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Ganyang Malaysia ! Pesepadanan budaya, adakah patut?

September 13, 2009

Ini kali kedua saya dengar pekikan ” Ganyang Malaysia!!!”. SUKARNO, di tahun 60an semasa Konfrontasi menjadikan laungan tersebut laungan perang. Disebalik bunyi siren latihan anti serangan udara, dan berita komando indonesia ditangkap di Pontian dan Sarawak, ganyang Malaysia terdengar dicorong-corong radio diwaktu malam. Adakah patut?

Semasa konfrontasi, isunya ialah pembentukan Malaysia, isu penyepadanan baru fisikal dan politik. Kali ini penyepadanan budaya.Dalam ode baru dunia, dan kesejagatan manusia, protes dan reaksi pak menteri tidak bertempat. Jikalau dilihat bagaimana kuasa besar, olih bangsa besar dunia bekerja keras mengekspot budaya keseluruh dunia  kita melihat dikaca TV orang jakarta memegang buluh runcing. Adakah patut?

Bayangkan, Amerika, menghalang dunia  menayangkan pakai jeans, pakai topi koboi, makan Mcdonald, nyanyi rock and roll dan main lagu blues dimana-mana promosi tentang negara. Itali pula menyaman USA di mahkamah dunia kerana menjadikan spaghetti dan Pizza, makanan kegemaran hollywood. Great Britain pula, menghendaki negara-negara dunia baru Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada membayar royalti kerana menonjolkan budaya ala-Inggeris dalam gaya hidup mereka. Adakah patut?

Bayangkan, CHINA menghantar nota bantahan dan memanggil balik duta di Kula lumpur dan Singapura  kerana menunjukan tarian naga dalam klip promosi pelancungan. India juga bersedia menghantar kapal perang, menculik semua pengamal budaya dan peminat Bollywood di Bradford, Watford, dan menyaman BBC kerana mengunakan lagu Bangrra dalam klip BBCWorld  Service. Adakah patut?

Saya juga dengar ura-ura gerakan Wahabi, Arab Saudi,  mau pancung sesiapa yang mengamalkan budaya nabi kerana mereka baru  belajar dapat iktibar dari Jakarta. Adakah patut?

Sebentar ya, satu soalan, kita lihat sekatan jalan SWEEPING MALAYSIAN hanya di Jakarta. Gue, pelik,  kenapa goblog banget? Saudara gue di Kendal, Surabaya, Solo dan Jogja  tak bermasalah de. Semalam gue beli Batik Jawa buatan Malaysia, tuanpunya toko dan perusahaan orang Jawa. Jiran gue buka puasa  nasi penyet di Sunway tak perlu pergi jakarta. Bulan lepas ada main ketoprak, tunjuk barongan dan main kuda kepang.

Hari ini saya buat deklarasi kepada semua anak dan saudara mara saya. Hari ini kami orang Jawa, banjar, Minang, Batak mendeling, tidak akan membenarkan orang Jakarta menghalang  kami makan ayam pecel, sambal goring, sambal godok, main barongan, main gamelan,  gendang godam, nyanyi dangdut,  pakai batik jawa, buat batik jawa, ekspot batik jawa, pakai dan ekspot belangkon, kerana kami orang jawa banjar, minang yang tak kenal sepadan. Kami tidak juga perlu Kerajaan malaysia atau sesiapa minta maaf kepada sesiapa kerana itu hak kami dan turunan nenek moyang kami!!!

Adekah patut? ya, patut.


Dani Dwi Permana,18, Indonesia youngest suicide bomber- Victim of the the Preacher from HELL

August 16, 2009

The Straits TImes Singapore 16th August

DAni Dwi Permana, 18,  became Indonesia’s youngest suicide bomber when he blew himself up at the JW Marriott Hotel, snuffing out the lives of five innocent people as well.

Madam Ramila Sangaji, 51, the mother of Dani’s best friend Wildan Novstatian, said: ‘I used to tell my boy Wildan that he should follow Dani because he never fooled around and always said prayers at the mosque five times a day.

But the young man might be just one of scores of teenagers recruited by Muslim extremists in Indonesia, a development that is of growing concern to the government.

Left to fend for himself, Dani had become easy prey for a stranger who came to his village one day to preach a message of violence and hate at the local mosque.

Wildan, 18, told The Sunday Times in a phone interview: ‘Dani had told me one day that he wanted to become a martyr. I told him that he would die for nothing.’

The itinerant preacher, identified by police as Saifuddin Jailani, held religious study sessions at the village mosque every Saturday night.


THe Culture of Poverty – Manik Urai and the malay politics

July 17, 2009

The Manik Urai byelection left many people wondering, why BN failed to win.

Unfolding in MANIK URAI is THE CULTURE OF POVERTY that all Malays suffer. The same culture experienced by the Irish and the French Canadian and the Mexican.

In simple terms it is a poor, uneducated society in the new democracy who franchised their hopes and rights to the political leaders in the name of nationalism or religion or doctrines. The reasons for outright franchising is their lack of ilmu, skill and being marhaen and not forgetting the feudalistic and religious background. They live on hope but do not know the business model to improve their life.

The elected leaders are equally poor, uneducated. They have the desire to become rich. The only business model they know is to rob the treasury and baitulmal and the tabung haji and the political coffers.

Both are to be blamed.

Personally I try to dissociate and fight hard not to be sucked into this culture of poverty.  Fortunately I have a business model which works. I use my know how to earn an honest living. I also require help from KNOW WHO but not at the expense of sacrificing my principles. I break barriers by moving away from the tribal and local marketplace. The challenge is to find a product and business model  that has appeals beyond your national shores.

So the solutions is FIND a BUSINESS MODEL TO GET OUT FROM THIS Culture of Poverty. Then work hard to defend, promote, develop it further.


Old malaya – The Parit Water babies

June 28, 2009

In Kedah canals were dug to irrigate. In Johor canals were dug to drain the peaty and swampy low lying plains. You see hundred of  PARITS as they are known as you travel  the length of the western coast of Johor.

It was an engineering feat. By the middle of the 19th century, the whole of the west coast  Johore was opened up for agriculture. It became heavily populated. The combination of a visionary Sultan and the hardworking Javanese made Johore one of the wealthiest Malay state and no more the back water of Singapura.

My kampung, Bagan, was the second oldest settlement in Batu Pahat. Minyak Beku where the name Batiu Pahat got its name is located, is the oldest.

Almost all  kampungs have been named after the Parits. Parit Besar where my family settled down was the biggest parit in the settlement or Mukim of Bagan, thus the name, Big Parit.

Now, at 20 feet wide and six feet deep,  it is half of its original size.

I could still visualize a few images of the man made canal.

The Parit was directly draining to the Straits of Malacca. For all intent and purpose it was  a man made river, with high and low tides .

In the 1800s, the parit was alas the main infrastructure for transport. Before the opening of Batu Pahat in 1890, the wealthy shopped in Singapore. The mode of transport were the sampan. It was door to door. Get into the sampan, sail to Singapore, do your shopping and sail back to Bagan and row upstream with the sampan fully laden.

The Parit was the source of fun for the kids a generation ahead of me. The weekends when there were the morning tides, meant Friday and Saturday mornings of fun in the water. My brother and cousins who were about  10 to15 years older then me , had their own dug out. They built their own dug out from trunks of pulai. They were the water babies.

I could visualize the school of belanak during high tide, swimming a good 2 km upstream. These are things you could not see even at the shore now. Then there were the belangkas which nobody bothered to catch.

At low tide,  thousand of tiny red crabs would start appearing on the muddy banks of the Parit. There were even crayfish which the locals call lengkoro. I saw similar creatures on Christmas Island in Discovery channel. During low tide the cray fish would make openings out of its nest leaving a volcano like heap of mud called senjabut. Unsightly. These biological terms are no longer in use.

In the mid sixties, the West Johore Drainage Program started. Tidal dykes with tidal gates were constructed, along the whole length of the west coast of Johor. That was the end of marine life in Parit Besar. That was the end of the tide, the belanak, the sejambut, lengkoro, and the dug outs.

I wanted to have my own dugout but by the time I was ready, the man made river literally dried up.

Man versus nature. The landscape also changed. Instead of Coconut, rubber trees became dominant. Now it is oil palm.

The Parit got clogged up. In 2007 the upstream kampung experienced the worst flooding in years. The grandchildren of the buffalo soldiers and drainage engineers, just could not appreciate the importance of the parits.  After 200 years, history is repaeting itself.


Lee Kuan Yew’s visit to Malaysia – Strategic or Nostalgic?

June 23, 2009

The recent Lee Kuan Yew’s  visit to Malaysia  was spinned as a nostalgic visit. Included in the program was  the the call to Tok Guru, Rosmah and Lim Guan Eng of Penang.

LKY is a smart cookie. Do you think he was  really interested to meet up with Tok Guru or Rosmah? Is he so nostalgic?  Isn’t  Lim Guan Eng the Penang  (read DAP) State Government the real target. Are not the rest  just decoys?

For the first time in the history of Malaya DAP captured 3 states, the very thing LKY failed to do in 1963 .

What say you?? How does the Malaysian intelligentsia read this?


Siapa it Ulama? Bahagian Kedua : ulama atau Habar?

May 17, 2009

Menarik sekali didalam bahasa Greek, istilah  pengetahuan atau ilmu  ialah SCIENCE. Secara umumnya sains adalah ilmu yang diperolehi dengan kaedah yang berdisiplin, bersistem, tertib dan berurutan. Sekiranya ulama itu adalah istilah Greek, hanya mereka yang memperolehi ilmu dengan saintifik layak bergelar ulama. Termasuklah mereka yang memperolehi ilmu agama, kerana saya berpendapat mengkaji AlQuran dan Kitab-Kitab Allah perlu pendekatan logik, tertib, berdisiplin, atau dilain kata pendekatan saintifik.

Saya lanjutkan hujah saya dengan mengatakan bahwa sebenarnya ulama yang dimaksudkan Allah didalam AlQuran merangkumi semua cabang ilmu, tidak terhad kepada ilmu agama.

Saya berpegang kuat kepada kepercayaan bahawa segala prinsip  ilmu  adalah sunatullah yang datangnya dari Allah. Saya juga berpegang kepada prinsip segala yang baik, dan ilmu itu semuanya baik, adalah datangnya dari Allah dan segala yang jahat itu datangnya dari manusia.

Ayat 27  dan 28 Surah Fatir (35),  perkatan Ulama seolah olah didifinasikan

Tidakkah engkau lihat bahwa Allah  menurunkan hujan dari langit lalu kami keluarkan dengan air hujan itu buah-buahan berlainan jenis dan rupanya, dan diantara gunung ganang pula ada yang mempunyai jalur-jalur serta lorong putih dan merah  yang berlainan warnanya ada yang    hitam  legam dan demikian pula diantara manusia dan binatang yang melata serta binatang ternak ad yang berlainan jenis dan warnanya,

Sebenarnya yang bimbang dan yang mengabdikan dirinnya kepada Allah adalah orang yang berilmu (ULAMA), sesungguhnya Allah maha kuasa lagi amat pengampun.

Di permulaan ayat Tidakkah kau melihat mencabar dan mengajak manusia mengkaji, menyelidik dan mencari ilmu didalam pelbagai cabang.  Diberi pula contoh, dari kajicuaca, fiziks, biologi, geologi, zoology, dan sebagainya. Mereka yang mengkaji ilmu-ilmu Allah ini diberi gelaran yang Berilmu, ULAMA.

Ayat yang berikutnya disebut pula cabang ilmu dari Kitab Allah.

Dengan ilmu yang diperolehi, menimbulkan ketaqwaan kepada Allah, maka layaklah seseorang itu dipanggil ULAMA.  Persoalannya adakah layak mereka yang hanya mendalami hanya  kitab Allah   dipanggil Ulama?

Didalam Alquran pendita agama atau agamawan disebut HABAR.

Siapa itu Habar? tunggu di tulisan yang akan datang. Adakah ini bermakna ahli agama yang tidak berpengetahuan sains  dan tidak saintifik tidak layak digelar ulama? Mereka hanya alhabar?