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Monday, May 6, 2013

Foreign Intervention? You sure?

Hey guys,

Blackout day la, Ubah la, lainkalilah....if the results doesn't go your way, what do you do?

After seeing this, I just have one argument that I'll like to pick up: 

Despite whatever grievances or suspicion you have, or even if the election results is challenged, think again before you ask for Mr. Obama's help or any sort of foreign intervention. For those who are not affluent with world events, let me put my views in a simple articulation.

First of all, the world is really not safe to begin with. Thousands are dying every day; Southern Thailand Insurgency, Syria Civil War, Iraqi Sectarian War, Myanmar bloodshed, North Korea’s threats to US and South Korea, Bangladeshi riots, foreign government’s meddling in administrations (read President Karzai's scandal)….conflict after conflict, bloodshed after bloodshed. It’s a fragile world out there and big powers are gunning to consolidate their position in 'strategic regions' like ours. 

With the complicated South China Sea dispute, the rise of China’s dominance in SEA, and US pivot to Asia-Pacific (US bases around Philippines and Guam) around the corner, asking for foreign intervention is like telling the world you wanna get invaded. Do you still want to invite foreign intervention then?

Do you know who is Najib's ally in the international arena? And which international leaders on Anwar's side? Do you know how foreign policies can affect our domestic policies, social construct, and political discourse? We need to put our national interest in today’s hostile world.

Yes, the election results can be challenged, and we should fight thru the right channel, with our own hands, not giving up to foreign power to simply dictate our country's discourse. We might be ‘political chess’ for big countries which are capable of ‘commanding’ the region.

There's Bersih, IDEAS, and many other NGO's that we can sincerely work with. Technically, we have a vocal civil society. Let us fight for our own cause in our own way. 

That's the true national reconciliation, true democracy.

We can and will settle our own affairs, right?


Monday, March 4, 2013

Time to unite to fight a common enemy, not bicker

Y U Upset bro?

Just plugged a commentary article from TMI on the Lahad Datu issue.
It's time for us to rally behind the government of the day and finish off threats that should've been done long time ago.

March 4 — There comes a time when Malaysians must unite and fight a common enemy, not bicker and blame each other over what is going wrong. That time is now for Sabah.
We need to support our policemen and troops facing Filipino militants who wish to lay claim over a land whose people decided to form Malaysia 50 years ago with Malaya and Sarawak.
We need to make sure the sacrifice of eight fallen policemen was not in vain, that their widows and children know their husband or father’s death has helped keep Malaysia intact and free.
We need to see what our priorities are now, to end the bloodshed and standoff in Sabah with Filipino militants who have broken our territorial integrity and laws.
We need to get our peace and security back. We stand united or we fall divided. Pure and simple.
The time for investigating what went wrong with our defence of Sabah will come. The time for apportioning blame and reveal the traitors will come.
Right now, we need our politicians to stop blaming each other and accusing each other of instigating this incursion. Such talk is not constructive and will not help our security forces do their job.
This is not the time for politics, and the less we hear from people like Special Affairs Department (Jasa) director-general Datuk Fuad Hassan the better. We don’t need him to tell us what to do and be patriotic.
We are Malaysians, we are patriotic and 100 per cent in support of our security forces in facing the threat of these Filipino militants.
We need to listen to people like Jasica Ahmad ‏who tweeted from her account @jasicaahmad, saying “sulu hashtag is scary... i prefer #prayforsabah more positivity and prayer than talking about politic and do nothing.”
Or for example, 12th Kopites1982® ‏who said in his @ElHazizyKopites Twitter account: “It matter not by which flag you stand up for, what matter is ‘Ini Rumah Kita’ #PrayForSabah #UniteAndFight”.
Azrul Hafiz ‏also made it clear in his @azrulhfiz Twitter account, saying “just stop wih political issues and keep pray for our nation #PrayForLahadDatu #PrayForSabah”.
Right now, the Ministry of Defence is sending two battalions of soldiers as fast as possible to double the strength of security forces in Sabah. Budget carrier AirAsia is helping to send the troops there.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has vowed to stay there with his top brass and policemen until the situation is resolved. And Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has said the time for talk is over, it is time for action.
Malaysia has been patient enough. Our policemen and soldiers are at the forefront of an unexpected war with Filipino militants and locals who appear to owe their allegiance to the Sulu sultan and not our Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
A squad of 25 policemen went to investigate suspicious activity in Kampung Simunul in Semporna but only 19 came back alive after being rescued from an ambush on Saturday while six others died.
Two other policemen had died in Lahad Datu on Friday. That is eight deaths too much for a peaceful country like Malaysia and a beautiful state like Sabah.
So let’s get with the programme. Take action first, expel the militants or capture them to face the wrath of Malaysian law.
Only then we can have a review and inquest over what went wrong in Sabah. Not now. Now is the time to unite and fight back our enemies.



Better act quick man!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Alamak, can't use the word Allah?

(So as Tattoos, be careful! )

You heard it guys.
Pursuant to this, just wanna share an article about it from The Malaysian Inside. Kudos to the editor!

Today, the Selangor Sultan ruled that non-Muslims cannot use the term “Allah” in their religion. Apart from Muslims, Christians from Sabah and Sarawak, and the Sikhs, use that Arabic term.
The state Ruler is repeating what Islamic authorities have been saying for years, based on a fatwa gazetted three years ago.
“His majesty the Selangor Sultan has made a decision and decreed that the word ‘Allah’ is a sacred word specific to Muslims and is strictly forbidden to use by any non-Muslim religion in Selangor as stated in a fatwa and gazetted on 18 February 2010,” MAIS secretary Datuk Mohd Misri Idris said in a statement.
Fact is, non-Muslims need not get excited by today’s statement. It really does not change anything for those who use the term in their prayers.
Fact is, Christians and Sikhs and people of other faiths apart from Islam do not look to the Selangor Sultan for guidance or direction in the practise of their religion 
He is the leader of Muslims in the state. Period. 
For non-Muslims, he is the head of state and is accorded all respect for that but he has no say in how non-Muslims practise their faith or call their god.
That is the reality of the situation in Malaysia, that no one or no faith can legislate how people want to worship or name their god. 
After all, Selangor today is more cosmopolitan, having hosted Sikhs for more than a century and now Malaysians from Sabah and Sarawak who have used the term all their lives without affecting the Muslims.
So, keep calm and pray the way you have all these years. 
After all, those in Selangor have to use the Arabic term when singing the state anthem. There has been no objection or any cleric wondering who “Allah” is in the lyrics. 
This too will pass. And come up again from time to time. Move on from this. Pray as you will. Live in peace. That is as important as how you call God.

Can lah right?