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[2798] Guess the scoreline for Malaysia-Saudi Arabia match

UAE scored 10 goals against Malaysia in the World Cup qualification. That is right. Ten against none. It is such a happy coincidence given the 1MDB and Najib scandals. It is UAE of all countries, the country which somebody sold Malaysia to.

But up next in the schedule, for September 8, is Saudi Arabia, which is probably as tough as UAE. So…

Malaysia versus Saudi Arabia. What will the result be?

  • Malaysia to win! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • A draw (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Lose by a goal or two (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Lose by 3-5 goals (22%, 5 Votes)
  • Lose by 6-10 goals (22%, 5 Votes)
  • Lose by 11-700,000,000 goals (13%, 3 Votes)
  • I have never taken these goals for personal gain (39%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 23

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Conflict & disaster Liberty

[2378] To impress, support tyranny

It is quite understandable why Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak wants to impress King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is an important country to Malaysia. It is the largest oil exporter in the world. It is the leader of the Muslim world by default, for better or for worse.

But when the Prime Minister decided to offer military assistance to Bahrain and back the roles Saudi Arabia had played over the course of the Arab Spring,[1] that was just a little bit too much.

The government of Bahrain has suppressed unarmed protesters with brutality. Saudi Arabia aided Bahrain in suppressing demand for democratic change, fearing the democratic change that began in Tunisia and Egpyt would spread at the expense of autocratic rulers. Najib said those efforts by Saudi Arabia were noble.


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[1] — KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak says the country is willing to send peacekeepers to help “de-escalate tension” in Bahrain while backing Saudi Arabia’s role in resolving regional unrest.

Bahraini authorities in the kingdom ruled by a Sunni dynasty have attempted to curb violent protests in recent months inspired by uprisings that toppled Egypt’s and Tunisia’s presidents.

“Malaysia stands ready to contribute peacekeepers to the Kingdom of Bahrain, if invited to do so by the Bahraini leadership,” Najib said in a statement on Friday following a meeting with Saudi Arabian monarch King Abdullah in Riyadh.




“Malaysia will consider it a great honour to offer assistance in this noble effort.” [AFP. Malaysia pledges to help Bahrain. New Straits Times. May 15 2011]


[1962] Of we should do at least one thing Saudi Arabia is doing…

…and that is get the local mosques to tone it down.

In Saudi Arabia, they are doing just that:

Saudi Arabia is cracking down on overly loud loudspeakers used to call the faithful to prayer, as mosques increasingly drown each other out, the official SPA news agency said on Saturday. [Saudi cracks down on blaring mosque speakers. AFP. April 25 2009]

I do not know if the local mosques here in my area shout into the speakers with the intention of drowning out other mosques but one thing is for such, the call to prayer is too loud.

In my uneducated opinion, a call to prayer should be done politely in an unobtrusive manner. But how it is done in this part of Kuala Lumpur is as if the mosques are trying so hard to invite scone. Not just from the non-Muslims mind you. As a person generally uncomfortable with loud noise, be it in Zouk or by the highway, I find the calls to prayer are made with unholy loudness.

In these days of modern technology, a loud call to prayer is unnecessary.

In Michigan where I used to live, each county has the ability to broadcast emergency messages across all channel. It functions exactly like a radiowave jammer except that instead you really like to know if a tornado or a snowstorm is coming your wave. The call to prayer can be broadcasted the same way to make it suitable to local variables, given that each location has different time of prayer. Not to all channel of course because that would be almost as obtrusive as shouting into the loudspeaker.

But that require investment and some mosques are poor. What they could do is tone the call to prayer down instead of conspiring to give those living with the vicinity of those mosques a heart attack.

Shouting into the loudspeaker is really one of the reasons why a lot of people are unhappy with Muslims. And some people wonder why Muslims are not respected.

Liberty Society

[1207] Of a moderate with no moderation

In the NYT:

One day last month, a young man stood at the center of a stage with long ropes bound around each wrist. One pulled him to the left, the other to the right — one toward secularism, the other toward religious extremism. His father struggled to hold him in the middle, shouting “Enough! Enough!” Looking at the religious side, he said, “From here, there is destruction and zeal.” Then looking to the other side, he said, “There, is doom.”

The play, “A Moderate With No Moderation,” had been performed since last November at Al Yamamah College, one of a new group of private schools that are considered a concession to the reform agenda. During the opening performance, religious zealots attacked the audience and the performers and forced a cancellation of the show. But the next day the show went on. [The (Not So) Eagerly Modern Saudi. NYT. May 6 2007]

The tug of war continues.