Posted: 30 Apr 2013 02:52 PM PDT
I love science fiction stories especially when one comes in a good movie, like Alien with yummy Sigourney Weaver as the heroine or, as my post title alludes to, The Final Countdown.
The Final Countdown is an oldie science fiction film about a modern aircraft carrier that travels back through time to a day just before the 1941 Japanese naval air attack on Pearl Harbour.
I love the story-line on how the captain of the aircraft carrier deals with his unusual predicament. 'Twas about decision-making under extreme pressure, namely, the pressure of war as well as the pressure of known history and that challenging question, should he interfere with it?
But for this post, The Final Countdown would be obvious to be my dear readers as Malaysians 'multi-task' by holding their breath for who will emerge with the majority of federal parliamentary seats in GE-13, while somehow (indeed miraculously, wakakaka) continuing to vent their spleen and spew out bile against anyone they consider as the competitor or non-supporter.
Poor Michelle Yeoh was one such victim of feral cyber-fascist attacks. Some Malaysians can't handle democratic differences. I dread to think of those intolerant cyber-bullies ever coming into power.
Other unjust victims might have been 3 PKR office holders in Kedah, S. Manikumar (the incumbent for Bukit Selambau), Lim Soo Nee and Tan Joon Long, who were not re-nominated by their party as candidates for GE-13 but, to add insult to injury, weren't even informed of being dropped. So they decided to relinquish their office-appointments and remain as just ordinary members in PKR instead of office bearers. Nonetheless, they were cursed, lambasted and excoriated for being frogs, traitors, rubbish and whatnot - all this vicious bile piled against them despite their remaining in PKR as non-office bearers - see Malaysia-Today's Three Kedah PKR executive councillors quit all posts in party, which tells us:
The trio will remain as PKR members but would not participate in party matters, including attending meetings. Manikumar said they were disappointed because they were not given any explanation by the PKR top leadership why they were dropped as candidates.
He said they were among the five top state leaders and were also in the state leadership council. Even the Kedah PKR chairman Datuk Wan Salleh Wan Isa himself was not notified about their being dropped, ...
RPK has been more than spot on when he had on several occasions sneered at those moronic mindless Malaysian myrmidons for their lack of basic reading skills, or they would have known the 3 didn't resign but merely, and quite within their rights, chose to relinquish their office appointments after expressing their frustration at not being duly informed.
The most interesting events to watch have been those intra-party squabble brought about by members' dissatisfactions for being omitted from the candidate nomination list as well as those back-stabbed like PKR party president Dr Wan Azizah and PKR member Chegubard (Badrul Hisham Shahrin) - wah, the gnome had been very busy in the noxious depths of his malodorous putrid subterranean cavern, wakakaka.
Just imagine, a party president's candidature was decided by her party subordinate, sheeesh!
Of course PKR is not the only party having internal strife as Johnny, Jimmy and Jenice (no pun intended, wakakaka) merajuk over their omission from the party candidate list and decided to do their own things.
PAS is also getting excited as its ulama see the pending fruition of their dreams, making Malaysia an Islamic State, even though such an event has never been part of the Pakatan Agreement.
In their usual 'amnesia' brought about by their anticipated spiritual 'ambrosia', they have conveniently forgotten or ignored coalition agreement on the non-event of hudud.
Like sharks sensing blood, the PAS ulama heedlessly move aggressively forward to stake their pet claim and are already licking their chops at the thought of implementing hudud, a legal move which I suspect has more to do with consolidating their power than any pious piety and which will render their positions impervious to questioning by the hoi polloi as they know they, the majlis ulama, will be the only ones who will be 'untouched' by the harsh penal code of the hudud.
Why? How? Because they will the ones who decide who shall be prosecuted for whatever and who will be found guilty, wakakaka.
Additionally, they decided to go for broke and grabbed as many seats as possible, even and especially from their PKR ally, wakakaka. Like thugs, they even attempted to violently prevent Chegubard from submitting his papers for the Sungai Acheh state seat. Alhamdulillah, they weren't successful.
Poor Dr Mahathir has worked himself into a frenzy of racist spewing even unto saying untrue stuff like Lim Kit Siang was responsible for May 13. One of UMNO's kitchen sink wakakaka.
The son of the late Gaffar Baba stepped in to tell the truth, that while Lim Kit Siang was actually in Sabah at the time of the tragic May 13, it was Dr Mahathir himself who had supported UMNO (Tun Razak) engineering of the tragic May 13 incident to depose Tunku. Good work by Mohd Tamrin Abdul Ghafar and DAP advisor, Zaid Ibrahim - for more, see Malaysiakini Ex-Umno man defends DAP against May 13 charge.
Najib and Mahathir have been playing good cop, bad cop all along, with each selecting the role he prefers. It's a shame that Bapa Bangsa Malaysia has become Bapa Bangsat Malaysia.
In each of us, two natures are at war – the good and the evil. All our lives the fight goes on between them, and one of them must conquer. But in our own hands lies the power to choose – what we want most to be we are - Robert Louis Stevenson
It's not only UMNO throwing in the kitchen sink. I have NOT been impressed at all by the wife of the world's best private investigator coming in at this juncture to tell us of alleged recent nefarious interference in her life, with predictable (or desired?) outcomes.
There have already been so many inconsistencies demonstrated by her husband and she has now added to that list of inconsistencies, for example, first informing us she didn't know what her husband was doing, then asserting her husband didn't do this and that. But really, the timing of her media interview sucks.
Anyway, on that evening of 05 May 2013, we'll know one way or other which coalition gets to govern Malaysia for the next five years (or less, as our political system is that of a Westminster democracy where a PM can, with the approval of HM the Agong, dissolve Parliament early and call for a new election), indeed, with or without the 'help' of the EC, or with or without the use of the so-called 'indelible' ink, wakakaka.
Meanwhile down in Oz, friends who went to Canberra to process passport renewals and whatnot, came back relating stories gleaned from fellow Malaysians at the High Commission that BN was doomed, wakakaka.
Another case of counting the chooks before the eggs have been hatched? Bet you the UMNO will not lie down quietly on its back and accept the long overdue screwing it should get. Things are likely to get even more vile, vicious and violent as we get nearer 05 May 2013, inclusive of self-planted and detonated devices for sympathy votes, wakakaka.
Note I've underlined 'which coalition' (no single party will emerge with a election majority) because I'm disappointed by the way campaign events have moved along, deliberate or unwitting, towards a presidential style election as a choice between Najib Tun Razak or Anwar Ibrahim (though many PAS members would silently disagree with the latter, wakakaka).
There is no denying that the reputation, personality and charisma of a coalition leader is important and can attract or/and sway the opinions of voters, but I would have loved to see the election fought over policies and of course the governing track record of a coalition, which alas, we Malaysians have been less than fortunate in that throughout our nation's independent political experience, we have only experienced one ruling political coalition. Besides, what's there to choose between Najib and Anwar? wakakaka.
Posted: 30 Apr 2013 02:36 PM PDT
The recent rants by Chua Soi Lek of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) and his mouthpiece, the Star tabloid, about Hudud reminded me of the time my team was in the state-level field hockey finals.
We were playing in Johor Bahru (JB). My team, Pontian, was playing against JB, on their home turf. We were losing. I was a fullback. My job was to defend my teams own goal.
In the final 10 minutes, I was metres away from the JB team's goal post. I was far away from where I should've been. Fullbacks are not supposed to cross into the other side! Fullbacks are trained to prevent goals, not score them!
I was "in the wrong place" because desperate times call for desperate measures: we were losing very, very badly. And that, I think, is what Soi Lek is demonstrating when he seeks to scare us with "Hudud."
Fortunately for me, the skills required to score goals were simple: I couldn't make a fool of myself. Soi Lek however succeeds only in revealing his foolishness.
Soi Lek says we should vote for Barisan Nasional (BN), his alliance with Umno, because to vote for the alternative Pakatan Rakyat, which includes the Islamic Party (PAS) is to open the door for Hudud in Malaysia.
What is Hudud? I've not been able to locate any clear statements by Soi Lek.
Soi Lek leaves it to our imagination. Hudud means our worst nightmares: stoning women caught in adultery, caning women who consume alcohol, prohibiting the sale of alcohol, cutting off the limbs of those who commit crimes, imposing the death penalty on apostates, etc.
Who decides what Hudud is? In 56 years of rule by Umno-BN, has there been a decision? And if there is, why aren't Soi Lek and his allies referring us to it?
I live my life according to this rule: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind; love your neighbour as yourself" (Matthew 22:37-40). This means I seek to learn what my neighbours believe and if I think they believe wrongly, I correct them. This means if my neighbour thinks it's safe to drink raw water from the Ganges, I try very hard to persuade her she's wrong.
In my search for understanding about Hudud, I found some helpful statements:
"HADD (HUDUD). Mandatory punishments imposed in classical Islamic law in cases of adultery, fornication, and false accusation of adultery, as well as for theft, highway robbery, apostasy, and drunken-ness. For these offenses, punishments are fixed and details as to their execution specified in the Traditions or the Koran. For example, the punishment for adultery is stoning or one hundred lashes for fornication, but strict rules of evidence require either a confession from the culprits or the testimony of four male witnesses. The amputation of a hand for theft requires either a confession or two witnesses. Furthermore, the stolen property has to exceed a certain value and the theft must not be between relations. The punishment for wine drinking, not mentioned in the Koran, is 80 lashes according to the Traditions. Because of the severity of had punishments, they have not been imposed in most parts of the Islamic world. Only in Saudi Arabia and in the self-described "Islamic States" of Pakistan and Sudan, and most recently in Afghanistan, have had punishments been exacted." (Adamec, Ludwig W. Historical Dictionary of Islam. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2001. 106)
In case you're wondering why I begin by quoting a non-Muslim source, I'll tell you.
I've found many Muslim writers so preoccupied with citing Arabic texts and listing Arabic authorities that I'm left wondering if even they understand what they write. I've said before that they remind me ofpeacocks, birds which cannot fly. There are many opinions about what Islam actually teaches, and Muslims know it.
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