Monday, September 17, 2012

Pencacai UMNO Menghina Sunnah Rasulullah

Pencacai UMNO Menghina Sunnah Rasulullah


Pencacai UMNO Menghina Sunnah Rasulullah

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 10:01 AM PDT

Gambar di atas adalah satu penghinaan yang tiada taranya bukan sahaja ke atas TG Nik Abdul Aziz, tetapi juga ke atas sunnah Rasulullah.

Apakah menghirup makanan dari pinggan di pandang sebagai sesuatu yang tidak sopan oleh pencacai UMNO lalu menyamakannya dengan khinzir?

Sedangkan apa yang dilakukan oleh TG Nik Aziz dan kebanyakan ulamak adalah untuk menghabiskan makanan di pinggan. Ia adalah perkara basic di dalam ugama yang ramai pencacai UMNO tidak tahu sebab cetek pengetahuan di dalam pelajaran ugama.

Hadith: Dari Anas: "Bahwasanya Rasul SAW, sewaktu makan menggunakan tiga jari, dan sabdanya: "Ketika suapan seseorang dari kamu jatuh, hendaklah diambil, dibersihkan dari kotorannya, lalu dimakan, jangan dibiarkan syaitan yang makan. Dan beliau SAW, menyuruh membersihkan sisa makanan di piring dengan sabdanya: "Kalian tiada mengetahui dengan pasti butiran makanan yang mana terletaknya barakah pada makanan" (HR. Muslim)

Di dalam Islam yang tidak sopan itu ialah yang mensia-siakan rezeki, yang membazir dan yang tidak habiskan makanan di pinggan/piring untuk menjadi jamuan kepada syaitan.




The Prince And His Ideas

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 07:32 AM PDT

 Many use the term 'Machiavellian' policies etc without really understanding Niccolo Machiavelli because they may not have read his book "The Prince".

If you have not read it, you can access the test HERE. Study notes are available HERE.



According to this article:

The Prince (Italian: Il Principe) is a political treatise by the Italian diplomat, historian and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. From correspondence a version appears to have been distributed in 1513, using a Latin title, De Principatibus (About Principalities). However, the printed version was not published until 1532, five years after Machiavelli's death. This was done with the permission of the Medici pope Clement VII, but "long before then, in fact since the first appearance of the Prince in manuscript, controversy had swirled about his writings".

Although it was written as if it were a traditional work in the mirrors for princes style, it is generally agreed that it was especially innovative. This is only partly because it was written in the Vernacular (Italian) rather than Latin, a practice which had become increasingly popular since the publication of Dante's Divine Comedy and other works of Renaissance literature.

The Prince is sometimes claimed to be one of the first works of modern philosophy, especially modern political philosophy, in which the effective truth is taken to be more important than any abstract ideal. It was also in direct conflict with the dominant Catholic and scholastic doctrines of the time concerning how to consider politics and ethics.

Although it is relatively short, the treatise is the most remembered of his works and the one most responsible for bringing the word "Machiavellian" into wide usage as a pejorative term. It also helped make "Old Nick" an English term for the devil, and even contributed to the modern negative connotations of the words "politics" and "politician" in western countries.In terms of subject matter it overlaps with the much longer Discourses on Livy, which was written a few years later. In its use of near contemporary Italians as examples of people who perpetrated criminal deeds for politics, another lesser-known work by Machiavelli which The Prince has been compared to is the Life of Castruccio Castracani.

The descriptions within The Prince has the general theme of accepting the aims of princes; such as glory, and indeed survival, can justify the use of immoral means to achieve those ends.

The following is a list of selected Machiavellian quotations taken from his book "The Prince."

There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

A man who is used to acting in one way never changes; he must come to ruin when the times, in changing, no longer are in harmony with his ways.

A man who wishes to profess at all times will come to ruin among so many who are not good.

A prince is also esteemed when he is a true friend and a true enemy.

A prince must not have any other object nor any other thoughtà but war, its institutions, and its discipline; because that is the only art befitting one who commands.

A prudent man should always follow in the path trodden by great men and imitate those who are most excellent, so that if he does not attain to their greatness, at any rate he will get some tinge of it.

A wise prince then...should never be idle in times of peace but should industriously lay up stores of which to avail himself in times of adversity so that when Fortune abandons him he may be prepared to resist her blows.

And although one should not reason about Moses, as he was a mere executor of things that had been ordered for him by God, nonetheless he should be admired if only for that grace which made him deserving of speaking with God.

And in examining their life and deeds it will be seen that they owed nothing to fortune but the opportunity which gave them matter to be shaped into the form that they thought fit; and without that opportunity their powers would have been wasted, and without their powers the opportunity would have come in vain.

And truly it is a very natural and ordinary thing to desire to acquire, and always, when men do it who can, they will be praised or not blamed; but when they cannot, and wish to do it anyway, here lies the error and the blame.

Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good. Hence a prince who wants to keep his authority must learn how not to be good, and use that knowledge, or refrain from using it, as necessity requires.

Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.

For it must be noted, that men must either be caressed or else annihilated; they will revenge themselves for small injuries, but cannot do so for great ones; the injury therefore that we do to a man must be such that we need not fear his vengeance.

For on Cardinal Rohan saying to me that the Italians did not understand war, I replied that the French did not understand politics.

For one change always leaves a dovetail into which another will fit.

-Quotations by Niccolo Machiavelli taken from "The Prince"-


Pemimpin BN Songlap RM200,000 Geran Bantuan Setengah Juta

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 08:01 AM PDT

Satu laporan dibuat terhadap Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) berhubung penyelewengan geran bantuan kebajikan Perdana Menteri (PM) sebanyak RM500,000 yang diberikan kepada Persatuan Bekas Polis Malaysia (PBPM).

Laporan oleh Ketua Penyelaras Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM), Badrul Hisham Shaharin atau dikenali Chegu Bard itu dibuat di Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, semalam.

Ia berikutan pendedahan satu set dokumen membuktikan bagaimana geran bantuan tersebut diseleweng sebanyak RM200,000 untuk dibayar kepada orang tengah sebagai komisen.

Dokumen yang ditemui Chegu Bard di rumahnya di Nibong Tebal 12 September lalu itu menyebut pada 28 Mac 2012 bahawa Kementerian Kewangan telah memaklumkan kepada PBPM mengenai peruntukan sebanyak RM500,000.

Manakala surat maklum balas dari PBPM kepada kementerian mengenai penerimaan tersebut juga telah dinyatakan pada 6 April 2012.

Dokumen tersebut, jelas menyebut nama seorang pemimpin tertinggi BN yang membantu PBPM mendapatkan geran bantuan.

Dalam minit mesyuarat persatuan merekodkan bahawa PBPM perlu membayar RM200,000 kepada sebuah syarikat yang kononnya menjadi orang tengah bagi mendapatkan geran tersebut.

"Mesyuarat pertubuhan tersebut menyebut dengan jelas nama Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek pada 19 November 2012 berlaku pertemuan di mana persatuan mohon bantuan untuk dapatkan sumbangan dari Jabatan Perdana Menteri," dedah Chegu Bard dalam kenyataannya.

"Ini membuktikan korupsi dalam negara sudah semakin teruk, apabila bantuan geran kebajikan pun mesti melalui orang tengah untuk dibayar komisen," kata beliau lagi.

"Pendedahan ini juga meyakinkan bahawa pemimpin BN yang terlibat membantu PBPM mendapatkan geran tersebut, menjelaskan amalan rasuah dan korup senantiasa menjadi rutin dalam kehidupan mereka.

"Pendedahan ini perlu segera diambil tindakan bagi mengheret mereka yang terlibat menjadi orang tengah serta menyalahgunakan kuasa bagi mendapat komisen dan rasuah dari mereka yang memerlukan," tegas Chegu Bard. -KD


Remembering the 77th anniversary of Ban Hin Lee Bank

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 04:15 AM PDT

Sometimes, I would remember it; most times I don't. But today was one of the few occasions when I did. I woke up this morning and it clicked in my mind that today's the seventeenth of September. It is a date in my version of history, as far as I am concerned. It mattered to me. It moved me enough to post this message on facebook:
17 September? Is today 17 September? That would mark today as the 77th anniversary of Ban Hin Lee Bank, it being founded on 17 September 1935. Unfortunately, the bank had already ceased to exist by 30 June 2000. All that's left for us are the memories of the past working life and camaraderie among old friends and former colleagues. Such was the friendship cultivated at Ban Hin Lee Bank that similar relationships could never be repeated at new work places. They never reached the same heights after our banking days.
Hours later, it had collected several "likes" and responses from my connected friends from the bank. I'd like to share them here:



  • KS Lim SS, but the memory is precious. Even though it has been more than 12 years since the bank has ceased to exist, we still identify ourselves as BHL bankers. This is something pretty rare. I left the bank 10 years prior to that date, but I still consider myself an ex-BHL bank staff.
  • Lim Soon Huat A large number of esp. Penangites has had their first career with this august institution. Maybe I'm wrong but I think BHLB was just more than an institution to us. In some ways it was like an extended family - the bonding has been unusually strong even til now.
    8 hours ago · Like · 1
  • KS Lim KS Lim Soon Huat, couldn't agree more. When I joined KL branch in early 78, almost half of the staff were Penangnites. And these are not only Penangnites who were sent to the branch, butPenangnites who have made KL their adopted homes. I can still remember even the customers were ex-Penangnites and Penang Hokkien was widely spoken in the branch. We always feel like being in a home away from home.
  • KS Lim Off course, we had senior staff like Khay Seang, Beng Huat, Benny, Thiam Cheong and a couple more who came to work with us as well.
    7 hours ago · Like · 1
  • Lim Soon Huat There are very few siimlar institutions nowadays which are people centric. We have lots to be grateful to our predecessors for their contribution in this aspect.
  • Vincent Tang Yes, very fond memories I have but all good things must come to an end at one point. Cherish the memories but life goes on.
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Resolution on Rohingya by INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE in KUALA LUMPUR

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 05:28 AM PDT

SOURCE: Resolution on Rohingya

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
ON THE PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA: SOLUTION?
KUALA LUMPUR
17 SEPTEMBER 2012

RESOLUTION

The "International Conference on the Plight of the Rohingya: Solution " was convened by the Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 17 September 2012.

The Conference was attended by participants comprising representatives from the diplomatic corps, international organisations, parliamentarians, human rights groups, academia, civil society, non-governmental organisations and media, as well as leaders of Rohingya organisations from several countries.

YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia and President of PGPF, delivered the Keynote Speech.

Other prominent Speakers included as in the appendix.

We, the undersigned organisations and undersigned participants of the Conference;

Acknowledging the minority Muslim Rohingya are an ethnic group numbering more than 1 million presently residing in the Rakhine state of Myanmar,

Recognising that Rohingyas have been living in Myanmar for centuries and had been recognised as full-fledged citizens of the state of Burma (Myanmar) by previous governments of Burma, the international community and the authorities during the British colonial period.

Mindful of the decision of the government of Myanmar to effectively strip the Rohingyas of citizenship under the 1982 Citizenship Law,

Observing with serious concern that the Rakhine Buddhist community and in particular the Rohingya Muslim community suffered from sectarian violence that erupted in Rakhine State in June 2012,

Observing the current tragic situation facing the Rohingya including violent acts of oppression and human rights violations by state security forces, widespread discrimination by the dominant ethnic Burman society, threats to their security by hostile local Rakhine populations, and continued statelessness that makes them highly vulnerable to abuses,

Concerned over the thousands of displaced and stateless Rohingyas living in Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Australia, India, Japan, Pakistan, the Middle East and throughout the world,

Gravely concerned that the government of Myanmar has failed to observe its responsibility to fulfil its international human rights and humanitarian obligations with respect to the Rohingyas

Fully cognisant of systematic crimes against the Rohingya community such as killings, forced labour, rape, and denial of access to adequate humanitarian aid,

Echoing the various concerns about the mistreatment and fate of the Rohingya held by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and citizens concerned with global humanitarian issues,

Noting with disappointment the absence of a comprehensive solution in addressing the plight of the Rohingya,

Seriously concerned with the consequences of a prolonged non-resolution of the Rohingya issue including the segregation of displaced Rohingya in the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe, the continued lack of humanitarian access and sufficient aid to displaced Rohingya, and spill-over effects on neighbouring South Asian and ASEAN member countries,

Recognising the political and ethno-religious nature of the issue and human rights dimensions that require determined action by Myanmar's leadership with the support of the people,

Unequivocally agree to;

Strongly condemn the continuing acts of violence, rape, beatings, burning of dwellings, killings, arbitrary arrests, detentions and enforced disappearances of the Rohingya,

Strongly deplore all forms of oppression, suppression, persecution, discrimination, intimidation and severe restrictions against the Rohingya on the grounds of ethnicity and religion,

Call on the government of Myanmar to recognise the legitimate rights of the Rohingyas to live in peace, to move freely within the country, and create conditions for the safe and voluntary return of displaced Rohingya to their homes or alternative locations of their choosing without persecution or discrimination including respect for the rights to shelter, food, water, health care, education and basic sanitation according to international human rights law, norms and standards,

Call on the government of Myanmar to amend the 1982 Citizenship Act to recognise or grant citizenship to persons of Rohingya ethnicity on the same basis as others with genuine and effective links to Myanmar by reasons such as birth, residency or descent, and treat them as equal citizens under International and Burmese Law. Ensure, in accordance to Article 7 of the convention on the Rights of the Child, that Rohingya children have the right to acquire a nationality where otherwise they would be stateless,

Strongly urge the government of Myanmar to stabilise the situation in the Rakhine state and to take the necessary administrative actions to protect, safeguard and uphold the lives, dignity and property of the Rohingyas as well as legally recognising them as one of Myanmar's ethnic groups on the same basis as other ethnic group,

Call upon the government of Myanmar to carry out full and fair investigations and, where warranted, conduct trials meeting international due process standards against those individuals and state security forces who were responsible for criminal offenses, including rape, killings, arson and looting, during sectarian violence in Rakhine state,

Take note of the government of Myanmar's decision to establish a 27- member Commission to probe the sectarian violence and recommend steps to resolve the crisis,

Welcome the government of Myanmar's decision to allow diplomatic missions, independent observers and fact-finding teams including those from the OIC, ASEAN and the Perdana Global Peace Foundation to visit Rakhine state to ascertain the situation affecting the Rohingya,

Urge the government of Myanmar to recognise the multi-ethnic reality of the country and that its failure to resolve the Rohingya problem will undermine its current reform and progress towards national reconciliation, democracy and prosperity,

Call on Aung San Syu Kyi and the National League for Democracy Party as well as other political parties to promote ethnic rights and equality in Myanmar and take an unequivocal and proactive role in ending the plight of the Rohingyas,

Request the governments of Bangladesh and other destination countries to provide temporary protection to the Rohingya and to allow the international community to provide food and other humanitarian assistance to them pending a political solution of the Rohingya problem,

Urge ASEAN, to play a more proactive, substantive and effective role in resolving the Rohingya problem in the interest of regional peace and stability,

Call on Muslim groups and communities to show due solidarity and exert pressure on their governments, UN agencies civil and faith – based societies to actively support the rights of the Rohingya,

Strongly encourage ASEAN and OIC's efforts in bringing up the Rohingya issue to the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York,

Call on the UN to facilitate the establishment of a 'cordon sanitaire' for internally displaced Rohingyas to provide a safe and humane environment for the victims pending the attainment of a political solution,

Convey a copy of the Resolution to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, President of Myanmar, the Secretary General of ASEAN, the Secretary General of the OIC and the Secretary General of the United Nations.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17 September 2012



ခြပ္ေဒါင္းအိုေတြ ဖြတ္ေဒါင္း ျဖစ္ကုန္တာပါလား

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 05:21 AM PDT

Source: FB of Ko Mg Thit Sar
ဖြတ္ေဒါင္းရဲ႕ စြတ္ေၾကာင္း

ဗမာျပည္ႀကီး ေျပာင္းၿပီ၊ ေျပာင္းၿပီ ေျပာတာ အစက မယုံႏိုင္ဘူး။ အခုေတာ့ မယုံခ်င္လို႔ မရ ယုံလိုက္ရၿပီ။ လက္စသပ္ေတာ့ ဗမာျပည္ႀကီး ေျပာင္းလဲသြားၿပီဆိုတာ ခြပ္ေဒါင္းအိုေတြ ဖြတ္ေဒါင္း ျဖစ္ကုန္တာပါလား။ ဒါ့ေၾကာင့္လည္း လူေတြက ေျပာၾကတာ၊ ခြပ္တဲ့ ေဒါင္းမွ ခြပ္ေဒါင္း၊ ဖြတ္နဲ႔ ေပါင္းရင္ ဖြတ္ေဒါင္း … တဲ့။ အခုၾကည့္၊ ၈၈ မ်ဳိးဆက္ေက်ာင္းသား ဆိုတဲ့သူေတြ ဖြတ္နဲ႔ ေပါင္းရင္း ေပါင္းရင္းက အကုန္လုံး ဖြတ္ေဒါင္း ျဖစ္ကုန္ၾကၿပီ။

၈၈ ေတြ ယီးတီယားတားနဲ႔ ႏွမ္းျဖဴးသလိုလို၊ ေရႊျပည္ေအး တရားေဟာသလိုလို၊ ငါမွသိ ငါမွတတ္ သမၻာႀကီးလိုလို၊ ဆရာႀကီးလိုလို သြားလုပ္တဲ့ လက္ပံေတာင္းရဲ႕ ျဖစ္စဥ္ကို အရင္ျပန္ၾကည့္ရေအာင္ပါ။

အရင္ အိုင္ဗင္ဟိုနဲ႔ လုပ္သြားတဲ့ ေၾကးနီစီမံကိန္းမွာ စံပယ္ေတာင္ႀကီးတခုလုံးကို ဖ်က္ဆီးသြားလိုက္တာ ကုန္းဂမူ မို႔မို႔ေလးေလာက္ပဲ က်န္ေတာ့တယ္။ အခု လက္ပံေတာင္းေတာင္ကုိ ဖ်က္ဆီးေနၿပီ။ ေတာင္ၿပိဳေတာ့မယ္။ ေတာင္ေပ်ာက္ေတာ့မယ္။ လုပ္ေနတဲ့သူေတြက ဘယ္သူေတြလဲ။ စစ္တပ္ပိုင္ ဦးပိုင္ကုမၸဏီနဲ႔ တ႐ုတ္ပိုင္ ဝမ္ေပါင္ကုမၸဏီ။ ဒီေနရာမွာလည္း ေျပာစရာရွိတယ္။ ဦးပိုင္ကုမၸဏီအေနနဲ႔ အိုင္ဗင္ဟိုကေန ရွယ္ယာေတြ လက္လႊဲလက္ေျပာင္းလုပ္ရာမွာ မ႐ိုးမသားလုပ္လို႔ စာရင္းစစ္ခ်ဳပ္ အစီရင္ခံစာမွာ ေထာက္ျပေဝဖန္တာ ခံခဲ့ရတယ္။ (အခု အဲဒီစာရင္းစစ္ခ်ဳပ္လည္း ျပဳတ္သြားၿပီ။) စစ္တပ္ပိုင္ကုမၸဏီ ဆိုတာကလည္း ေအာက္ကစစ္သားေတြအတြက္ ဦးပိုင္က အျမတ္ဆိုၿပီး တျပားတခ်ပ္မွ ခြဲေဝေပးတာမ်ဳိးမရွိဘဲ စစ္အာဏာရွင္ႀကီးေတြနဲ႔ ခ႐ိုနီေတြသာ သူေဌးႀကီးေတြ ျဖစ္သြားၾကတယ္ ဆိုတာလည္း အားလုံးသိထားၾကၿပီးသား။

"ႏိုင္ငံေရးအဖြဲ႔အစည္းတခုမွာ လုပ္မွားကိုင္မွား တခါတေလ ရွိတာကို ခြင့္လႊတ္လို႔ရတယ္။ အေတြးအေခၚအမွား တခါတေလ ဝင္တာကို ခြင့္လႊတ္သည္းခံလို႔ ရတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ ရပ္တည္ခ်က္မွားရင္ ရပ္တဲ့ဘက္မွားရင္ ျပႆနာသိပ္ႀကီးတယ္ဆိုတာ ၈၈ မ်ဳိးဆက္ေက်ာင္းသားမ်ားအဖြဲ႔ကို သတိေပးပါရေစ။ အခု ေမာင္ရင္တို႔ ၈၈ ရဲ႕ ရပ္တည္ခ်က္ဟာ လူထုကို ဆန္႔က်င္တဲ့ ရပ္တည္ခ်က္၊ ၾကံ႕ဖြတ္အာဏာရွင္ဘက္မွာ ရပ္တည္တဲ့ ရပ္တည္ခ်က္ ျဖစ္ေနၿပီဆိုတာ သတိေပးပါရေစ။"



[EDISI KANTOI] NST Siar Gambar Palsu Persidangan Umno-APCO Pekan!

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 06:34 AM PDT



Nampaknya syaitan yang dikenali buat onar lagi.

Semasa merasmikan persidangan tahunan Umno-APCO Pekan yang ketua bahagiannya kebetulan perdana menteri Najib Altantuya, akhbar pencacai dari Kumpulan Media Prima, The New Straits Times didapati mengedit sekeping gambar yang dimuatkan di dalam laman webnya pada 16 September 2012 (semalam).

Gambar yang diedit ini kemudian dimuatkan dalam laman web akhbar berkenaan sebagai tajuk berita utama.

Dengan tajuk utamanya "Najib: United front crucial for Umno's success in polls", ternyata NST terang-terang membohongi pembaca akhbarnya!

Jika diperhatikan betul-betul gambar di atas, nyata dua imej yang sama diletakkan sebelah-menyebelah bagi menunjukkan kehadiran yang ramai sebagai latar belakang pergerakan Najib Altantuya yang bersalaman dengan ahli sebenar semasa menuju ke dewan tempat persidangan diadakan, dan dengan tujuan yang sama menutup ruang kosong tersebut.

Dengan angkuhnya, Najib Altantuya berkata: "Tanpa mendabik dada dan angkuh, kita perlu bersyukur, rasa rendah diri bahawa kejayaan yangg dicapai selama ini adalah dengan izin Allah," katanya ketika berucap merasmikan persidangan perwakilan Umno yang kununnya dihadiri 932 perwakilan dari 145 cawangan di bahagian berkenaan.

(Perhatikan dua imej dalam bulatan itu - ia serupa - bererti "copy paste" dilakukan -GB)

Dengan nada marah bercampur geram, Najib Altantuya menempelak Pakatan Rakyat kununnya Pekan tidak membangun selama dia menjadi ahli parlimen selepas kematian bapanya yang juga perdana menteri kedua, Abdul Razak Hussein.

Tetapi dia lupa akhbar pengampu nombor satunya telah mengedit gambar persidangan tersebut tanpa pengetahuannya.

Nampaknya sekali lagi NST berjaya memalukan Najib Altantuya dengan tindakan bodoh yang sememangnya mudah dihidu penyokong Pakatan Rakyat sebagaimana yang dilakukan sebelum ini oleh agensi berita nasional, Bernama yang turut mengedit gambar pengunjung rumah terbuka sempena Hari Raya Aidilfitri di Seri Perdana, Putrajaya pada 20 Ogos lalu. -jalanpulang/GB


Burma (military government) plays the race card

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 04:10 AM PDT

Burma plays the race card

Its Buddhist majority might see fit to rally behind Aung San SuuKyi for greater democratic rights while it continues to persecute other groups.

By William McGowan September 16, 2012

Myanmar's pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has extolled Buddhism for allowing her a sense of inner freedom during her 15 years of house arrest. She's also said that Buddhist precepts can guide her country's democratic transition, encouraging reconciliation with the military instead of anger and revenge.

But the more nationalistic face of this Buddhist tradition, brought into focus by recent violence directed against Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine, could yet derail democratic reforms in Myanmar (also known as Burma).

In fact, Suu Kyi has a Buddhism problem, specifically the chauvinism and xenophobia of Burma's Theravada Buddhist culture, which encourages a sense of racial and religious superiority among majority ethnic Burmese Buddhists (60% of the population) at the expense of ethnic and religious minorities. The resulting tensions could leave the country politically fragmented and strengthen the military's hand just as it has been forced to loosen its grip.

This is why Derek Mitchell, the first U.S. ambassador to Burma in 22 years, was right in August to call the fate of the ethnic nationalities the country's "defining challenge." It is also why this issue should be on the top of the agenda this week when Suu Kyi comes to Washington to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. So far, Suu Kyi's response to treatment of the stateless Rohingya Muslims in Burma has been disappointing.

The anti-Rohingya violence, which took place in June, led to scores of deaths, the burning of settlements and a refugee exodus of 90,000 people into neighboring Bangladesh. There, more than 200,000 refugees from Burma still languish in makeshift camps from the last anti-Rohingya pogrom 20 years ago. According to the United Nations, the Rohingyas, who number about 800,000 worldwide, are one of the world's most persecuted minorities.

They are subject to forced labor, extortion, police harassment, movement restrictions, land confiscation, a de facto one-child policy and limited access to jobs, education and healthcare. A 1982 Burmese law denies them citizenship, based on the presumption that they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, even though many have lived in Burma for generations. There's also their darker skin color, which makes them "ugly as ogres" by comparison to the "fair and soft" complexion of native Burmese, as a Burmese consul general stated in 2009.

Burmese President Thein Sein has said that the solution to the Rohingya problem is to put them into internal U.N.-administered camps, or to expel them. This proposal already has enhanced his popularity as a defender of the Buddhist faith, with monks taking to the streets in support.

But other minorities have been put-upon by Buddhist nationalism too, which views them as threats to "the land, the race and the religion." Many of these groups, such as the Karen, the Shan, the Mon and the Kachin, have been in a state of rebellion off and on against the central government since Burma gained independence in 1948.

Buddhism played a key role in undermining the military's grip on power. Opposition of monks to the regime, which boiled over in 2007′s Saffron Revolution, posed a significant challenge to the military's popular legitimacy by depicting it as an enemy of Buddha sasana, or righteous moral rule. To deflect that challenge, the government has played the race card, largely through propaganda stressing that Buddhism is the religion of "true Burmese" and that the health and purity of a uniquely Burmese form of Buddhism are at risk from "outside" contamination.

Although this strategy wasn't successful enough to fend off assaults on the military's legitimacy, it was effective at feeding Buddhist chauvinism and insecurity. The result has been a rising tide of nationalism in which the Buddhist majority might rally behind Suu Kyi and her monastic allies for greater democratic rights, but still sees other groups in a subordinate and often racist light.

As the violence against the Rohingyas played out, the newly liberated Internet lit up with racist invective. Using a pejorative for the darker-skinned Muslims, one commenter declared, "We should kill all the Kalars in Burma or banish them, otherwise Buddhism will cease to exist." A nationalist group set up a Facebook page entitled "Kalar Beheading Gang," which attracted 600 "likes" by mid-June. Meanwhile, monks in Rakhine state distributed pamphlets urging Buddhists not to associate with Rohingyas.

In Europe in June to receive her belated Nobel Peace Prize as the crisis peaked, Suu Kyi seemed at a loss to respond. Asked whether the Rohingya should be treated as Burmese citizens, she answered, "I do not know," followed by an equivocating statement about citizenship laws and the need for border vigilance. Neither she nor her National League for Democracy party denounced the attacks or the racist vitriol that followed them. NLD spokesman Nyan Win simply said: "The Rohingya are not our citizens."

This response left many Burma-watchers disheartened. But Maung Zarni, a Burmese research fellow at the London School of Economics, explained: "Politically, Aung San Suu Kyi has absolutely nothing to gain from opening her mouth on this. She is no longer a political dissident trying to stick to her principles. She's a politician, and her eyes are fixed on the prize, which is the 2015 majority Buddhist vote."

Suu Kyi has since established minority rights as a priority, citing it in July in her first speech in Parliament, though without mentioning the Rohingya specifically.

A failure to manage ethnic and religious tensions long held in check by military authoritarianism invites dark scenarios. In some assessments, Burma could fragment, a la Yugoslavia. The specter of "disorder," which the military has historically used to justify its heavy-handedness, could lead it to slow the pace of reform or even roll it back. In 1962, minority unrest, significantly provoked by the establishment of Buddhism as the state religion, set the stage for the coup that led to 50 years of military misrule and international isolation.

Suu Kyi wrote in a 1985 academic monograph that in the Burmese "racial psyche," Buddhism "represents the perfected philosophy. It therefore follows that there [is] no need to either develop it further or to consider other philosophies." In her bid to forge a sense of national identity for all Burmese, that cultural obduracy is not working in Suu Kyi's favor.

William McGowan is author of several books, including "Only Man Is Vile: The Tragedy of Sri Lanka."



Kerajaan Gagal Pantau Pembekal Netbook 1Malaysia Serah Komputer Tidak Berkualiti

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 07:16 AM PDT

Netbook 1Malaysia: Rosak sebelum sempat digunakan

TEMERLOH – Entah di mana silapnya, berdozen Netbook 1Malaysia yang diedarkan kepada pelajar di daerah ini terpaksa dihantar ke kedai komputer untuk dibaiki atas pelbagai kerosakan.

Gambar: Mohd Pauzi menunjukkan Netbook 1Malaysia milik anaknya yang terpaksa dibaiki.

Ada antara ibu bapa yang ditemui kecewa kerana hanya sempat menggunakan produk itu dalam tempoh seminggu, malah lebih teruk ada yang mendakwa langsung tidak boleh menggunakannya sejak diterima tiga bulan lalu.

Mohd Pauzi Abdul Ghani, 32, dari Bandar Bera, berkata, dia sedikit terkilan apabila dimaklumkan anaknya, netbook berkenaan langsung tidak boleh digunakan.

Menurutnya, netbook yang diterima anaknya dalam satu majlis pengagihan Jun lalu itu cuba dihidupkan, namun langsung tidak boleh berfungsi.

"Saya sedikit terkilan kerana sudah membeli modem untuk mengakses internet tetapi netbook pula rosak, saya hantar baiki pada 19 Jun lalu dan hari ini baru siap dibaiki," katanya sewaktu mengambil semula netbooknya di salah sebuah kedai komputer, di sini.

Mohd Pauzi berkata, sebagai bapa penerima, dia tidak menafikan sumbangan kerajaan dalam membantu pelajaran anaknya, tetapi sedikit terkilan apabila produk yang dibekalkan tidak berkualiti.

"Saya takut benda-benda macam ini dimanipulasikan pihak tertentu, mungkin pembekal sendiri tidak mengetahui produk mereka tidak berkualiti, tambahan pula ia diedarkan dalam kuantiti yang banyak dari kilang," katanya.

Mohd Pauzi berkata, dia dimaklumkan memang ramai ibu bapa yang mengeluh mengenai produk itu kerana ada yang baru pakai seminggu sudah rosak.

Sementara itu seorang lagi bapa, Wahid Ahmad Salleh berkata, anaknya juga langsung tidak sempat menggunakan netbook tersebut.

"Anak saya punya pun sama, dapat dalam keadaan sudah rosak, terpaksa hantar ke kedai untuk dibaiki," katanya.

Sinar Harian yang melakukan tinjauan selama setengah jam semalam turut mendapati dalam tempoh itu tiga pelanggan datang ke kedai semuanya berkaitan netbook yang rosak.

Sinar Harian dimaklumkan kebanyakan ibu bapa menghantar netbook yang rosak pada Jun lalu iaitu selepas menerima pengagihan secara berkelompok di salah sebuah sekolah, di sini.

Menurut pekedai, ada juga ibu bapa yang marahkan mereka sedangkan mereka langsung tidak mengetahui hujung pangkal produk itu.

"Kami hanya bantu orang ramai, kebanyakan netbook yang dihantar mengalami masalah hardisk, motherboard dan screen rosak," katanya.

Sementara itu, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Penerangan, Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi Pahang, Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin menggesa Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM) memastikan produk dibekalkan itu berkualiti supaya tidak menyusahkan orang ramai.

"Kita akan usahakan penyelesaian isu ini kerana kita tidak mahu bantuan yang diberikan kerajaan menjadi bebanan pula kepada ibu bapa apabila produk tidak berkualiti," katanya. -SH




Kate's sunbathing topless photos: Provence France

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 01:24 AM PDT

Kate, William file lawsuit after French magazine publishes topless photo

Images of the duchess sunbathing in a private villa were printed in a five-page spread


Saudara Baru Yang Berhenti Sebagai Pengacara TV Untuk Berdakwah

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 12:54 AM PDT


Mohd Zaid bin Tandang. Saudara baru. Keturunan Dayak. Berkhidmat di TV alHijrah selama 2 tahun. Berhenti sebagai pengacara untuk menyertai PAS dan kembali ke Sarawak untuk berdakwah di Sarawak. — passarawak


Ulasan GB

Syabas dan tahniah sdra Mohd Zaid.

Semuga Allah swt mengurniakan sdra rahmat dan pertolonganNya serta dipermudahkan urusan sdra.


penerima geran bantuan Perdana Menteriterpaksa bayar komisyen 40%

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 10:55 PM PDT


 surat aku janji tidak mendedahkan butiran yang telah diserahkan pada SPRM jika tidak bioleh dipenjara dua tahun atau denda sehingga sepuluh ribu
 Sidang media sebelum laporan SPRM
 Bersama teman - teman selepas laporan SPRM

Pada 16September 2012, mengambil semangat Hari Malaysia, cheGuBard dengan di iringi teman - teman telah membuat satu laporan SPRM mengenai satu dokumen yang hantar di kediaman di N.Tebal, Pulau Pinang.

Satu sampul surat tidak bertanda telah dihantar dengan ditinggalkan di peti surat. Setelah diteliti sampul surat itu mengandungi dokumen sebanyak 25 helai dokumen yang berkaitan dengan Persatuan Bekas Polis Malaysia. Merujuk seperti mana yang telah diumumkan dalam sidang media sebelum laporan SPRM dibuat. Antara dokumen tersebut ialah ;
  • Surat bertarikh 28 Mac 2012 dari Kementerian Kewangan yang memaklumkan kepada pertubuhan kebajikan tersebut mengenai peruntukan geran sebanyak RM 500,000.
  • Surat jawapan persetujuan penerimaan bantuan geran dari pertubuhan tersebut kepada kementerian kewangan bertarikh 6 April 2012
  • 2 minit minit mesyuarat pertubuhan tersebut yang menyebut dengan jelas nama Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek di mana pada tarikh 19 November 2012 telah berlaku pertemuan dimana persatuan mohon bantuan untuk dapatkan sumbangan dari Jabatan Perdana Menteri.

    Dalam minit mesyuarat yang sama juga merakamkan yang membantu mendapatkan geran bantuan dari Perdana Menteri tetapi diputuskan pembayaran 'komisyen' sebanyak 40% dari apa yang perolehi harus dibayar ke sebuah syarikat yang ditetapkan.

  • Dilampirkan juga penyata kira – kira akaun yang menyatakan dengan jelas pembayaran komisyen dibuat melalui 10 cek kepada syarikat yang dinyatakan sebelum ini.
Mauk membuat laporan sekitar 3.15 petang dan keluar dari bangunan SPRM 6.30 petang. Laporan  telah diterima oleh Jafarudin Shahari, Penguasa SPRM. cheGuBard telah dirakam maklumat sejurus membuat laporan tersebut dan turut disertai oleh beberapa pegawai kanan SPRM yang turut mebantu pada masa itu.

Persoalanya dalam negara ini korupsi sudah amat teruk umpama sel barah yang merosak dalam tubuh. Peruntukan geran bantuan kebajikan juga sudah terlibat 'komisyen' yang sangat tinggi. Berapa banyak wang rakyat hangus kerana membayar komisyen ini.

Persoalanya : 
  • anngota keselamatan sendiri harus buka mata bagaimana persatuan yang harus menjaga kamu selepas pencen pun terlibat dalam komisyen dalam mendapatkan wang bantuan kebajikan ?
  • Adakah atau apakah kaitan pemimpin tertinggi Bn yang disebut dalam minit mesyuarat yang ditemui untuk meminta bantuan dapatkan dana geran kebajikan dengan syarikat yang dikenali sebagai pengantara itu ?
  • Jabatan Perdana menteri harus keluar dengan penjelasan mengenai perkara ini ? Adakah ini amalan biasa untuk mendapatkan dana politik di peringkat tertentu ?
Bukan sahaja pembelian kapal selam tetapi geran bantuan kebajikan juga sudah perlu bayar komisyen. Malaysia sudah terlalu parah nampaknya. Kesemua dokumen tersebut telah dibuat carian dan disahkan salinan dari dokumen asal yang betul.
SAMM mendesak satu siasatan menyeluruh bukan sahaja geran bantuan Perdana menteri terhadap persatuan ini sahaja tetapi harus meneliti semua geran bantuan yang sama. Diyakini ini banyak lagi kejadian seperti ini dan ia menjadi amalan biasa yang salah tetapi sudah dilihat halal. Jika diteliti rasanya atas nama kebajikan tetapi disonglap komisyen orang politik dijangka nilai menjangkau ratusan juta telah hilang.
che'GuBard
Penyelaras SAMM Kebangsaan
16 September 2012


Treating Agitation in Alzheimer's Disease Patients

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 10:37 PM PDT

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First Patient Enrolled in Study of Drug to Treat Agitation In Patients With Alzheimer's Disease

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the first patient in study AVR-131. The study is a Phase II clinical
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Solution for the Plight of Rohingya

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 09:32 PM PDT

SAMM bersama YB Ng Sue Lim iring penternak burung walit bertemu menteri pertanian

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 09:19 PM PDT

 puak Umno yang tiba - tuba mengamuk meragut banner -banner yang dibawa
penternak burung Walit
 30 minit bagi peluang Noh Omar bercakap bila saya nak bangun bercakap
dia terus mengamuk tak tentu pasal
antara lebih 400 orang penternak burung walit yang hadir dari seluruh negara

Pada 15 September 2012, sekitar jam 11 pagi di Pekan Tanjong Karang, che'GuBard, Komrad Azhar (Penyelaras bersama SAMM Selangor) dan komrad- komrad SAMM Sg.Besar (team Utara Selangor) telah hadir di Pekan Tanjong Karang bersama YB Sue Lim serta lebih 400 penternak burung walit dari seluruh negara untuk menghantar memorandum bagi mengenengahkan isu yang berpanjangan dalam industri burung walit khususnya mengenai isu penghantaran / penjualan produk ke negara China.

Pagi yang sama juga secara tiba - tiba dibuat rumah terbuka hujung Syawal depan Pej. Umno Tanjong Karang. Menurut salah seorang 'Tok Sidang' yang turut hadir majlis itu diadakan saat akhir mungkin kerana itu cara untuk mengumpulkan ramai orang Umno 'berkubu' depan pejabat sendiri dan juga akan diceritakan selepas itu kononya penternak burung walit yang hadir (kebetulan ramai orang cina) bertindak biadap serang majlis hari raya orang melayu. Sudah menbaca taktik ini kami hanya berkumpul di seberang jalan besar. Hanya wakil 6 orang dan hampir 10 pengiring sahaja dibenarkan melintas jalan rapat ke pejabat Umno.

Kehadiran kami disambut Noh Omar sendiri. Kami dijemput duduk. Saya duduk betul - betul di sebelah Noh Omar. Sebaik sahaja saya duduk dia terus tanya saya dan Yahya Shaari (PKR) dengan nada berbisik menyindir "kau orang ni tahu ke isu burung walit ni?"

Katanya lagi dari beribu sarang hanya ratus je daftar. Menurut dia PBT di Selangor pun nak saman dan minta kami agar tolong jangan saman. Cukup terkejut dengan seorang menteri apabila beliau berkata "kau tahu kenapa cina - cina ni tak nak daftar rumah burung....luar rumah burung tapi ada yang simpan dadah,senjata...macam-macam lagi itu sebab tak nak daftar dan bagi kita masuk 'check'.."

Rupanya isu rumah burung ini juga dalam kepala pemikiran Menteri turut dipandang dari aspek pemikiran perkauman yang tajam.

Majlis dimulakan seorang moderator bercakap keliling semua penyokong Umno bersorak, polis kelihatan bertindak profesional menjaga sekitar meja rundingan berlaku.Wakil penternak memulakan dengan membaca memorandum menjelaskan masalah. Kesian saya lihat wakil penternak itu memang diakui mutu bahasa kebangsaannya lemah sedikit tetapi ia bukan alasan penyokong yang ramai mengelilingi meja rundingan bawah khemah depan pejabat Umno itu menjerit menyindir.Ada yang dengan selamba bercakap "apalah cina ni nak cakap banyak ...cakap melayu pun gagap"

Selepas itu pembesar suara diambil alih oleh Noh Omar menjawab persoalan. Kami membiarkan dia bercakap lebih 30 minit. Bukan sekadar bercakap mengenai isu tetapi dia turut guna kesempatan itu hambur tuduhan dan sindir pakatan rakyat. Malah secara terang - terang dia marah penternak kerana jumpa DAP.

Bagi che'GuBard mudah penternak burung walit ada masalah yang lama tak selesai, mereka datang jumpa kami maka kami bawa mereka berjumpa Menteri Pertanian selepas dengar masalah mereka. Ini tidak salah sepatutnya menteri ucap terima kasih bukan tunjuk ego sombong. Kami bukan golongan datang mengamuk depan pejabat orang seperti mana mereka datang serang pejabat PKR. Kami bukan geng baling cat lari. Datang secara bertamadun untuk bincang selesai masalah rakyat. Oleh sebab itu kami beri Noh bercakap lebih 30 minit. Kemudian seorang wakil penternak bangun nak bercakap ramai mula bersorak, untuk tenangkan keadaan kami bincang YB Ng Sue Lim akan bercakap menjawab sindiran dan tuduhan liar Noh Omar dan che'GuBard akan bangun menggulung.

Namun bila YB Ng Sue Lim bercakap keadaan mula kecoh bukan sekadar penyokong Umno, Noh sendiri mula berdiri dan marah- marah. che'GuBard mula bangun nak bercakap, tolak menolak berlaku. Terus Ketua Polis Daerah muncul rampas microphone kami dan minta bersurai lalu iring kami ke seberang jalan.

Beberapa orang Umno juga berlari ke arah seberang jalan merentap beberapa banner yang dibawa dan lari semula ke khemah Umno.

Kemudian Noh tidak diam sahaja terus pula guna akaun twitternya menyerang dengan mengatakan kami penakut dan sebagainya. Hanya mampu tersenyum dan kesian dengan cara politik 'anak jantan ala Umno' bercakap di gelanggang sendiri lebih 30 minit merapu, bila orang mula nak menjawab dia terus meroyan.

Isunya tidak akan selesai selagi kita punya menteri yang ego dan sombong seperti ini.


Homeless family can now rejoice after being offered flat in Rifle Range

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 08:48 PM PDT

As reported in The Star

Homeless family can now rejoice after being offered flat in Rifle Range

AFTER losing a roof over his head due to an interim court order in Penang more than two weeks ago, Tan Kim Swee thought his parents would never get to enjoy the comforts of a home.
The 34-year-old construction worker, who earns only RM900 per month and has to support both his ailing parents, was ordered by the court to move out from his rented home in Perak Lane after being unable to settle his rental for about two years.

After spending three nights by the roadside near his former residence, Tan and his parents can now rejoice as he was offered one of the seven Rifle Range flat units under a refurbishing project, undertaken by the Penang Master Builders & Building Materials Dealers Association.

"When my landlord asked for a court order to ask my parents and me to move out, I was at my wit's end as we did not have anywhere else to stay.

"I could not afford to pay rent, which was RM350 per month, as I had to pay for my parents' medical fees and other expenses such as food," he said.

"Even after I sold off my motorcycle, it was not enough. A friend of mine recommended me to seek assistance from Sungai Pinang assemblyman Koid Teng Guan, who helped me move in into one of the units at Block J of Rifle Range flats," said Kim Swee.

He said his adopted father, Thor Yu Aun, 64, is suffering from a stroke while his mother Tan Saw Lean, 75, has symptoms of old age illnesses.

Association president Lim Kai Seng said the refurbishing project, costing over RM10,000 per unit, was part of the association's corporate social responsibility (CSR) project.

"We hope those who are without homes or are in need of a shelter will be able to benefit from our CSR project," he said before presenting a mock key to Kim Swee in Komtar recently.

State Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts Committee chairman Wong Hon Wai said priority was given to the poor and needy as it was the state government's effort to provide homes to them at a minimal rental cost.

"The state government is repairing all of the units in blocks E and J in Rifle Range so that we can rent them out to the needy.

"This is also our initiative to take care of the poor," said Wong.

The two 16-storey blocks with 170 units were once used as quarters for the military in the 1980s and 1990s. The state is currently subsidising the rental of such units, which normally cost between RM250 and RM300 in the market, by charging only RM90.


Tahniah SAMM Perlis / Kedah ; Program Santai Anak Muda berjaya dan akan diteruskan ke seluruh negara

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 08:38 PM PDT

 YB Datuk Dr. Ismail Salleh, Exco Kerajaan Negeri Kedah bersama dari mula program hingga akhir, sempat menyampaikan DVD khas filem pendek hak anda dan polis
 bersalaman dan mengedarkan dvd kepada semua yang hadir

 antaraanak muda yang hadir, majoriti bukan ahli mana parti politik
 melekatkan stiker Santai Anak Muda SAMM di motorsikal


 hampir semua yang hadir 'sporting' dan sempoi
 YB Senator Saiful menyampaikan hadiah cabutan bertuah
Selepas program sempat berkongsi pandangan mengenai mobilisasi anak muda bersama
YB Dr. Ismail Salleh

Dengan ini merakamkan ucapan tahniah dan terima kasih kepada komrad -komrad SAMM Kedah / Perlis khususnya kepada Saudara Miqdad atau kami kenali sebagai Komrad MQ selaku Pengarah Program.

Pada 15 September yang lalu sekitar 4-6 petang telah berlansung dengan jayanya program pertama Santai Anak Muda 'Hak Anda dan Polis'. Program yang dicetuskan melalui rapat kebangsaan SAMM di yayasan Aman Penanti pada Jun yang lalu. Program yang berjaya mengumpulkan 'rider muda' seramai 177orang ini akan diteruskan selepas ini ke seluruh negara.

Santai Anak Muda 'Hak Anda dan Polis' ini pertujuan memperkasakan anak muda dengan pengetahuan undang - undang khususnya di depan anggota keselamatan. Ramai selama ini mangsa termasuk di pau,diperlaku ikut suka oleh anggota keselamatan. Namun SAMM yakin anak muda yang tahu dan paham mengenai undang - undang akan lebih berkhemah dan menjaga negaranya.

SAMM mengucapkan terima kasih kepada YB Dr Salleh kerana sudi hadir bersama dalam majlis tersebut. Selaku exco yang terlibat terus dengan anak muda, beliau cukup sempoi bukan sahaja sudi habiskan masa dari sebelum program bermula hingga akhir tetapi beliau juga kelihatan cukup dekat dan mesra dengan peserta yang hadir. YB Senator Saiful dan Saudara Nasrul ialah dua peguam yang hadir berkongsi pandangan mengenai undang - undang. Sesi kendalian mereka yang dibuat dengan cara soal jawab amat menarik kerana banyak soalan luar jangka dan dapat merungkai masalah kekeliruan undang - undang secara 'praktikal'.

Terima kasih kepada Komrad Angah Habib (Penyelaras SAMM Kedah) dan Komrad Asrul (Penyelaras SAMM Perlis) kerana berani menjadi tuan rumah pertama dan acara ni akan diteruskan ke seluruh negara termasuk dalam skala yang kecil di kampung - kampung. Ini selari dengan jani penubuhan SAMM untuk menyusun massa muda dengan cara terbaik mengikut rasa dan rentak anak muda. Kebanyakan anak muda yang hadir ialah mereka yang tidak pernah memikirkan soal parti politik tetapi kini pelahan - pelahan mereka mula melihat peranan mereka ke arah merobah negara.

Semua peserta di bekalkan dengan DVD filem pendek mengenai Hak Anda Dan Polis, stiker Santai Anak Muda yang bakal menjadi trend dikalangan rider muda.


Siapa Exco UMNO N9 Yang Lepaskan Tembakan?

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 10:04 PM PDT


Exco Umno-APCO Negeri Sembilan Lepaskan Tembakan!

Sambutan Hari Malaysia ke-49 tercemar hari ini!

Seorang ahli Exco Kerajaan Negeri Sembilan dari Umno-APCO hari ini didakwa melepaskan satu das tembakan ke arah seorang lelaki misteri di rumahnya di Seremban beberapa hari lalu.

Ketua Pemuda DAP yang juga ahli parlimen Rasah, Anthony Loke Siew Fook menulis di laman Twitternya sebentar tadi mengatakan:

@anthonyloke Dpt info seorang ahli EXCO NS melepaskan 1 das tembakan dirumahnya. Minta Polis NS siasat segera spt mana kes bodyguard DSAI"

Manakala di laman Facebooknya, Anthony menulis:

Saya mendapat maklumat dari sumber yang boleh dipercayai bahawa seorang Ahli Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri (EXCO) Negeri Sembilan dari UMNO telah melepaskan satu das tembakan melalui pistolnya ke arah seorang lelaki misteri di rumahnya di Seremban dalam satu pergelutan beberapa hari yang lepas. Saya harap tidak ada usaha untuk "cover up" kes ini oleh pihak berkuasa dan siasatan terperinci mesti dijalankan serta merta. Kalau kes mengacukan pistol yang melibatkan bodyguard Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim diberikan perhatian serius oleh pihak polis, maka kes ini juga perlu disiasat dengan segera!

Terdapat 10 ahli Exco negeri yang kesemuanya dari Barisan Nasional (BN) dengan lapan daripadanya dari Umno-APCO, manakala masing-masing satu dari MCA yang diwakili ADUN Chennah, Siow Chen Pin dan ADUN Jeram Padang dari MIC, VS Mogan.

Anthony menggesa polis bertindak tegas ke atas exco berkenaan seperti mana yang dilakukan ke atas pengawal peribadi Ketua Pembangkang, Anwar Ibrahim yang yang mengacukan pistol tanpa melepaskan sebarang tembakan.

Ketua Polis negeri, Osman Salleh belum memberi sebarang kenyataan berhubung perkara itu dan masih menunggu laporan lanjut.

Sementara itu Menteri Besar, Mohamad Hasan yang juga bapa saudara Ketua Pemuda Umno-APCO, Khairy Jamaluddin enggan mengulas lanjut siapa yang terbabit dalam kejadian tersebut sambil menyerahkan kepada polis untuk menyiasat lebih lanjut. -jalanpulang


Negeri Umno exco in gun shot scandal

SEREMBAN: A Negeri Sembilan state exco member is under police investigation for allegedly firing his pistol at his home in Seremban on Friday night.

It could not be ascertained if anyone was injured as a result of his action but FMT learnt that the Umno politician fired his weapon following a personal problem involving a close relative.

The matter was revealed to the media today (Sunday) by DAP's MP for Rasah Anthony Loke who questioned the delay of police action against the Umno exco man.

"I got to know that the exco member fired a shot at his home. The police took swift action when Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim's bodyguard aimed his gun at individuals who provoked by trying to stop the latter's car in Jasin last week.

"I urge the police to thoroughly investigate if the Negeri Sembilan incident really happened and take immediate action against the state exco," said Loke who is also the DAP national youth chief.

When contacted Seremban district police chief OCPD ACP Saiful Azly Kamarudin said the matter was under investigation.

FMT also learnt that the state exco and another person had lodged separate police reports over the incident.
-FMT



A Close Shave

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 07:52 PM PDT

I had a near death experience recently - one which has transformed my perspective to life quite drastically. That is why I did not manage to update my blog for the past few days. In fact, I have not been well for some time now.

Since the time I was a little girl, I have had claustrophobia which is the fear of having no escape and being closed in small spaces or rooms. According to Wikipedia, it is typically classified as an anxiety disorder and often results in panic attack, and can be the result of many situations or stimuli, including elevators crowded to capacity, windowless rooms, and even tight-necked clothing. The onset of claustrophobia has been attributed to many factors, including a reduction in the size of the amygdala, classical conditioning, or a genetic predisposition to fear small spaces.

In retrospect,  it all began in the 1960's when I used to play hide and seek with my cousins. I loved to hide in cupboards, under the bed/tables or any dark and crammed places. There were times when I was trapped within because the door was jammed or because I did not want to lose the game and so suffered in silence till I could bear it no more. Even writing about it now is giving me palpitations. I cannot describe the anxiety I feel when in enclosed conditions.

When in secondary school, I was infamous for my fainting spells - most of which was during school assembly, especially when singing the national anthem when we had to stay still or even during sports events. In sixth form, I fainted once. When I was expecting my older son, I fainted during one sports event. Of course, I have always been a 'puteri lilin' for I cannot stand the sun. Prolonged exposure to the sun gives me horrible headaches, fever and many other problems.

I cannot bear to be in an elevator that is jam packed because the dizziness and palpitations give me anxiety attacks, One of the worst claustrophobic experiences I have had would be in a train journey from Hanoi to Hue a few years ago. Then, I was given the centre bunk and I nearly fainted when I saw the bunk. I felt caved in as the space in the cabin was crammed and breathlessness, palpitations were too much for me. It was horribly unbearable and I stood for the whole duration of the journey in the corridor. Hence, when taking any flight, I must have the aisle seat or else all the fear of suffocation etc. will increase in intensity particularly if I have to take the aisle seat.

Unfortunately, I also have agoraphobia which is an anxiety disorder characterized by anxiety in situations where the sufferer perceives the environment to be difficult or embarrassing to escape. These situations include, but are not limited to, wide-open spaces, as well as uncontrollable social situations such as may be met in shopping malls, airports, and on bridges. Agoraphobia is defined within the DSM-IV TR as a subset of panic disorder, involving the fear of incurring a panic attack in those environments. The sufferer may go to great lengths to avoid those situations, in severe cases becoming unable to leave their home or safe haven. This is one of the reasons why I seldom go out.

Recent events such as bombing of public places, earthquakes etc has not made it easier for me to be in crowded places.  As such, I never like to go to shopping malls or large cities.  Hence, you can imagine the fear that filled my heart when I attended public forums or even rallies. Since the last rally I attended at Esplanade in February this year which was really crowded and filled with unpleasant episodes, I resolved never to attend any rally ever again for the rest of my life.

Last Friday, I had the worst experience of my life. After my family attended a birthday dinner of a friend's mom, we made our way to the pasar malam in Jelutong to buy our favourite nyonya kuih from a young couple. As my husband drove around the area for at least three times, I was already beginning to panic. Still, I told him to wait by the roadside while I walked to the stall, I was quite appalled by the thick crowd.

Walking through the thick crowd, I really felt like an earthworm squirming my way through packed earth. On either side were stalls manned by eager hawkers calling out for customers. On such a humid evening, the deadly combo of body odour, sweat and unwashed sweaty, oily hair reeking of the potent concoction of perspiration+hair oil+ stale perfume+ aroma of food was a horrible assault on my poor olfactory receptors!

After buying my kuih, I had to tunnel my way through the crowd and I actually saw the ground moving like waves up and down. There was no way to escape and I had to endure that torturous walk. Finally, there was a gap and I squeezed my way through and walked on the grass. By then, I was very giddy and it was a miracle I drove home safely.

By the time I reached home, my blood pressure had spiked and I was so breathless. It was a full blown panic attack of the highest degree. Writing about it now is really an ordeal and I feel nauseous even at this point.

I had the full works - breathlessness, very high blood pressure reading till the monitor said ERROR which means the reading is so high that it cannot be measured. Severe and debilitating chest pains set in and it was so unbearable that I cried and cried. Even when lying in bed, I felt my shoulders and neck stiffening and then my right arm transformed into a rigor mortis state. Soon, I could not move my right arm or fingers at all. I concentrated and tried to wriggle my fingers but to my horror, I saw the veins on my right hand and lower arm bulging in distended manner and they were like ridges on my arm - green, fat and ugly. That made it worse and I panicked even more thinking I had had a stroke.

My husband called a doctor friend who advised him to rush me to hospital immediately. I had difficulty walking but made it to the emergency ward where I took an ECG test. The nurse was horrified as the blood pressure monitor showed a reading of 167/103 and this was AFTER I had cooled down. It must have been in the region of 200 when I was at home. Thereafter, they had to draw my blood. Er...I have a very low threshold of pain so you can imagine how my bp spiked again when they stuck a needle into my hand and plastered the contraption. My eyes were shut tightly when they drew blood :-(.

Beside me was another emergency case - a sixty year old man who collapsed from a heart attack. While I was hooked onto one machine, I reckon the man was probably on four or more. One was probably a ventilator as it had this airy sound of air being compressed and released, another one had the beeping sound and another made musical sounds somewhat like a video game arcade and there was another making peculiar noises.

There I was. Thinking that I would die.

And there he was, at the threshold of death, body turned blue black. I could see his worried relatives hovering around the door and his wife crying softly by his side pleading to him to wake up and not to leave. It was very depressing and I felt so sorry not just for myself but more for the man in the next bed.

I thought to myself - for a long time, I had feared dying but never ever realized it is NOT that easy to die and it is much easier to live. How lucky I was to be able to breathe and talk albeit a bit coherently and what a close shave I had had.

As the doctor examined me and waited for the results of my tests, I really treasured every second of my life and vowed to take on a positive perspective despite whatever fears I may have.

While writing this post, I missed a call from my aunt in US so I called her back via my mobile and had a twenty minute conversation with her. I am well aware that some of my relatives also have claustrophobia and agoraphobia but she was so encouraging and positive in reminding me that each of us holds the destiny to our our lives - it is up to us to resolve to take control of our lives and will ourselves to overcome weaknesses.

The past few weeks when I had been unwell, I lost so much weight despite the fact that I had been eating well and enjoying loads of chocolates. Now, I have lost 28 pounds. Early this month, I had regained 6 pounds due to the Hari Raya break but with all the physical challenges and the recent frightening episode when I almost came face to face with 'death', I dropped six pounds and am at my thinnest. On a positive side, I can wear many of my old clothes, mini skirts etc but when I look at my gaunt face minus the fats around the cheeks or neck and my thin arms, I am glad to be alive! However, the whole experience has had its toll on my husband who is now sick as well. :-( He saw the doctor yesterday and hopefully by God's grace, we will both be ok.

Health is wealth. I know it is going to be a tough journey through the sunset years but I am going to make everyday count and make sure I stay positively healthy. Writing about the experience has been stressful as I had to relive the sequence of events. I assure you that what I wrote here is exactly the way it happened with no embellishment of any sort. Coming face to face with my claustrophobia and agoraphobia is not easy but is vital in recovery.

Thanks to blog readers, friends and relatives from here and there who phoned, sent me SMS messages, emails or whatsapp messages. They knew for when in hospital I accidentally posted in Facebook a photo I took of myself in the emergency room to see what I looked like in my groggy state.

Take care, dear readers. May God bless and keep you always!



寶嶼仙岩大伯公寶誕 阿依淡居民迎接金身下山

Posted: 16 Sep 2012 08:31 PM PDT


 

 Photo courtesy of Kwong Wah Yit Poh

恭送大伯公下山 2议员兴起接力抬神像

二零一二年九月十七日 凌晨十二时四十一分

(槟城16日讯)150年历史的亚依淡宝屿仙岩大伯公金身下山9天,供信徒前往膜拜,欢庆一年一度的福德正神神诞。

该庙从1975 年以来,每年农历八月初一都会恭送大伯公金身下山,今年也不例外,周日一早,该庙理事和许多信徒即前往山上准备恭送大伯公下山,惟一场突如其来的大雨,稍 微耽误让这场仪式,恭送大伯公金身下山的信徒也剧减,往年都有约2000名信徒参与,惟周日早的信徒不到500人。

该庙主席庄宝德的带领下,众理事一同恭送大伯公金身下山,亚依淡州议员黄汉伟、双溪槟榔州议员郭庭源及亚依淡国阵协调员张瀚中也受邀出席观礼,并上山恭送金身,众理事一时兴起,更在亚依淡市镇游行,两位议员更在半途接力抬神像游街。
理事原定从宝屿仙岩下山后,即将金身送往亚依淡警察局后方的空地,安置神像供信徒膜拜

至农历八月初九,但临时进行简短游行,下山后带领大伯公金身游街至公民总校旁的交通圈,再回到原定地点




The above 3 photos courtesy of Sdr Ooi Chuan Keat

寶嶼仙岩大伯公寶誕 阿依淡居民迎接金身下山

  2012-09-16 18:33
  • 黃漢偉和郭庭源也參與迎接大伯公下山的盛事,一左一右把大伯公的鑾駕扛在肩上在鎮上遊行。
 檳城16日訊)916馬來西亞日是全民共慶馬來西亞成立的日子,但對阿依淡居民而言,今年的916也是寶嶼仙岩大伯公慶讚千秋寶誕的大日子,該區的居民幾乎全數出動,為迎接大伯公金身下山隆重其事。
即使因大雨無法上山迎接大伯公的善信們,也沿途聚集在遊行的路段,或守候在鎮上所設的神壇,只為膜拜大伯公,祈求風調雨順。

迎接大伯公金身下山、在鎮上遊行並設壇膜拜9天的傳統習俗已延續了150年之久,是阿依淡居民每逢農曆八月初一的年度盛事,雖然當天早上下著滂沱大雨,卻也無法阻撓善信虔誠的心,共赴盛事。
理事會主席莊寶德透露,若不是早上下了一場大雨,相信上山迎接大伯公的善信人數將一如既往,達1000至2000人。

此外,阿依淡區州議員黃漢偉、雙溪檳榔區州議員郭庭源及國陣阿依淡區協調員張瀚中也受邀出席迎接大伯公下山的儀式。

黃漢偉指出,寶嶼仙岩和極樂寺大有淵源,迎接大伯公金身下山的習俗也算是一種非物質文化遺產,值得關注保留。

迎接大伯公金身的大隊先到山上的寶嶼仙岩把大伯公恭請出來,然後到山下的分廟進行簡單的祭拜儀式,再沿著阿依淡鎮遊行,之後將大伯公安奉在鎮上的神壇,供善信膜拜,9天之後,善信們將恭送大伯公回到寶嶼仙岩。

Grand homage to Tua Peh Kong

By KIATISAK CHUA
kiatisak@thestar.com.my
Photos by GARY CHEN

THE serene atmosphere on the Bao Yu Hill in Air Itam, which houses the Bao Yu Xian Yan Tua Peh Kong Temple was replaced with the clanging sounds of cymbals to mark the deity's birthday celebration.

Temple chairman Ch'ng Poh Teik said for the past 150 years, the Tua Peh Kong deity has been carried by devotees on a sedan chair to make his annual journey down from the hilltop cave temple to the open space behind the Air Itam market.

He said this is done on the first day of the Chinese eighth lunar calendar of every year.

"After the Tua Peh Kong deity is brought down from the temple, we will 'invite' the deity to celebrate the deity's birthday for nine days," he said.

Ch'ng added that among the highlights of the nine-day celebrations are the religious birthday prayers, cultural stage shows and the 'ko tai' stage performances, which are held to entertain the deity.

Yesterday, hundreds of devotees braved the early morning showers to make their journey up the hill.

Among those who was seen slowly making her way up the slippery slope was grandmother Chin Lai Chu, 55.

"I have been coming up every single year for the past 15 years to celebrate the deity's birthday.

"It is not that tiring because I love hiking but we have to move slowly because it is very slippery," she said.

At the end of the nine-day celebration, the devotees would then usher the deity
back to the temple.

On the 12th day of the Chinese eighth lunar calendar, there would be a 150th Bao Yu Xian Yan Tua Peh Kong birthday dinner celebration at the SJK (C) Shang Wu.

The temple was built in 1862 by a Taoist monk 'Miao Lean', who first set foot in Air Itam with the aim of spreading the teachings of Taoism.


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