Saturday, December 29, 2012

Street Busking in Heritage Enclave *updated*

Street Busking in Heritage Enclave *updated*


Street Busking in Heritage Enclave *updated*

Posted: 29 Dec 2012 08:59 AM PST

It is not easy to be a mom and an educator.

It is even more difficult to be an educator and a mom of a musician.

It is extremely difficult to be an educator who is also a musician and a mom of a musician who is also an educator!!! :-)

Many of you may be aware that my older son is a musician but not many may know he is also a teacher at an international school. As such, the two of us sometimes face tricky situations in that we have to be fully aware that what we does not go against norms, values or laws.

Last week when he was home for Christmas, my sons and I had lots of musical moments. Then his friends came by and we all had more musical moments. And then they wanted to take it a notch or two higher....to do street performances at the heritage enclave of Penang.

Of course I was most supportive but I told them - wait wait wait. Let me Google to see if busking is against the law in Malaysia and when I confirmed it was perfectly legit, I gave them my blessings and helped them along the way.

This is Joshua, my son's old friend from secondary school. Joshua is a valedictorian of his uni, has a first class honours degree in engineering and is working with an American MNC in Penang.


Photo Credit: Boon Ping from KL


The son of a pastor, Joshua also plays the guitar and was in the PFS school band.


Photo Credit: Boon Ping from KL


This is Ti How, also an engineer and is Joshua's colleague.

Photo Credit: Boon Ping from KL

He intends to be a full-time musician one day. Ti How is a self-taught musician. It was on the night before Christmas eve that they started to play together for the first time.

Photo Credit: Boon Ping from KL

The first session was on Christmas Eve and they started at Armenian Street in front of one of those famous wall murals. CLICK HERE for a short clip.



Thereafter, we headed to Khoo Kongsi and I went to talk to the management and they very kindly gave us their permission. Here's one of the shots I took of them via Instagram.


The crowd at both places seemed to love their rendition of Gangnam Style which you can WATCH HERE. 

They went to the same places on Christmas Day but before they left, they did a reggae arrangement of Gloria Gaynor's I WILL SURVIVE and a medley of other songs which you can watch AT THIS LINK.



I did a collage of the previous day's performance and posted it in Facebook.


For sure, music has always drawn my family together, even for my sons' friends. Truly, the boys and I had so much fun. My role was just to be part of the crowd, sing and react spontaneously and record/snap pics whenever possible. Fortunately, I met two guys from KL, one of who is Boon Ping ...both of them kindly agreed to take some pics of my son and his friends and sent them to me when they returned to KL. Thank you so much, Boon Ping!

And if you have not watched my son's cover version of Skrillex - Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites Violin Dubstep Cover Freestyle, you can do so AT THIS LINK. 

*Just a hint...my son likes to add one or two bars of melodies from other songs in whtaever song he plays....see if you can detect which song is being played in each one...check out other videos at my channel. A good example is their rendition of WE WILL ROCK YOU at this link. Somewhere in the song, you can hear a phrase or two from 1:22...can anyone hear that line and tell me the title of that song which my son played followed by an ad lib impromptu improvised section before they returned to the chorus?

This is a delayed post because we spent the whole evening trying to calm down Tiger who has a separation anxiety syndrome. Fortunately for me, my cousin in US is a team-member in a dog day care centre and understands dog temperaments very well. So, Tiger is sleeping with Nick...

Good night, everyone. It has been one long but exciting evening....

黄汉伟:数据乌龙主图过时 国阵房屋广告自揭疮疤

Posted: 29 Dec 2012 08:25 AM PST

As reported in KwongWah Yit Poh
 
二零一二年十二月二十九日 凌晨十二时五十一分





黄汉伟出示槟州国阵刊登在中文报刊的全版彩色广告,指国阵不仅引用错误的资料,就连广告照片也是一大败笔。

槟城28日讯)槟州房屋委员会主席黄汉伟抨击槟国阵,在中文报刊登的首个"居者有其屋"全版彩色广告引用"过时"资料,竟以前朝空置10年的打枪埔组屋作主图,自揭疮疤显执政时没善用人民组屋。

他周五上午召开记者会时出示国阵的广告,如是指出。他说,广告中内容有指槟州约16万月入少过3000令吉的家庭正等待可负担房屋,这数据与州政府在 2010年所作的资料更新运动有很大差距,他认为槟州国阵没事先做好功课,致错误引用2010年国家稽查师报告中未更新的数据。

广告存政治意图

他说,16万占了槟州人口的10%,据民联最新登记,目前只有2万6000在等候名单中,他揶揄国阵仍用旧的数据登广告存有很大误导成份。"我们已讲过多次了,但他们还是要登广告,这广告存有高度政治意图。"

他解释,若数据准确,无疑揭露国阵在执政时所推行的房屋计划失败,因16万的数据相当庞大,不可能是民联执政4年而致。此外,他也不解槟国阵为何引用打枪埔 作为广告主图,国阵此举是在自揭疮疤,因刊登在广告的组屋就是国阵执政时空置10年未发展的J座组屋,后来民联执政后重新修复该组屋的170个单位,让有 需要的贫户入住。

快乐房屋没动静 檳催促中央快核批

Posted: 29 Dec 2012 08:20 AM PST

As reported in Oriental Press

快乐房屋没动静 檳催促中央快核批


(檳城28日讯)檳州42栋由私人界兴建中廉价屋申请快乐房屋计划至今依然音讯全无,因此,檳州房屋委员会黄汉伟已经致函有关部门,促请他们在2013年初加快批准程序。

他今日召开记者会澄清,由于最近有许多居民代表不停追问州政府,为何在4个月前已申请的快乐房屋计划迟迟未批准,反而甘榜马来由人民组屋已经开工。

他解释,因为甘榜马来由人民组屋的维修计划,属于州政府完全拨款,所以一旦条件符合维修工程將马上进行,但是快乐房屋计划则是在中央拨款获批准后,州政府再增加拨款,所以还必须等待有关部门核批。

他表示,这42栋中廉价屋分別是檳岛30栋、威省12栋,总共申请1820万令吉款项。相信申请单位陆续还有,所以希望有关部门能够尽快核批这些已经呈上的申请名单,毕竟这是牵涉上万个单位的计划。

揶揄国阵只说不做

他说,中央一旦批准,那么州政府將会马上拨出其余款项。

因此,他也揶揄,那些国阵协调员也是受薪,因此在这件事上他们也应该帮助民眾督促有关部门加速核批,而不要只会说话不会做工。

此外,他也针对最近有报导指出甘榜马来由组屋粉刷计划,比打枪埔组屋更快完成作出解释,原因是甘榜马来由组屋只有两栋,打枪埔拥有15栋,但是目前也已经完成9栋,所以希望民眾能够谅解。

他说,目前天德园路旁有一项由私人界兴建234个中廉价屋单位正在进行中,因此在下个星期,该部门將会到该工地巡视。

黄汉伟抨国阵广告误导

檳州房屋委员会主席黄汉伟揭发国阵广告里的数据误导人民,引用16万人正在等待中廉价屋及廉价屋的数据,正確数据则只有2万6000人。

他是今日召开记者会揶揄,国阵广告竟然没有事先调查好数据,就直接应用2010年总稽查司的数据,况且这些数据並不是最新,因为里头有许多申请者可能已经逝世。

16万人待分发廉价屋

因此,他说,州政府在2011年开始重整这些记录,所以目前正在申请中廉价屋及廉

价屋只剩下2万6000人。黄汉伟表示,16万人等于檳州10%的人口,所以如果直到现在依然还有这个数目人数依然等待廉价屋的分发,那么就代表前朝政府的房屋计划是失败的。

他说,除此以外,该广告的照片竟然引用打枪埔J座组屋的照片,那栋组屋已经被国阵弃置10年之久,直到民联执政后才开始修补,並出租给贫穷家庭。

所以,他揶揄,檳州旅游量明显在上升,但是他们依然在刊登广告內容声称檳州旅游业不好,所以这已证明他们在准备广告功夫並不足,只会在那边误导人民。

Some Beautiful Instrumentals..

Posted: 29 Dec 2012 07:16 AM PST






Seorang Islam Tetap Murtad Apabila Syahadahnya Batal Walaupun Tanpa Amanat Hadi

Posted: 29 Dec 2012 09:02 AM PST

Nik Aziz: 'Hadi tak pernah murtadkan sesiapa'

SHAH ALAM - Di sebalik polemik mengenai isu Amanat Haji Hadi yang berterusan termasuk desakan Umno mahu ia ditarik balik, Murysidul Am Pas, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat menegaskan, Presiden parti itu, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang tidak pernah "memurtadkan sesiapa."

Sebaliknya kata Nik Aziz, Hadi hanya menjelaskan batasan iman dan kufur sahaja.

"Tuan Guru Haji Hadi tidak pernah memurtadkan sesiapa, beliau hanya menjelaskan batasan iman dan kufur sahaja," kata beliau antara entri terbaru laman sosial Facebook.

Nik Aziz yang juga Menteri Besar Kelantan berkata, seseorang Muslim tetap murtad apabila terbatal syahadahnya sekalipun tanpa Amanat Haji Hadi.

"Dalam perjalanan ke Seremban dari KLIA, membaca akhbar hari ini (semalam) masih menyebut tentang Amanat Haji Hadi. Perlu diketahui bahawa seorang pesakit tetap sakit sekalipun tidak diberitahu oleh doktor.

"Seorang Muslim tetap jatuh murtad apabila terbatal syahadahnya sekalipun tanpa Amanat Haji Hadi," kata beliau yang malam tadi menghadiri majlis kutipan dana Pas menghadapi Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13.

Amanat: 'Beri ruang saya jawab live di TV1, TV3'



MARANG: PAS sedia menjawab segala polemik yang ditimbulkan dalam isu 'Amanat Haji Hadi' dengan syarat diberi peluang satu jam secara langsung melalui RTM oleh Kementerian Penerangan Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan.

Presiden PAS, Datuk Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang menegaskan diberi peluang kepada beliau satu jam secara 'live' dalam RTM dan TV3 bagi menjelaskan isu amanat tersebut.

Malah, beliau turut menyatakan kesediaan merungkai permasalah isu 'Amanat' yang diucapkannya dalam satu ceramah di Banggol Peradong, Manir pada tahun 1981.

"Saya minta beri peluang satu jam di saluran RTM, TV1 atau TV3 untuk saya jelaskan secara 'live', bukan rakaman.

"Jika saya bercakap di sini nanti akan diputarbelitkan dan satu kenyataan bertulis akan saya berikan. Sama ada saya tarik balik atau tidak 'amanat' itu, beri peluang saya bercakap satu jam secara langsung dahulu," tegasnya selepas Majlis Pelancaran Petugas Muslimat PAS Marang PRU13 di Dewan Tok Guru, Rusila Marang, hari ini.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika menjawab pertanyaan media yang mahukan penjelasan beliau bahawa 'Amanat' pada tahun 1981 itu yang didakwa menjadi punca pecah belah dalam masyarakat umat Islam di negara ini.

Menurutnya, ruang masa siaran secara langsung selama satu jam itu sudah memadai bagi menjelaskan kekeliruan kepada rakyat berhubung isu tersebut.

"Saya minta Kementerian Penerangan Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan Malaysia, Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim beri saya satu jam masa secara 'live' pada bila-bila masa yang ditetapkan oleh kerajaan.

"Satu jam sudah memadai, saya bersedia tapi jangan pukul 3.00 pagi sudah, biar waktu siaran (biasa) di TV1, TV2 atau TV3," ujarnya kepada wartawan.

Beliau yang juga Ahli Parlimen Marang menyifatkan isu 'amanat' tersebut sering kali dimainkan oleh Umno dan Barisan Nasional (BN) setiap kali menjelang pilihan raya.

Menurut Ustaz Abdul Hadi, sebuah kitab 'Mustika Hadis' keluaran Jabatan Perdana Menteri lebih 'teruk' dari ucapannya yang dinamakan 'amanat' tersebut.

Hadir sama pada sidang media itu Setiausaha PAS Terengganu, Yahaya Ali.
-HD


[BONGKAR] Najib Razak, Zahid Hamidi Guna Wang Pencen Tentera Untuk Tutup Mulut Deepak

Posted: 29 Dec 2012 06:34 AM PST

Pada 30 November 2012, Dato' Seri Zahid Hamidi mengumumkan kepada wartawan dan Perhimpunan Agong Umno bahawa beliau akan menjawab dan mematahkan tuduhan Deepak yang mengaitkan Perdana Menteri, Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak dengan pelbagai salahlaku.

Malangnya, keesokan harinya, pada 1 Disember 2012 beliau tidak mengotakan janjinya itu.Tuduhan-tuduhan Deepak kekal tidak dijawab oleh pentadbiran Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Saya beranggapan itu strategi Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak dan Dato' Seri Zahid Hamidi – iaitu untuk tidak mengendahkan tuduhan-tuduhan tersebut atas alasan ia tuduhan liar tanpa bukti.

Sehingga saat itu pun, rakyat masih samar-samar mengenai bukti yang dikemukakan oleh Deepak, apatah lagi keterlibatan Deepak dengan keluarga Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak menimbulkan tanda tanya mengenai motif dan kredibiliti beliau.

Oleh sebab itu, KEADILAN tidak memberi sebarang reaksi mengenai tuduhan-tuduhan tersebut, kecualilah menuntut agar ia disiasat segera.

Ternyata anggapan saya itu tidak tepat. Tuduhan-tuduhan yang dibuat oleh Deepak dipandang serius dan dibuktikan benar-benar mencemaskan Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak, sehingga tugas untuk menyelesaikan kemelut ini diserahkan kepada Dato' Seri Zahid Hamidi.

Walaupun awalnya Dato' Seri Zahid Hamidi mengelak dari memberi jawapan, jalan penyelesaian yang beliau laksanakan mengikut perintah Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak akhirnya terbongkar kepada umum pada 27 Disember 2012.

Urusniaga mengejut melibatkan pembayaran RM30 juta untuk membeli 80% saham terbitan Astacanggih dan RM130 juta untuk membeli 200 ekar tanah dari Awan Megah Sdn Bhd adalah satu salahguna kuasa oleh Dato' Seri Zahid Hamidi dan Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak bertujuan untuk menutup mulut Deepak dan menyelesaikan skandal ini yang kian merebak.

Urusniaga ini akan dibiayai sepenuhnya oleh Bakti Wira Development Sdn Bhd, sebuah syarikat pelaburan hartanah yang dimiliki sepenuhnya oleh Boustead Holdings Berhad, milik Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT).

Modal dan aktiviti Boustead Holdings Berhad banyak bergantung kepada caruman dari potongan gaji anggota tentera yang disalurkan melalui LTAT. Sebagai menteri yang bertanggungjawab memikul amanah ini, Dato' Seri Zahid Hamidi haruslah berhati-hati dalam memastikan pelaburan yang dibuat oleh Bakti Wira Development Sdn Bhd adalah pelaburan yang terbaik untuk kepentingan anggota tentera.


Sebab itu, sekiranya urusniaga ini diteliti, ia sudah tentu tidak menepati apa-apa garis panduan pelaburan baik berdasarkan perkara-perkara berikut:

1. Astacanggih adalah sebuah syarikat yang tidak mempunyai aset mahupun rekod perniagaan yang baik. Semakan dengan Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) menunjukkan ia tidak pernah pun memfailkan penyata kewangannya. Selain modal berbayar sebanyak RM20 juta, syarikat ini dibebankan dengan hutang sebanyak RM98 juta dari Kuwait Finance House (mengikut rekod SSM);

2. Nilaian RM30 juta bagi 80% saham terbitan Astacanggih itu tidak ada asas. Kenyataan Boustead Holdings Berhad bahawa nilaian RM30 juta itu dicapai atas persetujuan bersama pembeli dan penjual membuktikan bahawa urusniaga ini dibuat berdasarkan pertimbangan politik, bukan pertimbangan pelaburan komersil;

3. Pembayaran RM130 juta terhadap 200 ekar tanah yang statusnya masih belum dipindahmilik kepada Awan Megah Sdn Bhd bermakna Dato' Seri Zahid Hamidi mengambil wang sebanyak RM130 juta dari caruman anggota tentera untuk membayar syarikat milik seorang pimpinan Umno tanpa ada sebarang pertukaran aset, kerana tanah 200 ekar itu masih belum dipindahmilik kepada Awan Megah Sdn Bhd;

4. Nilaian RM130 juta bagi 200 ekar tanah tersebut juga dibuat tanpa menggunakan penilaian bebas, semata-mata atas dasar persetujuan yang dicapai di antara penjual dan pembeli;

5. Pengumuman rasmi Boustead Holdings Berhad kepada Bursa Malaysia memberi alasan bahawa pembelian tanah itu bertepatan dengan bank tanah sedia ada milik anak syarikat Boustead (iaitu Jendela Hikmat Sdn Bhd) di kawasan berhampiran (rujuk perenggan 4 pengumuman). Walau bagaimana pun, semakan rekod menunjukkan tanah seluas 236 hektar yang dipindahmilikkan kepada Jendela Hikmat Sdn Bhd dinilai pada RM230 juta pada akhir tahun 2005 (rujuk laporan akhbar Utusan Malaysia yang disertakan bersama);

6. Ini bermakna tanah sekitar kawasan yang sudah dimiliki oleh Boustead Holdings Berhad dinilai sekitar RM390,000 seekar, berbanding urusniaga terkini melibatkan Awan Megah yang membayar RM650,000 seekar ke atas tanah yang statusnya belum dipindahmilik.

Jelas bahawa urusniaga ini bukanlah urusniaga yang lulus pertimbangan komersial dan panduan pelaburan LTAT.

Saya hanya boleh simpulkan bahawa urusniaga ini dibuat semata-mata untuk menutup mulut Deepak dan memadamkan skandal ini. Makanya, tindakan tidak berwaspada Dato' Seri Zahid Hamidi yang menyalahgunakan kuasanya dengan mengarahkan LTAT membayar RM160 juta mengesahkan bahawa dakwaan Deepak itu benar, sehingga mencemaskan Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Oleh itu, saya akan mula meneliti dan mendedahkan pembayaran yang dibuat oleh Deepak terhadap pihak tertentu yang dikaitkan dengan Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak, memandangkan sudah jelas bahawa dakwaan Deepak itu ada kredibiliti dan kebenarannya.

KEADILAN akan mengadakan sidang media pada hari Isnin, Rabu dan Jumaat minggu depan jam 11 pagi mengenai pendedahan ini.

RAFIZI RAMLI
PENGARAH STRATEGI KEADILAN
29 DISEMBER 2012

PKR akan lobi k'jaan S'gor sekat jualan tanah pada LTAT

PKR berkata ia akan melobi kerajaan Selangor untuk menyekat pembelian sebidang tanah oleh Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT) yang dikaitkan dengan kontroversi antara ahli perniagaan Deepak Jaikishan dan Ketua Wanita Umno Selangor, Raja Ropiaah Abdullah.

Ini kerana tanah itu terletak di Selangor dan memerlukan kelulusan kerajaan negeri untuk memboleh pembelian itu diteruskan.

PKR strategi pengarah Rafizi Ramli menyifatkan urusniaga itu - untuk membeli 80 peratus kepentingan Deepak dalam syarikat Astacanggih Sdn Bhd untuk RM30 juta dan membeli tanah seluas 200 ekar dari syarikat Raja Ropiaah, Awan Megah (M) Sdn Bhd untuk RM130 juta - sebagai "lebih teruk daripada tindakan menyelamat" kerana ia adalah satu cubaan untuk membayar semua pihak dan menutup mulut mereka.

Boustead Holding Sdn Bhd milik LTAT telah mengumumkan bahawa ia akan membuat pembelian itu melalui anak syarikat milik penuh yang Bakti Wira Sdn Bhd.

Rafizi berkata PKR masuk campur kerana ia kini membabitkan RM160 juta wang awam yang datangnya dari dana pencen anggota tentera."

Rafizi menuduh Menteri Pertahanan Zahid Hamidi menyalahgunakan kuasanya dengan mengarahkan LTAT untuk mengeluarkan RM160 juta bagi menyelesaikan skandal tersebut.

"Kita telah kehilangan RM250 juta kerana lembu disebabkan oleh seorang menteri, kita tidak mahu kehilangan RM160 juta lagi wang pesara kerana seorang lagi menteri," katanya merujuk kepada skandal National Feedlot Corporation.

Katanya, oleh kerana tanah itu berada di Selangor, maka ia tanah tidak boleh diurusniagakan tanpa kelulusan kerajaan negeri tetapi mengakui ia tidak mempunyai kuasa dalam menghentikan pembelian saham dalam Astacanggih.
-mk


Saya dipaksa jual syarikat saya, kata Deepak


Ahli perniagaan Deepak Jaikishan hari ini mengakui bahawa dia telah menjual syarikatnya - Astacanggih - untuk RM30 juta kepada sebuah agensi Kementerian Pertahanan, dengan mendakwa dia dipaksa berbuat demikian.

Katanya, penjualan syarikat tersebut hanya untuk menampung wang yang telah dibelanjakannya dalam urusniaga tanah dengan Awan Megah Sdn Bhd yang tidak menjadi.

"Ianya benar bahawa saya dan pemegang saham saya telah menjual saham kami dalam Astacanggih untuk RM30 juta yang merupakan harga kos sebenar kami RM13 juta untuk Raja Ropiaah, RM8 juta untuk sumbangan politik, RM7 juta kos kewangan dan RM2 juta untuk kos guaman dan pelbagai kos.

"Ini adalah kata dua yang telah dipaksa ke atas kami," katanya dalam satu mesej teks hari ini.
-mk

The New Member of My Family

Posted: 29 Dec 2012 03:12 AM PST

Ladies and gentleman, I have a new member in my family that I would like you to meet. His name is Tiger.


Tiger is a two-year old West Highland terrier that we adopted today. A cellist friend arranged for the adoption as the owner had to relocate to another state and would be living in an apartment. My friend adopted his Golden Retriever and with five dogs on his hands, he could not adopt Tiger.


After my friend sent me Tiger's pics, I forwarded the mail to my husband and then requested for us to meet Tiger today. We spent some time playing with Tiger before we finally made a firm decision to adopt Tiger.

Shortly thereafter, we went to get doggy stuff and then took Tiger home. Upon arrival, my husband and Nick took Tiger to the playground for a run round the field. Then they bathed Tiger.

My duty was to blow-dry his lovely coat. Oh man!!! That was such a tiresome task...no joke being a dog-groomer. Much tougher than blow-drying my own hair!!

Anyway, it has been four hours since we met Tiger and till now, he is very well-behaved, has made only one squeak and seems to have adopted my husband as master of the house and Nick as assistant man-in-charge. Sadly, he shows little interest in me. 

If anyone out there owns a Westie...or any type of terrier do share some tips! TQ!

In the mean time, please excuse me cos I have to give Tiger some tummy tickles. Till we meet again in the next post after dinner, have a pleasant evening!

*Thanks to KL who arranged for the adoption!




Himpunan 12 Jan 2013 Hantar Isyarat Akhir Buat SPR

Posted: 29 Dec 2012 02:34 AM PST


Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat (HKR) di Kuala Lumpur pada 12 Januari ini bakal menghantar isyarat yang jelas kepada kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) supaya tidak terus memperkudakan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR).

HKR KL112 sebagai kemuncak kepada Bersih 1, Bersih 2 dan Bersih 3 bakal menghimpunkan sejuta rakyat.

Ia memberi amaran akhir kepada SPR supaya tidak memandang mudah segala rungutan terhadap ketelusan perjalanan pilihan raya.

Setiausaha Agung PKR, Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail berkata, SPR yang dianggap senjata akhir kerajaan BN perlu berfikir banyak kali dengan amarah rakyat sebelum meneruskan rancangan di luar demokrasi bagi memenangkan BN.

"Sejuta rakyat yang akan datang ke Kuala Lumpur.

Ia akan mengajar SPR berfikir banyak kali.

Ini tentunya akan melahirkan rasa gerun untuk terus membiarkan organisasi itu diperalatkan kerajaan BN.

"Mereka perlu bertindak untuk tidak membiarkan rakyat asing menjadi penentu demokrasi di negara kita.

Jangan biarkan orang Bangladesh, Nepal, Filipina dan Indonesia mengundi untuk mengekalkan kerajaan yang ada sekarang," katanya pada program Jelajah Anak Muda menuju himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat di Dewan Majlis Daerah malam semalam.

Orang ramai tetap memenuhi ruang dewan biar pun banyak tempat di Kelantan sekarang dilanda banjir.

Rata-rata yang datang hanya mendapat maklumat melalui internet tanpa ada poster di merata tempat.

Hadir sama wakil-wakil NGO termasuk Pengerusi Soladariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM), Badrul Hisham Shaharin, wakil Royalti, Anak, Ketua Pemuda PAS Kelantan, Abdul Latiff Abdul Rahman, Adun Kemuning, Wan Ahmad Lutfi Wan Sulaiman, aktivis mahasiswa Adam Adli dan Ketua AMK Kedah, Azman Nasharuddin.

Program bermula solat Maghrib.

Pada program berkenaan juga orang ramai yang hadir turut melafazkan ikrar menuntu royalti yang diketuai Marziki Mat Rani.

Saifuddin yang juga anggota parlimen Machang berkata, berdasar kepada siri himpunan kebangkitan rakyat yang diadakan di seluruh negara sebelum ini, sambutannya begitu memberangsangkan sekali.

Menurutnya juga pihak pengurusan Stadium Merdeka yang akan dijadikan tempat perhimpunan itu mengenakan kadar bayaran sebanyak RM75,000 bagi membolehkan program itu diadakan.

Adam Adli yang digantung UPSI selama tiga semester kerana menurunkan gambar Datuk Seri Najib Razak di PWTC sebelum ini mengharap anak-anak muda datang beramai-ramai pada himpunan tersebut sebagai mencerminkan tuntutan mereka.

"Kalau kita seorang yang bercakap kerajaan tidak akan dengar, namun kalau sejuta rakyat menuntut kerajaan tidak boleh tidak mengendahkan lagi," ujarnya.

Post Malaysia and Post Laju postmen delivering letters need regular auditing

Posted: 28 Dec 2012 10:58 PM PST

Post Malaysia and Post Laju postmen delivering letters need regular auditing

It is a shame that although the load of sending letters through Post Malaysia and Post Laju is decreasing due to e-mails, On-line services and Private Courier services the delivery service of Post Malaysia is the lousiest service in Malaysia.

Post Malaysia should make a compulsory rule to make an audit on all its postmen. One ordinary normal letter (not a registered letter) given to each postman per day must be recorded by the relevant post officer or postmaster and check later whether the postman had really delivered or not by visiting the relevant address. Only if the postmen knew that their superiors are continuously or regularly auditing or counter checking them, they may not dare to destroy the letters without duly delivering to the relevant addresses.

Postmen had a pay rise earlier this year and will get another handsome rise again started from 1st. January 2013 and their working days would be reduced to five days a week. But Malaysian Postmen are notoriously lazy and irresponsible. Mails from KL to KL usually take more than two weeks and sometimes just disappeared and never arrived even after a couple of months. My letter to EPF/SOCSO usually took 2-3 weeks to arrive and my letter which I sent on end October to EPF never arrived up to now. Even the expensive Post Laju took about ten to fourteen days to deliver an Intra-city KL to KL letters. My Post laju to AEON Maluri used to take two weeks. Even Malaysian Medical Council, Annual Practicing Certificate Unit staff claimed that my Post Laju sent in October never arrived till today.

Most of the Malaysian Postmen are lazy to deliver the registered letters and parcels but just left the cards in our postboxes indicating that there were no persons in the houses and clinics although we could prove that there are people who could accept them. I found out that his is their usual practice especially for those living in the high rise buildings, apartments, condominiums, office blogs and shopping malls. The problem with those cards is most of the small Post-outlets at shopping malls are manned by one staff only, who is always busy with long queue of bill payers. We need to waste half day queuing just to claim a letter and worse if the letter is sent back to district Post Office.

I tried to ask my staff to lookout for the postmen to inform the offer of RM 10.00 per registered post if delivered directly to our clinics. But because of frequent change of postman on duty assigned to our area, it did not last long.

At last I complaint to the postmaster. But postmen were so angry about my complaint and four of them came to my clinic and challenged me to come out of the clinic to settle the case. As they were shouting at the counter, instead of going out, I went out to the dispensary and persuade or discussed with them. But they were furious and became rowdy so I told them to get out of my clinic and if not I would call our shopping mall security and police. They went out but threw away all my letters for the following  three months. I never get any mail: telephone bills, ASTRO bills, Electricity bills, Bank Statement and etc.. I was lucky that one of my staff's brother was a senior officer in Central Post Office. After complaining to him, postmaster came and made an arrangement to keep the records of my letter before handing to the relevant postmen. Since then, I got my regular mail and controlled myself not to complain any more. Now it is unbearable and I am making this complaint.

Now read this news today in the star online:Longer hours for Pos Malaysia outlets from Jan 1

KUALA LUMPUR: Opening hours for all Pos Malaysia outlets will be extended by 30 minutes on weekdays from next year.

From Jan 1, post offices in peninsular Malaysia (except Kedah, Kelantan, and Terengganu) will operate from 8.30am to 5.30pm from Monday to Friday, and 8.30am to 1pm on Saturday.

Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu outlets will be open from 8.30am to 5.30pm from Sunday to Thursday, and 8.30am to 1pm on Saturday.

Sabah and Sarawak outlets will operate from 8am to 4.30pm on weekdays, and 8am to 12.30pm on Saturday.

Outlets at shopping malls and mini post offices will operate as usual.

Pos Malaysia group CEO Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh told reporters that mail volume had been dropping by 3% every year since 2007.

"The volume of mail continues to decline," he said, adding that Pos Malaysia handled around 1.1 billion mail items last year.

Mohd Shukrie added that Pos Malaysia would be looking at new ways to bump up its mail volume, including direct mail and advertising mail.

It was also announced earlier this month that postmen across the country would work five days a week, instead of the usual six, from Jan 1 (Feb 1 for Sabah and Sarawak).

Mohd Shukrie said no mail processing and delivery would be done on weekends, and any mail received would only be handled the following Monday.

Asked if the Jan 1 minimum wage deadline would affect Pos Malaysia's costs, Mohd Shukrie said that most postal workers were being paid above the minimum set.

 


Aliran Wang Haram RM200 Bilion Disiasat Apabila Pakatan Memerintah

Posted: 29 Dec 2012 12:08 AM PST


Keengganan pihak berkuasa membuat siasatan terhadap pendedahan mengenai pengaliran wang haram berjumlah RM200 bilion hingga meletakkan Malaysia sebagai negara kedua paling tinggi di dunia, membuktikan pemimpin Umno BN terlibat dalam rasuah.

"Kita tanya kepada Bank Negara. Tanya Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Apa dia jawab?" kata Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yang kesal kerana Perdana Menteri dan Menteri Kewangan itu membisu dalam isu pendedahan itu.

"Anda tahu kenapa? Kerana mesti ada (pemimpin Umno BN) terlibat, jadi tidak berani buat siasatan. Anda mahu (ia) disiasat? Kalahkan Umno BN pada PRU 13, kita akan siasat," katanya pada ceramah Perdana Merdeka Rakyat Taman Entrepreneur Kuchai di sini yang dihadiri lebih 2,000 penduduk setempat, semalam.

Mengikut laporan terbaru badan pemantau antarabangsa, Global Financial Integrity (GFI), Malaysia di tangga kedua selepas China paling banyak aliran keluar wang haram iaitu RM200 bilion.

Dalam ucapan sama, Anwar juga menegaskan Pakatan Rakyat sama sekali tidak akan membenarkan mana-mana pimpinan dari merompak wang rakyat apabila mentadbir negara kelak.

"Pegang kata-kata saya. Satu perkara saya janji. Saya dan kawan-kawan dalam KEADILAN, PAS dan DAP tidak akan izinkan mana-mana pemimpin rompak dan curi duit rakyat.

"Kalau kata saya pun macam ahli politik lain, saya kata, minta maaf. Saya tahu apa itu derita, penjara. Saya tahu macam mana orang malukan saya tiap-tiap malam. Sekarang saya hanya ingin buat apa yang betul untuk rakyat dan negara," katanya.

Turut berucap ialah Naib Presiden KEADILAN, Nurul Izzah Anwar; Ketua Publisiti DAP, Tony Pua dan Ahli Jawantankuasa Dewan Muslimat PAS Pusat, Dr Rosni Adam. -KD

My New Year wish - leave 'Allah' alone by Bob Teoh

Posted: 28 Dec 2012 09:21 PM PST

COMMENT Time flies and we are already at the doorstep of 2013. But time has stood still for three long years since Dec 31, 2009 at the gates of justice. It was on that New Year's Eve that the judiciary gave a flicker of hope for fundamental liberties when a landmark judgment ruled in favour of the Herald, the Catholic weekly. But the attorney-general fought back and appealed against the decision. The Court of Appeal has not set a hearing date nor is it likely to do so with any urgency. Justice obtained in one of His Majesty's courts is denied by another one higher up through undue judicial delays. NONEMy New Year wish is that the attorney-general will do the sensible thing by withdrawing the appeal and let the High Court judgment stand. In doing so, one of the most fundamental civil liberties guaranteed by our Federal Constitution will be restored. So too will our confidence in constitutionalism.

Three years ago, the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled in favour of the titular Roman Catholic archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, who is the publisher of Herald, that even though Islam is the religion of the federation, this does not empower the government to prohibit the use of the word 'Allah' in the Malay edition of the Herald. It also found that the word 'Allah' was not exclusive to Muslims. The Catholics won but the victory clearly belonged to all Malaysians because the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion - the right to profess, practise, and propagate one's faith - was bravely upheld by the judiciary. This is not about religion but about fundamental liberty.

The Herald case goes back a long way to the days of the now defunct Internal Security Act 1960 and the old Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984. Under the Najib administration, the ruling coalition tried making good its promise of opening up public space by reforming some of the draconian laws. The ISA was repealed and replaced by the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 last April while the PPPA was also amended earlier this year where renewal of annual publishing licences are done away with, among other things.

The restriction on 'Allah'

But 'Allah' remains more than just a word. In 1980, the Umno-led Terengganu government became the first Malay state to enact laws to control or restrict the propagation of other religions among Muslims. It decreed a list of 25 Arabic words and 10 phrases that are deemed exclusive only to Islam. One of these words is 'Allah'. This was done under the Hussein Onn administration. Other states, including non-Malay majority states, followed suit and issued their own fatwas on usage of Arabic words and legislated them as state enactments. But these are essentially fatwas or Islamic edicts and are seemingly unenforceable on non-Muslims under the Federal Constitution.

The following year, the Alkitab or the Malay-language Bible which uses the word 'Allah' to refer to God was banned under the Internal Security Act 1960 on the basis that it is a threat to national security. Two thirds of the two million Christians in the country are Malay speaking bumiputeras who use the Alkitab as their daily Bible.
NONEThis ban came five months after Dr Mahathir Mohamad became the country's fourth prime minister on July 16, 1981, after Hussein Onn stepped down for health reasons. He relented upon appeals from church leaders but the Alkitab remains under a restricted ban to this day.

His successor, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, continued the Alkitab ban. In addition, he banned the 'Bup Kudus', the Iban Bible while in his capacity as acting prime minister and home minister in early 2003 as it contained the words 'Allah Taala' (God Most High). The ban was withdrawn two months later following protests by Iban Christians.

Under the Najib administration, an attempt was made to resolve the Alkitab and 'Allah' word problems under a '10-point solution'. But this is merely a superficial attempt as the Alkitab remains under a restrictive ban. The usage of the 'Allah' word by non-Muslims is still prohibited even though the High Court has ruled that this is untenable. This is because the attorney-general has challenged its judgment.

This matter affects everyone not just Christians. It strikes at the root of our constitution that allows us to believe what we believe. The gangrene has been festering like a thorn in the flesh for far too long; 32 years under four prime ministers. The laws under which the disputes first arose are now defunct or amended. There is no further need for such laws that have outlived their usefulness. The attorney-general would do all of us justice by withdrawing his appeal against the High Court judgment favouring the titular Roman Catholic archbishop of Kuala Lumpur and the Herald. Leave 'Allah' alone, please.

And Happy New Year to all. Malaysiakini

Saudi authorities break up nefarious Christmas celebration plot

Posted: 28 Dec 2012 09:15 PM PST

From Al Akhbar:
Saudi religious police stormed a house in the Saudi Arabian province of al-Jouf, detaining more than 41 guests for "plotting to celebrate Christmas," a statement from the police branch released Wednesday night said. The raid is the latest in a string of religious crackdowns against residents perceived to threaten the country's strict religious code.
The host of the alleged Christmas gathering is reported to be an Asian diplomat whose guests included 41 Christians, as well as two Saudi Arabian and Egyptian Muslims. The host and the two Muslims were said to be "severely intoxicated." The guests were said to have been referred to the "respective authorities." It is unclear whether or not they have been released since.
The kingdom, which only recognizes Islamic faith and practice, has in the past banned public Christmas celebrations, but is ambiguous about festivities staged in private quarters. Saudi religious police are known to detain residents of the kingdom at whim, citing loose interpretations of Sharia and public statements by hardline religious leaders to justify crackdowns. Saudi Arabia's head mufti Sheikh Abdel Aziz bin Abdullah had previously condemned "invitations to Christmas or wedding celebrations." A member of the Higher Council of Islamic scholars in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Mohammed al-Othaimin recently prohibited sending holiday wishes to "heretics" on Christmas or other religious Christian holidays.
The story goes on to show that in Saudi Arabia, there is no big stretch from amusing "Oddly Enough"-type stories to real abuse of human rights:
On Thursday, the Beirut-based Gulf Center for Human Rights reported that Saudi human rights defender Raef Badawi is at risk of execution on apostasy charges. Badawi is co-founder and editor of the Liberal Saudi Network. When he first appeared before the district court in Jeddah, he was charged with "insulting Islam through electronic channels" and "going beyond the realm of obedience." The Judge then referred the case to the higher Public Court on an apostasy charge, which carries the penalty of death.
The General Court in Jeddah proceeded with apostasy charges on December 22. Badawi was arrested this June after the Liberal Saudi Network called for "a day of liberalism" in Saudi Arabia, which included a conference that was later canceled after a warning from authorities.
Earlier this week, controversial Saudi novelist and political analyst Turki al-Hamad was arrested for criticizing Islam and the royal family in a series of tweets. Al-Hamad is an outspoken liberal who writes about sexuality issues, underground political movements and religious freedom. The offending tweets suggested that Islam be rectified in the same way that the Prophet Muhammad is said to have revised earlier Abrahamic religions. Hat tip: Elder of Ziyon

州政府拨款捐赠灵美嘉花园孤儿院

Posted: 28 Dec 2012 09:06 PM PST

(八打灵再也12月29日讯)甘榜东姑州议员刘永山代表州政府日前捐赠50包百米和其他食品给八打灵再也美嘉花园孤儿院。 刘永山说,美嘉花园孤儿院虽然不属于甘榜东姑选区,但是他在2008年中选之前就已经多次拜访该孤儿院。中选之后依然关心孤儿院的发展,因此向州政府申请款项购买日常用平和食物捐给该孤儿院。 图为孤儿院负责人接领从刘永山手上接领物品。

与其毫无诚意地提供智能手机回扣,联邦政府应该开放网际网络市场,加强市场竞争已降低网络价格和提升网路速度

Posted: 28 Dec 2012 08:40 PM PST

马来西亚通讯与多媒体委员会(MCMC)最近宣布 "青年通讯配套"计划,并指出月收入低于3000令吉的青年若要享受200令吉的智慧电话优惠,只能够购买价格不超过500令吉的手机。巫青团团长凯里也向联邦政府呛声,即该委员会不应设下500令吉的上限。 联邦政府的这项宣布证明"青年通讯配套"在本质上是一个企图哗众取宠,但是最后沦为雷声大雨点小的短期政策。这项政策除了无法协助青年朋友购买实用的智能手机以外,也无助推广马来西亚网际网络的普及率。 与其推出将近3000万令吉来推行这项配套,联邦政府更应该多花心思如何提高我国网速和降低上网成本。马来西亚龟速般的网速多年成为网民诟病的话题。今年四月,全球网络搜寻引擎领头羊谷歌发表一则报告。报告指出马来西亚的网页加载速度为14.3秒,是全球第五慢的国家。 除了差劲的网速,马来西亚的网络价格也比邻国昂贵。新加坡《商业时报》(

Leaders Who Have Lost Focus..

Posted: 29 Dec 2012 06:12 AM PST

DSN must not select again those Umno/BN leaders who have lost focus on their job responsibilities.
We rakyat are watching in earnest.
The rakyat will be scanning the candidates.

BN must refocus..and work hard in rectifying whatever follies.
Despite some bungles, BN definitely have more to offer than PR...many of us still believe in that fact.
But those who have given BN a bad image must be dropped..

BN leaders who are chosen to relinquish their posts can redeem themselves by helping BN achieve a landslide victory in the PRU 13.
These leaders must restrain themselves from wallowing in self-pity and sulking.
They must do the right thing.
They must be focussed in assisting BN win more seats in the coming PRU 13.

DSN must not select fresh faces who have hidden agendas namely in increasing their wealth.
If that is their main ambition, DSN must not loop them in.
Hopefully DSN can sense their thoughts.

We want the nation to prosper peacefully and everybody to live comfortably.
Time and again, a number of our BN leaders have lost their focus towards this simple rakyat request.

We are Muslims..we must just live up to our principles.

And so, no matter how ridiculously sinful some of our current or previous leaders have been accused of, BN is not exhausted of many credible, intelligent, trustworthy men waiting to offer their great services.

Our leaders must do their best to abstain from any moral wrongdoings or abuse of power.
( Better late than never! )

So refocus quickly..
The rakyat who are depressed with the BN government will eventually be too glad and willing to give their votes to BN again.

May Allah SWT have mercy on us and protect our loved ones always..Ameen

Any answer for Abby?

Posted: 28 Dec 2012 07:00 PM PST

DEAR ABBY ADMITTED SHE WAS AT A LOSS TO ANSWER THE FOLLOWING: Dear Abby, A couple of women moved in across the hall from me. One is a middle-aged gym teacher and the other is a social worker in her mid twenties. These two women go everywhere together, and I've never seen a man go into or leave their apartment. Do you think they could be Lebanese? Dear Abby, What can I do about all the Sex, Nudity, Fowl Language and Violence on my VCR? Dear Abby, I have a man I can't trust. He cheats so much, I'm not even sure the baby I'm carrying is his. Dear Abby, I am a twenty-three year old liberated woman who has been on the pill for two years. It's getting expensive and I think my boyfriend should share half the cost, but I don't know him well enough to discuss money with him. Dear Abby, I've suspected that my husband has been fooling around, and when confronted with the evidence, he denied everything and said it would never happen again. Dear Abby, Our son writes that he is taking Judo. Why would a boy who was raised in a good Christian home turn against his own? Dear Abby, I joined the Navy to see the world. I've seen it. Now how do I get out? Dear Abby, My forty year old son has been paying a psychiatrist $50.00 an hour every week for two and a half years. He must be crazy. Dear Abby, I was married to Bill for three months and I didn't know he drank until one night he came home sober. Dear Abby, My mother is mean and short tempered; I think she is going through mental pause. Dear Abby, You told some woman whose husband had lost all interest in sex to send him to a doctor. Well, my husband lost all interest in sex and he is a doctor. Now what do I do? Do you have any answers to help Abby? Thanks to Angela who shared this post.

Pencacai Kantoi: Shah Alam Masih “Bebas Disko”, Kafe Bukan Kelab Malam

Posted: 28 Dec 2012 09:12 PM PST


Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA) menegaskan bahawa sebuah premis di Setia Alam yang didakwa menjalankan aktiviti kelab malam sebenarnya adalah sebuah kafetaria yang menjalankan aktiviti persembahan muzik ('live band').

Bagaimanapun, Timbalan Pengarah Korporatnya, Shahrin Ahmad berkata, aktiviti 'live band' tersebut dijalankan tanpa kebenaran dan kelulusan daripada Jabatan Perlesenan dan Penguatkuasaan MBSA.

"Hasil pemeriksaan yang dijalankan, kita dapati premis tersebut mempunyai lesen untuk menjalankan aktiviti perniagaan kafetaria tapi tiada lesen untuk aktiviti 'live band'.

"Oleh itu, pihak MBSA telah mengarahkan pengusaha premis tersebut supaya menghentikan aktiviti tanpa kebenaran itu," tegas Shahrin sewaktu dihubungi TVSelangor.

Menurutnya lagi, notis turut dikeluarkan terhadap pengusaha premis selaras dengan peruntukan Undang-undang Kecil Perlesenan Tred, Perniagaan dan Perindustrian MBSA 2007.

Hasil tindakan itu juga, Shahrin memberitahu, pengusaha kafetaria telah mengemukakan permohonan untuk menjalankan aktiviti persembahan muzik di premisnya.

Namun permohonan tersebut hanya akan dibincangkan dan diputuskan di dalam Mesyuarat Kawalan Perniagaan dan Kesihatan MBSA yang akan datang.

Mengulas mengenai penjualan minuman beralkohol di premis tersebut, Shahrin menegaskan MBSA tiada hak untuk mengeluarkan sebarang lesen jualan minuman keras.

"Lesen jualan minuman keras dikeluarkan oleh pejabat daerah dan tanah, dan untuk kawasan ini (Setia Alam) ianya dikeluarkan Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Petaling," ujar beliau.

Baru-baru ini, menurut laporan sebuah akhbar, sebuah premis di Setia Alam dikatakan baru dibuka pada 12 Disember lepas sempena tarikh 12.12.12.

Selain daripada menjual minuman keras, premis itu turut didakwa menawarkan persembahan hiburan.

Susulan laporan tersebut, MP Shah Alam, Khalid Samad mengeluarkan kenyataan menggesa MBSA untuk mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap premis itu.

Ulasan GB

Pencacai UMNO melalui akhbar mereka SIASAH, kantoi untuk burukkan kerajaan PR Selangor.

Ternyata tiada kelab malam yang dibuka di Shah Alam, hanya pengusah sebuah kafe yang baru "menyalahgunakan" permit yang diberikan kepada mereka.

Anehnya para pencacai UMNO membisu tentang kes Awie yang terang-terangan membuka kelab malam di Ipoh dengan pesta betina dan arak!

Hukum kebenaran dan keadilan akhirnya mendedahkan pekung UMNO sebenar!

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One year on, no justice for Uludere victims by Richard Hall

Posted: 28 Dec 2012 04:43 PM PST

uludere1 300x199 One year on, no justice for Uludere victims 

One year ago today, on a bitterly cold winter evening, a Turkish fighter jet attacked a group of its own citizens who were crossing the border from Iraq. A total of 34 civilians were killed, most of them children.

The victims were Kurds from the villages of Roboski and Bujeh, on the Turkish side of the border. They were travelling a well-worn smuggling route, bringing in cigarettes, sugar and fuel to sell for a small profit where they lived in Turkey's south-east, where few other job opportunities exist. The Turkish army said following the incident that the villagers had been mistaken for fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) – a rebel group that has fought for greater autonomy for Turkey's Kurds since 1984, and whose bases in the mountainous border region are a frequent target of the Turkish airforce.

One year on, the Turkish government has yet to make any meaningful effort to find out why these group of villagers – whose movements were reportedly being tracked by US Predator drones prior to the strike – were killed on that night.

Amnesty International has described the government's record in investigating the incident as "not a promising one." Outlining the problems with the investigation, it said: "A Parliamentary inquiry was established in January, 2012, but, according to media reports, it has been denied access to vital military reports and, the sub-committee carrying out the investigation has already indicated that it would not attempt to determine individual responsibility for the bombing."

Yesterday, Human Rights Watch condemned the Turkish government for its failure to open and effective and transparent inquiry into what has become known as the Uludere massacre – named after the region in which it occurred – accusing it of failing to "live up to some of its most fundamental obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to safeguard the right to life." "The lack of progress in an entire year on completing any investigation of the Uludere incident is very troubling because it is consistent with the government's overall reluctance to account to the public for the government's wrongdoing," said Emma Sinclair-Webb, senior researcher for Turkey at the rights group. "Holding state authorities who killed civilians accountable is crucial to upholding democracy and the rule of law."

Nicole Pope, writing for Turkish daily Zaman, also mourned the government's lack of accountability. "Parliament and the government set up inquiries, prosecutors are investigating the event, but the publication of official reports has been postponed. By all accounts, state officials are unwilling to shed light on the disaster and few people now expect that a convincing explanation will be forthcoming," she wrote. She added: "the mishandling of the whole issue suggests that Turkey remains a place where civilians can be killed with impunity."

The Uludere massacre was not the first time civilians have been caught up in Turkey's decades-old war with the PKK. With fresh airstrikes being carried out last night and little hope of a negotiated settlement on the Kurdish issue, it will not be the last.

For now, attention is focused on Turkey's troubled neighbour to the south. Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been at the forefront of international opposition to Syria's crackdown on civilians in the civil war raging there. But many have been quick to point out his hypocrisy in failing to show the same restraint he demands of Assad when dealing with his country's own rebellion. The same people would no doubt argue that Erdogan's condemnation of civilian deaths across the border would sound more convincing if those responsible for the deaths at Uludere were held accountable. The Independent UK
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Egyptian Cleric Threatens Egypt's Copts with Genocide

Posted: 28 Dec 2012 05:31 PM PST

Wagdi Ghoneim
(Gatestone Institute) I always wonder about the excreable spin on Christian Muslim solidarity by  Anil Netto in the the Catholic Herald - edit. Islamic leaders continue to portray the popular protests against President Morsi and his recently passed Sharia-heavy constitution as products of Egypt's Christians. Recently, Muslim Brotherhood leader Safwat Hegazy said in an open rally, as captured on video:
A message to the church of Egypt, from an Egyptian Muslim: I tell the church — by Allah, and again, by Allah — if you conspire and unite with the remnants [opposition] to bring Morsi down, that will be another matter…. our red line is the legitimacy of Dr. Muhammad Morsi. Whoever splashes water on it, we will splash blood on him."
More recently, Dr. Wagdi Ghoneim — who earlier praised Allah for the death of the late Coptic Pope Shenouda, cursing him to hell and damnation on video — made another video, entitled, "A Notice and Warning to the Crusaders in Egypt," a reference to the nation's Copts, which he began by saying, "You are playing with fire in Egypt, I swear, the first people to be burned by the fire are you [Copts]." The video was made in the context of the Tahrir protests against Morsi: Islamic leaders, such as Hegazy and Ghoneim, seek to portray the Copts as dominant elements in those protests; according to them, no real Muslim would participate. Ghoneim even went on to say that most of the people at the protests were Copts, "and we know you hid your [wrist] crosses by lowering your sleeves."

The heart of Ghoneim's message was genocidal: "The day Egyptians — and I don't even mean the Muslim Brotherhood or Salafis, regular Egyptians — feel that you are against them, you will be wiped off the face of the earth. I'm warning you now: do not play with fire!"

Along with trying to incite Egypt's Muslims against the Copts, and threatening them with annihilation, Ghoneim made other telling assertions, including:

Addressing the Christians of Egypt as "Crusaders," once again showing Islam's simplistic, black-and-white vision, which clumps all Christians — of all nations, past and present, regardless of historical context and denomination — as one, in accordance with an Islamic tradition that states "All infidels are one religion."

Comparing Christian Copts to animals: "Respect yourselves and live with us and we will protect you... Why?... because Allah has forbidden me to be cruel to animals. I'm not trying to compare you to animals … but if I am not cruel to animals or plants, shall I be cruel to a soul created by Allah? You are an infidel in Allah's sight — and it is for him to judge you. However, when you live in my country, it is forbidden for me to be unjust to you — but that doesn't mean we are equal. No, oh no." More... Hat tip: Eye On The World

Dead boy in iconic photo of Egyptian PM and Hamas top dog was killed by "Palestinians," not Israelis

Posted: 28 Dec 2012 04:14 PM PST

KandilHaniyeh.jpgKandil and Haniyeh: Atrocity theater with boy killed by Palestinians

The cynicism of the "Palestinian" jihad propaganda machine is truly breathtaking. "HRW Confirms Gaza Terrorists Killed Gaza Boy Shown in Iconic Photo of Egypt's PM and Hamas's Haniyeh," by Zach Pontz for Algemeiner, December 24 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
Human Rights Watch has acknowledged that terrorists killed civilians in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense when rockets being fired into Israel fell short. "Rockets that fell short of their intended targets in Israel apparently killed at least two Palestinians in Gaza and wounded others," Human Rights Watch said.
The specific case mentioned in the report involves the four year-old boy used as a political tool by Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil during his visit to Gaza. Holding back tears, Kandil kissed the boy's lifeless body as he was presented him by Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh. Kandil said,"What I saw today in the hospital, the wounded and the martyrs, the boy … whose blood is still on my hands and clothes, is something that we cannot keep silent about." At the time Israel strongly denied being involved in the boy's death.
In the report Human Rights Watch places blame squarely on terrorists in Gaza for the boy's death. "Some rockets launched by Palestinian armed groups fell short and struck inside Gaza. On November 16, a rocket that appears to have been launched from within Gaza hit a crowded street in the Gazan town of Jabalya, killing a man, 23, and a boy, 4, and wounding five people."
The report, released Monday, accuses terror groups in Gaza of violating the laws of war. It states: "Under the laws of war, parties to an armed conflict are required to take all feasible precautions to protect civilians under their control from the effects of attacks and not to place military targets in or near densely populated areas. Human Rights Watch has not been able to identify any instances in November in which a Palestinian armed group warned civilians to evacuate an area before a rocket launch."... Hat tip: Jihad Watch

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