Thursday, 29 January 2009
Saturday, 24 January 2009
AGAIN, I was there when my boss spoke to the press about the on-going Herald issue. Really, I felt bad when I read what the Home Affairs Minister said to the press on Thursday. I knew right away then that my boss would want to say his mind about it. My two cent: Non-Muslims (or in this case Christians) are Malaysians too. May be even more Malaysians than I don't know who.....
Leave Herald alone: Dompok
Penampang: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok urged the Home Affairs Ministry to let the court decide instead of continuing to "harass" the Catholic weekly, Herald, for using the word "Allah" in its latest publication.
Stating that it was an unnecessary controversy, he said the Home Affairs Ministry should just let the matter rest because it is pending hearing in court.
He was speaking to reporters after officiating at the presentation of the UPSR 2008 excellence awards, uniform assistance and Year Six "Aku Janji" pledge at SK St Theresa, Inobong here Friday.
"Lately, the Ministry of Home Affairs has been harassing the Herald to such an extent that they have to go to court and (now) waiting for hearing," he said, adding that based on comments, including by lawyers, on the issue, the Herald should be allowed to publish as they have done before, pending the outcome of the case.
"It is not for the Ministry of Home Affairs to pre-empt the decision of the court," said Dompok who is also the President of the United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko).
He was responding to the reports quoting Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar warning the Herald that "the show of defiance could cause conflict and anger among other races in the country".
Syed Hamid also said that "if anything happens, then don't put the blame on us" and that he would refer the matter to the Ministry's legal unit.
"There's no reason for the Home Affairs Ministry to kelam kabut (get all excited) to look at this. I think they are using very strong language (against the Herald)," said Dompok.
He added that the Herald, is just a small organisation having a circulation of about 14,000 a week out of the Christian population of about two million and slightly more than a million Catholics in the country.
"It is only being sold in churches so I don't see how it can confuse the people," he said, adding that it had also complied with the requirement of the Ministry to stamp the word "Terhad" (limited) on every edition.
Dompok said the matter would have come up during the premiership of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad "but I think wisdom prevailed".
He said the usage of the word "Allah" should be viewed from the historical perspective since the terminology had come about when Bahasa Melayu was used by the people even before Malaysia (existed).
He said it was the language used by the people of the Borneo territories (as the) Malay tacit lingua franca, even though English was used in most schools but there were also some schools that were conducted in Malay at that time.
"So religion developed along the line of communications and in this particular village (Kampung Inobong), for instance, I didn't have occasion to use the terminology because sermons and proceedings in church are conducted in Kadazan and "Allah" in Kadazan is "Kinoingan".
"When I went to school in KK La Salle, when I go to church it was in English so 'God' is God," he said.
However, Dompok said in rural areas when the predominance of Bahasa Malaysia came about, the usage of "Allah" became more pronounced, especially after the importation of Bibles written in the Indonesian language, which refers to God as "Allah".
He said the terminology is widely used in Indonesia and also in Arab countries by Christians.
"So it is a universal terminology used in the Christian world when they are praying in their vernacular language. There is no reason for the Home Ministry to continue harassing the Catholic Herald," he said.
Based on reports, Dompok said it was "as though the Herald was trampling on the toes of everybody while in fact I feel the Ministry of Home Affairs is using a sledgehammer to crack a nut in full force to silence the Herald".
"We are living in a country that practices democracy, freedom of religion and that the first principle of the Rukun Negara is Belief in God. People want to belief in God so I think they should be allowed to so," he said.
Dompok also could not believe that people were even suggesting disallowing worship by other religions in Malay.
"I said how can that be? Bahasa Malaysia does not belong to the Malays alone, this is the language of all Malaysians, your and my language.
"So I feel if there is indeed objection to that then perhaps it's time for us to look for a new national language so that there would not be "confusion" among Malaysians," he said.
To a question, Dompok said he had spoken to the Home Minister and brought up the issue in the Cabinet.
"In fact it was the day after the (Federal) Cabinet meeting that they gave back the Herald the license to publish in Malay," he said. DAILY EXPRESS
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
THIS is Obama's inaugural speech. Lets learn from him....
"Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends -- hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism -- these things are old.
These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history.
What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility -- a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world; duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
This is the price and the promise of citizenship.
This is the source of our confidence -- the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny." MORE
I MADE it a point to watch the Inauguration of the 44th US president last night. Obama's speech was moving. It is lunch time now and I stumbled upon this article. Dare to dream. It all start with a dream. I have a dream. Let us work hard to realise our dreams....
At 107 years old, Cooper said she always believed she might live to see a black man sworn in as president of the United States.
"I had that in mind all the time -- all the time -- hoping for a great change that would happen in my day," she said, a charm necklace with a gold "107" around her neck.
"I was hoping that it would happen in my time."
This moment in history, she said, marks one of the greatest days of her event-filled life."I'm most excited about it ... just nothing but the greatest," she said, a wide smile spread across her face. "Our new president means nothing but more freedom as a human being. That's all. That's all it could mean to us. You feel more like a real person." MORE
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
LIFE is fragile. This plane made the news Jan 15 when it
landed at the Hudson River in the USA. Well, the nature of
my job is such that I travel often.
I would be lying if I said the thought of accidents
such as air crash never come to my mind.
Still, who am I to be "too" worried about me being alive?
Are not human more precious than birds....?
Airline passengers wait to board a ferry to be rescued
on the wings of a US Airways Airbus 320 jetliner
that safely ditched in the frigid waters of
the Hudson River in New York, Thursday Jan. 15, 2009
after a flock of birds knocked out both its engines.
All 155 people on board survived. (AP Photo/Steven Day)
Friday, 16 January 2009
OBAMA TELLS DAUGHTERS HER RAN FOR PRESIDENT FOR THEM, ALL CHILDREN
WASHINGTON (AFP) – In an open letter to his young daughters, US president-elect Barack Obama said Thursday that he entered the race for the White House "because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation."
"When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me -- about how I'd make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world," Obama said in the letter published in Parade magazine, a weekend newspaper color supplement.
"I realized that my own life wouldn't count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfilment in yours. In the end, girls, that's why I ran for President: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation," wrote the soon-to-be Dad-in-chief. MORE
Thursday, 15 January 2009
My lovely Allysha, now 13
Steps up a gear and enters Secondary school
Reluctantly, she agreed to my request
To sit for the entrance exam
About 3,000 aspirant went
About 300 admitted
My Shasha one of them
Now, her dress is as picture above
She still eats quite a bit
Including soon after school hours
Tshung Tshin Secondary School
She will grow up, am sure
Also, my equally lovely Allyshandhra
She turned 1o on Jan 12
She doesn't eat much
In Primary Four now
She requested and I agreed
She will pay for her enrollment tomorrow
To become Chuck Norris in her school
Dare you disturb us
We have a karate expert in our midst
Grow up my darlings
Make tomorrow brighter for us all
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
ARRANGED marriage. It rings a bell. Yes, we also have it in Sabah, in the olden days that is. May be even now but only very few cases. But what caught my attention in this posting is the similarity between the Mexican and Sabah natives culture. I mean, have we not seen drinking sessions during wedding receptions? That's a must. Whatever....
MAN SELLS DAUGHTER INTO MARRIAGE FOR CASH, BEER AND MEAT
Marcelino de Jesus Martinez, 36, of Greenfield, California, was arrested Monday and booked into the Monterey County Jail, Greenfield police said in a statement. He faces felony charges of receiving money for causing a person to cohabitate, police said.
Martinez had arranged through a third party to have his daughter marry the older teenager, identified by authorities as Margarito de Jesus Galindo, of Gonzales, California.
In exchange, Galindo was to pay Martinez $16,000 and provide him with 160 cases of beer, 100 cases of soda, 50 cases of Gatorade, two cases of wine, and six cases of meat, Greenfield Police Chief Joe Grebmeier told CNN. MORE
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
BUSH time as the No 1 of the USA will end eight days from now. Following is an interview I lifted from the CNN. By the way, Malaysia is also in a kind of similar situation. In March, Pak Lah will give way to Najib.
Emotional at the last, Bush defends his presidency
WASHINGTON – With rare public emotion, George W. Bush sat in judgment on his controversial, consequential presidency on Monday, lamenting mistakes but claiming few as his own, heatedly defending his record on disasters in Iraq and at home and offering kindly advice to a successor who won largely because the nation ached for something new.
By turns wistful, aggressive and joking in his final news conference, Bush covered a huge range of topics in summing up his eight years in the White House — the latest in a recent string of efforts to have his say before historians have theirs. Then the White House said he would do it again Thursday night in a final address to the nation.
Reaching back to his first day in office, he recalled walking into the White House and having "a moment" when he felt all the responsibilities of the job landing on his shoulders. Barack Obama will feel that next week, he said, his tone gently understanding. MORE
Monday, 12 January 2009
Speech in Parliament on the Palestine-Israeli conflict
by Tan Sri Bernard Dompok
Jan 12, 2009 - Parliament
- Tuan Yang di Pertua, I rise to support the motion presented by the Prime Minister on the never-ending conflict in the
Middle East. Citizens of the world have watched in horror the atrocities and the senseless loss of human lives in the escalating conflict between and Hamas with a lot of the victims coming from the Palestinian civilian population. Israel
- The gory pictures of innocent young victims falling prey to bombs dropped in the
strip remind us that man has not learned the lessons of history. Gaza
- Violence has never contributed to the solution of any political conflict and the situation today in the
Middle Eastproves exactly this point.
- Peaceful solution to a conflict cannot come from bombs dropped from the heavens nor from rockets launched to hit targets oh the other side of the border.
- TYdP, I feel proud to have been given this opportunity, as a member of the Federal Cabinet, as a member of parliament and President of UPKO to support a common stand by all Malaysians of all political persuasions, that there are issues above partisan politics that all of us must collectively support.
- This is the moment for the country to take its place among the leadership of the Free World, to denounce aggression and violence and to seek support from the international community to bring about a just and durable settlement to the conflict in the
- The settlement to this conflict is urgent. The loss in human lives, especially innocent young children and the civilian population, has to stop. No one country can do this alone.
's role in trying to get the United Nations and other international or world bodies to step in with urgency is to be lauded. Malaysia
- TYdP, the conflict in the
Middle Eaststemmed from a battle for land and territories. It is not a religious conflict.
- It would be wrong for the international community to paint it otherwise. It would not be correct also for any country including
to ascribe a religious element to the conflict. Malaysia
- It would be very difficult to get the international community to back a religious war.
- It is however clear that right from the beginning the problems between
Israeland the had been territorial in nature. Palestine
- Malaysians from all religious beliefs can therefore join in the country's condemnation of aggression and violence in the ongoing conflict and to support a peaceful settlement to the conflict.
- TYdP, I wish to say that the lessons learned from this conflict must not be lost to us in Malaysia. National Unity is paramount in any country's success as the Deputy Prime Minister so aptly pointed out today in the papers.
could have done better if Hamas and Fattah could address their predicament together. Palestine
- Let us hope that senses will prevail among all the leaders in this conflict and a speedy solution be brought to the conflict.
TYdP, I move to support the motion.
Issued by Albert Bingkasan and Ewon Benedick
Monday, 5 January 2009
THE end of 2008 was such a hectic period. Programmes ranging
from family outings, weddings, birthdays,
RSS (rancangan suka suka @ rancangan siok sendiri) etc. etc
were aplenty, literally.
There were also lots of travelings.
Yet, after it all, we are still here. Alive
Perhaps this 2009
Bleak though it might be
(due to the economic downturn which I don't really understand)
will turn out just right.
After all, success is the journey
Not the destination
May be I can join my 'no-so-much-ultraman anymore' Eebot
And be BEN 10....(hope to have more than 10 powers, though)
Have a prosperous 2009
(The photo below was taken by now called Ben-10-Eebot
during one of his monopolised show on Astro 616)