U.N. Chief: Anti-Islam Filmmaker Abused Freedom Of Expression

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Bern September 11, 2012. REUTERS/Pascal Lauener

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday the maker of an anti-Islam film that triggered violent protests across the Muslim world abused his right to freedom of expression by making the movie, which he called a “disgraceful and shameful act.”

The film, posted on the Internet under several titles including “Innocence of Muslims,” mocked the Prophet Mohammad and portrayed him as a womanizer and a fool.

It sparked days of deadly anti-American violence in many Muslim countries, including an assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in Libya in which the U.S. ambassador died.

“Freedoms of expression should be and must be guaranteed and protected, when they are used for common justice, common purpose,” Ban told a news conference.

“When some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others’ values and beliefs, then this cannot be protected in such a way.”

“My position is that freedom of expression, while it is a fundamental right and privilege, should not be abused by such people, by such a disgraceful and shameful act,” he said.

A California man convicted of bank fraud was taken in for questioning on Saturday by U.S. authorities investigating possible probation violations stemming from the making of the video. He has denied involvement in the film and has now gone into hiding.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by David Brunnstrom

I agree with the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that freedom of expression should not be abused to provoke or humiliate some others’ values and beliefs.

I protest over what Sam Bacile did as well as over the violence and killings during the protests over the film in some countries.

Muslims must protest but it must be done in a peaceful assembly or in other peaceful ways because that is how good Muslims should behave.

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Peaceful Assembly Over ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Is A Waste Of Time But Bersih Is Not?

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Perak DAP chief Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham angered lots of Malaysian Muslims when he asked whether Muslims were “wasting time and energy” in protesting against ‘Innocence of Muslims’, a film that insults Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

He was referring to a peaceful assembly which will take place on Friday over the matter.

As a leader, YB Ngeh Koo Ham must understand that insulting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Islam is a very serious matter to the Muslims.

And he also must remember that Islam is the religion of the Federation of Malaysia and all leaders must respect our constitution.

And good Muslims do not insult other religions and cause violence while protesting for our rights as misunderstood by some people.

So how about Bersih and other PR’s demonstrations?

Has YB Ngeh Koo Ham ever ask the question if taking part in Bersih 3.0 illegal demonstration was “wasting time and energy”.

And now YB Ngeh Koo Ham said that some people had twisted the meaning of his tweet.

He was reported to say, “There is no doubt that I condemn the video but my tweet was a question and not a statement as some have claimed, belittled Islam.”

I think that he should not tweet the question especially when DAP together with PAS and PKR took part in lots of demonstrations that sometimes turned violent.

Another non Muslim leader, MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that Ngeh’s comments reflected insensitivity towards the feelings of Muslims.

I am scared if there are Muslims who think that taking part in demonstrations over political, freedom and human rights issues like Bersih is more important than fighting for Islam.

I wonder what will PAS say about this matter and is PAS willing to leave the Pakatan Rakyat as suggested by YB Nasharudin Mat Isa?

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Photos: Powerful Typhoon Sanba Batters North, South Korea

A view of a waterfront park flooded by Typhoon Sanba in Yeosu, about 460 km (286 miles) south of Seoul September 17, 2012. Tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate and hundreds of sea and air passenger services were cancelled as the powerful typhoon made landfall in southern South Korea on Monday, local Yonhap news agency reported. REUTERS/Hyong Min-woo/Yonhap

On September 17, 2012, a powerful Typhoon Sanba batters North and South Korea.

It brought high waves, strong wind, heavy rains, caused flood, damaged roads and buildings.

This is a disaster.

A powerful Typhoon Bolaven pounded South and North Korea at the end of August, 2012.

High waves beat upon a coast road in Busan, about 420 km (261 miles) southeast of Seoul September 17, 2012. Tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate and hundreds of sea and air passenger services were cancelled as the powerful Typhoon Sanba made landfall in southern South Korea on Monday, local Yonhap news agency reported. REUTERS/Jo Jung-ho/Yonhap
In this photo released by Yeosu City and distributed via Yonhap News Agency, high waves caused by Typhoon Sanba crash on beach in Yeosu, south of Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Yeosu City via Yonhap)
High waves, caused by Typhoon Sanba, crash on a seaside road in Yeosu, south of Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Hyung Min-soo)
Residents walk on a road broken by Typhoon Sanba in Yeosu, about 460 km (286 miles) south of Seoul September 17, 2012. Tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate and hundreds of sea and air passenger services were cancelled as the powerful typhoon Sanba made landfall in southern South Korea on Monday, local Yonhap news agency reported. REUTERS/Ryu Hyong-kun/Newsis.
A retaining wall, which has collapsed on top of cars, is seen after heavy rains caused by Typhoon Sanba in Yeosu, about 460 km (286 miles) south of Seoul September 17, 2012. Tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate and hundreds of sea and air passenger services were cancelled as the powerful typhoon Sanba made landfall in southern South Korea on Monday, local Yonhap news agency reported. Car license plates pixellated at source.(REUTERS)
A ferry terminal at Tongyeong port is seen flooded by rains brought by Typhoon Sanba in Tongyeong, about 450 km (280 miles) southeast of Seoul September 17, 2012. Tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate and hundreds of sea and air passenger services were cancelled as the powerful typhoon made landfall in southern South Korea on Monday, local Yonhap news agency reported. REUTERS/Sin Joon-hee/Yonhap
Workers of a hotel carry a chair at a park flooded by Typhoon Sanba in Yeosu, about 460 km (286 miles) south of Seoul September 17, 2012. Tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate and hundreds of sea and air passenger services were cancelled as a powerful typhoon made landfall in southern South Korea on Monday, local Yonhap news agency reported. REUTERS/Hyong Min-woo/Yonhap

 

The Wedding Of Dr. Ishak Mas’ud’s Son

On Sept 16, 2012 I went to the German Malaysian Institute to attend the wedding celebration of Uncle Dr. Ishak Mas’ud’s and Aunty Wadi’s son.

The groom’s name is Muhammad Hafeez and the bride’s name is Nurul Iffah.

Over there I met my pediatrician, Uncle Dr. Khairul, his wife and Uncle Raja Ahmad Aminullah.

Dr Khairul used to work at the Al-iSLAM Specialist Hospital (AISH) in Kampung Baru.

From left is me, my father, Kashah and Dr. Khairul (R) at the German Malaysian Institute.
I also met Uncle Raja Ahmad Aminullah at the wedding.

I only ate the sweet watermelon and grapes and drank the tasty orange juice because I was too full after eating the roast lamb at Uncle Datuk Paduka Prof.  Mohamad Abu Bakar’s open house and another plate of lamb, a bowl of cendol and ice-cream at ISMA’s open house.

We met a lot of AISH’s staffs at the wedding and we also met Aunty Sham.

At ISMA’s open house, I met Uncle Aminuddin Yahya,  Uncle Ustaz Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman, Uncle Dr. Yusri Mohammad and a lot of other NGOs leaders and members. 

Uncle Aminuddin Yahya is also the president of PEMBELA.

Uncle Aminuddin Yahya (L) and me at ISMA’s open house. 

Meeting Datuk Seri Najib’s Political Secretary, Datuk Sahlan Ismail

Yesterday I went to Uncle Datuk Sahlan bin Ismail’s Eid open house.

Uncle Datuk Sahlan is the Prime Minister’s political secretary.

I ate ketupat with chicken rendang and drank orange juice.

I asked him questions regarding BN and PR.

I was asking Uncle Datuk Sahlan some questions.

He told me that BN is the best choice for Malaysia.

And we agree that even though BN did lots of wrong things, but PR is much worse.

One thing that I learn is BN supporters and politicians accept that BN is not perfect but PR supporters and politicians always claim to be perfect and would blame others for all the bad things that they did.

We can only be better if we can learn from our mistakes.

I am very happy to meet Uncle Datuk Sahlan and even happier because he said that I’m a good understander and a good listener.

i am very happy to meet Uncle Datuk Sahlan.

A Man Named Jalil, A Story By Ahmad Ali Karim (Chapter 3)

Please click here for Chapter 2

Jalil rushed to his office to attend the conference. He parked his car and ran into his office. When he reached the conference room, he found out that nobody was there yet. He was very proud to be the first person to arrive for the conference. So he setup the projector and get things ready  for his important presentation.

Soon more people came into the conference room. People looked at him as if something was wrong with him. Jalil looked at himself and realised that he accidentally wear a tuxedo instead of a jacket! No wonder people were looking at him.

After the conference, they had a business meeting. They discussed about ways to look for new costumers and to attract more people to buy their goods. Jalil said to his boss, “I think that we should also try to attract the kids,” he said. “We should use glitters and colourful lights at the kids department of our stores. That will attract more kids’. His boss looked at him and said, “Wonderful! What a great idea! Ten dollars for you, Jamil.” Jalil cleared his throat and said, ‘I am Jalil, boss, not Jamil’.

At home, Jalil looked at the ten dollars note that he received from his boss. Then, “MREEEEOW!” He looked outside and saw his cat fighting with his horse. The cat ran inside the house followed by a few chickens in a parade. Jalil was stunned, “A cat fighting with a horse? It must be the effect of the wrong food that I fed them this morning,” Jalil said to himself.

Jalil chased the cat. The cat ran into his library and jumped onto his armchair. Jalil leaped towards the armchair to catch the cat but he accidentally knocked down the armchair and fell down on the floor together with the armchair. He could not catch the cat because it had already jumped up onto the ceiling fan! The cat looked at Jalil and the armchair and it went up the stairs to Jalil’s bedroom followed by the chickens in a parade with Jalil at the back of the line chasing after them.

Soon the chase was over. Jalil managed to catch the cat and chased away the animals from his house. He locked the door and looked at the mess that they had caused. Outside his house the cats and the horses and the chickens had stopped fighting. Jalil was too tired to clean up the mess, so he walked to the library and sat down to read his book, ‘Darry Doment’ again hopping that for once he can enjoy his book in peace and quiet.

~The End~

Will YB Karpal Dare To Sue YB Nasha?

YB Nasharudin Mat Isa still said that he will not apologise to YB Karpal Singh.

So now, will YB Karpal Singh sue YB Nasharudin?

This will be an interesting case since both of them are leaders of two different parties in the Pakatan Rakyat, YB Nasharudin Mat Isa is a PAS leader while YB Karpal Singh is DAP’s senior leader.

So, if YB Karpal sues YB Nasharudin, will PAS be supporting YB Nasharudin or YB Karpal?

Would PAS dare to support YB Nasharudin and go against Pakatan Rakyat’s Orange Book?

And will YB Karpal dare to sue YB Nasharudin and cause trouble for DAP and it’s ally party, PAS?

And who will win the case and the support of their parties and supporters?

YB Nasharudin or YB Karpal?

Muslims Protest Over ‘Innocence of Muslims’

Protest against ‘Innocence of Muslims’ in Basra, Iraq Sept 12, 2012 (Picture from Utusan)

Protest were held in Libya and Egypt against a film that insult Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by radical Americans.

The title of the film is ‘Innocence of Muslims’ and the producer is Sam Bacile.

The evil film is very insulting and anger Muslims from all over the world.

As the result, an American ambassador, Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed during an attack by angry Libyans at the U.S. Consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi Tuesday night.

The Libyans were very angry about the humiliation but they should not kill the ambassador or other Americans when someone else produced the film.

Of course, I am very angry about the film too but as Muslims we can’t cause violence and kill a person just like that.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister,  Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants the film to be banned in Malaysia.

I really agree with him because people who support freedom of speech could be influenced by the film and may do more crazy things to insult the Muslims or people from other religions.

And there might be people who might loose their patience after watching the film and might hold violent demonstrations at the American Embassy like what happened in Libya, Egypt and some other countries. 

I think that the American government must understand the sensitivity of the Muslims and do not let the freedom of speech to be misused by their citizens to insult and humiliate other religions and the rights of other people.

I am sorry that four Americans were killed and lots of others are unsafe because of one useless film. 

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M’sian Latest Stamp: The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II And the Royal Visit.

The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II stamp series.

This morning, I went to the General Post Office at Dayabumi Complex, Kuala Lumpur for the launch of a very beautiful new stamp series, The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

We queued for almost 4 hours!
The queue was so long that people had to queue in the sun outside of the building.

I reached there at about 8:30 am but the queue was already very long. I had to queue for about 4 hours to buy the stamps! Thankfully we arrived quite early because people who arrived 10 minutes after us had to queue in the sun. While waiting, I saw my big sister Kafah weeping and when I asked her why, she said that she felt dizzy. My mother took her away to find a seat and she fainted. But after a short while, she was okay. After that she waited for us in the office.

Below is the front side of the folder.

When we reached the counter, the stamp sheets were already sold out and the folders are almost sold out too. We bought some First Day Cover with Miniature SheetFirst Day Cover with Stamps, Maniature SheetFolder and some stamps.

Stamps to mark the royal visit of Prince William and his wife to Malaysia.

Both stamps are RM 1.50 while the miniature sheet is RM 5.00. One of the of the stamps from The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is a replica of the 10 cents red coloured 1953 Malaya Selangor Queen Elizabeth II Coronation stamp. The other is of Prince William and his wife to mark their royal visit to Malaysia from September 13 to 15, 2012.

First Day Cover with Stamps
First Day Cover with Miniature Sheet

Fortunately at about 1:30 pm the post office received a new stock of the stamp sheets and we managed to buy some. Both stamp sheets are beautiful but I prefer the replica of the 10 cents red coloured 1953 Malaya Selangor Queen Elizabeth II Coronation stamp. The whole series of The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is very beautiful and I am so happy to be able to buy them. It is worth the very long queue.

The stamp sheets.
My photo at the post office.
Abang Moza and me.
Luckily we managed to buy the stamp sheets.

A Man Named Jalil, A Story By Ahmad Ali Karim (Chapter 2)

Please click here for Chapter 1

After feeding the animals Jalil went upstairs to his bathroom to take a bath. And then he went down to the kitchen to drink coffee. He went straight to the fridge and took out a bottle and pour it into his mug. He almost drink it when he saw something that puzzled him. His coffee is white instead of black! He looked at his mug and wonder what had happened to his coffee. Then he realised that it was milk and not coffee!

So Jalil walked to his kitchen cabinet and take out his coffee powder. He opened the container and … “Oh dear, I have no more coffee,” sighed Jalil. He walked out of his kitchen to his front door to go out to buy coffee at a nearby store. He opened the door when his phone rang. He answered the phone and the caller said, ” Hi! I am Kamal. Can I come over for lunch, please?” Jalil answered, “Sure, Kamal”.

It was already 12 o’clock, Jalil went up and down the stairs looking for his phone. He found it at the same time when his friend, Kamal arrived. “Kamal!” exclaimed Jalil excitedly. “You’re even taller than I remembered”. 

They ate tasty cheese pizza and delicious lasagna, and drank coffee that Jalil had just bought from the nearby store. They were very happy to see each other for they had not met for a long, long time. Kamal was amazed when Jalil told him how well did the horses, the chickens and the cats ate after he accidentally fed the wrong food to the wrong animals.

After Kamal left, Jalil went to his library to read his book again. He read out loud so that he could remember where he was. “Chapter 4: The Dinner,” he read. “After th…” “RRRIIIIINNNG, RRRIIIIINNNG, RRRIIIIINNNG,” It was the alarm clock again. It was so loud and noisy but Jalil went on reading. Then he remembered that he must attend an important conference at 2 o’clock. He immediately ran upstairs and turned off the alarm. He took out a black tuxedo and ran to his cupboard to take out a white shirt.

To be continued…