Friday, 8 January 2010


"Where is the life we have lost in the living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information ?
The cycles of heaven in twenty centuries
bring us farther from God and nearer to dust."
- T.S. Elliot

Back in 2006 I had written (published Jan, 2007) in "Where is the Spirit of Merdeka?" , I had written the following :-
"The spirit of Merdeka has been subverted by racists and the religious zealots over the years, and has been replaced by chauvinism – racial and religious..... Unfortunately, we are a society so paralyzed by symptomatic solutions one has to wonder whether we will learn anything from this mindless atrocity.......
They have failed so miserably to even convince themselves that they are on the right track, that they look for scapegoats all around them.

Having failed in its shortcut to an economic miracle, the advocates of the system (clamouring for issues and a new agenda to perpetuate their greed and envy) the now choose to preach intolerance, “arabisation”, and religiosity in the name of God, to further isolate, and “drug into a stupor” a beautiful people that was once open to change.

Even if we aren't too accurate in our assessment, much of what has passed-off for Islamisation by the govt was nothing more than frothy God-talk, mindless, thoughtless, and in its exploitation of people, heartless. The “one upmanship” practised by the various institutions that espouse religious chauvinism, is in fact a pathetic display of their failures and insecurities.

They need to feel that they are “winning” and wish to gloat about their “success” in being the defenders of their misplaced priorities, while hiding the enemies within, behind a cloak( turban or beard) of religiosity.
Malaysia today is a nation that has lost its conscience.
Lets hope that the soul still lives. "

"What we need is a Leadership that is not only right where we are right,
but right where we are wrong"
~ G.K. Chesterton

Munsyi (teacher) Abdullah (1796-1854) will probably be turning in his grave (for having used "Allah" in his early Malay/Jawi translation of the bible), if he knew what Umno is doing today. It is given here on, that among Munsyi Abdullah's first works was a Malay/Jawi translation of the Bible. I reproduce here from that page :-
"Jemaah termanggu bila ditanya Ust. Nasharudin tentang antara hasil penulisan pertama Munsyi Abdullah yang kita gelarkan "Bapa Persuratan Melayu" tu...dan beristighfar panjang bila diberitahu antara hasil tulisan Munsyi yang pertama adalah translation BIBLE KE DALAM BAHASA MELAYU YANG DITULIS DALAM SKRIP JAWI!"

But in a 21st century Malaysia, they are afraid of the very things Malays/Muslims accepted centuries ago. That's how far back the Umno-Malay mindset has gone.
While in the past I still had hope that things could change- today, I dare say openly that Umno has lost it, and is irredeemably corrupt. They have stooped so low as to politicize a non-issue, which was there for centuries and caused no problems.Not just that, they have chosen to walk the path of hypocrisy & terrorism- they feign innocence but perpetrate terror among peaceful citizens.

The nation has been rocked by this senseless violence. True Muslims from all walks of life are disgusted by this act of intimidation. Malaysians are disgusted with fascist UMNO's hypocrisy. East Malaysian are shocked that what was their practice for centuries, has become an issue among the fascist Umno-ites.
While did not rule out the possibility that this would come to be, I hadn't expected UMNO to descend to such levels of depravity so fast, so soon.


"Many of our perceptions are distorted by our prejudices, particularly if we perceive those prejudices to be convictions".
Ravi Zacharias


It is obvious that Najib's leadership leaves much do be desired. Despite claiming that all is hunky-dory, word is that Najib is facing quite a bit of a challenge within the party. Never mind the scandals that plague his 9-month old administration or the increasingly corrupt practices alleged. Just like Pak Lah, Najib is definitely not a grassroots man - worse still, he's the one who once won his Pekan constituency through postal votes. Therefore this manufactured "crisis" with the help of Mr. Kris - wherein he can show his "leadership skills".
It was probably why the two cousins had initially supported the "right of them to demonstrate" as they had to "strike a balance". (Both had backtracked on this in less then 24 hrs, after coming under fire in cyber-space, with Krismoodin claiming to be only the postman/officeboy who passes the message for the Police).

Maybe it was out of this frustration, that these Molotov cocktails were lobbed into churches. With no retaliation coming from the side of Christians, taking cue from what happened in Sabah - I wouldn't rule out the possibility that they would stoop lower. Back in the days when BN sought to wrest power in Sabah, Mosques were apparently defaced by mercenaries (illegal immigrants), and this had triggered riots. This same MO (modus operandi) may just be in the works right now. In fact, I wouldn't rule out the possibility that that was what happened when the church was burned today, with many more being "given warnings" through "failed attempts". After all, what loss would it be to an illegal immigrant who wishes for freedom, and would return to his motherland anyway.
(this may turn out to be a blessing in disguise though - they have "successfully alienated" the Christians of both East & West Malaysia, and the Christian votes in Sabah/Sarawak is quite a vote bank!)

"Had Allah willed He could have made you all one community? But He made you as you are (diverse) as a test. So vie one with another in good works. Unto Allah you will all return, and He will then inform you of the meaning of differences within you."
[Quran 5:48].

Most politicians came out in swift condemnation of this cowardly and dastardly act of violence. Pak Lah, despite being generally silent, has come out to condemn this of the dastardly act of burning houses of worship.
Take note that thus far, his mentor - Mahathir- is still silent on this issue (just as he was, after the Perak coup d'etat). But of course, when all has calmed down, he'll come around with his 2 sen worth of "wisdom" on the matter.
Are there some "hidden hands" at play here?

It doesn't take a genius to know how the infamous "May 13" was manufactured, and who were the masterminds behind it. But of course - in the end, after thorough investigation, in true Bodohland style, no one (or maybe some ikan bilis) will be implicated ......

"It will not do to cling to the cause and wish the result away.
Reality does not play mind games.
What is more, to anesthetize the mind in order to abort what comes to birth
when wrong ideas are conceived and borne in the womb of culture,
will only kill the very life-giving force of the nation that nurtures the idea."
- Ravi Zacharias


KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 — Datuk Zaid Ibrahim today condemned Umno and urged the government to take full responsibility for the church attacks.
“It has to take full responsibility for the worsening of relations between people of different faiths in this country in its handling of the use of the word Allah.
"The irresponsible conduct of fanning the emotions by Umno leaders has brought about this dangerous situation. What we see today confirms that this country is being governed not by engagement consultation, sophistication or persuasion but by brute and mob force,” he said in a press statement.....
“The Umno-led government has the penchant to use force or flexing of authority in dealing with delicate issues. Take the case of the ban imposed on the Herald. They could easily have engaged in consultation with the church in Sabah and Sarawak. They should try to understand why the need to use the word Allah without any preconceived notions or prejudice. After all, they have been using the word Allah for many years before BN government acted to ban the Herald.
"They could easily have also engaged in discussions with the various Muslim groups about their legitimate concerns on whether the church are surreptitiously converting Muslims and explore ways to address these concerns in spirit of dialogue and peaceful deliberations,” he said.
He explained that there are already laws against converting Muslims but Umno instead chose to politicise the sensitive issue.....

PAS vice-president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man had said that the demonstration on the use of the word “Allah” is Umno’s position and not the party’s.

"We call on all members of PAS in order not to be dragged in the same demonstration sponsored by Umno," he told party’s newspaper.

PAS backs the use of the word Allah by Catholics because it is consistent with the federal Constitution and Islamic principles.

-Pakatan wants Umno to take responsibility for church attacks