Saturday, January 24, 2009

aduhai..borneo post

Hari ini awal pagi dah terima Sms dari Kawan-kawan tentang artikel yang di tulis oleh Paul Sir dalam Borneo Post.

Ini Sms nya...
"Salam,while peace lovers all over the world saddened by Israel evil aggression,Borneo Post in its column "Paul Sir" of last Saturday edition had rediculled efforts on condemnation of Zionist atrocities and cruelties on the Palestinian.This insensitive remark must deserve a boycott of this paper over its "kurang ajar" attitude.Pls pass around."

So ..ini lah artikel yang menyebabkan kemarahan kawan-kawan....

Gaza: Some naive thoughts from some naive people!
THIS week, I am not short of subjects to pen. Today (Jan 17) is polling day for the Kuala Terengganu by-election. There is also the serious flood situation in Sarawak which has caused much suffering and pain to many people. Then, in three days’ time, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.
Well, I don’t find much excitement in the Kuala Terengganu by-election. Whether BN retains the seat or it falls to PAS will not make a difference to the political equation in this country. I know I would be making a rather naive statement if I were to say that I don’t care whether it’s BN or PAS who wins. But honestly, how can the newly-elected MP for Kuala Terengganu make any difference to my life in Kuching. I sound naive, don’t I? Well, think about my statement again.
As for Barack Obama, I’ve already written several articles on the US presidential election over the past months; so I will pass on the American focus for now.
But yes, what about the Gaza conflict. I have not touched on the Middle East crisis for quite a while and as the world focuses its attention there, it should be an issue worth discussing this week.
A few days ago, I posed this question to a Muslim colleague: “Are you really concerned as a Malaysian Muslim about what’s going on in Gaza today?”
Without hesitation, he replied, “Sure. It’s genocide. More than 1,000 Palestinians have been slaughtered in Gaza.”
Besides that, what other reasons invoke your concern for the people of Gaza? I asked further.
“Human rights abuse going on there. And Gaza contains sacred sites for Muslims too,” my young Muslim friend replied.
But he was also quick to add, “No. I wouldn’t want to be too preoccupied with what’s going on there. It has always been a troubled region for good or bad.”
Then I asked him one final question, “Would you participate in the rallies and demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur against the Israelis?” His reply was a firm ‘No’.
I changed the subject after that as I did not wish to provoke my young Muslim colleague further.
However, I thought he answered my questions responsibly and fairly. I believe this would be the sentiments of the majority of young Muslims in Malaysia too.
But let me say this here. I will never take the religious view when responding to issues on wars, killings, genocides and other acts of annihilation and violence. Whether I’m a Muslim, a Christian, a Hindu or whatever, I have to condemn all atrocities no matter where such acts are perpetuated or against which groups.
Ask me whether the Israeli bombardments into the Gaza Strip is wrong, my reply is ‘Yes’. Ask me whether Hamas suicide bombers should be condemned for murdering others, the answer is also in the affirmative.
Yes, we should condemn wars and murders. Killing is wrong, period!
Again, I may sound naive by saying that if the Palestinians and the Israelis want to continue fighting and killing each other, what can I do? I want them to stop but if they refuse to do so, who am I to say who is right and who is wrong.
In the same manner, if the Catholics and Protestants in Ireland want to fight and kill each other, who am I (even as a Christian) to take side. I believe the best thing I can do is to pray that they may come to their senses because as Christians, they should know better the teachings of the faith they claim to profess.
I find it rather interesting, and disgusting too, at times to see how quickly we take sides and jump to conclusion whenever the Palestinians are attacked. It smacks of double standard when we only worry about the harm caused against those professing a certain faith while ignoring a similar plight of those of other faiths.
This week, I received this mail from a young Sarawakian working in Kuala Lumpur commenting on Gaza. He wrote, “Why is there so much fuss about this Palestine issue. Don’t take me wrong, I condemn any act of violence against children and women no matter who committed it. Hamas is not blameless because they relentlessly fired rockets towards civilians in Israel. Their suicide bombers killed more civilians than members of the armed forces. Why do we have to go all out to help the Palestinians when there are so many people in our own country who need help? What happened to the plight of the Penans? What happened to the police reports against loggers who allegedly raped the underage Penan girls? Why so quiet now? Furthermore, I haven’t heard of any donation drive to help their fellow Malaysians in Sarawak who are now affected by the worst floods in living memory.”
This second letter was published in a news portal — “The Malaysian parliament passed resolutions condemning the Israeli attacks on Gaza. But what about what is happening to the Tamils in northern Sri Lanka? Why not a sound from our elected MPs? We have no Palestinian voters here in Malaysia. But there are millions of Tamils in Malaysia who are concerned for the welfare of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. Why isn’t the Malaysian government condemning the attacks on Tamil civilians in Tamil Eelam? Then, what about the five Tamils who have been locked up in Kamunting. They are now forgotten?”
Well, can I surmise that the writers of the two letter are as naive as me when dealing with an issue of such magnitude as the conflict in the Middle East?
But, are we really?
I like to invite you to read the two letters a second time and think whether they speak for many responsible, caring and patriotic Malaysians who feel the same way but just do not have the courage to pen how they really feel inside them for all to read.
The point I wish to make is: Can we stop practising ‘double standard’?


So my friends..u decide samada ianya memperkecilkan keprihatinan rakyat Malaysia and Muslim di Malaysia terhadap penderitaan Rakyat Palestin.

Bagi saya artikel yang sensitif macam ni tak payahlah di terbitkan kerana ada yang tersinggung...terasa...termarah...dan akhir terboikot Borneo Post.

Kalau ada yang tak setuju dgn tindakan sebahagian dari rakyat Malaysia yang menunjukkan kemarahan terhadap Israel ..baik diam saja..


Monday, January 12, 2009

hatred....




A kindergarten teacher has decided to let her class play a game.

The teacher told each child in the class to bring along a plastic bag containing a few potatoes. Each potato will be given a name of a person that the child hates, so the number of potatoes that a child will put in his/her plastic bag will depend on the number of people he/she hates.

So when the day came, every child brought some potatoes with the name of the people he/she hated. Some had 2 potatoes; some 3 while some up to 5 potatoes.

The teacher then told the children to carry with them the potatoes in the plastic bag wherever they go (even to the toilet) for 1 week.

Days after days passed by, and the children started to complain due to the unpleasant smell let out by the rotten potatoes.

Besides, those having 5 potatoes also had to carry heavier bags. After 1 week, the children were relieved because the game had finally ended.

The teacher asked: "How did you feel while carrying the potatoes with you for 1 week?"

The children let out their frustrations and started complaining of the trouble that they had to go through having to carry the heavy and smelly potatoes wherever they go.

Then the teacher told them the hidden meaning behind the game. The teacher said: "This is exactly the situation when you carry your hatred for somebody inside your heart.

The stench of hatred will contaminate your heart and you will carry it with you wherever you go.

If you cannot tolerate the smell of rotten potatoes for just 1 week, can you imagine what is it like to have the stench of hatred in your heart for your lifetime?"

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Moral of the Hatred (Human Vices) story:

Throw away any hatred for anyone from your heart so that you will not carry sins for a lifetime.

Forgiving others is the best attitude to take.

"Learn to Forgive and Forget'
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Saturday, January 03, 2009

..azam...

I will be grateful...... for my good health,walaupun telah di uji dan telah melalui saat getir.

I will be grateful..... for my job..sambil mencari rezeki, berpeluang untuk berbakti kpd keluarga dan masyarakat setempat.

I will be grateful for my five senses yang masih berfungsi dengan baik.. that I may experience the world.

I will be grateful for my youth dan masih berjiwa muda.

I will be grateful for the roof over my head.... yang sederhana.

I will be grateful that I can support myself,my family,my parents financially.

I will be grateful for my friends...yang sejati dan yang berbudi....

I will be grateful for my wonderful family...my wonderful wife and my beautifull daughters....and an handsome boy.

I will be grateful for the material things I have that others might not be able to afford...dan apa org lain ada..yang basic ..kami pun ada.

I will be grateful for the bakats and talents God has given me.

I will be grateful for the mistakes,dosa-dosa,noda-noda...that I have made so that I may learn dan janji tak nak buat lagi.

I will be grateful for my life..dah berada di dunia dengan ehsannya selama more
than 40+ years.

and the "NEW AZAM"

I will strive to be a better person.

I will strive to be a better muslim.

I will strive to be a better Husband.

I will strive to be a better Abah.

I will strive to be a better son.

I will strive to be a better friend.

I will strive to be a better doctor.

I will strive to be that person that God has called me to be.

Amiinnn....Ya Allah perkenankan doa hambaMu ini.