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Posted: 31 Mar 2013 10:40 AM PDT
Why didn't they make an effort to go to Sabah and visit the victims of the intrusion, instead of making irresponsible soundbites and politicising it?
If Anwar and Kit Siang can go nationwide on election campaigns, why can't they drop by at Kampung Tanduo, Felda Sahabat and a few places badly affected by the terrorist attacks? What have they offered thus far to comfort the affected families? Nothing!
And yet, they blamed Barisan Nasional government of being ineffective in providing the victims with necessary needs. What a blatant accusation when they don't really know what PM Najib's cabinet is doing.
We are a benevolent government, Mr Pakatan! We don't provide them shelter and other necessities just because we have the power, will and means but because they trust us and our security forces in duty.
Home minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein yesterday said the government is committed to helping them rebuild their lives.
They didn't need a bunch of craps who love riding on their predicament for political reasons. BN is not such as no politics was involved in it. All is based on humanity, whether those affected are Malaysians or not.
But what you are doing is nothing but produce unfounded statement about the intrusion. As Tian Chua said, everything was tailored to Umno's script!
Your condolences and sympathy WERE scripted, instead. Admit it that Pakatan Rakyat is accusing the government of mismanaging the intrusion issue to incite hatred among Sabahans so that they give BN the boot in the next general election.
Some Pakatan leaders even went to the extent of badmouthing Najib, Home Minister Hishammuddin and Defense Minister Ahmad Zahid of making money out of the supplies for the victims. What a big lie you strewed!
I think Anwar, Kit Siang, Nik Aziz and Hadi should go to Lahad Datu and see for themselves what's actually taking place, rather than battering the government and the security forces of things they are not certain of.
To Tian Chua, you are the biggest liability for Pakatan, it seems. I don't think Pakatan will get even a single vote from the police and army in the national poll, and this might lead to your party losing Penang, Kedah and Selangor and even the PAS-stronghold Kelantan.
So, to Pakatan leaders, please stop manipulating Lahad Datu issue. Find yourself better things to do...
Posted: 31 Mar 2013 10:38 AM PDT
Kuala Terengganu: Umno negeri Terengganu mempunyai hubungan dengan blogger penjenayah dan pengundi hantu Papagomo serta pernah menggunakan wang kerajaan negeri menjemput beliau pada satu majlis pada hujung Januari, tahun lalu.
Menurut Pengerusi Kumpulan Aktivis Media Independen (KAMI) Terengganu, Dr Azman Ibrahim, seramai 50 orang 'bloggers dan facebookers' pro Umno dari seluruh negara menghabiskan masa selama dua hari menjadi tetamu kerajaan dan disambut oleh pemimpin kerajaan termasuk Menteri Besar Terengganu Dato' Seri Ahmad Said dan Exco kerajaan YB Razif Bin Abdul Rahman.
"Majlis Pemimpin Bersama Bloggers anjuran Kerajaan Umno Terengganu yang diadakan di sebuah hotel di Bandaraya Kuala Terengganu dengan turut sama disertai oleh MB Ahmad Said serta beberapa orang EXCO Kerajaan Negeri,
"Pihak KAMI memandang serius perkara ini terutamanya apabila ada di kalangan blogger yang dijemput adalah blogger pemfitnah seperti Papagomo dan blogger Pas Beruk yang mengesahkan pembabitan kerajaan Umno dengan fitnah dan caci maki,
"Apatah lagi kini telah disahkan oleh PDRM bahawa Papagomo telah ditamatkan perkhidmatan kerana melakukan jenayah dan Pengerusi SPR mengakui bahawa beliau juga adalah seorang pengundi hantu," ujarnya.
Menurutnya, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusoff selaku Pengerusi SPR mengaku wujud dua nama Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris (Papagomo) yang memegang kad pengenalan (biasa) 830121-03-5019 dan kad pengenalan (polis) RF142863 yang didaftar dua kali atau dengan lain perkataan mendaftar sebagai 'pengundi hantu' di dalam daftar pengundi.
Manakala susulan penjelasan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR), Dr Azman berkata, Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) pada 28 Mac lalu mengesahkan bekas anggotanya Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, yang popular sebagai penulis blog dengan nama samaran Papagomo, telah dibuang kerja kerana kes jenayah.
"Mortadza menjelaskan, Wan Muhammad Azri telah ditangkap atas satu kesalahan jenayah dan dihadapkan ke mahkamah pada 31 Oktober 2005. dan kemudiannya telah dibuang kerja daripada pasukan polis sejak September 2012.
"Penjelasan polis ini menunjukkan kerajaan Umno Terengganu selama ini telah mempunyai hubungan bekerjasama dengan blogger papagomo yang disahkan melakukan jenayah,"ujarnya dalam satu kenyataan yang dihantar kepada pihak media. -BO
GB meminta satu laporan polis dibuat oleh KAMI.
Setidak-tidaknya untuk tujuan rekod sekalipun besar kemungkinan polis tidak menyiasat hal tersebut (Ini kerana sebelum ini sudah ada laporan hubungan baik Ketua Polis Negara dengan si penjenayah itu, papagomo).
Namun sekalipun tiada tindakan polis buat ketika ini, kita akan pastikan tindakan dilakukan semasa PR memerintah nanti dan tindakan saman ke atas polis yang tidak mengambil tindakan ke atas laporan yang dilakukan juga akan dilakukan nanti.
Hukum kebenaran dan keadilan akan tetap berjalan dan yang bersalah pasti terhukum!
Posted: 31 Mar 2013 07:56 AM PDT
It is impossible to read this latest UN report, or to listen to its authors and its state sponsors, without knowing that the campaign to rid the world of Israeli settlements is a campaign to rid the world of Israel On Monday, March 17 in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council will hold a first-ever three-hour session devoted to the alleged human rights abomination known as the "Israeli settlement." In the moral wasteland of the United Nations, a Jew living on Arab-claimed land is a violation of Arab human rights. There were once an estimated 900,000 Jews across the Arab world, but today there are less than a few thousand. They were given a choice: die, convert or flee.
Now the 22nd Judenrein Arab state is in-the-making: Apartheid Palestine. Meanwhile, 20 percent of Israel's population is Arab, and free Arab citizens sit on the highest courts of the land, represent Israel abroad, and hold political office. An Arab living (and thriving) in the Jewish state is fulfilling a human right. How does this obvious contradiction make it past the human rights geniuses at the UN? The answer is almost as old as humankind: intolerance, xenophobia, bigotry and lawyers.
On the table in Geneva will be a report, produced by three lawyers carefully selected by the UN brass. The first item of business brushed aside by these legal beagles was that the conclusion of their so-called "fact-finding mission" was decided before they ever got started. Their job description, laid out by the Human Rights Council, was "to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the... rights of the Palestinian people." But the same resolution already says: "Affirming that the Israeli settlement activities... constitute very serious violations... of the human rights of the Palestinian people."
Then there was the irrelevant issue of the bias of the fact-finders. Pakistani "expert" Asma Jahangir has already had numerous UN jobs (as has her sister Hina Jilani, one of four authors of the UN's infamous Goldstone Report). In 2004, as UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Jahangir took the extraordinary step of issuing a special statement exclaiming she was "aghast at the planned and deliberate extrajudicial execution of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin."
When Israel killed Yassin's successor, Abdul Aziz Rantissi – with zero civilian casualties – Jahangir "sent a communication to the Government of Israel" worried that Israeli helicopters had fired "into the civilian car of Dr. Abdul Aziz al-Rantisi, a senior Hamas political leader." No matter that their terrible acts had led US authorities to name both men as "specially designated global terrorists," or that as combatants in a war they were not entitled to judicial process.
French "expert" Christine Chanet is on record as having told a UN treaty body meeting in July 2010 that settlements impose "severe" impediments to Palestinian rights. Her decisions as a member of the UN Human Rights Committee are also revealing. In 2001 she dissented when the Committee decided that a Jewish citizen of the Czech Republic had been denied equal protection of the law after Czech authorities failed to provide restitution for property plundered by the Nazis. Chanet reasoned that by deciding in favor of the Jewish victim, the Committee was wrongly "involving itself in the assessment of evidence by the domestic courts."
But in 2004, Chanet dissented when the Committee decided not to pursue the complaint of a professor who alleged he was denied an academic promotion because of his perceived anti-Israel and anti-Semitic views. In the case of the alleged anti-Jewish victim, Chanet reasoned in the opposite direction. She said the Committee erred in refusing to reassess the professor's record of performance because the right answer was to "be determined not in the light of the complaint as made before a domestic court."
The third judge, Unity Dow from Botswana, has been on the Executive Committee of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) since 2006, and was chairperson of the Executive Committee from June 2011 to June 2012. During that time, the ICJ played a leading role in pressing for and supporting the Goldstone report and its libelous accusation that Israeli defense forces deliberately targeted Palestinian civilians.
It is hardly surprising, therefore, that these legal minds produced a report on settlements that looks like law but smells like rubbish. The report objects to "Settlement Master Plans." The capitalized terminology is invented by the reports' authors and is an unmistakable allusion to the deportation "masterplan" of Nazi SS chief Heinrich Himmler. The report has one annex. It begins: "Timeline – Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestine Territory 1948." Not 1967.
The report provides a "list of selected sources" upon which it relied, and links to them are helpfully provided by the UN website. A submission by the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists was deliberately excluded. Included are sources that claim Israel is deliberately dumping "waste" in the territories to increase cancer and miscarriages among Palestinians, that object to Israel's "Law of Return" – the foundation of Zionism, and that place Israeli "security" in quotation marks on the grounds that the issue deliberately "masks an intent" to impose "a system of domination by one racial group over another."
In short, the UN got exactly what it asked for. Just as predictable is Monday's so-called "interactive dialogue" between UN states and these "fact-finders." Only last November the General Assembly Hall echoed with the hate speech of 120 members of political blocs like the Non-Aligned Movement and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, as well as individual states. The word "settler" was always preceded by "extremist" or "racist." And "inhuman" "racist" "cruel" Israel was committing a "crime against humanity," a "genocidal blockade," "a regime of closure without precedent anywhere on earth," and "indiscriminately killing civilians."
It is impossible to read this latest UN report, or to listen to its authors and its state sponsors, without knowing that the campaign to rid the world of Israeli settlements is a campaign to rid the world of Israel. And yet, at the UN, apartheid Palestine is a human right. Jerusalem Post
The writer is Director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, @AnneBayefsky
Posted: 31 Mar 2013 07:30 AM PDT
COMMENT The most tragic of duties an officer has is delivering the news of death to the next of kin. This is something I had to do one cold Penang dawn many years ago. Loved ones always know when you turn up at their doorstep. They always know.
My condolences go out to the families of those fallen commandos in Lahad Datu. There will be plenty of time and opportunity for politics to take its unhealthy hold on this matter during the campaign period of this election (and no doubt even I will participate) but for now, I would suggest a moment of reflection. The situation in Sabah is a question of chickens coming home to roost, but this is an issue for another article. Indeed, a gathering storm looms on the eastern seaboard of Sabah.
However, partisan politics is a never-ending war and the armed forces has unfortunately been dragged in this mess. The recent statement by Defence Ministry secretary-general Ismail Samad on the "serious concern" of the unauthorised use of military ranks by retired armed forces personnel without the approval the Armed Forces Council deserves a response.
For good measure, Ismail laces his admonishment with the threat of "appropriate actions" and "prohibited from doing so by the highest command in the MAF, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong". Included in the press statement of the ministry were the procedural details in which retired officers were allowed to use their ranks.
Now before I get into my own ideas and some others from retired service personnel as to why this matter has suddenly become a "serious concern", I would like to address a point made by the secretary-general.
Speaking to reporters, he said, ""If permitted by AFC, a retired officer could wear his rank while those who were dismissed from their services are not allowed to use their former ranks." This is a highly inappropriate statement coming from the Defence Ministry during these partisan times.
Of late, retired service personnel have not been reticent of either publicly voicing their support of the opposition or being critical of policy matters that they feel have been neglected or mishandled by the current Umno-led federal government. The response from the military establishment has been overwhelming partisan. An example of this would be the Defence Forces chief and the three service chiefs lined up behind him accusing retired service personnel of being "treacherous" for raising concerns of the electoral process.
Another example would be the (now retired) Air Force chief who harangued service personnel to vote for the incumbent government and "not bite the hand that feeds them". He said this while in service.
In addition, let us not forget the ongoing controversy of the purchase of the Scorpene submarines and its operational capability that was justified with political Umno undertones by the current Navy chief, who saw fit to raise the spectre of re-colonisation.
The military establishment has been silent when former personnel have taken it upon themselves to defend Umno honour that includes the special privileges of the Malays as when the disgraceful butt dancers launched their provocative attacks against Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga.
The fact that the mainstream media chose to highlight these provocations spinning it as some kind of patriotic gesture by former service personnel mirrors the partisan spin of the alternative media which did nothing to enhance the reputation of the armed forces.
On the flip side, we are witness to the new phenomenon of retired service personnel making stands and in some cases taking sides in controversial issues. Retired service personnel in letters to the mainstream media or if they are ignored to the alternative media are articulating the concerns of ordinary citizens. Recently a former Army deputy chief (general), the former Air Force head of logistics (general), a former Navy head of support services (admiral) and a former general in the Kor Agama Angkatan Tentera (Kagat or Military Religious Corps) declared their support for Pakatan Rakyat at a press conference that was promoted in the propaganda organs of the alternative front but received scant coverage in mainstream Umno-BN mouthpieces.
With reference to the general of the Kagat, I understand that he is well-liked by the other ranks and was as popular as the late Ustaz Haji Saad, who was a 'nazir agama' (akin to a regiment chaplain) of the Armed Forces, who happened to be a close confidant.
Now I and many other retired service personnel understand why this would be of serious concern to the Defence Ministry. The appearance of high-ranking former military officials endorsing Pakatan is potent propaganda for an alternative front routinely demonised by every branch of the government.
Soldiers have family and friends and although there is an ongoing controversy of military votes, sympathetic sentiments for the opposition could dilute whatever vote bank the current regime feels is the armed forces.
Whatever your opinion on the participation of retired service personnel in the arena of politics, Ismail's insinuation that there is a wave of retired armed forces personnel who use their ranks without approval without naming names is unacceptable rhetoric because its aim is to damage the credibility of those retired service personnel who voice their opinions against the establishment.
To imply that there are those using their ranks who were "dismissed from service", especially in these partisan times without citing examples, is disrespectful not to mention dishonourable to those of us who served our country and believe that our ranks carries with it a certain responsibility that does not end merely because we leave the service.
Readers may disagree with how retired service personnel choose to exercise these responsibilities and even the political allegiances of former armed forces servicemen but their credibility should only be questioned, especially when it comes to their ranks, with the most credible of evidence and certainly not in disingenuous manner of the Defence Ministry.
Are there retired armed forces personnel who were dismissed from service using their ranks? Most certainly and most retired service people will tell you this is mostly done for pecuniary advantage. The private and public sector is littered with men and women of "rank" who trawl through the system of patronage and rent-seeking to get their due.
And if these were the people the Defence Ministry was referring to, this should have been made clear in the press statement and the words of Ismail. On a personal note, the broad brush of the Defence Ministry too has tarred me.
Mixed in with queries of how this statement relates to my writing for Malaysiakini, I have received the usual hate email from DAP apparatchiks and Pakatan kool aid drinkers of how "Pakatan does not need toddy drinking bogus commanders" or similar invectives. I guess Umno-BN propaganda is useful even if you are an opposition supporter.
I suppose it will only get worse because in the works are articles about the Pakatan manifesto and race relations in this country post-2008 tsunami - the genesis of which was a conversation with a former senior officer in the Joint Intelligence Directorate.
However, Ismail's statement has given me the perfect opportunity to discuss in the next part of this article the concerns of Retired Armed Forces Officers (Rafoc) on the awarding of army rank (structures) to Rela (People's Volunteer Corps). Malaysiakini
S THAYAPARAN is Commander (rtd) - who has the permission of the AFC to use his rank - of the Royal Malaysian Navy.
Posted: 31 Mar 2013 07:17 AM PDT
ဧရာဝတီမွ ဦးဇင္း ဝီရသူ အင္တာဗ်ဴးႏွင့္ ပတ္သက္ျပီး ေမးခ်င္တာေလးမ်ား
ဦးဇင္း ၀ီရသူရဲ႕ အင္တာဗ်ဴး ဖတ္ၿပီးတဲ့အခ်ိန္ စိတ္ထဲမွာ ေမးခ်င္စိတ္ေပါက္လာတာေလးေတြရွိလ
ို႕ ေရးျခင္းျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ကၽြန္မ အစၥလာမ္ ဘာသာ၀င္တစ္ေယာက္ပါ။ ဗုဒၶဘာသာကိုလဲ ေတာ္ေတာ္မ်ားမ်ားေလ့လာထားပါတယ္။ ကၽြန္္မေရးတဲ့စာနဲ႕ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး လြတ္လပ္စြာ သေဘာထားကြဲလြဲႏုိင္ပါတယ္။ ႀကိဳက္တဲ့အခ်ိန္လဲ ေဆြးေႏြးႏုိင္ပါတယ္။
ေမးခြန္း (၁)ရဲ႕ အေျဖေတြထဲက စိတ္ထဲမွာ မတင္မက်ျဖစ္ေနတာေလးေတြက———-
ကၽြန္မရဲ႕ သာမန္ အေတြးေလးနဲ႕ပဲ ေတြးႀကည့္မိတာပါ။ တကယ္တမ္းဆုိရင္ လံုၿခံဳေရးရွိေနတုန္း ေအာ္ရင္ တစ္ခုခုျဖစ္ရင္ေတာင္ လံုၿခံဳေရးေတြ အားကိုးနဲ႕ ပိုမုိက္လို႕ ရႏုိင္တာကို လံုၿခံဳေရးေတြ ရုပ္သြားမွ ေအာ္တယ္ဆိုေတာ့ အဲဒီ မြတ္စလင္မ္ေတြက လာ၀ိုင္းတဲ့ ဗမာလူအုပ္ထက္ ပိုသတၱိေကာင္းပံုရတယ္လို႕ ခံစားမိတယ္။
ေမးခြန္း (၂) ရဲ႕ အေျဖ ထဲမွာ မတင္မက် ျဖစ္မိတာက——————
အဲဒါနဲ႕ ပတ္သက္ၿပီးေတာ့လဲ ကၽြန္မ ေတြးမိတာက ရွိရွိသမွ်ေသာ ဓာတ္ပံုအမ်ားစု၊ ဗီဒီယိုဖိုင္ေတြထဲမွာေတာင္ ေတြ႕ႏိုင္တာက လံုၿခံဳေရးေတြ ႀကားထဲက တုိးထြက္လာတဲ့ လူေတြမွာေတာင္ နံပါတ္တုတ္လိုမ်ဳိး အရာေတြ၊ ေနာက္ တစ္ခ်ဳိ႕ပံုေတြမွာဆို ဓားအိမ္နဲ႕ ဓားလြယ္ထားတဲ့ လူေတြ ၊ အဲဒီလူေတြက ဘယ္က ေရာက္လာပါသလဲ။ ၿပီး ႀကိဳတင္မစီစဥ္ခဲ့ဘူးဆုိရင္ အဲဒါေတြ ဘာလို႕ အဆင္သင့္ပါေနရတာလဲ။
ေမးခြန္း (၃) အတြက္ အေျဖထဲက————————-
အဲဒါဆိုရင္ "ရန္ကုန္လို ၿမိဳ႕ႀကီးမွာေတာင္ အလကားလိုက္ေ၀ေနတဲ့ တရားေခြေတြ၊ စတစ္ကာေတြ — စတာေတြကို ဘယ္သူက အကုန္အက်ခံၿပီး ေ၀ေပးေနတာလဲ၊ ျဖန္႕ျဖဴးေနတာလဲ "
ေမးခြန္း (၄) ရဲ႕ အေျဖ ထဲက——
ကၽြန္မသိထားတဲ့ သံဃာဆိုတာ လူေတြကို တရားေရေအး တုိက္ေကၽြးၿပီး သူတို႕ကိုယ္တုိင္ ေလာကီေဘာင္ကိစၥအ၀၀ ကိုစြန္႕ခြာထားသူေတြပါ။ ခု ဦးဇင္း ၀ီရသူအေနနဲ႕ အမႈေတြ အမ်ားႀကီးကိုင္တြယ္ထားတယ္ ဆိုတာဟာ ၀ိနည္းနဲ႕ ညီပါရဲ႕လား။ သံဃာ အလုပ္မလုပ္ဘဲ လူ႕ေဘာင္ေရးရာေတြမွာ ၀င္ပါေနသလို ျဖစ္မေနဘူးလား။ ေနာက္ၿပီး ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံဟာ ျပည္သူ႕ရဲ၊ စစ္တပ္နဲ႕ တရားေရး ဆုိင္ရာ မ႑ိဳင္ေတြအစား ဦးဇင္းကို အားကိုးရတယ္ဆိုေတာ့ တရားေရး၀န္ႀကီးဌာနရဲ႕ အထက္မွာ ဦးဇင္း ရွိေနတာလား " လို႕ ေတြးမိပါတယ္။
ေနာက္ၿပီး– ဦးဇင္းက ခုလို ေျပာလိုက္ျခင္းအားျဖင့္ ဗုဒၶဘာသာ၀င္မ်ားသည္ ယံုႀကည္မႈပိုင္းဆုိင္ရာမွာ အလြန္အမင္းအားနည္းလာသည္ ဟု သြယ္၀ိုက္ေသာ နည္းျဖင့္ ေစာ္ကားလုိက္သည္ဟု ခံစားမိပါသည္။
ေမးခြန္း (၇)——— ။ဆရာေတာ္ရဲ႕ ေဟာေျပာခ်က္ေတြမွာ အစၥလမ္ဘာသာ၀င္ေတြရဲ႕ ၇၈၆ အမွတ္တံဆိပ္ေရးထားတဲ့ ဆုိင္ေတြမွာ အားမေပးရဘူးလုိ႔ ပါေနေတာ့ ဘာသာေရးနဲ႔ လူမ်ဳိးေရး ခြဲျခားမႈေတြျဖစ္ၿပီး လူ႕အဖြဲ႕အစည္း ၾကားမွာ မယုံၾကည္မႈေတြ၊ မုန္းတီးမႈေတြ မျဖစ္ေစႏုိင္ဘူးလားဘုရား။ ဆိုတာကို ———————–
အဲဒီအခ်က္မွာ — ဦးဇင္းအေနနဲ႕ ဘာသာေပါင္းစံုခ်စ္ႀကည္ေရး တုိ႕၊ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးတို႕ ဒီေလာက္လုပ္ေနတာေတာင္ ဒီ ၇၈၆ ကိစၥကို မသိဘူးဆုိေတာ့ ဦးဇင္း လုပ္ေနတဲ့ ဘာသာေပါင္းစံု ခ်စ္ႀကည္ေရး ၊ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးေတြက တကယ္ ရင္ထဲက စစ္မွန္တဲ့ေစတနာနဲ႕ လုပ္ေနတာ ဟုတ္ရဲ႕လားလို႕ သံသယ ၀င္မိပါတယ္။ တကယ္ကို စိတ္ထဲမွာ မေက်လည္ခဲ့ဘူး ဆိုရင္ အဲဒီ အခ်ိန္ေတြမွာ ေမးခဲ့ရမွာ မဟုတ္ဘူးလား။
ဥပမာအေနနဲ႕ ေျပာရရင္——City Mart ဘယ္သူပိုင္လဲ လူတုိင္းသိပါတယ္။ ေရႊပုစြန္ – မြတ္စလင္မ္ပိုင္လား၊ တျခားဘာသာ၀င္ပိုင္လား ———– သြားႀကည့္လိုက္ပါ။ အယူသည္း ပါတယ္လို႕ ခု၀ိုင္းၿပီး လက္ညႈိးထိုးထားတဲ့ (ဘုရ္ခါ) အမည္း၀တ္ေတြ၊ မုတ္ဆိတ္နဲ႕ လူေတြ ၊ အျဖဴေရာင္ အရွည္ႀကီး ၀တ္ထားတဲ့ လူေတြ ေရွာင္လို႕ေတာင္ မလြတ္ပါဘူး။ ဒါနဲ႕ေတာင္ ခုလိုမ်ဳိး ေျပာေနတာကို တကယ္ အံ့ႀသမိပါတယ္။ ကၽြန္မကိုယ္တုိင္လဲ အသားကလြဲလို႕ ဘယ္ပစၥည္းမဆို ပစၥည္းမွန္ၿပီး ေစ်းမွန္တဲ့ ဆုိင္မွာပဲ ၀ယ္ယူသံုးစြဲပါတယ္။
ပထမအႀကိမ္ ဦးဇင္း ေထာင္က်ခဲ့တာက ဘာသာေရး၊ လူမ်ဳိးေရး မုန္းတီးမႈ ျဖစ္ပြားေစေသာ စာရြက္စာတမ္းမ်ား ေ၀ခဲ့တာေႀကာင့္ ဆိုေတာ့ ေထာင္က ထြက္လာၿပီးေနာက္မွာေရာ ဦးဇင္းရ႕ဲ မုန္းတီးေရး အစြဲေတြ တကယ္ ကၽြတ္ခဲ့ရဲ႕လား ဆုိတာကို သံသယျဖစ္မိပါတယ္။
ေနာက္တစ္ခ်က္— ကေလးေတြက ရဟန္း သံဃာကို ႀကည့္တဲ့ အႀကည့္က တကယ့္ရန္သူလိုပဲ လို႕ ေျဖထားေတာ့ ေမးစရာ ေမးခြန္းေလး တစ္ခု ထပ္ထြက္လာပါတယ္။ ေဂါတမျမတ္စြာဘုရားရဲ႕ တရားေတာ္သည္ ေမတၱာတရားေတာ္ ျဖစ္တယ္လို႕ ကၽြန္မ ေလ့လာသိရွိထားပါတယ္။ ဒါဆုိရင္ ဘုရားသားေတာ္ျဖစ္တဲ့ ၊ သံဃာျဖစ္တဲ့ ဦးဇင္းက ကိုယ့္ကို ရန္သူလို ဆက္ဆံတဲ့လူကို ေမတၱာမထားႏုိင္ဘူးဆုိေတာ့ ဦးဇင္းကိုယ္တုိင္ ေဂါတမျမတ္စြာဘုရားရဲ႕ တရားေတာ္ကို တကယ္က်င့္ႀကံ အားထုတ္ပါရဲ႕လား။
ကၽြန္္မ ေတြးမိတဲ့ အပိုင္းအစေလးေတြပါ။ ေဂါတမျမတ္စြာဘုရား နဲ႕ ျမတ္စြာဘုရားေဟာႀကားခဲ့တဲ့ ဗုဒၶသာသနာအား ေစာ္ကားလုိသည့္ စိတ္ ျမဴတစ္မႈန္စာေတာင္ မရွိပါ။ သာသနာဟု အမည္တပ္ၿပီး သာသနာဖ်က္မွာကိုေတာ့ တကယ္စိုးရိမ္မိပါတယ္။ ကၽြန္မတို႕ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံဟာ ဘုရားပုထိုးေတြ အလြန္မ်ားျပားၿပီး အလြန္သပၸါယ္စရာ ၊ ေနရာတုိင္းမွာလဲ ျမစ္ေခ်ာင္းအင္းအုိင္ အလွေတြ၊ မတူညီကြဲျပားတဲ့ အလွေတြနဲ႕ အလြန္လွပတဲ့ ႏုိင္ငံေလးပါ။ ကၽြန္မ ကိုယ္တုိင္ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံရဲ႕ ဒုတိယ ဘုရားပုထိုး အမ်ားဆံုး ၿမိဳ႕မွာ ေမြးဖြားခဲ့ၿပီး ကၽြန္မရဲ႕ ေမြးရပ္ေျမကိုလဲ အလြန္ခ်စ္လို႕ ကၽြန္မ သူငယ္ခ်င္းေတြကိုယ္တုိင္ ကၽြန္မရဲ႕ နာမည္ရင္းမေခၚဘဲ ၿမိဳ႕နာမည္နဲ႕ တြဲေခၚခဲ့ႀကတာပါ။
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မႏၱေလးတုိင္းေဒသႀကီး၊ မိတၳီလာၿမိဳ႕မွာ စတင္ၿပီး တျခားၿမိဳ႕တခ်ဳိ႕ကုိပါ ျပန္႔သြားခဲ့တဲ့ ဘာသာေရး ဆန္တဲ့ အၾကမ္းဖက္ ဆူပူမႈေတြမွာ အာဏာပုိင္ေတြဘက္က ပါ၀င္ပတ္သက္မႈ ရွိတယ္ဆုိတဲ့ အေထာက္အထားေတြ ေတြ႔ရွိရတယ္လုိ႔ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံဆုိင္ရာ ကုလသမဂၢလူ႔အခြင့္အေရး အထူး ကုိယ္စားလွယ္ Tomas Ojea Quintana က ေျပာၾကားလုိက္ပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ ျမန္မာ အစုိးရ ဘက္ကေတာ့ အဲဒီလုိ ေျပာဆုိမႈေတြဟာ အေျခအျမစ္မရွိဘူးဆုိၿပီး တုံ႔ျပန္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ အျပည့္အစုံကုိေတာ့ ကုိေဇာ္၀င္းလႈိင္က တင္ျပေပးထားပါတယ္။
မိတၳီလာၿမိဳ႕မွာ ျဖစ္သြားခဲတဲ့ အၾကမ္းဖက္ တုိက္ခုိက္မႈေတြထဲက တခ်ဳိ႕ေနရာေတြမွာ ႏုိင္ငံေတာ္ အဖြဲ႔အစည္းေတြရဲ႕ ပါ၀င္ပတ္သက္မႈရွိတယ္ဆုိတဲ့ ေျပာဆုိထားတဲ့ အေထာက္အထားေတြ သူ႔အေနနဲ႔ လက္ခံရွိထားတဲ့အေၾကာင္း ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံဆုိင္ရာ ကုလသမဂၢလူ႔အခြင့္အေရး အထူးကုိယ္စားလွယ္ Tomas Ojea Quintana က ေျပာၾကားလုိက္တာပါ။
"အၾကမ္းဖက္မႈ ျဖစ္ပြားတဲ့ တခ်ဳိ႕ေနရာေတြမွာ လုံၿခံဳေရးတပ္ဖြဲ႔ေတြ ရွိေနေပမယ့္လည္း အေျခ အေနေတြကုိ ၀င္ထိန္းသိမ္းေပးခဲ့တာ မရွိဘူးဆုိတဲ့ ေျပာဆုိခ်က္ေတြ က်ေနာ္ လက္ခံ ရရွိထား ပါတယ္။ အခု ေျပာလာတဲ့သူေတြကလည္း က်ေနာ္ လြန္ခဲ့ ၅ ႏွစ္အတြင္း ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံနဲ႔ ဆုိင္တဲ့ သတင္း အခ်က္အလက္ေတြ ရရွိေနတဲ့ ေနရာေတြက လာတာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။"
လုံၿခံဳေရးတပ္ဖြဲ႔ေတြ ဆုိတဲ့ေနရာမွာ စစ္တပ္လား၊ ရဲတပ္ဖြဲ႔လား၊ အရပ္ဖက္ အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးအဖြဲ႔ အစည္းေတြလား ဆုိတာကုိေတာ့ အခုခ်ိန္မွာ တိတိက်က် မသိႏုိင္ေသးဘူးလုိ႔ မစၥတာ ကင္တားနား က ေျပာပါတယ္။ မစၥတာကင္တားနားအေနနဲ႔ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံကုိ ကုိယ္တုိင္ လာေရာက္ ေလ့လာျခင္းမရွိ ဘဲ အခုလုိ ေျပာဆုိတဲ့အေပၚ သမၼတဦးသိန္းစိန္ရဲ႕ ေျပာခြင့္ရပုဂၢဳိလ္လည္းျဖစ္၊ ျပန္ၾကားေရး ၀န္ႀကီးဌာန ဒုတိယ၀န္ႀကီးတဦးလည္းျဖစ္တဲ့ ဦးရဲထဋ္က ပယ္ခ်လုိက္ပါတယ္။
"က်ေနာ့္အေနနဲ႔ မစၥတာကင္တားနားရဲ႕ ေျပာၾကားခ်က္ျဖစ္တဲ့ အၾကမ္းဖက္ ဆူပူမႈေတြရဲ႕ေနာက္ မွာ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္ အဖဲြ႔အစည္းေတြ ပါေနတယ္၊ လံုၿခံဳေရးအဖဲြ႔ေတြ ပါေနတယ္၊ ကူညီအားေပးေနတယ္ လို႔ ေျပာေနတဲ့အခ်က္ေတြ အားလံုးကို ျငင္းပယ္ပါတယ္။ လံုးဝ ျငင္းပယ္ပါတယ္။ အဲဒီေတာ့ မစၥတာ ကင္တားနားအေနနဲ႔ မွန္မွန္ကန္ကန္ေလ့လာမႈ မရွိဘဲ တဆင့္ၾကားတဲ့သတင္းေတြကို ကိုးကားၿပီး ေျပာေနျခင္းဟာ တကယ့္အေျခအေနကို ထိန္းသိမ္းႏိုင္ေအာင္ ေဆာင္ရြက္ေနတဲ့ အစိုးရေတြ၊ လံုၿခံဳေရးဆုိင္ရာ အဖဲြ႔အစည္းေတြ၊ ဘာသာေရးေခါင္းေဆာင္ေတြ၊ လူမႈအဖဲြ႔အစည္းေတြ ရဲ႕ လုပ္ေဆာင္ခ်က္မ်ားကို မ်က္ကြယ္ျပဳရာ ေရာက္တဲ့အတြက္ ဝမ္းနည္းစရာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္ဗ်ာ။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ တပ္ဖဲြ႔ဝင္ေတြ တခ်ဳိ႕ေနရာေတြမွာ ဝင္လုပ္လို႔ မရတဲ့ဟာ ဘာေၾကာင့္လဲဆိုတာကို သူ ေသခ်ာေမးၿပီး ေျပာရင္ ေကာင္းတာေပါ့ဗ်ာ။ တခ်ဳိ႕ေနရာေတြမွာ အဲဒီ ဘာသာေရးအဖဲြ႔အစည္းက လူေတြက ဝင္ၿပီးေတာ့မွ ေရွ႕ကေန ပါလာတယ္။ ပါလာၿပီးတဲ့အခါမွာ ခင္ဗ်ားတို႔ ရဲေတြ မထိန္းနဲ႔ သူတို႔ထိန္းပါ့မယ္လို႔ ေျပာၿပီးေတာ့မွ ထိန္းရာမေရာက္ဘဲနဲ႔ ကူညီအားေပးရာေျမာက္တဲ့အလုပ္ေတြ လုပ္သြားတဲ့ဟာေတြလည္း ရွိတယ္ဗ်ာ။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ ေသေသခ်ာခ်ာ ေျမျပင္အေျခအေနကို လာေရာက္ သိေအာင္ လုပ္ၿပီးမွ မွတ္ခ်က္ခ်တာက ပိုၿပီးေတာ့ ေကာင္းမယ္လို႔ ထင္ပါတယ္ဗ်ာ။"
မိတၳီလာၿမိဳ႕က စတင္လုိက္တဲ့ ဘာသာေရးဆန္တဲ့ အၾကမ္းဖက္မႈေတြကေန ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ႕နဲ႔ ပဲခူးတုိင္းေဒသႀကီးအတြင္းက ၿမိဳ႕နယ္တခ်ဳိ႕ကုိပါ ကူးစက္ ျပန္႔ႏွံသြားၿပီးတဲ့ေနာက္ အေျခအေနေတြ တည္ၿငိမ္လာေအာင္ လုပ္ေဆာင္တဲ့အေနနဲ႔ လုိအပ္ရင္ ၿမိဳ႕ျပအင္အားသုံး ႏွိမ္နင္းသြားမယ္လုိ႔ သမၼတ ဦးသိန္းစိန္က မေန႔က ေျပာဆုိလုိက္တဲ့အေပၚမွာေတာ့ မစၥတာ ကင္တားနားက ႀကိဳဆုိလုိက္ပါတယ္။
"သမၼတ အခုလုိ ေျပာလုိက္တာကုိေတာ့ က်ေနာ္တုိ႔အေနနဲ႔ ဦးစြာ ႀကိဳဆုိရမွာေပါ့ဗ်ာ။ အၾကမ္းဖက္ မႈေတြျဖစ္ၿပီး လူအေတာ္မ်ားမ်ား ေသဆုံးၿပီး ေနာက္မွာ ေျပာလာတဲ့အတြက္ သမၼတ ေျပာလာတဲ့ အခ်ိန္အေပၚမွာ ေမးခြန္းထုတ္စရာေတာ့ ရွိတာေပါ့။ ဒါေပမယ့္ သမၼတက တုိင္းျပည္ကုိ အခုလုိ ေျပာလုိက္တဲ့အခ်က္က ပုိအေရးႀကီးပါတယ္။ ေနာက္တခ်က္က ဒီျပႆနာဟာ အေရးႀကီးတဲ့ကိစၥအျဖစ္ ရွိေနတယ္ဆုိတာလည္း ျပသလုိက္တာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။"
မႏွစ္က ရခုိင္ျပည္နယ္အတြင္း ဘာသာေရး၊ လူမ်ဳိးေရးဆန္တဲ့ အဓိကရုန္းေတြ ျဖစ္ခဲ့တုန္းကလည္း အာဏာပုိင္ေတြအေနနဲ႔ တျခား ေဒသေတြကုိ အလားတူ ျပႆနာေတြ ျပန္႔မသြားေအာင္ ထိထိေရာက္ေရာက္ ကုိင္တြယ္ ေျဖရွင္းဖုိ႔ အာဏာပုိင္ေတြကုိ သူ႔အေနနဲ႔ တုိက္တြန္း ေျပာဆုိ ထားတဲ့ၾကားက အခုလုိ မိတၳီလာၿမိဳ႕မွာ ထပ္ျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့တာပါ။
အာဏာပုိင္ေတြအေနနဲ႔ ဒီကိစၥကုိ ထိထိေရာက္ေရာက္ကုိင္တြယ္ေျဖရွင္းဖုိ႔ မၾကာေသးခင္က ဆြစ္ဇာလန္ႏုိင္ငံ ဂ်နီဗာၿမိဳ႕မွာ က်င္းပခဲ့တဲ့ ကုလသမဂၢ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးေကာင္စီ အစည္းေ၀းပြဲမွာ ထပ္မံ သတိေပး ေျပာၾကားခဲ့တယ္လုိ႔ မစၥတာ ကင္တားနားက ေျပာပါတယ္။
"ဒီကိစၥနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး က်ေနာ္ ျမန္မာ အာဏာပုိင္ေတြကုိ သတိေပးခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ေနာက္ မတ္လ အတြင္း က်င္းပခဲ့တဲ့ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးေကာင္စီ စည္းေ၀းပြဲ အတြင္းမွာလည္း ျမန္မာအာဏာပုိင္ေတြ ဖက္က လုိအပ္တဲ့ လုပ္ေဆာင္ခ်က္ေတြကုိ ထိထိေရာက္ေရာက္ လုပ္ကုိင္တာကုိ မေတြ႔ရေသးဘူး ဆုိၿပီး ကုလသမဂၢအဖြဲ႔၀င္ ႏုိင္ငံေတြကုိ ထပ္ၿပီး သတိေပး ေျပာၾကားခဲ့ပါေသးတယ္။ ေနာက္ သမၼတက ဖြဲ႔စည္းေပးထားတဲ့ ရခုိင္ပဋိပကၡစုံးစမ္းေရး ေကာ္မရွင္ အေနနဲ႔လည္း သူတုိ႔ စုံစမ္း စစ္ေဆးခ်က္ေတြ ဘာေတြဆုိတာ အခုခ်ိန္ထိ တိတိပပ ထြက္မလာေသးတဲ့ကိစၥကုိလည္း က်ေနာ္ ေထာက္ျပခဲ့ပါတယ္။"
မတၳီလာၿမိဳ႕မွာ ျဖစ္သြားခဲ့တဲ့ ဘာသာေရးဆန္တဲ့ အၾကမ္းဖက္ တုိက္ခုိက္မႈေတြေၾကာင့္ ၄၀ ေက်ာ္ ေသဆုံးတယ္လုိ႔ အစုိးရက တရား၀င္သတင္း ထုတ္ျပန္ထားေပမယ့္ တကယ္ ေသဆုံးသူအေရအတြက္ဟာ ဒီထက္ပုိႏုိင္လုိ႔ ေလ့လာသူေတြက ထင္ျမင္ ယူဆေနၾကတာပါ။
ဒီကေန႔မွာေတာ့ မိတၳီလာအပါအ၀င္ ဆူပူမႈျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့တဲ့ေနရာေတြမွာ ေနာက္ထပ္ ဆူပူမႈေတြ ထပ္ျဖစ္တာမ်ဳိးမရွိဘူးလုိ႔ သိရပါတယ္ခင္ဗ်ား။
Posted: 31 Mar 2013 06:55 AM PDT
၉၆၉ အဖြဲ႔အား တရားမ၀င္ အသိအမွတ္မျပဳေၾကာင္း သာသနာေရး၀န္ၾကီးဌာန က ေျပာၾကား
ေနျပည္ေတာ္ သာသနာေရး၀န္ႀကီးဌာနက ရုံးအဖြဲ႕မွဴး ဦးျမင့္ဦးက ၉၆၉ တံဆိပ္ကို ဗုဒၶဘာသာရဲ႕ တရား၀င္ အမွတ္တံဆိပ္ အျဖစ္ အသိအမွတ္ မျပဳတဲ့အျပင္ မွတ္ပုံတင္ထားတာမ်ဳိးလည္း မရွိေၾကာင္း၊ ခြင့္ျပဳထားတာလည္း မရွိေၾကာင္း ဧရာ၀တီကုိ ေျပာပါတယ္။
"၉၆၉ ျဖစ္စဥ္ေတြကိုေတာ ့သိရတယ္။ သိေပမယ့္ ဘယ္လိုအေရးယူရမလဲ ဆိုတာေတာ့ ေဒသအလိုက္ ျဖစ္တဲ့ကိစၥေတြ ကိုေတာ့ ေဒသအာဏာပိုင္က ႐ွင္းရမွာပဲ။ သူတို႔ကို လုပ္ပိုင္ခြင့္ အျပည့္ေပးထားၿပီးသား "ဟု ဦးျမင့္ဦးက ဆိုတယ္။
ဦးဝီရသူက ၉၆၉ အဖြဲ႕ကို ေမာ္လျမိဳင္ျမိဳ႕က သံဃာ ၅ ပါးက စဖြဲ႕စည္းျပီး ၁၉၉၉ ခုမွာ ကြယ္လြန္သူ သာသနာေရး ဦးစီးဌာန အျငိမ္းစား ၫႊန္ၾကားေရးမႉးခ်ဳပ္ ႏွစ္ဖက္လွ ဦးေက်ာ္လြင္ကတဆင့္ စတင္သိရွိခဲ့တယ္လို႕ ဆိုပါတယ္။ ဘယ္သူေတြပါဝင္ဖြဲ႕စည္းထားမွန္း မသိရေပမယ့္ အခုအခါ ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ႕ေတာ္မွာလည္း ၉၆၉ စတစ္ကာေတြနဲ႔ တရားေခြ ေတာ္ေတာ္မ်ားမ်ား ပ်ံ႕ႏွံ႕ေနၿပီး အခမဲ့ ျဖန္႔ေ၀တာျဖစ္တယ္လုိ႔ သိရပါတယ္။ ဗုဒၶဘာသာ၀င္အမ်ားစုကေတာ့ ၉၆၉ စတစ္ကာေတြကုိ ဆိုင္ေတြ၊ ကားေတြ၊ အိမ္ေတြမွာ ကပ္ထားၾကပါတယ္။
ဒါေပမယ့္ ရန္ကုန္ေဒသခံအခ်ဳိ႕ေတြကေတာ့ ၉၆၉ ကုိ ဗုဒၶဘာသာရဲ႕ တရား၀င္ အမွတ္အသားအျဖစ္ အသိအမွတ္ မျပဳလုိၾကပါဘူး။
Posted: 31 Mar 2013 06:47 AM PDT
ၿမန္မာအစိုးရသည္ၿပည္တြင္းတြင္ မြတ္ဆလင္ဆန္႔က်င္လႈပ္ရွားမႈ စတင္ခ်ိန္မွ စတင္ၿပီး
Posted: 31 Mar 2013 06:34 AM PDT
Under Najib's One Malaysia, an estimated 99% of even the pre-existing Malaysian Indian plantation workers as at Independence were denied opportunities in these Felda, Risda and Felcra (also Fama, the various state government land schemes and later the Agropolitan land schemes).
We are only aware that immediately after independence, only about 1% of the Felda Land schemes were allocated to the Indians. In the last 20 years we have hardly heard of in particular any Indian being granted these land ownerships schemes.
In the latest Agropolitan land ownerships schemes, we have yet to hear of a single Indian poor and landless being granted the opportunities. The UMNO controlled Malaysian government should make public at their websites the list of the poor and landless beneficiaries with their names and other details to prove One Malaysia and non-racism against especially the Indians.
UMNO has never done so as it practices open race-based politics and policies but otherwise preaches One Malaysia.
The aforesaid 'RM 202.2 Million in dividends to Risda smallholders' and the '90,000 hectares under two (recent) planting schemes involving more than 43,000 settlers' as stated by Prime Minister Najib and Risda Chairman has obviously excluded an estimated 99% of the deserving poor and landless Indians.
Najib said 'we want to transform Malaysia into a high income population but this must be planned carefully' 'Instead of relying on foreign workers to keep costs low, we want to focus on new ways and activities to raise people's incomes'. (But again the Indians are excluded.)
An estimated 99% of the deserving Indian poor and landless are excluded from the benefit of this RM 202.2 Million, 90,000 hectares and 43,000 settlers. An estimated 99% of the poor and landless Indians even after 52 years of Independence have been excluded from the national mainstream development of Malaysia so much so that the Tamil papers repeatedly reports that Indian mothers are so poor that they cannot even afford to buy milk for their babies and instead feed them with tea and rock sugar water, stop their children from attending even primary schools because they cannot afford the school bus fare and are so backward and illiterate that they are deliberately denied even birth certificates for their children.
This critical Indian poverty could be solved by the stroke of Prime Minister Najib's pen if only Najib and UMNO also included these poor and landless Indians on the National Policy and Agenda and include them into the aforesaid land schemes and be transparent about it as opposed to the playing politics using UMNO's supervisor (mandores) system by creating impressions, perceptions and mere promises as has been done for over the last 52 years of independence. The only difference today that it is now under P.M Najib's ONE MALAYSIA BUT TWO SYSTEMS.
By Thiagarajan Sasayapillai
Posted: 31 Mar 2013 06:31 AM PDT
Why do Umno and the rest of the Barisan National component parties need to 'engage an independent body to conduct a post-mortem on their performance in the recent general election'? Were they so removed from the rakyat that they were not aware of the swelling discontentment that was swirling amongst the ordinary folk?
No wonder the political tsunami that swept across the nation with five states going to the opposition was a complete unexpected shock to Umno and the BN parties. You don't need an expert in political science to tell you what actually caused the failure of the Barisan Nasional parties.
The principle cause of the BN failure can be attributed to the leaders in Umno. They were under the delusion that they had the majority support of the Malay populace. To a certain extent this was true before the advent of PAS and now PKR.
However failure to realise that the political landscape had changed led Umno leaders to formulate policies that antagonised the non-Malays. The non-Malays were maginalised in practically every aspect of the Umno-dominated government policies.
This marginalisation led to the loss of support for other race-based BN parties like MCA, MIC and Gerakan. In addition, the BN component parties were cowed to such an extent that religious and educational issues affecting the community did not find a voice and they were unable articulate their grievances.
Umno's mistake was its failure to grasp the current political reality. Umno today cannot claim to be a legitimate representative of all the Malays. With the birth of PAS and now PKR, Umno at best can claim to have the support of only 30% of the Malay community.
In fact, it was reported in the main stream media that Umno's Malay support in the recent election amounted to only 29.6%. The reality of today's political landscape clearly demonstrates that for any of the three parties - Umno, PAS and PKR - to succeed, it is vital for them to obtain the support of the non-Malays.
They were, in fact, the king-makers of the last election. As long as Malay support is divided amongst the three parties namely Umno, PAS and PKR, the fate of each of them will continue to remain in the hands of the non-Malays.
Therefore if Umno continues to plod along with its old racist and pro-Umnoputra NEP policies thinking that it will garner Malay support but in fact eroding its non-Malay support, it will most likely end up as a political dinosaur in the next general election.
Posted: 31 Mar 2013 06:24 AM PDT
The prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak pleaded to Indian community to support BN in the coming 13th general elections. He announced that he will ensure that the Indian community will enjoy a better future, just like the other communities in the country. The prime minister added that he would discuss with Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister, about the possibility of converting Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) which did not receive government assistance, to be converted into fully government assisted schools, in stages. Datuk Seri Najib said Tafe College would also be upgraded to a university college status because the institution has the capability to provide technical expertise that is needed by the country. The prime minister said the government would also allocate funds to upgrade community centres and crematoriums and raise the equity for the Indian community to 3%.
Since the election is round the corner all that is said by the prime minister can only be done after the next general elections provided he remains in office. But Dr Mahathir Mohamad who represents the UMNO hardliners have called on Prime Minister Datuk seri Najib Tun Razak to relinquish his post if he is unable to secure a two-thirds majority for Barisan Nasional in the next election. Securing two thirds majority and winning back Selangor by BN is not predicted by any independent analyst so far. Therefore Datuk seri Najib's position after the 13th general election is not feasible and untenable as it stands now. Even if BN wins 13th general elections how much support and authority will he have in UMNO is anybody's guess. Under these conditions can the prime minister fulfil his pledges and promises? Indian community has seen these election promises in the past but nothing changed.
In 1970s BN/MIC leaders have promised achieving 3% economic stakes. But Indian economic wealth has dropped to 1.2% by 2000. The prime minister is recycling the same figure 3% again. It's quite understandable that he only realised the Indian equity is only 1.2% just before the general elections and not after he took over the premiership in 2009. Does he have UMNO and Malay bureaucracy support for his pledge? Datuk Seri Najib should get the consent of UMNO and the Malay bureaucracy before he promises. Otherwise when Indian Malaysians go to government departments on prime minister's pledge, the counter clerk will say that they did not get orders from higher ups. Indian Malaysian had enough of political rhetoric but need actual delivery.
Prime minister's pledge to turn all partially aided to full aided sounds hollow. Even now the full aided Tamil schools need to appeal to Indian community to refurbish depleted signboards and repair toilets. They don't get funds on time but after 3 to 4 years and besides Tamil Schools have to run to MIC for assistance but national schools get assistance from ministry of education itself. Why the double standard Mr. Prime minister? Why not set up a department in ministry of education to develop, maintain and formulate progressive curriculum so that every Tamil school student can join form one class and cope his/her lessons and not drop out of secondary schools?
AIMST University was built with MIC grassroots' support and government fund. But Malays get Bumi quotas and Chinese students can afford to pay but many Indian students cannot afford to pay their fees of AIMST University. Indians students study with PTPTN loan. How will converting Tafe College to university status help Indian students? Again the Malays will have their Bumi quotas and Indian students have to borrow from PTPTN. Mr. Prime minister Indians need scholarships, job opportunities, higher education places in universities and recognition that they are truly Malaysians.
The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib has been asking for trust (nambikai) again and again. For the past 55 years Indian Malaysian's trust (Nambikai) on BN was taken for granted and their rights have been denied and ignored. Many in the community are still waiting for blue identity card and rightful treatment in government front office counters. MIC leaders like Datuk samy velu, Datuk Nadarajah etc have betrayed the Indian Malaysian's trust once too many. But Datuk Seri Najib surrounds himself with these untrustworthy characters and asking the Indian Malaysians to trust (Nambikai) him. Will the Indian Malaysians ever trust the prime minister? Can he be trusted in the first place? Even this simple fact has eluded the prime minister.
Datuk Seri Najib's BN government spends about RM500 million every year on BTN programs which is indoctrinating Malay supremacy (ketuanan Melayu) concept in the minds of civil servants. Will the 95% Malay civil service having attended the BTN program allocate funds to upgrade community centres and crematoriums for non Malays? The prime minister can give grand promises to gullible Indian Malaysians but will the BTN trained government department counters entertain request for temples and crematorium or do they have a policy on these matters. The prime minister's 1Malaysia ponggal speech may be music to MIC/PPP/IPF leaders but the large numbers of Indians in Malaysia are more aware and informed now.
From the desk of Senator S Ramakrishnan
Posted: 31 Mar 2013 06:17 AM PDT
The prime minister may sound very generous to Tamil schools in political gatherings but the reality is the ministry of education has their own national agenda to adhere to. Prime minister may announce the building of 6 Tamil schools in 2010. He also announced 100 million for Tamil Schools in 2012 and 2013 budgets. But till date no new Tamil school has been built and very little of the first 100 million from 2012 budget has trickled down. In fact the prime minister must order ministry of education in writing instead of making political statements in public gatherings. After Datuk Seri Najib becoming Prime Minister nothing has changed in Tamil schools despite the many announcements. I would like to highlight one of the forgotten promises of ministry of education to Tamil community in Bandar Salak, Sepang.
Lothian estate and Bute estate in Sepang was acquired to build KLIA in the late 1970s. To relocate the 2 Tamil Schools from these 2 estates, 6 acres of land near Salak town in Sepang district was given to ministry of education by the estate management. Lothian estate Tamil school was closed and the school children were transferred to SRJK (T) Salak tinggi. But the SRJK (T) Bute was not closed to accommodate the children from the nearby kg. Chincang, Salak.
Many estate workers have shifted to the housing estates (Tamans) in Salak town. This town's proximity to KLIA has led to more housing estates in Salak town. Therefore there is a sizable Indian population to support a Tamil school. The parent teachers association (PIBG) of Ladang Bute Tamil School also supported the relocating of their school to Salak town. Since 1993 the school PIBG and the local MIC have been actively canvassing for the relocation of SRJK (T) ladang Bute to the land in Salak town given by estate management in 1978. The kg Chincang parents too willing to send their children to a bigger and better town school in Slak town. But the ministry of education is dumb and deaf to these calls.
In Salak town every housing estate has a national school (sekolah kebangsaan). There are 5 national primary schools and 2 more being built in Salak town. But the request for the relocation of one Tamil school since 1993 is not possible. The local MIC leaders themselves have given up and are now supporting the Pakatan Rakyat to relocate the ladang Bute Tamil School to Salak Town. Parents and the local Indian leaders are concerned that if nothing is done then that piece of land given by Genting plantations in Salak town may be transferred to national school.
So Datuk Seri Najib may announce anything to make Indian Malaysians feel good but the ground reality do not match his words. The officers in district education department do not follow what Najib promises to Indian community.
The Member of Parliament for Sepang Datuk Seri Ir Mohd Zin Mohamad is busy finding fault with the Selangor government and recapture Selangor for BN. Appeals to him too fell on deaf ears. If he wills, he can solve with a stroke of a pen. Unfortunately they only want Indian votes but they couldn't be bothered about Indians thereafter.
Mr. Prime Minister we do not appreciate all the birthday greetings and well wishes without delivering what you promised. Please deliver the basic necessities such as infrastructure for Tamil schools, more quality education in Tamil schools, education opportunities to those non Malay children who excel in studies, scholarships and job opportunities. The promises of Prime Minister should have been fulfilled in 1970s and 1980s. So it is nothing new. Will UMNO agree to these offers to non Malays Mr. Prime Minister?
From the desk of Senator S Ramakrishnan
Posted: 31 Mar 2013 06:12 AM PDT
The litany of offenses by the BN is now not only alarming but also is dangerous. The latest, the closed door screening of Tunda Puteri to Felda settlers is not just reckless but is begging a spark to ignite a powder keg created by the BN.
Mature citizens have long forgotten aberration in our history. By raising the spectra of May 13, it would seem that all rational thinking has departed the BN political mind set.
It is akin to the scorched earth policy employed by Napoleon and Hitler whose armies lay waste to the land as they retreated from the battlefield, leaving the victors nothing but a burnt out shell of the land.
Meanwhile, the ministry of home affairs has lifted the ban on Viswaroopam movie after much delay due to public calls. The film was banned on Jan 25 following complaints made to the Home Ministry by the Indian Muslim Congress (Kimma) and the Federation of Indian Muslim Associations (Permim).
The Film Censorship Board made 12 cuts on the film. But the KIMMA and PERMIM made further complaints which resulted in the ministry setting up a special panel comprising of the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and censorship board officers to review the film, focusing on religious and security aspects.
The home affairs ministry made another 12 cuts on the movie and now has announced the lift on ban. I understand that the film distributor Lotus films don't want to screen the movie after 24 cuts.
KIMMA and PERMIM are UMNO cronies and they want to be more Malay than Indian. They have more influence than all the other BN beggar parties like MIC, PPP and IPF. These Indian based parties have no backbone and are depending on UMNO and PM Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to win back Indian votes.
In India itself Viswaroopam is being screened after 7 cuts on the movie after protests from smaller Muslim groups. But in the Malaysia Film censor board has made 24 cuts before lifting the ban. Viswaroopam is just like any other Hollywood or for that matter Tamil movie. This movie has been slaughtered beyond recognition.
Yet, without considering the consequences and the possible repercussions, Datuk Seri Najib has ordered the screening of Tanda Putera to 3000 felda settlers. A movie criticized by many as seditious and harmful to the multi racial society is screened to targeted rural groups to poison their minds. On the other hand Datuk Seri Najib reaching out to Indian and Chinese communities with sweet promises with no results yet.
PM Datuk Seri Najib and UMNO are now possessed by sheer desperation to stay in power. They don't care if its action can harm the people or the economy and take the country backwards. They are forcing Malaysians of all backgrounds to choose only UMNO/BN by hook or crook. Where is the 1Malaysia feeling and spirit in these actions of PM and UMNO. Is 1Malaysia a mere vote buying slogan? The PM must understand that action speaks louder than words.
In allowing venom to be spat at certain sectors of society by handpicked individuals, the BN is overtly encouraging and even supporting calls for the burning of religious books and the closure of Batu Caves just because it is inconvenient and causes a traffic jam once a year. The founding fathers of this nation, including the PM's father would never have brooked such flagrant abuse, deprivation and deception.
The silence of PM on these issues is egregious and borders on utter insanity if he expects the events to lead to their calculated catastrophe. It is almost as if the BN has given up on anything clean or above board. The exposé on the number of phantoms, the torrid revelations at the Sabah RCI, should have prompted immediate action by the EC.
Instead, the chairman asks an infantile question as to what detergent to use to 'Bersih' the rolls! His response, is preposterous, it can only elicit shock and disbelief from right thinking citizens, coming from a person appointed to ensure free and fair elections.
And he has the audacity to say that we can expect 'unexpected situations' to occur! All he has to do is to carry out his appointed task with the same reverence as his appointment letter reflects.
By his own admission, former PM Tin Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has openly admitted that BN "is the devil you know." There is more truth in that Freudian lip than meets the eye
From the desk of Senator S Ramakrishnan
Posted: 31 Mar 2013 07:04 AM PDT
The link here:
Obviously, nothing but a pre-April Fool's Day prank. ;)
Read the news @ LowYat.Net:
DiGi jumps gun on April fools prank, offers Nokia 3310 and other vintage phones with free internet.
by Vijandren Ramadass , March 29th, 2013
Nevertheless, there is something for Digi customers come April 1, 2013 - free Skype credit.
DiGi Drives Internet Adoption With Skype Collaboration
Posted: 31 Mar 2013 06:07 AM PDT
ဒီပံုကို က်ေနာ့္သူငယ္ခ်င္း Ye Aung Thu ဒီေန႔ ေန႔လည္ပိုင္းက အုတ္ဖိုၿမိဳ႕မွာ ရိုက္ခဲ့တယ္။ က်ေနာ္တုိ႔ တူတူ ဒီေန႔ ဒီေန႔ ပုဒ္မ ၁၄၄ ထုတ္တဲ့ ေနရာေတြသြားခဲ့တယ္။ အေျခအေနေတြကို ဓါတ္ပံု ရိုက္တယ္။
ျပန္မေျပာခ်င္ေလာက္တဲ့ ခံစားမႈတခု ဒီေန႔ရခဲ့တာမို႔ က်ေနာ္ ပို႔စ္ေတြ ဓါတ္ပံုေတြ မတင္ပဲ ဒီအတိုင္း ေနခဲ့တယ္။ အခု လူထု ေမာင္ကာဠဳဆိုတဲ့ ဘယ္ကမွန္းမသိတဲ့ ေအာက္တန္းစားတေကာင္က က်ေနာ့္သူငယ္ခ်င္းရဲ႕ Creation ကို ဘာသာေရးလူမ်ဳိးေရး အဓိကရုဏ္းေတြ ျဖစ္ဖို႔ လံႈ႕ေဆာ္တဲ့ ပို႔စ္မွာ သံုးထားတာေတြ႕ရတယ္။
ဒီအေပါက္က ေရတြင္းပါ။ ဗလီပ်က္ထဲမွာ က်ေနာ္ကိုယ္တိုင္ ေအာက္ငံု႔ၾကည့္ခဲ့တယ္။ ေရွးေရတြင္း အေဟာင္း အဝိုင္းပံုကို အေပၚက ခင္းၿပီး အဖံုးလုပ္ထားတာ။ အဖံုးက မရွိေတာ့ဘူး။
အေနာက္မွာ အုတ္ခံုေလးေတြ ေတြ႕လား။ အဲ့တာ ေရဘံုပိုင္ေတြ။ အကုန္ရိုက္ခ်ဳိးဖ်က္စီး ခံထားရၿပီးၿပီ။ ေရတြင္းထဲကေရကို ေရစုပ္ဆက္နဲ႔တင္ၿပီး ေရတိုင္ကီကတဆင့္ ေရဘံုပိုင္ေတြ သြယ္ထားတဲ့ ရိုးရွင္းတဲ့ ေရသြယ္တဲ့ စနစ္ပါ။
ထိုင္ေနတဲ့ လူေဘးမွာ ေနထိုးေနတဲ့ အကြက္ေတြ ျမင္ရလား။ အမိုးရွိတဲ့ ေနရာတခုမွာ ဒီလိုေနေရာင္ အကြက္ေတြ ထိုးေနတာ အဲ့ဒီအမိုးက ဘာျဖစ္ေနလို႔လဲ။ ဦးေဏွာက္နဲ႔ စဥ္းစားပါ။ က်ေနာ္ဒီပို႔စ္ကို မရွဲခင္ အဲ့ဒီေခြးသူေတာင္းစား တင္ထားတဲ့ ပို႔စ္ကို သြားၾကည္ေ့တာ့ ဆဲထားတာ ဒုနဲ႔ေဒး။ ရွဲထားတာ ၅၂၀ ေက်ာ္ၿပီ။ ဘုရား ဘုရား။ ဒီမိႈင္းက ဘယ္ေလာက္မ်ား ေရာက္ၿပီး ဘယ္ေလာက္ က်ယ္ျပန္႔ သြားၿပီလဲ။
ေနအိမ္တခုလံုးအျပင္၊ ကိုးကြယ္ရာ ေနရာတခု ဖ်က္ဆီးခံရလို႔ သူ႔ဘာသာ ခံစားေနတဲ့ လူတေယာက္ကို ခင္ဗ်ားတို႔ ဘယ္ေလာက္အထိမ်ား ေအာက္တန္းက်က် ထိုးႏွက္ခ်င္ေသးလဲဲ။
ေျပာသာေျပာရတယ္။ လမ္းေဘး ေခြးတေကာင္ကို ေအာက္တန္းမက်နဲ႔လို႔ သြားေျပာရင္ ေခြးက လူစကားနားလည္မယ္ မထင္သလို ျပန္ေဟာင္ဖို႔ပဲ ရွိတာပဲ။
က်ေနာ္ေရးတဲ့ ပို႔စ္ကို လာဖတ္တဲ့ သူေတြကို တခုပဲ ေျပာခ်င္တယ္။ ခင္ဗ်ားတို႔ရဲ႕ သံသယမ်က္လံုးကို ပိတ္ၿပီး ရိုးရွင္းတဲ့ အျမင္နဲ႔ ၾကည့္ပါ။ ခင္ဗ်ားတို႔ ဦးေဏွာက္ေတြက ထမင္းစားၿပီး ႀကီးထြားလာတာဆိုရင္ က်ဳိးေၾကာင္းဆင္ျခင္တဲ့ အေလ့အထေလး ေလ့က်င့္ၾကပါလို႔ တိုက္တြန္းခ်င္တယ္။
ေနာက္ အခ်က္အလက္ေတြကို ကိုယ္တိုင္ စူးစမ္းၿပီးမွ Share လုပ္ဖို႔လဲ က်ေနာ္ ေမတၱာရပ္ခံခ်င္တယ္။ ေဖေဖာ္ဝါရီလ ၈ ရက္ ၊ ၂၀၁၃ ခုႏွစ္ (ဒီႏွစ္) မွ စဖြင့္တဲ့ ဒီ ကာဠဳဆိုတဲ့ အေကာင့္က ၁ လနဲ႔ ရက္ ၂၀ အတြင္း like ၉ ေထာင္ေက်ာ္ရေအာင္ ဘယ္လိုမ်ား လုပ္သြားသလဲဆိုတာ သူ႔ပို႔စ္ေတြ သြားၾကည့္ရင္ ခင္ဗ်ားတို႔ နားလည္မွာပါ။
Myanmar Muslim Net shared Lynn Bobo's photo.
Posted: 31 Mar 2013 05:50 AM PDT
Two years after a repressive junta ceded power, Myanmar is grappling with a surge in religious extremism that experts trace to anti-Muslim "provocateurs" including radical Buddhist monks.By Bangkok Post Published: 31/03/2013 AFP News
At least 43 people have been killed while mosques and Muslim homes have been destroyed over the past fortnight in central Myanmar, in a wave of violence that witnesses say seems to have been well organised.
"It is clear that there are some agents provocateurs with radical anti-Muslim agendas at work in the country — including influential Buddhist monks preaching intolerance and hatred of Muslims," said Jim Della-Giacoma, a Myanmar expert with the International Crisis Group think-tank.
"Also, the systematic and methodical way in which Muslim neighbourhoods were razed to the ground is highly suggestive of some degree of advance planning by radical elements," he added.
Monks — once at the forefront of the pro-democracy movement and viewed with reverence in this devout Buddhist-majority nation — have been linked to the unrest.
Some members of the clergy have been involved in the violence, while others are spearheading a move to shun shops owned by Muslims and only visit stores run by Buddhists, identified by stickers showing the number "969″, which has become a symbol of their campaign.
"When the profit goes to the enemy's hand, our nationality, language and religion are all harmed," said Wirathu, a monk from Mandalay whose anti-Muslim remarks have come under recent scrutiny.
"They will take girls with this money. They will force them to convert religion. All children born to them will be a danger to the country. They will destroy the language as well as the religion," he said in a speech put online.
More moderate voices among civil society activists and religious leaders are calling for the country to defuse violence that has cast a shadow over the Buddhist-majority nation's political reforms.
"We need to fight this incitement by a group of bad people," said Thet Swe Win, a human rights activist who co-organised a recent "Pray for Myanmar" peace event in Rangoon.
"We must prevent racial and religious disputes," he added.
The apparent spark for the recent violence was an argument in a gold shop in the town of Meiktila on March 20 that escalated into a full-scale riot.
Since then armed gangs have roamed from town to town in central Myanmar razing mosques and Muslim homes.
It follows Buddhist-Muslim clashes in the western state of Rakhine last year that left at least 180 people dead, mostly minority Muslim Rohingya who are viewed by many Burmese as illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.
A wave of hate has swept across social media websites targeting the Rohingya, who have long been denied citizenship by Myanmar's government, which — like many Burmese — refers to them as "Bengalis".
Recently, however, the violence has also targeted Muslims with Myanmar citizenship, some of whose families came to the country more than a century ago from India, Bangladesh or China.
Speaking to AFP, monk Wirathu denied that he was against all Muslims, and said the "969″ movement was unrelated to the recent unrest.
"We just targeted Bengalis who are terrorising ethnic Rakhine (Buddhists)," the 45-year-old said.
"We are just preaching to prevent Bengalis entering the country and to stop them insulting our nationalities, language and religion," he added.
In an effort to stem the violence, the government has declared a state of emergency and deployed troops in the worst-hit areas.
The United Nations' human rights envoy to the country, Tomas Ojea Quintana, has said the reluctance of security forces to crack down on the unrest suggests a possible state link to the fighting — comments rejected by Myanmar.
On Thursday, President Thein Sein appeared on national television to address the nation, warning unidentified "political opportunists and religious extremists" that their actions "will not be tolerated."
It was a "courageous" speech, according to independent analyst Mael Raynaud.
"A Myanmar president addressing the nation directly and talking about religious extremism clearly aimed at Buddhist monks — that's never been seen before," he said.
In contrast, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who many believe has her sights set firmly on the next election in 2015, has not yet spoken publicly about the recent clashes.
"Now is the time for political leaders to rise to the challenge of shaping public opinion, rather than just following it," Della-Giacomo said.
Suu Kyi "must be prepared to vocally and unambiguously take the side of peace and tolerance", he added.
Posted: 31 Mar 2013 05:47 AM PDT
Posted: 31 Mar 2013 05:44 AM PDT
In the year 2000, MAIKA, the MIC's loss making investment arm was sold to tycoon Tan Sri Gnanalingam's G team Resources for RM106 million. 66000 MAIKA shareholders had been clamoring for the listing of its priced asset, OCA, by MAIKA itself. But the MIC and their saviors had other plans, shattering the 29 years of hope for recovering their investment.
Last year (2012), Tan Sri Tony Fernandez bought over OCA from G Team Resources and renamed it TUNE insurance Bhd, marking it for listing after 6 months of acquisition. It is expected that TUNE insurance will have a market capitalization of RM1 billion.
Why were MAIKA shareholders left in the lurch without proper compensation? The 66000 shareholders invested hard earned RM1000 per lot of the MAIKA shares in 1981. All they got back in 2010 was RM800 per lot. And those who took loans had to pay back with interest and many relinquished their loan along the way. Many of MAIKA shareholders were poor who wanted to do their part and responded to the call of the MIC president in 1981. Quite a number died while still in debt. But at the time of selling of MAIKA holding with its priced asset OCA, all their sacrifices' were for naught.
MAIKA directors and MIC promoters got away scot free and Tan Sri Gnanalingam and Tan Sri Tony Fernandez took away the priced asset of MAIKA for themselves. BN and the prime minister conveniently got themselves out of a politically embarrassing situation. But poor MAIKA shareholders who waited for 29 years were dumped. Another let down of Indian saga under BN rule.
The RM146 million payment for 74.1% OCA stake by Tan Sri Tony Fernandez would have left clean RM40 million for Tan Sri Gnanalingam to be redistributed to charities. Many ex-MAIKA shareholders expected that they will be included in the charities list. Unfortunately they were left out here too.
TUNE holding also bought another 3.75% of OCA from G team resources and 1.92% from GYRSS holdings Sdn Bhd which another investment arm of Tan Sri Gnanalingam and family. In all these wheeling and dealing of OCA shares, were MAIKA shareholders compensated? They seem to be completely left out in the disposal of MAIKA shares.
However the real issue is not the RM40 million gain but rather the lost opportunity by not listing OCA by MAIKA itself. It's really perplexing why MAIKA didn't want to list OCA on its own. Had it done so even with a market capitalization of RM300 million, MAIKA shares would be worth RM 3 each which is much better off compared to repayment of RM800 per lot of 1000 shares after 29 years?
Why didn't MIC get the support of Bank Negara and ministry of finance and list the OCA in BURSA Malaysia themselves? Is MIC hiding something from MAIKA shareholders? At least TUNE insurance could have offered TUNE insurance shares to ex-MAIKA shareholders. Why the gross injustice to Indian Malaysians? Can we trust BN and prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak anymore?
If the Indian Malaysians don't wake up, the MAIKA saga of Indian community will be buried and forgotten once and for all after this 13th general election. Indian Malaysians are short changed once too often. Will the ghost of MAIKA holding resurface before the 13th general election to haunt MIC and BN? Will the blatant betrayal of MAIKA shareholders by MIC leaders, opportunistic businessmen and UMNO leaders be held accountable?
Would the impending listing of TUNE Insurance cause controversy and anger among MAIKA shareholders? Are the Indian Malaysians forever left out not only in government policies but ribbed and robbed of their own hard earned assets? Is there any hope for Indians under MIC/BN rule?
From the desk of Senator S Ramakrishnan
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