Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Muzakarah: Nik Aziz membelakangi muzakarah dalam PAS?



Mursyidul Am Pas, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat berkata, beliau tetap mahukan muzakarah dengan UMNO walaupun tidak direstui ahli jawatankuasa tertinggi parti termasuk Presiden Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Menteri Besar Kelantan itu berkata ia penting bagi menentukan hala tuju dan matlamat perjuangannya bagi menegakkan syiar Islam.

“Ini keputusan saya dan tidak ada kena-mengena dengan orang lain, jadi saya tak kisah walau ada yang tidak bersetuju, kata beliau hari ini.

Yang menghairankan, sekiranya beliau tegas mengatakan hasrat tersebut keputusan sendiri, bagaimana PAS akan bergerak kearah itu, walhal dalam parti itu segalanya perlu direstui melalui muzakarah.

Hakikatnya, kalau dalam PAS sendiri tiada berlaku muzakarah di antara Mursyidul Am dan Jawatankuasa Tertinggi parti, apa kaedahnya?

Buang masa saja layan Nik Aziz…

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Pukulan Maut untuk DAP dari Tunku Aziz




Yang nyata peletakan jawatan oleh Tunku Abdul Aziz dari DAP dengan seriusnya menjejaskan imej parti ‘demokratik’ itu.

Penganiayaan terhadap Tunku Aziz kini semakin hebat berlaku melalui media sosial di Internet. Bekas naib-pengerusi DAP yang dulunya disanjung sebagai wira oleh penyokong Pakatan Rakyat apabila mengambil keputusan menyertai DAP pada 2008, kini mengubah strategi untuk mengecam, mencemuh dan cuba memalukan beliau.

Politik sesuatu permainan yang amat zalim, apatah lagi dengan ketanpanamaan dalam dunia maya Internet – dimensi yang dikatakan mampu menjadikan seseorang yang bacul lebih zalim dan tidak berhati perut berbanding ahli politik.

Ironinya, dalam kekalutan ini antara komen-komen baik ditujukan kepada Tunku Aziz dibuat oleh orang DAP sendiri. Antaranya, seorang pemimpin tertinggi dari Pulau Pinang (bukan Lim Guan Eng) yang menghantar SMS selepas pengumuman peletakan jawatan beliau di TV. Pengirim bersimpati dengan apa yang berlaku.

Bagi sesetengah ahli politik DAP yang pernah mengenali Tunku Aziz secara dekat, beliau seorang tokoh yang memegang kuat kepada prinsip. Beliau bertutur dengan beradab dan sentiasa menjaga maruah.

Tetapi segelintir kumpulan dalam DAP ini tidak mampu merubah keadaan sebenar dalam parti itu – keadaan yang hanya ditentukan oleh Lim Guan Eng.

Selepas episode bantahan beliau terhadap demonstrasi Bersih 3.0 bulan lalu, tidak ramai yang mengharapkan beliau akan kekal dalam DAP.

Yang nyata dalam hal ini Guan Eng tidak suka dibantahi atau dikritik. Mereka yang berbuat demikian akan mendapati diri diboikot dan payah untuk terus kekal dalam parti itu.

Bagaimana pun, di tengah-tengah kekalutan ini apakah impak sebenarnya terhadap DAP sendiri? Bagi Guan Eng dan yang sebulu dengannya, ia tidak memberikan apa-apa kesan kerana DAP dikuasai orang Cina dan mood parti kini dikatakan sudah cukup kuat untuk mengatasi isu seperti ini.

Yang mereka bimbang impak isu ini ke atas kalangan orang Melayu, terutama mereka yang mampu berfikir lebih mendalam. Dulunya ramai tidak menyangka seseorang tokoh seperti Tunku Aziz sanggup menyertai sebuah parti yang rakus menjuarai kepentingan pendidikan Cina dan menentang DEB – dua isu utama yang amat menyentuh kepentingan nasionalis Melayu. Kini kumpulan orang Melayu yang sama mungkin memberitahu sesama sendiri mereka sudah lama merasakan ‘perhubungan’ Tunku Aziz dengan DAP tidak akan berkekalan.

Hakikatnya, peletakan jawatan Tunku Aziz dari DAP akan mencederakan DAP dan Pakatan Rakyat, yang amat mengharapkan sokongan daripada kumpulan orang Melayu yang berpendirian berkecuali sejak sekian lama.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lesbian pro-LGBT Irshad Manji will NOT appear at IIUM




 UPDATE -- International lesbian pro-LGBT activist, Irshad Manji will NOT be at the Mini Auditorium, Level 2, of the International Islamic University (IIU) on 14 May 2012 from 1.30 – 3.30 pm.

The cancellation was made by IIUM Rector, Professor Datuk Seri Dr Zaleha Kamaruddin late last night following protests.

The female personality much referred to by Liberal Islamists was earlier scheduled to appear for a programme titled, ““Public Lecture on Moral Courage: Creating Space for Islam & Democracy”.

It was understood that Irshad Manji would have a meet-the-fans session at the Borders Bookstore, The Curve, Petaling Jaya on May 12 for the launching of her book, “Allah, Liberty and Love”, which has been translated in Bahasa Melayu.


Indonesian Muslim intellectual Adian Husaini had for quite some time revealed how Irshad Manji was on the same page as Salman Rushdie, in using their respective writings as the medium to criticise Islam and Prophet Muhammad.

In ‘Idola Kaum Liberal’ (Idol of the Liberals), Adian Husaini exposed how the Indonesian liberal groups labelled Irshad Manji ‘Lesbian Mujtahidah’. A mujtahid is an Islamic scholar who is competent to interpret sharia byijtihad (making of a decision in Islamic law by personal effort (jihad).

Born in Canada in 1968, Irshad Manji is a feminist writer, journalist and activist. She is an advocate of a "reform and progressive" interpretation of Islam. Known as a vocal critic of radical Islam and the orthodox interpretations of the Quran, she labels herself ‘Muslim Refusenik’.

"Muslim Refusenik" is a phrase Manji used to identify herself as someone who refuses to "join an army of robots in the name of God."

"Refusenik" is an English-Russian portmanteau word first used for Russian Jews refused permission to emigrate, and then for Israeli conscientious objectors who refused to do army service on the West Bank.  

Irshad Manji has made herself known to the influential US paper The New York Times, which in turn described her as ‘Osama bin Laden’s worst nightmare.’

Irshad Manji devotes herself to the upholding of critical thinking (ijtihad) in the Islamic tradition through the ‘Ijtihad Project’, which aims to move Muslims and non-Muslims, in particular the younger generation to question traditional and orthodox Islamic interpretations. The idea is to spearhead the evolvement of a more open face of Islam.

An ally of Salman Rushdie of the infamous ‘Satanic Verses’, Irshad Manji, too, is the subject of numerous death threats.

Admirer of Anwar Ibrahim

In chapter 8 of her book, “The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith”, Irshad Manji mentioned Anwar Ibrahim, whom she described as a model of freedom of speech in the Islamic world.

In her book, she wrote about the time in 1994 when Anwar, as the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia gave a talk on ‘The need for Civilizational Dialogue’ at Georgetown University, Washington, in which he said, “The challenges before Muslims, like people of other traditions in Asia today, are indeed great. They must endeavour to alleviate ignorance, disease, and destitution. They have to battle corruption and arrest moral decay. They have to strengthen the institutions of civil society to ensure order and stability, as well as protect the individual from the unwarranted denial of his rights.”

But in irony, Anwar reminded “The gullible consumer of the mass media of today would form the impression that the Muslim world is only populated by stern and menacing fundamentalists.

According to him, Muslim civilisation has spawned “many love stories.” He said, “Muslim children are raised with the enchanting tale of love between Laila and Majnun. As the story goes, the young man was scorned and ridiculed for his obsession with the maiden, because to the eyes of the world Laila was hideous in physical appearance. In response to this, the youth always replied: "To see the beauty of Laila, one requires the eyes of Majnun."

He said, “The negative image of Muslims to the rest of the world is to a great extent the result of the failure of many Muslims themselves to realize and manifest their own ideals. Ignorance, injustice, corruption, hypocrisy and the erosion in moral rectitude are quite prevalent in contemporary Muslim societies.

In Irshad Manji’s eyes, Anwar is a symbol of human rights, and someone who dared to speak out to invoke ‘reformation’ and to go against his own boss, Tun Mahathir Mohamad.

Based on Anwar’s Georgetown piece, Irshad Manji concluded that the former encouraged free speech and debate on pertinent topics.

And, on this premise, the writer who claims to struggle for a more democratic Islam suggested that Muslim women, together with the non-Muslims question the fundamentalist policies ‘imposed’ upon them.

She said, questions such as “why was it so easy for thousands of Muslims to go to the streets to demonstrate and criticise the French government’s banning of the hijab, but not to protest the forced wearing of the same in Saudi Arabia?...what real rights are enjoyed by women and the religious minorities in such a democracy?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Kata dulang paku serpih, Kata orang kita yang lebih



Jika pembangkang mempersoalkan tentang pengerusi SPR menjadi ahli UMNO, apa pula bezanya dengan speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri yang dikuasai Pakatan Rakyat?

Mungkin banyak alasan daripada segi teknikal yang boleh mereka bangkitkan berhubung hal ini, tetapi realitinya mungkin sama atau mungkin lebih buruk.

Bagi Pengerusi SPR, beliau hanya ahli biasa dan tiada mana-mana undang-undang yang melarang beliau berbuat demikian.

Pembangkang membangkitkan isu berkenaan kerana ia sesuatu yang dirasakan amat menarik untuk dimanipulasikan ke arah membentuk persepsi negatif rakyat.

Bagaimana pun, seperti yang berlaku hari ini, apabila sekali lagi ADUN Barisan Nasional (BN) keluar dari Dewan Undangan Negeri Pulau Pinang, apa pula persepsi yang boleh terbentuk di pemikiran rakyat?

Rata-rata rakyat yang bermaklumat akan berkata speaker berat sebelah kerana dia orang kuat Pakatan Rakyat. Itu hakikatnya.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

PKR admits 'saboteurs' out to bring down Azmin



Despite Azmin Ali’s warning that he would sue Utusan Malaysia in an attempt to silence anyone from bringing up the alleged sex scandal, which purportedly implicated him, many observers say it would only invite negative reaction upon the beleaguered PKR Deputy President.

They say it’s because Azmin’s reaction seems to be too hasty in wanting to stop speculations that are raging like wild fire. It is even worse since he has yet to come up with some acceptable proof that he was not involved in the scandal.

According to former PKR Youth Wing Secretary, SD Johari Mohd Yassin, his refusal to lodge a police report is seen as an attempt to hide something.

Even worse, when a group of Azmin’s supporters called for a special media conference to hit out at Selangor Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, whom they said refused to enter the fray over the issue.

“I consider the ‘no comment’ remark he made when asked by reporters about the matter is very disappointing…because we are giving space to the negative perception on the part of the public towards Azmin…we worry that he may be hurt.

“As a leader and Menteri Besar appointed by the party, Tan Sri Khalid cannot give such an answer…it is as though he did not wish to be involved. In this issue we have to be more careful and stay together as a team, “said PKR Women’s Wing Chief, Zuraida Kamaruddin during a media conference at the PKR headquarters recently.

Zuraida criticised Khalid because he refused to be drawn into the issue.

Last May 2, FMT reported that Khalid only gave a ‘no comment’ reaction and smiled when asked about the matter by reporters after the weekly EXCO meeting at the State Secretariat building in Shah Alam.

What he uttered had, instead unleashed an even more ferocious hail of speculations and theories.

His smile when saying that to the reporters was followed by small laughter from several EXCO members.

So, it was not only Khalid’s comment that had sparked-off more speculations, but also the action by Zuraidah and the Azmin Ali supporters club in attacking the Selangor Menteri Besar.

Now, why wouldn’t Khalid want to come to Azmin’s defence? And why did Azmin’s supporters criticised Khalid? Why would Azmin’s supporters want to do that and at the same time hit out at Khalid? Why is Azmin so quiet, and only allow his supporters to speak out?

These are the questions that brought forth even more damning speculations.

The website suarapakatanrakyat.com said, “from information procured by the writer, there is a great possibility that the culprit behind the making of the video is from the office of Selangor Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

“There is a simple basis to that allegation. It is generally known that even if Pakatan Rakyat retains power in Selangor after the government’s mandate ends next year, Tan Sri Khalid will not be reappointed to the post.

“Instead, Azmin as the chairman of Selangor PKR will take up the post,” said the writer in a piece titled, “Selangor MB’s office behind Azmin’s Sex Video?”

The blog, ‘ipohmalay’, on the other hand, was taken aback by a suggestion from pro PKR website,tawanmalaysia.com that the man in the video was Azmin Ali, but put the blame on ‘saboteurs’ out to do him in.

The website, under an article titled “Keadilan Declares War!: Support for Azmin Has Peaked” said that :

All Keadilan MPs and ADUNs have come out in full support for Azmin Ali…Selangor Keadilan MPN(State Leadership Council) has come out with a firm statement in support for Azmin Ali…For the turncoats: Please finish off your tasks before you are booted out…we are ready to make strategic moves to expel all saboteurs.

Upon closer scrutiny, what the above statement poses many more questions.

“Was it Azmin Ali in the video…and who is the ‘saboteur’ still working and allowed to finish such tasks?” askedipohmalay.

The Breaking of a Mother's Heart



 “I have been quiet all these while…he (Azmin) never came to see since August 20, 2011 during Hari Raya on 1st Syawal…since that time, he had never visited me, called to ask about my health or just pay a visit,” said Azmin Ali’s 78 year-old mother, Che Tom Yahya.

Mak Tom then went on to talk about the morning of 1st Syawal last year.

“When he came that Syawal morning…Ummi Hafilda was at home…he rushed in and scolded me…he hurled accusations at Ummi…so, I had to intervene…

“When I answered to his accusations, he (Azmin) asked why I always supported her (Ummi)…I said, Min, this is an auspicious day in an auspicious month…it would be better for us to forgive and forget…she is your flesh and blood…

“Then he said…that is not my flesh and blood…to which I asked, who then is your flesh and blood, Min?...he said Anwar Ibrahim,” she said in an interview with the media at her house in Gombak .

According to Che Tom, since that incident, Azmin did not come to the house, never gave her anything and never showed his face even when she was hospitalised.

“How is he in Keadilan? Where is the ‘keadilan’ (justice)…he would rather look after other people than his own mother – the woman who carried him…that’s how broken and hurt I am,” she said between sobs.