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Miracle at Batu Caves

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By Gabrielle Chong

50 Sampah Masyarakat volunteers performed the ultimate miracle last Monday – they cleaned up all the rubbish Batu Caves one day after Thaipusam – all approximately 2400 cubic meters of it. – http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/97562

Anyone who has ever visited Batu Caves during the annual Thaipusam celebration will have witnessed the gargantuan amount of rubbish left behind by 1.3 million devotees every year. And yet, despite the mountainous odds, the volunteers left the place without a trace of filth.

Before 9.00AM

Before 9.00AM

Armed with only gloves, rakes and shovels provided by Alam Flora, the volunteers had to clear, under the scorching sun, towering heaps of putrid baby diapers, Styrofoam boxes spilling with rice, piles of coconut husks, discarded shoes and containers filled with fermented milk.

‘Sampah Masyarakat’, the brainchild of Shyam Priah, 35, was formed as an organization to tackle the Malaysian malady of littering through voluntary cleaning efforts.

At the beginning, a total of 100 persons had pledged to volunteer for the Thaipusam clean-up for 12 hours but when only 50 turned up, the clean-up time had to be cut to 6 hours.

The volunteers were then dispatched to nine different zones in and around Batu Caves to clean up different places. The rubbish was disposed at nine huge ro-ro (roll-on, roll-off) bins strategically placed around the place.

“I would say that we were insufficient but efficient.

20 minutes after the clean-up began, I could hear volunteers cheering loudly after succeeding in cleaning up a rubbish pile. The cheers continued throughout the entire clean-up, and I think that mutual encouragement kept our spirit going whenever we felt overwhelmed by the intimidating amount of rubbish.
Some of the vendors were also very thankful for our help and wished us well”, recalled Shyam.

The volunteers include doctors, managers, system analysts, engineers and a CEO. One of the volunteers had travelled all the way from Seremban just to participate in the clean-up, and another two elderly Chinese tourists were so impressed with the group’s efforts that they joined in on the spot.

“Despite the fact that this clean-up was concentrated on a place of worship for mainly Hindus, only 6 of the 50 volunteers were Indians; the rest were Chinese and Malay. And this is exactly what I wanted – a multiracial effort.

If you think that Malaysians are generally uncaring and apathetic, this is the sort of event that will totally change your perception.

It requires dedicated, committed people to wake up at 6am in the morning just to volunteer for something as humbling as cleaning up tremendous piles of other people’s rubbish. And here we have just that – strangers coming together and sacrificing for a cause they believe in.

It was not just the enormous amounts of rubbish that made our work difficult. Some of us were not tall enough to throw the rubbish sacks into the huge ro-ro bins and we had rubbish spilling onto our faces.

By the time the clean-up finished, we had grim and dirt in our hair. I suffered sunburn for days after the clean-up and I dirtied my car too.

Nevertheless, the feeling of satisfaction more than made up for the effort we gave. It was only while driving home (in a dirtied, stinking car) that the feeling of ‘Wow! I actually cleaned up Batu Caves!’ hit me.’

As for the volunteers, they felt so empowered, motivated and inspired that they immediately discussed about plans for future projects right after the clean-up”, added Shyam.

After the Clean-Up

After the Clean-Up

The next Sampah Masyarakat clean-up will be held on Wesak Day. Again, members of the public will be invited to participate in the event. Contact Shyam at shyam@malaysiakini.com for updates on the next clean-up.

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February 27, 2009 at 3:34 am

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Politicians & Religion

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By Vineeth Menon

Politicians cynically use the race or religion in order to further their political agendas and to validate the separation of people along ethnic and religious lines. Political and religious con artists are able to get people to associate their religious faith with particular individuals, thus transferring that faith to the individual political or religious leader.

This allows that person to achieve a greater control over others than would otherwise be possible

Through the advent of globalisation and the Internet, various cultures all around the world, including Malaysia, are starting to assimilate each other’s values. Malaysians are beginning to consider themselves as citizens of the world, and no longer view themselves as a particular ethnic race.

For that reason, the government is turning its sight to religion as the next powerful tool to control its people. In a land where most of its population is obsessed with symbolism and idolism, religion is a very powerful tool to ignite a crisis between the various groups of people in the country. Thus we see our self-righteous leaders in various states scrambling for the honour to become holier than the leader of the next state.

What should be done about it?

The solution is obvious. Preserving the best of state and religion requires that the two be separated.

Religion and morality should remain as the personal responsibility of an individual. The government should not dictate how a person prays, or practice his or her religion. A government’s duty is just to administer the country to ensure a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere throughout. Only the well-learned religious leaders should handle religious matters.

However, it is sad nowadays to note that there are some dubious religious leaders who also double up as politicians and conversely, there are politicians who also put on religious apparel. These two figures will not allow the rest of us to privately discover the beauty of our own religion. These are the two characters who will always highlight the differences between the various religions but diligently attempt to hide their similarities.

READ MORE HERE | Herald and “Allah” News Archive
PETITION: Appeal To Reconsider The Use Of The Word “Allah”

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February 25, 2009 at 2:32 am

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THANK YOU Judges for a Fair RPK Hearing

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There is a little light in the pitch dark tunnel after all. On behalf of Pahlawan Volunteers and all Anak Bangsa Malaysia, I thank the Registry of Federal Court for their assistance in fixing the RPK application on an urgent basis. Counsel Malik Imtiaz and team filed their application last Friday afternoon and they were immediately given a date for the hearing i.e. yesterday morning.

We are also grateful to the bench for a fair hearing yesterday and for giving ample time and latitude for both parties to make their arguments.

Watch Video: Counsel Malik Imtiaz on RPK’s Court Review Hearing

To the members of the bench, please take your time to make the judgment. We will continue to pray that God gives you the wisdom and the clarity to make the right judgment for the sake of our homeland and generations to come.

Frankly, we pray you acquit RPK of all charges hurled at him as soon as possible so that we can all focus and work together to build a better Malaysia at a much faster pace (instead of wasting time attending court hearings). We really have no time to lose.

Deep down in all our hearts we know Raja Petra is no “threat to national security” as perceived by the Home Ministry. We pray that our political leaders, wannabes and authorities emulate RPK instead.

Here is a song dedication to the judges, lawyers and Anak Bangsa Malaysia:
Be Strong and Take Courage.

And to our beloved mentor Raja Petra Kamarudin, this picture says it all…

Continue to pray for Divine Intervention. It Aint Over ‘Til It’s Over.

More Stories and Photos Here:
– Shanghai Fish: Pete’s habeas corpus hearing-(23-2-2009)
– DelCapo: RPK ISA Trial Putrajaya – Positives
– Art Harun: A Question of Etiquette
– Malik Imtiaz: Serving Justice, Straight Up

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February 24, 2009 at 9:46 pm

In Solidarity and Prayer for RPK and the Nation

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20 February 2009 – Thank God It’s Friday. It was a night to remember. A night of love expressed and demonstrated for Raja Petra Kamarudin and our nation by Anak-Anak Bangsa Malaysia.

Friends and fans of RPK gathered together in solidarity initially felt like being in the scene at the “Last Supper”. Background, read RPK suffers setbacks as court postpones hearing to Monday; and watch videos: Raja Petra’s lead counsel Malik Imtiaz Sarwar on RPK Habeas Corpus Appeal.

As the night proceeded, together with the rest of fellow Malaysians around the country committed to pray at 10pm Friday night, Anak-Anak Bangsa Malaysia from all faiths at the gathering prayed collectively together for RPK and our beloved nation.

Anak-Anak Bangsa Malaysia praying for Raja Petra Kamarudin and the nation. Photo Credit: Estrelita Soliano

Anak-Anak Bangsa Malaysia praying for Raja Petra Kamarudin and the nation. Photo Credit: Estrelita Soliano

We prayed for God Almighty, the King of Kings, to intervene in our nation’s political affairs and justice for all. We prayed for God to bless, to guide and to give RPK (including leaders and authorities), the wisdom, the clarity, the strength and the courage to do the right thing to rebuild our nation selflessly together.

Photo Credit: Sunny Lim

Photo Credit: Sunny Lim

After the prayers, everyone’s mood and spirit lifted considerably and boy, we had a blast partying the rest of the night away! View more photos here.

The future looks bleak and we don’t know what lies ahead for RPK and the nation. The whole country is mired in a misguided democracy. In truth, the political game in Malaysia has reached the level where intrigues and hidden tactics are the order of the day, where the mass media, the police and the judiciary are no longer expected to act professionally, objectively, and with integrity. Read: Bewildered in Malaysia, perplexed in Perak, stupefied in Selangor.

Watching our country spiral out of control day by day, who can we now turn to for help to put our house in order? We have come to a stage where I feel our only recourse is to seek divine intervention. As people of faith we know with God all things are possible and good will ultimately overcome evil (As Seen on TV).

As such, let us completely surrender ourselves and our limitations to God and ask Him to take control. God works in mysterious ways. Let us have faith and seek God to turn around all the human ways into His ways.

May God continue to empower us as we continue in this journey of faith to make a better Malaysia for generations to come. Fill our hearts and minds with love, faith, peace and hope for the future. Let all that we think and do be done in love for all His creation.

Come, sing along as we continue to pray together: God Will Make A Way. Amen.

Lyrics:
God will make a way,
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me
He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way.

More Stories and Photos Here:
It Turned Out TO Be A Bon Voyage Party To ISA
Of Family, Friends and Foes
Party Time With Anak Bangsa Malaysia
A Nite of Anak Bangsa Malaysia…

Have a blessed Sunday.

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February 22, 2009 at 5:14 am

Posted in Barisan Rakyat

A Prayer for the Nation and “Fuck ISA”

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Strong title “Fuck ISA” but not my own. View picture below…

Graffiti: Fuck ISA at the bottom of the clock tower

Graffiti: Fuck ISA at the bottom of the clock tower. Photo Credit: Gabrielle Chong


Erm, with this graffiti on the clock tower 24/7, does it mean we don’t have to be physically present at Anti-ISA vigils every Sunday? Just joking. 😀 Follow Haris Ibrahim’s blog for updates on future Anti-ISA Vigils.

As usual, PDRM came to disperse the crowd at the 18th Anti-ISA Vigil PJ held on Sunday, 8 February 2009 at MBPJ. Watch video here and read story here.

At the 19th Anti-ISA Vigil last Sunday, 15 February, I heard from vigilers that PDRM blocked the entrance to MBPJ to prevent people gathering at the tarmac. Vigilers adjourned to Lotus Restaurant for coffee and fellowship.

As reported in the mainstream media:

“An individual is not detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) due to his ideology but because he is perceived to be a threat to national security, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar Syed Jaafar Albar said.

He said the government invoked the ISA on those whose actions could cause chaos or undermine racial harmony, adding that the authorities would always monitor activities that might be a threat to peace and security.”

I couldn’t agree more with Syed Hamid. Really. Let us all fast and pray nationwide in our own way, as citizens and people of faith, for God Almighty’s Divine Intervention for this great nation and all Anak Bangsa Malaysia against the “United Malaysian National Oppressors”, the REAL THREAT to national security.

Some quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr…

”We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

”The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

”We must accept finite disappointment, but must never lose infinite hope.”

”True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”

A Prayer for Our Nation

Let us proclaim the name of the Lord;
And ascribe greatness to our God!

Lord your work is perfect.
And all Your ways are just.
Let Your voice be heard today by all the nations!

O God, Judge of the nations,
Put fear into our hearts
So that we may know that we are only human.

Father, the whole of creations groans and labours
to be delivered from the bondage of corruption,
into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Lord Jesus, send forth Your Spirit of Truth
and let this Spirit prove to ‘the powers that be’
how wrong they are about sin,
righteousness and judgement.

O Lord, declare the power of Your works
to Your peoples and let us be filled with
the knowledge of Your glory
as the waters cover the sea.

Grant us O Lord in Your Name
and may all worship the One True God.
Amen.

(A prayer composed from various Scripture verses of the Bible, published in the Herald, The Catholic Weekly)

Everyone, from all religions, feel free to share your Holy Scriptures and prayers here. Lets use this space will help us grow together as fellow citizens and as people of faith – to build bridges instead of walls, to build a better world starting with ourselves.

We are all One.
When one is harmed, all are harmed. When one is helped, all are healed. – Anon

We are all One.
Ours is not a better way. Ours is merely another way. – Neale Donald Walsch.

STAND WITH RPK ON 23rd FEBRUARY @ PALACE OF JUSTICE, PUTRAJAYA, PRECINCT 3, @ 9.00 AM.

Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia!

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February 21, 2009 at 12:00 am

Posted in Barisan Rakyat

What can we do for RPK and the nation?

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SMS: “Nationwide Call 2 Fast and Pray 4 God’s Intervention till Mon (23/2). Our country in turmoil and judiciary tainted. We need divine intervention. Fast and pray for RPK 2 b acquitted on 23/2, justice for all n every1 do right thing rebuild nation selflessly. Fwd on”

As you may be aware, next Monday (23/2) is the D-Day for Raja Petra Kamarudin. Read his latest articles,
Probably my last message to Malaysians
It’s not over ’til it’s over

I firmly believe in the Power of Prayer and especially in the Power of COMMUNITY PRAYERS with ONE heart and spirit for Divine Intervention. Everything happens for a reason and only on hindsight can we see the blessings. Let’s not give up HOPE.

“What is impossible for man is possible for God.”
“When God is for us, who can be against us?”

Let’s all storm heavens, fast and pray TOGETHER for RPK and our nation. Please send this SMS and participate in this call for community prayers at the appointed time 10.00PM TONIGHT till Sunday night…

“It’s NOT over til it’s over. CALL 2 PRAY 2GETHER Fri 20/2 10PM wherever u r 4 God’s intervention 2 acquit RPK Mon 23/2 9.30am trial. Say Psalm 35. Nothing is impossible w God. Pls fwd on.”

Lets all say this powerful prayer for Pete and our nation…

Psalm 35

Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me.
Take up shield and buckler; arise and come to my aid.
Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me.
Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”

May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame;
may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay.
May they be like chaff before the wind,
with the angel of the LORD driving them away;
may their path be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.

Since they hid their net for me without cause
and without cause dug a pit for me,
may ruin overtake them by surprise—
may the net they hid entangle them,
may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.

Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD
and delight in his salvation.
My whole being will exclaim,
“Who is like you, O LORD ?
You rescue the poor from those too strong for them,
the poor and needy from those who rob them.”

Ruthless witnesses come forward;
they question me on things I know nothing about.
They repay me evil for good and leave my soul forlorn.
Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth
and humbled myself with fasting.
When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
I went about mourning
as though for my friend or brother.
I bowed my head in grief
as though weeping for my mother.

But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;
attackers gathered against me when I was unaware.
They slandered me without ceasing.
Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked;
they gnashed their teeth at me.

O Lord, how long will you look on?
Rescue my life from their ravages,
my precious life from these lions.
I will give you thanks in the great assembly;
among throngs of people I will praise you.

Let not those gloat over me
who are my enemies without cause;
let not those who hate me without reason
maliciously wink the eye.
They do not speak peaceably,
but devise false accusations
against those who live quietly in the land.
They gape at me and say, “Aha! Aha!
With our own eyes we have seen it.”

O LORD, you have seen this; be not silent.
Do not be far from me, O Lord.
Awake, and rise to my defense!
Contend for me, my God and Lord.
Vindicate me in your righteousness, O LORD my God;
do not let them gloat over me.
Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!”
or say, “We have swallowed him up.”

May all who gloat over my distress
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who exalt themselves over me
be clothed with shame and disgrace.

May those who delight in my vindication
shout for joy and gladness;
may they always say, “The LORD be exalted,
who delights in the well-being of his servant.”

My tongue will speak of your righteousness
and of your praises all day long.
Amen.

Please help to spread this call for prayers at the appointed time by email too to everyone on your mailing list.

May God bless, guide and protect this great nation, its remaining assets and its Anak Bangsa Malaysia forthwith. Amen.

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February 20, 2009 at 12:00 am

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WATCH VIDEOS: Raja Petra’s lead counsel Malik Imtiaz on RPK Habeas Corpus Appeal

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RPK suffers setbacks as court postpones hearing to Monday
17 Feb 2009, Federal Court, Putrajaya: Raja Petras lead counsel Malik Imtiaz Sarwar informed the court that sitting as two judges was possibly unconstitutional and reserved the right to challenge the constitutionality of the decision to sit as two judges.

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February 18, 2009 at 5:59 am

Posted in Accountability