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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Poll Position: Nizar still rocks your world!

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In the most recent myAsylum opinion poll, Walski asked who you thought was still the legitimate Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Perak. Well, the poll was supposed to have ended at midnight tonight, but Walski figured that we could end it a few hours earlier, so that he can prepare for the next poll to unleash on you lot.

And, at the closing of the poll, it appears that for most of you who voted, Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin remains the legitimate MB of Perak.

Image hosting by PhotobucketIn the court of public opinion, Nizar remains the MB

At least as far as public opinion goes, anyway... 
(meanwhile, in the real world, and more, in the full post)

Where it counts, in the real world, things remain uncertain today as they were when Walski launched the poll a little over 2 weeks ago. Earlier this week on Wednesday, the judge assigned to hear Nizar's suit, Judicial Commissioner Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, recused himself from the case (via The Nut Graph).

In a nutshell (no pun intended), it looks as though things are pretty much the same way they have been, and Perak still runs on autopilot.

On the UMNO half of the pitch, their supporters are, of course, convinced that Zambry is the rightful MB, by virtue of appointment by the Sultan of Perak. The not so gung ho aren't entirely convinced, and some even argue that the appointment wasn't quite right procedurally.

But here's the interesting bit - is UMNO really sure that Zambry's appointment was constitutional? Walski thinks that there is some shadow of a doubt. If not, why did their lawyers go on their little field trip?

To jolly 'ol London no less... definitely not pussyfooting around, or to see the queen... Naah... Walski thinks that they have their doubts, too. It's just that many die-hard UMNO supporters are simply too fucking dense to realize it.

In any case, the result of this little informal poll pretty is much consistent with the other more authoritative polls that have been conducted.

Nizar, it appears, still rocks your world...

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HENN: Researcher uncovers strange "anger" virus

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"Anger" virus: Baffling discovery, baffling symptoms 
myAsylum has uncovered the existence of a new class of viral organism, and strangely enough is uniquely Malaysian - reporting straight from Hell, and soon-to-be Hell-on-Earth, Malaysia. Another episode in the continuing series from the Hell-on-Earth News Network (HENN)

Kuala Lumpur - Virologists world wide are now both in awe and dumbfounded with reports of a new virus that, strangely enough, is uniquely Malaysian. What's even more astoundingly peculiar is that this virus spreads through very non-traditional means.

Leading microbiologist cum virologist, Dr. Ai Poh Kiew, of the National Institute of Malaysian Research into Obnoxious Disorders (NIMROD), presented his shocking findings at a recent symposium here in the nation's capital. At the symposium, organized by the World Taxonomy Foundation (WTF), over 120 papers on new organism discoveries were presented .

Dr. Ai Poh Kew's paper, by far, was the most shocking. He revealed, in his paper entitled "Angrily Surfing the Sonic Brainwaves", that the newly discovered virus is transmitted not through water and air, but through sound and brain waves!

"Normally, viruses are either waterborne or airborne. This one isn't," Dr. Ai said during the press conference after his paper was presented. "And the method of transmission, through brainwaves and soundwaves, is indeed surprising. No, make that shocking," the researcher added.

The virus, which causes unexplained anger, among other symptoms, has been tentatively named the Uni-Molecular Necromaniacally Obnoxious virus.

Image hosting by PhotobucketThe "Angry" virus, discovered by Dr. Ai Poh Kiew

"So far, 3 strains of this virus have been detected - umno-R, umno-X and umno-Y", Dr. Ai explained further.

Another strange thing about this new virus is that the age of the carriers determine which strain the person has been infected with.

"The umno-R and umno-X strains have so far only been detected in those over the age of 40".

And apparently, it is the those infected by the umno-y strain that show the most pronounced symptoms.
(age-related symptoms of the virus, and more, in the full post)

Preliminary research has shown that unexplainable and illogical anger is the primary symptom. However, the manifestation of the anger depends on the strain.

"Individuals infected generally show anger, in forms ranging from deep seated grudges, to volatile, even violent physical behaviors," Dr. Ai explained. "And it all depends on which strain of the virus is present".

Symptoms of those infected by this virus include, among others:

  • uncontrollable temper
  • verbal diarrhoea
  • loss of intelligent reasoning (umno-Y carriers have been shown to exhibit this symptom most)
  • deep seated resentment against anyone that's perceived to think differently (all strains)
  • selective paranoia and prone to believing conspiracy theories
  • the strong desire to pick fights (primarily observed in umno-Y carriers)
  • sycophantic tendencies
  • tendency to threaten the wheelchair bound with physical harm (only seen with umno-Y carriers)

Dr. Ai Poh Kiew added that the symptoms usually manifest themselves when infected individuals are gathered in groups.

"Strangely enough, when in isolation those infected with this virus may appear normally well-adjusted, and even intelligent. But put even a handful of them together, and the symptoms spontaneously appear. The more of them together, the more pronounced the symptoms," Dr. Ai added.

Image hosting by PhotobucketSeveral of those infected by the virus (umno-Y strain) during a recent field trip to the Parliament (picture taken from The Sun, hat tip: Shanghai Fish)

HENN then asked Dr. Ai about the three strains of the virus, in relation to the age factor of those infected.

"Our research shows that umno-Y is the initial strain victims get infected by. At what age exactly we don't quite know. It then mutates into the milder umno-R (regular) strain, around the age of 40 to 45. While some of the violent tendencies remain, these only surface at specific stressful times, like during by-elections, or at large group meetings. Finally, at approximately age 55 to 60 the virus mutates into it's final form, the umno-X (eXpired), where almost all of the physical symptoms disappear. However, throughout the virus' life cycle, the anger remains".

Dr. Ai mentioned, however, that how someone gets infected by this virus remains a mystery. "Frankly, we don't have a clue," Dr. Ai said. "We think that there may be certain neuron-based receptors that become like magnets to this virus, but that hypothesis remains unproven. We don't think, however, that the tendency is genetic. It has more to do with social conditioning, we believe."

Is there a cure for this virus?

"Again, we're uncertain. However, one test subject, a lawyer by profession, has shown signs of almost total recovery. We think that prolonged isolation from infected individuals may be a reason, but we don't have a large enough pool of subjects to study."

If the characteristics of this virus seem strange, Dr. Ai Poh Kiew revealed yet another anomaly about the virus.

"One odd thing we discovered is that while the virus does not directly pose any health threat to those infected, we have observed severe anxiety and trepidation in those who aren't infected, but are close enough to observe some of the infected individuals' more socially unacceptable behavior. And those suffering from the anxiety, showed no signs of infection themselves, when tested."

HENN will keep a closed one eye on the research developments, and will report any new findings by Dr. Ai and NIMROD, should there be any in the future. Near, far... wherever you are...
(© 2008 - Hell-on-Earth News Network)

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

If a tree falls in a forest...

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Related post: An appeal to the warring Malaysian Politicians

Image taken from, hosting by PhotobucketYesterday, Walski posted something that his friend Anas wrote, which was published as a full-page advert in The Star today (see page N37 in the print edition).

The intent of the letter was to make the politicians (to whom it was targeted) realize that the most pressing issue at hand today is the economy, a concern that has pretty much been ignored. Or worse, that we're being lied to about the real impact of the world economy on our own.

The question is, however, would the very people it's targeted to read it? Or even care to?

Some of Walski's other friends, via the comments to that post, pretty much had similar reservations.

If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, will it make a sound? 
(the comments, the riddle, and what Walski personally thinks, in the full post)

That question, according to Wikipedia, is a philosophical riddle that "raises questions regarding observation and knowledge of reality".

The reality about Malaysian politicians? From Walski's own perspective, politics to these politicians is more than just a job, it's a lifetime pre-occupation. In a nutshell, the politicians may (or may not) read the ad, and worse, even if they did, they probably won't give a shit.

Like what regular reader CKGord said in his comment: "... What a waste of ink".

Masterwordsmith, through her comment, has similar reservations about whether or not them politicians will give a hoot.

Similarly with Antares, who thinks that the ad is a naive exercise. But Antares, my friend, it's also not about being politically neutral or pining for a return to Mahathirism. Rather, it's an appeal for all concerned to not ignore a situation that can potentially lead to a homegrown economic meltdown.

Walski, like a lot of people, is no big fan of Barisan Nasional, and in particular, is no fan whatsoever of UMNO. Let's make that one crystal clear.

The Nut Graph, a couple of days ago, posted a report about the apprehension the Orang Asli in Perak are having with the prospect of BN returnng to power in the state (hat-tip: Antares). Even before the uncertainty of the state leadership can be resolved, once and for all (the only conclusive way is via the ballot box), activities damaging to the Orang Asli, which the PR government put a halt to, have apparently resumed.

"Tijah, a Semai, revealed that in the days following the swearing in of the Barisan Nasional (BN)'s Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir as menteri besar on 6 Feb, several trees in the forest near Kampung Chang, in the outskirts of Bidor, had been marked with red paint for logging purposes.

"There are helicopters flying around, surveying the land," she said when met here on 14 Feb.

Other Orang Asli leaders in the state who spoke to The Nut Graph said
logging activities in Sungai Siput, which were halted and had their permits revoked by the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government, have also been renewed.

sand mining operation upriver from Kampung Pos Bersih, which was stopped only a week before, was restarted on 12 Feb, they added."
(source: The Nut Graph, emphasis by myAsylum)

Pakatan Rakyat, to Walski, while far from perfect, is pretty much the only hope we have of breaking the hegemony that BN has held for the past half a century. Apart, of course, from something totally cataclysmic happening... like Malaysia being crushed by the noodly appendages of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Or being more down to Earth, invaded by a Vogon constructor fleet, and subjected to their poetry. Or even worse, by Singapore.

But seriously, as of right this moment, PR is about the only hope we have. BN knows it, and they're shit-scared. The prospect of losing power and influence is probably a mind-numbing fear. And then, there's the prospect of Najib becoming the PM. Nobody, as far as Walski knows personally, is looking forward to that.

In the meantime, a lot of effort, and resources, are being put into trying to upheave legitimately elected governments in the PR-controlled states. We saw it happen in Perak, and more recently, similar attempts in Penang.

That effort and focus takes away from addressing the crucial issues facing our nation today.

Yes, Walski, too, has his reservations whether or not the ad placed by Anas Zubedy will make any of the politicians come to their senses or even blink. But the key thing here is that at least Anas is trying to do something positive. 

And that attempt and positivity is what Walski supports, which is why he posted the letter on this blog yesterday.

Even though the reality may very well be that the falling tree will tumble down in silence...

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

An appeal to the warring Malaysian Politicians

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And, if Walski may add, a very urgent one, too.

Image hosting by Photobucket The following letter will appear as a full page advert in The Star tomorrow, taken out by a friend of Walski's named Anas Zubedy. Anas helms Zubedy (M) Sdn Bhd, a company that focuses on providing consultancy services and training programs covering areas such as change management, leadership, skill-building, and many others. Anas is very concerned with the political crapola that's been ongoing close to one year on now. And quite frankly, so is Walski.

The source of the letter can be found here, (from Anas Zubedy's blog). Read the letter, then feel free to spread the word around, if you feel the same way as Anas and Walski do...

Dear Malaysian Politicians,

Please stop the power chase, call for a truce and focus on the economy.

I do not claim to speak on behalf of all Malaysians, but I have strong convictions that many share my sentiments.

Our concern today is not who rules the country or heads the state governments but the looming bad economy.

Whether Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat leads, it is meaningless if Malaysians have no job to go to, no money to pay rent and no means to put food on the table.

I am a business owner, like other business owners and managers of corporations I have a responsibility to ensure people under my care and payroll continue to have jobs and a decent income to take home. We work hard and willing to go the extra mile to make sure our nation not only survive this crisis but come out stronger and wiser. We need your help.

Let me explain. I am in the business of Training, Development and Consultancy and have 20 people in my team.

(the rest of this critical appeal, in the full post)

Saedah is 42. She keeps the office clean and helps organise the training rooms. She has four children and her husband is unemployed. She was first hired on a part time basis, because she is very hard working and has a great attitude, we offered her a full time job to help provide a stable income for her family. Even then, when her third child started school this year, it was a struggle for her to buy new school uniforms and other necessities. Saedah lives on a ‘kais bulan, makan bulan’ basis, so, if she is jobless, her tap runs dry.

Samsuri is 27 years old. He lives with his sister and her family in a low cost government flat in Sunway. He does our despatch, helps with various clerical works and occasionally acts as a driver. During the first week at zubedy, we learned that he not only did not have money to buy new clothes and shoes for work, he had no money for lunch. Like Saedah, if he has no job, his tap runs dry too.

Alicia in Client Servicing turns 26 this year. She lives with her dad who is 71 years old and retired. Her mom passed away when she was little. Alicia is a hard-working team member, has a gentle caring outlook and fun to be with. (We like to poke fun at her as she blushes easily). Last May her dad went through a major operation, thank God he has recovered well. Alicia needs a job, both for herself and her dad.

Sudesh, 38, is one of our facilitators. When his father passed away last year, he moved back and lives with his mother in Seremban. He shuttles between Kuala Lumpur and Seremban daily, leaving home sometimes as early as 4 in the morning and returning late at night. He is no stranger to hard work and sacrifice, he knows what he needs to do to survive and to care for his mother, but he too needs a job.

Like fellow Malaysians, every one of us in zubedy needs employment, those that live from hand to mouth like Saedah and Samsuri and others like Alicia and Sudesh with family to care for. We Malaysians need the Malaysian economy to be strong. We need you, our leaders, to work hard and to work together to make our economy viable.

So this is my plea.

Pakatan Rakyat, please stop your attempts to take over the federal government and persuade BN’s lawmakers to join you. Stop all legal proceedings, no more 916 and let go, just let go. The nation can wait till the next general elections if they want change. By doing so, Malaysians will see your party as caring, unselfish and gracious and give you their support in the next elections.

Barisan Nasional, please stop any attempts to take over PR states and win over PR’s lawmakers. You have proven your point with Perak. The nation can wait for the next general elections if they want your party. Focus all your talent, energy and hard work in steering the country out of an economic downturn. By doing so, Malaysians will see your party as caring, unselfish and smart and give you their support in the next elections.

BN and PR! Call for a truce. Get together and compromise. Someone has to give in. Or has hate consumed your heart till it blinds you? You can do it. You have enough intelligent people between you. I am sure you can find solutions. Take the nation to heart. That is why you are in politics in the first place.

Focus on the people.

Focus on the economy.

Anas Zubedy
Managing Director
Zubedy (M) Sdn Bhd

In less than two weeks time, it would have been a year since March 8th, 2008. And for an entire year, it's been nothing but politics, politics, and more politics. From both sides of the political divide. In the meantime, the world economy has pretty much gone to shit, and the effects are starting to rear their ugly head right here at home. And what are the politicians doing? More politicking...

A very timely appeal, which Walski hopes will resonate with you, too. If it does, then please pass it on... post it on your own blog, via e-mail... whatever.

Let's also hope, most importantly, that the politicians will eventually read the letter, and hopefully come to their senses.

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Utusan: The Wrath of Lim

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Related post: Utusan and the Case of the Imaginary Council

It's really amazing how Utusan gets away with printing incitement, and not a peep from the Home Ministry. It's not surprising, just amazing. And UMNO will become more dynamic after the transition? Yeah, right...

This is just a short post, to quickly follow up on what Walski wrote yesterday. The following video is a short Q&A session between the press, and Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, explaining why Utusan is being sued (hat-tip: The Might Of The Pen).

In any case, Utusan and the politically partisan MAINPP will one day reap what they sow. We can only hope that the one day will be sooner, rather than later. 
(you've reached the extent of the full post)

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Utusan and the Case of the Imaginary Council

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Walski honestly doesn't know whether to laugh, or laugh till he cries. This is what Utusan Malaysia carried as their front page story today (annotated by myAsylum).

Image hosting by PhotobucketMisreporting lies, or just plain lies?

Whichever way you look at it, they really should consider changing their tagline from Penyebar Minda Rakyat to Penyebar Fitnah Rakyat. The story they carried is so wrong, on so many levels. Stupidly wrong. No, make that idiotic. It's as if Utusan were too busy playing with their Pee-Pee to notice that it may have been a good idea to verify stories before they go to print.

Worse, it brings up another question - if the reporting were accurate (albeit irresponsible) - what the heck were MAINPP (another fine acronym from Penang) thinking, making flailing accusations without verifying those accusations first? Busy playing with their Pee-Pee? Walski dare not even guess... 

Walski's reaction to this latest bit of Utusan stupidity is the same as what he thought when the news about Chua Soi Lek being investigated for the "crime" of oral sex broke yesterday - this story really blows.
(DAP bites back, and more, in the full post)

But before you go wondering what's all this about playing with Pee-Pee's and such... MAINPP is the unfortunate acronym for Majlis Agama Islam Negeri Pulau Pinang - or the Pulau Pinang (or Penang) State Religious Council. Unfortunate, because MAIN is a Bahasa Malaysia word which means play. So there... you Bahasa-illiterate folks are now on the same page.

The Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng (who presumably does not play with his Pee-Pee while on the job) has said that he will file a defamation suit against Utusan for publishing the story, which he says is one big lie. Why a lie? Because there is no such council in his state government (as reported by Malaysiakini - except for the part about the Pee-Pee).

You would have thought that before publishing such a accusatory story, Utusan would have bothered to check the accuracy first, right? That's like Remedial Journalism for News Flunkies, almost.

But here's the thing - as what Walski had asked before - what if Utusan's reporting were accurate? And that what was printed was exactly what Shabudin Yahaya, MAINPP president, said? That would be a can of worms of a whole different magnitude.

While Walski goes look for a can opener, here's what was reported by Utusan - translation (in this color), and any emphasis, by myAsylum (a PDF copy of the report can be downloaded here):

Nibong Tebal 23 Feb. - Penubuhan Majlis Perundingan Antara Agama oleh kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang mesti dihentikan kerana ia meletakkan Islam sama taraf dengan agama-agama lain.

Nibong Tebal 23 Feb. - The setting up of an Inter-Faith Council by the Pulau Pinang state government must be stopped because it puts Islam on the same level as other religions.

Yang Dipertua Majlis Agama Islam Negeri Pulau Pinang (MAINPP), Shabudin Yahaya berkata,cubaan menyamakan Islam dengan fahaman agama lain ternyata menghina Islam dan tindakan seperti itu mesti dihentikan.

President of the Pulau Pinang State Islamic Religious Council (MAINPP), Shabudin Yahaya said, the attempt to put Islam on equal footing with other religions is a clear insult to Islam, and such actions must cease.

Katanya, MAINPP berasa cukup tersinggung apabila ada beberapa ahli jawatankuasa (AJK) majlis tersebut terdiri daripada orang Melayu.

He said, MAINPP felt very slighted when a few of the council committee members were Malays.

‘‘Saya difahamkan ada tiga orang AJK Melayu beragama Islam duduk dalam majlis tersebut yang kononnya mahu menuntut kesamarataan agama.

"I have been made to understand that there are three Malays, of the Islamic faith, sitting as committee members in the council, which, it seems, claims equality of religions.

‘‘Ini sesuatu yang cukup menakutkan kerana agama Islam dipandang sama seperti Buddha yang diasaskan oleh manusia bernama Gautama Buddha, disamakan juga dengan Kristian, Taoism dan Bahai,” katanya.

"This is something that is really terrifying because Islam is seen as equal to Buddhism, that was established by a man named Gautama Buddha, which is also equated to Christianity, Taoism, and Bahai," he said.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada Utusan Malaysia ketika diminta mengulas ucapannya semasa majlis penyerahan Dana Zakat Program Didik Cemerlang Akademik 2009 di Sungai Dua di sini semalam.

This was stated by him to Utusan Malaysia when asked to comment on his speech during the presentation ceremony of the Tithes Fund for the 2009 Acedemic Excellence Guidance Program, at Sungai Dua here yesterday.

Ketika berucap pada majlis tersebut, Shabudin melahirkan rasa kurang senangnya terhadap penubuhan Majlis Perundingan Antara Agama Pulau Pinang yang bertujuan meletakkan semua agama, termasuk agama Islam sebagai sama rata dengan agama-agama lain.

During his speech at the ceremony, Shabudin expressed his dissatisfaction on the setting up of the Pulau Pinang Inter-Faith Council, whose purpose was to put all religions, including Islam, as being equal.

Majlis tersebut ditubuhkan tahun lalu iaitu selepas kerajaan pakatan pembangkang yang diterajui Ketua Menteri, Lim Guan Eng mula memerintah negeri itu.

The council was set up last year, after the opposition front government, headed by Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, started governing the state.

Majlis itu dipengerusikan Guan Eng sendiri. Mengulas lanjut, Shabudin yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Permatang Berangan, Tasek Gelugor berkata, agama Islam itu tinggi dan tidak ada yang lebih tinggi daripadanya.

The council is chaired personally by Guan Eng. Commenting further, Shabudin, who is also State Legislature Representative for Permatang Berangan, Tasek Gelugor, said, Islam is supreme, and there is no other above it.
(source: Utusan Malaysia front page story, February 24, 2009)

Okay, Walski's found the can opener... but rather than rehash or comment on the Islamic supremacy bit, let's scrutinize the report (to use the term loosely) a little, shall we?

It's quite obvious which part of the report would make Lim Guan Eng fume, being that the Chief Minister has denied the existence of such a council. If indeed Guan Eng is being accused of chairing an imaginary council, that would be slanderous. Not only that, to publicly make such a statement is really loony tunes idiotic.

In the report, it was also stated that MAINPP President Shabudin Yahaya is the state assemblyman for the Permatang Berangan district, making Shabudin an UMNO person. So, what the hell is the state religious council doing being politically partisan?

Ironically, the word "berangan", as in the place name Permatang Berangan, apart from meaning 'chestnut', can also mean fantasizing. Which appears to be exactly what Shabudin Yahaya was doing, in conjuring up a council that doesn't exist. Fantasizing is what one also commonly does when playing with their Pee-Pee. But let's not get too far off-topic.

Either that, or the man was plainly, and simply, lying. While in his capacity as President of the state Islamic religious council, no less. Last Walski checked, lying is still a sin. In any religion, including Islam.

See what happens when politics is mixed with religion? Everybody's reputation gets soiled with plenty of Pee-Pee stains. Upon closer scrutiny, this is a case where UMNO is blatantly using an Islamic religious institution to incite fear and hatred. And they know exactly which buttons to push.

And as far as inciting religious fear and hatred, UMNO is as much guilty of seditous incitement as anyone else. Fanning the fire, of course, is their own sorry excuse for a newspaper, Utusan - the purveyor of lies to the people (which is loosely what Penyebar Fitnah Rakyat translates to).

The damage, Walski's afraid, may already have been done. There are a lot of Malays who believe whatever's printed in the Utusan, as if it were divinely revealed stuff. Especially when the person making the claims is the president of the state religious council. No verification necessary... just swallow, and ask for more blessings... hook, line, and Pee-Pee sinker.

Or, more aptly in this case, stinker.

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Asia pwns the Oscars!

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Okay, okay... yes, Walski watched the Oscars - not live, but the repeat last night. It's about the only awards show that Walski will voluntarily watch, being a movie buff and all that.

Image hosting by PhotobucketAnd the 81st Oscars was truly one where Asia ruled... okay, with the help of Britain, by way of director Danny Boyle, who brought to the industry the delightful Slumdog Millionaire - and 8 Academy Awards. But apart from the big winner, an Asian country also bagged the Best Foreign Language Film award, which went to Okuribito (Departure), directed by Yojiro Takita, from Japan.

Slumdog bagged a total of 8 oscars, out of the 10 nominations that the film received (via

  • Best Picture
  • Best Directing - Danny Boyle
  • Best Song - Jai Ho (music:A.R. Rahman / lyrics: Gulzar)
  • Best Score - A.R. Rahman
  • Best Editing - Chris Dickens
  • Best Sound Mixing - Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
  • Best Cinematography - Anthony Dod Mantle
  • Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Simon Beaufoy

Slumdog Millionaire was also received nominations for Best Sound Editing (won by The Dark Knight), and also provided one of the other two nominees for Best Song, "O Saya" (music: A.R. Rahman, lyrics: A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam), while the third nominee was "Down to Earth", from the animated film, WALL-E (music: Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, lyrics: Peter Gabriel).

Walski kinda regrets the fact that he didn't go watch the film when he was in the UK. But friends who had seen it have told him what an excellent film it is.  
(the night Asia took center stage, and more, in the full post)

Walski, for those of you who don't already know, has a very eclectic taste in music. And so it was quite heartwarming to see A.R. Rahman receive the accolades he did during the 81st Oscars. While not a fan of Indian films, Walski has known about A.R. Rahman and his music for close to a decade, and is very happy for the awards he got at the Oscars.

A.R. Rahman during his second acceptance speech (for Best Song), said something Walski thought was quite profound. Listen to it carefully (starting from timeline 1:07).

"All my life, I've had a choice... of hate and love... I chose love, and I'm here..."

You're probably thinking that this is another "Yeah, so what, Walski?" moment. Walski's take on this is that A.R. Rahman is referring to the fact that there is an underlying tension between Hindus and Muslims in India. And he chose the path of not hating the "other" - evidenced by the fact that he's collaborated with many fellow Indian artistes from various faiths and cultures during his career (this YouTube vid is a fine example). Something, Walski thinks, is very relevant in the current environment in Malaysia. Hate would probably have landed A.R. Rahman six feet under by now... love, instead, took him to the Oscars.

A.R. Rahman - Walski salutes your achievement! You've done your nation proud, and Walski can safely say, that all of Asia should be proud of what you have accomplished.

For those of you who are not very familiar with who Danny Boyle is, he's the guy that directed the British cult classics Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, both of which starred a relatively unknown actor (at the time) by the name of Ewan McGreggor. You may be more familiar with two other films that Boyle directed, however, The Beach (the one with Leonardo DiCaprio), and 28 Days Later... (all links in this paragraph from

But all in all, Walski thought that the 81st Academy Awards was a tribute to how the Asia has contributed to the world film industry, a trend that started when Hollywood embraced John Woo starting in the early 90's.

The one semi-sad thought that waltzed thru Walski's mind, though, as he was watching the award show - it will be a long, long time until we ever see anything from the Malaysian film world so prominently celebrated on a global scale.

And it's not for lack of talent, mind you. The creative arts - be it music, film, stage drama or even writing - requires a conducive environment, free from undue interference from those who appoint themselves as guardians of what's acceptable as "Malaysian".

The creative arts cannot thrive in an environment where the operative phrase is "conform, or else". And so two paths are available - push the cramped envelope, and risk censure, censorship, or worse, punitive action. Or, go with the safe, lowest common denominator, "acceptable" stuff, that more often than not, is banal and crappy.

In fact, Walski predicts that out of the films celebrated last night, either winning an award, or even being shortlisted as finalists, some may not even reach our shores. One of them is Milk, the bio-pic of gay-rights activist Harvey Milk, who became the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California (via Wikipedia). If the mo-fo's at Astro bleeped out "gay" and "gay marriage" during the Oscars replay last night, what chance is this film going to have in an openly and vehemently homophobic country like Malaysia?

And for those films that do make it to our shores, what guarantee is there that they'll be shown intact? Yet, we have the nerve to even mention Intellectual Property from time to time, and how it should be respected.

Malaysia, as demonstrated by Astro last night, can't even bloody spell Intellectual Property properly, let alone respect it. The space in that envelope, it seems, gets smaller, and smaller with each passing moment.

And you wonder why the pirated DVD industry thrives in this country....

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Monday, February 23, 2009

RPK: Court reserves judgment

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Some of you may already know this, so Walski won't call it Late Breaking News, per se.

Image hosting by PhotobucketFound out initially from The People's Parliament, which also provides a blow-by-blow account of this morning's proceedings. That, however, was interrupted by the discovery by Haris that none of the power points at the bar table were functioning, and his notebook battery was running low.

Did someone say "World Class"?

Today's hearing was to hear an application by Raja Petra Kamaruddin to review the decision to dismiss RPK's earlier application on Judge S. Augustine Paul's recusal last week. The decision was made by a two-member panel (Judge Augustine Paul having excused himself).

In any case, today's 3-member Federal Court panel, consisting of Justice Alauddin Mohd Sheriff (Court of Appeal President), Justice Ariffin Zakaria (Chief Judge of Malaya), and Justice Richard Malanjum (Chief Judge of Sabah/Sarawak), decided to reserve their judgement, and in addition, did not set a date to deliver the panel's decision. (via Malaysiakini, subscription required).

The net result of all this is that RPK, as of right now, remains a free man.
(some gory judicial technical details, and more, in the full post)

Essentially, the defense's argument was that it would be unconstitutional for the remaining two-judge panel to dismiss RPK's recusal application, contravening section 74(1) of the Courts of Judicature Act (CJA).

Since no judgement was given today, the habeas corpus appeal currently ongoing (which is the hearing that produced the recusal application last week), could also not proceed. The latest update of Haris' blow-by-blow report, from this morning, says it best (emphasis by myAsylum).

11.18am : Still at the Bar Room.

Malik Imtiaz has just been informed by the Registrar of the Federal court that the three judges have indicated that they will be reserving their judgment, to be delivered on another date to be fixed later. They have said that they will write up their judgments.

That means no decision today on the motions to review the dismissal of RPK’s 4 motions last week, including the dismissal of the motion to recuse Augustine Paul.

Have also been informed that the hearing of the appeal proper in court room 2 will also not proceed.

RPK will continue to remain free.
(source: The People's Parliament)

Exactly a week ago, RPK had posted on Malaysia Today, what he indicated could possibly be his "last message to Malaysians". The next day, February 17 was feared to be his last day as a free person, after which he would be hauled back to Kamunting, at the pleasure of the Home Minister - Walski leaves it to you to make your own mental image of that last bit.

In any case, what was disturbing about the supposed last post was the man's willingness to die, rather than speak another word, or eat any of the food served, if he should once again be force to check into the Hotel ISA. Haris describes this as "a man laying down his life for his friends". Walski would add: "and for his country".

Martyrdom, in other words.

There are many definitions for what a martyr is - either from the purely linguistic, or from a more metaphysical or religious sense. But in all likelihood, those definitions probably don't really matter much.

In the current context, Walski defines a "martyr" as someone who's more dangerous dead, then while still alive.

And he suspects that somewhere in the dark corridors of power, someone thought that this was an apt definition as well.

In any case, again, Walski's merely thinking out loud, and what he says probably don't amount to squat.

The real reason why he posted this is to say that Walski's glad the decision today has been reserved, and that Raja Petra Kamaruddin continues to be a free man. For now, at least.

Walski's picture composition source material footnote: The pictures from which Walski composited the image above came from here (RPK's picture) and here (the Palace of "Justice"). Just so you know. Probably won't help you sleep better at night knowing, but just so you know...

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Musawah: Maligned and Misunderstood

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Related post: The scary Musawah bogeywomen

February 13th to 17th, 2009 - for most, these dates probably mean nothing much more than 5 days in the second month of this year. But for approximately 250 people from around the globe, that perspective is perhaps furthest from the truth.

These were 5 days that marked the beginning of a something big - a something, in the words of Walski's friend Marina M., that would change the world.

Image hosting by PhotobucketWalski is talking, of course, about the recently concluded Musawah Global Meeting held in Kuala Lumpur. The word "global" however didn't register with a number of Muslims in Malaysia who took offence to the conference even taking place.

The first to register their opposition was the Pulau Pinang branch of the Malaysian Ulama Association (PUMPP), through a press statement that Walski had already blogged about earlier. The press release was picked up by a number of bloggers, mostly the pro-mainstream pembela Islam (defenders of Islam) types.

A few commonalities could easily be spotted in the blog posts of those who were against the meeting being held (easily found by using Google Blogsearch):

  • repeating, almost verbatim, what the PUMPP release said
  • did not bother to really find out what Musawah is all about, despite the fact that their website (launched during the meeting) has all the information about the movement, including where their funding comes from
  • based their commentary (more like diatribe) on their ingrained prejudice against Sisters In Islam (SIS - another misunderstood and frequently maligned NGO), the initiator of this global movement
  • do not understand what the word "global" means

Not surprisingly, most of the bloggers against Musawah were male. Also not surprising was the fact that the female bloggers against Musawah were simply parroting the tired conservative rhetoric we hear all too often. In all, Musawah was painted as something scary; a "threat" to Malaysian Muslims and Islam.

Image hosting by PhotobucketAn "unofficial" Musawah group photo from the event
(photo credit: Ineza Roussille / Juana Jaafar)

Looking at the picture, Walski cannot for the life of him think of what could be so scary. Or threatening. Unless, it's the fact that it was 200-some highly intelligent women... and for guys who find it difficult to form their own opinion, that's probably a very terrifying prospect.  
(Musawah 101, the choke hold of conservatism, and more, in the full post)

But before Walski gets too carried away, it would probably be a good idea to talk a little about what Musawah is about. All of the following information comes from the Musawah website, incidentally, which Walski urges you to check out for yourself.

Quite simply,

Musawah is a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family, calling for equality, non-discrimination, justice and dignity as the basis of all human relations; full and equal citizenship for every individual; and marriage and family relations based on principles of equality and justice, with men and women sharing equal rights and responsibilities.
(source: Musawah website)

Now, a rational person could not possibly find anything wrong with this, even from an Islamic perspective, right? Well, surprise, surprise... One of the dissenting blogs had this to say about "Islamic justice" (translated from Bahasa Malaysia, emphasis by myAsylum): "They are actually trying to challenge God's laws. The justice that they seek is a tyranny. They define justice as equality between men and women, whereas the true definition of justice is putting each in their own place". (source: Pemuda Berkarisma Pencetus Kebangkitan Ummah)

Incidentally, the author of the viewpoint above is a product of the Islamic religious school system (as surmised from his blog). Walski will leave you to draw your own conclusions about this.

Walski personally thinks that the root-cause of this skewed way of looking at justice transcends Islam, but has to also do with Malaysian socio-politics. Not the appropriate post to elaborate on this, however. Suffice it to say that the concept of "equality" is problematic to the politics of Malay dominance.

But why is equality an important pre-requisite for justice in the family? Musawah is of the opinion that

... equality in the family is necessary because many aspects of our family laws are neither tenable in contemporary circumstances nor defensible on Islamic grounds. Not only do they fail to fulfil the Shari‘ah requirement of justice, they also do not respond to the lives and experiences of Muslim families and are now being used to deny women and men dignified choices in life. Even laws that are more equitable are under threat.
(source: Musawah website)

They also feel that equality is achievable, and not incompatible with Islam.

... equality in the family is possible through a framework that is consistent with Islamic teachings, universal human rights principles, fundamental rights guarantees, and the lived realities of women and men. Muslim laws and practices must reflect justice, which is the indisputable objective of the Shari‘ah. They must also uphold equality, which is an essential part of today’s understanding of justice. Today’s Muslim family laws are human interpretations of the Shari‘ah, based on juristic theories and assumptions. Therefore, they can change in accordance with the changing realities of time and place and contemporary notions of justice.
(source: Musawah website)

Certainly a far cry from the type of exclusivism and isolationist view of Islam that seems to be becoming the mainstream thought in this country. Or at the very least, if not mainstream, the more vocal.

Marina M., through her column in The Star, Musings, wrote about the Musawah Global Meeting, which she attended. Her observation, based on the real life experiences of those from other Islamic countries, is that what Musawah is trying to achieve is not at all incongruent to the tenets of Islam.

Even more exhilarating was to listen to people from Morocco, Turkey and Afghanistan talk about the strides they have made to better the lot of their societies by making family laws more just and equitable. None of this was easy, and took a very long time and hard and dedicated effort. But it paid off.

Today, Morocco has a family law that describes marriage as “an equal partnership” between a man and a woman.

Turkey, which is governed by an Islamist party, has a civil and penal code that were amended to ensure that women were treated as equals in the law and not as passive recipients of whatever male jurists decided.

Even Afghanistan managed to pass a law that gave women the right to contract their own marriages, rather than through their male relatives, despite a lack of stable government and institutions.

All of these countries did it while adhering to Islamic teachings, thus showing that Islam is no barrier to justice and equality. It is thus puzzling that anyone should be critical of this effort, as if leaving Muslim women mired in suffering is desirable.

(source: Musings, The Star - Wednesday, February 18, 2009)

The protests against Musawah from portions of the Islamic establishment here in Malaysia, and echoed by the many individuals who claim to be defenders of the faith, only points to the growing conservatism that has lain its chokehold - progressively, over the last two decade or so. From Walski's vantage point, at the very least.

He also thinks that part of the problem is the monopoly, by certain quarters, about what Islam should be. Add to that the almost violent reaction towards any attempt at public discourse (again, the Article 11 and Bar Council forum protests come to mind). And if that weren't enough, the continued banning of books that don't jive 100% with the establishment-imposed mainstream view.

The net result? A continued shrinking of how one views the world around them. Coupled with blind obedience, born out of ingrained fear, and a standing order to not question anything, multiplied by time, all point towards a general failure to adapt to a changing world.

And believe Walski when he says this - the world is changing, and will continue to change, whether we like it or not. Survival necessitates the ability to adapt, and NOT remain static, or worse, regress towards an imagined anachronistic ideal.

One of the fears that PUMPP raised in their press release was that Malaysia would be seen as a country that practiced discriminatory Islamic laws. That the Musawah Global Meeting would give a bad impression of the country to the world. But really, are Malaysian Islamic family laws truly just?

Our own Muslim women may not suffer the same extreme humiliations but nevertheless do not always receive the justice that they deserve, and Islam extols.

Women abandoned by their husbands and bringing up their children single-handedly still cannot be considered guardians to their own children. Their husbands can summarily divorce them without much notice or with provisions for their living and that of their children.

Attempts to amend these laws to make them better for women have thus far been derided as “changing God’s laws”, never mind that they were already amended from the originally just ones to ones that are far less fair to women.

(source: Musings, The Star - Wednesday, February 18, 2009)

Yes, Malaysia has come a long way, perhaps, in comparison to certain parts of the Islamic world. There still exists a gap, however, as Marina points out. But worse, as Walski indicated, is that we are regressing. That regression is growing with every successive generation. The skewed view of justice that Walski pointed out earlier in this post came from someone perhaps half his age.

And that is where the challenge will lie - breaching the gap, while at the same time fighting a regressive mindset brought about by growing conservatism.

The Musawah Global Meeting brought together women (and men, too) with a common goal - justice. And that justice can only be achieved through equality. It's an important start, and from what Walski understands, a successful one. Despite the brickbats.

To their critics, Walski urges you to suspend your prejudice and pre-conceived notions, and learn more about Musawah, through their website. You are doing yourselves no favors by criticizing and condemning something you only know through hearsay.

To those in support of Musawah's efforts, you too should go to their website to learn more. Reading the numerous articles available may just allow you to realize what you can do to help.

Societies and nations are built from smaller building blocks - families. If laws governing families and interactions between those families can be just and equitable, it is only a matter of time that the societies whose families comprise their building blocks will, too, be more just and equitable. And if the societies are just...

Maybe Marina was right after all... Musawah will change the world. For the greater good of all mankind.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

HENN: Hit comedy show enters second season

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Comedy show "Unreal Estate" debuts with hilarious 2nd season 
HENN managed to catch up with myAsylum's Entertainment Editor to talk about Season 2 of Unreal Estate, the surprise hit sitcom everyone's talking about - reporting straight from Hell, and soon-to-be Hell-on-Earth, Malaysia. Another episode in the continuing series from the Hell-on-Earth News Network (HENN)

In case you haven't been out of your cave lately, here's a quick Unreal Estate Season One recap: The turmoil in the real estate firm Silver State Sdn Bhd seemed to be never ending. Adding to the constant bickering and full-frontal backstabbing in the secretarial pool, frogs from their indoor koi pond were jumping everywhere, some even back and forth, causing the workers in the company headquarters to be kind of... err... jumpy themselves. The fight between the two major shareholder camps seem to be at a zenith, when one of the two camps, Team B, executes a brilliant, if underhanded, directorship buy-over. The season ended with the CEO giving the take over his blessings. But the troubles are far from over. The CEO goes ahead and approves the appointment of the new Managing Director, before the shareholders meeting can convene! The season ends with the hilarious cliffhanger of Silver State having two Managing Directors!

And so viewers of the highest rated comedy show to be transmitted through all possible mediums - TV, radio, the Internet, whirling dervishes, temple spiritual mediums... as long as it's a medium - waited anxiously for the second season of Unreal Estate to start.

All of two whole weeks.

And earlier this week Season Two debuted with as much hilarious shenanigans as the first season, and with more twists than a Chubby Checker concert. myAsylum Entertainment Editor, Larfinor Hedzoff told HENN today that the series can be expected to deliver even more laughs this season.

"I was not disappointed - not one bit", Larfinor said. "When the new MD came in to work and was denied access to the conference room by the building janitor, that alone was comedic genius!"

Image originally from the Star, via Navel Gazing, hosting by PhotobucketA scene from Unreal Estate - hit sitcom nobody expected (or wanted)

Larfinor added that in parallel, audiences were at the edges of their seats with nervous laughter when the opening credits were with the backdrop of the previous MD being evicted first from his office, then from the company condo.

"Then, the opening scene proper with the new MD... Classic!" a smirking Larfinor exclaimed. "Another thing that will make the second season a success is the inclusion of new brilliantly thought out characters," he added.

When HENN probed further (causing Larfinor to squirm a bit) about what characters, "Definitely the most ingenious one has to be The Janitor."

And what makes The Janitor special?
(secrets of sitcom success, The Janitor, and more, in the full post)

"Well, that's the genius of Jip See For," Larfinor Hedzoff said, referring to the producer from Callum-Cabot Productions, creator of the sitcom. "He wrote The Janitor to be this overbearing individual, a janitor, no less, and gave the guy superpowers!"

A sitcom character with superpowers? HENN simply had to find out more.

"Oh yeah... The Janitor character has been written as an omnipotent individual, with powers of suspension. He can stop time, put entire departments in suspended animation... even put entire subsidiary companies on auto pilot!"

HENN asked Larfinor what he thought gave Unreal Estate such mass appeal.

"Essentially, the sitcom takes the mundane goings on in a company and turns every single task into an laugh-a-minute adventure. Like when the new MD and his executive staff were denied access into the corporate headquarters main conference room, nicknamed "The House" (because of it's huge cavernous size... as big as a house), when he tried to convene his first staff meeting."

"One lowly company secretary sarcastically muttered, 'How the hell can he get the confidence of the House, when he can't even get into the House'... that brought the studio audience to their knees in hysterics."

"So, it's insane stuff like that... Hit formula for a successful sitcom!"

"Plus, there are so many potential side-plots that the writers and producers can exploit," Larfinor added, "Like the old MD's quest to get his old job back, for example."

HENN couldn't agree more. In a sneak-attack survey done on unsuspecting pedestrians along Jalan Bukit Bintang earlier today, 82% of the respondents said they thought the series was hilarious, 17% didn't like the sitcom (the majority them thought janitors shouldn't be laughed at, especially those with superpowers), while the remainder 1% were so surprised by the sneak-attack survey, that they were speechless (one almost went into anaphylactic shock).

Larfinor Hedzoff also provided HENN with some insider information about what other hits can be expected from the producers of Unreal Estate.

"Entertainment industry prediction isn't an exact science - more like a black art sometimes - but there's been talk that Callum-Cabot Productions is so impressed, that Jip See For has been given the green light for several more series that the audience can look forward to".

"I don't have much details, but among them is a new reality show, tentatively called Extreme Lockdown. Another one is a romantic comedy series, I think, called "Strange Bedfellows", and even a pseudo-investigative reporting series called "One-Eyed MaccJackass".

Based on the success of Unreal Estate, asked what he thought the chances of continued success were for Jip See For and Callum-Cabot, Larfinor Hedzoff told HENN, "I'm quite confident that we'll be seeing lots more from this collaboration. But it's hard to predict any success in the future until we've seen the productions."

"Furthermore, audiences are a strange lot. And although the industry would like to think that they're mindless sheep, the reality is that the audience can get fed-up real easily with a particular style or genre. Their power to make or break should never be taken for granted. Or for a ride."

"And once the audience is fed up with a particular producer, director, or even production company, it'll be pretty damn hard to win back their viewership."

The debut of Unreal Estate's second season was definitely a big hit. And HENN is certain that the audience can't wait for the next episode, to find out what happens to Silver State Sdn Bhd, and if the company will ever get any actual work done, now that there are two MD's at each others' throats, but not addressing the real needs of a struggling real estate firm. 
(© 2008 - Hell-on-Earth News Network)

HENN Late wind-breaking News: The whereabouts of HENN senior correspondents Ben Dover and Thakit Likaman are still unknown, after their expedition to nowhere, to interview Swami Maha Sri Ali-G Ellison Shripashtusaktivel Bassui Basho Bodhi Elektrik Smith. HENN will provide updates once the two are located so that they can be once again exhumed when required...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

In support of Eli...

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Updated @ 2320 hrs: Here's yet another reason why you people should immediately desist from your quest to search for photos. If there's any authority that Walski trusts on the quality of smut, it's the Malay Male. And he gives a resounding thumbs down!

Original Post:
As Walski mentioned in an earlier post, the traffic to this blog these past couple of days has been much higher than usual. Not because Walski published something Earth-shatteringly ground-breakingly spectacular - like a cure for terminal stupidity - that's a Nobel Prize right there...

Alas, no. Unfortunately, it has been for much baser and prurient reasons.

Image hosting by PhotobucketLooking for Eli... for all the wrong reasons

Even more disturbing is what Walski's been told: that apparently, some bloggers have even been re-posting those pictures on their blogs. What the fuck is wrong with you people?

Sure, bloggers love traffic. Especially if you have online ads. That's a given. But not at the expense of further invading the already invaded privacy of an upstanding and outstanding individual such as Elizabeth Wong.

That kind of traffic Walski can well do without.

And not because she's someone Walski knows personally, either. Respect for privacy transcends acquaintenceship.

It's just simple human decency.
(a message to Eli, some words from the Mode, and more, in the full post)

Eli - if you ever read this - Walski truly sympathizes with you for what you're going through right now. Although he wishes that you had chosen to stay on in your deserved state exco and legislative posts (as you rightly should), Walski fully supports the decision you have made in this regard.

What public service you've done, long before you even entered into politics and elected into public office, is something that every Malaysian should aspire for. Your record, as far as Walski is concerned, has been exemplary.

You definitely did not deserve what happened to you to have happen. And really, whomever is responsible should really rot in hell. Or hell-on-earth, if that happens to be more painful.

In your short time in office, you truly were the people's representative. Walski salutes you...

From one DM fan to another, Eli... this one's for you...

And people... seriously, try walking in her shoes...

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The New Apartheid

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Zulkifli Noordin - remember him?

Yes, he's the guy that was part of the mob that disrupted the Bar Council forum in August last year, went missing (unfortunately not abducted by aliens), then reappeared... Yeah, you know the guy Walski's talking about.

Image taken from The Nut Graph, hosting by PhotobucketApparently the MP for Kulim Bandar Bharu has big aspirations of creating a New Malaysia. But it's not the kind of new Malaysia that Walski (and he's quite sure many others, too) would want.

Having been tipped off by the intrepid Cybernetic Remote Autonomous Para-roaches (or C.R.A.P. for short, on loan from HENN), which continually scour cyberspace seeking out all kinds of interesting dirt, Walski came across the member of parliament's blog, particularly one posting done very recently. Like, yesterday recently.

The Riding MP, as he calls himself on the blog, in a posting dated February 16th, has disclosed a list of 20 motions planned to be presented in the current sitting of Parliament.

If some of these motions actually lead to the amendments in the Federal Constitution that Zulkifli Noordin's gunning for, 2009 will be remembered as the year Malaysia started its sordid slide to becoming the New Apartheid of the 21st century.
(the proposed amendments, the implications, and more, in the full post)

Walski has reproduced some of the intended motions here (with English translations in this color). He will leave it to you to decide whether these are in the spirit of a united Malaysia that we all aspire, or the polar opposite. Emphasis is from the original text, with any additional color emphasis by myAsylum.

1. Zulkifli Bin Noordin (Kulim Bandar Bharu) akan mencadangkan:-
Bahawa Dewan ini mengambil ketetapan agar Kerajaan Persekutuan mengambil langkah supaya Artikel 3 Perlembagaan Persekutuan dipinda dengan menambah perkataan saperti berikut (saperti yang dihitamkan):

Islam adalah agama bagi Persekutuan termasuk dari segi undang-undang dan syariatnya’.

1. Zulkifli bin Noordin (Kulim Bandar Bharu) will propose:
"That this House makes the resolution that the Federal Government takes the necessary steps such that Article 3 of the Federal Constitution be amended by adding the following words (in bold)

'Islam shall be the religion of the Federation
including from the aspects of its laws and principles'.

Zulkifli Bin Noordin (Kulim Bandar Bharu) akan mencadangkan:-
"Bahawa Dewan ini mengambil ketetapan agar Kerajaan Persekutuan mengambil langkah supaya Artikel 4 Perlembagaan Persekutuan dipinda dengan menambah perkataan saperti berikut (saperti yang dihitamkan):

‘Perlembagaan ini adalah undang-undang utama Persekutuan dan,
kecuali undang-undang dan syariat Islam, apa-apa undang-undang yang diluluskan berlawanan dengan Perlembagaan ini hendaklah terbatal setakat ianya berlawanan itu’.

Zulkifli bin Noordin (Kulim Bandar Bharu) will propose:
"That this House makes the resolution that the Federal Government takes the necessary steps such that Article 4 of the Federal Constitution be amended by adding the following words (in bold):

'The Constitution shall be the supreme law of the Federation and,
with the exception of Islamic laws and principles, any law which is inconsistent with this Constitution shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void.

Zulkifli Bin Noordin (Kulim Bandar Bharu) akan mencadangkan:-
“Bahawa Dewan ini mengambil ketetapan agar Kerajaan Persekutuan mengambil langkah supaya Artikel 11 (1) Perlembagaan Persekutuan dipinda dengan menambah perkataan saperti berikut (saperti yang dihitamkan):-

‘Tiap-tiap orang adalah berhak menganuti dan mengamalkan ugamanya,
termasuk menukar agamanya kecuali bagi penganut ugama Islam yang hendaklah tertakluk kepada undang-undang dan syariat Islam.

Bagi maksud penganut ugama Islam, soal kemasukan dan kemurtadan dari ugama Islam hendaklah ditentukan oleh Mahkamah Syariah yang mempunyai bidangkuasa mutlak keatasnya’

Zulkifli bin Noordin (Kulim Bandar Bharu) will propose:
"That this House makes the resolution that the Federal Government takes the necessary steps such that Article 11 (1) of the Federal Constitution be amended by adding the following words (in bold):

'Every person has the right to profess and practice his religion,
including changing his religion except for Muslims, who shall be bound by the laws and principles of Islam.

For the purposes of Muslims, the issues of entering into and apostacizing from Islam must be decided by the Syariah Court, which shall have
absolute authority over them

Zulkifli Bin Noordin (Kulim Bandar Bharu) akan mencadangkan:-
“Bahawa Dewan ini mengambil ketetapan agar Kerajaan mengambil langkah supaya Jadual 9 Senarai 2 (1) Perlembagaan Persekutuan dipinda dengan membuang perkataan saperti berikut:-

‘…tetapi tidak mempunyai bidangkuasa mengenai kesalahan-kesalahan kecuali setakat yang diberi oleh undang-undang persekutuan…’ dan diganti dengan perkataan berikut;

dan mempunyai bidangkuasa mengenai apa-apa jua kesalahan jenayah syarie dan lain-lain yang ditetapkan atau diperuntukkan didalam hukum syara’ dan undang-undang Islam termasuk membicarakan, memutuskan dan menghukum mana-mana orang Islam yang berkenaan menurut sabitan dan hukuman yang ditetapkan oleh hukum syara’ dan undang-undang Islam’.

Dan Akta Mahkamah Syariah (Bidangkuasa Jenayah) 1965 hendaklah dipinda bersesuaian dengan pindaan kepada Jadual 9 Senarai 2 (1) Perlembagaan Persekutuan saperti yang dinyatakan diatas”.

Zulkifli bin Noordin (Kulim Bandar Bharu) will propose:
That this House makes the resolution that the Government takes the necessary steps such that Schedule 9 List 2 (1) of the Federal Constitution be amended by removing the following words:
'.. but shall not have jurisdiction over offences other than those that are allowed by the laws of the Federation...' and replacing them with the following words:

and will have jurisdiction over any syariah offence, or any other offences as determined or allocated in syariah jurisprudence including judging, determining and executing sentence on any Muslim concerned according to the indictment and punishment that is specified according to syariah and Islamic laws'.

"As such, the Syariah Court Act (Criminal Jurisdiction) 1965 is to be amended accordingly as per the amendments to Schedule 9 List 2 (1) of the Federal Constitution as stated above".

(source: Zulkifli Noordin: The Riding MP, translation by myAsylum)

Walski has known that it would just a matter of time before Zulkifli Noordin tried to pull something like this. There are, of course, 16 other intended motions, some of which will definitely attract the ire of AIDS, women and human rights activists. For now, Walski has only translated the first four, which he thinks are the most damaging ones for the nation in general.

The implications? Granted, the following comes from a law lay-person's point of view. But not being well-versed in Constitutional Law does not mean Walski is stupid, either.

  • In one fell swoop, the proposed amendment to Article 3 will officially make Malaysia an Islamic state. This would be a wet dream come true for Zulkifli Noordin and his ilk. It would also imply that any citizen can now be subject to "Islamic Laws", at the discretion of the Syariah Court. Why these people are so keen to become another Pakistan, God (and they) only knows. Is becoming a failed state such an attractive prospect?
  • If this amendment is ever allowed, the New Malaysian Apartheid will be born - one state, two separate laws to govern it - one created in Parliament by representatives of the people, the other at the discretion and pleasure of unelected persons. 
  • The proposed amendment to Article 4 will pave the way for imposing laws that are contrary to the Federal Constitution, especially when it comes to Fundemental Liberties, as far as Muslims are concerned.
  • As far as any Muslim is concerned in Malaysia, one more fundamental liberty will forever be null and void - freedom of belief. Again, an apartheid - one set of fundemental liberties for Muslims, another set for non-Muslims. You will no longer have ownership over your own conscience. Now isn't that fun?
  • These amendments will also mean that it will be impossible for Malaysia to ever ratify the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • The wording in the proposed amendments to Article 11 (1) and Schedule 9 List 2 (1) pretty much means that if you are a Muslim in Malaysia, your life will be governed absolutely by the Shariah Courts. What may be legal today, could well be a Syariah offence tomorrow. This includes what kind of job you may hold in what kind of business establishment, by the way. Again, non-Muslims are at liberty to live their lives, within the bounds of civil legalities. Not so anymore with Mulsims.
  • These amendments may also pave the way for the legal (and unchallengeable) formation of a Morality Police squad, which will report directly to either the Syariah Courts, or a National Mufti (another one of the proposed motions that Walski didn't include here - see motion #6). There will no longer be any oversight possible over the Syariah Courts (except possibly by the Malay Rulers), and therefore the Syariah Courts can pretty much do whatever it thinks is it's right.

In short, make Malaysia into an apartheid - one nation, two sets of laws, along religious lines.

Since Walski has had the experience of islamist bloggers deleting their blog posts to cover their tracks, a PDF printout of Zulkifli Noordin's blog posting has been made. For now, Walski will give the MP the benefit of the doubt that he will do no such thing. If the need arises, the linkages to the MP's blog above will be updated accordingly.

To be fair, some of the motions he intends to raise are laudable, particularly those that pertain to requesting the release of ISA detainees (specifically, motions #18 and #19), but then again these are along Pakatan's party lines anyway.

One of the reasons why Walski supported Pakatan Rakyat - regardless of which component party a particular candidate came from - was that for the first time in a long, long while, a credible opposition to the BN emerged. An alternative that would make Malaysia a more equitable and fairer nation for all Malaysians, regardless of ethnicity and creed. Eventually leading to a truly united Malaysia.

So, why is Zulkifli Noordin still in Pakatan Rakyat? And Walski is absolutely certain that he's not the only one asking this question. On the one hand, he belongs to a party that wants to represent all Malaysians, and on the other hand, what he's proposing will lead to a Malaysia that's fractured not only on ethnic lines, but across the religious divide. Confusion? Or hypocrisy?

But Zulkifli Noordin is not alone. He has the support of a very vocal group of people thinking along the same lines. The same ones that constantly cry out "Under Threat!" at any given opportunity. And pretty much get away with it unchallenged.

Image hosting by PhotobucketRemember the Bar Council forum last year that was rudely and abruptly disrupted? The protesters came from across political party lines - BN and non-BN. These people deliberately and wantonly prevent any public discussions on things that they consider "sensitive". It's just another way of saying when it comes to Islam, we and only we have a say.

And now, they're escalating it to a higher level. It's a level that potentially will change what we know as Malaysia. And not for the better either.

If you love this nation, whose diversity is a God-send and blessing - but which some people are just too dense to realize - the time to speak out is now. Especially if you're a Muslim who believes that liberty is a fundamental right of every human being. These proposed motions, if they do get as far as the constitutional amendments they seek, will take your liberty away from you. If not immediately, in due time.

Call upon your respective Member of Parliament to shoot down these motions. Put them to the task. It's your right, since you put him/her there.

It will be a sad day indeed, if in Walski's lifetime, he witnesses our beloved nation becoming the New Apartheid of the 21st century.

The responsibility to ensure that this never happens is in our own hands... and ensure it we can, people.

Yes, we can.

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