Friday, January 30, 2009

A Greater Germany free from Jews?

Why did the Nazis murder the Jews? It is an interesting question that gets attention. The Jews’ presence in the German-occupied parts of Europe was seen as a problem and a great annoyance. At best, they were to disappear from the face of the earth, so that the Nazis could reach their goal: a Greater Germany free from Jews.

Long before the Nazis came into power in Germany there existed a strong anti-Semitic tradition in Europe. This was not a specifically German phenomenon and the widespread hatred of the Jews is claimed to be the self-perception of many Christians.

The Christian religions blamed the death of Christ on the Jews. One can see in the Bible the statement that the Jews demanded the death of Jesus, and said; "Let it be upon our heads and that of our children." It was not until the 1960s that the Catholic Church stated that the Jews were not to be blamed for the death of Jesus.

In Austria anti-Jewish conspiracy theories were spread by extreme right-wing politicians and the Roman Catholic Church. Jews were expelled from England, France, Austria, Germany, Lithuania, Spain, Portugal, Bohemia, Moravia and seventy-one other countries.

In much of Europe, it was assumed that Jews were Communists. In many hard-line right wing circles there was talk about a supposed 'Judeo-Bolshevist conspiracy'. Despite his ranting against Jewish businessmen, Hitler saw the Jews as the 'biological root' of Bolshevism.

Many extreme German Nationalists called the new German republic as a 'Jewish republic' though almost none of its leaders were Jews. Jews was equated with subversion, Communism and treason. In many of his speeches Hitler often used the words Jews and Bolshevists almost interchangeably.

He merged rabid anti-communism with equally fanatical anti-Semitism and claimed that Jews were homosexuals, even 'homosexualists', who were allegedly undermining the manliness and fighting spirit of the German people.

It was recorded that a distinctive feature of Hitler's anti-Semitism was formulated as conspiracy theory. For many, especially in Bavaria, this went hand in hand with the 'stab-in-the-back' theory, with the view that Germany had not been defeated on the battlefield but had been brought down by liberal, socialist and Communist subversives on the home front and this link made anti-Semitism explosive.

Hitler blamed the German defeat in WWI on the Jews and hated them. He believed that Germans were a superior race. He was jealous of Jewish people as they had always had great success and arrogant.

Hitler's anti-Semitism can be reflected in a speech given by him in Munich July 1922: "His is no master people; he is an exploiter: the Jews are a people of robbers. He has never founded any civilization, though he has destroyed civilizations by the hundred...everything he has stolen. Foreign people, foreign workmen build him his temples, it is foreigners who create and work for him, and it is foreigners who shed their blood for him."

Undeniably, all of Germany's economic problems perceived by many as it is the international Jewish financiers like the Rothschild etc, plunged the world into a war for their business profit.

The Holocaust is the preferred name for the Nazis’ systematic genocide or mass destruction of the Jews among 6 million Jews during World War II. The Nazis themselves used the euphemism ‘the Final Solution of the Jewish Question’, while ‘Shoah’ is the contemporary Jewish-Hebrew name for the catastrophe.

At the end of the 19th century, racist-biological anti-Semitism was developed, where the Jews were perceived as a ‘deformity on the body politic’. The Jews were also increasingly perceived as a specific problem to society, a problem that needed solving if the nation were to survive.

Different solutions were tried: voluntary immigration, forced immigration, and several different plans for deportation. Plans surfaced to deport all the Jews to the east, first to eastern Poland, then to Siberia. Serious plans were also developed that included deporting all European Jews to the island of Madagascar, of the east coast of Africa.

All these plans had to be dropped because of the war. At the same time, the Nazis had gained experience with systematic mass murder in the form of the Euthanasia Programme, where physically and psychologically disabled were killed by the state. The ‘Final Solution to the Jewish Question’ – all these elements lead to the systematic mass murder of approximately 6 million Jews.

The victims of the Holocaust died under very different circumstances. One of the cruelest methods was gassing. This took place in an industrialized fashion in the six so-called extermination camps, of which Auschwitz-Birkenau is the best known, claimed around 3 million Jewish lives.

Among 1.5 million Jews were shot to death by different Nazi units. The so-called Einsatzgruppen, which operated behind the front against the Soviet Union, the Waffen-SS, the ordinary police, and the army, were responsible for many of these mass murders.

Many locals from the occupied eastern territories too took part on their own initiative. Three other ways of murder were forced labor in working camps, hunger, and disease.

Nazis introduced the concept of ‘working to death’ (Vernichtung durch Arbeit), where Jews and other prisoners worked themselves to death for the German war machine. Thousands died of disease and others died of hunger in the concentration camps or in the Jewish ghettos.

Monday, January 26, 2009

2009 the Year of the Ox

January 26, 2009, or the year 4707 in the Chinese Lunar calendar, marks the beginning of the "Year of the Earth Ox".

Ox years are second in sequence and recur every twelve years. The Ox year is a conservative year, one of traditions and values. This is not a year to be outrageous but a slow steady year.

It is a good time to settle domestic affairs and put your house in order. Most conflicts this year will arise more from a lack of communication and refusal to give in on small technicalities than anything else.

This Ox year will bring stability and growth where patience and diligence pays off.

The Year of the Ox symbolizes prosperity through fortitude, thus this is a year of harvest- to reap what we have sown. Take care of business this year, do not let things slide.

The Ox is the direct opposite of the sheep, therefore those who born in the year of sheep should expect challenges in all areas and were advised to keep a low profile.

UMNO Nasarudin crossed over to PKR

Most of the politicians come together in politics for the self-interested reason. Self-interest is a behavior that is benefiting the self at the risk of a disadvantage to someone else.

Perak Bota state assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim has quit Umno to join PKR can be seen as a
defection for political self-interested.

Datuk Nasarudin Hashim

Datuk Nasarudin Hashim, 58, Anwar’s campus mate in University Malaya is the former Felcra Berhad chairman, who has been in Umno for more than 25 years, said his defection would allow him to better serve his constituency, since Pakatan Rakyat is the Perak state government.

He said his decision was based on the people’s growing support for Pakatan, and the current situation within Umno and with its leaders. He is confident in PKR’s commitment to protecting the rights and interests of all races. Saying by doing this is in the interest of the people, especially his supporters and voters.

It was reported that his decision was not entirely a surprise as there has been speculation since last month that he would jump ship if he lost the Umno division elections.

The former Parit MP lost 19 votes in his bid to unseat the Umno Parit division chief Datuk Mohamed Zaim Abu Hasan, who is also Belanja state assemblyman within the Parit parliamentary constituency. He had earlier lost the Felcra chairmanship when he was moved to the Bota state seat in the 2008 general elections.

Nasarudin was an administrative and diplomatic officer in Wisma Putra, and also served at the Information Ministry. He joined Umno in the 1970s and had held the post of branch head since 1985.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Intel to close two plants in Penang

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad called for boycotting the US dollar and US made products, including Coca-Cola, in protest over Washington's backing of Israel.

The former premier said while governments might not be able to support the move as many were “scared stiff” of the superpower, the people could play their part to “save Palestine.”

It does sound like a good idea but practically boycotting US products will not measurably hurt and bring the US economy crashing down or otherwise, the devastating effects are great.

Let's take a look at the plan of the US chipmaker Intel Corporation which suggest closing two its existing assembly test facilities in Bayan Lepas, Penang.

The closure of the Intel PG6 and PG7 plants in Penang would affect over 1,000 of employees but the company would not lay off any workers, instead offering the effected workers comparable job positions in its other Malaysian plants.

Intel has a total of six plants in Malaysia running manufacturing, research and development and other services. With three plants in Penang and another three in Kulim, Kedah, Intel Corp in Malaysia have about 10,000 employees.

The question remains: Should Intel pull out their investment in Malaysia resulted from boycotting, can anyone responsible taking care of the 10,000 direct affected employees?

Microsoft layoffs 5000 employees

The global financial crisis spark the economic instability and dampen the sustainable growth to both the growing and established economy. The devastating long-run effects and consequences on economy are unpredictable but certainly cause great damage to the global economy.

PC shipments and IT expenditures were adversely affected and suffered biggest drop as consumers reined in spending. It is one of the adverse effects of the economy recession. Ironically, Microsoft are not immune to the effects of the economy. The realities of the deteriorating economy forced Microsoft to take important steps to realign the business.

Microsoft said that it would layoff up to 5,000 employees, or about 5 percent of its work force - the first significant cuts in the company’s 34-year history. Of that amount, 1,400 are losing their jobs.

Microsoft also says that it will continue to hire and that the net headcount reduction over the next 18 months should amount to between 2,000 and 3,000.

The layoffs, along with salary freezes, the elimination of contract workers, lower marketing spending, and other measures are expected to reduce operating expenditures by $1.5 billion this fiscal year.

The layoffs follow a rare decline in sales of Microsoft’s Windows operating system for personal and business computers in the second fiscal quarter. Net income for the period, which ended Dec. 31, fell 11 percent to $4.17 billion. Other major players in the personal computer industry are reporting similar drops in demand and paring their work forces to adjust.

Intel, the leading maker of chips for PCs, said it would layoff 5,000 to 6,000 workers and shut production at some plants after revenue dropped 23 percent and net income fell 90 percent in the fourth quarter.

Advanced Micro Devices, also a large supplier of PC chips, reported a 33 percent decline in fourth-quarter revenue to $1.16 billion, while posting a $1.42 billion loss. Earlier this month, A.M.D. said it would reduce its work force by close to 9 percent.

The question remains: How seriousness is the negative impact of the layoff to the global economy as well as the Malaysian economy?

Friday, January 23, 2009

Cheap and delicious Penang Prawn Mee

There are many delicious food from Penang. It is the best tourist destination to discover the variety of exotic delicacies.

Penang Hokkien Mee or Prawn Noodle is one of the most popular Penang Hawker Food. Penang Hokkien Mee is popularly known as Har Mee, Cantonese dialect for Prawn Mee.

The favor you get elsewhere in Malaysia is not the original Penang favor as it is the secret receipt of the Penang hawker.

It is a spicy noodle soup made from prawn shells and heads. Served with yellow noodles, slices of hard-boiled eggs, shredded prawns, meat, crispy fried shallots and a spoonful of chili paste.

It can't resist you to have a bowl of prawn mee in Penang. The price is something you really can't resist. How much do you think it cost you to eat a deliciously satisfying hot bowl of Prawn Mee in Penang?

It is going to cost you RM 2.40 for a standard bowl of Prawn Mee in Penang whereas RM 4.00 in Kuala Lumpur.

Do you feel like want to have a big bowl of delicious Hokkien mee?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Is Obama offer new hope for the world?

Barack Obama, the first elected African American, sworn in on January 20 as the 44th president of the United States.

It was claimed that Obama's victory was not only his but a victory for all races and those sacrificed their lives and died for the freedom. It is a historical sign of America's progress to overcome prejudice and discrimination of African Americans.

Barack Obama urged his fellow Americans to cast aside their political and social divisions and instead face the challenges of economic chaos, two difficult wars, and a growing environmental crisis with what he called a unity of purpose.

He said, to the Muslim world, they seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict or blame their society's ills on the West, know that their people will judge them on what they can build, not what they destroy.

US Ambassador to Malaysia James R. Keith said, the United States, while understanding the hopes of the countries wanting to see change in US foreign policy under new President Barack Obama, wants countries like Malaysia to share in the responsibility to resolve global economic problems and enhance world security and prosperity.

The Americans were hoping that other countries could also contribute in resolving the major issues confronting the world today.

Ironically, the more we hope for change, the more things stay the same. But it seems that the world is having a new hope on Obama.

Is Obama a wiser leader at the helm that make a big change to solve the global economic recession, energy crisis, peace and disarmament remain the open questions being asked.

Obviously, time will prove everything and let the wind blow away the bias. The more you hope, the more you will be disappointed.

By the way, hope is what keeps us going; Obama is like the sun rises a new day has begun. Let’s hope that tomorrow will be better than today.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Councilor from DAP call for ban on gambling

DAP councilor from Shah Alam Ang Leng Kiat proposed that the Shah Alam City Council withdraw licenses already issued and to discontinue the issuance of new permits to lottery outlets.

He had also stressed that his suggestion was not related to political or religious considerations, but was solely aimed at solving social problems linked to gambling.

There are now three draws from Magnum, three from Damacai and four from Sports Toto in a week.

Ironically, PAS Dewan Ulama head Datuk Mohamed Daud had call to ban gambling joints and limit alcohol-selling outlets to non-Muslim areas in the Pakatan states, the move thus is inline with Islamic law especially the Pas’s Islamic state policy to ban ga
mbling and limiting the sale of alcohol in Pakatan Rakyat-ruled states.

Pas government in Kelantan had banned gambling, dancing and public consumption of alcohol by non-Muslims.

The question remains: When will the Pakatan Rakyat state government in Penang, Kedah, Perak and Selangor banning all forms of gambling?

Monday, January 19, 2009

BN lost in the Kuala Terengganu by-election

Although the Barisan Nasional government is the government that committed all-out efforts for the development of the nation and achieved remarkable results since independent, but it fails to retain the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat in the by-election but the loss does nothing to change the political landscape of the country.

The main factors found to be underlie the failure of the Barisan Nasional to retain Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat are BN had been too long in the political comfort zone and the quality of the candidate was absence of the UMNO members’ unconditional full recognition.

Political parties seek power in order to accomplish their goals. Ironically, it had been too long for anyone to remember that BN has slipped back into their political comfort zone, which a remarkable abdication is the lack of political initiative of the members to get involved as well as to facilitate the on-going goals of the party.

How can they begin to push the limits of the comfort zone? On the other hand, they get involved in the internal crisis in the party, which reflected by lack of full recognition of the candidates and the by-election campaign.

The opposition supporters, on the other hand, shown their unconditional support for Pakatan Rakyat especially PAS in carry out the campaign during the by-election. The campaign machinery that PAS has built is much better than BN. The banners, flags, image of the candidate, issues of upholding Islam’s position for the Malay and anti-corruption are by far more effective and destructive to BN.

On the contrary, the Chinese community seems buy the big BN allocation for Chinese school, religious organizations and the issues PAS does not respect Chinese community’s rights on freedom of religion. The propose implementation of hudud law and the Terengganu PAS government before had proposed to acquire the temple had hurt Chinese community but unfortunately their votes are only comprise 11% of Kuala Terengganu's electorate that can't effectively change the political landscape.

When under PAS rule, the Terengganu government had proposed to acquire the Tien Hok Temple which has been a place of worship for the local Chinese over a century.

The proposal was approved by the PAS-led state executive council in 2003 and the PAS candidate for the Kuala Terengganu by-election, Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut, was a state executive councilor then.

Abdul Wahid Endut from the opposition Pas beat off Wan Farid Salleh from the Umno by a majority of 2,631 votes.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Pas won Kuala Terengganu by-election

Pas won the Kuala Terengganu by-election with its candidate Abdul Wahid Endut taking the parliamentary seat by a 2,631 votes majority defeating Barisan Nasional’s candidate Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh who obtained 30,252 votes. Independent candidate Azharudin Mamat @ Adam obtained 193 votes.

Abdul Wahid Endut (PAS)


Wan Ahmad Farid Salleh (BN)


Azharudin Mamat (Independent)




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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Not-so-merry band of crooked cronies

Is Pas a flip-flop party?

"Pas kluk klek"

Vote BN for sustainable developments

Sustainable developments are very important to the area and nation. Undeniably, sustainable development cannot be attained without a responsible government that can deliver to the people.

It is important to note that the Barisan Nasional government is the government that can deliver. It committed all-out efforts for the development of the nation and achieved remarkable results since independent.

Sustainable developments are of particular importance to the Chinese community in Kuala Terengganu. Undeniably, the future of Kuala Terengganu will be much brighter if the BN continues to get the mandate.

Ironically, the Chinese community in Kuala Terengganu had benefited from the Barisan Nasional government. Some RM2.7 million in cash was distributed to about 9,000 needy and elderly Chinese on the 5 January 2009 by BN government. The RM200 to RM300 handout per person is an annual event which usually happens either a week before or after Chinese New Year.

In addition, Menteri Besar Ahmad Said has pledged RM3.3 million for the construction of a hall for the Chinese community in Bukit Kecil, with the ground breaking ceremony slated for January 13.

Another RM110,000 was allocated to 40 Chinese religious organizations. The Terengganu state government further approved RM2.8 million for the upgrading the hall of SJK (C) Chung Hwa Wei Sin, Kuala Terengganu.

The school’s brass band will receive another RM200,000. In addition to the allocations from the state government, the state MCA has obtained federal allocation worth RM205,000 for two temples while Education Minister Hishamuddin Hussien on Jan 5 announced a RM2,926,000 allocation for 10 Chinese schools in the state.

The 583 Terengganu based Malay contractors were offered contracts valued at RM15.8 Million in infrastructure works in the Kuala Terengganu area.

The Chinese community knew what is best for the country and Kuala Terengganu beside the persistent effort to exaggerate other existing differences. They are grateful to the government.

The question remains: How far should they support the efforts of Barisan Nasional for the sustainable development of the area?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Do you still remember?

Is Anwar on his way to Putrajaya?

Your choice

Is PAS the latest Political Puppet?

A puppet is a representational figure manipulated by a puppeteer. Although one should not too into conspiracies but obviously PAS seems to be the latest political puppet of Pakatan Rakyat as PAS desperately needs help and assistance from DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

The groups of Pakatan Rakyat are claimed to conspiring to get PAS elected so they can push their own interests.

The voters in Kuala Terengganu should consider what is best for the them and the country.

Realizing the reality, the question remains: Should the voters in Kuala Terengganu support the political puppet that only pushes their own political interests?

Is PAS having political voice in Pakatan Rakyat?

PAS seems not having any voice of his own in the Pakatan Rakyat.

In the political process of gaining power, the recognition and the struggle for political voice is important.

Ironically, the recognition and the struggle for political voice of PAS was weaken when the suggestion of implementation of the extreme measures such as enacting Islamic “hudud” laws was rejected by Pakatan Rakyat.

The question remains: Should the Malay voters support PAS?

Monday, January 12, 2009

The billboards and posters war in Chinatown

The billboards and posters war in Chinatown between BN and PAS is the fight of the year. This has never happened before and it seems to be a good fight.

Both sides are putting up banners and posters. The BN candidate Wan Farid has upper hand in the fight and the billboards and posters can be seen everywhere. The portrait of PAS's candidate Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut finally appearing in Chinatown.

The billboards and posters can tell a thousand stories and the campaigners hope that the massages carry can be sent to targeted Chinese voters.

Let’s see some of the interesting stories behind these billboards and posters.