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A Brilliant Analysis,.. fwd from FGR
By Kubang Pasu
9/7/2000 4:34 am Sun
a#salamu'alaikum & Selamat Sejahtera,
Until now, all that have happened in the overblown "arms heist"
episodes do not click my mind. My logics could not accept the
whole flow of the events. It is not because I am cynical, but my
intelligence and professionalism could not simply accept
fundamental flaws in its storyboard. But yes, I am critical in
analyzing the whole issue, in relation to what has happened earlier
in our country.
Suddenly, this "cult group" has their official website on the Net. All
of you could go to the following URL:
Being critical, I have carried out a quick analysis on the website
content, putting myself as a webmaster with my own development
team. The sole purpose is to search for truth on limited facts that
are available. This is only my personal opinion and any of you
could accept or deny it with no string attached.
Website Start Date
On the bottom-most of it's main page, there is a statement
"Copyright © 1998 Al-Maunah All Rights Reserved". What we
would normally expect is that the site will contain content (text,
images, audio, video and animation files) from 1998 to now
(2000). If the organization does exist since 1998, it would be
normal for it's static content (content which will not change over
time, like introduction to the organization, organization structure
etc) being created at the early stage of their inception. We could
check on this by analyzing the last modification date/time of the files
forming a web page. In addition, any of you could do the same,
using either Microsoft or Netscape browser. The subsequent
analysis however does not reflect the expectation.
File & Content Structure
The file structure for the whole website is so simple. In the
Tripod.com directory, there are only 2 directories namely "images"
and "s_jawab". To do so, you could download and use a software
which could download the whole website into your PC. I am using
Simple file structure reflect one thing - the website does not expand
it's content over time. A supposedly "populist and international"
organization will normally develop website expansion plan to
expose their activism, announce regular programs and activities.
Apparently, if you visit "Berita & Iklan" section, you would find that
their announced activities mainly started from April 2000!
The website contain 148 files with total size of 2.62MB. Again, it is
categorically small comparing to their claim of more than 1000
members spanning 4 countries.
The graphic files showing their martial art sessions are big and were
not trimmed as normally done by a trained website graphic
The internal content and file structure does not also reflect their
webmaster's plan to allow for content upload and download from
other external source, eg., from their members in other countries. In
a website maintained by a group of people, there would normally
be temporary directories like "download", "staging" or "temp". I
would conclude that this site is maintained by ONLY ONE
amateur web designer.
Files Modification Date
This is another "mind-boggling" findings. I have checked and
analyzed available meta data (information about information) of
almost all the graphic files. You could check meta data of a file
from the website. Downloading the file onto your PC will change
the modification date to the date of the download.
Please find attached a summary results (in MS Excel format) for
almost all graphic files residing in the website. Some highlights:
The photos of their martial art sessions were mainly
captured on 5 September 1999 and 16 October 1999. It
was about 1 year after their inception. Where are photos
and graphics of activities from previous years?
Graphic files showing their martial art sessions are last
modified and downloaded onto the website between 10
April 2000 to 6 June 2000. It's only beyond April 2000
that the organization really popularize their existence.
Large photos of martial art sessions were last uploaded into
the website on 25 May 2000 and their thumbnails on 6
Graphic files related to table of content and organizational
logo were last modified and uploaded on 28 June 2000,
about 7-8 days ago! We would expect that the logo would
be the earliest to be designed and uploaded into the website.
It's meta data on modification should go back as early as
September 1998 (the date of their inception) but it is not the
Whatever that I have presented here are all factual information
being captured by current technology. I believe, many of you are
experts in studying images through various ways and tools. Quite
some time ago, a similar image files analysis were technically
carried out on alleged pornographic images of local singers from
well known pop groups.
What I want to really stress is that we make conclusion and
judgement on issues with principles and factual backup. Our media,
they have their agenda to play. Allah s.w.t. has given us an ability to
compare, analyze, conclude and make judgement. It is really an
intelligent insult to blatantly accept anything that has been carefully
worded, manipulated and tactically presented to us.
Wa#salamu'alaikum & Selamat Sejahtera,
Haji Ahmad Jamali bin Haji Sepihie
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