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If I don’t enter hell, who else?

Raja Petra escorted by police in handcuff

A picture tells a thousand words doesn’t it? Blogger for Malaysia Today, Raja Petra, was charged under Malaysian’s Sedition Act 1948 for the piece he wrote on Altantuya’s murder. For those who don’t know, Altantuya is a Mongolian lady who was murdered and with her body destroyed by C4 explosives. Rumour has it that Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Najib was involved in the murder, but eluded justice through his political power.It is upsetting to see righteous person like Raja Petra being charged and sent to jail for upholding his belief in justice, something which is clearly lacking in Malaysia, for someone he doesn’t really know. He’s a true boddhisattva in my view, in Buddhist’s term. And a true Muslim who is doing his duties for the community, one of which is to oppose all forms of evil, as explained in his article “What is Islam“. Educated people, people with wisdom, don’t really buy into ritual practices that are quite often needless and which are passed on from generations ago. Submission to a greater figure/being like God or Buddha makes sense to me, to keep us humble, to maintain our well being etc. But if one becomes a follower of a religion, by way of practising just the ritual, to hedge against a difficult after life or what have you, then one is really missing the point.Anyway, Raja Petra knows he’s walking a fine line, and is prepared to accept the consequences. Hope we will see reform in Malaysia’s justice system in a not-too-distant future.

American beauty and muslim women

This article about comparing British and American women and asking why British women don’t spend the time, money and effort on their upkeep like American women do has caused such an uproar in the UK that the author has written a follow up to respond to the criticisms. I guess the author has half expected the controversy that comes with his article. But I’m sure he must be fascinated by the attention given to his article, and maybe even himself.So there are these rather “hard-core” American women who will dedicate a lot of money, time and effort to make themselves look gorgeous all the time, and throughout their lifetime. Some may even go the extra length to undergo cosmetic surgery, take botox injection, you name it. Some say that they do this for themselves. But I’m not so sure for those “hard-core” beauties. Let’s face it, if men do not pay them much attention regardless of how good or sexy they look, do you think they will be motivated to spend all that money, time and effort to keep up with their look? I don’t think so.On the contrary, there are these muslim women who cover up themselves, even the face, except the eyes, believing that by doing so people, especially men, will treat them as a person, rather than a sex object, and not be distracted by their features, body etc. Which is also a valid point, particularly for married women. But for women who are single and are looking for love, it’s probably going to be a bit tricky. Match making comes to mind, but personally I’m still not very receptive to such idea.Anyway, to be honest, I certainly don’t mind women looking good (why would I?:)). But I guess what is more important is to look after yourself. Afterall, our look can’t last forever. If you are unhappy about say the weight you put on, do something about it. Don’t get vindictive when people talk about fat, lazy people (not necessarily in a bad way)!