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Sunday, March 26, 2017

‘The hypocrisy of the pious Malays’



Do state muftis give any thought to what they say? Some of them appear to excel in the art of making the Malays look more ‘stupid’. To a large extent, the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim) and the other religious authorities have a role in undermining the Malays and seemingly opening them up for ridicule.
You may wonder why few Malays have dared to criticise these religious men and their statements. Their hesitancy stems from the knowledge that other Malays will accuse them of insulting Islam.
Moreover, rent-a-mob thugs may be used to target their homes, businesses and members of their family. Cast your mind back to March 2015, when Aisyah Tajuddin, the presenter of the video clip ‘Does hudud fill our rice-bowl?’, was threatened with rape and death.
The Malay is the product of his environment. Decades of abuse by his leaders and brainwashing by religious leaders have mentally crippled him.
He will not speak out against corrupt leaders for two reasons.
First. The opportunist hopes to fill in the vacuum at the top, and enjoy the riches guaranteed to the holder of the position. In the climb up the greasy pole, he dropped the values and social mores which his elders once held dear.
He may think he is working smart. In fact, he is destroying his and his children’s future. He only thinks of today, and not tomorrow.
Second. The Malay is tribal. He will not speak out against one of his own, because it is akin to a betrayal. His gut tells him that the wrongdoing perpetuated by another Malay should be stopped, but his heart tells him that kinship matters more.
On the eve of voting, someone will offer the Malay RM50, or RM500 (depending on his social standing) and warn him that a win by the opposition, which is aligned to the DAP, will lead to a Chinese PM, and a nation overrun by Singaporeans and Christians.
Former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad observed the weaknesses of the Malays and despite an avowed wish to help them, the Malays became the victims of their own dilemma.
Forty-seven years after ‘The Malay Dilemma’ was written, affirmative action policies have produced a bigger Malay middle class, but ironically many Malays feel victimised. The persecution complex, which makes them think that they will be trodden on by the Chinese and the Christians, still runs deep.
The tribal Malay thinks his rulers can do no wrong. When the Sultan of Johor lashed out against the Arabisation of the Malays, he was praised for his frank views. When ordinary Malays said more or less the same thing, they were denounced for being anti-Islam.
‘Preoccupation with sex’
Despite the conservative brand of Islam forced upon Malays, with the help of the Saudi petro-dollars, the two things that these Wahhabis cannot eradicate is the Malay preoccupation with sex, and women being treated as second-class citizens.
Sex is a dominant feature in many muftis’ announcements. The Perak mufti, Harussani Zakaria, dismissed marital rape as a “European invention” and said that a wife could not refuse sex, even if she and her husband were astride a camel.
Each year, the Federal Territories mufti, Zulkifli Mohamad, warns Muslims about Saint Valentine’s Day. Last week, Zulkifli said that two Muslims of the opposite sex should not be together because they could end up committing khalwat (close proximity) be it in parks, gardens, hotel rooms, cars, taxis, Uber or Grabcars.
What about buses? A male bus driver and his woman passenger, could be the only two people on the bus. Should she leave the bus and hail a taxi? What if the taxi driver was male?
The FT mufti is probably driven around in an official car and is unaware of people’s transport woes.
Many women have to work overtime and have to take a taxi home, or be given a lift by a work colleague. After a hard day at work, most of us have only one thing on our minds - a shower, a hot meal, then sleep. Muftis with too much time on their hands tend to fantasise about sex.
When Muslims in the religious departments are bored, they fret about the presence of porcine DNA in chocolates, bottled water, butter, Tabasco and HP sauces, kek lapis, supermarket trolleys and paint brushes.
For some Muslims who have ‘done wrong’, the umrah (mini-pilgrimage) is treated like a Catholic confessional. The Muslims perform their umrah, like one former women’s minister, to cleanse their souls and re-start with a clean slate.
If Malays are not careful, they will wither away, not because of a nuclear disaster, a tsunami or Chinese/Christian domination, but because they lack motivation and aspiration. Generations of Malays have been spoon-fed the mantra of “let’s-blame-the-other-races-for-our-under-achievements”.
This attitude has already started the downfall of the Malays. The only way to reverse the process is to overthrow the oppressive Umno Baru regime.
The Malays should rise to the challenge, instead of gravitating to the stereotypical image of “laid-back civil servant Malays, corrupted by hard-working, business driven, money-worshipping Chinese”.

MARIAM MOKHTAR is a defender of the truth, the admiral-general of the Green Bean Army and president of the Perak Liberation Organisation (PLO). BlogTwitter.- Mkini

NAJIB’S GST LIES COME UNSTUCK: INFLATION HITS STUNNING 4.5% – HIGHEST IN 8 YEARS – AS MALAYSIANS SUFFER

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s consumer price index rose to an eight-year high in February, but is unlikely to lead to any change in monetary policy.
Annual inflation grew 4.5% in February, the highest since November 2008 when it hit 5.7%.
In January, the annual rate was 3.2%. A Reuters poll had forecast a February level of 4.1%, just short of the 4.2% peak hit in February last year.
Economists said a fuel price hike in February and a low base stemming from a cut in transport costs from last year contributed to the month’s high inflation rate.
Rising inflation, however, was not seen as worrying Malaysia’s central bank, as it was mainly due to the adjustments in domestic fuel prices, said Brian Tan, an economist with Nomura in Singapore.
“We don’t foresee any changes to policy as it’s clear they remain quite cautious to any potential downside risk to growth, and they don’t want to jump the gun too early,” Tan said.
Bank Negara said last Thursday it expected inflation to average between 3% and 4% for 2017.
Malaysia, an oil and natural gas exporter, has benefited from recovering global oil prices this year.
The central bank expects headline inflation, which it says will be “relatively high” in the first half of 2017 due to higher fuel prices, to dip in the second half.
– Reuters

CAUGHT ON VIDEO: ROSMAH SINGS WHILE SALLEH KERUAK DANCES TO HER SONG. IN THE WINGS, NAJIB BLUSHES WHILE ZAHID QUIETLY SMILES

Persembahan tarian dato salleh keruak dan suara yang maseh bersemangat dan lunak merdu kak ros.  (FB translation: Dance presentation dato salleh keruak and voices that maseh excited and soft sweet sis Ros.)
Bila saya hayati balek video saleh keruak berjoget kak ros menyanyi yang lain2 tepuk tangan saya puji dato zahid hanya tersenyum saja. nampak perbezaan kan yang belajar d pondok  (FB translation: When I’m hayati balek video saleh keruak dance sis Ros sing forth the applause I praise dato zahid just smiling at all. See the difference right who study d hut)

Aslmk selamat pagi. ini gara2 salleh keruak punya hal ni. dah orang tua ni terikut2 rentak tarian menteri kita.  
(FB translation: Aslmk. Good morning. It is the fault of salleh keruak got this. Bye old man ni terikut2 rhythm dance our minister.)

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MALAYSIA’S RICHEST MAN ROBERT KUOK TO HELP FUND NAJIB IN GE14? SUGAR KING & CRONIES LAUGH ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK AS NAJIB HIKES SUGAR PRICES

On 1st March, the price of white sugar was increased by 11 sen to RM2.95/kg.
The BN Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin tells Malaysians to thank him because it was raised by only 3.8% and not more.  He said that’s because the price of raw sugar has increased drastically.
Such cocky statements from a BN Minister always deserve a “fact check”.  Let’s have a look at the sugar prices chart.
Between 2009 to 2014, the Malaysian govt purchases raw sugar on behalf of manufacturers at fixed 3-year prices. From 2012-2014, it was US$26 per 100lbs. During this period, the sugar manufacturers were happily selling process sugar for RM2.84 and making decent profits from it.
Since 2015, manufacturers purchase raw sugar from the global markets directly.
Today, the raw sugar market price is US$18.16 per 100lbs – which is lower than US$26 in 2014 even after the exchange rate differences.  However, the BN govt still increased the processed sugar price, when it should have reduced it instead.
Worse, if you look at charts, despite raw sugar price dropping to as low as US$10 per 100lbs in 2015 (from US$26 in 2014), the BN govt never once adjusted the processed sugar price lower.  This allowed the sugar manufacturing duopoly – owned by Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar and FGV Ventures – to make astronomical profits through out 2015 and 2016.
Now after making astronomical profits at the expense of ordinary Malaysians for 2 years, just because the raw sugar price has indeed increase over the past year (but still lower than 2012-2014), the sugar duopoly asked for higher ceiling prices and the stupid BN govt agreed to the hike.
So, should you “thank” the BN Minister for the “miniscule price hike”?  Or should you curse and swear at him for allowing the sugar cronies to make mega “laughing all the way to the bank” profits?
Traders question Wilmar International’s sugar rush – DJ Newswires
A new power in sugar trading is buying unprecedented amounts of the sweetener on the US futures exchange, creating confusion in one of the world’s most volatile commodity markets.
The power is Wilmar International, a Singapore-based agribusiness whose major shareholders include the family of Malaysian billionaire Robert Kuok and Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland. Wilmar, founded 26 years ago, is one of the world’s largest palm-oil producers but a relative newcomer in the sugar business.
A subsidiary, Wilmar Sugar Australia, is Australia’s largest raw sugar producer.
Last week, Wilmar agreed to buy $US512 million in raw sugar at the expiration of a popular futures contract on the ICE Futures US exchange.
Wilmar has been scooping up sugar by physically settling tens of thousands of futures contracts and collecting the commodity from ports across South America and elsewhere. The company has bought more than 6 million tonnes of sugar in this manner since 2015, enough to fill roughly 3000 Olympic-size swimming pools at a cost of some $US2.3 billion.
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The effects of Wilmar’s moves have been the subject of debate among traders. At one point in 2015, when sugar prices were at multiyear lows because of a worldwide glut, Wilmar bought so much that traders say the company in effect mopped up that year’s global oversupply. In the rally that followed, sugar prices more than doubled.
Then, as prices peaked in September last year, Wilmar changed course and delivered excess sugar it owned to other traders on the exchange. Sugar prices fell 24 per cent in the ensuing months.
“Everybody was looking at them,” said Bruno Lima, head of sugar and ethanol at brokerage INTL FCStone in Brazil. Last week, traders and analysts ruminated on Wilmar’s latest purchase and whether it was a positive sign for sugar demand. Prices have edged higher since.
Wilmar, which entered the sugar business in 2010, owns sugar cane plantations, mills and refineries, mostly in Asia. It also trades sugar, buying raw sugar and selling it to refineries all over the world. Last year, the company handled 13.5 million tonnes of sugar, representing roughly 8 per cent of the world’s production. Some analysts say Wilmar is now possibly the world’s biggest sugar trader.
The company’s size and scale, however, are sowing concerns among some traders that it could control a large amount of the world’s tradeable sugar and influence prices.
“They are a market mover,” Nick Gentile, head trader of New York commodities trading firm Nickjen Capital, said of Wilmar. Around two-thirds of the world’s sugar production is consumed in the countries that produce it, and the rest is traded internationally.
Jean-Luc Bohbot, the 48-year-old Frenchman who runs Wilmar’s sugar business, said there is no evidence that the company’s trades affect market prices. That is “very much an incorrect view,” he said in a recent interview. “Sugar is an extremely fragmented commodity, with a very large number of players around the globe.”
While Wilmar’s sugar purchases and sales appear in some cases to have preceded rising and falling prices, Mr Bohbot said, “There is no clear correlation” between the two. Over the past few decades, sugar prices have gone in both directions when there were large physical deliveries, he added.
Freshly harvested sugarcane at a Wilmar plant near Ayr.
Freshly harvested sugarcane at a Wilmar plant near Ayr.


Many producers, end-users and speculators use commodity futures contracts to hedge price risks or make directional bets on prices. Futures are often used as a guide for pricing in the physical markets where actual commodities are exchanged.
Physical settlements of futures trades, however, are rare. Exchange operator Intercontinental Exchange estimates that fewer than 0.5 per cent of trades result in the actual delivery of commodities. The vast majority of futures contracts are unwound by traders before they expire because most firms want to avoid the hassle of transporting commodities to or from inconvenient locations. With sugar futures, buyers don’t know where in the world they will have to pick up the sweetener until after the contracts expire.
That hasn’t deterred Wilmar. Mr Bohbot said the company has found it economical to purchase sugar in bulk using futures contracts, because the exchange’s rules require sellers to deliver the sugar on board buyers’ ships, which facilitates international trading. In other commodity markets, such as grains or metals, the handover usually happens inside warehouses in locations that often might not be easily accessible.
Mr Bohbot said Wilmar ships and sells most of the raw sugar it buys to refineries in Asia and the Middle East, where consumption is growing. This sort of trading, however, is often barely profitable when shipping and other costs are factored in, he said, noting, “There is very little margin, and sometimes no margin.”
In 2016, Wilmar’s sugar division posted a 33 per cent year-over-year increase in revenue to $US5.9 billion, “an outstanding set of results,” according to the company, partly because of higher sugar prices. It earned $US125 million from the sugar business last year, for a profit margin of 2.1 per cent.
Wilmar entered the sugar market in 2010 through a $US1.5 billion takeover of Australia’s largest sugar producer Sucrogen Ltd, now known as Wilmar Sugar Australia, which owns eight sugar mills in Queensland and which says it is Australia’s largest raw sugar producer, according to its website.
It then hired Mr Bohbot, who has a long career in sugar trading, from a rival and tasked him with expanding the sugar business internationally. Wilmar made many acquisitions and entered into joint ventures with sugar producers and refineries in countries including Indonesia, Myanmar, India and Morocco. Last year the company formed a new venture with a major Brazilian sugar producer — a move likely to increase the volume of sugar it handles.
Frank Jenkins, president of Jenkins Sugar Group, a trading firm in Connecticut, said Wilmar’s large-scale buying of sugar from the futures market “is a symptom of the growth of their business.” – Dow Jones Newswires
–  http://realpolitikasia.blogspot.my/

‘RM2.6BIL & HE WALKS FREE’: INDONESIA’S RIAU PEOPLE, WHO ONCE PLEADED TO JOIN MALAYSIA, SHOCKED AT NAJIB’S 1MDB SCANDAL

There is no polling in Riau that will tell the extent of the sentiment expressed by the locals over the 1MDB scandal.
But as soon as Prime Minister Najib Razak’s image appears on local television stations, patrons in coffee shops and restaurants would mumble in silence: “RM2.6 billion and he walks free!” they would say.
Though Indonesia is widely known for its corruption – which is at times embedded in the culture of the country’s politics in particular – Riau has seen its fair share of a witch hunt.
From Members of the Parliament to Assemblymen, police officers and governor’s of Riau, the long arm of the law did not sit back to watch the criminals get away with corruption.
And the locals in townships and villages are aghast at the fact that Najib Razak has remained in power despite being hit by a massive scandal of international scale.
Why the interest in Malaysia?
Oil rich Riau has a population of cross-breeds, that speaks Bahasa Melayu and they have a history linking them to Malaysia through the Malaysian states of Malacca and Johor.
In the past, Johor was part of the greater Johor-Riau kingdom and the affinity does not end there.
Thousands of Riau citizens travels to Malaysia either for health care or on business trips, while some own houses in Johor, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan.
CORRUPTION
Two years ago, Riau governor Annas Maamun was dragged to the Bandung Corruption Court.
Annas was found guilty of accepting bribes in a forest conversion case that caused the state losses of US$375,460.
The court sentenced Annas to six years in prison and fined him Rp 200 million, or face an additional two months’€™ imprisonment.
The verdict read as follows: ‘€œAn aggravating factor is that the defendant is a regional leader who should have served as a good example for the community.’
He is not the only governor who was sent to jail for bribery and for corruption.
Former Riau Governor Rusli Zainal, the flamboyant and well-liked political figure, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for bribery and abuse of power in connection with two graft cases involving the 2012 National Games (PON) and the illegal issuance of forestry permits.


“The defendant has been proven validly and convincingly guilty of corruption, consciously committing the crime[s], providing a bad example for the public,” read the verdict.
And history turned a new page in Indragiri Hilir when a metal bridge built by Rusli Zainal in 2002 when he was the Bupati, collapsed, erasing his legacy altogether.
And when Najib Razak is mentioned, scores of people would state their disbelief that a serving Prime Minister can just walk away with RM2.6 billion in his private accounts, while an agency he headed is rigged with scandals and billions of dollars lost.
This, they cannot comprehend.
MAHATHIR ERA
Malaysia is close to their hearts, so much so, that in the early 2000’s a Bupati of Bengkalis demonstrated in the streets carrying a Malaysian flag and calling for Riau to be annexed to Malaysia.
His grievances against Jakarta was that the Javanese led-government did not care about its citizens in Riau, plowing the oil reserves and giving the only pittance to the province.
That was then, and it was at the end of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s era.
Today, no Bupati would demonstrate or urge the people of Riau to even pray to join Malaysia in a federation, as the winds of change hit both territories that are separated by the Malacca straits.
– http://www.theindependent.sg/

Middle East Homework

Hi folks. I will be busy for a day or two.   Here is a timeline of the Arab Israeli conflict : 
  1. The first Arab Israeli War was fought in 1948
  2. The next war was 8 years later - the Suez Crisis of 1956
  3. 11 years later there was the 6 Day War in 1967
  4. Followed by the Yom Kippur War in 1973 - 6 years later
  5. The 1st  Lebanese War (the PLO War) was 9 years later in 1982
  6. The 1st Intifada began 6 years later in 1988 - 1993 
  7. 2nd Intifada took place 7 years later 2000
  8. 2nd War in Lebanon (Shia Hizbollah War) was in 2006
  9. The Invasion of Gaza took place in 2014 (Salafi Hamas War)

The war in Syria will come to a conclusion soon.  Bashar Assad will remain in power. Lebanese Hizbollah (Shia) which is now fully engaged in Syria fighting for Assad will return back to Lebanon in full force and with stronger backing from Syria. This will not happen until 2018 (at least).

Battle hardened Hizbollah soldiers and commanders who return in triumph to Lebanon will be itching for a fight against Israel. The  3rd  Lebanon War may take place in 2000 - 2001.  The Hizbollah will be wiped out. 

Here are two maps of the Middle East (including Pakistan).  The first is a contemporary map of the Middle East.




The second map here (drawn by someone in the US Pentagon) shows what the Middle East may look like in the near future. 


East to West, Pakistan will be broken up into at least two countries Pakistan and Balochistan. This is beginning to happen as there is a strong Balochi armed resistance going on as we read this.  Pakistan will shrink further as Pushtun tribal areas along the Afghan border will also merge with Afghanistan.  

Iraq will break up into an Arab Shia state, a Kurdish state in the north (which has already been functioning for over 12 years now)  and a Sunni Arab state in the west.  In this map above the Arab Shia state extends into the coastal areas of Saudi Arabia as well as Iran, completely encircling Kuwait.  More war.  (My guess is there will be internal unrest in Iran and the Ayatollahs will be overthrown. This is a certainty.) 

The new Kurdistan extends from Iraq into Syria, Turkey and parts of Iran.  More war.

On the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen becomes a greater Yemen extending into Saudi Arabia. As we are reading this the Houthis are already occupying parts of Jizan, Asir and Najran. These are Yemeni inhabited lands occupied by Saudi Arabia since the 1930s. The Houthis have said this time around they will not give up these ancestral lands to the Saudis again.

Saudi Arabia itself will be broken up into a Sacred State (Mecca and Medina) and "independent territories" in the east of the country,  where their oil fields are and also where the majority population is Shiah. The names of these new independent territories will be BritishPetroleumistan, Caltexistan and so on.   

There is also a "greater" Jordan on the new map of the Middle East. Jordan is not a country that will invade Saudi Arabia or any other country.  The only way Jordan will become "greater Jordan"  is if Saudi Arabia collapses from within and 'Jordanian' tribes along the Saudi border ask for their lands to be incorporated into a greater Jordan.  Plus it will also be a buffer between Israel and the Shia Arab state in Iraq and Shiah Iran. 

Israel remains in place with no expansion of territory.  

Major chess is being played.  
The Arabs will have almost no say in their fate. 
This is always the fate of stupid people. 

In Malaysia many people want to be Arabs.

Dr M’s aide backs ex-CJ on Islamic law’s status

But Islam forbids the act of compelling non-Muslims to adopt Islamic values, says Haniff Khatri.
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PETALING JAYA: A senior lawyer has voiced partial agreement with former chief justice Ahmad Fairuz Abdul Halim’s interpretation of the Federal Constitution with regard to the status of Islamic jurisprudence.
Speaking to FMT, Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said he agreed that Islamic law, like English common law, formed part of the constitution.
He said Fairuz was therefore “not wrong” in saying that laws contradicting Islamic law would be null and void.
He pointed to Section 3 and Section 5 of the Civil Law Act 1956, which, he said, meant that post-1956 English common law principles could no longer be imported, thereby emphasising the incorporation of Islamic principles into Malaysian common law, which would evolve according to the changing needs of society.
However, Haniff, who is former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad’s legal aide, also said non-Muslims could not be compelled to adopt Islamic values because that would be contrary to Islamic jurisprudence.
Hence, certain Islamic teachings, such as the prohibition on intoxicants, could not be extended to non-Muslims, he added.
Hanif also commented on a remark made yesterday by former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram.
Sri Ram told FMT that judges in the 1988 Supreme Court case of Che Omar v Che Soh held that a law inconsistent with Islamic scriptures was valid because of the secular nature of Malaysia’s constitution.
“The case actually never declared that the Federal Constitution is a secular constitution,” said Haniff. “That case, which dealt with the Dangerous Drugs Act and Firearms Act, only stated that those acts of parliament are secular laws.” -FMT