“The Ultraman ban is the latest example of growing hard-line, religious conservatism under the country’s United Malay National Organization-led government,” said TIME magazine today.
TIME‘s portal, in its online report ‘A Japanese superhero is apparently destroying Malaysia‘, also said “Malaysian netizens have taken to social media to mock the government’s heavy handed response” and featured a tweeted remark by one Jackie Wong who criticized the Home Ministry order as “Kebodohan yang teramatlah…”.
TIME is misleading its audience such as when it writes that “… even though the word is simply the Arabic for God and even though Malaysian Christians have long used the word in that sense”.
Firstly, ‘Allah’ is specific to God (capital ‘G’) and attached to the term are the attributes of His being as the Muslims know Him. ’Allah’ is not “simply the Arabic for God” as TIME would have the word to mean in a generic sense (in Malay, tuhan). And most certainly Ultraman King is not ‘Allah’.
Secondly, TIME also said “Malaysian Christians have long used the word in that sense”. This is just as misleading as the claim by Patricia Martinez that there are “64% of Christians” in Malaysia “who speak only BM”. Please read, ‘The Christians MUST be challenged, now!‘
It is the mainly only the Christian natives in Sarawak who have used the ‘Allah’ word for any length of time.
And even if “64% of Christians” are Sarawakian and Sabahan natives, there is still no data or census to show that ALL of them, i.e. the many sub-ethnic groups in Malaysian Borneo, say ‘Allah’ in their worship. Kadazans have their own translated Bible in the Kadazan language and they do not say ‘Allah’ albeit the Ibans do.
Those “Malaysian netizens” cited by the TIME report as mocking the government are too much. The Japanese superhero is not under a blanket ban by the KDN. It is only this particular issue of the comic with the ‘Allah’ translation that is not approved.
As such there is no need for any “rescuing [of] Ultraman” as sarcastically advocated in the TIME report, quoting the Human Rights Watch (HRW).
HRW’s accusation that “the ban on Ultraman clearly reveals the rights-abusing tendencies of this [Home] ministry, its hidden decisionmaking, and its total lack of accountability to the Malaysian public” is misplaced. There is no gross violation of “human rights” just because this one comic failed to make it pass the censor. If the comic had translated the word (in the context of Ultraman King) as ‘tuhan”, there would have been no fuss at all.
Certain belligerent segments of the Malaysian public are going overboard in their knee-jerk reflex to pick fights with the establishment and undermining the authority of the government.
The present mockery by Malaysian netizens and opposition cheerleader writers is one of a piece with their incessant and deliberate provocation of Muslim sensitivities. It is this behaviour of the mainly Pakatan-supporting Christians that is too much.
It does not help that the Western/English-language media and their pressmen are channeling the views and orientation of the pro-Christian publications. In this case, TIME had sourced a part of its story from The Malay Mail – a misnomer since the paper’s online version is controlled by Christian women.
The clock is ticking fast for Najib Razak if he is still unable to act decisively by putting a firm lid on the ugly bullying that the vocal minority has been inflicting on the silent majority.
What TIME calls the “growing hardline, religious conservatism” is a merely backlash to the evangelista push and push. It is a Malay ground reaction to the aggressive actions by the Christian-led provocateurs.
A lot of Malaysia’s Muslims and their NGOs are in a jihad mood already… is Najib aware?
The previous Prime Minister was dubbed ‘Sleepy Dollah’. The current Prime Minister does not claim to similarly suffer from sleep apnea but many readers will agree with me that Najib has an acute hearing problem. How can he remain so deaf to the buzzing of angry hornets whose nest is being constantly stirred?
Soalan menarik yang wajar untuk direnungi.
Chew Mei Fun, iaitu calon MCA untuk pilihanraya kecil Kajang, telah dihentam kaw-kaw oleh Dapsters kerana berkongsi ‘pentas’ dengan ketua Perkasa Negeri Sembilan Ruslan Kassim.
Serangan Bintang Lima evangelista ke atas Chew tidak banyak beza dengan taktik Bintang Tiga zaman komunis. (more…)
Prosperity gospel very big movement
Christianity in Asia is estimated to be growing 10 times faster than in Europe. One of Asia’s most profitable churches is Singapore’s City Harvest.
The City Harvest megachurch in Singapore is super rich because it collects one-tenth of the monthly salaries of its more than 20,000 congregation. The evangelistas practice what is called the “prosperity gospel” (i.e. wealth-affirming credo). They intend to turn Singapore into a hub for evangelical Christianity. (more…)
Today Nurul Izzah was photographed in court (photo below).
There is only one tweet hashtagged #VoteMeiFun — see screenshot below.
… in Putrajaya. See below: Note the black flag bearing the white kalimah hoisted during the Federal Court hearing on the ‘Allah’ appeal by Herald. It signals jihad. (more…)
Bersambung daripada ‘PRK Kajang: Minta sedikit maklum balas‘.
Cuba tengok pada reaksi pembaca akhbar J-Star terhadap berita pilihanraya kecil Kajang. (more…)
(1) Ada nampak jentera MCA bergerak turun padang di Kajang?
Sepanduk dan kain rentang yang kelihatan di Istana Kehakiman di Putrajaya bilamana permohonan untuk mengetepikan keputusan Mahkamah Rayuan ke atas suratkhabar Herald didengar pagi ini. (more…)
The distinguished looking gentleman below is Dato’ Abdullah Jaafar. He was the police commissioner of Muar in 1903 and became Menteri Besar of Johor in 1923.
The title of this post ‘Everybody was Sogo shopping’ is a take on the popular song Everybody was kung fu fighting.
Najib Razak has responded to Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s panning of the RM4.5 billion cash handout given by the government to 7 million recipients by saying, “It is better to decrease lump sum subsidy and turn to targeted subsidy. Through BR1M and BR1M 3.0, over 7 million households (received BR1M) totalling RM4.6 billion.”
Najib added: “The first day, many went to Sogo, many went to the weekly markets” (more…)
Anwar Ibrahim said during his speech in the Holy Family Church, Kajang that Putrajaya had allowed “the voices of hatred, violence and destruction” to gain ascendency.
Anwar Ibrahim mempertahankan lawatannya ke gereja Holy Family di Kajang bulan lalu, kata The Malaysian Insider dalam rencana semalam bertajuk ‘Saya ke gereja doakan Nabi Isa, kata Anwar‘.
Bajet RM754 juta yang diberikan kepada Kementerian Belia dan Sukan tidak mencukupi ke?
Si Khairy ni nampak terlalu ghairah mencampur-tangani urusan kementerian-kementerian lain.
‘Malaysiakini bags Social Media 2014 award’ @ http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/255528
“The awards, held in conjunction with the Malaysian Social Media Week 2014, is organised by Malaysia Social Media Chambers, a body aimed at sharing best social media practices and encouraging social media use.”
Rencana di Mingguan Malaysia (versi Utusan hari Ahad) bertajuk ‘Wardina mahu menetap di Australia‘ – lihat bawah muka depan suratkhabar kelmarin.
Tun Dr Mahathir blogged the following paragraph today in CheDet:
“Actually quite a few people said to me that BRIM is bribe especially when given just before elections. It is the same as giving people placards to raise when you pass. It does not really reflect their feelings or sentiments. (more…)
‘PAS won’t keep silent as Christians bashed‘ (Malaysiakini, 1 March 2014)
Never fear, the PAS hero for the Christians is here … (more…)
Like in Malaysia, the Christian population in Indonesia is also the magic number of “9 percent”.
‘Galak penyertaan kaum Cina: PDRM longgar syarat‘ (Sinar Harian, 1 Mac 2014)
And remember the very best treatment is for your worst enemy … (more…)
BN today announced that they are accepting two mosquito parties – Persatuan India Malaysia and Parti Punjabi Malaysia – as their new associate members. Read the rest of the report in Umno Online.
By P. Waytha Moorthy
It is more than a week now since Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Defence Minister Hishamuddin Hussein criticized me for not being a team player and claimed the Government has done a lot for the community. (more…)
Isma vice president (II) Abdul Rahman Mt Dali released a press statement yesterday titled ‘Bumi ini bumi Melayu! Dunia jangan pertikai lagi‘.
Abdul Rahman said:
“Kita mahu dunia mengiktiraf bumi ini sebagai warisan dan hak orang Melayu. Sama seperti dunia mengiktiraf benua Cina adalah hak warisan orang Cina dan benua India hak warisan orang India, England untuk Inggeris, Ireland untuk orang Irish dan Germany untuk orang German dan seterusnya. (more…)
Leaders of some prominent Malaysian NGOs (more…)
“Gathering of brilliant minds” — tweeted by Hannah Yeoh
CMLim Guan Eng, Zairil Khir Johari, Ong Kian Ming
[Face palm ...] (more…)
I used to be aghast at the political developments in our country.
My old gravatar was The Scream, wearing headphones. Original painting from which the iconic image is derived is reproduced below. (more…)
(1) Perdana Menteri baru-baru ini mengumumkan hasratnya ke arah rekonsiliasi nasional. Najib Razak berkata beliau “tersentuh dengan reaksi rakyat yang menyuarakan sokongan dan dorongan yang kukuh agar Malaysia lebih bersatu padu”.
Yang saya nak tanya: Kenapa seorang PM yang kononnya mengkehendaki “rekonsiliasi nasional” memilih pula untuk sengaja meminggirkan golongan India miskin yang telah memberikan sokongan padu mereka kepada BN dalam pilihanraya lepas? (more…)
Hannah Yeoh’s older daughter is ‘Chinese’ in her birth cert as the whole of Malaysia is probably aware after YB Jerusubang created a ruckus at the registration department and threw a tantrum at Najib Razak.
Meanwhile, her younger daughter is ‘Indian’. (more…)
The picture below is of the jetsetting Minister of Youth and Sports in Dublin a couple of days ago with the Umno Club, Ireland. From the leftovers of the spread, it looks like Khairy Jamaluddin had enjoyed a hearty Irish breakfast. (more…)
The DAP Mursyidul Am responds to the Prime Minister’s “national reconciliation” overture with the following press statement titled ‘Najib’s NRP is a recipe to abdicate his responsibility as Prime Minister in a plural society but still clinging to the perks of office‘.
Lim Kit Siang said in his press statement today:
“If the NRP is a different creature from the NUB, it raises questions firstly, what is the purpose of NUCC preparing a NUB when the government has almost a NRP in place; (more…)
Today Haris Ibrahim wrote an open letter to Zahid Hamidi, published in the former’s blog The People’s Parliament.
Heard the adage, ‘Hate the sin, not the sinner’? (more…)
Screenshot below: A tweet by Hannah Yeoh about how “this is Malaysia”. (more…)
FACT: Umno has 88 Parliament seats and DAP 38.
PERCEPTION: “Minority government” Umno does not have the popular mandate whereas the loud and bossy DAP is carrying the righteous torch for Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité.
Peruntukan perbelanjaan bagi badan/agensi (terpilih) di bawah Jabatan Perdana Menteri dalam tahun 2014 disenaraikan di bawah.
Jabatan Perdana Menteri (JPM) telah diberikan bajet sebanyak RM16.45 bilion untuk tahun 2014.
‘EGM not because MCA in haste to rejoin cabinet‘ (Malaysiakini, 23 Feb 2014)
BAWAH: Timbalan presiden MCA Wee Ka Siong
Nak jadi Menteri apa? (more…)
Khairy Jamaluddin recently unleashed a barrage of slick and spiteful innuendo against P. Waytha Moorthy.
Some bodoh sombong Umno politicians think poor Indian voters are nobodies who can be bullied.
They (both the bodoh sombong Umno politicians and the Indian voters) may cause the BN to lose Putrajaya come GE14. (more…)
Najib Razak should take away his youngest Minister’s billion ringgit budget as Khairy Jamaluddin is capable of running his Ministry without incurring any cost. (more…)
‘Islam under threat, says Dr M‘ is the headline carried yesterday in FMT. “No more respect for Islam,” Dr Mahathir Mohamad is reported as telling a press conference held at the International Islamic University in Gombak.
“Suddenly they come up with this idea that they should call their god Allah as well,” the news portal quoted Dr Mahathir as saying.
Dr Mahathir replying to a reporter’s question on Anwar’s power grab:
“Tentulah saya takut kerana orang akan rasa tak selamat bila dia ada di sekitar.
“Tengok apa jadi kepada kakitangan beliau.”
Hahaha, Dr M’s acerbic wit is hilarious. (more…)
Anwar Ibrahim bercakap satu kepada Kristian di gereja (16 Feb) tetapi bercakap yang lain pula beberapa hari awal (12 Feb) di hadapan orang Melayu ketika ceramahnya di Kompleks Penghulu Batu 10 Jalan Cheras, Kajang.
Adakah PAS pun dua kali lima dengan lidah bercabangnya? (more…)
The Prime Minister has one Chinese minister in his 32-member cabinet (see name list below).
Paul Low is the former chief of Transparency International Malaysia. He is a hardworking and conscientious minister and he has been given the government mandate to fight corruption.
Former NSTP group editor A. Kadir Jasin has been rather critical of Najib Razak and his PMO outfit of late.
Due to Kadir’s negative views getting serious attention especially in the new media, it has almost impossible to access his blog (join the dots — cause and effect).
Pada bulan Februari 2008, Anwar Ibrahim telah mengadakan mesyuarat tertutup dengan Christian Federation of Malaysia di mana dia menyetujui orang Kristian dibenarkan untuk mengguna istilah ‘Allah’.
Ex-DAP vice chairman Tunku Aziz once described his former party’s dynastic business as a “travelling family political circus” — see his NST column (21 July 2012).
Bawah: Senarai ahli Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (MPSJ) penggal baru 2014 / 2015 (more…)
Teresa Kok is still sidestepping the ‘identity’ of the plump woman wearing the diamond rings who appeared in the controversial CNY video that she produced.
The local actress who played the role of Datin Diamond told police that her character in the video is modelled after Lydia Shum, the late Hong Kong comedienne.
Meanwhile Teresa claims that her video is a “political satire” made just for laughs. Well if her video is indeed political humour, then it begs the question — Why lampoon Lydia, (more…)
Reporter Narinder Singh fired a barrage of criticism at Waytha Moorthy, in addition to blasting Najib and BN as well as Pakatan in his FMT opinion piece today titled ‘Waytha, the BN waterboy all washed up‘.
Narinder views Waytha’s resignation as a late-in-the-day realisation by the Hindraf chairman that “he is better off fighting from outside the ring rather from within the circles of the Putrajaya boys”.
I have just one simple question: So who is going to help, and how will assistance and poverty alleviation programmes be delivered to the poorest Indians now? (more…)
Naib Presiden (I) Isma Ustaz Muhammad Fauzi Asmuni memberi amaran kepada pelampau Kristian supaya tidak meneruskan provokasi mereka yang terancang dan memang disengajakan.
Ustaz Fauzi berkata sekarang sudah berlaku suasana yang mana pihak yang tidak merestui evangelista menggunakan kalimah Allah pula akan dianggap sebagai ‘pelampau’ dan disebabkan umat Islam di Malaysia diasak dengan begitu kuat, akhirnya Muslim sendiri yang menjadi keliru.