Saturday, July 7, 2012

Anwar is nobody to Indonesians, Filipinos

Anwar is nobody to Indonesians, Filipinos


Anwar is nobody to Indonesians, Filipinos

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 10:28 AM PDT

It was last Tuesday that I had dinner with two Indonesian and three Filipino diplomats in Ampang. Our conversation centered on bilateral relations, people-to-people engagement and of course... Anwar Ibrahim.

Yes. Anwar remains the compulsory subject to the diplomatic corp, especially after he sought refuge in an embassy in 2010 over 'that thing' issue.

But beyond the Malaysian shore, the Opposition Leader is nobody. Although he likes the publicity and attention given by the foreign media, he always forget the general truth about the Press - that they look at Anwar and other opposition figures as their main selling point, nothing more.

Bapak 'S' of the Indonesian Embassy confirmed the fact that in his Republic, not many people talk about Anwar. Among the leaders, Anwar is of no significant. In other words, he means nothing to the country, except for his close relationship with some quarters who believe he is doing the right things for Malaysia.

"However, the Indonesians will not go to the extent of rallying behind him, helping him here in Malaysia or to raise fund for his politics. This is not Suharto's era when Anwar was popular as a Malaysian Cabinet member.

"We have a more moderate and forward-looking leaders who will not interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries. Indonesians, by and large are still too obsessed over bread and butter issue. So, there is no question of giving support to the Malaysian opposition. To them, Anwar is just another Malaysian who got friends in the Republic."

The Indonesian media, he added, seldom gives space to Anwar and Malaysian politics unless it has some 'links' to the Republic, i.e cultural and manpower issues.

"Our media too are busy giving wake-up calls to Indonesians to compete healthily with Malaysia, economically and socially. So, if Anwar claims of getting any support from the Indonesian media, he is wrong."

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin who just wrapped up his six-day working visit to Indonesia, confirmed this yesterday (read here).

Muhyiddin said he believes Indonesian government and political party leaders would not be easily influenced by Anwar's propaganda, whose influence in the republic was not as great as it had been made out to be.

"Indonesian leaders were better informed of the Malaysian political climate and acknowledged the long-standing good bilateral relations with Malaysia. To me, the situation is not as that portrayed by him (Anwar), that he is highly influential in Indonesia. I do not see it that way. He does not get much space in the local media to show that what he is doing is something great."

In the Philippines, Anwar, whom many used to equate him to Jose Rizal, is not very popular at all.

"If you talk to about 100 people in Manila, maybe one or two would say they've heard about Anwar. Our newspapers and TV stations rarely gave him space, not like when he was Malaysian deputy prime minister and finance minister.

"Yes, he is close to some top politicians but people like Estrada (former President) is losing grip and is facing graft charges," said Mr 'Bat' of the Philippines Embassy.

"Filipinos usually do not care who lead the government and who are the opposition leader of other countries. They prefer to read news about (giggling) the US and Spain..."

To a question as to whether the Muslims of Mindanao know Anwar, he said: "Nope. They are busy with their own mission. Newspapers in Cotabato, for instance, never published anything about Anwar. The only news is about Malaysian peace mission for that region.

"Do you know that they don't even know who the (Philippines) President is?"


[BERGAMBAR] Donna ElJammal, Polis Bertudung Pertama Di Sweden

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 10:21 AM PDT

Donna Eljammal yang berusia 26 tahun, merupakan polis Muslimah pertama di Sweden yang mengenakan tudung. Demikian dilaporkan Metro Se, Rabu (7 / 12).

Dia mendedahkan bahawa keinginannya untuk menjadi anggota polis jauh sebelum dirinya memakai tudung. "Sejak saya masih kecil, saya ingin membantu orang lain sehingga boleh bergerak dan bukan hanya duduk di depan komputer," katanya.

Beberapa tahun yang lalu mengenakan tudung menjadi mungkin, sebagai sebahagian daripada pakaian seragam polis, pasca beberapa perdebatan. Menurutnya, Sweden ialah sebuah negara multikultural dan itu penting dimana dalam setiap bidang, akan ada orang-orang dari latar belakang yang berbeza, kerana ingin meningkatkan pengetahuan dan pemahaman.

"Saya membesar di Piteå kecil dan kami berada di antara keluarga pendatang pertama di sana. Bahkan ketika saya bekerja di lapas (Lembaga Pemasyarakatan), saya adalah orang pertama yang memakai tudung. Tapi tidak ada banyak komentar tentang tudung ketika mereka harus tahu saya sebagai peribadi," jelasnya.

Eljammal tidak berfikir untuk membuka jilbabnya semasa bekerja. Dia melihat tudung sebagai sebahagian daripada dirinya dan boleh melakukan segala sesuatu dengan tudung, sehingga dia melihat tidak ada gunanya untuk membukanya.

Lagi gambar-gambar Donna Eljammal, polis wanita Islam pertama bertudung di Sweden. -unikversiti








Ustaz Azizan (MB Kedah) Jawab Perangkap Wartawan

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 08:35 AM PDT

Bagi sesiapa yang tidak bersedia atau cuba 'menggoreng' fakta, akan menerima padah daripadanya yang cukup arif selok belok perangkap wartawan. Ada masa bidasan jawapan cukup pedih sehingga wartawan begitu berhati-hati mengelak serkap jarang.

"Sekarang ini Kedah tak ada air, macamana Dato' Seri? tanya seorang wartawan arus perdana yang dilihat cuba-cuba memprovokasi beliau.

"Kamu ni mandi tak pagi tadi?" tanya Ustaz Azizan pantas, kemudian dijawab 'ya' oleh wartawan itu, bagi mengelak dirinya dikatakan tidak mandi atau berbau busuk.

"Kalau begitu, macamana kamu kata tak ada air. Kamu mengaji Universti mana? Kan sekarang ni musim kemarau dan seluruh negara ada masalah kekurangan air. Ini urusan Allah SWT, jadi kita mohonlah doa, supaya hujan," katanya membuat wartawan itu terdiam seribu bahasa. -fb




A TIME TO PAUSE AND THINK by Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw-Myint

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 06:53 AM PDT

Source:A TIME TO PAUSE AND THINK by the FB of Thane Oke Kyaw-Myint

Like many of us, I felt very sad on hearing and reading about the civil unrest in Rakhine State. I learned that it started as a case of sexual assault, in which the perpetrators were of a different religion as well as 'ethnicity'. The resentment and anger over this had led to people being hurt and killed, houses, monasteries and mosques being damaged and burnt and had become more a racial and religious conflict with much then anger and resentment over the case.

I read with interest blogs and news from all sides, the Rakhine and Myanmar perspectives on one hand and the Bangali (Rohinga)'s perspectives on the other, which apparently seem to fan the flames of anger worsening the conflict and misunderstanding.

 

It was said that "In war, the first casualty is the truth": for me as someone who is living abroad and who could only get information from the internet, I could not judge what was correct or incorrect, true or not true. I feel that I am not qualified to pass any opinion on what is currently going on.

 

I shared on my Facebook profile, two Notes by two doctors from Burma: one a surgeon who is actually living and working in a town in Rakhine State and the other a journalist and publisher of three periodicals/journals in Burma. Both had presented a well thought out and a balanced view about what was happening and the possible negative impact of the unrest on the some recent positive changes in our country.

 

I initially just want to read and not say or write anything on this issue. But, finally remembered Martin Luther King Jr.'s words "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." These words made me put down in words, my own feelings and thoughts.

 

I am neither a good nor an eloquent writer, not like Dr. Soe Min and Dr. Kyaw Win, nor good at giving good interpretation and analysis of situations and issues like my close friend Prof. U Aung Tun Thet; nor I am good at articulating my feelings like my young friends and colleagues like Saya U Ye Myint Kyaw and Saya U Soe Lwin. I can only ask forbearance of those who read this, if the flow be not smooth and the words be jumbled or there be grammatical and syntax errors, to kindly forgive me and my mistakes.

 

My first feeling was a sense of déjà vu": reading of news of the present situation brought back sad memories of the Burmese-Chinese riots in 1967, another case started by rumours of sexual assault of a Burmese teacher by Chinese students in one of the Chinese schools in Rangoon. Till the end, I could never get any confirmation of what really happened but this also resulted in mobs of indignant Burmese going around attacking Chinese people, shops and houses. As I was an intern at the time, an intern at the Children's hospital which was immediately in front of the Chinese Embassy. I could see columns of Burmese armed with knives, spears and swords coming towards the Embassy. Freddie (Dr. Myo Nwe), Ko Ko (Dr. Aye Maung Than) and I were there stuck for five days and four nights in the hospital as it was not safe for us to go out, as well as there were only three of us when the troubles started. Later, when Freddie and I moved to the surgical ward in Rangoon General Hospital, we sadly had to look after the wounded Chinese, all victims of assault by the mobs. One patient was a young lady who had parts of her anatomy cut off (fingers, ears, nose and breasts), stabbed many times in her chest, abdomen and even her private parts and left as dead but who unfortunately survived.  We got shouted and cursed by these patients every time we came near their beds to change dressings or to give antibiotics and analgesics. We could bear these only because of their sad plight and our understanding of them being innocent victims of mob hysteria.

 

More sadly for us was that some very close Chinese friends, who went to school with us and some who became good friends to us in medical school, all who were more like brothers than friends, they refused to talk to those like me who were Burmese for about a few months. Again, I could understand their resentment.

 

I keep praying that what is happening now would not spread to the degree of unrest like in 1967 and that people would come to their senses to realise that those they were attacking and those being attacked are, not very longer ago, must be their close neighbours and friends. It is so reminiscent of Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Palestine and Israel – all being of same ethnicity but divided by religion. Even within one religion, the dichotomy among sects: in Iraq, minority Sunnis versus majority Shiites; in Pakistan, Sunni vs. Shiites, Ishmaels and Sufis.

 

Historically, the Catholic Church was very much against Protestants during Henry VIII times, refusing to acknowledge the king or the queen as the head of the Anglican Church.

 

Then it was Christian against Muslims during the crusades. My next door neighbour goes to a Lutheran Church. When I asked whether she was a Lutheran from birth, she answered "My husband is Catholic and I am Anglican. Neither of our churches would allow us to marry each other unless one would change into the other's church. As only the Lutheran Church agreed to marry us in their church, we decided to turn Lutheran."

 

Buddhism is not free from schism: we Theravada Buddhist hardly talk to or worship together with those belonging to Mahayana sects; in Theravada sect, we split up again into Shwe Gyin, Thudamma and other smaller, each claiming to be better than the other. "New " sects like the Moonies emerged later on.

 

What I am trying to say is, that it is never about religion or even ethnicity, it is usually about something else: land ownership, survival, dominance etc – the more they try to be different, the more I see the similarities.

As I wrote, memories came back of how it was when we were growing up: there was so much harmony and tolerance: my father had close friends of different races, ethnicities and religions.

 

And in our younger days, there was so much tolerance and respect of other people's ethnicity, faith and religions: Burma had and still had public holidays for days of importance for each religion: apart from the Buddhist holy days, there are Eids, Dewalis, Chinese New Year, Karen New year etc. I could not remember how many good Chinese meals I had in the houses of my Chinese friends, especially at the home of Wilbert (Dr. Thein Myint from London), the yummy Indian food at Alan Bham's house (Dr. Suleman Ahmed Bham of Maryland), traditional Karen food at the Byaing Ye Oh Zin Baptist church with a mainly Karen congregation where my father was a lay preacher for many years;  joining Karen families and friends at Cushing High School in Ahlone for Karen New year or with Karen friends of my parents in Whitehall and Insein, the dances with Karen friends. Similarly, these friends overran our houses during our Buddhist events. We looked forward every Christmas to carol singers coming to our house, later more regularly led by Saya Leonard Kan Gyi of the Department of English of the University of Rangoon.

 

Unfortunate events in history, changes in governments and government policies regarding citizenship and nationality, global events like 9/11, many of these changed our perceptions as well as changed how we live with people of another ethnicity or religion. It is very sad since 1948, Burma, among all countries,  had the longest armed conflict, a civil war,  between the "Burmese" and other ethnicities.

 

If one looks back soon after Independence, we had a Shan President, a Karen president and was about to have a Kachin president when we had the military coup; we had Karen and Anglo-Burmans in senior positions in the military, the civil service and as parliamentarians (General Smith- Dun, General Saw Kyar Doe, Col. Clift, Col. Blake, Col. Smythe), we had Sultan Mahmood (a Chittagonian by birth) as Minister of Health, Mrs. Ba Than Chein as Minister for Karen Affairs, U Saw Tun for Arakan Affairs, U Chit Thaung for Mon Affairs, Mr. M.A. Rashid whose family was originally from India as a minister in different portfolio including Ministry of Transport.

 

One of the martyrs was U Razzak, affectionately known as Sayagyi U Razzak who was well known as a teacher before he entered politics.

 

We had intellectuals and highly educated eminent people: Sayagyi U Kar, Rector of the University and later Education Minister and his famous sons, our beloved teacher Prof. U Thein Maung ENT surgeon, Saya U Tin Maung Rector of Universities Computer Centre, Lt. Col. Hla Maung FRCS.  We have also our beloved teachers and seniors in various medical fields: the famous Meah family – Prof. U Ne Win senior psychiatrist, Prof. Daw Hnin Yee of medicine, Prof. U Pe Win, Physician, Dr. Daw Win May ophthalmologist. Our beloved professor of surgery Prof. U Ko Win, senior psychiatrist Dr. Khan, Prof. John Hla Khine anatomist, his brother Lt. Col. Maurice Hla Khine (I may have Ko Maurice's name wrong) Nephrologists, Major Tun Nyo ENT surgeon, Prof. U Ye Myint surgeon – all of the Islamic faith but all as patriotic as any other person in Burma, who had treated people of all walks of life and taught generations of doctors who themselves  became excellent doctors and rose to high academic positions. The Soorma family would be another good example of eminent family of doctors and lawyers who served the country faithfully.

 

Only because we are talking about the Rohinga issues, may I just mention the above eminent Burmese of Muslim faith. I could give similar long list of our teachers who were Chinese, Karen, Kachin, Mon as well as those who were Catholics, Baptists, Anglicans, Hindus, Zoroastrians (Parsi), Jews etc.  We were so fortunate to be taught by all of them, our teachers who accepted us for who we were, regardless of ethnicity or faith. All were as Burmese and as patriotic as the rest of the citizens of Burma

 

We even had had interfaith marriages where neither spouse need to convert to his/her spouse's religion and enjoyed long nor fulfilling married lives.

 

The issue of "rohinga" was first raised in 1951, at the then parliament by Mr. Sultan Mahmood, MP for Butheedaung (later Health Mister) to recognize "Rohinga" as an ethnic group but did not happen after much debate and calling upon historians in Burma. In 1954, Mr. M.A. Rashid raised the same question again and in the end, this was not resolved.

The debate should be allowed to go on but maybe it is time to finally settle the question of "Rohinga" issue.

 

Dr. Zaw Myint of Philadelphia, one of my many "sons" from med school, gave me Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" during my visit to US in 2009. In his book, Paine wrote "We ought to reflect that there are three different ways by which an independency may hereafter be effected; and that of those three, will, one day or other, be the fate of America viz. by the legal voice of the people in congress; by military power; or by mob….".  If we change "independency" to "democracy" or even "ethnicity and citizenship" , "congress" to "parliament", then we would see that in our country, we had tried two of these without success: by military might and by mob and mass protests. Maybe now we go for the third option, the present parliament as "the legal voice of the people" in consultation with both sides and with help from learned historian look at this issue and come up with a final agreement on this contentious issue.

 

I had the good fortune to have worked for six years in Bangladesh, over three years in Pakistan which included working with Afghanis on both side of the border. I had the privilege of enjoying the generosity and hospitality of many Muslims who were good to me not because who I was in my official capacity but as a fellow human being, with shared concerns, aspirations and hopes for family and friends, financial stability, good health, good education for our children and, most of all, peace and harmony. Not only did I have just Muslim friends but friends who were Sunni, Shiite, Ismaelis, Sufis, all equally kind and hospitable during my stay in their countries.

 

Please, not all Muslims are Talibans nor terrorists, not all Bengalis and Chittagonians could be labelled as "rohinga" – they are just like you or me, as should be accepted as they had kindly accepted me in their midst.

 

So sad that there were events in our history when but for chance happenings, things would have been so different: if there still is a Rakhine Kingdom, East Bengal or east Pakistan or the eastern Bangladesh would be part of the kingdom and they would be call as Rakhine citizens regardless of the religion; if the Burmese had not fought and won over not only Rakhine but also part of eastern Bengal, Assam, Manipur and Tripura, and there be no First Anglo-Burma war, all these would still be part of Burma and all would be without doubt be Burmese citizens. If Burma was annexed as a province of India, and not separated again after Independence, and we remained as province of India, we all might be by now all Indian citizens. If Anawrahta had not attacked Thaton and took away Shin Arahan and the Tripitaka, may be the Mons might continue to be part of an extended Mon-Khmer kingdom with what was now Laos and Cambodia.

I looked at the issue of people of different races: half the Nagas live in Nagaland in India and half in Sagaing Division in Burma; there are almost as many Jingpao (Kachins), Lisu, lahu etc. In Yunnan as there are in Burma; as Shans in Yunnan (esp Si San Banna) and in Thailand (Chang Mai, Chang Rai) as is in Burma. The borders of the sovereign neighbouring states may not have as much meaning or significance to many of these people, for borders are artificial and can change under changing circumstances.

 

May I be allowed to share the following passages from Bryce Courtney's book "Sylvia":

QUOTE: In teaching me more than one language Master Israel would say, "As a Jew I know who I am and I know what it is to be Jewish: the culture, the God I worship, the laws I follow, the food I eat. What I teach my children is the righteous way and also what is wrong. I observe the laws regarding my wife and my marriage duties. As a Gentile it is the same with you, Sylvia. But when we learn another's language, we begin to understand how we differ from others and, more importantly, how we are the same. Their language teaches us how they think, how their culture works, how they use their religion in their daily life and what makes them laugh and what makes them cry

 

"But when you speak someone else's language and may thus get to know them first, it is far more difficult to despise them or to believe what is said of them. Keep thy mind open and thy thoughts clear when the oracles in the temples declare villainy of other nations. As always 'Do they know these people? Do they speak their tongue?' If you want to make a man your  enemy when he has done you no harm, then know nothing about him, his language, his religion or nation so that you may call him an infidel and vile with impunity" UNQUOTE

 

The passages can be applied to any nationality, any ethnic group, any religion, and any culture different from us, not just for the present issues of Rohingas. And that would be within the spirit of the Pinlone Agreement, which we, the ethnic majority, reneged as a people and a government, resulting in bloodshed and strive for more than sixty years.

Dr. Soe Min's blogs have now been published as a book in Rangoon, and I bought a copy of this book. I love the title "Sayar Wun Tway Bet Ka She Nae Lite" i.e. "to be a lawyer in defence of the medical profession"; I wish I could title this as "in defence of not just the Rohingas but all ethnic groups with our country".

 

Finally, I wish I were as wise as Scout and her father Atticus in "To Kill a Mocking Bird" , again sharing the last few lines of one of my favourite books:

 

"Yeah, an' they all thought it was the Stoner's Boy messing up their clubhouse an' throwing ink all over it an'…"

He guided me to the bed and sat me down. He lifted my legs and put me under the cover.

"An' they chased him 'n' never could catch him 'cause they didn't know what he looked like, an' Atticus, when they finally saw him, why he hadn't done any of those things…  Atticus, he was very nice…."

"Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them."

 

May be if we try to see and know one another (ethnic), I am sure that all are also very nice, and just like us.

As my late father would have said at the end of his summation in court, may I say, "The defence rests. "

Thane Oke Kyaw-Myint

A Pacifist, Unitarian & Citizen of the Global Village

26 June 2012



[DASYAT] Suami Makan Adik Ipar, Isteri Hamil Dengan Lelaki Lain - Tinggal Sebumbung

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 06:41 AM PDT

Kangar: Bagai keluarga 69 apabila seorang suami merelakan isterinya mengandung anak luar nikah hasil hubungan dengan lelaki lain manakala dia sendiri pula menjalin hubungan sulit dengan adik ipar dan mereka semua tinggal sebumbung di rumah Projek Perumahan Rakyat Termiskin (PPRT) di Padang Keria, dekat sini.

Gambar: SIASAT...kedua-dua pasangan meninggalkan kompleks Jaips di Kangar, selepas diambil keterangan.

Lebih mengejutkan, lelaki berusia 39 tahun bekerja kampung itu sudah lebih setahun tinggal seperti suami isteri bersama adik iparnya manakala isterinya kini sarat mengandung lapan bulan hasil hubungan haram dengan lelaki lain berusia 29 tahun.

Bagaimanapun, kehidupan jelik kedua-dua pasangan itu sejak lebih setahun lalu, terbongkar apabila sepasukan anggota penguat kuasa Jabatan Agama Islam Perlis (Jaips) melakukan serbuan selepas menerima maklumat.

Penolong Pengarah Penguat kuasa Jaips, Suhaimi Ahmad berkata, kedua-dua pasangan itu ditahan dalam dua serbuan berasingan di rumah mereka jam 12.30 tengah malam dan 1.20 pagi semalam. -hm

Ulasan GB

Apa yang dapat diluahkan lagi selain ... astaghfirullahil azim..

Ini adalah diantara bala yang menimpa ummah apabila hukum Allah dipersendakan.


Live Worm Removed From India Man's Eye

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 08:55 AM PDT


A doctor in India has pulled a live five-inch long worm from the eye of an elderly patient who was complaining of persistent pain in an operation reminiscent of a far-fetched alien movie plot.
When Dr V. Seetharaman examined 75-year-old patient P.K. Krishnamurthy at Mumbai's Fortis Hospital this week, the eye expert was shocked by the highly unusual sight of the writhing parasite and had to operate speedily to remove it before serious damage was caused.
"It was wriggling there under the conjunctiva," Seetharaman told AFP, referring to the thin membrane lining the eye. "It was the first time in my career of 30 years that I had seen such a case."
Krishnamurthy had been suffering for more than two weeks with redness and irritation before the doctor pin-pointed the threadlike creature under a microscope on Wednesday.
"He was also confused and very much disturbed," said Seetharaman.
The specialist removed the five-inch worm by making a small opening in the conjunctiva -- a 15-minute operation that was observed by the patient's horrified wife, Saraswati.
"It just kept moving and jumping; it was scary for a bit," she told the Mumbai Mirror.
The patient was relieved of his symptoms while the worm, which was alive for another 30 minutes after surgery, was sent to the hospital's microbiologists to be identified.
Seetharaman had previously only heard of worms of about two to three centimeters being removed. "Probably this is a record," he said.
He suggested the creature could have entered the patient from a cut in his foot or from eating raw or improperly cooked food, before entering the bloodstream and travelling to the eye.
"If the worm was not removed it could have gone into the layers of the eye and caused visual loss," he said. "It could have entered the brain and caused major neurological problems."
Dr S. Narayani, the hospital's medical director, agreed it was an extremely rare case. "We have a very active ophthalmology department and we have not come across a case like this in the last 10 years," she said.





1982 Nobel Prize Winner Suffering From Dementia

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 03:42 AM PDT

7 July 2012
Last updated at 07:58 GMT








Garcia Marquez 'suffering from dementia', says brother




There have been rumours about Garcia Marquez' memory losses

 

The
brother of Gabriel Garcia Marquez says that the Colombian writer and
winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature is suffering from
dementia.

Jaime Garcia Marquez told students


‘Sekarang Kita Dikuasai Mafia’ - Mohd Sabu

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 05:03 AM PDT

Selayang : Timbalan Presiden PAS, Mohamad Sabu menyifatkan pemimpin di negara ini mentadbir kerajaan dengan cara ala 'mafia'.

Katanya, pentadbiran di Malaysia kini dicemari dengan budaya rasuah dan jenayah yang semakin menular.

"Ini masalah besar yang dihadapi oleh kerajaan Umno-BN ketika ini iaitu rasuah dan penyelewengan.

"Hadirin sekalian, rasuah campur jenayah dicampur gerakan mafia antarabangsa inilah yang menguasai pentadbiran Malaysia sekarang. Bolehkah lagi kita bernaung di bawah pemerintah yang dikuasai oleh mafia?

"Dulu negara-negara Amerika Latin dikuasai oleh mafia dadah. Sekarang kita dikuasai oleh mafia. Terdedah perbincangan hal Scorpene, rasuah di Parlimen Malta, terdedah di Hong Kong, di sini (Malaysia) kita tidak tahu apa-apa," katanya yang lebih dikenali sebagai Mat Sabu dalam ceramah Merdeka Rakyat, di sini, semalam.

Jelasnya, persoalan-persoalan sebegini seharusnya didedahkan kepada rakyat di negara ini kerana rakyat berhak tahu bagaimana wang negara dibelanjakan.

"Kini, Umno-BN sudah tiada modal dan tertekan serta terdesak oleh kerana itu mereka tiupkan api perkauman. Semua cerita yang keluar mesti berkisar mengenai perkauman. Tetapi saya rasa rakyat sudah tahu sekarang," katanya.

Kira-kira 3,000 hadirin yang hadir dalam ceramah Merdeka Rakyat itu.

Hadir sama Ketua Umum PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Soladariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM), Badrul Hisham Shahrin atau Chegubard, Adun Teja Chang Lih Kang dan Timbalan Pengerusi DAP, A.Sivanesan.

Sementara itu, Adun Teja Chang Lih Kang berkata Umno-BN bukan sahaja tidak membela Melayu malah menjadikan Melayu golongan termiskin di negara ini.

Beliau yang juga Ahli Majlis Pimpinan Pusat PKR berkata 75 peratus rakyat termiskin adalah orang Melayu.

"Sekiranya Umno-BN membela orang Melayu seperti yang dilaungkan, mengapa sudah lebih 50 tahun orang Melayu tetapi miskin malah menjadi golongan termiskin.

"Kalau bela betul-betul, benda ini tidak akan berlaku," jelasnya. -selangorku


Paths Are Made For Walking

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 03:23 AM PDT

The 2012's Baccalaureate speaker at the University of Pennsylvania was an unconventional choice for an Ivy League school. To address their newly-minted graduates, aspiring to dazzling careers, they picked a man who has never in his adult life, applied for a job. A man who hasn't worked for pay in nearly a decade, and whose self-stated mission is simply "to bring smiles to the world and stillness to my heart". This off-the-radar speaker launched his address with a startling piece of advice. Following up with four key insights gleaned from a radical 1000 km walking pilgrimage through the villages of India. As he closed his one-of-a-kind Graduation Day speech, the sea of cap and gowned students rose to their feet for a standing ovation. What follows is the full transcript of the talk by Nipun Mehta.]

Thank you to my distinguished friends, President Amy Gutmann, Provost Vincent Price and Rev. Charles Howard for inviting me to share a few reflections on this joyous occasion. It is an honor and privilege to congratulate you -- UPenn's class of 2012.

Right now each one of you is sitting on the runway of life primed for takeoff. You are some of the world's most gifted, elite, and driven college graduates – and you are undeniably ready to fly. So what I'm about to say next may sound a bit crazy. I want to urge you, not to fly, but to – walk. Four years ago, you walked into this marvelous laboratory of higher learning. Today, heads held high, you walk to receive your diplomas. Tomorrow, you will walk into a world of infinite possibilities.

But walking, in our high-speed world, has unfortunately fallen out of favor. The word "pedestrian" itself is used to describe something ordinary and commonplace. Yet, walking with intention has deep roots. Australia's aboriginal youth go on walkabouts as a rite of passage; Native American tribes conduct vision quests in the wilderness; in Europe, for centuries, people have walked the Camino de Santiago, which spans the breadth of Spain. Such pilgrims place one foot firmly in front of the other, to fall in step with the rhythms of the universe and the cadence of their own hearts.

Back in 2005, six months into our marriage, my wife and I decided to "step it up" ourselves and go on a walking pilgrimage. At the peak of our efforts with ServiceSpace, we wondered if we had the capacity to put aside our worldly success and seek higher truths. Have you ever thought of something and then just known that it had to happen? It was one of those things. So we sold all our major belongings, and bought a one-way ticket to India. Our plan was to head to Mahatma Gandhi's ashram, since he had always been an inspiration to us, and then walk South. Between the two of us, we budgeted a dollar a day, mostly for incidentals -- which meant that for our survival we had to depend utterly on the kindness of strangers. We ate whatever food was offered and slept wherever place was offered.

Now, I do have to say, such ideas come with a warning: do not try this at home, because your partner might not exactly welcome this kind of honeymoon. :-)

For us, this walk was a pilgrimage -- and our goal was simply to be in a space larger than our egos, and to allow that compassion to guide us in unscripted acts of service along the way. Stripped entirely of our comfort zone and accustomed identities, could we still "keep it real"? That was our challenge.

We ended up walking 1000 kilometers over three months. In that period, we encountered the very best and the very worst of human nature -- not just in others, but also within ourselves.

Soon after we ended the pilgrimage, my uncle casually popped the million dollar question at the dinner table: "So, Nipun, what did you learn from this walk?" I didn't know where to begin. But quite spontaneously, an acronym -- W-A-L-K -- came to mind, which encompassed the key lessons we had learned, and continue to relearn, even to this day. As you start the next phase of your journey, I want to share those nuggets with the hope that it might illuminate your path in some small way too.

The W in WALK stands for Witness. When you walk, you quite literally see more. Your field of vision is nearly 180 degrees, compared to 40 degrees when you're traveling at 62 mph. Higher speeds smudge our peripheral vision, whereas walking actually broadens your canvas and dramatically shifts the objects of your attention. For instance, on our pilgrimage, we would notice the sunrise everyday, and how, at sunset, the birds would congregate for a little party of their own. Instead of adding Facebook friends online, we were actually making friends in person, often over a cup of hot "chai". Life around us came alive in a new way.

A walking pace is the speed of community. Where high speeds facilitate separation, a slower pace gifts us an opportunity to commune.

As we traversed rural India at the speed of a couple of miles per hour, it became clear how much we could learn simply by bearing witness to the villagers' way of life. Their entire mental model is different -- the multiplication of wants is replaced by the basic fulfillment of human needs.When you are no longer preoccupied with asking for more and more stuff; then you just take what is given and give what is taken. Life is simple again. A farmer explained it to us this way: "You cannot make the clouds rain more, you cannot make the sun shine less. They are just nature's gifts -- take it or leave it."

When the things around you are seen as gifts, they are no longer a means to an end; they are the means and the end. And thus, a cow-herder will tend to his animals with the compassion of a father, a village woman will wait 3 hours for a delayed bus without a trace of anger, a child will spend countless hours fascinated by stars in the galaxy, and finding his place in the vast cosmos.

So with today's modernized tools at your ready disposal, don't let yourself zoom obliviously from point A to point B on the highways of life; try walking the backroads of the world, where you will witness a profoundly inextricable connection with all living things.

The A in WALK stands for Accept. When walking in this way, you place yourself in the palm of the universe, and face its realities head on. We walked at the peak of summer, in merciless temperatures hovering above 120 degrees. Sometimes we were hungry, exhausted and even frustrated. Our bodies ached for just that extra drink of water, a few more moments in the shade, or just that little spark of human kindness. Many times we received that extra bit, and our hearts would overflow with gratitude. But sometimes we were abruptly refused, and we had to cultivate the capacity to accept the gifts hidden in even the most challenging of moments.

I remember one such day, when we approached a rest house along a barren highway. As heavy trucks whizzed past, we saw a sign, announcing that guests were hosted at no charge. "Ah, our lucky day," we thought in delight. I stepped inside eagerly. The man behind the desk looked up and asked sharply, "Are you here to see the temple?" A simple yes from my lips would have instantly granted us a full meal and a room for the night. But it wouldn't have been the truth. So instead, I said, "Well, technically, no sir. We're on a walking pilgrimage to become better people. But we would be glad to visit the temple." Rather abruptly, he retorted: "Um, sorry, we can't host you." Something about his curt arrogance triggered a slew of negative emotions. I wanted to make a snide remark in return and slam the door on my way out. Instead, I held my raging ego in check. In that state of physical and mental exhaustion, it felt like a Herculean task-- but through the inner turmoil a voice surfaced within, telling me to accept the reality of this moment.

There was a quiet metamorphosis in me. I humbly let go of my defenses, accepted my fate that day, and turned to leave without a murmur. Perhaps the man behind the counter sensed this shift in me, because he yelled out just then, "So what exactly are you doing again?" After my brief explanation he said, "Look, I can't feed you or host you, because rules are rules. But there are restrooms out in the back. You could sleep outside the male restroom and your wife can sleep outside the female restroom." Though he was being kind, his offer felt like salt in my wounds. We had no choice but to accept.

That day we fasted and that night, we slept by the bathrooms. A small lie could've bought us an upgrade, but that would've been no pilgrimage. As I went to sleep with a wall separating me from my wife, I had this beautiful, unbidden vision of a couple climbing to the top of a mountain from two different sides. Midway through this difficult ascent, as the man contemplated giving up, a small sparrow flew by with this counsel, "Don't quit now, friend. Your wife is eager to see you at the top." He kept climbing. A few days later, when the wife found herself on the brink of quitting, the little sparrow showed up with the same message. Step by step, their love sustained their journey all the way to the mountaintop. Visited by the timely grace of this vision, I shed a few grateful tears -- and this story became a touchstone not only in our relationship, but many other noble friendships as well.

So I encourage you to cultivate equanimity and accept whatever life tosses into your laps -- when you do that, you will be blessed with the insight of an inner transformation that is yours to keep for all of time.

The L in WALK stands for Love. The more we learned from nature, and built a kind of inner resilience to external circumstances, the more we fell into our natural state -- which was to be loving. In our dominant paradigm, Hollywood has insidiously co-opted the word, but the love I'm talking about here is the kind of love that only knows one thing -- to give with no strings attached. Purely. Selflessly.

Most of us believe that to give, we first need to have something to give. The trouble with that is, that when we are taking stock of what we have, we almost always make accounting errors. Oscar Wilde once quipped, "Now-a-days, people know the price of everything, but the value of nothing." We have forgotten how to value things without a price tag. Hence, when we get to our most abundant gifts -- like attention, insight, compassion -- we confuse their worth because they're, well, priceless.

On our walking pilgrimage, we noticed that those who had the least were most readily equipped to honor the priceless. In urban cities, the people we encountered began with an unspoken wariness: "Why are you doing this? What do you want from me?" In the countryside, on the other hand, villagers almost always met us with an open-hearted curiosity launching straight in with: "Hey buddy, you don't look local. What's your story?"

In the villages, your worth wasn't assessed by your business card, professional network or your salary. That innate simplicity allowed them to love life and cherish all its connections.

Extremely poor villagers, who couldn't even afford their own meals, would often borrow food from their neighbors to feed us. When we tried to refuse, they would simply explain: "To us, the guest is God. This is our offering to the divine in you that connects us to each other." Now, how could one refuse that? Street vendors often gifted us vegetables; in a very touching moment, an armless fruit-seller once insisted on giving us a slice of watermelon. Everyone, no matter how old, would be overjoyed to give us directions, even when they weren't fully sure of them. :) And I still remember the woman who generously gave us water when we were extremely thirsty -- only to later discover that she had to walk 10 kilometers at 4AM to get that one bucket of water. These people knew how to give, not because they had a lot, but because they knew how to love life. They didn't need any credit or assurance that you would ever return to pay them back. Rather, they just trusted in the pay-it-forward circle of giving.

When you come alive in this way, you'll realize that true generosity doesn't start when you have some thing to give, but rather when there's nothing in you that's trying to take. So I hope that you will make all your precious moments an expression of loving life.

And lastly, the K in WALK stands for Know Thyself.

Sages have long informed us that when we serve others unconditionally, we shift from the me-to-the-we and connect more deeply with the other. That matrix of inter-connections allows for a profound quality of mental quietude. Like a still lake undisturbed by waves or ripples, we are then able to see clearly into who we are and how we can live in deep harmony with the environment around us.

When one foot walks, the other rests. Doing and being have to be in balance.

Our rational mind wants to rightfully ensure progress, but our intuitive mind also needs space for the emergent, unknown and unplanned to arise. Doing is certainly important, but when we aren't aware of our internal ecosystem, we get so vested in our plans and actions, that we don't notice the buildup of mental residue. Over time, that unconscious internal noise starts polluting our motivations, our ethics and our spirit. And so, it is critical to still the mind. A melody, after all, can only be created with the silence in between the notes.

As we walked -- witnessed, accepted, loved -- our vision of the world indeed grew clearer. That clarity, paradoxically enough, blurred our previous distinctions between me versus we, inner transformation versus external impact, and selfishness versus selflessness. They were inextricably connected. When a poor farmer gave me a tomato as a parting gift, with tears rolling down his eyes, was I receiving or giving? When sat for hours in silent meditation, was the benefit solely mine or would it ripple out into the world? When I lifted the haystack off an old man's head and carried it for a kilometer, was I serving him or serving myself?

Which is to say, don't just go through life -- grow through life. It will be easy and tempting for you to arrive at reflexive answers -- but make it a point, instead, to acknowledge mystery and welcome rich questions ... questions that nudge you towards a greater understanding of this world and your place in it.

That's W-A-L-K. And today, at this momentous milestone of your life, you came in walking and you will go out walking. As you walk on into a world that is increasingly aiming to move beyond the speed of thought, I hope you will each remember the importance of traveling at the speed of thoughtfulness. I hope that you will take time to witness our magnificent interconnections. That you will accept the beautiful gifts of life even when they aren't pretty, that you will practice loving selflessly and strive to know your deepest nature.

I want to close with a story about my great grandfather. He was a man of little wealth who still managed to give every single day of his life. Each morning, he had a ritual of going on a walk -- and as he walked, he diligently fed the ant hills along his path with small pinches of wheat flour. Now that is an act of micro generosity so small that it might seem utterly negligible, in the grand scheme of the universe. How does it matter? It matters in that it changed him inside. And my great grandfather's goodness shaped the worldview of my grandparents who in turn influenced that of their children -- my parents. Today those ants and the ant hills are gone, but my great grandpa's spirit is very much embedded in all my actions and their future ripples. It is precisely these small, often invisible, acts of inner transformation that mold the stuff of our being, and bend the arc of our shared destiny.

On your walk, today and always, I wish you the eyes to see the anthills and the heart to feed them with joy.

May you be blessed. Change yourself -- change the world.

This is a transcript of the Baccalaureate address to UPenn's graduating class of 2012, delivered by Nipun Mehta. Nipun is the founder of ServiceSpace.org, a nonprofit that works at the intersection of gift-economy, technology and volunteerism. His popular TED talk Designing for Generosity provides an overview of their work and guiding principles.

Thanks to reader YK who sent this to me via email.


以过期发展大蓝图误导媒体,张胜富在双溪威草场事件再摆乌龙

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 03:04 AM PDT

张胜富最近再摆乌龙,这一次是使用过期的八打灵再也发展大蓝图来误导媒体和大众,让人们以为双溪威草场是"乌龙计划"。他也企图使用雪州能力、公信和透明专案委员会(Selcat)最近针对PKNS草场发展计划所进行的听证会促使州政府撤消双溪威草场计划。孰不知,这两者根本存在着极大的差异。张胜富在7月4日召开的记者会一共展示两张地图,第一张是八打灵市议会管辖区的道路地图,另一张是八打灵再也第一期地方发展大蓝图(RTPJ1)。其中张胜富更是援引后者图中的水利灌溉局保留地来证明双溪威草场作为绿肺保留地。有趣的是,在张胜富的发展大蓝图中,以前的火线界现在依然还是"电缆保留地"(该地现在已经重新发展为高密度住宅区)。我要指出张胜富两个乌龙的地方如下:第一、确定土地用途的正确工具不是道路地图,而是发展大蓝图。张胜富一手拿着道路地图,另一手又拿着发展大蓝图。到底他是以什么为标准?第二、即使张胜富最后所援用的是


Brutal and Biased Police Response to Sectarian Violence in Arakan State

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 12:17 AM PDT

Brutal and Biased Police Response to Sectarian Violence in Arakan State

(New York) – Burmese security forces have responded to sectarian violence in northern Arakan State with mass arrests and unlawful force against the Rohingya Muslim population, Human Rights Watch said today. Local police, the military, and a border security force known as Nasaka have committed numerous abuses in predominantly Muslim townships while combating the violence between the Rohingya and ethnic Arakan, who are predominantly Buddhist, that broke out in early June 2012.

Human Rights Watch urged the Burmese government to end arbitrary and incommunicado detention, and redeploy and hold accountable security forces implicated in serious abuses. Burmese authorities should ensure safe access to the area by the United Nations (UN), independent humanitarian organizations, and the media.

"The Burmese government needs to put an immediate end to the abusive sweeps by the security forces against Rohingya communities," said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "Anyone being held should be promptly charged or released, and their relatives given access."

Burmese security forces have been implicated in killings and other abuses since the sectarian violence in northern Arakan State began, Human Rights Watch said. For instance, on June 23, in a village near the town of Maungdaw, security forces pursued and opened fire on two dozen Rohingya villagers who had been hiding from the violence in fields and forest areas. The total killed or wounded is unknown, but one survivor told Human Rights Watch that out of a group of eight young men who were fleeing, only two managed to escape unharmed after the security forces fired on them.

"Everybody was so scared," he told Human Rights Watch. "We saw them entering and we left, trying to get out of the village. There was a canal, but some people could not cross it and the army shot at them and killed them."

The recent sectarian violence began after an ethnic Arakan woman was allegedly raped and killed by three Muslim men on Ramri island in southern Arakan State in late May, which was followed by the June 3 killing of 10 Muslims by an Arakan mob in Toungop. On June 8, thousands of Rohingya rioted in the town of Maungdaw, destroying Arakan property and causing an unknown number of deaths. Groups of Rohingya subsequently committed killings and other violence elsewhere in the state, burning down Arakan homes and villages. Arakan groups, in some cases with the collusion of local authorities and police, committed violence against Rohingya communities, including killings and beatings, and burning down Muslim homes and villages.

On June 10, President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency in northern Arakan State, which permits the armed forces to carry out arrests and detain people without fundamental due process protections. While the Burmese army has largely contained the sectarian violence, abuses by security forces against Rohingya communities appear to be on the upsurge in recent weeks, Human Rights Watch said.

Local police and the Nasaka, claiming to be searching for Rohingya criminal suspects involved in the sectarian strife, have conducted mass round-ups of Rohingya. On July 1, the state-run New Light of Myanmar reported that 30 Arakan suspects were arrested for the June 3 killings. Nevertheless, the mass arrests ongoing in northern Arakan State seem to be discriminatory, as the authorities in these townships do not appear to be investigating or apprehending Arakan suspected of criminal offenses, Human Rights Watch said. The total number of people arrested, their names, and any charges against them have not been reported.

Witnesses told Human Rights Watch that state security forces violently raided predominately Rohingya villages in Maungdaw township, firing on villagers and looting homes and businesses. In several villages, police and Nasaka dragged Rohingya from their homes and violently beat them. Witnesses in villages outside of Maungdaw said dozens of people, including women and children, were taken away in mid-June in Nasaka trucks to unknown locations, and have not been heard from since. Mass arrests of Rohingya have also taken place in Buthidaung and Rathedaung townships. Witnesses in Maungdaw township described several instances in which Arakan men wielding sticks and swords accompanied the security forces in raids on Rohingya villages. A 27-year-old Rohingya man told Human Rights Watch, "Twenty-five of my relatives have been arrested.… I saw with my own eyes, two of my nephews were taken by the military and Nasaka. They tried to hide themselves in the large embankments in the paddy fields, but some Arakan found them and stabbed them with long knives. They stabbed them and took them to the jail."

Human Rights Watch documented the destruction of Buddhist temples, mosques, and thousands of Arakan and Rohingya houses that were burned to the ground during the sectarian violence, leaving an estimated 90,000 people displaced and taking segregated refuge in temporary camps and community sites. Hundreds of Rohingya fled across the nearby border to Bangladesh, where many were forced back by Bangladeshi border guards.

"The violence in Arakan State has devastated both the Rohingya and Arakan communities, but government efforts to identify and arrest those responsible should not result in further abuses," Pearson said. "The sectarian violence and state of emergency provides no excuse for the security forces to continue their past record of abuses and discrimination against the Rohingya community."

The Burmese government restricts international access to northern Arakan State – an area comprising the predominantly Muslim townships of Maungdaw, Buthidaung, and Rathedaung – and severely curtails freedom of movement for Rohingya residents. The Nasaka's long history of arbitrary detentions, torture, and other ill-treatment of Rohingya detainees heightens concerns about the recent mass arrests, Human Rights Watch said.

The government has not allowed independent investigations in the affected areas since the violence began. On June 6, Thein Sein ordered a high-level government committee to investigate the causes of the violence, identify the perpetrators, and issue recommendations. The committee is scheduled to present its findings by August 30. However, there are concerns about the independence and objectivity of the investigation committee, given that it includes local security forces and Arakan State officials, Human Rights Watch said.

The government should invite the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Burma, Tomas Quintana, to Arakan State to conduct an urgent visit to investigate the violence and conduct of the security forces, Human Rights Watch said. The authorities should immediately disclose the location of all detention centers, provide the names of all detainees, bring them promptly before a judge, and allow independent humanitarian agencies access to all facilities.

Human Rights Watch urged the United States, European Union, ASEAN, Australia, Japan, and other countries concerned about human rights in Burma to press the government to allow an independent and thorough investigation of the violence, and to ensure that the basic rights of those detained are respected. They should also call upon the Bangladesh authorities not to return or push back those fleeing violence and to provide them temporary protection.

"The Burmese government should demonstrate that the political changes taking place in the country extend to the ethnic areas, and that abuses by local authorities will not be tolerated," Pearson said. "This means stopping the violations, holding abusive officials to account, and promptly permitting an independent investigation."



Isteri Berzina Dengan Bos

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 02:22 AM PDT

Gombak: Luluh hati seorang suami apabila niatnya untuk pulang semula ke rumah di Rawang, dekat sini, kerana bimbangkan keselamatan isteri selepas dihalau sebelum itu bertukar episod hitam apabila melihat isterinya itu bersekedudukan dengan lelaki lain, Selasa lalu.

Lebih menyedihkan, lelaki yang ditangkap berasmara dengan isterinya adalah majikan wanita itu menyebabkan mangsa, 30, gagal mengawal diri sehingga menitis air mata dan tidak mampu berkata apa-apa.

Walaupun majikan isterinya berulang kali meminta maaf dan mendakwa tidak melakukan hubungan asmara dengan wanita itu, namun mangsa yang enggan mempercayainya mendesak dia menceritakan perkara sebenar menyebabkan lelaki itu panik dan melarikan diri.

Bagaimanapun, dia ditahan penduduk yang menyedari kejadian terbabit sebelum lelaki itu mengaku melakukan hubungan asmara dengan pasangannya sebelum mereka dibawa ke Balai Polis Rawang untuk tindakan lanjut.

Sumber berkata, sebelum kejadian, suami berkenaan yang rindukan isteri pulang semula ke rumah jam 7.30 malam bersama adik lelakinya kerana bimbangkan keselamatan isterinya itu namun berasa pelik sebaik melihat sepasang kasut lelaki berada di luar rumah. -hm

Ulasan GB

Kes ini berleluasa terutama di bandar-bandar besar.

Seorang sahabat menulis di dalam FBnya:

Zina dgn bos!

Apa puncanya, dan kemudian apa penyelesaiannya?

Adakah wajar wanita bekerja atau duduk sahaja di rumah supaya terhindar dari kes sebegini ....?


Press Interview: Housing demands in Penang

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 10:29 PM PDT

Exclusive Interview Nanyang Siang Pao with YB Wong Hon Wai on housing demands in Penang.

槟岛房屋计划 10万火急




2012-06-08
人口激增,加速可负担房屋的需求,尤其是槟城这个外资重地。根据2005至2020年槟州大蓝图,槟城到了2020年会有200万人口,需要额外的10万间房屋;这对一个岛屿是一大挑战。

到底槟州政府有何锦囊妙计与时间赛跑,缩短州内房屋供应和人口激增的鸿沟?

卖地盈利拨5亿元设基金 槟城建1.8万可负担房屋

可负担住屋课题随着楼价上扬成了城中热门话题,中央政府也关注这课题,通过各种计划,协助低收入者购买自居房屋,例如"我的首间房屋计划"、"可负担房屋计划"和"亲民房屋计划"等等。

但在州属层次,槟城展现了令人期待的一面。州政府通过拨出卖地部分盈利,兴建可负担房屋,以解决槟州未来8年急需另10万间房屋的需求。

根据2005至2020年槟州结构大蓝图,槟州未来8年急需另10万间房屋。

每年建12500房屋报告估计,槟州人口在2020年将创下200万人,比较目前的160万人口剧增40万人,以每4人共住一屋计算,8年后急需10万间房屋,意味着在未来8年每年需兴建1万2500间房屋。

以槟州政府过去4年仅批准兴建1万1596间中廉价屋的速度,看来再过10年也追不上州内庞大房屋的需求。
我们约访掌管槟州房屋发展委员会的行政议员黄汉伟时,他对于眼前艰巨的挑战,他似乎有泰山崩于眼前面不改色之势泰然处之。

到底槟州政府有何锦囊妙计因应这重大考验?

他接受《南洋商报》记者访问时指出,上台执政槟城4年多的民联政府,通过脱售峇央珍珠102英亩地段的盈利,拨出5亿令吉设立兴建槟州可负担房屋基金。

这项基金将注资,以在未来10至15年,由槟州发展机构在槟威两地,兴建1万8000间可负担房屋,成为城中热门话题。

在首期计划下,槟州发展机构会先在威南峇都加湾200英亩地段,兴建1万2000间全马最有素质可负担房屋,第二期则在槟威两地被鉴定的77英亩地段发展6000单位民房。

首阶段2000单位 年杪动工3年后交屋
威南峇都加湾桂花城首阶段的2000单位可负担房屋,预料将在近期内取得图测批准后,于今年杪动工并在3年后交屋。

黄汉伟说,这项发展总值4亿5000万令吉的可负担房屋计划,计划在200英亩地段兴建16座包含1万2000间。这项计划的房屋价格介于7万2500令吉(800平方尺)至22万令吉(1000平方尺)。

他说,整个计划预计耗时10至15年内完成,由槟州发展机构执行,发展图测已提呈威省市议会一站式统办中心等待被批准。

现有产业单位逾35万
根据2011年槟州产业报告,槟州现有的各类产业单位达到35万4428,比2010年的35万154单位增加了4174间或1.19%。

黄汉伟说,过去两年建竣取得入住证房屋有1万3519间,分别是2011年4174间,2010年9345间。
他说,去年施工中的产业发展,则有高达4万8029单位,已批准发展图测但未动工的更有4万1905单位,让槟州有信心可在未来8年达到10万间房屋需求。

"请不要忘记我们(槟州政府)将在未来第三期可负担房屋计划下,在5个县署将被鉴定的167英亩地段兴建更多房屋,对应付10万间的需求量。 "

须履行30%廉价中廉价屋责任
虽然槟州政府承诺会兴建更多可负担房屋,但黄汉伟也提醒发展商,必须履行在发展计划中兴建30%廉价与中廉价房屋的责任。

他说,州政府通过于2011年12月21日修改发展指南提高建筑容积率(Plot Ratio),允许发展商在每英亩地段兴建87至120单位的房屋。

近3万人申请不过,发展商必须在高密度地点兴建的发展计划时,保留25%作为定价50万令吉以下的房屋单位,这包括20万令吉以下5%、20万至30万令吉15%以及5%为30万至50万令吉的房屋。

他说,根据州房屋局截至3月31日更新资料运动,共有2万9000人申请廉价及中廉价屋,其中以东北区以1万4000人高居榜首,可见该区对房屋需求的压力。

槟州政府希望通过1万8000间可负担房屋计划及发展商兴建的30%约1万间中廉价屋,填补这个数目。

避免过剩现象 按部就班建屋

黄汉伟说,尽管槟州急需10万间房屋,不过,政府并不能拼命兴建房屋,而必须按部就班,配合人口与工业的增长取得平衡发展,以免出现过剩现象。

槟城土地和屋价在过去4年,平均暴涨150至200%,为了纾缓这压力,房屋发展有必要通过配合基本建设的开发。

黄汉伟说,这包括医院、学校及交通,以开发到外围新地区,吸引工业制造就业机会以带动人口的提升。

他以威中作为实例,当年要槟岛人到威中买房,还要考虑。

"今天威中屋业蓬勃发展,大型商场相续涌入,吸引槟岛购屋者过海抢房。"

据威南一家信誉卓越发展商指出,根据该公司屋业销售业绩,其中28%购 屋者来自槟岛,印证新市区成长的威力。威南日新国民型中学的即将崛起,也是人口迅速增长的其中一大因素。

中产阶级家庭 难获中廉价屋槟州政府发展22万令吉可负担房屋,是否与中廉价房屋政策背道而驰?

黄汉伟说,随着槟州经济迅速成长及迈向国际大都会发展,槟州人民收入稳健提升,一个家庭的收入普遍都会超过申请中廉价房屋3500令吉家庭收入的条件,这使申请中廉价屋时面对阻力。

因此,州政府顺势推出可负担房屋,以迎合中产阶级收入家庭的房屋需求。

邀新狮城发展局规划
而被喻为全马最具水准的桂花城可负担房屋,更邀请新加坡房屋发展局规划,同时设有绿肺、足球场、篮球场、闭路电视、智能卡及其他休闲设施等。

他说,有关申请指南仍由槟州发展机构拟定中,而确定房屋售价也将根据届时的发展成本而调整。

修改外籍人士购屋限制根据槟州房地产发展商会主席拿督陈福星指出,槟州服务及工业欣欣向荣。

"而且,乔治市入遗带动旅游业发展,吸引国内外游客涌入,成为槟州产业在过去数年来亮眼成长的推手。"

为了保护本地人购买可负担房屋的机会,避免面对外国人的竞争,槟州政府也修改了外籍人士购屋的限制。

从7月1日起,外国人购屋下限,从50万令吉提高至100万令吉。

至于在槟岛的有地房屋,外籍人士的入场门槛是200万令吉,这也有助避免乔治市古迹建筑屋被外国人抢购一空。

槟城高居大马吸资榜首
槟城在外资眼中是一块瑰宝,2010年吸引122亿外来直接投资,去年则有97亿外资前来投资,高居大马吸资榜首。

在房地产业界眼中,这不仅仅是数字那么简单,更是带动就业机会和经济活动的动力。
根据槟州投资发展机构预测,2010年到槟城来投资的122亿令吉外资,未来数年将制造2万个工作机会,超越槟州人口成长率。

据悉,槟州,尤其是受到威中及威南工业园的带动,使到槟州制造业蓬勃,
近年来,厂商除了到邻近州属招聘之外,更被逼到吉隆坡各大高等学府招聘毕业生。












报道、摄影 :陈富全、王凯莉、王伍安


Balik Pulau - A place for eco-tourism and art heaven

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 10:17 PM PDT

As reported in The Star.

Balik Pulau - A place to inspire artists

THE Balik Pulau Art Society aims to establish Balik Pulau in Penang as an art village with the upcoming Balik Pulau Art Festival on July 13.

The three-day festival, which ends on July 15, aims to promote interaction among the people. Artists will be seen outdoors busy sketching the panaromic view of Balik Pulau from Balik Pulau Hill, Anjung Indah, on the first day.

The activity continues on the second day with painting or photography focusing on a few spots such as a fishing village, paddy field and old heritage buildings.

The festival will end with the display of artwork at No. 5 Kampung Ku, Balik Pulau, on the final day.
Penang-born artist Patrick Lasak is a self-taught artist who considers Balik Pulau a treasure trove.

"You can find the biggest inspiration here in Balik Pulau.

"The problem is, not many people know about the place or see it as inspiring for artists.
"We should shift some of the art attention from George Town to other destinations," said Patrick.

State Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts Committee chairman Wong Hon Wai thinks Balik Pulau has potential to be an eco-tourism and art haven.

"Balik Pulau is attractive for several reasons. One is the food, such as durian and laksa, and second is for the panaromic view, especially the landscape and hills," he said in a press conference.

Wong also witnessed the handing over of three hardcover books by Penang Museum and Art Gallery to the representatives of schools in Penang.

The books are 'Tan Mo-Leong Retrospective' by Dr Tan Chong Guan, 'Eric Quah Retrospective' by Datuk Dr Tan Chee Khuan and 'Dunia Seri Catan Khoo Sui Hoe' by Lee Khai.


亞依淡區州議員黃漢偉準備共6000個口罩分發亞依淡區內的學校

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 10:13 PM PDT

As reported in Oriental Daily National Page.

北馬的煙霾情況因沒有下雨而保持迷矇一片,不過週二早上的空氣污染指數已比週一的改善,就連破百點的詩布朗再也也降回86點。

根據環境部的報告,檳城理科大學的空氣污染指數為72,而北賴則達77點。為預防煙霾造成人體不適,檳州政府已經準備口罩派發給全檳州的學生。

其中,檳城亞依淡區州議員黃漢偉週二在巡視僑南小學時,攜帶了600個口罩分發給該學校的學生及全體教職員,更準備共6000個口罩分發亞依淡區內的學校。圖為抵禦煙霾,同學互相幫助,為不會戴上口罩的同學調整口罩。


Kampung Melayu bertukar wajah dengan pengecatan flat

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 10:08 PM PDT

As reported in Guangmin.

黃漢偉:米紅橙綠粉刷組屋 甘榜馬來由A座"變色"

 2012-07-01 18:24
  • 黃漢偉拿起油漆滾筒與大家一起動手重新粉刷甘榜馬來由A座組屋。
(檳城1日訊)阿依淡區州議員黃漢偉指出,甘榜馬來由A座組屋目前正進行重新粉刷工程,當局將為組屋漆上4種顏色,讓其變成一座色彩繽紛的組屋,令人眼前一亮。
他說,當局已於今年一月為甘榜馬來由B座組屋完成重新粉刷工作,目前就輪到A座組屋。
"A座組屋的重新粉刷工作已在6月1日開始動工,預計將於9月15日完工,屆時檳州首長林冠英也將配合開齋節到來,前來組屋拜訪居民。"
他說,A座組屋重油工程費用為24萬令吉,當中80%由州政府負責,另20%則是在企業社會責任計劃下,獲得一家企業贊助。


他指出,配合組屋重油,今年3月份辦了一項兒童繪畫比賽,以讓孩子們通過比賽設計出組屋重新粉刷後的外貌。

年杪更換新信箱

"當時有整百名孩子參加,我們從這些孩子們的作品中得到了設計概念,也設計出幾份概念圖供鄉委選擇。"
他說,鄉委最終選擇為組屋漆上4種顏色的設計,有關顏色分別為米、紅、橙及綠。
"A、B座組屋的設計各不同,我們都是配合組屋的外形來設計,但都改變以往單一顏色的設計,將讓人眼前一亮,也有助提升組屋的價值,希望居民們配合,照顧組屋的清潔及衛生。"
他指出,除了甘榜馬來由組屋,州政府也為峇央峇魯瑪蘇麗路組屋、打鎗埔5座5層樓高的組屋、另外F座組屋也已完成了重新粉刷工作,而打鎗埔J座組屋目前正進行重新粉刷工作。
另外他說,將在今年杪為甘榜馬來由組屋更換新的信箱,目前已進行公開招標。


Syarikat Minyak Anak Mahathir Monopoli Bekal Minyak kepada MAS

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 11:15 PM PDT

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mempersoalkan perjanjian pembekalan minyak untuk pesawat Airbus A380 antara Malaysia Airlines System Bhd (MAS) dan Petron Malaysia (Petron), yang dikaitkannya dengan anggota keluarga Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Katanya, ekoran perjanjian itu syarikat penerbangan negara MAS tidak dibenarkan membeli minyak selain daripada Petron (dahulunya dikenali sebagai Esso Malaysia Bhd) selama enam bulan.

"Saudara, apa punya dasar ekonomi ini. Najib, ini apa? Kamu perdana menteri atau ketua kampung.

"(Najib) ini perdana menteri, dengan Mahathir (dia) takut, dengan PERKASA dia takut, dengan (Barrack) Obama dia takut, balik rumah takut," katanya sambil diiringi ketawa dan sorakan hadirin dalam ceramah di Selayang dekat ibu negara malam tadi.

"Sebab itu, ketelanjuran sudah teruk. Wang kita, kena ingat. MAS ini syarikat penerbangan negara, mana boleh bagi kepada satu syarikat (sahaja)," katanya.

Petron dan MAS menandatangani perjanjian khas pada 29 Jun bagi membekalkan dan membeli bahan api Airbus A380 syarikat penerbangan negara selama enam bulan, bermula 1 Julai lalu.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MAS Group Ahmad Jauhari Yahya dilapor berkata syarikat penerbangan itu gembira mendapat rakan yang sama komited kepada keperluan mesra alam Airbus A380.

Bagi meraikan hubungan baru itu, Petron menyediakan bahan api percuma bagi penerbangan sulung pesawat A380 MAS, penerbangan MH2 dari Kuala Lumpur ke London pada malam Ahad sebelum ini.

MAS menerima pesawat A380 pertama di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa KL pada Jumaat.

Pada 5 Jun, MAS juga menikmati bekalan bahan api daripada Petron apabila ia membawa kakitangan dan tetamu untuk mencuba penerbangan A380, termasuk Dr Mahathir.

Sementara itu, Anwar juga mengumumkan akan melaksanakan pendidikan percuma dan penghapusan pinjaman Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN), sebaik sahaja gabungan diumumkan membentuk kerajan jika menang dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang. -mk


Famous Myanmar Muslims: Kyar Ba Nyein and Shwe Ba

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 08:39 PM PDT

National boxer Kyar Ba Nyein and Famous Film-star Shwe Ba, both of them are Myanmar Muslims.

လြမ္းတယ္…
ၿမန္မာ႔လက္ေ၀ွ႔ေလာကကို တေခတ္ဆန္းေစခဲ႔တဲ႔
လက္ေ၀ွ႔ေက်ာ္ ကုလားႀကီး က်ားဘညိမ္းကုိ
လြမ္းတယ္…

(ရုပ္ရွင္မင္းသားၾကီး ေရႊဘအား လက္ေဝွ႕သင္ၾကားေပးေသာ
ျမန္မာ့လက္ေဝွ႔ အေက်ာ္အေမာ္ က်ားဘညိမ္း)Source: Zaw Min Tun's FB photo.



Two Evil Men

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 08:30 PM PDT

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there were two evil friars living outside this small village.

The friars had tried unsuccessfully to overtake and capture the town, but finally this time, they believed they had hit upon a foolproof scheme that would allow them to rule the village.

They had, through mad scientist experiments in their floral shop, come up with a plant that would devour the townspeople one by one until none were left.

They set forth to put their plan into action by planting the man-eating plants so they encircled the village.

As the plants rapidly grew, they began devouring everything living in their path.

The townspeople grew frightened; who or what would save them from their eminent doom?

Finally, the town's elder remember Hugh, a woodcutter who lived on the outskirts of town.

Frantically, the townspeople penned a desperate plea for help, tied it to the leg of a pigeon, and directed the bird toward Hugh's cabin.

Meanwhile, outside of town, Hugh had received the note from the townspeople, and realizing they were in grave danger, set forth to do what he needed to do.

He honed his mightiest axe to razor-sharpness, grabbed his hat, and off he went.

Chopping his way through the dense vines, he single-handedly destroyed the carnivorous plants one by one, until all were destroyed.

Then he set out to rid the village of the evil friars, chasing them out of town.

The town was saved!!!

The people rejoiced and knighted Hugh for his brave and timely efforts to save the village!!!

And the moral of the story is:

Together - we can put put forest fires...

-Author Unknown-


Why do you think I posted this story? :-)

What does it bring to remembrance? 

What other morals could we learn?

Do leave a comment to share your reactions. Thank you!


Masih Bersekolah Sudah Merogol

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 09:24 PM PDT

3 pelajar didakwa perkosa

SEREMBAN: Tiga pelajar sekolah menengah berusia 16 dan 15 tahun dihadapkan ke Mahkamah Kanak-Kanak di sini, semalam, atas pertuduhan berasingan merogol dan mencabul kehormatan seorang remaja perempuan di sebuah rumah, awal pagi Ahad lalu. Gambar fail.

Semua juvana terbabit mengaku tidak bersalah terhadap pertuduhan dihadapi mereka dan meminta dibicarakan pada prosiding dijalankan di Mahkamah Majistret 2 di sini yang bertindak sebagai Mahkamah Kanak-Kanak.

Majistret Mohamad Izwan Mohamed Noh menetapkan kes untuk sebutan semula pada 26 September depan bagi penyerahan dokumen.

Pendakwaan dilakukan Timbalan Pendakwa Raya Kaiyisah Shukri manakala semua juvana tidak diwakili peguam bela.

Mengikut pertuduhan, juvana berusia 16 tahun itu didakwa merogol remaja perempuan berusia 15 tahun 11 bulan di sebuah rumah di Taman Desa Anggerik, Senawang, dekat sini, pada 1 Julai lalu, kira-kira jam 4 pagi.

Dia didakwa mengikut Seksyen 376 Kanun Keseksaan, memperuntukkan hukuman penjara sehingga 20 tahun dan sebatan jika sabit kesalahan.

Sementara itu, dua rakannya masing-masing berusia 15 tahun pula didakwa atas tuduhan berasingan iaitu menggunakan kekerasan jenayah dengan niat mencabul kehormatan mangsa sama, dengan memeluk badannya dari belakang pada tarikh dan di tempat sama, antara jam 4 pagi hingga 5 pagi.

Bagi kesalahan itu mereka dituduh mengikut Seksyen 354 Kanun Keseksaan, memperuntukkan hukuman penjara sehingga 10 tahun atau denda atau sebat atau mana-mana dua hukuman berkenaan, jika sabit kesalahan.

Kaiyisah mencadangkan jaminan RM5,000 bagi juvana berusia 16 tahun itu manakala dua lagi, RM4,000 dengan seorang penjamin masing-masing.

Majistret menetapkan jaminan RM1,800 bagi juvana berusia 16 tahun itu, manakala dua rakannya, RM1,500 setiap seorang selepas menimbangkan rayuan ibu bapa mereka yang bakal menjadi penjamin. -hm

Ulasan GB

Sungguh mengerikan dengan akhlak para pelajar sekolah masakini.

Semakin hari nampaknya semakin menjadi-jadi....


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