Wednesday, April 10, 2013

[BERGAMBAR] KL Dilanda Banjir Kilat

[BERGAMBAR] KL Dilanda Banjir Kilat


[BERGAMBAR] KL Dilanda Banjir Kilat

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 10:45 AM PDT


Hujan lebat selama sejam yang melanda Lembah Kelang sejak 5.30 petang, menyebabkan beberapa kawasan dilanda banjir kilat.

Antara kawasan yang terjejas termasuk Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Parlimen, Jalan Duta, Jalan Pudu, Jalan Cheras Lama, Jalan Chan Sow Lin dan Jalan Segambut.

Jurucakap Bilik Gerakan Bomba dan Penyelamat Kuala Lumpur berkata, hujanlebat dan banjir kilat itu menyebabkan keadaan trafik sekitar ibu negara sesakteruk di beberapa laluan utama.

"Antara jalan yang mengalami kesesakan teruk adalah Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Duta, Jalan Mahameru, Jalan Kuching dan Lebuhraya Persekutuan," katanya ketika dihubungi Bernama.

Beliau berkata sehingga kini, terdapat satu laporan membabitkan pokok tumbang di pekarangan parkir Masjid Negara dan pihak bomba serta petugas Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur sedang mengalihkan pokok berkenaan.

Katanya, tiada laporan kemalangan jiwa dilaporkan dan pemantauan kini dilakukan di beberapa kawasan yang dilanda banjir kilat.

Jurucakap itu turut menasihatkan orang ramai agar mengambil langkah berjaga-jaga dan segera melaporkan kepada pasukan keselamatan jika kawasan rumah mereka dilanda banjir kilat. - BERNAMA












Bitcoin: Money of the Future or Old-Fashioned Bubble?

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 06:53 AM PDT

Patrik Korda holds a bachelor's degree in political science from BISLA and currently lives in New York, NY, where he works in market research. His latest piece is an excellent read, at least to me.

Excerpt:


Bitcoin has been all the rage lately. The stuff, or lack thereof, runs on peer-to-peer technology, is fully decentralized, has no patents, and is open source. Currently, there are almost 11 million bitcoin units in existence and the maximum amount of bitcoin units that will ever be created by the logic of its design are 21 million. For more details on how they work, see the recent Mises Daily "The Money-Ness of Bitcoins" by economist Nikolay Gertchev.

The Issue

While bitcoins are designed so that they cannot be hyperinflated in name, they certainly can be hyperinflated in substance. Already, there are numerous knockoffs such as litecoin, namecoin, and freicoin in place. This is a particularly valid point because bitcoin is a starfish, i.e., it is fully decentralized. As stated by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom,

The starfish doesn't have a head. Its central body isn't even in charge. In fact, the major organs are replicated throughout each and every arm. If you cut the starfish in half, you'll be in for a surprise: the animal won't die, and pretty soon you'll have two starfish to deal with.[1]

After the music-sharing service Napster went under, Niklas Zennström (the creator of Skype) stepped in with his creation called Kazaa, which had no central server that could be shut down. Eventually, such peer-to-peer programs became more numerous, to include Kazaa Lite, eDonkey, eMule, BitTorrent, etc. While this may be good news for people who like to download and share content for free, it certainly is not for people who are under the impression that bitcoin is a hedge against inflation. Those who compare bitcoin to a language neglect the fact that most people do not have an incentive to create a new language out of the blue. On the other hand, a great chunk of human history consists of people searching for the philosopher's stone to magically produce gold. There can be no doubt that bitcoin has a built-in gold rush mechanism, which has already spilled over to litecoin and will be sure to spill over to subsequent knockoffs as well.[2]

Money


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Lessons from Cyprus *Must Read*

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 07:30 AM PDT


On March 16, 2013 an alarm should have gone off in the minds of any who held money in a bank anywhere in the world. On that day, banksters attempted an unprecedented money grab of depositor money held at banks in Cyprus.

In a new plan to bail out the government of Cyprus, under the watchful eye of the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank (the "troika"), depositors in Cypriot banks were to be hit with a one-time tax on their savings, as part of a €10 billion ($12.96 billion) bailout.

In a deal, announced early that Saturday, accounts with more than €100,000 would be taxed at 9.9%, those with less at 6.75%, raising an expected €5.8 billion for the near-bankrupt nation.

The eventual terms of the deal were changed and small depositors were protected against the tax, while larger depositors are now to suffer even greater losses of 40% or more; some may lose everything.

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成功需要“十商”

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 07:09 AM PDT

1. 智商(Intelligence Quotient,IQ)o.o
---对知识掌握的能力。

2. 情商(Emotional Intelligence Quotient,EQ)
---管理自己情绪和处理人际关系的能力。

3. 逆商 (Adversity Intelligence Quotient,AQ)
---面对逆境承受压力的能力。

4. 德商 (Moral Intelligence Quotient,MQ)
---个人的道德人格品质。

5. 胆商 (Daring Intelligence Quotient,DQ)
---个人胆量、胆识和胆略的度量。

6. 财商 (Financial Intelligence Quotient,FQ)
---理财与投资收益能力。

7. 心商 (Mental Intelligence Quotient,MQ)
---保持良好心理状态的能力。

8. 志商 (Will Intelligence Quotient,WQ )
---个人的意志水平与志向。

9. 灵商 (Spiritual Intelligence Quotient,SQ)
---对事物本质的灵感、顿悟与直觉思维能力。

10.健商 (Health Intelligence Quotient,HQ)
---对健康的意识与知识。

Radio Australia: GE13 - Toughest Test Yet For Barisan Nasional

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 06:57 AM PDT

Malaysians set for May 5 polls

Updated 10 April 2013, 22:59 AEST

Malaysia's Election Commission has announced May 5 as polling day for the country's general election.












Malaysia will hold
general elections on May 5 in what could be the toughest test of the
ruling coalition's 56-year grip on power. (Credit: ABC) 






Malaysia's Election

It's All About Quality

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 06:42 AM PDT

It is about 25 days to GE 13. So far, apart from the usual accusations, in-fighting and the works, there has not been much been said about the necessity for all parties concerned to field candidates with quality in calibre, leadership, skills, knowledge, service etc.

According to this paper:

A final concern is with two of the mechanisms that may produce voter response to incumbent quality. One possibility is that voters are sufficiently aware of incumbent qualities to make independent evaluative judgments consistent with variation in incumbent quality.

A second is that voters react primarily to challengers, whose entry signals a weakness in incumbent performance or quality, and whose campaigns convey critical information about incumbents to voters. While we cannot fully specify the conditions of each of these mechanisms, our comparatively rich measures of challenger quality increase our control over the challenger-entry hypothesis, which can give us greater confidence that residual evidence of citizen response to incumbent quality is not due to uncontrolled variation in challenger quality.

 The question of mechanisms returns us to the importance of reassessing candidate quality to advance our understanding of political representation and the electoral process.

If challengers are essential in conveying information to voters about the quality of
incumbents, the emergence of strong challengers is all the more critical to the
congressional electoral process.

If, on the other hand, citizens have the capacity to judge their Representatives independently, our confidence in their ability to enforce the 2fundamental conditions of representative government is enhanced. This is true not least because House elections are typically not competitive and the entry of highly qualified challengers is the exception rather than the rule.

Thus, evidence that voters are sensitive to incumbent quality independent of challenger entry may increase our confidence in citizen control of the electoral process.

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For me, I believe that we should take a candidate-centred approach i.e. a detailed look at the candidate who should ideally be ready to have open dialogues or debate with constituents or candidates from opposing parties.

According to THIS PAPER:


The change from partisan to personal electoral politics is generally attributed to changes in the political environment that increased the salience of individual politicians' attributes and weakened traditional party organizations { changes in campaign advertising technologies such as the rise of television, the replacement of patronage with civil service employment, and an increase in the personal resources available to elected o cials for constituency service.

These factors led voters to see parties as increasingly irrelevant, and party attachments
weakened. Campbell (2007, p. 68) describes the process as follows:

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BBC: GE13 A Major Test For Najib

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 06:41 AM PDT

BBC ONLINE: 10 April 2013
Last updated at 07:56 GMT










Malaysian general elections set for 5 May



Former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim is leading the opposition

 

A
general election will be held in Malaysia on 5 May, the Election
Commission said, in what is seen as a major test for Prime Minister
Najib Razak's ruling coalition.

The

၉၆၉ ဟာ ျဗဟၼစိုရ္ တရား ကင္းကြာေနတဲ့ သာသနာလြဲ အယူပါ

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 06:37 AM PDT

ဝီရသူ wall ကကူးလာတာပါ ဗုဒၶဘာသာဝင္တစ္ေယာက္ေရးထားတာပါ။ By အနာဂတ္အတြက္ ရဲရဲေတာက္ အစၥလာမ္ဇာနည္မ်ား

Ko Aung Aung wrote>>>
သံဃာေတာ္ အ႐ွင္သူျမတ္တို႕ကို ေလွ်ာက္ထားလိုသည္မွာ. . .

မြတ္စလင္ေတြ သာသနာျပဳတာမွာ မ႐ိုးသားတဲ့ နည္းလမ္းေတြ သံုးလို႕ လို႕ ေျပာေတာ့၊ ဘယ္လို မ႐ိုးသားတဲ့နည္းလမ္းေတြ လည္း လို႕ ေဟာေျပာၾကသူေတြရဲ႕ တရားေတြကို ဆန္းစစ္တဲ့အခါမွာ ျမန္မာမေတြကို ယူၿပီး၊ အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာထဲကို ဇြတ္အတင္း သြပ္သြင္းပါသတဲ့။

ႏို႕ ဘယ္သူ က သူတို႕ကို ယူခုိင္းလို႕လဲ၊ အတင္းအဓမၼသိမ္းပိုက္တာဆို တရားဥပေဒအရ က်ေနာ္တို႕ အေရးယူဖို႕လုိပါတယ္။ ယူလို႕ရပါတယ္။
လူတင္ပါလုိ႕ ႏြားက်ားဆြဲ ခံရတာ လူေတြ ညံ့ လို႕ လို႕ ေသခ်ာ ျမင္ပါ။

ဗုဒၶဘာသာ၀င္ေတြက ကိုယ့္သာသနာရဲ႕ အတိမ္အနက္ကို မသိေတာ့ဘဲ၊ တေျဖးေျဖး ေပါ့သထက္ေပါ့၊ အေပၚယံမိ႐ိုးဖလာ ကိုးကြယ္ယံုၾကည္မႈ လို တိမ္သထက္ တိမ္ လာတာ ဘယ္သူေတြမွာ အဓိက တာ၀န္ ႐ွိပါသလဲ။

ခုေနာက္ပိုင္း ဆရာေတာ္တခ်ိဳ႕ရဲ႕ ၿခိမ့္ၿခိမ့္သဲ တရားပြဲေတြ၊ ေစာင္ေရသိန္းခ်ီ တရားစာအုပ္ေတြ ေအာင္ျမင္တာ၊ ဗုဒၶဘာသာရဲ႕ အႏွစ္သာရေတြ ျပန္႕ပြားလို႕ လူေတြ ၾကည္ညိဳသဒၵါပြားမ်ားမႈေတြ ျမင့္မားလာတာ ဥပမာအေနနဲ႕ ေျပာရရင္ ဆရာေတာ္ဦးေဇာတိက ဆုိ အဂၤလိပ္လို၊ ေခတ္ပညာနဲ႕ ႏိႈင္းယွဉ္ၿပီးေဟာၾကားျပသတဲ့အတြက္ ျမန္မာေတြသာမက၊ ႏုိင္ငံျခားသားေတြပါ ဗုဒၶဘာသာထဲ ကူးေျပာင္းလာတာေတြ ႐ွိလာတယ္။ ဆရာေတာ့္ လုိပဲ တရားေဟာ ဓမၼကထိက ဆရာေတာ္ေတြ အမ်ားအျပားပါ။

ဒါဟာ မွန္ကန္တည့္မတ္တဲ့ သာသနာျပဳနည္းပါ။ သာဓုေခၚစရာျဖစ္သလုိ၊ ၀မ္းေျမာက္၀မ္းသာၾကည္ႏူးရ
ပါတယ္။

အဲဒီလို မဟုတ္ဘဲ၊ တျခားဘာသာ၀င္ေတြ ေရာင္း၀ယ္ေဖါက္ကား ႀကီးပြားေနတာကို မနာလိုမ႐ႈစိမ့္စိတ္
ေတြနဲ႕ ဖ်က္လို ဖ်က္ဆီး လုပ္၊
သူတို႕သာသနာ သူတို႕ တည္ေဆာက္ၾကတာကို မီး႐ိႈ႕ဖ်က္ဆီး၊ သတ္ျဖတ္ လုပ္ၿပီး မတရားမမွ်တ စြာ လုပ္တာ သာသနာျပဳတယ္ လို႕ မေခၚႏုိင္ပါဘူး။

အဲဒီလို သာသနာျပဳတာကိုလည္း ဗုဒၶဘုရား႐ွင္ ကိုယ္တုိင္ အားေပးမွာလည္း မဟုတ္ပါဘူး။

ျမန္မာျပည္သားတိုင္း ရာဇၿဂိဳဟ္ျပည္သားေတြလုိ ႏြားစားစဉ္းရင္း၊ လယ္ထြန္ရင္း၊ ေသာတပန္၊ သကဒါဂန္ေတြ တည္ေနၾကမယ္ဆုိ ဘယ္က၀င္လာတဲ့ ဘယ္ဘာသာပဲ ျဖစ္ျဖစ္၊
သူတို႕သာ ကုိယ့္ဘာသေျပာင္း ရ ႐ွိမယ္၊ ကိုယ္ေတြက ဘယ္လိုစည္း႐ုံးမႈမ်ိဳးမွာမွ ပါ သြားစရာ အေၾကာင္းမ႐ွိပါ။

ကိုယ့္ၿခံစည္း႐ိုး ကုိယ္ လံုေအာင္ ကာ ဖို႕က အဓိက ပါ။

ေလာဘ၊ ေဒါသ၊ ေမာဟ ေတြနဲ႕ သူတပါးကို ဖ်က္လိုဖ်က္ဆီး က်ဴးလြန္လိုက္ၿပီ ဆိုတာနဲ႕ က ိုယ့္ၿခံစည္း
႐ိုး ကိုယ္ဖ်က္သလို ျဖစ္သြားပါၿပီ။

အစြန္းေရာက္ လြဲမွားေနသူ ေတြ ကို ေမးခြန္းထုတ္ခ်င္တာက
ဗုဒၶဘာသာ ဟာ သူေတာ္ေကာင္းတရား ဟုတ္သလား မဟုတ္ဘူးလား ဆုိတာပါ။
သူေတာ္ေကာင္း တရား စစ္မွန္ရင္၊ ဘယ္သူ႕ကိုမွ ဘယ္လို တုိက္ခိုက္မႈမ်ိဳးမွ လုပ္စရာအေၾကာင္းမ႐ွိပါ။

သာသနာႀကီး မတိမ္ေကာေသးတဲ့ ကာလ ပါ။

အမွန္တကယ္ သာသနာကို ျပန္႕ပြားတည္တံ့ေစာင့္ေ႐ွာက္ ခ်င္ တဲ့ ရဟန္းသံဃာ မွန္ရင္၊ အဓိက လုပ္ရမယ့္ အလုပ္က ရဟန္းကိစၥၿပီးေအာင္ လုပ္ရမွာ၊
ၿပီးရင္ သူ႕ရဲ႕ အေ၀ေနယ်ေတြကို ခၽြတ္လို႕ သာသနာႀကီး ျပန္႕ပြားတည္တံ့ေအာင္ အားထုတ္ရမွာ။

ရဟန္းသံဃာ ဆရာ႐ွင္ျမတ္တို႕ ကို အထူးပဲ အားကိုးအားထားျဖင့္ သာသနာျပန္႕ပြားတည္တံ့ေရး အတြက္ ဗုဒၶဘုရား႐ွင္ေဟာၾကားေတာ္မူခဲ့တဲ့အတုိင္း အားထုတ္ေပးၾကဖို႕ အထူးေမတၱာရပ္ခံေလွ်ာက္
ထားပါတယ္။

ဒါ့ထက္ တိတိက်က် ေျပာရရင္
၉၆၉ ဟာ ျဗဟၼစိုရ္ တရား ကင္းကြာေနတဲ့
အကာ ကိုပဲ ၾကည့္တဲ့၊ သာသနာလြဲ အယူပါ။

အႏွစ္ ကို ေသခ်ာ စိစစ္ၿပီး သာသနာျပဳၾကေစခ်င္ပါတယ္။


Bersih, Pakatan plan havoc on polling day

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 06:28 AM PDT

Beware of the dirty Bersih. They will create havoc on polling day!

This warning was issued by former president of Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim today.

Together with former DAP mid-ring leader Tan Tuan Tat, the ex-vice chairman of DAP also exposed PKR dirty tactic to woo voters and disrupt voting procedures in sensitive areas, notably the ones Pakatan Rakyat hoped to win.

The two had alleged that PKR was working with the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih) to train people to disrupt the polling process set to take place on May 5.
"We understand training sessions have been conducted for polling agents, counting agents and booth/barung agents, by a non-governmental organisation called Tindak Malaysia," said Tengku Aziz.
He added one aspect of the training was to encourage voters to demand for the randomisation of their ballot papers to guarantee vote secrecy.
"Tindak Malaysia by their own admission works closely with Bersih and Bersih is publicly known to be very close to Pakatan Rakyat leaders," added Tengku Aziz.
He claimed to have seen an internal PKR document dated Dec 15, 2012 listing out various steps to create chaos and dissatisfaction against the Election Commission (EC) on polling day by raising protests at polling stations.
"This will cause other voters waiting in the queue to be unhappy and dissatisfied with the EC in the conduct of the polling," said Tunku Aziz.
The former DAP vice-president said the disruption would come in the form of challenges to the election clerks on duty and the presiding officer.
"They are encouraged to be vocal and challenge the election clerks as well as the presiding officer of committing an electoral offence if they refuse to issue a random ballot to the voter," said Tengku Aziz.
His team, Tunku Aziz said has all the evident to proof the claims, and as such called on Ambiga to the open and declare as to whether she is involved with such a conspiracy or not.

"Come out to the open and say it out," he said.
"Training sessions, known as PACABA, have been conducted for polling and counting agents by the NGO Tindak Malaysia. One particular aspect of such training sessions is to teach the voter to guard the secrecy of his or her vote," he said.
He further claimed that people are being trained to demand for random ballot paper in order to guarantee the secrecy of their votes.
Tunku Aziz said asking for random ballot paper means that a voter will demand for a ballot paper from the middle or bottom of the pile and not the one on the top.
"The people attending such training are encouraged to challenge the election clerks on duty of committing an electoral offence if they refuse to issue a random ballot to the voter, while polling agents have been trained to support such a request by the voter.
"These people are specially trained to cause trouble and when the police have to intervene and remove the people involved, this would make it look like the election is dirty and video recordings of such instances will attract a lot of international attention," claimed Tunku Aziz.

Racist government affiliated cyber-trooper caught in action

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 05:34 AM PDT

Racist gov cybertrooper
FB of Government affiliated လူထု ေမာင္ကာဠဳ LIKELY TO BE the assistant cyber-trooper of U Ye Thut.
အို……မန္းေလး သား အေပါင္းတို႔ ကုလားေရာင္းေသာ ထိုဆိုင္တြင္
ဝယ္ယူစားသံုးျခင္း မျပဳၾကပါရန္ [Ludu Maung Karlu wrote: Oh Mandalayans, don't patronize and eat at that shop own by a Kalar]
I know that this is not Mg Mg's shop.
But even with this kind of post, Son of Bitch လူထု ေမာင္ကာဠဳ could be jailed in the Europe or USA. He is rumored to be the Pseudonym or clone account or the head of sub-group of Myanmar Government Cyber-trooper Professor Seik Phuar or Ye Htut (President U Thein Sein's spoke-person)
Another head of other sub-group of Myanmar Government Cyber-trooper is Hmuu Zaw the Director of the President's Office.So we could understand or estimate what kind of government is running Myanmar.This is dangerous because this could be pointing sign to destroy in the future Anti-Muslim activities.

Is this related to the corruption report made on his FB by Mg Mg on the officer of the Mandalay Municipal Council?

Or just because he is automatically becoming the Mandalay Muslim leader after his famous book and good relations with the Saffron Revolution Monks?


Siapa Bekas MB Perak Yang Akan Sertai PAS Terjawab Malam Ini

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 06:52 AM PDT


Gempar!!!! Bekas MB Perak Dari Umno Bakal Sertai Pakatan Rakyat????!!! Nantikan malam ini!!! Yg pasti, UMNO IS DEAD!!!

Dalam kehangatan pilihanraya umum ke-13 nanti, beberapa minggu lagi, bekas pemimpin besar Umno dijangka menyertai parti dalam Pakatan Rakyat.

Terkini, seorang bekas menteri besar yang pernah mentadbir Perak dikatakan bakal menyertai PAS malam ini.

Perkara ini didedahkan Nizar Jamaluddin dalam ucapannya ketika beliau diumumkan bertanding di kerusi DUN Changkat Jering pada pilihanraya umum akan datang, malam tadi.

"Seorang bekas menteri besar (Perak) akan memberikan borang masuk PAS," katanya ringkas.

Nizar berkata mengetahui perkara itu ketika mesyuarat ahli jawatankuasa PAS Pusat, Selasa minggu lepas.

Sebelum pentadbiran Zambry Abdul Kadir sekarang, Perak pernah ditadbir oleh Abdul Wahab Toh Muda Abdul Aziz, Mohamed Ghazali Jawi, Shaari Shafie, Ahmad bin Said, Kamaruddin Mohd Isa, Wan Mohamed Wan Teh, Ramli Ngah Talib dan Mohd Tajol Rosli (tidak termasuk Nizar).

Menurut sumber, dua nama teratas yang dijangka menyertai PAS malam ini ialah Tajol Rosli Ghazali dan Ramli Ngah Talib.

Bagaimanapun Tajol dilihat lebih menyerlah kerana masih mengiktiraf Speaker DUN Perak yang sah, V Sivakumar selepas kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat tumbang pada Februari 2008.

Bekas ADUN Pengkalan Hulu ini digugurkan dari senarai calon dan dia sendiri tidak mahu lagi bertanding mewakili Umno dalam mana-mana jawatan negeri mahupun bahagian.

Dia juga merupakan anak kepada bekas menteri besar kedua, Mohamed Ghazali Jawi.

Tajol juga dikatakan semakin vokal terhadap dasar-dasar pentadbiran Zambry yang tidak mempedulikan hak orang Melayu apabila ratusan hektar tanah balak diberikan kepada kroni rapat dan perniagannya.

Dijangka, dengan pengumuman rasmi malam ini, lebih ramai ahli Umno akan mengikut jejak Tajol menyertai PAS manakala jentera pilihanraya Umno Gerik bakal lumpuh walaupun bukan calon Umno yang bertanding.

Tajol menang dalam pilihanraya umum lalu menewaskan calon KEADILAN, Lee Sing Long dengan majoriti 4,645 undi tetapi kemenangannya tidak bermakna apabila Perak diperintah Pakatan Rakyat yang menang 31 daripada 59 kerusi DUN sekaligus membentuk kerajaan negeri yang diketuai Nizar. -fb

Indonesian prison riot sparked by rapes of Rohingya inmate

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 05:09 AM PDT

Indonesian prison riot sparked by rapes of Rohingya inmate By HANNA HINDSTROM : 10 April 2013

Illegal migrants from Burma stand at the gate of an immigration detention centre in Medan in Indonesia's North Sumatra province on 5 April 2013. (Reuters)

Illegal migrants from Myanmar stand at the gate of an immigration detention centre in Medan in Indonesia's North Sumatra provinceIllegal migrants from Burm

A recent riot at an Indonesian detention centre, in which eight Burmese Buddhists were killed by a mob of Muslims, was sparked by the rape and sexual assault of three Rohingya women, a new police investigation has revealed.

According to a police report obtained by DVB, the Indonesian prison brawl, which broke out on 5 April killing eight Buddhists and injuring 15 Rohingya men, was not caused by an argument over religious violence in Burma as previously reported.

Instead the report pins the blame on "several incidents" of sexual violence perpetrated by Burmese Buddhists against Rohingya women, including two brutal gang rapes, which the authorities failed to investigate. A third woman was sexually assaulted by two men after taking a bath next to her room at the Belawan detention centre in Medan, Sumatra island.

Although a Rohingya leader quickly reported the incidents to officers at the detention centre, the perpetrators were "only reprimanded and slapped" on the cheek, according to the police report.

A gang of eight Buddhists, identified as "illegal fishermen", then threatened the Rohingyas and "an unequal quarrel broke out", in which knives, wooden rods and screwdrivers were used by the two groups to attack each other. All five men, implicated in the three cases of rape and sexual assault, were killed in the brawl.

The new report contradicts previous accounts, which suggested that the Rohingyas launched an attack against the Buddhists after seeing images of recent anti-Muslim violence, which swept through central Burma in late March, claiming over 40 lives.

It follows two bouts of vicious clashes between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists Arakanese in western Burma last year, in which over 125,000 people were displaced.

The Rohingyas detained on Sumatra Island in Indonesia were described by police as "asylum seekers" with "long-standing resentment against Buddhist citizens of Myanmar [Burma] as a result of atrocities against Rohingya people committed by other Myanmar citizens."

Rohingyas are denied citizenship and basic rights by the Burmese government and are considered one of the world's most persecuted minorities by the UN.

Since last year's violence in western Burma, which primarily targeted Muslim villages, more than 15,000 Rohingyas have fled the country. The refugees, including women and children, often makes the perilous journey by sea on rickety boats, in the hopes of reaching other Muslim countries, such as Indonesia or Malaysia.

The Burmese government has demanded a full investigation into the violence and called on the Indonesian authorities "to pay special attention" to the protection of its citizens.

Police forces have named 20 Rohingya asylum seekers as suspects in the violence, including five 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old. According to the Jakarta Post, the suspects are accused of "conducting collective assault and torturing" and face a maximum sentence of 12 years imprisonment if convicted.

The report also called for an increase in security at Indonesian detention centres, as well as the segregation of Muslims and Buddhists from Burma.

However questions remain over the future of the remaining Rohingya detainees, who may be returned to Burma unless they are granted asylum in Indonesia or a third country. The police report also reveals that the detention centre was crammed with over twice as many inmates as its capacity allowed.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has appealed for calm and urged the Indonesian authorities "to take action to prevent further violence, including moving individuals into community housing as soon as possible".

"If detention is used as a last resort, we advocate for vulnerable individuals like women and children to be housed separately," UNHCR spokesperson, Vivian Tan, told DVB on Wednesday.

 

 


My prediction for the election dates, were wrong, the actual dates are...... by Ram Anand

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 03:43 AM PDT

From Malaysiakini: 

Bersih Generation Malaysian:  Ini kali lah..... Bangsat Negara must be wiped out for the betterment of all Malaysians. For all Malaysians residing overseas, Jom balik undi to save our beloved nation.

The Election Commission (EC) has announced that the highly-anticipated 13th general election will take place on May 5, while the nomination of candidates will be held on April 20. EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof announced the dates after a special meeting at the headquarters in Putrajaya today, exactly a week after Parliament was dissolved. This provides for a campaign period of 15 days - the longest in over three decades. Advance polling is fixed for April 30, for the police, armed forces and EC staff and their spouses to cast their ballots.

Voters can check details of their polling centre with effect from April 15. The announcement was telecast 'live' by several television stations, which began the broadcast at 12.34pm.State and parliamentary polls will take place simultaneously except in Sarawak, where the next state polls are not due till 2016. Some 13.2 million Malaysians are eligible to vote this time around, with first-time voters making up about 2.6 million of this number.

Of this number, around 270,000 are postal voters from the army and the police force. The election will cost the commission about RM400 million, Abdul Aziz said."We have checked and decided on May 5 as the date for elections, because the date is free from any important events," he said. He also said that the weather forecast for the polling and nomination days is projected to be "good". EC not at fault for 'dirty' elections Abdul Aziz defended the EC against allegations that the polls will be the "dirtiest" in the country's history.  "If the election becomes dirty, it is not because of the EC. It is the political parties and its supporters who must observe the code of conduct," he stressed, and hopes that the election will be among the best in the history of the nation.

GE13 is widely anticipated to be the closest in the nation's electoral history. BN, led by Najib Abdul Razak, is moving aggressively to win back a two-thirds majority in Parliament, which it lost in 2008. Pakatan Rakyat, under Anwar Ibrahim, is aiming to extend the 'political tsunami' of 2008 into more states, especially in the south, even as it gears up for another push into Putrajaya. In 2008, BN won 140 seats in the Dewan Rakyat, while Pakatan's tally was 82.

Five of the 12 contested state legislatures went to Pakatan, which formed the state government for the first time in Penang, Perak (although it subsequently reverted to BN control), Selangor and Kedah. PAS retained its stronghold of Kelantan. BN won 50.27 percent of the popular vote, while Pakatan took 46.75 percent.

The Dangers of Decency

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 03:41 AM PDT

FB of Dr. Maung Zarni >>>"Whatever their editorial stances or slants, one major problem that keeps the journalists from reporting intelligently, professionally and realistically about Burma is that journalists are decent human beings who think, feel and view things from a human perspective, informed by their own human decency. Burma, on the other hand, is ruled by sociopaths and psychopaths who will stop at nothing to defend their power, wealth and delusions.

This means that journalists end up trashing reality-grounded views as "extremist" and "incredible" and dismiss any analysis that suggests a central role of the state—from President Thein Sein's office down to local security units—in the waves of violence against Muslims.

Unable to read Burmese social media sites and other online forums, the journalists miss out on open-source Burmese-language materials such as the Facebook page of the President's Office or Myawaddi News, the Defense Ministry's main propaganda organ, where neo-Nazi messages and posts, official and unofficial, are disseminated."

The Dangers of Decency

Who would have thought that decency would be a bad thing in a journalist, intellectually and professionally speaking? But when it comes to Burma, that certainly seems to be the case.

 There is no such thing as unbiased reporting or scholarship. That much is settled among those who know the inevitably biased nature of interpreting the world, whether it be through scholarship or journalism.

So I don't fault journalists for their biases and editorial and publishing slants.

However, when it comes to reporting Burma, the coverage has been beyond biased. It is generally horribly inadequate, or downright incorrect.

From a Burmese perspective—especially from the perspective of those who have borne the brunt of the half-century of military rule under various and evolving disguises—the way Burma is being reported is like adding insult to injury.

Take, for instance, the media's standard framing of the violence against the Rohingya and now the other Muslims of Burma as "communal" or "sectarian."

Otherwise decent and intelligent international publications continue to get it all wrong. The Economist, for instance, recently published an article about "Communal violence in Myanmar" that came with this subheading: "Sectarian violence was not supposed to be part of Myanmar's bright new direction."

Empirically speaking—not that one should hold any mass media coverage to the standards of empirical research—there is absolutely nothing sectarian or communal about the violence that has been unleashed in waves and phases by the organized Buddhist mobs and executed with "brutal efficiency," as the UN special envoy for Burma, Vijay Nambiar, put it. The violence against the now terrorized and permanently displaced populations of Rohingyas and other Muslims in 15 towns across the country is one-way, organized, and state-backed.

Overwhelmingly, it has been one single community that has borne the death and devastation wrought by all this violence: the Muslims, including the Rohingyas and Muslims who are ethnically Burmese.

So why has the media kept getting even a rather straightforward story—that organized Buddhist monks were killing Muslims in broad daylight before the presence of armed security personnel—wrong?

Why has it failed to connect the two simple dots between local security troops' inaction and Naypyidaw's central command?

Burma's security troops were reportedly ordered to "do nothing," as evidenced in a local investigative report published in the New York Times. The same observation was made by UN Special Rapporteur Tomas Quintana in an AFP report that was released on the same day.

Further, the state-organized and controlled fire department also put out fires only in Buddhist homes, while it let Muslim houses, shops and mosques burn to ashes, as local eyewitnesses told the EU-funded NGO, the Euro-Burma Office, while the pogrom in Meikhtila was still unfolding from March 20-22.

Whatever their editorial stances or slants, one major problem that keeps the journalists from reporting intelligently, professionally and realistically about Burma is that journalists are decent human beings who think, feel and view things from a human perspective, informed by their own human decency. Burma, on the other hand, is ruled by sociopaths and psychopaths who will stop at nothing to defend their power, wealth and delusions.

This means that journalists end up trashing reality-grounded views as "extremist" and "incredible" and dismiss any analysis that suggests a central role of the state—from President Thein Sein's office down to local security units—in the waves of violence against Muslims.

Unable to read Burmese social media sites and other online forums, the journalists miss out on open-source Burmese-language materials such as the Facebook page of the President's Office or Myawaddi News, the Defense Ministry's main propaganda organ, where neo-Nazi messages and posts, official and unofficial, are disseminated.

Instead, international journalists go with their own pet narratives and paradigms. Consequently, they get their Burma stories horribly wrong, identifying trees but unable to see the forest that the trees make up. Thus the state-orchestrated anti-Muslim terror campaign degenerates into "communal violence," and the man with no integrity becomes "a pursuer of peace" and a sincere reformer.

In short, the international mass media has proven itself incapable of connecting the dots in its coverage of Burma. The reading and viewing public of the rest of the world is thus ill-served by the humanity of foreign journalists who fail to see what is abundantly clear to most Burmese observers.

When reporting about Burma, it helps to be able to see the world through the eyes of sociopaths and psychopaths. From the ruling generals to certain elements of Burmese society, Burma has both in abundance. Without taking their mindset into account, one is bound to end up with half-baked analyses that don't do justice to our attempts to understand the twisted world of Burmese politics.

Maung Zarni is a Burmese activist blogger (www.maungzarni.com) and visiting fellow of Civil Society and Human Security Research at the London School of Economics.


Barisan Nasional Manifesto also means Barang Naik

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 03:35 AM PDT

DECEPTION and PERVERSITY are the stuff of  Barisan Nasional. We are not even talking about the raising of the prices for petrol and gas. Already in the Malay forums there are talking about the raising of prices of essentials by stealth, remember this: Like A Thief In The Night, they raised the prices of petrol

http://www.financetwitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Manifesto-PR-vs-BN-1Care-Healthcare-Tax.jpg 

Seriously, there are some hidden messages with Barisan Nasional  Manifesto if you look hard enough. It says it plans to establish a more broad-based tax system, and gradually reducing personal and corporation tax. Do you really need to be a rocket scientist to see this is the final warning that GST (Government Service Tax) is coming? 

It also promises to develop a national system to provide all Malaysians with access to quality healthcare. What this means is the secret project of "1Care Healthcare Tax" whereby everyone is required to pay up to 10% of his / her total monthly income, is coming soon should Barisan Nasional  be returned to power. Don't say we never warned you that Goods and Services Tax and 1Care Healthcare Tax alone would wipe out your RM1,200 BR1M before you can even say "WTF".

Divide the RM500 of the BR1M money by 365 days. what do you get? It is  a measly RM1.36 a day.  If they give you RM1200, you get  a miserable RM3.28 a day too. 

What on earth can you buy with RM1.36 or for that matter RM3.28 per family? Our Barisan Nasional politicians wallow/swim  in money, whilst they are actually throwing  scraps at you for your votes, you very own money, which they got by taxing the shit out of you. Please have some self respect and vote them out.

An arrogant prick spews forth excreta again......Okay to use gov't machinery for campaigns

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 03:31 AM PDT

From Malaysiakini
Giudice : I am so glad Rais made the statement. It will only serve to nudge the undecided to vote out BN. No one in their right mind would vote for someone who not only abuses power but attempts to justify it. Similarly, no one would want to vote for idiots to lead the country. This is what I have been saying all along.

Information, Communication and Culture Minister Rais Yatim today defended BN's actions of using the Information Department's machinery for campaigning purposes. He said that there is nothing wrong with the usage of government's machinery because BN is still considered the caretaker government from now until the nomination day.

That is the quality of Ministers, Malaysia has. Looking down on poor reporters from a lofty height. He forgets that it is the people who put him there. Typical arrogance of our Ministers. Well, he will have a mighty fall, come the next elections. Rais, you want to censor this with your crappy internet filter? That was the purpose of your suggestion on censoring the internet. So that people do not see your PMS behaviour and comments of the rakyat on your arrogance. A dinosaur, in this time and age. 





Well, we know your standards, pretty lowdown, trying to humiliate and mock a poor reporter. So what if he does not speak the language? You and your whole horde of good for nothing politicians were and still responsible for this sorry state of affairs on language proficiency.

ABU’s Anything But Understandable

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 02:08 AM PDT

I wrote the following article on 8 April in response to a video released on 3 April by the Anything But Umno (ABU) movement in which its leader, lawyer and activist Haris Ibrahim, warned certain 'foreigners' to stay away from the upcoming general election. The warning was not aimed at me — I don't have the right to vote in Malaysia — but it offended me. It came across as very xenophobic, counterproductive, and hypocritical. Besides writing this article I also aired my concerns on Twitter and in emails to the Migration Working Groups mailing list. I received some disturbing responses in both forums, but also got a lot of support for my views and had interesting discussions on the issue. On 9 April, the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) finally spoke out against Haris Ibrahim's remarks. It remains to be seen whether there will be any trouble on polling day (which today was announced for 5 May) but since ABU and its hardcore supporters appear ready to do anything to oust Umno/BN from power, anything is possible.

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With Parliament just dissolved and the 13th General Election mere weeks away, it is a given that political parties and their supporters will dig in and intensify attacks on their opponents.

One early salvo in this war has been launched by a group that does not support any party but seeks to keep one particular party out of Putrajaya.

Anything But Umno (ABU), which aims to prevent Umno and its Barisan Nasional coalition partners from winning this election, released an explosive video on April 3 in which its leader, lawyer Haris Ibrahim, delivered a warning to 'foreigners' who intend to vote. Haris said:

"To foreigners who have been given MyKads, please hear this. ABU has issued warnings to all of you to stay away from our polling stations on PRU13 day. Please take this warning seriously. On polling day, ABU squads will be patrolling all polling stations and they will deal with all foreigners who are intent on defying this warning. Please, I emphasise again, take this warning seriously."

The remarks touched a nerve with people who work with stateless children, migrant workers, refugees and other foreigners who have had issues related to their status in Malaysia.

Torben Venning, director of the Borneo Child Aid Society, said in an email that the video would be frightening not only to so-called illegals but to all foreign-born people who have obtained Malaysian citizenship.

"The definition of who is a naturalised Malaysian with immigrant background, working and staying in Sabah for 30-40 years, or the Malaysia born children of these, and who is a 'foreigner' given a MyKad for unlawful political purpose, is for many locals and immigrants here in Sabah quite fluid," Venning wrote.

Another correspondent, who works in the human rights field, wrote that Haris Ibrahim and ABU "don't understand the concept of naturalisation".

That, indeed, is the main problem with Haris Ibrahim's warning to 'foreigners'. While there are legitimate concerns to be raised regarding the granting of citizenship to so many, the fact is that they are now citizens of Malaysia; technically they are not foreigners, but Malaysians.

ABU's warning appears to be founded on the assumption that it will be easy to differentiate between foreign-born people who obtained citizenship legitimately and those who were simply handed MyKads and told to vote for BN.

However, as Venning pointed out, the distinction is not always so clear. There is no foolproof way to tell 'real' citizens from 'fake' ones. This includes the presence of the number 71 on MyKads, which merely indicates the MyKad holders are foreign-born, not whether they obtained their citizenship through legitimate means.

Malaysians are certainly well within their rights to scrutinise the reasons for giving citizenship to foreigners, and the process by which they obtained citizenship, and to demand that government officials responsible for improprieties be held to account.

Yet ABU intends to take things a step further and prevent people who are citizens of this country from exercising their right to vote — a step that may not only cross an ethical boundary, but a legal one as well.

Haris Ibrahim was quoted by Malaysiakini as saying "ABU does not intend to act violently towards anyone. Ours is a peaceful initiative."

However, he did not make it clear exactly how ABU's "peaceful initiative" will accomplish its goals without violating the rights of Malaysian citizens.

What is clear is that even if ABU – which accuses the BN government of depriving people of their right to vote – does ultimately prevent some 'fake' citizens from voting, it will almost certainly prevent Malaysian citizens from voting as well, through intimidation if not overt violence.

"Squads who 'peacefully' intimidate people at voting stations have been seen before in other countries around the world," Torben Venning wrote, "and giving way to this would be greatly disturbing."

Luyechun or outstanding students and Myanmar President

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 02:41 AM PDT

LYC with President

Source: Hmuu Zaw

သမၼတၾကီး ဦးသိန္းစိန္ရဲ ့ ဘက္စံုထူးခၽြန္လူရည္ခၽြန္ မ်ားႏွင့္ကင္းေထာက္လူငယ္ မ်ားေတြ ့
ဆံုပြဲ တြင္ မိန္ ့ခြန္းေျပာၾကားမႈကို အသံလႊင့္ေပးေနပါသည္။ ၈-၄-၁၃

Gambar Berbicara: Dimana Ada BN Disitu Ada Lembu...

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 04:57 AM PDT


Gambar ini baru dirakam dan tersebar di media sosial.

Seperti ada sesuatu yang ingin disampaikan...

Lembu-lembu berkumpul di bawah lambang dacing!

Ia seperti mengiyakan kata-kata bekas Presiden UMNNO, Tun Mahathir yang pernah menyatakan: "Umno dah berpuluh-puluh tahun tak bagi orang pandai masuk Umno" yang membawa makna bahawa yang ada dalam UMNO kini hanyalah yang bodoh-bodoh.

UMNO itu sekutu terbesar dalam BN, maka di dalam BN itu ramailah yang bodoh-bodoh macam gambar di atas.

Maka hukum kebenaran dan keadilan yang sifatnya alamiah dan universal pun berjalan. Ditunjukkan oleh hukum alamiah itu, lembu itu pandai memilih bendera yang mewakili mereka...

Albanian Muslims save jewish people during Holocaust

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 02:22 AM PDT

"Rescue in Albania" // Documentary Film


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