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Utusan Meloya dan warna stokin

Utusan Meloya dan warna stokin
Tok Misai
17 Oktober 2018

Utusan Malaysia memang patut dipanggil Utusan Meloya. Logiknya selepas kerajaan BN ditong-sampahkan oleh rakyat pada 9 Mei lalu, Utusan Meloya sepatutnya insaf dan bertaubat dari menyebarkan berita-berita fitnah yang membuat rakyat rasa gelisah tidak tentu pasal. Perbuatan seperti ini bukan kerja orang beriman. Ini kerja orang munafiq yang suka melihat rakyat dan negara jadi tunggang langgang.

Saya berkata begini kerana rasa meluat baca artikel yang disiarkan oleh akhbar cabok ini mengenai Menteri Pendidikan baru Malaysia yang bernama Dr. Maszlee Malik (DMM) di Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya (PPUM).

Punyalah banyak isu dan urusan penting lain yang DMM bincangkan pada lawatan beliau ke PPUM dua hari lepas, tiba-tiba berita yang dikutip dan disiarkan oleh Utusan Meloya secara meluas ialah mengenai warna stokin murid-murid sekolah pula. Kamu tidak sedar dirikah yang akhbar kamu ni sudah lama tak laku dan kedudukan kewangan syarikat pun sedang nazak? Kenapa masih bengong lagi? Nak berterusan begini sampai Kiamat kah?

Disebabkan lapuran Utusan Meloya yang tidak adil ini, tak pasal-pasal DMM kena serang oleh pelbagai pihak yang menuduh beliau sebagai seorang Menteri yang hanya sibuk dengan isu-isu remeh dan gagal menangani isu-isu lain mengenai tahap dan kualiti pendidikan di negara kita yang lebih besar … [Read more]

The Demonisation of Maszlee Malik

17 Oct 2018

The Demonisation of Maszlee Malik

If one were to rely solely on Utusan Malaysia for news on the current Minister for Education, one would think that the honourable Minister is consumed with only thoughts of socks and shoes.

This pea-brained newspaper with gutless editors are back with their mischief. Their toxic spew is now centred on YB Dr Maszlee Malik, the Minister of Education.

Their journalists wait in ambush, trailing the Minister on his walkabouts. They care little for any weighty substance the Minister expounds on, preferring instead to wax lyrical about socks, shoes and other trivia, an obsession that reveals more about themselves than the man they write about.

If Utusan is worth even a grain of journalistic salt, it would report on the numerous initiatives drawn up by the honourable Minister in the last 100 days. This includes the green policy in all learning institutions encompassing vehicle-free zones, community clean-ups, tree-planting and adopting the 3Rs; Reuse, Recycle, Reduce.

However, Utusan has never been known as a bastion of journalism.

A newspaper sans integrity or honesty is but a pitiful face of hate politics, demonization and vilification. … [Read more]

Journalistic Fetish for Socks and Shoes

16 Oct 2018

Journalistic Fetish for Socks and Shoes

We’ve heard some outrageous stuff being uttered in the past week. And some real petty stuff being reported by both the mainstream and alternative media in the more recent few days.

The most outrageous being an ex-UMNO politician lambasting Pakatan Harapan (PH) leadership with “Your stupid manifesto stopped you, is it?”

Though enlightened by the new politics of PH she probably still carries with her foul baggage from her UMNO past.

We wrote a piece which politely lashed at our Prime Minister when he announced that he would be holding the education ministry portfolio. And took to task both Anwar Ibrahim and Kit Siang for pussy footing on the issue. (https://www.malaymail.com/s/1632351/doctors-to-doctors-talk-musa-mohd-nordin-and-johari-bux)

It was heart warming to learn that unlike many, PM still held dear to the PH manifesto, heeded principle centric politics and immediately relinquished the idea.

We would like to see the moral compass still held high in the ever unpredictable realm of Malaysian politics. And in the new era of Malaysia Baru, we should not succumb to the Machiavellian politics of past or present politicians or even civil society for that matter.

In more tangible terms, the Minister of Education should be allowed to carry on with … [Read more]

YES MINISTER! YESSSS

15 Sep 2019

YES MINISTER! YESSSS

I have no doubt that many of you have written to your Pakatan Harapan (PH) state assemblymen (ADUN) and parliamentarians (MP) on various issues that in your humble opinion solicited their immediate attention.

A few ADUNs and MPs may have obliged and undertaken the necessary actions or remedial tasks but would it be too far-fetched to suggest that the majority have not even bothered to acknowledge receipt of your complaint, let alone revert, or only paid lip service to your suggestions, whilst a few were actually pissed off with your recommendations?

Well! Some of us never got to ascend the rarefied atmosphere of top echelons of corporate or academic leadership because we held dearly and uncompromisingly to our puritanical and religiously democratic views trained into us since our formative days in the UK. Among others, the notion that a leader should be told what he needs to be told and not what people feel he wants to be told. In short, calling a spade a spade (we hope we are being ethnically correct and colour blind) was and still continues to be a dearly held principle of engagement.

We always wondered why our peers including some very close colleagues … [Read more]

A helm to grasp, a course to steer and a port to seek

29 May 2018
“A helm to grasp, a course to steer and a port to seek”

Generically, we medical doctors are politically naïve. Doctors #Tun MM and #Datin Seri Wan Azizah are the outliers in our profession, in a good way actually.

So we stick to the stuff we do best, to cure sometimes, to relieve often and to comfort always. But when confronted with a malignant tumor or a brewing septicemia, without hesitation we are trained to execute radical surgical excision or institute powerful intravenous antibiotics.

And we sensed this scenario rearing its ugly head soon after 9 May 2018. Sticking our clinical noses into the post GE14 ambience, we are perturbed by the political nuances displayed by some of our Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders.

What is the wisdom or traction to be achieved by now suggesting post GE that “rising cost of living and the unpopular #GST were the top reasons voters swung to #PH”

It only invites derision and outrage from a large segment of PH supporters who would swear that the historical PH triumph boils down to the aura and popularity of #Tun MM.

Way back, when the opposition was still in the wilderness and finding its footings, when the idea was first … [Read more]

Doctors to Doctors talk

18 May 2018

Doctors to Doctors talk

When YAB Tun announced that he would be holding the education ministry and YB Kak Wan the women’s affair, we flipped!

And upon reading this morning’s Star headlines; “Anwar: Ministerial posts for top two not contrary to manifesto” – we double flipped!

Is everyone simply being polite to YAB Tun when he rationalized his masterplan to rejuvenate the Malaysian education system? Didn’t the young Turks, the likes of YBs Dr Dzul, Khalid Samad, Chin Tong, Izzah et al in the political forum who were always loud and dissenting (in a good way) responded to YAB Tun’s plans to revolutionize the learning and teaching of our young minds.

It is as if they were mesmerized by YAB Tun or still in cloud 9 post-GE14 euphoria, or more probably it was like they “tak sampai hati” to speak against an old man’s “dying wish” for his nation’s children and their future.

We, hard core clinicians, maybe politically naive in the bargaining and jostling of political posts in the new cabinet but as far as Tun and Kak Wan are concerned we are clinically convinced on the grounds of “Evidence Based Politics” (EBP) that neither should hold portfolios in the Pakatan Harapan … [Read more]

Permissibility of Rotavirus Vaccines

It looks like the porcine conundrum is making its rounds yet again.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/07/24/medical-practitioners-affected-by-halal-debate-over-vaccination/

Suffice to begin the narrative by quoting a verse each from the Quran and the Hadiths which sums up the compassionate and humane nature of Islam.

Allah SWT says in Surah Al-Hajj 22:78: “And strive for Allah with the striving due to Him. He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty.”

And an authentic tradition narrated by Aisha (RA): “If given an option between 2 actions, the Prophet (SAW) would surely choose the easier one, as long as it is not sinful.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

And we firmly believe this spirit and approach pervades the corpus of the jurisprudence of facilitation (Fiqh Taysir). And at no point it time does it blemish the belief nor practise of the faithful because the Muslim scholars have anticipated these challenges of modernity and have reiterated, “Allah will bless the believer who recognises and engages with the new world, yet remains true to his religious values.”

History will testify that the Muslim scientists dominated virtually all aspects of knowledge and research from 600 – 1700 AD. Az-Zahrawi (930-1013 AD) the father of modern surgery was pioneering new surgical instrumentations when Europe was restricted … [Read more]

MPF Merdeka Call

31 August 2016

A Merdeka Call for Muslim religious scholarship and stewardship to righteously and effectively manage contemporary national challenges

Maszlee Malik PhD

Musa Mohd Nordin FRCPCH

Muslim Professionals Forum

 

Introduction

 

The recent past has seen a plethora of incidents, which threatens to fracture the religious harmony that this nation has thus far enjoyed. The infamous “cow-head protest”, in Shah Alam in August 2009, against a proposed Hindu temple, displayed unveiled disrespect towards our Hindu citizens. More recently, cases involving shari’ah courts, consequent upon conversion of either spouse to Islam, battling for custody of their children has soured the relationship between Muslims and believers of other faiths.

 

Public statements and actions by national Muslim leaders and state religious authorities have further exacerbated the fragile religious situation. Unfortunately, the counter reaction by some quarters against these individuals and by extrapolation the religious institutions which  they represent has bordered on Islamophobia.

The emergence of these issues may be piecemeal and coincidental, but the pattern and trending is threatening the very fabric of our mutli-ethnic and multi-religious make-up. Never before has our nation witnessed such an excess of religious and racial strife since the bloody days of 13 May 1969. Many, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, has raised concerns over … [Read more]

Political Accountability: An Islamic Viewpoint

Dr Maszlee Malik, Advisor, Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)
Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin, Director, MPF

Accountability of the ruler is often used synonymously with  concepts such as answerability, enforcement, responsibility, blameworthiness, liability and other terms associated with the expectation of account-giving. The concept of accountability is a condicio, crux of the ideals and the hallmark of good governance. The concept originated from the ethics discourse which had several meanings but its application and expansion has distanced it from its original meaning. In the modern usage, the term accountability is synonymous with ‘responsibility’ and ‘answerability’. Upon electing the executive into office with the mandate to rule, tax, spend, legislate and enforce policies and laws; the citizens demand of them accountability. It is thus a double edge sword to keep in check the political executive from abusing their power and to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of government operations.

Types of accountability
Accordingly, accountability functions as ‘the mechanism to control power, domesticating it and preventing its abuse under certain procedure by the governed upon the government which governs them’. The literature outlines eight types of accountability, namely: political accountability, administrative or bureaucratic accountability, judicial accountability, market accountability, managerial accountability, constituency accountability and professional accountability. Our focus … [Read more]

Political Funding and Transparency: An Islamic Perspective

Dr Maszlee Malik, Advisor, Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)
Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin, Director, MPF

It is widely accepted that the practice of good governance leads to higher investment and growth, hence development. And political accountability has been highly regarded as one of the sine qua non elements in the governance equation. Transparency in party financing as well as asset disclosure are amongst the crucial characteristics of political accountability in many developed nations. A myriad of researches and reports have shown that the lack of openness in money and politics has often contributed to the corruption of political finance. Thus, policymakers aspiring for sustainable national development must seriously address the transparency of money in politics.

Many researchers in the field of money and politics claim that too much money is either hidden, goes unreported, or is acquired from illicit sources. Secret money and corruption hurts the economy and the polity of a nation as well as distorts the behavior of politicians, hence development falters and citizen confidence in democracy wanes. Civil society in the developed world has begun to play an increasingly important role in the inquiry and unraveling of the sources of political party and campaign funds. This mechanism is however wanting … [Read more]