Sunday, November 4, 2012

How Facebook, Twitter Court Political Campaigns

How Facebook, Twitter Court Political Campaigns


How Facebook, Twitter Court Political Campaigns

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 09:05 AM PST


Social-media companies Facebook Inc. FB -0.14% and Twitter Inc. are trying to turn political advertising into a big business, courting presidential candidates, political-action committees and interest groups to siphon off some of the billions of dollars spent on election ads.

Over the past year, the companies have met with hundreds of political groups to tutor them on effective social-media ad strategies. They've also staffed up to work with political campaigns to tailor ads to specific voters and snag ad dollars.


"We want to spend every waking moment talking to political advertisers about how they can use Twitter to win," said Peter Greenberger, Twitter's head of political advertising sales and the executive who established Google Inc.'s GOOG +0.05% political-advertising arm in 2007.

When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney picked running mate Paul Ryan in August, Democratic opposition-research group American Bridge 21st Century wanted to bring attention to its new website, MeetPaulRyan.com. That's when Twitter came into the picture.

READ THE REST OF THIS POST at Wall Street Journal.


Si Pencen Yang Merasakan Dirinya Masih Berkuasa

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 09:25 AM PST


Pencen, buat lah cara orang pencen, walaupun dah pencen Mahathir tetap dengan kegemaran yang suka simbah minyak petrol ke dalam api untuk membakar api perkauman. Gurkah-gurkah politik di'port' pula anggap bukanlah seperti dia seorang bekas pemimpin sebuah Negara, tetapi lebih kepada macam komunis daaa... Kenapalah dia sentiasa saja mahu menjadikan dirinya sensasi? adakah sebab mahu mencuri perhatian media atau memang Mahathir ini seorang yang gilakan 'flash-light camera' dan wartawan?

Mahathir ini dia 'old school', dia sentiasa anggap orang melayu khasnya dan rakyat Malaysia amnya masih bodoh, masih bangang dan jahil kerana tidak boleh membaca apa yang ada dalam kepala otak dia dan dia ingat kita semua tidak paham tindakannya itu. Sejak kebelakangan ini, kebanyakkan kenyataannya begitu menyakitkan hati gurkah-gurkah ini.

Tidak, dan tidak, BN/umno tidak pernah melakukan sesuatu kerana rakyat, mereka hanya akan melakukannya jika ia menjana wang untuk mereka dan kroni. Tidak hairanlah jika negara kita berada dalam keadaan yang menyedihkan jika dibandingkan dengan Thailand yang di utara dan Singapura yang berada di selatan tanah air.

Terima kasih lah kepada puji-pujian pencacai dan banyak lagi komen-komen tidak masuk akal yang membawa kita kepada satu perkara..... Mahathir adalah yang TERBAIK dan HANYA DIA sahaja yang mampu melakukan apa sahaja untuk Malaysia. Tidak hairanlah jika kredibiliti BN/umno telah tenggelam ke dasar laut dan tidak mungkin akan dapat dinaikkan ke daratan lagi.

Mungkin inilah sebabnya kenapa rakyat Malaysia tidak mengambil serius, tidak ambil 'pot' dan tidak menerima bulat-bulat perumpamaan Mahathir tentang syaitan dan malaikat. Yang pasti, rakyat sudah membuat keputusan tentang apa pendirian Mahathir yang sebenar.

Pembangkang yang dilabel Mahathir sebagai 'malaikat' juga seronok dan menikmati lawak dari Mahathir ini. Padan muka UMNO! -dollahyankee

Segala masalah dalam Umno tertumpu kepada Mahathir


BATU PAHAT: Segala masalah yang dihadapi Umno dan negara sekarang ditujukan sepenuhnya kepada Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Sekurang-kurangnya, tiga dari bekas pemimpin Umno yang meninggalkan Umno meletakkan kesalahan itu kepada Mahathir.

Datuk Tamrin Ghafar, Datuk Kadir Sheikh Fadzil dan Datuk Yahya Lampong meletakkan kesilapan Dr Mahathir atas kehancuran Umno sekarang.

"Umno dah rosak dan Dr Mahathirlah punca segala kerosakan ini," kata Tamrin Ghafar dalam Konvensyen PAS Johor hari ini.

Tamrin, Kadir dan Yahya sudah mengumumkan pendirian mereka meninggalkan Umno.

Ketiga-tiganya meletakkan Mahathir sebagai punca utama mereka tinggalkan Umno.

Kira-kira 750 pemimpin PAS peringkat kawasan dan negeri menyertai konvensyen ini menyebabkan Markas Tarbiyah PAS Parit Bisu, Batu Pahat penuh sesak.

"Kita jangka 500 sahaja yang hadir.

Tak sangka pula begini ramai," kata Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamad, Pesuruhjaya PAS Johor kepada Harakahdaily.

Tamrin adalah salah seorang pembentang kertas kerja dalam konvensyen ini.

Turut datang adalah Datuk Abdul Rahman Yunos, AJK Umno Bahagian Segamat yang menjadi tetamu konvensyen.

Petronas

Bukan sahaja Umno rosak, Petronas juga rosak apabila Mahathir menjadi penasihatnya, kata Kadir.

"Dr Mahathir, Penasihat Petronas sepatutnya bantu Petronas tetapi dia lebih bantu anaknya, Mirzan yang sebelum ini pemagang saham 19.

9 peratus San Maguel, syarikat arak yang kini menguasai rangkaian stesen minyak Petrol.

"Awas tuan-tuan, jangan sampai kereta tuan-tuan mabuk pula," kata Tamrin.

Menurutnya, satu kawasan carigali minyak baru dekat Sabah telah diserahkan kepada Kencana Oil, milik Mirzan yang sepatutnya diserahkan kepada Petronas.

"Atas sebab-sebab itulah saya lari," kata Tamrin menafikan beliau berhasrat mahu bertanding.

"Saya lari tu bukan nan tanding, tak nak dah. Saya jadi MP dah dua penggal, dah jadi Pengerusi Mara dan sebagainya.

Dah cukup tu," katanya.

Tamrin juga berkata, kalau selama Wanita Umno sangat kuat tetapi kini sudah lembik.

"Naib Wanita Umno kata mereka sudah malu turun ke bawah kerana kita sudah dianggap 'wanita lembu', sedangkan selama ini mrekalah yang paling berkesan," kata Tamrin. -HD




PR: Kami semakin kuat, pandangan Mahathir tiada asas


SHAH ALAM - Pakatan Rakyat (PR) menyangkal dakwaan bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad bahawa kerjasama perikatan berusia empat tahun itu hanya bersifat sementara.

Setiausaha Agung PKR, Datuk Saifuddin Nasution berkata, PR tetap bersama mentadbir kerajaan sekiranya menang Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13).

Menurutnya, PR akan bersama dengan mengamalkan konsep yang telah dipersetujui parti walaupun mempunyai ideologi yang berbeza.

Tambahnya, "kejayaan PR bersama mentadbir empat negeri yang diperintah membuktikan kita sentiasa bersama dan akan kekal begitu.

" "Kenyataan Dr Mahathir adalah untuk menakutkan rakyat, tapi rakyat sudah tidak kisah dan mereka yakin kerajaan alternatif mampu memberi perubahan.

"Kita hendak katakan kenyataan beliau sama sekali meleset, kita semakin kuat dan bersatu," katanya kepada Sinar Harian Online hari ini.

Kelmarin, Dr Mahathir menyifatkan kerjasama PR bersifat sementara dan sekadar mahu memenangi pilihan raya umum.

Tidak seperti Barisan Nasional (BN) yang mempunyai kerjasama rapat selama 55 tahun dan persefahaman, beliau berkata, dalam pakatan pembangkang itu sendiri sebenarnya tiada persetujuan dan tiada perancangan masa depan.

"Kita harus ingat pakatan bukan gabungan. Pakatan adalah perjanjian secara tidak bertulis yang mahu bekerjasama melawan BN, itu sahaja," katanya.

Mengulas lanjut, Saifuddin yang juga Ahli Parlimen Machang berkata, jelas PR mempunyai kerjasama dan kebersamaan antara parti dan tidak akan berpecah jika menang pilihan raya pada kali ini.

Dalam pada itu, Naib Presiden Pas, Datuk Mahfuz Omar berkata, PR akan tetap kekal bersama sampai bila-bila selagi berpegang kepada konsep yang diamalkan PR.

Beliau juga berkata, rakyat tidak lagi mengambil kisah dengan kenyataan yang berunsur ugutan dan cubaan menakutkan, tetapi mereka sepakat untuk membuat perubahan bersama kerajaan alternatif PR.

"Kata-kata Mahathir sekarang sukar dipegang dan sering berubah, tak apalah kita tak mahu layan dengan kenyataan beliau yang mahu takutkan rakyat itu.

"Kita Pakatan, tetap kekal bersama dan rakyat pun sudah tidak peduli dengan kenyataan-kenyataan pemimpin BN untuk melakukan perubahan kerajaan," katanya yang juga Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena
-SH




Myanmar Animal Farm

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 05:52 AM PST

One of my favourite "fairy stories" is ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell. This is one of the educating books with a hidden message .This ANIMAL FARM somehow had a special place in my heart as a classics/satire reflecting our country. I have attempted the merging of the Animal Farm story into the Burma/Myanmar scene. I hope some one will be able to write the full adaptation of this animal firm in Burmese Language later.

TQ Yemin Nyinyi for this picture

George Orwell (Eric Blair) was an Englishman born in Bengal and after graduated at Eton, England, he worked in Burma for five years with the British Imperial Colonial Police. He disliked social injustices and opposed both Capatilism and Communism. He passed away in 1984. He also wrote "Burmese Days".

Long long time ago there was a farm called Burma that had all types of animals living in it. Their animal instinct was so strong that even today when you stay in that farm called Myanmar you will find some of them still behave like bloody animals. As they say, you can take the animal out of the farm but you can never take the farm attitude out of the animal.

The farm owner, who was popularly known as 'The Empire' was cruel to the animals. 'The Empire' treated all the animals very unfairly.

'The Empire' knew that they are not the original owner of the farm but had taken it by force. So they used many tactics to hold on the power. To ensure that the animals do not unite, 'The Empire' practiced a concept called 'divide and rule'.

He told the animals called Bamas that they are the original animals on the farm and all other animals are interlopers (Kalas and Uncivilized Hill Tribes in local animal terminology). 'The Empire' then brought in other types of animals from India and China for cheap labour. And while he put all the Bamas in one enclosure, he put the new animals in separate enclosures to ensure the animals do not mix and start becoming too friendly.

'The Empire' was actually very successful in his divide and rule strategy. 'The Empire' thought it would be a good idea if they started to teach some human tricks such as the alphabet and arithmetic and set up a college in Rangoon. They intended to produce a new breed of educated animals to work as Senior Civil Servants for them. Even if not, at least it would keep the animals occupied. And it was quaint seeing those animals dressed up like 'The Empire' and sitting in rows repeating after 'The Empire', 'A', 'B', 'C' and 'I', '2′, '3′.

But what 'The Empire' did not realise is, the Burmese started to become too smart for their own good. Some of the cleverer animals thought that it is not that difficult running a farm. Even we could do this, they said. So, one day, these cleverer animals gathered all the animals for a secret meeting and plotted how to drive 'The Empire' out so that the animals could take over the farm and run it themselves.

'The Empire' treats us animals as second class beings, said the cleverer Burmese. Whenever any animal refuses to listen or protests, it is locked up and separated from the other animals, said the cleverer Burmese. 'The Empire' is enjoying all the profits while we animals do all the work on the farm, said the cleverer Burmese. We animals came here first and should be the owners of this farm while 'The Empire', who just came here recently, takes over as if he owns this farm, said the cleverer animals. 'The Empire' is corrupt, said the cleverer Burmese. 'The Empire' does not practice equality, said the cleverer Burmese. If we animals take over this farm all animals will be treated equal, said the cleverer animals. All the animals became very excited at hearing this and they gleefully agreed to the idea. So they started to plot as to how to get rid of 'The Empire'.

In fact, later on, some of the Burmese with great vision got smarter than even 'The Empire' and some of the Burmese introduced a new idea to all the animals. The clever vision or concept of not accepting that the 'The Empire' were not the Masters and Burmese Animals are not the slaves. And they start calling themselves "The Master/Sir" in local Burmese dialect. These Master or Thakin group then started to revolt 'The Empire' with the help of Wild Pigmy animals, the desendents of the "Rising Sun" from the east. But those Easterners became too Cockey and showed all the cruel animal instints. So all the animals repelled  those cruel animal masters with the help of the old masters 'The Empire'.

At the end all the animals from Burma Farm were united and they all prepared to revolt again and 'The Empire' understood that they were weak after the 2nd. Animal World War and have no choise but to give back the Farm to the original owners. 'The Empire' abandoned the farm so quickly he did not even have time to pack his things and he left everything behind for the animals to take over.

Now the animals own the farm and the 'The Empire' no longer rules over them. But not all animals are clever. Some animals just follow the herd like normal animals do, while some animals are manipulative and use other animals for their own gain. So the cleverer animals got together and plotted on how they could now become just like 'The Empire' and get the other animals to work for them while they just rest and enjoy the fruits of these animals' labour.

The best leader all the animals loved, Good White Elephant King (called Saddan Sin Min) was assinated by a big Galon bird even before he was officially crowned. The plot was said to be incited by the deputy of the Sin Min, White Big Boar Master, Shoe Maung. Later while the different animals start quarrelling each group about their own territories. Some tigers start to urinate some of the tree trunks to mark their own territories. Foxes and wolves also follow the same restrictions to mark their own territories.

So the Burma Farm's Democratic Authority was forcefully taken over by  White Wild Boar Master Shoe Maung with his cohort pigs declaring that they are saving the Burma Farm from disintegration into many small pieces. He was very clever smart and declared a vision for all the animals. "Our Animal's Belief" and "Burmese Animal's Way of Socialism"

"Burmese Animal's Way of Socialism"was actually a very clever idea. All the animal must work hard and they would get same profit. Rich animal's shops, factories, properties were "animal-nationalized" and put into his Boar-pigs' Army pocket. All the animal banks, animal training sc hools, animal movie cinamas etc are taken over the Wild Boar's pig association of army. Because of the cruel Big Animal Socialist Association's mismanagement the whole farm became power, no enough food, no leasures, no luxuries, and there were sporadic spread of animal diseases all the animals revolt and dethrown the Big Wild Boar.

The daughter of the revered Saddan Sin Min, fighting Peacock princess was chosen to lead the animal kingdom. But the other Boars and Pigs Army who used to enjoy all the previliges took over the farm again. They renamed themselves SLORC/SPDC Boar Generals' Animal mili tary government. And they put the famous princess peacock into animal jail and later confiment in her own cage.

Whenever any animal wanted to embark on an enterprise, it would have to offer a 30% interest to the animal association known as SLORC/SPDC Boar Generals' wives and another 20% to one of the local Pig Association. If any animal was to protest this, it would be locked away under their Animal Laws that they announce or update every week.

Anyway, in the meantime, the SPDC Boar Pig group, who by now had learnt all British, Japanese, communist dirty tactics tried to learn further from a very famous Middle east desert country's POISINOUS BEES' Intelligent tricks by sending Burmese Animal agents disguised as going to learn to breed bees. Now after learning all the Inteligent Agencies  tricks around the animal world, SPDC BOARS had now become quite clever, know how to enjoy even the fruits of the animals rebels' black market trades and knowledge of collecting protecting or gate fees and to squeeze profit from animal popy growers and drugtrafficers. The the animals were doing all the work while SPDC Generals were getting rich and fat. While the corrupted Military cronies wine and dine the nation's wealth away all the animals of the farm are almost starving to death.

Some of the animals who voised that they were not happy with this were locked  up under Panel Code Fish ( Fish in Burmese also means five) by the cleverer animals from Boars pigs army, just like the old master 'The Empire' did before. But all the animals now learnt that The old master 'The Empire' were gentlemen and humane and present SLORC goons are cruel animals and treated the animal prisoners very badly. Especially Political animal prisoners were well treated by 'The Empire' but the present SPDC goons treated the political animal prisoners worse than the criminal animals. Soon the protest died down as the animals were very terrified of being locked up. You see, animals like wide open spaces where they are free to roam. They don't like being locked up. The very thought of being locked up cows the animals into submission and silence. And as you know, cows always follow the herd. This is called herd mentality.

Now the animals realised that the cleverer animals were now worse than 'The Empire'. Some of the older animals that still remembered the days when 'The Empire' was running the farm actually longed for those good old days again. But it was too late. 'The Empire' or their cousin Americans were now gone and would never return. And anyone who plotted with 'The Empire' or USA would be regarded as a traitor and would be slaughtered and his meat sold to the market.

In the Burma/Myanmar version of Animal Farm, Ne Win and Than Shwe would be equivalent to one of the prize Berskhire Boars mentioned in George Orwell's version. The Myanmar Military and Kyant Pyut as the pigs with the ruling clique in SPDC Junta being the Berkshire boars; the non-army people are all the other animals such as the horses, goats, chickens, geese, etc. NLD U Tin Oo corresponds to Snowball who was kicked out of Army just like Snowball was kicked out of Animal Farm. General Aung San may be honoured as Saddan Sin Min or His Royal Highness White Elephant. His daughter Daw Aung San Su Kyi would be a "Fearless Fighting Peacock Princess".

Junta ass-licking journalists from mainstream newspapers represents Squealer, the pig in Animal Farm which always spin stories to convince the other animals that what the pigs do is always right….And of course the Military IntelligenceI, BSI, and the police are the dogs of Myanmar Junta let loose to terrorise all the o ther animals into submission..

Finally in Animal Farm ruled by successive Myanmar Animal Army leaders: ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS….

Because of the history lessons learnt from the British-empire's  successfull  implementation of the 'Divide' and 'Rule' concept, even after more than 58 years of independent Myanmar Military is still copying that GAME PLAN OF DIVIDE AND RULE.

There are greedy animals which joined Myanmar Animal Socialist Party, Animal Kyant Phut, Animal Maternity Child Welfare Associations to get power, to get protection and to be rich. Look, if you were the friends and relatives of the Animal Military or the above Animal Associations, you could get land , given petrol permits, permits to buy various goods, contracts e.t.c.

All are equal, but some are more equal than others. Many animals are descriminated depend on their skin colour, the corner of the Animal Firm they are born, their race, religion. Some animal groups are descriminated because they are not the original species but their great great grandfathers had migrated to the Myanmar/Burma from neighbouring farms long time ago. They even could not get the basic animal rights as the residence of Myanmar Animal Firm.

All the Animals migrated out the Burma/Myanmar now know that once an animal is accepted as the adoptive member in any new firm, they were accorded all the same basic animal rights as the original animals, at least on paper.

Today, a handful of the cleverer animals are now running the farm while the others do all the work on the farm. The cleverer animals are given a special name so that you could recognise them from the normal animals. They are called Myanmar Animal Army and ex-Army animals. and many are Ministers, Directors, Managers supervisors e.t.c. above all the animals.. All the working animals are called Civilian MyanmarAnimals. And the Myanmar Animal Army own all the wealth and monopolized all the permits and contracts of the farm.

Today, we can see the very rich Army Generals that got fat on the toil and sweat of the ordinary working Myanmar animals. Animal Junta Generals  are used to have the overdose of power and wealth that intoxicates and corrupts their animal soul. The Chief Boars used to get Rabies or some times Mad Cow's disease and became megalomaniac.

First Chief Boar Chief Master Shoe Maungg tried to marry into old ex-Royal Burmese family but failed. Second Boar Chief got Mad Cow's disease and claimed that he was Kyansittha. Present Chief Boar is claiming to be the desendent of the last Burmese King Thi Paw but as a desendent he could not get the full two syllables of the last King's name  but the last one "PAW" only, which means in local Burmese Animal language to be crazy.

The Chief Big Boar's one crony pig became filthy rich that he imported two civilian version of the American Animal Army Jeeps, he used one and give one to his unofficial brother-in-law who happens to be Big Boar Chief's son. That big crony even bought and give two helicopters to the Animal Army Government. Actually that was just a peanut for him when he got the monopoly to supply all the Animal Military supplies  for Burma Animal Farm Army from Russia Animal Farm Army.

But the ordinary animals even have to giveup the balanced diet of Protein for a long time and some even could not even have regular rice to eat but have to buy the bottled rice water for their meal.

But all the other animals dare not do anything about this because those animals dare to question or demonstrate are repeatedly mass slaughtered and already sold out their meat. Some of the animals are now suffering long term confinements in animal jails. So the rest  are all struggling with their miserable lives earning just to survive. The wheels of the economy are slowing down, earning power is less and cost of living is sky high but continues to rise daily so much that a lot of animals legally and illegally moved out of the farm to other farms. Some working and many illegally in other farms around the world.

In 1967 The Boars slaughtered a lot of Pandas who originated from the Nothern Sina Farm just with some minor excuse of showing support to the Nothern Dragon King.

And that Boars repeatedly sacrifice many Camels and destroyed their Bedoin Tents just to divert the attention of the discontented animals who are angry with the Boars. And according to the divide and rule policy they learned from their old masters, they repeatedly created numerous problems among the different animal groups. Because most of the animals are reluctant to fight with their friend s or sa me species, the Boars smear charcoal on the face of the animals so that they could not recognize each other.

So during the White Monkey Calander of 8888 the animals revolted and got some progress. Many animals inside and outside were wishing for the another revolt in the year of 9999 according to the same White Monkey Calander, but it was fizzled out.

Now some animals including me are hoping for a final assault on 666 date which is comming soon. Most of the animals wish to avoid blood shed among the animals and are hoping for the Wild Boars and Pigs for repentance in time because the whole world's animal political pressure. The pressure comes from neighbours Animal Soliditary group called Animal Slaughter Ending Animal Nations or asean, United States of Animals and Uninated Nations (of animals).

If the SPDC Boar Junta failed to give way for the coalation Government led by the Fighting Peacock Princess, Burma Farm's animals anger combined with the whole world animals pressure would annihilate all the Boars Generals. And it may not be a happy ending for the Boars Generals but anyway all the different animals of Burma Farm would happily live ever after that revolution.

As Shwe Ba in Burma Digest



The Saudis are bulldozing Islam's heritage. Why the silence from the Muslim world? By Damian Thompson

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 05:51 AM PST

Imagine that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem – the traditional site of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus – has been taken over by Cromwellian Puritans. The new owners of the shrine plan to send bulldozers in, replacing the old church with a monstrous building resembling a concrete spaceship. This is so pilgrims can pray without being distracted by "superstitious" icons. Also, the Old City will be buried under hotels that make Vegas look like Venice.

It wouldn't happen, would it? Christians would fight to the death to preserve Jerusalem. So would Jews and Muslims. And, for once, they'd have the support of secular politicians and scholars, horrified by the prospect of an act of cultural vandalism unprecedented in modern times. Unprecedented until now, that is. The long-cherished ambition of Saudi Arabia's ruling Wahhabi sect to smash up the ancient buildings of Mecca and Medina is nearing fruition.

In Mecca, the house of one of Mohammed's wives has been demolished to make space for public lavatories. His birthplace may disappear, too, as part of King Abdullah's scheme to complement the skyscrapers and shopping malls with a Grand Mosque fashioned from the same materials as a multi-storey car park in Wolverhampton.

As for Islam's second holiest place, the city of Medina, a recent article by Jerome Taylor in the Independent revealed a megalomaniac plan to pull down three 7th-century mosques. Taylor added: "Ten years ago, a mosque which belonged to the Prophet's grandson was dynamited. Pictures of the demolition that were secretly taken and smuggled out of the kingdom showed the religious police celebrating."

Only a small minority of the world's billion Muslims are Wahhabis, despite the tens of billions of petrodollars spent by the Saudis propagating their creed. (Bosnia, for example, is now littered with Saudi-style mosques, replacing the graceful Ottoman architecture that Wahhabis detest.) Many pilgrims to Mecca are revolted by the marriage of Puritanism and greed they find there. Yet protests are scattered and muted. Why? One answer is that the House of Saud, though widely hated, is also feared: its wealth and terrorist connections make it unlikely that, say, a Pakistani politician would speak openly about the desecration of the Hajj.

The West can hardly complain about such gutlessness: this year's Hajj exhibition at the British Museum was creepily sanitised – no mention of bulldozers or the 2,000ft clock tower built right next to the Kaaba, the black cube-shaped building that is the centrepiece of Islamic devotions. But what sticks in the craw is the hypocrisy of Muslims who throw a fit if Israeli archaeologists carry out non-intrusive work underneath the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, "Islam's third holiest place", as we're constantly reminded. Such anger would be more convincing if the first and second holy sites weren't being ploughed up by a police state. Likewise, are cartoons of Mohammed really more offensive than reducing the remains of his life to rubble?

As one Middle East expert put it to me: "Jews disturbing the Dome of the Rock fits into an anti-Western narrative, so Muslims can cope with that. The Saudi destruction of Mecca doesn't fit into that narrative, and so there's virtual silence." Something worth bearing in mind, perhaps, when you wonder why the murder of Muslims by Muslims in Darfur or Syria provokes only limited outrage in the Islamic world. The Telegraph


Rakhine and Radical Monks are trying to burn down the whole Myanmar

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 05:36 AM PST

Rakhines R doing this in Arakan.

But why U Thein Sein is allowing the Radical Monks to do this through the country?

And Daw Suu is pretending to see nothing.

May be they are hoping that UN, NGOs OIC, World Bank, US and EU etc would donate to rebuild the whole country.

Rakhine and Radical Monks are trying to burn down the whole Myanmarso that they could do Ethnic Cleansing and set up a Bama Buddhist Nationalist Country.



Penjelasan Isu Islam dan masyarakat Melayu

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 05:01 AM PST

Saya ucapkan terima kasih di atas pertanyaan lanjutan yang diterima setelah saya menghadiri satu forum bertajuk "Islamic State: Which version? Whose responsibility?" sebagai seorang panelis.

Sewaktu sesi soal jawab, salah satu soalan ditanya kepada saya berkait isu paksaan dalam agama melibatkan masyarakat Melayu. Jawapan saya menegaskan ungkapan – "Tidak ada paksaan dalam agama (Islam)…." – daripada ayat suci Al Quran, Surah Al-Baqarah, ayat 256. Ungkapan ini merangkumi seluruh umat manusia.

Namun ditambah, saya berpegang pada pendirian umum sedia ada, iaitu setelah memeluk Islam, seorang Muslim tertakluk dengan Syariat Islam; sebagaimana seorang warganegara tertakluk dengan Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Saya sama sekali tidak menggalakkan atau menerima murtad.

Saya berdoa agar Allah SWT memberi petunjuk dan hidayah kepada semua, demi kesejahteraan bersama.

Nurul Izzah Anwar
4 November 2012


Why Nazri NOT worried? UMNO ABOVE THE LAW

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 03:51 AM PST

Transcript: Why Nazri is not worried
8:52PM Nov 1, 2012  
De facto law minister Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz said that he sees no problem with his son driving businessman Michael Chia's Hummer SUV.

NONEHe said that if a certain opposition figure (name withheld due to legal reasons) is not worried about a leaked video purportedly depicting himself having a tryst with a foreign sex worker, then there is no reason why he should be.

Reporters had questioned Mohd Nazri at his office after the allegation on the Hummer was exposed by PKR leaders at the Parliament lobby today.
The full transcript follows:

Nazri: He (Rafizi Ramli) got no locus standi.

Reporters: (Batu MP) Tian Chua and (Ampang MP) Zuraida (Kamaruddin) were there also.
Then bring him to Parliament lah.

We can show the stuff that they (PKR) have done.

I saw. If it is an offence... Ask Tian Chua to ask me... If it is an offence report to the police... If I have done any offence, report me to the MACC.

Basically they just said it is a conflict of interest.

Who asked the questions?

All three of them (Zuraida, Tian Chua and Rafizi).

No, no, in Parliament, who asked the question?

First time was Tian Chua (who raised the issue) in question-and-answer session.

Then who is the minister in-charge of... so, who give me the question?

They are saying if your son has links with Michael Chia, then you should not have stood up and defend them...

No, no, no. I'm the minister. I've got no personal interest. When he asked that question, I didn't even know what question was coming. It was (the) committee-level debate.

There was also (a) written answer if I'm not mistaken.

That (question was answered) under my name, of course, and what conflict of interest do I have? I don't have any conflict of interest.
And I have no control of the MACC. I can't tell the MACC to drop cases. They are independent.
So because I have no power to do that, how can I be bribed? I cannot do something which they want me to do.
And in Parliament, you must understand, answers come from the MACC, not from me. I don't even know that... when they asked about Michael Chia, the answer came from the MACC, I don't even know that Michael Chia was not arrested, but the answer came from the MACC. I don't know anything.

What about the claim that you were talking on behalf of (Hong Kong's) Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), saying that the ICAC has cleared them of the charges?
That's the answer from the MACC. You see, our system, you know what, first of all, I don't even know the questions that were going to be asked because it was not planned, it was committee-level debate.
When I was answering, they stood up and asked me. So I'm the minister, I have to answer. The answer all came from the MACC.

Okay, all things aside, whether or not the car is registered under Michael Chia's name...
I don't know. It is between my son and Michael Chia... Anyway, if my son drives a car of Michael Chia, what has that got to do with me? What has that got to do with me? He is not a kid below 21 years old, he is an adult.

They are saying that Dato Seri Shahrizat has claimed the same thing and now it has caused her...
Yeah, that's what they are trying to do... but what have I done? I don't know.

But the thing is, you see, even though you can say that it is not your fault, nothing to do with you and all that, but when it comes out in media, you know how the public would view this kind of... it doesn't sound nice...
It doesn't bother me a bit. (laughs)

Like Shahrizat's case, she said: "I don't know anything about my husband… "

That's husband and wife. I don't sleep with my son. I'm not gay (reporters laugh). My son is not my wife, my son is not my lover, I don't sleep with him.
What he does, he doesn't tell me. It is different from husband and wife, okay? Why are you so worried?

Not to say worried; I'm just saying that it does not sound nice in public, then the public... and people will start talking.
Let it be, let it be. You press Wikipedia, 'Nazri Aziz', what come out? All sorts of things. I'm still a minister, my friend, okay? It is not going to hurt me one bit. I'm not affected by gutter politics.

Do you know Michael Chia?

I know him also. You see, there must be this difference, okay. If I'm a High Court judge, and Michael Chia appears before me and my son drives his car, then I'm in trouble.
I'm not a judge in Michael Chia's case. I'm not even the investigator. The MACC is (the investigator) in Michael Chia's case. I'm a minister replying in Parliament.

They claimed that the ICAC has not cleared (Michael Chia), and the ICAC closed the case because they didn't get any cooperation from Malaysia, from the MACC.


No, no, it was a donation... This one, you don't ask me. You must ask the Attorney-General's Chambers, you must ask the MACC.
You know I'm not their spokesperson. I only replied what they gave me. They are independent body, I got no control over the MACC, I got no control over the AG. So how can I be influencing them?
I can't and all those replies in Parliament, you know, are answers given by the MACC, not my personal answers.
You must understand the system. The AG and the chief commissioner of the MACC, they cannot appear in Parliament, they have got no locus standi.

You are the spokesperson?

With their consent. All my answers, anything about the MACC and AG's Chambers, all from them like people who get angry with me (when) I said secular state. That's AG.
People get angry with me because I say Pati (illegal migrants) in Sabah is not a threat. That is security council punya jawab (answer). Kalau PM jawab, PM kena marah. I'm okay, I have no problem. It's part and parcel of my job.

As de facto law minister, although just reading out answer from different agencies, do you see yourself influential because your reply carries weight... ?

I'm a very influential person. I'm a very influential man. There's no doubt about it, very important too.
I'm not scared at all, I did nothing wrong. Those replies came from Parliament. I was merely doing my job, discharging my duties and responsibility.

So you won't consider suing Rafizi then?

What for? Let him be a trumpet blower. Anyway, I don't really want to answer him because he's not an MP.
I think if Tian Chua was there only to let him (Rafizi) make a statement at (the) parliament (lobby), because he's not a member of Parliament, he cannot make a statement here, he's just a wannabe. Make sure you're an MP first, then come to talk to me.

Anyway, even in the Parliament, (during) debates... Ketua Pembangkang (Opposition Leader), that's my level. But of course, MPs ask me, they ask. But this guy, no way.

If one day, he enters Parliament as an MP, he'll bash you.

Suruh dia masuk parliament dulu la. (Tell me him to enter Parliament first). I don't want to stoop low and deal with him, okay?
But since you all come and ask, I just say lah. It's not even a mosquito bite. I'm sorry. If you all come here thinking I'll be upset, far from it.

But do you know about the Hummer?

That's between my son and Michael Chia. I know Michael Chia.

So you confirm Hummer really exists...

Kalau dia nak bagi Hummer ke, Ferrari ke, itu Michael Chia punya pasal lah, bukan bagi dekat I (If he wants to give a Hummer, or a Ferrari, that's Michael Chia's business. He's not giving it to me). I'm the minister, not my son, okay?

So you confirm that the Hummer really exists.

Buat apa nak confirm. Gambar dah ada. You pergi tanya anak I. (Why should I confirm it? The pictures are there. You go ask my son.)
As I've said, I don't sleep with my son, okay? I'm not gay and I'm not incestuous.

Do you see a problem (with the fact) that your son (drives) Michael Chia's car?

Why is it a problem? It's between him and Michael. Go and find Michael lah. Go and find Michael.

Is there a problem?

You can ask him lah if there's a problem. I don't drive the car. Mine is WVJ 6. Everyday I come here, WVJ 6. Wealth, victory and justice. Some people say 'wisdom', I don't want (wisdom).

You prefer wealth to wisdom?

I prefer wealth. That's why I'm rich. I can afford a lot of things but certainly it's not NFC's (National Feedlot Corporation's) money.

I know you don't care about gutter politics and that this is not even a mosquito bite to you. But do you think this issue would harm BN in the election?
Why harm BN? Why BN? What about (an opposition figure's) picture screwing (a) Chinese prostitute and all that? That one don't harm... is what is happening to me worse than that? Huh? Is it worse ah? Is it worse?

If (the opposition figure) is not worried, why should I be worried about this? Your picture all over town, in the cyber world, f***ing this prostitute from China. He's not worried, why should I worry about this. You can quote me on this.

You ask me if I'm worried, on whether it will harm BN. What I'm saying is that this picture of (the opposition figure) screwing this Chinese prostitute going all over the cyberworld, he's not worried. My question is: should I be worried?

(Question inaudible, muffled by other reporters' chatter) The way you answer ...

I don't care. Why are you so worried?

I need to confirm again, you know (of) the Hummer?

No need, the pictures are there. You go ask my son. I cannot be responsible for my son. I don't screw him, I don't sleep with him. He sleeps with his wife, he's got a kid. So whatever he does, I don't know. I know Michael Chia, I'm not worried.

If the allegations really exist?

Go report police lah. Why do you (hold) a PC (press conference)? Right or not? You know anything about me, why you make PC? Publicity seeker lah, cheap publicity. Go report police lah, MACC.

If your son is really guilty...

Guilty of what?

If he really committed...

Committed what? Do you know what you are talking about? Committed what? Kiss a girl?

Conflict of interest?

Conflict of interest? But he is not a minister.

But he is related to you.

He's my son. I have no power over MACC. I have no power on AG's Chambers. How can I? And all those questions, answers, came from MACC. How can I be compromised? I cannot be compromised.

It's not my answer, it's the answer of SPRM. You must understand that. It's not my answer, all these answers are from MACC. If I said Michael Chia was not arrested, that was the answer from MACC, not me. I'm not the investigator, I didn't investigate.
If AG said, if I answer in Parliament that ICAC has already closed the case, that is the answer from AG's Chambers. Not my answer.

I see your point.

So don't worry, I'll still be around.

But you're not going to stand in elections, right?

What has this got to do with ... aiyo ... It's not connected, the question.

That's why when you see me, when someone asks (me a question in Parliament), I stand up and the I look around, because I'm waiting for the answer from the officers. It's not my answer.

Are you concerned that your son and his family are being followed?

I'm a rich man, I'm powerful, good looking. (reporters giggle) Wealthy. So what can I do? My son ask, 'Pa, is it...' I say, 'Look, you are my son.'

Will you lodge a police on your son being followed?

Why should I? It doesn't bother me. I'm popular, I have a film star punya status here you know? Celebrity. Bukan film star local, Hollywood punya (laughs).
No, but there is nothing I can do, (if) they want to follow.

And if Rafizi lodges a report with MACC?

What kind of question it that? He wants to report, he report lah. You know, he's a clarinet player, he told me in his tweet.
In Malay College (Kuala Kangsar), when he (enrolled), I was not around, but those who play the clarinet are jambu, you know. Ni jambu punya style la.


The Portuguese Conquest of Malacca from the Portuguese perspective, not some spins as in our current history textbooks

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 02:52 AM PST

The following reading, which describes the conquest of Malacca by Afonso d'Albuquerque in August 1511, is taken from Tom'e Pires' Suma Oriental, translated by Armando Cortesao [Hakluyt Society, London, 1944, 11, 278-81.]

Afonso de Albuquerque, Captain-Major and Governor of the Indies, arrived at Malacca at the beginning of the month of July in the year 1511, with fifteen sail, great and small, in which came about sixteen hundred fighting men*. At this time it is said that Malacca had a hundred thousand men-at arms, from Kuala Lingi (Coala Penagy)to the hinterland (?) and Kasang (Cacam), which are the limits of the city of Malacca.

And the Malays had many strong palisades, and on the sea were many lancharas and paroas in the river, and on the sea many junks and Gujarat ships which were ready to fight; because there was then in Malacca a captain from Gujarat who was working for war, as it seemed to him that he alone could cope with our ships and men, all the more because of the immense number of natives, though the natives did not back the king of Malacca; because in trading-lands, where the people are of different nations, these cannot love their king as do natives without admixture of other nations. This is genrally the case; and therefore the king was disliked, though his mandarins fought, and whenever they could.

*Albuquerque himself writting in 1513: 'We were in all seven hundred white men and three hundred Malabars......' Continued here.......


The conquest of Malacca from the Malays Annals , not some glorified revised and spun Malaysian history text book

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 02:50 AM PST

The previous was extracted from the best and most accurate of the contemporary Portuguese accounts of Malacca, and it may be usefully be compared, therefore, with the following Malay account of the same event in Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals) which was composed much about the same time. [Translated by C.C.Brown, JMBRAS, xxv, 2-3, 1952, 167-9.]

Here now is a story of Fongso d' Albuquerque. At the end of his term of office as viceroy he proceeded to Pertugal and presenting himself before the Raja of Pertugal asked for an armada. The Raja of Pertugal gave him four carracks and five long galleys. He then returned from Pertugal and fitted out a fleet at Goa, consisiting of three carracks, eight galeasses, four long galleys and fifteen foysts. There were thus forty (sic) craft in all.

With this fleet he sailed for Malaka. And when he reached Malaka, there was great excitement and word was brought to Sultan Ahmad, "The Franks are come to attack us! They have seven carracks, eight galeasses, ten long galleys, fifteen sloops and five foysts." Thereupon Sultan Ahmad had all his forces assembled and he ordered them to make ready their equipment. And the Franks engaged the men of Malaka in battle, and they fired their canon from the ships so that the canon balls came like rain. And the noise of the canon was as the noise of thunder in the heavens and the flashes of fire of their guns were like flashes of lightning in the sky: and the noise of their matchlocks was like that of ground-nuts popping in the frying pan. So heavy was the gun-fire that the men of Malaka could no longer maintain their position on the shore. The Franks then bore down upon the bridge with their galleys and foysts. Thereupon Sultan Ahmad came forth mounted on his elephant Jituji.

The Sri Awadana was on the elephant's head, and to balance him on the packsaddle Sultan Ahmad took [with] him Makhdum Sadar Jahan because he was studying the doctrine of the Unity of God with him. On the elephant's croup was Tun 'Ali Hati.

And the king went forth on to the bridge and stood there amid a hail of bullets. But Makhdum Sadar Jahan clasping the pannier with both hands cried out to Sultan Ahmad Shah "Sultan, this is no place to study the Unity of God, let us go home!" Sultan Ahmad smiled and returned to the palace. And the Franks shouted from their ships, "Take warning, you men of Malaka, to-morrow we land!" And the men of Malaka answered, "Very well!"

Sultan Ahmad Shah then sent out men to assemble all his forces and bid them get ready their arms. That night the war-chiefs and the young nobles were waiting in the hall of audience, and the young nobles said," Why do we sit here idly? It would be well for us to read a tale of war that we may profit from it." And Tun Muhammad Unta said, "That is very true, sir. Let us ask the Raja to give us the Story of Muhammad Hanafiah." Then the young nobles said to Tun Aria, "Go, sir, take this message to the Ruler, that all of us crave from him the Story of Muhammad Hanafiah, in the hope that we may obtain profit from it, for the Franks are attacking tomorrow.

Tun Aria accordingly went into the palace and presented himself before Sultan Ahmad, to whom he addressed the young nobles' request. And Sultan Ahmad gave him the Story of Hamzah saying, "We would give you the Story of Muhammad Hanafiah did we not fear that the bravery of the gentlemen of our court falls short of the bravery of Muhammad Hanafiah! But it may be that their barvery is such as was the bravery of Hamzah and that is why we give you the Story of Hamzah." Continued here....


[PANAS] UMNO Gigil: Ramai Pemimpinnya Bakal ke Penjara Bila PR Tawan Putrajaya - Video

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 04:38 AM PST


Pakatan Rakyat (PR) akan mengheret ke mahkamah mana-mana individu atau pemimpin Umno-BN yang pernah terlibat dengan rasuah sekiranya diberi peluang menerajui kerajaan.

Mereka yang terlibat dengan perbuatan tidak bermoral akan dihadapkan ke mahkamah untuk dibicarakan demi memastikan keadilan dapat ditegakkan.

Demikian ujar Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dalam ucapannya di program Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat yang diadakan di Seremban Jaya malam tadi.

Menurut Anwar lagi, tindakan pemimpin Umno-BN menyalahguna kuasa dan kedudukan mereka ketika berkuasa telah mengakibatkan kerugian yang besar kepada rakyat dan negara ini.

"Saudara, kita tak nak ganggu dia, tetapi yang dia kata kalau kita menang, kita akan jadi alat dan pencacai kepada DAP (tetapi) sebenarnya yang mereka takut adalah harta yang mereka rampas daripada rakyat.

"Anak Perdana Menteri, anak bekas Perdana Menteri, kerjanya, bilion ringgit dia ambik, apa kamu ingat duit ini bapa kamu punya ke atau rakyat punya.

"Syarikat petroleum bilion ringgit bila untung beli syarikat arak dan ustaz Umno pun kata hidup Melayu," sindir Anwar.

Sebelum itu, Ketua Parlimen DAP, Lim Kit Siang pula sekali lagi memberi jaminan bahawa DAP tidak pernah berhasrat menghapuskan keistimewaan orang Melayu.

Beliau turut mengajak rakyat Malaysia menjadikan Najib sebagai Perdana Menteri terakhir dari Umno-BN.

"Najib Razak pecah rekod sebagai Perdana Menteri yang memiliki penggal terpanjang sebelum pilihan raya, tetapi kalau dia tak bubar, maka pada 23 April 2013 Parlimen akan terbubar secara automatik.

"Kita boleh bagi dia peluang untuk cipta satu lagi rekod iaitu Perdana Menteri terakhir Umno-BN," ujar Kit Siang.

Kit Siang turut menyentuh skandal RM40 juta 'Aman gate', kenderaan SUV mewah, Hummer, milik Micheal Chia tetapi digunakan oleh anak kepada Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri. -selangorku


Fear, hunger stalk crowded Myanmar camps

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 01:56 AM PST

Fear, hunger stalk crowded Myanmar camps

SITTWE  – Crammed into squalid camps, thousands of people who fled communal violence in Myanmar face a deepening humanitarian crisis with critical shortages of food, water and medicine, aid workers say. More than 100,000 people have been displaced since June in two major spasms of violence in western Rakhine State, where renewed clashes last month between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims uprooted about 30,000 people. Dozens were killed on both sides and thousands of homes were torched. Even in the camps near the state capital Sittwe housing ethnic Rakhine Buddhists – who have freedom of movement and are able to work if they can find employment – people are going hungry.

"We don't have enough to eat," said Phyu Ma Thein, 33. "The abbot gave us a bowl of rice but we have no pots, no plates. We have nothing. We're just trying to survive."

The situation is likely to deteriorate, the UN Refugee Agency warned this week, as a new influx of refugees pushes the camps "beyond capacity in terms of space, shelter and basic supplies such as food and water".

"Food prices in the area have doubled and there are not enough doctors to treat the sick and wounded," it added. Most of the displaced are Rohingya, described by the UN as among the world's most persecuted minorities. Seen by the government and many Burmese as illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh, Myanmar's 800,000 stateless Rohingya have long faced severe discrimination, according to rights groups.

Their displacement camps are at crisis point, according to Refugees International (RI) which estimates that even before last month's flare-up nearly a quarter of children in the squalid facilities were malnourished.

"Conditions in these camps are as bad if not worse than ones in Eastern Congo or Sudan," Melanie Teff, a researcher with the charity who visited Sittwe in September, told AFP from London. "Child malnutrition rates are startlingly high. There's an urgent need for clean water and food. If further aid does not come through there will be some unnecessary deaths," she said.

With tens of thousands of Rohingya in outlying villages struggling to make a living since security collapsed after June's unrest, Teff fears official camps could be overwhelmed by a new wave of refugees over the coming months. Myanmar, which is opening up after decades of secretive junta rule, has said it has to accept aid from Muslim countries or face an international backlash. That concession by President Thein Sein last month came despite a series of angry protests by Myanmar Buddhists against efforts by a world Islamic body to help Muslims affected by the violence in Rakhine.

But the flow of aid is still sluggish to the tinderbox province.

In Baw Du Pha relief camp, where several thousand Rohingya refugees from Sittwe live cheek-by-jowl, surviving on rations and severly short of medical care, a mother-of-four told AFP Friday of her family's desperation. "I cannot give my baby rice when she needs it. We are suffering," said Laila, 20. "When my daughter gets sick we have no money for medicine." Compounding the immediate need for essentials such as rice, water and oil, aid workers say refugees are facing a mounting psychological toll with terrified children bearing the brunt. "They lost their houses in the fires. Children cannot be left alone like before. So they're depressed," said Moe Thadar, a local Red Cross worker. With tensions still at boiling point despite beefed-up security, the relief effort is in jeopardy and the outlook for peace is grim unless the two communities can somehow reconcile, according to Teff. "As it stands there is a total lack of hope for the Rohingya. They have been rejected by many countries. They have suffered all around," she said. "The only way out is for the international community to act on the current situation." The UNHCR said the recent bloodshed spurred several thousand Rohingya to take to rickety boats this week in the hope of finding shelter at camps on the coast near the outskirts of Sittwe or escaping the country altogether.

But tragedy awaits even in flight, as around 130 people went missing after one boat sank off the coast near Bangladesh's border with Myanmar while carrying Rohingya refugees heading for Malaysia.

Dozens of other boats were repelled by nervous Myanmar security forces near Sittwe, leaving them with no choice but to dock on the barren shoreline, according to an AFP reporter who visited the scene this week. "Humans need shelter, a place to sleep and eat," said Myint Oo, a displaced Muslim who has lost his house and fishing business. "If you cannot eat and sleep, it's worse than dying."

 



Myanmar’s revolution (almost) without losers except Muslims

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 01:54 AM PST

Myanmar's revolution (almost) without losers except Muslims

The political transformation in Myanmar this past year or more has so far seemed to be one of history's more remarkable revolutions. It has seemed, indeed, to be a revolution without losers.

The army, which brutalized the country for half a century, remains influential and unpunished. Political prisoners have been freed by the hundreds. The opposition and its heroine, Aung San Suu Kyi, have successfully entered mainstream politics. What had seemed a purely ornamental parliament is showing it has a function. Foreign countries that had shunned the dictatorship, hemming it in with sanctions, now can exploit Myanmar's untapped market and its treasure-house of natural resources.

One group, however, has lost, and lost terribly.

Around a million members of the mostly Muslim Rohingya minority remain in Myanmar's impoverished western state of Rakhine. They are survivors of relentless rounds of persecution that have created a diaspora around the world that is perhaps twice as big.

As this article went to press, more than 100 boat people, mostly Rohingyas, were missing in the Bay of Bengal. They were fleeing hideous peril at home in Myanmar. Members of the ethnic-Rakhine majority, who are mostly Buddhist, have seen the greater liberties the country now enjoys as freedom to resume persecution.

Members of both ethnic groups are guilty of abuses in the violence that flared in June and again in October. Its main contours are clear, however: a vicious and bloody campaign of ethnic cleansing by the Rakhines that is intended to drive out the Rohingyas. Rakhine politicians say frankly the only alternative to mass deportation is a Burmese form of apartheid, in which more Rohingyas are corralled into squalid, semi-permanent internal-refugee camps.

Most Rohingyas have lived in Myanmar for generations, at least since British colonial days. Rakhines and other Burmese citizens see them all as fairly recent illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, however.

Dozens have died, thousands of homes have been destroyed and tens of thousands of people have been displaced. This must stop, not simply because it is a cruel injustice but also because it threatens reforms and even the future of Myanmar itself.

The violence offers an excuse to those hard-liners who always have equated democracy with anarchy, fearing that, without the army's firm hand, Myanmar's borderlands, all inhabited by disgruntled ethnic minorities, would descend into bloodletting.

In fact, for once the army really does need to be firmer — firmer in stopping violence, detaining perpetrators and helping Rohingyas survive the unofficial commercial boycott that is leaving many hungry and thirsty. Parliament and the government, for their part, need to revise the Citizenship Act of 1982, which has been used as a tool to render most Rohingyas stateless.

Rohingyas with a good claim to citizenship should have it, and their claims should be examined generously: It is not easy to prove your lineage when everything you had has been reduced to ashes.

Citizenship is not enough, however. Leaders need to speak out in the Rohingyas' defence. The one person in Myanmar with genuine moral authority, Suu Kyi, has confined herself to calling for respect for the rule of law. While reasonable in itself, it is not enough.

Elsewhere, Bangladesh must accommodate fleeing Rohingyas. The West has tended to regard the Rohingyas' plight as a peripheral problem that should not deflect it from lifting sanctions and engaging with the new Myanmar, but it should make clear ethnic cleansing on this scale is central to its concerns.

The test of a fledgling democracy is not solely how it cares for its majority, but how it protects its minorities.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 3, 2012 A16

 

 



Dental Crown Replacement

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 01:47 AM PST

Back in 1981, while kicking around a bottle cap with my schoolmates, I fell flat on my face and caused a hairline fracture on one of my front tooth. My gums swelled and got infected. The dentist made in incision to drain the pus and recommended root canal treatment for both front tooth. The colour of the tooth with the hairline fracture turned progressively darker over the years. One night, about eight years after that accident, it broke off totally.

The dentist at the Lam Wah Ee Hospital suggested a dental crown instead of dentures as my other teeth were in good condition. She charged a very nominal amount for the post, crown and materials only. The crown served me well. I had no problem eating with it and could enjoy corn on the cob and even chewing on sugar canes.



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Twitterjaya sinks Navy's Scorpene justification by Prasadh Michael

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 01:39 AM PST

God bless our Navy, as they a being led by a 'Dick', they do really need it - edit. If public opinion was a battle the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) had to fight, the two Scorpene submarines would be sitting at the bottom of the sea by now, submerged for good.

NONEAdding to the submarines' infamy, the RM3.4 billion procurement according to the RMN, was a move to prevent a repeat of the '1511 episode' when the Portuguese invaded Malacca. RMN chief Laksamana Abdul Aziz Jaafar said he was confident of the capability of the two French-made submarines in protecting Malaysia's sovereignty. (Does not that guy's face remind you of Bung Mokhtar?-edit)

Here's a collection of posts in social media reacting to the statement:

John Ng Mc: It took the government 501 years after the Portuguese attack on Malacca to buy the two submarines. That must be the biggest joke of all time, what would our government think of next? We are already an international laughing stock with many a policy, this time around other countries will laugh their eyes to tears. We really have leaders with childish brains, giving childish answers.

Kai Fan: Who the hell would want to attack Malacca today? There's nothing in Malacca worth invading, except chicken rice balls.

Steven Lee: The Straits of Malacca is narrow and shallow, and submarines are useless in these conditions. American submarines had to remain surfaced when traversing the Straits. This is also the reason that Malaysian submarines are based on the east coast and East Malaysia. Assuming that someone wants to invade the west coast by sea, the submarines can't do anything to stop the invasion. This admiral is really talking nonsense and an idiot to think that people will believe him.

OneJohn Smith: Kidding, right? No one is fighting/invading over spice routes anymore.

D-man Wong: Better buy some motorcycles too as the Japanese will come down by bicycle.

John Goh Hong Leong: Might as well say buy now and wait for a time machine (to be invented), then send them back to 1511 and destroy the Portuguese armada before they attack Malacca.

Aarif Iman Abdullah: Which idiot came up with that? Come on! That was some 500 years ago.

Tan Shiaw Uen: Seriously? Who else except the Americans will start a war? And if America attacks us, do you think that with the two subs that couldn't submerge (are going to) protect the poor port?

Lee Choong Sing: If we have people of this calibre and mentality helming RMN, we (will) lose the war before it even starts.

Ruben Ruben: Our military is rated one of the best in the world because of our guerilla warfare style. The battle of Mogadishu saw our elite special forces saving the American helicopter pilots as depicted in 'Black Hawk Down', thought the movie did not really portray our armed forces. Why bring politics into the picture? It's embarrassing. Those hardcore soldiers don't need to be mixed in this soup. No sane general would actually use 1511 as a reason (for the submarines).

Benjamin Woo: I was laughing to myself when reading this. Hello! If we are going to be invaded again, it'll take more than two little submarines to stop them, and it won't take three days as well.

Soo Ching Pin: We know the real reason was to prevent the poverty of certain parties in the submarine deal.

Fadzly AG: The foreign army only needs to send intercontinental ballistic missiles to attack us. Those subs are useless indeed.

Raymond Soosai: Two subs can't even detect Indonesians crossing over to Malaysia daily, and we want to worry about invasion already.

Ng Jiunn Jye: In my memory of Malacca's history, we lost because Sultan Mahmud Shah was busy dreaming to win the heart of Puteri Gunung Ledang. Lack of leadership. Just like what we have today.

Patrick Khoo: The subs arrived 500 years too late. Malaysia boleh?

Yong Leng Kee: In 21st century, any invader will likely attack from air, and in less than 24 hours, the game will be over. What is the use of the subs?

Ng Shu Feng: That shows our Navy's quality - instead of planning the future, we try to avoid the past. Malaysiakini


Isu TGHH Bertanding Di Pekan: TGNA Beri Lampu Hijau, Harun Taib Mahu Beliau Kekal Di Marang

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 01:39 AM PST

Ketua Dewan Ulama Pas Pusat, Datuk Harun Taib menyifatkan kenyataan Presiden Pas, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang untuk bertanding di Parlimen Pekan tidak lebih menggambarkan beliau seorang yang setia kepada parti.

Harun berkata, apa dinyatakan Abdul Hadi itu menunjukkan dia akur bertanding mana-mana tempat diputuskan parti, namun beliau tidak terfikir Abdul Hadi akan bertanding di Parlimen Pekan pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU13) akan datang.

Bagaimanapun, beliau memberitahu tidak mengetahui maklumat sebenar mengenai perkara itu dan belum berjumpa Abdul Hadi untuk dapatkan kesahihannya.

"Saya tidak jumpa lagi dengan beliau sama ada sungguh atau tidak (mahu tanding di Parlimen Pekan), tetapi apa yang boleh dikatakan, ia bermakna kesetiaan beliau terhadap parti," katanya, semalam.

Harun mengulas laporan berhubung kesediaan Abdul Hadi untuk bertanding di Parlimen Pekan, sekali gus menunjukkan kesediaan beliau melawan kerusi yang disandang Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Abdul Hadi ketika ini penyandang kerusi Parlimen Marang dan Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Rhu Rendang.

Harun berkata, Pas sudah tentu akan beri kerusi 'sesuai dan munasabah' kepada Abdul Hadi.

Menurutnya, parti akan buat keputusan bijaksana sesuai dengan jawatannya dalam usaha membawa hala tuju parti selepas pilihan raya umum akan datang.

Mengulas lanjut Harun berkata, hanya kerusi Parlimen Marang dilihat sesuai untuk Abdul Hadi.

"Buat masa ini (Abdul Hadi sesuai) di Parlimen Marang, bukan Maran," katanya.

Mengenai sama ada Abdul Hadi masih bertanding dua kerusi sebagaimana pilihan raya sebelumnya, Harun menegaskan urusan calon terpulang kepada parti. -SH

Nik Aziz beri lampu hijau Hadi tanding Pekan
KOTA BHARU - Hasrat Presiden Pas, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang yang mahu bertanding di Parlimen Pekan, Pahang pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13) disambut baik dan direstui Mursyidul Amnya, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

Nik Abdul Aziz semalam memberi 'lampu hijau' kepada Ahli Parlimen Marang itu dan menyokong kenyataannya bertanding PRU13 menentang Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"Dia (Abdul Hadi) adalah presiden parti, jadi apa (hasrat) yang dicakapkan kita akan turut dan sokong demi kebaikan parti serta perjuangan Islam.

"Saya sangat menyokong sekiranya Abdul Hadi benar- benar mahu bertanding di Pekan pada pilihan raya akan datang untuk menentang mereka yang mengagun-gagungkan perjuangan kebangsaan daripada memilih agama," katanya kepada Sinar Harian ketika ditemui di rumahnya, semalam.

Nik Aziz yang juga Pengerusi Majlis Syura Ulama Pas tidak terkejut dengan pengumuman Abdul Hadi yang ingin berhijrah ke Pahang walaupun tidak dapat memberi jaminan sepenuhnya sama ada kemenangan memihak kepada parti mahupun pihak lawan.

"Sekarang ini menang atau kalah itu lain hal, apa yang penting adalah sokongan kepada beliau setelah menunjukkan keberanian untuk bertanding di kerusi disandang Perdana Menteri," katanya.

Tanpa menunjukkan kebimbangan terhadap kerusi Parlimen Marang sekiranya dilepaskan Abdul Hadi nanti dengan penghijrahannya ke Pekan, Nik Aziz mengharapkan perjuangan tersebut disokong penuh.

Nik Aziz juga Menteri Besar Kelantan turut menyuarakan kebimbangan sekiranya pilihan raya yang berlangsung di Pekan tidak dilaksanakan dengan adil.

"Saya minta ketika pilihan raya nanti tidak ada pengundi- pengundi hantu yang mempengaruhi keputusannya," katanya.

Dalam masa sama, Nik Aziz juga turut memuji keberanian Abdul Hadi itu untuk melawan mana-mana calon yang dilihat menolak kepada perjuangan Islam
-SH




Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims flee sectarian violence

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 01:54 AM PDT



ဝင္းတင္> ရခိုင္အေရး ေနာက္ဆက္တြဲ ေမးခြန္းမ်ား

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 12:45 AM PDT

ရခိုင္အေရး သမၼတရံုးက ေၾကညာခ်က္ေတြ ထြက္လာေနတာ တခုၿပီး တခုပဲ။ ဒီလုိထုတ္ျပန္ေပးတာကိုေတာ့ မဆုိးဘူး ေျပာလုိ႔ရေပမယ့္ ဒီျပႆနာကို ခ်ည္းကပ္တာမွာ လူမ်ိဳးေရး၊ ဘာသာေရး အစြဲမပါ ဘဲ လုပ္ေဆာင္ၾကရမယ္။ စစ္အာဏာရွင္လက္ထက္တုန္းကလည္း အမ်ိဳးသားေရး၊ မ်ိဳးခ်စ္စိတ္၊ ဇာတိမာန္ ဆုိတဲ့ စကားလံုး ေတြကို တြင္တြင္က်ယ္က်ယ္ ကိုင္စြဲ အသံုးျပဳခဲ့တယ္။ ဒါေတြရဲ႕ ရိုက္ခတ္မႈက ယေန႔ အခ်ိန္ထိပဲ။ အမ်ိဳးသားေရး ဆုိတဲ့ စကားလံုးကို တြင္တြင္က်ယ္က်ယ္ သံုးခဲ့တဲ့ စစ္အာဏာရွင္ေတြေၾကာင့္ တုိင္းျပည္လည္း အဖက္ဖက္က ပ်က္ဆီးခဲ့ၿပီ။တခါ မ်ိဳးခ်စ္စိတ္ဆုိတာ စစ္မွန္တဲ့ ျပည္ေထာင္စုအတြက္ ဆုိၿပီး ေျပာတာရွိေပမယ့္ တုိင္းရင္းသားေတြက ဘယ္လုိဟာကို ျပည္ေထာင္စုလဲဆုိတာ ေမးခြန္းထုတ္ၾကတယ္။ စစ္မွန္တဲ့ ျပည္ေထာင္စုမွာရွိတဲ့ အမ်ိဳးသားေရးဆုိတာ ဘာလဲ ဆုိၿပီး ဗမာဆုိတာ အပါအ၀င္ တုိင္းရင္းသားေတြ အားလံုးၾကားမွာ ေတာ္ေတာ္ စကားေျပာလာရတဲ့ကိစၥ ျဖစ္လာတယ္။ ဒီေနရာမွာ တုိင္းျပည္ခ်စ္တာနဲ႔ အမ်ိဳးသားေရးဆုိတာ မကြဲျပားၾကဘူး။

ရခိုင္ကိစၥဟာ အမ်ိဳးသားေရးလို႕ ေျပာလာတယ္။ အမ်ိဳးသားေရး ဆုိတာ တတုိင္းျပည္လံုး အေရးျဖစ္တယ္။ တဖက္ကလည္း ရခိုင္မွာျဖစ္ခဲ့တာေတြက လူမ်ိဳးေရးလည္း ပါလာတယ္။ အမ်ိဳးသားေရးနဲ႔ လူမ်ိဳးေရးဆုိတာ မကြဲဘဲ ျဖစ္လာတယ္။ ဒီေနရာမွာ အမ်ိဳးသားေရး အျဖစ္ တဖက္ႏိုင္ငံက ၀င္လာသူေတြဆုိၿပီး ဆန္႔က်င္ေရး လုပ္လာတာေတြ ရွိတယ္။ ရခိုင္မွာက ရခိုင္က ရခိုင္လူမ်ိဳးအျဖစ္ သူတုိ႔ကုိသူတုိ႔ျမင္သလုိ ဗမာကိုလည္း ဗမာအျဖစ္ပဲ ျမင္ၾကတယ္။ အခု ေနာက္ဆံုးျဖစ္တဲ့ ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္ စတဲ့ ေဒသေတြဟာ ကမန္တုိင္းရင္းသားေတြလည္း ရွိတဲ့ေနရာျဖစ္တယ္။

ကမန္ဆုိတာ က်ေနာ္တုိ႔ တုိင္းျပည္မွာ ႏွစ္ေပါင္းမ်ားစြာကတည္းက ရွိခဲ့တဲ့ မြတ္ဆလင္ေတြ တုိင္းရင္းသားေတြပဲ။ တ ခ်ိဳ႕ကမန္ေတြဆို ရိုးရုိးတန္းတန္း ႏိုင္ငံသား မရတဲ့သူေတြေတာင္ ရွိတယ္။ ရႈပ္ေထြးလာတာက ကမန္မြတ္ဆလင္ တုိင္းရင္းသားေတြကို ရခိုင္ေတြက ဘာျဖစ္လုိ႔ ၀င္တုိက္လဲဆုိေတာ့ ကမန္ေတြၾကားထဲမွာ ဘဂၤါလီ မြတ္ဆလင္ေတြက ၀င္ေရာက္လာခဲ့တယ္္လုိ႔ ဆုိေနၾကတယ္။ ဒါေတြက စိုးရိမ္စရာ အေျခအေနေတြ ျဖစ္တယ္။

က်ေနာ္တုိ႔ အၿမဲစုိးရိမ္တာက ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္ထဲမွာ စစ္အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရး တာ၀န္ယူတဲ့ အေနအထားကိုပဲ။ အဲဒီအေနအထား ကို မေရာက္ေစခ်င္ဘူး။ ရခိုင္ေတြေရာ၊ တျခား နယ္ေျမခံေတြေရာကုိ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္အစုိးရဆုိတာက အကာအကြယ္ေပးရမယ့္ တာ၀န္ရွိတယ္။ ဒီေနရာမွာ စစ္အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရး တာ၀န္ယူတာနဲ႔ ေဒသ တည္ၿငိမ္ေအးခ်မ္းေရး၊ လံုၿခံဳေရး၊ အကာအကြယ္ေပးေရးနဲ႔ မဆုိင္ဘူး။ စစ္အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးဆုိတာ အႏၱရာယ္ သိပ္မ်ားတယ္။ လြတ္လပ္ေရး ရၿပီး ပါလီမန္ေခတ္ ၁၉၅၈ ခုႏွစ္မွာ သင္ခန္းစာရွိခဲ့တယ္။ စစ္တပ္က အိမ္ေစာင့္ အစိုးရဆုိၿပီး လုပ္ခဲ့တယ္။ ၁၉၆၂ ႏွစ္က စၿပီး ဗမာျပည္ စစ္အာဏာရွင္ေအာက္ ေရာက္ခဲ့တယ္။

အခု တုိင္းျပည္ ျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲေရး လုပ္ေနခ်ိန္မွာ ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္အေရးဟာ စုိးရိမ္စရာ ျဖစ္လာတယ္။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္တုိ႔အေနနဲ႔လည္း တည္ၿငိမ္ေအးခ်မ္းမႈကို ရေအာင္ ပိုင္ပိုင္ႏိုင္ႏိုင္ ကုိင္တြယ္ ေျဖရွင္းဖုိ႔ တုိက္ တြန္းေျပာၾကားေနတာပဲ။ တရားဥပေဒစုိးမုိးေရးအတြက္ ဥပေဒကို အေကာင္အထည္ေဖာ္တဲ့ လူေတြက အခ်ိန္မီ အေရးယူေျဖရွင္းၾကရမယ့္ တာ၀န္ရွိတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ ဒီတာ၀န္ေတြ ေပါ့ေလ်ာ့ခဲ့တယ္။

ဒုတိယ အႀကိမ္ ျပန္ျဖစ္တာက အစုိးရပုိင္းက အားနည္းမႈေတြ ရွိတယ္။ ဒီကိစၥ အားလံုးက အစုိးရ အေပၚမွာပဲ မူတည္ တယ္။ အခုလို အေျခအေနဆုိး ထပ္ျဖစ္ဖုိ႔ မသင့္ေတာ့ဘူး။ အေစာပိုင္း အစုိးရက စံုစမ္းေရးေကာ္မရွင္ေတြဖြဲ႔တယ္။ ပထမ ေကာ္မရွင္လဲ ဘယ္ေရာက္သြားလဲမသိေတာ့ဘူး။ ေနာက္ ကုလသမဂၢ အပါအ၀င္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာကိုလည္း ရခိုင္ကို သြားခြင့္ျပဳတယ္ဆုိေတာ့ အေကာင္းဖက္ေမွ်ာ္လင့္ထားခဲ့တယ္။ အခုလုိ အေျခအေနျပန္ဆုိးလာတာေတာ့ လြဲမွားေနၿပီ ဆုိတာ ေျပာလို႔ရတယ္။ အစုိးရအေနနဲ႔က တရားဥပေဒစိုးမုိးေရး လုံၿခံဳေရး နဲ႔ ျပန္လည္ တည္ၿငိမ္ေရးကို အေလးေပး လုပ္ရမွာ။ ဟိုဟာ ဖံုး ဒီဟာ ဖံုးဖိထားတာေတြ မလုပ္ပဲ ျမင္သာထင္သာ လုပ္ဖုိ႔လုိတာ။

အခု မတည္ၿငိမ္မႈေတြေၾကာင့္ စစ္တပ္ပါလာၿပီး စစ္အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရး ျဖစ္လာတာကို လံုး၀ မလုိလားဘူး။ ဒါကို စစ္အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရး တရားမ၀င္ မဟုတ္ပါဘူးလုိ႔ ေျပာၿပီး တကယ္တမ္း စစ္အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရး လုပ္ေနတာဟာ ရိုးသားမႈ ရွိမွ ရွိပါ့မလား ဆုိၿပီး ဒီလို ေတြးစရာျဖစ္လာခဲ့တယ္။ တဖက္က သမၼတက ျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲေရး လုပ္ေနတယ္။ စစ္တပ္က ေထာက္ခံတယ္ေျပာတယ္။ ရခိုင္မွာ အခုလုိ ပဋိပကၡေတြ ထပ္ျဖစ္လာတာဟာ လူထုက စစ္တပ္ကို ေတာင္းဆုိလာေအာင္ ဖန္တီးတာလားဆုိတဲ့ ေ၀ဖန္မႈေတြလည္း ရွိလာေနတယ္။

ဘာပဲေျပာေျပာ တုိင္းျပည္မွာ လံုၿခံဳေရးကို အေၾကာင္းျပဳၿပီး စစ္တပ္က အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးမွာ ျပန္၀င္လာတယ္ဆုိတာ ေကာင္းတဲ့ လကၡဏာေတာ့ မဟုတ္ဘူး။ တခ်ိဳ႕ မသကၤာဖြယ္ရာ အခ်က္ေတြလည္း ျမင္လာရတယ္။ ဥပမာ ေက်ာက္နီေမာ္ ကိစၥလုိမ်ိဳး ျဖစ္တာကို ခ်က္ခ်င္း တရား ဥပေဒနဲ႔ အေရးယူတာမလုပ္ပဲ လႊတ္ေပးထားတဲ့ သ ေဘာမ်ိဳး ျဖစ္ေနတယ္။ အဲဒီကေန အေျခအေနဆုိး၀ါးလာတဲ့အထိ ျဖစ္လာတယ္။ ေနာက္ ဥပမာ OIC အုိအုိင္စီလုိကိစၥမ်ိဳးေပါ့။ အုိအုိင္စီ ရံုးခြဲဖြင့္ေရး ကိစၥမွာ ၀န္ႀကီးအဆင့္က လက္မွတ္ထုိးတယ္လည္း ေျပာတယ္။ ညႊန္ၾကားေရးမႉးခ်ဳပ္က နားလည္မႈ စာခြ်န္လႊာ လက္မွတ္ထုိးတယ္လည္း ေျပာတယ္။ အဲဒီကိစၥက ပြင့္လင္း ျမင္သာမႈ မရွိခဲ့ဘူး။ ဘယ္သူက ဘယ္လုိလက္မွတ္ေရးထုိးတယ္ဆုိတာ မသဲကြဲခဲ့ဘူး။

ဟိုဘက္ အုိအုိင္စီက ရံုးစိုက္ေတာ့မယ္ အစရွိသျဖင့္ အစီအမံေတြ လုပ္လာၿပီး ျမန္မာျပည္သူလူထုသိလာၿပီးေတာ့မွ လူထုက မေက်နပ္တဲ့ အသံေတြ ထြက္လာခဲ့တယ္။ အဲဒီကေန ျပည္သူလူထုက ဒါကို မလုိလားလုိ႔ အုိအုိင္စီ ရံုးဖြင့္ခြင့္ မျပဳေတာ့ဘူးဆုိၿပီး ေၾကျငာတယ္။ ဒါက လူထုက ေတာင္းဆုိလာလို႔ သမၼတႀကီးက လုပ္ခြင့္မေပးဘူး ရပ္လိုက္လို႔ ဆုိတဲ့သေဘာ လုပ္ခဲ့တယ္။ ရခိုင္ေတြ ဘက္မွာလည္း သမၼတႀကီးေကာင္းလုိ႔၊ သမၼတႀကီးကယ္လုိ႔ သမၼတႀကီးဟာ အားကုိးရတဲ့သူျဖစ္တယ္ဆုိေတာ့ သမၼတကို အမႊန္းတင္ေနတာလား။ အဲဒီဟာေတြ အားလံုးက ႏိုင္ငံေရး ရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္၊ ႏိုင္ငံေရး ရည္မွန္းခ်က္နဲ႔ ဖန္တီးယူတာလားဆုိၿပီးေတာင္ က်ေနာ္ ဒီလုိပဲ ေတြးထင္လာတယ္။

အခု ေၾကညာခ်က္ေတြ ထုတ္တယ္။ ဟိုလူ လက္ညိႈးထုိး၊ ဒီလူလက္ညိႈးထုိး စသျဖင့္ အဖြဲ႔အစည္းေတြက ေနာက္ကြယ္ က ႀကိဳးကိုင္တယ္ဆုိၿပီး လုပ္လာတယ္။ ဒါဆုိ ေနာက္ကြယ္မွာ စစ္တပ္ကလည္း ခုနကေျပာသလုိ ကယ္တင္ရွင္ႀကီး အ ျဖစ္ လူထုက ေတာင္းဆုိလာေအာင္လုိ႔ ၾကိဳးကိုင္ခဲ့တာေရာ ရွိမလား၊ ဒီလုိလည္း စဥ္းစားမိျပန္တယ္။ ဘာေၾကာင့္လည္း ဆုိေတာ့ တရား ဥပေဒစုိးမုိးေရးေတြ၊ လူ႔ အခြင့္အေရးေတြဆုိတာနဲ႔ ခ်ည္းကပ္လုပ္ေဆာင္ရမယ့္ အစား အေျခအေနကို လႊတ္ေပးၿပီး လမ္းမွားကို ေမာင္းပို႔ခဲ့သလားဆုိၿပီး ေတြးမိတယ္။ သမုိင္းမွာ ဒါမ်ိဳးေတြက ရွိခဲ့ဖူးလုိ႔ပါ။

ေျပာရရင္ ေနာက္ကြယ္က ႀကိဳးကိုင္ေနသူေတြ၊ အဖြဲ႔အစည္းေတြ ရွိတယ္ဆုိတဲ့ သမၼတရံုးက ေၾကညာခ်က္အတိုင္း မရိုး သားမႈေတြ၊ လႈံ႔ေဆာ္မႈေတြ ေနာက္လက္ေတြကေတာ့ ရွိေနတာအမွန္ပဲ။ ဒီလုိေၾကညာခ်က္ထြက္လာၿပီး အေရးယူမယ္ ေျပာေနတုန္း ဟုိမွာက အကုန္နီးပါး ျပာက်ကုန္ၿပီ။ ေသၾက ေက်ၾကျဖစ္ကုန္ၿပီ။ ေနာက္ စံုစမ္းေရး ေကာ္မရွင္ ဆုိတာမွာလည္း Celebrities (နာမည္ႀကီးသူမ်ား) နဲ႔သာဖြဲ႔ထားၿပီး တကယ္ ဘာသာေရး၊ လူမႈေရး၊ ႏုိင္ငံေရး စတဲ့ ဘက္ေပါင္းစံုက လူေတြမထည့္ပဲ ထားတာေၾကာင့္ အခုထိ အလုပ္မျဖစ္ဘူး။

အခု ေကာ္မရွင္မွာ ရခိုင္ဘက္ကလူ၊ မြတ္ဆလင္ဘက္က လူ စသျဖင့္ ေကာ္မရွင္ အဖြဲ႔၀င္ေတြကထဲက သတင္း ေတြ ေပါက္ၾကား၊ တခ်ိဳ႕က ေဖာက္ထုတ္ပစ္တာေတြ လုပ္လာတဲ့ သတင္းေတြလည္း ၾကားေနရတယ္။ ေကာ္မရွင္ အဖြဲ႔၀င္ေတြမွာ ဆႏၵစြဲ၊ ဂတိစြဲ ဘယ္ေလာက္ရွိေနလဲ ဆုိတာ ေျပာမရႏိုင္ဘူး။ ဆႏၵာဂတိ ကင္းကင္းရွင္းရွင္း ထြက္လာတဲ့ အစီရင္ခံစာမ်ိဳး ျဖစ္မွသာလွ်င္ မွန္မွန္ကန္ကန္ ျပႆနာကို ေျဖရွင္းႏိုင္လိမ့္မယ္။ ဒီလိုမွ မဟုတ္ရင္ မလြယ္ဘူး။

(အမ်ိဳးသား ဒီမိုကေရစီအဖြဲ႕ခ်ဳပ္ နာယက တဦးျဖစ္သည့္ သတင္းစာဆရာေဟာင္း ဦးဝင္းတင္က ဖုန္းျဖင့္ ေျဖဆိုေျပာၾကားခ်က္ကို တည္းျဖတ္ေဖာ္ျပပါသည္)



<div style="direction:rtl;text-align:right">Maher Zain – Insha Allah | Insya Allah | ماهر زين – إن شاء الله</div>

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 11:44 PM PDT

အင္ရွာ အလႅာဟ္ ။ အလႅာဟ္ အလိုေတာ္နဲ႔ ငါတို႔ ျပန္လာမယ္႔ ေန႔ မေ၀းေတာ႔ဘူး……….
အဖိႏိွပ္ခံေနရသူေတြ အတြက္ အလႅာဟ္ အကူအညီေတြ လာေတာ႔မယ္ အင္ရွာ အလႅာဟ္….
အလႅာဟ္ ရဟမသ္ နဲ႔ အကူအညီကို ဘယ္ေတာ႔မွ လက္မလြတ္ၾကနဲ႔……….
က်ေနာ္တို႔ အားလံုး ဒီဘ၀ကေန လြတ္ေျမာက္ေအာင္လုပ္ရမယ္႔ တာ၀န္ အားလံုးမွာ ရွိတယ္ – ဒါမွ အလႅာဟ္ ရဲ႕ အကူအညီေတြ လာမယ္ အင္ရွာအလႅာဟ္ …. ၾကိဳးစားရုန္းကန္သူေတြကို အလႅာဟ္ရွင္ ဘယ္ေတာ႔မွ လက္မဲ႔ မလုပ္ဘူး..
အင္ရွာ အလႅာဟ္
အင္ရွာ အလႅာဟ္
အင္ရွာ အလႅာဟ္

Every time
You feel like you cannot go on
You feel so lost and that you're so alone
All you see is night
And darkness all around
You feel so helpless you can't see which way to go
Don't despair
And never lose hope
'Cause Allah is always by your side

Insha Allah
Insha Allah
Insha Allah
You'll find your way

Turn to Allah
He's never far away
Put your trust in Him
Raise your hands and pray
Ya Allah
Guide my steps, don't let me go astray
You're the only one who can show me the way
Show me the way
Show me the way
Show me the way



[BERGAMBAR] Tanah Runtuh, Kuarters Polis IPD Gombak Terjejas

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 01:18 AM PDT

Selayang - Puluhan keluarga pegawai dan anggota polis di kuarters Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Gombak dikejutkan dengan kejadian tanah runtuh kira-kira jam 7 malam selepas hujan lebat melanda Lembah Kelang sejak petang tadi.

Akibat kejadian itu, tiga kereta yang diletakkan berhampiran kuarters itu rosak selepas ditimpa batu yang jatuh berikutan runtuhan tebing itu.

Ketua Polis Daerah Gombak, Superitendan Rosly Hassan berkata, siasatan awal bomba mendapat kondisi tanah berada di tahap kritikal dibimbangi berlaku pergerakan tanah sekiranya hujan berterusan.

Menurutnya, sebagai langkah awal keselamatan dan pengawasan, seramai 150 orang daripada 32 keluarga yang tinggal di blok F1 diarahkan meninggalkan kediaman serta berkumpul di dewan.

"Hujan berterusan bermula jam 4 hingga 6 petang dipercayai antara punca berlakunya rekahan tanah dan kejadian ini adalah insiden pertama berlaku sejak kuarters berkenaan diduduki 2002.

"Keluarga yang dipindahkan itu tidak dibenarkan memasuki blok bagi tujuan keselamatan sehingga pengesahan kondisi tanah diputuskan agensi berkaitan," katanya sewaktu meninjau runtuhan tebing.

Katanya, jarak runtuhan tebing dengan blok F1 yang didiami 32 keluarga itu cuma adalah 1.2 meter sahaja.

Beliau berkata, hanya penduduk satu blok itu diarahkan keluar dan pihaknya masih menunggu laporan terperinci daripada pihak Jabatan Kerja Raya dan Majlis Perbandaran Selayang.

Seorang penduduk ditemui, Aida Ninggal, 50, berkata, ketika kejadian dia bersama suami keluar membeli kelengkapan dapur.

"Saya menerima panggilan telefon dari anak perempuan sekitar jam 7 malam memaklumkan berlaku runtuhan tebing berhampiran rumah dan terdengar siren kecemasan.

"Saya bersyukur tiada apa-apa kejadian buruk berlaku ke atas anak yang ketika itu tinggal bersendirian dan sedang tidur," katanya.

Seorang lagi mangsa, Nor Shamsiah Ibrahim, 49 berkata, ketika kejadian dia bersama suami dan lima anaknya berada di rumah sedang menonton televisyen.

"Saya yang tinggal di tingkat satu terkejut mendengar dentuman kuat ingatkan kemalangan.

"Namun apabila meninjau di luar tingkap mendapati bongkah batu dari tembok pengadang runtuh dan menghempap tiga kereta yang salah satunya rosak teruk," katanya yang baru menduduki tersebut dua tahun lalu. -SH


ROHINGYA MUSLIM Dead bodies at May Zee Muslim Cemetery near to Baw Duu Pa Refugee Camp, Sittwe City

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 11:24 PM PDT

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ROHINGYA MUSLIM Dead body photos were taken from May Zee Muslim Cemetery near to Baw Duu Pa Refugee Camp, Sittwe City, BURMA on 13.6.2012 —

ဇြန္လ ၁၃ရက္ေန႔ က ရိုက္ထားခ့ဲေသာ စစ္ေတြျမိဳ႕ေဘာဒူဘာဒုကၡသည္စခန္းအနီးရွိ
ေမဇီသခ်ဳိင္းရိုဟင္ဂ်ာအေလာင္းမ်ားပံု

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