Friday, August 31, 2012

Kantoi!!! Bendera Malaysia : UMNO Tiada Modal, Fitnah PR

Kantoi!!! Bendera Malaysia : UMNO Tiada Modal, Fitnah PR

Kantoi!!! Bendera Malaysia : UMNO Tiada Modal, Fitnah PR

Posted: 31 Aug 2012 10:22 AM PDT

Ketua Pembangkang, Anwar Ibrahim berkata Pakatan Rakyat akan tetap menggunakan bendera Malaysia sebagai bendera rasmi biarpun ada cubaan daripada sesetengah pihak yang melakukan provokasi mengibarkan bendera 'Sang Saka Merah' semasa himpunan Janji Demokrasi di Dataran Merdeka, malam tadi.

Anwar menjawab pertanyaan pengikutnya di Twitter yang curiga ia akan dijadikan isu oleh Umno-APCO dan Barisan Nasional untuk menempelak Pakatan Rakyat kununnya gabungan itu akan mengubah bendera rasmi negara ini, Jalur Gemilang dengan Sang Saka Merah. Menjawabnya di Twitter sebentar tadi, Anwar menegaskan:

@anwaribrahim PR tdk jdkan ini sebgai isu! @_Joe__7: harap DSAI dpt selesaikan isu bendera itu....jika tidak pasti Dlm PR sendiri akan wujud perpecahan disebabkan isu yg remeh ini

Dan satu lagi tweet dari Anwar juga menjelaskan:

@anwaribrahim PR -bendera Msia @razzanismail: apa pendapat DS tentang mereka yg kibarkan 'sang saka malaya' malam tadi?

Malam tadi, beberapa individu yang kelihatan semasa himpunan Janji Demokrasi dilihat mengibarkan bendera Sang Saka Merah yang didakwa bendera asal Tanah Melayu sebelum bendera itu digantikan dengan Jalur Gemilang semasa negara ini mencapai kemerdekaan pada 1957.

Ia mendapat reaksi pelbagai di laman sosial Twitter selain blog pro-Umno-APCO cuba menjadikannya sebagai modal untuk menghentam Pakatan Rakyat kunun sekiranya pakatan tersebut memerintah Malaysia nanti, bendera Jalur Gemilang akan digantikan dengan bendera asal.

Pendapat Anwar turut disokong ahli parlimen Sibu, Wong Ho Leng yang berkata ia hanyalah satu bentuk pembohongan mengalihkan cerita (spin) akibat kegagalan Umno-APCO menghalang himpunan Janji Demokrasi malam tadi yang dihadiri lebih 10 ribu orang tanpa sebarang kejadian yang tidak diingini.

@wongholeng ‎"@anwaribrahim: No such decision by PR.Why spin? @mukhlis_30: Pls advice me y after 55 years we must change our flag.."Lousy spin culture Tambah Wong lagi, tidak ada makna sambutan kemerdekaan dirayakan kerana pemimpin BN langsung tidak menjemput pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat menghadiri sambutan tersebut yang diadakan tahun ini di Sibu bagi peringkat Sarawak.

Jelas cubaan Umno-APCO menjadikan isu bendera sebagai modal untuk menempelak Pakatan Rakyat gagal lagi. -wargamarhaen

PDRM in a state of unrest by Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN, formerly of the Royal Malaysian Navy

Posted: 31 Aug 2012 07:35 AM PDT

"The police are not here to create disorder; they're here to preserve disorder." - Richard J Daley
COMMENT Bukit Aman police secretariat (public relations) assistant head Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf could be right when he claims that the writer of the anonymous letter alleging the possible doctoring of crime statistics is probably not a police officer. However you don't need to be a police officer to be familiar with the operating procedures of the PDRM (Royal Malaysian Police). Massaging statistics and reclassifying crimes is hardly new when it comes to law enforcement agencies worldwide in justifying their performance, not to mention the continued use of their methods.

All that is needed is someone with insider knowledge motivated to impart this knowledge which lends an air of authenticity to the expose and then if you have something to hide (which the PDRM most certainly has) you are in a whole world of hurt. The PDRM's response has been professional, but the rebuttal itself is not the required knock-out that the PDRM desperately needs at the moment. The war of words between the opposition and the Home Ministry over the discrepancies of crime statistics and the siege mentality of an urban voting public plagued by crime that seems to permeate every level of society has effectively made the PDRM the least credible government agency in the land.

Furthermore, the one too many deaths in custody, in addition to the 'police shootouts' - the most recent of which has resulted in 'witnesses' being detained for 'further investigation' - lends credence to perception that the PDRM is hostile to a public it has sworn to protect. When we factor in issues such as race and class, what we are left with is a police force bereft of any legitimacy in its pursuit of enforcement of the law in this country.
Cops and robbers

However what is most damaging to the credibility of the police force, and this has always been the case, is the perception (reality?) that it is an institution of Umno and not an independent body. This goes for the entire security apparatus of this country. When Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali boasts that if a military base is located in his constituency, he would surely be re-elected and this passes without comment from Umno-BN, it doesn't take a genius to realise that the corridors of Umno power intersect with those of the security departments in this country.When a former head of the PDRM is asked to head an 'independent commission' to investigate the police after the Bersih 3.0 civil demonstration after making statements that he considers the demonstrators at fault, well, it's safe to assume that objectivity or impartiality is not a trait or tradition of the PDRM. To throw out further documented examples would be pedantic.

It really does not matter who has to answer to what because at this point any answer will be spun politically (which usually means Umno-BN will be at the losing end) and also because the present regime since the tsunami of 2008 has demonstrated no serious commitment to reform. Of course, I have not seen any detailed proposals of reform from Pakatan Rakyat beyond the superficial appeals to emotion but as always, the devil is in the details. Right now we are witness to the power plays which went on between two former high-ranking police officers which no doubt crosses from the bureaucratic to criminal if the allegations and counter-allegations are to be believed. It also highlights the shadowy nexus between organised crime and law enforcement with added racial overtones, which is naturally par for the course in this country.

Not only that, but we have a former Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief joining PAS to "uphold democracy", which implies that his tenure as a high-ranking police official, not to mention not throwing in with Umno (if his former occupation was not that in spirit), did nothing to further the said aspiration. Some would cheer at such a development but we should be cautious of former civil servants, especially those from law enforcement divisions, overtly proclaiming loyalty to political parties whose stewardship of the country would ideally be only temporary. Of course, Fauzi Shaari (above) brings a wealth of insider knowledge which should serve the strategic objectives of PAS.

Not that I'm implying that he personally or that the opposition had anything to do with this anonymous letter but rather that because of the nature its anonymity, everyone is fair game. Not that it matters of course, whoever wrote the letter has struck at the always soft underbelly of the chitin exterior of the Umno beast.
Distrust of law enforcers

As usual, what I find of interest is not the corruption in high places in Umno and the opposition response to it, but rather how we as a society deal with it. Because of the PDRM's inability to carry out the most mundane of police functions, a whole cottage industry has mushroomed providing private security to citizens frustrated by the fact that their security - in fact, their lives - depend on a dysfunctional police force more interested in policing the opposition than being an apolitical instrument of the state.

Depending on how much money is at play, entire neighbourhoods suddenly become gated communities (municipal laws becoming suddenly extremely porous) or lone guards man ramshackle guard posts, offering the illusion of security. The fact that these security companies are sometimes run by former police officers or staffed by men and women who would not qualify (and unfortunately the bar is pretty low) to join the PDRM is evidence of how desperate the situation has become for those who use these services and how as usual in Malaysia, the lines between business and government is blurred.

There is a reason why in some place the PDRM work very closely with security companies but we should also not forget that in many cases, the PDRM is just relieved that they are getting help from the private sector although they have no problem taking credit (or as this current scandal implies, possibly manipulating the stats) for the reduction of crime. Of course, not everyone sees the upside of privatised security. Most times paying for peace of mind - this is what those of us who pay taxes think we are paying for when it comes to the law enforcement agencies in Malaysia - means living with the fact that you are actually paying a ransom.

As one middle-class Malaysiakini reader told me, her neighbourhood had a spike in crime before the "security guards" came into the picture and suddenly there was zero crime. "What can we do, at least now we are safe even though many of us feel that we are paying not to be burgled or mugged".
A culture of its own

This explosive mix of safety fears and distrust of law has brought out so many interesting questions. Another Malaysiakini reader asked my opinion on guns. "After a few burglars and car park robbers have been shot, they will think twice of attacking," he said. I asked him if he thought that the mob attacks on captured snatch thieves had reduced said attacks - I have no idea, but I don't think so - and does he really think it's a good idea for citizens of a country with such polarised race relations and history of political party race agitation to have resort to firearms?

Guns are the solutions to a very specific set of problems, problems that the average citizen of any country would not have to deal with if it has functional institutions (some American friends would disagree with me, of course). At the end of the day, there is nothing the PDRM can say which would allay the fears of a Malaysian public mired in partisanship and their own racial preoccupations. The police force has become a culture of its own succoured by religion, racialism and handouts, riddled with corruption and sharing a symbiotic relationship with the criminal underclass of Malaysian society and beholden to political masters who have always been engaged in protracted internal power struggles.

But yet I can say without hesitation that there are still those within the ranks of the PDRM, and those who have retired, who are honourable and understand the value of a functional police force but whose ranks are slowly dwindling over the long Umno-BN watch. If Pakatan is smart and if there is that much dreamed of (amongst a certain section of the voting public) post-BN happy ending, these voices would play a major role in the long process of reforming the PDRM. Malaysiakini

သထုံၿမိဳ႕ေတာ္၀န္ရဲ့သမီး မအိုဇာရဲ့ ခင္ပြန္း ဗ်တ္၀ိရဲ့ နာမည္က ဟာရွင္ေခါင္းႀကီး

Posted: 31 Aug 2012 06:54 AM PDT

ျမန္မာ့သမိုင္းထဲက လူေတြရဲ့နာမည္ကို အမွန္အတိုင္းေခၚရေအာင္ဗ်ဳိ႕……. သထုံၿမိဳ႕ေတာ္၀န္ရဲ့သမီး မအိုဇာရဲ့ ခင္ပြန္း ဗ်တ္၀ိရဲ့ နာမည္က ဟာရွင္ေခါင္းႀကီးပါတဲ့ဗ်ာ…ေရွးတုန္းက ထြက္တဲ့ ျမ၀တီမဂၢဇင္းမွာ ေဖၚျပထားပါတယ္

Jelajah "Merdeka Rakyat" Bermula Dan Dah Sampai Machang

Posted: 31 Aug 2012 07:46 AM PDT

Mengambil semangat ulang tahun kemerdekaan Malaysia ke-55, KEADILAN melancarkan siri Jelajah 'Merdeka Rakyat'.

"Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat ini diadakan adalah untuk memberi isi dan makna ulang tahun kemerdekaan ke-55 yang disambut hari ini," kata Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"Kita ambil keputusan memanfaatkan kesempatan ini untuk menyedarkan rakyat dengan jelajah ke seluruh negara, sehingga Parlimen dibubar," katanya pada pelancaran Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat di ibu pejabat KEADILAN di Tropicana, hari ini.

Turut hadir, Presiden Keadilan, Datuk Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Pengarah Komunikasi, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad dan Pengarah Strategi Keadilan, Rafizi Ramli.

"Walaupun permit bas dilengahkan, kita akan teruskan dan mengiringi bas ini. Semoga perjalanan kita baik," kata Anwar.

Sementara itu, dilokasi pertama di Taman Meranti, Bentong, kira-kira 300 hadir pada jamuan Hari Raya KEADILAN Bentong.

Turut hadir, Pengerusi Majlis Pimpinan Negeri Pahang, Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman dan Pengerusi Biro Felda dan Orang Asal Suhaimi Said.

Penduduk pelbagai bangsa yang tinggal di perumahan berhampiran pekan Bentong tidak melepaskan peluang untuk bergambar di bas jelajah 'Merdeka Rakyat'

Mereka gembira apabila dimaklumkan bahawa daerah mereka menjadi lokasi pertama jelajah 'Merdeka Rakyat'

Jelajah 'Merdeka Rakyat' akan ke lima buah negeri sepanjang tiga hari mulai hari ini hingga Ahad iaitu Pahang, Kelantan, Perak, Kedah dan Perlis dengan program rasmi di 20 buah lokasi..

Antara lokasi yang bakal disinggahi petang ini antaranya ialah Masjid Daerah Benta untuk menunaikan solat Jumaat dan jamuan hari raya di Bilik Gerakan Keadilan DUN Benta di Jerantut. -KD


Macang, Kelantan

Active Lifestyle Add More Years For The Elderly

Posted: 31 Aug 2012 06:15 AM PDT

30 August 2012
Last updated at 23:08 GMT


Active pensioners 'add six years'

Extra years by the sea?

active and living a healthy lifestyle into your seventies can make a
huge difference to your life expectancy, a Swedish study suggests.

Academics at Sweden's Karolinska Institute analysed the lifestyles of 1,810 people over 75.


Posted: 31 Aug 2012 05:28 AM PDT


ေရးကူးရာတြင္ ေရညာမွ ၾကိဳတင္ကူးသြားမွ လိုရာ ေရာက္ႏုိင္သကဲ့သုိ့ မိမိ ဆုိလိုခ်က္သို႕ ေရာက္ေအာင္ၾကိဳတင္ေျပာဆုိျခင္း။


၂. ေကာက္ပင္ရိတ္လွီးစကားေျပာနည္း

ေကာက္ပင္မ်ားကို လက္တဖက္ျဖင့္ ျမဲျမံစြာ ဆုပ္ကိုင္ကာ က်န္လက္တဖက္ မွ တံစဥ္ကိုကိုင္ကာ တိခနဲေနေအာင္ရိတ္ျဖတ္သကဲ့သို့  သူတပါးေျပာေသာ စကားကုိ မိေအာင္ ခ်ဳပ္မငံုမိေအာင္ ဖမ္းကိုျပီးမွ မိမိက ပိုင္ပုိင္ႏုိင္ႏုိင္ ေျပာဆုိျခင္း

၃. ေရစီး ေဖာင္ဆန္စကားေျပာနည္း

လိုအပ္ေသာ ပစၥည္းမွန္သမွ်ကို ေဖာင္ေပၚတင္ေဆာင္ျပီး ေရဆန္သို့တက္လွ်င္ လုိရာခရီးကို ေကာင္းစြာ ေရာက္ႏုိင္သကဲ့သုိ့ေအာက္ေျခသိမ္း အေၾကာင္းအရာမ်ားကို ဥပမာ ေ၀ဆာစြာျဖင့္ ျပီးျပတ္ေအာင္ ေျပာဆုိျခင္း


၄.အုိးတန္ဆန္ခတ္ စကားေျပာနည္း

ထမင္းခ်က္ေသာအခါ အိုးႏွင့္ ဆန္တန္ရံုထည့္ကာ ခ်က္ပါက ထမင္း ေကာင္းစြာ က်က္သကဲ့သို့ ကုိ့ ဂုဏ္ႏွင့္ တန္ရံု ေျပာဆုိျခင္း


၅. ဆီပြတ္က်ည္ေပြ့ စကားေျပာနည္း

ဆီထြက္ သီးႏွံ အဆန္မ်ားကို က်ည္ေပြ႕ျဖင့္ အထပ္ထပ္ ဆီပြတ္ သကဲ့သို့ မိမိရည္မွန္းခ်က္ျပီးစီးေအာင္ အထပ္ထပ္ေျပာဆုိျခင္း


၆. ဆင္ေ၀ွ႕ရန္ေရွာင္ စကားေျပာနည္း

ဆင္က မိမိအား ထုိးေ၀ွ႕ရန္ လိုက္ေသာအခါ ေရွာင္ခြာ ေျပးရသကဲ့သို့ မိမိထံသုိ႕ က်ေရာက္လာမည့္ စကားကုိ ေရွာင္လြဲႊေျပာဆိုျခင္း


၇. ေတာင္သူရာခုတ္စကားေျပာနည္း

မိမိတုိ့ လုပ္မည့္ လယ္ယာကြက္ အား ခ်ံဳႏြယ္ ပိတ္ေပါင္း မ်ားကို ဦးစြာ ရွင္းလင္းျပီးမွ  သစ္ပင္တုိ႕ကို ရွင္းလင္းရသကဲ့သို့ စကားငယ္ အေသးအဖြဲမ်ားကုိ ေျပာၾကားျပီးမွ စကားၾကီးစကားက်ယ္ ကုိ ပိုင္ႏုိင္ေအာင္ ေျပာဆုိျခင္း


၈. ၾကက္ဆုတ္ခြပ္ပစ္ စကားေျပာနည္း

ၾကက္မ်ားခြပ္သကဲ့သိို့ ေနာက္ဆုတ္အားယူျပီး ႏုိင္ေလာက္မွ ခြပ္သကဲ့သို့ သူ႕စကားကုိ အလိုက္ အထုိက္ေျပာကာ အသာစီးရမွ စကားကုိျပီးေအာင္ျပာဆုိျခင္း


၉. ေရစစ္ပမာ စကားေျပာနည္း

ရဟန္းသံဃာမ်ားသံုးေသာ ေရစစ္ တမ်ိဳးကဲ့သို႕ ထုိေရစစ္ ကို ေရထဲ တြင္ ႏွစ္ကာ ေရျပည့္မွ ထိပ္က အေပါက္ကို လက္ညိဳးျဖင့္ ပိတ္ျပီးဆြဲပါက ေရထြက္မက်ပဲ အျပည့္ရွိသကဲ့သို့ သူတပါးေျပာဆိုခြင့္ မရေအာင္ ပိတ္ဆုိ့ေျပာဆုိျခင္း


၁၀. ခက္တင္ေမာင္းနင္းစကားေျပာနည္း

ဆန္ ပဲ တုိ႕ကို ေထာင္းေသာေမာင္းကို နင္းေသာသူသည္  တဖက္သို့ လိုက္ပါမသြားေအာင္ ေကာင္းစြာ ဖိနင္းရသကဲ့သို႕ မွန္သည္ျဖစ္ေစ မွားသည္ျဖစ္ေစ စကားကို တက္သာ ဆုတ္သာ ျဖစ္ေအာင္ မတင္မက် ေျပာဆုိရျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။


မွတ္ခ်က္ – ၿမန္မာအုိင္အာစီႏွင့္ ျမန္မာစကား၀ုိင္းမွ ကူးသည္ from FB of Minn Min

Hakim Dengar "Ceramah" Mat Sabu Di Mahkamah

Posted: 31 Aug 2012 06:08 AM PDT

Butterworth: Buat Kali pertama kalinya Timbalan Presiden PAS, Haji Mohamad Sabu berceramah di dalam mahkamah.

Menyaksikan ceramah beliau ialah Hakim Mahkamah Majestrit Butterworth. Akmal Hisham, pendakwa raya dan peguambela yang diketuai oleh Mohamed Hanipa Maidin.

Gambar: Haji Mohamad Sabu di mahkamah semalam

Semalam dan hari ini merupakan sambungan pembicaraan kes Haji Mohamad Sabu yang menafikan Mat Indera sebagai komunis sebagaimana yang lebelkan oleh pihak polis yang bekerja di bawah kerajaan British.

Saksi kedua iaitu Koperal Shanizam Abdul Ghani yang bertugas sebagai jurugambar (video) di Ibupejabat Polis Daerah Seberang Perai Utara (SPU) memberikan keterangan di mahkamah.

Pembicaraan bersambung pada sebelah petang semalam untuk menonton video ceramah Haji Mohamad hasil rakaman oleh pihak polis.

"Kini Haji Mohamad Sabu bukan berceramah dipentas politik tetapi suaranya sudah berkemumandang dalam mahkamah, " jelas salah seorang ahli PAS yang hadir memberikan sokongan moral.

Sementara itu, kes ditunda lagi ke tarikh baru 15-18 Oktober 2012.

Peguamnya, Aminuddin Zulkili dan Nasar Khan hadir untuk mendengar penundaan tarikh baru itu bagi pihak Mohamad. -HD

The Best Letter From Ashin Gambhira, Safron revolution leader about the Rohingya conflict

Posted: 31 Aug 2012 02:01 AM PDT

Original letter in Myanmar here

Dear respected Ms Yu Ko,

I am quite sad after reading the news (about the present Rakhine-Rohingya riots). I should be surprised and angry but I do not suffer much because since the news started earlier, I have already expected that these could happen and actually all these happen one after another as I have expected.

For those political pundits, the racial riots like the present Rakhine-Rohingya conflicts are not strange or unexpected wonderful events. Like all other dictators around the world, a group of Myanmar Military dictators are doing the same things repeatedly to hold on their power. Since 1962 Coup, "to hold on the power of military dictatorship" they have done to disunite the people by numerous "divide and rule" methods.

Myanmar people are divided politically, racially, religiously, economically, educationally and in all fields by using the various media, news, books, various entertainment platforms etc. Military rulers put wedges between the various strata and groups of Myanmar people to divide into numerous factions and sub-groups. The worse is that as the military dictators have successfully installed a deep seated mistrust and fear inside the hearts and minds of the people and they never trust each other anymore.

Even during the recruitment exercises for the rebels in the Ethnic Minority areas, instead of advocating to fight the Military Dictatorship, they wrongly used the propaganda to fight the "Maha Bama dominance system." So they became the victims of suspicion, disunity and mistrust. These could weaken the people's spirits of "Union-Nationalism" and "Panlong Unity" will. These brought in suspicions, frictions and tension between the Bamas and other ethnic groups of Myanmar. This is the result of the systematic propaganda used for the survival of a group of people in the military dictatorship regime in Myanmar.

There is no true democracy and human rights violations are practiced for more than 50 years in our country. (Exactly speaking it is 5 months more than 50 years.) For a 50 year old man, he has never even able to taste what democracy, freedom, human rights, equal rights, justice and fairness in his whole lifespan. Our citizens are hungry for democracy and human rights for many decades and we all are madly wishing and yearning for these universal values.

Ms Yuko's Japanese and democratic people from other side of the world are all same human beings like our people. But are we lost and are denied of democracy? We are now living in the 21st century and in the age of globalization but our democracy is destroyed our basic principles of human rights are still violated in our country.

During the Saffron Revolution in 2007, the guidance of the Buddha's religion: peace and loving-kindness were violently destroyed. People around the world know that we did not use any violence but just give the peaceful pronouncement and prayers of Buddha's Dahhma and marched for peace only. We have been shot, some were killed and many were beaten violently and thrown into long term jail by the military government.

Because of that, Thomas Ojea Quintana of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights had spoken out clearly that it was the act against humanity.

Illegal Myanmar Military government had tried me with unjust laws and regulations and sentenced me for 68 years' jail term. I not only lost the freedom but my health and education for about four years in the prison.

Present Government is flaunting the world that it is a legitimate government elected by the people of Myanmar and now is also pretending to look as if they are decently honest and innocent. But they are the same old Military Generals disguised as civilians by just leaving their uniforms in their closets and wearing the mufti (dress). But they have not changed anything even during this so called "Transformation period to Democracy" but they are used to their old habits of "Divide and Rule politics" which they have shown on the President's interview with VOA Myanmar Section head. Once there appeared localized sporadic protests by the disgruntled people demanding their needs and requests for Human Rights and other Rights around Myanmar, the Military Generals conveniently created this Rakhine-Rohingya Racial and Religious conflict to divert the people's attention.

This trick is a very simple and obvious one for as the Government had incited the monks to invoke hatred on its Muslim citizens on numerous occasions to create Religious Riots before. Now as there are "Metta Campaign for Peace" with the slogan for "peace and democracy" amongst different religions, it is difficult for the Military Dictators to start an Anti-Muslim Riots in the mainland Myanmar proper. So they turn to create an easy job of Rakhine-Rohingya Riots in Arakan State. (I am sad to see that) Military disguised "civilian" government is even supported by some people known as democracy activists.

Even if the initial problem of crime were true, they need to take action according to the criminal law. No need to play up the racial issue. Whether they are Rohingyas or Rakhines or Bamas or Shans, all must be treated equally under the law. Why highlight the Race in order to create a Racial Conflict? Why repeatedly reported and emphasize that only the Rohingyas are wrong. In Bangladesh, if any other races do crimes against Buddhist Marama Gyis or Marghs, Bangladesh government always used to take action on the criminals irrespective of race and religions.

I am very sad to know that some Buddhist monks joined these stupid demonstrations and campaigns discriminating against Rohingya.

We enlightened the whole world with the light of the Dharma in 2007. Do I need to explain the details of the words of Buddha: Ahintha, Metta, Dharma,Peace and Thitsa for all of you? I wrote a letter to the family about the Thima-Thatbeida and Banna Thima while I was in the jail. I just remember that the Thima-Thatbeida written by a Japanese monk was translated by a Myanmar lady journalist and published in the "Ah Twe Ah Myin" (Opinion) magazine in May 2010.  I want to discuss with you if I have a chance to send its copy.

Ms. Yu Ko, as you know, my health is not so good and I need to rest a lot. Once released from the prison, I wish to write about my experience of the revolution, my prison experiences, my dark days there, about my lost of hope there and later about the current political conditions in our country. But I could not write all those desires and experiences into practice because of my ill health. May be I could write all these when my health is better. Even now I am trying to write this because my heart could not continue to bear (the injustices of the Rohingya Riots) although I am suffering from severe head ache. Please reply after reading my letter.


With Metta

Signed (26.8.2012)

Gambira @ Hlaing Bwa

Meikhtila Industralized Zone



Former monk Gambira pens open letter on Arakan State

Friday, 31 August 2012 12:49 Mizzima News
The prominent Burmese Buddhist monk who helped lead the "Saffron Revolution," Ashin Gambira – now known as Ko Nyi Nyi Lwin since he took off his robes –  has released a letter accusing the military of using the Arakan community unrest for its own purposes.
Photo: GambiraPhoto: Gambira
Ko Ko Nyi Nyi Lwin is in poor health, since his release from prison in January 2012. Several international organizations have offered to pay his expenses if he will leave Burma for proper medical treatment, but he has refused, saying he fears he would not be allowed to return.

In an open letter reprinted below, he writes about the current conflict in Arakan State, the tensions between Muslim Rohingyas and Buddhist Rakhines, and his belief that the country's military "is exacerbating the conflict in an attempt to retain its relevancy."

The letter was first published on The Best Friend website ( on Aug. 29. The translation from Burmese to English was done by Ko Nyi Nyi Lwin (no relation to Gambira) in Tokyo.

The Letter:

"I feel very sorry after reading the latest news. I don't feel so much surprised as angry, because I knew something like this would happen soon. One step leads to another. It is actually not so surprising for our country Myanmar, because neither people nor the politicians have good understanding.

The military relies on conflict to stay in power

"The violence between Rakhines and Rohingyas in Arakan State is an example of how dictatorships all over the world use and rely on conflicts to stay in power. If all people were united, a military dictatorship could not survive. Division and enmity in the minds of the people only keeps the military strong. Because of this, the military systematically uses division-and-rule policies on the grounds of nationality, religion, economic and education status, etc., to divide people, to keep the military 'necessary', relevant, and in power.

"So the Burmese people are kept separated in groups, each group for themselves, without unity or cooperation.

Everybody lives in fear and distrust of the other. Everyone sees the other with a suspicious mind. With this pressure, the people are defeated.

Nationalism is used to the keep the military system alive

"The new freedom fighter groups were organized under a wrong system of a Burma nationalist policy. These national revolution organization systems are a mistake. They produce suspicions and tensions between Burmese and their fellow landsman. Furthermore, it is slowly destroying the meaning of 'union' until the 'union mind' will disappear. This is the situation that the Burmese military uses to keep the military system necessary and alive.

The thirst for human rights

"We haven't had human rights or true democracy in our country for over fifty years. For the last fifty years and five months, an old man hasn't been able to get a taste of democracy, human rights, freedom, justice, or equality. Some people have not known any of these things their entire lives. This means we were so thirsty for human rights that we sometimes demanded them like fools.

"We are living in the 21st century now, in a time of globalization, but in our country the principles of human rights and democracy are terribly broken. So our understandings of dhamma, detta, peace, and human rights are very rough, and we are beaten, arrested, killed, and destroyed.

"Mr. Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN Human Rights Commissioner, has said clearly that during the 2007 Saffron Revolution, crimes against humanity were committed.

"The illegal government acted against me with unjust laws and rules. I was sentenced by a judge to 68 years in prison. I lost my time, health, education, and freedom for the sake of my motherland. I spent nearly four years in prison.

Everyone around the world knew that the people and monks were marching nonviolently with love, dhamma, and peace, and we didn't have as much as a nail with us. But we were broken down very violently, beaten, shot, and killed.

"The same people who were ruling Burma then are now presenting themselves to the world as a legal government.

They show themselves to be honest, polite, and clear. But nothing has changed in Myanmar, even in this changing period. The neo-military dictatorship has exploited and fostered a new national crisis, a religious conflict, the Rakhine-Rohingya conflict, for its own purposes.

"This is a very simple and effective strategy. It has happened several times in the past. There have been conflicts between Buddhist monks and Muslims before. They have been fighting each other, and the military dictatorship benefited from it. These clashes were encouraged by the military to keep the people separated.

"We had started a metta campaign in our country with slogans for peace and democracy. The campaign includes members of all religions. But now, the Rakhine and Rohingya have turned against each other violently in front of the world. Even some members of the democracy movement have followed the threat of politics by the military regime and have changed sides.

The rule of law

"I want to say one additional thing. We need to count from the beginning. We only needed to judge with the rule of law those three Rohingyas who raped a girl. Rohingyas or Rakhines, Burmans or Shan, everybody must obey the rule of law. Why encourage racism, why create a crisis? Why blame only Rohingyas and put all of the purnishment on all of them?

"In Bangladesh, in a minority village on the border with Myanmar, several people were robbed by Bengali groups. The Bangladeshi government took effective action against the robbers with the rule of law, and a crisis was averted.

"I feel sad to know that some Buddhist monks have joined demonstrations and campaigns against Rohingyas. We already previously kindled a fire of dhamma for everyone around the world to see in 2007. Do I need to explain in detail the meaning of the Buddha's words, of metta, dhamma, peace, ahitha, thitthar, ageha, for everyone?

"As you know, my health is not so good, so I have been taking a rest lately. Actually, the past revolution experience was a very dark and hopeless situation inside the prison for me.

"I faced it, and survived this condition after I was released into the present political situation. I really want to write more about it. But I have to take care of my health first. In the future when I am better, I hope I can do it.

"Even writing this letter hurts my eyes and causes severe headaches. The deep pain inside my body is bad, but I needed to write and send this to you."

Signed Ko Nyi Nyi Lwin

Selangor Catat Pelaburan Tertinggi RM5.125 Bilion

Posted: 31 Aug 2012 03:03 AM PDT

Selangor mencatat kedudukan pertama dari segi pelaburan perindustrian di Malaysia setakat Mei 2012 dengan mencapai jumlah pelaburan keseluruhan RM5.125 bilion daripada 106 projek yang diluluskan.

Teresa Kok berkata sebanyak 10,522 potensi peluang pekerjaan diwujudkan iaitu 28.94 peratus daripada jumlah potensi peluang pekerjaan yang diwujudkan di seluruh negara.

Ia adalah 6,187 daripada projek baru dan sebanyak 4,335 adalah projek pembesaran dan pelbagaian.

Ujar beliau lagi, jumlah nilai pelaburan tempatan adalah sebanyak RM3,950,571,745 iaitu 77.08 peratus adalah jauh lebih tinggi berbanding dengan jumlah nilai pelaburan asing sebanyak RM1,174,548,498 atau 22.9 peratus di Selangor.

"Ini menunjukkan bahawa pelabur tempatan menaruh keyakinan dan kepercayaan terhadap kepimpinan Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor," kata Teresa yang juga Exco Pelaburan, Perindustrian dan Perdagangan.

Jelas Teresa, daripada 106 projek yang diluluskan sebanyak 63 buah merupakan projek baru yang membawa pelaburan sebanyak RM3.3 bilion manakala 43 merupakan projek pembesaran dan pelbagai.

Di kalangan pelabur asing, Switzerland menanam pelaburan asing yang paling besar dengan nilai pelaburan sebanyak RM246 juta, diikuti Jerman dengan RM196 juta dan Singapura dengan RM139 juta.

"Indusrti Pembuatan Barangan Peralatan Kenderaan mencatatkan bilangan kelulusan projek tertinggi dengan 19 projek.

"Ini diikuti Industri Pembuatan Kimia dan Barangan Kimia sebanyak 17 projek.

"Manakala, Industri Pembuatan Mesin dan Peralatan mencatatkan 11 projek," katanya semasa sidang media selepas mesyuarat Exco Kerajaan Negeri di sini.

Beliau juga memaklumkan industri pembuatan barangan peralatan kenderaan mencatatkan nilai pelaburan tertinggi berjumlah RM2.2 bilion.

Ini diikuti industri pembuatan mesin dan peralatan sebanyak RM448 juta.

Manakala industri pembuatan barangan logam asas mencatatkan pelaburan ketiga tertinggi bernilai RM422 juta.

"Industri pembuatan peralatan kenderaan mencatatkan potensi peluang pekerjaan tertinggi dengan 3,056 pekerjaan.

"Ini diikuti industri pembuatan mesin dan peralatan sebanyak 994 dan industri pembuatan barangan minuman dan tembakau sebanyak 876 peluang pekerjaan," katanya. -selangorku

Those Shoes That Touched My Heart

Posted: 31 Aug 2012 01:09 AM PDT

Thanks to Angela who sent me the following post.


I showered and shaved.............. I adjusted my tie.

I got there and sat.............. In a pew just in time.

Bowing my head in prayer......... As I closed my eyes..

I saw the shoe of the man next to me..... Touching my own. I sighed.

With plenty of room on either side...... I thought, 'Why must our soles touch?'

It bothered me, his shoe touching mine... But it didn't bother him much.

A prayer began : 'Our Father'............. I thought, 'This man with the shoes, has no pride.

They're dusty, worn, and scratched. Even worse, there are holes on the side!'

'Thank You for blessings,' the prayer went on.

The shoe man said............... A quiet 'Amen.'

I tried to focus on the prayer....... But my thoughts were on his shoes again.

Aren't we supposed to look our best. When walking through that door?

'Well, this certainly isn't it,' I thought, Glancing toward the floor..

Then the prayer was ended........... And the songs of praise began.

The shoe man was certainly loud...... Sounding proud as he sang.

His voice lifted the rafters........ His hands were raised high.

The Lord could surely hear. The shoe man's voice from the sky.

It was time for the offering...... And what I threw in was steep.

I watched as the shoe man reached.... Into his pockets so deep.

I saw what was pulled out............ What the shoe man put in.

Then I heard a soft 'clink' . As when silver hits tin.

The sermon really bored me............ To tears, and that's no lie..

It was the same for the shoe man.... For tears fell from his eyes.

At the end of the service...... As is the custom here.

We must greet new visitors, And show them all good cheer.

But I felt moved somehow.............. And wanted to meet the shoe man.

So after the closing prayer........ I reached over and shook his hand.

He was old and his skin was dark..... And his hair was truly a mess.

But I thanked him for coming......... For being our guest.

He said, 'My names' Charlie............ I'm glad to meet you, my friend.'

There were tears in his eyes........ But he had a large, wide grin.

'Let me explain,' he said........... Wiping tears from his eyes.

'I've been coming here for months.... And you're the first to say 'Hi.''

'I know that my appearance............'Is not like all the rest.

'But I really do try.................'To always look my best.'

'I always clean and polish my shoes..'Before my very long walk.

'But by the time I get here..........'They're dirty and dusty, like chalk.'

My heart filled with pain.......... And I swallowed to hide my tears.

As he continued to apologize............ For daring to sit so near

He said, 'When I get here..............'I know I must look a sight.

'But I thought if I could touch you..'Then maybe our souls might unite.'

I was silent for a moment........... Knowing whatever was said

Would pale in comparison... I spoke from my heart, not my head.

'Oh, you've touched me,' I said......'And taught me, in part;

'That the best of any man...............'Is what is found in his heart.'

The rest, I thought,..................... This shoe man will never know.

Like just how thankful I really am... That his dirty old shoe touched my soul

You are special to me and you have made a difference in my life.

I respect you, and truly cherish you.

Let old friends know you haven't forgotten them, and tell new friends you never will.
Remember, everyone needs a friend..
Someday you might feel like you have no friends at all.
Just remember this e-mail and take comfort in knowing that
Someone out there cares about you.....
And always will.

Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!

Posted: 30 Aug 2012 11:01 PM PDT

It wasn't that totally awful..even though the unforgettable moments and frustratingly, cruel treatment did occur.
Of the 3 main colonizers, to a certain extent, I thank the British.
If not for them, we will not be as smart-thinking and so economically advanced as we are now.

Till today, many cannot wait to send their children to the UK for further studies.
Our rich and famous love to holiday and chase the various sales galore over there.
England is such a breathtakingly lovely country.

We will remember all the good and bad.
The British have indirectly assisted in creating our beautiful Malaysia.
Our dear motherland..where many races live harmoniously together.

With the General Elections anywhere soon, let's choose intelligent, trustworthy, unselfish and hardworking leaders who can continue to lead our country in the best way..
Let's make our historic 7 times Merdeka cries an eternally tearful memory for all Malaysians to cherish and never to loose our inde*endance again.

We Love you Malaysia!
May Allah SWT make our country one of the very best in the world..Ameen.

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