Ucapan Tun M di Forum Cabaran Semasa sistem Demokrasi dan Perlembagaan Negara Malaysia ke Arah Pencapaian Wawasan 2020

18 02 2011

Dengan Nama Allah Yang Maha Pemurah Lagi Maha Mengasihani.

Sudah lama rasanya tidak mendengar buah fikiran dan pendapat Tun Mahathir. Saya dari dahulu kagum dengan kebolehan beliau memberi pendapat dan ulasan dengan bernas dan bijak.

Video di bawah merupakan ucapan Tun M di Forum Cabaran Semasa sistem Demokrasi dan Perlembagaan Negara Malaysia ke Arah Pencapaian Wawasan 2020, yang bertempat di Parlimen.

Dalam video pertama saya tertarik dengan ungkapan Tun M yang menyebut “Most intellectuals find democracy as very frustrating” atau dalam Bahasa Melayu “Kebanyakan pemikir/golongan intelek berasa hampa dengan sistem demokrasi”. Terus terang saya katakan, saya juga sudah hilang kepercayaan kepada sistem demokrasi berparti. Apa yang saya nampak hanya perpecahan, terutama di kalangan umat Islam semata-mata.

Sama-sama kita amati pendapat Tun M.

Terima kasih saya ucapkan kepada rakan saya Hiekal Rosli dari Agenda Daily kerana sudi berkongsi video ini.


What is your kind of politician?

23 05 2010

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful…

Talking about politics, almost everyone will think about how dirty is the world of politics. Politicians will be directly associated with the abuse of power, corruption, liars and etc. This happens everywhere, whether it is in the democracy, dictatorship or anarchy system.

But I think it is naive and unfair when we sum up all politicians like that. There are still politicians who are still full with integrity, putting his whole heart into the improvement of the constituent that he is serving. Trying very hard to take care of every single person in the constituent while sacrificing his time and money to make sure that every single thing is alright. These politicians should be called representatives, rather than sticking them with the stigma of the word ‘politician’.

I have been fascinated with politics since I was small, largely because  my dear grandparents were among those who were in the UMNO early days. They fought for the betterment of the Malays which in those days were still lacking in terms of education and economy. When they left politics, they had nothing. No timber concessions, no land award. They lived mediocrely, trying very hard to make ends meet. But they proudly live telling their grandchildren, how they fought for their causes.

The point I want to make here is, when one is thinking about becoming an elected representative, whether it is parliamentary or house of representatives, one has to be ready to live moderately, be ready to sacrifice most of the time for the people that one is serving. If the first thing that one thinks is a 2-door convertible BMW, 10-room mansion with a big pool, then stop there. You will risk making the system corrupted and inefficient. Find something else, perhaps doing business is something proper for you.

This might seem an utopia, but as far as my small brain is concerned, it is the ideal way of life for an elected representative. Unless everyone is living with a convertible BMW (some people have two) and a 10-room mansion, then one can live that way without guilt. Is there any living example of this kind of representative? Yes, there are, but not so many.

I admit that it is very hard to refuse the temptation of wealth when you have power. But with proper mindset, I think we can produce the kind of representatives that I am talking about. All in all, who is the best statesman ever lived? He is non other that Prophet Muhammad saw. Picking up what Reverend R. Bosworth Smith wrote in his book “Mohamed and Mohammedanism”:

“Head of the state as well as the Church, he was Caesar and Pope in one; but, he was pope without the pope’s claims, and Caesar without the legions of Caesar, without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a palace, without a fixed revenue. If ever any man had the right to say that he ruled by a Right Divine, it was Mohammad, for he had all the power without instruments and without its support. He cared not for dressing of power. The simplicity of his private life was in keeping with his public life.”

These are my kind of politicians. Which is yours?

Americans, I have bad news for you

12 04 2010

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful…

This is an article taken here, by Lance Freeman.

America: The Grim Truth

Lance Freeman
Information Clearing House
April 9, 2010

You have the worst quality of life in the developed world – by a wide margin.

If you had any idea of how people really lived in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many parts of Asia, you’d be rioting in the streets calling for a better life. In fact, the average Australian or Singaporean taxi driver has a much better standard of living than the typical American white-collar worker.

I know this because I am an American, and I escaped from the prison you call home.

I have lived all around the world, in wealthy countries and poor ones, and there is only one country I would never consider living in again: The United States of America. The mere thought of it fills me with dread.

Consider this: you are the only people in the developed world without a single-payer health system. Everyone in Western Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand has a single-payer system. If they get sick, they can devote all their energies to getting well. If you get sick, you have to battle two things at once: your illness and the fear of financial ruin. Millions of Americans go bankrupt every year due to medical bills, and tens of thousands die each year because they have no insurance or insufficient insurance. And don’t believe for a second that rot about America having the world’s best medical care or the shortest waiting lists: I’ve been to hospitals in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Singapore, and Thailand, and every one was better than the “good” hospital I used to go to back home. The waits were shorter, the facilities more comfortable, and the doctors just as good.

This is ironic, because you need a good health system more than anyone else in the world. Why? Because your lifestyle is almost designed to make you sick.

Let’s start with your diet: Much of the beef you eat has been exposed to fecal matter in processing. Your chicken is contaminated with salmonella. Your stock animals and poultry are pumped full of growth hormones and antibiotics. In most other countries, the government would act to protect consumers from this sort of thing; in the United States, the government is bought off by industry to prevent any effective regulations or inspections. In a few years, the majority of all the produce for sale in the United States will be from genetically modified crops, thanks to the cozy relationship between Monsanto Corporation and the United States government. Worse still, due to the vast quantities of high-fructose corn syrup Americans consume, fully one-third of children born in the United States today will be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives.

Of course, it’s not just the food that’s killing you, it’s the drugs. If you show any sign of life when you’re young, they’ll put you on Ritalin. Then, when you get old enough to take a good look around, you’ll get depressed, so they’ll give you Prozac. If you’re a man, this will render you chemically impotent, so you’ll need Viagra to get it up. Meanwhile, your steady diet of trans-fat-laden food is guaranteed to give you high cholesterol, so you’ll get a prescription for Lipitor. Finally, at the end of the day, you’ll lay awake at night worrying about losing your health plan, so you’ll need Lunesta to go to sleep.

With a diet guaranteed to make you sick and a health system designed to make sure you stay that way, what you really need is a long vacation somewhere. Unfortunately, you probably can’t take one. I’ll let you in on little secret: if you go to the beaches of Thailand, the mountains of Nepal, or the coral reefs of Australia, you’ll probably be the only American in sight. And you’ll be surrounded crowds of happy Germans, French, Italians, Israelis, Scandinavians and wealthy Asians. Why? Because they’re paid well enough to afford to visit these places AND they can take vacations long enough to do so. Even if you could scrape together enough money to go to one of these incredible places, by the time you recovered from your jetlag, it would time to get on a plane and rush back to your job.

If you think I’m making this up, check the stats on average annual vacation days by country:

Finland: 44
Italy: 42
France: 39
Germany: 35
UK: 25
Japan: 18
USA: 12

The fact is, they work you like dogs in the United States. This should come as no surprise: the United States never got away from the plantation/sweat shop labor model and any real labor movement was brutally suppressed. Unless you happen to be a member of the ownership class, your options are pretty much limited to barely surviving on service-sector wages or playing musical chairs for a spot in a cubicle (a spot that will be outsourced to India next week anyway). The very best you can hope for is to get a professional degree and then milk the system for a slice of the middle-class pie. And even those who claw their way into the middle class are but one illness or job loss away from poverty. Your jobs aren’t secure. Your company has no loyalty to you. They’ll play you off against your coworkers for as long as it suits them, then they’ll get rid of you.

Of course, you don’t have any choice in the matter: the system is designed this way. In most countries in the developed world, higher education is either free or heavily subsidized; in the United States, a university degree can set you back over US$100,000. Thus, you enter the working world with a crushing debt. Forget about taking a year off to travel the world and find yourself – you’ve got to start working or watch your credit rating plummet.

If you’re “lucky,” you might even land a job good enough to qualify you for a home loan. And then you’ll spend half your working life just paying the interest on the loan – welcome to the world of American debt slavery. America has the illusion of great wealth because there’s a lot of “stuff” around, but who really owns it? In real terms, the average American is poorer than the poorest ghetto dweller in Manila, because at least they have no debts. If they want to pack up and leave, they can; if you want to leave, you can’t, because you’ve got debts to pay.

All this begs the question: Why would anyone put up with this? Ask any American and you’ll get the same answer: because America is the freest country on earth. If you believe this, I’ve got some more bad news for you: America is actually among the least free countries on earth. Your piss is tested, your emails and phone calls are monitored, your medical records are gathered, and you are never more than one stray comment away from writhing on the ground with two Taser prongs in your ass.

….read on here.

Chinese agenda?

14 03 2010

In the name of Allah The Most Beneficient, Most Merciful…

The title of this posting is not a racist remark. It’s just a political question from a political enthusiast; Is the never ending story of bickering in MCA is a plan by the BN component to weaken BN position in the next general election so that the ‘DAP led’ Pakatan Rakyat will have the possibility to take over the Federal Government, in which will definitely serve the Chinese agenda of DAP, Gerakan and MCA?

We know that these parties have the same agenda, even though they represent different blocks. MCA in its latest general assembly came up with many resolutions, or more accurate I should say demands, for the Chinese community. But may I ask them first, after the shocks of March 2008 General Election, what have they done to increase the public faith towards them? When DAP clamor about something that hurts the feelings of the Bumiputras, MCA and Gerakan will not say a thing, and vice versa. Like I said, they are in the same pact. Just different teams.

Gerakan and MCA up till now has done nothing to improve the Malaysian Chinese perception of both parties while UMNO was the only trying very hard to improve its approach to the general public.  In a lot of cases, UMNO was the one who took care of the Chinese community. I mean, there is no problem with that, since UMNO leads BN. But if UMNO is the one who do all the walk and talk that MCA and Gerakan should do, isn’t that shows how irrelevant they are in BN? Their bickering is not helpful at all to BN.

And I am attracted to resolution number 5.3, concerning the punishment against Muslim women according to Syariah Law. This is very serious. Why did MCA need to produce that particular resolution? Dear MCA, for your info, we Muslims take the laws of Quran above all the human rights and civil laws. The so called civil laws in this world have been proven for hundreds of years that it cannot contain human uncivilized behavior. Even death does not threaten human nowadays to commit crimes. Isn’t it stupid to practice something again and again when it is proven not effective? Your resolution number 5.2 asked the government to strengthen the multi-religious ties among Malaysians, but your next resolution is unacceptable. It shows that you guys need to learn more about Islam.

Obviously like before, UMNO will play a blind eye to these statements. Just like a father when his son wishes something that he can’t afford to buy. I guess that is what people called as politics.

“Tahniah” pada YB Zulkifli Nordin

6 03 2010

Dengan nama Allah yg Maha Pemurah lagi Maha Mengasihani….

Tamat akhirnya perjuangan YB Zul dalam PKR. Tamat juga drama tolak tarik keputusan lembaga disiplin PKR terhadap YB Zul yang selama ini memperjuangkan Islam dari dalam PKR. Saya nak ucapkan tahniah pada YB yang selama ni macam ‘knight’ yang di ikat kaki dan tangan dalam PKR. Susah nak memperjuangkan Islam dalam parti yang mengamalkan dasar ‘semua boleh’. Mungkin boleh panggil PKR ni parti liberal demokratik. Campur aduk macam rojak. Ada sosialis, ada liberal, Islam liberal etc. You name it.

Bagi saya tiada demokrasi dan kebebasan bersuara dalam PKR. Semuanya hanya retorik belaka. Bagaimana kebebasan menyuarakan pendapat dan pendirian boleh ada jika yang memimpin parti adalah sang suami isteri. Pemimpin kanan parti si Azmin Ali pula tak boleh di sentuh oleh sesiapa. Macam mana PKR nak tegakkan demokrasi jika dalam hierarki parti sendiri mengamalkan autokrasi. Anwar kena ingat PKR bukan dia, Azizah dan Azmin (dikenali sebagai batteri 3A, brand apa saya tak tahu) yang punya. PKR adalah ahli PKR yang punya. Tanpa ahli parti, PKR boleh ucap selamat tinggal pada politik Malaysia.

Dalam kita nak mengisi erti demokrasi sebenar (tapi kena ingat demokrasi tak sempurna), kita kena fikir dan lihat sendiri sama ada pejuang atau parti yang dikatakan memperjuangkan demokrasi itu ‘cakap serupa bikin’. Jangan main ikut saja. Nanti orang cakap kita belajar tinggi-tinggi, tapi tak dapat bezakan yang mana kaca, yang mana permata.

Kadang-kadang dapat dilihat ada di kalangan generasi baru sekarang ini membawa penyakit lama, malas berfikir. Main ikut dan dengar sahaja, serupa macam lembu kena tarik hidung. Tak mahu berpikir dan menyiasat. Kita semua ada otak dan bersekolah, kurang-kurang habis sekolah menengah. Tahu membaca dan berfikir sendiri. Manusia itu tinggi martabatnya daripada makhluk yang lain kerana mempunyai daya berfikir, oleh itu boleh buat keputusan sendiri dan majukan diri sendiri. Jangan jadi terlalu jumud dalam ideologi dan pemikiran. Berfikir dan nilai dulu sebelum menjadi pengikut.

Sebagai parti yang dikatakan memperjuangkan demokrasi, PKR seharusnya ‘lead by example’. Pemecatan YB Zul dan keluarnya beberapa ahli MP PKR menunjukkan tiadanya kebebasan bersuara dalam parti itu. Tiadanya nilai musyawarah dan terlalu banyak perbezaan pendapat. Wujudnya sebuah persatuan atau parti adalah untuk mereka yang sependapat dan sehaluan pemikiran untuk menuju/memperjuangkan matlamat yang sama. Tetapi kalau sudah tidak ada persetujuan, buat apa nak berpersatuan lagi. Bak kata Prof. Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri Baharudin, penganalisis politik dari UKM; legitimasi parti politik datang dari ‘kesatuannya’, bukan ‘persatuannya’. Beliau menambah, PKR ditubuhkan oleh golongan yang berkrisis dengan parti induk. Maka PKR sudah jadi Parti Krisis Rakyat. Hairan juga (sebenarnya tak hairan pun), mereka inilah yang sepatutnya faham pentingnya kebebasan bersuara dalam berpolitik. Tetapi bila dah mempunyai parti sendiri mereka pula yang menghalang kebebasan bersuara. Parti politik terdiri daripada golongan yang suka bersuara. Kalau disekat, susah jadinya.

Diharap YB Zul akan kekal sebagai MP bebas dan istiqamah dalam perjuangan. Maka dengan ‘pembebasan’ ini beliau boleh tanpa segan silu memperjuangkan hak umat Islam dan mempertahankan Islam di negara ini. Macam beliau cakap tak lama dulu; I am a muslim first, Malaysian second (lebih kurang macam tu bunyinya). Saya pun berpegang atas prinsip yang sama. Saya kepunyaan Allah, hanya padaNya saya tunduk dan taat. Sesiapa yang cuba mencemarkan agama suci Allah ini, akan ditentang habis-habisan. YB Zul, perjuangan anda sebenarnya baru bermula.

Americans need to wake up

28 02 2010

Meet Congressman Dr Ron Paul, the representative for the 14th congressional district of Texas. He is a Republican, but he does not believe like an ordinary Republican who supports the war on Iraq and Afghanistan, preemptive aggression on foreign countries, policing the world and improvident government spending. Instead he believes in following the constitution, tax cut, remove troops from overseas, trading instead of going on war, nation building and  back to the gold standard.

He contested for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2008. His views are being taken seriously by many young Americans. I will leave you guys with him in his video below:

Sumpah Anwar vs Dr Asri

27 01 2010

Mengapa Anwar masih tidak mahu bersumpah mubahalah? Takut dengan balasan ‘direct’ dari Allah swt?Sama2 kita renungkan dengan minda yang terbuka hujah Dr Asri ini