Hornbill Unleashed

December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Sim Kwang Yang

A turbulent year in brief review

ONCE again we have come to the end of an old year as we brace ourselves for the beginning of another new year.

Much has changed in the world around us in the past 12 months.

The most significant event in the relatively brief period has to be the explosion of the Arab Spring, when a young man set himself aflame on a street in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid.

His cry of anguish at the hardship of life under a stifling autocracy echoed across the region.

Within weeks, its effects changed the colour and tone of politics in the entire Middle East.

The dramatic developments there, which we still witness today, have far exceeded everyone’s expectations.

The sea of change that has shaken the Arab World as well as Tunisia and Libya has been completely unexpected from the vantage point of our historical perspective.

As if by tacit prior agreement, the usually conservative and lethargic societies in the Middle East and North Africa rose up against the traditional powerhouses and one after another overthrew their ruling regimes.

However, the oil-rich Gulf states have survived the winds of change — even in Bahrain, where the opposition enjoys strong support.

At the time of writing, we watch with great interest the prospect of regime change in Syria.

Thousands of innocent civilians have been killed there at the hands of military forces as they try to sort out the political quagmire through diplomatic means.

So far, the proposal to conform to the recommendation of the Arab League and the United Nations to seek a diplomatic solution has ended in failure.

We shall continue to witness the bloodbath in that unfortunate Arab nation with a great deal of regret.

For the moment at least, we are pleased to witness the end of the US-led invasion of Iraq.

After nearly nine years of occupation, the Americans have withdrawn from the killing fields on the sands of the Arab peninsula.

However, barely have the American troops withdrawn to their bases then the sectarian divide in Iraq has once again raised its ugly head.

The sectarian strife between partisan Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq threatens to blow up again once the constraints of the American occupation force leave the country.

The strings of natural disasters that have plagued our Mother Earth continue to cast a giant shadow.

It seems there is no end in sight to the problem of global warming as humans race against time to reverse the dangerous trend.

The magnitude 9 Tohoku earthquake that hit Japan in March took both the nation and its scientists by surprise.

It has caused untold damage that led to much loss of life.

Meanwhile, major floods occurred during the monsoon season in Thailand and tropical storms in the Philippines continue to haunt thousands of ordinary people across our part of the world.

Dozens of countries have offered assistance.

In September 2011, the ‘Occupy’ movement spread throughout Europe.

It’s still unclear what sort of real lasting political effect the movement can have.

The collapse of the monetary system in Spain, Portugal and Greece signals the beginning of the end of capitalism in the west.

And now a massive demonstration has reached the Soviet Union.

The Russians have declared themselves sick of being fooled by bad elections and corrupt officials.

Under the right leadership and reforms, the Soviet Union could have recovered from its 1991 crisis to become a strong country.

It has at its disposal the greatest natural resources of any country in the world such as oil, gas, diamonds etc.

Some predict history will be rewritten if Russia’s civil society can produce even modest change.

Meanwhile, North Koreans mourn the death of their leader Kim Jong-Ii.

His youngest son Kim Jong-Un is in position to extend the Kim family’s control over the communist nation.

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions have exacerbated its rigidly maintained isolation from the rest of the world.

Since the mid-1990s, millions of North Koreans have died because of acute food shortages caused by natural disasters and economic mismanagement.

The country relies on foreign aid to feed millions of its people.

The question here is will the death of Kim Jong-Ii lead to a crackdown on people trying to escape repression and hunger in the communist state?

I am glad there have been no great disasters in Malaysia.

We are now waiting anxiously for another general election to be held in the coming months.

The Barisan Nasional will probably retain its hold on power, principally because of the strong showing in Sarawak and Sabah, but anything can happen in a general election.

As it is almost time to welcome 2012, I wish all my readers a great year ahead filled with happiness and good cheer!

Time for Christmas carols again!

THE radio has been heralding the birth of Jesus Christ, as we are once again on the eve of yet another Christmas.

Christmas comes to us through another cycle of the calendar, around the corner from New Year and Chinese New Year. Time marches on in an eternal cycle of death and rebirth.

Christmas always stirs up joy in my heart, even though I am not a Christian. Somehow, it is impossible to escape from the universal spirit of love and joy that fills the season at this time of year.

Once again, we are steeped in an aura of hope and rejoicing, which our Christian brothers and sisters are only too glad to share with the world in this otherwise depressing time of universal economic depression and political uncertainty in many nations.

The greatest gift of Christianity to the world is the hope of salvation for the entire human race, planted in the depths of the soul, when Jesus was born over 2,000 years ago. The birth of Jesus Christ heralded the beginning of a new age that promises forgiveness for our sins and the start of a new era in human civilisation.

The celebration of Christmas in Sarawak is unique, in that the majority of the population in the Land of the Hornbills are Christians, numbering about 43 per cent according to the 2000 census. This signifies that the majority of people in Sarawak are Christians, as Muslims only make up about 26 per cent of the population.

Majority or not, Sarawak enjoys possibly the most harmonious relations between the various ethnic and religious groups. The major festivals like Christmas are celebrated by all religious groups alike.

I still remember that the Malays in Serian would share in the celebratory mood of the Christians among the Iban, Bidayuh etc. Families and neighbours would visit one another during Christmas across the ethnic divide and share their food and drinks together in a common joyous celebration.

Such good neighbourly relationships can only be found in Sarawak, in sharp contrast to the occasional communal tension that plagues West Malaysia from time to time.

The ills of modern day living have infected Malaysians to the extent that Christmas is sometimes regarded as just another public holiday, to be dedicated to feasting and merrymaking. Many people have forgotten the religious origins of the Christmas holiday. Christmas is a time for religious self-renewal and is meant to be a reaffirmation of the religious faith that Christians have.

Christians must attend the Christmas Mass first thing in the day and praise Jesus Christ for the rare gift of salvation. It has nothing to do with eating and visiting but should be devoted to prayers and Christmas dinner round the family table in a happy atmosphere of reunion.

Down through the centuries, people have also developed the habit of giving presents for the Christmas season.

The Christmas orgy of gift buying gives hope for many businesses to make a killing in the market place. But the buying and giving of gifts also provides great joy, especially for children, so on the whole this Christmas tradition has done a great deal towards cultivating a festive mood.

In my personal life, Christmas is of special significance.

My mother died on Christmas Eve in 1991 and on her death bed she was baptised as a Roman Catholic. Henceforth, I am reminded of a mother’s love for her children every Christmas day. This year is no exception. May the Lord be always with you, my dearest mother.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all readers throughout Malaysia.

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31 Comments »

  1. Have a Peaceful, Serene n Blessed 2012.

    For this to happen Msians must Make History by taking up the ‘Clarion CALL’… Anything but ABU!!

    This generation must be Courageous enough to make Sacrifices for future Generations by changing the rotten Govt which has passed its Expired Date!

    GE13 …Be part of History…C H A N G E.

    Anything but ABU!

    Comment by Justice&Equality — December 31, 2011 @ 1:28 PM | Reply

  2. SABAH CONSCIOUSNESS ON LACK ON INDEPENDENCE & BEING RE-COLONIZED FOR 48 YEARS

    Sarawak is now fully under Malayan political hegemony with all the local main political having Malayan origins. Sarawakians are now the tame captive subjects of contest between the main Malayan parties for votes.

    But in Sabah the situation is more vibrant. The great difference is that Sabah still has real local political parties to fight for the people. In fact the people have felt the brunt of UMNO colonization more intensely than Sarawakians with mass transmigration and that they are resisting this process more vigorously.

    Sabahans have in the past few years raised many questions about the value of being in Malaysia as in Sarawak where the Dayaks have become particularly conscious of their third class position as the natives of the land

    For those interested on the restive Sabah situation below is a suggested reading list with convenient links. The comments are by the person who posted them:

    List of articles from Sabahkini which deals with issues affecting Sabah people after 48 years in “Malaysia”.

    Take your time to check them out. This is not meant to deluge you! Not all the articles are greatly illuminating.

    There is just so much stuff out there! In the past you have dig for months or even years to get the information.

    In fact this is like a time warp. The information of the past 48 years is just surfacing as the information space ship comes through the worm hole! We are gaining a better light on the subject- a lot of it confirms the 1960s anti-colonial and anti-Malaysia polemics.

    Many questions & issues can be applied without much changes to Sarawak.

    In relation to some you might ask why are they still troubling themselves about whether a non-Malay can ever get to be the PM and so on. Who cares as long as we get out of Malaysia!

    In a land dominated by UMNO Malay supremacists who have a racial discriminatory system far more institutionalized than South Africa you can only expect get a “token” DPM or honourary Malay at best. Rampant racism promoted by UMNO apartheid policies is deeply damaging the very fabric of Sabah and Sarawak society.

    No one will disagree that we had a more equal society in 1963 even though under another colonial rule.

    Recommended reading are the articles by Joe Fernandez who always has a sympathetic view on the matter.

    Happy a great Xmas & New Year!

    Subject: INDEX OF “MALAYSIAN INDEPENDENCE” ISSUES

    1. MALAYSIANS GETTING RIPPED OFF
    (Politik/Politik)
    By : MIMI CHIH WHEN Tunku Abdul Rahman decided to expel Singapore from the Federation of Malaya leading to the Independence of Singapore on August 9, 1965, the world did not expect this tiny …

    2. SABAHANS ‘CRY FREEDOM’ AFTER 48 YEARS!
    (Laporan Khas/Laporan Khas)
    … Another third, the United Nations then determined, were mostly local Chinese against any idea of Malaysia. This third included an equal number of people who wanted a period of independence before …

    3. A DEPUTY PREMIER FROM THE BORNEO STATES?
    (Politik/Politik)
    … premier slots for the Malay community as set by its political tradition since the dawn of independence, unless the party’s Supreme Council is willing to abolish the quota via amendment to its party’s constitution. …

    4. MOSITUN SPOKE PBS BEING VINDICATED
    (Politik/Politik)
    … with the education system, the highly contaminated electoral rolls, the non-transparent and very suspicious election process, the lack of independence of the judiciary, and so on and so on. If the BN …

    5. SABAH SITTING ON A TIME BOMB!
    (Politik/Politik)
    … track to achieving state and national targets. To him Sabah has already seen tremendous developments by leaps and bounds since independence, and that the federal allocations for Sabah and Sarawak. They …

    6. RADICAL MINDSET AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE
    (Politik/Politik)
    … the various government departments and professionals in the various fields from the west (Peninsular Malaysia) which we were lacking. But today, 47 years after we achieved independence, we even have such …

    7. IS SABAH INDEPENDENCE IN MALAYSIA?
    (Laporan Khas/Laporan Khas)
    By : JOHN STEPHEN DIONYSIUS AS we went thru our normal life, Sabah is about to celebrate Independence Day on August 31 and will be celebrating a Malaysia Day falls on September 16 and the …

    8. LIM KIT SIANG DISPLAY ARROGANT ATTITUDE?
    (Politik/Politik)
    … say. We are all loyal Malaysians and that we have grown with time. We believed the change must be made by Sabahans itself. Sabahans should be given the wisdoms on the real meaning of Independence. PR leaders …

    9. ‘FITNAH’ IS WORSE THAN MURDER
    (Berita Sabah/Berita Sabah)
    … reminded of the Social Contract that has enabled the people of all races to live peacefully and harmoniously since our Independence. Thus, as we approach the Sarawak State Elections, I hope those vying …

    10. BN CAN’T HANDLE THE ‘INCONVENIENT TRUTH’
    (Politik/Politik)
    … The said UMNO Tawau leader also called Sipaun to retract the statement by contending that the situation in Sabah was far much better before independence. “Instead of constantly suppressing the people’s …

    11. WHY FEAR A REFERENDUM IN SABAH?
    (Politik/Politik)
    … and independence. Keeping Sabah united would mean allowing the people of the state to decide whether they want independence or to be in either Malaysia or the Philippines. Best option Independence …

    12. SABAHAN LEADERS PROUD ON RURAL POVERTY?
    (Politik/Politik)
    … poverty as an essential step in overcoming poverty in the rural areas. Sabah rural populations are in acute poverty since independence. Why is this happening in our State when we have rich natural resources …

    13. STOP BARKING, LET JOIN UBF!
    (Politik/Politik)
    … independence from Malaysia, etc. will get the federal government to even do anything, except to make lame excuses and ‘positive’ assurances to allay the fears of Sabahans. It was interesting that Bumburing’s …

    14. CM MUSA’S MIDAS TOUCH ON YS
    (Berita Sabah/Berita Sabah)
    … contributions made by their leaders in the government of the day towards the National Building Concept. The former British Colony of North Borneo which achieved independence 47 years ago via the …

    15. WORLD IS A DIASPORA FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
    (Laporan Khas/Laporan Khas)
    … and most have become citizen of Malaysia, while the Bugis and Timorese came to Sabah in numbers after the State achieved Independence through Malaysia. It is worth bearing in mind that The Indonesian …

    16. ENLIGHTENED THE TRUTH ON MALAYSIA
    (Politik/Politik)
    … is the British government. “Sabah gained independence from being colonized by the British on 31st August 1963 and two weeks later on 16th September 1963, Sabah together with Sarawak, Brunei and Singapore …

    17. STAND UP FOR JUSTICE
    (Politik/Politik)
    … war of independence as its general only to see him cross over to the British. However, I know that truth and right will always prevail and many more who answer the call and come forward. Marc Anthony …

    18. SHATTERED HOPES AND BROKEN DREAMS?
    (Berita Sabah/Berita Sabah)
    … decades now, we the people of Sabah, have been haunted by ghosts of history dating back to August 31, 1963, the day we gained independence from Great Britain. Malaysia was conceptualised and constituted …

    19. SABAH COULD HAVE BEEN RICHER THAN BRUNEI, SINGAPORE
    (Berita Sabah/Berita Sabah)
    … faced by Sabahans because he has not been to Sabah often enough. Cigma’s memorandum titled ‘Shattered Hopes and Broken Dreams’ detailed Sabah’s expectations upon independence as were promised by Tunku …

    20. HINDRAF JOINS INDIGENOUS GROUP IN LONDON
    (Luar Negara/Luar Negara)
    … after independence, Sabah is now the poorest state despite its abundant natural resources,” he lamented. Bawin (left) gave a brief history of the Abdul Taib Mahmud government in Sarawak which, according …

    21. MALAYSIA NEED FUNDAMENTAL REFORM
    (Semasa/Berita Semasa)
    … Malaysian politics since independence. The political credibility of Umno/BN had been more than just a set of racially-based political parties. Over its decades of ascendancy, history had been re-written, …

    22. WAKE UP SABAHAN! DONT LET UMNO RULE SABAH
    (Politik/Politik)
    … We have always been multiracial yet united society in Sabah. That is why since our independence we have had KDMs, Bajaus, Chinese, Suluks, Malays, etc (or Muslim, Buddhist, and Christian) as chief …

    23. THE FUNDAMENTALS OF SINGAPORE’S FOREIGN POLICY: THEN AND NOW
    (Luar Negara/Luar Negara)
    By: LEE KUAN YEW INDEPENDENCE was thrust upon Singapore. The fundamentals of our foreign policy were forged during those vulnerable early years. They remain relevant because small countries have little …

    24. NAJIB’S CHALLANGE: CLEAN UP UMNO?
    (Politik/Politik)
    … community when the country was supposed to be celebrating 50 years of independence. While Abdullah sought to quell the debate with a statement that Malaysia was neither a theocratic nor a secular state …

    25. MALAYSIA UNDER INTERNATIONAL REVIEW
    (Rencana/Rencana)
    … raised issues such as the weak enforcement of key legislation, the ineffectiveness and lack of independence of Suhakam, incidents of torture and ill-treatment by police, the rise in cases of violence against …

    Comment by INFOMAN — December 30, 2011 @ 6:40 AM | Reply

    • Sorry the links did not appear after posting but you can go to Sabah Kini to read them.

      Comment by INFOMAN — December 30, 2011 @ 6:48 AM | Reply

      • COMRADE, you are too right, let’s march towards A REPUBLIC. You will have all my friends’ support from all over the world, nations of truthful democracy, you NAME IT, you FIND IT. Cheers for victory in advance, 走向共和! 走向共和!走向共和!打倒黑金政治,打倒权力狂,打倒道德沦亡者!还国家人民一个光明的未来!

        Comment by Y & Y Advocates — December 30, 2011 @ 10:35 AM | Reply

        • ON NEW YEARS DAY LET HOPE WE ALL CAN UNITE & WORK FOR A BETTER SARAWAK…! FREE FROM FOREIGN RULE, CORRUPTION AND OPPRESSION OF THE MAJORITY POOR!

          Comment by anon — January 1, 2012 @ 8:25 AM | Reply

  3. SUMMARY OF SOME NEWS THAT MATTERS IN THE YEAR GONE BY

    Wife seeks RM400mil from Taib Mahmud’s son

    Birth of Radio Free Sarawak

    Where has sarawak’s oil money gone2.flv

    Beaten to an inch of death by Sarawak logger.flv

    Australian news on Taib’s timber corruption

    Why Sarawak is still poor at Rejang Park on 14.5.2010

    Taib incoherent bullshitting (LYING) in British House of Lords

    Northern Borneo song?

    Comment by INFOMAN — December 28, 2011 @ 7:12 AM | Reply

  4. NEW MESSAGES FROM TAIB-

    TAIB DEFENDS HIMSELF ON FBC MEDIA VIDEO

    NATIVE LANDS DO NOT HAVE TITLES….

    BLOODY WEALTH/HARTA BERDARAH TAIB MAHMUD

    MORE MONEY THAN I COULD SPEND

    Comment by INFOMAN — December 28, 2011 @ 4:54 AM | Reply

  5. I remember South Africa as one of two countries Malaysian cannot visit because African whites practiced apartheid on blacks. Here we are 50 years on declaring the Najib administration “does not look at your background, religion or race” in formulating policy.

    What do you call NEP and NEM?
    Where does Teraju charged with assigning billions of ringgit of contract to Bumi Contractor stand in the overall scheme of Najib’s policies?
    Why bother to stratify Malaysians into Bumiputra and Non-Bumi, Muslim and non-Muslim?
    Why create special schools for Malays which continues to deliver education in English when the rest of ordinary Malaysians must study in Malay?
    Najib’s 1Malaysia is a lie and a fantasy intended to patronise us.
    Perkasa’s vision is UMNO’s real vision – only that the latter is too chicken to admit it.

    Comment by Jeremy — December 27, 2011 @ 11:27 AM | Reply

  6. Saudara SKY, it’s a joy reading your piece as another tumultuous year comes to an end. You are truly a great Malaysian and a practising Christian at heart. The La Salle Brothers who were instrumental in your formative years count you as one of their most illustrious sons. In spite of your retirement from active politics many years ago, you still continue to emphasize the need for racial and religious harmony; and preach reconciliation and forgiveness that is so greatly felt and missed by Malaysians in this once beautiful and caring country that we call our own.

    Belated Christmas greetings to you and all your loved ones. All the very best for 2012.

    AndrewLin, Sydney.

    Comment by andrew lin, — December 26, 2011 @ 6:37 AM | Reply

  7. From Sarawak PKR Chief’s writing, I can see he is delivering a very strong message, how many politicians do think like him? I wonder. A rightful mind and a right heart he has, not only that, stone Christian faith is rooted deeply inside his soul. Christmas is a blessed season of giving and sharing, we need the most still good souls and rightful doings from them. Besides materials, money and etc, there are more we can render and contribute as a nation, a society, a community, an individual or as a team. I am sure when there is a will, there is a way, Put our country’s and people’s interests FIRST, GOD will grant us our wish. BLESSED Christmas.

    Comment by — December 25, 2011 @ 2:11 PM | Reply

  8. 无药可救,回魂乏术 :)

    Comment by Maple Leaf — December 25, 2011 @ 1:48 PM | Reply

  9. WHAT WE WANT FOR XMAS

    END RACIAL DOMINATION & COLONIZATION BY BROWN SKIN MASTERS

    This letter was written as a satire on the way we are from a father to his son studying in England. A few readers may have come across this on.

    It says in a similar vein to this article recently posted in Malaysia Chronicle by a Malay business man entitled “Malay will never disappear from this earth: Don’t be too sure!”

    http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=25086:malays-will-never-disappear-from-this-earth-dont-be-too-sure&Itemid=2

    The Letter reveals some major contradictions in the practice of Islam and the unequal treatment and position of non-Muslim in “Malaysia”.

    Of all the SINS enumerated, the BIGGEST is the ruling regime’s abuse of Islam as a religion by using it as an instrument to dominate non-Muslims.

    The Letter reveals what a parasitic and corrupt relationship it is between Muslims and no-Muslims.

    Chinese (& others) pay 80% of taxes plus bribery. It is a very high price just to survive in the land of your birth.

    This also reveals the apartheid and colonial nature of the relationship.

    This is pure domination and colonization of one group of another. So Malaya and particularly Sabah and Sarawak exist very much as colonies despite the trappings of “independence”. We now have a brown skin colonial master

    If all the Chinese side of the economy goes… the whole works will just collapse.

    We can understand why life was better before 1963!
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    A TONGUE-IN-CHEEK LOOK AT A LETTER WRITTEN BY A MUSLIM FATHER TO HIS SON LIVING OVERSEAS

    *A Father’s letter to his beloved son working in UK on what is Halal and Haram.* An interesting scenario for Malaysia *

    Dear Son,

    I am glad you have finally decided on a career change. A chef is certainly a better profession than the one now. No doubt a security guard ‘ s pay may be good..well, that is equivalent to RM50 an hour which is what most people earn in a day in Malaysia …..but that would be more or less what will you earn for the rest of your life unless you make supervisor or something like that.

    Sure, you can bring in more than RM10,000 a month, but don’ t you find after more than four years that that job has become rather stale? After all, we did not send you to the UK just to work. We wanted you to obtain an education as well. At least in the event you wish to come back to Malaysia you would be armed with a piece of paper that could help get you settled down quite comfortably. Some chefs in Malaysia earn more money than the F&B manager, so you are certainly on the right track here.

    Okay, now to your question of pork. Of course you are going to face the dilemma of having to cook pork, especially in the UK . I really don’ t know what to advise you though. Muslims are of course forbidden from eating pork. But you are only forbidden from eating it. I do not know if this means you cannot cook it or serve it as well.

    As you suggested, you can always wear gloves and not come into direct contact with the meat. And if you accidentally come into contact with the meat you can always samak (clean) yourself.

    Alright, on the issue of samak that you raised, I suggest you ask the Imam or one of the more knowledgeable chaps at the Islam Centre in Manchester . No doubt, samak in the traditional or ‘ old ‘ sense means cleaning with sand. You see, sand has a purifying affect and that is why water filters use sand to clean dirty water. But today there are many other and modern cleansing agents that do the job better. Take Vim as one example. It is very coarse, like sand, and it can clean even black pots, pans and kettles and they become like new again. Can cleaning with Vim be regarded as samak or must you actually use real sand? I am sure Manchester ‘s Islam Centre can shed some light on this matter.

    Nevertheless, if you are careful and not too clumsy, you can actually cook pork without touching it. I am not sure about the fumes though and whether this will stick to your clothes and body. But let us assume you do not come into any contact whatsoever with the meat, then I suspect there is no harm in you cooking it. As I said, you just can’t eat it, that ‘s all.

    I mean, even in Saudi Arabia they sell Hush Puppies and these are made from pigskin. But the skin is cleaned when it is processed into leather, so it is considered already samak and therefore is regarded as clean.

    Now, liquor is another thing altogether. Not only are you not supposed to drink liquor, but you are not supposed to serve, keep, profit from, or handle liquor in any way. In short, you must have absolutely no dealings with liquor, not only must you not drink it.

    Okay, on the point you raised about the MAS stewards and stewardesses. No doubt they serve liquor on board the MAS flights and the Muslim stewards and stewardesses serve you. But this does not make it not drink the liquor, the fact that they serve it is as bad as they are drinking it.

    And the haram act is not confined to just the stewards and stewardesses. The pilots are also accomplices. So are the Directors of the company. The shareholders are also earning haram income. And if ASB or Tabung Haji ( haj pilgrimage fund ) also own shares in MAS then those who invest in ASB and Tabung Haji are also earning haram income. This is very clear and there is no compromise on the issue. So steer clear of liquor at all costs even if you have to take a lesser salary at a liquor-free establishment.

    But is this possible in the UK ? I suppose if in Muslim-owned establishments like the Pernas hotels and MAS they are not too concerned about liquor, you may have to also overlook this issue. If not, where in heaven’s name are you going to work as a chef in the UK if you insist on a liquor-free establishment? And when you come back to Malaysia and work as a chef in a five-star hotel, even those owned by the government, you cannot avoid liquor.

    On the matter of wishing your friends there ‘ Merry Christmas’, I would not worry so much about that if I were you. Actually the jury is still out on this one. No doubt some people have come out with fatwah (decrees) that we are not supposed to wish our

    non-Muslim friends a happy anything. I really don’t know. Maybe, as they say, it is wrong because then we would be considered aping or following the non-Muslims, so that would therefore make us non-Muslim as well.

    But there are so many other things non-Muslims do which we follow, so would this not make us non-Muslims as well?

    I mean, just look at the financial and monetary system. We use paper money and float bonds, promissory notes, letters of credit and so on. All these are creations of the non-Muslims. Yet we use these instruments in our daily life. If we are really concerned about being ‘proper’ Muslims and about not aping the non-Muslims, then we should revert to gold coins instead of paper money.

    In fact, paper money is only a promise to pay. And paper money is a big risk, a gamble, as it fluctuates in value. Islam would certainly not endorse this but name me one.

    Muslim country that does not indulge in it. And what about the practice of putting paper money in Ang Pows every Hari Raya? Is this not a non-Muslim custom as well which we now follow?

    As I said, if we are really concerned about being proper Muslims, then this practice of Hari Raya Ang Pows should be stopped’

    According to Dr Mahathir, 80% of the income tax comes from the Chinese. This can only mean two things. Either the Malays run away from paying income tax, or the wealth of this nation is mostly owned by the Chinese and that is why they pay 80% of the income tax. Anyway, 97% of Malaysia ‘s civil servants of almost one million — which includes the police and security forces — are Malays, meaning Muslims. Can you imagine 97% of one million people — that is Malays — earning a salary from the government which gets 80% of its income tax from non-Muslim Chinese?

    How do the Chinese earn their profits for which they pay tax? Other than the normal manufacturing, trading, property development, etc, the Chinese run lotteries, slot machines, hotels, massage parlours, Karaoke lounges, bars, pubs, discos, money lending companies,
    etc. In short, the Chinese are involved in every un-Islamic business activity you can think of.

    But this does not mean that these are illegal businesses because most times they have licences for these businesses. Nevertheless, they are un-Islamic business activities and they pay licence fees to the government which again goes into the kitty. Then this tax from this un-Islamic income is used to pay the salaries of the one million civil servants, 97% of whom are Muslims.

    So I would not worry about wishing your friends in Manchester ‘ Merry Christmas”. After all, it is more culture than religion and Jesus is also a prophet of the Muslims as much as of the Christians. To me, wishing someone ‘ Merry Christmas ‘, if it is really a sin, is still a smaller sin than some of those others I have mentioned above.

    Anyway, how can we accept the word of a Mufti or Imam who works for the government and derives his salary from income tax where 80% comes from non-Muslims and who many are involved in businesses that go against Islamic teachings? I mean, would you listen to a Mufti who earns his salary from taxes that comes from Chinese who run brothels disguised as massage parlours and legally licensed by the government to do so?

    Love,
    Your Abah

    Comment by MALAY CHRISTIAN — December 25, 2011 @ 11:11 AM | Reply

  10. If this monkey is still here next christmas, what should we say to each other ? We failed ? He wins ?…again and again …?

    Comment by KEP — December 25, 2011 @ 10:15 AM | Reply

  11. With 31 yrs of abuse of power, mutli-billion $ plunder of his people, over 10 years of the same by his Uncle before him, the Sarawak CM must be arrested now. His morality, integrity; legitimacy & right to lead are ZERO.
    Won elections by dishonest means for decades, some of them:
    a)Vote-buying.
    b)Deception & stifling of Opposition through state-controlled media.
    c) Using public/ resources for logistics, transportation, undue influence, deception, duress, vote-buying and vote- winning.
    d)Rigging and vote-tampering and miscounts.
    e)Gerrymandering, eg: Putrajaya, 98% Malay, needs only 5,000 votes while Chinese seats like Selayang need more than 120,000 votes.
    His total wealth, including those of 400+ companies, is estimated to be US$6b = RM19billion. Despite this monstrous crime & international clamour for Taib’s arrest, Najib, MACC, BN, all pretend…that the theft of RM19billion didn’t occur, the reasons are obvious: They are equally corrupt & evil.
    Nothing will be done, unless Arab Spring type pressures are mounted beginning with:
    Blockade of all logging & oil palm accesses.
    Blockade of all CMS & related’s access & movements.
    Work stoppage. Sit-ins in offices, transport hubs & airports.
    If the police intimidates…..Good! That’s the beginning of the end of Sarawak’s great tragedy & BN’s stranglehold in Malaysia.

    Comment by Alan Newman. NZ — December 25, 2011 @ 9:59 AM | Reply

  12. Dear Uncle Sim,

    Great to read your article again on HornbillUnleashed.
    Wish you and your family a merry Christmas and happy New Year!

    Cheers,
    Chris LIM

    Comment by Chris LIM — December 24, 2011 @ 10:32 PM | Reply

    • Thank you Chris 🙂 I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas and a great New Year 2012 ahead….

      Comment by Sim Kwang Yang — December 25, 2011 @ 3:06 PM | Reply

  13. UMNO is rotten to the core. Najib:“I would like to stress here that I have never interfered in MACC’s operations. They are independent and free to carry out their investigations on anyone.” When I read this I fell off my chair and went rolling on the floor laughing.
    Your MACC was grilling & murdering Teoh Beng Hock till early morning hours, over some trivial things, when there were and still are crooked ministers whose atrocities are a million times bigger. The whole world is calling for Sarawak Taib’s arrest! Involving multi-billions. With letters addressed to Najib & MACC. Mr PM, you just couldn’t care less. Where is your integrity, morality and credibility now? ZERO. So is Mahathir’s. Alan Newman, NZ

    Comment by Alan Newman. NZ — December 24, 2011 @ 9:02 PM | Reply

  14. Quotes from Free Malaysia Today: ‘Mahathir has also been guilty on a national scale of hijacking the organs of state, doing away with the checks and balances inherent in the legislature, executive and judiciary, dipping his hands into the national cookie jar on behalf of his cronies and to fuel his politics of patronage and institutionalising racism in the country as a national ideology of the ruling elite.
    The punishment must fit the crime. In Mahathir’s case, as with Taib, there is no punishment as yet devised for the enormity of their crimes against the state and people, even if they were to be re-born several times over to be punished all over again.’

    Comment by Alan Newman. NZ — December 24, 2011 @ 9:00 PM | Reply

  15. Wishing you all “A Happy and Blessed Christmas”.

    Comment by miaOwkia — December 24, 2011 @ 6:40 PM | Reply

  16. UNITE & MAINTAIN YOUR FAITH!

    “The celebration of Christmas in Sarawak is unique, in that the majority of the population in the Land of the Hornbills are Christians, numbering about 43 per cent according to the 2000 census. This signifies that the majority of people in Sarawak are Christians, as Muslims only make up about 26 per cent of the population.”

    How long will that number stand?

    And how long will all the races join together to share Xmas, New Year and Hari Raya? Much of the over 100 years of good will has been eroded by UMNO apartheid policies.

    If we all cherish these precious moments of Sarawak unity we must not let the UMNO Malay supremacy Malayanise us but de-colonize us!

    Wish all believers and non-believers a happy and safe holiday!

    Comment by SARAWAKIANS — December 24, 2011 @ 2:47 PM | Reply

  17. DO WE NEED TO APPLY FOR A PERMIT TO DO CAROLING?

    Comment by SINGER — December 24, 2011 @ 12:40 PM | Reply

  18. ALL I WANT FOR XMAS IS FOR THE UMNO PBB & BN CRIMINALS BE SENT TO JAIL- IN HELL!

    Comment by ANGRY DAYAK — December 24, 2011 @ 12:26 PM | Reply

  19. We pray that this Christmas 2011 and the New Year 2012 give all of us happiness, good health, abundant blessing and prosperity. Life is too short to worry. Do our best and leave the rest to GOD. Amin.

    Comment by Ambrose Anak Dango — December 23, 2011 @ 10:36 PM | Reply

  20. Correction! Tab’s wealth is not just US$1.46b, that’s only his family’s stake in just 14 companies. There’s more! Taib’s family had been identified as having interests in 332 Malaysian and 85 foreign companies, over 400 companies. It’s more like US$6b = RM18.9b. For the benefits of the laymen and remote Sarawakian natives: RM$18.9billion is RM18,900 million = RM18,900,000,000. One wonders what is the net worth of a Punan hunter-gatherer whose livelihood has been destroyed by the Taib regime? Should we wait another day to mount stop-work & street protests?

    Comment by Alan Newman. NZ — December 23, 2011 @ 7:51 PM | Reply

    • DOES HE CARE?

      Comment by AMAN — December 24, 2011 @ 12:25 PM | Reply

    • It has been reported that some $40 billion of timber generated money went untaxed in the last 35 years …..

      Comment by AXMAN — December 29, 2011 @ 8:30 AM | Reply

  21. All I want for Christmas is RM12 million softloan from Najib.
    (I am eyeing a condo in Singapore!)

    Comment by Jef — December 23, 2011 @ 2:53 PM | Reply

    • …..The one below Taib and Najib’s penthhouse ? Next to Mahathir’s Ha Ha Ha, Ho, Ho, Ho.
      Yes, I bet many corrupted politicians “park” their moeny in Singapore’s real estate.

      Comment by KEP — December 24, 2011 @ 4:02 AM | Reply

  22. I hope 2012 wil be a truly Happy New Year for all Malaysians, who yearn to have a free, just and democratic government.
    Happy voting in GE13.
    Keep up the good work in all your articles!

    Comment by Li Li Fa — December 23, 2011 @ 1:50 PM | Reply

  23. ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY ,PEACEFUL NEW YEAR 2012’ to ALL.

    Live & Let Live.

    Comment by Justice&Equality — December 23, 2011 @ 11:12 AM | Reply

  24. A really merry Christmas and truly Happy New Year to everyone ! Our only new year resolution and hope is to have a new really genuine patriotic,passionate and truly caring government in Malaysia without the parasite BN sucking around in the coming GE13 ! Better late than never,at least for the children and grandchildren to look forward to !

    Comment by Reapusow — December 23, 2011 @ 8:00 AM | Reply


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