Sunday, September 2, 2012

ONE YEAR OF SINGLEHOOD AND COUNTING!!!

ONE YEAR OF SINGLEHOOD AND COUNTING!!!


ONE YEAR OF SINGLEHOOD AND COUNTING!!!

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 09:41 AM PDT

I just realised time really fly real fast. Before I knew it, its already 2 September 2012.

And yesterday was 1 September. To the rest of the population, it's probably Teacher's Day. But to me, it marks one year of singlehood.

Yes. That guy broke up with me on the 31 August 2011 (concidentally). But all the better right? Make the counting part way easier. HAHA.

So, what have I done so far?

As promised, I spend more time on my schoolwork. With my beloved two girlfriends who accompanied me through the hard times stay throughout with me. No words can describe the bond we shared among us. It is a friendship built since 2005. And indeed we went through thick and thin together. I guess, other than my parents, those two know me inside out already.

Look at it this way. From Primary 1 to Primary 6. That is six years. But what are the chances of having the same two friends having the same class as you throughout, right from Primary 1? But with my two girls, its been the 7th year. Maybe in time to come, I may be meeting them lesser because we all choose same modules but different timing.

Really. What are best friends?

I once had a ex-boyfriend who asked me: Don't you need to go out with your girlfriends and have those girly talks?

Me: Huh?! I don't think me and my girlfriends would need it. Because we have reached a stage whereby we can NOT talk for months, but when we meet each other and talk, we don't feel anything missing. Afterall, we all know when holidays come, the 3 of us hardly chill out. We chiong work like nobody business. And it's actually harder to ask us out during our holidays than during school days.

I have been dating others. But nothing serious happened. When the prelims and study period came, we stayed back in school to study. And I mean waking up at 5am, reaching school at 6.45am. and then study all the way till say 9pm? It is seriously no joke. Physically its tiring, mentally its draining. Needless to say, the travelling part was taking hell lot of time.

And love a lil out of the way, my exams this time were finally a lot better than the previous two years. I am back to work at the same place. Occasionally cleaning the shit that other staff left for us to do. The pay rate is a little better now. But I need to pave something out for myself in the coming 5 years.

I have been there as long as I know my two kakis, so you should know how much I treasure the place. How much memories were created and left. I am now giving tuition to two primary school girls. More stressful than the F&B job i should say, but sometimes the answers and replies from the two of them just scare all my stress away.

I picked up running again. The pain makes me feel alive. I joined my first marathon  - 10km at the Standard Charted Marathon alone. Then I joined Nike Goddess Run – 5km with my girlfriends. Then I joined SHAPE Run – 10km with another girlfriend who missed the Nike Goddess. And finally, now I am preparing for my Adidas King of the Road coming up in October. My longest distance so far – 16.8km. I am not exactly confident of my timing, but heck, I AM GONNA CLEAR THIS FOR SURE!

I learnt to reward myself more. I finally bought my FCUK WATCH! I bought my COACH BAG (okay, I know I cant afford the real deal yet, so this one is a chiong one. but I trust this spree organiser and I trust the quality as well.

and next up, i shall get my DKNY Green Apple! cant wait!


[BERGAMBAR] Ribuan Manusia Di Ceramah Anwar Di Alor Setar Selepas Diserang

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 10:15 AM PDT


Sekalipun majlis tazkirah Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim telah diserang di sebuah masjid di Seberang Pumpong, Alor Star, Kedah oleh PERKASA, namun majlis ceramahnya di perkarangan Stadium Darul Aman, Alor Star, Kedah malam ini dipenuhi dengan lautan manusia.

Ia seperti sebuah satu gelombang kebangkitan rakyat yang meluap-luap untuk menggantikan kerajaan UMNO-BN dengan Pakatan Rakyat di Putrajaya.

Dianggarkan lebih 10,000 orang membanjiri Stadium Darul Aman untuk mendengar ceramah Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar.













Lebih 10,000 hadir ke ceramah #MerdekaRakyat di perkarangan Stadium Darulaman, Alor Setar, Kedah


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Sempena 2 September 1998

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 08:37 AM PDT

Kesaksian Bapa Saija
oleh W.S. Rendra

Hidup tanpa daya
sebab daya ditindih ketakutan.
Setiap hari seperti mati berulang kali.
Setiap saat berharap menjadi semut
agar bisa menjadi tidak kelihatan.

Sekarang setelah mati baru aku menyedari
bahwa ketakutanku membantu penindasan,
dan sikap tidak berdaya menyuburkan ketidakadilan.


黃漢偉: 政治的開放帶來了創作空間的開放

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 08:07 AM PDT

金鋒獎:創作力仍盛旺,但要尋轉機!

星洲日報大北馬于 2012年9月2日 22:19 · 发布
第十八屆《金鋒獎》總決賽公開組中共有22首作品,18年來,青年的創作力依然旺盛。

不過,前晚在檳州大會堂舉行的這場比賽空置席位不少,不比早年全場爆滿的情況。隨著價值觀全球化,本地中文歌曲創作比賽已變成少眾活動,不再吸引年輕一輩的觀眾?

★檳州文化發展委員會主席黃漢偉致開幕詞時說,政治的開放帶來了創作空間的開放。

"文化和藝術是展現國家軟勢力的領域。一直以來,我國較注重經濟指標,文化和藝術不獲等同的關注。"

他說,韓國的文化和藝術近年席捲全球,是因為受到文明的洗禮,政治的開放帶來了創作空間的開放。舉例就有近日爆灴的"江南 Style"。

他說,互聯網的普及讓傳播力量倍增,超越了語言和國土的隔膜,為音樂人提供了平台和機會。音樂人需重新思考。


〈北工站〉顧問黃喜光在開幕儀式上致詞時就坦言,歌曲創作陷入了一個窘境,不過危機就是轉機。

北工站全國創作歌曲觀摩賽《金鋒獎》是我國少數僅存的中文歌曲創作比賽。由〈北工站〉主辦,檳州政府主催,星洲日報和光明日報協辦,金鋒公共股份有限公司贊助。

今年,賽事進入第十八屆。參賽的中學組作品不夠多,導致主辦單位需取消中學組賽事。前晚的總決賽中共有22首作品,菩提獨中西樂團的作品需在公開組內面對相對強勁的競爭。

現今的中學生在歌曲創作上已缺興趣?雖然不能憑今年的情況就蓋棺定論,但近年來對歌曲創作賽事感興趣的觀眾已大大減少,這是不爭的事實。無論如何,值得嘉許的是,〈北工站〉和主要贊助商金鋒公共股份有限公司依然堅持舉辦這一年一度的賽事。

前晚賽事各項儀式、22首作品輪流上場,再加上表演嘉賓的演出時間,賽事需分成上下兩場,一共費了4小時多才結束。

評審是史甡旗、洪瑞業和黃瑞國。表演嘉賓是Uglymen樂隊、Mangroove Band和Soul'in樂隊。出席嘉賓包括星洲日報檳吉玻業務開發主任賀世敏、金鋒公共股份有限公司代表許祥傑、〈北工站〉主席徐酈玲、工委會主席溫錦沛。

★黃喜光說,歌曲創作陷入了一個窘境,不過危機就是轉機。

"搞文化、創作的年輕人都聚到哪里去了?左看右看,現今的年輕人都在面子書上'碰面'。"

他說,從檳城〈魔境〉系列壁畫前一陣子被破壞的事件中,可看到年輕人的熱情。他以正面的態度看待此事:"你越破壞,壁畫就越紅。"

"喬治市入遺後數年,相關的活動辦得有聲有色,舉例〈魔境〉系列壁畫就非常受印歡迎。"

黃喜光希望〈北工站〉和州政府可以配合,在明年的喬治市慶典中舉辦街頭歌曲創作演唱會。

"18年來,無論是怎樣的回饋,都不簡單。"黃喜光感謝金鋒公共股份有限公司多年來的支持,若不是主要贊助商金鋒控股,賽事就走不下去。

他告訴參賽者:"創作歌曲難免圍繞在兒女私情中,但308大選後的我國發生了很多事,歌曲創作也需要緊貼時代的脈搏。"



★北工站第18屆全國創作歌曲觀摩賽《金鋒獎》總決賽成績
獎項 歌曲 組織/創作人
冠軍 繼續聆聽 DOREMI
亞軍 凡人 P.U.P.P.E.T
季軍 殺手風華絕代的正義 D-Music
最佳作詞 六月 陳淑子
最佳作曲 繼續聆聽 蘇勇傑、蘇勇順
最佳編曲 繼續聆聽 蘇勇傑、蘇勇順
最佳演繹 單身好 理大游子吟
創意樂手 單身好 許耀文


黃漢偉:15戶人家已獲得合理賠償

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 08:05 AM PDT

阿依淡區慶讚中元 阿依淡警局附近將發展 15戶獲賠遷壟尾

 2012-08-27 17:26
  • 鍾萬聯(右二)與李榮忠(左四)贈送感謝狀予撥款活動基金的黃漢偉(左五)和張瀚中(右四),陳天懷(右一)、陳協成、陳柳成等人陪同。
(檳城27日訊)阿依淡區州議員黃漢偉指出,當地警察局附近有15戶人家因新地主有意發展而受影響,他們目前已獲得合理賠償。

他說,受影響居民不久將搬入壟尾中廉價屋,州政府已妥善處理此問題。
提升升旗山設施
他說,檳州政府目前正在提升升旗山設施,只要再給州政府一些時間,升旗山將再次成為亞洲重要景點。


他是於上週六在阿依淡區慶讚中元聯歡宴上這麼說。該慶讚中元理事會當晚為聖心中小學擴校基金籌獲1380令吉,包括義賣《光明日報》260令吉;另捐200令吉給予升旗山義務消防隊。

主席彭金星在致詞中透露,阿依淡區州議員黃漢偉及國陣協調員分別撥出3500令吉和1000令吉充作該理事會活動基金。
不可缺少的節日
他說,中元是華人地方上不可缺少的節日,也為慈善教育團體籌募的好機會。而這些中華文化活動應由年輕一代推動,讓他們了解傳統節日的意義。

當晚出席者有爐主李榮忠、財政陳錫龍、理事會財政陳柳成、執行會務顧問陳天懷、會務顧問鍾萬聯等


黃漢偉:已致函曹智雄申請建人民組屋‧檳政府向中央申請“公開

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 07:58 AM PDT


黃漢偉:已致函曹智雄申請建人民組屋‧檳政府向中央申請"公開"

 2012-08-17 15:57
  • 黃漢偉宣佈,他於8月7日已正式致函給房屋部部長拿督斯里曹智雄,申請在齊來耶路一塊2英畝地段興建人民組屋。(圖:星洲日報)
(檳城)檳州房屋發展委員會主席黃漢偉說,他於8月7日已正式致函給房屋及地方政府部長拿督斯里曹智雄,申請建人民組屋。

黃漢偉說,他如此向媒體公佈,並非要促曹智雄馬上批准,而是要將州政府向中央政府的申請"公開"(make it public)。

"其實州秘書早向中央政府申請在麥曼珍區一塊2英畝地段興建人民組屋。"

他說,民聯執政以來,曾向中央政府申請興建人民組屋,只是未獲批准,所以沒作出公佈。中央政府在第九大馬計劃和第十大馬計劃中,都未批過任何檳州人民組屋計劃。

黃漢偉在8月7日的信函中,向中央政府申請在齊來耶路一塊2英畝地段興建人民組屋。

再納阿比丁地段建人民組屋?
前朝政府未曾公佈

針對檳州國陣青年團指前朝有計劃在再納阿比丁1.1英畝地段建人民組屋的言論,黃漢偉說,據他所知,前朝政府從未公佈過這項計劃,最多只是在會議中談及。

黃漢偉也是亞依淡州議員,他昨日(16日)為甘榜馬來由A座組屋新電梯主持啟用禮,也分發他這4年來在該區的"成績單"給居民。黃漢偉已開始在選區內各地點分發"成績單",每區的"成績單"內容都"度身定製",紙質和印刷的素質高。

另外,黃漢偉說,亞依淡區快樂學生計劃的登記已達2千300份,服務隊員過去3天也在齋戒月巴剎擺檔,成功為300名學生登記。(星洲日報/大北馬)


老城搖身變藝術大畫廊‧喬治市魔鏡熱爆全城

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 07:49 AM PDT

老城搖身變藝術大畫廊‧喬治市魔鏡熱爆全城

 2012-08-24 18:40
  • 陳家兩兄妹漏夜搶救壁畫,林冠英(右3)、曹觀友(右2)和黃漢偉州行政議員(右1)也趕來瞭解。看來《姐弟共騎》已牽動了檳城人的心,讓大家都對它緊張不已。(圖:星洲日報)
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一幅由外國畫家創作的壁畫《姐弟共騎》,前晚遭破壞王用膠狀物質破壞,消息才傳出,"不管事"的檳州人民就緊張地在互聯網上四處流傳,要求揪出破壞王,也呼吁政府趕快搶救。

更叫人感動的是,一對學藝術的兄妹即陳家航(20歲)及妹妹陳加欣(19歲)聞訊後,在事發當晚,靜悄悄地用熱水燙融牆上的玻璃膠,再小心翼翼地用刀片把它弄下。隔天早上,檳州首席部長林冠英也趕來巡視瞭解狀況。

究竟是一幅怎樣的壁畫,可以"驚動全民",讓整個檳城上上下下都不能自拔地愛上它,那麼為她緊張不已?


星洲日報今日將為讀者介紹這神奇的《喬治市魔鏡》系列。

立陶宛畫家恩尼斯創作6作品以真人入畫

令整座老城搖身變成一個藝術大畫廊的功臣,是今年26歲的立陶宛畫家恩尼斯。
他的6個作品都以真人入畫,今年7月間完成後,已儼然成為檳城全新的旅遊景點,魅力甚至比蛇廟、升旗山、極樂寺、新關仔角等傳統旅遊區過之而無不及!

不止民眾喜愛,連國外媒體也競相報導,新加坡《海峽時報》、《商業時報》等等媒體,更以專題方式呈現,介紹《喬治市魔鏡》之餘,亦探討新國的公共藝術所面臨的局限。

除此之外,遠至立陶宛的媒體也跟進報導了有關恩尼斯在檳城創作引起轟動的新聞,叫這位離家許久的年輕畫家,一夕之間在家鄉成紅人。對於"魔鏡旋風"的形成,連檳州政府也覺得相當意外。

然而,《喬治市魔鏡》的計劃引發了坊間不少的討論,其中包括:
(一)為甚麼喬治市藝術節籌備單位聘請外國畫家而不是本土畫家完成《魔鏡》?
(二)在古蹟核心區內作畫,是否會破壞歷史悠久的老房子,以致最後令喬治市失去聯合國世界文化遺產的地位?

關於問題一,官方的解釋是恩尼斯擅長壁上作畫,且後者先主動接洽提出創意看法,最後和喬治市藝術節籌備單位成功合作,完成作品。

再者,檳州政府也從不拒絕本地作家在老城公共場所創作,只要申請得當即可。

可自行"二度創作"
壁畫想像空間大

最近兩三個月,喬治市的一些巷弄裡,經常出現輪流排隊等候拍照的人潮。他們當中有些是本地人、有些是旅客,也有些是穿著西裝及婚紗的新人。眾人拍照的對象,不是斑駁的老古蹟,而是——古蹟上面的壁畫及裝置藝術。

這一系列熱爆全城的壁畫或裝置藝術,包括《姐弟共騎》、《功夫女孩》、《漁家小孩》、《追風男孩》、《爬牆小孩》以及《憩息中的三輪車夫》,它們皆產自於今年喬治市藝術節的《喬治市魔鏡》計劃。

首個作品《姐弟共騎》剛推出不久,旋即在網絡上瘋狂流傳,這也是目前6個壁畫中,人氣最當紅不讓的作品。

《喬治市魔鏡》系列最有趣之處,乃是作品賦予極大想像空間,讓網友可以在壁畫前進行"二度創作",擺出各種姿勢和壁畫產生關係,展現了藝術的無限可能性。
6幅作品中,其實至今全部都沒有正式的"官方"主題名稱。所有壁畫主題都是媒體、網友或路人觀賞後,自己定名再口耳相傳。

杜忠全:不管外國本地人
老城包容創意

本地文化工作者杜忠全亦曾為文:歷史常識告訴我們,在島城開埠之前,那些歌德式、維多利亞式建筑等都不曾存在,更不屬島上的"本土",如今又如何?

有形的建筑遺產外,我們認為理所當然的生活文化,大多也不是從這一方水土中抽芽而出,而是經幾代人的南來北往與東涉西渡,有人來了又走,也有人走了又來,最後扎根在腳下的土地了,才積淀成我們的"本土",不是這樣的嗎?

這即殖民又移民的城市,當年不曾排拒那些原本不屬於它的有形與無形文化,到我們怎麼就反其道而行了?

換言之,他認為不管是外國人或本地人,只要能夠展現創意,老城就能包容。這也是作為殖民地的古老傳統。

黃漢偉:不立法限制創作
至於問題二,掌管檳州藝術委員會的黃漢偉說,州政府鼓勵自由創作,不想把手伸入藝術家的創作空間內,因此,並不會立法限制民眾的創作。

他說,任何想要在公共場所作畫者,只要獲得有關業者的同意,並且向市政局報備即可,州政府儘量不審查創作內容。

"像新加坡,不久前就有一位女子因在牆上`塗鴉'而被提控,可見新國在公共空間的管理是很嚴格的。因此,該國媒體看見《喬治市魔鏡》系列後,感到詫異,而為文探討公共藝術的各種可能。"

應用得宜不會破壞古蹟

他也說,喬治市作為活文化遺產城,其核心價值不僅僅只在建築,更重要的是"人",檳城人在這裡生活、在這裡創作,只要應用得宜,並不會破壞老古蹟。

他說,本地一些畫家向他反映,壁畫需要的作畫技巧與平常他們習慣在畫紙或畫布上作畫的技巧不太一樣,因此恩尼斯的創作讓他們看到了不一樣的繪畫元素。

"州政府未來將更致力推動公共藝術政策,將喬治市打造成藝術畫廊,充滿藝術和人文氣息,讓大家在老城內轉角就能遇到美麗的藝術作品。"

看完了黃漢偉的理念,那,你準備好來到檳城這座露天老畫廊走一趟了嗎?

恩尼斯《喬治市魔鏡》系列作品
第一號作品:《姐弟共騎》(本頭公巷)
第二號作品:《功夫女孩》(南華醫院街)
第三號作品:《漁船小孩》(姓周橋)
第四號作品:《追風男孩》(阿貴街)
第五號作品:《翻牆小孩》(大銃巷)
第六號作品:《憩息中的三輪車夫》(檳榔律)
(星洲日報)


Changing New Lifts for Rifle Range Flats

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 08:16 AM PDT

As reported in Sinchew

打鎗埔B座換新電梯‧J座組屋居民期待了!

 2012-08-24 16:04



  • 黃漢偉(前排左起)、王康立及阿茲魯為打槍埔B座組屋新電梯主持啟用禮。(圖:星洲日報)



















檳城)

打鎗埔B座組屋換上3架新電梯了,J座組屋居民也可開始期待他們的新電梯!
掌管檳州房屋事務的行政議員黃漢偉說,州政府已經撥款62萬7千500令吉為打鎗埔B座組屋更換新電梯,這是州政府今年提昇3個公共組屋電梯的其中一個受惠單位。

逐步更換電梯黃漢偉:9座組屋都受惠

黃漢偉說,州政府從2011年開始計劃為州內的電梯進行更換及提昇,打鎗埔的9座組屋電梯也將會逐步被提昇,在去年更換了E座組屋的電梯後,2個月前B座組屋的電梯也換新的了。

"我們將以逐步更換的方式,為打鎗埔及其他組屋更換電梯,而接下來受惠的將是J座組屋。"


黃漢偉昨日(23日)為打鎗埔B座組屋新電梯主持啟用禮後在新聞發佈會上,如此說。

民聯撥千萬提昇45組屋基設

他說,州政府近期也撥款為土橋尾組屋及甘榜馬來由組屋換上全新的電梯,以取代過去經常失靈的舊電梯。

他說,自民聯執政以來每年透過財政預算案撥款1千萬令吉來改善隸屬州政府的45個組屋計劃,透過撥款提昇組屋基本設施能夠讓至少1萬5千戶人家受惠。

關注換排污管留手尾‧‧已委派助理逐一解決問題

另一方面,針對打鎗埔有4名居民向國陣協調員方志偉投訴指住家因組屋排污管提昇工程後,因承包商留下手尾讓他們的居住單位"遭殃"一事,黃漢偉說,他已經委派助理拜訪居民,並逐一解決了他們的問題。

他說,其中有來自A座組屋的馬來居民投訴排污管工程導致家中出現積水,但是他強調,打鎗埔所有組屋都已經更換了新排污管,惟A座組屋工程仍未進行。

他說,由於居民投訴,因此州政府已經終止了承包商的合約導致A座組屋更換排污管的工程未展開,工程預料將在明年進行;這也是打鎗埔組屋42年來首次更換排污管。

出席者包括升旗山區國會議員特別助理林發寶及房屋局官員阿茲魯。


အမွန္အတိုင္း ျမင္တတ္ပါေစ

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 06:56 AM PDT

Source: အမွန္အတိုင္း ျမင္တတ္ပါေစ

ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔ မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြ အထူးသျဖင့္ ဦးေက်ာ္ဆန္းေျပာတဲ့ ျပည္တြင္းေန အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာ၀င္ေတြရဲ႕ ဗီဇစရိုက္ အမူအက်င့္ကို ျဖတ္ခနဲ ေတြးလိုက္မိရက္သား ျဖစ္သြားတာပါ။
အဲဒီေတာ့ ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔ ျပည္တြင္းေန အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာ၀င္ဆိုသူေတြဟာ လူမ်ိဳးအလိုက္ စိတ္ေနသေဘာထား။ အမူအက်င့္ နဲ႔ စရိုက္ လကၡဏာေတြကုိ ျပန္လည္ ဆန္းစစ္ ေလ့လာသံုးသပ္မယ္ဆုိရင္ …

မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြဟာ ဟိုးအရင္ ပုဂံေခတ္ကစၿပီး ေရွးျမန္မာမင္းမ်ား အဆက္ဆက္မွာ တိုင္းျပည္အက်ိဳးကို ေကာင္းတဲ့ဘက္ကေန ကူညီေဆာင္ရြက္ခဲ့တယ္ဆိုတာ သမိုင္းက သက္ေသျပေနတာေၾကာင့္ အပိုေတြ ေျပာဖုိ႔ လုိမယ္ မထင္ပါ။ မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြဟာ ျမန္မာမင္းမ်ားလက္ထက္မွာ တာ၀န္ေက်ခဲ့တဲ့အျပင္ နယ္ခ်ဲ႕ေတာ္လွန္ေရးနဲ႔ လြတ္လပ္ေရး တိုက္ပြဲေတြမွာလည္း အင္တုိက္အားတုိက္ ပါ၀င္ခဲ့ၿပီး အသက္ကိုပင္ ေပးဆပ္ခဲ့တဲ့ ပုဂၢိဳလ္ေတြ ရွိခဲ့တယ္ဆုိတာ အားလံုးသိတ့ဲ ကိစၥေတြ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒီလိုအေျခအေနမွာ ေမးစရာတစ္ခုေတာ့ ရွိလာမွာပါ။ ဒါကေတာ့ အရင္ကလူေတြ လုပ္ခဲ့တာ မင္းတို႔နဲ႔ ဘာဆုိင္သလဲ ဆိုတဲ့ ေမးခြန္းပါ။ ဒါကိုလည္း အေျခအေန အမွန္ကို သေဘာေပါက္ေအာင္ ရွင္းျပပါမယ္။

ပါလီမန္ေခတ္ ကုန္ဆံုးၿပီး ဒီဘက္ေခတ္ေရာက္လာတဲ့အခါမွာ ဦးေန၀င္းဦးေဆာင္တဲ့ အိမ္ေစာင့္အစိုးရ ၊ ေတာ္လွန္ေရးေကာင္စီ (မဆလ) ေခတ္ စတဲ့ ကာလေတြမွာေတာ့ ဦးေန၀င္းဟာ မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြကို တိုင္းျပည္ထူေထာင္ေရးနဲ႔ အက်ိဳးျပဳလုပ္ငန္းေတြမွာ ပါ၀င္လာျခင္း မရွိေအာင္ စနစ္တက် အကြက္ခ်ၿပီး ဖယ္ရွားခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ယုတ္စြအဆံုး အားကစား ေလာကမွာေတာင္ ယခင္က ျမန္မာ့အားကစား ေလာကကို မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြက ဂုဏ္ေဆာင္ခဲ့တဲ့ သမိုင္းကို အေလးမထားဘဲ ဖယ္ၾကဥ္ခဲ့တဲ့အထိ လုပ္ေဆာင္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။

ဒီ့ထက္ပိုိဆိုးတာက  ျမန္မာ့သမိုင္း တစ္ေလွ်ာက္လံုးမွာ မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြဟာ ပသီလူမ်ိဳး၊ ေဇရဘာဒီလူမ်ိဳး ၊ ျမန္မာမြတ္စလင္မ္ စတဲ့ အမည္မ်ာနဲ႔ တိုင္းရင္းသားအျဖစ္ သတ္မွတ္ျခင္းခံခဲ့ရေပမယ့္ ၁၉၈၂ ခုႏွစ္ ဖြဲ႔စည္းပံုဥပေဒမွာ မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြကို တိုင္းရင္းသားအျဖစ္က ဖယ္ရွားၿပီး ဦးေန၀င္းဟာ တပါတီအာဏာရွင္စနစ္နဲ႔ မိမိစိတ္ႀကိဳက္ပံုေဖာ္ျခင္း ျပဳခဲ့ပါတယ္။

ဒီလို အေျခအေနေတြေၾကာင့္  မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြဟာ ၀မ္းနည္းေၾကကဲြစြာနဲ႔ တိုင္းျပည္အက်ိဳးျပဳ လုပ္ငန္းေတြမွာ ပါ၀င္ခြင့္ မရခဲ့ျခင္း ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြဟာ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ အက်ိဳးကို သယ္ပိုးခဲ့တဲ့ သမိုင္းသာ ရွိခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္ ပ်က္စီးေအာင္ ျပည္သူလူထု အက်ိဳးယုတ္ေအာင္ မည္ကဲ့သို႔မွ် လုပ္ေဆာင္ျခင္း မျပဳခဲ့ဘူးဆိုတာ စစ္မွန္တဲ့ ျမန္မာျပည္သူေတြ အားလံုးသိၾကပါတယ္။

ဒါေၾကာင့္လဲ တစ္ခ်ိန္က ဗုဒၶဘာသာစစ္စစ္ ျမန္မာ့ႏိုင္ငံေရး ေခါင္းေဆာင္ေတြဟာ မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြကုိ ေလးစားေသာအားျဖင့္ ျမန္မာထဲက ျမန္မာလူမ်ိဳး တစ္မ်ိဳးပဲ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္လုိ႔ေတာင္ သတ္မွတ္ျခင္း ျပဳခဲ့ၾကပါတယ္။

ဒီကေန႔ အင္တာနက္ထဲမွာ မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြကို တစ္တစ္ခြခြ၊ ပယ္ပယ္နယ္နယ္၊ ရိုင္းရိုင္းစိုင္းစိုင္း ေ၀ဖန္ပုတ္ခတ္သူေတြဟာ ဗုဒၶဘာသာ ျမန္မာလူမ်ိဳးစစ္စစ္ မဟုတ္ေလာက္ပါဘူး။ ဗုဒၶဘာသာ ျမန္မာလူမ်ိဳးစစ္စစ္ဟာ သူတစ္ပါး ထိခုိက္နစ္နာေအာင္ စိတ္နဲ႔ေတာင္  မျပစ္မွားၾကတဲ့ ရိုးသားတဲ့ ဗီဇစရိုက္ရွိတဲ့ လူမ်ိဳးေတြ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒီလုိ ေ၀ဖန္တိုက္ခိုက္သူေတြဟာ လူတစ္စုထံက အခေၾကးေငြယူၿပီး တာ၀န္ေက်ေအာင္ လုပ္ေနၾကရတဲ့ အဆဲပါရဂူဘြဲ႔ရတဲ့ အခစား၀န္ထမ္းေတြသာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

ဒါေၾကာင့္ ကြ်န္ေတာ္တုိ႔ဟာ ဒီလူေတြရဲ႕လုပ္ရပ္ကို အေလးထားၿပီး ျပန္လည္တုန္႔ျပန္ျခင္း မျပဳသင့္ပါဘူး။

ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြဟာ သင္ေကာင္းေကာင္း၊ မေကာင္းေကာင္း၊ ကြ်ႏု္ပ္ေကာင္းမည္ဆုိတဲ့ မူအေပၚမွာပဲ မိမိတို႔ ရပ္တည္သင့္ပါတယ္။ အ၀ီစိငရဲကို သြားဖို႔ အကုသိုလ္လမ္းကို ေလွ်ာက္ေနတဲ့သူေတြကိုေတာ့ ျပန္လည္တုန္႔ျပန္ျခင္းမျပဳဘဲ သိကၡာရွိရွိ လမ္းဖြင့္ေပးလုိက္ပါ။ သူတို႔ရဲ႕ အဆဲသမိုင္းကို သူတုိ႔ေရးၾကပါေစ။

ကြ်န္ေတာ္ အဓိက ေျပာခ်င္တာကေတာ့ မြတ္စလင္ေတြဟာ မ်ိဳးရိုးဗီဇအရ ရိုးသားသူေတြ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ တုိင္းျပည္နစ္နာေအာင္ ျပည္သူထိခိုက္ေအာင္လုပ္တတ္တဲ့ အက်င့္စရိုက္ လံုး၀မရွိၾကပါ။ မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြရဲ႕ ဗီဇစရိုက္ကို ေယဘုယ်သေဘာအရ ထင္သာျမင္သာ ရွိတာေလးေတြကို အနဲငယ္ ရွင္းျပလုိပါတယ္။
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၃။ စားေတာ္ဆက္ အမည္တပ္၍ အရက္ေသစာ ေရာင္းခ်ျခင္း မျပဳပါ။

၄။ တည္းခိုခန္း (INN) အမည္တပ္၍ ဇိမ္ခန္း မဖြင့္ပါ။

၅။ ေလာင္းကစားဒိုင္မ်ားလုပ္၍ လူငယ္တို႔၏ စာရိတၱကို မဖ်က္ဆီးပါ။

၆။ မာဆတ္ဟုေခၚေသာ ႏွိပ္စားဂြင္မလုပ္ပါ။

၇။ ကာရာအိုေက အမည္တပ္၍ မိန္းမပ်ိဳမ်ားကို ပ်က္စီးေစေသာ အလုပ္ကို မလုပ္ပါ။

၈။ ေျမာင္းဆီမ်ားကို ပဲဆီအမည္တပ္၍ ထုတ္လုပ္ေရာင္းခ်ျခင္း မျပဳပါ။

၉။ လူကို အႏၱရာယ္ျဖစ္ေစေသာ ေဆး၀ါးအတုမ်ား ထုတ္လုပ္ေရာင္းခ်ျခင္း မျပဳပါ။

၁၀။ လူကို အႏၱရာယ္ျဖစ္ေစေသာ ျခင္ေဆးမ်ား ထုတ္လုပ္ေရာင္းခ်ျခင္း မျပဳပါ။

၁၁။ ကေလးသူငယ္မ်ား အႏၱရာယ္ ျဖစ္ေစေသာ သၾကားလံုး၊ ႏို႔မႈန္႔မ်ားႏွင့္ မုန္႔ပဲသြားေရစာမ်ား ထုတ္လုပ္ေရာင္းခ်ျခင္း မျပဳပါ။

၁၂။ Asbestos သတၱဳပါ၀င္ေသာ လူကို အဆုတ္ကင္ဆာ ႏွင့္ အျခားေရာဂါေ၀ဒနာမ်ား ျဖစ္ေစႏိုင္ေသာ ေမာ္ေတာ္ယာဥ္မ်ား

ထုတ္လုပ္ေရာင္းခ်ျခင္းမျပဳပါ။

ထို႔အျပင္ အစၥလာမ္ ဘာသာက ႀကီးေလးေသာ အျပစ္ရွိသည့္ (ဟရာမ္) အျဖစ္ တားျမစ္ထားေသာ ေအာက္ပါ အေၾကာင္းအရာမ်ားႏွင့္ လုပ္ငန္းမ်ားကိုလည္း ေရွာင္ၾကဥ္ၾကပါသည္။

၁။ အျမတ္ႀကီးစားျခင္း

၂။ စားေသာက္ကုန္ ပစၥည္းမ်ား သိုေလွာင္ျခင္း

၃။ ဆင္းရဲသားမ်ားကို ေခါင္းပံုျဖတ္၍ အတိုးစားျခင္း၊ အေပါင္ခံျခင္း

၄။ လူကို အႏၱရာယ္ျဖစ္ေစေသာ (ပုပ္သိုးေနေသာ အစားအစာ) မ်ားေရာင္းခ်ျခင္း မျပဳၾကပါ။

၅။ အေလးခိုးျခင္း၊ ေရထိုးျခင္း မျပဳၾကပါ။

၆။ ဘာသာမတူသူမ်ားအား ေ၀ဖန္ ပုတ္ခတ္ ေစာ္ကားျခင္း မျပဳရပါ။

၇။ အျခားဘာသာ၀င္မ်ား၏ သာသနိက အေဆာက္အအံုမ်ားကို ဖ်က္ဆီးျခင္း၊ ေစာ္ကားျခင္း မျပဳရပါ။

၈။ မိမိေနထိုင္ေသာ တိုင္းျပည္အေပၚ သစၥာေစာင့္သိ ရိုေသရပါသည္။

၉။ လူသားမ်ိဳးႏြယ္အားလံုးကို တအူတံုဆင္း အိမ္ေထာင္စု စာရင္း၀င္မ်ားဟု မွတ္ယူၾကပါသည္။

ဤသည္မွာ အစၥလာမ္သာသနာ၏ အဆံုးအမ ႏွင့္ လမ္းညႊန္မႈ မ်ား ျဖစ္ပါသည္။

(ခြ်င္းခ်က္အေနႏွင့္ ေျပာစရာ တစ္ခု ရွိပါသည္။ အစၥလာမ္ သာသနာသည္ က်ဴးေက်ာ္စစ္ကို လံုး၀ တားျမစ္ၿပီး ခုခံစစ္ကိုမူ ခြင့္ျပဳထားပါသည္။)

လူမ်ိဳး ဘာသာအသီးသီးတြင္ စုန္းျပဴးမ်ား ရွိတတ္ၾကပါသည္။ အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာ၀င္အမည္ခံ တစ္ဦးစ ႏွစ္ဦးစ မွ ဘာသာတရား၏ အဆံုးအမမ်ားကို ေဖာက္ဖ်က္ က်ဴးလြန္သူမ်ား ရွိေကာင္းရွိပါလိမ့္မည္။ သို႔ေသာ္ မည္သည့္ကိစၥရပ္ကိုမဆုိ ရာခိုင္ႏႈန္း ႏွင့္ တြက္ဆရသည္ကို စာေပဗဟုသုတ ရွိရံုမွ်ႏွင့္ သိႏိုင္ပါသည္။

ထို႔ေၾကာင့္ အခ်ဳပ္အားျဖင့္ ေျပာရလွ်င္ မြတ္စလင္မ္ဆုိသူမ်ားသည္ ရိုးသားျခင္း၊ ဂတိတည္ျခင္း၊ သစၥာေစာင့္သိျခင္း။ တပါးသူ မနစ္နာေအာင္ ေစာင့္ထိန္းေသာ ဓေလ့စရိုက္ ရွိသူမ်ားအျဖစ္ သံုးသပ္ရမည္ ျဖစ္ပါသည္။ မြတ္စလင္မ္တို႔၏  တရားေတာ္အရ မိမိေနထိုင္ေသာ တိုင္းျပည္ကို စူးစူးနစ္နစ္ ခ်စ္ျမတ္ႏိုး ရပါသည္။ အတူယွဥ္တြဲ ေနထိုင္ေသာ လူမ်ိဳးမ်ားကို ျမတ္ျမတ္ႏိုးႏိုး ေလးစားခ်စ္ခင္ရပါသည္။ ဤသို႔ ေျပာဆုိျခင္းေၾကာင့္ သင္က ျပန္လွန္ ေျပာဆုိပါဦးမည္။

ဒီလုိဆို တိုင္းတိုင္းရင္းသား  ေပးရေတာ့မွာလား ဟု ေမးလာလွ်င္ ကြ်ႏု္ပ္က တစ္ခုပဲ ျပန္ေျဖပါမည္။ လက္ေတြ႔ အေျခအေနအရ တိုင္းရင္းသား ျဖစ္ေတာ့ေရာ ဘာေတြမ်ား ထူးလာမွာလဲ ဟုသာ ျဖစ္ပါသည္။

ဒီကေန႔ တိုင္းရင္းသားမ်ား ျဖစ္ၾကေသာ ကခ်င္ စစ္ေျပးဒုကၡသည္မ်ား၊ ဧရာ၀တီတိုင္း၊ ပဲခူးတိုင္း၊ကရင္ျပည္နယ္မွ ေရေဘးဒုကၡသည္မ်ား၊ လယ္ေျမမ်ားကို မတရား သိမ္းဆည္းခံရ၍ ဆႏၵထုတ္ေဖာ္ေနေသာ တုိင္းရင္းသားမ်ား အႏွစ္ ၂၀ ေက်ာ္ ေနထိုင္ၿပီးကာမွ က်ဴးေက်ာ္ဟု ဆုိကာ ဖယ္ရွားခံရ၍ ေျခသလံုးအိမ္တိုင္ ျဖစ္ေနေသာ မိသားစုမ်ား၊ လုပ္ခ လစာနည္း၍ စား၀တ္ေနေရး ၾကပ္တည္းေနၾကေသာ ျမန္မာ အလုပ္သမမ်ား၊ ရခုိင္ျပည္နယ္မွ အုိးအိမ္ဖ်က္၍ ဒုကၡခံစားေနၾကရေသာ သက္ႀကီးရြယ္အိုမ်ား၊ လူမမယ္ကေလးသူငယ္မ်ား၊ က်န္းမာေရး ခ်ိဳ႕တဲ့ေနၾကေသာ ေ၀ဒနာသည္မ်ား စသည္ကဲ့သို႔ေသာ တိုင္းရင္းသား ညီေနာင္မ်ားကို သင္ ဘယ္ေလာက္ ကူညီႏိုင္ၿပီလဲဟု ၀မ္းနည္းစြာႏွင့္ ေမးရန္သာ ရွိပါသည္။

ဧရာ၀တီတိုင္းတြင္ နာဂစ္၀င္ေမႊစဥ္က ေလေဘးဒုကၡသည္မ်ားကို မြတ္စလင္မ္မ်ား မည္မွ်အတိုင္းအတာအထိ ကူညီခဲ့ၾကသည္ကို ဧရာ၀တီတိုင္းသားမ်ား သိၾကပါသည္။

ယခုအခါတြင္ ဘာသာ၊ လူမ်ိဳး၊ အေရာင္အဆင္း မခြဲျခားဘဲ ဘာသာတရားတိုင္းမွ လမ္းညႊန္ေသာ ေမတၱာတရားကို အေျခခံလွ်က္ လူသား၀ါဒဆန္ဆန္ ကိုယ္ခ်င္းစာစိတ္ျဖင့္ လူသားအရင္းအျမစ္ကို တန္ဖိုးထား၍ စုေပါင္းလက္တြဲၿပီး ကူညီၾကမည္ဆုိပါလွ်င္

မြတ္စလင္မ္တုိ႔သည္လည္း စိုေသာလက္ မေျခာက္မီ၊ ဆန္႔ေသာလက္ မေကြးမီ သစၥာတရား၏ အတိမ္အနက္၊ ေမတၱာတရားကုိ ခ်ိန္စက္ျပခ်င္ပါသည္ဟုသာ ေျပာလုိပါသည္။

(မွတ္ခ်က္) လူမ်ိဳး တစ္မ်ိဳး၏ ဂုဏ္သိကၡာ သတင္းသည္ ထိုလူမ်ိဳး၏  ျပဳမူေျပာဆုိ ဆက္ဆံျခင္းေပၚတြင္သာ တည္ပါသည္။ နယူတန္၏ သီအိုရီ အရ ျဖစ္စဥ္တုိင္းတြင္ တန္ျပန္ သက္ေရာက္မႈ ရွိသည္ကို သတိျပဳပါ။


[VIDEO & BERGAMBAR] PERKASA Ganggu Tazkirah Anwar Di Masjid - updated

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 10:15 AM PDT


Ahli-ahli Perkasa cuba mencerobohi masjid, membaling kasut yang hampir-hampir mengenai sdr Mahfuz Omar...







Ejen provokasi guna pembesar suara & membunyikan siren ketika tazkirah sedang disampaikan.


Mereka cuba merempuh masuk kedalam masjid Darulaman dalam usaha mereka menghalang DSAI bertazkirah...
Mana Polis, mana menteri jaga KDN punya komen?





Salah seorang ejen provokasi yang berjaya dirakamkan oleh petugas Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat di Masjid al-Husain, Seberang Pumpong, Alor Star sebelum solat Maghrib tadi.


Terkini dari KEDAH....

Ahli Perkasa mencetuskan provokasi ketika DS @anwaribrahim hendak menyampaikan tazkirah.
- Ahli Perkasa mencetuskan provokasi ketika DS @anwaribrahim hendak menyampaikan tazkirah.
- Ahli Perkasa mengeluarkan kata2 kesat & membaling kasut kedalam masjid ketika tazkirah disampaikan.
- Tazkirah Maghrib DS @anwaribrahim diteruskan w/pun lampu masjid & speaker dipadamkan
P/S : Masjid pun dah tak tau nak hormat......lihat dan nilaikan sendiri betapa terdesaknya..

Anwar, Mahfuz diserang dalam masjid

ALOR STAR: Sekumpulan samseng yang dipercayai ahli Perkasa hari ini bertindak ganas dengan menyerang Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim ketika menyampaikan tazkirah Maghrib di sebuah masjid di Seberang Pumpong, Alor Star, Kedah.

Menurut laporan Keadilandaily, tindakan biadap itu tercetus apabila beberapa pemuda berhimpun dan memulakan provokasi ketika Anwar hendak menyampaikan tazkirah di dalam masjid Al Husin.

Mereka juga bertindak memadamkan lampu masjid dan alat pembesar suara berulangkali, memaksa Anwar menggunakan loud hailer untuk meneruskan kuliahnya.

Kumpulan terbabit juga mengeluarkan kata-kata kesat dan membaling kasut ke dalam masjid ketika tazkirah disampaikan. Malah, mereka turut menggunakan pembesar suara dan membunyikan siren ketika Anwar menyampaikan tazkirah.

Ketua kumpulan itu yang hanya dikenali sebagai Dato Yusof dikatakan mengugut bertindak lebih keras sekiranya Anwar tidak menghentikan kuliahnya serta-merta.

Bagaimanapun, Anwar menegaskan tiada apa yang perlu ditakutkan menyebabkan jemaah masjid terus mendengar kuliah beliau.

Naib Presiden Pas, Datuk Mahfuz Omar yang berada di masjid itu turut menjadi sasaran apabila kasut yang dibaling hampir-hampir mengenai beliau.

Kejadian serangan terhadap ketua pembangkang ini adalah insiden kedua selepas bas jelajah Merdeka Rakyat dibaling batu dan disimbah cat merah di Kelantan, semalam.
-HD







Anwar di rumah imam masjid.




...bersambung di [BERGAMBAR] Ribuan Manusia Di Ceramah Anwar Di Alor Setar Selepas Diserang




Muslim acceptance in Laos stark contrast to Myanmar intolerance

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 05:56 AM PDT

Source: Muslim acceptance in Laos stark contrast to Myanmar intolerance

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The imams of two mosques in Vientiane tell of fair treatment from the communist authorities, while expressing sadness and frustration at the treatment of Rohingya in the country next door Published: 2/09/2012

Just over a decade ago the tiny Islamic population of Laos, like Muslims everywhere, watched on in horror as al-Qaeda carried out its suicide attacks on New York and Washington. They were then flabbergasted as a tide of Western opinion turned on them.PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE: Muhammad Vina bin Ahmad Imam of the Azhar Mosque says his congregation has good relations with the Lao government.

 

But as time passed the imams of Vientiane's two mosques thought those days had been consigned to history, particularly in Southeast Asia, where al-Qaeda affiliates were dealt with and mostly dismantled.

But now both men are again looking on in horror at the treatment of Muslims, this time right next door in Myanmar, where close to 80 people have died in unrest between religions set off by the rape and murder in June of a Buddhist woman in Rakhine State in the west of the country. In retaliation, 10 Rohingya Muslims were lynched at the hands of an angry mob, and further attacks on Rohingya became widespread.

Muhammad Rafi, of the Jamia Mosque is an outspoken native Myanmar Rohingya, while Muhammad Vina bin Ahmad, a Cambodian Cham, is the imam of the Azhar Mosque and a little more reserved. But both are at a loss to comprehend why Muslims in Myanmar are bullied and bloodied by their countrymen and threatened with expulsion from their own country by a government that prefers not to grant them their sovereign rights and would like to see them leave.

"It's a big, big problem," said Mr Rafi with the help of a translator. "It's no good and we're not happy. We feel this because they are killing a lot of Muslims. No Muslim will be happy with this."

He sits inside his mosque, flanked by two ultra-conservative Muslim Wahabis who are traditionally dressed in white. They are visitors from Saudi Arabia and  declined to give their names, saying only that they are tourists visiting regional countries. But they did say that Myanmar is ripe for international help.

A state of emergency was imposed in June across the state of Rakhine following the violence. The New York-based Human Rights Watch has accused Myanmar authorities of shooting Muslims, committing rape and doing little more than standing by as mob attacks escalated.

Myanmar President Thein Sein made an already bad situation much worse by insisting the Rohingya in Myanmar are not his compatriots and, despite centuries of carrying  out their Islamic traditions in Myanmar, they should be placed under the auspices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and shipped to a third country.

This notion was rejected immediately by the United Nations and Washington.

It was decided at an Extraordinary Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Conference in Mecca to take the Rohingya issue before the UN because of the continued "recourse to violence by the Myanmar authorities against the members of this minority and their refusal to recognise their right to citizenship".

Saudi Arabia has pledged US$50 million (1.57 billion baht) to aid the miserably impoverished Rohingya in Myanmar.

The 67-year-old Rafi still has family in Myanmar caught up in the trouble and he dismisses vague attempts by some Buddhist historians inside his native land who are attempting to rewrite history with claims the Rohingya never lived in Myanmar before the 1950s, a contrived argument used to deny them citizenship.

His family, mainly nieces and nephews, live in Palao in Rakhine state and have for generations. He says some have been forced to convert to Buddhism. Asked if a resolution can be found that would allow for a peaceful co-existence between Myanmar's Muslims and Buddhists, he shakes his head and says: "No."

That opinion was shared by the Wahabis and members of the Jamia congregation who had gathered around him.

HARMONIOUS FAITHS

Anti-Islamic hostilities in Myanmar stand in sharp contrast to the treatment of Muslims in Laos, who have citizenship and have found cultural acceptance in an overwhelmingly Buddhist country.

Myanmar has about 800,000 Muslim Rohingya,  while Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand also have significant Muslim populations. Muslims in Laos are much smaller in number.

Mr Rafi's congregation of 500-odd souls is an ethnic mix from North Africa and the Indian sub-continent whose ancestry for centuries made their living in Laos by trading in textiles or butchering meat for local restaurants.

Across town another 200 Muslim Chams thrive in a small industrial suburb. They began arriving here as refugees after April 1975, when the communist revolutions which had convulsed Indo-China for the previous decade entered into their final phase.

Religion of all types was an anathema for the incoming communists, however, and some were less tolerant than others. The Cham fled as Cambodia was annexed by the Khmer Rouge, who initiated a fierce pogrom that annihilated perhaps 200,000 Muslim Chams.

Their extermination is currently being examined as part of an international tribunal which has put Pol Pot's surviving henchmen in the dock for crimes against humanity.

Upon arrival in Vientiane the Cham also found Laos in the final throes of a communist takeover by the Pathet Lao, and anxiety over the situation had forced many local Muslims to leave. But unlike the Khmer Rouge, Lao communists were relatively generous and fears inside the Islamic community proved unfounded.

The long-standing attitudes of the authorities in Laos also stand in stark contrast to the more recent pronouncements by Thein Sein that have compromised his integrity, initially gained on the back of social reforms, the release of political prisoners including the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and April by-elections which marked her return from the political wilderness.

In Laos, amid the chaos of communist takeovers in the region, the fleeing Cham found sanctuary and jobs. The children went to local schools while their parents built a mosque and _ importantly _ received citizenship.

Mr bin Ahmad was coy on the subject, saying he did not like to discuss politics but adding that Muslims in Laos were happy and had no problems with the authorities or the overwhelming Buddhist population.

Mr bin Ahmad said in broken English that there are problems in Myanmar but in Laos his congregation is safe and relations with the government are good.

But outside his Azhar Mosque the ill-feeling toward Myanmar authorities is more vocal.

"We don't want to interfere in the politics of another country. We just want to keep the peace," said Akmad Dokhan, a native Cambodian with Lao citizenship and fluent English. Mr Dokhan arrived in Laos in 1969 and later played an important part in re-settling Cambodian Chams who fled the Khmer Rouge, scrambled across the southern border into Laos and eventually made their way into the capital. He chose his words carefully.

"A decade ago non-Muslims looked down at us, they looked on Muslims as terrorists. We follow the holy book, the Koran," he said. "People like Osama bin Laden and people who kill do not follow the book. They are not Muslims, they just kill.

"In Myanmar what is happening is the same, it's just killing, and this is what Pol Pot and his people did _ it's very bad. We don't like politics, but the Rohingya need help."

If Myanmar is to complete its efforts to normalise after years of isolation it must find an amiable resolution to the ethnic and religious strife that has plagued relations with the Rohingya, but it is a difficult situation. Even Nobel laureate Mrs Suu Kyi has remained disturbingly quiet on the issue.

The UN has welcomed Thein Sein's announcement that a commission made up of relevant interest groups, including activists, officials from minority political parties, government and religious leaders would be established to find a lasting solution to the problem. the distinguished group might start by looking east over the border into neighbouring Laos, where Muslims are afforded the same inalienable rights as everyone else.



U Wira Thu VS other good monks and monk authorities

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 05:47 AM PDT

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Adik Ibrahim Ali Disaman RM1juta Kerana Memfitnah AKSB

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 06:03 AM PDT

Kota Bharu: Presiden Majlis Tindakan Rakyat Kelantan (MTRK), Azmi Che Ali (gambar) kini berdepan tuntutan saman berjumlah RM1 juta ekoran mengeluarkan kenyataan berunsur fitnah terhadap Air Kelantan Sdn Bhd (AKSB).

Kenyataan itu disiarkan The New Straits Times (NST) pada 29 Mei bertajuk "Kelantan Misused RM600m in Loans" dianggap tidak benar, memfitnah kerana menuduh plaintif menyalahguna sebahagian dana RM600 juta membiayai perjalanan di luar negara oleh pegawai-pegawai kerajaan negeri.

Azmi dalam kenyataan itu mendakwa mereka yang turut serta dalam perjalanan tersebut termasuk anggota Exco dan beberapa pegawai kerajaan negeri serta wakil AKSB.

AKSB dalam tuntutannya menyebut Azmi bersama empat lagi defendan bertanggungjawab menyebabkan tersiarnya artikel tersebut, di mana secara jelas menyebut berita tidak benar dan tidak berasas dikaitkan dengan plaintif.

Turut dinamakan sebagai defendan iaitu MTRK; Pengarang Urusan Kumpulan NST, Abdul Jalil Hamid; Penyunting Kumpulan NST, Syed Nadzri Syed Harun dan New Straits Times (M) Bhd.

Peguam plaintif, Hisham Fauzi berkata, kes terbabit ditetapkan untuk pengurusan kes sebelum bicara pada 19 September ini. Defendan belum lagi melantik peguam.

Hisham berkata, tulisan yang disiarkan akhbar tersebut secara jelas bermaksud bahawa plaintif terlibat dengan korupsi sehingga gagal dalam tanggungjawab menggunakan wang pinjaman tersebut.

Sebelum ini plaintif melalui peguamcara mengemukakan notis tuntutan kepada defendan-defendan menuntut supaya menarik balik artikel tersebut, memohon maaf secara terbuka kepada plaintif dan membayar gantirugi.

Namun defendan-defendan enggan berbuat demikian dan tidak mahu memohon maaf secara terbuka dan membayar ganti rugi.

Selain itu plaintif juga menuntut defendan menyiarkan permohonan maaf tersebut sebagai berita utama di muka surat hadapan dalam NST, mengiklan permohonan maaf tersebut dalam akhbar Utusan Malaysia atau Berita Harian.

AKSB juga menuntut ganti rugi teladan, ganti rugi melampau, ganti rugi punitif. -HD


ျမန္မာ့ ဂုဏ္သိကၡာတံခါး က်ိဳးေပါက္ျခင္း (ကဗ်ာ)

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 04:09 AM PDT

ေရွးသေရာအခါ        ျပည္ျမန္မာသည္

အတၱဖယ္ထား       ေမတၱာမ်ားႏွင့္

မာနကိုေရွာင္           အၿပံဳးေဆာင္လွ်က္

ေလာကကိုခ်စ္         အလွစစ္ခဲ့ပါေလသည္။

ကမာၻေျမတလႊား       စံျပဳကာလွ်င္

သူငါသြားလာ           ေျမလြတ္ရာတြင္

အာဂႏၱဳအား             ကရုဏာပြား၍

ႀကီးငယ္ဇရပ္            ေဆာက္လွဴခဲ့ၾကပါေလသည္။

နိဗၺာန္ရည္ေရာ္          ကုသိုလ္ေမွ်ာ္၍

ေရတြင္းေရကန္         ေသာက္သံုးရန္အတြက္

တူးၾကေဖၚၾက            စုေပါင္းၾကႏွင့္

လူမ်ိဳးဘာသာ            မခြဲပါဘဲ

ေကာင္းျမတ္အက်ိဳး     သယ္ပိုးခဲ့ၾကပါေလသည္။

ျမန္မာ့အလွ                 ေမတၱာမွ်၍

က်က္သေရျမင့္မား        စင္ကေလးမ်ားျဖင့္

ေရအိုးကိုတည္(တယ္)   ေသာက္ေစကြယ္လို႔

၁၀ ပါး အက်ိဳး             ေမွ်ာ္ကိုးခဲ့ၾကပါေလသည္။

အိမ္အနားကေခြး          ကိုယ္မေမြးလည္း (လဲ)

ဟင္းစားပိုခ်က္             ကရုဏာသက္၍

ေခြးစာခြက္ထား            ေကြ်းခဲ့တာမ်ား

မွတ္မိရဲ႕လား      အို      ျမန္မာ…..။

သတၱ၀ါအား                ငဲ့ညွာသနားကာ

အသက္ကိုေရွာင္          ကုသိုလ္ေဆာင္၍

သမုဒၵရာပမာ               ၀မ္းတစ္ထြာကို

အသက္သတ္လြတ္        ေရာင့္ရဲမႈႏွင့္

တစ္ခ်ိန္တုန္းက    အို     ျမန္မာ….။

 

ခုခ်ိန္ခုခါ                     ျပည္ျမန္မာသည္

အျပစ္မဲ့သား                ခရီးသြားကို

လူအုပ္စုျပဳ                  ဗိုလ္က်မႈႏွင့္

ဒုတ္ဓါးကိုင္စြဲ               မ်ိဳးျဖဳတ္ပြဲသို႔

ရက္စက္လွစြာ             သတ္ျဖတ္ခဲ့ၾကပါေလသည္။

ဆယ္ဦးသတ္ပြဲ              ေနာက္ဆက္တြဲက

အတၱကိုင္ဆြဲ                 ေမတၱာမြဲလုိ႔

လူေထာင္ေသာင္းထက္   ဘ၀ပ်က္၍

အိုးအိမ္ဥစၥာ              ေပ်ာက္ရရွာသည္

အက်ည္းတန္ခဲ့             ရုပ္ဆိုးခဲ့ေပါ့ ျပည္ျမန္မာ ။

စိမ္းစိုခ်ိဳျမ                     ေတာေတာင္အလွႏွင့္

ျပာလဲ့လဲ့အသြင္              ပင္လယ္ျပင္ေၾကာင့္

ထယ္၀ါ၀င့္ၾကြား              အေနာက္တံခါးက

က်က္သေရေဆာင္ထား    ေမတၱာမ်ားေၾကာင့္

ကမာၻလွည့္မ်ား               ခို၀င္နားခဲ့ၾကေပသည္။

ပစၥဳပၸန္အခါ                    ျပည္ျမန္မာသည္

အတၱမာန္ႀကီး              ေဒါသမီးႏွင့္

ရက္စက္စိတ္ၾကမ္း          ကရုဏာခန္းသည္

ကမာၻ႔ျပည္သား               မိတ္ေဆြမ်ားက

ရြံရွာမုန္းတီး                   ေၾကာက္စိတ္ႀကီး၍

ျမန္မာ့ေျမအား                အစဥ္ေလးစားတဲ့

ဂုဏ္သိကၡာတံခါး             က်ိဳးေပါက္ခဲ့ရပါေလသည္။

Source: MMSY – ျမန္မာ့ ဂုဏ္သိကၡာတံခါး က်ိဳးေပါက္ျခင္း (ကဗ်ာ)



[BERGAMBAR] Bas Jelajah Merdeka Tarik Perhatian Ramai, Hari Ini Di Pulau Pinang

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 05:02 AM PDT

Bas Anwar tarik perhatian ramai

MACHANG - Bas dua tingkat yang memaparkan gambar Ketua Umum PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim di pekarangan Pejabat PKR Cabang Machang, di sini malam kelmarin menarik perhatian ramai.

Gambar: Anwar ketika berucap di pentas segera bas tersebut sempena Program Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat di Machang, malam kelmarin.


Masing-masing yang hadir pada majlis sambutan Aidlfitri meninjau bas khas sempena Program Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat ke Kelantan itu.

Tidak kurang juga mengambil kesempatan bergambar bersama bas tersebut sebagai kenang-kenangan.

Bas itu menjadi perhatian apabila ruang dalamannya diubahsuai dengan pelbagai kemudahan termasuk wifi, tempat mesyuarat, tandas, dilengkapi sistem bunyi dan pentas segera.


Selain Anwar, program jelajah tersebut turut dijayakan Persiden Keadilan yang juga isteri Anwar, Datuk Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Tidak ketinggalan, Mursyidul Am Pas, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat turut menaiki bas tersebut dari Machang ke Tanah Merah bagi sama-sama menjayakan ceramah umum di Padang Majlis Daerah Tanah Merah.

Setiausaha Agung PKR, Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail berkata, PKR memulakan siri baru - Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat ke seluruh Semenanjung untuk mendekati dan menyampaikan mesej kepada rakyat agar beri peluang kepada Pakatan Rakyat (PR) untuk mengubah Kerajaan Pusat.

Katanya, siri jelajah itu diadakan secara berterusan sehingga Parlimen dibubarkan dan akan diteruskan sepanjang tempoh pilihan raya.

"Jelajah itu juga adalah kesinambungan 20 siri program Merdeka Rakyat yang diadakan sejak tiga bulan lalu.Ramai pemimpin PKR Pusat akan terlibat dalam siri jelajah itu dan mereka akan berada di Pahang, Kelantan, Kedah dan Perlis," katanya.

Terdahulu, Anwar merasmikan Jelajah Bas itu sempena Aidilfitri di Petaling Jaya, kelmarin manakala Penggunaan kemudahan bas diumumkan oleh Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim ketika 1 Syawal lalu. -SH

KELMARIN DI PAHANG



SEMALAM DI KELANTAN





HARI INI DI PULAU PINANG & PERLIS








Ulasan GB

Patutlah bas tersebut disimbah cat merah dan dipecahkan cermin. Rupa-rupanya ada pihak yang resah-gelisah kerana rombongan bas berkenaan telah menarik perhatian orang ramai.


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"Gangnam Style" - Sensational, Sexy and Subtly Subversive

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 01:00 AM PDT

"Yesterday, after a non-stop five hour yakity-yak session with fellow blogger and dear friend Antares and Arakah (from Singapore), I came home, flopped on the bed and slept for an hour and a half before I woke up. Feeling re-charged and ready to be on the go again. I checked my phone and saw a missed call and a message from a friend who said he would call me later. Shortly after that, he called me and then asked me if I had heard of 'Gangnam'.

"Gang what?" was my response. At first, I thought I heard him say 'Gang Land'.

"The video Gangnam Style that has taken the world by storm," was his response.



He then asked if I would assist him in filming a group of disabled people in their own video production and interpretation of Gangnam Style. Thinking that it was something simple that I could handle with my video application, I agreed despite knowing nothing of the genre. He promised to leave a couple of links on his own wall so that I could have a better idea of what the production entailed.

When I finally viewed those videos after dinner, er....I was stunned and the reality of the production responsibilities hit home *gulps*. Thankful that he had already done the story board, I reminded myself that I am only assisting him and not producing the video. As it is a project spearheaded by a very sincere, mature and genuine friend who is disabled himself, I am looking forward to this video production as I know it will liven up the lives of the other disabled people in the network and give them not only purpose and confidence but also the chance to work together to foster community spirit.

So, what is Gangnam Style?

Gangnam-gu is one of the 25 gu (local government districts) which make up the city of Seoul, South Korea. It is one of the most affluent areas of Seoul and is located in the southeast of the city. It is served by Seoul Subway Line 2, Seoul Subway Line 3, Seoul Subway Line 7, Seoul Subway Line 9, Bundang Line and the Sin Bundang Line.

According to the Urban Dictionary, "Gangnam Style" is a Korean neologism mainly associated with upscale fashion and lavish lifestyle associated with trendsetters in Seoul's Gangnam district (강남), which is considered the most affluent part of the metropolitan area. In colloquial usage, it is comparable to the English slang terms "swag" or "yolo".

Gangnam Style (강남 스타일) is a 2012 dance pop single written and performed by Korean pop singer Park Jae Sung, better known by his stage name PSY who is best known for his quick-witted sense of humor and comical dance moves. It is also the title single of PSY's sixth studio album PSY 6 (Six Rules), Part 1. Since the release of the song and its highly entertaining music video in mid-July 2012, the video has gained more than 8 million views in the span of two weeks and spawned numerous parodies and copycat dance videos on YouTube. Following its release, Gangname Style virtually monopolised the top positions of all Korean billboard charts, portal search sites and online music stores. It was only after the third week of July 2012 that the song caught international attention after the video went viral on YouTube.

I trawled the net for significant articles on PSY's "Gangnam Style" and the MOST DEFINITIVE POST on 'Gangnam Style' which really merits your attention and consideration is certainly this one:

Gangnam Style, Dissected: The Subversive Message Within South Korea's Music Video Sensation by Max Fisher, Associate editor at The Atlantic, where he edits the International channel.

According to Max Fisher:

Beneath the catchy dance beat and hilarious scenes of Seoul's poshest neighborhood, there might be a subtle message about wealth, class, and value in South Korean society. 
Park Jaesang is an unlikely poster boy for South Korea's youth-obsessed, highly lucrative, and famously vacuous pop music. Park, who performs as Psy (short for psycho), is a relatively ancient 34, has been busted for marijuana and for avoiding the country's mandatory military service, and is not particularly good-looking. 
His first album got him fined for "inappropriate content" and the second was banned. He's mainstream in the way that South Korea's monolithically corporate media demands of its stars, who typically appear regularly on TV variety and even game shows, but as a harlequin, a performer known for his parodies, outrageous costumes, and jokey concerts. Still, there's a long history of fools and court jesters as society's most cutting social critics, and he might be one of them. 
Now, Park has succeeded where the K-Pop entertainment-industrial-complex and its superstars have failed so many times before: he's made it in America. The opening track on his sixth album, "Gangnam Style" (watch it at right), has earned 49 million hits on YouTube since its mid-July release, but the viral spread was just the start.

The American rapper T-Pain was retweeted 2,400 times when he wrote "Words cannot even describe how amazing this video is." Pop stars expressed admiration. Billboard is extolling his commercial viability; Justin Bieber's manager is allegedly interested. The Wall Street Journal posted "5 Must-See" response videos. On Monday, a worker at L.A.'s Dodger stadium noticed Park in the stands and played "Gangnam Style" over the stadium P.A. system as excited baseball fans spontaneously reproduced Park's distinct dance in the video. "I have to admit I've watched it about 15 times," said a CNN anchor. "Of course, no one here in the U.S. has any idea what Psy is rapping about."   PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THIS REST OF THIS FANTASTIC POST.





Watch the following video which has had more than 88 MILLION views since July 15, 2012!!




The video is refreshingly silly, if there is such a description. Its originality in the crazy scenarios such as the sauna shenanigans, dancing horses and an explosion that kills two people in the earlier part of the clip is entertaining and funny.

Here are the lyrics in case you want to sing along...:-)

Gangnam Style

Oppan gang-namseutayil
Kang-namseutayil

Naje-neun ttasaroun inkanjeo-gin yeoja
Keopi hanjanye yeoyureuraneun pumkyeok i-nneun yeoja
Bami omyeon shimjangi tteugeowojineun yeoja
Keureon banjeon i-nneun yeoja



Naneun sana-i
Naje-neun neomankeum ttasaroun geureon sana-i
Keopi shikgido jeone wonsyas ttaerineun sana-i
Bami omyeon shimjangi teojyeobeorineun sana-i
Keureon sana-i

Areumdawo sarangseureowo
Keurae neo hey keurae baro neo hey
Areumdawo sarangseureowo
Keurae neo hey keurae baro neo hey
Chigeumbu-teo kal dekkaji kabol-kka



Oppan gang-namseutayil (Kang-namseutayil)
Oppan gang-namseutayil (Kang-namseutayil)
Oppan gang-namseutayil

Eh- sexy lady, Oppan gang-namseutayil
Eh- sexy lady, O-oo-o

Jeongsu-khae boijiman nol ttaen noneun yeoja
Ittaeda shipeumyeon mukkeot-deon meori puneun
Karyeot-jiman wen-manhan nochulboda yahan
Keureon gamkakjeo-gin yeoja

Naneun sana-i
Jeomjanha boijiman nol ttaen noneun sana-i
Ttae-ga dwehmyeon wahnjeon michyeobeorineun
Keunyukboda sasangi ul-tungbul-tung-han
Keureon sana-i

Areumdawo sarangseureowo
Keurae neo hey keurae baro neo hey
Areumdawo sarangseureowo
Keurae neo hey keurae baro neo hey

Chigeumbu-teo kal dekkaji kabol-kka

Oppan gang-namseutayil
Kang-namseutayil
Oppan gang-namseutayil
Kang-namseutayil
Oppan gang-namseutayil

Eh- sexy lady Oppan gang-namseutayil
Eh- sexy lady O-oo-o

Ttwiineun nom keu wiie naneun nom
Baby baby
Naneun mwol jom aneun nom (x2)

You know what i'm saying
Oppan gang-namseutayil
Eh- sexy lady
Oppan gang-namseutayil
Eh- sexy lady
Oppan gang-namseutayil

The song's phenomenal success is largely due to the music video's mass appeal, especially the signature dance move known as "the horse-riding dance" which combines the stylistic elements of shuffle dancing and hand movements resembling the posture of a horseback rider. Previously, another Korean K-pop girl group Girl's Day had already introduced this dance move through their 2010 debut single.

Surprisingly, even high-profile celebrities and musicians on Twitter, including British pop singer Count Robbie Williams, American rapper T-Pain and American singer Josh Groban have shown interest in it. Even Britney Spears is into this song and dance.CLICK HERE for more interesting comments from celebrities.

On August 14th, PSY released a spin-off version of the song and the music video starring Hyun-A, a member of the K-POP group 4Minute who appeared in the original music video as PSY's muse in the subway. Titled "Oppa Is Just My Style," the music video sets itself apart by putting the female pop singer on the center stage and removing the original chorus "Gangnam Style" altogether. Some have perceived it as a female version of 'Gangnam Style'. For sure, Hyun-A is VERY sexy in this video!!!!!!!!!!!

CLICK HERE for Psy and Sexy Hyuna's version of Gangnam Style

In tribute to PSY's "Gangnam Style," dozens of music video parodies have been created such as regional Korean parodies including "Daegu Style" and "Hongdae Style" to lip-synched tributes created by K-POP music fans in Singapore, the United States and many other countries! And soon, I hope to upload Penang's very own version of "Gangnam Style" performed by disabled friends who love music and the joy of grooving to beautiful music in togetherness!

Watch this space!!! :-)

If you have time, do check out the following articles on Gangnam Style:

1. ABC News :South Korean Rapper PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Goes Viral

2. Wall Street Journal: Evan Ramstad's What's Up With the 'Gangnam Style' Video?

3. Korea Realtime: Jaeyoon Woo's Psy Reveals All About 'Gangnam Style'

4. Wall Street Journal: Five Must-See 'Gangnam Style Response Videos


[VIDEO] Masalah Air Di Pahang....

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 02:02 AM PDT

Sampai bila kami nak angkat air gunakan tong ini?

Air oh air....

Kelakar sungguh bila setiap malam kita disuap (walaupun dah tak berselera) dengan isu air di Kelantan. Isu air di Pasir Mas, air berbau di Tumpat dan sebagainya. Segala permasalahan tersebut seolah mahu mengajak manusia yang malas berfikir untuk menyalahkan kerajaan negeri. Objektif penyangak ini pastinya tercapai andai kita terpengaruh dengan dakyah mereka.

Walau bagaimanapun sedarkah kita bahawa di dalam sebuah negeri selamat BN isu air masih berlaku tanpa sebarang penyelesaian. Sudah berpuluh tahun masalah yang sama menghantui masyarakat Felda di Gugusan Bera, setiap kali musim raya setiap kali itulah warga felda (peneroka n anak cucu mereka)terpaksa mencari alternatif sendiri apabila bekalan air terputus. Bila tiba masa anak cucu berkumpul masa itu jugalah bekalan air akan terputus.

Pam rosak, pam dicuri, air tak cukup, tekanan tak kuat dan pekerja bertugas bercuti merupakan antara alasan yang sering digunakan oleh mereka. Saluran penghantaran air paip yang dah berkurun usianya turut dijadikan alasan.

Bila Jabatan Bekalan Air dah ditukar kepada Perbadanan Air Pahang masalah masih belum dapat diselesaikan sepenuhnya. Yang bertanggung jawab tak pernah memandang isu ini sebagai satu isu yang serius, hanya kerana semua ini berlaku di negeri selamat UMNO. -tehtarikkedaimamak

Jom sama-sama saksikan video menarik ini. Heboh UMNO dan para pencacainya menimbulkan masalah air di Selangor dan Kelantan, kini dengar sendiri keluhan dan kemarahan rakyat di negeri Perdana Menteri, Najib Razak tentang meruncingnya masalah air di Pahang yang belum selesai lagi.





Fake monk Wai Rathu should learn from the real good monks

Posted: 01 Sep 2012 11:09 PM PDT

Monks Protesting in Burma, September 2007

Monks Protesting in Burma, September 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

U Gambira

U Gambira (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During the darkest days of the dictatorship, after the arrests of most secular political leaders in the 1990s, it was the monks who led resistance to the junta. These "sons of Buddha" could organize discreetly inside their monasteries and spread pro-democracy, anti-regime sentiments to the people. Perhaps the most charismatic was Ashin Gambira, now 33, a leader of the Saffron Revolution. After the junta crushed the uprising, Gambira's monastery in Yangon was shut down and the monk was arrested and sentenced to 63 years in prison. He withstood four years of torture and beatings and was freed on January 13. Gambira promptly resumed his harsh critiques of the government.

He then broke into three monasteries that had been sealed by the army in 2007 and also traveled to Kachin State in northern Myanmar to draw attention to human-rights abuses allegedly being carried out by the army in a war against ethnic separatists that resumed last year after a 17-year cease-fire. Both times he was released after a night in jail.

The physical and mental strain of prison life, along with continued harassment, took a heavy toll on Gambira. In March he reportedly suffered a nervous breakdown. The monk left the monastery, returned to layman status and moved in with his mother near Mandalay. "He does not want to speak to anybody," she told me when I called. "He is not in good mental condition." Gambira's plight, supporters say, is a reminder of the tenuous nature of the government's liberalization.

I visited Gambira's former monastery, newly reopened, tucked away in a leafy section of Yangon. The golden spires of an adjacent temple poked above a dense grove of coconut palms and banana trees. Sitting cross-legged on the veranda of his dormitory, the abbot, also a former political prisoner, told me that the monastery is still trying to recover after the devastation inflicted by the military. At the time it was forcibly shut in 2007, "there were 18 monks, a dozen HIV patients and three orphans living here. Most have disappeared." I asked if he was grateful to Thein Sein for the reopening. "I do not need to thank this military government for returning what belongs to us," he told me. He was bitter about the treatment of Gambira, whom he considered a protégé. "Gambira was moved to many prisons and tortured. He has not been right since."

Gambira is not the only monk who has run into trouble in the new Myanmar. I traveled a dirt road through rice paddies two hours outside Yangon to meet with Ashin Pyinna Thiha, 62, a prominent Buddhist scholar and political activist. A spiritual adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi and critic of the junta, Pyinna Thiha tried to instill a spirit of political activism in thousands of young acolytes at his Yangon monastery. He met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she visited Myanmar early last December, and honored Aung San Suu Kyi with a Nobel Prize ceremony at his monastery in January. Late last December, the Supreme Council of Burmese monks—47 abbots approved by the regime—banished Pyinna Thiha from his monastery and ordered him into domestic exile.

He now resides with 15 monks in a rural compound donated by a supporter. "We are out of touch here," said the moon-faced, pudgy monk, as we gazed out on fallow fields from a thatched-roof structure, its bamboo walls decorated with photographs of Pyinna Thiha with The Lady. "Things are changing in Myanmar," he said. "But one thing has not changed, and that is religion."

Monks are the biggest potential organizing force in Burmese society, he explained; the government remains fearful of them. The council, he says, serves as "a puppet" of the regime, its members corrupted by privileges. "They get houses, cars," he told me. "This is not Buddhism. This is luxury."

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Jika Anwar Tidak Ada Locus Standi, Bagaimana Pula Rosmah Mansor?

Posted: 01 Sep 2012 11:11 PM PDT

Sultan persoal kerajaan Selangor jemput Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Sept — Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah mempesoalkan tindakan kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Selangor menjemput Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sebagai tetamu kehormat sewaktu Sambutan Kemerdekaan ke-55 peringkat negeri malam Khamis lalu.

Dipetik Sinar Harian, Setiausaha Sulit baginda, Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani berkata tindakan oleh PR Selangor itu menimbulkan tanda tanya kerana Anwar tidak menjawat sebarang kedudukan tertinggi di peringkat negeri, sebaliknya hanya bertindak selaku Penasihat Ekonomi negeri.

"Tuanku Sultan melahirkan rasa pelik mengapa Anwar yang tidak berada dalam jawatan tertinggi negeri menjadi tetamu kehormat. Beliau tidak memegang sebarang portfolio rasmi kecuali sebagai Penasihat Ekonomi.

"Kebiasaannya kalau Tuanku tidak dapat hadir dalam program rasmi negeri, Menteri Besar akan menggantikan baginda untuk memberi ucapan," katanya dan menambah, "tetapi mengapa Anwar yang dijemput, ini program rasmi, bukan politik."

Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak semalam turut menegaskan, tindakan kerajaan PR Selangor itu yang tidak menjemput Sultan ketika sambutan ambang Kemerdekaan di Dataran Shah Alam bukanlah satu tindakan yang mengejutkan.

Sebaliknya, beliau berkata kerajaan negeri itu juga lebih menghormati Anwar yang tidak mempunyai "locus standi" berbanding Sultan Selangor.

"Soal tidak hormat Sultan Selangor bukan mengejutkan kita ... mereka lebih hormat penasihat ekonomi yang tidak ada locus standi," tegas Pengerusi Barisan Nasional (BN) itu ketika Majlis Rumah Terbuka BN Selangor semalam.

Tambah Najib, Sultan adalah simbol kepada perpaduan dan kedaulatan negeri dan seharusnya baginda diberi penghormatan.

Namun tindakan PR itu adalah bukti kepada banyak perkara yang cuba diubah dan dilakukan PR, namun tidak berjaya disebabkan Putrajaya masih lagi di bawah penguasaan BN.

"Baginda adalah simbol kepada negeri yang perlu kita hormati," katanya lagi.

Sementara itu, Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim menyerahkan kepada Setiusaha Kerajaan Negeri (SUK) Datuk Khusrin Munawi untuk memberikan penjelasan berhubung isu tersebut.

"Sejak 2007 program merayakan ambang Merdeka bukan melalui Pejabat Menteri Besar, tapi Pejabat SUK," kata Khalid.

Beliau turut menjelaskan terdapat satu jawatan dalam Pejabat Menteri Besar yang diwakili pegawai kerajaan dalam perbincangan untuk melaksanakan program berkenaan.

"Ini bukan penglibatan politik tetapi sambutan ambang Kemerdekaan ini dilaksanakan pegawai kerajaan yang sudah melakukan perkara itu sejak beberapa tahun lalu.

"Saya sudah empat tahun merayakan Kemerdekaan dan semuanya dilakukan pejabat SUK, saya tidak nampak perbezaan yang berlaku ... Penjelasan terbaik boleh dibuat Datuk SUK," katanya.

Tambah Khalid, beliau juga akan berjumpa Sultan Sharafuddin setiap Rabu, dan akan bercakap berkenaan perkara berbangkit berkenaan Rabu ini dengan baginda.

Kerajaan PR Selangor telah menerima tekanan daripada pemimpin BN kerana dikatakan membelakangkan Sultan Selangor apabila tidak menjemput baginda dalam sambutan ambang Kemerdekaan di Shah Alam pada malam Khamis lalu. -TMI

Ulasan GB

Jika Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dikatakan tidak mempunyai locus standi untuk dijemput ke Majlis Sambutan Merdeka Negeri Selangor, apa locus stadi yang Rosmah Mansor ada untuk berada di pentas sambutan Merdeka oleh kerajaan Pusat di Dataran Merdeka?

Sejak bila Rosmah Mansor dipilih oleh rakyat atau dipilih untuk berada di dalam barisan kabinet Kerajaan Barisan Nasional?

Rosmah Mansor tidak ada jawatan penting di dalam kerajaan tetapi hanyalah seorang Penaung Permata Negara. Apakah Rosmah lebih besar dari Agong?

Sultan Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah telah pun mencemar duli menyertai Majlis Bacaan Yasin dan Tahlil sempena Sambutan Hari Kemerdekaan ke-55 yang turut disertai Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim. Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri, Datuk Mohammed Khusrin Munawi, Mufti Selangor, Datuk Mohd Tamyes Abdul Wahid Pengarah Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Jais), Datuk Marzuki Husin dan Pengerusi Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (Mais), Datuk Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa.



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Scattered Peas

Posted: 01 Sep 2012 08:42 PM PDT

I am at that stage of life when blood tests matter more than IQ tests, health more important than wealth and a good memory is more important than the RAM of my PC.

When meeting up with old friends, we talk about the benefits of probiotics, supplements, the aches and pains we are experiencing and gel/cream or medication for such ailments.

Then there are those whose parents or spouses are sick or bedridden and we try to give words of support.

I do confess that there are many times when I forget that I am in my sunset years, especially when attending classes at the gym. It is only when I reach home and have aches and pains here and there that reality hits and I realize that much as I want to, I cannot be moving at the same pace as before.

The time will soon come when I will be in an empty nest. My younger son turns 14 next week and in a few years, he would have left home. My older son has already declared that he will not settle down in Penang and if given a choice, neither would I. Under such circumstances, I have had to accept the reality that given my reclusive lifestyle whereby I have only four friends with whom I connect with in Penang, it is likely that the years ahead will be very quiet ones. 

Events and experiences that I experienced this year have taught me to be very selective with my communication with so-called friends/acquaintances and volunteer work, even teaching engagements.. Eccentric me does not prioritize money which is why I live a humble lifestyle, drive a small car, earn ZERO ringgit from my blog and have to spend lots maintaining my computer. 

To me, life is precious. As the days go by, I treasure life more and more and look back at how I fumbled and fell in various circumstances in my interaction with some. I look at those scattered fragments of broken relationships and try to see how to mend the cracks in existing ones which I cherish greatly.

At the end of the day, one thing is for sure. Family will always come first. When I remember again how some of my friends are struggling to cope with sick spouses or parents and I go on bended knees to pray for them  while being thankful for how I can learn and be inspired by these friends who are so devoted and loving to their loved ones.

For sure, I am aware that at any point of time, my life can fall apart like the protagonist in the following story. But I will, for now, make sure that the peas and pieces of my life are safely and securely contained in the right places. Then if ever that bag bursts, I hope to collect them bravely and as stoically as possible. Easier said than done.

Take care and may the following true story inspire you. Have a blessed day!

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Life Is A Bag Of Frozen Peas

A few weeks after my first wife, Georgia, was called to heaven, I was cooking dinner for my son and myself. For a vegetable, I decided on frozen peas. As I was cutting open the bag, it slipped from my hands and crashed to the floor. The peas, like marbles, rolled everywhere. I tried to use a broom, but with each swipe the peas rolled across the kitchen, bounced off the wall on the other side and rolled in another direction.



My mental state at the time was fragile. Losing a spouse is an unbearable pain. I got on my hands and knees and pulled them into a pile to dispose of. I was half laughing and half crying as I collected them. I could see the humor in what happened, but it doesn't take much for a person dealing with grief to break down.

For the next week, every time I was in the kitchen, I would find a pea that had escaped my first cleanup. In a corner, behind a table leg, in the frays at the end of a mat, or hidden under a heater, they kept turning up. Eight months later I pulled out the refrigerator to clean, and found a dozen or so petrified peas hidden underneath.

At the time I found those few remaining peas, I was in a new relationship with a wonderful woman I met in a widow/widower support group. After we married, I was reminded of those peas under the refrigerator. I realized my life had been like that bag of frozen peas. It had shattered. My wife was gone. I was in a new city with a busy job and a son having trouble adjusting to his new surroundings and the loss of his mother. I was a wreck. I was a bag of spilled, frozen peas. My life had come apart and scattered.

When life gets you down; when everything you know comes apart; when you think you can never get through the tough times, remember, it is just a bag of scattered, frozen peas. The peas can be collected and life will move on. You will find all the peas. First the easy peas come together in a pile. You pick them up and start to move on. Later you will find the bigger and harder to find peas. When you pull all the peas together, life will be whole again.

The life you know can be scattered at any time. You will move on, but how fast you collect your peas depends on you. Will you keep scattering them around with a broom, or will you pick them up one-by-one and put your life back together?

How will you collect your peas?

-Written by Michael T Smith-


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