Monday, 25 February 2013

Rare Earth is indispensable for renewable energy, lets support Lynas Gebeng

wind turbines renewable energy

Wind turbines have always fascinated me,  I was travelling in France during my holidays early this year when I had a real look at these monster machines on the French Countryside, it was a fascinating sight. Actually seeing the renewable energy of the wind to be transformed into electricity on a large commercial scale is such an amazing experience.

What is a wind turbine?

A wind turbine is a machine that transforms the kinetic energy of the wind into mechanical or electrical energy. Wind turbines consist of a foundation, a tower, a nacelle and a rotor. The foundation prevents the turbine from falling over. The tower holds up the rotor and a nacelle (or box).
The nacelle contains large primary components such as the main axle, gearbox, generator, transformer and control system. The rotor is made of the blades and the hub, which holds them in position as they turn. Most commercial wind turbines have three rotor blades. The length of the blades can be more than 60 metres. Source here.
Source: here
Unlike a fan which turns when electricity is supplied to its motor,  a wind turbine turns with the wind which in turn turns the magnet in the generators, a motion which generates elctricity. In order for the wind turbines to be effective and comparatively small, the motor generators must be made using super magnets produced from rare earth metals.

Here in Malaysia we do not have wind speeds as high and as constant in countries like the UK, France, Germany or even Italy. Surprisingly for me at least, Malaysia do have a few wind turbines actually at Pulau Redang and Pulau Banggi, Sabah...I found some  interesting paper on wind turbines by Malaysians if you are interested to know:

1. Possibility of electricity from wind energy in Malaysia: Some rough calculations - Christopher Teh Boon Sung.
2. Feasibility Study on Development of a Wind Turbine Energy Generation System for Community Requirements of Pulau Bangi Sabah - Azhar Abdul Aziz

Such are the wonders of renewable wind energy which can be harvested by wind turbines but the effectiveness of these machines can only be realised by using supermagnets manufactured using rare earth metals:

Rare earths indispensable in wind power output

GLOBAL DEMAND: Unless those objecting come to their senses soon, opportunities in Malaysia may be squandered 

IN the global search for renewable energy, wind power stands out as one viable option. This is especially true for countries where wind speeds are reasonably high. Unfortunately, not many places in Malaysia offer such high speed winds on a continuous basis. Sabah has been identified as one of the few areas which enjoy reasonably high wind speed. Notwithstanding that, scientists are actively researching to reduce the speed threshold for wind power. They say this would be possible if the weight of the wind turbine can be reduced and the power of the electromagnet increased substantially.

Germany has laid down very ambitious goals for wind energy. By 2030, the country plans to have offshore wind farms boasting a total installed output of 20 to 25 gigawatts. In order to meet this target, very large wind turbines with outputs of up to 20 megawatts will have to be erected on the high seas. At the moment, typical generators have only produced up to five megawatts. Scientists at the Fraunhofer institutes in Germany are working hard to meet such ambitious targets.

In the 1990s, the benchmark was 250-kilowatt turbines on 30 metre towers. Now there are already in place two-megawatt turbines mounted on 100-metre towers. And in off-shore towers, a rated output of five megawatts is now the norm. In a recently concluded European project, researchers agree that 20 MW wind generators are a realistic prospect. In fact, there is a good chance that the first of such very large generators will become reality by 2020. But it is important that such huge rotor blades are capable of withstanding the operational stresses to which they will subjected to at sea.

There is a reason why wind turbines are growing steadily in size to produce more output. Many governments are looking to renewable energy in order to cut their CO2 emissions, as well as reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. In the EU, the aim is to have around 20 per cent of their energy coming from renewable sources by 2020. And offshore wind power will contribute significantly. According to the European Wind Energy Association, the EU will have the capacity to generate 200 gigawatts of power off the coasts of Europe by 2030.

Almost all turbine manufacturers would go for compact and lightweight constructions. The fact is that lean turbine design has a significant impact on the entire structure. The foundations and tower can be lighter because they have to support less weight. This makes it easier to erect the installation as a whole. The rotor blades on the new generation of turbines must be able to withstand significant stresses. This is where new carbon fibre materials become indispensable. The only problem is that such materials are still costly to manufacture and fabricate. Researchers are working hard to reduce the costs for such materials.
Weight reduction is only half the story if the ambitious targets of the EU are to be realised.
The next challenge for scientists is to develop superpowerful electro-magnets to do the conversion to electrical energy. Judging by the developments in high powered magnets thus far, the incorporation of rare earth elements proves critical. The dilemma for the magnet manufacturers is the erratic supply of rare earth elements in the market. One reason for this is that there are not many suppliers of rare earths. In fact currently, China control almost 95 per cent of the world supply. And the export from China is closely controlled through quotas. China wants to develop its own capacity for the production of super magnets. Manufacturers of such magnets outside China have been crying for certainty in supply. Yet demand is set to rise.

This is the reason why they look forward to the supply from Lynas in Malaysia. But Lynas has been bogged down by groups objecting to the business of producing rare earths in Malaysia, despite repeated assurances from experts that rare earth elements are safe to produce. It is clear that the rare earths industry present a new opportunity for Malaysia to tap on the expanding global demand for the materials. Unless those objecting come to their senses soon, such opportunity may be squandered.

Read in the NST here.

The groups objecting to the Lynas Gebeng project are in the minority and are lead by the Malaysian Opposition and they oppose because it is a BN Federal Gomen project, their opposition has no scientific basis. I think the Lynas Gebeng plant under the supervision of Malaysian  Scientific Agencies will go ahead as planned and in doing so will contribute to propel Malaysia economically forward faster towards the goal of Wawasan 2020.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Some history you don't know: DAP founder rues 1969 DAP win

It is rumored that the DAP will win 50 Parliamentary seats in the next PRU13 due to overwhelming support of the Malaysian Chinese community to the obviously Chinese Chauvinist Party. Its just a prediction though and we will have to see how it runs its course soon.

Anyway this is an interesting post from the NST:

"There is a very, very, big connection between the DAP (opposition) victory and May 13. I wish I had entered fewer DAP candidates in the elections as this may have possibly prevented the riots,"
Go Hock Guan, DAP founder 

Hock Guan rues 1969 DAP win
SAD: 'Tragic riots could have been averted'

KUALA LUMPUR: A FOUNDER of the DAP regrets leading the party to unexpected victory in 13 parliamentary seats and, among others, a sizable number of state seats in Selangor in the 1969 general election as this may have indirectly contributed to the May 13 incident.

Goh Hock Guan, the man who gave the party its name and designed its "rocket" symbol, wished in retrospect that the DAP victory had been smaller as this might have possibly averted the "national tragedy".

"There is a very, very, big connection between the DAP (opposition) victory and May 13. I wish I had entered fewer DAP candidates in the elections as this may have possibly prevented the riots," he said in an interview.

The then secretary-general of the party said the eventual electoral stalemate in Selangor, where the opposition led by the DAP and the Alliance had almost the same number of seats each, might have been one of the factors that contributed to the disturbance.

"The stalemate meant that a state government could not have been formed in Selangor. It was too much of a victory for the opposition for some people to handle," Goh said, taking pains not to directly blame the DAP for the riots.

Goh had won in the then Bungsar parliamentary constituency by beating the Alliance's (MCA's) Lew Sip Hon in the 1969 general election.

The 78-year-old architect and town planner felt that he should have given the body politic of the Alliance more time to come to terms with the possibility of a large opposition win in 1969.

"I remember Tun Abdul Razak telling me in 1974 that I had effectively destroyed the Alliance (by defeating, among others, the MCA candidates in 1969)," he said, adding that the second prime minister had asked him then to join forces with the Barisan Nasional to rebuild the country.

Goh, who left the DAP in 1974 to join Gerakan, said he had envisaged the DAP as a multiracial party open to all to take a young Malaysia forward.

"The four boosters of the rocket were to be the Malays, Chinese, Indians and the people of Sabah and Sarawak. It's a shame that the DAP now is a party of Chinese and Indians," the owner of internationally-acclaimed architectural firm Goh Hock Guan and Associates said.

Goh said the DAP (without substantial Malay support today) represented the anti-thesis of the BN which had a multiracial character.

On Datuk Seri Najib Razak, he said the prime minister was following his father's footsteps in garnering the support of all the races in taking the nation forward.

"I hope he will continue with the momentum and tempo of his broad-based policies to look after the interests of all Malaysians."

On DAP's electoral pact with Pas, he said he had always found it difficult to reconcile his personal politics of multiracialism with the Islamic party's religious objectives.

"This is the trouble in the pact between the DAP and Pas. The DAP will be helping Pas win (all). This is the truth. It will be a pyrrhic victory for the DAP."

On his falling out with DAP adviser and former party secretary-general Lim Kit Siang "who was closer to me than my brother" at one point, he said victory in the 1969 general election had an unexpected effect on the latter and a few other members of parliament.

"I had it out with Kit Siang. This was because before I knew what had happened, the man who had been driving an old Fiat car which I bought for 500 dollars had bought a Mercedes Benz.
"I criticised him and others for this at a central executive committee meeting. They did not like it."

This and his contrary stand with the party on the "ownership" of the Straits of Malacca, which he insisted should be an international waterway, put paid to his continued presence in the party.

Goh said another reason why he left was his unhappiness over the way in which the DAP had wanted him "to bankroll its branches as I was a successful architect even then"

I pray that history does not repeat itself. Voters must think calmly and vote thoughtfully, DO NOT vote on emotions.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Untuk Pakatan DAP,PKR,PAS Manifesto Itu Bukan Satu Perjanjian

As we approach the final leg before PM Najib meet our DYMM Agung to dissolve Parliament to make way for the eagerly awaited Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13, I would like to remind you dear voters to be wary of the Pakatan  DAP,PKR,PAS coalition Election Manifesto:

Source of info is here.


John Pilger: "Islamic terrorism" is the invented excuse for theft of Africa's riches

The invasion(of Africa) has almost nothing to do with "Islamism", and almost everything to do with the acquisition of resources, notably minerals, and an accelerating rivalry with China.
John Pilger

I have suspected long ago even since during the Iraq invasion decades ago that the only reason why the West led by the US and UK went to war, was to gain control of the natural resources therein. Now its Africa's turn to be invaded and controlled through appointed locals who hold their loyalty not to their country but to the Western Gomens. Read more of John Pilger's write from Stop the War Coalition

A full-scale invasion of Africa is under way. The United States is deploying troops in 35 African countries, beginning with Libya, Sudan, Algeria and Niger. Reported by Associated Press on Christmas Day, this was missing from most Anglo-American media. 

The invasion has almost nothing to do with "Islamism", and almost everything to do with the acquisition of resources, notably minerals, and an accelerating rivalry with China. Unlike China, the US and its allies are prepared to use a degree of violence demonstrated in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Palestine. As in the cold war, a division of labour requires that western journalism and popular culture provide the cover of a holy war against a "menacing arc" of Islamic extremism, no different from the bogus "red menace" of a worldwide communist conspiracy.

Reminiscent of the Scramble for Africa in the late 19th century, the US African Command (Africom) has built a network of supplicants among collaborative African regimes eager for American bribes and armaments. 
Last year, Africom staged Operation African Endeavor, with the armed forces of 34 African nations taking part, commanded by the US military. Africom's "soldier to soldier" doctrine embeds US officers at every level of command from general to warrant officer. Only pith helmets are missing.

It is as if Africa's proud history of liberation, from Patrice Lumumba to Nelson Mandela, is consigned to oblivion by a new master's black colonial elite whose "historic mission", warned Frantz Fanon half a century ago, is the promotion of "a capitalism rampant though camouflaged". 

A striking example is the eastern Congo, a treasure trove of strategic minerals, controlled by an atrocious rebel group known as the M23, which in turn is run by Uganda and Rwanda, the proxies of Washington. 

Long planned as a "mission" for Nato, not to mention the ever-zealous French, whose colonial lost causes remain on permanent standby, the war on Africa became urgent in 2011 when the Arab world appeared to be liberating itself from the Mubaraks and other clients of Washington and Europe. The hysteria this caused in imperial capitals cannot be exaggerated. Nato bombers were dispatched not to Tunis or Cairo but Libya, where  Muammar Gaddafi ruled over Africa's largest oil reserves. With the Libyan city of Sirte reduced to rubble, the British SAS directed the "rebel" militias in what has since been exposed as a racist bloodbath. 

The indigenous people of the Sahara, the Tuareg, whose Berber fighters Gaddafi had protected, fled home across Algeria to Mali, where the Tuareg have been claiming a separate state since the 1960s. As the ever watchful Patrick Cockburn points out, it is this local dispute, not al-Qaida, that the West fears most in northwest Africa... "poor though the Tuareg may be, they are often living on top of great reserves of oil, gas, uranium and other valuable minerals". 
Almost certainly the consequence of a French/US attack on Mali on 13 January, a siege at a gas complex in Algeria ended bloodily, inspiring a 9/11 moment in David Cameron. The former Carlton TV PR man raged about a "global threat" requiring "decades" of western violence. He meant implantation of the west's business plan for Africa, together with the rape of multi-ethnic Syria and the conquest of independent Iran.

Cameron has now ordered British troops to Mali, and sent an RAF drone,  while his verbose military chief, General Sir David Richards, has addressed "a very clear message to jihadists worldwide: don't dangle and tangle with us. We will deal with it robustly" - exactly what jihadists want to hear. The trail of blood of British army terror victims, all Muslims, their "systemic" torture cases currently heading to court, add necessary irony to the general's words. I once experienced Sir David's "robust" ways when I asked him if he had read the courageous Afghan feminist Malalai Joya's description of the barbaric behaviour of westerners and their clients in her country. "You are an apologist for the Taliban" was his reply. (He later apologised).
These bleak comedians are straight out of Evelyn Waugh and allow us to feel the bracing breeze of history and hypocrisy. The "Islamic terrorism" that is their excuse for the enduring theft of Africa's riches was all but invented by them. There is no longer any excuse to swallow the BBC/CNN line and not know the truth. Read Mark Curtis's Secret Affairs: Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam (Serpent's Tail) or John Cooley's Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism (Pluto Press) or The Grand Chessboard by Zbigniew Brzezinski (HarperCollins) who was midwife to the birth of modern fundamentalist terror. In effect, the mujahedin of al-Qaida and the Taliban were created by the CIA, its Pakistani equivalent, the Inter-Services Intelligence, and Britain's MI6. 

Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser, describes a secret presidential directive in 1979 that began what became the current "war on terror". For 17 years, the US deliberately cultivated, bank-rolled, armed and brainwashed jihadi extremists that "steeped a generation in violence". Code-named Operation Cyclone, this was the "great game" to bring down the Soviet Union but brought down the Twin Towers. 

Since then, the news that intelligent, educated people both dispense and ingest has become a kind of Disney journalism, fortified, as ever, by Hollywood's licence to lie, and lie. There is the coming Dreamworks movie on WikiLeaks, a fabrication inspired by a book of perfidious title-tattle by two enriched Guardian journalists; and there is Zero Dark Thirty, which promotes torture and murder, directed by the Oscar-winning Kathryn Bigelow, the Leni Riefenstahl of our time, promoting her master's voice as did the Fuhrer's pet film-maker. Such is the one-way mirror through which we barely glimpse what power does in our name.
Read more at Stop the War Coalition.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

PAS under siege by DAP and PKR allies, should it leave Pakatan?

“If that pact does not benefit Islam and Malays, PAS will exit PR! Without a doubt,” 
Abdul Hadi Awang circa 16 February 2013 

I think PAS's President Hj. Hadi is blinded by power, despite PAS Majlis Syura giving an ultimatum that Kalimah ALLAH can only be used by Muslims against the Pakatan official stance that Kalimah ALLAH can be used by non-Muslim  spearheaded  by the unholy tripartite of DAP Lim Guan Eng and Karpal Singh together with DAP's very own appointed Ketua Pembangkang Anwar Ibrahim, Hj. Hadi remains oblivious to what is going on in this big issue.

I would like to ask Hj. Hadi what benefit does PAS get from their unholy alliance with DAP which is anti anything Malay and Islam and PKR led by Anwar who is all for religious pluralism? DAP and Anwar would not change their stand, so what is Hj. Hadi waiting for?

Betullah Anwar kata yang "Hj Hadi tak tahu apa dia ikut sahja".

I envisage PAS being severely punished big time by the electorate come PRU13 for playing politics with ALLAH and Islam.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Tok Guru Nik Aziz tak faham dan Hj Hadi tak tahu dah sampai masa PAS keluar PR

“Tok Guru Nik Aziz pun tarak faham Islam sekarang. Ustaz Hj Hadi Awang pun dah tatau. Dia ikut saja”.
Anwar Ibrahim circa 2012

Dari BigDogCom here.

Saya baca begini...Tok Guru Nik Aziz tidak faham kah dan Hj. Hadi tidak tahu kah bahawa sudah sampai masanya untuk PAS keluar dari Pakatan  yang Huru Hara ini yang sanggup melakukan syirik dan menjual Kalimah ALLAH kerana dahagakan undi orang bukan Islam.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Sodomy 2: Prosecution's Appeal to be heard in July 2013?

The Anwar Sodomy2 Appeal proceeding is probably set for July 2013 almost one and a half years after his acquittal.... interesting note from the  written Judgement of the High Court:

The 80-page written judgment by High Court judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah revealed that there was penile penetration but it was uncorroborated by other evidence.

The Anwar Sodomy2 is really a legal and dramatic saga starting from the day he was put on trial on 3rd February 2010 until he was acquitted 2 years later by the High Court Judge on 9 January 2012 which cited that "there is no evidence to corroborate the evidence of Mohd Saiful on factum of penetration". 

The 80 pages written Judgement by Judge Mohamad Zabidin only came out in July 2012 and the AG's Chambers promptly filed an Appeal to the Court on 9 July 2012, citing 10 legal reasons for the appeal, read here.

As a layman in many things legal, two points of the 10, strikes me as being pertinent:

1. The judge, according to the prosecution, had also erred in law and fact in finding that there were doubts on the integrity of the DNA samples obtained from Mohd Saiful when he (judge) had called Anwar to enter his defence on the charge at the end of the prosecution's case.

2. It (the prosecution) argued that the judge also failed to take into account that there was other evidence which supported Mohd Saiful's testimony, and had erred in law and fact when placing the burden of proof higher than the burden of proof beyond reasonable doubt on the prosecution to prove its case. 

Correct me if I am wrong but it seems that by accepting Saiful's testimony as evidence of penile penetration, then based on 'beyond reasonable doubt' principle, wouldn't that be enough for conviction, and the presence of DNA is just one supporting evidence which need not be taken into account? It sure is a great thing that our Judicial System have the Appeal system.

My point is I fear that if the Prosecution failed in their appeal at the Appeal  and/or finally at Federal Court level, then wouldn't it be possible that a rapist  who uses a condom can get away with his dastardly crime if he simply discard his DNA(semen) in the condom into the river, this despite the poor victim having positively identified the rapist, confirmed where the act was done and its exact time?

I pray that my fears are unfounded.

Cartoon: Blind Justice (medium) by rodrigo tagged justice,society,crime,trial,school,kids,professor,teacher

Thursday, 14 February 2013

QS gets 1 month jail: Kudos to the PDRM and Jabatan Peguam Negara

I am really very impressed with the speed of the action taken by the enforcement authorities on the idiot who obscenely gestured his middle finger to the Queen in Pulau Pinang a couple of days back:

Quantity surveyor gets a month's jail, fined RM8,000 for making obscene sign at Queen

What Leong Pei Koe did was a crime and really unnecessary and he thoroughly deserved his punishment.

Kudos to the PDRM, the AG Chambers and KDN for acting swiftly before any moron politicians tried to hijack the crime for their end.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year  to all my dear friends who celebrate this Lunar New Year.

Enjoy the holiday break and Drive safe, always.

Lets get on with the inquest for Sugumaran's death

Updated 13 February 2013:

...and PKR lawyers search continues.....

Original Post:

Mr. Sugumar does not deserve such a politicized death. He deserves more than that. Using the passing of a man as leverage to win over sympathy votes destroys the concept. The only wish is that peace goes with the man, that even in death his life is still being abused for a cause other than healing his own family’s wounds.
From Rocky's Bru Letter to the Editor

Here is a troubling headline:

UH refuses Sugumaran autopsy, say lawyers

Blogger Rocky's Bru gave a very good take on the ongoing quest for the late Sugumaran's second autopsy read it here.

I am really exasperated by the opposition who are intent on trying to politicize this death and many other deaths in custody or otherwise involving Government enforcement agencies. 

I don't think a second autopsy to be performed by Dr. Porntip from Thailand will bring any closure to the dead man's family. 

Why? Dr. Porntip is too controversial as in the Teoh Being Hock case and many cases in Thailand read here and here, I doubt that she will give an impartial and professional opinion, more so now that she has already read about Sugumaran's death from the newspapers, the internet and briefs by the PKR Lawyers (Remember the late Teoh Being Hock photos sent by the Pakatan lawyers to her where she readily say murder without having done the autopsy herself but anyway her murder theory was totally debunked by Prof. Vanezis and our Malaysian Pathologist too during the TBH inquest), please read my earlier posting here too. 

I cannot understand why when Malaysian Doctors are good enough to do heart transplants suddenly deemed not good enough by PKR lawyers to perform an autopsy on the late Sugumaran. I believe the first autopsy done at the Gomen Hospital by Gomen pathologists is good enough and the inquest to Sugumar's death should not be delayed further.

Sugumaran's death should not be politicized, have the inquest done as soon as possible, let the dead finally rest in peace.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Himpunan Hijau Leader's threat to burn Lynas Gebeng is deliberate and provocative

Updated 6 February 2013, Wong Tack to be investigated for criminal intimidation under Criminal Code Section 507: 

Police to probe threat to torch Lynas plant

Original Post

Himpunan Hijau leader Wong Tack , a shining example of bigots churned out by the Pakatan Rakyat School for Politics of Hate has come out with a provocative statement  that is probably a last resort gamble after Street demos and Court suits has failed the extremist movement, the Himpunan Hijau, to dislodge Lynas Rare Earth Processing Plant from Gebeng, Pahang. Read:

This man Wong Tack is being deliberate and provocative, he knows that like Ibrahim Ali , the authorities will not prosecute him as long as he do not actually do the burning. If the authorities arrest him he will say that the Gomen wants to muzzle him and his movement, and he will be made a martyr by the Pakatan Rakyat leaders who are cheering him on for political gain, nothing is sacred for this people anymore in their quest for Putrajaya.

Wong Tack is a clear and present danger to a peaceful and stable Malaysia. Lucky for Wong Tack the ISA has been repealed by the BN Gomen, otherwise there is no need to wait for him to do the burning, just detain him for 2 years until he cools down and come to his senses. 

I hope the authorities in Kementerian Dalam Negeri and our PDRM do not dismiss Wong Tack's threat as a gimmick and not to be taken seriously. Foreign investors are watching us you know. Please do the right thing to ensure the Safety and Security of this blessed country. 

KDN, please Act Now before its too late.

Engineer vs Manager

A humourous story I want to share:

A man is flying in a Hot Air baloon and realises he is lost.

He reduces height and spots a man down below.

He lowers the baloon further and shouts:
"Excuse me can you tell me where I am?"

The man below says:
"Yes, you're in a hot air baloon, hovering 10 meters above this field"

The baloonist replies:
"You must be an Engineer"

"That I am" replies the man."How did you know?" he added.

"Well" says the baloonist, "Everything you have told me is technically correct and is of no use to anyone"

The man below says, "Well, you must be in Management"

"That I am" replies the baloonist, "but how did you know?"

"Well" says the man, "you don't know where you are, or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help. You're in the same position you were before we met, but now its my fault"

reposted from  The Ingenieur (Vol.54 December 2012)

Friday, 1 February 2013


The ALLAH controversy, this is Tun M's latest comment :

Thursday, January 31, 2013


As posted by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at Che Det on January 31, 2013

1. Malaysia is a multi-religious country where people can adhere to their own religion even though Islam is the official religion. For most of the time the followers of the different religions have lived in peace with each other. We do not see the kind of violence between the followers of different religions as found in Northern Ireland, Lebanon and the Indian sub-continent.

Malaysians respect each others’ religions and the rights of the religious practises of their followers. We avoid commenting on other people’s religion even though we may have furious debate within each religion.

3. Unfortunately now we have this controversy on the use of the name of God, Allah. Many years ago this controversy was settled through the acceptance that the Christians of Sabah and Sarawak could continue to use the word Allah in their Malay language bible and teachings but these should not be used in the rest of the country.

4. Unfortunately because some politicians want to get the support of Malaysian Christians, the demand is made that the Malay language bible be used in the whole country. Predictably the Muslims protest and the controversy is resurrected.

5. Christians and Jews know very well that in all their bibles, the Old Testament and the New Testament, and in the King James and other versions the word Allah had never appeared as the name of God. It is only after Islam and the Quran that the world became acquainted with the word Allah for God.

6. In their effort to spread Christianity in the Malay speaking world the Christian missionaries used the word Allah for reasons best known to themselves. Whatever, the word Allah for God is not derived from Jewish or Christian sources.

7. Among Christians in Malaysia, except for the natives of Sabah and Sarawak, the word Allah for God had never been used. In any case, the need does not arise as most sermons are not in Malay. Even when they were in Malay, the word Allah was to my knowledge never used.

8. Religious confrontations can lead to very serious consequences. It can lead to violence and killings even. This peaceful country will not be peaceful anymore if we have religious violence.

9. It is unfortunate that Ibrahim Ali should suggest burning the newly-printed bibles. That may be the way we rid ourselves of unwanted publications. It cannot be done for the Bible any more than it can be done for the Quran.

10. But what Ibrahim said does not reflect the views of UMNO. Unfortunately, some politicians would like to make it so in order to gain political mileage.

11. While UMNO believes that the word Allah is exclusive to Islam, it had never advocated burning the Malay language bibles which uses this word. I regard the attempt to imply Ibrahim’s support for UMNO to mean what he says is what is subscribed to by UMNO as mischievous. Ibrahim is not a member of UMNO. He may support UMNO but he is not a spokesman for UMNO.

12. We have lived together in relative peace and harmony all these years. Our country has developed fast because of this. While we can have political differences, we should not resort to our religious differences to win elections. It is a double-edged sword and those who live by the sword shall die by the sword.

13. Let this controversy be settled behind closed doors by responsible people. Let not the extremists take over and exploit religious issues.

14. It may be a denial of freedom of speech but freedom even in a liberal democracy have limits if we really want democracy to work.

15. I would like to appeal to all parties to stop trying to abuse this issue.

I think the troublemakers from the DAP and PKR and also those PAS leaders that supported Guan Eng's very irresponsible call together with some of the increasingly partisan Churches in Malaysia and also Ibrahim Ali should take the time to listen to what the grand old man have to say. 

PM Najib should also call for that meeting behind closed doors with responsible people to discuss this controversy, take the initiative away from the DAP/PR extremists and their supporters who are going to town with this issue. Enough is enough.