Monday, April 30, 2012

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih


My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 08:59 AM PDT

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih – BERSIH 3.0 is over and I was there. Some people wonder what is this all about that caused chaos in the city? Very simple, clean and fair election. I don't believe that it's clean and fair even though Pakatan Rakyat had won 5 states in the past election, there's still many doubt behind the electoral system in Malaysia. The main one which I concern is why does not allow independent observer on the election system during General Election? Where's the transparency? So I joined the BERSIH rally, together with the other 200,000 Malaysian on last Saturday.

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

Kuala Lumpur was in lockdown. The only and fastest way to get into the city was to use the public transport – LRT. I fetched my friend, parked my car at Kelana Jaya station and we took the LRT. It was very crowded at the LRT, many people were in yellow t-shirt. I was pretty afraid of being arrested, but I think and think, there's nothing wrong wearing yellow.  I too, was in yellow, but not the BERSIH t-shirt.

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

The train were so packed with BERSIH protestors, we alight at Pasar Seni station instead of Masjid Jamek station because it would be even crowded at Masjid Jamek as it's nearer to Dataran Merdeka. Jalan Sultan, near to Pasar Seni is one of the meeting point. BERSIH protestors were to gather at there, only then everyone walked towards Dataran Merdeka during noon.

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

The city was quiet without car, but it's filled with yellow people, roaming the street, shouting "BERSIH" occasionally. I see Malays, Indian, and all races, I felt so happy that I am not Chinese, but a Malaysian supporting the rally. Everyone was in high spirit, smiling to each other and singing "BERSIH" in the 'ole-ole' theme.

As expected, most of the shops are closed at there, but some open their stalls to earn some extra bucks which they had a good business on that day. Went to 7 Eleven for breakfast at about 11am. Then we waited on Jalan Sultan at 12pm. The whole stretch of street was full of people. Police were there, to ensure nothing goes wrong. Police was still friendly at that time.

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

Since it's early, the leader of the meeting point asked everyone to sit down first to wait for the walk. Huge yellow colour beach ball were throw around for fun play. It's really a peaceful rally at that time. Everyone was cheering, chatting, and smiling to each other as if a one big family. It's like a carnival, a carnival for clean and fair election.

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

At about 12.30pm. The walk, started. From Jalan Sultan to Dataran Merdeka is very near only, about 10-15 minute walk. Dataran Merdeka were sealed off by the police with barricade, wire barbed and police. I wonder why the city hall does not allow Malaysian to use the venue for a peaceful assembly. If they were to allow, nothing violent would be happened at the end. Come on, it's a public space for everyone.

The walk stopped right in front of the bridge entering Dataran Merdeka. At there, this is where the sit-in happened. People sit down, and shouted "BERSIH", as well as "Buka Pagar (Open the gate)" and sing the national anthem Negaraku too. You can also see people from all ages, young to old. This clearly shows that many people supported the event and believes that the government is not clean!

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

It's super hot at that time, about 2pm already. Luckily I brought an umbrella. Despite the hot weather, everyone was still energetically shouting for electoral reform and 'BERSIH'. It's really sad that the police didn't allow the protestor to go in to Dataran Merdeka. As agreed with the decision, people just gather outside the Dataran Merdeka.

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

I sat for like 20 minutes, then I decided to move to else where to check out what's going on at the other side – Masjid Jamek station. It's even more crowded at there. My friend who was constantly checking on Facebook told me that the BERSIH rally has officially ended at 2.40pm, so it's when we've decided to go home at that time.

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

Well, it's about 3.20pm, we went to the nearest LRT station, planning to leave since it's officially ended. No idea why there's still many people on the street, but many were leaving like us too. Most of the gate at Masjid Jamek Station were shut down, only one or two were open. We went in to queue for tickets, and it's so packed and crowded in there. Many were going back home too.

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

It's a long queue at the ticketing machine and suddenly I smelled something weird, it's like chemical burning and then my nose started feel irritating and sort of like burning in the inside, my eyes started blinking nonstop as it's hard to open and tears sort of like coming out, it's the TEAR GAS! At first, I thought of covering my nose with t-shirt will be alright, but later it's getting even more irritating and uncomfortable. Then the whole LRT station become chaos. The gate that we came in were shut and people outside was banging the door crazily. How can the FRU fire tear gas so near to the LRT station?!

Running away from the station is the main solution now. I quickly poured water onto the towel I was holding and cover my nose and mouth and ran towards another exit, guided by a police, some ran directly to the underground platform of the LRT. Phewww. I felt better when I was outdoor. There's many people in the station, it's so chaotic. There's even kids in there. I experienced the tear gas now, it's not good. I did not bring salt, friend told me that consuming salt will help with the tear gas sickness.

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

My Experience At BERSIH 3.0 #bersihstory #bersih3 #bersih

I walked away Masjid Jamek as fast as possible as the place was getting messy. I did not understand why. I thought the rally has ended, why tear gas was fired? I didn't bother about it anymore as getting myself safe is the most important. We walked to the next LRT station which is Dang Wangi, it's also very crowded at there. And one stupid thing was only after we bought our tickets, the operator announced that the train heading to Kelana Jaya line were temporary interrupted. We have to take the Gombak-bound train to another station and switch to Kelana Jaya-bound train.

On the train, I keep checking on the news. It's said that some protestors had broke into Dataran Merdeka only then the FRU fired tear gas and water canon. But then, does that necessary? Why? Where's all the police who were standing in front of the barracade? How can the police did not see what were the frontline protestors doing? These are the question.

Luckily I went back early, police started arresting, assaulting people in yellow after 4.30pm. It's very messy, it was supposed to be a peaceful rally. Who to blamed? I don't think it's the protestors as everyone was cooperating, perhaps the culprits who fake themselves as BERSIH protestors who created troubles there?

One more thing that I dislike is, why arrest, assault and prevent journalist from taking photos of police??????? Trying to hide something? Trying to act like gangster? Good luck Malaysia in the next General Election.


Ada Ujian Provokasi Guna SUV Sebelum Kejadian Waja Diterbalikkan?

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 10:27 AM PDT


Bhai... lu tengok nih... Ini gambar satu SUV milik PDRM yang merempuh kawasan orang ramai berkumpul berhampiran SOGO sejurus sebelum kejadian kereta WAJA milik PDRM merempit dan melanggar orang awam dikawasan SOGO tersebut...

Untuk pengetahuan lu orang sumer... Kawasan nih telah diblock oleh "barrier plastik merah dan putih" yang biasa lu orang lihat kat kawasan pembinaan tue... dan block ini dipasang oleh PDRM seawal pukul 10 pagi lagi... jadi... atas alasan aper kah yang SUV PDRM nih meluru dan merempit dikawasan ini....

Ianya juga nyaris terbabas dan melanggar orang awam semasa ianya membuat belokan tajam menuju Jalan Bunus .... Yang lagi pelik... kenapa dier memecut ikut jalan Bunus.. sedangkan ianya boleh jalan terus menuju kearah Jalan TAR.


So... stakat provokasi dari orang awam guna botol air mineral pon boleh buat stunt macam nih ker.... Bahaya wei... Dari aper yang gua dapat baca.. gua berani kata bahawa ianya adalah ujian provokasi sebelum provokasi yang utama menjelma selepas itu sekitar 3 atau 4 minit berselang.... -cipantenuktapir

Bhai... sila gunakan akal yang waras aaa...

Ini gambar sejurus selepas sebuah SUV PDRM merempuh kawasan depan SOGO ... dan gambar ini diambil sebelum sebuah lagi PROTON WAJA milik PDRM yang dipandu oleh "Setan PDRM" yang pakai helmet dan berseluar pendek yang rempuh orang awam kat depan SOGO...


Kalu la orang ramai (pendemo) marah kan Polis... sure empat lima orang anggota Polis Trafik PDRM nih dah kena belasah dek orang ramai... hahaha.. kenapa plak anggota Trafik PDRM nih boleh santai jer takder kena aper-aper belasah oleh orang ramai... Lu orang tak pelik ker...

Gua berani jamin yang mulakan provokasi baling botol air mineral kat SUV PDRM dan WAJA PDRM tue mesti dari agen provokasi PDRM sendiri... sebab nak createkan senario... kalu peserta Bersih 3.0 yang buat havoc tue... mesti habis anggota-anggota Trafik PDRM yang sedang lepak tue kena belasah.... -cipantenuktapir



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Kita akan terus berdoa!

اللهم ارنا الحق حقا وارزقنا اتباعه وارنا الباطل باطلا وارزقنا اجتنابه

Allahumma arinal haqqa, haqqa, warzuqnattiba'ah,
wa arinal bathila bathila, warzuqnajtinabah


Ya Allah, tunjukkanlah yang kebenaran itu sebagai kebenaran, dan kurniakanlah kami kekuatan untuk mengikutinya (memperjuangkannya), dan tunjukkanlah yangg batil itu sebagai batil dan kurniakanlah kami kekuatan untuk menjauhinya (menghapuskannya).

Kita ingin mengingat keapda semua pihak yang terlibat di dalam "konspirasi" ini bahawa Allah sudah berfirman:


Sambil bersikap sombong di bumi dan berusaha merancangkan rencana jahat, dan tidak ditimpakan dengan rancangan yang jahat itu melainkan orang yang merancangkannya sendiri. Maka tiada yang mereka tunggu melainkan seperti berlakunya kebinasaan ke atas orang yang telah lalu. Kerana engkau tidak akan mendapati perubahan bagi Sunnatullah, dan engkau tidak akan mendapati Sunnatullah itu menyimpang. [Fatir: 43]


No Police brutality, amazing ain'it against the unarmed, seriously? IGP: Seizing reporters' not police SOP propaganda , seriously?

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 08:15 AM PDT

Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar has clarified that confiscating memory cards and cameras belonging to journalists is not part of the police standard operating procedure (SOP). This contradicts Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein's claim that the seizure of journalists' equipment while covering Saturday's Bersih 3.0 rally was part of police SOP.

"There is no such thing. We act in accordance with the law," Ismail replied curtly when pressed on the matter at a press conference at the police headquarters at Bukit Aman. Yesterday, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said that the camera and memory cards belonging to journalists were seized as part of the SOP. Hishammuddin was cornered on the harsh action by the police on journalists covering the rally and whether it was to "black out" claims of police brutality at the scene. Although he urged the people not to speculate on the severity of the claims, Hishammuddin commended the police for controlling the situation.

Among the journalists who were roughed up was Radzi Razak, from TheSun, who claimed that he was beaten up by seven or eight police officers, despite displaying his media card. Chen Shaua Fui, assistant editor of news site Merdeka Review, said four policemen tried to snatch her camera and when she showed her press card, it was thrown aside and she was threatened with arrest if she continued taking pictures.

Camera memory cards seized

Malaysiakini's photojournalist Koh Jun Lin was temporarily detained after taking photographs of police beating up protesters. Koh's camera and memory card were also seized but his camera was returned upon his release. Arif Kartono, a photographer with The Malay Mail, reported that he was assaulted by six uniformed police personnel and his camera was smashed. His colleague, Ashraf Shamsul Azlan, was also threatened and had his camera memory card seized.

Makkal Osai photographer P. Malayandy also had his camera confiscated and said he was assaulted when he tried photographing police beating up protesters.

NONEAl-Jazeera correspondent Harry Fawcett had said he and the international news network's cameraperson were shoved, causing their video camera to fall and be smashed, while Channel News Asia videographer Kenny Lew was allegedly punched by police and had his tripod seized.

Huang An Jian, a photographer with Chinese newspaper Guang Ming Daily, was arrested while taking photographs of protesters being arrested and The Malaysian Insider's Lisa J. Ariffin took a hit from a tear gas canister launched at the crowd.

Contrastingly, however, was the statement by Al Hijrah videographer Mohd Azri Mohd Salleh, who said he was by protesters when he tried to protect a policeman. Malaysiakini


They created their own SOP's, musta have been Kerismuddin.....

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 07:26 AM PDT

Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar has clarified that confiscating memory cards and cameras belonging to journalists is not part of the police standard operating procedure (SOP). This contradicts Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein's claim that the seizure of journalists' equipment while covering Saturday's Bersih 3.0 rally was part of police SOP.

NONE"There is no such thing. We act in accordance with the law," Ismail replied curtly when pressed on the matter at a press conference at the police headquarters at Bukit Aman. Yesterday, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said that the camera and memory cards belonging to journalists were seized as part of the SOP.

Hishammuddin was cornered on the harsh action by the police on journalists covering the rally and whether it was to "black out" claims of police brutality at the scene. Although he urged the people not to speculate on the severity of the claims, Hishammuddin commended the police for controlling the situation.

Among the journalists who were roughed up was Radzi Razak, from TheSun, who claimed that he was beaten up by seven or eight police officers, despite displaying his media card.

Chen Shaua Fui, assistant editor of news site Merdeka Review, said four policemen tried to snatch her camera and when she showed her press card, it was thrown aside and she was threatened with arrest if she continued taking pictures.

Camera memory cards seized

Malaysiakini's photojournalist Koh Jun Lin was temporarily detained after taking photographs of police beating up protesters. Koh's camera and memory card were also seized but his camera was returned upon his release.

Arif Kartono, a photographer with The Malay Mail, reported that he was assaulted by six uniformed police personnel and his camera was smashed. His colleague, Ashraf Shamsul Azlan, was also threatened and had his camera memory card seized. Makkal Osai photographer P. Malayandy also had his camera confiscated and said he was assaulted when he tried photographing police beating up protesters.

NONEAl-Jazeera correspondent Harry Fawcett had said he and the international news network's cameraperson were shoved, causing their video camera to fall and be smashed, while Channel News Asia videographer Kenny Lew was allegedly punched by police and had his tripod seized.

Huang An Jian, a photographer with Chinese newspaper Guang Ming Daily, was arrested while taking photographs of protesters being arrested and The Malaysian Insider's Lisa J. Ariffin took a hit from a tear gas canister launched at the crowd.

Contrastingly, however, was the statement by Al Hijrah videographer Mohd Azri Mohd Salleh, who said he was by protesters when he tried to protect a policeman. Malaysiakini


Minimum Wage Policy Comes Into Effect

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 07:18 AM PDT

Najib unveils RM900 wage floor for peninsula, RM800 in Sabah and Sarawak.


Keganasan Polis Terhadap Wartawan, Menteri KDN Dan KPN Bertelagah Tentang SOP

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 08:46 AM PDT

IGP: Rampas kamera, rakaman bukan SOP

Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Ismail Omar hari ini menjelaskan bahawa tindakan polis merampas kamera dan rakaman wartawan yang membuat liputan perhimpunan BERSIH 3.0 Sabtu lalu bukan sebahagian daripada garis panduan operasi polis (SOP).

Beliau berkata demkian ketika mengulas kenyataan Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein semalam yang menyatakan sebaliknya.

"Saya tak tahu. Saya nak terangkan, kita tidak ada SOP sedemikian. Kita bertindak berdasarkan undang-undang dan saya ingin katakan bahawa polis bertindak secara profesional dalam tangani masalah yang berlaku.

"Saya ingat saya kata beginilah. Kita tidak ada arahan khusus atau khas tentang rampas kamera. Kalau kamera itu ada senjata, lainlah," katanya pada sidang media petang tadi.

Ditanya siapakah yang memberikan arahan untuk mengambil barangan milik wartawan seperti kamera dan kad memori, Ismail sekadar berkata, pihak polis hanya mengikut undang-undang.

Ismail juga berkata, wartawan perlu dilindungi dalam perhimpunan seperti itu dan pihaknya turut mengambil berat tentang aduan yang telah diberi oleh orang awam, wartawan malah anggota polisnya sendiri.

Katanya, polis bersikap terbuka untuk menyiasat segala tohmahan yang diberikan. Malah, beliau menggesa agar mana-mana pihak yang didakwa dikasari, membuat aduan.

"Tiada siapa yang beri arahan. Seperti yang saya kata, semua ikut kuasa undang-undang. Kejadian telah berlaku dan kita akan siasat secara terbuka untuk jaga kepentingan semua orang.

"Kita akan siasat semua laporan polis yang dibuat. Kita akan siasat dengan adil. Keadilan untuk semua. Malah ada juga pegawai polis yang dikasari.

"Ada yang patah gigi, hidung, lengan retak dan kenderaan pasukan telah dimusnahkan. Kita akan siasat," katanya lagi.

Beliau turut ditanya mengenai arahan kepada anggota polis untuk membuat tangkapan di luar kawasan Dataran Merdeka memandangkan pasukan itu hanya diperintahkan untuk berkawal agar peserta tidak memasuki kawasan tersebut.

Ismail menjelaskan, anggotanya bertindak secara proaktif bagi mencegah sebarang kemungkinan yang tidak diingini berlaku.

"Kita bertindak secara proaktif. Takkan nak tunggu rumah terbakar baru nak padam api. Ini adalah tindakan untuk mencegah," katanya lagi. -mk

Menteri: Polis rampas kamera wartawan ikut SOP

Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein berkata tindakan polis merampas kamera dan kad memori wartawan yang membuat liputan perhimpunan adalah mengikut garis panduan operasi polis (SOP).

Bercakap ketika ditemui di Hospital Kuala Lumpur hari ini, Hishammuddin berkata beliau bagaimanapun tidak mempunyai maklumat lanjut berhubung dakwaan tindakan ke atas wartawan itu.

"Saya tidak tahu. Ini garis panduan operasi polis," katanya lagi yang menambah, perkara itu akan dijelaskan Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Ismail Omar dalam satu sidang media esok.

Bagaimanapun beliau berharap bahawa dakwaan itu "tidak betul."

Beliau ditanya mengapakah polis bertindak demikian sekiranya pasukan itu tiada perkara yang hendak disembunyikan daripada orang awam.

Selain itu, Hishammuddin memberi jaminan bahawa barangan milik pekerja media yang dirampas semasa himpunan BERSIH 3.0 semalam akan dikembalikan.

"Ya. Kita akan kembalikan," katanya ketika ditanya.

Menurut Hishamuddin lagi, dakwaan bahawa wartawan dicederakan oleh pihak polis semasa membuat liputan juga akan disiasat.

Katanya lagi, beliau berharap dakwaan itu tidak benar.

"Saya harap perkara itu tidak benar. Kita tidak melindungi sesiapa. Kita akan berlaku adil pada semua orang. Jangan spekulasikan perkara ini.

"Kita juga akan lihat kes itu. Seperti biasa. Kita perlu selidik dahulu melalui rakaman video yang telah dirakam dan bergantung pada nasihat dan akta undang-undang pendakwaan," katanya.

Dalam pada itu, ketika Hishammuddin ditanya lagi mengenai rampasan milik pekerja media, beliau berharap perkara itu tidak benar.

Jelasnya, pihak polis telah melakukan kerja mereka dengan sebaiknya dan tiada akan meneliti perkara tersebut dengan terperinci.
-MK


Ulasan GB

اللهم ارنا الحق حقا وارزقنا اتباعه وارنا الباطل باطلا وارزقنا اجتنابه

Allahumma arinal haqqa, haqqa, warzuqnattiba'ah,
wa arinal bathila bathila, warzuqnajtinabah


Doa kita dimakbulkan Allah.

Sebelum ini GB sudah ulas. Petikan:

KPN tidak perlu lagi berdalih dengan mengatakan anggotanya mengikut SOP tatkala melepuk pelancong asing tersebut seperti hal beliau laporkan kepada Menteri KDN terhadap indakan polis merampas kamera dan kad memori wartawan yang membuat liputan perhimpunan adalah mengikut garis panduan operasi polis (SOP).

Dilaporkan sebelum ini,

Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein berkata Ketua Polis Negara Tan Sri Ismail Omar menyatakan kepadanya tindakan polis merampas kamera dan kad memori wartawan yang membuat liputan perhimpunan adalah mengikut garis panduan operasi polis (SOP).

Kita tidak tahu SOP mana yang digunakan oleh KPN yang mengizinkan anggotanya merampas kamera dan kad memori wartawan apatah lagi untuk melepok dan memukul orang awam sesuka hati. Malah kita meminta beliau menunjukkan secara lengkap dan terperinci kandungan SOP berkenaan.

Tindakan melampau anggota polis yang sedemikian hendaklah dikenakan tindakan yang wajar atau KPN perlu bertanggungjawab dengan meletakkan jawatannya sesegera mungkin.


Dalam pada itu wartawan akhbar kosmo didapati melakukan PENIPUAN apabila mendakwa seorang jurufoto akhbar The Malay Mail, Arif Kartono kononnya cedera dibelasah oleh peserta perhimpunan BERSIH 3.0, sedangkan pengakuan jurufoto itu ialah beliau ditendang dan dibelasah oleh anggota polis, bukan oleh peserta BERSIH seperti didakwa kosmo.



Dan satu lagi akhbar online "mstar"yang mengambil caption foto dari Bernama turut membuat laporan yang lebih sama di atas terhadap wartawan bernama Radzi razak dari TheSun:

klik untuk lebih jelas



A Different Voice

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 06:30 AM PDT

The following article IS THERE NOW A DIFFERENT VOICE? by Carol Gilligan is excerpted from The Sixties and the 2008 presidential election by Carol Gilligan. Originally published in The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture by Routledge.

How do we remember the 1960s? … The ubiquitous peace symbols, the strollers with banners proclaiming "another mother for peace," the mass demonstrations and the exodus of young men to Canada attest to the groundswell of opposition to the culture and psychology of militarism. The hypocrisy of patriotism, the lies and distortions of democratic values, was matched by the hypocrisy of puritanism, and the call for peace was joined by a call to free love from deceptions and double standards. Such were the culture wars of that time.

~Carol Gilligan and David A. J. Flacks, The Deepening Darkness: Patriarchy, Resistance and Democracy's Future~

Last spring, at a conference to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Harvard Women's Leadership Project, a recent alum wanted to know if I considered myself a feminist. I said I did and asked if she wanted to know my definition of feminism. She nodded, and I went on to say that I considered feminism to be one of the great liberation movements in human history: it is the movement to liberate democracy from patriarchy. A woman subsequently emailed me that this was the one thing she wrote down during that weekend.

Like feminism, the 1960s have gotten something of a bad rap, being seen now as passeacute or dismissed as an era of "sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll." Yet it is impossible to think about the election of Barack Obama or to reflect more broadly on the 2008 campaign without recalling the remarkable accomplishments of that time. Without the Civil Rights Movement and the call to non-violent resistance, without the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Obama's election would be inconceivable. Without the women's movement and the achievements of second wave feminism, the success of Hillary Clinton in gaining 18 million votes to run for president would be unimaginable. An African American and a woman as the leading Democratic candidates for president, followed by Obama's overwhelming electoral victory - this is a legacy of the 1960s. And the call for "change we can believe in," galvanizing the political activism of a new generation, reawakened the hope for transformation: the desire for a different voice, a change in the terms of conversation.

Seen in this light, the election of 2008 is a watershed in the ongoing struggle between democracy and patriarchy: a victory for democracy, a triumph of democratic over patriarchal manhood and womanhood. The culture of democracy, based on equal voice and open debate, won out over the culture of patriarchy, with its associated ills of racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of intolerance. The culture wars that raged through American society in the years following the liberation movements of the 1960s signal the intensity of the fight on both sides and serve as a reminder of how much is at stake, in both our private and our public lives.

Given the worsening economic crisis and the rise of fundamentalism, the future is by no means certain. Yet I choose to align myself with the hope and optimism of our new president, a man whose manhood is not steeped in militarism, who resists hierarchy, who is committed to listening across political divisions, whose politics is not based on demonizing enemies, who is less vulnerable than more patriarchal men to perceived insults to honor that reflexively elicit violence, a man who developed his liberal and humane values in relationship with his mother and her parents and went on to form a vibrant relationship with a woman clearly his equal. In Dreams from My Father, Obama identifies a "strong, true love" as what saves men from the "male cruelties" that destroyed his father. In all these respects, he shows us a manhood that is democratic, not patriarchal, a manhood allied with a womanhood that is neither idealized nor devalued.

What patriarchy precludes is love between equals and thus it also precludes democracy, founded on such love and the freedom of voice it encourages. The deepest historical significance of the 1960s may lie in the convergence of efforts to free democracy from the vestiges of patriarchy. The democratic manhood of Barack Obama aligns his presidency with feminism, seen not as a problem of women or men or as a battle of women versus men but as a key to realizing the vision of a truly democratic society. He has brought a different voice into the political arena, one that has found remarkable resonance. Asking us to "choose our better history" and enlisting our better selves, he may, with luck, lead us to form a more perfect union.

Excerpted from The Sixties and the 2008 presidential election by Carol Gilligan. Originally published in The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture by Routledge.

Carol Gilligan, Ph.D., named one of the 25 most influential Americans in 1996 by Time Magazine, has shown how the inclusion of women and girls' voices changes the paradigm of psychology, opening up new ways of thinking about education and mental health. Her books include In a Different Voice, Meeting at the Crossroads, Between Voice and Silence, The Deepening Darkness: Patriarchy, Resistance, and Democracy's Future, and The Birth of Pleasure. She recently released her first work of fiction, a novel, titled Kyra. Her latest book is Joining the Resistance (read an excerpt here). Together with her students, Gilligan founded the Harvard Project on Women's Psychology and Girls' Development, and in 1997, she was appointed to Harvard's first professorship in gender studies. Gilligan is currently a professor at New York University.


Using the Dodge Tool

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 06:07 AM PDT

Learn How to Use Photoshop in Just 2 Hours. Click Here For Details The burn, and sponge tools are hidden under the dodge tool in the toolbox. If one of these was used last, it will be on top, and the dodge tool will be hidden. To find it, click on the tool which is showing, and choose the one you want from the pop-up menu. The dodge tool will lighten the pixels dragged over according to the


What Is The Clone Stamp Tool?

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 06:07 AM PDT

The Cloning Stamp Tool does exactly what its name implies. Using this tool, you can copy a portion of an image and reapply it repeatedly to cover an unwanted portion of the image. The example below shows a telephone pole in the original image; the Clone Stamp Tool enabled us to cover the telephone pole with the surrounding grass, weeds and sky and create a new image that does not contain


When You Have A Blender, Who Needs A Stove?

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 06:03 AM PDT

I do not remember the last time that I used the stove. But I have a great excuse. The only thing I know how to heat up is a teabag. The downside? I eat out every day and the quality of the nutrition I put into my body is not nearly as good as I know it ought to be. This is why Carolyn Hansen's book looks so appealing to me. Now the truth is, even though I know I could benefit from eating these


Who Needs a Guide for Starcraft 2?

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 06:03 AM PDT

Every time a new game hits the market, there seems to be a guide that goes with it – providing a bevy of tools and strategies to help players get better at the game and master the multiplayer aspects. This is exactly what has happened with Starcraft 2 – the newest and deepest of Blizzard's long line of RTS games (including Starcraft and Warcraft). If you're anything like me, you want to be the


Was können Digitale Whiteboards?

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 04:20 AM PDT

Ein digitales Whiteboard wird auch als interaktives Board oder auch Smartboard bezeichnet. Dieses digitale Whiteboard wird an einen Beamer angeschlossen und an die Wand projiziert und ist an einen Computer angeschlossen. Durch diese Projektion kann man für alle sichtbar den Computer bedienen und eingaben machen. Dies geschieht durch Sensoren und man kann die Tasten entweder durch einen kabellosen Stift, der mit einer Batterie betrieben wird oder per Fingerdruck bedienen.

Digitales Whiteboard an verschiedenen deutschen Schulen
An verschiedenen deutschen Schulen wird schon so ein digitales Whiteboard eingesetzt, als Ersatz für die Schultafel. Dies hat der Vorteil, dass man komplette Tafelbilder speichern kann und zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt wieder in der Klasse verwenden kann. Oftmals wird so ein im Unterricht entwickeltes Tafelbild in Papierform an die Schüler verteilt, sodass es dann als Lernhilfe dient beziehungsweise als Gedankenstütze eingesetzt wird. Ein weiterer Pluspunkt gegenüber herkömmlichen Schultafeln sind die Sauberkeit und das Fehlen von Kreidestaub.

Heftige Diskussionen um die neuen Technologien
Wie bei allen neuen Technologien gibt es auch hier Menschen, die dem Whiteboard, vor allem in Schulen kritisch gegenüberstehen. So sehen sie auch den hohen Strombedarf und das des Öfteren die Birnen von den Beamern defekt sind. Vielleicht ist das auch der Grund, warum das Whiteboard hier in Deutschland, noch nicht an allen Schulen eingesetzt wird. Aber die Technologie wird immer besser und so ein Whiteboard ist auf jeden Fall praktisch und sollte mehr eingesetzt werden. Denn Firmen haben das Whiteboard schon lange als nützliches Werkzeug für ihre Firmen erkannt und nutzen diese moderne Präsentationstechnik.


Najib Tanggung Risiko Jika Wartawan Asing Gambarkan PDRM Sebagai "Gangster Berlesen"

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 06:46 AM PDT

Keganasan polis: Najib paling tertekan

KUALA LUMPUR: Perdana Menteri, Datuk Sri Najib Razak nyata paling tertekan dengan keganasan polis kepada peserta Bersih 3.0 dan pihak media terutamanya enam hari menjelang hari kebebasan media sedunia.

Demikian analisa anggota Parlimen Kuala Selangor yang juga Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Pusat Penyelidikan PAS, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

"Kali ini rasanya paling parah mereka (petugas media) yang kena. Mereka ditahan, ditumbuk, dibelasah, kamera dimusnahkan semua ini berlaku 6 hari sebelum Hari Kebebasan Media Sedunia..World Press Freedom,"

Bagi beliau, Najib tidak dapat elakkan diri kalau media barat menggambarkan PDRM sebagai 'gangster berlesen'.

Ini kerana, yang terkena termasuk petugas media dari Al-Jazeera, Channel News Asia dan media tempatan termasuk The Malay Mail, The Sun, Malaysiakini, Makkal Osai, Guan Ming Daily dan juga Harakah.

Sebelum ini, Reuters sebuah agensi media antarabangsa meramalkan Najib akan menangguhkan pilihan raya umum ke 13 ekoran trgaedi yang berlaku Sabtu lepas.

Komited kepada pru bersih

Bagi Dr Dzulkefly , rakyat khasnya pihak Bersih 3.0 mesti bersedia untuk kekal komited kepada reformasi pilihanraya sebelum PRU ke 13.

"Rakyat mahu siasatan menyeluruh atas apa jua dakwaan yang menjadi punca dan mulanya kekacauan dalam perhimpunan semalam, tapi rakyat dan Bersih tidak akan dilunturkan asakan mereka untuk mendapat sebuah sistem dan proses pilihanraya yang bersih dan Adil," kata beliau kepada Harakahdaily.

Dr Dzul mengajak semua pihak agak mengimbau kembali sebab mengapa perhimpunan Bersih 3.0 diadakan selepas Bersih 2.0.

"Kita adakan perhimpunan ini setelah kesal dengan Jawatankuasa Terpilih Parlimen (PSC) yang mana kertas mereka diluluskan tanpa bahas.

"Juga tindakan pentadbiran Najib yang kononnya mengwar-warkan transformasi pilihan raya melalui pindaan ke atas akta kesalahan pilihan dan memaksa anggota Parlimen bersidang sehingga jam 3.21 pagi.

"Apa yang dipinda cuma perkataan 'buang undi' kepada 'mengundi'," sindir Dr Dzulkefly yang juga AJK PAS Pusat.

Beliau juga kesal dengan tindakan kerajaan yang memperalatkan Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur dengan kerjasama mahkamah untuk menafikan hak rakyat untuk berhimpun di Dataran Merdeka.

"Rakyat tak puas hati menyaksikan pilih kasih dan berat sebelah ni (zalim) sekaligus dah jadi macam barua eksekutif.

"Ingat Pakatan menang 10 dari 11 kerusi di Wilayah Persekutuan, bermakna lebih ramai pengundi atau rakyat menyokong Pakatan Rakyat di Kuala Lumpur ini," tegas Dr Dzul. -HD

Kesatuan wartawan kutuk tindakan polis

Enam kesatuan wartawan menggesa Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak menyiasat dakwaan tindakan ganas dalam perhimpunan BERSIH 3.0 secara terperinci dan mendakwa individu terbabit.

Enam kesatuan wartawan itu, termasuk Pusat Kewartawanan Bebas, Piagam Aliran 2000, Kesatuan Wartawan Utara Tanah Melayu, membuat desakan itu dalam satu kenyataan bersama semalam.

Kenyataan itu juga mengutuk tangkapan ke atas dua wartawan dan tindakan ganas pihak polis terhadap petugas media yang membuat liputan ke atas himpunan 'Duduk dan Bantah' itu.

"Perdana menteri mesti mengambil tindakan tegas bagi memastikan semua anggota unit beruniform memahami dan menghormati peranan wartawan dan memberi pampasan ke atas barangan mereka yang dirosakkan dengan sengaja," menurut kenyataan itu.

Laporan media, video dan tulisan di Facebook dan di Twitter wartawan dan rakan setugas mereka menunjukkan sekurang-kurangnya enam kejadian seperti itu.

"Kami melihat insiden ini sebagai serangan bersepadu ke atas kebebasan media memandangkan ia nampaknya disasarkan untuk menghalang kewartawanan profesional dalam mendokumentasi keganasan polis ke atas sebahagian peserta BERSIH," kenyataan itu dipetik.

Sikap polis terhadap pemberita seperti itu mungkin disebabkan oleh rasa malu mereka terhadap gambar dan video berhubung kekejaman polis yang dirakam wartawan sebelum ini, menurut kenyataan bersama itu.

Turut menandatangani kenyataan itu ialah Persatuan Media dan Jurugambar Cina Pulau Pinang, Kelab Media Pulau Pinang dan Penang Press Employees Cooperative Society Limited.
-mk




Ulasan GB

GB sudah ulas sebelum ini. Petikan:

Dan diberitakan beberapa kamera para wartawan, termasuk wartawan Al-Jazeera telah dirampas oleh pihak polis. Mengapa? Takut aksi terlampau terdedah? Namun tindakan merampas kamera para wartawan itu apa tah lagi wartawan antarabangsa seperti Al-Jazeera menjadikan satu dunia kini memandang jijik terhadap polis Malaysia. Dan apabil ada tanggapan negatif terhadap polis semacam tu, salah siapa?



雪州政府将为净选盟参与者提供援助以面对法律诉讼

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 04:27 AM PDT

雪州政府恭喜日前勇于走上街头要求公平与干净选举而参与净选盟3.0和平大集会的全国人民,尤其是来自雪州的子民们。 


这场获得超过20万人民参与的集会展示了人民对于现有选举制度已违背真正民主制度而发出的强烈不满。 


雪州政府对于警方向参与者及媒体工作者施暴与不专业行为而感到遗憾,并认为首相纳吉应该要确保此事能够被公平地调查,以视正听。

"为了确保人民宪赋权利得到保障,雪州政府将会提供法律援助与资金来协助那些可能会面对法律诉讼的集会参与者。"

其实,当发现全州内突然出现新选民人数暴增后,雪州政府早已下定决心要努力清理选民册。而且这包括一群雪州选民是在不知情下被搬离他们的原来选区。

因此,净选盟要求干净与公平选举的诉求是得到雪州政府全力的支持,所以雪州政府也开展了"我的干净雪州"计划,通过当地社区的参与以确保选民册能够被清理干净。

"在这项"我的干净雪州"计划中,村长、乡长、


SELANGOR BANTU PESERTA BERSIH YANG HADAPI TINDAKAN UNDANG- UNDANG

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 04:23 AM PDT

KENYATAAN AKHBAR

30 APRIL 2012




Kerajaan Negeri Selangor mengucapkan tahniah kepada rakyat Malaysia khususnya rakyat Selangor yang menyertai perhimpunan aman BERSIH 3.0 demi menuntut sistem pilihan raya yang bersih dan adil.




Kehadiran lebih 200,000 orang di perhimpunan tersebut menggambarkan ketidakpuashatian rakyat terhadap sistem sedia ada yang jelas membelakangkan sistem demokrasi


Bersih 3.0 - Interviews with police brutality victims

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 04:14 AM PDT


The Psychology of Crowd Dynamics

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 03:59 AM PDT

According to THIS LINK:

Steve Reicher is a social psychologist and is broadly interested in the issues of group behaviour and the individual-social relationship. More specifically, his recent research can be grouped into three areas. The first is an attempt to develop a model of crowd action that accounts for both social determination and social change. The second concerns the construction of social categories through language and action. The third concerns political rhetoric and mass mobilisation - especially around the issue of national identity.

Currently, he is funded by the Leverhulme Foundation (jointly with Nick Hopkins of Dundee University) looking at the impact of devolution on Scottish identity and social action in Scotland, by the ESRC (jointly with John Drury of Sussex University) looking at social identity processes in panic, and by the Home Office (jointly with Clifford Stott of Liverpool University) looking at crowd-police interactions at European football matches.

One of the papers he has written is  on The Psychology of Crowd Dynamics. You can read it at THIS LINK.

Excerpt from the paper:

Crowds are the elephant man of the social sciences. They are viewed as something strange, something pathological, something monstrous. At the same time they are viewed with awe and with fascination. However, above all, they are considered to be something apart. We may choose to go and view them occasionally as a distraction from the business of everyday life, but they are separate from that business and tell us little or nothing about normal social and psychological realities .

Such an attitude is reflected in the remarkable paucity of psychological research on crowd processes and the fact that it is all but ignored by the dominant paradigms in social psychology. The second edition of The Handbook of Social Cognition (Wyer & Srull, 1994) has no entry in the index under 'crowd'.

Indeed, within a discipline that often views literature from a previous decade as hopelessly outdated, the little reference that is made to such research still tends to focus on Gustave Le Bon's work from a previous century (Le Bon, 1895). As we shall shortly see, it is most clearly reflected in the content of Le Bon's research and that of his followers.

It was Le Bon, in terms of his theories if not his practices, who divorced crowds from their social context. His theory assumed that crowd participaton extinguishes our normal psychological capacities and reveal a primal nature which is usually well hidden from view. It was he who, with typical Victorian gusto, consigned crowds to the realms of a social scientific theatre of curiosities (cf. Reicher, 1996a; Reicher & Potter, 1985).


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TQ my good Bama friends for understanding

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 03:34 AM PDT

TQ saya Atta Kyaw. May I share this in FB and blog? You have reminded me of my secret thought since young: "Whether Allah would punish me for not been a Muslim if I were not born to the Muslim parents, but born into the Buddhist parents or Christian etc, From that I extended my thoughts that my friends and neighbours should not be punished by God or hate by me just because they are born into the parents with different faith.

Later I decided to accept that religions need to be practice as taught without question, once we accepted and as long as it is not a radical view or taught us the violent ways.

But when I had read a paragraph in our Quran stating Allah would not just send a Muslim to the Paradise because he is a Muslim and would not punish a non-Muslim to the hell but would decide on INDIVIDUAL's MERITS I started to realize the TRUTH.

After learning Buddhism, Christianity, Hindu and Jews, I understand that BASICALLY all the good virtues of religions are the same and if we all practice the good things and avoid the sinful things, we ALL are the same and could work and stay peacefully together. But I am sad to say that we all are searching the differences, INTERRELIGIOUSLY and INTRARELIGIOUSLY and always quarrel and fighting one another.

Atta Kyaw shared Kyaw Thu Yein Lwin's ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔တေတြေရာ ဗမာျဖစ္ရမယ္၊ မူစလင္ ျဖစ္ရမယ္၊ ခရစ္ယန္ ျဖစ္ရမယ္ ဆိုျပီး ေရြးခ်ယ္ခြင့္ ရွိခဲ့ပါသလား။ ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို ့ျဖစ္လာတဲ့ လူမ်ိဳး၊ ဘာသာဟာ ကိုယ္ပိုင္ ေရြးခ်ယ္ခြင့္မရွိဘဲ လက္ခံလိုက္ရတဲ့၊ သဘာ၀က သတ္မွတ္ေပးလိုက္တဲ့ ကိစၥပါ။ ကိုးကြယ္တဲ့ဘာသာ…ကိုသာ လူက ျပန္ေျပာင္းခ်င္ ေျပာင္းလို႔ရမယ္။ လူမ်ိဳးဆိုတာ ဒီတစ္သက္ ေျပာင္းလို ့မရေတာ့ပါဘူး။ ေရြးခ်ယ္ခြင့္မရွိဘဲ ရလာတဲ့ လူမ်ိဳးတစ္မ်ိဳး ျဖစ္ရျခင္းအေပၚ ေနာက္လူမ်ိဳးတစ္မ်ိဳးက အျမင္မၾကည္စရာ အေၾကာင္း မရွိသလို လူတစ္ေယာက္ ေရြးခ်ယ္ထားတဲ့ ဘာသာတရား အေပၚလည္း မုန္းတီးေနစရာ အေၾကာင္း မရွိဘူးလို႔ ျမင္ပါတယ္"

ဆရာၾကီး ဦးေအာင္သင္း ရဲ ့အသံသြင္းစာအုပ္ထဲက အေၾကာင္းအရာေလးကို သတိရမိပါတယ္.. ဆရာၾကီးက လူျဖစ္လာတဲ့အခါ ဘယ္မိဘဆီမွာ လူျဖစ္မယ္.. ဆိုျပီး ေရြးခ်ယ္ခြင့္မရတဲ့အေၾကာင္း.. ျဖစ္လာတဲ့ ဘ၀ ကို လက္ခံႏိုင္ရမယ္ ဆိုတဲ့ အေၾကာင္း ကေန စျပီး ေဟာေျပာထားတာပါ..

ခုတေလာ.. ကုလား-ဗမာ အေရးအခင္း ျဖစ္မယ္.. ျဖစ္ေတာ့မယ္.. ဆိုတာေတြ ေတြ ့ေနရပါတယ္.. ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို ့တေတြေရာ ဗမာ ျဖစ္ရမယ္.. မူစလင္ ျဖစ္ရမယ္.. ခရစ္ယန္ ျဖစ္ရမယ္ ဆိုျပီး ေရြးခ…်ယ္ခြင့္ ရွိခဲ့ပါသလား.. ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို ့ျဖစ္လာတဲ့ လူမ်ိဳး..ဘာသာ ဟာ ကိုယ္ပိုင္ ေရြးခ်ယ္ခြင့္မရွိပဲ လက္ခံလိုက္ရတဲ့ သဘာ၀က သတ္မွတ္ေပးလိုက္တဲ့ ကိစၥပါ.. ကိုးကြယ္တဲ့ဘာသာကိုသာ လူ က ျပန္ေျပာင္းခ်င္ေျပာင္းလို ့ရမယ္.. လူမ်ိဳး ဆိုတာ ဒီတစ္သက္ ေျပာင္းလို ့မရေတာ့ပါဘူး.. ေရြးခ်ယ္ခြင့္မရွိပဲ ရလာတဲ့ လူမ်ိဳးတစ္မ်ိဳး ျဖစ္ရျခင္းအေပၚ ေနာက္လူမ်ိဳးတစ္မ်ိဳးက အျမင္မၾကည္စရာ အေၾကာင္းမရွိသလို လူတစ္ေယာက္ ေရြးခ်ယ္ထားတဲ့ ဘာသာတရား အေပၚလည္း မုန္းတီးေနစရာ အေၾကာင္း မရွိဘူး လို ့ျမင္ပါတယ္..

ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို ့လက္ခံၾကရမွာ တစ္ခုတည္း ရွိပါတယ္.. သူလည္း လူ.. ကိုယ္ လည္း လူ ဆိုတာပါပဲ..

သူ ့မွာလည္း သူ ့မိသားစု.. ကိုယ့္မွာလည္း ကိုယ့္မိသားစု နဲ ့ပါပဲ..
ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းတာကိုပဲ ျမင္ခ်င္ေတြ ့ခ်င္ပါတယ္..

Htay Oung ဆရာခင္ဗ်ား သမိုင္းစာမ်က္ႏွာ အစပိုင္းတြင္ လူအမ်ား ေရၾကည္ရာ မ်က္ႏုရာ Migrate လုပ္ၾကတာ သဘာ၀ပါ။ နိဳင္ငံနယ္နိမိတ္မ်ား ခိုင္မာလာျပီးေနာက္ Migrate မွာ လူသားမ်ားအတြက္ ကန္႕သတ္ခံထားသလိုရွိေနျပီး Immigrant သာ ခြင့္ျပဳသလိုပါ။ ယခု ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔ နယ္စပ္မွ… ေလွစီးဒုကၡသယ္မ်ားျပႆနာမွာ ယိုးဒယား၊ မေလးရွား၊ အင္ဒိုနီးရွားသာမက ၾသစေတးလွ်ႏွင့္ နယူးဇီလန္အထိ ေခါင္းစားစရာ ျပႆနာျဖစ္လာတာသိမွာပါ။ သူတို႔လဲ လက္မခံနိဳင္ တစ္ခ်ိဳ႔ ဒုကၡသယ္ေလွမ်ားကို ပင္လယ္အတြင္း ျပန္ေမာင္းထုတ္လို႔ အျပင္းအထန္ေ၀ဖန္ခံရတာမ်ိဳးပင္ရွိေနပါတယ္။ လူမ်ိဳးေရး မုန္းတီးေရး အေၾကာင္းအရာေတြကို ညစ္ညမ္းတဲ့စကားလုံးေတြသုံးျပီး တဖက္တခ်က္ အျပန္အလွန္ဆဲဆိုေနတာကိုျမင္ေတြ႕ရတာ အင္မတန္စိတ္မေကာင္းျဖစ္မိတဲ့အထဲ ကၽြန္ေတာ္လည္း ပါ၀င္ပါေၾကာင္း။ ဥပေဒရွိသည့္အတိုင္း တရားမွ်တစြာ ေျဖရွင္းျခင္းသာ နည္းလမ္းမွန္ျဖစ္နိဳင္ပါေၾကာင္း။က်န္းမာ ခ်မ္းသာၾကပါေစခင္ဗ်ား။၏

 



<br> *Kronologi Per**istiwa Common Septik Tank (CST)Di Jalan Satu,

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 03:17 AM PDT


Kronologi Peristiwa Common Septik Tank (CST)Di Jalan Satu, Air Itam

1. 22-7-2011
(a) Penduduk 8 premis di Jalan Satu Air Itam telah menerima surat daripada Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd bahawa sistem pembentungan mereka tidak lagi dikawal selia oleh Indah Water.

(b) Menurut IWK bahawa satu Akta Parlimen Akta Industri Perkhidmatan Air 2006 seksyen 62(1) dan (2) telah dikuatkuasa bahawa tanggungjawab bagi tangki septik komunal adalah terletak di bawah tanggungjawab bersama pemilik atau penghuni premis-premis tanpa mengira lokasi tangki septik itu. Setiap pemilik atau penghuni adalah bertanggungan untuk membayar caj untuk perkhidmatan pembentungan seolah-olah pemilik tangki septik individu.

2. 20-8-2011
Penduduk-penduduk telah meminta bantuan ADUN Air Itam, YB Wong Hon Wai dan satu perbincangan telah diadakan pada 20-08-2011 bersama penduduk, IWK dan Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara bersama YB Wong Hon Wai. Sementara penyelesaian dicari, YB Wong telah meminta servis pengosongan tangki (desludging) dibuat secara percuma oleh IWK dan IWK telah membantu desludging beberapa kali.

3. 17-12-2011
Sementara itu, YB Wong juga menerima aduan daripada penduduk-penduduk di Happy Valley, Air Itam tentang tangki septik communal mereka yang juga turut melimpah. Satu dialog telah diadakan antara YB Wong, penduduk Jalan Air Itam dan Happy Valley bersama IWK dengan kehadiran media.

4. 6-1-2012
YB Wong telah menulis satu surat kepada Datuk Teo Yen Hua, Chief Executive Officer Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN) memaklumkan bahawa isu-isu common septik tank di Air Itam dan 40 CST di Pulau Pinang dan melebihi 1000 do seluruh negara. YB memaklumkan kepada SPAN bahawa IWK tidak berhasrat untuk mengutip wang untuk perkhimatan desludging tetapi meminta penduduk-penduduk sendiri kutip wang antara penduduk. YB Wong mencadangkan satu kontrak dibuat antara penduduk dan IWK dibuat supaya IWK boleh memberikan perkhidmatan desludging sementara menunggu Parlimen membuat pindaan terhadap Akta tersebut.

5. 2-2-2012
Satu dialog antara SPAN, IWK diadakan di Pusat Khidmat YB Wong antara penduduk
(a) Jalan Satu, Air Itam (PEG 007)
(b) Happy Valley, Air Itam (PEG 040 & PEG 041)
(c) Premis lot kedai di Taman Seri Setia, Jalan Chan Siew Ting, Tanjung Bungah untuk mencari penyelesaian seterusnya.

6. 17-4-2012
Perjanjian ditandatangani antara 8 penghuni di Jalan Satu, Air Itam dan IWK untuk perkhidmatan desludging , pengendalian dan penyelenggang tangki tersebut (PEG 007). Ini merupakan perjanjian pertama di utara Malaysia dan sebelum ini perjanjian pertama ditandatangani di Kampong Baru Semenyih di Selangor. Ini penting membolehkan penduduk mendapatkan perkhidmatan IWK untuk CST kerana sekiranya tangki penuh dan tidak diuruskan akan memasuk ke longkang dan ke sungai dan akan menyebabkan pencemaran.


The Dataran of stolen dreams by Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN, formerly of the Royal Malaysian Navy

Posted: 30 Apr 2012 03:31 AM PDT


If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law - Henry David Thoreau

COMMENT At the end of the day, we lost the moral high ground adding fuel to the lies of the regime. It comes as no surprise to me. When you have a crowd of (maybe) hundreds of thousands, something "unusual" was bound to happen. But let me tell you what this regime fears the most. It does fear violence as witnessed by the treatment meted out towards the protesters. It fears who the violence was directed against.

The ghosts of May 1969 have been truly exorcised. Malaysians are not turning against one another. That bogeyman that pro-regime types including the state propaganda organs have used for years has been destroyed. 'They' are turning against the organs of the state attempting in their over-exuberance to reclaim something which rightly belongs to us. I greeted the first light of April 28 in the Ganesha temple with prayers and a conversation with an Indian police officer who was there for the same reason as everyone else - illumination.

The temple folk had told me of an 'important' police officer who frequented the temple and I sought him out, being at ease with the security personnel of this regime having been one for the better part of my life. He asked me if I was part of this 'event'. I answered in the affirmative and the conversation moved on to the behaviour of the police which had been exemplary the night before and my concerns that it would remain that way.

I made it clear that I thought the regime was overreacting and my scorn for the duplicitous nature of how they handled the Bersih movement. He agreed with me which came as no surprise and told me that many of 'them' felt the same way but their duty to higher powers often conflicted with their own personal beliefs.

Mixing with cheerful protesters


As I walked back to the hotel I was supposed to spend the night in, I pondered about what the Special Branch officer said about 'his duties'. It's very difficult trying to explain this concept to 'civilians' and I have resigned myself to the fact that this will always be a barrier between those who have served professionally and those who have not been encumbered by the obligations owed to the state and your fellow brothers and sisters who enforce state policy.

The short story is, not everyone is a running dog of the establishment even though there's plenty of evidence to make that case. Conscientious objecting works well in theory but the reality is a minefield of personal ethics and professional obligations easily subverted by emotional grandstanding. Make no mistake, I strongly object to the way how the protesters broke not only the law (see above quote) but more importantly the compact between members of the public who participated in the protest and members of the Bersih steering committee (and their political party sympathisers), but I am appalled at the way how the PDRM acted in such an unprofessional manner in their treatment of those protesters unlucky enough to be in their way.

Professionalism especially in this context is how you (the police) react under stressful situations. The abuse meted out to the public/protesters is merely a reflection of the regime's attitude towards those who dissent personified by the conscience of who has no problem sitting with Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, seditious cow-head protesters or bemoaning for the loss of life of wanted terrorists like Nordin Mat Top.

If anyone in the Anwar Ibrahim camp encouraged the protesters into some sort of 'reclaiming' the Dataran Merdeka, it was irresponsible of them to have done so, but when we have Prime Minister Najib Razak declaring that Umno supporters should defend Putrajaya with their dead bodies, I find it very difficult to get angry with protesters attempting to reclaim what is theirs by right despite agreeing not to. The fact that any time anyone shouted 'Reformasi', it was met with chants of 'Bersih' should have clued Anwar in on the fact that this was bigger than him.

I reconnected with my comrades who had kindly offered to share their rooms at the hotel (an interesting group that consisted of old school chums and one of their sons) and we headed towards the growing Bersih storm. As we wondered around town mixing with cheerful protesters, it became clear to us the magnitude of the response of the general public. It's difficult and frankly disingenuous to play the numbers game in this situation, but what we witnessed seemed like an ocean of multiracial goodwill.

The hordes of people made it impossible to manoeuvre and at times we simply followed the crowd and hoped it lead us somewhere interesting. We knew we had to be around the Dataran Merdeka area around 2pm but none of knew what was in store for us.

Protecting 'sanctity' of the historical site?

Dataran Merdeka. I was well acquainted with the arguments of pro- and anti-Bersih commentators on the proposal of the former to hold the protest in this venerable site. No doubt most readers know where my sympathies rest. For me, not 'allowing' Bersih to hold the rally there was just another form of control that the regime wants to have over the spiritual landscape of Malaysia. Consider how Dataran Merdeka emotionally resonates with a large section of Malaysians.

Our independence may have been 'negotiated' and the so-called social contract between the various races hammered out before the utterance of Tunku Abdul Rahman at the historic square, but what is important that for a brief moment in Malaysian history we were all united under a common cause even though we were separated by race and creed.

This regime distorts our history. In other words, it wants to control our past. It sought to quash a gathering of like-minded multiracial citizens there, of their own free will seeking to change for the better (in my opinion) the destiny of this country. This was not about protecting the 'sanctity' of this historic site but rather protecting the hegemony of Umno. By getting a court order barring Malaysians from this historic square, it sought to control our future as they already shape our past.

What Umno is saying is that they and they alone control the public and emotional spaces of this country. They and they alone will determine what we value as Malaysians and any dissent from this will eventually be met with violence. After a while, I separated from my group and wandered the crowd-filled streets of Kuala Lumpur alone. Anticipation was high as the hour drew near and I found myself resting in a quiet corner outside a coffee shop (which like all others was doing roaring business) having a smoke and contemplating the scenes flashing before me.

A group of young Chinese, Indian and Malay college students approached me no doubt worried that this old geezer was suffering from exhaustion. I assured them I was fine and one young Chinese boy (this was the first time anyone in the group had participated in something like this) asked, "Uncle, what if they use tear gas and water cannon?" Before I could answer a voice beside me answered, "That is part of the deal".

This seemed to amuse the young crowd who started chanting "Part of the deal", "Part of the deal" as they skipped away from us. (Later when I heard of the violence I wondered if that young group got the baptism of fire they were worried about.) 'Us' being an aged but fit veteran of the Hindraf protest and me, a retired Navy commander who was eagerly waiting for 2pm.

We started talking and of course the talk centred on the Indian presence in this event. We were glad to see many Indian faces and he shared with me instant messages that informed us that PSM's S Arutchelvam and PKR's R Sivarasa were leading or were part of a large contingent from Brickfields. For the BN side, Hulu Selangor MP P Kamalanathan would later on Al Jazeera display his famous hand-kissing techniques by being the Umno regime's sock puppet by perpetuating the misrepresentations that Bersih was being unreasonable in its demands and of the state's commitment to freedom of expression via their newly-minted freedom of assembly laws.

It was a sickening display of sycophancy that mocked the sacrifice of all those who had attended and were for the most part peaceful.

Numbers are not important

I parted company with my new found 'brother' and headed towards Masjid Jamek just in time to hear 'Saint' Ambiga's speech. It did its job of firing up the faithful but my thoughts were on the flaccid debate she had with that slick charlatan Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin. I suppose it was better than most public Malaysian debates with Ambiga actually addressing points raised but Khairy intent on building rhetorical strawmen in the hopes that his vague 'misrepresentation' points would be buttressed by obtuseness and slimy grinning bon mots.

Thinking back at the events of the past couple of days culminating in the Bersih rally, what bothers me the most is something Khairy said in his debate with Ambiga. I heard too late about the violence that occurred and was on my way back home to do anything constructive (as if I could do anything constructive...) but what really got my goat was when during the debate, Khairy claimed kinship with Ambiga and the previous Bersih protesters because he too had been tear-gased and arrested. Really?

Don't misunderstand me, Khairy has every right to voice his opinion in a public space (which funnily enough is something that the regime he represents is deathly afraid of and with regards to Bersih 2.0, he had no problem associating his objections with those coming from the most virulent of racists, Perkasa and the like) but what binds people in fellowship are the causes they subscribe to and not the obstacles that are thrown against them.

Remember the police pepper sprayed both protesters and looters. Did you get where I'm coming from Khairy?

In the end, the numbers are not important although my guess is that turnout was huge, surpassing last year's rally, but what the regime fears deep down inside, and this is hinted at by the desperate attempts of their cyber troopers to downplay Bersih 3.0, is what if the so-called silent majority, (those would did not attend Bersih 3.0) feel the same way as those who attended?

It's something that should keep them up at night. Welcome to your nightmare. Malaysiakini


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