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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Folks I just read the following. You can go to the website and see some horrible pictures. Caution though - not nice pics. Here is the news (truncated) :
By Aminu Abubakar
POTISKUM, Nigeria (AFP) — Nigeria's security forces were on maximum alert after two days of battles with radical Islamists which witnesses and authorities on Tuesday said had left more than 150 dead.
"Over 100 dead bodies have been deposited at the premises of the police headquarters and more are still being brought in," local radio journalist Ibrahim Bala told AFP from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.
Witnesses meanwhile said around 200 militant Islamists kept an overnight vigil outside a mosque in the city as well as the home of their spiritual leader Mohammed Yusuf.
In neighbouring Yobe state, police said they were combing forests near the town of Potiskum after the militants torched a police station and killed a policeman and a firefighter.
The clashes which erupted on Sunday have so far been contained to four northern Muslim states in Africa's most populous nation.
Churches and government buildings have been torched by groups of militants who have been dubbed Nigeria's Taliban.
The unrest is the deadliest sectarian violence in Nigeria since November last year when human rights groups say up to 700 were killed in Muslim-Christian clashes in and around the central city of Jos.
Nigeria's police chief Ogbonna Onovo told reporters on Monday that the weekend clashes in the states of Bauchi and Yobe had claimed the lives of 50 militants and five police. He acknowledged there was fighting in Maiduguri but gave no details of casualties there.
One Maiduguri resident, Shafiu Mohammed, said armed men burned a customs officer to death and slit the throat of an engineer. A policeman and a firefighter were also killed in exactly the same manner in Potiskum.
Since the return of a civilian regime to Nigeria's central government in 1999, 12 northern states have introduced Islamic Sharia law. The latest attacks, which independent security analysts say were coordinated, affected a third of these states.
One of the Nigerian "Taliban" leaders, Aminu Tashen-Ilimi, told AFP in 2005 that the group intended to lead an armed insurrection and rid society of "immorality" and "infidelity".
The insanity of these religious freaks is the same the world over. They really believe that they are God's gift to mankind and that they can impose their will on people by killing them.
This is yet another Islamic country that qualifies for membership in The Club of Doom. When will it ever end ?
There is a simple yet effective method to put all these nut cases out of business permanently, without any pain, fuss or problems. It has to do with teaching them tp question their very basic fundamental beliefs. I dont know how much longer these people are going to be blind, but surely it is clear that there is something terribly wrong with their fundamentals. Nothing else can cure them of this sickness. There must be an honest and brave relook in the mirror.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
The dunggu wannabe Arab, Hadi Awang has said some derogatory things about Sarawakians. He has made fun of them for wearing their traditional clothes: Here is the news (trunc) :
KUCHING: The humble loincloth appears to be causing a political storm in the Land of the Hornbill. It began with PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang blaming the Opposition’s loss in April’s Batang Ai by-election, solely on ignorant ‘cawat’ or loin cloth wearing voters who did not know how to vote.
His remarks, carried by the Malaysiakini online news portal on July 11, was very damaging because it was not based on facts, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu who wanted Hadi to apologise to the Iban community, especially in Lubok Antu.
Irked by Hadi’s comments which was made in the run-up to the Manek Urai by-election which was won by PAS, Jabu said anyone who had offended any community should apologise if he was a sensible person.
Reacting to the same issue, Parti Rakyat
"Calling Dayak voters uncivilised is uncalled for. It shows just how ignorant PAS is of the situation in Batang Ai," said Masing, who was also Barisan director of operations for the Batang Ai by-election.
Here is the Malay version of what Hadi said :
Dalam ceramah itu, Abdul Hadi dipetik sebagai berkata; "Semua pilihan raya kecil sebelum ini keputusannya memihak kepada kita. Cuma di Batang Air sahaja, kita kalah sebab mereka ini tidak reti undi, pakai cawat lagi. Saya bukan nak hina, tetapi tempat yang pakai molek, undi Pas," katanya.
Folks this is not the first time that the PAS whackos have shown their true mettle (or mental).
Nik Aziz once said that “if properly explained there is no reason a person would reject Islam. If a person still rejects Islam after it is properly explained to him, then there is something wrong with them” (or words close to that effect).
First of all even if something is properly explained a person still has the right not to accept it or believe it. That is his entire right. To insist that there is something wrong with someone just because they refuse to accept Nik Aziz’s belief (no matter how properly Nik Aziz explains it) actually strongly indicates that something is seriously not proper with Nik Aziz. Otak sudah mereng.
The Prophet was told in the Quran “You cannot even guide those whom you love. GOD is the only One who guides in accordance with His will, and in accordance with His knowledge of those who deserve the guidance” Surah 28:56.
So it is not up to us to claim to guide anyone to God’s Truth. That is best left to God. So let not anyone, especially bearded monkey wannabes, try to be holier than Sarawakians or any one else.
Secondly there is absolutely no guarantee that Nik Aziz or Hadi Awang's versions of their religion is close to Islam. Other scholars may not agree.
To the beautiful people of Sarawak, the Ibans, the Penans, the Bidayuhs, the Kelabits, the people of Bario, Long Pasia, Baram and elsewhere in
Hadi does not know you but surely the hills, rivers, trees, rocks and the mountains of
Folks here is a picture of the beautiful people of
The last picture below is that of ‘the devastating Hannah Tan, born on October 25, 1981 in
Amacam Haji Hadi? Sudah kahwin empat ke?
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tarek Fatah of Toronto, Canada is a member of the Canadian Muslim Congress and a friend of mine. He visited Kuala Lumpur in the early part of this year. This is an interesting article by Tarek. I have put some few comments in blue.
By Tarek Fatah
The National Post, Canada
When the Prague Spring failed in 1968, few people believed that the seeds of dissent that had been crushed under the weight of Soviet tanks would blossom 20 years later to bring about the demise of the U. S. S. R. itself. A similar summer of discontent and rebellion has blossomed in Tehran in 2009, and I would venture to say that, this time around, it will not take two decades for the ossified state structure to come crashing down.
The reason: This time, it is the mothers and daughters of Iran who have rebelled against the Islamic Republic of Iran and have come out in the streets to lead the men.
For 30 years, an entire nation has been subjected to imprisonment, torture, murder and -- unnoticed by the world -- the institutional rape of its daughters, all in the name of Islam. No other dictatorial society, not even the Saudis, have used rape as a tool of subjugation as the Iranian ruling ayatollahs have. Perversely, it has been dressed up as an act of piety and religiosity.
This truth is beginning to come out in the open. A serving member of the Iranian vigilante Basiji militia reportedly has told Sabina Amidi, a freelance reporter for the Jerusalem Post, about his enforced participation in the rape of young Iranian girls prior to their execution. The Basiji enforcer disclosed that the practice was justified by his superiors under the dubious proposition that, under sharia law, "it is illegal to execute a young woman, regardless of her crime, if she is a virgin."
(My comment : That would be the Iranian Shiah version of Shariah law. This is NOT in the Quran)
To circumvent this, Amidi's source reports, the mullahs would arrange a forced wedding of the young girls to prison guards on the night before the execution. "The young girl is forced to have sexual intercourse with a prison guard -- essentially raped by her 'husband.' "
The report has not been verified. But those of us who long have followed the harrowing tales coming out of Iran find it entirely credible. Indeed, there are many precedents, as described below. But we also know that this story will be labelled as one more attempt by the "Zionists" to portray Iran in a bad light. This one-size-fits-all accusation has silenced numerous critics of the Iranian regime.
In the early days of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the rape-execution of young Iranian democracy activists was rampant.
Let me introduce to you, for instance, Soraya Abolfathi, who was only 20-years old when she was picked up by Iranian Revolutionary Guards for participating in a demonstration against Ayatollah Khomeni on August 19, 1981. She was taken to Tabriz prison where, during her 34-day detention, she was tortured repeatedly to pressure her to give up her friends. She refused.
On Sept. 28, 1981, she was executed by a firing squad. However, it is believed the night before her death, she was forcibly wed to a mullah in a "pleasure marriage," the ensuing act of rape serving to ensure she did not die a virgin.
Virgins, the mullahs believe, are guaranteed a place in paradise, and raping young girls ensures they go to hell. (My comment : again this is NOT in the Quran).
The systemic nature of Iran's use of rape as an instrument of punishment is repugnant. Yet amazingly, the Iranian regime has supporters here in Canada--even within the same left-wing and feminist groups that can be relied on to stand up for women's rights whenever they are endangered in the West.
They should know better. It is not just Iranian women who have been raped and killed at the hands of Iran's murderous regime. One of our own endured this indignity, yet few are willing to speak out.
I am talking about Zahra Kazemi a Canadian photojournalist who was arrested, tortured, raped and then murdered by the mullahs, yet is forgotten conveniently by all those who say it is their business to speak against rape as an instrument of war.
Within the Muslim community, there was an absolute denial of what happened to Kazemi. On a TV show, for instance, a vice-president of the Canadian Arab Federation seemed to apologize for the Iranian regime, strenuously denying that she was raped. This despite the fact that Shahram Azam, a former military staff physician stated that he had examined Kazemi's body and observed that Kazemi showed obvious signs of brutal rape and torture, including a skull fracture, broken nose, crushed toe, missing fingernails, and broken fingers.
It seems the women of Iran have had it with the mullahs. It is time for all Canadians to come out and stand with their sisters, for history will judge them harshly if the freedom they seek for themselves, they deny to the daughters of Iran.
-Tarek Fatah is author of Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State. He is also co-host of Strong Opinions, on CFRB in Toronto.
By Syed Akbar Ali
By Syed Akbar Ali
This is from the Malay Mail :
"Whipping is a norm in many Islamic States. Last month in Bangladesh a widow was whipped 202 times and a man 101 times following a fatwa by a religious leader for their alleged involvement in "anti-social activity" in a village in south eastern Bangladesh, prompting local protests and action by the police. Piara Begum, a widow of 40, and Mamun Miah, 25, were whipped before hundreds of people at Khaiyar in Comilla district. The woman fell unconscious and was rushed to hospital and was admitted for intensive treatment."
Over here in our country in Kuantan, Syariah judge Datuk Abdul Rahman Yunus fined Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarnor, from Sungai Siput, Perak a model RM5,000 and imposed six whippings after she pleaded guilty to consuming an alcoholic drink in public last year.
In the Quran there is no mention of whipping anyone for consuming alchohol or intoxicants. The truth is, in the Quran, there is no temporal punishment of any sort prescribed for consuming alchohol or intoxicants. But society must regulate itself in order to live safely. We cannot have drunken people driving or running all over the place.
There is a verse in the Quran which tells human beings not to come near their salat when their mind is intoxicated or befogged. The word for intoxication used in the Quran is ‘sukkara’. Here are some verses in the Quran where this word sukkara and its other derivatives are mentioned.
Surah 4:43 O you who believe, do not observe the Salat while intoxicated (sukkara), so that you know what you are saying
15:15 They would only say: "Our eyes have been intoxicated (sakkara): Nay, we have been bewitched.”
And here is another interesting verse from the Quran which also has a derivative ‘sakara’. For the Arabic buffs, first here is the Arabic transliteration:
Wamin thamaraati al nakheeli wal-a’anaabi tat-takhi-zoona minhu sakaran (intoxicants) wa rizqan hasanan inna fee zaalika la-aa-yatan li qawmin ya’aqiloon
Now here are some translations of this same verse by some well known translators of the Quran.
Shakir 16:67 “And of the fruits of the palms and the grapes -- you obtain from them intoxication and goodly provision; most surely there is a sign in this for a people who ponder”
Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall - 16:67 “And of the fruits of the date-palm, and grapes, whence ye derive strong drink and (also) good nourishment. Lo! therein is indeed a portent for people who have sense.”
Abdullah Yusuf Ali - 16:67 “And from the fruit of the date-palm and the vine, ye get out wholesome drink and food: behold, in this also is a sign for those who are wise”
There is another word in the Quran ‘khamr’ which also means an intoxicating drink. The word ‘khamr’ and the word ‘khumur’ are derivatives which mean ‘something that covers’. When referring to an intoxicating drink it means something that fogs up your mind (intoxication).
Surah 5:90 O ye who believe! Strong drink (khamr) and games of chance and idols and divining arrows are only an infamy of Satan's handiwork. Leave it aside in order that ye may succeed. .
Surah 5:91 Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants (khamr) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of God, and from salat: will ye not then abstain?
Surah 2:219 They question thee about strong drink (khamr) and games of chance. Say: In both is great sin, and (some) utility for men; but the sin of them is greater than their usefulness. .
Just as a point of accuracy the word ‘haram’ is not found in any of the verses in the Quran that mention either sukkara or khamr. This is a point of accuracy. The injunctions against intoxication are quite clear in the Quran. One should not go near intoxication (Surah 4:43 above).
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
By Syed Akbar Ali
Yesterday a young boy by the name of Ajmal Amir Kassab pleaded guilty for the terrorist attack against Mumbai that resulted in over 166 people getting killed. You can read a quick synopsis of his statement here.
When I grow up I want to be a bandit !
I am reproducing only some of what he said here. It is truncated:
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- An Indian court that heard a stunning confession from the lone surviving gunman in the Mumbai terror attacks put a gag order on his latest testimony - a message to his handlers in Pakistan and a description of the indoctrination he received before coming to India.
The order resulted in a rare information blackout in what has been one of the best documented terror attacks in history, with video footage, cell phone intercepts, photographs and witness accounts playing across the media for months.
On Tuesday, Kasab also described political and religious indoctrination he said he received in
He (Kassab) said he had become unhappy with his low wages as a shop assistant in the Pakistani town of
In search of weapons and training, they wandered around Raza Bazaar looking for men with long beards, Kasab said, and were directed to a house on the corner of a small lane. Kasab knocked on the door. "I told him that we had come for Jihad.
First of all the action of the Indian judge is commendable. In a racially and religiously divided country like
In sharp contrast, the death of Teoh Beng Hock is being played up as a racial matter by the Opposition – trying to pit the “Malay dominated” Government against the minorities. Just for a few votes? From what has been reported so far, plus the fact that till now no one has been detained for any murder investigation, we can draw the conclusion that Teoh’s cause of death is most likely suicide. I think we should all just cool off on this one – lets follow the example of the Indian judge. Let the Police complete their investigations.
Coming back to the Kassab story, the boy had become disillusioned with his poor wages as a labourer in
And when they needed guns, Kassab and his friends in
It is also possible that when they are not blowing themselves up or killing other innocent people, these beardos do some banditry and robbery on the side to maintain their happy lifestyles. Even beardos need to pay bills.
Unfortunately these beardos and their cohorts are also found in our region. The recent bomb attacks in
Maybe the Minister should announce that beardos with long beards from
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I had a story up about 'bomohs and hantus' the other day. Unfortunately I was strongly advised by the "minister of domestic affairs" to pull the story. She reminded me that in light of my predicament with the law, why poke people's nose again?
Well since the "minister of domestic affairs" plays an important role in maintaining the domestic peace and harmony in any organised community (our home) I decided to defer to her advice.
Here is something else I received from someone on holiday in France. Its a notice of some sort obviously referring to Saudi Arabia. I think you can click on the picture for a slightly larger view.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
By Syed Akbar Ali
Inna lillaahi wa inna ilaihi rajiuun : "We all come from God and to Him is our return"
Friends, I received news about an hour ago (about 11:30 am) that a dear friend and Blogger Captain Yusof Ahmad who writes the Blog 'The Ancient Mariner' passed away peacefully in his sleep last nite at home.
Arrangements are being made for the funeral. As of now 12.20 pm I have been informed that the jenazah has already been taken to his hometown in Seremban. Our deepest condolences to his family.
Just six days ago on Tuesday, Captain Yusof lost his mother. He wrote about it on his Blog.
I came to meet and know Captain just last year. He was one of "us" the Bloggers. A perpetually cheerful man, who was polite and had a pretty level head on his shoulders.
He was a sea faring person during his day, a captain of the sea who worked on ships. We will miss him plenty at our weekly lunch meeting.
Friday, July 17, 2009
First the news:
British bishop bans holy water to halt swine flu
LONDON (AFP) – A bishop in Britain has advised his diocese to ban holy water from churches in a bid to halt the spread of swine flu.
The Bishop of Chelmsford in eastern England has suggested sprucing up hygiene in churches by removing receptacles for water. "Some churches have a stoup for holy water near the entrance to the church door, and people are invited to dip a finger in this, and to make the sign of the cross as a reminder of their baptism," the Right Reverend John Gladwin said.
A stoup is a basin or a font for holy water (see pic). "The water contained in stoups can easily become a source of infection and a means of rapidly spreading the virus," he said. "This practice should be suspended."
Gladwin also urged caution when taking Holy Communion to residential homes, warning if anyone has flu-like symptoms that the "priest alone should drink wine from the chalice." Britain is Europe's worst hit country, with 17 people having died after contracting the A(H1N1) virus.
This is a wise move by the religious folks in Britain. It will certainly depress church attendance in Britain to even lower levels, which perhaps explains why the Pound Sterling is such a strong currency.
About a couple of years ago, polio was detected in Indonesia. Polio was believed to have been eradicated some time ago in the world. But there have been cases of polio in Africa particularly in Nigeria. The polio virus is suspected to have come to Indonesia with returning pilgrims.
When people gather in large religious gatherings, there is no assurance that viruses and bugs will not get transmitted, especially when certain rituals encourage close (and unhygienic) contact between people.
Recently there was also a large gathering or ijtima of the Tabligh people near KLIA in Sepang. The Tabligh folks practice the custom of eating with their fingers to share food from a common tray. This is very unhygienic too and can easily transmit germs and viruses.
Logic and reason are not the strong suits of religion. However this does not apply to Islam which is logic itself. I am a Muslim.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Folks Tun Dr Mahathir is running a poll at his Blog
to show the Government what the public thinks about the switch to Malay for Maths and Science. Do take the poll and vote your conscience.
The Poll now stands at 22069 votes or 81% NOT AGREEING with the switch back to Malay versus 5302 votes or 19% (ONLY) in support of the Government's decision.
Total votes so far is 27,371. You can only vote once.
Please tell your friends, sms about it and lets get it up to 100,000 votes or more.
I hope all my Blogger friends will run their own polls or provide a link to Dr Mahathir's Blog site.
Lets pull together on this one. The Government has bungled big time. But at least through the Blogs and the alternative media the public has the right to be heard. Make your voices heard. If we make known our disagreement we can make them change the policy.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
In one of my Four Wheel Drive trips into the jungle some years ago, we stopped at a place called Cheneh in Terengganu. I remember a makcik at a roadside stall made some nice ayam goreng. My good friend Juhaidi was with me and also my two boys.
Cheneh was (and maybe still is) a typical rural backwater. The folks did not seem to know if they were coming or they were going. There was Astro but I think the favorite show was ‘Tom Tom Bak’. But I did recall saying aloud that someday I hope that the folks in Cheneh would watch CNN, BBC and CBS and that we could just drive up and ask the makcik in Cheneh ‘Whats on CNN today?’ But I think that’s not going to happen at all.
Tuan Tuan dan Puan Puan, our Prime Minister Dato Najib has made his first bungle – and within the first 100 days too. No Sirs, it is a major bungle. You have bungled big time.
Lets manage this “crisis in the making” now. First of all please stop from saying anything more about the switch from English to Malay. The more things you say, the more “face saving” devices you will need for you to swallow your pride before you can undo this mistake. But this mistake must be undone.
I just happened to be with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad yesterday Thursday July 9th 09 slightly after noon when the news came in that the Cabinet had decided to flip flop over the language issue.
Firstly Tun Dr Mahathir raised a simple but valid point. The main reason quoted by Tan Sri Muhyuddin to favor the switch to Malay was that the rural Malay kids were doing poorly in Maths and Science (which are taught in English) compared to the urban kids. But what about exam scores for the rural kids in all other subjects which are taught in the Malay language? Dr Mahathir said no one showed him the statistics for that. Why?
If you say that English is the reason why the rural kids are doing so poorly in Maths and Science, then by your logic the rural kids should be scoring the same as or better than the urban kids in other subjects that are taught in Malay? By your logic rural kids should be doing better than the urban kids in Sejarah, Geografi, Kemahiran Hidup, Bahasa Malaysia and other Malay language subjects.
But we know that rural kids generally score lower than urban kids in most subjects (except maybe Agama). And language has got nothing to do with it. Rural kids are usually found in lower income households, their parents are usually less educated, they have less achievement goals and so forth. That is why you call them ‘children from rural areas’. They are poor people and they are underachievers.
So this comparison with rural kids and urban kids is not fully accurate (Tun Dr Mahathir used another word which I need not repeat here).
Let me give you some street feedback. At least one Internet based employment agency has instructions from its clients to completely ignore any job applicants who are graduates from UITM (University ITM). As we know UITM graduates are all Malays. They say the quality of the graduates is low and their English is bad.. They are unemployable. This is what I heard.
Another preference by another employer – a Multi National Corporation - in the job market is to take in job applicants who are graduates of IPTA (private universities) who have done twinning programs. This means their English is good and they are more marketable. Again this means Malays with poor English skills are not preferred. Bottom of the line.
And here is some news from Cyberjaya. We opened up Cyberjaya and gave foreign investors much benefits and incentives to open business there. Among the foreign investments in Cyberjaya are ‘Call Centers’. Well some ‘Call Centers’ in Cyberjaya take in Indians as a first choice for employment. They feel that generally Indians speak better English. Second choice are Chinese. Finally they will look at Malays as the last choice but rarely. Even with the emphasis on English the past six years, the Malays cannot speak enough English to get a job answering telephones in Call Centers in Cyberjaya.
We cannot shut them down or arrest them under the ISA for practising such discrimination. They come here for business. We must provide them the tools necessary to run their businesses well. We are not doing the job.
To Dato Najib and Tan Sri Muhyuddin Yassin, why are you doing this? Who agrees with you? Who are you afraid of? Takkan UMNO Johor is so powerful to frighten Muhyuddin?
Last nite I met a Deputy Minister and a well known “ultra Malay” ex-newspaper editor. The Deputy Minister said it was a bad decision to switch back to Malay. The ‘ultra Malay’ ex-editor was visibly upset and said “I have no comments. I don’t want to say anything.” I think he did not agree with the switch at all.
Another well known “ultra-ultra” Malay defender of all things Malay (if I just mention his job you will know who he is) said the switch to Malay was ‘satu langkah ke belakang’.
A Tan Sri from Kelantan said in English “this is a giant leap backward for the Malays”.
In the present world, the English language is a ‘life giving’ language. The amount of new knowledge and new information that comes out in the English language is astounding. No one can translate all the new knowledge and information that comes out in English EACH and EVERY DAY. It is impossible. We have to master this language. There is no other way.
Then we have the ‘tidak masuk akal’ ideas. Tan Sri Muhyuddin says after the switch back to Malay, he still wants to upgrade the teaching of English in the rural schools. He wants to employ about 1000 native English speakers to teach English in rural schools. By native speaker I do not know if he is referring to Mrs Naidu from Brickfields or if he wants to employ real Mat Sallehs from outside the country.
Mrs Naidu the retired English teacher will gladly teach English to our children for RM3000 per month. But we will have to pay the Mat Sallehs RM15,000 a month or more before they will come to work here.
But if that is a good idea then why not employ 1000 Mat Sallehs at RM15000 a month to teach Maths and Science in English in the rural schools?
Because according to Tan Sri Muhyuddin, it is not the school children in the rural schools who are to be faulted. The real culprits are the teachers. Muhyuddin let the cat out of the bag. Here is what Muhyuddin said (from the Press):
“It was based on empirical studies and other specialist reviews,” he said. Based on studies conducted in 2008, he said, the ministry found that only a small percentage of teachers fully used English to teach the two subjects. “On average, the percentage of those using English during Mathematics and Science periods was around 53% to 58%,” he said, adding that only a small number of teachers were proficient. Muhyiddin said studies carried out by local universities found that students’ mastery level of English during the entire policy was around 3% while the level among rural students was low.”
So don’t push the blame on the rural students lah.
It is the teachers who were malas to teach in English. And there are other reasons why some Malay teachers do not use English. Among them are religious reasons because some people believe that speaking English may lead to you ‘jadi kristian’.
Even in the towns (including Kuala Lumpur) it is also considered “showing off” if Malay people speak English. So there are other quite illogical reasons why Malay teachers are shy to speak and teach in English. Don’t just blame it (and quite wrongly too) on the rural school children. That is not correct.
And even if what Tan Sri Muhyuddin is saying is indeed true, why burden the urban kids and dim their chances at a better future just because the rural kids are having problems with English?
Urban kids are usually the children of parents who are more educated, who work in offices, run businesses and generally earn a higher income and enjoy a better standard of living. The rural folks are usually much poorer than the urban folks.
That is why we have to make sure that the rural folks get the same or better opportunities to get out of the poverty cycle and move up in life so that they too can enjoy a standard of living like the urban people. A good education and the ability to converse in English is definitely one way up.
But what this policy reversal has done is to lower the entire national average. Instead of moving the rural people up the ladder, we are now moving moving the urban folks down to the level of the rural people. We are lowering the averages. Hang tak payah jadi pandai macam aku, biar aku jadi bodoh macam hang !
We are nailing the Malays inside the language cocoon. We are also creating a “non English understanding rural poor” versus an “English speaking urban elite” divide. The Malays who cannot speak English will be left further and further behind.
The English speaking urban folks (Malays, Chinese and Indians) will move light years ahead of the non English speaking folks. There will most definitely be an English speaking elite in the country. More problems will arise.
Then we have also allowed International Schools in the country to be opened to all Malaysians. We also have foreign universities like Nottingham and Monash. We are basically denying many Malays from qualifying to enter these universities and international schools. They can go to UITM and become more ‘cocoon infested’ and unemployable.
But very, very few kids make it to university or college in the first place. Only 2% to 3% of the population goes to university anyway. The large bulk of our young kids will become school leavers (SPM or PMR) with no employable skills, no knowledge of “life giving” English. Their future is doomed.
Akhir sekali saya nampak peluang hidup bagi budak Melayu dari kampong menjadi lagi tipis. Siapa yang ada tanah getah, mungkin akan kerja potong getah saja di kampong. Kalau tak ada tanah getah, depa akan berhijrah ke Bandar dan pekan untuk mencari kerja sebagai office boy, messenger dan peon.
They may even think that office boy, messenger and peon are three different careers.
Please reverse this policy. It is a very big mistake.
By Syed Akbar Ali
Last nite Tan Sri Vincent Tan threw a huge Birthday Party for YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad. Tun is 84 years old. There were about 1000 guests present. Just last week Tun Dr Mahathir was the keynote speaker at the Malaysian Brands do - also sponsored by the Berjaya Group. There too they cut a cake and everyone sang the Happy Bithday song for Tun.
I never tire of taking a picture with Tun.
Happy Birthday Sir. Many happy returns.
Last year also Tan Sri Vincent Tan held a birthday party for Tun and also at the same venue (Manhattan II,
Yesterday I had the pleasant experience of meeting Tun twice. About noon yesterday, my colleagues from work and I met Tun for about an hour at his Yayasan Perdana office at Putrajaya. We discussed many things.
The news that the Cabinet had reverted the teaching of Science and Mathematics back to Malay had just come in. Tun was definitely riled up. I will be writing about that too shortly.
You can call him a dictator (which he most definitely and certainly is not and never was) or whatever else you like but I have only one word to describe Tun – knowledgeable. The man is an astounding fountain of knowledge.
He also spoke of the Ministers in Cabinet, including those who had served him. I will not divulge private conversations but most interestingly Tun spoke of one particular individual (who is well acquainted with me) when he differentiated between a ‘Yours Faithfully’ type Minister and a ‘Yours Sincerely’ type Minister.
A ‘Yours Faithfully’ Minister is basically a lalang (lalang is my choice of word) who blows with the wind. If it is a good wind, good happens. If it is an ill wind, then the stuff hits the fan. A ‘Yours Sincerely’ Minister has more guts and gumption.
Interestingly the ‘Yours Faithfully’ Minister whom Tun spoke about was also present at Vincent Tan’s birthday bash last nite. He was certainly absent from Tun's birthday party last year when Slumberjack was Prime Minister. Obviously time to catch a different wind now.
That's me with Tan Sri Vincent Tan last nite. I first met Tan Sri when he invited me over for makan early last year. He had read my 2nd book ("Malaysia And The Club of Doom - The Collapse of the Islamic Countries") and had been impressed by it - he bought over 50 copies of the book and had asked some of the Board of Directors of some of his companies to read it too. He has also been a supporter of my third book 'Things In Common'. He keeps introducing me to people, including Tun Dr Mahathir as 'This is Syed, the Otter'. We must find ways to produce more Vincent Tans in Malaysia. If we had a 100 Vincent Tans and just one more Dr. Mahathir our country will be fine. We are inside Tan Sri Vincent Tan's Berjaya Times Square - which has over 7.0 million square feet of space. Syabas Tan Sri Vincent Tan.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
By Syed Akbar Ali
I am thankful to David Ngo who sent me a comment about KPIs and also provided me the links to a KPI site, including this article written by him. First here is David's quick take on KPIs.
Author: Davi Ngo, hrvinet.com
1. Definition of key performance indicators (KPI)
A key performance indicator is a financial and non-financial measure used to measure progress towards a stated organizational goal or objective.
2. The benefits of measuring Key Performance Indicators
• It can be a very quick way of seeing the actual performance of a goal or strategic objective.
• Decisions can be made much quicker when there are accurate and visible measures to back them up.
• Can allow management to see the company or department performance in one place.
• A team can work together to a common set of measurable goals.
3. Characteristics of KPI
• KPI is always connected with the corporate goals.
• A KPI is decided by the middle or top management.
• It belongs to an individual who is accountable for its outcome.
• A KPI leads to action.
• Few in number.
• They are leading indicators of performance desired by the organization.
• Easy to understand.
• It should be balanced not undermine each other.
• Users can gauge their progress overtime.
• KPI’s loses its value overtime so they must be periodically reviewed and refreshed.
4. Condition of KPI:
• Result-oriented or Relevant.
5. Related documents
• Sample KPI (all KPI for marketing, sales, HR, manufactoring …)
Here are my comments. I too realised from long ago that KPIs have usually been structured towards a corporate and business environment where there is output that can be measurable. Look at Point 4 above. The KPI should be specific and measurable.
This is where I believe the KPIs for the Cabinet is facing some difficulty. How do you measure the KPI of the Ministry of Culture and National Unity? We cannot count the number of people who stand for the Negaraku.
What about socio-economic objectives? How does that feature into the KPI? Or if the Indonesians decide to cut off the supply of Indon workers? What will happen the commodities industry? So today's papers say that the PM has introduced something new called 'National Result Areas'.
PUTRAJAYA: A fresh approach known as the National Key Result Areas will be introduced along with the National Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to make Malaysia a high-income first world nation. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who revealed this without giving details, said: “These two methods will help us achieve the ultimate goal for the country, whether it is for Malaysia to be a developed or first-world nation or a high-income nation. He said the fresh approach was aimed at bringing more success and achievements to the country so it could meet targets set for the people."
The KPIs should be more measurable for the GLCs. But here I think the GLCs are not being honest enough. They can reset their KPIs depending on prevailing conditions or what they perceive as prevailing conditions. For example if there is a financial meltdown they just reset their KPIs lower. So every year they always achieve their KPIs. I dont think that is honest.