Thursday, December 15, 2011

Deliberative Democracy

Deliberative Democracy

Deliberative Democracy

Posted: 15 Dec 2011 10:03 AM PST

Recently,  Adam Thierer of Forbes wrote an excellent article on Thinking about the Future of Informed Communities and Journalism where he said:

When it comes to the state of our deliberative democracy, here's one thing we do know: There's never been a time when citizens have had more informational inputs at their disposal. But here's something we don't know: Whether citizens have access to the right sort of information — or know how to take action based upon that information — to make informed decisions about their communities and society. What steps can be taken to make sure they do?


Don't Go That Way....

Posted: 15 Dec 2011 09:06 AM PST

After a most tiring day, I slept very early and woke up at past midnight to catch up with the news. I stumbled upon this article from Malaysiakini which I thought I'd share with you.

Internet giants tell US not to follow M'sia

The founders of Google, Twitter, Yahoo! eBay and other Internet giants expressed concern to the US Congress over legislation intended to crack down on online piracy.

They warned that the proposed legislation will give Washington the power to censor the Internet, much like that employed by China, Malaysia and Iran.

The Stop Online Piracy Act has received some bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and is the House version of a bill introduced in the Senate known as the Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or Protect IP Act.

The legislation has received the backing of Hollywood, the music industry, the Business Software Alliance, the National Association of Manufacturers, the US Chamber of Commerce and other groups.

But it has come under fire from digital rights and free speech organisations for allegedly paving the way for US authorities to shut down websites, including foreign sites, without due process and threatening the architecture of the Web.

The founders of the leading Internet companies added their voices to the chorus of opposition against the bills in an open letter to Congress published Wednesday in several US newspapers, including The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

"We've all had the good fortune to found Internet companies and nonprofits in a regulatory climate that promotes entrepreneurship, innovation, the creation of content and free expression online," they said in the letter.

"However, we're worried that the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act - which started out as well-meaning efforts to control piracy online - will undermine that framework," they said.

The legislation threatens to "require Web services, like the ones we helped found, to monitor what users link to, or upload," they said, warning that this would have a "chilling effect on innovation."

Deny right of due process

They said the bills would also "deny website owners the right to due process" and "give the US government the power to censor the Web using techniques similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran."

"We urge Congress to think hard before changing the regulation that underpins the Internet," they said. "Let's not deny the next generation of entrepreneurs and founders the same opportunities that we all had."

Signatories to the letter included Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Twitter co-founders Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone and Evan Williams, Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, Yahoo! co-founders David Filo and Jerry Yang, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley, PayPal co-founder Elon Musk, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.


An Open Letter to Washington

We've all had the good fortune to found Internet companies and nonprofits in a regulatory climate that promotes entrepreneurship, innovation, the creation of content and free expression online.

However we're worried that the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act — which started out as well-meaning efforts to control piracy online — will undermine that framework.

These two pieces of legislation threaten to:

Require web services, like the ones we helped found, to monitor what users link to, or upload. This would have a chilling effect on innovation;
Deny website owners the right to due process of law;
Give the US government the power to censor the web using techniques similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran; and
Undermine security online by changing the basic structure of the Internet.

We urge Congress to think hard before changing the regulation that underpins the Internet. Let's not deny the next generation of entrepreneurs and founders the same opportunities that we all had.

Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google
Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and Square
Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr and Hunch
David Filo, co-founder of Yahoo!
Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn
Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post
Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube
Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and co-founder of Alexa Internet
Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal
Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist
Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay
Biz Stone, co-founder of Obvious and Twitter
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation
Evan Williams, co-founder of Blogger and Twitter
Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo!

MACC blind only to corruption committed by Umno!

Posted: 15 Dec 2011 08:53 AM PST

NFC scandal: MACC blind to corruption — Kim Quek

December 15, 2011
DEC 15 — Many people may be wondering why the MACC washed its hands over the investigation of the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) scandal and passed the buck to the police. And now, MACC chiec commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed gives us his answer.
Speaking to Sin Chew Daily reporters after an international conference on December 14, Abu Kassim explained that the complaint that MACC received pertained to abuse of a public loan, not abuse of authority, and hence it is a case under the Criminal Procedure Act to be investigated by police, and not a corruption case that falls under the jurisdiction of the MACC.
I presume Abu Kassim was referring to the complaint about the use of part of a RM250 million government soft loan to purchase luxurious condos and other personal properties by the family of Wanita Umno chief and Minister of Women, Welfare and Community Development Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
But hasn't Abu Kassim been acting rather amateurish as the nation's top corruption buster, akin to the blind man touching the proverbial elephant? 
Like an elephant, which is made up of many features, this NFC scandal is a multi-faceted monster that gobbles up large quantities of public funds.
A major government project was dubiously awarded to an incompetent and unqualified minister's family, for which a huge government soft loan was granted and disbursed under highly questionable circumstances that enable the project recipient to squander on improper purposes, resulting in a project failure that not only thwarted an important food production scheme, but also imperilled the recovery of such public funds.
Needless to say, in such a scandalous project failure, more than one minister, and more than one ministry's officials, could be incriminated in offences that encompass corruption, collusion, breach of trust and criminal negligence — in the award of project and subsequent disbursement of funds. 
In this entire chain of criminal acts, the purchase of condos is only one link — not the most important one.
The bigger question is: why was the project awarded to Shahrizat's family? Who decided it?
The next question is: who should be responsible for failing to control the proper disbursement of loans, and for failing to monitor the proper utilisation of the funds?   
On the first question, the culprits at the forefront are present and past ministers of agriculture and agro industries (Noh, Mustapa Mohamed, Muhyiddin), and present and past ministers of finance (Najib, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi), for having been involved in the award of project and subsequent disbursement of funds. 
Apart from these apparent culprits at the protocol level, what about possible behind-the-scene political machinations linked to the project? Readers will recall that Shahrizat was engaged in a heated contest against her predecessor Rafidah Aziz as Wanita Umno chief in the last Umno party election and succeeded in ousting the latter that many observers believed as fulfilling the wishes of the top party leadership. Under the circumstances, it may not be entirely far-fetched to ask whether there was any link between this RM250 million project and Shahrizat's successful mission to oust Rafidah. This is an aspect that no conscientious investigator should overlook in his probe on the scandal.
On the second question of disbursement of the loan that resulted in splurging of funds for improper purposes, both the Agro Ministry and Finance Ministry cannot possibly shirk their responsibility, as it is under their joint scrutiny and approval that every disbursement was made. For that reason, the two ministers, as well as officials concerned from the two ministries, have to be probed.
With such an abundance of corrupt activities going on at the political leadership as well as the administrative level, can you imagine our MACC telling us that there is nothing it can do regarding the scandal?
Can you imagine Abu Kassim telling Sin Chew reporters that the problem with people is that they don't understand the law and cannot distinguish white from black and they simply tango with the opposition to condemn the MACC?
Abu Kassim further said: "Our biggest problem is how to change people's mindset and how to convince them that MACC is independent. Under the present political atmosphere, corruption is politicised and MACC's alleged lack of independence is used to topple the government."
Hearing such comments, one can't help feeling that Abu Kassim has taken the people as ignorant fools.
If the MACC is independent, can Abu Kassim tell us why there has been no response whatsoever over the mountains of evidence and numerous reports lodged with the commission over the now world famous timber baron of Sarawak, Taib Mahmud the chief minister? A Sarawak NGO called Movement for Change Sarawak (MoCS) submitted a two-inch thick report in March documenting Taib Mahmud's alleged corruption — no response to date. Sarawakian Willie Kajan submitted his second report by travelling all the way to Putrajaya in January — no response. Sarawakians James Wong and John Brian submitted their reports in June and August 2010 at Shah Alam and Putrajaya respectively — no response. Many others including political party leaders have also submitted their reports to the MACC and met with the same fate.
As for the current NFC scandal, why is Abu Kassim acting like a blind man, oblivious to the swirling controversy that has exposed voluminous evidence of corruption and abuse of power through numerous press conferences and Internet postings over the last two months? Why is it that Abu Kassim can't see the word "corruption" when it is staring at him from all directions?
We understand why Abu Kassim (and the MACC under him) is acting the way he does, but at least spare the people the insult of treating them like fools.

Guan Eng Akan Dermakan RM200,000 Daripada Utusan Kepada Badan Amal

Posted: 15 Dec 2011 09:38 AM PST

Ambil iktibar saman Guan Eng terhadap Utusan

PULAU PINANG 15 Dis: Media arus perdana disaran mengambil iktibar kemenangan kes saman Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng terhadap Utusan Malaysia, kata Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Pulau Pinang dalam satu kenyataan.

Ini kerana katanya, antara keputusan penting dalam kes itu ialah Utusan jelas melanggar etika kewartawanan dalam laporannya.

"Kami kesal dan kecewa melihat media massa arus perdana yang dikuasai sekutu Umno sering diperalat untuk memecah-belahkan keharmonian kaum dan agama di Malaysia.

"Kami berharap Utusan dan media arus perdana lain mengambil iktibar daripada keputusan Hakim dan menghayati seruannya bahawa pengamalan kewartawanan bertanggungjawab penting kepada sistem demokratik di Malaysia,"
kenyataan itu dipetik.

Keputusan itu juga katanya, membuktikan Pakatan Rakyat, Guan Eng dan kerajaan Pulau Pinang tidak rasis dan jauh sekali anti Melayu sebagai mana didakwa akhbar Umno itu.

"Hakim juga memutuskan Utusan Malaysia mengamalkan "selective vendetta" atau dendam terhadap Ketua Menteri dan DAP dengan tujuan memfitnahkan mereka secara tidak adil," katanya.

Mahkamah Tinggi Pulau Pinang pada 14 Disember lalu mendapati akhbar milik Umno itu bersalah kerana memfitnah Guan Eng berhubung berita bertajuk 'Kebiadaban Guan Eng' dan diterbitkan pada 20 Disember tahun lalu.

Sehubungan itu, Utusan diarah membayar pampasan RM200,000 kepada Guan Eng dan RM25,000 lagi sebagai bayaran kos.

Sementara itu, Guan Eng berkata, beliau akan mendermakan RM200,000 itu kepada badan-badan amal.

Mahkamah Tinggi Buktikan Kerajaan Pulau Pinang Adil Kepada Semua Kaum

SHAH ALAM, 15 DIS : Keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi Pulau Pinang yang mendapati Utusan Malaysia bersalah kerana memfitnah Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng jelas menunjukkan bahawa dasar kerajaan negeri itu bertujuan membela semua rakyatnya sebaik mungkin tanpa mengira kaum atau agama.

Di dalam kenyataan bersama, Exco-exco Kerajaan Pulau Pinang berkata penghakiman ini menunjukkan secara konklusif bahawa Guan Eng dan pentadbirannya bukan anti-Melayu atau anti-Islam, seperti dakwaan palsu Utusan Malaysia yang berniat jahat.

"Kami berasa amat kesal dan kecewa melihat keadaan media massa arus perdana pada hari ini, yang dikuasai oleh parti-parti komponen Barisan Nasional dan sering dipergunakan untuk memecahkan keharmonian kaum dan agama di Malaysia," menurut kenyataan itu.

Semalam, Utusan Malaysia didapati bersalah kerana memfitnah Setiausaha Agung DAP itu di dalam artikel yang bertajuk "Kebiadaban Guan Eng" yang diterbitkan pada 20 Disember tahun lalu.

Utusan Malaysia diperintahkan membayar Lim pampasan berjumlah RM200,000 dan RM25,000 lagi sebagai bayaran kos.

Artikel tersebut menuduh Lim sebagai seorang 'rasis' dan 'anti-Melayu' berdasaran ucapan 'A People's Goverment for the Real Malaysians' semasa Konvensyen Pakatan Rakyat sehari sebelum itu.

Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman, Datuk G V Varughese di dalam penghakimannya menggariskan tujuh perenggan daripada artikel itu yang dikatakan telah memfitnah Lim.

Kenyataan itu juga menyatakan Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat menerima dan menyokong sepenuh-penuhnya keputusan Hakim dalam perkara ini sekaligus membuktikan ketujuh-tujuh dakwaan Utusan Malaysia sebelum ini adalah fitnah belaka.

"Penghakiman semalam menyaksikan kesemua dakwaan itu sebagai 'half-truths' atau 'kenyataan separuh benar' itu sebenarnya "tidak benar sama sekali", dan setelah mengkaji dakwaan-dakwaan tersebut, berpendapat bahawa dakwaan-dakwaan itu berniat jahat dan bertujuan untuk menipu pembaca-pembaca Utusan Malaysia.

"Hakim juga memutuskan bahawa Utusan Malaysia telah mengamalkan 'selective vendetta' atau dendam terhadap Ketua Menteri dan DAP dengan tujuan untuk memfitnahkan mereka secara tidak adil,"jelas kenyataan itu.

Sebelum ini, akhbar kawalan Umno itu menyenaraikan tujuh dakwaan salah laku pentadbiran Guan Eng terhadap rakyatnya.

Berikut adalah dakwaan-dakwaan yang disenaraikan oleh Utusan Malaysia:

* Menindas orang Melayu dan melenyapkan satu demi satu perkampungan Melayu di bumi Pulau Pinang;
* Membatalkan atau menghalang perarakan Maulidur Rasul pada tahun 2010 (yang sebenarnya telah diadakan);
* Tidak membenarkan peniaga-peniaga Melayu untuk berniaga di KOMTAR semasa bulan Ramadan;
* Merobohkan gerai-gerai milik penjaja Melayu;
* Menggunakan dana dari sumber perjudian untuk memberi RM100 kepada warga emas;
* Merobohkan kampung-kampung Melayu di Kg Jalan Pokok Asam dan Kg Genting, Balik Pulau; dan
* Mengusir penduduk-penduduk India dari Kg Buah Pala.

"Kami berharap bahawa Utusan Malaysia dan media massa arus perdana yang lain akan mengambil iktibar daripada keputusan Hakim dan menghayati seruannya bahawa pengamalan kewartawanan yang bertanggungjawab adalah amat penting kepada sistem demokratik di Malaysia," tambah kenyataan itu. -TVSNEWS

Mustafa Ali Sudah Serik Dengan UMNO. Peringatkan Dua Bekas Pemimpin PAS

Posted: 15 Dec 2011 06:44 AM PST

Hasan, Nasha terperangkap dalam agenda Umno'

Setiausaha Agung PAS Datuk Mustafa Ali menganggap dua pimpinan parti itu Datuk Dr Hasan Ali dan Nasharudin Mat Isa sudah terperangkap dalam agenda Umno untuk melemahkan PAS.

Mustafa berkata, Hasan yang merupakan bekas pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor dan Nasharudin yang pernah memegang jawatan timbalan presiden bertindak tidak wajar sebagai pimpinan parti, lapor Harakahdaily.

"Saya buat kesimpulan, mereka berdua terheret dengan agenda (Umno) yang boleh menjejaskan parti. Sama ada mereka sedar atau tidak sedar, mereka sebenarnya terperangkap dalam agenda musuh politik PAS.

"Ini sangat tidak wajar dan tidak baik bagi PAS walaupun tidak memberikan kesan besar bagi parti," kata beliau dalam temu bual bersama organ parti Harakah dan Harakahdaily di Kuala Lumpur, hari ini.

Mustafa berkata demikian sebagai mengulas kenyataan terkini kedua-dua pemimpin itu mengenai kedudukan mereka dalam parti.

Perkara itu timbul apabila Ketua Penerangan Pas Selangor Shaari Sungib dilaporkan berkata, Hasan tidak menerima pencalonan mencukupi daripada cawangan untuk mempertahankan kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Gombak Setia.

'Kekecewaan tidak terpilih'

Hasan pula selepas itu dilaporkan berkata akan terus bekerjasama dengan PAS dan Pakatan Rakyat selagi pihak berkenaan mempertahankan prinsip Islam, hak Melayu dan institusi Raja.

Mengulas perkara itu, Mustafa berkata, kenyataan itu menggambarkan Dr Hasan seolah-olah mempersoal dasar Islam yang diperjuangkan PAS dan terpengaruh dengan tuduhan parti itu diperalatkan DAP.

"Saya rasa ini sebab kekecewaan kerana mereka tidak terpilih dan tidak diletakkan di tempat mereka seperti Nasharudin sebagai timbalan presiden dan Hasan sebagai pesuruhjaya Selangor," beliau dipetik sebagai berkata kepada organ parti PAS.

Mustafa juga dilaporkan turut menegur Saari yang dianggap mendahului parti sedangkan urusan calon pilihan raya ditentukan oleh Majlis Syura.

Bagaimanapun, veteran PAS itu berkata, kenyataan Hasan dan Nasharudin itu tidak menjejaskan parti kerana ahli menyokong dasar Islam dan bukannya individu.

"Bekerja untuk melemahkan parti, ini tidak betul walaupun kesannya tak besar sebab PAS mempunyai kekuatan tersendiri, memang tak boleh digugat oleh individu.

"PAS pernah kehilangan presiden suatu waktu dahulu tapi ahli tak lari ikut orang, tapi mereka ikut dasar," katanya. -mk

Ulasan GB

GB tidak mahu ulas mengenai sikap dan tindakan Hassan Ali dan Nasharuddin Mat Isa kerana semua orang sudah tahu.

Yang GB tertarik kini ialah perubahan sikap dan tindakan Mustafa Ali.

GB dan sekalian ahli PAS peringkat bawahan boleh menarik nafas lega sedikit kerana Mustafa Ali sudah kembali ke saf perjuangan sekalipun satu ketika dulu, beliau adalah tokoh utama yang membawa gagasan Kerajaan Perpaduan.

Tetapi dengan pelbagai insiden kezaliman dan kekejaman UMNO, yang terkena kepada Mustafa Ali sendiri, maka kini Mustafa Ali lebih tegas daripada pemimpin PAS yang lain di dalam menentang gagasan UG yang dasyat itu.

GB menyatakan gagasan UG itu dasyat kerana ia merupakan penyebab kepada perpecahan ahli-ahli parti yang menyebabkan muktamar parti menjadi haru-biru setidak-tidaknya untuk dua kali pemilihan dimana sukarnya untuk mewujudkan wahdatul-fikr di peringkat akar umbi hasil daripada kewujudan gagasan tersebut.

Mustafa Ali sudah serik dengan UMNO. Allah menunjukkan kepada Mustafa UMNO itu parti yang tidak boleh dan tidak akan berstau dengan PAS sekiranya PAS berjuang di atas landasan Al-Quran dan Sunnah sepertimana tergaris di dalam Perlembagaan PAS.

GB katakan tadi Mustafa Ali serik dengan UMNO. Mengapa? Kerana Umno Selangor telah menyaman PAS dan Setiausaha Agungnya Mustafa Ali sebanyak RM10 juta berhubung kononnya Mustafa memfitnah bahawa UMNO yang didakwa berperanan dalam pemeriksaan yang dilakukan Jabatan Agama Islam (Jais) ke atas Gereja Methodist Damansara Utama di Petaling Jaya pada 3 Ogos lalu.

Hassan Ali dan Nasharuddin Isa belum kenal UMNO dengan lebih dalam. Maka sebab itu mereka berdua masih meletakkan "reservation" dan Mustafa Ali layak dan berhak untuk memperingatkan mereka berdua itu.

Perubahan sikap dan tindakan Mustafa Ali mempunyai kesan yang signifikan kepada parti lantaran beliau adalah Setiausaha Agong parti dan Pengerusi Lembaga Pengarah Harakah. Dan justerunya juga, Harakah/Harakahdaily kini sudah mula menunjukkan tanda-tanda positif dengan menipiskan sikap pro-pemimpin UGnya selama ini sekalipun ada beberapa pengikut taksub UG tidak berpuashati dengannya.

Pelanggan Gerai Terkejut Rakam Gambar Misteri

Posted: 15 Dec 2011 04:54 AM PST

Langgar - Seorang pelanggan sebuah gerai minum di pekan Langgar secara tidak sengaja merakam gambar satu kepulan asap yang menyerupai wajah manusia beberapa hari lalu sewaktu bersantai di kedai berkenaan.

Usahawan, Zul Azri Abdul Khalil, 34, berkata, sewaktu kejadian kira-kira jam 5 petang, dia hanya mahu menguji kamera telefon bimbitnya sahaja dan mengambil gambar beberapa kali.

Menurutnya, selepas beberapa ketika dia meneliti kembali gambar yang diambil dan terkejut apabila mendapati terdapat satu kepulan asap seolah-olah menyerupai wajah manusia.

"Terdapat seolah-olah kepulan asap yang menyerupai wajah manusia semasa gambar diambil.

"Selepas itu, saya menunjukkan kepada beberapa kawan yang lain dan ternyata mereka juga turut terkejut," katanya.

Pengalaman pertama kali merakam gambar aneh sedemikian ternyata turut menarik perhatian pelanggan-pelanggan yang berada di kedai berkenaan.

Zul Azri berkata, dia tidak menyangka bahawa dengan hanya mengambil beberapa gambar menggunakan telefon bimbitnya, dia dapat merakam gambar aneh.

Seorang lagi pelanggan kedai minum itu, Yusof Hat, 40, mengakui masih belum pernah melihat benda aneh yang dirakam secara tiba-tiba.

Menurutnya, bagaimanapun perkara demikian tidak perlu diambil serius kerana langsung tidak memberikan kesan kepada kehidupan masyarakat di kawasan sekitar.

"Serius saya katakan memang tidak pernah melihat kejadian seumpama ini, sedangkan gambar berkenaan pula dirakamkan pada waktu siang," katanya. -SH

Jerusalem: 4000 Years in 5 Minutes

Posted: 15 Dec 2011 04:12 AM PST

Jerusalem, a mosaic of different peoples, faiths, and nationalities. Nevertheless, despite this diversity, under the sovereignty of Israel, Jerusalem is a city that works. But has it always been this way?

Racun Paraquat Merbahaya, Kerajaan Digesa Haramkannya Segera

Posted: 15 Dec 2011 04:24 AM PST

Kersatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang (CAP) menggesa kerajaan mengharamkan racun rumpai jenis Paraquat yang didakwa mengandungi toksik berlebihan yang boleh membunuh.

Menurut Presidennya, S.M Mohamed Idris, racun yang turut diseludup di negara ini itu mempunyai kepekatan racun lebih daripada 40 peratus dan membahayakan pengguna khsusnya apabila disedut, bersentuh dengan kulit dan jika ditelan.

"Keracunan yang amat tinggi dan kekurangan antidot membawa kepada masalah kesihatan yang serius, dan kematian akibat daripada pendedahannya.

"Paraquat dikatakan sebagai racun pilihan bagi membunuh diri di negara ini," katanya.

Menurut beliau lagi, Paraquat juga diketahui sebagai penyebab masalah kesihatan yang akut dan dalam jangka panjang seperti dermatitis teruk, kegagalan buah pinggang, kegagalan pernafasan, denyutan jantung menjadi cepat, melecur darjah kedua, kanser kulit dan penyakit Parkinson.

Lebih bahaya ujarnya, Paraquat juga kekal dalam tanah dan sisanya dibawa dalam larian air bersama mendapan, yang menjadikan bahan itu berpotensi untuk mencemarkan air bawah tanah.

Sebelum ini Jawatankuasa Kesihatan Perak dalam satu seminar mengenai paraquat baru-baru ini menggesa satu panel ditubuhkan untuk menangani isu penggunaan pendekatan holistik.

Kerajaan Malaysia pada Ogos 2002, penah mengumumkan untuk mengharamkan Paraquat melalui proses menghapuskannya dalam tempoh dua tahun.

Pengharaman itu kemudiannya ditarik balik akibat tekanan pasaran.

"Kenapa pekerja pertanian yang terdedah kepada racun rumpai bertoksik ini yang terpaksa menanggung penderitaan akibat kesan buruknya manakala syarikat kimia pertanian dan industri pertanian terus mendapat keuntungan?" soal beliau lagi.

Menurutnya, Kesatuan Eropah sudah pun mengharamkan paraquat kerana bahayanya kepada kesihatan meskipun digunakan mengikut arahan.

Penghapusannya diperingkat global mungkin berlaku jika ia disenaraikan di bawah Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent (PIC). Walau bagaimanapun, kami menjangkakan lobi yang lebih besar oleh industri bagi memastikan racun rumpai itu tidak termasuk di bawah perjanjian itu.

Sehubungan itu ujarnya, Kerajaan Malaysia perlu menguatkuasakan pengharaman sepenuhnya Paraquat dan mengawal aktiviti penyeludupan racun rumpai bertoksik ke negara ini.

"Kita perlu mempercepatkan ke arah amalan pertanian ekologi menggunakan kaedah pertanian asli dan kawalan serangga biologi. Menternak lembu di dalam ladang boleh membantu kawalan rumpai.

"Utamakan rakyat dan bumi, bukannya keuntungan" seharusnya menjadi modus operandi bagi kerajaan penyayang," tegasnya. -HD

What’s Islam Got to Do with It? By Clifford D. May

Posted: 15 Dec 2011 03:41 AM PST

Is there anything Islamic about Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps? On what basis does Ayman al-Zawahiri, now al-Qaeda's leader, formerly the head of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, claim to be a jihadi — an Islamic warrior? Do groups that justify terrorism on the basis of Islam have a doctrinal leg to stand on?

Let's not start by answering these questions. Let's start by agreeing that such questions need to be asked — not suppressed. Yet right now suppression seems to be the goal of senior officials in the Obama administration. A report by the Westminster Institute's Katharine C. Gorka notes: "Key national security documents have already excised all terminology that associates terrorism with Islam or Islamic concepts such as jihad."

She cites evidence that those who persist in using such terminology are being blacklisted — disqualified from working with federal agencies. Gorka asks: "If counter-terrorism professionals are not allowed to acknowledge that a person motivated by jihadist ideology, or by such Islamist ideologues as Sayyid Qutb or Abu'l-A'la Mawdudi, may be inclined towards acts of violence against Americans, how will they be able to identify and deter potential attackers?"

Qutb, of course, was the "intellectual godfather" of modern Islamism. He proclaimed that "a Muslim has no nationality except his belief," and that Islam is "not a 'religion' in the sense this term is commonly understood." Instead, Islam is meant to encompass "all fields of living," emphatically including politics and economics. He opposed democratic systems of governance because they replace God's laws with man's laws, thereby blasphemously diminishing the former and elevating the latter. A member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Qutb was executed in Egypt in 1966.

Mawdudi was a Pakistani who argued that "the aim of Islam is to bring about a universal revolution." He advocated that Muslims begin by transforming the states in which they live into "Islamic states." Once those Islamic states have "power and resources," their obligation is to "fight and destroy non-Islamic governments and establish Islamic states in their place. . . . Their ultimate objective is none other than world revolution." It's worth noting that while Mawdudi did not suffer most infidels gladly, he wrote admiringly of the "ingenious and mighty leadership of Hitler and his comrades."

I have encountered senior government officials who were unfamiliar with Qutb, Mawdudi, and other radical Muslim voices. That's disturbing. But how much worse if it has now become the policy of the U.S. government to demand ignorance, to insist upon it as a matter of principle and strategy?

During a hearing earlier this month, Rep. Dan Lungren (R., Calif.) repeatedly asked Assistant Defense Secretary for Homeland Defense Paul Stockton whether America is "at war with violent Islamist extremism." Stockton repeatedly insisted that America is at war only with "al-Qaeda and its allies" and "violent extremism." An exasperated Lungren stressed that he understood — that he was making a distinction between "violent Islamist extremism" and Islam. Stockton replied: "Sir, with great respect, I don't believe it's helpful to frame our adversary as Islamic with any set of qualifiers that we might add, because we are not at war with Islam."

Gorka comments: "The Obama administration is right to assert that America is not at war with Islam, but to deny that a violent strain of Islam is inspiring a wave of terrorist attacks against Americans and American targets is to invite disaster."

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