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Posted: 10 Jun 2012 10:26 AM PDT
Kerajaan BN meminda Akta Kesalahan Pilihan Raya demi melindungi penipuan yang terdapat dalam daftar pemilih Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR).
Demikian menurut Ahli Parlimen Subang, R Sivarasa apabila ditanya tentang pindaan terhadap seksyen 9A Akta Kesalahan Pilihan Raya 1954 (Pindaan 2002) yang menyebabkan daftar pemilih yang digazetkan tidak boleh dibawa ke mahkamah oleh mana-mana pihak.
"Pada 2002 dalam kes Likas di Sabah, di mana hakim membatalkan keputusan Pilihan Raya Kecil Dewan Undangan Negeri Likas dengan alasan daftar pengundi SPR didapati penuh dengan penipuan.
"Hakim mendapati SPR gagal menyelesaikan isu daftar pemilih dan menganggap SPR cuai dalam menjalankan perkerjaan mereka.
"Selepas itulah kerajaan BN membuat pindaan undang-undang Akta Kesalahan Pilihan Raya supaya daftar pengundi tidak boleh dicabar.
"Kita memang tak boleh terima undang-undang ini kerana mana boleh undang-undang digunakan untuk melindungi penyelewengan seperti mana dalam daftar pemilih SPR itu," ujar beliau yang juga seorang pengamal undang-undang.
Ketika menyentuh ruang tindakan yang ada bagi samada bagi Kerajaan Selangor, parti politik atau orang awam terhadap penipuan dalam daftar pemilih SPR, beliau berkata ruang untuk berbuat demikian masih ada dengan membuat kajian lebih mendalam.
Sivarasa turut menolak pandangan bahawa Kerajaan Negeri tidak boleh mengambil tindakan saman terhadap SPR dan Kerajaan Pusat.
"Dalam isu sekiranya daftar pemilih SPR terbukti tidak bersih, pengundi dan parti politik lebih baik kemukakan saman, tetapi Kerajaan Selangor juga boleh sebab ia berbeza dengan prinsip saman fitnah.
"Kalau dalam saman fitnah memang badan kerajaan tidak boleh kemukakan saman fitnah kepada individu, pengamal media atau mana-mana pihak yang mengkritik badan awam itu," katanya lagi. -selangorku
Seperti yang GB ulas sebelum ini, kita sudah tiada pilihan lain.
Sekarang ini mari sama-sama kita berdoa agar Allah menurunkan pengajarannya kepada SPR, JPN, SPRM, PDRM, JPM dan lain-lain yang melakukan kerja-kerja khianat untuk memenangkan UMNO BN di dalam pilihanraya akan datang.
Setelah tuntutan kita supaya daftar pemilih dibersihkan dan Suruhanjaya Diraja dibentuk untuk menyiasat task-force pemberian Mykad kepada warga asing tidak diindahkan, maka tiada pilihan lain, selain mengadu kepada Allah swt supaya semua perancangan mereka digagalkan dan mereka diberikan pengajaran sewajarnya untuk tidak berlaku khianat kepada rakyat.
Posted: 10 Jun 2012 09:00 AM PDT
Disabled-friendly feature in PJ shortlisted for international award
Friday June 8, 2012
Disabled-friendly feature in PJ shortlisted for international award
By EDWARD R. HENRYedward@thestar.com.my
WALK paths with tact tiles and ramps built around certain parts of
Petaling Jaya aimed at creating a barrier-free environment, has been
shortlisted as a semi-finalist for the
Posted: 10 Jun 2012 08:11 AM PDT
People Progressive Party (PPP) jumped on the Bersih bashing bandwagon today accusing the youths involved for "herd mentality" and not being able to think for themselves.
During PPP Federal Territories convention today, party president M Kayveas claimed that many youths who took part in the mammoth rally for clean and fair elections on April 28 did not understand the rally's cause, saying, "If you ask them why they went, they will say they don't know, they just followed their friends. This is the kind of society we have now. We don't think."
Kayveas blamed this kind of thinking on Pakatan Rakyat, accusing them of instigating the nation's youths and said that previously, students would dutifully play their roles, such as being students.
He alleged that nowadays they are more likely to be engaging in an online smear campaign.
He told some 1,000 delegates, "They wake up, open laptop and slander people... 40 percent of (the country's population) is using social media, but much information they receive on the internet are not true,"
Meanwhile, PPP Federal Territories chairman A Chandrakumanan condemned the Bersih movement for dividing the Malaysians "which have been living in peace for 54 years", saying, "We saw how the demonstrators overturned a police car, set fire to a motorcycle and how they kicked and beat up a policeman in uniform. The opposition is teaching the people how to be violent."
Posted: 10 Jun 2012 07:13 AM PDT
Do not believe me? Watch the video clip, he is truly pissed off with DUMNO. BATU GAJAH: Naib Ketua Pemuda Umno Kampar, Sdr Zamhuri Md Zin hari ini mengisytiharkan dirinya keluar parti dan tidak mahu lagi dikaitkan lagi dengan parti itu.Tindakan tersebut adalah disebabkan parti yang telah memerintah lebih 50 tahun itu gagal menjaga orang Melayu dan tidak lagi releven."Saya hari ini mengisytiharkan keluar Umno setelah lebih 27 tahun bersama parti itu," katanya. Menurutnya, rasuah didalam pertadbiran Barisan Nasional amat berleluasa dan ditahap yang membimbangkan. Source.....
Posted: 10 Jun 2012 08:32 AM PDT
Sekurang-kurangnya dua ahli parlimen dari Sabah sudah mengesahkan keluar dari Barisan Nasional dan menyertai Parti Keadilan Rakyat (KEADILAN), salah satu parti dalam Pakatan Rakyat.
Perkara ini disahkan sendiri Pengerusi KEADILAN Sabah, Ahmad Thamrin Jaini yang mengesahkan perkara itu sebentar tadi.
Dua pemimpin yang dimaksudkan ialah Timbalan Presiden Pertubuhan Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Bersatu (UPKO), Wilfred Bumburing yang juga Ahli Parlimen Tuaran.
Turut dinamakan ialah Ahli Parlimen Beaufort dan Ahli Majlis tertinggi Umno, Lajim Ukin.
Bagaimanapun beliau tidak dapat memberi jaminan samada pengumuman rasmi dapat dibuat malam ini, ekoran penerbangan pesawat Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dari Kuala Lumpur tergendala petang tadi.
"Dua MP ini Confirmed (pasti) akan sertai (KEADILAN). Cuma (tunggu) waktu sahaja, kita tunggu saja lah," katanya kepada Keadilan Daily.
Anwar dijadual tiba di Sabah pada jam 1.40 petang dan dijadual menghadiri dua majlis di Sabah iaitu sambutan perayaan Kaamatan di Kota Belud dan satu Majlis Makan Malam di Kota Kinabalu.
Bagaimanapun penerbangan pesawat beliau ke Kota Belud ditangguh ekoran hujan lebat, sebelum menaiki pesawat ke Labuan untuk tiba ke Kota Kinabalu kira-kira jam 5 petang.
Beliau kini berada di Kompleks Star City, Jalan Asia City untuk menghadiri satu program anjuran Biro Pemahaman dan Pemantapan Agama KEADILAN (BIPPA).
Jam 10 malam nanti, Anwar dijadual bertemu pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat Sabah di lokasi yang sama.
Selain dua ahli parlimen, beberapa lagi tokoh dari Sabah dikatakan akan turut menyertai KEADILAN sepertimana dilapor beberapa blog.
Mereka ialah Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Banggi, Datuk Amir Kahar Tun Mustapha, Naib Presiden Perkasa, Datuk Yahya Lampong, dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif syarikat milik kerajaan negeri, Ibrahim Menudin.
Dengan perkembangan terbaru ini, Barisan Nasional kini hilang lagi dua kerusi, pertambahan kepada pakatan pembangkang setelah satu lagi parti komponennya, Parti Maju Sabah (SAPP) pimpinan bekas Ketua Menteri, Yong Teck Lee mengisytiharkan keluar dari BN dua tahun lalu.
Ia juga menguatkan spekulasi bahawa khidmat Musa Aman sebagai ketua menteri kini terumbang-ambing ekoran gagal memujuk kedua-dua pemimpin berpengaruh yang dikatakan tersingkir dari dicalonkan di parlimen masing-masing.
Sabah mempunyai 25 buah kerusi parlimen yang menjadi sasaran Pakatan Rakyat dalam hasrat menumbangkan Barisan Nasional dari kekuasaan di Putrajaya.
Najib Altantuya sudah tentunya akan lebih tertekan dengan perkembangan terbaru ini kerana belum pernah dalam sejarah Umno-APCO dimalukan sebegitu rupa ekoran tindakan Lajim menyertai Anwar Ibrahim memandangkan beliau salah seorang ahli majlis tertinggi (MT) parti reput itu sehingga kini. -jalanpulang
Posted: 10 Jun 2012 05:33 AM PDT
My Friend sent this good article:
The Myanmar government has declared that they have started the democratization of Myanmar. But the widespread discrimination of Myanmar citizens based on race and religion continues to be ignored or even actively encouraged by government authorities. The military government has a long history of inflaming tensions between Buddhists and Muslims to distract from domestic crises.
Many Muslims have been killed and many mosques have been destroyed in past ethnic riots in cities such as Taung Gyi, Pyay, Taung Goo, Kyauk Se and so on. Moreover, they have published books which provide false representations of Islam and used hateful language towards Islam and Muslims in state media outlets. As a result, many Buddhists today misunderstand Islam and Muslim Myanmars. A very recent happening has proved this. Our government has done it again. They might have masterminded brutal murders using their puppet extremists in RaKhine in an attempt to divert people's attentions from critical problems such as the electricity crisis, the water crisis, the Myitsone dam crisis, extreme poverty and health problems in the country. Whoever is behind this crime must be brought before justice. Our country will never be a prosperous and developed nation with this sick mentality in it's people. Many organisations and media have strongly condemned the massacre of 10 Muslims, including 8 pilgrims, at 3 p.m. on 3 June 2012, by an organized terrorist gang of Rakhines at Taunggote, in southern Arakan State. Taunggote is one of four townships that were defined as Muslim-Free Zones by government decree in 1983. Since then several hundreds of Arakanese Rohingyans (Rakhine Muslims), captured in these regions have been killed by Rakhines, with the involvement of government authorities. In this case, the victims were on their way from Tachan Pai Mosque to Than Dwe for Chila(Jama'at). Rakhine terrorists set upon them at a roadblock and massacred 8 Muslim pilgrims along with the driver and a caretaker. 5 Muslims managed to escape the carnage. The culprits were celebrated by spitting and tossing the wine and alcohol on the dead bodies lying on the road. The names of the 8 murdered pilgrims were: (1) Muhammed Sharief (a) U Ne Pwe (58) NRC No.8/Ta Ka Ta (N) 095548, (2)Muhammed Hanif (a) U Maung Ni (65) NRC No.8/Ta Ka Ta (N) 095530, (3) Shafield Bai (a) U Aye Lwin (52) NRC No.8/Ta Ka Ta (N) 094557, (4) Aslam Bai (a) U Aung Myint (50) NRC No.8/Ta Ka Ta (N) 094557, (5) Balai Bai (a) Tayzar Myint (28) NRC No.8/Ta Ka Ta (N) 189815, (6) Shuaib (a) Tin Maung Htwe (21) NRC No.8/Ta Ka Ta (N) 231084, (7) Salim Bai (a) Aung Bo Bo Kyaw (26) NRC No.14/Ma La Na (N) 231084, (8) Lukman Bai (a) Za Nyi Nyi Htut (33) NRC No.14/Ma La Na (N) 148133. The attack was sparked by an incident in May when three men, two of whom were allegedly Muslim, raped and murdered an Arakanese woman. But last year, one Myanmar Buddhist raped and murdered one Japanese lady on her visit to Myanmar and at that time all were silent. When The Voice journal posted pictures of the rally on Tuesday in Rangoon, online comments took a virulent Islamophobic turn as some users issued slurs and threats towards the country's Muslim community on the publication's Facebook page. "Feed them a pig's d***," commented one user on a photo posted on The Voice's Facebook page. "We should either kill all the Kalars in Burma or banish them, otherwise Buddhism will cease to exist," said another user. Gruesome photographs of the victims of the attack have also begun circulating on the web and have attracted their fair share of negative comments as well. "Kalar" is used to describe perceived outsiders within the country, especially individuals with dark skin, but the term often carries a pejorative tone. In the Myanmar edition of the New Light of Myanmar newspaper and Myanmar TV today, the victims of the sectarian attack were referred to as "Kalar" instead of Muslims. In recent months anti-Rohingya, (Rakhine Muslims) propaganda has been carried out by Rakhine extremists and xenophobes inside and outside of Myanmar harping on the old tune, "Rohingya is not a nationality in Myanmar, they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh" with intent to exterminate them ultimately. Surprisingly, these organized efforts have been carried out in line with the recent statements of some ministers and authorities of the ruling government. Nevertheless, the rejection of Rohingya coupled with continued persecution and 'Rakhine terrorism' against them indicates a serious early warning sign of genocide in Rakhine State. The government is fully responsible for law and order situation in the whole country. It should not make the Muslims scapegoats. It has full responsibility to protect the rights, honour and dignity of all citizens. Meanwhile, we reiterate that Arakan is a diverse society with two major peoples of Muslim Rohingyas and Buddhist Rakhines. We believe that 'peaceful co-existence' among all the peoples of Arakan and Burma is imperative for the restoration of democracy, promotion of human rights and perpetuation of peace and prosperity in the country. It is high time, for all compatriots, to actively pursue a policy of peace and reconciliation and work in unison for the future of the country and for generations to come. We demand that the ruling government of U Thein Sein immediately conduct an impartial, comprehensive investigation and take exemplary action against the culprits in the interest of peace and security in the region. The peaceful co-existence of Muslims and Buddhists in Myanmar and also in Rakhine state has been deliberately subverted by successive Myanmar rulers whether they are army or not. Ethnic minorities' rights have been openly attacked in Myanmar for decades. We urge upon the international community including the UN, OIC, EU, ASEAN, the USA and other governments of the world, international human rights organisations and NGOs to put strong pressure on the ruling Myanmar government for the protection and security of life, property, dignity and the honour of Muslims and all minorities in Myanmar.
Posted: 10 Jun 2012 06:03 AM PDT
Isu kontrak bernilai RM30.8 juta yang melibatkan syarikat Istijuara Sdn Bhd milik anak Menteri Pembangunan Wilayah dan Kesejahteraan Bandar, Datuk Seri Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin akan dibawa ke sidang Parlimen.
Demikian menurut Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Anwar kepada TVS ketika ditemui di Dewan Sivik MBPJ, Petaling Jaya semalam.
"Nilainya RM30.8 juta, tender terus kepada syarikat bernama Istijuara Sdn Bhd, ini tentunya timbulkan banyak persoalan, tetapi kita akan bawa ke parlimen, tentunya," katanya.
Menurut Nurul Izzah, isu ini akan dibawa ke parlimen kerana ia menyentuh kepentingan dana kerajaan dan rakyat negara ini.
"Tentunya perkara sebegini yang kita mahu elakkan dalam bercakap tentang reformasi politik, reformasi mengembalikan ekonomi demi rakyat, bukan untuk segelintir kroni dan anak-anak mereka," katanya lagi.
Sebelum ini, beberapa blog dan media portal melaporkan pada 2010, Kementerian Belia dan Sukan menganugerahkan kontrak bernilai RM30.8 juta kepada Istijuara bagi projek memasang dan menyelenggara kelengkapan latihan di Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara (IKBN) Bandar Penawar, Johor.
Anak perempuan Raja Nong Chik, Raja Farhana Raja Nong Chik, merupakan pemilik kepada Istijuara.
Disertakan beberapa dokumen rasmi sebagai bukti, Istijuara juga dikatakan hanya diberikan surat tawaran projek setelah projek tersebut hampir siap sepenuhnya pada Ogos 2010, sedangkan projek itu telah diberikan pada 2006 lagi. -selangorku
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Posted: 10 Jun 2012 04:20 AM PDT
Breaking News ..200 Rohingyas were killed and 30 villages burnt including five mosques in Maungdaw, Northern Arakan of Burma
8th June 2012
After Friday congregation, at about 2 pm. while a group of Muslims were trying to join a payer at Kayandan Islamic propagation centre (Tabligh Centre) for those 10 Muslims who were murdered by Rakhine extremists at Taunggup on 3 June 2011, the security forces tried to stop them and then started firing at the crowd killing at least two people and injuring many others. At 2:30 p.m. two young Rohingyas who were returning home after Friday prayer from Maungdaw Central Mosque were seriously beaten by police. One of them whose hand was broken was released after sometime while the other who received head injury was still in police custody. His condition is still unknown. News update
9 June 2012:
Armed security forces with Rakhine extremist equipped with lethal arms were roaming Maungdaw towns and surrounding villages. This morning 4 Rohingyas were carried away from Fayazi village of Maungdaw. Their whereabouts is known.
According to a report, "Nasaka security forces and police are the killers. The Rakhine extremists joined them and reining hell on Rohingya. Because of the curfew no one dares to go out, and at the absence of witness Rakhine extremists set fire on houses, village after village. If anyone comes out from the fire, he/she gets a bullet or two or more. No witness, no proof. Natala villagers and Rakhine extremists have been supplied guns as well, but no one may prove it. In the mean time, racist monks are busy with media supplying fabricated news. These tragic events have been well planned in advance." At midnight (8/6/12) the Hlun Htein forces from Ngakura village accompanied by the extremists from the Rakhine village of San Oo Rwa (Hatipra) attacked the Rohingya villagers of the same village killing one person injuring 3 others. The dead body was carried away by the killers.
Last night groups of armed forces with Buddhist Rakhine extremists went to the Rohingya villages. They opened fire to the Muslim houses. When the inmates left their homes the Rakhine extremists set on fire. Many houses in several villagers have been reported burnt into ashes. Many people were killed and several others injured. The villages of Hatalia, Sommonia, Razarbil, Kayandan and San Oo are among those which were attacked.
Since yesterday the Buddhist monks and Rakhine extremists escorted by security forces were announcing 'War on Kalas, (war on Rohingyas) along the street of Maungdaw. This message was spread like a wild fire all over Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships. Many security forces dressed in civil clothes but with arms are firing the Rohingyas.
An estimated 100 Rohingyas were killed. As dead bodies were not handed over to the relatives or villagers. Exact number of death could not be confirmed. Some estimate that the number of death could exceed 200 Rohingyas. Hundreds of injured Rohingyas are lack of treatment. Thousands of people were deprived of food and water as Police, military, and Hlon Htin block them. At about 12: 25 P.M. Deputy Home Minister accompanied by U Aung Zaw Win (USDP- MP) arrived at Maungdaw. They are reportedly discussing with local leaders on the situation. The details of the discussion are still not known.
Posted: 10 Jun 2012 03:38 AM PDT
belonged to the Konbaung dynasty, a line of rulers known as 'Kings who rule the Universe' and treated as demi-gods by their subjects. In November 1885, after his defeat in a war against Britain, King Thibaw, along with the heavily pregnant Queen Supayalat, their very young daughters, and the king's junior wife, Queen Supayagalae, were exiled to India. Here, in the remote town of Ratnagiri, they lived for over 30 years.
The family had been permitted to carry some of their jewellery and for several years was able to supplement their government pension by the furtive sale of these items. But as they ran out of their valuable possessions, the once proud and uncompromising king wrote endless letters to the British government requesting a larger allowance, better accommodation, and most poignantly, for the right to be addressed as His Majesty instead of His Highness.
In addition to being stripped of his power and wealth, and being transplanted from the land he once ruled to a culturally alien corner of the world, the king, and the rest of the family, were kept under virtual imprisonment.
The princesses, too, were not allowed to interact freely with the residents of Ratnagiri. So they lived, attended to by an army of servants and assistants, until all of the princesses were in their thirties. By this time, two of them had fallen in love with 'highly unsuitable' men.
The king died, broken-hearted, in December 1916. His junior queen, Queen Supayagalae, had died a few years before him. In 1919, Queen Supayalat and her daughters were permitted to return to Rangoon. The queen wished to carry back with her the coffins of the king and the junior queen for entombment in Mandalay, and she made many desperate representations for this. But the British government was very nervous of the repercussions of permitting her to do so.
Until the time of her departure, the coffins had lain in a temporary structure within the 27-acre family compound. The government now constructed a tomb in Ratnagiri, not far from the compound, and insisted that both coffins be transferred to it. It also pressured the queen to sign a declaration to the effect that she had understood that this was a permanent entombment, and that the government would entertain no further discussion on the subject.
The royal family returned to Burma in 1919. The king's eldest daughter, Ashin Hteik Su Myat Phaya Gyi (rechristened the First Princess by the British), came back a year later to Ratnagiri with her daughter, Tu Tu, because Ratnagiri was where her companion and Tu Tu's father lived.
When the First Princess died in June 1947, she was cremated and the ashes were stored in a wooden box in the Ratnagiri Treasury, pending a decision as to whether they should be entombed in India or Myanmar. Both countries were on the cusp of their independence at the time of her death, and the governments exchanged numerous memos on whether all three royal remains should be shifted to and entombed in Burma.
However, it appears the matter just slipped through the cracks of the system — both governments had much more pressing issues on hand. The royal remains remained where they were including, unfortunately, the First Princess's, which had never even been deposited in her tomb in Ratnagiri, built right next to that of her father's. (A small square aperture — made for the insertion of her ashes at a later date — is to this day unsealed.)
When they were growing up, the Fourth Princess had repeatedly told her children that the mortal remains of King Thibaw and Queen Supayagalae had been forcibly entombed without the necessary tharanagaon ceremony accorded to Burmese Buddhists after their death.
A sense of deep indignation and regret was shared by all King Thibaw's descendants and by many others in Burma who were aware of this omission. King Thibaw, after all, had been regarded as a demi-god during his reign. And monarchy, as an institution, had been a cherished one, valued to the extent that, according to the noted Burmese historian, Thant Myint-U, a sense of dislocation and aimlessness permeated Burmese society for several decades after King Thibaw's deposition, because a British-occupied Burma with no king was an incomprehensible break from the past.
Even today, particularly in rural areas, stories of the royal family and a sentiment for the monarchy continue to resonate with the people.
Over the years, King Thibaw's grandchildren made several attempts to visit Ratnagiri, but it was only in December 1993 that they were able to make a trip, and were finally able to perform the tharanagaon ceremony.
Although they and many in Myanmar (as Burma was called from 1989) felt that the remains of the royal family of Myanmar belong in Myanmar, there was nothing any of them could do about it at the time. Using the opportunity of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's recent visit to Myanmar, King Thibaw's great grandson, U Soe Win, has sent him a letter requesting, on behalf of King Thibaw's descendants, permission to carry all the three royal remains to Myanmar. He has approached his own government for similar permission.
Better connectivity between India and Myanmar has been stressed during the Prime Minister's recent visit. This, it has been said, is not only to facilitate trade between the two countries, but also to enable easier people-to-people interaction. Aung San Suu Kyi, who the Prime Minister also met, has been quoted as saying "true friendship between the countries can be based only on friendship between our peoples".
Although many issues of great importance to both countries have been discussed and MoUs have been signed, perhaps another issue, neither pressing nor economically important, could be looked at to win the hearts of the people of Myanmar: our government should seriously consider granting its permission for the return of the royal remains.
Sudha Shah, is the author of The King in Exile: The Fall of the Royal Family of Burma, which is to be published by HarperCollins India in mid-June 2012.
Posted: 10 Jun 2012 07:44 AM PDT
Posted: 10 Jun 2012 04:07 AM PDT
Tiada lagi alunan mendayu Cinta Hampa mahupun Oh Di Mana daripada Sam berikutan kematian vokalis utama kumpulan D'lloyd itu, pagi semalam.
Sam, yang nama sebenarnya Syamsuar Hashim, 64, mengidap penyakit jantung dan kanser paru-paru yang dirahsiakan selama ini, menghembuskan nafas terakhir di Rumah Sakit Cempaka Putih, Jakarta, Indonesia, sekitar jam 9.15 pagi waktu Malaysia.
Berita kematian Allahyarham dimaklumkan kepada Metro Ahad oleh sahabatnya, komposer Richard Kyoto yang turut menziarahi jenazah Sam di kediaman kakaknya sebelum dikebumikan di Tanah Kuasir, Jakarta. Richard, komposer lagu Kasih, menyifatkan sahabatnya itu seorang yang memendam rasa kerana di sebalik wajahnya yang sentiasa senyum, ramai di kalangan ahli keluarga, teman dan peminat tidak menyedari penyakit kanser paru-paru Allahyarham sudah di peringkat serius.
"Saya terkejut apabila diberitahu penyakit kanser Allahyarham sudah sampai tahap empat. Hairannya bila bertemu, beliau tidak pernah menceritakan perihal penyakitnya itu. Sedih saya mengenangkannya tetapi bersyukur dapat menziarahi jenazahnya," katanya.
Kumpulan D'lloyd turut dianggotai Bartje Van Houten selaku pemain gitar dan ketua kumpulan, Yuhanny Fatmarida Susilo, Chairul Daud, Candra Casmala dan Ucep Tekol. Lagu lain dipopularkan D'lloyd seperti Keagungan Tuhan, Oh Tak Mungkin dan Semalam Di Malaysia.
Di kalangan anggota D'lloyd, Sam dilihat agak misteri kerana statusnya yang hidup membujang. Bagaimanapun, kata Richard, seingatnya Allahyarham pernah berkahwin dengan seorang perempuan Singapura tetapi jodoh tidak panjang dan mereka juga tidak dikurniakan zuriat.
D'lloyd yang ditubuhkan pada 1969, antara kumpulan muzik berpengaruh di rantau ini pada era 1970-an, julung kali mengadakan konsert di Kuala Lumpur pada 1978 di Stadium Negara. Sekitar awal 1990-an, Harian Metro membawa D'lloyd untuk satu persembahan khas manakala konsert terakhir D'lloyd di sini, pada 6 hingga 8 Mei tahun lalu di Istana Budaya melalui persembahan Semalam Di Malaysia, bergandingan dengan Datuk Ahmad Jais.
Ketika sidang akhbar, Sam membuatkan pihak media terharu apabila dia tiba-tiba sebak hingga mengalirkan air mata. Kesedihan itu diperjelaskan Sam betapa jiwanya tersentuh mengenang walau sudah setengah abad peminat di Malaysia masih mengagumi D'lloyd.
Apa yang pasti air mata Sam itu, petanda salam perpisahan kepada peminat Malaysia untuk tidak bertemu kembali. -MA
Posted: 10 Jun 2012 02:20 AM PDT
Last week Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr told Radio Australia that his government would monitor democracy and human rights in Burma. Of course, this is welcome news, but the Australian government needs to be mindful of a new dynamic of human rights violations in Burma. The current peace building initiatives between the government and ethnic armed groups in Burma are not enough anymore; ethno-religious and inter-communal relations must be taken seriously in order not to derail the current political reform. For human rights abuses and violence are committed not only by the state but also by different ethno-religious groups against each other. Racism and racial profiling in the media deserve careful attention, and the transnational nature of fostering ethno-religious intolerance as part of the new dynamic of human rights need to be addressed.
As I was writing this piece, communal riots just broke out in Maungdaw district in Arakan State. Breaking news came quickly, indicating that 'Bengali' [the term the media and the public now use for Rohingya minority group] have burned ethnic Rakhine houses in various villages, and have killed at least 6 people. The President's Office also released information on the event, while a senior official from the President's Office has been updating his Facebook status. My reading of his status messages is that the country's national security is in great danger, and that the state is on alert for effective actions.
The mainstream media has been reporting that a mob of many hundred 'Bengalis' started the incident, storming houses, burning down villages, and killing people.
Only very rare alternative information have made its way to the public, saying that the Muslims returning from Friday prayer were mistaken by the police to be rioting and therefore were shot. The initial tension was between the Rohingya and the police, and the riot spread from this. Some other alternatives indicate that the state security forces have been the perpetrators against Rohingya. Both sides are giving consistent information of their own, but independent confirmation is unavailable so far. In this contribution to New Mandala, I will illustrate the recent history of the riots.
I have already noted on New Mandala about some Arakan's [Rakhine's] racist campaign against Rohingya on social media websites, mostly Facebook. I also noted that it is open and public and that it has a genocidal tendency.
On 3 June 2012, this campaign turned really ugly. A mob of 300 Rakhines, Buddhists from Tounggout Township in Arakan State, stopped a bus and beat to death 11 persons traveling to Yangon. Ten were Muslim travelers, one of whom was a woman who was sexually assaulted before being killed. One other Buddhist was killed as he was mistaken for a Muslim. None of the victims were Rohingyas whom Arakan called 'illegal' immigrants from Bangladesh. This incident frustrated the country's Muslim population that felt even more insulted when the state media referred to the victims as Muslim 'Kalar'. This is a derogatory term used for Muslims, those of South Asian descent, or "black-skinned, undesirable aliens", as Dr Maung Zarni has noted.
This massacre was said to be a response to the rape-murder of a 26-year- old Arakan woman on 28 May 2012, allegedly by three Muslim men. But the story is much more complicated.
The ongoing campaign and the media
As I noted in my earlier New Mandala post, the anti-Rohingya campaign began with intensity in November 2011. As the campaign continued, the unclear, confusing and even non-sense ethno-religious categories such as Rohingyas, Burmese Muslims, 'Kalar', 'Muslim race,' and 'Islamic race' became even more blurred. With such confusion, the common target became anything 'Kalar': Muslims, Rohingyas, South Asians, Islam.
The campaign also started representing Burmese Muslims [i.e. Muslims in Burma, or Burmese citizens of Islamic faith] as foreigners who came to Burma during colonial times only to take advantage of the country. The spreading discourses of racism increasingly deny and undermine the long political history of Burmese Muslims.
Then came two incidents within two weeks of the byelection in April 2012. A mob led by Buddhist monks and members of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League fpr Democracy demolished a mosque in Hpakant, Kachin state. At the same time, another mosque in Magwe Region, central Burma, was demolished by a mob that also destroyed the homes of local Muslims and looted their properties. Initially, this was part of business competition between Win Naing, a Member of the Parliament from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, and Muslim business families (particularly one extended family). The MP, losing previously monopolised ferry business contracts, instigated a religious riot so that he and his colleagues could take back business licenses from the Muslim family (ferry business, taxation and so on). Law enforcement officers were simply watching as the riots took place.
The country's Muslim population was frustrated since the mainstream media was completely silent on these attacks. Myanmar News Now (MNN), a single person-run website, but a very popular one, published a news report indicating it as a daylight "robbery" by a mob. Unclear reports confused people who thought that about 300 Muslims violently looted and destroyed the properties of local people. Anti-Muslim messages sprung up on Facebook accusing Muslims such as the quote below.
"How come the so-called democratic government is not doing anything when these Kalar came to our country and insulted us like that?"
Myanmar Muslim Students and Youth (MMSY) sent a complaint letter to the media both in Burma and in exile, and the Burmese media started reporting on the incident. Though, it is unclear whether the action of the media has anything to do with the letter. Nonetheless, usage of 'Kalar' by the media (particularly by one media organisation) upset the Muslims.
Being misinformed, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi commented on Radio Free Asia's Burmese Service telling the people not to fight with each other. This added to Burmese Muslims' humiliation as they did not fight, but are being attacked and insulted because they are left unprotected. No other pro-democracy activists, human rights advocates, and politicians condemned the attacks.
Transnational campaign: Who is involved?
Hostilities against ethnic Rohingyas and Burmese Muslims are not new. They were rooted in dictator Ne Win's time since the 1970s. But the current racist campaign is distinct from the past. It is not simply a state-sponsored project anymore. As Chris Lewa from Arakan Project noted on Radio Australia, it is difficult to say that the government is behind the current campaign.
The campaign now is a public and transnational movement orchestrated openly on social media websites. Thousands of people from the Burmese diaspora in Australia, US, Canada, UK and other European countries have joined this campaign. These participants include some pro-democracy and human rights activists who migrated to these countries as refugees and asylum seekers. Many are now citizens of these countries.
Some comments and self-published articles speak of such murderous language as killing all 'Kalar'. Some blame dictator Than Shwe for not eradicating all Rohingyas and Muslim populations from the country. Insulting messages using bad languages and sexually sensitive words are quite common. The followings are two examples that are less inappropriate to illustrate the point here.
The campaign is so severe that such comments and postings have been littered on thousands of Facebook walls and pages. Thousands of Burmese-speaking Facebook users are exposed to them every single day. Many Facebook groups such as "Kalar Beheading Gang" appeared one after another. While it is possible to report abuse to Facebook, there were few Burmese Muslim Facebook users who would report to Facebook. Even when they did successfully, new groups keep appearing frequently. The campaign looks very cheap, but it goes on.
Surprisingly, some of Burma's famous film directors and celebrities are also involved. Director Cho Tu Zal who is seeking asylum (?) in the US is at the forefront of the campaign. He has 5,000 friends and more than 2,000 subscribers on his Facebook account; many hundreds support and re-distribute his anti-Rohingya and nationalist postings.
Similarly, a top film star named Min Maw Kun referred to Rohingyas, in a recent traditional staged sitcom, as black-skinned, big-belly, and hairy "Kalar" who marry many Burmese women. Maung Myo Min, one of the most popular film directors in Burma, directed the sitcom, which is available on Youtube and shared on Facebook. The star's portrayal of Rohingyas resembled a comment by Burmese Consul-General to Hong Kong, Ye Myint Aung, who said in 2009 that Rohingyas were "ugly as ogres".
While Buddhism is known to be a peaceful religion, some relatively junior monks are at the forefront of the campaign. One monk in particular is Ashin Wirathu, who was responsible for 2003 religious riots in Kyautse, central Burma. He is known for preaching extremism in the name of protecting 'race and religion', including his call for mandatory Buddhist education in all educational institutions. Without any statistical data, he accused Muslims for committing more rapes than members of other faiths. His extremism led the critics to call him the "Taliban Monk".
Other junior monks studying Buddhism in Sri Lanka and elsewhere are also spreading made-up stories such as the one in which Muslim men forcefully marry Buddhist men's wives. Respected and senior monks in the country have been trying to stop the campaign, but it continues. To my knowledge, similar stories [and short Facebook comments] are being written and distributed by so-called right activists based in the US, UK and Canada. These accounts are stirring people's anger and reinforcing the idea that Kalar are trying to take over the Buddhist nation.
Although there is no single organisation or individual formally leading the campaign, the campaign's patrons are Arakan nationalists such as Dr. Aye Chan from Kanda University of International Studies in Japan, the late Dr. Aye Kyaw from the United States and historian Khin Maung Saw based in Germany. Dr. Aye Chan's infamous book about the ethnic Rohingya was titled Influx Viruses: The Illegal Muslims in Arakan.
Campaigns against Rohingya and Muslims on social media have existed since the Internet became available in Burma in 1999. But these intensified in November 2011 when Cho Tu Zal (allegedly the first person to do so) highlighted BBC's 2010 article on Rohingya.
While Rohingya activists have been consistently lobbying western governments for support, Burmese Muslims, with few exceptions, have been silent on the racist campaign. Although frustrated and humiliated, they hoped that it would fade away sooner or later as democratic reform proceeds and that the reform would allow them to address the issue through the parliamentary process. The lack of action is partly because the Muslims are politically too weak and immobilized during the past decades.
While Islamophobia is growing in the country partly as a result of state-sponsored campaign against Muslims in the past three or four decades, the Muslim communities have failed to reach out to the Buddhist majority and foster better relations or address the majorities' concerns. Moreover, the Muslims have not been able to address the issue of confusing South Asian cultural traditions with Islamic religion, which helps sustain the majority's view of Muslims as aliens. While politico-religious extremism is not an issue, the communities have not been able to address the Muslims' hypersensitivity to issues such as handling pork or address everyday community relations, in which Muslims appear ill behaved. Emerging youth groups have been trying, but their actions have been ineffective due to the lack of financial and human resources.
Most importantly, perhaps, although Burmese Muslims do not seem to be enthusiastic about supporting Rohingyas' status as an ethnic group of Burma, they are not able to make visible the distant between themselves and the Rohingya, as they doubt that anti-Rohingya campaign is also an anti-Muslim one. In other words, the idea of Muslim brotherhood is not relevant to the relationship between Rohingyas and Burmese Muslims; they are not completely antagonistic to each other either. Likewise, although religiously motivated terrorism is not a significant issue in Burma, the Muslim communities have been unable to act on some Rohingya groups that have been accused of having connections with Al-Qaida. The Muslims communities are politically too immobilized to do the tasks anyway. This has an important implication on the relationship between the Buddhist majority and Muslim minority.
On the part of Rohingya activists, their insistence on the group being an official ethnic group of the country only sustains backlash from Rakhines and majority Burmese. They have not taken on the so-called 'illegal' immigration, making the majority Burmese to insist on immigrants and Burma-born Rohingya being the same. In short, the meddling of ethnicity, religion, 'illegal' immigration and citizenship has been left unaddressed.
There are politicians, activists, and journalists from Muslim communities who are working within the mainstream. When the mainstream completely ignores them in times of need, the Muslims find themselves too paralyzed: they have no representatives to act on their behalf nor do they have their own leaders, organizations/parties, or media. Realizing that the mainstream political movement is only inattentive to their needs, Burmese Muslims started responding to the racist campaign after the April incidents. Some predicted that sectarian violence would break out soon if the media and mainstream political organizations did not control the racist campaign. Their cry for help, however, only falls on deaf ears: the media and human right activists assumed that the campaign on Facebook was not worth addressing.
Yet, the campaign has already redefining political spaces, citizenship and inter-communal relations manifested in the 3 June 2012 massacre, which was a strong reaction to a rape-murder case of a 26-year-old woman in Rambre Township.
Triggering public anger
What actually triggered public anger? It may have been racial profiling by the ethnic Arakan news agency, Narinjara, established in 2005. When the rape incident took place, the agency published news identifying the accused with their Islamic faith. In its Burmese language news, the incident was presented as if Muslims [read aliens] were threatening local people, and now they have raped and brutally killed a woman. The words – Muslims, Kalar, Islam – were repeatedly used in its news reports. The news spread and people started talking about it in terms of Kalar and "Lu Myo Char [i.e. different race/people or alien] insulting our woman".
Interestingly, Naranjara and Facebook users started talking about the accused rapists as Kalars even when the backgrounds of the accused were still unclear. Information from alternative sources shows that the main accused's father was born into a Buddhist Rakhin family, but a Muslim couple adopted him after his parents abandoned him at birth. However, his father and the couple died. He became a spoiled kid with a criminal record showing multiple violations. Whether he practiced Islam or not, and his 'Rakhin-ness' [if so] were not considered. Instead, news reports portrayed the case as an insult by Kalar. I have not noticed The Narinjara or other agencies specifically blaming Rohingya for the crime. (Note: I do not seek any identification of ethnicity with criminal activities. My intention here is only to point out racial profiling).
As the news spread, genocidal comments also appeared one after another such as the one below.
Ignoring the complaints from Muslim groups and individuals, the agency continued publishing news in similar fashions until 2 June 2012 (a total of five news reports). Initial erratic reporting of the victim's age as 16-years-old (instead of 26-years-old) contributed to stirring people's anger dramatically.
On 3 June 2012, the angry mob at Taunggot stopped a bus and killed 11 people [There are reports saying that the culprits were not local residents. Some were holding communication devices that are normally used by security officers]. Surprisingly, although this massacre humiliated many Burmese (Muslims and non-Muslims alike), there are still many who openly justify the violence. Some Facebook users even offer money to those whoever would rape and kill Muslims in Arakan State. It should be noted, though, that it is still unclear to what extent the Facebook campaigns and comments actually fed into the communal riots.
A new issue emerges
As the country tries to address the issue, another problem has been introduced: citizenship. Burmese Muslims are being treated as second-class citizens and the discourses of racism are increasingly portraying them as Lu Myo Char [different race/people]. When the massacre took place on 3 June 2012, the state run media referred to the victims as "Muslim Kalar". When Muslims in Yangon protested against it, the Information Department corrected its usage to "Members of the Islamic faith who are living in the country". This raises a question of whether the state recognizes Muslims as citizens. An open letter, submitted to President Thein Sein by Burmese Muslim Associations, raised the concern that the state media's new usage downplays their citizenship status and that "living in the country" only signifies their "guest" status. [The complicated identity crisis of Burmese Muslims, now Myanmar Muslims, has a long history in Burma. I hope to contribute this topic to NM in the future.]
As these issues pre-occupied the Burmese home and abroad, the government has established an investigation committee for the 3 June 2012 massacre. Five major Islamic organizations in Burma have issued a joint statement, urging Muslims to calm down and not to protest. The Muslims in the country seem calm.
On 8 June 2012, however, riots broke out in Maungdaw district, which is a Rohingya majority area. Previously idle media organisations started distributing breaking news. Weekly Eleven, a Yangon based-agency, for example, that completely silent on anti-Muslim riots in April and the 3 June 2012 massacre has been posting breaking news every minute.
Campaigners started distributing information associating Rohingya with terrorists, and speculating that foreign interventions (including from Bangladesh) are behind the scene. In the evening, leaders of influential 88 Generation Students declared that Rohingya is not an ethnic group of Burma. The government has issued Curfews in Maungdaw and Buthitaung (another Rohingya area) in Arakan State. Some fear that the military government is returning to power in the name of 'keeping the country together'.
To summarise, the above chronology of the 3 June 2012 massacre illustrates that violence cannot be limited to state abuses. Instead, any attention to human rights issues in Burma needs to be serious about racism, inter-ethnic and religious relations, the role of the media and its code of conduct, transnational racist campaign on social media websites, and finally citizenship issues. The Rohingya problem has already troubled both Burma and its neighbors near and afar.
If the Australian government engages with Burma on human rights issues, the very first step, requiring minimal effort, will be to get Burmese-Australian citizens off the racist campaign who are one way or another fostering racial and religious intolerance in Burma. The next step is to support peace education programs through Australian educational institutions in order to foster critical understanding of issues involving ethnicity/identities, migration, conflict, nation-building, and citizenship. This educational support must be available to the general public, but not be limited to scholarships designed for few of the country's brightest and most privileged. Finally, the government should initiate and support offices that can effectively monitor human right cases and ensure the prosecution of perpetrators.
Sai Latt is a PhD candidate in Canada.
Posted: 10 Jun 2012 01:30 AM PDT
Here's a beautiful senior moment....
An arrogant and self-absorbed college freshman attending a football game took it upon himself to explain to a senior citizen sitting next to him that it was impossible for the older generation to understand, let alone appreciate, his generation.
'You grew up in a different world, actually an almost primitive one,' the student said, loud enough for many of those nearby to hear. 'The young people of today are much more advanced than people your age. We grew up with television, jet planes, space travel, man walking on the moon and the Internet. We have cell phones, nuclear energy, electric and hydrogen cars, computers, automated manufacturing, amazing technologies, ...and..,' he paused to take another sip of beer...
The Senior took advantage of the break in the student's litany and said, 'You're right, son. We didn't have those things when we were young.....so we invented them. Now, you arrogant little pup, what are YOU doing for the next generation?'
The applause was resounding...
Can I buy that tv?
A blonde goes into a nearby store and asks a clerk if she can buy the TV in the corner.
The clerk looks at her and says that he doesn't serve blondes, so she goes back home and dyes her hair black.
The next day she returns to the store and asks the same thing, and again, the clerk said he doesn't serve blondes.
Frustrated, the blonde goes home and dyes her hair yet again, to a shade of red.
Sure that a clerk would sell her the TV this time, she returns and asks a different clerk this time.
To her astonishment, this clerk also says that she doesn't serve blondes.
The blonde asks the clerk, "How in the world do you know I am a blonde?"
The clerk looks at her disgustedly and says,"That's not a TV -- it's a microwave!"
Two blondes were driving along a road by a wheat field when they saw a blonde in the middle of the field rowing a row boat.
The driver blonde turned to her friend and said "You know - it's blondes like that that give us a bad name!"
To this, the other blonde replies "I know it, and if I knew how to swim, I'd go out there and drown her."
*Posted for laughs with no intention to offend anyone.
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Have a lovely evening!
Posted: 10 Jun 2012 12:42 AM PDT
This is so much better than the FLU jab................:-) I am posting this for laughs with no intention to offend or insult anyone. Have a nice day!
Miss Beatrice, the church organist, was in her eighties and had never been married.
She was admired for her sweetness and kindness.
One afternoon, the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room.
She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea.
As he sat facing her old Hammond organ, the young minister noticed a cute glass bowl sitting on top of it.
The bowl was filled with water, and in the water floated, of all things, a condom!
When she returned with tea and scones, they began to chat.
The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist.
'Miss Beatrice', he said, 'I wonder if you would tell me about this?' pointing to the bowl.
'Oh, yes,' she replied, 'Isn't it wonderful? I was walking through the park a few months ago and I found this little package on the ground.
The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet, and that it would prevent the spread of disease.
Do you know I haven't had the flu all winter'
Posted: 10 Jun 2012 12:39 AM PDT
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