Monday, December 31, 2012

Hadi Awang Macam Kassim Baba Jumpa Harta Dalam Gua?


Apakah rata-rata umat Islam di negara ini menolak ‘Amanat Hadi Awang?’

Jawapannya, ‘ya,’ dan ‘tidak.’

Ada yang mengiakan kerana menganggap amanat itu sebagai sesuatu yang lawak berdasarkan kecetekan dan kesempitan minda serta ‘worldview’ presiden PAS Datuk Seri Hadi Awang itu.

Jawapan tidak juga relevan kepada sesetengah pihak lain, kerana mereka tidak menafikan jawapan ‘ya’ bahawa sememangnya dengan ketegaran untuk menarik balik ‘fatwa’ songsang itu Hadi hanya menjelaskan imej beliau yang ektremis tak kena tempat.

Justeru itu, tawaran Menteri Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim untuk memberikan Hadi peluang penjelasan berhubung ‘fatwanya’ itu melalui RTM menunjukkan betapa sikap kerajaan yang tidak menyekat hak beliau.

Kebenaran untuk Hadi menjelaskan perkara itu amat berbeza dengan pendirian PAS yang meracuni hati penyokong parti itu berdasarkan tohmahan serta label-label jijik terhadap umat serumpun pegangan spiritual dalam Islam.

Selain itu, syarat siaran minimum satu jam bagi slot yang ditawarkan Rais itu menggambarkan betapa presiden PAS itu seolah-olah kelam mata kerana mendapat peluang cepumas untuk diketengahkan menerusi TV.

Justeru, dalam hal ini sekali lagi kerakusan mengatasi segala-galanya, walhal bagi seorang yang dilabelkan sebagai ulama walaupun tidak diiktiraf umum, beliau sepatutnya mampu membuat penjelasan walaupun diberikan slot 10 minit.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Use of ‘Allah’ points to Proselytisation agenda



The use of sacred Islamic terms, such as the word ‘Allah’ by certain insensitive groups is being viewed as part of a covert strategy to proselytise Muslims in this country.

Secretary-General of Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Malaysia (MUAFAKAT), A. Karim Omar said the issue is not isolated and neither is it an issue of semantics. It is in reality a cunning strategy by certain groups to preach Christianity and proselytise Muslims.

“In a meeting held in the U.S. in 2010 between representatives of the various Christian missionary groups operating in Islamic countries, it was agreed that the key to their success was the translation of the Bible into local language, as well as the use of the word ‘Allah.’

“The same strategy of disseminating translations of the Bible and the use of Islamic terms has been traced as far back as the 19th century. It is upon this success that the Malay language had been identified as wanting translation.

“Therefore, it must be realised that the proclivity towards the use of entrenched Islamic terms in this country, in particular the word ‘Allah’ is part of this covert agenda of Proselytisation,” he said when presenting his paper on “The Islamic Dakwah in the Face of the Proselytisation Movement in Malaysia” at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur last October.

According to Karim, the use of the word ‘Allah’ has been seen as part victory in the covert mission to infiltrate the Islamic minds of Muslims and accept the words of the Bible.

“We will see what will happen in this country when such groups are bent on using terms such as kiblah, Kaabah, solat and others to confuse the mind of Muslims,” he stressed.

In facing such an onslaught, Karim proposed the government as well as Muslims to come up with several defensive strategies, including through the establishment of support funding.

He said support funding is imperative to power the Islamic Dakwah initiatives, which in turn help to form defences against the threat of proselytisation and safeguard the dignity of the Islamic faith.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pejawat awam perlu tepuk dada, tanya selera...



Apa yang disuarakan Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin juga perlu difahami secara mendalam, sekali gus mengerti apa yang beliau maksudkan.

Beliau mahukan supaya seluruh penjawat awam memahami secara terperinci dasar serta pencapaian kerajaan.

Menurut beliau hanya melalui kefahaman mereka akan dapat membantu menangkis dakyah serta pembohongan yang ditimbulkan.

Bagaimana pun, melalui kefahaman mendalam mungkin akan timbul keadaan paradoks kerana jika seseorang penjawat awam telah memahami secara terperinci dasar kerajaan, lantaran rasa terpanggil untuk menjelaskan keadaan sebenar kepada rakyat, maka dalam keadaan sedemikian dia sendiri sepatutnya lebih bersemangat untuk sentiasa melakukannya.

Dan dalam keadaan demikian juga, elemen-elemen pembangkang dalam perkhidmatan awam yang hanya melihat segalanya dari sudut negatif kerana mereka  terpengaruh oleh dakyah pembangkang sepatutnya menyedari hakikat dan pulang ke pangkal jalan.

Isunya di sini lebih daripada memahami sesuatu dasar atau pencapaian kerajaan.

Paling utama, bagi si penjawat awam itu sendiri mengupas dan memikirkan keadaan secara logikal kerana dia sendiri sebahagian daripada sistem selain berfungsi sebagai instrumen kerajaan.

Dalam peranan sedemikian amat bercanggah jika seseorang penjawat awam melihat pencapaian kerajaan dan dasar-dasarnya dari sudut negatif, apatah lagi untuk mensabotaj.

Bagi penjawat awam yang terasa, tepuk dada dan tanya selera...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Broadband penetration rate lowest in Sabah – The reality



For the record, Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Dr Yee Moh Chai on November 8, 2011 said the Internet broadband penetration in the state had reached 33 percent, exceeding the 25 percent target set by the federal government.

This, he declared was proof that the federal government listened to the people, as well as state leaders who wished to see a wider broadband reach in Sabah.

Earlier, on June 11 of the same year, Dr Yee was reported by Bernama as lamenting that Sabah had the lowest broadband penetration rate among states in Malaysia.

He claimed that broadband coverage in Sabah had failed to touch the 30 percent target.

Its quite mind-boggling to hear that he has been hitting at the agency in charge for what is alleged as allowing Sabah to be lagging still in this area.

To be fair to the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture, given the disparate make up of the land in Sabah, it comes as no surprise that in endeavouring to be practical rather than to pander to populism, the target for Sabah was 30 percent, compared to 50 percent nationwide under the National Broadband Initiative rolled out in 2010.

It is all rather confusing here, as Dr Yee in Nov 8, 2011 said the state had reached 33 percent in broadband penetration, which according to him had breached the 25 percent federal government target.

What transpired resulted from the good deputy Chief Minister’s observation sometime in 2008 that Sabah’s broadband penetration rate was at a dismal 11.9 percent, compared to Kuala Lumpur (41.5 percent), Labuan (14.4 percent) and Penang (26.0 percent).

The change then came under the government blueprint known as the MyCMS886, which was introduced as a strategy to draw linkages and synergies of existing plans and programmes to promote and develop the ICT industry in Malaysia.

To help expedite the process the Sabah state government had complemented the initiative by embarking on things such as the e-desa Kundasang that targeted rural communities in Kampung Bundu Tuhan.

The others included the e-community centre in Kampung Sungai Damit, Tuaran, in Kimanis, Kanibongan, Pitas and Kampung Sukau.

These, he said had helped narrow the digital divide.

Under the Universal Service Provider programme (USP) rolled out for five years from 2010, Sabah had been allocated RM383mil under which would be set up community broadband centres, broadband libraries and underserved areas. This was also to be facilitated with the construction of at least 212 transmission towers to widen the reach of mobile coverage.

Hence, in all Sabah a minimum of 500 villages had been identified as priority areas for wireless broadband and general ICT development.

Meeting half way in fast tracking the ministry’s initiative for Sabah, the state government planned to expand network to 85 centres over the duration of the 10th Malaysia Plan, which runs from 2011-2015.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had cautioned that appraisal of broadband reach out must be done with an eye to the fact that “…household penetration in Malaysia and Sabah may make broadband usage seem considerably lower than it actually is, as "most Malaysians prefer to use the internet in their offices, cybercafés, schools, libraries, community centres and other places, rather than subscribing to it at home".

It must also be noted that a more robust development of the ICT initiative in Sabah is two-pronged, where public-private joint venture will ensure a better communications backbone with the development of high capacity fibre network linking all of Sabah’s major settlements.

The network is expected to be an important facilitator for economic development and growth. Sabah’s internet traffic is currently routed through a hub in Kuala Lumpur passing through a submarine cable connecting the peninsula with Kota Kinabalu.

Such are the plans to assist Sabah in procuring a better connectedness on the information super highway.

However, things must be balanced as the challenge for Sabah’s ICT development is the relative difficulty of infrastructure construction for optimum population coverage. This is because Sabah is Malaysia’s second-biggest state by size, and the distances involved are large. The population is scattered and even the main towns, in which a large proportion of the population are concentrated, are often far apart.

Add to this the topography, comprising mountains and deep jungles that predominate. As such it is a fact that infrastructure must also stand up to the hot, humid climate and regular adverse weather conditions such as tropical storms.

Therefore, the state and federal governments invariably play a central role in ICT infrastructure investment, in partnership with the private sector.

To cap it all for the moment, Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang said the low penetration rate in Sabah was not the real issue because coverage had increased tremendously, along with service quality.

However, as the purveyors of ICT in Malaysia, this comes not as an excuse, as the MCMC is trying to determine the reason for the low penetration rate in the state.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ucapan Najib peniup semangat tepat untuk seluruh UMNO



Jika bagi bekas perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad sendiri pun berpendapat ucapan presiden UMNO, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak sebagai pembakar semangat tepat bagi seluruh ahli parti itu, apatah bagi ahli-ahli sendiri?

Tun yang diminta pendapatnya ketika di luar Dewan Merdeka Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) pagi tadi berkata demikian kerana ucapan tersebut merangkumi kesemua isu serta persoalan, dan diutarakan sebagai menjawab pelbagai dakwaan yangdilemparkan pembangkang.

Sememangnya sudah di agak apa sebenarnya inti pati ucapan Najib, berpandukan ‘sound bite’ beliau sejak tiga empat hari sebelum ‘day zero’ perhimpunan UMNO 2012 yang bermula pagi Khamis.

Apa yang diluahkan suara hati Najib merangkumi inti pati mesej yang ingin difahami dan dipraktikkan oleh seluruh ahli UMNO, termasuk penyokong dan rakyat Malaysia yang sayangkan kedamaian.

Sebagai kemuncak rentetan mesej beliau yang diulangi bagi memastikan keberkesanan, maka tidak hairanlah sambutan hebat dan bergemuruh yang ditunjukkan oleh para pemimpin dan perwakilan.

Dan bagi Tun Mahathir yang begitu terserlah persona beliau sejak akhir-akhir ini, impak suara hati Najib pasti membina semula kekuatan parti.

Tetapi, bagi Tun itu semua perlu bertolak daripada titik rasa rendah diri bagi membolehkan mereka meluahkan jasa kepada rakyat dengan lebih sempurna.

Jika di peringkat Perdana Menteri sendiri beliau rendah diri, mengapa harus pemimpin bawahan masih kental memegang kepada sikap sebaliknya?

Mungkin juga tindakan Najib mengulangi premis moral ini kerana pada beliau sikap sombong, bongkak, bangga diri dan sentiasa menganggap diri melebihi rakyat, masih kental walaupun setelah berkali-kali nasihat diberi.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Transcript of ABC's interview with Bob Carr over Anwar's begging



ELEANOR HALL: The leader of Malaysia's largest opposition party and former deputy prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, appears to have thrown Australia's Foreign Minister a curve ball with his request for help to deal with the corruption in Malaysia's coming general election.

Mr Ibrahim wrote to the Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, to outline his concerns and to ask for Australia's help in ensuring that the election is free and fair.

But Senator Bob Carr told chief political correspondent Sabra Lane that it's difficult for the Australian Government to assist unless it's the Malaysian government that asks for help.

SABRA LANE: Senator Carr, thanks for talking to The World Today.

BOB CARR: Pleasure.

SABRA LANE: Malaysia's opposition leader has written to you appealing for Australia's help in getting free and fair elections in Malaysia. Will Australia help?

BOB CARR: Well the Malaysian elections are a matter for the Malaysian people. It's very hard for Australia to do anything about how they're run, as hard as it would be for Malaysia or another government to have a say in how Australian elections are run. We're not the election authority for Malaysia.

Of course we support free and fair elections in any country. I spoke to Anwar Ibrahim in a private conversation during my recent visit to Malaysia. I heard him express concerns and in the letter he underlines them by talking about, by making accusations of fraudulent and fraudulent registration processes and raising concerns that the elections can reflect the popular will.

We can't comment on that. An opposition leader is entitled to say that to us. But we discussed the elections with him, I'm aware of his concerns.

SABRA LANE: What are you going to do about those concerns?

BOB CARR: Well we're not the election authority for Malaysia.

SABRA LANE: So you're not going to do anything. You've got, Nick Xenophon characterises this as a desperate letter...

BOB CARR: Yeah, I'm not sure what you're saying Australia can do. We don't run elections in other countries. We've received concerns. I say, in respect of this, we want free and fair elections in any country but we're not the election authority for Malaysia.

It is important that we follow what happens in Malaysian politics and our commission there does it. I think their analysis of Malaysian politics is very, very good. Very high quality. But I'm, and it's useful in that process that we talk to opposition forces as well as people in the government.

SABRA LANE: Can we offer assistance to Malaysia? Are we interested in sending a parliamentary delegation to...

BOB CARR: Well they would need to ask for it. The only way that can happen is for the government of Malaysia to ask for assistance and then we'd respond.

SABRA LANE: Okay. So you won't respond until a request is made?

BOB CARR: Well there's no way we can. Australia doesn't run elections for other countries. We send observers when other countries ask for them. We receive, we receive submissions from opposition figures in other jurisdictions. We have in this case and we take what is said seriously. Our position is, we want free and fair elections in any country.

SABRA LANE: How would you characterise the letter that you got?

BOB CARR: Well it's a letter from an opposition figure expressing concern about the elections in his country. But that is the point. It is his country, not our country. And while we can express concern about the freedom and fairness of elections anywhere, we don't run elections in other jurisdictions.

SABRA LANE: That's fine, but he's obviously asked for your help and you're saying we can't do anything.

BOB CARR: What help are you proposing we provide?
SABRA LANE: Well, I'm simply asking.

BOB CARR: Do you want an amphibious landing on the east coast of Malaysia?

SABRA LANE: No, I'm asking.

BOB CARR: This is in Malaysia. Australia doesn't run those elections.

SABRA LANE: Some Malaysians believe Australia may be reluctant to say anything given that we are still hoping that the Malaysia asylum seeker swap can be enacted with the country...

BOB CARR: No, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. We've got friendly relations with Malaysia and we haven't a capacity to do anything about the internal affairs of Malaysia any more than we have with any other country.

SABRA LANE: This criticism has been made this morning. Senator Nick Xenophon said that there are figures in Malaysia who believe that Australia will do nothing because of that deal.

BOB CARR: What are you proposing Australia do?

SABRA LANE: I'm not, I'm simply putting this...

BOB CARR: Sorry, that is, that is, the essence of it. What are you-

SABRA LANE: I'm putting the proposition to you.

BOB CARR: What are proposing Australia do? Malaysia is a sovereign country.

SABRA LANE: I'm putting the proposition to you.

BOB CARR: No, but I want to know what it is, proposed by anyone, Australia can do about an election in a sovereign country.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dr Ridhuan: Do not use Islam as pawn for power



Dr. Ridhuan Tee Abdullah – I don’t see how Utusan Malaysia was wrong in coming out with its headline report, “Malays free to chose their religion?”

The report came in the wake of the statement made by Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai at a Church-organised forum, “ Islamic State: Which version? Whose responsibility?”

I also read the same in the ultra kiasu web portal, Malaysiakini.

For purposes of expounding on a topic as big as this, please allow scholars and experts on the religion to share their expertise, instead of referring to religiously shallow politicians devoid of solid background in religion. By allowing such things to happen, look who gets caught in the trap! Hence, there is no need to be defensive when such a statement is sensationalised. It is all because of an unthinking act.

It would have been different if one is learned and understands the sensitivities of the Malay political culture, along with in-depth knowledge of Quranic interpretation. If comprehension is lacking, I would suggest that we ask others, but do not make statements as though wanting to show that we are moderate Muslims. We are fundamental Muslims. We adhere to true Islamic teachings.

What is happening now is when one is politicking not with the aim of upholding the sanctity of the faith, but politicking to fish for votes, or to allow for the ends to justify the means.

This caution is meant for those political parties, whose majority are Islam.

In our eagerness to please others, we fail to realise how we have hurt those among us. We have hurt and are hurt deliberately, only to allow non-Muslims to relish one after another of our statements without regards to the sensitivities and decorum of those sharing our faith.

What I understand, there is no force in religion as contained in verse 256 of surah al-Baqarah, which is directed to non-Muslims, although all the verses in the Quran are meant for all of humankind. Thence, we cannot force non-Muslims to embrace the faith, unless they willingly wish for it.

For example, previously I was not a Muslim although I was more inclined towards the faith. During those times none of my Muslim friends forced me to come into Islam, until I willingly opened up to it. It was only with willingness and sincerity at that time that Muslims could assist in the Islamisation process. In short, there is no compulsion, except in certain cases in ancient times.

It must be remembered that only after I became a Muslim on my own free will was I fully conscious and aware that I could not simply leave Islam or become an apostate - because I chose Islam. Islam is too sacred, pure and divine, and that is why we cannot blame Islam and exit Islam after having embraced the faith. Islam is not like a coffee shop, where one can come and go as they wish after realising that is ‘difficult’ to practice.

It is such a question that is often asked; why is Islam so rigid and ‘unfair?’ We can come into Islam, but we cannot leave. Why not emulate Indonesia or India, where one need not convert to Islam in order to marry a Muslim?

I need to explain this. Besides not being allowed to play around with the Islamic faith and treat it like just a coffee shop, Muslims are also protected by the Constitution. Just read the constitutions of the various states and the Federal Constitution, where under Articles 3, 11 and article 160 (2), the definition of Malay refers to those who are of the Islamic faith, speaks Malay and practice the Malay culture. This, invariably, means that Malays must be of the Islamic faith. Should they leave Islam, thence they are no more Malay. Therefore the freedom to switch religion is not applicable to Malays (Islam).

In Arab countries, there may be Christian Arabs, Jewish Arabs and others. However, in Malaysia, when we mention Malay, it means that they must accept Islam as their way of life, except when they are apostates without realising it, as had happened in many cases. This is the safeguard contained in the Constitution, but not in those of other nations despite having a majority Muslim population, except in our country. It is because of this that I find it difficult to accept the ignorant opinion which said Malaysia is a secular nation.

As such, the position of Islam must be defended to the very end from violations by others...because there are safeguards. In this context, upon this premise, I would be thankful to the erstwhile Reid Commission along with its attendant committees.

This safeguard does not mean that the rights of non-Muslims are not taken into account. Also, it does not mean that Islam and Muslims cannot be touched or are beyond reproach. The reality is that the position of Islam within the Constitution is so special to the extent that non-Muslims cannot be allowed to propagate their religion to Muslims as contained in Article 11 (4) of the Federal Constitution. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that we have become so sensitive to things relating to the use of the word Allah, the Malay version of the Bible, etc. But, why only now are such things brought up?

To my understanding, it all emanates from someone who came out with such an ultra kiasu statement, to the extent of not being sensitive and devoid of full understanding of the country’s political culture. Maybe because she is still a greenhorn in politics that caused her to be easily misled or committing a faux paus.

At times this happens when one is full of himself or herself, hence thinking that he or she is above the rest. It is okay for us to look foolish for awhile, so long as we do not cause a loss to Islam. I am very worried with the way things are going for Muslims today, when each is trying to show how much he or she knows about the faith. Little do they realise that their so-called expertise could destroy Islam and level it with other religions through pluralism. We can share the honourable traits and values of religion, but we cannot share a religion, because the faith conviction (akidah) is different.

And because this particular Member of Parliament is not a graduate of religious studies or law, it would be better for her to be less obsessed when discussing such matters, failing which it could place her in an awkward position. This is what happens when one has become over-passionate to acquire power, so much so when we speak, we fail to think or realise its implication on this pure and sacred religion of ours.

Her media statement which was issued a day after was hardly acceptable. If Utusan had made a mistake, then just take the newspaper to court. However, this ‘one term old’ politician went all gung-ho, albeit shaken and reacted with repetitive counter attacks. I would have thought that her father could help clear would the air and come up with an explanation to separate the wheat from the chaff, but I was wrong. He, instead, went on to defend his daughter.

In her media statement, the Member of Parliament went on to emphasise that the rakyat should not be compelled to practise a religion, and that the same was applicable to the Malays. "When you ask me, there is no compulsion in religion ... how can anyone say sorry, this (religious freedom) only applies to non-Malays, it has to apply equally".

What is the meaning of the words? Did it not mean what was reported? That the Malays, too, are free to choose their religion. Worse, when the Member of Parliament for Shah Alam came out to stridently support what she said. I hope that it did not come from a mind so obsessed with party politics. Do please discuss whichever is right and which is wrong, but please do not try to cover the wrong committed by another. If they have done wrong, do correct them, but in this case no, they would rather set their sights on Utusan Malaysia, whom they claimed as sycophants of UMNO. What sort of politics is this?

Like what this Member of Parliament in question said, "Even me, being schooled in Assunta (secondary school) with a huge cross in the hall and an active singing catholic society did not influence me." She, however, did not say the Malays should be rightly accorded rights under law in relation to the freedom of religion while saying, "I am, of course, tied to the prevailing views."

To the question on the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), she admitted that as a Muslim as well as to those who profess the Catholic faith, there are limits.

This statement, too, is not acceptable. What was the ‘prevailing views’ that she meant? The religion of Islam is governed by the Al-Quran, Hadiths and ijmak of the ulamas. In verse 256 of surah Al-Baqarah, the meaning is clear. The same with the question of making the LGBT haram or forbidden. If there are those who say it is not haram, the rejection of the majority in all religion says it all. I do not deny the rights of the LGBT, but what is behind their struggle if not the propaganda to legalise activities that are wrong among the masses.

Which ulamas were referred to the Member of Parliament in giving out such an interpretation of Islam? After having read Sinar Harian, looks like she only referred to the former Mufti of Perlis, following the uproar over her misstep. Why didn’t she refer to the Mufti before she came out with the statement? My advice: if she did not understand, just refer to the ‘ulama’ in PKR who attended the Al-Arqam event. Why, even the Kelantan Menteri Besar did not dare to make any comments on the matter.

I would suggest that the Member of Parliament adopt the culture of referring to experts if she is so inclined to support educational and missionary programmes aimed at strengthening the akidah and increase the level of understanding on Islam. She should not start out in such a way, and when she is caught only then she would refer to an ulama.

Under no circumstances can Muslims be apostates (or even pretend to be), unless faced with a life and death situation, like the one before Mashitah and the Pharaoh where she was given the ultimatum whether to jump into the cauldron of boiling water. In that situation, Mashitah chose not to pretend and jumped into the cauldron. So, can we simply say that Muslims are free to choose their religion for the sake of human rights and not Islam?

Finally, I would advise this Member of Parliament not to regret when they are parties attempting to distort her statement to make it look as though she trivialised questions of akidah and easily accept Muslims who choose to be apostates. My question: Why must we give an opportunity for our statement to be misconstrued? It must be remembered that, reports from opposition-controlled newspapers and portals also manipulate and distort statements from the other side.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Anwar's foreign cheerleader, Mitton in desperation



Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sycophants seems to be at wit’s end trying to gain more positive grounds in their efforts to kiss their idol’s posterior.

When influential western newspapers would not hold their punches writing about Anwar and his misguided political band of brothers, they readily shifted their platform elsewhere.

It looks like sheer desperation when they even have the gall to home in on some obscure newspaper in country, which is still seen as wanting of all things, human rights.

Latest has it that Anwar Ibrahim Fan Club’s cheerleader, Roger Mitton used The Myanmar Times to sound off his pent up desires that ran the gamut from stridently running down Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam over his son’s so-called lavish wedding which drew over 130,000 people from all walks of life to the Prime Minister’s perceived waning popularity.

Mitton used Ali Rustam to extend his diatribe against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, and without fail UMNO, too.

It is not so much what he spewed from the darkest depths of his journalistic mind and stomach, but the desperate clawing at the flimsiest of branches to do it.

The gist of his output in Myanmar Times published on October 15 was to declare with what’s left of his journalistic influence that Najib was bidding his time in office.

He predicted that Najib would be forced to relinquish his hold on Putrajaya and there is slim chance he would be around the same time next year.

While UMNO/BN and pro government ‘cyber troopers’ are taking on their opposition counterpart face-on on social media, Anwar also has his stalwart foreign scribes trying hard to saturate the ground in the four corners of the globe.

A keen mind can see where he is coming from. For Anwar the fight is not only on home ground but also abroad.

By planting negative views about Malaysia and its legitimate democratically-elected leaders and government, he hopes to cash in on a synchronous wave of foreign support when the 13th General Election is called.

Towards keeping up this tempo, given that the date is still a mystery and obvious agony to Pakatan Rakyat, it is no wonder that Anwar’s ‘star’ writers have moved to other platforms.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Kecenderungan pembangkang bantah apa saja inisiatif kerajaan



Dalam satu minit, dilemparkan persoalan supaya disebutkan sekurang-kurangnya satu dasar atau inisiatif kerajaan persekutuan yang diterima positif oleh pembangkang – apa jawapannya?

Ramai yang tidak dapat memberikan jawapan, tidak kira sama ada daripada pihak kerajaan atau pun daripada pembangkang.

Pengertian istilah ‘dasar’ berhubung pelbagai pendirian pembangkang bukan bermaksud ‘dasar’ pembangkang secara generik, tetapi dalam ekspresi meluat dengan sikap mereka yang keterlaluan.

Terbaru, apabila idea pelaksanaan sistem penguatkuasaan trafik dicetuskan, pembangkang lebih ke hadapan mengupas dari A-hingga Z. Semuanya berbaur negatif dan menghentam tanpa berlapikkan sesuatu yang konstruktif bagi membantu menyelesaikan masalah.

Dengan pelaksanaan AES, pembangkang kini kembali menyerang secara populis, menghasut kalangan rakyat yang cetek pemikiran dan kurang menganalisis keadaan.

Pembangkang melemparkan tuduhan kononnya pelaksanaan AES hanya topeng bagi usaha licik untuk meraih keuntungan sebagai menebus kembali jumlah yang diagihkan di bawah inisiatif BR1M pertama tempoh hari.

Mereka turut menyerang syarikat yang dilantik untuk membantu melaksanakan sistem berkenaan.
Maka itu, disebabkan asakan demi asakan yang dilemparkan melalui media-media mata juling di Internet, mereka sedikit sebanyak telah berjaya menjayakan agenda untuk menggoncang pegangan kerajaan pada inisiatif tersebut.

Sekarang isu AES bukan sahaja ditentang oleh ahli-ahli pembangkang, tetapi juga oleh segelintir ahli parlimen pro-kerajaan.

Dalam keghairahan menyerang menggunakan isu yang dianggap begitu populis itu kerajaan kini seolah-olah tersentak seketika.

Justeru itu, agensi-agensi berkaitan, seperti PDRM dan JPJ masing-masing mengeluarkan kenyataan untuk cuba menenteramkan keadaan.

Sebenarnya tidak perlu berbuat demikian, kerana pada asasnya tiada apa-apa yang salah dalam inisiatif AES itu.

Sekiranya pembangkang mendakwa syarikat terbabit akan meraih keuntungan hingga RM700 juta daripada tindakan saman pengguna jalan raya yang melebihi had laju atau cara pemanduan lain, tidakkah diambil kira bahawa wang hanya akan masuk jika kesalahan direkodkan? Jika rakyat patuh kepada undang-undang, maka tidaklah perlu dikeluarkan saman dan persoalan syarikat terbabit serta kerajaan menekan rakyat juga tidak akan timbul.

Persepsi melanggar peraturan jalan raya begitu berkesan sejak AES dilaksanakan. Angka pesalah menurun dengan mendadak, tetapi keadaan positif ini tidak digemari pembangkang dan sebahagian besar pengguna jalan raya. Kenapa?

Kerana mereka tidak suka dikenakan tindakan walaupun terbukti melanggar undang-undang? Apakah ini satu daripada falsafah masyarakat sivil yang begitu ghairah dipupuk pembangkang?

Bukan AES saja yang dipertikaikan, tetapi isu tindakan tegas Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) terhadap lori-lori yang membawa lebih muatan.

Tindakan tegas penguat kuasa SPAD terhadap lori-lori diambil berikutan risiko bahaya jika keadaan sedemikian dibiarkan.

Bagaimana pun, SPAD dan kerajaan dijadikan sasaran kerana kononnya mengganggu ‘periuk nasi’ sektor pengangkutan berlori. Isu risiko bahaya dan kemalangan maut yang sering berlaku membabitkan lori membawa lebih muatan tidak sikit pun diambil kira.

Berikutan isu lori dan kenderaan persendirian yang ditangani kerajaan melalui pelbagai cara, pengusaha bas ekspres turut terheret meniti mentaliti yang sama apabila membantah tindakan tegas JPJ.

Oleh itu, mengambil kira rungutan dan bantahan yang tidak berasas berhubung isu-isu ini, maka rakyat perlu memikirkan keadaan dengan waras, sama ada ingin lebih cenderung memupuk anarki atau menjadi masyarakat yang berdisiplin?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Keselamatan Koleksi Tetap seni tanggungjawab semua staf



Laporan Ketua Audit Negara yang mendapati bangunan menyimpan Koleksi Tetap seni visual negara mendedahkan lebih 4,000 karya seni bernilai RM65juta kepada bahaya, sesuatu yang serius.

Koleksi Tetap mengandungi lukisan, foto, ukiran dan lain-lain karya yang kebanyakannya merupakan hadiah daripada tokoh-tokoh korporat, pengumpul, kedutaan dan persatuan pelukis.

Asasnya, walaupun jawapan diberi untuk segala kepincangan, namun di atas segala-galanya ialah isu kepekaan serta komitmen kakitangan.

Piagam dan misi jabatan amat jelas. Prosedur kepiawaian taraf antarabangsa untuk menyenggara objek-objek seni difahami semua, termasuk Ketua Pengarah dan Kurator. Bagaimana pun, ia tidak bermakna jika seluruh kakitangan tidak sensitif kepada misi jabatan.

Setiap jabatan mempunyai misi tersendiri berpandukan fokus jabatan. Oleh itu, jika seluruh kakitangan sekadar bertugas dengan cara memegang kepada hanya aspek acuan pentadbiran generik yang standard, maka akan lemah pelaksanaan misi dan piagam.

Kelemahan sebegini bukan hanya berlaku di gedung seni negara, tetapi hampir di semua jabatan.
Oleh yang demikian, perlu dirumuskan cara untuk menyedarkan kesemua kakitangan keunikan tugas mereka seiring fokus jabatan.

Dalam konteks Koleksi Tetap, kesemua aset bernilai itu dilaporkan terdedah kepada kebocoran alat pemadam api berasaskan air, dan memerlukan tindakan segera bagi memastikan ia tidak rosak.

Menurut Laporan Ketua Audit Negara, bangunan yang diguna untuk menyimpan koleksi itu mempunyai laluan kecemasan yang dihalang pelbagai objek, sementara kamera litar tertutup yang mengawasi hampir setiap penjuru bangunan merakamkan imej tidak jelas, selain tidak mempunyai keupayaan rakaman dalam gelap.

Laporan tersebut mencadangkan naik taraf ciri-ciri keselamatan, termasuk pemasangan alat pengesan awal asap.

Berikutan pendedahan itu, Lembaga Pembangunan Seni Visual Negara berkata kerja-kerja membaiki bahagian bumbung hampir siap 90 peratus pada Ogos lalu, dan permohonan akan dibuat kepada Kementerian Kewangan bagi dana untuk kelengkapan sistem pemadam api kering.

Lembaga juga akur dengan kelemahan pada sistem kamera litar tertutup, dan akan melengkapkannya dengan ciri-ciri rakaman dalam gelap.

Ruang bangunan yang tidak mampu menampung simpanan yang banyak itu juga dikatakan menyebabkan koleksi tersebut diserang kulat ekoran penyenggaraan yang lemah dari aspek kawalan suhu dan kelembapan bangunan.

Bagi mengatasi masalah itu laporan mencadangkan bahagian dinding digantikan dengan jenis kayu yang sesuai.

Satu lagi kelemahan ialah kelewatan pembaharuan polisi insurans, yang menyebabkan keselamatan seluruh koleksi tidak terjamin.

Sebagai jawapan, pihak lembaga berkata sebuah syarikat insurans telah dilantik untuk setahun, dan tarikh luput polisi perlindungan akan diperingatkan melalui komputer.

Agak robotik semua jawapan yang diberikan, namun hakikatnya kelemahan terdapat pada peringkat pelaksana yang dilantik khas untuk menjalankan tugas-tugas yang perlu bagi menjamin keselamatan harta seni negara.

Kepincangan atau kelonggaran dalam aspek pelaksanaan perlu ditanggung oleh pihak jabatan dan diharap jangan pula dituding jari ke arah menteri dan kementerian bertanggungjawab, kerana akhirnya ia akan di manipulasi pembangkang untuk tujuan rakus mereka.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tiba masa Melayu bermuhasabah, cukuplah mengalah…


Bertegas tidak bererti kita lemah atau sombong, malahan bertegas antara nilai yang terhormat pada seseorang atau pun sesebuah bangsa.


Maka itu, senada dengan inilah dibangkitkan persoalan mengapa orang Melayu perlu terlalu banyak memberi jalan kepada kaum lain hinggakan maruah bangsa sendiri digadaikan?

Sejak berzaman lagi orang Melayu dikatakan terlalu berhemah, memberi peluang, memberi jalan dan memberi muka kepada orang lain hinggakan kini hampir luput identiti sebenar Melayu.

Apa tidaknya? Daripada nama asal Tanah Melayu, kepada Bahasa Melayu dan terbaru, Raja-Raja Melayu pun seolah cuba diubah kepada Raja-Raja Malaysia.

Legasi sejarah bangsa tidak sepatutnya diubah atau pun dicairkan. Ia perlu wujud kental untuk diabadikan selama-lamanya.

Menyentuh tentang Bahasa Melayu, sememangnya ia bahasa yang sejak ribuan tahun digunakan orang Melayu, tetapi apabila negara Malaysia di acuan berdasarkan kepelbagaian etnik, maka timbul rasa perlu (sekurang-kurangnya bagi segelintir bijak pandai) untuk menyamaratakan lingua franca tersebut sebagai Bahasa Malaysia.

Pertukaran itu tidak perlu memandangkan walaupun Bahasa Melayu dinaiktarafkan sebagai bahasa rasmi negara Malaysia, namun ironinya bahasa-bahasa lain masih tebal digunakan di sekolah-sekolah vernakular.

Realitinya, dalam keadaan demikian Bahasa Melayu dijadikan seperti boneka – tanpa nyawa, tanpa roh, kerana di sekolah-sekolah Cina dan sekolah-sekolah Tamil bahasa ibunda Melayu masih tersepit di kelas kedua. 

Ini bagi memberi ruang penonjolan serta kesinambungan mendaulatkan bahasa etnik sekolah-sekolah tertentu – seperti mana misi dan hasrat sekolah-sekolah tersebut diwujudkan di bumi Tanah Melayu.

Sedikit ruang yang diberikan orang Melayu kini dilebarkan lagi untuk membolehkan orang lain mendesak bermacam-macam lagi. Sebagai contoh lihat kepada desakan melalui pelbagai ‘ancaman’ Dong Zong.

Pencairan identiti Melayu perlu dikawal. Masih tidak terlembat berbuat demikian.

Kerana terlalu memberi ruang kepada orang lainlah maka hinggakan muncul pihak-pihak yang bertindak biadab terhadap institusi Raja-Raja Melayu. Sikap biadab mereka diperkukuhkan dengan asakan ‘liberalisme’ yang diperjuangkan kononnya demi menjadikan Malaysia sebuah negara progresif.

Apa nilai progresif dalam konteks ini?

Sikap biadab yang dicetuskan daripada budaya liberalisme dan kebebasan yang membenarkan pelbagai persoalan di atas nama hak asasi manusia kini memakan diri orang Melayu – kerana terlalu lama memberi ruang.

Menyentuh tentang institusi raja, dengan didahului dengan ‘Ampun Tuanku’ , penulis ini berhasrat mempertahankan premis kedaulatan negara, perlembagaan dan Raja-Raja Melayu.

Dan apabila pada Isnin malam RTM menyiarkan pengumuman tarikh Hari Raya Aidil Adha oleh Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-Raja Melayu, tidak kurang ramai yang tersentak apabila ia ditukarkan kepada Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-Raja Malaysia.

Pada yang hanyut dengan pengaruh ‘liberalisme’ ia bukan isu pun dan tidak menimbulkan apa-apa reaksi. Bagaimanapun, dalam konteks keperkasaan serta keutuhan bangsa Melayu, ke mana kini arah kita, hinggakan fakta pun diubah?


Friday, October 12, 2012

Corruption: The giving factor in race



Although the ‘giving’ factor in the issue of corruption is entrenched in the country’s anti-corruption laws, seldom has much light been shone upon this vital premise.

If the scourge of corruption is based on race and ethnicity, history will show how rampant the crime has become ever since these bounteous shores of Malaysia welcomed stocks of people from lands afar.

We have Indians streaming in from India to work the plantations, Chinese to work the mines as well as way before that, the Arabs to partake of the generous trade upriver in areas such as Merbok in Kedah, and Melaka.

According to records things were civil then when much honesty and integrity abound in the mercantile sector.

However, with the coming of the foreign powers in the likes of the Portuguese, Dutch and British, things had, however, taken on a more sinister dimension. Corruption suddenly reared its ugly head to cast its evil spell on the locals, who had for so long held on to trust and honesty in their lifestyle.

Reading the historical treatises of the British administrators in old Malaya, we can’t but help notice how corruption had crept into almost every nook and cranny of society. It sold out our self and soul.

Today, we hear so much recriminations and complaints directed at the Malay-dominated civil service for the allegedly rampant abuse of power and obscene practice of corruption.

It is mostly about the ‘acceptor’, although there has been quite a smattering of ‘givers’ taken to the book of law.

Lately, many have been questioning: “wither corruption without then giver?” Verily, it will die a certain death if there is a dearth of givers of corruption. In this sense, perhaps a line such as ‘corruption stops when the giving ends’ may be appropriate.

The givers in the corruption factor can be thickly traced to one particular race. It runs the spectrum from the super-rich conglomerates, who do so to lock in choice contracts to the lowest denomination of mercantilism.

This is one factor that needs to be brought to the fore. Fighting this part of the equation may win us a great portion of the war against corruption.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Alleged attempts at proselytizing by Christians anger Jews


Trinity Broadcasting Network co-founder Paul Crouch, center, his son Matt Crouch, right, and Singapore evangelist Joseph Prince tape a prayer broadcast on the terrace of TBN's new Jerusalem studio. (Pix: LA Times/
Edmund Sanders)

Allegations of proselytization by some Christian groups have been reported lately on several occasions throughout the world.

It is not only confined to Malaysia, where it has caused concerned to not only to Muslim groups, but also to law-abiding Christians of the main denominations.

Latest, it has been reported by several U.S. newspapers that a race between two rival American evangelical broadcasters to get a foothold of a strategic location in Jerusalem overlooking the old city.

Located not far from the holy Mount of Olives much revered by Christians as the spot where the Messiah would descend, Texas-based Daystar Television has dug in with round the clock live webcam coverage.

The station’s strategy is being countered by rival station, Costa Mesa-based Trinity Broadcasting (TBN), which hastily bought the building next door.

According to The LA Times, the studios are aggressively competing for a big slice of  niche programming on Christianity, which is seen as a controversial  platform for what it alleged as ‘spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to Jews in Israel.’

Reports say TBN is also talking to Israel’s Yes satellite TV for a full-time centre for its evangelical Shalom TV channel.
Recently, it was reported that Singapore evangelist Joseph Prince was featured by TBN to tape a prayer broadcast on the terrace of TBN's new Jerusalem studio.

Already, Daystar already is transmitting its English-language programming in Israel with dedicated channels on both Yes and cable provider HOT Telecommunications Systems. The station claims it to be the first Christian evangelical broadcaster to broadcast a gospel message to Israeli television sets round the clock.

"The main thing we want to do is help sponsor what we call Messianic Jews, or Jews that have received Jesus Christ as their Messiah," said TBN co-founder Paul Crouch, who recently wrapped up a tour of Israel with 1,800 TBN supporters, most of them from America. "We want to do some Hebrew language programs to reach out to Jews and entice them to read the word of God and become what we call a completed Jew."

Meanwhile, at the receiving end, such proselytizing has angered Orthodox Jewish groups. They claim that it threatens the character of a Jewish ‘for Jewish refugees of the Holocaust.

For the record, Christian proselytizing is legal in Israel, though the Tel Aviv regime has at times restricted and discouraged the practice, as members of the Jewish faith do not seek to convert those of other faiths.

"One of the things I find offensive is that they are bragging about their missionary work," said Ellen Horowitz, research director at Jewish Israel, a grass-roots group created in 2008 to track and counteract Christian missionaries in Israel. "They're actually very in-your-face about it."

Horowitz said proselytizing is a touchy subject in Israel. "Our people have been through the wringer already with either persecution or assimilation," she said. "Now people finally get to a Jewish nation and someone pushes a copy of the New Testament in Hebrew at them. A sensitive line is being crossed."

When Daystar debuted in Israel in 2006, it created such a public uproar that the channel was temporarily suspended from the HOT network. It was restored after a court challenge.

Since then, Christian evangelical groups have quietly and steadily expanded their footprint in Jerusalem.

Last spring, evangelist organizer Mike Evans began soliciting donations from U.S. supporters for his $10-million purchase of a prime commercial building in Jerusalem's city center, where he plans to open a facility devoted to Christian evangelism.

The LA Times noted that in July, American missionary Rick Ridings, a nephew of Paul Crouch who operates a walk-in prayer centre near Mt. Zion, hosted several hundred Israeli youths at a three-day gospel music and prayer festival in Tel Aviv.

Crouch said TBN, whose recently purchased building houses the Los Angeles Times Jerusalem bureau, is striving to promote Christianity in Israel, where the faith is sometimes overshadowed by the struggle between Judaism and Islam. Trinity Broadcasting already is one of the world's largest religious broadcasters, with 18 networks in seven languages.

"Christianity is not represented in Israel as well as it could," he said. "We hope to equalize that and give Christianity a better platform."

The latest inroads by evangelical Christians have not triggered the backlash that occurred in 2006 when Daystar went on the air. In fact, Crouch said TBN's biggest obstacle in Jerusalem so far is rival Daystar, which he said tried to block TBN's Shalom Channel from airing on Yes satellite.

"They raised a stink," Crouch said. "I guess some of our Christian brothers don't want the competition."

A Yes spokeswoman said negotiations with TBN are ongoing and a final deal has not been reached. Daystar officials declined to comment, but said in a statement that the company "loves and appreciates Israel."

Some Israelis are welcoming members of the American evangelical community as strategic partners, both politically and economically.

In addition to becoming the fastest-growing segment of Israel's tourism market, U.S. evangelicals tend to be staunchly pro-Israel, lobbying in Washington on the Israeli government's behalf on such matters as the Palestinian conflict or West Bank settlement construction.

Christian broadcasters have donated tens of millions of dollars in recent years to build Israeli schools, community centres, hospital wards and even synagogues. Part of the support is based upon their belief that the return of the Jewish people to Israel will usher in the second coming of Jesus.

Christian groups have forged close ties with Russian-born lawmakers in the parliament, or Knesset, and recently helped push through a law that extended property tax exemptions once available only to Jewish religious institutions to those owned by Christian congregations.

"They are much more sophisticated and calculated than they were before," Horowitz said. "With all the millions of dollars they are giving, it's harder for the government to say no."

Her group said the number of evangelical Christian congregations in Israel has grown to 150 with as many as 20,000 followers, up from an estimated 3,000 in 1987, based on estimates from the congregations.

Christian broadcasters boast to their viewers that they are seeing a record number of Jews convert to Christianity. "The harvest is coming in so fast," Crouch said.

Much of the growth is coming from the 1 million Russian immigrants who arrived in Israel during the 1990s. Many of the immigrants were never considered Jewish by Orthodox rabbis or had practiced Christianity in Russia.

"They see Russians as a way to get a foothold in Israel and create a Christian revival here," Horowitz said. "We don't have anything against Christians. But the Jewish people have to watch their backside to make sure this evangelical embrace does not become a hold that we can't get out of."

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Kritikan kecewa pembangkang - Makan Hati Ulam Jantung...



Belum pun masuk 24 jam selepas Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak mengakhiri pembentangan Belanjawan 2013 kelmarin, pelbagai kecaman, sindiran dan kritikan diajukan pembangkang.

Ia memang dijangka, kerana setiap tahun mereka mengulangi rentak yang sama.

Hari ini, portal-portal media dan akhbar yang ‘mewakili’ pelbagai kepentingan, rancak cuba mengupas dan mewujudkan bermacam-macam persoalan berhubung segala yang dibentangkan Najib.

Petang kelmarin, dalam ribuan tweet yang mengiringi agenda kerajaan dalam pembentangan belanjawan itu, hanya satu yang agak ketara dan berhemah.

Pengumuman sistem pengangkutan awam RapidKuantan diterima positif oleh Ahli Parlimen Kuantan Fuziah Salleh. Beliau melahirkan rasa lega kerana penduduk bandar tersebut akhirnya akan dapat menikmati perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam yang lebih teratur dan selesa.

Bagaimana pun, tindakan positif seperti yang disuarakan oleh Fuziah tidak dikongsi oleh rakan-rakannya dalam pakatan pembangkang mengenai perkara-perkara lain dalam Belanjawan 2013 itu.

Terlalu banyak kecaman daripada pemimpin serta penyokong pembangkang hinggakan jika saluran siber menggunakan kaedah wayar, mungkin ia sudah cair disebabkan kepanasan talian!

Biarlah setiap kritikan terjawab oleh pelaksanaan dan rasa lega serta kesyukuran rakyat yang menjadi sasaran utama segala yang diumumkan Perdana Menteri semalam.

Kesemua insentif yang diumumkan itu bukan bertujuan untuk menggula-gulakan rakyat supaya mengundi Barisan Nasional pada pilihan raya umum akan datang. Kesemuanya adalah hasil ekonomi negara yang diurus dengan sebaik mungkin oleh sebuah pentadbiran yang meletakkan yang terbaik untuk rakyat, sepertimana slogan “…rakyat diutamakan’

Segala dasar kerajaan yang anjal dan proaktif didasarkan kepada penentuan yang dihalusi secara mendalam, dan telah membantu negara mencartakan perkembangan ekonomi yang hebat. Kesemua ini dilakukan pada waktu negara-negara lain, termasuk negara-negara maju sendiri digugat pelbagai krisis dan masalah.

Seperti yang dinyatakan Najib, kita mampu berbuat demikian  kerana Malaysia kekal sebagai sebuah wadi di tengah-tengah gurun pasir yang kontang.

Apakah faktor yang menjadikan Malaysia seperti sebuah wadi yang mampu terus menampung kehidupan rakyatnya? Ia berpaksikan dasar-dasar kerajaan yang membantu menarik pelaburan luar dan dalam sejak sekian lama.

Mungkin jika dirasai degupan jantung bumi ini, kita tidak boleh menafikan kesan negatif di negara-negara lain. Tetapi, setidak-tidaknya kita perlu berasa bangga kerana kita masih berada di zon yang sihat.

Sehubungan itu, amat terpesong jika pembangkang terus menerus melabelkan segala tindakan dan dasar kerajaan untuk memperkasakan ekonomi, seperti inisiatif berani penyenaraian Felda Global Ventures Holdings yang tercatat megah sebagai IPO kedua terbesar di dunia.

Kejayaan seperti itu membuktikan kerajaan BN sekarang bukan kerajaan populis, kerana sebuah kerajaan populis tidak mungkin dapat melunaskan segala janji yang dibuat.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

ADAB protes kerajaan Amerika Syarikat berhubung filemlet 'Innocence of Muslims'



Berikutan tindakan biadab produksi ‘filmlet’ berjodol‘Innocence of Muslims’ oleh seorang rakyat Amerika Syarikat (AS) baru-baru ini, Lembaga Peradaban Melayu (ADAB) pada Rabu mengemukakan surat protes kepada Duta Besar AS, Paul W. Jones.

Pengerusi Majlis ADAB, Tan Sri Dato’ Mohd Yusof Hitam berkata reaksi kepada tindakan tidak sopan dan tidak menghormati sentimen serta sensitiviti umat Islam itu melanggar ketidaksusilaan masyarakat dunia yang bertamadun.

Justeru, menurut beliau kerajaan Amerika Syarikat perlu mengambil tindakan segera dan tegas bagi menangani perbuatan sebegitu yang cuba berselindung di sebalik prinsip sejagat ‘Kebebasan Berekspresi’.

Filem dalam bahasa Inggeris yang menghina Nabi Muhammad itu diterbitkan di California oleh seorang yang menggunakan nama samaran “Sam Bacile”,  dan seterusnya trelernya disiarkan di Internet melalui YouTube dengan pelbagai variasi, termasuk “Innocence of Muslims”.

Walaupun pejabat YouTube di Malaysia telah berusaha menyekat akses kepada treler filem tersebut, namun ia tidak dapat membendung usaha muat naik yang rancak dilakukan pihak-pihak tidak bertanggung jawab di serata dunia.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Selepas Ngeh, Anwar pula...ada 'pattern' ni...



Di satu penjuru, reaksi umat Islam terhadap kebiadaban filem‘Innocence of Muslims’ dan kartun menghina Nabi Muhammad di Perancis dianggap keterlaluan. Setidak-tidaknya pun persepsi keterlaluan itu terpahat pada minda  mereka yang dikuasai ’world view bertamadun’ berpaksikan perspektif barat yang kononnya liberal.

Tetapi, ini bukan calang-calang isu. Pada orang Islam ia membabitkan maruah dan asakkan berbahaya kepada pegangan ummah.

Oleh yang demikian, apabila ketua pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata orang Islam bertindak keterlaluan dalam ungkapan, “problem with the Muslim psyche....people are easly enraged and emotional,”beliau dengan rakusnya menyokong dan membangkitkan kembali kebiadaban yang terkandung dalam tweet ADUN Beruas, Ngeh Koo Ham minggu lalu.

Patutlah sebahagian besar pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat tidak memberikan sebarang reaksi berhubung apa yang di tweet oleh Ngeh itu. Ini kerana ia seolah-olah mencerminkan betapa mereka sebenarnya menyokong apa yang dinyatakan.

Dan apabila Anwar sendiri tampil menggemakan nada yang sama dalam akhbar British The Scotsman seperti yang tersiar kelmarin, maka sahihlah apa yang ditanggapi sejak seminggu lalu – bahawa beliau sependapat dengan Ngeh. Bezanya dan jijiknya kali ini, Ngeh bukan orang Islam, tetapi Anwar seorang Muslim yang pernah dilabelkan sebagai ‘anugerah tuhan…’

Dalam pada itu, tidak kira sama ada ia dilakukan oleh seorang Islam atau pun tidak, yang penting kebiadaban tersebut datang daripada rakyat Malaysia yang sepatutnya peka dan sensitif terhadap sentimen keagamaan di Malaysia.

Laporan versi ‘online’ akhbar The Scotsman yang berpangkalan di Britain seperti yang dilaporkan dalam rencana oleh wartawan Eddie Barnes itu, secara terang-terangan melihatkan betapa Islam di Malaysia dieksploitasi oleh Anwar untuk dihebahkan di persada antarabangsa bagi memenuhi hasrat menguasai Putrajaya.

Bukti niat Anwar dan pakatan pembangkang di Malaysia jelas apabila dalam rencana akhbar The Scotsman itu disebut bahawa ‘dalam setahun yang menyaksikan pelbagai revolusi di luar dugaan yang berlaku di serata dunia, kini muncul seorang pemimpin yang akan mengepalai satu lagi (revolusi).’

Bukankah jelas apa yang dimaksudkan?

Asakan demi asakan dihalakan terhadap kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) di Putrajaya, hinggakan kini dengan hanya lebih kurang lapan bulan paling lama untuk diadakan Pilihan raya Umum Ke-13, pembangkang membangkitkan apa saja melalui bantahan demi bantahan untuk cuba melemahkan walaupun pegangan paling kuat kepada kerajaan BN.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Gratitude - It's a civilised trait...



Yes, there is such a thing as a day of gratitude, and in conjunction with that all-honourable gesture from the heart is the World Gratitude Day, which falls on Sept 21 every year.

By the time this article  is published here, that auspicious day will be over, but that must not stop us from delving into its significance to all humankind.

World Gratitude Day was started in 1977 by the United Nations' Meditation Group to celebrate a better life and to be grateful for all the things that bring joy to our daily existence.

Whenever we face challenges, the normal reaction would either be to be angry or worried, and we easily forget to understand why such a situation happens. We don't realise that it is, in fact, an opportunity for us to grow and learn.

The idea is for us to embrace challenges and be grateful, knowing that things are going our way, although the silver lining still escapes our spiritual radar.

Be grateful? What's in it for me, one may ask. Actually, it is such a mentality that can help transform us to discard our obsession with complaints, and to be a more motivated and positive character.

Here, in Malaysia, we have come of age. We have gone through almost untold trials and tribulations, from cowering under the dark shadows of imperialistic masters, to stand up against violent political ideologies, culminating in the coveted crown of independence in 1957.

Following that auspicious day of Aug 31, 1957, we have persevered and attained a higher level of existence with the formation of Malaysia.

That much we have achieved. So much we have dedicated to our struggle to create a better Malaysia.

World Gratitude Day is a time for us to be thankful -- to say thanks that we can still wake up each morning and see the sun rise in a land we manage ourselves, without having to exist under the shadow of another.

There are so many things to be thankful for, but on top of everything else in Malaysia now, it is an endorsement of things we now enjoy in peace and harmony.

No, being grateful on this day does not mean it is something personal only to the government of the day or even the prime minister, although looking deeper, we will see that it is that very government leading the country for the past 55 years that has made us what we are -- and that is, indeed, a reality.

If some among us choose to deny reality by bringing up trivialities and harp on the need for perfection, knowing that as mortals perfection can never be achieved, we will forever relegate ourselves to the backburner of development and opportunities for further growth.

The only way is to stop awhile and reflect on the good things we have. It is this reflection that should culminate in a heartfelt shower of thanks for our well-being.

Some laughed and mocked when the idea for societal thank you and gratefulness was mooted.

In their stubborn and strait-jacketed mindset, it is but a move fraught with greedy political undertones, to be resisted and ridiculed at all costs.

Should we be among those who feel that way, it is time we woke up and took a reality check.
We need to ask ourselves why we need to fight what is proven to be good. Why waste our energy on agitation and resistance to established order when we can do more things positively to help bring about excellence in Malaysia?

Gratefulness is the hallmark of greatness in a person. It is this quality that forms the thrust and basis for the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry coming out with colourful programmes that warm the heart.

And it is with this in mind that we call on all responsible Malay-sians to look back at our past and the prospects of a better future with whole-hearted gratefulness.

This can be done. The panacea is to stop a while, especially on this noble checkpoint we call World Gratitude Day, to say thank you for everything that's nice.

You can dance, you can pray, you can meditate and you can smile sincerely at everyone and say thank you.

I am grateful.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Price of Unfettered Freedom



It may be a cliche, but for every action, there will be a reaction.

What more an irresponsible action like the production and dissemination of a low-grade film mocking and ridiculing Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

Clips of the film have gone viral, courtesy of the unfettered visual based social media platform YouTube as well as the equally virulent and violent reactions of angry Muslims across the globe.

When initial reaction saw hundreds of protesters converging on the United States posts in Benghazi, Libya and Cairo, resulting in the death of US ambassador Christopher Stevens and four others, things begin to look bad -- very bad.

What happened was but one of the many examples of uncalled for provocation aimed at Muslims and Islam. It should not have happened, but it did, thanks to the misdirected anger, which should have been reserved for terrorism and all its many forms.

This time around, like several in the past, the flash-point was the much-touted land of freedom and opportunity -- the United States of America.

This is where personal freedom to do just about anything is jealousy guarded and even guaranteed under the constitution and entrenched in the nation's sacred document, the Bill of Rights.

In Malaysia, since we achieved independence in 1957, the government had always sought to ensure that peace and stability of the country was never compromised. To do so is not easy, given the myriad races who call this country home, and riding on the back of such varied ethnic differences are the disparate faiths.

And when it comes to faith, there can never be any compromise, no matter how insightful the pastors, ulama, monks or whoever presides over a religious flock. The differences in faith and spiritual practice have long been accepted as a unique facet of Malaysia's multi-ethnic populace. Respect has always been the order of the day, and tolerance is but the durable string that binds the hearts of Malaysians together.

However, somewhere along the line, the string of tolerance that has for long bound the hearts and minds of Malaysians to enable them to live in mutual respect with each other's differences seems to have come undone.

It could be due to the ravages of time that have brought rot to the bond, unleashing the demons of greed and disregard for others.

Today, with the advent of innovations in communications technology, the world has taken on a new dimension. The Internet and addictive forms of social media have given rise to stubborn and blinkered demands for more freedom of expression and speech throughout the world, including in Malaysia.

The Internet has, for quite some now, brought with it a myriad of social problems that often spill over into the provinces of politics and religion, with the latter perpetuating violence.

To address all these, governments are today at wits' end trying to come up with a cogent and effective set of laws to control transgressions emanating from the unfettered freedom of the almost lawless frontiers of the Internet.

In Malaysia, the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry, through the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), has been appointed as the gatekeepers in this area.

With the recriminations and brickbats directed at the person at the top, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, the task of regulating and bringing some semblance of order to the cyber world is, indeed, not an enviable task.

So serious is this task of dealing with the demands for unfettered freedom within the frontiers of the digital world, which has now became an intrinsic part of "real" life, that other government agencies and institutions, including Parliament, have been called into action.

For Parliament, the latest move was the amendment of Section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950, which presumes publication and ownership of offending items posted on the Internet as the owner's unless proven otherwise.

The amendment is meant to protect the country's security, and for all the recriminations directed at the government, detractors forget that things like acts of terrorism and provocation, as demonstrated by the irresponsible actions of the man behind the film Innocence of Muslims, should be reason enough to understand what the law stands for.

The freedom afforded by the Internet offers individuals the chance to hide behind false identities. It allows them to incite racial and religious hatred, which can ultimately trigger violent hate crimes, yet allows the perpetrator anonymity or immunity from prosecution.

This is but one area of contention that needs to be addressed and the responsibility, invariably, rests on the shoulders of the ministry through the MCMC.

Treading carefully between the need to allow space for the healthy development of new media and public freedom in cyberspace, the people must understand that the rights and sensitivities of multiracial Malaysia must always be guarded before it is too late.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tengok kebajikan orang bawahan jika mahukan pekerja taraf dunia



Saranan Ketua Setiausaha Negara Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa menggesa semua ketua jabatan dan agensi kerajaan mengambil berat kebajikan serta kemudahan penjawat awam, sesuatu yang patut direnungi secara serius.

Sememangnya, dalam perkhidmatan awam terdapat ramai kakitangan yang mahir, berkaliber dan mempunyai potensi taraf dunia, tetapi mereka terus berada di takuk lama kerana soal kebajikan tidak ditangani oleh orang atas.

Kebajikan mereka perlu diberi perhatian kerana, seperti kata Napoelon Bonaparte, ‘Sebuah Tentera Bergerak di Atas Perutnya.’ Apa yang dimaksudkan jeneral terbilang Perancis itu bahawa kebajikan orang bawahan dan pekerja yang mengapungkan kejayaan sesebuah negara atau organisasi perlu diberi perhatian penting dan utama.

Apa tidaknya? Bayangkan, di manakah seorang ketua jabatan dari segi prestasi dan reputasi tanpa input gigih dan positif daripada penjawat bawahan?

Bayangkan juga betapa jauh lonjakkan dan prestasi seseorang ketua jabatan yang berkaliber apabila berlaku sinergi dengan input orang bawah. Lebih beruntung jabatan berkenaan dan lebih dinamik negara.

Menurut Dr Ali Hamsa, jangan hanya mengharapkan mereka untuk memberikan perkhidmatan terbaik dan berkelas dunia kepada rakyat namun pada masa sama mereka bekerja dengan kemudahan dan suasana sebaliknya.

"Ketua jabatan jangan hanya melihat apa yang berlaku di hadapan kaunter perkhidmatan, lihat juga apa yang ada di belakang kaunter sama ada ia juga bertaraf dunia," katanya.

Realitinya, seperti pernah disuarakan oleh Menteri Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan,  Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim baru-baru ini, pengorbanan dan integriti penjawat awam dalam melaksanakan tugas juga antara wajah kemerdekaan yang perlu, selain hanya mengibarkan bendera dan melaungkan ‘Merdeka!’.

Saranan yang secara kebetulan disambut oleh Dr Ali Hamsa itu melengkapkan premis bahawa sikap peka ketua-ketua jabatan dan agensi kerajaan terhadap anak-anak buah mereka sesuatu yang penting demi usaha memperkasakan perkhidmatan awam dan seterusnya negara.