Firstly, The Star is owned by the MCA — the sometimes alive, mostly dead party of the Barisan Nasional — and Wong is an editor of The Star, which must mean that he has to do the bidding of his political masters.

He occasionally writes articles to appease the liberals or to show that he and his paper actually care about issues important to Malaysians. But he is paid to serve the interest of MCA, and so today, he tries to warn his readers about how PAS is a threat to the human rights and fundamental rights of Malaysians; about how they are going to put Malaysia on a path of chauvinism and extremism.
My take is that he wants Malaysians, especially Chinese, to be so frightened of PAS politicians that they will desert Pakatan Rakyat and support his bosses, the MCA.
This is the type of self-serving articles that have condemned the mainstream media in the eyes of many. These journalists write to keep their bosses in power, and not to promote any values.
I wonder why Wong did not write an article condemning Rahim Noor for likening the human rights movement to communism; after all, isn’t he or The Star justifying its attacks on PAS on the basis of human rights?
PAS is far from a perfect political party, but the last time I checked, it did not control the Tourism Ministry that the Auditor-General found to have grossly overpaid for directly-negotiated advertisements.
PAS politicians also did not stop the importation of Christian bibles or protest against the use of the word “Allah” by Christians.
In addition, PAS has not alleged that there is a Christian conspiracy to take over Malaysia or continually questioned the role of non-Malays.
Has The Star done any investigate piece on the MCA-linked Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal like the The Sun? Has Wong written any piece on the inflated defence contracts?
Yet his newspaper has been quick to tarnish the image of a political party that stood at the forefront of the Bersih 2.0 rally, which incidentally The Star and other mainstream media made light of.

readmore http://malaysiaonlinetoday.wordpress.com/2011/08/12/pull-the-plug-on-anti-islam-the-star-or-resign-home-minister-now/ MCA president Chua Soi Lek appears to be on a warpath, defending his criticism of Muslim women who chose not to shake hands with the opposite sex for religious reasons. In an angry reaction to questions from reporters, Chua insisted that the norm practised by many Muslim women to avoid skin contact with the opposite sex …Read more


'Mongolian Pork Ribs' for buka puasa, anyone?
MCA-controlled daily The Star is in trouble again, and this time it is a cross between ‘culinary mishap’ and ‘utter ignorance’.
The paper, which in the last few days had been giving intense coverage to the church ‘raid’ by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) and insinuating PAS as a guilty party in the whole episode, is now faced with condemnations for including pork dishes in its recent ‘Ramadan Delights’ supplement. 

The Home ministry’s deputy secretary general Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi, saying the section carried pictures of pork dishes and promotion of non-halal restaurants, told Bernama that the paper’s editor-in-chief Wong Chun was being summonned.
“The ministry views this very seriously, more so as it is a supplement that is aimed at helping Muslims choose food outlets for breaking the fast,” said Abdul Rahim.
Among others, the special supplement included an ad ‘Best Rib In Town’ on its second page, an article ‘Whipping up an appetite, Mongolian Pork Ribs’ in Page 4 and ‘Authentic Prime Pork Ribs’ in Page 7.
It is believed that the paper has decided to publish an apology today.
In February last year, the paper landed in hot soup over an article by its managing editor P Gunasegaram questioning Islamic laws in the wake of a whipping sentence meted out by the Shariah court against three women for the charge of adultery.

the Star’s clarification on its coverage of non-halal restaurants together with articles on “buka puasa”, or Muslim fast-breaking, in a dining supplement has failed to appease the Home Ministry.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein today said the editor-in-chief of the country’s highest circulation English language daily will be hauled up to explain the inclusion of non-halal eateries in the supplement that carried the words “Ramadan Delights” on its cover.
Tad Stahnke
Pope Benedict with Holy Quran
Although negative stories of Islamophobia in the United States abound in news media, most Americans respect religious diversity. That’s why on Sunday, 26 June, thousands of people across America joined together at dozens of churches and other houses of worship across the country.
Congregants united to do far more than read Christian scriptures; from Alabama to Alaska, from California to New York, worshippers also heard the words of Jewish and Muslim sacred texts as rabbis and imams joined pastors in leading an event called Faith Shared.
A joint project of Human Rights First and the Interfaith Alliance, Faith Shared brought Americans together to counter the anti-Muslim bigotry and negative stereotypes that have erupted throughout the country in the past few years and led to misconceptions, distrust and, in some cases, even violence.
If I were living in a Muslim-majority country, I might think the United States is filled with people burning the Qur’an, demonizing Islamic beliefs and tarring all Muslims as supporters of radicalism and terrorism. To the casual observer, the anti-Islam fervor of late would seem to bear that out, but the truth is far more complicated.
It is true that in recent years the United States has seen a disturbing trend of anti-Muslim violence, discrimination and rhetoric, as well as a general lack of understanding about Islam. We’ve seen Qur’an burnings, individuals attacked only because they are Muslims, a pipe bomb explosion at an Islamic community centre in Florida and a surge in reported cases of discrimination against Muslims in workplaces and schools throughout the country.
But those incidents – all of which have grabbed headlines – don’t represent the views of so many Americans who respect religious freedom and the diversity of faiths that freedom brings. In fact, a recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute found that more than 60 percent of Americans believe that Muslims are an important part of the American religious community, with strong agreement across political and religious lines. The Southern Poverty Law Center recently released a report showing that much of the hatred directed toward Muslims has been stirred up by a small but influential group of activists and media.
Discussions about the role of Islam and Muslims in American life have all too often degenerated into stereotypes and hatred. If not challenged, these can undermine respect for the religious freedom of all Americans and weaken our resilience as a nation.
And the concerns go beyond our country. What happens in the United States with respect to the treatment of Muslims, rightly or wrongly, has a huge impact overseas on the perception of the country in general, and on US efforts to promote human rights abroad.
It’s imperative for the international community to support efforts to create responsive governments – those that give equal rights to members of all minorities, protect religious freedoms and allow for the freedoms of expression and assembly. The United States can and should play a key role in supporting those efforts.
For that reason, it’s vital to recognize that what happens in the United States – how Americans protect human rights and religious freedoms and how they deal with security issues in relation to the Muslim community – influences how the international community perceives the American people’s commitment to promoting democracy. A message of respect among religious groups in the United States, one that says that anti-Muslim fervor is only a small part of the American story, will strengthen that commitment in the eyes of many.
As we continue in this effort, my colleagues and I are not naïve about the challenges that can divide America along religious lines. Muslims are not alone among Americans in terms of bearing the brunt of stereotypes and hatred. Indeed, with the Faith Shared services, we sent and will continue to send a clear message: despite the challenges, the way forward must begin with respect.
We cannot solve these problems in a day but on 26 June, Americans across the country showed that we respect religious differences and reject the demonization of any religion. Americans are a nation not of the few who burn Qur’ans and incite hatred, but of the many who fully embrace religious freedom, tolerance and pluralism.


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MCA president Chua Soi Lek appears to be on a warpath, defending his criticism of Muslim women who chose not to shake hands with the opposite sex for religious reasons.
In an angry reaction to questions from reporters, Chua insisted that the norm practised by many Muslim women to avoid skin contact with the opposite sex during handshake was contrary to “basic culture and manners to shake hands”.
“I have been in the public life for many years. It’s part of the basic culture and manners to shake hands,” said Chua, who also scolded a reporter from online portal Malaysiakini, which first broke news of Chua’s attack on PAS candidate Normala Sudirman.
It’s a natural thing for the passion between a couple to wane after a few years into the relationship. What starts off as red-hot, ‘cant keep our hands off each other’ action may deteriorate to action between the sheets just once a week or once a month. And while some couples learn to exist comfortably, in many cases, this may lead to a complete breakdown of the relationship, and that’s not something you want happening with yours. Remember, passion is one of the key ingredients in keeping a couple together and consequently, their relationship rocking.
Here’s how you can re-ignite that lost spark and keep it burning.
Say I love you:
You may have said it like a million times as a couple in the courting phase, so what’s stopping you from doing it now that you are committed or married? Don’t save your emotions for special occasions or days. Remember, a successful relationship is work in progress and needs to be tended to everyday. Hence, make it a point to express feelings of love and tell your partner just how much you love them everyday. And if your busy schedules aren’t allowing both of you to spend as much time together as you would like it, you can also leave him/her little love notes on the fridge or in a pocket or in the lunch box. Else, just SMS him/her with a simple ‘I luv u’, it will work just as perfectly.

Celebrate your love:
Take time out to celebrate each other and the love that you share. Birthdays, anniversaries and Valentine’s Day are the perfect excuse to go that extra mile – dress up, get him/her flowers and a gift, go out for a meal, go dancing, take a long drive, etc. If you’re not in the mood to do anything fancy, just indulge in a favourite activity together like catching up on your favourite movie or playing a game of scrabble or listening to your favourite song. Another nice activity to do together on an anniversary is to go through your wedding album or watching your wedding video together. It will undoubtedly bring back all the good memories of that happy day.

‘No kids’ holidays:
Of course, everyone loves heading out on a good family vacation but then if this is all you did, it wouldn’t be too different from a normal outing. You don’t need to take your kids trooping along on each and every vacation you go on. Having time to yourselves will help you bond again as a couple. Leave the kids with someone trusted and head out for your own special ‘couple time’, even if it’s for just the weekend. Being away from those young prying eyes and not having to worry about them 24×7 is sure to make you feel a lot less inhibited and lead-up to some sizzling hot romance. Also, remember that this is your special time so do not discuss things like home, work and other nagging problems. Just enjoy being with each other even if it means that you sit side by side in absolute silence watching the sunset or walking down the beach hand in hand.

Love coupons:
If your partner has done some unexpected good deed, rather than just acknowledging it with a mere thank you, present him/her with a redeemable love coupon. Tell your partner that the coupons can be exchanged for a host of freebies like free massages, a foot rub, a shower together or even an exotic holiday. Be as innovative as you can, your partner is sure to enjoy the suspense and excitement of not knowing what’s in store for him/her and the excitement when you actually tell them what the reward is.

Voice out your secret fantasy:
So you’ve always fantasised about how you’d want your partner to make love to you. But unless you actually tell him/her explicitly, you can’t really expect them to imagine what turns you on. Even though you may think it’s a silly thing to do, remember this can be a potent aphrodisiac. And if you’re still too shy to indulge in a bit of ‘dirty talk’ here’s a solution. Buy a book of erotic stories or poetry, wrap it up innovatively and gift it to your partner. You can then read it out together.

Just like saying ‘I love you’ to often is a good habit, a bit of flirting can also spice up things faster than you can imagine. Go back to the start of your relationship and think of the various ways your flirted with each other to catch the other’s attention. If something worked for you then, it’s bound to work now, too. Recall the most successful flirting techniques and indulge in it without telling your partner. It may take them a bit of time to realise that you’re flirting, but once they get the hint (and recall the good old courting days) the sparks will start flying again.
Chua had poked fun over Normala’s preference not to shake hands with the opposite sex, and compared it to a similar practice by PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
In M.C.A threesomes are called 3P and for whatever reason it is becoming a very popular pastime three. The interesting about this set is that we might not have it but we can be 100% sure there is a sex video to go with these pictures. The husband watching his wive get fucked seem to have had a video camera rolling while take photographs. In spite of the fact that wife swapping and swinging is highly encouraged. Swinging parties, or the more patronizing “wife-swapping” parties, may sound like a throwback to the 1970′s in the US, but in M.C.A sex is our religion. But the popularity of these parties are growing fast
Anyhow, you got to love when people are doing sexual things at the risk of serious punishment or other consequences. Like fucking a dozen or so heroin addictive hookers without protection. Give that guy one of those “I Do My Own Stunts” T-shirt. So, the Chinese are eating more pig the richer they become and apparently are getting into the whole wife swapping/wife sharing lifestyle thing. LOL… Welcome to the Western world
“She will not come here (a Chinese temple), she doesn’t even shake hands with the people. I have received complaints about this.
“She is like Anwar Ibrahim’s wife. She wears gloves when she shakes hands. If you can accept this kind of Islamic values, go ahead and vote for PAS,” he said.
This was followed by deputy Domestic Trade Cooperative and Consumer Affair minister Tan Lian Hoe of Gerakan lashing out at Normala and saying her practise was proof of PAS’s goal to establish “an extremist Islamic state”.
“This is the most basic thing… Not only men, but when she shakes hands with women, she also needs to wear glove,” alleged Tan in the presence of her minister Ismail Sabri.
“This is not friendly. It’s as if she thinks our hands are dirty… I hope the Chinese voters are careful (with Islamic state). We are very worried about the Islamic state. They want to implement an extremist Islamic state,” she added.
Chua’s comments drew strong reactions from Muslims from both sides of the divide, with many recalling his sex video which exposed his adulterous affair in a hotel room in 2008. Even UMNO deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin chided him for raising religious issues in MCA’s bid to convince Chinese voters that PAS would trample on non-Muslim rights.
Chua however dismissed Muhyiddin’s reminder.
“There is no need for the DPM or the media to communicate this to us,” an irate Chua was quoted by Malaysiakinias saying.
‘What’s so great?’
Despite the storm, Chua stood his ground, saying there was nothing great about knowing the Islamic religious values.
“So what is so great about that? That is your religious value which I don’t know. How am I to know about the religious values when I’m not practising that religion?”
“I have the right to say that it’s basic manners to shake hands with people. That’s my values. Understand? You also must value my value, which is good manners, which includes shaking hands,” he went on, as quoted byMalaysiakini

Meanwhile, condemnations continue to pour in over Chua’s comments, with Selangor speaker Teng Chang Khim saying Chua’s ignorance reflected the failure of racial integration as claimed by Barisan Nasional.
“CSL says it’s not fair for non-Muslim to understand Islamic values. No wonder BN’s national integration policy has failed.
“CSL now blames the media for the hand shake issue. He never blames his narrow-mindedness and sheer ignorance,” added Teng on Twitter.
Perak mufti Harussani Zakaria has also broken his silence, and demanded Chua to issue an apology.
“He has to know… he must respect religious practices of others, but if he doesn’t know, that is ignorance. If he knows, but pretend not to, that is insulting Islam,” said Harussani, but quickly added he was not supporting the PAS candidate.
– Harakahdaily
“While some companies are doing their best to protect human rights, most are not… Google does not have a spotless record,” Google’s director of public policy told a technology conference [GALLO/GETTY]

Last week in San Francisco, a unique gathering occurred. Dubbed “Rightscon” (Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference), the conference attracted Silicon Valley executives, activists, academics and NGOs, all gathered in one room to debate the role of human rights within the tech industry, as well as the role of the tech industry in serving human rights interests.
Incidents from the past year – from the denial of service to WikiLeaks by Amazon, PayPal and others to the complicity of international companies in Egypt’s telecommunications shutdown – have put the subject of human rights at the forefront of discussion within the technology industry. While companies debate their responsibilities to serve activists, whose particular circumstances may be seen as “edge cases”, NGOs often frame their advocacy within the same rubric.
Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El Fattah, who is currently under threat of military prosecution, argued that the framing is wrong, stating that both parties should think more about ordinary users. Referring specifically to the controversysurrounding identity on social networks, Facebook and Google+, he said:
“When ordinary users can’t choose a pseudonym, their identity is negated. Women know the importance of negotiating identity, they do it all the time. So do gays, religious minorities, whatever. We choose how to reveal who I am, on what terms and in what basis. When you restrict me from doing this, you violate my human rights… It is about who I am, my identity, how I express myself and how I communicate with the world.”
Early framing of the discussion by Abd El Fattah; former White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer Andrew McLaughlin, and organiser Brett Solomon of Access, a human rights group, served to create an atmosphere of surprising honesty and openness at the conference. Despite concerns of “rightswashing” by some activists in attendance, a great number of corporate speakers acknowledged the need for greater consideration of human rights. Among them was Bob Boorstin, director of Public Policy for Google, who admitted: “while some companies are doing their best to protect human rights, most are not,” noting that “Google does not have a spotless record.”
In another panel (which, for full disclosure, I moderated), representatives of several companies debated whether social media platforms have a responsibility to provide tools for the purpose of organising. Dilawar Syed, CEO of Yonja Media Group, which runs Turkey’s largest social network, addressed the question head on, arguing that companies should go beyond the ‘bottom’ line, saying: “People need to know that we care about them, that we have an affinity for them… it is [in some cases] about thinking about how we can step up.” But Shanthi Kalathil, a consultant for several organisations, argued that most companies need to be addressed “from a business perspective”.
Kalathil’s argument hits upon an important point: While some companies, like Google, have enshrined within their corporate values human rights principles, others will only be incentivised by economic arguments, such as those companies providing surveillance and censorship technologies.
But few such companies were in the audience. At a time when surveillance is in the news every day, when BlueCoat admits that their tools are being used to repress Syrians, and when lawsuits are pending against both Cisco (for its actions in China) and French company Amesys (for providing surveillance tools to Libya), firms providing surveillance and censorship technologies need to engage.
Perhaps the lowest note of the conference was hit when a representative of AT&T – the major US telecom that illegallycolluded with the National Security Agency to spy on citizens and has repeatedly blocked efforts to pass a network neutrality bill in the United States – spoke about the company’s human rights efforts. The representative’s talk, however, raised ire amongst participants, many of whom tweeted in protest.
Multi-stakeholder approach 
The conference ended on a high note, with the release of a set of standards targeted at the Information and Communications Technology industry. The Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) has also recently releasedstandards geared toward surveillance), but the debate continues. While standards can be a force for good, particularly when coupled with a multi-stakeholder approach, they’re not always enough. For example, HP has developed a detailed set of ethics and human rights standards to guide their work, but – in reference to servers they allegedly sold to the Chinese city of Chongqing for an extensive surveillance project – an executive for the company was recentlyquoted as saying, “It’s not my job to really understand what [customers are] going to use it for. Our job is to respond to the bid that they’ve made.”
The Global Network Initiative (GNI) – a multi-stakeholder group with a strong presence at the conference (and of which my organisation, EFF, is a member) – has been effective in bringing together rights groups with companies, but when it comes to forcing corporate hands, the company’s abilities remain to be seen.
Member company Microsoft, for example, continues to censor its Arabic version of Bing, despite no evidence of government requests to do so. By contrast, Google does not censor its results in Arab countries. This censorship takes place despite a GNI principle that member companies seek to “avoid or minimise the impact of government restrictions on freedom of expression”. To succeed, the initiative will also need to attract firms beyond founding companies Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!, and newcomer Evoca.
Or perhaps not… Kalathil sees the GNI as just one part of a broader move toward multi-stakeholderism and says, “I think the GNI is very important, but I also think it needs to be one of many in this space.”
To that end, the Rightscon was particularly effective for bringing together thinkers in this space, both new and entrenched. And perhaps Kalathil is right: The more initiatives that crop up in this space, the better chance human rights advocates have of effecting change.
Critics of the multi-stakeholder approach sometimes advocate for legal restrictions or regulations instead. While some may be effective – such as requiring companies producing surveillance equipment to apply for licences before exporting to particular countries, not unlike existing export controls – others may prove dangerous, as barring American or European companies from exporting the tools doesn’t cause demand to cease.
Ultimately, however, to truly ensure human rights online, advocates will need to get technology users to care. While that will be a difficult task, the awareness raised by the events of this year -as well as by the conference itself – is bringing us closer.

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