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Friday, January 1, 2010

Malaysiakini pits Hindraf with ASP & DAP mandores axis.

Some reporter in Malaysiakini before and is doing it again. They are up to their tricks again. Take note that in all of the following news reporters this pitting of Hindraf Hindraf was never done but the defamation suit by Hindraf Chairman P.Waytha Moorthy was properly reported.

1) NST 1/1/2010 at page 6

2) The Star 1/1/2010 at page N24

3) Utusan Malaysia 1/1/2010 at page 13

4) Berita Harian 1/1/2010 at page 10

5) Malaysia Nanban 1/1/2010 front page

6) Makkal Osai 1/1/2010 front page

7) Tamil Nesan 1/1/2010 front page

8) Bernama News 31/1/2010

9) Malaysiakini 31/1/2010

10) NTV7 news at 7.00 p.m and 8.00 p.m

11) TV3 news

We have asked Malaysiakini repeatedly to independently report the truth about this ASP Vasanthakumar as follows:

1) A google search of him reveals zero posting in the pre 25th November 2007 Hindraf Rally.

2) This ASP only stepped his foot into the Hindraf office about three months before the 25th November 2007 Hindraf Rally. Malaysiakini has personal knowledge about this as they have frequently covered media events at Mutiara Bangsar over the last 8 years and have never seen this ASP there.

3) Malaysiakini should deny this in their newsreport if its not true.

4) This ASP was neither appointed or announced as a “Hindraf leader” until the IGP Musa Hassan on 13/12/07 declared and appointed him as a Hindraf leader when this ASP was lumped up and detained together with the other Hindraf lawyers.

5) And independent interview with any political party or NGO leader or any journalist including Malaysiakini’s Steven Gan would reveal that no one has ever heard of him before the 25th November 2007 Hindraf Rally.

6) There is no history of any NGO activists with a mere three month stint having been arrested and detained under the ISA.

7) Lawyers M.Manoharan and R.Kenghatharan had for the first time spoken to this ASP only at Kamunting Prison though they have seen him around a couple of times in the three months preceding the 25th November 2007 Hindraf Rally.

8) None of the other Hindraf, Police Watch or Prim leaders or members had ever heard the name or seen this ASP in the 3 months preceding the 25th Hindraf Rally. But Malaysiakini refuses to report on this truth as they prefer pitting Hindraf v Hindraf for “malicious news value” ala the previous Malay Mail reporting style Malaysiakini, the voice for the underdog? Hindraf?

We would however like to acknowledge once again that at the time we needed help the most, Malaysiakini had been with us.

Official: Apparent contact between AbdulMutallab and radical cleric

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab appears to have had contact with radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab appears to have had
contact with radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

Washington (CNN) -- Terror suspect Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab appears to have had direct contacts with radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. counterterrorism official told CNN Thursday.

The official could not say more about the contacts, their frequency or timing.

Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, has said he believes there is a connection between AbdulMutallab, who is accused of trying to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas Day, and the American-born cleric.

Officials are evaluating whether al-Awlaki played a role in the botched attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines passenger jet en route from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Detroit, Michigan on Christmas Day. The attempt to ignite explosives hidden in AbdulMutallab's underwear failed to bring down the plane.

Al-Awlaki's name surfaced in November when U.S. officials revealed he and Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan -- the U.S. Army psychiatrist accused of fatally shooting 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, on November 5 -- had exchanged e-mails. The intercepted e-mails between the two, officials said, had not not set off alarm bells.

The cleric recently told Al Jazeera's Arabic-language Web site that he had been in touch with Hasan in recent years. In that interview, al-Awlaki said he met Hasan nine years ago while serving as an imam at a mosque in the Washington, D.C., area.

The cleric said Hasan communicated with him via e-mail starting about a year before the shooting rampage -- seeking advice about killing U.S. troops, the cleric said.

The cleric said he lauded the Fort Hood attack because it was aimed at troops, whom he accused of fighting an unjust war against Islam.

"It is a military target inside America and there is no dispute over that," al-Awlaki said. "Also, these military personnel are not ordinary; they were trained and ready to fight and kill oppressed Muslims, and commit crimes in Afghanistan."

The 9/11 Commission Report says al-Awlaki had contact with two of the 9/11 hijackers while they were in the United States, though there is no evidence he knew of the plot.

Al-Awlaki is believed to have fled to Yemen in 2003 or 2004. Since then, he has been referred to as a "rock star" by some of those who incite radicalism on the Internet.

His current whereabouts are unknown to U.S. officials. Some have speculated that he was killed in a recent strike on suspected jihadist hideouts in Yemen.

But a U.S. official said the intelligence community believes al-Awlaki is alive. His own family was quoted this week as having said the same thing.

Al-Awlaki's relatives deny he has played any role with al Qaeda. CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen said he has seen no evidence to the contrary. "There's no indication that al-Awlaki the cleric is in any way involved in operational matters for al Qaeda, but clearly he has operated as an inciter to jihad in the United States, by his own account," Bergen said.

But even before his name came up in connection with the Fort Hood shootings, al-Awlaki was a subject of scrutiny by the counterterrorism community as he had moved into what one official described as "more of an operational role" for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Indian poor lady delivers baby next to drain in Brickfields

This is yet again another indicator of Indian extreme poverty under Malay-sia UMNO because of inequality and inequal opportunities .

While most urban Malay and Chinese mothers in K.L are going to private clinics and hospitals for their delivery , this poor Indian lady S.Kala was forced to attend to her own delivery and even “cut the umbilical cord herself” (Refer Makkal Osai 31/12/09 headlines and The Star 1/1/09 at page N45). This is just the tip of the iceberg of such sad sob and depressing news reports concerning the Indian poor

Have we ever heard of these kind of incidents happening to any Malay , Chinese , Orang Asli , Kadazan or Iban in UMNOs’ Malay-sia .Why does this only happen to the Indians in Malay-sia?



Another by-election anticipated — in Selangor

Most days, not much happens in Rasa but there is now excitement in the air.

By Baradan Kuppusamy - The Malaysian Insider

RASA, Jan 1 — There is high excitement in the air in this small Chinese-majority town between Batang Kali and Kuala Kubu Baru in the Hulu Selangor parliamentary constituency.

It is 10am and the haphazardly laid-out coffeeshops and warungs in the settlement are packed with locals tucking into their breakfast, reading the newspapers and catching up on the latest news.

A possible by-election in the constituency is the main topic of discussion among not just the locals but also among the top leadership in both the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and Barisan Nasional (BN) camps.

The excitement today is extra red hot and the reason for it is a “high-powered” ceramah here tomorrow night led by PR supremo Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

In addition, almost the entire Selangor exco line-up, their aides and supporters are descending on the one-street settlement off the old Rawang-Tanjung Malim road.

The villagers, many of them oil palm and rubber smallholders, vegetable growers and fish breeders and supplementary tradespeople, are pink with excitement, expecting a major announcement especially from Anwar or Khalid.

“There is great expectation in the air,” said Francis Xavier Subramaniam, the PKR’s Ketua Penyelaras for Rasa. “People are expecting Datuk Seri (Anwar) to make a major announcement but it is not a sure thing.”

Speaking in Tamil, Francis told The Malaysian Insider that many locals are expecting Anwar to announce the resignation of Hulu Selangor MP Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad to pave the way for a by-election.

“This is the talk… we know about it but nothing is confirmed… nothing is clear,” he said, adding he had heard that “Zainal is sick”.

“Everybody knows that Dr Zainal is very sick, but will he resign… that we don’t know,” he said.

The talk in Rasa is that Dr Zainal, who suffers from various ailments, has submitted his resignation letter to Anwar, but it is not clear whether the opposition leader would pass on the letter to the Speaker.

“We heard that he will resign but we are not sure of it,” said local DAP member Tan Chou Tam (pic, right), 55, who is also secretary of the Rasa JKKK.

“Local people here are talking of the 9th by-election here but it is not a fact yet... everybody is talking about it but nobody knows for sure,” he said.

The excitement of a by-election is even greater after locals learned that after Anwar’s party leaves town, no less than Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is visiting Rasa and other surrounding settlements in the constituency.

The arrival of the Prime Minister in the constituency on Jan 9 and the “awakening” of the BN machinery here have added to the speculation.

“The Barisan machinery here is starting to move,” said local resident S. Shanmugam, a lorry driver and MIC member. “We are gearing up in case Zainal resigns.”

The MIC machinery in the constituency is a beehive of activity with MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel in the constituency nearly every day, settling one local issue after another, his aides said.

“While Zainal lays bedridden our man is serving the constituency… Although he lost narrowly we see him as our representative because he is here everyday,” said shopkeeper M. Ramanathan.

Banners have gone up in the constituency proclaiming Palanivel, who was MP since 1990 but was defeated in 2008 by 198 votes, as “penyelaras kawasan” and inviting people to bring up their problems with him.

Dr Zainal was an Umno bigwig and briefly Deputy Mentri Besar of Selangor but fell out with the party and joined PKR.

A tale told in Hulu Selangor says he believed he had been defeated last year and had returned home and only learned the next day he had won by a narrow majority.

“It will be a hot fight if there is a by-election,” Shanmugam said. “The winning majority was so slim… the next fight will also be really close.”

Speculation is rife in MIC/BN circles that Umno wants back the seat but Palanivel’s supporters are confident their man will get to be the candidate if the seat is vacated.

In the PKR, a campaign is already under way to persuade Anwar to nominate an Indian to face Palanivel just as an Indian S. Manikumar was fielded in the Bukit Selambau by-election last March.

Nizar enters 2010 with guns blazing

Nizar says the battle for Perak is still on. — File pic

By Clara Chooi - The Malaysian Insider

IPOH, Jan 1 — If 2009 was a chaotic year for Perak’s political scene, then 2010 looks set to be just the same or maybe even worse.

The ousted Pakatan Rakyat (PR) administration is not about to slacken its grasp of the rope in the tug-of-war tussle for Perak.

The captain who once helmed the PR team in government, Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, said yesterday Pakatan never backs down from a fight and, if anything, was ever ready to flex its muscles and tug even harder on its end.

The purpose, he stressed however, was not just to win back Perak.

“What we want now is the same as what we always wanted and what we will always have strength to fight for — that the rights of the people to choose their own government are returned.

“We are not greedy for power and we are not fighting to win back the government. We just want the people's rights returned and we are willing to struggle every step of the way for this,” he said emphatically.

He admitted that this stubbornness would result in more “state assembly fracas" and schedules packed with political dinners and ceramahs but said that this was “unavoidable”.

“Yes, we will be faced with a scenario of a police state again. We will see all this happening.

“But this is because they (the Barisan Nasional government) are illegitimate and we cannot recognise them. So yes, their illegitimate Speaker Datuk R. Ganesan will again summon an assembly sitting, and again we cannot recognise this,” he said.

The Bukit Gantang parliamentarian, however, added that he was not foolish enough to not recognise that support for the PR was waning as many felt that it was time for the tripartite coalition to quit fighting losing battles and start serving the people.

He said that the PR would always proceed with caution into every battle for "we do not want the world to laugh at us".

“Certainly, we are aware of this and of course we will work for the people. Things will be readjusted according to the situation but that does not mean that we will stop fighting,” he said.

Nizar said that for 2010, the Perak PR would re-engineer its efforts to tighten the relationship among the three coalition partners — DAP, PKR and PAS.

“In unity, we will find our strength. What we will look at now is to focus on tightening our bond through common policies especially in all our constituencies.

“For example, we are also looking at developing our women's wing,” he said.

He noted confidently that in time, the people would recognise the glaring differences between the rights PR was fighting for and the wrongs BN was committing.

“I do appeal, however, to the people not to lose hope or to lose faith in us. Do not overreact to certain situations and do not be so easily fooled into believing the BN's propaganda.

“Keep up your support for us,” he said.

Nizar promised that in return, the PR would always continue to act in the best interests of the people and stick to its promises of fairness and justice.

To the BN, Nizar said: “Behave professionally. In the coming age of intelligence, the people are no longer so easily fooled. They cannot be used as they have been before. Scrap all forms of racism in your political ideology or face rejection.”

The former mentri besar seems unfazed that since the power grab in February last year, the BN has been gunning towards becoming more people-friendly and in return, talk is rife that it has done well to win the hearts of the people.

During the previous state assembly sitting, BN assemblymen sat prettily in their places at the state assembly hall and chose not to be affected by the PR's loud shouts and table-banging.

In recent days, issues raised by PR's non-Muslim representatives also seem to have set off a sense of discomfort among the Muslim constituents in Perak. This little detail may work very well in BN's favour.

One BN state executive councillor, Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid, told The Malaysian Insider recently that Umno's best ploy now was simply to focus on solving local issues.

“To the people, they do not need representatives who are only here to raise issues and fight verbal wars.

“The layman on the street just wants his livelihood protected. His main concerns are local problems, like issues of welfare aid or simply about public facilities.

"If we keep doing our work for the people, I believe that we can win in the next general election,” he said.

The Kamunting assemblyman, whose state constituency is just neighbours with Nizar's Bukit Gantang parliamentary constituency, noted that because of his dedication to solving local issues, many constituents from PR-helmed areas were coming to him for help.

“I am not bad-mouthing them — they have some representatives who are good at serving the people but there are those who are just there to raise issues. This is not what the people want,” he said.

Kenyataan Peguam Sanggah Mahkamah Persekutuan Mengenepikan Peraturan dan Undang-Undang Dengan Menetapkan Tarikh Rayuan 6 Januari Tanpa Nota Mahkamah R

Secara ringkasnya, apabila merayu ke Mahkamah Persekutuan, di dalam kes jenayah, rekod rayuan akan disediakan oleh mahkamah rayuan, dan ianya mesti diserahkan kepada perayu. Selepas sahaja diserahkan rekod rayuan tersebut, perayu mestilah memfailkan petisyen rayuan dalam masa 10 hari dari tarikh penyerahan rekod rayuan oleh mahkamah. Selepas petisyen rayuan diserahkan, barulah tarikh pendengaran rayuan boleh ditetapkan oleh mahkamah persekutuan.

Pada 6-11-2009 Mahkamah rayuan telah membenarkan rayuan oleh Pendakwa Raya di dalam hal berkenaan seksyen 51A Kanun Prosedur Jenayah. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim telah pada 17-11-2009 memfailkan rayuan kepada Mahkamah Persekutuan terhadap rayuan tersebut.

Melalui transmisi faks bertarikh 29-12-2009, pihak kami telah dimaklumkan oleh Pendaftar Mahkamah Persekutuan bahawa rayuan oleh DSAI tersebut telah ditetapkan untuk Bicara pada 6-1-2010. Di dalam surat yang sama, pihak kami telah diarahkan untuk memfailkan Petisyen Rayuan dengan kadar yang segera. Pihak kami merasa terkejut kerana Rekod Rayuan masih belum diserahkan kepada kami semasa surat pemberitahuan tarikh bicara tersebut diterima oleh kami.

Pada 30-12-2009, pihak kami telah menerima surat bertarikh 23-12-2009 melalui perkhidmatan pos laju, yang menyerahkan kepada kami rekod Rayuan dan Rekod Rayuan Tambahan.

Melalui Kaedah 95 (1) kaedah-kaedah Mahkamah Persekutuan 1995, pihak kami dikehendaki untuk memfailkan Petisyen rayuan dalam masa 10 hari dari tarikh penyerahan Rekod Rayuan.

Jelas, Petisyen rayuan mesti difailkan sebelum atau pada 9-1-2010 yang mana jatuh pada hari sabtu dan disebabkan itu mesti difailkan pada 11-1-2010.

Oleh itu, adalah mustahil untuk Bicara rayuan tersebut untuk dijalankan pada 6-1-2010.

Pihak kami menyatakan di sini bahawa prosedur yang telah dijalankan oleh mahkamah ini adalah salah dan tidak adil kepada pihak perayu.

S.N Nair
Peguam Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim

31hb Disember 2009

English Version


In relation to the section 51A Criminal Procedure Code documents, the Court of Appeal allowed the appeal of the Public Prosecutor on 6.11.2009 following which on 17.11.2009, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim appealed to the Federal Court against that decision.

By fax transmission dated 29.12.2009, my firm was informed by the Registry of the Federal Court that the Federal Court had fixed the date of hearing of the appeal on 6.1.2010. In the same letter of notification, my firm was also asked to file the Petition of Appeal on an urgent basis. My firm was taken aback by this development because the Record of Appeal had yet to be served on us as at the date of notification of the hearing.

On 30.12.2009, my firm received a letter dated 23.12.2009 through poslaju, serving on my firm the Record of Appeal and the Additional Record of Appeal.
By Rule 95(1) of the Rules of the Federal Court 1995, my firm is required to file a Petition of Appeal within a period of ten days after service of the Record of Appeal.

Clearly, in the circumstances, the Petition of Appeal is required to be filed by 9.1.2010. The 9.1.2010, which being a Saturday and therefore a holiday, with Sunday being an intervening holiday, my firm is required to file the Petition of Appeal by 11.1.2010.

It is impossible under the circumstances for the hearing of the appeal to proceed on the 6.1.2010.

In any event, Mr. S. N. Nair of our firm who is the solicitor in charge, left for India on 28.12.2009 and is only due to return in the late evening of 5.1.2010.

The procedure adopted in relation to the matter herein is certainly unprecedented and does not, and cannot, serve the end of justice.


Two days to read Maverick Mahathir and 58 days to decide whether it jeopardizes national security and public safety – what KPI/NKRA and “Performance N

By Lim Kit Siang,

Last Saturday, Home Ministry deputy secretary-general Datuk Ahmad Fuad Abdul Aziz denied that Barry Wain’s biography, “Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times” is being put through any additional scrutiny by the Home Ministry.

He said it was being withheld to undergo the normal process for any foreign publication, to ensure that its contents would not jeopardize national security and public safety.

The ministry has 60 days from the time it was submitted to decide if the book should be allowed to be distributed in the country.

Nobody believes that Wain’s biography of Mahathir is lying in a mountainous pile of foreign publications waiting to be read for decision to be taken whether to release or censor it.

Wain’s book would have been read voraciously by those responsible for the subject-matter in the Home Ministry within a day or at most two days – which means we are having a situation where the book is read in two days but withheld for the next 58 days to decide whether the book should be allowed into the bookshops in the country or banned for jeopardizing national security or public safety!

What a mockery of the slogan of “1Malaysia. People First. Performance Now”! What a shameful and outrageous KPI/.NKRA regime!

Wain’s biography would not only have been read by the authorities concerned the instant copies of the book reached the Home Ministry – copies would have been sent as “topmost urgency” separately to the Prime Minister and the Home Minister and I have no doubt that both would have read it as a top priority or they would have failed their political duties.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak has virtually confirmed reading the book when on Tuesday he dismissed my call to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate Wain’s allegation that Mahathir had burned or wasted RM100 billion in grandiose projects and corruption in his 22 years of premiership.

Did Najib think that Wain’s book would “jeopardise national security and public safety” and indicate to the Home Ministry that it should be held up and given the full treatment of 60-day scrutiny?

If Najib had not found Wain’s book to jeopardise national security and public safety, and should be held up by the Home Ministry, shouldn’t the fact that the Prime Minister having read the book be sufficient authority for Wain’s book to be released to the Malaysian public without any more bureaucratic obstacles?

It is only proper that Najib make clear his stand on whether the Home Ministry should continue to hold up the public release of Wain’s biography of Mahathir in the country

Mahathir the Maverick at it again

by A

Subject: Re: BERNAMA – Forget The Origin Country, We Are Malaysians – Mahathir

On my way to London yesterday, I finished 3/4 of the book on the Maverick, my conclusion long before reading this book was; all of us , Malaysians ( my ancestors came from China to Malaysia more than 150 yrs ago) have been divided ( or screwed) by all these greedy and heartless politicians, whether they are from UMNO, MCA, Gerakan or MIC, and they are all the same. The wealth in the country should be shared by all of us, but UMNO started NEP, AP, MARA, etc etc to split us in the name of wealth distribution. But after 40 years since May 13 1969, what have we achieved? The govt still think that all the targets set under NEP have not been achieved? How could these be possible if 30pc of PLC shares must be allocated to bumiputras, Non-bumis not allowed to get APs, open new petrol stations, scholarships, all govt contracts must have Bumis equity, certain sectors of the businesses were not opened to non- bumis until the recent years but still tightly controlled, and Bumi controlled companies so as GLCs don’t have to hire non-bumis. So how could the nation be united, progress or the lastest favour of the day, 1Malaysia be successful if meritrocracy is not relevant in practice? And each day we become more suspicious of each other’s co-existance.

When I decided to move my family abroad and take up the CEO job managing a small MNC with revenue of USD2b and 20k employees in 4 countries, my UMNO and MCA friends said to me; how could you abandon your country and work in Spore? I told them to find me a GLC position and I don’t mind a loss making one for me to turnaround. A couple of them told me, they would look into it. More than 5 yrs had since passed, I received no reply, except every time when I met them, they would say, when are you coming back?

Pete and Jalil know me very well. For the rest to know, I am now managing China’s second largest fridge and freezer maker with more 3m units sales a year, China’s largest diesel engine producer with close to 500K diesel engines sold this year, plus the largest building materials supplier in Spore. Under me, one co is listed in NY, one in KLSE and three in Spore. Am I not qualified to manage a GLC?

Don’t get me wrong that I need a job, but to move abroad after 46 years, was quite a painful experience!

I would love to return to my home land, share my experiences and contribute my knowledge to the development of the country. But with all these greedy politicians (P) fighting for positions (P), leading them to power (P) and finally the big P – PROFIT; why should they place the rakyat’s interests above theirs? Look at the mess in MCA, and the 6 Indian parties fighting to exist, and investment for a seat in the UMNO supreme council. It is all about the big P, not the Malaysians.

How many of the current ministers are qualified or fit to manage a ministry? Managing a ministry is very similar to managing a business which involves in managing various resources, especially the huge financial resources allocated to the ministry for the benefits ( security and safety, environment, less toll, education) of the people who paid taxes ( in business is ROSF or dividend paid to the investors), for the poor to improve their livings, for national development on infrastructure to create future values hence sustainbility. But hardly any of them has any clue on what Human Resources or Financial Management are all about. They are too occupied with cutting ribbons, party meetings, overseas trips, identify contracts for pockets (the big P).

All these started with the Maverick’s 22 years in power. 1n 1986 I started with a salary of RM2400 working in a bank, bought a Nissan Sunny for 13k, and 4 years later bought a double storey terrace house in PJ for 120k. I sold the house in 1997 for 350k ( now probably worth 450k), and a 1300cc car easily costs 30K or more now, but today new graduates still get their starting pay of RM2000. What went wrong in our country?

As a Chinese origin, let me share with our fellow Malaysians, we are no threat to this country, economically or politically. We are the minorities, we don’t aspire to govern the country, even the opposition wins the next election, Prime Minister will still be a Malay. MCA is not relevant to us anymore. What have they done to protect us? So don’t listen to all the Politicians, that the Chinese are trying to grab power, Is this possible? We want a fair govt to treat us as Malaysians, and play no racial politics to divide all of US.

Look at the Airports and certain government buidlings, we have signages in Arabic and Japanese, but not in Chinese or Tamil. If you look at Renminbi (Chinese currency), there are 6 different languages printed on the notes to represent the 6 major races in China , although the Hans ( most the Malaysians Chinese are Han origins) easily constitue 90pc of Chinese population. Minorities are not respected in our homeland. In China , the one child policy is mandatory for the Hans, not the other minorities.

After 52 long years, it is time we give another political party a chance to govern. If we don’t change, there is Malaysia , but there will be no Malaysians! For our Children, our future, think about it.

Merry Christmas and happy new year to all of you. Thank you for your time.

The following is the Bernama report which inspired the above musings by another member of the Malaysian diaspora:

Forget The Origin Country, We Are Malaysians – Mahathir

PENANG, Dec 23 (Bernama) — Everyone in Malaysia have to set a side their origin country and start calling themselves Malaysians for the success of the 1Malaysia concept, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

The former prime minister said they had to put aside their origin country such as India or China and start calling themselves Malaysians.

“They must put aside their origin country and call themselves Malaysians for 1Malaysia to be successful,” he said during an appreciation dinner with the Association of Muslim Kadayanallur here Wednesday.

Tun Mahathir called on the people to help realise the government’s aspiration of strengthening racial unity and harmony in line with the 1Malaysia concept.

He said people in Thailand and Indonesia called themselves Thais and Indonesians respectively but this did not happen here.

To a claim that the Indian Muslims in the country had been neglected, he said they should choose to either become a Muslim or an Indian.

“The country is very liberal and I think they (Indian Muslims) will be accepted by all if they can pick either to become a Muslim or Indian.”.

Tun Mahathir said there was no difference between the various races as everyone were Malaysians.

“The federal constitution also defined a Muslim very clearly. If they want to become a Muslim then just follow the constitution.”

He said if Indian Muslims in the country still called themselves as such, others might think that they still had links to the origin country.

“The problem of Indian Muslims will be resolved if they can decide and choose to become either a Muslim or an Indian,” he added.


Tok Mat Dies

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 1 (Bernama) -- Former Information Minister and one-time Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Mohamed Rahmat died at his home in Bukit Damansara here on Friday, three days short of his 72nd birthday on Monday.

Tok Mat, as he was popularly known, died in his sleep, according to his eldest son and Member of Parliament for Pulai, Datuk Nur Jazlan.

Nur Jazlan said the family came to know that Tok Mat had died at about 8am when his mother, Puan Sri Salbiah Abdul Hamid, tried to wake up her husband.

"He died in his sleep," he told reporters at the house.

Nur Jazlan said Tok Mat would be buried at the Bukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery here after the "Asar" (evening) prayers, Friday.

Nur Jazlan said his father had been suffering from kidney ailment for about 10 years and had been on dialysis treatment.

Tok Mat served as the information minister twice, from 1978 to 1982 under then prime minister, the late Tun Hussein Onn, and from 1987 to 1999 under then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He was also Malaysia's ambassador to Indonesia, with ministerial status, from 1982 to 1984.

He held the post of Umno secretary-general from 1988 to 1996 and as the Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general from 1988 to 1999.

As the minister of information, Tok Mat introduced the "Setia Bersama Rakyat" (Semarak) programme aimed at instilling in the people greater love for the country.

Tok Mat was also known for his firmness.

One instance where he displayed it was when he ordered rock singers to trim their long hair if they wanted to participate in programmes broadcast over Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM).

Among those who followed the directive were the rock groups Wings, with lead singer Awie, and Search, with lead singer Amy.

Dua pegawai imigresen didakwa terima rasuah wang tunai, tiket

Utusan Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR 31 Dis. - Dua pegawai imigresen mengaku tidak bersalah di dua buah mahkamah berasingan di sini hari ini atas tuduhan rasuah dalam bentuk wang tunai, tiket kapal terbang dan barangan.

Penolong Penguasa Imigresen, Noor Hayati Omar, 33, membuat pengakuan tersebut selepas dua pertuduhan rasuah dibacakan di hadapan Majistret Nor Azah Kasran.

Dia didakwa atas tuduhan setuju menerima tiga keping tiket kapal terbang pergi-balik ke Singapura untuk dirinya; ibu, Noor Rana Sulaiman dan anak perempuannya, Noor Shahira Sabrina Ridwan.

Tiket itu didakwa diterima daripada Pengarah Quest Agrotech (M) Sdn. Bhd., C. Anil Kumar sedangkan pemberian tersebut mempunyai kaitan dengan tugasnya sebagai pegawai yang meluluskan pas kerja sementara.

Perbuatan itu didakwa dilakukannya kira-kira pukul 6.57 pagi, 6 Mei 2006 di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Sepang (KLIA) dekat sini.

Dia juga didakwa mengulangi perbuatannya dengan menyetuju terima sebuah set teater rumah Sony HTS pada 26 Ogos 2006 di Best Denki Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. di sini.

Noor Hayati dibebaskan dengan jaminan RM4,500 berserta seorang penjamin sementara menunggu sebutan semula kes itu pada 2 Februari ini.

Di sebuah lagi Mahkamah Majistret, Pegawai Tinggi Imigresen, Salmiza Man, 35, mengaku tidak bersalah di hadapan Majistret Mohd. Azali Ibrahim atas tuduhan menerima wang pendahuluan pembelian kereta sebanyak RM18,071.

Dia didakwa menerima wang tersebut daripada Anil Kumar melalui S. Ramadass, 53, kira-kira pukul 6 petang, 10 Mei 2006 di Quest Agrotech (M) Sdn. Bhd., No. 2-4-1, Tingkat 4, Menara KLJ, Jalan Kassipillay Off Jalan Ipoh di sini.

Sementara menunggu sebutan semula pada 2 Februari ini, Salmiza dibenarkan oleh mahkamah diikat jamin RM3,000 dengan seorang penjamin.

Pertuduhan bagi kesemua kes tersebut dibuat mengikut Seksyen 165 Kanun Keseksaan yang memperuntukkan hukuman penjara dua tahun atau denda atau kedua-duanya, jika sabit kesalahan.

Pendakwaan dikendalikan oleh Timbalan Pendakwa Raya, Nafhatun Mohd. Pozi, manakala kedua-dua tertuduh diwakili peguam bela, Hashim Ibrahim.

Tengku Fakhry lewat failkan permohonan

Utusan Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR 31 Dis. - Keputusan sama ada Tengku Temenggong Kelantan dibenarkan untuk mencabar perintah kekandanya yang melucutkan beliau daripada senarai bakal pewaris takhta, tidak dapat diputuskan memandangkan Mahkamah Tinggi di sini perlu mendengar isu lain yang dibangkitkan hari ini.

Dalam prosiding di hadapan Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi (Bahagian Rayuan dan Kuasa-Kuasa Khas), Mohamad Ariff Md. Yusof, mahkamah diberitahu bahawa Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra sebenarnya telah terlewat memfailkan permohonan bagi mendapatkan kebenaran membuat semakan kehakiman.

Peguam Datuk Cecil Abraham yang mewakili Pemangku Raja Kelantan, Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra berkata, permohonan tersebut dikemukakan oleh Tengku Muhammad Fakhry selepas 82 hari beliau disingkirkan daripada senarai bakal pewaris takhta.

Walhal menurutnya, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry hanya mempunyai masa untuk memfailkan tindakan itu selama 40 hari berkuat kuasa dari tarikh penyingkirannya pada 16 September lalu.

Sehubungan itu, Cecil memohon supaya permohonan Tengku Muhammad Fakhry untuk mendapatkan tempoh lanjutan masa dapat didengar secara inter parte (antara pihak) dan bukannya secara ex-parte (sebelah pihak).

''Lanjutan masa adalah isu mengenai bidang kuasa dan mahkamah perlu memutuskannya selepas mendengar hujahan secara inter parte,'' kata Abraham.

Selain menegaskan permohonan tersebut perlu dibenarkan apabila terdapat alasan yang munasabah, Abraham berpendapat, kes itu perlu diputuskan berlandaskan nas dan prinsip undang-undang yang pernah diputuskan oleh mahkamah di negara ini.

Bagi beliau, sekiranya permohonan didengar sebelah pihak ia akan menyebabkan prejudis terhadap pihaknya.

Peguam K. Shanmuga yang mewakili Tengku Muhammad Fakhry ketika membalas hujah bagaimanapun membantah permohonan Pemangku Raja Kelantan.

Ini kerana menurut Shanmuga, mahkamah boleh mendengar permohonan secara ex-parte dan bukannya kedua-dua belah pihak seperti yang dimohon oleh Cecil.

Shanmuga menjelaskan, beliau memfailkan permohonan tersebut pada 7 Disember lalu selepas menerima surat jawapan daripada Setiausaha Majlis Perajaan Kelantan bertarikh 26 Oktober 2009.

Oleh itu, menurut Shanmuga, beliau hanya terlewat dua hari iaitu selepas tamatnya tempoh 40 hari setelah menerima surat jawapan bertarikh 26 Oktober.

Selepas selesai mendengar hujah, Hakim Mohamad Ariff menetapkan 12 Januari ini untuk membuat keputusan berhubung isu kelewatan masa memfailkan permohonan itu.

Tengku Muhammad Fakhry, 31, yang juga suami kepada Manohara Odelia Pinot mengemukakan permohonan semakan kehakiman untuk membatalkan keputusan Tengku Muhammad Faris yang melucutkan keanggotaannya daripada Majlis Perajaan Negeri Kelantan.

Religious hatred simmers in terror suspect's homeland

Soldiers stand guard after December 2008 post-election riots in central Nigeria leave hundreds dead.
Soldiers stand guard after December 2008 post-election riots in central Nigeria leave hundreds dead.

(CNN) -- Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab wouldn't have to go to an al Qaeda training camp in Yemen to learn how to hate.

He had plenty of examples in his own country.

AbdulMutallab is the 23-year-old Nigerian being held for allegedly trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day. While much attention has focused on his privileged background, less has been said about the religious conflict in his homeland.

Christians and Muslims have been killing each other in Nigeria for much of AbdulMutallab's lifetime. At least 10,000 Nigerians have died during Christian-Muslim riots and ethnic violence during the past decade.

The most populous country in Africa, Nigeria is almost evenly divided between Muslims and Christians. It has become the focal point of Christian and Muslim groups -- in Nigeria and abroad, says Eliza Griswold, who has spent the last five years traveling to Nigeria to examine the causes of religious violence.

"Nigeria has become a battleground state for Christians and Muslims around the world who see themselves involved in a numbers game," says Griswold, author of "The Tenth Parallel," an upcoming book that explores the tension between Christians and Muslims just north of the equator in Africa and Asia.

"Any Christian or Muslim who has the point of view that numbers matter has a stake in Nigeria," she says.

The divisions between Christianity and Islam are more than symbolic in Nigeria. There's a geographic boundary: Nigerian Muslims tend to live in north, while Christians live in the south, Griswold says.

Many Nigerian Muslims see themselves as standing at the southern tip of the Islamic world, Griswold says. To the immediate south lie many African nations that tend to embrace Christianity.

"There is this attitude that Islam is under siege by the Christian West and, by proxy, Nigerian Christians," Griswold says. "There is this sense among some devoted Muslims in the north that we need to be part of the larger Islamic community, and we need to prove that we belong."

Nigeria's bloody religious history

That tension can cut both ways. Talk to some Nigerian Christians and one can hear the same concern as Nigerian Muslims: We are under attack; we have to preserve our autonomy.

Gbenga Akinbola, rector of the Mount Zion Anglican Church in Chicago, Illinois, has experienced religious tension in Nigeria. He led a congregation there only four years ago as a priest in the Nigerian Anglican Church.

He says Nigerian Muslims once tried to officially declare Nigeria a Muslim state and force some Christians in the north to adopt Islamic customs.

Both Christians and Muslims feel that they represent the one true God and are obligated to convert others, Akinbola says.

"They are doing what the leaders of both of these groups tell them to," he says. "Christians preach to Muslims, and Muslims try to do the same. For Christians, Jesus Christ has told us to go out and preach."

Sometimes, people don't want to be converted. And at a time when many young Nigerians are unemployed and looking for scapegoats, violence can easily follow, some Nigerians say.

In November 2008, at least 700 Nigerians died in Christian-Muslim riots that followed a disputed local election, Human Rights Watch reported. Two years earlier, the Nigerian army was mobilized to halt similar rioting after a Danish newspaper published a cartoon that depicted Mohammed, the founder of Islam, in a caricature, according to CNN reports.

The event that arguably attracted the most attention in the West took place in 2002 when the Miss World Pageant was relocated from Nigeria after Christian-Muslim riots killed 200 people.

Violence begets more violence, Akinbola says.

"When they kill Christians in the north, Christians in the south will retaliate against Muslims," he says.

He adds that the tensions between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria date back to British colonial rule. He says the British traditionally awarded political leadership positions to members of the Muslim majority in the north.

British colonial rule ended with Nigeria's independence in 1960. But some Nigerian Muslims still feel as if they are entitled to rule Nigeria, he says.

"If you see a license plate in one of the northern states, you'll often see an inscription that reads 'Born to rule,' '' Akinbola says.

Another side of Nigeria's religious story

The ferocity of religious disagreement is also fanned by unscrupulous political leaders, says Mohammed Ladan, a Nigerian Muslim who now works as a pharmacist in Atlanta, Georgia.

"Some of the politicians engineer this violence for their own political end," Ladan says. "If they can play Christians against Muslims, it can take attention away from the real problems of society."

Ladan says he never felt persecuted by Christians while growing up in northern Nigeria. Like several other Nigerians interviewed, he says it would be simplistic to say most Nigerian Christians and Muslims are engaged in a permanent civil war.

Several Nigerians told stories of having friends and even siblings of another faith.

"My wife is a Christian. Some of my best friends are Christians," he says. "I can sing Christian hymns because I've been to church with my wife and friends, and they come to my Muslim celebrations."

Other Muslims say the religious violence is a symptom of a deeper problem in Nigeria: widespread poverty and corruption.

Saratu Abiola is a Nigerian who shares some of the same background with AbdulMutallab, the suspected terrorist. She is also 23 and a Muslim who left Nigeria to attend an international boarding school.

Abiola, a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says many Nigerians turn to religion because they don't think they can rely on the state. Though the country is rich with oil wealth, the cities are full of beggars and prostitutes -- it's common to see police officers brazenly demanding money at checkpoints, she says.

"People here get shocked by scandal," Abiola says of America. In Nigeria, "we just shrug our shoulders and drink our coffee. We expect the worst conduct from our high officials."

The corruption and poverty are so embedded that it even disturbs those few Nigerians who can avoid the problems, Abiola says.

"There's a real sense of despair, even among the ones who are better off," Abiola says. "They see what is going on, and they wonder: What on earth can you do to fix this?"

Faith becomes the fix for many Nigerians, she says.

"They feel wronged," says Abiola, who now lives in Washington. "They feel like the country has passed them by. When people don't have much, religion becomes more important."

Despite the country's history of religious violence, Abiola says she's still surprised that a young Nigerian Muslim would be accused of trying to commit mass murder against American citizens.

Many Nigerian youths love pop culture in America and adopt Western ways and watch Western movies, she says.

"We have MTV in Africa," she says. "Every year, we get at least five to 15 U.S. pop stars who come to Nigeria."

She says many young Nigerians learn to blend their Nigerian identity and their religious values with their love of pop culture in the West.

"For a lot of us, it doesn't present a burden -- we don't feel as if we have to choose between the West and the East," she says.

Griswold, the author who just spent five years in Nigeria, says events in Nigeria prove how small the world has become.

"When we, a thousand miles away, debate over whether we should be in Afghanistan or draw a cartoon, the people in Nigeria take up arms and fight it out," she says.

"They end up bearing the brunt of our religious debates in a very visceral way."

‘Tamils without Tamil’ with comments .......

“Why we need 1700 temples for only 3 million Indians in Malaysia? It does not make sense but we still continue to build temples and fight for it. We only have 450 Tamil schools in Malaysia and it is getting lesser,” says a news-group posting from Hindraf, New York. At least the Indian Tamils raise the issue, but the more affluent Jafanese or Ceylonese have forgotten Tamil and Tamil schools with their first generation. Now, even to give ‘tuition’ in Tamil only a few of the old generation remain, commented an Eezham Tamil refugee recently went to Malaysia.

Edited text of the posting from hindraf.newyork:

When will we change?

Here are the facts:

  1. Why we need 1700 temples for only 3 million Indians in Malaysia? It does not make sense but we still continue to build temples and fight for it. We only have 450 Tamil schools in Malaysia and it is getting lesser.

  2. Every Friday, temples in the cities earn minimum of $500 ($2000 per month), no electricity bill and no water bill. Tamil schools get $50 per child per year and pays electricity bill, water bill, teacher’s salary and maintenance every month.

  3. Most temples in cities are renovated, air conditioned and owns a beautiful wedding hall. Tamil schools were built in 1970's and still remain the same with broken tables and chairs, spoiled fan and lights, buku pinjaman (book borrowed) torn, bad environment for students and teachers. Have you seen one Tamil school fully air conditioned except the HM room?

  4. $2 million was donated by Indian people for the Statue of Lord Muruga of Batu Caves built by Indians; minimum $10 million spend every year during Thaipusam by devotes. Why blame government for not giving allocation fund for Tamil schools, why can't we just pay $1 for praying and $9 for Tamil School?

  5. Minimum $200 spent by Indian alcoholics on every weekend for clubbing and entertainment. When asked for donation of $5 for Tamil School, we run away or ignore.

  6. In every Indian house there is TV, HI-FI Radio, CD/DVD player and the classic Astro. They have watched all the latest Tamil movies even it's not yet out in theatre. Our children have to get buku pinjaman (book borrowed from the library), no revision book, never been to a bookstore, never encouraged to take up piano class, violin class, swimming or language class other than those offered in school. No computer at home and the reason is ‘can't afford one.’

These are some of the issues that we ignore and still continue doing it. Some of you may consider Tamil Education a waste of time. But the rest of Indians are also going to ignore it or going to make a change?

Please don't forget that in the 80's, Chinese schools and Tamil Schools were at the same level as Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan. There were more students in Tamil Schools and the infrastructure was same for both schools.

But today, look at Chinese Schools and compare it with our Tamil Schools (sigh). Please take note that most of the Chinese Schools are run 100% without government support. For your info, our government is trying their level best to abolish these two schools, their dream is coming true for Tamil Schools but not for Chinese Schools.

If you really care, just spend 2 minutes and take a look at any Chinese Schools nearby your house. You can see the parents waiting in their Mercedes, BMW, Toyota, Honda and even motorbike to pick up their kids from school back home.

We have never seen any Indian parents with their Mercedes, BMW, Honda or Toyota waiting for their kids outside Tamil Schools.
Anonymous said...

What is there to do. All that we can do is talk at warong kopi only. What are our leaders doing. They are fighting for leadership, money and power. This statement goes for everyone of them. The Malaysian Indians will only be saved with a true leader who doesn't abandon the sinking ship.

Our existing leaders may speak about Mahatma Gandhi and all but when it comes to work it is a different story all together.

My personal experience in getting together some Indian youths in my place ended with some thugs spreading rumours about me. Being a housewife I back out from helping the youths.

What can be said about our society. They prefer to hear what some so called leaders saying rather then investigating it.

AS long as there are people poisoning the minds with some sensational stories , so long they will not be united.

I also not against temples but the main question is which is more important. A place of education seems more in need then unvisited temples.

Think about it. I am all for uplifting of Malaysian Indians. We need more active member of parliment, more outspoken teachers, honest community leader, and most of all alert parent.

Good day

Anonymous said...

Yes, a step by step execution and mass exercise of the federal govt to abolish the Tamil education, where almost all Indians took shelter from is taking place.But now social class and caste had cast an evil spell in the hearts of so called Indians,dont anyone understand without Tamil education roots or the sylabus in the secondary level, all the so called M'sian Indians will be called,,Dan Lain-lain,,Others,, in 2 years time as commited by the so called democratic govt. of Malaysia. Where is the M'sian Indians courage to defend the rights given by the British during M'sia independance? Just some water sprayed and smoke balls during Hindraf rally had made all Indians scared to question their rights? Are we born to live a coward style of accepting the discriminations till the roots of Tamil, is being eliminated step by step. These education are grassroots of all Indians right at M'sia, if the roots are chopped and the tree falls, M'sian Indians will become similar or lower graded then Indonesian or Bangladeshis by year 2020! Wawasan 2020 to eliminate the roots of Tamils and Chinese in M'sia. The roots of our pride is Tamil education which stands as the M'sian Indians great big tree.

Anonymous said...

actually ure msg was rite we ran away from donation but from my point of view we ran because we dont know issit the money goin the school or not? so i think better we go straight and donate the school somehow most of chinese is wealth so they can effort to luxurous life, talking about chinese when they first came to malaysia they are nothing just a labour for kuari but now they own the kuari, indians when they came working in estate and labour for builds roads now they still the same why?? sorry if iits hurts and some of indians i mean youth jobless, im working in a hospitality industry for past 6 years now im somebody, when i called the jobless boys to work they inssist they want the standard working inviroment bcz ive been intereviewing so many ppl, this my point of view im sorry again if its hurts thanks cheers anyway im an indian too happy new year

Anonymous said...

When there is matter of donations we yet to come in terms is it, but when it comes to matter of donations to the temples everyone is obliged and pays a large amount without comments given why? Its the bloody superstitious fenomena that had been cultivated in all Indians mind! If i were a cheat.I would look to getting donations for temples like Thanenthiran, the MMSP-malaysia makkal sakthi party- co-ordinator or traitor truly, but as i am not so will take the right part of producing a transparent record and accounts on the donations for Tamil school!
Lets be frank here b'coz of few indians who refrained from occupying yr co. vacant posts dont embarass the whole Indians by putting in the same shoes. Its like a slap in face with a shoe if you mentioned that Indians are selective, pls dont underestimate the Indians or Tamils as we belong to a disciplined way of life in and out of social interests! Happy new year and lets get the the donations to proof to Chinese that Indians can also establish a education status whether rich or poor!

Anonymous said...

I agree to the comments above as i belonged in the same group of scared people, but now i feel like i have the balls to defend the position of Tamil schools and also show to Chinese we can remove the class systems between us and also the language borders between us, even though i am a Malayali i had a formal education in Tamil school which made me a highly inteligent and respectable person but those Indians who opposed going to Tamil schools but went to malay schools are living in Slums and acting like Milionares, Slumdog Milionaire part 2 i think, Yah so i would like to know how will the donation take place and the transparency be shown to us? I guess the dog shit eating MIC mandor's are truly traitors and worth no wote from Tamils especialy for their self enrichment during this period when Tamil being removed from National Sylabus, No indians have balls to argue or at least perform rally to show their protest, scared after being sprayed water or smoke?

Truly awakening! Thanks a lot!
wat u have writen are all correct. its all just one thing "tradition". if our indian put stop for all this nonsen we will be the nom 1 in the world. i support u bro.
actually ure msg was rite we ran away from donation but from my point of view we ran because we dont know issit the money goin the school or not? so i think better we go straight and donate the school somehow most of chinese is wealth so they can effort to luxurous life, talking about chinese when they first came to malaysia they are nothing just a labour for kuari but now they own the kuari, indians when they came working in estate and labour for builds roads now they still the same why?? sorry if iits hurts and some of indians i mean youth jobless, im working in a hospitality industry for past 6 years now im somebody, when i called the jobless boys to work they inssist they want the standard working inviroment bcz ive been intereviewing so many ppl, this my point of view im sorry again if its hurts thanks cheers anyway im an indian too happy new year
i support this statement sir...wish some people can open wide their 2 big eyes and realize that education is also important..

Hunger strike in JB for recognition of Tamil subjects - Malaysiakini

A group of 30 activists championing the Tamil language staged a one-day hunger strike in the middle of the Johor Bahru yesterday to protest what they claim to be the government's blatant sidelining of the Tamil language.

According to PKR Johor vice-chief P Magendran, "The policy of not counting Tamil subjects in SPM credits marginalises the importance of Tamil language and literature in Tamil subjects."

tamil language protest hunger strike johor bahru 2"As they don't count, pupils will not pay attention to them. This will lead to the Tamil language being sidelined.

"But this also has more serious implications, as once the Tamil language becomes sidelined, Tamil schools may close down.

"What is to be come of the Tamil language? What is to become of Tamil teachers?" he asked.

The group further alleged that the government is also not giving enough opportunities for those who want to advance their knowledge in Tamil by not giving JPA scholarships and blocking those seeking to further their studies in Tamil language or Tamil literature studies at public universities.

Tamil knowledge development blocked

Both policies, said Magendran, is another telling evidence of the government ignoring the Tamil language.

The hunger strike was led by the state's PKR special officer K Selvakumar. Also present were other representatives of the PKR and the DAP as well as Tamil NGOs such as the Tamil Neri Association of Malaysia and Johor Manimandram Association.

tamil language protest hunger strike johor bahruIn attendance and closely observing the group were close 20 to 30 police officers who arrived in five police cruiser and a police van.

The hunger strike which began at 9am ended at 9pm.

They gathered right in the middle of the city at Jalan Ungku Puan, near the Raja Mariamman Devasthanam Temple.

This is another in a series of protest and campaigns by Tamil NGO's and Indians in general over the government cap of 10 subjects for SPM examinations, a move which many say sidelined vernacular language subjects.

Recently the government had revised the policy to allow for two additional subjects to be taken by students, especially those from vernacular schools.

However, the government is firm in not giving full recognition for these subjects nor count them in calculating SPM credits.

Hindus have the similar god´s name like Allah

Approximately fourteen miles west of Jagannatha Puri-dhama lies the place known as Brahmagiri or Alarnath (spelled "Alalanath" in most Bengali books). For millions of years it has been a holy place of pilgrimage. The local tradition describes that in Satya-yuga Lord Brahma came and worshipped Lord Narayana here on top of a hill. One day he heard a voice from the sky. Lord Narayana said, "I am very pleased with your worship. Make a four-handed Narayana deity of Me with a shankha, chakra, gada, and padma, a conch shell, disk, club, and lotus. The deity should be ornamented with a kaustubha gem, a golden crown, a blue lotus flower, a gajamani-mala (garland of elephant pearls), a sacred thread, a diamond ring, yellow garments, and ankle bells. The deity should be made from one piece of black stone. Also install a deity of Garuda." Finally the Lord told him, "This place will be known as Brahmagiri (literally Brahma's hill) because you have worshipped Me here."

The Lord of the Alvars

The present temple of Lord Alarnath is said to be two hundred years older than the Jagannatha temple in Puri, which would make it about 1,100 years old. When the temple was constructed, some expert Kamma brahmanas

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from the Sri-sampradaya of South India were brought to perform the worship. These brahmanas were in the disciplic line of the great acharyas of the Sri Sampradaya prior to Ramanujacharya known as the alvars, thus this deity of Lord Narayana became known as Alvar-natha, the Lord of the Alvars. The king of Orissa donated sufficient land to maintain all of the brahmana families.

A Boy's Simple Devotion

After some time the families increased in size and the lands that the king had donated were no longer sufficient for the community's food production, so they started taking turns going to beg alms. One day it was the turn of a brahmana named Sri Ketana to go and beg. Sri Ketana was the priest in charge of offering foodstuffs to Lord Alarnath. Before he left he instructed his young son named Madhu to make the bhoga offerings to Lord Alarnath. Madhu told his father that he was only a small boy and did not know the mantras or procedure to offer bhoga to the Lord. Sri Ketana told him that he should just put the offerings before Alarnath Deva and pray that He accept them. Then he left.

Later that day when it came time for the bhoga to be offered, Madhu's mother called and told him that everything was cooked and he should offer it to the Lord. Madhu brought the plate to the altar and placed it before the deity, praying, "Oh my dear Lord, my father has told me to make Your offerings while he is gone for begging. Please accept this offering. I am only a little boy and I do not know how to offer things to You in a proper way." He then went outside to play with his friends. Twenty minutes later he returned and found everything still on the plate. He did not understand that the Lord can eat simply by glancing over the food, and thus He leaves the offering as prasad (mercy). Instead, the boy thought that the Lord was meant to eat everything on the plate and not leave anything behind. Seeing that all the items were just as they were before, he became disturbed that the Lord was not responding to his request due to his inexperience. He prayed to the deity, "Oh my Lord, You have not eaten the food that I have brought for You. My father will be very angry with me, please eat Your meal." Again he went outside and returned after a few minutes. Still finding the offering there as before, Madhu began to cry. "My Lord, I understand that You are not eating because I am not qualified to offer to You. I am only a little boy. I don't know any mantras or procedures for worship. But please accept this offering." Madhu again went outside. When he returned a few minutes later he found that the plate was empty. He thought, "Oh, the Lord has eaten." With tears of happiness in his eyes, he brought the now empty plate back to his mother.

She was surprised, "Where is the prasad?"

"Alarnath ate everything", Madhu replied.

"He ate everything?"

"Yes." And Madhu went out to play with his friends.

There being no prasad, the family had nothing to eat that day. Madhu continued to offer bhoga to Alarnath and every day the Lord ate everything. Thus the family fasted. After three days, Sri Ketana returned and asked his wife for some prasad. She replied, "There isn't anything. For three days we have not eaten. Madhu says that Lord Alarnath is eating everything."

Sri Ketana called his son and in a stern voice asked him, "Where is Alarnath's prasad? What have you done with it?"

"He ate it, father. I just offered it like you told me."

Sri Ketana thought that Madhu was eating the sweet rice himself, or perhaps giving it to a dog. Or out of fear of his mother he was throwing the prasad away. He began chastising the boy. But Madhu said, "No, no, father. Narayana is taking everything. I am not eating it."

The father then became angry, "Narayana is taking everything? Nonsense! He is made out of stone. How can a stone deity eat? You prove it to me. You go again and make another offering. I will hide on the altar and watch."

The simple boy again went before Alarnath and prayed, "My dear Lord, please accept this offering. My father has returned and is very angry with me. He thinks that You are not eating." After the boy left, Lord Alarnath, who is known as bhava-grahi janardana - He who accepts the love of His devotees, reached down and picked up a pot of sweet rice. Suddenly Sri Ketana jumped out from behind a pillar and caught the Lord's arm. The hot sweet rice flew up in the air landing on the Lord's body in several places. Sri Ketana said, "Stop! What are You doing? You are a deity. You cannot eat. Who ever heard of a deity eating? How will there be any prasadam for us? How will we survive?"

Although he was a priest for Lord Alarnath Deva, the brahmana Sri Ketana was actually a materialistic person. He had no faith the Lord was real.

The Lord then told Sri Ketana, "O materialistic person in the guise of a brahmana, for your offense, all of your family and descendants will be destroyed except for your son Madhu. I am pleased with his simplicity and devotion and thus I have eaten his offerings. No matter how opulent, I am never pleased with any offering if it is made with no devotion and no faith in Me."

According to the local history, a few days after this incident a great tidal wave came from the nearby ocean and destroyed all of the brahmanas in Brahmagiri except for Madhu. To this day the priests of Lord Alarnath show several places on the body of the deity where He was burned by the hot sweet rice that fell on His body when the brahmana Sri Ketana grabbed the Lord's arm. Srila Thakura Bhaktivinoda has written:

samudra-tira diya daksina jaite puri haite chaya-krosa dure
'alalanatha' gram. tathay 'alalanatha- caturbhuja- vasudeva- vigraha. vana-madhye ekti ksudra-grame tanhar mandir; tathay ati-utkrsta paramanna-bhoga haya. pandara ekhana-o usna- paramanner daga vigrahe dekhaiya thake.

"Traveling along the coast from Puri about six krosha, fourteen miles, is a village known as Alalanath. There one will find the four-armed deity of Vasudeva known as Alalanath. The Lord's temple is within a forest in this small village. The most excellent sweet rice is offered to the deity. Even nowadays the pujaris show the mark on the deity where He was burnt by hot sweet rice."

Hindraf Chairman Sues Penang Deputy Chief Minister, Nine Others, For RM100 Mil

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 (Bernama) -- Hindraf chairman P. Waytha Moorthy is suing Penang Deputy Chief Minister Prof Dr P.Ramasamy, six local media organisations and three others for RM100 million for defamation.

He filed the suit though his counsel, P.Uthayakumar, at the Civil High Court registry here on Thursday.

He named Dr Ramasamy, Perak assemblyman A.Sivanesan, DAP leader V.Ganabatirau and ASP K.Vasantha Kumar as the first four defendants.

The other defendants are Makkal Osai Sdn Bhd, Tamil Nesan Sdn Bhd, Malaysian Nanban Sdn Bhd, MalaysiaKini.Com Sdn Bhd, The Malaysian Insider Sdn Bhd and Star Publications Berhad .

In his statement of claim, he said that Dr Ramasamy had written and published an anticle with false information defaming him in the Makkal Osai newspaper dated Aug 11, headline "Di mana wang RM700,000 yang telah dikutip, tunjukkan akaunnya, Dr Ramasamy mencabar Waytha Moorthy."

He also claimed that Sivanesan, Ganabatiau and Vasantha Kumar defamed him is several articles published in the Makkal Osai, The Star, Malaysia Nanban, Tamil Nesan and news portals The Malaysian Insider and Malaysiakini in July and August.

The four had used the six media to defame and tarnish his good name as Hindraf chairman, he said, adding that the alleged defamatory words gave the meaning that he was a Hindraf leader without integrity and had cheated the Indian Community of its money for the purpose of filing a civil suit agaisnt the British government in London.

He is seeking RM10 million in damages from each defendant, aggravated and exemplary damages and an injunction to restrain them from continuing to publish similar demafatory articles against him.

He also seeks several other court orders, including an injunction to restrain the four individuals from making any press statement on Hindraf.

British law rules in getting RPK back

(NST) - Efforts to secure the return of fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin from the United Kingdom may not be a straightforward process.

Malaysian police are studying Britain's extradition process and preparing the documents for the return of Raja Petra, also known as RPK.

Malaysia has no formal or special arrangement with Britain to extradite an individual and this is the first time police will be requesting such an extradition

All extradition requests to Britain come under its Operational Policing Extradition procedures, which are outlined in the country's Extradition Act 2003.

Under the act, Raja Petra may have the right to challenge the request in the country's courts and he is entitled to legal representation.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said he was aware of the police's extradition request and his department had been notified of the matter.

"We will abide by the country's law processes in the formal submission of the extradition request to its authorities," he told the New Straits Times yesterday.

Singapore and Brunei are the only countries with whom Malaysia has a special arrangement for the extradition of known fugitives and criminals to be charged in a court of law.

Gani said that like all other countries, Malaysia's extradition request to Britain will go through the proper channels and processes subject to that country's laws.

He said proper considerations had to be made before submission as they were governed by a different set of laws.

The police will seek the advice of the Attorney-General's Chambers on the legal aspects, direction and relevant procedures before submitting the extradition request.

It is not known when the police will formally approach the British authorities on the matter.

Police force joins Facebook community

(Bernama) - The police will use Facebook to get closer to the public, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan.

“As the social networking website is a popular medium of interaction, the police will capitalise on it from early January to achieve its targets by getting closer to the public,” he told Bernama in an interview.

To be managed by the Bukit Aman Media Centre, he said the Facebook would enable the public to have more access to the police other than through Rakan Cop and the police’s website.

“It will allow the public not only to file complaints on police services but also to relay information on crimes,” he said, adding that the decision to use Facebook emanated from feedbacks received during the Government Transformation Programme Open Day recently.

On challenges confronting the police in 2010, he said the police would continue to pursue its five-year strategic plan launched in 2006.

“The police’s involvement with the public will be stepped up in curbing crimes and maintain security. As the IGP, I want to see in 2010, we go all out to fight crimes, including human and drug trafficking.

“The public have seen that the police are getting more amenable to them, not only among the rank and file policemen but also district police chiefs, through community policing,” he said.

Musa said the measure was seen as a positive step in discarding the “fear of police” stigma and would help create a law-abiding community.

On allegations of police brutality, he said the police adhered to procedures when dealing with crime suspects.

“I know of certain quarters, who like to find faults against us. We do not go beyond our limits. —

“We follow the procedures when we make arrests... if the suspects are armed and dangerous, we have to defend ourselves as they threaten public safety,” he said. Musa said certain quarters like to politicise issues as they want to convince the people to pay attention to their agendas by tarnishing the police’s image.

“There were some people, who claimed that the police are not doing their job, they raised sensitive issues... they have their agendas, interests... they do not want the police to curb crimes effectively.

“The police do not practise favouritism. Whether you are a small fry or a shark, we will nab you,” he added.

Musa said despite the critics, the Royal Malaysian Police had received international accolades for its success in solving crimes, including the ISO 9001-2008 for solving human trafficking cases.

In curtailing cross-border crimes, he said the police would join forces with other agencies like the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Customs and Immigrations. He called on leaders, including menteri besar and chief ministers, to assist the police in combating crimes


1. The Chinese understand numbers. Very early they invented the computer - not the electronic one - but the abacus.

2. The abacus in the hands of experts can outrun the electronic calculator.

3. The ability to calculate fast contributes much to the skills in business. The brain deduces problems much faster.

4. When I was Prime Minister a Chinese expert demonstrated to me how pre-school children could be taught to mentally multiply or divide big figures almost instantaneously. They know how to use the abacus for quick calculations. When asked to add, subtract, multiply or divide, they mentally move the beads of the computer in their minds. That way they were able to almost immediately give the answers.

5. The professor told me that the children were ordinary children, It was his system of mental calculation which enabled them to perform.

6. I asked the Ministry of Education to use Prof Xu Si Zhong's method for our primary schools. I don't really know the results.

7. The Professor came to see me recently to introduce improvements he had made to his method. I must say that his new method is even better.

8. Since I am now no longer in the Government I cannot persuade the Ministry of Education to adopt his system. It strikes me that if someone were to invest a small sum of money to put up a classroom for pre-school children to be taught mathematics using this method, there might be parents interested to send their children for a few hours a week to learn. I think the children will enjoy learning mathematics and the use of the abacus.

9. I will be happy to put interested private kindergartens and primary schools in contact with Prof Xu Si Zhong.

Court rules Herald free to use the word “Allah”

By Lisa Goh

The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The Catholic weekly Herald is now free to use the word “Allah” in its publication after the High Court quashed the Home Minister’s prohibition against it using the word, declaring the order as “illegal, null and void.”

In her decision, Justice Lau Bee Lan also declared that under Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution, applicant Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam had the constitutional right to use “Allah” in Herald in the exercise of his right that religions other than Islam might be practised in peace and harmony in the country.

She further ruled that the Constitution, which states Islam as the country’s religion, did not empower the minister to make such a prohibition.

“In pursuant to Article 10, the applicant also has the right to use the word ‘Allah’ in the Herald in the exercise of his right to freedom of speech and expression.” she said in her oral judgment Thursday to a packed courtroom.

Justice Lau ruled as grounds for her judgement that both the respondents – the minister and the Malaysian government – had failed throughout the trial to prove how the use of the word “Allah” could threaten national security.

On Jan 7 last year, the Home Ministry had approved the Herald’s publication permit on condition that the usage of the word “Allah” was prohibited and the word “Limited” (Terhad) be endorsed on its front page to mean that it must be circulated only to Christians.

The minister had prohibited the usage on grounds of national security and to avoid misunderstanding and confusion among Muslims.

The Archbishop, as Herald’s publisher, had filed an application on Feb 16 for a judicial review to seek a declaration that the minister’s decision for the prohibition was illegal and that the word “Allah” was not exclusive to Islam.

Representing the Archbishop were counsel Porres P. Royan and S. Selvarajah while senior federal counsel Datuk Kamaludin Md Said stood for the respondents.

Following the ruling, Kamaludin sought a clarification for the declaration to be only confined for the permit in question, which was for the period from Jan 1 to Dec 31 last year, and not future permits.

“It does not relate to an order or decision relating to future permits,” he said, adding that future permits would require a fresh application.

However, Royan argued that the permit for the period between Jan 1 and Dec 31 this year had already been issued, subjected to the same condition pending the court’s determination on the matter.

“The order speaks for itself. I believe the minister will be bound by the words he has used and that he will respect the court’s decision.

“Of course, they have other remedies. The court has granted declarations to allow the use of the word ‘Allah’ that must bind the parties,” he said.

Kamaludin then said he would seek direction from the minister on whether they would file a stay of execution application or an appeal.

In an immediate reaction, Herald’s editor Father Andrew Lawrence told the press that this was a “long-awaited” decision, hailing it as a “landmark case for our nation”.