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- Seven Spooky Stories
- Myanmar’s Muslim refugees strain villages
- Silent Protest to STOP Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing
- Motion rejected on al-Qaeda's M'sian website
- U Aye Lwin @ U Rashid 100 yrs anniversary
- [GILA] Hadlaju 90 Km, Saman 80 Km, Bukti Kelemahan AES
- Frightening Facts About Fracking
- ဂ်ိမ္းတို႔ ၾကယ္စင္လင္းတို႔က ခင္ညႊန္႔နဲ႔ သူ႔တပည့္ေနာက္လိုက္ေတြ ေမြးထားတဲ့ တပည့္ေတြ
- Jeremy's diploma
- [DASYAT] Buang Janin Depan Rumah
- UMNO...Still Proud Of You ...^_^
- Kenyataan Media: Tindakan Undang-undang
- Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says staff threatened by Rakhines
- Jenayah Menurun? Anak Bekas Ahli Parlimen BN Kena Tetak
- A New Culture of Idiots *MUST READ*
- ဘာသာေရး ပဋိပကၡ တားဆီးေပးႏိုင္သည္႔ ဥပေဒျပဌားန္ေပးရန္ လိုအပ္
- ‘Myanmar’s leaders must send out strong message of reconciliation to Rakhine’
- Patutlah Temberang Semacam Suruh Lapor SPRM, Rupanya Beliau Ada Kuasa Ke Atas SPRM
- Things To Remember in Combat *Joke*
Posted: 06 Nov 2012 10:12 AM PST
Meremehkan soal integriti menyebabkan prestasi Umno-BN dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 nanti dijangka bakal mengalami kemerosotan.
Menurut laporan kaji selidik Pusat Kajian Demokrasi Dan Pilihan Raya (UMCEDEL) baru-baru ini, sebanyak 66 peratus responden percaya integriti buruk pemipin Umno-BN akan memberi kesan buruk terhadap prestasi parti itu dalam pilihan raya nanti.
Kajian yang dijalankan dari 1 hingga 16 September itu juga menunjukkan 60 peratus responden percaya isu kebanjiran pendatang asing tanpa izin yang tidak terkawal juga akan menjadi isu duri dalam daging kepada Umno menjelang pilihan raya nanti.
Manakala isu lain yang dijangkan memberi kesan buruk terhadap prestasi Umno-BN, Lynas dengan 59 peratus, isu National Feedlot Corporation (NFC), 55 peratus dan diikuti 54 peratus bagi isu kegagalan kerajaan mengurangkan kadar jenayah.
Kajian yang melibatkan seramai 1536 responden itu juga menjelaskan sebanyak 52 peratus dari mereka, percaya bahawa isu Demontrasi BERSIH turut menjejaskan sokongan terhadap Umno-BN.
Sementara itu, menurut rumusan kajian sama, laporan media terhadap 'kelemahan' negeri Pakatan Rakyat juga semakin kurang mendapat kepercayaan masyarakat.
"Terdapat kesangsian yang tinggi terhadap percanggahan pendapat dalam kalangan parti-parti dalam PR dan kelemahan dalam pentadbiran yang didedahkan oleh media massa," menurut ringkasan laporan kajian tersebut.
Dalam isu sama, Ahli Parlimen Shah Alam, Khalid Samad ketika mengulas laporan tersebut, menjangkakan pengundi dalam PRU-13 nanti akan mengambil kira isu integriti dan kemampuan PR mentadbir negara sekiranya diberi peluang nanti.
"Ya, saya rasa soal integriti dan kredibiliti merupakan isu utama dalam pilihan raya yang akan datang ini.
"Ianya bukan soal Melayu bergaduh dengan Cina atau Islam dengan bukan Islam, tetapi persoalan nak dapatkan pemimpin yang berintegriti yang mempunyai kredibiliti dan mempunyai kemampuan untuk membentuk sebuah kerajaan yang bersih daripada segala jenis rasuah," katanya kepada TV Selangor.
Posted: 06 Nov 2012 06:30 AM PST
Recently, I came across Claudia Castañeda's post on 7 Spooky Stories of Haunted Houses In Bogota.
La Candelaria, the mysterious and magical birthplace of Bogota, Colombia, boasts a long and dramatic history, and some believe that the neighborhood's houses, many of which are more than 200 years old, may be home to ghosts and paranormal phenomena. Most people chalk up these stories as myths and urban legends, but residents of the sector assure people that many of them are real – scary real.
Story # 1 San Vitorio Di Torino Hotel contained 400-year-old human remains
The numerous ghost appearances in the district are attributed to the fact that formal cemeteries didn't exist until relatively recently. For hundreds of years, people buried the dead in their home gardens, as was the case in the San Vitorio Di Torino Hotel, where the discovery of 400-year-old human remains added credence to guests' claims of paranormal activity.
Posted: 06 Nov 2012 06:19 AM PST
Posted: 06 Nov 2012 06:05 AM PST
Posted: 06 Nov 2012 06:04 AM PST
Source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/213464(By Hazlan Zakaria, 5/11/2012)
An opposition MP's has failed in his bid to move an emergency motion to discuss a Malaysian data centre's hosting of terrorist group al-Qaeda's Tawhed.net website and forum.Related news: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/11/05/dewan-tolak-usul-bahas-laman-blog-kumpulan-pengganas/Dewan tolak usul bahas laman blog kumpulan pengganas
Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia decided in chambers today that "the matter is not urgent as per parliamentary guidelines". He also said there is no urgency for debate as the website is already being monitored and investigated by the relevant agencies.
A copy of Pandikar's written reply was made available to the press by DAP's Segambut parliamentarian Lim Lip Eng.
"The government must explain why our country is very welcoming of terrorists. I will not give up. I will try again," he vowed at a press conference in the Parliament lobby today. Lim had submitted the emergency motion under Standing Order 18(1) last Thursday, based on aStar report on the closure of the website. He also said that the government must explain why it is allowing terrorists into the country, as disclosed by Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein last week.
However, Hishammuddin had downplayed the threat to Malaysia, saying that terrorists only use the country for a stopover and that they are kept under surveillance.
Lim argued that the government must come clean on the level of the threat to Malaysia, and that this is why the matter should be debated in the House.
Posted: 06 Nov 2012 05:25 AM PST
Posted: 06 Nov 2012 05:10 AM PST
Kempen Anti Saman Ekor (Kase) mendedahkan kelemahan terbaru saman Sistem Penguatkuasaan Automatik (AES) yang dikeluarkan terutama di lokasi kilometer 6.6 Lebuhraya Lembah Klang Selatan (SKVE).
Penasihat Undang-Undang Kase, Zulhazmi Shariff berkata, kamera AES di lebuh raya tersebut keliru dan celaru apabila menangkap kelajuan 80 kilometer sejam (km/j) sedangkan had laju di situ adalah 90 kilometer sejam.
"Salah satu saman yang diterima adalah di kilometer 6.6 SKVE, menunjukkan pemandu terbabit melakukan kesalahan Seksyen 79 (2) Akta Pengangkutan Jalan 1987, atas kesalahan gagal mematuhi isyarat lalu lintas dan had laju yang ditetapkan 80 km sejam.
"Padahal menurut laman web JPJ (Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan), had laju yang ditetapkan di sana adalah 90 km/j," katanya pada sidang media di Parlimen.
Menurut Zulhazmi, Pengarah Penguatkuasa JPJ, Jaafar Mohamed dalam laman web JPJ menjelaskan, kamera AES dilengkapi sistem 'speed limit buffer' (lonjakan had laju).
"Maknanya, di tempat had laju 90 km/j, pemandu hanya akan disaman jika pandu lebih 100 km/j.
"Tetapi dinyatakan (menurut surat saman yang ditunjukkan) bukan lonjakan, sebaliknya pengurangan had laju," kata beliau.
Ekoran itu, Zulhazmi berkata, Kase akan menyediakan khidmat guaman kepada pemandu yang disaman yang tampil kepada mereka.
"Kita sedia lawan di mahkamah, atau (kalau perlu) saman JPJ kerana menipu," tegasnya lagi.
Dalam perkembangan sama, Pengerusi Kase, Datuk Mahfuz Omar turut menyeru pemandu yang disaman tidak menerima tawaran kompaun terhadap saman AES.
"Kompaun tidak wajib bayar.
Bawa kes ini ke mahkamah juga bukan bermakna kita lawan undang-undang, tetapi sebaliknya ikut proses undang-undang," kata Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena itu.
Posted: 06 Nov 2012 03:30 AM PST
After lunch today, I was enjoying my usual Werthers Caramel sweet when the word 'fracking' pop into my head. I must have seen it somewhere in the net and it registered a place in my memory. Fracking? As tradition would have it, I Googled for the word and lo and behold, I found 3.24 million links about 'franking'.
Curious, I surfed many links and am still reeling in shock upon discovery of the frightening facts. Indeed, ignorance is bliss.
Anyway, if you have time, please check out:
1. CNN's article which has 841 comments: Debate over fracking, quakes gets louder
2. How Fracking is a danger to your health
3. Five Weird and Frightening Effects of Fracking You May Not Know About
4. THIS LINK which has many revealing articles about Fracking.
Take care and have a pleasant evening. Do swing by later in the evening for Seven Spooky Stories!
Posted: 06 Nov 2012 02:45 AM PST
ဂ်ိမ္းတို႔ ၾကယ္စင္လင္းတို႔က ခင္ညႊန္႔နဲ႔ သူ႔တပည့္ေနာက္လိုက္ေတြ ေမြးထားတဲ့ တပည့္ေတြမွန္း အခုမွ ေပၚလာတယ္။
ခင္ညႊန္က အမ်ဳိးသားႏိုင္ငံေရးလို႔ ေျပာလိုက္ေတာ့ နဂိုအမာခံ ဒီမိုေတြအားလံုးက ဝိုင္းကန္႔ကြက္ၾကတယ္။ အဲ့ဒီမွာ ခင္ညႊန္႔နဲ႔ အေပါင္းအပါတစ္စုက ေမြးထားတဲ့ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ ဆန္႔က်င္ေရးနဲ႔ နာမည္ရလူႀကိဳက္မ်ားလာတဲ့ဂရုက ေကာင္ေတြက အခု သမိုင္းနဲ႔ ခ်ီရွင္းေနၾကၿပီ။
ဒီေအာက္မွာ ဂ်ိမ္းဆီကေန ကူးလာတာေလး ဖတ္ၾကည့္။
James Mint shared Kyal Sin Lin's status.
ငယ္ငယ္တုန္းက သင္ခဲ့ရတဲ့ တန္ေဆာင္မုန္းလဆုတ္ ၁၀ ရက္ေန႕သည္ အမ်ိဳးသားေန႕ ျဖစ္ပါသည္ ဆိုတာေတြကို ေမ့ေလ်ာ့ကုန္ၾကတယ္ ထင္ပါရဲ႕……
အမ်ိဳးသားေရးဆိုတာ မေန႕တေန႕ကမွ ေပၚလာတယ္လို႕ ေ၀ဖန္ၾကတဲ့ ဆရာႀကီးေတြ သင္ပုန္ႀကီးဖတ္စာ မေက်ဘူး ထင္ပါရဲ႕….. ေက်ာင္းသားေခါင္းေဆာင္ ဗိုလ္ေအာင္ေက်ာ္တို႕ကို အားနာပါဦးလား….
Posted: 06 Nov 2012 01:49 AM PST
Here was where we were last Saturday: at the Penang campus of the Tunku Abdul Rahman College in Tanjung Bungah. It was convocation day and my son was all prepped up to receive his Diploma in e-marketing and business.
The above pictures weren't very clear because they were not snapped directly from the stage but rather, from the projector screen. Still, I managed to catch this candid photo of a beaming son as he walked back to his seat:
After the ceremony was over, we all met up outside the hall for this picture. Can't help it if I'm grinning from ear to ear. It may only be a diploma but to me, it was his day and it was his greatest achievement.
Posted: 06 Nov 2012 02:58 AM PST
Mentakab – Seorang pesara swasta pelik dengan bunyi salakan anjing liar dan terkejut apabila menemui janin dibuang di halaman rumahnya dekat Taman Rimba Rimba Mutiara, di sini, petang kelmarin.
Pemangku Ketua Polis Daerah Temerloh, Superintendan Zundin Mahmood berkata, kejadian tersebut disedari Chee Kong Chow, 57, kira-kira jam 4.30 petang kelmarin apabila pengadu keluar dari rumahnya di Jalan Jelutong 6 selepas mendengar sekumpulan anjing liar menyalak.
Menurutnya, polis yang mendapat maklumat kejadian kemudian menghantar pasukan forensik dan mendapati janin berusia di antara empat ke lima bulan itu dibuang di hadapan rumah mangsa.
"Sehingga kini, polis masih belum mengetahui bangsa janin itu, tetapi ia dilahirkan dalam tempoh 24 jam dengan kaedah pengguguran.
"Polis mengarahkan pegawai dan anggota melakukan pemeriksaan di hospital serta klinik swasta berhampiran untuk mendapatkan maklumat lanjut. Polis juga merakam percakapan pengadu dan janin itu akan dihantar ke hospital untuk bedah siasat setelah siasatan forensik selesai," katanya, kelmarin.
Zundin berkata, kes buang bayi sangat jarang berlaku di Temerloh dan kejadian semalam akan disiasat di bawah Seksyen 318 Kanun Keseksaan.
Menurutnya, sehingga kini pihaknya belum mempunyai suspek dan menggesa orang ramai membantu polis sekiranya mempunyai maklumat berkaitan.
"Polis mengklasifikasikan kes ini di bawah Seksyen 318 Kanun Keseksaan kerana menyembunyikan kelahiran dengan cara membuang mayat secara sulit," katanya.
Posted: 06 Nov 2012 01:35 AM PST
Being interested in becoming an UMNO member was because my ex joined a branch in Pulau Rusa, Pekan, Pahang (about 20 years ago).
It was initially not an easy entry for us.
We were treated like outsiders, felt unwelcomed even though he was born and bred in Pekan and lived in Kuantan.
There were so many envious faces.
You could see their contempt and that sneering look.
I was so scared back then.
However, the one who went all out to give him some limelight and moral support was actress Sarimah's older brother.
He was very encouraging and coaxed my ex to try and position himself somewhere in the branch committee.
Arwah Cikgu Sahak was absolutely kindhearted.
He had complete faith in my ex's ability to ultimately be one of the top 3 UMNO Pekan division leaders.
Unfortunately, with so many political enemies within, that did not materialise.
Btw, arwah Cikgu Sahak's daughter (who looks exactly like Sarimah is married to my ex's younger brother).
They have 4 lovely children..
There were so many sabotages from those who feared that when a person is more educated, the person will be a hindrance to their dreams of climbing up the higher rankings.
This is still a major stumbling mental block attitude.
It's however a general, widespread human weakness in any political race.
I managed to put on a very thick skin and I learned some important ropes of campaigning.
Smiling and grinning no matter what became an okay habit.
There were many embarrassing moments but that was alright too.
There were only a few of us who were running around to prop up the 'newcomer'.
He was an excellent 'product' to paddle around.
When his soldiers of supporters increased in number,I went into forced retirement.
Something changed and I was not needed anymore..the spark was gone.
Still, I did enjoy helping out.
We have an amazing party..our age old antique priceless UMNO.
Though it made members like me angry at times, our fight to keep its importance is all worthwhile.
We must respect our elected leaders..the seriously good ones of course.
Our precious party must be wrapped up beautifully with potentially well groomed leaders so that we will not worry about its performance and attractiveness.
To treasure our UMNO, we must carefully select the best ones to nourish the aspirations of the rakyat.
We are not cowards..we can courageously bring our party to a glorious level again.
UMNO has been with us for a very long time.
Like a wrinkled wife, the party has lost much of its youth and beauty.
Like an old husband who has sacrificed so much for his wife and children, UMNO's good deeds are immeasurable and remembered.
And so, the loyalty remains entrenched and undivided.
Despite the flaws and wrong moves, UMNO has done its best.
An effective internal mending will surge the party forward in a more prestigious manner.
UMNO is not a horrid party..it just has its imperfections.
We love UMNO even after a bunch of insecure jerks did not do their duties with integrity.
However, I am sure we can probably agree that there were undeniably numerous applaudable work that were successfully implemented
Needless to say, there are also many admirable efforts currently in progress.
UMNO will never stop intensifying and improving its services for the rakyat..InsyaAllah.
Posted: 06 Nov 2012 12:48 AM PST
Saya telah mengarahkan peguam-peguam saya – Tn Hanipa Maidin dan Tn Hj Sulaiman Abdullah – untuk mengambil tindakan undang-undang ke atas Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian, serta kemungkinan beberapa media lain, berkaitan laporan berunsur fitnah yang telah memutar belitkan sebahagian dari kenyataan penuh saya tempoh hari dengan menuduh saya seolah-olah saya menyokong murtad.
Saya tidak merelakan fitnah sebegini diteruskan dan tidak teragak-agak untuk mengambil tindakan undang-undang, demi menegakkan kebenaran dan demi keadilan.
Nurul Izzah Anwar
Posted: 05 Nov 2012 10:53 PM PST
A Muslim woman holds a baby at a refugee camp for those displaced by violence earlier this year outside Sittwe October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
BANGKOK (AlertNet) – Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says hardline nationalists are threatening its staff and preventing them reaching victims of the latest sectarian clashes in western Myanmar which have killed 89 people and uprooted 35,000.
Many of the displaced are now living in camps, joining some 75,000 people who fled their homes after a previous explosion of violence between Buddhist Rakhines and Muslim Rohingya in June.
"That we are prevented from acting and threatened for wanting to deliver medical aid to those in need is shocking and leaves tens of thousands without the medical care they urgently need," said MSF Operations Manager Joe Belliveau.
Both Rohingyas and Rakhines have urgent healthcare needs, including treatment for wounds, burns, malnutrition, diarrhoea and fever, Belliveau added. He also warned that the peak season for malaria was fast approaching.
Belliveau said there had been difficulties in getting access to affected people and permission from the authorities but things had improved.
"Our bigger problem comes from threats and intimidation from certain parts of the community, people who are saying, 'You can't treat people from the other side. You can't treat our enemies. We don't allow that. We don't think that's right'," he told AlertNet in a phone interview.
Belliveau said MSF doctors and nurses, who act impartially in accordance with universal medical ethics, were unwilling to work because they were scared.
He said the threats mostly came from the Rakhine community and were general threats.
"We've been accused of overly supporting the Rohingya. In fact all we do is we simply go to where the needs are the most," said Belliveau.
MSF said its operation in Rhakine State, one of its largest in the world, treated patients from all ethnic and religious groups.
"For the past 18 years we have treated many thousands of people from all communities in Rakhine, especially in the case of malaria and HIV/AIDS, and yet there is a certain perception and a certain accusation that we favour one group over the other," Belliveau added.
He said MSF had the capacity to do a lot more to support the Myanmar government's overstretched clinics but "greater tolerance and greater freedom of movement is needed".
LONGER-TERM CARE ALSO AFFECTED
Myanmar's Buddhist-majority government, which has vowed to forge unity in one of Asia's most ethnically diverse nations, regards the estimated 800,000 Rohingyas in the country as illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.
Bangladesh does not recognise them either. They are officially stateless and the United Nations has referred to them as "virtually friendless".
MSF, which offers tuberculosis and maternal health services in Rakhine, said it was also concerned about the longer-term healthcare programmes in the northern part of the state which were suspended following the violence in June when at least 80 people died.
Belliveau said hundreds or thousands of people, who are not displaced but whose movements have been restricted as a result of the violence, have not had access to healthcare for months.
A U.N. situation report released on Oct. 28 said strong feelings against the United Nations and non-governmental organisations "has been fuelled by some elements in the Rakhine State".
"Several pamphlets have been distributed and threats have been articulated against the entire humanitarian community," it said, adding that certain partners had been told that their relief operations were biased.
"As a result, some assessment teams have been denied access to locations where people are displaced or relief supplies, including that of the government, have been refused," the report said.
Last week, MSF had to postpone the opening of a new clinic in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine, because of protests. The clinic intends to provide primary health care including AIDS treatment.
"It's a small group of people who have this very strong line that organisations such as MSF are providing too much support to the Rohingyas, that we are somehow supporting their greater political ambition," said Belliveau.
"The problem is that it's our staff who are on the frontlines, who sometimes receive direct threats. They're too scared and understandably so."
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Posted: 06 Nov 2012 12:44 AM PST
Kuala Lumpur — Polis sedang menjejak lima lelaki yang dipercayai terlibat dalam kes tetak anak bekas Ahli Parlimen Pasir Puteh (BN) berhampiran deretan kedai makan di Seksyen 6, Wangsa Maju di sini semalam.
Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Ku Chin Wah ketika dihubungi Bernama berkata masih belum ada sebarang tangkapan yang dibuat setakat ini.
"Pihak kami kini sedang menjalankan siasatan lanjutan untuk menangkap suspek-suspek ini," katanya.
Beliau berkata mangsa Wan Mohd. Faizal, 24, iaitu anak kepada Datuk Wan Mohd. Najib Wan Mohamad kini sedang dirawat di Hospital Kuala Lumpur kerana mengalami kecederaan di beberapa bahagian badannya.
"Mangsa kini berada dalam keadaan stabil dan mengalami kecederaan di kedua-dua belah tangan akibat ditetak," katanya.
Wan Mohd Faizal cedera parah selepas ditetak tiga lelaki dengan menggunakan parang dan dipercayai terdapat dua lagi suspek yang ketika itu sedang menunggu di dalam sebuah kereta jenis Proton Perdana berwarna hitam berhampiran lokasi kejadian. — BERNAMA
Anak Bekas MP Pasir Puteh Cedera Parah Ditetak
Posted: 05 Nov 2012 10:00 PM PST
A few days ago, this site hosted an excerpt from Aaron James book called "Assholes: A Theory" . AARON JAMES holds a PhD from Harvard and is associate professor of philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Fairness in Practice: A Social Contract for a Global Economy, and was awarded the Burkhardt Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, spending the 2009–10 academic year at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He's an avid surfer (the experience of which has directly inspired this book) . . . and he's not an asshole.
According to Amazon.com which sells the book here:
In the spirit of the mega-selling On Bullshit, philosopher Aaron James presents a theory of the asshole that is both intellectually provocative and existentially necessary.
What does it mean for someone to be an asshole? The answer is not obvious, despite the fact that we are often personally stuck dealing with people for whom there is no better name. Try as we might to avoid them, assholes are found everywhere—at work, at home, on the road, and in the public sphere. Encountering one causes great difficulty and personal strain, especially because we often cannot understand why exactly someone should be acting like that.
Asshole management begins with asshole understanding. Much as Machiavelli illuminated political strategy for princes, this book finally gives us the concepts to think or say why assholes disturb us so, and explains why such people seem part of the human social condition, especially in an age of raging narcissism and unbridled capitalism. These concepts are also practically useful, as understanding the asshole we are stuck with helps us think constructively about how to handle problems he (and they are mostly all men) presents. We get a better sense of when the asshole is best resisted, and when he is best ignored—a better sense of what is, and what is not, worth fighting for.
Some of the editorial reviews on Aaron James' book that have been featured in Amazon include:
Advance Praise for Assholes: A Theory:
"Aaron James provides us with a delightful philosophical romp through the world of assholes. I was especially tickled by his analysis of different types: smug assholes, royal assholes, the presidential asshole, corporate assholes, the reckless assholes, to name a few."
—Robert I. Sutton, Stanford professor and author of the New York Times bestsellers The No Asshole Rule and Good Boss, Bad Boss
"Aaron James explores a very rude term that many now find unavoidable in the description of an alarming human type. His witty and accessible study of the personal and social problems the asshole creates draws on his lucid and brilliant accounts of the best in contemporary moral and political philosophy. James's analysis of asshole capitalism is a tour de force of philosophically astute political analysis and criticism. This is a book that should appeal equally to the general reader and the philosophical specialist."
—Marshall Cohen, founding editor of Philosophy and Public Affairs and university professor emeritus, University of Southern California
I hope I have convinced you to CLICK HERE to enjoy the excerpt from "Assholes: A Theory" by Aaron James. That post currently has more than 200 comments!!!
Happy reading and have a great day!!!!
Posted: 05 Nov 2012 09:59 PM PST
ေရွ႕ေနကြန္ရက္မွ တရားလႊတ္ေတာ္ ေရွ႕ေန ဦးကိုနီ (Mizzima )
ႏို၀င္ဘာ ၁ရက္ေန႔တြင္ က်င္းပျပဳလုပ္ေသာ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးေဆြးေႏြးပြဲႏွင့္ သတင္းစာရွင္းလင္းပြဲတြင္ တက္ေရာက္လာသူ တရားလႊတ္ေတာ္ေရွ႕ေနက ဘာသာေရး ၊လူမ်ိဳးေရး ခြဲျခားျခင္းမျပဳေစရန္ အကာအကြယ္ေပးႏိုင္မည္႔ ဥပေဒ တစ္ရပ္ျပဌာန္းေပးရန္ လိုအပ္ေနသည္ဟု ေျပာၾကားလုိက္သည္။
" ႏိုင္ငံတိုင္းလိုလို အထူးသျဖင့္ ႏိုင္ငံႀကီးေတြမွာ ဒီလို ဘာသာစံုရွိတဲ႔ အတြက္က သက္ဆိုင္ရာ ႏိုင္ငံ အစိုးရ ေတြက ဘာသာေပါင္းစံု ကာကြယ္ေပးတဲ႔ ဥပေဒေတြ ျပဌာန္းေပးရပါတယ္။ သက္ဆိုင္ရာ ႏုိင္ငံရဲ႕ ဖြဲ႔ စည္းပံု အေျခခံ ဥပေဒ မွာ တစ္ဘာသာနဲ႔ တစ္ဘာသာ အသိအမွတ္ျပဳေပးရပါတယ္။ တစ္ဘာသာနဲ႔ တစ္ဘာသာ မထိခိုက္ ရေအာင္ ၊ ေစာ္ကားျခင္း မျပဳေအာင္ ကာကြယ္ဟန္႔တားတဲ႔ ဥပေဒေတြလည္း ျပ႒ာန္းေပးရပါတယ္ " ဟု ၄င္းက ေျပာပါသည္။ ဘာသာေပါင္းစံု ရွိေသာ စင္ကာပူတြင္ Religious Harmony Act ဥပေဒျဖင့္ ဘာသာတရားမ်ားအၾကား ပဋိပကၡမျဖစ္ေအာင္ ထိန္းသိမ္းေပးထားေၾကာင္း ၄င္းက ေထာက္ျပ သည္။
ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ၏ ဖြဲ႔ စည္းပုံ အေျခခံ ဥပေဒ အခန္း (၈) ပုဒ္မ ၃၆၄ တြင္ ႏုိင္ငံေရး ကိစၥ အလို႔ငွာ ဘာသာ၊ သာသနာ ကို အလြဲသံုးစားမျပဳရန္ ၊ လူမ်ိဳးေရး ၊ ဘာသာေရး ေၾကာင့္ တစ္ဖက္ႏွင့္ တစ္ဖက္ မုန္းတီးျခင္း ၊ ရန္မူျခင္း ၊ စိတ္၀မ္းကြဲျခင္း တစ္မိ်ဳးမ်ိဳး ေပၚေပါက္လာေစရန္ ရည္ရြယ္ေသာ အျပဳအမူသည္ ဖြဲ႔ႊ စည္းပံုအေျခခံ ဥပေဒ ႏွင့္ဆန္႔က်င့္ေၾကာင္း ထိုအျပဳအမူအတြက္ ျပစ္ဒဏ္ေပးရန္ ဥပေဒ ျပဠာန္းေပးႏိုင္သည္ဟု ေဖာ္ျပပါရွိသည္။
ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံတြင္ လြတ္လပ္စြာ ကိုးကြယ္ခြင့္ျပဳထားေသာ္လည္း ဘာသာေရး ပဋိပကၡဖန္တီးမွဳ မ်ားအေပၚ ထိေရာက္စြာ အေရးယူႏိုင္မည္႔ ဥပေဒ မရွိေသးေခ်။
ဒီကေန အဲဒီဥပေဒမျပဠာန္းရေသးဘူး၊ တကယ္လို႔မ်ား ဘာသာတစ္ခုနဲ႔ တစ္ခု ရန္လိုတဲ႔ အျပဳအမူ ေတြျပဳလုပ္ ခဲ႔ရင္ ဒီလူေတြ ကို ထိထိေရာက္ေရာက္အေရးယူဖို႔ ဥပေဒ တစ္ရပ္လိုပါတယ္။ ဒါကြ်န္ေတာ္ တရားဥပေဒ စိုးမိုး ေရး ရႈေထာင္က ေျပာတာပ ါဟု ဦးကိုနီက ေျပာပါသည္။
Posted: 05 Nov 2012 09:29 PM PST
'Myanmar's leaders must send out strong message of reconciliation to Rakhine' ASHOK NIGAM: 'A large number of people need economic and social development … these are all elements that the government needs to address on a medium and long-term basis.' Photo: U.N. Information Centre, Yangon
Clashes between Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists have left 89 people dead.
Clashes last week between Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists in Myanmar's Rakhine state, for the second time this year, have left 89 people dead, more than 100 injured and tens of thousands homeless. Ashok Nigam, United Nations Resident & Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Yangon, tells Nirupama Subramanian in this interview in the Myanmar capital that the situation has now been brought under control by the Thein Sein government, but a "tense calm" prevails in the region, and leaders of "all political parties" need to be forthcoming with messages of peace and reconciliation. Excerpts from the interview:
Can you give us an update of the situation in the Rakhine state?
From October 21, there were a series of incidents in a number of locations. In eight of the townships, we know there have been incidents, and there has been a significant displacement. The President has issued the figures of roughly now about 32,000 people [displaced] as a result of the inter-communal conflict. He has also given the figures of the number of dead .
I have been to five of these townships [last] Friday and Saturday. We've seen a large number of people in this area. In Myebon, where the area and the houses have been burnt, the people have moved to a hill very close to where there were living. In Minbya, they've also moved. This was a totally rural area where there were incidents. Then in Yinthie village in Mrauk-U township, where a number of people died, and people have moved to temporary shelters they've built on their own. There are roughly 2,000 people displaced in that village. We also saw down south in Kyaukpyu, where there was a large area close to the coast which has been burnt, there were a number of people in a temporary shelter behind the military base. Finally, in Ramree township, further south, it's an island, we've had a number of people displaced.
There were reports of possible incidents over the weekend in Ramree and in Kyauknimaw on Tuesday. We did speak with the minister, and they'd sent in 200 security forces there. I believe no incidents happened, but certainly there is a lot of concern that the area may be susceptible. The government has managed to send in security forces now. We've not heard of any incidents but clearly there is still fear among a number of these people.
How would you describe the situation in Rakhine now? Is it stable?
It is stable, but I think it's a tense calm among the people. I know some people are concerned and worried and fearful but so far the government has managed to control this new eruption that took place. They've indicated a number of arrests that they've made. … I've also made statements to the minister that they need to send out strong messages of reconciliation from all the leaders in the country. Many of these people have been living very peacefully in these areas and it is important that messages of reconciliation are sent by the government and by the senior leaders of the country across the political parties. Some have started making those statements. They've made these statements in the past as well, so I think reinforcement of these statements is important.
The third element is the humanitarian effort. We're working with the government to ensure food and shelter, the two main, initially the priorities, reach these people. Some of these places are hard to reach.
When you said that all leaders must convey messages of reconciliation, were you referring to Aung San Suu Kyi?
It is up to all the leaders to make this determination and we certainly believe that messages of reconciliation and calm are important. I don't wish to name individual persons, but I think the onus is on everyone …
The U.N. report of a couple of days ago, talked about how humanitarian workers were being denied access because of their perceived bias, and that they were being threatened…
There is a security issue in the sense that we've to go with the security forces in some of these areas because of the communities in some of these areas making it difficult for some of our national workers, not so much our international people, to work and access those areas. We call upon the government in those cases to provide us with security…And the government has been very supportive in providing us with that element where it is required.
…Of course we want independent access because it is very important for our own neutrality and our humanitarian principles that we deliver assistance in an impartial and neutral way. And we continue to work on that basis with the government.
How real are the fears of radicalisation in the region?
Well, I think in this country, people of various religions have lived very harmoniously. So I don't think we should do anything which cites any divisions. Their leaders have emphasised all the time that this should not be seen as a religious issue, it is an inter-communal issue, certainly, but it does not really extend to other parts of the country, and we certainly hope it does not.
You said it was not a religious conflict. So what is the conflict actually about?
The issue in the North has been the issue of statelessness of many of the Muslims, who they call Bengali Muslims. The issue has prevailed for a long time and we impress upon the government that they need to address this issue of statelessness of these people. The government has its Citizenship Act. The President has said they would apply this Citizenship Act and that the rule of law needs to prevail …that is a legal process…
In the meantime, we believe all these people need to live harmoniously. The root causes of this are also the lack of economic and social development of the state. Rakhine is the second poorest state in the country after Chin, and the population is significantly larger. So a large number of people need economic and social development. That's one of the root causes beyond statelessness.
Statelessness is also linked to the issue of mobility of these people; again that is an issue that needs to be addressed simultaneously. But the lack of education has been one of the factors, the lack of employment opportunities [is another] — these are all elements that the government needs to address on a medium and long-term basis, and we believe that investment is critically important for the infrastructure, plus social development is critically important in the medium and long term.
Posted: 05 Nov 2012 09:36 PM PST
Rafizi desak Nazri bercuti, SPRM memulakan siasatan
PUTRAJAYA, 5 Nov — Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz didesak mengambil cuti sebagai menteri Kabinet hari ini apabila pengarah strategi PKR, Rafizi Ramli, membuat laporan kepada Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) di atas tuduhan menteri tersebut dikatakan mempunyai perselisihan kepentingan melibatkan "dana politik" RM40 juta ke atas Umno Sabah.
Menteri de facto undang-undang minggu lalu mengakui beliau mengenali peniaga balak Michael Chia secara peribadi, tetapi menafikan mempunyai kepentingan ke atas dakwaan beliau membersihkan perasuah.
Menteri itu menerangkan bahawa beliau perlu menjawab soalan terhadap Chia, dan tuduhan terkini terhadap kes rasuah Ketua Menteri Sabah Datuk Musa Aman kerana tugasnya selalu menteri de facto undang-undang.
Tetapi Rafizi menyatakan kedudukan Nazri selaku menteri de facto undang-undang tersebut itu berselisih kepentingan dengan siasatan SPRM.
Rafizi memberitahu wartawan sebelum membuat laporan ke SPRM ke atas Nazri yang dituduh mempunyai perselisihan kepentingan melibatkan "dana politik" RM40 juta diterima oleh Umno Sabah, dan melibatkan Nazri dengan Chia melalui anaknya Nedim.
"Berbeza dengan Datuk Seri Shahrizat (Abdul Jalil) dahulu, Datuk Seri Nazri adalah bertanggung jawab kepada SPRM.
"Apabila SPRM membuka fail ke atas Datuk Seri Nazri, dia akan disiasat oleh badan yang akan melaporkan pada dirinya sendiri.
"Oleh kerana tindakan Datuk Seri Nazri cuba menutup dan tidak memberi jawapan yang boleh diterima pakai setakat ini, sebab itu timbul soal Hummer dan sebagainya," kata pengarah strategi PKR itu.
Rafizi memberitahu wartawan hari ini bahawa pendedahan terhadap kes Nedim adalah sebahagian dari pendedahan beliau terhadap pemberian "dana politik" RM40 juta Chia.
"Datuk Seri Nazri cuba untuk menyembunyikan kes ini, beliau tidak memberikan jawapan yang munasabah sampai sekarang, dan inilah sebab kenapa isu Hummer ini timbul.
" Walaupun menghantar laporan kepada SPRM hari ini, Rafizi menegaskan siasatan akan terus dijalankan bersama dengan SPRM.
"Saya fikir dengan dua otak, kita dapat bandingkan siapa yang lebih cekap di sini.
"Terserah kepada SPRM untuk bersama kita dalam siapa yang dapat menyelesaikan masalah ini," katanya lagi. Dalam sidang media berasingan minggu lalu, Rafizi telah menerangkan hubung kait antara keluarga Nazri dan Chia dengan gambar-gambar yang menunjukkan anak menteri tersebut, Nedim telah menggunakan Hummer yang bernilai lebih kuramg RM500,000 dengan nombor plat WNX 9776.
Chia baru-baru ini dibersihkan dari tuduhan rasuah — kes dengan Musa selepas SPRM dan pihak berkuasa anti rasuah Hong Kong melaporkan bahawa wang bernilai RM40 juta yang cuba diseludup di Malaysia adalah "dana politik" untuk Umno Sabah dan bukan untuk kegunaan peribadi Musa.
Menurut laporan, Chia telah ditahan di Hong Kong pada 2008 dalam percubaan untuk menyeludup wang balik ke Malaysia.
Pada ketika itu beliau memberitahu wang tersebut untuk Musa, menyebabkan siasatan terhadap kedua-dua individu tersebut dijalankan.
Rafizi berkata bahawa Nazri, yang menggelarkan dirinya selalu "menteri undang-undang No.1" mungkin didapati bersalah atas kesalahan rasuah kerana beliau memberitahu Parlimen baru-baru ini bahawa Musa telah bersih dari rasuah.
Dengan mengumumkan Musa bebas dari tuduhan terseut, Rafizi menerangkan, Nazri turut membersihkan tuduhan terhadap Chia, walaupun gagal menunjukkan kertas siasatan ke atas kedua-dua individu tersebut, sama ada dari SPRM atau Suruhanjaya Bebas Anti Rasuah Hong Kong (ICAC). -TMI
Posted: 05 Nov 2012 07:00 PM PST
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