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Saturday, August 16, 2014

ATTENTION FOLKS ... IT IS HERE IN MALAY ... WHO OWNS THE WORD 'ALLAH'?

 Photo: KALIMAH ALLAH MILIK SIAPA? 
PRAKATA
Oleh Azly Rahman 

Salam hormat pembaca budiman,

Semenjak aku mula menulis berkenaan tanah tumpah darahku Malaysia sekitar 2006, aku mendapat ratusan permintaan agar karyaku diterjemahkan buat para penutur bahasa kebangsaan, Bahasa Melayu.

Aku selalu merasakan bahawa apa yang aku cuba nukilkan buat memperbaiki kehidupan rakyat lain seperti aku, terutamanya anak-anak yang bijak-pandai generasi mendatang, tidak akan sempurna jika tidak ramai yang dapat mencapai ratusan tulisan-tulisan yang telah aku hasilkan selama lebih kurang lapan tahun. Aku masih terus menulis walaupun mengetahui bahawa hanya segelintir penutur yang fasih Bahasa Inggeris akan mendapat manfaat, sementara dalam hati aku tertunggu-tunggu tibanya hari di mana hadirnya penerbit yang akan berminat dalam mengumpulkan tulisan-tulisan utamaku ke dalam Bahasa Melayu. 

Aku terhutang idea ini dengan para pembacaku yang telah memberikan ilham, dorongan dan kritikan kepadaku untuk terus menulis. Karyaku semakin bertambah baik dengan berkongsi apa ada pada negara dalam hematku dan mencadangkan jalan yang sepatutnya diambil untuk menjadikan haluan negara ke arah kemajuan, pengertian (meaningfulness), dan kepuasan masih mampu ditanggung. Laluan yang kita susuri ini sambil menunggang arus globalisasi adalah suatu yang mencabar.  Ianya perlu difahami seramai yang mungkin. Idea yang wajar dilaksanakan perlu dikongsikan dalam dua bahasa paling luas dituturkan: Bahasa Inggeris dan Bahasa Melayu.

Esei-esei dalam judul ini kebanyakan diambil daripada artikel-artikelku yang muncul di Malaysiakini terutamanya yang ditulis dari 2010 hingga ke 2012. 
Aku telah mengarang kesemuanya dengan semangat yang mendalam dan dengan harapan idea-idea ini akan merancakkan dengan lebih lanjut dialog berkenaan isu-isu yang rapat dengan kita. Aku percaya negara kita perlu bergerak melampaui kehambaran dan bahaya politik yang memecah-belah dan mula berfikir dengan rasional (intellectualise) isu-isu yang menghambat keadaan kemodenan melampau (hypermodernity), menganalisis menggunakan tinjauan kritikal, dan kemudiannya membawa cadangan penyelesaian yang lebih dekat dengan kehendak hati dan impian rakyat tentang Malaysia yang lebih baik
.
Dalam menulis kumpulan esei ini, yang telah pun berjumlah lebih daripada 300 naskhah semenjak 2006, terdetik dalam fikiranku khalayak yang matang seperti anda, yang berhasrat untuk pergi lebih jauh daripada sekadar di peringkat analisis deskriptif dalam pembacaan tentang masyarakat, politik, pendidikan dan budaya. Aku mahu sidang pembaca turut diperkenalkan dengan bahasa teori budaya yang canggih – bahasa yang mampu memberikan sudut pandang pelbagai segi atau tinjauan kaleidoskopik terbaik tentang “keadaan kemodenan melampau (hypermodern)” yang melemaskan masyarakat kita saat ini.

Aku harap anda semua akan mendapati judul terjemahan ini tidak hanya bermaklumat malah turut mencabar keinginan yang membuak-buak untuk membincangkan isu-isu masakini. Aku harap ia turut menjana perbincangan yang baik terhadap visi kita untuk mencipta Malaysia yang lebih baik yang akan kita nikmati sebagai sebuah bangsa yang benar-benar jamak-budaya yang meluap-luap ingin membebaskan diri daripada rantaian perkauman, materialisme dan segala bentuk penindasan.

Aku bersyukur bahawa impianku untuk melihat tulisanku dalam Bahasa Melayu yang indah menjadi kenyataan. Aku berterima kasih kepada pembaca-pembacaku atas sokongan berterusan, dan penerbitku GerakBudaya serta “Pak Chong” dalam melihat perlunya terjemahan ini, dan penghargaan yang lebih utama kepada penterjemah berbakat dan pakar budaya dunia seni persembahan Melayu, Pauline Fan yang aku berbangga dapat bekerja dengannya dalam projek ini. Penghargaan teristimewa juga buat Sherly Kusumasetiadi atas pengurusan projek yang cemerlang, dan sahabat dunia akademik yang paling dihargai Dr. Lim Teck Ghee, Profesor Murray Hunter dan Dr. Bakri Musa yang sentiasa memberikan sokongan.
Dengan rendah diri, aku mengaku projek ini tidak akan menjadi kenyataan tanpa sokongan anda. Aku berharap anda dapat menikmati tulisan-tulisan yang telah dipilih dengan cermat daripada dua buku terbaharu tulisanku, “The Allah Controvery: and Other Essays on Malaysian Hypermodernity“ dan “Dark Spring: Essays on the Ideological Roots of Malaysia's General Elections 13“.

Wassalam.
Azly Rahman,
Julai 2014


ANNOUNCEMENT: ATTENTION FOLKS
that little biggie-small announcement
no big surprise ...

My fifth book in the MALAY LANGUAGE
KALIMAH ALLAH MILIK SIAPA?
translated by Pauline Fan
published by SIRD/Gerakbudaya
is ready to be out in major Malaysian bookstores
on 31 August 2014 ...

My sixth book in the English Language
ON MALAYSIA'S NEW POLITICS: BEYOND MAHATHIRISM, and THE MULTIMEDIA SUPER CORRIDOR
published by SIRD/Gerakbudaya
with a foreword by Professor Edmund Terrance Gomez
is in the final stages of editing and planned to be out
the end of September 2014

what a pleasure writing is ... -- ar



KALIMAH ALLAH MILIK SIAPA?
PRAKATA
Oleh Azly Rahman

Salam hormat pembaca budiman,
Photo: KALIMAH ALLAH MILIK SIAPA? 
PRAKATA
Oleh Azly Rahman 

Salam hormat pembaca budiman,

Semenjak aku mula menulis berkenaan tanah tumpah darahku Malaysia sekitar 2006, aku mendapat ratusan permintaan agar karyaku diterjemahkan buat para penutur bahasa kebangsaan, Bahasa Melayu.

Aku selalu merasakan bahawa apa yang aku cuba nukilkan buat memperbaiki kehidupan rakyat lain seperti aku, terutamanya anak-anak yang bijak-pandai generasi mendatang, tidak akan sempurna jika tidak ramai yang dapat mencapai ratusan tulisan-tulisan yang telah aku hasilkan selama lebih kurang lapan tahun. Aku masih terus menulis walaupun mengetahui bahawa hanya segelintir penutur yang fasih Bahasa Inggeris akan mendapat manfaat, sementara dalam hati aku tertunggu-tunggu tibanya hari di mana hadirnya penerbit yang akan berminat dalam mengumpulkan tulisan-tulisan utamaku ke dalam Bahasa Melayu. 

Aku terhutang idea ini dengan para pembacaku yang telah memberikan ilham, dorongan dan kritikan kepadaku untuk terus menulis. Karyaku semakin bertambah baik dengan berkongsi apa ada pada negara dalam hematku dan mencadangkan jalan yang sepatutnya diambil untuk menjadikan haluan negara ke arah kemajuan, pengertian (meaningfulness), dan kepuasan masih mampu ditanggung. Laluan yang kita susuri ini sambil menunggang arus globalisasi adalah suatu yang mencabar.  Ianya perlu difahami seramai yang mungkin. Idea yang wajar dilaksanakan perlu dikongsikan dalam dua bahasa paling luas dituturkan: Bahasa Inggeris dan Bahasa Melayu.

Esei-esei dalam judul ini kebanyakan diambil daripada artikel-artikelku yang muncul di Malaysiakini terutamanya yang ditulis dari 2010 hingga ke 2012. 
Aku telah mengarang kesemuanya dengan semangat yang mendalam dan dengan harapan idea-idea ini akan merancakkan dengan lebih lanjut dialog berkenaan isu-isu yang rapat dengan kita. Aku percaya negara kita perlu bergerak melampaui kehambaran dan bahaya politik yang memecah-belah dan mula berfikir dengan rasional (intellectualise) isu-isu yang menghambat keadaan kemodenan melampau (hypermodernity), menganalisis menggunakan tinjauan kritikal, dan kemudiannya membawa cadangan penyelesaian yang lebih dekat dengan kehendak hati dan impian rakyat tentang Malaysia yang lebih baik
.
Dalam menulis kumpulan esei ini, yang telah pun berjumlah lebih daripada 300 naskhah semenjak 2006, terdetik dalam fikiranku khalayak yang matang seperti anda, yang berhasrat untuk pergi lebih jauh daripada sekadar di peringkat analisis deskriptif dalam pembacaan tentang masyarakat, politik, pendidikan dan budaya. Aku mahu sidang pembaca turut diperkenalkan dengan bahasa teori budaya yang canggih – bahasa yang mampu memberikan sudut pandang pelbagai segi atau tinjauan kaleidoskopik terbaik tentang “keadaan kemodenan melampau (hypermodern)” yang melemaskan masyarakat kita saat ini.

Aku harap anda semua akan mendapati judul terjemahan ini tidak hanya bermaklumat malah turut mencabar keinginan yang membuak-buak untuk membincangkan isu-isu masakini. Aku harap ia turut menjana perbincangan yang baik terhadap visi kita untuk mencipta Malaysia yang lebih baik yang akan kita nikmati sebagai sebuah bangsa yang benar-benar jamak-budaya yang meluap-luap ingin membebaskan diri daripada rantaian perkauman, materialisme dan segala bentuk penindasan.

Aku bersyukur bahawa impianku untuk melihat tulisanku dalam Bahasa Melayu yang indah menjadi kenyataan. Aku berterima kasih kepada pembaca-pembacaku atas sokongan berterusan, dan penerbitku GerakBudaya serta “Pak Chong” dalam melihat perlunya terjemahan ini, dan penghargaan yang lebih utama kepada penterjemah berbakat dan pakar budaya dunia seni persembahan Melayu, Pauline Fan yang aku berbangga dapat bekerja dengannya dalam projek ini. Penghargaan teristimewa juga buat Sherly Kusumasetiadi atas pengurusan projek yang cemerlang, dan sahabat dunia akademik yang paling dihargai Dr. Lim Teck Ghee, Profesor Murray Hunter dan Dr. Bakri Musa yang sentiasa memberikan sokongan.
Dengan rendah diri, aku mengaku projek ini tidak akan menjadi kenyataan tanpa sokongan anda. Aku berharap anda dapat menikmati tulisan-tulisan yang telah dipilih dengan cermat daripada dua buku terbaharu tulisanku, “The Allah Controvery: and Other Essays on Malaysian Hypermodernity“ dan “Dark Spring: Essays on the Ideological Roots of Malaysia's General Elections 13“.

Wassalam.
Azly Rahman,
Julai 2014

Semenjak aku mula menulis berkenaan tanah tumpah darahku Malaysia sekitar 2006, aku mendapat ratusan permintaan agar karyaku diterjemahkan buat para penutur bahasa kebangsaan, Bahasa Melayu.

Aku selalu merasakan bahawa apa yang aku cuba nukilkan buat memperbaiki kehidupan rakyat lain seperti aku, terutamanya anak-anak yang bijak-pandai generasi mendatang, tidak akan sempurna jika tidak ramai yang dapat mencapai ratusan tulisan-tulisan yang telah aku hasilkan selama lebih kurang lapan tahun. Aku masih terus menulis walaupun mengetahui bahawa hanya segelintir penutur yang fasih Bahasa Inggeris akan mendapat manfaat, sementara dalam hati aku tertunggu-tunggu tibanya hari di mana hadirnya penerbit yang akan berminat dalam mengumpulkan tulisan-tulisan utamaku ke dalam Bahasa Melayu.

Aku terhutang idea ini dengan para pembacaku yang telah memberikan ilham, dorongan dan kritikan kepadaku untuk terus menulis. Karyaku semakin bertambah baik dengan berkongsi apa ada pada negara dalam hematku dan mencadangkan jalan yang sepatutnya diambil untuk menjadikan haluan negara ke arah kemajuan, pengertian (meaningfulness), dan kepuasan masih mampu ditanggung. Laluan yang kita susuri ini sambil menunggang arus globalisasi adalah suatu yang mencabar. Ianya perlu difahami seramai yang mungkin. Idea yang wajar dilaksanakan perlu dikongsikan dalam dua bahasa paling luas dituturkan: Bahasa Inggeris dan Bahasa Melayu.

Esei-esei dalam judul ini kebanyakan diambil daripada artikel-artikelku yang muncul di Malaysiakini terutamanya yang ditulis dari 2010 hingga ke 2012.
Aku telah mengarang kesemuanya dengan semangat yang mendalam dan dengan harapan idea-idea ini akan merancakkan dengan lebih lanjut dialog berkenaan isu-isu yang rapat dengan kita. Aku percaya negara kita perlu bergerak melampaui kehambaran dan bahaya politik yang memecah-belah dan mula berfikir dengan rasional (intellectualise) isu-isu yang menghambat keadaan kemodenan melampau (hypermodernity), menganalisis menggunakan tinjauan kritikal, dan kemudiannya membawa cadangan penyelesaian yang lebih dekat dengan kehendak hati dan impian rakyat tentang Malaysia yang lebih baik
.
Dalam menulis kumpulan esei ini, yang telah pun berjumlah lebih daripada 300 naskhah semenjak 2006, terdetik dalam fikiranku khalayak yang matang seperti anda, yang berhasrat untuk pergi lebih jauh daripada sekadar di peringkat analisis deskriptif dalam pembacaan tentang masyarakat, politik, pendidikan dan budaya. Aku mahu sidang pembaca turut diperkenalkan dengan bahasa teori budaya yang canggih – bahasa yang mampu memberikan sudut pandang pelbagai segi atau tinjauan kaleidoskopik terbaik tentang “keadaan kemodenan melampau (hypermodern)” yang melemaskan masyarakat kita saat ini.

Aku harap anda semua akan mendapati judul terjemahan ini tidak hanya bermaklumat malah turut mencabar keinginan yang membuak-buak untuk membincangkan isu-isu masakini. Aku harap ia turut menjana perbincangan yang baik terhadap visi kita untuk mencipta Malaysia yang lebih baik yang akan kita nikmati sebagai sebuah bangsa yang benar-benar jamak-budaya yang meluap-luap ingin membebaskan diri daripada rantaian perkauman, materialisme dan segala bentuk penindasan.

Aku bersyukur bahawa impianku untuk melihat tulisanku dalam Bahasa Melayu yang indah menjadi kenyataan. Aku berterima kasih kepada pembaca-pembacaku atas sokongan berterusan, dan penerbitku GerakBudaya serta “Pak Chong” dalam melihat perlunya terjemahan ini, dan penghargaan yang lebih utama kepada penterjemah berbakat dan pakar budaya dunia seni persembahan Melayu, Pauline Fan yang aku berbangga dapat bekerja dengannya dalam projek ini. Penghargaan teristimewa juga buat Sherly Kusumasetiadi atas pengurusan projek yang cemerlang, dan sahabat dunia akademik yang paling dihargai Dr. Lim Teck Ghee, Profesor Murray Hunter dan Dr. Bakri Musa yang sentiasa memberikan sokongan.
Dengan rendah diri, aku mengaku projek ini tidak akan menjadi kenyataan tanpa sokongan anda. Aku berharap anda dapat menikmati tulisan-tulisan yang telah dipilih dengan cermat daripada dua buku terbaharu tulisanku, “The Allah Controvery: and Other Essays on Malaysian Hypermodernity“ dan “Dark Spring: Essays on the Ideological Roots of Malaysia's General Elections 13“.

Wassalam.
Azly Rahman,
Julai 2014



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

LINES COMPOS'D OVERLOOKING AN EVENING


And in the evening
whilst the sunlight is done
clasping the earth
and the moon
offered her beams
so that they may kiss the sea
and while each breath i take i cherish
in each with my eyes closed
in each joy as a dancing daffodil
in each a universe of love engulfing
what a beauteous day it has been
as the ills of the world can wait
to heal or not to heal itself
to be or not to be at peace
with the tedious arguments never-ending
my eyes will still close
as evening falls
as dusk in its multicolored hues call
as the sounds of laughter of serena-joy calls
as she is blessed yet with another year of a precious gift to me
a love no one can take
borne out of the joy of my solitude
i look yonder
the rollings hills
like green waves
of a pasture so familiar
I feel every vein in me
a river of joy flows
as if Love inside of me
is an awakening
as i wish it to last
as long as i wish
in these evenings
when Time sits quietly still

-- azly rahman




Monday, August 04, 2014

How we will be doomed as a nation



Over this Ramadan I had these thoughts on local and global events unfolding: what happens if we do not come together, look at ourselves, where we came from as a people, what we have become, and where we want to go...

Within the last few years we have been experiencing unusual phenomena pointing out to social, political, and religious turmoil - all these exacerbated and sped up and even made viral by high-speed cybernetic technologies. These phenomena take on a truly global and globalising character, thrusting this one ‘pastoral, peaceful, and pristine’ nation into the world arena of both fame and infamy

From mystery to tragedy - this is the theme where are at now in the two incidences of the Malaysia Airlines flights we are still grappling with, as a nation new to problems of such magnitude.

Within six months we not only lost planes, but we are also plunged into socio-emotional chaos of untold proportions, as if they are capstones of the never-ending corruption, bigotry, power-abuse, mismanagement, and the inability to enculturalise systems meant to make our living safer and saner.

As a student of existentialism, cybernetics, the nation-state - a topic that inspired my doctoral studies, I feel that the Internet, as a tool of social engagement and cultural change is pervasive. It can bring us together or rip us apart, it can build a nation or destroy it, and it can educate for peace or incite violence on a massive scale.

It is a Frankenstein in post-modern times.

I had hypothesised that the installation of our Multimedia Super Corridor, the birth of Cyberjaya, and the rise our own networked society and the “democratisation of the post-industrialised digital and globally-networked tool of social engagement” will alter the fundamental character of the ‘nation-state’ such as Malaysia.

I had that thought in the early 2000. I am still “observing” what the Internet will continue to do and what will be the cognitive and emotional consequences of the nurturing of this post-modern Prometheus.

As a nation, we perhaps become more informed, more able to learn from the boundless wasteland of cyberspace, and perhaps more able to see where we are going as nation.

But with any technology, and as it becomes enculturalised and become us and even as it tells us how to live, think, as well as to continue to be and become as a human being, we are confronted by all the contradictions of what it means; confronted by the disabling or even deconstructing and destructing aspects of our creation. That Frankenstein we are no longer able to bring back home.

Critical juncture

We are at a critical juncture - how do we stop and think how to use technology, especially this medium I am using. Do we see its value and utility from the point of view of ethics or do we become a child overly excited of the freedom it accords and use it without understanding what ‘creativity and altruism’ means?

Do we use it to spread falsehood and half-truths and to destroy others - or do we use it as a tool to educate and to educate for peace based on the crafting of knowledge and the sharing of information that will elevate human dignity and help reduce the suffering of others?

Of course, like many, I am a believer in the Internet as a tool to make others aware of the injustices the powerful amongst us inflict onto the powerless, of the hideousness of capitalist formation and the evolution of the sophisticatedness of the modern class system, of the rise of religious fundamentalism that is leading towards the ‘struggle to establish’ this or that theocratic state through violence, and as a tool to make children smarter by having smarter schools.

These are the elements of what this Frankenstein of ours can do.

In a time of chaos we ought to think how to use this medium. My emotions these past few days have been quite ‘fried’.

I have been overwhelmed by images of horror derived and drawn from the two horrifying events unfolding: the Israeli incursion into Gaza and the massacre of innocent people in response to the diabolic work of Hamas and the massacre of innocent people as well, and in the case of the instantaneous destruction of Malaysia Airlines MH17 with all on board reportedly dead.

The images, especially of dead bodies strewn into pieces and of children dying and dead in such horrible conditions, became too much for me. They are meant to make a point of the war: the crime against humanity but they have come to me too much to be cognitively and semiotically ingested. Many of them ought not to be posted and passed around.

Use the Internet responsibly. Educate and not aggravate to annihilate. Use it to build this nation and not to celebrate bigotry and racism.

But at this moment in the most difficult time we are facing as a nation. We need to look at ourselves and look at this social media too we have in our hands and ask this question: will this help globalise and multiply hatred... or will this spread love and goodwill...?

Let us work together on a common ground - for the common good. Let us pray for the ending of the violence destroying both the people of Gaza - and the children of Israel, too.
- See more at: http://www.malaysiakini.com/columns/270318#sthash.mfF0GK7M.dpuf

Monday, July 21, 2014

IS ALLAH ANGRY at THE MALAYSIAN AIRLINE? and at Muslims?


by azly rahman

I don't know. It is too insensitive for the PAS member to say this, without looking at the complexities of events, cause and effect, consequences, karma, Chaos Theory, interplay between fate and determinism, comparative aspects of right and wrong, pragmatism, and a range of other considerations especially when it comes to linking "divine retribution in Islam" vis-a-viz good v. evil. Too simple, simplistic, and irresponsible of a statement to make ... it also begs the question of a "Just God" . Here is why as I have always pondered upon the question of "Man proposes, God disposes", and I address this question to the questioner from that "Islamic" party : 

-- Was Allah angry at the Muslims and PAS in the case of the murder at Memali, back in the mid 1980s?

- Is Allah angry at PAS that it has never been able to take over the rule of the government of Malaysia?

-- Was Allah angry at the family of the prophet that led to the massacre at Karbala in which the bloody murder became a womb to the current chaos and mayhem in the Islamic world?

- was Allah angry at the Muslims in Middle East that the Islamic countries are now, one after the other humiliated and destroyed by "kaffir forces" that continue to win the war on terror?

- Is Allah angry at the Palestinians that it has never been able to get out of its misery although the world has its sympathy, and that Allah has been on the side of the Israelis? 

-- Is Allah also angry at all the airlines in the world that serves alcohol? Or-- is alcohol okay to be consumed according to other religions, as long as it is done so in moderation? 

I seriously don't know the answer but I would like any member of PAS to answer these questions ...

Otherwise, my continuing sympathy to family members of all those that lost their lives -- be they Jews, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, or pagans.

It is not time to hurt other more that one ideologically should. Besides didn't Islam even PAS preachers about "wisdom/fatanah" in sending messages of peace; that there such an idea called siddiq-amanah-tabligh-fatanah -- that one whose wishes to spread the truth must first embody it (siddiq), keep it as an eternal trust (amanah), educate one's self first (tabligh) and if one is confident that one's little learning is not dangerous, one can share with family members with utmost wisdom (fatanah) ...

And is that not what Muslims too believe that these four phases are also the basis of Muhammad's character?

THINK ... I am sure party members as such are well-versed in basic Islamic matters ...
I don't know ....
I seriously don't know ...
but do explain please
or if one prefers, be silent
and be respectful
better still, console the grieving
that will be the most "Islamic" thing to do ... -- ar 


http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/269478
UPDATED 9.51PM MH17 FREE This includes serving alcohol and the attendants' uniforms.
malaysiakini.com

Sunday, July 20, 2014

WHY MH17 WAS SHOT DOWN ...

because it went into rebel airspace and the rebels were shooting airplanes and by chance it was a Malaysian airplane ...

that is why ...

that is as scientific an explanation as we can get ...

sometimes we have to live with realism and that there is no religious or metaphysical explanation to phenomena. we need to stop the blame game or the temptation to provide a "holier-than-thou" explanation that this or that is a "curse" or a form of retribution or worse because "alcohol was served in this or that airplane" ...

we need to wish well; that those who lost their lives had given their best to society, their family, and themselves ... to make this a better world as what their religion teaches ... that each will be in eternal peace in each one's own paradise according to the paradise described by each faith, if you may ... just as no one religion is truer than another ...

we can never feel that pain of those who lost their love ones

we need then to move on and make sure that those left grieving are well-comforted, and that those working hard in the Malaysian Airline system need to be consoled and congratulated for consistently doing a world-class job in the industry ...

it is an inexplicably sad day for the nation and for those in the nations who lost their loved ones too. it is time to heal and to work, in our own way, for peace -- beginning with peace within ourselves ... each child, each young man and woman, need to be shown what peace looks like and what patience and perseverance can do ... in a world plagued with war and violence, peace should be the agenda for education of nations

each Man must tame the Evil within and bring our the Good ... a challenging first step in our understanding of the world we have created; a world of the Master and the Slave, the Victim and the Victimizer ...

there is so much chaos going on in this world that each one of us need to calm down and ask ourselves what kind of world do we wish to create, beginning with the inner world we inhabit ... and each one of us is given a certain time period to prove our humane-ness and to contribute to what humanization ought to mean ...

HAVE A GOOD DAY MY FRIENDS ...
THE AURA OF PEACE IN YOUR SOULS CONTINUE TO INSPIRE ME TO WRITE ... 


 - azly rahman

Friday, July 18, 2014

MALAYSIANS:WE WILL BE DOOMED AS A NATION ...


if we do not come together, look at ourselves, where we came from as a people, what we have become, and where we want to go ...

within the last few years we have been experiencing unusual phenomena pointing out to social, political, and religious turmoil -- all these exacerbated and sped up and even made viral by high-speed cybernetic technologies. ...
these phenomena takes on a truly global and globalizing character, thrusting this one "pastoral, peaceful, and pristine" nation into the world arena of both fame and infamy.

from mystery to tragedy .. this is the theme where are at at now in the two incidences of the Malaysian Airlines we are still grappling with, as a nation new to problems of such magnitude. within six months we not only lost planes by we are plunged into socio-emotional chaos of untold proportion, as if they are capstones of the never-ending corruption, bigotry, power-abuse, mismanagement, and the inability to enculturalize systems meant to make our living safer and saner.

as a student of existentialism, cybernetics, the the nation-state -- a topic that inspired my doctoral studies, i feel that the internet, as a tool of social engagement and cultural change is pervasive. it can bring us together or rip us apart, it can build a nation or destroy it, and it can educate for peace or incite violence on a massive scale.

it is a frankenstein in post-modern times.

i had hypothesized that the installatiom of or Multimedia Super Corridor, the birth of Cyberjaya, and the rise our own networked society and the "democratization of the post-industrialzied digital and globally-networked tool of social engagement" will alter the fundamental character of the "nation-state" such as Malaysia. i had that thought in the early 2000. i am stil "observing" what the internet will continue to do and what will be the cognitive and emotional consequences of the nurturing of this post-modern prometheus.

as a nation, we perhaps become more informed, more able to learn from the boundless wasteland of cybespace, and perhaps more able to see where we are going as nation.

but with any technology, and as it becomes enculturalized and become us and even as it tells us how to live, think, as well as to continue to be and become as a human being, we are confronted by all the contradictions of what it means; confronted by the disabling or even deconstrcuting and destructing aspects of our creation. that frankenstein we are no loner able to bring back home.

we are at a critical juncture -- how do we stop and think how to use technology, especially this mediium i am using. do we see its value and utilty from the point of view of ethics or do we become a child overly excited of the freedom it accords and use it without understanding what "creativity and altruism" means? do we use it to spread falsehood and half-truths and to destroy others -- or do we use it as a tool to educate and to educate for peace based on the crafting of knowledge and the sharing of information that will elevate human dignity and help reduce the suffering of others?

of course, like many, i am a believer in the internet as a tool to make others aware of the injustices the powerful amongst us inflict onto the powerless, of the hideousness of capitalist formation and the evolution of the sophisticatedness of the modern class system, of the rise of religious fundamentalism that is leading towards the "struggle to eatsablish" this or that theocratic state through violence, and as tool to make children smarter by having smarter shools. these are the elements of what this frankenstein of ours can do.

in a time of chaos ... we ought to think how to use this medium. my emotions these past 24 hours have been quite "fried". i have been overwhelmed by images of horror derived and drawn from the two horrifying events unfolding: the israeli incursion into gaza and the massacre of innocent people in response to the diablic work of hamas and the massacre of innoent people as well, and in the case of the instantaneous destruction of Malaysian Airline MH17 with all on board reportedly dead.

the images, especially of dead bodies strewn into pieces and of children dying and dead in such horrible conditions, became too much for me. they are meant to make a point of the war: the crime against humanity but they have come to me too much to be cognitively and semotically ingested. many of them ought not to be posted and passed around.

use the internet responsibly. educate and not arravate to annihilate. use it to build this nation and not to celebrate bigotry and racism.

but at this moment in the most difficult time we are facing as a nation .... we need to look at ourseleves and look at this social media too we have in our hands and ask this question: will this help globalize and multiply hatred ... or will this spread love and goodwill ... ?

LET US WORK TOGETHER ON A COMMON GROUND for the COMMON GOOD. and let us pray for the ending of the violence destroying both the people of Gaza ... and the children of Israel.

-- azly rahman

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A LADY and A PEUGEOT a malaysian road rage story

by azly rahman

I was at the parking lot one day
near a Malaysian teh tarik stall near the lagoon Sunway
I saw a giggly kind of incident
a young Malay lady in tudung was trying to jump
on a Chinese Uncle without a tudung ..

and it was a funny scene
that became quiet obscene
and worse there were many people at the scene
wondering if it was the shooting of a movie scene

The lady had her Peugeot
when I was a little kid, when I could not say the right word
I call the car a PIJOT
an insect that is a sister-in-law to the bed bug PIJAT daily we fought
Yes, PEUGOET was the tudung-ed lady's car
and PIJOT was her pet insect she kept in her booth

The young lady was mad I did not know why
maybe she wanted to become a gangster and become totally wild'
but she got bitten by a pijot and almost died that day
and she ended up driving her PEUGEOT all day
till the battery died like a lover betrayed

I am still trying to figure out what happened
she was like a mad woman all of a sudden
a lady Suarez
demon possess'd
I should not have been a busybody
and stayed drunk with my teh tarik and kepala ikan curry
and read my magazine The National Lampoon
I bought in Chow Kit with the price of a Dutch klompen

I should have waited to find out
by playing a playback video
(like they do in the brazilian world cup)
of what the lady said to the poor elegant apek
who was patient enough to receive the verbal blows
coming from the lady who was shouting
and yelling and break-dancing like a pro'

What was funny was she had a steering lock
she waved to the poor old man who was at first in shock
and the shock turned to tai chi and
tai chi turned into being scared
of the angry tudong-ed malay minachi

Still I did not know what happened
In fact nobody knew what actually happened
But things happen
and I will not let my spirit be dampened
I now vow --- by the sound of a Peugoet
and by Pijat or by Pil Chi Kit Teck Aun
I will find out what happened

So- folks before I go on a journey to find our what happened
Do you all know what happened?
But one thing for sure
I will not buy a Peugeot
if the demons in it will make me turn into
a pijat one day
and a pijot another day
and bite my steering-lock in anger
while the poor tai chi master of an old man
was chanting mantras
like a good man with a good chi
as patient as the Malaysian chocolate Cadbury

But be warned my friends
Be warned
Be warned
it is never about race or religion
those reasons are lame and ancient
it is simply about a lady who loved her Peugeot
who snacks on steering-locks daily
and could not control her anger
and the demons in her Peugeot
summoned a force inside her -- greener that a PAS logo
and that moment ignited that deadly spark
and turned her into an Incredible Hulk

-- - ar

WHY CAN'T A WOMAN BECOME MALAYSIA'S PRIME MINISTER, IN FACT?

PUT A NOBLE WOMAN as CHIEF MINISTER ...

and see what better things she can do if you understand the psychology and the joys of motherhood. in any household a woman would generally be the better planner and the more prudent one and will always think of how not to waste resources and to ensure that education, safety, and the well-beingness of the children come first. if we say that women cannot become a state leader, we are insulting what our mothers have done and capable of doing.violence against women (and this includes violence with words) is a consequence of not being able to respect what women can do -- a misogynic way of thinking.women are more careful in spending (except the -shop-till-you drop-type), as what is important is to clothe their children and to ensure that food is on the table. placed in the position of power, they are extra careful with its uses and will adopt the transformative, nurturing role with a no-nonsense attitude. Failing to perform well might spell disaster because it is still "a man's world", unfortunately. Women leaders might be better peace-makers, peace-keepers, and peace-builders than men. 

Men leaders in Malaysia in general? -- tell me what they are like? Schemers, time wasters, liars, thieves, plunderers, back-stabbers, some are escaped bloody murderers, anti-intellectuals, and prone to thinking of himself, his clan, his cronies, and where to hide his money ....
a woman leader, accused of corruption may be shaken to death at the prospect not just being imprisoned and bringing shame to the family ... a man in a political leadership position will wiggle himself out of it by covering himself with money and buying off people ... especially in Malaysian politics where shame is not in the vocabulary
agree? -- ar

Monday, July 14, 2014

AHH .. PUTTING FLOWERS on GRAVEYARDS


of ones who have passed on -- it does not matter of what faith one born into and died in

flowers -- symbol of the blossoming of life and of love and loving memories etched

My personal fatwa says that I should do more of this and what a strange reminder that the practice of putting flowers and scatterings petals, I overhead, is a Jewish and Christian practice ... HO HUM ... I am getting bored of these unexciting recycled ideas from mangled mullahs ... . There is no law against putting flowers on graveyards of loved ones, is there? So, what is the concern? So-- do as one pleases, unless there is an arrest warrant issued on graveyards during Hari Raya.

I sill continue doing this as I love this ritual and practice that gives me a sense of gratitude and a feeling of love. It is a good practice -- good for the soul. If others do not think it is a good practice, it is just their opinion. Just don't do it.

If one says that it is a Jewish and Christian or even a Hindu practice, then it is fine -- it means that there is a good connection and harmonizing strand to this good-to-the-soul practice. I will gladly do it. Because I love the ritual -- just like I love giving flowers during Valentine's Day which I celebrate.

I do celebrate many things celebratable -- anything that brings my soul to that level of celebration and no one can tell me if what I do is haram or halal as long I do not bother other mullahs of imams and his/her strong views against this or that. I produce my own fatwas for my own consumption. I have been successful. But only for me. Not advisable for the consumption of others, perhaps.

One thing I would not do is to kiss any black stone in some holy place and think that I will have a glimpse of Paradise. That is strange, to me. What if one cannot afford to go to that place and peform that ritual because one is homeless and the mullahs and the theocratic state do not really care about homeless people? And besides -- do stones talk?

Ahhh .. flowers .. petals scattered on the graveyard of a loved one ... is a lovely sight especially on Hari Raya Day. PRICELESS.

For those who disagree, tough. -- it is a free country.

Better spend time advising youth not to die for jihad called upon by a self-proclaimed mullah-mahdi-messiah created perhaps by the Mossad. Or better still, start championing for the rights to produce intellectually stimulating new understanding of religion -- to something more peaceful and inclusive and intellectualizing, perhaps. That should be better than arguing about flowers. The San Francisco flower-power children did that already.

I love flowers -- don't you?

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