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22 March, 2006

An udderly tragic affair

The first hot contender for the Tragic Romance of 2006 is submitted by Kretin Times:

FUJAIRAH — A Bangladeshi labourer allegedly turned into a wild beast after dashing into a cattle pen and sexually assaulting a cow. He was detained and referred to the court, which sentenced him to six months in jail to be followed by deportation.

Court records showed that a national heard abnormal sounds coming out of his cattle pen. When opening the door and checking, he found a Bangladeshi labourer, identified as M.Z., sexually assaulting a cow. He took hold of him and called the police. The man, who was arrested, admitted to his crime, while the cow was sent for medical examination.

God forbid if that poor cow is found not to be a virgin: she'll face the death penalty like last year's comely camel.

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Blogger al-republican said...

Because that would weaken the case of feminism :)

22 March, 2006 09:22  
Blogger Earthbound Misfit said...


Seriously, that was the most pathetic and racist comment I have ever heard you say.

You talk rubbish all the time. YOu do not make sense. You spew illogical and nonsensical rhetoric.

And I think it is about time you are banned from this blog.

Bloody Idiot!!!!

22 March, 2006 10:30  
Blogger MuFi101 said...

BaLuSHi is piCKiN oN SeCY, WHY????

22 March, 2006 11:46  
Blogger MuFi101 said...

BaLuSHi waS huRT aS a KiD, leTs taKe hiM cLuBBiNg & geT hiM DRUNK!!! hhehehh

22 March, 2006 11:51  
Blogger LizzieD said...

SD: Is there any way to check the age of your commentators? Balushi is clearly no older than 12. Doesn't he need his parents' permission to post on blogs?

22 March, 2006 12:03  
Blogger secretdubai said...

balushi is now banned from this blog, regardless if he posts anything sensible or not.

All comments made by him in recent entries will be deleted.

22 March, 2006 12:28  
Blogger al-republican said...

Revised scores:

al-republican - 1
Destitute Rebel - 2
Balushi - Red Card for foul play

I guess the contributor who asked him to change his screen name will now get his wish. Balushi will definitely come back with a changed nick. Although, it might not be too had to pick him in the crowd.

22 March, 2006 12:43  
Blogger secretdubai said...

More excellent news: the story made Fark.

News like this *must* be shared with the rest of the world!

22 March, 2006 12:49  
Blogger 1234dsfs said...

Thanx SD for banning balushi.. I dont know how to thank you - this guy was defaming our tribe. Thank God he is gone for good

22 March, 2006 12:49  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Thank God he is gone for good

Hopefully he is gone for good. Unless I put comment moderation on I can't prevent him commenting, but I can delete them as soon as possible. So do please ignore his future efforts, and if you spot him under a different name, do let me know.

I hope everyone understands this is not about censorship. Dissenting and controversial views remain very welcome. As do occasional funny smutty anecdotes.

Sheer, unfunny trolling is not welcome.

22 March, 2006 12:54  
Blogger Harsha said...

was expecting this to be covered here.

If this happened in India, even God wouldnt be able to save this guy.

22 March, 2006 13:53  
Blogger al-republican said...

Hahahaha Harsha!

I really am laughing out loud at work!

22 March, 2006 14:06  
Blogger dubaibaggie said...

I wonder if the Bangladeshi asked the cow "Did the Earth mooooooove for you?". Was he horny or was it she that had the horns? I think this story has been milked for too long.

22 March, 2006 14:22  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

The cow will almost certainly not be a virgin, as if it were it would be a heiffer.


22 March, 2006 15:14  
Blogger trobriander said...

@ If this happened in India, even God wouldnt be able to save this guy.

Perhaps that would explain why that sodomite, animal assaulter is from Bangladesh !!!

22 March, 2006 15:16  
Blogger scrooge1969 said...


As a visitor from india that is the weirdest remark i have come across.

the fact that he is bangladeshi is immaterial in this case.

22 March, 2006 16:03  
Blogger Harsha said...

My comment relies on the fact that a cow in Hinduism is given a very religious status and is considered sacred.

22 March, 2006 16:15  
Blogger scrooge1969 said...

all i can say is hmmmmmmm

22 March, 2006 16:30  
Blogger scrooge1969 said...

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ Construction on a
building expected to be the world's tallest was interrupted
Wednesday after Asian workers angered by low salaries and
mistreatment rioted, smashing cars and offices and causing
what a government official said almost US$1 million in
The stoppage triggered a sympathy strike at Dubai
International Airport also Wednesday, when thousands of
laborers building a massive new terminal also laid down
their tools, airport and labor officials said.
Some 2,500 workers on the emerging Burj Dubai tower and
surrounding housing developments chased and beat security
officers Tuesday night, broke into temporary offices and
smashed computers and files, and destroyed about two dozen
cars and construction machines, witnesses said.
The initial riot was caused by workers angered because
buses to their residential camp were delayed after their
shifts, witnesses at the site said.
An Interior Ministry official who investigates labor
issues, Lt. Col. Rashid Bakhit Al Jumairi, said the rioters
caused almost US$1 million in damage.
The workers, employed by Dubai-based construction firm Al
Naboodah Laing O'Rourke, returned to the vast site
Wednesday but refused to work.
Crowds of blue-garbed workers milled in the shadow of the
gray concrete tower, now 36 stories tall, while leaders
negotiated with officials from the company and the Ministry
of Labor.
´Everyone is angry here. No one will work,ª said Khalid
Farouk, 39, a laborer with Al Naboodah. Other workers said
their leaders were asking for pay raises: skilled
carpenters on the site earned just US$7.60 per day, with
laborers getting just US$4 per day.
A reporter inquiring about the riots was ordered to leave
the site by an Al Naboodah manager who refused to give his
name. The firm's business development manager, Jonathan
Eveleigh, declined to comment when reached by telephone.
Al Jumairi said the laborers were also asking Al Naboodah,
one of the Emirates' biggest construction conglomerates,
for overtime pay, better medical care and humane treatment
by foremen.
´They are asking for small things,ª said Al Jumairi, the
labor investigator. ´I promised them I would sit with them
until everything is settled.ª
Al Jumairi later said he was being diverted to negotiate
with idled laborers at the airport.
Labor stoppages in Gulf countries have recently become
common, with some two dozen strikes last year in the United
Arab Emirates alone. Most have centered on unpaid salaries
and triggered a Labor Ministry crackdown on
contract-breaching companies.
The strikes and riots by Al Naboodah workers marred what
otherwise appeared to be smooth construction of the Burj
Dubai, which is to be a spire-shaped,
stainless-steel-skinned tower expected to soar far beyond
100 stories.
Emaar, the tower's Dubai-based developer, is keeping the
final height a secret until the $900 million Burj is
complete by 2008.
A section of the tower is to host a 172-room luxury hotel
operated by Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani.
The protesting workers are among almost a million migrants
from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China and elsewhere who
have poured into Dubai to provide the low-wage muscle
behind one of the world's great building booms.
In five decades, Dubai has mushroomed from a primitive
town of 20,000 to a gridlocked metropolis of 1.5 mill

22 March, 2006 16:31  
Blogger scrooge1969 said...

thats the latest off the wires guys

22 March, 2006 16:32  
Blogger scrooge1969 said...

Dubai is rocking , well it looks like it

22 March, 2006 16:33  
Blogger samuraisam said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

22 March, 2006 16:49  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Superb work, Scrooge!

Now let's wait and see how this story is presented in the local papers. Here's my prophecy:

A small protest by building labourers was calmed yesterday without incident after construction company Al Naboodah Laing O'Rourke agreed to discuss workers' concerns.

"All our workers are well paid and looked after, and we take all of their concerns very seriously," a company spokesman said.


22 March, 2006 16:59  
Blogger Harsha said...


22 March, 2006 17:08  
Blogger Minkey Chief said...

Re: Riot - is this is a beginning? It's been coming to this for a long, long time.

Re: Cows in India and Hinduism. I've had the most delicious steak right here in India. I dare say that killing and eating a sacred object is defiling it more than er... being powerfully drawn to it. This incident in India would have had a couple of column inches and then been forgotten.

22 March, 2006 17:24  
Blogger Harsha said...

Minkiji, such an act would be new to them and hence the outrage. The media there needs excuses to blow things up and there r many political groups waiting for such ooportunities. If they can burn down public places and conduct 'lathi' charges on guys n girls sitting in a park together and when loved ones want to celebrate valentines day. This is something too juicy to let go.

22 March, 2006 17:45  
Blogger Minkey Chief said...

Hmmmm - I still think the religious angle is thin... The point being that slaughter exists, so trying to pump this out of proportion using the sacred cow line would require a lot of work. The Shiv Sena would do it quite well though...

22 March, 2006 17:54  
Blogger Hot Lemon& Honey said...

I just wonder if what the Bangladishi man is secondary to the fact that he can't bring his wife to the UAE (by law).
But how many desperate men would actaully do that with an animal... the protest..its unfortunate that some countries take advantage of the need of others. I hope this gets settled, cause one of the things that I love about my country is the peace and stability..once thats gone..everything we have worked hard for is history.

22 March, 2006 19:12  
Blogger DubaiSceptic said...

Wow - a 'Balushi-free' zone. Next a 'Bush-free' world - sorry, did I say that aloud? Only daydreaming about the latter.

But seriously, add my two bits to all those giving you the thumbs up for having banned the cretinous one.

22 March, 2006 19:36  
Blogger grinch said...

Agreed on the Baloushi ban - sometimes his comments were a bit too off colour.

Can't work the link to Comely Camel though - sounds funny.

Scrooge 1969 - I reckon I know who you are cos you sent me that story this avo! Lol, will come and bug you at your desk tomorrow.

22 March, 2006 20:43  
Blogger the shadow said...

A small protest by building labourers was calmed yesterday without incident after construction company Al Naboodah Laing O'Rourke agreed to discuss workers' concerns.

"All our workers are well paid and looked after, and we take all of their concerns very seriously," a company spokesman said.

--Absolutely brilliant and spot on, SD.

I'd ROFL but I am sure you are working for Emaar PR. ;)

22 March, 2006 21:42  
Blogger the shadow said...

Oh, and I pity the guy who has to check this cow's virginity. Heck, I didn't even know they had cow-virginity-inspectors in Fujairah.

22 March, 2006 21:44  
Blogger Cracking Boy said...

After the decision of giving guns to security guards in shopping malls, I think it's time for working out some defensive mechanism for cows and camels. The first think pops in the mind is fixing small tubes of TNT at the animal's backside which goes off by pressure of an external object!

23 March, 2006 00:14  
Blogger BuJ said...

very interesting stuff.. i'm talking about the Burj Dubai riot.. well i am commenting in anticipation to SD's post :)

i think there are some serious labour issues in the UAE, however as with any rapidly-changing place this has to be one of the consequences.

i disagree that this is slavery and anyone using such words has ulterior motives and probably just wants to stir up some shit or does not know what they are talking about.

23 March, 2006 04:23  
Blogger * said...

Thene important issues in Dubai at the moment":

Will DUBAI METRO open in Time?
Will the VIP seating area have SHAWERMAS served?
Will they have BAKHOOR bought to them by scantily clad heavily bossomed lasses?
Will it have a DUTY FREE section or at the least a PARIS GALLERY kiosk?
Will the ladies/children section have a seperate section for the DESI's?

23 March, 2006 09:22  
Blogger archer14 said...

LOL, kaya....I'm sure that it's not gonna be a joke, they will 'tabloid' it.

Buj, it's something synonymous to slavery, its known as plain old exploitation. Often it's a mix of both. Say what you want, but since september, there have been so many stand offs with labour companies that it's hard to create excuses.

I've posted about it at my new blog here.

23 March, 2006 09:49  
Blogger the shadow said...

buj: If "slavery" is not technically accurate enough for you, try "exploitation" instead.

You're right; technically, what's happening with labourers in Dubai is not slavery per say since in the case of slavery the subject's body and soul is wholly and permanently "owned" by the master who can do unto his subject as he/she sees fit.

What labourers have here is deceit, corruption, abuse, poor living conditions, overwork, non payment of salaries and heavy restrictions on freedom of movement. Which, happily, falls just short of the definition of slavery.

So now you can go out to sheesha and feel better about yourself again.

23 March, 2006 09:58  
Blogger Debbie does Dubai said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

23 March, 2006 12:02  
Blogger ssosw said...

Al Nabooda Liang-O Rourkee was the one involved with the deaths of 5 workers at the Airport construction last year right( or the year before??).There were rumors that the workers were ordered to report to duty the next day where the tragedy occurred, under the same working conditions.

I called up a friend working in Al Nabooda Liang-O Rourkee and what he told me was shocking. He used to work as a Site Engineer and was involved in the Airport project at one stage .He has since has left that company due the horrible conditions in the company.Another friend (also a site engineer)who worked there had left recently too. It seems it is not just the laborers but also the middle level workers who were exploited.They were in turn asked to exploit the laborers to the maximum. These were the reasons he left.He mentioned that the laborers were paid at around 600 Dhs per month . At one of its peak time the Airport construction had almost 7000 workers onsite.The recent problems started day before yesterday at the construction site of "OLD TOWN" ( near Bur Dubai I think) where the workers( anywhere between 2000 to 4000), after punching out at around 7:30PM had to wait for one and a half hours to take them to their Quarters in Sharjah .This and the other problems they were facing led to the riots yesterday .He doesn't know much about the other problems they faced but that we can guess. They targeted their anger at the middle level workers like the foremen and site engineers.I was told that the management played dirty power games in using the middle level workers(mainly Indian, Pakistani etc to suppress the laborers .The biggest criminals he said were the guys in the HR department headed by a Bengali (Indian) guy named K.P Dutta . Sorry for using the word Criminal , but I can't find any worse words .My friend said that he wished he was the guy the laborers manhandled instead of the foremen and the security at the site.On the top level management are Ray 0 Rourke who I think owns the company. He is Irish from the info I got from this friend.Then The directors who are a mix of UK and Irish guys. The main guys in charge are Andy Crompton, Noel Dolan, Sean Lohan.Thats all the names I got.
I asked what the part of the Local company AL Nabooda was in the whole deal and I was told that they were just the local sponsors and had no part in running the company.They got a yearly fee for the sponsorship

SD I know that you may not like naming names on your site . You can remove the part with the names if you think you should but I think its just the facts I gave and nothing there to hide.These guys are the ones that sit in their posh offices and pretend to have no knowledge of what is happening. These are the ones that make money by exploiting poor laborers.They are so greedy that stealing from the poor laborers is the option they choose to increase their profits. I hope they all get punished at least in some other manner if not by the law.

23 March, 2006 12:41  
Blogger SIN said...

Off-topic, but here's something that some may have missed today...the women at the shelter for abused women are being evicted as it's "unlawful grouping" as described by the ministry.

Excerpts below:
The Building Inspection Section at the municipality has warned the woman that she should vacate the villa because she is violating its planning code for the city.
"The woman is using the villa to group a large number of women in a residential area. Many families who live in the area have complained to the municipality that there are groups of women staying in the villa," the official said.
"The woman should move out of the villa. If she does not, the municipality will disconnect its water and electricity supply," the official said.

Words fail me...
Sorry SD for hijacking the post.

23 March, 2006 13:08  
Blogger mazhar farooqui said...

Holy cow!

23 March, 2006 13:13  
Blogger Earthbound Misfit said...

Here is something to think about:

Ever notice how when groups of people have to be evicted, the first thing the evicting party claims is that neighbours complained about it.

Now, I can see (upto some extent) neghbours complaining when there are too many of the poor low income bachelors around (this is a whole new rant).

But who would complain about a group of abused women taking shelter in a nearby villa?? Would you??

Either this country is filled with some seriously sadistic people, or me thinks the powers that be tend to invent these neighbours to carry out unjustified evictions.

Just so Sad.

23 March, 2006 14:35  
Blogger SIN said...


Honestly, I was thinking the same and I feel it's both reasons. Ficticious officials and shady dealings are all part and parcel of living here. That doesn't mean that all the folks are corrupt or easily arm twisted, but that's what comes across in this case.
It's just sad that a country that prides itself on equality and being a modern nation supports actions that throw it back to the morals of the 16th century.

23 March, 2006 15:18  
Blogger the shadow said...

It's Economics 101 gone crazy...the mission of any commerical enterprise is to maximize profit. When most levels of the government, whose function it is in theory to regulate these market forces in the public interest, are involved in the very same commercial endeavours and motivated by the same profit margins, then a Dubai scenario is what you get.

23 March, 2006 18:01  
Blogger Emirates Blogger said...

Al Nabbodah Liang at it again! They'll never learn (i.e.,if they want to). Wrote a small piece on them back when the airport tragedy occured (my last post)!

03 April, 2006 20:23  

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