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Incompetent PKR; Bungling Pakatan

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Fed-Up

Posted by Simon Templar On Friday, January 22, 2010 0 comments

Sorry for being snail pace slow in writing recently.

Truth is I am losing it a bit. Not the mental state but the spirit to fight for this country. Yeah, that's pretty selfish but with all the recent happenings and ultimate dumbness of our government, I'm quite fed-up. And PR doesn't seem to have the fire that we freedom fighters seem to have and demand of them. That kinda make it doubly or triply worse.

So, here I am. Looking at Malaysia; cursing and cussing. Too sick to write.

And apparently, RPK is pulling his hair out as well. You must have read RPK's latest on Anwar. Much of what he said have been addressed here much earlier here. Check out the followings:

The De-Facto Menteri Besar of Selangor

A Structure for PR


I'll be back pretty soon. Just not this few days.

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Do Not Drop The A Word From The Bible

Posted by Simon Templar On Tuesday, January 12, 2010 5 comments

Stupid country!

I didn't say that. I am merely quoting what people elsewhere are saying. International medias have (naturally) reported the churches attacks. Read the comments left by their online readers and you will know how people who bothered to read anything about this tiny-country-who-thinks-way-too-highly-of-themselves think of us.

We are now close to being labeled a terrorist nation. Or have we not? The west have always suspected that we are a terrorist-harbouring-nation with endless supply of terrorist wannabes. After all, our past records of Malaysians linked with the likes of Jemaah Islamiah, Abu Sayyaf, Bali bombing and what-is-and what-not along with a company of the son of a certain former prime minister who helped shipped nuclear weapon parts aren't exactly traits of an angel nation. And now this.

The damage has been done. How are we going to move forward? Honestly, I do not know. The elections are still far away. Anger is burning. Malaysians are living in disbelief yet helpless and desperate for a change. Bite the bullet for now I say.

UMNO (and Zaid Ibrahim) want to have some interfaith dialogue. A dialogue as far as I know means discussion or conversation between 2 parties or more. But our Malaysian version is always 1 party telling the others what to do. That is not called a dialogue. As such, what is being proposed by UMNO is an UMNO Briefing.

We know what UMNO is going to do. You Christians - for the 'sake of the nation' and 'in the spirit of preserving the harmony and god-knows-what-other-bullshit built by our fore-fathers' - drop the demand for use of that A word. Many ignorant and chicken shit Malaysians are asking for this as well. But why should anyone give in?

First, we do not negotiate with terrorists. Yup! Picked up a thing or two from the many American movies I watched. If the Christians give in to the demands of UMNO, then whenever some other 'hot' matters come up, the minorities in this country will always be bullied into submitting to the whims and fancies of the majority. This is not harmonious living. This is living at the mercy of someone else. This is 2010. Days of tyranny and ruling by fear should have ended with King Henry VIII. We rakyat Malaysia should learn to fight for what is right and reject what is wrong.

Second, accepting that the Malaysian version of Islam having the absolute rights to the A word is a violation of the human rights of Christians in Malaysia - and in particular, the Malay speaking Christians.

We have Peninsular Christians asking that the Sabahan and Sarawakian Christians to drop the use of the A word. But these Peninsular Christians are living in a cocoon. Your Bible in the Peninsular is in English (and some Chinese). (Got Tamil version?) You speak English (or Chinese). So, you are very comfortable with English (or Chinese). But the Sabahans and Sarawakians speak Malay. The Malay language is the lingua franca to many of them. And that A word is the word that they have been brought up with. Why should they drop the use of it when no one in this world can claim the absolute use of any word in this world?

The Malays do not have copyright to this A word. It is not even a Malay word to begin with. It is an Arabic word. Why don't the Arabs come resolve this matter. Lets ask the Arabs what their Christians call their god. If you are surprise that there are Christians in the Middle East, then get out of your blardie cocoon.

Does it not surprise you that the major Islamic nations in the world have never made any noise on this issue? Indonesia has more than 200 million Muslims. And yet they have no problems with the A word printed all over the Bible written in Bahasa Indonesia. China has more Muslims than Malaysia. And the Chinese Muslims have no issue with that. Why? Because they understand that the A word means god. It does not mean the Muslim version of god. It is not even the name of god. Jesus is a name. Abdullah is a name. Ishmael is a name. Abraham is a name. But Allah is not a name. It is a reference to god - in Arabic! Just like 'god' is the reference to god in English.

Claiming absolute right to use of a word is as foolish as it gets. Are we then expecting that the Portuguese demand that the word 'bola' be dropped from the Malay language. 'Agama' is Sanskrit. 'Almari' is Tamil. And a whole lot of words borrowed from the Chinese, Persians, English, Dutch etc. Is this A word brouhaha not a joke? It definitely is anywhere out of Malaysia.

Today, UMNO wants the Christians to stop using the A word. Tomorrow the Chinese will have to stop eating pork. Next week, UMNO will demand that the Indians sell only halal beef. Are we going to submit to these nonsense? Are we going to set a precedent today and send UMNO a message that they can scare us into anything they want? Are we telling UMNO that human rights exist only in the western world we watch in the movies?

Do not set a precedent. Do not give in. Your actions today will dictate the lives of your following generations. Choose to secure your selfish motives today and your descendents will curse you when they are forced to live in fear and mercy of the government.

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Oh Lord, Are You Confused Too?

Posted by Simon Templar On Wednesday, January 06, 2010 7 comments

Aiyoh... Am so sick and tired of this 'Allah' issue; of which is actually a non-issue in the very first place. So sick that I have hardly read any articles on this matter. What is the deal with this anyway?

We ALL know that this is nothing but an UMNO propaganda. But why is it that UMNO must always make the Malays look stupid and weak?

How many Malays actually share the sentiments that having some other religion use a word that appears in the Quran will actually cause Muslims to convert out of Islam?

How may Malays actually share the sentiments that having some other religion use a word that appears in the Quran will actually cause Muslims to get confused about their religion and their god?

The way UMNO puts it, Malaysian Muslims must be the only Muslims in the world who has this constant fear of other religions trying to get them out of Islam. Eh hello, have some faith in Islam la. It is a good religion and people who truly understand Islam love Islam for what it is. No wonder so many Malays and Muslims hate UMNO. To UMNO, for the sake of serving their own stupid political ideology, all Malay Muslims are made to look stupid, weak and vulnerable.

By the way ah, what is so confusing about someone else sharing the same word, in this case 'Allah'? It's just the language la idiots.

You don't see Christians shouting their lungs out of their nostrils when the Hindus call their deities LORD Ganesha or LORD Vishnu. Lord is lord la. It's just a word. The word 'lord' is all over the bible you know.

Nobody made noise when the word 'lord' is freely used like in Lord of the Ring or Lord of the Flies. Any Christians go crazy? Any Hindus gone mad? No, tak ada seorang pun. Try calling it A***h of the Ring. Die! Sure mengamuk gila one. Sigh...

But sometimes you have to give it to UMNO. They are quite capable of stirring up the people. Something as simple as the use of a word can cause uproar throughout the country. Pandai pun diorang ni. This is something PR must learn - not the trouble causing part of course, but the part on stirring the people up. (Actually I wouldn't mind if PR start causing some trouble hehe...) And when I mentioned 'the people', I am not referring to the hardcore PR supporters because they are on permanent stir-up pills. PR needs to stir up the 'fence sitters' and the 'I-could-not-be-bothered's.

I tell you, UMNO is giving Islam a very bad name. Wouldn't all this make Islam look like a very shallow religion? Wouldn't all this again make Muslims look like extremists? What a disservice to Islam. All these while the true Muslims work their socks off trying to rebuild Islam's reputation.

Sigh... politics and religions. This 2 have gone hand in hand for centuries. I can never understand what is there to fight over Jerusalem. How holy can a land be where millions of people have died killing one another just to rule that land? Ironic isn't it?

And the Palestinians and Israelis. What are they fighting about? And I remember one of the PR speakers at Teoh Beng Hock's rally at the Kelana Jaya Stadium last year whacking the BN government for having relations with Israel. I so wanted to stand up and shout 'So what?'. Come on la, what is so wrong about Israel? Let's be honest about it; Malaysia is siding with the Palestinians because of the religious element. Why should all Malaysians be made to be anti-Semitic just because of that? Like as though the Palestinians are all angels.

Back to the sacred word.

I hope the Muslims in this country can be rational about this matter. Don't be fooled into insecurity by the trouble makers of UMNO. Yes, 'rational' is the correct word. Chuck aside the emotions that UMNO is trying to stir up inside you. Be logical. Clear your thoughts and ask yourself this, "What is there to be worked up with this 'use of word' in the very first place?".

The problem is UMNO says the word 'amok' is synonymous with Malays. And 'amok' and 'rational' seem worlds apart.

Is it any wonder why the non-Malays in Malaysia see the Malays as less than intelligent? After all, it that not the objectives of UMNO to make the Malays stupid and incapable?

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