There are a lot more people who would speak up against extremism practiced and terrorism conducted by those who claim they are Muslims (sorry to those assholes who support these two groups: Islam professes moderation and IS a peaceful religion), and are doing it in their own ways and at their own time. I hope my non-Muslim friends can understand the article I had written in the Utusan Malaysia column.
Maobi has been challenging Malaysian Muslims to speak out that their own Mad Mullahs are wrong.
For Maobi’s knowledge, I have challenged the stand taken by the Malaysian Ulama Association (PUM) on this matter in Utusan Malaysia’s FORUM column, dated 12th December 2001 PUM Patut Atasi Kekeliruan.
An eye for an eye makes everyone blind. No one person has the right to take away another person’s life except in certain dire circumstances: when you are protecting your family or property from aggression, when your country is being invaded, to save another life, etc. etc.
In Islam, the Conduct of War clearly states that: you are not to kill old people, women or children; You are not to commit suicide in the name of war, except if you are being mown down (shot down) while in the act of defence; You are not to kill unarmed people; You are not to desecrate places of worship…and several others. You cannot even lay a finger on your prisoners. If you have taken prisoners, they must eat better food than you, and you are not to hold them anymore longer than necessary. If you are riding a horse, then you should dismount and let your prisoner travel on the horse. These are examples of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during his lifetime.
I do not condone extremism, and I do not condone the misrepresentation of Islam by these cow-shit-for-brains who use Islam as a cover to hide their own impotence.
After the London bombings on July 7th, 2005, my father wrote an article in The Star on the same thing.
If they want to die by committing suicide, go ahead. Go stand on a rail track near Angkasapuri or something.
Here I am at the Starbucks Coffee at Alamanda, Putrajaya, just after a meeting at the Ministry. And this is the first time I am using my TMNet Hotspot account (the other being Airzed which I use a lot).
If anyone watched NatGeo last night, I think it was called Primal Fear or something, about these two guys who swam with the Great White Sharks, that was interesting. It shows how such a “beast” can interact well with human beings.
Let it be known that about 100 million sharks end up at the bottom of the sea without fins, to die of drowning, because some people want to make US$240 million a year. Great Hammerheads, Whale Sharks, Great Whites, are among the sharks already on the endangered species list.
Without them, the marine environmental equilibrium will be greatly affected…and when they’re gone, we won’t have any fish left.
Now this is one association that is supposed to be representing Malaysian divers, but is doing exactly the opposite. Well, I may be lying there, actually. Sorry, guys. But the real fact is IT IS NOT DOING ANYTHING AT ALL!
It hasn’t said anything about the Tioman Marina Project (which is now destroying one of Tioman’s good dive sites), it hasn’t issued any statement to correct the UK press about the action taken by the local authorities against a local boatman that caused the death of a British open water student in Sabah. The only thing it has done was to organise a dive expo some years back. Yet it claims to be doing a lot with the Tourism Ministry and “other government agencies.” Which ones? It also claims to be THE AUTHORITY in setting standards for dive operators, instructors and DMs. What on earth for? If the instructors are not up to standard, complain to the respective IDC. I have seen an instructor who does shortcuts while teaching open water students..and he is one of the MSDA committee members. If this is the kind of standard MSDA wants to impose unto others, then they’d better forget it.
If you are just a limp cock new diver, you can’t join the association. You can only join if you are a resort owner, a dive shop operator, a scuba instructor or divemaster etc etc. But I see many instructors and divemasters who are not members of this association, nor do they know of its existence. The MSDA claims to have had an AGM last May. What was the outcome? Do we limp dick new divers know anything?
Is this an association only for the scuba diving “master race”? Is it still alive? And who does it really represent?
Now this guy wants the authorities to hunt down this shark and kill it. Western Australian waters are teeming with sharks. Great whites, Bronze Whalers, Spinners…all of which are known to have attacked divers. Any shark that is 1.8m in length or longer have the potential to attack human beings. So? Your neighbour’s dog has killed more human beings in a year than all the sharks put together.
Okay, the culprit may be a Great White (Carcharodon carcharias), because it is the only known predator shark large enough to take on a diver. But which one? There may be tens of Great Whites off the coast of Western Australia. Are they asking the authorities to kill every single Great White until the right one is found? Grow up, guys! The number one rule of swimming or diving is, never enter water where attacks are known to have taken place. Especially if there are large predatory sharks around. Just because you are a diver, and you want to feel safe in the domain of the marine life, you kill marine life. You might as well nuke the ocean and go diving!
For the call to be made by the divers’ association head….is so totally un-on.
I just hope the Malaysian Scuba Diving Association isn’t like that. Oh, coming to MSDA, the office in Sri Hartamas is never open. Hmm…maybe I should write another thread on that.
This is sooooo boring. Some people are away over on the east coast doing long weekend dives. And I am stuck here in the Klang Valley breathing lead….and Indonesian firewood. 12 days to hit the water.
Good to know that the Sea Hunters filmed the two former British capital ships back in June 2005. They were on the MV Grace. They plan to go back to the two wrecks next year between March and April.