Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Beginning of the Dark Ages of Islam in Malaysia

There was once an era called the ‘dark ages’ of the Christians in Europe that stretched roughly from the first quarter of the tenth century to the 15th century. The people at the time were obsessed with supernatural powers of satans, devils and the likes. Fighting evil spirits, witches and even vampires was almost what the Christian priests were all about.

Many are said to have been wrongly accused and burnt to death, especially women, for being suspected, accused or ‘proven’ to be a witch. The words of the priests were considered words of God and objecting them would make one a sinner or a conspirator of the devil. Religion is not a thing to be discussed or questioned or you will be condemned as a bad Christian or a sinner, or worst, an apostate.

The 8th century was the beginning of the golden age of Islam. It lasted until 1258 when Baghdad fell to the Mongols. While the Christians were obsessed with the supernaturals and afraid to question the Priests, the Muslims were discovering the universe and invented algebra.

The golden age was when the Muslims reached its highest height in human civilization; a height so high that no Muslims in this era could even imagine, but only dream. In their dreams, they long for those glory days. And they keep dreaming in the dark, suffocated by the nostalgia, but forever refuse to wake up.

Since then, the Muslims have been sleeping and dreaming in the dark for centuries already and there haven’t been a sign that they would eventually wake up. However, they believe that they will wake up one day because the Quran says so. How or when, remains a mystery.

With the current development in the Muslim countries, I don’t think they will wake up anytime soon. Muslims in Malaysia were however don’t sit under the same dark shades as the rest of their brothers and sisters elsewhere. Here, in Malaysia, the Muslims are not asleep, thanks to the bright shiny sun all year through.

But that was 10 years ago. With the way things are going today, where horror movies, ghosts, spirits and black magic are becoming the way of life of the Muslims in Malaysia, I believe that the dark-ages of Islam in Malaysia has just begun.

In the Asian region, Indonesia and Thailand are known to have a wide practice of black magic. In the Phillipines, the Sulus, who attacked Sabah recently, are also known to be hard-core black magic believer. Ghosts and spirits are reported to be roaming free in villages. They keep the ghosts and spirits like a sheep-dog, a guard or a servant to care for their belongings, to keep them safe or to harm people they don’t like.

Other parts of the world known to have high ‘interest’ in black magic are in the African continent with its famous merciless voodoo tricks.

However, only recently that we heard the ghosts, devils or satans being commanded to go to war. That was when the Sulus attacked Lahad Datu.

I don’t know how much of it is true but I do have many friends in the army. Therefore, although I am the type who would laugh off of such stories, I choose to keep an open mind about it. I know my friends don’t lie, they have no reason to do so.

Personally, I believe that satans or devils exist only in the minds of humans. But let’s not talk about what I believe and focus on what I know.

I know that the Quran has stated that the devils or satans or whatever beings in this world, are lesser creatures than the humans. Since the Quran’s words are ‘preserved’ and protected from changes, the Muslims must be reading and citing the same words from the Quran day in and day out. The Quran says that humans are the highest, most perfect beings ever created because only humans are equipped with this unexplainable, untouchable, invincible ‘thing’ called the mind.

The mind exists in the brain, or is it? A dog has a brain, but does it have a mind? What is a mind?

Technically, the brain is the mechanical part of the mind but is it the mind that controls the brain or does the brain works naturally? Brain cell sparks and connects in order for us to move or make sense of something. But if you cut out the skull and take out the brain, you cannot see the ‘sense’ that we made out of the thing. Just like you cannot see ‘love’ when the doctor operates your heart. The scientists may take out Einstein’s brain, but they couldn’t find his ‘mind’. His brain is disappointingly - just like everybody else’s.

The mind is a complicated existence, too complex to describe. Some sufis said that the mind is part of God itself. God works in the form of energy that is limitless or infinite. The frequencies, the gravity, the reaction of energy in water or air are all God’s work. The mind is the energy of humans just like emotions, which are also God’s work.

What we can see, like our hands and legs and the mountains and the skies are God’s creation.
While these unseen energies are all God’s work - with the ‘mind’ as the ultimate one bestowed only to human beings.

So, believe it or not, God works through science. Therefore, science = power.

Hence, a ‘mind’ (ultimate gift) used for science (power) will lead to greatness.

In the end, there is nothing but God.

Now, which holy book that says this? Yes, the Quran. So, why do Muslims choose to defy and deny science when the Quran itself is all about science?

The Christians managed to get out of the dark ages by embracing science. The Muslims had its glory days when they embraced science.

This takes us back to the black magic and ghosts and the voodoos of Africa, Sulus, Indonesia or Thailand. As powerful as they claimed this supernatural powers to be, their powers are only limited upon those who believe in it.

Eventually, it is the power of science that conquered the world.

The Sulus were defeated by guns and grenades. The Africans remain the most backward people. The Indonesians and Thailands are having a hard time just to build a nation.

The Sulus had to take a boat to Lahad Datu, they couldn’t fly or ‘blink’ themselves from Philippines to Sabah. They still need to use some kind of transportation that is built by a brilliant mind, using science.

Sadly, Malaysia which is supposedly skipping and singing, giggling happily on our journey to be the First World Country isn’t taking science seriously. Less and less students sign up for science-related courses in schools or universities and everybody is talking about ghosts and spirits. The entertainment industries are full of hocus pocus Mr. Boogedy kind of things. Politicians revert to shamans or dukun and bomoh to seek success or protection. Things must have become so bad that even Tun Mahathir had to express his concern over the matter in his blog.

So, dear leaders, please be informed that we are going backwards and downwards to the dark ages. How do you actually believe that we can move forward without tackling this problem?

Do you have a plan to do something about it?

Don’t tell us that imitating the Negara Maju by letting go of examinations in school would help us tackle the problem. Don’t tell us arresting the Shi’ites would help us move forward. Don’t tell us that humiliating those who commit ‘khalwat’ in the media would put us on the right track to ‘enlightenment’. And making religious subjects compulsory won’t take us anywhere.

And please…the taxes and price hike are totally different story, ok?

The key word for the solution is ‘science’, so work around it if you really want the country to go forward. But before that, I would like to remind that you can’t tackle a problem from the consequences, you have to tackle it from the root-cause. So, I would suggest you start with the teachers (the educators), rather than the kids and the society.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

List of Natural Disasters in the Last 3 Months

Monday, September 30, 2013
Typhoon Wutip leaves 74 missing in China, Thailand, Vietnam prepare flooding

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Typhoon Wutip kills 3, injures 35 in Vietnam

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Storm in Galway, Ireland damages buildings

Friday, October 4, 2013
Tornado emergency for Cherokee, Iowa
Tropical Storm Karen prompts state of emergency in Louisiana

Monday, October 7, 2013
Typhoon Fitow leaves 5 dead in China
Typhoon Fitow kills 2 in China
Bayawan flooding kills 2

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Mt. Sakurajima in Japan erupts with 3-km plume
Southern Italy floods kill 2, three missing

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Eurasia's highest volcano Klyuchevskoi spews ash up to 3.7 miles
Algeria flash floods kill 7

Monday, October 14, 2013
Philippines Earthquake 2013: Several dead in Balilihan

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Minor earthquake shakes Kinneret, Israel
Typhoon Nari kills 11 in Vietnam

Friday, October 18, 2013
Hail, lightning and high winds hit Southeast Queensland
Bohol earthquake 2013
Tidal flooding in Miami Beach, Hollywood

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tornadoes in Bandung and Pandeglang, Indonesia injure 7

Friday, October 25, 2013
M 7.3 Japan earthquake creates Tsunami

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Mount Etna volcano eruption in Italy closes airspace

Sunday, October 27, 2013
26 houses flooded in Gua Musang, Malaysia

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Texas flooding 2013 kills 2
Strong earthquake strikes off Chilean coast: USGS

Friday, November 1, 2013
Typhoon Krosa: 1 killed in Philippines, disaster relief alert issued in China

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
5.5-magnitude earthquake jolts Assam, India

Thursday, November 7, 2013
World's strongest Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) kills 4,000 in Philippines!

Sunday, November 10, 2013
Tacloban Typhoon Yolanda death toll could reach 10,000

Monday, November 11, 2013
Flooding in Baghdad prompts emergency public holiday
Somalia storm kills 100, natural disaster emergency declared

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Four earthquakes in Delhi in 3 hours

Sunday, November 17, 2013
Extremely rare flooding in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia kills 7

Monday, November 18, 2013
Moderate earthquake in Johannesburg, South Africa

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Worst snowstorm in 50 years kills 4 in Harbin, China
Cyclone Cleopatra kills 18 in Sardinia, emergency declared

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Baghdad flooding claims 11

Friday, November 22, 2013
7 dead, 20 missing as Cyclone Helen hits Andhra Pradesh, India

Saturday, November 23, 2013
Storm in Rhodes, Greece kills 2

Sunday, November 24, 2013
Winter storm kills 13 in Oklahoma, Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico
Flooding in Trang, Thailand kills 3, disaster zone declared

Sunday, December 1, 2013
Havana flooding kills 2
Iran earthquake near nuclear plant kills 8, injures 210

Monday, December 2, 2013
Italy flood kills 2, evacuates 1,700

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Malaysia floods kill 1, evacuate 19,000

Friday, December 6, 2013
Poland Hurricane 'Xaver' kills 5, injures 27

Saturday, December 7, 2013
Oklahoma earthquake: 4.5 temblor recorded near Edmond

Monday, December 9, 2013
Flooding in Libya claims 6 lives, damages 400 houses
Flooding in Brazil's drought-stricken Bahia state kills 11

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Snowstorms hit US East coast, New York City declares snow alert

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Liechtenstein earthquake shakes Switzerland

Friday, December 13, 2013
Flooding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil kills 3

Friday, December 13, 2013
Jerusalem snow storm 2013 becomes strongest since 1953!

Sunday, December 15, 2013
Cairo Snow 2013: Snowstorm hits Egypt for the first time in 112 YEARS

Monday, December 16, 2013
Flash flood in Kenya claims 12 lives
China earthquake injures 3, damages nearly 8,000 houses

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Indonesia flooding kills 4, displaces over 4,000: National Disaster Management
Storm in Bhutan damages over 300 houses

Friday, December 20, 2013
Strongest earthquake this year shakes Germany
Moderate earthquake in Baja California, Mexico today – also felt in San Diego

Sunday, December 22, 2013
Toronto ice storm 2013: Nearly 500,000 without electricity
U.S. snowstorm, tornadoes claim 8 lives

Monday, December 23, 2013
Espirito Santo declares emergency after flood claims 20, leaves 40,000 homeless in SE Brazil
Britain Christmas storm claims 3 lives
Ohio flooding forces evacuation – Ohio river flood advisory in effect

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Christmas Eve earthquake in Edmond, Oklahoma


Monday, December 23, 2013

Third World Educators for First World Education?

Much has been said about Malaysian education and mostly negative things. Since the abolishment of PPSMI in 2009, the Malaysian education seems to be going haywire. The students are becoming weaker in English and when some of them become teachers, they ended up becoming teachers with poor command of English too.

The teachers are always screaming for more money and no rest. Too many forms to fill-up, complicated procedures, too many meetings and courses and workshops, yet nothing good have come out of anything except more complaints and problems.

Less and less students choose to take up science stream while more and more students have moral breakdown issues. On top of that, we have more and more teachers who are mentally questionable. Despite all these, our SPM results keep recording good scores every year.

And so, we question: What is happening to Malaysian education?

1. The Oppositions (Read: Chinese from MCA and DAP) answered that it is the stupid UMNO Malay ruling that dragged our education quality down the drain. So the Chinese don’t want to have anything to do with national education and push for the government to recognize a separate education system for the Chinese.

In the meantime,..
2. The Malay teachers in Sekolah Kebangsaan answered that the students and teachers are being put on so much pressure because of so many examinations and tests. So they suggest that we must do away with examinations just like the first world country where teachers and students all ‘lepak’ - no stress.

And when the government heard the words ‘just like the first world country’, they got all excited and take it that this must be the right answer that is: to copy whatever the first world country is doing. With that, we woke up one day and heard that there will be no more examinations in school for our kids.


How do we evaluate their performance then? How do expose our kids to competition and how do we instill the spirit of striving to be the best?

Ah, the teachers will do the evaluation based on their observation and no, the kids need no competition as it will only effect their self-esteem should they not do so well in academic. The kids need not strive to be the best in anything because that would be stressful. Kids are supposed to play around and have fun.

I don’t know whether the government knows that in our schools today, only the teachers’ children get to be the prefect. A teacher’s daughter would be given the answers for the prefect qualification test by her own mother. A teacher’s son would get to represent the school for badminton even when he came out fourth in the school’s competition. PIBG kids will get to go on trips with PIBG money while other kids dream on.

If only the government invest in CCTV in all classrooms, we would be looking at teachers who are online on facebooks while they made the kids do their own work.

Our teachers are far from able to detect any special talent or potential among their students. All they know is either a kid is noisy or obedient, and whether a kid did well or badly in the exam. Now that there are no more exams, they won’t even know that, will they?

Teachers nowadays don’t even care to call up the parents should a student is absent for days. They don’t even care! Hell, some of the teachers don’t even bother that the children are waiting outside the school-gate alone, long after other kids have gone home.

Now, would these teachers know if a student has an exceptionally higher IQ than the rest? No way!..our teachers can’t even detect autism! In many cases they would just call an autistic kid ‘stupid’.

So much of a first world country education, eh?

It looks like the government has been trying to solve all problems of the country by simply imitating the first world country. It is like a poor man striving to be rich by merely imitating the life of a rich man. In the end, the poor will only become poorer, definitely.

What the poor man needs to do to be rich is to learn from the rich man on how did he become rich not how to live like a rich man. The poor man needs to look back into the time when the rich man was not rich yet and imitate what he did then, not now.

In Malaysia’s case, we should look at the first world country during the days when it was not yet a first world country. We should imitate Japan when it was struggling to get out of Hiroshima ashes. We should look back and imitate and do what they do in those times. We must not copy what they do now because we have yet to get where they are.

We can never reach the same destination running on our feet when they are moving on jet-plane. We may run and try to catch up but we will only fall and eventually die of exhaustion.

Bottomline, we need to have teachers with first world mentality to be able to handle the first world education system.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hopeful News...? Hmmm...

This is reported by NST today:

Projects, Growth Corridors To Give Economy Further Boost

KUALA LUMPUR: MALAYSIA'S robust economic growth in the third quarter of this year coupled with the newly announced Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) projects would translate into higher income and employment generation for the country.

Malaysia's economy grew better than expected at 5.2 per cent between July and September amid challenging global economic conditions.

Various projects under the ETP and three economic corridors announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday were expected to generate more jobs and benefit businesses.
Najib unveiled 20 projects under the ETP and growth corridors, which will bring in RM26.09 billion investments by 2020. These projects are expected to contribute RM10.07 billion to gross national income and create more than 64,000 jobs.

RAM Holdings chief economist Yeah Kim Leng said the ETP announcement would improve further the job market because of an expected increase in the number of jobs generated by the projects.
At the same time, he said businesses supplying goods and services would also benefit from the ETP projects.

"Suppliers of good and services for the ETP projects would benefit in terms of higher sales as well as revenue growth. "In turn, these businesses will be able to remunerate their employees better and hire more workers."

Yeah noted that despite the weak global outlook, the ETP projects affirmed Malaysia's attractiveness as an investment destination. He said ETP supported the country's sustained investment momentum at a double-digit level.

Yeah attributed Malaysia's strong performance in the third quarter to resilient domestic demand that mitigated weakening exports. "Given that Europe caught the cold but the United States sneezed in the third quarter, it seems like Malaysia is basking in the sun."
Economists concurred that Malaysia's better-than-expected third quarter growth was fuelled by the positive momentum of domestic demand and private consumption.

They said despite the unfriendly external environment, sustained consumer and investor confidence as well as stimulative government policies had been the major support to the resilient performance.
According to official forecast, Malaysia's economy is expected to grow between four and five per cent for this year.

Economists, however, upbeat with latest growth figures, anticipate the full-year growth to surpass five per cent.
Singapore, an export-oriented economy, seems to be catching the cold from Europe and the US, as its third quarter growth is projected to moderate to 0.3 per cent, from 2.5 per cent in the second quarter.

I have been longing to hear about projects to boost the economy and to provide job opportunities and I decided to take this news positively. I admit that I’m skeptical but that’s a different story.

A lot have been said about the government spending lavishly and about the untouchable official or unofficial consultants and advisers (whatever they are called).

So far, they are still there and are still being paid too handsomely. The outcry, the criticisms, the lashing and bashing from the rakyat over their existence have all gone unnoticed or fell on deaf ears. Still, we are all alive and well and the country is in a good shape.

Have we ever thought that maybe, we just need to accept the fact that they will be there for as long as we have the same Prime Minister.

Therefore, maybe it’s time to focus on our lives and our work instead of the Prime Minister’s life and his work. Maybe, we need to let him do his work and let faith takes over. We must admit that our lives are good so far, eh?

Of course, the price hike and the subsidy rationalization still need justification.

Well, the answers have been given, didn’t you hear? The government says that we need to ‘adjust’ in order to prepare ourselves for the new era of high-income nation. And…the country needs to increase its reserves and cash-flow in order to ensure survival in the unpredictable future.

Many of us would just brush-off the answers without even digesting them. However, never forget that we also have a choice to accept the answers as it is without questions. How about that?

Or, would we prefer feeding our anger and dissatisfaction towards the government? We can always choose to change government in the next election.

On second thought, decisions made over anger are never right. Making decisions over hatred is wrong. Hatred is wrong.

I believe in doing things in good faith. Unless we are in dire states or at war, we should only make decisions while we are at ease, that is after looking at things from every angle. We should do things because of love, not hate. Make decisions for love of the nation, not hate for the government.

We need to be rationale first, before demanding the same from others.

Rationality tells us that change in government doesn’t promise us a better future. In fact, it will most probably lead us to disaster. Malaysia can never survive a dictatorship and racist ruling of DAP nor can it survive a stupid-confused ruling of PAS. Malaysia definitely cannot allow a sociopath like Anwar to lead the country.

This ‘three-stooges’ coalition is nothing but a sadistic joke. They are not even registered under one party. They have three different agendas for the country. They are proven to have no credible in running even a state. They go overseas and condemned their own country. They have no loyalty, no pride and no love for the country. They lied at our faces. They cheated, manipulated and denied all complaints made by their own members in their party elections.

On top of that, they claimed they are never wrong!

At least, BN admits its mistakes and tries its best to serve us. It may not try hard enough but it is still better than claiming to never have done wrong.

I’m sorry guys, you may not like my conclusion which is to choose the lesser evil but unfortunately, this…is thinking rationally. Don’t tell me choosing the three-stooges party just to try and error is rational? You must know that the error we would most probably make by that is almost certainly beyond repair.


Sunday, December 15, 2013

College Gay President Comes First Before Justice?

Anwar Ibrahim sodomy case appeal which was scheduled on the 11 and 12 of December had passed without his presence. Apparently, this guy doesn’t care much about justice or the law. Justice for him is when everything goes his way and injustice is when he didn’t get what he wants. Sounds like the Chinese eh?

And so, the victim, Saiful Bukhari, was left to wait some more for God knows how long. Obviously, justice for him has already been long denied while the ugly truth could be laid down in front of our eyes by Anwar Ibrahim himself, in his visit to Washington D.C, on the same date.

Yes, while Saiful Bukhari was waiting for justice to be served through the appeal, Anwar was away in Georgetown University Washington D.C.

Officially, Anwar was there to attend a Seminar organized by the ‘controversial’ International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT).

IIIT is an organization said to be named after ‘Islam’ but has been known to be in close link to the CIA. The organization was set up by the Neo-cons to study Islamic thinking to be used against the Muslims and the Islamic countries in order to ‘curb’ Islamization, and eventually conquer the world. In other words, the word ‘Islam’ is merely used as cover-up to ‘help’ turn the Muslims against each other.

Anwar has always been known to have been very close to the ex-President of IIIT, the late Ismail al-Faruqi. The
In the Seminar, Anwar presented a paper entitled, ‘The Reform of Muslim Education and the Quest for Intellectual Renewal’. The presentation was based mainly on the thinking and studies of Ismail al-Faruqi, thus, evident of Anwar’s highest respect towards the man, whom was referred to by many, as his mentor.

Ismail al-Faruqi was murdered in 1987. A seven-month investigation concluded that a newly Muslim convert black student, Joseph Louis Young stabbed al-Faruqi to death with a 15-inch knife in their Cheltenham Township home because he suspected the man of having homosexual relationships with Malaysian students.

Macalester Islam Journal (MIJ), a journal by the Department of Religious Studies Macalester College, Minnesota, U.S.A confirmed the findings. Nicole Kligerman who studied the case, wrote in ‘Homosexuality in Islam: a Difficult Paradox’ summed up that AlFaruqi had been forcing the Muslims students to have homosexual relationships with him in return for scholarships.

The same was documented by Khalid Duran in “Homosexuality and World Religions”.

Al-Faruqi was replaced by Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Syeed but was soon ‘kicked’ out because he was not from the same ‘clique’ with al-Faruqi and the key players and founders of IIIT, namely Abdul Hamid Sulaiman (UIA Rector at the time), Dr Ahmad Totonji, Dr. Jamal al-Din Barzinji, Dr. Hisham Yahya al-Talib and Anwar Ibrahim.

While the question of homosexuality in IIIT remains till today, Georgetown University left no question unanswered. The University has been openly acknowledged gays or LGBT and only recently had elected its first Gay President, Nate Tisa.

Nate Tisa became the first gay president of Georgetown University Student Association (GSA) on March 17, 2013.

Justice may be denied here in Malaysia, but truth most probably has been told when Anwar chose to be in Georgetown University to support IIIT program and met up with Nate Tisa. Oh yes, Anwar did met Tisa. In fact, it could be the ‘excitement’ of meeting Tisa that made Anwar chose D.C over the court.

For Anwar, IIIT, Georgetown University and Nate Tisa come first, before defending his ‘innocence’ against Saiful Bukhari.

And this, should have answered all our questions over IIIT and Anwar Ibrahim’s homosexuality issues.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Amnesty International is Doing More Harm Than Good to Anwar

I'm sorry for not updating the blog these few days. It's school holiday and I have a life to live before I die. So, here's an article from BERUANG BIRU:

Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial must be the longest sexual crime trial ever recorded. Anwar was acquitted last year for reasons that it was unsafe to convict him over DNA samples which was not handled properly. This, despite the samples matched his, and despite the fact that CCTV recordings, timings and witnesses’ testimonies are all pointing towards Anwar.

His acquittal is inconsistence with his stories about the government having influenced in the judiciary and that he would never win the case. All the years, Anwar has been going around the world telling the same story of the cruel regime of Barisan Nasional. According to him, the BN leaders, whoever they are, Mahathir or Abdullah or Najib, they all just want him dead or locked-up.

However, Anwar is ever free to roam the world, telling all these stories without being shot dead by the cruel regime. He even managed to give quite a tough fight in the last election which he claimed to be the most unfair and unclean, with results already set for the BN to win big.

What is even more mind-boggling is that he won the sodomy case and forced the victim to appeal.

The inconsistencies in his stories are what caused the people to turn away from him. His best buddies, his most trusted aides, his confidantes, his followers are all abandoning him in a steady flow. His own people, the Malays, have no more respect for him except for a small number who believes in liberalism and supports the rights of LGBT.

Thus, makes his guilt of sodomy even more obvious and convincing.

It is a common knowledge of the Malaysians that Anwar Ibrahim is a liar and a bisexual. Anwar Ibrahim has been telling lies all his political life. There must be a reason why he is called the Chameleon by the Economist.

As what is expected from a guilty person, the Appeal for the sodomy case which is scheduled today, has certainly makes Anwar uneasy, could be a little scared.

Oh yes, Anwar is not as brave and strong as he claimed to be. We can never forget how he ran frantically to the Turkey’s Embassy when the police report was made against him. As much as he likes to be compared to the great leaders of the world like Mandela or Gandhi, Anwar is not anywhere near them. Anwar is afraid of jail-time, most probably because, unlike them, Anwar is guilty as charged.

Just as predicted, whenever Anwar is scared, he would be running to his friends in the west for help. Amnesty International (AI) is first to come to the rescue on this one by publishing an article claiming that the charges against Anwar is politically motivated.

AI said that the charge is an attempt to stop Anwar from running for election. AI must have forgotten that the election is over and nobody stopped Anwar from contesting. As a matter of fact, Anwar’s majority had dropped quite drastically and shamefully for a man so well-known and ‘praised’ internationally. His coalition though, had performed quite well.

Obviously, it was a fair and clean enough election.

If Anwar’s western buddies have a little intelligence, they should have stayed away from Anwar in order to help him. The ‘interference’ from AI will only convinced Anwar’s followers and supporters - the Malaysians, that he is a bisexual and he did sodomized the victim. Isn’t LGBT rights is one of AI’s interest?

AI might have been promoting itself as an independent organization which fights for human rights, transparencies and justice but one would have to be as naive as a baby to believe so. On page 11 of Amnesty International Limited’s 2011 Report and Financial Statement (.pdf) it states (emphasis added):

The Directors are pleased to acknowledge the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Oak Foundation, Open Society Georgia Foundation, the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Programme, Mauro Tunes and American Jewish World Service. The UK Department for International Development(Governance and Transparency Fund) continued to fund a four year human rights education project in Africa. The European Commission (EuropeAid) generously awarded a multi-year grant towards Amnesty International’s human rights education work in Europe.”

One doesn’t have to dig far to figure out who is behind AI – it’s the same old enemies of the world: the Neocons and George Soros as the main funder.

Just in case Anwar’s western buddies didn’t know; we, Malaysians, are not very fond of the Neocons and George Soros. So, even though the Appeal’s verdict could be in favour of Anwar, again, AI’s interfering stunt is not going to help Anwar in the next election. If Anwar won the case, he will also be losing more supports from the Malaysians - thanks to his brilliant western buddies.

Perhaps, AI should think before jumping.

SDR: I kind of find it interesting that AI is also an abbreviation for Anwar Ibrahim.

Friday, December 6, 2013

What Does UMNO Assembly Mean to All Malaysians?

All our lives, we have only known to be ruled by one party that is, BN a.k.a UMNO. For that, I must say that UMNO has done a very good job so far. This is the truth, whether you like it or not. (Remember to say things as it is, ok?) Just one look at Malaysia, nobody can deny that UMNO has done a very good job.

Malaysia has gone through ups and downs – communist threat, racial riot, series of economic recessions – but all were handled almost gracefully and efficiently by none other but UMNO leaders. In their hands, nothing ever got overboard.

I believe that it has something to do with the manners of the Malays. Malays are known to be the people of peace which is why Malaysia has so many Sultans, because none of the Sultans seek to conquer. In the early days, each and every one of the Sultan upheld peace above everything else. As long as everyone is able to live comfortably, having enough food and clothes, what is there to worry? You have your space I have mine, so let’s live happily ever after.

Now, that is the beauty of the Malays for you.

Unlike the civilizations of China or Rome, whoever was the ruler then, would strive to conquer as far and as wide, thus created empires. There can never be more than one ruler for them and they would kill and destroy in order to make sure of that. Only then, they will start building everything up again, better and stronger.

Because UMNO is a Malay party, it also upholds peace and would do anything for the sake of peace. It is willing to share its power with immigrants and even give them positions on the cabinet. UMNO trust the immigrants as partners and friends with very little caution that these friends and partners would stab them in the back. Sadly, that is just what MCA, the Chinese party, did. It stabbed UMNO in the back, hard and deep in the last GE all because UMNO fights for the Malays.

The UMNO Assembly that is ongoing right now, again talks about fighting for the Malays as it always does and meant to be. In response, the Chinese, including the MCA, takes it with much hostility, as they always do. For the Chinese, all the talks about the Malays are evidence of UMNO’s injustice and racism.

I could have rebutted the Chinese’s unfair allegations against UMNO with facts and figures but that would be useless. The problem with arrogant people is that they don’t listen. The problem with racists is that even if they listened, they just don’t care.

And the Chinese is both arrogant and racist so you can’t expect them to listen or do anything about what we told them. What makes it worse is that the Chinese is also greedy whereby justice to them is when they got it all.

Therefore, let’s just forget about asking the Chinese to be rationale because they are just not capable of it.

However, there is one thing that I hope should be able to put some sense into their heads. That is, to imagine being ruled by DAP.

I seriously don’t think that the Chinese really believe DAP can do a better job than UMNO in ruling the country. What more with PAS and PKR in the team. The Chinese must have lost all their rationality to even think that DAP with PAS and PKR are able make Malaysia a better place to live than it already is.

DAP is headed by a Tokong, not human. Tokong don’t make mistakes and cannot be questioned. Tokong say, Tokong do, people follow. Anybody who disobeys the Tokong is a burden to the party, therefore must be eliminated or ‘subdued’.

Should all of DAP members just follow the Tokong orders, then there will be no problem and DAP will most probably won the 14th GE, so the Tokong says.

The Tokong had decided that Christopher Ross Lim would be perfect to head Kedah’s DAP because he has a Malay name, Zairil Khir Johari, and Kedah is a Malay state. Lim Guan Aik who was elected as Kedah Chief through a democracy process should have just kept quiet and obeyed the command. Every DAP members in Kedah should have just give way to Christopher and everything would be fine.

It is a perfect strategy - exploit Christopher as a Malay and the stupid Kedah Malays would began worshipping the Tokong just like the PAS’s Malays in Penang.

However, Lim Guan Aik refused to accept that Tokong is above the law.

Lim Guan Aik is lucky that UMNO still rules the country. And because of UMNO, there is ROS, a professional arm of the government where he could file a complaint. ROS then confirmed that Lim Guan Aik is the legitimate Chief DAP of Kedah and Zairil, the Chinese with a Malay name, is not.

Now, imagine that the country is ruled by DAP and not UMNO. Do you think ROS will be able to act independently and professionally? Do you think ROS can go against the Tokong’s wish?

Remember that ROS had once deregistered UMNO in 1987. There was a short panic before the leaders came to their senses and quickly rushed over to register it again.

This event proved that UMNO did not interfere in ROS’s business although the party holds the power.

Do you think DAP is able to show the same professionalism if the party holds the power?

This is why the UMNO Assembly is important to me and to all Malaysians. I don’t think UMNO is a great party. It is deteriorating by the day. However, it is the only party where we can put on trust on keeping justice and upholding the law. UMNO has no Tokong or Anugerah Tuhan or Mursyidul Am who thinks he is above the law.

Therefore, right now, praying for UMNO to regain its strength is the only sensible thing to do. And in conjunction with the UMNO Assembly, let us all do so.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Have You Seen My Potential? I Think I Lost It..

We are all aware about how bad Malaysians are in one way or the other. The Chinese with their stupid arrogance, the Malays with their inferiority complexness and the Indians with their opportunistic indecisiveness and so on. Despite the ugliness, I refuse to believe that we are a hopeless nation.

Malaysians have a lot of potential, but we don’t know what to do with the potential. Often the potentials are suppressed, restrained, squashed or bottled up and thrown away just like that.

When the Americans or the Jews discovered a child’s potential, their government would give the child special attention and keeps a close eye on him/her. The child’s progress would be monitored and studied, even experimented.

Whatever the potential the child may have would be considered an asset to the country. As the time comes or as the child is ready, he/she would be ‘persuaded’ to serve the country.

He/she could be offered to work with scientists who are working on new high-tech drugs for medical purposes or could be taken in by the defense unit to work with the engineers to build high-tech weapons. He/she could also be taken in by CIA to be trained for code-breaking. Or they might be absorbed into a group with other geniuses to invent codes or to explore whatever it is that can be explored from the universe.

Wherever he/she is, he/she would be trained and developed so that one day he/she could help takes the country to the next level.

Meanwhile…, what do we do with our child’s potential here, in Malaysia?

We may have a girl with special talent in music, with perfect tune ear, but we don’t even send her to music school and nobody knows about her ability. We may have an autistic boy who ‘reads’ mathematics but the parents and teachers considered the boy as dumb because he cannot read as well as other boys his age and couldn’t pass other subjects, but math.

We could have had quite a few Einsteins or Edisons all these years, but since they were dragged over to religious schools and have no exposure to real science in action, and therefore don’t even know whether they are interested in science.

Of course, we have this little boy, Adiputra (did I get the name right?) who can teach engineering level of mathematics so they say, but what did we do to him? Last I heard, he was on PAS ceramah’s stage and I bet people are lining up for his ‘air jampi’.

We once had this girl with 12 or 15 straight As in SPM and what did we do with her? We put her and her mom on commercial ads and then we fight over her revealing of her hair.

It’s not that we don’t appreciate or acknowledge the brains, we do. That’s why the government is calling all Malaysian brains overseas to come home and serve the country.

The question is, serve as what? Or how? How could these brains contribute the country apart from cutting taxes from their salaries?

You know, the brains don’t necessarily be in overseas. They could be down there in some village in Baling Kedah or some primary schools in rural areas in Sarawak. They could be in UiTM, or any of our local college for all we know.

What we need to do, is first differentiate between the smart ones and the geniuses and identify their areas of abilities. Of course, we have to have the necessary method to do this before we would be able to make full use of their potential.

In the meantime, we must remember that geniuses and brainers don’t necessarily make good leaders or bosses.

Just because a person holds a PHD doesn’t mean that he could be a good CEO in a GLC, or a good adviser to the PM or a good Youth Wing Chief in a political party. To be a leader, one must have wisdom, and to have wisdom, one must have lots of experience.

Like everybody else, geniuses too, need experience to achieve their full potential. No matter how high their IQs are, they are just humans who need guidance and support on how to handle their knowledge, abilities or talents.

A genius has to be in his field and develop things within his expertise and strive to soar in his own area in order for the country to be able to fully utilize his ability.

Therefore, before the government called the brains in overseas back and offer them all sorts of ridiculous privileges, we must first make sure that they are as brainy as we think they are and that they could be an asset, not a burden. We want them to come back and make things better not screw things up.

If they can’t really contribute, the least they can do is help the government develop a method to reach and identify potentials in our children and figure out how to develop and make use of those potentials.

You know what? Malaysia could have developed our own defense code system or a new spy technology to curb crime. We don’t have to hire foreign consultants or purchase high-tech gadgets from others. Since we are in so much hurry to become a First World Nation, it should be about time that we have a team of brains to come out with an invention, anything at all that can be used or can be sold.

Is this too high an imagination?

A brilliant brain alone is not enough, we need to imagine as high and try to reach as far and beyond the ordinary in order to achieve excellence. But remember, brilliance without wisdom could lead you back to stupidity.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Falling Short on Shortcuts

I’m always busier on weekends than on weekdays. Mostly, I would be busy with myself, running on treadmill and the sorts. So, don’t expect any updates on weekends.

I’m sorry for not replying the emails asking me who I really am because I don’t see the significance in doing so. I think it would be enough for the readers to know that those are my shoes that you’re looking at up there, and my books, and my table. So, I, exist. Ok? I just like to ‘operate’ from behind the light and watch people in the limelight.

I noticed that Malaysians have this funny craving for limelight; Singers, actors, DJs, Newscasters, Politicians, astronauts, religious scholars, movie directors, animation voice-over actors ... even ordinary Malaysians on the streets are craving for some sort of glam and I don’t know why. Everybody seems to want to be on the big signboard on the roadside or on TV, in the papers and anywhere that they can put they face on.

You watched Majalah 3 about some new discoveries deep in the jungle but all you see were the TV crews making a hero out of themselves. Unlike watching documentaries on Natgeo or Discovery Channel where you don’t even see the crews, simply because they are not the subject.

Funny that some of these jobs are meant to be behind the screen but somehow, they will find a way to show their faces to the world. I don’t really mind the people in the entertainment business going all the way to seek glamour, but astronauts and politicians? Seriously?

Just days ago, a friend told me about a Minister who starred in some kind of short-film or something, and I thought that my friend was only kidding. But then, I saw the still picture from the film being shared on my Facebook. Hmm….

You know, there were times when people looked up on politicians as the wise, the knowledgeable, the no-nonsense kind of people, the truly respectable ones. In the opposite, there were these people in show-business, whom were being looked sideways or down and often judged as the no-brainers, bimbos or the losers.

In those times, politicians didn’t even think of their positions as glamorous. They knew that it comes with much burden and responsibilities. It was no joke being elected or wanting to be elected. Politics was serious business, even more serious than life and death. Entering politics would mean putting the people’s fate in your hand.

Somehow, there seems to be a very thin line in the life of politicians and the show-biz people of today. The world of entertainment and the politics collided and the explosion was obnoxious. Today, we see both actors and politicians fighting hand in hand for a space in the newspapers. The only difference is that whatever stupid statement the actors may say will only effect himself but the stupid statement that the politician said could mean disaster to the country.

Talking about politicians seeking glamour, I have seen how politicians went on a ‘parade’ with their pack of apple polishers buzzing around, expecting people to scream in awe like seeing a primadona walking on a red carpet. I couldn’t imagine what the hell was he thinking at the moment but he sure looked like he was on cloud 9. In fact, this guy has been on cloud 9 and never ever touched the ground again since the day he set foot in Putrajaya.

Unfortunately, he represents the minds of the Malaysians today, at least the majority of us - or more accurately, the Malays. To give you a hint, this Minister has been going around trying to impress the non-Malays by portraying himself as an open-minded person or a ‘centrist’, as he puts it.

But, all I see in him is just another typical Malay with all the necessary ingredients needed to be a Malay - like loves doing things in shortcuts.

Like others, Malays want to be successful too, but the problem is, they spell successful as ‘M.O.N.E.Y’. They craved for money, lots of money, but they don’t want to work for it.

They long for status but they are too lazy to go through the trouble of gaining knowledge. They long for respect but they cannot bear going through hard work. They want to be known, famous, glamorous but they don’t want to go through the trouble of learning the necessary skills.

They want to be at the top without climbing the ladder, they just want to be put there somehow, no matter how. And when they did reach the top where the money is, it’s a ‘life-accomplished’ for them.

Next thing, they will do anything to stay there while spending their lives trying to prove to themselves that they deserve to be there. And so, they go around bragging, just to make sure that everybody is aware of how ‘successful’ they are - all the while wondering whether they look successful enough to be respected.

We can always hear them at the hotel lobby or some high-class café talking about projects and the millions involved, at the top of their voice. In a more relaxed tone, we could hear them talking about getting second wives.

And that is all about it in their ‘successful’ pathetic lives where everything is just for show.

My point here is, the Minister or the astronaut or the Ustaz or the actress or the chicks you find at the clubs, they are all of the same level of mentality. They could be Oxford graduate or Deobond graduate or leavers of some Sekolah Menengah Swasta for repeating their SPM, but they are all the same. They are the Malays longing for acknowledgment, glamour, status and respect through a shortcut. In their own little minds, they believe that they’ve gotten them all just because they have the money. Sad, don’t you think?