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Friday, September 30, 2005
Rafidah & AP Witch Hunt ...
Chotto .... chotto ....
posted by Rozhan @ 9/30/2005 10:01:00 AM   2 comments
Academics and Officialdom or officialDOOM ..
Chotto matte kudasai ..
posted by Rozhan @ 9/30/2005 10:00:00 AM   6 comments
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Rule on Nudity ..
Last night (28 September 2005) around 10 pm, I was scanning through the ASTRO Channels and, Voila!!, I caught the DISCOVERY Channel which was showing a kind of Tribal Wedding and so on. That was however, not the point of 'attraction'. What was fascinating was that they (men and women) had a wooden rod sticking out of their chin, between the lower lip and the gums AND they were TOTALLY NAKED ... I mean totally naked!! They were starkers .... children, young, teens, pregnant, old, very old .. all of them ... I mean nothing was even blurred !!

Very puzzling. Sometimes on ASTRO, scenes are censored, like for example, scenes in the films The Last Samurai (chopping of the head), Disclosure (steamy scene), An officer and a Gentlemen (nudity) and many more. BUT all these snippets were nothing compared to the total nudity that was shown in Discovery Channel. When is it ok, and when is it NOT ok. If they are going to say that is their way, the same argument can be said of sexy or gory scenes.

Hmmm ... these censorship people better get their guidelines right .... aiyaa, tak tau lah ...


posted by Rozhan @ 9/29/2005 10:02:00 AM   1 comments
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Tak Nak? or Nak!!
I used to be a smoker, more by chance than anything else. I was even puffing two packs a day. Dumb ***. Needless to say, I quit a long, long time ago (more than 20 years). That was more of an 'adventure' in the days of young.

In Malaysia we had this 'Tak Nak' campaign - 'Tak Nak' means 'Don't Want' - presumably saying 'I don't want' to smoking cigarette. Appparently this campaign which costs millions did not seem to work. It seemed that,
  • Fear no longer works when it comes to smoking
  • People have become immune to gory pictures of cancer-affected lungs displayed in anti-smoking campaigns
  • Global Youth Survey shows that prevalence for those aged between 12 1nd 18 shot up from 16.7% to 18% in the year 2000 and is now 23%.
Help University College psychologist said that the government should adopt approaches that had been proven effective in other countries - thanks a lot for the advice - you only forgot to tell what are the approaches!!

In any case, the price of cigarettes in Malaysia is TOO cheap. So we adopt two approaches and see if it works, namely,
  • Increase the price of a packet of cigarette to super luxury status. Now a pack of 20s is hovering around RM6.40-6.80. Make it RM20.00 per pack.
  • Stop selling single cigarettes. It is only available in a pack.
Let us see if it can work.

Further to that, for MUSLIMS, and there are still many of them puffing away, including religious teachers, the National Fatwa Council on 23 March 1995 (10 years ago), has deemed cigarette smoking HARAM.
Unless they think it is a joke ....

  • Empat (4) tahun telah berlalu sejak pengumuman pengharaman tembakau yang dikeluarkan oleh Muzakarah Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan Hal-Ehwal Islam Malaysia Ke-37 (MFK 37) pada 23 Mac 1995. Fatwa yang memutuskan bahawa tabiat merokok itu adalah haram berdasarkan kepada berbagai fakta yang pada umumnya mengambilkira kesan-kesan negatif yang diperolehi daripada tabiat menghisap rokok, baik daripada segi perubatan, sosial mahupun ekonomi. [Reference]
Aiyaa, tak tau lah ...

[Excerpts from The Star, 26 August 2005 (Friday), page 14]
posted by Rozhan @ 9/28/2005 12:17:00 PM   3 comments
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Anyway ....
I found this when i was 'housekeeping' my laptop. I don't who wrote it or where it came from, but I think it would be worth the while sharing it.

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;

Forgive them anyway.


If you are kind, People may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;

Be kind anyway.


If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;

Succeed anyway.


If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;

Be honest and frank anyway.


What you spend years building someone could destroy overnight;

Build anyway.


If you find serenity and happiness there may be jealousy;

Be happy anyway
.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;

Do good anyway.


Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;

Give the world the best you've got anyway.


You see, at the end of the day, it is between YOU and GOD;

It was never between you and them anyway.

posted by Rozhan @ 9/27/2005 04:50:00 PM   3 comments
Thursday, September 15, 2005
September, oh September ....
Hmmm .... September 11th? Ring a bell? Anything else. In the Sunday Star (11 September 2005), Guest Columnist, Prof. Shad Saleem Faruqi opened my eyes to a tale of September in the name of the advocation of human right - that of moral consistency and for us not to choose what we want to highlight and mourn and ignore the others as if their lives were of any less value.

Thank you Prof. Shad for your article was also an education for me. I hope you won't mind my summarising the events as written in your article (page 31). Let us take a look at 'SEPTEMBER' and you can make up your own mind.

1922 - 11 September - Uprooting of Palestinians
- The British government, as a follow up to the 1917 Balfour Declaration which promised European Zionists a national home, decided to bequeath the ancient land of 700,000 Arabs to the Jews. Europe and America then watched with indifference as the Palestinians were forced to flee their homeland. On April 9, 1948, Jewish commandos attached a peaceful village between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and massacred one hundred and seven innocent residents in cold blood.

1982 - 16 September - Sabra, Shatila - Under the watchful eyes of their Israeli allies who had encircled and sealed the camps, Lebanese Maronite Christian militiamen entered Beirut's Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. There followed a three-day orgy of rape and slaughter that left nearly 3,500 innocent Palestinians and Lebanese civilians DEAD. No one was ever tried or punished for the atrocities and the chief perpetrator later became a Prime Minister.

1990 - 11 September - Iraq - George Bush Sr., on the authority of the UN, subjected (for invading Kuwait) Iraq to a month of devastating bombings and missle attacks. Apalling acts of inhumanity were committed by the allied forces.

2001 - 11 September - World Trade Centre, NY - Hmmmm ... there is much hype about this date as having changed the world. Surely, this was NOT the most grave tragic event of the last few decades. Many other 'September Events' of greater savagery and suffering (as described above) have gone unrecognised and unmourned.

We must not be selective in our commemorations and in our condemnations.

  • The western world practised slavery and apartheid. It annihilated indigeneous groups in three continents.
  • It committed genocide in Nazi Germany and Yugoslavia.
  • It is participating in the brutalisation of innocent people in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Illegal wars, targeted killings and torture of suspects in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay are contrary to the basc values of a humanitarian age.

Whie condemning terrorism, we must seek to understand the root causes of this malady. The world needs to ask WHY some people have crossed that point of tolerance beyond which they are prepared to die on their feet than to live on their knees.

Thanks Prof.

[Prof. Dr. Shad Faruqi ia a Professor of Law at the Universiti Teknologi Mara, Malaysia]

posted by Rozhan @ 9/15/2005 03:10:00 PM   5 comments
Friday, September 02, 2005
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posted by Rozhan @ 9/02/2005 10:15:00 AM   3 comments
Thursday, September 01, 2005
MERDEKA - INDEPENDENCE DAY

48 TAHUN MERDEKA -
48 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE
-

MALAYSIA
31 AUGUST 2005



posted by Rozhan @ 9/01/2005 09:08:00 AM   5 comments
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