No ban on Jimi Hendrix

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 10:36 PM PDT

The Home Ministry yesterday denied banning Jimi Hendrix's album Axis: Bold As Love, saying the authorities will only seize the artwork if it is used for commercial purposes.

The album which was released in 1967 (I was in my Standard One but only started listening to it in mid-70s) sparked controversies when a Hindu association in Penang complained that a poster of it was being sold in a book fair.

Hashimah Nik Jaafar, the Ministry's publications and Qur'anic text control division secretary, said reports of a ban on the album, which featured cover art depicting Jimi Hendrix as Lord Vishnu, were not accurate.

"The only thing we will do is confiscate any print material which may be religiously offensive. In fact, we did not find any of the posters (depicting the cover art) elsewhere besides at the book fair in Penang. The vendors have already clarified their situation and written a letter of apology," she said when contacted by The Star Online.

She also said the Home Ministry had been on the lookout for the poster following complaints by a Hindu group in Penang.
"We are all right with people carrying the poster or the cover personally. However, if someone brings it in with the intention of re-selling it, we at the Ministry will confiscate it.
"We would either have it sent back or disallow it from making it into the market," she said.
She added that attempts to distribute the original cover of the album by slipping it into another cover would still be considered wrong as it was merely manipulating the issue.
She also said purchases of the album made for personal consumption were not an issue.
"The primary reason we are confiscating the cover is because we do not want to create public disorder by prompting intolerance by followers of the Hindu religion," she said, adding that Malaysians should have respect for everyone else as the country was multiracial.
News portals on Thursday reported that the Home Ministry had imposed a ban on the Jimi Hendrix album, following complaints from the Penang Hindu Association that a poster of it it was being sold in a book fair, which offended religious sensitivities.
The album was released in 1967, almost five decades ago.
Johnny Allen Hendrix, US singer, composer and musician was a big name during the 60s and 70s. Dubbed as the most influential electric guitarist in modern music, he received many awards for his work.

He, however, died young, at the age of 27 in 1970. Drugs were attributed to his death.

His fans are worldwide, including many Malaysians.

BBC and Anwar 'bugger' each other

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 10:37 AM PDT


Again and again, Anwar brags about his jail sentence, his sodomy case, MH370, etc, etc.

And of course, BBC finds Anwar's 'sodomy' case as most interesting but they seldom interview the Britons how does it feel like living in a 'buggering' country.

I like this comments from two viewers:
Well done bbc for stirring shit up what do you hope to gain from this segment? More views or just increased hatred btween Malaysians n the Chinese families? Listen to him talk about how Malaysia has the best satellites, there's the problem right there with this man. Just a little taste of what Malaysians have to put up with for all these years. He will not stop until he's prime minister. Please wake up n smell d bs already.

Got's to love the writting on the bottom.  He's the opposition leader, charged with corruption and sodomy...found guilty of the sodomy. :)
Why is the sodomy charge important enough for the BBC to specify?

Investigate graft in Esscom

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 05:09 AM PDT

LEAKAGE of vital information and corruption involving security forces personnel are the main weaknesses that contributed to the recent security breaches at the coastal waters off Sabah, said Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

I can't agree more.

However, actions must follow!
The defence minister said the repeated intrusions were not attributable to weaknesses in the deployment of security forces' assets, but due to human factors of corruption, leakages and credibility of the security forces personnel.
Hishammuddin, in acknowledging that there was an urgent need to address the weaknesses, said the ministry had reviewed Eastern Sabah Security Command's roles and functions to strengthen maritime security in the eastern part of Sabah.
"This is not an easy challenge as it also involves neighbouring countries. It involves smuggling, fighting corruption and threats from within and without.
"It also involves our technical position," he said after chairing a meeting on the implementation of the sea basing concept in the Esszone (Eastern Sabah Security Zone) in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
I wonder if its necessary to deploy some personnel from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Esscom.

Hisham's statement must not be taken lightly as those involved in graft and info-leak must be identified and punished. Without such an action, there won't be any stopping to it.

Bribery and info-leak in Esscom is tantamount to selling off the country to foreigners and as such must not be tolerated.

Let's hear to what Abu Kassim of MACC gotta say about this.

Irrespective of their ranks  and position, they must be held responsible. Even if a minister is involved, he must be dealt with severely!

We had learned a bad lesson from the Lahad Datu intrusion more than a year ago, and I believe an investigation into Hisham's allegation must be conducted!

Hunting online critics

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 02:15 AM PDT

We never experienced any coup in Malaysia, never anything close to it.

In Thailand and some other countries, its a 'political tradition'. You don't like the government you voted for a year or two earlier, you may organise a mass demo to avow your dissatisfaction and bring them down.

Of late, you can't even criticise those who took over, including the military and the police. They (the army and police) do not take criticism unless it comes as a complement.
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police warned online critics of the military junta Friday that they will "come get you" for posting political views that could incite divisiveness, the latest reminder about surveillance of social media in post-coup Thailand.
The Technology Crime Suppression Division, a police unit that is working with the army, cited Thursday's capture of a leading organizer of anti-coup protests as a lesson to everyone in the country using social media.
Police tracked Sombat Boonngam-anong's IP address to learn where he was after he made several Facebook postings calling for protests against the May 22 coup, said police Maj. Gen. Pisit Paoin, who handled the arrest.
"I want to tell any offenders on social media that police will come get you," Pisit told The Associated Press. "Any expressions of political views online must be done in a way that will neither incite divisiveness or violence."
Our PM Najib Tun Razak had sued news portal Malaysiakini, which also have a few more suits waiting in courts.

It is becoming a 'trend', am I not right? The opposition too is enjoying the legal method, suing Utusan Malaysia, NST, Berita Harian and others; and even legal battles among themselves.

There were also bloggers dragged to courts for defaming politicians; as PM Lee about it.

During my time as a reporter, we had few writ summons - not by politicians but the corporate sector for wrong reporting. However, most were settled outside the court.

The only different between Malaysia and Thailand is that, we are multiracial. I don't think we will encounter such problems if our politics don't 'sucks' like what we have today, right?

The security forces in Thailand did not want to meddle with domestic politics at the initial stage of mass demonstration. However, I think they did the right thing by taking over in efforts to put things back in order.

Imagine if our army and police resort to such an action!

Whack! Whack! Whack!

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 10:49 AM PDT

MCA and DAP are throwing punches at each other. Both are against 'hudud' or the Islamic Law mooted by PAS.

DAP has been accusing MCA of doing nothing to stop its planned implementation in Kelantan while the BN component hit back by saying the opposition party was actually 'supporting' PAS for keeping numb about it.

Since the passing of Karpal Singh - the biggest opponent of 'hudud' last month - DAP seemed to have lost steam in its campaign against the law.

MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong and Ayer Hitam MP sensed that loophole and battered DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang in a statement published by Malaysiakini.
While DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang had announced that Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has promised to not allow another repeat of the raid on the Hindu wedding by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais), the more pressing question is whether Lim has persuaded PAS to guarantee that they will give up their dream of implementing hudud law?
Although Lim is a vocal politician, yet when it comes to the issue of PAS' hudud, he adopts the 3B attitude – Buta (Blind), Bisu (Silent), Bohong (Misleading).
This is because he lacks the courage to stand up to PAS, and has decided to use Khalid's guarantee in Selangor to gain political mileage instead.
Whenever a subject of religion arise involving PAS and non-Muslims, Lim will feign indifference.
Why does he not issue statements saying that PAS has assured him that they will forgo their religious goal to implement hudud law? Is it because he has not talked to PAS about their Islamic agenda, or because he does not dare to?
Everytime hudud law is brought up, Lim will never face the issue head-on. Instead, his party will tell non-Muslims that there is nothing to fear about PAS' hudud law if they do nothing wrong.
On the other hand, DAP tries to push the blame to MCA by saying that we have done nothing to object to it, when in truth, it is DAP who are doing nothing.
If they really are against it, then Lim should approach Kelantan Menteri Besar Ahmad Yaakob to tell him that the majority of Malaysians are against PAS' hudud law, but the real question is, will he dare do so?
Ever since Pakatan took over the Selangor government with DAP's help, we have seen PAS expanding their influence in the state, thus contributing to the rise in various religious infringements against non-Muslims.
I personally doubt Wee's lines "...majority of Malaysians are against PAS' hudud..." and "...various infringements against non-Muslims" which carried no basis.

However, I like the way he 'gasak' Lim Kit Siang.


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