Friday, June 22, 2012

Kisah Seorang Wanita Tua Dengan Seekor Kucing Di Tanah Suci Mekah

Kisah Seorang Wanita Tua Dengan Seekor Kucing Di Tanah Suci Mekah


Kisah Seorang Wanita Tua Dengan Seekor Kucing Di Tanah Suci Mekah

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 11:10 AM PDT

Wanita ini, kerana sudah tua dan uzur, lutut pun lemah dan sentiasa sakit, menggunakan kerusi roda semasa tawaf dan saie. Dia mengupah petugas Arab menolaknya, tujuh kali pusingan tawaf dan tujuh kali berulang alik antara Bukit Safa dan Marwah.

Beliau menunaikan tawaf rukun dan saie saja. Yang sunat tak mampu kerana uzur. Lagi pun wangnya hanya cukup-cukup saja.

Namun, ada satu amalan mulia dimiliki Muslimah ini. Yakni mencontohi sunnah Nabi s.a.w., mengasihani dan menyayangi kucing di desanya.

Dia amat suka memelihara kucing. Di rumahnya banyak kucing. Dia melayan makan dan minum kucing. Dia pungut kucing yang dibuang orang, diberikan makan dan minum, dirawat dan dimandikan dengan sabun wangi.

Walaupun banyak kucing jalanan itu lemah, sakit, kurus kering atau lumpuh, tetap diambilnya untuk dirawat di rumahnya. Ada yang berkudis dan sakit serius. Pendeknya rumahnya menjadi pusat kucing kurap.

Maka terkenal lah rumahnya jadi pusat rawatan kucing. Mana-mana kucing yang mati dikuburkan di kebunnya. Demikian begitu kasih Muslimah ini kepada makhluk Allah yang lemah lembut itu.

Justeru, ada kucing-kucing peliharaannya manja, gemuk dan sihat, serta cantik-cantik belaka, berkat khidmatnya, yang ikhlas.

Tahun itu beliau berangkat, menunaikan haji dengan menggunakan perkhidmatan Tabung Haji. Gembira dan sayu nian kalbunya, kerana hajatnya untuk ke Tanah Suci, solat di Masjidilharam dan melihat Baitullah di depan mata sudah terkabul sudah.

Ingin di hatinya untuk tawaf banyak-banyak seperti orang muda dan sihat. Tetapi apakan daya, lututnya sakit manakala badan uzur. Setelah solat fardu sentiasalah beliau memanjatkan doa dan pertolongan Allah, agar hajatnya dimakbulkan.

Pada suatu hari, semasa hendak pergi solat di Masjidilharam dengan keadaan bertongkat, beliau terjumpa seekor kucing yang kurus, comot, lemah dan lapar.

Apabila kucing itu hendak bangun berjalan, ia jatuh berkali-kali. Kasihan nian wanita tua itu melihat makhluk Allah itu menderita dan sengsara di kota suci Makkah.

Lantas diambilnya kucing itu, diurutnya tubuhnya yang lemah itu. Dibelikan sebungkus nasi berlauk dan diberikan minum air zam-zam yang murni.

Dengan takdir Allah, kucing itu pulih dan sihat. Kucing itu telah menggesel kaki Muslimah tadi, lalu menjilat kedua-kedua tapak kakinya. Ajaib sungguh, kaki dan lututnya yang sakit tadi, tiba-tiba menjadi sihat dan kuat, seperti orang muda.

Muslimah tua tadi dapat tawaf sebanyak-banyaknya, ikut suka hatinya. Tertunailah hajat yang terbuku di hatinya selama ini, berkat menolong seekor kucing di Makkah yang mulia itu..


Setelah tawaf wida (selamat tinggal) dan menziarahi Masjid Nabawi, hajah yang solehah tadi berserta rombongannya bersiaplah untuk pulang ke Malaysia.

Sewaktu hendak menaiki tangga pesawat di Jeddah, Muslimah tua tadi terlopong melihat seekor kucing yang mirip kucing yang ditolongnya sewaktu di Makkah dulu.

Kucing itu duduk di sisi tangga pesawat itu sambil matanya merenung sayu padanya. Apabila Muslimah tadi sampai ke anak tangga teratas, kucing tadi ghaiblah daripada pandangannya.

Demikianlah ganjaran dan berkat orang yang mengasihi kucing, seperti Nabi kita s.a.w. mengasihinya di dunia ini, lebih-lebih besarlah pahala menunggunya di alam akhirat nanti. Amin

WallahuA'lam


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Formation of Pasukan Peronda Sukarela Thean Teik, Air Itam

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 08:52 AM PDT

As reported in Guang Min Daily.

黃漢偉:打造安全城市 天德園設巡邏隊拚治安

檳城28日訊)阿依淡區州議員黃漢偉指出,州政府成立自願巡邏隊的目標,就是協助警方改善治安,以打造檳州成為全馬最安全的城市。

他說,阿依淡選區內共擁有三警局,分布在天德園、阿依淡以及甘榜峇魯,但警力有限,需要人民的協助降低罪案率。

他週日晚上出席天德園自願巡邏隊的成立儀式上說,相信巡邏隊的成立,有助改善治安。

此外,黃漢偉也說,自從他中選為該區州議員以來,已積極改善選區內多項民生問題,如天德園的淹水問題。

光大區州議員黃偉益披露,民眾若面對問題,歡迎向任何一名民聯的議員反映,相信民聯議員都會盡力協助。

檳島市議員魏祥敬則贊揚天德園自願巡邏隊隊長楊麗然,他說,楊麗然可說是全檳州首位巡邏隊女隊長,這名巾幗英雄能夠挺身而出為地方上治安做貢獻,是直得欽佩的。

楊麗然說,她感謝各造協助與贊助下,使該隊順利的成立。
所謂,團結就是力量,希望通過地方上民眾的努力下,改善治安問題。


Supporting Arts Activity: 5th National School Chinese Orchestra Music Competition

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 08:49 AM PDT







5th National School Chinese Orchestra Music Competition

As reported in Guang Min.

全國中學華樂合奏賽 黃漢偉:矢邁向國際 州政府推廣藝術檳城


(檳城9日訊)檳州藝術委員會主席黃漢偉指出,檳州要成為國際城市,除了硬體設施要加強,州政府也積極推廣"藝術檳城"概念,包括增設中文路牌、推動華樂活動等,以加強軟體部份。

他週五晚為2012年全國中學華樂合奏賽開幕時,這麼說。

由檳州政府主催、中藝華樂團中心主辦的2012年全國中學華樂合奏比賽,吸引了來自東西馬的13支中學華樂隊報名參賽,上台演奏的學生樂手有近千人。

大會邀請來自中國的張玉明、新加坡的藍營軒及楊標敬擔任賽會評審及點評。評審員異口同聲稱讚學生華樂隊的演奏水平比往年進步,但在音準、節奏及選曲方面需更努力。

進入最後8強的參賽隊伍,其中5隊榮獲最佳榮譽獎。這5隊分別獲得500令吉現金獎和一份檳州政府頒發的榮譽獎狀


黃漢偉:通過報章特刊 記錄檳文化發展底蘊

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 08:41 AM PDT


As reported in Guang Min.
夏令民俗文化營開幕禮 黃漢偉:通過報章特刊 記錄檳文化發展底蘊


(檳城2日訊)針對香港著名文化人梁文道日前指檳城缺一本中文"城市雜誌",難成國際城市,檳州藝術委員會主席黃漢偉說,辦雜誌是文化人的理想,但過程不容易,在還沒有中文雜誌之前,文化愛好者可通過報章文藝特刊或文化團體特刊,記錄檳城文化發展與底蘊。

他指出,雖然籌辦中文城市雜誌不容易,但並非不可能,人民繼續栽培中文專才,繼續撰寫檳城文化故事,為檳城第一本中文城市雜誌的出版奠下良好根基。

籌辦中文城市雜誌不易

他週五出席第三屆夏令民俗文化營開幕禮時指出,喬治市這幾年來文化氣氛漸濃,州政府與各文化團體也合力推動文化活動,如舉辦喬治市慶典、新春廟會,為喬治市街道設中文路牌等,讓人民更認識這座城市,知道它的故事。

該營籌委會主席黃美珠指出,舉辦民俗文化營的目的,是讓年輕一代更瞭解華人傳統文化,以輕鬆生動的方式,教導他們認識自己居住的地方。

她說,今屆三清夏令民俗文化營共吸引50名學生參與,年齡介於13歲至21歲,反應相當不錯。

這項3天2夜的活動由三清慈愛福利會及易學堂聯辦,除了邀請涉及文史、習俗、鄉音、田野研究、美食文化的文化界學者前來講座外,營會也舉辦了古早童玩遊戲、風箏製作、環保製作以及戶外導覽等有趣活動。

出席開幕典禮的嘉賓包括三清慈愛福利會創辦人鄭錦華、《光明日報》高級經理黃喜光、《星洲日報》檳吉玻區高級經理潘友平及該營營長鄭源水等。


Officiating the opening of Pu Hua Tang Temple, Air Itam

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 08:15 AM PDT


黃漢偉(左三)於周日代表首長林冠英,為慧音法苑檳城分苑普華堂重建落成暨開光典禮主持剪綵儀式,左起為海靜法師、日恒法師及文建長老(右三)。

位於亞依淡的普華堂重建落成,耗資約數百萬元。

檳城訊)耗資數百萬經費進行重建計劃終落成,慧音法苑檳城分苑普華堂如今擁有更大的空間,供信徒修持

在今早進行的重建落成儀式上,馬來西亞佛教總會總會長拿督斯里日恒法師也受邀主持地藏菩薩開光大典。檳行政議員兼亞依淡州議員黃漢偉及普華堂住持海靜法師,則一同見證。

普華堂重建計劃的工作包括擴建及裝修大殿,為地藏殿增設兩層樓建築,及增設共5層的第三殿。


黃漢致詞時指出,佛教徒也有責任維持社會公義,及參與及領導社會改革運動。當有者被欺凌或逼害時,佛教徒更需挺身而出。
佛教徒可以以佛教的價值觀去思考社會的各項政策,包括人權平等、資源分配、關懷生命等。"

海靜法師致詞時指出,創建超過50年的普華堂,從1990年開始成為信徒學佛的場地。數十年來,該建築已陳舊不堪,加上信徒人數逐漸增加,必須擴建。

為了使本堂更能發揚佛陀教育,擴充殿堂可說刻不容緩,以便作為推動福利社會、普渡眾生的工作設備。」

她說,擴建建築及增加設備的經費共耗資數百萬元,幸得信徒及各方協助讓計劃落實。

同時,她說,盡管物資文明突飛猛進,但人類的精神文明相對減弱。此時,有賴於堅定及理智的宗教信仰,作為人類精神及社會道德的引導。
  
「正確宗教信仰,是人生旅程指示碑,智慧的泉源及力量的總匯。一個具有正確崇高信仰的人,不但敢於面對現實,擔當任何厄難,更沖破環境的枷鎖及重重黑幕,而抵達燦爛的明天。」


Midnight Flatulence

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 08:00 AM PDT

THE MAN WITH A PASSION

Once upon a time, there lived a man who had a terrible passion for baked beans. He loved them, but they always had an embarrassing and somewhat lively effect on him.

One day he met a girl and fell in love. When it became apparent that they would marry, he thought to himself, she'll never go through with the marriage with me carrying on like this, so he made the supreme sacrifice and gave up beans. Shortly after that they were married.

A few months later, on the way home from work, his car broke down and since they lived in the country, he called his wife and told her that he would be late because he had to walk. On his way home, he passed a small cafe and the wonderful aroma of baked beans overwhelmed him. Since he still had several miles to walk he figured he could walk off any ill effects before he got home.

So he went in and ordered, and before leaving had 3 extra large helpings of baked beans. All the way home he putt-putted. By the time he arrived home he felt reasonably safe.

His wife met him at the door and seemed somewhat excited. She exclaimed, "Darling, I have the most wonderful surprise for you for dinner tonight!" She put a blindfold on him, and led him to his chair at the head of the table and made him promise not to peek.

At this point he was beginning to feel another one coming on. Just as his wife was about to remove the blindfold, the telephone rang. She again made him promise not to peek until she returned, and away she went to answer the phone.

While she was gone, he seized the opportunity. He shifted his weight to one leg and let go. It was not only loud, but also ripe as a rotten egg. He had a hard time breathing, so he felt for his napkin and fanned the air about him.

He had just started to feel better, when another urge came on. He raised his leg and RRIIIPPPP !!! It sounded like a diesel engine revving, and smelled worse. To keep from gagging, he tried fanning his arms a while, hoping the smell would dissipate. He got another urge. This was a real blue ribbon winner, the windows shook, the dishes on the table rattled and a minute later the flowers on the table were dead. While keeping an ear tuned in on the conversation in the hallway, and keeping his promise of staying blindfolded, he carried on like this for the next ten minutes, farting and fanning each time with his napkin. When he heard the phone farewells he neatly laid his napkin on his lap and folded his hands on top of it.

Smiling contentedly, he was the picture of innocence when his wife walked in. Apologizing for taking so long, she asked if he had peeked at the dinner table. After assuring her he had not peeked, she removed the blindfold and yelled, "SURPRISE!!!"

To his shock and horror, there were twelve dinner guests seated around the table for his surprise birthday party.


FROM HERE TO MATERNITY

A midwife is walking past the hospital staffroom, when she hears two African doctors talking, "I'm telling you it's wumba: W-U-M-B-A," says the first.

"No. It's woombaa: W-O-O-M-B-A-A," says the second.

"No, no, no. Wumba: W-U-M-B-A," says the first again.

At this the nurse pops her head through the door, "I think you'll find, gentlemen, it's WOMB: W-O-M-B,"

The two doctors look blankly at her, until one of them says, "Madam. I doubt if you've ever even SEEN a water buffalo, let alone heard one fart in a mudpool,".



BATHTIME FUN

A man worked hard all day digging the garden and felt very stiff and sore.

His wife fluttered about him, pleased with the amount of work he had done and anxious to get him to do some more.

"Have a nice soak in the bath and I'll bring you a drink," she suggested smiling.

"Good idea," says the husband looking forward to being waited on

He's in the bath when she comes in with a nice glass of Scotch which he accepts happily

"If there's anything else you'd like just call," says the wife as she leaves the bathroom.

When she got halfway along the landing the husband relaxes completely and lets off an enormous long fart in the bath.

A few minutes later, despite it being a very warm Summer's evening, the wife comes in with a fluffy bed warmer

"What the heck is that for?" asks the husband snappily.

"Oh Darling," says the wife, flustered, "I thought I heard you say, "Whataboutahottawaterbottle."

REVENGE IS SWEET

There once was an old couple who had been married for thirty years.

Every morning the old boy would wake up and give off an enormous fart, much to his long suffering wife's annoyance.

"You'll fart your guts out one of these days," she always complained.

After a particularly bad week the wife decided to have her revenge and got up early, placing some turkey giblets in the bed next to the old boy's arse.

While making breakfast downstairs she heard his usual morning fart reverberate through the floorboards followed by a scream.

Twenty minutes later a rather shaken man came downstairs.

"You was right all along Missus," the old man says, "I finally did fart my guts out, but by the grace of God, and these two fingers, I managed to push 'em back in!"
A LITTLE CULTURE

The teacher asked little Johnny to use the word " definitely " in a sentence.

Little Johnny replies, "Teacher, do farts have lumps in them?"

The Teacher says, "Of course not Johnny,"

To which Johnny replies, "Then I have definitely s**t my pants,".

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A Belch is but a gust of wind
That cometh from the Heart,
But should it take a downward trend,
Turneth into a Fart

RESPECT YOUR ELDERS

Did you hear about the old guy who went to the retirement home?

His kids had the old man in a rest home that was the best money could buy. He even had a pair of orderlies who stood by his side 24 hours a day.

The kids came to visit him and noticed that the oldster would lean to the left and the orderly on that side would straighten him up. When he leaned to the right, that orderly straightened him up.

This went on throughout their visit.

In the course of the conversation, his son asked him how he liked the home.

'The home is fine' said Dad, 'but it is these two lummoxes that give me trouble'.

'How so?' asked the son.

'How so? Every time I lean over to fart, they won't let me!'

Laugh and the world laughs with you; fart and they'll stop laughing.

What's invisible and smells like carrots? Bunny farts.

How can you tell if a woman is wearing pantyhose? If she farts, her ankles swell.

Confucius say, "Man who fart in church sit in own pew."

"Darling," says a husband coyly to his wife, "let's swap positions tonight." "What a good idea," she replies.

"You stand in front of the sink and do the dishes and I'll sit in front of the TV and fart."


Planning for the construction of new building for Qian Nan Primary School

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 07:55 AM PDT





槟州行政议员黄汉伟,丹斯里林玉唐及江锡强等宣布侨南小学新校舍规划图测已获批准。
As reported in Kwong Wah Yit Poh

(槟城19日讯)槟州行政议员兼亚依淡区州议员黄汉伟透露,槟城天德园侨南小学新校舍建设规划图测已于6月12日获得批准,只要建筑图测较后在提呈时也获批准,新校舍即可动工。
侨南小学董事长丹斯里林玉唐希望该校新校舍可于今年内动工建造,并预料建筑工程于1年半至2年内完成。

他预料在该校新校舍规划图测获得批准后,建筑图测将于下月可提呈予槟岛市政局,以寻求获得批准。

黄汉伟及丹斯里林玉唐是于周二在一项新闻发布会上,如此指出。较早,黄汉伟也巡视该校获槟州政府制度化拨款4万令吉完成修建的化粪池。


As reported in Sinchew

僑南小學建新校舍批了‧董事部擬下月呈圖測

(檳城)僑南小學新校舍工程已獲檳島市政局批准,董事部將在下個月提交工程圖測,若申請程序順利,新校舍可在今年內動工、1年半內完工。
該校董事長丹斯里林玉唐說,工程一旦完成,原本不到半英畝的校舍將增至2英畝多,師生會有更大的活動空間。

林玉唐:可加倍接收學生

他說,重建後的僑南小學將擁有5棟3層樓高的校舍、22間普通及特別用途教室及一間大禮堂。待新校舍落成後,僑南可加倍接收學生。

他昨日(19日)陪同阿依淡區州議員黃漢偉巡視該校化糞池維修工程後,向記者宣佈該校的修建新校舍進展。與會者尚有校長、副董事長賴兩興、總務鄭榮興、財政楊金海、董事周福平、梁宗寶、顧問黃輝岩、江錫強、校長曾清月及家協主席王碧宣等。

他吁請州政府及市政局關注該校前面的交通問題,希望當局能加寬道路,避免學生家長與其他公路使用者在上下課時段堵塞在路中。

新校舍工程將分2期進行

僑南小學目前只佔地0.38英畝,全校共400多名學生,教職員30多人。新校舍工程將分2期進行,首期將在學校旁的2.3英畝空地上興建新校舍建築,第二期則是將舊校舍拆掉重建,完工後校地將增至,工程預計耗資逾1千萬令吉。

黃漢偉說,檳市局已於6月12日批下工程的規劃許可證,目前申請程序已進入第二階段,校方可開始向市局提交建築圖測。

黃漢偉:僅獲8.3萬
僑南去年沒申請撥款


黃漢偉說,過去4年,州政府已透過制度化撥款方式,對阿依淡區內的8所華校撥出231萬令吉,其中僑南小學獲得8萬3千令吉。

"和其他學校比較,僑南的撥款顯得比較少,原因是該校由於已快要展開新校舍工程,因此去年沒有向州政府申請撥款,將機會讓給其他學校。"

黃漢偉昨日也將600個口罩派發給該校的學生及教職員。

他說,他已從檳州衛生委員會處領取數箱口罩,預定在這兩天內分派給阿依淡區內的8所學校。(星洲日報/大北馬)




Smooth-flowing in front of Chung Hwa Primary School

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 07:50 AM PDT

Smooth-flowing in Jln Ibbetson

By PREDEEP NAMBIAR | penang@nstp.com.my




WAY OUT: The traffic gridlock is now a thing of the past with the implementation of a one-way traffic system



GEORGE TOWN: THOSE using Jalan Ibbetson in the morning peak hours can heave a sigh of relief as a periodic one-way traffic flow system was implemented on Monday.

Traffic is one way from 6.30am to 8am and 12.30pm to 2pm, starting from the main entrance of the SJK(C) Chung Hwa Confucian school until the front of the SMK Teknik Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra.

The gridlock caused by parents picking up schoolgoing childten at the road side and the number of buses fighting for space is now a thing of the past.

Air Itam assemblyman Wong Hon Wai said the single-session school had 1,350 students and over 500 cars traversed Jalan Ibbetson before and after school in the morning and afternoon.

"After a dialogue with the school Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), we came up with an amicable solution that would help make their lives easier," he said.

He said, for the the time being, Rela were deployed at the starting and ending points of the new system to ensure proper traffic flow.

Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) engineer Zainuddin Mohamad Shariff said the one-way system here would be on a three-month trial.

"We have sent out pamphlets to the government quarters next to the school and the parents of the schoolchildren informing them of the new system," he said.

He said MPPP was also in discussions with other schools in the island to implement a similar one-way system to improve traffic flow.

PTA chairman Koay Eng Loh said the number of parents picking up their children had gone up, contributing to the increase of cars there.

"During peak hours, parents are stuck in traffic for up to 30 min stuck in traffic," he said.


As reported in Sinchew.

改道後交通變順暢了‧中華小學師生感謝黃漢偉協助

(檳城)中華小學上學和放學時段交通改道解決過去20年的交通阻塞問題,師生和家長因而感謝協助他們解決問題的行政議員黃漢偉。

黃漢偉和中華A校校長鍾保杉、家協主席郭榮羅、B校校長黃渼茱、家協主席李斯傑、檳島市政局基本設施及交通小組成員普仁阿南市議員,和檳州回教堂路鄉委會主席阿茲米等,於昨日下午放學時到校門口視察。


當局經過2個月時間的研究,結果決定早上6時30分至8時的上學時段,和中午12時30分至下午2時,自校門口朝聖約翰救傷隊大廈的路段,改為只能朝聖約翰救傷隊大廈行駛的單行道。

新學期於前一天開始時,該2所學校的1千350名學生與眾多的教師和家長,都發現改道之後無論上學或放學時段,校門口的交通都變得順暢。

派警衛團維持秩序

黃漢偉視察時,發現只是在放學10分鐘左右的時間交通稍為阻塞,過後車輛都能夠通行無阻。

為了避免有人不守新的單行道交通規則,當局派遣志願警衛團維持交通秩序。


Donation of books to schools by Penang State Museum and Art Gallery

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 07:51 AM PDT













Pengerusi Lembaga Muzium dan Balai Seni Lukis Pulau Pinang, YB Wong Hon Wai dalam ucapan majlis penyampaian buku-buku terbitan Lembaga Muzium dan Balai Seni Lukis kepada 50 sekolah dan perpustakaan Pulau Pinang menyatakan bahawa pendidikan seni harus dipertingkatkan di peringkat sekolah.

 Ini kali pertama dalam sejarah 47 tahun Lembaga Muzium menghadiahkan buku-buku kepada sekolah.

Pihak Muzium akan menghadiahkan buku-buku seni sebanyak 1200 naskah kepada 400 sekolah pelbagai aliran di Pulau Pinang.

檳州行政議員黃漢偉為檳州藝術畫廊,為檳博物館舉行的新網頁推介,及贈送我國著名畫家的著作收藏錄給州內50間各源流學校及學院代表. 黃漢偉說,贈書旨在鼓吹文學及藝術的全民教育。


BEST ONE of the 16 Ways to Fix Burma

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 07:13 AM PDT

BEST ONE of the 16 Ways to Fix Burma..Source: 16 Ways to Fix BurmaOn the eve of the country's historic elections, 16 experts give us their prescriptions for the future. ByBrian Joseph: Create a multi-ethnic state

Burma's transition to democracy will be long and difficult. There is virtually no sector that doesn't require massive and essential investment. Yet, one priority trumps all others — building a truly multi-ethnic state. For 50 years, the military has ensured the territorial integrity of the state through a combination of violence, repression, and political opportunism. As the military recedes from power and democracy begins to take hold, resolving the political divide between the ethnic nationality periphery and the ethnically Burman center will take on a new urgency.

Among their first priorities, the Burmese political leadership — including the current government, the military, the National League for Democracy, and ethnic nationality leaders — must address the structural and political issues that have eroded any sense of national unity or identity and which have led to a highly contested state. Failure to address the question of the fundamental nature of the state (is it a Burmese-speaking Buddhist country with a large minority population, or a multi-ethnic country with equal claims to what it means to be Burmese?) will not only lead to more human rights violations in the ethnic areas, but will undermine efforts to a lasting and just democratic state. As part of this effort, the Burmese must commit to a serious effort to rewrite its new constitution, which neither advances democracy nor protects ethnic rights. According to most constitutional experts, Burma should adopt a federal constitution that ensures equality and protects ethnic rights, among the most important of which are language and religion.

Although the challenge of redefining Burma as a multi-ethnic state is principally the prerogative of the Burmese themselves, the international community can play an important role in facilitating this transformation. Politically, the international community should ensure that not only do all parties understand the centrality and importance of the issue, but that it includes ethnic nationality leaders as equal partners in all of its deliberations. Diplomatically, it should tie increased engagement and closer cooperation with the Burmese government to concrete initiatives and measurable outcomes to address the ongoing violence in the ethnic areas, in Kachin and Shan State in particular. And, through development assistance, it should work with the ethnic political leadership and emerging civil society to identify priorities and begin to address the yawning gap between the ethnic nationalities and the majority Burman in education, health, infrastructure, and economic prosperity. Yet, it is a mistake to understand these development efforts, no matter how important, as a substitute for addressing the structural and political issues that led to the problems in the first place.

A part of the effort at rebuilding Burma as a multi-ethnic state will be dealing with the challenge of managing Burma's ample natural resources. Like other resource-rich countries, without careful and thoughtful planning, Burma's natural wealth can be more of a source of division than a catalyst for unity. This is particularly important in Burma where much of the country's wealth — timber, gems, minerals, gas, etc. — is located in the ethnic areas.

In short, 50 years of military rule have left the country poor, uneducated and divided. To support Burma's transition to democracy, Burma must begin the difficult task of building a truly multi-ethnic state, and this effort must begin by acknowledging that to be Burmese does not necessarily mean to be Burman, speak Burmese, or practice Buddhism.

Brian Joseph is the senior director of the Asia and Global Programs at the National Endowment for Democracy.

OTHER 15 read here at the source.

n April 1, citizens of Burma will head to the polls to vote in a parliamentary by-election. Normally, this isn't the sort of thing that would attract a lot of headlines, since only a small number of seats in the National Assembly are actually at stake.

But these are no ordinary elections. President Thein Sein has actively invited the participation of the National League of Democracy, Burma's main opposition party — the first time the NLD has participated in an election since the national vote in 1990 that it won in a landslide. (Burma's military dictatorship subsequently annulled the result.) Given her immense popularity, NLD leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is almost certain to win a seat. That, in itself, will amount to a crucial watershed in Burma's recent history. For the first time in some 60 years, the opposition will have a chance to voice its views from within the government.

How this will work out in practice remains unclear. Skeptics are right to worry that the game is rigged against the NLD. Even if it wins all of the 47 seats it is contesting, that is far short of anything like the kind of majority that will be needed for meaningful change. Yet the prospect of a real parliamentary opposition, however small, is not to be dismissed. NLD lawmakers and their allies will have the power to call the government to public account.

Of course, that doesn't meant any of Burma's myriad problems will be easy to fix. So we here at Foreign Policy decided to make our own contribution to the debates that are to come, inviting a cohort of experts from within Burma and abroad to suggest some innovative solutions. These "Ideas for Burma" will, we hope, serve as useful benchmarks for discussion — however utopian some of them might seem at first glance. For it is vital to acknowledge that the forces of the old regime — the same generals and ex-generals who have, over the past 60 years, brutalized and impoverished their own people — still reign over Burma's current political and economic system today. In any case, helping Burma to overcome its difficult past will be impossible without frank discussion of the challenges ahead. It is in that spirit that we offer the following suggestions.

Brian Joseph: Create a multi-ethnic state

Tom Kramer and Martin Jelsma: Tackle Burma's drugs problem

Christina Fink: End the civil war

Ronald Findlay: Export or die

Francis Wade: Invite investment — but with protections

Muang Wuntha: Support press freedom

Myat Htoo Razak: Health is wealth

Timothy Ryan: Let workers unionize freely

Sean Turnell: Cut the bloated military budget

Soe Thinn: Train Burma's new diplomats

Dr. Thein Lwin: Teach the children well

Tin Muang Muan Than: Unleash grassroots entrepreneurship

Andreas Valentin: Come visit, sustainably

David Steinberg: Promote the rule of law

Hanna Hindstrom: Make extractive industries more transparent

Ko Tar: Let the monks lead the way

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Light-Hearted Language Eccentricities

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 07:03 AM PDT

In his book, "Crazy English", Richard Lederer wrote a pithy if not pleasurable poem about the insanity associated with the past tense of verbs in the English Language. Here it is:


The verbs in English are a fright.

How can we learn to read and write?
Today we speak, but first we spoke;
Some faucets leak, but never loke.
Today we write, but first we wrote;
We bite our tongues, but never bote.

Each day I teach, for years I taught,
And preachers preach, but never praught.
This tale I tell; this tale I told;
I smell the flowers, but never smold.

If knights still slay, as once they slew
Then do we play, as once we plew?
If I still do as once I did,
The do cows moo, as they once mid?

I love to win, and games I've won;
I seldom sin;, and never son.
I had to lose, and games I lost;
I didn't choose, and never chost.

I love to sing, and sons I sang;
I fling a ball, but nevre flang.
I strike that ball, that ball I struck;
This poem I like, but never luck.

I take a break, a break I took;
I bake a cake, but never book.
I eat that cake, that cake I ate,
I beat an egg, but never bate.

I often swim, as I once swam;
I skim some milk, but never skam.
I fly a kite that I once flew;
I tie a knot, but never tew.

I see the truth, the truth I saw.
I feel from falsehood, never flaw.
I stand for truth, as I once stood;
I land a fish, but never lood.

About these verbs I sit and think.
These verbs don't fit. They seem to wink
At me, who sat for years and thought
Of verbs that never fat or wought.

According to Publius Hadweenzic, Ph.D., Professor of Piffle & Piggery at the University of Udderly Ridiculous Studies, (and a graduate of the highly-regarded University of Brown-Nosing & Kowtowing), and the Oxford English Dictionary online, Oxford University Press, quote listed in "Second Edition 1989" definition, there is but one 45-letter word that fits the bill.

The "Draft revision Sept. 2006" OED indicates that the longest word in the English language purported to be pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis " is a word invented (prob. by Everett M. Smith (born 1894), president of the National Puzzlers' League in 1935) in imitation of polysyllabic medical terms, alleged to mean 'a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine sand and ash dust' but occurring only as an instance of a very long word."

Of course as fictious words go, there are also plenty to choose from including:

-- Antidisestablishmentarianism

-- Floccinaucinihilipilification

-- Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

-- Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

-- Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu


Najib & UMNO BN Terdesak Adakan PRU Pada Musim Haji

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 08:29 AM PDT

Najib pertahan p'raya di musim haji

Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak mempertahankan langkah mengadakan pilihan raya ketika musim haji dengan alasan, perkara seperti itu pernah dijalankan sebelum ini.

Katanya pilihan raya ketika musim haji itu pernah diadakan sebelum ini.

"Saya takkan terikat pada apa-apa desakan pada PAS dan pemimpinnya. Dalam sejarah kita, kita pernah buat pilihan raya masa musim haji.

"Musim haji pernah diadakan masa (seorang bekas perdana menteri) pada tahun 86 atau 82," katanya pada sidang media selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat Majlis Tertinggi Umno petang ini.

Pada ketika itu, seorang anggota jawatakuasanya dicalonkan dalam pilihan raya tersebut.

Namun calon berkenaan tidak dapat dihubungi kerana berada di Mekah pada waktu itu.
"Jadi bila dia balik, dia terimalah hakikat bahawa dia tidak dapat jadi wakil rakyat," katanya.

Dalam pada itu beliau turut mengambil peluang untuk menyindir timbalan presiden PAS Mohamad Sabu yang memintanya bertanggungjawab sekiranya pilihan raya umum diadakan pada waktu itu.

"Dia lebih daripada Tuhan tentukan soal dosa dan pahala. Sebab kita tak sekat sesiapa nak pergi haji. Dia (orang nak pergi haji) pergi haji, pergilah.

"Dan itu mesti diutamakan bukan soal apa-apa urusan lain termasuk pilihan raya. Kalau dah buat ketetapan nak tunai haji, kita mesti teruskan," kata Najib.

Pinda perlembagaan

Sementara itu, Bernama melaporkan Najib sebagai berkata bahawa Perlembagaan Persekutuan perlu dipinda jika pilihan raya umum hendak diadakan selepas tempoh mandat pentadbiran kerajaan sedia ada mencukupi lima tahun dan bukannya lebih awal.

Katanya, tiada apa-apa yang menyekat kerajaan untuk mengadakan pilihan raya umum lebih awal atau menunggu sehingga cukup tempoh lima tahun mentadbir negara.

"Perlembagaan negara membenarkan Perdana Menteri pada masa berkenaan untuk menasihati Yang di-Pertuan Agong membubarkan Parlimen, tapi tidak lewat dari tempoh lima tahun. Itu peruntukan Perlembagaan.

"Selagi tak ubah peruntukan Perlembagaan, kita tak boleh kata kita perlu buat lebih awal sebagai satu ketetapan atau sampai penghujung lima tahun sebagai satu ketetapan. Maknanya kuasa budi bicara itu dibenarkan oleh Perlembagaan," katanya.

Beliau mengulas kenyataan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz di Parlimen semalam bahawa kerajaan sedang melakukan gerakan kecil-kecilan untuk mempertimbang bahawa pilihan raya umum diadakan apabila tempoh mandat pentadbiran kerajaan sedia ada mencukupi lima tahun dan bukannya lebih awal. -mk

Dr Asri: Pilihan raya waktu haji satu kesalahan

Mantan Mufti Perlis, Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainal Abidin berpendapat mengadakan pilihan raya umum (PRU) sewaktu musim haji adalah satu kesalahan.

"Mengadakan PRU semasa musim haji seakan-akan sengaja solat di tempat orang lalulintas.

"Kesalahan bukan kepada yang melintas tetapi kepada yang sengaja memilih tempat solat di tempat orang ramai melintas.

"Orang yang sengaja memilih tempat lalulintas itu yang berdosa," katanya kepada Malaysiakini.

Menurutnya lagi, perkara itu sebenarnya pernah diulas ramai ulama, termasuk Ibn Hajar dalam bukunya berjudul Fathul Bari yang mengulas hadis-hadis sahih Bukhari.

Asri juga menggesa agar ulama yang mengkaji perkara itu agar "memahami dan melihat hukum pada dimensi yang lebih luas".

Polemik pilihan raya umum sewaktu musim haji mula timbul apabila Ketua Penerangan PAS, Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man menyeru anggota parti itu yang terlibat langsung menangguhkan ibadah tersebut jika pilihan raya berlangsung pada tempoh masa sama.

Mufti Perlis sependapat, S'gor sedikit berbeza

Seruan itu dibuatnya kerana PAS memerlukan ahli-ahlinya untuk menggerakkan jentera kempen sewaktu pilihan raya.

Turut mengulas perkara itu sebelum ini, Mufti Perlis, Dr Juanda Jaya yang berpendapat pilihan raya pada musim haji tidak wajar kerana ia bakal melemahkan umat Islam.

Menurutnya, langkah itu jika dilaksanakan adalah satu tindakan tidak adil kepada umat Islam dan akan menyebabkan umat Islam lemah dari segi politik.

"Janganlah mewujudkan fitnah dan kekeliruan kepada umat Islam dalam soal ibadat mereka kerana kecelaruan dan perangai kurang cerdik orang politik," katanya seperti dilapor Sinar Harian.

Sementara itu, Mufti Selangor Datuk Mohd Tamyes Abdul Wahid pula mengambil pendirian sedikit berbeza apabila berpendapat haram bagi mereka yang pertama kali berpeluang menunaikan haji menangguhkannya demi mengundi dalam pilihan raya.

"Bagi mereka yang berniat untuk mengerjakan haji dan ini adalah kali pertama, di mana cukup bekalannya sepanjang berada di sana dan cukup bekalan yang ditinggalkan untuk ahli keluarganya di sini dan aman perjalanannya, maka hukumnya wajib.

"Jika dibatalkan niat itu hanya kerana perkara duniawi... sekiranya dia meninggal dunia sebelum sempat menunaikan haji maka matinya dalam keadaan jahiliah," beliau dipetik sebagai berkata.
-mk


Ulasan GB

Jika demikian hujjah Najib yang tetap dengan pendiriannya untuk mengadakan pilihanraya pada musim haji, kita yakin Allah swt akan memberikan balasan yang setimpal dengan denganNya kerana semata-mata untuk menang pilihanraya, beliau sanggup mengambil kesempatan mengadakannya di saat umat Islam di negara ini berada di Mekah.

Beliau terus-terusan mendedahkan kejahilan dan kejahatannya terhadap agama dan umat Islam.

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အသားထဲကေလာက္ထြက္ အမ်ိဳးသား သစၥာေဖာက္ေတြရဲ႔ ေသြးထိုးလွဴ႕ေဆာ္မွူ၊ ကြန္ျပဴတာေရွ႕ေရာက္မွ အရူးေခ်းပန္း မ်ိဳးခ်စ္ျပသူေတြရဲ႔ ဥာဏ္နည္းမွူေတြေၾကာင့္…

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 05:34 AM PDT

အသားထဲကေလာက္ထြက္ အမ်ိဳးသား သစၥာေဖာက္ေတြရဲ႔ ေသြးထိုးလွဴ႕ေဆာ္မွူ၊

ကြန္ျပဴတာေရွ႕ေရာက္မွ အရူးေခ်းပန္း မ်ိဳးခ်စ္ျပသူေတြရဲ႔ ဥာဏ္နည္းမွူေတြေၾကာင့္…

 

၁။ ျမန္မာျပည္ဒီမိုကေရစီတိုက္ပြဲတေလွ်ာက္ တိုက္ပြဲဝင္ခဲ႔တဲ့ ၿပည္ပအေျခစိုက္မီဒီယာေတြ အမုန္းခံရတယ္ (အစိုုးရအလိုရွိမွူ)

၂။ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ကို အထင္အျမင္လြဲမွားေစတယ္ (အစိုုးရအလိုရွိမွူ)

၃။ တည္ျငိမ္ေရးအေၾကာင္းျပခ်က္နဲ႔ စစ္တပ္ အခန္းက႑ကို အမ်ားေတာင့္တေအာင္

ၿပဳလုပ္ခဲ႔တယ္ (အစိုုးရအလိုရွိမွူ)

၄။ ၾကားျဖတ္ေရြးေကာက္ပြဲမွာ က်ဆင္းသြားတဲ႔နိုင္ငံေရး သိကၡာကို သမၼတက တီဗီမွာ မိန့္ခြန္းေျပာျပီး ျပန္လည္ ျမင့္တင္ခဲ႔တယ္ (အစိုုးရရဲ႔ နည္းဗ်ဴဟာ)

 

၅။ ျပည္တြင္းမီဒီယာ နဲ႔ လူမူကြန္ယက္ေတြက လွဴ႔ေဆာ္မွူေတြကို အေၾကာင္းျပီး

ၿမန္မာလူမ်ိဳးေတြ မီဒီယာ လြတ္လပ္မွူ နဲ႔ မတန္ေသးဘူးဆိုတာ နမူနာေပးစရာ ျဖစ္ခဲ႔တယ္

(အစိုုးရအလိုရွိမွူ)

၆။ လွ်ပ္စစ္တာဝါတိုင္ဗုန္းကြဲခံရမွူေၾကာင့္ ျပည္သူ႔ လိုအပ္ခ်က္ ထိခိုက္ခံရျခင္းေၾကာင့္ ကခ်င္ေဒသေအးခ်မ္းေရး အေၾကာင္းျပခ်က္ နဲ႔ ရခိုင္ေဒသတည္ျငိမ္ေရးအေၾကာင္းျပ ခ်က္ ေတြနဲ႔ ယင္းေဒသႏွစ္ခုမွာ စစ္တပ္က အလံုးအရင္းအေျခခ်ခြင့္ရမွူ (အစိုုးရနဲ႔ စစ္တပ္ အလိုရွိမွူ)

၇ ။ ခိုင္မာစြာ စစ္တပ္အေျခခ်မွူေၾကာင့္ တရုတ္အက်ိဳးစီးပြားေတြျဖစ္တဲ႔ ေရႊဂတ္စ္ စီမံကိန္းနဲ႔ ကခ်င္မွ တရုတ္လုပ္ငန္းမ်ား အကာအကြယ္ေကာင္းစြာရရွိ ( တရုတ္အလိုရွိမွူ )

၈ ။ ကခ်င္ျပည္နယ္က စစ္ပြဲေတြ နဲ႔ျပည္သူေတြအေပၚ အာရံုေျပာင္းသြားမွူ (အစိုုးရအလိုရွိမွူ)

၉။ အနာဂတ္ ကုလား- ဗမာ အဓိကရုဏ္းျဖစ္ေအာင္ ျပသာနာ အစပ်ိဴးျပီး ယင္းျပသာနာမ်ားအတြက္ ျပည္သူမွ စစ္တပ္ကို ေတာင္းတေအာင္ ဖန္တီးထားမွူ

(အစိုုးရနဲ႔ စစ္တပ္ အလိုရွိမွူ)

၁၀ ။ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ မေျဖရွင္းဘဲ စစ္တပ္သာေျဖရွင္းလို႔ရတဲ့ အေၾကာင္းအရာေတြ အမ်ားၾကီးရွိပါတယ္ဆိုတာ နိုင္ငံတကာနဲ႔ ျပည္သူကို ခ်ျပမွူ (အစိုုးရနဲ႔ စစ္တပ္ရဲ႔ အစီအစဥ္)

၁၁ ။ အမွားမခံတဲ့ လူမ်ိဳးေရး ဘာသာေရး ျပသာနာေတြမွာ နိုင္ငံေရးသမားေတြက

စကားလံုးေတြ ဂရုစိုက္ေနခ်ိန္မွာ စစ္တပ္သာအနစ္နာခံျပီး ျပသာနာကို ေျဖရွင္းတယ္ဆိုတာ

ၿပသမႈ (အစိုုးရနဲ႔ စစ္တပ္ရဲ႔ အစီအစဥ္)

အထက္ပါ အေၾကာင္းအရာေတြျဖစ္ခဲ႔တဲ႔အတြက္ ဒီျပသာနာမွာ ဘယ္သူ အက်ိဳးျဖစ္ခဲ႔လည္း

ဆိုတာ သိနိုင္ပါတယ္။ တိုင္းတပါးသားအတြက္ မိမိတိုင္းရင္းသားေတြကို ႏွစ္ေပါင္းမ်ားစြာ

သတ္။ ၂၀၀၇ မွာ သံဃာကို သတ္ခဲ့တဲ့ စစ္တပ္ကို ၿပန္လည္ဂုဏ္ေဖာ္ခဲ့တဲ့ ေနာက္ၿပန္ဆြဲလို

သူေတြရဲ ့အစီအစဥ္ ေအာင္ျမင္ခဲ႔သလို အတိုက္အခံနဲ႔ လြတ္လပ္မွူေတြကို သံသယျဖစ္ေအာင္ လုပ္နိုင္ခဲ႔ပါတယ္။ တရုတ္က ၾကားထဲက အျမတ္ထြက္ပါတယ္။ ေနာက္ဆံုး အတူ ယွဥ္တြဲ

ေနထိုင္လာခဲ႔တဲ႔ ကိုယ့္ျပည္သူေတြ အခ်င္းခ်င္း သတ္ၿဖတ္ခံရတယ္။ ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္ စစ္ေျမျပင္အျဖစ္ က်န္ရွိခဲ့တယ္။ ဘာသာႏွစ္ခုၾကား အျငိွးအေတးျဖစ္ခဲ႔တယ္။ ျပည္သူေတြ ဒီထက္မက နစ္နာမွူေတြ ရွိခဲ႔ျပီး ျပဇတ္ဆရာေတြ အမ်ားၾကီးအက်ိဳးအျမတ္ရခဲ႔တယ္။

တကယ္မ်ိဳးခ်စ္သူေတြ ကိုယ္ဘာသာေမးပါ "ငါ့ေၾကာင့္ ဒီလိုေတြျဖစ္ေစသလား" ဟုတ္တယ္ဆိုရင္ေတာ့ သင္ဟာ အမ်ိဳးသား သစၥာေဖာက္ပါဘဲ။ ေသြးထိုးရံုသက္သက္

Facebook အေကာင့္ေတြ အခု မေတြ႔ရေတာ့သလို ေသြးထိုးမွးေတြမွာပါခဲ႔တဲ႔ အသိဥဏ္နည္းပါးသူေတြကေတာ့ ေအာ္စလိုက ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ပံူေတြ တင္ျပီး  သူတို႔မဟုတ္သလိုပါဘဲ ။ ရခိုင္မွာေတာ့ ကိုယ္ျပည္သူေတြ ဒုကၡေရာက္ရတယ္။

သင္ ဘာကူညီမလဲ??????

Watchdog Zor (Thu Zar Htun ေဖ့ဘြတ္မွ ကူးယူေဖာ္ၿပပါတယ္)



Utusan Diperintah Bayar RM450,000 Kepada Guan Eng Kerana Memfitnah

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 06:28 AM PDT

Kuala Lumpur: Mahkamah Tinggi Pulau Pinang hari ini mendapati akhbar Umno, Utusan Malaysia bersalah memfitnah Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang dan diperintahkan membayar RM450,000 kepada Lim Guan Eng.

RM200,000 adalah untuk kerosakan yang dibuat oleh akhbar itu manakala RM250,000 lagi adalah kos mahkamah.

Utusan Melaysia dalam laporannya pada 12 Mac 2008 bertajuk "Tiada lagi DEB" mendakwa DAP akan menghapuskan DEB.

Lim mendakwa laporan itu tidak tepat kerana yang Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang itu maksudkan dalam ucapannya adalah pentadbirannya akan menghapuskan 'kroni, rasuah dan ketidakcekapan' dalam polisinya.

Anggota Parlimen Bagan itu menuntut gantirugi kerana tulisan itu seolah-olah mendakwa beliau seorang pemimpin yang tidak bertanggung jawab dan tidak boleh dipercayai.

Walaupun beliau telah membuat beberapa kali penjelasan mengenainya, akhbar Umno itu berterusan membuat dakwaan yang sama, dakwa Lim.

Akibat dari tulisan yang berterusan itu menyebabkan protes demi protes dianjurkan oleh Umno termasuk perhimpunan yang disertai 1,000 peserta di perkarangan bangunan Komtar selepas solat Jumaat pada 14 Mac tahun berkenaan.

Sebelum ini, Mahkamah Tinggi pada Disember 2011 lalu juga memutuskan akhbar Umno itu bersalah apabila melaporkan berita bertajuk 'Kebiadapan Guan Eng'.

Mahkamah memutuskan laporan itu secara jahat memalukan Lim Guan Eng dan membuat dia dan DAP dilihat sebagai anti Melayu dan anti Islam. -HD

Inilah laporan yang menyebabkan Utusan kena RM450,000


Ulasan GB

Sebelum ini pun Utusan sudah diarahkan bayar RM200,000 kepada Lim Guan Eng kerana memfitnah Lim sebagai seorang 'rasis' dan 'anti-Melayu' dalam artikel yang disiarkan sehari selepas konvensyen Pakatan Rakyat bulan lalu.

Dan hanya baru beberapa hari lepas mahkamah putuskan Utusan bersalah memfitnah Khalid Samad. Baca SINI.

Di dalam kes saman fitnah terhadap Utusan, rasanya belum ada lagi kes yang Utusan berjaya.

Akhbar Utusan terus dan akan terus ditimpa bala hasil daripada tulisan fitnah mereka. Anda tidak boleh lari dari Hukum Kebenaran dan Keadilan. Lambat laun yang bersalah akan tetap terhukum.

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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE FM OF MALAYSIA ON THE DEVELOPMENT IN RAKHINE

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 03:42 AM PDT

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA ON THE DEVELOPMENT IN RAKHINE, MYANMAR
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Malaysia has reaffirmed its support and willingness to offer assistance to Myanmar in relation to the recent unrest in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar. Malaysia has also conveyed its deepest sympathy to the government and the people of Myanmar over the ethnic conflict in Rakhine, and expressed its confidence on the ability of the Myanmar government under the leadership of HE President Thein Sein to end the conflict. The establishment of the Investigation Committee, declaration of the State of Emergency as well as cooperation extended to the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser for Myanmar genuinely demonstrated Myanmar's desire in resolving the situation.

In my telephone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, HE Wunna Maung Lwin, this morning, the Foreign Minister expressed the Government of Myanmar's appreciation to the Government and people of Malaysia for the support and offer of humanitarian assistance to Myanmar during the recent situation in Rakhine. According to HE Wunna Maung Lwin, the situation in Rakhine has been brought under control and therefore the need for assistance from other ASEAN member states did not arise at this moment. Nevertheless, the Foreign Minister in expressing his appreciation indicated that Malaysia would be approached should there be a need for assistance.

Malaysia always maintains a policy of non-interference in any country's internal affairs. However, Malaysia believes that no country, especially ASEAN member states, should be left alone in difficult times without any offer of assistance. In this connection, I have also conveyed the warm wishes and a message from the Honorable Dato' Sri Najib Tun Hj Abdul Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia to President Thein Sein that Malaysia's offer of assistance to Myanmar is borne out of a sense of responsibility and spirit of neighbourliness as a member of the ASEAN family as we move closer towards the establishment of ASEAN Community in 2015.

DATO' SRI ANIFAH HJ AMAN
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA



Her (DASSK’s) Work Isn’t Done

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 04:35 AM PDT

Democracy Lab

(MY COMMENT: WAKE UP DAW SUU
Show the world and Myanmars that YOU ARE a true POLITICIAN on your own. Dare to made a STAND. TELL what you believe, lead the people. Don't cowardly follow the WRONG popular Racist BIGOTS.) Now read the very good article below -

Source:Her Work Isn't Done BY CHRISTIAN CARYL | JUNE 20, 2012This week the world is celebrating Aung San Suu Kyi's achievements as a pro-democracy activist. Now the question is: Can she finish the job?The West is celebrating Aung San Suu Kyi this week.

The Burmese pro-democracy activist, the leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), has been giving speeches and receiving honors. She stopped in Oslo to pick up a belated Nobel Prize, awarded to her in absentia in 1991, when she was just beginning her long stint in house arrest. (All in all she's spent some 15 years of the past 24 in detention.)

On her swing through Ireland she received prestigious awards from Amnesty International and the city of Dublin. The audience at the London School of Economics serenaded her with "Happy Birthday" on her visit there. (She has just turned 67.) On Thursday she's giving a speech to both houses of the British parliament, a privilege granted only rarely to non-Britons.

If anyone deserves such accolades, it's her. Despite years of vicious treatment meted out by Burma's generals, the Lady — as the Burmese often refer to her — stuck doggedly to her commitment on non-violence and pressed her demands for greater freedom for her people. The military government repeatedly urged her to go back to Britain to be with her husband and two sons there — offers she resolutely rejected, knowing that the authorities would probably never allow her to return. She has calmly defied soldiers who leveled their guns at her and she has survived at least one overt assassination attempt. She is, without question, a brilliant moral exemplar, a member of the same family tree that includes names like Gandhi, King, Mandela, Sakharov, and Havel.

And yet there is a distinctly valedictory note to all the fanfare on this trip. Her European tour is a story of honors long and unjustly deferred. At each point along the way another circle closes, another bit of unfinished business is checked off the list. Her visit to Britain includes a long-awaited reunion in Oxford with members of her extended family. This is sure to be a bittersweet occasion.

We in the West are right to celebrate her past achievements. But in one way the rejoicing is a bit premature. The stark fact is that her native country is still a long way from achieving the democracy of which she and her colleagues have dreamed of for so many decades.

Burma has only just begun a slow and methodical transition that may or may not end up in the promised land of liberal democracy. Last year, President Thein Sein, an ex-member of the ruling junta, launched a program of tentative liberalization that has included a softening of censorship, legalization of trade unions, and freedom for hundreds of high-profile political prisoners.

That process of opening culminated on April 1 with a parliamentary by-election in which Aung San Suu Kyi and 42 of her NLD colleagues won almost all of the seats at stake. Unfortunately, that was merely a fraction of the overall seats in the national assembly, so the freshly elected NLD members are outnumbered by the government's proxies to the tune of 15 to 1. Thein Sein's reform moves can't disguise the fact that Burma is still under the control of the same old elite.

So can Aung San Suu Kyi actually change anything in her country? Now that she's in parliament, she can presumably leverage her enormous popularity among the Burmese people to push for proper reforms — starting with the present constitution, which was drawn up under military supervision in a process denounced by many observers as a sham. She has made changing it one of her priorities.

Considering, however, that the constitution has been carefully designed to tilt the balance of power in parliament in the military's favor, that could be an uphill climb. She could, perhaps, beat the odds by finding and cultivating allies among the pro-government factions in parliament. Or she could try to shape the agenda by proposing specific reform bills that enjoy grassroots support — easier said than done, given the current restrictions. One thing is sure: She will need all of her political skills in order to negotiate the challenges yet to come.

Such challenges no longer belong to the realm of a clear-cut struggle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. The path ahead is likely to involve many a messy compromise. This is the realm of realpolitik, not heroic moral crusades. And that is terrain in which she has, as yet, strikingly little experience.

For example, the Lady and her NLD colleagues at first refused to take the oath of office to the constitution, which they denounced as illegitimate. Undoubtedly true — but then why take part in an election based on its rules? As it happens, there are many precedents in which political players have sworn fealty to a constitution and then proceeded to amend or revise it. The NLD newcomers ended up taking the oath anyway.

More recently, she has repeatedly warned potential investors against putting their money into her country (particularly in industries dominated by cronies of the military). This is consistent, perhaps, with her long-held policy of dissuading tourism to Burma on the grounds that foreign visitors were merely bolstering regime-friendly businesses. Clinging to such an uncompromising policy may be hard to sell to the voters back at home who are desperate for jobs.

She faces similar dilemmas in her dealings with the elite in her own country. Burma's tycoons, who got where they are by cultivating their own ties to corrupt generals, have been making overtures to the NLD leader. They could be potent allies in any push for greater political participation — and formidable obstacles to true reform of the country's crony-ridden economy.

And what about the generals themselves? What sort of assurances should she be prepared to offer in return for progress toward democratization? Are they even willing to tolerate genuine democracy? Or do they see the NLD presence in parliament merely as a fig leaf for a Malaysian-style version of authoritarian modernization? Good luck prodding them toward the exit.

Her recent statements on the ethnic violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the province of Arakan, which has left dozens dead, suggest that she's aware of the tightrope she must walk. She could have assumed a stark moral stance by denouncing the ethnic Burman majority's pogroms against the stateless Rohingya minority, but that unpopular position would have eroded her support in the Burmese heartland, so in the end she opted for vague language about the need to change Burma's citizenship laws. However you slice it, this wasn't exactly the stuff of Mandela.

The next general election is three years away, by which time she'll be 70. The intervening period will show whether the Lady has the political flexibility and the strategic acumen to maneuver her country into the safe harbor of democracy — or whether her greatest achievements already lie behind her.



The Gem in Jeans

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 02:05 AM PDT

The old saying goes, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." But after Deb Thompson's Monday trip to a Coon Rapids, Minn., Goodwill store, she's proving that's not always the case.

Thompson, 53, went to the store to pick up a pair of $3.99 jean capris her daughter suggested she might like because of all the "bling" on them.

But when she returned home to try them on, she discovered way more "bling" than she had bargained for. There was a diamond ring in the right pocket.

"I took the ring out of my pocket and I sat on the floor with my daughter and her fiancé. I put my arm out in the center, and I opened it in my palm and we all just went, 'Wow. Oh my God," Thompson told ABC News.
All Thompson could think to herself was, "Oh geez, somebody lost their ring. The husband or fiancé must be out there saying, 'You're not getting another one!'"

Now Thompson, of Hamlake, Minn., is working with Goodwill to try to find the ring's original owner. They posted Thompson's unusual "Lost and Found" story on their Facebook page in hopes the owner will see it, come forward and claim what's rightfully his or hers.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, she said Goodwill had received about seven emails from people claiming to be the owner, but there was nothing concrete.

Thompson is leaving the background-checking up to Goodwill. She did, however, have a very specific way she'd like the scenario to end.

"This is how I see this whole story ending: Somebody comes forward, says they lost the ring, says they're insured and have the papers to prove it. That's how I'm hoping this ends. So far, it's not that way, but we'll see. Only time will tell," said Thompson.

When she first found the ring, Thompson contacted the local ABC affiliate in an attempt to find the owner. The affiliate covered her story and took her to a jeweler to have the ring appraised.

Not only was the diamond ring real, it was worth $6,500.

READ THE REST OF THE ENTRY HERE.


[VIDEO] Perompak Peluk Islam Atas Kebaikan Hati Pekedai Yang Hendak Dirompak

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 04:10 AM PDT

Kalau anda lihat klip video di bawah ini pada beberapa saat yang terawal, anda tidak akan menjangkakan apa yang berlaku di akhirnya.

Bermula sebagai satu rompakan, kemudian pekedai mengawal keadaan dengan senjata api miliknya.

Mendengar rintihan perompak, pekedai simpati dan memberikan wang serta roti kepadanya.

Ini membawa ke hati perompak itu terbuka untuk memeluk Islam.

Mungkin akan ada yang mempersoalkan perompak itu berlakon kerana ketakutan, namun perompak itu boleh bergerak keluar selepas menerima roti dan wang itu, tapi dia memilih untuk melafazkan syahadah.

Dari arah mana atau bagaimana datangnya hidayah itu memang sukar untuk diduga. Bermula sebagai rompakan, berakhir dengan berjabat tangan. -HMO




New Voter Registration Campaign @ 1Utama / Jom daftar Undi @1U / 万达广场新选民登记运动

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 02:06 AM PDT

Date: 23–24 June 2012 (Saturday & Sunday)Time: 10am to 10pmVenue: Community Corner, 1st Floor, Oval (New Wing), 1Utama Shopping Centre,1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama City Centre, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan.There are more than 600,000 eligible voters who have not registered in Selangor, and more than 3.65 million unregistered eligible voters nationwide.General


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