Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Persidangan Semula Pt. 2

Pada hari Ahad, 28 Disember, Umno Bahagian Batu telah bersidang semula dan memilih semula Ketua Bahagian. Abas @ Yahya Md Ghani telah menang dan sekarang menjadi Ketua Bahagian baru. Malangnya, masih terdapat pelbagai persoalan disebalik persidangan semula ini. Diharap, segala pergolakkan akan dapat diselesaikan segera.

Aurora: Masih mencari detail persidangan dan akan update asap.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Persidangan Semula....

24 Disember 2008

UMNO Bahagian Batu: Persidangan Semula!

UMNO Bahagian Batu akan menyaksikan pertarungan semula antara calon Ketua Bahagian, Yahya Mat Ghani dan Datuk Yusuff Hamid. Pada persidangan yang lalu (02/11/08), Datuk Yusuff Hamid telah menang dengan 5 undi majoriti. Yahya Mat Ghani telah memohon kepada UMNO Malaysia untuk persidangan semula dan kini segala persoalan tentang kesahihan keputusan persidangan yang lalu terjawab sudah.
UMNO Bahagian Batu akan mengadakan persidangan semula dijadualkan pada 28/12/08 (Ahad). Persidangan kali ini hanya akan menyaksikan pertandingan untuk jawatan Ketua Bahagian. Tentang lokasi dan masa akan diberitahu kelak. Syabas diucapkan, inilah ketelusan yang Pemuda IKS cari dalam UMNO. Kepada Yahya Mat Ghani, selamat berjuang! Pemuda IKS menyokong penuh barisan kepimpinan anda dalam perjuangan ini.

Dari blog Pemuda IKS

Aurora: Hmmm.... betul ke kena bersidang semula? Dah dapat arahan ke dari Badan Perhubungan UMNO? Aurora harap, walau apa pun terjadi, UMNO dapat bersatu demi kebaikkan semua.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Happy 4th Birthday Batrisyia Mutalib Norhisham

Today is my precious baby 4 th birthday and this year she wanted Dora as the theme for her birthday celebration. But as mommy and daddy been a bit too busy this few week, we just manage to get the cake with Dora theme but without the party. This year we're just going to celebrate it with few close family friends, and mommy haven't get the chance to buy Tich's her birthday present yet, maybe tomorrow morning mommy will sneak out to buy her present. As for now, this is a special poems mommy want to share with all parents out there....

Our Precious Daughter
© Caroline Falzon

note: I edit a bit to suit us.
we celebrate your birthday, as you turn four today,

but we have got the gift, just the perfect gift,

that on this very special day, God gave away,

a gift of love from up above, so unique and so rare.

god has specially made you to the very tip of your nose,

as precious as a flower, as tender as a rose.

fulfilled and blessed our lives we have and all because of you,

as sweet as honey, so innocent and pure.

the twinkle of your eyes is brighter than any star,

the smiles you leave behind keep our days bright,

though our laps you have outgrown, you will never outgrow our hearts.

we watch and pray as you grow, in love and in faith,

in beauty and in grace, you bring us joy and pure delight,

just to gaze upon your lovely face.

our hearts you keep warm and are with you wherever you may go,

and as you go on life's journey, only happiness may you find,

you are the joyful moments through our sorrow,

you are our hope and promise of our tomorrow.

'cause you are our pride, our unconditional love we pledge,

'cause you are our joy, our undivided bond we cherish,

'cause you are our sunshine, our embrace is your shield through the rain,

'cause you are our little girl, our hugs and kissed will take away your pain.

we asked god for a flower and He gave us a bouquet

we asked god for a minute and He gave us a day

we prayed to God for true love and He gave us that too

we prayed to God for an angel and He gave us you.

May God bless you dear angel especially on this day that marks your birth,

for all the special ways you bring a bit of heaven into our world.

may God bless you, Today, Tomorrow and Always in Peace in Health in Happiness and in Love.

with love

Mommy and Daddy

Sneak peek at Tich's Birthday cake! The baker is linked to my blog. Thanks Kak Ina.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

For The Love of The Game - Part 2

From yesterday's paper:

JAWATANKUASA Kabinet Mengenai Pembangunan Sukan memandang serius terhadap kemerosotan prestasi bola sepak negara dan mahu pendekatan komprehensif dan holistik diambil bagi 'menyelamatkan' sukan itu di negara ini.
Dengan ranking bola sepak negara berkedudukan ke-151 dunia, Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak yang mempengerusikan jawatankuasa itu mengarahkan Kementerian Belia dan Sukan segera berunding dengan Persatuan Bola Sepak Malaysia (FAM).
“Jawatankuasa membincangkan mengenai kedudukan bola sepak tanah air termasuk kedudukan beberapa persatuan bola sepak negeri yang menghadapi masalah kewangan yang tenat.
“Dengan itu, jawatankuasa menetapkan KBS mengambil pendekatan komprehensif dan holistik bagi menangani masalah ini bersama dengan FAM bagi menyelamatkan sukan ini dan melihat pembangunan sukan bola sepak di negara ini berterusan,” katanya.
Continue from my previous posting.
Who really follow the MSL or Liga Perdana ?
The answer is: no one really follow it religiously other than the football officials, players and sport writers. Just go to any MSL team locker room and you might find them discussing about the Christiano Ronaldo's hand of god act and his infamous sent off incident.
My point is might as well we DISBAND OUR LEAGUES.
It may be radical but that could be the good way to solve the financial crisis of these State FAs. People might say that we need this as a nurturing ground for our national squad and whatsoever. The truth is we love our local team very much but we only show it during the Malaysia Cup semi finals or finals only. The rest we don't care. how in the world that the State FAs could make money? I strongly believe that the MSL was design without taking proper study of the consumer behaviour. There are only some niche market of 'customers' and economically it is not viable to have this all year round.
What we can do?
Sometime when I was in Kedah, I do stop by at the roadside in Alor Semadom and watched this "Rangers" team in action. It almost few years passed by since the day that I can recognized a local macha that knows me on a first name basis. But, what the heck? I found them entertaining. Let the State FAs using the FAM grant to support more teams like the Alor Semadom Rangers, this hopefully might be able to produce more players and give better options to State teams coaches.
Did i mentioned the State Teams? Disband our league and still have the State teams? Yes, FAM should organized the Malaysia Cup on a carnival format that could only take about 4-6 weeks. Best during the time when EPL is on break and not clashing with other major tournaments such as World Cup or Euro. Get the guy from MyTeam or AirAsia or Ahmad Izham Omar to do the selling and create a Malaysia Cup mania full blast during the time, I am sure that the money generated is much more than the current collections.
We could have this State League Champions playing in another short league (must be few months gap with the Malaysia Cup event). And should leverage on the States' runners up as well. The fund should be coming from sponsors or FAM initiatives, just provide the minimal funding to the State FAs and let them become more creative on finding money.
What about the National Team?
I think FAM could send scouts (do we have any?) to the grassroots and select the best players and let them be full time in FAM run training centers, call them Malaysia A, B, C or whatever. But their stint must not be clashing with the State Leagues (suggested to be last max 2 months only). FAM should pay their basic salaries, EPF (hmmm...) and allowances. We pick our top 11 from these players.
Aren't we want to have our own Stars?
Let them play overseas and we should call them few times a year for National Duty. If they are too pampered don't ever adopt the word professional and better just play with the Alor Semadom Rangers instead.
This suggestions however need further analysis and proper study before materializing it. I know that it sounds too harsh and only few people may agree to this but my point is:

Ludibra Ventis

In the 5th century, whenever the Greeks need any advice on how to live their life, they will get the advice from the Oracle at Delphi. This temple is on top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It is an arduous effort to walk up the hill, make an offering to the gods, indulge in mesmerizing music and suffocating in incense and receive the advice by one of the priestesses. The Oracle are believes to be the intermediaries of god, Apollo. Few asked the reason behind the revelation. At that time, Socrates went against the current by constantly challenges the ‘conventional wisdom’ of the Greeks and he is so provocative until his fellow citizens they eventually voted for death penalty for him.

We then come back to our present time, here in Malaysia. Recently, there was a fatwa against Yoga. As usual, there was hue and cry against the said decree. It was declared that yoga is not permissible in Islam due to its appurtenant to Hinduism elements, history and purpose. Religious advisor to the Prime Minister quoted in the Sunday Star dated 30 November 2008 as saying that going against the fatwa is a crime because it is a crime against religion. The non Muslim is advised not to interfere as this is an Islamic affair.

Basically, the message for Muslim is to shut up and just follow the fatwa. As it was mentioned earlier, to go against the fatwa is a crime against religion. For non Muslim, keep out from Islamic affairs as it is none of their business.

Giving the benefit of the doubt, the fatwa Council may have done a thorough research on the subject matter. There is no ambivalent of doubt that they are the expert in their field. I have nothing but honorific words for the Council. But is it necessary for differing view (which leads to differing act) leads to a criminal offence?

Perhaps the sudden decree caught the public off-guard. Some quarters especially Muslims that have been practicing yoga all these years without abandoning their faith (as per their allegation) feel that somebody owes them an explanation.

Somebody is asking the rationale behind the ‘conventional wisdom’, and should we hand them the criminal penalty’? A non Muslim is asking for explanation and we tell them it is none of their business.

We promote that Islam is the way of life; universalia ante rem or a universal concept but when the non Muslim is asking for explanation, we shun them away. I guess this is a giant step forward for a Dakwah effort in Malaysia.

At least Dr. AbdulFatah Haron Ibrahim, the member of Research Panel for JAKIM making more sense in his approach to this conundrum. The Islamic Theology and Philosophical Professor refers to the circumstances that yoga may be haram (New Sunday Times, November 30, 2008). To be fair, there are alternatives in achieving tranquility via exercise that is through prayers. Perhaps it is also a valid question to ask Muslims who practices yoga in order to achieve greater health; why can’t they achieve the same result when they perform their prayers?

In an unrelated issue, at the judicial front, the former Chief justice Tun Abdul Hamid had delivered a speech at the Harvard law School on “harmonization of Common Law and Syariah in Malaysia: A practical approach”. He is suggesting a merger between the civil and the syariah courts, and I quote;

“To determine whether our law is Islamic or syariah-compliant, we should not be looking backward 1,500 years and comparing whether our present law is the same as the law then. The test should be whether it contravenes the syariah principle”

In the land of ‘Malaysia Boleh’, it is quite surprising that the above suggestion draws a lot of flak to say it is ‘tak boleh’. A constitutional law professor from a local university says this cannot be done because Islam is a matter for the states. Another senior lawyer says that this idea is not constitutional. If you follow the arguments deeply, you may realize both emphases on the form rather than the substance. Here we have a man who questions the ‘conventional wisdom’ of why the separation is a practice. Can’t it be done the other way around? If the answer is negative, justify! But please, do not hide behind the form cloak as substance.

If we are saying that Islam is a universal concept; a way of life, can a Muslim admit that a common law principle which is not contradict the Islamic principle as a good law. On the other hand, can a non Muslim accept that an Islamic principle which is in conformity with the ‘universal’ concept as a valid and enforceable as law. Rather than castigating the ‘differences’ and the sinuous concepts of the two jurisprudence, perhaps the time has come to look at the similarities of the two principle. In fact, I do not intend to say that this idea is workable or otherwise but in limine, it is a good provocative thought in the development of legal jurisprudence in Malaysia.

“There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things” (Machievelli, The Prince, 1513)

These two unrelated events have one thing in common; it touches on Muslim asking the rationale of the ‘conventional wisdom’. These are definitely not a ludibra ventis; ‘the plaything of the winds’.

Insular minds produce generations of ‘haters of reasoning’. We should persistently question the so-called ‘conventional wisdom’ and to understand the rationale behind the norm.

“when one is freed and gets on his feet and turn his head and walks towards the light-all he has seen till now was false and a trick, but now he sees more truly” (Socrates)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

My First Award

This the first award I received, and I got it from my dear sis in law, Dia Milikku. Thank you so much for considering me for the award. So now I would love to share this award with my other blogger friends:
1) Dia Milikku
2) Kak Maria
3) Miss Riben
4) My Sacred Heart
5) Mr. DJ
6) Sabrosa
7) and last but not least my co-writer Hubby
I want to wish all of you the best and keep on blogging so that that I'll have more things to read and gain something that I can't possible get elsewhere.

One school system?

I'm totally agree to this matter. Hope that this is not the "Election Talk" as what Ong Tee Keat said. Tun Razak mentioned this long-long time ago, and Tun Dr. Ismail even went extra mile to propose for dissolving the race-based parties concept in Alliance.

Think it this way, the babies were born the same day in the same hospital, (race and religion is the birth property and the family choice as far as everybody concerns, constitutionally Malay is definitely a Muslim).
The Malays will teach their kids to speak Bahasa, read Quran and basic Islamic principles, so does The Chinese (regardless of religions, the mother tounge is the top priority!) and The Indians accordingly to suit their own cultural and beliefs system.

20 years ago, those kids were growing up watching the same TV, we only have RTM and TV3 coming later on. The fortunate few will own a VCR, but even Malay will rent Chinese Kung Fu movies or Hindustan love epics. Fast forward, now we do have Astro, where the Malays will stuck with Ria, the Indians with Zee or Vaanabil and the Chinese will have Dynasty Package (Wah Lah Toi and etc.);

We are segregating our kids to the limit actually!
But, this is the Information Age, we can't stop that. How to resolve this?

Let them learn and play together outside and coexist.
I'm not saying that put aside customs and beliefs, you definitely have families and religious institutions to shape this. Not saying to stop the Sunday schools, Bible lessons, temple events or kelas mengaji Quran?
Can they learn the same things and act as one .... and practising their beliefs freely?
Isn't that what this Cobbold guy found out and this Reid dude put as a framework more than 50 years ago?
Think so .... because the third principle of our Rukun Negara says that!
Even Singapore don't have this kind of system, that's why we always address them as Singaporeans, not by races.
Can we be just Malaysians on this issue? It is very disturbing when this crime victim lady (no race mentioned here), said in a TV interview, "seorang India lelaki datang dan ...." see, Malaysians decribe people by race first!

I'll get the extract of Kam Raslan's The Malayans in his infamous Dato' Hamid book, probably could illustrate better the point that I'm saying in here.