Friday, January 25, 2013

A Rape A Minute, A Thousand Corpses A Year

A Rape A Minute, A Thousand Corpses A Year


A Rape A Minute, A Thousand Corpses A Year

Posted: 25 Jan 2013 03:23 AM PST

Twenty years ago this October, Rebecca Solnit was writing about the Kennedy assassination for her first book when the Loma Prieta earthquake struck. She hit save, stood in a doorway until the shaking was over, and marveled in the days after at the calm, warm mood of the people of her city and her own changed state of mind. She's written regularly for TomDispatch since the outbreak of the war in Iraq. Her just published new book, A Paradise Built in Hell (Penguin, 2009), is a monument to human bravery and innovation during disasters.

Recently, she wrote A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year - Hate Crimes in America (and Elsewhere) which was first posted HERE with an introduction written by Erika Eichelberger.

Excerpt from the piece:


Here in the United States, where there is a reported rape every 6.2 minutes, and one in five women will be raped in her lifetime, the rape and gruesome murder of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi on December 16th was treated as an exceptional incident. The story of the alleged rape of an unconscious teenager by members of the Steubenville High School football team was still unfolding, and gang rapes aren't that unusual here either. Take your pick: some of the 20 men who gang-raped an 11-year-old in Cleveland, Texas, were sentenced in November, while the instigator of the gang rape of a 16-year-old in Richmond, California, was sentenced in October, and four men who gang-raped a 15-year-old near New Orleans were sentenced in April, though the six men who gang-raped a 14-year-old in Chicago last fall are still at large.  Not that I actually went out looking for incidents: they're everywhere in the news, though no one adds them up and indicates that there might actually be a pattern.
There is, however, a pattern of violence against women that's broad and deep and horrific and incessantly overlooked. Occasionally, a case involving a celebrity or lurid details in a particular case get a lot of attention in the media, but such cases are treated as anomalies, while the abundance of incidental news items about violence against women in this country, in other countries, on every continent including Antarctica, constitute a kind of background wallpaper for the news. 
If you'd rather talk about bus rapes than gang rapes, there's the rape of a developmentally disabled woman on a Los Angeles bus in November and the kidnapping of an autistic 16-year-old on the regional transit train system in Oakland, California -- she was raped repeatedly by her abductor over two days this winter -- and there was a gang rape of multiple women on a bus in Mexico City recently, too.  While I was writing this, I read that another female bus-rider was kidnapped in India and gang-raped all night by the bus driver and five of his friends who must have thought what happened in New Delhi was awesome.
We have an abundance of rape and violence against women in this country and on this Earth, though it's almost never treated as a civil rights or human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern. Violence doesn't have a race, a class, a religion, or a nationality, but it does have a gender. 
Here I want to say one thing: though virtually all the perpetrators of such crimes are men, that doesn't mean all men are violent. Most are not. In addition, men obviously also suffer violence, largely at the hands of other men, and every violent death, every assault is terrible.  But the subject here is the pandemic of violence by men against women, both intimate violence and stranger violence.  
What We Don't Talk About When We Don't Talk About Gender
There's so much of it. We could talk about the assault and rape of a 73-year-old in Manhattan's Central Park last September, or the recent rape of a four-year-old and an 83-year-old in Louisiana, or the New York City policeman who was arrested in October for what appeared to be serious plans to kidnap, rape, cook, and eat a woman, any woman, because the hate wasn't personal (though maybe it was for the San Diego man who actually killed and cooked his wife in November and the man from New Orleans who killed, dismembered, and cooked his girlfriend in 2005). 
Those are all exceptional crimes, but we could also talk about quotidian assaults, because though a rape is reported only every 6.2 minutes in this country, the estimated total is perhaps five times as high. Which means that there may be very nearly a rape a minute in the U.S.  It all adds up to tens of millions of rape victims. 
We could talk about high-school- and college-athlete rapes, or campus rapes, to which university authorities have been appallingly uninterested in responding in many cases, including that high school in Steubenville, Notre Dame University, Amherst College, and many others. We could talk about the escalating pandemic of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment in the U.S. military, where Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta estimated that there were 19,000 sexual assaults on fellow soldiers in 2010 alone and that the great majority of assailants got away with it, though four-star general Jeffrey Sinclair was indicted in September for "a slew of sex crimes against women."

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The Amazing Doberman Called Zhar

Posted: 25 Jan 2013 08:00 AM PST

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[TERBONGKAR] "Pengundi Hantu" Terima Surat Najib

Posted: 25 Jan 2013 09:07 AM PST


Lebih ramai 'pengundi hantu' dapat surat Najib

Lebih banyak kontroversi menyelubungi surat ucapan tahun baru dari Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak selepas pembangkang menerima satu lagi aduan mengenai berpuluh surat tersebut dihantar kepada orang yang tidak dikenali di sebuah rumah di Petaling Jaya.

ADUN Subang Jaya, Hannah Yeoh yang juga menjaga kawasan pilihan raya Bukit Gasing berikutan kematian wakil raknyat, berkata aduan terbaru itu datangnya dari sebuah rumah di kawasan berkenaan.

"Pemilik rumah tersebut telah menerima 28 surat daripada BN, tetapi dia tak kenal pun mereka," katanya dalam sidang akhbar bersama ADUN Kampung Tunku, Lau Weng San dan Kasthuri Patto, iaitu setiausaha politik kepada pemimpin DAP, Lim Kit Siang.

Untuk memburukkan lagi keadaan, Hannah berkata carian pada daftar pemilih menunjukkan terdapat 37 nama orang yang tidak dikenali yang didaftarkan di alamat tersebut.

"Kami mahu bertanya kepada Najib dan (penyelaras BN Selangor), Datuk Mohd Zin Mohamed sama ada ini adalah pengundi hantu mereka?" kata Hannah.

Dengan mendedahkan sendiri 'pengundi hantu' tersebut, tegas Hannah, BN umpama "menyumbat gol sendiri".

"Saya tidak kata mereka tidak bijak, tetapi mungkin terdapat terlalu banyak pengundi hantu sehingga mereka pun tidak kenal." -mk

Ulasan GB

Hukum kebenaran dan keadilan tidak boleh dielak.

Setiap sesuatu yang cuba disembunyikan oleh kerajaan UMNO BN melalui SPR dan JPN akan tetap terbongkar.

Seandainya mereka cuba juga untuk melakukan penipuan di dalam pilihanraya, hukum kebenaran dan keadilan akan mengambil tempatnya - kerajaan UMNO BN, SPR, JPN dan semua yang terlibat PASTI menerima hukuman yang dasyat.

Of The Australian lies and Mahmoud Abbas' stupidity

Posted: 25 Jan 2013 06:04 AM PST

In spinning and undermining PM Datuk Seri Najib's visit to Gaza a few days ago, The Australian simply fabricated a lie by jotting that Malaysia and Israel two-way trade has expanded to about US$ 1 billion annually over the past few years.
"Mr Najib entered Gaza from Egypt, at Rafah. He was accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor; Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman; and the junior minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.
About 62 per cent of Malaysia's 29 million population are Muslims. Malaysia does not recognise Israel diplomatically, but trade has grown rapidly in recent years, to almost $1 billion a year."
Which source had The Australian got the figure from? The Australian Trade and Industry Ministry? Or from Tel Aviv?

As far as Malaysia's relation with the Jewish nation is concerned, no official bilateral trade of whatsoever had been established. Even Tel Aviv, who is diplomatically represented in Singapore, does not allow any of its goods to reach Malaysia, and vice versa.

I am not if Singaporeans who trade with Israel are extending their service to Malaysia but according to Bukit Aman and Custom Dept, such goods in any form are not allowed entry into the country. If there is any, it comes in small items which are smuggled out of the Republic.

So, there is no basis at all for the Australian media to speculate on Malaysia-Israel trade although there were efforts by some quarters to establish a link with them.

Malaysia has recently relaxed a stringent rule for its Christian citizens to go on pilgrimage in Tel Aviv, a decision lauded by many (including Christian organisations abroad) as proper, wise and fair by the Barisan Nasional government.

As for Najib's visit to Hamas-ruled Gaza, it was done in a true spirit of brotherhood with the Palestinians as a whole and not to support any form of Hamas' 'aggression' towards its neighbor Israel. Furthermore, it constituted a solidarity Muslim-to-Muslim personal link between Malaysia and the Palestinians.

Irrespective of what Mahmoud Abbas opined about the visit, he should be advised to safeguard the interest of each and every Palestinian - Hamas or not, Fatah or not - in the context of a Palestine statehood and not segregate them by their politics.

Malaysia has been most vocal among the non-Arab bloc in championing the rights of the Palestinians, and had never on a single occasion separate them in groupings such as Fatah or Hamas since the only objective is to get international recognition for an independence Palestine state.

Mahmoud, in this context, is deemed not fit to lead the Palestinians if he refuses to accept that simple fact. Even the leaders of Hamas had offered to cooperate with Mahmoud but the latter turned it down, afraid of losing his grip on the rest of the Palestine.

It was Fatah who all this while rejected all reconciliation effort initiated by third parties or by Hamas itself. During Israeli air raids on Gaza last year, Fatah and Mahmoud did not issue any statement to denounce it, let alone offered any assistance to them.

So, all parties should stop politicising Najib's visit to the Hamas-ruled areas. I believe the PM's office had tried to contact Mahmoud Abbas office prior to the visit but was taken out of context by Mahmoud's aides.

Whether its the US, Australia, Canada, France of any other countries, their concern for the Middle East conflict is on the well-being of the well-armored Israel and not the handicapped Palestinians. Is that the way to work out a peace plan?

"Syaitan Yang Dikenali" Menyamar Sebagai Penyokong PAS!

Posted: 25 Jan 2013 06:42 AM PST


Demo guna bendera PAS bukti Umno terdesak

KUALA LUMPUR: Ketua Pemuda PAS Kelantan, Abdul Latif Abdul Rahman menyifatkan tindakan sekumpulan pemuda mengaku ahli PAS dan mambawa bendera parti itu ketika demonstrasi di Kota Bharu semalam sebagai tindakan terdesak Umno BN.

Beliau berkata, tindakan itu juga sebenarnya cubaan untuk melaga-lagakan PAS dengan rakan Pakatan Rakyat yang lain.

"Kita tidak mengenali peserta yang menyertai himpunan tersebut, malah tidak mengetahui langsung ada perhimpunan sedemikian.

"Apa yang boleh saya katakan ini merupakan tindakan terdesak Umno untuk melaga-lagakan PAS dan DAP bagi tujuan untuk politik mereka," jelasnya kepada Harakahdaily.

Semalam, hampir 20 orang pemuda berkumpul di Kg. Padang Enggang kononnya bagi mendesak PAS keluar dari Pakatan Rakyat berhubung isu kalimah Allah.

Mengulas lanjut, Abdul Latif yang juga Adun Mengkebang berkata, ahli PAS sentiasa menghormati setiap keputusan yang telah diputuskan oleh peringkat pimpinan tertinggi parti termasuk Majlis Syura dan tidak akan bertindak sedemikian.

Abdul Latif juga menjelaskan, tindakan tersebut juga menunjukkan Umno gagal menangani isu kalimah Allah walaupun agansi penguatkuasaan seperti Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) berada di bawah penguasaan mereka.

"Mereka (Umno) cuba menutup kegagalan mereka dengan menunding kepada PAS, dan mereka akan cuba mewujudkan perbalahan antara parti di dalam Pakatan bagi mencari undi Melayu.

"Kita dalam Pakatan tidak akan cepat melatah dan mengganggap itu hanya satu provokasi yang dilakukan oleh Umno, yang begitu terdesak untuk mempertahankan kemenangan mereka," tegas beliau.

Ulasan GB

Anehnya berita yang dikeluarkan oleh BERNAMA yang disiarkan oleh akhbar-akhbar pencacai siap dengan gambar mereka yang berdemo menyatakan itu penyokong PAS.

Dan mereka itu dengan beraninya menunjuk dan mengibarkan bendera PAS.

Seolah-olah ada perancangan BERNAMA dan jurugambar tersebut untuk memburukkan PAS.

PAS, sebagai sebuah parti sah, boleh mengambil tindakan ke atas pendemo tersebut termasuk agensi berita BERNAMA dan jurugambar lantaran berita yang memfitnah PAS.

[VIDEO] Skandal UMNO BN S'ngor: Tanah Kompleks Sukan Dijadikan Pangsapuri Mewah

Posted: 25 Jan 2013 04:10 AM PST

Dahulu, masyarakat sekitar Seksyen 25, Taman Sri Muda sepatutnya mendapat sebuah Kompleks Sukan Rekreasi dan Pusat Komuniti bagi tujuan riadah dan majlis keramaian mereka.

Tetapi akibat daripada campurtangan politik pada zaman pentadbiran Umno-BN, tanah tujuh ekar untuk projek-projek tersebut telah digunakkan untuk mendirikan sebuah projek pangsapuri mewah dengan 691 unit.

Projek pembangunan lima blok pangsapuri tujuh hingga 14 tingkat dengan itu dimulakan selepas mendapat persetujuan Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri (MKKN) pada 2007.

Timbalan Setiausaha DAP negeri, Ng Suee Lim mendakwa, tanah itu diberikan milik kepada Umno Bahagian Kota Raja dengan bayaran harga nominal iaitu sebanyak RM1,000 sahaja berbanding harga pasaran sebanyak kira-kira RM 10 juta.

Katanya, tanah terbabit merupakan salah satu daripada 24 keping tanah di seluruh negeri yang dibeli pada harga yang begitu murah, iaitu premium RM 1 setiap metre persegi, oleh parti Umno-BN.

Beliau yang juga Adun Sekinchan mendakwa tanah di Taman Sri Muda itu sepatutnya dibahagikan antara Umno Bahagian Kota Raja dan Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA).

"Dalam jawatankuasa tanah Pejabat Tanah daerah Klang menetapkan sebanyak 4 ekar diberikan kepada MBSA dana tiga ekar lagi kepada Umno bahagian Kota Raja dengan bayaran mengikut harga semasa.

"Bagaimanapun selepas MKKN, 4 ekar diberikan kepada Umno dan 3 ekar diberikan kepada MBSA dengan harga nominal sebanyak RM1,000 sahaja.

"Bagaimanapun, apa yang kita lihat dan mengikut pelan pembangunan yang diperolehi, hampir kesemua tanah tujuh ekar itu dimiliki oleh Umno bahagian Kota Raja.

"MBSA hanya mendapat sebuah dewan yang keluasannya tidak sampai satu ekar," katanya dalam sidang media di tapak projek pembangunan itu.

Hadir sama Ketua Penerangan PKR negeri, Shuhaimi Shafei.

Suee Lim menambah pada tahun 2005, sebanyak 11 permohonan dari syarikat swasta untuk membina bangunan kediaman atau perniagaan.

Tetapi permohon juga diterima untuk membina kompleks sukan itu, iaitu daripada bekas Adun Seri Muda ketika itu Datuk Amzah Omar.

"Oleh kerana kroninya, mereka memberikan kepada beliau yang juga merupakan Ketua Umno Bahagian Kota Raja," katanya.

Sementara itu, Shuhaimi berkata skandal yang dinamakannya "Sapu Tanah 1 Malaysia" (SaT1M) itu merupakan satu lagi bukti penyelewengan yang dilakukan Umno-BN.

"Menjadi pertikaian skandal SaT1M ini apabila kita dapat lihat Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (PBT) dipergunakan oleh parti politik mereka (Umno-BN).

"Hasil kerjasama Umno-BN dan pemaju membolehkan parti itu mendapat keuntungan berjuta ringgit.

Harga seunit pangsapuri ini kini mencecah lebih RM250,000," katanya.

Sehubungan itu, mereka mengesyorkan pihak yang terlibat dalam perkara terbabit membayar sejumlah wang kepada MBSA berikutan tanah milik MBSA yang turut diambil bagi kegunaan pembangunan itu.

Marriage or Divorce? Democracy is the key to answer

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 11:21 PM PST

Marriage or Divorce? Democracy is the key to answer by Henri-André Aye

The Panglong Agreement was an attempt to build a union out of desperate peoples. The agreement was a political marriage, trying to unite the Bamar and the non-Bamar to live together in peace and dignity. It was a marriage of political convenience — but one without love. And the honeymoon was short-lived as communist insurgency, Kuomintang invasion, and ethnic rebellion came knocking on the door.  A marriage without love could last but you can't expect it to bring much harmony.  It did not work in the past. It does not work at present. It will not work in the future unless the climate of mistrust and animosity can fundamentally change. Otherwise, we should all admit that divorce is the proper answer.

Democracy is a medicine to cure the illness and to revive the romance in this acrimonious old marriage. Will it work? Although there are many examples of patchwork democracies within Asia, I try to take some hope from a comparison further afield, as Switzerland is an example of a democracy — in mountains not so different from the Shan States' own — that keeps a marriage of many ethnic groups together.

There should be no "blame game" for anyone who proposed the marriage in the first place: we should not reproach those who came to dance at the wedding party. Many people acted at best they could to support the marriage according to the prevailing political and economic situation at that time; only to realize afterward they had been duped. Had Aung San not been assassinated, he would have honored the treaty, but some Bamar politicians wanted to establish a unitary state with chauvinistic policies. A unitary state, with a single coherent set of powers vested in the central government in Rangoon, would not work well in the interests of the ethnic states and would even constitute a threat to union spirit when the country was known as Union of Burma.

U Kyaw Nyein was one of them.  He advised General Ne Win to adopt a policy regarding unitary system in 1968. He was deputy prime minister and a very powerful political figure in his time along with U Nu and U Ba Swe, the prime ministers. I was still a boy in the 1960s when I read a booklet entitled "Kyaw Nyein, my younger one, you are still a novice" by Moe Gyo U Ohn Khin, a respected writer, journalist, and political satirist, in which the author poked fun at Kyaw Nyein's style of leadership and dogmatic approach.

The predicament of the people in Burma does not stem from foreign aggression but a lack of compassion, justice, and the respect for the dignity of life under the military dictatorship. Perhaps some kind of discourse between the antagonists can provide a bulwark against the hatred, injustice, and violence that the country is currently facing.  Here was an inspiring statement from Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo that I felt very much applicable to Burma at present: "Hatred is corrosive of a person's wisdom and conscience, the mentality of enmity can poison a nation's spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, and destroy a society's tolerance and humanity".

My father was a born politician. I am not. Never in all my life have I desired to engage in public activity as I am always longing for some peace and privacy. But as a Shan and a son of a politician, I feel that I have come into politics as a sort of inheritance. It isn't an inheritance of any tangible value, but I am aware of it as a moral obligation to serve the public interest, in a small way through writing and arguing based on some interesting observations on political developments all around.

My father once said to me that political situations change like the weather; and forecasting the weather can never be a perfect science because of the chaotic nature of the atmosphere itself. I think politics is even more unpredictable as it is a man-made phenomenon as chaotic as the atmosphere; there are no permanent friends, enemies or deals among politicians. Some switch allegiance, and sometimes, personal interest overcomes the public good.

Burma has never had to look far for lessons on the good and the bad of democracy in practice: Bangladesh, India, and Thailand each provide a very different case study. Thailand has endured 18 coups and attempted coups, and now enters a new and uncertain era. Burma experienced the same situation in the 1950s when the ruling Anti-Fascist People's Freedom League [AFPFL] was split into two factions — Nu-Tin faction wore yellow and Swe-Nyein group and their partisans wore red. This seems to be echoed by "red shirts" and "yellow shirts" of Bangkok today. However, when Burma's two colors failed to come to "orange" compromise as red and yellow couldn't mix, the country inevitably came under the rule of "khaki green" in 1962.

Bangladesh has endured political assassinations and military coups of its own since its hard-won freedom from Pakistan in 1971. When their democracy was finally restored in 1991, the country began a period of mistrust and enmity between the two antagonistic mainstream parties — the Awami League [AL] and Bangladesh Nationalist Party [BNP]. No matter who is in power, the cut-throat politics remains the same: politicians in opposition usually come under ruthless police attacks and those who are in power never hesitate to defend the unlawful practice of crushing the opposition. Even the judiciary tilts in favor of the ruling party. Bangladesh had developed a culture of winner-takes-all politics.

The family trees that connect one generation of leaders to another are a concern throughout Asia, and in each of Burma's neighbor states. Not everyone who inherits power is corrupt; humble and honest politicians do exist as well, but nepotism seems to inevitably erode democracy. Bahadur Shastri, Nehru's successor as prime minister, was a rarity. He was reputed to be clean and honest, even self-effacing; however, the Shastri ministry was cut short by his untimely death. Aung San and his daughter could be compared to them in some respects, but, unfortunately, the father was assassinated before he took office of an independent nation, and the daughter was never able to assume power after winning the election of 1991.

Burma is by far the worst. The country now supposed to have a "disciplined-democracy". Does this mean that the government will be taking disciplinary action against those who dare to speak out in parliament? In a way, it is an oligarchy masquerading as a democracy: generals become civilians and their cohorts rule through a parliament that is little more than a rubber stamp for decisions made by the same old military elite that ruled before. A democracy without an effective opposition cannot really operate, and the main opposition in Rangoon has been almost totally marginalized.

We did undergo the same trials and tribulations of political change in 1974 when General Ne Win transformed his Revolutionary Council into "Burmese Way to Socialism". The egotistical general was the one who dictated in his peculiar style of leadership — "Do as I say and don't do as I did" — His subordinates must obey him but not imitate his wayward behavior. However, I don't think Thein Sein, the new president, could have full control of the country as Ne Win did; a close comparison might be San Yu, a loyal lieutenant, who held the presidency in 1981 when Ne Win relinquished the highest office. San Yu could not move a step without getting the nod from his boss.

On the other hand, Tin Aung Myint Oo, one of the current vice-presidents, could far outshine the rest of his military colleagues as did Sein Lwin once before; the latter rose from being Ne Win's sidekick to president. By contrast, poor Shwe Mann has to content with the post of the speaker of parliament, reminding me of the long, narrow road taken by Kyaw Htin, who had unflinchingly served Ne Win and was considered as an heir-apparent in the 1980s, but never made it to the top. Interestingly, Kyaw Htin and Shwe Mann both served as army chief-of-staff as a catalyst for their political careers.

The new administration in a civilian garb is now in place but the old tactics remain unchanged. Political prisoners are still being locked up, the reports of sexual violations against ethnic minority women still roll in, and fighting continues between the military and the freedom fighters of many different flags and ethnicities. The situation is deteriorating for the internally displaced persons of the Shan State.

We strain to coexist peacefully with the Bamar. However, there isn't any reciprocity. We feel as if we were second-class citizens: we don't even have the basic rights to speak our own language. The Shan language is excluded from school curriculum even within Shan State. Shan and the other ethnic minority languages are prohibited to use in public, to teach or learn at school; Burmese is the only official language. I am ashamed as a Shan because I cannot read and write my own language, although I can read and write in Burmese as well as in English and French.  It shows that not only our education system is deeply flawed but also the existence of social deficiency vis-à-vis the ethnic minorities.

The concept that everything should be Burmanized is born out of cultural domination. What else after cultural domination? Ethnic cleansing, arbitrary executions, rapes, forced labor, blatant discrimination are just a few of the miseries inflicted on us. Once, when I told about the atrocities and rapes in the Shan State, a family friend asked me half-mockingly and half- unbelievably, "Really? It's that true? Who says so?" I was quite devastated by his incredulity about the ground reports on Burma, so I retorted, "How could you know if you don't even read those reports?" I realized at the same time that the disinformation campaign of the military is so effective that even those who are well educated like this family friend could disbelieve such information provided by the expatriates and the foreign media and blindly believe what the government propagates.

Since I live in a region where France, Italy, and Switzerland meet, I have traveled the length and breadth of Switzerland: a paradise of snowy peaks, crystal clear lakes, raging torrents, and dreamscape gardens. Like my long-lost homeland in the Shan State, the Swiss are landlocked. There is something familiar to the mountainous massifs and exposed rocks; although I admit they are not snow-capped back home. Shan State is a bit larger than Switzerland and Scotland combined. Both the countries have approximately 7 million inhabitants. Both the countries have heterogeneous populace and speaking many different languages. The Swiss speak German, French, and Italian in addition to some local dialects. We have a lot more: Shan, Pao, Palaung, Wa, Danu, Lahu, Lishaw, and the rest. They have 26 cantons and we have 52 districts.

The contrast I am coming to is this: although German-speaking Swiss are in a majority, there are no bullying tactics toward the other minorities. German, French, and Italian are all official languages, and most of the Swiss I have met are at least bilingual or even trilingual. Each community uses its own language and scrupulously respects the others. That is what we call a peaceful coexistence.

Do we have that kind of coexistence in Burma? I am afraid not at all. When the government in West Pakistan failed to recognize Bengali as the official language of East Pakistan in 1952, the Bengali language movement was conceived of; and the idea evolved into the war for liberation that created Bangladesh two decades later. French-speaking Quebec wants to leave English-speaking Canada even though both English and French are co-official languages. Belgium is a country in which language is a major political issue and would split into two countries if Dutch-speaking-Flemish and French-speaking Walloon could not reach a compromise. (55 townships at the last count – Editor)

A GROUP OF SHANS

The above old photo is entitled "A group of Shan", but it is in fact a group of Shan and Palaung. It highlights the peaceful coexistence and ethnic diversity of Shan State's traditions: different nationalities have always lived and worked together here. The man wearing a typical Shan straw hat and the five girls sitting around him — in their traditional costume — are Shan. The two women on the far left and right are Palaung. The Palaung women of this era wore pendant earrings and many cane girdles around their waists. At present, the military attempts to sectarianize the different ethnic groups in Shan State by inciting racial hatred against each other, particularly Shan vs. Pao, Shan vs. Wa, and Shan vs. Palaung.

Currently, the fighting between the Burmese army and the rebellious Shan, Karen, and Kachin armies is escalating. Is this finally the divorce we have been talking about? Is there a possibility of a conclusive civil war? Well, we have been fighting each other since the country gained independence and the end is nowhere in sight.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was invited for the first time to Naypyidaw to meet the new president a few days ago. It remains to be seen whether this invitation is genuine enough to be fruitful or just another public relations exercise in a desperate attempt to get the hell out of economic sanctions being imposed by the West. She previously met with Than Shwe, Maung Aye, and Khin Nyunt, the troika of the State Law and Order Restoration Council [SLORC] junta in 1994 and that never brought about any reconciliation either. We are cautiously optimistic about the talks as this government is very good at publicity; a minister even shed crocodile tears at a press conference to display his patriotic tendency.

I am ending with a call for both pragmatism and introspection. A genuine approach by the military could still heal the wounds and start a sincere process of reconciliation, commencing with equal rights and opportunities for all ethnic groups. A good divorce is better than a bad marriage, but everyone is still hoping that the original romance can be rekindled, and the relationship reconciled. As of now, democracy in Burma is a witch's cauldron as we see a glimmer of light for a better change that is purely illusory.

The contributor is the author of "Shan conundrum in Burma". His late father Namkham Tun Aye served as head of Shan State Council during the Revolutionary Council period, 1962-1974.


Kakitangan Wanita Sebuah Bank Ditahan Kebas Wang Lisa Surihani RM50,000

Posted: 25 Jan 2013 01:36 AM PST

Lisa Surihani Syukur Misteri Kehilangan RM50,000 Hampir Terlerai

Pelakon Lisa Surihani (gambar), 26, bersyukur apabila pihak pihak polis berjaya menahan individu yang menceroboh akaunnya pada 11 Januari lalu sehingga mengakibatkan kehilangan wang berjumlah RM50,000. Alhamdulillah, selesai kes.

Akhbar Harian Metro melaporkan, Lisa telah dimaklumkan mengenai tahanan tersebut dan diminta menunggu tindakan susulan daripada pihak polis.

"Saya sangat menghargai kerjasama diberikan polis dan bank sehingga tertangkapnya individu itu dan syukur keadilan yang dimahukan hampir tertunai," katanya.

Pada Selasa, rahsia kehilangan wang simpanan pelakon itu terbongkar selepas siasatan polis mendapati ia dilakukan kakitangan bank sebelum menahannya.

Kakitangan bank wanita itu dikatakan membatalkan kad mesin pengeluaran wang automatik (ATM) milik Lisa sebelum membuat salinan baru dan melakukan pengeluaran RM50,000 yang direkodkan pengeluarannya di Kuantan, Pahang sejak awal bulan ini.

Wanita yang sudah berkahwin dan mempunyai cahaya mata itu ditahan jam 10 pagi, di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Cheras.

Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Komersial Kuala Lumpur Asisten Komisioner Izany Abdul Ghani ketika dihubungi mengesahkan penahanan wanita terbabit dan kes disiasat mengikut Seksyen 420 Kanun Keseksaan (KK).

Katanya, hasil siasatan awal, wanita terbabit memang berkeupayaan untuk melakukan pemalsuan dokumen artis itu kerana sememangnya bekerja dengan bank berkenaan sebelum membuat kad ATM baru untuk mendapatkan wang dengan jalan mudah.

Dalam pada itu, Lisa berkata, insiden terburuk sejak bergelar artis itu turut memberi pengajaran untuknya lebih berhati-hati pada masa depan.

Lisa sebelum ini dilaporkan kehilangan RM50,000 sejurus kehilangan kad pengeluaran wang automatik (ATM), namun hanya disedarinya ibunya, Siti Amira Ahmad, 62, ketika ingin membuat pengeluaran di sebuah bank di Seksyen 9, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor.

Dalam kejadian jam 10.30 pagi itu, ibu pelakon berkenaan membuat semakan baki dan mendapati wang simpanan berkurangan.

Hasil rujukan di bank, mereka dimaklumkan kad ATM terbabit tidak boleh digunakan kerana sudah ditukarkan kad baru oleh individu lain tanpa pengetahuan. -mstar

Exercise after Child birth

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 09:22 PM PST

Improving your recovery after birth – physiotherapy advice

Immediately after your baby's birth

After you have given birth we recommend that you follow some simple steps which will improve your postnatal recovery.
Rest – lie flat for 30 minutes, twice a day. This will help to minimise discomfort, reduce swelling and take extra weight off your pelvic floor and lower abdominal muscles.
Ice – following a vaginal birth or an attempted vaginal birth, ice helps to reduce pain and swelling around the perineum and is crucial in the first 72 hours after the birth of your baby. Ice should be placed inside your pad for 20 minutes every 2-3 hours and can be continued until pain and swelling cease.
Compression – firm supportive underwear will help support the perineum and lower abdominals and reduce pain and discomfort. This will also help to start the healing process. Control briefs can be purchased from department stores and should be worn for the first six weeks. As a guide, garments should be two sizes bigger than your pre-pregnancy size.
Exercise – pelvic floor and deep abdominal exercises help you return to your pre-pregnancy shape and assist with healing around any stitches you may have. They can be safely started one to two days following the birth of your baby, provided there is no increase in your pain.

Helping you get into and out of bed, while supporting your stomach muscles

The most comfortable, and the best way for you to get into and out of bed is to log roll…
How to log roll:
  • Bend your knees and roll onto your side. Keep your shoulders and hips in line.
  • Slide your feet over the side of the bed and push yourself up using both of your hands in front of your body.
  • Do the same in reverse to get into bed.

After a caesarean birth

While you are resting in bed, it is important to do bed exercises to prevent problems developing in your chest and blood circulation. They include:
  • Breathing exercises
  • Take 5 big, deep breaths every hour while you are resting in bed.
  • If you need to cough, support your stitches with your hands or a pillow.
  • Circulation exercises
  • Move your feet forwards and back 20 times every hour while you are resting in bed.

Pelvic floor muscle exercises

The pelvic floor muscles are a small but very important group of muscles, particularly in women. They lie deep inside the pelvis and act to support the pelvic organs and control continence. During pregnancy, these muscles become weakened due to the action of pregnancy hormones and the weight of the baby pushing down. It is important that you re-train these muscles during the postnatal period to prevent problems, such as incontinence.
All women should exercise their pelvic floor muscles every day.

If you have experienced any urinary leakage or trouble passing urine since the birth of your baby please notify your midwife, physiotherapist or doctor.

There are two exercises that we recommend to re-train your pelvic floor.

To begin, lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet supported but apart.

Exercise 1: Long hold
  • Squeeze around your back passage and your vagina, like you are trying to stop yourself passing wind or urine and try to lift the pelvic floor up.
  • Hold this exercise for 2 to 3 seconds, whilst keeping your abdominal, buttock and thigh muscles relaxed.
  • Continue to breathe normally.
  • Relax for five seconds, then repeat this exercise 3 to 5 more times.
  • Repeat the exercise 4 times a day.
  • As your pelvic floor muscles get stronger, make the exercise more challenging by increasing the number of exercises and the hold time of each exercise to 10×10 seconds. You can also perform these exercises sitting, standing and during activities such as lifting and walking.
  • Always stop exercising when the muscle feels tired.
Exercise 2: Quick squeeze
  • Tighten the pelvic floor muscles as above this time holding the exercise for only one second.
  • Try to repeat 10 to 20 quick strong squeezes, four times a day.
Functional bracing
  • Tighten your pelvic floor when you cough, sneeze or laugh and when you are doing things that require effort, like lifting.

The importance of healthy bladder and bowel habits

It is important to avoid constipation and straining when you are on the toilet. Remember to:
  • Drink between 1.5 and 2 litres of water each day (water is preferable to tea and coffee).
  • Avoid drinking too much caffeine and alcohol.
  • Eat plenty of high fibre foods (e.g. fruits, vegetables).
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Don't ignore urges to use your bladder or bowel.
  • Avoid straining – take your time when you empty your bladder and bowel to make sure they are completely empty.
The best toilet position to avoid straining:
  • Sit leaning forward, with your elbows on your knees, allow your tummy to relax.
  • Use a foot stool or lift your heels up off the floor so that your knees are above your hips.
  • Sigh out deeply or make a hissing sound. Don't hold your breath.
  • Support your stitches with your hand particularly when opening your bowels.

Deep abdominal muscle exercise for all postnatal women

Your deep abdominal muscles help you to maintain good posture and back support. During your pregnancy, as the baby grows, your abdominal muscles stretch and their efficiency is reduced. It is important to exercise these muscles regularly after the birth to prevent back pain and to regain muscular strength.
Exercise 1
  • To begin, lie on your back with your knees bent and feet supported or kneel on your hands and knees.
  • Breathe in, then breathe out and as you do so gently tighten your lower abdominal muscles by pulling your lower belly in towards your spine. Try to keep your upper abdominal muscles relaxed throughout the exercise.
  • Hold for 3 to 5 seconds, whilst breathing normally.
  • Repeat 6 to 10 times, 4 times a day.
As you get stronger you can gradually increase the time that you hold for up to 60 seconds. You can also make the exercise more challenging by changing your position to sitting or standing. It is important to activate the deep abdominal muscles when you are lifting or walking to provide extra back support.
Exercise 2
During your pregnancy the curve in your low back increases in size. This is sometimes associated with lower back pain. It is important to correct this curvature after the birth of your baby.
  • To begin, start in the position as above.
  • Tighten your lower tummy muscles and this time flatten your lower back onto the bed or the floor by gently rolling the tail bone and tilting the pelvis towards your ribs. Repeat this exercise as you find comfortable.

Tips for back care and correct lifting technique

  • Bend your knees, keep your back straight and always tighten your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles as above. Hold the object firmly and close to your body.
  • Do not lift anything heavier than the weight of your baby for the first 6 weeks.
  • Avoid sudden and repetitive bending and twisting movements.
  • Make sure your working surfaces are at waist height (eg. bathing & changing the baby).
  • Create a supportive position for feeding. Place your bottom back in the chair, make sure your feet are supported and use support to help lift the baby up to your breast.

Return to exercise

  • Commence gentle walking as pain/discomfort allows.
  • Gradually increase your walking distance and speed as you are able.
  • A 30 minute walk each day has been shown to improve your general health and well-being.
  • Avoid other strenuous and high impact exercises during the first 12 weeks (e.g. weights, sit-ups and running).
Before attempting high impact exercises you should check your pelvic floor strength by; coughing with a full bladder or jumping with a full bladder. Only begin if there is no urine leakage. If you have leakage, see a Women's Health Physiotherapist.

Postnatal physiotherapy class

The Physiotherapy Department runs postnatal classes to help with your recovery after pregnancy and childbirth as well as with your transition home.

Please contact the Physiotherapy department if you have been discharged home and would like to attend this class.

All mothers and babies are welcome.

Further information

Physiotherapy Department
Royal Women's Hospital
Level 1, Grattan St & Flemington Rd,
Parkville VIC 3052
Tel: (03) 8345 3160
Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm

建议重新考虑设立雪州政府辅警杜绝罪案

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 09:08 PM PST

由于雪兰莪罪案的发生日趋严重,联邦政府应该重新考虑雪州政府的建议,即设立一个由雪州政府管制的辅警辅队伍(auxiliary police force)。 在2011年2月,雪州政府曾经上书此建议,但是内政部长希山幕丁却敷衍了事,而且以雪州罪案率下降为由而直接拒绝设立雪州辅警的要求。 虽然罪案数据的确显示下降,但是人民依然无法感受到是活在一个安全环境底下,因为住宅区与工作地点的罪案发生更为惊人。甚至新闻从业员也时常不幸地成为罪案受害者。显而易见,上述的罪案事件已经直接推翻了雪州是一个安全环境的论述。 与其继续指责媒体炒作与放大罪案报导,不如联邦政府与雪州政府联手合作以及设立辅警以便杜绝罪案问题,那岂不是更好吗? 来自国际刑警组织的报告指出,警民的比例是1:250。依据2011年的数据,雪州境内的1万1千7百名的警员当中,仅有30%是在同一时段执行任务。换句话说,

Adakah PDB juga terlibat menggunakan nama 'perjuangan Melayu' untuk pijak Melayu kayakan segelintir Melayu

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 08:59 PM PST

Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM)
www.anakmudamalaysia.com / samm4anakmuda@gmail.com
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Tarikh : 26 Januari 2013

PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad
Commercial Business Division
Level 33, Tower 1
PETRONAS Twin Towers
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 KUALA LUMPUR

Tuan ;

MOHON PENJELASAN MENGENAI ADUAN PENGUSAHA / KONTRAKTOR LORI BERKAITAN PDB

Perkara dia atas dirujuk.
Sudah sebulan mendapat email dan sms mohon berjumpa oleh beberapa kumpulan usahawan Bumiputera Melayu yang terlibat peniagaan pengangkutan. Oleh kerana fokus dengan mobilisasi #KL112 yang mana SAMM terlibat secara langsung maka pertemuan ini tertangguh sehinggalah 24 Januari lepas kami bertemu dalam sesi sarapan pagi. Nampak serius kerana ada yang hadir sejauh dari pantai timur dan utara semenanjung pagi itu.

Mereka ini ialah kontraktor lori yang selama ini terlibat sebagai penyedia perkhidmatan hantaran bahan dari pusat simpanan minyak Petronas seperti di Pasir Gudang, Kuantan, Kerteh, Melaka, Dengkil, Lumut dan Perai, melalui PDB. Pada peringkat awal mungkin idea membantu ekonomi bumiputera baik. PDB sayap Petronas telah melantik banyak syarikat bumiputera sederhana kecil untuk menguruskan penghantaran bahan petroleumnya. Berpuluh usahawan bumiputera berjaya dilahirkan melalui cara ini. Namun akhir - akhir ini suasana bertukar beza. Mula berlaku monopoli.

Menurut kumpulan pengusaha lori yang ditemuni, nama Shaziman Transport Sdn. Bhd sebuah syarikat yang terkait seorang anggota kabinet Malaysia mula memonopoli urusan pengangkutan bawah PDB. Syarikat tersebut naik dengan cepat sekali dari beberapa buah lori kini syarikat ini dikatakan sudah memiliki 80 buah lori sehingga menyenaraikan Shaziman Transport sebagai antara peneraju dalam syarikat pengangkutan negara. Bagus syarikat bumiputera berjaya tetapi oleh kerana memberi laluan kepada Shaziman Transport telah menyebabkan banyak syarikat bumiputera lain mati. Sebuah syarikat di Melaka yang berurusan dengan PDB sebelum ini memiliki 12 buah lori telah menjadi 3 lori sahaja kerana bakinya ada yang dijual ada yang ditarik bank kerana masalah kewangan ekoran penurunan 'trip' mendadak oleh PDB yang memberi laluan kepada Shaziman Transport. 

Di Johor dilaporkan monopoli syarikat Shaziman Transport yang diberikan oleh PDB telah hampir 90%, banyak syarikat bumiputera lain gulung tikar. Menurut pengusaha yang ditemui lagi, di Melaka bulan Disember lepas tanpa notis awal semua syarikat kontraktor lori lain tidak mendapat trip konon kerana untuk membuat ujian kemampuan kepada Shaziman Transport. Ini telah menyebabkan rata - rata syarikat bumiputera lain di Melaka bukan sahaja hilang pendapatan tetapi terpaksa menanggung kerugian RM50000 ke RM60000 bulan lepas untuk membayar gaji pokok pemandu lori dan kos berkaitan. Selain kontraktor lori itu sendiri kini terjejas ialah ratusan pekerja yang kebanyakanya bumiputera Melayu yang terlibat dalam industri hiliran berkaitan. Di Melaka sudah kedengaran akan berlaku monopoli dan syarikat lain jika mahu terus hidup perlu mengambil trip yang diberi kepada Shaziman Transport dan perbagai syarat bakal dikenakan. Pengusaha yang kecewa mengatakan semua ini hanya hujungnya memastikan syarikat pengusaha lori bumiputera Melayu mati dan hanya ada Shaziman Transport.

Polisi PDB sebelum ini mengagihkan kepada banyak syarikat pengusaha pengangkutan dan berasaskan negeri, contoh di Pantai Timur cuma syarikat di Pantai Timur sahaja yang diberikan keutamaan. Namun semua ini sudah berbeza Shaziman transport mula menguasai trip/perjalanan di hampir seluruh semenanjung Malaysia.

Dibangkitkan juga persoalan bagaimana dengan mudah kebenaran Shaziman Transport dibenarkan membeli lori baru dan menukar lori yang mana syarikat berdaftar dengan PDB harus mendapat kebenaran PDB dahulu yangmana syarikat lain susah hendak dapat. Malah apabila diperkenalkan lori 'double tanker' kebenaran terus dengan mudah dapat kepada syarikat Shaziman.

Tahu atau tidak dasar monopoli ini juga punya risiko keselamatan, bayangkan setahun dua ini jika ini berterusan, syarikat lain pasti mati dan 100% PDB bergantung kepada satu syarikat sahaja. Bayangkan jika sesuatu berlaku seperti syarikat 'mogok' berapa banyak stesen minyak tidak punya bekalan minyak dan beberapa sektor dalam negara pasti lumpuh.

Bila dipersoalkan beberapa ikon bumiputera Melayu berjaya seperti Shaziman Transport maka akan ditujukan pula persoalan dengki Melayu berjaya. Persoalanya bukan dengki tetapi adakah hanya beberapa kerat itu sahaja Melayu yang cerdik ? Tahu atau tidak kejayaan memberikan monopoli dan 'payung emas' kepada ssegelintir melayu untuk mengaut kekayaan telah menzalimi banyak melayu yang lain.

Dilaporkan Shaziman Transport syarikat terkait Menteri kabinet ini bukan sahaja mendapat kontrak dari PDB tetapi juga dari Proton, Perodua dan banyak syarikat berkepentingan kerajaan lagi. Muncul persoalan adakah kerana syarikat ini bernama Shaziman Transport iaitu nama Menteri Kabinet Malaysia ?

SAMM bertindak bagi pihak kumpulan pengusaha lori yang menemui kami untuk itu kami memohon penjelasan pihak tuan mengenai perkara ini. kami yakin selaku sebuah syarikat korporat besar dan sudah tentu mempunyai keperihatinan terhadap usahawan bumiputera sudah tentu melihat aduan ini sebagai serius.

Sekian dan terima kasih.

che'GuBard
Penyelaras SAMM Kebangsaan
chegubard@gmail.com
http://chegubard.blogspot.com

Chest physiotherapy

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 08:31 PM PST

Chest physiotherapy From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chest physiotherapy (CPT) is the treatments generally performed by physiotherapists (in Canada) and respiratory therapists whereby breathing is improved by the indirect removal of mucus from the breathing passages of a patient. Other terms used in Australia include respiratory or cardiothoracic physiotherapy.

Techniques include clapping or percussion: the therapist lightly claps the patient's chest, back, and area under the arms. Percussion, while effective in the treatment of infants and children, is no longer extensively used in Australia in adults due to the introduction of more effective and self-management focussed treatments. These include, but are not limited to, the use of "flutter" or oscillating positive pressure devices, PEP masks or devices (positive expiratory pressure) as well as specific exercise regimes. The exercises prescribed can include specific respiratory exercises e.g. autogenic drainage, as well as general cardiovascular exercises which assists the body to remove sputum as well as to improve the efficiency of oxygen up-take in muscles.

The utility of chest physiotherapy in pneumonia has not yet been determined.


Propagating Anti-Islam hatred in Bee Lin

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 08:21 PM PST

Propagating Anti-Islam hatred in Bee Lin anuary 22nd 2013
M-Media Nay Thit Tun

masjid from Bee Linn

the Entrance of a mosque from Bee Linn

Some unknown people, learn to be not the local residents, are reportedly trying to propagate anti Muslim sentiment in Bee Lin, Mon State. On 7th January 2013, a group of outsiders came to Bee Lin by jeep and sold the CDs of inflammatory anti Islam sermon by a Buddhist monk. One Bee Lin resident said "CDs of the sermon insulting the other religion were sold on the jeep. These people were not from this town. They played the CD on the crossroads and sold them. But the people from Bee Linn were not interested in it so no one bought the CDs".

A week later, a stranger monk gave a hate speech against Muslims in one of the social gatherings of youths from the town. The resident said "Youths from Bo Tae township of Bee Linn got together and organized a party on the 15th night. Around 9 pm, a monk climbed up onto the stage and said 'you are overjoyed here?  Muslim Kalars (derogatory word for Muslims) are trying to take over us in the 21st century by using the word "786". It is not appropriate to neglect this issue and celebrate here. You must protect your race and religion' and then delivered an anti Muslim speech. All got frightened and they had to stop the Karaoke party."

It is reported that in spite of stirring up anti Muslim prejudices, Buddhist residents don't have any interest in it.

These Islamophobic provocations occurred in Bee Linn after the video CDs of inflammatory anti Islam sermon by the monk from Muttamma Nan Oo Buddhist monastery had been distributed throughout Karen and Mon states.

In early 2013, the Buddhist Monk Wirathu from Mandalay Ma So Yein Buddhist monastery visited Mon state and preached in Zin Kyike village, Paung Township on 5th January 2013 night, and on that evening.

The monitors for anti Muslim movement in Myanmar commented that these hate incidents in Bee Linn could be related to Wirathu's trip to Mon state.

It is also reported that the authorities from Bee Linn had taken necessary actions to prevent further religious conflicts.


Checklah Dengan JBA Pahang..jangan cepat paint them black..

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 05:40 PM PST

Betul ker air takder di dua kawasan Felda di Pahang? Di satu video http://atsixty-zakriali.blogspot.com/2013/01/video-tv3-malukan-najib-tentang-isu-air.html
TV3 telah menghantar beberapa crew nya meninjau masalah tersebut.

TV3 kini eloklah memaparkan interviu dengan pihak Jabatan Bekalan Air Pahang pula.
Kalau betul lah keluhan penduduk kampung sampai menangis, tentulah pihak JBA Pahang ada sebab2 mereka.

Kami yang duduk di Kuantan sangat terharu..tentu bukan saya sorang jer yang merasa demikian.
Tetapi jasa pihak JBA Pahang tidak diketepikan.
Setahu saya, mereka sangat prihatin dan sentiasa berhempas pulas menjaga supply air untuk Kuantan dan sekitar Pahang agar tidak terjejas.

Bukan macam setengah negeri lain..lambat bayar air, meter dah kena bawak lari.
Di Pahang, kalau lambat bayar, pihak JBA letak surat warning dalam pos box.
Tu pun kalau dah mencecah 2-3 bulan..
Subsidi air pun diberi..Terima kasih pada kerajaan Pahang. 

Malah saya dengar, ada kawasan2 orang tak bayar bertahun2 pun JBA Pahang diam kerana masih sabar..punyalah malas nak kelahi dengan penduduk yang kadang2 buli JBA Pahang.

Kes2 curi air pun berlambak..

Niat TV3 diterima dengan penuh gratitude for highlighting such issues.
Tentu pihak JBA akan menerima teguran ini dengan positif.

Tetapi bukanlah salah Dato' Najib jugak.
Dan bukan salah MB Pahang.
Bukan sebab JBA Pahang tak peduli.
Dan bukan sebab pihak JBA Pahang tak menjalankan kewajipan mereka..that is not true.

Mudah2an pihak JBA Pahang dapat ruang media TV3 untuk menjelaskan perkara demikian dan menyelesaikan kemelut yang memeranjatkan ramai pihak.
Sebab orang2 Pahang keseluruhannya takder masalah air..Alhamdulillah syukur.

p.s.
Sekarang puak PR takboleh tuduh TV3 selalu one sided..TV3 pun honest nak show any footage.
Even if it can be embarassing to our BN.
Nevertheless, hopefully, there are answers that will protect the good reputation of JBA Pahang.

Open anti-Muslim movement in Pha-ann

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 08:11 PM PST

Open anti-Muslim movement in Pha-ann 20th January 2013
M-Media Pha-ann Thar

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Anti-Islam activists with the T-Shirts named "Organization for Protecting and Safeguarding Race and Religion"

On 20th January 2013, at about 9:15 am, near Myo Ma Market in Pha-ann (Capital of Karen State), young monks and youths wearing T-shirt with the printed Burmese  words meaning "Organization for Protecting and safeguarding Race and Religion", scrutinized the Buddhists who bought goods from Muslim shops and asked them to return the stuffs back to the Muslims. One of the  incidents was – when they found a Karen ethnic had bought zinc roofing sheets from a Muslim shop, they threatened him and asked him to return those back to the shop and purchase only from the non-Muslim shop. It was reported that this incident was witnessed by nearby people of different religions.

This kind of incident was the first time in Pha Ann city. There was the another group of three youths waiting near Kan Baw Za bank and inspecting who were going to buy from the nearby Muslim shops.

It was reported that authority did not take any measure against these hatred movements.

Moreover, anti Muslim booklets with the title "You must read it" were distributed recently in Kyaut Kyait and other villages near Pha Ann. The name of the author was not mentioned in this book. A Muslim from Pha-ann told M-Media that   wrong facts about Islam and profanity and insults towards Prophet Muhammad were described in this book. Although there were trade deals between Kyaut Kyait village and other nearby villages, after the restrictions Kyaut Kyait villagers had to do business within their own village.

The breeding ground for  those hate incidents was the resolution made by Karen State All Denominations (Buddhist) Religion Protection and Safeguarding Organization's meeting on September 10th 2012. The resolution consists of four restrictions which urge Buddhists to stop dealing with non-Buddhists socially and commercially and not to sell, buy nor rent houses to non-Buddhists. This news wass mentioned on the front page of the Global Post Journal dated October 19th 2012.

On December 1st 2012, Karen State All Denominations (Buddhist) Religion Protection and Safeguarding Organization met again in Mae Bown monastery, Pha-ann and published and distributed the announcement pamphlets stating that the grace period had ended and there would be penalty for those who failed to follow their resolution. In these pamphlets, it was stated that the monk would be fined 300,000 kyats and the layman 100,000 kyats if they bought any goods from non-Buddhist shops.

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4 Restrictions posed by All Denominations (Buddhist) Religion Protection and Safeguarding Organization, Pha-ann, Karen State

1)      Houses, lands and farms possessed by Buddhist must not be sold, rent nor lien to Muslims

2)      The Buddhist girls must not marry with Muslims

3)      The Buddhists must buy goods only from Buddhist shops.

4)      The Buddhists must not act as surrogate for Muslims to buy, build nor rent houses, land, farm and any other buildings.

Anyone breaches these four restrictions will be punished by penalties.

(Resolution made by All Denominations (Buddhist) Religion Protection and Safeguarding Organization  special meeting on 1374 Wa Khaung La Sout 9th, September 9th 2012, Monday 1:00 pm at Mae Bong monastery, Pha-ann)

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 All Denominations (Buddhist) Religion Protection and Safeguarding Organization, Pha-ann, Karen State

Remainder Warning

Reference: Resolution of the Pha-ann Mae Bong monastery,  All Denomination (Buddhist) Religion meeting on December 1st 2012, Saturday, 1:00 pm.

Regarding the abovementioned case, No. (5/9) Township Chairman Sayadaw(Monk) and Secretary Sayadaw(Monk) has  warned for the benefit of the people:

a)      If a monk buys goods from non Buddhist shop, he will be fined 300,000 kyats

b)      The lay man will be fined 100,000 kyats

Now, the grace period has ended and the penalty period has started. Therefore, we inform all the people including residents from No. (5/9), Yadana Depa, Sat Pyit Kyon, Aung Nan, Lan Gwa, Yay Kyaw, Wa So Oo, Mae Bong, Lan Gwa Zay, Car Win to be aware of this restrictions and penalty.

 

 

 

Bandanta Thu Zar Ta                                                                                       Bandanta Kane Da Ka

Chariman                                                                                                             Secretary

No (5/9) Township Monk Coordination committee                           No (5/9) Township Monk Coordination committee

 

State Meditation Monestry                                                                         War So Oo monestary

Phan-ann                                                                                                            Phan-ann

 


[VIDEO] Salahguna UMNO BN Selangor: Tanah Kompleks Sukan Dijadikan Pangsapuri Mewah

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 07:59 PM PST

Dahulu, masyarakat sekitar Seksyen 25, Taman Sri Muda sepatutnya mendapat sebuah Kompleks Sukan Rekreasi dan Pusat Komuniti bagi tujuan riadah dan majlis keramaian mereka.

Tetapi akibat daripada campurtangan politik pada zaman pentadbiran Umno-BN, tanah tujuh ekar untuk projek-projek tersebut telah digunakkan untuk mendirikan sebuah projek pangsapuri mewah dengan 691 unit.

Projek pembangunan lima blok pangsapuri tujuh hingga 14 tingkat dengan itu dimulakan selepas mendapat persetujuan Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri (MKKN) pada 2007.

Timbalan Setiausaha DAP negeri, Ng Suee Lim mendakwa, tanah itu diberikan milik kepada Umno Bahagian Kota Raja dengan bayaran harga nominal iaitu sebanyak RM1,000 sahaja berbanding harga pasaran sebanyak kira-kira RM 10 juta.

Katanya, tanah terbabit merupakan salah satu daripada 24 keping tanah di seluruh negeri yang dibeli pada harga yang begitu murah, iaitu premium RM 1 setiap metre persegi, oleh parti Umno-BN.

Beliau yang juga Adun Sekinchan mendakwa tanah di Taman Sri Muda itu sepatutnya dibahagikan antara Umno Bahagian Kota Raja dan Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA).

"Dalam jawatankuasa tanah Pejabat Tanah daerah Klang menetapkan sebanyak 4 ekar diberikan kepada MBSA dana tiga ekar lagi kepada Umno bahagian Kota Raja dengan bayaran mengikut harga semasa.

"Bagaimanapun selepas MKKN, 4 ekar diberikan kepada Umno dan 3 ekar diberikan kepada MBSA dengan harga nominal sebanyak RM1,000 sahaja.

"Bagaimanapun, apa yang kita lihat dan mengikut pelan pembangunan yang diperolehi, hampir kesemua tanah tujuh ekar itu dimiliki oleh Umno bahagian Kota Raja.

"MBSA hanya mendapat sebuah dewan yang keluasannya tidak sampai satu ekar," katanya dalam sidang media di tapak projek pembangunan itu.

Hadir sama Ketua Penerangan PKR negeri, Shuhaimi Shafei.

Suee Lim menambah pada tahun 2005, sebanyak 11 permohonan dari syarikat swasta untuk membina bangunan kediaman atau perniagaan.

Tetapi permohon juga diterima untuk membina kompleks sukan itu, iaitu daripada bekas Adun Seri Muda ketika itu Datuk Amzah Omar.

"Oleh kerana kroninya, mereka memberikan kepada beliau yang juga merupakan Ketua Umno Bahagian Kota Raja," katanya.

Sementara itu, Shuhaimi berkata skandal yang dinamakannya "Sapu Tanah 1 Malaysia" (SaT1M) itu merupakan satu lagi bukti penyelewengan yang dilakukan Umno-BN.

"Menjadi pertikaian skandal SaT1M ini apabila kita dapat lihat Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (PBT) dipergunakan oleh parti politik mereka (Umno-BN).

"Hasil kerjasama Umno-BN dan pemaju membolehkan parti itu mendapat keuntungan berjuta ringgit.

Harga seunit pangsapuri ini kini mencecah lebih RM250,000," katanya.

Sehubungan itu, mereka mengesyorkan pihak yang terlibat dalam perkara terbabit membayar sejumlah wang kepada MBSA berikutan tanah milik MBSA yang turut diambil bagi kegunaan pembangunan itu.

[PANAS] 2 Menteri, 1 MB, 1KM Gagal Ujian Saringan SPRM, Dinasihat Tak Tanding PRU13

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 10:23 PM PST


Beberapa parti politik dijangka terpaksa menggugurkan nama-nama besar daripada menjadi calon mereka dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU13).

Pengguguran itu tidak boleh dielakkan kerana beberapa tokoh itu gagal dalam ujian tapisan yang dilakukan oleh Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) kerana mempunyai masalah dengan undang-undang.

Antara nama-nama besar yang disebut sebagai mereka yang dijangka tidak akan dicalonkan semula akibat masalah berkenaan ialah seorang menteri besar, seorang ketua menteri dan dua pemimpin tinggi sebuah parti.

Difahamkan, perkembangan terbaru ini disedari setelah urusan awal tapisan senarai calon yang diserahkan beberapa parti kepada SPRM untuk tapisan menjelang PRU13 selesai, baru-baru ini.

Menurut sumber yang boleh dipercayai, ratusan nama calon sudah diserahkan kepada SPRM dan berikutan tapisan yang dilakukan, beberapa nama-nama besar telah gagal saringan.

Berdasarkan hasil ujian tersebut, parti-parti yang terlibat telah dinasihatkan tidak meletakkan nama-nama besar yang bermasalah itu sebagai calon mereka.

Maklumat yang diterima Sinar Harian menunjukkan nama-nama besar yang gagal ujian tapisan tidak boleh diletakkan sebagai calon dan jika dicalonkan juga, ia akan memberi implikasi kepada parti terbabit.

Ketika dihubungi Sinar Harian, Timbalan Ketua Pesuruhjaya SPRM (Operasi), Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdul enggan memberi sebarang komen mengenai perkara tersebut.

Beliau sekadar menegaskan bahawa Cawangan Tapisan Keutuhan, Bahagian Pengurusan Rekod dan Teknologi Maklumat SPRM masih membuat tapisan ke atas senarai calon yang dihantar parti-parti politik.

Katanya, parti-parti yang akan meletakkan calon dalam PRU13 masih terus menghantar nama-nama calon masing-masing untuk tapisan dan ada yang akan terus menghantar senarai tersebut walaupun selepas Parlimen dibubarkan nanti. -SH


Gagal tapisan SPRM tetapi tiada tindakan undang2?


KUALA LUMPUR: Sekurang-kurangnya empat pemimpin politik termasuk menteri besar dan ketua menteri tidak melepasi tapisan SPRM untuk menjadi calon tetapi persoalan timbul kenapa mereka tidak diambil tindakan.

Inilah yang dipersoalkan apabila media mula menyiarkan perkara ini ekoran tapisan yang dibuat oleh Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) itu.

Menurut akhbar Sinar pengguguran itu tidak boleh dielakkan kerana beberapa tokoh itu gagal dalam ujian tapisan yang dilakukan SPRM kerana mempunyai masalah dengan undang-undang.

Antara nama-nama besar yang disebut sebagai mereka yang dijangka tidak akan dicalonkan semula akibat masalah berkenaan ialah seorang menteri besar, seorang ketua menteri dan dua pemimpin tinggi sebuah parti, lapor muka depan akhbar itu hari ini.

Difahamkan, perkembangan terbaru ini disedari setelah urusan awal tapisan senarai calon yang diserahkan beberapa parti kepada SPRM untuk tapisan menjelang PRU13 selesai, baru-baru ini.

Menurut sumber yang boleh dipercayai, ratusan nama calon sudah diserahkan kepada SPRM dan berikutan tapisan yang dilakukan, beberapa nama-nama besar telah gagal saringan.

Berdasarkan hasil ujian tersebut, parti-parti yang terlibat telah dinasihatkan tidak meletakkan nama-nama besar yang bermasalah itu sebagai calon mereka.

Maklumat yang diterima Sinar Harian menunjukkan nama-nama besar yang gagal ujian tapisan tidak boleh diletakkan sebagai calon dan jika dicalonkan juga, ia akan memberi implikasi kepada parti terbabit.

Ketika dihubungi Sinar Harian, Timbalan Ketua Pesuruhjaya SPRM (Operasi), Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdul enggan memberi sebarang komen mengenai perkara tersebut.

Beliau sekadar menegaskan bahawa Cawangan Tapisan Keutuhan, Bahagian Pengurusan Rekod dan Teknologi Maklumat SPRM masih membuat tapisan ke atas senarai calon yang dihantar parti-parti politik.

Katanya, parti-parti yang akan meletakkan calon dalam PRU13 masih terus menghantar nama-nama calon masing-masing untuk tapisan dan ada yang akan terus menghantar senarai tersebut walaupun selepas Parlimen dibubarkan nanti
-HD

Kenyataan Ibrahim Ali bercanggah dengan Slogan “1Malaysia” Najib Razak dan PM perlu memisahkan dirinya daripada Perkasa

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 10:02 PM PST

Rakyat Malaysia terkejut dengan kenyataan provokatif Ahli Parlimen MP Pasir Mas Ibrahim Ali yang menggesa orang Islam membakar naskhah bible iaitu AlKitab yang mengandungi perkataan "Allah" dan perkataan-perkataan Arab yang berkaitan dengan agama untuk menghentikan tindakan mengina sensitiviti orang Islam. Bukan sahaja kenyataan beliau ini bersifat provokatif tetapi ianya bercanggah dengan

Patrick Teoh missing...

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 06:21 PM PST

Patrick Teoh can no longer be contacted on his mobile. It seems that his number has been terminated and a new unknown one is already in use.

But where is Patrick now?

The actor and presenter seems to harbor reservation on some government leaders and policies. Although that does not make him an opposition stooge, his blog clearly underscore his dissatisfaction over many issues.

However, that's his rights. As long as he does not go against the law and 'opposing the one way street', he is free to pen his thought, just like any other blogger or journalist.

But his 'insult on Islam' when he wrote this on his Facebook made him a 'pure racist and anti-Islam' to many, especially the Muslims. Whether they (the Muslims) are forgiving him or not, is not important but in a multi-religious country like Malaysia, we must be careful with what we say and write.

At least two police reports were lodged against him and the police needs him for some statements.

He did apologise a day later but may said the manner in which he said it was not sincere. Well, I reserve my comment but an apology is still an apology.

TV3 personallity Mazidul Sidik who has been closely monitoring Patrick's FB 'bomb' from day 1 wrotes:
"Saya dimaklumkan, sekurang-kurangnya dua laporan polis telah dibuat terhadapnya. Terkini, nombor telefon bimbit Patrick tidak lagi boleh dihubungi. "Panggilan terus disambut dek voice mail," kata sumber.

Pada 22 Januari lalu, dia menulis entri berhubung kanak-kanak hilang...
... sedangkan pada masa sama, Patrick juga 'hilang'. 

Barangkali dia gentar ditahan dan didakwa mengikut Seksyen 298A Kanun Keseksaan...

Saya mendengar ura-ura, polis sedang cuba mengesan Patrick untuk diambil keterangan. Bersama kita menunggu dan melihat samada ura-ura itu sekadar khabar angin atau kenyataan..."
So, where are you now, Patrick? Better get out of hiding... and be a man!

*Must Read* The Depths of American Brutality in Vietnam

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 06:00 PM PST


The following is an excerpt from Nick Turse's new book, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (Metropolitan Books, 2013).

In 1971, Major Gordon Livingston, a West Point graduate who served as regimental surgeon with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, testified before members of Congress about the ease with which Americans killed Vietnamese. "Above 90 percent of the Americans with whom I had contact in Vietnam," said Dr. Livingston, treated the Vietnamese as subhuman and with "nearly universal contempt." To illustrate his point, Livingston told his listeners about a helicopter pilot who swooped down on two Vietnamese women riding bicycles and killed them with the helicopter skids. The pilot was temporarily grounded as the incident was being investigated, and Livingston spoke to him in his medical capacity. He found that the man felt no remorse about the killings and only regretted not receiving his pay during the investigation. According to Livingston, a board of inquiry eventually cleared the pilot of any wrongdoing and allowed him to resume flying.

Among those whom Livingston counted in the 90 percent who regarded the Vietnamese as subhuman was his commander, General George S. Patton III. Son of the famed World War II general of the same name, the younger Patton was known for his bloodthirsty attitude and the macabre souvenirs that he kept, including a Vietnamese skull that sat on his desk. He even carried it around at his end-of- tour farewell party. Of course, Patton was just one of many Americans who collected and displayed Vietnamese body parts. Given how contemptuously living Vietnamese were often treated by U.S. forces, it is not surprising that Vietnamese corpses were also often handled with little respect.

Some soldiers hacked the heads off Vietnamese to keep, trade, or exchange for prizes offered by commanders. Many more cut off the ears of their victims, in the hopes that disfiguring the dead would frighten the enemy. Some of these trophies were presented to superiors as gifts or as proof to confirm a body count; others were retained by the "grunts" and worn on necklaces or otherwise displayed. While ears were the most common souvenirs of this type, scalps, penises, noses, breasts, teeth, and fingers were also favored.

"There was people in all the platoons with ears on cords," Jimmie Busby, a member of the 75th Rangers during 1970–71, told an army criminal investigator. Some would wear them, while others would sell the grisly trophies to air force personnel. "It was more or less an everyday occurrence that you might see someone with one." Another member of the same unit, Tony Foster, told a CID agent: "I noticed numerous military personnel wearing or carrying various parts of the human anatomy. In detail I saw approximately 3–4 forefingers being carried in matchboxes; approximately 15–20 ears on rawhide-type cords being worn around different individuals' necks; and one penis which had been pickled and was being carried wrapped in gauze."

Many soldiers mistreated corpses in other ways—dressing them up, clowning around with them, or mutilating them, often taking photos of their handiwork and filling scrapbooks with the results. The correspondent Michael Herr recalled:

There were hundreds of these albums in Vietnam, thousands, and they all seemed to contain the same pictures . . . the severed head shot, the head often resting on the chest of the dead man or being held up by a smiling Marine, or a lot of heads, arranged in a row, with a burning cigarette in each of the mouths, the eyes open . . . the VC suspect being dragged over the dust by a half-track or being hung by his heels in some jungle clearing; the very young dead . . . a picture of a Marine holding an ear or maybe two ears or, in the case of a guy I knew near Pleiku, a whole necklace made of ears . . . the dead Viet Cong girl with her pajamas stripped off and her legs raised stiffly in the air. . . . Half the combat troops in Vietnam had these things in their packs, snapshots were the least of what they took after a fight, at least the pictures didn't rot.

Norman Ryman, of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, was one of these souvenir-collecting soldiers. After U.S. authorities discovered three human ears—along with an atrocity album—in a package he sent back to the United States, he explained that he was responsible for only two of the body parts. The other, he said, had been purchased from a soldier in the 101st Airborne Division, who "had a large jar of ears that he was selling."

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