Thursday, October 25, 2012

KANTOI! Punca Najib Altantuya Ponteng Sidang Parlimen Terbongkar!

KANTOI! Punca Najib Altantuya Ponteng Sidang Parlimen Terbongkar!


KANTOI! Punca Najib Altantuya Ponteng Sidang Parlimen Terbongkar!

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 10:10 AM PDT


Dalam kesibukan ahli parlimen Barisan Nasional (BN) terutamanya menteri dan timbalan menteri berhempas-pulas menjawab soalan bertulis dan lisan yang dikemukakan ahli parlimen Pakatan Rakyat, rupanya perdana menteri Najib Altantuya ponteng sidang semalam semata-mata mahu bertarung dengan pemain golf nombor dua dunia, Tiger Woods! Kejohanan yang dianjurkan oleh CIMB milik adiknya, Nazir Razak memperlihatkan betapa Najib Altantuya hanya menghabiskan wang pembayar cukai tanpa memikirkan nasib jutaan rakyat yang bertungkus-lumus mencari sesuap nasi bagi diri dan keluarga.

Diadakan di The Mines Resort and Golf Club, Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Najib Altantuya sebelum ini pernah menyatakan hasrat sedemikian bagi meraikan kehadiran bintang golf terkemuka dunia itu yang kali terakhir menjejakkan kaki ke Malaysia 13 tahun lalu, ketika itu untuk Piala Dunia.

Beraksi satu 'flight' dengan Woods serta bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Musa Hitam dan adiknya, Nizam Razak, Najib Altantuya seakan tidak mempedulikan apa yang terjadi kepada menteri dan timbalan menterinya terus diasak bertubi-tubi oleh ahli parlimen Pakatan Rakyat yang hadir semalam.

Dengan penuh semangat, Najib Altantuya menghabiskan saingan kesemua 18 lubang di lapangan yang menjadi tuan rumah kepada kejohanan berprestij menawarkan hadiah tunai keseluruhan USD6.1 juta (RM18.66 juta) itu.

Pergerakan Najib Altantuya dan Woods jelas paling mencuri tumpuan apabila langkah mereka diikuti dari mula sehingga ke lubang yang terakhir.

Kumpulan pemain Malaysia pertama mendapat penghormatan beraksi bersama legenda golf dunia itu ialah dua jaguh pro veteran negara, M. Ramayah dan P. Gunasegaran, apabila digandingkan satu 'flight' dengan Amerika Syarikat sewaktu Piala Dunia di lapangan yang sama pada 1999.

Selain berentap dengan Woods, Najib Altantuya turut meluangkan masa bertemu dengan beberapa pemain profesional lain yang menyertai kejohanan berkenaan.

Walaupun hadir bagi merasmikan kejohanan golf tersebut, Najib Altantuya seharusnya lebih prihatin dengan masalah negara berbanding menghabiskan masanya sehari suntuk bermain golf kununnya sudah lama mengidam mahu bertanding menentang Woods.

Tidak bolehkah Najib Altantuya singgah sebentar di parlimen melihat sendiri bagaimana pencacai-pencacainya terus ditekan dengan soalan demi soalan hingga satu ketika timbalan menteri kewangan, Awang Adek Hussin terpaksa berhenti dari menjawab soalan lisan atas alasan demam padahal tidak pula mendapatkan sijil sakit sebelum itu?

Inikah contoh dan sikap seorang pemimpin yang kununnya mendahulukan rakyat padahal apabila diasak berdebat dengan Ketua Pembangkang, Anwar Ibrahim, membincangkan isu dan masalah rakyat, Najib Altantuya terus diam membisu seribu bahasa?

Ternyata apa yang diungkapkan Najib Altantuya cuma manis di bibirnya yang merah saja sedangkan kehidupan rakyat marhaen terus diabaikan kerajaannya -jalanpulang.


Letting Our Enemies Get Away with Murder By Clifford D. May

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 08:59 AM PDT

Last week, Manssor Arbabsiar pleaded guilty to plotting what U.S. officials have termed "a significant attack in the United States." Attorney General Eric Holder called the Iranian-born American's admission "a reminder of the exceptional efforts of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies in protecting America against terrorist attacks." Yes, that's quite right. Holder added that this outcome demonstrates that the U.S. will hold "accountable those who plan such actions." No, that's patently false.

Arbabsiar has admitted that he was working at the direction of the Quds Force — the most elite branch of Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The IRGC reports directly to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Is there anyone who seriously believes that Khamenei, the IRGC, or the Quds Force will be held accountable? Is there anyone who seriously believes the U.S. government will even try?

Fecklessness in response to attacks on Americans is a bipartisan tradition going back well over a quarter century. For example, in 1973, the Palestine Liberation Organization's Black September faction assassinated the U.S. ambassador to Sudan, Cleo Noel, as well as Deputy Chief of Mission George Curtis Moore. As my colleague Lee Smith writes:
The State Department knew from the very outset of the attack that Yasser Arafat was personally directing the operation, but neither Nixon nor any other American president ever punished the PLO chairman, who lived to become a favored guest in the Clinton White House.
Ten years later, after the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut was bombed, killing 241 Marines, President Reagan vowed: "Those who directed this atrocity must be dealt justice, and they will be." But justice was never dealt to Hezbollah — now the best-armed, deadliest, and most powerful faction in Lebanon — or to Iran's rulers, on whose instructions Hezbollah carried out the slaughter.

In 1996, Egyptian cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman, the "Blind Sheikh," was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. But his terrorist organization, al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, was in no way held accountable, and in 1997 it was responsible for the massacre of 58 foreign tourists in Luxor. Last year, after the fall of the Mubarak government, al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya established an Egyptian political party, and its current leader, Sheikh Rifa'ah Taha, was among those who organized the attack on the U.S. embassy in Cairo on the 9/11 anniversary — an attack that included the raising of an al-Qaeda flag above the compound.

Also in 1996, 19 American servicemen were killed at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. According to Louis Freeh, who was FBI director at the time, President Clinton took no actions — not against those responsible, and not against those who sent them. Clinton refused even to ask the Saudis to allow FBI agents to question suspects they were holding. (Freeh noted, however, that Clinton did ask Crown Prince Abdullah for a contribution to the Clinton Presidential Library.)

Immediately following the attacks of 9/11, President George W. Bush declared that the U.S. would no longer distinguish between terrorists and terrorist masters. He told a joint session of Congress: "From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime." But Bush never fully implemented that policy, and President Obama rejected it outright.

The killing of U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens along with three other Americans evoked this pledge from Vice President Joe Biden: "We will find and bring to justice the men who did this." By now it should be clear that we are menaced not just by "the men" who carry out such attacks — but by the organizations, regimes, and ideologies behind them.

The plot for which Manssor Arbabsiar will go to jail was not authorized by some rogue faction beyond the control of Iran's rulers. Rather, those rulers should be held responsible for their plan to explode a bomb in a restaurant in the capital city of the United States in order to assassinate the Saudi ambassador along with everyone else in the immediate vicinity. Once upon a time this would have been called what it is: an act of war.

Also last week, the U.S. Treasury Department attempted to call attention to the fact that Iran continues to give safe haven to senior al-Qaeda operatives — operatives who maintain a "core pipeline" that moves "funding and fighters" to Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and elsewhere. "We will continue targeting this crucial source of al-Qaeda's funding and support, as well as highlight Iran's ongoing complicity in this network's operation," said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. Three times in less than two years the Treasury has designated  al-Qaeda operatives in Iran, according to Thomas Joscelyn, a colleague at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who keeps careful track of such things.

So here are a few conclusions that should, by now, be apparent: (1) Iran's rulers collaborate with al-Qaeda, a terrorist organization with which the Obama administration says we are at war. (2) Iran's rulers, the world's leading sponsors of terrorism, do not hesitate to plot terrorism on American soil — confident they will pay no price. (3) Iran's rulers are pursuing nuclear-weapons capability and, if they achieve that goal, they will become much bolder and more dangerous. It's time we grasped this, too: Swatting mosquitoes and shooting the occasional crocodile takes you only so far. At some point it becomes necessary to devise a strategy to drain the swamp. National Review. — Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on national security.


The U.S. Should Withdraw from UNESCO By Brett D. Schaefer

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 08:53 AM PDT

Last fall, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) granted membership to the Palestinian Authority. President Obama then stopped all U.S. financial contributions to UNESCO, as required by U.S. law. This didn't sit well with UNESCO director general Irina Bokova. Earlier this month, she ramped up her campaign to get the U.S. to change its law — in order to get American dollars flowing her way once more.

Bokova argues that UNESCO is a valuable voice for integrity and moderation. To cut its funding is not only improper, she says, but an act that threatens programs vital to U.S. interests. Yet a close look at some of the examples offered by Bokova reveals that UNESCO is often superfluous or merely convenient rather than critical. Worse, the organization has made a number of poor decisions in recent years, decisions that undercut UNESCO's claims to be a voice of moderation, ethical standards, and human rights.

Bokova also makes a plea for sympathy, claiming that the funding cutoff was "very unexpected." In reality, the fact that acceptance of the PA would force the U.S. to stop funds was much discussed weeks before the final vote on October 31, 2011. (See here and here, for example.) Indeed, when asked about it on October 5, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answered, "We are certainly aware of strong legislative prohibition that prevents the United States from funding organizations that jump the gun, so to speak, in recognizing entities before they are fully ready for such recognition." In subsequent weeks, the administration made UNESCO and the other member states well aware that the law allowed no wiggle room: Funding would be suspended if UNESCO granted membership to the Palestinians.

Earlier this year, Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Brad Sherman (D., Calif.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, reiterated the rationale for the law in a bipartisan letter to Secretary Clinton:
This U.S. position and the ensuring U.S. laws were vital in successfully derailing attempts . . . to seek de facto recognition of a Palestinian state from the UN via the granting of membership to "Palestine" in UN agencies. . . . A UN body that acts so irresponsibly — a UN body that admits states that do not exist — renders itself unworthy of U.S. taxpayer dollars. . . . Weakening U.S. law, on the other hand, would undermine our interests and our ally Israel by providing a green light for other UN bodies to admit "Palestine" as a member.
Bokova is right about one thing, however. It is inappropriate for the U.S. to maintain UNESCO membership while simultaneously prohibiting all funding to the organization. This leads to an accrual of arrears, creates budgetary uncertainty for UNESCO, and may fuel false hopes in Bokova and others that U.S. funding will be forthcoming. The U.S. should address these issues by withdrawing from UNESCO. National Review — Brett D. Schaefer is the Jay Kingham Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs at the Heritage Foundation.


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The Unexpected 'Virginity' Sale!

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 08:21 AM PDT


By losing something, Catarina Migliorini could gain $780,000.

The 20-year-old Brazilian woman has been auctioning off her virginity online for the past few weeks and a man from Japan known as "Natsu" came out on top with the winning bid.

Natsu beat out five other bidders after a feverish final day where the price of Migliorini's virtue jumped from $190,000 on Oct. 23 to the final $780,000 price tag.

The news wasn't so good for her male counterpart, Alex Stepanov, whose virginity only racked up $3,000 from a woman in Brazil named "Nene B."

Although Migliorini, a physical education student, has claimed to media that she planned to donate as much as 90 percent of the auction price to charities that will build homes in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, even auction organizer Justin Sisely, who devised the plan for a proposed documentary, was skeptical.

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Together We Shave

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 08:03 AM PDT


A man and a young teenage boy checked in to a hotel and were shown to their room. The two receptionists noted the quiet manner of the guests, and the pale appearance of the boy. Later the man and boy ate dinner in the hotel restaurant. The staff again noticed that the two guests were very quiet, and that the boy seemed disinterested in his food. After eating, the boy went to his room and the man went to reception and asked to see the manager. The receptionist initially asked if there was a problem with the service or the room, and offered to fix things, but the man said that there was no problem of that sort, and repeated his request. The manager was called and duly appeared. The man asked to speak privately and was taken into the manager's office.

The man explained that he was spending the night in the hotel with his fourteen-year-old son, who was seriously ill, probably terminally so. The boy was very soon to undergo therapy, which would cause him to lose his hair. They had come to the hotel to have a break together, and also because the boy planned to shave his head, that night, rather than feel that the illness was beating him. The father said that he would be shaving his own head too, in support of his son. He asked that staff be respectful when the two of them came to breakfast with their shaved heads. The manager assured the father that he would inform all staff and that they would behave appropriately.

The following morning the father and son entered the restaurant for breakfast.

There they saw the four male restaurant staff attending to their duties, perfectly normally, all with shaved heads.


Tommy Emmanuel in Penang, again

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 05:50 AM PDT

Tommy Emmanuel gave his much anticipated concert at the PenangPAC auditorium on Tuesday night. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. Too bad that we weren't able to take more photographs during his performance.




And here we are, below, with fellow Old Free Ray Cheong who was one of the more impressive opening acts.







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Najib meets Tiger Woods: Mines Resort & Golf Club

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 07:45 AM PDT




OIC slams violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 07:18 AM PDT

Source: OIC slams violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned the latest round of sectarian violence against minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine.

In a statement released on Tuesday, OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu censured the fresh wave of deadly violence in Rakhine, where a group of Muslims were killed after extremist Buddhists set fire to hundreds of houses.

Ihsanoglu also denounced the destruction of houses of worship in the region, urging the Myanmar government to take necessary measures to put an end to the ongoing violence against Rohingyas.

"This outbreak of violence is a continuation of events that started in June 2012 and has caused the deaths of scores and the displacement of thousands. Reports of forced evacuation, targeted violence against women, including rape and the destruction of home and villages are deplorable," Ihsanoglu said.

The OIC secretary general asked the international community to call on the Myanmar government to make sure that the violence would not escalate and to protect the lives of innocent people.

"The Myanmar authorities should reinstate the legitimate rights of the Rohingya Muslims including their right of citizenship."

On October 15, the Myanmar government prevented the OIC from opening an office for Rohingya Muslims in the country, with President Thein Sein claiming it is "not in accordance with the people's desire."

The Buddhist-majority government of Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingyas and has classified them as illegal migrants, even though the Rohingyas are said to be Muslim descendants of Persian, Turkish, Bengali, and Pathan origins, who migrated to Myanmar as early as the 8th century.

Reports say some 650 Rohingyas have been killed in Rakhine over the past few months. About 1,200 others are also missing and 80,000 more have been displaced.

SAB/HSN



Takut Kalah PRU 13 Punca Kes Rayuan Altantuya Ditangguh lagi

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 08:31 AM PDT

Pendengaran kes rayuan dua anggota polis yang dihukum mati kerana membunuh Altantuya Shaariibuu, ditangguh berikutan pilihan raya umum ke-13 kian dekat.

Ketua Angkatan Muda KEADILAN (AMK), Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin, berkata Umno BN pimpinan Datuk Seri Najib Razak takut sokongan terhadap kerajaan menjunam jika kes rayuan itu diteruskan sebelum PRU 13.

Apatah lagi, katanya, pendengaran rayuan itu mungkin mendedahkan dalang sebenar pembunuhan yang mendapat liputan di peringkat antarabangsa.

"Ada kemungkinan dua anggota polis yang dihukum mati itu akan menggunakan peluang untuk membela diri mereka. Mereka dijadikan kambing hitam dan mungkin mahu tegakkan keadilan untuk mereka," katanya.

Semalam, Mahkamah Rayuan menangguh pendengaran kes rayuan Cif Inspektor Azilah Hadri dan Lans Koperal Sirul Azhar Umar yang dihukum mati kerana pembunuhan warga Mongolia, Altantuya Shaariibuu pada Oktober 2006.

Sebelum ini, kes rayuan yang dijadual didengar pada Ogos ditangguh sebelum tarikh baru ditetapkan pada 31 Oktober dan 1 November lalu.

Bagaimanapun, peguam, Hazman Ahmad yang mewakili Azilah Hadri ketika dihubungi Malaysia Kini, menyatakan tiada tarikh baru ditetapkan.

Pada April 2009, Azilah dan Sirul dijatuhi hukuman mati kerana membunuh Altantuya selepas perbicaraan selama 159 hari yang turut melibatkan Razak Baginda – rakan baik Perdana Menteri.

Jasad Altantuya diletup mengggunakan C4 di kawasan belukar, Jalan Puncak Alam pada Oktober 2006.

Bercakap kepada Keadilan Daily, Shamsul juga tidak terkejut jika kes rayuan itu ditangguh lagi selagi PRU 13 belum dijalankan.

"Ini memperkukuh dakwaan betapa kes ini adalah perbicaraan politik bagi menutup dalang di sebalik pembunuhan," katanya.

Beliau tidak menolak kemungkinan penangguhan itu sebenarnya alasan untuk menutup kes secara senyap dari pengetahuan rakyat.

"Tengok skandal melibatkan Shahrizat. Mereka sengaja lengahkan perbicaraan. Begitu juga kes ini yang seakan-akan mahu menyelamatkan Perdana Menteri dan isteri," katanya.

Bagaimanapun, kata Shamsul, penangguhan itu tidak berguna jika Pakatan Rakyat menawan Putrajaya kerana sesiapa jua yang bersalah bakal menerima hukuman setimpal.

"Pakatan tak memandang remeh kes pembunuhan itu kerana ia melibatkan nama baik negara. Kita tidak teragak-agak untuk heret orang yang terlibat sekalipun Najib Razak," katanya. -KD


5 Years In Four Hours!

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 05:08 AM PDT

This has been one of the most stressful of days I have had in a long time. From the time I woke up things have been going downhill all day without relenting for one single minute. It was one thing going wrong after the other and what made it even worse was that it was't my fault at all.

I had everything planned to perfection and things just got screwed up because of external factors and who else but me got all the blasting from the client. Every time my cell rang, I cringe cos it wasn't going to be a very civilized conversation.

I think I totally aged 5 additional years in the couple of hours. Sigggghhhh ... I just felt like curling up under some rock and skipping a century or two. After some much heavy juggling and shuffling, I've got things back on track. Lets hope it stays that way and I'll be able to deliver what I promised on Monday.

Good thing it's a public holiday over here tomorrow. Gonna go out and do some running accessories retail therapy to ease the soul ... hahaha! At least it's a nice long weekend to look forward to. The wife and me will  be heading for the JW Cameron Highlands Friendship run on Sunday and that I'm totally looking forward to.

We'll be heading to Cameron Highlands on Saturday morning and spend the night there for the race the following morning. We'll be treating this as a holiday cum race event seeing as how the both of us have never been to Cameron Highlands before. What better holiday can one have then one that has a run event thrown in ... LOL! Wonder if I could win some tball trophies or not :D


VOA Interview with Rohingya on the boat in the ocean: Myanmar Military shot the Muslims

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 05:25 AM PDT

စက္ေလွေတြေပၚ မွ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာတဦးနဲ့ေတြ႔ဆံုေမးၿမန္းခန္း။ (By VOA)
ေမး။ ။ ဦးေမာင္နီ၊ အခုဘယ္ကိုေရာက္ေနလည္း အကိုတို႔..
ေျဖ။ ။ က်ေနာတို႔အခု ေက်ာက္ျဖဴအဝမွာ ေရာက္ေနတယ္၊ ပင္လယ္ျပင္မွာ စက္ေလွနဲ႔ ေ၇ာက္ေနတယ္။
ေမး။ ။ အကိုတို႔က ဘယ္မွာ ဘယ္ရပ္ကြက္မွာေနတာလဲ၊ ေက်ာက္ျဖဴ ဘယ္ရပ္ကြက္မွာ ေနတာလဲ။
ေျဖ။ ။ ေက်ာက္ျဖဴ အေရွ႕ပိုင္း ပိုက္ဆိပ္လည္းေခၚတယ္၊ ကုလားပိုက္ဆိပ္လည္း ေခၚတယ္။
ေမး။ ။ အကိုတို႔က ဘာေၾကာင့္ အဲ့ဒီပင္လယ္ဝကို ေရာက္ေနတာလည္းခင္ဗ်၊ ေျပာျပပါ။
ေျဖ။ ။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ အိမ္ေတြလည္း မရွိဘူး၊ အိမ္ေတြလည္း အကုန္ကုန္ၿပီ။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ကို အကုန္တုတ္နဲ႔ ဓားနဲ႔ ဝိုင္းစီးလာၾကတယ္၊ အဲ့ဒါေၾကာင့္ က်ေနာ္တို႔ စက္ေလွနဲ႔ ေျပးေနၾကတာ။
ေမး။ ။ အကိုတို႔ အခုေျပးေနၾကတာ ဘယ္ႏွစ္ေယာက္ေလာက္ ရွိလည္းခင္ဗ်၊ မိသားစုေတြလား၊ ဘာေတြလည္း တစ္ေယာက္ခ်င္းစီ ေျပးတာလား။
ေျဖ။ ။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ကို အခုပင္လယ္ျပင္မွာ၊ က်ေနာ္တို႔ကို ဓါးနဲ႔ခုတ္ဖို႔လိုက္လို႔၊ က်ေနာ္တို႔ အိမ္ေတြ ဒီေန႔မနက္ မီးရႈိ႕လို႔ အကုန္ကုန္ၿပီ၊ အခု ပင္လယ္ျပင္မွာ ေျပးေနၾကတာ။

ေမး။ ။ အခုပင္လယ္ဝကို ေရာက္ေနတယ္ဆိုတာက လူဦးေရ ဘယ္ေလာက္ေလာက္ ေရာက္ေနတာလည္း၊ အကိုတို႔ ဟို မိသားစုေတြလား ဘာလည္း ေျပာျပပါ။
ေျဖ။ ။ မိသားစုဆိုရင္ အကုန္လံုး ေဆြမ်ဳိးမိသားစုေတြ ပါတယ္၊ မမ်ဳိးတဲ့သူေတြပါတယ္၊ စုစုေပါင္း လူဦးေရ ၇၀၀၀ ေလာက္ေတာ့ ရွိမွာ..
ေမး။ ။ ဘယ္ေလာက္ေလာက္ရွိတယ္.
ေျဖ။ ။ လူဦးေရ ခုႏွစ္ေထာင္ေလာက္ေတာ့ ရွိတယ္။
ေမး။ ။ ဘယ္မွာလည္း လူဦးေရ ခုႏွစ္ေထာင္ဆိုက။
ေျဖ။ ။ ေက်ာက္ျဖဴ ပင္လယ္ျပင္မွာ စက္ေလွနဲ႔ ေမွ်ာေနတယ္။ ရွိတယ္ ရွိတယ္ ရွိတယ္.. စုစုေပါင္း ခုႏွစ္ေထာင္ေလာက္ ရွိတယ္။
ေမး။ ။ ဆိုေတာ့ ပင္လယ္ဝမွာ ဘယ္လိုမ်ဳိးေနၾကလည္း၊ ေလွေပၚမွာ ေနၾကတာလားခင္ဗ်။
ေျဖ။ ။ ေလွေပၚမွာ ေနၾကတာဆရာေရ႕၊ ေလွေပၚမွာ ေနၾကတာ။
ေမး။ ။ ဆိုေတာ့ အဲ့ဒီ အခု ခုႏွစ္ေထာင္ေလာက္ဆိုတဲ့ လူေတြက ဘယ္ရပ္ကြက္ကလည္း၊ ဘယ္ေနရာကလည္း က်ေနာ့္ကို ေျပာျပပါ။
ေျဖ။ ။ အဲ့ဒီ အေရွ႕ပိုင္း ကုလားပိုက္ဆိပ္ကပဲ။
ေမး။ ။ ဦးေမာင္နီတို႔ ေနခဲ့တဲ့ရပ္ကြက္ရဲ႕ ေနာက္ဆံုးအေျခအေန ဘယ္လိုေတြ႕ခဲ့ရသလဲခင္ဗ် ေျပာျပပါ။
ေျဖ။ ။ အိမ္ေျခ တစ္အိမ္လည္း မရွိေတာ့ဘူး၊ က်ေနာ္တို႔ ရပ္ကြက္မွာ အိမ္မရွိဘူး၊ လူေနစရာလည္း မရွိဘူးဆိုၿပီးေတာ့ က်ေနာ္တို႔ စက္ေလွေပၚ တက္ၿပီးေတာ့ ေမာင္းခ်လာၾကတာ ဆရာ။
ေမး။ ။ ဆိုေတာ့ အဲ့ဒီမွာ စစ္တပ္တို႔ ရဲတို႔ဘာတို႔က ကာကြယ္တားဆီးတာေတြ ဘာေတြ မလုပ္ေပးဘူးလားခင္ဗ် အဲ့လိုမီးရႈိ႕တာကို။
ေျဖ။ ။ ေအး ကာကြယ္တယ္ ကာကြယ္တယ္၊ မႏိုင္ဘူး လူဦးေရက မ်ားတာကိုး အဲဒါ မႏိုင္ဘူး ဆရာေရ အဲ့ဒါေၾကာင့္ က်ေနာ္တို႔ ေျပးလာရတာ။
ေမး။ ။ ဆိုေတာ့ စစ္တပ္က အင္အားဘယ္ေလာက္ေလာက္ရွိလည္း၊ ဘာေတြေတြ႕လည္း၊ သူတို႔ ဘာေတြဘယ္လို ကာကြယ္ေပးလည္း ေတြ႕လည္း။
ေျဖ။ ။ စစ္သားေလးေတြက ၂၀ – ၃၀ ေလာက္ေတြ႕တယ္။
ေမး။ ။ ဦးေမာင္နီတို႔ အခုေျပာတဲ့အျဖစ္အပ်က္ေတြက မေန႔ညက ျဖစ္တာလား၊ ဒီကေန႔ မနက္ျဖစ္တာလား။
ေျဖ။ ။ မေန႔ညက ျဖစ္တာနည္းတယ္၊ ဒီေန႔မနက္ ၈ နာရီက ျဖစ္တာမ်ားတယ္။
ေမး။ ။ မနက္က ၈ နာရီက ထပ္ျဖစ္ေသးတယ္ အဲ့လိုလား။
ေျဖ။ ။ ဒီေန႔မနက္ ၈ နာရီက မ်ားတယ္။
ေမး။ ။ မေန႔ညက အကိုျမင္ခဲ့တာဟာကို စျဖစ္ျဖစ္ခ်င္း ေနာက္ဆံုးအေျခအေနထိ က်ေနာ္တို႔ကို ေျပာျပပါ။
ေျဖ။ ။ အင္း က်ေနာ္တို႔ ဘယ္လိုျဖစ္သြားလည္း ဆိုရင္ မေန႔ညေနၿပီးေတာ့ ၈ နာရီေလာက္ကေနၿပီးေတာ့ က်ေနာ္တို႔ မြတ္စလင္ရပ္ကြက္ကို မီးရႈိ႕တယ္။
ေမး။ ။ ဆိုေတာ့ ဘယ္ႏွစ္ေယာက္လည္း ခင္ဗ်၊ ဘာေတြ ေတြ႕လည္း။
ေျဖ။ ။ ဘာေတြေတြ႕လည္းဆိုရင္ အဲ့ဒီမွာ စစ္တပ္ေတြလည္း ရွိတယ္ ဘင္းကာအဖြဲ႕ (သိပ္မရွင္းပါ) လည္း ရွိတယ္။
ေမး။ ။ အကိုကိုယ္တိုင္ ေတြ႕ခဲ့ရတာလား၊ ဒါမွမဟုတ္ သူမ်ားေျပာတာ ၾကားတာလား။
ေျဖ။ ။ က်ေနာ္ကိုယ္တိုင္ ရွိတယ္၊ မီးသတ္သမားေတြ ရွိတယ္၊ စစ္တပ္ေတြနဲ႔ ေပါင္းၿပီးေတာ့ မီးေတြဘာေတြကို ေရေတြဘာေတြေလာင္းေတာ့ က်ေနာ္ပါတယ္။
ေမး။ ။ ဆုိေတာ့ အိမ္ဘယ္ႏွစ္လံုးပါသြားလည္းခင္ဗ်။
ေျဖ။ ။ အိမ္ကေနၿပီးေတာ့ အဲ့ဒီအခ်ိန္မွာ ၅၀ ေလာက္ ၅၀ ပတ္ဝန္းက်င္ေလာက္ ပါသြားတယ္။ က်ေနာ္ကိုယ္တိုင္ ေတြ႕တယ္။ က်ေနာ္ေျပာတာ အမွန္ပဲ၊ က်ေနာ္တို႔ စစ္တပ္ေတြနဲ႔ ေပါင္းၿပီးေတာ့ ေရေတြဘာေတြ ေလာင္းတာ က်ေနာ္ကိုယ္တိုင္ပါတယ္။
ေမး။ ။ စစ္တပ္နဲ႔ အကိုတို႔နဲ႔က ေပါင္းၿပီးေတာ့ မီးသတ္တာလား၊ အဲ့လိုလား။
ေျဖ။ ။ ဟုတ္ကဲ့၊ ဟုတ္ကဲ့။ က်ေနာ္ မီးေတြဘာေတြ သတ္ၿပီးေတာ့ မီးသတ္ကားေတြ မီးေတြဘာေတြ လာသတ္တယ္။ သတ္လို႔ေနၿပီးေတာ့ မႏိုင္ဘူး။
ေမး။ ။ မႏိုင္ေတာ့
ေျဖ။ ။ မႏိုင္ေနၿပီးေတာ့ ေနာက္ငယ္ငယ္လာၿပီးေတာ့ ရခိုင္ေတြက ေနာက္ထပ္လာၿပီးေတာ့ က်ေနာ္တို႔ ဗလီကိုလာၿပီး မီးရႈိ႕တယ္။
ေမး။ ။ ဘယ္နားက ဗလီလည္း ခင္ဗ်။
ေျဖ။ ။ အဲ.. ဗလီေဟာင္း
ေမး။ ။ ဘယ္နားမွာလည္း၊ ေက်ာက္ျဖဴၿမိဳ႕ထဲမွာလား။
ေျဖ။ ။ ေက်ာက္ျဖဴက ကုလားပိုက္ဆိပ္ ရံုးတဲနားမွာ
ေမး။ ။ ဆိုေတာ့ ဗလီက အခုရွိေသးလား၊ ဘာျဖစ္သြားလည္း။
ေျဖ။ ။ အဲ့ဒီအခ်ိန္မွာ မေန႔ကအခ်ိန္မွာ ဗလီက အကုန္လံုးမေလာင္သြားဘူး။ ဒီေန႔မနက္ ၈ နာရီ ထပ္ျဖစ္တဲ့အခ်ိန္မွာ အဲ့ဒီ ဗလီႏွစ္လံုးပါ အကုန္ေလာင္သြားတယ္။ ႏွစ္လံုး ႏွစ္လံုး ဒီေန႔မနက္ေလာင္တာ၊ အဲ့လို စရႈိ႕တဲ့အခ်ိန္မွာ က်ေနာ္တို႔ မြတ္စလင္ေတြနဲ႔ ရခိုင္ေတြနဲ႔ အျပန္အလွန္ျဖစ္တဲ့အခ်ိန္မွာ ရခိုင္က နည္းနည္းျပန္ဆုပ္တဲ့အခ်ိန္မွာ စစ္တပ္က ပစ္ၿပီးေတာ့ က်ေနာ္တို႔ မြတ္စလင္ကေလး ၃ ေယာက္ဆံုးသြားတယ္။ အဲ ေသနတ္ပစ္တဲ့ ဒါဏ္ရာနဲ႔ပဲ
ေမး။ ။ ဆိုေတာ့ အဲ့ဒီကေလးေတြက ဘယ္ကလည္းခင္ဗ်၊ ဘယ္ရပ္ကြက္ကလည္း၊ ဘယ္သူ႔သားသမီးေတြလည္း ေျပာျပပါ။
ေျဖ။ ။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ ကုလားပိုက္ဆိပ္ရပ္ကြက္ကပဲ။
ေမး။ ။ အကို ေတြ႕ခဲ့တာလား ၾကားတာလား။
ေျဖ။ ။ က်ေနာ္ကိုယ္တိုင္ အဲ့ဒီေဘးမွာ ရွိတယ္၊ က်ေနာ့္သားလည္း ရွိတယ္။
ေမး။ ။ ဘာေၾကာင့္ စစ္တပ္က ပစ္တာလည္း ခင္ဗ်၊ အဲ့ဒီအျဖစ္အပ်က္ကို ေျပာျပပါ။
ေျဖ။ ။ အဲ့ဒီ ဗလီကို ရႈိ႕တဲ့အခ်ိန္မွာ မြတ္စလင္ေတြက မခံႏိုင္ေတာ့ ဓားနဲ႔လာတယ္၊ တုတ္နဲ႔ဓားနဲ႔ လာတယ္ အျပန္အလွန္လုပ္ေနတဲ့အခ်ိန္မွာ ရခိုင္ေတြက ဆုပ္ခြာရေအာင္ စစ္တပ္ေတြက ပစ္ေရာဆိုေတာ့ က်ည္ဆံမိသြားတာ။ သူတို႔က ဟိုဟာေပါ့ လူအုပ္စုက ႀကီးၿပီးေတာ့ ျပႆနာေတြျဖစ္ၿပီဆိုေတာ့ ရမ္းၿပီးသမ္းၿပီး ပစ္တာ က်ေနာ္တို႔ဘက္က သံုးေယာက္ကဆံုးသြားတယ္၊ ၁၀ ေယာက္က ဒါဏ္ရာရသြားတယ္။ က်ည္ဆံဒါဏ္ရာပဲ အကုန္လံုး


Muslims in Myanmar sacrificed the Qur’ban festival in protest to Racist Myanmar Government

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 05:12 AM PDT

 



Penarafan PETRONAS Menjadi Negatif Akibat Campurtangan Kerajaan

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 06:11 AM PDT

Campurtangan kerajaan menjejaskan reputasi Petronas di peringkat antarabangsa sehingga gagal mengambil alih Progress Energy Resources, sebuah syarikat gas yang berpusat di Kanada, kata Pengarah Strategi PKR, Rafizi Ramli.

Menurut Rafizi, usaha Petronas membina rizab gas luar negara adalah satu usaha yang wajar dipuji, bertepatan dengan pendirian partinya selama ini bahawa strategi minyak dan gas negara perlulah bersandarkan kepada matlamat menggantikan rizab minyak dan gas domestik dengan rizab dari luar negara.

"Kegagalan Petronas mengambil alih Progress Energy Resources adalah satu lagi perkembangan yang membimbangkan kebelakangan ini.

"Dalam bulan September 2012, agensi penarafan antarabangsa Fitch Ratings telah mengumumkan bahawa ia merendahkan penilaian prospek masa depan Petronas menjadi "negatif".

"Ini adalah kali pertama dalam sejarah Petronas yang panjang apabila syarikat penarafan antarabangsa melahirkan kebimbangan mengenai kestabilan kewangan dan reputasinya di mata pelabur,"
katanya dalam sebuah kenyataan yang dikirimkan kepada The Malaysian Insider sebentar tadi.

Menurut Rafizi, Progress Energy Resources adalah sebuah syarikat pengeluar gas yang mempunyai rizab gas sebanyak 1.9 trilion kaki padu dan memiliki rizab tanah seluas 1.

25 juta ekar di seluruh Kanada.

"Saya yakin Petronas mempunyai alasan yang kukuh untuk mengambil alih Progress Energy Resources yang akan menjadi sebahagian dari aset strategiknya.

"Malangnya, usaha Petronas ini disekat oleh Kerajaan Kanada dan kita masih menunggu perkembangan seterusnya dalam tempoh 30 hari rayuan," katanya.

Pengarah strategi PKR itu juga menjangkakan syarikat Petroleum utama negara itu akan mengalami risiko dituruntaraf dalam jangkamasa terdekat.

"Kesan dari tindakan Fitch Ratings merendahkan penilaian prospek masa depan menjadi "negatif" bermakna penarafan Petronas (yang sebelum ini adalah di antara terbaik di dunia dan lebih baik dari penarafan kedudukan kewangan Malaysia) juga dijangka akan dituruntarafkan (downgraded) dalam masa terdekat.

"Ini akan menyebabkan Petronas terpaksa membayar kadar faedah yang lebih tinggi melalui pinjaman-pinjaman kewangan yang telah dan akan diambil, " katanya lagi.

Dalam satu kenyataan hari ini, Petronas berkata berasaskan pengumuman Menteri Perindustrian Kanada pada Jumaat, Petronas mempunyai sehingga 30 hari atau lama sedikit seperti yang dipersetujui bersama, bagi membuat sebarang perwakilan tambahan dan mengemukakan cadangan selanjutnya.

"Petronas dan Progress Energy Resources akan bekerjasama untuk memastikan Menteri itu mendapat maklumat yang perlu bagi menentukan cadangan pengambilalihan Progress Energy Resources akan memanfaatkan Kanada," katanya seperti dilapor oleh agensi berita Bernama. -TMI


'Orang Asli children slapped for not reciting doa' by Aidila Razak

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 04:09 AM PDT

The  "master race at work" - edit. A group of parents have lodged police reports against a teacher at SK Bihai in Pos Bihai, near Gua Musang in Kelantan, for slapping their children because they did not recite the doa (Islamic prayer) after having their lunch. One of the parents, Atar Pedik, said his two 12-year-old girls were slapped about 1.30pm on Tuesday, after the children were made to recite the doa even though they are not Muslims.

"I was angry when I learnt what happened to my daughters," Atar said when contacted.  Atar, along with two other fathers - Hassan Achoi and Along Pandak - whose 12-year-old daughters were also slapped in the incident, made the three-hour journey from Pos Bihai to lodge their reports at the Gua Musang police station.

Pos Bihai is located in the interior of Kelantan, near its border with Perak.  A check with the Gua Musang police station confirmed that the reports were lodged.  According to SK Bihai Parent-Teacher Association deputy chairperson Arom Asir, the children's faces were bruised after they were slapped by the male teacher.  Arom said that the primary school has at least 100 children, all of whom are Orang Asli, and the children were eating lunch together after sports.

"They were made to recite prayers the Muslim way before and after meals but they didn't know how, so they kept quiet. "Then the teacher picked out the older children and slapped them for being quiet," he said.  Arom added that the parents did not know their children were being taught Islamic studies at the school or being made to recite Islamic prayers until earlier this week.  "We then made a complaint on this to a Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) representative who came to visit us on Oct 23. Later that day, we found out that the children were slapped," he said.

Agencies in the dark

The phone number listed for SK Bihai connects directly to the Education Department and an officer there who answered our call referred Malaysiakini to the Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa).  However, Jakoa when contacted said that it has received no report on the matter and that it was gathering information about it.  Arom said the parents would also lodge a complaint on the matter with Jakoa. The community is now arranging to hold a dialogue on the incident among the parents, the Education Department, Jakoa and Suhakam on Oct 30.

"We feel that parents should have been consulted if the children are to be imparted with Islamic teachings," he said.  Meanwhile, Orang Asli rights NGO Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia (JKOASM) in a press statement called on the relevant agencies to take stern action on the assault of the children.  "Stern action should be taken against the teacher involved if he is guilty.

"The relevant agencies should also investigate the claim that Orang Asli children are made to study a religion that is not their faith," JKOASM said. It also called on the government to put greater efforts to improve the quality of education provided at schools in the interior regions, such as SK Bihai.  "Our observations show that... teachers only teach two or three days in a week," it said. Malaysiakini


ဦးသိန္းစိန္ေခါင္းေဆာင္ေနေသာ အစိုးရအဖြဲ.ဝင္အားလံုး နွဳတ္ထြက္ေပးပါရန္ေတာင္းဆိုပါသည္

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 03:15 AM PDT

လက္ရွိဦးသိန္းစိန္ေခါင္းေဆာင္ေနေသာအစိုးရအဖြဲ.သည္ အမ်ားေယာင္လို.လိုက္ေယာင္
အေမာင္ေတာင္မွန္းေၿမာက္မွန္းမသိသည့္ အေပၚယံေရႊမွဳန္ၾကဲ၊အတြင္းကေနာက္ခ်ီးခံထားေသာ
ဒီမိုကေရစီစနစ္ကိုက်င့္သံုးလ်က္ရွိပါသည္။ဘာမွမၾကာေသာကာလတြင္ပင္အေပၚမွၾကဲ
ထားေသာေရႊမွဳန္တို.ကြာေလရာ အထဲကေနာက္ခ်ီးေတြက ၿမင္မေကာင္းရွုဳ.မေကာင္းေအာင္
ၿဖစ္ေနၿပီ ၿဖစ္ပါသည္။ေနာက္ခ်ီးနဲ.တူေသာ တိုင္းသူၿပည္သားတို.၏အသက္အိုးအီမ္စည္းစီမ္မ်ား
ကို မကာကြယ္နိုင္ေသာအစိုးရၿဖစ္ၿခင္း၊ၿပည္သူမ်ားအၾကားတဦးႏွင့္တဦး ယံုၾကည္မွဳတည္ေဆာက္
နိုင္ေအာင္မေဆာင္ရြက္နိုင္ၿခင္း၊
အၿပည္ၿပည္ဆိုင္ရာလူ.အခြင့္အေရးေၾကၿငာစာတန္းပါအေၿခခံလူအခြင့္အေရး
မ်ားကိုနိုင္ငံသားအားလံုးခံစား၇ေအာင္မေဆာင္ရြက္နိုင္ၿခင္း၊၎တို.ကိုယ္တိုင္ႏွင့္ၿပည္သူ
အားလံုးကေထာက္ခံအတည္ၿပဳထားေသာ ၂၀၀၈ ဖြဲ.စည္းပံုပါနိုင္ငံသားအခြင့္အေရးမ်ား
ကိုနိုင္ငံသားတိုင္းက်င့္သံုး နိုင္ေအာင္ေဆာင္ရြက္မွဳမရွိၿခင္း၊
၁၉၈၈ ခုႏွစ္တြင္ၿဖစ္ပြါးခဲ့ေသာလူေပါင္းသိန္းခ်ီကာပါဝင္ခဲ့ေသာအေရးအခင္းကို၎၊
၁၉၉၆ ေက်ာင္းသားအေရးအခင္းကို၎၊
၂၀၀ရ တြင္လူေပါင္းေသာင္းေပါင္းမ်ားစြာပါဝင္ခဲ့ေသာေရႊဝါေရာင္လွဳပ္ရွားမွုမ်ားကို
ရက္အနည္းငယ္အတြင္းၿငီမ္ဝပ္သြားေသာအေရးယူေဆာင္ရြက္ခဲ့ေသာလည္း
ယခုရခိုင္ၿပည္နယ္အပါအဝင္တိုင္ရင္းသားေဒသမ်ားတြင္ၿဖစ္ပြါးလ်က္ရိွေသာ
အၾကမ္းဖက္သက္ၿဖတ္ေနမွဳမ်ားကိုႏွိမ္နင္းၿခင္းမၿပဳပဲလစ္လွ်ဳရွဳေနၿခင္းမ်ားသည္
အစိုးရအဖြဲ.ဟူေသာဂုဏ္ပုဒ္ႏွင့္မထိုက္တန္ေသာလုပ္ရပ္မ်ားၿဖစ္ေနၿပီး နိုင္ငံအား
တည္ၿငီမ္ေအးခ်မ္းေအာင္မအုပ္ခ်ဳပ္နို္င္လ်င္ တာဝန္သိစြာၿဖင့္
အစိုးရအဖြဲ.ဝင္အားလံုး နွဳတ္ထြက္ေပးပါရန္ေတာင္းဆိုပါသည္။
My supporting comment:Dear U Thein Sein… you should resign immediately
and give the power back to Military. Puppet must stop covering for your
puppet-master dictators. If you have no power to control the
Rakhine murders just go. Let Myanmar Military openly rule the country
w/o any elections. Stop misleading the world. R U not ashamed?
Pamoik Chan အေမရိကန္အစိုးရက ဗမာအစိုးရကို စီးပြားေရးလုပ္ငန္းႏွင့္ စစ္အေရးမ်ား
သြားေထာက္ပ့ံေပးမယ္ဆိုရင္ တခုိးတျမ သိုမဟုတ္ ရာဇာဝတ္ေကာင္ေတြကို ဆုတံဆိပ္မ်ား
ခ်ီးျမွင့္သလိုျဖစ္သြားနိုင္သည္ ယခုအေျခအေနနဲ႕ဆိုရင္။ ေနာက္ျပီး အေမရိကန္တို႕
ေျပာေျပာေနတဲ့ လူအခြင့္အေရး ႏွင့္ လြတ္လပ္ေရးဆိုတဲ့အရာဟာ ဘာကိုမ်ားဆိုလိုေနသလဲ။


Anthony Loke Terharu Terima Surat Penghargaan Dari TG Nik Aziz

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 03:33 AM PDT

Saya amat terharu dan dengan perasaan penuh rendah diri menerima surat penghargaan dari Pejabat YAB Menteri Besar Kelantan Tok Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz berkenaan kenyataan saya di Parlimen beberapa hari lepas.

Surat dari Tok Guru ini sekali lagi membuktikan kemurahan hati dan kesederhanaan beliau walaupun sudah bergelar YAB MB selama 22 tahun!

Saya berasa amat kerdil di depan seorang tokoh agama dan politik yang mempunyai jiwa dan hati yang begitu besar seperti Tok Guru Niz Aziz! Semoga Tok Guru sentiasa dalam keadaan yang sihat dan dipanjangkan umur untuk terus memimpin PAS dan PR!

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Ethnic Kaman Muslims from Kyaut Phyu Escaping to the Sea in Arakan State

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 01:17 AM PDT

Source: Ethnic Kaman Muslims from Kyaut Phyu Escaping to the Sea in Arakan State . October 24, 2012 M-Media Reporting by Htun Taut

Many ethnic Kaman Muslims in Kyaut Phyu township have been injured and killed by Rakhines' attacks today. Many houses were burnt down and destroyed as well.

M-Media's local contacts said many Muslim families are trying to cross the sea towards Bangladesh to escape violence. There were 40 boats this morning, and another 30 were waiting for the tide good enough to move the boats.

"Many Muslims are dead due to Rakhines' violence and terror today. We have only Bangladesh to run to, but we cannot run to anywhere else in Arakan state. If Bangladesh does not allow us to take refuge there, we can only be floating in the sea. We couldn't bring food with us, and we don't have fuel for the boats," a Kyaut Phyu resident told M-Media as he sits on a boat.

His home was burnt down by Rakhines today.

A majority of Muslim residents in Kyaut Phyu are ethnic Kaman. M-Media learns that Rakhines have destroyed many mosques in Kyaut Phyu and that there are almost no Muslim left in town.



Mr. Know-All

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 12:56 AM PDT

The following story is about how sometimes in life, there could be people who try their best to  rain on our parade. Remember this story the next time someone be it a Mr/Miss Know-all, or Mr/Miss I-am-better, know-more, done-more-than-you type tries to make your life  miserable.

A woman was at her hairdresser's getting  her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband.. She mentioned  the trip to the hairdresser, who  responded:

"Rome?Why  would anyone want to go there?  It's crowded and dirty.. You're crazy to go to Rome. So, how  are you getting there?"

"We're taking Continental," was the  reply. "We got a great rate!"

"Continental?" exclaimed the  hairdresser.. " That's a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their  flight attendants are ugly, and they're always late. So, where are you  staying in Rome ?"

"We'll be at this exclusive little place  over on Rome's Tiber River called  Teste."

"Don't go any further. I know that  place. Everybody thinks its gonna be something special and exclusive,  but it's really a dump."

"We're going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see  the Pope."

"That's rich," laughed the hairdresser.  You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of  an ant.

Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of  yours. You're going to need it."

A month later, the woman again came in  for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome .

"It was wonderful," explained the woman,  "not only were we on time in one of Continental's brand new planes, but  it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class. The food and  wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited  on me hand and foot.

And the hotel was great! They'd just  finished a $5 million remodeling job, and now it's a jewel, the finest  hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and  gave us their owner's suite at no extra  charge!"

"Well," muttered the hairdresser,  "that's all well and good, but I know you didn't get to see the  Pope."

"Actually, we were quite lucky, because  as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and  explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I'd  be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would  personally greet me.

Sure enough, five minutes later, the  Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he  spoke a few words to me."

"Oh, really! What'd he say  ?"

He said: "Who on earth did your  hair?"

-Author Unknown-

:-) Have a nice day, everyone!


Kemana Lesapnya RM207 Billion Wang Pampasan?

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 02:08 AM PDT


Apa yang mengejutkan ialah, Kerajaan Jepun telahpun membayar pampasan kepada Kerajaan Malaysia sejumlah RM207 billion. Tetapi kemanakah wang tersebut disalurkan? Pelbagai usaha telah dibuat oleh bekas-bekas buruh paksa ini untuk mendapatkan wang pampasan tersebut termasuk lah dengan mengumpulkan maklumat buruh-buruh paksa yang terdapat diseluruh negara. Seramai hampir 30,000 bekas buruh paksa ataupun waris mereka telah menyertai pertubuhan ini sebagai ahli.

Satu persatuan yang diberi nama Persatuan Kebajikan Bekas dan Warisan Buruh Binaan Landasan Keretapi Siam ke Burma 1942-1946 ditubuhkan yang mana akhirnya telah berjaya didaftarkan secara rasmi dengan Pendaftaran Pertubuhan pada 11 Januari 2011.

Sejak didaftarkan secara rasmi, Ahli Jawatankuasa Persatuan telah memohon beberapa kali untuk mendapatkan wang pampasan dari Kerajaan Malaysia, tapi hingga kini masih gagal.

Pengesahan tentang wujudnya sejumlah wang pampasan tersebut dibuktikan dengan satu memo yang dikeluarkan oleh Kementerian Kewangan Malaysia yang bertarikh 29 Mac 2011.

Pada 27 Julai 2011, Persatuan telah memohon secara rasmi bayaran wang pampasan tersebut setelah menunggu begitu lama.


Sejak dari itu, beberapa urusan surat menyurat diantara persatuan dengan Jabatan Perdana Menteri dan Pejabat Peguam Negara.

Namun, pada 3 Oktober 2011, Bahagian Kabinet, Jabatan Perdana Menteri telah menghantar satu surat kepada Persatuan untuk memberitahu bahawa pengeluaran wang pampasan ini memerlukan proses tertentu kerana kelulusanya melibatkan Dana Khas.

Apakah Dana Khas yang dimaksudkan? Bukankah wang tersebut sudah diberikan oleh Kerajaan Jepun? Sekarang sudah setahun perkara ini berlaku tetapi belum ada keputusan dibuat. Apakah wang tersebut sudah digunakan untuk tujuan lain? Pada 10 Oktober yang lalu, DS Hj. Nizar Jamaludin telah membangkitkan isu ini di Parlimen. Soalan Hj. Nizar itu cukup serius tapi malang, tidak ada akhbar arus perdana yang membangkitkan isu tersebut.

Perkara tersebut didedahkan Nizar ketika perbahasan Rang Undang-undang Perbekalan 2013, di parlimen, 10 Okt lalu.

"Sayangnya, tiada sebarang penjelasan diberikan berhubung persoalan saya ketika saya dedahkan perkara tersebut di Dewan Rakyat, sebelum ini. Menteri tidak menjawab langsung," tegas beliau ketika dihubungi Harakahdaily.


Appeal by US Physian to protect Rohingyas

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 11:50 PM PDT

Via Dr. Maung Zarni

From
Dr. Nora E. Rowley. MD MPH
US Physician
MSF

Dear US State Dept,

I'm a US physician who was in Northern Rakhine with MSF in2006. Since this mission as a field medical doctor, I have been a humanrights advocate for Burma specializing in Rohingya.

In the last 4 days in the mid-Rakhine region, what appears to be large mobs of Rakhine monks and civilians have forcibly evicted over 1000 Rohingya families, killed reportedly anywhere from 200-500 Rohingya and burned down 4 Rohingya villages. This violence occurred reportedly with military and police in attendance and without any attempts to stop the violence. The few fire brigades that have reportedly responded have made no attempt to put out the fires.

This current violence was immediately proceeded multiple Buddhist organization's resolutions forbidding financial and further contact and aide to Rohingya with threats including label of traitor.The AP story from Yangon that has hit the international news today reports that the violence above is bilateral aggression with Buddhist casualties and property destruction. This was verified by the Myanmar government spokeperson for Rakhine Myo Thant and Rakhine StateAttorney-General Hla Thein. These two gentleman are members of the ruling regime, which has been implicated in attacks on Rohingya in June and July by human Rights Watch's report "The Government Could have Stopped This."President Thein Sein's most recent call for more benevolence toward Muslims in Burma was nice but ineffective in halting third party aggression nor absolving the State of any role in direct violence and other human rights violations of Rohingya.

The US and international community will not step in to stop the violence, nor call this violence genocide or ethnic cleansing which obligates intervention.

The violence is at such a high and diffuse level that Rohingya are not able to go outdoors to collect money from banks, or get to transportation out of Rakhine. They are still turned away from close by Bangladesh. The Rohingya are trapped in Rakhine.

As much as I absolutely agree that the Rohingya have the right to stay where they and their ancestors have lived, Rakhine, Myanmar, aka Burma. Rohingya in harms way and threatened by harm who are inside Burma, especially Rakhine, should have the freedom to chose whether to stay or leave. I believe survival and life free from humiliating and torturous persecution is their priority. Right now they do not have the choice because they are trapped in Rakhine. They are sitting ducks with Rakhine violence increasing and State security forces watching, not intervening.

I propose the US take the lead in negotiating a facilitated exodus for the Rohingya who chose to leave. The OIC has proposed ~200 million dollars in relief. Have this money go for immediate transport, refuge and long term resettlement of Rohingya, if they chose. It is not undoable. The Muslim world is upset specifically about the lack of US and other Western country attention let alone aggressive negotiation or intervention on behalf of the Rohingya. Other rational and irrational anger is being funneled into complaints about the plight of Rohingya.

Please don't let this be another Bosnia, Nazi Germany and Rwanda where
the international community steps in only in time to dig up or bury the dead.

Thank you,

Nora E. Rowley MD MPH



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