Saturday, March 21, 2020

The Legend Kenny Rogers - Rest In Peace.

 Undoubtedly, life for all of us must end sometime.  Kenny Roger's time on earth ended last night

The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.

Kenny Roger's songs were one of those experiences that had an impact on my life in many useful ways. His songs were not only entertaining with his miraculous voice, but for me equally instructive and inspiring in life.

Songs like "The Gambler" guided me many times in my life in many aspects of my life. "The Coward of the County" kept reminding me of being courageous in upholding principles and also patience.

When we listen humbly, I believe God "speaks" to us in many ways .   Inspiration, Truth and guidance does not always come from traditional sources like " religious folks". Micheal Jackson's songs , for example, has been an invaluable source to remind me of so many things, including God.

Kenny Rogers, For the good that your songs have done for me, I wish for you:

"Kenny Rogers, May You Rest In Peace".

Thank you for affecting my life positively.

Peace !

Monday, August 26, 2019

The compassionate face of Islam

MUSLIMS should welcome the announcement by Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of religious affairs, that it will be the government’s policy to promote compassionate Islam.

Actually, I believe there is only an “Islam” whose teachings are primarily compassionate, a blessing and merciful. Anyone who reads the Quran will know that it describes itself as a “healing and a mercy to those who believe” (Al Isra (17) verse 82).

In fact, the Holy Prophet Muhammad himself is described in the Quran as rahmatan lil Alamiin for the whole world and the creations (Al Anbiya (21): verse 107).

Essentially, rahmah means love or affection and is often understood to mean the love of God for mankind and His creations where He has provided everything they need to develop and live on this earth. In other words, the Quran guides mankind to understand and appreciate this rahmah through its guidance.

Dr Mujahid also pointed out the use of state resources to confront “public sins” and “private sins” to show, I believe, that any use of religious enforcement powers must be tampered with common sense and compassion.

I believe real scholars of Islam know that there is an abundance of literature that discourages the deliberate attempt to expose private sins.

For reasons which I cannot understand, Dr Mujahid has been exposed to irrelevant criticisms by some Muslim religious experts implicit within which is the assumption that he is ignorant of the discourse in these matters.


Debunking the modern feudal mindset

In a democracy, every citizen has equal opportunities to prosper, progress and determine the way he wants to live his life in accordance with the law. 
THERE was a period in human history where feudalism was the economic and political system in society.
Western Europe had a feudalistic system from the 8th century onwards, and during various periods in history, so did India, China, Japan, much of Asia, including Malaysia and even England.
The strong became Kings or nobles and the rest of the people were either peasants or serfs. The feudal mindset is steeped in a master-servant or lord-slave relationship. Analysing it closely, you will see that it is actually founded on economic and political strength. The wealthy and the powerful lords over the poor and weak. The master is not to be questioned or accounted for in anything, and he is held in continuous awe by the ordinary people.


Friday, May 3, 2019

Who does Malaysia belong to?

TO whom does Malaysia belong to may sound like a hilarious question, but do not overestimate the capacity to which the human mind is used.
Experience and observation will tell you that many of us (sometimes me included), often make a choice of not thinking about things based on facts. Instead, we form conclusions based on conjectures and other people’s uninformed opinions.
So who does Malaysia belong to?
There are many ways of approaching this question. As I often tell the audience in my talks about “thinking”, we have to understand the question first before we can even attempt to seek an answer.


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Former Prime Minister Najib Razak Charged - Go for Justice, Not Blood.

On 4th July, for the first time in Malaysia, an ex Prime Minister was charged.

Najib, 64, was charged with misusing his position as a government official to receive a RM42mil bribe as inducement to provide a sovereign guarantee on behalf of the Malaysian Government for a loan of RM4bil from the pension fund Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (KWAP) to SRC International Sdn Bhd.
He also faces three other charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT) in his capacity as Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Advisor Emeritus of SRC International, in which he was entrusted with the RM4bil.

Read more at Star online 

Whenever a politician is charged or involved in a case, it is bound to attract attention and become sensational. We must not, however, forget that rule of law is paramount for a Nation in the long run. 

I have written many times before that we must always allow the court process to take its due course regardless of who is being charged.  In our legal system, the accused is innocent until proven guilty.  Hence, the media and the rest should respect this principle of law. 

As a lawyer I have seen many times, those who flaunt this principle end up having themselves or someone they know become a victim in the future. So the Rakyat should safeguard this principle.

Since Najib is innocent until proven guilty, he ought to be given the respect that is due to him as an ex Prime Minister.  

I have confidence in our judicial system. Now is no longer and should not be politics but the administration of justice.