Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Blogger and lawyer, Haris Ibrahim, wrote in his blog, "The People's Parlament" :
On Wednesday, 16th September, 2009, Hari Malaysia, my friends and I who have been working on the Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia initiative will launch the same.
At the Rumah Anak Bangsa Malaysia, No.66, Lorong Setiabistari 1, Bukit Damansara.
Don’t know where that is?
The map is HERE.
We’ll share with you what took us almost two months to put together : the Anak Bangsa Malaysia Charter.
We’ll launch our website.
And we’ll share with you our plans to take the message of One People, One Nation far and wide.
We’d like to see you at the launch.
If you’re joining us, please note that registration of attendees starts at 6pm.
The launch presentation is slotted to take off at 6.30pm, followed with a press conference and thereafter the sharing of a simple buka puasa meal with all those present.
We’re catering food.
Not a whole lot of food because, quite honestly, we haven’t got much money.
Truth is I’m hoping that we won’t have enough food for all of you who turn up, because that might mean we underestimated the numbers who care.
Should that happen, I’m banking on the love, tenderness and respect that I am certain you will all bring to the Rumah more than making up for any lack of food.
SABM T-shirts and badges and buttons will be on sale so don’t forget to bring your money which, I will shamelessly tell you, we need to push our programs forward.
Please treat this post as a personal invitation from my friends and I to you.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
As soon as I was released from ISA detention last year, I had the desire to visit the mosque and express my thanks and gratitude to Haji Abdul Rahman. However, I was told that the committee of the Masjid Al Ehsan was under strong pressure by UMNO at the time due to the courageous and truthful statement made by Haji Abdul Rahman tersebut. Thus, I was not able to enter the mosque.
Last night, on 11 September 2009, I was able to step foot into Masjid Al-Ehsan in Bandar Kinrara for the first time, thanks to the assistance of my PKR and PAS friends in Puchong, and held a break-fast-banquet with the local Muslims.
I was very happy to meet the now former chairman of the mosque Haji Abdul Rahman during the break-fast-banquet organised by Pakatan Rakyat Puchong. Once again, I expressed my gratitude to him.
At this event, I used my DUN allocation to gave financial aid to 15 surau and 4 mosques located in Puchong.
I took a photo with the imam, the mosque chairman and the representatives of the mosques/surau, the councilors of MPSJ and the leaders of Pakatan Puchong after disbursing the aid to the suraus and mosques in Puchong.
In addition, I also gave financial aid to those in need.
In my speech, I said that the use of ISA against me shows that this law can easily be abused by those in power and are irresponsible. I also said that my detention shows that the police had arrested me without having conducted a prior investigation.
This is the YDP of PAS Puchong, Tuan Haji Mohd Sofien Ismail. When I had shared with him that I had not been able to enter Masjid Al-Ehsan, he assisted me by contacting the mosque committee and helped me organise this break-fast-banquet.
The lady on the left is Puan Hanim, the leader of the Muslim women of PAS Puchong. She has been a great help to me in organising break-fast-banquets in Puchong, including this very one at Masjid Al-Ehsan.
Here is a photo of the Muslims saying their prayers after breaking fast.
I am very thankful to the Lord and to my Muslim friends in Pakatan Puchong who have helped me to fulfill my intention to hold a break-fast-banquet at Masjid Al-Ehsan on the first anniversary of my ISA detention.
On this day of the first anniversary, I pray that ISA will not be used by the Barisan Nasional government and police any more. And that this cruel and unjust law will be repealed by the government and our Parliament.
Here are the photos of the event :
Geronimo's Take : Look at how gracious PR leaders are in the way they reach out to community of other races and faith. Last year, after the March GE, Dr Hj Dzulkefly Ahmad of PAS and MP for Kuala Selangor, became the first Muslim MP to attend Sunday Easter Mass at the St Paul The Hermit Church in Ijok [read here], whilst his colleague, YB Khalid Samad, joined the Catholics for a normal Sunday Mass at the Church of Divine Mercy in Glenmarie [read here]. All I could say was “WOW!” In the same token, Teresa too has done the right thing with our Muslim brethren. Congratulations!