Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bird Park Lake Gardens

Bird Park Lake Gardens


Bird Park Lake Gardens

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 10:04 AM PDT

I remember we spent a lot of money a few years ago to get the Bird Park upgraded. So my expectation was raised when I recently visited the Bird Park, unfortunately on the same day as my post on 'Malaysian tourism and our Orchid Garden'.

Gosh, I was shocked to see that yeeesss there are a lot more birds now. But is that the point? I felt sick when I was there. The overcrowding of birds in an enclosed hot and humid environment in a public place. Have we not heard of bird flu or the avian flu? I felt like I had to go take a shower (with chlorox added) after the visit.

Any professional bird park management would know that sanitization is key. The place must be washed down each day to clean off the bird droppings. There were bird droppings on the footpath. Birds were wandering every where.

Instead of showcasing our local birds, we have too many imported birds. Why do we have so many imported birds of the same kind. Birds I could not relate to. There was even a sickly looking emu with hardly any feathers left. It is sad.

We have beautiful Malaysian birds. I remember there were some nice looking hornbills that used to approach us while we sat at Carls Junior. That is gone. We have stalls that sell coconuts at RM10 each. I had hoped to see more lovely colourful sunbirds that I see in my own garden attracted by the red seeds of the local palms. I had hoped to also see hummingbirds that love the red powderpuff.


Malaysian tourism and our Orchid Garden

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 09:42 AM PDT

I can't quite get a feel of our Malaysian tourism drive. I read a lot about our representation in the Chelsea Flower Show in England this year. Recently I had a visitor from England and we both love gardening and my friend said yes, he saw our Malaysian flower representation in England.

So I thought the obvious place in KL city to take my friend to is our famous Orchid Garden at the Lake Gardens. We drove to the Orchid Garden at Lake Gardens in the hot afternoon sun thinking it would be worth it to brave the hot sun to view the real Malaysian garden. When we got there, I was embarrassed. There was hardly any part of the garden that looked like it had been well attended to. It looked almost barren, forgotten and definitely not a showcase of the Malaysian flowers. It's really sad. I had been to the Orchid Garden some years ago and it has definitely deteriorated since then. We saw some stalls selling orchids and that was about it. Why are we going abroad to get represented in some international flower show when there is nothing sustainable in our national garden. I thought the Orchid Garden is our national garden in KL city centre. Or am I wrong? Or did we pluck everything out of our gardens and had them transported to England for the flower show and there is nothing left here in KL?

If there is nothing worthwhile to appreciate in the Orchid Garden, why don't we put up a notice to say that the garden is closed. It is a waste of time for a visitor on a limited stay to walk around a garden that has nothing worthwhile to see. Please close down the Orchid Garden in the meantime. If the garden has been shifted to somewhere else like the Botanical Gardens in Putrajaya, or Chelsea in England, please at least put up a sign to direct people to go there. Embarrassed does not describe how I felt that day.


BN Menunggu Rebah

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 09:00 AM PDT

Sokongan bukan Melayu paling kritikal pada BN

Penolong Setiausaha Agung PAS, Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan berkata, sokongan orang bukan Melayu kepada Umno Barisan Nasional (BN) sekarang berada pada tahap paling kritikal.

Ini, katanya menyebabkan bekas Menteri Penerangan, Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin (Zam) mengeluarkan kenyataan kononnya PAS adalah parti ekstrem.

Beliau yang juga Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kerajaan Tempatan, Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan negeri menegaskan kenyataan itu dikeluarkan apabila dilihat sokongan rakyat bukan Melayu kini lebih memihak kepada Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

"Statement itu dibuat oleh pihak pemimpin yang tidak lagi berada di dalam kepimpinan Umno seperti Zam itu.

"Tujuan dia memang jelas di mana sekarang ini sokongan orang bukan Melayu kepada Umno BN sudah di peringkat yang paling kritikal. Itu sajalah puncanya," katanya kepada media selepas mempengerusikan satu sidang media khas Majlis Perbandaran Kota Bharu Bandaraya Islam (MPKB-BRI) sempena sambutan Hari Raya Aidil Fitri di sini, pagi tadi.

Zainuddin mendakwa PAS meminta Allahyarham Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj merampas harta-harta orang Cina semasa tragedi 13 Mei 1969, manakala ketika berlaku konfrantasi Malaysia-Indonesia pula, PAS menyebelahi Indonesia supaya 'mengambil' Malaysia.

Ekoran itu laporan polis dibuat Ketua Penerangan PAS Pusat, Ustaz Idris Ahmad di Balai Polis Chow Kit, Lorong Haji Taib (2 September), Naib Ketua Pemuda PAS Perak, Salman Salleh di Balai Polis Sungai Senam (2 September), Ketua Pemuda PAS Perlis, Ustaz Yakub Abu Seman di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Kangar (2 September) dan Naib Ketua Pemuda PAS Johor, Jamid Jamah di Balai Polis Batu Pahat (5 September).

"Sekarang ini sokongan rakyat bukan Melayu lebih memihak kepada Pakatan Rakyat yang mengandungi parti campuran Melayu iaitu PAS dan juga parti campuran Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) dan juga DAP iaitu parti yang didominasi orang-orang Cina.

"Jadi statement-statement seumpama itu, pada pandangan saya ialah statement yang cuba untuk memecahkan perpaduan di kalangan Pakatan Rakyat, itu saja, dengan harapan apabila orang Melayu marah kepada PAS maka PAS akan berpecah dan mengharap PAS sendiri akan menimbulkan pertelingkahan terhadap PKR dan DAP. Saya fikir, itu sajalah sebabnya," kata Takiyuddin. -harakahdaily


Ibrahim bidas Setiausaha Agung Umno hanya mahukan undi Cina

Presiden Perkasa Datuk Ibrahim Ali mendakwa Setiausaha Agung Umno Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor hanya berminat untuk mendapatkan undi masyarakat Cina berbanding orang Melayu.

"Beliau (Tengku Adnan) mahukan undi orang Cina. Beliau tidak mahukan undi orang Melayu," kata Ahli Parlimen Bebas Pasir Mas (gambar) ini kepada The Malaysian Insider hari ini.

Bagaimanapun pemimpin pertubuhan bukan kerajaan Melayu yang lantang bersuara ini enggan mengulas lanjut sambil berkata: "Tidak perlu. Ini sudah cukup."

Dalam temu bual dengan The Malaysian Insider, Tengku Adnan menegaskan partinya tidak akan menyokong Ibrahim jika bertanding dalam pilihan raya umum ke-13 sebagai calon Bebas.

Sebaliknya kata beliau, Umno akan meletakkan calonnya seperti yang dilakukan masa-masa lalu di kawasan Parlimen Pasir Mas, Kelantan.

Malah beliau juga menolak tanggapan kebanyakan pihak bahawa Umno menjalin kerjasama ataupun memihak perjuangan Perkasa pimpinan Ibrahim.

Perkasa ditubuhkan dua tahun lalu, selepas pilihan raya umum Mac 2008.

"Mengapa Umno harus sokong dia? Umno patut meletakkan calon di Pasir Mas. Kami akan bertanding di Pasir Mas," kata Tengku Adnan yang juga Setiausaha Agung BN.

Ibrahim yang dipecat dari Umno pada 2004 memenangi kerusi Parlimen pada 8 Mac 2008 menggunakan lambang PAS.

"Sebagai Setiausaha Agung (Umno) saya boleh memberitahu anda, kami tiada apa-apa kaitan dengan Perkasa dan sesetengah perkara yang dilakukan oleh Perkasa, kami tidak gembira kerana mereka menghakis sokongan kepada kami," kata Tengku Adnan apabila diajukan soalan bahawa kebanyakan ahli Perkasa adalah dari Umno.

"Apabila mereka bercakap mengenai kawan-kawan saya kalangan Cina atau kawan saya orang India, mereka menyebabkan kami kehilangan lebih banyak undi," katanya lagi.

Sebelum ini Perkasa pernah mengatakan bahawa sesiapa yang memusuhi pertubuhan ini tidak akan menerima sokongan dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang. -TMI


Ulasan GB

Zainuddin Maidin perlu menggali kubur pemimpin PAS terdahulu untuk buktikan beliau berkata benar. Sekadar menunjukkan sekeping gambar yang beliau pernah mewawancara Tunku Abdul Rahman belum merupakan satu bahan bukti kukuh untuk menyokong dakwaannya.

Tetapi siapalah Zainuddin Maidin ini? Teringat kita kisah di satu ketika beliau merepek tak tentu hala tatkala diwawancara oleh Al-Jazeera... I cant hear you, I cant hear you... hehehe

Mengenai sokongan bukan Melayu terhadap BN, memang ia tahap kritikal ketika ini. Itu sebab Setiausa Agung UMNO, Tg Adnan cepat-cepat menolak Ibrahim Ali dengan Perkasanya, kerana sebarang hubungkait UMNO-Perkasa akan menjejaskan sokongan bukan Melayu terhadap BN. BN bakal rebah kerananya.

Maka kemudian menjeritlah Ibrahim menyatakan Tg Adnan mengharapkan undi Cina, bukan undi Melayu.

Dan Tun Mahathir pun bangun juga menyerang PAS kononnya PAS peralatkan agama untuk kepentingan politik katanya. Sedangkan politik itu sebahagian dari agama yang lantarannya, Rasulullah berjuang menegakkan negara Islam pertama di Madinah. Tapi Mahathir tidak membaca sejarah Islam, tidak mendalami pelajaran Islam. Baginya agama itu perlu diasingkan dari politik, sama dengan pandangan majoriti ahli UMNO, pandangan sekularisma yang berasaskan kepada doktrin "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's" (berikan hak Caesar kepada Caesar dan hak Tuhan kepada Tuhan).

Itu sebabnya di dalam UMNO, memang tidak ada nilai-nilai agama seperti pahala dan dosa. Untuk jawatan dan kuasa, boleh berbuat apa saja - berbunuh pun tak apa.

Dan percayalah, UMNO hancur kerananya juga!

Jadi, samada Zainuddin, Ibrahim atau Mahathir, tidak perlu kita layan sangat. Buang tenaga dan masa.



Bodoh

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 08:19 AM PDT

Shit! I wonder why lar the govt blocked Malaysia Today's website. Jezzz, now I can't read my favourite piece anymore.

Haishhh.....why some people are so afraid to face their own shadow? Just because the election is around the corner (konon-konon), so some people afraid that they can't hide their true identity.

Bodoh!

p/s: Selamat hari raya!


Report over third party interference: "I will look into it," says outgoing IGP

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 07:38 AM PDT

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 13:36:00
Tan Sri Musa Hassan
CHANGING OF THE GUARD: Musa (right) shaking hands with his officers while Ismail (centre) looks on at the handing over of power ceremony at Bukit Aman this morning — Pic: SHAHIR OMAR
KUALA LUMPUR: Outgoing Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Musa Hassan said he is considering lodging a report regarding the interference of third parties in police operations during his tenure.
"I will look into it," said Musa at the handing over of power ceremony to new IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar at Bukit Aman this morning.
When asked by The Malay Mail what advice he had for his successor to curb the interference, Musa said: "He (Ismail) has got to be firm."
Yesterday, it was reported PKR strategic director Tian Chua had urged Musa to lodge a police report.
Musa had on Monday said the biggest disappointment in his 41-year tenure was the interference and disrespect shown by third parties, which led to confusion within the force.
Musa, who will step down on Sunday, identified officials from the Home Affairs Ministry as those among the third parties he was referring to.
He said there were times when they had given orders to his personnel without his knowledge and jeopardised the chain of command in the force.
He added that they were from ministries "with personal interests and with bad intentions" to degrade the Royal Malaysian Police.
Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said yesterday he was unaware of Musa's allegations that his ministry was interfering in police business.
"Musa has never brought up the issue to the ministry, not even when I was leading the ministry all this while. I am of the opinion, and many have indicated so, that relations between my ministry and the police have been the best for a very long time."

Do it now, Musa! Your integrity and reputation are at stake!


Potty training: Janson had a breakthrough since Tuesday, August 24, 2010!

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 06:47 AM PDT


Eid Mubarak to all the relatives and friends

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 06:19 AM PDT

Please may you all kindly allow us to ask to …

"Forgive our physical and emotional wrongdoings" on all of you.

In Malaysia we used to say "maaf zahir dan batin"

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Hari Raya At The Curve

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 05:05 AM PDT

Malay kampung house on stilts at The Curve in conjunction with Hari Raya celebrations
Malay kampung house on stilts at The Curve in conjunction with Hari Raya celebrations.

The Curve constructed a life-sized kampung stilt house at the Centre Court in conjunction with Ramadan and Aidil Fitri celebrations. To add autheticity to the model, it was furnished with curtains and other typical items found in and around such houses.

There was a grandfather clock hanging on the wall. Bamboo torches were affixed to the fence to welcome Syawal. A Vespa scooter was parked outside the house while a classic Volvo was shaded under a garage. Green plants were aplenty. It almost felt like I was in a kampung during Hari Raya.

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Uit, Ada Yang Sudah Berhari Raya Pagi Tadi

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 04:45 AM PDT

Ratusan pengikut Tarikat Naqsabandiyah di Padang, Sumatera Barat sudah merayakan Idul Fitri pagi ini. Tarikat ini memang selalu berbeda dengan umat muslim pada umumnya. Mereka merayakan Lebaran dua hari lebih dulu.

Sekitar 200 jamaah Surau Baru Pauh Kota Padang terlihat menjalankan ibadah salat Ied. Penetapan Lebaran lebih dahulu berdasarkan perhitungan yang mereka yakini, yakni dengan Hisab dan Ruiyah yang diajarkan imam mereka sejak puluhan tahun.

Tarikat ini menghitung satu syawal berdasarkan jumlah hari sejak syawal awal tahun lalu. Mereka memang menjalankan ibadah puasa lebih awal dua hari dibanding penetapan pemerintah. Usai menjalankan salat Ied, para pengikut Naqsabandiyah saling bermaaf-maafan.

Tak berbeda dengan Jamaah Naqasabandiyah, Jamaah Anasir juga melaksanakan salat Ied bersama di lapangan Mawang, Kecamatan Bontomarannu, Kabupaten Gowa. Mereka juga memiliki penanggalan sendiri. Bahkan jamaah tersebut memiliki kebiasaan mengenakan pakaian hitam dan rambut yang dicat. -liputan6


Life On TheTrain...

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 04:17 AM PDT

Life is truly a journey of all sorts. By the end of this year, I will hit the big five. Five decades of existence - filled with all kinds of experiences. Looking back, I confess I made MANY mistakes in my life. I cannot turn the clock back to make things right but I can ensure my present will leave behind a better yesterday for me to remember and a better future for me to look forward to always.

I started my journey with MANY friends. At this point of time, I don't have that many friends left. Many have either migrated, left for other states or we have lost touch or in a few cases, we just drifted apart or chose not to develop the friendship for one reason or another.

Previously, it was easy for me to make friends but older and wiser, I am more reserved, hardly ever socialize, seldom attend weddings and meet up only with former students and old friends. Yet, I must say that blogging has opened a whole new dimension for me and through this blog, I have made some wonderful friends who have been very supportive, sincere, encouraging and giving me good advice, input and comments that are abreast with the needs and times of our nation.

This evening, I want to dedicate the following video to all my blog readers and friends. Every single one of you matter - be it whether you are a silent reader, subscriber, regular commenter or just passing through this space.

Thank you for crossing paths with me even for a moment in time, a period of time or for always.

May you and yours be blessed forever and thank you for teaching me LOTS about this nation, friendship, life and so much more. Have a pleasant evening. I will put up a sopo post later. It is my younger boy's birthday today and we are going out for a family dinner now :-). Cheers!

This is my favorite video and even after watching it MANY times, I still cry my eyes out...May it touch you the way it has touched me always! (This is the third time I am posting it since I started blogging in 2008).Blessings to you and yours.


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UN Secretary General U Thant’s successful peace effort to ease

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 03:10 AM PDT

UN Secretary General U Thant's successful peace effort to ease Cuban Missile Crisis.

Fidel Castro Balks at the UN U Thant's Team in 1962 regarding Missle Bases crisis. This dodged the impeding Third World War between two superpowers, USA and Russia.

The Cuban Missile Crisis (known as The October Crisis in Cuba) was a confrontation between the Soviet Union, Cuba and the United States in October 1962, during the Cold War. In September 1962, the Cuban and Soviet governments began to surreptitiously build bases in Cuba for a number of medium- and intermediate-range ballistic nuclear missiles (MRBMs and IRBMs) with the ability to strike most of the continental United States. This action followed the 1958 deployment of Thor IRBMs in the UK and Jupiter IRBMs to Italy and Turkey in 1961 – more than 100 U.S.-built missiles having the capability to strike Moscow with nuclear warheads. On October 14, 1962, a United States U-2 photoreconnaissance plane captured photographic proof of Soviet missile bases under construction in Cuba.

The ensuing crisis ranks with the Berlin Blockade as one of the major confrontations of the Cold War and is generally regarded as the moment in which the Cold War came closest to turning into a nuclear conflict.[1] The United States considered attacking Cuba via air and sea and settled on a military "quarantine" of Cuba. The U.S. announced that it would not permit offensive weapons to be delivered to Cuba and demanded that the Soviets dismantle the missile bases already under construction or completed in Cuba and remove all offensive weapons. The Kennedy administration held a slim hope that the Kremlin would agree to their demands, and expected a military confrontation. On the Soviet end, Nikita Khrushchev wrote in a letter to Kennedy that his quarantine of "navigation in international waters and air space to constitute an act of aggression propelling humankind into the abyss of a world nuclear-missile war."

The Soviets publicly balked at the U.S. demands, but in secret back-channel communications initiated a proposal to resolve the crisis. The confrontation ended on October 28, 1962 when President John F. Kennedy and United Nations Secretary-General U Thant reached an agreement with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to dismantle the offensive weapons and return them to the Soviet Union, subject to United Nations verification, in exchange for an agreement by the United States to never invade Cuba. The Soviets removed the missile systems and their support equipment, loading them onto eight Soviet ships from November 5–9. A month later, on December 5 and 6, the Soviet Il-28 bombers were loaded onto three Soviet ships and shipped back to Russia. The quarantine was formally ended at 6:45 p.m. EDT on November 20, 1962. As a secret part of the agreement, all US-built Thor and Jupiter IRBMs deployed in Europe were deactivated by September 1963.

The Cuban Missile Crisis spurred the creation of the Hotline Agreement and the Moscow-Washington hot line, a direct communications link between Moscow and Washington, D.C.

McNamara noted that another tanker, the Grozny, was about 600 miles (970 km) out and should be intercepted. He also noted that they had not made the USSR aware of the quarantine line and suggested relaying this information to them via U Thant at the United Nations.

At 4:00 p.m. EST, Kennedy recalled members of EXCOMM to the White House and ordered that a message immediately be sent to U Thant asking the Soviets to "suspend" work on the missiles while negotiations were carried out. During this meeting, Maxwell Taylor delivered the news that the U-2 had been shot down. Kennedy had earlier claimed he would order an attack on such sites if fired upon, but he decided to not act unless another attack was made.

Nikita Khrushchev's shoe-banging incident happened during the 902nd Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly held in New York on 12 October 1960 when the infuriated leader of the Soviet Union pounded his shoe on his delegate-desk.

During the meeting, head of the Filipino delegation to the United Nations Lorenzo Sumulong stated the following in reference to Soviet foreign policy:

" My delegation, the Philippine delegation, attaches great importance to this item entitled "Declaration on the granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples", the allocation of which is now under discussion…..

It is our view that the declaration proposed by the Soviet Union should cover the inalienable right to independence not only of the peoples and territories which yet remain under the rule of Western colonial Powers, but also of the peoples of Eastern Europe and elsewhere which have been deprived of the free exercise of their civil and political rights and which have been swallowed up, so to speak, by the Soviet Union.[1]

"

Mr. Khrushchev came to the rostrum, being recognized on a Point of Order. There he demonstratively, in a theatrical manner, brushed Sumulong aside, with an upward motion of his right arm — without physically touching him — and proceeded to demand that Assembly President Frederick Boland from Ireland call "the toady of American imperialism"[2] Sumulong to order. The President did caution Mr. Sumulong to "avoid wandering out into an argument which is certain to provoke further interventions". Khrushchev pounded his fists on the table during the continued speech of Sumulong and even picked up his shoe and banged the desk with it.[3] The Philippine Delegate was again interrupted. Now on a Point of Order, made by Romanian Foreign Vice-minister Eduard Mezincescu. The latter also managed to provoke and insult the Assembly's President to such an extent that Mr. Boland, crimson in face, turned off the Minister's microphone. The chaotic scene finally ended when Mr. Boland pounded the gavel (which shattered and bounced off), adjourning the meeting.



Biar Gambar Bicara Sendiri

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 01:46 AM PDT


Evonne Hsu on Ceci China (September 2010)

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 01:33 AM PDT

American-born Chinese actress-singer Evonne Hsu is the cover girl for the September issue of China's Ceci magazine…

Evonne Hsu on Ceci Magazine

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Evonne Hsu on Ceci China (September 2010) from YeinJee's Asian Blog


Entertainment roundup (September 8, 2010)

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 01:10 AM PDT

Entertainment snippets from various sources…

Li Bingbing in Venice[1] Li Bingbing in Venice (pic)

[2][3] Kara's Seungyeon injured her spine.

[4][5] JYPE to introduce the next 'big thing'.

[6] Taeyeon & Seohyun at Superbad premiere.

[7] Shin Jung-hwan detained in the Philippines for gambling debts.

[8] Jin Akanishi to star in Pirates of the Caribbean 4?

[9] Anime makes Japan superpower.

Entertainment roundup (September 8, 2010) from YeinJee's Asian Blog


Hillary Clinton’s speech at State Department’s Iftar

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 12:10 AM PDT

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Benjamin Franklin Room
Washington, DC
September 7, 2010

 

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I hope that you are taking to heart Farah's invitation to begin to eat with the break-fast, because no speech should stand in the way of your being able to get nourishment.

And I am delighted to welcome you to the State Department's Iftar. It's a wonderful and welcome tradition for me personally, and for this Department. My husband and I hosted our first Eid celebration at the White House in 1996, and over the years, these occasions have given us a chance to stop and reflect and connect with many colleagues and friends. At last year's Iftar, I introduced Farah as our first Special Representative to Muslim Communities. Here with us tonight are Rashad Hussain, the U.S. Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference, and Precious Muhammad, a highly regarded historian who is hard at work putting together a chronicle of Islam in the United States for the State Department. And it is indeed a rich history that extends back hundreds of years.

I also want to acknowledge a new initiative that I launched this past April, called Partners for a New Beginning. It is chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and the vice chairs are Muhtar Kent of Coca-Cola and Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute, who is here with us tonight, and thank you, Walter. I am excited that over the years to come, we will be working with some of America's most influential leaders from the private sector and civil society to advance opportunities in Muslim communities around the world. And they will soon be announcing new commitments in four key areas: entrepreneurship, science and technology, education, and exchanges.

Now, as Farah has already said, as you look around the room, you may not see as many familiar – and may I dare say older – faces that you would have seen last year. We are delighted once again to have so many ambassadors and high-level diplomats from countries, but equally if not more exciting this year, we have 70 young American Muslim leaders who did take part in an event called "Generation Change."

Now, these young people, if I might just say a few words about a few of them, have already accomplished extraordinary things. They have started programs to keep Pakistani girls from dropping out of high school; founded the first soccer league for Afghan girls; brought wounded Iraqi children to the United States for medical treatment. One 17-year-old boy from Connecticut organized a group of students to advocate for Middle East peace. And a recent University of Michigan graduate started a group that sends medical supplies to Africa. And a young woman from Chicago has become a prize-winning poet.

Now, others in this group of extraordinary young Americans have used movies and blogs; music and novels; and comedy and art to explore what it means to be an American Muslim, and their efforts have sparked discussions about issues of identity and belonging. And now, they are starting quite a conversation on the "Generation Change" Facebook page. They are innovative; they are committed; and they are reaching beyond traditional boundaries and creating new avenues of dialogue to touch other young people, not only throughout our country, but literally around the world.

This kind of engagement, in my view, is really a form of diplomacy, and so all of you are unofficial ambassadors on behalf of our country, our values, and our own communities as well as yours. Our embassies now are sponsoring more events like "Generation Change" in order to listen to young people and to help connect up young people across the globe, to connect them with other change-makers. Some of you attended the President's Entrepreneurship Summit where a remarkable exchange of ideas, information, and creation of networks took place.

So I welcome all of you to our Iftar, and we're grateful that you would be here to share this important evening with us. The Holy Month of Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world fast and pray, and strive to do good deeds. It's also a time for reflection and introspection, for charity and for compassion.

Ramadan teaches and reinforces values that are honored by millions and tens and hundreds of millions of people from other faiths and beliefs. So tonight, while we celebrate together, let us consider how we can build broader and deeper bonds of mutual understanding, mutual respect and cooperation among people of all faiths in the year to come, here at home and abroad. And let us also reflect on how we can improve our efforts to ensure that we create more opportunity for more people in more places to live up to their own God-given potential.

We sit down together for this meal on a day when the news is carrying reports that a pastor down in Gainesville, Florida plans to burn the Holy Qu'ran on September 11th. I am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act that has come from American religious leaders of all faiths, from evangelical Christians to Jewish rabbis, as well as secular U.S. leaders and opinion-makers. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. Many of you know that in 1790, George Washington wrote to a synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, that this country will give "to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance."

The real story of Islam in America can be found in this room and rooms across America. We write it tonight, in the spirit of fellowship and the celebration of goodwill that is a hallmark of Ramadan. We will write it in the months and years to come, as we continue to reach out to engage people around the world in a search for common ground, common understanding, and common respect.

Just in the past week, we are reminded by the resumption of Middle East peace talks that progress always, always must be possible in spite of difficulty. And when there is a willingness to engage, to convey respect to those of differing views, we can work toward reconciliation. In the end, I believe with all my heart that most people in the world are united by a shared desire for a peaceful future in which all our children, regardless of where they were born or how they worship, can have that opportunity to become all that they are meant to be in the name of the Almighty and in furtherance of our common humanity.

In the weeks and months ahead, President Obama and I will do everything we can to help advance the cause of a comprehensive peace, not only in the Middle East, but across the world, and inside the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans. In the Middle East, it is ultimately up to the people of the region to determine their own future.

As I said when I welcomed Israeli and Palestinian delegations, peace needs champions on every street corner and around every kitchen table, and not just there, but everywhere. So I hope that we at these tables and at similar tables everywhere where people are meeting in the spirit of Ramadan to break-fast, we will reflect on how we each can demonstrate that a different future is possible, a future built on the universal human values of mutual respect and inclusion.

Thank you. Ramadan Kareem. (Applause.)

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Keghairahan Azmin Bakal Mengundang Padah

Posted: 08 Sep 2010 12:03 AM PDT

Guna premis HQ PKR untuk kempen satu kesalahan

Berkempen untuk seseorang dalam pilihan raya parti dengan menggunakan premis ibu pejabat (HQ) PKR sekarang ini menjadi satu kesalahan berikutan garis panduan Kod Etika yang baru dikeluarkan hari ini.

"Amat dikesali sidang media yang dianjurkan oleh beberapa ahli parlimen untuk menyatakan sokongan terhadap Naib Presiden Azmin Ali dibuat di ibu pejabat parti itu baru-baru ini," kata Ketua Jawatankuasa Pemilihan Pusat (JPP) PKR Dr Molly Cheah.

Dr Cheah dalam satu kenyataannya berkata, salah satu larangan termasuklah individu dan kumpulan tidak dibenarkan mengadakan mesyuarat dan sidang media di ibu pejabat PKR di sini untuk tujuan berkempen.

JPP PKR hari ini mengeluarkan garis panduan Kod Etika mengenai apa yang boleh dan apa yang tidak boleh dilakukan ketika berkempen dan semasa pilihan raya parti.

Menurut beliau, JPP dibentuk bagi memantau pilihan raya parti 2010 berikutan perubahan dalam Perlembagaannya di mana ahli berhak memilih semua peringkat kepimpinan melalui sistem pilihan raya "satu orang satu undi".

"Larangan lain ialah tuduhan politik wang dan kempen memburuk-burukkan peribadi calon dan hendaklah dilaporkan kepada JPP," katanya.

Politik wang kesalahan serius

Beliau berkata, "amalan politik wang adalah suatu kesalahan yang serius dan jika didapati bersalah maka seseorang itu boleh digantung dari penyertaan dalam proses pilihan raya."

Menurut Kod Etika itu juga, calon-calon yang meraih sokongan mestilah tidak mencemar imej parti atau melakukan sesuatu yang bercanggah dengan perkhidmatan terhadap parti, termasuk menjaga kepentingan parti mengatasi kepentingan peribadi.

Katanya, garisan panduan ini ditetapkan ekoran dari proses penamaan calon untuk kepimpinan di peringkat Cabang yang sedang hangat berlangsung dan ini penting untuk membawa reformasi dalam parti.

"Langkah ini juga memberi peluang dan tanggungjawab ahli melaksanakan hak individu untuk memilih pemimpin yang baik dan berkesan," ujar beliau.

Peraturan berhubung proses pilihan raya telah disiapkan termasuk penamaan calon dan maklumatnya boleh didapati pada laman web rasmi KEADILAN.

Sebarang aduan hendaklah diajukan kepada JPP di ibu pejabat PKR

dan tidak melaporkan kepada pihak media, termasuk blog peribadi," jelas beliau. -FMT


Calon Timbalan Presiden PKR: Siapa di sebalik tabir?

Sekumpulan ahli akar umbi PKR yang tidak berpuas hati dengan situasi yang wujud dewasa ini menggesa sebuah jawatankuasa pemantau bagi menyiasat dalang di sebalik pengumuman ahli-ahli parlimen dan senator mengenai jawatan timbalan presiden parti.

Dua hari lalu, sekumpulan 13 ahli parlimen dan senator menyatakan sokongan terbuka kepada Naib Presiden Azmin Ali untuk jawatan Timbalan Presiden dalam pemilihan parti November ini dalam satu sidang media di ibu pejabat PKR di Petaling Jaya.

Sumber dalaman parti, seorang pemimpin peringkat akar umbi dari Johor meluahkan rasa kecewa dengan sikap ahli-ahli parlimen parti itu yang didakwa cuba mengelirukan ahli-ahli parti.

"Ketika mana, pencalonan dan pemilihan belum selesai, kenapa mereka (ahli-ahli parlimen berkenaan) begitu terdesak untuk menyatakan sokongan terhadap Azmin sedangkan pilihan raya parti hanya berlangsung pada November nanti," soal beliau.

Pemikiran Umno dalam PKR

"Apa yang mereka lakukan jelas memperlihatkan perangai dan pemikiran Umno dalam PKR," tambahnya.

Beliau menerangkan bahawa sejak semalam, beliau menerima banyak panggilan telefon daripada ahli-ahli parti, bertanyakan adakah Ketua Umum Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim menyokong Azmin untuk jawatan nombor dua itu.

"Sebagai ahli tegar PKR, saya meminta Anwar membersihkan namanya dengan menyatakan beliau menyokong Azmin atau tidak, atau beliau bersikap berkecuali dalam perkara ini," katanya kepada FMT ketika dihubungi hari ini.

Seorang pemimpin masyarakat di Jasin, Melaka mencabar Ahli Parlimen Teluk Kemang Kamarul Bahrin Abas supaya memberitahu siapa yang menganjur sidang media itu dan kenapa sidang media itu di adakan terlalu awal sedangkan pemilihan ialah pada November depan.

Apabila memberi komen tentang kenyataan Kamarul Bahrin bahawa parti harus memberi jawatan itu kepada Azmin memandangkan beliau telah mengharungi pahit maung perjuangan sejak zaman reformasi dan lebih senior berbanding calon-calon lain beliau berkata,

"Sebagaimana yang kita ketahui Anwar menyertai parti secara rasmi pada 2005. Ini membuktikan saya lebih senior kerana saya menjadi ahli parti sejak 1999. Adakah ini bermakna saya lebih layak berbanding Anwar untuk menjadi penasihat parti?," soal beliau.

Beliau mengakui bahawa sebagai ahli yang lama dalam parti bukannya satu kelebihan buat Azmin.

Azmin bukan pilihan yang betul

Sambil menafikan beliau adalah penyokong pencabar Azmin, Zaid Ibrahim beliau berkata, "Azmin bukanlah pilihan yang betul dan terbaik untuk jawatan nombor dua kerana beliau sukar dihubungi atau ditemui.

"Saya yakin bahawa majoriti ahli-ahli parti bersetuju dengan pendapat saya bahawa Azmin sukar dihubungi. Kita tidak mahu seorang timbalan presiden yang bersikap demikian," katanya.

Beliau berkata, buat masa ini, PKR berada di atas landasan yang betul untuk menawan Putrajaya. Semua ahli PKR mesti berdiri di belakang Anwar bagi mencapai cita-cita ini.

"Untuk menjayakan tugas ini, parti memerlukan seseorang yang mampu berfikir seperti Zaid dan bukan ahli politik asli seperti Azmin untuk jawatan nombor dua.

Beliau juga berkata bahawa beliau akan mengeluarkan satu kenyataan rasmi mengenai perkara ini selepas selesai pemilihan nanti.-FMT



UMNO has 'bonsified' the Malay mind.....

Posted: 07 Sep 2010 12:33 AM PDT

Renegade artist Hishamuddin Rais declared that the Malay mind has been "bonsified" (shrunk and distorted, like a bonsai plant) by Umno's political agenda in order to perpetuate the culture of fear against non-Malays. The former ISA detainee said that it is typical of Umno to play on racial fears to convince the public that they are the best option for Malays to remain at the forefront of social and economic development in Malaysia.

"This process that 'bonsifies', nullifies and stupefies (Malays) goes back to the British time. (Malays) are led by lazy leaders and lazy thinkers," Hishamuddin (middle in photo) said at the 'Malays are muted too!' forum at the KL and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall last night. The controversial activist noted that Malays have been indoctrinated to fear new ideas and 'ghosts' of Chinese supremacy, to the point that the Malay public believe that the 'ghosts' are real threats to their existence.

Taking the example of bomoh or witchdoctors, Hishamuddin claimed that Umno employs the same tactics to convince the Malays that they are constantly battling against hantu (ghosts).

"In Malaysia it is very simple. The hantu for the Malays are the Chinese. The Malays are made to believe that there are all sorts of hantu, to encourage the public to be thankful for Umno (to save them).

"It's just like (the tactics of) the bomoh in the kampung, where kampung folk will be told that there are all sorts of hantu to deal with... Umno uses the same modus operandi," he said.

Playing up fears

Hishamuddin claimed that just like the colonial British in Malaya, Umno realises that a liberated Malay mind is a threat to their existence, hence the ruling party's efforts to stop the liberalisation of the Malay mindset. He alleged that Umno would never agree to free the Malay mind as it is all about maintaining the ruling party's power and control over Malaysia's wealth.

Hishamuddin noted that such fear of losing power has only taken hold fairly recently, evident especially in the ruling government's efforts to perpetuate the fear of a recurrence of the May 13, 1969 racial riots.

"They put the fear in Malays that the Chinese wanted to take over the country. I thought that (notion) was mad, because this is the most mismanaged country, with corruption in the police and the judiciary.

"Because the country is so mismanaged, do you really think the Chinese want to take over the country?" he quipped.

Speaking to an audience of around 160 people, Hishamuddin stressed that the ruling government is simply working on the premise of "manufactured consent"', where it employs public institutions such as the Malayan Sultanate to force people to agree with whatever opinions or policies it makes. He said that it has perpetuated the culture of 'lazy thinkers' among Malays, where the best minds end up being unwilling or unable to contribute to the community's advancement.

Licence just to laugh

Hishamuddin stressed that it is unfortunate that the best Malay minds have been left out of the nation's education system, to make way for 'half-educated' Malays who are bent on maintaining the status quo.

"Malays have become very lazy thinkers. To the non-Malays, I ask that you have sympathy as the Malays are faced with a situation where their reading material is very limited and (the government) allows less and less people (to form their own opinions)," he said.

Taking the example of the recent banning of comics by cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, Hishamuddin said it is ridiculous that public expression, particularly by Malay artists, should be censored.

"Just imagine, just to laugh you need to get a licence... and if you want a licence you will have to engage in corruption to pay the Marxists," he said.

source:malaysiakini

cheers.


Bila Azmin Ali, Dr Hassan Ali dilihat macam Umno

Posted: 07 Sep 2010 12:52 AM PDT


Bodek Yang Tak Menjadi. UMNO Tak Sokong Ibrahim Pada PRU13

Posted: 07 Sep 2010 10:09 PM PDT

Umno tidak sokong Ibrahim di PRU-13, letak calon di Pasir Mas

Setiausaha Agung Umno Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor menegaskan partinya tidak akan menyokong Ahli Parlimen Pasir Mas Datuk Ibrahim Ali jika bertanding dalam pilihan raya umum ke-13 sebagai calon Bebas.

Sebaliknya kata beliau, Umno akan meletakkan calonnya seperti yang dilakukan masa-masa lalu di kawasan Parlimen Pasir Mas, Kelantan.

Malah beliau juga menolak tanggapan kebanyakan pihak bahawa Umno menjalin kerjasama ataupun memihak perjuangan pertubuhan bukan kerajaan pimpinan Ibrahim - Perkasa.

Perkasa ditubuhkan dua tahun lalu, selepas pilihan raya umum Mac 2008.

"Mengapa Umno harus sokong dia? Umno patut meletakkan calon di Pasir Mas. Kami akan bertanding di Pasir Mas," kata Tengku Adnan ketika ditemui The Malaysian Insider di pejabatnya semalam.

Ibrahim yang dipecat dari Umno pada 2004 memenangi kerusi Parlimen pada 8 Mac 2008 menggunakan lambang PAS.

Kemudian beliau mengekalkan statusnya sebagai wakil rakyat Bebas.

Ibrahim bertanding sebagai calon Bebas pada pilihan raya kecil Pengkalan Pasir pada 2005 tetapi hanya memperoleh 415 undi dan hilang wang deposit.

Pengkalan Pasir adalah kerusi DUN dalam bahagian Parlimen Pasir Mas.

Selepas memutuskan hubungan dengan PAS, Ibrahim menubuhkan Perkasa atas matlamat mahu mempertahankan hak Melayu dan Bumiputera yang termaktub dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Pertubuhan itu yang kini mempunyai lebih 50,000 ahli di seluruh negara menggesa pentadbiran Najib mempertahankan dasar ekonomi pro-Melayu dan Bumiputera meskipun kerajaan mahu meliberalisasikan ekonomi negara.

Dua minggu lalu Ibrahim mencabar agar Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak menjelaskan konsep 1 Malaysia dan mengemukakan satu resolusi berkaitan Perkara 153 Perlembagaan kerana gagasan itu bukan bererti kesamarataan hak.

"Sebagai Setiausaha Agung (Umno) saya boleh memberitahu anda, kami tiada apa-apa kaitan dengan Perkasa dan sesetengah perkara yang dilakukan oleh Perkasa, kami tidak gembira kerana mereka menghakis sokongan kepada kami," kata Tengku Adnan apabila diajukan soalan bahawa kebanyakan ahli Perkasa adalah dari Umno.

"Apabila mereka bercakap mengenai kawan-kawan saya kalangan Cina atau kawan saya orang India, mereka menyebabkan kami kehilangan lebih banyak undi," katanya lagi.

Tengku Adnan mengingatkan pemimpin-pemimpin Perkasa bahawa BN perlu memenuhi keperluan dan kehendak semua kaum dan tidak boleh mendiskriminasikan mana-mana kaum jika mahu terus mentadbir negara ini.

Ketika ditanya nasihat kepada Ibrahim dan Perkasa, Tengku Adnan dengan nada penuh harapan berkata:

"Tolong perlahan sikit."

"Apa saja yang anda lakukan, tolong fikir dengan baik. Apakah hasilnya? Apa yang anda mahukan untuk Malaysia? Anda mahukan perang saudara?" tanya Tengku Adnan yang sudah menjangkakan reaksi balas ahli Perkasa.

"Saya tahu bahawa apabila saya mengatakan begini, ahli Perkasa akan serang saya," katanya lagi. -TMI


Pendirian terbaru ketua Perkasa puji Najib, terus hentam Khairy

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 Sept — Presiden Perkasa Datuk Ibrahim Ali berkata beliau gembira kerana Datuk Seri Najib Razak "akhirnya mempertahankan" Perlembagaan dan kontrak sosial, sebaliknya beliau terus menyerang Khairy Jamaluddin dengan menyifatkannya sebagai tidak berpegang pada realiti.

"Saya gembira akhirnya Perdana Menteri bersuara dan mengingatkan semua pihak jangan persoal Perlembagaan dan kontrak sosial," kata Ibrahim dalam kenyataan yang disalurkan menerusi SMS lewat semalam.

Ibrahim memberitahu, beliau amat gembira kerana selama ini Perkasa mempertahankan Perlembagaan dan kontrak sosial, tapi ada pihak yang melabelkan pertubuhan bukan kerajaan itu sebagai rasis.

"Sekarang terbukti Perkasa di pihak yang benar dan malangnya yang mempersoal dan menghina Perlembagaan dan kontrak sosial tidak pula dikatakan rasis," kata Ahli Parlimen Bebas dari Pasir Mas ini.

Ibrahim juga berkata Perkasa akan komited "membujur lalu melentang patah" selain mempertahankan Perlembagaan sehingga titisan darah terakhir.

Oleh itu Ibrahim menambah, Perdana Menteri hendaklah tegas dan menggunakan Akta Hasutan dan Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri terhadap mereka yang menyentuh isu sensitif ini.

"Nyatalah bahawa konsep 1 Malaysia bukan mengatasi Perlembagaan tapi ia telah diputar belit. Siapa yang pertahan I53, maka dikatakan bertentangan dengan 1 Malaysia... ini yang tidak benar dan dikelirukan," kata beliau lagi.

Dalam komennya kelmarin, Najib yang juga Pengerusi BN memberitahu bahawa semua perkara yang sudah disepakati oleh pengasas-pengasas negara terutama sekali Perlembagaan yang berdasarkan kontrak sosial antara kaum tidak seharusnya dipersoalkan.

"Kita hendaklah beringat dan berpegang teguh kepada perkara-perkara yang telah dipersetujui dan dimaktubkan oleh bapa-bapa kita, generasi yang lalu, sejak sekian lama sehingga kita berada dalam suasana seperti hari ini," katanya.

Perdana Menteri berkata bahawa dalam menjaga hubungan antara kaum pula, setiap rakyat hendaklah peka kepada sensitiviti serta mengelak daripada perbuatan, tindakan atau tutur kata yang boleh melukakan saudara daripada kaum-kaum lain.

Mengenai kenyataan terbaru Khairy, yang melihat Perkasa menjadi asas menurunnya undi kepada BN, Ibrahim sekali lagi membidas dengan menyifatkan Ketua Pemuda BN itu "cakap macam orang tak ada akal dan orang gila."

"Perkasa baru tubuh selepas pilihan raya umum ke-12. Pilihan raya umum ke-12, BN kalah teruk sebab orang membenci beliau (Khairy)," kata beliau merujuk kepada berita bertajuk "KJ: Perkasa punca BN hilang undi".

Ibrahim mengetengahkan hujahnya bahawa Perkasa ditubuhkan sebab tidak mahu Melayu berpecah.

Sambil menyifatkan Khairy yang juga Ketua Pemuda Umno sebagai pemimpin "bernafsu besar tapi dah hilang taring", Ibahim menambah, "orang membenci Pak Lah (Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) sebab Khairy mengawal Pak Lah... kalau Perkasa tubuh sebelum pilihan raya ke-12 ada logik."

"Umno lagi rosak ada orang akal putus macam Khairy," katanya.

Dalam temu bual dengan sebuah portal berita yang disiarkan semalam, Khairy yang juga Ahli Parlimen Rembau masih yakin ahli-ahli Perkasa tidak akan sokong pembangkang kerana mereka akan memberikan undi pada Umno.

"Jadi kesan politik Perkasa kepada Umno adalah minimal kerana ia tidak menambahkan undi Melayu," katanya.

Selain itu kata beliau, sekiranya anggota parti itu diminta memilih antara Umno dan Perkasa sebagai sebuah parti politik, keadaan mungkin berbeza.

"Di akhirnya, kesan undi bukan Melayu terhadap Umno dan BN, disebabkan Perkasa, adalah signifikan. Dalam perkiraan politik, di akhirnya, (Perkasa) menghilangkan lebih banyak undi daripada yang ditambahnya," jelas Khairy.-TMI


Ulasan GB

Baru saja Ibrahim keluarkan kenyataan "menyokong Najib" dalam isu kontrak sosial. Tiba-tiba Setiausaha Agung telah keluarkan kenyataan yang bermaksud NO TO IBRAHIM ALI IN PASIR MAS!


Rahsia Viktor Bout

Posted: 06 Sep 2010 10:08 PM PDT

Viktor Anatoliyevich Bout, 43, yang kini ditahan di Bangkok, Thailand dan menunggu (serta melawan) ekstradisi ke Amerika Syarikat muncul sebagai wajah perdagangan senjata global, mendedahkan kompleksiti peraturan antarabangsa dan hubungan tiga negara.

Mahkamah rayuan di Thailand telah membenarkan Bout diekstradisi ke AS, membatalkan keputusan sebelum ini yang menghalang tindakan itu.

Bout didakwa menjual senjata kepada teroris, hasil operasi agen AS yang menyamar sebagai gerila FARC Colombia, yang dilabel teroris oleh Washington.

Bout menjadi perhatian selepas dilaporkan oleh pegawai Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu, wartawan investigatif dan menjadi subjek sebuah filem.

Dia didakwa menjual senjata kepada teroris, raja dadah, diktator Afrika yang terlibat dalam berlian konflik, perang saudara, dan pencabulan hak asasi manusia, dan semua pihak yang sedia membayar.

Bout menjual apa sahaja, daripada rifel AK-47 hingga helikopter penggempur dan kelengkapan senjatanya.

Pengetahuannya tentang perdagangan antarabangsa dan peraturan-peraturan terbabit membenarkannya mengeksploit peraturan terbabit dan melepasi pelbagai pihak berkuasa selama lebih daripada sedekad.

Walaupun dikemukakan sebagai pedagang senjata haram yang membekal senjata kepada teroris dan diktator, perkhidmatan Bout juga digunakan oleh kerajaan-kerajaan, termasuk AS.

Pada 2004, kerajaan AS menggunakan khidmat syarikat Moldova yang mempunyai kaitan dengan Bout untuk menghantar senjata rampasan dari Bosnia ke Baghdad, tetapi senjata itu dilaporkan tidak sampai.

Bout muncul dalam buku Douglas Farah dan Stephen Braun, Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible terbitan 2007.

Suspek pedagang senjata haram ini juga menjadi inspirasi sebuah filem tahun 2005, Lord of War lakonan Nicolas Cage sebagai Yuri Orlov, pedagang senjata berketurunan Rusia yang mempunyai hubungan dan perlindungan politik.

Sejak ditahan di Bangkok dalam operasi pihak berkuasa AS pada 2008, Bout semakin menjadi perhatian media dan pemerhati, dan kini mempunyai laman web sendiri di viktorbout.com, manakala sebuah lagi laman web ditubuhkan untuk menentangnya, viktorbout.net.

Bekas tentera Rusia Soviet ini dipercayai mempunyai hubungan baik dengan perisikan Rusia dan mendapat perlindungan kerajaan Rusia, satu sebab yang menyebabkan Moskow dilihat tidak mahu Bout dihantar ke AS untuk diadili.

Apa yang telah berlaku sejak dia ditahan menunjukkan kepentingan politik tiga negara: Thailand, AS dan Rusia. Thailand dilihat mahu menjaga hubungan dengan kedua-dua Washington dan Moskow dan tidak mahu dilihat tunduk kepada AS atau mengabaikan kepentingan Rusia.

AS telah menghantar jet peribadi ke Bangkok, disertai 50 pengawal bersenjata untuk membawa Bout ke negara itu untuk diadili.

Apa yang diketahui Bout hasil penglibatannya dalam perdagangan senjata dengan pelbagai jenis kumpulan di seluruh dunia, mungkin rahsia terbesar dimilikinya, dan merupakan satu kepentingan utama yang menjadi perhatian AS dan Rusia.

Kedua-dua kuasa besar mungkin lebih berminat memelihara rahsia itu berbanding menghukum "saudagar maut" ini atau bekerjasama dalam mengekang perdagangan senjata seperti dilakukan Bout. - 31 Ogos, 2010


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