Friday, 15 May 2009

may 13th 1969 forum

in conjunction with the may 13th 1969 entry, the reb is posting an entry here to link to the DAP-organized forum on the same topic in PJ on that night. close to 3,000 people attended the event. here are the video links to the speakers (taken with courtesy from lim kit siang's blog):

speech by lim kit siang:

speech by anwar ibrahim:

speech by azmi sharum:

speech by k. ragunath:

speech by tunku abdul aziz:

speech by nizar jamaluddin:

speech by tricia yeoh:

speech by n.h. chan:

Thursday, 14 May 2009

duke conference on archaeology - mp3 files

Audio of Duke Conference on Archaeology, Politics, and the Media

(thanks to jim west for the link)

The following post contains mp3 files of papers presented at Duke University on April 23th and 24th, 2009. Thanks to the conference organizers, sponsors, and presenters for permission to post the audio.

For notes on the papers and the conference, see Robert Cargill’s blog (day 1 & day 2). Also note that some of these papers are available from Duke’s itunes.


Eric Meyers, Introduction
Michael Schoenfeld, Welcome
Byron McCane, Scholars Behaving Badly: Sensationalism and Archaeology in the Media
Milton Moreland, Forged by a Genius: Scholarly Responses to History Channel Meets CSI
Christopher Rollston, An Ancient Medium in the Modern Media: Stages of Semitic Inscriptions
Jonathan Reed, The Lure of Proof and the Legacy of Biblical Archaeology: Scholars and the Media
Question and Answer Period
Eric Cline, Fabulous Finds and Fantastic Forgeries: The Distortion of Archaeology by the Media Pseudoarchaeology
Joe Zias, Response
Morag Kersel, The Power of the Press Release and Popular Magazines on the Antiquities Trade
Annabel Wharton, Response

Chad Spigel, Response
Mark Goodacre, The Talpiot Tomb and the Bloggers
A.K.M. Adam, Response
Patty Gerstenblith, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Cultural Heritage


Nina Burleigh, Inside the Collector’s Lair and Other Tales from the Biblical Antiquities Trade in Israel and the USA
Mark Pinsky, The Holy Land Experience
Tony Cartledge, Walk about Jerusalem: Protestant Pilgrims in the Holy Land

Bert de Vries, Umm el-Jimal
S. Thomas Parker, Response
Eric Meyers, The Quest for the Temple Mount: The Settler Movement and National Parks in Israel
Rebecca Stein, Response
Ethan Bronner, Archaeology, Politics and the Media: A View from Jerusalem
Ray Bruce, Observations
Moira Bucciarelli, Observations
Eric Powell, Observations
Andy Vaughn, Summary of the Conference

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

let the ghost of may 13th 1969 be buried

today is the 40th anniversary of may 13 1969 incident in malaysia. to find out more from declassified documents, read kua kia song's book May 13 Declassified Document on the Malaysian Riot of 1969

better still, let the ghost of may 13 rest in peace. it has been constantly played up by our prime ministers, used as a bogeyman to frighten voters to vote for the government, and part of the official government spin of what will happen to us today if we don't learn the lessons from may 13. what really happened on may 13 1969? was it really racial riots on a nation-wide basis? or something confined? in really. it was confined to urban areas. the rural folks went on with their life relatively undisturbed. was it an orchestrated attempt to remove the leader in power? will the real truth be told and heard? the reb is not saying there were no bloodshed. there was and this should not be easily forgotten. but we should not allow something like this to be used against us in order for some to stay in power.

for now, it is 40 years in the past. we have moved on. there are those who want us to go back, create the atmosphere of fear, use that to control the masses. times have changed. people are not gullible today.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

no second guess - it's topsy-turvy time again in perak

the court of appeal today on fast track granted stay of execution for ex-mb zambry's appeal against the high court decision yesterday (who some says become MB again). so, who is the legitimate MB in perak?

not only that, with the super-speed court of appeal's decision (formed today with just one judge sitting instead of the usual 3 and met at 11.45am instead of the appointed time of 2.30pm), nizar is unable to fulfill his role as MB. so, we have nizar still as legitimate MB because the court of appeal did not overturn the high court decision but nizar cannot carry out his official duties.

what does all this mean? we have a state with no government in power!

and whatever appeal nizar seeks to make, the court of appeal may sit on it since the court of appeal did not set any date to meet. again, what does this mean? no need to guess...

some say all these was planned by BN. never mind the high court decision. BN will act civilized to respect court's decision. hopefully, rakyat will notice. PR may win one fight, BN will make sure the court of appeal will grant stay.

so it is back to square one.

so now, PR vacate their offices, so also to act civilized as to respecting the court of appeal's decision.

and so, round and round we go ... round the mulberry bush (so, should the reb say, round the democracy tree).

upcoming - seminar on book of psalms

this weekend, the reb will be teaching a seminar on the book of psalms in emmanuel methodist church pj. for more details, see the picture above. on sunday, he will preach in EMC on a psalm (of course).

Monday, 11 May 2009

unexpected but now what? we have 2 MBs, 2 Speakers

Hidup rakyat Perak! High Court rules in favour of Nizar

Monday, 11 May 2009

By SK English News

The KL High Court has ruled in favour of Pakatan Rakyat Menteri Besar Nizar Jamaluddin in the lawsuit he filed against Umno leader Zambry Kadir for wrongfully and illegally usurping his position as chief minister of Perak after a coup d’etat orchestrated by Prime Minister Najib Razak three months ago.

“The High Court’s decision is that Nizar is still the rightful Menteri Besar based on the Constitution. Nizar never faced a vote of no-confidence by the state assembly,” said Justice Abdul Aziz Abd Rahim who delivered the judgment.

His verdict has sparked a tidal wave of cheers and jubilation across the state and the rest of the country. For three full and painful months, both Perakians and Malaysians have suffered as Najib’s Umno-BN refused to respect the wishes of the Perak people for fresh election to re-determine their leaders.

“Hidup rakyat Perak! Nizar MB sah,” said Tian Chua, Keadilan strategic affairs director. “Let us now pray that the PM will honour the court’s decision and not throw in obstacles at all costs to block Nizar’s return. We also hope that the Sultan will recognise the ruling and more importantly the wishes of his subjects.”

Even AG conceded that Sultan could not sack or dismiss Nizar

On Feb 13, Nizar had filed for a judicial review application and sought a declaration that he is the rightful MB. He also wanted the court to declare that the Feb 6 appointment of Zambry by the Sultan of Perak was unconstitutional.

His counsel argued that on Feb 4, Nizar he had sought an audience with the Sultan to dissolve the 59-seat Perak state assembly, which was deadlocked with the Pakatan Rakyat and Umno-BN having 28 seats each.

The status of three former Pakatan assemblymen were in question at that point in time as the Speaker of the assembly had ruled that they had resigned and their seats vacated.

Nizar also wanted the Sultan to give the voters the opportunity to elect a new government to bring about political stability. He advised the Sultan to dissolve the assembly, which is withing his right as the reigning MB under Article 36(2) of the Perak constitution.

Nizar’s lead counsel Sulaiman Abdullah also that a Menteri Besar or Chief Minister of a state could not be dismissed from office as the head of government does not hold office at the pleasure of the Head of State or the Sultan.

He said the Menteri Besar or Chief Minister could be removed only through a vote of no confidence in the state assembly. He cited the principle outlined in the case of Stephen Kalong Ningkan -v- Tun Abang Haji Openg where the High Court said the test whether a Chief Minister had ceased to command the confidence of the majority was in the House, not outside of it.

In Nizar’s case, Sulaiman said he did not go through such process to warrant a resignation. Nizar could first advise the Sultan to dissolve the House after losing a confidence vote. If the Sultan used his discretion not to dissolve the House, only then Nizar has to tender his resignation together with his executive councillors.

What Zambry had said

Whereas Zambry’s case, supported by an affidavit affirmed by State Legal Adviser Datuk Ahmad Kamal Md Shahid, was based on the notion that the Sultan refused Nizar’s request for dissolution on grounds that Nizar had lost the confidence of the majority assemblymen. Ahmad Kamal claimed Nizar had invoked Article 16(6) of the State Constitution.

Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail, who acted as intervener, said Nizar had lost the majority, from 31 to 28 and as such no longer commanded the confidence of the majority. He said the Sultan had conducted his own enquiry like interviewing the 31 assemblymen, including the three who crossed over, to come to a conclusion.

Abdul Gani conceded that Nizar could not be sacked or dismissed but he is deemed to have resigned once the political numbers were against him. He said the Sultan, a former Lord President, acted in accordance with the Constitution or else he would have abdicated his duty.

Zambry’s counsel, Cecil Abraham went one step further, saying it was not the Sultan who dismissed Nizar but the constitution itself. There was a provision that provides for Nizar’s position to be vacated, he said.

swine flu, bird flu, mad cow etc... it's still not bad after all

with the H1N1 going around and making everyone jittery about what to eat, where to go, what to touch etc, here's something that has been going around the internet through the emails.


Can't eat chicken,

Becos Bird flu.

Can't eat Beef,

Becos Mad cow....

Can't eat eggs,

Becos Salmonella.

Can't eat fish,

Becos heavy metal poisons in their waters.

Can't eat fruits and veggies,

Becos insecticides and herbicides.













I believe that only leaves Chocolate and ice cream!!!!!!!!

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