Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Najib signs Election Integrity Pledge: does Anwar dare?

Najib signs Election Integrity Pledge: does Anwar dare?

Najib signs Election Integrity Pledge: does Anwar dare?

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 09:01 AM PST

To the opposition, what's your next plan to dispute our electoral system. You wanted it clean, Barisan Nasional - that had never engaged a dirty trick to win any national poll or by-elections - has paved the way for a much cleaner polls, something that Anwar or Ambiga never expected.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is a man of honor. Despite all the street demo and ugly parades the opposition organised for a 'free and clean election', they ended shooting at their own foot when PM yesterday signed Transparency International's Election Integrity Pledge.

It didn't stop there.

Pakatan Rakyat can be rest assured that all BN candidates for the upcoming general election will also sign the Pledge.

It was a daring move by any head of state. Perhaps, Malaysia is the country to do so. Even the developed countries that boast of practicing the 'cleanest and most transparent' electoral system, will not dare to sign one.

And I personally believe Transparency International - an international anti-corruption NGO that promotes transparency and accountability - did not expect the Prime Minister to sign it as it joins other world and Malaysian NGOs in condemning our political system.

So, Transparency International could at least sigh in relief and start telling Anwar, Ambiga, Mat Sabu, Nik Aziz, Karpal, Kit Siang and others to stop 'barking around' and support such a decision by Najib.

Our elections had always been clean although the Election Commission did some minor errors but that has been corrected accordingly. PR accusation that the EC is bias was never substantiated.

By signing that Pledge, Barisan Nasional will not be involved in any vote rigging activities, among which are:

-  buying votes
-  moving voters to sensitive areas, unless the voters themselves want to shift
-  getting the dead to vote as alleged by the opposition

However, I believe Pakatan Rakyat will not say anything, let alone commend what PM did. Instead, they will keep on finding new faults to undermine it. As they promised, there will be a few more street demonstrations prior to general election.

But still, how could they demand for a clean polling if they themselves used to get someone born in 1884 to vote in Kelantan during the previous general election?

[KEJAMNYA] Mayat Wanita Ditanam Di Dalam Dinding

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 09:36 AM PST

Bandar Seri Begawan: Seorang wanita warga Malaysia berusia 39 tahun ditemui mati dan mayatnya ditanam di dalam dinding sebuah rumah milik kawannya di sini.

Voon Su Ching yang menjalankan perniagaan cuci kereta dan baik pulih di Brunei pergi ke rumah kawannya itu untuk menjaga banglo tersebut kerana pemiliknya balik ke kampung halaman sempena cuti perayaan Tahun Baru Cina.

Voon diberi segugus kunci banglo terbabit.

Apabila pemiliknya pulang ke rumah pada malam Ahad, dia menyedari dinding simen setinggi 3 meter yang meragukan di taman rumahnya.

Malah, bau busuk turut dihidu dari dinding tersebut.

Dia membuat laporan polis pada keesokkan harinya dan membawa kepada penemuan mayat Voon, lima hari selepas dia dilaporkan hilang pada Rabu.

Difahamkan pembunuh telah menutup mayat Voon dengan beberapa keping zink sebelum menanamnya dengan simen.

Polis menahan seorang lelaki dalam usia lingkungan 40-an untuk membantu siasatan.

Dia didapati menghantar dua trak simen ke banglo tersebut.

Polis masih mengenal pasti motif pembunuhan.

Menurut khabar angin, Voon menjalin hubungan dengan seorang profesor dan telah membawanya bertemu dengan beberapa rakan baru-baru ini.

Rakan-rakannya menyifatkan Voon sebagai seorang periang dan peramah yang gemar berjenaka dengan mereka. -mstar

Rights of the Dead By Tricia Yeoh (English version)

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 06:59 AM PST

The children: You win some, you lose some…

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 06:23 AM PST

While preparing the report for our Education Sponsorship for Children programme, I did my own analysis on how much this sponsorship programme had helped the children of our clients. And last year, for the first time we had post-SPM students among our sponsored children. Frankly, when I noticed that 5 of the 33 sponsored children had sat for their SPM in 2011, I was eager to find out if the children would further their studies, or would they stop their education there and decide to work immediately. One of them, Azlan (Sofie's son) did mention when he was in form 5 that he wanted to work immediately after SPM so he could help out his mother. For the record, our Sponsorship programme covers education expenses only up to secondary school.

I was pretty pleased when all 5 children decided to continue their education – it didn't really matter to me which field they chose, academic or technical. One who did quite well in his SPM, went on to a matriculation college up north. Another one is taking up Diploma in Accounting at a private college while 2 more are in polytechnics. Even Azlan who earlier on was determined to work immediately after SPM, finally agreed to take up a 2 year certificate course doing something he likes. He had always shown interest in the mechanical or automotive field.

Thanks to the sponsors who agreed to finance the schooling of these children, they are now on the right path in getting a qualification, and hopefully a better future.

But we had some failures as well. 2 of the sponsored children didn't even complete their education up to form 5. One of them was Azman, Azlan's younger brother who decided to stop schooling after his PMR. I thought I managed to save him from wasting his future when, after finding out that his interest was in the culinary line, arranged for him to join a culinary school. He was excited about the idea. It was supposed to be just a one year course, yet although initially started off quite well,  he wasted the opportunity given to him. He misused the funds he got from Tabung Kemahiran, didn't want to listen to advise, and ended up simply leaving the culinary school just like that. He didn't even bother to go back to his aunt's house to visit his siblings, not even for Raya.

The other child, Pushpa, orphaned since young, had stopped receiving sponsorship when she ran away from home. By the time she returned back to the family who had been taking care of her since both her parents died, she had stopped schooling. We tried to coax her to continue her studies, but she simply didn't want to. She was more interested to take up a bridal course. She didn't even sit for her PMR.

I guess I can't expect 100% success. Although the main objective of the Sponsorship Programme is to ensure that these children would go to school at least until SPM, and hopefully after that further their studies in a field of their interest, sometimes no matter how hard you try to help, things still don't work out.

At least we tried…

Somebody's lying ?

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 06:06 AM PST

Journalism professionalism and ethics are totally gone!! 


With thanks to Angela

Akhirnya Nurul Izzah Berpidato Juga Di UM

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 06:52 AM PST

Universiti Malaya dalam Sejarah.

Anak kepada Mantan Aktivis Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya (Anwar Ibrahim) Nurul Izzah telah berceramah di dalam Universiti Malaya sewaktu seminar Politik dan PRU 13 siang tadi.

Tahniah dan syabas buat Prof Dato' Dr Mohammad Redzuan Othman ,Dekan Fakulti Sastera dan Sains Sosial atas anjuran " SEMINAR POLITIK DAN PILIHAN RAYA MENJELANG PRU KE-13"

Sempat beliau beritahu hadirin:

"Saya diminta untuk membatalkan seminar ini oleh Jabatan Perdana Menteri dan Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi, tapi saya tetap bertegas untuk melaksanakannya. Saya kata siapa anda untuk mengarah saya?" Bagi saya mahasiswa sudah matang dan kalau saya seorang 'bapa' dan sering menghalang anak-anak untuk melakukan itu dan ini maka mereka akan jadi bodoh ! Saya hanya memantau dan takkan menghalang. Satu lagi takkan saya nak buat pertandingan Boria pula? Kita sudah hampir nak PRU. Pendidikan dan kefahaman politik itu penting.

Ucapkan terima kasih juga kepada VC kita, Tan Sri Gauth Jasmon. Beliaulah satu-satunya VC yang lain dari yang lain.

Tidak termakan dengan tekanan pihak Kerajaan. -kachipemas

Trivia Time

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 04:10 AM PST

Q. What occurs more often in December than any other month?
A. Conception.

Q. Only 14% of Americans say they've done this with the opposite sex. What is it?
A. Skinny dipping

Q. What separates "60 Minutes," on CBS, from every other TV show?
A. No theme song/music.

Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
A. Their birthplace. This is called propinquity.

Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
A. Obsession

Q. What do more women do in the bathroom than men?
A. Wash their hands. Women 80% - Men 55%

Q. What do 100% of all lottery winners do?
A. Gain weight.

Q. In a recent survey, what did Americans reveal was their favorite smell?
A. Banana

Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?
A. One thousand

Q. What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
A. All invented by women.

Q. Married men revealed that they do what twice as often as single men?
A. Change their underwear.

Q. What stimulates 29 muscles and chemicals causing relaxation? Women seem to like it light and frequent, men like it more strenuous.
A. A kiss.

Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
A. Honey

Q. What day are more collect calls made on than any other day of the year?
A. Father's Day

Q. What trivia fact about Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is most ironic?
A. He was allergic to carrots.

Q. 40% of all people who come to a party in your home do this?
A. Snoop in your medicine cabinet.

Q. 3.9% of all women surveyed say they never do what?
A. Wear underwear.

Q. What common everyday occurrence is composed of 59% nitrogen, 21% hydrogen and 9% dioxide?
A. A fart.

Q. About 1/3 of all Americans say they do this while sitting?
A. Flush the toilet.

Q. What person, not a "Seinfeld" regular cast member, is featured on every episode of "Seinfeld"?
A. Superman, either by name or pictures on Jerry's refrigerator.

[BERGAMBAR] Tiada Keberkatan: Stadium Terengganu Runtuh Semula

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 04:21 AM PST

Stadium di T'ganu runtuh kali kedua jadi bahan ketawa

Bumbung Stadium Sultan Mizan di Terengganu yang sedang diperbaiki runtuh sekali lagi dalam satu kejadian yang mencederakan tiga orang pekerja tempatan hari ini.

Laporan The Star Online menyebut, struktur besi untuk bumbung stadium tersebut runtuh dalam kejadian pada kira-kira jam 11.30 pagi ini.

Tiga orang pekerja yang terperangkap di bawah runtuhan tersebut berjaya diselamatkan dan dihantar ke Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah.

Laporan itu juga menyebut, pihak bomba dan pois sedang menjalankan siasatan di lokasi kejadian.

Ia merupakan kejadian kedua selepas bahagian bumbung stadium di Gong Badak, Kuala Terengganu itu runtuh pada Jun 2009.

Gambar yang merakamkan kejadian itu beredar pantas di ruang Internet hari ini dan menjadi bahan jenaka di kalangan pengguna media sosial. -mk

Stadium RM300 juta runtuh lagi, MB T'ganu patut letak jawatan

Stadium Terengganu dengan kos pembinaan RM300 juta yang runtuh buat kali kedua hari ini membuktikan pengurusan kerajaan negeri teruk, kata Pengerusi KEADILAN Terengganu, Azan Ismail.

Katanya, berikutan insiden itu, Menteri Besarnya, Datuk Seri Ahmad Said patut malu dengan meletak jawatan secepat mungkin.

"Kalau di negara luar, hari ini berlaku kejadian seperti itu, hari ini juga menterinya letak jawatan sebab malu. Tapi menteri kita tak tahu malu, walaupun dah dua kali kejadian berulang," tempelak Azan.

Kira-kira jam 11.30 pagi tadi, bumbung Stadium Sultan Mizan yang sedang diperbaiki runtuh sekali lagi dan mencederakan tiga pekerja tempatan.

Ia merupakan kejadian kedua selepas bahagian bumbung stadium di Gong Badak, Kuala Terengganu itu runtuh pada Jun 2009.

"Pembinaan stadium itu diisytiharkan menggunakan teknologi termahal dan tercanggih. Ia melibatkan kos begitu tinggi tetapi dengan pengurusan yang paling teruk, penyelewengan paling banyak dan tidak mengikut spesifikasi," tegas Azan ketika dihubungi.

Menurut Azan, kejadian itu menyebabkan keyakinan pelabur asing yang berminat untuk melabur di Terengganu hilang serta-merta kerana tidak percaya dengan pengurusan ekonomi negeri.

"Kejadian itu merosakkan pelan jangka panjang negeri untuk menjadikan Terengganu bandaraya pesisir pantai. Secara langsung ia menyebabkan ketakutan kepada pelabur luar untuk melabur. Mana mungkin pelabur yakin apabila stadium runtuh sampai dua kali?" katanya.

"Salah satu faktor berlaku penyelewengan kerajaan negeri seperti ini berpunca dari sikap rakyat Terengganu sendiri yang tidak pernah mempersoal atau mencabar kredibiliti pemimpin negeri, apa Menteri Besar buat rakyat ikut saja," kata Azan.

Beliau turut memberi jaminan apabila Pakatan Rakyat berjaya menawan Terengganu pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke 13 (PRU 13), sebuah badan bebas akan ditubuhkan khas untuk menyiasat dan memantau sebarang penyelewengan dan salahguna kuasa kerajaan negeri.

"Insiden ini mungkin petanda akhir kepada rakyat Terengganu. Runtuhan stadium itu bermakna keruntuhan Umno juga," kata Azan.

Gambar Mangsa Yang Cedera Semasa Bumbung Stadium Sultan Mizan Runtuh Tengahari Tadi Di Bawa Keluar Rakan-Rakannya Dan Dikejarkan Ke Hospital. Bumbung Runtuh Sekali Lagi Ketika Kerja-Kerja Naiktaraf Sedang Dilakukan.

foto ehsan: fb kamiboikotbuletinutamatv3

Ulasan GB

GB sudah ulas beberapa kali mengenai kejadian bangunan runtuh di Terengganu. Petikan:

Bayaran tunai diberikan kepada MB Terengganu yang sebelum ini dengan celuparnya menuduh PAS sebagai Parti Ajaran Sesat.

Stadium runtuh diikuti dengan stadium bergelap menyebabkan perbelanjaan berjuta ringgit seperti mencurah garam ke lautan hasil dari tiada keberkatan.

Hukum Kebenaran & Keadilan: Sesuatu yang tidak berkat itu tidak mampu bertahan lama. Ia pasti hancur binasa kesudahannya

Inside Makkah..

Posted: 19 Feb 2013 10:37 PM PST

Ramai calon bakal digugurkan.

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 12:30 AM PST

muka depan Sinar Harian, ketegasan yang membanggakan
Chua Soi Leck, watak yang konsisten menghina Islam dan perjuangan PAS
gambar percutian ini jika dilihat dari pakaian rasanya diluar negara
dan ketika musim cuaca sejuk
tidak dinafikan DAP juga agak kritikal terhadap Islam namun
sejak rapat bersama berpakat dalam Pakatan Rakyat
penghinaan bukan sahaja kepada perjuangan PAS namun
tetapi kepada Islam itu sendiri
Umno bisu MCA berjanji memerangi Undang - undang Islam
Umno ketakutan apabila diugut MCA bakal meninggalkan BN
Najib terpaksa mengikut rentak MCA

  "Disebabkan Hari Raya Haji, semua kedai nampak tertutup untuk sambutan ataupun ini adalah arahan daripada majlis tempatan? Ia sunyi di Kota Bharu," soal Chua di Twitter walaupun sememangnya umum diketahui bahawa sambutan Hari Raya Haji di Kelantan dan beberapa negeri lain adalah jauh lebih meriah berbanding Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
kerana itu kita kena berhati-hati kerana war room Umno
sedang mengumpul peluru jangan lalai
gambar ini tidak ada kena mengena dengan tajuk atas sekadar hiasan :gambar anak Najib bersama pegawai - pegawai tinggi SAMSUNG Construction & Eng. dan selepas beberapa pertemuan yang dirakam dalam beberapa keping gambar, adakah secara kebetulan kontrak bernilai RM 2.47 juta diberikan TNB kepada syarikat itu ? Ini bukan lobi ? Berapa nilai wang terlibat ? 

Menghilangkan Bau Mulut Setelah Makan Durian

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 12:13 AM PST

Menghilangkan Bau Mulut Setelah Makan Durian memang tidaklah sulit, beragam cara bisa Anda gunakan untuk Menghilangkan Bau Mulut yang cukup menyengat tersebut.

Diantara cara yang sudah Anda ketahui, mungkin ada satu cara unik yang perlu untuk Anda coba, yaitu dengan menggunakan kulit durian. What? sakit donk mas bro? jelas tidak, Anda hanya diminta untuk menuangkan sedikit air di bagian dalam kulit, kemudian meminumnya atau menggunakannya untuk cuci tangan.

Percaya atau tidak, zat yang terkandung dalam kulit durian biasa digunakan untuk menetralkan bau yang teramat menyengat dan menghilangkan rasa sakit perut (panas) ketika terlalu banyak mengkonsumsi durian. Jadi bagi Anda penikmat durian, tak perlu khawatir lagi.

Sekian semoga Menghilangkan Bau Mulut Setelah Makan Durian ini bermanfaat untuk Anda.

Lagi Kerja Parti Syaitan Dikenali: Billboard ADUN Sekinchan Disimbah Cat

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 01:17 AM PST

Pihak polis digesa menjalankan siasatan segera dan menangkap dalang disebalik perbuatan mengsabotaj papan billboard yang mempromosikan pelancongan di Sekinchan.

Adun Sekinchan, Ng Suee Lim berkata, sebelum ini berlakunya demonstrasi yang didakwa didalangi oleh Umno Sungai Besar yang mengancam untuk mengecat billboard yang ada memaparkan gambar Suee Lim.

"Saya kesal dengan cara politik yang dimainkan oleh mereka yang memainkan sentimen perkauman.

"Sedangkan niat saya ikhlas untuk mempromosikan produk hasil laut Mentarang yang dijual di sekitar Sekinchan ini," kata Suee Lim dalam sidang media yang diadakan di sini.

Jelas Suee Lim, kejadian sabotaj papan tanda billboard itu tidak wajar kerana papan tanda itu adalah bertujuan mempromosikan kawasan Sekinchan sebagai kawasan tarikan pelancongan dalam dan luar negara yang kini sedang giat dipromosikan.

"Promosi saya ini adalah untuk mempromosikan Mentarang kepada pengguna jalan raya di sini agar mereka mengetahui kewujudan hasil laut itu dan ini secara tidak langsung menaikkan pendapatan peniaga dan mendapat keuntungan yang lebih," katanya.

Tambah Suee Lim, tiga laporan kepada polis dilakukan berhubung kejadian sabotaj itu yang memerlukan tindakan segera polis mengambil tindakan.

"Kita sedang menunggu apa tindakan yang akan dilakukan oleh pihak polis untuk melakukan sesuatu," kata Suee Lim.

Tambah Ketua Kampung Parit 7 Baroh, Rojikin Sarbini berkata, hanya pihak Majlis yang boleh menjalankan tugas jika ada kesalahan dalam peraturan memasang papan tanda billboard itu.

The eve before Chinese New Year

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 08:05 PM PST

For better or for worse, I've been more involved with the pre-Chinese New Year preparations in my house this year. I had to do so because my aged aunt, now almost 80 years old, has been laid low since about six weeks ago with a back problem. It is now almost impossible for her to do any heavy work in the house and certainly, her morning walks to the market must come to an end.

This leaves only me to go buy breakfast for her in the mornings and then at the same time, buy food for lunch and dinner as well. She's still well enough to potter around the house doing the less strenuous stuff, like cooking rice.

Of course, for the Chinese New Year, I have had to go marketing. Went there to pick up the foodstuff, especially for the CNY eve reunion dinner. One week ago, the ninth of February saw me there at the Kampung Baru market. Went there at six o'clock in the morning. Had been forewarned that people would already be there but I didn't expect the whole place to be bustling. In fact, if not for the fact that all of outside was still in pitch darkness, the activities looked completely normal to me. But the sky was still dark. And inside, everyone were milling around the traders, basked in only ceiling lights. Surprisingly though, nothing spooky about the feeling. The festival air was there.

So I moved from stall to stall, taking in the activities and sometimes, joining in too to pick up a few needed requirements. I had my camera with me to capture the scenes and despite not using the flash, some of the pictures did turn out quite decent. Such as these:

The above four pictures were taken of the main area of the wet market. Basically, the vegetable, fish and poultry sellers. Notice that outside the building, it was still pitch dark.

These two pictures were snapped at the separate building housing the pork sellers. There didn't seem to be any public lighting and the traders had either a generator set or chose to remain in the dark. And finally, there was this stall below which did a fantastically brisk business selling the Chinese New Year cakes.


CNY reunion dinner

Posted: 09 Feb 2013 07:36 AM PST

We had everybody back for the annual Chinese New Year reunion dinner. As usual, steamboat. :-P We made a resolution not to have steamboat again next year if we can help it. We should keep it simple because we just cannot finish all the foodstuff. Of course, some traditionalists will say that we should have leftovers from the CNY reunion dinner to depict abundance but I really believe that too much leftovers are also not very good.

So anyway, this was us at the dinner table.

And this was the time that we finally finished dinner and started clearing away the table.

Time to prepare all the fruits and cakes - including the pink huat kueh - for the midnight prayers. As can be seen, we are still very much traditionalists in a way. It's not just simply sticking a band of red paper around every fruit; the paper band would have to be serrated. On the fruits, a round paper cut-out would be placed on top. A throw-back to the days of my nyonya grandparents, actually, just for Chinese New Year.


Rafa Bugaboo – Rafa Budak Bulat!

Posted: 19 Feb 2013 10:20 PM PST


rafa comel


Our baby boo Rafa loves to do this nowadays! Bulat kan mulut kasi muncung sikit…. Booooo……

nuh rafael

At 7 months Rafa is very mobile and crawls all over the place. He is very clingy to me, he will start to whine once he sees a glimpse of me, even when he is happily playing or watching TV. At times, I have to creep quietly behind him and speak really softly so he wont realize that I am around. Sekali dia sedar.. mesti start merengek for me to pick him up.

rafa el

Hahaha! Rafa, you are the most comel baby in Mummy's eyes… Those round cheeks, round bright eyes and especially when you do your lips like that!

woooo baby wooo

Rafa my baby boo!

rafa and miki

Abang Miki pun geram nak ikut! Haha!

At 7 months Rafa is very mobile and crawls all over the place. He is very clingy to me, he will start to whine once he sees a glimpse of me, even when he is happily playing or watching TV. At times, I have to creep quietly behind him and speak really softly so he wont realize that I am around. Sekali dia sedar.. mesti start merengek for me to pick him up..

He can't get up from lying down to sitting position yet but he tries very hard to stand up from sitting position by holding on to furniture or us and sometimes he does succeed. He needs to be monitored all the time because he would pick up small objects and puts them in his mouth. Once I caught him almost eating Miki's eraser! OMG! Imagine the risk of choking.

Since he was much younger, we noticed that Rafa is unafraid of water and heights unlike Miki yang macam gayat sikit. So boleh bayangkan macam mana kalau Rafa dah dapat kaki nanti… harap jangan la suka memanjat sangat and lompat sana sini. Our house now is bigger than the one we live in when Miki was Rafa's age.

Dulu rumah setingkat takde tangga.. sekarang ada tangga, balcony, garden and more rooms to explore. My lower kitchen cabinet pun ada 18 pintu penuh dengan glass ware kot… Tolong la Rafa nanti jangan buat onar ye? Mummy, Daddy and Miki sangat saying Rafa! Muahhhhh


Ending the Lahad Datu stand-off by Mat Zain Ibrahim

Posted: 19 Feb 2013 09:52 PM PST

The fact that a HORDE of ARMED MEN can get into Malaysia so easily speaks volumes of the impotency of our Security and Defence Ministers 55 years AFTER Merdeka. What have we been doing with our defence spending that we can't even protect our borders? One idiot had the cheek to say our defence spending is so good (with useless submarines) that a 1511 invasion will not happen again. HELLO! It just did. So what have you to say now? Where have all the defence spending money lesap to that we are open for ANY invasion? Yes, even an invasion from 1511 - YF

COMMENT It was not unintentional that the Sulu invaders ended up in Kampong Tandou near Lahad Datu in Sabah. They are here not because their boats ran adrift.  They came armed and prepared to stake their long-standing claim to land they believe was owned by their ancestors. They are adamant they won't return to their place of origin empty handed.

NONEFrom the statements reported to be issued by Malacanang Palace in Manila, we can assume that the intruders have the moral support of Filipinos.

If it can be established that the last 'rent for the use of Sabah' was really paid in 1963, then all the more we will not be able to arbitrarily dismiss their claim as illegitimate. Singapore's strength in claiming sovereignty over Pulau Batu Puteh depended very much on just a short letter by the acting Johor state secretary of 1953.

History and legitimacy of the claims aside, the home minister cannot just pray and hope for the stand-off to extinguish itself. Armed intrusion into the country is a separate matter entirely and must be confronted without hesitation, regardless of the nationality of the people involved. The intruders must be told in no uncertain terms that they are now in our territory and must observe and conform to the laws of our country. Whatever is discussed must be on our terms, not theirs. We talk, they listen and not the other way round. They must be made to put down their arms and surrender, and face the full weight of our laws. If they refused to obey, the security forces must apply their rules of engagement. It is not that we want to see  bloodshed, but this is how our sovereignty should be preserved and defended.

This is not a task for the faint-hearted or indecisive commanders. None of the invaders, regardless of their race, religion or age, should be allowed to return home scot free. They have to a great extent deprived the local population of free movement and attention to daily routine. If the invaders think they have a legitimate claim over Sabah - for that matter, even if the land is no bigger than a football field - then we have the International Court of Justice to adjudicate on the matter. Our citizens will never get kind treatment in other countries if they are caught committing crimes.

I have just read a report where an Indonesian maid, Yuliana, 23 and a mother of two from Sukarame in Aceh, Indonesia, has been sentenced to a total of 20 years' imprisonment after pleading guilty to two counts of abusing a four-month-old baby boy. The video of how she abused the boy even went viral. As the judge rightly said, what she did not only had a huge impact on the victim's family but resulted in society becoming afraid and losing peace of mind about leaving children with their maids.

Sessions Court judge Mohd Azhar Othman should be applauded for his firmness in passing a severe sentence on the maid. That should be the way our laws are imposed - without fear or favour and without taking into account the race, religion or political inclination of the accused person or any person who breaks the law. The same resolve must be applied when dealing with the Sulu invaders, especially when they are fully aware of the consequences of their actions.

Incident being stage-managed?

Both the defence and home ministers must accept the fact that once religion and politics are allowed to creep into an organisation's operational procedures, it will become weak and easily defeated. The ministers should not let these two elements get the better of them.

Soldiers don't stop for the solat prayer while a war is in progress - they perform this later when the war is over ... if they are still alive. Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein should not take into consideration the age, physical appearance or religion of the invaders when deciding on what action to take. If he fails to act on account of claims that they are old and appear under-nourished, or that they are Muslims, then he must explain why he had ordered the detention of septuagenarian ASamad Said while he was walking unarmed, wearing a yellow t-Shirt and only carrying a bottle of mineral water. The Sulu army's invasion has not only caused anxiety and concern about the lapse of security in Sabah waters, but questions the state of readiness of our defence forces to keep watch over our territory.

azlanPoliticians across the divide in Sabah and at th federal level should not even think of trying to earn political mileage out of this episode.The lives of innocent people and of the security forces have been put at risk.

Should the stand-off end during the upcoming dissolution of Parliament and the invaders are allowed to return home without sanctions, Hishammuddin will be credited as a hero and Najib Abdul Razak as an even bigger hero.

Then, citizens can come to only one conclusion - that the invasion was stage-managed and another 'Oppa Gangnam Style'  show to demean our intelligence. Malaysiakini

အ့ံၾသဖြယ္နိုင္ငံ Burma, the (shameless, senseless and lawless) wonder land

Posted: 19 Feb 2013 09:49 PM PST




ဖြဘုတ္ေပၚမွာ ေရးေနတာေတြကို

မိတ္ေဆြေတြေရးေနတဲ့ မွတ္ခ်က္ေတြကို


ေမတၱာတရား ႀကီးမားၾကပံုကို


အၾကမ္းဖက္မႈကို ေထာက္ခံတဲ့သူေတြကို

အၾကမ္းဖက္မႈကို အကာအကြယ္ေပးထားသူေတြကို

အၾကမ္းဖက္သူကို အကာအကြယ္ေပးထားသူေတြကို

အၾကမ္းဖက္ဖို႔ လံႈ႔ေဆာ္ေနသူေတြကို


ပါးစပ္က သဟဇာတ လို႔ေျပာၿပီး
နိုင့္ထက္စီးနင္းလုပ္မႈေတြကို ေတြ႔တဲ့အခါ
ေရငံု ႏႈတ္ပိတ္ ေနတတ္သူေတြ ေတြ႔ေနရေတာ့


အမ်ိဳးသားေခါင္းေဆာင္ႀကီးကို ၾကည့္မိတဲ့အခါ

ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံမွာ ဘာသာေရးလြတ္လပ္ခြင့္
ရွိပါတယ္ လို႔ ေျပာထြက္ေသးတာ

ျပစ္မႈ ျဖစ္ရတာကို

ေဆာ္ဒီအစိုးရက ေဆာ္ဒီအာေရးဗီးယားနိုင္ငံကို

ခိုင္မာက်စ္လစ္ေရး ေတြ
လိုက္ဖ်က္ တိုက္ခိုက္တတ္တဲ့

တနိုင္ငံလံုး အက်င့္စာရိတၱကအစ
ေက်းဇူးရွင္လို႔ သတ္မွတ္တာကို

လွ်ပ္စစ္ျပသနာ ရွင္းနိုင္ဖို႔
မိုးနတ္မင္းႀကီးထံ ဆုေတာင္းခိုင္းတာကိုလဲ

အိမ္ထဲမွာ ဖေယာင္းတိုင္ထြန္းၿပီး

ထမင္းတစ္နပ္ပဲ စားခိုင္းတာလဲ

ေဖါ့စေဖါ့ရပ္အျဖူေတြပါတဲ့ မီးခိုးဗုန္းဆိုတာနဲ႔


သူခိုးေတြကိုဖမ္းဖို႔ စီးဖို႔ေျပာရင္း
ကိုယ့္ ခိုးထုပ္ခိုးထည္ကိုကာကြယ္ေနၾကသူေတြ

ကိုယ့္ဖာသာ မရရေအာင္ယူထားတာကို
ခဏ ခဏ ေျပာေနၾကတာကိုလဲ

အားလံုး အ့ံၾသစရာေတြခ်ည္းဘဲ။

Burma, The wonder land. ပါပဲ။

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member of a delegation.

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A Muslim School Attacked in Yangon: discrepancies with Municipal Office and The Voice Journal

Posted: 19 Feb 2013 09:16 PM PST

The Voice Weekly journal posted photos about the incident on its Facebook page, captioning it as "Conflict Due to Building A New Mosque in the Name of a School"

A crowd of about 300 Buddhists today attacked a Muslim school in Yangon's Thar Ka Ta township, which was established since 2001 as permitted by the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

A puzzle arises as an official letter from the Municipal office appears today on February 17, which is Sunday. The letter is concerned with the school's application for permission to repair the roof. The letter instructed the school administration to demolish the section higher than the original height. Issued on the 17th, the letter forced the school administration to take action on the same day.

The question to be asked is if the Municipal office was running on Sunday.

Even more, proper action was to be taken care of by the school. But it was Buddhist residents who demolished the school on the same day as the letter was issued.

The next question to be asked, or rather investigated, is how the mob attack took place on the same day as the official letter. Was it instigated by those in the Municipal office or township administration? Issuing an official letter on Sunday, and the mob taking the action (as per the official instruction) on the same day are quite fishy.

Here comes another puzzle. The Voice Weekly journal posted photos about the incident on its Facebook page, captioning it as "Conflict Due to Building A New Mosque in the Name of a School". Many anti-Muslim comments appeared one after another.

Not only photos, The Voice Weekly also posted an article in Burmese with the same title. The article quoted anti-Muslim monk, Wirathu, saying that it was a secret plan to turn the school into a mosque. The Voice quoted him as saying that it was being built at night secretly.

The article simply propagates the point that it is a mosque construction. Both photos and the article have been deleted by the Voice Weekly. How unprofessional The Voice really is, but it has renewed anti-Muslim wave in Myanmar.

The Voice Weekly is the publication of Myanmar E-Grass, in which Dr. Kyaw Yin Hlaing, secretary of Arakan Conflict Investigation Commission and a Presidential Advisor is a key player.

All these elements show one thing to the world that the network of Ashin Wirathu, The Voice Weekly, Municipal Office, Township Administration, Buddhist residents and the public are all acting together against Muslims.

There have been much talk about justice and 'rule of law', but there is rarely any work to bring justice to those instigating and doing mob actions.

This is not the first incident either. In 2011, there were similar mob actions in Hpakant, Kachin state, and in Kamma in central Myanmar. No legal action has been taken to any instigators.

This is the time Myanmar Muslims must investigate the network of responsible individuals and groups and bring them to court.

the voice


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