The Islamic State seem to be doing a much better job on the Internet than Al-Qaeda or the Taliban ever did in their day. But they all will never be able to beat the Internet-savviness of that Nigerian prince!
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Many many years ago, when the huge tsunami struck Aceh, Penang, Kedah, Phuket, Sri Lanka and many other areas in the vicinity, something shocking came to light.
Many Muslims I knew started saying that the reason such a calamity happened was because God was angry at the sins of the people and so this was his punishment.
How can anybody think that God would commit such cruelty when all we ever learn in Islam is the fact that God is the all-merciful and that he will never forsake you?
I criticised it among my friends and family but then just decided to let it go since these Muslims weren’t really in any positions of authority and hence could be influential in society.
Then, two days ago, someone in a position of authority and could be influential in society said something that shocked me even more.
The deputy mufti of Perak, Zamri Hashim, stated that Malaysia Airlines had apparently angered God so much that all that has happened is God’s wrath.
According to the deputy mufti, the fact that the airlines serves alcohol in it’s flights and that the cabin crew dresses indecently, has exposed them to God’s wrath.
Firstly, I think it is nothing short of a miracle that the deputy mufti has such a clear telepathic link to God’s intentions. He must be an extremely enlightened person. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]
It’s fun being on a book tour campaign thingy-majiggy!! Seriously… we are in love with our latest non-fiction graphic novel ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan‘! If we do say so ourselves! Muahahaha!!
This weekend (23rd – 24th August), we stop at Art for Grabs at The School, Jaya One. We will have a booth there on Saturday and Sunday where you can get the book, our priceless autographs, and other official merchandise!
Recently, a sedition investigation was launched by the authorities against a secondary school boy who apparently liked a ‘I Love Israel’ Facebook page.
According to news reports, his teachers and schoolmates have also thrown threats at him, including calling for him to be burnt.
I have several issues with this that is causing me some stress and one of the biggest is the fact that it seems like it is so wrong for someone to have a differing opinion.
So what if the boy loves Israel? He could love it for many reasons. It could be the beautiful beaches the country has, the advance IT, etc.
Whatever happened to freedom of opinion and freedom of expression? I always thought we were allowed to have individual thoughts and ideas.
But as far as the news reports that have been going around, it doesn’t seem like the boy really loves Israel anyway.
Another issue I have is that many people like many different Facebook pages for many reasons. I am one of those people.
I like pages that I support for example musicians and bands that I like to listen to, events and activities that I want to go to, etc.
But I also like pages that I don’t support. I follow the pages of many political parties that I don’t like just so that I can keep up to date with whatever they are doing.
Heck, I even follow the Kardashians’ Facebook page just so that I can laugh at all the ridiculous things they do in their apparently interesting lives.
And, by actually launching an official investigation, don’t people think that this is blowing things of proportion for something so insignificant. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]
Last week, I wrote in my column here that I am not one of those who are boycotting McDonald’s or Starbucks Coffee.
The reason I am not boycotting them is because I feel that the problem lies much deeper than just fast food companies and designer coffee.
I wrote that the backers of the Israel government had too much clout that a mere boycott of a few companies will not do any damage. Instead, locals get hurt more.
I also wrote that for something to actually hurt the Israel government, it has to be big and prominent enough.
For example, how several European state-owned investment arms have blacklisted Israeli companies and financial institutions.
I also said that governments that trade with Israel by proxy because they didn’t want to be seen as ‘trading with Israel’ should also cease what they are doing.
Read my column last week carefully. I also didn’t belittle the thousands who have decided to boycott McDonald’s and what not.
How can you blame them? Without the right facts and information, they actually believe what they are doing is right.
But when the boycott turns out to be just plain vandalism and bullying, then how do you justify it as being right?
Outlets being damaged, workers being attacked an assaulted, their children being shunned in school. How does that help the Palestinians?
The response that came in regarding my column last week were amusing to say the least, although a few agreed with what I had to say, many condemned me.
They accused me of being a Jew, an infidel, a hater of Muslims, an associate of the devil and a lot more colourful words and phrases.
That’s fine by me. I’m a big boy and I can definitely take criticism. Anyway, a little bit of name-calling just makes things a little bit more interesting.
But here’s the thing. I wonder what these people who are condemning me so strongly are thinking about the statement made by the Palestinian ambassador to Malaysia?
Dr. Anwar Al Agha yesterday said that it would be much better if people actually pressured and lobbied against the Unites States rather than boycott McDonald’s. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]