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Sunday, January 31, 2010

What la!!!

What la! Plagiarised one ah?

(Post update at the end of this page)

I discovered today (ok la, so I am a little slow) that Najib's 1Malaysia slogan isn't even original.

Those Singaporean flers used it first years ago when they announced ......

1People 1Nation 1Singapore!

They even made the slogan into a song.

So now, maybe somebody should tell Najib that he's got possibly 1Embarassment when he next visits the Little Red Dot and tries to spout his 1Malaysia slogan.

NIAMAH!!!


Update

I call Najib a plagiarist. But some people say, So what? If he copied from somebody and it is a good idea then we should give it a chance. Nothing wrong with copying something that works. This Niamah!!! visitor said,

"Everyone, This is really below the belt. We criticise the government for all that it does wrong. That's fair. But if the government looks across the Causeway and adopts a good practice, WHY ARE WE CRITICIZING them? ALL nations (& companies) look at other nations, evaluate what's worked and what hasn't and learn from them. Patrick Teoh, you have to be fair minded and give credit where credit is due. Criticize where it is fair to do so. But to disparage someone's attempt to do good - that is mean spirited, unfair and not helpful. In the process, you lose credibility.

Come on play fair. Now it's my turn to say ... (ready for it?)....

NIAMAH!!!! :) "




Saturday, January 30, 2010

What the ****!@@!##%#@$^&%^)(()(+!

I'm here to tell you that you flers are important to us.
Oh by the way, these lights we put one okay?

(I am informed that the above photo is from last year. Really doesn't make an iota of difference, does it?)

Now I was not at the Batu Caves Thaipusam celebrations so I shall need some of you who were there to confirm this. But if this photograph is real then something is VERY wrong with the temple management or the Prime Minister's office or somebody for making the decision to have this grotesque caricature of Najib erected next to the golden statue of Lord Muruga. Tasteless? Irreverent? Insensitive? Stupid? All of the above?

If I am a Hindu I think I would want to scream out loud.

NIAMAH!!!

Happy Thaipusam

Thaipusam at Batu Caves.
Lighting by Barisan Nasional.


My sincere apologies for this late post. May I wish all Hindu Malaysians a very joyous and holy

THAIPUSAM

---o0o---

And the Prime Minister said, "...(last year) I promised to return on Thaipusam as a mark of respect to the Indian Community..."

Also I am accompanied tonight by members of my Cabinet and my wife to show how important you Indian flers are to us.

“The lights you see among the crowd, the railings were all contributions by the government...”

Fantastic Fact and Not Funny

Wasn't the doc's father an Indian migrant? Then how come the doc is now Malay? I guess if they can make AVATAR they can do this too, right?

First, the young Najib Razak did it. Then, that Hishammuddin clown did it. Twice. And now the old man is doing it. Next, I am just waiting for someone to repeat that keris-waving is just Malay tradition la. :-)

This Malaysian Insider photo was taken when Dr. Mahathir officiated the launch of Selangor Perkasa yesterday.

If you don't know what Perkasa is or stands for just read these few quotes from The Malaysian Insider. You'll get the idea soon enough. The highlights are mine.

Perkasa, which began as a one man band after Election 2008, is shaping up as a national pressure group to Umno, representing those seeking to defend the constitutional position of the Malays and the “social contract”.

Perkasa would continue to speak without fear or favour, and to fight for the Malay community in the same way Hindraf and the Chinese education group, Dong Jiao Zhong have been fighting for their communities.

“Perkasa is not Umno, not PAS and not PKR,” declared Ibrahim Ali, president of Perkasa.

“As long as the Malays are not saved, the country will go down the path of destruction

So here we go again. Another keris to cut the cake. The size of which is shrinking. Nobody seems to be interested in pooling resources to bake a bigger cake.

NIAMAH!!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

1MorePissaCrap

1Mouth. 1Stream of crap. All the time.

The Malaysian Insider today reported that, "A one-ticket system for public transport in the Klang Valley will be introduced by the end of the year to further encourage the people to use public transportation."

Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat said that the “1Ticket, 1Seamless Journey” project would be launched for all the 16 public transport operators.

So sure, come year end we can buy our 1Ticket and use it to travel wherever we're going. IF the bus/train/LRT arrives to pick us up!!!

Will somebody please tell this fucking clown that it isn't buying a 1Ticket that encourages us to use public transport but the existence of an efficient, convenient system!!!


Address the REAL issues, moron!


I don't know about you but I am really getting very tired of this
1Crap, 1Same-fucking-sing-song-tokkok

that our government 'leaders' are spouting.

NIAMAH!!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Dine for Haiti


Damansara Village Steamboat
is organising a fund raising event for the victims of the devastating earthquake in
Haiti.

Event:
Dine for Haiti. Charity dinner event.

IT'S A SIMPLE DEAL. YOU COME AND EAT. ORDER FROM THE MENU AT
NORMAL PRICES. YOU PAY YOUR CHECK AND WHATEVER WE COLLECT FOR THE NIGHT
ALL GOES TO THE HAITI VICTIMS RELIEF.



Date/time:

Friday, February 5, 2010. From 5.30pm to 11.30 pm


Venue:

Damansara Village Steamboat Restaurant
1067, Jalan Jenjarum, Kg. Sg. Kayu Ara, off Jalan SS23/10, 47400 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03 7803 1832.

GPS coordinates: Latitude: 3° 7'26.64"N Longitude: 101°36'46.71"E



* Come and dine on our fresh, live sea-food with our secret recipe herbal soup steamboat. All items on menu at normal prices.
* Spot the celebrities.
* Participate in Celebrity Item Auctions.
* Photograph with the celebrities.


ALL proceeds go to the Haiti earthquake victims.

This event will not be publicised in the mainstream media. It is NOT an event to generate publicity for Damansara Village Steamboat Restaurant. It is a simple opportunity to give something back to fellow human beings in need. Please help to spread the word about this event through your blogs, Facebook, Twitter, coffee morning groups....


Watch this blog for more news of CELEBRITY PARTICIPATION.

List of celebrities participating in the event (subject to change without notice:-

1: Yasmin Yusuff, radio deejay, host, former Ms. Malaysia/Universe
2. Hans Isaac, actor, producer
3. Amber Chia, super model, actor, brand ambassador
4. Daphne Iking, TV host, actor
5. Andrea Fonseka TV host, former Ms. Malaysia/Universe
6. Ben Ibrahim, TV host
7. Xandria Ooi, TV/events host, columnist.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fantastic Facts and Funnies

We need a FINAL solution that works!!!

This is so scary but yet funny. I read this in The Malaysian Insider.

Dr. Mahathir says, "9/11 attacks in the United States, that killed nearly 3,000, was staged as an excuse to “mount attacks on the Muslim world”.......There is strong evidence that the attacks were staged. If they can make Avatar (the James Cameron film), they can make anything.... killing as an excuse for war is not new to the US."

And then he goes on to say, "The Jews had always been a problem in European countries. They had to be confined to ghettoes and periodically massacred. But still they remained, they thrived and they held whole governments to ransom. Even after their massacre by the Nazis of Germany, they survived to continue to be a source of even greater problems for the world. The Holocaust failed as a final solution"

Unless there has been something lost in translation or Mahathir's been badly misquoted all the above sounds like the rantings of an insane mind.

The Holocaust failed as a final solution??? A solution for what? To eliminate an entire race of people? Maybe years from now someone else might lament that May 13, 1969 failed as a final solution too.

I don't know about you but I am going to have a strong drink now. Cheers!

NIAMAH!!!

Damansara Village @ Imbi

Damansara Village is coming to
KUALA LUMPUR!!!

Watch out for Opening Date.
Soon!

Fantastic Facts and Funnies

Jangan risau. Don't worry. Semuanya okay. Promise.

In today's edition of The Sun there is a story about Najib Razak's visit to the Middle East. In the little 2-column story there are some fantastic facts and funnies.

Fantastic fact #1
(From The Sun)

Najib, who is on an official visit to the UAE, had earlier visited several iconic projects in Dubai such as the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and the Meydan city development.

"This place is buzzing with construction and development projects. They have the vision, boldness and courage. And they have the commitment to deliver and execute projects in a very fast and timely manner............it is a lesson to me and to all of us, that if we want to transform Malaysia, we must start with a vision, and we must have the boldness and courage to look at the big picture" - Najib Razak

Errr...was it just my imagination or did I read not so long ago that Dubai was in the shit house and needed some US$10 billion from the UAE to bail it out of its financial woes from developing a little too fast and with a little too much courage and not enough foresight perhaps? And now Najib is saying we should follow Dubai and head down that same road?

Fantastic fact #2

"......if we want to transform Malaysia, we must start with a vision, and we must have the boldness and courage to look at the big picture......"

Oh-oh...here we go again. Somebody (maybe APCO) is going to come up with another 'Vision'. We had a vision. 2020? So what happened to that? But then Mr. Najib you've not been very lucky or productive with your slogans so what makes you think your 'visions' will do any better? Get your checkbooks out cos I'm thinking that next it will be roll-out time for 1Malaysia 1Vision!

Fantastic fact #3

Najib said even Saudi Arabia was introducing changes in the country, including in the education field.

Well, at least there we were first. Or at least keeping up with the Saudis. We've changed our education system more times than the Saudis have changed their Rolls Royces and Ferraris.

(Actually, I can almost hear those Saudi flers asking Najib, "Oi! What you mean by EVEN Saudi Arabia ha??!!")

Fantastic fact #4

Elsewhere in The Star today, Najib strips down, ducks into a phone booth, wears his underwear on the outside and TA-DA...... Sooooper Najib!!!

"No need to worry. UAE will ride out the downturn soon.
"

Sooooper Najib tells Malaysian companies not to worry about the economic situation in the United Arab Emirates as it will ride out the downturn soon.

Wah!!! Damn terror right? I wonder if the Dubai flers and the flers they owe money to, share Sooooper Najib's optimism? Or does Sooooper Najib have the power to see into the future that only works when he's outside Malaysia?

Okay, okay to be fair Najib did say something nice while he was in the UAE. He said, "We can't be inward-looking, we can't be petty, and we can't be envious of one another......if we don't change the attitude and the mindset of Malaysians, we'll never be a 21st century nation."

Wah!!! Najib if you really mean what you said then come back quick. We and YOU have a lot of work to do. Oh by the way, was that off-the-cuff and from the heart or did the speech machine write that for you?

Sooooper Najib is now in India. Watch out for more sooooper feats from our Sooooper PM.

NIAMAH!!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

DUH!!! YB you okay ke?

Harmoni iala inspirasi untuk merealisasikan communikasi .... what-bloody-ever-si la

Interfaith dialogue must strive for harmony

....Rais Yatim, Minister of Information, Malaysia

Excuse me, YB but what else would participants in a dialogue strive for? Disharmony ah? Then dialogue waffor? Like that also must make like you just stumbled upon something great ah?

Errr..actually that sentence quite terror to say you know. Try it la. Stand on a chair, puff up your chest, raise your right hand index finger in the air and then say loudly......

"Interfaith dialogue must strive for harmony"

Feels good right?

Also ah...this next bit is quite funny.

Rais said that Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s suggestion that local writers should be given preference over foreign authors when selecting literary works for schools and institutions of higher learning was "..... music to our ears.. We welcome this. We have been waiting for this kind of policy. As such, prominent local writers must redeem themselves.”

As such local writers must redeem themselves?


Meaning that the reason why local literature was not given preference in the first place was because local lit sucks???

So now the fuckers (writers) better REDEEM themselves???

Someone at The Malaysian Insider is going to get it for 'misquoting' the YB, I think. Sorry ah MI.

NIAMAH!!!

Fantastic Funny

Whose hand is Rais kissing?

Ever since he made that statement about not wanting Malaysians especially Muslims to be totally immersed in Facebook, Twitter......and saying that newspapers are still relevant, the old codger, Rais Yatim has been the butt of many jokes on the Net. Okay la, so a lot of them weren't really jokes but people calling him all sorts of not-nice names la.

And so I was debating whether I should post this one or not. For about 25 seconds. Then I decided that it was too funny not to share. I got this from the Tweet of a friend of mine. Enjoy.........

Rais Yatim is so ancient, a book about him is delayed because the publishers can't get rights to his cave drawings

UPDATE FROM A FRIEND'S TWEET

Rais is so old that Steven Spielberg's made a movie about him.


JURAISSIC PARK

Niamah!!!

Read this link. Please.

Of late the Facebook group ‘Menentang penggunaan nama Allah oleh golongan bukan Muslim’ has been getting a lot of attention among media watchers especially those who are following the name of God issue. This Facebook group has managed to garner more than a quarter of a million members in the space of a couple of weeks.

While we uphold our belief in freedom of speech and expression I think it is imperative for all concerned Malaysians to read this analysis of the group and its postings by the Centre For Policy Initiatives (CPI).
The CPI analysis is HERE.



The Centre for Policy Initiatives was formally established as a non-profit policy reform organization in June 2007. Its mission is focused on providing the policy interested public, academia, private sector, government and other key stakeholders with accurate information, data and analysis on vital national issues affecting the country’s economy and society. The Centre also aims to act as a independent and uncompromising watchdog on democratization, good governance and public policy reform.


NIAMAH!!!
Damansara Village is coming to
KUALA LUMPUR!!!

Watch out for Opening Date.
Soon!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Keep the subsidies

Rm50 billion more to .....hmmmmm.....boleh juga. Jom!

It is reported in the Malaysian Insider today that if the government opted for total removal of subsidies for fuel, gas, flour and sugar it could save the government up to RM50 billion a year. And this huge sum of money saved could be used to provide targeted help for the lower income group and for various government infrastructure projects that would directly stimulate the economy.

Under normal circumstances as a citizen I'd tend to agree. Remove the subsidies and use the RM50 billion a year to eradicate poverty, build infrastructure, schools, hospitals etc. etc. etc.

But don't know why leh? When I read about the subsidies removal debate all I could think of was, "Wah! Baarger! Another RM5o billion for them to siphon off into their Swiss bank accounts ah? No wonder they are thinking about it la!"

Am I crazy to think like that ah? What you think?


NIAMAH!!!

Fantastic Facts and Funnies

It's okay they do it. You see it's their custom and culture. Even when they sembahyang they hold their right palms 2.5 inches higher than their left. That way, nobody is confused you see.
But it's different here. Errr...except for KL la.

He's done it again!!!

Nazri Aziz has announced that non-Muslims are allowed to use the word
“Allah” in three statesPenang, Sabah and Sarawakand the Federal Territories. (I am guessing that this includes Kuala Lumpur? - Niamah!!!)

He said this is because other states have enactments on Islam which prohibit the use of the term by non-Muslims.

I have a feeling that this going to be as effective in resolving the ongoing "Allah" issue as the other fler wanting to police the purchase of subsidized items like petrol by embedding a 'smart' chip into our MYKad's? No, actually it is going to be as effective as saying, "Okay ah. You promise ah. You are a poor fler and entitled to the subsidized petrol/sugar/flour/whatever. Promise ya?"

Wait...Nazri also said that he had once gone “incognito” to a church in Sarawak where the word “Allah” was used during service. You mean there are places in Malaysia where Nazri is NOT recognised still? Well, you know what that means, right? It means we can expect more media gems from the man. Yay!!!

See? I also don't know why I posted this la. This country of mine is getting really mind-boggling la.

NIAMAH!!!


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ya Allah Katakanlah - a prayer



Amirah Ali is a talented young Malaysian studying overseas.

"
I am saddened and angered by the recent happenings in my country, Malaysia. I would like to share with you this song that I wrote. We are all ONE and so is GOD," - Amirah Ali

Katakanlah

Hari ke hari ku cari
Tapiku tidak pasti
Seribu malam ku mimpi
Tapi ku belum fahami

Chorus
Adakahkanku namaku
Adakahkanku kulitku
Ugamaku dan bangsaku
Tradisiku, negaraku
Akalku, buatanku, niatku

Oh Ya Allah
Katakanlah
Ya Allah
Katakanlah

Hari ke hari ku pandang
Tayangan hias bumi
Seribu malam ku kira
Bintang-bintang menawan hati

Chorus

Seluruh dunia di dalam
Sebutir tanah pasir
Kecil-kecilan hidupan
Merangkumi semua angkasa

Chorus

Jauh di dalam lautan
Rahsia anak ikan
Pusaka lama disimpan
Cantik lagi bahaya

Chorus


English Translation by U-En:

TELL ME

Each passing day I seek,
And yet I am unsure.
For a thousand nights I dream
And still my doubt endures.

Am I but a name?
Mere colour of my skin?
Am I just my faith, beholden to my race?
Am I tradition, blood of a nation?
Am I thought, an act, intention?

Oh God
Tell me
Oh God
Tell me

Each passing day I gaze
Upon this ornamented world.
For a thousand nights I count
The stars that bind my heart.

All the world contained
Within a grain of sand,
Life's merest whisper
Encompasses the firmament.

Deep beneath the tide,
Secrets still abide.
An ancient heritage endures,
Perilous and ever fair.

Sunday Funny

Yes! I am right behind you...boss. Heh heh heh...

A word of caution. The following is dangerously funny. It may cause you to choke or throw up your Sunday morning breakfast or brunch due to uncontrollable, hysterical laughter. Proceed with caution....

"We cannot let unbridled freedom of religion cause discord and animosity in a multi-religious society" - Muhyiddin Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister, Malaysia.

Well......... you don't say, Mr. Deputy Prime Minister. Really ah?

NIAMAH!!!

Fantastic Threats and Funnies

Possibly Malaysia's next Prime Minister. Sleep well.
I am sooooo bad :-)


Threat?

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today reminded all parties not to undermine the peace and harmony enjoyed by the nation at the moment, in reference to the ongoing furore over the “Allah” issue.

Funny?

“We will not politicise this issue because this is not a political issue. This is about peace and harmony in the country. We should defend it at all cost. We should not be careless or adopt a lackadaisical attitude.”


Goodnight all.

Niamah!!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Fantastic Facts and Funnies

You want to play Internet? Ok. I change my mode already. Mari la!
Cakap orang putih! Ha!


A good friend of mine alerted me to this NST report about something that the Minister of Information, Rais Yatim said for inclusion as a Fantastic Fact and Funny.


At first I was just going to cut and paste the headline here and let you have a good laugh. But when I read the rest of my friend's accompanying email I thought that I would share it with you in its entirety. Although I have not yet gotten his permission but I am sure he won't mind. So here it is......

"We are not saying that they cannot use Facebook or Twitter but when using such facilities they must upkeep the values taught by Islam, Buddhism or Christianity to maintain our culture,"


Eh? he forgot a few. And since when was Christianity and Buddhism parts of "Malaysian, especially Muslim," culture?

"They are just selling Facebook, Twitter, L-Band and various other services, even through space, as a product but we do not do such business. We accept all this in a state of cultural shock"


what the fuck is he talking about? and besides, MOL yang beli MySpace tu milik siapa? Vincent Tan ni kafir Barat ke? Kena shift gear lagi la rais.

"Newspapers are still relevant, so is Facebook, but do not be carried away with everything and disregard the old system"

HAHAHAHA. Carried away. With "everything". In case you wonder why I laugh, see next para, to wit:

"As a former analyze of the law in the country, I wish to advise the people that they cannot escape from the law for their actions."


What the fuck is an analyze of the law in the country? Cannot escape from the law? Tangkap la org baling molotov koktail/cat merah/batu/botol kat gereja2, surau2 dan gurdwara sentul. tangkap la mamat yang letup altantuuya. "Newspapers are still relevant"? hah shift gear lagi skali. Aiya enough la. i wanna vomit. oh yes, if he found that 62 per cent of msians understand the 1malaysia concept, then i must be a 38 percenter. i should make a jacket, like the illegal motorcycle gangs in the US, so I can better assist myself in not escaping the law of which Rais is such a brilliant analyze.

Okay, now if you're one of the 38%-ters, take a deep breath in and say out loud...............

NIAMAH!!!

A blogger's view

I got the link to this blog from RockyBru. I think everyone who's ever offered his or her 2 sen worth on the Allah issue should read this too. The blogpost is titled "The Problem of Meaning, Abdullah Paderi and the Pangkor Treaty." And it is taken from the blog Pure Shiite........Pererration of a Space Monkey from Uranus. Read. Enjoy. Think. Debate.

The Problem of Meaning, Abdullah Paderi and the Pangkor Treaty


Welcome back folks…….

Today what shall we talk about?


Should we go into the discourse of whether Allah the Arabic “Loan-word” in “Malay” should go Mainstream and its potential impact on the cognitive behavoir of the Malays

Or should we try to understand how the fuck we got here in the first place…..

mmm……which one folks?

Let us do both……

Where shall we begin…..

Simple things first….

Allah is an Arabic Loan Word in Malay or is it an exclusive Arabic word not in Malay?

Simple rite……

Hah…which one?

Ok lets assume that its a loan word from Arabic and is used widely in the Malay Peninsula say from Friday, 22nd February, 1303

Why that date......(read more)

Fantastic Facts and Funnies

In other words they all can but you cannot. Tu je. Faham?

Today's fantastic fact and funny comes from none other than the master himself, Nazri Aziz. The minister in the Prime Minister's Department (one of quite a few others drawing a salary there I believe).

According to the report in today's Star Nazri said, "Christians in Sabah and Sarawak should be allowed to use the word “Allah” because it has been part of their custom for decades........."

But "......they must respect the sensitivities of those in the peninsula, who are uncomfortable with the use of the word by non-Muslims, and not use the word here"

“I have been to a church in Sabah and I know that the Kadazans and Ibans refer to God as Allah. The Muslims there are used to it. That is their custom, let it be."

“But when they are in semenanjung (peninsular Malaysia), then they must respect our custom here, which means that you cannot use the word ‘Allah’, because people here cannot accept it...."

HUH???!!!

But okay before you flers start firing off comments blaming Umno for this Nazri was quick to add that this was merely his personal opinion on the Allah issue.

NIAMAH!!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fantastic Facts and Funnies

The Star reported yesterday that "......Police have determined the “physical attributes” of the suspects involved in the arson attack on a church in Desa Melawati last Friday..."

And the Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar also was quoted as saying......

“We have some development but we cannot say much as it would disrupt our investigations. We are working hard to find the suspects and we are checking if they were involved in the other church attacks.”

Which prompted one of my friends to say....

"physical attributes"?

What? 2 arms, 2 legs, 1 head per perpetrator?

"We have some development but we cannot say much"?

In other words, 'we' have bugger all.

Funny#2

I read in page N16 of the Star today this headline,

Five royals on honours list

Negri Ruler's sisters to get state's highest award in conjunction with 62nd birthday.


The Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan bestowed the state's highest award on his three sisters. Very good. Nothing wrong with that. I suppose. But if the reasons why they were bestowed the awards were also reported it might have stopped me from sniggering. And that goes for the names on the entire list of receipients of Tuanku's gratitude and generousity on his first official birthday. Otherwise stories like these just serve to irritate ordinary Malaysians like me and is a waste of space. No?

Niamah!!!

Al Jazeera - Inside Story

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fantastic Facts and Funnies

You have his number. He has HIS number. Maybe.

I just read in The Malaysian Insider that our Inspector-General of Police is damn terror one man. According to the story Musa Hassan denied reports of the church attack in Kampung Subang or cars being smashed in Bangsar is linked to the ‘Allah’ ruling.

“He did not tell me so it did not happen,” he told reporters at Bukit Aman.

Just who was this 'he' that Musa was referring to? An informer? The pastor of the church allegedly attacked? The car owner/s? Huh? NOOOOOOOOO. You can't be serious? Musa can't have a direct line to the Big Policeman in the sky! Or can he? Or was it just bad editing? MI?

Niamah!!!

P/S I also found this other report in The Malaysian Insider very amusing. This time the foot in the mouth belongs to our Hishamuddin Hussein, the minister of home affairs. This quote is taken verbatim from the new portal......

When asked by a reporter what he thought about accusations hurled at the government for being passive on the church attacks, Hishammuddin slammed the reporter for making such a statement.

“I believe that is totally unfair. You have countries which declared an emergency in the last four days alone. There has been a curfew in a very major country. We on the other hand have had a major incident over the past four days, and the only incident which happened today was the burning of a door."

So we're still on that "We better than Ghana..." routine. Yay!

NIAMAH!!!






Monday, January 11, 2010

Fantastic Facts and Funnies

Fantastic quote of the week!!!

Church attacks may hurt tourism


Hiyoh! I osso donch know wat to say ah.

NIAMAH!!!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Not our fault ya!

In the aftermath of yesterday's church attacks and demonstrations prime minister Najib Razak's only comment seems to be that it is not Umno's fault or doing.

"Do not simply blame Umno when there is any problem, when churches were torched, fingers were pointed at Umno. We have condemned the attack"
- Najib Razak.

He neither apologised that this happened during his watch nor did he announce any feasible actions to rectify the problems that many say is the result of his and his cousin's (Home Minister, Hishamuddin Hussein) perceived 'approval' of demonstrations against the High Court ruling allowing the Catholic publication, The Herald to use the word "Allah" to refer to God in it's Bahasa Malaysia section.

Well, as this photo might show Najib and his cousin and friends were too busy practising their karaoke skills as People's Champions.


NIAMAH!!!

Proud to be Malaysian


This morning I sat over my coffee reflecting on what happened yesterday.

The church attacks, the demonstrations, the useless and provocative statements by fork-tongued politicians.

And I was proud to be Malaysian.

Malays, Chinese, Indians.

Muslim. Christian.Hindu. Buddhists.


All Malaysians came together as one and condemned the actions of those misguided arsonists and those who would try to instill hatred among us.

Najib, you want to know what is really 1Malaysia? You saw 1Malaysia in action yesterday. And no, none of it was the result of your constant sloganeering.

We all know and we have always known that we are ONE nation, ONE people.

It's time that you and your coalition partners know too.

NIAMAH!!!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Fantastic Facts and Fancies

Vanishing history. Dredge T.T.No. 5 (1938), Tg Tualang, Perak

Malaysia or at the time MALAYA was a country that was built on rubber and TIN. Tin was mined by dulang washers, gravel pumps and DREDGES.

Tin is part of our history. There is only ONE working tin dredge left in the whole country located in Tanjong Tualang, Perak. It is being operated as a tourist attraction and since early this year the dredge has tilted in the water and is in danger of sinking into the lake and be lost forever.

It now belongs to Century Mission Sdn. Bhd. who acquired the historic dredge built in 1938. The Perak government had spent RM500,000 developing it into an attraction in 2008. It costs RM5000 a month to maintain. But the company says it does not have enough money to maintain the dredge and has gone into custard apple planting to supplement its income and hopefully raise enough cash to repair the dredge's damaged pontoons.

Tin - the metal that built the country

Dredge T.T. No.5 - the only surviving tin dredge in the country

History - about to drown


And Ng Yen Yen (minister of Tourism) is busy promoting nasi lemak, bak kut teh and roti canai.

Is there still a minister in charge of culture and heritage? If there is I wonder what the minister is doing? Or is there any wonder?

Nothing la, bodoh Patrick!

NIAMAH!!!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Fantastic Facts and Fancies

What's My name???

Just read a couple of fantastic facts and funnies this morning.

1. Who is this TUHAN referred to in our national anthem NegaraKu? Many "learned" Malaysians, including Mahathir Mohd., insist that Tuhan refers to the Christian God. So how now? The poor Muslim students at school assemblies all over the country will be so confused and traumatised.

2. The use of "Allah" IS allowed. The use of "Allah" is NOT allowed. I am wondering here, just WHO is doing all the "allowing" for using the name of God.

3. The Attorney-General says that in the case of the missing jet engines the most important thing now is to recover the engines. Eh? I thought that might be the 2nd most important thing. Didn't I read somewhere that these engines are old and out of date and that the jet fighters we have that use them are mostly already decommissioned anyway. So why are we so eager to spend more money(millions I am sure) to recover a pile of junk?

Isn't the most important thing to a) bring the thieves to justice and b) investigate the then air-force big shots, the then minister of defence etc under whose watch the "theft" occurred?

No ah? This is Malaysia issit? Oh sorry ah!

NIAMAH!!!

Oh oh oh...just saw this in The Star after I posted the rant....

Courts are not the avenue - "Allah" controversy cannot be resolved through the law, says Dr. M

So typical of how the old man does things and used to do things isn't it? Courts? Laws? WAFFOR? This man is good la.

Oh oh oh.........this is funny. In a tragic kind of way.

In the whole state of Terengganu there is no usable operating theatre!!! And we are spending time, effort and money arguing about God's name and trying to recover old jet engines. I think we should definitely spend some of our tax-payers money on sharpening the executioner's axe and waxing the head-chopping block.

NIAMAH!!!




Monday, January 04, 2010

Must read

I came across this article on Marina Mahathir's blog Rantings yesterday. I think it is a must read.

Prophet Muhammad’s Promise to Christians

The document is not a modern human rights treaty but even thought it was penned in 628 A.D. it clearly protects the right to property, freedom of religion, freedom of work, and security of the person, says Muqtedar Khan.

Muslims and Christians together constitute over fifty percent of the world and if they lived in peace, we will be half way to world peace. One small step that we can take towards fostering Muslim-Christian harmony is to tell and retell positive stories and abstain from mutual demonization.

In this article I propose to remind both Muslims and Christians about a promise that Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) made to Christians. The knowledge of this promise can have enormous impact on Muslim conduct towards Christians. Muslims generally respect the precedent of their Prophet and try to practice it in their lives.


In 628 AD, a delegation from St. Catherine’s Monastery came to Prophet Muhammed and requested his protection. He responded by granting them a charter of rights, which I reproduce below in its entirety. St. Catherine’s Monastery is located at the foot of Mt. Sinai and is the world’s oldest monastery. It possesses a huge collection of Christian manuscripts, second only to the Vatican, and is a world heritage site. It also boasts the oldest collection of Christian icons. It is a treasure house of Christian history that has remained safe for 1400 years under Muslim protection.


The Promise to St. Catherine:

"This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.
Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by God! I hold out against anything that displeases them.
No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims' houses.
Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God's covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.
No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.
No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world)."

The first and the final sentence of the charter are critical. They make the promise eternal and universal. Muhammed asserts that Muslims are with Christians near and far straight away rejecting any future attempts to limit the promise to St. Catherine alone. By ordering Muslims to obey it until the Day of Judgment the charter again undermines any future attempts to revoke the privileges. These rights are inalienable. Muhammed declared Christians, all of them, as his allies and he equated ill treatment of Christians with violating God’s covenant.

A remarkable aspect of the charter is that it imposes no conditions on Christians for enjoying its privileges. It is enough that they are Christians. They are not required to alter their beliefs, they do not have to make any payments and they do not have any obligations. This is a charter of rights without any duties!

The document is not a modern human rights treaty but even thought it was penned in 628 A.D. it clearly protects the right to property, freedom of religion, freedom of work, and security of the person.

I know most readers, must be thinking so what? Well the answer is simple. Those who seek to foster discord among Muslims and Christians focus on issues that divide and emphasize areas of conflict. But when resources such as Muhammad’s promise to Christians are invoked and highlighted it builds bridges. It inspires Muslims to rise above communal intolerance and engenders good will in Christians who might be nursing fear of Islam or Muslims.

When I look at Islamic sources, I find in them unprecedented examples of religious tolerance and inclusiveness. They make me want to become a better person. I think the capacity to seek good and do good inheres in all of us. When we subdue this predisposition towards the good, we deny our fundamental humanity. In this holiday season, I hope all of us can find time to look for something positive and worthy of appreciation in the values, cultures and histories of other peoples.

Dr. Muqtedar Khan is Director of Islamic Studies at the University of Delaware and a fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.

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Now, when that delegation from St Catherine's monastery came to meet with Prophet Mohamad (pbuh), I suppose it's fair to assume that they spoke Arabic to one another. And when they were conversing, surely the word 'God' must have come up. As in "May God Be With You" and such like. What word did the Prophet (pbuh) use for 'God' I wonder? And what did the St Catherinians use in return? For monotheists like them, was there a 'your God' and 'my God' type of situation, or did they understand that they were both talking about the same One?



While some idiots are mourning over the 'loss' of the word 'Allah' and therefore basically telling the world that they are people easily confused by nomenclature, and others are predicting riots over what is basically a 'copyright' issue, let me define what I think a confident Muslim should be:


1. A confident Muslim is unfazed by the issue of God's name. God speaks to all of humankind in the Quran and never said that only Muslims could call him by the name Allah.


2. A confident Muslim has 99 names to choose from to describe that One God. My favourites are Ar-Rahman (The All-Compassionate) and Ar-Rahim (The All-Merciful).


3. A confident Muslim never gets confused over which is his/her religion and which is other people's. For instance, a confident Muslim knows exactly what the first chapter of the Quran is. And it's not the Lord's Prayer.


4. A confident Muslim will not walk into a church, hear a liturgy in Malay or Arabic where they use the word 'Allah' and then think that he or she is in a mosque. A confident Muslim knows the difference.


5. A confident Muslim is generous, inclusive and doesn't think that his or her brethren is made exclusive through the use of a single language. The confident Muslim is well aware that in the Middle East, all services of ANY religion are in Arabic because that's what they all speak.


6. A confident Muslim knows the basis of his/her faith are the five pillars of Islam and will not be shaken just because other people call God by the same name.


7. A Muslim believes in only One God. Therefore it makes sense that other people should call God by the same name because there is no other God.


ART THOU NOT aware that it is God whose limit­less glory all [creatures] that are in the heavens and on earth extol, even the birds as they spread out their wings? Each [of them] knows indeed how to pray unto Him and to glorify Him; and God has full knowledge of all that they do:(Surah Nour, Verse 41) (Asad)


So I would ask those people demonstrating against the Court decision, have you no pride? Are you saying you're easily confused?

And before anyone says I have no qualifications to say these things, read what Dr Asri Zainal Abidin (who does have qualifications no matter what JAIS says) has written about this very subject here.

And here's something interesting. In 2007, the Majlis Agama Negeri Perlis, which is a large majlis filled with people very learned in Islamic religious knowledge, discussed the question of the use of 'Allah' by non-Muslims. Their unanimous decision? They issued a fatwa to say that there is absolutely nothing wrong with non-Muslims using the word at all.(This was told to me by Dr. Asri but I cannot find the fatwa anywhere online because all the religious departments' websites are so useless.)

Are we now going to excommunicate the whole of Perlis?

Niamah!!!

Fantastic Facts and Fancies

I swear if you're disloyal I'll break your F**King neck!!!

Hello everybody. First working day of the year 2010. Hope all of you had good days. In the papers and the Internet today there are so many fantastic facts and funnies. Just read this one in The Malaysian Insider...

Selangor DAP chief Ean Yong Hian Wah will be questioned tomorrow for allegedly
intimidating the police to stop harassing party leader Lim Guan Eng over the Teoh Beng Hock case.

Don't you just love that? Intimidate the Malaysian Police? I'd like to see that day.

Elsewhere, in The Star today it was reported that a Kelantanese prince has taken an oath to compel his wife to be loyal and pay him back the million+ Ringgit he claims she owes him. The woman is now compelled to be loyal to him within 14 days and return the money in one lump sum within 30 days.

I am not sure if I missed something in translation but when I read that I could not stop laughing for 30 minutes!

Take an oath yourself to compel someone else to be loyal to you? I'd like to see THAT day.

And apparently, if the prince's wife (she's still his wife I presume) does not adhere to the court's order she would be, among other things, branded a disloyal person. Wah! But I think RM1million buys a heck of a lot of consolation.

If not for the funnies today I'd have smashed the Streamyx modem and done some other totally irrational things.

Have a good week, people.

NIAMAH!!!

What 1Malaysia means to some

In 1Malaysia "Tolerance" must be a 2-way street. No?

I received this comment on my blog Niamah!!! today. I thought it is important enough to be posted up here in case some of you missed it. I only wish that the comment-er had left his name instead of choosing to remain anonymous.

This is what 1Malaysia means to some of us. But at least people like them know what it means unlike some others of us (me included) who are still blur as to what Najib is trying to sell us with the slogan.


Patrick. You and your fellow commentors shouldn't be Malaysians lah. So insensitive towards others and pretend like you don't know our history. As if you've never mixed with Malays (practising Muslims)in your life. Do you have Malay Muslim friends who practice the religion? Have they said 'Niamah!' to your face?

Khir Toyo might be your fav punching bag, but in this issue, he represents the concerns of the Muslims in Malaysia. It might be 'irrational', 'stupid' to you, but it is reality. You might never want to understand it. This is where TOLERANCE kick in in a multi racial society.

Muslims here are very tolerant of non-Muslims. Allowing pigs here is a HUGE tolerance. But hey, you complain about the azan. Now you think the word Allah is free for all.

Good Patrick. Please continue to show your intolerance. Your are truely non-Malaysian at heart. Keep writing so that more Malays know how the REAL feelings of non-Malays/Muslims towards Malaysa in Malaysia. And the REAL reason you want a change in government.

Sudah Muak


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Saturday, January 02, 2010

You think it is going to be a good year?

Damn big you know this engine. 3 low-ranking airmen can carry ah? Can meh?

So it's the new year. Some of you have made resolutions. Some are looking forward to a good and productive year. Some might even be optimistic that things will change for the better in Malaysia. I happen to fall in all 3 categories. Yeah I'm a sentimental old guy. So sue me.

And so I thought I'd start off the new year by posting something that I found really funny. I saw it in the news portal The Malaysian Insider today. Let's call it The Case of The Missing Jet Engines.

The engines said to be worth RM100 million, were found missing after an audit in 2007. A police report was only lodged in early 2008 but the matter only came to light last month. This is after all the average speed things run here in Bolehland. 2 years. Quite good already. But not as good as what is to follow here...

Prime Minister Najib Razak was defence minister when the engines went missing. So whatever the outcome and whoever the thieves are it is ultimately the responsibility of the then minister in charge. Isn't it? Not here in Malaysia.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hasan has already announced that three low-ranking airmen and a company agent were the only ones involved in the theft. Notice that he specifically mentioned that they were low-ranking personnel. Why? I guess maybe it is to save on scapegoat fees or something. With one quick press statement all the top guys are exonerated. Kao Tim! No problem.

Also, it is only in Malaysia that the Inspector-General of Police can make a pronouncement like that even before the case has finished investigations and gone to court. Yup! Only 3 low-ranking airmen and an agent involved. Nobody else need be bothered by this. Didn't somebody else also make the same kind of pronouncement in the case of the exploding model?

NIAMAH!!!

Here's one more funny from today's edition of The Malaysian Insider.

Ex Menteri Besar, Khir Toyo says, "I am very saddened as a Muslim over the judgment in allowing the Catholic church to use the word Allah in their weekly publication. Allah is only for Muslims. In other languages God is referred to as Tuhan whereas in Islam it is Tuhan Yang Maha Esa (The one and only God). Therefore you must understand the distinction between the two.........We don't want other religions to use it as it (the word Allah) refers to the one and only God. Now that the High Court has allowed the usage of the term Allah, soon any religion can apply their own reasoning to use the word Allah. Imagine if a deity were to be referred to as Allah. Surely it would create a lot of tension."

And to think that this man was put in charge of Malaysia's richest state for years. Scary!

NIAMAH!!!


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