Thursday, December 29, 2005
THE NATIONAL FRONT PASSES laws to affect nearly half the population, and no Malaysian is concerned at the time when their kind is affected by it. The Malaysian Chinese Association, the Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia, the Malaysian Indian Congress and other parties in the Front other that UMNO would rather not talk about it, and look the other way. Two cases in recent weeks show that it is done. A Malaysian, who was born an Indian Hindu and scaled Mount Everest in his time, was buried a Muslim, after the civil court decided it could not interfere in what should have been other court. But because she is not a Muslim, she could not go to the Sharia court for justice. So the Indian is buried a Muslim, with his family not allowed to take part: the religiious affairs department saw to that. The second case involved women, albeit Muslim, and they objected to their denigration at the last minute. But the two cases are seen in water tight compartments, and so the official actions against one is not seen as affecting the other. So, the Muslim women are up in arms, and the Hindus are up in arms, but seperately. If it is this way, the National Front government is not worried: they would be elected by these groups in the next election or byelection. But there is a link between the two: it shows the National Front reduces views of Malaysias by attacking individual components, knowing full well that parties in the National Front would not object, as it has not in the two cases, and Malaysians will vote the National Front in the next time around.
Why does this happen? The National Front government uses its powers to keep the opposition diffused and weak. The opposition political parties, even Parti Sa Islam or PAS, feels it is more important to survive than make sure the needs of Malaysians are taken care of. The DAP has asked the Yang Dipertuan Agung not to sign the bill, but it happily allowed the Lower House to pass the same act in September. It now have jumped into the action, but it has done after the National Front women senators had raised their cudgels. The mainstream newspapers now find creative reasons to explain whether the act was necessary. What the women did has changed the political landscape once again. The National Front has to look over its shoulders - now to see how the women would react to what it has in mind. In the 1950s and 1960s, it had the Labour Front to check it in Parliament, but it destroyed it by banning the Chinese group in the front, and made sure the Parti Rakyat Socialis Malaysia was not elected to Parliament. The PSRM has broken into two, the Parti Rakyat Malaysia has merged with the Keadilan party to form Keadilan Rakyat Malaysia. The other wing, Parti Socialis Malaysia, fights a lonely path, by believing in a better Malaysia and not elected seats, and issues statements on government intentions, and spread their outpourings to Malaysians up and down the country. They are too small to make an impact. But what they say is taken seriously. It is afraid of the Malaysian Communist Party, and would not allow its long term leader is not allowed into Malaysia, as he can under the peace treaty, and has taken legal action to allow him to. Its views affect the Chinese Malaysian, whatever the Chinese parties in the National Front think or say or do.
In the other case, the National Front government has passed a law disallowing half the population from going to one of its court systems. The civil courts told the wife of Lance Corporal Moorthy that it cannot hear her case, said in effect could not go to the Sharia courts, therefore her husband had to be buried a Muslim. She had no standing in the matter and had to allow the religious affairs department to bury him as a Muslim. The Indians, particularly the Hindus, are up in arms at this 'gross injustice'. The Malaysian Indian Congress, which should have taken the cudgels on behalf of the wife, would rather not. The Peoples' Progressive Party would rather blame National Front politicians for bribery in local councils than get involved in this religious tug-of-war. They know fully well the people would vote the National Front in at the next election or byelection. So why should they get involved. The Chinese and those of Sarawak and Sabah do not want to get involved. So it becomes a women's issue or an Indian issue, and the others stay away.
This is now the National Front would like matters be. When a point of view is argued, the National Front must be told that they would vote against it in an election, and take steps to do so. When more than half the electorate are women, the National Front would sit up and take notice. When the Indian Hindus have a beef, they must make it clear they will vote against the National Front in future if the problem is not solved. Islam is the state religion. One should not deny that. But if that religion is used to denigrate the non-Muslims, and the government agencies are used to enforce that, every Malaysian, including it seems many Malays, must take heed. The Mykad, which replaced the old identity card, has Islam printed on those who practice the Islamic faith, but not of others. Hindus are listed blank, Christians are listed as Buddhists. And the religion is not list in print. It is an arduous process to find out what is written, and the day I went to get my MyKad, the reader was faulty, and many went home disappointed. It is any wonder that many have bought these readers to know what is written about them in the MyKad. Was Corporal Moorthy's change of religion listed in the front of his Mykad? If it was not, then he was buried in the wrong place!
The National Front behaves as it does, keeping its opposition weak and defused. It is up to the opposition to see through this, and act accordingly. But it will and has not. As we have seen in the case of Muslim women and Corporal Moorthy. The others are not involved. But that is changing. In the past, the only people allowed to register new voters were the Election Commission and the National Front, especially UMNO. Many did not bother to vote because of this political party involvement. Now, however, the National Party has found to its horror that four million Malaysians have not bothered to register. It wants them to. But unless it involves the opposition parties and any group willing to register the voters, those who have not would not register. With the National Front breaking at the seams - the membership stating their opposition to the leadership openly, the groups in the Party at loggerheads, in UMNO, the top not agreeing to the bottom, the self-interest groups within not getting along with the leaders, for instance - they need all the help they can. In the next election, the National Front would be voted in, but most analysts believe it would face intense opposition in 2012 or 2017. The National Front leadership is in crisis. So it needs all the help it can. But that help cannot be easily got.
Unless the various disparate groups get together for a common purpose in challenging the National Front, they would not succeed. These groups would insist, to the National Front's pleasure, that they will only be involved in what they fight for and not in politics. But they will ensure that they will fail in what they fight for. But if the groups used what has happened in recent days for a larger purpose, there is hope. There is not much of that around. The Chinese would not be involved in an Indian matter. The men would not be involved in a women's matter. As long as Malaysians think that way, it is easy for the National Front to divide and rule. The Malaysians are concerned about their narrow interests. They would never get out of their narrow selves until it is too late. In the Internet, the Indians groups discuss Corporal Moothy's predicament, as if no other issue exists; and the women groups discuss the denigration of women. Some Malaysian political parties have taken the cudgels on behalf of the women, but they slept through when they had a chance. It had to do with the general feeling that on matters Islamic, no political party, including those in the National Front, would take part, or even take an interest. If they had not taken that informal ruling, matters would not have reached this stage now.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
An Indian convert died. He didnt inform his wife or his family. The wife said he was a Hindu but the syariah court said he was a Muslim. The High Court couldn't overturn the verdict of the syariah court. He was buried as a Muslim with much anguish to his wife and family members. Why the husband didnt tell his wife? Why the authority didn't inform his wife? Because by his conversion his marriage becomes void unless his wife converts too. Since he didnt inform his wife, he had made his own mistake. By right the religious officials should inform his wife about it when he was still alive. Nobody did. So the misery moans on the family. May he rest in peace.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
He should know before he becomes the PM. The police act for ministers and PM and not trying to protect the common people. Every one knows the SB can come any time to take a loved one away without telling his/her family why. You can lodge a police report. This is about what you got. A report. And when you make a false report the police charge you. Remember the case of Anwar Ibrahim? He made the police report and he was thrown into jail without any courtesy for a former Deputy PM. I dont like the way the system works. There is no check and balance in the police system. It should work itself for a seperation of authority - like Hong Kong Internal Affairs Department or the US system. In this way any misuse of authority can be checked and any unauthorised arrests can be reviewed and any rogue police officers can be charged and dismissed. By itself the public can file report against any police officer for manhandling during his operation such night clubs, discotheques, massage parlours, gambling dens, prostitution, illegals, robbers, thieves, etc....Every one must accord the decency of the laws until he/she is proven guilty in court of law. What we have the police has the right to detain you for 60 days without trial or attached any reason thereto. Even in ISA itself you can sweat in Kamunting for 2 years or more without trial or charge. Only the police head honcho thinks you are a threat to the country you should be put behind bar for awhile...
There is another tale which happened just recently. A church was demolished by the authority. I thought my country imbues with religious freedom. How sad it had happened! Because the majority rules they could do what they want? What goes around will come back to haunt. This is the basic logical revenge of the Lord. Arent they come from the same Lord? The Torah, The Bible and The Quran directly from the same Holy Grace! Yet what I see is totally disregard of the teaching of the Lord. It saddens me alot. That the government officials do not practised what their religion told them to do. Islam is a religion of peace! I should expect they should show respect in December which is drawing closer to the Christmas celebration of which I know Jesus wasnt born in December but it is the spirit that every Christian jumped into it. By right these Christians shouldnt celebrate this pagan celebration but I think it is the goodwill and friendship which brought smile and forgiveness to these people and so bring peace to the world And what I seen here a group of government officers forget their training and upbringing that one should respect other religions. If these church officials do not follow regulations, call them for discussion and find ways to solve the problem. We tell the world we are a friendly nation with many races and multi religious freedom and yet in our own backyard we do differently. The government should put a stop. Immediately! But the PM is going for his holidays!
Monday, December 19, 2005
Sunday, December 18, 2005
The house, a single storey terrace, is facing opposite a vacant field which I enjoy though I had to pay extra money just for a house facing an open field. It is a 20X75 ft built up is 20x50 ft. Currently it is 75% completed so by next year maybe in March 06 I could see the whole house up. When the last I saw it cement plastering was completed. The balance is the floor tiles, bathroom basic amenities, doors and grills and finally the OC. I sigh a sense of relief now that I almost complete the transaction for this house. Single storey house is basically a holiday home and in case when I grow old I dont have to claim stairs...which my second home is about - a double storey corner unit only now waiting for CF so I expect to move in next year 2006.
(Thinking ahead the next one should be around a lake or facing a lake.....the place I dont know yet Maybe thinking of my home town - a place I dont recognize no more)
Friday, December 16, 2005
I read a good review in the newspaper and also car enthusiats comments in paultan.org. Next week I open my mind to see..................
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Once the police said it is the SOP
It has been practiced for decades
Now it isn’t in the procedures
How the police hide!
Imagine the police break the law
Uphold justice and rule of law
In the oath taking ceremony
Later it is forgotten
Only the whim and fancy
The police take its course
The uproar on the nude squat
The race blown out of proportion
The loud mouth deputy minister
He didn’t rectify his errors
He only shown his arrogance
This we don’t need him to do
He should protect the country’s image
And not sullen it by his outburst
He had the cheek to say
He was misquoted!
Now the public inquiry
The woman is Malay
Why don’t the police reveal it the first instant?
It tells something fishy
It let the newspapers had a field day
Until the Chinese government demanded action
The police have her records
This is what the police do
Why the silence since happening in June?
Perhaps the police plan to cover it up
As most of the cases gone silence in the past
I think the PM should change his cabinet
Put those who can fight for the people
Even with the uniformed personnel
They can’t open their mouths
Without thinking of the damages done
What a joke we have become!
A weak administration wakes up the demons
It is time the PM walks the talk
He should have done it
Long time ago
If Tun Dr Ismail was around
I believe the Deputy IGP will be kicked hard
Until he gives him the answer
Within the time demanded
Sadly we don’t have another one
He was gone forever
So I guess the demons wake
The open sesame plays the game
The king kong comes
We the helpless suspects cry
Silently and in fear
The police beat on the ground
Will changes come in this inquiry?
Will the police know what to do?
How will they perform when they don’t follow the law?
Surprisingly the government let them ride
For such a long time!
Monday, December 12, 2005
In the mood, the banks increase the BLR by 0.25% which may not affect the swinging mood of most people. In the years ahead it can affect their repayment. So they should need adjustment of their monthly fixed expenses. Short term interest rates adjusted for 3 -6-9 months but 12 months remain at 3.7% Personally I thought the 12 months interest rate should increase sadly it didnt happen. So the banks want to squeeze more profits out of the people. Inflation reported around 3.3% but it may increase in the 1stQ of 2006 because of hike of petrol and petroleum products.
So Air Asia still advertises for cheap fares. I dont think it is really true. There are hidden costs which Air Asia never advertises in the advertisement. You have to pay cost of insurance, embarkation charges, transport, airport tax, taxi/bus....but for all these payments you are not confirmed a seat! So you have to hang around in the airport for many hours just to get these special cheap rates....Damned what a fool! How many hours lost?
Well...my mind is on Christmas and the songs and the spirit....
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
I dont think there will be changes only more running around for the people
Monday, December 05, 2005
Study finds coffee reduces liver risk
Sun Dec 4, 8:53 AM ET
Coffee and tea may reduce the risk of serious liver damage in people who drink alcohol too much, are overweight, or have too much iron in the blood, researchers reported on Sunday.
The study of nearly 10,000 people showed that those who drank more than two cups of coffee or tea per day developed chronic liver disease at half the rate of those who drank less than one cup each day.
The study, conducted by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and Social & Scientific Systems, Inc., found that coffee provided no protection to people at risk of liver disease from other causes, such as viral infections.
"While it is too soon to encourage patients to increase their coffee and tea intake, the findings of our study potentially offer people at high-risk for developing chronic liver disease a practical way to decrease that risk," said Dr. Constance Ruhl, who helped lead the study.
"In addition, we hope the findings will offer guidance to researchers who are studying liver disease progression."
Writing in the American Gastroenterological Association journal Gastroenterology, Ruhl and colleagues said caffeine seemed to hold the key.
They analyzed the records of 9,849 participants in a government survey whose coffee and tea intake was evaluated and who were followed for about 19 years.
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I havent decided on coffee. I have to think about it hard. Maybe I will somewhere to add color to my drinking habits. Right now mostly plain water.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Friday, December 02, 2005
I have heard alot about wealth creations in the internet. In the newspapers too it is advertised by the so called gurus profiting in the internet businesses. The typical one "making money while you sleep!" Unbelievable! True or false? I havent tried this. But I had read testimonials of those who claimed they made so much at home or while they were sleeping. If so easy, why every one is not catching it? The modern 21st century gimmicks of getting rich without trying - only need your PC or Notebook and a connection - voila! You are in business in the internet.
Leave this aside. Gone over to my new house to cangkul again. I dont know how many rounds I did that. To me it is a good exercise. Sweat for an hour or so one can get refreshed. Then I went for a leisure walk. As usual looking at peoples' houses especially what they did to their homes...some are really terrible while others are quite ok Mine? It is still in my head revolving and looking at magazines to find which designs I can curi or modified to suit my house. When the time comes I hope I have something concrete to paint on my home.