Deaf, dumb, and blind, they will not return

Posted on October 17, 2010

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“And of mankind are some who say,  ‘We believe in God and the Last Day’, when they believe not. They think to beguile God and those who believe, and they beguile none save themselves, but they perceive not. In their hearts is a disease, and God increaseth their disease. A painful doom is theirs because they lie. And when it is said unto them, ‘Make not mischief on this earth’, they say, ‘We are peacemakers only’. Are not they indeed the mischief-makers? But they perceive not. And when it is said unto them, ‘Believe as the people believe’, they say, ‘Shall we believe as the foolish believe?’. Are not they indeed the foolish? But they know not. And when they fall in with those who believe, they say, ‘We believe’, but when they go apart to their devils they declare, ‘Lo! we are with you. Verily we did but mock’. God doth mock them, leaving them to wander blindly on in their contumacy. These are they who purchase error at the price of guidance, so their commerce doth not prosper, neither are they guided. Their likeness is as the likeness of one who kindleth fire, and when it sheddeth its light around him God taketh away their light and leaveth them in darkness, where they cannot see. Deaf, dumb, and blind, they will not return” – Surah 2 verses 8-18 of the Holy Qur’an.

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On the proposed 100-storey Wawasan Merdeka project that will cost the rakyat RM5 billion :

“We take pride in our national icon, the Petronas Twin Towers. It signifies the spirit of Malaysia Boleh. Another landmark to be developed by PNB is Warisan Merdeka, expected to be ready by 2020” –  Najib

“…everybody wants a tallest tower. Shanghai and Taiwan want more, so why should we hold back?…The most important thing is that we can do it. Why should we hold back?…The building serves to balance Malaysia’s traditional cultures and pursuit for modernity. This will put Malaysia on the tourist map” – Tourism Minister Dr Ng Yen Yen

“The nation must have a dream. We had the Twin Towers and KLCC. Now, the 100-story building will be the new ‘Malaysia boleh’. This is good because we all need to dream. All these projects that are coming under the Great Kuala Lumpur plan and other mega-projects will bring in foreign investors that will spur the economy,” – Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department SK Devamany

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Could we not put the RM5 billion to better use for the rakyat?