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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

DoT blocks HJS Website in India - Anti-Hindu step taken by Indian Govt. !

Adhik Bhadrapad Shukla 3, Kaliyug Varsha 5114

Because they cannot ban Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Jnanjagruti Samiti (HJS), the rulers are putting a ban on the propagation of the mission of these organisations ! The rulers who have imposed a ban on the websites of the Samiti today, will not hesitate to impose a ban on 'Sanatan Prabhat' as well as Sanatan Sanstha and HJS, tomorrow.

Mumbai : According to an order from the Union Government, 250 websites that spread provocative news about the riots in Assam have been banned. Since yesterday, whenever readers throughout Bharat tried to visit http://www.hindujagruti.org, they were getting the message ‘As per the instructions from the Telecommunication department, this website has been blocked’. As a result they could not visit the website. If the readers have experienced this, please let us know the name of the city, State, date etc. Samiti is consulting legal experts on this issue.
Samiti's page on the social networking website Facebook also blocked !
After this decision, from the night of 19.8.2012 Samiti's page ‘http://www.facebook.com/Hindujagruti’ on social networking website Facebook has also been blocked. Presently this page is not accessible all over Bharat; however, it is accessible abroad.

After the order was passed, it has been noticed that the page ‘http://www.facebook.com/Hindujagruti’ belonging to Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) on the social networking website Facebook has been blocked. Presently this page is not visible anywhere in Bharat; however, it visible outside Bharat.

On the website of HJS as well as the page on Facebook, articles that depicted the truth underlying the riots in Assam and Mumbai were placed. There was no provocative matter in these articles. Because of these articles, Hindus around the world were getting to know the truth about these issues. Hence, the possibility of the Union Government as part of its Muslim appeasement policy, banning this page that vents the atrocities faced by the Hindus, cannot be denied.

Until such time as the ban on Samiti’s page on Facebook is lifted, the readers are requested to visit the new page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/HinduAdhiveshan.

If the visitors of the website want any guidance about the course of action to be taken pertaining to Nation and Dharma, they may please contact the local activists of the Samiti.

Umno Youth denies provocative religious Facebook post, to file police report

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 — Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin will lodge a police report today over a controversial posting on a Facebook page purportedly owned by the political wing that has sparked a public uproar over its provocative religious message in the run-up to national polls.

The Rembau MP took to Twitter to distance the wing from the controversy after it was reported by The Malaysian Insider yesterday, the start of the Muslim holiday Aidilfitri.

“Yes, not our FB page,” he said in a reply to a follower on his Twitter account ‏@Khairykj.

“Update: We have narrowed down the admin of the unsanctioned Pemuda UMNO FB page w/ offensive post. We will lodge a police report tomorrow,” Khairy (picture) added.

He did not disclose the identity of the administrator or any further information.

Lokman Noor Adam, an Umno Youth executive council member, also denied knowledge of the controversial posting or that the wing had a Facebook page.

“Pemuda Umno does not have a FB page. We only have an official website,” he told The Malaysian Insider when contacted today, referring to the popular social network by its initials.

“This is the first time I am hearing such a thing,” he said, adding that he was unaware of any picture being uploaded on the Facebook account bearing the Malay party’s name and logo.

Lokman also said that he had not been told of any police complaint being filed over the provocative posting and attempted to play down the controversy.

“I don’t think anyone cares about the picture and what it says,” he said.

The controversial posting was first posted on the eve of Aidilfitri, and had read: “Jika anda setuju untuk jadikan KRISTIAN sebagai agama rasmi persekutuan Malaysia, teruskan sokongan anda kepada Pakatan Rakyat. (If you agree to make CHRISTIANITY the official religion of the federation of Malaysia, continue supporting Pakatan Rakyat.) ‘God bless you my son’.”

The Facebook post appeared to suggest that a vote for Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will catapult Christianity into Islam’s unquestioned position as Malaysia’s religion, showing that faith is still being used to scare off the crucial Malay-Muslim vote in the run-up to national polls.

The picture is a reminder of Malay daily Utusan Malaysia, which last year placed on its front page an unsubstantiated report suggesting that the DAP was conspiring with the Church to install a Christian as prime minister and create a Christian Malaysian state.

It triggered an uproar on the popular social network with some cyber citizens, supporting the statement and others condemning Umno Youth for attempting to fan emotions and religious sentiments between Christians and Muslims on the eve of Aidilfitri, one of the biggest holidays in multicultural Malaysia’s calendar.

PR opposition leaders have also slammed Umno Youth for the incendiary message and demanded that party president and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak take action to rein in the wing.

The provocative posting was taken down about 6.30pm last Saturday, after drawing nearly 300 comments on the Facebook page.

PSC recruits 21 grads but no Indians

The Public Services Commission (PSC) has riled MIC president G Palanivel with their latest recruitment list.

Palanivel and MICKUALA LUMPUR: MIC president G. Palanivel today expressed disappointment over the Public Services Commission’s (PSC) recruitment statement of 21 graduates with first class honours, as no top Indian students were recruited.

In a statement here today, he said there were Indian graduates with First Class honours and Second Class upper degrees, some from government universities, but they were rejected for some reason.

Yesterday, PSC chairman Mahmood Adam announced that the PSC was going straight to local and foreign universities to look for top talent under a new meritocracy-based and fast-track recruitment system.

Through the system, the PSC offered 18 bumiputra students and three Chinese engineering graduates jobs and directed them to report for duty at the Works Ministry.

Palanivel, who also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said he had brought up the matter many times to the attention of the government and also to the Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak at the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council meeting recently.

He added that he had already submitted the rejected list of Indian candidates to the Prime Minister as requested.

“Competing and offering jobs before the private sector does, is a step in the right direction and this is a very proactive and good move but I want PSC to also pay particular attention to Indian students who have done well.

“It does not matter if they had missed out on First Class honours but if they have obtained a good second class upper degree, it should be good enough to warrant PSC’s attention,” he said.

-Bernama

Harder to show proof under hudud

The current criminal law is better because it is easier to prove a case beyond reasonable doubt, says DAP's Karpal Singh.

GEORGE TOWN: Potential criminals will not fear the Islamic hudud law because its burden of proof was harder than current criminal law in the country, DAP chairman Karpal Singhs said today.

Hence, he said hudud law could not serve public interests well because if it was applied, virtually no one could be convicted of crime.

Under hudud, it would be practically impossible to prove a case against an accused without a shadow of doubt.
Comparatively, he suggested that it could be easier to prove a case beyond reasonable doubt under the current criminal law.

For instance, he said the requirement that there must be four witnesses to prove a rape case under hudud would make it impossible to convict a person.

Thus, it would not be able to deter crime and criminals, he said.

“Under hudud, you have to prove a case beyond a shadow of doubt… practically 100%, unlike the present criminal law, which is beyond reasonable doubt.

“Criminals and potential criminals will not fear hudud because they know it will be difficult to prove the charge against them. Hudud law cannot be a deterrent,” he said.

He also said he was never “anti-Islam” because as a MP, he had accepted the Federal Constitution that stipulated the status of Islam as the official religion of the country.

He said he was only opposing the implementation of an Islamic state and hudud law because it was unconstitutional.

Karpal has said that he would sue Bachok MP Nasharuddin Mat Isa for labelling him as “anti-Islam”.

He said he was also ready to face any counter suit to be brought by Nasharuddin. “I am prepared to face him in any court, anywhere,” he said.

The partisan nature of BN-Pakatan conflict

By S Thayaparan,

"Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently, and for the same reason." - Eça de Queirós

COMMENT Well, it seems blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK) is in the news again. I have no idea how the "he said, he said" game between private eye P Balasubramaniam and him is newsworthy, except that it proves my point that online journalism has that unmistakable tinge of yellow in it.

I still can't help but be amazed at the vitriol spewed RPK's way by the former faithful. I've written about RPK before and have no interest in pointing out the hypocrisy of his former evangelical admirers or the nature of his shit-stirring posts.

NONEWhen he is not feeding a certain section of the wired Malaysian public with his salacious but entertaining concoctions of the seedy underbelly of the powers-that-be, which now include Pakatan Rakyat, he's digging around in the racial muck beneath the muhibbah spirit, slaying sacred cows of the Chinese and Indians (well, mostly Chinese) much as he did in his glory days with the Malays with blog posts such as 'The art of silat' and 'On that sahabat karib thing again'.

Then there is something like 'It is not about government, it is about us', which is another in a long line of attempts to repudiate his extremely partisan former position and place himself firmly in the centre of the Malaysian body politic.

Educated readers would have always viewed what RPK said in his messiah days with a healthy dose of skepticism and I believe it is they who still regularly visit his blog and form the majority of his readers, now that he has managed to piss off both sides of the political divide.

Near religious showdown

So although I have no interest in his feud with Balasubramaniam, I did find his blog post 'An adversary impossible to beat' meandering but ultimately interesting if flawed. No doubt for most Pakatan supporters whatever he writes (now) is verboten by their alliance groupthink, but I think he raises some interesting points about the nature of the BN-Pakatan conflict although he misses far too many along the way.

The central thesis of his argument is that the Najib Razak regime's primary adversaries are the faith and belief that Pakatan has managed to harness for their political benefit.
He characterises the extremely partisan nature of this conflict as a near religious showdown between those who have faith that their belief in Pakatan would result in changes for the better (even though they have no real evidence of this) if Pakatan ever came into federal power and those who wish to maintain the status quo, believing the devil you know is better than the one you don't.

pakatan ipoh rally 080209 crowd 03In his 'It is not about government, it is about us' post, he articulates certain contradictions of the lack of ‘idealism' (which ironically is the main propaganda tool of the Pakatan machine) with regards to certain fundamental issues and policies in Pakatan supporters and their realpolitik belief that the only way for ‘change' is kicking out BN and then working out a basic framework with the belief that any problems would be handled by Pakatan in an egalitarian manner.

In other words, they (Pakatan supporters) don't want to put in the effort for fighting for collective principles or policies which differentiate them from BN, all the while coasting on the corruption scandals that feed the need for ‘change'. Any attempt to point this out is perceived as either the Machiavellian workings of pro-BN trolls or contrarian opinions that hamper the progress to Putrajaya.

While I do believe that faith and belief are adversaries of the Najib regime, I believe they are secondary in nature. I think the primary adversary is hate. There is a certain section, perhaps a sizeable section of the voting public who hates BN and has no real interest in questioning the ideological foundations or lack thereof of their preferred political alliance, except as a vehicle to replace BN on the Putrajaya throne.

Ironically it is RPK that brought to boil this hate with his shit-stirring posts in his messianic heyday. By slaying Malay sacred cows and exposing in the most polemical of manner the malfeasances of BN and positioning Pakatan as the white knight that would banish the BN evil from the land, he set up the playing board that he finds so frustrating now.

NONEAs Helen Ang (left), the bête noire of most DAP supporters, points out in her various contrarian posts (which is a good thing), Pakatan supporters have no problem pointing out the ‘hate' spewing forth from BN, but have no qualms about engaging in hate of their own.

Indeed cruise the comments section of Malaysiakini and you would be surprised (or maybe you won't be) of the hateful speech which passes most often without notice since it's either directed at BN or at ideas that don't sit comfortably with Pakatan supporters.

Her 'Haram sokong DAP not mirror image of ABU, meh?' and 'Kafir rating downgraded' posts are in my opinion problematic (seeing as how I am partisan in nature) but nonetheless illuminating on the hypocritical nature of oppositional politics but also for old timers like me with more than a passing familiarity with opposition parties before their revamped image, extremely perceptive.

Seething resentment

Before there was ‘PAS for all', I used to hang out with the "bad old" PAS boys who had no problem calling for the fall of the "maha firaun" and his despicable silencing of opponents using the ISA and his regime's systemic corruption, but had no problem imposing Islam regardless of the objections of the non-Muslims.

These same loyal (sic) Muslims are part of the ‘new' PAS, alternating between seething resentment at being accused of being pro-BN lackeys if they voice their consent for hudud or any other Islamic preoccupations and rabid obsession of ejecting Umno by any means necessary even if it means having an undeclared ceasefire with the heathens until the time is ripe for a religious revival.

NONEAng's Pakatan baiting 'Logo Hari Merdeka Pakatan ada elemen-elemen Kristian' post was a much needed master class in Internet trolling if only because it brought out the vicious undercurrents of Pakatan (DAP specifically) hate mongers who view any Chinese not supportive of the aims of DAP (or Pakatan) as self-loathing cretins - the usual murder fantasies were spewed her way - and the popular canard that only non-Umno Malay/Muslims were acceptable in this new Malaysia.

Indeed any Malay ‘intellectual' who engages in public self-flagellation all the while partaking in broadsides against Umno is welcomed as an enlightened Malay but woe to the Malay who points out the fact that the so-called systemic racism goes hand in hand with the general racism that afflicts this country or makes a defence of Umno ideology, which is not far off from Pakatan's own dogma except without the decades of abuse. This last part is an important point, which would explain the ‘faith" aspect in RPK's argument.

This is why we have the "why can't they get on with the programme" attitude when it comes to status quo agitators like Hindraf. This is why these groups are demonised by the zealots secure in their multiracial/cultural camouflage but displaying no real commitment to the ideal.

Of course, there will always be those who self-righteously shout down those who draw attention to this fact as having done nothing for 55 years (how absurd), but don't seem to have a problem with the inmates running the asylum in their new found role as liberators. Frogs not only leap, they breed.

Umno, of course, has already proven that it is incompetent in these power/perception games. So long being used to locking up those who disagree with them and relying solely on their propaganda tools has left them unable to form a coherent strategy of dealing with Pakatan and the wild west frontier of the new media. "Blunder after blunder and still standing by dodgy means" should be their Merdeka Day slogan.

So, in my opinion RPK has got it somewhat wrong. I think both our arguments paint a bleak picture of the political landscape of Malaysia. Each side is peddling a different thing, playing on our sentiments. Umno is peddling fear, while Pakatan hope.

There are many who would blame Umno for this, and rightly a large portion of the blame should go to them, but this piece really isn't about Umno or BN. And this may be the reason why many would find it unpalatable.

S THAYAPARAN is Commander (rtd) of the Royal Malaysian Navy.


When the Pied Pipers of hudud call


It’s democracy and social justice that the people want, not more punishment that will only victimise the marginalised of society.

Do they know or care that implementing the hudud is unconstitutional? Have they read all the contentious debates and diverse positions on the relevance of hudud in contemporary times? Have they read about the impact hudud has had on women and the poor in countries like Pakistan, Sudan, and Nigeria, while those who steal by the millions thrive, immune and protected? 

Zainah Anwar, The Star 

Oh dear, not again! It’s yet another round of debate on the hudud law. But this time, the active proponents have changed. It’s no longer PAS that’s mouthing demands for hudud!

How times have changed when the very party that has opposed the decades-long PAS effort to implement the hudud has now among its members advocates for the draconian law.

I wonder why these people have all the time in the world to manufacture controversy and consternation on something that they know cannot be implemented in this country. And the media then flames the debate by getting opinions of those who cannot but say yes to hudud.

Secular stand: Tunisian women buying produce at a market in Tunis. The country’s Islamist Ennahda ruling party categorically rejected attempts to make Shari’ah the basis of law in the new Tunisian Constitution. — AFPTun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was right. It is nothing more than politics. In 1994, the then Prime Minister wrote to the Kelantan Mentri Besar, Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, that the Federal Government would oppose any effort by the Kelantan state government to impose the hudud law.

Secular stand: Tunisian women buying produce at a market in Tunis. The country’s Islamist Ennahda ruling party categorically rejected attempts to make Shari’ah the basis of law in the new Tunisian Constitution. — AFP
In the letter, Dr Mahathir also charged that PAS efforts to introduce the hudud was merely political gamesmanship in trying to win votes from the Malays whose eyes had been clouded.

It is now 2012. Not even the Islamists who have won power in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco are talking about the hudud law or even the Islamic state. It’s democracy and social justice that the people want, not more punishment that will only victimise the marginalised of society. It is a civil democratic state that the new leaders are promising, not an Islamic state.

And here we are in Malaysia, supposedly the model Muslim country leading a so-called global movement of moderates, but we remain mired in a mistaken belief that the hallmark of an Islamic administration is the imposition of hudud law on all the citizens.

Are we to laugh or cry when the Umno state assemblyman from Kemelah in Johor proudly proclaimed that the Umno hudud would be superior to the PAS hudud?

It reminds me of the time when the Perlis State Assembly passed the Islamic Aqidah (Faith) Protection Enactment in 2000. The three PAS assemblymen denounced the Enactment, not because it violated fundamental rights, but because it was not Islamic enough! And what would make the Enactment Islamic? Death to apostates. The one-year detention without trial in a faith rehabilitation centre as prescribed by the law was child’s play, they deemed.

Why do politicians say the darnedest things? As it goes with anything to do with religion, there will be the inevitable pied pipers who must follow suit to prove their piety, or so they think.

I wish hudud supporters would do some basic research before they reinforce further fears and prejudices of Islam as an unjust and violent religion.

Do they know or care that implementing the hudud is unconstitutional? Have they read all the contentious debates and diverse positions on the relevance of hudud in contemporary times? Have they read about the impact hudud has had on women and the poor in countries like Pakistan, Sudan, and Nigeria, while those who steal by the millions thrive, immune and protected?

And now Dr Hasan Ali, the ousted Selangor PAS leader, is stoking the debate by trying to portray the coming elections as a choice between those who want the hudud and the Islamic state and those against.
Since when has the imposition of hudud been the most important issue of concern for Malaysian voters? Poll after poll has shown Malaysians are most concerned about crime and public safety, corruption, rising cost of living, political instability, and deteriorating race relations.

And yet we have key political players, whipped up by a segment of the media, manufacturing a debate on an issue that is bound to divide us even further. And dumbing down the Malays into thinking that we could not possibly be good Muslims without the hudud. I am sure the millions of good Muslims living in the West are offended by this.

These blinkered Islamists should start looking at Tunisia and the making of a democratic state in the Arab world. The Islamist Ennahda ruling party, against demands and demonstrations by the hard-line Salafists, categorically rejected attempts to make Shari’ah the basis of law in the new Tunisian Constitution.

Not only that, its chief ideologue, Rached Ghannouchi, announced that the party “will not use law to impose religion” nor “introduce ambiguous definitions into the Constitution that risk dividing the people”. While maintaining the Arab-Muslim identity of Tunisia, he is publicly committed to the state being secular and democratic, with respect for human rights and women’s rights.

This strong and unambiguous public position of an Islamist party in the face of vocal hard-line opposition is a source of hope to many Islamists who today fashion themselves as “Muslim democrats”, eschewing their past fixation on the ideological hudud and Islamic state.

While the world media remains focused on Syria and Egypt, it is developments in Tunisia that should be watched for what could be a genuine transition to democracy led by an Islamist party. If we choose to remain under the proverbial coconut shell, we might just be left behind by the genuine moderates of the Muslim world.

It’s really no use crying over Malay unity and national unity, when political leaders continuously sow seeds of discord, whipping up race and religion to score points with their own constituencies, instead of building consensus on contentious issues.

Let me state that the choice before us is not between Islam and secularism, not between hudud law and civil law, not between tradition and modernity. These are false dichotomies created to divide us. The choice before us is between democracy and despotism, between good governance and corruption, between equality and discrimination, between social justice and inequity.

Can the brave and principled political leaders that we so desperately need stand up and say something?

Be More Open-Minded, PAS Urged

MUAR, Aug 17 (Bernama) -- PAS top leadership has been urged to be more open-minded when confronting problems in the interest of Muslims in the country and abroad.

Umno information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan said that if non-Malays could discuss common issues, he wondered why PAS and Umno could not do likewise.

"Why PAS and Umno cannot be sit down and discuss issues affecting Muslims. Are we so bad to PAS. For example, what's wrong if we sit down and issue a joint statement on Palestine," he told reporters at the breaking of fast at the Mile 18 Jamek Mosque, Air Hitam here yesterday.

Ahmad was commenting on criticisms levelled against former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa after photos of him with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Mecca were plastered in local papers on Aug 15.

Najib was said to have invited Nasharudin to become his translator during the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Extraordinary Summit in Mecca.

"Ustaz Nasha was there to assist the prime minister during his meeting with leading Islamic scholars in Mecca to discuss Muslim well-being and the fate of oppressed Rohingya Muslims," said Ahmad, adding it was unbecoming of PAS leaders to speculate that Nasharudin would be joining Umno due to the picture.

No dignity in life or death

This is the fate of the marginalised Indians of the country.

By N Ganesan

Early in the morning of Aug 14, M Nagamah, 64, of Byram Estate, Pulau Pinang passed away. Her remains were brought home from the Sungai Bakap Hospital. According to the family, she lived a life as a Hindu and she died a Hindu. They prepared to give her a Hindu funeral.

The Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Department officials, however thought differently. They claimed she was a Muslim, came to her house and demanded that the family surrender her body to them for a Muslim burial.

The family refused and went ahead with their plans for a Hindu funeral and the cremation of Nagamah, as department officials had no documentary evidence for the claim she was a Muslim on hand at that time.

The cremation was done by the family according to Hindu rites at the Batu Berapit Crematorium near their home and the family returned home as the cremation was proceeding. The religious department officials then went over to the crematorium and, family is unsure as to what transpired at the crematorium subsequently, but they took away the cremated remains of Nagamah, clearly without the consent of the family and without authority of a civil court – the courts which protect the rights and interests governing non-Muslims in the country.

The family is not sure if the department had any other valid authorisation.

Here is again another clear episode of usurpation of the minority rights of freedom of practice of their religion. The eldest son M Kamasantheran who is a Hindu born of a first marriage of Nagamah is now not in a position to fulfill his religious obligations required of all Hindus – the last rites with the cremated remains at a “Karumakirei” ceremony held 14 days after the death and after which her ashes are to be strewn into a nearby river so that her “Atma” may attain “Shanti”.

This is one of the major religious rites in the life of a Hindu and he has been denied that by the usurpation of his rights . This is clearly a state sanctioned act as the family understands the police accompanied the Islamic department officers at the crematorium at the time the cremated remains were demanded.

The key question here is, by what authority did the department claim for the body, superior to the claim by Kamasantheran that he has his final rites religious obligations? By what superior law or authority can the department order the crematorium and the family to turn over the cremated remains to them and for them to take away with the remains with the police watching over this entire episode on their side?

Department has committed a theft

The Federal Constitution is unequivocal in guaranteeing the right to practice the religion of choice of individual citizens without regards for religion – Article 11. (1) Every person has the right to profess and practise his religion and, subject to Clause (4), to propagate it.”

This clearly means that Kamasantheran is guaranteed his rights to practice his religion and to perform his last rites for his mother as this is one of the most important obligations of a son to his parents in the Hindu religion. Article 8(1) on equality before the law states (1) All persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law, further demands that equality be protected for all citizens.

And in the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution, the jurisdiction of the syariah court is spelled out thus “………… the constitution, organisation and procedure of syariah courts, which shall have jurisdiction only over persons professing the religion of Islam ……”

The religious department acted unilaterally and with impunity in violating all these provisions.

Hindraf demands that the department returns the cremated remains of Nagamah to the family immediately, so that they may perform their final rites as demanded in the police report lodged on Aug 19 by the son, 17 relatives and friends of Nagamah at the Nibong Tebal police station.

Or if the department feels that they do have rights over the cremated remains, they should go to the civil courts protecting the rights of non-Muslims for adjudication on the matter.

Unilateral pronouncements by the syariah court does not apply to non-Muslims and therefore to Kamasantheran.

This effectively becomes a theft by the religious department as viewed by the gurantees to the non-Muslims in the Federal Constitution.

The writer is the national advisor of Hindraf.