Wednesday 21 July 2010

'Malaysia intolerant of dissent'

REUTERS reports that -

“Malaysia arrested nearly 1,000 anti-government protesters in 2009, signalling 'heightened intolerance', an influential and independent human rights group said on Wednesday.
Political tensions rose in this South-east Asian country following record 2008 polls losses by the government now led by Prime Minister Najib Razak.” Tensions are still high and could rise further with the sodomy trial of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim resuming next month.

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“Power abuse by law enforcers on the uptrend: Suaram report

Abuse of power by the police and other law enforcement agencies was on the uptrend last year, according to Suara Rakyat Malaysia's (Suaram) civil and political rights report 2009. The report also highlighted the Government’s resistance to reform and greater compliance with human rights standards, along with a heightened intolerance towards dissent. Nine people were detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and more than 1,000 people were still being held under the Emergency Ordinance and the Dangerous Drugs Act in 2009, the report said. It said according to the official government statistics, deaths in police custody continued to occur, with seven cases recorded. There were also 88 deaths caused by police shootings in 2009.............................................................”

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"Force always attracts men of low morality." -- Albert Einstein

"When will the world wake up and realize that most politicians, especially in the poorest countries of the world, are nothing more than glorified gangsters who view government as simply a fiercely-guarded monopoly on every form of compulsion and extortion to be perpetrated in a specific geographical area?
Why do you think the largest amounts of 'foreign aid' extracted from the gullible diplomats of wealthier countries wind up in those politicians' pockets or Swiss bank accounts, despite all the virtuous-sounding rhetoric?"
-Bert Rand

Monday 19 July 2010

Un-Islamic Football Jerseys


KOSMO! a Malaysian tabloid rag popular amongst the Malay Language readers, which is well known for homing in on sensational news, recently carried a report about Muslims who wear football jerseys which display images of crosses, liquor brands and devils.

Johor Religious Council adviser Nooh Gadot reportedly said wearing such jerseys was forbidden in Islam.

“It is as if Muslims are worshipping and exalting the symbols of other religions. Islam does not compromise on this matter, regardless of whether it is worn for fun, fashion or sport,” he said.

Perak Mufti Harussani Zakaria was reported to have agreed with Nooh, saying, although Islam did not forbid its followers from participating in sports or dressing up, it has to be done within the boundaries of Islamic law.

Among the football teams whose crests carry images of the cross are England, Brazil, Portugal, Serbia, Barcelona and Norway, while Manchester United carries the “Red Devil” on its crest.

Malaysia seems to be becoming more like Iran with each passing week.

What next, goons going around spotting 'non-Islamic hair styles' and cutting the hair of transgressors?


How utterly stupid and pathetic, have the religious authorities nothing better to do than concentrate on such trivia?

How about them getting stuck into reducing the high incidences of rape, incest, drug addition, anti-social behaviour, abandoning of new-born babies etc., all of which are, as is common knowledge and which has been extensively reported in Malaysian news media, more common amongst the Malays, who are Muslims, than among others in Malaysia?

Utterly Pathetic Stupidity!

Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization?

By Bertrand Russell

My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race. I cannot, however, deny that it has made some contributions to civilization. It helped in early days to fix the calendar, and it caused Egyptian priests to chronicle eclipses with such care that in time they became able to predict them. These two services I am prepared to acknowledge, but I do not know of any others.

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