Saturday, October 24, 2009

More bibles confiscated!

More than 15,000 Bibles in Bahasa Indonesia have been detained by the government this past year.

On Sept 11, Gideons International consignment of 5,000 Indonesia Testaments (Vest) and 5,000 Indonesia/English Bilingual Testaments that Alpha Publisher sent from Jakarta to Kuching were detained by the Malaysian Home Affairs Ministry (Publication).

While in March this year, 5,100 Bibles in Bahasa Indonesia ordered by the Bible Society of Malaysia were also detained by the same ministry.

The reason given for the detention of the Scriptures was because they contain the banned words of Allah, Kaabah, Baitumal and Solat.

“The Borneo Evangelical Church (S.I.B) had written an appeal letter dated Sept 17 to the Home Affairs Ministry in Putrajaya for the release of this consignment. We are now waiting for the answer of the appeal,” said Low Boon Leong, National Field Officer of The Gideons International.

“Even now as the books are detained, we have to pay for the warehouse charges which cost a fair sum of money,” he added. “In the event that we are unsuccessful in this appeal, we will have to send this consignment back to Alpha Publisher in Jakarta,” Low explained.

Rev Wong from the Bible Society of Malaysia said that besides asking the people to pray, the society has written an appeal letter which will be hand delivered to the Prime Minister by representatives of the Christian Council of Malaysia (CCM) and the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM).

He added that there was a high demand for Bibles in Bahasa Indonesia and appealed to the ministry to release the Bibles as soon as possible.

The Christian Council of Malaysia is following up on their appeal to the Malaysian Government to release these Scriptures.

[Source : Herald 24/10/09]

Geronimo's Take : And UMNO and its puppets think we are going to vote them in come the 13GE. Fat Hope!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Chin Peng - the heart of the dispute

The issue of Chin Peng recently cropped up again. For the second time running, the court blocked an attempt to have Chin Peng’s side of the story litigated. Tun Hanif Omar and Tan Sri Rahim Noor are divided. Now, let us go back to some basics, and you decide for yourself:

Speculation about Chin Peng’s return has ranged from humanitarian grounds to an internationally recognised right to return to one’s country of birth.

Opposition to Chin Peng’s wish to visit Malaysia is made up of those who say he has caused untold suffering and bloodshed as well as it constituting a threat to Malay rights and privilege.

Chin Peng’s rights are contained in a solemn pact entered into between the Malaysian Government and the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) in 1989. It is also known in short as the “Peace Accord” which essentially is made up of two (2) distinct agreements and one tripartite statement:

(i) Agreement dated Dec 1, 1989 between the Government of Malaysia and the Communist Party of Malaya to Terminate Hostilities (the Agreement);

(ii) Administrative Arrangement between the Government of Malaysia and the Communist Party of Malaya Pursuant to the Agreement (the Arrangement); and

(iii) Joint Communique by the Government of Malaysia, the Government of Thailand and the Communist Party of Malaya.

Chin Peng’s right to enter and reside in Malaysia and also to visit our country which is, unquestionably, his country as well.

Specifically, Chin Peng wants to draw to the Cabinet’s attention the spirit in which the abovementioned Agreements were signed 20 years seven months ago. Through such an innovative and courageous process initiated by Malaysia, all those directly involved, from then Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad (as he then was) down, appeared to have achieved what had obviously eluded former colonial masters for decades.

Internationally, the clear indications were that our country had recorded a monumentally important passage to peace. It was a passage which could easily serve as a vital template in today’s deeply divided world. This Peace Accord is Malaysia’s finest hour and might well be used to boost Malaysia’s international image as “peace-maker extraordinaire”.

Under the “Peace Accord” the Agreement dated 1.12.1989, apart from agreeing to terminate hostilities, provided that members of the CPM of Malaysian origin and who wish to settle down in Malaysia shall be allowed to do so.

Article 3 of the Agreement — Residence in Malaysia

3.1 Members of the Communist Party of Malaya and members of its disbanded armed units, who are of Malaysian origin and who wish to settle down in MALAYSIA, shall be allowed to do so in accordance with the laws of Malaysia.

Item 4.2 of the Agreement:

Those who have settled down in THAILAND are free to enter MALAYSIA through legal means to visit their relatives, friends and for vacation.

During the 3rd round of the Tripartite Peace Talks in Phuket on May 11-13, 1989, the following was minuted:

8.4 Guarantee of Personal Safety and Freedom

The Malaysian delegates guaranteed the personal safety of CPM members who may be resettled in Malaysia and assured that such members will enjoy the same privileges as all other citizens once their citizenship status has been reinstated in the spirit of this Agreement …

During the 4th round of the Tripartite Peace Talks in Phuket on Oct 2-3, 1989, the following was minuted:

Para 8.2.1 The restoration of Citizenship Status for those who are Malaysian citizens does not arise because the Government had not revoked their citizenship in the first instance; and

Para 8.3.1 The Government has not taken action to revoke the citizenship of CPM members except for the category of persons who had left the country to avoid national service. Therefore, the restoration of citizenship is not an issue …

At the 5th round held on Nov 2-4, 1989, the closing speech by the Malaysian Head of the Negotiating team, Datuk Rahim Noor, is particularly instructive:

Para 28 There would be terms written in black and white and those which could not be written. Combined together, the Parties could carry out the Agreement in its true spirit.

These eager pledges of honour and mutual respect sprang from the atmosphere of trust which led to the successful signing of the historic Peace Accord. Throughout the negotiations, the term which kept repeating itself was “spirit of the agreement” whereby it could be safely concluded, or assumed by all concerned, that pledges made would be kept and honoured.

Therefore, regardless of whether Chin Peng is or is not in possession of a birth certificate, the Accord allows him to visit Malaysia.

The Home Ministry now says that Chin Peng is not allowed to return home to reside permanently because he did not make an application to do so or that he did not attend the interview when requested.

The issue is not permanent residence alone. Because Chin Peng has also requested to return to visit his parents’ grave and the answer was a firm NO in the government’s letter dated 25.10.2004.

Nevertheless, in so far as there is any suggestion that Chin Peng failed to make the application, the NST of 9.9.1991 is on record that Chin Peng’s application was being processed.

Coming now to the court proceedings filed by Chin Peng. The long and short of it is that Chin Peng never had his day in court. It was struck off because he failed to produce his birth certificate. By a procedural side-wind, the terms of the Peace Accord were therefore not construed or interpreted by the court.

The fact therefore remains that the terms of the Peace Accord have been breached by the Malaysian Government. To date, no convincing reason has been given as to why Chin Peng cannot visit Malaysia as per Article 3 and Item 4.2 of the Agreement.

The decision delivered by Balia J. rejecting Chin Peng’s suit to restrain the Government of Malaysia “verbally abusing” the CPM after the Peace Accord is similarly disturbing in view of the clear language used. Item 1.2 states that all statements by either party henceforth should not contain slanderous remarks such as “capitulation” or “mass surrender”. In other words, hostile language should be avoided.

In plain English, “such as” means for example. Any ordinary English-speaking person would understand that it means that. Everyone understands, except…?

[Source :loyarburok]

Geronimo's Take: If our Federal Constitution, an agreement built on national consensus, could be worked over many times to suit the whims and fancies of UMNO, why am I not surprised that they would not even honour a straight forward agreement like the Haadyai Accord with Chin Peng? The NEP is the other one. It was supposed to have lapse in 1990, but hey presto, it is being extended. It is extremely frustrating whenever goalposts are moved at UMNO's convenience. After signing the agreement, lame excuses like ".....he has caused untold suffering and bloodshed as well as it constituting a threat to Malay rights and privilege." The way it was stated was like, they have just found out the reason yesterday long after they have signed the accord, and today, they told Chin Peng, no no you cannot come home because of blah, blah, blah and more blah. It is my guess that right from the beginning, UMNO had no plans to allow Chin Peng to return but they went ahead with the signing of the Accord wanting the best of both worlds, er ... have the cake and eat it at the same time, i.e. putting Chin Peng out of business by him ceasing to be hostile or whatever, and at the same time, saving the military $$$$$ for national development. An agreement is an agreement and if one party does not honour it, then princples, trust, integrity and credibility - all fly out of the window. Now the nation's honour is at stake because of this and the courts are busy doing damage control to come out with all sorts of cock & bull reasons for not allowing Chin Peng to return. So if the Malays especially those from the armed forces are unhappy, don't blame Chin Peng, blame the party/person who inked the agreement on behalf of the government.

Strangely, one thing that came to mind. Why are Malay CPM leaders allowed to return and not Chin Peng? Are our people trying to tell us that a Malay CPM member kills differently from that of a Chinese CPM? Killing is killing, be it by a Malay CPM, an Indian CPM or a Chinese CPM member. How could UMNO differentiate one from the other is something I cannot fathom? In fact, I find this really amusing and insulting the intelligence of the average Malaysians.

BTW, I am no fan of Chin Peng as one of my dearest friends, the late Capt Hardev Singh of the Sarawak Rangers, was killed by the CTs at the Thai border in 1974, just one week before his first wedding anniversary.

History must be heeded

It has often been said that it is wise to heed history for if we don't, it has a tendency of repeating itself. One example is Hitler's attack on Russia on June 22 1941 without the necessary winter preparations and failed just as Napoleon did on June 24 1812. Monarchs too no matter where they are around the world are equally not spared. What happened to King Louis XVI on January 21 1793 and Maria Antoinette on October 16 1793 as a result of the French Revolution, happened to Tsar Nicholas II and his family on July 17 1918. When the people rose, the end was brutal for the royalties. The first video is about the execution of Maria Antoinette by the guillotine and the second one, the execution of the Romanov family at the hands of the Bolsheviks in 1918.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

What a damning testimony for MACC! The Paretto Theory of 80/20

Dr Rafick wrote :

1. I completely forgot that today is the day that the Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand (Dr PR) was supposed to take the stand at the TBH Inquest. I was busy attending a seminar and half way through, suddenly by blackberry receives strings of updates from friends and unknown people asking me to read the Malaysian online papers. All of them are now more than ever convinced that TBH was killed in the MACC premises.

2. Dr PR background as a no nonsense person with 10000 post mortem behind her certainly will create a dent in anyone theory that TBH jumped out of the window voluntarily. In my previous CSI series, I have indicated that there is just no motive for him to jump. There are more motives for him to continue living as he is getting married in the next few hours.

3. In her testimony she acknowledges that, Dr PR did not visit the site. She did not examined the body but she based her findings based on the post mortem reports, pictures provided by various parties and findings of her 2 assistants that came over a few months ago. Despite that she is confident enough to conclude that there is an 80% probability that TBH was murdered. Would it be 100% or 50% if Dr PR was on site after the body was found and if she were able to do the PM on the body of the late TBH? In the peoples mind, I believe many would believe that she would have concluded beyond certainty (i.e. 100%) that TBH was murdered.

4. What does this testimony means? To some it may means that TBH was murdered by MACC officers. To me it means a lot more. It means that the entire system which consists of the MACC, Police, the doctors (from Klang and UHKL), and officers in Putrajaya is now on trial.

5. It creates a damning perception among the people on whether the Government Machinery can be trusted to work professionally and independently. The perception is now growing that the interdepartmental cooperation has gone beyond the “professional level”. It appears now that there is a cooperation not to uncover the truth but to cover it up!

6. Based on the earlier court proceedings, there were unusual communication trend between MACC officers in Shah Alam and MACC HQ in Putrajaya while the death took place. This piece of clue and the other related testimonies by MACC officers suggest that they knew what was going on. For that reason, Hishamuddin (MACC No2) had told his staff not to lodge a police report. Despite he was in the office the whole night he was in Putrajaya subsequently and asked his officers to go to Putrajaya and brief him.

7. We must not forget the “surat layang” which gives information on the inner working of MACC and character of their officers and in particular Mr. Hishamuddin. The latest information by Dr PR, the various facts deduced during the inquest and the surat laying must be evaluated as one.

8. I believe Dr PR has strengthened my own theory and deductions that TBH was either dead or unconscious when he exited the window. It seems both of us agreed on the estimated time of death. I am waiting for her to comments on the torn pants as well as with regards to the damage show. It points to the fact that he died while he was in custody of MACC. He was never released.

9. This is a very sad day indeed. The public is now more that certain that TBH was murdered in the process of bringing down the Selangor State Government and not merely investigating a corruption. The way he was investigated is certainly different from the way other people like (e.g. Khir Toyo) was investigated. If I am not mistaken, Khir Toyo did not spend a night at MACC. It will further enhance the people believes that there are politicians involves in this whole scheme.

10. Personally, I say it is the best interest of BN government to give up the culprits, punish those who are involved as this will have a long term implications. BN need to sacrifice those people to protect the interest of the political party. Right now managing people perception is far more important than anything else. I suggest they do it before it is too late. To the doctors of (and UHKL) that were involved in the Post Mortem, they must be pacing in their office…

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Blind Boy

Came across this from Maverick's blog and thought it was too good to let it pass.

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet.

He held up a sign which said:

“I am blind, please help.”

There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by.

He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat.

He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some works.

He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up.

A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.

That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were.

The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”

The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way. What he had written says:

Today is a beautiful day and I cannot see it.”

Weren't the first sign and the second sign saying the same thing?

Both signs told people the boy was blind.

first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people they were so lucky that they were not blind.

Moral of the story:

Be thankful for what you have. Think positively.

Invite others towards good.

Live life with no excuse and love with no regrets.

When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile.

Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for your future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

For all the Great men, “Life has to be an incessant process of repair and reconstruction, of discarding evil and developing goodness. In the journey of life, to travel without fear, you must have the ticket of a good conscience.”

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling.

And even more beautiful is, knowing that you are the reason behind it.

Some of our government departments and local banks should try on this simple gadget to improve customer service

Teoh's inquest: Dr Pornthip makes explosive revelations

Colourful Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand made explosive revelations at the Teoh Beng Hock inquest this morning by suggesting that the political aide could have been strangled before falling from the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam.

She noted that round marks on Teoh's neck indicated 'manual strangulation'.

NONEShe further said that Teoh's skull fracture was not typical of an injury from a fall, adding that injury to his anus could be caused by penetration with an object before his fall.

This, she said, was based on pictures taken from the site of his fall.

She added that Teoh's death was 80 percent homicide and 20 percent suicide.

Pornthip was testifying as an expert witness at the inquest which is being held to determine the cause of Teoh's death.

She is the director and co-founder of the Thai Justice Ministry's Central Institute of Forensic Science and is well-known for investigating complicated homicide cases.

Teoh, the 30-year-old political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, had been summoned to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office at the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam to be questioned over the irregular disbursement of state funds on July 15.

He was found dead on the fifth floor service corridor of the building the following day.

[Source : Malaysiakini]

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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Why the Pakatan led government fall in Perak

When I first read about the expose in the Malaysia-Today and Malaysia Unplugged about the Perak royal family's involvement in the state constitutional crisis yesterday, I found it to be totally unbelievable. Let's face it, despite HRH the Sultan of Perak's stubbornness in not dissolving the state assembly that will lead to a fresh round of election, I still harbour some hope in him that he would come to his senses to do the right thing. Hey, we are not talking about any run-of-the-mill citizen of the country but a former Lord President. Now that the expose is out, that hope is totally dashed. Najib is literally holding the Sultan by the ***** [pardon the expression] . If greed is the cornerstone of morality even amongst the royalties, then what values are we trying to impart to our children then? Before this, a corrupt politician was elected into office to walk the corridors of power again.

The family is already filthy rich and I am even more surprised to learn of Eleena Raja Azlan Shah's financial standing. What more do they want from the rakyat I wonder?

I hope the good Sultan and his son will stop preaching about good governance and rule of law; and I hope when the Sultan's birthday is around the corner, the msm will not run their supplements that contain editorial like the Sultan who cares for his people. That would probably make a lot of people want to puke! While the Pakatan government is giving land to the people, these UMNO fellas are giving land to the royalties.

We definitely want to hear from the palace what the His Highnesses have to say to RPK's expose.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Monday Humour

A husband and wife are sitting quietly in bed reading when the wife looks over at him and asks the question....

WIFE: "What would you do if I died? Would you get married again?"
HUSBAND: "Definitely not!"

WIFE: "Why not? Don't you like being married?"
HUSBAND : "Of course I do."

WIFE: "Then why wouldn't you remarry?"
HUSBAND: "Okay, okay, I'd get married again."

WIFE: "You would?" (with a hurt look)
HUSBAND: (makes audible groan)

WIFE: "Would you live in our house?"
HUSBAND: "Sure, it's a great house."

WIFE: "Would you sleep with her in our bed?"
HUSBAND: "Where else would we sleep?"

WIFE: "Would you let her drive my car?"
HUSBAND: "Probably, it is almost new."

WIFE: "Would you replace my pictures with hers?"
HUSBAND: "That would seem like the proper thing to do."

WIFE: "Would you give her my jewellery?"
HUSBAND: "No, I'm sure she'd want her own."

WIFE: "Would she use my golf clubs?"
HUSBAND: "No, she's left-handed."

WIFE: -- silence --
HUSBAND: "Oh! sh*t."
A Mexican maid asked for a pay increase.

The wife was very upset about this and decided to talk to her about the raise.
She asked: 'Now Maria, why do you want a pay increase?'

Maria: 'Well, Senora, there are three reasons why I want an increase.'
The first is that I iron better than you.'

Wife: 'Who said you iron better than me?'
Maria: 'Your husband said so.
Wife: 'Oh.'

Maria: 'The second reason is that I am a better cook than you.'
Wife: 'Nonsense, who said you were a better cook than me?'

Maria: 'Your husband did.'

Wife: 'Oh.'

Maria: 'My third reason is that I am a better lover than you..'
Wife: (really furious now): 'Did my husband say that as well?'
Maria: 'No Senora...the gardener did.

Wife: 'So how much do you want?'


You may call this creative begging ...


And a picture says a thousand words ....