Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Divided Ummah, Tales from Tanah Seberang

Salam Aidilfitri Maaf Zahir Batin to all my readers.

Have a wonderful holidays with your loved ones and drive carefully.

Jakarta - Sidang itsbat Kementerian Agama telah usai. Pemerintah melalui Kemenag menetapkan 1 Syawal 1432 H jatuh pada Rabu 31 Agustus 2011
Keputusan diambil setelah Menteri Agama Suryadharma Ali yang memimpin sidang mendengarkan 12 pandangan ormas Islam yang hadir dalam sidang yang digelar di Kementerian Agama, Jl Lapangan Banteng, Senin (29/8/2011). "Bahwa 1 Syawal jatuh pada Rabu 31 Agustus 2011. Bisa disetujui?" tanya Suryadharma. "Setuju," sambut mayoritas peserta sidang sembari bertepuk tangan. Suryadharma pun mengetuk palu tanda disetujuinya keputusan. 
Suryadharma sebelumnya mempertimbangkan 4 intisari masukan 12 ormas yang telah disampaikan kepadanya. Intisari itu pertama, meminta agar kriteria disatukan, dan agar Kemenag lebih kuat lagi untuk memusyawarahkan kriteria penentuan Ramadan, Syawal dan Dzulhijjah. Kedua, perbedaan penentuan Ramadan, Syawal dan Dzulhijjah masih berpeluang terjadi. Namun sebaiknya pengumuman dilakukan pada saat yang sama. Ketiga, kesimpulan lain yang menjurus untuk diambil keputusan. Pemberi saran, laporan dari berbagai titik yang melakukan rukyah, dan memperhatikan fatwa dan pandangan majelis ulama menyetujui secara mayoritas, bahwa 1 syawal jatuh pada hari Rabu 31 Agustus 2011. Keempat, dari Muhammadiyah yang menghargai dan menghormati pandangan Lebaran jatuh pada Rabu 31 Agustus. 
Namun, Muhammadiyah meminta izin untuk melaksanakan Lebaran esok hari, Selasa 30 Agustus 2011 dengan catatan saling menghormati perbedaan sehingga persatuan dan kesatuan umat dan bangsa tetap utuh. Dengan demikian dari ormas-ormas yang hadir hanya Muhammadiyah yang menyatakan 1 Syawal jatuh pada Selasa 30 Agustus 2011.Source here
SMS came trickling in late last night, wishing selamat bersahur kembali from my buddies in Jakarta..all asking me when is raya in KL......

I'm glad that our  Majlis Raja Raja is UNITED in setting up the important dates in our Islamic Calender..

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Shu Shu Shu Ra Council

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 — The Sultan of Selangor expressed anger and shock today at Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s claim that the Ruler had suggested the formation of a syura advisory council, says the Sultan’s private secretary.
Khalid had said yesterday the idea for the advisory council to resolve a controversial raid on a church — comprising him, state Mufti Datuk Setia Mohd Tamyes Abd Wahid and Tamyes’ deputy Datuk Abdul Majid Omar — came from the Ruler during a meeting last week.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah’s (picture) private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani told The Malaysian Insider today that in the meeting, Khalid merely said he wanted to meet Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) officials to get an explanation on the Selangor Islamic Religious Department’s (Jais) August 3 raid on the church premises. “He did not order the mentri besar at all to form the syura council. That is why he is shocked and angry at what happened,” said Mohamad Munir.
“He did not say anything about the syura council. I myself do not know how the mentri besar could say that it was an order from the Sultan. Now, the Sultan is angry and shocked and is instructing the mentri besar to correct that statement,” he added. Source here

What do we have here?

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Guan Beng Counter Argument....Yawn

Bodoh punye AhBeng dah kena kantoi kencing tak tahu nak jawap
Guan Eng sees red over Umno MP’s tweet Penang
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is incensed over a tweet by an Umno leader that he paid The Economist to write a favourable article on the state’s economic progress. Lim said Umno should show proof to back its wild allegations or else stop spreading vicious lies on the matter.
He was referring to Kota Belud MP Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s tweet on Tuesday:”As usual. Must must read! RT @satD: @cmlimguaneng @limkitsiang how much u paid Economist 4 D Mojo Advertorial?”
Lim asked Rahman to retract his statement and apologise for trying to undermine and diminish the hard work of 1.6 million Penangites who have successfully turned the state around in the last three years. He said Umno was clearly unhappy with the praise heaped on the Pakatan Rakyat government for its success in fighting corruption and running a clean administration.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Guan Beng Bilapa Lu Bayar Itu Economist for the Mysterious Mojo Article?

Every AhBengs, AhSohs and the Occasional Machas and Melayu Bodoh went to town with this Article
Getting back its mojo
After a slump, an early engine of globalisation is thriving again Aug 13th 2011 | PENANG |
 IF YOU are going to have a heart attack, have it in Penang. So one might think, to the see the hospitals in George Town, the capital of this north-western Malaysian state. Patients are flocking in. Ted Mohr, the head of the venerable Penang Adventist Hospital says that he will admit 70,000 medical tourists this year. The hospital specialises in heart procedures and it will perform roughly 23,000 of them this year, including 550 open-heart operations. Such is the demand that the hospital is doubling its number of beds.
Mr Mohr gives two main reasons for Penang’s success with the coronary crowd. First, it is relatively cheap. Open-heart surgery that would set you back $100,000 in America costs only about $10,000 in Penang. Second, Penang’s hospitals are as well-equipped as many in the West.
The combination of low cost and high technology is the main reason why industries across the state of Penang, made up of the original island and a larger bit of the mainland, are prospering again after more than a decade of decline.
Their revival is important to Malaysia’s economy—Penang and the surrounding region account for 21% of the country’s GDP. But the renaissance could also have important political consequences for the country. Since 2008 Penang has been one of only four states (out of 13) run by an opposition party. If its politicians can claim the credit for the recent success, that should greatly help the opposition in the next general election, expected within the year.
Penang was founded as a free port by the British in 1786. Occupying a position between India and East Asia, the island drew merchants and middlemen keen to make their fortunes. Chinese, Indians, Armenians, Arabs and more all traded alongside each other. With its racial and religious mix, and dedication to the pursuit of free trade, Penang was in many ways the first custom-made city of globalisation. The island’s fortunes sank as it lost business to its arch-rival, Singapore. In the post-colonial period Penang fell victim to the rise of nationalism. The region’s freshly minted republics chose to develop their own ports.
Penang enjoyed a revival during the 1970s with the setting-up of Malaysia’s first free-trade zone (a “free port” by another name); this attracted big names in electronics, like Intel and Bosch, which built some of the first offshore assembly lines. But this boom was founded on cheap labour, and as Malaysia became richer other emerging economies, such as China and Vietnam, drew the assembly work away. To recover its prosperity, Penang has sought to reinvent itself. With the rise of India and China, Penang’s location again looks very handy to foreign companies as a place to invest, as in the 18th century. It is relatively close to both big markets—yet offers advantages that trump Asia’s giants’. Penang’s own “Silicon Valley” companies know that the rule of law in Malaysia gives them the sort of protection for patents and intellectual property they would not enjoy in China, and an ease of doing business that they could not find in India. Wages are higher than they were, but no more so nowadays than on the Chinese seaboard.
The federal government has also spent liberally on bridges and the airport, making Penang better connected to the rest of Asia. And old George Town has been smartened up, which helps to bring in foreigners to live, work—and have surgery. The result is another boom. Last year more investment poured into the state than any other in Malaysia. Scores of new electronics firms have swooped in to join the pioneers, along with an expanding cluster of 20 or so medical-device manufacturers. Crucially, most of the new jobs are in research and development rather than assembly. An American chip-designer, Altera, has a new facility with 1,100 workers in Penang, 800 of them engineers. Its head says that almost all the engineers are locals—which is good for Malaysia.
Whom to thank?
When the Democratic Action Party won the state’s legislative assembly three years ago, it became the first opposition party to triumph in Penang in more than 40 years. The victory presented a direct challenge to the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition that has ruled the country continuously since independence in 1957. Penang’s new leader, Lim Guan Eng, says that the federal government has an “ambivalent” attitude towards him, cutting off some funding but not undermining his authority. “They don’t want us to get any credit, but they can’t afford to see us fail”. The revival of Penang was already under way in 2008, but Mr Eng’s new policies have helped it along. He has become the first governor in Malaysia to open up all state tenders to competition. This has entailed dismantling the special preferences for ethnic Malays that have underpinned the BN’s rule since the early 1970s. That was when the Malay majority institutionalised affirmative action for themselves, to the disadvantage of ethnic Chinese (a majority in Penang), who were perceived to have got unduly rich.

Mr Eng claims that by reforming the system he has ended the cronyism and corruption that wasted money under previous regimes. Adapted to the national stage, such policies could transform the way that the Malaysian federal government conducts business. Mr Eng says that the savings he has made by ending the “old systems of patronage” allow him to spend money on new social programmes instead, such as modest handouts for the elderly. These policies are popular, and the assault on corruption pleases foreign investors. Little wonder, then, that Penang has become a political weathervane as much as a lesson in economic development. Source the E-CONomist here
Aiyoo Beng

Apa sulah jali loh?

Apepasai lu silalu kena kantoi kincing sama gua loh....

Lu ingat gua bikin Adult Pampers punya business ka? Thiuuuu

Ape pasai ini E-CONomist tulis ini macam loh.....

Kita tengok sikit 2 ya.....gua mau kasi sikolah sama itu E-CONnomist sikit...sibilum gua sahur ini malam hali..

Mari kita tengok itu statement ...

The combination of low cost and high technology is the main reason why industries across the state of Penang, made up of the original island and a larger bit of the mainland, are prospering again after more than a decade of decline.
Apa betui ka ada Sepuluh Tahun punya Decline?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ada Apa Dengan Malaysia?

Only in Malaysia....

We have an Islamic Party that had to have a meeting to decide on its stand as per their constitution 
“PAS sebuah parti Islam. Perlembagaan kami mengatakan bahawa Islam adalah asas kami dan al-Quran. “Keutamaan PAS adalah mempertahankan kesucian Islam, tiada kompromi apabila ia berhadapan untuk mempertahankan kepercayaan (kami),” kata Timbalan Presiden PAS Mohamad Sabu (gambar) selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat biro politik di sini petang ini.
“Kami mengambil pendirian bahawa jika Jais ada bukti yang secukupnya, mereka harus mengambil tindakan segera ke atas mereka yang mahu menukar agama orang Islam atau merosakkan kepercayaan Islam mengikut peruntukan Enakmen Islam Negeri Selangor,” kata Mohamad.
Kata beliau, biro politik mengadakan mesyuarat petang ini untuk memutuskan pendirian parti itu berhubung kontroversi semasa.Source here

We also have a Finance Minister who advocated the Merger of 2 Airlines both owned by the Government after some shadowy announcement of share swaps a few days earlier...
A merger of Malaysian Airline System (MAS) and AirAsia Bhd will enable the two entities to compete in the global arena, said Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah on Saturday. The move should be viewed in the long term, including the co-ordination of services to face global competition, especially from Middle East nations. "The major oil producers are giving stiff competition because their airlines can afford to offer cheaper tickets, as compared to other airlines in the world. "We believe, based on the collective experiences of MAS and AirAsia, their strengths could then be focused on further firming up the two entities. "Through a merger, MAS, which was burdened with escalating operational costs, could be restructured," he said after visiting a Mydin supermarket project in Kampung Manjoi here Saturday. - Bernama Source here
To top it all off....we have our very own loud mouth Ministerial thug who most of the time does not know what in the world he is talking about...
The source related that the GLCs and their directors were stunned with disbelief at Nazri’s reasoning that an out-of-court settlement was the best solution to save the federal government billions of ringgit in legal claims.
Nazri misled the public when he said ‘Our total claims by the companies against Tajuddin are only half a billion ringgit. That is why we said we should sit down and talk’. His claim that Tajuddin has the bargaining power and that the GLCs were disadvantaged is nonsense. The RM13 billion against Danaharta was also plucked from thin air,” the source told The Malaysian Insider yesterday on condition of anonymity. “Tajuddin was the only one who owed money and Danaharta did not owe him anything,” the source said and quizzed: “So what is there to negotiate?” Source here
Layan beb.....

Gilebabs punye layan....

Should I bother writing a berjela2 post with data and research for all of the above (minus the Taliban party stand of course)?

Malas siout....

Perhaps you all should do some reading instead...

First take a look at this Strategic Paper of ASEAN Airlines prepared in 2005 on the impact of Low Cost Carriers go here and also look at Idris Jala's Letter on the Business Turnaround Plan of MAS in 2006 go here

After reading both I believe you would look at the recently announced Collaboration Agreement in a different light....

Friday, August 12, 2011

A quick question to all Muslims considering Christianity

It is not for a human [prophet] that Allah should give him the Scripture and authority and prophethood and then he would say to the people, "Be servants to me rather than Allah ," but [instead, he would say], "Be pious scholars of the Lord because of what you have taught of the Scripture and because of what you have studied." Ali -Imran 79 source here

To all Muslims who are planning to turn over to Christianity.....or are exploring that option....

Ask yourself the question embedded in the ayat above.....

Sunday, August 7, 2011

"House of Worship" Sanctuary?

Genjatan "menulis post bulan puasa" gua dah kantoi....

kaboingtoing came in and left a message.......someone forgot to take their vitamin bijak....

Indeed kaboingtoing...

Monkey been watching...saja malas nak tulis.....

Tapi terpanggil pulak untuk menulis sebab ada orang dah overdose vitamin perasan sediri....gilebabs punye poyo..

Many opposition Bloggers are very intelligent, highly educated, well-read, articulate, and so on. The government-paid Bloggers, however, are mostly unemployed people.

These people may have gone to school, maybe even to university. But they are not good enough to get a job. No one will employ them even as dogcatchers. So the government employs these unemployed and unemployable people as Umno Cyber Troopers.

And that is why they lack class and quality. You can see from their postings that many of them are Malays. And this makes sense because Malay graduates face a problem of getting employment -- mainly because of the poor quality education they have received.

Talk to some of the PhD graduates and see what I mean. In our days, in the 1960s, a form five or MCE student was of a higher standard than some of today’s PhD graduates. Some of the so-called Doctors and Professors sound so stupid I sometimes wonder whether they got their degree from the back of a Cornflakes box.

And these are the people employed by the government and Umno to fight against us opposition Bloggers. But they are no match for us. It is like taking candy from a baby. It is so easy that I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

If they want to fight us they need to employ people with brains, not unemployed and unemployable Malays. You need to fight brains with brains. You can’t fight against brains by mere spitting and cursing like what the Umno Cyber Troopers are doing. More here

Well I don't know whether to Muntah (nanti batal pose pulak) or to terkincin gelak reading the poyoness on the whole crap above.. 

So ape cita with all this kecoh lebih donno what in the world is going on Jabatan Ugama Islam who allegedly "serbu" another "house of worship"

Why you wanna complain...

What scope of legal protection do you think you have as a House of Worship???

huh....show me which part of International Law or Malaysian Constitution that allows for Protection or Sanctuary within a House of Worship.....and show me for all...ie Mosque, TokPekong Cina, Church, Kuil Hindu, Pokok Puaka and all lah..

Ada brani?

Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open. -Lord Thomas Dewer