Sunday, June 8, 2008

the million dollar speech,as mum put it ;p

*this was my speech for the ummatic week publicspeaking competition. thank you mum,dad and abg daud for the ideas, and the regimental training.hihi. and not to forget those who came to support, thank you guys :)

Assalamualaikum and a very good day. Despite my very long name, forgive me for a very short introduction because I am indeed in a rush, obviously not to just grab the prize, but rather to attend to a MORE pressing and urgent matter of the Ummah.

Let’s join our hands together to walk through this not so fictional journey.

Close your eyes and imagine.
more withering war thorn Islamic states.
the worsening condition of innocent women and children,
and lesser men alive to fight for their safety and world peace.
more cartoons and cynical jokes being crafted just to shake our resilience.
A country called Palestine being wiped out of the world map.

With that I stand here today to draw your attention on an important topic of my choice,
‘Islamic Gold Dinar: Urgent Need of the Day’.

First and foremost let me reiterate to you what is the underlying concept behind Islamic gold dinar. The dinar is bullion gold coin made of 4.25grams of 22 karat gold.
Historically, it was the official Islamic currency until the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1922. After disappearing for 77 years, the Islamic gold dinar was reintroduced in November 2001.
The key difference? Its conversion rate is based on gold spot price instead of the American dollar.

Need I convince you further WHY our excessive dependence on American dollar must stop?
Yes indeed I need to or else, I HAVE to call myself a failure.

Today, from left and right you can here people complaining that gas, food, and everything else is getting more expensive. As a matter of fact, when you think about it, you realize that actually these things have NOT gotten more expensive. It only seems that way because the value of the green paper money is worth less and less and so it takes more and more of it to buy the same goods and services. According to Bernard von NotHaus, a monetory architect at Norfed Organisation, American dollar has lost 96% of its purchasing power since 1913.

Most people think prices have gone up, but in reality: it is the value of the US dollar that has actually gone down. I bet you the face of George Washington stamped on that green bill is now wearing a frown instead of a smile.

Remember 1997? There was a HUGE and DEVASTATING currency raid by the famous George Soros, who leveled Asian monetory units and caused the major Asian economy to falter?
Am not sure how deep your knowledge is on that issue, but that Soros story per se is not the only factor behind that economic upheaval.

Recently the global share prices drowned in the sea of red due to the sub-prime mortgage crisis that took place in the United States. What paved ways to such nightmare is due to the very fact that we complacently and willingly allowed ourselves to be excessively dependant on America and its green colored bill. In other words, we blatantly put our past & future in the hands of the United States, blindly consenting ourselves to be manipulated.

As a quick aid to this problem, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad proposed the introduction of Islamic gold dinar as the currency for international trade in the Muslim world to suppress the too overly traded American dollar. This brilliant idea is to ensure that the dollar’s instability does not affect international trade because Islamic gold dinar was to be tied up to the price of gold and thus provide stable value for the currency.

Gold dinar is honest money. It is inflation proof. Realizing how weak the American dollar has become, the US introduced Liberty Dollar, which is backed by real money.

Let me next reveal to you the overlooked power that Muslim nations actually possess.
Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to gape in awe.

The Muslim world consists of 56 countries with the population of 1.5 billion! That is a HUGE market! Even bigger that China’s!

60% of the world’s MOST WANTED resources are all nested in the Muslim countries.

Look at hydrocarbon resources. Do you know that many experts strongly admit that the world economy depends upon the Islamic world’s oil & gas exports, particularly in the Persian Gulf areas.

The Persian Gulf holds 2/3 of the planet’s discovered crude oil reserves.

Saudi Arabia alone holds 25.4% of the world oil reserves, in equal to 262 billion barrels.

Turkmenistan has between 99 to155 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves. Imagine how huge that is!

Let me excite you further.

Out of 18 oil-producing countries, 10 are of Muslim nations, producing 40% of world’s total petroleum production.

The same goes when you talk about other natural resources.

Statistic shows that Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are the two world’s largest gold producers.

40% of the world’s agricultural product comes from the Islamic world.

The world itself depends on us, so why should we allow ourselves to depend on the country that slaughtered our Muslim brothers, camouflaged with concerns for terrorism whereas terrorizing is a habit against their own preaches.

I have proven to you that we Muslim nations are born on a rich platter blessed with prosperity and economic wealth, sufficient enough to enable us to stand on our two feet, roaring together for a better world.

Dr. Martin Luther King once said, "our lives begin to end the day we remain silent on things that matter".

So, if today is not the day we change by uniting economically, you tell me when will that day come? Is it tomorrow? In 50 years or even a hundred years? But bare in mind folks, in this crazy world of today, even tomorrow might be too late.

The answer is with you. With that, ladies and gentleman, I thank you.


zureen said...

wow teringinnya nak tengok u public speaking in English pulak. the last time i saw you, you were debating with Naim :p

myra said... warned that im not good at it ;p

owh. DONT remind me of THAT.