Friday, February 25, 2011

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Words do sometimes fail me


Words do sometimes fail me

Posted: 24 Feb 2011 03:17 PM PST

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Vietnam cancels Lion Groups' RM31b project

Posted: 25 Feb 2011 09:34 AM PST

The Vietnamese govt should give details for revoking a license issued to a Malaysia-Vietnam joint-venture entity Lion Group-Vinashin which put a halt to its giant steel mill project in the country.

The US$9.8 billion (about RM31 billion) project in the southern coastal province of Ninh Thuan began in November 2008 includes power plants and a sea port. Upon completion, it can produce 4.5 million tonnes of steel products.

The only reason given for the project cancellation is heavy debts incurred by the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group (Vinashin), and that 'investors did not fulfil commitments for implementation of the project as stated in the investment licence'.

The Lion Group, which held a 75 per cent stake in the project was also accused of having difficulties arranging funding while 'trouble' with the chosen technology.

In December Vinashin, whose debts of more than US$4 billion pushed it to the brink of bankruptcy, reportedly defaulted on the first US$60 million instalment of a $600 million loan arranged by Credit Suisse in 2007.

Police are investigating and have arrested Pham Thanh Binh, Vinashin's former chairman, who is accused of violating state economic management regulations.

It was understood that Lion was not informed of the cancellation. As to how much the company has spent for the project is also unknown but sources said it was close to RM2 billion.

On our part, the govt and MITI should get clarification of the matter. As among Malaysia's top conglomerate, such a significant business losses affects our dignity. Take a look what happened to Lion's share on Bursa Malaysia...


Natsumi Hayashi’s levitation photography

Posted: 25 Feb 2011 09:11 AM PST

Tokyo photographer Natsumi Hayashi [Jp] is becoming an internet buzz lately with her levitating self portraits in which she appeared to be floating in the air.

Natsumi Hayashi levitation photography

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Natsumi Hayashi's levitation photography from YeinJee's Asian Blog


The world’s smallest aquarium?

Posted: 25 Feb 2011 08:15 AM PST

Russian artist Anatoly Konenko [Rs], who specializes in micro-miniature art, has created possibly the world's smallest aquarium.

The tank measures just 30 x 24 x 14 mm and holds only 10 ml of water (about two teaspoons) – enough to hold three miniature plants, several stones, real fish, and a fully working air pump. Info via Gotweird.

The world's smallest aquarium? from YeinJee's Asian Blog


Bulu, Siswa dan Malaysia: Sebuah Catatan Penting

Posted: 25 Feb 2011 09:23 AM PST

Ketika Malaysia sibuk dengan air mani Mr. Y, bulu dan tuala Good Morning, dunia Arab sedang menyaksikan kebangkitan. Rakyat bersatu dan mengharap sinar baharu menyinari tanah air yang tercinta. Angin yang bertiup telah membawa khabar gembira untuk mereka.

Dari Sahara yang kontang, mula bercambah benih-benih demokrasi yang dibajai semangat, keberanian dan kesanggupan untuk berubah. Ketika dunia Arab menyaksikan perubahan mentaliti dan fizikal yang hebat, Malaysia masih jauh ketinggalan dan sibuk dengan urusan liwat dan dubur Saiful yang katanya tidak dicuci selama tiga hari!

"Revolusi tidak pernah gagal kerana tidak ada revolusi yang menghancurkan negara. Negara hancur hanya apabila rakyat hilang kesanggupan untuk memastikan ia ditadbir dengan baik melalui prinsip kebebasan dan keadilan," Mantan Mejar Jeneral tentera Filipina, Jose T. Almonte. Kata-kata ini saya petik dari tulisan Amin Ahmad dalam JalanTelawi.com. Secara peribadi saya berpendapat bahawa revolusi di Timur Tengah ini sangat menggusarkan kerajaan pimpinan Najib Razak disebabkan kepemimpinan beliau langsung tidak mencerminkan integriti dan akauntabiliti. Pembaziran berlaku sewenangnya dan Malaysia tidak ditadbir dengan baik.

Lihat sahajalah bagaimana manusia yang terpalit dengan najis rasuah seperti Isa Samad boleh dilantik sebagai Pengerusi FELDA manakala pendedahan kekayaan Taib Mahmud dan keluarganya tidak mendapat respon SPRM seperti yang sepatutnya. Adakah Najib terfikir bahawa hati rakyat Malaysia masih lunak dengan pengukuhan nilai ringgit kemudian menyuapkan lagi peruntukan-peruntukan tertentu dalam Belanjawan 2011 yang lalu? Peruntukan RM114 juta kepada pembangunan infrastruktur di Kelantan misalnya dilihat cuma gula-gula politik. Akhirnya yang untung adalah kroni yang mendapat projek.

Telahan Anwar Ibrahim bahawa revolusi di Tunisia sebagai keping domino pertama telah dan sedang menjadi kenyataan. Kebangkitan hampir menyeluruh rakyat di negara-negara Arab pada saat ini seperti sudah tidak tertahankan lagi. Kebejatan pemimpin sudah mencapai klimaksnya. Mereka telah lama berada dalam cengkaman pemerintah yang zalim dan bersifat otoritarian. Dari pengamatan yang dibuat, isunya tetap sama; salah guna kuasa, kemiskinan, penggangguran, sekatan hak bersuara, penyelewengan harta negara, kronisme dan pencabulan hak asasi manusia. Soalan saya, apakah isu-isu tersebut begitu asing dengan Malaysia?

Selesainya urusan terpenting: Kejayaan Revolusi!

Sekali imbas, dunia boleh mengatakan urusan "terpenting" rakyat di Tunisia dan Mesir telah hampir selesai. Kemenangan kebangkitan rakyat di Tunisia dan Mesir semestinya memberi solidariti moral dan motivasi kepada tempat-tempat lain. Kini, Bahrain yang pernah menjadi taklukan Empayar Parsi dan pernah berada di bawah jajahan British pula menyaksikan bagaimana rakyat sedang bangkit untuk menggulingkan pentadbiran monarki keluarga al-Khalifa. Jabal ad-Duklan bakal menjadi saksi kebangkitan rakyat Bahrain! Benar kata pujangga Melayu; Raja adil raja disembah, Raja zalim raja disanggah.

Begitu juga apa yang berlaku di Libya. Bumi Umar Mokhtar ini telah menyaksikan lebih 400 rakyat Libya menjadi syahid atas keberahian Muamar Ghadafi yang telah memegang tampuk pemerintahan lebih empat dekad lamanya. Rakyat Libya diugut sedemikian rupa dan menjanjikan maut untuk penentangnya. Semua ini merupakan sebuah fenomena yang dahsyat dan menakutkan sesetengah pihak. Menurut Anwar dalam tulisannya di Wall Street Journal bertarikh 26 Januari 2011; apa yang berlaku di Tunisia merupakan fajar baru bagi demokrasi di dunia Arab dan Islam.

Melihat perkembangan di Tripoli. Ghaddafi berucap penuh emosi sambil melaungkan sentimen patrotisme, penuh ego dan dilihat desperado. Beliau meletakkan penentang beliau sebagai pengkhianat negara manakala anaknya Saif al-Islam menuduh protes besar-besaran ini berpunca dari pihak asing untuk menjatuhkan pemerintahan Islam. Saif juga mengancam untuk memerangi penentang sehingga peluru yang terakhir!

Di sini kita dapat melihat hikmah terbesar kebangkitan yang berlangsung di dunia Arab. Semakin lama sesebuah kerajaan itu memerintah, semakin banyak penyelewengan dan penindasan berlaku terhadap rakyat dan negara. Akhirnya, rejim tersebut dijatuhkan oleh tangan-tangan rakyatnya sendiri. Semakin rakyat ditekan dan ditakut-takutkan, semakin mereka bangkit menuntut pembebasan! Saya ingin bersoal, apakah BN mengambil pengajaran dari situasi ini? Apakah BN masih tidak sedar bahawa semakin lama mereka memerintah, harta negara semakin dikikis, salah guna kuasa semakin berleluasa, integriti terhakis, malah kebebasan bersuara juga dirasakan semakin sempit?

Penyelewengan nilai dan makna patriotisme

Saya tertarik dengan apa yang telah diucapkan Ghadafi dan anaknya Saif. Kata-kata sebegini seperti selalu sahaja kita dengari. Lihatlah apa yang telah dilakukan oleh Barisan Nasional. UMNO sebagai tulang belakang BN sering sahaja menuduh Anwar Ibrahim dan PKR sebagai pengkhianat negara dan agen asing. PAS pula dicop sebagai pemecah belah "orang Melayu" dan Islam, manakala DAP dianggap sebagai golongan yang memusuhi Islam - Perjuangan parti-parti ini harus ditolak kerana ia berbahaya dan akan memporak-perandakan negara. "Teks" yang diulang saban waktu dan ketika ini adalah 100% tidakpun 99% sama seperti apa yang telah diucapkan oleh Ghaddafi.

Dalam konteks Malaysia, makna dan nilai patriotisme telah diseleweng dan disempitkan. Patriotisme telah dimaknakan seolah-olah mencintai tanah air itu dengan mencintai pemimpin, mencintai parti, mencintai kaum masing-masing. Maka, minda rakyat sedikit sebanyak telah menyimpang dari semangat dan makna patriotisme sebenar. Sepatutnya patriotisme sebenar bermaksud membebaskan tanah air ini dari cengkaman pemerintah yang zalim dan buas. Mengembalikan hak dan maruah negara yang telah lama cacat.

Demokrasi dan Revolusi di Malaysia?

Nilai dan semangat demokrasi telah lama pudar. Lihat sahaja laporan Economist Intelligence Unit yang mencatatkan status Malaysia dalam indeks demokrasi 2010 berada pada tangga ke 71 daripada 167 buah negara berbanding tangga ke 68 tahun 2008. Malaysia telah lama menanti saat baru kebangkitan rakyat. Sama ada melalui pilihanraya mahupun jalan raya, kemenangan rakyat harus difokuskan kepada pembaikan sistem demokrasi dan urus tadbir yang telah lama diperkosa. Kita tidak boleh membiarkan kekayaan negara ini berada dalam kawalan manusia tertentu sahaja. Kekayaan negara adalah hak milik kita yang harus dituntut. Lihat sahaja isu minyak yang semakin naik. Rakyat Malaysia dibebani dengan apa yang mereka ada yang sepatutnya bukan menjadi isu.

Ini merupakan sebuah soalan popular. Akankah Malaysia direvolusikan? Saya pernah bertanyakan soalan ini kepada beberapa orang sahabat saya. Ada yang sinis dan ada yang optimis. Antara lain jawapan mereka ialah tidak mungkin berlaku revolusi di Malaysia kerana rakyat di Malaysia tidak terlalu tertekan seperti di tempat lain. Ada yang berkata mungkin boleh; mungkin tidak kerana rakyat Malaysia telah dipecahkan dengan beberapa kumpulan kaum dan kelas manakala ada pula yang optimis bahawa rakyat akan turun ke jalan raya; cuma menunggu masa. Sambil berlawak beliau berkata, "Orang Melayu khususnya telah lama diArabkan...sedikit masa lagi negara ini akan jadi negara Arab! Revolusi akan bermula di Ain Arabia Bukit Bintang!" Ujarnya tersengih. Apapun pendapat yang dilontarkan, kita boleh simpulkan bahawa revolusi adalah tekad dan kesungguhan, keberanian dan kesanggupan untuk berubah.

Semangat Dataran Tinanmen dan Mahasiswa Malaysia

Kebangkitan mahasiswa memberi makna besar bagi sesebuah negara. Kebangkitan mahasiswa bererti mungkin atau telah berlaku sebuah anjakan mahupun revolusi minda. Minda yang telah direvolusikan beerti pencerahan, pemahaman dan pengukuhan nilai telah berlangsung.

Mari kita imbau kembali apa yang telah pada April 1989. Dataran Tiananmen di Beijing menyaksikan kebangkitan lebih 100,000 mahasiswa dan golongan intelektual bersama rakyat menuntut pembaharuan demokrasi di China. Kebangkitan ini tercetus akibat kematian Hu Yaobang; Setiausaha Agung Parti Komunis China ketika itu yang dikenali sebagai susuk yang menyokong reformasi politik dan ekonomi China. Mereka berhimpun secara aman di dataran tersebut selama hampir tujuh minggu sehinggalah tragedi berdarah berlaku. Sehingga saat ini, tiada angka kematian rasmi yang dicatatkan dan dipercayai ribuan demonstran telah terbunuh. Saya terkesan dengan keberanian mereka. Ternyata perjuangan mereka ini sedikit sebanyak membuka lembaran baru dalam liberalisasi politik dan ekonomi di China.

Apabila pintu bangunan pejabat TNC UPM pecah dirempuh pelajar; ia membawa erti yang sangat besar kepada gerakan mahasiswa keseluruhannya. Tekanan yang diberikan pentadbiran universiti bukan semata-mata bersifat mental malah fizikal. Titisan darah yang mengalir adalah saksi kezaliman pentadbiran universiti dalam mengekalkan monopoli kekuasaan mereka. Gerakan pelajar dilihat sebagai gerakan pembangkang yang harus disekat manakala gerakan pelajar Pro Aspirasi pula dilihat sebagai memenuhi tuntutan pentadbiran? Ini merupakan pencabulan asasi kepada mahasiswa. Ke manakah hilangnya kewarasan dan kebijakan pentadbiran universiti? Mungkinkah juga berada dalam seluar dalam Saiful Bukhari Azlan?

Rakyat perlu berbangga dalam kejayaan besar gerakan Pro Mahasiswa memenangi pilihanraya kampus di universiti-universiti utama. Kemenangan ini merupakan gelombang awal saat-saat kebangkitan rakyat. Kita belum lagi menyaksikan malah menanti bagaimana, bentuk dan rupa perubahan yang bakal terhasil.

Mahasiswa harus bertindak sebagai agen perubahan pada minda dan struktur masyarakat umumnya. Kurang pendedahan terhadap isu-kekangan kebebasan bersuara dan malas berfikir merupakan barah kepada masyarakat kita hari ini. Masyarakat harus disedarkan-dan ramai yang mula sedar. Peranan mahasiswa haruslah menyeluruh dan mampu mendidik masyarakat untuk Malaysia yang diidamkan. Tanyalah sama pokok apa sebab goyang....Tanyalah sama hati kenapa kita harus menang! -MR

*Hafiz Zainuddin ialah penulis bebas.


Handicapped Hawker Discrimination - Serious

Posted: 25 Feb 2011 08:00 AM PST

NGO representatives protesting in support of Cha Seak Nee (in pink). — Pictures by Syed Putra Syed Abdul Rahman

PETALING JAYA: A group of stallholders, including a disabled individual, held a peaceful protest at the Taman Megah market in SS24, here, recently.


They were protesting because of a dispute with other stallholders over the allocation of stalls.

Last year, the Petaling Jaya


Disabled Hawker Sidelined

Posted: 25 Feb 2011 07:00 AM PST

Peniaga OKU ditindasOleh WAN RAHIMAH WAN DRAMAN
kota@utusan.com.my


Cha Seah Nee (duduk, dua dari kiri) bersama rakan-rakannya menunjukkan salinan laporan polis mengenai kekasaran yang dilakukan oleh kakitangan MBPJ di Petaling Jaya, semalam.

PETALING JAYA 24 Feb. - Usaha golongan orang kurang upaya (OKU) untuk hidup berdikari dan mencari pendapatan sendiri ternyata tidak semudah


Pasangan Curi TV Milik Hotel Dalam Beg

Posted: 25 Feb 2011 07:39 AM PST

Kuala Lumpur: Sepasang kekasih yang menginap di sebuah hotel mewah di ibu kota, cuba mendapatkan 'cenderamata' dengan mencuri dan menyembunyikan sebuah televisyen besar dalam beg pakaian mereka. Gambar fail

Mereka dipercayai mencabut televisyen LCD bersaiz 81 sentimeter sebelum berpura-pura ke lobi hotel di Jalan Bukit Bintang itu untuk melarikan diri, Selasa lalu.

Sumber polis berkata, dalam kejadian sekitar 12 tengah hari itu, seorang kakitangan hotel melihat suspek berjalan keluar dari pintu hotel secara tergesa-gesa.

'Dia segera menahan pasangan tersebut bagi pemeriksaan lanjut. Namun suspek enggan membenarkan beg pakaiannya disentuh. Malah, pengawal keselamatan juga ditegah daripada membuka beg pakaian itu,' katanya.

Menurutnya, suspek berjalan masuk semula ke dalam bilik hotel sambil diekori kakitangan hotel berkenaan.

'Bagaimanapun, suspek tidak membenarkan mereka memeriksa atau masuk ke bilik mereka dengan alasan tidak mahu diganggu,' katanya.

Menurutnya, suspek hanya membenarkan dua pengawal keselamatan hotel terbabit memasuki bilik berkenaan 10 minit kemudian.

'Hasil pemeriksaan awal, kakitangan hotel mendapati kedudukan televisyen terbabit dalam keadaan senget dan tidak sempurna.

'Apabila pengawal keselamatan hotel memeriksa tandas, dia mendapati alat pemanas air yang dipasang turut lesap,' katanya.

Menurutnya, suspek akhirnya mengaku mencuri alat pemanas air berharga RM500 ($209) itu sebelum menyerahkannya kepada rakannya sebelum ini. -hm


Dia Yang Kebas Bila Pinangan Untuk Anaknya Ditolak ...

Posted: 25 Feb 2011 06:24 AM PST

Bapa dakwa pernah tolak pinangan artis untuk satukan anak

SHAH ALAM: Seorang bapa memberitahu Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah, di sini, kelmarin, bahawa beliau pernah menolak pinangan artis popular '80-an, Raisuddin Hamzah, yang mahu menyatukan anak lelaki penyanyi itu dengan anaknya.

Encik Suberi Abdullah, 51 tahun, berkata hasrat Raisuddin ditolak memandangkan anaknya, Cik Siti Fatimah, 24 tahun, ketika itu masih belajar di sebuah institusi pengajian tinggi swasta di Batang Berjuntai, dekat sini.

Lelaki yang mengusahakan perniagaan restoran itu mendakwa Raisuddin melahirkan hasrat itu ketika mereka bertemu dalam jamuan makan di kediamannya di Hulu Klang, sempena Aidiladha, beberapa tahun lalu.

Ketika itu, Encik Raisuddin hadir bersama anaknya yang juga penyanyi, Cik Sarah.

'Dia (Raisuddin) kata, Pak Lang, kalau boleh saya mahu pinang anak Pak Lang untuk anak (lelaki) saya.

'Saya kata anak saya masih belajar lagi. Saya tidak bersetuju,'
katanya ketika disoal balas peguam, Encik Norazmi Mohd Arif pada perbicaraan permohonannya memfaraqkan (membubarkan) pernikahan Encik Raisuddin dan Cik Siti Fatimah, kelmarin.

Encik Raisuddin, 55 tahun, menikahi Cik Siti Fatimah sebagai isteri keduanya di negara jiran pada malam sambutan tahun baru 2007.

Bapa Cik Siti Fatimah, Encik Suberi, kemudian memfailkan permohonan faraq nikah pasangan itu pada 26 Oktober 2007.

Beliau membuat permohonan itu atas alasan Cik Siti Fatimah bermastautin di Selangor dan beliau sebagai wali mujbir langsung tidak dimaklumkan mengenai pernikahan itu.

Encik Suberi berkata, beliau hanya dimaklumkan mengenai pernikahan pasangan itu selepas Cik Siti Fatimah pulang ke rumahnya sempena cuti Tahun Baru Cina pada 2007.

Terdahulu, Encik Suberi berkata, beliau masih tidak bersetuju dengan pernikahan pasangan itu.

Pasangan itu dikatakan tidak sepadan dari segi umur dan hal itu membabitkan maruah keluarganya.

Sementara itu, ketika menjawab soalan Hakim Syarie Zainor Rahid Hassin, Encik Suberi menafikan beliau bermusuhan atau pernah bergaduh dengan Raisuddin.

Perbicaraan bersambung 13 April ini. -hm


Amerika Di Balik Demo Libya - Presiden Venezuela

Posted: 25 Feb 2011 05:00 AM PST

Menteri Luar Negara Venezuela menggaungkan kembali tuduhan Fidel Castro bahwa Amerika Syarikat (AS) dan sekutunya berada di belakang penunjuk perasaan di Libya untuk menguasai cadangan minyak di negara Afrika Utara tersebut.

Menteri Luar Negeri Venezuela Nicolas Maduro menyatakan, AS dan negara kuat lainnya sedang merencanakan pergerakan di dalam Libya yang bertujuan untuk menumbangkan kekuasaan Moammar Khadafi.

Namun, Maduro tidak mengutuk atau membela kekerasan yang dilakukan Pemerintah Libya terhadap para penunjuk perasaan yang menentang Khadafi.

Maduro meminta solusi damai harus diutamakan atas kerusuhan yang terjadi di Libya dan mempertanyakan kebenaran berita tentang kekecohan di Libya yang diberitakan oleh media yang menyudutkan kubu Khadafi di Tripoli.

"Mereka merekayasa situasi untuk melakukan pencerobohan ke Libya," ujar Maduro seperti dikutip dari CBS, Jumaat (25/2/2011).

"Libya sedang mengalami saat sulit yang seharusnya tidak di pengaruhi oleh maklumat menyesatkan dari pejabat berita media barat," Maduro menambahkan.

Khadafi sudah menjadi sekutu dekat Presiden Venezuela Hugo Chavez, dan lawan politik Chavez mengkritik pedas hubungan kedua negara tersebut.

Sebelumnya, pada Selasa (22/2/2011), Fidel Castro yang merupakan mentor Chavez, mengatakan, aksi protes di Libya merupakan dalih AS untuk melakukan pencerobohan oleh North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Castro dalam sebuah ruangan di surat kabar nasional Kuba mengatakan, terlalu awal untuk mengkritik pemerintahan Khadafi. Tapi, ia mash keras menyatakan bahawa aksi protes tersebut adalah rencana pencerobohan AS untuk mengambil alih cadangan minyak di Libya.

Venezuela dan Libya merupakan anggota Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Chavez, yang sudah menjalin hubungan dekat dengan Khadafi sejak memangku jabatan presiden sejak 1999, telah berulang kali menuduh Pemerintah AS berkonspirasi menjatuhkan pemerintahannya.

Presiden yang mendakwa dirinya sebagai seorang sosialis itu menyatakan AS ingin menguasai cadangan besar petrolium di Venezuela.

Namun, Pemerintah AS mengejek tuduhan bahwa AS berencana melawan Pemerintahan Venezuela.

Ulasan GB

Berita di atas mungkin ada kebenarannya selepas mengetahui PM Malaysia sendiri (yang telah dikenali mendapat nasihat dari APCO) mengkritik Presiden Ghaddafi dan apabila kita membaca berita ini:


Anak Kadaffi Bergabung dengan Demonstran

Anak termuda Kadafi, Saif al-Arab diberitakan bergabung dengan para demonstran di Timur kota Benghazi yang mendesak agar ayahnya meletakkan jawatannya.

Padahal Saif yang dikenal berpenampilan sederhana, diperintahkan Ayahnya untuk menumpas aksi para demonstran di kota Benghazy, Kamis (24/2).

Saif yang mendapat dukungan pasukan dan sejumlah perlengkapan tenter juga mengakui ayahnya akan melakukan aksi bunuh diri atau melarikan diri ke Amerika Latin bila gagal mengawal aksi demonstrasi. Ketika ini sejumlah tentera di kota ketiga terbesar di Libya, al-Bayda telah mengundurkan diri.

Mejar Jenderal Suleiman Mahmoud, komandan tentera di bahagian timur kota Tobruk bersama sejumlah anak buahnya juga menyatakan perletakan jawatan dari ketenteraan dan bergabung dengan para demonstran.

Sejumlah demonstran dan tentara telah ditembaki dari udara dan itulah alasannya untuk bergabung dengan demonstran. ''kami bersama rakyat. Saya dulu bergabung dengan Kadafi, tapi dia seorang tirani,'' katanya seperti dikutip antiwar.com



Won Bin & Moon Geun-young for Basic House

Posted: 24 Feb 2011 04:16 PM PST

Korean actor Won Bin and actress Moon Geun-young posing for Basic House [Kr] 2011 SS fashion collection…

Won Bin and Moon Geun-young for Basic House

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Won Bin & Moon Geun-young for Basic House from YeinJee's Asian Blog


Memang Tepat: "Malaysia Boleh Ghaddafi Tak Boleh"

Posted: 25 Feb 2011 04:15 AM PST

Malaysia boleh, Gaddafi tak boleh'

Gema laungan 'Malaysia boleh, Gaddafi tak boleh' bergema di depan kedutaan Libya di ibunegara petang tadi, apabila sekumpulan rakyat negara itu berhimpun membantah kekejaman pentadbiran presiden Mohammad Gaddafi.

Kira-kira 50 rakyat Libya itu muncul selepas tiga pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat menyerahkan memorandum bantahan kepada pegawai kanan kedutaan itu pada kira-kira jam 2.45 petang.

Mereka berhimpun di situ selama kira-kira 15 minit mulai jam 2.50 petang sambil membawa poster dan melaungkan antaranya, 'Gaddafi musuh Allah', kemudiannya diikuti dengan laungan 'Malaysia boleh, Gaddafi tak boleh'.

Sebelum itu, kira-kira 70 penyokong dan pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat serta NGO berarak ke Kedutaan Libya di ibunegara selepas solat Jumaat, bagi membantah kekejaman pentadbiran presiden Mohammad Gaddafi ke atas rakyatnya.

Bagaimanapun, mereka menghampiri kedutaaan tersebut, mereka dihalang oleh anggota polis yang berkawal di situ.

Selepas berunding seketika, pihak polis membenarkan lima orang untuk ke kedutaan tersebut bagi menyerahkan memorandum bantahan.

Manakala yang lainnya berpatah balik ke Masjid Tabung Haji yang terletak berdekatan di situ.

Antara mereka yang dibenarkan masuk ialah dua ahli jawatankuasa pusat PAS, Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi serta Mohamad Sabu. Turut sama ialah ketua Pemuda PAS Wilayah Persekutuan, Kamarulzaman Mohamad dan Ketua Angkatan Muda Keadilan (AMK), Khairul Annuar Ahmad Zainuddin.

Setibanya di jalan masuk ke kedutaan tersebut mereka disertai oleh ahli parlimen Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Anwar dan ahli parlimen Batu, Tian Chua dan setiausaha agung PSM, S Arutchelvan.

Selepas sekali lagi berunding dengan anggota polis yang berkawal di situ, tiga orang - Nurul Izzah, Syed Azman dan Mohamad Sabu - dibenarkan masuk kira-kira jam 2.45 petang, untuk menyerahkan memorandum bantahan kepada timbalan duta.

Menurut Syed Azman, memorandum itu adalah Gabungan Rakyat Malaysia yang diwakili oleh PAS, PKR, PSM dan 30 NGO, mendesak supaya dihentikan pembunuhan orang awam serta diadakan pilihan raya bebas bagi memenuhi aspirasi rakyat Libya. -mk




Is anyone at the U.N. remotely interested in securing peace anywhere?

Posted: 24 Feb 2011 05:45 AM PST

The U.N. responds to multiple crises in Arab and Muslim countries just as you'd expect.


Egypt, Bahrain, and Yemen are in turmoil. In Libya, Col. Moammar Gaddafi is using mercenaries to slaughter peaceful protestors. Hezbollah is staging a slow-motion coup in Lebanon. Iran's rulers are executing dissidents daily, developing nuclear weapons, and sending warships through Suez. The response of the United Nations to these many threats to global peace and security? Condemn Israel! Is there anything else the U.N. does as often or as well?

Here's how it went down this time: At the urging of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, temporary Security Council member Lebanon — a nation, as noted, increasingly ruled by Hezbollah, the Iranian-funded terrorist group that in 1983 murdered 241 American servicemen in Beirut — sponsored a resolution condemning Israel for constructing "illegal settlements."

In other words, the issue that the U.N. considers most critical in the world at this hinge moment in history is that Israelis have been building homes on land the Palestinians want — and might be able to have if they were prepared to negotiate a peace treaty with Israelis.

On Thursday, 110 members of Congress sent a letter to the Obama administration asking that it veto this latest attempt to delegitimize Israel, a democratic ally that has taken serious steps "to bring peace to the region." Those steps included a ten-month moratorium on new housing in the West Bank, which Israelis hoped would bring Palestinians back to the negotiating table. But why should Palestinians negotiate if they can get the U.N. to force Israel to make concessions in exchange for nothing?

In the end and to its credit, the Obama administration did veto the resolution. But Ambassador Susan Rice did not even attempt to suggest how hypocritical, counterproductive, and just plain deranged it is for the U.N. to ignore the crimes being committed by Islamist terrorists and Arab despots while demanding that Israelis surrender territory — taken in a defensive war — to those who remain committed to their extermination.

Instead, Rice meekly conceded that the U.S. agrees "about the folly and illegitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity," adding that the resolution was nevertheless "unwise." A more honest and courageous U.S. ambassador to the U.N. — John Bolton, Jeane Kirkpatrick, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan spring to mind — would have stated clearly that this resolution is a shameful attempt to deflect attention from real crises while enhancing Abbas's position within the Arab and Muslim worlds. He can take America's money and spit in America's eye? What a guy!

Perhaps Ambassador Rice would benefit from spending more time on these issues and less, as my FDD colleague Claudia Rosett has reported, lecturing Americans on "Why America Needs the United Nations." Since when did the job description of an American ambassador to the U.N. including marketing the U.N. to the taxpayers who subsidize the U.N.?

But I digress. The more important point is this: The U.N.'s leadership and most of its members are not remotely interested in securing peace anywhere. And there is no Palestinian leader who will or even can make peace with Israel so long as the Muslim Brotherhood, the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and similar groups are calling the shots — in many instances literally.

Hamas, Hezbollah, and the theocratic rulers of Iran have been candid: Creation of a Palestinian state is, at best, a secondary goal. Their primary objective is the defeat and destruction of the world's only Jewish state. No serious person can still believe the core issue is housing in the West Bank, also known as Judea and Samaria, territories that have never been part of a Palestinian state — because there has never been a Palestinian state — territories occupied by Jordan from 1949 until 1967, when Jordan, Egypt, and other Arab nations launched a conventional war intended to wipe Israel off the map.

Islamists cannot accept the existence of a nation led by infidels in a part of the world targeted for religious cleansing, the imposition of sharia, and the establishment of a modern caliphate — one that is to be oil-rich, nuclear-armed, and dedicated to diminishing American power globally and permanently.

Were Arab and Muslim nations willing to tolerate Israel's existence — not love Israelis, just tolerate them — negotiating borders would be a piece of cake. In the absence of such tolerance, it would be a mistake for Israel to surrender another square inch of soil — as its earlier withdrawals from southern Lebanon (where Hezbollah has installed thousand of missiles under the noses of U.N. "peacekeepers") and Gaza (from which thousands of missiles have been launched at Israeli villages) have demonstrated to all but the delusional (a substantial percentage of the international foreign-policy community).

Israel also turned over the Sinai to Egypt in return for a peace treaty signed by Egyptian president Anwar Sadat. His assassination at the hands of a Muslim Brotherhood splinter group soon followed. Three decades later, that peace treaty may be scrapped by whichever government comes to power in Egypt in the days ahead. That does not imply that another war with Egypt is imminent or even inevitable. It does imply that Israel cannot depend for its survival on pieces of paper signed by dictators. How often do free peoples need to be taught that lesson?

— Clifford D. May, a former New York Times foreign correspondent, is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on terrorism and Islamism. National Review


WHY I KILLED GANDHI – Nathuram Godse's Final Address to the Court.

Posted: 24 Feb 2011 04:56 AM PST

Personally, Gandhi was a Dhimmi and an idiot, who screwed India. I despise him. The guy who killed Gandhi was a patriot, a martyr, sounds familiar?

Nathuram Godse was arrested immediately after he assassinated Gandhiji, based on a F. I. R. filed by Nandlal Mehta at the Tughlak Road Police staton at Delhi . The trial, which was held in camera, began on May 27, 1948 and concluded on February 10, 1949. He was sentenced to death.

An appeal to the Punjab High Court, then in session at Simla, did not find favour and the sentence was upheld. The statement that you are about to read is the last made by Godse before the Court on the May 5, 1949.

Such was the power and eloquence of this statement that one of the judges, G. D. Khosla, later wrote, "I have, however, no doubt that had the audience of that day been constituted into a jury and entrusted with the task of deciding Godse's appeal, they would have brought a verdict of 'not Guilty' by an overwhelming majority"

WHY I KILLED GANDHI

Born in a devotional Brahmin family, I instinctively came to revere Hindu religion, Hindu history and Hindu culture. I had, therefore, been intensely proud of Hinduism as a whole. As I grew up I developed a tendency to free thinking unfettered by any superstitious allegiance to any isms, political or religious. That is why I worked actively for the eradication of untouchability and the caste system based on birth alone. I openly joined RSS wing of anti-caste movements and maintained that all Hindus were of equal status as to rights, social and religious and should be considered high or low on merit alone and not through the accident of birth in a particular caste or profession.

I used publicly to take part in organized anti-caste dinners in which thousands of Hindus, Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, Chamars and Bhangis participated. We broke the caste rules and dined in the company of each other. I have read the speeches and writings of Ravana, Chanakiya, Dadabhai Naoroji, Vivekanand, Gokhale, Tilak, along with the books of ancient and modern history of India and some prominent countries like England , France , America and Russia . Moreover I studied the tenets of Socialism and Marxism. But above all I studied very closely whatever Veer Savarkar and Gandhiji had written and spoken, as to my mind these two ideologies have contributed more to the moulding of the thought and action of the Indian people during the last thirty years or so, than any other single factor has done.

All this reading and thinking led me to believe it was my first duty to serve Hindudom and Hindus both as a patriot and as a world citizen. To secure the freedom and to safeguard the just interests of some thirty crores (300 million) of Hindus would automatically constitute the freedom and the well-being of all India , one fifth of human race. This conviction led me naturally to devote myself to the Hindu Sanghtanist ideology and programme, which alone, I came to believe, could win and preserve the national independence of Hindustan , my Motherland, and enable her to render true service to humanity as well.

Since the year 1920, that is, after the demise of Lokamanya Tilak, Gandhiji's influence in the Congress first increased and then became supreme. His activities for public awakening were phenomenal in their intensity and were reinforced by the slogan of truth and non-violence which he paraded ostentatiously before the country. No sensible or enlightened person could object to those slogans. In fact there is nothing new or original in them.. They are implicit in every constitutional public movement. But it is nothing but a mere dream if you imagine that the bulk of mankind is, or can ever become, capable of scrupulous adherence to these lofty principles in its normal life from day to day.

In fact, honour, duty and love of one's own kith and kin and country might often compel us to disregard non-violence and to use force. I could never conceive that an armed resistance to an aggression is unjust. I would consider it a religious and moral duty to resist and, if possible, to overpower such an enemy by use of force. [In the Ramayana] Rama killed Ravana in a tumultuous fight and relieved Sita.. [In the Mahabharata], Krishna killed Kansa to end his wickedness; and Arjuna had to fight and slay quite a number of his friends and relations including the revered Bhishma because the latter was on the side of the aggressor. It is my firm belief that in dubbing Rama, Krishna and Arjuna as guilty of violence, the Mahatma betrayed a total ignorance of the springs of human action.
In more recent history, it was the heroic fight put up by Chhatrapati Shivaji that first checked and eventually destroyed the Muslim tyranny in India . It was absolutely essentially for Shivaji to overpower and kill an aggressive Afzal Khan, failing which he would have lost his own life. In condemning history's towering warriors like Shivaji, Rana Pratap and Guru Gobind Singh as misguided patriots, Gandhiji has merely exposed his self-conceit. He was, paradoxical as it may appear, a violent pacifist who brought untold calamities on the country in the name of truth and non-violence, while Rana Pratap, Shivaji and the Guru will remain enshrined in the hearts of their countrymen for ever for the freedom they brought to them.

The accumulating provocation of thirty-two years, culminating in his last pro-Muslim fast, at last goaded me to the conclusion that the existence of Gandhi should be brought to an end immediately. Gandhi had done very good in South Africa to uphold the rights and well-being of the Indian community there. But when he finally returned to India he developed a subjective mentality under which he alone was to be the final judge of what was right or wrong. If the country wanted his leadership, it had to accept his infallibility; if it did not, he would stand aloof from the Congress and carry on his own way.

Against such an attitude there can be no halfway house. Either Congress had to surrender its will to his and had to be content with playing second fiddle to all his eccentricity, whimsicality, metaphysics and primitive vision, or it had to carry on without him. He alone was the Judge of everyone and every thing; he was the master brain guiding the civil disobedience movement; no other could know the technique of that movement. He alone knew when to begin and when to withdraw it. The movement might succeed or fail, it might bring untold disaster and political reverses but that could make no difference to the Mahatma's infallibility. 'A Satyagrahi can never fail' was his formula for declaring his own infallibility and nobody except himself knew what a Satyagrahi is. Thus, the Mahatma became the judge and jury in his own cause. These childish insanities and obstinacies, coupled with a most severe austerity of life, ceaseless work and lofty character made Gandhi formidable and irresistible.

Many people thought that his politics were irrational but they had either to withdraw from the Congress or place their intelligence at his feet to do with as he liked. In a position of such absolute irresponsibility Gandhi was guilty of blunder after blunder, failure after failure, disaster after disaster. Gandhi's pro-Muslim policy is blatantly in his perverse attitude on the question of the national language of India . It is quite obvious that Hindi has the most prior claim to be accepted as the premier language. In the beginning of his career in India , Gandhi gave a great impetus to Hindi but as he found that the Muslims did not like it, he became a champion of what is called Hindustani.. Everybody in India knows that there is no language called Hindustani; it has no grammar; it has no vocabulary. It is a mere dialect, it is spoken, but not written. It is a bastard tongue and cross-breed between Hindi and Urdu, and not even the Mahatma's sophistry could make it popular. But in his desire to please the Muslims he insisted that Hindustani alone should be the national language of India . His blind followers, of course, supported him and the so-called hybrid language began to be used. The charm and purity of the Hindi language was to be prostituted to please the Muslims. All his experiments were at the expense of the Hindus.

From August 1946 onwards the private armies of the Muslim League began a massacre of the Hindus. The then Viceroy, Lord Wavell, though distressed at what was happening, would not use his powers under the Government of India Act of 1935 to prevent the rape, murder and arson. The Hindu blood began to flow from Bengal to Karachi with some retaliation by the Hindus. The Interim Government formed in September was sabotaged by its Muslim League members right from its inception, but the more they became disloyal and treasonable to the government of which they were a part, the greater was Gandhi's infatuation for them. Lord Wavell had to resign as he could not bring about a settlement and he was succeeded by Lord Mountbatten. King Log was followed by King Stork. The Congress which had boasted of its nationalism and socialism secretly accepted Pakistan literally at the point of the bayonet and abjectly surrendered to Jinnah. India was vivisected and one-third of the Indian territory became foreign land to us from August 15, 1947.

Lord Mountbatten came to be described in Congress circles as the greatest Viceroy and Governor-General this country ever had. The official date for handing over power was fixed for June 30, 1948, but Mountbatten with his ruthless surgery gave us a gift of vivisected India ten months in advance. This is what Gandhi had achieved after thirty years of undisputed dictatorship and this is what Congress party calls 'freedom' and 'peaceful transfer of power'. The Hindu-Muslim unity bubble was finally burst and a theocratic state was established with the consent of Nehru and his crowd and they have called 'freedom won by them with sacrifice' – whose sacrifice? When top leaders of Congress, with the consent of Gandhi, divided and tore the country – which we consider a deity of worship – my mind was filled with direful anger.

One of the conditions imposed by Gandhi for his breaking of the fast unto death related to the mosques in Delhi occupied by the Hindu refugees. But when Hindus in Pakistan were subjected to violent attacks he did not so much as utter a single word to protest and censure the Pakistan Government or the Muslims concerned. Gandhi was shrewd enough to know that while undertaking a fast unto death, had he imposed for its break some condition on the Muslims in Pakistan , there would have been found hardly any Muslims who could have shown some grief if the fast had ended in his death. It was for this reason that he purposely avoided imposing any condition on the Muslims. He was fully aware of from the experience that Jinnah was not at all perturbed or influenced by his fast and the Muslim League hardly attached any value to the inner voice of Gandhi.

Gandhi is being referred to as the Father of the Nation. But if that is so, he had failed his paternal duty inasmuch as he has acted very treacherously to the nation by his consenting to the partitioning of it. I stoutly maintain that Gandhi has failed in his duty. He has proved to be the Father of Pakistan. His inner-voice, his spiritual power and his doctrine of non-violence of which so much is made of, all crumbled before Jinnah's iron will and proved to be powerless. Briefly speaking, I thought to myself and foresaw I shall be totally ruined, and the only thing I could expect from the people would be nothing but hatred and that I shall have lost all my honour, even more valuable than my life, if I were to kill Gandhiji. But at the same time I felt that the Indian politics in the absence of Gandhiji would surely be proved practical, able to retaliate, and would be powerful with armed forces. No doubt, my own future would be totally ruined, but the nation would be saved from the inroads of Pakistan . People may even call me and dub me as devoid of any sense or foolish, but the nation would be free to follow the course founded on the reason which I consider to be necessary for sound nation-building.

After having fully considered the question, I took the final decision in the matter, but I did not speak about it to anyone whatsoever. I took courage in both my hands and I did fire the shots at Gandhiji on 30th January 1948, on the prayer-grounds of Birla House. I do say that my shots were fired at the person whose policy and action had brought rack and ruin and destruction to millions of Hindus. There was no legal machinery by which such an offender could be brought to book and for this reason I fired those fatal shots. I bear no ill will towards anyone individually but I do say that I had no respect for the present government owing to their policy which was unfairly favourable towards the Muslims. But at the same time I could clearly see that the policy was entirely due to the presence of Gandhi.

I have to say with great regret that Prime Minister Nehru quite forgets that his preachings and deeds are at times at variances with each other when he talks about India as a secular state in season and out of season, because it is significant to note that Nehru has played a leading role in the establishment of the theocratic state of Pakistan, and his job was made easier by Gandhi's persistent policy of appeasement towards the Muslims. I now stand before the court to accept the full share of my responsibility for what I have done and the judge would, of course, pass against me such orders of sentence as may be considered proper. But I would like to add that I do not desire any mercy to be shown to me, nor do I wish that anyone else should beg for mercy on my behalf. My confidence about the moral side of my action has not been shaken even by the criticism levelled against it on all sides. I have no doubt that honest writers of history will weigh my act and find the true value thereof some day in future. Source.


So whatever happened to the "Secular Muslim Brotherhood" ?

Posted: 24 Feb 2011 04:38 AM PST

Wasn't it a lot of bullshit? I am definitely not being vulgar, live with it! Egypt: Coptic priest stabbed to death in his home by masked attackers shouting "Allahu akbar"

As was the case with the demonstration by Copts to demand a secular Egyptian government the other day, coverage of this story in the Western media has been minimal, despite thousands of Copts' protesting in the aftermath of this murder.

"Coptic Christian priest killed in Egypt, setting off new protests by religious minority," from the Associated Press, February 23:

ASSIUT, Egypt - A Coptic Christian priest has been killed in southern Egypt, triggering street demonstrations by several thousand Christians.

Other reports indicate that the priest's safe was opened and property stolen, with police seemingly eager to settle for robbery as a motive. But one other article also notes that neighbors heard the assailants "chanting Islamic slogans."

The priest was found dead in his home. A fellow clergyman, Danoub Thabet, says his body had several stab wounds. He says neighbours reported seeing several masked men leaving the apartment and shouting "Allahu akbar," or "God is great," suggesting the killing was motivated by the divide between Egypt's Muslims and its minority Coptic community.

No, really? Of course, we get no hint of what's behind that "divide." Murdering priests certainly also tends to be "divisive."

About 3,000 protesters scuffled with Muslim shop owners Tuesday night and smashed the windows of a police car in the city, Assiut. Hat tip: Jihad Watch


The hypocrisy of the UN's Human Rights Council on Libya

Posted: 24 Feb 2011 04:04 AM PST

Watch how the United Nations Human Rights System empowered Libya's Gaddafi.

How do you say hypocrisy in Ayrraaab?


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Dr Jeyakumar Berjaya Cabar Keputusan Putrajaya Tolak Tuntutan Dana

Posted: 25 Feb 2011 03:15 AM PST

MP Sungai Siput dibenar cabar Putrajaya tolak tuntutan dana

KUALA LUMPUR, 25 Feb — Mahkamah Tinggi di sini hari ini membenarkan permohonan Ahli Parlimen Sungai Siput, Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, untuk mencabar keputusan kerajaan pusat menolak peruntukan tahunan kepada kawasan pilihan raya berkenaan yang diwakili pembangkang.

Dalam membenarkan permohonan kebenaran mendapatkan semakan kehakiman, Hakim Datuk Aziah Ali berpendapat Dr Jeyakumar telah membuktikan ada kes untuk diberi pertimbangan sewajar.

"Saya setuju dengan peguam pemohon bahawa ada isu-isu yang memberi merit kepada permohonan yang perlu diselesaikan pada pendengaran usul substantif," kata Aziah dalam penghakimannya.

Hakim juga menolak bantahan awal Jabatan Peguam Negara bahawa alasan permohonan Dr Jeyakumar itu tidak berasas serta menyalahgunakan proses mahkamah.

Peguam Datuk S. Ambiga, yang mewakili Dr Jeyakumar, memberitahu pemberita bahawa mahkamah telah menetapkan 18 Mac depan untuk pengurusan kes bagi mendengar penuh permohonan semakan kehakiman itu.

Pada 29 Oktober lalu, Dr Jeyakumar memfailkan permohonan untuk mendapatkan kebenaran semakan kehakiman bagi memperoleh perisytiharan bahawa peruntukan khas kawasan Parlimen mesti dibekalkan dan disediakan kepada semua Ahli Parlimen secara saksama.

Dr Jeyakumar, 52, seorang pakar jantung, menamakan Ketua Pengarah bagi Unit Penyelarasan Pelaksanaan (ICU) di Jabatan Perdana Menteri (JPM), Pengarah Pejabat Pembangunan Perak dan kerajaan Malaysia sebagai responden pertama hingga ketiga.

Dr Jeyakumar memfailkan tindakan undang-undang selepas permohonannya kepada Pengarah Pejabat Pembangunan untuk dana bagi Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan Shin Chung, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Methodist dan Rumah Anak Yatim Nurul Ihsan serta dana untuk perkampungan Orang Asli ditolak pada 12 Oktober tahun lepas.

Ahli Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) itu berkata permintaan untuk dana harus diberikan kerana semua projek yang dipohon merupakan peruntukan khas untuk kawasan pilihan raya.

Beliau mendakwa pihak responden menggunakan kuasa atau budi bicara untuk memberikan peruntukan secara tidak adil dengan memihak kepada Ahli Parlimen dari Barisan Nasional (BN) dan prejudis terhadap Ahli Parlimen dari parti pembangkang.

Antara lain, Dr Jeyakumar juga menuntut perisytiharan bahawa peruntukan tersebut mesti disediakan secara saksama selaras dengan Perkara 8 (1) Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Selain itu, beliau juga menuntut perintah ''mandamus'' bagi memaksa responden menperjelaskan kuasa mereka dalam meluluskan dana dari Peruntukan Khas Kawasan Parlimen mengikut budi bicara serta menyatakan prosedur peruntukan dana sejak 2008.

Beliau menuntut writ ''quo warranto'' (permohonan yang mencabar kesahihan pelantikan perjawatan) dikeluarkan yang memerintahkan pihak responden untuk tunjuk sebab dan memberi maklumat mengenai kuasa mereka dalam mengguna, melulus dan mengeluarkan dana daripada Kumpulan Wang Disatukan Persekutuan. — Bernama


Revolt? Tsk Tsk Tsk!!

Posted: 25 Feb 2011 02:39 AM PST

I wonder if you have read this article HERE which said:

Malaysia will suffer the same fate as Egypt which recently faced a revolt if PAS were to rule the country, said Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam.

He said PAS's brand of democracy was destructive, adding that the existing system in the country was a proven one.

"The people can have their say at the ballot box... that is why PAS got to govern Kelantan and Kedah, DAP Penang and PKR Selangor.

"Protest demonstrations are counter-productive... we have elections which are the best platform to make a stand," he told reporters after performing the ground-breaking ceremony at Air Merbau here today.




I am sorry if the following section is pedantic but I need to highlight a few points.

In all my classes, I ALWAYS tell my students that they should never use the modal verb 'will' unless the usage conforms to grammar rules and they are 100% sure that scenario will happen.

According to Wikipedia, the modal verb 'will' is used:

* to express the willingness, desire or intention of the speaker
* to express habitual action in the present and in the past
* to express that the speaker expects that they would find that a proposition would be true should they later get more information

This site says that 'will' is used in the following situations:

1) Future actions that happen without the speaker's intention
The sun will shine tomorrow.

2) Predictions, assumptions
I think Sue will arrive in Paris at 6 pm.

3) Spontaneous actions
Hang on! I'll have a word with you.

Is it right then to say that Malaysia will suffer the same fate as Egypt which recently faced a revolt if PAS were to rule the country? How sure is he that it will definitely happen?

No one is omniscient, omnipotent or omnipresent to know everything, except for the Almighty.

To overgeneralize and to assume that the conditions in Egypt are the same as in Malaysia is definitely fallacious thinking. Although some similarities exist between Egypt and Malaysia, one cannot conclude that PAS will lead Malaysia to destruction. Note : I am not in any way expressing support for PAS, neither am I against PAS. I am looking at this issue from the standpoint of logical reasoning alone.

Fate may refer to an inevitable course of events. So far, there is no guarantee in life except the fact that we will all die. So why emphasize the notion that 'Malaysia will suffer the same fate as Egypt'? Our people, nation, social setting, values, governance and problems are very different and needs or solutions vary from one country to another depending on time, place and situations.

Apart from that, in language usage, that statement is also incorrect. Where sequence of events is concerned, such statements must be backed by evidence that demands a verdict.

On February 7th, consider what our PM said HERE:

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has warned against any attempt to usurp power in Malaysia through demonstrations like those in Egypt. "Don't think that what is happening there must also happen in Malaysia. We will not allow it to happen here," he said Sunday. He did not address his warning to anybody in particular. But analysts said the warning comes following the prospects of early parliamentary elections.
Now, doesn't the above extract show that our government is in control and will not allow any one to usurp power in Malaysia through demonstrations like those in Egypt?

I wonder if Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam read the above mentioned report.

Our citizens are very rational people and quite informed as well. At the same time, the literacy rate and broadband penetration is on the rise so it is not so easy to beguile and befuddle any one with any lame threat.

Why then did he make such a statement? I wonder how PAS leaders will respond to that report especially since he said that 'PAS's brand of democracy was destructive' without giving any examples.

We will have to wait and see...

Do leave a comment to share your views. Thanks! Have a lovely Friday evening.


Pilihan Untuk SPR: Bersih Atau Mesir?

Posted: 25 Feb 2011 02:30 AM PST

SPR kabur tentang 'lu tolong gua, gua tolong lu'

Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof hari ini enggan menyatakan pendiriannya sama ada pemberian 'habuan' dalam kempen pilihan raya, melanggar undang-undang pilihan raya.

Ketika ditemui wartawan ketika beliau melawat Kolej Politeknik Merlimau yang akan digunakan sebagai pusat penamaan calon esok, Abdul Aziz berkata beliau bukan seorang yang ahli mengenai perkara itu.

Ia walaupun suruhanjaya tersebut telahpun mengendalikan 12 pilihan raya umum dan banyak pilihan raya kecil selama ini.

Abdul Aziz berkata demikian ketika ditanya mengenai misteri NGO 1Malaysia yang muncul sewaktu pilihan raya kecil untuk menganjurkan majlis makan dan mengedarkan 'ole-ole' yang termasuk makanan ruji seperti Milo, beras dan susu pekat bersama-sama dengan poster Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.

Sasaran utama NGO 1Malaysia itu ialah pengundi bukan Melayu yang mengundi menentang BN dalam pilihan raya kecil sebelum ini.

'Lu tolong gua, gua lu tolong'

Abdul Aziz juga memberi jawapan yang sama ketika ditanya tentang ucapan Najib "lu tolong gua, gua tolong lu' dalam satu majlis di SRJK (C) Merlimau pada 19 Februari lalu.

Ia dilaporkan oleh akhbar Sin Chew Daily, bahawa Najib telah memberitahu kira-kira 1,000 hadirin di majlis itu bahawa: "Lu tolong gua, gua lu tolong".

Kata-kata itu pertama kali diucapkan ketika pilihan raya kecil Sibu, di mana Najib telah berjanji untuk melaksanakan kerja mitigasi banjir hanya jika menang. DAP berjaya merampas kerusi tersebut dari BN dengan majoriti tipis.

Ulasan GB

Rakyat melihat: Pengerusi dan Timbalan pengerusi SPR selama ini bekerja untuk UMNO BN.

Terlalu banyak BUKTI yang SPR berjalan senget, tidak bebas, tidak berkecuali dan tidak profesyenal.

Mereka tidak berhak lansung untuk mendapat gaji dari perbendaharan tetapi sebaliknya perlu menuntut gaji dari UMNO BN.

Ada satu cara untuk mengajar mereka, pilih yang mana satu: BERSIH atau MESIR?


Himpunan BERSIH Akan Diadakan, Sekali Lagi

Posted: 25 Feb 2011 12:00 AM PST

Jasin, 25 Feb: Pakatan Rakyat memberi peluang kepada BN untuk mengubah kelamahan mereka dan tidak mustahil himpunan Gabungan Pilihan raya Bersih dan Adil (Bersih) akan berulang bagi menuntut pilihan raya yang adil.

"Kita mahu BN membetulkan kelemahan-kelamahan ini. Kita masuk pilihan raya kecil sebab nak tengok sejauh mana BN membuat perubahan.

"Kalau BN tak mahu buat perubahan, bila umur panjang dia nyanyuk dan akan jatuh akhirnya. Kami masih memberi peluang kepada BN untuk membuat perubahan dalam demokrasi.

"PAS akan mencadangkan satu himpunan Bersih sekali lagi untuk mendesak kerajaan membuat perubahan ke arah demokrasi dan pilihan raya yang adil," tegas Presiden PAS, Datuk Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang ketika ditemui pemberita di Majlis Pengisytiharan Calon PRK Dun Merlimau di Markas Solihin, dekat sini, malam tadi.

Mengenai calon bagi pilihan raya kecil (PRK) Dun Merlimau, beliau berkata PAS yakin dengan kebolehan calonnya, Yuhaizad Abdullah untuk membawa suara rakyat ke Dewan Undangan Negeri (Dun) Melaka khususnya mewakili orang muda.

Katanya, berkata, PAS meletakkan calon muda kerana sebahagian pengundi merupakan generasi muda.

"Anda semua sudah dengar kebolehan Yuhaizad berpidato. Kita yakin Yuhaizad boleh berhujah membawa suara PAS dalam Dewan Undangan Negeri Melaka.

"PAS mencalonkan orang muda kerana sebahagian pengundi baru ialah pengundi muda," kata beliau Yuhaizad, 38, merupakan anak tempatan dan memegang amanah sebagai Timbalan Yang Dipertua PAS Kawasan Jasin, Ahli Badan Perhubungan PAS Negeri Melaka dan Timbalan Ketua Dewan Pemuda PAS negeri.

Abdul Hadi juga berkata, PAS optimis merampas kerusi Merlimau dari BN sekiranya pilihan raya dilaksanakan secara adil dengan memberikan ruang kepada rakyat untuk mengakses maklumat secara menyeluruh.

"Tak mustahil kita boleh menang. Kita pernah menang, kita pernah kalah dan kita boleh menang. Cuma kita harap pilihan raya itu mesti adil, bukan sahaja adil dari segi mengundi tapi dari laporan media.

"Harapan untuk menang ada kerana kita telah berjaya mengubah undi daripada 2004 dengan menurunkan seribu undi BN pada 2008," katanya yang juga ahli Parlimen Marang.

Terdahulu, berucap di hadapan lebih 6,000 penyokong Pakatan Rakyat, Abdul Hadi berkata, PAS menyertai pilihan raya kecil untuk mengajak rakyat membuat perubahan melalui demokrasi yang sebenar.

"Pakatan rakyat menyertai pilihan raya kecil untuk mengajak rakyat membuat perubahan melalui pilihan raya dan kita mahu pilihan raya diadakan dengan adil. Kita beri peluang kepada BN yang memerintah negara ini yang bertanggungjawab memimpin negara supaya memodenkan demokrasi kerana masa sudah berubah dan demokrasi mesti direformasikan," katanya.

Menurut beliau, rakyat berhak menegur dan menukar pemerintah yang dilihat sudah pincang dari segi pentadbiran melalui pilihan raya bagi memastikan kesejahteraan negara.

"Demokrasi adalah mahkamah rakyat melalui pilihan raya untuk memlih kerajaan yang sihat kerana tidak ada ketua negara yang hidup selama-lamanya. Bila sampai umur dia mati dan tidak ada parti yang boleh memerintah selama-lamanya," katanya. -harakahdaily


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