the administrations of Mahathir’s predecessors but it’s known whether the problem goes back as far as 1963.

Widespread suspicion that electoral rolls have been tainted

Equally worrying for Sabahans is the suspicion that details from such documentation entered the electoral rolls in the state to tip the odds against the Orang Asal in particular and keep Chinese seats at a bare minimum.

Further compounding the problem of MyKads which are a nullity in law from the very beginning is that its holders apparently, as stated, had the tendency to keep moving to Peninsular Malaysia or return home. The result, according to the grapevine, was that the secret unit was forced to continue its operations and even step it up from time to time – operating even from jungle hideouts — to ensure that replacement voters entered the electoral rolls.

It was the JPN which, among others, refused to co-operate with the Federal Cabinet Committee on MyKads headed by Bernard Giluk Dompok during Mahathir’s premiership. It was rumoured then that the JPN and other departments were acting on Mahathir’s directive. Dompok promptly resigned his chairmanship when he discovered Mahathir’s double game.

Najib’s RCI, which Mahathir has delayed for so long while he fought a rearguard action tooth-and-nail to kill the idea, has brought the MyKad problem in Sabah full circle to where Dompok left off with very little accomplishment. If Najib has ignored Mahathir’s objections, it’s because he’s fighting for his political life in Sabah, an electoral Fixed Deposit state for him along with Sarawak. If Sabahans unite, they can beat the illegal immigrants allegedly on the electoral rolls.

Mahathir’s statement a red herring designed to mislead RCI

Mahathir’s recent statement that illegal immigrants in Sabah who have stayed a very long time in the state and can speak Bahasa Malaysia are entitled to citizenship may be a red herring.

It’s not possible to issue citizenship certificates – naturalization for example – to illegal immigrants. If the illegals re-entered the state legally, it would be a different matter.

Again, they would not be able to qualify for citizenship by naturalization as a matter of right.

They would need to hold an Entry Permit from the Immigration Department, work permits, and run the gauntlet of clearance by the Special Branch, police clearance by their home countries, temporary residence MyKads, permanent resident MyKads, apply for naturalization, pass the Bahasa Malaysia test, collect their citizenship by naturalization certificate and produce this to obtain a MyKad issued to citizens.

Citizens by registration are the children of naturalized citizens born in Malaysia but they too, like their parents, would have to apply for a citizenship certificate, failing which they would considered citizens of the home countries of their parents and issued a permanent resident MyKad.

The EC, it’s said, has two kinds of voters on its electoral rolls i.e. the first whose MyKads, whether the holder is eligible to hold or ineligible, are listed in the JPN databank; and the second with MyKads which don’t exist in the JPN databank. The EC, the last time that it issued a statement on MyKads, admitted that it was not online with the JPN and was not in a position to check whether the MyKads of those on its electoral rolls are in the JPN databank.

Sabahans will bay for blood if the RCI turns out to be another dud

The EC doesn’t even remove the deceased on its electoral rolls unless a death certificate is presented to it. In the past, it had been alleged that the MyKads of the dead were being used to vote by phantom voters hired for the job from among illegal immigrants.

Uncollected MyKads, if not destroyed, can similarly be used by phantoms to vote.

The RCI can in fact begin its work by putting the cart-before-the-horse i.e. ensure that the EC is online to JPN to do a verification exercise of its electoral rolls.

It can also begin its work by persuading the Federal Government to offer a general amnesty to those holding MyKads to which they are not eligible under the Federal Constitution and those complicit in the commission of acts of treason.

If Sabahans get what they expect from the RCI i.e. leaner, meaner electoral rolls, among others, Najib can expect to win the state at the forthcoming 13th General Election which has to be held by April/May next year. But no one is holding their breath.

Needless to say, the GE has to be delayed until the work of the RCI has been completed in six months and subsequently translated into action and the electoral rolls cleaned up. But will it?

The fact is most Malaysians expect Najib to call for GE-13 before the conclusion of the RCI and the shit hits the fan. Irate Sabahans will surely bay for blood at having been made fools of yet again by the BN federal government.

Malaysia Chronicle

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Najib can still win *IF* Najib implements the 3 items below immediately with that mandate BN has :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

;anytime Najib confirms the above 3 items BN will win, or else PR will step on BN, if not 3rd Force . . . which may not step on both BN (apartheid and corruption) and PR (nepotism and 90% failed campaign promises) but still take over the Dewan . . . Proposed 3rd Force Party below :

3rd Force. BN is racist and corrupt. Pakatan Rakyat is nepotistic and wants hudud. Vote for 3rd Force Coalition to avoid problem coalitions like BN and PR.

ARTICLE 10

It is not about the government, it is about us – Monday, 13 August 2012 Super Admin Raja Petra Kamarudin

So we end up with a better government. And we achieve this by voting in a new government. Then what? Has society changed? Do we now live in a better society? We may now have a progressive government. But do we also now have a progressive society or are Malaysians all still backward thinking and narrow-minded and feel that apostates should be put to death and gays should be sent to jail?

Chua exposes another spin by DAP to sow hatred

(The Star) – Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has exposed yet another DAP political spin aimed at sowing hatred among Malaysians in Sabah and Sarawak and their peninsula counterparts.

A Facebook posting had the MCA president’s photograph with him supposedly saying “Sabah and Sarawak cannot compete with the peninsula”.

Next to it was a picture of Olympic bronze medallist Pandelela Rinong Pamg.

Dr Chua stressed that what he had actually said was “while MCA supports the awarding of scholarships based on meritocracy, we also support the Government’s efforts to help the socially and economically disadvantaged groups in Sabah and Sarawak”.

“What I had said is we cannot expect the people of Sarawak and Sabah to be able to compete with the people in, say, the Klang Valley.”

“The reason is that, education facilities in many places in Sabah and Sarawak are still below par as compared to those in the Klang Valley,” he said after opening the Sabah MCA convention here yesterday.

He accused DAP of being unethical and misleading, adding that it was typical of the Opposition.

Dr Chua said political parties, despite their differences, should pursue the policy that “we are one Malaysia”.

“Sabahans and Sarawakians should realise that MCA will always support any special assistance for them,” he said.

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There are two ways to get people to support you. One would be to get them to love you. The other would be to get them to hate the other person.

Getting people to love you is harder. Getting them to hate the other person is easier. Hence a hate campaign has a better chance of success than a love campaign.

Religionists do this all the time. And they have been doing it for thousands of years. I have read articles on anti-Islam sites that raise all sorts of negative issues about Prophet Muhammad, Islam, Muslims, Islamic countries and so on. Basically, it is a campaign to sow hate and to turn people into Islam-Muslim haters.

And the Muslims are not innocent either in their anti-Christian/anti-Jew campaigns.

Do you know that many Malays, meaning Muslims, cheered when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait? What is the rational in celebrating one Muslim country invading another Muslim country? Well, the rational, if you can rationalise an invasion, is as follows:

Kuwait and the many other small sheikhdoms and emirates were all once part of the great Islamic Ottoman Empire. Then, soon after the First World War, the evil Christian colonial empires from the west broke up the great Islamic Empire into smaller nations. Basically, this move was aimed at weakening Islam. Since then, the Islamic countries have been brought under the control of the Christian imperialists and all those ‘new’ nations are lackeys of the west.

And for that reason the Malays or Malaysian Muslims rejoiced when Saddam invaded Kuwait and they were very disappointed when Iraq lost the war.

The same happened during 911. Muslims all over the world danced in the streets when the New York Twin Towers was brought down. Osama Bin Ladin T-shirts were selling like hot cakes, even in Chow Kit Road in Kuala Lumpur. Even some PAS supporters were using those T-shirts during the election campaigns.

The fact that, out of about 3,000 people killed in that attack, there were around 60-70 Muslims amongst the victims seems to have escaped these people. And this did not include the 19 or so hijackers, who were also Muslims.

Hate, therefore, can cloud rational thinking. And if you can sow enough hate people are able to celebrate the killing of innocent people, even if those murdered are women and children.

In Malaysia, politics is played the same way. You have to make the voters hate the other side to get them to vote for you. Hence race and religion need to be played to the hilt because there is nothing more potent than race and religion, and a combination of both makes it a very explosive concoction indeed.

So, Barisan Nasional raises all sorts of issues against the opposition leaders while Pakatan Rakyat does the same regarding the Barisan Nasional leaders. It is no longer about policies, good governance, sustainable development, protecting the environment, ensuring that the young are prepared to face a most competitive future in a globalised and borderless world, improving the quality of life, respecting fundamental liberties, breeding a civil society, etc.

Many regard these issues as idealism. This is not the time to be idealistic. They say we need to be realistic.  And the realistic thing would be we would not be able to change anything unless we first kick out the political party in power and replace it with another political party.

When I say I do not agree with this argument there would be many who will foam at the mouth and accuse me of saying that I am asking them not to vote for Pakatan Rakyat but to keep Barisan Nasional in power instead.

What has this got to do with Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat? I am not talking about the elections. I am not talking about changing Prime Ministers. I am talking about reforms, and the reform I specifically have in mind is regarding reforming the thinking of Malaysians. It is no use changing governments or even abolishing the Constitutional Monarchy and turning Malaysia into a Republic if we ourselves have not reformed.

Let’s not talk about a revolution, which is what we are talking about here — a revolution through the ballot box. What good is changing the government  (which is what you are talking about) if we have not changed our mentality (which is what I am talking about)?

We must first decide what type of society we want to live in. The government we choose is merely the implementers of our aspirations. They are our trustees and nominees that we send to Parliament or the State Assemblies. But do we, in the first place, have any aspirations?

There are many unresolved issues that will remain unresolved even if we change the government. And the new government cannot resolve these unresolved issues because society itself has not changed its mindset.

Okay, maybe I need to run through a few examples to help you grasp the point I am trying to make. One example would be the status of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Is this community welcome in Malaysia? Are Malaysians ready to respect the right of every citizen to live the life of his or her choice?

What about civil partnership? Can Malaysians accept two people living together as civil partners and accord them the same rights as a married couple, even if they are same-sex civil partners?

Are Malaysians ready to discard discrimination based on race, religion and gender and allow full meritocracy to prevail, even to the extent of accepting a non-Malay-non-Muslim Prime Minister?

Are Malaysians, especially Muslims, prepared to allow absolute freedom of religion, which will include the freedom not to have any religion or to embrace atheism?

This is merely the tip of the iceberg and there are so many other issues that are preventing the country from moving forward.

Can ‘grass’ be legalised? After all, you can still get it easily enough and by outlawing it you are just making the underground syndicate extremely rich — like what happened during the Prohibition in America when by banning liquor it just allowed the gangsters to make money.

Can prostitution be legalised? You can find prostitutes on every street corner in Malaysia, even in Kota Baru, and by making it illegal, it not only helps the underworld make tons of money but it turns the Malaysian police force into a very corrupted organisation.

And the same goes for gambling and money lending. In the UK, the underworld can’t make money from gambling and money lending because it is not illegal, and neither is prostitution or grass (as long as it is for personal use and you are not trafficking).

The real problem is not the political parties. What they want is merely to get into power. The problem is whether we know what we want. And I know you are going to reply: we want an end to abuse of power and corruption.

But is this all we want? It is a good start, I know. But a corrupt-free government is about the government. That is not about us. I am asking: what does society want? What kind of society do we want to live in, not what type of government do we want?

So we end up with a better government. And we achieve this by voting in a new government. Then what? Has society changed? Do we now live in a better society? We may now have a progressive government. But do we also now have a progressive society or are Malaysians all still backward thinking and narrow-minded and feel that apostates should be put to death and gays should be sent to jail?

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As good a backtrack and withdrawal if not pointed enough in reference to the earlier offending articles. This shows at least some Malaysians are up to par where ‘Freedom of Humanity ‘ is concerned. At least someone had the iron clad guts to digest AND smarts to reconcile what some of us write! How about one more article on :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

;after which return to Malaysia to try for PM (2 TERMS ONLY!) and displace the nepotism and clique paradigm running in our supposed ‘saviours’ in Pakatan?

Lead 3rd force with Tunku Aziz and any would be reformists ready to ditch BN’s racists and lapsdogs. These guys have the ethos (well fractured as is), so how about using the logos of the above and destroying the pathos of hegelian dialectic and backwardness of Malaysians, where colluding governments and term limitless oligarchs and nepotists, also plutocrats, are identified as bad for country and removed? With the above 3 items as raison d’etre, the next PM and any assenting MPs will be the true father of modern Malaysia, is that not worth a shot given the free time and wealth and networks put to no good use as of now that some of us have? . . .

BOTH BN and PR . . . GTFO of Dewan! 3rd Force is best!

Hence, seperation of state and religion (to prevent Theocracy), state and military (to prevent Junta), state and police (to prevent Nazi-like SS State) and state and term limitless politicians (to prevent Oligarchy-Feudalism-Term limitless Nepotism) is needed.

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written by panca, August 13, 2012 21:15:33
Pete, I think you ve got me wrong here. What I was saying is how are we supposed to change from a constitution that is far from freedom of choice which isn’t conducive nor democratic that I prefer not than to one that encompasses individual rights which do not hate other individual different from another individual’s preference! Therefore my point how can we have this freedom as it sounds that it boils down to us, the people and not the govt as you put it while it could not simply be us when we are not the law-makers to amend the constitution except them!

I did not promote hate, not in any instance about the rights of individual and I stand corrected that the parliament consists of MP or Monkey playing to the gallery of Race, Religion and Royalty!


written by Admiral Tojo, August 13, 2012 20:53:58
You know Pete, I am totally at peace with LBGT, freedom of Belief, The differences in our colors and languages, cultures, food and what have you. Then again my mind was set free by the Quran, which is categorically against those who defy commonsense and religions. I am afraid that most Malaysians, including those so called learned ones, are slaves of their minds, pagans (unsophisticated), put there by their self appointed GOD representatives. They are still unable to totally obliterate the reference BOX that they have. They are incapable of thinking WITHOUT a box. All we can do is keep on trying to free these SLAVES.

Shalom


written by jacko2012, August 13, 2012 20:51:46
Please have some patience. People’s mindset will not be able to change overnight but government can. Many aunties uncles still living in the fear of 513. That doesn’t change overnight.
For more than 50 years, Rakyat is living in the concept of TOP-DOWN approach. TOP being the government and DOWN being to Rakyat. The information is being feed from the TOP to DOWN. Other words, Government talk and Rakyat have to listen.

With the new government and perhaps with loosen press act, people able to access to unbiased main stream media, people able to be much more vocal without fearing of ISA. When there’s too much noise from the BOTTOM, the government have to listen. That’s when Rakyat kick off BOTTUP-UP approach.
When the perception change, mindset change. It just takes some time.


written by loh333, August 13, 2012 20:24:50
The government molds the thinking of the people. Article 153 was supposed to make Malays competitive. But the government made NEP short-cut to wealth for the people in power, or connected to those in power. Corruption is rampant and politics is now the most rewarding occupation. UMNO has perfected government functions to enrich the leaders. There will be no change to their method of operation. A new government gives hope.


written by tom73my, August 13, 2012 20:17:18
Admittedly not many Malaysians have first class mentality like RPK who is now more British than Malaysian. But that’s not my point today.

My point is, changing the government is part of the process of changing the mindset of the people. Changing the gov is the first step towards the change of mindset, which is the goal, the end game. If we keep getting rid of the more corrupt, over a period of time, we will have a clean gov. It’s the natural process of elimination of the weakest. As the gov gets cleaner, they will provide better leadership, better policies towards achieving first class mentality of the people. Don’t believe me? Just think what Biro Tatanegara has done to Malaysia.


written by Veritas Aequitas, August 13, 2012 18:59:06
If one were to do a survey of hate and anti-religion sites against the following;
1. Islam
2. Christianity
3. Judaism
4. Hinduism
5. Buddhism
6. Taoism
7. Janism
8. Zoroastrianism

One can be confident 95% of hate sites are against religions 1 to 3. These sites are associated with the secular community, ex-believers or between themselves.
The condemnation of the other religions 4-8, are mostly from Christian or Islamic sites.

Why are the religions 1-3 hated so significantly in contrast to the the religions of 4 to 6?
I think the answers to the root causes can be found within those religions themselves. But due to cognitive bias, they will never look inward to see their own faults.

As for progress, there must be real changes in brain neuron connectivities and more activation in the higher human brain. Using PC as an analogy, the majority of humans brains are operating like the IBM XT-5160 @4.77 MHz. The majority of human brains are being more primate than being human. To facilitate progress we must expedite to increase the power of human consciousness via greater brain connectivities.

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written by katak, August 13, 2012 18:48:11
Policies and laws are set by the government-of-the-day. A progressive government tends to set progressive policies and laws. Such progressive laws and policies will enable a more progressive learning environment and a more progressive education. A progressive education can lead to a progressive mindset and thus resulting in a progressive society.

This is what we want our society to be. So, for the first step, BN/UMNO has to be kicked out.


written by Orang utan, August 13, 2012 18:32:58
We are talking about super structures – individual and societal mindset, education, religion, politics. All of these are buggered – selfishness and divisiveness largely brought about by narrow minded parenting and selective interaction with fellow countrymen; lack of lateral thinking, prejudicial and opportunistic deeds brought about by inept and tampered education, selfishness and mental corruption brought about by individual’s personal interest and mindless media (including international). What do we have here? A society with stunted mental growth exacerbated by religious doctrines and mumbo jambo politics.

It would take years, decades even for the country’s mental state to be liberalised and key to this is originality and creativity but mindful of reason and decency. Science is allowed to be taught and practised freely, religion stay out of this.

ARTICLE 11

How about LIFE-LONG driving licenses, Pakatan asked to consider – Saturday, 25 August 2012 09:11

Malaysians have long questioned the wisdom of having to renew driving licence every year, and wary of this, PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan today proposed that driving licence be issued for life.

According to Nasrudin, Pakatan Rakyat could mull this proposal if it assumes Federal power at the next general election.

“I propose that if Pakatan Rakyat rules, just issue a permanent driving license without the need to renew,” he remarked on his Twitter.

Nasrudin said renewal of driving license was another of a long list of costs that burdened the public.

When contacted by Harakahdaily on how the plan could be realised, Nasrudin said a frequent traffic offender could be denied life-long licence and be made to renew it periodically.

One way to do this is by issuing different colours of driving licences where bearers would have to renew periodically until “they behave for certain period of time”.

Saying the mechanism need to be further detailed, he stressed that the main focus should be to reduce people’s burden.

“Every year, we pay road tax and car insurance. When there is a summons, we can’t renew the road tax and will be suspended and the vehicle cannot be used.

“This makes renewing driving license redundant… So long as the driver behaves, the licence should not expire,” he explained.

-Harakahdaily

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Hey there PAS, purloining ideas? But since I do not have an official political platform or MP’s seat to claim credit by, I won’t waste time fighting about something so useful. Remember voters, this was initiated/inspired by moi’s posting/comment, not PAS’s ingenuity . . .

ARTICLE 12

Two come to Tuan Tat’s defence over forgery accusations – NEWS/COMMENTARIES – Saturday, 25 August 2012 Super Admin

(The Star) – Ex-Sepang DAP parliamentary liaison committee member Tan Tuan Tat, who was accused of forging 149 membership forms, has produced two former party supporters to back him up.

Mahful Wahid said he had collected membership forms from some 100 people in Kampung Teluk Manggis and Taman Kedidi as they were interested in becoming DAP members.

“I approached Tan for help to submit the forms to Selangor DAP. Why was he accused of forgery?” he said, adding that he, too, had been interested in joining DAP.

Such accusations, added Mahful, had caused him to lose confidence in Pakatan Rakyat.

DAP disciplinary committee chairman Tan Kok Wai said that Tuan Tat, who had been in the party for 18 years, had been charged with forging the membership forms to set up three pro tem branches in Sungai Pelek, Sepang.

He also claimed that the MyKad of people from Sungai Pelek were used without their knowledge to enrol them as DAP members.

Former Pantai Sepang Putra DAP chief R. Veerasamy echoed Mahful’s views, saying that he had also approached Tuan Tat for help to forward the forms to the state DAP’s office.

“In the end, I was found guilty of falsifying the applications and sacked,” he said during a press conference here yesterday.

Denying the accusations, Tuan Tat said it was meant to slander his integrity and credibility.

“Don’t defame me. I did not forge any forms.

“The forms were genuine and came from people who wanted to join DAP,” he said.

Tuan Tat, who used to be Taman Sri Sungai Pelek branch chairman before leaving the party last week, said DAP had deviated from its original spirit and essence.

He also disputed Tan’s charge that he was sacked from the party.

“How can I be sacked when I resigned first?” he said.

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3rd Force needs you Tuan Tat! BN is corrupt and racist. PR is nepotistic and undemocratic! Join 3rd Force!

ARTICLE 13

M’sians may not be financially ready to retire: survey – Saturday, 25 August 2012 Super Admin (RPK)

(Bernama) – A study on retirement trends in East Asia has revealed the increasing vulnerability of Malaysians due to early retirement age as well as low rates of pension receipt under the Employees’ Provident Fund and the lack of old-age poverty floor.

The study report, “Balancing Tradition and Modernity: The Future of Retirement in East Asia”, is based on a survey that the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) conducted in Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, according to Prudential in a statement on the survey findings.

The CSIS East Asia Retirement Survey reveals that an astonishing 92 per cent of current retirees in Malaysia report that they had already left the workforce by age 60 and suggests that Malaysia’s pattern of premature retirement will likely persist. Malaysia is the only country in the survey whose fertility rate is above the 2.1 replacement level and the only one that will have a growing population and workforce in the coming decades, the report said.

“In China, the elderly share of the population will be approaching 30 per cent by 2040 -– and in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan it will be approaching 40 per cent. In Malaysia, it will still be under 20 per cent,” it said.

Malaysia’s early mandatory retirement age, however, offsets its demographic advantage in building an adequate and sustainable retirement system, it added.

Co-authored by Richard Jackson and Neil Howe, it is part of the multilayer Global Ageing Preparedness Project, which was launched by CSIS and British insurance giant Prudential plc in 2010.

The survey found four out of five of today’s retirees in Malaysia worry about “being poor and in need of money,” becoming “a burden on their children,” and being “in ill health and having no one to care for them” – much larger shares than in any of the other survey countries.

Their vulnerability is attributable to Malaysia’s unusually early retirement ages, which leaves retirees at risk of outliving their savings, as well as to low rates of pension receipt under the EPF and to the lack of an age-old poverty floor, the survey said.

Retirement prospects are improving for the younger generations, who expect to be less dependent on the extended family than today’s retirees are and to rely more heavily on their own savings, it said.

But with one in five current workers still expecting to receive no pension benefits of any kind, the outlook for many is far from secure, it added. Donald Kanak, Chairman of Prudential Corporation Asia, which is part of Prudential plc, said: “Responding to the challenges caused by an ageing population is critical to Asia’s future.

“It is critical that policy makers and the industry work together to address this vital question.” Charlie Oropeza, Chief Executive Officer of Prudential Assurance Malaysia Bhd, said: “The findings of the CSIS Study reinforce the need for Malaysians to better plan and secure their financial position towards retirement.

“While the policymakers as well as the Malaysian Government have been introducing frameworks such as the Financial Blueprint to provide greater length and breadth of financial products and services, Malaysians need to be more aware and make themselves financially ready through prudent investment decisions.

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Vote moi or anyother who intend that wealth limit of 20 million and land distribution thing, for MP and ensure EVERYONE has an equal share of Malaysia, not makes shares smaller by giving out illegal citizenships. Meanwhile grant :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

;we’ll send the plutocrats packing with some useless fiat ‘compensation’ (lots of zeros on useless banana scrip for their land and properties) to plague other nations with ‘Wealth Sequestration’, meanwhile Malaysia becomes that much richer because of fewer citizens. Think citizens! We are going to set a precedent for human civilisation and economics by removing plutocrats and basing wealth on population number to land size ratios instead!

ARTICLE 14

There is no reason to suspend Hudud, says Nik Aziz – Saturday, 25 August 2012 Super Admin

Kelantan Chief Minister said that, the reason that people understand first before implementing Hudud laws should not be accepted.

(FMT) – Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat insists there is no reason to defer implementing Hudud laws in this country.

Kelantan Chief Minister said that, the reason that people understand first before implementing Hudud laws should not be accepted.

“For me there is no principle of law and on the basis of logic needs to hang about the implementation of Hudud is partly kerana than sharia law mandated in Islam.

“It kerana no law or legislation in the world, just under the democratic system Want even communist ideology waiting folk and agreed first, and implemented.

“On his deep, what other features the laws in Malaysia, he created and implemented without waiting for all parties to understand or agree.

“Termasuklah Pertubuhan the United Nations itself was a menguatkuasakan formation of the state of Israel in Palestine opposed the earth by the great Palestinian people themselves.

“Hatta U.S. President Barack Obama participated agree with the regulations ‘similar kahwin’ though majoriti the world reject it,” he said in a reality today.

Choppy seas

Add Mursyidul Am PAS, legal issues may be something there Kefahaman and are implemented after the approval of all parties, he was something not right in kaedah legislation to oversee and educate people towards goodness.

Moreover, the issue of Islamic law (Hudud) instead of the option to refuse or accept the human family. The task of the authorities in the name of Islam is kewajipan and responsibility. Thus the need for a conducive atmosphere is not a barrier to the implementation of the law of God.

He said, until when was any reason without faith and reasonable argument was always an excuse to rescind the acceptance and implementation of Allah’s law?

What is certain, the law of Allah SWT still in harmony with natural laws and His creatures.

“Even if waiting for the sound waves subside, until when the fishermen will be out to sea? When it’s choppy seas, fishing boat may be rolled into the sea to catch fish, “said Nik Aziz.

Hudud: PAS will join channels like democracy
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(Harakah) – PAS president Datuk Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang said PAS would implement hudud law through democratic processes available there.

In fact, he said, the effort has been dimulakan since the 90’s anymore when Enakmen Jenayah Kelantan Syariah II 1993 and Enakmen Jenayah Terengganu Syariah-2003 was introduced in both the two country.

Before that again he said, they have introduced draft legislation that the NGO Islam and non-Muslims and has raised the suggestion that the issue of hudud perlaksanaan dealt in parlimen.

“PAS hudud positively received and hudud is kewajipan Muslims.

“We will continue langsungkannya through democratic space,” he told the media after the hearing mempengerusikan Mesyuarat Political Bureau and Options Kingdom Supreme official PAS in parti it this afternoon.

Asked since Pengerusi DAP Carpal Singh issued a fact that often oppose hudud perlaksanaan, PAS president said It is not something that is complicated for PAS.

“The issue is not complicated Carpal opponent. Therefore Allah revealed Surah Al-Maidah which Jews and infidels are not in favor of Islam and Allah sent down the verse.

“What we are opposed to the severity of UMNO. Fact take steps to insulate,” he said.

He helped give a sample letter that dihantar warnings from the center to the Kelantan royal Want an expressed desire to implement hudud in the country.

In fact, he said Umno able to ration foreign kempen not to come whitewash this country will kerana hudud laws are implemented.

“Carpal no kingdom, no power, existing power ni Umno controlled BN. Entitled berhujah DAP and PAS mendokong democracy.

“Even if PAS is no power (to rule) now sorts Umno, PAS will not shut up Anybody who scolds son including royal accomplices,” he said.

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Kelantan Chief Minister said that, the reason that people understand first before implementing Hudud laws should not be accepted. – BUT Nik Aziz forgets that Hudud does not exist in Islam at all and also forgets the minority Muslims who do not want to be affected by Hudud. Hegelian dialectic!

Using democratic methods of implementing undemocratic laws that will affect minorities is a sign of authoritarianism. Must be terrible being a Muslim when such dichotomies and oxymorons in the use of the word ‘democracy’ exist. If a minority of Muslims did not want Hudud, a TRUE DEMOCRACY will cater for them by allowing abstention clauses. This is undemocratic as hell . . . a shadowy hell . . .


written by Bernard, August 26, 2012 04:01:50
Nik Aziz has the right to push for the implementation of hudud laws for the Muslim. He has expressed clearly that the Non-Muslim are not affected. Karpal Singh has the right to oppose Hudud laws for the Non Muslims. He should not oppose the Hudud laws for the Muslim. Both have to agree to disagree on this issue. – I am most concerned about the rights of minorities. As of now Muslims cannot be apostate without becoming 2nd class citizens. Does hudud not compound the current issue without imposing hudud as well?

written by jcsh_04, August 25, 2012 16:28:11
A nightmare indeed! They dont need 2/3 vote to change the constitution. If PR in power everthing is possible.

PKR had choose wrong partners. Time to look better partner from Sabah & Sarawak.

Let the Mad Mullah and the Idol worshipper fight each other…
“Our knowledge of the historical worth of certain religious doctrines increases our respect for them, but does not invalidate our proposal that they should cease to be put forward as the reasons for the precepts of civilization. On the contrary! Those historical residues have helped us to view religious teachings, as it were, as neurotic relics, and we may now argue that the time has probably come, as it does in an analytic treatment, for replacing the effects of repression by the results of the rational operation of the intellect.”

Sigmund Freud


written by Ang V Qiong, August 26, 2012 15:38:51
Takkan Tok Guru nak bawa kami balik 1500 tahun dahulu? Kita sekarang naik kereta, naik kapal terbang, ada kilang buat kereta baru. Takkan nak balik ke masa tamadun dulu untuk naik unta?

ARTICLE 15

When different yardsticks are applied
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Saturday, 25 August 2012 Super Admin
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If I were a non-Muslim, I would not get involved in the Hudud debate, knowing that the Malays-Muslims themselves will never come to an agreement on the matter. Once I get involved, then we face the danger of the Malays who oppose Hudud agreeing with those who propose Hudud merely because they want to defend Islam from what they view as an attack by the non-Muslims.

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Raja Petra Kamarudin

When we apply two different approaches to a subject, invariably, we will not be able to reconcile the answer we seek. For example, seeking the answer to our existence would not give us the same result when one is guided by theology and the other applies sociology, anthropology, history and archaeology.

Why do we exist? Is it by accident or is it by design? And is our existence the ultimate purpose, which will end when we expire, or is it merely a temporary step to a final destination, which will be determined by how we live our life in this world?

Such a basic question but not one that can be answered that simply. The answer, invariably, will be determined by what ‘logic’ we apply. And is the logic we are applying really logical? How, in the first place, can we define logic when different yardsticks are being applied? And when should logic be discarded for a higher discipline, that of the word of God, which is above logic and requires faith?

No, it is not a simple puzzle to solve. Even the matter of freedom of expression falls victim to many different viewpoints. Is name-calling and labelling someone Keling Pariah, Mamak Tongkang or Cina Mata Sepet, exceeding the boundaries of freedom of expression and falls within the classification of racial slurs or is this what freedom of expression is all about?

Try calling a British of Pakistani origin a Paki here in Britain and see what will happen to you. Is not a British a Brit and an Australian an Aussie and an American a Yank? So what’s wrong with a Pakistani being called a Paki? It is not that a Pakistani is not a Paki but the fact that it has been ‘agreed’, by whom I do not know, that the word Paki is a racial slur.

And it is not just that society accepts the word Paki as a racial slur. It is also how you say it — the tone of your voice and the look on your face. A Malay is certainly a Melayu, there is no denying that. But it is how you use the word Melayu that counts. Using the ‘correct’ tone of voice and with the ‘right’ look on your face, the word Melayu can be turned into an insult.

So how do we resolve the matter of Hudud, the punishment for crimes under the Islamic laws known as the Sharia? Before that, can this matter even be resolved in the first place? Well, not if we apply two different yardsticks in arguing the case for or against Hudud. No issue can be resolved when two different yardsticks are applied and both are considered logical to the proponents as well as the opponents of Hudud.

A Pakistani is a Paki to a non-Pakistani but an insult to a Pakistani. Both are right. Yet both can never come to an agreement as to whether it was meant as an insult or not. Maybe it was a statement of fact. Maybe it was an insult. The only way to avoid the crosswire would be to call a Pakistani a Brit and leave it at that.

After all, Britons no longer exist anyway. Every Brit is a son or daughter of an immigrant. The only thing is did they migrate to Britain 100 B.C. or 2,000 years after that? Invariably, every Brit, if the roots are traced, came from somewhere outside Britain. That is the reality of the whole thing. At best, they can claim some British blood but can never lay claim to a thoroughbred Brit. Hence, the Pakistani is as British as the Royal Family or the Prime Minister of Great Britain.

When would we consider the cut-off date? If the year 100 were the cut-off date then the Italians would be Brits. If 300 were the cut-off date then the Scandinavians would be Brits. If 500 were the cut-off date then the Germans would be Brits. If 1100 were the cut-off date then the French would be Brits. If 1990 were the cut-off date then those from the Indian subcontinent would be Brits. If there is no cut-off date then everyone is a Brit. There are no Pakistanis in Britain, and hence no Pakis as well.

See how simple it is in Britain. Britain never saw independence because it never lost its independence. Britain was conquered by one power after another over more than 2,000 years and the conquerors became Brits, even when they spoke French and not a word of English. So everyone in Britain is a Brit and there are no pendatangs. If there are pendatangs, then every single person in Britain is a pendatang. It is as simple as that.

But in Malaysia it is more complicating. Malaysia never existed until 1963. From 1957 it existed as Malaya. Before that there was no Malaya. The British created Malaya. And in creating Malaya they also created Malays, who also never existed until the British created them. And the British declared that Malaya belonged to the Malays and everyone else is an immigrant.

But what is the cut-off date? The cut-off date is not clear. If the cut-off date were 1700 then the entire Selangor Royal Family would be pendatang. If the cut-off date were 31st August 1957 then only those born outside the country after that date would be pendatangs. Those born outside Malaya before 31st August 1957 and those born in the country after 31st August 1957 would be Malaysians.

Nevertheless, the British had decided that Malaya would be given independence on 31st August 1957 and with independence we would receive a written Constitution, something that the British themselves do not have. And in this written Constitution it would be stated plus implied that the Malays own the land. And to reinforce this ownership, Islam would be the religion of the land, Malay would be the official language, and Malays would be accorded certain privileges.

This was the agreement, whether stated or implied. And it was an agreement that all the races in Peninsular Malaysia agreed to adopt. It was not unilateral. It was bilateral. Was this a mistake, especially on the part of the Chinese and the Indians? On hindsight it is always easy to talk. Everyone is an expert on hindsight. It is foresight that matters. Did the Chinese and Indians not have the foresight to see that an open-ended agreement with no expiry date would be binding to future generations of Chinese and Indians who would still be regarded as Chinese and Indians and ‘secondary’ Malayans?

And this is why we are currently facing a problem regarding Hudud. To Malaysians who are not Muslims, Hudud is viewed as a legal matter. It involves the punishment meted out for certain crimes. Hence Hudud needs to be discussed under the ambit of the legal system.

They are, of course, correct.

To Muslims, however, Hudud is not about the law. It is about what God has commanded. And God’s command is beyond discussion. It is about acceptance without argument. To reject God’s command is like the Catholics rejecting the Trinity or the Jews rejecting the Ten Commandments. It is a matter that cannot be compromised.

They are, of course, also correct — at least as far as each religious faith is concerned.

So both are correct, no one is wrong. So how do we resolve a situation where both are correct and no one is wrong but the ‘correctness’ of their views places them at odds?

As long as the Muslims in Malaysia believe that Islam is the religion of the land and hence whatever is mandatory in Islam becomes mandatory for the whole country then this is not a matter that will see a solution.

All other religions will be allowed, but Islam is the religion of the land, not the other religions. The Malays are masters of the land. Non-Malays will be allowed a place under the Malaysian sun but will be secondary to the Malays. This is what the British intended for independent Malaya. And the British made sure that this intention was clearly stated in a written Constitution.

Basically, we are faced with a belief system here, the belief that the Malays are the masters of the land and Islam is the religion of the land. And belief systems are not easy to eradicate. Can we convince the Christians that Jesus Christ was a mere man and not divine or the Son of God, hence the Trinity does not exist? Can we convince the Muslims that the Qur’an was not the word of God because it was compiled by a ‘committee’ years after the death of the Prophet and ‘strengthened’ by the Hadith, which was a creation of ‘spin-doctors’?

I fear that would be an impossible task. Both the Christians as well as the Muslims would never change their belief system just because you say so. Belief systems are carved in stone. And the belief that the Malays are masters of the land and Islam is the religion of the land is not a belief system that the Malays or Muslims will readily reject.

So what do we do about Hudud? What can we do about it? As long as the Malays believe that the Qur’an is God’s word and that Hudud is God’s command and that Islam is the religion of the land there is nothing we can do about it.

Can we resist or oppose Hudud? Well, can we resist or oppose the law that forbids Muslims from leaving Islam to become Christians, Hindus or Buddhists?

The only ‘good’ thing about the Hudud issue — if you were the eternal optimist who always tries to see good in everything, like the ‘blessing in disguise’ thing — is that Hudud has been reduced to a political issue. Hence, when it becomes a political issue, one side will oppose when the other side proposes. And this would mean that even amongst the Muslims the Hudud issue would never be resolved.

If I were a non-Muslim, I would not get involved in the Hudud debate, knowing that the Malays-Muslims themselves will never come to an agreement on the matter. Once I get involved, then we face the danger of the Malays who oppose Hudud agreeing with those who propose Hudud merely because they want to defend Islam from what they view as an attack by the non-Muslims.

Let me put it another way. When the Chinese are of the opinion that Chinese education is ‘under attack’, even the MCA and DAP people can sit at the same table under the umbrella of Chinese education to hammer out an issue of common interest. And this is what can happen when Hudud is viewed as ‘under attack’ — the Malays will share a common platform in the interest of ‘mempertahankan kedaulatan Islam’ (in defence of the sanctity of Islam).

So be careful with what you say. Calling a Pakistani a Paki may be kosher to you. The Pakistani, however, may view it as an insult and you can go to jail in Britain if you pass racial slurs. In that same spirit, labelling Hudud as barbaric and those who propagate it as stupid is certainly your right under freedom of expression. To the Muslim, however, that is an insult to God and freedom of expression does not include insulting God.

So what do we do then? Do we just shut up and accept the fact that we must lose certain freedom of expression? Or do we speak our mind whatever the consequences in the interest of freedom of expression?

Honestly, I really do not know. When two different sets of values are applied I am at a loss. My solution would be to just let the two sides argue and we see where the cards fall. Most likely they will continue to argue into the next generation without any resolution. In that case nothing will happen so we do not need to address anything.

Is this a solution? Maybe not! It is more like ignoring it and hoping it will go away. But that is how I sometimes handle the common cold and it does go away. Then, sometimes it may become pneumonia, who knows? But next month I will be 62 and I am still alive. So maybe I have not come out the worst for ignoring the common cold and just allowing it to run its course after all.

But, yes, I know, we all want to speak and say something. We do not want to allow the ‘other side’ to speak unchallenged. So we speak even when what we say is not going to achieve anything. And we will all scream and oppose or scream and defend Hudud when we know nothing is going to happen in the end. And we will find out that loose lips sink ships. But never mind if the ship sinks as long as we can talk while it sinks.

Such is the folly of mankind. And aren’t wars fought in defence of national pride and dignity when all that is merely another word for ego? And who am I to take away your right of free speech, never mind what is being said will see no light at the end of the tunnel? That, in the end, is what will prevail.


written by Pollux, August 27, 2012 00:56:47
Ok RPK, we will not debate about hudud. We could, however, set one condition, which would be fair in light of this topic about yardsticks.
If hudud laws are to be implemented then it must coincide with the right to bear arms, without licences or permits just as it was back in the good old days. Then we will all be using the same yardstick and, if I may, mentality. Then everything will be back as it was in the medieval days. No right to bear arms, no hudud. Let’s all go back to the time when hudud came about and was first practiced. The right to bear arms was after all taken away by those colonialists Brits who needed to control the masses.


written by Azman, August 26, 2012 23:47:14
Hudud law is Muhammad law ! Muhammad used Islam to get politic power ! Why Muslims have to suffer so much Islam law which effect their life, work and business ? Why non-Muslim no follow but Allah no punish them ? That mean Allah like non-Muslim more then Muslim ! Actually all human is equal only religious make human difference !


written by azm, August 26, 2012 23:36:13

Lesley Hazleton (born 1945) is an award-winning British-American writer whose work focuses on the intersection of politics, religion, and history, especially in the Middle East. She reported from Israel for Time, and has written on the Middle East for numerous publications including The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, The Nation, and The New Republic.[1]

Hazleton was born in England, and became a United States citizen in 1994. She was based in Jerusalem from 1966 to 1979 and in New York City from 1979 to 1992, when she moved to her current home in Seattle WA, originally to get her pilot’s license. She has two degrees in psychology (B.A. Manchester University, M.A. Hebrew University of Jerusalem).[2]

She has described herself as “a Jew who once seriously considered becoming a rabbi, a former convent schoolgirl who daydreamed about being a nun, an agnostic with a deep sense of religious mystery though no affinity for organized religion”.[3] “Everything is paradox,” she has said. “The danger is one-dimensional thinking”.[4]

In April 2010, she began blogging as The Accidental Theologist,[5] focusing on religion, politics, and existence.[6] In September 2011, she received The Stranger’s Genius Award in Literature. [7]

She is currently working on a new biography of Muhammad,[8] to be published by Riverhead/Viking in spring 2013.


written by Zaiton, August 26, 2012 23:29:08
PAS is a fanatic religious party ! If Malaysia rule by them sure will be like Afghanistan during Taliban rule ! If Allah help them sure they always won in election but they always defected ! Politic involve religious that will no fair to others faith !


written by azm, August 26, 2012 23:11:06
these are not stated by muslims..

Despite all of the ills of Muslims everywhere, Islam continues to be the fastest growing religion on earth. Professor Huston Smith of the MIT in his book, “The Religions of Man” says, “In some areas where Islam and Christianity are competing for converts, Islam is gaining at a rate of 10 to 1.”

Ambassador Herman Ellis, in a testimony in front of the committee on Foreign Affirs of the House of Represntatives of the United States Congress on June 24th, 1985, said, “The Muslim community of the globe today is in the neighbourhood of one billion. That is an impressive figure. But what to me is equally impressive is that Islam today is the fastest growing monotheistic religion. This is something we have to take into account. Something is right about Islam. It is attracting a good many people.”

Many distinguised Western historians have attested this fact– foremost among whom is Sir Thomas W. Arnold in his book, “The Preaching of Islam”. Also there is Marshall G. Hodgson in his book, “The Venture of Islam”, Albert Hourani in his book, “A History of the Arab People”, Ira Lapidus in his book, “History of Islamic Societies”, L.S. Starorianos in his book, “A Global Hisotry, the Human Heritage” and many others


written by JRA, August 26, 2012 22:32:48
The first thing we need to do when Hudud is implemented in Malaysia is to ‘potong the Lan Chiao’ of these kurang ajar chinaman making all these kurang ajar comments here!


written by miya, August 26, 2012 20:55:28
same old issue every time
long long way to Putrajaya smilies/sad.gif


written by Wan Kembang, August 26, 2012 19:37:54
I feel really angry when Karpal oppose hudud, in which I think he did in a very rude way and disrespecting majority of muslim… but even though I am a Muslim I dont see this as a very big issues for PR as a promising political coalition (but a bit suprised with the reaction from non-Muslim). Honestly if happened I have to vote in Karpal constituency, I definitely vote him even against UMNO-BN Malay Muslim candidate, as UMNO-BN is too rotten to be choose!


written by Morris, August 26, 2012 19:07:28
It’s a waste of time debating Hudud. All Malays – ians are against it as i see it. from my point of view, they knew that most of the criminals are Malays -ians and I don’t think they like that laws to be used against them. What is most appropriate is, the existing laws should be done without fear or favour.


written by Alice, August 26, 2012 17:52:28
We should stand up for truth and justice as universal values .Leave religion out of everything. Religion is personal . Hudud I totally oppose. We have enough headache already and confuse us with more religious stuff. Show us your religion through your actions . Show us Islamic countries living happily ever after with hudud laws. After all it will be men who will implement these laws if passed . History has shown us that man has always failed to be just and fair. Look at our own judiciary and the pathetic state it is in.


written by anakipoh, August 26, 2012 16:36:36
bumi non malay, please just comment on the issue of PAS trying to implement hudud. The moment you skew off tracks and started criticising islam, like calling it flawed, you earn the wrath of all muslims alike, whether those who oppose and those who propose. This is what RPK is trying to warn that non muslims should stay out of this. If you must say something, direct it to the people that are flawed, not the religion itself.


written by bumi non malay, August 26, 2012 14:54:11
….meanwhile apparently a down syndrome girl is facing death in Pakistan for burning Koran and his brother apparent mutilated….. First because they are christian, 2nd its Islam Great justice systems, 3rd no wonder the Brits hates the “pakis”…..whoops Pakistani.

Bring on hudud…and make sure Hudud can be back tracked to just after Merdeka 1957……. If the punishment is chopping hands for corruption……then please make sure the Defender of islam is Kosher with that…… How many have accepted money for Datuk??…. Off with the Defender of Islam hands… But what if Defender of islam convert to another religion to escape this punishment? Can hudud and melayu terima this??…will they then foam like the Pakistani over a burnt Koran?? There lies the flaw and credibility of Islam!!


written by zhang he, August 26, 2012 14:36:25
In the Pro-hudud camp = PAS (30 MPs)

In the Anti-Hudud camp = DAP, MCA, MIC, Gerakan and scores of other party (inc those from East Malaysia) – 82 MPs

In the “I am not sure” camp = UMNO and PKR (110 MPs)

Even PAS + UMNO + PKR MPs were to say aye to Hudud = 140, we are still short of the 2/3 to amend the constitution. And we know that even UMNO and PKR is still undecided about Hudud.

Great, now in the PRU-13, let the people decide by their vote.

At this moment with the political make up, Hudud is a non starter. It is a perrenial red herring.


written by Siudi, August 26, 2012 12:18:11
It still seems that Malaysians are more united under DUIT, not Hudud or whatsoever. Just look at BN, they still stick to each other under CRONYISM. Meanwhile DAP and PAS are still at each other necks over Hudud. So I guess the 2013 election will be just like 2004 all over again


written by chinois, August 26, 2012 08:57:38
Muslims have been in disagreement with one another for ages. Muslims have been killing one another for ages. I say let muslims settle their problems themselves, if ever. Even if the intention of the non-muslims is to try to talk sense into muslims, it gets perceived as an attack on muslims and Islam. How to help the muslims like that? They don’t want to be helped, they don’t want to listen, they don’t want to be a part of modern society. Better just shut up till they’ve exhausted themselves then say “I told you so”. It’s sad really, but there is just nothing that can be done, by muslims no less what more non-muslims.


+26

vote up


written by Jamie, August 26, 2012 08:42:44
Our political parties are in a state of deep slumber.

Instead of focusing on pressing issues, day in day out they keep harping on trivial issues like this Hudud lah, tokongs lah, blah blah blah.

What are their ideas on overcoming or at least insulating us the rakyat, from the effects of the financial crises? Banks rigging LIBOR rates, a 50 to 1 ratio of derivatives liability, a great whirlpool waiting to turn into a black hole. What has PAS proposed to do? Or is it that Hudud will miraculously save us?

What have they done about Syria and Iran? Western powers are hell bent on turning these countries into living hells and what has Malaysia done to help these people?

Eco crises – so what is the stand on Fukushima? Does anyone realize that Fukushima has been spewing out radiation that has reached the US West Coast? Think Malaysia will not be part of the fallout? Where are the contingency plans?

Freedom of speech – Our freedom of speech is under attack everywhere in the world. UK threatening to storm an embassy for granting asylum to Julian Assange, Brandon Raub sent to a mental hospital for questioning the events of 9/11, Quebec banning student protests (that’s more draconian than 42smilies/cool.gif, Evidence Act 114A, ISA in Singapore, ad nauseum. So is PAS joining the anti-free speech crowd too?

Just a few things mentioned above already shows our world is in a state of deep crisis. But for PAS and sundry to do all these kind of clownish antics, deeply convinces me that they are not concerned about Malaysia’s future, they only care about living in their own shell which will be blast open by external forces eventually. As one famous person says, by their fruits you will know them. You say left and right that you will go to heaven. Sorry, you want to rush headlong into destruction go ahead, I’m going to do what’s right.


written by Admiral Shin, August 26, 2012 07:17:34
Well, YM, I have never whacked Islam/ Hudud per se. I have written against Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and other religious bigots in the past.
I know many comments about Islam and hudud are unwarranted; I call upon other MT readers to desist. However, sometimes what you have written begs ” tongue in cheek ” replies!smilies/wink.gif


written by Pro-arte, August 26, 2012 07:11:20
“Pro-arte, I asked you about the crimes of rebellion, murder and robbery and you talk about rape. Apalah ni. Benci Islam sangat-sangat sampai dah sasul terlajak! ”

The pertinent issue was about whether women can be witnesses in Hudud. The simple answer is No.

I mentioned Pakistan’s Hudud Ordinance which excludes women as witnesses. Similarly , the Kelantan and Terengganu Hudud enactments exclude women as witnesses.

You may have a different understanding of Hudud or Islam for that matter, but the pertinent issue is what PAS concept of Hudud is.

Can you categorically state that the PAS Hudud bills allow women to be witnesses, yes or no?


written by Super Admin, August 26, 2012 06:47:10
Admiral Shin, when I whack Pakatan regarding many issues, the disunity issue being one of them, you all whack me and allege that I have been bought off. Why are you anti-Hudud/anti-Islam wankers making so much noise? For the sake of Pakatan, for the sake of kicking Umno out, for the sake of making sure that Anwar becomes the next Prime Minister, why don’t you all shut the fuck up? Have you all been bought or what? Are you all trying to sabotage Pakatan? HIDUP HUDUD!

I’m just loving this ‘I told you so’. I hope PAS and DAP choke on Hudud. Then let’s see what you all have to say after that.

RPK


written by Gift4ever, August 26, 2012 06:20:29
Religion & race is a piss off thingy. Malaysia must not classify a person according to religion and race. When you fill any form there must not be a question on religion and race.
I am no longer in Malaysia, here in Australia not once I have to fill my religion or race on any form. In fact when you ask an Aussie what is your race? The answer will be “Eh?” They thought you are talking about 100 meter race.
My eyes maybe sloppy and skin a bit yellow but who cares when my wallet is bigger than yours.


written by Super Admin, August 26, 2012 06:19:39
Supercally, yeap, and a good political strategy, don’t you think so? And you wankers are falling for it on top of that. Brilliant! That’s why we have to take our hat off to Umno. They are so clever to get you all to foam at the mouth while they steal the election.

RPK


written by Super Admin, August 26, 2012 06:15:53
Pro-arte, I asked you about the crimes of rebellion, murder and robbery and you talk about rape. Apalah ni. Benci Islam sangat-sangat sampai dah sasul terlajak!

RPK


written by Super Admin, August 26, 2012 06:12:12
Lord Jim, actually the only hope for BN in the next election is for the Malays to not vote Chinese DAP and for the Chinese to not vote PAS Malay. I think this Hudud thing might yet achieve the desired result. Hence this unrestrained Islam-whacking is necessary.

RPK


written by Admiral Shin, August 26, 2012 05:44:19
Perceived insults are generally due to an inferiority complex, insecurity, intransigence as well as ignorance. Many years ago whilst showing a new varsity junior around KL, we were almost bashed up by a ketuanan type bigot because we mentioned the word ” Jalan Melayu “. What he heard was only ” Melayu ” and he took great offence at that. He swung his helmet at us besides levelling kicks our way. We fended off his attacks all the time protesting loudly that we were talking about the street “Jalan Melayu “; he refused to back off uttering expletives all the time until he exhausted himself, after which he was told by one goreng pisang seller that we did indeed talk about the nearby street. He made off with a huff with nary an apology or any sense of guilt.

As a digression, I wonder if our ” body snatchers ” are going to jet off to the US to carry off Neil Amstrong’s body now that the famous astronaut just passed on. There was a real ” shiok sendiri ” belief that Amstrong converted to Islam after hearing the azan on his ear phones whilst prancing on the lunar surface. This is not to ” perli ” anyone, but to show up what ignorance, belligerence and irrational thinking can befall the self appointed religious guardians of faith.

We all should practise good human values which are never at odds with religious tenets. Remember, religions are the tools of the shadowy ruling elites to control the human population through fear, insecurity and idolatry. These psychological states provide immense psychic forces that feed the entity the ruling shadowy elites serve. Humans must take their birthright of freedom, spiritual sovereignty and universal love away from this diabolical control.


written by Pro-arte, August 26, 2012 04:51:37
RPK said: “Pro-arte, I read through the Hudud law application and I can’t find that part that says they only accept male witnesses for the crime of rebellion, murder, robbery and so on. Maybe you can help me by quoting the title of the book and author so that I can brush up my reading on Hudud. ”

Perhaps you can start by brushing up on the Hudud Bill drafted by the Terengganu state government which was actively promoted by Hadi Awang:

1) A woman cannot be a witness.

2) A woman who reports she has been raped will be charged for qazaf (false accusation) and flogged 80 lashes if she is unable to prove the rape.

3) An unmarried woman who is pregnant is assumed to have committed zina.

The Terengganu Hudud bill in this respect does not appear to be different to the Kelantan Hudud Bill formulated in 1993 where women are not allowed to be witnesses. The Hudud Ordinance of Pakistan also rejects females as witnesses.

I rest my case.


written by Lord Jim, August 26, 2012 04:51:31
(contd…)

Islam is on its deathbed anyway, there is no problem waiting for an Iran in Asia with our monkeys totally unable to make it last due to its blessed stupidity and primitive mentality, more than one major power would vie to wipe out the monkeys as a favour to themselves – what do you expect, a bunch of wealthy Middle-Eastern monkeys forking out to make Malaysia an Islamic stronghold?

When the mullahs came to power in Iran, those veil and burqa types were desperate getting their hands on rather sexy lingerie and underwear items (worn under their Stone Age fashion) A couple of my (Jewish) Iranian friends made their fortunes supplying sexy clandestinely. I have more faith in our Muslim women keeping their bollocks-swinging men’s “religious” zeal in check. I also have vast confidence in our beer-swigging Muslims to maintain sanity.

Non-Muslims – don’t panic! Whatever happens you will always get your beers and pork and whatever else back! I can even help out with sexy if you want to control the “religious” nutters while waiting for Malaysia to collapse!


written by Lord Jim, August 26, 2012 04:48:13
“Let me publicly tell the Non-Muslim … blah blah … where PAP welcomes you !!”

Singapore would not welcome “you”, though it would stoke the flame. I would publicly urge non-Muslims to switch off the economy. It would work better than in Palestine, the Israel look-alike in the Malaysian government would be shafting itself stupid if just this happens.

Cronies and those who are into baksheesh would be forced to expose their monkey allies in government, they have their blackmail card. This has been done before in other countries in Southeast Asia and has worked. The non-Muslims have the better reputation in the international economy.

Only card of the monkeys would be the balik Cina/India one and these days you cannot really use that (even if backed by violence and murder) Unlike in the past, China has dropped hints of involvement if it gets dragged into anti-Chinese rows. It is only a few hours to arrive at Malaysia via Thailand at the worse case scenario if our monkeys would provide that excuse. Whereas in the past it is left to the US to do regime change, these days China and India would want a hand too. Nothing better than to help our monkeys destablise Malaysia and killing themselves off! For me, balkanising Malaysia is the best way to get rid of Malaya from Sarawak.

(Cont…)


written by bpchan, August 26, 2012 04:37:53
Aiyoh… I think the Chinese or non Muslim should comment about illegal 4d , drugs sold in almost every Chinaman Disco , prostitution in massage parlors and etc instead of Hudud , these are the serious social problems happening around us, don’t tell me you guys are not aware .

So many Chua Soi Leks here . Seek help from Cesar Millan please.


written by Super Admin, August 26, 2012 03:39:02
Dr Syed Alwi, I suppose you are right. If one side will not compromise and back down why should the other side do that? Both sides should stick to their guns come hell or high-water. Eventually something is going to break anyway and that will break the deadlock.

RPK


written by Super Admin, August 26, 2012 03:30:10
Pro-arte, I read through the Hudud law application and I can’t find that part that says they only accept male witnesses for the crime of rebellion, murder, robbery and so on. Maybe you can help me by quoting the title of the book and author so that I can brush up my reading on Hudud.

By the way, the Islamic law of khalwat (close proximity) already applies in Malaysia. So you do not need Hudud for that since it is currently already the law.

googoodools, some would disagree with you. Some would argue that Chinese education affects all Malaysians since it breeds racism. So I suppose it is one opinion against another.

RPK


written by Nice n Simple, August 26, 2012 02:56:47
Well, good luck to the Malays who are not born free.

EDITOR: I can see that you are very concerned about the Malays, that’s all. Yeah, right.


written by Supercally, August 26, 2012 02:21:56
The problem is the non malay (MCA) and the Malay (UMNO) are manipulating the issue to deceive the non malay and malay for their selfish aim


written by Pro-arte, August 26, 2012 01:57:56
I think people should speak their mind on the Hudud issue. Why are we assuming that Malays are not willing to apply logic? Is it wrong to point out the truth? Hudud only allows males to be witnesses. This immediately conflicts with the Constitution which guarantees equality. Any right thinking person in 2012 would draw the conclusion that Hudud is primitive and outdated in applying this stipulation of having male witnesses only. If a witness can bring a criminal to justice, why should the sex matter?

Malaysians are not entirely stupid and full well know the Hudud issue has surfaced to show Malays that PAS is more true to Islam than UMNO because it supports Hudud. The truth is PAS doesn’t want any discussion on the details and ramifications of implementing Hudud as the reality would make Malays realise that Hudud is no longer relevant in 2012. It is justice for the victim which matters and not the sex of the witness.

I think it is foolhardy to assume that most Malays support the imposition of Hudud in Malaysia because any right thinking Malay even if he supports Hudud would only do so when we have independent Shariah courts, a police force which is not corrupt and a high level of integrity in society. Otherwise Hudud will be abused and atrocities like chopping innocent victims hands and stoning to death innocent couples accused of adultery will occur. Any miscarriages of justice cannot be redressed because limb amputation is permanent and devastating. Similarly raising someone from the dead after being stoned is not an option!

written by Pro-arte, August 26, 2012 01:51:53
Hudud will most definitely lend itself to abuse and corruption because individuals wanting to escape from having their their limbs amputated will offfer huge bribes if they had the means. The whole legal system would be corrupted in an instant by theiving billionaires. One has to look at the pronouncements of the State Mufti Harussani to realise that these religious scholars can so easily pervert the Koran and Hadiths to justify lies and corruption.

This is our experience of religious politicians as well. They speak with forked tongues. Not so long ago Hadi wanted to ‘muzakarrah’ with UMNO and Tok Aziz opposed it. Now Hadi says he will not ‘muzzakarah with UMNO but Tok Aziz says he wants to ‘muzakarrah’ with UMNO, But when Nasha Mat Isa is seen ‘bermuzakkarah’ with UMNO, they both oppose it !

Malays are watching the antics of these politicians and are making calculations. Of course Malays aspire to be good Muslims but they are no longer so beholden to politicans and religious leaders. The internet has revealed a whole new world of ideas and opinions to them and as a result has opened their minds and exposed the lies and hypocrisy of religious leaders and politicians.


written by slash, August 26, 2012 01:17:29
jcsh_04, have you seen your god before?have you talk with him ? no? why? so is this called is INSANE too ?


written by EnoughIsEnough, August 26, 2012 00:59:11
DengXiaoPing the father of modern China applies this approach as well, to leave the problem to the next generation (read indefinitely) on the following issues:
1. The claim to Taiwan
2. The claim to the disputed islands in the Pacific & the South China Seas
Wise man indeed. RPK, you are right on the button!


written by M, August 26, 2012 00:25:19
I have to agree with RPK, t makes sense. Now on nothing will be said, we shall leave this issue to the Muslims.


written by santi vardhana caitanya, August 26, 2012 00:21:48
Dear RPK,
if you are actually suffering from cold, I suggest you take “Indian Gooseberry” aka “Amalaki or “Amla”. It has 3000 mg of Vitamin C per fruit, making it the most powerful fruit in the world.


written by Romeo2, August 26, 2012 00:14:00
Every new child comes with the message that God is not discouraged by man – Rabindranatha Tagore. How true! And we are still fighting over religions since civilization.


written by poyo moyo, August 26, 2012 00:05:10
I am wondering why this minister jamil khir supposed to be incharge of national islamic affair is keeping quiet on this noisy issue. Is he not interested in his job and makan gaji buta or Is he busy doing private business or doing his ‘puasa 6’


written by Dr Syed Alwi, August 25, 2012 23:55:34
Dear RPK,

This time you are very wrong ! This time RPK – you salah ! Are you telling me that the Non-Muslims have no say in the future of Malaysia that they cannot comment on Hudud ? RPK – please man – to make Hudud work, PAS will be forced to change the social climate of Malaysia into something like Saudi Arabia. Hudud only works when you have such a social climate.

And now you are telling me that the Non-Muslims of Malaysia cannot comment on this ?

Let me publicly tell the Non-Muslim Malaysians – lu migrate sudah – jangan buang masa dengan sebuah negara yang tak terima kamu…Come to Singapore where PAP welcomes you !!

Regards
Dr Syed Alwi


written by farcry, August 25, 2012 23:36:04
I have been wondering IF PR took over Putrajaya, will Malays and Chinese become even more divided? It will be a real battle between PAS and DAP at that time.


written by Lord Jim, August 25, 2012 21:58:52
“Paki” is a racial slur in Britain so is even “Chicken Curry” for the Indians.

“Chinaman” is also a racial slur – but that does not stop our deculturalised, Sambo-ised monkeys from accepting it and happily using it even on themselves.

Our bananas among the Chinese would use “Chinaman” on other Chinese as if he is himself a white man! Somehow some Chinese are “Chinamen” while others are not! Somehow our Chinese monkeys seem to feel they are different and more “superior” to other Chinese. Given that the majority of Malaysian Chinese are from coolie and peasant stock, the need to feel “superior” shows more inferiority than anything. Seeing themselves as inferior, many Chinese like to pick on Malays to make themselves feel better. Invention of slurs like “metallic black” from even our supposed progressive democrats is not surprising.

Only very recently it is claimed that the Brits originally came from Turkey, the country. If anything, St George of the Brits was from there.

I have yet to see someone write and lay out good reasons why we should have hudud. But, please, you monkeys who rely on dogma and unquestioning “faith” had better not apply to do this!


written by Voice of Reason, August 25, 2012 21:55:04
Maybe this is true for Malayans. But the East will oppose it to the bitter end. Just impose it on West Malaysians if you must but keep the secular East out of this. There’s a reason why West Malaysians of all races refuses to return to the peninsula once they’ve lived in Borneo. Where else in Malaysia can a Malay own or manage a pub?


written by earthman, August 25, 2012 21:53:36
If one can see then one would notice the hypocrisy that some Malaysians would quote the Malaysian constitution for their own interest instead of for all Malaysians. When challenged they would quote the constitution that Malaya belongs to the Malays and Islam is the official religion. But these Malays would ignore the constitution when challenged on the freedom of faith and worship and equal justice for all .
Did the constitution say that a Malay cannot believe in Jesus and the Bible? Or did the constitution say that non Muslims cannot built their place of worship like the Muslims built their mosque? Or did the constitution say that the government can applied the NEP for the benefits of the Malays alone? You see many policies and laws in Malaysia are against the constitution but the Malays ignore it for their own interest . Is this not hypocrisy?
If the Muslims would unite because they feel threatened and ignore the facts, truth, injustices and hypocrisy before them , no one can stop them but they will have to answer to God Almighty Who gives this land for all to live and work together.

written by googoodools, August 25, 2012 21:53:24
If Hudud doesn’t apply to non muslim/non malays, than yes i agree that they should not get involved in the Hudud debate. However, this is completely different from the example you quoted regarding chineses education. The chinese education issues merely affect chinese only but Hudud would probably have impact on all malaysian, not just muslims/malays.


written by Saint, August 25, 2012 21:24:34
RPK is right, let the Muslims decide what they want first, and as history has told us, we as humans as such will not agree to anything that easily and Muslims are no exception.


written by cty, August 25, 2012 21:10:25
I believe too that the hudud question be settled by Muslims just as long as non-Muslims are left out of its implementation. This is easily said then done when there are disagreements, altercations, murders etc that involve both parties. Which law should be followed? Hudud or Man’s Law. When non-Muslims do not make their objections now, hudud will definately be applied to them when implemented despite promises made otherwise. To digress, each time W Msians argue about hudud, some how or rather they forget about E Msians as if they do not matter quantitatively, is this not seer colonistic arrogance?


written by EU, August 25, 2012 21:07:25
If the Malays see that hudud is under attack, then, all the malays will vote PAS including the UMNO supporters. Maybe this is a good thing.


written by jcsh_04, August 25, 2012 20:50:55
Dear Temenggong,

I agree with your ‘prognosis’ regarding this damn christia* freak, they never learn from history. I can smell they are now try to be ‘Hollier than thou’

Hey freaks remember Spanish Inquisition?

Worshipping invisible god and worshipping idol can be considered as INSANE


written by temenggong, August 25, 2012 20:32:25
The Chinese under DAP have made a serious strategic mistake in thinking they can ride to Putrajaya on their own. Hijacked by christian religious bigots, for the last 4 years they have demonised everyone who criticised their shortcomings, and refused to make course corrections, inspite of several early warnings patiently for 4 years. Now is our turn. Two can play this game.

We cannot send Pakatan to Putrajaya in its current setup. There has to be a leadership and policy change in Pakatan first. This is final. Hence the demonisation of islam and hudud will continue, and increase, until Malays see the light. A list of vocal christian evangelist DAP MPs and Aduns outside Penang will be published to assist Malay voters in GE 13. But admittedly, we expect all Chinese majority seats to increase their majorities due to increased chinese swing and new voters.

Did you see how the stupid melayu Mansur Othman grovelled and collapsed in political servility? I enjoyed it.


written by Veritas Aequitas, August 25, 2012 20:32:03
Eventually the finer truths of reality will prevail. The religionists had already conceded many of the lies and falsehoods that they had held dearly, e.g. acknowledging the truth that the Sun do not revolves around Earth, and others.

Emmanuel Kant had argued that God, as a being than which no greater can be conceived, is a transcendental illusion that cannot be proven empirically, but it is a notion that is necessary, i.e. as a ‘white lie’ for various psychological reasons and soothe an existential crisis manifesting from the maturing mental states of the majority.

Certain people may have some vested interests against hudud, but imo, the majority who voice against hudud are doing so as concerned individuals of humanity to ensure humanity’s progress is not put into reverse gears. It is difficult for any rational person to accept ‘backward’ laws on a wholesale basis that is supposedly commanded from something based on a transcendental illusion and faith.

If there is anything good from hudud or any other sources, they should be dealt on a piecemeal basis and be deliberated for adoption as a secular law on a constitutional parliamentary basis. In this case, if it is later found not to be effective due to changing reality and circumstance, it can be amended, changed, or make void via parliament. In the case of religious based laws, once it is implemented, being immutable and that God cannot not make mistakes, it not likely to be changed.

For the sake of the progress of humanity, religion and politics should not be mixed at all.


written by albert zacharias, August 25, 2012 20:25:37
It all depends who, how, when and where it is spoken. In the bar everything goes. In the court every word counts and at home it does not matter. If nothing to say to another keep quiet lah. Politicians like soiled leg likes to put his big leg everywhere and get everybody soiled.

Don’t be like that lah.


written by jcsh_04, August 25, 2012 20:24:03
Mein Fuhrer,

You are right sir! will follow your advice…thanks for the enlightement.


written by nanakassim, August 25, 2012 19:58:11
I’m saying this with my mouth closed:
A wise man opens his mouth because he has something to say; a fool opens his mouth because he has to say something


written by Tompodus, August 25, 2012 19:57:48
Dear Tuanku RPK,

I may correct on this one! “Those born outside Malaya before 31st August 1957 and those born in the country after 31st August 1957 would be Malaysians.”

The correction is, “Those born inside of Malaya before 31st August 1957 and those born in the countries (Malaya, Singapore, Sabah, Sarawak) after 16 September 1963 would be Malaysians.”


written by eternal flame, August 25, 2012 19:54:14
Why dont we talk about the welfare and well being of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Iban,Kadazan & Orang Asli
why are we still a developing country, Houses, Cars & prices of goods & services so expensive these days. Why are our salary so low yet we want to be a developed country come 2020, Our security guards salary is around rm 1000 per month can we put enough foods on the table compare to UK say 1000 pounds per month, Tell that to all the poor people in Malaysia, why cant we do something for them can Hudud solve all the problem for the poor people in Malaysia


written by An Observer, August 25, 2012 19:27:27
Thank you RPK for articulating this issue in a sensible way. I will have no more say in this Hudud issue. Whatever that can be said has been said, ad nauseum. Hopefully when everyone’s tired and done talking, we can move on.

[[[ *** RESPONSE *** ]]]

As mentioned before, hudud is not something a majority of Malays want, just like the right to apostasy is something a minority of Malays do want. Hudud can be applied on a person to person basis but why anyone wants to allow the Syariah Court to amputate their limbs via consent to hudud will be just as unbelievable. There is no need to suspend Hudud but Hudud can be only applied on a case by case consensual Muslim basis, hudud however cannot be roundly applied on non-consenting Muslims in Malaysia as per the UN Human Rights Charter. Perhaps PAS is a part if the hegelian dialectic and cynical political control system the 99% just don’t need. There are fines and common sense punishment or jail terms in lieu of Hudud’s extremes, and now PAS wants hudud for all consenting or non-consenting Muslims regardless of choice and with RPK egging PAS on? Bad politics and invasive of personal freedoms. How could an ‘educated’ person like RPK keep at this b.s. promotion of hudud? We do not even have :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

; and now Hudud is to be implemented?!? 3rd World Malaysia makes ‘Orang Utans’ look civilised! Even animals do not maim each other in this manner!

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ARTICLE 1

Park Romney: Why he turned against the Mormon church – by John Sweeney BBC News

The Mormon Candidate is part of the latest series of This World, broadcast on Tuesday 27 March at 19:00 BST on BBC Two    Special report: US 2012

Mitt Romney, the front runner in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination for the White House, is a devout Mormon, but his cousin, Park Romney, also in the past a committed member of the church, now denounces it as a cult.

“I became convinced that it’s a fraud,” Park Romney told the BBC, explaining his reason for leaving the Mormon fold.

The two visions of Mormonism the Romney cousins present could not be more starkly opposed. Park Romney, 56, is a former Mormon high priest, who turned against the church. On the stump Mitt Romney, 65, has avoided mentioning Mormonism, instead talking generally about his faith, but he has been an active lifelong member of the church. [[[ *** Park Romney, those fundies are aiming for you. At Park Road recently, but it made it to Talca . . . if not contrived to sabotage via article, some help here with the lawsuits please? Some people here need a long stint of re-education and that includes entire medical institutions and even portions of the psyche establishment . . . *** ]]]

“If that is what they believe, it’s probably a good thing they leave, because we’re not a cult”

Jeffrey Holland Mormon Church Elder

He was a Mormon missionary to France in the 1960s, studied at the almost-exclusively Mormon Brigham Young university and rose to become first bishop, then “Stake President” (diocesan leader) in his home state of Massachusetts.

He led Sunday services, ran Bible classes for children and looked after a 4,000-strong congregation in Boston for five years in the 1980s.

Like all Mormons, he is expected to give 10% of his annual income – no-one knows how much he is worth, but it is estimated at anywhere from $150 million to $1 billion – to the Church and not drink tea, coffee or alcohol.

Committed Mormons wear special under-garments, and Romney is believed to follow this tenet of his faith too.

Park Romney’s criticisms of the church are fundamental.

Along with other ex-Mormons, he questions founder Joseph Smith’s prophecies – for example Smith’s translation of an Egyptian scroll, part of the Mormon book of Abraham, which Egyptologists say is a fraud.
The Mormon faith

The church was founded in the 1820s in New York State before moving to Utah in 1860
Mormons believe their founder Joseph Smith found golden scripture plates buried by an angel
The church is estimated to have 14 million followers and to be worth $30bn (£18.9bn)
A recent poll said one in four Americans would be less likely to vote for a Mormon candidate

“There’s compelling evidence that the Mormon Church leaders knowingly and wilfully misrepresent the historical truth of their origins and of the Church for the purpose of deceiving their members into a state of mind that renders them exploitable,” says Park.

Such accusations are rarely heard in the US, a nation founded on the principle of freedom of religion.

“It’s not something you’re supposed to talk about,” says Prof Robert Putnam of Harvard Kennedy School.

“Whenever the issue of Romney’s Mormonism has come to the surface, there’s been lots of condemnation across the political spectrum for raising the issue of his religion,” says Putnam.

“I’m not saying it’s not relevant, but it’s not talked about in polite company.”

Mitt Romney’s biographer, Scott Helman, agrees.

“There are plenty of ways in which people try to cause alarm among some voters over it, but it’s not something you’re allowed to say explicitly,” he says.

“But a certain function of reminding voters who might have some predisposed notion about Mormonism that maybe it is strange, maybe it’s weird.”

Ex-Mormons tend to be the church’s most outspoken critics.

One thing that particularly agitates them is “shunning” – allegations that former church members are denied access to family members who remain in the church.

Park claims this has happened to him.

“I am alienated from my family,” he told the BBC.

“Their doctrine, their protocol and their culture as enforced by bishops encourages the families to disassociate themselves from the apostate.”
Mormon worshippers at annual conference – file pic 2009 The Church has its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah

Mormon Church elder Jeffrey Holland denies shunning occurs.

“We don’t use that word and we don’t know that practice.

“If I had a son or a daughter who left the Church or was alienated or had a problem, I can tell you I would not cut that child out of family life,” he states.

The Mormon Church maintains that it does a great deal of good. Its leaders say they have given more than $1bn in aid around the world since 1985.

The allegation that the Church is a cult, made by Park Romney and other ex-Mormons, is denied by Elder Holland.

“If that is what they believe, it’s probably a good thing they leave, because we’re not a cult.

“I have chosen this church because of the faith that I feel and the inspiration that comes, but if people want to call us a cult, you can call us a cult,” Elder Holland says from behind his desk.

“But we are 14 million and growing.”
ARTICLE 2

Why Mormons Don’t Drink Coffee or Tea – by Lura Lee

Have you noticed that most followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) commonly called Mormons, don’t drink coffee or tea? You’ll see them enjoying herbal teas (tisanes), hot cider, and many true believers even drink caffeinated soda. The casual observer may jump to the conclusion that this is 1) a law, 2) must have something to do with caffeine. Neither is accurate. This article goes into detail to explain the historical significance, context, and modern interpretation of the prohibition/exhortation against coffee and tea for Mormons.

The Word of Wisdom

Followers of the LDS church believe in a book of scripture called The Book of Mormon, and the concept of continuous revelation. They believe that the Holy Spirit continues to communicate with humans. Thus, the prophet Joseph Smith received a spontaneous manifestation of God’s insight for living correctly on February 27, 1833. This insight was written down and incorporated into the Doctrines and Covenants of the Church; specifically, these insights are referred to as the Word of Wisdom. It may be an apocryphal story, but it is said that Joseph Smith was moved to ask for God’s insight on the matter of tobacco, and the revelation that resulted included guidance related to the use of tobacco, “warm drinks”,”strong drinks”, wine, meat, herbs and grains.

A Word of Wisdom, for the benefit of the council of high priests, assembled in Kirtland, and the church, and also the saints in Zion-
To be sent greeting; not by commandment or constraint, but by revelation and the word of wisdom, showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days
Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints, who are or can be called saints.
Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation-
That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.
And, behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make.
And, again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies.
And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.
And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly.
And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man-
Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.

The common hot drinks of the time were coffee and tea. But this was a dietary shift for Joseph Smith’s contemporaries, the generation of Mormon Pioneers.

No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith by Fawn M. Brodie – Mormon Pioneers

Mormon pioneers had a relatively high literacy rate compared to other people around the world in the 1830s – 1850s. To a large extent, this can be attributed to the fact that they had

Protestant roots and they needed to read Scripture in order to properly practice their religious beliefs. Keep in mind that the United States at this time had no federal program of education for its citizenry. Most states and municipalities didn’t either. Compulsory, standardized, universal education was a reform of the early 1900s. Still, many of the middle-class pioneers were literate, kept diaries and read guide books prior to embarking on the overland journey west to Utah, which came to be known as the Mormon Trail.

The most popular books of the time were: William Clayton’s The Latter Day Saint’s Emigrant’s Guide (1848), and Joseph Ware’s The Emigrant’s Guide to California (1849). All of the guides of the time included recommendations for provisioning the wagons. For example, Andrew Child’s Overland Route guidebook included foodstuff recommendation for three men to include 50 pounds of coffee and 2 pounds of tea, even the LDS leadership recommended packing coffee, tea, and alcohol for the 1846 overland journey. But while they were packing the wagons, they may have contemplated the advantages of quitting any coffee or tea habit they had acquired while living in Illinois. They were fleeing religious persecution, after all, so they intended to minimize contact with non-believers, and coffee and tea won’t grow in Utah. So, to some extent, the rejection of tea and coffee amongst the Mormon Pioneers was a mechanism for building Mormon identity at the most basic, formative, constitutive level.
Next to Godliness?

The current debate over coffee, tea, caffeine, and other “hot drinks” boils down to a difference in interpretation about whether this particular portion of the Doctrines and Covenants is an outright prohibition or merely counsel. During the Temperance movement years, the Mormons referred to the Word of Wisdom to eschew alcohol consumption, and became associated with strict Prohibition reform. Around 1921, the Mormon Church switched from the use of wine in religious ceremony to water. Today, it seems that full participation in the Church (participation in the Mormon Temple) is granted to those who are strict adherents to the Words of Wisdom. But there is still room for debate on the specifics of what it means to “strictly” adhere to the tenets of the Words of Wisdom. Even today, there is a lot of discussion about whether it is just coffee and tea, whether cola is ok, whether decaf coffee and tea are ok, etc.

Essentially, the Church leaders recommend the rejection of any drink that might be habit forming. “With reference to cola drinks, the Church has never officially taken a position on this matter, but the leaders of the Church have advised, and we do now specifically advise, against the use of any drink containing harmful habit-forming drugs under circumstances that would result in acquiring the habit. Any beverage that contains ingredients harmful to the body should be avoided.”(Clifford J. Stratton, “Caffeine–The Subtle Addiction,” Tambuli, Mar. 1990, 25)

Now, coffee is seen as part of that slippery slope that leads away from God. Coffee, booze, marijuana, cocaine… all a defilement of the temple that God gave us.
If Not Coffee — What?

So, in lieu of coffee, what hot beverages do Mormons enjoy? Well, they used to drink Postum. They were crazy for Postum. Postum was a roasted grain and molasses drink produced by Kraft foods. It was discontinued from production in 2007. Mormons also favor the following drinks served both warm and cold: herbal tinctures, milk, and non-alcoholic apple drinks. They also enjoy Italian sodas, fruit drinks, and milkshakes.

Will the Next President Drink Coffee?

Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney isn’t interested in highlighting the differences between the LDS Church and other Christians. So he holds meet-n-greets in coffee shops where no one bothers to ask what’s in the coffee mug.

Does Mitt Romney drink coffee?

2011 Update: The site MittRomneyCentral.com posted a photo of Mitt Romney at a Tampa coffee shop in front of a coffee mug. Did he drink coffee? The author of this article contacted Buddy Brew Coffee and spoke to a barista working duirng his visit. It was confirmed that Mitt Romney did not drink coffee during his visit.

Separate but Together

To a large extent the Mormon decision to not drink coffee or tea is born out of a desire to separate from the common, everyday world. Mormons separate from worldly temptations in order to be closer to God. They also separate from other Christians, Muslims, and Jews in order to bind to one another and establish identity as a group. One tangible way in which they are separate but together is through the tradition of abstaining from coffee and tea.

[[[ *** RESPONSE *** ]]]

The occult significance if remembered accurately, (restating is NOT complete and blind belief – this is to remind any psycho-psyche DULLARD uncool people who are ready to ‘report’ ‘insane’ people . . . ) is the access to Satan’s face (lowest chakra point located) based on earlier postulations I made on this. With the aid of psychiatry and neuro suppressive drugs, various implants, control can be established by non-caffeine users against caffeine users? Perhaps tea in fact is another form of suppressant as well, NOT to be used among the working classes, and would appear to have effect on thetans? Is that why the Americans used to cut off the ears of Vietnamese? Do not use tea or coffee in the presence of the psychiatric establishment (who might be popping with psycho-active meds to increase their edge over everyone else etc..)?

Example of helpful medical implants used as instruments of control by the psychiatric and fundo religious establishment.

http://vnsandme.wordpress.com/2008/06/25/vns-and-me/

ARTICLE 3

1966 or should we say…19666? by  – Texe Marrs

The year 1966 was a banner year for the Prince of Darkness. Approaching the dog days of summer in that momentous year, Anton LaVey, a decadent, ex-circus entertainer, also a Jew, formally founded the Church of Satan in San Francisco. The date: June 6, 1966, or 6-6-66.

Across the nation, in New England at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, a young man spent the year 1966 in his somber new residence, the Tomb. The Tomb is a gothic, mausoleum-like stone building just off campus, adjacent to an ancient cemetery complete with Masonic tombstones, odd-shaped crypts, and what is called the “garden of the dead.”

A New Name for a Jewish Bonesman

The young man’s name was John F. Kerry (really John F. Kohn, Jewish). The Tomb, in fact, is the home of Chapter 322 of the Order of Skull & Bones, a satanic, clandestine lodge of Freemasonry first organized in 1832. Each year, fifteen (15; 1+5=6) carefully chosen young men of preferred bloodlines take up residence inside its thick walls. At their initiation into The Order, each man lies naked inside a coffin and “bonds” with his fellow bonesmen by confessing his sexual thoughts and deeds from birth. Then, each initiate is given, as a memento, a human bone with his new name “inscribed” on it.

Most of the names given the bonesmen are either pagan or else blatantly satanic. The late Averell Harriman, who went on to become Governor of New York State and U.S. Ambassador to Stalin’s USSR, was named “Thor,” after the Viking deity. Henry Luce, prime controller of Time, Life, and other publishing interests, became “Baal,” and McGeorge Bundy, foreign advisor to President Lyndon B. Johnson, was tagged “Odin.”

The senior George Bush, at his initiation into Bones, was bequeathed the revealing title, “Magog,” a name identified in the Holy Bible as a chieftain of devils who plays a key role in prophetic events. Strangely, the name given his son, George W. Bush, by the Bonesmen was “Temporary.” I wonder why?

John Kerry speaks to the vicious, anti-Christian group, the Jewish ADL, May 6, 2004. Kerry has said that, if elected President, he will send 40,000 additional troops to Iraq.

It is a certainty that Kerry will fully execute the Illuminati’s agenda to conquer all Arab oil nations and turn over the rich assets of these countries to neighboring Israel. (Order revealing audiotape report, Hidden Agenda: Ten Awful Goals of the Illuminati’s World Zionist Council; $9 postpaid; phone toll free 1-800-234-9673.)

Long Devil Takes The Lead

My sources tell me that John Kerry’s occult, Bones’ name is none other than “Long Devil.” “Long Devil!” Of course, the man’s sizeable height might account for the “Long,” but what of “Devil?” Why did the influential alumni of Skull & Bones decide on this grotesque identity for John Kerry? What did—and do—they know?

Kerry (Yale, Class of ’66) went on to serve in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, a nation then ravaged with bloodshed and war. Though in-country only four months, young Ensign (later Lt.) John

Kerry played a part in that bloodletting. Some say his refusal to release all his military personnel records indicates Kerry’s desire to cover-up ugly war crimes he personally helped commit.

On April 22, 1971, testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a hippie-like, long-haired John Kerry, by then a civilian, told the Senators he had evidence of horrific atrocities and war crimes by Americans—soldiers, sailors, and marines—who had “personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires to human genitalia and turned up the electric power, razed villages reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, and poisoned food stocks…”

Was Kerry himself a perpetrator of some of these satanic crimes?

I use the term “satanic” advisedly, yet, that description is fitting, for truly, Satan was the mastermind behind the tortures, torments, and murders committed in Vietnam, both by Americans and by the Vietnamese.

Christianity to Vanish and Shrink

Yes, ’66 was a classic year for the old Devil. That was also the year that Beatle John Lennon assured the world that Christianity was on the way out:
“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink… I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now.”

Lennon, McCartney, and the other Beatles promptly went over to India to worship Hindu gurus, and they introduced their gurus and other vestiges of Eastern mysticism to western culture.

All done in a haze of marijuana, LSD, and cocaine.

The Illuminati-supervised CIA helped things along. The U.S. intelligence agency put Satanist Jerry Garcia and his Grateful Dead band (Al Gore’s favorite rock group, says Rolling Stone magazine) on its payroll. The CIA, according to Gerald Heard and SRI International, distributed tons of LSD to a spaced-out youth generation. This was a mind control experiment of the Illuminati elite.

The 60s saw Hollywood’s satanic sex classic, Rosemary’s Baby, hit theaters, a movie for which Church of Satan High Priest Anton LaVey acted as a consultant. Actor John Cassavettes, who played Rosemary’s Satan-worshipping husband in the movie, also played in a role in the movie, The Dirty Dozen.

By the end of the indulgent decade of the 60s, America had borne witness to blood murder, sexual kinkiness, and other Satanic mayhem on a truly epic scale, culminating in 1969’s Manson Family murders.  Satanist Charles Manson was inspired by Anton LaVey.

Others, too, were inspired by LaVey. Famous black actor/singer Sammy Davis, Jr., became both a religious Jew and a practicing Satanist, joining LaVey’s macabre congregation of devil cultists. Blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield also joined the cult, as did scores of other Hollywood and Las Vegas types.

As far as Satan was concerned, ’66 was a very good year. Anton LaVey, a Christ-hating Jew, shown here performing a ritual with disciple, actress Jayne Mansfield, founded the Church of Satan in ’66. Meanwhile, John Kerry (Yale, Class of ’66) was enjoying the benefits of residence at The Tomb, headquarters of the Order of Skull & Bones.

But, let us again return to the subject of our essay: Long Devil, John Kerry.

Joining Hands with Mr. Chappaquiddick, Ted Kennedy

John Kerry has been, as we all know, richly rewarded for his faithfulness to Lucifer’s cause. Pretending to be an Irish Catholic, Kerry first became Massachusetts Lt. Governor, serving under a fellow occultist, super-liberal Governor Michael Dukakis. Then he joined “Mr. Chappaquiddick,” Ted (Catholic and Rosicrucian) Kennedy as a U.S. Senator, being elected from the state popularly known as The Peoples Republic of Massachusetts.

John Kerry seems to like things “Red.” Here he is sitting atop his bright, fire-red motorcycle (Insight magazine, April 13, 2004). He reportedly once took a $10,000 bribe from Johnny Chung, a lobbyist for Red China, and a Communist museum in Vietnam today proudly displays a picture of Senator John Kerry embracing Red Communist leaders. Kerry’s wife, Teresa, is a funder of numerous Red Communist causes. She originally hails from Mozambique, in Africa, a Marxist-led country. Insiders believe that during the Vietnam War, USN-Lt John Kerry aided in Operation Phoenix, whose symbol, or logo, was the red dragon!

All along, Kerry has kept his ties to various Communist front groups. At virtually every campaign stop today, you’ll see Kerry flash the old Communist clenched-fist salute, an enduring symbol of one’s devotion to Marxism/Leninism philosophy.

“Communism is Jewish,” the late Rabbi Stephen Wise proudly proclaimed. Indeed, Gus Hall, the man honored as the Chairman of the Soviet-funded Communist Party U.S.A. for so long, was a Jew. Like Kerry, he had changed his name to hide his Jewish race.

Comrade John Kerry frequently gives the Communist clenched-fist salute. The late Bella Abzug, Communist Congresswoman from New York and feminist gal-pal of Hillary Clinton, also loved displaying the Leninist/Stalinist salute.

The Lubavitchers and Kerry

Kerry’s brother, Cameron, is likewise a Jew, and proud of it. Recently, he marched side-by-side with a leader of the Lubavitcher sect in New York City. The occasion was the “Israel Day

Parade.” The Lubavitchers are a radical Jewish Orthodox sect. Many of them believe their late fuhrer, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, will rise from the dead to become the Jewish Messiah, Dictator of the World. They affectionately call Schneerson their “Rebbe.”

Cameron Kerry (right) sporting a “Pro-Israel, Pro-Kerry” t-shirt, attends an Israel Day Parade with friend, Yankel Wice, influential Lubavitcher leader and lawyer for the National

Association of Jewish Legislators.

If, however, the departed Schneerson does not show in time, John Kerry, the Jews’ new hero, may be just what their Master, the devil, orders. After all, Kerry is not only Jewish, his very name, albeit covert in nature, is “Long Devil.” How very appropriate a name for the antichrist. The Lubavitchers would likely not know him as antichrist. To them, he would probably be received as their beloved “Rebbe.”

Christians to Have Heads Chopped Off

The antichrist, the Bible prophesies in Revelation 13, “will make war against the saints” of God. He will have Christians and other resisters to his New World Order beheaded, say the scriptures.

Not surprisingly, the Lubavitchers—and many other Jewish groups—are big advocates of the Noahide Laws. They once actually got President George H.W. Bush (the senior Bush) and the U.S.

Senate to pass a resolution praising both their beloved Rebbe, Menachem M. Schneerson, and the Noahide Laws. And what, do tell, do the Noahide Laws say?

Well for one thing, the Noahide Laws require all Gentiles (Yes, Gentiles) to be “righteous.” Being righteous is defined as not worshipping idols. And Jesus is declared in the Talmud to be an idol!

In summary, under the Noahide Laws, all Christians who worship Jesus Christ are idolaters and will be duly punished by beheading!

Shouldn’t John Kerry’s Jewish brother, Cameron Kerry, a lawyer and pro-Israel activist and fanatic, be asked about his association with the Lubavitchers and other Jewish Talmudists?

Especially in light of Cameron Kerry’s recent trips to Israel, where he was wined and dined by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the bloodthirsty Butcher of Lebanon?

ARTICLE 4

WESTERN CULTURE AND SOCIETY :  THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) – American Religion

RELIGION IN AMERICA:

The United States is a country of many religions. The first words of the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution say: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Therefore, state does not establish, or endorse, or favor a particular form of religion and citizens are free to practice the religion they choose.

This tradition of religious freedom runs deep in America. Many of this nation’s early settlers were religious communities fleeing persecution in Europe; they were seeking a place where they could practice their own religion far from the state-sanctioned religions of their native countries.

America supports over 2000 different religious denominations, and in which more than 60 percent of the citizens can be found at least once a month in one of the almost 500,000 churches, temples and mosques.

Islam is considered one of the fastest-growing religions in the United States today. There are over 1,200 mosques in the United States – more than 60 percent founded in the last 20 years. The typical American mosque is ethnically diverse; nearly 90 percent have some Asian, African-American, and Arab members.

Early in their history, Americans rejected the concept of the established or government-favored religion that had dominated, and divided, so many European countries.

One of the first permanent settlements in what became the North American colonies was founded by English Puritans, Calvinists who had been outsiders in their homeland, where the Church of England was established. The Puritans settled in Massachusetts, where they grew and prospered.

The state of Rhode Island, is well known as a place where everyone enjoyed religious freedom throughout history. Two other states originated as havens for people being persecuted for their religious beliefs: Maryland as a refuge for Catholics and Pennsylvania for the Society of Friends (Quakers), a Protestant group whose members believe in plain living.

Even after the adoption of the Constitution in 1787 and the Bill of Rights (which includes the First Amendment) in 1791, Protestantism continued to enjoy a favored status in some states.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) were jailed in the 19th century for practicing polygamy (subsequently the Mormon Church withdrew its sanction of polygamy). More recently, parents have been convicted of criminal negligence for refusing to obtain medical help for their ailing children, who went on to die, even though the parents’ religious beliefs dictated that they refuse treatment because faith would provide a cure.

PROTESTANTS:

Liberal American Protestantism in the 19th century was allied with similar trends in Europe, where scholars were reading and interpreting the Bible in a new way. They questioned the validity of biblical miracles and traditional beliefs about the authorship of biblical books. There was also the challenge of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to contend with. If human beings were descended from other animals, as most scientists came to believe, then the story of Adam and Eve, the biblical first parents, could not be literally true.

What distinguished 19th-century liberal Protestants from their 20th-century counterparts was optimism about the human capacity for improvement. Some of the early ministers believed that the church could accelerate progress by trying to reform society. In the spirit of the gospels, they began to work on behalf of the urban poor. Today’s liberal clergymen — not just Protestants but Catholics and others, too — may be less convinced that progress is inevitable, but many of them have continued their efforts on behalf of the poor by managing shelters for homeless people, feeding the hungry, running day-care centers for children, and speaking out on social issues.

Evangelical Christians favor an impassioned, participatory approach to religion, and their services are often highly charged, with group singing and dramatic sermons that evoke spirited responses from the congregation. The South, in particular, became a bastion of this “old-time religion,” and the conservative Baptist church is very influential in that region. In recent decades some preachers have taken their ministry to television, preaching as “televangelists” to large audiences.

The trend toward removing religious teaching and practices from public schools has prompted some parents to send their children to religious schools and others to educate their children at home.

CATHOLICS AND RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS:

By the time of the Civil War, over one million Irish Catholics had come to the United States. In a majority Protestant country, they and Catholics of other backgrounds were subjected to prejudice.

Although Catholics were never denied access to public schools or hospitals, beginning in the 19th century they built institutions of their own, which met accepted standards while observing the tenets of Catholic belief and morality. On the other hand, the Catholic Church does not require its members to go to church-run institutions. Many Catholic students attend public schools and secular colleges. But Catholic schools still educate many Catholic young people, as well as a growing number of non-Catholics, whose parents are attracted by the discipline and quality of instruction.

JEWISH FAITHS:

Like Catholics, Jews were a small minority in the first years of the American republic. Until the late 19th century, most Jews in America were of German origin. Anti-Jewish prejudice was not a big problem before the Civil War. But when Jews began coming to America in great numbers, anti-Jewish groups appeared.

Usually, Jewish children attended public schools and took religious instruction in special Hebrew schools. The children of Jewish immigrants moved rapidly into the professions and into American universities, where many became intellectual leaders.

To combat prejudice and discrimination, Jews formed the B’nai Brith Anti-Defamation League, which has played a major role in educating Americans about the injustice of prejudice and making them aware of the rights, not only of Jews, but of all minorities.

By the 1950s Americans were described as coming in three basic varieties — Protestant, Catholic, and Jew. The order reflects the numerical strength of each group: In the 1990 census, Protestants of all denominations numbered 140 million; Catholics, 62 million; and Jews, 5 million.

Today the three-faith formula is obsolete. The Islamic faith also has 5 million, Buddhism and Hinduism are growing with the arrival of immigrants from countries where these are the majority religions. In some cases, inner-city Christian churches whose congregations have moved to the suburbs have sold their buildings to Buddhists, who have refitted them to suit their practices.

ALTERNATIVE RELIGIONS:

America has been a fertile ground for new religions. The Mormon and Christian Science Churches are perhaps the best-known of the faiths that have sprung up on American soil. Because of its tradition of noninterference in religious matters, the United States has also provided a comfortable home for many small sects from overseas. The Amish, for example, descendants of German immigrants who reside mostly in Pennsylvania and neighboring states, have lived simple lives, wearing plain clothes and shunning modern technology, for generations.

Some small groups are considered to be religious cults because they profess extremist beliefs and tend to glorify a founding figure. As long as cults and their members abide by the law, they are generally left alone. Religious prejudice is rare in America, and interfaith meetings and cooperation are commonplace.

Most Americans think religion is a personal matter not usually discussed in everyday conversation. The vast majority practice their faith quietly in whatever manner they choose — as members of one of the traditional religious denominations, as participants in nondenominational congregations, or as individuals who join no organized group. However Americans choose to exercise their faith, they are a spiritual people. Nine out of ten Americans express some religious preference.

WHAT IS A CULT?

The term “cult” is used to describe certain religious groups outside of the mainstream of Western religion. Social scientists divide religious groups into three categories: churches, sects, and cults.

“Churches” are the large denominations with an inclusive approach to life and include such groups as the Roman Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church, the American Baptist Church, the United Church of Christ and the Protestant Episcopal Church.

“Sects” are groups that have broken away from the main church. Sects follow the same pattern as mainstream religion but are more strict in behavioral demands placed upon members and emphasize their separation and distinctiveness from the larger culture.

“Cults” follow a very different religious structure. When social scientists began their discussion of cults in the 1920s, they were aware of only a few cult groups. A survey of religion in America (1949) listed twenty-seven cults.

The Christian approach to cults would include every group which has departed from orthodox Christianity (such as the Church of Christ, Scientist, the Latter Day Saints, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses) as well as those groups which have never made any claim to be Christian.

More recently there have been many debates on cults since the 1970s. The debates involved speaking to parents of people who were concerned with changes in their sons and daughters who had joined particular religious groups. These “cults”–The Children of God, the Church of Armageddon, the Unification Church, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, and the Church of Scientology–had, they claimed, radically altered the personality of their children.

Anti-cult groups began to speak of “destructive cults,” groups which hypnotized or brainwashed recruits, destroyed their ability to make rational judgments and turned them into slaves of the group’s leader. Marcia Rudin, a popular anti-cult writer, listed fourteen commonly accepted characteristics of a cult:

Members swear total allegiance to an all-powerful leader who they believe to be the Messiah.
Rational thought is discouraged or forbidden.
The cult’s recruitment techniques are often deceptive.
The cult weakens the follower psychologically by making him or her depend upon the group to solve his or her problems.
The cults manipulate guilt to their advantage.
The cult leader makes all the career and life decision of the members.
Cults exist only for their own material survival and make false promises to work to improve society.
Cult members often work fulltime for the group for little or no pay.
Cult members are isolated from the outside world and any reality testing it could provide.
Cults are antiwoman, antichild, and antifamily.
Cults are apocalyptic and believe themselves to be the remnant who will survive the soon-approaching end of the world.
Many cults follow an “ends justify the means” philosophy.
Cults, particularly in regard to their finances, are shrouded in secrecy.
There is frequently an aura of or potential for violence around cults.

Anti-cult literature reflects a great concern with approximately 15 groups, though as many as 75 to 100 have received passing mention. Only five groups–the Unification Church, the Children of God, the Church of Scientology, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, and The Way International–have received consistent coverage over the years of the anti-cult movement’s existence. Everyone who has looked at the cults agrees that the number of alternative religious groups has grown significantly during the twentieth century.

Only a few of the older cults–the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints–have attained a broad membership throughout the nation. Of those groups formed in the twentieth century, only a few, such as the American Muslim Mission (found in 1930), can count their membership in the tens of thousands. The more famous of the contemporary cults, such as the Unification Church (with 5,000 to 7,000 members) or the Hare Krishna (with approximately 2,500 initiated members), can count their membership in the thousands.

The large immigration of Asians in the last half of the nineteenth century brought the first Buddhist and Hindu teachers to the United States and threatened many West Coast residents. California could have become like Hawaii, which is one third Buddhist

The nonconventional religions also vary widely in their recruitment processes. Some, particularly those with Evangelical Christian roots (and a few which are Eastern, but reacting to Christian missionary activity) have an aggressive program of membership enlistment. Most others rely upon the distribution of literature or the sponsoring of introductory classes to which a potential convert must make the initial effort and attend.

Life in a Cult – Once a person joins a nonconventional religious group, he or she must begin to adapt to group life. New recruits will go through a program of education in group beliefs and practices.

Evangelical Christianity has been the mainstream of religion in America. In its attempts to be true to traditional Protestant Christian affirmations, it has been among the most conservative of religious forces and has commanded the largest segment of the religious public.

THE ANTI-CULT MOVEMENT:

The Problem of Religion: During the 1970s several trends in American religion came together. Since the American Revolution, this country has been shaken by periods of social protest followed by national religious revivals in which the entire population, regardless of religious affiliation, gave a heightened attention to religious concerns. During such periods, new and alternative religions have been born or given surges of growth while the more traditional churches reaped the bulk of the harvest. Such a national revival occurred in the early 1970s on the heels of the social protests of the 1960s.

The first anticult association was called the Parents’ Committee to Free Our Children from the Children of God (later shortened to “Free the Children of God,” and popularly called “FREECOG”).

From its beginning, the anticult movement focused upon a single problem, the distress of parents whose young adult sons and daughters (to whom the literature typically refers as “children” regardless of age) had abandoned home, career, college, and a “normal” future for membership in a demanding nonconventional religion (i.e., a cult).

The anti-cult movement can point to one clear success. In its first decade of activity it has impressed upon the popular consciousness a negative image of cults. The media gave the anti-cult movement widespread coverage in both magazines and newspapers, which have featured accounts of life in and out of the cults by former members.

CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST:

Because of its espousal of spiritual healing and its affirmation that Christian Science is incompatible with reliance upon materia medica, the Church of Christ, Scientist has been one of the most important of the nonconventional religions in America as well as a matter of intense controversy from the day of its founding.

The Church of Christ, Scientist was founded by Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1919) who as a young woman had been continually hobbled with poor health. In 1862 she learned of Dr. Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, a mental healer in Portland, Maine. In October of that year she traveled to Portland and placed herself under his care. She soon experienced some relief of her symptoms which she ascribed to his efforts. She became his student and took the opportunity, when offered, to pass them on to others.

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS (MORMON):

The most successful of the many groups which have been labeled “cult”, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has over two million members and dominates the religious life of the Rocky Mountain area from Boise, Idaho, to Phoenix, Arizona. Started in the early nineteenth century, it has grown steadily worldwide.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, popularly called the Mormons, was founded by Joseph Smith, Jr. (born December 23, 1805 in Sharon, Vermont). As a youth, Smith had moved from Vermont to western New York, near the town of Palmyra.

In 1839 the Mormons established the community at Nauvoo, Illinois which soon grew into the largest city in the state. A new temple was begun, and the Church entered a growth phase. During this period the first of the European mission efforts (later a major source of members) was launched.

They introduced the practice of polygamy and began by setting an example for the other Church leaders. The exact number of Smith’s plural wives is still a matter of conjecture (estimates range from 27 to 84), but there is little doubt that polygamy caused immense problems for the Church.

In 1852 they announced the practice of plural marriage as public doctrine and began a battle with the United States government that was to last for the rest of the century. In 1862 the first federal anti-polygamy bill was passed, and efforts were increased to prevent its practice. These efforts were strengthened in 1882 with the passage of the Edmunds Bill, which disenfranchised all people living in polygamy, and the 5-member Utah Commission established to enforce the provisions.

During the twentieth century polygamy was eradicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but it continued in Mormon territory, especially in Mexico where it was not illegal. A large Fundamentalist (polygamy-practicing community) still exists in the Western United States and Northern Mexico.

Members of the church are expected to refrain from the use of tea, coffee, tobacco, and alcohol.

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES:

Jehovah’s Witnesses are interested in you and your welfare. They want to be your friends and to tell you more about themselves, their beliefs, their organization, and how they feel about people and the world in which all of us live.

The name Jehovah appears almost 7,000 times in the original Hebrew Scriptures. Most Bibles do not show it as such but substitute “God” or “Lord” for it.

In just a century and a half the Seventh-day Adventist Church has grown from a handful of individuals, who carefully studied the Bible in their search for truth, to a world-wide community of over eight million members and millions of others who regard the Adventist Church their spiritual home. The name “Seventh-day Adventist” was chosen in 1860.

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Put 1 and 1 together, and beware of Xian fundo-leaning factions in DAP who’s agenda is not betterment of the Rakyat but self serving parasitisation of the people with a fundo slant, and even PAS’s fundo factions (God knows what these 2 top cliques leaders get up to talking about the Rakyat as if we had no choice in how we should live – DAP and PAS need to amend laws not plot and carve up Malaysia) – that may never want to end apartheid (again kudos to Hadi for sticking to distribution of power principles by not running for MB and sticking to the MP’s posts onlyb (though term limitles issue does arise), very rare this day separation of powers unlike others who hold multiple posts and undemocratically and unethically hold multiple posts (i.e. PM and Finance Minister, Council Chair and CM, MP’s seat and Assemblyman’s seat, etc.. – this is compoiunded by family members in the same position . . . ) . . . but the stand on other things is somewhat unclear to a degree and the public has no access to ask . . . ). Groups like Dong Jiao Zhong should field their own candidates, and those in DAP not of the nepotistic clique, or fence sitters, had better leave DAP if the nepotistic central committee’s family blocs cannot be displaced and join PCM or any 3rd Force parties (BN being too apartheid to vote for).

Does the UN know what is going on here in 3rd world Malaysia? Does this warrant Peacekeepers? An audit and withdrawal (also name and shame to vindicate so many victims) of offending psyche establishment ‘professionals’ degrees, or even other degree disciplines may be needed to keep some of our more ‘vocal activists’ safe from abuse? Some of us want to be among neutral citizens, live in a neutral agenda free world, not among cultists and religious fundos posing as politicians or regular citizens while claiming people they don’t like or who have different beliefs from them as being seriously mentally ill and needing to be put away, while the fundos and psyches themselves need to be put away.

I am sure this whole near 2 decades long episode has exposed a wider network of abuse and abusers that Interpol and even UN can act upon, the good guys and bad guys and their methods are now clearer outlined than ever . . . does the UN do lawsuits on behalf of peoples oppressed or abused in the 3rd world? Otherwise racists and corrupt 3rd world political warlords? Whatever citizens not of the above fundo-psyche abuse-racist types, please make sure you know why you vote for and only by the below criteria :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (anyone favouring any faith is no safe choice)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

5 Articles on Malaysian Politics – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – DPM Muddy Muddies, NLP recidivism aka Ill Treatment of Media Portals against online readers, LKS Strawmans a Strawman (NEVER mentioning ending APARTHEID and still in Gaddfi/Mubarak/Assad/BenAli-esque term limitlessness), MCA (while still ‘lapdog unvotable’) reminds on DAP’s lies, Royalty (In a world of their own or complicit to Malaysian malaise?) – 5th March 2012

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ARTICLE 1

No need to bring up BN’s past mistakes, says Muhyiddin – by Melissa Chi – March 04, 2012

BN has brought development to the country despite past missteps, said Muhyiddin. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin said although the prime minister admitted Barisan Nasional’s (BN) mistakes, “there is no need to list out our weaknesses; that is in the past”.

“What is more important is in front, in the next 10, 20 years and as the prime minister said, we are ready to improve ourselves and improve on what we have already accomplished such as the national transformation programmes, which includes the economy, government, politics, rural issues and new measures taken by the prime minister and the government, which have an effective impact.

“The people have accepted the concept of 1 Malaysia and there is a new feeling of confidence in Barisan Nasional among the people,” Muhyiddin told reporters after the launch of the World Kidney Day here at Dataran Merdeka.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak apologised yesterday for BN’s past mistakes, which led to the loss of its two-thirds parliamentary majority and four states in 2008, recognising the groundswell against the ruling coalition remains ahead of a general election that must be held by next year.

“I believe that we should not be arrogant. In a parliamentary democracy, we have to subject ourselves to the power of the people. We must have made mistakes for the people to have rejected us,” Najib was quoted as saying in Kedah yesterday by Bernama Online.

“We apologise for our past mistakes. The victors apologise, as do the losers.”

The prime minister said the BN would rectify the mistakes and make up by serving the people as best as it could.

The voters’ rejection of the BN, like in Kedah, was in a way due to the mistakes made by the coalition, Najib said during a day-long visit to the state.

Today, his deputy said that the prime minister’s apology was an act of humility.

“We, as humans, of course have weaknesses; nobody is perfect and the Barisan Nasional government is aware of our weaknesses and may have made some mistakes.

“However, in the past 54 years, nobody can deny the fact that, even with our weaknesses, we have succeeded with major developments in economy, social, culture, education, international relations and many more,” Muhyiddin said.

The Malaysian Insider understands that the latest Umno surveys show that there could be a repeat of the Election 2008 results but with Pakatan Rakyat (PR) getting at least 87 federal seats, five more than in 2008.

Among the issues blighting BN’s efforts to garner more support include a civil service pay revamp that has gone awry, the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) scandal involving a minister’s family, and the Lynas Corp rare earth refinery operations which has seen growing opposition to its plan to keep radioactive waste in the country.

BN won 140 seats in the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat with the remainder going to PR but a series of defections has seen the opposition dropping to 76 seats. It also lost Perak to BN in 2009 after three PR lawmakers quit to be independents supporting the federal coalition.

PR now holds Kelantan, Kedah, Penang and Selangor but a brewing leadership crisis in Kedah could tilt the rice-bowl state back to BN in the next election, which must be called before May next year.

Speculation has been rife that the 13th national polls will be called soon.

But Najib has yet to indicate when he will dissolve Parliament, which will start its 2012 sitting next week.

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If BN wants to correct 3 very glaring mistakes first, all the smaller mistakes might even be forgotten. How about granting (since BN has the mandate) :

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.

Otherwise BN has no value to near 40% of the population (or even more by item 2, many Malays might want to choose a different religion or have no religion at all, a 20-30% figure means BN would be wiped out by sheer neglect to affirm UNHCR Article 18 . . . ) at all. Not-so-religious or non-Muslim Malay, Orang Asli, Indians, Chinese, will vote for BN only if the above 3 items are allowed.

UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS Article 18.

  • Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

ARTICLE 2

Forgive and forget, the Umno Way — Gomen Man – March 04, 2012

MARCH 4 — This is the Umno way: Forget all debts and don’t bring up mistakes. And this enlightening statement is coming from Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the then-agriculture minister who approved the now-infamous National Feedlot Centre project.

This is a most self-serving and irresponsible statement, not to mention dangerous.

Is this what we are supposed to teach our children? Just say sorry and all will be forgiven. There is no need to show remorse, make restitution or pay a price for breaking the law.

How about the common Malaysian? Just say sorry and there will be no need to be punished for cheating, theft, robbery, murder, criminal breach of trust, etc.

Muhyiddin’s statement is very much in keeping with the ridiculous stuff that we keep having to put up with. Don’t bring up my past transgressions even though I have not owned up to it because it is in the past.

OK, let’s for a minute accept his ridiculous proposition. Let’s not bring up the RM250 million fiasco called the NFC or implicate Shahrizat Jalil’s family in it.

Stop talking about the RM850 million court judgment that, because of the government’s intervention, Tajuddin Ramli does not have to pay to Danaharta.

Don’t make fun of the government transformation programme and ETP just because the figures used by Pemandu are intellectually dishonest.

Stop going on a witch hunt for the people behind the RM2.5 billion losses just suffered by MAS and the cost escalation to nearly RM5 billion for a low cost terminal in KLIA.

Don’t bring up the RM500 million commission paid to certain individuals for the Scorpene submarine deal.

And since we are in such a forgiving mood, we should also include the rakyat and not hold anyone accountable for any transgression. As long as they give a blanket apology, everything is OK.

This, in essence, is what Muhyiddin Yassin said.

* Gomen Man reads The Malaysian Insider.

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Gomen??? Is that you Gomes? Weirdos . . . How about Forgo and Forgone, the UMNO Way? More NLP titles eh? Sick.

If DPM Muddy would grant :

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 stop being a cryptoracist (if DPM actually is at all . . . by all accounts and non-MSM opinions he would appear so . . . ), allow ALL races to join UMNO, I’d vote for UMNO without issue, the corruption and other issues would determine the pecking order in a new UMNO that has the 3 items in it’s constitution and the new leaders (DPM Muddy and PM Najib, are you up to this?) will be those who granted the above 3 items.

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Vague apology doesn’t wipe slate clean, Kit Siang tells Najib – by Melissa Chi – March 04, 2012

Lim asked if Najib’s apology meant he was now shouldering the mistakes of previous prime ministers. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — DAP leader Lim Kit Siang challenged Datuk Seri Najib Razak today to list his Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s mistakes to prove that his apology was not a “blank cheque” for the transgressions of previous administrations.

“Is Najib apologising for [Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s] 22-year premiership [that] was dogged by a catalogue of financial scandals costing an estimated loss of RM100 billion to the country?

“Up to now, Malaysians are still paying for these financial scandals, as in the third and latest RM840 million bailout of former Malaysia Airlines (MAS) chairman Tajudin Ramli with his out-of-court settlement with Danaharta and GLCs (government-linked companies),” the veteran opposition lawmaker said in a statement.

Lim said the prime minister should be given an opportunity to enumerate the past BN mistakes for which he is extending an apology and promise not to repeat them, so that Malaysians can decide whether Najib’s admission was sincere or otherwise.

The Ipoh Timor MP said Najib’s apology should be accepted if it is genuine, but added that it could be “just election gimmickry”.

Najib, who is chairman of the 13-member ruling coalition, apologised yesterday for BN’s past mistakes that caused it to lose its customary two-thirds majority in Parliament and four states in 2008.

The apology appeared to be recognition of the groundswell against the ruling coalition ahead of a general election that must be held by next year.

“I believe that we should not be arrogant. In a parliamentary democracy, we have to subject ourselves to the power of the people. We must have made mistakes for the people to have rejected us.

“We apologise for our past mistakes. The victors apologise, as do the losers,” he said at a meet-the-people session at the Kuala Ketil public field, Baling, according to a Bernama Online report.

The prime minister said the BN would rectify the mistakes and make up by serving the people as best as it can.

The voters’ rejection of the BN, like in Kedah, was in a way due to the mistakes made by the coalition, Najib said during a day-long visit to the state.

Earlier today, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said although the prime minister admitted that BN made mistakes, “there is no need to list out our weaknesses; that is in the past”.

“What is more important is in front, in the next 10, 20 years and as the prime minister said, we are ready to improve ourselves and improve on what we have already accomplished such as the national transformation programmes, which includes the economy, government, politics, rural issues and new measures taken by the prime minister and the government, which have an effective impact,” Najib’s deputy told reporters after the launch of the World Kidney Day at Dataran Merdeka.

Today, Lim said one should ask whether Najib has issued a “blank cheque” apology, “signifying nothing as to enable all the past BN mistakes of abuses of power, corruption and lack of accountability to be repeated in even worse magnitude”.

“In the past three decades, the independence, impartiality, integrity and professionalism of major national institutions, whether civil service, judiciary, police, elections commission or anti-corruption agency, were seriously compromised by executive interference and usurpation,” he said.

Lim pointed out the “abysmal failure” in the fight against corruption under the 1 Malaysia Government Transformation Programme (GTP), noting the score for the corruption perception index (CPI) has plunged to a lowest-ever 4.3 and the worst ranking so far of No. 60 in the 2011 Transparency International CPI.

The DAP advisor asked if Najib was apologising for Malaysia becoming “increasingly corrupt” under the administration of the fourth and fifth prime ministers, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Abdullah Badawi respectively.

He also demanded if Najib will apologise for the “illegal power grab” in Perak, which saw the elected Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government headed by Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin [[[ *** Psst, legalize Psychedelic Organics and call yourself Jah-luddin and who knows PM-ship from sheer coolness could result . . . Ambiga was at fault there . . . *** ]]] being ousted from office after several state lawmakers jumped ship 11 months into its mandate.

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Instead of demanding more apologies (much like LGE did in tat failure of a DAP-MCA Debate), LKS needs to apologise for DAP’s FAILURE to keep it’s 12th GE promises as follows :

a) Local Council Elections at Quorum of 66.6% in each district.
b) Asset declarations of **MPs** NOT EXCOs. Changing the fine print is DISHONESTY. Not keeping word means DAP and LKS is UNTRUSTWORTHY. And the Rakyat won’t believe any excuses about not knowing what DAP is doing, LKS runs DAP like a family business, only the stupidest or authoritarian inclined politicians would tolerate that sort of b.s..
c) Various abuse of power cases still pending and uncompensated thus far.
d) Teo Beng Hock’s cynical death, which I believe if an audit of LKS’s sick mind is done will reveal the worst fears about, that DAP SENT Teo Beng Hock to his death.
e) For ‘dropping’ parachute minister on Penang without ANY vote of any sort. NEPOTISM at it’s worst is why we have LGE as Chief Minister today. In a truly democratic political party (i.e. at 66.6% quorums or a one-man one-vote for all Penangites system (like USA’s presidential elections), no way would LGE be Chief Minister.

ARTICLE 4

DAP’s Boo Is All Talk – Monday, 05 March 2012 13:43 – Tee Siew Kiong

DAP Johor Chairman Boo Cheng Hao only knows how to play political tricks and talk nonsense, and has underestimated the wisdom of the voters by continuing to use the same tricks in an attempt to fool the voters.

This statement is made in reaction to Boo’s motion to the state’s legislative assembly seating to request for a debate on toll charges during the assembly which begins on March 15.

MCA has always maintained good relationships with Chinese societies and associations.

Regardless of whether or not we are a part of the state government, we start to work to figure out this problem and MCA President Dr Chua Soi Lek has also met with ministers and the federal government to discuss this issue.

Boo has no experience in government administration work, and I sympathize and feel sorry for him as he is facing internal conflicts, so he is unable to carry out his responsibilities as a state assemblyman during the meetings of the state’s legislative assembly.

If he was indeed worried about toll charges, then he should have personally asked Penang Chief Minister and DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng to abolish the Sungai Nyior Toll and Penang Bridge tolls as these promises were made by DAP to the people should they take over the state government.

If DAP is unable to solve their own state’s toll problems, then they should not continue to pay lip service to the public by making all kinds of promises in order to mislead the people.

DAP never make their stand clear on PAS’s goal of establishing an Islamic theocratic state. MCA on the other hand, has always advocated people-oriented policies, and works hard to convey the views of the Chinese community to the government and to implement policies efficiently as a gift to the people based on their feedback to us.

TEE SIEW KIONG is MCA National Organising Secretary

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You know what BN? Between the Tolls and Ending Apartheid, doubtless anyone can see that ending apartheid is more important. So guess why BN is unvotable? This toll thing is a very low priority issue compared to apartheid.

Many thanks to MCA for keeping tabs on what DAP lied. But MCA, do you know that by remaining in BN you are tacitly accepting APARTHEID for the minorities and thus are as unvotable as DAP? How about asking PM Najib to grant :

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 make things easy for the voters? Even PAS has become an international standard party without race specific criteria, what does that make UMNO and by extension MCA who still cannot make clear on the above 3 items? The mandate is with BN, why does BN not grant the above 3 items? How can anyone vote for BN then? We don’t like Pakatan, but BN’s non-use of the mandate to grant the above 3 items makes BN unvotable. Grant the abiove 3 items and allow us to not vote for Pakatan nd Pakatan’s lies! Until then BN is still finished.

ARTICLE 5

‘Don’t involve sultans in political games’ – Rulers are the protectors of the Constitution and should be left alone, says Tengku Azlan – by Terence Fernandez and Azril Annuar – March 05, 2012 – 17:32

TENGKU AZLAN: ‘Although I’m the brother of the Sultan of Pahang, when I contest, I’m just another wakil rakyat’ — Pic: Arif Kartono

In the final part of our interview with Tan Sri Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar, he reminds both politicians and the Royal Houses that there is a clear demarcation of roles.

Terence Fernandez and Azril Annuar ask the questions to the straight-talking Jerantut MP.

MM: What is wrong with our country apart from the politics? We’re sure we rakyat have to blame ourselves …

TA: Too much politics! That’s why I’m very frustrated. Everything is politics. You can’t run a country by just politicking. It’s wrong.

Once you are a government, you are a government of the people. There’s no party there. Our PM is the PM for everyone — even the Opposition, when they see the PM they have to give him due respect because he’s the PM of the country. It doesn’t matter what your political belief is. When I go to Penang, Lim Guan Eng is the chief minister.

He is the government there. I am there as opposition. That is not the opposition government, that’s the people’s government. So we must respect the choice of the Penang people.

With you representing the royal house of Pahang, the last time the royal houses were brought into the fray of politics pre-2008 was when we headed for independence. Since the last elections, there has been an unprecedented involvement of the royal houses, especially in Selangor and Perak.

I think the rulers know their function. The rulers are the protectors of the Constitution. They should be above politics. Obviously politicians should not use the royal household for their political schemes.

I think they should be left alone. The ruler should be a unifiying figure. Through the Constitution all races are protected. The rulers are not rulers for Malays only, they rule everyone.

I hope all rulers will be like (his older brother) Tuanku Pahang who goes to the ground especially when the rakyat is facing an emergency. If all rulers can play this role, it’s very good for the country because the rakyat will see they have a last resort.

If politicians cannot solve their problems, they have their sultans. I can speak about only Pahang because I know what my brother has done. He’s the people’s ruler. He takes care of everyone, not just the Malays and Tuanku Sultan Ahmad Shah is an approachable person.

What about some politicians who alienate the royal household by disrespecting protocol?

I cannot say it’s the majority. There are bound to be a few who think otherwise or are a bit radical in their thinking or outlook on the monarchy. Whether we like it or not, we need the monarchy to unite the races.

But there are perceptions that some rulers are aligned to a certain political power. Shouldn’t they be neutral?

Take Kelantan, PAS is the government, the ruler has to support the government of the people. In Pahang, BN is the government, Tuanku Pahang has to support the government of the day. If people chose otherwise, he’ll support that.

Despite your intention not to re-contest, surely Umno is trying to persuade you to stand in Jerantut. Perhaps, certain aspects of your constituency are neglected by the government because they say Jerantut is a fixed deposit because who is going to vote against the sultan’s brother because the rural folk revere the sultan?

If people think that way, that means they haven’t learned anything. You must not forget, although I’m the brother of the Sultan of Pahang, when I contest, I’m just another wakil rakyat.

But these are rural areas. Urban areas are different, if they put you in Lembah Pantai, no disrespect, but you may lose. But in your hometown, rural folk, 90 per cent Malays, definitely they’ll vote for a member of the royal house. A vote against Tengku Azlan is a vote against the sultan.

I think the people in Jerantut are wise enough to know. I don’t want them to vote me because I’m the sultan’s brother, I want them to vote me for what I’ve done. I told them, if you want me I’m around, if not, I’m out. I think the people of Jerantut should look at that. Vote for a wakil rakyat who performs.

Even if I don’t contest there, if Umno … you see we have 19,000 or 20,000 Umno members in Jerantut. If every Umno member votes for a BN candidate, there’s no way Jerantut will lose to the Opposition.

But the problem is the disloyal Umno members, they are voting against BN today and it’s happening all over the country. Umno may have enough members to get their candidates to win any particular constituency. But it’s the disloyal opportunists who don’t vote for Umno when they don’t get something.

What about the loyalists who are frustrated with where Umno is heading? They vote against Umno to teach it a lesson. So Umno might go back to what it once was?

Well, if they’re not happy with the party, definitely they’re voting against Umno. If I’m dissatisfied, I’ll vote against Umno. So what? After all, Umno is just a party. But then, if you maintain quality in Umno, why would anybody want to vote for someone else?

But today, is Umno a quality party? Does Umno consist of quality leaders or members? If you look at DAP, they don’t have many members but people look at DAP as a quality party. A very well-organised party, that’s why they vote DAP, especially the Chinese.

Look at the MIC under Tan Sri V. Manickavasagam and Tun V.T. Sambanthan. MIC was solid because of the leaders. It was strong. Same with Tun Tan Siew Sin. He took care of our money as finance minister. Not just the Chinese respected him, even the Malays.

The problem is we’re not getting that kind of leaders anymore, I don’t know why.

Because Umno kills off its own leaders. They see anyone with potential, willingness to serve and (with) ambition, they kill them off.

I agree! They see someone with potential, they kill them right from the start. In the long run, Umno will lose. In life, you must have principles.

Principle also means being accountable and taking responsibility. What do you say about those who are guilty by association albeit through no fault of theirs?

I think I know who you are talking about. She made some mistakes in the sense that she responded on the wrong platform. So what she should have done is withdraw herself, temporarily and come back. One step backward to win two, three steps in the future.

And don’t say too much. In politics, politicians here like to talk when they see the microphone. There are certain things about good politics. That’s the beauty of Tun Mahathir. Sometimes he doesn’t say much or anything but he does a lot of thinking. So talk less, think more.

When you think more, you tend to get the real input in the sense of how to go about a certain issue and are able to articulate better, because your mouth is very dangerous and can turn against you because you’re talking without thinking. Emotions are the same. So always think before you want to react to a certain issue.

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If Tengku is to be an ordinary ‘wakil rakyat’, Tengku should please let the rulers know that Malaysia is an embarrassment because of the Constitution. As internationally and by UN considerations, even in proper application of Islam, with many of the laws and constitutional articles of Malaysia are outdated (even poorly written) and amount to a display of human rights abuse. If the citizens do not act,the citizens will continue to suffer, so when citizens act it is not out of inclination to disruptiveness but a seeking of justice.

And seeing what has occurred in the Arab Spring, shouldn’t the rulers stop (indirectly by inaction many untenable aspects of Malaysian life continue unaddressed) protecting the severely outdated and unfair portions of the constitution, and study which parts of the constitution are failures that need changing then correct the inapplicable portions of law and constitution instead? This failure by extension alludes much that I will not mention here that would doubtless fall foul on probably much coddled ears and likely even more insular minds.

Incidentally, as a defacto ruler by relation, Tengku best prevents conflict of interest between the state itself and the royal institution by considering the following. Politics is for certain beneath royalty, though seemingly the current neglect of the Royal institution’s duties to the exclusion of human rights and fallacies within constitution and law makes the already if not great distance between what is internationally applicable and not, causes much loss of trust and closeness between the 2. The people have moved on, and to refuse to engage in reasoned and fair minded reviews will only result the loss of what makes for rulers’ expected exceptionalism, what does not end up as a form of being out of touch in any case. Being unable to understand the need 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.

;does not bode well for Malaysia and could indicate a slide into, or stand of, a form of absolutism that will not help Malaysia or the reputation of the Court Institution nor foster respect among the people. These are no political games but a sincere aspiration for equality and Malaysia’s standing as an equality minded nation with considerate monarchs that would not want any portion of the populace to be disenfranchised in any manner as per the prevention of the Sin of Asabiya and of course to ensure the viability and fairness of the Rulers.

After all, Umno is just a party?’ Not just but more so when they brandish the royal titles bestowed, hiding behind the same like a bogeyman who’s hand is stayed only by their corrupted manipulations and immense pathos. By their power to ensure the above 3 items, the Rulers are tied to the fate of the nation (unless developments in the world are to be ignored or the rulers remove aspects of the constitution for responsibility to determine the state of equality of the people), by proxy. The nation must not look upon the Rulers as a force of oppression even in the endorsement and granting such simple and fair items above.

This condemnation of evidently racist UMNO though, is a positive development and could possibly be taken to indicate a (unfortunately glacial) step in the right direction.  The people can even if need be, indeed move ahead of the Rulers and the failed constitution (ask around in any international groupings the constitution is institutionalized Apartheid back with more Apartheid laws), but that will be a sad day and hopefully one that does not result in so many unstable region’s actions, that the powers that be, may be too late to correct, only to suffer social and reputational consequences for later . . . against such reasonable demands of normal world citizens too unfortunately!

This is for the ‘Wakil Rakyat’ Tengku acts in the capacity of –  to say that ‘a vote against Tengku Azlan is a vote against the Sultan.’ sounds particularly undemocratic (even threatening?) quite feudal, and somewhat Asabiya. Though to concede this point, the ‘rural-est’ and also Royal Township areas should be left as Malay and/or Islamic as the ruler wishes (the rulers should be aware that they may or may not profess any faith other than the official one, as well, by the UN charter? This could well be an issue of unwanted sovereign-to-subject, subject-to-sovereign peer pressure . . . will not go further into this, as the topic is indeed sensitive – but do not expect ANY Malaysian academic, courtier or politician much less non-Muslim politician, perhaps only non-Malaysians quite close to the Royals? to broach this point.), being a core cultural point of sorts.

I believe that the tipping point had already occurred sometime back and any apologism for absolutism and authoritarianism cannot preclude social development not enmired in the worst aspects of feudality. Being just another wakil rakyat, how does the above 3 items sound to Tengku and since Tengku has access to the Royal Malay Court for certain, Tengku should make these most reasonable 3 items a given rather than indicating that the rulers are not to be disturbed. None are interested in disturbing rulers, but rather the apartheid portions of the nature of the constitution. All world citizens expect a certain amount of fairness. Will the Rulers not act as in :

Article 1 of the Human Rights Charter
” . . . reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. . . . ” as “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with . . . ” the same?

For there is nothing else in life (barring the immense world spiritual world of emanation in which Royals could well be mere gnats compared to the Djinn and Devas who even then in turn are below the cultivated among faithful, even as Earth is a grain of sand in the Universe, and such inaction is particularly unacceptable and incongruous to the noble spirit (and consideration to the subject citizens) that should typify royalty worldwide. How could any citizen be raised above another in this manner in the material world and with flawed laws? Spiritually untenable.

The article read fine, then Tengku threw the following at the readers. ‘That’s the beauty of Tun Mahathir.‘?!? If Tengku has no idea how much harm was caused by policy written by, or mere presence of this man via cult of personality effect, negative influence via culture of patronage effect, out of touch is indeed the word for this ‘wakil Rakyat’. If this post if offensive, please inform, I will remove this post the next time I update the site.

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ARTICLE 1

Don’t Support Parties Having Many Problems – Sunday, 26 February 2012 00:13

PENDANG — Najib Tun Razak said the people should be wise in picking a party that has their interests at heart and not parties that are having many problems.

The prime minister also urged the people to not only not support such parties but also those in a pact but having different idealogies.

“One will say this, another that. One will support Israel and another will have many internal problems. We have no use for such problematic parties,” he said at an “Evening with the Prime Minister” function with the Kedah-Perlis Siamese community at Wat Nanai in Kampung Tok Set near here on Saturday.

Also present were Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor, Perlis Menteri Besar Dr Md Isa Sabu, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom, Housing and Local Government Minister Chor Chee Heung, Kedah Umno chief Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, Kedah Umno deputy chief Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir, who is also Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister, and Boon Som Inong, the Siamese community’s representative in the Dewan Negara.

Najib said the people should support the Barisan Nasional (BN) as the BN government was one that cared for the people.

“We do not play politics. We do not promise the moon, stars and planets. We do not promise but we deliver. We have been doing this since three years ago…give us five more years and will transform the socio-economic landscape of this country.

“We will achieve our vision to make Malaysia a high income nation by 2020. But to do it we need the support of the people,” he said.

(Bernama)

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Imposition or allowing of apartheid policies is an extremely serious ‘many problems’ that PM Najib can solve before GE13 so we can EVEN CONSIDER voting for BN.

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Understand History To Avoid Being Led Astray – Information Communications and Culture Minister Dr Rais Yatim – Sunday, 26 February 2012 00:05

KUALA LUMPUR — The people, especially the younger generation should learn and understand the history of the country to avoid them from being led astray, said Information Communications and Culture Minister Dr Rais Yatim.

He said history is an important subject in school for it enable accurate historical facts to be imparted without prejudice and distortion.

“Young people have never endured difficulties during the struggle for independence, they have not often heard the sacrifices made by leaders like Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak, Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Tun Sambanthan and Mat Salleh.

“If they do not understand history and the noble struggle made by the leaders, our mistake is because we never made them acquainted with history,” he said when opening the History of Malaysia Colloquium at Universiti Malaya here on Saturday.

Rais said a call by certain quarters for Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) leaders like Chin Peng and Rashid Maidin to be honoured as heroes could be sidestepped by studies and research conducted by local historians.

He said according to UM lecturer Dr Ho Hui Ling in his research entitled “The atmosphere in Malaya During Emergency 1948-1960 – A Survey “, 1,865 members of the security forces were killed and 2,560 injured by CPM insurgents.

“A large number of civilians were also killed in traditional villages. Indeed, the atrocities inflicted by communist insurgents during the Emergency was unprecedented.

“The rationale that Chin Peng and his comrades should be forgiven does not arise for they were mired in violence, killing thousands of people and destroying properties. There is no forgiveness for them.

“Why certain quarters feel that the leaders of communist terrorists should be forgiven and given a place in the society?

“Their acknowledgment is based solely on sentiment for they want to be seen to speak freely and argue independently,” said Rais, adding that certain quarters were also oblivious to history by disputing what was enshrined in the Federal Constitution, he added.

He said history should be understood, appreciated and capitalised to foster unity.

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Those people are dead. Their children are different peeople, today’s world is a different world. Stop living as if India or China wanted to march in and put all racist Malays in prison, or behave and threaten or keep laws in a manner that will tempt the same. Even if India and China actually did that (perhaps in retaliation for ‘expelling’ as some politicians threatened), USA and Russia or even the Middle East may not even bother. Indonesia may ask for it’s share (East Malaysia) at most.

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MCA A Stronger, United Party Today  – Sunday, 26 February 2012 14:20

KUALA LUMPUR — The MCA has emerged more united and stronger today after surmounting many crises, party president Dr Chua Soi Lek declared at the party’s 63rd anniversary celebration attended by more than 3,000 delegates, the highest turnout at any such a gathering of the party.

Two years ago, MCA was at a crossroads, but after a new team (of leaders) was elected, the party has been working hard to regain the trust of the people and make itself relevant again, he told the delegates at Dewan San Choon, here.

“We have to accept the fact that the people won’t support a party that is besieged with problems. We have to set our priorities right so that we can move in one direction. The way forward is to be in sync with one another and work in one common effort but having many goals,” he said.

Dr Chua said there is no room for splinter groups within the party as it will destroy what the party has built in the last six decades and there is no denial that there is internal bickering but the priority now is to build a strong foundation of growth for the party as well as the nation.

He said MCA needs to continue to evolve, innovate and anticipate so that the party can be an inspiring force in the Malaysia of tomorrow.

“Being a political party, we have to anticipate the challenges in today’s political environment which has become more demanding. Leaders can come and go but the party will continue to exist,” he said, adding that different party leaderships would have different styles, approaches and initiatives.

Therefore, in line with the new political culture, he said, the MCA has taken a more high-profile approach in politics, set achievable goals and branded the party accordingly.

“Although MCA has been perceived as more vocal and more effective in solving problems now, the problem we face is that the people may not be aware of what we are doing. They are more critical of what you have not done or failed to do,” he said.

Nevertheless, he said, the party firmly believes in upholding the responsibility and would continue to articulate the hopes and expectations of the people.

Dr Chua said MCA remains relevant as there are people who still rely on the party for help.

“At the MCA headquarters, we receive hundreds of calls daily seeking help.

Our complaints bureau has also been a hive of activity always. This is because MCA does not only talk; we walk the talk, and work and deliver,” he said.

The party is not in the business of trumpeting its achievements, unlike certain political parties which do not do much and are only good at glorifying and magnifying what they do, he said.

“Our only appeal to the people is to be fair to the MCA when making their evaluation,” he said.

He also said that though MCA is Chinese-based, the party’s programmes are structured to benefit the multi-racial population and it has diversified from its ethnic-based image by no longer looking at or addressing issues solely on the standpoint of a Chinese, Malay or Indian perspective.

“We are for a social contract that is inclusive to better serve the people in all fairness and in realising the wishes of the rakyat (people). This is also in line with the 1Malaysia agenda of ‘People First’,” he said.

(Bernama)

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MCA still expects the minorites to accept APARTHEID. Whats so strong or unified in that? Strength in being corrupted? Unified in lapdoggery?

ARTICLE 4

Police Propose AG Charges NFC Chairman For CBT – Sunday, 26 February 2012 00:20

KUALA LUMPUR — Police are proposing to charge the chairman of the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) Dr Mohamed Salleh Ismail, the husband of the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Shahrizat Abdul Jalil for criminal breach of trust.

Bukit Aman Commercial CID director Syed Ismail Syed Azizan said the proposal was in the investigation paper being prepared by police after it had been returned from the Attorney-General’s (AG) office on Tuesday to investigate several other matters.

“The investigation would be sent back to the AG shortly,” he said when contacted by Bernama, here last night.

The issue on NFC headed by Mohamad Salleh as the executive chairman began to receive public attention after the Auditor-General’s 2010 Report in October said NFC failed to meet the objective of its establishment.

It became a hot issue when the opposition alleged misappropriation of the government’s RM250 million allocation to NFC.

NFC is a beef valley project in Gemas, Negeri Sembilan to increase the production of local beef and reduce national dependence on imported beef.

(Bernama)

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w/o fear or favour. Nice one PDRM.

ARTICLE 5

Only 8 excos will be sworn in on Tuesday, says Azizan – February 26, 2012

ALOR SETAR, Feb 26 — Only eight Kedah state executive councillors (excos) will be sworn in for the 2012 term on Tuesday as compared to 10 slated earlier, Bernama Online reported the Kedah mentri besar as saying today.

Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak (picture) said there would be no new faces in the line-up for Tuesday and that two more excos will be appointed in the near future who may not be current excos.

He added that although the list has been finalised and submitted to the Kedah Sultan, there is an overlap between the incoming and outgoing excos, who will only be completing their terms on March 7. As a result, all 10 excos cannot be sworn in at the same time on February 28.

In an apparent reference to rumours that two current excos had declined to accept their re-appointments, Azizan said every exco has the right to decline his appointment, noting that the state government had no problem filling the vacancies anyway as many assemblymen had offered to take up the posts.

The excos in question are said to be Kedah PAS deputy commissioner I, Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi, and Kedah PAS deputy commissioner II, Datuk Dr Ismail Salleh, who are the excos for Housing, Local Government, Works, Utilities and Energy and Health, Non-governmental Organisations, Human Capital Development, Science and Innovation and Information and Communications Technology respectively.

It has been speculated that the two men are unhappy about Azizan’s leadership in relation to various issues that have affected his administration in recent years.

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No local council elections – FAIL. The people have the right to chose who gets to be excos or if the laws need to be amended so that citizens can vote rather than cronies be placed by a political party. This measn that the political party has bad policies in refusing to amend or allow people to choose excos.

ARTICLE 6

KITA: Zamil not party leader – February 26, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — The People’s Welfare Party (KITA) today denied that Zamil Ibrahim has been appointed as the new head of the party to replace Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, Bernama Online reported today.

KITA secretary Masrum Dayat said in a statement that recent newspaper reports on the purported appointment were erroneous.

He also said an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) supposedly held in Kota Baru yesterday to remove Zaid as president and install Zamil in his place had not been sanctioned by the party.

KITA’s Kelantan chief Abdullah Sani Musa was reported to have confirmed that the EGM had taken place yesterday.

The party president may only be replaced according to the party’s constitution and rules, Masrum added in the statement.

He countered a KITA central working committee meeting held on February 17 and attended by 25 of its 30 committee members had unanimously rejected Zaid’s offer to step down as party president.

He also said KITA would not be dissolved but members who opted to back “renegades” would face stern disciplinary action, including termination of their membership.

Zamil, together with Penang KITA chairman, Tan Tee Beng, who is also Nibong Tebal MP, were sacked by KITA for allegedly breaching party discipline.

KITA will cooperate fully with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) over complaints raised by dissatisfied members, he added.

The party, which was formed a year ago, was issued a show cause letter by the ROS on February 9, asking that it explain why it should not be de-registered following allegations it had violated several provisions of the party and articles of association.

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Hey there you cannot APPOINT anyone and be a democratic party, the ROS should demand that for political parties, a quorum of 66.6% be implemented (this means PKR’s CC is invalid, because PKR only had a quorum of 8% – ask PKR leader Badrul . . . ). On a lighter note . . . whats with that name?!? Masrum?!? Ya gotta be kidding, wheres he supposed to be from, Mario Brothers? Both Mega-Mushroom from Mario Bros. (left pic) and KITA’s Masrum (right pic) pictured below :

Do hate that Mario Bros NLP about the mushrooms, mushrooms should be RAISED not flattened . . . gawddamn subversive (or is it d1ckl355) Japs had to design that sort of message subtlty . . . all guys would concur, who needs to have their mushroom flattened by the Italian plumbers, do the Japs hate the Italians??? . . .

ARTICLE 7

The shameless lot – Spencer Gan – February 26, 2012

FEB 26 – When exactly did Malaysia reach this point: where those sullied by wrongdoing (NFC) and the mother of all wrongdoing (PKFZ) speak without shame, even with arrogance.

There is no remorse or humility. Aren’t those who are wrong or who have misused public funds supposed to show some sorrow or at least keep silent?

Not so the people at the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) or the political party whose politicians fleeced Malaysians of billions of ringgit, the MCA.

A day after the police said that it was recommending that the directors of the NFCorp be charged with criminal breach of trust, the NFCorp hit back and cast aspersions on the motives of the police. It then went on to accuse the police of not understanding key ingredients of the offence.

Imagine the chaps who used your money and mine to buy condos not in the name of NFCorp here and in Singapore; to purchase umrah packages, to pay their credit card bills, etc and doing as they wished with a government soft loan having the temerity to slam the police for improper motives!!!

Till today, we have not had a sorry or any remorse from the people at NFCorp. All we have had is aggression and excuses and ridiculous explanations.

And how about Chua Soi Lek and the MCA. Not a day goes by without them making some accusation against Pakatan Rakyat (the latest one is that Malaysia  will become bankrupt within two years if Pakatan takes control).

This warning is coming from the political party that gave us a RM12 billion hole thanks to the corrupt and conniving ways of its politicians who ran the PKFZ. I have not heard Soi Lek or any MCA politician put up their hands and say sorry for fleecing the Malaysian taxpayer.

But I suppose asking these people to act with a modicum of decency is too much. Anyway, while we are on the subject of bankruptcy, wasn’t it Idris Jala who warned that Malaysia was on the road to bankruptcy given the profilgacy of the government.

And correct me but isn’t this the government which has “borrowed” ideas of Pakatan Rakyat’s Buku Jingga and abolished toll charges on some stretches of highways.

But what is astounding is that we have in Malaysia a situation where those accused/guilty of wrongdoing are lecturing the rest of us.

* Spencer Gan reads The Malaysian Insider.

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Because both BN lapdogs and Pakatan Rakyat both have let the APARTHEID issue which is the FIRST article of the the *UNHCR* slide, the ‘Shameless Lot’ think they can get away with anything.

Article 1. – All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. If equality and apartheid can exist, the above is nothing compared. Indeed would Malaysians consider ignoring the above in exchange for the below 3 items? Ending corruption in the above case may affect a few THOUSAND people, but ending APARTHEID will improve the lot of a few MILLION.

Vote only for MPs who will endorse with intention to grant :

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.

2 Articles on USA and England : Uniformed Personnel-Civil Servant Waste of Taxpayer funds – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 5th March 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Abuse of Power, collusion, conflict of interest, corruption, England, intent, meatball, misrepresentation of facts, police on February 24, 2012 at 8:12 am

ARTICLE 1

4,500 serial offenders are let off with caution despite committing at least 15 crimes each – by Jack Doyle – Last updated at 10:30 PM on 23rd February 2012

Thousands of serial offenders are being let off with a slap on the wrist – despite each committing more than 15 crimes.

Some 4,500 criminals with 15 or more convictions were given a caution last year.

Tens of thousands more were handed fines, community sentences or suspended jail terms. Overall, some two-thirds of the worst serial offenders escaped jail, Ministry of Justice statistics show.

The police are handing out more and more cautions, even to those committing offence after offence

MPs said the figures betrayed the ‘soft justice’ system and called for more public control over sentences.

Tory MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell, said: ‘From November we get to elect our police chiefs. We now need to ensure democratic accountability over the rest of the criminal justice system.

‘So long as we leave it to the Secretary of State, we will never sort this problem out and get the criminal justice system we want and the public demands.

‘Soft justice is a consequence of an unaccountable justice system.’

Sentencing figures published yesterday showed nearly 105,000 criminals with at least 15 previous offences came back before the courts in England and Wales.

More than one third were locked up. But 67,461 were given a non-custodial sentence. Around a third of those, 20,553 were given community sentences and 16,149 were given a fine.

More than 11,000 were handed an absolute or conditional discharge – in effect no punishment at all. A further 8,160 were given suspended jail sentences.
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke wants to promote better reform programmes rather than filling up prisons

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke wants to promote better reform programmes rather than filling up prisons

In 2004 the custody rate for offenders after 15 or more crimes was 42 per cent, nearly 7 per cent higher.

Overall, three quarters of crimes are committed by adults and juveniles with existing records.

Last year re-offending accounted for some 638,153 out of more than 850,000 offences.

Government officials suggested average prison sentences were at a ten-year high, with burglars locked up for an average of 19 months.

Average sentences for robbery and drug offences were also up.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has pledged to mount a ‘rehabilitation revolution’ to turn offenders away from crime.

He wants tougher community punishments and better reform programmes.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: ‘Overall re-offending is falling but the levels are still too high and we are determined to address the root causes of this behaviour.

‘We are making our jails places of hard work, toughening community sentences and making offenders pay back victims and communities.’
Here’s what other readers have said. Why not add your thoughts, or debate this issue live on our message boards.

This must be the underclass equivalent of getting a bonus (and promotion) for failure. . We are certainly living in very strange times.

– Brian., Wellingborough., 24/2/2012 06:13
Rating   21

Prisons cost money to build, and that money comes from taxation. You can’t have it both ways.

– john, scotland, 24/2/2012 06:03
Rating   4

A far more shocking headline would have been “serial offenders given jail terms”…

– King Cantona, republik of mancunia, 24/2/2012 05:44
Rating   26

The public need to be as enraged about this as they were the riots (which the government couldn’t hide) This situation is an insult to the law abiding public

– dean motley, the Commonwealth, 24/2/2012 05:13
Rating   12

Nowhere near enough detail here. Are these people who have walked free hardened serial muggers and burglars, or recidivist litter louts and casual drug users? There’s a world of difference. But what I really want to see is these three things : harsher, (and hence cheaper) prisons that either deter crime, or make it economically viable to lock up the worst offenders for a long time; a legal framework that permits long sentencing for the worst crimes; and judges who hand down sentences that properly punish the guilty.

– Sean, Up a mountain somewhere, but I’m not saying where, 24/2/2012 04:49
Rating   18

NOT going to prison isn`t working. Send them to prison with two priorities, the primary being to punish and the secondary to rehabilitate. Decent folk deserve protection from criminals.

– Escapee, Sainoi, 24/2/2012 04:36
Rating   23

oh come on..they didn’t mean to they’re of good character really..they had a hard upbringing..they had a bad day nothing’s their fault! yawn..this country is absolutely pathetic!

– mark adam, london, 24/2/2012 02:47
Rating   17

‘We are making our jails places of hard work, toughening community sentences and making offenders pay back victims and communities.’

———————————————————————————————————— In your dreams MOJ spokesman. The crims are almost queuing up to get into HMP

‘Butlins lookalike’. They are doing their best to get ‘put inside’ with dozens of repeat offences, but the legal system won’t cooperate.

– Gordon, Thailand, 24/2/2012 02:30
Rating   14

In the USA it is three strikes and you are out, in other words you get life if you repeat offend twice. However I don’t believe this rule applies for misdemeanours, just for serious crimes.

– Sittingburns, England, Great Britain, 24/2/2012 02:23
Rating   9

Adopt the American system caught three times and you are in for life. After all they have shown they have no respect for society so lock them up forever without parole or possible sentence reduction. I don’t believe it can cost the general public more than these criminals actions are already costing. Plus sack all the promoters and judges who prefer the soft option, protect the victims and forget the bill of human rights unless you consider it from the victims point as it is law and the criminals have already made the choice to be lawless and have rejected the standards of the general law abiding society.

– Toady the Toad, London England, 24/2/2012 02:20

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Am with the Secretary of State (not the Carls Jr toting one from Idiocracy, different morons . . . er people when they’re not morons ) on this.

At least some judges do not believe in enriching prison contractors. Simple enough. If someone steals 1000 sterling worth of goods in 1 year but is locked up at cost of 40+ thousand at tax payer expense for 1 year, he would have done the same damage in 40 years by being in jail for 1 year from some unthinking judge’s punishment – so the taxpayers get punished instead by wastage of painfully extracted taxpayer funds to enrich prison contractor/supplier/jobs system. Let the pettiest criminal be punished in any method by imprisonment (I recommend paying the same amount to the vendor . . . on the spot by the police, no need to waste court time . . .), it is still cheaper overall! And what is to stop the same behaviour from continuing after 1 year in jail?

The judges who ‘let criminals off’ are SAVING England’s economy by saving tax funds which are stupidly spent maintaining prisoners. If the ‘let off’ trend continues, massive funds from PRISON CLOSURES (though a handful of prison contractors/suppliers and gaolers lose their jobs) could be saved. What is worse, a collapsed economy and prison state or a handful of cronies who probably could find another better, more morally and also ethically correct way of making a living than this insidious corruption of civilisational values (i.e. to make a living I don’t care what is involved in my salary – the system is too large and unwieldy for MOST ordinary people to fathom, though some heavier thinkers take on the thankless work simply to validate the educations they never had or will never use because some crony was given the job instead . . .)?

MPs said the figures betrayed the ‘soft justice’ system and called for more public control over sentences. Tory MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell, said: ‘From November we get to elect our police chiefs. We now need to ensure democratic accountability over the rest of the criminal justice system.’ This should read ‘From November we now get to ensure COLLUSIVE PROFITEERING over the UNCORRUPTED PORTIONS of the criminal justice system (at tax payer expense). Did Douglas Carswell fail math, or is this MP just too daft to figure out the facts in the comment on the above 2 paragraphs? Soft justice is better than a Theft/Extreme Wastage of tax funds on pretext of being tough on criminals, like so many paedophiles (MP) in a Church (Parliament) victimising the children (voters) . . .

Perhaps the best way to punish petty theft or minor crimes would be to bar repeat offenders with electronic bracelets or such, from patronizing shop chains they offended in (keep stealing enough, the offenders would not be able to enter most shops in the end) WHILE saving imprisoning costs.

ARTICLE 2

Something is Wrong when a U.S. Soldier Costs $1 Million a Year – Yahoo! Contributor Network – By Calvin Wolf | Yahoo! Contributor Network

According to CNN, the Pentagon comptroller said during a congressional budget meeting that it cost “about $850,000 per soldier” per year in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments reached a more expensive conclusion: $1.2 million per soldier per year. The estimate is supposed to increase for 2012.

The Pentagon comptroller, Department of Defense undersecretary Robert Hale, said higher weapons operating costs were “a good part that’s probably 50 percent of the budget” when explaining the $850,000 per-soldier statistic.

Something is wrong when the U.S. is spending around $1 million per soldier per year to fight in Afghanistan. It’s more wrong when we’re getting “probably” and “a good part” and other ambiguous terminology. While I’m struggling to pay my rent on a public school teacher’s salary, I want to know why the Department of Defense lacks hard-and-fast figures on its overseas spending.

I want to know who allowed military spending to swell to the point that enough was being spent per individual soldier to pay 21 Americans at home a comfortable $40,500 annual salary.

Weapons operating costs? Are they firing shells of pure gold? Platinum bayonets? Are Humvees suddenly being made by Rolls-Royce? Hearkening back to the wars of generations past, how would generals like Pershing, Patton, MacArthur and even Westmoreland view a figure like $850,000 per man per year?

When the nation still struggles to pull its way out of a recessionary pit, why are we spending like this? The recent riots over the Quran burnings at Bagram Air Base, explained by ABC News, show our billions of dollars have not helped us secure and solidify the notoriously unstable nation of Afghanistan. If we’ve been unable to turn Afghanistan around in over a decade worth of active intervention, why do we continue to burn through taxpayer dollars like they grow on trees?

One million dollars per soldier has not given us anything resembling a true victory in Afghanistan. It’s time to go back to the drawing board. It’s time to decide whether we want higher unemployment and an inefficient military or whether we want an effective balance; a nation where we’re willing to help the poor and unemployed and forego gold-plated bullets.

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More collusion on the part of term limitless legislators (governors, sanators congressmen etc..) with the military contractors and suppliers. Ideally as in the 9th and earlier crusades, anyone who wanted to go to war would have to get their own horse and supplies. Today they should allow the same. A millionaire/billionaire instead of being a wasteful consumer of luxury and exuding decadence and laziness that influences his lessers, should be allowed to buy and maintain his own fighter jet, tank, artillery or even warship, if he wanted to. This would save money, foster a sense of personal pride and take the funding issue entirely out of the equation for government, while at the same time, keeping citizens safer by ensuring ‘Big Government’ won’t be able to decide to spend much needed tax payer monies on war instead of civilian expenses. That is, if the ‘big boys’ want to go to war, they can jolly well fund out of their own pockets, instead of using tax payer funds who are not so big.

Perhaps 2 different taxpayer fund pools? Perhaps an opt out for taxpayers in that separate fund for citizens deciding that their funds will not be used to fund wars or maintain nukes and missile silos that will never be used? That when dismantled AGAIN give some contractor a nice tidy sum of tax funds? The citizens should only vote for legislators that are very clear (and on penalty of quitting their posts if failing to keep their word to amend or change constitutional articles or laws in a given timeframe, that allows States to use taxpayer funds for things that they cannot afford) that the nation is after all the people and those tax funds may not be theirs to use for those who opt out for war.

Such obviously civilian derived funds to create cheaper sources of food, better housing, or for necesssary welfare – instead of political personnel perks, parliamentary privileges (which taxpayers vote that politicians will not be entitled to tea and crumpets at their expense? Or special funeral funds – while serving a bureaucrat get paids a salary after the bureaucrat retires they have a pension – that should be given no more than the same amount of time spent working – who the hell is going to give a civil servant an entire or more than normal 401K equivalent for that region for just dying?!? Especially when they can afford their own funeral etc..?)

$16 Muffins, $8 Coffess, $5 Meatballs : Justice Dept. Spending Rapped

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/09/21/140661100/-16-muffins-8-coffees-5-meatballs-justice-dept-spending-rapped

The smoked salmon is ‘awful’ and the pork escallops are a ‘disgrace’: What peers said about their exclusive cafeteria (which costs the English £1.44m a year to subsidise)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2110365/The-smoked-salmon-awful-escallops-disgrace-What-peers-said-exclusive-cafeteria-costs-1-44m-year-subsidise.html

If a soldier costs 1 million a year to maintain (that Afghanistani Naan and side of meat DO NOT cost USD$100 for the whole month to requisition . . .  think . . . ), then 20 years of a single soldier in service will cost, 20 million which means 29.9 401Ker’s retirements. That same soldier retires in the same manner as well later AND at taxpayer expense! So think about that ‘Letters of Marque’ format or ‘Privateering’ concept where ALL military are voluntary and paid for by themselves. This would create massive jobs (as well as massive capability to wage war – instead of fostering useless plutocrats – how many Battalions of soldiers, or Nuke Subs and navy crew is 40 billion worth Mayor Bloomburg able to support and fund? But the law would have such ‘GLC’ people as lazy and indolent symbols of excess who keep oligarchies that result in worsening laws and Orwellian social conditions in the USA that could fund the entire US military themselves but do not – and who are ready to leave the country with ALL the taxpayers’ funds at the first sign of trouble.

I bet you that under the Plutocrat’s personal funding, the price of a single soldier will suddenly drop to 10,000 a year per soldier . . . thats how much the taxpayers are losing yearly because of government/military contractor-supplier collusion USD$990,000 in all likelihood.). Create that second pool of tax funds specific to persons who believe in war and those who believe in peace (at least those who opt out from allowing their funds to be used for military purposes) by the civilians for civilian purposes – and that means transparent accounts to determine if a hammer or toilet seat do not cost USD$4000 each instead of USD$4 at discounted prices – the rest as of now is being handed out in extreme yearly salary raises when GDP is dropping, and way beyond inflation rates to boot. Anyone able to consider these issues had better act.

Psychiatric Drugs in Abusive Psychiatric Establishment – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 27th February 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, Abuse of Power, collusion, corruption, domestic terrorists in the political sphere, drug laws, drugs, Ethics, Freedom of Expression, Neurotech, organic psychedelics advocacy, Orwellian, overkill, psychedelics, psychiatry, soul theft, spiritual abuse on February 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

ARTICLE 1

A Proposal for Jenelle’s Law to protect us from brain-damaging neuroleptic drugs

The Antipsychiatry Coalition
P.O. Box 1253, Topeka, Kansas 66601-1253
antipsychiatrycoalition@usa.net

March 14, 2000

The Hon. Diana DeGette
1339 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Rep. DeGette:

Thank you for your sponsorship of The Patient Freedom from Restraint Act of 1999, H.R. 1313. Physical restraint immobilizing a person at the wrists, ankles, and neck or chest is a kind of torture psychiatrists too often wrongfully inflict on mental patients. I start to panic when I merely think about it being done to me. Thank you for your concern.

Another perhaps even worse horror psychiatrists inflict on people is permanent brain damage caused by neuroleptic drugs.

I recently met a charming young woman named Jenelle Dorner. Her story so moved me that I wrote an account of how she was damaged by neuroleptic drugs and, with her permission, posted it on the Antipsychiatry Coalition web site that I maintain. I’ve enclosed a copy of my article, which I titled “Jenelle’s Story.” Jenelle’s story illustrates what psychiatrist Peter Breggin, M.D., said in his book Psychiatric Drugs: Hazards to the Brain: By using drugs that cause brain damage, “Psychiatry has unleashed an epidemic of neurological disease on the world” one which “reaches 1 million to 2 million persons a year” (Springer, 1983, pp. 109 & 108). Jenelle’s story illustrates the failure of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to protect Americans from harmful drugs.

I propose the introduction of legislation to create a federal statute that would require the FDA to withdraw its approval of a drug if the drug causes permanent brain damage evidenced by tardive dyskinesia or dementia in more than 2% or 4% or whatever percent of patients and which would give federal district courts power to order the FDA to withdraw approval of a drug if any person files a civil action for the purpose of proving and does prove that the drug meets the statutory criteria for mandatory withdrawal of FDA approval. And I propose that the law be known as “Jenelle’s Law.”

Please read the attached article and give my proposal careful thought and let me know if you will introduce “Jenelle’s Law” for the purpose of stopping the epidemic of harm now being inflicted on millions of Americans by neuroleptic drugs.

Sincerely,
Douglas A. Smith

http://www.antipsychiatry.org/j-law.htm

Media Clip on Dangers of Xanax (This writer believes that ‘sudden withdrawal’ of medication method was used to intentionally cause a seizure to cause death (where heart stopped or was it lungs paralyzed, probably from drug overload and sudden withdrawal but did not die due to being apracticioner of yogic breathing exercises and being in general good health etc.) at the hands of a local pro-regime psychiatry outfit for activist work on anti-apartheid and perhaps LGBT issues (or being LGBT – more towards ‘Questioning’, but by section 377B’s 20 years and whipping, that regime thought they were being ‘merciful’ or ‘subtle’. To the largely ‘intended as anonymous’ activist who is most probably known to the local populace . . . that regime looks to have ceased this ‘chemical’ based method after implantation of ‘neurotech devices’, or systematic and complete bugging of the activist’s  home, effectively imprisoning via mental duress conditions that has left the activist without any privacy : the activist has contacted the Bar Council in person but has received no response or advice relevant to prevention of further abuse, or removal of the devices implanted in a contrived car  crash early 2000 s . . .   – the spiritual damage caused by poisoning the victim and the poisoners souls has become quite severe on all parties . . . Xanax or any psychiatric drug administered by domestic terrorists dispensing poisons, does not only affect the physical body, but the ethereal and astral bodies, and in spiritually advanced persons who are here on a particular mission (i.e. ending apartheid), the consequences can be particularly disasterous . . . many otherwise viable candidats for politics could be consistently sabotaged in this manner, even throughout the 1st world, be aware and connect the dots before going on that shooting or knifing spree . . .

ARTICLE 2

INFORMED CONSENT: REALITY OR MYTH?

Informed consent represents the single most important issue in the delivery of health care.  Informed consent exists only when there is full disclose of known relevant information and known risk presented to the patient in a manner that they can understand. There are patients who did not understand that the surgical “mastectomy” they agreed to undergo involved removal of their breast.  The text, shown above, a work of fiction by Roger Radford, hit close to home on the subject of adhesive arachnoiditis; a present and real worldwide health care problem.

In the “real world” in which we exist there are often procedural modifiers which influence “full disclosure.”  Some of these have legitimacy and some do not.  It is not unusual to see a court setting as the venue by which resolution of these issues is being attempted.  One such situation is whether a medical treatment or surgery being recommended or performed is “accepted”, “standard” or “approved” and from whence the authority to determine this exists.

The challenge in determining “informed consent” becomes even greater when it becomes apparent that there are significant disparities in the definition of the terms being used.  In fact this confusion may be taken advantage of this to promote secular interests and agendas.  Medical malpractice cases based on informed consent issues (rather than negligence) as sometimes considered to represent the “soft” side of forensic medicine.  This litigation is, however, an important “safety net” for society.  It is unfortunate, but true, that informed consent sometimes been subject to serious abuse for the purpose of personal gain.  Examples of such are failure to make patients aware of minimally invasive uterine artery embolization instead of surgical hysterectomy, minimally invasive aneurysm coiling instead of open cranial surgery and reconstructive spine surgery as opposed to multi-level pedicle screw and rod “fusions.”

It is true that the practice of medicine has never related to certainties. Treatment is based on best information.  Evidence based medicine consists of  careful clinical observation and experience combined with the best scientific data available. The notion that there is no empirical basis upon which to draw valid inferences and render reasonable judgments in the treatment of patients is false. On the other hand there also exists important scientific information which never seems to make itself known to physicians responsible for patient care.  As medical practice progresses in time it becomes smarter and learns of risk factors which were previously unknown or unappreciated.  Sometimes this knowledge is privy to some who purposely do not release it or act to obfuscate it for personal gain.  The actions of the tobacco industry, over the past 50 years, makes this point.  Yet, an important landmark in forensic medicine is “what was known, and when was it known” as a determinant of informed consent.

An interesting example of this is the issue of chronic respiratory disease related to exposure to asbestos fibers.  There is a great deal of ongoing litigation against manufacturers of such products.  For the most part exposure to asbestos occurred during a period of time when neither the manufacturers, the workers or their physicians were unaware of asbestos toxicity.  Where the are the benchmarks?  How can we create expectations which are smarter than we are?

The phenomenon of “managed care” has introduced additional challenges to the concept of “informed consent.”  In their quest to justify denial of coverage for their subscribers many third party payors, seeking an opportunity to say “no” to treatment being recommended for a patient, often use the term “not proven” or “experimental” as a means of denying coverage.  What is the legal ramification of this to the physician recommending treatment?  What are the legal ramifications when care is denied and an alternative treatment goes “wrong.”  Who has the legal responsibility?  Well, up-to-now the physician has been left “blowing in the wind” on this issue.  The “worm ” is, however,  “turning.”  Now that the unique immunity against legal suit provided by ERISA is in the slow process of being stripped away by the courts the health care “playing field” may, finally, become more level.

A level playing field is particularly needed in the arena of informed consent because full disclosure of risk is typically taken to be a medical “right” in the United States (as well as a primary “standard of care”).  This is an interesting phenomenon because this concept varies considerably throughout the world (as demonstrated by the Burton Experience in the Soviet Union in the 1970s).   In the real natural world there are no “rights” for animals (astutely pointed out by Charles Darwin).  If each of us were placed naked in the center of a dense tropical jungle and we had to fend for ourselves we would discover what Darwin had in mind.

As the human race evolved on planet earth only those humans who possessed power had “rights.”  In medieval times only the monarchs and the nobility held “rights.  When the United States was young Thomas Paine and James Madison observed that rights were divided into “natural rights” (i.e. freedom of thought and speech) and “civil rights” (i.e. the right to trial by jury).  Informed consent is a civil right”, more specifically a conceptual “patient right.”   Other important conceptual “patient right” is that of the expectation of being provided with respect and consideration from a heath care system.

The Burton Report® is a strong advocate of real informed consent.  This requires the clear presentation, to a patient, of all significant potential risk.  The Burton Report® is also a strong proponent of providing patients respect and consideration.

Another position of Burton Report® is against the banning of any drug or therapy.  Banning is the making of rules “which are smarter than we are.”  One never knows when a toxic substance can be of benefit (i.e. thalidomide and botox).  The better approach for the patient, and society, is real informed consent.

Clearly, the United States is the world leader in regard to disclosure of risk to patients.  Even so there continues to be serious inadequacies and transgressions of this process which need attention.  This is, at times, difficult to address because the concept of “rights” in the United States has burst asunder to finally reach a level of true frivolity.  Perhaps this should not come as a surprise in a society where legal suits have become, as George F. Will has observed: simply a part of “a great American growth industry, litigation that expresses the belief that everyone has an entitlement to compensation for any unpleasantness.”

When one considers all the attention which has been focused on the issue of informed consent over the past few years it may seem surprising to learn that important areas of medical diagnosis and treatment still exist where full disclosure of risk has never been provided in the past and has continued to be seriously deficient in the present.

A look at the record confirms the point.  Only recently have the adverse effects of particulate radiation, exposure to toxic chemicals and cellular damage resulting from nicotine and carbon monoxide poisoning (from cigarette smoking) been disclosed.  It is important to note that most of this has occurred only as the result of litigation reflecting plaintiff rage and not as a result of governmental or medical intervention.

A good case in point is that of cigarette smoking.  From a medical standpoint, the toxic effects of cigarette smoking appear to represent the single most adverse known chronic health liability, from an external source, directed to the human body.  Remarkably, it has only been since 1997, when, as a direct response to legal actions, the actual ingredients of some cigarettes were finally disclosed to the public.

Once again, were it not for the existence of legal process to unravel the cover-up contrived by the tobacco industry the release of this important information might never have occurred.  One indication of society’s patience wearing thin was the shock therapy administered to the tobacco industry  on June 7, 2001 when a Los Angeles jury awarded $3 billon in punitive damages to a longtime smoker with lung cancer.  A key element in the resolution of this case for the plaintiff was the introduction of a 1972 memo written by a Tobacco Institute executive pointing out how the tobacco industry had successfully undercut public health concerns about the cancer risk of smoking by “creating doubt…without actually denying it” (Geyelin M: Former Two-Pack-a-Day Man Finally Satisfied His Urge to Sue, Wall St. Jour., June 8, 2001).  The fall-out from this decision continues with punitive damages being awarded against the tobacco industry for continuing “nefarious” behavior (Judge awards $15 million in punitive damages in tobacco case against R.J. Reynolds, Associated Press, June 22, 2002).

Most interested patients in the United States today are reasonably cognizant of risk factors as more trustworthy information continues to appear on the internet.  There are, however, a number of areas where informed consent remains, quite remarkably, almost absent.  In fact there are a number of examples of serious health risks which have continued unabated over many years (and sometimes decades).  Many of these are still unassociated with adequate public disclosure and few in the legal profession have yet “stepped up to the plate” to assist in assisting the public interest.

One of the most serious examples of this has been, and continues to be, the disabling complications resulting from the introduction of foreign body substances into the subarachnoid space for the purpose of myelography as well as ill-advised epidural steroid injections. The disease complication is that of clinically significant adhesive arachnoiditis.  This particular entity represents one of the most flagrant examples of a ongoing world-wide serious public health problem due to many years of industry misinformation and cover-up.  Patient suffering secondary to adhesive arachnoiditis serves as a frightening example of an area where, at the beginning of the 21st century it is difficult to find a single patient who has ever been provided with real  informed consent in this area.

What about the physicians?  As adhesive arachnoiditis expert Sarah Smith points out:

“What concerns me is that if the person informing the patient is themselves poorly or inaccurately informed then how on earth can consent ever be truly informed?”

In association with this remain remarkable examples of continuing medical ignorance relating to commonly performed procedures.  Medical informed consent is unlikely when the usual material provided to the public, by their physicians, ignores the most significant risk factors?

No area of informed consent is more important than that of medical research and the involvement of human subjects.  How can patients know the risks if they are basically unknown to science as well as the medical profession?  Unquestionably, gene research will play a very important role in future medical therapy.  Gene therapy represents a challenging voyage into uncharted water where the benefits for all mankind may be historic.  How do we know what we don’t know, and how does informed consent fit into this picture?

Summary:

It is clear that there is no risk-free state in medicine. What then are the risks of surgery? In the field of spine surgery all patients run the risk of dying, being paralyzed, experiencing a nerve injury, wound infection, medical problem, drug reaction, etc. Actually most of these serious risks also exist when the patient drives to the hospital. As an example, the United States government reported that in 1998 alone 41,480 people died from auto accidents.

Informed consent is an essential requirement for the well-being of any modern health care system in the 21st century.  Informed consent is based on full disclosure of known significant risk (the easy part).  Full disclosure of all “relevant information” is the murky component, particularly from the standpoint of jurisprudal  machinations and contrived governmental anomalies.  Informed consent litigation has created a great deal of “busy work” for attorneys.  Much of this litigation has wasted large amounts of time, talent and resource which could have been put to better use in the courtroom by pursuing more important areas of societal need.  The need the create clearly defined requirements for patient protection, taking into account the rapidly changing landscape, is an important  priority for the 21st century.

ARTICLE 3

Lumbo-Sacral Adhesive Arachnoiditis – Introduction

There is no area of medicine today where greater, or more cruel suffering has been created in large populations of patients throughout the globe than those directly related to adhesive arachnoiditis of which the most common form is in the lumbo-sacral area.  Whether due to apathy, disinterest, indifference or self-protective behavior by the medical, scientific and governmental communities lumbo-sacral adhesive arachnoiditis (LSAA) and it’s potential liabilities continues to remain essentially unknown, unreported, and unrecognized among both physicians and patients.

An important reason for this state of affairs has been the pattern of organized  deception and obfuscation in regard to the safety and efficacy of oil myelographic substances such as Pantopaque® and Myodil® perpetrated by some of the originators and manufacturers of iophendylate for over half a century.  This “bodyguard of misrepresentation” and “damage control” by company lawyers has been effective in insuring that governmental agencies, physicians and patients have not been allowed to fully appreciate the risks inherent in introducing highly toxic substances into the sub-arachnoid space.  By not focusing, or adequately propagating, what is known scientifically regarding LSAA it has continued to be a serious world public health challenge and something which is continuously being  perpetrated on unsuspecting patients by their uninformed physicians.

Even today the world community has still not yet come to grips with this cruel phenomenon nor has it yet demonstrated an appropriate social conscience regarding this  disease entity.  LSAA continues to be a trail of tragedy for many unfortunate patients and new cases appear on a regular basis because of our failure to learn from history.  This regrettable situation has tended to cast those health care professionals who have tried to sound this alarm in a role similar to that of Dr. Peter Stockmann, the hero of Hendrik Ibsen’s 1882 play “An Enemy of the People.”

What determines whether or not the pathologic entity LSAA produces significant or disabling pain and neurologic impairment has a lot to do with how active or passive the meningeal reaction is.  Because of the human nervous system’s remarkable abilities to recover from insult if given the opportunity many patients with LSAA are asymptomatic but exist in a precarious balance where things could easily change for the worse if a patient is subject to additional insult.

Remarkably there are still those who actually insist that the pathologic entity LSAA “does not even exist .”  Fortunately these individuals belong to the ever-diminishing circle of those who also believe that:

The Holocaust never happened.
Americans never really landed on the moon (it was staged).
September 11, 2001 was really an Israeli plot.

The saga of adhesive arachnoiditis is not just something of historical interest.  In no area of medicine has failure of “informed consent” been more evident than in the continuing saga of this disease process.  The discussion of this rather incredible and continuing misadventure, which focuses on the  neurotoxicity of foreign body substances being introduced into the subarachnoid space for the purposes of myelography and epidural steroid administration, begins with a review of these subjects:

Myelography

Myelography, is an invasive diagnostic test in which a radio-opaque substance is placed in the subarachnoid space so that the space can be visualized by x-ray. The first contrast material used for this purpose was air. Air myelography developed from innovations in air ventriculography and air encephalography started in 1918, by Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Walter Dandy.  Because air was difficult to visualize on x-ray a search for alternatives began.  In 1932 thorium dioxide (Thorotrast®) was first introduced.  It appeared to be ideal for the purpose of myelography (and other diagnostic studies) and were it not for the fact that it was radioactive it would have been.  Thorium dioxide turned out to be a highly toxic radioactive substance.  It was only 20-30 years after its introduction that the medical profession began to suspect that the sudden and  unusually high incidence of malignancies involving the brain and spinal cord (as well as adhesive arachnoiditis) might be related to thorium dioxide’s radioactivity.  At this point this myelographic agent “fell into disuse.”

Epidural Steroids

The “epidural” space is separated from the subarachnoid space only by the thin dura mater membrane and its associated filamentous pia mater. Epidural steroid administration is an empiric therapeutic modality commonly performed for the treatment of low back disorders. If the steroid is inadvertently injected into the subarachnoid space rather than the epidural space serious disability and incapacitation can result. Although all foreign body substances introduced into the subarachnoid space are “irritating” others can be highly neurotoxic. The most significant example of such neurotoxic agents are those containing ethylene glycols to allow for slow release (i.e. Depo-Medrol® , Depo-Medrone®, Aristocort® and Methylprednisolone Suspension®).  When introduced into the subarachnoid space these materials can be highly neurotoxic and productive of a potentially disabling condition referred to as adhesive arachnoiditis. Since none of these steroids is approved, by their manufacturers, for epidural injection, and that they are clearly know to be toxic if misinjected, it is interesting to note that they still appear to be used by the majority of physicians now performing epidural steroid injections.

A prudent individual would assume that the medical leaders in performing, teaching, and publishing on epidural steroids would be acutely cognizant of the most potentially serious patient complication of “epidural” steroid administration. The facts suggest otherwise.  A prominent medical publisher, publishing 16 spine-related patient manuals including “Lumbar Epidural Injection” and “Cervical Epidural Injection” has, under the section on “risks and complications”, made no mention of adhesive arachnoiditis, the most serious potential complication of epidural steroid administration. This is despite the fact that new cases of incapacitating adhesive arachnoiditis directly related to inadvertent subarachnoid administration of neurotoxic steroids are being diagnosed by spine specialists on a continuing basis.

Are there alternatives to potentially neurotoxic formulations of methyl- prednisolone for epidural administration? Indeed there are. Why are they not used? The best answer is colossal ignorance, indifference, deception, or worse. Methyl prednisolone “suspensions” have neither “fallen into disuse” nor have they been officially identified as being a serious potential risk to the public health in any country at this time.  What does this revelation mean in regard to informed consent?  Might viewing Burton Report® allow patients to ask the right questions as to just which drugs will be injected and techniques used prior to therapy?  Will physicians, because of these questions from informed patients, begin to modify their practice?  We certainly hope so.  It is sad to observe that once again, the public may be forced to call upon the good offices of the legal profession to help in promoting awareness of this clear and present danger because of failure by the health care establishment and elected officials to accept responsibility and become involved.

Intrathecal Catheters

The use of intrathecally placed (within the subarachnoid space) catheters for the purpose of delivering drugs (i.e. morphine for pain relief, baclofin for control of spasm) is not without risk of producing local adhesive arachnoiditis.  These catheters can produce focal adhesive arachnoiditis, cysts and other inflammatory problems.  That such risks exist should be explained to patients as part of the preoperative informed consent process.  It should also be an important part of the risk versus benefit consideration for even considering such therapy in patients with normal life expectancies.

Summary

Clinically significant lumbo-sacral adhesive arachnoiditis is a particularly cruel disease because of the nature of the pain syndrome associated with it.  Yet, its pathophysiology is well understood and is no mystery.  Yet, for those desiring an objective determination of the existence or absence of adhesive arachnoiditis non-invasive high-resolution MRI scans have now allowed definitive determination of this frightening pathologic entity.

The nature of the pain associated with adhesive arachnoiditis is uniquely incapacitating and dolorologists have created the term “regional complex pain disorder” (RCPD) to describe it.  Apologists for those who have created adhesive arachnoiditis and RCPD in patients have pointed out that only 1-5% of those with the condition actually have the full-blown clinical symptoms (which can include progressive neurologic deficit and even death).  The reason for this is interesting and appears to relate to the remarkable ability of the nervous system, with its great reserve and redundancy, to cope with severe insult and injury (if applied in a gradual fashion).  It appears that despite being enmeshed in solid collagenous scar tissue and being deprived of the nurturing of cerebrospinal fluid and its normal vascular supply nerve cells can often achieve a tenuous equilibrium.  This delicate balance can, however, be easily upset by additional insult or injury (i.e. spinal surgery or a motor vehicle accident releasing blood into the subarachnoid space).

There are a number of other neurologic parallels to the phenomenon of nervous system acclimization.  One such is the “post-polio syndrome” where individuals afflicted with poliomyelitis early in life may make complete functional recoveries but as they age they experience progressive weakness.  In this circumstance polio has destroyed the neuronal reserve and normal function belies the fact that there is no reserve.  As the normal process of aging occurs and neurons die by attrition the lack of reserve is evidenced by the inability of the few remaining viable neurons to handle the challenge of normal function.  The human body functions well with only one kidney, one lung etc.  No one would  dare to suggest that the loss of these organs was not inconsequential to the welfare of the individual.  In the case of adhesive arachnoiditis the story has, unfortunately to date,  been different.

Expressions of  plight by individuals suffering with adhesive arachnoiditis are common. The many individuals legitimately suffering from adhesive arachnoiditis often are undiagnosed only because of healthcare establishment inadequacies. The legitimate disability of these unfortunates is then looked upon with distain by the medical and legislative communities who, because of their own diagnostic limitations, tend too often to consider these patients to be malingerers (or worse).  The sad result of this are legions of patients seeking only the dignity of a definitive diagnosis from professional groups and organizations whose skill at evasion and cover-up have unfortunately exceeded their other talents. The disrespectful manner in which many countries have treated these unfortunates, whose only crime was not knowing the right questions to ask before a “minimally invasive” myelogram or epidural steroid injection was performed, has been sad to see.

Sadly, the rare examples where recourse has occurred typically has represented the compassion of the legal profession again serving as a societal “safety net.”  Even so legal attempts at legitimate recourse have been hampered by unrealistic “statue of limitation” requirements.  Unfortunately, tort litigation reform has focused only on limiting the liability of transgressors so that their exposure becomes only a “business expense” and not something which will actually change their behavior.

The Editor, as a health care professional who has been concerned with the subject of neurotoxicity and patients suffering from adhesive arachnoiditis for over a quarter of a century has, as his only excuse for becoming involved in an issue emulating Hendrik Ibsen’s “Enemy of the People”,  is not being “smart enough to know when to quit.”

http://www.burtonreport.com/infforensic/informedconsent.html

ARTICLE 4

Conspiracy Theory on Organic Drugs (if not a neurotech induced thought line) – by @AgreeToDisagree – 20th February 2012

Symbolism of the Opium bed = Psychiatrists couch dawned upon me while doing casual searches for old opium posters.

This is where the drug is administered under neuotech control, to induce neurotech control.

The NLP, perhaps psychic, links are based on/intended for sequestration of Opium’s ‘power’ by HUMAN BEINGS, namely psychiatrists who probably are chemically  (enhanced) tghe same way non-psychiatrists are chemically suppressed so that the SOUL or tretment of SOUL nominally formerly the realm of shamans and soothsayers, are now dominated byu chemiocally drugged up people with no morals.

This allows ‘peaceful feelings’ to become a franchise CONTROLLED by psychiatrists and their drugged up natures (taking drugs to increase telepathy, stronger control of other minds via good drugs), as well as their drugged up (weakened via bad drugs) ‘clients’ who will have to PAY them for their addiction POSING as pharma drugs. This is denounced by ANY and ALL countries which have a legalized drug law. Instead of creating dependency and high fees for profiteering psychiatrists, the honest government legalizes.

The psyche establishment in the 3rd world is thus complicit in addicting populations unawares, perhaps via foods, or other beverages to addict at cost.

How does this theory sound?

Don’t try to strike a deal with the Shahrizats, Putrajaya told – The Malaysian Insider – Tuesday, 14 February 2012 13:36

In candidacy, corruption, Ethics, Malaysia, media tricks, PDRM, police on February 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm

KUALA LUMPUR — A former senior policeman today accused a federal minister of trying to indemnify Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and her family from alleged misappropriation by asking her to repay the RM250 million federal loan given to the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp).

Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim, a retired Kuala Lumpur CID chief, said Shahrizat (picture) need not resign as Cabinet minister, but called on the authorities to take action against her family based on evidence obtained so far.

“The evidence exposed in the NFC scandal thus far is too obvious to be ignored,” the former CID chief said in a statement to The Malaysian Insider.

NFCorp is headed by Shahrizat’s husband, Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail. Their three children also hold executive posts in the company.

Mat Zain was referring to a remark made by de facto law minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, who said repayment of the federal loan was the best solution to put an end to the ongoing controversy without forcing a resignation from the women, family and community development minister.

Mat Zain said that even if the minister’s family repaid the “entire amount of the loan”, it did not change the fact that allegations of alleged financial abuse had been made. He also said Nazri’s remarks contradicted what he had said in Parliament last year.

The ex-top cop said Nazri had told Parliament in March last year that “the Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has no power to strike a deal with anyone facing criminal charges for being caught in a sticky political situation.”

Mat Zain said that not even the prime minister had the power to clear any individual from criminal culpability, and it did not matter whether Shahrizat resigned or stayed as a Cabinet minister.

He cited the case of Tan Sri Rahim Noor as an example, where the former Inspector-General of Police had resigned to take responsibility for giving Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim a black eye when the latter was in prison.

“Yet months later he was charged for assaulting a detainee and he served his sentence,” said Mat Zain.

He also pointed out that Nazri had yet to look into allegations that the Attorney-General’s Chambers had dropped its RM40 million corruption case against former Malacca Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik in exchange for him stepping down from all government and party positions.

“There appear to be some ‘similarities’ in the manner the government of the day handles the NFC case and that involving RTC (Rahim Thamby Chik),” said Mat Zain.

The NFC hit the headlines following last year’s Auditor-General’s Report, and has continued to hog the limelight after it was linked to Shahrizat, and her family, who runs the NFCorp.

PKR has since made several revelations relating to the cattle-project scandal, including NFCorp’s purchase of two luxury condominium units in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, and the alleged use of project funds to pay for Shahrizat and her family’s personal expenses.

The opposition party has also alleged that Shahrizat’s family used nearly RM600,000 from NFCorp’s funds to settle their credit card bills in 2009.

But the management of NFCorp has maintained that the credit card expenses were solely for business purposes.

It has also denied allegations that funds from the RM250 million government loan were channelled into its accounts before the loan agreement was signed.

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Without fear of favour. Only the cops could handle the cabinet. How about more ex-police (preferably non-racists) join the political candidacy this time? At least most will not be frightfully rich or GLC linked. Far less an evil than BN’s extreme wealth and bribery problems WITH apartheid on top of that. This could wipe out CORRUPTION in BN at least. That leaves apartheid problems for Pakatan (nepotism) or 3rd Force (no nepotism!) to fill in the betterment of Malaysia.

Who knows maybe most ethical police or retired police who hate corruption are also non-apartheid as well, we won’t need Pakatan by then (for being nepotistic and power mongering, term limitless) and 3rd Force could be a great watcher ready to out or replace any new trouble maker MPs with limitless terms and other b.s..

Looking forward to a vigorous economy — Lim Sue Goan – 26th February 2012

In Apartheid, banks, Bumiputera Apartheid, corruption, Malaysia, political correctness, politics on February 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has “lived up to expectations”. He personally announced that the gross domestic product (GDP) for the fourth quarter of last year has grown by 4.5 per cent. It was the first good news after a series of negative events.

The GDP was expected to grow in the fourth quarter but the 4.5 per cent growth has exceeded the expectations. It is good to have such achievements but it will turn bad if we are over optimistic.

Improved external situation was the main factor for the high growth. Advanced countries have filled up inventories to increase imports. Thus, many countries were able to walk out from the economic shrink, such as the United States achieved growth by 5.7 per cent, while Japan achieved 4.6 per cent of growth, Vietnam achieved 6.5 per cent and Singapore achieved 4 per cent.

The second factor would be the relatively low basis. Malaysia achieved only 0.1 per cent of growth in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Therefore, in addition to excitement, we must maintain a certain level of rationality as the world economy is not yet completely out of the shadows, particularly the outbreak of debt crisis in European countries. Consistency is the most pragmatic way to face the unknown future.

If the government is going to relax as it thinks that the economy has recovered and strong growth is expected this year, particularly if it gives up or slows down the pace of opening up when the new economic model is introduced in March, it will be impossible to attract foreign investment and talents. Once the world economy falls into the second recession and domestic demand remains weak, the difficulties will be exacerbated.

The government has to face many economic challenges, including the sharp drop in treasury income and increasing burden. How are they going to stimulate the economy through public spending? The government has been cutting subsidies while power tariffs and fuel prices will be increased. Together with the increase of tolls and housing prices, which are expected to increase by 10 per cent, the people’s purchasing power will fall.

It is estimated that if the government cuts subsidies by RM4 billion this year, the public’s purchasing power is expected to fall RM2.9 billion. The people’s misery index will increase as the government has failed to control prices while the incomes of most Malaysians are low.

Bank Negara is expected to raise interest rates in March and it will further increase the burden on loan bearers. Inflation has come back before the people’s incomes have been increased. It will be useless no matter how nice the economic data looks and the vision of becoming a high-income country will only be castles in the air.

The country’s economy is also facing a number of weaknesses, such as the dropping foreign investment and capital outflow. Foreign investment has fallen by 48 per cent last year. From 2007 to Sept 2009, Malaysian enterprises had invested RM102 billion abroad, which was 1.7 times of foreign investment received. The Ringgit exchange rate has also been continuously falling. All of these show that domestic and foreign enterprises are lack of confidence.

In the development of knowledge-based economy, the public has not yet seen any concrete plan from the government. If the government is unable to develop high-technology and innovative areas, the economic structural weaknesses will lead to a slower economic pace.

The people are still unable to feel the vigorous economic momentum of the Year of the Tiger. After all, the high-growth economic data will only play some effects after a period of at least six months.

During the announcement of the economic transformation plan in March, Najib should put forward more opening strategies that can boost confidence and open up new growth areas in order to make the economy shine in the Year of the Tiger. — mysinchew

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has NOT “lived up to expectations”, nor is it his duty to ‘put forward more opening strategies’. Rather it is the 2nd Finance Minister (why is the PM holding so many Ministries??? Conflict of interest anyone???) who has done the former and has to do the latter.

Under PM Najib’s purview should appropriately be matters of national importance, not the economy. He has not yet effected :

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.

These are inalienable rights of all Human Beings on this planet. How about EQUALITY Mr. Prime Minister?

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?