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Posted: 30 Oct 2012 10:21 AM PDT
I hope I didnt misinterpret what CSL was trying to explain, not only to the Malaysian Chinese but Malaysians as a whole.
Chua has been very, very consistent in avowing his displeasure at PAS 'hudud'. MCA too had in the past issued statements about how 'hudud a la PAS' is only a political gimmick and not hudud in the real context.
In other word, PAS only rides on hudud to garner political support, no doubt about it. Its alliance with DAP and PKR in Pakatan Rakyat is also in jitters over hudud. While DAP leaders are split over the issue, PKR has strongly rejected the idea of introducing Islamic Law to the country.
Only Karpal Singh of DAP dares to oppose hudud openly, ignoring the fact that his sentiment could dampen inter-Pakatan relations. But at least he is being honest and very downright about it.
So, when CSL spoke about hudud, he only meant 'hudud a la PAS' and not the one outlined by Islam. Even Umno never rejected hudud but could not accept the idea put forward by PAS.
PAS is an Islamist party, not Islamic. Hope everybody understands the different. The party uses Islam, the country's official religion, as its platform, notwithstanding the fact that MCA, Umno, MIC and other BN component parties have long agreed on politics of moderate and the non-use of religion for politics.
CSL has also been very, very careful in speaking it out, referring to only 'PAS brand of hudud' and not actual Islamic Law.
Its easy to impose Islamic Law in the country but implementing it is not. Countries like Sudan and Saudi Arabia didn't find it easy to punish those suspected of breaking the Syariah Law. For instance, to severe the hands of a thief, at least three witnesses must come forward to testify.
However, Islam puts a strict provision on such a witness. Among others, the sentence can be carried out if the witness is someone pious, never tell lies and fully respected by the community. In today's world, how many of such people live around us?
PAS actually realises this, that hudud will not come easy, especially in a complex multi-society like Malaysia. But the party continues to ride on hudud, hoping to gain extra mileage from Muslims who are on the fringe of fanaticism.
And all this while, PAS had never unveiled the mechanism and characteristic of its hudud, except for saying Malaysia should be made an Islamic state. Aren't we an Islamic state just yet for instituting a strong emphasis on syarie law and other Islamic law characters?
Majority of the Malaysian Chinese, Indians and other non-Muslims do not understand what 'hudud a la PAS' is all about. Some of those who took the courage to learn about Islam do understand hudud in the real perspective.
But still, the fear remains to haunt them. What is 'hudud a la PAS'?
Yes, PAS had given its assurances that its hudud will not affect the non-Muslims. However, the just can be put to question. For example, if a couple of Muslim and non-Muslim is caught for close proximity, only the Muslim will be punished, right?
Then, what about the non-Muslim? He or she will scot free! So, where is justice in a law that will encourage more such doings?
I am not against hudud but not for 'hudud a la PAS'. Just like CSL and many other Muslims who question 'hudud a la PAS', I don't see the logic for a political 'hudud' here. To implement the actual hudud, we have to go to the Parliament, and I personally believe it will be rejected by a slim majority.
Hudud is merely a PAS political game. Knowing how much is disgusts Karpal and friends and PKR, PAS motive is so loud and clear - to hitch hike on Pakatan should the pact succeeds in taking over Putrajaya in the next general election.
PAS seems to have lost faith in its own strength, and that tells how it accepted Anwar Ibrahim's offer to join PR about 10 years ago.
Its not about hudud or Islamic Law. Its all about power crazy!
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 09:14 AM PDT
Even before Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast of the U.S., economists were predicting that the historic storm would cause billions of dollars in damage across more than a dozen states where planes were grounded, stock exchanges were closed, public transportation was halted and homes began to get pounded by devastating wind and torrential rain.
By Monday, disaster-modeling company Eqecat estimated that Sandy would cause $5 billion to $10 billion in insured losses and $10 billion to $20 billion in economic damages. (In 2008, Hurricane Ike had similar economic damages at $20 billion.) Others have estimated as much as $100 billion in damages. The real cost is probably somewhere in the middle. For example, Peter Morici, a business professor at the University of Maryland, is estimating up to $45 billion in losses by comparing Sandy with Hurricane Irene when it hit the Northeast in 2011.
The initial estimates last year for Irene were around $7 billion, but it eventually caused about $10 billion to $15 billion worth of damage. Morici says he's predicting a similar increase from the estimate to the actual damages for Sandy considering the size of the storm, the number of Americans who will be affected (estimated around 60 million) and the possibility that metropolitan areas like New York City and Washington, D.C., could essentially be shut down for several days.
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Posted: 30 Oct 2012 08:11 AM PDT
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Posted: 29 Oct 2012 07:05 PM PDT
The room was very cold. Turning up the thermostat did not make any difference. Victor had to wrap me up to keep me warm. I did not sleep very well. The unfamiliar mattress and pillows exacerbated the situation. The room also reeked of stale cigarette smoke odour. Why the hotel allowed guests to smoke in the room and stink it up is beyond my comprehension.
My favourite breakfast.
Photo taken with Samsung Galaxy S III.
At first light, I got up to get ready for breakfast. I am not a breakfast person but I needed the energy and also to ensure that my blood glucose level is maintained. My favourite is a sandwich of toasted bread with a generous spread of butter, scrambled eggs and baked beans. The scrambled eggs did not look appetising. Victor recommended the sunny side up instead which was not a bad choice actually.
By the time I arrived at the seminar room, it was already teeming with participants. I went to check on my slides. Everything was in order. With half an hour more to go, I went back to my room which was on the same floor to catheterise and to put on a jacket. Good thing I decided to don a jacket for this event. Even with that many people, it was still freezing cold in the seminar room.
Peter Tan conducting Disability Equality Training (DET) at the Sarawak Supported Employment Seminar in Kuching.
Photo by Victor Chin.
The session went well with active involvement from the participants. The topic of "What is disability?" focused on the causes of disability, the difference between impairment and disability, the Medical Model of Disability and Social Model of Disability. The 150 participants were from Community-Based Rehabilitation centres and Non-Governmental Organisation all over Sarawak.
View from the back of the seminar room.
Photo by Victor Chin.
When I was about to conclude, to my horror, the LCD projector lost video signal. My heart skipped several beats as the climax of the entire session hung on the few slides that I had yet to show. I did not realise that the laptop was being powered by battery. It was plugged back to the main power supply and rebooted. Fortunately, everything went on smoothly after that for me to wrap the session up.
Pierce and I have known each other online for 9 years but this was the first time we met face to face.
Photo by Victor Chin.
The highlight of the day was meeting Pierce. We got acquainted from our blogging days about 9 years ago. He was very vocal in supporting disability rights that I was advocating for. Then Facebook came along and we got better connected via social media. When I had problems with Streamyx, he put me through to the proper channels to resolve those issues. He is one of those angels that is always looking out for me. Thank you, Pierce!
Joanna, who was there to cover the seminar, had a few more interview questions for me. Together with Pierce, we found a quieter spot in the Secretariat Room to continue with our conversation. After Joanna left to follow the other session of the seminar, Pierce and I continued with our conversations right through lunch. And then he offered to drop Victor and I off at the airport as we wanted to get there earlier than the pre-arranged time.
There were several of such cemeteries along the way to the Kuching International Airport.
Pierce took a longer than usual route to the airport to avoid the traffic jam. It was scenic as it was macabre. There were several cemeteries by the road along the journey. The graves were well maintained though unlike those in Penang that were usually overgrown with lalang. We reached the airport with two hours to spare before boarding. While Pierce went to park the car, Victor and I went to check in my luggage.
We had problem using the the self check-in terminal as my ticket was tagged with special service request. A very helpful Malaysia Airlines counter staff helped check us in and put in a note for an aisle chair at the boarding gate.
With some time to kill still, Pierce, Victor and I lounged at Starbucks for a while. Pierce is a veritable tome of good Kuching food. I hope he will be our guide when I return to the city the next time. I appreciate the fact that he spent his entire day with us, from my early morning session at the seminar, then sending us to the airport and hanging out with us again until we had to get to the boarding lounge. That surely must be Sarawak hospitality at its best!
Our ride home at the Kuching International Airport.
The journey back was uneventful. I tried to catch forty winks in the plane but the thought of being able to see Wuan and the cats again kept me awake. My fear of the wheelchair being mishandled was unfounded. The ground crew were very professional in managing it.
Victor must be credited for making this trip possible for me. Without his support, I would have to reject the invitation. He had made it easy for me to do what I was there for while he managed the rest.
I would also like to thank the team from JICA, especially Terumi for the travel arrangements, Swee Lan for the support during the seminar and the officers from the Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat Negeri Sarawak, namely Puan Hadiah, Penolong Pengarah Seksyen Orang Kurang Upaya, for the hospitality. I will definitely make a trip back to Kuching to enjoy the sights and sounds and savour the food that this city has to offer.
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 10:30 AM PDT
A KOTA BHARU - Pas Kelantan masih memerlukan Mursyidul Am Pas, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat untuk menerajui Kerajaan Negeri terutama dalam pilihan raya biarpun wujud tanggapan beliau sudah tidak mampu menjadi pemimpin setelah 22 tahun.
Timbalan Pesuruhjaya III Pas Kelantan, Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah berkata, Nik Abdul Aziz merupakan orang yang paling layak kerana pengalaman, ketokohan dan kebolehan serta kehormatan masyarakat kepadanya.
"Kami yang minta Tok Guru (Gelaran kepada Nik Abdul Aziz) untuk terus berkhidmat walaupun sudah beberapa kali beliau menyuarakan hasrat untuk berhenti," katanya kepada pemberita di sini, semalam.
Terdahulu beliau meluangkan masa selama tiga jam melawat Kampus Limkokwing Akademik Kelantan di sini, yang turut dihadiri oleh Ketua Akademiknya, Dr Zainal Abidin.
Katanya mengulas mengenai desakan beberapa pihak yang seolah-olah bermati-matian mahukan Nik Abdul Aziz berundur, Mohd Amar menjelaskan hanya Pas yang lebih tahu siapa yang layak untuk memastikan Kelantan terus kekal di bawah pemerintahan Pas.
"Biar kami (orang Pas) buat keputusan ini dan ia bukan kerja mereka kerana kami lebih tahu siapa yang boleh bertanding dan memegang jawatan tersebut.
"Pengekalan Tok Guru juga tiada kaitan dengan masalah dalaman tetapi kami sendiri mahukan beliau," katanya.
Sementara itu, menjawab tuduhan Presiden Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) yang menyifatkan Nik Abdul Aziz sebagai makan gaji buta, Mohd Amar menafikan dakwaan itu sebaliknya beliau sudah menjalankan tanggungjawabnya sebagai ketua sebaiknya.
Dalam kenyataan itu, Ibrahim berkata, Nik Abdul Aziz perlu berundur kerana beliau tidak boleh berfungsi mentadbir dan menjadi ketua kerajaan yang efektif, beliau tidak boleh jadi ketua pentadbir berkesan kerana keadaan yang uzur.
Mohd Amar berkata, sebagai menteri besar tanggungjawabnya hanyalah memberikan idea dan arahan manakala yang melaksanakan serta melakukannya adalah kerja exco.
"Jadi di sini tiada istilah makan gaji buta dan walaupun beliau uzur tetapi pemikiran dan pendapatnya masih diperlukan," katanya. -SH
Saya tak layan desakan 'Umno buangan' - TG Nik Aziz.
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 06:23 AM PDT
ယေန႕ နံနက္ ၄နာရီခန္႕မွ စ၍ ရခုိင္အစြန္းေရာက္ ေယာက်ာ္း မိန္းမ ၃၀၀၀ ခန္႕သည္ ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္သုိ႕ ေက်ာက္ထရံဘက္မွ စတင္၍ ဝင္ေရာက္ရန္ ႀကိဳးပမ္းသည္ကို ခလရ ၃၄၆ တပ္မွ သတိေပး တားဆီးရာမွ အထိအခုိက္ရွိခဲ့သည္။ ရခုိင္ အခ်ိဳ႕ ထိခုိက္ခဲ့ရာမွ ျပန္ဆုတ္သြားၿပီး မလွမ္းမကမ္းတြင္ လူျပန္စုေနၾကသည္။
ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္ မလွမ္းမကမ္း ဟုမ္းဝတြင္ လူျပန္စုၿပီး ထပ္မံဝင္ေရာက္လာမည္ဟု မွန္းဆရသည္။ ထိုသုိ႕ မွန္းဆသည့္ အတိုင္း ေက်ာက္ထရံရြာအနီး လူတစ္ေသာင္းခန္႕ စုေဝးၿပီး ေအာ္ဟစ္ေနၾကသည္။ ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္အတြင္းသို႕ ဝင္ေရာက္ရန္ ဒုတယံမိ ႀကိဳးပမ္းရာ တပ္မေတာ္မွ ထပ္မံတားဆီးလ်က္ရွိသည္။
တခ်ိန္တည္းမွာပင္ ရြာဦးေရွ ့ ပင္လယ္ဘက္ကမ္း ဆီမွစက္ေလွ ရာခ်ီ လူသူအျပည့္နွင့္ ဝဲလ်က္ရွိေၾကာင္းလည္း သိရွိရသည္။ အဆိုပါ လူစု လူေဝး ၿပီး ယခု သတင္းတင္ခ်ိန္အတြင္း စုစုေပါင္း လူ၃ေသာင္းနီးပါးခန္႕ ေယာက်ား္မိန္းမ မ်ားပါဝင္ၿပီး ေခါင္းစီးနီမ်ားနွင့္ ညာသံေပးၿပီးရြာတြင္းဝင္ရန္ ႀကိဳးပမ္းေနသည္ကုိ ေရွ႕ဆက္မတိုးရန္ တပ္မွ သတိေပးေနၿပီး လူစုခြဲသည့္ အဆင့္သုိ႕ မေရာက္ေသးေၾကာင္းသိရွိရသည္။
နံနက္ကလည္း ေက်ာက္ထရံရြာစြန္ရွိ ေနအိမ္ ၂လံုးအား ရခုိင္အစြန္းေရာက္တို႕မွ မီးကြင္းပစ္ရာ အခ်ိန္မွီ ၿငိမ္းသက္ႏုိင္၍ ေခါင္းမိုးမ်ားသာ ေလာင္ကၽြမ္းခဲ့ၿပီး တအိမ္လံုး မပ်က္စီးခဲ့ေပ။
ယခု အေျခအေနတြင္ ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္ရြာခံ မြတ္စလင္မ္မ်ားအေနျဖင့္လည္း မိမိတို႕အသက္၊ မိသားစုမ်ား အတြက္နွင့္ ဘာသာေရး ဆိုင္ရာ အေဆာက္အအံုမ်ား အတြက္ ဝင္ေရာက္လာမည့္ အစြန္းေရာက္ အၾကမ္းဖက္မ်ားအား ရင္ဆိုင္ရန္ ျပင္ဆင္လ်က္ရွိေၾကာင္း သိရွိရသည္။
ယေန႕ သည္ ဗုဒၵဘာသာဝင္မ်ားအတြက္ ဓမၼစၾကာ အခါေတာ္ေန႕ ျဖစ္သည့္ အားေလ်ာ္စြာ ရခုိင္ ဗုဒၵဘာသာဝင္မ်ားအေနျဖင့္ ဘုရားေက်ာင္းကန္မ်ားတြင္ ဘုရား တရားေတာ္နွင့္ အညီ သီလသမာဓိ ေစာင့္ ထိန္းၾကမည္ဆိုပါက အမ်ားသူငွာ သာဓု အနုေမာဒနာ ေခၚဆိုစရာ အေၾကာင္းျဖစ္ပါသည္။
သို႕ေသာ္လည္း ယခုမႈ ပါဏာတိပါတာ ေဝရမဏီ သိကၡာဝရံ သမာဓိ ရာမိ……..
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 04:46 AM PDT
ASEAN chief: Rohingya issue could destabilize the region Yohanna Ririhena, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan urges the international community to take a more effective stance and faster pace in helping settle Myanmar's Rohingya problem, since the conflict poses strategic and security challenges that could destabilize Southeast Asia.
"They are now under tremendous pressure, pain and suffering. If the international community, including ASEAN, are not able to relieve that pressure and pain, conceivably, [the 1.5 million of Rohingyas] could become radicalized and the entire region could be destabilized, including the Malacca Straits," Surin said in Jakarta on Monday.
If they became radicalized, he said, the area risked becoming a zone of violence that could damage cooperation in ASEAN and East Asia. "I think it has wider strategic and security implications."
He also saw potential dangers for the major sea-lane of the Malacca Straits. The area serves as the main shipping channel between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, linking major Asian economies such as India, China, Japan and South Korea.
Myanmar's government said on Monday it had boosted security in the western state hit by ethnic unrest as the number of displaced rose to 28,000, most of whom were Muslims.
The latest violence between ethnic Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists, which began Oct. 21, killed at least 84 people and injured 129 more, according to Myanmar's government. Human rights groups believe the true toll could be far higher.
When asked about concrete ways ASEAN could prevent a worsening of the situation, Surin urged ASEAN to engage in humanitarian efforts, as had been done when Myanmar was hit by cyclone Nargis in 2008. "I think ASEAN is in the position to repeat what we had done in cyclone Nargis, that was humanitarian engagement — relieve them from the suffering."
He also noted that help and support to relieve people from poverty, dislocation, displacement, should be extended to all sides, the Rohingya and the Rakhine people. "Let's see what we can do to relieve them from poverty, shortages of food, shelter and sanitation."
Matters regarding security, political, human rights and democracy issues, Surin said, would be the work of the government in Myanmar and the relevant international agencies.
Surin also underlined that the Rohingya problem was not a religious conflict between Muslim and Buddhist. "It is strategic and security issue. We have to be extremely careful."
Rakhine state spokesman Myo Thant said that security had been stepped up in the state, with additional police and soldiers deployed, but he declined to give details.
The UN Development Program's resident representative director in Myanmar, Ashok Nigam, said the figure of 28,000 displaced people was likely to rise because some who had fled along the coast by boat had yet to be counted.
An estimated 27,300 of those displaced were Muslims, Nigam said, adding that the UN figure was based on statistics from local authorities.
Human Rights Watch has said that the Rohingyas have suffered the brunt of the latest violence.
Tensions have simmered in the region since clashes first broke out in June, displacing 75,000 people — also mostly Muslims.
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 04:17 AM PDT
**His talk starts at 1:30**
The Buddhist Racist Extremist Terrorist Monk Wira Thu (Baddanda Wisita) is an anti-Muslim activist from Masoyein Monastry, Mandalay.
He has been doing nothing for good except propagating against Islam and Muslims of Myanmar for many years. In 2002, he played a leading role in the widespread of Anti-Muslim Movements in Upper Myanmar. Due to his active involvement in Kyauk-Se Conflicts which resulted in several damages and causalities for both communities _ Buddhists and Muslims, he was imprisoned, ad earlier this year, was released with the presidential pardon.
Once he was released, at the beginning, he tried to approach Muslim communities form Mandalay. He mentioned then that he was also caught in a political trap. He mentioned that, unwillingly and without actually aware of it, he became the cause of the bloodshed of Monks on the streets, and he has strained blood on the hands of the monks, meaning that he had led monks in the killings of Muslims. He also said he felt unsecured and regretted for what he had been involved, and he promised Muslims then that he would try to prevent the all possible conflicts between the Muslims and Buddhists in Upper Myanmar.
But later on, due to the pressure from his existing followers that had been once brainwashed by him, he diverted from what he had just said, and continued his anti-Muslim propaganda as usual. It is noticeable form his so-called preaching that he has had a great deal of followers, who are always posting and actively organizing Riots throughout the country.
Very recently, during the Muslims' Festival of sacrifice, Eid-ul-Adha, he preached ahd posted on facebook a topic named " The Bloody Path", offending Muslims throughout the world and their religious practices.
"Wira Thu works for the government," said one monk to Asia Times Online on strict condition of anonymity. "What he says is not Buddhist. What he does is not Buddhist. Very many monks do not support these views."
Myanmar's Muslim sideshow By Cem Ozturk
As the world continues to glare at Myanmar's ruling junta for its ongoing oppression of the country's popular democracy movement, it is hardly by coincidence that tensions between Buddhists and Muslims, in the past instigated by Yangon in times of political crisis, are on the rise again.
Some in Myanmar point the finger at alleged new "terrorists" among the Muslim minority. Do these allegations represent a heightened Islamist presence in Myanmar, or is this just the inner grumblings of a regime hoping to use the "war on terror" for desperately needed international support?
With red robes, a freshly shaven head and a look of serene indifference across his face, the seated monk was a near perfect emulation of the gold image of Buddha placed against the far wall. His words, however, were far from tranquil.
"We have a problem in Myanmar; we have a problem here in Mandalay. The problem is called Islam. There are many new Muslims in Mandalay from Pakistan [and Bangladesh]. These people are thieves and terrorists. They do not respect our religion and our women. We are Buddhist, and we are peaceful, but we must protect ourselves."
The scene was a Buddhist seminary adjacent to Shwe In Bin Monastery in Mandalay – Myanmar's second largest city. In this deeply Buddhist nation, the monkhood is second only to the government in public influence. The abbot, a charismatic Burman named Win Rathu, is a highly respected leader among the Mandalay clergy whose tough talk has earned him the Hollywood-esque nickname "The Fighting Monk". He is widely accepted as the leader of a growing anti-Muslim movement.
Several weeks prior to his conversation with Asia Times Online (September 14), he gave a speech on the matter which attracted a voluntary audience of nearly 3,000 monks – a substantial number by all accounts, and one that reflects the seriousness with which the perceived Muslim threat is being taken by the monkhood.
This perceived threat is nothing less than the largest religious minority in Myanmar. Numbering approximately 2 million people, Myanmar's Muslims comprise at least 4 percent of the overwhelmingly Theravada Buddhist state – a percentage as large as neighboring Thailand's. The percentage is very likely to be even higher as the ruling junta in Yangon refuses to recognize a large number of Muslims as citizens, and furthermore, all official statistics from the Myanmar government are known to be far from reliable at best, and completely fabricated to fit the government's needs at worst.
There are at least four ethnically distinct Muslim communities in Myanmar, all of which are Sunni. The ethnically Chinese Hui, with roots in Yunnan, dominate much of the cross-border trade in Mandalay and the north. Indian and Pakistani Muslims, who arrived with British colonial rule, are still found all over the country, most evident in Yangon and Mandalay. The ethnically Burman Muslims were converted in the same wave of Indian and Arab traders and scholars that influenced Thailand and Malaysia between the 9th and 14th centuries, and live throughout the central plains. The largest, also the poorest, Muslim ethnic group in Myanmar today is that of the Rohingyas. This struggling community shares both a border and a common cultural heritage with Bangladesh's Bengali Muslims, and live primarily in Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine state.
"These Pakistanis – they are the worst ones," says Win Rathu. "They are making it bad for everyone in Myanmar. The real reason America put the sanctions on us because they wanted to punish al-Qaeda, which is here – and now we are all paying. Buddhists are starving because of their connections to al-Qaeda."
While Win Rathu might be the first to claim that the US's sanctions on Myanmar are aimed at terrorists rather than the ruling junta, he is not the first person to claim that terrorists have mingled with Myanmar's Muslims. International attention was drawn to the Rohingya Muslim community when its links to Islamist groups were discovered. Anti-terror officials around the world took note, and so did the ruling junta in Yangon.
The government in Myanmar has never recognized the Rohingyas as a native population. It sent hundreds of thousands of them fleeing into Bangladesh in 1978 during a cleansing campaign ominously named Naga Min (Dragon King). Similar pogroms erupted again in the early 1990s, resulting in similarly massive migrations of refugees.
Most of the Rohingyas have since repatriated to Myanmar. However, over 100,000 remain inside Bangladesh. Some enjoy the relative protection of United Nations refugee camps, but all live in dire situations as refugees in a state than can scarcely manage to support its own people.
From the desperate conditions of these camps have sprung several generations of small resistance groups which have operated a low-level insurgency along the northwestern border for some decades. Most of these groups have sought equal religious and economic standing in Myanmar, and a few have demanded the creation of a separate Muslim state along the border. All of these groups have been completely ineffective against Myanmar's large military – battle hardened by 50 years of counter-insurgency warfare.
The Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO) is one of these groups, and the subject of much of the world's attention on Myanmar's Muslims. Founded in the early 1980s, the RSO has aped movements such as the Taliban and the Kashmir-based Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. After a failed merger with another Rohingya insurgent group to form the moderate Arakan Rohingya National Organization, the RSO split into several factions, all claiming the name RSO.
As the South Asia Intelligence Review reports, at least one of the RSO's factions is known to have enjoyed financial and technical support from a variety of pan-Islamist organizations throughout South and Southeast Asia, including the Bangladeshi/Pakistani Jamaat-e-Islami, Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hizb-e-Islami, and most importantly, Bangladesh's Harakat-ul-Jihad-ul-Islami (HuJI) – all of whom are unquestionably linked with al-Qaeda.
Videotapes of Bangladeshi/Rohingya mujahideen training camps acquired by the media and US intelligence during the October 2001 campaign in Afghanistan also support this link, as does the fact that Rohingyas were among some of the Taliban fighters captured by the Northern Alliance and coalition forces. According to Islamist network expert Subir Bhaumik, Rohingya volunteers have been sent to international flashpoints as far away as Kashmir and Chechnya. Further establishing the links is the fact that Osama bin Laden himself has openly referred to the persecution of Muslims in Myanmar, as well as his supporters there, in at least one speech.
Back in Win Rathu's office, the tranquil smiling continued as he switched on a digital video camera, a Compaq PC, and an air conditioner – all incredible luxuries for anyone in this desperately poor country, and especially unusual material possessions for an avowed ascetic monk.
"There have been problems before, but the problems have really grown in the last several years with the Pakistani Muslims," said Wi Rathu. "They want Myanmar to be Muslim – but Myanmar is Buddhist. They want the rest of Asia to be Muslim and live by Muslims rules – but we are Buddhist."
Win Rathu's fears call to mind the stated goals of some of the pan-Islamist jihadi groups such as Jemaah Islamiya, which wish to see an Islamic super-state encompassing territory from Bangladesh to Indonesia. It is not difficult to see why this idea might be cause for alarm. His other fears, however, call to mind nothing but the kind of superstitions that give rise to religious violence in the first place.
"The Muslims are responsible for nearly all of the crime in Myanmar: opium, theft, many rapes. They want to deface images of the Buddha like they did in Afghanistan. Now they mock us with these longyis [a common traditional garment]". As he said this, three young monks presented framed pictures of the longyis – on which they claimed patterns of Buddhist symbols were placed next to symbols which supposedly represented female genitalia. The longyis, they asserted, were worn and sold by Muslims, and were imported from Malaysia – a Muslim country.
It was this kind of tension which led to nationwide sectarian riots in 2001. Violence broke out between the two faiths in the towns of Taungoo, Prome, Sittwe, Pegu and Mandalay, as large mobs often led by what appeared to be Buddhist monks attacked Muslim businesses, homes and mosques. The violence resulted in at least nine deaths and considerable destruction of property.
As Human Rights Watch reported in its 2001 report, "Crackdown on Burmese Muslims", monks, working with the support of the government, have distributed anti-Muslim pamphlets such as the 2001 tract "Myo Pyauk Hmar Soe Kyauk Hla Tai (The Fear of Losing One's Race). Distribution of the pamphlets was also facilitated by the Union of Solidarity and Development Association (USDA). The USDA is the civilian support wing of the military regime, and the same group that recently ambushed and abducted democratic opposition leader Aung San Su Kyi.
While the idea of monks actually leading rioters may seem unusual, certain details make it less so. Myanmar's large and much feared military intelligence service, the Directorate of Defense Security Intelligence is commonly believed to have agents working within the monkhood. The monks have always been courageous supporters of the democracy movement. It would seem that monitoring dissident monks is not their only function.
Human Rights Watch also reported that monks in the 2001 riots were carrying mobile phones, a luxury not readily available to the Myanmar population – as very few without government connections can afford them. It is also reported that there was a clear split between monks who provoked violence and those who did not. It has been suggested by Human Rights Watch and others that these facts may reflect the presence of agents provocateur among the monks. That suggestion may not be far off.
"Win Rathu works for the government," said one monk to Asia Times Online on strict condition of anonymity. "What he says is not Buddhist. What he does is not Buddhist. Very many monks do not support these views." Indeed, by his own admission, Wi Ra Thu's speech was not licensed or supported by his seniors among the clergy. One doubts as well that it is the clergy which finances his princely lifestyle.
In the past, the military regime has launched major campaigns against one or another internal minority during times of major political crises. The logic is clear – without internal crisis as an excuse for government crackdowns, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC)has no justification for its heavy-handed rule. Indeed, the SPDC has often been accused of inciting such sectarian violence for its own political ends. In February 15, 2000 testimony before the United States Congressional Human Rights Caucus Stephen Dun, a Christian member of the Karen ethnic minority, related how the 1994 split between the Buddhist and Christian factions of Karen rebels in the south was caused by agitators. The sectarian schism resulted in the fall of the rebels' most important stronghold, Manerplaw, to SPDC forces – a nearly mortal blow to the Karen rebellion.
The 1991 scapegoating and subsequent exodus of 250,000 Rohingyas into Bangladesh occurred at a time of major political crisis – the ruling military regime had just been overwhelmingly defeated by the National League for Democracy (NLD). Refusing to recognize the NLD's victory, the regime was condemned domestically and internationally.
As the government faces economic sanctions and renewed international condemnation for its imprisonment and treatment of Aunt San Su Kyi from the West, one should expect the same diversionary tactics from the regime. The recent military campaign against Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) rebels in south confirms this.
The Muslim minority is another easy target. However, unlike the KNLA, operations against Rohingyas have the added political value of being framed as part of the international "war on terror". If tension continues to escalate, setting off violence like it did in 2001 – the same kind of desperate conditions that gave hold to Islamist groups in the first place will be exacerbated. A further radicalized Muslim minority directly adjacent to a major terrorist target like Thailand, in a region already struggling to cope with terrorism, could indeed constitute a heightened Islamist threat.
If violence does once again break out, it will be agitators like Win Rathu at the lead. And this religious violence threatens to divert the world's attention from the real issue in Myanmar – the continuing deprivation of its people's prosperity by an unpopular military dictatorship.
(Copyright 2003 Asia Times Online Co, Ltd.
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 06:15 AM PDT
Gejala menghisap shisha yang semakin menular dalam kalangan remaja masa kini dan kewujudan premis serta kedai yang menyediakan kemudahan menghisap shisha perlu diberi perhatian serius dengan segera oleh pihak berkuasa kesihatan dan majlis perbandaran.
"Langkah ini perlu diambil dengan segera memandangkan menghisap shisha ini dikatakan sama bahayanya dengan menghisap rokok," kata Presiden Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang (CAP), SM Mohamed Idris dalam satu kenyataan.
Katanya, menurut Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO), amalan menghisap hookah atau shisha mempunyai risiko kesihatan yang sama seperti merokok atau menggunakan produk tembakau lain.
Beliau berkata, penghisap shisha biasanya menyedut asap sebanyak 50 hingga 200 kali atau selama 20 minit hingga 80 minit yang dianggarkan sebanyak 0.15 liter hingga satu liter.
Menurutnya, mereka yang menghisap rokok selalunya menyedut sebanyak lapan hingga 12 kali dan mengambil masa hanya lima hingga tujuh minit serta menyedut 0.5 liter hingga 0.6 liter asap.
Jelas beliau lagi, dalam satu laporan oleh sebuah akhbar tempatan yang memuatkan temubual dengan seorang pengamal perubatan mengenai bahaya menghisap shisha, dikatakan penghisap shisha turut boleh mengalami ketagihan seperti penghisap rokok biasa, kerana penggunaan tembakau sebagai bahan utama sememangnya membahayakan kesihatan.
Beliau menambah, penggunaan arang dalam peralatan dalam peralatan untuk menghisap shisha boleh meningkatkan masalah paru-paru berikutan arang yang digunakan boleh mendap dalam saluran pernafasan si penghisap.
"Air didihan yang digunakan juga tidak dapat menapis toksin yang ada, memandangkan shisha turut mengandungi nikotin dan karbon dioksida yang terdapat dalam rokok biasa, penggunaan berterusan hanya akan memudaratkan kesihatan dalam jangka masa penjang," ujarnya.
Sehubungan itu, kata beliau CAP menggesa pihak berkuasa supaya mengharamkan penggunaan shisha dan pihak berkuasa tempatan tidak lagi mengeluarkan lesen perniagaan terhadap premis yang mempunyai kemudahan untuk menghisap shisha.
"Tindakan tegas perlu diambil segera memandangkan penggunaan shisha boleh memudaratkan kesihatan," katanya lagi.
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 02:52 AM PDT
October 30, 2012 (2:30 PM) M-Media News by Zarni
M-Media talked with a villager from Kyaut Ni Maw at 2:30 PM today. He said
"Rakhines are gathering people at Kyaut-tha-yan village. There were about 1,000 people this morning. We heard they are bringing people from elsewhere. There is the military here. Soldiers opened fire into the air. I heard two people died this morning.
This morning, there were three arson attacks at Chan Myae Yeik Nyein. One house was destroyed. We have informed the army and police. We give them the names of the exact attackers as they instructed, but there is no action from the authority yet.
For now, we all are united. If something happened, we will not run away. We were born here and we have been here for generations. We don't have anywhere else to run. We all have decided to disabled our boats by removing equipments. As long as the authority protects us, we will not do anything. If they come in, we will fight back. This is only way we have. We will fight back until we die."
Last night, General Hla Min, Arakan state premier Hla Maung, and Union Minister Thein Htay came to the area. General Hla Min is in Than Dwe today. Now a helicopter is flying above Kyaut Ni Maw.
M-Media learns that Rakhines are consistently trying to establish Arakan state free of Muslims. According to the plan, Rakhines are trying to target Muslims who are remaining in Arakan state.
In the past six days, the renewed terrorist attacks in Arakan state have left many Muslim homes destroyed and people killed in six townships.
Myanmar media has propagated the Rakines' violence as public rally to express opinion.
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 02:50 AM PDT
ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္ရွိ အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာ၀င္တို႔အား ၆ နာရီအတြင္း ရခုိင္အၾကမ္းဖက္မ်ား ၃ ႀကိမ္တိုက္ခိုက္
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"မီးကြင္းပစ္တဲ့ ရာဇာေန၀င္းနဲ႔ ၀င္း၀င္းထြန္းတို႔ရဲ႕ သက္ေသခံပစၥည္းေတြကို သိမ္းထားတယ္၊ အေထာက္အထား အျပည့္အ၀ရွိတယ္" ဟု ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္ရွိ ကမန္တုိင္းရင္းသားတစ္ဦးက ေျပာသည္။
မီးကြင္းပစ္ခံရသည့္အတြက္ ခ်မ္းေျမ့ရိပ္ၿငိမ္ ရပ္ကြက္ေန ကမန္တုိင္းရင္းသား အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာ၀င္ အညီ (ခ) ဦးၾကြက္ေခ် ႏွင့္ ဦးေအာင္၀င္ေခ် တို႔၏ ေနအိမ္ေခါင္မိုးမ်ား ထက္၀က္ေက်ာ္ခန္႔ မီးေလာင္ ပ်က္ဆီး ဆံုး႐ံႈးခဲ့ေၾကာင္းလည္း အထက္ပါပုဂၢိဳလ္ကပင္ေျပာသည္။
ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္ေက်း႐ြာရွိ ကမန္တုိင္းရင္းသား အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာ၀င္မ်ားအား အျမစ္ျပတ္သုတ္သင္ ေခ်မႈန္းရန္အတြက္ အဓိက ဦးေဆာင္ခဲ့သူမ်ားမွာ ရခိုင္အၾကမ္းဖက္ ALP တပ္ဖြဲ႕၀င္မ်ားအပါအ၀င္ ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္ စံျပရပ္ကြက္တြင္ေနထုိင္သည့္ ဦးညီပု (ေခၚ) ေအာင္ျမတ္ေဇာ္ (ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ဘက္သို႔ ဆန္ခိုးထုတ္ တင္ပို႔သည့္ စီးပြားေရးလုပ္ငန္းလုပ္ကိုင္သူ) တိုက္ေနဆရာ၀န္ ေအာင္စစ္ထြန္း ႏွင့္ ရယက စာေရး ျမေသာင္းတို႔က ေဒါက္တာေအးေမာင္ (ရခိုင္အမ်ဳိးသားတိုးတက္ေရးပါတီ ဥကၠဌ) ၏ ညႊန္ၾကားခ်က္ အတိုင္း လုပ္ေဆာင္ခဲ့ျခင္းျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။
ယခုအခ်ိန္တြင္ တပ္အင္အား မ်ားျပားေနသျဖင့္ ေဒါက္တာေအးေမာင္က ၎၏လက္ပါးေစ အၾကမ္းဖက္ အုပ္စုမ်ားအား ေခတၱခန္႔ တပ္ဆုတ္ရန္ ညႊန္ၾကားထားေၾကာင္း ခိုင္လံုသည့္သတင္းရပ္ကြက္မွ သိရသည္။
"ရခုိင္ျပည္နယ္ အစိုးရအဖြဲ႕မွာကိုက ALP က ၈၀ ရာခိုင္ႏႈန္း အနည္းဆံုး ပါ၀င္ပတ္သတ္ေနတယ္၊ တကယ္ပစ္တဲ့တပ္ေတြဆိုရင္ ျပည္နယ္၀န္ႀကီး႐ံုးအမိန္႔နဲ႔ အေၾကာင္းရွာၿပီး ေျပာင္းမွာေလ၊ ခမရ ၃၄၆ နဲ႔ ခလရ ၅၆၂ တို႔လည္း ဒီလိုပဲျဖစ္ဖို႔ရွိတယ္၊ တပ္အင္အားက်မွ သူတို႔က အလြယ္တကူဖ်က္မွာ၊ အရင္အတုိင္းပဲေပါ႔ဗ်ာ၊ ကၽြန္ေတာ္လို႔လည္း စိတ္မေကာင္းပါဘူး" ဟု အမည္မေဖၚလိုသည့္ ပုဂၢိဳလ္ႀကီးတစ္ဦးက ေျပာသည္။
အဆိုပါကိစၥႏွင့္ ဆက္စပ္၍ ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္ ၿမိဳ႕ခံတစ္ဦးကလည္း ယေန႔ညပိုင္းတြင္ ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္ ေက်းရြာရွိ အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာ၀င္တုိ႔အား မီး႐ိႈ႕လူသတ္မႈမ်ားကို အခိုင္အၾကမ္းဖက္မ်ား ျပဳလုပ္ႏိုင္ဖြယ္ ရွိသည္ဟု သံုးသပ္ေနၾကသည္။
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 02:01 AM PDT
ETHNIC CLEANSING PROJECT almost finished…If wish to just segregate the two parties must be informed and done peacefully ith the consent. Need to build houses, villages or towns with proper planing….Now..it is too late for proper planning..a lot of causalities and bitter feelings….
A ship carrying Rakhine nationals left for Sittway from Buthitaung seen on October 27 (Photo – Win Maung (Maung Taw) / EMG)
Blessing in Disguise???
Now reinvent the May Yu District under Central Government FULL permanent control.
Rakhines, Bamas, Buddhists reject OIC. So OIC could concentrate for this district only.
Keep the Immigration, Customs office etc.
Built International Sea port, Airport and declare Myanmar Western corridor under BIMSTEC for economic cooperation with Indian Sub continent countries.
(Bay of Bengal Initiative for MultiSectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is an international organisation involving a group of countries in South Asia and South East Asia. The member countries of this group are: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal. (Wikipedia)
OIC should build a new city with proper town planning, drainage, water pipes, electricity, roads, markets and transport plans.
Shop-houses, office places, industrial areas and residential areas with recreational and sports facilities must be built.
Modern firming with irrigation systems, animal husbandry, fish and prawn breeding and fishing industry should be initiated.
If made the new district Free Trade Area it could become prosperous like Penang, Singapore, Taiwan or Hong Kong and few decades and I hope that Rakhines would que-up to apply permits to be able to work and live there.
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 01:41 AM PDT
I was deeply relieved when I read the following article because I have yet to go for a mammogram. The fear of pain repulsed me beyond measure, especially since a few girlfriends gave me very graphic descriptions of their experiences. According to The Guardian:
Breast cancer screening causes more damage than previously thought by Sarah Boseley
Around 4,000 women have unnecessary treatment for a disease that will never threaten their health, though tests should continue.
Breast cancer screening causes more harm than has previously been recognised, even though it saves lives, according to an independent review set up following years of scientific controversy surrounding the NHS programme.
Around 1,300 lives are saved every year by mammography, which women are invited to undergo between the ages of 50 to 70, said the review, which recommends that screenings should continue.
But 4,000 women will undergo unnecessary treatment, including surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, for a cancer they would not otherwise have known about and which would have done them no harm in their lifetime. Some breast cancers are so tiny and slow growing that they would never be a threat to a woman's health, the review says.
The government is embarking on an immediate revision of the leaflet which invites women for screening, said national cancer director Sir Mike Richards, so that women can weigh up the benefits against potential harm and make their own decision as to whether to be screened.
While he welcomed the review panel's support for screening, he added: "The key thing is that we communicate this new information to women so they can make an informed choice for themselves.
"NHS Cancer Screening Programmes have already asked independent academics to develop new materials to give the facts in a clear, unbiased way. I hope to see them in use in the next few months. If any woman has concerns about breast screening she should talk to her GP or health professional."
The independent review panel was set up by the government and the charity Cancer Research UK under the chairmanship of Sir Michael Marmot and comprised scientists who had never published on breast screening before, in order to establish their impartiality on an issue that has provoked impassioned argument between epidemiologists.
The leading critic of screening is Professor Peter Gøtzsche, director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre, whose team has spent years analysing the data from the trials carried out in several countries prior to the setup of national screening programmes – as well as more recent studies. Gøtzsche says the harm of screening outweighs the benefits.
Marmot's team also reviewed data from original breast screening trials, many of which took place in Scandinavia. They acknowledged that they had limitations because they mostly date from the 1980s or earlier – the NHS programme was set up in 1988. But they dismissed other criticisms, such as that some of the women had died of other diseases and not breast cancer.
The review judged that screening reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer by 20%. It prevented 43 deaths for every 10,000 women invited to be screened, or one death per 235 women invited. Among those 10,000 women, 681 cancers would be diagnosed and 129 of those would be over-diagnosed – the mammogram would have picked up an otherwise undetectable tumour which the woman would never have known about. As with many prostate cancers in men, it would grow so slowly that without treatment she would die with it, rather than of it.
"Our best estimate is around 4,000 cancers a year which is about 19%," said Professor David Cameron from Edinburgh University, who presented the findings which are published today in the Lancet medical journal.
"Breast cancer screening should continue, but we felt that the information given to women needs to be reviewed with our findings taken into account, so women are given an accurate picture of the benefits and harms."
The current NHS leaflet mentions misdiagnosis almost in passing. "Screening can find cancers which are treated but which may not otherwise have been found during your lifetime," it tells women.
Marmot said the information must now be available for women to make a choice. "Clear communication of these harms and benefits to women is essential, and the core of how a modern health system should function," he said.
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 02:52 AM PDT
Menteri Besar Negeri Sembilan, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan berbohong berhubung skandal tanah yang mengaitkannya, sedangkan KEADILAN ada bukti kukuh, kata Pengarah Strategi KEADILAN, Rafizi Ramli.
Beliau mengulas jawapan Mohamad bahawa tanah hutan simpan di negeri itu di bawah seliaan Yayasan Negeri Sembilan dan hanya dipajak untuk tanaman kelapa sawit.
"Menteri Besar bohong apabila dakwa tanah itu milik kerajaan negeri. Kita juga akan buktikan skim pajakan yang digunakan sangat tidak menguntungkan (kerajaan negeri) dan tidak beri apa-apa hasil kepada rakyat," katanya.
Rafizi berkata, KEADILAN mempunyai cukup bukti kukuh menunjukkan Yayasan Negeri Sembilan digunakan pimpinan politik Umno BN negeri itu untuk mendapatkan kawasan hutan berkenaan.
Katanya lagi, penerokaan hutan simpan dibuat secara berperingkat, dimulai dengan penebangan balak dan diikuti dengan tanaman kelapa sawit.
"Di Hutan Simpan Jeram Padang Selatan, sebahagian besar balak habis (ditebang)…bukit sudah botak," katanya sambil menegaskan akan mengemuka bukti dari masa ke semasa.
KEADILAN Selasa lalu mendedahkan mengenai pengambilan hutan simpan untuk aktiviti pembalakan haram oleh Mohammad membabitkan 487.3 hektar hutan yang diwarta sebagai hutan simpan sejak 1918.
Posted: 29 Oct 2012 10:01 PM PDT
Kuala Lumpur: Dua rakyat Malaysia yang ditahan di Beirut minggu lalu, dihadapkan ke Mahkamah Tentera Lubnan semalam, atas tuduhan menganggotai kumpulan al-Qaeda.
Mohamad Razin Shahar Mustapha Kamal, 21, dan Razif Mohamad Ariffin, 28, mengaku tidak bersalah terhadap tuduhan itu sebaik mereka dibawa ke mahkamah berkenaan pada jam 10 pagi (4 petang waktu tempatan).
Bagaimanapun, hakim menangguhkan kes itu untuk disebut semula esok bagi membolehkan kedua-dua tertuduh mendapatkan khidmat peguam bela.
Mahkamah juga membenarkan permohonan bapa Razif, Mohamad Ariffin Abdullah untuk menemui anaknya selama setengah jam sebelum kedua-dua tertuduh di bawa ke Pusat Tahanan Tribunal Tentera Beirut.
Duta Besar Malaysia ke Lubnan, Ilango Karuppannan, berkata hakim yang mendengar kes itu memerintahkan supaya mereka mendapatkan khidmat peguam bagi membela mereka.
Katanya, pihak kedutaan sudah mengenal pasti sebuah firma guaman di Beirut dan sedang mengkaji fakta kes itu.
Ilango berkata, beliau sudah menghantar dua pegawai kedutaan untuk menemui kedua-dua tertuduh di pusat terbabit.
Minggu lalu, pihak berkuasa Lubnan menahan tertuduh di sebuah hotel di Beirut kerana dipercayai menganggotai kumpulan yang mempunyai kaitan dengan al-Qaeda.
Ariffin ketika dihubungi berkata, beliau sempat bertanyakan mengenai keadaan kesihatan anaknya selain mendapatkan maklumat lanjut sama ada diseksa semasa berada dalam tahanan.
Katanya, beliau juga masih menunggu maklumat lanjut berhubung penahanan anaknya itu namun enggan mengulas lanjut mengenai tuduhan terhadapnya.
Saya minta mana-mana pihak agar dapat memberikan saya sedikit masa dan ruang bagi mengikuti proses tuduhan ke atas anak saya dan buat masa ini saya tidak dapat mengulas dakwaan terhadap Razif, katanya yang dihubungi sejurus selesai mengikuti proses pertuduhan di mahkamah.
Ibu Mohamad Razin, Sharifah Asma, berkata dia tidak tahu bagaimana anaknya boleh ditahan atas kesalahan menganggotai kumpulan al-Qaeda.
Anak saya tinggal di Melaka dan menuntut di sebuah kolej di Trolak dan sementara saya dan suami menetap di Putrajaya, saya sering berhubung dengan anak saya namun, kami tidak mengetahui pembabitannya dalam kumpulan itu.
Sementara itu, Pengarah Jabatan Petugas Khas dan Antipengganas Bukit Aman, Datuk Mohamad Fuzi Harun, berkata pihaknya sentiasa memantau pergerakan rangkaian kumpulan pengganas yang mempunyai kaitan dengan al-Qaeda.
Kita tak menerima maklumat mengenai rangkaian al-Qaeda di sini, namun tidak menolak kemungkinan adanya aktiviti merekrut rakyat tempatan menganggotai kumpulan itu di negara jiran.
Kita juga memantau kenalan kedua-dua rakyat Malaysia itu bagi mengesan sebarang maklumat atau aktiviti mencurigakan, katanya.
Mohamad Fuzi berkata, pihaknya masih menunggu laporan lengkap pihak berkuasa di Lubnan mengenai penahanan itu.
Rakyat Malaysia ditahan di Lubnan tinggalkan kolej Ogos lalu TROLAK - Seorang daripada dua rakyat Malaysia yang ditahan oleh pihak berkuasa Lubnan, telah meninggalkan pengajiannya pada Ogos lepas.
Rakyat Malaysia di tahan di Lubnan perlukan pembelaan kerajaan, kata MP KUALA LUMPUR, 30 Okt — Susulan penangkapan dua rakyat Malaysia di Lubnan, ahli parlimen (MP) yang ditemui semalam menggesa kerajaan Malaysia memberi pembelaan kepada mereka dengan menghantar satu pasukan peguam.
Posted: 29 Oct 2012 09:51 PM PDT
By Mariam Mohktar
Nurul Izzah Anwar may look coy but the lady under the tudung is anything but delicate. When she was 18-years old, family life was thrown into turmoil, when her father, Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia's former finance and Deputy Prime minister, was arrested on charges of sodomy and corruption.
When most teenagers battle raging hormones and the transition into the adult world; Nurul was catapulted into the world of politics. She campaigned for her father's release, both at home and overseas. In 2004, she graduated with a BSc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University Tenaga Nasional and received a Masters in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University in the USA, in 2006.
In 2008, she challenged Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in Lembah Pantai. Shahrizat had held the BN stronghold since 1995. Turnout was 73% and Nurul secured a majority of 2,895 votes.
Today, life in the political fast lane is set to get more hectic for the 31-year old. The current Women Family and Community Development Minister, Shahrizat is embroiled in the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal whilst rumours circulate that BN's Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, Federal Territories Minister, might possibly stand against Nurul in GE-13.
Despite the government's 30% quota for women in decision making roles, women in politics fall short of this target, Nurul's response was "Flexible working hours in politics would help."
Life as an MP came soon after she had given birth. She successfully juggled her life as a mother, wife and politician. Whilst most women shun political life, Nurul has embraced it with vigour.
"In Islam, women play an important role in shaping society, bringing up children, and public participation," she said.
In her 2008 GE manifesto, Nurul promised to improve the overall quality of life in her constituency, make the Kuala Lumpur City Council, (DBKL) more accountable; and reduce crime by making the police focus on combating criminal activity.
She says, "My primary duty is as a legislator representing the people of Lembah Pantai in the Dewan Rakyat."
"I have brought legislative changes to improve the livelihood of my constituents through debates like the water shortage issue in Bangsar. I have questioned the Ministry for Energy, Green Technology and Water for not approving the change of obsolete pipes in Bangsar, despite their promise to the Residents Association.
"Last year, I motioned a private member's bill to end 'archaic' emergencies in Malaysia, to return supremacy to our Federal Constitution and ensure that our laws are governed by it."
Nurul has called for a democratically elected Mayor in Kuala Lumpur and a transparent disclosure of DBKL's annual budget. She described her "walkabouts during the water shortages, to understand and gauge the situation better" and highlighted "lax enforcement by DBKL."
She detailed her role as the liaison between her constituents and DBKL. Local government services such as waste management, road maintenance, social services, and infrastructure upkeep were under the purview of the BN-appointed Mayor.
"In the absence of local government elections, I serve my constituents by attending DBKL budget seminars, hold meetings with DBKL officials, and ensuring that DBKL information is disseminated to residents.
"The disconnect between local authority and the elected representative is the reason behind calling for the fundamental right of the rakyat to exercise the third vote, and the right to elect their own mayor."
Nurul outlined her second duty of operating a service centre as a direct interface with her constituents, with regular walkabouts, meetings and community programs such as gotong-royong (cooperation) and free clinics.
She remains optimistic although there are constraints and limitations of being an opposition MP, such as having to work with the Federal Government controlled DBKL, and the denial of funds.
"Although we lack ministerial and government agencies' support, our team of dedicated volunteer doctors and nurses successfully organised over 200 clinic sessions and with the National Cancer Society, 300 women on low incomes, received pap smear tests and mammogram screenings.
"Despite the near blackout of mainstream media news on my activities, my press conferences with hawkers, taxi drivers, and affected Malaysians help keep pressure on DBKL and PDRM.
"You can check http://kantalembahpantai.blogspot.com for more information on my activities," she said.
She described her third duty, as the PKR vice president and Pakatan Rakyat leadership council member with duties and responsibilities in shaping policies, political infrastructure development and engagement with nationally and international stakeholders.
"I also frequent the Malay, rural and East Malaysian heartland as part of Keadilan's outreach program. I balance my life with my fourth duty which is my personal duties as wife, mother and daughter," she said.
During the four years in which she cut her political teeth, she is aware of the grumblings by some that she has not done enough for Lembah Pantai and has not focused on her constituents.
"In the final analysis, the voters decide if I have done my best given the circumstances. Even the Federal Territories Minister has spent a disproportionate amount of time and resources in Lembah Pantai, and recently, the PM and DPM came to 'visit'."
When asked if her comments and stance on issues were hers or merely a reflection of her father's stand, Nurul firmly replied, "All issues are my own."
Despite never appearing to disagree with the Opposition leader, and asked whether this was just to present a unified front she said, "It is easy for it to be similar not only to Datuk Seri Anwar but in fact to all opposition leaders because we are facing the same corrupted regime and all our policies and positions are based on justice, equality, and truth."
"As a politician your credibility is all you have, and your public statements must mirror your inner conscience."
When told about Malaysians who feared the country's descent into a form of apartheid, with educational institutions or hotels, stipulating only Malay/Muslim clients, she said, "Legislation to eliminate discrimination can be an alternative. But education, leaders and policies that draw the communities away from such practices will bring all races together."
In the interview, Nurul was asked if the opposition's message of a true multiracial society had failed to reach the rakyat because many Malays felt threatened and feared being "losers" if the opposition were in power.
"We have extremist groups being backed by the government. We must communicate clearly and consistently, the reality and successes, of the four states that Pakatan Rakyat governs."
Nurul is adamant that the multiracial Keadilan will fight to end Malaysia's divisive racial politics and insists that young Malaysians, should stand up and work together.
Extracted from Yahoo! News: http://my.news.yahoo.com/blogs/yahoo-malaysia-newsroom/interview-nurul-izzah-anwar-083809869.html
Posted: 29 Oct 2012 09:29 PM PDT
A local law enforcement officer stopped a car for traveling faster than the posted speed limit. Since he was in a good mood that day he decided to give the poor fellow a break and write him out a warning instead of a ticket. So, he asks the man his name." Fred" he replies. "Fred what?" the officer asks. "Just Fred" the man responds. When the officer presses him for a last name, the man tells him that he used to have a last name but lost it. The officer thinks he has a nutcase on his hands but plays along with it. "Tell me Fred, how did you lose your last name?"
The man replies... "It's a long story so stay with me. I was born Fred Dingaling. I know, funny last name. The kids used to tease me all the time. So I stayed to myself. I studied hard and got good grades. When I got older I realized that I wanted to be a doctor. I went through college, medical school, internship, residency, finally got my degree so I was Fred Dingaling, MD. After a while I got bored being a doctor so I decided to go back to school. Dentistry was my dream. Got all the way through school, got my degree so I was now Fred Dingaling MD DDS. Got bored doing dentistry so I started fooling around with my assistant. She gave me VD. So, I was Fred Dingaling MD DDS with VD. Well, the ADA found out about the VD so they took away my DDS so I was Fred Dingaling MD with VD. Then the AMA found out about the ADA taking away my DDS because of the VD, so they took away my MD leaving me as Fred Dingaling with VD. Then the VD took away my dingaling so now I'm just Fred." The officer let him go without even a warning. :-)
Posted: 29 Oct 2012 09:43 PM PDT
30 Oktober 2012
Yaser Sheikh Abd Rahman
Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia
Posted: 29 Oct 2012 09:33 PM PDT
Sebuah jambatan di Sungai Rasau, Kampung Pulau Meranti dekat Putra Perdana, Puchong runtuh petang tadi menyebabkan laluan dari kampung itu ke Puchong, Putrajaya dan Cyberjaya terputus.
Timbalan Ketua Polis Daerah Sepang DSP Zaldino Zaludin berkata runtuhan jambatan itu mulai berlaku pada kira-kira 2 petang sebelum ia runtuh sepenuhnya tiga jam kemudian.
Beliau berkata Jabatan Kerja Raya sedang melakukan kerja pembaikan.
"Penduduk di kawasan kampung itu dinasihat menggunakan laluan alternatif Jalan Puchong-Putra Perdana-Cyberjaya," katanya kepada Bernama.
Zaldino juga berkata runtuhan itu dipercayai berpunca daripada hakisan di sungai berhampiran.
Sementara itu, penduduk di sekitar Kampung Pulau Meranti terkejut dengan kejadian tersebut.
Seorang penduduk yang hanya mahu dikenali sebagai Hafiz berkata ketika melalui jambatan itu pada kira-kira 1.30 petang semalam, beliau terasa kenderaannya 'terhayun'.
"Saya segera memaklumkan kejadian itu kepada Ketua Kampung tetapi ia runtuh setengah jam kemudian. Mujur ketika kejadian, tiada kenderaan yang lalu dan tiada orang cedera," katanya ketika ditemui di sini.
Hafiz berkata retakan dan lubang kecil mula dikesan pada jambatan itu enam bulan lepas namun tiada kerja baik pulih dilakukan. Saiful Wan Mohd Rosli, 40, pula berkata laluan itu juga sering digunakan lori dan treler yang berkemungkinan menyebabkan retakan.
"Saya menyedari retakan pada laluan ini semasa pulang dari solat Jumaat minggu lepas dan saya mendapati seperti ada lubang yang agak besar di bahagian bawah jambatan itu," katanya. -BERNAMA
Posted: 29 Oct 2012 08:06 PM PDT
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