Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Sejak malam tadi para penguna media sosial digemparkan dengan penyebaran rakaman video berdurasi 0:38 saat memaparkan seorang lelaki yang mirip dengan seorang penceramah agama, Ustaz Azhar Idrus.
Rata-rata penggiat media sosial, marah dan kecewa dengan tindakan penyebaran gambar dan rakaman tersebut yang disifatkan sebagai cubaan jahat untuk memalukan individu tersebut.
SuaraTV walau bagaimanapun gagal menghubungi Ustaz Azhar sebentar bagi mendapatkan maklumbalas berhubung penyebaran rakaman video tersebut.
Secara ringkasnya Ustaz Azhar Idrus sebelum terkenal sebagai penceramah agama merupakan seorang gitaris dalam satu kumpulan band muzik sekitar Kuala Terengganu yang diberi nama “Band Boy”. Beliau dan Band Boy sempat membuat beberapa persembahan di stadium-stadium dan jemputan event kecil-kecil.
Setelah kumpulan muziknya mengambil keputusan untuk buat rakaman, Ustaz Azhar Idrus akhirnya menarik diri dari kumpulan tersebut kerana tujuanya hanyalah suka-suka sahaja menyertai kumpulan muzik bukannya untuk mencari glamor.
Ustaz Azhar Idrus juga merupakan seorang yang aktif bersukan dan pernah mewakili Terengganu dalam acara berbasikal pada era 80-an. Menjadi rutin kelapangan masa waktu malam, Ustaz akan berbasikal meronda sekitar Bandar Kuala Terengganu bersama-sama kawan-kawan sehobi dengannya.
Ustaz Azhar Idrus dikatakan pernah bekerja dengan Utusan Malaysia cawangan Kuala Terengganu sebagai artis grafik. Selepas seminggu mendirikan rumahtangga iaitu pada tahun 1990, Ustaz mengambil keputusan untuk berhenti kerja dan beliau bekerja sebagai pencanting batik.
Pada ketika inilah beliau memperlajari bidang ilmu agama secara bersungguh-sungguh dan mendalam. Tiada alasan baginya sama ada hujan mahupun ribut. Beliau beranikan diri dan gagahkan kudrat untuk pergi mencari guru-guru agama dan belajar dirumah guru berkenaan.
Dikatakan juga, perubahan diri Ustaz Azhar Idrus ke arah menjadi seorang yang bersungguh belajar agama adalah didorong oleh kawan baiknya seorang “Otai Punk” yang telah menghilangkan diri selama lima tahun. Setelah lima tahun berpisah, kawan kepada Ustaz Azhar Idrus muncul dengan perwatakan dan peribadi yang sangat berbeza daripada 5 tahun yang lepas dari segi pemakaiannya dan juga tingkah lakunya.
Ceramah Ustaz Azhar Idrus (UAI) mendapat sambutan golongan muda di seluruh negara. Menyedari hakikat ini usaha Peirre Andre mengarah filem “Ustaz, Mu Tunggu Aku Datang” adalah usaha menarik golongan muda menonton filem dakwah itu.
Sekali lagi David Teo menerbitkan filem dakwah, “Ustaz, Mu Tunggu Aku Datang” lakonan Shiro yang memenangi Raja Lawak dahulu. Semalam (28 November) filem itu mula ditayangkan ke seluruh negara. Saya yang menontonnya di Midvalley tak tahan ketawa berdekahdelah melihat gelagat Shiro.
Dari awal penyertaan Shiro dalam Raja Lawak, saya sudah ramal mereka akan menjadi Raja Lawak. Terbukti ramalan saya itu apabila mereka dinobatkan Raja Lawak 2012. Ini adalah filem pertama mereka.
Filem arahan Pierre Andre ini adalah yang terbaru selepas Highland Towers yang mengutip sebanyak RM3 juta. Saya yakin filem “Ustaz, Mu Tunggu Aku Datang” akan mengutip lebih dari RM2 juta kerana ramai anak-anak muda yang meminati UAI akan menonton filem ini.
Ustaz Azhar hanya muncul sekejap sahaja dalam filem ini tetapi dengan gaya bersahaja Ustaz Azhar kelakar macam Shiro juga.
“Ustaz, Mu Tunggu Aku Datang” mengisahkan seorang pemuda iaitu Dadu (Shahrol) yang tidak mempunyai hala tuju hidup. Dia sering dibuang kerja dan tidak pernah serius dalam hidup.
Tinggal serumah pula dengan Muiz (Ajak Shiro) yang turut bergantung hidup kepadanya sedangkan Dadu juga penganggur. Apatah lagi pegangan agama mereka berdua, memang terpesong dan tidak pernah solat.
Bagaikan satu sinar, suatu hari sepupu Dadu iaitu Hamzah (Along) datang bermalam di rumah sewa mereka dan kedua sahabat itu terpukul dengan perubahan baru Hamzah. Dia semakin mendalami agama dan bercerita mengenai aktivitinya sering mendengar ceramah ustaz di masjid kepada mereka.
Insiden itu terus membuka mata Dadu dan Muiz lantas sepakat untuk kembali ke pangkuan agama. Bagaimanapun, tidak semudah itu apabila dalam perjalanan untuk mendengar ceramah di masjid, mereka diduga dengan pelbagai musibah.
Pada keseluruhannya, filem komidi arahan Pierre Andre ini boleh tahan mengajak golongan muda kembali kepada agama. Dengan kemunculan UAI sudah parti ramai peminatnya akan mengunjungi pawagam lapor SuaraTV
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One of the issues that was raised against former menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim was his alleged approval of the Kidex and Dash highways.
During the 2008 election campaign, Pakatan Rakyat promised voters that it would abolish highway tolls and would not approve the building of highways on which tolls would be charged. Because Khalid did not deliver on this election promise, he was removed from his position.
While there may be valid arguments regarding this, the issue of toll highways must not be seen in isolation but alongside the master plan for the development of Selangor.
Until the Puchong Highway was completed, it took one hour or more to drive from one end of Subang USJ to the Federal Highway. Subang was practically one huge parking lot in the early to mid-1990s.
Since then, property prices in Subang have spiralled. What used to cost RM200,000 could now be sold for RM1 million and, in some cases, close to RM2 million.
Hence the development of a highway to ease the congestion in Subang did bring some good. And the same happened in other parts of the Klang Valley where traffic bottlenecks were eliminated with the construction of feeder roads and new highways.
While Pakatan Rakyat wants to eliminate toll highways, they must also explain how Selangor is going to handle the large volume of traffic if no new highways are built.
More houses and townships are being built. Car sales are increasing year after year. With more people and more cars, Selangor will need more roads to handle the increasing volume of traffic.
The Selangor government will have to explain how it can ensure that the state will not revert to the 1990s when it was almost impossible to get to your place of work in under an hour for a distance that should have taken less than half that time if not for the traffic congestion.
Politicians have always promised populist policies during elections, such as lowering tax, an increase in salaries and more development.
However, you need money and plenty of it to do all this. So you need to explain where the money will come from. If not it will just end up as empty promises, like the promise to end toll highways with no proposal of how to handle the traffic.
Roslan Bistamam is an FMT columnist.
KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said that the rakyat as consumers deserve to know the full details of the water deal that was signed by his predecessor.
Azmin who is also PKR’s deputy president said that full disclosure of the agreement was necessary to justify the possible impact of the deal on consumers.
Speaking to a top English daily, he said, “How do you expect me and the new administration to defend the decisions taken on the project if we cannot explain to the rakyat the terms and conditions, the tariff rates that will be applied and how it will affect them as consumers?”
He said this in response to an outright refusal by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Maximus Ongkili to reveal the contents of the water deal, following legal advice from the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).
Azmin also said that while he is in possession of the memorandum of understanding, he cannot divulge details of it because the document is classified as an official secret (OSA).
He however did give his assurance that he would not scrap the water agreement as the needs of the people were of utmost importance to him.
He said, “I am not going to revoke it. I want the exercise to be completed as soon as possible so that the people can have enough water in the future.”
Since taking over as MB last month, Azmin has been persistently pursuing the federal government to disclose details of the agreement that continues to be shrouded in secrecy.
By Koon Yew Yin
At Gerakan’s recently concluded national conference, the Malaysian public was treated to a lonely voice of the party in the way of one of its delegates who stated his view with regard to the birthplace of the various racial groups in the country. According to Johor delegate Tan Lai Soon, not only were the Chinese and Indians pendatang, but the Malays were also not natives of Malaysia either as they had come from Indonesia.
Tan said he wanted to explain the position of Malaysians in the country, as the original Bumiputeras were the Orang Asli and natives of Sabah and Sarawak.
“Except for the natives of Sabah and Sarawak and the Orang Asli, everyone else in Malaysia is a pendatang,” he said.
Tan also noted that “when Umno members say that the Chinese are pendatang, they obviously forget that they are also pendatang from Indonesia.”
This view is one which many Malaysians hold, whether in public or in private.
But it is one which Umno, Perkasa, BTN and “ketuanan Melayu” supporters do not like to hear and are trying to suppress as it delegitimizes the special privileges they are addicted to. Tan’s statement can be said to be akin to stating that the emperor is not clothed when he is parading around in his fine new clothes.
Damage control or digging a bigger hole
For daring to point out this inconvenient fact of the origins of many Malaysians, Tan’s membership in Gerakan has now been suspended with immediate effect. Attempting to do damage control, deputy president Cheah Soon Hai is now arguing that Tan’s position was not the party’s stand. According to him Gerakan is a party of all races and that no Malaysian is a pendatang.
Meanwhile, on cue, a coalition of Malay NGOs called Pertubuhan Pembela Islam (Pembela) has lodged a police report at the Dang Wangi police station over the issue and has asked Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail to charge Tan under the Sedition Act. According to Pembela, the “seditious” statement has given rise to a tense situation and triggered anger among Malays as well as indirectly insulted the position of the Malay rulers,
Cheah said it was not just Malay NGOs who were upset with Tan’s remarks as party members too had lodged complaints over the remark by Tan in his speech. Finally, he offered a public apology “on behalf of the party to all Malaysians who have been hurt by his remark”.
Gerakan may be trying to sooth Umno’s ruffled feathers by its apology but it is digging a bigger hole for itself. “Spineless party”, “puppet party”, “kowtowing leaders”, “shameless leaders”, “wimpering lap dog” are some of the more polite responses that the Gerakan president and vice-president have obtained from disgusted members of the public.
Tan’s statement may be politically incorrect or insensitive, but he was simply saying out loud what many educated members of the public understand to be the history of migration into Malaysia from the neighbouring countries and from afar. This also happens to be the authoritative view among many scholars of Malaysia, whether they are historians, geographers, demographers or experts in other disciplines.
The origins of the population of colonial Malaya was the subject of much investigation and study by colonial officials and scholars. Almost all books and official records that came out during the colonial period devoted considerable attention to the subject of the origins of the Malays and non-Malays.
Below are some sample writings on the subject from colonial scholars that will be useful for Gerekan member Tan to use in his defence when his suspension case is heard by his party leaders soon.
From R O Winstedt
“In recent historical times the mixture of Malay races has proceeded rapidly in British Malaya …. Old Malay Malacca was full of thousands of Javanese and many Muslim Gujeratis and Tamils, and these aliens must have left their mark on a population that was a collection of strangers from the beginning. Selangor may have traces of old Malacca suzerainty, but the modern nobility are Bugis and there have been numbers of recent Sumatran immigrants. Negri Sembilan has been Minangkabau almost from the first. In Kedah and the Northern States there has been an infusion of Siamese blood. Again, in every State in the past there has been intercourse with the aborigines, and the aboriginal women have borne children to Malay fathers. Wavy or curly hair, dark complexions and other evidences of Semang blood distinguish the Malay of Upper Perak. South of that there is the lank-haired Indo Chinese Malay type, whose ancestry is Sakai on the distaff side.” Malaya (London , 1923) edited by R O Windstedt, pp. 86-87.
From Emily Sadka
In addition to this internal immigration [Malays into the Protected Malay States] there was a large inflow from the islands of the Indonesian archipelago. In Perak, the foreign immigrants – the Bugis particularly – were the principal traders of the state; a Bugis trader, Nakhoda Trong, was a partner in the syndicate which leased the farm of the Perak river customs duties in 1874. There were settlements of Rawas and Mandelings from north-east Sumatra; a Rawa Che’ Abdul Karim went with a Sumatran to open up Selama in the 1870s, and during the British occupation of Perak in 1875-6, Rawas, Mandelings and Bugis helped the British in their military operations….
In 1879, a census of the Malay population in Perak gave the number of foreign Malays as 9,274 out of a total free Malay population of 56,632. In Selangor the population was even more mixed. Towards the end of the seventeenth century, the Bugis settled on the Klang river and Selangor, and in the middle of the eighteenth century, a Bugis prince became the first Sultan of Selangor and established the present dynasty.
There were important Bugis and Sumatran trading communities in Kuala Lumpur and Klang. It was a quarrel between them that precipitated the Selangor wars of 1866-73. In Kuala Selangor there were also foreign Malay communities; in 1875 the Resident of Selangor described the population as consisting of Mengkabaus, Mandelings, Rawas, Bugis and Chinese…. Negri Sembilan…had absorbed into its clan system colonies of immigrants from Malacca, Java and Acheh; and…a Bugis chief had established a settlement on the lower Linggi ….
Note: footnotes are omitted except for this one
A Malay traveller has described the population of Klang in 1872 as a heterogenous collection of Malays, Arabs, English, Chinese, Eurasian, Klings, Bengalis, Hindus, and native born (peranakan) of Penang, Malacca, Singapore and Kedah – about 3,000 in all. See Mohammed Ibrahim bin Abdullah, Kesah Pelayaran [Account of Travels] Johore, 1956, p. 46
Make non-BTN history compulsory reading
The above are just two examples of the meticulous accounts of the population of Malaya and Malaysia during the colonial period. They also throw light on various other subjects such as the roots of the royal houses in Malaysia and the dynasties they have founded.
These and other unbiased histories and studies need to be compulsory reading material for all the political parties in Malaysia so that we can avoid further needless controversies on subjects such as who are pendatang and who are indigenous, and on related issues that provoke unwarranted calls for the use of the Sedition Act.
Koon Yew Yin is an FMT reader.
- TMIThe crowd burst into laughter when he asked if he should do ritual purification for touching Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. PAS central committee member and Parit Buntar MP, Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (pic, right), said the struggle was not about Anwar but about justice for all Malaysians. Meanwhile, Mohamad (pic, left) described the recently-tabled Budget 2015 as good but its implementation "penipu" (a sham).