Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia

At the heart of Kinta Valley. The capital city of the state of Perak. An opposition stronghold. Factory of brilliant people. Desolated through emigration of its inhabitants to other parts of the country and overseas. Yet... it is forever remembered by its people.

Saturday, April 26, 2003

With reference to your article of singing praises of Abdullah Badawi, click here

Don't be so naive and gullible, Mr Foo. Abdullah Badawi may not be doing this for the sake of inter-religious harmony and so on. There a few other reasons why he did lift the ban. For one, elections are around the corner- he'll need all th votes he can get, especially from the non-Muslims now that the Malays are clearly divided over UMNO and PAS. The non-Malays voted the current BN government into power and it is they who can vote them out of power, even if it's just for a few parliment areas. Also, there is no guarantee that the lift on the ban is for long term. Thay can say one thing today an another tomorrow. Unless documents are signed between the Council of Churches and the Home MInistry, I would ot speak so highly of a yet untested Acting Prime Minister. I am open for correction, but this is my current stand. Perhaps, more importantly, the question that we all left out is why was there a ban on the Iban Bible after its 100 years in existance and circulation? Why at this particular time, when general elections are looming around the corner? Are there other forces at play and is it possible things are not as simple as they appear to be?

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