I can see clearly now the year is gone
Thursday, December 24, 2020
I can see clearly now the year is gone - by mahani zubedy
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
HAVE A MEANINGFUL CHRISTMAS - CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS AS ONE TEAM?
Most Muslims & Christians do not know that Prophet Muhammad and his companions were rooting for Christian Rome against the Persians because they see Islam and Christianity as one of the same team – Team Monotheism.
The enemies of Islam, the Quraysh was on the side of the Persians. You can read this in the Quran chapter 30, The Romans Verses 1 to 10. *
When it seems that the destruction of Christian Rome was imminent, The Quran promised otherwise, that the Christians will be victorious within a few years, and it is a day that the Muslims too, will celebrate. The Quraysh laughed at the Prophet. But God never fails to fulfill His promises. Within 10 years, Christian Rome totally routed the Persians.
We Christians & Muslims must reflect on this shared history.
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* Quran - The Romans 1-10
Alif Lam Mim
The Roman Empire has been defeated
In a land close by; but they (even) after (this) defeat of theirs will soon be victorious
Within a few years. With Allah is the Decision in the Past and in the Future: on that Day shall the Believers rejoice
With the help of Allah. He helps whom He will and He is Exalted in Might Most Merciful
(It is) the promise of Allah. Never does Allah depart from His promise: but most men understand not
They know but the outer (things) in the life of this world: but of the End of things they are heedless.
Do they not reflect in their own minds? Not but for just ends and for a term appointed did Allah create the heavens and the earth and all between them: yet are there truly many among men who deny the meeting with their Lord (at the Resurrection)!
Do they not travel through the earth and see what was the End of those before them? They were superior to them in strength: they tilled the soil and populated it in greater numbers than these have done: there came to them their apostles with Clear (Signs) (which they rejected to their own destruction): it was not Allah Who wronged them but they wronged their own souls.
In the long run evil in the extreme will be the End of those who do evil; for that they rejected the Signs of Allah and held them up to ridicule.
Monday, December 14, 2020
WEBINAR : SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS – Another point of view
By anas zubedy: Friday 18/12/2020 530 – 730 PM M’sian time.
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Saturday, December 12, 2020
It is very hard to teach integrity. It is either they have it or they dont.
Monday, November 23, 2020
DR. CHANDRA ON BUDGET 2021
ADOPT THE BUDGET
Like many other citizens, I hope the Malaysian parliament will adopt the 2021 Budget with a
comfortable margin. Among the reasons why it should, are the following. One, the 2021
Budget is directly linked to one of the most severe crisis that the nation has had face in its
entire history. By adopting the Budget our Members of Parliament would be responding to
the challenge of the hour. Two, the Budget contains general and specific proposals that deal
with the health crisis and the economic crisis that the former has spawned. Support from the
people’s representatives for these measures is vital to ensure their smooth implementation.
Three, since the budget’s primary preoccupation is with vulnerable groups, they would be
gravely disappointed if the budget fails to garner Parliamentary endorsement. It would
appear that the institution that represents them is not as concerned as it should be with
their well-being. Four, the budget goes beyond the immediate crises and seeks to address
challenges that are critical for the nation’s future such as infrastructure development,
digitalization, industrialisation and food production. It is only through an appreciation of
these challenges that parliament and the people would be able to play a decisive role in
moulding Malaysia’s future. Five, in a period of great uncertainty, a budget provides the
citizenry with a sense of direction. It therefore deserves the support of all and sundry.
Of course, the budget has its limitations which is why the government should remain open
to ideas and proposals from not only members of parliament whatever their political
affiliation but also citizens from all walks of life. In the last few weeks many useful
suggestions have emerged such as ways of reducing public expenditure by jettisoning certain
construction projects, eliminating allocations that are not essential and even trimming down
on roles and positions. One expenditure item which has raised a lot of eyebrows is the 85
million ringgit alloted to JASA, a Special Affairs Department under the Ministry of
Communications and Multimedia. It is perceived as a mechanism for government
propaganda. Perhaps at a time like this, Jasa’s allocation can be better utilised for more
urgent purposes connected with public health.
Some members of Parliament have also asked how the government is going to finance the
biggest budget in our history with an outlay of RM 322.5 billion. While there is some
explanation in the budget itself, there is certainly a need for further clarification, taking into
account various possible scenarios that will impact upon public revenue in the coming year.
People are most conscious of the fact that our economy is in the doldrums.
Two other concerns which have gained a great deal of public attention are linked to the
KWSP (the Employees Provident Fund) on the one hand and a moratorium on loans, on the
other. Both it must be stressed do not come within the ambit of the budget. It is therefore
disingenuous of some MPs to argue that they will only support the budget if their position
on the two issues is accommodated. Nonetheless, because KWSP and the extension on the
moratorium have emerged as the cynosure of budget discourse, the government has chosen
to respond. It is significant that while taking heed of the public’s pleas, government leaders
have been resolute about maintaining professional norms.
Unfortunately, neither the government nor parliament has given adequate attention to the
pathetic situation of two categories of people that has surfaced in the course of the health
crisis. Inmates in many of our prisons have become victims of Covid -19 partly because of the
parlous conditions in which they are detained. This requires urgent attention just as the
housing and living conditions of many foreign workers have increased their susceptibility to
the virus. In both instances we are reminded why humane treatment of all our fellow beings
is a fundamental societal principle.
Finally, a section of civil society and various legislators have also proposed that all legislators
at parliament and state levels, including of course Ministers and Deputy Ministers take a
“pay cut”, of 20% of their salaries and allowances for a period of time, say a year or so.
Though the total quantum would be modest, it would have a huge psychological impact
upon our people as proof of the willingness of our elected leaders to sacrifice a portion of
their income for the larger good of society. It will be recalled that in the eighties and
nineties, in the midst of an economic crisis such a move was made by our Ministers and
If our political leaders act in this manner, it is quite conceivable that the top brass of our civil
and public services, the Judiciary and other public institutions will follow suit. Our Rulers and
royal households would also want to set the right example. The upper echelons of our GLCs
and GLICs will be persuaded to do their bit. Private sector elites with their huge earnings will
also have to respond to the challenge.
Even if all these proposals are incorporated into the Budget, there are some who argue that
the Budget has to be rejected because the government of the day has no legal standing. Let
it be emphasised that the appointment of Tan Sri Muhyuddin Yassin as Prime Minister on
the 1st of March 2020 by His Majesty the Yang Di Pertuan Agong was in accordance with
provisions of the Malaysian Constitution. When the then Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir
Mohamad resigned, the King exercised his constitutional right to choose a member of
parliament who he had ascertained commanded the support of the majority of MPs and was
therefore qualified to be Prime Minister.
This argument about the legality of Muhyuddin’s position is a camouflage for those who are
hell-bent on usurping the Prime Ministership. Personal ambition, propelled by domestic and
foreign agendas, is what drives these individuals. Whatever their rhetoric, they have no
commitment to the well-being of the people or the nation’s interest.
Such crass selfishness at a time like this will be the ruin of our nation.
Dr Chandra Muzaffar has been writing about Malaysian politics and society since the early
23rd November 2020.
Friday, November 13, 2020
HAVE A MEANINGFUL DEEPAVALI
HAVE A MEANINGFUL DEEPAVALI
Thursday, November 12, 2020
HOW TO BUILD A MODERATE MALAYSIA - ONLINE CHAT
I am having a chat ONLINE with Kelab Kiwanis Kota Kemuning tomorrow nite 745 pm. (November 13th 2020)
Sunday, November 1, 2020
DÉJÀ VU IN FRANCE : CHANGE ATTITUDES
by Chandra Muzaffar
As events unfold in France centring around Islamophobia, there is a feeling of déjà vu. We have witnessed a few times before this sequence of events. There is some provocation or other targeting the Prophet Muhammad initiated by a non-Muslim group or institution. Predictably, Muslims react. In the midst of demonstrations and rallies, an act of violence occurs perpetrated by an offended Muslim and/or his co-religionists.
The violent act leads to further demonization of Muslims in the media which by this time is in a frenzy. Feeling targeted, some Muslim groups escalate their emotional response, sometimes causing more deaths to occur of both Muslims and non-Muslims even in countries far away from the place where the provocation first occurred. One also hears of calls to boycott goods produced in the country where it all started.
On this occasion too it was French president Emmanuel Macron’s vigorous assertion that cartoons of the Prophet produced by the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo , in January 2015 and republished since represented freedom of speech that angered a lot of Muslims in France and elsewhere, though some other remarks he had made recently about ‘Islam being in crisis’ and ‘Islamic separatism’ had also annoyed some people.
However, it was the beheading of a French schoolteacher who had shown the cartoons in a class discussion on freedom of speech by a Muslim youth of Chechen origin that provoked not only Macron but also other leaders and a huge segment of French society to react with hostility towards Muslims and even Islam. It should be emphasised that almost all major Muslim leaders and organisations in France also condemned the beheading.
So did many Muslims in other parts of the world. It is not enough just to denounce an ugly, insane murder of this sort. Not many Muslim theologians have argued publicly that resorting to mindless violence to express one’s anger over a caricature of the Prophet is an affront to the blessed memory of God’s Messenger. For even when he was physically abused in both Mecca and Medina, Prophet Muhammad did not retaliate with violence against his adversaries. He continued with his mission of preaching justice and mercy with kindness and dignity. It is such an attitude that should be nurtured and nourished in the Muslim world today especially by those who command religious authority and political influence among the masses.
If a change in approach is necessary among some Muslims, French society as a whole should also re-appraise its understanding of freedom of speech. Freedom of speech should never ever glorify the freedom to insult, to mock, to humiliate another person or community or civilisation. Respect for the feelings and sentiments of the religious other should be integral to one’s belief system, whether it is secular or not. Just because the French State and much of French society have marginalised religion, it does not follow that it should also show utter contempt for a Muslim’s love and reverence for his/her Prophet especially when 6 million French citizens profess the Islamic faith.
Indeed, respecting and understanding the sentiments and values that constitute faith and belief has become crucial in a globalised world where at least 80 % of its inhabitants are linked in one way or another to some religion or other. We cannot claim to be champions of democracy and yet ignore, or worse, denigrate what is precious to the majority of the human family. This does not mean that we should slavishly accept mass attitudes towards a particular faith. Reforms should continue to be pursued within each religious tradition but it should not undermine respect for the foundations of that faith.
French leaders and elites who regard freedom of speech or expression as the defining attribute of their national identity, should also concede that there have been a lot of inconsistencies in their stances. A French comedian, Dieudenne, has been convicted in Court eight times for allegedly upsetting “Jewish sentiment” and is prohibited from performing in many venues. A cartoonist with Charlie Hebdo was fired for alleged “ anti-Semitism.” There is also the case of a writer, Robert Faurisson in the sixties who was fined in Court and lost his job for questioning the conventional holocaust narrative. Many years later, the French intellectual Roger Garaudy was also convicted for attempting to re-interpret certain aspects of the holocaust. The hypocrisy of the French State goes beyond convictions in Court.
While officials are rightfully aghast at the violence committed by individuals, France has a long history of perpetrating brutal massacres and genocides against Muslims and others. The millions of Algerians, Tunisians and Moroccans who died in the course of the French colonisation of these countries bear tragic testimony to this truth. Vietnam and the rest of Indo-China reinforce this cruel and callous record. Even in contemporary times, the French State has had no qualms about embarking upon military operations from Afghanistan and Cote d’ Ivore to Libya and North Mali which serve its own interests of dominance and control rather than the needs of the people in these lands.
Honest reflections upon its own misdeeds past and present are what we expect of the French state and society in 2020. There is no need to pontificate to others. This is what we would like to see all colonial powers of yesteryear do ---- partly because neo-colonialism is very much alive today.
Dr Chandra Muzaffar is the president of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST) Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. 1 November 2020.
Thursday, October 29, 2020
HOW TO DEAL WITH THOSE WHO INSULT THE PROPHET
While the majority of Muslims celebrate the Prophet’s birthday, at the same time we seem to fail to follow his examples.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
THE PROBLEM WITH MALAYSIAN POLITICS
I have stayed out of commenting politics since February as I have strong convictions that today more than ever, we need less politics and need to throw our entire weight on the economy and the Covid-19 challenge. But, allow me to indulge a little today.
The problem with Malaysian politics is that our political leaders and their supporters are not HONEST ON BOTH SIDES.
IF THE OTHER SIDE DOES IT, IT IS FROGGING. IF THEY DO IT, IT IS FOR THE GOOD OF THE RAKYAT. But you cannot have the cake and eat it too. It is simply against God’s social law. It would not work – we will still be looping in a vicious KITARAN, recycling the same old same old leaders and problems. The shit will just repeat itself.
Did our Prophets and Greats compromise on their values? Did Gandhi follow what the British did to the Indians? Did Omar Mukhtar, Libya’s leader and freedom fighter repeats what the Italian colonialist did to his people or did he declare, “The enemy is not our teacher”?
Simply, we cannot have the cake and eat it too. Either we do what is right, or we are forever wrong.
If any of you are really serious in changing the country and make things better, do contact me. I do have some concrete ideas. But not now, perhaps in two to three years’ time. My immediate concern as a businessman is making sure I do not have to retrench any of my good team members and colleagues ensuring they have a salary and adequate income to take home to their families.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
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Friday, July 31, 2020
THE JAILING OF NAJIB RAZAK : ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR MALAYSIAN POLITICAL CULTURE
Saturday, July 11, 2020
THE MERDEKA LAUNCH OF THE RUKUNEGARA
By Chandra Muzaffar