Do you know?

Do you know that besides the term “Allah”, non-Muslims in Malaysia are also prohibited from using dozens other terms either orally or in writing? Different states have their own list of terms prohibited.

For example, in the state of Selangor, under the Non-Islamic Religions Enactment 1988, non-Muslims are not allowed to use:

1) Allah
2) firman Allah
3) nabi
4) mubaligh
5) syariat
6) wahyu
7) mufti
8) Kaabah
9) hadis
10) rasul
11) iman
12) ibadah
13) fatwa
14) haji
15) kiblat
16) Ilahi
17) Injil
18) ulama
19) khalifah
20) wali
21) Syeikh
22) Iman
23) dakwah
24) subhanallah
25) insya-Allah
26) astaghfirullahlah
27) masya-Allah
28) Allahuakbar

Not to be outshone, the Islamic council for the state of Melaka (MAIM) published their even longer list of prohibited terms, on Wednesday:

1) Allah
2) firman Allah
3) ulama
4) hadis
5) ibadah
6) kaabah
7) kadi
8) Ilahi
9) wahyu
10) mubaligh
11) syariat
12) kiblat
13) haji
14) mufti
15) rasul
16) iman
17) dakwah
18) solat
19) khalifah
20) wali
21) fatwa
22) imam
23) nabi
24) sheikh
25) akhirat
26) azan
27) al-Quran
28) al-Sunnah
29) hauliak
30) karamah
31) shahadah
32) masjid
33) Baitullah
34) Subhanallah
35) Alhamdulillah
36) Lailahaillallah
37) Walillahilhamd
38) Allahu Akbar
39) insya-Allah
40) Astaghfirullah Azim
41) Tabaraka Allah
42) masya-Allah
43) Lahaula Walaquata Illabillahil Azim
44) Assalamualaikum
45) Wallahi, Wabillahi
46) Watallahi
47) Auzubillah

Notice those words I bolded and coloured? I can’t believe they ban us from using those common Malay terms. So I can’t address anyone with Haji anymore even though thats part of their name? I can’t greet my Muslim friends anymore with Assalamualaikum? I can’t utter masjid (mosque) anymore? The Christian’s Holy Bible is known as Kitab Injil among the Muslims. But now they are saying that we can’t use the word Injil anymore! So how?!

Why don’t you just ban us from using your Bahasa Melayu?! That would solves any “confusions” and problems. I’m pretty sure a lot of people will be more than happy to not use that language in their exams, workplace, court or when filling up government forms.

Or maybe the Arabs should enact a law prohibiting all non-Arabs from using their Arabic language. Then all Malaysians will not be able to confuse each other with those words listed above, since more than half of those terms were borrowed from the Arabs (when they came to South East Asia to propogate Islam many centuries ago).

Will we then really be 1Malaysia finally?

News, SocioPolitics

4th Church in Klang Valley Attacked?

Update: 7:23pm, Friday 8/1.

There is an unverified report of a fourth attack on churches in Klang Valley. Apparently, a church in Kampung Baru Subang was also attacked with a Molotov cocktail which failed to explode or cause any significant damage.

There are also a SMS advising Christians to remove any stickers, Bible or articles from their car. The SMS claims that some mobs are smashing cars with those said objects in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. And there are numerous protests in KL and Shah Alam.

So far, everything points to the conclusion that this SMS is just a mere rumors as no parties can verify it or offers any eyewitnesses’ accounts. I think the best thing to do now, is NOT to forward this SMS anymore as it might spread unnecessary fear or worse, hatred or retaliation. Keep praying people!

More photos of the scene at Assumption Church & Life Chapel, as well as the Allah ruling’s protests at mosques around Klang Valley:

Translation on the banner: Not only our heads are being stepped on, even Allah is being made fun of. Jihad! Jihad ! Allah is the greatest! Allah is the greatest! Allah is the greatest!

News, SocioPolitics

Attacks on churches in Klang Valley: Metro Tabernacle AOG Church

Here are some photos of the damage caused to the Metro Tabernacle Assemblies of God (AOG) Church in Desa Melawati, Ampang, Selangor. This church received the most serious damages among the 3 churches that were firebombed since pre-dawn today. The other 2 churches that were attacked are the Assumption Church in Petaling Jaya (next to Assunta Hospital), and the Life Chapel in Section 17 of Petaling Jaya.

According to eye witnesses, they saw 2 men on a motorcycle stopped in front of the church, who is located in a shoplot, and threw what looks like a Molotov cocktail into the church. The fire started by the Molotovs gutted the whole of the church’s administration office, and caused significant damages to the whole of the ground floor as well. Thank God (yes I mean our Christian’s God) nobody was in the church at the time of the attack, otherwise this tragic incident will be even more tragic.

So our dear Umno-led government, is this your idea of 1Malaysia? If it is so, I have no doubt a lot of Malaysians will buy 1Way ticket out of this soon-turning-into-a-failed-state beloved country of theirs.

Just like any other peace-loving Malaysians, I was shocked, appalled, sickened and enraged when I read about these cowardice attacks this morning. My immediate reactions to this were of the sin of anger, thinking how would they feel if we burn their mosques. But I urge you all, especially my fellow brothers and sisters in Christs, we shouldn’t fight fire with fire. In times like these, we are called to show what our faith is all about. To show others what would Jesus do. To demonstrate that what’s the point of fighting over the name of God, if you can’t live a life worthy of His name?

So please, let us fight hatred with love, extreme provocative shouting with gentle & calm words, and terrorizing acts with humble prayers. Even as some of the Muslims are now demonstrating about the controversial issue of “Allah” in front of the mosques after Friday prayer, let us just spend some quiet time with our Lord..humbly ask for His divine intervention in these increasingly dark days of our nation.

Romans 8:28-39
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Updated: Photos of police & other authorities at the scenes of the other 2 churches:

Assumption Church in Petaling Jaya

Life Chapel in Section 17, Petaling Jaya

News, Reviews

Spiderman made it to the top of KLCC, finally!

The famous French climber, Alain Robert, dubbed the Spiderman for his crazy & daring climbs finally managed to scale all the way up to the top of KLCC’s Petronas Twin Towers this morning. The picture below showed the daredevil standing proudly on the tip of the spire, which stands at 451.9 metres from the ground level.

Spot the Spiderman!

Despite the heavy rain in the morning, Alain Robert started his third attempt to conquer this steel landmark. Both his attempts in 1997 and 2007 were thwarted when the authorities stopped & detained him at the 60th floor, 28 floors short of the 88-storey skyscraper.

Alain Robert, seen here during his 2007’s 2nd attempt at KLCC.

While I do not condone reckless actions of endangering someone’s own life, I do however respect this French Spiderman’s determination, guts & superb scaling skills. Do you know he scaled all those famous buldings/structures (Chicago’s Sears Tower, Taipei’s 101, Paris’ Eiffel Tower & etc) with his bare hands and only some chalk powder?! No ropes, no safety locks… *gulp*

Will post up more photos as soon as I get them.

News, SocioPolitics

Hindu Temple Protest by Racist Malays in Shah Alam

Once again, a blatant display of racial provocation by certain group of people, after the similar provocation during the pig farm protest in Melaka last December. And once again, no action was taken against these people, even though it was a clear case of incitement of hatred, not to mention it was an illegal assembly, both an offense worthy of arrest under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

The article below is taken from

Some 50 residents enraged with the proposed relocation of a Hindu temple to their area staged a noisy protest with a severed cow’s head this afternoon.

NONEThe residents – from Section 23 in Shah Alam – who gathered after the Friday prayers, placed the head outside the gates of the state secretariat building for a short period before removing it.

“Where is Xavier? This head is for him,” shouted one of the protesters in reference to Selangor executive councillor Dr Xavier Jeyakumar.

Jeyakumar is one of those in charge of non-Muslim affairs in the state.

Earlier, the protesters had marched some 300m from the state mosque to the state secretariat building.

Before dispersing, several protesters spat and stomped on the cow head. The cow is considered sacred among Hindus.

Samy Vellu sees red

NONEIn an immediate reaction, MIC president S Samy Vellu condemned the protest.

“The cow is a sacred animal of the Hindus, and for this group to resort to such action, is intolerable and tantamount to challenging the freedom of religion as enshrined in the Malaysian Constitution.

“It is the right of Malaysians of any faith, including Hindus to build temples and other places of worships. I am very sad that this group had paraded the cow’s head on their way to the state secretariat building,” he said in a statement.

samy vellu exclusive on tamil schools 080708 04“We must not allow anyone to challenge or ridicule any religion in this country. I worry that this action may lead to retaliation from the Hindu community. However, I wish to urge the Hindus especially be calm and let the authorities deal with it,” he added.

Samy Vellu said MIC wants the government and the police to take action against the organisers of this protest.

They must be punished according to the law for endangering the racial harmony in this country, he added.

So while our Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak keeps promoting his 1Malaysia concept of national unity, all we can see is 2 laws, 2 types of citizenship, 2 economic rights, 2 educational opportunities, 2 housing prices, and many other 2s. 1BigJoke that’s what it is!

Random Reflections

Sad story involving the Pixar’s movie UP

ANIMATED movie Up may have been Pixar’s second-biggest hit after grossing US$290million ($420m) to date, but it is the story before its release that has touched many.

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UP: An undated photo of 10-year-old Colby Curtin, who was diagnosed with vascular cancer. She died hours after watching Pixar’s animated movie Up, which was her wish before she died. PICTURE: AP

Ten-year-old cancer-stricken Colby Curtin got her final wish to watch the movie in a private screening in her home.

Seven hours later, she died.

She was too sick to go to a theatre, but a family friend got in touch with the movie studio Pixar. They sent an employee of the Emeryville-based company to Colby’s home with a DVD copy of the movie, The Orange County Register reported.

Colby’s mother, Mrs Lisa Curtin, said she had asked her daughter if she could hang on until the movie arrived.

‘I’m ready (to die), but I’m going to wait for the movie,’ she said her daughter replied.

Colby was diagnosed with vascular cancer on 23Dec 2005 after doctors found a tumour in her liver.

Up is the animated tale of a grumpy old man who, after his wife’s death, tries to fulfil their joint dream of visiting South America by tying thousands of balloons to his house and floating away.

Colby had gone for a DreamWorks 3-D movie, Monsters Vs. Aliens on 28 April. But she was impressed by the previews to Up.

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‘It was from then on, she said, that ‘I have to see that movie. It is so cool,’ family friend Carole Lynch said.

Colby was a movie fan, said Mrs Curtin, and she latched onto Pixar’s movies because she loved animals.

But the girl’s health began to deteriorate two days after she watched Monsters Vs. Aliens.

On 4 Jun, Mrs Curtin asked a hospice company to provide a wheelchair so that her daughter could go to a movie theatre, but the chair was not delivered over the weekend, she said.

Five days later, Colby was too sick to go anywhere.

Another family friend, Mr Terrell Orum, called both Pixar and Disney, which owns the animation studio.

The message was received by Pixar officials, who agreed to send someone to Colby’s house the next day with a copy of Up for a private screening, Orum said.

The employee arrived with the DVD, stuffed animals of characters and other movie memorabilia.

Couldn’t open her eyes

Colby was unable to open her eyes to see the movie so her mother described the scenes.

‘When I watched it, I had really no idea about the content of the theme of the movie,’ Colby’s mother told the Register.

‘I just know that word Up and all of the balloons and I swear to you, for me, it meant that (Colby) was going to go up. Up to heaven.’

When her mother asked if she enjoyed it, the girl nodded, Curtin said.

The Pixar employee left after the movie, taking the DVD, which at that time, had not been released.

Ms Lynch, who was with the family during the screening, said the employee was teary.

Her mother said one of the souvenirs left by the Pixar employee was an ‘adventure book’ based on a scrapbook that, in the movie, is kept by the wife of the main character.

‘I’ll have to fill those adventures in for her,’ Mrs Curtin said of her daughter.

Random Reflections

Penang’s 1988’s Jetty Collapse Tragedy

I was watching a local Mandarin news programme on Astro when I saw the preview of a special segment on a victim of the 1988’s Penang ferry terminal tragedy. No idea what I am talking about?

Well on the 31st July, 1988, the Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal (Penang Ferry Jetty) in Butterworth, suddenly collapsed due to severe overcrowding and weak steel bars structure of the jetty. The collapse caused 32 deaths and at least 1674 people were injured, most of the devotees rushing to the Penang Island for the Kuan Yin Festival (Goddess of Mercy) on that fateful day.

The special segment of the news programme were about the TV show’s effort to locate a victim, that were photographed among the debris, trapped together with the body of her dead mother. 21 years later, they managed to locate her, and interviewed the now 20-ish woman.

That spurred me to google the incident on the net but to my surprise, I found next to nothing. For a major tragedy, I find it hard to believe so little about it has been recorded/posted/archived in the cyberspace. I remember all the cover pages of the major newspapers on the day after the incident were all about it, and people were talking about it for weeks.

Recently there were numerous incidents of collapsed stadium, collapsed roads, cracked flyovers, collapsed ceilings, leaking pipeworks and other avoidable debacles in this country. Thank God so far no lives are lost. I hate to see changes only after lives have been “sacrificed” unneccesary. May the people/government that have been given authorities/responsibilities to be accountable, honest, incorruptible and efficient in what they do.

This posting is dedicated to the 32 lost lives and thousand others who are affected by the jetty tragedy. Lest we forget…