Thursday, August 26, 2010

Indonesia issues a warning

Indonesia issues a warning

Indonesia issues a warning

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 09:50 AM PDT

No discount from the Indonesians! Settle all border and territorial disputes or face a 'hard' action - such are the warnings issued by Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur amidst escalating tension that sours Malaysia-Indonesia diplomatic relation.

"The Malaysian authorities should understand that Indonesian people anger has been accumulated for the continuous border dispute between the two countries," the Indonesian House of Representatives Commission 1 chairman, Mahfudz Siddiq from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), told reporters in Jakarta on Thursday.

He also said that the Malaysian government should have acted wiser before issuing a travel warning for its citizens to visit Indonesia. Such a move, he added, was an over-reaction that could deepen the crisis (here).

Back home, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak expressed his disappointment over the incidents at the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said Najib had expressed his disappointment at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday after he was given a briefing on what had transpired.

"Of course he was very disappointed. He finds it is wrong for them to do that. But he has faith in the Indonesian authority, he has faith in the President that this matter will be settled," he told reporters after receiving a courtesy call by a delegation from the Duta Belia 2010 Indonesia at Wisma Putra, here Thursday (here).

Now, either Malaysia or Indonesia, what are the leaders doing? Just sit tight and wait and see? Or keep on issuing statements and making new remarks? Until when? Until someone dares to pull the trigger?

So, stop making disparaging statements and go to the round table, instead. As far as our cooperation is concerned, it remains intact. What happened should serve as a lesson to both parties to be more serious in managing whatever dispute between them. Prolonging it will not only make the people 'sick' but will adversely affect their spirit of brotherhood.

here is a comment by blogger Ozz in Jakarta, quite interesting:

As a Malaysian in Jakarta, I view those incidents at our embassy as "pukul anak sindir menantu". BENDERA is a body that was set up under PDIP-Perjuangan lead by Megawati, the opposition. Even their headquarter was once PDIP's office in Menteng. Anything that will hurt SBY will be taken as opportunity to condemn him and Malaysia is the victim. Those demonstrators were just paid opportunist that will just feel satisfied with a pack of rice and some pocket money. Opposition politicians are behind all demonstrations held there. Government to government relations are very strong and not easily can be provoked by some political monkeys. Most of my Indonesian brothers and sisters have more important things to think about. I stick to my opinion as Indonesia's politicians always think they are the big brother of ours and arrogantly couldn't accept if the younger brother is much better and more prosper than them.

read also Previous Flashpoints between Malaysia, Indonesia

Mars hoax

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 08:59 AM PDT

Aiyah....this is the second time within a week that I've got someone telling me this silly story about Mars coming close to Earth. 

Just tonight, I received a text message on my mobile that went: "Planet Mars will be brightest in the night sky starting August. It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will cultivate (sic) on Aug 27 when Mars comes within 50km of Earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug 27 12.30am. It will look like the Earth has 2 moons. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287. Share this with your friends as no one alive today will ever see it again." And the best part of the message was that it was signed off "authoritatively" by the "Dept of Surveying Science & Geomatics, UiTM Perlis."

Listen, people, this is a hoax that has been making its way round and around the Internet since 2003, seven years ago. It is such a big, silly story that refuses to go away. It has become quite tiresome to see it repeated every year at about this time.

The last time that Mars was ever closest to Earth was on 27 Aug 2003 and even then, it was 55.7 million km away. Since that day in 2003, Mars has been moving further and further away from us and in fact, this planet is now a very distant 318 million km from Earth. It's hardly visible in the night sky and in all probability, you'd need a pair of binoculars to see the planet....IF you know at all exactly where to look for it. And why only at 12.30am? Does it mean that the planet would zoom across the sky miraculously only at that time and you would not see it at some other time? Crazy, illogical and stretching the imagination.

Another astronomical nonsense: if Mars is meant to look as large as the full moon, it only needs to be 766,000 km from us. By the way, if any space object of Mars' dimension were to come this near to Earth, whether it be 50 km or 755,000 km, it would be time for us to panic and not marvel at its close proximity.

Note: Wikipedia has an entry dedicated to this Mars hoax. Read it here.

What a coincidence! DPP vs Pornthip video: Delay due to technical glitch?

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 08:44 AM PDT

The Attorney-General's Chambers has finally uploaded the video recording of the Aug 18 session of the inquest proceedings to determine DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock's cause of death.

The uploading of the video clip comes just a day after Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng made a commotion over the missing clip and accused the AG's Chambers of lacking transparency. Lim, commenting on the speedy remedial action by the AG's Chambers, said that he hoped such delays do not recur in the future as it would affect the integrity of the authorities.

Contacted later, Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail explained that his department had faced technical difficulties in uploading the video and that the Shah Alam courts had handed his department a corrupted copy of the video tape and a fresh copy was obtained today.

Corrupted copy?? HAHA! What a coincidence! Must have been the baffling questions posed by Abdul Razak Musa! I wonder when Abdul Razak will jump off the building!

mother of humanitarianism

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 08:17 AM PDT

this post was supposed to be up this morning but i had forgotten all about it. actually 3 days ago, i had received email from cahayasuara communications centre about it and had wanted to post about it this morning but due to, too much work on my mind, it slipped my mind. anyway, never too late, as it is not pass midnight yet (only thing is people knew of it, if they haven't yet, late).

i'm just going to CnP what i received from cahayasuara. it will be very lengthy but worth the read especially if you are one who admire mother teresa, like me. the media release talks about a film festival (4 & 6 sept) to celebrate mother teresa's 100th anniversary, and the media backgrounder talks about herself and her work.

yes i do admire mother teresa tremendously.  how she walked the streets looking for unwanted homeless people.  the thing i remember most about her was when she brought home a dying man, a fellow nun said to her that the man is dying already, why brought him into the home (their missionary of charity home) and mother teresa replied that the man has to die with dignity. she even cleaned and dressed up the man… then the man died. mother teresa also came out with many sayings that are very meaningful and the one that touched me most is "the greatest poverty in the world is the feeling of being unwanted.".  i also like her poem "love them anyway".

speaking about poem, ah yes, a few weeks after her death, i wrote a poem dedicated to mother teresa. i based the poem on the popular song of old blue eyes (frank sinatra, for the uninitiated) – my way and titled it 'god's way'.  read about it in my poems corner (but since i feel so proud of it, i'm going to copy it here too right at the end. ahem.)

do you admire mother teresa? what is it that you like about her?

(above picture taken from CNN, where there is a write-up about a celebration in india)



100 years of Humanitarianism

Nations around the globe are gearing up to commemorate the life and work of one of the world's most known and cherished figures: Mother Teresa of Calcutta .

Numerous organisations are already spreading her legacy of service, peace and unconditional love for the marginalised via various activities, such as the 3rd Mother Teresa International Film Festival 2010, which will be held from 26th to 29th August 2010 in Kolkata.

This international event will be co-hosted by Mother Teresa's own movement, the Missionaries of Charity Sisters, and the Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta, in collaboration with SIGNIS Asia and SIGNIS Bengal-India (SIGNIS is the World Catholic Association for Communication) to commemorate Mother Teresa's 100th birthday.

The purpose of the Film Festival is to pay homage and spread awareness about the Albanian-born Mother Teresa (whose real name was Gonxha (Agnes) Bojaxhiu), her humanitarian works and her mission, and to advocate her message of love, compassion and peace through the medium of cinema.

The efforts to celebrate Mother Teresa will not remain confined to Kolkata City , but very much like her work, will spread to the rest of the world. Countries like Thailand , Singapore , Indonesia , Philippines , Sri Lanka , Cambodia , Vietnam , Hong Kong , South Korea , Japan , Macau , Taiwan , Pakistan , Bangladesh and Myanmar , have also confirmed that Film Festival plans are in the pipeline, in their respective countries.

In Malaysia , ten movies/documentaries dedicated to the life and humanitarian works of Mother Teresa will be screened at Cahayasuara Communication Centre, Jalan Robertson, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur , on Saturday 4thSeptember 2010, from 10:00am to 6:00pm, and on Monday 6th September 2010, also from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Admission on both days is free.

One of the main aims of the event, besides honouring the great humanitarian, is to increase awareness about her legacy and how people from all walks of life can inspire others to reach out and make a difference in their own way, in her memory.

Following this event, a year-long programme has been drawn up, including presentations, competitions and other activities, that will celebrate her legacy, between August 26th 2010, and August 25th 2011. To mark the start of the celebration, a website specially dedicated to Mother Teresa,, has been launched.

The site will help the world to follow all the happenings, news and views that surround the Film Festival, keep those interested updated on the latest additions or entrants to the Festival, and generally act as a channel of communication for the public and the Festival organisers.

Also, from 26th August 2010, the Birth Centenary of Mother Teresa, selected quotes from her writings will be issued by SIGNIS Malaysia via text and e-mail to commemorate her life, work and compassion. To receive the messages please

About SIGNIS Malaysia

SIGNIS Malaysia, the Catholic Association for Communication in Malaysia , is a body of and for Catholics involved in the media. SIGNIS is a worldwide network of associations, institutions and individuals working in the mass media, which aims to alert Christians to the importance of human communication in every culture, and to encourage ecumenical and interfaith cooperation through the media sector. SIGNIS is present in 122 countries worldwide.

26th August 2010




Simplicity – that was what struck most people about Mother Teresa, whom many refer to as the Living Saint. That, and her humility. Among the most recognized celebrities of her day, Mother Teresa nevertheless remained devoted to her vocation of caring for the sick and dying, bringing comfort to those who most needed it, and showing unconditional love that few have been able to equal.

The early years

Born Gonxha (or Agnes) Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Yugoslavia on 26th August 1910, to Albanian parents Nikola and Dronda Bojaxhiu, she was the youngest of the couple's three surviving children. When she was born, Skopje was still under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Today, it is the capital of Macedonia. The family was not poor, but from a young age, Agnes exhibited a great interest in the religious life, particularly with missionary life and service.

At the age of 18, she chose to enter the Loreto Sisters of Dublin, a religious Order which emphasized missionary work and education for young girls. In 1929, she was sent to the Order's novitiate in Darjeeling, India, and in 1931, took her First Vows there. She chose the name of Teresa, to honour Saint Teresa of Avila and Therese of Lisieux. From there, the Order sent her to St Mary's High School in Calcutta, where she taught history and geography for 15 years.

Her Calling and Work

One day in 1946, while on a train to Darjeeling for a retreat, she clearly heard a Divine message, an invitation to her Calling: to work exclusively for the poor. She was to leave her community, give up teaching and serve the poor in the slums of Calcutta. But before she did so, she took a course in nursing in Patna for a few months, to prepare for her work. She also had to live and work on the streets, without the safety and support of the Loreto Sisters.

In 1948, she obtained permission from Pope Pius XII to leave her community and live independently. Falling back on her 15 years as an educationist, she began teaching the children in the slums, making use of whatever equipment was available; more often than not, writing in the dirt for want of proper facilities! Through the children, she began to reach more people, including their underprivileged families, those even poorer, and the sick.

But within a year, help appeared. Young women started volunteering their services. These would later become the first members of her Missionaries of Charity. Other people donated food, clothing, medical supplies and money. Increased assistance meant that she could extend her work further. In 1952, she opened the Nirmal Hriday (Pure Heart) Home for Dying Destitutes in Calcutta, where dying Indians could be cared for in their last days, so they might be able to die in peace, and with dignity.

Today, the seeds of what she sowed have manifested themselves in numerous homes for the dying, refuges for orphans and abandoned children, treatment centres for lepers, alcoholics and addicts, and hospitals for the aged and marginalized street people. More than 5,000 sisters, brothers and volunteers run about 500 centres worldwide that feed as many as 500,000 families and help 90,000 lepers annually.

Mother Teresa continued her work among the poorest of the poor for more than four decades, although she suffered from poor health herself, in her later years. A few months before her death, she relinquished her position as head of the order she founded, the Missionaries of Charity, secure in the knowledge that the work would continue. On 5th September 1997, after dinner and prayers, she returned to God, and the world mourned a Living Saint whose life was a stellar example of selflessness and service to others. Her funeral service was held on 13th September 1997, the 51st Anniversary of her receiving her Divine mission on that train to Darjeeling.

Service to All

By the late 1950s, her work was in full swing, touching countless lives. Within the first ten years, she was not allowed to work outside her own diocese of Calcutta but she nevertheless managed to set up Kalighat, a hospice for the dying, in the grounds of a Hindu temple. After 1960, her work expanded throughout India, and she began to receive national attention.

No matter where she went, she drew large crowds; people were readier to listen to her than to any politician because of her simple message of unconditional love and humanity that everyone understood. At a time when majority-Hindu fundamentalism was gaining ground and causing concern among Muslims in India, no one asked why a Christian missionary seemed to be the (unelected) spokesperson for the Indian poor! "I've always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic," she has been quoted as saying. "We believe our work should be our example to people."

Peace is the Prize

The setting is a hall decked out in velvet and gold, illuminated by crystal chandeliers. The guests are rich, powerful, talented, brilliant, famous – the movers and shakers of the world, elegantly dressed, in formal black or bejeweled couture gowns. From this exalted gathering, a small, stooped woman in a faded blue sari and scuffed sandals steps forward, and receives the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She has none of heir wealth, but she has more power than the entire assembly.

For more than 50 years, Mother Teresa was the servant of the poor, sick and dying – and her power flowed from a spiritual wellspring that offered itself freely to the underprivileged and marginalized not only of India but anywhere in the world where her Missionaries of Charity lived out their vocations. During her lifetime, she showed in a concrete and pragmatic way, what others only talk about: that peace is not just what you wish for, it's something you have to work at, something you have to assimilate into your being, and live out, before you can give it away.

Many may have commented on the apparent contradiction of the Peace Prize being funded by the foundation of the inventor of dynamite, but Mother Teresa graciously accepted the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, saying, "I am grateful to receive it in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, and all those who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for, and those who have become a burden to society and are shunned by everyone."

The Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded "for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitutes a threat to peace" was not the only honour she received. In 1962, she received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding, and in 1971, Pope Paul VI awarded her the first Pope John XXIII Peace Prize. The Albert Schweitzer International Prize was awarded to her in 1975, and the year after, she received the Pacem in Terris Award, and was appointed an Honorary Companion of the Order of Australia in 1982.

Both the UK and US bestowed honours on her, and Albania, her homeland, awarded her its Golden Honour of the Nation in 1994. The US granted her honorary citizenship in 1996. It is no wonder then that she was considered the most admired person of the 20th century; described by former UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar as "The United Nations; the Peace in the World."

Path to Sainthood

Long before the Church officially beatified her in 2003, Mother Teresa was declared a Living Saint, and actually made the cover of Time Magazine in 1975. While she lived, her work was known far and wide, and after her death, many miracles started being attributed to her. But the path to Sainthood – even for those whom the earthly media choose to declare saintly in life – is never smooth.

The Church never takes reports of such happenings lightly; thorough investigations are conducted before any person can be declared a saint. Under normal circumstances, five years must pass after a person dies, before the proceedings to declare him or her a saint, can begin. In Mother Teresa's case, however, Pope John Paul II allowed proceedings to begin in 1999, just two years after her death.

According to the Church's rules, one miracle is required to reach the beatification stage. In Mother Teresa's case, this miracle was the healing of a woman, Monica Besra, from tubercular meningitis, after she prayed to Mother Teresa. Hundreds of other miracles have also been reported, but a second one must be approved before Blessed Teresa of Calcutta can be officially declared Saint Teresa of Calcutta, and of the Catholic Church.

Her work continues: The Missionaries of Charity

On 7th October 1950, Mother Teresa received permission from the Vatican to start the Missionaries of Charity. She declared that its mission was to care for "the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, and all those who feel unwanted, unloved, who are uncared for by society, and those that have become a burden and are shunned by everyone."

The Missionaries began with just 13 people in Calcutta but many were quickly attracted to its noble cause. In 1952, its first Home for the Dying was opened in Calcutta, converted from an abandoned Hindu temple. It was called Kalighat, the Home of the Pure Heart, or Nirmal Hriday. Those brought to the home could die with dignity, according to the rituals of their respective faiths. The Muslims were read the Quran, the Hindus received water from the Ganges, and Christians received Last Rites. Kalighat was soon followed by Shanti Nagar, or City of Peace, for those suffering from leprosy. Nirmala Shishu Bhavan, the Children's Home of the Immaculate Heart, was established in 1955, for orphans and homeless youth.

By the 1960s, the Missionaries had established hospices, orphanages and leper houses nationwide; then went international, opening in Venezuela with five Sisters. Rome, Tanzania and Austria followed, and in the 1970s, the Order spread to Asia, Africa, Europe and the US. The Missionary of Charity Brothers began in 1963, and in 1991, Mother Teresa returned for the first time to her homeland, Albania, and opened a Missionaries of Charity Brothers home in Tirana. She expanded her efforts to Eastern Europe in the 1980s, to former Communist satellite states, and by 1996, was operating in more than 100 countries, and by 2007, the Order was operating 600 missions, schools and shelters in 120 countries globally.

Honouring her Life

India, her adopted country, has chosen to honour her in significant ways, through institutions that have become iconic within the Indian context. Indian Railways, which granted her lifetime travel, will put on a special "Mother Express" to commemorate her 100th Birthday. The Indian Government, recognizing the great service done to the country and people, will issue a special Commemorative Coin in her honour. To celebrate her life, achievements and love for humanity, SIGNIS Bengal (India) has established the Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF), now in its third year, that invites participation from all those who have made films on her life and work.

Quotes to live by

Never ostentatious or verbose, she sometimes confounded interviewers and journalists by answering their convoluted questions in the simplest of ways. Her advice was always sound, practical, and above all, do-able, as her quotes illustrate:
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Peace begins with a smile.

The paradox is that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.

She also exhibited a sometimes puckish sense of humour. "The other day I dreamed that I was at the gates of heaven," she is reputed to have told Prince Michael of Greece in 1996. "And St Peter said, 'Go back to Earth. There are no slums up here.'"

In conjunction with Mother Teresa's 100th Birthday, SIGNIS Malaysia will be sending out selected quotes via SMS and e-mail, to spread the word of Peace If you would like to receive daily reminders of kindness, caring and universal love, please email


a poem by Lucia Lai dedicated to Mother Teresa
GOD'S WAY (to the tune of Frank SInatra's 'My Way&#8217

And now her end is here, she had gone to meet God
My friend, let me tell you
She was the one, a most unique person
She lived her life that was full, a life full of love and compassion
And more, much more than that, her life is of God's way
Yes all the time, she had shown us
We must empty ourselves to serve the poor
And through it all, to see Christ in the poor
Gave them hope and dignity
With true compassion and selfless love, which is God's way
She walked the streets, in and out of the slums
Searching for all those unwanted, wretched people
She find them very precious
To think they are God's gift, so she said "Made them feel loved "
Oh yes, oh yes, that should be the way, God's way
For who are us, if we don't give up something
That was what she would ask each and everyone of us
And those were not words of herself
But what that God is asking us too, doing it His way
Regrets she had none, as she knew this call came from God
She did what she had to do, reaching out to the untouchables
In this, she shows us, a way of expressing our love for God
And more than ever, she always did it God' way
(note: this poem was sent to the star a week after mother teresa's death. it was published.)

Dr U Ko Ko Tin and Dr U Kyaw Myint

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 06:17 AM PDT

Dr U Ko Ko Tin, last row 2nd. from left is the cousin of my wife and Dr Nay Aung Kyaw.

Dr U Kyaw Myint, middle row right end is Dr Nay Aung Kyaw's relative. Now he retired from UKM (Prof.. Head of Dpt.) and is in UPM as a Prof.. My youngest son is now in his class. Dr U Ko Ko Tin and Dr U Kyaw Myint are cousins cum best friends.

Dr Daw San San Thwin, mid row 4th. from left was working as an AL in IMM Anatomy Dpt when I was working as a Demonstrator there. Later she came to work in UM and joined the Royal Perak Medical College. My daughter was her student and Dr Daw San San Thwin was kind and helped her.

Prof. Dr Daw Tin Tin Aye 2nd. row 2nd. from right is now the Head of Physiology Dpt. in Mdy. Med University. She was my classmate. We were in the same sub group and used to go to all the school (U) trips together.

Pics. taken from the FB of Dr Nyi Win's Photos – Other IM-1 Rangoon graduates

Jammin' With My Boys *updated*

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 05:52 AM PDT

This evening, I was supposed to write my sopo post but after an early dinner with my two boys, I had a jamming session with them. It has been months since I played the piano so I touched the keys gingerly, especially knowing that I play by ear whereas both my boys have had the privilege of learning the piano, violin and organ formally.

Anyway, I recorded a few songs on my faithful cybershot phone. We played spontaneously with no rehearsals. After that, I had trouble converting the amr files to mpeg format but anyway, I managed to do it accidentally so here are two of the recordings.

Here's Autumn Leaves...

I took two hours to do this movie clip because I did not know what to do haha but in the end, through perseverance, trial and error and many attempts, I finally did it. Phew!

Here's our very amateur version of Moon River recorded spontaneously with my two boys on the violin and yours truly on the piano...

My older boy is going back tomorrow so it will be sopo blogging as usual. Thanks for your patience with me. He only comes back three times a year and time with him is indeed precious. time flies. It seems like only yesterday when he was still in school and I just can't believe that he will be graduating soon. Take care, dear reader - treasure the moments with your family - precious and unforgettable times indeed! God bless you and yours always!

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Buku 110 Mutiara Kata Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat Sepanjang 2010

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 07:35 PM PDT

16 Ramadhan 1431 H - Pelancaran buku "110 Mutiara Kata Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat Sepanjang 2010" telah berjaya disempurnakan oleh Dr.Mohd Fadzli Dato' Hassan, ahli EXCO Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan pada pagi Jumaat 20hb. Ogos, 2010 lalu di Kota Bahru.

Menurut saudara Ahmad Fadhli bin Shaari, Setiausaha Akhbar Menteri Besar Kelantan, sebanyak lebih 600 naskhah buku terjual pada hari pelancaran. Buku ini diterbitkan oleh Dewan Pemuda PAS negeri Kelantan (DPPNK)

Ketua Penerangan DPPNK, Ustaz Ahmad Fadhli Shaari dipetik Harakahdaily sebagai berkata, "Buku itu juga membentangkan isu terkini (pandangan terkini) Tok Guru mengenai dakwah Islamiah khususnya terhadap non-muslim, dan dalam masa yang sama 'mempersiapkan' Pakatan Rakyat untuk menduduki Putrajaya".

Buku ini mempunyai 126 halaman dengan cetakan edisi pertama sebanyak 4,000 unit. Bagi yang berminat untuk mendapatkan buku ini, boleh memasukkan bayaran sebanyak RM10 ke akaun Bank Islam (BIMB) 03036020043360 atas nama Ahmad Fadhli bin Shaari.

Belanja pos RM3 (Semenanjung Malaysia) dan RM5 (Sabah & Sarawak) dikenakan. Selepas bank-in sila email ke atau sms ke nombor +6019 907 0868.

Warga FELDA Bangkit

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 03:42 AM PDT

Saya terkejut bila menyelak akhbar. Sebenarnya tuntutan peneroka FELDA ini sudah sekian lama. Bila mahkamah memutuskannya hari ini, ia seolah-olah satu kemenangan bagi warga yang tertindas. Rezeki ramadhan juga barangkali. Untuk mereka yang menang, ucapkanlah syukur kepada Allah Pemberi Rezeki kepada makhlukNya.

Sebagai anak peneroka generasi kedua FELDA, sedikit sebanyak saya mempunyai pengalaman hidup sebagai anak peneroka tanah rancangan. Saya tidak ingin menulis kenangan-kenangan yang ditempuh sepanjang berada di sana. Cuma ingin memfokuskan isu terbaru hal saman-menyaman dan warga FELDA ditindas dan ditipu seperti yang dilapor dalam akhbar.

Ringkasnya cara menipu peneroka ialah,

- memberi gred yang rendah terhadap hasil tuaian buah kelapa sawit
- memaksa peneroka membeli benih dan baja dari FELDA
- memaksa peneroka menjual hasil tuaian kepada FELDA

Akhirnya peneroka kekal dengan pendapatan yang rendah, walaupun harga sawit melambung tinggi di pasaran. Rata-rata warga FELDA (peneroka) tidak mengetahui apa yang berlaku di peringkat atasan, walaupun keringat mereka ditagih siang dan malam. Ramai juga yang masih hidup dalam kedaifan, buta huruf, tidak berpelajaran dan macam-macam masalah sosial yang lain.

Satu hal lain yang dikesalkan ialah ketelusan membantu peneroka. Saya mempunyai pengalaman yang tidak pernah diceritakan kepada sesiapa termasuk adik beradik saya yang lain kecuali diri saya sendiri, ibu dan ayah.

Ceritanya begini, suatu waktu dahulu, sebahagian tanah ladang kelapa sawit milik kami diambil oleh syarikat bekalan air untuk membina tangki air untuk disalurkan kepada seluruh penduduk di FELDA kami. Masalah timbul apabila soal pampasan dilengahkan sejak sekian lama. Saya sendiri tidak dapat memantau apa yang berlaku disebabkan jarang berada di kampung, kecuali waktu-waktu cuti panjang dan melalui telefon.

Bila terfikir hal tersebut, saya bertanyakan keluarga tentang perkara itu. Menurut mereka, ia sudah lama dibawa ke peringkat atasan, namun tiada tindakan susulan dan seolah-olah tiada apa yang berlaku, sedangkan hasil tuaian kelapa sawit semakin berkurangan akibat pengambilan tanah tersebut. Dengan tidak membuang masa, saya dan ayah terus ke pejabat FELDA berjumpa dengan pengurus (yang telah meninggal dunia) dan berbincang. Mereka mengakui kesilapan mereka lambat memproses urusan tersebut, dan bersikap acuh tak acuh melayan kami. Mereka silap! Saya juga ada tahap kesabaran yang sudah lama terpendam.
Sekali jerkah, akhirnya kami mendapat kepastian.

Selepas beberapa minggu peristiwa tersebut, saya mendapat khabar berita bahawa pampasan tersebut telah diluluskan dan diproses. Tidak lama selepas peristiwa tersebut, ibu dan ayah mendapat berita gembira.

Rupanya kerja pihak pengurusan di atas perlu disusuli dengan 'jerkah' barulah ia bergerak.

Tidak dinafikan, banyak jasa FELDA kepada warga peneroka. Namun hak sebagai rakyat dan pembanting tulang siang dan malam mengkayakan FELDA, janganlah diabaikan.

Kepada penduduk FELDA Kemahang, Kelantan, tahniah diucapkan! Kemenangan anda di bulan ramadhan yang mulia.

Malaysia’s international image hurt by police inaction and unscrupulous bus companies

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 02:45 AM PDT

Testimoni Ustaz Hasrizal Abdul Jamil Tentang Kualiti Komik-M

Posted: 26 Aug 2010 03:03 AM PDT


Posted: 25 Aug 2010 08:03 PM PDT

Sudah agak lama teman tidak menuding kedalam diri teman. Terkadang – kadang tazkirah demi tazkirah sepanjang Ramadan mengingatkan diri terlalu kerdil dalam perjuangan Islam ini berbanding pejuang – pejuang yang lalu.

Ramai diantara kita hari ini mengaku pejuang Islam, malah ada yang bangga dan mengaku setelah sekian lama berjuang diladang yang suburnya ini iaitu Islam.

Jangan dinafikan bahawa tundingan kepada umNO dan pembawa panji – panji sekular adalah benar sepertimana benar janji – janji Allah kepada talkin yang dibacakan bahawa kematian itu benar, soalan kubur itu benar dan syurga dan neraka itu dan sebenar – benarnya.

Memang tidak dinafikan juga bahawa ada 6 perkara diharuskan mengumpat dalam Islam. Mengumpat kepada umNO diantaranya yang boleh kerana mereka ada ciri – ciri boleh diumpat .Cuma kerana terlalu banyak buka kitab toharah sahaja umNO tidak kejumpa sehingga kini. Wanita yang mengaji kitab pun juga tergolong dikalangan ` expired ` kerana sudah bergelar nenek atau erti lain tanpa minyak pelincir lagi. Kita lupakan umNO buat sementara waktu.

Kini apa salahnya pula teman menuding diri kita masing – masing samada bergelar pengikut apatah lagi pemimpin menyelami kerja buat kita, walaupun nak gah di mata dan persada dakwah dan politik, tetapi mungkin belum boleh digelar pejuang Islam sejati.

Topik yang kita renungi bersama kali ini ialah mengenai kekentalan daya juang As Syahid Dr. Abdullah Azzam dan ikutilah wasiatnya kepada pejuang – pejuang Islam.

Sesungguhnya kecintaan kepada jihad telah menguasai kehidupanku, diriku, perasaanku, hatiku dan seluruh deritaku. Mereka yang memasang cita2 yang tinggi (untuk melihat kemenangan Islam ) tanpa membuat apa2 persediaan adalah merupakan mereka yang berjiwa kecil dan tidak mahu serta tidak mungkin sampai ke kemuncak perjuangan dan tidak akan berjaya menuju ke matlamat sebenarnya...
Aku tidak nampak apa2 perbezaan diantara mereka yang meninggalkan jihad dengan mereka yang meninggalkan solat,puasa dan zakat…. 

Wahai kaum muslimin….

Kehidupan kalian adalah jihad ,Kemuliaan kalian juga berasal dari jihad Dan kewujudan kalian di atas muka bumi ini juga, terikat dengan ikatan yang berpanjangan dengan jihad….Sesungguhnya mereka yang menyangka bahawa agama Allah akan tertegak tanpa jihad,tanpa peperangan ,tanpa darah dan air mata….maka mereka yang ragu2 itu sebenarnya tidak memahami tabiat agama ini….Kejarlah "Kematian" kerana ia akan memberikan kehidupan yang hakiki.. Hindarkanlah diri dari merasa hebat dengan jumlah kitab yang dibaca….Jangalah merasa megah dan mencukupi dengan solat2 sunat yang telah kalian biasakan itu….

Wahai para ulama….

Majulah kalian untuk memimpin generasi ini yang dahagakan untuk kembali kepada tuhannya….Jangan kalian terbelenggu atau cenderung kepada dunia….Jauhi janji manis pemberian dan sogokan serta hidangan pemerintah, kerana sesungguhnya ia menggelapkan hati dan mematikan fikiran serta menjadi benteng hubungan kalian dengan masyarakat…. 

Wahai muslimat …

Jauhi kemewahan kerana ia adalah musuh kepada jihad… Ia juga pembinasa diri manusia….Oleh itu janganlah menunjukkan sesuatu yang berlebihan….cukuplah seqadar keperluan sahaja….

Didik dan latihlah anak2 kalian dengan kegagahan dan kejantanan serta kepahlawanan dan jihad….Jadikan rumah2 kalian sebagai kandang2 singa dan bukan reban ayam yang menunggu gemuk untuk disembelih oleh toghut.Tanamkan ke dalam jiwa anak2 kecintaan kepada jihad ,keinginan kepada medan perang dan lapangan yang penuh dengan keributan jihad…. 

Wahai anak-anak….

Biasakanlah diri kalian dengan "nyanyian" dan alunan letupan peluru dan dentuman senjata2 berat serta gegak gempita jet2 pejuangan serta kereta2 kebal….Jauhilah nyanyian2 yang lembut dan muzik2 yang mengasyikkan serta hamparan permaidani merah….

Wahai isteriku….

Lazimilah sifat zuhud ,nescaya engkau akan dikasihi Allah dan berzuhudlah terhadap apa yang ada pada manusia (jangan meminta-minta) nescaya engkau akan dikasihi mereka….

Ketahuilah bahawa Al-Quran adalah bekalan yang paling berharga sertqa panduan sepanjang hayat….Seterusnya Qiamullail dan puasa serta beristighfar dan bertaubat dinihari akan mendatangkan kejernihan pada hati dan kemanisan serta hubungan yang baik dalam beribadah….

Akhir sekali,aku sangat2 berharap agar Allah Taala akan menemukan kita disyurga firdaus seperti mana dia menemukan kita di dunia ini….ada pun kalian anak2Ku….Sesungguhnya kalian tidak pernah bermesra denganku melainkan hanya sebentar cuma .terlalu sedikit tarbiah yang sempat ku berikan kepada kalian .Ya, aku terlalu sibuk dengan urusan jihad daripada tinggal bersama kalian…. 

Demi Allah….aku tidak sanggup berkurung di dalam sangkar bersama kalian seperti ayam bersama2 anak2nya .Aku tidak mampu hidup dengan menyejukkan diri sedangkan kepanasan api dugaan dan ujian membakar hati2 umat Islam….Aku tidak rela tinggal bersama kalian sepanjang masa sedangkan realiti umat Islam kini telah mengoyak rabak jiwa setiap mereka yang mempunyai hati dan akal yang waras….

Benar2 tidak bermaruah jika aku tinggal dalam limpahan kenikmatan….diangkat satu hidangan dan dituruti pula dengan satu hidangan yang lain ,sedangkan umat Islam menderita saban hari .Dengan ini juga aku berwasiat kepada kalian supaya berpengang teguh dengan aqidah salafus salih (Sunnah Wal Jamaah) dan janganlah kalian menuruti hawa nafsu…. 

Aku juga berpesan kepada kalian supaya membaca Al-quran ,menjaga lidah ,qiamullail ,berpuasa sunat ,berkawan baik dan….sama2 berkerja dan mendokong gerakan Islam ….Janganlah kalian meminta izin dari sesiapa untuk keluar berjihad pada jalan Allah….Lontaran dan tembakan kalian adalah terlabih baik dan aku sukai….

***….Sesungguhnya As Syahid Abdullah Azzam telah bersikap benar dan telah menunaikan janji2 kepada Allah untuk berjuang membela agama dan meletakkan kalimah Allah di tempat yang paling tinggi .As Syahid telah berdagang sekian lama dan akhirnya….pada 24 November 1989 dagangannya telah dibeli oleh Allah….***


Google Pasti Kena Isu Anjing Buka Puasa

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 09:19 PM PDT

Sori aaa... gua terlepas pandang nak tulis artikel pasai benda nih.... hahaha.. Ntah camana la... biler korang taip kat Google guna tag nih "najib buka puasa" ... Google Search akan rekemenkan "anjing buka puasa" ....

Google pasti kena lepas nih... gua percaya.. kalu benda nih dapat kat Ibrahim Ali al-Kataki... sure dier akan suruh semua jentera PERKOSA PERKASA untuk jerit macam nak giler pasai benda nih kat pejabat Google... errr.. Google ader pejabat ker kat Malaysia nih..

Sure lepas nih ader yang kata Google dah berpakat dengan Pakatan Rakyat untuk menghina Perdana Menteri Malaysia... dan mesti ader yang kata Anwar Ibrahim dah bayar Google untuk benda nih,...

Hahaha... aper-aper pon... macam mana algorithm search engine tue akan suggest "anjing buka puasa" sama makna dengan "Najib buka puasa" .... adakah perkataan Najib tue bermaksud anjing?

Huh.. kena cek kamus Latin nih... aper cer....

Bagi yang belum pi jengok Google Search Engine tue.. baik pergi cepat... nanti dah dipadam atau ilang nanti lu jugak yang susah merana... hahahaha

p/s ... apa-apa pon tak baik untuk kita menghina binatang anjing tue... kalu nak hina gak.. cukup la hina Najib seorang jer... hahaha

Jamil Khir Senang-senang Tuduh Orang Berdosa

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 11:01 PM PDT

Jamil Khir anggap Nurul Izzah berdosa burukkan negara

Mereka yang memburukkan negara sendiri dengan niat menimbulkan kekacauan disanggap berdosa, kata Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

"Kita kena sayangkan dan cintakan negara kita dan perlu bersedia dalam mempertahankan negara kerana ia merupakan satu jihad dan sudah pasti ganjarannya untuk orang yang berjihad ini juga besar.

"Maka, kalau besar ganjarannya, besarlah juga kesalahannya apabila seseorang itu memburukkan negaranya sendiri, maruah negara, di tempat orang dengan harapan negara akan jadi huru hara," katanya kepada pemberita pada majlis penyampaian sumbangan Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (MAIWP) kepada pesakit di hospital-hospital di Wilayah Persekutuan hari ini.

Beliau diminta mengulas laporan bahawa Anggota Parlimen Lembah Pantai daripada Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Nurul Izzah Anwar, yang didakwa mengeluarkan kenyataan yang menjejaskan imej dan maruah negara dalam satu temubual dengan sebuah akhbar Indonesia baru-baru ini.

Dalam temubual itu Nurul Izzah didakwa telah menyebarkan maklumat tidak tepat mengenai dasar baru ekonomi serta memperkecilkan keupayaan kapal selam negara ini.

Terdahulu, Jamil Khir menyampaikan sumbangan Aidilfitri daripada MAIWP berjumlah RM1.4 juta kepada Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya dan Hospital Putrajaya, dan sumbangan RM20,000 kepada Hospital Nukleus di Labuan.

Katanya sumbangan itu selain bagi membantu pihak hospital membeli peralatan perubatan juga diagihkan kepada tabung kebajikan perubatan hospital bagi membantu pesakit yang kurang berkemampuan menyambut Aidilfitri. Tahun ini MAIWP membelanjakan RM1.32 juta mbagi membantu 519 orang daripada golongan asnaf yang menghidapi penyakit kronik. — Bernama

Ulasan GB

Mereka yang berpengetahuan agama kemudian mempertahankan kerajaan yang zalim lebih besar dosanya.

Sewaktu kerajaan pada awalnya meluluskan judi, Jamil Khir membisu seribu bahasa - dek kerana jawatan dan pangkat beliau lansung tidak bersuara untuk menentang apa yang telah dilakukan oleh Najib.

Bagi kita, apa yang dilakukan oleh YB Nurul Izzah iaitu mendedahkan kepincangan negara sendiri di luarnegara adalah wajar apabila ruang untuk melakukannya di dalam negara disekat sedemikian rupa sehingga ISA dijadikan senjata pihak berkuasa untuk menahan sesiapa saja tanpa bicara terhadap mereka yang tidak sehaluan dengan mereka.

Apa yang dilakukan oleh Nurul Izzah adalah besar pahalanya apabila ia disertai dengan niat untuk menumbangkan kerajaan UMNO BN yang zalim dari persada pemerintahan negara dan juga untuk menghumbankan keluar menteri-menteri yang menjadikan diri mereka kuda dan lembu tunggangan PM selama ini seperti Jamil Khir ini.

Final victory: Settlers get RM11 mil from Felda

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 09:03 PM PDT

Tanzil : Quran Navigator

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 07:33 PM PDT

Tanzil : Quran Navigator.

Alhamdulillah, saya terjumpa ini di facebook. Font nya boleh diperbesarkan dan saya tak perlu memakai cerminmata (my reading glasses, sebab dah tua).

Semoga kalian mendapat menafaat darinya.

perasaan perasan saya

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 10:54 PM PDT

Ketua Polis Kuala Terengganu digantung kerja?
Mat Zain Mat Isa
Thu | Oct 04, 07 | 12:39:17 pm MYT

Bayangkan sebuah akhbar harian arus perdana negara menyiarkan berita dengan tajuk, "Guna kekerasan surai protes di Batu Burok - Ketua Polis Kuala Terengganu digantung kerja". Isi laporannya pula dibaca kira-kira begini:

"KUALA TERENGGANU - Ketua Polis Daerah Kuala Terengganu dan dua pegawai lain digantung tugas atas arahan Ketua Hakim Negara, Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim hari ini berikutan kekerasan yang digunakan untuk menyuraikan protes rakyat di Batu Burok bulan lalu.

"Jurucakap Kementerian Keselamatan Dalam Negeri, Fulan bin Fulan berkata, Ketua Polis Kuala Terengganu; Timbalan Yang Dipertua Majlis Perbandaran Kuala Terengganu dan seorang lagi pegawai kanan polis digantung tugas atas arahan Mahkamah Agung berkenaan.

"Ahmad Fairuz sebelum itu mengarahkan pihak berkuasa menangkap ketua polis itu selepas polis menggunakan kekerasan untuk menyuraikan protes rakyat yang membantah pembatalan perhimpunan di Batu Burok bulan lalu.

"Berpuluh-puluh orang cedera apabila polis menggunakan belantan dan gas pemedih mata ke atas sekumpulan orang awam semasa protes dan bantahan pada 8 September lalu. Dua daripada orang awam malah parah ditembak anggota polis."

Apa perasaan anda sekiranya laporan akhbar tadi benar-benar wujud? Jangan mimpi! Apa pun perasaan anda, yang pasti berita itu tidak logik langsung. Demi Allah, hakikat sebegitu tidak akan menjadi realiti di negara kita.

Apa yang dicoretkan di aas tadi hanyalah imaginasi penulis yang diubahsuai daripada laporan sebuah akhbar dua hari lalu. Anda boleh menatap berita sebenarnya di Utusan Malaysia, 2 Oktober di ruangan Luar Negara. Ia sebenarnya melaporkan isu keganasan polis dan pihak berkuasa di Pakistan. Sebagai perbandingan anda, berikut adalah sedutan sebenar laporan dimaksudkan itu:

Tajuknya, "Guna kekerasan surai protes anti-Pervez - Ketua polis digantung kerja".

"ISLAMABAD 1 Okt – Ketua Polis Islamabad dan dua pegawai lain digantung tugas atas arahan Ketua Hakim Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry hari ini berikutan kekerasan yang digunakan untuk menyuraikan protes anti-Presiden Pervez Musharraf kelmarin.

"Jurucakap Kementerian Dalam Negeri, Brigadier Javed Cheema berkata, Ketua Polis Islamabad, Marwat Shah; Timbalan Ketua Pentadbiran Islamabad dan seorang lagi pegawai kanan polis digantung tugas atas arahan Mahkamah Agung berkenaan. "Iftikhar sebelum itu mengarahkan pihak berkuasa menangkap Marwat selepas polis menggunakan kekerasan untuk menyuraikan protes menentang Presiden Pervez kelmarin.

"Berpuluh-puluh orang cedera apabila polis menggunakan belantan dan gas pemedih mata ke atas sekumpulan peguam dan wartawan semasa protes membantah rancangan Pervez untuk bertanding semula pada pemilihan Presiden di Parlimen pada Sabtu ini.

"Ketua Polis Islamabad, Marwat Shah hendaklah digantung tugas dan ditangkap kerana dia bertanggungjawab terhadap segala yang berlaku kelmarin," kata Iftikhar kepada Setiausaha Dalam Negeri, Kamal Shah."

Itulah berita yang sebenar. Apa yang berlaku di Pakistan itu bagaimana pun memang banyak bersamaan dengan kes Batu Burok tempohari, sebagaimana dibuktikan menerusi imaginasi berita di atas tadi.

Bahkan, apa yang berlaku di Pakistan sepatutnya lebih tidak munasabah. Kerana yang diprotes rakyat di sana ialah Presiden mereka sendiri. Kalau di negara kita, sudah tentu tidak akan ada pihak yang berani menyalahkan pihak polis jika bertindak ke atas kumpulan yang memprotes ketua negara.

Dalam hal ini, rakyat Pakistan nampaknya lebih beruntung kerana kuasa ketua hakim negaranya mengatasi kuasa parti pemerintah dan juga pasukan polis. Bayangkan, jika negara kita juga mempunyai penjawat seperti Iftikhar beserta kuasa yang ada padanya itu.

Sudah tentu pihak polis tidak akan sewenang-wenang melepaskan gas pemedih mata atau menghayun cotar sehingga mencederakan orang awam, sebagaimana yang mereka lakukan di Batu Burok tempohari.

Bahkan, dalam sejarah perjuangan parti-parti pembangkang negara ini, khususnya PAS, insiden melibatkan bedilan gas pemedih mata oleh pasukan polis ke arah orang awam di perhimpunan parti itu bukan pengalaman baru. Batu Burok adalah insiden yang entah ke berapa.

Sebelum itu sudah ada insiden Bukit Keluang, Seberang Takir, Sura, Batu Rakit, Batu Enam dan Mak Chili (semuanya di Terengganu juga) dalam dua dekad kebelakangan ini. Insiden-insiden serupa juga pernah berlaku ke atas para penyokong PAS di Kedah, Kelantan (sebelum pemerintahan PAS), Perak dan Selangor dan lain-lain negeri.

Konflik yang berlaku di Myanmar juga satu lagi episod yang menarik perhatian media dunia. Di antara perkara utama yang sering diutarakan media, termasuk media negara kita, ialah mengenai tindakan pihak berkuasa negara itu menggunakan kekerasan bagi menyuraikan bantahan dan protes rakyatnya.

Pelbagai pihak menyuarakan pandangan dan ulasan yang sebahagian besarnya menganggap pendirian dan tindakan junta pemerintah negara itu sebagai tidak berperikemanusian dan melanggar hak asasi.

Harian Metro, 1 Oktober lalu mengulas mengenai konflik di Myanmar. Penulisnya, Al-Abror Mohd Yusuf, memilih "peluru bukan jawapan" untuk tajuk rencana itu. Berikut dipetik beberapa bahagian rencana tersebut:

"Daripada sebuah negara yang meletakkan sami dan Buddha di tempat amat terhormat, pemimpin tentera dan polis tergamak mengarahkan anggota mereka melepaskan tembakan kepada kelompok itu tanpa belas kasihan.

"Dalam suasana genting dan wajib mempertahankan kuasa, junta tentera ternyata tenggelam punca untuk mencari penyelesaian, lalu memilih peluru dan kekerasan untuk menjawab desakan rakyat.

"Ketika golongan sami diketahui tidak memiliki sebarang senjata dan hanya menggunakan suara untuk menyatakan pandangan, pemerintah nampaknya hanya terbuka untuk berkomunikasi dengan peluru.

"Entah jelmaan seumpama apakah barangkali diigaukan junta tentera ketika berhadapan dengan rakyatnya sendiri sehingga tergamak melepaskan tembakan. Walaupun lumrah seseorang anggota keselamatan dihormati kerana kesetiaan dan sikap keperwiraan menjaga negara dengan nyawa mereka sendiri, melepaskan tembakan ke arah orang awam yang tidak bersenjata dan mengancam mereka adalah sifat amat bacul.

"Ia kira-kira sama seperti seorang pendekar amat hebat melepaskan pukulan maut kepada seorang budak yang secara bergurau membaling pasir ke mukanya. Malah, barangkali istilah 'bacul' itu sendiri tidak memadai untuk menggambarkan sikap keras anggota keselamatan memilih peluru ketika mengawal kemarahan rakyat."

Menarik, bukan? Susunatur ayat dalam ulasan tersebut juga bersesuaian untuk dipadankan dengan insiden di Batu Burok, 8 September lalu. Dalam ertikata lain, bagaimana pemahaman anda jika beberapa perkataan dalam rencana itu ditukar, misalnya, junta tentera itu disebut sebagai kerajaan Barisan Nasional, golongan sami itu dinamakan ulama dan ustaz, dan Yangoon, Myanmar itu ditukar menjadi Batu Burok, Terengganu? Serupa, bukan?

Laporan dan ulasan mengenai konflik di kedua-dua negara asing tadi menjurus kepada satu kesimpulan, iaitu seluruh dunia mengutuk sebarang penggunaan kaedah kekerasan untuk menyuraikan protes atau bantahan rakyat.

Apatah lagi jika tindakan keras itu bukan setakat hayunan belantan dan bedilan gas pemedih mata, malah turut disertai tembakan peluru yang merisikokan nyawa orang awam.

Dalam kes Batu Burok, insiden tembakan peluru hidup inilah yang cuba sedaya mungkin ditutup oleh BN. Sebab itu mereka memanipulasi sehabis daya segenap ruang media untuk memperbesarkan isu bakar bendera. Hasrat mereka dengan memperbesarkan isu tersebut, isu tembakan peluru hidup oleh polis itu akan tenggelam.

Rakyat tidak sepatutnya mudah terseret dengan mainan media BN itu sehingga melupakan isu paling penting dari insiden Batu Burok, iaitu tembakan peluru hidup.

Bayangkan bagaimana rupa para pemimpin BN kalau ada pihak dalam negara kita yang ada kuasa seumpama Ketua Hakim Pakistan tadi _


Nabokov On Style and Structure

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 09:22 PM PDT

"Style and structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash."

Ideas are just ideas at the hand of a mediocre writer. It is like watching Casablanca without Ingrid Bergman.

Fighting the good fight for Lembah Pantai

Posted: 25 Aug 2010 09:20 PM PDT

By Stephanie Sta Maria THU, 26 AUG 2010 10:44

SPECIAL REPORT ON KL The Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur has long been a political trophy for the government and the opposition and the competition took a fierce turn after 2008.

Prior to that fateful year, the Barisan Nasional (BN) enjoyed dominion over the city with seven representatives in the 11 constituencies. The tsunami washed out six of them thus putting the trophy in the hands of Pakatan Rakyat.

Now BN understandably wants it back and has begun its conquest with the key constituency of Lembah Pantai. But MP Nurul Izzah Anwar isn't going down without a fight.

Right now though, her days are occupied by regular scuffles with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), which she claimed is an immovable block in her path towards serving her constituents.

"Most of the issues plaguing Lembah Pantai, like enforcement, public housing and services, fall under DBKL's purview," she said. "Which means that all the opposition MPs in KL are at the mercy of DBKL's officers, legislations and structure. And our role is made even more complex by the on-going dynamics between elected and appointed representatives."

One particular DBKL practice that has Nurul gritting her teeth in frustration is its lack of transparency in issuing housing to the people of Kampung Kerinchi. Her requests that DBKL publicly display a list of recipients has gone unheeded.

"The list is crucial so people know that no invisible hand is involved in the distribution of housing," she emphasised. "But DBKL is still continuing to operate based on its whim and fancy. There is no way of tracking the basic requirements to qualify for housing, and when there is no rule of thumb or consistency, the whole process is then open to abuse."

Concerned over Bangsar

DBKL's inconsistency has also grated on her nerves where Bangsar is concerned. As the vibrant hub of Lembah Pantai, Bangsar has attracted droves of developers, businesses and regular city slickers. Residential and commercial property often vie for space and priority.

DBKL's move to change certain zoning areas to include commercial premises became a bone of contention among residents who viewed it as encroachment on their living environment. In most cases, DBKL axed the business concerned to placate the residents but Nurul once again spied double standards at play.

"The five-year lease for One Bangsar, a string of commercial property facing a stretch of residences, expired last December," she pointed out. "Yet it remained open. In March, the KL Mayor (Ahmad Fuad Ismail) assured unhappy residents that Bangsar One would be closed down within six months. Now I heard that it plans to use legal assistance to fight to continue operations."

"And yet a nearby shelter for orphans in Jalan Bukit Pantai was given a month to close down for the same reason. How can DBKL favour certain places this way? You will never see such leniency in Pantai Dalam or Sri Sentosa. DBKL has to be consistent and answerable, otherwise it is just contributing to the problems in Lembah Pantai."

Nurul then cast her sight on Brickfields which is currently undergoing a face-lift aimed at transforming it from a mere township into a cultural enclave named Little India.

"The Little India project will definitely bring an economic boom to Brickfields, but again it's a very top-down approach," she observed. "There is existing artistic value displayed by the businesses and community itself, so I don't see a need for Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB) to decide on what represents the Indian culture there."

She also reminded Deputy Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister M Saravanan of his promise to supply her with the project blueprint, which she has yet to receive.

"As an MP there is a sense of futility when the appointed representatives don't take your requests and suggestions seriously," she said in frustration "It drives you to become angry and vocal just to force a response from them."

Ornamental enforcement

Aside from stubborn business owners, Bangsar also faces an alarmingly high crime rate. The police beat in the midst of the thriving entertainment vicinity may very well be invisible, considering the number of brazen criminals who get away scot-free.

Just recently, a press photographer accompanying Nurul on her rounds in the bustling Telawi streets fell prey to a snatch thieve who made off with his camera.

"This is unacceptable," Nurul said. "That police beat is a useless ornament and all it has done is erode the people's faith in the police. Instead of fighting crime, the police are being misused to monitor subversive elements and political events."

"A few weeks ago we were handing out leaflets explaining the subsidy cuts and the entire police contingent, including three FRU trucks, were present at the scene. It's ridiculous and a waste of police resources. And at the end of the day the residents suffer because they have to pay extra for a gated community."

Then there are the illegal car jockeys. They emerge at nightfall to offer a much-needed service to Bangsar's party-goers. Apart from the legal aspect of their job, the patrons' safety is a prime concern.

"Many of these jockeys are known to get aggressive, especially with drunk patrons," she said. "We have repeatedly asked DBKL to take action, but the growing number of illegal jockeys has raised suspicions of a collusion between them and the authorities."

"Bangsar isn't prepared to address the needs of private car users, but it's not too late to set up a system to legalise these jockeys. People need to be able to park and feel a sense of ease and comfort when visiting an upmarket place like Bangsar."

Returning fire and pushing ahead

Nurul, however, reserved her harshest criticism for Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin. She is incensed with the Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister for constantly thwarting her efforts to deliver assistance to her constituents.

According to her, the minister has resorted to using government agencies to prevent her from holding non-political events in a mosque, which she has called a "disservice to our democracy".

Of late, Nong Chik has been picking on both Lembah Pantai and Nurul, which has not gone unnoticed by the other MPs. While they bristled on her behalf, Nurul herself is unexpectedly amused.

"I'm touched because I didn't realise that I pose such a threat," she grinned. "And Nong Chik has helped me tremendously in attracting interest to the redevelopment of Lembah Pantai."

"Where it angers me is when he tries to stop me from doing my work. I draw the line there. When he orders my banners removed and blocks me from running programmes in my constituency. I can't even book halls under my name anymore! It's disappointing to have a minister involved in such practices."

"If he wants to fight, then he should fight on an equal playing field so that it is fair to the people too," she declared. "I wouldn't say I'm not worried but I won't live my life always looking over my shoulder. And I will counter-attack when the time and place is right."

Her mood peaked, however, at the topic of PKR's new Federal Territories chief Zaid Ibrahim, who subsequently handpicked her as his vice-chairperson for KL.

"This is very exciting as KL MPs are often brushed aside because we don't control the state unlike Selangor," she said. "KL is an opposition stronghold and the birthplace of PKR. It's crucial to ensure our success in KL before focusing on other states."

"From Zaid's first speech, it is clear that he understands the importance of this. Since losing Wangsa Maju to an independent, we are down by one MP and there is still much to do. We have our work cut out for us and we have to start now."


Posted: 24 Aug 2010 12:58 PM PDT

Tak banyak yang saya tahu tentang diri saudara Syamsudin semasa di luar (sebelum kami di ISAkan) kerana jarang sangat bertemu kecuali hanya beberapa kali ketika sama-sama menghadiri majlis ilmu di beberapa tempat dan iktikaf di sepuluh malam terakhir Ramadhan yang diadakan di Masjid Bangsar anjuran Pertubuhan Al Ihsan.

Saya lebih mengenali beliau setelah sama-sama ditahan di bawah akta zalim ISA. Kami ditempatkan di PRC (Police Remand Center) yang sama dan diintrogasi selama tempuh yang sama kemudian dihantar ke Kem Kemunting di dalam kenderaan yang sama dan ditempatkan di Blok yang sama, kemudian dipisahkan selepas dua tahun oleh pihak Kemta sebagai salah satu strategi divide and rules, dan pernah juga ditempatkan di Blok confinement bersama untuk lebih dari satu tahun.

Syamsudin merupakan seorang yang pendiam tetapi tegas dalam mengamalkan sunnah dalam setiap pelaksanaan ibadah hatta perkara yang dihukumkan sunat oleh ulama dan selalu diremehkan oleh orang tetapi dia akan berusaha melaksanakannya dengan sungguh-sungguh. Baginya melaksanakan sunnah adalah menjadi keutamaan dan tiada kompromi padanya.

Pernah pihak Kemta menyuruh beliau potong janggutnya yang panjang tetapi beliau enggan kerana memelihara janggut adalah sunnah nabi, lalu pihak Kem menghukum beliau dengan memindahkannya ke Blok confinement. Menyimpan janggut panjang menyalahi peraturan Kemta.

Pihak SB biasanya datang ke Kemta berjumpa OT(orang tahanan) setiap enam bulan sekali dan sering berjanji dengan pembebasan, namun tidak ditepati. Hal ini juga berlaku kepada Syamsudin dan pembohongan ini menyebabkan beliau hilang percaya kepada pihak SB dan enggan untuk memenuhi setiap perjumpaan dengan pihak SB. Di atas keengganan beliau ini sering dijadikan alasan oleh pihak SB dalam menjastifikasikan bahawa beliau belum insaf (mengiakan segala alasan pertuduhan dan tidak membantah pemerintah) seterusnya mengusulkan kepada pihak KDN untuk terus melanjutkan penahanan beliau.

Syamsudin juga mempunyai sifat kebergantungan kepada Allah yang tinggi, tidak mengeluh dalam setiap masalah yang dihadapi sampai-sampai saya pun tidak menyedari kalau pun beliau ada masalah. Beliau pernah dibawa ke KL beberapa kali untuk tujuan yang saya kurang jelas tetapi dimaklumkan bahawa beliau ke KL kerana bertemu keluarga. Keadaan beliau yang sentiasa tenang langsung tidak menampakkan adanya masalah besar sedang dihadapinya. Setelah semuanya selesai baru dia beritahu bahawa beliau ke KL atas urusan di mahkamah syariah bagi memenuhi tuntutan fasakh oleh isterinya. Terkedu saya dibuatnya.

Menurut hukum, seorang isteri memang ada hak untuk menuntut fasakh berdasarkan pada keadaan yang berlaku. Akta ISA adalah tahan tanpa bicara selama dua tahun dan orang yang ditahan boleh dilanjutkan penahanannya sehingga berkali-kali hingga tempuh yang tidak pasti, sementara Syamsudin ketika itu sudah pun ditahan menghampiri enam tahun. Syamsudin cukup mengerti akan hal ini dan memahami pula penderitaan isteri dan anak-anaknya selama ketiadaannya bersama, maka memenuhi tuntutan isterinya adalah sebaik-baik pilihan buatnya ketika itu dan tentunya setelah didahului dengan istikharah. Walaupun nampak tenang ketika menceritakannya namun matanya yang berkaca menggambarkan segalanya lebih-lebih lagi apabila ditanya tentang anak-anaknya.
"Yang aku risaukan kalau nanti anak-anak aku tak kenal aku lagi..." jawabnya pendek seperti tak cukup nafas.
Jawapannya langsung tak memenuhi soalan tapi kerisauan yang dimaksudkan saya fahami betul lantaran lamanya ditahan bersama.

Ramadhan sudah memasuki separuh kedua, sementara Syamsudin ditahan sudah di tahun kesembilan.
"Jangan lupa...! aku masih ada kat dalam ni ya!". Ayat terakhir yang diucapkan kepada saya disaat saya dibawa keluar dari Kemta Ramadhan lepas.
Mungkinkah Syamsudin dapat berhariraya bersama anak-anaknya tahun ini?

Wallahu a'lam
Hasbunallah wa ni'malwakiiil


Posted: 25 Aug 2010 10:07 PM PDT

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