How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?
Corruption is so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Eric Paulsen: 20 questions you’re too afraid to ask about hudud


'As you may have heard, PAS in all its wisdom has decided that now is the right time to push for hudud law in Kelantan, never mind the fact that Kelantan remains one of the most socially and economically disadvantaged states in Malaysia.

Hudud is part of the Islamic criminal law that provides for the harshest punishment imaginable and Kelantan’s version includes stoning to death (with stones of medium size, no less), death followed by crucifixion, amputation of limbs and whipping.

Needless to say, such punishments are out of place in this day and age or in any modern and democratic society as they constitute torture, cruel and inhumane punishment.'

'Leaving aside whether the conditions are right under Islamic jurisprudence for hudud to be implemented, whether it would be constitutional or desirable in a country like ours, other Malaysians have questioned how fair, just and practical it would be for hudud to be plunked down in Kelantan while the rest of the country or non-Muslims are supposed to remain unaffected.

We have therefore compiled 20 most sought after questions for PAS - in no particular order of importance of course - and we do hope PAS will oblige us with proper answers rather than invoking God's name which usually ends all further discussion.'

Rest of article in The Malaysian Insider:

As a non-Muslim, I am not well informed on Hudud for several reasons. I am sure there are many like me who had been told in no uncertain terms, that as non-Muslims, we cannot comment on Islamic matters, not even allowed to greet like Muslims nor use certain words, especially Allah. Life is already complicated, so most of us would have been minding our own business.

For many years since independence, Malaysians had no problem co-existing with fellow Malaysians who are Muslims. But it is getting increasingly difficult, with more vocal hate groups telling non-Malays and non-Muslims to get out of the country if we don't like it, calling us names like 'pendatang' and even 'trespassers' or 'intruders'. In other words, making us feel unwelcome in our own country. To add salt to injury, we have a PM who is known for his 'elegant silence' in the face of trouble-making, lending credence to our belief that those vocal hate groups are either sponsored by his party or at least with their acquiescence.

One moment, we are told that Hudud will not involve non-Muslims, then another moment, we are told that it would include us. But whether or not it will include us, there is no escaping the likely scenario of us being caught in the implementation of Hudud.

Just look at the increasing Islamisation in national schools and we can expect to be affected, perhaps ten times more, if hudud becomes law in the country.

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