Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The legal illegal will now vote UMNO?
Monday, August 29, 2011
Press Statement: 29 August 2011
TV3’s AL-MUSYRIKIN STORY:
ALLEGATIONS OF FALSE NEWS MUST BE INVESTIGATED
SUARAM is disturbed with the recent allegations made during a report aired on TV3’s prime time news bulletin, Bulletin Utama which was broadcast on 21 August.
In the news report, TV3 alleged that a tuition centre in Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur was trying to convert Muslims to Christianity. TV3 aired a clip showing a group of about 50 people from the Surau Al-Musyrikin qariah (community), led by a Mustapha Kamal Mohd Yusof, protesting the alleged proselytisation of Muslims at the tuition centre. Banners and posters warning the tuition centre to not “play with fire” were put up on the fence surrounding the centre.
According to a police report lodged by NGO Jingga 13, no such surau exists in the area, nor would any right thinking Muslim name a surau Al-Musyrikin as musyrikin means polytheists. The news report has since been removed from TV3’s portal, but is still available on Youtube.
SUARAM is concerned that this incident points to an escalation of fear mongering by the mostly government controlled mainstream media by propagating the idea that Islam is under threat. Recent examples of this trend include the raid by the Selangor state Religious Department on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church, based solely on unconfirmed reports of proselytisation; and recent news articles on the front pages of UMNO linked Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian warning Muslims of the dangers that Islam faces from Christians.
A look back to 2010 will show the same pattern of fear mongering in the mainstream media just after the judgement in Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur v. Menteri Dalam Negeri, where Justice Lau Bee Lan held that Christians have the constitutional right to use the word "Allah" as long as use of the word was limited to educating Christians. Several churches and mosques were vandalised and firebombed after the judgement, while the Malay language mainstream media called on Muslim to protect the word “Allah” from being sullied by ‘infidels’.
SUARAM urges the Home Ministry to conduct an investigation of the news report by TV3 with regards to the existence of the surau. If the surau is found to be non-existent, appropriate action should be taken against the news station for airing false news.
SUARAM also strongly urges all media practitioners, regardless of ownership and editorial policies, to adhere to journalistic ethics and principles when reporting news; and not be held captive by the wants of certain parties with vested interests which run contrary to the interests and better good of the nation.
Hasbeemasputra Abu Bakar
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Looks ordinary enough
but watch as the rice grows!
Stunning crop art has sprung up across rice fields in Japan, but this is no alien creation. The designs have been cleverly planted! Farmers creating the huge displays use no ink or dye.
Instead, different colour rice plants have been precisely and strategically arranged and grown in the paddy fields.
As summer progresses and the plants shoot up, the detailed artwork begins to emerge.
A Sengoku warrior on horseback has been created from hundreds of thousands of rice plants.
The colours are created by using different varieties of rice plants, whose leaves grow in certain colours.
This photo was taken in Inakadate, Japan.
Napoleon on horseback can be seen from the skies.
This was created by precision planting and months of planning by villagers and farmers located in Inkadate, Japan.
Fictional warrior Naoe Kanetsugu and his wife, Osen, whose lives are featured on the television series 'Tenchijin' appear in fields in the town of Yonezawa in the Yamagata prefecture of Japan.
This year, various artwork has popped up in other rice-farming areas of Japan, including designs of deer dancers.
Smaller works of 'crop-art' can be seen in other rice-farming areas of Japan such as this image of Doraemon and deer dancers.
The farmers create the murals by planting little purple and yellow-leafed Kodaimai rice along with their local green-leafed Tsugaru, a Roman variety, to create the coloured patterns in the time between planting and harvesting in September.
The murals in Inakadate cover 15,000 square meters of paddy fields.
From ground level, the designs are invisible, and viewers have to climb the mock castle tower of the village office to get a glimpse of the work.
Closer to the image, the careful placement of the thousands of rice plants in the paddy fields can be seen.
Rice-paddy art was started there in 1993 as a local revitalization project, an idea that grew from meetings of the village committees.
The different varieties of rice plants grow alongside each other to create the masterpieces. In the first nine years, the village office workers and local farmers grew a simple design of Mount Iwaki every year. But their ideas grew more complicated and attracted more attention.
In 2005, agreements between land owners allowed the creation of enormous rice paddy art. A year later, organizers used computers to precisely plot the planting of four differently colored rice varieties that bring the images to life!
TRULY A WORK OF ART!!
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