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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

6,000 HITS for MY Weltanschauung Blog! TQVM to ALL.

I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH to ALL MY Weltanschauung Blog Followers, Visitors & Commentators for contributing towards the development and evolution of MY Weltanschauung.

What started as a blog to solicit feedbacks and conduct polls for my International Masters programme assignments in AEI-UM for Advanced Studies in Malaysian Politics, Government and Economics and Advanced Studies in Europe and European Integration have evolved into a Socio-Political blog. The writing adventure reached a new milestone when the MY Weltanschauung blog received its 6,000th hit on 9th November 2010.

(Blog LATEST Statistical Report on 9 Nov. 2010)
Site: "MY Weltanschauung" [ ]

Total counter state:

Hits: 6000
Sessions: 4429

From the beginning of the month:

Hits: 94
Hosts: 54
Visitors: 31
Sessions: 70
New Visitors: 26

Last week:

Hits: 87
Hosts: 50
Visitors: 34
Sessions: 64
New Visitors: 23

Sunday, October 24, 2010

of Acronyms - NKRA, Internet & PROTON!

ACRONYM Definition:
An acronym is a kind of abbreviation. It is a word formed by taking letters from a phrase that is too long to use comfortably.
eg: LASER is an acronym of Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

If the letters do not make a word, but are pronounced individually, as in the CIA or the BBC, it can be called an initialism.

Functions seems to be the place to update oneself of the latest "undercurrents".
The alphabet soup that PM Najib's administration seemed to be fond of churning out like NKEA, ETP, GTP etc led me to a comment I'd Overheard when I went to a kenduri in Bangi recently;-
NKRA - " NAJIB Kerja, Rosmah Arah "

INTERNET Acronym - For me, the sucker's price of all acronyms must be INTERNET. It was 2009 and some of us who were attached to the ASEAN Secretariat were attracted by a banner stating "WARUNG INTERNET" advertised by a roadside stall at Wolter Monginsindi Road, Jakarta. Impressed with the availability of Internet access at a roadside stall we proceeded to an empty table, sat down and placed our orders...whilst opening our respective handphones or laptops. Having difficulty accessing the internet, we seeked clarifications from the stall operator and asked for the PIN(if any).

Then only did we realise that INTERNET stands for - INDOMIE+TELUR+KORNET (Indonesian Instant Noodle+Egg+CornedBeef)....Aaaarghhh!

Since we're on the topic of acronyms, my wife and I recently went into a National Car company (with an acronym as their Brand Name) showroom to express my/our intention to test drive their new PROTON EXORA as we were looking for a replacement model for our 7-year old KIA Carnival/NAZA Ria.

2 1/2 weeks later....after 2 visits to the showroom as they did not call me back after the first visit, 4 test drives with different companies like KIA(Rondo), TOYOTA and NISSAN(Grand Livina)...and having placed a booking deposit with one of the company I'd test drived with... I'd finally receive a SMS from the PROTON Salesman with the message.." Assalamualaikum en amirul kete exora utk test drive dh ada bleh dtg skrg. Tq " ( sent by Proton Salesman on 23 October, 12.10noon )

...with Salesman like this and irregular supervision, it's no wonder that PROTON have lost their leadership position to PERODUA (another National Car company with an acronym)

UPDATED 8 November 2010
PS: One's name can also be an acronym like an old college mate who wanted to add me on fb but I didn't approve until I found out who MOHD FAZA AZA was recently. Sorry for the delay & Cheers Mr. Onn.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

...Water Under the Bridge BUT the Waves(OIL) keeps lapping on the shores!

******* of Oil, WMD & the Coalition of the Willing (aka Genocide Coalition)!*******

When Bush's "Coalition of the Willing" a.k.a "GENOCIDE COALITION" ILLEGALLY invaded Iraq (with the support of Dogs named Blair, Howard & Aznar amongst others)under the pretext of looking for WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction), the Genocide Coalition not only FAILED to find the intended WMD but caused WMD of a different kind i.e. they either Killed Iraqi Women and Men or Disabled them....thus creating a brand new meaning for the "search for WMD".

Hence, its scant justice when an oil spill courtesy of BRITISH Petroleum(BP) occurred off the coast of American shores, after all they did go to war for it under the pretext of "Search for WMD!". Poetic justice then when one of their trusted dogs' corporation delivered crude oil...FOC to their shores.

WHAT oil spill of the Gulf Coast!!!???? The Genocidist Bush administration went to war for it.....just embrace it.....after all, you went to war for it! SOW....and YOU shall REAP! Let the waves keep on lapping on the shores.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

for Charity - Library for Orphanages!

(UTUSAN Newspaper, 30th June 2010 - Page 14(Dalam Negeri Section)

Had earlier blogged on the Charity Run on 2nd May. Thank you to all sponsors once again.

Utusan Malaysia Online article:- Utusan Online

Hope to take part in another run on 25th July to collect funds for the GENOCIDE REMEMBRANCE INITIATIVE-MALAYSIA(GRI-M). Kudos to Faizal Ahmad & Mrs. Akmar for starting the ball rolling with your monetary pledges.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

OPA 2010 AGM - Some Suggestions for EXCO

I'd just attended the OPA AGM after missing last year's AGM as I was then attached to the Political & Security Co-operation Directorate of the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. It was good to be back as I'd attended most of the AGMs since the turn of the millennium save for 2009.

Some turned up to get an update as to what's happening to/in RMC in view of the recent "media exposure". I would say that it was a rather "tame" affair compared to previous years' AGM. The comment of the AGM for me without any shadow of doubt should go to OP Ismail Ashaari - "....kita ni JANGAN jadi BODOH macam Bxxxxxx xxxxxxxL, benda dah elok tapi....". Everybody had a good laugh!

In the meantime, some suggestions from a Life Member(LMA 247) of the OPA since the mid 1990s who have also donated to the OPA:-

1) DONATION DRIVE for OPA Building & Education FUND
~ since it has been decided during the AGM to put up the list of donors on the walls of the OPA building, AGAIN...why not have another donation drive for those who wants their name to be on the wall for a minimum buy-in of say RM200-500. The names can also be "adjusted" to reflect a higher donation similar to what OPA does for the VIP tables during the Annual Dinner. Perhaps, past contributors might even want to "top-up" their donations to ensure a higher standing!!??

~ It is hoped that OPA President would implement permanent portfolio similar to Cabinet posts or Government Ministries.

~ Among suggested portfolios would be Legal, ICT, Building, Entrepreneurship & Networking, PR & Communications, Welfare & CSR, Special Projects.

~ the implementation of the posts should then go hand-in-hand with the implementation of the log book system whereby certain or important matters are logged and/or documents tracked.

~ Hence, an EXCO member might be in-charge of a few portfolios but the log books will be separated and well-documented for incoming EXCO members to act as their reference and ensure certain documents especially vis-a-via legal & finance do not enter for a want of a better word...the "Lombong Sg. Besi Zone".

3) SELL the OPA Building & BUY Premises all Over Malaysia

~ Selling the OPA Building will enable the OPA to buy at least 5-6units of RM1million 3-storey shoplots in all major towns namely Penang for the Northern Chapter, JB for the Southern Chapter, KT or Kuantan for the East Coast Chapter and of course for Sabah & Sarawak...not forgetting one for KL and perhaps Putrajaya. In addition, the OPA would then have around in the bank.

~ Apart from having multiple revenue streams and reducing OPA's single property(OPA Building) risks, having more premises would ensure that there are more activities organised involving a wider spectrum or myriad of ex-Puteras. Inadvertently, brand "OPA" or "Old Putera" will be enhanced around Malaysia.

~ The OPA should then set up a REIT to manage all their properties which would be self-funding anyway (provided the properties are tenanted on the Ground & 1st Floor..whilst the respective Chapter utilises the top floor.

~ It can even be envisaged that the proposed OPA REIT would one day have properties overseas...located where there is a number of OP expats or migrants.

4) In the event OPA do not sell the building and its anchor tenant moves out, SUGGEST the establishment of the following:-
A. Paid, Dining & Accommodation Services for Members and ex-Puteras;
B. Paid, Business Centre Services (similar to Virtual Offices set-up for new start-ups and/or SMEs).

Thursday, June 3, 2010

CABINET of LOSERs & UNelected!

Am saddened by the recently announced mini-cabinet reshuffle.

Saddened, due to 2 reasons:-
1) OTK being dropped; and,
2) Losers being appointed to cabinet.
Though by convention, appointments are the prerogative of the PM...When will PM Najib or his advisors ever learn?? The dropping of OTK just confirms the widely-held notion that the government is "covering" MCA and UMNO in the BILLION RINGGIT PKFZ scandal. Moreover, is the current crop of elected BN MPs so incompetent to be made Ministers or Deputy Ministers or is Malaysia starting to become a republic like the USA where most of the appointed Secretaries are not elected officials!!??

In our case, by appointing losers - the voice of the masses are overlooked for political expediency!!??

LOSER Ministers or Deputy Ministers:-
LOSER 1 - Shahrizat Jalil ( LEMBAH PANTAI )
LOSER 2 - Koh Tsu Koon ( BATU KAWAN )
LOSER 4 - G.Palanivel ( HULU SELANGOR )

...another case of trying to WIN the BATTLE but, LOSING the WAR???

On another note, I could not for the life of me fathom how MIC's Deputy President is a Deputy Minister whilst his "junior" who is a Vice-President is a full-fledged Minister. I supposed this might be the PM's message to MIC - ...get your house in order or I'll "screw" the lot of you regardless of rank!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

10k BOMBA RUN for "IRM-Ekspedisi Merdeka KL London: Library for Orphanage Project"

Today MY Weltanschauung participated (...and COMPLETED!) in my first 10k run in 16years. Purpose of MY Weltanschauung participating in the run was to collect funds for the "IRM-Ekspedisi Merdeka KL London Project for the setting-up of Libraries at 40 Orphanages in Malaysia".

Wearing the Nos C2223(in Green) I'd Initially just wanted to walk and finished the torture....but was carried away in the moment to run due to the atmosphere....i.e. Cameras, Photographers, Fire Engine short, paparazzi! TQ to supporters who turned up to cheer. I don't think I'd qualified within the time frame...but I was given a Certificate as well either due to MY being drenched with sweat or, the organisers had more leftover certificates for those in the Junior Veteran (Group C) category.

I would like to thank generous donors:-
1) Assoc. Prof. Habibah Wahab of USM.
2) Mr. Stephen Wong & Ms. Gina Tan of KL.
3) OP Adam Tham
4) Mimpi Muor Restaurant, Mutiara Damansara.
5) Miss Shireen Jasmin of Bkt. Damansara.
6) Mr. Mohd Faizal and M/S Hazelin & Associates of JB
7) Perfect Know-How Sdn Bhd & Leverage Consulting of PJ;
.......and, last but never the least,
8) Ms. Fariza Zakaria & Family.
.......and various other donors and supporters for pledges/donations made and encouragement/motivation given.

Total Collected as at time of posting is RM 1,102 + Set of Books.

It is envisaged that MY Weltanschauung next charity project will be to take part in a Walk/Run in support of the Genocide Remembrance Initiative-Malaysia (GRIM), Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI) and Rumah Titian Kasih respectively.

Please register your pledges for MY Weltanschauung's future initiative(s) here(in the Comments Column) or, privately via e-mail ( to ). TQ.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

ALLAH and its Usage!

MY Weltanschauung Readers,

I'd receive an e-mail re the "usage of Allah" issue from an old friend.
His last article on " A Hung Parliament in UK" was published many moons ago when he was reading Law at Leeds University,UK.

I'd would like to add a fact that the usage of the word "ALLAH" has been gazetted in several states in Peninsular Malaysia but surprisingly not in Sarawak or Sabah (despite UMNO having been in power for a number of years!).

The following article is his opinion. Though excerpts/ edited version of this article have been published in a local newspaper, MY Weltanschauung is posting his article in its entirety.



Dear Mr Amirul / MY Weltanschauung,

As a Muslim, I am deeply concerned about the on going controversy surrounding the usage of the term Allah by the Catholic Weekly, the Herald. Over the past few weeks, debates on this subject have certainly dominated the headlines but the contending parties are no closer to finding a solution to this somewhat contentious if not explosive issue.

While both sides must be allowed to exhaust their legal options to the fullest extent, I believe that any pronouncement by the appellate courts too will not present parties to this conflict with a rounded and satisfactory solution. If anything it will only serve to persuade them to take up a more legally entrenched position. And as can be seen with any human construct system, the concept of law and the notion of justice can at times albeit paradoxically, be at variance if not mutually exclusive.

From the Muslim’s side, we have had some meaningful and intellectual contributions to this debate by several eminent scholars and jurists. The bone of their contention appears to be that the usage of the term Allah by the Christians is contextually flawed be it from a historical, linguistic, legal or even theological perspective. Essentially, there exists no justification whatsoever for the Herald to insists on the same. In point of fact, since the advent of Islam, they argue Muslims have always used the term Allah to refer to God and therefore its usage to the Muslims is as exclusive as the Pope is Catholic.

On the other hand proponents for the Herald’s cause have pointed out that in neighbouring Indonesia certain section of Christians have been known to use the term Allah in reference to God. Therefore, there is no reason for imposing restriction on the choice of language. This view is not without support from certain segments of the Muslim community. They feel that the Muslims should concentrate on strengthening their religious beliefs (aqidah) instead of wasting their efforts and anger on such pedestrian issues like semantics.

Be that as it may, it is imperative to note that the majority of Muslims in this country are opposed to the idea. To them, the concept of oneness or unity of God is central to the beliefs of all Muslims. Therefore it would be totally unacceptable that the existence of Allah can be explained in any other way let alone via the Trinity concept subscribed by the Catholics. Additionally and by any stretch of imagination, it cannot be pragmatically argued that the Catholics in this country would be severely disadvantaged if they are prevented from using the term Allah in their sermons or publications. To date there exists no statistical evidence to show that such a prohibition would seriously impair their ability to preach and practice their faith. The Herald episode to me is certainly a new phenomenon. Perhaps it is the result of our constantly evolving democratic society which has seen considerable progress over the last thirty years. By and large, it cannot be disputed that the majority of Muslims in our country are a tolerant lot who believe in peaceful co existence with their non Muslims neighbours. And their moderate stance on many issues has certainly contributed significantly towards the stability and prosperity of this country. Therefore, the recent attacks on churches around the country must be speedily and firmly dealt with by the authorities. Such senseless and dreadful acts of vandalism are not only incompatible with the spirit, letter and intent of Islam or any religion for that matter, but can also destroy the very fabric of our multi racial and multi religious society. This must never be allowed to happen if the ‘1 Malaysia’ concept is to be promoted and embraced as the national ideological statement for this new millennium.

One constructive proposal which deserves serious attention is the idea to set up the National Consultative Council on Religious Harmony by Dr Chandra Muzaffar. The powers roles and functions of the council must be properly defined to avoid confusion. It must be borne in mind that in 2005, many Muslims strongly opposed the idea to set up an Interfaith Commission as they fear it was an attempt to usurp the powers of the Malay Rulers on Islamic matters. To dispel such fears and anxieties, it is pertinent that such reservations be addressed from the on set. Membership of such a council too must be representative of all the major religions in this country. At the very least the council must serve as an effective and condusive forum to discuss contentious religious issues of our times.

In the final analysis we have until recently, often been cited as an exemplar nation for our management of racial and religious issues. The Herald’s case presents both Muslims and Christians in this country with the unique opportunity to demonstrate that spirit of tolerance, compassion as well as accommodation in seeking a perennial solution to this impasse. To succeed, the constructive participation of all religious as well as political leaders from both sides of the divide remains quintessential. This I believe will be our greatest challenge as a plural society. And if we succeed in overcoming this obstacle with great aplomb, then and only then should we allow the praises to rain unchecked.

Faizal, JB