Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Trusting Zeti...

Trusting Zeti...


Trusting Zeti...

Posted: 28 Aug 2012 11:49 AM PDT

PM Najib has every reason to congratulate Zeti Akhtar Aziz for steering Bank Negara Malaysia as among the world's best-managed central banks.

And we should be proud of her too. Only a few women possess such a credible talent and knowledge for that job.

It means our banking system is well-recognised as vibrant, the economy moves in the right direction while our foreign debts, if any, is manageable.

However, there are still unpleasant remarks to undermine the fact and figure, such as "our experts are not telling us the whole truth about the actual situation of the economy..." or "of course we have to blanket some negative elements about the economy or we would see massive capital outflows..."

Be wise, please. Our growth and economic indexes are monitored by the World Bank, IMF and other internationally-recognised bodies, and they never lied with their findings and analysis.

             ZETI STILL RANKED AMONG WORLD'S BEST CENTRAL BANKERS

KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Negara Malaysia's governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz maintains her position among the heads of the central banks named by Global Finance magazine as the World's Best Central Bankers over the past year. Zeti was one of the six heads of central bank scoring an "A" in the Central Banker Report Card published by Global Finance. She scored an "A" last year and also in 2010. The other heads of the central banks who maintained the "A" score include Amando Tetangco Jr of the Philippines, Taiwan's Fai-Nan Perng, Reserve Bank of Australia governor Glenn Stevens, and Bank of Israel governor Stanley Fischer. A newcomer was Mark Carney of Canada, who last year received a "B+".

Meanwhile, the US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke improved his score to "B" from "C" last year. The "Central Banker Report Card" feature, published annually by Global Finance since 1994, grades Central Bank Governors of 50 key countries (and the European Central Bank) on an "A" to "F" scale for success in areas such as inflation control, economic growth goals, currency stability and interest rate management.

"A" represents an excellent performance down through "F" for outright failure. Subjective criteria also apply.Said Global Finance publisher Joseph Giarraputo: "During one of the toughest years on record, the World's Central Bankers were tested as never before. "Every year, we assess the determination of Central Bankers to stand up to political interference, and their efforts at influencing their governments on such issues as spending and economic openness to foreign investment and financial services." - Bernama


Selangor Cemerlang Di Bawah Pakatan Rakyat Berbanding BN

Posted: 28 Aug 2012 10:05 AM PDT

Semasa mentadbir Selangor, BN tidak memberikan air percuma, tidak ada skim khairat kematian RM2,500, tidak ada hadiah RM1,000 masuk universiti, tidak ada skim anak kelahiran Selangor, tidak ada bantuan tadika, tidak ada skim taska, tidak ada pemeriksaan kesihatan percuma, tidak ada skim pembiayaan perniagaan Mimbar, tidak ada kebajikan kepada rakyat. Pendek kata tak de apa-apalah...rakyat dapat habuk jer....

Tetapi mengapa rizab Selangor sewaktu BN memerintah hanya berjumlah sekitar RM300 juta sedangkan apabila Pakatan Rakyat berikan berbagai kebajikan kepada rakyat Selangor termasuk air percuma, tiba-tiba rizab kewangan meningkat mencecah melebihi RM2 bilion...

P/S : Nilah beza mereka yg bijak mentadbir dgn mereka yg kaki rasuah dan suka berniaga dgn rakyat....tak nampak lagi ker....















Laporan Audit puas hati prestasi kewangan Selangor

KUALA LUMPUR : Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010 yang dikeluarkan semalam secara umumnya berpuas hati dengan prestasi kewangan yang ditunjukkan kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor.

"Secara keseluruhannya, analisis Audit mendapati kedudukan kewangan Kerajaan Negeri adalah memuaskan," laporan Ketua Audit Negara, Tan Sri Ambrin Buang itu dipetik.

Menurutnya, Kumpulan Wang Disatukan kerajaan negeri meningkat sejumlah RM266.91 juta (20.2 peratus) kepada RM1,586.88 juta pada 2010.

Bagaimanapun hasil kerajaan negeri berjumlah RM1,571.50 juta menurun RM192.36 juta berbanding 2009 sebanyak RM1,763.86 juta.

Perbelanjaan mengurus pula menurun sejumlah RM382.56 juta menjadi RM1,447.26 juta, sekaligus menunjukkan perbelanjaan berhemat yang dilakukan kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Selangor.

Dalam laporan itu juga dinyatakan kerajaan negeri berjaya mengurangkan tunggakan hasil berjumlah RM99.87 juta kepada RM502.05 juta berbanding tahun sebelumnya.

"Usaha memperkukuhkan ekonomi, menambah hasil dan belanja berhemat tanpa menjejaskan kualiti perkhidmatan, sistem penyampaian awam dan sumbangan kepada rakyat dapat membantu mempertingkatkan lagi kedudukan kewangan kerajaan negeri," laporan itu dipetik.

Namun, pulangan atas pelaburan jangka panjang yang dilakukan tidak memuaskan di mana secara purata, kerajaan Selangor hanya mendapat pulangan dividen sejumlah RM5.89 juta (1.6%).

Manakala pencapaian pengurusan kewangan jabatan dan agensi negeri pula, secara umumnya dicatatkan berada pada tahap sangat baik, jelas laporan itu.

Analisis Audit menunjukkan pada tahun 2010, baki hutang Kerajaan Negeri kepada Kerajaan Persekutuan menurun sejumlah RM58.91 juta (5.5%) menjadi RM1,004.64 juta berbanding RM1,063.55 juta pada tahun 2009.

Penurunan ini disebabkan Kerajaan Negeri telah membayar balik hutang sejumlah RM58.91 juta bagi menjelaskan pinjaman bagi Rumah Awam Kos Rendah dan Projek Ladang Hutan masing-masing sejumlah RM52.42 juta dan RM6.49 juta.

Dalam rumusannya, Kerajaan Negeri disyorkan supaya meneruskan perbelanjaan berhemat dan terus berusaha mengutip baki pinjaman boleh dituntut di samping usaha berterusan terhadap kutipan tunggakan bayaran pinjaman boleh dituntut.

"Kerajaan Negeri juga hendaklah mengambil tindakan terhadap syarikat subsidiari Kerajaan Negeri bagi mendapatkan pulangan dividen terhadap pelaburan yang dibuat," jelasnya.



Blues of Week 39

Posted: 28 Aug 2012 06:53 AM PDT

Being in week 39, I am feeling like I just want to get Annakate out of me. I'm not sure, but the impatience and discomfort that this pregnancy makes me feel now might be nature's way of getting me mentally prepared for delivery. I am all grouchy and in a don't-irk-me mode. I have not been sleeping well. It is just impossible to flip sides in bed on my own with the overbearing weight.

I am envious of people around me with an EDD later than me, enjoying their newborns now. Having said that, I am often being reminded that babies coming out at week 39 and 40 are so much healthier than those who come earlier.

Week 39 01

Technically, I am only days away from my EDD and although doctors already consider me full-term, I could have my baby anytime. With my uterus stretched tight to hold my currently estimated at 7 to 7.5pounds baby, she should have very little room to move around. However, I am still feeling all beat up by her. Her kicks and jabs are still so powerful and I feel bruised from the inside.

The doctor did mentioned that she encourages gestation to go up to 42 weeks so that I will labor on my own and therefore, induction date has been set on September the 13th if my baby falls to the stubborn category.

Week 39 02

I even tried all the old wives' tales of inducing labor naturally but they don't work. They just don't work on me.

I guess I just have to convince myself that Annakate will come when she is ready at her time! I am already 2cm dilated and I know labor will not be long from now. I have been experiencing these practice contractions (Braxton Hicks) every single day for the past weeks and these practice contractions are getting stronger each day. I just hope they progress into a real one!

"Come on, Grace – You're near the finishing line." I have to keep reminding myself with Habakkuk 2:3 that God will prepare me when the time is right. Oh yes, I have to keep having faith at my Heavenly Father to prepare for me despite the blues and misery I am facing right now.

Week 39 03

And as for you little Annakate, albeit Mommy is miserable but mommy wanna see you healthy and safe. Don't play with the cord too much, mommy doesn't want you to get strangled. Be a good girl okay? Mommy loves you. Muahhhh!


D.Dinesh Tak bersenjata, Tapi Polis Tembak Berkali-kali – Saksi

Posted: 28 Aug 2012 08:28 AM PDT

Petaling Jaya: Saksi tembakan rambang polis ke atas ahli perniagaan, D Dinesh, 26, memberitahu, mangsa tidak memiliki senjata ketika dikepung, juga tidak menyerang polis sebelum dia ditembak mati.

Mosas Kanesan, 23, yang berada beberapa meter di belakang Dinesh mendedahkan, ketika mangsa dikepung, polis preman melepaskan beberapa tembakan hingga terkena leher mengsa.

Menurutnya, pada kejadian 21 Ogos lalu itu, Dinesh yang merupakan anak bongsu ditembak sekumpulan anggota polis terbabit ketika dalam perjalanan untuk makan malam bersama enam lagi rakannya.

Beliau berkata, dua buah kereta Proton Wira dan Waja mengekori mangsa sebelum menyekatnya di hadapan lampu isyarat berhampiran Ampang Waterfront.

"Saya berada selang satu kereta di belakang mangsa. Ketika itu lampu merah. Tiba-tiba kereta Dinesh disekat. Ada seorang keluar dari salah satu kenderaan.

"Dinesh kemudian keluar dari keretanya dan ketika tembakan dilepaskan, mangsa berlari semula ke kereta. Lelaki itu terus melepaskan tembakan rambang.

"Saya terus memecut tetapi satu peluru terkena kereta saya. Cara dia menembak, kelihatan seperti mahu membunuh seseorang.

Jika saya tahu mereka adalah polis, saya tidak akan lari," katanya pada sidang media di Ibu Pejabat KEADILAN di sini hari ini.


Turut hadir, Naib Presiden KEADILAN, N Surendran; Ahli Parlimen Subang R Sivasara; Biro Guaman KEADILAN, Latheefa Koya dan beberapa anggota keluarga Dinesh.

Versi polis

Polis bagaimanapun mendakwa dalam kejadian jam 2.00 pagi itu, mangsa dan beberapa rakan lain cuba meyerang polis menggunakan parang dan besi.

Timbalan Ketua Polis Daerah Ampang Jaya, Superintendan Nazri Nawawi mendakwa, mangsa adalah anggota kumpulan Geng Viva Nanda 36 diburu polis berikutan terbabit dalam kejadian pergaduhan dengan kumpulan lain di kawasan Flat 700, Pandan Indah.

Nazri mendakwa, pihaknya melancarkan gerakan mengesan suspek terbabit susulan laporan mengenai pergaduhan bersenjatakan parang di flat berkenaan hingga mencederakan tiga individu.

Dakwa Nazri lagi, dua kereta terbabit berjaya dihalang dan dikepung namun sekumpulan lelaki keluar dari kenderaan itu dan cuba menyerang anggota polis dengan bersenjatakan parang, besi dan buluh.

Akibat tembakan itu, Dinesh dikejarkan ke Hospital Ampang sebelum meninggal dunia dua hari kemudian selepas mengalami pendarahan otak. Dalam kejadian itu polis menahan empat lelaki.

Dinesh tak pernah terlibat jenayah

Seorang lagi saksi, Y Ilavarasen, 24, yang berada dalam kereta berlainan, menolak dakwaan kononnya Dinesh adalah kumpulan Geng Viva Nanda 36, sebaliknya menegaskan mangsa merupakan remaja yang baik dan tidak pernah terlibat jenayah.

Ilavarasen berkata, pada malam kejadian, mereka merancang untuk makan malam di sekitar Ampang selepas mendapat panggilan daripada Dinesh.

"Kami belum memutuskan untuk makan di mana. Mungkin di Restoran Steven Corner. Kami hanya mengekori kereta Dinesh untuk ke sana," katanya.

Bapa mahu pembunuh dihukum setimpal

Sementara itu, bapa Dinesh, W Darmasena menggesa polis melakukan siasatan kematian anaknya dan mahu pembunuh tersebut diheret ke muka pengadilan.

"Saya mahukan keadilan untuk anak saya! Saya mahu mereka yang menembak anak saya dikenakan hukuman setimpal," katanya. -KD


Pan Mee At Hou Mei Yuen, Bukit Jambul

Posted: 28 Aug 2012 05:36 AM PDT

Pan Mee At Hou Mei Yuen, Bukit Jambul

Pan Mee At Hou Mei Yuen, Bukit Jambul – Pan Mee, although is not one of Penang's famous food, but then it's still loved by the Penangite. You can find Pan Mee at every state of Malaysia, every where have their own style. Recently, I went to one at Bukit Jambul to eat Pan Mee, it's located at one of the shoplot below the low cost flat.

Pan Mee At Hou Mei Yuen, Bukit Jambul

I've been hearing about this Pan Mee for some times already and now finally I've a chance to try it out. I believe people around this area will know about this Pan Mee place.

Pan Mee At Hou Mei Yuen, Bukit Jambul

There are two choices of Pan Mee for you to choose, it's either the thick flat pan mee or the small one, then you can choose either it's dry-based or soup-based. I wanted to order the thick pan mee but it's finished already. The dry one was good filled with soy sauce, minced meat, ikan bilis and a separate bowl of soup with fish ball and vegetable. I like the dry one.

Pan Mee At Hou Mei Yuen, Bukit Jambul

The soup one is basically the same thing, just with the soup and without the soy sauce. The taste is light and clear, add in some chili to make it taste better in my opinion. After all, I still prefer the dry one.

Pan Mee At Hou Mei Yuen, Bukit Jambul

Additionally, I ordered a bowl of fish ball soup. Yums!

Pan Mee At Hou Mei Yuen, Bukit Jambul

Besides that, they have a few dim sum for you to pick. There's a guy holding a tray of dim sums going around for you to pick. I took a plate of siu mai as appetizer.

Hou Mei Yuen 好味园

Taman Bukit Jambul Flat,
11900 Bayan Lepas,
Penang.

GPS: 5.335671, 100.288889

Business Hours: 8am – 3pm, Closes on Sunday.


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Night Shots From 1st Avenue Mall, Penang

Posted: 28 Aug 2012 04:43 AM PDT

Night Shots From 1st Avenue Mall, Penang

Night Shots From 1st Avenue Mall, Penang – I was waiting my girlfriend who was buying Tang Yuan on Magazine Road, then I see it's quite interesting to turn on long shutter and capture some night trail. Although I have did it before, I just couldn't resist myself from pressing the shutter.

Night Shots From 1st Avenue Mall, Penang

Later then, I asked her to wait for me in the car and I went to the carpark of 1st Avenue Mall to take some shots from above. =D Put my camera on the flat handrail, set on a slow shutter mode and capture.

Night Shots From 1st Avenue Mall, Penang

It would be even better if I've got a tripod with me that time, but it was fun.


Martyred two Arab Muslim heroes during the first first Myanmar King for disobeying to contribute in building a pagoda

Posted: 28 Aug 2012 04:48 AM PDT

Shwe Byin brothers sons of two Arab Muslim sailors of BYAT family, Byat Wi and Byat Ta who arrived Burmese shores, near Thaton before the establishment of first Myanmar Empire, Bagan. The Shwe Byin brothers served the king as warriors.[52] Returning home, they refused to contribute to the construction of a pagoda at Taung Byone,[53] just north of Mandalay. The king ordered the two brothers to be punished for this disobedience, resulting in their execution.[53] After this, the royal boat would no longer move. Brahmans, royal consultants, interpreted that the two brothers had been loyal servants and were unjustly punished, thus becoming Nat who disabled the boat. To mollify them Anawrahta had the spirit-palace at Taung Byone built, and ordered the people to worship the two brothers.[53] Taung Byone, 14 km (9 mi) north of Mandalay, has about 7,000 nat shrines, of which nearly 2,000 are dedicated to the two Shwe Byin brothers, hosts an annual festival for five days.[7][54]

လြမ္းတယ္…
အာရပ္သူရဲေကာင္းဗ်တၱရဲ႕သား
ယုံႀကည္ခ်က္ေႀကာင္႔အသက္စြန္႔သြားရတဲ႔
သာသနာ႔အာဇာနည္ေတာင္ၿပဳံးမင္းႏွစ္ပါးကို
လြမ္းတယ္

Byat Wi and Byat Ta

The first evidence of Muslims landing in Burma's chronicle was recorded in the era of the first Burmese Empire of Pagan (Bagan) 1044 AD. Two Arab Muslim sailors of BYAT family, Byat Wi and Byat Ta, arrived Burmese shores, near Thaton.[46] (There are people in Iraq, Arabia and some Surthi Northern Indian Muslims with the same sir name even at present. See Byat and Bayt) After their ship wrecked, they managed to use a plank to swim to the shores. They took refuge and stayed at the monastery of the monk in Thaton. They were said to be tall, fair, swift, brave and very strong. According to a chronicle of Burma related to the Byat brothers, they were said to have strength of the full-grown elephant after eating the magical meat of a (Zaw Gyi) or Fakir, a meal originally prepared for the monk who saved them. As a consequence, Thaton king became afraid of them and killed the elder brother while he was sleeping in his wife's house. The younger brother managed to escape to Bagan and took refuge to king Anawratha. He was kept near the king. He had to fetch flowers, ten times a day, from the Mont Popa, few dozens of miles away from Bagan. He married a girl from Popa and got two sons, Shwe Byin brothers.[47]

The semi-historical account of Burmese history, Glass Palace Chronicle, records the first Muslims in Burma in the first Burmese empire, circa 1050 AD. Two Arab Muslim brothers, Byat Wi and Byat Ta, arrived in Thaton.[3][7] When the Thaton king learned of them, he became afraid of their strength and killed Byat Wi.[48] Byat Ta managed to escape to Bagan and took refuge with King Anawratha.[48] He married a girl from Popa with whom he had two sons, the Shwe Byin brothers.[48]

Shwe Byin brothers

Later they also served the king as warriors, even as the special agents to infiltrate the enemy's inner circle. They were famous after they successfully infiltrated the Chinese King Utibua's bodyguards and drawn three lines with white lime on the Utibua's body and also wrote the threatening message on the wall. Because of that event, the mighty powerful Chinese army and the king himself were scared, frightened, alarmed and signed a peace agreement with the Burmese.[27]

Though successful in the Bagan's affair with Utibua, they were finally put to death. It is generally assumed that they refused to contribute in the building of a pagoda at Taung Byone,[27] just north of Mandalay. The brothers' enemies left vacant the spaces for the two bricks so that the king could notice. After a brief inquiry the king ordered to punish the brothers for disobedience but instead of any punishment, they were killed.

The royal raft could not move after that, may be the silent protest against the killing by the friends who were not happy with the execution. The royal sailors at that time were mostly known to be Muslims. The witty, white and black Indian Brahmans, royal consultants interpreted that, the two brothers were loyal faithful servants but unjustly punished, became Nat (spirit) and they pulled the rudder of the royal boat to show their displeasure. Then only, Anawratha ordered the building of the spirit-palace at Taung Byone and ordered the people to worship the two brothers.[27] This was the clever Royal trick used to be played by the Burmese kings to execute the powerful rivals and posthumously elevated them to the level of Nats or powerful Spirits or local gods, just to please their followers or the people who love the executed heroes.

For five days each year Taung Byone village becomes a fairground. Taung Byone, 14 km (9 mi) north of Mandalay, has about 7,000 nat shrines, nearly 2,000 of them elaborate ones dedicated to the village's famous sons—the brothers Shwe Byin Gyi and Shwe Byin Lay.[49] Up to the present, the followers or believers worship the shrine and those two brothers. Although all those worshipers are tralatitious Buddhists, they all abstain from eating pork, which is not a custom to Buddhism. It is a taboo to allow anyone to carry pork on the buses or cars, while going to that spirit festival still celebrating annually and attended by followers all over Burma. We can still see the vacant slot for the two pieces of brick allegedly triggered that tragic prosecution.[50] So they became the first Muslims persecuted in Burma, possibly because of their religious belief.

King Anawratha 1044-1077 AD also had Myanmar Muslim army units and body guards. When King Anawrahta attacked Martaban, capital of Mon (Talaing) King, Mingyi Swa Saw Kae', two Muslim officers' army unit fiercely defended against his attack.[51]

The Shwe Byin brothers served the king as warriors.[52] Returning home, they refused to contribute to the construction of a pagoda at Taung Byone,[53] just north of Mandalay. The king ordered the two brothers to be punished for this disobedience, resulting in their execution.[53] After this, the royal boat would no longer move. Brahmans, royal consultants, interpreted that the two brothers had been loyal servants and were unjustly punished, thus becoming Nat who disabled the boat. To mollify them Anawrahta had the spirit-palace at Taung Byone built, and ordered the people to worship the two brothers.[53] Taung Byone, 14 km (9 mi) north of Mandalay, has about 7,000 nat shrines, of which nearly 2,000 are dedicated to the two Shwe Byin brothers, hosts an annual festival for five days.[7][54]

READ ALL IN WIKIPEDIA 

where I have started and contributed most of the facts about Muslims in Myanmar articles.



Rumah Pelawak Terkenal, Imuda Dipecah Masuk

Posted: 28 Aug 2012 05:23 AM PDT

Kuala Lumpur - Pelawak terkenal tanah air, Ab Rahim Muda atau lebih dikenali sebagai Imuda kerugian RM7,000 apabila kediamannya di Taman Datuk Ahmad Razali, di sini dipecah masuk baru-baru ini.

Namun Imuda, 52, hanya menyedari kejadian itu kira-kira pukul 3 petang semalam selepas beliau bersama keluarganya baru pulang setelah bercuti raya selama 10 hari di Pulau Pinang.

"Bila sampai di rumah, saya lihat kesemua bilik saya berselerak dan mendapati komputer riba milik isteri, tiga buah telefon bimbit, wang tunai RM300 serta koleksi jam tangan saya hilang," katanya kepada pemberita di kediamannya hari ini.

Berikutan itu, beliau membuat laporan di Balai Polis Ampang Jaya.

Imuda berkata suspek kemungkinan terdiri daripada tiga atau empat individu dan masuk melalui tingkap dan jeriji hadapan yang diumpil menggunakan pemutar skru.

"Mereka (suspek) sempat makan kuih raya dan minum air sirap yang berada di dapur," katanya.

Imuda yang mula dikenali dalam sitkom komedi 'Pi Mai Pi Mai Tang Tu' itu berkata kes pecah rumah dan ragut telah banyak kali berlaku di kawasan kediamannya dan isterinya, Zabarina Haja Mushadi, 30, pernah cuba diragut namun diselamatkan jiran yang melihat kejadian itu.

"Bulan lepas rumah jiran hadapan saya juga pernah dimasuki perompak," katanya.

Sementara itu, Timbalan Ketua Polis Daerah Ampang Jaya Supt Nazri Nawawi ketika dihubungi mengesahkan kejadian tersebut.

"Kita sedang mengesan suspek dan kes disiasat di bawah Seksyen 457 Kanun Keseksaan kerana pecah rumah yang jika disabitkan kesalahan, hukuman penjara maksimum lima tahun dan denda," katanya. - Bernama


Ulasan GB

Nak buat macam mana, Menteri KDN dan KPN sendiri telah menyatakan kadar jenayah semakin menurun.....

Perompak pun naik tocang...


Screen Them Carefully

Posted: 28 Aug 2012 03:59 AM PDT

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother of pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.

He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side. When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?" "This is heaven, sir," the man answered.

"Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man asked. "Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up." The man gestured, and the gate began to open. "Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveler asked.

"I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets." The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going. After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road which led through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

"Excuse me!" he called to the reader. "Do you have any water?"

"Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there" The man pointed to a place that couldn't be seen from outside the gate. "Come on in."

"How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to the dog.

"There should be a bowl by the pump." They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree waiting for them.

"What do you call this place?" the traveler asked. "This is heaven," was the answer.

"Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man down the road said that was heaven, too."

"Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell."

"Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?"

"No. I can see how you might think so, but we're just happy that they screen out the folks who'll leave their best friends behind".

-Author Unknown-


License to Rape – A report released by the Shan Women’s Action Network (SWAN) and the Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF)

Posted: 28 Aug 2012 02:56 AM PDT

License to Rape – A report released by the Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN) and the Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF).

This report details 173 incidents of rape and other forms of sexual violence, involving 625 girls and women, committed by Burmese (Myanmar) army troops in Shan State, mostly between 1996 and 2001. It should be noted that due to the stigma attached to rape, many women do not report incidents of sexual violence. Incidents may also not have reached SHRF, as information on human rights abuses in Shan State is gained from refugees arriving at the Thai-Burma border. There fore the figures in this report are likely to be far lower than the reality.

The report reveals that the Burmese (Myanmar) military regime is allowing its troops systematically and on a widespread scale to commit rape with impunity in order to terrorize and subjugate the ethnic peoples of Shan State. The report illustrates there is a strong case that war crimes and crimes against humanity, in the form of sexual violence, have occurred and continue to occur in Shan State.

 

The report gives clear evidence that rape is officially condoned as a 'weapon of war' against the civilian populations in Shan State. There appears to be a concerted strategy by the Burmese (Myanmar) army troops to rape Shan women as part of their anti-insurgency activities. The incidents detailed were committed by soldiers from 52 different battalions. 83% of the rapes were committed by officers, usually in front of their own troops. The rapes involved extreme brutality and often torture such as beating, mutilation and suffocation. 25% of the rapes resulted in death, in some incidences with bodies being deliberately displayed to local communities. 61% were gang-rapes; women were raped within military bases, and in some cases women were detained and raped repeatedly for periods of up to 4 months. Out of the total 173 documented incidents, in only one case was a perpetrator punished by his commanding officer. More commonly, the complainants were fined, detained, tortured or even killed by the military.

Shan women are increasingly vulnerable to rape due to the increased militarization and anti-insurgency measures in Shan State by the Burmese (Myanmar) regime, currently named the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). The number of battalions in the state has nearly tripled since 1988. The majority of rape incidents were committed in the areas of Central Shan State where over 300,000 villagers have been forcibly relocated from their homes since 1996. Many rapes took place when girls or women were caught, usually searching for food, outside the relocation sites. Rapes also occurred when women were being forced to porter or do other unpaid work for the military, and when stopped at military checkpoints.

 

The report also explores some of the physical and mental effects of the rapes on the survivors, who suffered not only from the lack of legal redress for the crimes, but also the lack of any crisis support. Some survivors faced blame and rejection from their own families and communities. Many of the survivors decided to flee to Thailand after being raped. However, the lack of recognition of Shan refugees in Thailand means these survivors have no protection, no access to humanitarian aid or counselling services. They are thus vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking and are in constant danger of being deported into the hands of their abusers.

The report was published in June 2002. Download.

Source: http://www.shanwomen.org



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Posted: 28 Aug 2012 02:53 AM PDT

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黄冠文是否支持联邦政府应该发放选区拨款给民联国会议员?

Posted: 28 Aug 2012 02:48 AM PDT

既然黄冠文质问为何州政府不发放选区拨款给当地的州议员,那么他是否赞成国阵联邦政府也应该发放选区拨款给民联国会议员?马华新古毛区州议员黄冠文是于8月26日星期日晚上出席新古毛亲善俱乐部周年晚宴上台致词时这么说。黄冠文在台上也间接揶揄民联政府"吝啬",因为他在雪州身为在野党议员,也能够拿出几千令吉拨款给神庙和社团。他也说这是他的私人拨款。其实,一般神庙社团的领导邀请政治人物出席宴会,大多没有强制议员要拨款,更不会要求议员必须拨款特定数目。议员会否拨款,拨款数目多寡,全凭议员本身的决定。议员敲定了数目,不仅主人家不会过问,其他应邀上台演讲的嘉宾,包括来自不同阵营的政治人物应该也不会插手。可是黄冠文却很特别,因为他喧宾夺主,公开揶揄对手拨款的数量。既然如此,我也公开质问黄冠文能不能够公开所有自他担任州议员以来的拨款记录?黄冠文是否如何能够证明他在周日拨款给新古毛亲善俱乐部的款项是私人拨款,


There is an imminent “genocide” in Rakhine Rohingya Muslims

Posted: 28 Aug 2012 01:53 AM PDT

Translations from: Latest conditions of Muslims in Rakhine, informed by the recent returnees (1) 27 August 2012 M-Media

There is not yet a real Genocide in Arakan State. But we observed that there are conditions forcing them into mass death leading to an impending "genocide".

For example, they are under Martial Law: which limited their mobility and they could not buy anything. Another factor is that if the conditions continue like this present situation, they all would be stuck in the refugee camps leading to a slow death.

Diarrhoea, Cholera, Malaria and Dengue Fever are wide spread there. Some died infront of us while we were trying to save them.

No toilet, no sanitary latrine, no clean drinking water or clean water for household use. Piles of faeces are everywhere near the ponds, even difficult to put a step to it. No medicine. Pulmonary Tuberculosis patients became immune because of lack of anti-Tuberculoses medication.

No mosquito nets. Although there was a continuous shower of rains, huge swamps of mosquitoes repeatedly invaded wonderfully into the camps.

There are numerous malnourished children and adults there. (Their photographs were shown at the talk in the mosque in mainland Myanmar, after the night prayers). Children with skin on bone appearances with bloated tummies were seen. Although they have some dried meat and fish, there are no vegetables and no fruits available to eat except the grass. Yes, some have to eat grass and I have even seen some children who have no food at all and their mothers have to cut their hair and feed them.

Local leader helped to control the huge amount of unruly patients. Those who pushed to the front were slapped, Japanese style, or slashed with cane to force them back. Those assaulted patients even failed to show the physical or mental pain they suffered. It is a pity that they just obeyed and accepted the assault quietly like the cows (or animals). They are too scared and mentally depressed.

Most of them are illiterate.

Donated few hundred thousand Kyats could just provide six condensed-milk-tins of rice and few thousand Kyats for each of them. I wonder how they could continue to cope and stand before the international aids arrived to them individually.

These people are trapped in Rakhine state with the disaster, in different condition from their original status, and are slowly going to die without been killed. Therefore we could be guilty and indirectly held responsible if we knowingly abandon them or neglected to let them die slowly.

Most important thing is we need to arrange for immediate requirements for food and medical care.

 



Isu Air: Kekejaman Kerajaan Setan Terhadap Kelantan

Posted: 28 Aug 2012 03:26 AM PDT

Untuk pengetahuan, antara punca masalah air yang timbul di kelantan ialah penafian hak Bantuan Peruntukan dari Kerajaan Pusat kepada kerajaan negeri, ia diberikan selepas 13 tahun PAS mentadbir Kelantan, dan itupun dalam bentuk pinjaman sebanyak RM600 juta.

Berbeza dengan Negeri-Negeri Barisan Nasional, di Johor, bukan pinjaman yang diberikan, sebaliknya Johor menerima geran sebanyak 2 billion. Geran adalah secara percuma dan tidak perlu dibayar balik sebagaimana pinjaman yang diberi pada kerajaan negeri Kelantan. Dalam bantuan penuh inipun, masalah air tetap berlaku di Negeri Barisan Nasional.orang2 bodoh memang nak kena lempang... -asrol

Lagi kawasan Felda di Pahang tiada air di hari raya

Hamba Allah, Terengganu,

Saya pulang berhari raya di daerah Bera baru baru ini iaitu di kawasan Felda Bukit Mendi dan Felda Bukit Puchong juga tiada air paip pada sehari sebelum hari raya hingga hari raya pertama dan kedua.

Hasrat untuk bercuti selama 5 hari di Felda Bukit Mendi terpaksa dipendekkan kepada 3 hari sahaja berikutan tiada air paip.

Masalah ini sudah lama berlaku sejak saya berkahwin pada 1990 masalah ini tidak diatasi oleh kerajaan. 2 hari tidak dapat mandi, membasuh dan sebagainya.
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Posted: 28 Aug 2012 01:28 AM PDT

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