Friday, August 31, 2007

Selamat Merdeka!

Siber Party of Malaysia (M) would like to wish everyone a Selamat Merdeka!

We might have our differences on politics, philosophies and parties but at least we can do it in our own independent country, Malaysia.

We are all Malaysians and what unites us is our diversity and our affection for each and everyone of us as Malaysians.

We might have different skin colour, creed, religion or race but we all bleed red.

So fight, poke, criticise, lambast, debate, duel, challenge, castigate, grumble, mumble, complain, groan, moan, whinge and whine. That is part of the Malaysian experience.

Otherwise, life would be a bit dull with only Malaysian food, fauna and flora for company.

Selamat Merdeka!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Islamic State of Mind

So what is Malaysia? Depending on what you read, it is either an Islamic state or Islamic state of mind.

Well, just 50 years after Malaya declared Merdeka and then six years later forming Malaysia, we are now spending time defining our nation, rather than trying to fix whatever that is broken or wrong, and there is plenty of that.

What current prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had done earlier, as his Najib Abdul Razak also did, is to mouth the position and idea from their ruling coalition which might not be the reality that is Malaysia.

But it is their reality.

What we can do to change their reality and make Malaysia just Malaysia, secular with no religious or theocratic pretensions, is to vote in a government that can share that vision.

Yes. Stop arguing with them and just vote them out. Vote the Siber Party of Malaysia (M) instead.

We stand, and for most times, also sit, for a Malaysia that is for all Malaysians governed by democratic principles and parlimentary democracy where all constituencies are equal in the number of voters and with three tiers of governance ie. federal, state and local councils.

Vote for us. Unlike the current crop of politicians, we like to think we are a chip of the old blocks that built Malaya and Malaysia.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Stefani's Sweet Escape from Pious Protesters

The good news is that Gwen Stefani's Sweet Escape concert is on tonight! Notwithstanding the protests.

And despite what our detractors say, and of course we defend their right to say what they want to say (it is a free country in the internet anyway), we want to share something that could shed some light into why they do what they do.

A Saudi couple, Ahmed and Layla, preparing for their wedding, meet with their Mullah for counselling.

The Mullah asks if they have any last questions before they leave.

Ahmed asks, "We realize it's tradition in Islam for men to dance with men, and women to dance with women.

But, at our wedding reception, we'd like your permission to dance together."

"Absolutely not," says the Mullah. "It's immoral. Men and women always dance separately."

"So after the ceremony I can't even dance with my own wife?"

"No," answered the Mullah, "It's forbidden in Islam."

"Well, okay," says Ahmed, "What about sex? Can we finally have sex?"

"Of course!" replies the Mullah, "Allah Akbar! (GOD is great) Sex is OK within marriage, to have children!"

"What about different positions?" asks the man.

"Allah Akbar! Mafi Mushkila (no problem)," says the Mullah.

"Woman on top?" Ahmed asks.

"Sure," says the Mullah. "Allah Akbar. Go for it!"

"Doggy style?"

"Sure! Allah Akbar!"

"On the kitchen table?"

"Yes, yes! Allah Akbar!"

"Can I do it with all my four wives together on rubber sheets with a bottle of hot oil, a couple of vibrators, leather harnesses, a bucket of honey and a porno video?"

"You may indeed. Allah Akbar!"

"Can we do it standing up?"

"No, absolutely not!" says the Mullah."

"Why not?" asks the man.

"Because that could lead to dancing!"

Yeah! How true!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Kuliyyah Jumaat: : Perperangan antara tamadun adalah salah Umat Islam?

Pertentangan yang kita saksikan di seluruh dunia bukanlah pertentangan antara ugama ataupun pertentangan antara tamadun.

Ia adalah pertentangan antara dua pihak yang berlawanan, pertentangan antara dua era.

Ia adalah pertentangan antara mentaliti Zaman Kelam dan mentaliti abad ke 21.

Ia adalah pertentangan antara dunia bertamadun dan dunia jahil, pertentangan antara keganasan dan kerasionalan, pertentangan antara kebebasan dan opressi, di antara demokrasi dan pemerintahan diktator.

Ia adalah pertentangan antara pembelaan hak asasi dan pencabulan hak asasi.

Ia adalah pertentangan antara mereka yang menganiaya wanita seperti binatang, dan mereka yang menghormati wanita sebagai insan.

Apa yang kita lihat hari ini bukanlah pertentangan antara tamadun.

Tamadun tidah saling tentang-menentang.

Mereka saling bersaing.

Orang Islamlah yang memulakan penggunaan istilah "pertentangan antara tamadun" dengan berluasa.

Orang Islamlah yang pertama memulakan pertentangan tamadun ini.

Nabi Islam telah bersabda:

"Saya telah di arah untuk memerangi mereka sehigga mereka percaya kepada Allah dan RasulNya"
Apabila orang Islam membahagikan manusia kepada yang Muslim dan bukan Muslim, dan memerangi orang lain sehingga memaksa orang lain mempercayai apa yang mereka (orang Muslim) percaya, orang Islamlah yang telah memulakan pertentangan ini, yang memulaka perperangan ini.

Untuk memberhentikan perperangan ini, mereka harus memeriksa semula kitab-kitab Islam mereka dan segala bimbingan mereka yang penuh dengan laungan takfir (mengisytiharkan orang kafir kerana perbezaan pendapat) dan untuk berperang dengan orang kafir.

Teman sekerja saya berkata bahawa dia tidak pernah menyinggung kepercayaan orang lain.

Tetapi tamadun apakah yang membenarkan untuk mereka memanggil orang lain dengan istilah-istilah yang orang lain tidak dapat memilih dengan sendiri?

Kadangkala mereka di panggil Ahli Dhimmi, kadangkala mereka dipanggil "Ahlul Kitab", tetapi kadang kadang mereka di bandingkan dengan monyet dan babi, atau dia memanggil orang Kristain, "mereka yang akan dilaknatkan oleh Allah".

Siapa yang memberitahu kamu bahawa mereka adalah "Ahlul Kitab"?

Mereka bukan Ahlul-Kitab, mereka adalah Ahli-ahli dari pelbagai kitab.

Semua buku-buku sains yang kamu guna hari ini adalah buku-buku mereka, hasil buah fikiran mereka yang bebas dan kreatif.

Siapa yang memberi hak kepada mereka untuk mengistilahkan orang lain sebagai "mereka yang akan dilaknatkan oleh Allah" atau "mereka yang sesat" dan selepas itu datang kesini dan berkata agama kamu menyuruh kamu untuk tidak menyinggung kepercayaan orang lain?


Kamu boleh percayakan kepada batu asalkan kamu tidak membaling batu itu kearah saya.

Kamu boleh memuja apa jua yang kamu mahu puja tetapi kepercayaan orang lain bukanlah untuk kamu merasa khuatir, jika mereka percaya bahawa Al Masih itu adalah tuhan anak Mariam ataupun Al Masih itu adalah syaitan anak Mariam.

Biarlah mereka dengan kepercayaan mereka.

Orang Yahudi telah merana dengan tragedi Holocaust dan telah memaksa dunia untuk menghormati mereka dengan ilmu mereka bukan dengan keganasan mereka, dengan kerja-kerja mereka dan bukan dengan tangisan atau teriakan mereka.

Tamadun manusia berhutang dengan orang Yahudi kerana kebanyakan penemuan dan sains abad ke 19 dan ke 20 adalah titik hasil saintis Yahudi.

15 juta orang, bertaburan di seluruh dunia, bersatu dan telah menang dengan berkerja, dengan ilmu mereka.

Kita tidak pernah lihat seorang Yahudipun meletupkan dirinya didepan sebuah restoran Jerman.

Kita belom lagi lihat seorang Yahudi yang memusnahkankan gereja.

Kita belom lagi lihat orang Yahudi yang memprotes dengan membunuh orang.

Orang Muslim sudah membinasakan 3 patung Bhudda. Tetapi kita belom lagi lihat penganut Bhudda memusnahkan masjid-masjid, membunuh orang Muslim atau pun membakar kedutaan-kedutaan.

Hanya orang Islam membela agama mereka dengan membakar gereja, membunuh orang dan memusnahkan kedutaan-kedutaan.

Jalan ini pasti tidak akan membuahkan apa-apa hasil.

Orang Muslim patut tanya mereka sendiri apa yang mereka boleh buat untuk membantu Tamadun Manusia, sebelom mereka meminta dunia untuk menghormati mereka.

Di atas adalah petikan dan perterjemahan temubual AlJazeera dengan Wafa Sultan. Untuk transkrip penuh, sila layari sini.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

MERDEKA - What have you done for it lately?

We are in that phase of time - patriotism, perversion, politics, pessimism, posturing, and pretence - as we hurtle to celebrating, if that is the word, Malaysia's 50th year of independence.

Yes, we are an independent nation. But not free.

Not free from the shackles of racialism, rhetoric and revisionism in our history as a nation. What have we done for Merdeka, unlike our forefathers who fought for it - whether in the battlefield or the boardrooms in London.

Case in point. The Merdeka Statement launched last week by non-government organisations on social liberties and equal opportunities under the Malaysian sun. With a number of salient points that have been presented over the years, the statement is milestone or a millstone, depending on your point of view, in Malaysia's history.

But of course, in an era where we demand and defend our shrinking democratic space, there is opposition to the statement, with Muslim groups saying it is tantamount to renegotiating the social contract and validating apostasy.

That there was a rebuttal to the Merdeka Statement launched by a government minister, either from the Muslim groups or by another minister, is entirely well within democratic parameters.

I would have been disappointed if there was none or for the Muslim groups to say it is just a proposal from one group. Duh! Just like their proposals too are just from a group.

Get real! Of course all the proposals are from groups with vested interests in maintaining or expanding their points of view as the idea is to ventilate the viewpoints in the court of public opinion.

At the very least, it shows the positions of the groups that now appear to be arrayed against each other and their view of what Malaysia should be now and in the future.

I would just want Malaysia to be Malaysia - unity in diversity with everyone having a place and space in the country, be it in Peninsular Malaysia or Borneo.

For that, we have to stand and be counted against any forces that want to pigeon hole us as a theocratic state or impose a way of life alien to the nation. We are a secular nation despite state-sanctioned succour or state-sponsored salvation in mosques that dot the country.

Secular. That's it. Plain and simple.

Now, what have you done for it lately?


Monday, August 06, 2007

It's Always About the Money Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim!

Today's Star reported Shahidan saying

“On the other hand, getting professionals to head the associations might not be easy. Some of them are only interested in the money
as he defended how great the world would be if politicians headed sports organisations.

"However, he challenged anyone to prove to him that any sports association in Malaysia had suffered from having the leadership of a political figure, " the Star reported.
Our presence has always brought stability to the association concerned. We have never destroyed the sport, we advanced it.
Firstly Datuk Seri Shahidan, how have you 'advanced' the Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union?

Won any Olympic Gold Medals lately? Or even Asian games gold medals? Hmmmm... maybe not!

The good thing about having professionals who are interested in the money is about bringing in more money into the sports. Ultimately deserving sportsmen/women need to be paid adequately and be provided with top notch facilities.

And there is the other good thing about professionals who are only interested in the money - once they don't perform we can kick them out!

Unperforming politicians? Well... it just gets political... heehee!

But isn't politics is also about the money?

And maybe that's why politicians stay in sports associations? To get more money, money money! ;)

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Islamic State Deja vu

I woke up today and read the today's news on the net.

"The prime minister called for a stop to the polemic of whether Malaysia was an Islamic or secular country.
He said Malaysia was not a secular or theocratic country but one which was based on parliamentary democracy."
There's nothing quite like waking up with a sense of deja vu.

Just maybe one of the 4th floor boys read our post on Islamic state and decided to prep their big boss with the same points.

If so SiPM should sue them for copyright infringement or at the very least, well, be compensated! :)

But then again, some people already think we are the 4th Floor! ;)

Friday, August 03, 2007

Kulliyah Jumaat : What's Your Beef Khairy Jamaludin?

Today's the Star reports

“Anwar is a puppet of the United States and the Jews, thus he must be hounded until there is no more place for him to run to,” he told a state Umno Youth gathering on Wednesday night."
But Khairy, is it really because of Anwar?

Or maybe you were upset that sometime in 2005 your other American and Jewish friends, Merill Lynch, downgraded Malaysia's investment rating after their investment banking's side helped organise an international roadshow headed by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to promote the country in London and New York as an investment haven?

So what is the real beef Khairy?

Is it Halal or is it Kosher? ;)

P.S. Today's Kulliyah is english because I am in solidarity with my Jewish brother against anti-semites like Khairy Jamaludin

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Imam Hadhari Cures Jeff Ooi of Superstition (N.A.J.I.S)

Yesterday, as Jeff Ooi launched his political career, he dumfounded everybody again by saying:

"I have stopped being superstitious in believing the promises of Abdullah Badawi"
Oh no!

Not Another Jeff Internet Speak!

The quote has resulted in SiPM translation servers to crash several times. Even after cold reboot, the servers were unable to restart. Backups from previously successful restarts had to be deployed.

As such SiPM will be depending on the services of Mentera Institute of Learning Foundation for Political Research On Nationalism (MILF-PRON) for translation.

Other 3rd party vendors say that it will require a sizeable cluster fo cray computers 12 years to compute the translation.

However, Bukkake Network contractors are quoting RM3billion for the potential translation project.

Sometimes we need "a little less emo" because it will give us "more incomprehensible lyrics"...