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Tun Dr. Mahathir, “Kalau Marahkan Nyamuk Jangan Bakar Kelambu”

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Tun Dr. Mahathir became the Prime Minister because UMNO won the general election; but what has he done now?

Is it fair for him to be at the illegal demonstration that was powered by DAP, the opposition party that does not respect Islam as the religion of the Federation, against the Article 153, hated the Sedition Act that protects the 4 sensitive issues and trying to erase the history that Malaysia was born from Tanah Melayu?

He tarnishes his own dignity and integrity as a Muslim leader because we know who is behind Bersih.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend?

As a Muslim, Tun must understand that, the end could not justify the means?

Tun lost his credibility as an UMNO leader by showing his support to the people who hated UMNO and openly humiliate UMNO.

He knows that the people behind Bersih are also fighting for LGBT rights, against Article 153, slander JAKIM and the Sultans especially the Sultan of Selangor.

Mahathir does not mind hurting the Muslims who supported him and he does not mind to put himself down to the level of LGBT fighters just because he hates Prime Minister Najib and wants to put him down.

Tun Dr. Mahathir, “Kalau marahkan nyamuk jangan bakar kelambu”; do not destroy our country just because of your hate for Najib.

Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Revenge is bad and I do not believe in revenge.

A Cycle of A Day, A Poem by Ahmad Ali Karim

As the day turns brighter,
The sun is rising higher,
Smells of coffee fill the air,
A tasty treat to start a day .

As the day is getting hotter,
And things are getting noisier,
The town gets really busy,
As busy as can be.

As the sky gets dimmer,
The night is coming closer,
Everyone has their dinner,
The stars starts to glimmer.

As the day gets darker,
Things become quieter,
People start to sleep,
Till their morning alarm beep.

Many hours later,
The world is getting brighter,
“Good morning”, is what they say,
For the start of a new day.

G25, Another Voice Of Liberal Muslims?

The Malaysia Insider reported that a “group of retired Malay civil servants of G25 against religious extremism plans to seek an audience with the Malay rulers to petition for a committee that will review the application of Islam in Malaysian law.”
G25 wrote an open letter dated December 7, 2014 (please click here for the open letter) among others expressed that they are disturbed and deeply dismayed “over the continuing unresolved disputes on the position and application of Islamic laws in this country” and stated that “the teachings of our faith must continue to evolve” to be relevant.
They wrote that:

“The on-going debate over these matters display a lack of clarity and understanding on the place of Islam within our constitutional democracy.”

Actually, there should not be any question about the place of Islam within our constitution because it is clearly stated in Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia that Islam is the religion of the Federation and the oath pledged by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as in accordance to Article 37(1) is made in the name of Allah, “Wallahi Wabillahi Watallahi” and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong pledges to uphold Islam at all time.

Article 3(1) said that:

“Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.”

Article 37(1) stated that the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong needs to take his oath before exercising his functions:

“The Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall before exercising his functions take and subscribe before the Conference of Rulers and in the presence of the Chief Justice of the Federal Court (or in his absence the next senior judge of the Federal Court available) the oath of office set out in Part I of the Fourth Schedule; and the oath shall be attested by two persons appointed for the purpose by the Conference of Rulers.”

The oath pledged by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong:

“Wallahi: Wabillahi: Watallahi,

Maka dengan lafaz ini berikrarlah Kami dengan sesungguhnya dan dengan sebenarnya mengaku akan taat setia pada menjalankan dengan adilnya pemerintahan bagi Malaysia dengan mengikut sebagaimana undang-undang dan Perlembagaan yang telah disahkan dan dimasyurkan dan akan disah dan dimasyurkan di masa hadapan ini. Dan lagi Kami berikrar mengaku dengan sesungguh dan dengan sebenarnya memeliharakan pada setiap masa Agama Islam dan berdiri tetap di atas permintaan yang adil dan aman di dalam Negeri.”

G25 also wrote:

“We refer specifically to the current situation where religious bodies seem to be asserting authority beyond their jurisdiction; where issuance of various fatwa violate the Federal Constitution and breach the democratic and consultative process of shura; where the rise of supremacist NGOs accusing dissenting voices of being anti-Islam, anti-monarchy and anti-Malay has made attempts at rational discussion and conflict resolution difficult; and most importantly, where the use of the Sedition Act hangs as a constant threat to silence anyone with a contrary opinion. These developments undermine Malaysia’s commitment to democratic principles and rule of law, breed intlerance and bigotry, and have heightened anxieties over national peace and stability.”

Contrary to the accusation made by G25, the religious bodies are not “asserting authority beyond their jurisdiction, but they are doing their job to uphold Islam as the religion of the Federation as stated under Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution.

“…the rise of supremacist NGOs accusing dissenting voices of being anti-Islam, anti-monarchy and anti-Malay has made attempts at rational discussion and conflict resolution difficult…” – G25

From the above statement I guess the NGOs that G25 called supremacist are the Malay and Islamic NGOs who are fighting to uphold Islam which is the religion of the Federation as written in Article 3(1) and protecting the rights of the Malays as written in Article 153 of the Federal Constitution.
I just wonder why the Malays of G25 are so disturbed by people fighting for Islam and the rights of the Malays?
And why is G25 quiet when liberal NGOs like COMANGO questioned, humiliated and challenged Islam, the Malays rights and our Rulers?
Does G25 think that it is constitutional when people like Lim Kit Siang, Eric Paulsen and Tony Pua humiliate and slender Islam, the Friday Sermon and JAKIM?
What about some illegal coalition of NGOs such as BERSIH who went against the law by organising illegal street demonstrations, with the hope to topple a democratically elected government?
G25 also attacked Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom for doing his job as the minister in charge of the Islamic affairs:

“…we are particularly concerned with the statement issued by Minister Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, in response to the recent Court of Appeal judgement on the right of transgendered women to dress according to their identity.”

Calling the Sedition Act as a tool to silence the voices with a contrary opinion shows that one does not understand the Sedition Act.
According to Tan Sri Aziz Abdul Rahman, (please refer to this article) the Sedition Act or Akta Hasutan was written after the government identified four serious issues as one of the major causes of the serious 1969 racial riot:

  • Article 153 of the Federal Constitution: Special Rights For The Malays
  • Article 152 of the Federal Constitution: Malay As The National Language
  • Part III: of the Citizenship Rights                 
  • Article 181 of the Federal Constitution: Rights, Status, Sovereignty Of The Rulers

I just do not understand why G25 members want the four sensitive issues to be questioned when open debates on the four issues could actually “heightened anxieties over national peace and stability.”

The G25 further wrote:

“The Federal Constitution is the supreme law of the land and any law enacted, including Islamic laws, cannot violate the Constitution, in particular the provisions on fundamental liberties, federal-state division of powers and legislative procedures”

How could the Islamic laws violate the Federal Constitution when Islam is the religion of the Federation as stated in Article 3(1) of the the Federal Constitution?
In the ruling of the Court of Appeal’s three-member panel led by Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Mohamed Apandi Ali on the Kalimah Allah case:

[31] It is my observation that the words “in peace and harmony” in Article 3(1) has a historical background and dimension, to the effect that those words are not without significance. The Article places the religion of Islam at par with the other basic structures of the Constitution, as it is the 3 rd in the order of precedence of the Articles that were within the confines of Part I of the Constitution. It is pertinent to note that the fundamental liberties Articles were grouped together subsequently under Part II of the Constitution.

And in the case of Ramah v Laton, it has been decided that the Islamic laws are the laws of the land, so it does not violate the Federal Constitution.

G25 then wrote:

“It is our fervent belief that for Islam to continue to be relevant and universal in our times, the understanding, codification and implementation of the teachings of our faith must continue to evolve.”

We have to follow the real teaching of Islam. We are the Muslims of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah from the Shafie school of thought or madhhab, so this is the guideline followed by our Islamic authorities.
The true teaching of Islam is always relevant, therefore it must never be evolved or liberalised by anybody.

Kampung Boy (Ein Frechsdachs Aus Malaysia) By Lat

On Sunday I went to the Institut Terjemahan Buku Malaysia (ITBM)’s garage sale in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur.

The books were cheaper compared to their normal prices since ITBM offered discounts from 25% to 70%.

My father went there to buy a book named, “Kontrak Sosial” written by Aunty Shamrahayu; but he ended buying a few big bags of books.

While looking around the garage sale, my father found a copy of “Kampung Boy”, by Lat which was translated to German, Ein Frechsdachs Aus Malaysia. 

 "Kampung Boy" or "Ein Frechsdachs Aus Malaysia" by Lat.
“Kampung Boy” or “Ein Frechsdachs Aus Malaysia” by Lat.

Since I’m learning German, my sister asked my mother to buy it for me so that I can practice my German.

I cannot understand all of the words in the book, but among the sentences that I can understand fully is:

Drei Tage später zahlte mein Vater 15 ringgit an meine Großmutter (normale Gebühr für das erste Kind).
Three days later, my father paid 15 ringgit to my grandmother (normal fee for the first child).
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It’s very interesting to read the book especially when I’m trying to understand the story in German.

It’s a very good practice for me and I learnt some new German words which I never knew before.

Butterflies, A Poem By Ahmad Ali Karim

Butterflies, butterflies,
Flying up high,
Butterflies, butterflies,
Take me to the sky.

Butterflies, butterflies,
Oh, so colourful,
Butterflies, butterflies,
Makes me feel cheerful.

Butterflies, butterflies,
Having lots of fun,
Butterflies, butterflies,
I wish I can be one.

Meeting Ustaz Manis

With Ustaz Manis, Saturday August 8, 2015.
With Ustaz Manis, Saturday August 8, 2015.

On Saturday, I met Ustaz Mohd Fadhly Hasbullah, who is known as Ustaz Manis at the waiting room of TV Al Hijrah while waiting for my turn to enter the studio. 

Ustaz Manis performs on Astro Oasis but since we do not subscribe to any cable tv, I’ve never seen his performance before.

It is very interesting that apart from being a nasyid singer, Ustaz Manis is also an Additional Mathematics and Islamic Studies teacher, a motivator, a composer and a song writer.

We had a long talk where he asked me lots of questions, gave me lots of advice and teasingly calls me Adik Sweet.

He is a wonderful person and I enjoyed talking to him very much.

Ustaz Manis even gave me his new CD complete with his signature.

It was nice to meet him and I hope that I can meet him again soon.

Ustaz Manis sings his latest song on TV Al Hijrah's Assalamualaikum.
Ustaz Manis sings his latest song on TV Al Hijrah’s Assalamualaikum.

Live On Assalamualaikum, TV AlHijrah – Saturday August 8, 2015

Live on-air on TV AlHijrah’s Assalamualaikum, August 8, 2015.
Live on-air on TV AlHijrah’s Assalamualaikum, August 8, 2015.

This morning, my elder sisters and I went live on-air for the second time on TV Al-Hijrah’s morning program, Assalamualaikum.

The program was hosted by Shahrul Faizie and Irma Hasmie, whom are very nice and wonderful to be with.

This time I was not so nervous since I’ve been live on-air before.

We talked about learning foreign languages. From left is my eldest sister Aiman Amani, my big sister Aeshah Adlina, hosts  Shahrul Faizie and Irma Hasmie and I, Ahmad Ali Karim.
We talked about learning foreign languages. From left is my eldest sister Aiman Amani, my big sister Aeshah Adlina, hosts Shahrul Faizie and Irma Hasmie and I, Ahmad Ali Karim.

I was so excited when my mother told me on Wednesday that we were invited to be on today’s Assalamualaikum.

Today’s topic is about learning foreign languages, we talked about why we want to learn more than one foreign language, how to motivate ourselves and why we chose the languages.

Apart from English which we use at home together with our mother tongue, the Malay language I’m now learning German, while my eldest sister, Kaman speaks Spanish and a bit of Arabic and my elder sister Kashah is learning French.

Anyway, all of us including my mother know a bit of Spanish because we used to watch Barney and Dora the Explorer; and we use some Spanish words in our daily conversations at home.

I always want to learn German since I was a little boy because both of my father and grandfather speak German and I want to be able to converse with them whenever they speak German.

It is not that easy to learn another language, but we can do it if we really want to do it and if we try hard enough because when there’s a will, there’s a way.

It was wonderful to be on air and I hope to have more chances to take part in more television programs in the future.

Malaysian PM Confirms Plane Debris Is From Flight MH370

PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK STATEMENT ON MH370
Utusan – On 8 March 2014, flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared. The days, weeks and months that followed have been a period of torment for the families of those on board.

The plane’s disappearance was without precedent. At every stage, we followed the tiny amount of evidence that existed. But, despite the efforts of 26 nations and the largest search in aviation history, from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean, the plane could not be located.

Neither could investigations by the world’s leading aviation experts answer why MH370 veered off course and went dark. While the plane’s disappearance remained a mystery, we have shared the anguish of those who could find no comfort.

Last week, on 29th July, we were informed by the French authorities that part of an aircraft wing had been found on Reunion, the French island in the Indian Ocean.

Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370.

We now have physical evidence that, as I announced on 24th March last year, flight MH370 tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

This is a remote, inhospitable and dangerous area, and on behalf of Malaysia I would like to thank the many nations, organisations and individuals who have participated in the search.

The burden and uncertainty faced by the families during this time has been unspeakable. It is my hope that this confirmation, however tragic and painful, will at least bring certainty to the families and loved ones of the 239 people on board MH370. They have our deepest sympathy and prayers.

I would like to assure all those affected by this tragedy that the government of Malaysia is committed to do everything within our means to find out the truth of what happened. MH370’s disappearance marked us as a nation. We mourn with you, as a nation.

And I promise you this: Malaysia will always remember and honour those who were lost onboard MH370.