Sunday, November 18, 2012

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Posted: 18 Nov 2012 05:33 AM PST





黃漢偉:壁畫引青年探古蹟

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 08:50 AM PST

As reported in Guangmin Daily



(檳城18日訊)本地聽障畫家顏詒隆(Louis Gan)在不久前完成《哥妹倆盪鞦韆》壁畫後,再為喬治市老街的牆面上添上一幅《小孩籃球樂》壁畫,吸引許多民眾聚集於籃框底下跳躍拍照,形成一道獨特的風景。

新萬商紙品有限公司(SBS)股東呂來福週日接受《光明日報》訪問時指出,《小孩籃球樂》是於週六(17日)下午正式完成,地點設立於牛干冬(接近海墘)的其中一條岔路。
《哥妹倆盪鞦韆》隔巷作畫
他說,該幅壁畫位於《哥妹倆盪鞦韆》隔壁的一條巷子,主要讓遊客用步行就能夠瀏覽所有壁畫,無需東奔西跑。
他說,該公司計劃為檳城古蹟區添上6幅壁畫,目前已完成的2幅。此次壁畫是以他的女兒及一名友人的兒子打籃球的情景為概念,將孩子們的日常生活以壁畫的方式呈現。 

下次體材:娘惹熨斗與古井

他也透露,接下來的幾幅壁畫也將會在古蹟區設立,並以檳城人以前的生活為主要概念,當中包括娘惹用舊式熨斗燙衣服及古井拉水等概念。
 
"我們製作一幅畫的開銷約2萬令吉,但我們目的並不是為了從中獲利,而是希望為檳城古蹟區帶來更多美觀的壁畫,讓民眾民眾及遊客能夠拍照留念。
 
他說,他們目前也與顏詒隆洽談接下來作品的細節,估計下一個作品仍需等上一段時間才能夠完成。由於大量遊客聚集於該區,導致畫家難以下筆,這也是他們目前所面對的問題。
 
管制漆料保護古建築
 
黃漢偉說,古蹟區擁有3000多所房屋,許多民眾擔心壁畫會日益氾濫。
 
對此,他會與世遺辦公室,商討推出相關守則,管制壁畫使用的油漆漆料,以不破壞壁畫為原則。有關壁畫也必須獲得業主的同意,並向檳島市政局報備。
 
他說,物以稀為貴,倘若壁畫出現氾濫的情況,這將失去壁畫的真正意義。他也籲請,熱愛壁畫有興趣的民眾,可到檳島市政局公園內的檳州塗鴉公園,向相關單位單位申請,發揮自身的藝術才能。
 
黃漢偉:引青年探古蹟
檳州城鄉策劃、房屋及藝術部委員會主席黃漢偉指出,喬治市古蹟區其中6幅壁畫是於喬治市藝術節開始發起。另外,檳州各區也擁有逾50多個鐵線藝術作品。
 
他說,這些藝術作品的用意,主要是襯托出古蹟區的風貌,將民眾民眾帶入古蹟區的街頭巷尾,切身了解老檳城的魅力。
 
"在壁畫尚未出現之前,許多年輕人都與古蹟區嚴重脫節,對古蹟區感到陌生。然而,壁畫設立後,成功吸引許多年輕人開始走進街頭巷尾拍照,帶來正面的效果。"
 
他受到本報的訪問時說,隨著科技日趨進步,許多民眾在面子書等社交網站,都能夠即刻分享相關資料,再加上智能手機及平板電腦越見普遍,這也間接催生本地壁畫風氣。
 
他說,壁畫在檳城並不算是新鮮的事物,早在20多年前檳城四坎店監獄外牆就曾出現一幅壁畫,但因引不起共鳴,最終也因此作廢。
 
"壁畫最重要的引起共鳴,讓民眾切身參與,才能夠真正吸引民眾的關注。倘若無法引起共鳴,那麼此壁畫也將逐漸被人遺忘。"
As reported in Nanyang Siang Pao

黄汉伟:须向市会报备 街头壁画勿变涂鸦

  2012-11-18 12:41
  • 壁画与涂鸦只属一线之差, 政府鼓励壁画的出现, 但创作者不可随意搞破坏。
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(槟城17日讯)政府暂不严管,但画家需自爱,别让壁画惨变涂鸦!

"乔治市魔镜"系列壁画在槟岛街头爆红后,陆续出现的壁画也备受关注,因为当中一些作品是被诠释或归类为搞破坏或呛声的"创作"。

不过,近期海墘一家纸品工厂后巷出现一副小兄妹荡秋千壁画,这名本地画家还为后巷安上"按步就班巷"(Step By Step Lane)全新路名,同样的,又催生了一幅一炮而红的创作。

掌管槟州艺术事务的行政议员黄汉伟接受《南洋商报》访问时说,他甫从外州返回槟城,因此不了解上述壁画创作前是否有向槟岛市议会报备。

艺术萌芽无意监管

他表示,立陶宛画家查卡勒维克的创作成功带动槟岛壁画风潮,所以,正当槟州艺术正处于萌芽阶段,政府无意采取过于严格管制的态度对待。
因此,他说,只要建筑业主及画家双方愿意,在老建筑墙上作画并非大问题,但创作前必须向槟市会报备。

他解释,报备主要是让市议会知道创作内容、使用颜料等,以免出现不应该出现的壁画内容。
无论如何,他说,壁画与涂鸦只属一线之差,政府鼓励壁画出现的同时,不代表创作者可随意搞破坏,创作者必须有这方面的自制能力。

此外,他认为,壁画接连出现不易形成泛滥,原因是壁画创作不是容易的事,内容引得共鸣也是一回事,更重要的是作画空间有限。

他以"乔治市魔镜"系列壁画为例,原本圈定30个作画地点但只剩6个地方供查卡勒维克作画,因并非所有业主愿意让出建筑老墙来作画。

他补充,槟城四坎店监狱外墙早在10、20多年前,曾出现过一幅壁画,惟内容引不起共鸣而最终被掩盖在油漆下。

书到用时:听障画家一"荡"而红
"乔治市魔镜"系列壁画效应,海墘新万商纸品有限公司让一名本地听障画家颜诒隆(Louis Gan)在公司后巷外墙画上小兄妹荡秋千壁画。

不仅如此,这名画家还在后巷安上"按步就班巷"(Step By Step Lane)全新路名,路名来源为上述公司商号。

新壁画诞生后已掀起一窝蜂与壁画争相合照热潮,而壁画旁侧和后方的两扇大铁门也被到此一游的访客留下大名,小巷入口也设有纪念品摊。

目前,这名画家已在上述公司对面的一条后巷,开始创作另一幅壁画。
报道:曾雪爱


AES——联邦政府尚未回答的问题

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 05:55 AM PST

今天看到联邦政府交通部在主流媒体刊登广告,向国民解释AES如何能够降低马来西亚交通意外死亡的人数。可悲的是政府扎下数十万令吉在各大主流媒体刊登广告,却完全没有诚意回答人民的问题。 针对AES是否能够降低车祸率,甚至是车祸死亡人数。这个从国外的例子就已经说的很清楚。这我无用再说。AES的问题不在于这个系统是否适合我国使用,而是这个系统背后所隐藏的各个悬而未解的问题。 广告说我国去年发生45万起交通意外,共有7000人丧命。我要问,这7000人之中,是不是大多数是摩托车骑士?如果是,AES是否应该针对摩托车骑士。但是,为何马来西亚的AES只是针对闯红灯和超速驾驶的轿车?即使是摩托车骑士闯红灯,这是不是造成电单车骑士丧命公路的主要原因?如果不是,那么AES装来如何能够降低每年7000人死亡的数据?还是政府无法回答这些问题?如果不能回答这些问题,为何政府不花些时间进行研究? 


ျမန္မာတြင္ လံုျခံဳေရးတပ္မ်ား အေထာက္အပံ့ျဖင့္ မြတ္စလင္မ္တို႔အား ႏွိပ္ကြပ္ဟု HRW စြပ္စြဲ၊ ယင္းကို ကန္သံရံုး ဘာသာေရး လြတ္လပ္ခြင့္ အစီရင္ခံစာ (၂၀၁၂) က ေထာက္ပံ့ထား

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 05:42 AM PST

ျမန္မာတြင္ လံုျခံဳေရးတပ္မ်ား အေထာက္အပံ့ျဖင့္ မြတ္စလင္မ္တို႔အား ႏွိပ္ကြပ္ဟု HRW စြပ္စြဲ၊ ယင္းကို ကန္သံရံုး ဘာသာေရး လြတ္လပ္ခြင့္ အစီရင္ခံစာ (၂၀၁၂) က ေထာက္ပံ့ထား

M-Media ႏို၀င္ဘာ ၁၈၊ ၂၀၁၂

ျမန္မာျပည္သို႔ အေမရိကန္သမၼတ အိုဘားမား မလာေရာက္မီ တစ္ရက္အလိုတြင္ စင္ကာပူအေျခစိုက္ တူေဒးသတင္းစာက Myanmar forces supported anti-Muslim attacks: Rights group ဟူေသာ ေခါင္းစဥ္ျဖင့္ သတင္းတစ္ပုဒ္ ေဖာ္ျပခဲ့ပါသည္။

ယင္းသတင္းအက်ဥ္းမွာ ေအာက္ပါအတိုင္းျဖစ္ပါသည္။

လံုျခံဳေရးတပ္သားမ်ားက ဆိုး၀ါးလွသည့္ အႏၱီမြတ္စလင္မ္အဓိကရုဏ္းမ်ားကို အေထာက္အပံ့ေပးခဲ့ေၾကာင္း ႏုိင္ငံတကာ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးအဖြဲ႔ (International Rights Group) က ယေန႔ စြပ္စြဲေျပာၾကား လိုက္ေၾကာင္း စင္ကာပူအေျခစိုက္ တူေဒးသတင္းတစ္ရပ္က ဆိုသည္။

ထိုသို႔ ေျပာၾကားခ်က္မွာ အေမရိကန္သမၼတ၏ ျမန္မာျပည္သို႔ သမိုင္း၀င္ခရီးစဥ္မစတင္မီတစ္ရက္အလိုတြင္ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း၊ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးေစာင့္ ၾကည့္မွဳအဖြဲ႔က ရခုိင္ျပည္နယ္တြင္ မြတ္စလင္မ္မ်ားအား ဗုဒၶဘာသာ၀င္မ်ားက တိုက္ခိုက္မွဳမ်ားကို စစ္တပ္က တားဆီးဟန္႔တားခဲ့ျခင္းမ်ိဳးရွိေၾကာင္း၊ သို႔ေသာ ္ယင္းဟန္႔တားမွဳမ်ားထက္ပို၍ အစိုးရက ႏိုင္ငံမဲ့လူနည္းစုမ်ားကို အကာအကြယ္ေပးရန္လိုေၾကာင္း၊ ထိုႏိုင္ငံမဲ့လူနည္းစုမ်ား ကို ျမန္မာအစိုးရ က ႏိုင္ငံသားျဖစ္ခြင့္ျငင္းဆိုထားၿပီး ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ဘက္မွ ၀င္လာသူမ်ားဟု သတ္မွတ္ထားေၾကာင္း တူေဒးက ေဖာ္ျပသည္။

လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးေစာင့္ၾကည့္မွုအဖြဲ႔၏ ဓာတ္ပံုမ်ားအရ ဗုဒၶဘာသာ၀င္မ်ားက ဒုတ္ဓား၊ ေလးျမႇားတို႔ျဖင့္ အရြယ္ေရာက္သူမ်ားကို ေခါင္းျဖတ္ၿပီး ကေလး သူငယ္ႏွင့္ အမ်ိဳးသမီးမ်ားကို သတ္ျဖတ္ျခင္းမ်ိဳးရွိ ခဲ့သည္ဟု တူေဒးသတင္းက ဆက္လက္ေဖာ္ျပသည္။

ထိုသို႔ေသာ ရမ္းကားမွဳမ်ားကို အစိုးရ၏ တရား၀င္ေထာက္ပံ့မွဳမ်ားရွိခဲ့ေၾကာင္းကို မိမိတို႔အား မ်က္ျမင္သက္ေသမ်ား က ေျပာဆိုခဲ့သ လို ျဂိဳလ္တုဓာတ္ပံု မ်ား အရလည္း သိခဲ့ရသည္ဟု လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးေစာင့္ၾကည့္မွုအဖြဲ႔၏ အာရွဆိုင္ရာ ဒါရိုက္တာျဖစ္သူ ဘရက္အာဒမ္က ဆိုသည္။ ထို႔ျပင္ ဘရက္အာဒမ္က ဇြန္လအတြင္းက ျဖစ္ခဲ့ေသာ အဓိကရုဏ္းအတြက္ လက္သည္မရွာႏိုင္မီ အစိုးရလံုျခံဳေရးတပ္မ်ား၏ တိုက္ရိုက္အေထာက္အပံ့ျဖင့္ ဒုတိယမၸိအဓိက ရုဏ္းျဖစ္ပ်က္လာေၾကာင္း၊ ထိုသည္မွာ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာမ်ားကို အေပ်ာက္ရွင္းျဖစ္ဖို႔ ရည္ရြယ္ေၾကာင္းျဖင့္ ျပင္းျပင္း ထန္ထန္ ျပစ္တင္ ေျပာၾကား ခဲ့သည္။

သတင္းအရင္းအျမစ္ – www.todayonline.com/World/EDC121118-0000040/Myanmar-forces-supported-anti-Muslim-attacks–Rights-group

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံဆုိင္ရာ အေမရိကန္သံရံုးမွထုတ္ေ၀သည့္ ၂၀၁၂ခုနွစ္၊ အျပည္ျပည္ဆိုင္ရာ ဘာသာေရးလြတ္လပ္ခြင့္အစီရင္ခံစာ (အက်ဥ္း)

burma.usembassy.gov

အေမရိကန္သံရံုး၏ ဘာသာေရးလြတ္လပ္ခြင့္အစီရင္ခံစာအျပည့္အစံု -

ျမန္မာဘာသာ – photos.state.gov/libraries/burma/895/pdf/ReligiousReport2012_Burma_.pdf

အဂၤလိပ္ဘာသာ – photos.state.gov/libraries/burma/895/pdf/AnnualReportofUSCIRF2012Burma.pdf

 

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံဆိုင္ရာ အေမရိကန္သံရံုး - burma.usembassy.gov



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Selepas 25 Tahun Buat Dosa SB Bertaubat & Minta Maaf Pada PAS

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 09:31 AM PST

Kota Bharu: Seorang bekas polis yang bertugas dengan Cawangan Khas (SB) selama 25 tahun, Abdullah Omar memohon maaf atas segala dosa yang beliau lakukan terhadap PAS sepanjang bertugas sebagai polis.

"Dosa apa yang saya tak buat terhadap PAS sepanjang lima pilihan raya yang lepas..... saya tidak mahu sebut di sini, biar saya dan Allah sahaja yang tahu.

"Tetapi maafkanlah saya, saya sudah bertaubat," katanya yang tampil sebagai perwakilan Taiping yang menyokong usul Pilihan Raya yang dibawa PAS Pusat.

Abdullah juga merupakan bekas OCPD Taiping pernah bertugas sebagai SB selama 25 tahun berterima kasih kepada PAS kerana sanggup menerima beliau yang pernah berdosa dengan PAS dan rakyat.

"Saya berbesar hati hari ini diangkat untuk berucap di Muktamar walau pun baru dua tahun bersama PAS, paling terharu PAS boleh terima orang yang berdosa seperti saya," katanya.

Cabar Majlis Fatwa

Pada masa sama beliau yang juga bekas OCPD itu turut mencabar Majlis Fatwa mengeluarkan fatwa tentang gaji yang diperoleh oleh mana-mana calon yang menang pilihan raya melalui penipuan pilihan raya.

"Saya nak cabar Majlis Fatwa dan Mufti, kalau menipu dalam pilihan raya kemudian menang.

Jadi Perdana Menteri, jadi menteri-menteri, bagaimana dengan gaji mereka.

"Saya tanya tuan-tuan gaji yang mereka dapat halal atau haram?" soal Abdullah terus dijawab para perwakil 'haram'.

"Kalau haram, kenapa Majlis Fatwa tidak keluarkan Fatwa?"

"Ya gaji yang mereka dapat tidak halal, jawablah di akhirat esok," soalnya balik ketika berucap menyokong usul pilihan raya oleh PAS Pusat.

Tambahnya, daripada banyak-banyak pilihan raya negara diadakan Malaysialah yang paling teruk.

Ditambah pula katanya, pemberian kad pengenalan kepada pendatang asing seperti Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar dan paling malang mereka ini didaftarkan sebagai pengundi.

Beliau juga membayangkan jika pilihan raya negara ini dijalankan dengan bersih sudah lama Umno BN terkubur.

"Kalau bersih! sudah tentu kita sapu bersih Umno BN. Kita sudah lama jadi pemerintah," tegasnya diringi takbir para perwakilan.


Anwar shows Mansor the exit

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 05:11 AM PST

It is confirmed!

Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1 Mansor Osman is not wanted anymore - not by PKR and neither by Pakatan Rakyat, especially his immediate boss Lim Guan Eng.

He will face the axe in a most diplomatic way. PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim is sending him to contest the Nibong Tebal parliamentary seat, a BN stronghold. Although some say its a 50-50 between BN and PR, the chance for Mansor to lose is bigger.

That's the price he got to pay for giving his back to Lim for calling the CM 'cocky and arrogant'.

He is now one of PKR major political liabilities in Penang. He is not worthy as far as PKR is concerned, and that will for sure make DAP and Lim happy enough.

Anwar made the announcement ahead of all other announcements of candidates. So, this means only one thing – Anwar is trying hard to please DAP particularly LGE – as Mansor has antagonised Lim with such a remark.

Guan Eng, a vindictive man even to his own people, can no longer tolerate Mansor and Anwar knows this, thus the decision to move Mansor out of the state seat to the parliamentary seat is the only way to kill and bury him for good.

Mansor is to be sacrificed in order for Anwar gets DAP full blessing to bcome the next prime minister. Antagonising Lim is a big mistake and a sin for DAP's politics and politics of Penang. Lim is 'untouchable' to the extent that even Karpal Singh has to watch his words when talking about the chief minister.

Like it or not, Mansor has to accept the candidacy, his last probably. Nibong Tebal consists of about 43 per cent Malay voters and 40 per cent Chinese, and given the current scenario where majority of the Malays have 'returned' to BN, Mansor is in deep shit.

Truly he is now considered as a liability more than an asset to Anwar's grand plan in the unregistered PR alliance and in fact, the Malay members of PKR in Penang are just Anwar's 'stepping stone' to achieve his personal ambition, not that of the whole Malays.

Now lets just hope the Malays in PKR in Penang see Anwar's grand plan and react by rejecting it because if they don't, Penang will be as good as gone.

Anwar is menacing Penang's politic too by arranging Mansor's exit from the picture, irrespective of how much support he gets from Mansor all these while.

Looks like Mansor has to consider his position in politic. Instead of losing his pride and dignity, he better leave PKR in a dignified manner so that Malaysians at large still respect him as a leader, a man who protects the interests of the Malays despite being made scapegoat.

Mansor should show to Malaysians that he is no push-over in politics, that he is a leader for the Malays in Penang.

(Beruang Biru)


Durian Kampung Jelebu

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 04:20 AM PST

We passed by a durian stall near our house on our way back after participating in a Rakan KL event. There was a big sign offering 2 durians for RM10. That set off my craving. We drove further up the road to another make-shift durian stall to see if we could get a better deal. That stall only sold the fruits by weight.

I am from the era when we paid for durians by fruit rather than by weight, therefore had no idea what a good price was. So, we went back to the first stall. The 2 for RM10 were smaller sized durian kampung. I have eaten very good durian kampung before but these were not exactly cheap. At the peak of durian season just a while back, these were going at 3 for RM10.

Durian kampung from Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan
Durian kampung Jelebu.

Nevertheless, my craving had to be satiated. The stall was also selling Musang King durians at RM18 per kilo. I have never eaten this durian before and preferred to know how it looked like before I bought any from an unfamiliar stall. The seller told Wuan his durians were from Jelebu in Negeri Sembilan. She got the seller to select two durian kampung for us and got him to open them as well.

The durians did not exude any pungent aroma in the car. At home, even when I was sitting just a short distance from them in the living room, there was no strong smell. In the mouth, they were sweet to the taste but their odour were uncharacteristically muted. Needless to say, that left me wanting more. Perhaps I should have thrown caution to the wind and bought the Musang King instead.

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Segerakan Tubuh IPCMC Tangani Salahlaku Polis

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 04:36 AM PST

Kerajaan Pusat terus didesak untuk menyegerakan penubuhan Suruhanjaya Aduan dan Salah Laku Polis (IPCMC) bagi menangani masalah salahlaku anggota polis.

Ianya perlu ditubuhkan kerana kepercayaan terhadap pasukan polis semakin terhakis ekoran beberapa insiden yang mencemar imej professionalisme anggota polis.

Ahli Parlimen Rasah, Anthony Loke berkata, Suruhanjaya itu perlu untuk mendisiplinkan anggota polis kerana ada anggotanya yang menyalahgunakan kuasa yang memerlukan tindakan khusus bagi menangani masalah itu.

"Jadi perlu ada satu badan yang bebas untuk mengawal tindak tanduk anggota polis supaya tidak membatasi undang-undang dan juga perkara yang memalukan," ujar Anthony ketika dihubungi TVSelangor.

Beliau berkata demikian sebagai mengulas kejadian tiga anggota polis yang dihadapkan ke Mahkamah Sesyen Butterworth atas tuduhan merogol dan melakukan persetubuhan luar tabii ke atas seorang wanita warga Indonesia di Berek Balai Polis Perai baru-baru ini.

Jelas beliau, akibat tiada sistem untuk memantau tingkahlaku polis itu maka kejadian sedemikian dikhuatiri akan terus menjejaskan imej pasukan polis di peringkat nasional dan antarabangsa.

"Maka perlu ada kehendak politik yang tinggi bagi memastikan wujudnya IPCMC itu," katanya.

Beliau berkata, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) komited untuk menubuhkan Suruhanjaya Bebas berkenaan jika berjaya dalam Pilihanraya Umum Ke-13 ini.

"Jika kita berjaya ke Putrajaya, kita akan menyiasat bagaimana agensi-agensi kerajaan dapat dipertingkatkan dan professionalisme badan-badan penguatkuasa dapat ditentukan," katanya.

Sebelum ini,Penubuhan IPCMC dicadangkan oleh Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (bekas Perdana Menteri kelima) pada 29 Disember 2004 ketika merasmikan Persidangan Pesuruhjaya Polis, Ketua Polis, Komander Briged Pasukan Gerakan Am dan Komandan di Putrajaya.

Bagaimanapun, ketika majoriti pendapat menyokong cadangan penubuhan IPCMC oleh suruhanjaya itu, polis dan ahli-ahli Parlimen Umno menentang penubuhan IPCMC. -selangorku


According to this Myanmar journal Buddha had personally endorsed the coming new religion in Kabah Saudi Arabia

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 02:34 AM PST

       Some shortsighted Buddhists try to write in the Journal to insult Insult Islam. (see scanned pic). But I hereby think that we all are from brother-religions who got the scriptures. I hope that if we consider the facts I presented here, Buddhism could be considered as one of the Abrahamic Faiths joining the Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Why Buddha left a foot print at Kabah…no other purpose but to endorse the coming new religion on that spot/place after his religion Buddhism era expired after 2500 yrs which he had clearly said. And if we notice that his images and statues appeared 5oo yrs after his death.

Dear Buddhist brothers, please don't take it as an insult. Even if you could not accept my following idea, please forgive and forget about this. I am not degrading your Lord Buddha in to a Prophet.

  • Lord Buddha had revealed that there are a lot of Buddhas as much as the number of the sands on the Ganges River. And all of them could not avoid the 'nature' of Kama (Kan) and must at last die or end at Parinivarna or Nivarna (of nothing or free from all the sufferings of life i.e. the circle of Sansara- birth, old age, disease and death.)
  • I do not think that it is just a coincidence in the enormous numbers of Buddhas and our prophets.
  • I deeply believed that all of them are the same honourable great Holy personalities, whether we accepted as God or Prophets.
  • I hope God would definitely forgive me for telling this fact that even if you or I could get some superpower of God, we would definitely send our representative (Prophet) or go ourself (e.g. forgive me God) to the strategic place, Nepal, which is located between the two early great civilizations, China and India.
  • Accoprding to Islamic the prophets were sent by God to every nation.
  • In Islam, only Muhammad was sent to convey God's message for the whole of mankind, whereas other prophets were sent to convey a message to a specific group of people or nation.
    • "And certainly We sent messengers (rasul) before you: there are some of them that We have mentioned to you and there are others whom We have not mentioned to you…" [Qur'an 40:78]
    • "For We assuredly sent amongst every People a messenger…"[Qur'an 16:36]

Muslims believe in other prophets other than those mentioned by name in the Quran as ther are many verses in the Quran that speak about this:

Additional numerous historical religious figures may have been prophets, but this is a source of debate and contention, among them: Zoroaster, Gautama Buddha and Rama. The Islamic Hadith and Qur'an support such claims that say that a messenger was sent to every people.

Allow me to quote the venerable Thubten Chondron's Home page. Here the article by Dr. Alexander Berzin was really wonderful. It is titled, Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue.

"… Historically, Islamic law has accepted Buddhism as a "religion of the Book." Because "Dharma" was translated as "law," and "law" referred to "book," Buddhists as "people of the Dharma" were understood to be "people of the Book" throughout medieval Central Asia. Islam tolerates all "people of the Book."

Indonesian Buddhists posit Adibuddha, the primordial Buddha of the Kalachakra Tantra, as the "creator." I had several interesting discussions with Buddhist monks in Indonesia about the issue of God in Buddhism. Since Adibuddha can be interpreted as the clear light primordial consciousness, and since all appearances of samsara and nirvana are the play or "creation" of that mind, we concluded that it could be said that Buddhism accepts a "creator God." The fact that Buddhism asserts Adibuddha not to be an individual, separate being who created the universe, but something present in each sentient being, can be seen as a theological difference concerning the nature of God. That is, Buddhism does accept a "creator God" but with its own unique interpretation. As the Muslims say, "Allah has many names," and many Christian, Islamic, Hindu, and Jewish thinkers assert that God is abstract and present in all beings. Taken from_

Dear Buddhist brothers, don't angry with me, I hereby apologize all of you from the bottom of my heart for copying and publishing the above paragraph. I just wish to show that we are not far apart. Not totally different.

I am not telling that you and your religion is wrong. I just want to highlight the similarities. If we look at the virtues or goodness of teachings of all the religions, all are same, advising to do good and to avoid the evil or bad.

modern Islamic scholars have asserted that the Prophet Dh'ul Kifl–the "man from Kifl"–mentioned twice in the Qur'an, refers to the Buddha, with Kifl being the Arabic rendering of the name of Buddha's native kingdom, Kapilavastu. The Qur'an stated that the followers of Dh'ul Kifl are righteous people. Secondly, al-Biruni and Sehristan, two eleventh century Islamic scholars who visited India and wrote about its religions, called Buddha a "Prophet …"

"Dispute not with the People of the Book save in the fairer manner, except for those of them that do wrong; and say, 'We believe in what has been sent down to us, and what has been sent down to you: Our God and your God is One, and to Him we have surrendered'." (XXIX: The Spider: 45)

In other places the Qur'an says:

Not all of them are alike; a party of the people of the Scripture stand for the right, they recite the Verses of God during the hours of the night, prostrating themselves in prayer. They believe in God and the Last Day; they enjoin Al-Ma'rûf and forbid Al-Munkar ; and they hasten in (all) good works; and they are among the righteous. And whatever good they do, nothing will be rejected of them; for God knows well those who are Al-Muttaqûn .(3:113-115)

Muhammad (pbuh) in Buddhist Scriptures:

1. Buddha prophesised the advent of a Maitreya:

A. Almost all Buddhist books contain this prophecy. It is in Chakkavatti Sinhnad Suttanta D. III, 76:

"There will arise in the world a Buddha named Maitreya (the benevolent one) a holy one, a supreme one, an enlightened one, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe:"

What he has realized by his own supernatural knowledge he will publish to this universe. He will preach his religion, glorious in its origin, glorious at its climax, glorious at the goal, in the spirit and the letter. He will proclaim a religious life, wholly perfect and thoroughly pure; even as I now preach my religion and a like life do proclaim. He will keep up the society of monks numbering many thousands, even as now I keep up a society of monks numbering many hundreds".

B. According to Sacred Books of the East volume 35 pg. 225:

"It is said that I am not an only Buddha upon whom the leadership and order is dependent. After me another Buddha maitreya of such and such virtues will come. I am now the leader of hundreds, he will be the leader of thousands."

C. According to the Gospel of Buddha by Carus pg. 217 and 218 (From Ceylon sources):

"Ananda said to the Blessed One, 'Who shall teach us when thou art gone?'

And the Blessed one replied, 'I am not the first Buddha who came upon the earth nor shall I be the last. In due time another Buddha will arise in the world, a holy one, a supremely enlightened one, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of angels and mortals. He will reveal to you the same eternal truths, which I have taught you. He will preach his religion, glorious in its origin, glorious at the climax and glorious at the goal. He will proclaim a religious life, wholly perfect and pure such as I now proclaim. His disciples will number many thousands while mine number many hundreds.'

Ananda said, 'How shall we know him?'

The Blessed one replied, 'He will be known as Maitreya'.

i. The Sanskrit word 'Maitreya' or its equivalent in Pali 'Metteyya' means loving, compassionate, merciful and benevolent. It also means kindness and friendliness, sympathy, etc.

One Arabic word which is equivalent to all these words is 'Rahmat'.

In Surah Al-Anbiya:

"We sent thee not, but as a mercy for all creatures."
[Al-Qur'an 21:107]

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was called the merciful, which is 'Maitri'.

ii. The words Mercy and Merciful are mentioned in the Holy Qur'an no less than 409 times.

iii. Every chapter of the Glorious Qur'an, except Chapter 9, i.e. Surah Taubah begins with the beautiful formula, 'Bismillah Hir-Rahman Nir-Rahim', which means 'In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful'.

iv. The Word Muhammad is also spelt as 'Mahamet' or 'Mahomet' and in various other ways in different languages. The word 'Maho' or 'Maha' in Pali and Sanskrit mean Great and Illustrious and 'Metta' means mercy. Therefore 'Mahomet' means 'Great Mercy'.Here are some other links regarding Gautama Buddha's Prophecy about Muhammad being another Buddha (Maitreya Buddha):

http://www.irf.net/irf/comparativereligion/middle/buddhism/dawahtobudhhists.htm

Comparative analysis:
http://www.irf.net/irf/comparativereligion/index.htm

Dear Buddhist brothers, after reading the above, if I were in your place, I would think that this Muslim is trying to put our God, Buddha under his Islamic Prophet and trying to put his Prophet as next Buddha.

No, no, no. I am just trying to rationalize that we all are the same. All the religions are same. We cannot or should try to run down, looked down as false on other religions.

Not only the Muslims, but other religious persons could say or prove that the following teachings of Buddha are wrong. I personally could accept the following teachings of Buddha  as the absolute truth!

But I am born in a Muslim family. So I decided to stay as a Muslim but would never look down on Buddhism as a wrong religion. I had learnt a lot of Buddhist teachings and also Scripture of Christians in the mission school.  And later read about other religions, Hindu, Jews etc.

But we understand that Buddhism does not explicitly recognize a God, or the concept of prophethood. However, there is no official Buddhist view of God, and Buddhism does not specifically oppose monotheism.

Buddhism is usually regarded as a religion (or a spiritual philosophy) without an Absolute Creator God (who created the universe ex nihilo and to whom worship and adoration are due). Even though an Absolute Creator God is absent in most forms of Buddhism, veneration and worship of Gautama Buddha (and other Buddhas) do play a major role in both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. In Mahayana Buddhism there is the notion of the Buddha as the omnipresent, omniscient, liberative essence of Reality, and the idea of the Buddhas as generators of vast "Buddha lands" or Buddha Paradises, in which beings will unfailingly attain Nirvana. (Wikipedia)

In Buddhism, there is no Supreme Being named that is the creator of all. However Gautama Buddha does state that our thoughts make the world. The Buddha considers thought as the creator of the world.

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.

Dhammapada, 1.1-3



How Great Is Our God (World Edition) Passion 2012!

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 12:57 AM PST

Chris Tomlin and some international friends sing How Great is Our God in multiple languages at Passion 2012 in the Georgia Dome 




Welcome to Malaysia's religious jungle by Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN, formerly of the Royal Malaysian Navy

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 12:22 AM PST

COMMENT An old PAS hand who reads my articles in Malaysiakini ranted, "Of course, PAS sees no wrong in (PKR vice-president) Nurul (Izzah Anwar)'s speech. These days they see no wrong in anything Pakatan does when it comes to Islam." This PAS supporter, one of my oldest and dearest friends, often jokes that he does not belong in the 'PAS for all' camp but rather in the 'PAS imposed all' faction. "So, aren't you going to take your jab, Thaya?"

Hudud forum Nurul Izzah
Well, as someone who attended the 'Islamic state: Which version? Whose responsibility?' forum and who has devoted space to the question of the role of Islam and the political parties which propagate it, I thought I would look beyond the "manufactured outrage" as author Salman Rushdie categorises such Islamic grievances. What is more interesting are the numerous uncomfortable ideas that Nurul's statement raises beyond the issue of compulsion in the Islamic faith as practiced here in Malaysia.

Under the rather quizzical title 'Nurul not anti-Islam but a true Muslim', Malaysiakini subscribers have been quick to render qualitative judgements on Nurul's Islamic stance. PAS has been praised on its nuanced response to the onslaught of Umno propaganda and there has been all this baloney on how the 'quality' of a person's faith supersedes religious dogma. What exactly is a "true" Muslim or "true" Christian for that matter? Someone who believes that religion should not be politicised? Someone who believes that you should not mock another's religion? Someone who believes that religion should not intrude in the private lives of members in any given society? Someone who believes that there should be a separation of church/mosque and state?

These are not "true" religious values but rather true secular values or secular humanist values, if you like. It is pointless and disingenuous to attempt to define what a "true" Muslim is considering the fact that said values are in fact anathema to traditional Islamic thought and especially by non-Muslims, who project their own agendas as to the qualities that make a good or true Muslim. In other words, a "true" Muslim as defined by those who have been on the receiving end of Umno-influenced Islam all these years, is a Muslim who conforms to the political and social conventions of the so-called moderate stance espoused by Pakatan Rakyat. The "true Muslim" oppositional meme is one of the contradictory aspects of the "one size fits all" ideology of Pakatan that if left unchecked will prove disastrous in the long run.

Christian hypocrisy

Nurul's statement should be taken as one more small step in the civilising process of Islam (to borrow a Christopher Hitchens phrase) that Christianity has already undergone. This is why we have Christians who have rejected the bigoted and/or social constraining values of their religion or at the very least been forced to sublimate them and achieve some sort of secular equilibrium with the rest of society. This, of course, is the Western liberalism that former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad so fears.

The civilising process that should have taken root in this country considering our colonial past and the infrastructure in place after independence was halted by Umno in the following years. The slow process of Arabisation and the use of Islam as a tool to enthrall the Muslim population and as a weapon to instill fear in the non-Muslim population meant that the process, which would have created a "secular equilibrium" in this multi-religious country, was cut short for long-term political gain. Non-Muslims played their part as well. Since the concept of "rights" was always defined by religious and communal expectations, there was always never any solidarity based on the premise that "rights" should be enjoyed and applicable to all.

NONE
Steve Oh's Malaysiakini letter, (which for some reason warranted a visit by the state's security apparatus) in support of Nurul, is loaded with the usual Christian hypocrisy that the calcification of the Malay mind happened in an Umno vacuum. Race politics is by its nature reactionary and while Umno used Islam for its own purposes, the same can be said of PAS, which (in a reactionary nature) retreated deeper into itself propagating the idea that religious piety was the panacea for Umno corruption.

Meanwhile, non-Muslim component parties were more than willing to toe the Umno line in exchange for an unequal slice of the economic pie, which saw the majority Malay community who were supposed to be the masters of the land languish in perpetual serfdom. The Chinese community dominated the private sector all the while engaging in a subtle form of systemic discrimination that the Umno regime overtly practiced in the public sector. This fueled the Umno perception that Malay hegemony was under threat by an ungrateful non-Malay community. The racial fault lines in this country have always been between the Malays and the Chinese.

christians praying church attacks
The whole Christian issue is merely the natural consequence of growing section of the mainly Chinese community falling under the sway of a worldwide capitalist/Judeo-Christian revivalist movement, which is leading the way in demanding equal religious rights (which is their constitutional right) after years of Umno corrupting every institution that was supposed to safeguard those rights.

Always remember, the growth of the evangelical Christian movement here in Malaysia happened under the Umno watch and that the nexus between the corridors of Umno power and the business community with strong links to the evangelical movement was engineered during Mahathir's era, not to mention a culture of corruption and cronyism that benefitted a Chinese-dominated private sector. Oh, who got involved in a memorable spat with Josh Hong on the issue of Christianity and homosexuality in Malaysiakini, brings his own Christian assumptions to the mix. Just as he objected to "counterfeit" Christianity in that exchange, I am sure there would be many Muslims like my PAS friend who adhere to a narrow interpretation of their holy text. Muslim and Christian each thinking that theirs is the more "authentic" interpretation.

Freedom to reject dogma

Moreover, the beauty of secularism is that it enables an open market place of ideas when it comes to religious choice. Now, Umno may fear this because if people had a choice between a religion that binds them to the dictates of the state (as it is practiced here in Malaysia) and a religion that allows them the freedom to reject dogma without the sanction of the state, which do you think would be the more appealing choice? Therefore, in a field of competing religions it would be beneficial for the issue of compulsion to be addressed so that the business of winning hearts and minds could go on unabated. May the best religion win, so to speak.

Of course, if the state played no role in enforcing religion, nobody would feel compelled to leave it, but that is the tragedy of religion, all of it is the same but with different labels. The devil is in the details and without the civilising process, nobody - certainly not an ethnic group defined by their religion - gets to question which part of dogma to accept or reject. This is why Pakatan (with its strong PAS backbone) engaging with the Christian community is vitally important. This nonsense about not politicising religion is the reason why Islamic appeasers have helped in the stagnation of the Islamic faith. The only way to resolve religious differences is by acknowledging them (in good faith) and from these tensions, secularism is the natural by-product.

The Umno state has a monopoly on Islam, which at the end of the day, means that anyone with an agenda of proselytising would get the short end of the stick. Understand now, that my position is that people should be exposed to a diverse range of ideas or agendas and make their informed choice as to what to accept or reject. The big question is, will Pakatan relinquish this monopoly? Will it disband those religious institutions that "shackle the Malay Mind? Will affirmative action policies which are intimately linked with Malay/Muslim identity and which have contributed to the entitlement culture be dropped? Meritocracy is a fine idea but how would it be imposed on a political and social landscape built on the injustices and apathy of a Malaysian public still playing the race game?

NONE
Nurul's watershed idea is not that Malays/Muslims should be exposed to other ideas or religions especially since, those ideas/religions in my opinion are soul cages in their own ways, not to mention the agendas at play, which would be deleterious to a multicultural/religious Malaysia. Her watershed idea is that she is following in the footsteps of those reformers who are advancing the internal dialogue within Islam. This rarely acknowledged tradition, which is nearly always met with hostility, is the most subversive of movements because it relies on the reinterpretation of dogma that has always been the zealously guarded province of those hardliners who garment themselves in piety that is the new fascism.

Propagandist like The Star journalist Joceline Tan may label her as a "little kid with big ambitions" but this "kid" in her nascent political life has advanced the political and social discourse more than the old uncles who inhabit the corridors of Umno power. What remains to be seen is that will Pakatan and politicians like Nurul have the opportunity that federal powers allows to turn rhetoric into deed.

What would define her as a "true" reformer she claims to be, is that she does not back down from this controversy. She does not waffle in the face of religious hypocrisy and she continues to agitate the Islamic status quo because as long as the idea of compulsion is propagated, protestations of "quality" are meaningless. Malaysiakini


Belum Pernah Nampak Jalan Menawan Putrajaya Secerah Ini

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 02:39 AM PST


Belum pernah jalan perjuangan untuk menawan Putrajaya secerah sekarang, kata Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim memetik kata-kata Mursyidul Am PAS, Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat.

"Saya masih ingat perbincangan dengan Tok Guru Nik Aziz. Kata beliau, setelah begitu lama dalam perjuangan, belum pernah nampak jalan menawan Putrajaya secerah ini, Insya-Allah. Ini doa, mudah-mudahan berhasil.

"Maka, dengan itu saya ulang. Sama ada pilihan raya Disember ini atau awal tahun depan, insya-Allah kita tawan Putrajaya," katanya disambut sorakan semangat.

Berucap depan kira-kira 40,000 orang pada Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat di Stadium Sultan Muhammad IV di Kota Bharu, Kelantan semalam, Anwar berkata, Pakatan mahu membawa negara ke arah lebih baik, bukan sekadar menggantikan Umno BN.

"Tapi orang tanya untuk apa? Sekadar ganti ketua menteri, perdana menteri, ganti parti memerintah? Untuk anjakan kepada sistem nilai, fahaman etika dan tatakelola kerajaan," katanya.

Beliau kesal kerajaan pemimpin Umno BN tiada keberanian berhadapan 'tauke-tauke' besar menyebabkan kekayaan negara berlegar di kalangan individu tertentu sahaja.

Turut berucap ialah Menteri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, Pemimpin Kanan DAP, Lim Kit Siang dan Timbalan Presiden PAS merangkap Pengarah Program, Mohamad Sabu.

Ia ialah program kedua selepas siri Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat dilancarkan di Taman Seremban Jaya Negeri Sembilan 2 November lalu.

Program bermula jam 5 petang dengan acara Ekspresi Anak Muda yang diwarnai persembahan kebudayaan dan ucapan pimpinan muda Pakatan.

Konvoi motosikal dari NGO R untuk Royalti yang bergerak dari beberapa Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) tiba jam 4.15 petang.

Antara persembahan menarik perhatian hadirin di luar stadium ialah tarian Sewang dari orang Asal Kuala Betis dan gendang Siam dari penduduk Tumpat.

Artis, Abby Abadi pula penceritakan pengalamannya bersama PAS dan Pakatan Rakyat. Sham Kamikaze pula menunjukkan kemahiran memetik gitar dengan memainkan dua lagu.

Tiba senja, hadirin kian ramai dan mula memasuki stadium untuk solat Maghrib, solat Hajat dan Isyak berjemaah, sebelum mengambil tempat di tengah padang atau di tempat duduk stadium.

Acara malam dimulai ucapan wakil badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) iaitu Himpunan Hijau, Bersih 2.0, R untuk Royalti dan Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan (Anak).

Ia diikuti pidato pimpinan tertinggi Pakatan dimulai Pemimpin Kanan DAP, Lim Kit Siang; Presiden PAS, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang; Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan Menteri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

Hadirin mengibar bendera kuning, hijau, oren dan merah pada satu-satu masa turut mewarnai lagi program malam tadi.

Tetamu dari Makah, Syeikh Dr Tahir al-Jaelani turut memberi ucapan dan diterjemah Timbalan Menteri Besar Kelantan Datuk Ahmad Yakub manakala wakil Syria meminta rakyat mendoakan pejuang di negera mereka. -KD


Surah Ad Dhuha

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 08:14 PM PST









What Mr President Obama will do and talk about in Burma?

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 10:42 PM PST

Obama will have a bilateral meeting with President Thein Sein of Burma on Monday. That will be held in the Parliament Building in Rangoon. Following his visit with President Thein Sein, the President will travel to Aung San Suu Kyi's residence in Burma. The President will then travel to our embassy where he'll be able to meet with embassy staff. Following that, the President will deliver a speech.

h about the future of Burma and the future of the relationship between the United States and Burma. That speech will be held at the University of Rangoon, which is a very historic — has played a key role in the history of the country, first in supporting the independence movement in the 1930s, then being one of the leading universities in Asia; being a center of the democracy movement in the 1980s.

So we see it as a very fitting venue for the President to address the people of Burma and to discuss the broad range of areas where we want to work together to support continued reforms across many different areas. That would include continued political reform towards democracy. That would include continued national reconciliation, including with various ethnic groups who have been in conflict with the government. That includes support for economic development for the Burmese people. And that also includes the way in which Burma is a critical part of our vision for the future of Southeast Asia and America's relationship with this very important region of the world.

We also anticipate that the President will have an opportunity on the margins of that speech to meet with a variety of members of Burmese civil society, to hear directly from them as well.

Following the speech, the President will depart Burma en route to Cambodia.

And then there are a range of other issues, of course: corruption; proliferation; trafficking; the freedom of NGOs that these groups get up and running now; media — the censorship law has been lifted, but it's — the new regulations are honored in some cases, in some areas, very much in the breach; freedom of association — very hard for groups to get permits to actually have political protests. These are the kinds of issues that by virtue of a trip of this magnitude, we get a chance to really drive home the core messages about the next steps that need to be taken on the path to reform and the opportunities that exist by virtue of the space that's opened up.

The last point I'd make just about Burma is that beyond the engagement on these specific issues, the trip I think is also — will also hopefully have the effect of reaching an audience broader than the government and broader than the elite. And so far — and we talk a lot about this internally here — this has been a very unusual political journey, political transition in the sense that it's very top down in terms of how the reforms are being dispensed; in many cases, edicts issued where political prisoners are free, or laws are changed, or announcements are made summarily, and often, again, very important and constructive announcements.

But as the political space opens up, one of President Obama's key messages, of course, is that there is a need not simply for government officials to talk to one another and the executive branch to talk to the Parliament, but for the youths, for legal professionals, for businesspeople, for soldiers in the rank and file of the military, for teachers, for the citizens of Burma to take ownership of this process now as it enters its next phase, and to build the checks and balances that are really the requirement in this country for these reforms to be sustainable and for this to become a true democracy over time.
As it relates to the Rohingya, what we've seen is the continued violence, as Samantha mentioned. And the government has sought to step in and help save lives in the situation in some instances. But clearly, more needs to be done to foster an environment where tensions are reduced, where there's not incitement, and where those communities are able to address their differences peacefully rather than in the outbreaks of violence that we've seen.
So I think the President will be addressing the broad context of ethnic reconciliation and national reconciliation within Burma. Specifically, I think what we'd like to see is continued work to stabilize the situation, but also to bring down the temperature and reduce the tensions. But I don't know if you guys have anything to add to that.
he importance of independent humanitarian access to the area so that there's independent reporting on what is actually happening again in this very, very tense environment right now, and that humanitarian assistance can be provided. And that's a major issue that remains outstanding.

Second, the safety and security of individuals — because before there can be any talks of the future of coexistence, the mob attacks and the violence and the provocations have to stop. And that's where, as Ben said, the fact that the government has sent in kind of national troops into an area where local forces were involved in many of the abuses is an important step, but that we need to — there has to be a sustainable security solution so that people aren't living in the kind of fear and really terror that they're living with today.

Thirdly, the government has come out and said it wants to hold the perpetrators accountable, which is important. And that's something they're going to have to follow through on. It will be very challenging, given again the degree of community support for some of what went on. But that's something that we will reaffirm their commitment in that space, because that's critical.
And then, the ultimate — ultimately, the legal status of the Rohingya of course in this country as well as in the region needs to be resolved. And so that is something that we will engage them on I'm sure certainly privately and in some form publicly.
ALL ABOVE ARE THE EXTRACTS FROM>>>

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release                           November 15, 2012

ON-THE-RECORD CONFERENCE CALL
BY DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR BEN RHODES;
NSC SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR ASIA DANNY RUSSEL;
AND NSC SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR MULTILATERAL AFFAIRS
AND HUMAN RIGHTS SAMANTHA POWER
ON THE PRESIDENT'S UPCOMING TRIP TO ASIA

Via Telephone



14 Usul Diluluskan Pada Muktamar PAS Ke 58

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 11:13 PM PST


Kota Bharu: Muktamar Tahunan PAS ke-58 yang berlangsung di Pusat Tarbiyah Islamiyah Kelantan (Putik) kali ini, meluluskan 14 usul dengan enam usul dilulus dengan bahas manakala lapan lagi usul dilulus tanpa bahas.

Enam usul yang dibahas itu adalah, satu usul dari Dewan Ulamak, dua dari pemuda, satu muslimat dan dua PAS Pusat.

Dewan Ulamak PAS Pusat membawa usul organisasi agar Majlis Syura Ulamak PAS menubuhkan satu unit audit syariat bagi tujuan mengaudit perjalanan badan eksekutif yang terdiri daripada wakil ahli jawatankuasa PAS Pusat, Badan Perhubungan PAS Negeri dan kerajaan negeri yang ditadbir PAS.

Pengauditan ini menurut mereka perlu merangkumi semua aspek pentadbiran supaya semuanya memenuhi pematuhan syariat dan tidak melakukan perkara yang bertentangan dengan syariat bagi memastikan kualiti kepimpinan kerajaan negeri ditadbir PAS.

Usul itu telah dibentang dan dibahas semalam dan telah dipersetujui sebulat suara oleh para perwakilan muktamar.

Dewan Pemuda PAS pula membawa usul mendesak kerajaan supaya Sistem Penguatkuasaan Automatik (AES) ditangguhkan serta merta bagi mengelakkan pengainayaan kepada rakyat.

Usul itu juga mendesak agar kerajaan mewujudkan satu tatacara kelola trafik yang baru berdasarkan kajian dan juga piawaian negara maju yang lebih bersifat mendidik pengguna jalan raya.

Satu lagi usul yang dibawa dewan itu adalah usul mendesak kerajaan Malaysia menerima usul tergempar berkaitan Palestin dan Rohingya.

Usul tersebut juga menggesa kerajaan melalui OIC, Liga Arab dan PBB mengambil tindakan segera terhadap isu ini.

Kerajaan juga digesa menyatakan sikap yang tegas serta menggunakan seluruh mekanisma operasi untuk membantu krisis kemanusiaan yang berlaku di kedua-dua negara ini.

Kedua-dua usul pemuda tersebut juga telah dibentang dan dibahas semalam dan juga telah diterima sebulat suara para perwakilan.

Usul dari Dewan Muslimat PAS Pusat pula bagi mendesak Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia menangguhkan perlaksanaan Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (PBS).

Ini kerana perlaksanaan itu masih kabur sehingga menimbulkan tekanan kepada guru yang hampir 80 peratus dari mereka sebenarnya tidak faham.

Mereka juga menuntut agar hak yang adil dan sama rata kepada seramai 800,000 pelajar Sekolah Agama Rakyat (SAR) dalam PBS ini serta memastikan akses internet 1 Bestari Net yang menggantikan School Net di sekolah diatasi dengan sebaiknya sebelum perlaksanaan dilakukan.

Usul tersebut yang dibentang pagi ini juga diterima sebulat suara oleh perwakilan.

PAS Pusat pula membawa usul agar memperhebatkan siri penerangan pengkhianatan Umno kepada orang Melayu melalui semua medium yang ada.

Pada masa yang sama, PAS juga perlu meyakinkan pengundi Melayu bahawa PAS mampu menjaga Melayu lebih baik daripada Umno serta menerangkan segala pembohongan Umno.

PAS juga perlu menonjolkan kemampuan memerintah dengan memberi contoh Kelantan yang telah diperintah 22 tahun dan Kedah yang telah berjaya menunjukkan prestasi yang baik walaupun terpaksa menanggung beban hutang RM1.8 bilion peninggalan BN.

Satu lagi usul PAS Pusat adalah agar PAS mengukuhkan sokongan ke atas Jawatankuasa Bersih yang telah mengemukakan lapan tuntutan untuk membersihkan pilihan raya.

Usul terssebut juga mahu PAS mendesak Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) dan kerajaan Umno BN untuk memenuhi kesemua tuntutan Jawatankuasa Bersih.

Pada masa sama, jentera PAS juga perlu terus membongkar penyelewengan Umno melalui daftar pemilih dan terus memberi tekanan kepada SPR untuk membersihkan kesemua daftar undi sebelum PRU-13.

Usul yang juga dibentang pagi ini itu juga diterima sebulat suara oleh para perwakilan.

Sementara itu, lapan usul yang diterima tanpa bahas adalah usul memperkasa Harakah, usul mengutuk Presiden MCA Dr Chua Soi Lek yang berterusan menghina Islam, serta usul agar Pakatan Rakyat mengutamakan seluas-luasnya aspek pendidikan di dalam pentadbiran di negeri-negeri yang dikuasai.

Selain itu, usul-usul agar usaha dakwah terhadap bukan Islam dimaksimakan, usul pembantu rumah tempatan dimartabatkan, usul calon Dewan Himpunan Penyokong PAS (DHPP) diberi peluang bertanding dalam PRU-13 juga dilulus tanpa bahas.

Dua lagi usul juga dilulus tanpa bahas adalah usul menghapuskan Pinjaman Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) serta usul agar diadakan satu himpunan besar-besaran pembabitkan parti-parti dalam Pakatan serta NGO bagi mendesak kerajaan memastikan pilihan raya adil dan saksama.

Muktamar lulus usul 'lebih agresif serang Umno'




Muktamar PAS hari ini meluluskan sebulat suara mendesak kepimpinan parti dan ahli akar umbi supaya lebih agresif menyerang Umno dengan mendedahkan apa yang didakwanya agenda pembohongan parti itu supaya rakyat tidak termakan, menjelang pilihan raya umum ke-13.

Usul itu menyebut, tindakan tersebut dibuat dengan menyedari sokongan rakyat kepada Umno semakin merosot menjelang pilihan raya umum dan "tongkat sakti MCA, Gerakan dan MIC sudah patah bagi menarik sokongan orang bukan Melayu kepada BN".

Menurutnya, menyedari bahawa Umno perlu menarik sokongan orang Melayu untuk menjamin kelangsungan pemerintahan BN dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang, maka mereka didakwa menggunakan pendekatan dengan apa cara sekali.

Menyedari hakikat itu, tambahnya, mereka didakwa menggunakan Melayu, agama dan raja untuk menunjukkan mereka adalah juara memperjuangkan Melayu.

Sehubungan itu, antara ketetapan yang diambil ialah siri penerangan kepada orang Melayu melalui berbagai medium seperti ceramah, risalah, banner dan media baru.

Mengulas dalam ucapan bagi menyokong usul tersebut, perwakilan Tambun Dr Khairuddin Abdul Malek menguatkan cadangan itu dengan menyifatkan bahawa "pertahanan terbaik ialah menyerang" Sehubungan itu, menjelang pilihan raya umum, beliau mencadangkan kepimpinan parti mengadakan konvensyen khas dengan mengumpulkan NGO Melayu dan Islam bagi membincangkan mengenai isu-isu Melayu secara intelektual.

"Orang Melayu sedang menunggu idea-idea segar dari PAS mengenai isu-isu Melayu, bangsa, dan raja-raja.

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PAS boleh mendepani Umno supaya (Umno) tidak ada dalam hati mereka," katanya.

Selain itu, beliau juga menggesa ucapan tiga tokoh tertinggi parti - Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, Datuk Dr Harun Ali dan Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang -diterbitkan melalui VCD dan diedarkan kepada orang Melayu di kawasan masing-masing.

Selain itu, muktamar juga meluluskan sebulat suara menyokong lebih 1,000 pada jawatankuasa BERSIH yang telah mengemukakan lapan tuntutan membersihkan pilihan raya.

Bahkan, muktamar turut mendesak Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) dan kerajaan Umno/BN untuk memenuhi kesemua tuntutan jawatankuasa BERSIH serta menyeru jentera PAS terus membongkar penyelewengan Umno/BN melalui semakan daftar pemilih di kawasan masing-masing.

"Dan seterusnya menjadi agen penerangan dalam menyebarkan hal penyelewengan ini kepada pengundi, terutama pengundi luar bandar," katanya.
-mk


[VIDEO] 760 Bekas Tentera & Bekas Pengarah JAIM Sertai PAS

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 09:25 PM PST


Seramai 760 bekas tentera sertai PAS

Kota Bharu: Seramai 760 ahli Seketariat Kebajikan Rangkaian Bekas Anggota Tentera Malaysia (KERABAT) menyerahkan borang keahlian PAS kepada Mursyidul Am PAS Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

Dalam program Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat yang berlangsung malam tadi, Kerabat yang diketuai oleh Leftenan Kolonel (B) Mohd Nazari Mokhtar, Sekretariat Kerabat mengisytihar kesediaan mereka untuk bersama-sama PAS.

Katanya, kesediaan itu kerana tertawan dengan konsep Negara Berkebajikan yang dibawa oleh PAS.

"290,000 pesara tentera di seluruh Malaysia, dan ramai di kalangan kita tidak dipeduli oleh kerajaan, kebajikan mereka terabai.

"Kami percaya PAS akan mengubah nasib mereka selepas ini, selepas PRU ke-13 nanti," katanya diikuti sorakan lebih 30,000 rakyat yang berhimpun di Stadium Sultan Muhamad ke IV malam tadi.

Dengan penubuhan cawangan baru di negeri ini, beliau percaya kebangkitan bekas tentera ini boleh mengejutkan Perkasa dan Perkida.

Malah Kerabat turut berjanji akan bangkit bersama-sama membela nasib vateran angkatan tentera yang dipinggirkan.

"Dulu wira, sekarang dianiaya oleh kerajaan Umno BN. Seru seluruh tentera sedarlah duit kita antara terbanyak dilaburkan untuk memenangkan pimpinan BN," tegasnya.

Bekas pengarah JAIS dan JAIM sertai PAS KOTA BHARU: Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat di Stadium Sultan Mohamad ke IV malam ini menyaksikan seorang lagi pegawai tinggi kerajaan menyertai PAS.

Bekas Pengarah Jabatan Agama Islam Melaka (Jaim) Datuk Mohd Nahwari Hashim, menyerahkan borang keahliannya kepada Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang.

Penyerahan itu disaksikan lebih 30,000 hadirin yang hadir dalam himpunan itu malam ini.

Mohd Nahrawi juga sebelum ini pernah menyandang jawatan Pengarah Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Jais).

Selain itu beliau juga pernah berkhidmat di Jabatan Perdana Menteri di bahagian perkhidmatan awam.

Beliau yang ditemui Harakahdaily berkata, kemasukannya ke dalam PAS didorong kesedaran kuat bahawa parti itu benar-benar ikhlas memperjuangkan Islam yang sebenar.

"Saya dah lama nak menyertai PAS, dan hari ini secara rasmi saya menyertainya.

"Saya minat agama, dan tak boleh lari dah. Orang minat kepada agama mesti memilih PAS," katanya.

Baginya, PAS satu-satunya parti yang mampu memartabatkan Islam di negara ini selepas banyak kerosakan dilakukan pemerintah sekarang.

Oleh kerana itu katanya, PAS menjadi pilihannya.

Menurutnya kemasukannya ke dalam PAS diharap mampu menyumbang sesuatu ke arah membina negara yang lebih baik
-HD.




Can we tolerate this?

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 06:32 PM PST

How many more Palestinian should be massacred before Israel put a stop to its shelling and bombing in Gaza? How many more children and woman must be killed before the US and United Nations come to their sense?

We are just observers. We are the onlookers, helpless bystanders. But can we tolerate it?


Surely, now it's time to face reality: military means and violence will never put an end to this conflict. The notion of occupied and occupier must finish.

The Palestinians and Israelis can succeed when they take courageous steps to move forward towards a healthy and sustainable future in which we all share. And the international community can never, any more, turn away.

The Israelis cannot claim self-defence. It is invasion, using all means from all directions – from air, ground and sea.

Israel's Cabinet authorised the mobilisation of up to 75,000 reservists late last Friday, preparing the ground for a possible Gaza invasion.

Rather than self-defence, it is escaping responsibility. By contrast, is it not the right of the occupied to fight and free themselves from occupation and the continuous invasion and humiliations?



[VIDEO] Wakil Bukan Islam Puji Kesederhanaan PAS

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 06:00 PM PST


Seorang wakil bukan Islam di Muktamar PAS ke-58 hari ini memuji kesederhanaan PAS, dan menolak dakwaan BN bahawa parti itu sebagai ekstremis.

Setiausaha Dewan Himpunan Penyokong PAS (DHPP) K Deepakaran berkata stigma terhadap PAS itu perlahan-lahan terhakis sejak pilihan raya umum 2008.

"Sebelum 2008 apa yang terjadi, apa pandangan tentang PAS daripada masyarakat lain, terutamanya India dan Tiong hua.

"Kamu nak masuk masuk PAS ke?.... Kalau kamu sokong, kamu kena peluk agama Islam, macam-macam lagi.... kena potong (bersunat) itu," katanya disambut gelak ketawa perwakilan "Kalau kamu sokong PAS, tiada tempat ibadat untuk Hindu dan Tiong hua. Apa jadi sekarang? Yang Berhormat kita, sampailah tok guru, sampai pemimpin sekarang tak ada masalah boleh masuk kuil, duduk satu meja bincang.

Kenapa? (Kerana) kita sudah ditarbiyahkan," katanya yang sekali lagi mencuit para hadirin. -mk



Free breakfast @ McDonald’s Malaysia

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 04:16 PM PST

McDonalds Malaysia free breakfastMcDonald's Malaysia will be giving away free Egg McMuffin to the first 1000 visitors of each and every 215 restaurant nationwide on November 19 to celebrate its Breakfast Day.

Not sure what's the purpose besides marketing gimmick. At least they have the courtesy to offer it absolutely free (one per customer) with no string attached.

This sort of promotion is usually a double-edge sword. Some folks will happily grab the freebies while bunch of others disgruntled (empty handed, long queue etc.)

Check McDonald's (MY) website for details. Should be interesting to see what happens tomorrow… knowing Malaysians it will be pretty rowdy at some outlets.

Free breakfast @ McDonald's Malaysia from YeinJee's Asian Journal


Barrage of complaints over missing drain covers

Posted: 17 Nov 2012 03:52 PM PST

Lim Lip Eng (left) says about 10 of the drain covers are missing. Pic by Khairull Azry Bidin
Motorists and other road users have been complaining about the missing drain covers along the elevated stretch of the Jalan Duta highway.
Segambut member of parliament Lim Lip Eng said he had been receiving complaints from the public over the past two months. Lim said he had forwarded the matter to City Hall (DBKL) but the local authority had refused to take charge.
"Two months ago, Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said he would look into the matter," he claimed. Raja Nong Chik, according to Lim, had said that the metal manhole covers would be replaced with concrete ones.
"About 10 drain covers were stolen. The only one left is at the end of the elevated highway."
Lim urged the government to enact an act that would deter thieves from selling the metal to scrap yards.
"Scrap metal is currently sold for at least 80 sen per kg. People who steal drain and manhole covers and other metal stuff should be punished," he said.
Nothing that uncovered drain and manholes could endanger motorists, Lim urged the authorities to act promptly.
Related news: Motorists worry about missing drain covers along Jalan Duta
http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=%2F2012%2F11%2F15%2Fcentral%2F12314320&sec=central#.UKSQj-iqN94.facebook


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