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Sunday, May 8, 2011

PERKASA buat laporan polis di seluruh negara

Pembela forum: Islam Under Siege. What Can We Do?

Another Kg Buah Pala in the making?

UMNO JPNs’ racist and religious supremacy from Birth Certificate onwards forced into Islam

urlumnonationalThis could help Malaysian non Muslimx to understand better about body snatching issue. The birth cert which is attached with this posting is my own Birth cert was taken on December 2010, I went to Wilayah Persekutuan Registration office to get my new Birth certificate for foreign uses. When i got the certificate in my hand I was shock because some of the info is not there and incorrect. The infos are

1.My religion stated information is not available
2.My Father´s age stated -nil-
3.My father´s religion stated 
information is not available
4.My Mother´s citizenship stated not citizen
5.My Mother´s status of residence stated 
Permanent Resident 
6.My Mother´s religion stated information is not available

I asked the officer in the department why isnt my religion stated? She answered me that It will be only written for Malays as Islam. Then I asked her back what about my religion? She said normally they will not write that. So i asked her back can you give a letter saying that you will not write my religion in it? She was hesitating and ask me to wait and called her higher officer. All of them together refused to change the mistakes in my Birth certificate. With all my argument they ask me to go to Putrajaya. In Putra jaya they ask me to show proof of me being to an particular religion. Where does this end then? In this age of multi media technology they cant event change anything of my Birth certificate which is not correct.

Let us see what is wrong with it. My religion is Hindu , If i am belong to a race called Indian normally should be Hindu unless if I am converted to Islam or Christianity. How stupid they are when they can bravely write that my religion is not available? When I was born definitely my father could have a particular age. It is the duty of the officer to write it clearly. Even if they missed that, now they can still amend it. My father´s religion also not available. Do they think we dont have religion? Or else easy to make changes according to their will.

My mother´s citizenship is not citizen, it is clearly a lie. My father who born in Malaysia in 1940s stated Malaysian citizen but my mother who born in mid 50s stated not citizen. What a big joke of Boleh Land. My mother´s status of residence stated she is a permanent residence whereas she has a citizenship earlier. Come on all those lazy guys who works in registration department should be replaced with hard working race. Again my Mother´s religion is not available. Is it my religion not available instead of Hindu?

My dear brothers and sisters it is not a joke to laugh but remember because many stuffs are not filled in properly as though like religion, they can manipulate it when i die by stating I am a Muslim. It is possible. If some professional can copy my signature and sign in the conversion paper, I will be definitely a Muslim. With all this they can snatch my body after my death. It is possible. Please recheck your birth certificate and identity card for the assurance so that they dont take away your body when you die. I put the registration department in charge of their laziness and carelessness in dealing with their duties.

Finally by purpose I have deleted my parent´s name because i dont want any problems for them. Thank you

Article written by Saravanan .

Mandatory Muslim PM law against Federal Constitution, says expert

KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 — The Federal Constitution does not require a Muslim prime minister to helm the government, and any such provision would be against Malaysia’s laws of equality, a law expert asserted today.

“To insert a provision requiring the PM be Muslim would run counter to the provision of equality enshrined under Article 8 of the Federal Constitution,” said Prof Abdul Aziz Bari.

Aziz was responding to a statement made yesterday by lawyer Datuk Zainal Rejal who had charged that the prime minister must be a Muslim, even though there are no legal provisions as to the race or ethnicity of the PM in the Constitution.

Zainal, who was a speaker at a forum organised by The Muslim Organisations in Defence of Islam (Pembela), said a non-Muslim prime minister would not be able to advise the King on Islamic matters.

“The PM must be a Muslim. Or else he cannot advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Islamic matters ... how can you have a non-Muslim advise the Agong on Islamic matters?” Zainal had said.

In response, Aziz said that the only way the current provision could be amended was through a two-thirds majority vote in Parliament.

The constitutional expert explained that there was no need for the prime minister to be a Muslim because Islam was a matter of the state and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is not the head of Islam for the entire federation.

“One must not forget that in the Malay states the corresponding position has been stated clearly: that MB — but not chief minister — must be a Malay and a Muslim. Similarly the Constitution has made it clear that the state secretary must be a Malay and a Muslim.”

The Federal Constitution does not expressly specify race or religious requirements for the position of prime minister. Article 43(2)(a) of the constitution states only that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall appoint as PM a member of parliament who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the Dewan Rakyat.

“Islam has been protected by the law so there is no need to fear that Islam might be threatened just because the PM might be a non-Muslim,” Aziz told The Malaysian Insider.

He stressed the Constitution was also clear that state rulers, as heads of Islam, need not listen to the advice of the government, as they can protect the religion on their own, given there were exceptions to the rule.

“Let us not assert something that is not expressly stated in the Constitution unless it is necessitated by the spirit of the Constitution or that it is something that is ancillary to it.

“The Constitution must not be read and understood in a pedantic manner,” said Aziz.

Interfaith chief says Utusan report fans religious divide

KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 — Utusan Malaysia and Muslim groups are fanning a religious divide when they should raise reports of purported attempts at a Christian Malaysia with the Cabinet’s special faith panel, the national interfaith council chief has said.

Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) chief Reverend Thomas Philips said there was a special subcommittee to deal with such “sensitive” matters.

“We already have a Cabinet interfaith committee. They should raise it there. They are fanning this issue out of control. Why do they need to evoke the emotions of people?” he said to The Malaysian Insider, referring to the allegation, which was based entirely on blog postings by several pro-Umno bloggers and reported today by Malay-language paper, Utusan Malaysia.

Several Muslim organisations lodged police reports after reading a front-page article in the Umno-owned daily titled: “Malaysia, negara Kristian? (Malaysia, a Christian country?).

Philips said the special subcommittee was scheduled to meet next week but that the meeting has been postponed indefinitely.

The working committee on seeking an understanding on issues among adherents, under the Cabinet’s Special Committee to Promote Interreligious Understanding and Harmony, was among four subcommittees formed on December 2 last year.

It is jointly helmed by Datuk Mustapha Ma and Reverend Hermen Shastri, and it last met on March 17, though sources told The Malaysian Insider that there was no headway in talks on thorny issues as Muslim representatives had failed to turn up for the meeting.

The MCCBCHST president reaffirmed that the non-Muslim council has made it very clear that nobody was scheming to usurp Islam’s position as Malaysia’s official religion.

“We’ve already made it very clear that nobody is threatening Islam. Nobody can undermine Islam’s position as the official religion because it is in the Federal Constitution.

“We want to uphold the Federal Constitution and we will not do anything to change it and we accept the position of Islam,” Phillips said, repeating the MCCBCHST’s statement reported yesterday.

The Mar Thoma priest also told The Malaysian Insider the Cabinet faith panel was also scheduled to meet with ministers in charge of the committee, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom and Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon, next week, ostensibly to discuss the replacement for its Cabinet-appointed coordinator, Datuk Ilani Ishak, who died of cancer on February 24.

“But the May 12 meeting has been postponed,” he said, adding that no replacement date has been given.

“If it happens, it happens. What else can we do?” he said.

The heated religious rhetoric from before the April 16 Sarawak election appeared to have died down immediately after, only to flare up again this week as right-wing Malay groups sounded the alarm over the rising popularity of the Chinese-dominant DAP and accused Christians of laying Islam under siege.

The Muslim Organisations in Defence of Islam (Pembela), an umbrella coalition that had filed police reports over the allegations, accused Christians of scheming to draw more and more Muslims into Christianity, which is an illegal act in Malaysia.

Pembela president Dr Yusri Mohamad said the Christian community’s demands over the “Allah” issue as well as the Alkitab row prove that they want to convert Muslims to Christianity.

“We are dealing with aggressive, confrontational groups of Christians.

“Their demands over the Alkitab, kalimah Allah are connected to their attempts to spread Christianity ... They are using this strategy to tame Muslims, by using terms that we are familiar with in our own religion,” Yusri said yesterday during a Pembela function here.

The syariah lawyer said these are direct attempts to “compromise the position of Islam” as the country’s official religion.

Utusan Malaysia reported from several blogs whose owners have accused the DAP of sedition in an alleged conspiracy with Christians to change the country’s highest law to put a Christian in place of a Muslim as prime minister.

To back up their allegation, the bloggers pointed to a grainy photograph showing what they described to be a secret pact between the DAP and pastors at a closed-door dinner party in a Penang hotel on Wednesday.

The dinner organisers – made up of the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF), Global Day of Prayer, Marketplace Penang and Penang Pastors Fellowship – have denied the claim as lies, and explained it was to honour several pastors from Sarawak who were in Penang for the Unashamedly Ethical marketplace conference held on Thursday.

“Such fellowship dinners are common amongst Christians and are part and parcel of the Christian custom of love and fellowship,” they said in a statement, which The Malaysian Insider had reported on Friday.

Christian leaders want action against Utusan

This is for carrying provocative and baseless report in accusing the Christian movements of trying to topple the government.

PETALING JAYA: The Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Murphy Pakiam today hit out at Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia for carrying a mischievous report pertaining to the role of Christian leaders in turning Malaysia as a Christian nation with a Christian premier.

Pakiam, who is the president of Malaysian Catholic Bishops, said the report carried yesterday was “irresponsible, baseless and provocative”.

The report had alleged that Christian leaders (priests/pastors) had a closed door meeting in Penang and had vowed to make Christian the official religion of Malaysia and to install a Christian as its prime minister.

“On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Malaysia, I would like to categorically refute the allegation that such a meeting had taken place or will take place in a Catholic venue in Penang.

“It is clear that this reporting is baseless and highly irresponsible as the reporters and editors of the above newspaper have not taken any reasonable steps whatsoever to verify the allegations made by anonymous bloggers,” he said in a statement today.

He said that the report in Utusan Malaysia was published after the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF), one of the organizers of the meeting, having refuted the claims of bloggers.

Their denial was also published by an online media, he added.

He further said that the NECF also clarified that this meeting only covered the topic of ethical leadership and had no treasonous agenda as alleged by the bloggers and news report.

“It is clear that such reporting has the effect of creating religious disharmony, inciting hatred and heaping odium on Christians.

“We therefore call upon the authorities and the police to immediately make a thorough investigation of this matter to determine the source of these insidious, provocative and malicious lies and to take the necessary action against those who seek to threaten the multi-cultural and multi-religious harmonious make-up in this country,” he said.

Police report by Perkasa

Yesterday Malay right-wing movement Perkasa lodged a police report against DAP’s Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi for allegedly organising the meeting of priests at a hotel at Jalan Macalister last Thursday.

The report was lodged by Perkasa’s Penang chief, Mohd Rizuad Mohd Azudin, who alleged that based on a newspaper report, two blogsites claimed that the meeting also discussed making Christian the official religion for the federation and to appoint a Christian as prime minister.

“This issue will destruct the racial unity that has been built for more than 50 years,” he told reporters after lodging the police report.

DAP secretary-general and Penang CM Lim Guan Eng had rubbished the claims and had also lashed out against Utusan Malaysia.

Disunity in Palani’s unity plan for MIC

Foot soldiers from opposing camps are sharpening their knives to remain relevant in MIC.

PETALING JAYA: A proxy fight between MIC’s top two leaders is simmering on the ground with party loyalists aligned to both the men trading barbs on regular basis.

Interestingly the two leaders – MIC president G Palanivel and his deputy Dr S Subramaniam – have stayed above the fray by retaining silence for now.

The situation however is very different between their followers. The most recent – and the most serious – bone of contention is Palanivel’s decision to bring back sacked members into the party. He has also reinstated some of the returning members to their old positions in the party.

In his defence, Palanivel’s camp is saying that the president had the support of the central working committee (CWC) to bring back these sacked members, most of whom had been kicked out for criticising Palanivel’s predecessor S Samy Vellu.

Palanivel’s critics say that the move to bring back these sacked members does not have the support of the party members, and more damagingly, the decision to reinstate them to their old positions is against the party constitution.

They also say these sacked members are reinstated so that they can be used as a tool by Palanivel to keep a check on Subramaniam from posing a challenge to the top post.

“That is a no-brainer argument,” said CWC member Madhu Marimuthu, a key ally of Palanivel.

“He has given amnesty to these sacked members so that their return can unite the party and the community.

“He has set his sights on revamping the party to prepare it for the next general election,” he told FMT, adding that the move was not politically motivated to restrain Subramaniam.

Madhu added that Palanivel has also invited other Indian based parties like MIUP and IPF to work with MIC for the sake of Indian unity.

CWC members not puppets

He added that the president had the support of all party leaders, including Subramaniam and the CWC members, in his vision to make MIC strong again.

“The CWC members are not mere puppets who follow the president’s instructions. And what is wrong in supporting the president’s call for unity in the party and among the community?” he asked.

Madhu’s question was directed at Bagan MIC division chief Henry Benedict Aaasirvatham who had said that Palanivel’s move to reunite the different factions in the party was part of a plan to “kill off” his deputy Subramaniam.

Aaasirvatham said the readmission and reinstatement of sacked leaders were done in the name of unity to mislead the Indian community about the real agenda.

“Palanivel knows he is not safe with Subramaniam running around, so he will even roll out the red carpet for the former number two, S Subramaniam to kill Dr Subramaniam,” he said yesterday.

Responding to this, Madhu said it was time all party grassroots leaders got behind the leadership to solidify the support from the Indian community for MIC.

He added that Palanivel also had the interest of grassroots leaders, which he showed by introducing insurance scheme to all committee members at branch levels as opposed to only branch chairmen previously.

“Aaasirvatham better not place his self interest above the party interest,” added Madhu.

Working against the party’s interest

The Bagan division leader also came under attack from KP Samy, a CWC member who was reinstated under Palanivel’s amnesty plan.

“Looks like Aaasirvatham has a personal agenda to settle. Why is he not keen on the unity plan? Is he suggesting that people like me who had been allowed back to the party will now work with Palanivel to kill off Dr Subramaniam?” he asked today.

“I don’t want to be involved in this sort of petty argument with leaders like Aaasirvatham and others who had questioned our return to the party,” he added.

He said that he will make his stand clear at the next CWC meeting – the first which will be held following his reinstatement into the party.

“We have plans for the party. We want MIC to be strong. It looks like those who question everything that the president does is working against achieving that,” said Samy.

This remark may not sit well with many Palanivel critics, including former president Samy Vellu who is said to be unhappy with his successor’s style of leadership and is believed to be mulling over plans to support Dr Subramaniam in the next presidential election.

Palanivel’s decision to postpone all party polls until after the general election has also caused some concern in the party as the party constitution does not allow for the postponement of presidental election. Elections for all other posts are allowed under the party rules.

Palanivel is also said to have a less-than-cordial relationship with his Youth leader T Mohan, whose close aide has referred the president’s decision to bring back and reinstate the sacked leaders to the Registrar of Societies for breaching party rules.

Interestingly Samy Vellu’s son Vell Paari, who is now MIC’s information chief, is in Palanivel’s camp.

Municipal councils have no say in running cemeteries

Endowment bodies look after burial sites because they last longer than governments

PETALING JAYA: Municipal coiuncils are not in the business of managing or maintaining cemeteries. That task has alway been done by religious bodies.

Penang Deputy Chief Minister II, P Ramasamy’s aide M Satees said: “In Penang, Muslim cemeteries are maintained by Majlis Agama Islam Pulau Pinang (MAIPP) and Jabatan Agama Islam Pulau Pinang (JAIPP) whereas Christian cemeteries by the church and Hindu burial grounds by temple committee.”

Satees was responding to Human Rights Party (HRP) executive committee member M Karunai Nithi’s criticism against Penang Hindu Endowment Board’s (PHEB) attempt to take over the Batu Kawan Hindu burial ground.

Karunai Nithi said the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) should manage and maintain the burial ground.

Satees said the idea behind the Batu Kawan Hindu burial sites’s take over by PHEB was because endowment boards last longer than governments in safeguarding community interests.

“PHEB has been in existence for over 100 years compared to the government,” said Satees.

He added that the problem with the Batu Kawan cemetery arose because it was not gazetted as a Hindu burial ground.

Satees said that a Hindu endowment board would be formed in all states once Pakatan Rakyat forms the federal government.

“It has been agreed in principle by all Pakatan component parties,” said Satees.

DCM II Ramasamy announced that PHEB would take over the management of the five acre burial ground in Batu Kawan as it was abandoned by the previous Sri Maha Mariamman temple committee.

Interlok: ‘Why are Umno and Ministers silent?’

Barisan Nasional leaders are not concerned with addressing the Interlok issue, says an NGO says.

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional politicians are keeping the controversial Interlok novel issue at an arms’ length, according to National Interlok Action Team (NIAT).

“We know that a lot of (people) within Umno and many ministers aren’t happy (with Interlok).”

“(But) BN hasn’t come out with anything. Why are MCA leaders keeping quiet? Why are MIC leaders keeping quiet?” asked Niat chairman Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim Al-Haj.

Expressing dismay to newsmen today, he said neither he nor NIAT were pro-opposition as insinuated by BN leaders.

He said the group was willing to speak to parties from both sides of the political divide on the matter.

“For goodness sake, if I am a supporter of Opposition, why am I supporting 1Malaysia?” he asked.

Thasleem is particularly disappointed with the BN Back-Bencher’s Club (BNBBC) in parliament, which appeared to postpone meetings to unusable dates.

‘Islamic values sidestepped’

A letter by BNBBC secretary Ismail Haji Abdul Muttalib to Thalseem revealed that an initial March 30 meeting this year had been postponed to April 6, which was the Sarawak election nomination date.

In his letter to Thasleem, Ismail wrote that the meeting had to be postponed to an unmentioned future date, as many BN MPs had left for East Malaysia at the time.

Thasleem, in his revert to Ismail, expressed his unhappiness with the ambiguity of the later’s letter.

“You yourself said that many Peninsular MPs would be present (at the meeting). As a Muslim, I feel sad that Islamic values have been sidestepped to gain political advantage,” Thasleem wrote.

NIAT later revealed that a request to meet with Umno Youth over the issue had been turned down as it was “Interlok-related”.

Taking a swipe at Umno Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin, Thasleem said : “He’s an Oxford graduate… but has no guts to raise this issue.”

Thasleem also questioned why only the Deputy Prime Minister-cum Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had an opinion on the matter.

‘Muhyiddin influenced Interlok panel’

The Education Minister's defence of the Interlok novel was not honest at all, says NIAT

KUALA LUMPUR: Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, when he came out in defence of the controversial novel Interlok was not telling the truth, the National Interlok Action Team (NIAT) said.

Its chairman Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim Al-Haj said that he was fed up with the deputy prime minister’s broken promises and swipes at NIAT.

“(Muhyiddin Yassin) is a liar with a malicious agenda,” he told reporters at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall this morning.

Representatives from the Chinese assembly hall, NIAT and the LLG (Lim Lian Geok) Cultural Development centre were also present at the press conference.

The NIAT chairman also demanded Muhyiddin step down as Education Minister immediately over his alleged interference with an independent panel’s revision of the book.

He said that NIAT, along with other NGOs across the country were going to lodge reports with the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission against Muhyiddin.

In mid-March this year, three Indian representatives walked out of the Interlok panel after the DPM advised them to compromise over the word “pariah”.

Muhyiddin was also claimed to have said he wanted less amendments than was intended for the book.

1Malaysia undermined

This led to the NIAT chairman alleging that Muhyiddin’s actions were an abuse of power .

Thasleem then claimed that “unofficial sources” in the Education Ministry told NIAT about their unwillingness to use Interlok as a literature textbook for Form Five Bahasa Malaysia students.

However, Thasleem said that Muhyiddin did not take into account these sentiments .

“The whole concept of 1Malaysia is undermined, and the DPM has the guts and the courage to call us a threat to national security” he said.

Thasleem also asked why Muhyiddin was so eager to carry on with Interlok book when the matter would have been settled differently in other countries.

Citing foreign educationists and politicians, he said that any book mired in controversy would be immediately withdrawn.

“So for anybody to say that it was too late (to pull the book out of the system), it is a big lie,” Thasleem said.

The NIAT chairman also said that Muhyiddin’s actions were his way of remaining in political power.

“That’s the only way he can be in power. I don’t want to be political, but now that he has said some things politically, that’s the only way Umno can be in power,” Thasleem said.

Faksyen: Pulau Pendatang – Bahagian 12

Dalam tempoh seminggu sebelum dilucutkan hak kerakyataan secara automatik, ramai yang berusaha mencari jalan untuk tidak menjadi pelarian.

“Kita tidak ada negara lain selain Pulau Cinta. Inilah tanah tumpah darah kita. Malah, datuk dan nenek kita juga lahir di sini,” kata seseorang dengan suara menggigil memikirkan nasib diri dan keluarga apabila terpaksa menjadi pelarian tanpa negara.

“Diaspora Jawa, Cina, Arab, Tamil, Thailand, Afrika dan entah apa-apa lagi ada di Pulau Cinta sejak ratusan tahun lalu. Kalau tiba-tiba dilucutkan kewarganegaraan, masakan boleh ke Indonesia, China, Arab, India, Thailand, Afrika dan sebagainya! Kita bukan warga negara-negara itu. Kita adalah warganegara Pulau Cinta,” kata seorang ibu beranak sembilan.

Namun, segala hujah dan perbahasan dalam kalangan penduduk bukan keturunan Malayali tidak membawa apa-apa makna. Keputusan muktamad sudah dibuat. Hanya penduduk keturunan Malayali yang beragama Hindu, bertutur Bahasa Malayalam dan mengamalkan budaya Malayali diterima sebagai warganegara bermula 7 Ogos.

“Ada lompang di sini!” Jerit seorang pemuda. “Mengikut rombakan pada Perlembagaan Pulau Cinta, kita masih boleh menjadi warganegara jika kita menjadi orang Malayali yang beragama Hindu, bertutur Bahasa Malayalam dan mengamalkan budaya Malayali!”

Maka, selama dua hari, ramailah penduduk – khasnya generasi muda – mengangkat sumpah bagi mengiktiraf diri mereka sudah meninggalkan keturunan, agama, bahasa dan budaya asal.

Namun, pada hari ketiga (4 Ogos), kerajaan memutuskan untuk tidak membenarkan orang lain berbuat demikian.

“Sejak kelmarin, hampir 200 pendatang dan bangsa asing mengangkat sumpah menjadi orang Malayali, semata-mata kerana mahu kekal sebagai warganegara. Bermula pagi ini, permohonan baru tidak akan diterima,” kata pekerja di kaunter pendaftaran berikutan arahan baru yang dikeluarkan Jemaah Pemerintah.
Maka, musnahlah harapan sekumpulan penduduk yang mahu menggunakan lompong pada Perlembagaan untuk kekal sebagai warganegara Pulau Cinta.

Keputusan pindaan Perlembagaan turut mendapat bantahan penduduk di Pulau Sayang. Pulau itu bergabung dengan Pulau Cinta berikutan cadangan yang dikemukakan Rama tidak lama selepas dia menjadi Perdana Menteri dahulu.

7 Ogos 2015. Tarikh Pulau Sayang menarik diri daripada menjadi sebahagian Pulau Cinta. Tarikh penduduk bukan keturunan Malayali menjadi warganegara Pulau Sayang. – Bersambung minggu depan

Bahagian terdahulu
Uthaya Sankar SB sering mendapat idea daripada kejadian seharian di sekeliling untuk menghasilkan karya.

Bridge over troubled water

So you see, while the opposition and alternative media train their guns on MCLM, Malaysia Today and RPK, the mainstream media attacks from the rear and play up the Ketuanan Christianity, Islam under siege, and the Malay rights and privileges issues.
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Divide and rule
By Elijah M, Lim Kit Siang’s Blog
This is Umno’s strategy to remain in power in Malaysia: make the Malays feel like the Chinese and Christian communities are threatening their hold on power and position of Islam.
They need the Malays to come out in force at the coming elections and vote for Umno candidates in a big way. But in their calculation for that to happen, they must have an imaginary enemy for the Malays/Muslims.
Given than the Chinese have generally deserted the corrupt and self-serving MCA and Gerakan and by extension, BN, they qualify as a prime bogeyman. They are portrayed as slavish supporters of Chinese-based DAP and harbour ambitions of taking over political power from the Malays.

Now the Christians following their support for Pakatan Rakyat in the Sarawak and their refusal to be submissive to a government, which has molested their religious rights, are also being lumped by Utusan Malaysia and pro-Umno bloggers as enemies of Islam in Malaysia.
Such is the stupidity of these guys that they portray a prayer session in Penang with a few DAP politicians as oath-taking. Just a pointer: the only oath that Christians take is to our Lord and Saviour. Therefore, we obey God and not men.
The bloggers hope to persuade Malay/Muslims that Christians are working with DAP to push for a Christian prime minister. I suppose these blinkered souls forgot about the Federal Constitution.
They also forgot to tell their readers that Chinese or Christians (who by the way are mostly non-Malay bumiputeras) are not interested in political power but are interested in good governance, fairness, integrity, rule of law and equal opportunities.
And before we believe that this strategy of divide and rule has not got the blessings of the top Umno leadership, we should think again. The policy of hammering Chinese/Christians and demonising DAP is state-sponsored.
Just listen to Muhyiddin Yassin and other Umno leaders. Of course, Najib Razak plays the good cop but he has stayed silent as Utusan Malaysia slams Chinese.
Instead of worrying what kind of a country he will lead, he has chosen to look the other way as Chinese and Christians are painted as usurpers of power.
One lesson I suppose we can take from this is that Umno does not want or need the support of Chinese or Christians. So much for the Rukun Negara or 1 Malaysia.
This is the hard truth. Pakatan Rakyat is in trouble, serious trouble. Barisan Nasional is winning the perception war. And everything that Pakatan Rakyat does just makes it worse. The more they dig in and hold their ground, the deeper they get bogged down into the rut. And this is because Pakatan Rakyat has amateur numbskulls in charge of its perception war.
Politics is not about the truth. It is about perception. Never mind what is true and what is false. It is what people perceive that counts. And currently what they perceive, whether it is true or not, does not favour Pakatan Rakyat.
Lib Dem learned this the hard way two days ago on Thursday. This is what Nick Clegg said today in his letter to the party members:
I think it is clear that we need to do more to show people in the party and beyond what we are doing in Government and, perhaps more importantly, why. Because we are achieving a great deal. The BBC estimates that we are implementing 75% of the policies of in our manifesto, compared to just 60% of the Conservative manifesto.
Of course, as Liberal Democrats, we are all bitterly disappointed that the referendum on the Alternative Vote has been lost. We will always remain passionate supporters of reform. But we must respect the will of the British people. This time, we were unable to convince them of the merits of this particular change.
Lib Dem did not lose Thursday’s elections because it had not performed. In fact, it had. But it failed to convince the voters as Nick Clegg said “of the merits of this particular change”.
Lib Dem depends on the younger voters. That was how it got in a year ago. But barely a year in office and the young turned on the party -- my daughter included who demonstrated in London against the government after voting Lib Dem in the recent general election. Just a few months after voting for the party, she turned and demonstrated against the party (even my wife and son voted against Lib Dem....sigh....).
Barisan Nasional knows that it needs the Malay votes. It can afford to lose all the non-Malay votes but as long as it retains the Malay votes it will always be in power. So it needs to turn the Malays against the opposition. And this is the game plan.
Now, I say Barisan Nasional, not Umno. Of course, Umno is the mastermind. But Umno can’t do it alone. MCA, MIC, Gerakan, PPP and the many Sabah and Sarawak parties also need to play the game. And they do.
First, the Chinese members of Barisan Nasional frighten the Chinese Diaspora by telling them that if the opposition comes to power then PAS would be in charge and Islam would be imposed on all Malaysians, Islamic laws included.
Then the Malay members of Barisan Nasional frighten the Malay Diaspora by telling them that if the opposition comes to power then DAP would be in charge and Christianity would be imposed on all Malaysians and Christianity would become the official religion of Malaysia.
That is the issue of religion. Further to that the Malays are told that if the opposition come to power then the special rights and privileges of the Malays would erode and the Malays would be reduced to second-class citizens in their own country.
Then we have the sodomy allegation and the sex videotapes of Anwar Ibrahim issue. This is supposed to paint a scenario that Anwar is not as Islamic as he pretends to be but is actually quite an immoral person, meaning he is a munafiq or hypocrite.
The Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) and Malaysia Today are not spared either. MCLM is being touted as a spoiler who is splitting the opposition votes by triggering three-corner fights. So now MCLM and Pakatan Rakyat are working parallel to each other but not in concert. The way things are going MCLM and Pakatan Rakyat may never be able to work together to face the next general election.
There is of course one solution to this. MCLM can close down and not bother to contribute to the next election. That would solve the problem of the perception that MCLM is a liability to the opposition. And that is what many would like to see happen, even those from Pakatan Rakyat.
But will this help the opposition cause? MCLM stayed out of the recent Sarawak state election. Did this help the opposition? Did they do well? Were three-corner fights avoided? That did not solve the problem did it?
Now Malaysia Today, and I personally, are under attack from friends and foes alike. Here again the theory of ‘never mind what is true but what is being perceived is what matters’ rings true.
Both the mainstream media as well as the alternative media have succeeded in propagating the ‘Raja Petra has made a U-turn’ story. I can understand the government-controlled mainstream media doing this. That is their job. What I can’t understand is why is the opposition-aligned alternative media also propagating the lies of the mainstream media?
The alternative media appears to have become an extension of the mainstream media.
So you see, while the opposition and alternative media train their guns on MCLM, Malaysia Today and RPK, the mainstream media attacks from the rear and play up the Ketuanan Christianity, Islam under siege, and the Malay rights and privileges issues.
In short, MCLM, Malaysia Today and RPK, are bogged down in trying to fight off ‘friendly fire’ while the opposition gets machine-gunned good and proper.
Did none of these idiots from Pakatan Rakyat read Sun Tsu or what? Losers! Now we are fighting three fronts -- the enemy plus each other.
This is like trying to build a bridge over troubled waters.


Rakaman Siri Jelajah Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim Di Klang

Bin Laden Directed Qaeda From Pakistan Compound

Osama bin Laden is shown holding a remote while watching himself on television in this video frame grab released by the U.S. Pentagon May 7, 2011. REUTERS/Pentagon/HandoutBy David Alexander

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden was actively engaged in directing his far-flung network in plots against the United States from the compound in Pakistan where he was killed, a senior U.S. intelligence official said as new video images of the al Qaeda leader were released on Saturday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said information carted away from the compound by U.S. forces after Monday's raid, represented the largest trove of intelligence ever obtained from a single terrorism suspect.

"This compound in Abbottabad was an active command and control center for al Qaeda's top leader and it's clear ... that he was not just a strategic thinker for the group," the official said. "He was active in operational planning and in driving tactical decisions."

President Barack Obama's administration released five video clips of bin Laden taken from the compound, most of them showing the al Qaeda leader, his beard dyed black, evidently rehearsing the videotaped speeches he sometimes distributed to his followers.

None of the videos was released with sound. The intelligence official said it had been removed because the United States did not want to transmit bin Laden's propaganda.

But he said they contained the usual criticism of the United States as well as capitalism.

While several video segments showed him rehearsing, one showed an aging and gray-bearded bin Laden in an austere setting, wrapped in a blanket and wearing a ski cap while watching videotapes of himself.

The official said the personal nature of the videos was further evidence that the man killed in the raid was bin Laden, who carefully managed his public image.

The revelations came as senior Pakistani officials said bin Laden may have lived in Pakistan for more than seven years before he was shot dead by U.S. Navy SEALS, a disclosure that could further strain relations between the two countries.

One of bin Laden's widows told Pakistani investigators that he stayed in a village for nearly two and a half years before moving to the nearby garrison town of Abbottabad, close to the capital of Islamabad, where he was killed.

The wife, Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah, said bin Laden and his family had spent five years in Abbottabad, where one of the most elaborate manhunts in history ended on Monday.

"Amal (bin Laden's wife) told investigators that they lived in a village in Haripur district for nearly two and a half years before moving to Abbottabad at the end of 2005," one of the security officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Abdulfattah, along with two other wives and several children, were among 15 or 16 people detained by Pakistani authorities at the compound after the raid.

The senior U.S. intelligence official said bin Laden's identity had been confirmed after his death in several ways -- by a woman at the compound, by facial recognition methods and by matching against a DNA profile with a likelihood of error of only 1 in 11.8 quadrillion.

An initial review of the information taken from the compound showed bin Laden continued to be interested in attacking the United States and "appeared to show continuing interest in transportation and infrastructure targets," the official said.


"The materials reviewed over the past several days clearly show that bin Laden remained an active leader in al Qaeda, providing strategic, operational and tactical instructions to the group," the official said. "He was far from a figurehead. He was an active player, making the recent operation even more essential for our nation's security."

Pakistan, heavily dependent on billions of dollars in U.S. aid, is under intense pressure to explain how bin Laden could have spent so many years undetected just a few hours drive from its intelligence headquarters in the capital.

Suspicions have deepened that Pakistan's pervasive Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency, which has a long history of contacts with militant groups, may have had ties with bin Laden -- or that at least some of its agents did. The agency has been described as a state within a state.

Pakistan has dismissed such suggestions and says it has paid the highest price in human life and money supporting the U.S. war on militancy launched after bin Laden's followers staged the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America.

Security officials said Pakistan had launched an investigation into bin Laden's presence in the South Asian country seen as critical to stabilizing neighboring Afghanistan.

"It is very serious that bin Laden lived in cities (in Pakistan) ... and we couldn't nail it down fully," said one of the Pakistani officials.

The U.S. intelligence official said Washington assumed Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's No. 2 leader, was likely to assume control of the organization following bin Laden's death, but that was uncertain because he was disliked in some quarters.

"To some members of al Qaeda he's extremely controlling, is a micromanager and is not especially charismatic," the official said.
© REUTERS 2011