Sunday, August 26, 2012

Armstrong (by Lobo)

Armstrong (by Lobo)


Armstrong (by Lobo)

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 09:46 AM PDT

I was only nine when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. I believe the whole world stopped to watch him on that July afternoon.

Three years later in 1972, singer Lobo composed a song about 'Armstrong', and I have lived with it.




Khairy Wajar Ditahan Kerana Menipu, FB Pemuda UMNO Minta Maaf

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 10:04 AM PDT

Entri kontroversi: Facebook 'Pemuda Umno Malaysia' minta maaf

SHAH ALAM - Laman Facebook Pemuda Umno Malaysia, yang akaunnya didakwa palsu, meminta maaf berhubung poster berbaur hasutan yang dibawa lebih seminggu lalu atas akaun pergerakan itu.

Gambar: Paparan entri permohonan maaf yang dikeluarkan oleh akaun laman Facebook atas nama Pemuda Umno Malaysia.

Gerakan itu meminta maaf kepada seluruh rakyat Malaysia menerusi entri ringkas malam tadi, beberapa jam selepas Ketuanya, Khairy Jamaluddin berkata bahawa pihaknya sudah mengenal pasti individu yang bertanggungjawab atas penyebaran mesej itu.

Malah status Facebook yang menerima 131 komen itu juga menyatakan bahawa 'admin' yang terbabit turut sudah dikeluarkan dari fanpage tersebut.

"Kami meminta maaf secara terbuka kepada semua rakyat atas kesilapan mengeluarkan gambar (poster) yang tidak patut pada 17/18 Ogos (lalu). Admin itu sudah dikeluarkan dari fanpage," sebutan entri itu.

Namun begitu, timbul persoalan di kalangan pengikut yang mengikuti fanpage itu.

Antaranya mempersoalkan siapa dalang yang memuat naik poster berkenaan serta perkembangan siasatan polis.

Pengikut, Nur Miba mempersoalkan laporan polis yang dibuat Ketua gerakan itu, Khairy Jamaluddin selain ingin tahu siapa admin yang dikeluarkan dari fanpage Pemuda Umno tersebut.

"Ye ye je KJ cakap akaun palsu. Rupanya akaun betul la nih... siap buat report polis bagai akaun palsu. Senang-senang je nak bodoh-bodohkan kami ye. Siapa admin yg kena remove tu? Cepat dedahkan siapa... memburukkan imej Pemuda Umno. Kami mahu admin dedahkan siapa dalang," katanya.

Menurut seorang lagi pengikut yang menggunakan nama Ezad Hafidz: "Mula-mula kantoi, tak mengaku ini page Umno. Pastu kantoi lagi, minta maaf dan buang admin pulak. soalan aku, siapa admin yang dibuang tu? Ye ke admin tu dibuang?"

Permintaan maaf yang dibuat kira-kira jam 10 malam itu turut menerima reaksi positif apabila ada peminat yang menerima permintaan maaf tersebut.

Pemilik akaun Facebook yang menggunakan nama Muammar Ghadafi menulis:"Aku secara individunya mampu menerimalah dan tindakan ini wajar dipuji walaupun terlambat dan bila jadi isu besar baru bertindak."

Mohd Afzan pula berkata: "Saya sebagai rakyat Malaysia menerima permintaan maaf anda."

Semalam Khairy memberitahu pemberita bahawa beliau akan menyerahkan kepada polis nama-nama orang yang disyaki mengendali akaun palsu gerakan itu.

Beberapa hari lalu pula Khairy menyahut cabaran Setiausaha Agung DAP, Lim Guan Eng dengan berkata, Peguam Negara boleh mendakwa Pemuda Umno dan pihaknya bersedia untuk membuktikan siapa yang betul dalam isu laman sosial Facebook yang kontroversi.

Isnin lalu, Setiausaha Kerja Pemuda Barisan Nasional (BN), Ibdillah Ishak membuat laporan polis berhubung satu akaun Facebook yang memuat naik poster berbaur fitnah di Balai Polis Tun H S Lee.

Laman itu memaparkan wajah Presiden Umno, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak di bahagian utama dan disusuli dengan siri laporan berkaitan dengan aktiviti pemimpin-pemimpin Umno khususnya dari Selangor.

Poster yang kontroversi itu membawa mesej bahawa "Jika anda setuju untuk jadikan KRISTIAN sebagai agama rasmi persekutuan Malaysia, teruskan sokongan anda kepada Pakatan Rakyat. 'God bless you my son' (Tuhan berkatimu, anakKu)." -SH


Project AnnaKate’s Nursery – Complete

Posted: 25 Aug 2012 08:27 PM PDT

On Friday evening, Project AnnaKate's Nursery was finally complete.

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I must say my hubby did a great job in executing my plans. He is awesome.

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Knock knock, Little Princess, may I come in?

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Do you like Annakate's nursery? The crib was a blessing from Mike's cousin (He is done with 3 kids). I love how the crib fit into the nursery perfectly.

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Do you like how the Winnie The Pooh and friends take a peek at Annakate's crib? Aren't they cute?

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Dear Annakate, Mommy and Daddy loves you very much and we cannot wait to see you. Your nursery is complete and you are definitely welcome in this beautiful world. Mommy and Daddy will always love you, protect you, and provide the best of the best for you. Most of all, we pray for you to arrive safely and healthily in God's grace. We love you so much, Annakate.


To Hop or Not To Hop?

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 08:13 AM PDT

When MPs Lajim Ukim of Beaufort and Wilfred Bumburing of Tuaran, quit their parties and formed new political groups which support Pakatan, they released a can of worms which festered the whole issue of party-hopping.

Recently, Penang CM Lim Guan Eng announced that his state government was planning to legislate against party-hopping to prevent "frogs and tadpoles" from breeding in Penang.

Article 48(6) of the Federal Constitution and sub-section 6 (5) Schedule Eight respectively stipulate that an MP or state assemblyman who resigned shall be disqualified from contesting as a member of the House of Representatives for a period of five years effective from the date of resignation.

Two-term Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal said one can never justify party hopping because it was a betrayal against the people's mandate.

In the mean time, all is quiet on the Anwar front.

With such developments, I decided to find out for myself the different aspects of party-hopping that merit serious consideration.

According to The Star:

"A law against party-hopping will not be effective even if it is passed by the Penang government as it is unconstitutional, said lawyers. 
Veteran lawyer Datuk C.V. Prabhakaran said such a law went against a 1992 Supreme Court ruling. 
"You cannot pass a legislation restricting personal freedom. It is ultra vires. 
"The representatives are elected by the rakyat. What is the Chief Minister trying to do?" said Prabhakaran. 
He was commenting on a statement by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng that the state government was planning to legislate against party-hopping to prevent "frogs and tadpoles" from breeding in Penang. 
On April 3, 1992, the then Supreme Court had ruled in the case of Dewan Undangan Negeri Kelantan v Nordin Salleh that the PAS-led Kelantan government's enactment outlawing party-hopping was unconstitutional. 
The court held that such a law contravened Article 10(1)(c) of the Federal Constitution as it affected one's right to the freedom of association. 
Another veteran lawyer, Datuk K. Kumaraendran, said that although the proposal was a good move, merely passing an anti-hopping Bill was "lip service". 
All political parties, he said, should instead deter any act to entice members, which he described as being in "bad taste". 
DAP chairman Karpal Singh, who had consistently supported an anti-party hopping stance, said passing such a law was "going to be a problem" as it had already been declared unconstitutional.
Pro Party-Hopping Views

1. If one is in a party that fails to satisfy its ideals, there is no reason that this person should be barred from aligning themselves to a different party.

2. If parties change their direction/ideals which are not in the best interests of the electorate, he/she has freedom to make another political choice of which party he should align himself.

3. Elected representatives cannot be so docile to follow their party like sheep following a shepherd dog when it is clear that the party does not have the interests of the electorate at heart.

4. An MP should be able to exercise their right to represent the electorate in the right manner regardless of the party affiliation as they should enjoy the freedom to associate or disassociate.

5. A change in an elected representative's personal convictions does not mean they have betrayed the voter's mandate.

In the political sphere, allegiance-switching is a normal. Even Winston Churchill himself switched from Conservative to Liberal Parties. In Malaysia, it is probably more unacceptable as the decision of three elected representatives in a state led to a change of government - something which should only happen by ethical and/or legal means. While a person cannot be stopped from joining the party of their choice, the citizens of the country who have voted that particular person/group to power must be respected. If we are really concerned about party-hopping. instead of coming up with anti-hopping laws, the authorities should analyze why people want to hop and take steps to reduce this malaise. For instance, they should enforce or revise anti-corruption laws to ensure allegiance-switching occurs for rational/acceptable reasons and not for base reasons.

In countries that practise more mature democracies,  such a development is probably quite unacceptable. However, much confusion reigns here because there is a lack of maturity and understanding of the democratic process.

Anti-Hopping Views

1. When an elected representative party hops to another party, it appears he has betrayed the trust and mandate which the voters have given him.

2. Just as the House is divided along party lines, the Malaysian electorate vote along party lines with more confidence in the party than to the individual. Hence, they expect their elected representative to toe the party line in each and every subject matter.

3. If an elected representative decides to switch allegiance, he/she would be judged against the principles which he had projected.


4. If a candidate contemplates changing allegiance, he must refer to the people and get a fresh mandate via a by-election to establish credibility that the electorate has confidence in him as a person, and not in the party that he left.

5. In Malaysia, however, if candidate resigns, he/she can't stand for election for 5 years. That was done for political convenience. Hence, what can he/she do?

6. One must seriously consider the reasons or the motive for hopping to avoid abuse - a problem which must be checked by making a firm and strong stand against party-hopping instead of siding this issue when it is to their advantage.

7. Sometimes, the electorate appear to tolerate party hopping of the wrong kind before/during elections.

8. If hopping is against principles, then there should not be any anti-hopping laws at all. It would be impossible to put in black and white when hopping is permissible and when it is not.

9. Logically, it seems impossible to regulate hopping because of the reasons why it occurs.

10. Hopping should not be condoned as it indicates there is a breakdown of the democratic process within Malaysia.

11. Party-hopping does not destroy democracy. Instead, it saves democracy from being destroyed by undemocratic parties. Therefore,  banning party-hopping does not strengthen party democracy. Hence political parties must work to strengthen party democracy first.

Checkpoint

1. The Federal Constitution enacted in 1957 allows for  freedom of association and the freedom of disassociation.

2. To qualify as a candidate for election, one must be an individual and you must not have certain disqualifying features. The Constitution does not mention political party and the legal premise is that when there is a vote done, one votes for the individual. That fact was aeality in 1957 and is still the same now.

3. Does the Constitution set any restriction for a candidate to switch allegiance?  Previously, if a candidate resigns,  there was no prohibition in the candidate contesting.

4. Things are different now. In the past, respect existed in so many facets of society. People respected  the rule of law, constitutionalism, the system as a whole etc. Hence, hopping was not an issue.

5. Think carefully. Where is the rakyat in the decision-making process of finding the answer of whether to hop and not to hop?


  • Is the rakyat at the heart of matter and of highest priority or does the reverse apply?
  • Do our views carry any weight or are we mere spectators of a plot unfolding before us?
  • Do systems that exist fulfil their functions or have their dysfunctional sides emerged till the candidate can take it no more? 


What is then is important - the process to justice and law or the outcome?

Those who want to hop must make it very clear to their constituents. It is not such an easy decision as some might think....

To hop or not to hop? Certainly, it goes way beyond the spectrum of hopping.


Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood by Andrew C. McCarthy

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 08:10 AM PDT

I'm a big fan of the 1 percent. No, not the dastardly 1 percent of Occupy Wall Street myth; I'm partial, instead, to the 1 percent of Congress that takes seriously the threat of Islamic-supremacist influence operations against our government. The people have 435 representatives serving in the House and another hundred in the Senate. Of these 535, a total of 288 are Republicans — 241 and 47 in the lower and upper chambers, respectively. Of these, only five House conservatives — five — have had the fortitude to raise concerns about the Islamist connections of government officials entrusted with positions enabling them to shape U.S. policy.

Think about that. Republicans purport to be the national-security party. For decades this claim was well founded, starting with Ronald Reagan's clarity in seeing the Soviets as enemies to be defeated, not accommodated. President Reagan's plan for the Cold War was, "We win, they lose," and he pulled it off because he was not under any illusions about who "they" were. But something happened to the GOP in the Bush years. For all the welcome understanding that Bill Clinton was wrong — that the jihad could not be indicted into submission — the Bush administration never learned a fundamental truth that Reagan knew only too well: You cannot defeat your enemies unless you understand them, and you cannot even begin to understand them if you are too craven to name them. 

As they gather in Tampa for their quadrennial showcase, Republicans, but for the 1 percent, remain timorous on the subject of America's enemies. Oh, they'll tell you that we must confront "terrorism" and crack down on the "terrorists." But that's not much different from claiming to be against "burglary" and "burglars." Terrorism is a vicious crime, but it becomes a national-security threat only when it is an instrument of an ideology that aims to destroy our country. What made the terrorist organizations armed and trained by the Soviets in the Sixties and Seventies a threat was the Soviets, not the terrorism. America's enemies are Islamic supremacists: Muslims adherent to a totalitarian interpretation of Islam who, like Soviet Communists, seek to impose their ideology throughout the world, very much including the United States. 

Terrorism is an offensive strategy they use, but it is only one arrow in the quiver. Its chief utility, moreover, is not that it will coerce surrender on its own; it is the atmosphere of intimidation it creates. That dramatically increases the effectiveness of the enemy's several other offensive strategies — legal demands for concessions, media campaigns, infiltration of society's major institutions, and influence operations against government.
 
The most disheartening thing about the modern Republican party's dereliction — about its accommodation and empowerment of our enemies under the delusional guise of "Muslim outreach" — is that it flies in the face of the Bush Justice Department's signal counterterrorism achievement. That was the 2007–08 Holy Land Foundation case. For once, political correctness and the fear of being smeared as "Islamophobic" were shelved. In the course of convicting several Hamas operatives, prosecutors proved that the Muslim Brotherhood is engaged in a far-flung enterprise aimed, in the Brothers' own words, at "eliminating and destroying" our way of life "from within" by means of "sabotage." The Bush Justice Department not only showed that what the Brotherhood calls its "grand jihad" (or "civilization jihad") is real; Justice shed light on the ideology that fuels this enterprise, and expressly identified many of the global Brotherhood's accomplices.

Alas, this achievement is one today's Republicans prefer to ignore. The party of Ronald Reagan would have worn it like a badge of honor. Today's GOP would rather engage our enemies and call them our friends — not understand them, call them what they are, and defeat them. Today's Beltway Republicans save their wrath for the occasional conservative — the messengers who embarrass them by illustrating how small the big time has made them.
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Beware! NGOs that came here to assist Benghali Kulars!

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 06:59 AM PDT

Translated by Dr. Maung Zarni: Beware! NGOs that came here to assist Benghali Kulars[1]! (Leaflet circulating in Rakhine State)

Rakhine people are not protecting Rakhine State as such. You have to understand that we are protecting our mother land's beautiful map from being distorted and its dignity, in addition to race and religion. Not only Rakhine but also all the people know that Kulars have grown up thanks to UN and NGOs that have watered poisonous plants. We recognize those, who work for the further development of Kulars by earning dollars, as traitors. We will no longer sit and watch you stay in our country and work for the Kulars' development. If you want to continue, open your offices in Kular places to be able to wash Kulars' buttocks closely. We cannot stand seeing you lick Kulars' buttocks, opening offices in Sittwe, wearing pants and enjoying your stay in luxury hotels. We believe that the people who rent their houses to those organizations are indirectly supporting to lick Kulars' buttocks. We recognize all of those, who are directly or indirectly working for the development of Kulars, as traitors and thereby our enemy. We will also attack landlords. All Rakhines are responsible. For all Rakhines to know, we will tell you how disgusting and terrifying the UN and NGOs are.
 1) UNHCR – Kular United[2] that works for the Kular's economic and social development, education, child protection and social discrimination, and help them achieve their so-called rights. A real Kular United, that protects Kular from being called Kular, based in Geneva, Switzerland. It's been 30 years since they have introduced the term 'stateless people' and supported them to establish a Rohingya country. Kular United that's waiting sneakily for a time to support the Rohingya by providing minimal assistance to Rakhine such as a pot and a blanket. We have to attack them.
2) WFP – Another Kular United that works closely with the UNHCR to provide rice to Kular for their food security and continued education. The organization now cleverly waiting to support Kulars while assisting Rakhines with a small portion of rice. It's a Rome-based organization, working through a Rakhine officer and other Rakhine staff who are licking Kulars' buttocks. We will attack them all.
3) AZG – A Holland and French NGO that is importing arms for Kulars to occupy Rakhine State.
4) ACF – A French Kular NGO, feeding nutritious food for Kulars' future generation to become stronger. We have seen them trying to reopen their office by paying their Rakhine staff double.
5) AMI – A German NGO who is supporting Kulars' health with medicines (Which was cracked down by the people in Buthidaung in 2010). Buthidaung fulfilled their national obligation just as Tunggup[3].
6) Malteser – A German NGO working 90% for Kulars and 10% for Rakhine. The real culprit that systematically cracked down the Buddha Wihara Monastery in Sittwe in 2010. They continue working by paying their Kulars' buttock-licking Rakhine two-fold of their salary. We have to target those who earn double.
7) Save the Children – Save the Muslim organization that is providing daily update on the Kular and Rakhine situation so that other Kular NGOs can come in. Their office is busy every day. Stop now!
8) Solidarites – A Kular French NGOs cunningly waiting by opening half of their office door to support Kular.
9) NCV (Muslim Karuna group) – They have been here less than a week. Nothing assisted to Rakhines. A Muslim group directly supporting Kulars by using a huge amount of money. Using a logo of open palm and the youths organized by 88 generation student leader Ko Mya Aye (a Muslim), they are being active in Sittwe. We will eliminate them.
(Group of Wuntharnu Ethnic People)
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[1] A derogatory term for Rohingyas (A derivation from the Myanmar word "People who crossed border".)
[2] United Nations in Myanmar is pronounced "Kula Thamaga". If the first word is changed from Kula to Kular, it becomes "Kular United".
[3] The town where unidentified angry mob attacked a bus and killed 10 muslims on 3 June.
Source : Dr. Maung Zarni

 



A Series of Conflicts that took place in Rakhine State: An Analysis and a Chronicle

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 06:24 AM PDT

A Series of Conflicts that took place in Rakhine State: An Analysis and a Chronicle

SELECT SECTIONS (Selected and translated by Zarni) 26 Aug 2012

The two page cover letter signed by President Thein Sein addressed to the Speaker of the Union Parliament, dated 17 Aug 2012, sent to the latter along with the report entitled "A Series of Conflicts that took place in Rakhine State: An Analysis and a Chronicle" (the report has a total of 15-type written pages in Burmese language) .

Here is the original Burmese document in its entirety.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/103777506/News-Summary-About-Rakhine-Conflict-by-President-Office

Please do send me any corrections if you find my translation incorrect or distorted. That will be welcome.

Here is my translation of sections which I think are important.

A Series of Conflicts that took place in Rakhine State: An Analysis and a Chronicle

The report chooses NOT to use the term "Rohingyas" and uses the term "Bengali Muslims", indicating that the State itself opts to exclude these people. For "Bengali Muslims" strikes all other citizens of the country as illegal immigrants.
The report's starting date is 28 June 2012, chronicling the violent conflicts which spread to 8 biggest townships in Rakhin State. The total death toll from this state-wide violence is 31 Rakhine and 56 Bengali Muslim as of 8 Aug. (Translator's Remark – no mention of the hundreds of Rohingya shot and killed by the troops.)
The government has set up 53 refugee camps where 5,670 Rakhines and 55,692 Rohingys are kept.
Since 8 June the curfew has been in place in Maungdaw and Butheedaung townships.
Econ Conditions and Transportation Situation are being made worse by the state-wide violent conflict.
The Situation of the Rakghine Ethnic People
A) Political parties, some Buddhistmonks and certain individuals are leading the efforts to exponentially raise racial hatred/racism and inflame the racially motivated violent attacks (on the Rohingyas). Their efforts are targeted at the Rakhine circles/communities both inside Burma and outside of the country.

B) They are also plotting incessantly to instigate violence against Bengali Muslims who are scattered across the country.

C) They are spreading propaganda that is designed to disintegrate the multi-ethnic solidarity and unity with the message that "successive Burmese governments have not done anything to protect or promote the interests of the Rakhines, but rather are bent on extracting and exploiting natural resources that belong to the Rakhine peoples.

D) They have also circulated accusations against the government saying that the government has turned a blind eye to corrupt immigration officials and that the government has not done anything to prevent the illegal immigration of the Bengali (from Bandalesh).

E) They are accusing the Union Solidarity and Development party (of the government) of disregarding law and assisting favourably the "Bengali Muslims" in order to win the latter's votes for the UDSP (in 2015 election).

F) They are also unable to either comprehend or accept the fact the Bengalis are eligible to become citizens in accord with 1982 Citizenship Law.

G) They are also engaged in activities meant to intimidate and eventually drive out UN and INGO staff (in Rakhine state), because of their perception that these organizations favour the Bengali (vis-à-vis the Rakhines).

H) The Rakhine business interests are attempting to take over and otherwise steal the businesses that belong to the Bengali Muslims, which have not been in operation (as the result of racial violence).

The Situation of the Bengali Muslims
A) There are two types of Bengalis: ordinary Bengalis and Muslim extremists.

B) The ordinary Bengalis are preoccupied with their own survival. Women and children make up 75% of the total population, and they are confronted with dire survival needs.

C) Their lived realities include: extremely low level of schooling, disproportionate influence of Muslim extremist ideas and ideologies, lack of exposure to any mass media, and pervasive ignorance that leads to their collective failure to understand the need for population control and family planning. The extremist Muslim religious teachers are plotting and planning to exploit this popular ignorance and population growth for their own ends.

D) These extremist Muslim organizations (among the Bengalis) are networking with Islamic countries and other extremist organizations abroad, seeking their material support and in turn dancing to the tunes of the latter. These Bengali extremist Muslim organizations (inside Burma) are showcasing the sorry state of women and children in order to establish political upper hand (vis-à-vis whom?), stoking humanitarian sentiments abroad.

Recommendations
1. Various means need to be resorted in order to reform and reign in leading members of the Bengali communities and the delusional Muslim extremist religious teachers who have been refusing to face up to the realities.

2. Population explosion among the Bengali need to be reigned in. It has to be dealt with rather aggressively. An emphasis should be placed on the need for educating the Bengalis as well as exposing them to various civic organizations. The emerging situation has called for the outreach among the Bengalis so that they can be brought under the government's spheres of influence and control. Conversely, they need to be enticed to turn their back on their extremist Muslim organizations. All these efforts need to be linked strategically to the Bengalis becoming Burmese citizens.

3. The extremist Muslim views and activities need to be straightened out. The flow of funding into the accounts of the Muslim organizations in Rakhine State. The government should use Muslim Organizations in the country towards (the purpose of control of these local Muslim organizations).

4. Anything and any activities that need to be executed should done in accord with the existing laws, as well as through enacting new laws.

Reactions of International Community
1. UN Sec-General's Special Envoy Mr Nambia urged an independent and transparent investigation of the violent conflicts in Rakhine.

2. UNHCR's reponse

3. OIC's response includes the call for rejection of the 1982 Citizenship Law and the acceptance of thousands of Bengalis scattered across the globe

4. OIC proposed the visit of Turkish Foreign Minister

5. UN Human Rights Special Investigator Quintana called for an independent investigation, based on the allegations that the security forces used excessive force against the Bengalis, torture and murder of detainees in custody, pervasive human rights abuses in Rakhine state, etc.

6. Recommendation from the Myanmar Diplomatic Mission based in Geneva: moderate OIC countries may feel inclined to act on Mr Nambia's call for an independent investigation; UN Human Rights Investigator Quintana can also include this call in his report to the UN; OIC governments are likely to keep a close watch (on the Rohingya situation); and (Naypyidaw) should make efforts to keep the international organizations and UN updated in order that Myanmar Government can pre-empt any attempts at starting an independent investigation (of the racial violence).

7. Various written responses and briefings by INGOs: Equal Rights Trust (ERT) is found to favour the review and revision of the 1982 Citizenship Act in order that Myanmar Citizenship Laws become in sync with international human rights laws. Likewise, at the European Parliament in Brussels, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) framed the Rakhine State conflict as something that needs to be internationalized and that need urgent attention and efforts to address. HRW further argued that the plight of Rohingyas has worsened since the security forces took charge of the riotous situation and as the direct result of the security forces' actions. It advocated that an independent investigation be organized by international organizations and that European Union take punitive actions against Myanmar as it has done against Sudan, Syria and Malawi (governments).

8. Bangladesh's Centre for Foreign Affairs Studies (CFAS): it argues that pro-Rohingya campaigns enjoy the support within Bangladesh, especially from Muslim extremists and Jamal Islam Party. These elements are providing (the Rohingyas) with military training and arming the latter along Bangladesh-Burmese borders (southern Bangladeshi borders).

9. According to Mr Shahriar Kabir, the Secretary of the People's Forum opposing Communism and (Muslim) Extemism, the racial riots in Rakhine State was the direct result of the instigation by Bangladeshi militants based within Bangladesh; there are 17 militant organizations which are involved in outreach, propaganda, military training and arming of Muslim youth in preparation for Jihad (Translator's remark: Against whom?); Bangladesh political party Jamal-e-Islamic party has been in touch with the Rohingya militant group (Rohinga Solidarity Organization or RSO) and is siphoning money from the Middle Eastern countries to the RSO through the Islamic banking sector on the pretext of charitable work in education, health and so on.

Short- and immediate terms activities undertaken by Myanmar Government
It lists the things it is doing.

Long-term Plans by Myanmar Government
Administration
1. Building state admin capacity

2. Expanding civil society and promoting economic development in Rakhine region

3. Preventing future racial and religious violence, promoting inter-racial group interactions, facilitating tolerance and maturity

4. Building civil society in respective Rakhine and Bengali communities

5. Planning for the development of the greater Sittwe as a 30-year project

6. Building a bridge across the river between Sittwe and Maungdwe

7. Constructing a cement circular wall along Bangladesh-Burmese border

8. Promoting intellectual development of Bengali community which is also to be a healthier, more transparent and more politically independent

9. Planning for the productive use of Bengali youth for nation's development through labour and human capital schemes

10. Preventing conflicts over land-owership between the Rakhines and Bengali through properly planned land distribution

11. Planning for the building of education, transport, health and basic physical infrastructure for the state of Rakhine, with special focus on the development of telecommunication, transport infrastructure, information collection and news dissemination for Maungdaw City

12. Planning for the development of ethnic and racial harmony and facilitation of "humanistic civil society"

13. Planning for the social development of the entire Rakhine state the schemes of which can accommodate collaboration between two ethnic communities.

ECONOMIC MATTERS
It lists the laundry list of things that Naypyidaw thinks will help facilitate economic growth of the Rakhine State.
THE RULE OF LAW
RELIGION
One notable: Maungdaw is identified as the breeding ground for Muslim Extremism.
Two notable main recommendations:
1) reduce the number of mosques and religious teachers and 2) cultural Burmanization

As a conclusion, it states that Rakhine is the 2nd poorest region (after Chin state?) in the country. It states that the ONLY way out of the conflict is the development of a civil society of Rakhine and the Bengali which is mutually tolerant and is happy to co-exist peacefully.



Myanmar Government Can’t Hide Its Crimes

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 06:06 AM PDT

Source: Myanmar Government Can't Hide Its Crimes – OpEd in: By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

In an article in the state-run New Light of Myanmar on Wednesday, August 22, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Myanmar, stated, "It is obvious that the violence in the Rakhine State are neither the conflict between two religious groups of different faith nor humanitarian issue." "The incidents in the Rakhine State are sectarian conflicts which are purely internal affairs of a sovereign state. They are not relating to any kind of religious persecution or religious discrimination. Therefore, we will not accept, any attempt to politically regionalize or internationalize this conflict as a religious issue." "The government of Myanmar has never practiced policy of violence against Muslims or any other faiths," said the statement. "The government totally rejects accusations made by some organizations that the government is practicing such a policy of abuse."Well, I beg to differ with the Myanmar government. It is once again trying to whitewash its horrible record of racism and bigotry against the non-Buddhists (esp. the Rohingya) inside the country. When millions of inhabitants of the country are denied citizenship because of their race, ethnicity and faith, and such exclusion includes every Rohingya Muslim in spite of maintaining their existence in that country for hundreds of years, such claims are simply laughable. When a violent mob attacks a group of Burmese Tablighi Muslims (who were not even from the Rohingya community suspected in the death of a Rakhine woman) and lynches them to death in front of the members of the police forces, who do nothing to stop such horrendous crimes, it is difficult to sell such deep-seated hatred as anything but bigotry. How does the crime of a single individual (although no proof has yet been provided by the Myanmar government) become the justification for committing hate crimes against an entire ethnic group?

 

When the members of the state-run riot police (Lon Htin) selectively shoots to kill members of the Rohingya community when they had gathered for a funeral service and being provoked by a hostile rock-throwing, stick and knife-wielding Rakhine crowd, no one is fooled by such government explanation. When the members of the border security force NASAKA and Lon Htin are seen (and there are plenty of video tapes available in the Internet) to participate in burning Rohingya homes, businesses and villages, and killing them simply because they are different racially and religiously, if it is not a government sponsored persecution of a Muslim religious community, what is?

 

When Rakhine Buddhist mobs led by Buddhist monks attack and set fire to several Muslim shops, restaurants and mosques, and kill unarmed Rohingya men and children, while the local authorities (police and the Army) did nothing to intervene nor did the fire-fighters come to their aid, how can one deny or evade responsibility for such collusion?

 

When the political and military leadership within Myanmar and the Rakhine state promote hatred and xenophobia, and practice open discrimination while encouraging and providing material support to the Buddhist extremists to commit acts of violence including rape of Rohingya Muslim girls and women, it is ludicrous to hide such obvious signs of religious persecution or discrimination.

 

When the Rakhine Buddhist monks allow their monasteries to be used for hording lethal arms, and disallow the life-saving food items to be sold to and block humanitarian assistance from reaching the starving Rohingya people, it is criminal to ignore the ugly fact that racism and bigotry against the Rohingyas have become an acceptable national project towards their total elimination that is enthusiastically supported and participated by an overwhelming majority within the Buddhist population.

 

Even a Muslim Rohingya is denied his/her right to reproduction. They cannot get married without government approval, which usually does not happen unless the government official is bribed heftily. US photographer Greg Constantine has recently released a book of black and white photography titled "Exiled to Nowhere: Burma's Rohingya." He relates the story of 20-year-old Kashida who had to "flee to Bangladesh with her husband. The Burmese authorities had denied her permission to get married, but when they discovered she had married in secret and was pregnant they took away all her family's money and cows and goats. They forced Kashida to have an abortion, telling her: "This is not your country; you don't have the right to reproduce here." In Mr. Constantine's book there are plenty of such human stories for anyone to verify the truth of the suffering of the Rohingya people.

 

What excuse does the Myanmar government have to offer on such monumental crimes against a religious minority?

 

When the government forces not only allow the slaughter of the unarmed Rohingya but also participate in the gang rape of Rohingya women as a weapon of war so that they are pushed out of the country, and then the fleeing people are shot at — there is a name for such a crime – it is called ethnic cleansing, which has been going on for decades. For the information of the Myanmar government, the United Nations define 'ethnic cleansing' as "Purposeful policy designed by one ethnic or religious group to remove by violent and terror-inspiring means the civilian population of another ethnic or religious group from certain geographic areas."

 

The Buddhist Myanmar has been practicing this crime for decades against many of the marginalized races and ethnic groups since the state got its independence from Britain in 1948. And of course, the Rohingyas have been the worst victims of this state policy. Per my count, there have been at least two dozen major campaigns to wipe out Muslim identity in Myanmar. As a result of such an on-again and off-again, slow but steady elimination strategy, nearly half the Rohingya population has been pushed out of the country and tens of thousands slaughtered, while the world almost forgot their sad plight. The 'stubborn' Rohingyas who continue to live inside this living hell are subjected to the worst forms of persecution and discrimination mankind has ever witnessed in the post-colonial era.

 

Towards transformational change of the multi-faith and multi-ethnic country to a unitary Burman dominated Buddhist country, there have been a systemic strategy since the days Ne Win (actually, one can go back to the time of Buddhist fanatic king Boddawpaya in 1784) to destroy religious monuments and insignia of other faiths. It is, therefore, not by chance that hardly a single historic mosque stands erect in Myanmar today. The state of Arakan whose shoreline once used to be dotted with Muslim shrines and mosques are now bereft of those Islamic symbolisms. The old Sandi Khan mosque (named after the very Muslim General who came to restore the throne of the fleeing Arakanese king Narameikhla in 1430 CE is long destroyed. Even the ancient Han Tha mosque did not survive Myanmarism. Along with the Taungoo Railway station mosque, this historical mosque was razed to the ground on May 18, 2001 by bulldozers owned by the previous SPDC military junta. How about Akyab's historic Badr Makam mosque? [It is no accident either that Muslim sounding names of towns and places like Akyab (including that of Arakan state) have systematically been Burmanized to erase that Islamic connectivity.]

 

No religion can effectively survive or function without its places of worship. Every time a riot is initiated (often with full cooperation of the regime), the first targets are usually the mosques and madrasas because these are the only remaining institutions in Myanmar that are connected with the Islamic faith. [The Rohingya children are barred from government education beyond primary level, nor do they have freedom of movement.] And what is worse: mosques and Muslim graveyards are routinely closed down, destroyed or desecrated to make room for Buddhist model towns or expensive pagodas, where the Muslims must pay for such construction projects. [As I write, hundreds of Muslim mosques have been demolished or burned in the latest episode. All the mosques have been closed down without allowing Muslims to pray inside. So, no one could pray even on the Eid day, the happiest of Islamic festivals.]

 

As Dr. Shwe Lu Maung alias Shahnawaz Khan has noted in his book – The Price of Silence: Muslim-Buddhist War of Bangladesh and Myanmar – A Social Darwinist's Analysis – the policy of the successive rulers in Myanmar for centuries has been to make "golden temple shiny shiny, stomach though empty empty." Every Myanmar ruler that has come to power has always tried to outdo his predecessor by trying to build a bigger and more expensive pagoda so as to prove his unwavering ties with the Buddhist faith and people, most often however at the expense of other faiths and faithful followers.

 

Interested reader may like to read the reports from a multitude of human rights groups, plus the U.S. State Department's annual report on Myanmar, or my books (esp., The Forgotten Rohingya: Their Struggle for Human Rights in Burma) to comprehend the colossal record of crime of the Myanmar government against the Rohingya Muslims.

 

The reports emerging from the Rakhine state, verified by several human rights groups, clearly show the regime's dirty hands in targeted elimination of the Rohingya people. This was also obvious from the assessment made by Navi Pillay of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights who said, "We have been receiving a stream of reports from independent sources alleging discriminatory and arbitrary responses by security forces, and even their instigation of and involvement in clashes." "Reports indicate that the initial swift response of the authorities to the communal violence may have turned into a crackdown targeting Muslims, in particular members of the Rohingya community," she said (July 27, 2012).

 

Benjamin Zawacki of the Amnesty International told BBC, "Most cases have meant targeted attacks on the minority Rohingya population and they were bearing the brunt of most of that communal violence in June and they continue to bear the lion's share of the violations perpetrated by the state security forces." "While the restoration of order, security, and the protection of human rights is necessary, most arrests appear to have been arbitrary and discriminatory, violating the rights to liberty and to freedom from discrimination on grounds of religion," Amnesty said in a statement.

 

Similarly, Phil Robertson, Deputy Director, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch, said "state security forces and local Arakan communities worked together to target Rohingya communities, committing killings, rapes, and mass arrests." 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. Witnesses in Maungdaw township described several instances in which Rakhine men wielding sticks and swords accompanied the security forces in raids on Rohingya villages.

 

Not too long ago, a coalition of human rights group, led by Refugees International, the Arakan Project, and the Equal Rights Trust, issued a joint statement saying: "In Myanmar, what began as inter-communal violence has evolved into large scale state-sponsored violence against the Rohingya." "Many Rohingya continue to be victims of violence and cannot leave their homes for fear of persecution, and are thus deprived of their livelihood and most basic needs," said the advocacy groups.

 

To, thus, say that the government of Myanmar has 'never practiced policy of violence against Muslims or any other faiths' or that there is 'no religious persecution or discrimination' is like saying that 'violence is peace' and 'persecution is love'! With more than 100,000 internally displaced Rohingyas, it is also a grave humanitarian issue. With such hypocritical words, the Myanmar government can neither hope to hoodwink anyone nor evade its responsibility for being the author and executioner for its crimes against humanity.

 

Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director, Human Rights Watch, noted weeks ago, "Deadly violence in Arakan State is spiraling out of control under the government's watch. Opening the area to independent international observers would put all sides on notice that they were being closely watched." The UN and other human rights monitoring groups have also requested Myanmar government to allow international observers to be posted, but to no avail. Its reluctance points to the fact that the regime wants to hide its on-going crime against the Rohingya people.

 

Lately, President Thein Sein has announced the formation of a 27-member inquiry commission to submit a report on this latest pogrom. One may recall that soon after the pogrom had started in June, he promised a similar inquiry report by June 30, which, however, never saw the light. The inclusion of racists like Dr. Aye Maung, Khin Maung Swe, Aye Tha Aung, Zarganar, and Ko Ko Gyi, who had played an active role in the latest pogrom against the Rohingya people, once again shows that Thein Sein is not serious about fact-finding but only about international image. It is a face-saving measure to withstand international pressure. He is trying to buy time and hope that commotion would calm down so that he could rekindle the fire of extinction some time later.

 

As I have noted many times, at the heart of the on-going eliminationist project against Rohingyas and other persecuted minorities lies Burma's notorious 1982 Citizenship Law, written during hateful dictator Ne Win era. It is sad to see that how such a blueprint for racial and religious discrimination and eventual elimination has now become an acceptable law even by the so-called democracy leaders. No one inside Myanmar is crying out foul for its violations of each of the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, not even Suu Kyi Aris, once touted as a voice of conscience for humanity. The recent tragedy has shown her real color and those of her NLD colleagues. They are basically neo-Fascists who are no better than the very regime that they want to unseat. That is what a national project for elimination would do to a nation!

 

If the Myanmar government is serious about bringing about a positive change towards inclusion, its 1982 Law needs to be amended or dumped altogether so that Rohingyas are not rendered stateless. Amnesty International says, "Under international human rights law and standards, no one may be left or rendered stateless."

 

And this is also the recommendation from the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana. He has stressed the need for the authorities to take steps to address the "long-standing issues of deprivation of citizenship, freedom of movement, and other fundamental rights" that plague the welfare of the Rohingya people. There is no better time to amend the 1982 Law than now.

 

Is Thein Sein government ready to truly reform its 1982 Law that violates international human rights law and standards? If not now, when? Without such steps, he can't escape being labeled as an executioner of an apartheid policy that leads to exclusion, discrimination, persecution and elimination. That is war crime in my book!

 



Speech by Sister Amina Mughal- Toronto Protest for Rohingya Muslims 25 AUG 2012

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 05:54 AM PDT



Dragon-i Pavilion Kuala Lumpur: Food so-so only la

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 05:26 AM PDT

 I ordered the 'Braised Beancurd with Minced Meat and Chili Sauce in Szechuan Style'.
 
 Overall, the 'rice' menu wasn't that nice.


Soup is good lah.




Home Columnists PJ Tatler PJ Lifestyle I1001 Pieces of Islamist Propaganda: Fabricated Exhibit Comes to D.C.

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 04:37 AM PDT

At National Geographic headquarters, a wildly popular exhibit tells children of a glorious Islamic past that never was.

J. Christian Adams' article "Fact or Fiction?: 1001 Muslim Inventions Comes to Washington D.C." sheds light on an important but little-noted weapon of the Islamic propaganda machine in the U.S.: the whitewashing of the ghastly Islamic present by creating a fictional glorious Islamic past.
1001 Muslim Inventions, a traveling museum exhibit, has appeared all over the West to huge acclaim (Adams points out that Prince Charles and other luminaries have praised it; 500,000 visitors attended it in Los Angeles alone). It has indoctrinated hundreds of thousands of children into a rosy and romanticized view of Islam that makes them less appreciative of their own culture's achievements and more complacent about Islamization in the West.

Sharia enforcement extends far beyond the obvious attempts to silence critics of jihad and sharia. The scrubbing of the 270 million victims of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations, and enslavements from academic texts has been going on for well over a decade. The demonization and smearing of politicians who dare speak against the most extreme and radical ideology on the face of the earth is virtually automatic at this point, as is the self-enforcing sharia compliance of the mainstream media.

And now we see historical revisionism take on a new life, as history is scrubbed and manufactured Muslim myths are presented as fact. Adams shows how effective it is, recounting in his piece that the exhibit presents a Muslim inventor, Abbas Ibn Firnas, as one who "dared to dream man could fly 1000 years before the Wright Brothers." Firnas didn't actually succeed in flying, of course, or come close to inventing the airplane. Adams writes:
Notice all of the tricks of language. He was the first "who tried to fly," and "passed into legend," "more or less unharmed," the "flying machine," (implying moving parts), and "apparently gliding for some distance."
But Adams' eight-year-old daughter seeing the exhibit, did not notice all the weasel words:
She was convinced that the Wright Brothers were not the first to fly, and instead it was Firnas launched from the mosque at Cordoba a millennium ago. This would not be the only instance when thought corrupted the language of the exhibit, which in turn corrupted thought, at least among the more impressionable.
By creating a children's attraction, the exhibit is fostering a subliminal brainwashing that will move into the public schools as well.
The exhibit is almost unfailingly dishonest. As Adams explains, even if everything it says about Muslim inventions were true, it does not and cannot explain why Muslims never followed up on these inventions. If Firnas was really the first to fly, why did it fall to the Wright Brothers 1000 years later to follow up on what he supposedly discovered about how to do it? Why weren't Muslims flying around in airplanes centuries before the Wright Brothers were born?

If, as Adams also recounts, Muslims really invented the camera as the exhibit claims, why don't we have snapshots of Saladin and Suleiman the Magnificent? Why did we have to wait for Daguerre and Niepce?

1001 Muslim Inventions raises more questions about the decline of Muslim civilization than it answers, yet projects like 1001 Muslim Inventions have support at very high levels. Remember in June 2010 when Charlie Bolden, the NASA chief appointed by President Obama, revealed that Obama had asked him to "find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering"?

The truth: what contributions?

Islamic scholar Robert Spencer points out that much of what are considered Muslim inventions today, including many that 1001 Muslim Inventions celebrates, have been wildly exaggerated if not outright fabricated, "often for quite transparent apologetic motives." You've heard Muslims invented the zero, right? Actually, as Spencer writes:
The zero, which is often attributed to Muslims, and what we know today as "Arabic numerals" did not originate in Arabia, but in pre-Islamic India.
They preserved Greek philosophy when Christian Europe had thrown it away, correct? No. Spencer:
Aristotle's work was preserved in Arabic not initially by Muslims at all, but by Christians such as the fifth century priest Probus of Antioch, who introduced Aristotle to the Arabic-speaking world. Another Christian, Huneyn ibn-Ishaq (809-873), translated many works by Aristotle, Galen, Plato and Hippocrates into Syriac. His son then translated them into Arabic. The Syrian Christian Yahya ibn 'Adi (893-974) also translated works of philosophy into Arabic, and wrote one of his own, The Reformation of Morals. His student, another Christian named Abu 'Ali 'Isa ibn Zur'a (943-1008), also translated Aristotle and others from Syriac into Arabic.
Aristotle's philosophies would be prohibited under Islam; Muhammad most likely would have beheaded him. He stands for everything Islam is against. Ayn Rand wrote this of Aristotle: "Aristotle's universe is the universe of science. The physical world, in his view, is not a shadowy projection controlled by a divine dimension, but an autonomous, self-sufficient realm. It is an orderly, intelligible, natural realm, open to the mind of man." These very ideas are anathema to Islam; they are blasphemy. But what about medicine? The Muslims were great innovators in the medical sciences, weren't they? Here again, Spencer points out that it was non-Muslims in the Islamic world who were doing the heavy lifting:
The first Arabic-language medical treatise was written by a Christian priest and translated into Arabic by a Jewish doctor in 683. The first hospital was founded in Baghdad during the Abbasid caliphate — not by a Muslim, but a Nestorian Christian. A pioneering medical school was founded at Gundeshapur in Persia — by Assyrian Christians.
The bottom line: the inventions and discoveries attributed to the Muslim world were actually stolen from conquered peoples. The 1001 Muslim Inventions exhibit is not history, it is propaganda, and the foolish infidels keep lining up enthusiastically for more. PJ Media


Daniyar Diseludup Masuk Atau Memang Bersembunyi Di Malaysia?

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 08:23 AM PDT


Dari kiri : Ashman Najib, Nooryana Najwa dan tunangnya Daniyar Nazarbayev yang turut hadir ke Majlis Rumah Terbuka semalam.



Kelihatan Mukhriz Mahathir bersalaman dengan isteri Perdana Menteri Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. Mantan Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad meraikan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak pada Majlis Rumah Terbuka di kediamannya semalam. Turut kelihatan, dan isteri Mantan Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Siti Hasmah.

Ulasan GB

Sekarang sudah terdedah terang-terangan. Daniyar berada di Malaysia. Apakah beliau baru dibawa masuk atau memang sudah sekian lama bersembunyi di Malaysia?

Daniyar sebelum ini didakwa memalsukan dokumen untuk memberikan gambaran bahawa dia berkelulusan daripada sekolah tinggi di Kazakhstan, menurut akhbar The New York Post.


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Myanmar Muslim Association (Malaysia) (MMAM):”Doing what is right and forbid the wrongs”

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 03:30 AM PDT

Quranic examples

Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. If only the People of the Book had faith, it were best for them: among them are some who have faith, but most of them are perverted transgressors.
Let there be people among you, who invite to the best [in religion]; and command that which is just, and forbid that which is evil; and they shall be happy.
Transliteration:
Waltakun minkum ommatun yadAAoona ila alkhayri waya/muroona bilmaAAroofi wayanhawna AAani almunkari waola-ika humu almuflihoon
  • Sura 7.157 translated by Sale
"Those who follow the apostle, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own (scriptures), – in the law and the Gospel; – for he commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil; he allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure); He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the yokes that are upon them. So it is those who believe in him, honour him, help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him, – it is they who will prosper."
Transliteration:
Allatheena yattabiAAoona alrrasoola alnnabiyya al-ommiyya allathee yajidoonahu maktooban AAindahum fee alttawrati waal-injeeli ya/muruhum bialmaAAroofi wayanhahum AAani almunkari wayuhillu lahumu alttayyibati wayuharrimu AAalayhimu alkhaba-itha wayadaAAu AAanhum israhum waal-aghlala allatee kanat AAalayhim faallatheena amanoo bihi waAAazzaroohu wanasaroohu waittabaAAoo alnnoora allathee onzila maAAahu ola-ika humu almuflihoona
  • Sura 9.71 translated by Sale
And the faithful men, and the faithful women are friends one to another: They command that which is just, and they forbid that which is evil; and they are constant at prayer, and pay their appointed alms; and they obey God, and his apostle: Unto these will God be Merciful; for He [is] Mighty [and] Wise.
Transliteration:
Waalmu/minoona waalmu/minatu baAAduhum awliyao baAAdin ya/muroona bialmaAAroofi wayanhawna AAani almunkari wayuqeemoona alssalata wayu/toona alzzakata wayuteeAAoona Allaha warasoolahu ola-ika sayarhamuhumu Allahu inna Allaha AAazeezun hakeemun
  1. It may be quite difficult for weak women, children, very poor and normal average persons who are not regarded as religiously well educated who have no much authority, ability or influence on others.
  2. How about the youngers or children to forbid or reprimand, rebuke, criticise or censure the elders and their own parents.
  3. How about the religious scholars?
  4. Could we criticize the authorities, government or rulers?
  5. Prying or spying or inquiring too inquisitively into a person's private affairs is wrong and private rebuke is to be preferred to public shaming.
  6. How about Moral Police or Relagious Enforcing Officers or Religious policing?
  7. Is is better for the normal public to generally restrict this duty to include only prevention, reserving punishment to the state authorities.
  8. Another option is the avoidance of the duty, by emigrating or otherwise avoiding situations likely to bring one into contact with wrongdoing.

Anyway, calling people away from wrongdoing is a religious duty in and of itself, and remains a duty upon a Muslim.

A man will be brought forward on the Day of Resurrection and thrown into the Fire. His entrails will come forth from his throat and he will hang from them going around like a donkey goes around a mill.

The inhabitants of the Fire will gather around him and ask: "What is the matter with you? Didn't you used to enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong?"

He will reply: "Yes, I used to enjoin what is right but not do those things myself, and I used to forbid what is wrong but not refrain from them myself."

[Sahîh Muslim (2989)]

Qur'an which reads: "Do you enjoin right conduct on others and forget to practice it yourselves and yet you recite the Scripture? Do you not have any sense?" [Sûrah al-Baqarah: 44]

In this verse, Allah rebukes these people and punishes them because they turn away from the truth though they know it full well. This makes them different from those who are ignorant of the truth, who if the come to know it would most likely follow it. They are not being punished because they called others to right conduct while being sinful. The point this verse is making is that they know full well what is right – the proof for that being their calling others to what is right – but did what is wrong in spite of their knowledge. This is why the verse concluded with the rebuke "Do you not have any sense?"

Enjoin what is good and forbid what is wrong is part of Fard al-kifaya (Sufficiency duty)

 Fard al Kifaya is a duty which is imposed on the whole ummah. One is not required to perform it as long as a sufficient number of community members fulfil it. 

When this Fard al Kifaya is combine with Fard al-ayn (Individual duty) which is the group of tasks that are every Muslim is required to perform individually as a duty, such as daily prayer salah, hijab or the hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca at least once in a lifetime etc. we called it Fard (الفرض).

Fard is what the Lawgiver strictly requires to be done, and whose obligatory character is proved by definitive evidence.

Fard is what the Lawgiver strictly requires to be done, and whose obligatory character is proved by definitive evidence. Someone who denies the fard is considered a disbeliever (kafir), as he or she is denying what has been ordained by clear-cut and decisive texts. (Quite dangerous now!)



The sordid tale of shifting Presidential Lies in Naypyidaw

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 02:04 AM PDT

Source: FB of Maung Zarni

The sordid tale of shifting Presidential Lies in Naypyidaw and the West that plays ignorant and gullible

President Thein Sein, what is your presidential analysis of these damn "Bengali Muslims" and their plight?

Under the direct control of Than Shwe and Maung Aye, whenever there was an international media crisis, the regime's senior leadership general either hit Johnny Walker Blue Label, which cronies including my old high school mate from S.H.S. 9 in Mandalay, Dr Ko Ko Gyi, a Kakant who is #2 man in the Myanmar Chamber of Commerce supply, or watch martial arts films or Wayne Rooney of Manchester United in their underground bunkers.

Now emboldened by the West's broad support for him and flanked by capable civilian advisers who know the international scene the man the West deems it can do business with – literally -, is getting out of the military's usual comfort zone and reciting the spins that his presidential special advisers carefully crafts for him, depending on the changing international and media situations.

We need to pay close attention to how this front man of the regime – President Thein Sein – is spinning on the Rohingya issues. In the West, politicians would be lynched by the media, are they to change their rhetoric in this fashion so fast – 4 radical shifts in about 6 weeks!

But Thein Sein is getting away with this rhetorical acrobats because the bottom line for the West is it will hug him, no matter how much blood is on his hand – (see the latest Wall Street Journal piece on US Ambassador Derek Mitchell speaking out on racism in Burma, without pointing on the link between the official strategies of ethno-religious mobilization by Washington's business partner in Naypydaw and the pervasive anti-Kalar racism of Burma).

Here is my take on Presidential lies the West is conveniently overlooking.

Is it about illegal immigration and corruption? Is t it all about the international media and human rights mafia abroad? Or poulation explosion (among people your military has caged for over 4 decades)? Or is it really Buddhist monks whom you attempted to slaughter – and the military has identified as the second biggest threat to its power since Ne Win's rule in the 1960s – who are promoting anti-Muslim racism in Burmese society? Or is it poor Rakhines whose dream and push for federalism/political autonomy who are instigating ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas?

What is it?

Here is the news story worth writing up, if you have not thought about it:

Has anyone noticed how many times Thein Sein has changed his rhetoric since the violence in Western Burma between the Rohingyas and the Rakhine broke out (with Bama and Rakhine troops slaughering the Muslim Rohingyas in the hundreds)?

First, it was illegal immigration and corruption issue (let's build inter the "Bengali Muslims" with UN's money or expel them en mass to third countries who want to take "Mus" (Burmese code word among military officers for "Muslisms").

Then, it was international media and human rights NGOs whipping up their non-existent anti-Muslim conflicts, blowing the "sectarian conflict" between the two hostile local groups, out of proportions.

Then again, very few new arrivals – not illegals, but "population explosion" among these Bengali who have been in our country for decades now and who take too many wives and pump out too many babies. (Damn you, OIC, I have to change our Naypyidaw rhetoric again.)

Of late, it was Buddhist monks, who promote anti-Muslim racism, and Rakhine, who advocate violence and segregation re: the Bengali Muslims", that are ultimately responsible for the violence in Rakhine state. (latest AFP story)

WHAT IS OMITTED, deliberately, in this evolving narrative from President's mouth are the following pieces:

1). stripping of the recognition of the Rohingya ethnic identity which they enjoyed under parliamentary democracy period of PM U Nu;

2). codification of anti-Rohingya citizenship law with the help of racist Bama and Rakhine chauvinists such as the late Dr Maung Maung (who was Ne Win's clerk and legitimizer) and historian Dr Aye Kyaw;

3). forced migration of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas from the Rakhine state, as the direct result of the draconian "immigration" operations termed "King Snake Operation" or Nagamin launched under Ne Win's butcher Sein Lwin in 1970s (the national intelligence bureau coordinator and my father's best friend from university who put me on the plane at Rangoon airport in early July 1988 bound for San Francisco later became Commissioner of Police directly in charge of the Rohingya control in Sittwe);

4). the whipping up in the State and State-controlled media outlets of the popular fear of Islamic radicalism by framing the issue of Rohingya persecution as "preemption of national security threat" – something "human rights defenders" such as Ko Ko Gyi of 8888 generation has conveniently bought into (sure enough the military establishment let these human rights defenders to come and hug them in Naypyidaw's "parliament", at the behest of Shwe Mann, the 3rd ranking ex-general and Than Shwe's pet);

5). the Presidential staff and its use of social media to spread the national security spin (weapons were found among the "Islamic fundamentalists" among these externally supported "Ban-ga-li Kalars", is one standard line) and, conversely, to dress up Thein Sein and the military as the Defender of the Faith and the protector of "indigenous races", while launching scorched earth military operations against the Kachins and offering the Karen National Union the offer the latter cannot refuse, with support from self-interested Norway (with a desperate need to rebuild its global peace-maker image post-Sri Lanka) and UN and development agencies;

6). and last but not least, the direct involvement of the Bama and Rakhine troops which in one single incident machine-gunned down at least "300 Bangali muslims", as the troops that pulled the trigger themselves recounted.

Without these conveniently omitted elements in the twisted presidential narrative and generally shallow media reports, the full picture isn't going to be had.



Siling Kompleks JPJ Indera Mahkota Bocor ... Ada Makna Tu...

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 02:46 AM PDT

Kuantan - Operasi pengkomputeran di Kompleks Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) negeri di Indera Mahkota 15, di sini semalam tergendala berikutan sistemnya tidak dapat digunakan selepas siling di Tingkat Dua kompleks itu bocor, petang kelmarin.

Gambar: Kebocoran siling di kompleks tersebut menyebabkan sistem pengkomputeran JPJ tergendala

Situasi itu menyebabkan notis pemberitahuan dilekatkan di hadapan pintu kompleks terbabit untuk memaklumkan kepada pelanggan.

Pengarah JPJ Negeri, Datuk Zakaria Man memberitahu, situasi itu berlaku disebabkan masalah kebocoran di siling tingkat atas kompleks tersebut yang menempatkan bilik server.

Menurutnya, ia menyebabkan sistem komputer tergendala dan sehingga pagi semalam, lantai di tingkat tersebut masih dibasahi air.

"Kita memberikan jaminan masalah ini akan diatasi segera namun ia terpulang kepada pihak penyelenggaraan komputer untuk memperbaiknya dalam tempoh sepantas mungkin.

"Namun untuk hari ini (semalam), ia langsung tidak dapat beroperasi," katanya ketika dihubungi Sinar Harian pada jam tiga petang semalam. -SH

Ulasan GB

Dah ada tanda-tanda DUN Pahang akan bocor...

Mungkin faktor Lynas & BERSIH memberi kesan yang kuat di Pahang.


They Who Know Their Purpose, Don't Stay Long

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 01:45 AM PDT

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.

Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The six-year-old continued, "well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."


  • Live simply.
  • Love generously.
  • Care deeply.
  • Speak kindly.
  • Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
  • Take naps.
  • Stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp, and play daily.
  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
  • On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
  • When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
  • Be loyal.
  • Never pretend to be something you're not.
  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it. Persevere.
  • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
  • Love unconditionally and forgive frequently.


٣ أشياء لم يعلموك عن القدس -- Three Things They Didn't Tell You About Jerusalem

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 01:35 AM PDT


Arab Spring now a Christian nightmare

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 01:32 AM PDT

(Toronto Sun) In the 1990s, western democracies stepped forward to stop ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia by dispatching NATO forces in support of UN peacekeeping operations in the Balkans. The disintegration of Yugoslavia precipitated ethnic strife, and like all such struggles anywhere in the world, the Balkan conflict was complex and layered with history of grievances, identity politics, and religious bigotry. If one reaches back to the early years of the last century, this region was a cauldron of ethno-nationalism that ignited the First World War.

Some 16 years later, the so-called Arab Spring mirrors the conflict that ripped through the Balkans. The rotten structures of Arab states were primed to crash once the people set aside their fear of despots. But not unlike the Balkans, the death knell of Arab dictatorships has been accompanied by predictable conflicts among people divided by religion, sect and ethnicity.


There is one stark difference, however, between the Balkans and the situation in the Arab-Muslim world. In the Balkans, the minority most seriously hurt by the conflict were Bosnian Muslims. It was in part to protect Bosnian Muslims that the West intervened with force and, eventually overseen by President Clinton's administration, the parties agreed to abide by the Dayton Agreement of November 1995 reached in Dayton, Ohio and formally signed in Paris a few weeks later.


In the Arab-Muslim world, the so–called Arab Spring has hurt most seriously the dwindling Christian minorities of the Middle East. While Arab despots in the name of secularism paradoxically provided some protection to Christians, the situation has worsened with Islamists taking power. William Dalrymple, the well-respected historian and author of From the Holy Mountain: A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium (1998), recently wrote, "Wherever you go in the Middle East today, you see the Arab Spring rapidly turning into the Christian winter … The past few years have been catastrophic for the region's beleaguered 14 million strong Christian minority."


The decline, probably disappearance, of Christians from the Middle East is an ominous sign of a tragic future for the region. And such an eventuality has precedence. Jews of the Arab-Muslim world from the pre-Christian era, with their rich heritage and long historical presence in ancient cities across the region — Alexandria, Algiers, Baghdad, Beirut, Cairo, Constantine, Damascus, Fez, Oran, Sana'a, Tripoli, Tunis and more — were compelled to leave lands conquered by Arabs in the name of Islam following the establishment of Israel in 1948.


There have been numerous anti-Coptic riots with attacks on Christian churches in Egypt. From Gaza reports have come of forced conversions among Christians reduced to a miniscule presence. Iraqi Christians fled in large numbers following post-Saddam sectarian strife, and they found refuge in Syria. This safe-haven for Iraqi Christians is in jeopardy as the sectarian conflict in Syria has intensified, and Syrian Christians are endangered.


While Christians flee from their ancient homes in the Arab-Muslim world, the West's failure to respond effectively, unlike its response in the Balkans, is more than an immense moral failure. It is another sign of the West scandalously appeasing Islamist totalitarianism that might well be as catastrophic as when Europe's major democracies appeased Hitler and the Nazis in the 1930s. Hat tip:
Eye On The World


Sympathy for our Malaysian devils by Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN, formerly of the Royal Malaysian Navy

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 01:23 AM PDT

"Son, the greatest trick the Devil pulled was convincing the world there was only one of him." - David Wong (John Dies at the End)

COMMENT Ex-prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's latest tirade against his former protégé, Anwar Ibrahim, continues the greatest Malaysian show on earth. "Better the devil you know than the angel you don't" may not be as Nurul Izzah Anwar (right) seems to think, a back-handed compliment to PM Najib Razak, but rather the wily former autocrat may be referring to the grand racial designs he imposed on Malaysia (which the majority of the Malaysian public willingly voted for) and the continuing influence he has within Umno.

Take this section 114A nonsense. The fact that the 'public outcry' in the form of the Internet Blackout Day had the effect of making Najib have a possible rethink, but in the end proved ineffectual in actually changing anything proves that the so-called flip-flopping of the Najib regime is in actuality the dramatic evidence that the internal power struggles of Umno have reduced the Prime Minister's Office to merely a window-dressing role. The public has never voted in a prime minister, only the party that chooses the prime minister from within its own ranks; hence we can judge how influential any given "prime minister" is by observing the internal power struggles within Umno. You can bet that during Mahathir's tenure if he didn't want such a law; there would be no question of its continued existence.

Ironically even with the flawed "election process" of PKR and the nature of the give and take of Pakatan Rakyat coalition partners, which is basically the same model of BN - that is, if the component party was doing its job instead of kowtowing to Umno - for the first time, Malaysians could be voting in a prime minister of their choice in the form of Anwar Ibrahim. Nurul should not be relieved or allude to the fact that Mahathir did not compare any Pakatan politician to United States presidential candidate Mitt Romney because any objective or informed Malaysian observer of American politics would note (with great amusement) that Romney says very often of Barack Obama policies: "He promises you so much, but in the end who would end up paying for it? The answer? Your tax dollars". Just sayin'.

But what the hell (since we are talking about angels and devils), I would gamble my tax ringgit (in the voting booth) to see that Nurul has a chance of becoming the highest ranked civil servant in this country.
Dr M's accidental honesty
The funny thing is, this has been the most honest Mahathir has ever been. Well, when I say honest, I mean accidently honest. I don't think it was a conscious decision on his part.
But he got it right. What he means is that, everyone knows the system is corrupt but please don't vote for anyone else to control the corrupt system because Umno has been doing it so well since independence. And he knows the partisan game well, too. He understands that since the tsunami of 2008, Pakatan has been playing the race game far better than his cohorts in BN. Beneath the multiracial visage of Pakatan beats the slow steady heart of a racialist Malaysia. Just like the Obama presidency did not herald the dawn of a post-racial America, neither did the 2008 election make us all Malaysians, regardless of skin colour, as some too loudly proclaim.

As the leaked PKR documents reveal, the racial game is still being played behind the supposed multiracial doors of Pakatan. Of course, this being Malaysia it would seem that ethnic relations is solely defined by Chinese/Malay interactions. And why not? Penang under Lim Guan Eng is the model of how an efficient Malaysia could be run and no doubt this stokes the fires of inferiority that Umno continues to fan in a certain segment of the Malay polity. In other words, Mahathir and Umno have made it very clear that Malay supremacy instead of any non-racial ideology is what legitimises BN's power and has brought "success" to this country. But what happens when a member of another community, a minority community, demonstrates that a non-sycophantic model of leadership proves objectively more successful than the race-based politics of patronage that have been peddled for years?

The leaked documents may, according to Penang Deputy Chief Minister Mansor Othman, highlight the genuine concerns of his party members - or should that be Chinese PKR members - but the reality is that the squabbles between a Chinese-dominated party and interlopers from a supposed multiracial party, which is in reality a Malay-dominated party, is just business as usual in the political landscape of Malaysia.

For Pakatan, still a racial game


The accusation of arrogance by Mansor of Lim hardly surprises me. I couldn't care less if Lim is arrogant and for me at least, it's a non-issue. If you can't stand up to those in power, you have no business claiming to represent those who voted for you to speak on their behalf. And if you have power and your arrogance lends nothing to your leadership capabilities and compromises the objectives you seek to accomplish, then you are of no use to anybody. What is of greater interest is the racially-tinged bickering of seat allocations based on ethnic demographic and the perception that the 'PKR Chinese' pose a threat to the hegemony of the DAP Chinese.

Mansor has since claimed that the whole issue is being spun to paint a picture of disunity amongst Pakatan. The picture of Mansor arms linked with "God", or should that be a "god", is perhaps one of the most uncomfortable pictures of political unity in Malaysia, which is quite a feat considering what Umno has put out all these years. What Pakatan should do is embrace this process as part and parcel of dismantling racial politics in this country - if that is their goal, that is. Issues like these should be part of the discourse amongst 'opposition' types instead of trying to gloss over it and painting the problems of their politics on Umno.

Pakatan supporters here and elsewhere are tripping over themselves alternating between wringing their hands that such dirty linen is exposed to the public and chiding PKR as the weak link filled with frog hoppers used to the supposed old ways of Umno. Even Sekinchan assemblyperson Ng Suee Lim warns of MCA-type money politics seeping into the DAP, now that the party has established itself as the Chinese power base of the country. It must have really pissed off the former prime minister and Perkasa patron that with all the racial politics going on in Pakatan, they can still maintain their 'multiracial' facade and here BN is playing the exact same game but struggling to maintain their centrist position.

Actually Pakatan is not playing the same race game. It's a variation of the old race game because there is no centralised racial power base. It's an alliance built on tenuous compromises (is there any other kind in politics?) and fuelled by the hate for Umno-BN and let's face reality, for a certain section of the Malaysian voting public, the former prime minister himself. And Mahathir is right to be worried that "many things can be destroyed in five years". He's probably right that BN may not survive if the "opposition" comes into power.

Mahathir frets that "officers in the government will be used to threaten whoever tries to change the government", meaning that what he is really afraid of is that Pakatan would use the same tricks that Umno-BN did to hamper the democratic process by using government institutions to abrogate the will of the people.
Choice between blue and red pills

To be honest, I share his fears too. Not that of BN's destruction, but rather that the system perfected under the Mahathir regime would be commandeered by a new regime which has shown no real commitment to the supposed philosophies that separate it from Umno-BN. How do we begin the process of dismantling a bloated civil service? Will Islam be practiced differently? Is a welfare state the only option? Will we forever be a subsidised nation? How are we going to reform institutions that have suffered decades of abuse?

Now, I am not making the argument that there is no difference between BN and Pakatan, which is the popular strawman put out there. However as I have put forward in many articles we - and by "we" I mean those of us who believe that the need for a change in government is axiomatic - need to be very clear as to what these "changes" that we are fighting for mean beyond changes, which in reality merely reinforce an entrenched system that was designed (even if administered competently) to meet our racialist expectations, which in the long run would put an end to any idea of an egalitarian Malaysian identity, not to mention way of life.

Understand now, we need a two party or more accurately alliance system but the common refrain from Pakatan supporters is that after 55 years of corruption, we need a change which I am totally down with, but if we have two parties that are in substance offering us the same deal only with one party less corrupt than the other only because they have not been in power, how exactly is jumping between these two parties every four years going to make a difference in the long term?

Obama supporters didn't ask the tough questions about how exactly Obama would bring about change. They took comfort in the fact that George W Bush and John McCain (who ran perhaps one of the most boneheaded campaigns in American presidential elections) would be banished from the land for at least four years, and are now dejected by the supposed change that never happened. We should not fall into the same trap as them. Never has there been a time in Malaysia, as it is now, where political parties are at the mercy of the voters. It is a pity that so far, we have not made much use of this opportunity. Or maybe this election is like the choice between taking the blue pill or the red one in the movie 'Matrix'.

You take the former, you end back in the prison they created secure in your self-delusion, whereas you take the latter; you discover how deep the racial and political rabbit hole goes. Malaysiakini


The backlash Against Aung San Suu Kyi (which she deserved)

Posted: 26 Aug 2012 12:04 AM PDT

Source: The backlash Against Aung San Suu Kyi

Despite calls for her to speak out, the Burmese opposition politician is keeping a low-profile on the continued persecution of minorities in her country. By Peter Popham.

When Hillary Clinton meets Aung San Suu Kyi again—it is unlikely that the Burmese opposition leader's visit to the U.S. next month will pass without a tête-a-tête between these two soul sisters—the secretary of state would be forgiven for saying, "I told you so."

It was at the Women in the World summit in New York in the spring (an event hosted by Newsweek/Daily Beast) that the secretary of state described the passage Suu Kyi was then making from adored icon of democracy to practical politician. "I know that route," she said, and "how hard it is to balance one's ideals and aspirations" with the demands of real politics.

Suu Kyi duly won election and was swept into parliament with 42 party colleagues. And within a couple of months her halo had cracked.

The issue that mugged her in June and has been dogging her ever since is the Rohingyas, 800,000 ethnic Bengalis who live in conditions of appalling deprivation on a sliver of coastland in Arakan, a state in Burma's far southwest, across the border from Bangladesh. An cycle of violence between Rohingyas and their Buddhist neighbors in the state left dozens dead and thousands of Rohingyas homeless. It drew the widespread attention to what the U.N. describes as one of the world's most persecuted people.

Estimates of how long the Rohingyas have lived in Burma vary from many centuries to a couple of generations; what is beyond dispute is that, in a country with more than 130 minorities, many of them long-term victims of state terrorism, the Rohingyas are uniquely ill-favored: barred from citizenship and required to have permission to travel, to marry, and to have more than two children.

One would have expected Aung San Suu Kyi, one of the world's most eloquent exponents of human rights, to leap to their defense. Indeed, when she visited Britain in June, U.K. Foreign Secretary, William Hague, urged her to take a proactive role in seeking reconciliation between the Rohingyas and the Burmans who constitute some two thirds of the population. And last week a senior British minister gave voice to his disappointment at her failure to do so. "Frankly I would expect her to provide moral leadership on this subject," he told The Independent, "but she hasn't really spoken about it at al l… [Speaking out] is the right thing to do."

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Hundreds of supporters crowd around Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) upon her arrival at Yangon's international airport on June 30, 2012 after her triumphant five-nation European tour. (Soe Than Win, AFP / Getty Images)

 

Her problem, as the minister well knows—"It might be politically difficult for her to take a supportive stance towards the Rohingyas," he conceded—is that she is now in a new game, which requires the skills of a juggler.

She is the de facto leader of the opposition in a Parliament in which the proxy party of the military, the Union Solidarity and Development Party, has a large majority. She and her colleagues are determined to reform a constitution which was written by the generals and guarantees their hegemony for ever. She has an ally in the head of state, President Thein Sein, who this week demonstrated his continuing commitment to reform by scrapping pre-publication press censorship; she has had two meetings with him in the past fortnight—no details were released—and has been made the chair of a newly established committee to oversee improvements in the rule of law.

It is only when you are wandering in the wilderness of dissent that you can be everybody's darling.

So far, so encouraging. But these are baby steps. The goal is the year 2015, when the next general elections are scheduled. If they are run in a correct manner, Suu Kyi and the party she heads, the National League for Democracy, should, judging from April's by-election results, win a landslide victory.

But that depends on Suu Kyi retaining the overwhelming support of the Burmese. Maung Zarni, one of Burma's most trenchant commentators, said, "Politically Aung San Suu Kyi has absolutely nothing to gain from opening her mouth on [the Rohingyas]. She is no longer a political dissident … She's a politician, and her eyes are fixed on the prize, which is the 2015 majority Buddhist vote."

It is only when you are wandering in the wilderness of dissent that you can be everybody's darling, as Clinton could tell her. Once inside the tent, you must choose when to open your mouth and when to keep it zipped.

It is likely that her enemies in the military put her in this predicament deliberately, coldly calculating the damage it would do her: the unrest broke out in early June, on the eve of her trip to Europe. Bertil Lintner, the Swedish journalist and veteran Burma-watcher, remarked at the time, "The violence is clearly well-orchestrated and not as spontaneous as we are being led to believe. The [Burmese] government is very worried about the support commanded by Suu Kyi. It wants to force her into a position where she has to make a pro-Rohingya public statement that could damage her popularity among Burma's Buddhists, where anti-Muslim sentiment runs high. On the other hand, if she remains silent she will disappoint those who support her firm stand on human rights."

The disappointment has duly registered. Clearly Suu Kyi can live with it. Her eyes are on the prize.

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Peter Popham has been a foreign correspondent and commentator at The Independent for more than 20 years, reporting from Albania, Mongolia, South Asia, and now Italy. He is the author of The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi and Tokyo: The City at the End of the World.

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