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The problem with hudud is PAS



The problem with hudud is PAS
By Zan Azlee

One wonders why hudud is being so hotly discussed in the public sphere. Many are against it, and they make all kinds of arguments to prove their points for why they think so.

Many are also for it, saying that it is God’s law, so much so that they would even threaten to kill and rape people to defend hudud (I wonder what God thinks about that!).

And then we have the president of it all, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who has told everyone to just wait first and listen to what he will table on hudud in Parliament before criticising.

That is the problem in the first place. Nobody seems to have any idea of how hudud is going to be implemented in Kelantan because nobody has bothered to explain it properly.

When there aren’t any clear details or information, what do you expect people to do? They get anxious and start to speculate. That is only natural.

And with all the secrecy with regards to the details of hudud, people start wondering why something that will affect the public won’t be put up for public scrutiny.

So even the people who want to support it can’t do it wholeheartedly and their only argument is that it is God’s law (when in fact it is really PAS’s interpretation of it).

Hudud has been around in Kelantan (and even in Terengganu when PAS managed to take over the state briefly) since 1993, but its implementation has never been able to be done.

There are several problems with implementing it, mainly that it is unconstitutional because it involves criminal law and the penal code, over which the state does not have jurisdiction. [Click to read the full artile at The Malaysian Insider]

Pakchic Says: It’s never too early to bring your baby around the world


Pakchic Says: It’s never too early to bring your baby around the world
By Zan Azlee

I’m trying very hard to instil a love of travel into my daughter. My parents did it for me and I just want to pay it forward. They brought me all around the world to see different cultures that I feel that I have a very unique perspective because of it.

Right now, Athena is four years old and has been to six countries and I’m working hard to bring her to more. And so far, she seems to be enjoying it very much. Every time we start a new adventure, she gets so excited. When we return, she never stops talking about it.

It’s pretty cool too to think that this will prepare her to have a more worldly view of things and to realise that there are so many things in the world to experience and see. The younger you start, the more influence it has on the mind and personality.

And don’t think that a child is ever too young to start traveling. She may not remember every single detail of the trips that she has gone on, but she will remember the overall experience and that would already mean a deep influence in her.

And the thing about traveling with a little kid (or kids), is that there really is no trouble at all. The kid will do her thing. When she’s hungry, she’ll eat. When she’s tired, she’ll sleep. And when she’s up, she just wants to have fun.

As parents, we are the ones who need to adjust. And being adults, it shouldn’t be that difficult. We may not be able to go coffeeshop-hopping in Amsterdam or hitchhiking with strangers, but most experiences would still be the same. [Click to read the full article at MakChic.Com]

The Look of Silence – a film that forces us to reflect on our humanity



The Look of Silence – a film that forces us to reflect on our humanity
By Zan Azlee

Sometimes, bygones should be left as bygones because when you start to stir things up, things can get very discomforting. Unless, of course, if such bygones are considered serious injustices that have been overlooked all this while.

Joshua Oppenheimer did exactly that when he directed and released the documentary film ‘The Act of Killing’ in 2012. The film discusses the 1965-1966 genocide that happened in Indonesia when a military coup took over the government.

The new regime brutally killed around 500,000 Indonesians who they claimed were ‘communists’. The film’s main character is Anwar Congo, the leader of one of the local gangs who carried out the killings on behalf of the government.

The film made so much of an impact that it was banned in Indonesia and was even nominated for an Academy Award. It also opened up a whole can of worms among Indonesians, who started questioning their own national history.

Oppenheimer is now back with a sequel to ‘The Act of Killing’. If the first was shown from the perspective of the perpetrators, the new documentary, ‘The Look of Silence’, turns the table and we see things from the eyes of the victim’s family. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

What’s JAWI’s excuse for acting like a spoiled brat?



What’s JAWI’s excuse for acting like a spoiled brat?
By Zan Azlee

The really big question that I have for the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) is why they have been so adamant about pursuing Nik Raina Nik Abdul Aziz for the past three years.

Three years ago, Jawi raided a Borders store and seized copies of Canadian writer Irshad Manji’s book “Allah, Kebebasan dan Cinta”. The book, translated into Malay, was banned but the ban was actually only made six days after the raid.

Unable to charge the owners of store because they only have jurisdiction over Muslims, they decided to charge the store manager, Nik Raina, who was the only Muslim available.

Of course, this was all so dodgy that in December last year, the Court of Appeal ruled that the search and seizure done by Jawi was unlawful. Thank God because Nik Raina could have been jailed for up to two years.

But last week, Jawi, probably feeling very sore from a bruised ego, decided to seek an appeal to the Federal Court against the Court of Appeal’s decision. And so Nik Raina is sucked back into a battle which isn’t even hers.

So why is Jawi pushing on with a case that every single person in Malaysia (and even the court) sees as an injustice? Do they believe that because they are a religious authority, they are divine?

Can’t they live with the fact that they made a big mistake and now they just have to apologise for what has happened and promise never to repeat it? The court isn’t even asking them to pay for damages.

Do they have to act like a big bully and pick on a small individual? Are they like a spoiled brat who feels like he is always right and things always have to go his way or else? [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

5 sebab utama anda patut melabur dalam pelaburan mudah cair



5 sebab utama anda patut melabur dalam pelaburan mudah cair
By Zan Azlee

Pelaburan mudah cair merupakan sejenis pelaburan dimana kita boleh dengan pantas mengeluarkannya sebagai wang apabila perlu tanpa melalui proses yang panjang dan rumit.

Antara contoh pelaburan mudah cair adalah seperti simpanan tetap, dana bersama dan unit amanah atau amanah saham. Pelaburan seperti ini adalah pelaburan berbentuk wang.

Ia tidak sama dengan, contohnya, pelaburan hartanah ataupun pelaburan saham di mana jikalau anda ingin mengeluarkan wang, anda perlu melalui proses menjual hartanah atau saham tersebut.

Oleh kerana itu, kita boleh lihat bahawa pelaburan mudah cair sebenarnya satu jenis pelaburan yang agak berguna dan mempunyai pelbagai keistimewaan berbanding dengan jenis pelaburan lain. [Klik untuk baca artikel sepenuhnya di KopitiamEkonomi.Com]