Thursday, November 8, 2012

Celtic Stuns Barca

Celtic caused one of those earth-shattering upsets of the Champions League group stages as they clung on to record a historic 2-1 win over Barcelona, the perfect way for the Scottish side to celebrate their 125th anniversary in Glasgow itself.

Two weeks ago in Spain, some dogged defending by Celtic and wasteful attacking from Barcelona almost provided a similar result before Barça's late winner, but this time, there was to be no escape despite an even more one-sided match.

Victor Wanyama headed powerfully into the net off a corner (21) to start Celtic off on a good footing, and despite a never-ending onslaught, the home team stood unyielding against Barcelona after the break. Then a breakaway goal from Tony Watt (83) made it 2-0 before Leo Messi pulled one back for the visitors in the 90th minute.

The result still leaves Barcelona top and Celtic in second place in Group G with two matches left to play. Hooray for Celtic! I am proud of you!

Former Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin also came out in support of Nurul Izzah Anwar.“After hearing her explanation, I understand what she meant. The no compulsion is from the aspect of practice in the religion of Islam,” he told Malay daily Sinar Harian.

The Univesiti Sains Malaysia lecturer told the newspaper he had written an article two years ago titled “Iman Tidak Boleh Dipaksa" (Faith Cannot be Forced), and added that the content was “the same” as what Nurul Izzah had stated. What are you still barking about, UMNO dogs?

Non-Malaysians need to understand that race and religion issues are inseparable in Malaysia, where the Malays – who make up 60 percent of the 28 million population – are constitutionally defined to also be Muslims.

It has always struck me as a great Malaysian irony where the majority Malay race promises the minority groups (us Chinese, Indians and others) the freedom to practice the religion of our choice but they themselves do not have this freedom. Can those without freedom truly protect the freedom of others?

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