Tuesday, August 16, 2011

"Saya memang suka sambal"

"Saya memang suka sambal"

"Saya memang suka sambal"

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 10:05 AM PDT

I believe millions of Malaysian heard PM Najib said, "Saya memang suka sambal" on TV3 Nightline about an hour ago.

It was caught on camera. He was aware of the media and TV crew attendance but like everybody else, he couldn't hide his likings.

He was attending a breaking fast hosted by the government's Chief Secretary Sidek Hassan. My family likes it, and we had a good laugh. I think those who watched it found it ticklish.

Nothing's wrong with that. It shows how our Prime Minister handles his protocol swiftly. We do not need protocol for functions like that!

Another thing. 'Sambal' is so common to Malaysians. The Malays love it. The Indians too. And so are the Chinese and other races. Even 'Mat Salleh' would like to try it.

Malaysians love it and there is no divide when it comes to eating it with nasi lemak, roti canai or rice. When it comes to 'sambal', Malaysians would not resist it. They are one.

Now we know what inspired Najib to introduce his 1Malaysia!

We also like your sambal laa, Najib!

Down With Bullies!

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 09:15 AM PDT

Earlier this evening, I read THIS REPORT about how four students of a secondary school here were seriously injured in an attack by a group of 30 students, believed to be from another two schools, in a school compound. What could be the possible causes of such a disgraceful episode in our country?

According to the report, one of the victims suffered head injuries, another broke his right hand while two others were seriously injured on the body in the attack, which happened as they were exiting the school gate at about 1.15pm.

Apparently, the attackers, armed with iron rods, batons and helmets, were all believed to be aged 17 years. The four victims were sent to Kuala Lumpur General Hospital for treatment.

Soon after the incident was reported,  the police arrived  and detained a suspect while the victims' school disciplinary teacher later made a report at the Dang Wangi Police Headquarters before informing the victims' parents.When contacted, the police confirmed receiving the report of the incident and said they were hunting all the suspects and were confident they would be picked up soon.

As we all know, young people learn by example. And they can also learn how to bully when they see how some bully, patronise and intimidate others in our own backyard! Bullying can take various forms including:

Physical bullying involves harmful actions against another person's body. Examples include: biting, kicking, pushing, pinching, hitting, tripping, pulling hair, any form of violence or intimidation. Physical bullying also involves the interference with another person's property. Examples include: damaging or stealing.

Verbal: Verbal bullying involves speaking to a person or about a person in an unkind or hurtful way. Examples include: sarcasm, teasing, put-downs, name calling, phone calls, spreading rumors or hurtful gossip.

Emotional: Emotional bullying involves behaviors that upset, exclude, or embarrass a person. Examples include: nasty notes, saying mean things using technology (e.g. cyber bullying using emails, instant messaging), chat rooms, tormenting threatening, humiliation or social embarrassment.

Sexual: Sexual bullying singles out a person because of gender and demonstrates unwarranted or unwelcome sexual behavior. Examples include: sexual comments, abusive comments, unwanted physical contact.

Racial: Racial bullying involves rejection or isolation of a person because of ethnicity. Examples include: gestures, racial slurs or taunts, name calling, making fun of customs/skin color/accent/food choices.  (Source: HERE)

What sort of examples are some Malaysians setting?

1. Watch this video where Senator Ezam threatened to burn down news portals.

2.  Read THIS REPORT where Ezam Mohd Nor said he has to come to the defence of Islam and will wage war against those who tarnish the religion, including burning online news portals.

He also warned Muslim staff of Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider not to become agents for infidels.

"Don't be a (Brutus) for the infidel's agenda. You can find employment elsewhere," Ezam said after claiming that these portals showed strong stance against the JAIS action at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC).

"We give you a last warning. If you don't stop, we'll burn," said Ezam, a former ally of Anwar Ibrahim.

He actually said it three times in two languages.

He also extended his threat to the Muslims who abet the non-Muslims in conversions out of Islam.

He also instructed them to "repent", as if speaking against JAIS was an act against "Allah".

"We have no choice but to wage war to protect the Muslim faith," said Ezam in front of 500 fellow Muslims at the compound of the Selangor state mosque in Shah Alam.

"I need to protect MY GOD"... as usual... isn't it supposed to be the other way around?

3. Read this report where Ibrahim Ali threatens to launch a jihad against Christians.

He is actually being a True Muslim, because that is the specific instructions according to Surah 9:5,29,41, ""Slay the idolators [non-Muslims] wherever ye find them, and take them captive, and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the last Day…. Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah!
Also, "Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it." (Surah 2:216)

4. Then there is the DUMC issue and you can check out THIS LINK. What about other considerations? Check:

"Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends." (Surah 5:51)

Sura3 3:64: "Verily Allah has cursed the Unbelievers (whom he defined as Christians in the 5th surah"Believers, take not Jews and Christians for your friends.) and has prepared for them a Blazing Fire to dwell in forever. No protector will they find, nor savior. That Day their faces will be turned upside down in the Fire. They will say: 'Woe to us! We should have obeyed Allah and obeyed the Messenger!' 'Our Lord! Give them double torment and  curse them with a very great Curse!'"

"Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme." (Surah 8:36-)

and finally:
"Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]...until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (Surah 9:27-)

5. The Star has also been caught in the fray with its recent bungle over its insensitive "Dining Out" articles. Home Minister said he was dissatisfied with the daily's response to the "mistake", which is why he summoned its chief editor today for an explanation. Hishammuddin said a "very clear apology" has to be made to Muslims. Where do they go from there?


7. This post details excellent examples of political bullying. Excerpt from that post:

Bully politics drives discontent, ignores the needs of the people, using fear in place of responsibility.

What does bullying have to do with politics? Far too much, sadly. Bully politics adopts a "for-me-or-against-me" posture, led by one who prefers to crush their enemies rather than allow them a voice. It's an abuse of a position to secure and maintain power. It's a contrived, manipulative political agenda, where voters become spectators and those who try to speak up and become engaged are quickly quieted by political handlers.

A well-used tool of political bullying is the fanatical control of all communications, a management style embraced by our ruling power. The UMNO-owned Malay daily Utusan Malaysia has come under fire numerous times for carrying articles with a racial slant.

Ethnic Malays comprise about 60 percent of Malaysia's 27 million people. Minorities include large ethnic Chinese and Indian communities, who are mainly Buddhists, Christians and Hindus. In Malaysia, UMNO has over-dominated the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition at the expense of other component parties. In September 2009 Penang UMNO division chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail exhibited supreme arrogance when he showed no remorse for calling Malaysian Chinese" immigrants " ("pendatangs) at a rally in the run-up to the Permatang Pauh by-election. And when Gerakan stood up to him, he behaved just like a schoolyard bully. He asked for Gerakan to be kicked out of the BN.

The then chairman of BN and president of UMNO, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the party's supreme council members only took disciplinary action against the Bukit Bendera politician after being pushed into a corner. Even then, it was half-hearted attempt to apply balm on the raw feelings of the non-Malays. Ethnic Malays comprise about 60 percent of Malaysia's 27 million people. Minorities include large ethnic Chinese and Indian communities, who are mainly Buddhists, Christians and Hindus.

A poll by the Merdeka Centre in July 2009 showed that 66% of Chinese and 60.1% of Indians agree that the BN does not represent the voice of all communities.

A Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) division leader has described Umno at the federal level and Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) in Sarawak as 'too dominant' and indeed are 'bullies' in their dealings with smaller component parties in the Barisan Nasional. In Sarawak, PRS, a component party inside the state and federal Barisan Nasional has been bullied by what could collectively be called the 'BN leadership'. The BN system has generated a state-level entity where there has been one dominant party - the PBB which is leading the state BN government.

There were two instances of UMNO and PBB bullying PRS.

The first was during the 2006 state election when a component BN party was 'allowed' to steal a PRS seat. Neither the state nor federal BN intervened effectively to stop a component party from interfering in the affairs of another. Where was BN when effective action was needed? It was as if the BN was shutting its proverbial 'eye' to the intra-BN infighting in Sarawak. By letting the problem fester, it was acting as a bully, not a problem solver.

The second incident was during the March general election when two of the party's candidates were rejected without any reason. Why was PBB allowed to choose its candidates to contest on PRS seats?

"Where is the principle that component parties ought to be free to conduct their own affairs and make the selection of candidates themselves? Is this not a case of dominance and bullying?"


So with such 'brilliant examples' that are being set by airheads, is it any surprise that some of the young have turned out to be bullies?

Bongkar - Pendatang Asing Dipaksa Sokong Dan Undi UMNO/BN

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 10:19 AM PDT

Demi menjaga kelangsungan kuasa Umno-Barisan Nasional (BN), peserta-peserta Program Pemutihan Pendatang Asing (6P) diwajibkan untuk menyokong parti itu pada bila-bila masa.

Perkara itu didedahkan Ketua Wanita PKR, Zuraida Kamaruddin hari ini dengan menyertakan salinan surat sumpah kepada media selain mendakwa ianya sebahagian daripada syarat tetap yang perlu dipatuhi warganegara asing.

Sehubungan dengan itu, beliau mendesak agar program tersebut dihentikan serta merta dan menggesa kerajaan membuka siasatan di peringkat tertinggi untuk memastikan ianya tidak berhasrat mencabul kedaulatan negara.

"Tindakan ini dengan jelas mensabitkan program pemutihan 6P dengan muslihat untuk menjual kedaulatan negara semata-mata untuk menjamin kelangsungan kuasa Umno-BN yang semakin ditolak rakyat," ujar beliau.

Merujuk kepada salinan surat yang dilampirkan, selain dipaksa berikrar untuk menyokong parti Umno-BN, peserta turut dipaksa menyimpan "RAHSIA" tentang perkara tersebut.

Malah sekiranya ingkar maka setiap individu "akan menerima padahnya".

Zuraida berkata, maklumat tersebut diperolehi melalui salah seorang peserta program 6P yang memberanikan diri untuk bekerjasama dan tampil mengemukakan laporan kepada PKR.

Katanya sehingga kini, pihaknya telah berjaya mengumpul hampir 10 orang peserta program itu dan menunggu masa yang sesuai untuk mendedahkan muslihat Umno-BN kepada umum beserta bahan bukti melibatkan program pemutihan warga asing.

Justeru beliau meletakkan tanggungjawab ke atas Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak supaya menghentikan program tersebut serta-merta untuk agar penjelasan dapat diberikan kepada umum.

"Sama ada PM tidak tahu apa yang dibuat oleh orangnya atau dia betul-betul bersekongkol

"Saya juga mencabar pemimpin parti-parti komponen BN seperti MCA, MIC, Gerakan, PBS dan lain-lain untuk menyatakan pendirian mereka samada bersetuju dengan muslihat menyeludup pengundi-pengundi hantu atas alasan pemutihan pendatang asing yang dijalankan secara besar-besaran oleh Umno ini," ujar Zuraida.

PKR sebelum ini telah membuat beberapa siri pendedahan mengenai pemindahan pengundi warga asing di kawasan-kawasan parlimen yang dipegang Pakatan Rakyat.

Ini termasuk surat permohonan meluluskan status kewarganegaraan menggunakan kepala surat Umno yang ditujukan kepada Kementerian Dalam Negeri.

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Posted: 16 Aug 2011 07:55 AM PDT

The EC Deputy Chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Omar has expressed surprise at PM Najib's recent announcement to form a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to dwell on mattters in connection with the recent demands of Bersih for an electoral reform that is mired in controversies. Wan Ahmad was reported to have said, "I didn't expect the PM to take this step", and by this brief statement, one assumes that the EC would not have done anything had Najib remain silent over this issue. But in the next breath, Wan Ahmad has all praises for Najib by stating that Najib "has made the right announcement, and has shown sincerity in satisfying the people about the electoral system". A statement like this is so often said by politicians when there are cornered to please their masters. And I am not surprised that such a statement comes from Wan Ahmad who lacks the understanding that he does not serve any political master, but only the King.

I say to Wan Ahmad that he should be ashamed of himself being the 'custodian' of the EC, and for not reacting positively to the demands of Bersih in the first instant. Rather he has been defensive and too protective of his responsibility, and at some point in his argument he claimed that there is nothing he could do to institute changes since there are laws governing the functions of the EC. Again I say this to Wan Ahmad that the EC laws are not sacrosanct; unlike the Quran. EC laws can be changed or modified to suit changing situations, and the Bersih demands clearly reflect the need to change.

I am a bit surprised to note that it has been Wan Ahmad all along to lead the 'defence' of the EC since the Bersih issue came to light. Of course, there were some occasional statements made by the EC Chairman himself. But this was unlike the previous EC Chairman where he was always at the forefront taking the full brunt from the public. I do not think the EC Chairman has retired, or is he on his way out, thus allowing his deputy to take charge in readiness for a takeover? Had a similar situation arise in the army, the chief would have been forced to resign, for it is quite obvious that he can no longer show leadership.

PM Najib has yet to announce the full term of reference of the PSC, and it will also be interesting to know who shall lead the committee and its members. There have been voices that the committee should be opposition led, but I am quite skeptical that this will be allowed by the government. But whoever is appointed to chair the committee, he/she must be free of any political influences, and to achieve this, I believe the chair must be given to someone who is without any political affiliation and a person of high integrity.

Let us all placed out trust and confidence in the PSC and to patiently await its outcome. Malaysian have waited for decades for a free and fair elections, and I hope the findings and recommendations of the PSC will be the best and most satisfying ever for the Malaysian voters. I believe too that this will set a fine example for other countries to emulate.


Najib Masih Dengan Sindrom Penafian Dan Penipuan, PR Tuntut Ketuai JK Reformasi P'raya

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 08:34 AM PDT

Pakatan tuntut ketuai JK reformasi p'raya

Pakatan Rakyat mengemukakan tujuh syarat sebelum menyokong penubuhan jawatankuasa khas parlimen untuk reformasi sistem pilihan raya, termasuk melantik pemimpin pembangkang untuk mengetuainya.

Dalam kenyataan Pakatan yang dibaca oleh naib presiden PKR, Nurul Izzah, di satu sidang akhbar di pejabat agung PAS tengahari tadi, enam lagi syarat yang dituntut gabungan tersebut ialah:

1. Ia harus mempunyai kuasa menyiasat, mengesah, dan mencadangkan perubahan yang menyeluruh. Jawatankuasa mesti diberikan kuasa dan kewangan yang secukupnya.

2. Siasatan ke atas proses dan sistem pilihanraya sedia ada harus melibatkan badan audit bebas yang diiktiraf di peringkat antarabangsa PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, dsb).

Pada masa yang sama, Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) mesti dipertanggungjawab atas kesemua tindakan dan kenyataan bersifat partisan, yang telah menghakis kebolehpercayaan umum terhadap institusi tersebut.

Penambahbaikan mesti dilaksanakan ke atas SPR itu sendiri demi memulihkan kewibawaan institusi ini yang sebenarnya pelindung demokrasi negara.

3. Pengesahan harus melibatkan proses pengutaraan semua isu dan cadangan terutamanya 8 tuntutan Bersih 2.0, dan melibatkan parti-parti politik, masyarakat umum dan para akademik. Web 2.0 dan Media Sosial mesti diguna untuk membolehkan orang ramai memberi maklumbalas.

4. Satu kajian bagi membanding dan mengambilpakai amalan tatacara pilihanraya terbaik seluruh dunia harus dibuat dan dibentang untuk
pertimbangan Jawatankuasa Pilihan Parlimen.

5. Oleh sebab perkara ini memerlukan penyelarasan, analisa, laporan dsb yang cukup meluar, satu unit pengurusan program yang diambil dari sebuah firma yang boleh dipercayai harus disediakan bagi kegunaan Jawatankuasa tersebut.

6. Semua penambahbaikan ini mestilah ditamat, diumum, dan dilaksanakan secara menyeluruh sebelum Pilihanraya Umum ke-13.

Lebih dari itu, tambahnya, tiada apa-apa yang sebenarnya menghalang pihak Umno-BN membenarkan lebih akses media - televisyen dan media cetak - kepada Pakatan Rakyat.

Menurut kenyataan itu lagi, Pakatan menyambut baik kenyataan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib untuk menubuhkan jawatankuasa khas Parlimen itu.

"Ini mengesahkan isu-isu penambahbaikan sistem pilihanraya seperti yang dibangkitkan Pakatan Rakyat dan BERSIH 2.0 dan kami menganggap ini satu kemenangan besar bagi pejuang demokrasi di Malaysia.

"Bagaimanapun, demi bertindak jujur, kami meminta perdana menteri menyertakan tuntutan-tuntutan berikut di dalam bidang tugas jawatankuasa khas berkenaan," tambahnya.

Menurutnya lagi, tiada apa-apa yang sebenarnya menghalang pihak Umno-BN membenarkan lebih akses media - televisyen dan media cetak - kepada Pakatan Rakyat.

Menurut kenyataan itu lagi, tiada apa-apa yang sebenarnya menghalang kerajaan Umno-BN daripada memperbaiki kecacatan yang terdapat pada senarai pengundi yang telah dibangkitkan hingga ke hari ini - yang telah menghakis kebolehpercayaan SPR dan Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara.

"Maka diseru kerajaan pusat mengadakan satu perbicaraan awam demi mendengar kes-kes di mana nama-nama pemastautin tetap telah dimasukkan ke dalam senarai pengundi, setelah dijadikan warganegara dalam masa yang amat singkat," katanya. -mk

Panel Parlimen: Najib bertegas pilihan raya adil, tapi perlu terus baiki

KUALA LUMPUR, 16 Ogos - Datuk Seri Najib Razak, yang semalam mengumumkan langkah mahu membentuk jawatankuasa pilihan khas Parlimen, hari ini berkata, pilihan raya negara ini memang adil tetapi negara mesti berusaha untuk melakukan penambahbaikan ke atas sistem sedia ada.

"Pilihan raya selalunya diadakan dengan adil di Malaysia, tetapi kita mesti berusaha untuk penambahbaikan dan kecemerlangan," kata beliau (gambar) menerusi mesej Twitternya petang ini, kira-kira 24 jam selepas mengumumkan usaha terbaru itu.

"Semalam saya mengumumkan jawatankuasa pilihan khas Parlimen dwipartisan untuk membincangkan pembaharuan pilihan raya," kata beliau hari ini.

Pembangkang mendakwa sistem pilihan raya semasa mempunyai banyak kepincangan termasuk dakwaan terbaru membabitkan daftar pemilih.

Semalam, Najib mengumumkan penubuhan jawatankuasa pilihan khas Parlimen mengenai pembaharuan pilihan raya dalam masa terdekat bagi mengelakkan sebarang syak-wasangka wujudnya manipulasi oleh kerajaan.

Najib berkata panel itu yang akan dianggotai oleh anggota parti kerajaan dan pembangkang akan membincangkan apa yang perlu dilakukan untuk mendapatkan kata sepakat ke arah itu.

Pagi tadi timbalan Najib, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin juga melahirkan pendirian yang sama dengan berkata pilihan raya negara ini bebas dan adil tetapi pembentukan jawatankuasa tersebut akan membantu mengemaskan sistem pilihan raya sedia ada.

Pelbagai pihak termasuk Pakatan Rakyat menyambut baik perkembangan ini.

Bagaimanapun Pakatan Rakyat meletakkan tujuh syarat bagi memastikan jawatankuasa itu benar-benar berkesan.

Dalam pada itu, Ahli Parlimen BN dari Kota Belud Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan berkata, satu usul perlu dibentangkan di Parlimen untuk membentuk jawatankausa pilihan khas yang dimaksudkan.

"Kedua-dua Whip BN dan Pakatan Rakyat akan mencalonkan wakil mereka," kata beliau menerusi Twitter.

Pemimpin Kelab Penyokong-penyokong Kerjaaan BN (BBCBN) ini menambah, perbincangan jawatankuasa pilihan khas itu akan direkodkan dan akan menjadi sebahagian daripada penyata persidangan Parlimen atau rekod awam yang rasmi.

"Prosiding-prosiding jawatankuasa pilihan khas dijalankan mengikut peraturan mesyuarat Parlimen dan memiliki imuniti, seperti dalam Dewan Rakyat," tambah beliau.

Terdahulu, Timbalan Speaker Dewan Rakyat Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar berkata, langkah membentuk jawatankuasa pilihan khas bagi membincangkan soal sistem pilihan raya tidak perlu terlalu tergesa-gesa memandangkan Parlimen akan bersidang mulai awal Oktober ini.

Selain itu kata beliau, sudah tiada masa untuk mengadakan sidang khas Parlimen, sebagaimana diminta oleh Pakatan Rakyat, sebelum sambutan Aidilfitri kali ini.

"Tinggal lagi dua minggu lagi sebelum Aidilfitri, kita tiada masa," kata beliau.

Malah kata Wan Junaidi, beliau tidak nampak "logik" sidang khas perlu diadakan sekarang memandangkan mengikut jadual asal, Parlimen akan bersidang mulai 3 Oktober.

Kerajan akan membentangkan Bajet 2012 pada 7 Oktober. -TMI

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A changing migration landscape for Thailand

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 06:53 AM PDT


A changing migration landscape for Thailand

In 2009, Thailand imposed a February 2010 deadline for 1.3 million registered migrants from Burma, Cambodia and Laos who originally entered the country "illegally", to complete nationality verification (NV) and become fully "legal." Those missing this deadline were threatened with deportation.

Migrants from Burma work at a shrimp factory in Mahachai on the outskirts of Bangkok. Thailand needs to address its migration challenges in inclusive and rights-centred ways.

Few workers had completed NV a month before this deadline due to fear, lack of information, unregulated broker costs and confusion. The cabinet then affirmed the deadline but changed the rules. Migrants had to enter NV by February 2010 but completing the process would be extended until next year.

Over 930,000 migrants met the NV deadline but 300,000 fell through the net. Given a million undocumented migrants were already in the country but not entitled to enter NV, just over 17 months ago the majority of migrants in
Thailand were undocumented.

An abusive and untransparent crackdown that followed the NV deadline saw
migrants spinning into circles of arrest and extortion coupled with eportation
abuse in Ranong province and in Mae Sot district of Tak. This all rapidly
brought increasing global attention to the suffering of migrants in

Migration management had failed to ensure that migrant regularisation,
planned for more than a decade, was achieved. Migrant rights protection lagged far behind international standards and domestic law.

Thailand's migration landscape seems to have changed for the better since
last year. A policy U-turn allowing an amnesty from June 15 to July 14 this year saw a million undocumented migrants register in a relatively successful
regularisation push. The process was employer-led and information to migrants remained very scarce but most migrants _ 2 million _ are likely now registered anyhow.

After an initial reluctance to take part in NV, over half a million migrants
from Burma now possess temporary passports which, as of July 1 this year, are valid for up to six years. Migrants passing NV have more confidence travelling in Thailand unhindered (with notable exceptions). For migrants who can speak Thai (driving tests are still only in Thai, English, Japanese and Chinese), they can even legally ride motorbikes. Access to expansive systems of social protection is apparently guaranteed.

The changes in Thai migration management can be explained by employers'
insistence to the government that low-skilled labour shortages existed and
needed to be addressed. The Board of Investment relaxed rules for hiring
low-skilled migrants in BoI-registered com panies in 2009. Domestic and
increasingly international media coverage of systematic rights abuses facing
migrants, and effective rights groups campaigning, and UN and diplomatic
pressure _ have played a role in moving things forward, too.

Appalling stories from fisheries workers meant this sector remained under
close scrutiny.

Burma seems to have been an important factor also. Senior Thai officials
report increased cooperation offered by the Burmese government to facilitate NV
of migrants. Firstly an NV centre was transferred from Kawthaung to Ranong
which, although officially to ensure "safety" during the monsoon season,
remains open. Burma issued some basic leaflets to explain NV to its fearful
citizens too. The New Light of Myanmar, mouthpiece of the Burmese regime,
reported how officials lobbied the Thais to re-open registration for its
workers. The Burmese embassy provided support to road accident victims and
mediated labour disputes in Thailand. Many still view such moves with deep
suspicion however, questioning the motives of this apparent benevolence.

The scales seem close to tipping towards increased protection for migrants
working in Thailand. But it remains unclear whether the coming months will see
positive gains increase or whether there will be a strong return to security-
centric economic and social exploitation that migrants still experience.

The official policy of the Thai government remains clear. Once migrants pass
NV they are entitled to the same labour rights as Thais. Most domestic law never
excluded migrants from coverage, however, and more efforts will be required to
ensure this becomes reality.

Multiple social, cultural and economic factors that ensure migrants are one
of the most powerless groups in Thailand remain unaddressed.

Socially (with notable exceptions), migrants remain the "other" in
Thailand. Many confess to having no or few Thai friends and few Thai language
skills as their communities remain distinctly separate. Few policy-makers broach
the issue of migrant integration into society, even in the short term. Marriage
of migrants remains restricted; childbirth and pregnancy hot topics. Provision
of a specific budget to improve the situation of migrant communities is fraught
with sensitivities.

Social debate on migrants lags far behind changed situations. Migrants now
"fully legal" with passports generally remain viewed, even by officials, as no
different to "illegals" without any documents at all. The fundamental right to
organise and collectively bargain is still denied to migrants.

Culturally migrants from Burma, Cambodia and Laos remain rungs lower on
Thailand's hierarchy than native Thais. Karmic beliefs, both by Thais and
migrants, lessen moral disgust at exploitation and push responsibility onto
individuals who "entered illegally" or "failed to protect themselves".

Economically, migrants caught in a grey area of law and landscape have
provided a cheap source of labour for two decades for employers who want to keep
profits high, labour costs low and choose not to hire Thais or increase their

Significant numbers of migrants still take home less than US$3 (90 baht) a
day, particularly in border areas. Even in export-certified workplaces, unlawful
deductions and abusive mafia-like broker networks mean average daily wages
remain low.

The smuggling of workers continues. There is a lack of forward momentum in
formal worker import schemes beset by excessive broker costs, lack of regulation
and incompetence or intransigence of home countries which remains a key to
undermining regularisation plans.

Trafficking remains a stain on Thai society, as the Special Rapporteur on
Trafficking in Persons is surely seeing during her visit.

The social security system applied to "legal" migrants seems worryingly
inaccessible. Just a few days ago, a Burmese migrant who had passed NV
tragically lost his life when his family could not  pay for his medical
treatment and his employer refused to respond for costs or register him for
social security.

National and human security continues to be strongly undermined in a lawless
zone of informality involving arrest, extortion and deportation of migrants as
corruption, trafficking, forced labour and sexual abuse remain rife.

Widespread sale of 500-600 baht per month in protection cards continues in
most migrant communities. Genuine regulation of brokers remains almost entirely

A recent survey by the International Labour Organisation painted a negative
picture of host communities across Asia, including Thailand, whose perceptions
of migrants remain tainted and ill-informed. The response is an expensive
private sector marketing strategy to improve the image of migrants and challenge

Although useful work, particularly with a focus on youth, another survey
United Nations agencies are unlikely to undertake would be studying perceptions
of leaders of these same societies towards migrants. There is a need to explore
vested interests at stake really preventing change. Thai communities literally
"taken over" by migrants without consultation require a genuine response and
understanding too.

As the new administration unveils its policies, a well thought-out, long-term
migration policy for Thailand that equally promotes economic, national and human
security gains for Thais and migrants and which creates a holistic, independent
and effective migration management body is much needed. Regularisation processes
need to be kept effective, cost efficient and closely monitored for abuses.

Civil society, UN agencies and diplomats need to pressure Thai authorities to
promote migrant rights and transparent migration management. Domestic media
needs to understand migration debates better and more objectively whilst
refusing to play the political migration card in its coverage.

Home countries of migrants, particularly Burma, need to increase effort to
protect their workers in Thailand and work more effectively with the Thai
government to this end. Thailand needs finally to take the lead in pushing for
the long-awaited Asean framework on migration with its regional partners, so as
to ensure a holistic regional solution to migration challenges.

There is hope that even more light will shine on the millions of migrants in
Thailand in the coming days and months, as seems to have been the case in the
past year. But the clouds that could easily place these workers back into the
darkness of the past two decades remain worryingly close at hand.

Imej FELDA Semakin Hanyir - Tewas Kes Saman Fitnah RM200 Juta

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 07:08 AM PDT

Felda Tewas Kes Saman Fitnah RM200 Juta

KUALA LUMPUR: Felda dan syarikat pelaburannya Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd kalah dalam kes fitnah mereka ke atas bekas Timbalan Menteri Tanah dan Pembangunan Koperasi Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong.

Dr Tan berhadapan dengan kes saman fitnah RM200 juta.

Hakim Datin Zabariah Mohd Yusuf pada Isnin berkata kedua-dua plaintif telah gagal untuk membuktikan Dr Tan menggunakan perkataan-perkataan bersifat fitnah dalam satu penerbitan di Suara Keadilan.

Mahkamah juga mengarahkan Felda membayar kos RM100,000 kepada Dr Tan.

Bagaimanapun Felda hanya perlu membayar RM70,000 kepada defendan kerana Dr Tan juga perlu menjelaskan RM30,000 dalam bentuk kos kepada plaintif berhubung poin-poin awalan yang dibangkitkan sebelum ini.

Pada 12 Julai lalu, Peguam Dr Tan, Ranjit Singh memberitahu Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur bahawa bekas timbalan menteri itu tidak akan memberi keterangan dalam saman yang difailkan oleh Felda.

Ranjit memberitahu defendan tidak mempunyai kes untuk menjawab berhubung saman Felda dan syarikat pelaburannya Felda Global Ventures Holdings.

Ranjit memberitahu mahkamah demikian selepas peguam utama Datuk Mahinder Singh Dulku yang bertindak bagi plaintifnya memaklumkan bahawa plaintif telah menutup kes itu selepas memanggil empat saksi.

Pada 25 Januari lepas, Felda dan anak syarikatnya menyaman Dr Tan berhubung satu artikel muka depan akhbar Suara Keadilan bertajuk 'Kontroversi' yang didakwa memfitnah mereka.

Artikel itu bersambung pada muka tiga dengan tajuk "Bina bangunan RM662 juta hanya libatkan tiga individu."

Plaintif mendakwa artikel itu memfinah mereka kerana perkataan-perkataan itu menunjukkan bahawa pengambilan balik dan pembinaan Menara Felda di kawasan segi tiga emas Kuala Lumpur akan memberi manfaat kepada kroni.

Dalam kenyataan pembelaannya, Dr Tan berkata perkataan yang dibuat atau mengandungi ulasan dan menzahirkan pendapat itu merupakan ulasan adil berhubung kepentingan awam seperti kedudukan kewangan, perbelanjaan, pengurusan dan kegiatan plaintif.

Dr Tan menafikan bahawa perkataan itu dengan cara apa pun memfitnah plaintif dan dalam konteks artikel itu, jika diambil secara menyeluruh, perkataan itu tidak bermakna atau boleh membawa makna seperti yang didakwa oleh pliantif.

FELDA Akan Terjerat Jika Teruskan Saman Fitnah

Lembaga Kemajuan Tanah Persekutuan (FELDA) akan terperangkap dalam jerat sendiri jika badan itu meneruskan saman fitnah terhadap bekas Timbalan Menteri Tanah dan Pembangunan Koperasi bersabit artikel 'FELDA Bina Bangunan RM662 Juta Hanya Libatkan Tiga Individu'.

Artikel yang diterbitkan akhbar Suara Keadilan pada Jun 2010, itu dikatakan memetik kenyataan Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong.

Bekas Ketua Pengarang Suara Keadilan, Dzulkarnain Taib berkata, jika kes saman itu diteruskan, FELDA terpaksa membentangkan aliran kewangannya yang dikatakan susut secara mendadak dalam tempoh singkat.

FELDA pada 25 Januari lalu bersama anak syarikatnya Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd bertindak menyaman Tan, kerana kononnya melalui artikel itu, Tan memfitnah mereka mendapat manfaat bersabit cadangan pembinaan Menara Felda di Segitiga Emas di Kuala Lumpur.

Namun Mahkmah Tinggi Kuala Lumur hari ini memutuskan untuk menolak saman bernilai RM200 juta itu setelah FELDA gagal membuktikan bahawa Tan yang membuat kenyataan itu.

Mahkamah juga mengarahkan Felda membayar kos RM70,000 kepada Dr Tan.

Mengulas perkembangan itu, Dzulkarnain berkata keputusan itu sesuatu yang agak mengejutkan berikutan rekod- rekod sebelum ini menunjukkan pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat seringkali dinafikan keadilan keatas mereka.

"Di dalam kes saman Felda terhadap Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong, kita melihat bahawa pihak mahkamah tidak mempunyai pilihan yang lain selain menolak saman Felda itu kerana fakta- faktanya sangat jelas sekali," katanya.

Dzulkarnain berkata, keputusan Hakim Datuk Zabariah Mohd Yusof menolak saman tersebut secara tidak langsung membayangkan FELDA sememangnya dibelit pelbagai masalah termasuk dakwaan bankrap.

Suara Keadilan sebelum ini melaporkan tunai FELDA merosot hampir RM3 bilion dalam tempoh 2004 hingga 2009 dan mendapat ulasan daripada Ketua Pembangkang, datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, bekas Penyelaras Pakatan Rakyat Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, Dr Tan Kee Kwong dan ADUN Seri Muda, Suhaimi Shafie.

Akhbar itu turut menyiarkan laporan projek bangunan baru Felda dan isu mengenai pulangan dividen kepada peneroka.

" Dan apa yang disebut oleh Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Ahmad Maslan yang mengatakan bahawa pihak kami ini merupakan pihak yang bersalah dan sebagainya dan mendakwa kami bersalah dan sebagainya.

"Ini telah terbukti bahawa pihak mahkamah telah memberi satu keputusan yang hak kepada kami. Jadi kami sebenarnya bersyukur bahawa kes Felda ini telah dibuktikan kepada rakyat bahawa sebenarnya ada asas terhadap apa yang kami dakwa bahawa Felda mengalami dan menghadapi masalah kewangan yang getir," jelas Dzulkarnain.

Ekoran pendedahan isu bankrap itu, Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) bingkas menarik balik permit penerbitan Suara Keadilan meskipun penjelasan telah dibuat pihak pengurusan akhbar tersebut.

Dzulkarnain buat kesekian kalinya mendesak FELDA agar mendedahkan bentuk pelaburan dan kedudukan kewangannya yang sebenar bagi memulihkan imej dan keyakinan rakyat terhadap badan itu. -tvsnews

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Soi Lek, not everyone is a politician like you who read newspaper daily, ok

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 08:08 AM PDT

By Melissa Chi
August 16, 2011

Chua speaking to tenants and shop owners after the press conference. — Picture by Jack Ooi
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 — Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek promised Chinatown traders today a meeting with Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to push for a realignment of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT).
The MCA president met with six of the 31 traders and shop owners who were served the acquisition orders less than a month ago, here at his party's headquarters.
He also asked the traders to come up with a memorandum with their concerns to hand over the SPAD.
Dr Chua said the first option is to push for a realignment of the tunnel track.
The second to ensure the traders and shop owners get first priority to back in after the MRT project related development in the area is completed. Factored too is the time needed for them to move out.
"I understand for such businesses to move in such a short notice, it could affect their income," he said.
Dr Chua also suggested the traders to choose three representatives to meet with SPAD.
Choy Foong Meng, 55, a tenant on Jalan Sultan,said she was only served the acquisition order on August 11, the day Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (SPNB) briefed traders, and only when she enquired.
The hearing date with the land office commissioner was yesterday and she was given two weeks to come up with the land valuation report and list down losses that will incur if she had to move her business.
"I hope to get at least two months extension. The land office said it is within their power to do so and they said okay but they told me it was Prasarana who said no," she said.
SPNB, the owner of the KVMRT project had said it expects to complete the Jalan Sultan land acquisition exercise in four to six months despite strong opposition from the Chinatown community, who say it is a heritage area.
The Malaysian Insider had previously reported that the traders and shop owners were unhappy with the late notice and the rush for the land acquisition.
Chua admitted that Chinatown is a tourist attraction and it is unique because it reflects the Chinese culture but he had also defended the mega project.
"If we do not overcome this problem (traffic jam), in five years time, the whole of KL will be worse off than Bangkok," he said.
Dr Chua added that during an economic council meeting yesterday chaired by the prime minister, he said the SPAD chief executive officer agreed to look into whether they can build the track without acquiring the land there.

Choy Foong Meng (left) and Judy Tan voicing their concerns. — Picture by Jack Ooi
Judy Tan, 50, whose family owns Hotel Lok Ann, said the SPAD and Prasarana should make public their surveys and studies of the project, particularly on properties that they plan to acquire.
"I don't run SPAD. Some people just don't bother to read newspapers you see. There was adequate publicity, public display for three months, I don't know why you all missed it," Chua said in response.

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I wonder if Judy Tan felt like giving Soi Lek a slap on his face.

Pity Judy.

I'm sure being the owner of a hotel, she is a very busy lady and certainly, not a busybody yet Soi Lek had the cheek to say that some people just don't bother to read newspapers.

PCA chess archive disappeared

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 02:31 AM PDT

Just the other day, I happened to see a very familiar picture on Jimmy Liew's blog. He was revelling in some old times and had reproduced a picture which had appeared on this blog, which in turn I had copied over from the old Penang Chess Association website which was my brainchild all along. (What I'm hinting at is that the picture came from me.)

But never mind about all that. What I want to say here is that, that Jimmy has a crafty way of trying to lure me to comment on his blog. First, he casually dropped my name and then in the same breath, went on to add "...if they are reading this..." Of course, I'm was reading your reminiscence, Jimmy. I'm always reading your informative blog but doing it quietly. I don't want to get myself drawn into needless hours of arguments and counter-arguments about the state of local chess, especially with people who choose to hide under pseudonyms. I shall leave that to you, man! I have little patience interacting with unknown bloggers. 

But never mind about that too. What I actually want to say now is that he had about half the information there correct. I'm not going to dispute that the person playing in the middle was indeed Jimmy Liew. He should know best whether that's him or not.

But of the other persons in the picture, I can't recollect the player sitting on his right. Maybe it's Ooi Gim Ewe, maybe it's not. Very difficult to make it out from that old newspaper picture. However, the ones standing up are not the persons whom he mentioned. That was not Gong Wooi Mau or Tan Kai Ming in the picture. I'm very certain, though, that the one at the far end was Koo Hock Song and next to him was Tan Beng Theam. The other bloke with the glasses is unknown to me.

Then we come to the other three persons in the picture. The two boys are brothers and that's their father stooping low over the one playing. He was a medical doctor, I was given to understand at that time. And that was the first and last time that they ever turned up at a PCA activity. Unfortunately, that's all I know about them. I don't even know the father's surname.

Maybe I should also add here that way back in the late 1990s, I had already prepared a website for the Penang Chess Association. It was hosted on Geocities. Anybody remember that name: Geocities? Among the information there, I had a little chess archive that chronicled significant activities involving chess in Penang right up till 1978 or so.

From 2000 onwards when a new committee took over the PCA and started operating from Bayan Baru, they created a new website under the bayanbaru.com doman name. On my urging, they agreed to retain the chess archive on their new website.

After the 2008 General Elections when the then ruling Barisan Nasional political party lost their trousers in Penang, the bayanbaru.com domain was deleted. Luckily there was a back-up of the old files and the Penang Chess Association then recreated their website on penangchess.com. At first, I still could see the chess archive there but of late, the link to the archive has gone missing.

This is a great pity. Personally, I don't give a hoot whether or not the archive was my brainchild in the first place. What I disappointed with is that the present PCA committee just doesn't give a damn about their own illustrious chess history. It's all lost, you see, and that is the biggest pity.

Video: KEADILAN akan buat laporan ke SKMM fitnah blogger UMNO tentang sitaan Gereja DUMC

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 03:32 AM PDT

Satu Hari Papagomo Tetap Kena Walaupun Polis & SKMM Tak Jalankan Kerja

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 05:05 AM PDT

PKR akan lapor blog pro-Umno pada SKMM

ADUN Seri Setia, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad akan membuat laporan kepada Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Mutimedia (SKMM) berhubung satu dakwaan "fitnah" yang disiarkan dalam satu laman blog pro-Umno.

Laporan berkenaan susulan dakwaan dokumen palsu oleh Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) berhubung dakwaan "Ops Sita" ke atas Gereja Methodist Damansara Utama.

Dokumen dengan label "Sulit" bertajuk "Laporan Ops Sita Gereja Methodist Damansara Utama oleh Jabatan Penguatkuasaan dan Keselamatan Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya" itu dimuatkan di laman blog "Papa Gomo" sejak 13 Ogos lalu.

Dokumen berkenaan antara lainnya mendakwa, operasi untuk menyita gereja berkenaan telah dibatalkan selepas mendapat arahan daripada Nik Nazmi (gambar atas, kiri sekali).

Arahan yang sama juga didakwa dikeluarkan oleh beberapa orang pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat yang dinamakan dalam dokumen berkenaan, termasuk ahli parlimen Shah Alam, Khalid Samad serta tiga orang exco -- Ronnie Liu, Elizabeth Wong, Teresa Kok.

"Ini hanya dokumen olok-olok yang direka oleh blogger Umno yang terdesak," kata Nik Nazmi yang juga pengarah komunikasi PKR.

Maklumat salah

Tambahnya, dokumen berkenaan tidak wujud dan direka sebagai fitnah kepada Pakatan.

"Saya yakin (penulis blog ini) orang Islam. Mengata ini berdosa, fitnah lagi berdosa. Jadi baik dia jaga puasa dan solat dia sendiri," kata Nik Nazmi lagi dalam sidang media di ibu pejabat PKR itu hari ini.

Tambahnya, dokumen berkenaan juga mempunyai maklumat yang sama sekali salah, terutama berhubung gereja yang didakwa akan disita itu.

Dokumen berkenaan antara lainnya menyebut gereja DUMC terletak di Damansara Utama, sedangkan gereja itu terletak di Seksyen 13, Petaling Jaya.

"Blogger Umno dibayar gaji mahal (tapi) tak buat research (kajian) yang betul untuk buat fitnah," katanya lagi.

Ketika ditanya, Nik Nazmi berkata pemimpin Pakatan yang terlibat akan membincangkan sama ada akan mengambil tindakan sama ke atas penulis blog tersebut.

Ahli majlis lapor polis

Sementara itu, Wong turut menafikan bahawa beliau telah membuat panggilan kepada MBPJ seperti yang didakwa dalam dokumen berkenaan.

Malah, portal Malaysiakini yang turut disebut dalam dokumen berkenaan juga "langsung tidak call saya pada hari itu," katanya lagi dalam sidang media sama.

Dokumen tersebut mendakwa, Elizabeth Wong telah memaklumkan kepada jabatan MBPJ tersebut pada pagi 11 Ogos lalu bahawa "wartawan Malaysiakini akan menghubungi (jabatan berkenaan) dan diarahkan membuat penafian."

Sejurus kemudian, wartawan Malaysiakini membuat panggilan kepada jabatan tersebut "dan penafian dilakukan sepertimana diarahkan."

Mengulas lanjut, Elizabeth berkata "apa yg dicatat itu tak betul. Saya tak pernah buat panggilan telefon kepada MBPJ pada hari tersebut.

Dalam perkembangan berkaitan, seorang ahli majlis MBPJ, Latheefa Koya dalam tulisannya di Twitter hari ini berkata, satu laporan polis akan dibuat ke atas penulis blog tersebut, berhubung dakwaan fitnah tersebut. -mk

Ulasan GB

GB perhatikan sudah ada laporan polis / SKMM sebelum ini terhadap papagomo tentang banyak isu, salah satunya mengenai video seks.

Tetapi tak ada siasatan dilakukan, malah papagomo semakin galak menyiar gambar porno dan video lucah.

Yang penting sekarang, ialah laporan polis terhadap polis dan pegawai SKMM yang tak menjalankan kerjanya.

Mentang-mentang duduk sekapal dalam UMNO.

Tak apa, satu hari papagomo tetap kena. Sepandai-pandai tupai melompat akan jatuh ke tanah juga.

Doa lagi: Ya Allah buktikan kebenaran itu kebenaran....

Access Audit Training For PERKESO – Day 2

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 02:34 AM PDT

The second day of the training for the Return To Work Section staff of PERKESO entailed actual site audit. Participants were divided into five groups accompanied by a facilitator each. I was assigned to Group 4 that was to audit Menara PERKESO, the organisation's headquarters at Jalan Ampang. Incidentally, several participants of the group worked there, which made the exercise easier as they were familiar with the premises.

Menara PERKESO at Jalan Ampang - Headquarters of Social Security Organisation Malaysia.
Menara PERKESO at Jalan Ampang – Headquarters of the Social Security Organisation Malaysia

Making photographic record for access audit of an accessible parking at Menara PERKESO
Making photographic record for access audit of an accessible parking at Menara PERKESO.

Members of the group that I facilitated displayed great enthusiasm and initiative during the site audit. Although time allocated for this practice was limited, they tried to cover as much ground as possible. If only the officers of local governments showed half as much spirit in ensuring that the built environment is accessible, the infrastructure would not be in the situation it is now where disabled people face great difficulties with barriers all over the place.

Measuring public telephone and toilet seat height at Menara PERKESO
Measuring public telephone and toilet seat height at Menara PERKESO.

Group presentation on findings and recommendations at Audit Access Training for PERKESO's Return To Work Section
Group presentation on findings and recommendations at Audit Access Training for PERKESO's Return To Work Section.

Participants were required to make a presentation of their findings and make recommendations according to the Malaysian Standard MS 1184: Code of Practice on Access for Disabled Persons to Public Buildings. Generally, all of them have a good grasp of various barriers in the buildings that they audited. In fact, I was surprised at how detailed their findings were. What they need now is more practice in producing an audit report with precise recommendations that is useful to building owners and contractors rectifying the problems. In summing it up, I would say the participants did well and PERKESO is doing the right things where disability issues are concerned.

Group photo at conclusion of Audit Access Training for PERKESO's Return To Work Section
Group photo at conclusion of Audit Access Training for PERKESO's Return To Work Section.

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Isu Pembesar Suara: UMNO Sengaja Perbesarkan Untuk Burukkan Imej Pulau Pinang

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 02:57 AM PDT

Mufti: Larangan guna mikrofon bukan isu politik, tapi arahan Nabi

Mufti Pulau Pinang Datuk Seri Hassan Ahmad menegaskan larangan terhadap masjid atau surau di negeri itu menggunakan pembesar suara untuk bacaan al-Quran sebelum subuh adalah berlandaskan hukum syarak dengan nas-nas yang sahih.

Oleh itu katanya, tidak timbul isu kononnya larangan itu akan diperluaskan untuk melarang penggunaan pembesar suara untuk azan kerana larangan itu bukanlah satu fatwa.

"Saya kesal atas kenyataan yang tidak profesional dan tidak berhemah daripada beberapa pihak termasuk menuduh kononnya Jawatankuasa Fatwa Negeri membuat keputusan secara melulu.

"Hal ini bukan isu politik tetapi ia arahan Nabi Muhammad s.a.w dan juga menjaga Islam yang harmoni," katanya dipetik Bernama Online.

Hassan berkata larangan penggunaan pembesar suara itu adalah nasihat hukum, iaitu satu panduan tanpa mewartakannya dalam Enakmen Agama Islam negeri.

Katanya, banyak pihak termasuk media massa telah menyalahtafsir arahan itu kerana tidak faham perbezaan antara nasihat hukum dan fatwa sehingga mengheret Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan untuk turut terkeliru.

Hassan berkata, untuk mengeluarkan sesuatu fatwa, Majlis Fatwa Negeri perlu mendapat perkenan Yang di-Pertuan Agong seperti yang diperuntukkan dalam Seksyen 45 Enakmen Agama Islam Pulau Pinang 2004 tetapi dalam mengeluarkan arahan nasihat hukum, ianya tidak memerlukan perkenan Seri Paduka baginda.

"Bagaimanapun, perkara itu (larangan penggunaan pembesar suara untuk bacaan Quran) mungkin dibincangkan dalam mesyuarat majlis fatwa akan datang bagi membuat keputusan sama ada ianya dijadikan fatwa atau sebaliknya," katanya.

Beliau berkata, dalam Islam sebenarnya terdapat dua azan subuh iaitu azan pertama ialah sebelum waktu subuh untuk mengejutkan orang ramai tetapi ianya tidak dipratikkan di negara ini bagi mengelak dari mengganggu orang ramai sebelum masuk waktu subuh.

"Islam mensyariatkan tidak mengangkat suara dengan kuat kecuali untuk azan dan beberapa rutin ibadah lain seperti khutbah dan terdapat banyak nas yang melarang kita menguatkan suara sehingga mengganggu orang lain kerana walaupun bacaan al-Quran dan zikir amatlah baik, kita tidak boleh memaksa orang lain mendengar bacaan kita," katanya.

Hassan berkata Jawatankuasa Fatwa Pulau Pinang telah mengeluarkan larangan itu kepada Jabatan hal Ehwal Agama Islam Pulau Pinang pada 12 Julai lepas kerana pentadbiran kariah adalah di bawah bidang kuasa jabatan itu.

Katanya, beliau juga bersedia untuk bertemu dengan Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim) bagi berbincang menangani isu itu.

Isu Pembesar Suara : Ia Bukan Arahan, Tapi Pemberitahuan, Kata Malik

SHAH ALAM 15 OGOS : Pekeliling yang dikeluarkan Jawatankuasa Fatwa Negeri Pulau Pinang bersabit hukum membaca Al- Quran sebelum waktu Subuh menggunakan pembesar suara adalah salah disisi syarak', adalah pemberitahuan bukannya arahan mutlak, menurut Exco Pulau Pinang, Abdul Malik Kassim.

Justeru beliau berkata, terpulang kepada kebijaksanaan pengurusan masjid dan surau seluruh negeri itu, sama ada mahu menerima pemberitahuan tersebut ataupun tidak.

"Ini bukan surat arahan tetapi surat surat pemberitahuan untuk masyarakat setempat mengamalkannya, di dalam kehidupan bermasyarakat.

"Terpulanglah kepada masjid- masjid dan surau untuk melihat keputusan ini dan menerima keputusan jawatankuasa fatwa tersebut," tegasnya.

Malik menjelaskan hukum tersebut diputuskan oleh Jawatankuasa Fatwa Negeri sejak April lalu dan hanya disahkan pada bulan Jun 2011.

Tambahnya lagi, mesyuarat jawatankuasa itu dipengerusikan mufti Pulau Pinang Datuk Seri Hassan Ahmad dan disertai ulama, professional agama serta wakil daripada istana.

Keputusan itu kemudiannya diserahkan kepada Jabatan Agama Islam Pulau Pinang untuk dihebahkan kepada setiap masjid dan surau dinegeri ini.

"Keputusan itu kemudiannya disampaikan kepada Jabatan Agama Islam untuk dipanjangkan sebagai maklumat kepada masjid- masjid," katanya.

Keputusan tersebut dicapai setelah mendapati bacaan ayat suci Al- Quran sebelum waktu Subuh menggunakan pembesar suara mengganggu masyarakat setempat dan menerbitkan rasa kurang senang di kalangan masyarakat berbilang bangsa.

Mengulas tindakan sesetengah pihak yang mengaitkan kerajaan negeri dengan keputusan tersebut, Malik menegaskan kerajaan negeri tidak pernah campur tangan dalam isu tersebut berikutan ia adalah dibawah bidang kuasa majlis fatwa.

"Perkara ini langsung tidak ada kena mengena dengan kerajaan negeri dan tidak pernah dibincangkan pada mana- mana peringkat," jelasnya.

Malik kemudiannya membacakan kepada Tv Selangor, surat pekeliling yang ditandatangani Pengarah Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Pulau Pinang bertarikh 3 Ogos 2011.

Pekeliling itu menyebut, Jawatankuasa Fatwa Pulau Pinang, bilangan 2/2011 yang diadakan pada 7 April 2011 memutuskan bahawa bacaan Al- Quran dengan pembesar suara daripada masjid dan surau adalah dilarang menurut hukum syarak'.

Turut disertakan catitan minit mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Fatwa perkara 6.2 untuk perhatian dan tindakan susulan Jabatan Agama Negeri.

"Sehubungan dengan itu dipohon kerjasama tuan- tuan supaya menampal surat pekeliling berserta cabutan minit supaya umat Islam setempat memahami hukum tersebut sekaligus mengamalkan didalam kehidupan bermasyarakat," ujar Malik ketika membaca surat pekeliling tersebut.

Keputusan jawatankuasa fatwa itu disokong Mufti Perlis Dr. Juanda Jaya dengan berkata amalan bacaan al-Quran menggunakan pembesar suara sebelum waktu subuh adalah bertentangan dengan sunah Nabi Muhammad SAW kerana ia mengganggu orang yang sedang tidur.

Turut menyokong tindakan itu adalah Menteri Besar Kelantan Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat dan bekas mufti Perlis Profesor Madya Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin.

Ulasan GB

Hal ini kecil tetapi UMNO membesarkannya untuk mendapatkan political mileage daripada isu ini.

Memang sudah jelas bahawa memang ada hadith sahih yang melarang umat Islam membaca Al-Quran dengan suara nyaring sehingga mengganggu orang lain.

Jika demikian sepatutnya semua pihak kena akur dan patuhi termausk pihak JAKIM sendiri.

Apabila sudah dibuktikan wujud hadith sahih mengenainya, maka fatwa sudah tidak perlu lagi. Fatwa hanya untuk perkara samar yang tidak ada nas sahih daripada Al-Quran dan Hadith.

Malangnya di Malaysia institusi fatwa pun berpolitik. Nak jaga parti UMNO. Itulah taraf kebanyakan mufti di negara ini.

Sementara pengikut UMNO pula menggunakan emosi dan sentimen terhadap isu ini untuk untuk mewujudkan kebencian kepada negeri yang tidak diperintah oleh mereka.

GB kukuh berpegang dengan pendapat GB ini.

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Amah Kena Rogol Oleh Menteri.. Oops Sorry.. Oleh Penyamun Di Rumah Majikannya

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 01:12 AM PDT

2 Penyamun Perkosa Pembantu Rumah

KAJANG: Seorang wanita terkejut apabila dimaklumkan pembantu rumahnya dirogol bergilir-gilir dua lelaki bertopeng yang menceroboh kediaman mereka, di Bandar Mahkota Cheras, di sini, awal pagi Sabtu lalu. Gambar fail

Menurut sumber, wanita terbabit yang terjaga daripada tidur kira-kira jam 5 pagi selepas terdengar bunyi amahnya yang juga warga Indonesia berusia awal 30-an sedang menangis teresak-esak di dapur rumah.

Wanita berusia 51 tahun itu kemudian menanyakan punca sebenar mangsa menangis, namun pembantu rumah itu tidak menjawab dan hanya menangis.

Sebaik didesak, mangsa mengaku diperkosa dua lelaki bertopeng yang mahu menyamun rumah majikannya itu.

"Sebelum kejadian, mangsa yang sedang tidur dikejutkan bunyi salakan anjing majikannya kira-kira jam 2.30 pagi di belakang rumah dan cuba memeriksa apa yang berlaku sebelum tiba-tiba didatangi dua lelaki bertopeng yang kemudian mengacu pisau di lehernya.

"Seorang daripada suspek mengugut akan mencederakan mangsa jika membuat bising dan mengarahkannya menuruti segala kemahuan mereka," katanya.

Menurutnya, suspek turut mengugut akan menyamun rumah majikannya itu sekiranya dia enggan memuaskan nafsu mereka berdua.

Suspek kemudian memaksa mangsa membawa mereka ke biliknya sebelum merogol mangsa.

"Mangsa hanya mampu berserah dan membiarkan dua lelaki terbabit melampiaskan nafsu mereka kerana bimbang sesuatu yang lebih buruk akan berlaku berikutan suspek bersenjata," katanya.

Beliau berkata, selepas selesai merogol, suspek terus beredar meninggalkan mangsa dan rumah berkenaan tanpa mengambil barangan berharga dari rumah itu.

Majikan terbabit yang terkejut dengan kejadian itu terus membawa mangsa ke Balai Polis Kajang untuk membuat laporan polis.

Sementara itu, Ketua Polis Daerah Kajang, Asisten Komisioner Ab Rashid Ab Wahab ketika dihubungi mengesahkan menerima laporan itu. -hm

Ulasan GB

Setiap yang berlaku dan dijadikan Allah itu tiada yang sia-sia.

Off the record:

Menteri itu seorang penyamun, atau
penyamun itu seorang menteri?

Which one do you think?

Ambiga: Select committee must include civil society, No BERSIH, no TALK

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 10:56 PM PDT

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's announcement of a parliamentary select committee on electoral reforms is a "positive move", but the eight demands raised by Bersih 2.0 must be taken into account, the movement's chief Ambiga Sreenevesan said.
She said that while the government's pledge to pursue free and fair elections is a "welcome" development, Najib must expand the scope of the committee to include civil society representatives.

In a text message from the UK, where she is on holiday, Ambiga said, "I believe that looking at the eight immediate demands of Bersih is (a) priority. We hope to see the involvement of civil society in this process. We are ready to help. There is much to be done before the 13th GE (general election)."

DAP Socialist Youth chief Anthony Loke agreed with Ambiga on the need for civil society involvement in the committee, stressing that public opinion is a necessary part of the its ability to carry out its responsibilities and said the eight demands laid out by Bersih 2.0 should be used as the terms of reference for the select committee.
In a statement, Loke said, "Najib's administration must call for a special sitting of the Dewan Rakyat before Hari Raya Aidilfitri to form this select committee. Without a special sitting, Parliament will have to wait till Oct 3 to form the committee."

Loke said that Najib should give a three-month timeframe to the select committee to carry out its responsibilities and a full report must be tabled and debated in Parliament after the deadline, stressing that Najib must publicly pledge not to dissolve Parliament until and unless the demands for a clean and fair electoral process are met and implemented.

Kpop – how short is too short?

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 09:57 PM PDT

Kpop short dressKpop these days… where flashing your undergarments and plenty of skin are gradually becoming a norm.

Sex sells, we know that. I don't want to sound hypocrite suggesting that pop stars should cover themselves up, sexiness doesn't hurt if it's done right. But there's a borderline on how much is too much.

The caption pic… it's from a popular girl group, on a pretty big show, and it's not accidental. To be fair it's nothing compared to Jpop or western pop, but Kpop used to be a lot more decent until the past couple of years. Things change, for better or worse.

Kpop – how short is too short? from YeinJee's Asian Blog

Image Identification

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 09:00 PM PDT

I was in Malacca last weekend and managed to take couples of picture. The cities was full of people but i wasn't sure whether it also full of images that not suppose to be in the pictures. If you see that, let me know eh~

Look carefully... Whoever identify one image of spirit got a cup of Tall size Starbie coffee :p

The Malacca River, Do you see imagine?
Dutch village - Tun Tan Cheng Lok Street
Hmmm... not sure what is this street but it's a art gallery
Traffic Jam in Malacca...
Jonker Street @ Night
this is my favorite picture
So you found anything? If not there is one more picture that i took last weekend. Just visit A Picture A Day now and try to identify the image. You stand a chance to win 2 Starbie coffee and coffee with TZ in Starbie :p. 

BERS✔H Tuntut Lakukan Pembaharuan Total, Syor Panel Perlu Didedahkan Kepada Umum

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 10:57 PM PDT

Bersih 2.0 menyambut baik langkah pentadbiran Najib yang bersedia membentuk sebuah jawatankuasa pemilih bagi menghalusi sistem pilihan raya tetapi menekankan syor-syor panel itu seharusnya diumumkan kepada publik.

Pengerusi Bersih 2.0 Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan (gambar) menekankan bahawa kesemua lapan tuntutan yang dibawa gabungan itu seharusnya diambil kira, malah pertubuhan-pertubuhan bukan kerajaan dan publik seharusnya terlibat dalam keseluruhan proses kajian semula.

"Ya, sudah pasti kami mengalu-alukan langkah ini. Tidak ragu-ragu satu langkah dalam hala tuju yang betul dan satu respons yang positif kepada aspirasi rakyat," katanya.

"Kami berharap pertubuhan-pertubuhan bukan kerajaan akan terlibat dalam proses ini dan kesemua lapan tuntutan akan menerima perhatian sebelum pilihan raya umum ke-13," kata Ambiga kepada The Malaysian Insider.

"Kami bersedia untuk membantu," kata bekas presiden Majlis Peguam ini.

Jawatankuasa pemandu Bersih 2.0 Maria Chin Abdullah berkata, syor-syor akhir jawatankuasa pemilih ini seharusnya merangkumi maklum balas dan pandangan daripada orang ramai.

Malah tadi, Maria memberitahu The Malaysian Insider bahawa kerajaan seharusnya mempertimbangkan pandangan rakyat Malaysia sebelum membuat keputusan mengenai syor-syor mengenai sistem pilihan raya.

"Bersih 2.0 menyambut baik jawatankuasa pemilih Parlimen tetapi kami mahukan ketelusan sepenuhnya dalam proses ini," kata beliau.

"Perlu ada perundingan melibatkan orang ramai," katanya lagi.

Maria berkata Bersih 2.0 akan memberikan jawatankuasa itu tiga bulan untuk bertemu, berbincang dan menyediakan laporannya.

"Kami mahukan jaminan kerajaan bahawa ia akan melaksanakan pembaharuan," kata beliau lagi.

Semalam, Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak mengumumkan penubuhan sebuah jawatankuasa pemilih Parlimen mengenai pembaharuan pilihan raya dalam masa terdekat bagi mengelakkan sebarang syak wasangka wujudnya manipulasi oleh kerajaan.

Perdana Menteri berkata jawatankuasa berkenaan yang akan dianggotai oleh anggota parti kerajaan dan pembangkang akan membincangkan apa yang perlu dilakukan untuk mendapatkan kata sepakat ke arah itu.

Reformasi Praya : Kerajaan Tubuh JK Khas Parlimen

Kerajaan akan menubuhkan jawatankuasa khas parlimen bagi mengkaji cadangan-cadangan bagi mengadakan reformasi dalam sistem pilihan raya negara ini.

Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak berkata, jawatankuasa itu bakal dianggotai wakil daripada parti kerajaan dan pembangkang.

"Ia akan ditubuhkan dalam masa terdekat. Kita akan bincang segala reformasi pilihan raya supaya tidak ada pihak lagi syak wasangka terdapat manipulasi kerajaan,"katanya dipetik dari portal Malaysiakini.

Beliau bagaimanapun tidak mengulas lanjut butiran terperinci berhubung cadangan awal itu.

Tindakan Najib itu sebahagiannya dilihat ekoran desakan berterusan reformasi pilihan raya yang mencapai kemuncaknnya melalui perhimpunan Bersih 2.0 pada 9 Julai lalu.

Tidak cukup dengan itu, kerajaan dan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) diasak teruk oleh pembangkang, terutamanya PAS yang hampir setiap hari mendedahkan apa yang didakwanya sebagai kepincangan dalam daftar pemilih.

Berucap dalam majlis berbuka puasa dengan media di Wisma Bernama di ibu negara semalam, Najib menegaskan sekali lagi bahawa beliau berharap berjaya dalam pilihan raya melalui sistem yang bersih.

"Seperti yang sering saya sebut, hari ini saya ulang sekali lagi, saya dan jemaah menteri tidak rela menjadi perdana menteri dan menteri tanpa sokongan rakyat.

"Jadi, jangan ada yang salah anggap kita tak ingin proses pilihan raya yang bersih," katanya di hadapan kira-kira beberapa ratus petugas media.

Sehubungan itu, katanya, beliau mahu memberikan rakyat peluang memilih pihak yang mereka suka tidak kira daripada parti mana.

"Saya serahkan nasib kepada rakyat. Kalau untuk sabut timbul, kalau untuk batu tenggelam," katanya.

Ulasan GB

Keputusan mutakhir Putrajaya membentuk Jawatankuasa Reformasi Pilihanraya adalah bukti bahawa tiada yang lebih berkuasa selain Allah s.w.t.

Walaupun SPR sebelum ini bekerja begitu keras untuk menyebelahi UMNO BN, namun apabila kita berdoa dan yakin dengan kuasa Allah s.w.t., maka Dia akan mendengar rayuan dan keluhan kita.

Kita akan terus memperbanyakkan mengingati Dia dan berdoa...
Marilah sama-sama kita berdoa lagi...

اللهُمَّ أَرِنَا الحَقَّ حَقّاً وَارْزُقْنَا التِبَاعَةَ
وَأَرِنَا البَاطِلَ بَاطِلاً وَارْزُقْنَااجْتِنَابَهُ

1) Allahumma arinaal haqqa haqqaan, warzuqnattiba'ah,
wa arinaal bathila bathilaan, warzuqnajtinaabah

Ya Allah, tunjukkanlah yang haq itu sebagai haq, dan kurniakanlah kami kekuatan utk mengikutinya, dan tunjukkanlah yg batil itu sebagai batil dan kurniakanlah kami kekuatan untuk menjauhinya.

رَّبِّ أَدْخِلْنِي مُدْخَلَ صِدْقٍ وَأَخْرِجْنِي مُخْرَجَ صِدْقٍ
وَاجْعَل لِّي مِن لَّدُنكَ سُلْطَاناً نَّصِيراً
وَقُلْ جَاء الْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَاطِلُ إِنَّ الْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقاً

2) Rabbi adkhilni mudkhala sidqin wa akhrijni mukhraja sidqin waj'alli min ladunka sulthanan nashiran wa qul ja alhaqqu wa zawaqal bathil innal bathila kaana zahuuqa

Ya Allah, masukkanlah kami dengan cara yang benar dan keluarkanlah(pula) kami dengan cara yang benar dan berikanlah kepada kami dari sisi-Mu kekuasaan yang menolong. Dan katakanlah yang benar telah datang dan yang batil telah lenyap. Sesungguhnya yang batil itu adalah sesuatu yang pasti lenyap.

Kebenaran tetap akan menang mengalahkan kebatilan.

Ulasan GB sebelum ini

Khuatir Kemunculan BERSIH 3.0, Akhirnya Najib Umum JK Reformasi Pilihanraya


Perkara pertama yang perlu dilakukan oleh JK Reformasi Pilihanraya yang bakal dibentuk oleh Putrajaya ialah MENGGANTUNG TUGAS PENGERUSI, TIMBALAN PENGERUSI DAN SETIAUSAHA SURUHANJAYA PILIHANRAYA (SPR).

Siasatan rapi MESTI dilakukan terhadap mereka dan juga perjalanan SPR sebelum ini.

Daftar Pemilih yang terbukti "kotor" setiap hari hendaklah disiasat rapi dan dibersihkan.

Penubuhan kem wataniah setiap parlimen juga tidak boleh dibiar terlepas dari siasatan. Apakah tujuan sebenar penubuhannya dan apakah nama para askar wataniah itu termasuk di dalam senarai daftar pemilih setiap parlimen dengan menggunakan nombor pengenalan yang berasingan.

Pembebasan agensi-agensi kerajaan ermasuk PDRM, SPRM, Jabatan Penerangan, JKR dan seumpamanya daripada diperkudakan oleh UMNO BN selama ini hendaklah dihentikan. Pegawai-pegawai yang didadapi melanggar etika pekerjaan seperti kes Gurubesar di Johor yang terang-terang berkempen untuk UMNO sewaktu pilihanraya kecil DUN Tenang hendaklah diambil tindakan.

Pengumuman projek-projek mee segera terutama oleh kerajaan pusat untuk sesuatu kawasan pilihanraya juga perlu dihentikan.

Semua pesalah hendaklah diheret ke muka pengadilan.

Semua 8 tuntutan BERSIH 2.0 hendaklah dilaksanakan.

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Najib concedes Economist censorship ineffective. Damage done, too late!

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 09:16 PM PDT

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak conceded today that the government's censorship of The Economist's article on Bersih last month was ineffective and promised to review its censorship methods.

Najib said only a few lines were censored, but the act of censoring made more news than the actual story and added that such methods were no longer necessary, stating that if the government was unhappy with any reports, it could resort to legal proceedings.

NONE he said.

The premier also acknowledged that censorship was no longer effective in a changing information landscape and said, "If the international media wants to criticise us, let them. If we need to, we engage them. We give our side of story, and if they have crossed the line, then we have to resort to legal means. If we feel we have been wronged by the media, if the media has published a story that is defamatory, then we take legal action. But censoring is no longer an effective means and (therefore) the government will review our policy towards censorship."

Najib said the review was necessary so that the government would not be perceived as ignorant towards the changing information technology landscape and his comments come almost a month after the Home Ministry censored the July 16 edition of The Economist.

Following the order issued by the Home Ministry, several lines on the edition's article on Bersih 2.0 rally to be deleted with black ink, leaving readers puzzled over the black lines on the news magazine.


Posted: 15 Aug 2011 08:53 PM PDT

Naing Tun Win wrote on his FB:

Your car is German. Your pizza is Italian. Your falafel is Lebanese. Your democracy is Greek. Your coffee is Brazilian. Your movies are American. Your tea is Tamil. Your shirt is Indian. Your oil is Saudi Arabian. Your electronics are Chinese. Your numbers Arabic, your letters Latin. And you complain that your neighbor is an immigrant?

Ko Ko Gyi ‎@ Naing Tun Win,
excellent. I like this. Xenophobia is defined as the "hatred or fear of foreigners or strangers or of their politics or culture".

It comes from the Greek words ξένος (xenos), meaning "stranger," "foreigner" and φόβος (phob…os), meaning "fear."
Xenophobia can manifest itself in many ways involving the relations
and perceptions of an ingroup towards an outgroup, including a fear of losing identity, suspicion of its activities, aggression, and desire to eliminate its presence to secure a presumed purity. Xenophobia can also be exhibited in the form of an "uncritical exaltation of another culture" in which a culture is ascribed "an unreal, stereotyped and exotic quality".

Read more here @ Xenophobia from Wikipedia

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