- Selamat Maal Hijrah
- my own world.
- Observations of a Penangite
- eventful sunday
- Love Story Remix
- Long Long Ago
- On your mark, get set and Countdown...
- Hypocrisy From One Animal NGO
- Three Luyechun (Outstanding Student) Musketeers
- PRU13 ibu segala pilihan raya. Umno hilang kuasa?
- So good. Police gives free protection to PKR events
- Selamat Menyambut Awal Muharram
- May 13: It was DAP, not MCA or Umno
- SNSD Tiffany – Letter from Angels
- မႏၱေလးက စိန္ပီတာေက်ာင္း
- Betul, Umno tak rasis tetapi Umno rasis dan kejam
- Remembering the Terror in Mumbai
- When The Bells Do Not Toll...
- Neither the military nor extremists in the new Egypt, says young Copt
Posted: 26 Nov 2011 08:29 AM PST
Maal Hijrah or oftenly called Awal Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar, during which fighting is prohibited.
It's haram or forbidden for human kind to wage war against each other, killing or getting involved in any kind of confrontation.
So, it's unlawful to fight during this month.
However, I doubt it. In Malaysia, I am sorry to say that the spirit of Awal Muharram is not really observed, except for the public holiday.
Let's see who will break the 'rules'...
SELAMAT MAAL HIJRAH
Posted: 26 Nov 2011 08:24 AM PST
Posted: 26 Nov 2011 07:20 AM PST
It has been a crazy week so far. My son is attending the Musica Simfonietta 2nd Music Camp and everyday, I have to drive him to Kompleks Penyayang at 8.30am and then drive home, pick him up at noon and then go home for him to shower and rest after lunch, send him back at 2.00 pm and then drive home to do my chores, pick him up at 5p.m for him to rest and have dinner, then send him to Kompleks Penyayang at 7pm and pick him up again at 10.30pm. The climax of the camp will be the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola on Monday night at Dewan Sri Pinang featuring guest conductor Donald Maurice, Professor of Music, New Zealand School of Music and Soloists Lo Mei Yoke (violin) and Andrew Filmer (viola). My son is playing the first violin in the main orchestra.
I am very happy that my son is enjoying the camp, honing his musical skills and smiling each time we pick him up - ever ready to share with us the developments in the orchestra's preparation for the concert and about the workshops he has been attending.
However, what has been most stressful is the horrible traffic jams and rude drivers on the road. As it is the long weekend, the roads are packed with out-of-town visitors. In areas that are near to coffee shops, double parking seems to be the norm.
At about half past twelve yesterday, I was so horrified to see a woman driving a Mercedes-Benz who double- parked between two empty parking lots!!! Can you believe there are people who can afford to buy a luxury car, but cannot afford to pay 30 cents for half an hour's car park fees and to have the audacity to deprive others from parking there??? Unbelievably stingy and selfish!!
I really don't know what is worse - her selfishness or the apathy of others, including the parking attendant. If not for the fact that my son was with me, I would have walked up to her to ask her to park properly!
A few days ago, I was driving carefully and obeying all traffic rules when lo and behold came another car who wanted to cut queue into my lane without indicating any signal light. The traffic was moving at a snarl and to my horror, this guy tried to inch his way even though the car in front was NOT moving at all. Of course I let him cut queue for otherwise, goodness knows what might happen. As if that was not enough, he had the cheek to show me his middle finger!!! What the ???????
What has happened to courtesy on the road?
In fact, what has happened to social etiquette and manners? P's and Q's (mind your please and thank-you's) are quite rare for some who take others for granted. Even a simple greeting such as 'Good morning' seems to require great effort by some. Honestly, is it that difficult to show a little bit of love, kindness and consideration to others???
In many ways, I believe that despite whatever developments we may proclaim, society as a whole is regressing - moving backwards in terms of values, ethics, manners and in many other areas.
"Love people, not things; use things, not people. "
― Spencer W. Kimball
CLICK HERE to listen to BJ Thomas singing "USING THINGS, LOVING PEOPLE".
A few days ago, I was not feeling well as I was having gastric problems. At a local coffee shop, I ordered a hot cup of Milo to go with my soup. When the waiter brought the drink in a glass mug, I looked at the brown liquid suspiciously.
Firstly, the colour was not right. It was too brown. I thought perhaps it was because they did not use enough milk.
Secondly, there was 'Milo' powder sprinkled on top of the froth reminiscent of raw sugar, cinnamon, or other spices are often sprinkled onto the top of a hot cup of Cappucino. How can that be when we all know how the price of 'Milo' has increased????
Hesitatingly. I stirred the cup of 'Milo' and was puzzled as to why there was so much 'Milo' powder at the bottom of the mug. I thought it did not make sense that they did not add sufficient milk and yet were so generous with the 'Milo' mixture.
Gingerly, I sipped the so-called 'Milo' and almost baptised my son with that concoction which the coffee shop owner regarded as 'Milo'.
Well, it did not look or smell or taste like 'Milo'.
Feeling quite cheated, I carried the mug and walked up to the coffee shop owner. I have been patronizing that coffee shop for almost twenty years now.
"Ah Chek, what is this?" I asked him.
"Milo-lah," was his reply.
"This is NOT 'Milo'," I answered. "I ordered 'Milo' but what is this? Did you use 'Milo'?"
"No," he replied sheepishly.
"Please change this for me. Kindly give me white coffee instead," I asked quietly and walked back to my table.
The waiter then brought me a hot cup of white coffee.
It was bad enough years ago when I ordered 'Nescafe' and was given something else. And now, 'Milo' has been replaced with something else and we are still expected to pay "Milo" prices!
We have to stand up for our rights - not just for a cup of genuine 'Milo' but fundamental liberties which are rightfully ours!
I am so saddened that every which way I turn, there are those who will not hesitate to make use of others for their own advancement/benefit or profit.
And is it any wonder that such developments have taken place? The cost of living is increasing and I dread to think of what might happen by early next year. The outlook seems to be bleaker and the only thing I am hanging on to is hope - that Malaysians will be wise enough to vote out the wrong people and vote in the right government.
It is clear that some quarters are playing hard ball and yet have the audacity to pretend that they are doing us good.
With education standards declining, cost of living spiralling and ethics/etiquette at stake, I really dread to think of the kind of society that may prevail if the current regime wins in the next general election. Clearly, there are those who have no qualms about robbing us in broad daylight in direct and indirect ways. And the rot has to stop.
People, please vote wisely. Take part in civil society activities and avail yourself in as many ways as possible. Give of your time, talent and resources to develop a better nation. Volunteer and make the effort to effect change.
We have to, if we love this country we call our own.
Posted: 26 Nov 2011 07:12 AM PST
1. Soft Launch of the Women's Centre for Change (WCC) Building Fund: Give · Build · Change
The State Exco for Women Family and Community Development, YB Lydia Ong Kok Fooi will officiate the launch accompanied by WCC President Ms Mariam Lim and WCC Fundraising Ambassador, Datin Annie Chin. The launch will be celebrated with talented jazz singer Dasha Loganathan and musician Ronald De Leon who will perform two songs in line with WCC's quest to empower women and end the violence in women and children's lives.
2. . Reforming The Malaysian Health Care System
Free puiblic forum
Organised by the Penang Medical Practitioners' Society (PMPS), Health Action International Asia Pacific (HAIAP), People's Health Forum Malaysia (PHF Malaysia), Occupational Health and Safety Advisory, Association Penang and Aliran.
About the speakers:
Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa
Dato Dr Abdul Hamid
Dr Ng Swee Choon
Dr T Jayabalan
Prof Chan Chee Khoon
Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj
3. The University and University Colleges Act (UUCA) and The Constitution.
Officiated by DCM II YB Prof. Ramasamy. Organised by the Government of the State of Penang and the Bar Council Constitutional Law Committee.
4. Launching of Local Democracy Month
3.00pm flaxh mob at Gurney Plaza and 6.00pm launching at Speakers Square.
this will be followed by the most interesting event…
5. Penang Against The Peaceful Assembly Bill
hmm… so which one will i attend? well first of all, i will attend the WCC soft launch… but event no. 2 and 3 the time clashed. i actually like to attend event no. 2 as we all know healthcare is very important, but the problem is it starts at 1.00pm when the WCC event has not finished yet. the WCC event will finished at 1.30 and event no. 3 starts at 2.00 – so it will be just nice to attend event no. 3 after attending event no. 2. further more, the venue of event no. 3 is nearby to the venue of the WCC event… not forgetting it is just in front of the esplanade where speakers square is… where event no. 4 and 5 will happen.
ok lah i'll see how. if i can get away from WCC event early or can go to the healthcare event an hour late, then i'll go for event 2 on healthcare. if not, i'll go for event 3 on the UUCA and federal constitution. for sure i won't miss the last event!
i'll be there for whatever events i choose to be, armed with my camera and notebook!
Posted: 26 Nov 2011 05:57 AM PST
Posted: 26 Nov 2011 05:53 AM PST
Tell me the tales that to me were so dear
Posted: 26 Nov 2011 04:28 AM PST
Posted: 26 Nov 2011 04:18 AM PST
A dog-catching training joint exercise by MBPJ and MPK
LETTER OF THE DAY:
Hypocritical Animal Activists
I am a dog lover from Kuala Langat and have been following the exploits of many local animal activists and their groups through newspaper articles and of course, the internet for many years.
I am writing this letter because I can no longer stand the level of
Posted: 26 Nov 2011 02:16 AM PST
Please kindly allow me write about three Luyechun friends: Dr. Soe Aung, Dr. Kamal and I. We are from different race and religions and different in ages. But we love each other, work and help each other….wonderful period of our time. And now we know that we are fellow LYCs. Of course all of us love our motherland and wish to be peaceful, prosperous and free from all the socio-political problems.
Three of us managed to help Bosnia (refugee) Medical Specialists got the jobs in University Malaya. Although they were specialists and got the special status as recognized refugees by United Nations and Malaysian government they were REFUSED Medical Registration by Malaysian Medical Council. So could not practice Medicine and when I went to treat their community weekly, they just came and translate for me. Once one of the lady doctor told me that from the next week she could not translate as she decided to just work as a factory worker. And another couple just started to work as started working as Assistant Nurses in private clinics.
I felt sorry for them and discussed with the Dr Soe and Dr. Kamal INNIATED, encouraged them and searched the jobs for them to work as Research Officers in MU different departments. As those were research based, no need to apply for the Medical Registrations. Dr. Kamal personally appealed to the Professors (whom Dr Soe and I had earlier introduced him) arranged for the accommodations and even borrow money to them.
Because of that good deeds God help all three of us with numerous rewards.
Dr. Soe Aung wrote on my FB Wall: "Dr Ko Ko Gyi is the first Burmese Medical Officer worked at University Malaya. Before him, non of Malaysian University wanted to to appoint Burmese MOs. Due to his strong knowledge in Medicine ( I really don't know how he remember everything) , dedicate in his work (he still can work 365 days a year), excellent clinical skills ( worked at Mandalay GH) , University Hospital started to accept Burmese doctor and later, followed by HUKM. I was the first one benefit from his excellent work and subsequently my brother. I thanks and fully appreciate his jobs on introducing NG and Lee Locum, loan me money for a day to do MPH (at that time, I need to show bank account to do MPH), introducing AE UH Medical officer and etc. JUST TO LET new Medical Officers FROM UH and HUKM know. In fact, I learned medical ethic and professionalism from my mother, our lecturers from Burma and later from Dr Ko Ko Gyi in Malaysia. I learnt the most important one from him is telling patients what I believe the best for them without fears and favors."
Actually Dr. Faridah Mere came out from Burma with Pakistan Passport and started to work in UHKL, got FRCS and later even work in UKM as Surgery Professor and Head. UM and UKM accepted Burmese lecturers but UKM student clinic only accepted …the Burmese MOs. But now they all understand the hard work and dedication of Myanmar MOs and always seek for Myanmar MOs if there is any vacancy. TQ Dr. Soe Aung for the kind words.
Posted: 26 Nov 2011 01:43 AM PST
By Yow Hong Chieh
November 26, 2011
DPM painted a grim picture of the future of Umno:
Jadi apabila acap kali disuarakan supaya jangan sabotaj, itu bermakna pengalaman lepas itu janganlah berulang lagi. Lebih-lebih lagi apabila kita menganggap PRU13 adalah ibu segala pilihan raya. Sebab semua tahu situasi sekarang berbeza dengan situasi yang lalu. Tapi itu tidak bermakna dalam situasi baru ini kita akan berdepan dengan tentangan yang kita akan kalah. Sebab itu satu faktor yang kita ambil kira adalah faktor dalaman parti termasuk kepimpinan dalam UMNO khususnya di peringkat Bahagian. Ini supaya mereka faham gentingnya kedudukan kita ini yang ibaratnya berada di puncak yang salju. Kalau tidak dijaga kita akan tergelincir ke bawah dan sukar bangun balik sebab kita sudah hilang kuasa.
Posted: 25 Nov 2011 11:45 PM PST
Malaysiakini's visit to a ceramah in Gelang Patah last night, attended by a crowd of about 200, found heavy police presence where at least 50 uniformed personnel were seen at the scene, backed up with two police trucks and there was also a checkpoint mounted on the road leading to the PKR branch office in front of which the event was held, featuring Anwar, Johor chief Dr Chua Jui Meng and UIA professor Abdul Aziz Bari.
However, no untoward incident was reported there or in any of the events scattered throughout Johor Selatan and it is learnt that all six events were heavily guarded by police, but the speakers were not stopped.
When met, deputy president Azmin said there were no incidents, but the fact that there was heavy police presence was as if they wanted to scare people from coming and added that Chua will be submitting a report to Johor police chief Mokhtar Mohd Shariff over the permits which were already granted but revoked at the last minute.
Mokhtar yesterday told Malaysiakini that the police had only rejected one application for "security reasons" and urged PKR to lodge a police report on the permits which were revoked.
Posted: 25 Nov 2011 11:30 PM PST
Assalammua'alaikum para Muslimin dan Muslimat, para Mukminin dan Mukminat yang dihormati..
Salam Maal Hijrah.
Rasanya kita boleh google sendiri maklumat terperinci berkenaan kalender Islam kita..
Sahabat2 di FB ramai telah mengingatkan kita supaya baca doa Akhir tahun dan Awal tahun.
Doa akhir tahun kita baca lepas sembahyang Asar..
Doa awal tahun kita baca sebelum Maghrib..pembetulan..selepas sembahyang Maghrib.
Google kalau tak pasti..
Kalau rasa was2 atau tidak yakin bacaan kita betul, pada pendapat saya, marilah kita pergi ke masjid hari ini..InsyaAllah.
Kalau tak sempat jugak, kita baca yang bahasa Melayu..InsyaAllah.
Jangan hampa..jangan rasa malu.
Yang penting kita berdoa sebaik2nya.
Kita doa apa yang kita boleh buat setakat yang mampu buat masa ini..
Pengetahuan agama kita boleh sentiasa diperkuatkan lagi..InsyaAllah.
Semoga Allah SWT mengampunkan segala dosa2 kita dan menjadikan kita lebih beriman dan bertakwa dari setahun ke setahun..
Selagi nyawa belum dicabut, kita berdoa biarlah kita dapat mengumpul amalan ibadah banyak2..Astaghfirullahhal'azeem.
Dapatlah kita nanti tergolong di antara roh2 para solihin dan dirahmati Allah SWT..InsyaAllah.
Mudah2an kita dijauhkan daripada seksa api neraka..Ameen.
Jomm kita cuba ke masjid untuk waktu Asar dan seterusnya Maghrib dan Isyak..InsyaAllah.
Dipersilakan sangat2 komen tentang Maal Hijrah.
Saya kurang pasti banyak perkara..pembetulan saya alu2kan..Syukran.
Saya mempunyai sebuah kitab tebal, besar, usang dan berwarna coklat berkulit keras..dalam bahasa Jawi..
Setelah arwah mak saya kembali ke Rahmatullah, saya mengambil dari tempat sejadahnya. Arwah mak selalu menyimpan buku2 kitab atas sebuah gobok buku kecil di tepi sejadahnya.
Saya teringat kitab zaman dulu ini akan dibuka dan dibacakan pada kami adikbradik masa kecik2..dan antara hari2 arwah mak dan arwah abah bacakan dengan panjang lebar ialah pada Awal Muharram..pengertian, doa2, tentang buku catitan dosa kita, dan bab2 yang patut kami tahu dsbnya.
Arwah abah meninggal kira2 35 tahun yang lalu..arwah mak lebih kurang 5-6 tahun yang lalu.
Waktu arwah Abah dah takder, arwah mak lah baca kitab ini.
Kami akan duduk ramai2 dan dia akan baca mukasurat2 yang berkaitan..
biasalah, saya yang selalu terlelap di pertengahan jalan.
Semalam, saya bawak turun dari rak buku dan kesat habuk pada kitab ini..
Saya berhajat hendak mentelaah kitab ini walaupun bacaan jawi saya merangkak2.
Tulisan jawinya halus jadi cermin mata pun kenalah tukar kepada yang jenis boleh membuat huruf kecil jadi besar..
Kitab ini sudah berusia lebih setengah abad..Wallahhu'alam.
Inilah satu2nya harta saya ambil dari arwah mak dan arwah abah.. kitab zaman dulu.
Sekarang baru terbuka hati hendak cuba membacanya..Alhamdulillah.
Posted: 25 Nov 2011 08:44 PM PST
Lim Kit Siang was speechless when Zulkifli Nordin raked the history of May 13, 1969 tragedy at the Dewan Rakyat. According to the MP, it was Kit Siang and his DAP who incited and triggered the incident, not MCA or Umno.
Read Sanggah Tok Janggut about it.
And for that reason, Zul said ISA was used to contain it. In fact, the contents of the new act to replace ISA will remain relevant in view of DAP racist politics which is turning our inter-racial relation into a time-bomb.
"Saya mahu baca semula daripada laporan MAGERAN, laporan rasmi yang dibentangkan menceritakan tentang peristiwa 13 Mei membawa kepada perisytiharan darurat tersebut adalah kerana kebebasan bersuara yang sudah di luar kawalan. Tindakan racist yang melampau dan ini antara tindakan yang didalangi oleh Yang Berhormat Ipoh Timur dan parti beliau pada masa itu.
"Saya mahu baca, biar rakyat dengar semula apa yang mereka kata pada tahun 1969 membawa kepada peristiwa 13 Mei. Slogan yang dibawa pada masa itu ialah 'Malai si'. 'Malai si' ini maknanya 'Mati Melayu'. Kemudian kita lihat dalam himpunan-himpunan dan perarakan-perarakan yang mereka buat. Ini antara kenyataan yang mereka keluar pada 11 Mei, "Apa polis boleh buat, kita raja. Buang sama polis Melayu."
The report said that among the chants shouted by those taking part are:
"Mati Melayu, sakai pergi masuk hutan."
"Melayu balik kampung, Melayu sekarang tiada kuasa. Sekarang kita Cina sudah control".
"Semua Melayu kasi habis, kasi halau semua polis."
"Apa ini Melayu, kita sudah perintah dia negeri, ini negeri bukan Melayu punya, mata-mata lancau."
"Butuh Melayu, Malai si, pergi mati Melayu."
I have not read the Mageran report but I believe Zul was aware of its content.
(Terima kasih Sanggah Tok Janggut)
Posted: 25 Nov 2011 08:08 PM PST
Scanned photo of Korean pop group Girls' Generation member Tiffany with a little baby, from the ninth edition of Letter from Angels project. Pretty cute…
The annual Letter from Angels project was initiated by photographer Cho Sei-hon to raise awareness for domestic child adoption. Various artists would take part in the photo shoot, which would be published on magazines (this one from InStyle) and showcased at public exhibitions. Image via Sosiz [Kr] and Snsdtiffany.
SNSD series – Previous: SPAO winter 2011 |
Posted: 25 Nov 2011 07:57 PM PST
Source: "မႏၱေလးက စိန္ပီတာေက်ာင္း" from Kaungkin, Written by ဖိုးသံ(လူထု)
က်ေနာ့္ဘ၀မွာ ေက်ာင္းသံုးေက်ာင္းေနခဲ့ပါတယ္။ စိန္ဂ်ိဳးဇက္ကြန္ဗင့္၊ စိန္ပီတာနဲ႔ မႏၱေလးတကၠသိုလ္တို႔ျဖစ္ပါတယ္၊ အဲဒီအထဲက ပထမဆံုးေနခဲ့ရတာကေတာ့ စိန္ဂ်ိဳးဇက္ကြန္ဗင့္ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ မဆလအစိုးရကသိမ္းယူၿပီးေနာက္ အမွတ္(ဂ) အထကလို႔ေခၚေစခဲ့တဲ့ ၂၄လမ္းနဲ႔၂၅လမ္းအၾကား၊ ၈၂လမ္းေပၚ လမ္းရဲ႕အေနာက္ဖက္ကေက်ာင္းျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဗရင္ဂ်ီ ခရစ္ယာန္သာသနာႁပု၊ မယ္သီလရင္ေက်ာင္းျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
အဲဒီေက်ာင္းႀကီးဟာ ဟိုကာလအတိုင္းအတာနဲ႔ဆိုရင္ အေတာ္ကိုႀကီးတဲ့ ႏွစ္ထပ္အုတ္အေဆာက္အဦေတြနဲ႔ဖြဲ႔စည္းထားတာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ေက်ာင္း၀ိုင္းအ၀င္၀က ဘုရား႐ွိခိုးေက်ာင္းေလး ဗံုးက်လို႔ပ်က္စီးသြားတာကလြဲရင္ က်န္တာေတြ အားလံုးဟာ ဧရာမမန္က်ည္းပင္ႀကီးေတြအၾကားမွာ အေကာင္းပကတိက်န္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ေက်ာင္း၀ိုင္းဧရိယာအမ်ားစုဟာ ေနေျပာက္မထိုးဘူးလို႔ေတာင္ ဆိုႏိုင္ပါတယ္။
က်ေနာ္ေက်ာင္းစတက္ေတာ့ အသက္ဘယ္ႏွစ္ႏွစ္႐ွိၿပီဆိုတာ မမွတ္မိပါဘူး။ က်ေနာ့္အမနဲ႔အတူ လိုက္တက္ရတာပါ။ ေက်ာင္းေပ်ာ္ေအာင္ဆိုၿပီး ထည့္လိုက္တာမ်ိဳးလို႔ထင္ပါတယ္။ သိပ္ငယ္ပါတယ္။ ၃-၄ႏွစ္အ႐ြယ္ျဖစ္ပါလိမ့္မယ္။ ဘာသင္ရတယ္ဆိုတာ လံုး၀မမွတ္မိပါဘူး။ ေန႔လယ္မွာအိပ္ရတာနဲ႕ သီခ်င္းေတြဆိုရတာပဲမွတ္မိေနပါတယ္။
အဲဒီေက်ာင္းမွာ ေယာက္်ားေလးကအင္မတန္နည္းပါတယ္။ သူငယ္တန္းႀကီးေအာင္ရင္ ေက်ာင္းထြက္လက္မွတ္ ထုတ္ေပးၿပီးတျခားေက်ာင္းကို ေျပာင္းခိုင္းပါတယ္။ သူငယ္တန္း တတန္းမွာေယာက္်ားေလးေက်ာင္းသားက ေလးပံုတပံု ေတာင္မ႐ွိဘူးထင္ပါတယ္။ ေယာက္်ားေလးနဲ႔မိန္းခေလး အေျပာအဆိုအဆက္အဆံလည္း အရမ္းကိုနည္းပါတယ္။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ဖာသာက်ေနာ္တို႔ေန၊ က်ေနာ္တို႔ဖာသာက်ေနာ္တို႔ကစားၾကတာပါ။ ဆရာတေယာက္မွမ႐ွိပါဘူး။ အားလံုး ဆရာမေတြခ်ည္းျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ သူငယ္တန္းေတြကိုသင္တာမွာ ဗိုလ္မေတြ၊ ကျပားမေတြခ်ည္းလို႔ဆိုႏိုင္ပါတယ္။ ဘယ္သူမွ ဗမာစကားမေျပာပါဘူး။ တခ်ိဳ႕ကေက်ာင္းအျပင္မွာေတာ့ေျပာၾကတယ္နဲ႔တူပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ေက်ာင္းထဲမွာဘယ္သူမွ မေျပာပါဘူး။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ကလည္း ဆရာမေတြကို အဂၤလိပ္စကားနဲ႔ပဲေျပာရပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ကိုယ္က အိမ္သာသြားခ်င္တယ္ဆိုတာေလာက္ကလြဲၿပီး ဘာမွေျပာဖို႔လိုတာမဟုတ္ေတာ့ မ်ားမ်ားတတ္ဖို႔လည္းမလိုပါဘူး။
အဲဒီတုန္းက က်ေနာ္တို႔အခ်င္းခ်င္းျငင္းလို႔မၿပီး၊ အေျဖမထြက္ႏိုင္တဲ့ျပႆနာတခုကို အခုထက္ထိမွတ္မိေနပါတယ္။ အဲဒါကေတာ့ အဲဒီခရစ္ယာန္မယ္သီလရင္ႀကီးေတြရဲ႕ေခါင္းဟာ ကတံုးလား၊ ဆံပင္ထားသလားဆိုတာပါပဲ။ ခဏခဏ ေျပာၾက၊ ျငင္းၾကတာပါ။ ေနာက္ဆံုးအဲဒီေက်ာင္းကသာ ေျပာင္းလာေရာအေျဖမရခဲ့ၾကပါဘူး။
ေျပာင္းလာတယ္ဆိုတာက စိန္ပီတာေက်ာင္းကိုပါ။ စိန္ပီတာေက်ာင္းကို ဒုတိယကမၻာစစ္အတြင္းတုန္းကနဲ႔ စစ္အၿပီးမွာေဆး႐ံုအျဖစ္အသံုးႁပုခဲ့ပါတယ္။ က်ေနာ္ေက်ာင္းေနေတာ့ စစ္ဒဏ္ခံထားရတာ သိပ္မေတြ႔ရပါဘူး။ မန္က်ည္းပင္ ႀကီးေတြ၊ ကုကၠိဳပင္ႀကီးေတြနဲ႔၊ ေဘာ့လံုးကြင္းႀကီးကလည္း စိမ္းလို႔၊ အင္မတန္သာယာတဲ့ ေက်ာင္း၀ိုင္းႀကီးတခုျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အဲဒီအခ်ိန္တုန္းက မႏၱေလးမွာတကၠသိုလ္(ေကာလိပ္)ကလြဲရင္ အက်ယ္ဆံုးေက်ာင္း၀ိုင္း႐ွိတဲ့ ေက်ာင္းလို႔ေျပာရင္ရမယ္ ထင္ပါတယ္။
မႏၱေလးမွာထူးျခားတာက ခရစ္ယာန္သာသနာႁပုေက်ာင္း၀ိုင္းႀကီးေတြက အစိုးရေက်ာင္း၀ိုင္းေတြထက္ႀကီးတာပါပဲ။ အေဆာက္အဦးေတြလည္းပိုေကာင္းပါတယ္။ စိန္ပီတာေက်ာင္းက စာသင္ခန္းေတြ၊ အထူးသျဖင့္စာသင္ခန္းေဟာင္းႀကီး ေတြဟာ က်ယ္လည္းက်ယ္၊ ျမင့္လည္းျမင့္၊ ေဘာ့လံုးကြင္းႀကီးကိုျဖတ္တိုက္လာတဲ့ ေလကတဟူးဟူးနဲ႔မို႔ အင္မတန္ပူတဲ့ မႏၱေလးေႏြမွာ ပန္ကာမလို၊ အဲယားကြန္းမလို သက္ေတာင့္သက္သာ႐ွိလွပါတယ္။ က်ေနာ္မွတ္မိသေလာက္ဆိုရင္ အဲဒီတုန္းက က်ေနာ္ေနခဲ့တဲ့ေက်ာင္းႏွစ္ေက်ာင္းအျပင္ ဖားသားလဖံုး၊ စိန္႔ဂ်ိဳးဇက္(ခါးပတ္ျဖဴ)၊ ေအဘီအမ္၊ စိန္ေဇးဗီးယား၊ ၀က္စလီနဲ႔ သံတဲေက်ာင္းတို႔႐ွိပါေသးတယ္။ အဲဒီအထဲမွာ သီေပါမင္းေနခဲ့တဲ့ သံတဲေက်ာင္းေခၚဒိုင္အိုဆီဇင္ေက်ာင္းဟာ သက္တမ္း အ႐ွည္ဆံုးျဖစ္မယ္ထင္ပါတယ္။ အစိုးရေက်ာင္းေတြထဲက အမွတ္(၁)ေက်ာင္းကေတာ့ ဒုတိယကမၻာစစ္ရဲ႕ ဗံုးဒဏ္ကလြတ္ခဲ့လို႔ ေက်ာင္းအေဆာက္အဦး ႀကီးေတြအေကာင္းပကတိက်န္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ အမွတ္(၂)လို႔ေနာက္မွာေခၚၾကတဲ့ အမ်ိဳးသားေက်ာင္းကေတာ့ ဘူတာ႐ံုနဲ႔နီးလို႔ လားမသိဘူး၊ တေက်ာင္းလံုးေျပာင္သြားၿပီး က်ေနာ္တို႔ေက်ာင္းေနၿပီး ေနာက္မွအေဆာင္ႀကိးေတြ ျပန္ေဆာက္ရပါတယ္။ ကာလတခု ကပ္တဲေတြနဲ႕သင္ခဲ့ရပါေသးတယ္။ အမွတ္(၃)ေက်ာင္း ဆိုရင္လည္း ၈၂နဲ႔၈၃လမ္းၾကားက မြတ္စလင္ဗလီပိုင္ အေဆာက္အဦမ်ားမွာ ေက်ာင္းကိုကပ္ဖြင့္ခဲ့ရတာပါ။ ၆၀စုႏွစ္မ်ားထဲမွ အခုေနရာကိုေျပာင္းခဲ့ရတယ္လို႔မွတ္မိေနပါတယ္။
က်ေနာ္ကစိန္ပီတာေက်ာင္းမွာ ပထမတန္းကစေနခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ၂ႏွစ္သား၊ ၃ႏွစ္သား အ႐ြယ္မွာ က်ေနာ့္အေမ ေဆး႐ံုတက္လို႔ အဲဒီေက်ာင္းကိုတေခါက္ႏွစ္ေခါက္ေရာက္ဖူးပါတယ္။ က်ေနာ္တတန္းတက္ေတာ့ က်ေနာ့္အေမဘယ္ အေဆာင္၊ ဘယ္အခန္းမွာေနခဲ့တယ္ဆိုတာေတာင္ မမွတ္မိေတာ့ပါဘူး။ က်ေနာ္၂တန္းတက္ေတာ့ အတန္းဟာ ေက်ာင္း၀ိုင္းရဲ႕ အေ႐ွ႕ဘက္ဆံုးႏွစ္ထပ္ေဆာင္ရဲ႕ အေပၚထပ္အေ႐ွ႔ဘက္ဆံုးအခန္းျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ လမ္းနဲ႔ကပ္ေနတာပါ။ ေအာက္ထပ္ကေတာ့ ေဘာ္ဒါေက်ာင္းသားေတြရဲ႕ထမင္းစားခန္းပါ။ အဲဒီ အေဆာင္ႀကီးရဲ႕ေျမာက္ဘက္က မန္က်ည္းပင္ႀကီးေတြေအာက္မွာေတာ့ လူတရပ္ေက်ာ္ေလာက္ျမင့္တဲ့ ေျမပံုႀကီးေတြ႐ွိပါတယ္။ အ၀ါေရာင္ေျမေစးေတြျဖစ္ၿပီး ေျခာက္ေန၊ မာေနပါၿပီ၊ က်ေနာ္တို႔က အဲဒီေျမပံုႀကီးေတြေပၚမွာတက္လိုက္ဆင္းလိုက္ကစားၾကပါတယ္။ အဲဒီလို ကစားၾကရင္ အနီးအနားမွာအ႐ိုးေတြ၊ သံခေမာက္အစုတ္ေတြ ျပန္႔က်ဲေနတာကို သတိထားမိပါတယ္။ စစ္အတြင္း ေဆး႐ံုေဟာင္းရဲ႕လကၡဏာလို႔ပဲေအာက္ေမ့ရမလားမသိပါ။
ေျပာရရင္ စိန္ပီတာဟာ အဲဒီတုန္းက မႏၱေလးကအမ်ိဳးသားေက်ာင္းေတြထဲမွာ အေကာင္းဆံုးလို႔ ကိုယ့္ကိုယ္ကို သေဘာထားတာပါ။ ဆရာေတြကလည္း တပည့္ေတြကိုဒါကိုပဲတဖြဖြေျပာေနတာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ တျခားကိစၥေတြမွာ ျငင္းခ်င္ ျငင္းႏိုင္မယ္၊ စိန္ပီတာနဲ႔ကြန္ဗင့္(ခါးပတ္အနီ)တို႔ဟာ အဲဒီတုန္းကေက်ာင္းလခအမ်ားဆံုးေပးရတဲ့ ေက်ာင္းေတြျဖစ္တာ ေတာ့ အမွန္ပါပဲ။ က်ေနာ္တို႔႐ွိတုန္းက မူလတန္းမွာ တလ ဆယ္က်ပ္၊ အလယ္တန္းမွာ ဆယ့္ႏွစ္က်ပ္နဲ႔ အထက္တန္းမွာ ဆယ့္ငါးက်ပ္လို႔ထင္ပါတယ္။ (က်ေနာ့္မုန္႔ဘိုးက တေန႔မွ တမူးပါ၊ ေနာင္ေတာ့ ဆယ္ျပားေပါ့။ အထက္တန္းေရာက္မွ တမတ္(ႏွစ္ဆယ့္ငါးျပား)ျဖစ္လာပါတယ္။)
က်ေနာ္တို႔ေက်ာင္းမွာ ေက်ာင္းသားေတြမွာ အစိမ္းေရာင္ကုတ္အကႌ်နဲ႔ကာကီေဘာင္းဘီ႐ွည္ယူနီေဖာင္္း၊ ရင္ဘတ္မွာ ေက်ာင္းတံဆိပ္၊ ႏႈတ္ဖ်ားမွာ ေက်ာင္းသီခ်င္းစသျဖင့္ အဲဒီတုန္းကအတိုင္းအတာနဲ႔ဆိုရင္ အေတာ့္ကိုထယ္၀ါတဲ့ ေက်ာင္းျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ေက်ာင္း သီခ်င္းကအခုလိုပါ။
မႏၱေလးႃမို႔မွာေက်ာ္ၾကားတာ၊ တို႔ေက်ာင္းစိန္ပီတာ။ ။
ေက်ာင္းေပါင္းစံုႃပိုင္ပြဲေတြဘာေတြမွာ ပထမဆု ဒိုင္းတို႔ ဖလားတို႔ရတယ္ဆိုရင္ မနက္ေက်ာင္းမတက္ခင္ ေက်ာင္းအုပ္ႀကီး႐ံုးခန္းေ႐ွ႕မွာစုၾကရေတာ့ ေက်ာင္းအုပ္ဘရာသာက အဲဒီဆုကိုထုတ္ျပၿပီး ဆရာ၀ီလ်ံက ဒိုင္းဆုရစိန္ပီတာေက်ာင္း ေဘာလံုးသင္းကို ဂုဏ္ႁပုတဲ့သံခ်ပ္ဒီလို သံုးခါတိုင္ၾက၊ ထိုးၾကပါတယ္။
"Three cheers for St. Peter's Football Team. Hip-hip- Hooray! Hip-hip- Hooray! Hip-hip- Hooray!
တကၠသိုလ္၀င္တန္းမွာ ဂုဏ္ထူးေတြနဲ႔ေအာင္တဲ့ေက်ာင္းသားေတြကိုလည္း ဒီလိုပဲေက်ာင္းသားအားလံုးေ႐ွ႕မွာ စီတန္းရပ္ေစၿပီး မိတ္ဆက္ေပးတာ၊ ဂုဏ္ႁပုတာေတြလုပ္ပါတယ္။ စိန္ပီတာရဲ႕သမိုင္းမွာ ေအာင္ခ်က္အေနနဲ႔အထြန္းေျပာင္ ဆံုးႏွစ္ကေတာ့ စစ္ကိုင္းငလ်င္ႀကီးလႈပ္တဲ့၁၉၁၉၅၇ခုႏွစ္မွာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဗမာျပည္တျပည္လံုးရဲ႕ပထမ၊ ဒုတိယ၊ တတိယ တို႔အျပင္ ထိပ္ဆံုး၂၅ေယာက္ထဲမွာကိုပဲအမ်ားႀကီးပါ၀င္တယ္လို႔မွတ္မိေနပါတယ္။ အဲဒီအထဲမွာ အခု နအဖ က်န္းမာေရး ၀န္ႀကီးဦးေက်ာ္ျမင့္နဲ႔ စာေရးဆရာေမာင္မိုးသူတို႔လည္းပါပါတယ္။
စိန္ပီတာေက်ာင္းရဲ႕အေနာက္ဘက္၀င္းထရံတေလွ်ာက္မွာ ဧရာမကုကိၠဳပင္ႀကီးေတြ႐ွိပါတယ္။ အဲဒီအပင္ႀကီးေတြရဲ႕ ေအာက္မွာအုတ္ခံုေတြ႐ွိၿပီး ေန႔လည္မွာအိမ္မျပန္တဲ့ေက်ာင္းသားေတြဟာ ဒီအုတ္ခံုေတြေပၚမွာ အိမ္ကပါလာတဲ့ထမင္း ခ်ိဳင့္ေတြကိုဖြင့္ၿပီး ထမင္းစားၾကပါတယ္။ ေက်ာင္းမွာတႏွစ္တခါလုပ္တဲ့ ေျပးခုန္ပစ္ပြဲကိုေရာက္ရင္ ေက်ာင္းကတမင္ဖိတ္ ထားတဲ့ဧည့္သည္ေတြကို ဒီအုတ္ခံုေတြေပၚမွာ ကုလားထိုင္ေတြခင္းၿပီး ထိုင္ေစေလ့႐ွိပါတယ္။ အဖိတ္ခံရသူေတြအထဲမွာ ခါးပတ္နီကြန္ဗင့္ေက်ာင္းက ေဘာ္ဒါေက်ာင္းသူေတြလည္းပါပါတယ္။ သူတို႔ဟာသီလရင္စစၥတာႀကီးေတြရဲ႕ ၾကပ္မတ္မႈ ေအာက္မွာစည္းကမ္း၊ အိေႁႏၵ႐ွိစြာနဲ႔လာေရာက္ၾကည့္႐ႈၾကပါတယ္။ မိန္းခေလးလံုး၀မ႐ွိတဲ့ စိန္ပီတာေက်ာင္းက ေက်ာင္းသားေတြအဖို႔ေတာ့ ဒါဟာ႐ႈခ်င္စဖြယ္ျမင္ကြင္းတခုျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
ေဆာင္းအကုန္ေႏြအကူးကာလမွာေတာ့ ဒီကုကိၠဳပင္ႀကီးေတြရဲ႕သစ္႐ြက္ေျခာက္ေတြ မိုးဖြဲမ်ားလို ခပ္ေစြေစြခပ္ေစာင္းေစာင္း တဖြားဖြားက်ေနတာကို ေက်ာင္းသားတိုင္းလိုလိုပဲ စာသင္ရင္း(စာထဲစိတ္မ၀င္စားတဲ့အခါ) ေငးေမာေနမိၾက ပါတယ္။ အဲဒီေ႐ွ႕ကေဘာလံုးကြင္းရဲ႕ ျမက္ခင္းျပင္ႀကီးကလည္း စိမ္းလို႔ေလ။ စိတ္ေလခ်င္စရာျမင္ကြင္းေပါ့။ စိန္ပီတာ ေက်ာင္းမွာက ေအာင္စာရင္းေတြကို ႏွစ္စဥ္ဧၿပီလ ၁၀ရက္မွာထုတ္ေလ့႐ွိပါတယ္။ ေႏြရာသီေက်ာင္းပိတ္ရက္၊ သႀကၤန္မတိုင္မီေလးမွာပါ။ အဲဒီလိုအခ်ိန္ ေက်ာင္းႀကီးထဲကိုျပန္ေရာက္သြားရင္ လူခမ္းေျခာက္ေနတဲ့ေက်ာင္း၀ိုင္းႀကီးကိုၾကည့္ၿပီး လြမ္းသလိုလို ေဆြးသလိုလိုျဖစ္ရတာပါပဲ။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ဟာ ေက်ာင္း၀ိုင္းႀကီးထဲမွာ ဟိုေလွ်ာက္ဒီေလွ်ာက္ သြားၾကၿပီး ေစာေစာကေျပာခဲ့တဲ့ ကုကိၠလ္ပင္ႀကီးေတြေအာက္က ေႂကြက်ေနတဲ့ကုကၠိဳသီးေတြကို ေကာက္ၾကပါတယ္။ ၿပီးရင္အိမ္ကိုျပန္ယူလာၿပီး င႐ုတ္ဆံုထဲမွာေထာင္း၊ တူသဏၭာန္လုပ္ၿပီးတုတ္တေခ်ာင္းမွာတပ္ကစားၾကပါတယ္။ အဲဒီလို ညက္ေအာင္ထုထားတဲ့ ကုကၠိဳသီးအစိုင္အခဲဟာ အင္မတန္မာပါတယ္။ သစ္သားထက္လည္းအေလးခ်ိန္စီးပါတယ္။
ငါးႏွစ္ေျခာက္ႏွစ္အ႐ြယ္ကေန ဆယ့္ငါးႏွစ္-ဆယ့္ေျခာက္ႏွစ္အ႐ြယ္အထိ(က်ေနာ္တို႔ေခတ္တုန္းက ကိုးတန္းဟာ တကၠသိုလ္၀င္တန္းျဖစ္ပါတယ္) ပူပင္ေသာကမ႐ွိ ေပ်ာ္ေပ်ာ္ပါးပါးႀကီးေနခဲ့တဲ့ေက်ာင္းႀကီးကို ခြဲခြာရၿပီဆိုေတာ့လည္း တကၠသိုလ္ဆိုတာရဲ႕ ဆြဲေဆာင္မႈက႐ွိေနတဲ့အတြက့္ ၀မ္းနည္းတယ္လို႔မခံစားခဲ့မိတာကို ၀န္ခံရမွာပါ။ အခုေတာ့မွ လြမ္း ဆြတ္သလိုခံစားရၿပီး ႄကံုတိုင္းေမးေနမိပါတယ္။ ဒီလိုနဲ႔ၾကားရတာက ေဘာ့လံုးကြင္းကျမက္ခင္းႀကီးလည္း ပ်က္စီးသြားၿပီ၊ ေက်ာင္းႀကီးကလည္း သာသာနာႁပုေတြပိုင္တဲ့အပိုင္း၊ ပညာေရး႐ံုးအပိုင္းနဲ႔ ေက်ာင္းအပိုင္းဆိုၿပီး အပိုင္းပိုင္းအကန္႔ကန္႔ ျဖစ္သြားၿပီ စတဲ့စိတ္မေကာင္းစရာသတင္းေတြကိုပဲ ၾကားရပါတယ္။ တခ်ိန္က႐ွိခဲ့ဘူးတဲ့ ဂုဏ္ေတြသိန္ေတြဆိုတာကေတာ့ မဆလေခတ္မွာ ျပည္သူပိုင္သိမ္းခံလုိက္ရကတည္းက ဆံုးပါးသြားတယ္လို႔ဆိုရမွာပါ။ နအဖေခတ္မွာက်ေတာ့ သမိုင္းေလး ကိုပါေဖ်ာက္ဖ်က္ပစ္ၾကမယ့္သေဘာ႐ွိေနပါတယ္။
တကယ္က "စိန္ပီတာလည္း သူ႔အခ်င္းႏွင့္သူ႔အဆင္းႏွင့္"ပါ။
Posted: 25 Nov 2011 07:26 PM PST
November 26, 2011
Read Raja Petra's 'You first have to know the meaning of the word'. In that article, there's an addendum entitled 'Killing the Kelantanese with no water'.
I post the addendum verbatim:
When the Anwar Ibrahim poisoning crisis erupted late last year, Mahathir pooh-poohed the whole matter by saying that Malays do not murder for political ends.
Not quite true!
Samad Goal was murdered in Kota Bharu - head split open with an axe. The "old timers" tell me, while he was giving a speech during a political rally. Dato Tahar was murdered - I was told, shot all over his body. Some people tell me Dr Burhanuddin Hilmi was poisoned. And those are only the ones I know about. And they were all murdered for political reasons.
Yes, Malays DO murder for political ends.
Is Mahathir now killing off the Kelantanese, his political rivals, by denying them water?
This is what Mahathir said recently, "However, the Kelantan government could not even ensure clean water for its people. When you turn on the tap, you get coffee instead''.
To Mahathir it is all a big joke - something to laugh about. The Kelantan opposition government cannot even provide clean water for its people. Mahathir thinks it is so funny.
Mahathir added that the Kelantan State government was seeking help from the Federal Government to overcome its water woes. "They are asking for 600 million Ringgit from us. If we have that kind of money, we will put it to good use".
Yes, that's right. If the Federal Government had 600 million Ringgit they would put it to good use. They would not give it to the Kelantan State government to provide water to its 1,500,000 people. That is not good use for the money.
600 million Ringgit can build an F1 racetrack. Foreigners can use the track to enjoy themselves. 600 million Ringgit can also build a beautiful tower in the middle of Kuala Lumpur. That is better use for the money. Water for 1,500,000 people in Kelantan is definitely NOT good use.
Kelantan has been facing a water shortage problem for the last 20 or 30 years - long before the opposition took over the State. In 1990, the state fell to the opposition. The Federal Government then suddenly decided to cancel the plan to spend 600 million Ringgit to improve the water supply in the State.
The members of the Kelantan Branch of the Housing Developers Association met the Minister-in-Charge of the State, Anwar Musa, to discuss the water problem with him. These developers could not hand over their houses to their buyers as there was no water supply and they were losing money because of it.
Anwar Musa told the developers, if they wanted water, they would have to vote in the Barisan Nasional the next general election. As long as the State was under the opposition they would get no water.
Then the Federal Government announced they were giving Kelantan State the 600 million Ringgit they required. There was much rejoicing. Kelantan, at last, would be getting water.
Then, when everyone's hopes were high, the Federal Government announced they would not, after all, give the State the money. All hopes were dashed.
Then it was announced the State would be given the money, but the Federal government would control it and decide how it is used. Then they said the State would not get the money.
This is a cruel game to play on 1,500,000 people who have not seen clean water for two generations. You build up their hopes, then you dash it again, just to see the smiles on their faces get wiped off.
Today, Kelantan is suffering from a Cholera outbreak. Mahathir is a medical man. He knows how and why Cholera is spread.
Does Mahathir announce the water embargo on Kelantan is off? Does Mahathir now give them the 600 million Ringgit promised and un-promised so many times?
No! Instead, TV3 parades people before their cameras to show them condemning the Kelantan Government for not being able to overcome the State water woes.
The water woes were there long before the opposition took over the State. It is not the opposition government's fault. They inherited the problem when they took over a State that already had no water.
This is a cruel game to play on the people of Kelantan. It is not funny, and Mahathir should wipe that smirk of his face. People are dying in Kelantan. And it's all because they have no water. And they have no water because the Federal Government is trying to bring the State to its knees.
Was it not Mahathir who condemned the US for its embargo on Iraq? Was it not Mahathir who said the embargo is causing the deaths of thousands of innocent children? Was it not Mahathir who called the Americans murderers for doing this?
Does Mahathir not see he is now killing innocent Kelantanese by denying them water? Is Mahathir so sure those dead from Cholera voted for the opposition? What if they did not? What if they did not vote at all? What if they are children and babies who are not even voters yet?
Mahathir, are you not a Malay? Are not the Kelantanese Malays? Did you not say Malays do not murder for political ends?
Mahathir, stop killing off innocent children and babies! Stop the Cholera epidemic in Kelantan! Give Kelantan the water they need! Give them the water they have been waiting generations for.
Most importantly of all, Mahathir, stop gloating. Wipe that smirk off your face. It is not as funny as you think. Denying the Kelantan people water does not prove how incapable the opposition is in running the State. It just proves you would gladly resort to murdering innocent babies just to defeat a political rival.
May God have mercy on you, Mahathir, for all those deaths in Kelantan!
Raja Petra Kamarudin (28 September 2000)
Posted: 25 Nov 2011 02:55 PM PST
Amid the slaughter, a quiet house was singled out, solely because the residents were Jewish by WARREN KOZAK.
Three years ago this weekend, believers of two religions came face to face, with horrific results. It is remembered as the Mumbai Attacks. Over the course of four days, 10 terrorists from the Islamic group Lashkar-e-Taiba perpetrated coordinated attacks on 10 different locations across India's financial capital. In addition to three hotels, a cinema, and a hospital for women and children, four of the terrorists traveled to the Nariman House, which served as the city's Chabad Jewish community center.
In all, 164 people were killed in Mumbai and 308 were wounded. What stands out in the horror of those days is the particular viciousness of the attack on the defenseless people inside Nariman House. The Holtzbergs—a young couple, emissaries from the Chabad-Lubavitch movement—along with four other Jewish visitors were all killed. But Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his pregnant wife Rivka were first tortured, the details of which are too gruesome to recount. (Their 2-year-old son was rescued by his Indian nanny, who grabbed the blood-spattered child and ran outside when the attackers weren't looking.)
Why did the attackers specifically target Chabad and why with such viciousness? Lashkar-e-Taiba, or the Army of the Pure, is South Asia's largest and most militant terror network. It is based in Pakistan, where it reportedly received planning assistance for the Mumbai operation from Pakistan's secret service agency. The group's founding aim was to reclaim the disputed Kashmir region for Muslims, but in recent years Lashkar has expanded to global scope, with particular animus toward India and Israel, declaring Hindus and Jews to be enemies of Islam.
Hence the attack on Nariman House, one of 3,000-plus Chabad Houses around the world that provide assistance, religious services, food, lodging and Torah study to local and visiting Jews. "Chabad," an acronym for the Hebrew "wisdom, understanding, knowledge," is another name for the Lubavitcher movement, named after the city in Russia where this particular movement of Orthodox Jewish Hasidism was founded in the 18th century.
Chabad would probably be unknown to the outside world had it not been for Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, its charismatic leader from 1951 until his death in 1994. Known as the "Rebbe" to his followers, he took a small group ravaged in the Holocaust and electrified it with a vision. Based in its new home of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Jewish movement grew rapidly, and today there are Chabad Houses from Morocco to Cambodia to Santa Fe.
While the Rebbe was a great Talmudic scholar, he was also an electrical engineer who studied at the Sorbonne and did work for the U.S. Navy during World War II. Perhaps because of his varied background, the Rebbe infused the Lubavitchers with entrepreneurialism. "This was not a man who was interested in creating followers," says Jonathan Sacks, the chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth. "This was a man who was passionate about creating leaders."
Sending out emissaries was part of the program from the start, in 1951. "These extraordinary people could have achieved enormous personal gain in business or as professionals, but instead dedicated their lives to a higher purpose," says Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, chairman of the movement's educational and social services arms.
Chabad's model sounds more like that of Christian missionaries than what most people expect of Jews. But Chabad couples are not sent out to proselytize. They are meant to act as role models for other Jews, in order to create a better world. Lubavitchers believe that every mitzvah (commandment) performed—whether it is helping someone in need or lighting the Sabbath candles—brings us all closer to the coming of the Messiah. "Love of God, of Torah and of every Jew—all three are really one and they cannot be separated," said the Rebbe upon assuming leadership of the movement in 1951.
Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg were a typical Chabad couple—devout, devoted to the Rebbe's principles, and with a strong sense for self-sacrifice for their fellow Jews. They also suffered from personal tragedy. Their first child was born with Tay-Sachs disease, a genetic disorder that took his life at the age of two.
In another community, the violent deaths of such a young and promising couple might have sent shivers through the leadership, prompting them to pull other emissaries from the field. But Chabad's leadership did the opposite, immediately sending another couple to take their place.
"It was almost instantly reflexive for some, especially from knowing Gabi and Rivki," observes Rabbi Chanoch Gechtman, who together with his wife Leah now runs the Chabad House in Mumbai. "Great darkness must be challenged with bright light. WSJ. "
Mr. Kozak is the author of "The Rabbi of 84th Street: The Extraordinary Life of Haskel Besser" (HarperCollins, 2004) and "LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay" (Regnery, 2009).
Posted: 25 Nov 2011 02:30 PM PST
John was in the fertilized egg business.
He had several hundred young layers (hens), called 'pullets,' and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs.
He kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced.
This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached them to his roosters.
Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing.
Now, he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by just listening to the bells.
John's favorite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen, but this morning he noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all!
When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.
To John's amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring.
He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.
John was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in the Renfrew County Fair and he became an overnight sensation among the judges.
The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the "No Bell Piece Prize," but they also awarded him the "Pulletsurprise" as well.
Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the unsuspecting populace and scr**ing them when they weren't paying attention.
Vote carefully next year, the bells are not always audible.
Thanks to P. Leong who sent me this post.
Posted: 25 Nov 2011 02:22 PM PST
Nagui Damiam talks about the renewed unity among Egyptians demonstrating in Tahrir Square. The Muslim Brotherhood is strong and well organised, but it is far from what young people want. A victory by extremists against the military would trigger a civil war with moderate forces. A Christian exodus has already started.
Cairo (AsiaNews) – "The situation is very unstable and uncertain," said Nagui Damian. "Young people, Christians and Muslims, are confident that a democratic and secular Egypt can be created. It is for this, we are fighting," added the 30-year-old Copt who took part in recent anti-military demonstrations in Tahrir Square. For him, those Egyptians who are leading the protest movement do not want to be ruled by extremists or the military. "If radical Islamic groups take over, civil war will likely break out."
Meanwhile, clashes between demonstrators and police continue in Tahrir Square. Sources told AsiaNews that several people were injured or made sick by tear gas. A three-month pregnant woman died yesterday after she inhaled gas.
Today the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces apologised for the excessive use of force and the death of scores of people, which it described as "loyal sons of Egypt".
However, the situation of chaos could force a postponement of next Monday's elections. For many demonstrators, the ongoing violence is incompatible with free elections.
"The massacre of Copts on 9 October, which ended in 28 deaths, brought Christians and Muslims together," Nagui explained. "Since then, moderate Muslims have expressed their solidarity to Christians and have accused the military of trying to divide the nation."
This solidarity is visible across the country, especially in the largest cities like Cairo and Alexandria. "In the past six months, various pro-democracy parties have been created with Copts and Muslims," he said. "Divisions persist but everyone, Christian or Muslim, is fighting side by side against the military and for a new Egypt. For days, they have occupied Tahrir Square."
However, this unity is not present among political elites, who tend to operate along confessional lines. "Right now, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists are running the show. They have been waiting for decades to take over, and are well organised. Unlike us young people, they are well funded as well."
"In recent months, the Brotherhood has kept saying that they would win most of the seats if a vote was held. This is based on an election held in the Doctors' Union, which they won and which they use to project future victories."
"Many of us are divided over what to do," Nagui Damian said as he discussed the possibility that the vote might be postponed, as many are demanding in the square. Some "think that putting off the vote might strengthen the military. Others are convinced that voting in the current tense situation is impossible. The risk of manipulation and fresh violence are too high. People should be able to take part in elections without fear."
"Many Christians are fleeing the country," the young man noted. "They fear a victory of Islamic parties. Priests, Catholics and Orthodox, as well as the more active members of the community are doing all they can to stop this exodus. Right now, the community must be united. Our duty is to stay put and make free elections possible."
"We Christians want to do our best in these elections. And we shall do it with moderate Muslims. There are parties led by Muslims who are opposed to the stranglehold of the Muslim Brotherhood and are ready to support pro-democracy movements." Asia News.
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