Monday, January 31, 2011

To the Tyrants of the World

Wikipedia translation of Tunisian poet Abo Al Qassim Al Shabbi‘s (1909-1934) “To the Tyrants of the World,”



Hey you, the unfair tyrants…
You the lovers of the darkness…
You the enemies of life…
You’ve made fun of innocent people’s wounds; and your palm covered with
their blood
You kept walking while you were deforming the charm of existence and
growing seeds of sadness in their land
Wait, don’t let the spring, the clearness of the sky and the shine of
the morning light fool you…
Because the darkness, the thunder rumble and the blowing of the wind are
coming toward you from the horizon
Beware because there is a fire underneath the ash
Who grows thorns will reap wounds
You’ve taken off heads of people and the flowers of hope; and watered
the cure of the sand with blood and tears until it was drunk
The blood’s river will sweep you away and you will be burned by the
fiery storm.

fr anwaribrahimblog.com
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We Still Have Ijok

KUANTAN, Jan 31: PAS’s defeat in the Tenang by-election should not demotivate Pakatan Rakyat because the result was a foregone conclusion, said PAS vice president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man in a statement to Harakahdaily.

Yesterday, PAS candidate Normala Sudirman lost to Barisan Nasional’s Mohd Azahar Ibrahim by a majority of 3,707 votes, more than what the late BN state assemblyman garnered in 2008, amid low voter turnout due to heavy rain and floods.

The majority however fell short of BN's target of reverting to the 5000 votes in pre-2008.

“What we need to focus on now is strengthening the party. PAS and other component parties must have the basic and solid strength at every area.

Failure to develop this basic strength will make it tough for us to face any election. In Tenang, we admit PAS’s shortcomings whether at branch or membership level,” said Tuan Ibrahim.

'Real face of candidate'

Tuan Ibrahim however said winning the by-election held during flash floods will be a grave test, as the new state assemblyman will now have to address the problems left by the flood.

“It is kind of unfortunate for the winner as he will be tested immediately by voters who are now facing floods in Labis and Tenang. If during campaign, the candidate went down from house to house, helped people, the people can now be able to see the ‘real’ side of the BN candidate,” he added.

He also urged Normala not to be disappointed and continue her struggle as the people would ultimately judge her based on her actions, whether she won or lost.

"Next general election is waiting for you" was his message to Normala, who stole the limelight in this election after MCA president launched personal attacks on her for observing Muslim norms.

'Remember Ijok'

Normala meanwhile expressed appreciation to Pakatan Rakyat leaders, supporters and volunteers during the campaign.

"Continue to fight in the next battle in Merlimau state seat which will be held soon," she wrote in her blog.

PKR's Teja state assemblyman, Chang Lih Kang, said despite the loss, Normala had captured the heart of many Malaysians in the country.

“In the coming general election, we will conquer Tenang like Ijok,” said Chang, recalling the by-election in Ijok, Selangor, in 2007, in which current Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim lost heavily to BN. He however wrested the state seat from MIC in 2008 and went on to become the MB.

Meanwhile, PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hasan Tantawi said PAS would continue the struggle in Johor with PR despite the loss.

“Pakatan Rakyat will overcome its weakness, correct its mistakes and improvise our work to rise in the next general election,” he twitted.

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