Friday, March 29, 2013

Welcome to freedom of expression; PR style!

Welcome to freedom of expression; PR style!


Welcome to freedom of expression; PR style!

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 10:28 AM PDT

MIC members and the Indians are upset with what Zulkifli Noordin said about Hindu religion and Ganga river during his 'ceramah' about two years ago. To them, what the Independent-Kulim Bandar Baharu MP did was an insult to them and their religion.

I understand the sentiment, just like when non-Muslims tried to meddle in Islam and talk nonsense about the teachings.

So, I don't really agree with what Zulkifli said. For a multiracial and multi-religious country like Malaysia, all parties should observe a lot of caution when making statements about other faiths and race.

It has the potential to develop into a time bomb!

However, this is the culture Pakatan Rakyat introduces - freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of everything. Since the stooges in PKR, DAP and PAS embarked on such freedoms, we cant help but let these things happen before our eyes.

This is what PR promised in its general election manifesto, among others, and they can be rest assured that more people like Zulkifli will make use of this freedom - if Pakatan Rakyat wins the 13th general election.

Zulkifli is not the person who started it. More than a year ago, a few non-Muslim politicians and NGO leaders whacked Islam and the mosque in their statements, inciting tit for tat when a few Muslim and Christian followers attacked mosques and churches.

Who to blame? BN government? The Opposition?

And what action can be taken against people like Zulkifli? We don't have anymore ISA to keep and correct such people. We are even scared to take action on them, afraid of religious reprisal among those who support them.

So, where do we go from here? Let PR takes Putrajaya in the next national poll and enter a new social era of 'multi-freedom'?

The most MIC and our Indian friends can do is ask Zulkifli to apologise but if he refuses, nothing more could be done, right?

However, what do you mean that action cannot be taken against Zulkifli because he is a Muslim? To me, such a response also carries a racist element.
KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 — A umbrella body for Hindus said today that it had previously complained about apparent insults to Hindus made by independent lawmaker Datuk Zulkifli Noordin, but no action was taken "because he is a Muslim."
Hindu Sangam said today a video of Zulkifli, making what the opposition has said are vicious attacks against Hinduism, had originally surfaced in 2011. 
"At that point in time we already told the government, but they are reluctant to take action I think because he is Muslim and vice president of Perkasa," Hindu Sangam president Datuk R S Mohan Shan told The Malaysian Insider today.
So, welcome to the 'free' Malaysia!

Umno BN Akan Terus Menipu Untuk Pertahan Putrajaya Habis-habisan

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 10:23 AM PDT


Umno BN akan menggunakan pelbagai penipuan asalkan pilihan raya umum (PRU) nanti tidak dimenangi Pakatan Rakyat.

Aktivis Hishamuddin Rais berkata, strategi berterusan Umno BN itu bagi memastikan kemenangan berpihak kepada mereka.

Katanya, mereka menjadikan PRU ke-13 bukan sekadar pertarungan merebut undi tetapi perlawanan penipuan untuk mengekalkan kuasa.

"Umno BN tidak akan mudah menyerah mandat kepada Pakatan Rakyat. Mereka tetap akan meneruskan penipuan.

"Sebagai orang terlibat langsung dengan Bersih, saya melihat perlawanan ini bukan perlawanan satu undi untuk satu pengundi. Kami dapati setiap hari ada aduan mengenai kehilangan nama dalam senarai pengundi. Mereka hanya boleh mengundi untuk Parlimen tapi tidak boleh untuk Adun, alamat ditukar dan pelbagai lagi.

"Tan Sri Khalid (Ibrahim) contohnya sebagai Menteri Besar Selangor, mestilah mengundi di Selangor, tetapi ditukar kepada Seksyen 16 dalam kawasan Lembah Pantai. "Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Anwar pula pada PRU 2008 menang dengan undi 2,000 dan sekarang mereka (Umno BN) mulakan proses memasukkan pengundi tambahan sebanyak 19,000. Walaupun Izzah membawa kes ini ke mahkamah tapi segalanya dikawal, ini yang berlaku," kata Ahli Jawatankuasa Pemandu Bersih itu.

Beliau berkata demikian pada Forum 'PRU 13, Ke Mana Malaysia?' anjuran bersama Strategic Information and Research Development Center (SIRD) dan Malaysiakini di Dewan Perhimpunan Cina Kuala Lumpur-Selangor (KLSCAH), malam tadi. Antara panelis lain ialah Editor Malaysiakini, Steven Gan; Pegawai Eksekutif Pusat Kewartawanan Bebas (CIJ) dan Produser Radio BFM, Sharaad Kuttan. Turut hadir, Timbalan Ketua Penerangan Angkatan Muda KEADILAN (AMK), Rozan Azen Mat Rasip.

Mengulas lanjut, Hishamuddin turut memberi contoh penipuan Umno BN.

"Seperti yang berlaku di Felda Sungai Tengi, Kuala Kubu Bharu. Presiden Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan (Anak), Mazlan Aliman dihalang dari memasuki Felda itu hanya untuk berceramah.

"Berapa nilai Felda itu? RM100 juta? RM200 juta. Bagaimana pula Putrajaya berharga berbilion-bilion, bertrilion-trilion? Sudah tentu mereka akan mempertahankannya habis-habisan," kata beliau.

Tambah Hishamuddin, jika penipuan itu berterusan, rakyat tiada pilihan selain turun ke jalan raya sekali lagi.

"Dalam negara dunia ketiga ini, 'real' politik itu tidak wujud. Yang wujud adalah kekuasaan melalui wang ringgit. Ini dipraktikkan oleh Umno BN.

"Cara paling berkesan untuk menumbangkan rejim ini dengan turun ke jalan raya dan mendesak supaya dua pemimpin tertinggi dalam Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) yang dikaitkan dengan Umno BN berundur dan menubuhkan SPR yang benar-benar bebas supaya PRU bersih dan adil.

"Beberapa minggu lalu pilihan raya umum diadakan di Kenya. Apa yang berlaku? SPR Kenya memainkan peranan dalam memastikan parti pemerintah terus menang, keadaannya sama denganapa yang berlaku dalam negara kita," tegasnya. – NS

Oh Cheng Chan, Part 2

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 06:31 AM PDT


Last October, I managed to trace an old newspaper clipping from 16 July 1897 - that's 116 years ago - that reported the death of a man named Oh Cheng Chan who happened to be my great-great-grandfather. While trying to flee from a robbery at a house in Waterfall Road, he suffered some severe physical injuries.


Only a few days ago, I uncovered another old newspaper clipping from the same year (13 July 1897) which gave a little bit more insight on the robbery.

"On Saturday last, between the hours of 9 and 10 pm, the house of Mr. Cheah Chen Eok called "Villae", on the top of a little hillock in the Waterfall Road was entered by a party of gang robbers, numbering about 15 men and jewellery to the amount of about $8,000 removed. It appears that, although a considerable number of Mr. Cheah Chen Eok's friends were in the house, no resistance was offered, the inmates making themselves scarce. No clue has yet been found as to the robbers."
Cross-referencing this information with the calendar from 1897, I can safely determine that the robbery happened on 10 July 1897 (the Saturday mentioned) and my unfortunate great-great-grandfather passed away on 14 July 1897 (the following Wednesday).

And the only other conclusion that I can garner from the news report is that he and Cheah Chen Eok, the millionaire who built the 60-foot Queen Victoria memorial clock tower at the Esplanade in George Town, knew one another. I surmise that my old ancestor must have been a regular visitor to Cheah's mansion in Waterfall Road, Penang. The mansion must have been splendid but all that remains of it now are the entrance and the steps behind it, which people in Penang now refer to as Moon Gate. Today, this is a popular starting point for people to walk up Penang Hill.

As the house was built on a hillock, the window from which he jumped must have been of a considerable height from the ground. At the height of the robbery, I suppose the window must have appeared as a plausible escape route to him and others. Whether they reckoned with its height from the ground, especially if the ground was uneven and undulating, nobody knows. But what I suspect is that my old ancestor must have landed awkwardly on his feet while trying to break his fall, fractured the bones in his thigh and possibly suffered some other serious internal injuries. Suffering four days before dying, wow, the man must have been in great pain.

In the last few days too, ever since I learnt of this fresh information, I got to know that Cheah Chen Eok's wife was a daughter of another Penang millionaire, the very influential Foo Tye Sin. Obviously, she was a Foo, which is the Hakka version of the Oh surname which my great-great-grandfather possessed.

It bothers me some that I've reached a dead end presently as I've been unable to trace her full name or whether my old ancestor had any blood ties at all with Foo Tye Sin. All the authoritative books or old newspapers that I've read so far bore no further information about any of Foo Tye Sin's daughters.


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My Sandar Aye Clinic was there in Pe Poke Tan

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 07:15 AM PDT

မႏၱေလးျမိဳ႔ မဟာေအာင္ေျမျမိဳ႔နယ္ ပဲပုတ္တန္း ၈၉လမ္း ၃၇လမ္း ႏွင့္ ၃၈ လမ္းၾကား မွာ ေန႔လည္ ၁နာရီမိနစ္၅၀က မီးေလာင္ကၽႊမ္းမႈတစ္ခု ျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့ပါတယ္ ။ေနအိမ္ (၇) အိမ္ မီးေလာင္ကၽႊမ္းခဲ့တာလည္းျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ေန႔လည္ ၂ နာရီ ၃၃မိနစ္ မွာေတာ့ မီးကုိ ျငိမ္းသတ္နိင္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ (Photos: Super) — in Mandalay, Myanmar.

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သီတဂူ Titagu said not to believe rumours – DVB 29.03.2013

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 07:05 AM PDT

DVB TV News>သီတဂူ ဆရာေတာ္ ေဒါက္တာအရွင္ဥာဏိသရ က အၿမိဳ႕ၿမိဳ႕အနယ္နယ္မွာ ၿဖစ္ေပၚေနတဲ့ အၾကမ္းဖက္မႈ ေတြကိုု ရႈတ္ခ်လုုိက္ၿပီး ဗုုဒၶအဆံုုးအမနဲ႔ လူမ်ိဳဳးတုုိင္းကုုိ ေအးခ်မ္းစြာ ၀ုုိင္း၀န္း ေစာင့္ေရွာက္ သင့္ေၾကာင္း မိန္႔ၾကား လုုိက္ပါတယ္။ ဒါ့အျပင္ ေကာလဟာလ ေတြ ျဖစ္ေပၚေနတာနဲ႔ ပက္သက္လုုိ႔ ကုုိယ္တုုိင္သိ၊ ကုုိယ္တုုိင္ျမင္ေအာင္ ေဆာက္ရြက္က်ဖုုိ႔ ဒီမိုကရက္တစ္ျမန္မာ့အသံကို ခုလို မိန္႔ၾကားထားပါတယ္။


Burma in 2013 reminds me of Yugoslavia in 1991

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 06:42 AM PDT

The IndependentNobody thought civil war could break out then – and the same view holds strong in Burma now. But violence this week may not be the end of it.

Burma's biggest city is spooked this week: many in Rangoon, a hot, sprawling, messy, splendid melting-pot of a city, fear that the contagion of communal violence which killed dozens in the central Burmese town of Meiktila last weekend is heading their way.

The massacre prompted headlines around the world, and condemnation by the US and British governments and others. Less noticed is that, while the Burmese army eventually stamped out the problem there, it has already popped up in three other towns closer to Rangoon, with mosques reportedly bulldozed to the ground in what appeared well-planned assaults. The mayhem seems to be heading our way, hopping towards the nation's biggest and most important city via the hills around Pegu, the traditional holdout of bandits and insurgents.

Downtown Rangoon is as multi-cultural and multi-ethnic as you would expect of a post-colonial port city, with Hindus, Muslims and Christians from the Indian sub-continent sharing the tight-packed streets with Burmese Buddhists and Chinese. But the fear – directed specifically at Muslims by members of the majority community – is palpable. Rumours of imminent attacks have prompted many Muslim shopkeepers to pull down their shutters.

A top young media executive here pooh-poohed the idea that Rangoon could go the way of Meiktila. We're too inter-mixed here, he assured me, we know how to get along, we've been in each other's laps for generations. I told him when I was in Sarajevo in late 1991, people told me exactly the same thing. Six months later it was engulfed by civil war.

The situations are not wildly different. Like Yugoslavia then, Burma is in a moment of violent flux, and the elite that has exercised hegemonic control – Milosevic and his Communist Serbs there, the Burman-dominated armed forces here – risks losing it all in the convulsions of change. So they play dirty, working on the nastiest fears and instincts of their own people, inflaming hatred of communities traditionally considered the Other – Muslims in both cases.

One reason to hope for a better outcome in Burma is that President Thein Sein, though a former general, gives every indication of having a calm, wise head on his shoulders: most of the positive things that have happened here in the past two years are traceable to him. It's been a remarkable and totally unexpected performance. There is every likelihood that his party will be supplanted by the National League for Democracy in the general elections of 2015, but the idea that, having pushed through so many important reforms, he would now conspire to bring the roof down, doesn't make any sense.

Other generals, some very powerful not long ago, are another matter – and the subject of noisy rumours. But another factor which makes a violent implosion unlikely, is that Yugoslavia in the early 1990s was a basket case. Burma, by contrast, is clearly on the cusp of an economic boom. Many powerful people expect to get extremely rich here in the next few years. These former junta cronies have no wish to see their plans go up in smoke.

But the fact that Burma, having opened up so significantly in the past two years, is now witnessing such shocking communal violence is a reminder that nation building is a delicate task, and success depends a lot on how clever and lucky you are at breaking with old habits. Communal tensions seethed behind the façade of Tito's Yugoslavia, masked by communist rhetoric. The Burmese army played the communal card over and over again to distract the people from their appalling standards of governance, driving home their vision of a state permanently dominated by Burmans and Buddhists.

However good your intentions, any Buddhist will tell you that you cannot dodge your karma. All actions have consequences. Neither democracy nor prosperity wields a magic wand, and bad rulers throw very long shadows.

North Korea's nuclear threat

It is strange to see Kim Jong-un's threats to fire nuclear-armed missiles at the US cause barely a stir. Hardly out of short trousers, I remember listening wide-eyed with alarm to news of the Cuban missile crisis. While nuclear weapons are more widely distributed than ever, the acute fear they generated back then seems to have gone away. I'm not sure this is a good thing.

And although North Korea is a pathetic little state, its links to the Cold War compulsions of nuclear threat and counter-threat run deep.  It was born in the shadow of Hiroshima. The Americans itched to use the bomb to end the Korean war – creating Kim Il-Sung's hunger to possess it himself. And in a way he was right – without the bomb and the blackmail it enables, the Kims would already have gone the way of Ceausescu.

Kim Jong-un's threats must be taken seriously: in his folly, he might go so far as to push the button. Someone needs to get to him soon. As both his wife and the wife of China's President Xi are famous singers, I wonder if some backstairs songbird diplomacy might be the place to start?


Burma and its failing leadership

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 06:32 AM PDT

Burma and its failing leadership

It wasn't supposed to be this way. Two years ago, Burma's military junta stepped down, handing the keys to a softly spoken soldier called Thein Sein.
The newly installed president promised an orderly transition from pariah state to democracy – and what a great story it was.
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Government ministers began to dismantle the architecture of the authoritarian state – the release and recent election of long-time dissident, Aung San Suu Kyi served as headline events. In the process, President Sein won the heartfelt thanks of his people – and the admiration of much of the international community.

Yet this transition has unleashed forces that the country's leaders are struggling to control.

They currently find themselves in the midst a national emergency – a firestorm of ethnic hatred between Buddhists and Muslims in central parts of the country. Over the last week or so, 40 people have been confirmed dead and 12,000 Muslims have been forced to flee their homes – and the violence is edging closer to the country's largest city, Rangoon.

Last night Thein Sein went on national television to plead with his people; "We must rise above sixty years of historical bitterness, confrontational approaches, and a zero-sum attitude in solving our differences," he said. There was more to this than a simple call for calm – the country's transitional leader was threatening to bring back the army. "In general, I do not endorse the use of force to solve problems. However, I will not hesitate to use force as a last resort to protect the lives and safeguard the property of general public."

Commentators have blamed much of the trouble on the relaxation of social controls. People are largely free to say what they want in Burma, whether it is in the press or online, and this freedom has been used to whip up sectarian and ethnic tensions.

More importantly however, the crisis has also been caused by a lack of leadership at the top – the unwillingness of people like President Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi to take a clear ethical and political position when other Muslim groups – like the Rohingya – were being burnt out of their homes last year in Burma's north-east.

Some 200 Rohingya were killed last year and 120,000 now live in squalid camps in Rakhine State. Prevented from working or travelling, many thousands have tried to escape in rickety fishing boats – an option that serves only the desperate.

In response, the government and Burma's political opposition have looked the other way. President Sein suggested deportation as a "solution": "We will send (the Rohingya) away if any third country would accept them." It was an incredible – and barely credible proposal – no other country would accept the one million Rohingya who live Burma.

Aung San Suu Kyi refused to get involved, arguing simply that "both sides are to blame" and urging a "return to the rule of law".

However, in their actions and their statements both leaders have failed to lead. They have failed to check and challenge long-standing prejudices and enmities that exist in Burma – stirred up in part by the military generals who have now departed the scene – and they have failed to paint and sell an inclusive notion of Burmese citizenship to every member of this multi-ethnic and religious population.

Perhaps they are starting to get the message now. Last week, Ms Suu Kyi told reporters that that she viewed the most recent bout of violence,  "as a threat for the whole country as it can spread easily." President Sein found room in his speech last night to say this: "it is our firm belief that an inclusive democratic society based on equality for all citizens will ensure peace and stability, especially in our country made up of various ethnic nationalities, religious beliefs, and cultures."

Despite the hope and optimism that most people feel for this nation, its leaders and its institutions are proving weak and ineffectual – and the cost of continuing failure could be dire.


Many Muslims are thinking about leaving the hostile Myanmar but consider these facts

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 05:33 AM PDT

My friend Khalid Walid wrote:

တမန္ေတာ္ၿမတ္ႀကီး Hijra လုပ္ တဲ႕ အ ခ်ိန္ မွာ မကၠာ မွာ ရွိ တဲ႕ မြတ္စလင္ အား လုံး ထြက္ ခြာ သြား ႀက တယ္ လုိ႕ ယူ ဆ ပါ တယ္ ။ ဒါ ေပ မဲ႕ စစဦး မွာ အီသီယုိပီးယား ကုိ ထြက္ ခြာ ခုိင္း တဲ႕ အုပ္စု လည္ ရွိ ခဲ႕ ဘူး ပါ တယ္၊ ခု ေန တတ္ ႏုိင္ သူ ေတြ ဒီ က စြန္႕ ခြာ သြား ရင္ က်န္ တဲ႕သူ ေတြ အင္ အား ေလွ်ာ႕ သြား မလား ။ စိတ္ အား ငယ္ သြား မ လား…အား လုံး စြန္႕ ခြာ သြား သင္႕ သလား..?
SORRY, NO TIME TO EDIT THIS POSTING. Just write down copy/paste. No review, no editing nor proof reading A lot of grammar and syntax errors….In Sya Allah I will do later.
Please read back my old articles relevant to this issue:
  1. Hijrah or Migration clearly advised by Allah in Quran
  2. Hijrah denied by Muslim countries

So, it is evident that Migration is a natural phenomena even practiced by Prophets and "gods" but all the Muslim countries from OIC, OPEC including Malaysia refused to legalize the Migration of downtrodden Muslims around the world, including Burmese Muslims and Rohingyas from Myanmar.

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In the Qur'an: Al-Baqara
Lo! those who believe, and those who emigrate (to escape the persecution) and strive in the way of Allah, these have hope of Allah's mercy. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (218)

In the Qur'an: An-Nisa
Lo! as for those whom the angels take (in death) while they wrong themselves,

The angels will ask: In what were ye engaged?

They will say: We were oppressed in the land.

(The angels) will say: Was not Allah's earth spacious that ye could have migrated therein? As for such, their habitation will be hell, an evil journey's end; (97)

Except the feeble among men, and the women, and the children, who are unable to devise a plan and are not shown a way. (98)

As for such, it may be that Allah will pardon them. Allah is ever Clement, Forgiving. (99)

Who so migrate for the cause of Allah will find much refuge and abundance in the earth, and who so forsake his home, a fugitive unto Allah and His messenger, and death overtake him, his reward is then incumbent on Allah. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful. (100)

I think it depends on each individual. No one should force or persuade because I have a lot of bad experiences.

If we stop others, they would definitely ask why I left.

If I relate my initial difficulties most of them think I am jealous about them and purposely telling bad things.

But if I encourage them to come out, most of them could not stand the difficulties and blame me. Actually the present condition is NOT like our Prophet's (pbuh) time. The migrant not only need to struggle for the survival but the most important thing is….

The Stay Permit or Visa or Dependent Pass, Work Permit or student Pass or Second Home Programme, Green Card (Red IC or Permanent Residency) or Citizen Ship or Refugee status or at least getting the UNHCR Card. All of these are not easy and Illegal status or Illegal Migrant status is also quite dangerous.

In Thailand and Malaysia…Illegals are more than legals. Many no problem but there are VULTURES at every corner trying to exploit. I heard that most of the Thi police at Myanmar border used to have a Myanmar mistress. They give their wives the necessary protection. But even most of the Myanmar girls came legally to Malaysia used to get married (just staying together) because their "brothers" are waiting every where to give necessary help and guidance for everything. Usually within 3 months time they end up in the bed together.

Another thing is, I tried my best for my brother Mg Mg and nephew Ko Ko Lwin. We (they and I) have done legal ways, spending money, engaged with 2 agents, my wife and I even have given very expensive presents up to the Deputy Home Minister. But Allah don't agree. When failed we wrote appeals to the Minister. When all failed I wrote the complaint letter to the PM Dr M and given copies to relevant ministers. I was even threatened by some LITTLE Napoleons with ISA (Pote Ma 5 here). But I wrote another 4 letters stubbornly. They have to go back, their family members and extended family members misunderstand and blame me. Not only I have to spend for them, I have to compensate one of them. And I got the bad name from the authorities and some people used my appeal letters as an excuse for their failures.

People just see my in-laws staying here happily. They don't now how much we had to try everywhere and how many times they had to go back because of various problems. Dr NAK could not get visa here and studied MSc in NUS (Singapore). He had was hit by a Motorbike and fractured. When he went back, people were backbiting with the malicious intent that his brother in law (ie I) fought and hit him. My sis in law also went back. But at last all tried again and successful. My parents in law came back from Umrah, stayed together fasting in Ramdan and 3 days before Eid had to go back because this "MUSLIM" Malay Immigration Officers refused to even give ONE week extension to enjoy Hari Raya together. (We never met for 10 yrs and their first visit here. Our appeals are fallen on their DEAF EARS.

My parents in laws have to use their OWN MONEY to paid for Second Home programme and stayed in Malaysia because Malaysian Immigration REFUSED to issue dependent visa for our parents or parents in laws….


[VIDEO] Zul Kulim Hina Ugama Hindu, PKR Desak Beliau Didakwa Dibawah Kanun Keseksaan

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 07:15 AM PDT


PKR mendesak naib presiden kumpulan pendesak Melayu PERKASA Zulkifli Noordin disiasat bawah Kanun Keseksaan kerana didakwa membuat kenyataan bersifat menghasut terhadap penganut Hindu.

Naib Presiden PKR N Surendran berkata, kenyataan yang "menghina orang Hindu dan agama mereka" itu dikesan dalam video 5 minit di Youtube.

"Kata-kata yang diucapkan oleh Zulkifli Noordin antara serangan paling teruk pernah dibuat terhadap agama besar di negara ini," kata Surendran.

Beliau mendesak peguam negara dan ketua polis negara menyiasat Zulkifli yang juga anggota Parlimen bebas di Kulim-Bandar Baharu dibawah Seksyen 298A Kanun Keseksaan.

Undang-undang itu memperuntukkan hukuman penjara antara dua hingga lima tahun atas kesalahan mencetuskan keadaan tidak harmoni.

Malaysiakini sedang cuba menghubungi Zulkifli bagi mendapatkan ulasannya berhubung dakwaan di atas.

Perbualan dengan penjual berhala

Dalam video itu Zulkifli kelihatan seperti menyampaikan ceramah agama di satu surau dan menceritakan perbualannya dengan seorang penjual berhala Hindu berhampiran Wisma Yakin, Kuala Lumpur.

Kedai berhala itu kata Zulkifli baru sahaja dilanda banjir dan berhala-berhala yang dijual turut rosak.

"(Saya tanya) Sama Tuhan pun kena ke? Tuhan pun kena, dia (penjual berhala) kata.

Apa macam Tuhan boleh kena? Itu Tuhan, patut dia Tuhan tahu (perkara yang berlaku).

"Apa pasal anne (abang) tak atur Tuhan anne (abang) depan kedai, kata 'woo! Air stop!' Pergi itu kedai mamak sana kasi banjir, ini Tuhan punya kedai. Apa pasal tak ada bikin itu macam? Tuhan patut tolong sama kita.

"Kalau Tuhan air pun tak boleh tahan, apa lagi dia nak bagi? Air pun tak boleh tahan ke? Tahanlah itu air.

"Dia kata apa dekat saya? Dia kata, "Hey dey thambi (adik)! Mana boleh, itu batulah. Dia pun tahu, dia marah kita pula," kata Zulkifli dalam video itu. -mk


Zul Nordin hina agama lain bertentangan ajaran Islam – Bippa


Penghinaan Ahli Parlimen Kulim-Bandar Baharu, Datuk Zulkifli Nordin ke atas agama Hindu bertentangan ajaran Islam, kata Pengerusi Biro Pemantapan dan Pemahaman Agama KEADILAN (Bippa), Ahmad Kassim.

Katanya, memperlekeh ibadat kaum lain seperti dilakukan Zulkifli itu sangat memalukan sekaligus menunjukkan beliau jahil agama.

"Jelas perbuatannya bertentangan al Quran surah al-An'am ayat 108 yang melarang orang Islam mencerca sembahan golongan bukan Islam.

"Ini amat memalukan masyarakat Islam. Zulkifli boleh dikategorikan sebagai jahil agama," katanya dihubungi.

Dalam ceramahnya menerusi video yang tersebar di internet semalam, Zulkifli memperlekehkan agama Hindu dengan menggambarkan penganutnya menyembah tuhan mereka yang hanya diperbuat daripada batu.

Kata Naib Presiden Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa (Perkasa) itu, bencana alam yang melanda kedai jual patung tuhan Hindu juga turut dilanda banjir, sedangkan premis itu menjual peralatan kebanggaan agama Hindu.

Ahmad berkata, tindakan Zulkifli itu akibat tidak mengambil teladan zaman Rasulullah yang berinteraksi semua kaum tanpa membeza-bezakan.

"Singkap kembali sejarah Rasulullah…Baginda melayan orang Islam atau bukan Islam sama, tiada beza.

"Tidak perlu hina agama lain, cukuplah jaga agama sendiri dan patuh pada ajarannya," kata Ahli Parlimen Kuala Kedah itu.

Sementara itu, bekas Ketua Penerangan Hindraf, S Jayathas menyeru Zulkifli supaya lebih sensitif bercakap soal agama terutama bukan Islam.

"Sebagai pemimpin, tak sepatutnya berlaku demikian. Sebagai Ahli Parlimen, pastinya beliau mengetahui tentang sensitiviti agama semua kaum di negara ini. Beliau tak layak jadi Ahli Parlimen," katanya.

Timbalan Pengerusi Biro Hak Asasi dan Guaman KEADILAN selepas menyertai parti itu pada Oktober lalu menggesa kerajaan serius menangani perkara tersebut.

"Selagi tidak diambil tindakan, dibimbangi Zulkifli akan lebih berani menghina agama lain pula. Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) dan pihak berkuasa perlu siasat segera walaupun perkara ini bukan dilakukan pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat," katanya
-KD



Defeat Alzheimer's Before It Occurs

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 04:30 AM PDT


Perhaps there is no beverage studied for health benefits more than green tea. It has been established as having anti-aging properties, promoting cardiovascular health, protecting against diabetes, reversing chronic fatigue syndrome, and exhibiting anti-cancer properties.

The major active ingredient that provides all these benefits is ECGC or epigallocatechin gallate, a type of flavonoid in green tea known as a catechin. It's those catechins that are responsible for a multitude of health giving properties.

So many that ECGC extracts are sold for those who can't drink all those cups of green tea that will do the trick. ECGC supplements have also been used as adjuncts to conventional cancer treatments.

The only caveat for ECGC supplements or heavy green tea consumption comes with pregnancy. Pregnant women who do either are at risk for the flip side of ECGC's anti-cancer properties, leading to carcinogenic dangers.

And her newborn is at risk for childhood malignant central nervous system tumors if her polyphenol flavanoid intake is high. Best to avoid either green tea or ECGC extracts during pregnancy.

But for everyone else, ECGC catechin extract supplements or heavy green tea drinking is fine. Black tea doesn't contain nearly the same catechin content as green tea.

Defeating dementia before it occurs

A recent study documented in the Journal of Biological Chemistry has determined that EGCG is able to stop amyloid-beta proteins from attaching to and killing brain cells in a lab setting. These amyloid-beta proteins are considered a leading contributor to Alzheimer's disease.

This particular study, was done in vitro, which means in glass petri dishes or test tubes, but not in animals or humans. The study was performed by a research team at the University of Leeds in the UK. One of the researchers, Professor Nigel Hooper, claimed the study as an "important step in increasing our understanding of the cause and progression of Alzheimer's disease."

Other neurodegenerative diseases can be nipped before they are taken over by ECGC's chelating properties to help eliminate iron or aluminum from the central nervous system and brain.

Learn more AT THIS LINK.

Some Arab leaders have taken risks for peace — and paid with their lives by Clifford D. May

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 04:20 AM PDT

Meeting with King Abdullah II in Jordan last Friday, President Obama was gracious enough to mention the monarch's great-grandfather, King Abdullah I, who "gave his life in the name of peace." To Western ears, that sounded like a tribute. To Arab and Muslim ears, it may have sounded like a warning. To understand why, it's necessary to dip into the history that Westerners seldom learn and Middle Easterners seldom forget. What we now call Jordan was for centuries a backwater of the Ottoman Empire, the last of the great Islamic caliphates. Ottoman forces made the mistake of fighting on the losing side in World War I. Defeat precipitated the collapse of the empire and the dissolution of the caliphate. Ottoman lands were divided between the British and the French. The territory east of the Jordan River, referred to as Transjordan, became part of the British Mandate of Palestine.

 Farther east, in Arabia, fierce warriors of the Saudi clan overthrew the Hashemite clan, whose members are said to be descended from the prophet Mohammed and who had long ruled the Hejaz, which includes the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Displaced Hashemites were installed by the British in Transjordan. Abdullah — who had fought against the Ottomans and alongside T. E. Lawrence — was named Emir of Transjordan in 1921.

A quarter century later, when the Palestinian Mandate was dissolved, a fully independent Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan was founded, with Abdullah on the throne. He opposed the establishment of Israel, and his Arab Legion was among the five armies that attempted to crush the fledgling Jewish state in 1948. That effort failed, of course, but the king's men did cross the Jordan River and seize Judea and Samaria (subsequently renamed the West Bank), including sections of Jerusalem. Interesting to note: At that time, no Arab leader proposed establishing an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, nor in Gaza, then under Egyptian control.

In April of 1949, Abdullah changed his country's name to what it is today: the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Officially, it remained at war with Israel. Unofficially, Abdullah recognized that a long and bloody conflict with his western neighbor would benefit no one. In 1951, as he was leaving the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, he was assassinated by Mustafa Ashu, a member of the Jihad al-Muqaddas, the Army of the Holy War. Winston Churchill said: "I deeply regret the murder of this wise and faithful Arab ruler, who never deserted the cause of Britain and held out the hand of reconciliation to Israel."

You see my point? Imagine you are Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority. You know that making peace with Israel will bring you the praise of British prime ministers and American presidents. Perhaps you understand that peace would be in the best interest of your people. But you also are keenly aware that serious peacemaking will place you and members of your family in severe peril.

Egypt's President Anwar Sadat made peace with Israel in 1979. Two years later, he was assassinated in accord with a fatwa written by Omar Abdel Rahman, the "Blind Sheikh," who would go on to be convicted by federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Since becoming president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, has been calling for the Blind Sheikh's release. And the assassination of Lebanese president Bachir Gemayel in September 1982 was not unrelated to the fact that just two weeks earlier he had agreed to start the process of establishing diplomatic relations with Israel. 

I'm not persuaded that Abbas is a peacemaker at heart. But even if I'm wrong about that, I'm right about this: Abbas knows that Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iranian terrorists are watching him. Israelis know that, too, which is why they cannot make concessions to Abbas that would leave them weaker vis-à-vis other sworn enemies.

The day before his visit to Jordan, President Obama addressed an audience of about 1,000 Israeli students in Jerusalem. "Political leaders," he told them, "will not take risks if the people do not demand that they do." On his next visit to the Middle East, perhaps the president will visit Birzeit University in the West Bank and make a similar statement. I don't doubt that some in the audience will want to applaud, but I do wonder how many will have the courage to put their hands together. National Review

— Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on national security.

Syria’s European Jihadis By Elliott Abrams

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 04:16 AM PDT

During a recent visit to Israel, I found military officers focused intently on Syria — where, they said, there are now about 5,000 jihadis. These are not Muslim Brotherhood types, but fighters in Jabhat al-Nusra (listed by the United States last December as an international terrorist organization) and other Sunni jihadi groups linked to al-Qaeda.

The key concern, the Israelis said, is where the jihadis go after Assad falls. Do they stay on in Syria to fight any Alawite militias that may appear? Do they go west to Lebanon, to fight the Shiite group Hezbollah? South to try to cross into the Golan, and fight the Israeli army? Or east into Iraq, to fight as Sunnis against the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Maliki — which the Israelis saw as perhaps the most likely outcome?

But there is another possible outcome: that the jihadis go to Europe to commit acts of violence and terror there. Why would hundreds of them possibly go to Europe? Because they came from Europe.

The facts are pretty clear: There are hundreds and hundreds of European Muslims now fighting in Syria. When I met recently in Washington with the top civil servant in one of Europe's foreign ministries, this was his greatest fear: What will they do when they come "home," their fighting skills now honed through months of combat alongside other jihadis from Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and many other countries?

A recent Gatestone Institute paper by Soeren Kern gives some numbers. The U.K. government thinks there are about 100 British Muslim fighters in Syria. Kern notes a recent speech by British foreign secretary William Hague on the danger:
Syria is now the number one destination for jihadists anywhere in the world today. This includes a number of individuals connected with the United Kingdom and other European countries. They may not pose a threat to us when they first go to Syria, but if they survive some may return ideologically hardened and with experience of weapons and explosives.
The French believe there are dozens of French Muslim jihadis in Syria. Kern quotes Dutch public broadcasting reporting that "the Netherlands has become one of the major European suppliers of Islamic jihadists" and about 100 Dutch Muslims are fighting in Syria. The Belgians think there are at least 70 Belgian Muslims there, and a Belgian newspaper called the country the top supplier of youth going to Syria for jihad. There is a growing recognition in Europe of the danger around the corner. Already two Danish Muslims have been killed as part of the rebel forces in Syria, and the March 25 edition of a leading Danish newspaper carried a story headlined "Youthful gang members are going to war in the name of Islam." The story continued:
According to the Danish Secret Services . . . several members of the most violent gangs of immigrants in Copenhagen are currently in Syria where they have gone in order to participate in jihad. This may turn hardened criminals into hardline fundamentalists. "This is a new trend. These people are already potentially dangerous and when they return home, they have access to arms and explosives. It is very worrisome to see these types of ties forming between Islam and criminals," says the head of the Danish Secret Services.
There were very few foreign fighters in Syria when the rebellion began two years ago, so the growth of the jihadi groups is one of the costs of the long, slow war and the slaughter of tens of thousands of Sunni civilians by Assad's forces. Because the jihadi groups continue to grow day by day, bringing the war to a close and getting Assad out is an important goal. But the genie is out of the bottle, at least for many European countries. Hundreds of trained jihadis will now be returning "home" — to European countries in which they hold citizenship and whose languages they speak. I can see why the Israelis worry where the jihadis will turn once Assad is gone, but at least Israel has a border with Syria it can keep closed and fight to protect. The counter-terror forces in Europe will not be able to prevent these jihadis from crossing Europe's borders, for they all hold passports. Trouble ahead. National Review

Turin Shroud 'is not a medieval forgery'

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 04:09 AM PDT

The Turin Shroud is not a medieval forgery, as has long been claimed, but could in fact date from the time of Christ's death, a new book claims.
Many Catholics believe that the 14ft-long linen cloth was used to cover Christ's body when he was lifted down from the cross after being crucified Photo: EPA
Like I said before, History always trumps Fairy Tales, this is no distortion but fact-edit. Experiments conducted by scientists at the University of Padua in northern Italy have dated the shroud to ancient times, a few centuries before and after the life of Christ. Many Catholics believe that the 14ft-long linen cloth, which bears the imprint of the face and body of a bearded man, was used to bury Christ's body when he was lifted down from the cross after being crucified 2,000 years ago. The analysis is published in a new book, "Il Mistero della Sindone" or The Mystery of the Shroud, by Giulio Fanti, a professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at Padua University, and Saverio Gaeta, a journalist.  

The tests will revive the debate about the true origins of one of Christianity's most prized but mysterious relics and are likely to be hotly contested by sceptics. Scientists, including Prof Fanti, used infra-red light and spectroscopy – the measurement of radiation intensity through wavelengths – to analyse fibres from the shroud, which is kept in a special climate-controlled case in Turin.  The tests dated the age of the shroud to between 300 BC and 400AD. The experiments were carried out on fibres taken from the Shroud during a previous study, in 1988, when they were subjected to carbon-14 dating. Those tests, conducted by laboratories in Oxford, Zurich and Arizona, appeared to back up the theory that the shroud was a clever medieval fake, suggesting that it dated from 1260 to 1390. But those results were in turn disputed on the basis that they may have been skewed by contamination by fibres from cloth that was used to repair the relic when it was damaged by fire in the Middle Ages. 

Mr Fanti, a Catholic, said his results were the fruit of 15 years of research. He said the carbon-14 dating tests carried out in 1988 were "false" because of laboratory contamination. The mystery of the shroud has baffled people for centuries and has spawned not only religious devotion but also books, documentaries and conspiracy theories. The linen cloth appears to show the imprint of a man with long hair and a beard whose body bears wounds consistent with having been crucified. Each year it lures hundreds of thousands of faithful to Turin Cathedral, where it is kept in a specially designed, climate-controlled case. 

Scientists have never been able to explain how the image of a man's body, complete with nail wounds to his wrists and feet, pinpricks from thorns around his forehead and a spear wound to his chest, could have formed on the cloth. Mr Fanti said the imprint was caused by a blast of "exceptional radiation", although he stopped short of describing it as a miracle. He said his tests backed up earlier results which claimed to have found on the shroud traces of dust and pollen which could only have come from the Holy Land. 

Mr Gaeta is also a committed Catholic - he worked for L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, and now works for Famiglia Cristiana, a Catholic weekly. The Vatican has never said whether it believes the shroud to be authentic or not, although Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI once said that the enigmatic image imprinted on the cloth "reminds us always" of Christ's suffering. His newly-elected successor, Pope Francis, will provide an introduction when images of the shroud appear on television on Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday, which commemorates the resurrection. 

"It will be a message of intense spiritual scope, charged with positivity, which will help (people) never to lose hope," said Cesare Nosiglia, the Archbishop of Turin, who also has the title "pontifical custodian of the shroud". "The display of the shroud on a day as special as Holy Saturday means that it represents a very important testimony to the Passion and the resurrection of the Lord," he said. 

For the first time, an app has been created to enable people to explore the holy relic in detail on their smart phones and tablets. The app, sanctioned by the Catholic Church and called "Shroud 2.0", features high definition photographs of the cloth and enables users to see details that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. 

"For the first time in history the most detailed image of the shroud ever achieved becomes available to the whole world, thanks to a streaming system which allows a close-up view of the cloth. Each detail of the cloth can be magnified and visualised in a way which would otherwise not be possible," Haltadefinizione, the makers of the app, said.Telegraph

Dumb and Dangerous: America’s Fast Pass for Saudi Arabia by Michelle Malkin

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 04:15 AM PDT

It's business as usual in the post-9/11 world. Your federal government is back to pandering to wealthy travelers from Saudi Arabia. In the eyes of our massive homeland security apparatus, the comfort of Saudis is a higher priority than the safety of American citizens.

And thanks to reckless, feckless bureaucrats who fear being labeled "racists," "xenophobes" and "Islamophobes," political correctness remains the handmaiden of terror.

According to a new report released this week by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), President Obama's Department of Homeland Security plans to bestow "trusted traveler" status to travelers from Saudi Arabia. Yes, the home of 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers will soon enjoy the exclusive privilege of new entry shortcuts into the U.S. Fox News points out: "Only an exclusive handful of countries enjoy inclusion in the Global Entry program: Canada, Mexico, South Korea and the Netherlands. According to the IPT, some officials are questioning why Saudi Arabia gets to reap the benefits of the program, when key U.S. allies like Germany and France are not enrolled."

Saudi suck-up Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security, hailed "the bond between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" and pledged to work with the government to facilitate "legitimate trade and travel." This foolish move is astonishing but not unprecedented. As I noted in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration had created its own fast-pass system for Saudi elites called "Visa Express." Thanks to this GOP idiocy, three of the 9/11 hijackers skipped the usual consular interview process and bypassed long lines in the hot Saudi sun. 

Throughout the jihadist-coddling Saudi kingdom, applicants could simply file their visa paperwork through travel agencies and courier companies for a small fee — without having to appear in person or submit to extensive background checks. The U.S. embassy in Riyadh bragged before 9/11: "Applicants will no longer have to take time off from work, no longer have to wait in long lines under the hot sun and in crowded waiting rooms, and no longer be limited by any time constraints."

Investigative reporter Joel Mowbray obtained the shocking, shoddy applications filed by the hijackers — whose omissions about where, when and what they planned to do when they arrived in the U.S. should have raised blood-red flags. But after the Saudi-dominated 9/11 jihad crew murdered nearly 3,000 innocent men, women and children on our soil, Bush administration officials bent over backward to assure touchy Saudis that no changes would be made "in determining visa eligibility as a result of the (9/11) attacks." Visa Express was expanded.

Moreover, State Department employees were banned from communicating with foreign governments about their citizens' visa applications, making it virtually impossible to verify vital information. The Bush State Department official in charge of implementing the "Visa Express" program that helped enable 9/11 hijackers and their colleagues was not punished. Instead, she received "cash prizes for 'outstanding performance in the 12 months from April 16, 2001, to April 15, 2002' — a period during which at least five of the 9/11 terrorists received visas that should have been denied according to the law," as Mowbray noted, "and during which September 11 happened."

Since that time, consular screening has remained an abject joke. There is still no operational tracking system to detect and deport hundreds of thousands of visa overstayers, including untold numbers of illegal aliens from jihad-friendly Middle Eastern countries. Law enforcement training for consular officials is scant. And Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., stated the obvious about Obama's Fast Pass 2.0: "I think you have radical Wahhabism in certain elements in Saudi Arabia, and I think to be more lenient there than in other places would be a mistake."

Twelve years after a Saudi-dominated cabal of young male Muslims committed mass murder in the skies and brought down the Twin Towers, your government refuses to do the unapologetic national security profiling necessary to prevent another domestic attack by foreign jihadis. Instead, they're searching your grandma's knitting bag, your Marine's prosthetic limbs and your toddler's bags packed for Disneyland — while waving Saudi "trusted travelers" through the fast lane. Deadly deja vu. Michelle Malkin

Pope washes feet of young Muslim woman prisoner in unprecedented twist on Maundy Thursday By Harriet Alexander, and agencies 6:39PM GMT 28 Mar 2013

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 03:54 AM PDT

While popes have for centuries washed the feet of the faithful on the day before Good Friday, never before had a pontiff washed the feet of a woman. That one of the female inmates at the prison in Rome was also a Serbian Muslim was also a break with tradition. "There is no better way to show his service for the smallest, for the least fortunate," said Gaetano Greco, a local chaplain.
 
Pope Francis kissing the feet of a young offender
 
Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates aged 14 to 21, among them the two women, the second of whom was an Italian Catholic. Mr Greco said he hoped the ritual would be "a positive sign in their lives". The pontiff, who has largely disregarded protocol since his election earlier this month, urged his fellow clerics before the ceremony to prioritise the poor."We need to go out to the outskirts where there is suffering, bloodshed, blindness that longs for sight, and prisoners in thrall to many evil masters," he said at a mass in St Peter's Basilica. "It is not in soul-searching or constant introspection that we encounter the Lord." Francis, the first leader of the Catholic Church from Latin America, led a mass with a mixed group of young offenders at the Casal del Marmo prison outside of Rome. The 76-year-old, who was archbishop of Buenos Aires until chosen as pope, has already made a name for himself as a champion of the disadvantaged. In his homeland of Argentina he was known for his strong social advocacy, working in slums and shunning the lavish lifestyle adopted by some senior clerics. He lived in a small flat near the cathedral, flew to the Rome conclave in economy class, and chose to travel with his fellow cardinals by minibus rather than in the papal limousine.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio - as Pope Francis was previously known - had already washed and kissed the feet of women in past ceremonies in Argentinian jails, hospitals and old people's homes, including pregnant mothers and AIDS patients. Before performing the traditional feet washing, in his first general audience on Wednesday, Francis called on the world's 1.2 billion Catholics to reach out to "lost sheep" over the coming days. "Holy Week challenges us to step outside ourselves so as to attend to the needs of others: those who long for a sympathetic ear, those in need of comfort or help," Francis told thousands of faithful gathered in St Peter's Square.

On Good Friday, Francis will recite the Passion of Christ – the story of the last hours of Jesus's life – in St Peter's Basilica, before presiding over the Via Crucis ceremony by the Colosseum, where thousands of Christians are believed to have been martyred in Roman times. While last year his predecessor, 85-year-old Pope Benedict, presided over celebrations from under a canopy next to the Colosseum, Francis is expected to take part in the procession and even carry the wooden cross on his shoulder for part of the way.

On Saturday, the pontiff will take part in an evening Easter vigil in St Peter's Basilica, and on Easter Sunday the he will celebrate Easter mass in front of tens of thousands of pilgrims in St Peter's Square and then pronounce the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" blessing to Rome and the world. Also on Thursday, the Pope made his first appointment of a bishop, naming Mario Poli, 66, to succeed him as archbishop of Buenos Aires and the top churchman in Argentina. Francis also put his first people on the path to sainthood, unveiling a list of 63 people including victims of the Spanish Civil War, Nazism and Communism. The largest number are considered martyrs of faith killed during the 1931-45 conflict in Spain.  Telegraph

State involvement reports in Burma unrest

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 03:44 AM PDT

State involvement reports in Burma unrest

March 29, 2013

THE United Nations Special Rapporteur on Myanmar (Burma) human rights says he has received reports of "state involvement" in some of the recent violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the former army-ruled nation.

At least 40 people have been killed and mosques burned in several towns in central Myanmar since fresh sectarian strife erupted on March 20, prompting the government to impose emergency rule and curfews in some areas.

"I have received reports of State involvement in some of the acts of violence," Tomas Ojea Quintana said in a statement on Thursday.

He also pointed to "instances where the military, police and other civilian law enforcement forces have been standing by while atrocities have been committed before their very eyes, including by well organised ultra-nationalist Buddhist mobs.

"This may indicate direct involvement by some sections of the State or implicit collusion and support for such actions."

 According to the statement, Quintana also received information indicating that the military and police may be arbitrarily detaining people based on religious and ethnic profiling.

Myanmar President Thein Sein vowed a tough response to religious extremists in a national address.

According to the United Nations, the recent clashes – which were apparently triggered by an argument in a gold shop that turned into a riot – have seen some 12,000 people displaced.

It is the worst sectarian strife since violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the western state of Rakhine last year left at least 180 people dead and more than 110,000 displaced.

Myanmar's Muslims – largely of Indian, Chinese and Bangladeshi descent – account for an estimated four per cent of the population of roughly 60 million.


Obama finally demolished the claim that settlements are an obstacle to peace. By Charles Krauthammer

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 03:28 AM PDT

"I honestly believe that if any Israeli parent sat down with those [Palestinian] kids, they'd say I want these kids to succeed."– Barack Obama, in Jerusalem, March 21
 
Very true. But how does the other side feel about Israeli kids? Consider that the most revered parent in Palestinian society is Mariam Farhat of Gaza. Her distinction? Three of her sons died in various stages of trying to kill Israelis — one in a suicide attack, shooting up and hurling grenades in a room full of Jewish students. She gloried in her "martyr" sons, wishing only that she had 100 boys like her schoolroom suicide attacker to "sacrifice . . . for the sake of God." And for that she was venerated as "mother of the struggle," elected to parliament, and widely mourned upon her recent passing. So much for reciprocity. In the Palestinian territories, streets, public squares, summer camps, high schools, even a kindergarten are named after suicide bombers and other mass murderers. So much for the notion that if only Israelis would care about Arab kids, peace would be possible.

Israelis have forever wanted nothing more than peace and security for all children. That's why they accepted the 1947 U.N. partition of British Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state. Unfortunately — another asymmetry — the Arabs said no. To this day, the Palestinians have rejected every peace offer that leaves a Jewish state standing. This is not ancient history. Yasser Arafat said no at Camp David in 2000 and at Taba in 2001. And in 2008, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered a Palestinian state on all of the West Bank (with territorial swaps) with its capital in a shared Jerusalem. Mahmoud Abbas walked away. 

In that same speech, Obama blithely called these "missed historic opportunities" that should not prevent peace-seeking now. But these "missed historic opportunities" are not random events. They present an unbroken, unrelenting pattern over seven decades of rejecting any final peace with Israel.

So what was the point of Obama's Jerusalem speech encouraging young Israelis to make peace, a speech the media drooled over? It was mere rhetoric, a sideshow meant to soften the impact on the Arab side of the really important event of Obama's trip: the major recalibration of his position on the peace process.

Obama knows that peace talks are going nowhere. First, because there is no way that Israel can sanely make concessions while its neighborhood is roiling and unstable — the Muslim Brotherhood taking over Egypt, rockets being fired from Gaza, Hezbollah brandishing 50,000 missiles aimed at Israel, civil war raging in Syria with its chemical weapons and rising jihadists, and Iran threatening openly to raze Tel Aviv and Haifa. Second, peace is going nowhere because Abbas has shown Obama over the last four years that he has no interest in negotiating. Obama's message to Abbas was blunt: Come to the table without preconditions, i.e., without the excuse of demanding a settlement freeze first. 

Obama himself had contributed to this impasse when he imposed that precondition — for the first time ever in the history of Arab-Israeli negotiations — four years ago. And when Israel responded with an equally unprecedented ten-month settlement freeze, Abbas didn't show up to talk until more than nine months in — then walked out, never to return. In Ramallah, Obama didn't just address this perennial Palestinian dodge. He demolished the very claim that settlements are the obstacle to peace. Palestinian sovereignty and Israeli security are "the core issue," he told Abbas. "If we solve those two problems, the settlement problem will be solved." 

Finally. Presidential validation of the screamingly obvious truism: Any peace agreement will produce a Palestinian state with not a single Israeli settlement remaining on its territory. Any settlement on the Palestinian side of whatever border is agreed upon will be demolished. Thus, any peace that reconciles Palestinian statehood with Israeli security automatically resolves the settlement issue. It disappears. Yes, Obama offered the ritual incantations about settlements being unhelpful. Nothing new here. He could have called them illegal or illegitimate. It wouldn't have mattered — because Obama officially declared them irrelevant. 

Exposing settlements as a mere excuse for the Palestinian refusal to negotiate — that was the news, widely overlooked, coming out of Obama's trip. It was a breakthrough. Will it endure? Who knows. But when an American president so sympathetic to the Palestinian cause tells Abbas to stop obstructing peace with that phony settlement excuse, something important has happened. Abbas, unmasked and unhappy, knows this better than anyone. National review


Charles Krauthammer is a nationally syndicated columnist. © 2013 the Washington Post Writers Group.

Fitnah Video Seks : Kepala Otak Kotor Akan Hasilkan Perkara Kotor

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 04:48 AM PDT

Fitnah video seks yang disebarkan blogger upahan Umno-BN, Papa Gomo hanya menggambarkan diri beliau juga mempunyai pemikiran yang cederung ke arah melakukan perkara kotor.

Ini kerana menurut perspektif Islam, sesuatu tindakan kotor akan keluar dari jiwa dan hati yang kotor.

Demikian menurut Ketua Penerangan Pas Pusat, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man kepada TV Selangor ketika dihubungi hari ini.

"Tindakan ini keluar dari jiwa dan hati yang kotor akhirnya melahirkan tindakan yang bertentangan dengan syarak, etika dan moral kita sebagai orang Melayu.

"Ianya juga mendedahkan siapa kita sebenarnya dari segi pemikiran sosiologi manusia, ia menggambarkan indentiti sebenar kita, tetapi masyarakat boleh menilainya,"
kata Tuan Ibrahim.

Sepatutnya menurut beliau, Umno-BN haruslah menumpukan kepada isu-isu dasar yang lebih serius seperti rasuah, penyelewengan, salah guna kuasa, pembaziran dan sebagainya dan bukan isu remeh yang bertujuan mengaibkan peribadi ahli politik tertentu.

Tuan Ibrahim juga percaya, tindakan memfitnah tersebut diambil ekoran kegagalan Umno-BN menyelesaikan isu penyelewengan pemimpin mereka yang didedahkan pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat.

"Kita harus ingat, perbuatan kita tidak berakhir di dunia, tetapi di akhirat dan memfitnah juga termasuk dosa-dosa besar yang menghapuskan segala amalan lain," ujar beliau lagi.

Sebelum ini Papa Gomo beberapa kali memfitnah Ketua Umum PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dalam beberapa siri video seks di blognya.

Dari rentetan siri-siri fitnah oleh Papa Gomo itu, Anwar mengambil tindakan undang-undang dengan menyaman blogger tersebut sebanyak RM 100 juta.

Terbaru, Papa Gomo turut memaparkan surat terbuka kepada Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail dengan harapan Anwar berundur daripada politik tanah air.


Sri Lanka crowd attacks Muslim warehouse in Colombo

Posted: 29 Mar 2013 12:51 AM PDT

Sri Lanka crowd attacks Muslim warehouse in Colombo

Several people have been injured in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, when Buddhist monks led hundreds in an assault on a Muslim-owned clothing warehouse.

Buddhist monks were filmed throwing stones at the storage centre of popular garment chain Fashion Bug in a suburb of the capital on Thursday night.

Police told AFP news agency that forces had been deployed to guard the area.

The attack comes as hard-line Buddhist groups step up a campaign against the lifestyles of Muslims.

The development comes four years after the army in the mainly Sinhalese Buddhist country defeated Tamil separatists.

During Sri Lanka's bitter civil war the Muslims – a small Tamil-speaking minority, about 9% of the population – kept a low profile, but many now fear that ethnic majority hard-liners are trying to target them.

The BBC's Charles Haviland in Colombo said the monks led a crowd which quickly swelled to about 500, yelling insults against the shop's Muslim owners and rounding on journalists seeking to cover the events.

Five or six were injured, including a cameraman who needed stitches.

Eyewitnesses said the police stood and watched although after the trouble spread they brought it under control.

"We have deployed extra units of STR (Special Task Force commandos) and police to guard the area," police spokesman Buddhika Siriwardena told the Agence France-Presse news agency.

"The situation was brought under control within a few hours," he said, adding that no arrests had been made.

Television footage showed broken glass and clothing from the warehouse strewn in the street.

Hard-line Buddhist groups led by monks also sent around a text this week urging people to boycott Muslim shops when stocking up for the forthcoming Sri Lankan New Year festival.

After some Muslim groups called a strike in protest against a growing Buddhist campaign against their lifestyle, including halal food classification, a hard-line Buddhist party in the governing coalition issued a statement saying: "Sinhalese Buddhists should be determined to teach such Muslim extremists a lesson that they will never forget".

The assault comes a day after police set up a hot-line to tackle complaints about anyone "inciting religious or racial hatred hatred".

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Andropause Symptoms

Posted: 28 Mar 2013 11:30 PM PDT


As men age, their bodies produce less testosterone. Because testosterone supports so many of the processes in a man's body, big changes occur when it's in short supply. "Andropause" (or "male menopause") is the term given to the overall process and symptoms that occur when testosterone levels decline. Andropause affects millions of men worldwide and is a common part of aging.

1. The Physical Symptoms of Andropause

Physically, andropause has been described as being akin to puberty, but in reverse. Testosterone is responsible for regulating bone and muscle growth. Both of those diminish when testosterone is less available. The Wesley Woods Health Center in Atlanta warns that men experiencing the symptoms of andropause have a higher risk of osteoporosis. [1]

Additionally, body fat increases and lean body mass decreases, this can quickly become a very imbalanced scale.  According to the University of Texas School of Medicine, body mass and testosterone may be inversely related and obesity restricts testosterone production. When testosterone production is already affected, this can make a strained situation even worse and might offer an explanation as to why obesity affects older men. [2]

2. Sexual Symptoms of Andropause

Testosterone is required for sexual function but testosterone is less available during andropause. Uh-oh. You're probably not surprised to learn that many men report experiencing impotence and other sexual problems such as premature ejaculation, or no ejaculation at all. [3]

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