Who the Fuck are you Tan Teik Lye,Raja Petra Kamarudin to speak on behalf of Muslims and Christians

Raja Petra Kamarudin said

Another matter concerns Anwar Ibrahim. I know of certain PAS leaders who think that Anwar is guilty of all those allegations of sexual misconduct and they want him ousted as opposition leader. They have in fact said so in closed-door meetings with their supporters. But they don’t think someone from Umno should replace Anwar.
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Tan Teik Lye says

The fact of the matter is, the majority of Christians in Malaysia don’t give a fuck about JAIS, JAKIM, IKIM or for Islam for that matter. It is only the non Muslim hypocrites in Barisaan Nasional who would want to appease the Malays that they love and support Islam. Garbage like The Star’s Wong Chun Wai is one of them.

Do you really believe non Muslims care a shit about what is going on in Palestine? It really makes no sense for non Muslims to get emotional about what’s happening in Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Afghanistan or Pakistan because the Muslims in general don’t give a fuck about the sufferings of non Muslims in Muslim majority countries. That’s the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth.

As for JAIS, their actions only proves that Muslims are weak in their faith. Catholic Bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing today called on Jais to “quickly furnish proof of their claim that there has been proselytisation of Muslims by Christians as they have claimed.” Let’s see if JAIS have the balls to do so.

Published a piece in this space called “Ending Poverty With Global Christianity’s Phantom Trillion,” in which I noted that the global annual income of Christians and Christian institutions worldwide exceeds $10 trillion and that a mere 10 percent of that, if given to the right kinds of direct action organizations (Christian or otherwise), could eradicate the most dangerous and preventable forms of poverty on the planet.
And younger are saying “amen” to idea that the time to fundamentally change the way Christians think about giving is long overdue. Folks from some of the amazing organizations I mentioned last week have tweeted or emailed their encouragement and the shared belief that we, the Church, could actually eradicate extreme global poverty if we simply had the will.
And the agreement doesn’t end with young Gen-Xers and our Gen-Y friends. Across generations, traditions, doctrinal and political differences, and other bogus barriers we so often use to keep ourselves from having to do the hard work of justice and reconciliation, many Christians understand that the time has simply come to get serious about curing the curable disease of gross inequity.
The time has simply come to say that clean water for everyone matters to us because everyone matters to God, that no child should die from mosquito bites that could have been prevented for the kind of money we don’t even bother pulling from our couches. The time has come to say that no matter what you tithe to your church or denomination, $60 to plant 10 fruit trees in a community that gravely needs them is a bargain, or that charity: water‘s $12 economic impact for every dollar given is the stuff of loaves and fishes here and now.
“But Jesus said the poor will always be with us.” I’ve heard this more than once this week. It’s one of the archetypical responses from people very much concerned with the “more spiritual” ends of the church and one of our classically tragic adventures in missing the point. I don’t believe for a second that Jesus wants anything less from us than a real commitment of our time, talent and treasure toward ending the immense human suffering and accompanying evil that gross inequality and extreme poverty breed. Do you? Is this not the same Jesus who told the rich young ruler to sell everything and give his proceeds to the poor? When will comfortable Christians realize that we’re all rich young rulers? Visit Compassion International’s Who Are The Joneses project if you don’t believe me when I say that if you can afford the device and the data plan you’re using to read this, you’re probably wealthier than at least 90 percent of the world.
“But I give through my church.” I gave at the office, too. But how good is your church or your denomination at getting money to where it’s needed most? How much of your church tithe goes to administrative expenses? How much of your special offerings for specific anti-poverty projects goes to administrative expenses? How efficient are the organs of your denomination? How much do they spend to raise every dollar? Find this information.Charity Navigator provides it for groups like World Vision (it costs them 7 cents to raise a dollar), Save The Children, Compassion International, charity: water, Children International and so on. Are your churches and your denominations more transparent and efficient than these organizations? Maybe they are, but my hunch is that they aren’t. Find out.
And look, I’m not saying stop giving money to your church. That’s important. I work in a church. I get all of that. But if you’re choosing between buying a dairy goat that might mean the difference between hunger and sustainable nourishment for a family in the Horn of Africa or the Parking Lot Fund at All Saints Mainline Evangelical Tabernacle House of God, well, the choice is clear, isn’t it? Is it? (Yes.)
The truth is that many Western Christians could give a full tithe to their churches and a full second tithe toward the eradication of extreme poverty in efficient, responsible ways without losing much of our lifestyle. Isn’t it something of a scandal that so many of us can even talk about lifestyle when so many more are barely clinging to life? (Yes.) If your tithe or double tithe knock you down a peg or two in the social strata, thank your Father in heaven for the opportunity to clothe and feed and save the lives of people you will never meet in places you will never visit with names you can’t pronounce. If bringing the Kingdom of God to earth in tangible ways isn’t a priority for wealthy Christians, what the hell is?
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” That’s Jesus, not Karl Marx or Nancy Pelosi. In the larger context of this quote from from the Gospel of Matthew, these things aren’t options or good ideas or lofty works. They are the brick and mortar pieces of God’s Kingdom, here and now. They are what God requires, and it’s only when I begin to think about how little we do in response that the concept of hell makes any sense to me. And it’s then I also realize the real profundity of grace, that God, in God’s stubborn Godness, wants to save us, too.
And so we have an opportunity to change the world, and an obligation. Not just we the wealthy Church, but we the mingled body of marginalized and marginalizer, we the sinners and saints, we the poor and we the poor in spirit. In the sharing of our global wealth in a global context, we find a chance for our own healing, a test of our own faithfulness, and the promise of abounding grace in the lives we touch and the lives that touch us back.
It’s almost too much, isn’t it, this concept that we will be blessed by our giving? We should do the work we’re called to because we’re called to do it, yes, but on a more basic level, we should do it because it’s right. I’m almost ashamed to say that we the wealthy can find our own strains of redemption in the sharing of our wealth when our relative greed has rendered us so basically undeserving.
But powerful as we may be, we’re thankfully not the masters of God’s economy. In God’s stubborn system, God calls us from the brink with faithful service to the people God is most concerned with serving. It’s almost absurd, isn’t it, that this grace is there for we the wealthy, too? Absurd and foolish? Yes, the Gospel in a nutshell: radical grace, radical service, radical absurdity from the vantage of political, social and economic systems that keep failing. And a radical dependence on the terms of God’s radical provision.

This time last summer, 118 teenage protesters, including an eight-year-old, were being murdered by state security forces in Kashmir, a disputed territory contested between nuclear rivals India and Pakistan. Bullets were shot for stones thrown. Having just returned from Kashmir a few weeks ago, I was made aware of the fatigue and mistrust that permeates the streets of Kashmir today, given the lack of support its civil society receives from the world community.
A week after my return to the United States, in every world news headline, a new news story had already out-done the media’s coverage of the deaths and mass protests by Kashmiri civil society last summer. Be it in DC’s K Street or the parliament in New Delhi, within the valley of broken promises, Kashmiris continue to endure suffering while an indifferent world overlooks.
ISI involvement
The headline drawing the attention this week: Dr Fai, director of the Kashmiri-American Council (KAC), has been accused by the FBI of receiving some $4 million in funds from the Pakistani intelligence service, ISI, in an effort to influence US policymakers on Kashmir. For any Kashmiri that knew him, Dr Fai was dedicated to the well-being of Kashmiris and worked tirelessly on the issue when few did. Yet, with any violation of US law, especially with regards to funding from government agencies as duplicitous as the ISI, legal action should be quick and unrestrained.
This is a rare instance in which, indirectly, the Pakistani ISI is connected to monetarily seeking to influence policies on Capitol Hill.
‘Pakphobia’

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As the parasite of “Pakphobia” embeds itself in the media’s identification of Kashmir, key issues remain overlooked with respect to Kashmiris’ grievances and the United States’ navigation through South Asia’s troubled politics.
The unfortunate allegations against the KAC risk being exploited as an opportunity to marginalise the overall grievances of Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs in Kashmir. Kashmiris are not supportive of extremist groups, nor any secret agencies – be they Indian or Pakistani. The only victims from this current scandal of alleged corruption in DC are the Kashmiri people, who, for decades have been abused by state security forces, the double dealings of Pakistan’s military apparatus, and now the failed leadership from within its own community – both in Srinagar and in DC.
The political and military games in South Asia between India and Pakistan openly play themselves out via a proxy, in this case a US Congress informed by lobbying groups on K Street instead of the civil society of Kashmir. Groups such as the Indian “US-Inpac” battle against its rival Pakistani group “Pal-C” for leverage on the Hill. If used properly, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, FARA, essentially enables foreign governments to influence legislation favouring a particular policy or business interest by hiring lobbying groups, most of which are located on DC’s K street.
Examples of this have include Turkey, which hired lobbyists to stop a resolution on Capitol Hill aimed at identifying genocide in Armenia. Morocco spent some $3.5 billion on lobbying the issue of the Western Sahara. Of course, these countries do so legally. While the allegations against Dr Fai and the KAC violating FARA are surprising, it is not surprising to hear the Pakistan ISI may have been investing in agents to tilt the US towards greater involvement in Kashmir.
As Pakistan’s efforts on Kashmir remain rooted in suspicion, Indian lobbyists and India’s military and intelligence establishment have successfully occupied Kashmir and portrayed to the international community and Capitol Hill that it is an internal problem, fuelled by anti-Indian extremist groups from Pakistan.
India has strategically asserted itself as the emerging economic and politically influential leader of South Asia. Pragmatically, the US has never had a tilt towards Kashmir and will remain hedging its bets in the region with India.
Indian influence
The Indian lobby is galvanised by several key diplomatic victories in the past decade, namely pushing through the Civil Nuclear Agreement between India and the US. The Indian embassy signed contracts with two DC lobbying firms, BGR and Venable, for approximately $700,000 and $600,000 respectively. BGR’s president was former US Ambassador to India, Robert Blackwill.
In 2008, Indian lobbyists, businessmen, and diplomats, successfully prevented the Obama administration from adding India to Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke’s mandate. In a report about the power of the Indian lobby in the US, the Delhi-based Caravan reported that: “After what several people describe as an intensive lobbying campaign, the Obama administration announced that Holbrooke’s scope would not include India.” Including India in the mandate would have meant third party dialogue on Kashmir.
Pakistan, in its obsessive efforts to handicap India’s political and security influence, always mobilised against India on the issue of Kashmir and rights abuses there. In the decades-long conflict, Pakistan has supported and funded groups such as Lashkar-e Taiba, whose very creation was to build momentum for armed revolt in Indian-administered Kashmir as a hit against India.
Still acting as an ISI insurance policy for an “indocentric” security policy, groups such as Lashkar today have emerged within Pakistan with the capacity to mobilise thousands of vulnerable youth towards jihad against US efforts in Afghanistan. They hold Pakistan’s civilian government hostage with the threat of mobilising the public against the US-Pakistani security relationship as a justifiable reason to destabilise the Pakistani government through violence.
Stephen Tankel of the Carnegie Middle East Center writes: “A complex and powerful organisation that rose to prominence with Pakistani state support, Lashkar has sent scores of fighters to Iraq and Afghanistan and provides them with essential strategic and tactical help. Lashkar was formed by men with years of training in the trenches of Kashmir, and its skill in executing efficient and effective insurgencies has made the organisation extremely attractive to dissidents.”
From the Afghan-Pakistani border to India and Pakistan’s LoC, Lashkar and like minded groups today risk sabotaging any US, Indian, and Pakistani efforts for regional peace and stability. Kashmir, therefore, has and always will be a central issue in strategising regional peace and cooperation in South Asia. This fact is one that the US cannot afford to ignore, given that, historically, events in Afghanistan and Pakistan have always bled into Kashmir, further destabilising the region. The upcoming troop draw down in Afghanistan will most certainly impact security developments in Kashmir and India in the coming years.
What to do?
Members of the US Congress would be well advised to not completely defer developments in Kashmir to India out of fear of being associated with the recent Dr Fai-ISI scandal. The data that speaks to Kashmiris’ hardships remains in the dark. With more than 500,000 Indian military and paramilitary forces and some 300 militants remaining in the valley, gross human rights abuses continues to be committed on the people of Kashmir. In the future, this may potentially erode any local trust in political participation and civil society development. In the aftermath of the 1990s, 70,000 have been killed, tens of thousands have been victim to torture, and between 6,000-8,000 Kashmiris remain victims of enforced disappearances. Both militants and the state are to blame.
Inferring that a single man, religious community, organisation, or nation represents the Kashmir conflict, is both false and dangerous. If US economic and security interests in the region are to evolve positively, members of congress will inevitably have to cease their policy of listening to K Street while closing their eyes to the K issue.
A generation of youth have now grown up in an embattled Kashmir during the 1990s, but today there is emerging an active, peaceful civil society seeking greater human rights, accountability and space. This is an opportunity. For this to be nurtured and to progress peacefully, the non-violent efforts of Kashmiri civil society must inevitably be supported and encouraged by leaders in the world community – independent of Pakistan’s ISI, India’s RAW, or K street’s lobbying firms. Only then will the grievances of Kashmiris be properly addressed by a rising global power such as India.

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