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Aliya start berjalan sendiri… 😛

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Source: http://www.bharian.com.my/Current_News/BH/Monday/Ekonomi/20080616002710/Article/index_html

Naza sasar jual 1,000 unit motosikal Blade

Oleh Ahmad Fiesal Othman

Model ditambah dengan penghadang angin, meter digital

NAZA Bikes Sdn Bhd mensasarkan jualan 1,000 unit motosikal Blade tahun ini susulan pelancaran model baru Blade 250 dan Blade 250R.

Ketua Eksekutif Kumpulan Naza, SM Nasaruddin SM Nasimuddin, berkata model Blade yang menjadi model motosikal berkuasa tinggi pertama keluaran Naza Bikes adalah antara model paling popular dalam rangkaian motosikal keluarannya dengan lebih 2,000 unit dijual sejak dilancarkan pada 2004.

Beliau berkata, model Blade mempunyai pengikutnya tersendiri dan pengenalan model yang diberi wajah baru, jualannya dijangka lebih baik.

“Setakat Mei lalu, 400 unit motosikal Blade dijual dan berikutan pengenalan model yang diberi wajah baru ini serta kenaikan harga minyak baru-baru ini, kami yakin permintaan terhadap motosikal ini akan meningkat,” katanya pada pelancaran model terbaru Blade 250/250R itu di Kuala Lumpur, kelmarin.

Naza Bikes yang ditubuhkan kira-kira lima tahun lalu, sudah melancarkan 13 model motosikal serta skuter berkapasiti 110cc hingga 650cc.

Model Blade 250/250R adalah keluaran Hyosung Motor Co yang berpusat di Korea Selatan yang lebih dikenali sebagai Comet 250/250R. Ia banyak dieksport ke pasaran antarabangsa dan amat popular di Australia, Perancis dan beberapa negara Eropah.

SM Nasaruddin berkata, Naza Bikes memberi wajah baru terhadap model Blade 250 itu yang antara lain menyaksikan penambahan penghadang angin di bahagian depan dan menggunakan meter digital yang baru.

Katanya, bagi model Blade 250R, penambahan pada reka bentuk grafik serta diberi kemasan ‘cubic printing’ pada fender hadapan untuk menyerlahkan lagi imej sporty model itu.

“Blade adalah motosikal yang menjimatkan minyak dengan kapasiti tangki yang boleh menampung 17 liter serta kuasa maksimum sehingga 160 kilometer sejam,” katanya.

Model Blade 250R mengekalkan harganya iaitu RM18,100 tidak termasuk cukai jalan, manakala Blade 250 berharga RM14,988 tidak termasuk cukai jalan berikutan penambahbaikan yang diperkenalkan.

Sempena pelancaran model terbaru Blade 250/250R itu, Naza Bikes mengadakan promosi ke seluruh negara dengan menawarkan percuma jaket ekslusif Naza Blade dan topi keledar jenama SOL yang keseluruhannya bernilai RM1,500 kepada 300 pembeli awal model baru itu.

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Read this with an open mind and think about it…

 

 

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http://www.futurefastforward.com/component/content/article/97

The Corruption of Islam and The Betrayal of the UMMAH

 

Matthias Chang   

Future FastForward, Wednesday, 11 June 2008 00:14

The Bogus War on Terrorism


We live in a dangerous world, a world threatened by terrorists, in particular Muslim Terrorists. Islam is the ideology that drives these wretched militants. This is the warped message and image that has been implanted in the minds of anyone who reads any newspaper or watches the television, since September 11. We have also discovered a new Axis of Evil. 

How did the Christian-Zionists score such a dramatic victory in the psychological warfare against Islam? The following analysis seeks to answer the question.


Post World War II and for the good part of fifty years, we had the Cold War (World War III) and Communism was public enemy number one, the evil that must be wiped out. The Soviet Union was labelled the ‘Evil Empire’ by President Ronald Reagan. Wars, brutal wars were waged in the name of freedom and democracy, with millions slaughtered, invariably the civilians of the target country. The Vietnam War was the ultimate proxy war fought allegedly between forces of good against the forces of evil. It was also a war that was projected as one between “believers” (the so-called democratic Christian West) and the “atheists” (the Yellow Communist hordes of the East). More bombs were dropped in Vietnam than in the whole of World War II, yet the US and her assembled allies failed to defeat a peasant army.

The West was traumatised and lost its moral compass with the defeat of the United States in Vietnam. But proxy wars continued in Africa, South America and Middle East, to perpetuate the Imperialist agenda that the war against evil and non-believers must continue.

However, with the collapse of the Soviet Union and her satellites, ‘Western Christian Moral Superiority’ was resurrected. One would have thought that with the end of the Cold War, world peace would ensue. It was not to be. The fact that there was no lasting peace ought to have triggered alarm bells, but the Third World was so brainwashed, that they could not comprehend that wars and hegemony are the essential nature of Imperialism and colonialism. It is indeed incredible that so many third world leaders and thinkers of all hues take the view that Western democracies and their values are the guardians of peace and prosperity, notwithstanding the declared intentions of the Imperialist powers throughout the ages.

What is more incredible in the present context is the attitude of the so-called ‘moderate’ Muslims (whatever that means) who pin their faith and hopes on Western regimes to win the so-called ‘War on Terrorism’. Uncritically, they rally behind the United States and Britain to wage a war on terrorism. September 11 was sufficient justification to embark on this new crusade against the Evil of the 21st century – Terrorism, even though the collateral damage was a measly three thousand. The term “crusade” has since been abandoned by President Bush, but not the intent.  It is as if terrorism did not exist prior to September 11.

How the third world in general and the Muslim countries in particular can be so naive to believe that the war on terrorism is anything but the cover for renewed Imperialist aggression against resource rich third world countries?

Leaders of Muslim countries strived to outperform each other in waging the heinous war on terrorism and exhibit the credentials that they are ‘moderate’ and civilised in the hope that they may find favour with the United States and other Western regimes, thus securing their very own survival. In this cesspool of deceit and hypocrisy, the corruption of Islam and the betrayal of the UMMAH by its leaders are being perpetuated.

The Muslims in general and the Arabs in particular are in a state of despair. It need not be so as lessons can be learned from the successful struggles of other people in the recent past. 

Some History Lessons

Why is it that during the Vietnam war, the People Liberation Army (PLA) was only derogatively referred to as “Vietcongs” and not terrorists when they inflicted more than 50,000 fatalities and a quarter million wounded on the American forces? More than a million civilians were killed during the war by the United States.

It may be that the Vietnamese was fighting a “War of Liberation” and therefore a “Just War”. Though the US puppet regime’s first President (Diem) was a Catholic and the majority of the people were Buddhist, religious overtones were absent, notwithstanding US attempts to manipulate the issue.

It is equally obvious that had the Vietnamese lost the war, they would have been labelled “Communist terrorists”, “insurgents”, “diehard followers of Ho Chi Minh” etc. and war crimes tribunals and show trials would have been the order of the day!
  
What lessons can the UMMAH learn from this heroic experience of the Vietnamese people?          

Why is it that the Serb and Croatian armed forces and para-military units that committed ethnic cleansings and genocide against the Bosnians were not referred to as “terrorists”? The leaders who were captured were accused of committing war crimes but were given the benefit of a trial to prove their innocence. Somehow the heinous crimes of war criminals are a notch lower in the scale of criminality so as to be distinguished from that of ‘real terrorists’ in particular suicide bombers. Yet this kind of imperialist logic is accepted without more!   

Afghans and other nationals captured and incarcerated in the Guantanamo Bay military camp are referred to variously as “terrorists” and “enemy combatants”  not “Prisoners of War” (P.O.W.) and denied of all judicial process and subjected to torture. More than 8 thousand Afghan civilians died when the US sought revenge for September 11.

What lessons can the UMMAH learn from this terrifying experience?

Why is it that the Japanese who raped and massacred more than 500,000 Chinese civilians in the “Rape of Nanking” and Manchuria during World War II were never referred to as “terrorists”? It may be that Japan was rehabilitated by the US after the war and her war criminals recruited to serve the wider interest of the West to contain the then “New Evil” – Communist Russia and China. The Japanese hordes that destroyed Pearl Harbour were transformed literally overnight into ‘strategic allies’.  Evil, like beauty, seems to be in the eyes of the beholder.
 
What lessons can the UMMAH learn from this Imperialist whitewash?

Inspite of the pain and suffering, the humiliation and wanton destruction at the hands of the Americans and the Japanese, the Vietnamese and Chinese people did not seek revenge, though victorious. They maintained their humanity and dignity. In the course of their struggles for liberation, they did not dwell on past humiliations and defeats and or past glories. National liberation and salvation drove them to overcome all odds, not perverse religious hang-ups.

The clarion call to action was not and never was, ‘Taoists Unite’ or ‘Buddhists Unite’. Being victims of rape and plunder by Christian Imperialists, they knew only too well that religion can be corrupted to serve different agendas and is inherently divisive, as all major religions are splintered in one form or another.

What lessons can the UMMAH learn from this historical past?

The Legitimacy of Terror

States condemn the use of terror when directed at them but justify the use of terror against all and sundry when its monopoly of power is threatened. Somehow terrorism by non-state organisations is more heinous and grotesque than state terrorism. What perverse logic!  But this is the logic that finds favour with the third world, notwithstanding the fact that their people are being oppressed, impoverished and plundered.   

Terror is a method of warfare throughout the ages, and the weapon of first choice by imperialist powers.

Only the gullible accepts the proposition that only armies are engaged in wars, not civilians. And only the blind fails to see that in all wars, the civilians are always the main casualty.  No wars can be conducted successfully without the fullest support of the public (civilians). This is trite. When civilians are demoralised and withdraw their support, no army can sustain a war. The US defeat in the Vietnam War is the case in point. Hence the need to terrorise and demoralise the civilians, even in the conduct of “just” wars.

All wars target civilians, and the weapon of choice is terror. And all wars have always been fought on the footing of “Good versus Evil” whichever side one belongs. The victorious will always justify that all means are legitimate to defeat evil, whereas the defeated will have to suffer the fate of being labelled ‘war criminals’, ‘terrorists’ and ‘criminals.’  

Consider:

The ‘Shock and Awe’ terror campaign in the recent Iraq War. More bombs were dropped in the first three days than the entire first Gulf War. The authors of this strategy were forthright in declaring that the stated purpose was to terrorise the Iraqi people.

The indiscriminate use of ‘Mother of All Bombs” (the 12,000 lbs Daisy Cutter) in the recent Afghan war against the Talibans in Tora Bora. The crater is the size of a football field.

The ‘Target Killings’ of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. The demolition of homes by bulldozers and burying alive the inhabitants.  However, Israel is hailed as the only democracy in the Middle East.

The blanket shelling and bombing with Depleted Uranium in the first Gulf War. Napalm bombs, Cluster bombs and anti-personnel bombs are intended to demoralise the surviving soldiers and families of the victims when exposed to the mangled bodies.

The ethnic cleansing campaign by Serbs against the Bosnians in the then Yugoslavia. Old and young slaughtered and buried in mass graves.

Carpet bombings by B52 bombers from 60,000 feet high over towns and villages during the Vietnam War. Total destruction of villages and paddy fields. Unexploded ordinance continue to kill and maim civilians when accidentally triggered off by children.

The My Lai Massacre and the CIA’s Operation Phoenix in Vietnam and Cambodia. An entire village massacred by a platoon of US Marines. Death-squads despatched to hunt down civilians supporting liberation fighters.

V-2 rocket attacks on Coventry and other British cities by Nazi Germany. The Coventry Cathedral was totally destroyed. Saturation bombing was a daily occurrence and was called the ‘Blitz.’

The total destruction and wasting of Stalingrad and Leningrad on the Eastern Front by Nazi Germany. The two cities were reduced to rubbles.

The rape and massacre of Nanking and Manchuria by the Japanese Imperial army. Over 400,000 adults and children were murdered.

The total destruction of German cities and towns by Allied forces in the closing stages of World War II. Revenge was sweet for the Allied forces, and terror no less.

The Nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the most horrendous mass killing in the history of mankind.

The progroms by the Zionist Stern Gang and Irgun against the Arabs during the time of the British Protectorate of Palestine. But Ariel Sharon and all previous Israeli prime ministers are men of peace.

The use of mustard gas against the Iraqis by the British in the 1920s. Saddam Hussein is evil. The British….? 

Civilians were the main collateral damage in all the above examples.

Suicide bombers – mosquito bites in comparison.

Yet in all the above examples, the perpetrators were never referred to as “terrorists” notwithstanding their weapon of choice was “terrorism.” But the victims who defended and counter-attacked, are labelled terrorists and condemned as such. 

Propaganda Sound Bites

Interestingly, all the major combatants who were engaged in the abovementioned terror tactics other than Germany and Japan have always referred themselves as “Allied Forces”, a positive connotation.

Consider:

The Allied Forces
The Coalition of the Willing
We must defeat the perpetrators of evil
Freedom Loving People
Democratic Forces
Self Defence Force (even when engaged in war of aggressions)
Jewish Settlers (not unlawful occupiers)
Peace Loving people
Peace keeping Force
Government/Administration

Contrast:

Axis Army
Terrorists
Muslim militants
Remnants
Diehards
Extremists
Fundamentalists
Insurgents
Common criminals
Murderers
War Criminals
Tyrants
Regime
Rogue States
Axis of Evil
Evil Empire
The Palestinian Question (Can a people struggling for Liberation be reduced to a Question?)

The world grieved for the victims of September 11. More recently, the world was invited to observe the Day of Mourning in Italy and Spain when 14 Italians and 7 Spanish aggressors were killed in Iraq. But the Iraqis and Palestinians cannot even bury their dead.

Mass media of the Muslim countries, including Malaysia uncritically adopts and or parrots all the above derogative terms when reference is made to the armed struggle of the heroic people of Iraq and Palestine for liberation! Yet Muslims the world over moan and groan that they have been labelled unfairly!!! 

How strange that Malaysian and Muslim mass media does not consider the Palestinian fighters as “National Liberation Fighters” nor their struggle against Zionist Israel, heroic and the killing of Palestinians as genocide. While attempts have been made to indict Ariel Sharon as a war criminal in the West, not one Muslim country has the courage to establish a War Crimes Tribunal against the Zionist murderers and the War Cabal of the Neo-cons along the lines of the Bertrand Russell’s War Crimes Tribunal during the Vietnam War. Progressive American citizens, the likes of Ramsay Clarke and Senator Byrd even have the moral courage to refer the acts of the neo-cons as war crimes. But leaders of the Muslim world find comfort in a vigil of pathetic silence.

Young intelligent Christian youths have volunteered to go to Rafah, Jenin, Nablus and confront head on the bulldozers, snipers and tanks of the Israeli armed forces in solidarity with the Palestinians. Some have already paid with their lives – recently one American girl was ran over by a bulldozer and buried alive and in another incident, a British youth was shot in the head. However, Muslim youths in general are content to participate in the occasional demonstrations and the solicitation of donations. I still recall when at the age of 18, participating in anti-war campaigns in Europe and when the world’s youths rallied to oppose the war in Vietnam, Muslim youths were conspicuously in the minority or absent!

The Vietnam experience is before their very eyes, but the UMMAH refuses to learn the lessons paid in blood.

War On Terrorism

What a misnomer!  How can terrorism be the ‘enemy’ and or the ‘evil’ that needs to be defeated? Terrorism is not an entity, a state or an ideology. It is a method, more precisely a method of warfare that has been in use since time immemorial! It is an essential part of warfare. Anyone who says otherwise knows nothing about warfare, weapons of war and the reasons for war. I had earlier cited various examples of the use of terror in the major conflicts of the 20th and 21st century. Terrorism can never be defeated, since it is a method of choice in warfare .

The fact that Muslim countries have been rather reticent in condemning state terrorism (but all too eager to hunt down non-state agents of terror) reflects clearly the political reality. States are founded on the exclusive right to employ violence in all forms, including the right to kill. This is fundamental to state power. They also employ religion, ideology and laws to demonise and deligitimise any recourse to violence by non-state agents or organisations.  When a state employs the instruments of violence against its own population, we call it tyranny. When a state relies on instruments of violence against another country, we justify it as defending national security. Another oppressor’s logic.

“If you kill one person, it is murder. If you kill a hundred thousand, it is foreign policy.’
                          Anonymous 

The caption itself, “War on Terror” is but a propaganda sound bite and serves the purpose of pre-empting the psychological war that is required to defeat the intended enemy – in the present context, Muslim nations rich in oil reserves.

To a large extent, the Muslim countries have already lost the psychological warfare, as the mindset has been established – The US and Britain are fighting terrorists. Those who are opposing them regardless of their circumstances are terrorists and will be labelled as such. The resistance to the unlawful war in Iraq from the outset has been stigmatised as being illegitimate, for the simple reason that the US and Britain have been cast as the “good guys.” When the mass media of Muslim nations adopt the propaganda sound bites of the Western controlled media (as illustrated above), there is no way in the short to middle term that the heroic people of Iraq and Palestine can cast off the unjust ‘terrorist’ label. To date it has been exposed that the Iraq War was planned well before September 11 and the latter was the mere excuse to wage an imperialist war to secure oil for the United States, under the guise of fighting terrorism. If there was no Osama Bin Ladin, the US would have invented one. Yet instead of resisting Imperialist conquest, Muslim leaders are rallying their people to fight a war on terrorism for and on behalf of President Bush and his war cabal! 

Have we learned nothing from the Vietnam War?

From the very beginning, when they were only a ragtag collective of fighters, the Vietnamese always referred to their military organisation as the ‘National Liberation Army’ in all their propaganda machinery. In the result, two armies were squared off against each other. Hence when the US used terror attacks and invited similar counter-attacks, they could not whine and complaint. Both sides knew that ultimately who gets labelled as “terrorists” and or “war criminals” depended upon who won the war. The Vietnamese never let the world forget that they were fighting a war of liberation and their army was a Liberation Army.

The war criminals, Nixon and Kissinger did not agree to any peaceful settlement of the Vietnam conflict until the tide of war turned against the United States. The Paris Peace Talks was the US exit strategy when her terror campaign failed to intimidate the Vietnamese people and when her armed forces suffered horrific and mounting casualties.  It is trite to state that no aggressor or occupying power would relinquish the fruits of war.

In 1971, Anwar Sadat offered a Peace Treaty to Israel, but the United States (in particular Kissinger) counselled Israel to reject the offer. Yet in 1973, after the October war, when the Israeli army was nearly annihilated, did Israel agree to a peace treaty with Egypt on terms less favourable than in 1971. Even then, it was secured under the protection of the US Nuclear umbrella and continued military assistance for Israel.

Given the above scenario and the avowed aim of the present American administration to implement the National Security Strategy – the use of military might to maintain world hegemony, Muslim nations and the UMMAH will not have peace if they continue to rely on the false promises of the US, her Western allies and corrupt Muslim states. 

What a bleak picture!

What is the strategy for victory?

Stop Corrupting Islam

How can we stop the corruption of Islam? For that matter how can we stop the corruption of a religion? Most of the major religions are divided into two main schools of thought (e.g. Catholics v Protestants; Sunnis v Shiites etc.), each asserting that they represent the correct interpretation of the original teachings.  What constitutes the Original Teachings? Debate abounds.

To frame the proposition in the proper perspective, I invite Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists etc. to ask Christians: “What are the essentials of Christianity?” I can assure my Muslim friends that the answer will be as diverse as the pebbles to be found on a beach.

My Christian friends have debated on this and here are but a sample response:

“It is the Ten Commandments.”

“The Sermon on the Mount by Jesus.”

“The Holy Trinity – The Holy Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit.”

“The Immaculate Conception of Jesus.”

“Jesus’s death and his Resurrection.”

“Love thy Neighbour.”

“A combination of the above.”

I am sure that my Muslim friends will have as diverse a response as that of my Christian friends when invited to debate what constitutes the original teachings of Islam. Debating what constitutes the essentials of any given religion can itself be divisive. If the world cannot agree on such mundane matters as to which is more important, the singer or the song, the lyrics or the tune, how can communities agree with confidence on matters relating to religion. We should adopt a more pertinent and pragmatic approach – to understand how a given religion is corrupted to serve the interest and agendas of Imperialism, colonialism, Christian Zionism and Freemasonry.

An ideology or teaching is corrupted for a particular purpose. The usual argument put forward is that the end justifies the means. Thus we have the spectacle of some anti-abortionists (pro-life) murdering doctors who perform abortions on the grounds that a young life (the foetus) has been violently terminated!
 
Communism was depicted as the Evil of the 20th century to serve the interest of the merchants of death – the ‘Military-Industrial Complex’. Islamic terrorism is being projected as the evil of the 21st century to serve the same interest of the merchants of death – the Halliburtons, Bechtel Corporation, Boeing and Lockheed, British Aerospace etc. Without a corrupted Islam and Islamic terrorist agents at their disposals, the merchants of death would not have an enemy to justify the allocation of hundreds of billions to the armaments industry. Wars are needed to keep churning weaponry to replace the outdated and destroyed equipment.  

The Imperialist Formula of the Christian Zionists and Freemasons is simple.

Thesis – Corrupted Christianity
Anti-Thesis – Corrupted Islam
Synthesis – Zionist/Freemasons New World Order

Once we grasp and fully appreciate the dimension and implications of the formula, everything falls into its logical place. If the UMMAH dismiss the said formula as some mumbo jumbo and or conspiracy theory, a heavy price will be paid by the Muslim nations.   

To stop the corruption of Islam, Muslims must first learn how Christianity has been corrupted and subverted in the service of Imperial Powers. Just as terrorism is a method of warfare (not an objective in itself or an ideology), Christianity has been subverted and used as a weapon of subjugation by the imperial and colonial powers. Christian Zionism and Freemasonry are but modern corruption of Christianity.

This is elementary history.

Today the parallels are there for all to see. Islam is being corrupted to serve political agendas of various corrupt Muslim nations in the Middle East and Central Asia as well as the interest of Christian Zionism and Freemasonry. Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Ladin serve the interest of Christian Zionism and Freemasonry when they hold themselves as the true followers of Islam. Corrupting Islam hides the corruption of Christianity by Christian Zionists and Freemasonry. As in the case of the war on terrorism, the Christian Zionists condemn terrorism, but hide the fact that they are the worst perpetrators of terror. The recent statement by the US General Boykin illustrates the point I am making.

Once the UMMAH understands how Christianity has been corrupted by Zionism and Freemasonry, they can stop the corruption of Islam by these same forces.

The Corruption of Christianity

If the UMMAH fails to understand this crucial issue, they can never overcome the conspiracies of the Christian Zionists and Freemasons! This new Imperialism is without any rivals and can command more capital and lethal weapons than the old imperial powers could imagine. A crucial difference this time round is that the New Imperialists have pursued their schemes and agendas under the cover of international legitimacy – the United Nations Security Council, the World Bank, IMF, WTO and any other international organisations that further their interest.

(1) A Glaring Example of Corruption

It is asserted that the founding of Israel cannot be challenged because it was founded on a ‘divine promise’ made some 2,500 years ago in the Old Testament. Christian Zionists in America was the potent force behind the establishment of Zionism and continue to be so at the present time. Consider the following:

‘We should prepare to go over to the offensive. Our aim is to smash Lebanon, Trans-Jordan and Syria. The weak point is Lebanon, for the Moslem regime is artificial and easy for us to undermine. We shall establish a Christian state there, and then we will smash the Arab Legion, eliminate Trans-Jordan; Syria will fall to us. We then bomb and move on and take Port Said, Alexandria and Sinai.’

David Ben-Gurion, May 1948 to the General Staff

Can you and would you (if you had not read the quote) believe that a Jew (a Zionist at that) would not only agree but actually conspire to establish a state?

Israel Koenig correctly pointed out that nowhere in the Torah, Jewish Faith or within Christianity does it say that in the establishment of the State of Israel, Israelis are allowed to use terror, assassinations, intimidation, land confiscation and the cutting of all social services to rid the land of its Arab population.

Is it logical for God to mandate a nation (Israel) and demand the killing and oppression of the Palestinians to fulfil his prophecy?

The fact that so many religious leaders and other progressives have not asked this fundamental question as the basis to refute Christian Zionists’ and Freemasons’ assertions of their allegedly divine right is indeed revealing – a reflection of theological impotence if not intellectual bankruptcy!

(2) The Corruption Index

The Corruption Index is a tool to determine the degree a given religion has been corrupted to serve a specific agenda, whether religious or political. I can anticipate the screams of protest that such an approach is simply not possible. The usual arguments being: different religions have different institutions, rituals, teachings, history etc.

My reply is simple. All religions have one common message. I have deliberately chosen the Jewish Torah as the starting point and invite all my Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Bahai and Taoist friends to contemplate whether or not their religion share the basic precept as contained in the Torah.

In the first century there was a famous rabbi called Hillel. He was approached by a non-believer who said to the rabbi, ‘If you can teach me the whole of the Torah while I stand on one foot, you can make me a Jew.’ Hillel replied without hesitation, ‘What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole Torah; the rest is commentary. Go and study.’

The Biblical injunction is, ‘Love Thy Neighbour.’

The Corruption Index measures to what extent a particular religion deviates from this universal teaching – the one essential and fundamental teaching common to all religion. The basic premise being – What thoughts and actions will help me practice this universal injunction? What thoughts and actions will inhibit me from achieving neighbourliness?

Before proceeding further, I now invite all my friends to consider a passage from the Quran (5:48):

‘If God has so willed, He would have created you one community but [He has not done so] that He may test you in what He has given you; so compete with one another in good works. To God you shall all return and He will tell you the truth about that which you have been disputing.’

Thus the Quran exhorts all who believe in God, Muslims and Non-Muslims alike that the differences in religious practice should make them “compete with one another in good works,” rather than in mutual hostility.

The Corruption Index consists of four criteria, namely:

(a)    Absolute Truths

When adherents of each religion assert that their religion contains the absolute truths, and all others are falsehoods, we have corrupted to that extent our religion. Thus it is so easy to divide and rule – absolute truth is not only the wedge between religions, but within a religious community as well.

According to the Quran, only God can tell us ‘the truth which you have been disputing.’

Those who use religion as a weapon understand this fundamental principle and exploit this issue to their advantage to achieve their agendas. Religious wars were waged and continue to be waged in defence of absolute truths, precisely because political and religious leaders distort this Quranic revelation.

It has been said that more wars have been waged, more people killed, and these days more evil perpetrated in the name of religion than any other institutional force in human history.

(b) Narrow Mindset   

It follows that if one takes a dogmatic position as what the “truth” is in one’s religion one tends to exclude religious interactions and comparative analysis. We are prevented from learning the teachings of other religions. Fear sets in – the fear that we will be corrupted by the teachings of the other religions. In the result, communities became inclusive, depicting all outsiders as heathens, non-believers and even enemies. Surely the Spanish Inquisition has taught us the danger of such rigid narrow mindset. But President Bush (a self-professed ‘Born Again Christian’) demands “Either you are with us or with the terrorists!”

No one dares question and or challenge this silly and illogical proposition, when all religions teach the same basic precepts and tenets about God and our neighbour. Promoting narrow mindset or insular thinking is another useful method to divide and rule for whatever ends!

How can there be peace and understanding when we cannot even talk to one another and or fear the other. We must take the view that it is possible to be faithful to one’s religion – Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism etc – and at the same time acknowledge the humility of one’s limited experience and that our personal relationship with our God does not and cannot exclude and exhaust other possibilities.

Once again I invite my friends to study the above Quranic verse.

(c) Blind Obedience    
  
A logical consequence of the preceding two pitfalls is the demand for blind obedience to the teachings of one’s religion as interpreted by its clerics. When blind obedience to religious precepts is pervasive within a community, it is the beginning of the corruption of the religion for ulterior motives. It is the clearest symptom of corruption.

When followers commit mass suicide in blind obedience, as in the case of the Rev. Jim Jones and the People’s Temple in Guyana, we have an example as to how religion can be corrupted. The Aum Shinrikyo, whose followers released sarin toxic gas into the Japanese metropolitan subway, is another example.

When God exhorts us to ‘compete in good works’, this necessitates the creative use of our intellect, as opposed to blind obedience. This is what Buddha said as he lay on his deathbed:

‘Do not accept what you hear by report, do not accept tradition, do not accept a statement because it is found in our books, nor because it is in accord with your belief, nor because it is the saying of your teacher. Be ye lamps unto yourselves. Those who, either now or after I am dead, shall rely upon themselves only and not look for assistance to anyone besides themselves, it is they who shall reach the very top most height.’ 

(d) Superior/Inferior Complex
 
If on reading the quotation below, taken from a speech by Pat Robertson, one of the most right wing Christian-Zionists, we are angry and shocked, why then do we tolerate such nonsense in our own religion and community?

Pat Robertson speaking to the Christian Coalition National Convention 1993 said:

‘Our culture is superior because our religion is Christianity and that is the truth that sets men free.’

‘There is no neutral ground, no sphere of activity outside God’s rule. One is either following God in all aspects of life or not following God at all. One is either engaged in Godly politics or is participating in the anti-God structures that now threaten the home, the school, and the church…’

Such arrogance can also be the result of inferiority complex and or fear. The need to be assertive when threatened can give rise to such rabid ravings. We need to accept that one of the consequences of September 11 and Al Qaeda is the present American psyche – fear of ‘Muslim Terrorists’ and the revenge mindset. The fascist statement of General Boykin is reflective of such a mindset when he said:

‘Satan wants to destroy this nation, he wants to destroy us as a nation, and he wants to destroy us as a Christian army.’

‘The Muslim world hates America because we are a nation of believers.’
 
Does not my fellow Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist friends recognise the same kind of rigid, rabid ravings of some of their religious and political leaders in their communities? We have our General Boykin within our very own communities.

When Baruch Goldstein, an American medical doctor living in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba entered the Holy Mosque in Hebron and massacred the congregation and thereafter hailed as the hero ‘who gave his life for the Jewish people, the Torah and the nation of Israel,’ can we not see how and what a corrupted religion can do to its own adherents as well as to other faiths?

When people are called upon to commit violence on their neighbours, we know in our hearts that something is awfully wrong and dangerous – our religion has been corrupted.

Conclusions

The Christians are fighting back, fighting against those who have corrupted Christianity and used the perverted teachings to wage wars on their neighbours. In October 1986, on the occasion of the World Day of Prayer for Peace, Pope John Paul rallied his flock with the clarion call:

‘The fact that we came together in Assisi to pray, to fast and to walk in silence – and this, in support of peace which is always so fragile and threatened, perhaps more than ever – has been, as it were, a clear sign of the profound unity of those who seek in religion spiritual and transcendent values that respond to the great questions of the human heart, despite concrete divisions. The Day of Assisi, showing the Catholic Church holding hands of brother Christians, and showing us all joining hands with the brothers of other religions, was a visible expression of these statements of the Second Vatican Council. With this day, and by means of it, we have succeeded by the grace of God, in realising this conviction of ours about the unity of the origin and goal of the human family, and about the meaning and value of non-Christian religions – without the least shadow and confusion or syncretism.’

Notwithstanding this clarion call by Pope John Paul, we have recently witnessed the rabid ravings of Falwell, Pat Robertson and others. Dare we hope that we can and shall unite to fight against the corruption of all religions so that the human family shall live as one, do good work and love our neighbours?

Christianity has been corrupted to the detriment of Christians. Islam has also been corrupted to the detriment of Muslims. When these two great religions are being corrupted to the point of no return, we shall unwittingly be a party to the Grand Design by Christian Zionists and Freemasons for world domination and their new world order. This synthesis cannot materialise without the “thesis (corrupted Christianity) and the anti-thesis (corrupted Islam). If we fail to challenge dogmas, presuppositions and think anew and openly confront the clerics of Armageddon, we shall have failed our duty to God, our country and out people.

‘When you are standing on the edge of a cliff, progress is not defined as one step forward.’

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 June 2008 16:29 )

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Lawa kan “motor” jepun nie.. hehehe

Kawasaki Ninja 250R (CKD)

Spec:
* Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin
* Displacement: 249cc
* Bore x stroke: TBD
* Compression ratio: TBD
* Maximum power : 32PS (31.56 hp) at 11,000rpm
* Maximum torque: 21.7Nm (16 ftlb) at 10,000rpm
* Cooling: Liquid
* Carburetion: Keihin CVK30 x 2
* Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
* Transmission: Six-speed
* Final drive: O-ring chain
* Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
* Wheelbase: 1390mm(NA Model) – 54.72 in
* Rake / trail: TBD
* Front suspension / wheel travel: 37mm hydraulic telescopic fork / TBD
* Rear suspension / wheel travel: Uni-Trak with aluminum linkage / Preload Adjustable
* Front tire: 110/70-17 IRC
* Rear tire: 130/80-17 IRC
* Front brake: Single 290mm hydraulic petal disc with two-piston caliper
* Rear brake: Single 220mm petal disc with two-piston caliper
* Overall length: 2080mm – 81.88 in
* Overall width: 710mm – 27.95 in
* Overall height: 1115mm – 43.89 in
* Seat height: 780mm – 30.70 in
* Dry weight: 151kg – 332.89 lbs
* Fuel capacity: 18 liters – 4.755 gal
* Color choices: Lime Green, Ebony, Passion Red, Candy Plasma Blue
Harga OTR
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RM19,889

UPDATE :

Welly Batu Caves dapat motor display petang nie.

Harga:
Cash : 20799.00
Loan : 21581.80
Downpayment : 7681
Monthly (4 Years) : RM406.00
Monthy (3 Years) : RM502.00

SHAH ALAM: The International Trade and Industry Ministry is considering revising the National Automotive Policy to encourage local automotive players to develop hybrid vehicles, Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin said yesterday.

“We are studying the types of vehicles that use the hybrid technology these few weeks,” he said, adding that Malaysia was “too slanted” towards protection of national cars presently.

Speaking after officiating at the opening of Kawasaki Motors (M) Sdn Bhd’s new factory in Hicom Glenmarie Industrial Park and launch of two new Kawasaki models yesterday, Muhyiddin said higher energy cost due to the fuel price increase recently was bound to encourage consumers to shift towards using fuel-efficient vehicles, including motorcycles, as a mode of transport.

“The current situation is likely to increase demand for motorcycles, which are a cost-efficient and cheap alternative means of transportation in developing countries,” he said.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin testing the new Kawasaki model during the launch of Kawasaki Ninja 250R and Kawasaki ER-6n. Looking on is Kawasaki Motors executive chairman Datuk Hanipuddin Raja Datuk Nong Chik (left) and other officials.

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Source : http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2008/6/7900.html


BMW Sauber finally took their long overdue maiden victory in Montreal on Sunday, as Robert Kubica led Nick Heidfeld home in a fabulous one-two on a day when early leader Lewis Hamilton inadvertently crashed his McLaren into Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in a pit-lane collision during the first round of refuelling stops.

As a result of his first win, Kubica now leads the world championship fight with 42 points to Hamilton and Massa’s 38 and Raikkonen’s 35.

At the start Hamilton sprinted away from pole position, leaving Kubica to fend off Raikkonen. But the safety car neutralised that when it was deployed to recover Adrian Sutil’s Force India from a dangerous position on the 17th lap.

All of the leaders pitted on Lap 19, and as Hamilton rejoined, having dropped behind Raikkonen and Kubica after a longer stop, he ran into the back of the Finn, whom he suddenly realised was stopped by the red pit-lane exit light. Both the Ferrari and the McLaren were too damaged to continue. Nico Rosberg also damaged his Williams by running into the rear of Hamilton in the incident. An additional pit visit for a new nose thus dropped the German out of contention after running fourth early on.

Heidfeld now led as, at stages before their own pit calls, did fellow one-stoppers Honda’s Rubens Barrichello, Red Bull’s David Coulthard and Toyota’s Timo Glock. Heidfeld was able to pit and rejoin ahead of Kubica, but on his two-stop strategy the Pole was clearly faster and Heidfeld had no choice but to let him go on Lap 31.

In the second part of the race the greatest threat to the Swiss-German cars came from Fernando Alonso, who was pushing his Renault hard. On Lap 44 he sneaked by Heidfeld at the hairpin, only to slide wide. A lap later he got on the power a fraction too soon exiting the second corner, and suddenly the R28 was rotating out of the race.

Kubica and Heidfeld were thus able to cruise home to a great success, as Coulthard made the most of his opportunities with a solid third place for Red Bull. A strong drive saw Glock hang on for fourth place just ahead of Massa, who had to stop twice early on after a refuelling problem, and recovered brilliantly with a drive that at one time saw him jump both Barrichello and McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen at the hairpin.

Toyota’s Jarno Trulli got ahead of Barrichello when the Brazilian made a mistake late in the race, and Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel hung on to take the final point after a gutsy performance, having started from the pit lane. Kovalainen was an unhappy ninth ahead of the recovering Rosberg, Honda’s Jenson Button (who also started from the pit lane after making some suspension set-up changes), Red Bull’s Mark Webber who ran strongly until his pit stop dropped him back and he later spun, and Sebastien Bourdais who also spun his Toro Rosso.

Giancarlo Fisichella crashed his Force India, Williams’ Kazuki Nakajima was a points contender before damaging his front wing on Button and then tobogganing into the pit wall when it folded back beneath his wheel; and Renault’s Nelson Piquet spun and retired with an unspecified mechanical problem.

BMW Sauber’s great day jumped them back to second in the constructors’ stakes with 70 points to Ferrari’s 73 and McLaren’s 53.

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http://www.chedet.com/2008/06/oil-price.html

The price of crude oil has increased by 400 percent in the last three years. It follows that the price of products must increase, sooner or later. In other countries petrol prices had already increased. In the United Kingdom one litre of petrol sells for more than one pound sterling or RM7. In the United States it is about RM5.

That the price in neighbouring countries has gone up is shown by the rush to fill up by Thai and to a lesser extent Singapore vehicles.

The Government has now announced an increase in petrol price by 78 sen to RM2.70 per litre, an increase of more than 40 per cent.

I may be mistaken but there seems to be less vehicles on the road today. But obviously that is not all that will happen. All other consumer goods, services and luxury goods would increase in price.

The cost of living must go up. Put another way there will be inflation and the standard of living will go down.

Obviously our increase in petrol price is far less than in the United Kingdom or the United States. But our per capita income is about one-third of theirs. In purchasing power terms our increase is more than in the UK or the US.

The increase hurts but the pain is greater not just because of the increase percentage-wise is higher than in developed countries but because of the manner the increase is made.

A few days ago the Government decided to ban sale of petrol to foreign cars. It flipped. Now foreign cars can buy again. Flopped.

Knowing that in a few days it was going to raise the price and foreigners would be allowed to buy, why cannot the Government just wait instead of banning and unbanning.

But be that as it may what could the Government have done to lessen the burden on the people that results from the increase in petrol price.

In the first place the Government should not have floated the Ringgit. A floating rate creates uncertainties and we cannot gain anything from the strengthened Ringgit. Certainly the people have not experienced any increase in their purchasing power because of the appreciation in the exchange rate between the US Dollar and the Ringgit.

Actually the Ringgit has increased by about 80 sen (from RM3.80 to RM3.08 to 1 US Dollar) per US Dollar, i.e. by more than 20 per cent. Had the Government retained the fixed rate system and increased the value of the Ringgit, say 10 per cent at a time, the cost of imports, in Ringgit terms can be monitored and reduced by 10 per cent. At 20 per cent appreciation the cost of imports should decrease by 20 per cent. But we know the prices of imported goods or services have not decreased at all. This means we are paying 20 per cent higher for our imports including the raw material and components for our industries.

Since oil prices are fixed in US Dollar, the increase in US Dollar prices of oil should also be mitigated by 20 per cent in Malaysian Ringgit.

But the Government wants to please the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and decided to float the Ringgit. As a result the strengthening of the Ringgit merely increased our cost of exports without giving our people the benefit of lower cost of imports.

This is not wisdom after the event. I had actually told a Government Minister not to float the Ringgit three years ago. But of course I am not an expert, certainly I know little about the international financial regimes.

I believe the people expect the increase of petrol price. But what they are angry about is the quantum and the suddenness. The Prime Minister was hinting at August but suddenly it came two months earlier, just after the ban on sale of petrol to foreigners.

If the increase had been more gradual, the people would not feel it so much. But of course this means that the Government would have to subsidise, though to a decreasing extent.

Can the Government subsidise? I am the “adviser” to Petronas but I know very little about it beyond what is published in its accounts. What I do know may not be very accurate but should be sufficient for me to draw certain conclusions.

Roughly Malaysia produces 650,000 barrels of crude per day. We consume 400,000 barrels leaving 250,000 barrels to be exported.

Three years ago the selling price of crude was about USD30 per barrel. Today it is USD130 – an increase of USD100. There is hardly any increase in the production cost so that the extra USD100 can be considered as pure profit.

Our 250,000 barrels of export should earn us 250,000 x 100 x 365 x 3 = RM27,375,000,000 (twenty seven billion Ringgit).

But Petronas made a profit of well over RM70 billion, all of which belong to the Government.

By all accounts the Government is flushed with money.

But besides petrol the prices of palm oil, rubber and tin have also increased by about 400 per cent. Plantation companies and banks now earn as much as RM3 billion in profits each. Taxes paid by them must have also increased greatly.

I feel sure that maintaining the subsidy and gradually decreasing it would not hurt the Government finances.

In the medium term ways and means must be found to reduce wasteful consumption and increase income. We may not be able to fix the minimum wage at a high level but certainly we can improve the minimum wage.

Actually our wages are high compared to some of our neighbours. The investors who come here are attracted not by cheap labour but by other factors, among which is the attitude of the Government towards the business community and the investors in particular.

From what I hear business friendliness is wanting in the present Government – so much so that even Malaysians are investing in other countries. There are rumblings about political affiliations influencing decisions. Generally Government politicians are said to be arrogant.

Malaysia is short of manpower. The labour intensive industries are not benefiting Malaysians. Foreign workers are remitting huge sums of money home.

The industrial policy must change so that high tech is promoted in order to give Malaysians higher wages to cope with rising costs of living.

The world is facing economic turmoil due to the depreciation of the US Dollar, the sub-prime loan crisis, rising oil and raw material prices, food shortages and the continued activities of the greedy hedge funds. The possibility of a US recession is real. In a way the US is already in recession. The world economy will be dragged down by it.

Malaysia will be affected by all these problems. I wonder whether the Government is prepared for this.

We cannot avoid all the negative effects but there must be ways to mitigate against them and to lessen the burden that must be borne by all Malaysians. I am sure the Government will not just pass all these problems to the people as the review of oil prices every month seem to suggest.

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Apa yang TM tulis begitu “eye opening”.. marilah kita fikir sesama…

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