Archive for January 7th, 2010

PM Najib: Cannot Stop Not-Malaysian-Culture Protests, This Time (UPDATE: Attacks on Churches)

January 7, 10

Via Malaysia Today:

Najib: We cannot stop Friday’s protest

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak shares the view of his Home Minister cousin Hishammuddin Hussein that Muslims are free to protest and express their views against a court decision which had allowed the Catholic newspaper Herald to use the word “Allah.”

As long as Friday’s demonstration did not spill over into something more series, Najib told reporters that the government cannot stop people from protesting over the Allah issue.

However, he said that the authorities were prepared to face any situation.

“We hope the protests will not spill over. Better still if the protest is minimal,” Najib said after opening the first 1Malaysia Clinic.

Najib said that the authorities could not stop groups from gathering at mosques and protesting there.

“As long as it doesn’t spill over into something serious, they can still express their views,” he said.

[From The Star 8 Jan 2010 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Muslim groups would be allowed to carry out their protests after Friday prayers as long as they confined it to mosques.

“We cannot stop them from congregating at mosques, as long as it does not spill over into something more serious.

“The important thing is that they confine it to the mosque areas,” said Najib said after opening the first 1Malaysia Clinic in Lembah Pantai yesterday.

Najib added that the protests were allowed to continue because the Muslim groups were permitted to express their views on the “Allah” issue.

The Home Ministry had approved police permits to several Muslim groups to hold their protests in various mosques in the city centre. It is learnt that these were the Kampung Baru and Federal Territory mosques among others.

“If they became unruly, the authorities will know what to do,” Najib said.]

Hishammuddin had also stated yesterday that the government did not prohibit the people from expressing their views on the Allah issue but action will be taken if the protests affected security.

Oh… So no problem with them expressing their views, but problem with Bersih movement expressing theirs? Don’t suppose chemically-laced water cannons or shield-bashes will be used if the protests ‘spill over’?


Above is #6 from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters.

I thought that such mass protests are ‘not Malaysian culture’ as both former PM Mahathir and current PM Najib have stated.

As PM Najib said back then: “But what is the use if such demonstrations only lead to the possibility of ruining what we have built for the country?”

Will any civil servants taking part in the protests be sacked as promised?

And will some of them end up arrested under the ISA as then PM Badawi said?

Just like how you can protest some things but not others and you can burn some effigies but not others.

UPDATE: Well, here we go then… Malaysian Churches Attacked Over ‘Allah Row’.

UPDATE: Protests at mosques peaceful so far.

Canadian Sniper Shooting Taliban: Video

January 7, 10


If you’re into that sort of thing, check out this video of several instances where a Canadian sniper takes out a Taliban fighter from huge ranges.

From 30 seconds, you see the Taliban literally explode in a shower of gore. From 46 seconds, you see a slowly moving head disappear in a pop.

From the commentary:

Video of Canadian snipers wiping out Taliban snipers in Afghanistan. The video shots were not made through the shooter’s telescopic sight — they were made looking through the spotter’s scope. The spotter lies right next to the sniper and helps the sniper find and home in on the target.

Pay close attention to the beginning of the video. A Taliban sniper is laying on top of the peak in front of you…when you hear the shot fired watch what happens. The Canadian sniper is about a half-mile away from the target

Via Ace of Spades post about a British sniper popping seven in a row.

What is This Emoticon Called

January 7, 10

Any help please?

Been trying to find out, thanks to seeing it in part 3 of this strip in my Left 4 Dead comics collection.

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