Archive for February, 2011


Just got this e-mail from Sahabat Alam Malaysia.

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We wish to inform you that the following cases will be heard in the Federal Court in Putrajaya at 8.30 am on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

Bato Bagi & Others v State Government of Sarawak;

and

Jalang Ak Paran & Another v State Government of Sarawak & Another.

On March 1, 2011, the Bato Bagi civil legal action, which was filed by five Bakun Hydroelectric Project-affected communities, will be heard together at the Federal Court with another Sarawak civil case, Jalang Anak Paran, due to the similar thread that runs through both cases.

For the first time at the Federal Court, the lawyers for these cases, Tuan Haji Sulaiman Abdullah and Mr. Baru Bian, will argue that native customary rights is akin to right to life under Article 5 of the Federal Constitution.

The Court will also hear arguments on other fundamental rights under the Federal Constitution and the constitution of the State of Sarawak and on the issue of adequate compensation.

Essentially, both cases are challenging the authorities regarding the extinguishment of their native customary rights for the construction of the Bakun dam and a pulpmill factory within their customary land, respectively.

Representatives from the five Bakun-affected communities comprising Uma Balui Lebue, Uma Ukit, Uma Lesong, Uma Kulit and Uma Bakah will be present in court as with the representative from the Jalang Anak Paran case.

If you can be in Putrajaya on the morning of Tuesday, March 1, 2011, please come to court to show your support for the communities. We hope to get as many people in court as possible. Interested media organisations and bloggers are also welcome to speak to the community representatives.

For further information, please call +604-8299511.

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Sarawak´s Chief Minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud is now famous for the wrong reasons. His immunity from the law in Malaysia has drawn worldwide condemnation and it appears to be unstoppable.I just picked this up from America’s California Chronicle

We Are Calling For An International Boycott of Palm Oil from Sarawak, Malaysia.

Joseph Raglione

January 23, 2011

Gentle readers of this American Chronicle, the only way to non-violently fight back against destructive abusers of our Planet’s Natural Environment, is to boycott their profit making ability. Under Sarawak´s Chief Minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud, who has been in power since 1981, corruption is rampant. I suggest we do not import Palm Oil from Sarawak, Malaysia, and specifically nothing from Mahmud and his family. I suggest the international boycott begins today because people willing to destroy nature for profit will not be selling you anything good in the future! Palm Oil laden with pesticides will most likely be their crop of choice, after they have destroyed their beautiful Rain Forest..>

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sarawak Government Announces Destruction Of 1 Million Hectares Of Tropical Forests.

Land grab for oil palm plantations in the East Malaysian state to become “more aggressive”

KUCHING (SARAWAK), MALAYSIA, December 14, 2010 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The Sarawak government intends to convert one million hectares of land into oil palm plantations within the next ten years. Most of this land is currently covered by secondary rainforests, yet it also includes fruit and rubber gardens as well as hitherto untouched primary rainforests, including peatland swamp forests.

According to Sarawak’s Land Development Minister, James Masing, the government needed to look into a “more aggressive” conversion of native lands into oil palm plantations. He said that the state government intended to double its oil palm plantation area from the current 920,000 hectares to 2 million hectares by 2020, and stated that his ministry had requested funds from the Malaysian federal government for this purpose. The announcement was made in an interview with The Star, Malaysia’s largest English-language newspaper.

Masing’s announcement comes as a shock to human rights and environmental campaigners who are increasingly concerned about the ruthless alienation of native lands and the rapid degradation of Sarawak’s rainforests, one of the most biodiverse habitats in the world. Last year, Malaysia’s indigenous organizations called for a moratorium on the development of new plantations due to the blatant disregard of native rights by the state authorities.

Sarawak’s failure to enforce its forest legislation policies and its unlawful handling of the native rights issue have recently caused the European Union to stall timber trade talks with Malaysia over a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA).

While the state’s logging policies have been controversial for more than two decades, the root cause seems to be the massive corruption under Sarawak´s Chief Minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud, who has been in power since 1981. Taib has recently come under fire over land deals attributed to his family members and a large number of overseas properties belonging to his family, whose wealth is of unaccounted origin.”

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Medications are best taken with water because beverages such as milk, mineral water and juice can sometimes alter their effects, warned Ursula Sellerberg, spokeswoman for the Federal Union of German Associations of Pharmacists.

“Milk contains the mineral calcium, which can bind with medications and prevent them from entering the bloodstream,” she said.

For this reason, milk and dairy products reduce the effectiveness of certain active pharmaceutical ingredients, for example in thyroid hormones, medications for osteoporosis and a number of antibiotics.

“A dash of milk in a cup of coffee can be enough to interfere with a medication’s effectiveness,” Sellerberg noted. A similar effect is also possible from calcium-fortified juices and calcium-rich mineral water. There is no problem, however, when one or two hours separate the intake of calcium from the intake of a medication.

Grapefruit juice, on the other hand, can intensify both the effects and side effects of various medications. “The juice inhibits enzymes in the body responsible for breaking down many medicines,” Sellerberg said.

The medicines affected are frequently for hypertension, heart diseases, lipid metabolic disorders and other chronic illnesses. No comparable interactions have been observed to date with orange or apple juice.

Medications should not be washed down with alcoholic beverages either because they, too, can interact with certain active pharmaceutical ingredients.


Guru Dutt’s 1957 classic Pyaasa, about a struggling poet and his friendship with a prostitute, is included in Time magazine’s Valentine’s Day list of Top 5 romantic films of all time.

Time magazine’s website has composed a list of Top 10 romantic films on Valentine’s Day for “lovers” and “for people with broken, bitter hearts who hate all those lovers”.

The magazine, which had rated the film as one of the 100 best films of all time in 2005, said that classic Hollywood died but popular Indian cinema “still attends to antique conventions of family fealty, personal integrity and, of course, all-conquering love.”

“In this achingly lush tale of a poet whose one true friend is a prostitute, director-star Guru Dutt creates a musical drama as shimmering and ethereal as the poet’s verses, as sultry and earthy as Waheeda Rehman,” Time said listing the film on number five along with other romantic films.

The movie, starring Guru Dutt as Vijay and Waheeda Rehman as Gulabo, is considered one of the great films in India cinema. A commentary on the post-independent India, the film also depicts the tender love story between two characters marginalised by society.

Silent film Son of the Sheik (1926), starring Rudolph Valentino as a Moroccan prince, was rated the most romantic film followed by Dodsworth (1936), Camille (1936) and Cary Grant-Deborah Kerr starrer 1957 film An Affair to Remember.

French film Jules and Jim (1962) was rated at six followed by Wong Kar-wai’s Chungking Express, Nicole Kidman-Ewan McGregor starrer Moulin Rouge (2001), Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar’s Talk to Her (2002) and Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (2005).


The current situation must be the most humiliating situation for the Barisan National. The perception of a corrupt image are hitting the party right where it hurts, and the party cannot do anything much about it, other than its past practice of having not to talk anything about corruption or investigation (which has been done many times in the past, typically to calm down any controversy and hope that with time, the corruption stench no longer remains high in the public image).

There are a number of high-profile corruption scams that have hit the Sarawak Government and the Barisan National hard – whether these be the controversy about the allotment of timber logging rights, or about the billions made from kickbacks from timber deals, or the newer scam about the Native Customary Lands sold for a song to Taib Mahmud’s children.

It is this Native Customary Land scam that has really hit the BN hard in the state of Sarawak. One may ask as to what is new, after all, there is a public perception that the Chief Minister and his Government and the Bureaucracy are very corrupt, and so this scam is another proof of the same level of corruption. However, there is a difference, since in this case, the level of corruption is visible very easily, partly because of a high level of media attention, and also because there is a lot of internal Barisan National politics at play.

As Finance Minister and Chief Minister,Taib Mahmud has abused his position and it stinks. What really happened ? At a very high level, it seems a pretty easy situation even if all the intricate details are not revealed.

There was a large area of Native Customary Land of the indigenous Berawan tribe and Chief Minister Taib Mahmud was responsible for the forced acquisition of this area to build a resort, for which the tribespeople received virtually no compensation.

My evidence therefore further exposes Taib Mahmud for having authorised this land-snatch for his own direct benefit and his family, as it was in an important location, and there is something very valuable that could be converted into a real value. And the people behind this were truly clued into the system, since they knew the levers to turn and to get approval, as they were the Government and most importantly, they were the bloodline to the Chief Minister himself.

Yes the Royal Mulu Resort. The players were Taib’s family, including his sister Raziah, her third husband Robert Geneid and the family of his late brother Arip Mahmud.

The Berawan people were initially accused by Taib of being “greedy” for refusing to hand over their lands for ‘development’. Taib used the army and police to imprison the Berawan natives and put fear into them to hand over their customary land. The leaders of the Berawan tribe protested but were brutally put down.

The nomadic Penan of the area also were affected as they have likewise lost their hunting grounds, due to Taib-sponsored logging all around the actual park and they are now living in shanty settlements on the fringes of the Berawan lands.

Now, the Barisan National in Sarawak is stuck. The Chief Minister Taib is a lame-duck, since he has been exposed brutally (having 4 close relatives involved in this land grab while denying anything). Apparently the BN President our Premier Najib Tun Razak is very angry with Taib (one can only take this with a pinch of salt since it is impossible to believe that he does not know about the level of corruption that is present in Sarawak); he must be angry that he could not control the exposure and exposed the BN to such projections.

But, Taib is determined not to go down so easily; he denies Royal Mulu Resort belongs to his family. But a check with the ROS shows links to his family and his footprints are everywhere.

Even though Taib may believe BN will win in this coming state elections and that he will continue to remain the Chief Minister, he is determined to take down other major contenders for the Chief Ministership, such that a less politically powerful person becomes the chief minister, and can be subject to many pressures.

Right now, Premier Najib is leaving Taib in place, but one can be sure that the Barisan National will be projected as highly corrupt during the coming state election campaigning. Premier Najib knows that Taib is a liability to the Barisan National but his hands are tied.

No wonder Taib is trying to stop Anwar and Jeffery from entering Sarawak in this coming elections. Taib is getting desperate because the shit has hit the fan again.

For me all these means its time for Taib to leave office now.


First it was the Kimanis Power Plant project, Sabah’s new 300-megawatt power plant, a whooping RM1 billion contract. Then Sabah has been allocated another RM10.723 billion to implement 424 new projects in the first phase (2011-2012) of the Rolling Plan under the Tenth Malaysia Plan. Then there is another RM3 billion in MoUs signed by Sabah State Government with private sectors to invest in agriculture and forestry and manufacturing.

It is a commentary on the bizarre priorities of our information order that investment commitments total-ling $14 billion, equaling nearly one tenth of Malaysia’s GDP, are either ignored or put on par with anodyne political statements. This, however, is not the occasion to lament the lack of even-handedness in the treatment of anything remotely connected to Sabah chief minister Musa Aman. It is the time to celebrate something that is fast becoming undeniable: the emergence of Sabah as the investment powerhouse of Malaysia.

The start of the Rabbit Year, there was a stark contrast between a Sabah bubbling with optimism and the rest of the country despairing over economic mismanagement and missed opportunities. It is not that all the MoUs signed with private sector will be translated into reality. Many will remain paper commitments . But when the who’s who of Malaysia industry line up to proclaim their faith in Sabah as a wholesome place for investment, having already put their money where their mouth is, neither Malaysia nor the rest of the world can afford to be in denial.

The proclamations of faith in Sabah are all the more meaningful because they have been made despite KL’s unremitting displeasure with anything that could bolster Musa Aman’s credentials. Musa Aman doesn’t usually win awards for being the “Reformer of the Year” or for innovative governance. In fact, he doesn’t even make it to the shortlist. But he has invariably secured an unequivocal thumbs-up from those who have a real stake in the emergence of Sabah as a Malaysia economic power house.

The skeptics, who insist that the rise and rise of Sabah has little to do with the state government, are partially right. Entrepreneurship and business are part of the Musa Aman’s DNA and not because he is Sabahan, and its reason why Sabah has always proudly cloaked itself in the business ethos since Musa took over as CEO of the state.

The reason Sabah has registered the highest, near double-digit GDP growth in the past 2 years owes much to the targeted, business-friendly approach of its government. Four features stand out. The first is quick decision-making—what Musa Aman has dubbed the “red carpet, not red tape” approach, ask corporate philanthropist Datuk Victor Paul, for example, recount how the land allotment and development for the Perdana Park in Tanjung Aru was made possible. Datuk Victor Paul built the multi-million ringgit park all with his own money, there was no such thing as land swap and he build the park entirely as part of his Corporate Social Responsibility and as a gift to the state and the people without any form of payment or reward. Victor Paul completed the whole project in less than two years, a quick-fire decision that has fetched Sabah this park.

The second feature is the curious phenomenon of the near-absence of political corruption at the top. Even Musa Aman’s worst enemies will not deny that the chief minister’s fanatical personal integrity has had a salutary trickle-down effect. Irritated by politically inspired extortion, industry has identified Sabah as a place where it is possible to do ethical business.

Third, Sabah since Musa Aman 2003, has been marked by social and political peace. Particularly important for industry is the absence of political unrest, which unseated Pairin in 1994 and is now so marked in Perak. This is because Sabah has bucked a national trend and is witnessing high growth in agriculture—last year the sector grew by 9.9%. This means that farmers mainly natives, now have a stake in the larger prosperity of the state and aren’t swayed by populists like Anwar Ibrahim.

Finally, the growth of Sabah has been spurred by a philosophy of “minimum government and maximum governance”. In plain language, this means that the state government has concentrated on creating the infrastructure for growth and left it to the private sector to get on with the job of actual wealth creation. In Sabah, politicians don’t talk the language of class conflict; they too mirror the preoccupation with business. So all-pervasive is the respect for enterprise that even the Perdana Park which I call Victor Paul’s Park, which has the state of the art facilities, someone has even suggested that Victor Paul create amusement features for kiddie games centred on the use of virtual money!

The extent to which this vibrant Sabah capitalism will benefit Musa’s ambitions is difficult to predict. But one thing is certain. As Sabah shines and acquires an economic momentum of its own, more and more businesses will find it worthwhile to channel a major chunk of their new investments into Sabah. Kuala Lumpur may not like the resulting uneven growth but the alternative is not to thwart Sabah by political subterfuge-such as preventing public sector from engaging with the state government and the whimsical use of environmental regulations. Sabah has shown that accelerated and sustained growth is possible when the state plays the role of an honest facilitator, rather than a controller.

Musa Aman didn’t create the Sabahan character; he was moulded by it. He merely gave it a contemporary thrust and an ethical dimension. If politicians focused on these, Malaysia as a nation will be a much better place.



Kenyataan Media Tok Guru Nik Aziz

Saya gembira apabila Tun Dr. Mahathir memberikan ulasan berkenaan pandangan saya tentang nasionalisme. Bagi saya, ini membuktikan kesediaan beliau untuk mendengar pandangan dan berhujah. Ia baik untuk percambahan minda masyarakat agar masyarakat segar dengan hujah dan tidak bergantung kepada seringgit dua habuan menjelang pilihanraya semata-mata.
Jawapan saya ini bukan hanya untuk Tun Dr. Mahathir sahaja, tetapi juga merupakan jawapan yang saya cadangkan untuk dijawab pada hari di mana saya, Tun Mahathir dan manusia keseluruhannya berdiri di hadapan Allah SWT satu masa nanti. Ini kerana saya beriman dengan hakikat bahawa setiap apa yang dipertuturkan di dunia ini akan diadili di akhirat nanti. Setiap kenyataan yang keluar melalui televisyen, akhbar bahkan blog sekalipun direkod oleh malaikat-malaikat yang ditugaskan oleh Allah SWT untuk dibentangkan di hari yang kita tidak lagi mempunyai kuasa ke atasnya. Firman Allah SWT :

يَوْمَ تَشْهَدُ عَلَيْهِمْ أَلْسِنَتُهُمْ وَأَيْدِيهِمْ وَأَرْجُلُهُم بِمَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ

Yang bermaksud : Pada hari (ketika), lidah, tangan dan kaki mereka menjadi saksi atas mereka terhadap apa yang dahulu mereka kerjakan. – Surah al-Nur, ayat 24

Hakikatnya saya sebenarnya diajak untuk menari dengan irama yang gendangnya dipalu oleh UMNO. Saya diajak untuk turut sama mengutuk Lee Kuan Yew seperti pimpinan UMNO. Padahal, apa yang berlaku di seberang sini jauh lebih dahsyat daripada apa yang dilakukan oleh Lee Kuan Yew.

Pertama saya ingin nyatakan kepada Tun Mahathir bahawa asas Islam tidak sama dengan nasionalisme. Di dalam ajaran nasionalisme, tidak pernah dinyatakan apakah tujuan hidup ini. Tidak pernah saya terdengar sepatah kata dari pimpinan UMNO yang menghuraikan berkenaan tujuan hidup seorang manusia di muka bumi. Jikapun ada, hanya sebaris dua dari menteri yang dimanahkan menjaga hal ehwal agama. Adapun pemimpin utama UMNO, tujuan hidup ini seolah-olah tidak menjadi agenda penting sehingga tidak pernah sedikitpun terkeluar isu ini dari bibir mereka.

Islam meletakkan bahawa tujuan hidup untuk mengabdikan diri kepada Allah SWT. Justeru, manusia dihidupkan untuk diuji oleh Allah SWT siapakah di kalangan mereka yang terbaik amalannya. Firman Allah SWT :

الَّذِي خَلَقَ الْمَوْتَ وَالْحَيَاةَ لِيَبْلُوَكُمْ أَيُّكُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلًا وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْغَفُورُ

Yang bermaksud : Dia lah yang telah mentakdirkan adanya mati dan hidup (kamu) – untuk menguji dan menzahirkan keadaan kamu: siapakah di antara kamu yang lebih baik amal dan aktivitinya ; dan Ia Maha Kuasa (membalas amal kamu), lagi Maha Pengampun, (bagi orang-orang yang bertaubat) (Surah al-Mulk, ayat 2)

Apabila tujuan hidup untuk mengabdi kepada Allah SWT, dan hidup sendiri merupakan ujian untuk menguji siapakah yang beramal soleh, justeru manusia perlu bersyahadah dengan maksud sanggup menjadi saksi untuk menyatakan ketuhanan Allah SWT dan kenabian Nabi Muhammad SAW. Jika syahadah manusia pada lafaznya, maka syahadahnya pertubuhan ialah pada dasarnya. Ingin saya bertanya kepada Tun Mahathir, apakah dasar perjuangan UMNO? Di celah manakah UMNO meletakkan Islam setelah dasar kebangsaan dijadikan sebagai dasar perjuangannya? Dari sudut praktikalnya, adakah perjuangan UMNO merupakan satu amal soleh? Adakah pada saat UMNO yang menjadi tulang belakang kerajaan mengeluarkan lesen judi itu merupakan amal soleh? Adakah pada saat UMNO menghapuskan tulisan jawi pada tahun 1968 sehingga melahirkan generasi yang buta al-Quran itu merupakan amal soleh? Adakah pada waktu Tun Mahathir menarik balik peruntukan perkapita untuk sekolah agama rakyat itu merupakan amalan soleh?

Kedua, Tun Mahathir melabelkan saya dan PAS sendiri sebagai punca pecah belah orang Melayu. Barangkali kerana sayalah yang menyebabkan parti UMNO diharamkan pada tahun 1987 yang membawa kepada penubuhan Semangat 46. Barangkali sayalah juga penyebabnya sehingga terpecat Timbalan Presiden UMNO pada tahun 1999 yang membawa kepada penubuhan parti Keadilan dan kini dikenali sebagai Parti Keadilan Rakyat. Saya bimbang, Tun Mahathir sudah dijangkiti penyakit Melayu Mudah Lupa yang pernah disebutnya satu ketika dahulu.

Suka saya jelaskan. Islam meletakkan bahawa pecah belah ialah satu perkara yang pasti berlaku di kalangan masyarakat manusia. Allah SWT berfirman :

وَقُلْنَا اهْبِطُوا بَعْضُكُمْ لِبَعْضٍ عَدُوٌّ وَلَكُمْ فِي الأَرْضِ مُسْتَقَرٌّ وَمَتَاعٌ إِلَى حِينٍ

Yang bermaksud : “..dan Kami berfirman: “Turunlah kamu! Sebahagian dari kamu menjadi musuh kepada sebahagian yang lain dan bagi kamu semua disediakan tempat kediaman di bumi, serta mendapat kesenangan hingga ke suatu masa (mati)”. – (Surah al-Baqarah, ayat 36)

Perpecahan telah digazetkan oleh Allah SWT di dalam al-Quran lama sebelum PAS ditubuhkan lagi. Ia berlaku apabila ada yang memilih hidayah dan ada yang menolaknya. Nabi Muhammad SAW datang membawa hidayah daripada Allah SWT dan ditolak oleh kaum yang sebangsa dengannya. Utbah bin Rabiah yang mewakili gerakan nasionalis Quraisy pada zamannya, bangkit dengan tegar melabelkan bahawa Nabi Muhammad SAW sebagai pemecah belah dengan kata-katanya :

فرقت به جماعتهم!

Yang bermaksud : Dengan agama yang kamu bawa, kamu telah memecahbelahkan kesatuan mereka!

Adakah benar baginda merupakan pemecah belah? Tentu sekali tidak, tetapi itulah natijahnya apabila membawa kebenaran seperti yang dilakukan oleh Rasulullah SAW.

Dari zahirnya kelihatan Tun Mahathir sebagai seorang yang sangat cintakan perpaduan Melayu. Sedarkah Tun Mahathir bahawa UMNOlah selama ini yang menzalimi orang-orang Melayu? Pada tahun 1961, siapakah yang menculik ADUN-ADUN PAS di Terengganu yang menyebabkan akhirnya kerajaan PAS pimpinan Allahyarham Daud Samad digulingkan dari pintu belakang? Di Kelantan, mereka juga menculik lima wakil rakyat PAS dengan tujuan menggulingkan kerajaan yang dipimpinan oleh Allahyarham Dato Asri Muda namun usaha mereka gagal. Ini boleh disahkan oleh bekas wakil rakyat Tanah Merah Timur yang masih hidup sekarang ini, Che Omar Mohamad yang turut menjadi mangsa. Siapakah yang bertanggungjawab melakukan perbuatan tidak demokratik ini kalau bukan UMNO? Episod-episod kezaliman ini masih segar di ingatan pejuang-pejuang PAS. Bukan untuk menyemarak api permusuhan lama jauh sekali menyimpan dendam, tetapi sekadar untuk memperkukuhkan fakta sejarah buat generasi muda yang saya bimbang terbuai dengan dodoi Ketuanan Melayu yang ditaja oleh UMNO.

Di zaman Tun Mahathir, siapakah yang bertanggungjawab melakukan persempadanan pilihanraya pada tahun 2003 yang menafikan pertambahan kerusi parlimen dari negeri yang majoritinya orang Melayu kalau bukan UMNO di zaman Tun Mahathir? Siapakah yang bertanggungjawab mengarahkan pembunuhan beramai-ramai Ibrahim Libya di Memali bersama pengikut-pengikutnya yang kesemuanya terdiri daripada orang Melayu tanpa sebarang sebab yang munasabah kalau bukan UMNO di zaman Tun Mahathir? Siapakah yang memperkenalkan pengajian Sains dan Matematik dalam bahasa Inggeris yang kemudiannya ditolak sendiri oleh UMNO kalau bukan Tun Mahathir?

Hari ini, UMNO masih lagi menjuarai amalan tidak demokratik. Di Perak, mereka gulingkan kerajaan dari pintu belakang. Di Selangor, mereka melantik Setiausaha Kerajaan tanpa sedikitpun perbincangan dengan Menteri Besar. Peliknya, juara Ketuanan Melayu inilah pula yang menentang usul mengembalikan kuasa sultan di Selangor. Tidak malukah mereka kepada DAP yang mereka dakwa sebagai parti cauvinis Cina? Di Kelantan, mereka nafikan royalti minyak serta menubuhkan Jabatan Pembangunan Persekutuan (JPP). Jika begini, demokrasi pun tidak, federalism pun tidak, Islam jauh sekali!

Apa yang lebih penting, Islam tidak akan sempurna tanpa iman. Al-Quran sering menyebut Wahai orang-orang yang beriman tetapi al-Quran tidak menyebut Wahai orang-orang Islam. Ini kerana seorang yang mengerjakan rukun Islam sahaja belum layak dipanggil orang yang beriman jika hatinya tidak beriman dengan yakin kepada Allah SWT. Jika Tun Mahathir berkata bukti UMNO berjasa kepada Islam dengan membina masjid, maka Abdullah bin Ubay di zaman Rasulullah SAW lebih dahulu membina masjid yang dikenali sebagai Masjid Dhirar. Jika Tun Mahathir menyatakan bahawa UMNO berjasa kepada Islam dengan membina sekolah agama, maka di Thailand juga wujud sekolah-sekolah agama. Bahkan jika Tun Mahathir berkata bahawa jasa UMNO ialah arak tidak dihidangkan di majlis rasmi kerajaan, maka apakah bezanya jika arak tetap diberikan lesen secara besar-besaran dan judi pula terus dinikmati sekalipun bertentangan dengan nilai-nilai Islam dan kemanusiaan. Pertanyaan saya pula kepada Tun Mahathir, sebutkan apakah yang saya lakukan di Kelantan yang bertentangan dengan Islam. Jika tidak ada, maka untuk apa kami dilawan?

Akhir kata, saya akui Tun Mahathir seorang yang bijak, dan alangkah baiknya kebijaksanaannya digunakan untuk Islam. Nasihat saya kepada Tun Mahathir, sebelum terlambat marilah sama-sama berfikir untuk menempuhi hari pengadilan yang dijanjikan oleh Allah SWT. Jika saya ditanya adakah saya telah mengajak Tun Mahathir dan rakan-rakan sealiran dengannya agar meninggalkan aliran nasionalis sekular dan menerima Islam yang syumul, saya Insya-Allah akan menjawab : اللهم قد بلغت (Ya Allah, aku telah menyampaikan..)

Sekian.

HAJI NIK ABDUL AZIZ BIN NIK MAT
Kg. Pulau Melaka, Kota Bharu.
3rd February 2011


To all my Chinese readers – HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!!

Today is the eve of the first day in the lunar calendar, which makes tomorrow the official New Year’s Day for the Chinese. It’s reunion time now, enjoy with the family and be happy guys.

This year is the Rabbit Year and I believe like rabbits good in copulating and breeding, we too are gonna see more pregnancies and babies.

Happy Chinese New Year again to Everyone, and not forgetting all my Chinese friends in Penang and Sabah.

Kong Hee Fatt Choi!

I like to reproduce this years Chinese New Year Message from Lim Guan Eng which I think all clear thinking Malaysians should take time to digest.

Wednesday, 02 February 2011

Let us embrace the future by embracing every Malay, Indian, Chinese, Kadazan and Iban as Malaysian brothers and sisters, Malaysian sons and daughters

In the Chinese New Year Of the Rabbit, DAP wishes all Malaysians a peaceful, harmonious and prosperous new year. DAP also expresses our condolences and sympathies to those who lost loved ones and suffered losses in the massive floods affecting Johor, Negeri Sembilan and Melaka.

To attain peace Malaysians must stand united and reject those who wish to divide us by preaching racial and religious hatred. If we want to benefit from equal opportunities and realize our human potential we must stop extremists from continually degrading others as inferiors so as to uplift ourselves.

We can only achieve harmony together. Despite our differences and diversity, Malaysians can make our common aspirations of freedom, justice, democracy and truth come true if we remember key values.

That it is not who we are that is important, but what we are that is important; not the colour of our skin that is important but the content of our character; and not our past ancestry that is important but how we connect with the present and with each other to face the future.

We can only be prosperous together. The time has come to focus on the economy, in employment, education and business opportunities as the conditions for prosperity. We must build human talent and be performance-based.

The time has come for Malaysians to choose carefully. Only a two-party system can ensure peace, harmony and that Malaysia’s rich natural resources benefit 27 million Malaysians. A two-party system requires a strong opposition which can not only deny BN its customary two-thirds majority but also able to form the government.

For those who say that PR do not know how to govern, the 4 PR states of Penang, Selangor, Kedah and Kelantan have proven our ability by beating the other 10 BN states by attracting RM25 billion in investments comprising 53% of Malaysia’s total investments of RM47.2 billion in 2010. For the first time in history, Penang is now the new champion of investments in Malaysia, coming out top in 2010 with RM 12.2 billion.

Malaysians can not compromise on corruption. Too much have been lost. The shocking revelations by the US-based financial watchdog Global Financial integrity of RM 888 billion illicit capital flight from Malaysia between 2000-2008 cost is shocking. This means that every Malaysian man, woman and child have lost RM 33,000 each over 9 years! Whilst our Royal Malaysian Navy commandos are heroes for their successful capture of Somali pirates in international waters recently, DAP regrets that land “pirates” are allowed to roam freely in Malaysia.

There is no reason why under the Economic Transformation Program, 19 entry point projects require RM 67 billion in investments to generate 35,000 jobs. In other words, almost RM2 million is required to create a job!

This is ridiculous and only shows the extent of leakages in the economy in the form of inefficiency, wastage and even corruption. Contrast this to the number of jobs created from total private investments for Malaysia in 2010. From a total investments of RM47,177 million in 2010 will help to generate 97,310 jobs or RM 485,000 for each job.

Only an economy free from corruption can we ensure that the people prosper and benefit. Let us embrace a future free from fear and cronyism. Let us embrace the future by embracing every Malay, Indian, Chinese, Kadazan and Iban, as Malaysian brothers and sisters, Malaysian sons and daughters.

Then only can we grow together, learn together and enjoy the success together.