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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

SOPO Blogger's Credibility~Gone with the wind?


Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Dear fellow Malaysians,

In the heat of the online and offline political campaigning that is currently being unleashed unto the nation and constituents of the P94 Hulu Selangor By Election, the trend to character assassinate the PKR candidate has taken a turn for the worse.

I do not know Dato Zaid Ibrahim in person. All I know about him is what I have come to learn from the press and usually the kind of news they publish relating to Zaid Ibrahim is often quite unsavory.

I first read about Zaid Ibrahim when his recommendations to run special lotteries to bear the costs of holding sports activities in this country were published in the newspapers.

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This report was published by The Star on Thursday, 1st of December , 2005 :

' Zaid: Run lotteries to raise sports funds

Organise special lotteries to raise funds for sports.

This was the suggestion Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (BN – Kota Baru) gave to overcome the problem of finances.

He said many gaming companies did not contribute to sports adequately.

Sports in England, he said, were fully funded by profits from gaming.

Zaid: 'What is more important is what we use the money for' Asked whether the proceeds would be halal, he asked: "What is more important is what we use the money for. Why are we afraid of doing it? Is it because of PAS?

"They only have six seats in Parliament. What are we afraid of?"

He made the comments when debating Budget 2006 for the Youth and Sports Ministry at committee stage.

During the debate, several MPs questioned the role of the Sports Commissioner.

They said the post should be abolished because it had not helped the development of sports.

Loh Seng Kok (BN – Kelana Jaya) said many countries which did not have such a position still managed to excel in sports.

"One has to look at the state of sports before and after the position was created," he said, adding that the post was created to solve problems, not otherwise.

This led Datuk Ghazali Ibrahim (BN – Padang Serai) to suggest that the post be abolished as it had not benefited sports in Malaysia.

Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar (BN – Larut) asked why the commissioner had been given the right to meddle in a particular sports organisation.

"This is akin to interfering in family matters," he said.

Debate on this issue then focused on why the commissioner could not solve the issue of the
deregistration of the Malaysian Taekwondo Association (MTA).

Lim Kit Siang (DAP – Ipoh Timur) asked why the parties involved couldn't come together to resolve the problem.

"If this drags on, I'm afraid our performance in the sport may be adversely affected," he said.

Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat, winding-up for his ministry, said the problem arose when MTA failed to appeal to the ministry against the commissioner's decision to suspend the association.

"Furthermore, MTA took the issue to court and this added tension to the whole matter," he said.

He said that like all MPs, he also hoped the matter would be resolved quickly.'

End of quote.

Now, for Zaid Ibrahim to have proposed such a preposterous idea is one thing if one is to judge his proposals according to the Islamic point of view. It is not only haram but also at the same occasion destroys any credibility on his part as a learned Malay Muslim lawyer.

Yes, we know he isn't known for his Islamic efforts as one of this nation's prominent lawyer and maybe just deals more with the civil laws etcetera but it also speaks volumes about his reputation as a Malay politician with 'liberal values' and at times for his 'Malay bashing' point of views as well.

We have also heard of his involvement with horse racing gambling activities as proven by the expose here :
zaid ibrahim lord gambling.jpg

IF he is just an ordinary citizen, maybe the public wouldn't be bothered that much for such a chosen vocation is up to the individual and the authorities if they were to take action against him for breaching the Syariah laws pertaining to gambling which is haram in Islam but as we all know, historically even the first Prime Minister of this country was known to be doing the same thing as Zaid Ibrahim does (or did)?

I have also read about him here advocating Lina Joy's freedom to apostate herself. Sigh....

But what some of our SOPO Bloggers did recently with publishing doctored photos said to prove Zaid's continuing to be a drunkard as shown here has truly crossed the boundaries of legitimate blogging principles :


This is clearly a very low blow. Smacks of indiscriminate blogging, throwing out all aspects of integrity on the part of the said bloggers and destroys any remaining credibility on their part as a person and as one who is involved in the 'new media'.

Just like what PKR politician Tian Chua suffered after posting the doctored photo of Dato Seri Najib and his associate Razak Baginda having dinner with the murdered Mongolian translator Altantuyaa Shaariibuu :
najib razak altantuya.jpg

Tian Chua's credibility has suffered ever since even though he says he meant it as a joke but the joke backfired with him losing the respect Malaysians had of him as a political activist and social fighter.

Now, sadly those Malaysian SOPO Bloggers who published Zaid's Jack Daniels Whisky bottle hugging photo stand to suffer the same.

Their credibility as reliable sources of new media information might just as well go with the wind.

One does not joke with the truth. It will come home to roost just like the proverbial chickens.

For bloggers to be respected as purveyors of the truth and be free from the encumbrances of political treachery and devious practices, we have no choice but to stay clear of lies and deceitful blogging.

Once we slip up and commit such a heinous crime of slander and malicious blogging, our reputation goes and we will never ever again get to be back as to what we were before?

Surely our self dignity and honor is much too precious to be sacrificed for the temporal measly gains of the material world here in this short life on Earth?

How will we be able to face Allah Azza Wa Jalla in the Yaum al Mahsyar if we resort to such crimes against our fellow beings in the name of blogging for the so called truth when in actuality it has been proven to be nothing but fitnah?


As far as the P94 Hulu Selangor Parliamentary by election goes, let's allow the people there to make their choice free from such malicious campaigning.

I am sure that this time around, they will know better as to how to cast their votes?

It's not like this by election will topple the PR Selangor State government, will it if the voters were to choose the BN's Kamalanathan?

All we want is to see them benefit from a new MP who gets the job done as he should. Not ending up just like most of the other MP's who put up a shameful show of Malaysian Political Circus at its worst there in our Parliament!

To my fellow bloggers, some words of advice:

"Blog with care! Your reputation rests with it!"

I am not endorsing Zaid Ibrahim here with this article but just wanting to remind my fellow bloggers in the Malaysian network to be just and truthful in their efforts online.

May Allah bless us with wisdom and truthfulness in our blogging activities for the betterment of the nation and the ummah in general.

Ameen Ya Rabbal Alameen.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.


shane said...

Buying horses is not directly gambling. Though when the horse is involved in a race that gambling is a tradition, the owner consenting will surely has his share of sins.

How 'bout Proton & Petronas involvement in F1 race cars that gambling is involved worldwide. Surely their income would be tainted with their share of sins, and us consenting will also have our share of sins!

che_wan said...

Assalamualaikum Sir.

Thanks for your sincerely advise for bloggers. I do agreed with you that bloggers should blog with care.

Thanks again sir.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Dear shane,

It's plain to see that Zaid Ibrahim's purchase of such racehorses as shown here clearly involves gambling.

If he had purchased those horses for equestrian activities, no one would be bothered to highlight such an ownership.

As for the Proton and Petronas involvement in F1 Racing, its obviously part and parcel of what the sports industry is all about, isn't it?

You can't stop just there, can you?

It is clear that every sport on Earth involves a situation where there are prizes to be won in the spirit of competition.

What do you suggest?

Abolishment of sports?

MAHAGURU58 said...


As bloggers we are held accountable for whatever we publish?

As Muslims we ought to know better than to engage in fitnah and backbiting.

We can highlight the truth but it ought to be done in the advisory platform and offer the answers or suggestions in order to uphold justice and fight against mungkar!

We can't go on and commit injustice under the deception of claiming to be the truthful ones when we resort to spreading lies and slander.

Thus, my advice : Blog with care.

Thanks for commenting.

May we all be aware of the consequences of engaging in fitnah.

It's punishment in the hereafter is not something that one would want to suffer?


dinturtle said...

Satu peringatan yang wajar diberi perhatian oleh para bloggers... Terimakasih.

alunbm said...

Assalamualaikum tuan,

Saya berasa begitu kecewa dan sedih dengan sikap keterlaluan para bloggers melayu (tak semua) yang begitu fanatik kepada sesuatu parti politik sehingga sanggup mengaibkan orang dengan mengubah suai gambar mengikut selera mereka.

Hari ini dalam blog" Kita mesti selamatkan melayu" gambar telah diubah suai menunjukan dalam poket baju tuan guru Nik Aziz diletak botol arak. Saya sarankan Tuan menjenguk sebentar ke blog itu.

Apakah tuan punya blog itu tidak memikikan kesannya dengan penyiaran gambar itu?.

Nampak nya sibloggers itu sudah terlupa tentang dosa-pahala halal-haram disebabkan fanatik dan jahil.
Kepuasan nafsu dan memburu syurga duniawi lebih diutamakan...

MAHAGURU58 said...

Sahabatku dinturtle,

Sebagai Blogger Muslim, hendaklah kita sedar akan tanggungjawab sebagai seorang penyumbang maklumat kepada massa.

Baik buruknya penerbitan kita akan dihisab nanti sesudah kita meninggal dunia nanti.

Saya sekadar memperingati sesama penulis dan penerbit blog.

Saya harap semua Bloggers yang ada menjaga adab dan tatacara menulis dan nasihat menasihati diantara kita untuk kebaikan bersama.

Berbloglah demi Allah dan Rasul!

Insya Allah.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Wa'alaikumsalam alunbm.

Saya dah tengok isi kandungan blog berkenaan.

Ternyata benar seperti yang tuan/puan kabarkan.

Begini sajalah. Saya tidak kenal blogger tersebut.

Seandainya beliau dapat membaca akan perbincangan kita ini, marilah kita sama sama mendoakan pintu hati blogger tersebut mendapat Taufik dan Hidayah Rabbul Alamin untuk menghentikan kerja yang tidak berfaedah langsung itu.

Amin Ya Rabbal Alamin.

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shane said...

I am not suggesting anything. Just pointing out the fact that Zaid owning a racehorse (he doesn't gamble) where other people gamble in races, is similar to Proton owning F1 race car where other people worldwide gamble, involving USD billions in one F1 race. Of course it's not as bad as those leaders owning TOTO & MAGNUM shares even if they were to claim they do not gamble! OR owning shares in BEER company even if he were to claim he does not drink!!!

Abdullah said...

Salam Tuan Guru:
Lari Dari Politik Sikit.
Satu Sesi Diskusi Aje: Saya dipihak hanya boleh sekat dgn hati (selemah-lemah Iman).
Satu Laporan Berita:
"KUANTAN: Pelbagai usaha dilakukan Jabatan Agama Islam Pahang (JAIP) bagi membendung dan menghalang kegiatan pembelian nombor ekor oleh orang Islam di negeri ini.

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Dakwah Islamiah, Perpaduan dan dan Badan-badan Bukan Kerajaan, Datuk Mohamad Sahfri Ab Aziz berkata, antara langkah yang dijalankan adalah operasi secara berterusan oleh bahagian penguatkuasaan JAIP terhadap premis-premis judi.

Beliau berkata, JAIP juga membuat tangkapan dan seterusnya mendakwa individu yang terbabit ke Mahkamah Rendah Syariah.

"Setelah tangkapan dibuat, pihak penguatkuasaan akan mengadakan sesi kaunseling terhadap pesalah judi ini supaya tidak mengulangi perbuatan itu," katanya ketika menjawab soalan Syed Hamid Syed Mohamed (PAS-Semantan) pada Persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri itu, di sini hari ini.

Mohamad Sahfri berkata selain itu, JAIP turut melakukan rondaan terhadap premis-premis judi bagi mencegah orang-orang Islam berkunjung ke tempat berkenaan.

Katanya, pada masa akan datang, JAIP merancang menyediakan van bergerak yang akan berada di lokasi-lokasi menjadi tumpuan orang Islam membeli nombor ekor di mana beberapa orang pegawai penguatkuasa agama akan ditempatkan di dalam van berkenaan untuk tujuan pemantauan"
Saya nu tuan, bekerja dibandar kuantan di pejabat Swasta, shoplot yang dibawahnya kedai TOTO yang agak terselindung dan dalam pemerhatian saya selama 2 tahun ini,berani saya katakan 90% pengunjungnya berbagsa Melayu (ada jelas tanda beragama Islam dari Luaran mereka seperti Berjanggut/dahi tanda sujud, pakai baju melayu, dari jabatan kerajaan saya bagi salam ,dijawabnya salam)dan tak pernahpun ada langkah pengcegahan JAIP.


Mari- marilah kita sama sama mendoakan setiap hari dikala tahajjud agar pintu hati Ulama Dan Umara' (Sultan Dan Kerajaanya) mendapat Taufik dan Hidayah Rabbul Alamin untuk menghentikan kerja yang tidak berfaedah langsung itu Dan menyahut seruan Allah SWT.

raj raman said...

ZI - mengaku terang2 dia pernah minum arak.

UmNoo - tak pernah mengaku mereka yang meluluskan Lesen judi dan Lesen Kilang Arak dan masih mempunyai saham di semua syarikat judi dan Arak tersebut.

rajraman666.Siapa yang lebih bersalah - fikir2kan lah.

We can be racial but can't be racists.
Thank you.