Frankly Speaking

I was still a child when Tun Musa Hitam was the deputy prime minister of Malaysia. This book is his perspective of Malaysian history and politics.

I have no memory of most of the events that he writes about in this book. The ones I do remember, I only remember vaguely. I had little understanding of what was happening at the time.

One of the events I do remember was the Memali tragedy. But even then, what I gathered from the conversations of adults was confusing and made little sense to my young mind. In this book, Tun Musa Hitam detailed the events that took place prior to the tragedy and the extent of his involvement in it.

I remember a few months before Tun Musa Hitam’s resignation as deputy prime minister, there were rumours that the relationship between him and the prime minister was strained — rumours that both denied. Therefore, the nation was quite shocked when his resignation was announced. Tun Musa Hitam candidly explains what led him to that decision.

As I read the final pages of this book, I wondered if fate played a cruel joke on us Malaysians. May be our country would be on a totally different path now if Musa Hitam did become our prime minister.

For Malaysians, I think this is a must-read and you can get it from Kinokuniya.

Sihatkah Kompas Akhlak Anda?

Kompas akhlak — atau kata omputih moral compass.

Bagaimana anda menentukan sama ada sesuatu perkara itu baik atau buruk, betul atau salah? Kalau anda percaya Tuhan dan ada agama, penentuan itu dibuat mengikut ajaran agama anda. Kalau anda tidak percaya kewujudan Tuhan, kemungkinan besar keputusan itu dibuat mengikut citarasa dan trend semasa. Bak kata Dostoyevsky, “The absence of God justifies everything” (Ketiadaan Tuhan mewajarkan segalanya).

Ada tak sesiapa yang waras akal fikiran yang berpendapat menipu adalah perbuatan yang baik dan dibolehkan? Dalam keadaan apakah menipu dianggap baik dan dibolehkan? Jika seseorang terbukti menipu, adakah anda akan membela dan membenarkan penipuannya jika orang itu dekat dengan anda?

Mari kita jenguk sebentar maksud ayat Annisa:135

Wahai orang-orang yang beriman! Jadilah kamu penegak keadilan, menjadi saksi karena Allah walaupun terhadap dirimu sendiri atau terhadap ibu bapa dan kaum kerabatmu. Jika dia (yang terdakwa) kaya ataupun miskin, maka Allah lebih tahu kemaslahatan (kebaikannya). Maka janganlah kamu mengikuti hawa nafsu karena ingin menyimpang dari kebenaran. Dan jika kamu memutar balikkan (kata-kata) atau enggan menjadi saksi, maka ketahuilah Allah Mahateliti terhadap segala apa yang kamu kerjakan.

Islam mengajak kita berlaku adil. Bila memberi kesaksian dan menjatuhkan hukuman, kita dituntut supaya berlaku adil walaupun yang dituduh dan diadili itu adalah orang yang dekat dengan kita atau orang yang kita sayangi. Jangan sesekali memutar belit kebenaran kerana mahu melindungi orang yang kita sayang.

Andaikan ada seorang tokoh yang terkenal dan disegani didapati berbohong mengenai kelulusan akademiknya. Andaikan dia menipu bahawa dia berkelulusan PhD dan setelah disiasat, didapati bahawa hal itu tidak benar. Adakah anda akan menutup mata dan memperkecilkan pembohongannya kerana selama ini dia telah membimbing dan membantu ramai orang untuk jadi usahawan berjaya?

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Islam: Silencing the Critics

This book addresses the misinformation and misunderstanding about Islam spread by Islamophobes. This is an easy book to read. The explanations are presented in a way that is logical and easy to understand.

The author also explains many misunderstandings about Quran verses that are quoted out of context. For example, when a verse is taken on its own, it gives the impression that Islam condones violence. However, when you look at that verse in the context of other verses before and after it, the true context emerges and and it gives a completely different picture than the one painted by Islamophobes.

Regardless of whether you’re a Muslim or non-Muslim, “Islam: Silencing the Critics” provides a one-stop center that addresses the common misunderstanding about Islam.

You can get the book from Kinokuniya or Amazon.

Related link:
The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America

The Kebabz, Seri Kembangan

The Kebabz at Kinrara Uptown claims to serve authentic Peshawar kebabs. I’ve never been to Peshawar, so I don’t know how true that is. 😉

The waiter was courteous and helpfully explained the items on the menu. After a few minutes of contemplating, I ordered beef sheesh kebab parota roll. Yes, I know it doesn’t look very pretty or appetizing, but it’s delicious. Never judge a kebab from its wrapping!

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