Monday, March 11, 2013

VIDEO-VIDEO Rakaman Macai Pro-UMNO Serang Pejabat PKR

VIDEO-VIDEO Rakaman Macai Pro-UMNO Serang Pejabat PKR


VIDEO-VIDEO Rakaman Macai Pro-UMNO Serang Pejabat PKR

Posted: 11 Mar 2013 11:20 AM PDT


Telor, kayu, batu dan kon plastik berterbangan ke arah bangunan ibu pejabat PKR petang ini, dipercayai dibuat oleh macai pro-Umno.

Ekoran itu, beberapa bahagian bangunan itu pecah dan telor bertaburan di depan pintu masuk pejabat PKR itu.

Serangan ini dipercayai untuk mengukuhkan dakwaan kononnya Tian Chua menghina pasukan keselamatan dan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pembelot negara ekoran tragedi Lahad Datu.

Setiausaha Kerja Wanita PKR Pusat, Maisuri Zainal, berkata dalam kejadian kira-kira jam 4 petang itu sekumpulan 40 orang berbaju merah berhimpun di hadapan pejabat parti itu, di Tropicana.

Difahamkan, kumpulan tersebut diketuai Pengerusi Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM), Azwandin Hamzah.

"Kumpulan itu mula berhimpun dengan beberapa sepanduk yang dibawa oleh sekumpulan mat motor yang mengatakan 'Anwar pengkhianat' dan mengecam Tian Chua.

"Ia berkaitan krisis Lahad Datu, kononnya.

Selepas itu, mereka mula membaling telur dan memecahkan papan tanda pejabat kami," kata beliau ketika dihubungi Harakahdaily.

Dalam pada itu, beliau turut melahirkan kekesalan kerana tiada sebarang tindakan dilakukan pihak polis yang turut berada di situ, biarpun sedar insiden tersebut.

Sehubungan itu, satu laporan polis dibuat di balai polis berhampiran.

JMM, sebuah NGO yang menyokong Umno sebelum ini juga yang bertindak menghantar kek najis kepada Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng.-HD







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Hentikan Segera Bayaran Ufti Kepada Kesultanan Sulu - Karpal Singh

Posted: 11 Mar 2013 10:41 AM PDT


Peguam Karpal Singh berkata kerajaan harus segera menghentikan bayaran penyerahan wilayah tahunan sebanyak RM5,300 kepada individu yang mendakwa diri keturunan Kesultanan Sulu.

Karpal berpendapat bayaran itu adalah suatu kesilapan terutama selepas Sabah mencapai kemerdekaan dan berkata keturunan Kesultanan itu tidak mempunyai locus standi bagi menerima bayaran berkenaan.

"Hanya kerajaan Filipina mengambil beberapa langkah dalam membuat tuntutan ke atas hak wilayah Sabah kepada Mahkamah Keadilan Antarabangsa (ICJ), namun selepas lawatan rasmi bekas Presiden Ferdinand Marcos pada lewat 1960-an dan perlakuan pentadbiran selepas beliau, mereka sudah mengetepikan tuntutan itu.

"Ini boleh dilihat dengan jelas daripada tindakan kedua-dua kerajaan yang bersetuju mempertingkat hubungan diplomatik daripada status konsulat kepada duta, (yang membuktikan bahawa) kemerdekaan Sabah diiktiraf kerajaan Filipina," katanya ketika ditemui di Kompleks Mahkamah di sini hari ini.

Karpal juga berkata beliau bersetuju dengan pendirian tegas kerajaan yang tidak mahu berunding dengan penceroboh dan penggunaan kekerasan bagi mengusir mereka dari Sabah.

"Pasukan keselamatan tidak seharusnya membenarkan sebarang kesilapan keselamatan selanjutnya dengan bertindak segera menghapus segala unsur ekstremis yang mungkin masih wujud di Sabah," katanya. - Bernama



Seven Ways Women Could Change the World

Posted: 11 Mar 2013 04:30 AM PDT


As people around the world recognize International Women's Day, few would claim that women have achieved true parity. There's still a long way to go before women see anything near equity, even as countries have made  slow but steady progress on closing the gender gap in education, economics, health, and politics.

But the facts are there: If we can help women get on equal footing with men, they will help us all, globally, to succeed. Here are just some of the ways women could change the world, if we let them:

If they had equal employment, women could raise every country's GDP.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the entry by Annie Rose Strasser.

[BERGAMBAR] Samseng UMNO Buat Onar, Baling Kayu, Telor Depan Pejabat PKR

Posted: 11 Mar 2013 08:24 AM PDT


Hampir 30 samseng Umno membuat kecoh di hadapan ibu pejabat KEADILAN di Petaling Jaya petang tadi, menyebabkan seorang kakitangan cedera dan harta benda rosak.

Kakitangan yang cedera, S Balakumaran berkata, lehernya terkena kayu, manakala dadanya dibaling batu dan telur.

"Pada mulanya, mereka bakar bendera parti. Kemudian, mereka patahkan kayu bendera dan baling sehingga terkena leher saya dan luka. Mereka juga baling telur dan batu ke arah dada saya," katanya ketika dihubungi.


Beliau memaklumkan kekecohan yang bermula kira-kira jam 5 petang itu berlangsung selama sejam.

Sementara itu, Setiausaha Kerja Angkatan Muda KEADILAN (AMK), Syed Badli Shah Syed Othman menyelar perbuatan samseng berkenaan yang menyebabkan kerosakan beberapa kemudahan.

"Mereka buat kecoh dan baling telur, batu dan kayu. Kira-kira 4 kakitangan ibu pejabat terkena telur. Logo parti di pintu utama pecah dan tiang tempat letak kereta Setiausaha Agung KEADILAN (Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail) patah," katanya.

Katanya lagi, turut kelihatan bersama samseng itu adalah Pengerusi Gabungan Anti Penyelewengan Selangor (GAPS), Hamidzun Khairuddin dan Yang DiPertua GAPS Shah Alam, Wan Indra Putra Ahmad.

Katanya, mereka mendakwa kononnya datang untuk membantah kenyataan Naib Presiden KEADILAN, Tian Chua berhubung pencerobohan pengganas Sulu di Lahad Datu.

KEADILAN membuat laporan di Balai Polis Tropicana, Petaling Jaya berhubung insiden itu. -RM/KD







GEMPAR!!!!!!... RIBUAN PEMUDA UMNO DAN PERKASA BERDEMO DEPAN IBU PEJABAT PARTI KEADILAN RAKYAT DI TROPICANA, PETALING JAYA SEBENTAR TADI!!!!!!



Inilah dia ribuan para pejuang ketuanan Melayu terdiri dari macai-macai UMNO, balaci-balaci PERKASA buat demo bising terpekik terlolong depan Ibu Pejabat Parti KeADILan Rakyat di Merchant Square, Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor sebentar tadi.

Sebelum itu hujan turun dengan lebatnya maka bertempiaran lari litang pukang mencicit tak cukup tanah cari perlindungan.

Sebaik saja hujan reda barulah mereka keluar dari tempat persembunyian berteduh.

Yang datang menyalak terlolong pun boleh dikira dengan jari.


Bawa kain rentang yang difahamkan ada kaitan dengan pencerobohan Sulu dan kemasukkan ayah Saiful Bukhari kedalam PKR pagi tadi.

Sekadar terlolong lepas itu baling bendera dan cone ... P[xxxxxxx -sensored GB]!!!!

Kalau beginilah semangat dan jati diri yang ditunjukkan oleh para pemuda UMNO dan PERKASA, alamatnya PRU 13 INS'YALLAH UMNO BUNGKUS.
-omakkau


Ulasan GB

Banyak laporan polis telah dibuat mengenai kes golongan yang pro-UMNO ini membaling kayu, batu dan telor. Tetapi malangnya pihak polis tidak mengambil tindakan sehingga menyebabkan gejala "samseng" ini menjadi-jadi.

Beberapa hari lalu, di Melaka, anggota polis sendiri cedera terkena balingan batu oleh para samseng UMNO di sana, tetapi polis masih mempertahanka tindakan samseng itu, sebaliknya menyalahkan Pakatan. Baca di SINI.

Tidak mengapa, hukum kebenaran dan keadilan akan tetap berjalan. Itu ketetapan sunnatullah yang tidak boleh dielakkan. Polis yang bersikap tidak professional dan pilih kasih di dalam menjalankan tugasnya akan tetap terhukum juga satu hari nanti. Itu pesanan kita.

Kickdefella Gagal Untuk Heret Nik Aziz & Timbalan Ke Mahkamah

Posted: 11 Mar 2013 04:35 AM PDT

Mahkamah batal sapina, Nik Aziz dan timbalan tak perlu beri keterangan

Kuantan - Menteri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat dan timbalannya, Datuk Ahmad Yakob tidak perlu hadir memberikan keterangan sebagai saksi perbicaraan kes saman fitnah yang dikemukakan Naib Presiden Pas, Datuk Husam Musa terhadap penulis blog, Kickdefella yang ditetapkan pada 2 dan 3 Mei depan.

Mahkamah Tinggi Kuantan minggu lepas membenarkan permohonan dua pemimpin itu untuk membatalkan sapina yang diserahkan Kickdefella atau nama sebenarnya, Syed Azidi Syed Abdul Aziz selaku defendan kes saman tersebut.

Keputusan dibuat Hakim Datuk Seri Mariana Yahya manakala permohonan dikemukakan peguam, Wan Jawahir Harun yang mewakili kedua-dua pemimpin itu.

Sebelum ini, Husam memfailkan tuntutan saman RM5 juta terhadap Kickdefella berikutan penyiaran artikel yang didakwa berunsurkan fitnah terhadap beliau.

Perbicaraan kes terbabit terpaksa diteruskan selepas kedua-dua pihak gagal mencapai persetujuan untuk menyelesaikan kes itu di luar mahkamah.

Pada 19 Disember tahun lalu, Peguam, Datuk Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos yang mewakili Kickdefella memaklumkan perbicaraan kes itu terpaksa diteruskan selepas kedua-dua pihak gagal mencari jalan penyelesaian di luar mahkamah.

Menurutnya, untuk perbicaraan seterusnya yang ditetapkan pada 28 Februari hingga 8 Mac 2013, pihaknya akan mengemukakan lima saksi dan menyerahkan sapina untuk memanggil Nik Abdul Aziz, Ahmad Yakob, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kerajaan Tempatan, Kebudayaan dan Pelancongan Kelantan, Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan dan peguam, Nordin Noor.

Tearful And Unforgettable Natural Disaster..

Posted: 11 Mar 2013 02:41 AM PDT


Eh Eh..Daydreaming..

Posted: 10 Mar 2013 10:01 PM PDT


[VIDEO] Bapa Saiful Sertai PKR

Posted: 11 Mar 2013 02:39 AM PDT


Bapa Saiful Bukhari, Azlan Md Lazim mengumumkan menyertai KEADILAN pagi ini di ibu pejabat KEADILAN, di sini.

Borang keahlian diserah kepada Setiausaha Agung, Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail dan disaksikan Ahli Parlimen (MP) Sungai Petani, Datuk Johari Abdul; MP Kuala Langat, Abdullah Sani dan MP Shah Alam, Khalid Samad.

"Saya dah lama menyokong perjuangan KEADILAN, sejak 1998. Tetapi sebagai penyokong akar umbi.

"Saya mengikuti dengan penuh minat perjuangan KEADILAN. Saya menyokong penuh dan mengumumkan sebagai ahli KEADILAN.

"Saya juga mendoakan semoga ahli dan parti komponen Pakatan Rakyat akan mencapai kemenangan dalam Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 nanti," katanya kepada pemberita. -KD

Saya tak berniat khianati Saiful -Azlan
PETALING JAYA: Bapa Saiful Bukhari, Azlan Mohd Lazim hari ini menyatakan pendedahan beliau berhubung kes Fitnah Liwat II sebelum ini bukan berniat mengkhanati anaknya itu.

Bercakap pada sidang media di Ibu Pejabat PKR di sini sebentar tadi, beliau juga turut memohon maaf kepada Saiful atas apa yang telah berkalu.

"Saya ingin meminta maaf kepada saiful atas apa yang berlaku. Saya tak berniat menganiayai atau mengkhianati anak kandung saya sendiri," katanya.

Terdahulu pada sidang media sama, beliau mengumumkan menyertai PKR dan menyerahkan borang permohonan ahli kepada Setiausaha Agung PKR Saifuddin Nasution.

Azlan juga tidak mahu membuat sebarang kenyataan lanjut berhubung kes Saiful kerana sudah membuat kenyataan awal pada Jumaat lepas.

"Bukan bermakna saya menyertai PKR, saya akan menyisihkan Saiful dan anak-anak yang lain," katanya.

Pada JUmaat lalu, Azlan mengejutkan banyak pihak apabila mengadakan satu sidang media khas mendakwa kes Fitnah Liwat II membabitkan anaknya terhadap Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim adalah satu konspirasi pihak tertentu.

Beliau turut mendedahkan beberapa nama termasuk seorang pegawai khas kepada pemimpin tertinggi negara yang didakwanya sebagai dalang kepada konspirasi untuk memusnahkan karier Anwar .
-HD


Ulasan GB

Bapakku dah jadi bapak derhaka.... kata Saiful.. hehehe

Troubling times in Myanmar for Muslims

Posted: 10 Mar 2013 11:39 PM PDT

Troubling times in Myanmar for Muslims

Modified and edited the original comment written By P RAMAKRISHNAN . He is Aliran president and this article first appeared in Aliran Monthly and reprinted in Malaysiakini.

I have edited and adapted to the Myanmar context from the original article P RAMAKRISHNAN . I hope that the P RAMAKRISHNAN and Aliran could understand and forgive us for this. They should even be proud that they could contribute a very good article for the fellow Myanmar/Burmese citizens
The silent majority must wake up and take a stand against chauvinistic Myanmar Military who are using race and religion to stir the cauldron. These are troubling times and we have every reason to be troubled. Race and religion seem to be running riot and upsetting the equilibrium of our lives and portending a dangerous future for Myanmar/Burma.

Race and religion can cause discomfort and disquiet. They can be a very potent force that can threaten and shatter our fragile unity, undo our common efforts to live in peace and harmony.

We have witnessed these many months how unscrupulous people have used the issues of race and religion for their selfish ends without any consideration for the welfare of the country.

It is indeed sad that more than half-a-century of nationhood has not produced a common citizenry. We are still compartmentalized into our ethnic identities in so many ways. Whether it is your birth certificate, National Registration card, application forms, registering for an examination, getting married – whatever you do in Myanmar – you are forced to identify yourself along ethnic and religious lines.

It is only when we apply for passports to leave the country that most of us can identify ourself as a Myanmars. But once we return Myanmar, we lose that identity.

We should not be subjected to this moral shame. It is demeaning and undignified that I should leave the country as a Myanmar and return home as an Indian mixed blooded (read migrant).

Why is it so difficult to forge a common nationhood?

Shouldn't that be the natural consequence of independence?

Wasn't that the dream of our forefathers that eventually we would evolve into a nation with a common destiny, remaining true to our Country?

But that was not to be so. Selfish communal politicians and Military leaders made sure that it is in their interest to keep the various races and religions apart. They never stopped stirring the cauldron of hate; they made sure that intolerance and prejudice would be there at all times, smouldering and simmering.

Stirring the cauldron

It was only recently that we witnessed how extreme the situation has become. It was shocking that so much venom was spewed with such impunity in the General Ne Win's BSPP party convention prior to the formulation of the new Immigration Law, which was termed as 'the most racially charged Tatmadaw event in years, shocking many people who read the proceedings and the apple-polisher newspaper articles, comments and editorials calling the Burmese Muslims, "Kala dein" or spawns of Indians and "Mi Ma Sit_Pha Ma Sit", in Burmese meaning BASTARDS.

No one intervened to stop them from expressing so much antagonism, anger and hatred. Nobody chided them for their unbridled tirade. But, on the other hand, there was much cheering and approval for what was said.

Clearly some of the things that were said were without doubt seditious. They had a tendency to inflame emotions and provoke passions.

Actually every human being is willing to risk lives and bathe in blood in defense of race and religion. Don't play with fire Tatmadaw leaders. If you mess with our rights, we will mess with yours.

'When tension rises, the blood of Jehadist warriors could run in our veins'. And Burmese Muslims' thread of driving the cars full with petrol tanks and jerry cans into the Buddhists homes and set the whole city on fire as the revenge had made the Military leaders, agitators and provocateurs to stop their plan to create more anti-Muslim riots.

'Don't test the patience of the Burmese Muslims and don't play with fire'.

Japanese Bushido Samurais believe that once 'You have unsheathed the knife KATANA, you must use it'

It was so bad and shocking that the level of open debate on issues relating to race and religion was worryingly threatening Myanmar Muslims. But it appeared that we were helpless to put a stop to this very damaging rhetoric that had a field day in Myanmar up to the present!

Insensitive, irresponsible

The remarks are intolerably rude, crude and insulting.

The hate-filled sentiments at the assembly, was regrettable and the whole Burma/Myanmar is shrouded in an atmosphere of fiery and emotional sentiments, remarks that were more poisonous and unreasonable.

They could raise issues of race, religion and citizenship. That is every government or leader's rights. But the Myanmar Military leaders should not attack or hurt the feelings of other communities while highlighting the problems of one particular community…You think it's very clever, but it hurts people's feelings…Don't do anything that will provoke.

The unkind debates over the mixed blooded Kala Deins are the cause for concern for all of us.

But it should not be viewed as if only the Myanmar-Muslims were upset and angry with what transpired Myanmar. A vast majority of well-meaning Burmese, both Buddhists, true monks and non-Muslims, were aghast that the Myanmar Military Junta and Military Intelligence or MI could have descended to such an atrocious level. They were disappointed that a dominant ruling Military Junta leaders could be so insensitive and irresponsible in dehumanizing and demonizing the fellow Muslim citizens.

Religious ultras, opportunistic politicians

While the racial approach is being played contemptuously, the religious approach is gaining a frightening momentum. It is fanned by the ultra-conservatives and opportunistic Military Generals who are hell-bent on changing the way of life that we have been accustomed to. They have gone into top gear to bring about changes that will ultimately affect all those who disagree with them by denying the very rights that are guaranteed under the old constitution and the late General Aung San.

Knowing that it is Tatmadaw that dictates policies and sets the directions of the country, citizens have cause to worry. Military Junta's decisions become national policies with no regard for the majority opinion at the national level.

It is difficult to comprehend the reasoning for this uncompromising stand. They proclaim that Islam is in the assault mode on Buddhism but produce no evidence.

We wonder how is it possible to have mature democracies in the uncivilized military dominated Myanmar.

How is it there can be so much tolerance and mutual respect elsewhere that seems to be lacking here?

No problem before

There were no racial problem nor tensions before 1930 when the Bamas used the Nationalistic Spirit against the Indians and Muslims as a smoke-shield to start a revolution against Colonial rulers, British. Actually most of the Burmese Citizens had accepted the, One God, Many Paths, reflecting the viewpoints of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Science.

Since then, things have taken a dramatic turn for the worse. It has become so intolerable that what used to be a natural thing as wishing and greeting one another during festive occasions and even visiting houses were abandoned in some towns.

Time to wake up

If we take a careful look at the way things are evolving, it reveals a minority vocal group in influential positions in the Myanmar Tatmadaw and MI who are dictating terms and deciding policies against Muslims of Myanmar. And as long as the majority who disagree with them stay sullen and silent, things will not get better – it will only become worse.

That is why it is necessary for the majority of Burmese to realize that unless we get together and take a common stand against the forces that pose a clear danger to our ethnic relations and harmony, we stand to lose all that we cherish.

Well-meaning people must get involved in this effort all over the country and send forth a clear message that if the present Military Junta leaders do not change, then we must change them for the good of the nation. We must not hesitate but act seriously and bravely.

Let us draw strength and hope from this saying:

'It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.

Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.


Chomsky: The Corporate Assault on Public Education

Posted: 10 Mar 2013 11:30 PM PDT

Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, historian, political critic, and activist. He is an Institute Professor and Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT, where he has worked for over 50 years. In addition to his work in linguistics, he has written on war, politics, and mass media, and is the author of over 100 books. According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index in 1992, Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any other living scholar from 1980 to 1992, and was the eighth most cited source overall. He has been described as a prominent cultural figure, and he was voted the "world's top public intellectual" in a 2005 poll.



You can read more about him here or at his official website here.

You can access his articles HERE and the list of his books here.

Last month, Noam Chomsky gave a speech on public education. The following is the transcript of his speech in two parts.  I deliberately put up this post after posting J.G.Vibes' article on how 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read.

Despite its length, the transcript is definitely worth reading.

The Corporate Assault on Public Education Part 1

The Corporate Assault on Public Education Part 2

Please leave a comment to share your responses. Thanks. Have a great day!

Myanmar Reforms Could Falter, U.N. Investigator Says

Posted: 10 Mar 2013 10:38 PM PDT

Myanmar Reforms Could Falter, U.N. Investigator Says By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE Published: March 7, 2013

GENEVA — Political reforms that are delivering greater freedom in Myanmar could falter if the authorities do not tackle some conspicuous failings, including continuing torture in prisons and discrimination against ethnic minorities, a United Nations investigator said in a report released on Thursday."Reforms are continuing in the right direction," the investigator, Tomás Ojea Quintana, concluded in the report, written after a visit to Myanmar in February. But major shortcomings continue particularly in discrimination against the Muslim Rohingya minority and abuses in northern Kachin State, where the military has engaged in fierce fighting with minority rebels.

"Now is the time to address these shortcomings before they become further entrenched and destabilize the reform process," Mr. Ojea Quintana said.

Despite the progress of reforms, "there remains a large gap between reform at the top and implementation on the ground," he added. The Myanmar authorities offered no immediate, formal response to the assessment.

The report will be discussed next week at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council against a background of debate on whether it is time to reward the sweeping changes initiated by Myanmar's president, Thein Sein, by ending its designation as a "country of concern," acquired during decades of ruthless military repression and abuse.

For that to happen, diplomats in Geneva suggest that Myanmar will first need to allow the opening of a United Nations human rights office in Yangon as it agreed in principle last year. United Nations human rights workers have paid three visits to Myanmar in recent months to negotiate terms but have been unable to reach an agreement.

Mr. Ojea Quintana's report will also help to shape perceptions of Myanmar at a point when Mr. Thein Sein is touring Europe in search of aid and investment, seeking to dispel any lingering doubts about his government's intentions after decades of isolation as a pariah state.

Speaking in Brussels on Tuesday, Mr. Thein Sein said his government had reduced the "culture of fear" in Myanmar, adding, "You have my promise we will continue on this path."

Taking stock of the changes led by Mr. Thein Sein since he became president in March 2011, Mr. Ojea Quintana noted that Myanmar had released around 850 political detainees under a series of amnesties but said there were credible reports that some 250 prisoners of conscience remained incarcerated.

He expressed particular concern over the treatment of Rohingyas, a Muslim ethnic group, in Myanmar's Rakhine State. Clashes there between Muslims, including Rohingya, and Buddhists in October and November left nearly 200 people dead. Around 120,000 people are still displaced.

Mr. Ojea Quintana said he understood that the vast majority of the 1,100 people detained in the violence were Rohingya and that he had heard accusations that Muslims had been tortured and beaten to death in prison after the violence broke out last year.

He expressed concern at the inability of relief agencies to deliver humanitarian aid and health care, describing the camp for displaced people that he visited as resembling a prison and urging relocation of the displaced to avoid a humanitarian disaster in the approaching rainy season.

He also urged Myanmar's neighbors to be more proactive in addressing the plight of Rohingya trying to escape the harsh conditions and insecurity in Rakhine, estimating that their numbers would reach 20,000 by April. Many flee in rickety boats, and Mr. Ojea Quintana said that hundreds had drowned. Humanitarian agencies say Bangladesh, India and Thailand have pushed back boats carrying Rohingya refugees in recent months. Mr. Ojea Quinta called for action to tackle corruption and trafficking linked to the movement of the Rohingya, saying that he had "received reports of the involvement of security officials in both Myanmar and receiving countries at every stage of the journey."


Damn You, Monday!

Posted: 10 Mar 2013 09:42 PM PDT

For those of you who been reading my blog since way back would know that Monday's and me just don't get along too well. Strangely enough though, the past few months has seen Monday behaving itself. I thought Monday and me finally buried the hatchet.

Alas, how sadly mistaken I've been. Monday just came back and me me squarely on the behind. I'm supposed to be delivering some jandy aqualink to a client today and everything was going nicely until I received a call from my supplier today saying that he hasn't even started my work yet.

Wow, a might fine time to be telling me this when I have to deliver the stuff today. I AM SO SCREWED! I want to scream at him but that's not going to solve anything. I'm going to have to go into overdrive and figure out how to sort this out and at least get some of the items my client need delivered by today.

But first, I've got to call my client to inform them the bad news which I'm seriously not looking forward too. Wish me luck!

To build or not to build?

Posted: 10 Mar 2013 07:52 PM PDT


Much has been said about the multi-billion ringgit tunnel/highway projects announced several days ago by the Penang government. I was at a committee meeting of The Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society on Sunday and so, had to miss out on attending a dialogue session between the government and the Penang Forum members about the state's master plan on solving Penang's traffic woes.

I read somewhere that it was a very frank exchange of views for both sides. The Penang Forum and the public presented their views and the chief minister, Lim Guan Eng, also clarified matters on behalf of the government.

Whether this dialogue session has actually resolved any issue remains to be seen but at least, the willingness of the state government to engage with the stakeholders of Penang has set it apart from the style of the old state government, the one prior to March 2008.

Personally, I would like to wish for a proprietary rail link connecting both sides of the Channel. The link could be built to run beside the present Penang bridge with the terminal stations at both ends providing human traffic dispersal through an efficient public transport system to other strategic points on the island and the mainland. Wishful thinking? Maybe. I don't expect it to be considered or fulfilled any time soon.

Anyhow, back to the dialogue session, I really couldn't remember who told me this, but I did hear that the Perkasa simpletons were conspicuously absent from disrupting the event. I suppose this dialogue session would be beyond their simple comprehension. Violent morons that they are, they wouldn't have understood what went on.



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A brush with a red postbox again

Posted: 10 Mar 2013 07:29 PM PDT

My travelling companion and I whizzed by an old colonial building in Alor Star last week. Impressive two-storey structure that used to house the town's original general post office. Reputedly the oldest post office building in Kedah.


Automatically, I looked out for any sign of a letter box outside the building - this has become rather habitual - and was rather disappointed to notice only a rather modern rectangular postbox that was now commonly used throughout the country.

Soon later, we whizzed along the Stadium Road in the town. As we passed by a garrishly light pink building that now houses the town's General Post Office, I was startled to see a familiar upright red object in the compound.


"Hey, turn back, please, I asked my driving companion, "I need to go to the post office." So he turned the car around and stopped by the roadside while I walked into the premises and snapped this picture. Could this be the last remaining heritage cylindrical postbox in Alor Star from the old British colonial days?

Of course, I do not have an answer and I doubt that anyone I know in Kedah can provide me with one.

Anyhow, I noticed that the postbox was made by the Carron Company in Stirlingshire, Scotland. Their mark could still be seen clearly at the base of the postbox's carcass.

But same as the ones positioned outside the post office in Ayer Itam, Penang and the Central Market in Kuala Lumpur, this postbox is bereft of any royal cypher on the door. Whether or not it had been filed off in the past to remove all traces of the old colonial influences in Malaya is anybody's guess.

One thing is for sure, though, the postbox still stands proud outside a post office building.
 

 
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Bukti UMNO Memang Pandai Bersandiwara, 35 Ahli UMNO Sertai UMNO

Posted: 10 Mar 2013 11:08 PM PDT


PAS Kawasan Setiu menganggap laporan kemasukan ahli PAS ke dalam Umno adalah drama sinetron biasa disiarkan setiap kali menjelang pilihan raya umum (PRU).

Demikian ditegaskan Naib Yang Dipertuanya, Dr Azman Ibrahim yang merujuk laporan akhbar hari ini kononnya 35 ahli PAS dari Cawangan Tok Dor dalam Dun Jabi diketuai seorang bernama Ali Bakar menyertai Umno.

"Plot ceritanya sudah basi, dan skripnya sudah hilang daya tarikan. Kesian kepada yang ditipu dan tertipu," ujarnya yang juga Pengarah MTD Jabli kepada Harakahdaily.

Justeru, beliau hanya memohon mereka mengemukakan dua perkara mudah sahaja sebelum mengulas lebih lanjut.

Yang pertama, katanya mereka perlu menyatakan nombor keahlian PAS, parti sesat yang didakwa oleh Ali Bakar yang telah disertainya selama 20 tahun.

"Yang kedua, beliau ahli PAS cawangan mana lantaran agak pelik masakan di sebuah kampung seperti Tok Dor yang dikategorikan bersaiz kecil, jawatankuasa PAS Cawangan Tok Dor tak mengenali beliau malah tak pernah bersua sebelum ini.

"Hairan bukan?" ujarnya.

Jelasnya, 35 ahli PAS cawangan Tok Dor menyertai Umno bermakna akan terbubarlah cawangan tersebut sedangkan pada malam sebelumnya, beliau menghadiri satu program di UPU Tok Dor yang disifatkan berjaya.

Tambahnya, tiada angin dan ribut pun tentang kemasukan ahli PAS ke dalam Umno.

"Ramlan dan mereka yang menjadi dalang di belakang kerja bodoh ini, sila kemukakan dahulu dua perkara yang diminta tadi.

"Kegagalan bermakna kamu adalah penipu dan pemutar belit fakta yang tak boleh dipercayai,"
katanya.

Sehubungan itu, tambah beliau ini bermakna lebih tepat dinamakan majlis itu sebagai 'Majlis Ahli Umno Masuk Umno'. -HD

Ulasan GB

Memang bingai puak UMNO ni. Taktik primitif yang digunakan.

Samalah dengan media-media pencacai yang melaporkan.

Mereka ingat rakyat masih bodoh dan mudah diperbodohkan!

Shocking! 80% High School Graduates Cannot read!

Posted: 10 Mar 2013 08:00 PM PDT

According to J.G. Vibes at this link:

The education system in America and most of the rest of the world is a corrupt establishment that does a lot more harm than it does good. The main focus of public education is to mold young minds into accepting authority and to teach them the very basic skills that they will need to be a part of the work force.

Schools do not teach people how to think but only what to think, or more accurately how to remember and regurgitate information which has been fed to them. The useful information that is taught in schools would realistically only take a few months per year to go over, but passing along this information is not what's important to the public school system. 

What is important to them is the day to day structure of how the school is run which "socializes" and indoctrinates the children. This structure is designed to break the child's spirit and teach them to be submissive to authority figures. It is also specifically designed to groom working class children for their future jobs, which will be at a corporation or bureaucracy of their choosing.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of this article. 

Please leave a comment to share your thoughts/responses. Thanks! Have a great week ahead!

Remaja Ditembak Mati Sahkan Laporan Filipina Benar?

Posted: 10 Mar 2013 08:13 PM PDT


Ketua polis negara Tan Sri Ismail Omar berkata seorang remaja ditembak mati ketika pasukan keselamatan sedang mengesan penceroboh berhampiran zon merah.

Katanya, kejadian itu berlaku ketika pasukan keselamatan sedang mengesan kumpulan pengganas pada kira-kira jam 9.45 pagi semalam di Kampung Sungai Bilis.

Tiga lelaki dewasa dan dua wanita dewasa secara tiba-tiba muncul dari kawasan semak dan pasukan keselamatan dengan serta menahan dan memeriksa kumpulan tersebut.

Ketika pemeriksaan dibuat, pasukan keselamatan mendengar bunyi dari kawasan semak dan secara spontan melepaskan tembakan ke arah berkenaan, katanya dalam sidang media di Felda Sahabat Residence, Lahad Datu petang ini.

Pemeriksaan selepas itu mendapati, tembakan itu mengenai dua individu.

Seorang remaja dianggarkan berusia antara 12 hingga 15 tahun ditembak mati manakan seorang lelaki dipercayai berusia dalam 30-an cedera di kaki.


Ismail berkata polis masih berusaha untuk memastikan identiti individu terbabit termasuk lima yang ditahan.

"Mereka tidak memiliki apa-apa dokumen jadi kita menyiasat dari mana mereka datang dan apa yang mereka buat di sana," katanya.

Kampung Sungai Bilis merupakan satu kampung yang terletak dekat Tanjung Batu.

Kesemua tujuh individu berkenaan, termasuk yang maut dan cedera dikeluarkan dari lokasi berkenaan oleh satu pasukan medik dengan kenderaan berperisai, katanya.

Kesemua yang ditahan tidak memiliki sebarang senjata, katanya.

Jumlah berkenaan menjadikan seramai 62 orang terbunuh sejak krisis itu bermula pada 12 Februari lalu – 53 di pihak penceroboh, lapan pegawai polis dan kini seorang remaja yang masih belum dikenalpasti.

Dalam perkembangan berkaitan, Ismail berkata polis turut menahan tiga orang di Kampung Perigi, Semporna pada pagi ini dan dua lagi di satu kawasan lapang di jalan menghubungkan Semporna dan Tawau.

Ismail berkata penahanan berkenaan berhubung kait dengan siasatan kejadian di Kampung Simunul, Semporna yang mengorbankan enam orang pegawai polis.

Ulasan GB

Baru GB ulas semalam, GB tulis

Kita menyokong tindakan polis dan tentera mempertahankan negara tetapi kita tidak menyokong tindakan berlebih-lebihan sehingga yang tak sepatutnya dibunuh tapi dibunuh.

Dunia kini sedang memerhatikan kita. Tidakkah berita dari Filipina itu benar-benar mengecewakan rakyat Malaysia dan amat menjejaskan imej Malaysia di mata dunia?

Di dalam kes di atas, neburut KPN, pasukan keselamatan mendengar bunyi dari kawasan semak dan secara spontan melepaskan tembakan ke arah berkenaan.

Ia sesuatu yang sukar diterima kerana "tiada senjata, tiada ancaman" tetapi secara tiba-tiba hanya bersandarkan "wujudnya pergerakan" tembakan dilepaskan.

Kecuaian sedemikian tidak sepatutnya berlaku, ia seolah-olah mengesahkan tuduhan Filipina bahawa wujud keganasan polis Malaysia sepanjang operasi memburu penceroboh sehinggakan ada yang bukan penceroboh turut dibunuh.

Di lain masa orang awam pun hendak apabila ternampak polis bersenjata. Kot-kot nanti terkena "tembakan spontan".

Professionalisma polis dan tentera Malaysia perlu dipertingkatkan sebelum imej negara menjadi hanyir di persada antarabangsa.

Stockholm-Style Disabled-Friendly In PJ?

Posted: 10 Mar 2013 04:30 PM PDT

PETPOSITIVE NEWSFLASH!

DATELINE PETALING JAYA:

THE PETALING JAYA CITY COUNCIL (MBPJ) is contemplating using Swedish technology to transform the business and satellite town of Section 52 disabled-friendly. 



This was raised at a meeting with Swedish experts and four of MBPJ top brass last Thursday in a meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

The meeting was also attended by MBPJ Councillor and Zone 13

Beyond the Mockingbird

Posted: 10 Mar 2013 03:30 PM PDT


Christopher Rudra is one of the eight brave students from the January 2013 intake in my class. He comes from a family of writers. His dad is a journalist while his older sister, Natasha Rudra (Canberrra Times) was also my student in the same course about ten years ago. I am pleased to feature his assignment on Eminem's 'Mockingbird'. This is his final draft fine-tuned in accordance to my suggestions. Well done, Chris! In the words of your dad, 'Have pen will travel!' 

Please leave a comment to share your thoughts/responses. Thanks! Have a great week ahead!

Mockingbird: Stop Sympathizing, Enjoy Suffering by Christopher Rudra


Mockingbird. Noun. Species well known for its characteristic repeating of other bird songs in a loud and mocking fashion. Also the title of a piece by famed rap artiste Marshall Mathers (stage name Eminem). This work is truly deserving of the title, as it makes a mock of the genre itself along with his previous work.

Rap has always been a part of African-American culture and it is little wonder that modern artistes incorporate tales from the streets into their work. Violence, as does sex, sells. And it sells particularly well when your target demographic is disadvantaged and discriminated in all ways from birth, with a large number who will have been involved with gang activity in some way or another at one point in their lives. Set against this backdrop of commercialized gang tales, fresh off the heavy angry years of the East-West coast rap wars which claimed two big name rappers, Mockingbird is a brilliant jest. Its lyrics are a simple song from father to daughter, apologizing for all the sadness and pain she went through growing up. No hint of violence, nor anger, no sordid tales designed to sell to the lowest common denominator, just a simple lullaby.

 However, if you were a follower of Eminem before this song, you might not appreciate the joke. A lullaby, coming from the man who produced songs encouraging violence and making fun of contemporary celebrities and happenings? Hypocrisy! But this is indeed the funny part, a classic example of fiddling while Rome burns. And Marshall acknowledges this in the lyrics as well, saying "Papa was a rollin stone, momma developed a habit, and it all happened so fast neither one of us could grab it". For all his previous work bashing on other celebrities, the big man can't find it in himself to make light of his daughter's lack of a father and addicted mother.

His portrayal of young, poor couples chasing fame and love is in turn a mockery of his biggest fans, and most of the big rap fans. This is their dream, to hit it big and live in love forever. But before his success, his daughter lived in poverty and sadness. As the song goes, "Daddy felt like a bum, see daddy had a job and his job was to keep food on the table for you and mom, and at the time every house we lived in either kept getting broken in and robbed or shot up on the block". 

Even after he makes it big, it comes at the price of a poor childhood and absent father for his daughter, as he apologizes in the song "Halie, I know you miss your mom and I know you miss your dad, well I'm gone but I'm trying to give you the life I never had". Ironically, this is the very same thing that he experienced and what he wanted most to avoid his daughter experiencing. His relationship fails and his wife becomes an addict; that teenage flame of love sputters and gutters under the stress of life.

From an aesthetic point of view Mockingbird is elegant and pleasing. Simple phrasing of lyrics compliments the backing melody of that traditional lullaby "Hush little baby". The muted vocals synergize well with an implacable beat. All this combines well to deliver his message of sorrow and apology to a confused and sad child. Yet, this message is not without comedy of its own. For as with his own life, Mockingbird begins with emphasis on the people, the love, sadness and confusion of his daughter, and slips through distress into success. And just like himself, it ends with promises of baubles and trinkets to ease the pain of a broken childhood and fix suffering self-inflicted.

If death of the author was applied, Mockingbird would seem nothing more than a mournful song of a man sorrowed by the pains endured by his daughter. But nothing exists in a vacuum, and so we are presented with the comedy of a man who previously mocked Michael Jackson at his low point, shoved into the same hell as the rest of us. He has failed as idol and father and while mocking him would be low, we can at least take comfort in the fact life makes fools of us all.

Wu Lien-Teh's birthday

Posted: 10 Mar 2013 05:32 AM PDT


He would be 134 years old today, if he were still alive. But of course, he is not. He was born in China Street, George Town, Penang on 10 March 1879 and he died in Chor Sin Kheng Road, Ayer Itam, Penang on 21 January 1960.

The 81 years of his life were momentous. He is hardly recognised in the land of his birth but Dr Wu Lien-Teh was possibly the greatest Malayan in the history of this country. Having saved the world from the bubonic plague that had threatened to spread outwards from northern China, he went very close to winning the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1935.

To mark this special day, The Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society, Penang held a committee meeting at the Penang Medical College to map out various strategies that will culminate with next year's Penang Conference on Global Health, inspired by the life and work of the good doctor himself.

My other posts on Dr Wu Lien-Teh appears here.

(Picture courtesy of PC Chin)




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