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manoharaShe may be one of the most famous faces in Indonesia at the moment and on her way to becoming a television star, but like anyone, Manohara Odelia Pinot still needs her family in times of crisis. Now she has an extra member to count on for support; her stepfather Juergen Reiner Noack Pinot has flown to Jakarta to support her over recent reports that her biological father has sided with Muhammad Fakhry.
The Indonesian-American model’s mother, Daisy Fajarina, said Reiner arrived on Thursday night. “He is here to morally support Manohara as he has always loved her very much,” she said. “He was also shocked to know that her biological father was not supporting her.” The 17-year-old caught media attention after Daisy claimed her daughter had been abducted and abused by Fakhry, and she became an instant celebrity after escaping from Fakhry in Singapore six weeks ago, returning to Indonesia on June 1.
Fakhry has filed a police report in Malaysia against Manohara, accusing her of making false allegations.The latest episode in the family drama came this week when the Malay Mail newspaper published an interview with Manohara’s biological father, George Manz, and a letter it alleged he wrote to Fakhry saying he was the right person to take care of Manohara, pledging to help him get her back to Malaysia. The letter ended: “My wishes are that Manohara is freed from her evil mother.”
Daisy hit back two days later, saying she was shocked by Manz’s stand to defend the Kelantan royal, accusing him of being abusive to her and her then young child. “What kind of father is he? He knows that his daughter has been hurt and he backs Fakhry instead. What a horrible father,” she said.
She said Reiner arriving in Jakarta was a great boon. “Manohara and [her sister] Dewi are very happy and he will be here for the foreseeable future,” she said. During his time here, she added, Reiner would accompany Manohara to shoots on her new soap opera, “Manohara,” now being produced by Sinemart for TV channel RCTI.
Malaysian media reported that Fakhry had filed two applications in a Shariah court over the weekend — one seeking reconciliation with Manohara and the other ordering Daisy and Manohara to pay him 972,750 Malaysian ringgit ($272,000) that he claims they owe him.

What kind of a father is this! Happy be to those children who are poor but have a loving father that will stand by their side no matter what. Even the dogs and pigs will fight off their enemies to protect their children. Here we have a human-being going against his very own flesh and blood! Wonder which category does this man falls under – human, animal or evil?

Then again Anakdesa asked….was he paid to go against his own daughter?


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I came across this article by one Muhammad Abdullah which was published by Malaysiakini. After reading the article, I realised that what Muhammad Abdullah had written was absolutely true. It seems that he shared the same ideology as Raja Petra Kamaruddin. I’m taking the opportunity here to republish the article to be shared with all Malaysian. Give it a thought……with an open mind! TRY not to be too racist!

Muhammad Abdullah | Oct 7, 08 4:42pm (Malaysiakini)

It’s funny now when I recollect my experience as a new convert to Islam. I was told by the ustaz whom performed the ceremony:‘Do not follow the Malays but follow the Quran’. I did not understand then what it meant and I brushed aside his advice at that time in ignorance.

After looking at the events that are unfolding in Malaysia, I am beginning to understand what the ustaz meant. In Malaysia, it is a fallacy that Malays equal Islam as what is being practiced by the Malays is not what is propagated by the Prophet (pbuh) or according to the Quran. I am not saying that there aren’t any following the teachings, as I know many who do.

The more I read the Quran, the more I understand how it is being practiced here. Raja Petra Kamaruddin wrote: ‘My god is different from your god’ in ‘Malaysia Today’ on how he viewed Islam as being practiced by some in Malaysia.

I am in the position to understand better how the non-Muslims are feeling about the Malays and Islam at large as far as Malaysia is concerned. They are not against Islam but they are against discrimination and falsehood being practiced as Islamic in Malaysia.

A Malay-Muslim in Malaysia can say anything and everything about the non-Muslim and it is totally acceptable but not so for non-Muslims as they can’t even hold a forum to discuss about conversion to Islam as it is presumed a crime against Islam.

They feel that the non-Muslims are challenging Islam or even more so the Malays. If this isn’t double standards than what is? If you are a Malay-Muslim, you have every right to voice your opinions but you won’t allow non-Muslims to even hold a forum to discuss about their issues or problems.

Islam is a peaceful religion but are we are showing the non-Muslims and the whole world how ‘peaceful’ we are in our conduct?

I bet many Malay-Muslims will never understand the predicament of the non-Muslims in this country because they have never been on the other side neither are they willing to sit down at the same table to discuss matters.

I grew up in a Malay kampung when I was young and I was treated with more respect by the Malay folk even when I was practicing a different faith then. They would come over to my house during the festive seasons to enjoy the feast and they were very much Muslims.

But that has changed now as it is considered to be un-Islamic to visit the house of a non-believer! How sad that some religious bigots have influenced the minds of the Malays over the years.

Non-Muslims will always be skeptical about Islam and Muslims in this country as long as the Malays behave opposite to what is taught by the Quran. It hurts me more to see how the Holy Book has been distorted by some and misunderstood by many.

May I quote Surah Al-Nahl, Ayat 125: ‘Invite (all) to the Way of the Lord with wisdom and beautiful discourse; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: for the Lord knoweth best, who have strayed from His Path, and who receive guidance.’

To be respected, respect others first and try to understand before being understood. I truly wish the Muslims in Malaysia would take stock of our deeds as we are answerable during Judgment Day. Whatever we do, Allah knows it all.

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Smiles and Laughter can be deceiving

Fakhry is said to be angered that Manohara Odelia Pinot exposed her body parts to the world. Fakhry made his views known to Manohara through the blog of a mysterious spokesman on toughlane.blogspot.com on Friday. Sources in Jakarta believe the ‘mysterious’ blogger could be him or one of his many ’spokesmen’ who interfered in the affair so far…(Read Here and see pic)

Hemm…it is thus understandable why Tengku Fakhry as a husband was angry. Which husband with the right thinking wouldn’t? If I were in his shoe, I would probably as angry or even angrier then him. I would be very, very angry because what was exposed is supposed for my eyes only because I’ve ‘bought’ the subject and no one help me pay for it. So why share! Secondly because of moral, religious and of course because of my blood type issue. My blood type is ‘X’ while others are of type ‘A’, ‘B’, or ‘O’. So how can you and I share the same subject! Lastly maybe it actually exposed the truth about myself.

Whatever it is, I may run away and hide myself from all these sinful people on earth. Use any human connection and political powers on earth to ‘clear’ my name BUT I know there’s one that I can NEVER hide from…..GOD! I might get all the fresh air here on earth by just driving to Genting or by switching on the air-con BUT the heat of the FIRE OF HELL will surely awaits me upon my return to my Creator.

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KUALA LUMPUR: The words “disabled, Astro” and “aid” cannot occur in the same sentence, as far as the Welfare Department is concerned.

The department bars the disabled from getting welfare aid if they have Astro or a television set at home.

The rule applies even if one lives in someone else’s house, temporarily or otherwise.

S. Karupanan, 73, found this out the hard way three months ago when the department cut the RM200 aid to him as he was temporarily staying in a house which “had Astro service”.

The department had paid for surgery on one knee and promised to underwrite the cost of the operation on the other knee.

But while awaiting the second surgery, he moved into his daughter’s house and his troubles began.

Welfare officers who came to visit him saw red when they chanced upon the Astro connection and immediately withdrew the aid. (Read more)

This is Malaysia, the caring society we were known of by outsiders? Each time whenever there are disasters around the world like the Dafur, Gaza, tsunami etc. we Malaysian are so caring that millions of ringgit were collected to be donated to the effected countries.
However, the ugly sides of especially some of the government departments are so unbelievable. We seem wanting to please and trying to show off that we are a caring society to the world but look what is happening to our own Welfare Department! Got TV/astro – no aid policy!

Is this what we called ‘welfare department’? Making sure that once a person is disable, he or she should stay disable forever in every nature. They make sure that these people should not see any form of entertainment through the television! Not even if the astro or television belongs to any people. WHAT A CRAP!

I can imagine an invalid person sitting on a wheel chair or in bed the whole day while their spouse goes out to earn extra income. He or she is not allowed to watch television for entertainment but must sit there to entertain their disability.

Never know that our minister in charge of welfare department is so insensitive! Or may I humbly say STUPID! That goes to all the directors of welfare department. They should know that these people are already inconvenienced by their disability yet the department curb their only link to the outside world.

I wouldn’t be surprise when next time they were asked if they take rice for their meals. If yes – aid stopped. Should be eating only tapioca! Rice is only for those not getting aid from the Welfare Department!

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A Somali girl who said she had been raped has been stoned to death in Somalia after being accused of adultery, a human rights group has said.

Amnesty International said in a press release on Friday that the victim, Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, had been 13 years old – not 23 as earlier reports had suggested. 

Duhulow was stoned to death on October 27 by dozens of men in a stadium packed with 1,000 spectators in the southern port city of Kismayo, Amnesty International and Somali media reported, citing witnesses. 
The armed group in charge of Kismayo had accused her of adultery after she reported that three men had raped her, Amnesty said.
“This child suffered a horrendous death at the behest of the armed opposition groups who currently control Kismayo,” David Copeman, Amnesty International’s Somalia campaigner, said in a statement. Initial local media reports said Duhulow was 23, but her father told Amnesty International she was 13.The Islamic Courts took control of much of Somalia in 2006, triggering an intervention by neighbouring Ethiopia, which propped up the UN-backed transitional government and ousted the movement.  



It’s difficult to even imagine a stadium packed with spectators to witness the stoning to death of a 13-year-old rape victim. It’s even more difficult to accept the fact there’s so little we can do.

Is this what their God The Almighty taught His followers through His Prophet, to stone a helpless child? Are those people that stoned the child sinless, so much so that they are free to kill another human being? Where is the LOVE, COMPASSIONATE, FORGIVENESS that God teaches mankind?

Such a shocking and disgusting act of some people. A barbaric act I would say. This is cruel, insane and inhumane work of a beast! 

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I am very disgust indeed with some cybercafes that have no sense of responsibility towards the community especially the young generation. They are more concern on making profits. Even the local governments are neither helping to protect the youngs being exploited. I sincerely believe that there are many other parents out there, who are also facing this same problem. My sincere hope that the Government can do something positive to put an end to all these.

Below is my articles deploring the act of some cybercafes to the Daily Express Forum on 19Th October 2008.

Recently I was approached by two mothers requesting my assistance to advise their children regarding obsession to Internet games. One was in Keningau and most recently from Papar.

I had never been to a cybercafe before and so I took the liberty to visit a few. The impression and understanding that I have as a parent is that these cybercafes are for students and adults to surf the Net for information and students to do their assignments, especially if they have no Internet facility at home. When I entered the cybercafe for the first time, I was “welcomed” with sound which is comparable to a cinema or a amusement centre.

It was far from what I’ve expected. The students were not surfing for information. What I encountered was rather disturbing. Students are busy playing Internet games with all the blasting loudspeakers.

Cybercafes are supposed to be places to gather knowledge but it is in reality an institution to corrupt youngsters. One of the students I spoke to, turned to stealing money from his handicapped mother and neighbourhood just to satisfy his obsession. Another resorted to credit facility which the cybercafe gave.

When I spoke to the two students above, I gathered the following disturbing information regarding the cybercafe they frequented:

  • Underage youngsters are allowed to enter without restriction even though at the entrance a notice was put up that children below 12 are not permitted. But then again is a 13 or 14 year old considered an adult, who is matured enough to think and not indulge in immoral activities such as visiting the porn sites and gambling?;

  • Students are allowed in the premise to play 24 hours in the cybercafe. Does the licence allowed 24 hours operation? I spoke to Cash and was verbally informed that some are given the permit to do so. If it does, where is the responsibility of the Government to ensure that students are not allowed when they are supposed to be in bed for the next day school? The authority can confirm from the service provider whether the cybercafes are providing 24-hour service, and;

  • Credit facilities are given to youngsters if they are short of funds. The particular student I was asked to advise had accumulated a total of RM197.80 debt. Isn’t it illegal to extend credit facility to minors, be it orally or written? Does the operating licence allow this?

A review should be done on the following to ensure that our young children are not corrupted by these cybercafes :

  • The age limit for minors allowed into these premises;

  • A camera be placed in all corners of the premise to ensure students do not indulge immoral activities such as visiting the porn sites and gambling;

  • If a 24-hour permit is allowed, minors below 18 years old should not be allowed after certain time, and;

  • A guard be stationed at the entrance to check on minors entering the premise.

I urge the Ministry of Local Government and Housing and Local Councils to be more responsible to ensure that cybercafes do not corrupt our young generations. Strict enforcement and spot-check should be conducted regularly to ensure cybercafes operators do not violate their permits.

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Raya Demand Abolish ISA

GMI will be organising “Raya Demand Abolish ISA” on 26th September 2008 at Masjid Jamek.

Details of the programme are as follows:

Date: 26 September 2008
Time: 12 noon
Venue: Please gather at main entrance of Masjid Jamek (near to Masjid Jamek LRT Station)

Please wear black and red clothes to show your solidarity with GMI.

Lets demand for abolishment of ISA and release of all ISA detainees.

For programme details please contact Nalini at 019-3758912 or SUARAM office at 03-7784 3525. For directions please call Mr Syed Ibrahim at 013-3682067.

Spread the news people.


There will be a candle light vigil this Saturday, coinciding with RPK’s birthday. Details are as follows:

Venue : Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur

Date : Saturday, 27th September, 2008

Time : 7.00pm

Those who can, please do go and show your support for RPK and the other ISA detainees. Light candles for those who want to support, but can’t be there on Saturday.

Taken from Anil Netto’s blog, we have Marina speaking here to a crowd yesterday at the Abolish ISA forum.

She said: “Don’t forget, we all have a part to play in this.”

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