Tuesday, January 24, 2017

US warning to China - but who will blink first

Via Malaysia-Today (extracts):


Rex Tillerson on right, a former ExxonMobil CEO prior to his appointment as the new US Secretary of State under President Donald Trump 

(Astro Awani) – The new US administration of President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea, something Chinese state media has warned would require Washington to “wage war.”

The comments at a briefing from White House spokesman Sean Spicer signalled a sharp departure from years of cautious US handling of China’s assertive pursuit of territory claims in Asia, just days after Trump took office on Friday.

“The US is going to make sure that we protect our interests there,” Spicer said when asked if Trump agreed with comments by his Secretary of State nominee, Rex Tillerson, on Jan. 11 that China should not be allowed access to islands it has built in the contested South China Sea.

“It’s a question of if those islands are in fact in international waters and not part of China proper, then yeah, we’re going to make sure that we defend international territories from being taken over by one country,” he said.

Tillerson’s remarks at his Senate confirmation hearing prompted Chinese state media to say the United States would need to “wage war” to bar China’s access to the islands where it has built military-length air strips and installed weapons systems.

Tillerson, who was expected to be confirmed as secretary of State on Monday, was asked at the hearing whether he supported a more aggressive posture towards China and said: “We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed.”



Trump and Tillerson think they are reenacting the Cuban missile crisis, a 13-day deadly standoff between the USA and USSR from 16 to 28 October 1962 which ended with the USSR blinking first. Thereafter President John Kennedy became an American hero.


Tillerson might have believed he could use the US Navy far superior fleets, the most powerful naval force in history with eleven air carrier strike forces ,to blockade or quarantine Chinese forces from entering or exiting the man-made islands in the South China Sea.

Methinks Donald Trump (and perhaps even Tillerson) aspires to that Kennedy-ic heroic status by confronting China and hoping China will back down.

But China is not the USSR. I predict that when push comes to shove, Trump and Tillerson will be embarrassed into backing down.

For years since the end of the Qing Dynasty, China was the weak man of Asia, suffering invasions and occupations by many nations such as Japan, Britain, France, Germany, etc, and utter wretched countless humiliations for a proud race who believed (rightly or wrongly) themselves as culturally far superior to the rest of the world.

That ethno-centric view has been the foolish pride of Chinese (in China) for millenniums, explaining why they call their country as the 'Middle Kingdom', meaning everyone else surrounds it as a mere vassal or barbaric and uncivilised state.

We should remember that after the communist reigned supreme in China, it fought an extremely ferocious war with Americans in 1950 to 1953 who had then enjoyed operating from 
safe bases in Japan, Guam, and the Philippines and who had the direct support of numerous countries under the aegis of the UN.

China stepped into the Korean fray when the US-UN forces pushed the North Koreans as far north as the Yalu River, the border between China and North Korea.


Much earlier China had through the good office of India warned the USA not to cross the 38th parallel but General MacArthur ignored that, even pushing ahead with the aim of crossing the Yalu River (Chinese border) to destroy Chinese military depots which had been supplying North Korean troops.

That was when China poured divisions of poorly armed troops but who moved with surprising lightning swiftness through the rugged mountains of North Korea to push the US-UN troops back. The Yanks were caught by surprised by the speed of the Chinese advance who were poorly equipped but which had humongous mass or numbers (one of the US military principle of war).

The notoriety of the Chinese mass wave assault was then borned. Approximately half a million Chinese perished in the Korean War. 

I opine that if the Americans attempt to blockade the Chinese from entering or exiting the South China Sea islands, they will be in for a shock. The Chinese had fought a war with the USA in 1951 and perhaps believe they can win again.

Though the Americans have far superior naval and air assets, the Chinese have two deadly weapons which they have been developing for decades, namely, the carrier-killer nuclear tactical missiles DF-21D (900 miles) and DF-26 (2500 miles). They can fire these from ships or land.



A Chinese DF-21D ASBM costs only $5 to $10.5 million. China can afford to build hundreds of them. 

Chinese foolish pride will persuade them to use it against approach or interfering US Navy carrier strike forces, regardless of the consequences unto the total destruction of China itself.

If the Yanks escalate the confrontation by resorting to their Triad, namely the submarine, air force and land operated nuclear ballistic missiles (approximately 7,000 warheads) they can destroy China completely, that is, if they are prepared to do that.

The Chinese have (I am not exactly sure) a fraction of what the Yanks have, about 250 nuclear warheads which, while not about to destroy the USA completely as the Yanks will destroy China, will cause a lot of serious harm to the USA. WE are talking nuclear warheads.


longer range DF-26 ASBM 

California state by itself is the world's 6th biggest economy. Imagine if 30 to 50 of those Chinese nuclear warheads, delivered by missiles with MIRV (multi independently-targeted reentry vehicles) nuclear warheads were to blast California into nothingness, how will that affect the USA? What about the rest of the USA like aircraft producing Seattle and the wheat belt of America?

Mutually Assured Destruction or MAD, if the USA is prepared to go all the way. I believe the Chinese is.

But who will blink first?



Monday, January 23, 2017

Racist-political lies - lesson for Malaysia

On Friday in Melbourne a mad man went on a murderous rampage - I am sure most of you must have heard of the murderous way the mad man drove his car right into crowds of people at the Bourke Street area.


The operative word has been 'massacre'. Five people have died while many others are seriously injured. Police finally shot him to stop his murderous use of a speeding car to plough into crowds of people.

A so-called tourist, apparently from Italy, with an over worked up face and over-exaggerated bulging eyes, said (I thought theatrically over-dramatic) on live TV coverage that the murderous driver was screaming "Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar".

Straightaway Pauline Hanson who is well known for her racist views against (previously) Aussie Aborigines and Aussie Asian and (now) Muslims, seized on that bullshit and declared the horrific massacre as a terrorist attack, saying the rampage underlined the need for tough immigration policies.

As usual of her style of regrettable reckless racist politics she did not check the story but bulldozed on to impugn adversely on the reputation of Muslims.

Hanson is a senator and head of the extremely ultra right-wing One Nation party which in my opinion does not have one single candidate to match the brains of the worst-performing Malaysian kid in Malaysian upper secondary school (old Form V), wakakaka.


But alas, like many Americans senselessly or idiotically voting grab-her-pussy Trump, some Australians in the more conservative states like Queensland and Western Australia did vote for One Nation candidates. As my visitor bruno would say 'go figure', wakakaka.

Hanson was then in the middle of a media conference when news of the horrendous ramage on Bourke Street was broadcast. That massacre provided her with timely ammo to politically shoot at the Muslims again and at the same time (press conference) to avoid embarrassing (for her) questions about her candidates.

Two of her One Nation candidates had criminal convictions, wakakaka, with one a allegedly a pastor who ran an advertisement on his Facebook page for 'bikini baristas' for his coffee drive-through shops he was planning to open, wakakaka again. 

News report says The ad asks for people aged 18 and over, a recent photo and says they would be required to wear bathers and shorts.


Subsequently when the news further revealed that the perpetrator was a Aussie Greek by the name of Dimitrious Gargasoulas and probably a Christian of the Greek Orthodox Church, who had earlier stabbed his own brother, Hanson backpedalled like Mahathir has frequently done a la the shameful DPM issue, BR1M, etc.

She was awfully wrong but as usual, did NOT apologise for her bad-mouthing of Muslims.

It has been an anti Muslim campaign, started off by Stefano Pavan, allegedly an Italian tourist (how to say Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar in Italian?) and eagerly seized upon by Pauline Hanson.


Dimitrious Gargasoulas 

This has been a salutary lesson on how the reputation of Muslims have been unfairly blackened by bullshitters. Victorian Police (in Melbourne) ordered the immediate removal of a few online videos saying it was a Muslim attack.

Would the Malaysian Police have acted as swiftly as the Vic Police if inciting news in Malaysia were false?

If Muslims in Malaysia feel aggrieved by the lies against Muslims in Oz, think of how some Malaysian Muslims have deliberately blackened the reputations of non-Muslims like the teenage son of Lim Guan Eng and of DAP then MCA demanding the DPM post, and of federal opposition Muslims like Dyana Sofya during the Teluk Intan by-election and Khalid Samad recently.


left & centre - filipino actress Pauleen Luna

right - Dyana Sofya (DAP)







Malaysian caning

Perkasa has called for public officials convicted of corruption to receive mandatory caning and life imprisonment.


Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob (second from right) and officials witness a demonstration of a caning at the Malaysia Prison Museum in Banda Hilir, Malacca. (NST photo)

I believe caning those convicted of corruption appears to be within Malaysian laws, though I and the world frown on such medieval forms of punishment.

Malaysia inherits judicial caning from the British colonial masters in the 19th Century when the Brits also punished criminals by birching and flogging, and which practice our former colonial masters have long abandoned.

But naturally we Malaysians hang on to such medieval cruel punishments because we love to hurt people.

Judicial caning is limited to only a maximum of 24 strokes but Pak Haji Hadi Awang is proposing the whipping permitted for the syariah courts to mete out for Muslims violating Islamic prohibitions be increased to 100 strokes.

And please note that syariah courts are NOT permitted to trial and punish criminal offences (which remain within the jurisdiction of civil courts) so that the 100 lashes proposed by Pak Haji Hadi Awang will only be for non-criminal cases but violations of Islamic observations (eg, khalwat, adultery, imbibing alcohol, etc).

Perkasa should note that there are two types of cane for judicial caning, the thin and thick ones, where the latter are used only for violent crimes such as armed robbery, rape, drug trafficking.

Actually thin caning already exists for illegal immigration, bribery and CBT, so other than making it mandatory and to include life imprisonment, what Perkasa has called for is not new if we consider CBT and bribery as equivalent to corruption.

As for sentencing a corrupt official to life imprisonment, why not sentence him or her to be decapitated, stone to death or have both hands and legs chopped off, and if a male offender, his dick as well. 

Don't we just like to hurt people?




Dangerous nationalism

MM Online - Academic: Restrict MyKads from kids who can’t speak Malay (extracts):


KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 — A Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) professor has suggested that Malaysian children be required to learn the Malay language before they are given the blue identity cards for citizenship.

Datuk Zainal Kling wrote in Mingguan Malaysia, the Sunday edition of local daily Utusan Malaysia, that language used to be a requirement for citizenship, but Parliament removed this when then Gerakan co-founder Tan Sri Dr Tan Chee Khoon said Malaysians had already learned Bahasa Melayu, which is also the country’s national language, well in Chinese and Indian vernacular schools as well as in national schools.

“If the third requirement, their language, is not fulfilled, don’t give them the blue identity card, give them the temporary red one,” Zainal said, referring to the red MyKad for permanent residents.

Currently, a child is granted Malaysian citizenship if one or both parents are Malaysians or a permanent resident.


Wow.


But there is a difference between applying to become a citizen of Malaysia and being born a citizen of Malaysia. The latter needn't do anything so long as he or she meets one of the following:

Every person born on or after Malaysia Day, and having any of the qualifications specified below
  1. Every person born within Malaysia of whose parents one at least is at the time of the birth either a citizen or permanently resident in Malaysia and
  2. Every person born outside Malaysia whose father is at the time of the birth a citizen and either was born in Malaysia or is at the time of the birth in the service of the Federation or of a State and
  3. Every person born outside Malaysia whose father is at the time of the birth a citizen and whose birth is, within 1 year of its occurrence or within such longer period as the Malaysian Government may in any particular case allow, registered at a consulate of Malaysia or, if it occurs in Brunei or in a territory prescribed for this purpose by order of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, registered with the Malaysian Government and
  4. Every person born in Singapore of whose parents one at least is at the time of the birth a citizen and who is not born citizen otherwise than by virtue of this paragraph and
  5. Every person born within Malaysia who is not born a citizen of any country otherwise than by virtue of this paragraph

Language testing has never been a requirement for those fulfilling paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 above (I don't know much about 4 and 5).

So, is Prof Zainal Kling saying that if those yang tidak mampu bercakap Bahasa Melayu will only be considered as a PR (permanent resident) by virtue of the red IC permitted to them?

Prof Zainal Kling is now proposing a new set of constitutional laws.

While I certainly encourage young Malaysians to use more Bahasa Melayu, I shun such draconian nationalistic policies and would urge Prof Zainal Kling to cease from what I consider as his nationalistic opinion.


Incidentally, Prof Zainal Kling is a proponent of the view that Malaya (Peninsula) was never colonised.

I admire his nationalistic perspective on this but there are two points I wish to raise vis-a-vis the issue of colonization of Malaya, namely:

  • Penang and Malacca were both British Crown colonies, so definitely parts of Malaya were not only colonised but British owned,
  • Technically, none of the nine sultanate states were colonised, thus Prof Zainul KLing has been correct, provided he ignores two sub-issues, to wit: (a) the two (former) crown colonies mentioned above, and (b) the de facto authority and overriding powers of the British Residents (Advisors to the Sultans) in each sultanate state, except on the Islamic religion, associated Islamic issues and Malay adat, which were the prerogative of the respective sultans.


In other words, the sultanate states were not technically colonised, but they were effectively, where in each state the British Resident was the de facto ruler (except on Islamic issues and Malay adat).

Prof Zainal Kling can boast of his nationalistic view, which is technically correct, but he is deluding himself if he believes the sultanate states were not under British colonial power, control and administration.


Think of Perak and how the British buggered the choice of sultans of the state following the Treaty of Pangkor in 1874, replacing Sultan Ismail with Sultan Abdullah, and subsequently exiling Sultan Abdullah following the assassination of James Birch.

The draconian terms of the Treaty of Pangkor in favour of the British were (from Wikipedia):

  • Raja Abdullah was acknowledged as the legitimate Sultan to replace Sultan Ismail who would be given a title and a pension of 1000 Mexican pesos a month.
  • The Sultan would receive a British Resident whose advice had to be sought and adhered to in all matters except those pertaining to the religion and customs of the Malays.
  • All collections and control of taxes as well as the administration of the state would be done in the name of the Sultan, but the Sultan was to govern according to the advice and consent of the Resident.
  • The Minister of Larut would continue to be in control but would no longer be recognized as a liberated leader. Instead, a British officer, who would have vast authority in administering the district, would be appointed in Larut.
  • The Sultan, and not the British government, would pay the salary of the Resident.

The Treaty of Pangkor was the beginning of British de facto colonisation of all the sultanate states.


Prof Zainal Kling can continue to make his nationalistic ownself happy with the sultanate states being not technically colonised, but as we know, the Poms were arrogantly and imperialistically mucking around with the sultans of Perak and the state.

The dictionary defines 'nationalism' as either:

  • devotion and loyalty to one's own country;

    or
  • excessive patriotism; chauvinism.


and of course we know that 'chauvinism' is biased devotion to any group, attitude, or cause.

Be careful that nationalism is not too much of a chauvinistic nature which will only further marginalise Malaysians.






Sunday, January 22, 2017

Letter to YB Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz

MM Online - Number of flood victims in Kelantan increases to 7,036 people (extracts):


KOTA BARU, Jan 21 ― The number of flood victims in Kelantan increased to 7,036 people (2,030 families) as at 5pm today, from 4,345 people (1,182 families) at noon.

According to the Social Welfare Department, through its Infobanjir application, all the victims are provided temporary shelter at 53 evacuation centres in seven districts in the state.

Kota Baru district recorded the highest number of flood victims, totalling 2,362 people (728 families) at 18 evacuation centres, followed by Pasir Mas, involving 1,602 victims (455 families) at 19 centres and Pasir Puteh, 1,588 people (436 families) at nine centres.

A total of 803 people (226 families) have also been evacuated in Tumpat and they are being accommodated at two evacuation centres in the district, while in Bachok, 425 people (111 families) have been evacuated to a relief centre.

In Machang, 167 people (49 families) have been evacuated to two relief centres and in Tanah Merah, two centres have been opened to accommodate 89 flood victims (25 families).


aisehman, velly hensom lah 

My dear Yang Berhormat Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz,

Assalamualaikum. Semoga Yang Berhormat dan keluarga berada dalam keadaan yang sihat, aman dan makmur, walaupun pada sekarang adalah basah sedikit - Alhamdulillah.


Ingatkah Yang Berhormat, apa Yong Berhormat sebut 3 tahun dulu?

Baiklah, sampai titik sini saya menamat tulisan Bahasa saya buat tidak menakutkan (horrify) Yang Berhormat, wakakaka.

In 2014, you wrote in your Facebook page (and which was duly reported in a couple of Malaysian news portals) that the floods in Kelantan then were intended to remind Muslims to return to Allah’s path, and of the necessity in implementing the Islamic penal code in the state.

You remarked: “The flood is a reminder to all Muslims to return to Allah’s ways and stay away from His wrath.

“It necessitates the perseverance of the Kelantan government to implement hudud laws.”


Then tens of thousands of the suffering rakyat in Kelantan, Terengganu, Perlis and Pahang had had to be evacuated from their homes due to floods in various districts.

In other words, my dear Yang Berhormat, you had at that distressful moment provided us with your most halal opinion that Allah swt was very angry (wrathful) with Malaysians, which I took it as mainly Muslims in Kelantan and Terengganu.


I had thought the Muslims in Kelantan and Terengganu have been the most pious Muslims, thus I was a wee bemused by your warning to them that “the flood is a reminder to all Muslims to return to Allah’s ways and stay away from His wrath."

To recapitulate, based on you blessed advice, Allah swt wrecked His Divine punishment on 'wayward' Muslims in Kelantan and Terengganu by sending the devastating floods.

Sadly several Muslims in Kelantan and Terengganu perished in the 2014 flood, while more than two hundred thousands in your East Coast were forced to evacuate from their flooded homes.

But Yang Berhormat, 
one question please - why was it, as per your warning statements above (in your Facebook page), that Allah swt targeted mainly Muslim supporters of your PAS' avowed intention to implement hudud.

Though I was and am still a non-believer (my atheistic and probably non-halal apologies) I would have thought that logically (according to your blessed wisdom) those bloody DAP people who did not support hudud should have been the ones to be punished!

Was I wrong? Please correct me as I was/still am less, very much less, knowledgeable than Yang Berhormat.

But nonetheless, after serious reflections on the above puzzling paradox, I believed (then) I might have the answer, admittedly through sweet secular speculations (wakakaka), and based in part on what Perkid president Masridi Sat had then reminded the news portal Malaysiakini, that of Aceh being hit by earthquakes.

Now what exactly did Masridi Sat say about Aceh?

Give me a few secs and I'll come to it, but let me say something about Selena Gomez first as it's connected to what the Perkid president said.

In June 2016 as gorgeous (ooops ... sorry) Selena Gomez, an American singer thrilled thousands of fans in Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam.

I hope you know who she was/is, but in case you don't I have attached a few of her photographs here for your ease of identifying who I am referring to.




please excuse her dressing as she was born in Texas, USA, which is a very very hot state 

Some 20 members of an Islamic group called Pertubuhan Kebajikan Darul Islah Malaysia (Perkid) performed solat hajat (special prayers but aiyah, Yang Berhormat knows this lah) and recited Yasin just outside her concert premises. 

By the by, a Selangor PAS exco member at that time also directed mosques within the state to hold solat hajat to pray for sweetie's ... err ... I mean .... her concert to be cancelled. Alas, the concert was not cancelled. Perhaps that PAS exco member's prayers needed a bit more oomph?

Anyway, back to Perkid - its president Masridi Sat told Malaysiakini that they did that (solat hajat) to prevent the concert from triggering any disasters. He said:

"Kelantan has been flooded, Aceh was hit with earthquakes. Any time, something could happen to us."

"If disaster strikes, it doesn't matter whether someone is religious or not, it will affect everyone."



As you would be aware, Aceh has already fully implemented full syariah laws inclusive of hudud punishment, a legislative status quo which your PAS Kelantan state government wishes for.

But my dear Yang Berhormat, based on the common denominators of natural disasters suffered by both Kelantan and Aceh, floodings in the former and earthquakes in the latter, at that time (last year) I was inclined to believe you might have been wrong in misreading Allah swt.

HE might actually be NOT pleased at all by some Muslim clerics taking the law (excuse my pun) into their own hands and misusing His Divine Name.

It's possible that your god might have wanted syariah laws to be fully implemented ONLY when a truly pious Muslim is in control, and certainly not the current crop of Muslim clerics like those in an agency called JAWI, who wasted god's given time to harass a young Malay woman who worked at Borders, all because Borders sold some books PRIOR to those books being banned by the government.

Apart from the FACT that the books were not yet banned when they were sold, hence their sales were very legal, I reckon it might be that those JAWI officers could not prosecute a non-Muslim Borders Book Store which could have persuaded them to redirecting their super geram-fury at another target, a Muslim lady, oh yes, someone of the weaker gender, which alas for her, JAWI prosecuted and persecuted kau kau for more than two years.

Chinese Penangites have a term for the JAWI anger directed at an alternative and convenient female Muslim substitute or replacement target, to wit, "ch'oot k'ee" (translated: vent the anger).

Yes, my dear Yang Berhormat Nik Mohamad Abduh, would you agree with me that some of your ulama are yet to meet the exacting standards of Allah swt, so perhaps the implementation of hudud is not yet appropriate when the code of punishments may well be misused by bullying clerics like JAWI who lack the compassion, humanity and mercy of Allah swt?

And as a final friendly reminder (kaytee being a friendly sort of bloke), the current flooding in Kelantan and Terengganu, which has once again affected so many Muslims in those states into becoming evacuees, must be considered very very seriously, as per your blessed wisdom provided to us in 2014, as a possible Divine omen to cease and desist from your mortal desire for increasing punishments (or even hudud) allowed for the syariah courts.

I wonder why your party president wants to flog offenders of Islamic moral laws 100 times instead of just 6?

Implementation of syariah laws including hudud or increased punishments for the syariah courts to mete out shall only be for Allah swt to tell us when to implement them.

Bertaubatlah if you realize you might have been too arrogant, hubristic and incorrect in 2014 in your pompous and politicized presumptions to daringly, arbitrarily and blasphemously speak on behalf of Allah swt.

Allah swt is all merciful, forgiving and compassionate.

Salam mesra,

Yang Ikhlas,

kaytee

p/s I used to date Sabaxxxxx from your constituency, Pasir Mas, but I now realize we can't ride on a Honda Cub bike as without her holding onto my waist as she used to do, she might fall down from the bike. 



Saturday, January 21, 2017

Ben Hur's of Penang

Star Online on the Penang Thaipusam chariot race (extracts):


chariot race in Ben Hur (movie) 

GEORGE TOWN: Penang’s battle of the Thaipusam chariots just got uglier. The Nattukotai Chettiars are hoping to bring forward the start of their usual silver chariot procession to the night of Feb 7 instead of the morning of Feb 8 as earlier planned.

The rival Penang Hindu Endow­ment Board’s golden chariot had been scheduled to leave early in the morning of Feb 8, ahead of the silver chariot. 
[...]

According to earlier plans, the silver chariot was supposed to leave kovil veedu in Penang Street about 90 minutes after the golden chariot operated by the Penang Hindu Endowment Board leaves the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in nearby Queen Street.


PHEB golden chariot  

At a press conference yesterday, board chairman Dr P. Ramasamy vented his anger at the chettiars’ move to seek permission from the police to bring forward the silver chariot procession to 11pm on Feb 7 from the original 6.30am on Feb 8.

He said it was irresponsible to change the timing of the procession without both sides agreeing to it.

Dr Ramasamy, who is Deputy Chief Minister II, said the timing of the processions was discussed with the police on Jan 11 during a meeting to sort out traffic, safety and other issues.

“There was no objection by the chettiars during the meeting and nothing was raised during the state Thaipusam coordination committee meeting on Thursday as well.

“The set time must be adhered to. If not, there will be issues with the other agencies involved in the procession,” Dr Ramasamy said.


Nattukotai Chettiars silver chariot 

We must read an illuminating letter to Malaysiakini by Markend D. Joshi titled The significance of the golden chariot.

But to be open about the Ben Hur tussle in Penang between our local Charleston Heston and Stephen Boyd, wakakaka, Markend D. Joshi is a commissioner of the Penang Hindu Endowments Board (PHEB) but nonetheless he has written a nice conciliating article in his letter to Malaysiakini about the two Thaipusam chariots.

Markend brilliantly explained that both chariots actually complement each other in the Penang Thaipusam religious celebrations, a win-win situation for the Hindu Thaipusam celebration, so to speak. His letter in full follows:




Chinese devotees for Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Shintoism, Confucianism, etc

but why not for Islam?

The Golden Chariot will carry the symbolic ‘Vel’ from the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Queen Street on Feb 8, 2017 starting at 5am.

The practice of carrying the ‘Vel’ from the Maha Mariamman Temple in Queen Street to the Hill Top Temple is nothing new as it has been going on since many decades, but its mode of transport previously was by car and later lorry. Many people are not aware of this.

The practice of carrying out a ‘Vel’, also known as ‘Shakti Vel’, on Thaipusam day to the Waterfall Hill Top Temple signifies that ‘Goddess Parvathi’ (Amman), consort of ‘Lord Shiva” gave this weapon to Lord ‘Subramanian’ to defeat the Asuras (Demons). The PHEB is only enhancing its mode of transport into the Golden Chariot which will be pulled by volunteer devotees, giving the ‘Vel’ its due respect.

The Silver Chariot carrying ‘Lord Muruga’ from ‘Koil Vedu” to the Waterfall Chettiar Temple will go on as usual. The PHEB has asked the cooperation of the Chettiar community and don’t you think it will be such a beautiful sight to see the ‘Shakti Vel’ as the special weapon of Lord ‘Muruga’ in a Golden Chariot followed by the Silver Chariot with Lord ‘Muruga’.

As a commissioner of PHEB and in charge of the Sri Kunj Bihari Temple and on behalf all its devotees, I fully support the efforts of PHEB.

The chairperson of PHEB, YB Prof Dr P Ramasamy, has been carrying out the decisions of the board and asked the Chettiars for their cooperation. As such let’s all work towards a peaceful Thaipusam with its due glory.

As Penangites, let’s make the Thaipusam a celebration not only a religious one but also keep attracting tourists to this wonderful and meaningful event especially with the Hill Top Temple winning accolades from Trip Advisor, being one of the largest Murugan (Lord Balathanyuthapani) temples outside India.


But alas, the Nattukotai Chettiars have radically changed its planned schedule, putting its procession ahead and 6 hours before the PHEB's golden chariot is supposed to begin its procession.

Based on Markend's explanation, that means the Nattukotai Chettiars will be sending Lord Muruga to face Soorapadman the Asura without a weapon.

How then would Lord Muruga re-enact his splitting of the mango tree that Soorapadman disguised himself into after running away from Lord Muruga, whereafter each half of the tree turned into a peacock and cockerel respectively?


no escape for Soorapadman 

[Oh, BTW, don't be confused between the term 'Asuras' and 'Apsaras'.

'Asuras' are demons in the Hindu supernatural pantheon while the latter, 'Apsaras' are delightful gorgeous divine angel-like spirits of the clouds and water, supernatural sweeties, wakakaka]


Apsara 


bridge in Angkor Thom (next to Angkor Wat)
Siemreap, Khmer Republic

sweeties (Apsaras) on one side and nasties (Asuras) on the other 



who would be the sweeties and nasties?

can you work out the difference?
 

It sounds like the Nattukotai Chettiars may be playing one-upmanship with the PHEB in the Ben Hur-like race but alas, in the process has forgotten that Thaipusam is the annual celebration by Tamils of Skanda's (Lord Muruga's) victory over the demon Soorapadman.

Hah, has Hindu politics by the Nattukotai Chettiars rendered the religious celebration of Thaipusam meaningless?

Why is the Nattukotai Chettiars playing silly buggers?

[Oh, BTW, 'playing silly buggers' means 'To act in a stupid or reckless manner']

The allegations, coming from local Tamils, is that the Nattukotai Chettiars are dominated by foreigners who insist on exercising their presumably higher caste prerogative, one of which has been to deny local Tamils and also non-Nattukottai Chettiars from access into the Kovil Veedu (Temple House) at Market Street.

Whoa man, I hope that's not true because we Malaysians would have no truck of that stupid class-oppressive caste distinction.

And indeed if true, which I hope is not, then the Nattukotai Chettiars taking oppressive advantage of Malaysian Tamils by the unacceptable caste c%nt-czarism should fuck off back to India where bullsh*t stuff as social caste began and is said to still exist unofficially.


in India, higher caste men have raped  women and girls of the so-called untouchables (pariahs), showing that where lust was concerned, f**k caste (excuse the pun) 


For a story involving another Nattukotai Chettiars' temple in Penang, read my post Birch House Penang - how the British coopted a Taoist god to suppress Indian deities at my other blog KTemoc Kongsamkok.


Nagarathar Sivan Temple
along Jalan Dato Keramat, Penang