A Troublesome Law for Troublemakers

The problem of slapping sedition charges on troublemakers like Raja Petra Kamarudin, the owner-editor of the country’s top political portal, is that it has an equally troublesome habit of boomeranging. The joke making the rounds in town is that you can’t charge RPK, as he is popularly known in blogsphere, with sedition.… Read the article

Amazing Admissions!

The Sunday STAR (April 13th 2008) reported that Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam acknowledged “the many reports involving foreign workers stranded at the airport after their employers failed to pick them up, arbitrary termination and workers, unhappy with the wages, running away.” “There are also cases of employers not paying their workers and victimising them,” he said, adding the Manpower Department found that nearly a third of the 2,850 employers checked flouted various labour laws.… Read the article

Letting The Cat Out Of The Bag!

Congratulations to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for letting the CAT out of the bag! “The time has come for us to look at it from a new national perspective, approaching governance based on competence, accountability and transparency (CAT)” (the Sun, 25th April 2008). I pray that each Menteri Besar and Ketua Menteri will follow suit!… Read the article

Chong’s Fear

In the 29th April 2008 edition of The Sun, Zainon Ahmad concludes the imaginary conversation between Azman, Chong, Mohan and Zain with these words which refer to the Pakatan Rakyat leaders: Chong: What I am afraid of is this. Having discovered the rackets of their predecessors, they – the previously good Muslims, good Christians, good Hindus, good Buddhists and good whatever – find it too convenient a gold mine to tell others.… Read the article

‘Back-Up’ Party for UMNO Mooted

The NST of Wednesday 14 May 2008 reports: “A group of former UMNO members and newcomers to politics is forming what they call a “back-up” party for the Malays and Bumiputeras. Parti Kegemilangan Bangsa Malaysia (KBM) is not meant to rival UMNO, but a secondary political platform to fall back on should the 62-year-old UMNO falter and lose its clout, its pro-tem committee secretary Abdul Kadir Edros said.“ 62 years have passed and still the possibility of yet another racially based political party.… Read the article

Ten Commandments For The Barisan Nasional

.. to ensure that they lose the next General Elections! Retain the Internal Security Act Reject calls to repeal or amend the Official Secrets Act (OSA), the Printing Presses and Publications Act and the Universities and University College Act (UUCA) 1971 Prevent the restoration to Article 121(1) of the Federal Constitution Appoint the wrong persons to serve on the Judicial Appointments Commission, the Corruption Prevention Advisory Board and the Parliamentary Committee on the Prevention of Corruption Postpone indefinitely the formation of an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Act Ensure that laws are not passed to allow the election of local councillors Withhold all government grants from all opposition states Forbid members of the Barisan National to accept invitations from the Pakatan Rakyat to serve on Committees/ Boards/ Agencies for the betterment of both state and nation Neglect the legitimate concerns of the citizens of East Malaysia Perpetuate the existence of political parties whose membership is restricted by race or religion PS: This may encourage others to compile their own versions – possibly one for PR to reach greater heights… Read the article

Syariah High Court Judgement

ALLOWED TO REVERT – Syariah High Court lets Muslim convert renounce Islam and go back to Buddhism This was the STAR headline on Friday 9 May 2008. The press releases of Sisters In Islam and MCCBCHST are relevant: Sisters In Islam Sisters in Islam programme manager Norhayati Kaprawi said unresolved conversion issues have been going on for a long time and people had hoped that the judiciary and the authorities involved would resolve them.“Our position is – once a person does not wish to remain in the religion, there is no point for the authorities to stop the person from opting out.… Read the article

The God Whom We Worship In Song

‘MAJESTY’, ‘AWE’, ‘SPLENDOR’, ‘GREATNESS’, ‘POWER’, ‘RIGHTEOUSNESS’, ‘HOLINESS’, ‘MERCY’, ‘LOVE’, ‘FAITHFULNESS’, ‘GOODNESS’, — these are just some of the most common attributes of God which are contained in the TRIUMPHANT songs which we sing Sunday by Sunday. But little mention is made of the ‘GOD OF JUSTICE’ (and the millions who are suffering poverty and oppression as a result of injustice) and the ‘PERSECUTED JESUS CHRIST’ (and the thousands of Christians who are persecuted for his sake.… Read the article

Barbaric Crime and Barbaric Punishment

At about 6.45pm on April 15th 2008, a 22-year-old University Malaysia Sabah student and her friends were heading for a religious function when she was pulled into a stolen Kancil. During the ordeal, before being rescued at 4am on the 16th, she was punched, kicked, bitten and raped several times by her two kidnappers.… Read the article