Politics and religion a heady mix

Politics and religion a heady mix

Malaysiakini letter by Anushka Anastasia Solomon | Sep 3, 08

“… All mankind is of one author, and is one volume…”

                                        –For Whom the Bell Tolls, John Donne.

I read with interest what Lim Guan Eng said about not wanting Malaysia to be a theocratic society, whether Islamic or Christian.

His vision is akin to the Father of the United States, George Washington, who maintained the place of each man, woman and child under the olive tree. He refused to be coerced.

Religion ought to be a personal matter between man and God. Otherwise, it becomes a freak show of power and politics as in recent years has happened in both the United States and Malaysia.

So politicised is religion in the United States, that the two men running for president of the United States were invited to a game show type Christian forum at the Saddleback Church.

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The True Story of the Internet-People Power [1 to 5]

The True Story of the Internet-People Power [1 to 5]

The True Story of the Internet-People Power [1/5]

Most of you will probably agree that our world is in the midst of a huge revolution that is going to change the political landscape irrevocably. I would like to propose that at the heart of this revolution is a paradigm shift in our collective consciousness, brought about in conjunction with the development of the Internet as a communication medium that enables instant connectivity and encourages active participation from all. The result is people power, the rise of the voices of the ordinary people as a ground shaking collective force.

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Perseverance, conscientious fighting spirit of DSAI

Perseverance, conscientious fighting spirit of DSAI


Exerpts from Dean Johns | Sep 3, 08 in Malaysiakini

 …..And then there’s our Anwar Ibrahim. A classic example, if ever there was one, of the truth of some of the maxims I’d like to kid myself I have the courage to live by: ‘Never say die’, ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going’ and ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’. …..

  • Anwar’s defied Mahathir,
  • fired-up the Reformasi movement,
  • got beaten blue-black,
  • locked-up for years in solitary,
  • reinvented himself as an academic,
  • formed a political party,
  • helped forge the Pakatan Rakyat coalition,
  • got hit with another trumped-up morality charge,
  • addressed countless ceramahs,
  • won a by-election by a landslide
  • and taken his place as leader of the Malaysian opposition.

    What a guy! What a survivor, striver and inspiration to us all.

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Chikungunya fever

Chikungunya fever



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Aedes aegypti mosquito biting human flesh.Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is an insect-borne virus, of the genus, Alphavirus, that is transmitted to humans by virus-carrying Aedes mosquitoes.[1] There have been recent outbreaks of CHIKV associated with severe morbidity. CHIKV causes an illness with symptoms similar to dengue fever. CHIKV manifests itself with a prolonged arthralgic disease that affects the joints of the extremities. The acute febrile phase of the illness lasts only two to five days. The pain associated with CHIKV infection of the joints persists for weeks or months.[2][3]


There are no specific treatments for Chikungunya. There is no vaccine currently available. A Phase II vaccine trial, sponsored by the US Government and published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2000, used a live, attenuated virus, developing viral resistance in 98% of those tested after 28 days and 85% still showed resistance after one year.[10]

A serological test for Chikungunya is available from the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Chloroquine is gaining ground as a possible treatment for the symptoms associated with chikungunya, and as an antiviral agent to combat the Chikungunya virus. A University of Malaya study found that for arthritis-like symptoms that are not relieved by aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), chloroquine phosphate (250 mg/day) has given promising results.[11]

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REUTERS:Myanmar’s Suu Kyi “well” after refusing food

Mon Sep 1, 2008

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is well but has lost some weight, her lawyer said on Monday, following reports that she had refused new food supplies since August 15.


The 63-year-old Nobel laureate did not say whether or not she was on a hunger strike, Kyi Win said after being allowed to see his client at the Yangon home where she has been under house arrest for five years.


“I am well, but I have lost some weight. I am a little tired and I need to rest,” Kyi Win quoted her saying during their 30-minute meeting.


Kyi Win declined to speculate about Suu Kyi’s motives, but diplomats guessed her refusal to accept food may have reflected anger at not being able to meet her lawyer.

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BBC:City freedom ceremony for Suu Kyi

A ceremony to grant the Freedom of Dundee to Aung San Suu Kyi is set to take place in the city.

Burma’s pro-democracy leader will not be able to attend because she has been under house arrest since 2003.

In total, the Nobel Peace Prize winner has spent about 13 of the past 18 years in detention.

The honour from Dundee will be accepted on Ms Suu Kyi’s behalf by Anna Roberts, who is the director of the Burma Campaign UK.

The idea of awarding Ms Suu Kyi, 63, the Freedom of Dundee was proposed by the Lord Provost John Letford.

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Irrawaddy:Suu Kyi Continues Legal Battle


Tuesday, September 2,2008

Burma’s detained democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, met with her lawyer yesterday to discuss a legal challenge to the ruling junta’s decision to extend her house arrest earlier this year.

NLD spokesman Nyan Win told The Irrawaddy on Monday that Suu Kyi’s meeting with her lawyer—the third since early August—concerned a lawsuit that she is mounting against her continuing detention, which was extended in May. She has been under house arrest since May 2003.

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DVB:Burma must stand on its own two feet


Sep 2, 2008 (DVB)–The Burmese opposition and pro-democracy forces have lost faith in the good offices of the United Nations after Gambari’s latest futile mission and its exploitation by the military regime.

Burma’s key opposition party, the National League for Democracy, spoke out against UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, stating that his mission to Burma has failed to accomplish anything. People will not rely on the UN as a trustworthy body if they become too accustomed to hearing nothing but rhetoric.

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