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APRIL 27 — The heat of the general election can be felt. Rumours have been rife about it happening in June, then September, and now back to June again. Squabbles are happening between the political parties. Squabbles are happening among the NGOs and squabbles are also happening among the normal rakyat.
Each political party is claiming itself to be the righteous one. NGOs are pushing their agenda, taking advantage of the heightened social awareness. The rakyat are scattered. Some are just blind faithful to the side they are supporting. Many are on the fence while more just think that there’s really no quality choice.
Then there’s the media. We all know how all these years the mainstream media has always been tightly controlled (or self-controlled) in favour of the party in power.
But it looks like things are changing. Last year, I was a “live” guest on a radio station and I happened to mention Bersih 2.0. I was immediately interrupted and censored. This year, that same radio station, on the same show I was on, actually had a whole episode discussing the upcoming Bersih 3.0 quite openly and honestly. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]
APRIL 20 – I am actually dumbfounded as to where in the religion of Islam that says the Kedah state government is God? This is because, as far as I know, Muslims are actually only prohibited to ever question the will of God.
We are however, perfectly allowed, and even encouraged, to question what is not clear to us in order to understand it better. So, I am baffled as to why the Kedah state legislative assembly has decided to amend the Mufti and Fatwa Enactment (Kedah Darul Aman) 2008.
It was passed unanimously by the House that:
“Any fatwa decided by the state mufti or Fatwa Committee, whether gazetted or not, cannot be challenged, appealed, reviewed, denied or questioned in any civil or syariah court”.
As I have mentioned previously, I don’t really know they can do this because if I’m not mistaken, members of the Kedah assembly are ordinary people and not God. [Click to read the rest of the article at The Malaysian Insider]
As a content consumer, I love New Media for everything that it is, which is an endless information source for content consumption. Anyone from anywhere who is interested in anything can find it New Media. It’s really just a limitless, almost infinite, source.
If you like mainstream music or even the weirdest kind of genre, you can definitely find it in New Media. If you like politics (from the local comical kind to the most complicated American kind), you can definitely find it in New Media. If you like alternative sports like BMX, skateboarding or body mutilation, you can definitely find it in New Media.
I can go on and on harping about the wholesome goodness of New Media as compared to traditional and conventional media. But hear me out now. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider.]
APRIL 6 – Sometimes, we as adults, tend to overreact at the slightest cause. And usually, these slight causes are actually undeserving of any reaction whatsoever. Take for example a few weeks ago, approximately around the time of my little daughter Athena’s first birthday. She began to get the hang of walking for the first time. Everyone was so shocked and surprised the roof almost blew off the house.
All the handphones, still cameras and video cameras were whipped out in a flash. But of course, Athena’s actual first steps went unrecorded in all the chaos. Her mother started encouraging her to walk further and further. She would walk a few steps like Jackie Chan in “Drunken Master” and everyone would cheer insanely. [Click to read the rest of the article at The Malaysian Insider]