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Friday, May 30, 2008

When the government talks about engaging with bloggers....

Does he meant by....

this engage?


this engage?

Government to shuffe battle with bloggers, eventhough some of them are from their own party!

Government to engage bloggers in cyberspace
By Rocky Bru

Some of the biggest bloggers in Malaysia now are Umno bloggers. Dr Mahathir (he's quit the party but only until PM Badawi steps down) should touch 1 million hits in the next 24 hours. A million visitors in less than a month is phenomenal, unheard of. Probably a world record. Most bloggers take years to reach a million.

Khir Toyo's blog is big, too. Since March 28, he's attracted over 600,000 visitors.

Kelab Maya Umno, or myKMU, is one of the biggest websites and it is pro-Umno. Agenda Daily is pro-Umno, too. Bigdogdotcom has over 1 million visitors.

The number of pro-Government bloggers would still be small (only 20 out of 190 socio-political blogs surveyed by a varsity before March 8 were pro-Government) but the traffic they are generating is not.

So what's the problem?
Well, the thing is these Umno/pro-Umno bloggers are too critical of the party's leadership. Many are actually anti-Badawi and his policies, promises, and practices.

The Government wants to engage bloggers? Sure. If it can convince its own bloggers to support it, maybe it'll be easier to persuade others.

Right on Rocky Bru. How you want to convince the rakyat especially the generation Y-ers when you fail to convince your own party members with your policies! Each day you can see people running away to join the Pakatan Rakyat State Government while you guys make a fuss about Ezam Nor rejoining UMNO as if he's a messiah or something.

Weak leadership would result in chaotic policies, so be responsible and start a change that we can believe in. Remember destiny is for the sake of the country!

Monday, May 26, 2008

This letter touched the shit out of me...

Work hard and you will succeed
By Grateful Rakyat
From The Sunday Star

I AM writing to state my and my children’s stand on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and beg to differ from the letters by James Tan and Mohd Ghazali Osman (The Star, May 22)

I was born in 1944 and had to go through what other parents and their children had to go through in those days, living hand to mouth day to day and not knowing when our next meal would be.

I had to walk 10km to and back from school every day because we could not afford the 10-cent fare on a rickety bus.

And that only after going around the village shouting 'kuih-kuih, nasi lemak' over and over again until I had covered all the houses in the village.

Even during my secondary school days I had to go to the coffee shops to place my mom's nasi lemak and kuih on the towkays' tables and collect the unsold ones for lunch.

Sometimes I had to walk to the kedai runcit in the rain or the hot sun a kilometre away just to buy 5 cents worth of salt, or sugar, or ikan bilis, because that was all we could afford with my dad's income of about $1 a day as a petition writer.

In 1959 I was chosen to study in the Malay College, Kuala Kangsar, but unable to as we could not afford the $60 per term fees. I had to work after finishing Form 5 at $122.50 a month to help support my parents.

Then Allah gave us Tun Dr Mahathir.

The last three of my seven children got their degrees from ITM. Two of them are doing well in private cleaning services because of the infrastructure made available. I don't have to be a crony to be a successful retired businessman.

Anyone can be a millionaire in Malaysia if one tries hard enough.

Don't try to compare anyone to Dr Mahathir. No one can ever come close enough, not in a million years.

This is one heack of a beautiful letter.

Friday, May 23, 2008

‘Be Orwellian like Singapore’

KUANTAN: Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob briefly became a newscaster during the state assembly sitting here yesterday, reading an article about stringent measures taken by the Singapore Government on a group of political activists who screened a film about Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew without obtaining approval from the media regulator.

The article was carried by a local English daily yesterday and with the paper cutting in his hands, Adnan took several minutes reading it.

It was to drive home the message that by being too lenient and open to media practitioners including bloggers, there could be an influx of articles so much so that readers were inclined to believe falsehoods.

Adnan said that it was good if Malaysia could be strict like Singapore.

“In Malaysia, we just let them be and due to some bloggers, people tend to believe unfounded articles as the truth.

“This is to show that this is what we get when we are too open,” he said.

Adnan, however, noted that a blog had its uses as it could be a platform to explain the government's policies and programmes.

He also spoke in jest that even he had a blog while state Information, Science, Technology and Innovation Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin had none.

Earlier, when replying to a written question from Abdul Rahman Mohamad (BN – Padang Tengku), Mohd Sharkar said he had no intention of setting up a blog because readers whose negative comments were not posted might take the matter into another blog and condemn him or the state government.

The same time an UMNO member calling for more press freedom, this time it's another UMNO member calling for less press freedom!

Don't you just love it?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Joke of the month: Sexy school Uniforms

Thursday May 22, 2008
School Uniforms Sexy, Says Group

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian group condemned the uniform worn by girls at government schools, saying it encouraged rape and pre-marital sex.

“The white blouse is too transparent for girls and it becomes a source of attraction,” National Islamic Students Association of Malaysia vice-president Munirah Bahari said in a statement.

“It becomes a distraction to men, who are drawn to it, whether or not they like looking at it,” she said, calling for a review of uniform policy so that it did not violate Islamic ideals.

In multicultural Malaysia, home to majority-Muslim Malays as well as ethnic Chinese and Indians, female students at government schools have a choice of wearing a white blouse with a knee-length skirt or pinafore.

They may also wear a “baju kurung” and a headscarf is optional for Malay students.

Munirah said that “covering up” according to Islamic precepts was important to fend off social ills, including “rape, sexual harassment and even premarital sex.”

“This leads to babies born out of wedlock and, to an extent, even prostitution,” she said.

“Decent clothes which are not revealing can prevent and protect women from any untoward situations,” she said, suggesting that girls wear a blouse of a different colour or with an undergarment.

However, the girls themselves also came in for criticism, with the association saying that some used the white blouse to lure men.

“This is the source of the problem, where we can see that schoolgirls themselves are capable of using this to attract men to them,” Munirah said.

“This could see them getting molested, having premarital sex and all sorts of things.” – AFP


Like Bill Hicks once said:

"You know what's ironic about these fundamental groups towards sex and pornography? It's that they're the ones who keep on telling their followers to reproduce!"

Seriously, what's so sexy about this?


Monday, May 19, 2008

Saddest day in Malaysian history:

Mahathir quits Umno
Ahti Veeranggan | May 19, 08 12:45pm

Former Umno president Dr Mahathir Mohamad today announced that he was quitting Umno with immediate effect and urged other members to emulate him.

He said he was quitting the party, which he led for almost 22 years until handing over the reins to Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2003, as a sign of no confidence in his successor's leadership.

"I will only come back to the party when there is a change in leadership," the ex-premier told a crowd at a forum in his home state of Kedah this morning.

He also called on all Umno ministers, deputy ministers and all levels of party leaders to join him in leaving the party.

However he asked these members not to join any other party.

"Wait till Abdullah to quit as the prime minister and party president and then we can return to Umno," he said.

Mahathir joined Umno at its inception in 1946 and in recent years has been Abdullah's most vocal critic.

He entered active politics as a member of Parliament for Kubang Pasu in 1964.

He lost his seat in 1969 and was expelled from the party after attacking then president and prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman.

I got a question,
What happens to Mukhriz?

I disagree with TDM's decision to do this, as much as I dislike AAB I think his move would merely cause additional problems. His son is almost ready to take over the Pemuda helm and I don't think this move is indeed wise.

But then again, if this force AAB to go down it might do something good.

Mahathir, whether you hate him or love him, must be regarded as one of the most colourful and brilliant politicians in our history. He was the longest serving PM and was instrumental in bringing down the first PM, if he succeeds this one that would 2 Prime Ministers and help two Razak's to the throne.

I knew this year would be the year of turmoil...

But i'll still love him as our leader and this photo will forever remain in my heart:

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Richard Dawkins can fuck off!

I'm a Muslim but i don't care if it offends other people or not. I have atheist friends, but do i care if they are Atheist? No. I don't care if evolution happens. Heck, maybe evolution is a part of creationism. But still, i don't care.

One thing i don't like about atheism is their "philosophers/scientists" or whatever you call it. I enjoyed the works of Nietzche, but with people like Hitchens, Dawkins, Hari and Pullman, they should just fuck off. Especially Dawkins.

Some atheists aren’t satisfied by simply having this argument and feel the need to actually dedicate their lives to it by writing books and appearing on TV. Dawkins, a scientist and author who has a chair at Oxford University and has many acclaims. He’s done other stuff in the past but at the moment his whole thing seems to be going round the world and explaining to religious people that they’ve wasted their lives.

That's fine. But do we care? No. Do we care you're an atheist? Fuck no. Why should an atheist like Dawkins care if there are people with religion? It's like a straight man caring about gay sex(which is a reality sadly).

It's not like people are gonna say to Dawkins - "Gee thanks Richard. I used to believe that there was a universal controller, but thanks to you i'm now free". Okay, so maybe there are people who became atheists because of Dawkins, and yes it is true that his book "The God Delusion" sold 31 million copies. But Dawkins, with his arrogant smirk and intolerance, believes that the world would be better without religion. It's like saying that children will be free without parents.

One reason he cites is that wars have been fought over religion, therefore it is bad. Yes Richard, wars have been fought over religion, millions of people have died in its name but do you really think that there would have been no war without it? I think we’d probably just have had wars for different reasons don’t you? Sadly people just fight with each other sometimes, people’s interests are at odds sometimes, sometimes people look across borders and think ‘Y’know what? I’d quite like all that land for myself.’ More often than not religion’s just an excuse.

‘Religion gets in the way of scientific progress!’ is another form of bullshit spewed by atheists like Dawkins. Religion may not be compatible with science, but science and religion can exist together without clashing of ideas. Look at the likes of Al-Razi, Albert Schweitzer, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Al-Jabr, Al-Ghazali and such. These scientists and inventors are religious. However, what Dawkins seems to forget is how these innovators can be intelligent while being religious. Simple: The leave out religion so that they could continue their works. Dawkins thinks that "If a man with a religion wants to do science, he has to involve hsi religion" That's not true. Scientists have never involve their religion with theirs cientific achievements. Never. Does Mohamad El Baradei ever involve his Islamic beliefs when he's dealing with Iran's nuclear issue? Never.

But what about intolerance? Religions promote intolerance right? Okay, a very small minority use religion as an excuse to be homophobic, racist etc. But again, there are just small minded people in the world who are going to see somebody doing something different and get all angry. People hear what they want to - if someone’s chosen to fixate on the obscure parts of the Bible or the Qur’an that deride homosexuality then, let’s be honest, they’re most probably quite the homophobe anyway. It’s not as if there aren’t racist/sexist/homophobic academics now is it?

And what pisses me more about Dawkins is that he downplays the positives of religion. Rumi, Michaelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, David Lynch, Stephen King and Bono have such a hard-on for God that they created arguably the greatest work of art, film, music and literature in history(Eventhough i hate Bono). I’m pretty sure that some Muslim brothers would still perform the haj & umrah when every copy of ‘The God Delusion’ has been rightly pulped - are we really more of an advanced society without God?

I remember watching Dawkin's documentary "The Root of All Evil", and one thing that kept pissing me off was the use of the word "truth" continually. To start with, considering it was such an integral part of his argument, you would think he would define the term 'truth' at least once. But alas, it was left unsubstantiated.

Richard Dawkins thinks truth is inalienble with science. That is such a rigid and presumptious way to look at truth. What has been considered scientifically sound in the past has been disproven: 'The earth is flat'. Science cannot provide us with total stability or objectiveness. My personal understanding of truth is a philisophical one of individual perception. Something is only true if I perceive it to be true. Truth is only that which I agree for it to be. And is not completely based on scientific knowledge

Nietsche once wrote "There are many kinds of eyes..., and consequently there are many kinds of 'truths', and consequently there is no truth"

The perception argument for truth is classic post modernism, and I personally disagree with the idea of their being 'no truth'. If truth is only what we perceive, then the 'truth' can be twisted to fit ones own ends. On the other hand, I think that hunting for truth by logic and science alone is foolish and is subject to ones own perception and use of that logic. As the cliche goes, the truth is somewhere in the middle of these two arguments!

Dawkins, as usual, believes there is only his way and that somehow that his pure, robotic logic is delusion and perception free and hence can only be the truth. Unfortunately, like most of his arguments, it is a lie...

So, in conclusion; are those guys at the Christian rock concert & Nasyid gatherings waving their hands in the air a little weird? Yes. Deluded? Maybe, but you definitely can’t call them miserable. They’ve figured out a way to exist in this bizarre world that works for them and they’re not hurting anyone, so leave them alone you sanctimonious prick!

Friday, May 16, 2008

The reality of Pakatan Rakyat

KUALA LUMPUR: Backbencher Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan (Kota Belud-BN) caused a stir in parliament yesterday when he alleged that he was offered a large sum of money to defect to the opposition camp.

“I’d like to ask the Speaker, is it not corruption for certain opposition leaders to offer goodies to members of parliament (MPs) to jump ship? I myself have received a call offering a large sum of money to jump ship. Is that not corruption?

“They also offered me a Cabinet position. Is that not corruption?” he said when debating the motion of thanks on the royal address in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

Abdul Rahman also claimed that bribery was pervasive during the contest against the late Tun Ghafar Baba for the position of Umno deputy president, where tons of money, projects and “pink forms” were used as “grease” to secure victory.

“We in Sabah still remember how delegates (to the Umno general assembly) can be bought and threatened. Thanks to the supreme leader of PKR (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) for introducing and turning money politics into a culture in Umno Sabah,” he said.

He also teased the Pakatan Rakyat on who would succeed Anwar if he became the next prime minister, claiming that his constituents were pressing him on the matter.

“Who will become the next prime minister after Anwar? The people want to know? Can Pakatan Rakyat continue to surprise and create history by appointing the first prime minister from among the Chinese and Indians — (for example) the honourable MPs from Ipoh Timur (Lim Kit Siang) or Bukit Gelugor (Karpal Singh) from the DAP. We will wait…” he said.

Abdul Rahman also questioned whether Pakatan would allow PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to become prime minister.

“With his turban and robe ala Taliban, he is said to be unsuitable to hold the prime minister’s position as he can give the wrong image of Malaysia to foreign investors,” he said, adding that even non-Malays in Malaysia would be concerned if Hadi became either home or education minister.

He also asked whether PKR president and opposition Leader Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, whom he characterised as a puppet and warming the seat for Anwar, could become a prime minister.

Taking a swipe at Mohamed Azmin Ali (Gombak-PKR), Abdul Rahman said the PKR vice-president was so obsessed with his leader to the point of following Anwar’s style of clothing and speaking.

He ended his speech by saying Anwar was building an empire of nepotism and would appoint his daughter, Nurul Izzah (Lembah Pantai-PKR), to succeed him as prime minister.

I oppose the forming of the government through cross-over MPs. It's undemocratic and unfair. If there is a crossing over, there should be a by-elections. This is a democracy right?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Najib never reads blogs, nor understands the problems

I have been always fascinated by statements from our leaders in government, when they say, the people are happy, the people are satisfied, the people understand, the people love, we are following the needs of the people and so forth. I thought there is a secret mechanism that Government has, which at the press of a button tells you, so many people are with this, so many people oppose this and so many people are undecided. Something like a poll, that gives answers.

Najib says people are happy with the National Service programme. I am so sad to conclude that he does not read Malaysiakini, nor the blogs. I don’t know whether this has got to do something with his selective reading list, but unfortunately I read Malaysiakini and blogs and it gives me a different ‘perception’.

Apparently Najib is just busy not to read Malaysiakini nor the blogs but surely someone in his Ministry can do this and pass on a summary, and embarrassing statements like this can be avoided.

- aarvidi

On the issue of National Service, Najib said the Government would continue with the programme as it promoted unity although there were accidents and death cases

He said since the programme started in 2004, there had been 16 death cases, of which 11 trainees died in their camps.

“The people are very happy with the programme despite the death cases. Their response is proven in the increased number of voluntary trainees from 929 last year to 1,137 this year,” said Najib.

18 Year Old Dies at NS Camp

Happy? Is this what your doubleshitspeak says? The NS trainees are suffering! After the many deaths of trainees in the NS, you're still saying that the people are happy?!

You need to stop smoking bong Najib, or else your support diminish in, i don't know...the next general election?

Monday, May 12, 2008

Khairy's debate on royal address riles opposition

Khairy Jamaluddin's (BN-Rembau) maiden speech while debating the royal address lived up to expectations - that it would turn riotous - as all hell broke loose in the house today after he let fly a litany of offending remarks about the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

He started civilly enough by talking of matters of common agreement such as the tragedy in Burma following the cyclone, the planned restructuring of the Anti-Corruption Agency and the proposed commission for the appointment and promotion of judges.

Even when he touched the Malaysian Commission on Anti-Corruption and plans to enact legislation to protect whistleblowers, the only interjection was from Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (PAS-Kota Raja), who remarked that there were no such plans to enact the latter.

He (photo: right) also proposed several measures to reduce time spent on government procurement processes and to increase their transparency, as well as recommendations to ensure that government subsidies and other funds reach the ‘strategic' sectors and the poorer sections of the population.

Things started picking up, however, the moment he turned to the issue of rising oil prices.

Criticising PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim for citing his own track eight-year record as finance minister to prove that oil prices can be kept low, Khairy said Anwar had sought to "fool" the people by comparing his times with the current global economic situation.


All My Humanity is taken away thanks to Disney

Somewhere in a mental rehab in Tanjung Rambutan 10 years from now........

Doctor:Patient No.1, explain your problem?
Patient No.1: I had an anger management problem after my wive & i got a divorce
Doctor: Good. Patient No.2?
Patient No.2: I've suffered from a type 1 bipolar disorder
Doctor: Well, we'll be giving you some doses of marijuana. What about you patient No.3?
Patient 3: I've lost Half of my brain after watching the Beverly Hills Chihuahuas
Doctor: Um..What?

All the questions in life are really hard to answer. Agnostics kept saying "Is there a god?", Atheists kept saying "When will Richard Dawkins' new book come out?", Democrats kept saying "Will Barack Obama get the Democratic nomination?", Zionists kept saying "It's 60 years now, what kind of party should we make?"

But if you're an average Joe like me, my question would be "Would Disney ever make a good movie?"

After all the crap they've made below:

and now this....

you decide.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

I don't mind the ruling itself calling for press freedom, but why Khairy?

Look at the photo below. Anything odd?

Yes there is. It's Rocky sitting next to Spinning Khairy!

And guess what? Khairy called for press freedom. Bullshit! After all the bullshit remarks you've given to us bloggers, now you want press freedom?

Eat my shit, Khairy. You're a spinner and a liar, and calling for press freedom makes you a bigger liar than Dubya himself.

Whatever happened to Lindsay Lohan?!

I remember my crush towards Lindsay Lohan. It was when the film Mean Girls was released. She plays a homeschooled girl who enters the world of high schools and then befriend a clique of dumb teenage girls led by Rachel McAdams. When the film was released, i realised how big her pairs were, and when i received a copy of FHM, here's the one thing that made me love her more:

That photo made her the ultimate teen fantasy. She was crowned the hottest teen starlet after Natalie Wood and Molly Ringwald.

But after 4 years, she looked like this:

What the fuck happened to her?

How come a promising young actress like Lindsay ends up being a trainwreck? In those 4 years i expected her to get an Oscar nomination, but tabloid after tabloid after tabloid after tabloid, she keeps getting worse, and it's a sad thing because she got dropped out from 10 movie roles, and those roles would have given her an Oscar. Oh, and of those roles she got dropped out was the character Blair "fucking" Waldorf!

This should have been Lindsay!

So who's to blame? This?


Is Karpal Singh stupid?

by fellow Malaysian blogger Malaysia Waves:

"Karpal still doesn't get it. The time for opposition politics is over. Now, the PR is faced with a mountain of practical issues to overcome and making enemies with:

a. The majority race (malays)
b. The royalty
c. The Islamic faith

is not going to help each and every PR government in carrying out their duties.

Karpal need to wake up and smell the coffee. The time for rhetoric and empty threats is over. The reason why Karpal is not getting resonance from fellow DAP leaders is because they are all in the business of “getting things done”.

And practically, handling issues which is of not in the majority of the public’s interest is not a big priority on their agenda. What’s important now is to deliver what has been promised in the last election.

And I am sure that making enemies with the Palace is one sure way of getting yourself in a hot soup for no major gain.

My point being is that let us tackle issues that’s of public’s interest and not of your own individual political ideology agenda which is most of the time unpopular with the public.

The public wants to see the government deliver. That’s the #1 agenda for all. And the Malaysian public is a very pragmatic type of public, including the Chinese. That explains why the level of support of the Chinese to Dr. Mahathir when he was PM was consistent since 1990.

Despite the fact that Dr. Mahathir is a racist, a bigot, an ardent supporter of National Economic Policies and not to mention Malay Rights, the Chinese electorate came to his rescue in the 1999 elections and gave BN a rousing support in 2004 all because of him.

Karpal and his band of misfits should ask themselves, why is this so? How can a man who’s belief structure is heaven and earth apart from the Chinese can get so much of the Chinese support?

The answer is simple. Dr. Mahathir delivered. During the time of his reign, the Chinese experienced economic uplifting never before experienced under any other Prime Ministers. For that, the Chinese threw their support behind Dr. Mahathir come what may. In fact, the level of support for Dr. M among the Chinese did not wane even after he made his Negara Islam declaration.

DAP should remember this for in 1995, Dr. Mahathir nearly routed DAP from the map of Malaysia. In 1999, if it wouldn’t for the support of the Chinese, the BN government would have fallen with their face down. The Chinese defended the rule of Dr. Mahathir despite Dr. Mahathir being the opposite of the Chinese political beliefs.

Karpal, for one, have not learnt his lesson. Karpal needs to evaluate an issue and differentiate between issues which is “realpolitik” and “elitepolitik” of nature. It seems most of the PR leaders are aware of this except Karpal.

As a result of Karpal’s non-discriminatory actions, the BN has found an opportunity to drive a wedge between the PR leaders. Their insistence to indict Karpal for sedition is an attempt to drive a wedge between the PR leaders (http://www.malaysia-today.net/2008/content/view/7187/1/)

One should ask, why indict Karpal on this issue alone? Why wasn’t there an indiction on his other statements before? The reason is that the parties involved in this issue are members of the PR specifically PAS.

The BN is trying to catch PAS in an awkward situation. Karpal’s statement was in defense of the Perak MB’s action to sack the Director of JAIP. It will be very awkward for the MB of Perak not to defend Karpal. On the other hand, if the MB of Perak or PAS do not come out to defend Karpal, then it will show that there is no solidarity among the PR component parties.

But, the fact that no other DAP leaders coming out to support Karpal shows that Karpal is guilty of becoming a loose cannon. And PR do not need loose cannon, especially with someone like Karpal Singh.

So, my suggestion to PR leaders is to leave Karpal to his own devices and let him sink and swim with his statements. Pretty soon, the public will see that most of Karpal statements do not represent the DAP or PR in any way."

But We UMNO also got sedition mah!

Well.. there are couple of questions they need to ask Pak lah. He seems to be "makan cili tidak tahu pedas"

1. Pelantikan MB Terengganu, Umno has made a lot of sedition remark to Sultan .... remember the "Natang" word ? And pak la himself did said "Unconstitutional" on regard of pelantikan MB ? Why no action has been taken so far ? but action being taken to those are no Umno/BN supporter ?

The above is an example ..... ban example by far menyakit teringga bila mendengar !!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Dr M: PM stopped Najib from seeing me (by Malaysiakini)

Dr.Mahathir Mohamad made a startling claim that today that his "successor" Abdulah Ahmad Badawi recently thwarted a meeting between the ex-premier and deputy premier Najib Abdul Razak.

"This is no longer a democratic Umno. I would like to say here - i don't know how im going to hurt people - i wanted to see Najib. He said he would come and see me, "he said after a press conference in Putrajaya.

"He said he would first have to get the permission of the prime minister. Apparently he did not get permission. So until now, he has not seen me.

"It would be terrible to think that the prime minister does not trust his deputy. In my time, i trusted my deputy until he did something funny. Otherwise, i trust my deputy, "said the former premier of Malaysia for 22 years.

Mahathir said that he had tried to set up the meeting with Najib "immediately after the general election" to discuss the changing political situation.

"Im concerned about what is happening in Umno. I have to say this because I kept this to myself because i thought it was not right to reveal it to the public.

"But things are getting very serious now. People are not allowed to talk. I understand when Tengku Razaleigh (Hamzah) goes around to meet people at the branch level, Umno members were told not to attend.

"What kind of party is this? You are only allowed to hear from one source. I think this is the cause of the losses of the last election. People were not allowed to speak and the leadership does not know what the people are thinking,"he said.


Well, Mahathir has a point. UMNO is no longer democratic, as if it's now a political church of Scientology, and we Mahathir supporters are like The Free Zone.

But even as a Mahathir supporter, i'm quite skeptical of this:

"It would be terrible to think that the prime minister does not trust his deputy. In my time, i trusted my deputy until he did something funny. Otherwise, i trust my deputy, "

Does he? Oh, and how? Seriously, when someone believes in their deputy, it always ends up like this:

But hey, it's Mahathir. Let him do whatever he wants, and i still support him for it.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

SIL in hot seat.....

The goatee MP Khairy Jamaluddin has hired several of his cybertroopers with hundreds of spam comments in the Anti-Khairy blog saying:



Look at his spams, he can't even type for shit...

Anti-Khairy is funded by no-one!

To Khairy, please. Atleast we don't sellout to Singapore unlike you.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Khalwat, Anyone?

By Farish A.Noor

So far, so good: Two months on after the general elections of March it would appear as if some semblance of normality has returned and Malaysian life is meandering along at its normal KL-traffic jam pace. Despite the scare tactics that were employed during the election campaign, none of the worst-case scenarios have been played out and our mothers have not been rushing to the local sundry shops to stock up on Ayam brand sardines.

There have, however, been some odd rumblings in the distance that we ought to take notice of: It was reported that members of the Islamic party PAS have called on the PAS state assemblymen in Selangor to work on improving the image of the party in the state, beginning with some rather cosmetic attempts at Islamisation that include the proposal to build more prayer houses and prayer rooms for Muslims in markets and other public places. Other suggestions have included calling on PAS representatives in Selangor to call for standards of decency to be set for Muslim women (and why only Muslim women?), as well as ensuring that Selangor’s beloved state religious authorities are empowered to direct Muslims who frequent the public spaces of Selangor to pray during the appointed prayer times for Muslims.

Noises of this sort are, of course, to be expected from some of the more conservative elements of the Islamic party that we have come to know and love. But before the good ‘ol Mat Skodeng squads are let loose on the unsuspecting public, and another bunch of Malaysian kids are locked up in cages to be verbally abused and video-ed for the amusement of the moral guardians of society, let us remind ourselves of a few simple facts:

The rejection of the former BN-dominated state government was never meant to be read as an endorsement of an Islamic state or an Islamisation programme. Indeed, it was precisely the antics and shenanigans of JAIS in the recent past that turned off many moderate liberal urban-based Malaysian Muslims who saw that under the UMNO-led government the country was heading down the path that would lead us to Kabul and the happy farms of the Taliban. Nope, this was a vote for change, remember?

Furthermore some of the more maverick elements of PAS ought to realise that the rest of us are trying to build a new Malaysia, which entails a different sort of Malaysian politics for a different sort of Malaysian society: one that is plural, inclusive, respectful of cultural and religious diversity and one where we can snuggle up in the spirit of multi-culti pan-Malaysian love without some former street hoodlum with a video-cam in his clammy palm recording our feats of transcultural love-making for the sake of the religious courts, thank you.

Which brings us to the sticky subject of khalwat, which happens to be the thing that so many of these moral guardians are so obsessed about. It is our earnest hope and wish that with the emergence of a new Malaysia the morality police raids and the entire culture of moral policing will be a thing of the past, associated with the dark middle ages when Malaysia was ruled under the BN.

For decades, the narrowing of the scope of discussion on ethics and public morality was due to an increasingly slender and shallow understanding of what constituted ethics and moral behaviour in the first place. Not surprisingly, the policing of bodies – Malaysian bodies, and what Malaysians do with their bodies – came to be seen as the benchmark of proper social conduct. It began with the policing with the dress and demeanour of women; then with the policing of the physical contact between men and women. As the policing of bodies became the norm so did the notion that the body itself is at fault and thus morally liable: Attractive women were deemed ‘guilty’ of being too attractive and thus vulnerable to rape; men and women were deemed guilty due to the ways they sat, walked and even touched each other.

Of course, none of the moral guardians who stalk the corridors of power seemed to take into account the fact that when bodies touch, so do hearts. Somehow along the way the simple idea that sex may be accompanied by love was lost as well; leading us to the ludicrous situation where young couples caught holding hands were charged for immoral conduct, presumably on the assumption that they were walking all the way to Sodom and Gomorrah.

That love has been divorced from sex is not entirely uncommon in the rather dry and sterile land of the self-appointed guardians of our faith. Yet again we are reminded of the moral behind the story Hikayat Faridah Hanum by the pioneering Ulama Syed Sheikh al-Hady that was written almost a century ago. Regarded until today as one of the earliest works of realist fiction in Malaysian literature, the Hikayat Faridah Hanum was also one of the pioneering feminist texts of its time. Its theme was the struggle for love by Faridah Hanum, a young woman whose ‘crime’ was to want to decide for herself who should be the man she loves. Faridah’s wilful act of defiance and assertion of her rational agency was seen as an affront to traditional values. Then in one episode of the story she is in secluded company with another single man – and thereby committing the dreaded crime of khalwat.

For this reason alone, Syed Sheikh al-Hady was condemned by his conservative peers as a pornographer and his novel was even burned in public. One wonders how the morality police of today would react to a contemporary reading and re-enactment of Faridah Hanum’s tale of a young heart struggling against bigotry and obscurantism in the search for love? Or would she, too, be handcuffed and taken to a faith rehabilitation centre, one wonders?

That ‘khalwat’ is a term also used by Sufi mystics to denote the state of private and secluded meditation in the presence of the Divine would also point to its intimate connections with the ideas of Love, contact and the bond between human beings and God. That ‘khalwat’ today is taken as the flimsiest pretext to let the morality police smash through the door of your house to arrest you speaks volumes about how degenerate our understanding of morality has become.

For too long we Malaysians have been policed, guarded, scolded and herded into living in our narrow ethno-religious corrals; and for too long the very idea of reaching out and loving the other has been seen as taboo. With a new Malaysia about to rise above the horizon, one of the bad habits of the past that we should discard should be this practice of criminalising love, even of the hot, sticky and sweet variety. And if there is any policing of bodies that needs to be done, perhaps the authorities would be spending their time (and taxpayers money) better by policing those who go around blowing up bodies with C4 instead.

This man never fails to amaze me. He's right. Malaysian religious authorities' obsession is really irritating. Like Dane Cook.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Hey Rais, here's a middle finger you stupid sexist Taliban pig,

Sunday May 4, 2008
Ministry wants Local Women Going Abroad Alone to Get Family Consent

KUALA KLAWANG: Local women intending to travel abroad alone may need family consent in a bid to prevent them from being used as “drug mules” by international syndicates.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said a proposal to this effect would be made soon to the Cabinet, following several incidents where women were used to smuggle drugs overseas.

Out of 119 cases of Malaysian women hauled up before foreign courts, 90% were linked to drugs, he said.

“Last night, my ministry, together with the Home Ministry, have jointly forwarded a report to the Cabinet on the matter.

“Both ministries agreed that factors like family, religion, immigration laws and preventive measures need to be considered before a Malaysian woman goes abroad alone,” Rais told reporters after officiating at the Malaysian Silambam Association's Jelebu branch here yesterday.

On the proposed requirement for family consent, he said it would enable the woman's family to monitor her departure and serve as a preventive measure against her being duped by international drug syndicates. – Bernama


As Marina Mahathir said: "I have to say that I always thought Dr Rais was much smarter than this..............."

Saturday, May 3, 2008

MTV warns us of a new Holocaust

Upon watching MTV(Ch 712), is stumbled upon disturbing ads that may cause some controversy here. They are made in America and they are shown here in Malaysia to promote their viral website: think.mtv.com

The thing is, I think these are really interesting ads and a pretty great statement. THAT SAID, MTV has played a large part in creating the apathy of today's youth. Shows like Super Sweet Sixteen and all the other bullshit they present, I mean they've turned "stupid spoiled whore" into a goal, a fashion statement, and their entire core audience is therefore too stupid to actually understand these ads anyway.

However, bigger balls to MTV Asia for importing these ads. But beware, the 4th floor boys may force MTV Asia to stop showing these ads here!

Friday, May 2, 2008

No matter how evil the ISA is, do not repeal it

Living in Malaysia for 17 years, i have never seen deadly riots ala LA 1992 or France 2005. I have never seen a leader assasinated the same way Juvénal Habyarimana, Rafik Hariri, Indira Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto were. I have never seen Indians chopping Malay heads, nor have i seen Chinese people burning Indian homes.

But what if i did? Who will be responsible? What can be done?

Those are three questions that has led to the creation of the ISA. After May 13 1969, the ISA is set up so that such event won't happen again.

In the cases of Ops Lalang and the HINDRAF 5, i know it's unfair for journalists, activists, and politicians to be locked in Kamunting and get shitted ala Shawshank Redemption, but that doesn't mean the ISA should be repealed. Sure, the mistreatment was unfair, but we can change that.

I support street rallies hold by Bersih, UMNO Youth or any organisations. I support the causes of HINDRAF because it's the best way for the MIC to reform itself. However, street demonstrations must be held in a civilised and orderly manner just like Anonymous and Stop the War Coalition, and the protestors must be responsible for their own actions. I don't want street demonstrations to be turned into riots. I don't want shops and businesses being destroyed. I don't want this country to have a bad worldwide image. If such happens, where do i look up to? Ofcourse, i look up to the ISA.

In the wake of the DAP and the Pakatan Rakyat calling for the repeal of the ISA, here's an advice: Don't repeal it, but reform it. Being the son of a journalist who witnessed Ops Lalang, i say let's make things better. Let's change the ISA. Give more freedom, more trials and less punishment. Give its detainess a sunlight. We don't want a South East Asian Guantanamo Bay. We want the ISA to be a lesson for May 13. Let me tell you this: If Lim Kit Siang/Abdul Hadi Awang/Anwar Ibrahim is the new PM, none will repeal the ISA. Why? Because street riots always happen in every country, and the only way they could control the populi is throught he ISA.

Me, fellow bloggers, Malaysiakini and the rakyat have been wondering.......


After the recent Parliament session.......

and last year's stupid sexist remark against Batu Gajah MP....

and another previous debate with Batu Gajah MP.....

Why did Bung Mokhtar took part in this year's Election and win again!? No offense to fellow Kinabatangans, but are you guys stupid or something? Has YB Radin given you guys free smack just to re-elect him?

Raja Petra released after 2-hour "interview"

RPK, who runs the Malaysia Today on-line, said the Commercial Crime Division of Bukit Aman had asked him to make a statement with regards to his posting headlined "Let's send Altantuya murderers to Hell".
He refused to make that statement, of course.
The cops gave up (for now, at least) after two hours.
RPK was accompanied by his lawyer, YB William Leong, the MP of Selayang.
Scores of journalists, bloggers and Malaysia Today supporters waited at the entrance of the Bukit Aman.
The MP of Wangsa Maju, YB Wee Choo Keong, arrived just after 5pm. After a brief discussion with Marina, RPK's wife, Wee told her he would try and meet the cops. He asked me to accompany him. Wee took offence when the sentry on duty stepped in front of him and blocked his progress with an elbow.
"Wah, is this a police state now? I don't think we are a police state. Are we a police state?" Wee challenged the sentry's superiors. He said the sentry treated him like a criminal.
"If you can do this to an wakil rakyat," he continued, "what chance does the average citizen," he said, pointing at me, "your guard there will kick him out, hah?"
That's YB Wee for you!

Raja Petra said the cops still had his lap top and computer. He confirmed that he was being investigated under Sedition Act.

"For two hours they tried to make me make a statement. I refused. They threatened to charge me for refusing to make a statement. I told them, go ahead and arrest me or release me right now. And i told them that if they let me walk, I don't want to see their faces again."

Go to www.myblog-tv.com for our own Yew-Tube.

RPK being investigated under The Sedition Act

At 9.00am today, seven police officers from the Cyber Crime Division, Bukit Aman, went to Raja Petra’s house to confiscate his PC and notebook computer. They left at 11.00am after issuing Raja Petra a notice to report to Bukit Aman at 11.00am tomorrow, Saturday, 3 May 2008.

According to the police, Raja Petra is being investigated under the Sedition Act with regards to an article he wrote, Let’s send the Altantuya murderers to hell (http://www.malaysia-today.net/2008/content/view/6604/84/). It seems a police report has been made against Raja Petra by another police officer.

The Bukit Aman Cyber Crime Division is at Kompleks Perdana, the old office of the Prime Minister behind Bank Negara. We have no further news but Raja Petra will try to update the latest developments once he can get his hand on a new computer.

Source: http://www.malaysia-today.net/2008/content/view/6937/84

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