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Monday, January 27, 2014

Bahagiamu Deritaku - Hafiz



Bahagiamu Deritaku - Hafiz

Ku dengar kau cinta sangat padanya
Ku dengar hatimu kini miliknya
Dia kan menjadi teman sehidup dan semati
Aku menjadi sahabatmu

Siksanya mengakui kau teman biasa
Terpaksa ku terima itu hakikatnya
Yang pasti aku tak mahu lupakan cinta
Kau percik api membakar kenangan lama

Aku tak tahu menilai cintamu
Aku tak mampu pertahankan

Tinggalkanku, perlahan-lahan ku trima
Semakin ku sakit, semakin kau bahgia
Mengapakah aku jadi lemah
Sungguh ku tak sangka dia membawa jantungku bersamamu

Yang pasti aku tak mau lupakan cinta
Kau percik api membakar kenangan lama

Aku tak tahu menilai cintamu
Aku tak mampu pertahankan

Tinggalkanku, perlahan-lahan ku trima
Semakin ku sakit, semakin kau bahgia
Mengapakah aku jadi lemah
Sungguh ku tak sangka dia membawa jantungku bersamamu, bersamamu

Mengapakah aku jadi lemah
Sungguh ku tak sangka dia membawa jantungku bersamamu

Sumber : liriklagumuzika

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Something to ponder


Dear Prime Minister,

Since 2 January, our country has once again plunged into the "Allah" chaos, a unique scenario that can be found only in Malaysia. The whole world is laughing at us but that doesn't bother me. What bothers me is this question that keeps lingering in my mind: where does the future lie?

It breaks my heart when I see our country wasting time fighting over the name of God instead of focusing on saving the declining quality of education, the lack of opportunities for the young and the many thousands of rural villages in Sabah and Sarawak that are still deprived of basic necessities.

It also breaks my heart when I see the bond we built as a nation since independence now on the verge of ruin. The gaps between us have just become wider. We have now a situation in Malaysia where someone may have to accept permanent state of inferiority and find himself more like an exile in his own land. This is surely not what our forefathers wanted when they first started this nation.


Mr. Prime Minister,

Malaysia's biggest disease now is hypocrisy. Religion has been repeatedly used to stir up emotions and hatred among the people for political gain. This is not a new weapon, throughout the history it has been used by those who could not prevail, either by persuasion or deeds.

I hope you'll do better than that, don't resort to such schemes to hide your inability to lead and govern.

I remember that you once likened the struggle of UMNO to that of Nelson Mandela's. I would like to remind you that Nelson Mandela had never resorted to splitting his country to gain political power. He stood for what is right and just, even if that meant having to go to jail for 27 years.

I will be very grateful if you, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, posses even the slightest bit of his moral strength. Have you the nerve and the will to stand and speak for what is right?


Mr. Prime Minister,

We must put an end to this "Allah" war soonest possible or it will put an end to our dream as a great nation.

Why are you keeping quiet?

I hate to admit that, but you are the one that should give the final call on the "Allah" issue because only your words will not be twisted and played up by the mainstream media.

We have no time to fight over "Allah" again and again. It is time to fight poverty, corruption, ignorance and incompetency. It is time to build up a prosperous, democratic and progressive nation.

So I ask you now, for the good of all of us and for the love this great nation: please, tell us, how do we move forward?


Mr. Prime Minister,

For your information, my colleagues and I have made a stand as the lawmakers of Selangor after JAIS raided Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM). We stood on the promises of our forefathers as written in the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, that everyone has the right to profess, practice and manage his and her own religion.

As for you, you announced the 10-point solution before the election but kept incredibly silent after 2 January. Is the 10-point solution nothing but a tool for you to win power? Does Putrajaya still stand-by the 10-point solution? It is exactly 2 weeks from JAIS's raid but you've made no comment about this. Is this what the Prime Minister supposed to be?

As a lawmaker of Selangor, I have made my stand clear over this issue, the very obligation the people have voted me to do. I am expecting greater conviction and greater courage from you, the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

So, be a man, make your stand.

Thank you.


Yours Sincerely,

Yeo Bee Yin

State Assemblywoman of Damansara Utama
16 January 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Bracing for protests over ‘Allah’, Christians meet Muslims bearing flowers

Bearing flowers, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir was among some Muslims who turned up at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church. – The Malaysian Insider pic, January 5, 2014.
Nearly 1,000 Catholics turned up for Sunday mass at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Klang, Selangor, this morning expecting an angry mob of Muslims protesting against the possible use of the word Allah in prayers but instead, met a group bearing flowers.

Among the few Muslims who turned up was social activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, who brought a bouquet of flowers, and was part of a group expressing solidarity with the Christians.

The daughter of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad lambasted Putrajaya over its inaction and told it to forget about the ambitious Visit Malaysia Year launched with much fanfare last night.
"Who wants to visit a Malaysia like this where there is no moderation?

"Hardly an example of moderation, we are now known as a country which grabs Bibles," she said outside the church.

Marina arrived at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Klang, bearing a bouquet of flowers, with members from non-governmental organisation (NGO),  Sisters in Islam (SIS), and several others who turned up in a show of solidarity with Christians.

"We are here to show solidarity with the congregation. A lot of us here are Muslims and we believe Islam is a religion of peace.

"It is not something that we only say (in words), but there must also be action," she told journalists outside the church.

After the service ended, she  passed flowers to parish priest, Reverend Father Michael Chua, with worshippers cheering and applauding the act.

On Thursday, a coalition of Malay-Muslim groups had said that they would gather at the church to deliver a memorandum protesting against the Christians' insistence on using the word Allah.

The Klang Muslims Solidarity Secretariat was the first to name the church where the planned protest would take place.

Its president, Mohd Khairi Hussin, had said ties between Muslims and Christians had been cordial before the church insisted on using the Arabic word "Allah" in its worship.

During the sermon today, Chua also told the congregation to keep Herald editor, Reverend Father Lawrence Andrew, in their  prayers.

"Father Lawrence is now bearing the brunt of everything. We have to pray for him," Chua said.

Several worshippers expressed their appreciation to Marina and the rest of the solidarity group.

"We are really glad for the group which came to support us. They know this is gross injustice by some politicians," a worshipper KJK Koshy said.

"What wrong did we do? Why grab the Bibles? Thank God for some sensible people who are around," he said, pointing to Marina’s group.

R. Gomathi said that while she was initially appalled with the way the issue was blown out of proportion, she felt glad to see the solidarity group at the church today.

"For me, it is a wonderful day to see people of all races coming together in the name of solidarity," Gomathi said.

For Fiona Biggs, the solidarity shown by Marina and the other Muslims was heart-warming.

"Nothing much from the government but the support from common people like Marina and her Muslim friends is nice,” she said.

Meanwhile, a gathering was held today by the Muslim Solidarity Klang at Padang Sultan Sulaiman Klang to protest against the use of Allah by non-Muslims.

Last Thursday’s seizure of some 300 copies of the Bible by the Selangor Religious Affairs Department (Jais) in Bahasa Malaysia and Iban further strained worsening ties between Muslims and Christians over the usage of the Arabic word Allah which translates as God.

Although global Islamic scholars have clarified that the term can be used by anyone, state Islamic authorities in Malaysia have reacted negatively to reports of churches using the word Allah in its Malay language sermons.

The tussle over the word "Allah" arose in 2008 when the Herald was barred by the Home Ministry from using the Arabic word. The Catholic church had contested this in court and won a High Court decision in 2009 upholding its constitutional right to do so.

Putrajaya later appealed the decision and successfully overturned the earlier decision when the Court of Appeal ruled last October that "Allah was not integral to the Christian faith".

Christians make up about 9% of the Malaysian population, or 2.6 million. Almost two-thirds of them are Bumiputera and are largely based in Sabah and Sarawak, where they routinely use Bahasa Malaysia and indigenous languages in their religious practices, including describing God as Allah in their prayers and holy book.

Besides the Bumiputera Christians from East Malaysia, some of whom have moved to the peninsula to live and work, Orang Asli Christians in the peninsula also typically use Bahasa Malaysia in their worship. – January 5, 2014.
Source: The Malaysian Insider

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Thank you and God bless each and everyone of you :D

Happy 56th Birthday Yasmin Ahmad

Source: Afiqsays

Yasmin Ahmad
1958 - 2009


Yasmin Ahmad (7 January 1958 – 25 July 2009) was a film director, writer and scriptwriterfrom Malaysia and was also the executive creative director at Leo Burnett Kuala Lumpur. Her television commercials and films are well known in Malaysia for their humour, heart and love that crosses cross-cultural barriers, in particular her ads for Petronas, the national oil and gas company. Her works have won multiple awards both within Malaysia and internationally. However in Malaysia itself, her films are highly controversial since they depict events and relationships seen as forbidden by social conservatives, especially hard-line interpretations of Islam.

Source: Wikipedia

Monday, January 6, 2014

JAIS has no right to raid Bible Society of Malaysia premises, says council of churches

The Selangor Islamic authorities do not have the authority to raid the premises of the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM), said the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM).

Saying they were alarmed by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department's (Jais) raid today on BSM where they confiscated over 300 Bibles in Malay and Iban, CCM general-secretary Rev Dr Hermen Shastri said that the Federal Constitution guaranteed the right of religious communities in the country to freely profess and administer their affairs.

"The Prime Minister, Selangor Menteri Besar and all Christian lawmakers should act immediately to stop such actions and further raids," he said in a statement issued more than two hours after the controversial raid.

He said the CCM believes that Islamic authorities do not have the authority in law to enter the premises of non-Muslim religious establishments for inspection, search or raid.

He also called on the churches to stay calm and pray that the rightful authorities would act with wisdom and sensitivity to protect the religious rights of all.

Christians make up about 9% of the Malaysian population, or 2.6 million. Almost two-thirds of them are Bumiputera and are largely based in Sabah and Sarawak, where they routinely use Bahasa Malaysia and indigenous languages in their religious practices, including describing God as Allah in their prayers and holy book.

Besides the Bumiputera Christians from East Malaysia, some of whom have moved to the peninsula to live and work, Orang Asli Christians in the peninsula also typically use Bahasa Malaysia in their worship.

The Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) president Lee Min Choon, who was detained and taken to the police station today, called on the Christian community to remain calm following the raid.

A team of officers from Jais and two policemen went to the BSM offices in Damansara Kim, in Selangor, today at 1pm and carted away some 300 copies of the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia and Iban.

"The team wanted to enter the premises but my staff asked them to show their authorisation cards and search warrant, which they failed to produce," Lee said at the Damansara police station.

Lee and BSM manager Sinclair Wong were taken to the Damansara police station by Jais along with the Bibles. Jais lodged a police report over the raid.

Lee and Wong were released on police bail at 4pm, but have not been told whether they will face further action.

Lee said Jais were conducting the raid under a state enactment but did not say which one. It is believed that the state enactment being used was the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988.

"Over the past few years, BSM has been in regular contact with Putrajaya, including Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala," Lee said.

He said they had received assurances from Putrajaya that Malay Bibles could be imported.

"We are allowed to freely distribute the Bibles in Sabah and Sarawak without any conditions," he said.

"As for the peninsula, as long as the Bible has a cross and the words 'Christian publication' on the cover, it can be freely imported and distributed to Christians."

Lee said the legality of the Bible has been recognised by various orders issued by the home minister.

"We hope that Putrajaya and Jais will communicate with each other and resolve this issue," Lee said.

Lee is expected to meet Jais officers on January 10 in Shah Alam to discuss the matter.

Today’s raid comes after the editor of Catholic weekly, Herald, Rev Father Lawrence Andrew said that Catholic churches in Selangor would continue to use the word “Allah” in their weekend services in Bahasa Malaysia, which are primarily attended by Sabah and Sarawak folk.

The comments came following a statement from the new director of Jais Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad, who said the state religious authorities would draw up a list of Selangor churches before writing to ask them to comply with the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988.

“We will write to all the churches in Selangor to respect the law that is in force in relation to this,” he was quoted as saying.

The enactment, which was passed by the then Barisan Nasional state government, prohibits non-Muslims in Selangor from using 35 Arabic words and phrases, including “Allah”, “Nabi” (prophet), “Injil” (gospel) and “Insya'Allah” (God willing).

Andrew's statement caused an uproar among various non-governmental organisations, which among others, described his action as not only challenging the sensitivities of Muslims, but also a sign of disrespect for the law.

Meanwhile, Selangor religious exco Solehin Muhyi, when contacted, said he was not aware of the raid.

"I didn’t know anything until now," he said. – January 2, 2014.

Source: The Malaysian Insider
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How are we going to fully support Visit Malaysia Year 2014 if our beloved country is behaving like this? Other countries are laughing at us for sure.

Their fellow Christians, let us show love and forgiveness just like what the Bible teaches us. Love one another as I have loved you.

LET THE WORD OF GOD GUIDE US

Friday, January 3, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!

Hello there and Happy New Year!

What are your New Year's resolutions this year? As for me, this year, I will try to become a better person. *fingers crossed*



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