Monday, 31 August 2009

We Support PM Najib's Call to Tear Down the Divisive Walls


Addressing the nation in his first National Day message as prime minister, Najib Abdul Razak has urged the people to tear down the walls that separate them.

We Agree.



He should start with THIS Divisive WALL ......

The Wall That Divides This Nation





Related Article: On THIS Merdeka Day, Let us All Learn from the Japanese Voters

Addressing the nation in his first National Day message as the prime minister, Najib said the passing of time saw the bridges, which were painstakingly built by the nation's founding fathers, becoming shaky due to attempts by certain quarters (READ HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE ) whom he described as opportunistic groups out to exploit frictions among the people. Addressing the nation in his first National Day message as prime minister AND WE AGREE.

Najib also said Malaysia became the first country in the world to defeat COMMUNIST uprising.

LEST WE FORGET THEM TOO....

But these COMMUNISTS (Read HERE, and HERE in Malaysiakini and HERE and HERE) gave THEIR LIVES to fight for OUR independence against the British and the Japanese.

They remember their FALLEN MALAY comrades after they have laid down their arms (CLICK HERE and HERE and HERE )

How many UMNO, MCA or MIC members sacrifice their lives, besides street protests, to win Malaysia's independence? The only sacrifice they did was to take a paid-for trip to go to London to beg for independence.

If not for those freedom fighters in the jungle,Britain would NOT have given us our independence. Read HERE for more

The Tunku, in his 1983 memoirs "Lest We Forget ", had said: 'Just as Indonesia was fighting a bloody battle, so were the communists of Malaya who, too, fought for independence.'

Even PAS described the communist movement's armed struggle as a patriotic war and hailed its members Rashid Maidin and Abdullah CD as patriots and heroes
.

Brigadier Keith Prosser CBE MC wrote, " When Malaya was not granted immediate independence in 1946, the Communist Party of Malaya, led by Chin Peng began a terrorist campaign which lasted until 1960". READ HERE FOR MORE

A.K. Stockwell wrote, " Chin Peng is Malaya's Ho Chi Minh, but a Ho Chih Minh manqué. Like Ho Chi Minh, Chin Peng was a communist who, having played a key part in local resistance to the Japanese occupation, led the struggle AGAINST the post-war restoration of European colonialism." Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (2006) , 16 : 279-297 Cambridge University Press, "Chin Peng and the Struggle for Malaya"


Jonathan Kent wrote for BBC News (2007),

" The way the story of Malaysia's independence is told by some within the dominant United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), you might think the Malay community secured independence on its own; driving the perfidious British into the sea.

It is NOT true. Indeed the one surviving key player from the independence struggle is NOT Malay at all.

He is Malaysian Chinese, and he is not welcome in the land of his birth.

Chin Peng was once Malaysia's most wanted man.Chin Peng, leader of the Communist Party of Malaya, did as much as anyone to bring about Malaya's independence. With 5-10,000 armed guerrillas he tied down tens of thousands of Commonwealth troops in a ruinously expensive war."
-Jonathan Kent

On THIS Merdeka Day, Let us All Learn from the Japanese Voters


This year, Malaysia, our beloved nation is so racially and religiously divided. It has never been so dark and grim since May 13, 1969 .
A sense of despair shrouds the people when the government in power seems helpless and hopeless, unable and unwilling to stop the haemorrhaging racial, religious and social discord.
There is NO Sunshine coming through in this year's Merdeka Anniversary, only BLACK clouds hanging over the nation.

We cry for our beloved country TODAY.
-Malaysian Unplug



Quote

In Japan:

"It's going to be challenging for the (Opposition) DPJ, but I think we SHOULD give them a shot.

If it doesn't work out, we can re-elect the LDP again in four years."

Yasuhiro Kumazawa.
38-year-old restaurant owner

Read here for more by Reuters newswire

Japanese Voters Elected the OPPOSITION for the FIRST Time in Historic Election



Excerpts

Japanese voters swept the OPPOSITION Democrats to a historic victory in an election on Sunday, ENDING a Half-century of almost UNBROKEN RULE by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

The voters usher in a (new) government that has promised to focus spending on consumers, cut wasteful budget outlays and REDUCE the power of bureaucrats.

[Note: The Liberal Democratic Party (自由民主党 Jiyū-Minshutō), frequently abbreviated to LDP or Jimintō (自民党), is the largest party in Japan .

LDP Japan for most of the years since its founding in 1955.

After a victory in the Japan general election, 2005, the LDP held an absolute majority in the Japanese House of Representatives and formed a coalition government with the New Komeito Party.

The party suffered a major defeat in the election of 2007, however, and lost its majority in the upper house for the first time in its history.

The LDP was the most "traditionally Japanese" of the political parties because it relied on a complex network of patron-client (oyabun-kobun) relationships on both national and local levels.

The LDP has the "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" character. Its success depended less on generalized mass appeal than on the so-called sanban (three "ban"): jiban (a strong, well-organized constituency), kaban (a briefcase full of money), and kanban (prestigious appointment, particularly on the cabinet level).
Read here for more ]

Opposition Democratic Party leader Yukio Hatoyama, 62 said,
" The people are angry with politics now and the ruling coalition.

We felt a great sense of people wanting change for their livelihoods and we fought this election for a CHANGE in government."
The RULING party loss ended a three-way partnership between the LDP, big business and bureaucrats that turned Japan into an economic powerhouse after the country's defeat in World War Two.

"This is about the end of the post-war political system in Japan," said Gerry Curtis, a Japanese expert at Columbia University. "It marks the end of one long era, and the beginning of another one about which there is a lot of uncertainty."

The Democrats will have to move fast to keep support among voters worried about a record jobless rate and a rapidly aging society that is inflating social security costs.

Japanese news agency Jiji said the LDP's performance was the party's worst since its founding in 1955.

Support for the LDP, which swept to a huge election win in 2005 on charismatic leader Junichiro Koizumi's pledges of reform, crumbled due to scandals and a perceived inability to address the deep-seated problems of a shrinking and fast-aging population.

"It's going to be challenging for the DPJ to allocate money properly, but I think we should give them a shot," said 38-year-old restaurant owner Yasuhiro Kumazawa. "If it doesn't work out, we can re-elect the LDP again in four years."

The Democrats have pledged to refocus spending on households with child allowances and aid for farmers while taking control of policy from bureaucrats, who are often blamed for Japan's failure to tackle problems such as a creaking pension system.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

UPDATED: Home Affairs Minister Hishamuddin, Don't Just Talk: Do Your Duty and Get the Police to Arrest These SCUMBAG MUSLIMS NOW

WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH !

CONSIDERING PAST ACTION OF THE POLICE
AGAINST INNOCENT MALAYSIANS


"... If we had taken action, it would have sparked more anger.
It was not suitable to take action at the time. "
Nor Azam Jamaluddin
Shah Alam District POLICE Chief Assistant Commissioner

IS OUR POLICE AFRAID
THESE 50 SCUMBAG MUSLIMS RUN AMOK ?






QUOTE:
"... As a direct threat to the sovereignty and supremacy of the law in Malaysia, this threat must be met DIRECTLY in no uncertain terms.

The police must enforce the law WITHOUT any further delay. Arrest ALL those culprits and bring them to deal with the law.

This action will only serve to increase the credibility deficit of the BN government especially that of UMNO's.


The severed cow head is symbolic of what? To the Hindus a cow is a sacred animal. Can we infer from the severed cow head, that this dismembered anatomy of a cow, is meant to send ominous signals to the Indian/Hindu community? If that is so, there is only one option which the PM has.

Instruct the police to arrest all those involved and placed them under ISA. All right thinking Malaysians CANNOT condone and tolerate such blatant racist superciliousness.

I am shocked beyond disbelief that the OCPD of Shah Alam said; the situation was too volatile for them to interfere.

If I am being wicked, can I take it to mean the police were scared?..." Read here for more
-"Sakmongkol AK47"


MALAYSIANS HAVE ENOUGH OF THE WEAK VERBIAGE FROM THE FOLLOWING MINISTERS AND UMNO POLITICIANS ON THIS ISSUE!!


Read here for more
  1. Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said he regretted the action of the demonstrators. "They should have known better than to resort to such action. We must respect the cultures and religions of other communities."

  2. Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said such "extreme actions" could cause unease among the people."I hope everyone will remain calm and not do anything that can upset racial harmony in Malaysia," he said .

  3. Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said the demonstrators had committed a disrespectful act."This is not acceptable in Islam, a religion that upholds moderation and respect for other's beliefs," he wrote in his blog yesterday.

  4. Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said he regretted the incident. "What happened was insensitive and I hope that it will not adversely affect the country's racial harmony."

  5. Shah Alam district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nor Azam Jamaluddin said the action would be investigated under Section 27 (5) of the Police Act for unlawful assembly and the 1948 Sedition Act as it involved racial sentiments.

    Nor Azam said at a press conference that police could not take drastic action at the time of the protest as it would have worsened the situation."If we had taken action, it would have sparked more anger.

    It was not suitable to take action at the time.We have proof and witnesses and will take action against those involved.

    The witnesses include not only the public but also police officers who were there. We will also investigate the participation of certain parties."


    [ To Selangor MB Khalid Ibrahim:

    The actions of these Scumbag Muslims should NOT be rewarded or be seen to be rewarded. These Scumbag Muslims CANNOT, and SHOULD NOT, be appeased in any form and manner.

    Your TOWN HALL MEETING should ONLY take place AFTER the POLICE have arrested AND CHARGED these Scumbag Muslims. Justice must be SEEN to be done.

    Malaysians want to see there is strong
    deterrence against future behaviour of this nature, irrespective of race and religion. ]


  6. Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said such an act of religious intolerance was appalling and a step back in promoting efforts for mutual respect among the various races and religions. "The state calls on the police to act without fear or favour and conduct a fair investigation into the incident, including the threats issued by the demonstrators against state leaders," said Khalid in a statement.

    He added that a directive had been issued to the Shah Alam city council to hold an open discussion on Sept 5 for Section 23 residents, which would be attended by the council's officials and Selangor Economic Development Corporation representatives.

    The meeting would not only allow those affected to express their views but also provide the state an opportunity to present facts and reasons surrounding its decision to relocate the current temple in Section 19 to Section 23, Khalid said.

RELATED ARTICLE

Bila Lembu Mengetuai Gerombolan


Read here for more

by

"Matkeri"

EXCERPTS


Izinkan aku memulakan kalini dengan ketawa berdekah2:

Kah… Kah… Kah!

Tiba2 gerombolan kepala lembu yang berdemo Jumaat lepas bagaikan tesentot telo2 mereka selepas tindakan bangang mereka dikutuk secara sebulat suara oleh semua orang, baik ameno, mahupun PR.

Ketua gerombolan yang nak jadi ‘hero Islam’, yang kebetulan nama nak sama dengan TPM ‘hero Melayu’, berpusing2 menjawab dan menafikan soalan berkaitan siapa yang membawa kepala lembu pada hari tersebut.

Dia kata dia tak tau. Pada hari 50 orang penyokongnya berdemo, sms telah bertebaran, dan juga di Facebook menyatakan ada perhimpunan dianjurkan bersama kepala lembu.

Pada waktu demo itu juga, ketua gerombolan ini menyatakan bahawa tidak akan berganjak walau seinci. Sanggup bermandi darah bagai.

Gambar2 di media2 juga memaparkan mereka mengusung kepala lembu, menyepak, dan menghina kepala lembu dengan kaki, meletakkannya di hadapan pejabat kerajaan, dan ‘mewakafkan’ kepala lembu yang masih berdarah tu kepada MB dan YB di situ.

Selepas sehari kejadian berlaku, dan kutukan serta kemarahan umat membara terhadap tindakan mereka ni, tiba2 semua peserta demo ni tak tau dari mana kepala lembu tu datang!

Kah… Kah… Kah…!!!

Ketua gerombolan cuba menaichi kepala lembu tu dengan mengatakan bahawa ianya ‘kerja orang luar’. Nak membuat kesimpulan bahawa himpunan mereka ‘disabotaj oleh kepala lembu’. Demo mereka yang tidak rasis dan anti-agama itu telah diganggu dan disalahtafsir disebabkan kepala lembu.

Aiseymen, encik lembu. Seluruh alam maya nampak berapa ramai yang datang demo encik lembu tuhari - lebih kurang 50 jer.

Ada dalam youtube.

Kepala lembu tu jadi macam simbol korang haritu.

Kepala lembu tu lebih banyak dapat liputan daripada encik lembu sendiri.

  1. Takkan la encik lembu tak perasan ada kepala lembu?

  2. Kalau perasan, kenapa encik lembu tak tegur atau suruh buang?

  3. Adakah sebab encik lembu pun sukakan perkara tersebut?

  4. Adakah sebab encik lembu bersetuju dengan perkara tersebut?

  5. Adakah encik lembu tahu tentang perkara tersebut tetapi bertindak berdiam diri agar ianya boleh memprovok agama lain dan seterusnya menimbulkan huru hara, bergaduh sehingga menimbulkan MAGERAN di Selangor yang akhirnya menjatuhkan kerajaan PR dan inisiatif encik lembu akan dibayar dengan harga yang paling tinggi?

Sudah semestinya, kot?!

Jika tidak, takkanla encik lembu terus menerus menyokong tindakan itu dengan membekap (backup) dalam statement kepada watawan bahawa kepala lembu itu sebagai simbol kebodohan.

Encik lembu tidak membantah penggunaan kepala lembu tersebut.

Encik lembu membantah bina kuil, biarkan kepala lembu yang menjadi binatang suci Hindu dipermainkan, dan kemudian menambah kedukaan Hindu dengan mengaitkan lembu dengan kebodohan pada hari kamu membantah pembinaan kuil. Semua dalam satu tajuk yang sama!

Encik lembu… Encik lembu….

*sigh*

Untuk makluman encik2 lembu sekalian, rakyat tidak lagi bangang sepertimana yang diharapkan. Mereka memilih PR di Selangor, dan sudah semestinya setiap perkara yang dibangkitkan akan dicari jawapannya oleh pengundi.

Kenapa rakyat memilih PR? Sebab mereka memberi jawapan yang memuaskan untuk setiap tindakan mereka. BN tidak pernah menjawab soalan2 pengundi dengan baik, sebab itu mereka ditolak.

Dalam kes kuil, umum rakyat Selangor telah berjumpa dengan jawapan yang jelas, bahawa kuil2 baru tidak dibenarkan, dan kuil2 haram akan direlokasikan supaya memudahkan semua orang.

Tidak timbul soal majoriti atau minoriti, sebab kalau nak difikirkan majoriti, AMENO KENA KELUAR DARI SABAH SERAWAK SEBAB MELAYU DI SANA HANYA MINORITI!

Mereka yang baru berjinak2 dengan demokrasi, terbodoh dengan fahaman mereka sendiri bahawa hak majoriti itu mengatasi segalanya sekaligus menafikan hak minoriti. Bangang ka hapa?

Oklah. Tapayah kita bersoal tentang hukum dan peranan demokrasi. Itu bukan isunya.

Isunya di sini ialah encik lembu yang tidak berkata apa2 bila kepala lembu disepak tendang pada hari demo, bernada lain pada keesokan harinya.

Encik lembu dan gerombolan yang nak bermandi darah dan tak berganjak walau seinci pada hari demo telah berundur lapan tiang pada keesokan harinya apabila tindakan mereka itu dikutuk, bukan sahaja oleh orang Hindu dan bukan Islam, malahan dari orang2 kuat ameno sendiri!

Aku bukan nak provok, tapi sekadar nak memberikan gambaran jelas bahawa tindakan2 gerombolan ameno ini dari dulu, kini dan selamanya tidak pernah cerdik.

Dan bila mereka tau bahawa tindakan mereka itu telah dikesan bodohnya, mereka cepat2 bertindak dengan memperbodohkan orang lain.

Mereka ini tak pernah nak ambik tahu bahawa tahap kecerdikan orang di Tanah Melayu ini sudah meningkat berpuluh kali ganda selepas peristiwa ‘98.

Mereka ini - manusia2 gerombolan - adalah terdiri dari golongan orang2 yang jahil, dan untuk itu, blog ini diwajibkan ke atas mereka.

Indonesians Say Malaysia Stole Their Cultural Assets, Including Folk Songs "Rasa Sayang" and "Terang Bulan"

Read here in Malaysian Insider for more

Excerpts:

A report in Jakarta Globe newspaper quoted an executive from a state-owned recording company as asking why Malaysia’s national anthem “Negaraku” sounded like the Indonesian song “Terang Bulan” (Moon Shine).

Read here how the tune, which was originally a popular French melody composed by the lyricist Pierre-Jean de Béranger (1780-1857), evolved into Malaysia's national anthem

Ruktiningsih, the head of recording company Lokananta, urged the Indonesian government to act on the “violation of intellectual property rights”.

“We have to unite against Malaysia, as they keep stealing Indonesia’s assets,” he added.

The song “Terang Bulan” comes from a popular French melody in the Seychelles, which spread to the Malay archipelago in the early 20th century. It was adopted as Perak’s state anthem in 1901. And in 1957, it became the national anthem for Malaysia with the lyrics changed.

"Terang Bulan" sung by Anneke Gronloh

The Tune of Malaysian's National Anthem Sounds Exactly Like "Terang Bulan" Song

An Early Recording of "Mamula Moon"


This tangle is just one of many controversies between the neighbours. Indonesians see Malaysia as appropriating their cultural assets, while Malaysians say these have been part of their culture for as long as anyone can remember.

The controversies include batik designs and the popular “Rasa Sayang” ditty.



Malaysia’s usage of the Balinese pendet dance in a tourism commercial has got Indonesians up in arms.


The "Pendet" Dance originates from Bali


Kuala Lumpur had apologised for the use of the Balinese dance but said the mistake was made by a third party who was paid by Malaysia’s Tourism Ministry to produce the commercial.

The Malaysian embassy in Jakarta said in a statement earlier this week: “Nobody in Malaysia claimed that the pendet dance originated in Malaysia.”

Leaders and Members of the Severed Cow Head Demonstration are Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Members ?

One blogger claimed the leaders and the Scumbag Muslims marching with a severed cow head demonstration are members of the PKR and PAS.

Read here for more

(A) "...Pengerusi kumpulan penduduk ini adalah Mahyuddin Manap, kini ahli PKR Wangsa Maju..."



Mahyuddin Manap
Chairman, Section 23 Shah Alam Resident Committee
(Organiser of the severed cow head protest by the Muslim Scumbags)

It is claimed HERE Mahyuddin Manap is a member of Parti KeAdilan Rakyat (PKR) of Wangsa Maju

But this PAS Blogger says Mahyuddin Manap admitted he is a PAS member.


Either he is a PAKATAN RAKYAT supporter, it would mean he is NOT an UMNO member or supporter


(2)"... Naib Pengerusi, Ibrahim Sabri adalah penyokong Anwar Ibrahim dan penggiat Reformasi yang pernah keluar masuk lokap. .."


Ibrahim Sabri,
The Leader of the Muslim Scumbags in the Severed Cow Head Protest

It is claimed HERE Ibrahim Sabri, the leader of the Scumbag Muslims is a supporter of Reformasi and Anwar Ibrahim


(3) "... Orang yang membaca doa di masa perarakan pun adalah ahli PAS yang dipercayai dipanggil orang sebagai Amin. ..."


These are the Scumbag Muslims saying their prayers to Allah after parading the severed cow head and insulting the Hindu faith following their Friday prayers at the Mosque in the month of Ramadan .

According to HERE, these Scumbag Muslims are PAS Members





Saturday, 29 August 2009

UPDATED ! Malaysian Muslims MUST Condemn THIS Barbaric Behaviour of Their FELLOW MUSLIMS

For Insulting the HINDU Faith and for Inciting Religious Hatred.

NOTE: As of 4.30 pm 29 August 2009, the Police is YET to ARREST these scumbag Muslims for insulting the Hindu faith and inflaming religious/racial hatred.

The Police knows WHO THESE SCUMBAG MUSLIMS ARE.



Adding to the INSULT, the Selangor Police stood by QUIETLY and UNMOVED to watch and allow the barbaric spectacle by these SCUMBAG MUSLIMS taking place right before their very eyes!!
















Quote

"... This is the culmination of years of the AUTHORITIES ( i.e.POLICE and the UMNO-led Govt) closing one eye and taking sides.

Did the rabble rousers have a police permit?

They can harass candle light vigil participants, but not these actors in outright religious bigotry?

And arrest and imprison reporters ‘for their own safety’ and MP’s based on mere rumours, but not those actually caught red-handed?.."

- Reader on Aisehman Blog


UPDATE:

Chairman of Section 23 Shah Alam Resident Committee responsible for the severed cow head protest, Mahyuddin Manaf, is a PAS member.

"... Menurut mereka yang menyaksikan perarakan itu, POLIS enggan bertindak pantas kerana mereka percaya perhimpunan dan perarakan itu didalangi oleh Umno.

Polis juga tidak sangka Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak akan mengeluarkan kenyataan yang mendakwa beliau kesal dengan tindakan penduduk mengarak kepala lembu sebagai membantah cadangan pemindahan kuil Hindu itu.

Bagaimanana, pihak polis dipercayai akan mengambil tindakan tegas hari ini terhadap Pengerusi jawatankuasa bertindak penduduk Seksyen 23 Shah Alam, Mahyuddin Manaf, seorang ahli PAS. Read here for more

".. NAJIB, you are the worst Prime Minister that this nation has ever seen. I would like to think that you have usurp your father in that ranking.

What has been done since the afternoon (severed cow-head protest) event? Nothing but talking cock.

Why are the 50 odd extremists still out on the roads?

Why is there still NO action taken upon this extremist Ibrahim Sabri who is calling for bloodshed.

Challenging the Hindus with their sacred cow. Shouldn't these disciples of satan be taken in by ISA to 'protect them from harm'?

Is this not what you claim the ISA is all about? Malaysians demand to see that such extremism be taken cared of. Nabbed them now.

And shut Utusan's printing machine for the next 1 week lest Awang and his fellow bodohs make matters worse.

And Anwar and PAS, sack Hassan Ali today. Enough is enough from him. We all know that he is involved in this some way or another
. Read here for more
-"Simon Templar"

The "BASTARDS" turned "bisu" and cacat"
Opposition stalwart Lim Kit Siang is asking why the Umno-owned Malay daily Utusan Malaysia is silent on yesterday's controversial 'cow head' protest. "If such an ultimate act of religious insensitivity, insult and offence had been committed against Islam, Utusan Malaysia would have gone to town. " Read here for more
Parti Keadilan Rakyat mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya tindakan sekumpulan 50 orang yang kononnya mewakili penduduk Seksyen 23 di Shah Alam yang telah mengarak dan bertindak menghina kepala seekor lembu dalam memprotes isu penempatan semula sebuah kuil Hindu. Tindakan mereka ini dengan jelas bertujuan untuk mengaibkan dan menimbulkan kemarahan penganut Hindu yang menganggap lembu sebagai binatang yang suci. Read here for more

---End of Update---

See Related Article Here: Religious Muslims' Un-Islamic Insensitivity and Behaviour during Ramadan

Click here to see more photos of the dastardly act of these scumbag Muslims

Read here for more on The Aisehman Blog

This Is Extreme !














(Photos courtesy of Minaq Jinggo)


Look at these people !!

These people are reportedly upset with the decision to relocate a Hindu temple to Section 23 in Shah Alam. So they decided to protest in front of the Selangor government building. That’s not all they did.

They brought along the severed head of a cow for good measure and from the looks of it, were more than happy to pose for this photo. The dude with his foot on the cow’s head obviously knows what he’s doing.

If these people think they are defending Islam, then they are seriously misleading themselves.

They have NOT upheld Islam.

Instead, they have ridiculed and insulted their own religion (ISLAM) through their actions.

  1. (Prime Minister) Najib MUST condemn the actions of these people in the strongest terms.

  2. So MUST (Tok Guru) Nik Aziz of PAS .

  3. So MUST Anwar Ibrahim.

  4. So MUST the MUFTIS and ULAMAS.

  5. So MUST the Raja-Raja Melayu (as Heads of Islam).

  6. So MUST the MALAY mainstream media.

  7. So MUST EACH and EVERY Muslim in this country must come out strongly against this sort of thing.
I expect NO less.

MALAYSIA expects NO less.
- The Aisehman


COMMENTARY


Read HERE: From READERS of malaysiakini

Ida Bakar:

Dear Hindus of Malaysia, In the absence of an outright apology from Malay-Muslim leadership, please allow me to apologise for this unforgivable action.

What these people have done have nothing to do with Islam or the Malays. They have brought shame onto my religion in this holy month of Ramadan.

Dear syariah judges, these miscreants have acted against Islam - by insulting the Hindu religion and by not respecting the the dead cow (one of Allah's many beautiful creations).

Surely this is a crime worse than three glasses of beer.

Muslim true and true:

Dear all, please don't associate the remaining 99-9% Muslims in this country who are responsible and tolerant towards other religious beliefs with this incident. These hooligans don't represent all of us.

Amir H:

As a Muslim, I am ashamed at the behaviour of these hoodlums especially during the holy month of Ramadhan. I really wonder who the head honchos are behind this unscrupulous act. The protestors have been swayed off course from the true teachings of Islam. I dare say this is not the true reflection of the majority of Malay-Muslims in this country. Very sad indeed..

Haha:

Action Commitee Chair' Mahyuddin Manaf said :'
" We will not budge an inch. Even if lives are lost and blood made to flow we will defend section 23 from having a temple built there'.
These are very threatening words and should not be taken lightly . These are words uttered just like 'terrorists' would and we have these people in Malaysia.

I wonder what made some people in our country so stupid and so extreme.

Let's see if action is being taken immediately or if a mere caution is given.

To my Hindu brothers and sisters, please forgive them.


from Haris Ibrahim

Read here in Peoples Parliament blog

The report of the incident by Malaysianinsider makes it imperative that decisive police action be taken against the perpetrators.

Bloodshed has been threatened, and the ringleader appears to have been named.

The police have NO excuse for inaction.

I’m also convinced after reading this report that something sinister is being planned by some very evil people in Selangor.

Again, stay calm, people.

I am deeply saddened by the actions of a group of individuals in Shah Alam today in desecrating the head of a cow to protest the relocation of a Hindu temple to their neighbourhood.

Malaysiakini has the report HERE.

I refuse to acknowledge this group as Muslims, as their action is unIslamic in the extreme, and mirrors the evil in their hearts.

They are said to have just concluded their Friday prayers before carrying out this despicable act. Any good arising from those prayers must surely have been nullified by this evil that they did so soon after.

I’m troubled by the inaction of the police who were present when the group of demonstrators did their absolute worst.

Why?

This is one of the worst incidences of incitement to religious hatred I have seen in a long, long time, and the police watch and do nothing?

Why?

Even more troubling is the recent spate of incidences of religious intolerance and extremism occuring in Selangor.

Are these connected, and part of a larger, more sinister agenda to destabilise the present state government?

If so, let’s not fall for it.

To my Hindu brothers and sisters, demonstrate the beauty that is to be found in your faith, and in the process shame these demonstrators.

Forgive them, and do not react in the manner that they appear to want to agitate.

I expect to see the Muslim MPs and ADUNs and leaders of both sides of the political divide condemn these acts in the strongest possible terms and to press the police authorities to haul the wrongdoers to court.

Should be easy enough to identify the perpetrators from the photographs on Malaysiakini (or see HERE).

Anything less and you would have failed in both your religious duty and your obligations as electe.
-Haris Ibrahim

Protes Penduduk Islam Seksyen 23 - Perlu berhemah didalam cara membantah!

by

Zainol Abideen

Read here for more in Mahaguru58 blog

Excerpts:

"... Saya tidak gemar melihat provokasi yang dilakukan dengan sengaja terhadap kefahaman orang orang India berkepercayaan Hindu itu dan saya memang tidak boleh terima penjelasan yang diberikan oleh pemimpin protes semalam bila diajukan persoalan akan maksud membawa kepala lembu dan memijak nya dengan maksud simbolik menghina simbol penyembahan orang orang Hindu sedunia!

Bilamana pemimpin demonstrasi semalam memijak kepala lembu itu, perbuatan itu dilakukan dengan simbolik memijak kepercayaan penganut ajaran Hindu. Ini realitinya. Kebenaran wajib dinyatakan! Sebagai umat Islam malah sedang berpuasa lagi!!!

Bayangkan perasaan kita jika orang orang Hindu diseluruh dunia pula menghina kitab suci junjungan kita yakni Al Quranul Karim?

Sudah tentu kita marah dan mahu saja memerangi mereka!

Nah! Begitu lah natijah nya bertindak secara semberono melakukan sesuatu perkara yang sudah tentu mengguris hati dan perasaan mereka yang berfahaman Hindu didalam negara kita mahupun diluar negara.

Kepala lembu yang dibawa dan dipijak semalam biarpun ianya hanya sesuatu objek dan bukan kitab suci sesuatu agama tetapi ianya adalah lambang simbol ketuhanan kepercayaan orang orang Kaffir!

Mereka yang bertanggungjawab mengepalai protes semalam harus meminta maaf dengan segera dan secara terbuka kepada rakyat Malaysia berketurunan India yang berfahaman Hindu dan menyatakan kesal diatas kesilapan mereka bertindak sebegitu.

Walaupun saya tidak ada kena mengena secara langsung dengan cara protes semalam, selaku saudara seagama dengan penduduk Islam Seksyen 23, Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, saya memohon maaf bagi pihak mereka kepada mana mana warganegara Malaysia berkepercayaan Hindu diatas kesilapan pembantah pembantah didalam protes berkenaan.
-Zainol Abideen

Makan Kepala Lembu lebih baik dari makan rasuah


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Sedih dan kesiah melihatkan mereka yang memakai serban dan kopiah diperbodohkan oleh puak-puak Umno dengan sensetiviti Melayu dan Islam yang sempit.

Mereka mengarak dan menginjak-injak kepala seekor lembu.

Tidakkah ini satu usaha untuk memprovok sensetiviti ugama lain yang menganggap lembu sebagai binatang suci mereka? Jawatankuasa Bertindak ini sengaja berbuat demikian kerana jelas bahawa mereka menyedari perbuatan tersebut adalah satu provokasi terhadap agama lain.

Lantaran itu Mahyuddin Manaf , selaku jurucakap kumpulan tersebut mendakwa kononnya kepala lembu tersebut telah dibawa oleh individu yang 'extreme' dan bukan daripada Jawatankuasa Bertindak.

Kalau dah tahu ianya dibawa oleh individu yang extreme, mengapa kumpulan ini mengarak dan melayannya dan dia sendiri pula adalah antara mereka yang memijak-mijak kepala lembu tersebut. Terbukti dia seorang pembohong dan kumpulan Jawankuasa tersebut adalah extrem dan sangat merbahawa terhadap wawasan Najib, Satu Malaysia.

Saya sendiri melihat perbuatan mereka ini amat biadab dan diluar kesopanan apabila menginjak-injak kepala lembu tersebut.Bukan sebab saya melihatnya dari kacamata seorang penganut Hindu, tetapi sebagai seorang Islam yang melihat kepala lembu itu sebagai bahan makanan yang seharunya dihormati.Lebih baik makan kepala lembu daripada makan rasuah.
- Al-Husseyn


Adakah Orang Islam Bebal Atau Orang Melayu Sangat Bengap?

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Adakah orang Melayu yang pastinya Islam ini dilahirkan dengan akal yang tak berapa sempurna tetapi ramai yang merasakan diri mereka jauh lebih superior berbanding orang lain?

Atau orang Melayu merasakan di Malaysia tidak patut wujud simbol-simbol dan bangunan agama lain.

Bila datang hari kemerdekaan (yang aku tak faham kenapa kita raikan besar-besaran sangat) bukak TV nampak iklan tunjuk 3 bangsa lain2 main bola sama-sama.

Kemudian kalau kita tanya sesiapa pun rakyat Malaysia,apa keistimewaan Malaysia,first sekali kita akan "keharmonian kaum."

Aku tak pernah nampak orang Cina carik pasal camni.

Aku tak pernah nampak orang India buat perangai macam ni.


Yang paling menyedihkan adalah bila orang Islam yang buat macam ni.


Banyak tempat lain yang ada masjid,kuil dengan tokong sebelah-sebelah.Apa susah benar ke?Ada ke dalam Quran kata orang Islam mesti pastikan agama lain disisihkan dengan cara menghina agama yang lain itu?

Berdoa mintak tolong kat Allah Swt tu buat apa? Aku rasa Tuhan pun takkan tolong doa orang yang berperangai ala-ala syaitan racist camtu.
-"Mantot"

We Commend the Strong Stand by UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin Against these Muslim Scumbags Insulting the Hindu Faith

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Quote

"... How would YOU (Muslims) feel if the proposal to build a mosque in a non-Muslim area - which is already happening - leads a group of non-Muslims to burn and stomp on the Quran?

Would not the Malays rise with anger?

If yes, then parading with a cow's head is just as insulting?"

-Khairy Jamaluddin,
UMNO Youth Chief


What If Non-Muslims Burn the Quran over a Mosque?

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin has strongly condemned the protest against the relocation of a Hindu temple where angry residents paraded a severed cow's head this afternoon.

Khairy warned that such emotional acts could jeopardise peace in the country.

Calling on the protesters to reflect on their action, he asked:
"How would you feel if the proposal to build a mosque in a non-Muslim area - which is already happening - leads a group of non-Muslims to burn and stomp on the Quran?"

Would not the Malays rise with anger? If yes, then parading with a cow's head is just as insulting?

This act is surely to anger the Hindus .

If the residents were dissatisfied with the proposal to build a temple in their area, they should have used the existing channels to air their grouses.

I believe this is not an action condoned by Islam, a religion which espouses humility and respect for other religions.

Where is the spirit of 1Malaysia, especially among the Malay Muslims who are the majority in this country. I pray that this incident does not lead to anything more serious."

I would rise to defend the dignity of Islam if the religion is belittled, (and) I will also voice out if other religions are insulted."

He said although a memorandum submitted earlier by the residents might have failed to change the state government's stand on the issue, it was not an excuse to demonstrate in such an insulting manner as if this was an uncivilised country.

The Umno Youth leader added that he was saddened that the protest was done in the name of Malay non-governmental organisations and after Friday prayers in the month of Ramadhan.


Demo di Shah Alam

by

Khairy Jamaluddin
Ketua Pemuda UMNO

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Saya selaku Ketua Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO Malaysia dan Pengerusi Pemuda Barisan Nasional mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya demonstrasi membantah cadangan membina kuil Hindu dekat Seksyen 23, Shah Alam, petang tadi di mana kepala lembu diperarakkan ke bangunan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Selangor.

Tindakan ini tidak langsung menyerlahkan sensitiviti dan penghormatan wajar terhadap agama dan kepercayaan orang lain yang perlu demi keharmonian antara kaum.

Sebaliknya, tindakan emosional dan menghina sebeginilah yang boleh membawa kemudaratan kepada keamanan negara.

Sekiranya mereka yang melakukan perarakan ini tidak senang dengan cadangan pembinaan kuil di kawasan perumahan mereka pun, mereka sepatutnya menggunakan saluran yang sedia ada untuk meluahkan ketidakpuashatian sejajar dengan semangat sivik atau kemasyarakatan.

Saya sedar bahawa memorandum membantah cadangan tersebut yang dihantar oleh Jawatankuasa Bertindak Bantahan Pembinaan Kuil Seksyen 23 kepada Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Batu Tiga barangkali tidak mengubah keputusan Kerajaan Negeri Selangor untuk meneruskan rancangannya membina kuil tersebut, berdasarkan kenyataan YAB Menteri Besar.

Namun, ini bukan satu alasan untuk wakil-wakil penduduk berdemonstrasi dengan cara menghina seolah-olah negara kita tidak bertamadun.

Kalaupun kemahuan mereka tidak tercapai, sensitiviti terhadap agama dan kaum lain tidak boleh sekali-kali diketepikan.

Yang menyedihkan bagi saya adalah demonstrasi ini diadakan atas nama NGO-NGO Melayu selepas solat Jumaat di bulan Ramadhan Al-Mubarak.

Saya percaya ini bukanlah tindakan yang diterima di sisi Islam, agama yang memuliakan kesederhanaan dan menghormati kepercayaan orang lain.

Tindakan ini sudah tentu akan mengakibatkan kemarahan orang Hindu dan rakyat Malaysia amnya.

Orang Melayu Islam yang menganjur dan terlibat dengan demonstrasi ini sepatutnya fikir sejenak, apa perasaan mereka jika
cadangan membina masjid di kawasan bukan Melayu – yang memang pun berlaku – membawa kepada golongan bukan Melayu membakar dan memijak Al-Quran?

Tidakkah orang Melayu akan bangkit dengan kemarahan membara? Jika ya, tidakkah perarakan kepala lembu yang dipenggal itu tidak serupa hina?

Di manakah semangat 1Malaysia yang wajar dipraktikkan terutamanya oleh orang Melayu Islam sebagai golongan majoriti negara ini? Saya mendoakan agar kelakuan petang tadi tidak akan membawa kepada sebarang insiden yang lebih serius.

Jika ada yang menganggap agama Islam dihina atau diperlekehkan sepertimana yang berlaku dengan isu jualan arak di negeri Selangor baru-baru ini, saya akan bangkit mempertahankan maruah agama Islam.

Tetapi saya juga akan bersuara sekiranya agama lain dihina. Islam mengajar kita untuk mengenali dan membuat baik dengan bangsa lain, sepertimana firman Allah SWT dalam surah Al-Hujarat, ayat 13:
"Hai manusia, sesungguhnya Kami menciptakan kamu dari seorang laki-laki dan seorang perempuan dan menjadikan kamu berbangsa-bangsa dan bersuku-suku supaya kamu saling mengenal."
Dan surah Al-Kafirun, ayat 6:
"Untuk kamu agamakamu, untuk aku agama aku".
Maka budaya menerima kepelbagaian agama ini termaktub dalam kitab suci Al-Quran.

Kepada umat Islam, marilah sama-sama kita menghayati ajaran agama yang sebenar.

Janganlah kita mencemari bulan Ramadhan Al-Mubarak ini dengan tindakan dan perbuatan yang menghina orang lain.

Salah tetap salah. Benar tetap benar. Wallahualam.
- Khairy Jamaluddin

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Here is Another ISLAMIC LEADER SCUMBAG in the making

This Islamic Clergy (Mufti) from Perak Playing the Divisive RACE card Against Non-Malays

Lucut kerakyatan hina raja

Read in Utusan Malaysia

Mufti Perak, Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria mengingatkan kumpulan ekstremis dan pelampau bahawa tanpa institusi raja yang menjaga golongan majoriti orang Melayu, negara ini tidak mungkin aman.

Tegasnya, kerana institusi rajalah, negara ini yang suatu ketika dikenali Tanah Melayu kemudian Malaya seterusnya Malaysia terus kekal stabil dan makmur didiami pelbagai kaum.

Sehubungan itu, beliau menggesa kerajaan mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap kumpulan ekstremis yang cuba mewujudkan unsur perpecahan dalam negara.

Katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia hari ini:
“Benda ini (menghormati institusi raja dan agama Islam) sudah ada dalam Perlembagaan Negara, kalau tidak suka, keluarlah dari negara ini.

Selama 52 tahun negara kita aman makmur, tiba-tiba ada pihak cuba hancurkan semua ini, sengaja nak buat kacau.

“Dulu mereka diberi kerakyatan setelah setuju mahu patuhi syarat-syarat yang diberi, kalau tak suka lagi, keluarkan mereka dan kalau ada orang Melayu sendiri tak suka, keluarkan juga mereka dengan melucutkan kerakyatannya.

Jangan kerana politik, mereka sanggup menjual agama. Dalam Islam, kita diwajibkan untuk pertahankan agama daripada dihina, bukan melakukannya kerana kepentingan diri.

Pada masa yang sama, Islam juga tidak membenarkan umatnya menghina agama lain kerana perbuatan saling menghina itu hanya akan menyebabkan berlaku suasana tidak tenteram.
Beliau mengulas kemarahan orang Melayu terhadap kandungan satu blog baru-baru ini menghina Islam, Sultan Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah serta Raja Muda Perak, Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah.

Sebelum itu pelbagai pihak turut mengkritik tindakan Exco DAP negeri Selangor, Ronnie Liu yang campur tangan dan mempertikaikan tindakan Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA) merampas minuman keras di Seksyen 8, Shah Alam dan tindakan Ketua Staf Pejabat Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Jeff Ooi mengaitkan syariah Islam sebagai ekstremis.

Menurut Harussani, setiap orang Islam wajib mempertahankan agamanya daripada dihina oleh mana-mana pihak dan tidak seharusnya menyokong penghinaan itu dengan apa sahaja alasan.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Religious Muslims' Un-Islamic Insensitivity and Behaviour during Ramadan

Bloody Disgraceful Bunch of Muslims during Ramadan.

Is THIS What They Learn in the Mosques
About Being a Religious Muslim?

ORANG BERAGAMA ISLAM
YANG KURANG AJAR
DAN KURANG AGAMA



Mahyuddin Manaf
(PAS Member)




(Photos courtesy of malaysiakini)

  • The Full Force of the Law MUST Be Brought Down on these Religious Scumbags Calling Themselves MUSLIMS for INSULTING Malaysians of Hindu faith and INCITING Religious Hatred

  • What Has Self-Appointed "Allah's Representative", MP Zulkifli Noordin Got to Say About these Scumbags Calling Themselves as HIS Fellow Muslims?
Read here for more in malaysiakini and here

Some 50 residents - from Section 23 in Shah Alam - who gathered after the Friday prayers at the state Mosque, placed the decapitated head of a cow outside the gates of the state secretariat building in protest against the proposed relocation of a Hindu temple to their area.

The protesters had marched some 300m from the state mosque to the state secretariat building.

The cow is considered SACRED among Hindus.

Before dispersing, several protesters spat and stomped on the cow's head.

Addressing the crowd, Section 23 action committee deputy chair Ibrahim Sabri threatened:
" If there is blood, you (the state government) will be responsible if you are adamant about building the temple.

"This is a warning. Relocate the temple to Section 22. This cow is a present to the state government. This is a gift from us.

We will not budge one inch, even if lives are lost or blood is made to flow. We will still defend Section 23 from having a temple built there."
The MIC secretary-general,Dr S Subramaniam, who is also Human Resources Minister, said PM Najib had conveyed his disappointment when he telephoned him regarding the incident.

Subramanium said,
"The prime minister was very upset. He promised to look into the problem and nip it in the bud.

Some 15 minutes later, the prime minister called back and said that he had spoken to Inspector-General of Police (Musa Hassan) and instructed him to take immediate action."
Selangor executive councillor Dr Xavier Jeyakumar described the protest as "unwarranted, unacceptable and without sensitivity towards other religions."

He said,
"These people should have ethics.

They are inciting racial and religious hatred.

I am going to lodge a police report against these people."
MIC president S Samy Vellu , > who called it an "intolerable" act carried out by an "extremist group." He called on the government and the police to take action against the organisers of this protest. They must be punished according to the law for endangering racial harmony in this country, he added.

Samy Vellu said,
"The cow is a sacred animal of the Hindus, and for this group to resort to such action, is intolerable and tantamount to challenging the freedom of religion as enshrined in the Malaysian Constitution.

It is the right of Malaysians of any faith, including Hindus to build temples and other places of worships.

I am very sad that this group had paraded the cow's head on their way to the state secretariat building.

We must not allow anyone to challenge or ridicule any religion in this country.

I am worried that this action may lead to retaliation from the Hindu community. However, I wish to urge the Hindus especially to be calm and let the authorities deal with it. "
Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy< called the protest a "disgraceful" act. "It was very uncivilised and brutish...and the group had just come after attending their (Friday) prayers," the DAP leader said.

MIC Youth was also appalled and expressed shock over the protest.

The wing's chief T Mohan said,
"It is a very shameful and disgraceful act and they do not seem to have any feelings for the sentiments of the Hindu community.

We strongly condemn their actions and call on the authorities to take immediate action. There are proper channels to express one's views but ridiculing the Hindu religion reflects the shallow minds of the protesters."

Human Rights Party leader P Uthayakumar was disappointed that the police did not arrest those involved in the protest.

He said the Attorney-General's Chambers should initiate criminal proceedings and charge them under Sections 298 and 298 (A) of the Penal Code read together with Article 11 of the Federal Constitution.

Section 298 concerns the offence of uttering words etc with the deliberate intent to wound religious feelings while Section 298 (A) is related to the offence of causing disharmony.

Makkal Sakthi Party president S Thanendran also condemned the protest as a "barbaric" act.

He urged the Selangor government as well as the police not to tolerate this sort of behaviour and to take stern action against the protesters.

"How can a temple disturb the peace of these people? Things can become really ugly if we start raising other questions," he said.


COMMENTARY

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Mengapa Membisu?

Dimanakah kecaman Perdana Menteri Najib Razak terhadap perbuatan hina sekumpulan manusia yang mengaku Islam dan Melayu petang tadi?

Setakat ni, kita hanya dimaklumkan oleh Menteri Sumber Manusia S. Subramaniam bahawa Najib ada menelefon beliau untuk menyatakan rasa kesal dan marahnya diatas kejadian tersebut.

Tapi rakyat masih belum lagi dengar apa-apa dari mulut Najib sendiri.

  • Apakah beliau takut untuk berbuat demikian?Takut kehilangan sokongan politik?

  • Dimana juga kecaman dari pemimpin-pemimpin Islam PAS dan PKR? Apakah takut juga?

  • Dimana kecaman dari mufti dan ulama kita? Apakah setuju dengan kejadian petang tadi?

Tak mengapa. Masih ada masa lagi.

Kita tunggu.

Tapi, sekiranya esok masih lagi membisu.

Video Clip: PAS's Multi-Lingual Nizar Jamaluddin's Speech in Han Chiang High School Penang

Thursday, 27 August 2009

The Caning of Kartika: The Legalities and Malaysia's International Standing with Afghanistan, Iran and Sudan

Read here two articles by lawyer Art Harun and HERE by Historian Dr. Farish Noor








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BANNING ALCOHOL IN MALAYSIA ESPECIALLY FOR MUSLIMS

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HERE: CARBOHYDRATE, CALORIES AND ALCOHOL CONTENTS OF DIFFERENT BEERS

Foods/Drinks Containing Alcohol (ARAK)

Foodstuffs contain (Vol.%):
  • Vinegar 0.3

  • Wheat/rye bread 0.2 - 0.4

  • Oxtail soup with red wine 0.41

  • Jamaica icecream 0.5

  • Kefir 0.6

  • Fruit cakes 0.62

  • Caramel bars with rum cream 0.65

  • Sauerkraut 0.2 -0.8
GRAMS OF ALCOHOL IN:
  • Beer: one glass (0.33 l) contains 10 - 12 g.

  • Kefir: 0.5 l contains about 5g alcohol (fermented milk drink).

  • Apple juice: one glass (0.2 l) contains 0.6 g alcohol.

  • Daily dose: the daily dose of a MEDICINE contains a maximum of 0.7 - 1 g alcohol.

  • Single dose: the single dose of a MEDICINE contains 0.22 - 0.33 g alcohol.

  • Wheat/rye BREAD: one slice (50 g) contains 0.1 - 0.2 alcohol.
Read here for more on Alcohol in medicines


Update
:
The Malaysian Syarie Lawyers’ Association (PGSM) issued a joint statement with Pembela, an umbrella body of several Muslim NGOs, saying everyone SHOULD ADHERE to and RESPECT the decisions made by the SYARIAH courts.

PGSM president and group spokesman Mohamad Isa Abdul Ralip said groups like the Bar Council and other non-Muslim based organisations should NOT interfere in the affairs of Islam and to just leave related issues to those who have the authority to deal with them
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The Legality of Caning Kartika

by

Art Harun

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When Minister Hishamuddin said that we are not experienced in this matter, he was stating the obvious.
  1. Firstly, no person of the female gender has been caned or sentenced to caning in Malaysia before. The reason for this will be obvious later in this article.
  2. Secondly, the authorities entrusted with carrying out the sentence of caning in Malaysia had never ever caned someone convicted of the Syariah offence of consuming alcohol in public.
Questions then arise as to how, where and by whom should Kartika be caned.

While I do not wish to be embroiled in the debate on whether Islam actually prohibits the consumption of alcohol and prescribes a punishment for it, I wish to state that such issue is not as clear as it is thought to be.

There is however a decision from the Pakistan Federal Syariah Court which held that there is NO clear prohibition against consumption of alcohol in the Quran and that FLOGGING for such offence is thus UN-ISLAMIC. I am citing this decision not so much to support any argument on whether the prohibition exists or otherwise as much as to highlight that this issue is far from being clear.

Muslims around the world - and Malaysian Muslims aren't exempted - have lamented that Islam has been misunderstood by non-Muslims, especially in the west.

Islam has been cast:

  • as a religion which propagates disharmony;

  • as a religion which sanctions the killing and murder of the innocent, women and children;

  • a religion which is backward, primitive, unfair and unjust.

However, to a large extent, we, the Muslims, have ourselves to blame.

A case in point is the provisions of the Enakmen Pentadbiran Ugama Islam dan Adat Resam Melayu Pahang 1982. Under this enactment, a Muslim who is guilty of consuming alcohol in public may be fined RM5000 or imprisoned for 3 years or both and caned of not more than 6 lashes. Kartika was convicted and sentenced under this enactment.

My learned friend, Shaikh Abdul Saleem, in his excellent article "Soalan Kepada PGSM" , has pointed out the whole reason why Islam has been ridiculed by the west for so long. He draws comparison to the provisions of the Enakmen Undang-Undang Keluarga Islam 2005 (Pahang). Under this enactment:

  • someone who treats his wife badly and cheats her of her property is liable to be fined RM1000 or imprisonment for 6 months;

  • someone who does not comply with a Court order to live with his wife is liable to a fine of RM1000 or imprisonment for 6 months;

  • someone who does not treat his wife fairly in accordance with Syarak is liable to a fine of RM1000 or imprisonment for 6 months.

If that is not shocking enough, consider section 177 of the Enakmen Pentadbiran Ugama Islam dan Adat Resam Melayu Pahang 1982 (the enactment under which Kartika is sentenced). Under this section, a person who forces or allows his wife to prostitute herself with the intention of earning an income from such prostitution is liable to be fined RM4000 or imprisonment for 2 years or both and caning of not more than 6 lashes.

So, there we have it.
  • RM5000 fine or imprisonment of 3 years and 6 lashes for consuming alcohol.
  • And RM4000 or imprisonment of 2 years and 6 lashes for forcing one's wife to be a prostitute!

Is there any wonder why Islam is viewed with ridicule and contempt?

We seem to have lost it.

Somewhere between the Quranic verses, the hadiths and Sunnah and the various edicts by the ulamaks and muftis:

  1. WE , the Muslims, have managed to reduce this great way of life called Islam into an instrument of hatred, unfairness, unjustness and ridicule.

  2. WE have managed to let externalities triumph over the inner beauty and spirituality of Islam.

Under Syariah law, some consensus has been reached on the proper punishment (if at all it can be called "punishment") for consuming alcohol. Various hadiths Bukharis describe the Prophet and his followers beating the offender with palm-leaf stalks and shoes.

In a hadith, narrated by Abu Salama, Abu Huraira said,

"A man who drank wine was brought to the Prophet. The Prophet said, 'Beat him!" Abu Huraira added, "So some of us beat him with our hands, and some with their shoes, and some with their garments (by twisting it) like a lash, and then when we finished, someone said to him, 'May Allah disgrace you!' On that the Prophet said, 'Do not say so, for you are helping Satan to overpower him.' "

In another, narrated by Ali bin Abi Talib:

"I would not feel sorry for one who dies because of receiving a legal punishment, except the drunk, for if he should die (when being punished), I would give blood money to his family because no fixed punishment has been ordered by Allah's Apostle for the drunk. "

And those were the "punishments" meted by the Prophet himself.

There are however narrations which say that Caliphs Umar had sentenced an offender to 80 lashes. It was pointed out by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, that that was in fact a sentence for slander as opposed to consumption of alcohol per se.

If it was indeed a sentence for consuming alcohol, that begs the question, who is Caliph Umar to increase a punishment which was meted out by the Prophet himself?

Kartika has however been sentenced to receive 6 lashes.

The enormity and gravity of this sentence cannot be overlooked nor ignored. First of all, there is no procedure anywhere in Malaysia on how a sentence of this nature would be carried out in Malaysia.

  1. Is she going to be beaten up with shoes or date palm?
  2. Or with garments which are twisted like a lash? And by whom?

  3. And where?

Our authorities are well known of churning out half baked products.

And one of those products is the law which our Parliamentarians or State Representatives churn out.

The law says she must be caned. But there is no procedure to prescribe the execution of such caning.

Criminal Procedure Code

Do we look at the civil law on how she should be caned? Okay. Let's us all look at the civil law then. The Criminal Procedure Code provides as follows in so far as a sentence of whipping is concerned. (Frankly, I do not know the difference, if any, between whipping and canning.)

  • Section 286 : when an accused is sentenced to whipping, the Court may direct on the place and time of execution.

We pause here to note that the Syariah Judge, as far as I know, had failed to give such direction.

Furthermore, this provision does NOT apply to a sentence by a Syariah Court because "Court", in the Code, is defined as the Magistrate's, Sessions or High Court.

We are none the wiser.

Section 287 is important. It says when a person is sentenced to imprisonment as well as whipping, such whipping shall only be done after 7 days from the date of the sentence. This section is important because of what happened sometime last week.

Kartika was sentenced to a fine of RM5000 and 6 lashes. There was no custodial or prison sentence.

And to top it up, there was NO direction on how she was to receive the lashes.

So what did they do?

  1. Last week, it was reported that the Syariah prosecutor had applied to the Syariah Judge, and was granted, an order that Kartika be detained in remand in the prison for 7 days so that she could be caned in the prison.

  2. With all due respect to this two officers of the law (officers of the Islamic law, if I may add), a grave error and injustice has been committed against Kartika. A person can only be charged and sentenced ONCE for ONE offence. Kartika has been charged, found guilty and sentenced to RM5000 and 6 lashes. That was her sentence.

    Nowhere had it been stated that she was to be imprisoned for 7 days.

  3. The learned Syariah Judge, at the instance of the Prosecutor realised that the caning cannot be done.

  4. And so they issued a new and additional sentence of 7 days in prison. If that is not an injustice, I do not know what is.

If I were to be nasty, I would say that that was a victimisation!

That order, with respect, is in fact unconstitutional as it is repugnant to Article 7 of the Federal Constitution which provides that a person shall NOT be tried TWICE for the SAME offence.

Can the sentence be carried out by the Prison authorities? Well, the Criminal Procedure Code (our civil law), in section 288, says that:

  • whipping shall be inflicted on such part of the body as the Minister charged with responsibility for public order directs. The Minister in question is of course Minister Hishamuddin. The part of the body to be whipped has been directed. It is the bare buttocks. The person who carries out this sentence is a trained personnel.
  • the rattan shall be not more than half an inch in diameter.

Let me describe how this whipping is done.

  1. The executioner would hit the bare buttock with the rattan with such ferocity that upon the rattan hitting the bare buttock, the offender would fling forward.

  2. The executioner then would expertly pull the rattan towards himself in one swift movement that the skin would cut open, as if it has been cut by a very sharp knife.

  3. At this point, blood would rush out of the open wound.

  4. The next round, the executioner would expertly hit the same area where the first blow had landed earlier. The wound would get bigger.

That's how. And it is supposed to go on for 6 times, in Kartika's case.

In real life, NOT many would be standing up to receive their 5th lash.

That is why a the Code provides that a medical officer must be present to certify that the offender is fit state of health to undergo the whipping. If a person is not fit to receive the full number of lashes, the whipping must stop and the remaining number may be converted into a prison sentence or remitted.

That is how whipping under our CIVIL law is done.

If we compare that to the way the Prophet was described by the hadiths to have dealt with the offender, the civil law whipping is much much more painful and harmful than that which is prescribed by the hadiths.

In fact they are not comparable at all.

The CIVIL law whipping is so harsh and painful that even fearsome and hardcore gangsters have pleaded to the Court to be spared whipping.

The Syariah punishment is however aimed at humiliating the offender rather than inflicting pain.

And to top it up, the Code says expressly that WOMEN shall NOT be subject to the sentence of whipping!

And to facilitate whipping under the Code, a warrant of execution must be issued by a Judge or Maigistrate.

A Syariah Judge is NOT a Judge under the Code.

If Kartika were to be caned under the civil law, I would venture to say that she would be punished in a manner which is NOT prescribed by Syariah law in the first place.

That would be a travesty. And it would be an irony that a Muslim court had seen it fit to impose a punishment which is not prescribed by Syariah law.

Where does that leave Kartika?

More importantly, where does that leave Malaysia?
-Art Harun


The political cost of caning Kartika

by

Dr. Farish Noor

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MALAYSIA has long been trying to cultivate its image as a moderate Muslim state that can serve as an exemplary model for others.

Particularly in the wake of the attacks on the United States in 2001 and during the heated years of the war on terror, successive Malaysian Prime Ministers have worked hard to ensure that Malaysia would remain on the list of moderate Muslim states that could serve as the cultural bridge between the Western and Muslim worlds.

Today, however, that image stands to take a significant pounding thanks to a relatively isolated incident that has managed to grab the headlines worldwide: A Malay-Muslim woman by the name of Kartika Sari Dewi is set to be caned for the offence of drinking alcohol in public.

Kartika's case has bedevilled the lawmakers of Malaysia for the simple reason that nobody seems to know what to do about it, and her. Kartika was found guilty of drinking beer in the state of Pahang, West Malaysia. The religious authorities of Pahang subsequently found her guilty of committing a syariah offence, and she was made to pay a fine.

Kartika herself pleaded guilty, but was also sentenced to six strokes of the cane. What baffles most observers of Malaysian politics is that the former model then stated that she was prepared to be caned, and what is more, to be caned in public. Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has reacted to the case by asking the thorny question of whether Malaysia will celebrate its independence day with the caning of a Muslim woman instead.

Prime Minister Najib Razak has himself asked Kartika to appeal her sentence, and to reconsider.

Needless to say, the case had made international headlines and brought Malaysia to the world's attention for all the wrong reasons.

The problem that this case poses for Malaysia is complex and manifold: For a start, Kartika's case that was handled by the Syariah court of Pahang now raises the question of whether the Federal government can intervene to save her. Federal-state relations in legal matters will therefore be the crux of the legal side of the debate.

Adding to the confusion is the problematic and complicated relationship between religion and politics in the country, where the borderline between Islam and politics has grown increasingly blurred after three decades of state-driven Islamisation.

Malaysia's enfeebled ruling UMNO party is now trying its best to defend its own Islamic credentials in the face of the opposition Islamic party PAS, but at the same time would not like to see Malaysia gain the same reputation as the Taliban of Afghanistan.

The Islamic party in turn is likewise split in its conscience, between moderates who wish to push the democratisation agenda and conservatives who wish to lay the foundations for more Islamisation.

Already in the state of Selangor where PAS has come to power as part of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, moral policing has been introduced by the conservative PAS leader Hasan Ali, who has called for religious functionaries to arrest Muslims who go against Islamic law.

In the long run however, all these internal changes will be tempered by realpolitik considerations. The conservatives of PAS may feel that their electoral gains thus far have given them the green light to further Islamise the country, calling for a ban on the sale of alcohol, music concerts, and compelling Muslims to abide by Islamic norms and regulations.

But in the wider context of international politics Malaysia is looking more and more like an isolated, parochial state where books are banned and people are whipped for doing things that are regarded as perfectly normal elsewhere.

The conservative Islamists of Malaysia, their religious convictions notwithstanding, simply do not seem to understand how and why the international community is upset with the idea of a woman being caned for drinking a pint.

A case in point is the Mufti of Perak, Harussani Zakaria, who even asked why there was such a fuss being made about a woman being caned six times when, in his opinion, the punishment ought to have been 80 lashes instead?

It is this deep-rooted sense of disconnect that adds a surreal air to the goings-on in Malaysia today, and the case of Kartika herself. The Malaysian government is concerned that failure to enact Islamic law and punishment will compromise its standing in the eyes of conservative Muslims in the country; but to have Kartika caned would jeopardise the country's image internationally.

Like it or not, Malaysia still depends on trade and international goodwill from the developed countries of the West, not Afghanistan. This, then, is the dilemma that Malaysia faces at the moment, and there seems little consensus on how to proceed.

Kartika's caning has been postponed to the end of the month of Ramadan, but this buys precious little time to resolve what has to be a landmark case in Malaysian syariah law.

One thing, however, is certain: The costs of caning Kartika are simply too high, and should that line be crossed the country would have jumped one rung up the Islamisation ladder yet again.

From then on, there is no turning back and this may be a sign of what is to come in the future.
-Dr. Farish Noor