Le Mans 24 hour race

The Le Mans 24 hour race has always intreagued me. How can a race be 24 hours?! Do the drivers never sleep? How come we don't see alot of accidents due to sleepiness? And how do the spectators wait up 24 hours till the race finish? Well, there's actually 3 drivers taking turns to drive so the drivers are not that sleepy i would presume... anyways here's what wiki says about the race:

At a time when Grand Prix racing was the dominant form of motorsport throughout Europe, Le Mans was designed to present a different test. Instead of focusing on the ability of a car company to build the fastest machines, the 24 Hours of Le Mans would instead concentrate on the ability of manufacturers to build sporty yet reliable cars. This encouraged innovation in producing reliable and fuel-efficient vehicles, because the nature of endurance racing requires cars that last the distance and spend as little time in the pits as possible.

At the same time, due to the layout of the Le Mans track, a need was created for cars to have better aerodynamics and stability at high speeds. While this was shared with Grand Prix racing, few tracks in Europe had straights of a length comparable to the Mulsanne. The fact that the road is public and therefore not maintained to the same quality as some permanent racing circuits also put more of a strain on parts, putting greater emphasis on reliability.

The demand for fuel economy created by the oil crisis in the early 1970s led the race organisers to adopt a fuel economy formula known as Group C, in which the amount of fuel each car was allowed to use during the race was limited. Although Group C was abandoned when teams were able to master the fuel formulae, fuel economy was still important to some teams as alternative fuel sources appeared in the early 21st century, attempting to overcome time spent during pit stops.

These technological innovations have had a trickle-down effect, with technology used at Le Mans finding its way into production cars several years later. This has also led to faster and more exotic supercars due to manufacturers wishing to develop faster road cars for the purposes of developing them into even faster GT cars.
Here's a cool video explaining how grueling a Le Mans 24 hour race is:

Apparently, Allen McNish, the guy in the video above was involved in a dramatic crash during the recent e Mans race. looking at a video of the cash it seems mind boggling how he could've survived such a horrific crash. It goes to show the amount of engineering that goes into the saftey of a Le Mans car, specifically an Audi Le Mans car. Check out how the 2 Audi rescue cars add to the dramatic "hero's exit" of Allen Mc Nish from his mangled car... It just says "Look at hows safe and audi car is, and look how fast an Audi car is to the rescue..."... Enjoy the video...

My thoughts on the bersih rally

Things have been very hectic on my side. So manythings happening and so many things to write about yet so hard pressed for time these days. Anyways, just a short post on the upcoming Bersih rally that much to my regrets will fall on the 9th of July. The traffic conditions will definately be very bad on that day, if the last Bersih rally is any benchmark. Being one of the many politically aware younger generation, I joined the previous Bersih rally about 4 years ago. In fact, I was actually at the front lines between the FRU and the demonstrators. I just played my role to add to the numbers and then quickly went home not long after the memorandom was passed to the Agung's rep. To me it ws just a harmless march to the national palace.

I tend to agree with Dr Asri. Demanding justice is something that is key to Islam and to being a muslim. The Allah reminds us in the Quran:
"O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do." [An-Nisa 4:35]

Demonstrations according to Dr Asri is permissible but only after other peaceful means have been exhauseted. He states a hadith where a companion complains to the prophet:
“My neighbour disturbs/hurts me”. The prophet s.a.w replies: “Take out all your belongings and put them out in the street”. So the companion puts his stuff on the street. Seeing this, everyone passing by would ask him: “what has happened?”. He answered: “My neighbour disturbs/hurts me”. Hence they all said: “Despise him oh Allah, dishonour him oh Allah”. Because of that, his neigbour said to him: “Please return to your home, I will not hurt you anymore”. (Reported by al-Bazzar & al-Hakim in al-Mustadrak. Verified sahih by Ahmad Syakir).
Nevertheless, in islam every action is broken into to parts: 1) the intention and 2) the action. The permissible way is a good intention that followed by a good action(s). A bad intention is always haram regardless of how good the action is, for example one cannot donate money to a charity and pubicise it to gain something from somebody or other people. This is also true for the opposite. A good intention say giving to the poor cannot be achived by haram means, say by stealing, riba' or gambling etc... applies to this bersih rally. If the demonstration becomes an outlet for people to start violence, destroy public property, slander and the shouting of harsh words then the Bersih rally is not permissible...

The writer also recommends that the police help facilitate the rally so that it runs smoothly, without any chance or excuse for violence. provocation on both sides will just make "martyrs" out of the protestors and further demonise the government and police. Just let it happen smoothly and everyone wins. Plus hopefully it'll end quickly and save us KLites from the crippling jams the last Bersih Rally caused! For the original article, please read the article below. And for Islam and justice please read this article.
Prof Madya Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin

Banyak pihak bertanya pendirian saya tentang kempen NGO ‘BERSIH’ menuntut Pilihanraya yang adil bagi negara ini. berikut adalah pendirian dan pandangan saya;

1.Sesuatu tindakan dalam urusan kehidupan muslim khususnya dilihat kepada dua perkara; tujuan dan cara. Jika tujuannya baik, dan caranya juga baik maka itu adalah amalan yang baik. Jika tujuannya baik, caranya salah, maka pelakunya tetap bersalah kerana mengambil cara yang salah seperti mencuri dengan tujuan hendak bersedekah. Jika tujuannya buruk atau dosa, segala langkah ke arah tujuan itu dinilai berdosa. Setiap individu yang hendak menyertai sesuatu aktiviti, hendaklah memastikan tujuannya itu halal atau mulia, dan caranya juga halal.

2.Setelah saya mendengar taklimat BERSIH dan menilainya, saya dapati tujuannya baik, menuntut hak yang sepatutnya diperolehi oleh rakyat seperti yang dijanjikan oleh perlembagaan. Jika ia berjaya, pada pandangan saya bukan untuk kemaslahatan parti tertentu sahaja, tetapi untuk keadilan berpolitik sepanjang masa, untuk semua pihak tanpa mengira parti. Maka, saya tidak mempertikaikan BERSIH di sudut tujuannya. Cuma saya bimbang jika ada parti tertentu yang cuba menzahirkannya dalam sifat kepartian, bukan untuk rakyat secara umum. Sedangkan tuntutan itu untuk semua dan baik untuk memastikan keadilan dalam pengurusan pilihanraya.

3. Adapun cara yang hendak dicapai iaitu dengan melakukan demonstrasi, pada asasnya ia sesuatu yang harus melainkan jika diiringi dengan perkara-perkara haram seperti kerosakan harta benda awam, pergaduhan dan penonjolan akhlak yang buruk. Nabi s.a.w dalam hadis pernah mengajar sahabat yang disakiti jirannya untuk membuat bantahan di jalan. Dalam hadis itu sahabat tersebut mengadu kepada Nabi s.a.w:

“Sesungguhnya jiranku menyakitiku”. Sabda Nabi s.a.w: “Keluarkan baranganmu dan letakkannya di jalan”. Maka lelaki itu mengambil barangannya dan letak di jalan. Lalu, setiap orang yang melintas bertanya: “apa yang berlaku kepadamu?”. Dia menjawab: “Jiranku menyakitiku”. Maka mereka berkata: “Ya Allah laknatilah dia, Ya Allah hinalah dia”. Dengan sebab itu, jirannya berkata: “Kembalilah ke rumahmu, aku tidak akan sakitimu lagi”. (Riwayat al-Bazzar dan al-Hakim dalam al-Mustadrak. Ahmad Syakir menilainya sebagai sahih).

Ini menunjukkan bahawa mengajak orang di jalan membantah kezaliman adalah dibolehkan. Dalam konteks politik hari ini, demonstrasi aman sebahagian dari cara pencegahan munkar politik yang telah terbukti keberkesanannya di banyak negara.

4. Namun, oleh kerana demonstrasi itu terdedah kepada bahaya dan porak peranda, maka demonstrasi hendaklah menjadi pilihan akhir setelah tuntutan yang adil tidak ditunaikan. Perbincangan, rundingan, seruan secara langsung, bantahan bertulis dan sebagainya hendaklah di utamakan. Saya difahamkan hal-hal itu telah dilakukan. Pihak SPR hendaklah menunai tuntutan yang adil itu bagi mengelakkan rakyat turut ke jalan yang mempunyai kemungkinan yang pelbagai.

5. Jika pihak SPR enggan, menjadi hak rakyat untuk menuntutnya secara aman. Aman adalah syarat utama, jika bertukar menjadi ganas maka ia sesuatu yang diharamkan oleh syarak. Maka, sesiapa yang hendak menyertai demonstrasi BERSIH hendaklah berazam bahawa mereka tidak akan mencetuskan kemusnahan harta awam, tidak mencederakan sesiapa, tidak memaki hamun, sebaliknya melafazkan slogan tuntutan dan berhimpun bagi menggambarkan kehendak dan rasa tidak puas hati.

6. Adalah haram mana-mana pihak, samada peserta demonstrasi atau polis memulakan provokasi yang boleh menyebabkan berlakunya rusuhan. Sebaliknya, pihak polis hendaklah sedar, selagi tuntutan itu baik untuk negara yang adil, polis juga termasuk dalam kalangan rakyat. Maka sepatutnya mereka memudah cara agar proses itu berjalan dengan pantas dan dilangsaikan dengan segera. Para peserta demonstrasi juga hendaklah sedar bahawa tugasan polis mengawal keamanan, maka hendaklah tidak dimulakan apa-apa provokasi yang menimbulkan kemarahan mereka selagi mereka bertugas dengan betul menurut peraturan keselamatan. Sesiapa yang memulakan atau menyertai provokasi yang membawa rusuhan maka dia menanggung dosa.

7. Cita-cita rakyat itu tidak akan tertunai melainkan adanya kerjasama yang baik dari semua pihak. Polis, rakyat dan golongan atasan. Semua pihak hendaklah berfikir untuk memastikan negara kita adil, aman dan teratur. Menyertai BERSIH merupakan salah satu dari usaha yang mulia itu, dan memastikan BERSIH itu bersih dari kekacauan dan provokasi adalah tanggungjawab setiap pihak yang terlibat.