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Monday, June 22, 2015

You know what has annoyed and saddened me all my life???

Actually many things and I think many of these things are not my doing....

Let me list down some of them...

1) When I was a kid, I looked up to adults because they seemed confident, knowledgeable and always spoke with authority. Whenever I asked questions or disagreed with them, I would be considered either as "rude" or 'speaking back".

But as I grow up, I realised that many of them are ignorant and pretending to know life when actually they too are trying to figure out what life is all about. Of course later I knew that most people do not think nor have the willingness to think....but certainly there is no reason to be dishonest with kids and worse to impose your unchecked, unverified beliefs on to them.

2) When I lost a class mate of mine in Form 5 in an accident, it really dawned upon me that we will for a certainty die one day. Life on earth will be meaningless if we do not make full use of it for the betterment of ourselves, our families, our friends, our society and our world.

Since we are all going to die, it makes sense to make this life as liveable as possible for all of us. Meaning - do not  make life too complicated. But it annoys me that we have made life so unnecessarily complicated due to various labels - culture, religion, protocol, ethnicity, economics, politics and so and so on.


3) It annoys me that some people make it their purpose in life to divide people according to religion and race. In fact they make money from this ignoble puropose. What is even more annoying is that they do this division of human beings by anointing themselves with fanciful and honourable titles and honorifics. .

It annoys me that some people have seminars, forums and even write so called "academic papers" to further dvide human beings. The heights of annoyance is when they speak in the name of God to divide people and make other people's lives as miserable as possible.

4) It annoys me that the masses allow their lives to be determined by the elitist few and keep honouring the masters who treat them and their children as slaves and tools for their own glory and power. It annoys me that masses live an automated life defined by the system which they did not create.

5) It annoys me that the masses do not want to support true reformers in society and recognise true thinkers.

6) It annoys me that powerful evil will get more powerful because they have all the resources to perpetuate their power.

7) It annoys me that the ordinary citizen in position of authority do not want to cooperate with another ordinary citizen and make the system pro ordinary citizen instead of being slavish enforcers for the elitists...and they grow old, retire and their children suffer from the corrupt system they created.

8) It annoys me that some men have the audacity to speak in the name of God and are brave to impose on you when they either have the power of authority or the power of violence.

9) It annoys me that the thinking ordinary masses do not translate their annoyance into something collectively useful to make our system better so that we can live better and happier.

What annoys you ???





PAS -DAP Crisis is good for DAP and the Country

Maybe I am going overboard calling the PAS-DAP "quarrels" as a crisis. Whatever it is, I think it it good for the political maturing in the country, good for DAP to evolve further into a truly Malaysian political party and good for some PAS members to rethink about PAS.

Marriage of Convenience


I think every political analyst knows that PAS will not last long in Pakatan. The political ideology of PAS and DAP, two main components of Pakatan is completely at variance. PAS stands for a theological ideology using the brand of "Islam" while DAP stands for secularism and a "Malaysian Malaysia"

The so-called coalition of Pakatan is nothing more than a marriage of convenience. I knew there was something amiss when PAS came out with their "Welfare State" trying to subtly get away from their decades of cry of "Islamic State" which, no thanks to IS, has become a bad word today.

So, Pakatan was just a political marriage of convenience foisted on the voters by three political parties with completely different agendas. In this marriage of convenience, only DAP is consistent with its "Malaysian Malaysia" and secular objective despite its "Chinese only image".

PAS practices politics of exclusivity

It should be clear as daylight to any Malaysian citizen that PAS brand of politics is by its very nature is exclusive - it excludes non-Muslims (do you know of any non-Muslim party member?) and excludes many Muslims (if not, why Muslims in UMNO or elsewhere never joined it?).

Hence, PAS's politics is about politics of exclusivism with its political insistence on imposing its brand of "Islam" and its own version of "syariah". This kind of politics does not only isolate the non-Muslims, it also isolates the Muslims who may not agree with PAS's interpretation of "Islam" and what it encompasses. PAS has always mixed religion with politics freely based on manipulating the argument that "Islam is all encompassing" while ignoring other equally valid arguments.

I strongly believe that if the economic and educational levels of the Malay Muslims increase in this country and there is greater freedom to discussion Islamic ideas and concepts, the political influence of PAS will naturally wane.  PAS will survive so long as there are Malay Muslims who are ignorant of the Quran or a certain kind of conservative interpretation of Islam continues to be mainstream.

The fact that many Muslim reformists themselves have been rejected at the recent PAS Assembly is evidence of the exclusivism of the conservative mindset in PAS. If the PAS members themselves cannot accept reformist interpretations from their own leaders, do you actually expect them to appreciate other Muslim scholarly views? What more the views of non-Muslims? So, voters better wake up to this fact.

Frankly the biggest mistake ever done by the government is to allow political parties to be identified with religion, what more Islam in this case, which is the religion of the majority of the citizens of this country. 

In India you have the RSS, which is considered as a Hindu Nationalist movement and the BJP which is considered as imbued with Hindu religious fundamentalism and often anti-science. Now, the BJP has somehow formed the government and expectations are that India will regress, unless BJP adapts to the national realities instead of fundamentalism. 

The biggest question that this theological politicians from PAS have yet to answer: What have they contributed in real terms to the Kelantanese after being in power for so long other than stories of fantasy and wishful thinking?

DAP promotes secularism and a Malaysian Malaysia.

If you compare DAP with either PAS or PKR, even if you do not support DAP, you have to admit that their political struggle is quite clear. The late Mr Karpal Singh, Lim Guan Eng and even Lim Kit Siang are clear that they support secularism, for lack of a better word. They allow for freedom of religion and are concerned about sensitivities of each communities religion.

More importantly, DAP has always focused on national issues affecting all citizens regardless of ethnic or religious origins. 

Of course, DAP has a past that has given it an image that it is a "Chinese chauvinist" party but I think it has changes and is changing under Lim Guan Eng. If more Malays join the party, I will not underestimate DAP to be a more formidable party acceptable by Malaysians.

Many scorned me when I predicted that DAP will wrestle Penang easily and that many Malays will join DAP.

With this rising tide of "religionisation" taking place in the country, especially UMNO behaving clueless in this area, I will not be surprised if many more Muslims join DAP as a platform to regain their right to practice Islam as they see it.

Irony? Wait and see.

Peace and Salam Ramadan.



Sunday, June 21, 2015

Satu Ketika Dahulu Kita Lawan Komunis

Satu ketika dulu kita lawan Komunis untuk pertahankan negara

Kita lawan Jepun .....

Kita pun "lawan" dengan British...

Kini...kita lawan sesama kita.


Salam.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Apa Yang YAB Lim Guan Eng Cakap Ni ????

(image thanks to nasionalis.my)

Betul kah lapuran berita berita bahwa Lim GUan Eng suruh PAS keluar daripada Pakatan kalau masih berpegang pada "hudud ala PAS"?

Betul kah Guan Eng cakap wakil-wakil PAS harus berhenti menjadi wakil-wakil dalam kerajaan Pulau Pinang memandangkan muktamar PAS terima usul putuskan hubungan dengan DAP?

Kalau dan KALAU, lapuran itu semua betul...saya setuju dengan Guan Eng. Bukan kah kalau muktamar dah cakap tak nak berkawan....yang pemimpin dok nak berkwan buat apa? rasa macam tak ikut kehendak ahli parti.

Lagi pun, kalau betul lah DEWAN ULAMAK PAS dah cakap jangan dok berkawan dengan DAP...jangan lah dok berkawan.

Kan DEWAN ULAMAK PAS itu di anggap sebagai orang-orang yang pakar agama oleh ahli-ahli PAS...tentu sekali mereka dah belek belek apa-apa kitab-kitab yang dianggap suci oleh mereka untuk membuat keputusan itu. Jangan main-main...ni semua "ulamak" ooii..."pewaris Nabi", depa kata.

Tapi betul ke dewan ulamak PAS cakap macam tu? macam tak caya je....Tolong sesiapa cek dulu betul ke tak betul.


Hadi pun sepasai.....apa yang susah sangat nak putus hubungan dengan DAP? Dah mu nak "hudud", depa tak nak. Tak sehaluan...so belah je lah. Tak payah saya nak guna bahasa akademik atau pemikiran intelektual untuk nak hurai keadaan PAS ni...waste of Allah given valuable resources.

Sebagai seroang Muslim, saya setuju dengan Guan Eng. Islam pun mengajar kita berpegang pada prinsip dan janji. Ini kan pula PARTY yang mau rakyat percaya mereka "perjuangkan Islam"...

Problem is....PAS ni parti politik...jadi dia kena la buat kiraan politik dulu.

Saya harap sangat2lah bulan puasa ni PAS dapat buat muhasabah diri yang cukup baik dalam bahasa yang mereka faham.

But my late grandmother once said....a leopord won't change its spots. Hmmm....


Salam.

Ramadan Thoughts: Ramadan is Here Again.

I am repeating last year's post as it is still relevant.

Salam Ramadan



1. The Ramadan month is here again. This is the time where the Muslims undergo disciplinaryTRAINING of abstinence from food, drinks, lust and management of emotions for the love of Allah.

2. The month is also filled with nightly ritual prayer of terawih, aSPECIAL prayer which is much longer than the normal five times per day prayers.

3. Correctly practiced, the Ramadan month is capable of being a month that transforms the caterpillar into a butterfly, change of bad habits into good ones. It can cause the Hijrah or migration of a person from a lower state into a higher state, a poor character into an examplary one.

4. Whether Ramadan serves the purpose of transforming a person into aBETTER human being or it only serves as a mere religious ritual depends on many factors, primarily how the individual Muslim sees it.


5. On the one hand, Ramadan also witnesses many hypocritical, commercial and purely selfish behaviour.  The business entities, especially the food industry seems to ironically have a boost in sales!CORPORATE and political personalities also use this period to network for commercial and political purposes.

6. The most basic and fundamental teachings of Islam comes from the Quran.  If the Muslim takes the trouble to allocate a mere one hour a day in the month of Ramadan to study the Quran, he mayEMERGEmore knowledgeable about true Islam as contained in the Quran at the end of the Ramadan month.


7. With the knowledge gained from the Quran,he may then use it as a criterion to evaluate his life, the life in the society he lives in, the values and the events that he has witnessed in his society - and decide whether it reflects the mercy, blessings, and teachings thatBENEFIT human kind as contained in the Quran.

8. It will be sad and futile if the Ramadan month is turned into pure ritualistic exercise for the sake of a tradition or religion without the spirit. Then there will be no migration or Hijrah of the person's character and perspectives.

9. Salam Ramadan to all and may you each be blessed with what you sow.

Peace !

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

My Wish For Malaysia




Very basic really.

That we all become and behave as human beings with compassion and love first.

That we stop making life difficult for each other in the name of politics, religion, ethnicity and so on.

That we realise that none of us - however learned we claim to be - has the right or authority to play God.

That we allow the diligent to be diligent, the talented to be talented.

That the powerful and rich do not oppress the weak and poor - know that we are mortals who will disintegrate one day.

Let's share a dream together - to make Malaysia our home and us, a Malaysian family.



MALAYSIA
OUR 
HOME!

Peace !




Saturday, April 25, 2015

Penghinaan Terhadap Orang Islam harus berhenti !!!























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Sejak kebelakangan ini terlalu banyak penghinaan terhadap umat Muslim yang berlaku. Sebenarnya, dalam negara ini, penghinaan demi penghinaan terhadap minda dan imej orang Islam berlaku sejak 9 tahun yang lalu.

Yang menyedihkan ialah penghinaan ini dilakukan oleh..........................orang-orang yang mengaku orang Islam !

Penghinaan-penghinaan ini amat dahsyat sekali sehingga sekumpulan kecil dominan yang kuat bersuara ini cuba untuk menampilkan orang Islam sebagai bodoh, percaya tahyul dan fantasi, tidak berkeyakinan diri, pak turut yang tidak tahu untuk menilai, tidak ada jati diri, pengacau keamanan, rasis, hipokit, dogmatik dan "sexist" (kalau tak faham tengok kamus), ritualistik semata-mata dan sebagainya yang negatif.

Oleh kerana kumpulan dominan ini kuat bersuara tanpa malu dan harga diri serta tanpa menilai tahap ilmu dan tahap pemikirannya, maka penghinaan bertubi-tubi diteruskan teradap umat Muslim.

Awal sekali saya ingin nyatakan bahawa "Islam" itu adalah Adeen atau "Cara HIdup" atau "The Way" yang amat rasional, yang galakkan pemikiran, penilaian dan kajiselidik, syumul dan bertepatan uttuk semua masa serta relevan kepada yang percaya dan yang tidak percaya. Ia adalah Adeen yang inklusif (kalau tak faham, tengok kamus) dan bukan agama yang eksklusif seperti kebanyakkan agama. Ini lah diantara rahmah, mukjizat dan barakah Adeen Allah yang mungkin ramai Muslim sendiri tidak sedar,

Diantara penghinaan-penghinaan ialah seperti berikut:-



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1) Orang Islam begitu lemah dengan "aqidah" mereka sehingga begitu mudah terpengaruh dengan simbol-simbol agama lain seperti "salib" tokong, gereja, dan lain-lain.

2) Orang Islam begitu lemah mnda sehingga kehadiran buku-buku "suci" agama lain boleh memesongkan mereka - ini pula di Negara kita dimana setiap ceruk negara terdapat "ceramah agama" yang begitu banyak!

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3) Orang Islam tidak pandai menilai, tidak pandai berfikir sehingga terpaksa setiap kali dalam semua hal "agama" merujuk" kepada "ustad", "tok/tuan guru", "ulamak", "Sheikh" dan sebagainya.  Pandangan-pandangan "orang agama" ini pula harus di terima bulat-bulat seolah-olah ianya firman Allah tanpa pertikaian. Seolah-olah orang-orang Islam tidak mampu bertanggungjawap terhadap ubudiyyah nya sendiri kepada Allah !


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4) Orang Islam tidak mampu menghadapi kepelbagaian tafsiran dan fahaman sehingga mudah menjadi ganas atau emosi jika orang lain yang berilmu mempersembahkan tafsiran berbeza. Cara paling mudah untuk membela fahaman sendiri ialah dengan menidakkan hak orang lain untuk menyuarakan fahaman dan hujahnya! "Adabal Khilafiah" yang di ajar oleh Allah dalam Al-Quran diketepikan


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5) Digambarkan Islam sebagai agama yang suka melarang, mengharamkan segala, tidak ada kerasionalan dalan tindakan, yang mengekalkan dirinya dengan kuasa dan bukan pengajaran dan hujah. Ini disebabkan orang-orang agama yang suka menunjukkan kuasa melalui melarang itu dan ini, dan sebagainya. Walhal Adden Allah adalah berdasarkan hujah, nas, pelawaan dan tiada paksaan langsung.

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6) Digambarkan Agama sebagai penuh dengan kerahiban dalan pelbagai segi dimana orang agama diangkat ketahap tuhan sehingga pendangan dan tafsiran mereka tidak boleh di cabar atau dipertikai oleh Muslim2 lain yang mungkin lebih pandai, berilmu daripada mereka walaupun tidak khusus pada agama secara formal atau rasmi.












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7) Baru-baru ini saya diberitahu oleh seorang pelajar kolej bahawa guru agama mereka mengajar bahawa "Islam tidak mengalak wanita berkerja tetapi harus duduk di rumah dan lelakilah yang harus buat segala sesuatu".  Kononnya menurut beliau "wanita adalah bunga yang harus dijaga lelaki supaya berseri di rumah untuk menyejukkan hati lelaki" ! Kalau ini bukan ajaran yang menjadikan wanita sebagai simbol seks semata-mata, saya tidak tahu apa yang nak digelarkan ajaran sedemikian!

8) Digambarkan sebagai wanita lah sumber maksiat dan lelaki Muslim amat rendah kawalan mereka terhadap nafsu sehingga mudah goncang dengan kehadiran wanita. Bentuk badan wanita dijadikan isu. Tidak kah tension bila orang-orang ini mengambarkan masalah peribadi dan kelemahan mereka sendiri sebagai ciri manusia?? Tidak kah ini penghinaan pada minda Muslim yang beretika dan boleh mengawal diri?



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9) Di satu sekolah rendah, guru agama mengajar bahawa orang Islam tidak boleh merayakan Hari raya Cina sebab "cina makan babi dan ini adalah perayaan orang kafir". Perkara ini saya telah seselaikan sendiri dimana ustazah itu ikhlas mengaku tersilap kerana tidak faham sebelum ini perkara-perkara yang saya jelaskan pada nya. Namun, amat menakutkan berapa sekolah lagi ada orang-orang agama sedemikian???



9) Keganasan di "halalkan" atas nama agama walhal amat jelas Islam mengharamkan mengambil nyawa manusia yang tidak bersalah.

Saya juga tertanya-tanya, tidak mampu ke "orang agama" berdebat dengan mufakkir dan Muslim-muslim yang jauh lebih pandai daripada mereka walaupun tidak berkelulusan formal agama secara rasional dan beradab?

Tidak malu kah kita sebagai Muslim bila ada orang-orang Islam yang bercakap bodoh dikhalayak ramai atas nama Islam?

Kadang-kadang saya rasa lucu bilamana seorang yang tidak berkemampuan untuk berhujah secara logik dan berdasarkan Al-Quran mengambil jalan keluar dengan membunyikan beberapa bahasa Arab yang ia sendiri tidak faham tetapi popular dikalangan mereka.

Masalah lah masyarakat bila ianya didominasi oleh orang-orang yang lemah daya pemikiran, bersikap burung kakak tua, tidak berani berhujah berdaarkan ilmu dan nas, dan paling sedih ialah ia begitu tidak berkeyakinan diri sehingga marah bila orang berlainan pendapat !!!


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Muslim harus bangkit untuk mengembalikan maruah dan berhenti dihina oleh orang-orang "Islam" yang bodoh dan jahil atau yang tampak berpendidikan tetapi sijahil terdidik.

Salam.