Thursday, April 18, 2013

Akhirnya Nazri Tercampak Keluar Dari Parlimen... Najib Menang Sebagai Ketua Pembangkang..

Akhirnya Nazri Tercampak Keluar Dari Parlimen... Najib Menang Sebagai Ketua Pembangkang..


Akhirnya Nazri Tercampak Keluar Dari Parlimen... Najib Menang Sebagai Ketua Pembangkang..

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 10:38 AM PDT


Akhirnya Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz digugurkan dari bertanding di Padang Rengas.

Seperti yang GB jangkakan sebelum ini, Nazri akan menerima kesan dan akibat dari perbuatannya sendiri.

Kita masih ingat bahawa beliaulah yang telah menggantungkan MP Puchong, Gond Singh Deo kerana selamatkan Najib daripada kes Altantuya daripada dibincang di parlimen. Kerana beliau jugalah Karpal Singh, Anwar, Azmin dan lain-lain digantung kerana isu UMNO-APCO serta beliaulah ahli parlimen BN yang membuat paling banyak kenyataan untuk mempertahankan SPRM, Polis, video seks dan sebagainya.

GB pernah tulis begini:

Dan Nazri pun akhirnya menerima akibat daripada perbuatan lampaunya.

GB pernah membuat pemerhatian bahawa: Najib akan memancung Nazri sebelum PRU13 di dalam satu ulasan GB bertarikh 7 Jun 2011:

....akan berlakulah perebutan kerusi Ketua Pembangkang. Calon utamanya ialah Najib, tetapi akan digugat oleh Nazri Aziz. Kerana Nazri akan mendakwa beliau lebih vokal menentang MP-MP Pakatan Rakyat tatkala BN berkuasa.

Nazri akan mendakwa beliaulah paling banyak membantu Najib.

Gantungkan MP Puchong kerana selamatkan Najib daripada kes Altantuya daripada dibincang di parlimen, gantung Karpal Singh, Anwar, Azmin dan lain-lain kerana isu UMNO-APCO dan membuat paling banyak kenyataan untuk mempertahankan SPRM, Polis, video seks dan sebagainya.

Namun, apakah Nazri berjaya nanti atau beliau akan dipancung dahulu oleh Najib daripada bertanding di Padang Rengas?

Semua orang tahu, Nazri "kaki kipas". Di zaman TDM, beliau mengipas TDM, di zaman Pak Lah begitu juga, kini di zaman Najib, lebih besar kipasnya, ditibainya PM-PM terdahulu.


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PSM's people power vs Pakatan's party power by Commander (Rtd) S Thayaparan formerly of the Royal Malaysian Navy

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 08:15 AM PDT

They don't know who their allies and enemies are." - PSM secretary-general S Arutchelvan (Malaysiakini)


COMMENT A better way to put it, S Arutchelvan, would be "with friends like this, who needs Umno-BN enemies?" Under the title 'PKR, you can't enter Putrajaya with your brand of arrogance!' my comrade in this struggle for regime change, blogger Zorro Unmasked, writes: "I will not vote for Sivarasa in Subang, my parliamentary constituent, if PKR disturbs with a three-cornered fight in Kota Damansara, my state constituency. I have nothing against Sivarasa. I voted for him in 2008. It is the posture PKR is taking that I vehemently am opposed to. This is tantamount to bullying, Umno-style."

Now, R Sivarasa and his wife are good friends of mine and Sivarasa is the kind of person we as Malaysians need in the halls of power in Putrajaya. More importantly, every single member of a political party like Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) should be considered as agents of real change in Malaysia and should be 'allowed' to do their work that goes far beyond the sordid business of getting elected. It amazes me why PKR, or should that be Pakatan Rakyat, would want to alienate allies like these? Where I vote in Lembah Pantai, the incumbent is PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar and it would be a waste if right-thinking Malaysians would render these Pakatan candidates as collateral damage of political infighting by abstaining to vote.
NONERight-thinking voters may do this simply because the power-brokers of Pakatan see fit in their arrogance to dismiss a political party like PSM in order to fulfill whatever cravings for power that has been slowly manifesting in a party made up of former Umno exiles intent on reclaiming what they think they are owed.

In these heady days, this close to May 5, they assume that Pakatan is a force to be reckoned with and the sometimes-blind hatred for Umno-BN of some of their vocal online supporters would translate to a free pass in perpetuity for Pakatan.

But many, and not just partisan bloggers, have noticed the emerging 'arrogance' of PKR, not to mention Pakatan, when it comes to the way how they deal with issues concerning not only their allies but regarding policy. Getting criticism from your partisans may be easily dismissed but when middle-of-the-road Malaysians start making such comments, then you had better pay attention. Moreover, if Pakatan is ignorant of the existence of such criticisms, then I suggest they are not paying attention to the ground and are drunk on their own kool aid.

The next big fight


However, Pakatan leader Anwar Ibrahim has never really known who his friends are. The potential prime minister's career is littered with former associates who have become mouthpieces for Umno. Even pre-tsunami 2008, defections seemed to emanate from his party of close cadres.
Convential wisdom goes that nobody expected the 2008 tsunami and Pakatan was hustling for candidates, and the mood of the country was such that if a monkey were offered up, it would be voted in. The list of pro-Umno-BN friendly independent candidates who jumped ship is proof of this. Pakatan assured us that in the next big fight, they would only put up candidates of 'caliber' but instead of doing so; they seem to be rejecting those candidates who have shown a commitment to working for the Pakatan cause in the five years since the tsunami. Instead, what Pakatan seems to be doing is offering up slick political operatives who seem to have come out of the woodworks, now that Pakatan has a chance of grabbing federal power.

Perhaps it would be good to let PSM speak for itself. Here are the four major points in a letter addressed to the leadership of Pakatan.

1. PSM menyokong sepenuhnya Pakatan dalam PRU13 dan akan berkempen untuk memastikan kemenangan Pakatan disemua kerusi. Kami cukup jelas bahawa musuh politik untuk ditewaskan adalah Umno-BN.

2. PSM akan bertanding di hanya 4 kerusi (mengikut status quo) PRU ke 12. Untuk makluman, sejak PRU pada tahun 2004, 2008 dan kini 2013, PSM hanya bertanding di 4 kerusi meminjam logo parti pembangkang. Justeru itu tidak ada persoalan PSM tamak kerusi atau mahu bertanding di lebih kerusi. Yang beza adalah kali ini, PSM sudah berdaftar dan dalam keadaan sudah berdaftar PSM akan menggunakan logo sendiri untuk bertanding seperti mana parti-parti lain yang sudah berdaftar dalam Pakatan.

3. Demi solidariti dan semangat perjuangan, PSM meminta Pakatan untuk tidak bertanding di 4 kerusi ini atau menjadikan 4 tempat ini 3 penjuru. Andaikata Pakatan meletakkan calon di 4 kerusi ini, maka PSM akan masih menyokong Pakatan disemua kerusi lain kecuali 4 kerusi ini.

4. Namun demikian kami sedar bahawa isu DUN Jelapang adalah lebih rumit lagi kerana dalam PRU13 kerusi ini memang 3 penjuru. PSM menuntut kerusi ini kerana setelah calon DAP yang dipilih lompat parti, calon PSM yang kalah masih menjalankan kerja sehingga diakui ramai sebagai calon yang paling ketara (visible) dan rajin membuat kerja dikawasan tersebut.
As far as the Jelapang seat is concerned, PSM has said that it would abide by the decision of a group of selected NGOs who would mediate between them and DAP. How is that for consensus building? What is disheartening about oppositional politics and perhaps an indication of the shape of things to come is when Pakatan partisans heap scorn on PSM by referring to them as a "mosquito" party. This really goes to the level of thinking of your average Pakatan supporter.

Post-tsunami 2008, the ranks of the so-called 'giant' parties like PKR, PAS and DAP have swelled to include charlatans, would-be messiahs and host of other opportunists eager for a ride on what they believe would be the new gravy train. Meanwhile a party like PSM has been diligently attending to the business of making people's lives, mostly the disenfranchised, a little better through the arduous task of negotiating through the political process, mindful of the giants in their midst.
New form of tyranny

My reasons for supporting a party like PSM and the work they do is selfish. I want other people to commit to the work of actually helping people who live in the margins. The consequence of democracy and realpolitik are often felt by the disenfranchised. The work of political groups like the PSM is to attempt to remedy such flaws in the system. PSM has since relented on running under its own logo but Pakatan still needs to meet them half way and give them the seats they ask for, which would ensure that Pakatan has at least some candidates who would bring integrity to an alliance mired in many of the same problems as BN. As for the Cameron Highland's seat, this is what Arutchelvan had to say, "(It) goes against the PSM's election standards where candidates must have worked in an area for five years and must be endorsed by the local branch. PSM does not allow parachute candidates."

I do not know about anyone else but I think the folks in Cameron's deserve a candidate who has worked the ground and belongs to a political party which attempts to hold themselves to some standards when everyone else is rushing to the altar of political expediency to make a sacrifice for the supposed greater good.
NONEWe should never forget PSM leader Dr D Jeyakumar's (left) speech at the Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat (People's Uprising Rally) three months ago, where he warned that we should be ever vigilant less we replace Umno with a new form of tyranny. Pakatan partisans always scream about the enemy on the outside, but Malaysian political history is bloated with enemies from within.

What Malaysians need, are leaders who are cognisant of such a reality. PKR, DAP and PAS should stop being intransigent and allow PSM to contest under their own banner in the seats they want. They should stop stonewalling PSM and get into the real business of 'ubah'.



S THAYAPARAN is Commander (Rtd) of the Royal Malaysian Navy.

Calon2 BN dari Pejabat Perdana Menteri..

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 06:32 AM PDT

So far I noticed ada 3 orang..Dato Suffian calon BN for Parlimen Kuantan, Dato' Sahlan calon BN for Parlimen Pokok Sena Kedah and Dato Sheikh Fauzi calon BN for Dun Peramu Jaya, Pekan.
Siapa lagi yea..not fair jugak kalau these people lobbied from within the PM's office..

Latest..Dato' Mustafar Long ( nickname - Quasimodo).. nama dia baru naik siang tadi...dia Setiausaha Sulit Kanan/Peribadi  from Pejabat MB Pahang rasanya..tak sure post apa sekarang.
Sombong betul and very ekktion..some people can be very berlagak you know..
Rezeki dia dapat jadi calon..tahniah..

p.s.
Do you know that Dato Sahlan Ismail ni adikbradik dengan Dato Saifuddin Nasution Ismail of PKR?
Dari dulu2 I use to wonder how come Tok Najib tak kisah pun..kalau orang lain lama dah Tok Najib dah cuak..and tendang keluar..

Burma: Democracy veteran Win Tin warns of dark times ahead

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 06:33 AM PDT

Burma: Democracy veteran Win Tin warns of dark times ahead By Asian Correspondent Apr 18, 2013

As the Burmese new year begins, democracy veteran U Win Tin warns that its transition is being threatened by dark forces as Aung San Suu Kyi struggles to maintain her moral authority, writes Ellen Wiles

Win Tin. Pic: AP.

It is New Year's Day in Burma. For the annual thingyan festival the streets have been wild with water spraying and drenched revellers. Just weeks ago an anti-Muslim killing spree was ravaging the streets of Meikhtila, and had begun to spread around the country. Many are breathing a sigh of relief that the increasingly boozy annual street festivities did not result in a resurgence of violent behaviour. But U Win Tin, 84-year-old co-founder of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party back in 1988 reflects on the recent violence and on the country's future prospects with foreboding.

U Win Tin was a political prisoner under the Burmese military junta for almost 20 years. He was kept in solitary confinement, tortured repeatedly, had all his lower teeth kicked out and was denied dentures, was sent to live in the 'dog house' with no family visits for seven months, and was refused pen, paper and reading material. In the face of all that, he managed to make his own writing materials to compose poetry, smuggled in a radio and produced a secret prison news bulletin. He even coordinated corruptible prison officers to compile a report on human rights violations in prisons, which he smuggled out to the UN.

Before his imprisonment he was an eminent journalist, founder of a daily newspaper and an independent press council, and he spearheaded the political activism amidst which the NLD was founded. On the day of his release from prison he went straight back into active politics, and last year he set up the U Win Tin Foundation to support continuing political prisoners. He knows perhaps better than anyone the importance of democracy, human rights and the rule of law for Burma and the perils of military rule. He also knows the signs of the underhand tactics of military men who still have a grip on power in the country.

The recent religious violence has been ugly. It has been ugly not only because of the large number of people killed and houses burned, and the thousands of internally displaced people that have resulted, but also because of the vehement anti-Muslim hate speech that has been spreading all over the country through a '969' campaign.  This campaign has been propagated through the preaching of a handful of radical Buddhist monks, the distribution of '969' posters accompanied by directives not to shop in Muslim shops or to go out with Muslim girls, and a persistent campaign on Facebook, involving the posting of inflammatory pictures, alongside text painting Muslims as evil and violent.

Smoke billows from a burning mosque following ethnic unrest between Buddhists and Muslims in Meikhtila in March. Pic: AP.

U Win Tin told me that the origin of the violence and the 969 campaign is complex, but one thing is clear: "provocateur elements are at work". The violence, he said, has "three elements" to it. The first element is a few extremist Muslims. The second element is a number of extremist Buddhists, notably led by two influential monks – Wirathu and Shwe Nya Wa. The third element is a group of "political extremists". He says that the identity of these people is not yet known, but all hands are pointing to military men. They may be "government officials", or "military intelligence officers", or the "former clique of Than Shwe" – the country's former military dictator, who is still widely believed to wield influence over his appointee, the current president, Thein Sein. He reminded me that "even Thein Sein is a former military leader", and that "all his cronies and friends are ex-army men".

What evidence points to government involvement? U Win Tin told me that at the time of the violence, around "one hundred motorcycles rode to the scene for over 70 miles, when the lighting was cut off in the area around the route, and telephone lines had been disconnected. There was no police to stop them. And they knew where all the Muslims lived – when they got there they had a list of their addresses. So there must have been some contact with the government."

I asked him why the government would have wanted to engineer violence of this kind at this time. He said that it is "connected with the conflict in Rakhine state", and it "may be about proving the dominance and need for the military" at a time when democratic reforms appear to be progressing. He told me that in one Burmese journal, they quoted an old woman on the street, who was found crying. When asked her views, she said: "Than Shwe, if you want to take power again please just take it, and stop these killings!" This, he said, "is how the people are reacting".

(READ MORE: Rohingya flee as Burma tightens restrictions on Muslims)

I asked him his views about the Letpadaung copper mine protest and Aung San Suu Kyi's role in it. This is another key incident which has overshadowed Burma over the past year, and it is representative of the country's approach to development, human rights, and the rule of law, as well as Suu Kyi's political leadership. Until now, U Win Tin has been an unflinching supporter of Aung San Suu Kyi, his party's leader, but this incident has prompted him to criticize her publicly.

The Letpadaung mine is a major, 60-year project being developed by a Chinese company in partnership with the military government. It was opposed from the start by local rural farmers, hundreds of whom stand to lose their land and their livelihoods as a result of it – land which is fertile for agriculture and would be ruined for the foreseeable future by such a mine. At a peaceful protest at the site, supported by over a hundred monks, the police threw bombs at the protestors. The bombs caused fires and horrendous burns to hundreds of people, and proved to contain white phosphorous: an illegal chemical weapon by international standards. An independent report by two NGOs revealed that the Chinese company compelled rural workers to sign agreements, without having sight of the text, giving up their right to their land completely for minimal compensation to the value of their current crops, not even including the price of their land and future source of income. A large group of rural workers refused to sign anything. They requested permission to protest peacefully multiple times – a requirement of Burma's restrictive law on public assembly – and were refused every time. When work on the mine started, they decided to protest peacefully. The response was a violent attack by the police, a public authority. Aung San Suu Kyi was made head of an investigative commission to look into the mine. The commission recently produced a report recommending that the mine go ahead as planned, with some additional compensation for rural landowners. It concluded that nobody could be held responsible for the police attack on peaceful protestors, and it failed to condemn the use of white phosphorous bombs as an abuse of human rights.

Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to monks who suffered burn injuries in the Letpadaung copper mine protest crackdown. Pic: AP.

U Win Tin said of this report: "I think Aung San Suu Kyi made a mistake by taking on this duty… in the first place. She has concluded that the project should continue. Her assumption is that if we disallow this company its project then international investors will not trust Burma in future. But this conclusion is only concerned with the prestige of Burmese state. The people cannot accept this. And they are asking for an apology for the use of the bomb. They say there must be someone who gave the order. But Aung San Suu Kyi said that nobody can be said to be responsible, and the situation was dealt with according to law. China has 36 other major projects lined up in Burma, along the Salween river and the Irrawaddy, as well as a major gas and oil pipeline for new access to the Indian Ocean. So in the coming years, if they continue to act like this, we have a problem. I have advised Aung San Suu Kyi that this matter is not settled. I do not think the project should go ahead yet. But she has agreed to it proceeding now. Because of this incident she has lost moral authority. Before, she was regarded like Ghandi or Mandela. She was so strong and she always worked for the people. But anyway, her political influence is still strong. Recently she visited Pihu division, went to the villages, and it was clear that the people there still love her."

(READ MORE: Whitewashing the crackdown on Burmese protestors)

At the turn of the Burmese new year, as Aung San Suu Kyi continues to lead the NLD in the transition to democracy, she might do well to consider making two resolutions based on U Win Tin's observations about Meikhtila and Letpadaung. One: do not trust a military government, even one disguised as a civilian government and making the right noises about democracy, and do not let them tar you with the brush that tars them. Two: remember that the rule of law, which you advocate for so vociferously, is based on respect for fundamental human rights, transparent actions of government, and the ability to hold government to account for human rights abuses.

More from this author…

In defence of the rule of law - Democratic Voice of Burma

Is Burma sliding back into censorship? - Free Speech Debate

 

About the author
Ellen Wiles is a British writer and barrister currently based in Burma where she has been advising on media law reform and rule of law, and researching literature and culture during censorship and transition. She tweets as @ellenwiles.

 

 


DAP Sedia Tanding Tiket PAS Di Semenanjung, PKR Di Sabah & Sarawak

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 08:38 AM PDT


DAP hari ini mendakwa, Pendaftar Pertubuhan (ROS) bertujuan menyusahkan parti itu apabila memutuskan barisan kepimpinannya tidak sah 48 jam sebelum hari penamaan calon.

Setiausaha Agung DAP, Lim Guan Eng dalam sidang medianya berkata, surat yang diberikan kepada beliau dan Setiausaha Organisasi Kebangsaan, Anthony Loke pada tarikh yang sama juga berbeza.

Dalam surat kepada Guan Eng, ROS menyatakan wujud pertikaian berhubung pemegang jawatan dalam parti itu namun surat kepada Anthony menyatakan siasatan dakwaan itu ditangguhkan ke tarikh 9 Mei.

Guan Eng mempertikai tindakan ROS yang mengeluarkan surat tersebut sebelum siasatan selesai dilakukan.

Guan Eng berkata demikian dalam sidang mediannya hari ini selepas menerima surat dari ROS petang semalam.

Turut serta dalam sidang media ini adalah Setiausaha Agung PAS, Datuk Mustafa Ali dan Setiausaha Agung PKR, Datuk Saifudin Nasution Ismail.

"Tujuan utama mereka tak iktiraf pimpinan DAP kerana nak nafikan hak kami untuk bertanding menggunakan lambang sendiri," kata Guan Eng.

Sehubungan itu, DAP akan bermesyuarat malam ini untuk menimbangkan keputusan menggunakan lambang PAS di Semenanjung Malaysia dan lambang PKR di Sabah dan Sarawak.

PAS PKR SEDIA BENAR

Sementara itu, Setiausaha Agung PAS Datuk Mustafa Ali yang turut berada dalam sidang media sama menyatakan kesediaan untuk membenarkan DAP menggunakan lambang PAS.

"Perkara ini telah dibincangkan beberapa minggu sebelum ini dan Mursyidul Am PAS Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat dan Presiden Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang tak ada masalah dengan perkara ini, " katanya.

Nada yang sama turut disuarakan Setiausaha agung PKR Saifuddin Nasution yang menyifatkan tindakan ROS itu sebagai cara untuk meletakkan DAP dalam kesukaran.

"48 jam sebelum penamaan calon, sepatutnya kami tidak berada dalam sidang media ini. Kami harus membuat persiapan terakhir untuk penamaan calon tapi kerana tindakan ROS, kami terpaksa buat mesyuarat tergempar.

"Atas semangat kekitaan, PKR bersedia memberi laluan kepada DAP di Sabah dan Sarawak untuk guna lambang PKR," katanya.


ROS tak iktiraf pucuk pimpinan DAP


Hanya dua hari menjelang penamaan calon, Pendaftar Pertubuhan (ROS) telah menghantar surat kepada DAP memaklumkan bahawa ROS tidak mengiktiraf jawatankuasa eksekutif pusat (CEC) DAP.

DAP mengadakan mesyuarat tergempar pada jam 3 petang ini untuk berdepan dengan kesan keputusan ROS itu, dan dijangka memanggil sidang akhbar selepas itu.

Setiausaha Agung DAP, Lim Guan Eng enggan mengulas lanjut mengenai perkara itu ketika ditanya dalam satu sidang untuk mengumumkan senarai calon DAP Selangor di ibupejabat parti itu di Kuala Lumpur.

Pemimpin DAP, ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini, mengesahkan menerima surat daripada ROS, tetapi tidak menyatakan tentang kandungannya.

Surat tersebut yang bertarikh semalam, diedar secara meluas di Internet. Bagaimanapun, kesahihannya masih belum disahkan oleh DAP atau ROS.

Bagaimanapun, usaha Malaysiakini untuk menghubungi Ketua Pengarah ROS, Datuk Abdul Rahim Othman setakat ini belum berhasil. Seorang pegawai kanan ROS mendakwa tidak tahu menahu mengenai surat tersebut.

Jika benar, ini merupakan satu tamparan hebat terhadap persediaan DAP untuk berdepan dengan pilihan raya umum 5 Mei ini.

Sehingga kini, juga tidak jelas sama ada ini akan menjejaskan penggunaan logo DAP pada hari penamaan calon.

DAP disiasat oleh ROS berkaitan "kesilapan teknikal" yang berlaku semasa pemilihan parti Disember tahun lepas, yang mengakibatkan barisan awal CEC parti itu dirombak semula.

Parti itu mendakwa terdapat kesilapan teknikal dalam penjadualan (tabulation) undi tetapi pemimpin DAP menolak gesaan diadakan pemilihan baru walaupun terdapat bantahan dari ahli tertentu parti itu.
-mk


Ulasan GB

Berita terbaru menyatakan bahawa "DAP masih boleh mengemukakan calon seperti biasa pada hari penamaan calon tanpa mengira keputusan Pendaftar Pertubuhan (ROS) untuk menggantung jawatankuasa pusat parti itu.

Ini telah disahkan oleh Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR), Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusoff."


Tetapi yang mengkhuatirkan ialah bagaimana jika selepas pilihanraya ROS membuat keputusan mengisytiharkan DAP sebagai pertubuhan yang terbatal pendaftarannya?

Apa akan jadi kepada status calon-calon DAP yang memenangi pilihanraya berkenaan? Jadi anggota Bebas?

GB melihat ini sebagai satu grand design untuk memecah-belahkan Pakatan Rakyat supaya tidak dapat menguasai parlimen dan Putrajaya selepas PRU13 nanti.

Malah hingga kini ROS masih gagal untuk memberikan kelulusan kepada pendaftaran Pakatan Rakyat.

GB pernah menyarankan supaya pihak Pakatan Rakyat mengheret ROS ke muka pengadilan kerana kegagalan memberikan kelulusan tersebut, tetapi nampaknya PR belum bersedia untuk bertindak sedemikian.

Apa-apa hal pun kita mengalu-alukan kesedian DAP untuk bertanding di atas tiket PAS atau PKR - satu lambang kesetiakawanan parti-parti komponen di dalam Pakatan Rakyat.

Political Jokes

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 05:25 AM PDT

A bus filled with politicians was driving through thecountryside one day, on the campaign trail.

The bus driver, caught up in the beautiful scenery, loses control and crashes into the ditch.

A farmer living nearby hears the horrible crash andrushes out to discover the wreckage. Finding the politicians, he buries them.

The next day, the police come to the farm to question theman. "So you buried all the politicians?" asked the policeofficer. "Were they all dead?"

The farmer answered, "Some said they weren't, but you know how politicians lie."

___________________________

A doctor, an engineer, and a politician werearguing as to which profession was older.

"Well," argued the doctor, "without a physician mankind could not have survived, so I amsure that mine is the oldest profession."  

"No," said the engineer, "before life began, there was complete chaos, and it took an engineerto create some semblance of order from this chaos.So engineering is older."

"But," chirped the triumphant politician,"who created the chaos?"

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What is politics?

Definition:Politics  Poli (Poly): Many... . Tic(k)s: Blood sucking creatures

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A political man to a woman, "You look beautiful today!!!!"

The woman replied, "Thanks, but unfortunately I could not say the same about you."

"Sure you could!!" said the political man, "if you could lie as well as I do!"

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A young, ruthless executive died and went to hell.

When he got there,he saw one sign that said Capitalist Hell, and another that said Socialist Hell.

In front of the Socialist Hell was an incredibly longline, while there was no-one in front of the Capitalist Hell.

So the executive asked the guard, "What do they do to you in Socialist Hell?"

"They boil you in oil, whip you, and then put you on the rack," theguard replied." And what do they do to you in Capitalist Hell?"

"The same exact thing," the guard answered."

Then why is everybody in line for Socialist Hell?"

"Because in Socialist Hell, they're always out of oil, whips, and racks!"


The Anthrax PC

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 05:05 AM PDT


YOUR NEW COMPUTER!
Congratulations. You have purchased an Anthrax/2000 Multimedia 615X Personal Computer with Digital Doo-dah Enhancer. It will give years of faithful service if you ever get it up and running. Also included with your PC is a bonus pack of pre-installed software:

  • Lawn Mowing Planner; 
  • Mr. Arty Farty
  • Blank Screen Saver
  • East Africa Route Finder

Which will provide hours of pointless diversion while using up most of your spare memory. So turn the page and let's get started!

GETTING READY
Congratulations. You have successfully turned the page and are ready to proceed.

Important Meaningless Note:
The Anthrax/2000 is configured to use 80386, 214j10 or higher processors running at 2,472 hertz on variable speed spin cycle.
Check your electrical installations and insurance policies before proceeding.
Do not tumble dry.
To prevent internal heat build up, select a cool, dry environment for your computer.
The bottom shelf of your refrigerator is ideal.
Unpack the box and examine its contents. (Warning: do not open box if contents are missing or faulty as this will invalidate your warranty. Return all missing contents in their original packaging with a note explaining where they have gone and a replacement will be sent within twelve working months.)

The contents of the box should contain some of the following:

Monitor with mysterious De Gauss button;
keyboard with 2 1/2 inches of flex;
computer unit;
miscellaneous wires and cables not necessarily designed for this model;
2,000 page Owner's Manual
Short Guide To Owner';s Manual
Quick Guide To The Short Guide To The Owner's Manual;
The Laminated Super-Kwik Set-Up Guide For People Who Are Exceptionally Impatient Or Stupid
1,167 pages of warranties, vouchers, notices in Spanish, and other loose pieces of paper;
92 cubic feet of styrofoam packing material.

SOMETHING THEY DIDN'T TELL YOU IN THE SHOP:

Because of the additional power needs of the pre-installed bonus software, you will need to acquire Anthrax/2000 auxiliary software upgrade pack, a 50 megahertz oscillator, 2,500 mega-gigabytes of additional memory and an electrical substation.

SETTING UP 

Congratulations. You are ready to set up.
If you have not yet acquired a degree in electrical engineering, now is the time to do so.
Connect the monitor cable (A) to portside outlet unit (D); attach power offload unit sub-orbiter (Xii) to the co-axial AC/DC servo-channel (G); plug three-pin mouse cable into keyboard housing unit (make extra hole if necessary).
Alternatively plug all the cables into likely looking holes, switch on and see what happens.

Additional Important Meaningless Note: The wires in the ampule modulator unit are marked as follows according to international convention: blue = neutral or live, yellow = live or blue blue and live = neutral and green black = instant death (except where prohibited by law.)

Switch the computer on. Your hard drive will automatically download (allow three to five days). When downloading is complete, your screen will say:

"Yeah, what?"

Now it is time to install your software. Insert disc A (marked; "Disc D" or "Disc G") into drive slot B or J and type: "Hello! Anybody home?"

At the DOS command prompt, enter your license verification number.
Your license verification number can be found by entering your certified user number, which can be found by entering your license verification number.

If you are unable to find your license verification or certified user numbers call the software support line. (Please have your license verification and certified user numbers handy as the support staff cannot otherwise assist you.)
If you have not yet committed suicide, insert Installation Diskette 1 in drive slot 2 or vice versa and follow the instructions on your screen. (Note: owing to software modification some instructions will appear in Romanian.)

At each prompt, reconfigure the specified file path, double click on the launch button icon and type:

"C:/>" followed by the birthdates of all the people you have ever known.

Your screen will now say "Invalid file path. Whoa! Abort or continue?"
Warning: selecting "continue" may result in irreversible file compression, loss of memory and a default overload in the hard drive.
On the other hand, selecting "abort" will require you to start the whole tedious, maddening process over again. Your choice. When the smoke has cleared insert Disc A2 (marked "Disc A1") and repeat as directed with all 187 of the other discs. When installation is complete, return to file path and type your name, address and credit card number and press "send". This will automatically register you for our free software prize &"Blank Screensaver IV: Nighttime in Deep Space" and allow us to pass your name to lots of computer magazines, on-line services and other commercial enterprises who will be getting in touch with you shortly.

Congratulations.
You are now ready to use your computer. Here are some simple exercises to get you off to a flying start.
WRITING A LETTER
Type "Dear" and follow it with the name of someone you know. Write a few lines about yourself, and then write "yours sincerely" followed by your own name.

Congratulations.
SAVING A FILE
To save your letter, select file menu. Choose Retrieve from sub-directory A, enter a backup file number and place an insertion point beside the macro dialogue button. Select secondary text box from the merge menu and double click on the supplementary cleared document window. Assign the tile cascade to the merge file and insert in a text equation box. Alternatively write the letter with a pen and put it in a drawer.

ADVICE ON USING THE SPREADSHEET FACILITY
Don't.

TROUBLESHOOTING SECTION
You will have many, many problems with your new computer. Here are some common problems and their solutions.

Problem: My computer won't turn on.
Solution: Check your computer is plugged in; check to make sure the power button is in the ON position; check cables for damage; dig up underground cables in your garden to check for damage; drive into the country and check electricity pylons for fallen wires; call hotline.

Problem: My keyboard doesn't seem to have any keys.
Solution: Turn the keyboard the right way up.

Problem: My mouse won't drink its water or go on it spinning wheel.
Solution: Try a high protein diet.

Problem: I keep getting a message saying "Non-System General Protection Fault"
Solution: This is probably because you are trying to use the computer. Switch the computer to OFF mode and any annoying messages will disappear.

Problem: My computer is a piece of useless junk.
Solution: Congratulations. You are now ready to upgrade to an Anthrax/3000 Turbo model or a pen and paper.

ဘဂၤလား ေဒရွ္႕ကေန ခိုး၀င္လာတာ အေနာက္သားရခိုင္ ပါတီႀကီးႏွစ္ခုရဲ႕ သႀကၤန္ျမင္ကြင္း

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 04:24 AM PDT

Bengali Rakhine

ရခိုင္ပါတီႀကီးႏွစ္ခုရဲ႕ သႀကၤန္ျမင္ကြင္း

ဘဂၤလီအစစ္ဘယ္သူေတြလဲ ? ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္အတြင္း ျမိဳ႕နယ္အသီးသီးတြင္ ဘဂၤလား
ေဒရွ္႕ကေန ခိုး၀င္လာတာ အေနာက္သားရခိုင္ေတြပဲျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
ဒီပံုထဲမွာ ေတြရတ့ဲ ဘဂၤလီစာနဲ႕ ေ၇းထားတာကို နားလည္တ့ဲသူရွိရင္ ကြန္မန္႔ေရးေပးပါ။
Saw Ae Banyar ဘဂၤါလီ အစစ္က ဘယ္သူလဲ။ ရခိုင္လား။ မ်က္ေစ့ေတာင္ လည္ကုန္ျပီဗ်ာ။ ေဒါက္တာေအးခ်မ္းေရ။ ရွင္းေပးပါအံုး
Rakshak Utama ဘဂၤါလီ ဘယ္သူလဲ႔ဆိုတာ ၾကည့္ၾကပါဗ်ဳိ ႔။R N D P party က ဘဂၤါလီရခိုင္အနိကၡာေမာဂ္ေတြ ကို ျမန္မာတိုင္းရင္းသားတို ့ၾကည့္ၾကပါစုိ ့။ဘဂၤါလာစာဖတ္တတ္သူမ်ား ဘာသာျပန္ေပးၾကပါစုိ ့ ေခြးရကၡီေတြရဲ ဇာတိရုပ္ေပၚလာျပီးဗ်ဳိ ့
Source:Peace Forall's photo.နားလည္တ့ဲသူရွိရင္ ကြန္မန္႔ေရးေပးပါ။

အေမနတ္ကေတာ္၊ အမ ျပည့္တန္ဆာ၊ အၾကမ္းဖက္ေခါင္းေဆာင္ ၀ီရသူ၏ ေနာက္ေၾကာင္း

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 04:08 AM PDT

Wira Thu and mother

အေမနတ္ကေတာ္၊ အမ ျပည့္တန္ဆာ၊ အၾကမ္းဖက္ေခါင္းေဆာင္ ၀ီရသူ၏ ေနာက္ေၾကာင္း

အၾကမ္းဖက္ေခါင္းေဆာင္ ၀ီရသူ၏ ေနာက္ေၾကာင္း

၀ီရသူ၏ အမည္ရင္းမွာ ၀င္းခိုင္ဦးျဖစ္သည္။ အဖ ဦးခင္ေမာင္၀င္းျဖစ္ျပီး မိခင္မွာ ေဒၚတင္ဦးျဖစ္သည္။


အဖ ဦးခင္ေမာင္၀င္းမွာ ေရႊေတာ္တြင္ကြယ္လြန္၍ မိခင္ ေဒၚတင္ဦးသည္ ဒုတိယအိမ္ေထာင္ျပဳရာ ထိုခင္ပြန္းအမည္မွာ ဦးခ်စ္ညြန္႔ျဖစ္သည္။

မိခင္မွာ နတ္ကေတာ္ျဖစ္၍ ယေန႔ထိ ေက်ာက္ဆည္ ေဇာ္ဂ်ီအထက္ဆည္တြင္ နတ္ကေတာ္လုပ္ကိုင္လ်က္ရွိသည္။

အေဖတူ ေမာင္ႏွမ ၃ ေယာက္ရွိသည္။ အမ တစ္ေယာက္ ညီမတစ္ေယာက္ျဖစ္ျပီး အမနာမည္မွာ မခ်ိဳျဖစ္သည္။ (ညီမနာမည္မသိရေသး)။

၄င္း၏ အေမ ေဒၚတင္ဦးအပါအ၀င္ အမ မခ်ိဳႏွင့္ညီမမ်ားသည္ ျပည္႔တန္ဆာအလုပ္လုပ္ကိုင္ၾကျပီး တရုတ္အမ်ိဳးသားႏွင့္ တိတ္တိတ္ပုန္းညားေနသည္႔ မခ်ိဳမွာ ျပည္႔တန္္ဆာေခါင္းအျဖစ္ မူဆယ္တြင္ ျပည္႔တန္ဆာခန္း (ဘိ) ဖြင့္လွစ္လုပ္ကိုင္လ်က္ရွိသည္။

၀ီရသူသည္ ေက်ာက္ဆည္ျမိဳ႕တြင္ၾကီးျပင္းျပီး ဆူးကုန္းအုပ္စု ေအာက္ခ်ိဳင္းရပ္ အ.ထ.က (၁) ေက်ာင္းလမ္း စာတိုက္၀င္းၾကီးေဘး သမရံုးက်ဳးေက်ာ္အိမ္ယာတြင္ ေနထိုင္ခဲ့သည္။

အလုပ္အကိုင္မွာ သမရံုး ယခု ၾကံ႕ခိုင္ေရးရံုး ညေစာင့္ျဖစ္ျပီး ေန႔ခင္းတြင္ ေရစည္လွည္းတြန္းသည္။

ပညာအရည္အခ်င္းမွာ ေက်ာက္ဆည္ျမိဳ႕ ဆူးကုန္းရပ္ အ.မ.က ၆ ေက်ာင္းအုပ္ဆရာမၾကီး ေဒၚအုန္းေက်ာင္းတြင္ ၄ တန္းေအာင္ျပီးေနာက္ အ.ထ.က ၁ ေက်ာင္းတြင္ ၅တန္းႏွစ္၀က္တက္ျပီးေနာက္ ၁၉၈၀မွ ခုႏွစ္ ၁၉၈၈ ထိ ဖခင္ႏွင့္အတူ ေရစည္လွည္းတြန္း အလုပ္လုပ္ကိုင္ခဲ့သည္။

၈၈ အေရးခင္းျပီးေနာက္ ေက်ာက္ဆည္ျမိိဳ႕ ကံဦးရပ္ရွိ မင္းကြန္းမဟာစာသင္တိုက္ ဘုန္းေတာ္ၾကီးေက်ာင္းတြင္ ဘုန္းၾကီး၀တ္ခဲ့ျပီး မႏၲေလး မစိုးရိမ္ေက်ာင္းသို႔ေျပာင္းခဲ့သည္။

၁၅ရက္ ၁၀လ ၂၀၀၃ ေက်ာက္ဆည္ျမိဳ႕ေစ်းတန္းရပ္ ေလးမ်က္ႏွာဘုရားကြင္းတြင္ ၀ီရသူ အမ်ိဳးသားေရး တရားပြဲက်င္းပအျပီး ၁၉ရက္ ၁၀လ ၂၀၀၃ ညတြင္ ေက်ာက္ဆည္အေရးအခင္းျဖစ္ခဲ့ျပီး စုၾကီးဗလီ ကံဦးဂ်ာေမ့ဗလီ မီးရိႈ႕ဖ်က္ဆီးခံရသည္။

မြတ္စ္လင္မ္ပိုင္တိုက္မ်ား အိမ္မ်ား ေစ်းဆိုင္မ်ား အၾကမ္းဖက္မီးရိႈ႕ဖ်က္ဆီးခံရသည္။

ေစ်းတန္းရပ္ ဟာဂ်ီဦးရီဆြတ္မိသားစု ၁၁ ေယာက္ မိန္းကေလး ၇ေယာက္ ေယာက်္ားေလး ၄ ေယာက္မီးရိႈ႕သတ္ခံရသည္။

အေရးခင္းအျပီး ၇ရက္ျပည္႔သည္႔ေန႔ ၀ီရသူ ဖမ္းဆီးေထာင္ခ်ခံရသည္။

by: ခ်ိန္ခြင္


Why are they fielding Zulkifli Noordin? Nazri Aziz spews crap for a reason? Here is a probable reason

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 03:58 AM PDT

People with low blood pressure or poor blood circulation, good news,  you can be cured by reading about what the clown of a Law Minister says and  his actions defending a racist and an arsehole as "principled"  referring to  ex-PKR Zulkifli Noordin. So is Mr. Padang Renggas actually trying to save his sorry butt from being trashed by the Perakians? What do you think of a guy who describes Zulkifli as "a winnable candidate". Who is this Dick? He is Caretaker de facto law minister Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz!!

Nazri Abdul Aziz, understands that  Zul is a principled man because he is capable of insulting other races and religions which is an on-going policy of UMNO, which is their supremacist policy. What I really think is Zulkifli Noordin has a tight grip on all the UMNO bigwigs balls, that is why he is being fielded. Why not Ibrahim Ali? Blackmail likely?  


The insulted ones are people without any principle though; like MIC and Hindraf because they have no  pride and wag their tails joyously for the crumbs that fall from the table of their Mandores (UMNO). They should hide their faces in shame. 

Here is one reason why Zulkifli Noordin was picked very well knowing that they are going to lose most of the Indian votes and the rest of the Malaysian votes. They abhor this Dick! Many forget that in the death of Altantuya Shaariibuu, the two Police Officers involved, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 30, and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35 had Zulkifli Noordin as their defence counsel. Who has in his safe keeping the sworn statements of the two killers? So if Zulkifli Noordin is being  fielded in Shah Alam, he must be squeezing the balls of Najib Abdul Razak to keep that secret safe from the public. Hat tip: Tulang Besi  

Nazri is very comfortable with Zulikifli Noordin as they are birds of a feather, he has a record calling Kulasegaran a racist. Is that not a joke pissing on Indians? Watch the video clip below.

He is a Law Minister of the country who thumbs his nose at 'rule of law'. This is the degrading standard of the Malaysian cabinet. He had the temerity to say that he has always liked Zulkifli personally, calling the Perkasa vice-president a good speaker, a good politician, a good principled man and one who can draw crowds and gain support for the coalition. When he should actually be charging him for sedition.

Just weeks ago, Zulkifli Noordin received  brickbats and was labelled a racist over a video showing him poking fun of Hindu followers and their gods.

Just type the words 'Nazri Darren' in the Google  search engine, you get a whole 205,000 results An extract from the many results, "The 22-year-old son of a minister is among several customers the police want to interview in connection with the death of Darren Kang Tien Hua, who died after being assaulted by at least 15 people in Desa Sri Hartamas on Monday". There is another incident "The son of de facto law minister Nazri Abdul Aziz was alleged to have assaulted a security supervisor at a plush condominium at Mont Kiara on Tuesday night". All these are extracts from Suara Keadilan

Look at the election results, his majority is actually shrinking. So do you people in Padang Renggas, still want to vote this clown in again in GE-13 to represent you in Parliament? His difference from the PKR candidate is only 10%, which is 1,749 votes! We can still get rid of  this disgraceful Law Minister.There is hope yet.


Parliament of Malaysia: Chenderoh, Perak[7]
Year
Barisan Nasional Votes Pct
Opposition Votes Pct
1995
Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz 16,983 73%
Saidin Mat Piah (S46) 5,190 22%
1999
Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz 13,374 57%
Hamzah Mohd Zain (PKR) 9,384 40%


Parliament of Malaysia: P61 Padang Rengas, Perak[8]
Year
Barisan Nasional Votes Pct
Opposition Votes Pct
2004
Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz 9,214 66%
Mohd Zolkafly Yahaya (PKR) 4,442 32%
2008
Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz 9,830 54%
Alias Zenon (PKR) 8,081 44%

Bersih 2.0’s salvation for BN squandered again by J. D. Lovrenciear

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 04:06 AM PDT

Bersih 2.0 leaders in being very much on the ground and taking citizens' interest to heart had convened a platform for both the leadership of PR and BN to appear and expound their respective Election Manifesto at the Chinese Assembly Hall on Wednesday, 17  April 2013. While the PR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim turned up to face-up to the jam packed audience in the hall, there was no sign of BN's leader Datuk Seri Najib Razak. 

Equally a letdown, was the fact that there was no representative sent and what was rubbing salt to the wound was the fact that there was not even a whisper of apology for not being able to attend and engage in the dialogue to expound and defend BN's Manifesto to the rakyat. Yet BN parades about transformation.

What kind of transformation are we talking about if political party leaders do not recognize the importance of political maturity i.e. to engage in dialogues and discussions before the electorate in a run up to general election? It all seems so strange to comprehend really. On the one hand Najib goes about the length and breath of the nation begging "You help, I help you", and that the rakyat is "didahulukan"; and on the other end, when the rakyat come to hear him out on his party's manifesto, he gives the snub.

So it is no surprise that the rakyat are increasingly of the opinion that BN has far too much to fear and hide. The rakyat keep asking, why is he keeping his distance when Bersih 2.0 organizes a platform without any shades of favor or color? Does he or his seemingly prudent advisors not recognize that Bersih 2.0 represents the rakyat's aspirations and would give any political party that chance to win in the elections, for as long as its leadership can convince them on a gentleman's playing field that they are party to free, fair, clean elections and transparent governing?

Perhaps BN thinks that its stage-managed events of compulsory attendance are enough to win. Perhaps BN thinks that the rakyat's platform does not justify the elitist status quo of BN entourage. But Anwar Ibrahim was quick to recognize that Bersih 2.0 is the very voice and conscience of the rakyat. The truth is that the rakyat give their support to the movement's co-chairs, Datuk A. Samad and Dato' Ambiga  because Pak Samad represents the soul of the nation's quest for freedom and responsible democracy while Ambiga is the crowning glory of the rakyat's penchant for justice and accountability.

Disregarding Samad and Ambiga is tantamount to rubbishing off the rakyat. Accusing Bersih 2.0 as an agent of sorts is short of telling the rakyat that they cannot be trusted. Period. So for BN to downplay or even dismiss Bersih 2.0 will be a liability come GE-13. Najib should have appeared on that platform that the rakyat offered. His appearing all over the country on a 'government-platform' holds no credibility in contrast.


And the main stream media patronage may all just as well end as the fable of 'the emperor and his clothes'. It is a pity if not a blessing that BN is trapped in its own tunnel vision. Having a barrage of pro-party main-stream media support and endless access to funds to stream the party warfare does not deliver votes. Certainly not in this age of the networked society.


And if BN continues to accuse Bersih 2.0 of being an opposition party tool, it will only anger the rakyat even more. Well, it is crystal clear that BN has not learnt fast enough despite the rakyat's lessons through three Bersih events.  And it has now shot itself in the foot and mouth as well this time around by squandering the salvation platform offered by Bersih 2.0.

Umno turns Gelang Patah into a racial battleground

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 03:31 AM PDT

From Malaysiakini

Reject 'racist DAP', Muhyiddin tells Gelang Patah voters
your sayAlbertan98: Can you believe this man (Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin)? He called himself Malay first and Malaysian second. He is from a party that chose Perkasa vice-president Zulkifli Noordin, a proven racist, to stand against incumbent PAS MP Khalid Samad in Shah Alam, and where Selangor BN coordinator Mohd Zin Mohamed declared that this was "transformation" ala BN style. Do they understand what racism is? Do they even understand English?


Jiminy Qrikert: Muhyiddin must think the 6,000 Chinese teachers at the meeting in Johor Bahru are as stupid as he is for not knowing that racism in Malaysian politics was developed by Umno and perfected under former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Muhyiddin should also let Malaysians know which party is the one that labelled Chinese as 'pendatangs' and Chinese women as prostitutes and Indians as beggars.

But then as Mahathir has always insisted 'Melayu mudah lupa' so we cannot expect Muhyiddin to remember all these, including his 'Malay first' statement. Muhyiddin campaigning for BN in Gelang Patah is a fatal mistake. Fielding MCA leader Jason Teoh is meant to split the Chinese vote (54 percent) but 'Malay first' Muhyiddin will remind the Chinese there that BN continues to play the race card while the majority of Chinese have already moved away from the race-centric thinking in their desire for a better Malaysia.

Chinese there and all across Malaysia accept that the PM and the MB will always be Malay at least for the foreseeable future but for a self-confessed Malay supremacist to accuse DAP of being racist is the stupidest thing to do. Even Malays today do not believe this lie. Now, Gelang Patah Chinese will rally behind Lim Kit Siang not because DAP champions Chinese issues but because DAP is part of Pakatan Rakyat and Pakatan is headed by Anwar Ibrahim with the promise of a better Malaysia for all Malaysians regardless of race.

And Malays will rally behind Lim Kit Siang because they are sick of Umno's lies and constant poisoning of their minds and emotions.


Onyourtoes: Muhyiddin, which DAP leaders have declared themselves Chinese, Indian or Malays first? DAP has always fought for all Malaysians. Fighting for equality among Malaysians is not racist, divisive and chauvinistic. But those who are determined to preserve their monopoly of power, exclusivity and supremacy, they are racist, jingoistic and fascist. A real racist is one who will do all things to prevent the emergence of true Malaysians.

Fairnsquare: Screening 'Tanda Putera' to selected audiences and supporting Perkasa are racial activities. DAP was not involved in such activities. How can they be termed as racial? One thing is correct, Johoreans are not racial. We 'anak' Johor are brothers to all races and will not let anyone divide us.

Clever Voter: This is the man who aspires to be the next PM. If we are careless in our choice, he could most probably realise his ambition sooner rather than later.

Ablastine: Voting BN into power means getting Muhyiddin as the next prime minister. But how can we have a prime minister who already declared he is Malay first and Malaysian second in a multiracial country? A prime minister is suppose to look after all citizens and not just the race he belongs to. Can we afford to have such a racist in a position of considerable power? Vote wisely.


Anonymous #76965586: This another example of how racial issues are being manipulated by BN. Are we (especially Malays) going to allow these people to fool us, time and again? Kingfisher: Many who have closely followed Muhyiddin' s political views about multiracialism in Malaysia since he became DPM will immediately recall his statements of wisdom as being very relevant in his warning about Lim being a racist. One is left wandering as to from which moral well he draws the strength of conviction in making such an unwise and false personal statement.

Quigonbond: Muhyiddin is obviously tripping over himself. If everyone in Johor knows Kit Siang is racist, divisive, etc, and Jason Teoh is good, then what's the problem letting Jason contest? Also, is he speaking on behalf of MCA or is he justifying how Umno has bulldozed MCA on this matter?

Kalau Sijil Pun Boleh Tipu, Yang Lain Apatah Lagi...

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 05:17 AM PDT


Kalau dahulu, Barisan Nasional (BN) boleh meletakkan siapa saja menjadi calon dan 'pasti menang', kini tidak lagi apabila mereka terpaksa berhadapan dengan calon Pakatan Rakyat (PR) yang berpengalaman dan berpendidikan tinggi.

Justeru, tidak hairanlah apabila DAP mendedahkan bahawa terdapat beberapa bakal calon BN yang memiliki ijazah palsu atau 'bermasalah'.

Pakar Strategik DAP, Dr Ong Kian Ming mendedahkan calon BN yang dikenalpasti memiliki ijazah palsu dan bermasalah ini antaranya ialah Timbalan Menteri Luar Negeri A Kohilan Pillay, Pengerusi Pihak Berkuasa Pelabuhan Klang (PKA), Teh Kim Pooh, Ching Eu Boon dan Lee Ban Seng daripada MCA dan Ketua Hal Ehwal Agama UMNO Ab Wahab Ibrahim.

"Lima daripada calon BN itu berkelulusan dari akademi yang boleh disifatkan sebagai kilang ijazah, atau dalam erti kata lain daripada universiti dan kolej yang 'menjual' ijazah palsu," kata Kian Ming dalam satu kenyataan.

Menimbulkan tanda tanya, beliau berkata, jika calon BN ini sanggup menipu mengenai kelulusan akademik mereka, bagaimana pula dengan perkara lain yang lebih besar dan mungkin membabitkan kepentingan awam seperti wang rakyat dan sebagainya.

"Perkara ini menyebabkan integriti mereka diragui. Jika mereka gagal menjelaskan pada pengundi, saya menyeru mereka menarik diri daripada bertanding," kata Kian Ming.

Berikut adalah bukti yang didedahkan Dr Ong mengenai pendedahan beliau;

* Timbalan Menteri Luar Negeri, A Kohilan Pillay (calon Parlimen Puchong): Mendapat Ijazah Sarjana Sains Perdagangan dan Ekonomi Industri dari Pacific Western University, Amerika Syarikat (AS), sebuah universiti yang pernah disaman dan ditutup selepas didapati bersalah menjual ijazah

* Teh Kim Pooh (calon Parlimen Klang): Mendapat Ijazah Doktor Falsafah dari New Port University – sebuah universiti yang diragui

* Ketua Hal Ehwal Agama UMNO, Ab Wahab Ibrahim (calon DUN Taman Medan): Mendapat PhD dalam bidang Pentadbiran Awam dari Universiti Antarabangsa Irish yang dilaporkan palsu pada 2008 oleh British Broadcasting Corporation

* Pimpinan MCA, Ching Eu Boon dan Lee Ban Seng (Calon DUN Pandamaran dan Kajang mendapat ijazah daripada St George University International dan Universiti Rutherford di AS, yang disebut sebagai 'kilang ijazah'.

Justeru itu, pendedahan Dr Ong itu sekaligus meragukan terhadap integriti dan kejujuran semua calon BN yang dikatakan berkelayakan. Kita tunggu dan lihat apa alasan BN.-Roketkini

The Man on the Roof

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 02:18 AM PDT


National tragedies like Monday's Boston marathon bombing are fertile ground for conspiracy theorists, especially when information has been so scarce in the immediate aftermath. As such, it's probably no surprise that already, evidence and hypotheses are circulating among conspiratorial denizens of the internet, attempting to prove some sort of sinister government motive and/or irregularities regarding the bombing.

Nearly all of these theories are either based on false evidence, or appeal to general paranoia. However, for the sake of clarity, it's worth pointing them out in order to expose these problems, and to avoid unnecessary panic in the aftermath of one of the most brutal recent national tragedies. Below are the top five most ridiculous conspiracy theories put forward about the Boston marathon bombing, in order from least insane to most insane.

5. The man on the roof

Since yesterday's bombing, the following blurry photo has become something of a minor sensation, with massive amounts of Twitter users and even the Drudge Report pointing to it as an object of suspicion:

The reason for the increased suspicion surrounding this photo should be obvious: It purports to show a figure walking on one of the buildings near the explosion, and viewers are wondering whether the figure in question could have anything to do with what happened. Perhaps the photo caught the bomber himself fleeing the scene?

Adding fuel to the fire is this little nugget of information from the Christian Science Monitor:

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မၿပီးဆံုး ႏုိင္ေသာ လက္ေဗြ ပုံျပင္

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 01:44 AM PDT

မၿပီးဆံုး ႏုိင္ေသာ လက္ေဗြ ပုံျပင္ By The Eye of Light (အလင္းမ်က္ဝန္း)

ရခုိင္ျပည္နယ္၊ ဘူးသီးေတာင္ ၿမိဳ႕နယ္၊ နယ္ေျမ (၉)တြင္ နစကမွဴး ဗုိလ္ႀကီး ၀င္းလိႈင္ဦး အမွဴး ျပဳေသာ ကြန္ပ်ဴတာတြင္ လက္ေဗြႏိွပ္ယူျခင္း လုပ္ငန္းကိစၥကုိ ယခုလဆန္းမွ စတင္၍ ျပန္လည္ လႈပ္ရွားလာရာ၊ နယ္ေျမ (၉)တြင္ ေနထုိင္ၾကေသာ ျပည္သူမ်ားက ၎တုိ႔ တစ္ဖန္ လိမ္လည္ခံရမည္ကုိ စုိးရိမ္၍ လက္ေဗြ မႏိွပ္ေပးပဲ ေရွာင္ေနသည္မွာ တစ္ပတ္ခန္႔ ရိွေနပါၿပီ။

ယမန္ေန႔ (ဧၿပီလ ၁၀ ရက္) ကလည္း နစကမွဴးသည္ ယင္းမ၊ ေပါက္ေတာျပင္၊ ငရန္းေခ်ာင္း၊ က်ီးႏႈတ္သီး၊ ေမာင္ႏွမ စသည့္ နယ္ေျမ (၉) အပုိင္ ရြာမ်ားမွ ရပ္မိ ရပ္ဖ ၅၀ ဦးကုိ ေခၚယူ ေတြ႔ဆံုၿပီး၊ ကြန္ပ်ဴတာ လက္ေဗြႏိွပ္ ယူျခင္းကုိ အေကာင္အထည္ ေဖာ္ကုိေဖာ္ရမည္ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္းကုိ စည္းေ၀း ေျပာဆုိ ခဲ့ေၾကာင္း ရြာသား မ်ားမွ သတင္း ရရိွ ပါသည္။ ထုိသုိ႔ လက္ေဗြႏိွပ္ ေပးရာတြင္ လူမ်ဳိး ေနရာတြင္ မည္သည့္ လူမ်ဳိး ဟူ၍ ေရးေပးမည္ မဟုတ္ေၾကာင္း အစုိးရမွ လူမ်ဳိး နာမည္ သတ္မွတ္ ၿပီးမွသာ လူမ်ဳိး နာမည္ကုိ ထည့္ေပးမည္ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္းလည္း ထည့္သြင္း ေျပာၾကားခဲ့ေၾကာင္း၊ နယ္ေျမ (၉) အတြင္းရိွ ျပည္သူလူထုမ်ားထံမွ လက္ေဗြကုိ ရက္ေပါင္း ၁၀၀၀ အတြင္း အၿပီး ေကာက္ခံရမည္ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း၊ အထက္အမိန္႔အရဟု ေျပာေနေသာ္လည္း၊ အထက္က ညႊန္ၾကားထားေသာ မည္သည့္ စာရြက္ စာတမ္းမွ် မျပခဲ့ေၾကာင္း သတင္းရရိွပါသည္။ ျပည္သူ လူထု (ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ)မ်ားမွာ အလိမ္ခံရမည္ကုိ အထူးစုိးရိမ္ၿပီး၊ လက္ေဗြ မႏိွပ္ေပးရေအာင္ ေရွာင္ေျပးေနေသာ္လည္း၊ ယခု အတင္းအဓမၼ ျပဳလုပ္ေနသျဖင့္ ေရွာင္တိမ္းမရ ျဖစ္ေနသျဖင့္ အထူး စုိးရိမ္ ပူပန္ေနၾကသည္။

ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာမ်ားသည္ အစုိးရမွ မိမိတုိ႔၏ မူရင္း နာမည္ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာ ျပန္လည္ သတ္မွတ္ေပးၿပီး၊ လူမ်ဳိးေနရာတြင္ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာဟု ေရးသြင္းမွသာ လက္ေဗြႏိွပ္ေပးလုိေၾကာင္း၊ သုိ႔မဟုတ္ပါက ကြယ္ရာတြင္ ဘဂၤလီဟု လိမ္လည္ ေရးသြင္းေပးမည္ကုိ စုိးရိမ္ေနေၾကာင္း၊ စစ္အစုိးရ ေခတ္အဆက္ဆက္တြင္လည္း ရခုိင္လူမ်ဳိး လ၀ကမ်ားက ထုိကဲ့သုိ႔ လိမ္လည္မႈမ်ဳိးစံု ျပဳလုပ္ကာ ေနာက္ဆံုးတြင္ ခုိး၀င္ဘဂၤလီမ်ားဟု စြပ္စဲြလာၾကသည္ကုိ သာဓကမ်ားရိွေနေၾကာင္း ရြာသားမ်ားမွ ေျပာၾကားၾကသည္။

အစၥလာမ္ ဘာသာ၀င္ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာမ်ားသည္ ေရွးႏွစ္ေပါင္းမ်ားစြာ ကတည္းက ယခု ရခုိင္ျပည္နယ္ဟု ေခၚတြင္ေသာ ေရွးေခတ္ အာရ္ကန္ ျပည္တြင္ ဘုိးစဥ္ ေဘာင္ဆက္ အတည္တက် ေနထုိင္လာခဲ့ၾကသူမ်ားျဖစ္ၿပီး၊ အာရ္ကန္ျပည္၏ မူလဘူတ တုိင္းရင္းသား လူမ်ဳိးတစ္မ်ဳိး ျဖစ္သည္။ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ လြတ္လပ္ေရးရၿပီး ပါတီစံု ဒီမုိကေရစီေခတ္တြင္ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာဟူေသာ နာမည္ျဖင့္ တုိင္းရင္းသား ၁၄၄ မ်ဳိးတြင္ ပါ၀င္ၿပီး၊ တုိင္းရင္းသား အခြင့္အေရးမ်ား အျပည့္အ၀ ရရိွခဲ့ေသာ္လည္း၊ ဗုိလ္ခ်ဳပ္ေန၀င္း၏ အာဏာသိမ္း ေတာ္လွန္ေရး အစုိးရ တက္လာၿပီး ေနာက္ပုိင္းတြင္ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာတုိ႔၏ တုိင္းရင္းသား အခြင့္အေရးမ်ားသာမက ႏုိင္ငံသား အခြင့္အေရးမ်ားပါ တျဖည္းျဖည္း ပိတ္ပင္ တားဆီးလာရာ ယခုအခါ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာမ်ားအား ခုိး၀င္လာေသာ ဘဂၤလီမ်ားအျဖစ္ ရုပ္လံုးေဖၚလာၾကသည္။

စစ္အစုိးရ ေခတ္အဆက္ဆက္တြင္ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာမ်ားအား စစ္ဆင္ေရး အႀကိမ္ႀကိမ္ ျပဳလုပ္ကာ လ၀ကမ်ားက ၎တုိ႔ ကုိယ္တုိင္ ေရးသားျဖည့္စြက္ထားေသာ စာရြက္မ်ားတြင္ လိမ္လည္ လက္မွတ္ ထုိးခုိင္းျခင္း၊ လက္ေဗြႏွိပ္ခုိင္းျခင္းမ်ား ျပဳလုပ္ကာ လူမ်ဳိးေနရာတြင္ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာအစား ဘဂၤလီဟု ေရးသားမွတ္တမ္းတင္ထားခဲ့ၾကသည္။ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာတုိ႔၏ သန္းေခါင္စာရင္းမ်ားကုိ ေျခာက္လတစ္ႀကိမ္ လဲလွယ္ေပးၿပီး၊ လဲေပးရာတြင္လည္း လူမ်ဳိးေနရာတြင္ လ၀ကမ်ားစိတ္ႀကိဳက္ ဘဂၤလီဟုသာ ေရးသြင္းခဲ့ၾကသည္။ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာမ်ားက မိမိတုိ႔ကုိယ္မိမိတုိ႔ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာဟု ေျပာဆုိခဲ့ေသာ္လည္း ရခုိင္လူမ်ဳိး လ၀ကမ်ားက ၎တုိ႔ စိတ္ႀကိဳက္သာ ဘဂၤလီဟု ေရးသားေပးခဲ့ၾကသည္။ ဘဂၤလီဟု မေရးသားပါက သန္းေခါင္စာရင္း ထုတ္မေပးဘဲ ထားခဲ့ေသာ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာမ်ား ေျမာက္ျမားစြာရိွသည္။

ယခု ျပည္ေထာင္စု ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသည္ ေခတ္မီ ဖံြ႕ၿဖိဳး တုိးတက္ေသာ ဒီမုိကေရစီ ႏုိင္ငံသစ္ဆီသုိ႔ ဦးတည္ ေလွ်ာက္လွမ္းေနေသာကာလတြင္လည္း ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာမ်ားသည္ မိမိတုိ႔၏ ေမြးရာပါ လူသားအခြင့္အေရး၊ ႏုိင္ငံသား အခြင့္အေရး၊ တုိင္းရင္းသား အခြင့္အေရးမ်ားကုိ ခံစားလုိသျဖင့္ လူမ်ဳိးေနရာတြင္ မိမိတုိ႔၏ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာဆုိေသာ လူမ်ဳိးနာမည္ကုိ ထည့္သြင္းေရးသားလုိၾကသည္။ သုိ႔မဟုတ္ပါက အစုိးရ ေခတ္အဆက္ဆက္ကကဲ့သုိ႔ ၎တုိ႔ စိတ္တုိင္းက် ခ်ယ္လွယ္ကာ ခုိး၀င္လာေသာ ဘဂၤလီမ်ားအျဖစ္ လိမ္လည္ မွတ္တမ္းတင္မည္ကုိ အလြန္တရာ စုိးရိမ္ပူပန္ေနၾကျခင္း ျဖစ္သည္။

ေမယုတာရာ | RB News

EU set to lift Myanmar sanctions, except on arms

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 01:16 AM PDT

EU set to lift Myanmar sanctions, except on arms

By Adrian Croft and Justyna Pawlak

BRUSSELS | Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:17pm EDT

(Reuters) – The European Union is expected to lift all sanctions on Myanmar next week, except for an arms embargo, in recognition of the "remarkable process of reform" in the country, a document seen by Reuters showed on Wednesday.

The EU agreed a year ago to suspend most of its sanctions against Myanmar for a year, but it is now expected to go further by agreeing "to lift all sanctions with the exception of the embargo on arms", the document said.

The step, which was agreed by EU ambassadors on Wednesday, paving the way for ministerial approval on Monday, will allow European companies to invest in Myanmar, which has significant natural resources and borders economic giants China and India.

"The EU is willing to open a new chapter in its relations with Myanmar, building a lasting partnership," said the document which contains the draft conclusions for Monday's EU foreign ministers' meeting.

The EU had frozen the assets of nearly 1,000 companies and institutions in Myanmar and banned almost 500 people from entering the EU. It also prohibited military-related technical help and banned investment in the mining, timber and precious metals sectors.

The United States and other Western countries have been easing sanctions on Myanmar to reward a wave of political and economic reforms put in place since Myanmar's military stepped aside and a quasi-civilian government was installed in 2011.

Under President Thein Sein's reforms, opposition leader and Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who spent 17 years under house arrest, has been allowed back into politics and has made a number of visits abroad.

A succession of foreign leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, have travelled to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and the country is attracting a surge of interest from overseas businesses keen to enter one of the last untapped markets in Asia.

In February, Danish brewer Carlsberg said it was returning to Myanmar following the easing of international sanctions which forced it out of the country in the mid-1990s.

While praising moves towards democracy and government efforts against corruption, the EU document called on Myanmar to release unconditionally remaining political prisoners.

It also called on the government to deal with inter-communal violence and take urgent action to deal with humanitarian risks facing displaced people in Rakhine State, which was swept by sectarian violence last year that killed at least 110 people and left 120,000 homeless.

Sectarian violence erupted again last month and 43 people were killed in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. Thousands, mostly Muslims, were driven from their homes and businesses as bloodshed spread across the central region of the country.

(Editing by Jon Hemming)


Burma’s Hatred and Bigotry: Time to Ask Suu Kyi the Big ‘R’ Question

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 12:31 AM PDT

Burma's Hatred and Bigotry: Time to Ask Suu Kyi the Big 'R' Question

By Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian

First contact: A Rohingya survivor on Phuket hears from a loved one
First contact: A Rohingya survivor on Phuket hears from a loved one
Photo by phuketwan.com
THE QUESTION that needs to be asked of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi is: Are you a racist? The same question should also be asked of Burma's President, Thein Sein.

This is not an easy question, but it has to be asked. The reason? The survival of the Rohingya people of Burma rides on the answers. The pair of leaders have been busy for months now, touring the world, enjoying the praise heaped on them for their roles in opening the door in Burma – also known as Myanmar – to a more democratic form of government.

Nobody has asked either of them the "R" question.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been positioning herself for a bid that could see her become Burma's next president. It's a long shot. Her chances disappear entirely if she takes a stand for an oppressed minority – the Rohingya.

The only tolerance "open" Burma has so far proved to have in abundance is tolerance of racism and hatred.

Instead of becoming more generous and accepting of different races and religions, the Burmese and their government appear to be simply more open in their brutal violence.

Accounts by Rohingya we have encountered recently in Thailand support reports of nightmarish treatment in Rakhine state that drives them – men, women and children – to risk their lives at sea.

The Burma they leave is changing, but no effort has been made so far to provide an antidote to decades of toxic propaganda encouraged by the generals who once ruled Burma.

Hatred was what the generals did, and they did it well. "Open" Burma has simply allowed the racists and bigots to have their say without fear of consequences, leading to the torching of villages and the deaths of scores of innocent people.

Perhaps the most convincing evidence that Burma's deeply ingrained racism needs to be addressed remains a letter written in 2009 to Hong Kong diplomats by then Consul General Ye Myint Aung, soon after the secret "pushbacks" of Rohingya boats from Thailand were exposed.

He did not mince words. The Rohingya, he said, were "ugly as ogres."

In a letter to all heads of foreign missions in Hong Kong and local newspapers, he wrote: "In reality, Rohingya are neither 'Myanmar people' nor Myanmar's ethnic group.

"You will see in the photos that their complexion is 'dark brown,"' he added, noting that the complexion of Myanmese is "fair and soft, good-looking as well."

He noted that his own complexion is a "typical genuine one" of the Myanmese "gentleman" and "you will accept how handsome your colleague Mr Ye is."

"It is quite different from what you have seen and read in the papers. (They are as ugly as ogres)," Ye Myint Aung wrote.

In the intervening years, all that has changed is that international governments have openly welcomed the economic opportunity that Burma presents while ignoring the bigotry and hate.

Somewhere, sometime soon, as Aung San Suu Kyi and Thein Sein sell the new "open" Burma to the world, the question has to be asked: Are you racists?

 

 

"In the intervening years, all that has changed is that international governments have openly welcomed the economic opportunity that Burma presents while ignoring the bigotry and hate.

Somewhere, sometime soon, as Aung San Suu Kyi and Thein Sein sell the new "open" Burma to the world, the question has to be asked: Are you racists?"


ROS does not recognize DAP's CEC lineup.

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 12:15 AM PDT


According to Malaysiakini HERE:

Just two days to nomination day, the Registrar of Societies (ROS) has apparently sent a letter to DAP informing the party that ROS does not recognise DAP's central executive committee (CEC).

DAP is expected to converge an emergency meeting 3pm today as it scrambles to deal with the repercussions of the ROS' decision, and will most likely call for a press conference an hour later.

Party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng refused to comment further on the matter when asked during a press conference to announce its Selangor candidacy list at DAP headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

Other DAP leaders, when contacted by Malaysiakini, confirmed receiving a letter from the ROS, but did not specify as to its content.

The letter, dated yestersay and supposedly by the ROS, is being circulated on the Internet. However, its authenticity has yet to be verified by DAP or ROS.

If true, this could tantamount to a major blow to DAP' preparations for the coming May 5 general election, touted to be the tightest in Malaysian political history.

As of now, it is also unclear if this would affect the party's candidates' use of the DAP logo on nomination day.

DAP had come under ROS' probe for the "technical glitch" that happened during party polls in December last year, which resulted in their initial CEC lineup to be reshuffled.

The party had claimed that there was a technical error in vote tabulation but DAP leaders have refused calls for fresh polls despite protests from certain party members.

More to come.

Giliran Wanita UMNO Tibai Najib

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 02:23 AM PDT


Tindakan Barisan Nasional (BN) tidak meletakkan pemimpin tertinggi Wanita Umno dan BN sebagai calon dalam Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13) mengecewakan dan dianggap penghinaan kepada wanita, kata Naib Ketua Wanita Umno, Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim.

Menurutnya, ia menunjukkan BN tidak beri pengiktirafan sewajarnya kepada pemimpin wanita yang berada dalam hierarki tertinggi organisasi wanita untuk bersama-sama saf kepimpinan parti bertanding pada PRU13.

Beliau, yang juga Ketua Wanita Umno Bahagian Kuala Kangsar berkata, beliau sebagai orang nombor dua dalam Pergerakan Wanita Umno dan BN sepatutnya diberikan peluang bertanding di Parlimen supaya dapat terlibat sebagai pembuat dasar dan keputusan politik.

"Tindakan kepimpinan BN memeranjatkan saya dan wanita lain. Saya kecewa kerana tidak ada pengiktirafan sewajarnya diberi kepada pemimpin Wanita Umno dan BN yang mewakili seluruh wanita Umno dan BN," katanya kepada Sinar Harian.

Kamilia berkata, beberapa ketua Wanita Umno negeri tidak diberikan tempat dalam PRU13, antaranya di Kedah, Johor dan Terengganu, termasuk Naib Presiden MCA, Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.

"Kami banyak berjasa, tetapi tidak diberikan tempat. Adakah kepimpinan tertinggi tidak mengiktiraf kelayakan yang kami ada. Kebanyakan kami golongan profesional," katanya.

"Pucuk pimpinan parti jangan menganggap wanita tidak kisah dengan pencalonan yang diumumkan baru-baru ini. Jangan ingat wanita tidak ada perasaan," katanya.

Kamilia, seorang peguam, berkata, hakikatnya, wanita membuat kerja bersungguh-sungguh untuk membantu parti sejak tiga tahun lalu.

Beliau, bagaimanapun berkata akan 'berjuang habis-habisan' walaupun tidak terpilih di saat akhir.

"Jika permintaan tidak diberi, wanita mempunyai pelbagai pilihan lain kerana perjuangan saya berpandukan negara, agama dan bangsa. Sekiranya pintu tidak dibuka kepada saya, saya akan perjuangkan di tempat lain.

"Pintu ditutup, mungkin ada pintu lain sama ada saya akan pecahkan atau membuat sendiri. Saya mungkin pertimbangkan pilihan lain kerana perjuangan saya tidak perlu berakhir di tahap ini sahaja," katanya.

Beliau juga tidak menafikan, rata-rata wanita di seluruh negara mempersoalkan calon-calon yang ditampilkan.

"Saya akan mencabar sehingga ke akhir untuk membantah kerana saya merasakan ini tidak adil. Selama ini saya bersabar, saya berjuang bersama-sama selama enam penggal dan melalui enam kali pilihan raya.

"Tunggu dan lihat, Saya tidak mengugut, tetapi saya menunggu keputusan parti.

"Saya ada perjuangan dan tidak akan berputus asa. Dunia ini luas, mesti teruskan perjuangan demi bangsa, agama dan negara. Terpulang apa yang akan ditafsirkan," katanya ketika ditanya adakah beliau akan menjadi calon Bebas sekiranya tidak dicalonkan oleh BN dalam PRU13.

Kamilia disebut-sebut untuk bertanding di Parlimen Kuala Kangsar, tetapi pada Selasa lepas, Pengerusi BN Perak, Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir mengumumkan Adun Bukit Chandan, Datuk Wan Mohamad Khairil Anuar Wan Ahmad bertanding untuk Parlimen tersebut. -SH

'Di mana slogan wanita disanjung?'

IPOH - Wanita Umno Bahagian Kuala Kangsar kecewa apabila Naib Ketua Wanita Umno, Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim tidak dicalon bertanding di kerusi Parlimen Kuala Kangsar.

Setiausaha Wanita Umno Bahagian Kuala Kangsar, Aishah Halid berkata, mereka terkejut apabila nama Kamilia tidak dicalon untuk mana-mana kerusi di Kuala Kangsar.

Menurutnya, mengikut heirarki, Kamilia turut menjawat jawatan Ketua Wanita Umno Bahagian Kuala Kangsar dan ia cukup untuk membuktikan beliau mampu memikul tanggungjawab.

"Kami berhasrat dan mahu beliau mengisi kekosongan kerusi Parlimen Kuala Kangsar yang ditinggalkan oleh Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.

"Di mana slogan wanita dipuji, disanjung? Semua itu tidak dihargai apabila kepimpinan terlepas pandang nama beliau (Kamilia). Kami mohon dipertimbangkan apa yang mereka katakan," katanya.

Katanya, Wanita Umno Bahagian Kuala Kangsar menyokong semua calon Barisan Nasional (BN) yang diberi mandat untuk bertanding pada pilihan raya umum kali ini tetapi terkilan ketua mereka tidak dicalonkan.
-SH

Monks Gone Bad

Posted: 17 Apr 2013 11:53 PM PDT

Monks Gone Bad ….By SWE WIN

Buddhist monks near a mosque in Meikhtila, Myanmar.New York Times
Khin Maung Win/Associated Press Buddhist monks near a mosque in Meikhtila, Myanmar.

YANGON, Myanmar — Five years ago, when Myanmar was still under military rule, some Western and Chinese friends asked me how there could be such oppression in a country where Buddhism, which preaches nonviolence, is the predominant religion.

I was in self-imposed exile at the time, studying journalism at the University of Hong Kong, and I would answer that the country's military leaders were immoral, Buddhists in name only. I would also point out that Myanmar's pre-colonial monarchical rulers — they, too, nominally Buddhist — also had committed great crimes. In other words, nothing was wrong with the religion itself; the problem was with the politicians who were flouting it.

I can't give such answers any more — not since the recent deadly attacks by Buddhists against Muslims in Meikhtila, a city in central Myanmar with no history of sectarian violence. Reports that monks instigated some of those burnings, beatings and killings suggest a much deeper problem than unprincipled state officials.

The general public in Myanmar, which is largely Buddhist (about 90 percent) and ethnic Bamar (over 65 percent), would like to believe that the Buddhist monks who allegedly participated in these brutal incidents aren't real monks. That's easier than contemplating the painful reality that the venerated Buddhist order, the Sangha, has become largely corrupt.

There was a time when most of the young men and women who joined the order were driven by a spiritual quest. But during the half-century of the junta's rule, it was the wars along the border areas and crushing poverty that brought novices to monasteries. Many were orphans with no other options; others were children entrusted to the monks by destitute parents trying to secure shelter and some schooling for them. In the profile of its recruits, the Sangha wasn't so different from the Burmese Army — and sometimes the abbots were as brutal as officers.

I grew up in 1990s in a conservative Buddhist family and spent every summer after the fifth grade studying at monasteries. Rather than focus on meditation, the monks practiced astrology to attract donations and were busy collecting household objects as alms. Today, many Burmese monks own digital phones, luxury cars and LCD televisions. Some also gamble. "Only when you grow old do you seek the path of spirituality," an abbot in Yangon told me last week. "Otherwise, most of the monks lead a normal life not different from that of laymen."

Worse, the monks I met during those summers viewed the Sangha as a sect, displaying little regard for other faiths and much indifference for the universal nature of Buddha's teachings. As long as Myanmar is unstable politically and economically, the order will remain a refuge for people in trouble but also, in some cases, a breeding ground for sectarianism.

In 2001, anti-Muslim attacks broke out in Taungoo, Pyinmana, Kyaukse and other cities in central Myanmar, and several of the young monks involved were jailed. I met some of them in Myingyan Prison near Mandalay, where I was serving time as a student dissident. One proudly told me that he had defended Buddhism by torching Muslims' properties. Another, known as Wirathu, who was jailed at a different prison for the same crimes now runs a campaign called the 969 movement, giving hate speeches against Muslims.

Last year, after clashes against the Rohingyas, a stateless Muslim minority in Rakhine State, some friends of mine who are monks told me that human rights and Western values didn't apply to that group. When I asked why not, and argued that as fellow human beings Rohingyas should also be treated according to Buddhist principles, my friends shook their heads and told me I was not a Burmese.

I'm glad they didn't say I was not a Buddhist.


Swe Win is a freelance journalist based in Yangon.


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