Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Bersih could dirty GE13

Bersih could dirty GE13


Bersih could dirty GE13

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 10:18 AM PDT

The only thing that could disrupt a clean and fair general elections is Bersih. While both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat have pledged a condusive ambience during campaign and polling, Ambiga remains unconvinced.

She never trusted the electoral reform, neither did she recognise effort taken by the Election Commission to clean up the rolls.

The Election Commission is still her 'enemy' and it will remain that way until she is fully satisfied when all her demands are fulfilled.


But she never answered this common question - which country she thinks is free from election fraud, dirty money being used to buy votes and voters were moved from one place to another? Did she answer Singapore and the United States? She must be blind!

So, what is Ambiga's plan?

Will she organise another rally should Bersih detects irregularities during campaigning and polling? Or will she just find fault in Barisan Nasional camp since she only supports Anwar Ibrahim, hoping  for a Cabinet post if Pakatan forms the next Federal government?

And what kind of action will Bersih undertake if more troubles come from Pakatan Rakyat than BN? No action, I guess but it would be 'wise' for Bersih to blame it on BN.

Another thing. Where is Ambiga contesting? Rumors are rife that she will don Pakatan colors and contest a Parliament seat. Good for her also as it will put her on display for the rakyat to see and evaluate.

bring it on!! (GE13)

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 09:57 AM PDT

ok! so parliament had been dissolved yesterday (FINALLY!!) and i can't wait for the general election… to vote anything but umno – ABU! asalkan bukan umno!!

like my buddy, martin jalleh, i hope to update my blog regularly now that GE is approaching. been busy updating this and that at facebook all the time but i need to update in my blog too as i can 'talk' more here. haha. beside, whatever i blog here will also appear on my facebook.

well i guess for now it doesn't matter that my blog is still 'something wrong' and i had been saying countless of times i need to update/edit my blog…. the format/design i mean… but never get down to doing it. never mind, it is still readable though so  for the moment, i'll continue using this design.

ok! about the GE! first, some basic information for all. providing links to some election related websites. first of all, of course our very own election commission (EC), otherwise known in our local lingua as SPR.

sururhanjaya pilihanraya  (SPR in bahasa) or election commission (EC) website
http://www.spr.gov.my   OR   http://www.pru13.gov.my

to check your voter registrar from the website:
http://daftarj.spr.gov.my/DaftarBM.aspx   OR
http://daftar2.spr.gov.my   OR
http://www.pru13.gov.my/default.semakan.php

note: most probably the link 'spr.gov.my'  won't be working, so better all the time use the link 'pru13.gov.my' instead.

to check your voter registrar via sms:
type <SPR> space <SEMAK IC. NO.> and send to no. 15888

to check or enquire from SPR, call the no. 03-88856565


ok, that's all on SPR.  do you know you can help a lot in the GE, especially to spot (and report) cheating if you sign up as a 'pemantau' (observer)? bersih 2.0 is still looking for pemantau, i think. here is their link:
http://pru13.info/tentang-pemantau

beside being pemantau, you can also be either one of this - PACABA. 'pacaba' stands for polling agent, counting agent, barung (booth) agent. one site that is filled with very informative info on pacaba is tindak malaysia. click on its link to visit it.
 
oh of course, don't forget MAFREL (malaysian for free and fair election) website too. i was a MAFREL observer (accredited and with pass too!) during the march 8 GE! u will be talking about it in my later post.
 
malaysiakini, my favourite online news portal, has come out with an interesting, informative and interactive website on the election. everything you need to know about the election at the click of your mouse. it's simply known as 'undi info'.
 
ok, that's about all for the time being. tomorrow, i'll put up an interesting info-graphic where at a glance you'll get to know about the voting process and also about the state and parliament seats.

[VIDEO AL-JAZEERA] Hutang Negara Meningkat Era Najib Tetapi Salahkan Anwar

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 10:26 AM PDT


Pentadbiran Najib lemah, rasuah punca ekonomi negara teruk

Pentadbiran Datuk Seri Najib Razak yang lemah dan rasuah mengakibatkan Malaysia mengalami defisit yang teruk dan hutang negara melonjak kepada RM540 bilion, kata Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"Lebih RM400 bilion hanya ketika Najib memerintah. Pentadbiran lemah dan rasuah, flip flop dalam ekonomi. Saya Menteri Kewangan lapan tahun, saya tahu kedudukannya.

"Kerajaan harus memperbaiki ekonomi dengan membanteras rasuah dan memastikan kerajaan ditadbir secara telus dan penuh tanggungjawab," katanya kepada stesen TV antarabangsa, Al-Jazeera sempena pembubaran Parlimen hari ini.

Beliau menjawab demikian kepada soalan kononnya ketidakstabilan politik di Malaysia akibat perjuangan Pakatan Rakyat yang diterajuinya sebagai punca ketidaktentuan ekonomi di Malaysia.

Ia sebahagian soalan 'berat' yang diasak kepada Anwar sepanjang wawancara empat minit secara siaran langsung bermula jam 6.10 petang tetapi dijawab Ketua Umum KEADILAN itu dengan jitu.

Sambil kesal kerana pembangkang pula dipersalah berikutan masalah ekonomi negara, Anwar berkata: "Tentunya, kita tak dapat diterima (tuduhan itu).

Secara fakta, Anwar sebelum dipecat melalui konspirasi politik pada 1998 dan berperanan sebagai Menteri Kewangan berjaya mengurangkan hutang dan Malaysia mengalami lebihan belanjawan.

Sebaliknya, pada era Najib, hutang negara melambung kepada RM456 bilion pada akhir 2011 iaitu 53 peratus dari Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar – melonjak lima kali ganda berbanding baki hutang pada 1997.


Photos taken on the date Parliament dissolved.

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 07:09 AM PDT

US, EU Call for Investigation of Fatal Rangoon Fire

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 06:51 AM PDT

US, EU Call for Investigation of Fatal Rangoon Fire

Authorities in Rangoon investigate after a fire broke out at an Islamic boarding school in Rangoon early on Tuesday morning. (Photo: STEVE / THE IRRAWADDY)

RANGOON—The European Union and the United States have called on Burma's government to thoroughly investigate the cause of a fire at an Islamic school in Rangoon that killed 13 children early on Tuesday morning.

In a statement released in Brussels, the European Union said EU High Representative Catherine Ashton was "deeply troubled" by reports of the fatal fire and called on authorities "to urgently conduct a thorough investigation that will leave no doubt as to the causes of this tragic accident."

In a similar statement, US Ambassador to Burma Derek Mitchell on Tuesday urged the government to "to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the cause of the fire."

The fire broke out shortly after midnight on Tuesday at Saudikia Madrasa, an Islamic boarding school in east Rangoon's Botahtaung Township.

Authorities blamed the incident on an overheated voltage regulator and said there had been no criminal activity.

However, some bystanders expressed suspicions that the fire was an act of arson, as it came on the heels of anti-Muslim riots last month in central Burma that left more than 40 people dead and hundreds of homes torched.

The Rangoon Division government hosted two press conferences on Tuesday, hoping to clarify the situation and prevent the spread of any religious tension or violence.

Lt-Col Myint Aye from the Rangoon Division police force told reporters that a Muslim teacher at the school agreed with authorities that the fire had been caused by an overheated voltage regulator in the building.

The teacher, Zayar Phyo, had earlier been accused of spreading rumors that the fire was caused by arson, but changed his stance after being detained by authorities.

"He admitted that the fire was caused by the voltage regulator after we showed him our evidence, including from interviews with three boys [who escaped from the blaze]," Myint Aye told reporters at the Rangoon regional Parliament building.

Myint Aye said another teacher, Khin Maung Aye, had fled from the scene after facing accusations of negligence in the fire.

"He ran away and won't dare to come out and see us yet," Myint Aye said.

The chief minister of Rangoon Division, Myint Swe, said the two teachers wanted to hide their alleged negligence by blaming the incident on arson.

"It is very natural for people to look for scapegoats when they're responsible for a problem," Myint Swe said. "They [the teachers] were afraid because they made mistakes, and that's why they said other people set the school on fire."

About 70 boys were living at the two-storey boarding school.

The police said the fire likely began downstairs at the voltage regulator, which was installed next to a ladder, and then spread upstairs.

Most of the children were sleeping on the first floor, but 13 boys who slept upstairs were unable to escape and died in the blaze.

Myint Aye said that after the fire started, children trying to put out the blaze may have accidentally fanned the flames by knocking over a fuel can inside the building.

He said police officers discovered a severely melted diesel container after the fire.

When police interviewed boys who escaped, he said, the boys admitted to spilling the diesel while attempting to put out the fire.

"I want you all to consider how impossible it would be for someone to come and set the mosque on fire, since there were guards at the building on duty at night," he said.

He added that city authorities were determined to prevent any religious clashes such as those in the central Burma town of Meikhtila last month.

"We will not let Rangoon be damaged like Meikhtila, since this [Rangoon] is an important commercial city," he said.

Rangoon Division authorities last week ordered shops to close early, at 9 pm, in a bid to prevent riots in central Burma's Mandalay and Pegu divisions from spreading into Burma's biggest city.

The city administration has tasked a seven-member team with investigating the fire. The inquiry is being led by the secretary of Rangoon's electricity supply board, and the team must submit its findings by Friday.

"Rumor has it that the fire at the school was an act of arson, so we asked the government to investigate the reason behind the fire," said Kyaw Khin, secretary of the All Burma Muslim Federation.

"They agreed to do so and released their findings at the press conference yesterday evening. I'm pleased with the results they found out."

"We're happy the government agreed to cooperate with us for the investigation," he added. "We really want to know what started this fire."

Kyaw Naing, a Muslim lawyer who has been following the case, called on authorities to bring in independent experts to investigate the police's claims.

"The government says the fire was started by an electrical problem; let an expert investigate to determine whether that's true," he said. "The accounts I'm hearing in the streets are different than what the government is currently reporting.

The government needs to bring in victims as well who escaped from the fire. It is very important to listen to the voice of the victims."


PRU13 - Peluang Emas Untuk Humbankan UMNO Keluar Dari Putrajaya

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 08:01 AM PDT


Sudah bubar. Sekarang apa?

YANG ditunggu dah tiba setelah sekian lama. Sekitar jam 11.30 pagi, Pengerusi Barisan Nasional (BN) merangkap Presiden United Malays National Organisation mengumumkan bahawa Parlimen yang diwarisinya daripada kepimpinan Abdullah Badawi empat tahun lalu, bubar serta merta hari ini.

Seolah ada letupan, petugas bilik berita DAP bersorak gembira mengalu-alukan pengumuman suami kepada Rosmah Mansor itu; yang dirasakan sudah terlalu melampaui tarikh sepatutnya. Ibarat menanti buah belum tentu gugur.

Barangkali pertama kali dalam sejarah pembubaran Parlimen begitu dinanti-nantikan, dan disambut dengan sorak sorai gembira. Demikianlah beratnya penantian yang ditanggung kebanyakan orang yang peduli dengan perkembangan politik tanah air. Terangkatnya beban penantian itu menandakan bermulalah perlawanan yang lebih 'real'.

Semboyan pilihan raya telah dibunyikan jauh lebih awal sebelum Najib Razak mengumumkan pintu kota Putrajaya akhirnya terbuka untuk dirampas. Kubunya juga sudah banyak yang terkepung, menanti bertukar menjadi kubur buat politik fitnah, rasuah, perkauman sempit yang menjadi amalan UMNO zaman berzaman.

Kesediaan bakal mantan Perdana Menteri, Najib Razak untuk memastikan transisi kuasa yang aman sewajarnya dihargai. Hakikat bahawa beliau sudah boleh mengagak akan terjadinya peralihan kuasa juga memperlihatkan bahawa Najib Razak ini adalah seorang pemimpin yang memandang jauh ke hadapan.

Sebagai rakyat biasa, apa yang kita harapkan adalah supaya mereka bertabah dalam mendepani hari-hari mendatang. Bungkuslah harta benda kalian perlahan-lahan, kami tahu anda ada banyak barang yang perlu dikeluarkan daripada kediaman rasmi Perdana Menteri; termasuk kasut, beg tangan dan barang kemas yang banyak. Cumanya janganlah terambil sekali pinggan mangkuk yang dilabel 'Hak Kerajaan Malaysia'.

Kenapa kita begitu gembira?

Sejak Mac 2008, ini adalah barang kali saat dan ketikanya -parti politik di Malaysia benar-benar bersaing sesama sendiri dengan keadaan parti pemerintah berada dalam keadaan yang lemah, dan parti oposisi berada dalam keadaan yang sangat kuat. Apa yang tinggal pada BN hanyalah barangkali kemampuan berbelanja yang tinggi.

Kemampuan menipu mereka juga sudah tidak kuat mana. Jika dibanding sepuluh tahun lalu, parti pemerintah sudah tidak punya banyak daya upaya untuk menyajikan putar belit kepada rakyat. Di zaman ini, kalau dia menipu hari ini, semalam lagi orang dah tahu. Inilah faktor besar kenapa kita begitu tidak sabar menanti pilihan raya kali ini; kerana tipu dayanya sudah kita baca, dan semangat sudah berkobar-kobar mahu menghukum penipuannya.

Siapa yang tidak terbakar jiwa raga apabila melihat papan tanda kempen BN yang dengan bongkak menipu 'Ketika mereka huru-hara, kami membina'. Disangkanya kita ini bodoh barangkali, tak tahu membaca berita di internet dan melihat gambar perhimpunan aman di Kuala Lumpur dan bagaimana pihak keselamatan berperilaku ganas terhadap peserta himpunan.

Perangai 'menyangka bodoh' ini juga menular hebat di kalangan pecacai parti pemerintah yang cuba untuk berdebat di laman sosial dengan hujah separuh masak, atau dengan alasan tidak masuk akal seperti 'Anwar peliwat' atau 'Anwar ejen Israel' atau yang lebih popular dan bodoh, 'DAP mahu buat negara Kristian'.

Apakah mereka ini tidak sekolah dan berpendapat orang lain juga tidak pergi sekolah seperti mereka? Sekarang apa?

Seperti yang sering dikatakan, Pakatan Rakyat sudah bersedia. Bahkan dua tahun lalu kita sudah sedia. Cuma menanti Najib Razak untuk menemui keberaniannya sahaja. Tahniah untuk beliau kerana akhirnya bertemu beraninya itu hari ini.

Menurut kalendar Cina, hari ini (3 April 2013) ialah hari paling 'sial' untuk tahun ini; tambahan pula untuk mereka yang lahir pada tahun ular dan khinzir. Mereka yang lahir pada tahun ular dan khinzir disarankan agar tidak melakukan kerja atau urusan yang penting pada hari ini.

Bakal mantan Perdana Menteri lahir pada tahun ular, dan memilih untuk membubarkan Parlimen pada hari ini. Sekiranya kita tidak mahu percaya kepada yang khurafat pun, ini sekurang-kurangnya patut buat kita ketawa berdekah-dekah.

Dengan keadaan Najib Razak yang begitu tidak bertuah ini, sewajarnya kita di pihak Pakatan Rakyat mengambil peluang untuk bekerja kuat demi menghumban United Malays National Organisation dan kuncu-kuncunya ke celahan paling gelap dalam lipatan sejarah.

Inilah perlawanan yang telah lama kita nantikan. Perlawanan antara rakyat menentang hegemoni UMNO dan BN, demi masa depan anak cucu yang lebih baik.

Undilah untuk perubahan yang kita inginkan. Ini kali lah! – Roketkini



Standing Up Against Suppression, ID and Intimidation

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 05:30 AM PDT

Tova Andrea Wang is a nationally known expert on election reform and political participation in the United States and internationally. She is Senior Democracy Fellow at Demos, a Fellow at The Century Foundation, and a consultant to organizations working to improve democracy around the world, such as the National Democratic Institute and The Carter Center. She is the author of the 2012 book The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding Americans' Right to Vote (Cornell University Press). (More HERE)

You can read about that book AT THIS LINK.

Recently, she released another publication 2012 Election Lessons Learned: How Voters Stood Up Against Suppression, ID, and Intimidation which you can download AT THIS LINK.

Excerpt:


The right to vote is just that – a fundamental right which is the cornerstone of American democracy. In the 2012 election, that sacred value was challenged in a way we have not seen in a couple of generations, perhaps since the civil and voting rights movements of the 1960s. Some powerful people tried to deny this right; legislatures in many states decided that the freedom to vote should be restricted, and they erected many unnecessary and discriminatory barriers to registration and voting.  

The measures taken were so blatant and widespread that they served to energize coalitions of citizens to fight for voting rights harder than ever, and made many voters more determined to vote and have their vote count. The U.S. Department of Justice was compelled to intervene through its powers under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, because the laws enacted in several covered states were clearly discriminatory in purpose and/or effect. State and federal courts also struck down or delayed many of the worst of these laws. And where identification laws did come into effect, some were made more flexible and less of a burden on voters after having gone through Department of Justice and court review. 

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.


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Arson attack evidence on Yangon Muslim School where 13 children died

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 05:18 AM PDT

Arson attack evidence on Yangon Muslim School where 13 children died


Visiting the K’s

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 04:09 AM PDT

While I was driving back to Ipoh from KL last weekend, a text message came in from an unfamiliar number. Just a quick glance and I saw the message started with "kzh chtke". I knew it had to be Mrs K with her sms language which I may not be able to understand without having to re-read the whole message again and again. And so I didn't bother to read it there and then. I figured I might as well read the message when I get home.

And so I did. She was telling me that she had quit her job because she couldn't stand working night shifts, especially since lately she had been going in and out of the hospital for high blood pressure. Her eldest son too had stopped working because his workplace was too far and he didn't have transport. Mr K is the only one who works now, as a guard, but he too has to skip work from time to time because he's always unwell.

Hmmm…. typical of the K's. While I can understand the problems they face, I noticed that this particular family always come up with all sorts of excuses for their hardship instead of finding ways and means to overcome them.

Anyway, Mrs K was asking if they could get assistance for supply of groceries for this month. Wow… at least that's an improvement. Usually she'd ask to borrow money. I guess by now she knows pretty well I don't entertain any requests to borrow money and in fact I may end up not responding to her sms at all if she did that.

It had been quite a while since I last went to visit them, as a matter of fact, I had never visited them ever since they moved to a new home last year. If I recall correctly, this must be their 4th home ever since their case was passed to me. I had to ask Mrs K for the address, which she couldn't give in full, and so she gave me directions instead, which wasn't too clear either. She made it sound so simple although I knew it couldn't be that simple. In the end she just asked me to get in a junction after a fast food restaurant and call her from there.

And that was what I did. Once I got to the junction I parked my car by the roadside and called her. After 5 minutes or so Mrs K came on her motorbike. When I got to their home, it was quiet. I told Mrs K to get her son to carry the box of groceries in my car. In the box there were rice, cooking oil, flour, sugar, biscuits, milk, canned food etc and so the box was rather heavy. her 2 younger daughters were in school, which is within walking distance (no wonder she didn't ask for bus fares this year), the 2 older ones were still lying in bed. I could see their "muka bangun tidur" when they came out to see me. As for Mr K, he works night shifts and so he too was sleeping. Aiyo… everybody like this at 11 am, no wonder lah susah masuk rezeki!

Mrs K's daughter, Ani, who sat for her SPM last year showed me her SPM results. She wasn't too sure what courses to apply for. She seemed determined to apply for the Diploma Pendidikan Awal Kanak-kanak, but she simply doesn't know what courses to put as her 2nd to 8th choices. With no computer at home, she has to go to a cyber cafe to submit her online application. But according to her most of those who lepak at the CC are boys, and so she doesn't feel comfortable staying there for too long. So okay, I promised to look up for courses she qualifies for and give her a list for her to choose from so that the next time she goes to the CC to finalise her UPU application, she doesn't have to browse through all the qualification requirements for each course.

As for Mrs K's eldest son, Shah, who failed his SPM a few years back, had been working here and there. Way back then, I could see his interest in motor mechanics or electronics, and I had advised him to go for some vocational training but he came up with all sorts of excuses not to. Now he is beginning to show some interest and was asking how to go about applying.

So when I got home today, I immediately looked up for the courses suitable for both Shah and Ani. Once I got them all listed down I immediately called Mrs K to inform them. And whaddaya know… when I called Mrs K said she just got herself a job. Apparently right after I left them (ie after my short "lecture"), Mrs K immediate went out to find herself a job. And she got one. It doesn't matter what kind of job she gets, as long as it's halal.

Most of the families assigned to me at about the same time as the K's are almost independent by now. But the K's? Sigh… but I hope things are beginning to change for the better…

 

URGENT APPEAL TO OIC to stop Myanmar from demolishing a Masjid in Ya Mae Thin obeying the order of 969 Wira Thu

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 04:49 AM PDT

URGENT APPEAL TO OIC to stop Myanmar from demolishing a Masjid

Now Myanmar Government is going to demolish the sealed masjid under the order of Racist Murderer Terrorist 969 leader fake monk Wira Thu.

Ya Mae Thin Kan Gyi Mosque news

On 2nd. April 2013, two former trustees and former Imam of the sealed Kan Gyi Mosque (Ya Mae Thin) were called by the Ya Mae Thin district Religious authority and ordered that Kan Gyi Mosque must be demolished. Asked whether the Muslims want to demolish on their own or Government has to do that demolition. The officer ordered the Muslim elders to reply not later than 3.00 PM on the 5th of April 2013.

Kan Gyee Masjid

Kan Gyi Mosque was built since 500 years ago but the township authorities had sealed the masjid since 2007.  On the Feb 26th 2013 morning, the Shwe Zee Gone Pagoda Management Committee and NLD members headed by Wira Thu, entered illegally into the mosque which is located near the pagoda and broken the seal.

Wirathu delivered Hate Speech in Ya Mae Thin & entered illegally into the barricaded Mosque

Photo: Kan Gyi Mosque which photo is distributed in social media and propagated to instill hatred against Muslims, is not located inside the compound of pagoda. The wall between these two compounds was teared down by illegal means.

Wirathu delivered Hate Speech in Ya Mae Thin & entered illegally into the barricaded Mosque

March 1 2013 M Media Zarni

There has been significant increase in anti Muslim incidents in Ya Mae Thin these days, the locals said.

"After the incident during football match, the condition became calm. However, on Feb 25 at 8 pm there was a preaching ceremony held in front of Min Kyaung School, Ba Ma Ka East quarter, Ya Mae Thin. Monk Wirathu preached there. The whole sermon is filled with anti-Muslim hatred. He said all the mosques are built illegally and we must protest against these buildings. This was on Feb 25th night.

Next day, Feb 26th morning, the Shwe Zee Gone Pagoda Management Committee and NLD members headed by Wirathu, entered illegally into the mosque which is located near the pagoda and barricaded by the authority since 2007. There, he said the existence of mosque within the pagoda's compound indicates the weakness and fault of Township Management Committee and he continues anti Muslim hate speech.

On Feb 26th evening, there was a literature talk. U Maung Maung, Daw Paw Shwe, U Bhone (Chemistry) and Poet Nyi Min Nyo gave lectures. Poet Nyi Min Nyo talked only about literature, but the other three people gave hate speeches. U Bhone (Chemistry) said we must abandon all the Muslims from Burma. If not, Myanmar will become like Indonesia and Malaysia. He said as if Myanmar Muslims are Taliban. Daw Paw Shwe also said all Muslims are Bangalis who invaded into Myanmar recently. These all are hate speeches.

On 27th, some students from GTI distributed anti Muslim pamphlets. I received one. I will send that to you. Muslim youths made complaints to Township Management Committee and Religious Officer, but the Township Officer only reply that they reported these incidents to the authority.

I also would like to explain about Kan Gyi Mosque. U Tun Win knows detail and he can tell you everything." said U Aung Aung from Ya Mae Thin to M-Media.

When M-Media asked about the mosque to U Tun Win, he explained

"Kan Gyi Mosque was built since 500 years ago. This is not in the Shwe See Gon pagoda's compound, however the compounds of two religious buildings are next to each other. In 1994, Muslims house near the pagoda were evicted. It was done by Major Kyaw Kyaw Tun, head of Military Intelligent Unit 22. He is the husband of Ma Nwe Ni Aung, nephew of General Khin Nyunt. These Muslim houses are not illegal settlements. These existed since long times ago. Even at that time, they did not assume the mosque as illegal settlement. The mosque had its compound.

In 2006, anonymous people teared down the walls of the mosque. The Mosque Management Committee chairman, U Myint Tun and secretary, U Khin Maung who reported the authority about that incident were sentenced 6 months in prison. Chairman U Myint Tun died recently. The southern and western sides of the walls were crushed down but the eastern and northern sides are there till today.

In 2007, Township Management Committee sealed the mosque by giving a reason that the District Commander ordered to do so but not issued any document regarding this. It is not true that the authority issued the order to demolish the mosque. I will send the photos of the mosque before the walls were flattened", U Tun Win said.


黄汉伟:非物质文化遗产普查结果出炉

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 07:38 AM PDT

As reported in Kwong Wah

【非物质文化遗产普查结果出炉 古迹区26行业拥百年史】

乔治市世界文化遗产区非物质文化遗产普查结果出炉,古迹区超过50年传统行业有429个,其中26个超过百年历史。

槟州城乡策划、房屋及艺术部委员会主席黄汉伟说,这项于2012年7月至9月由超过200名普查员沿家逐户进行的普查,共完成了古迹区95条街5505个地址的调查,进行了3438个访问。

他说,这是州政府首次联合槟州世遗机构进行的非物质文化遗产普查。根据负责这项工作的咨询单位提呈给州政府的报告,古迹区内的传统行业(包括商店及职业)共有611个当中涉及63个不同行业,超过百年历史的有26个,介于50年至100年的是403个。

他也说,在古迹区居民方面,拥有传统手艺的有305人,拥有文化艺术背景的有84个。"乔治市世界文化遗产,之前进行的资料收集是在建筑物,并没有对非物质文化遗产进行有系统的资料收集。"


As reported in Nanyang

民众可浏览网站"验收成果" "非物质文化遗产"完成普查
 2013-04-03 14:51
  • 邱思妮(左起) 、林玉裳、黄汉伟及林翠萍出示刚完成的普查报告。

























(槟城2日讯)由槟州政府与乔治市古迹中心合作的"非物质文化遗产"普查工作终告一段落,民众受邀浏览乔治市古迹中心网站"验收成果",共同维护槟州文化遗产。

掌管槟州艺术委员会的行政议员黄汉伟表示,这是槟州政府首度与乔治市古迹中心合作,共同展开这普查工作,并顺利搜集尚存于古迹区内的文化艺术表演、传统手工艺等等。

200普查员参与
他指出,这项普查工作共有约200名的普查员参与,其中的100名普查员则沿家逐户进行普查,共走了95条街道及5505个地址进行了上述的普查。


他说,推动这普查工作,主要是让人民知道乔治市被列为世遗,并不只是古迹建筑,而是这里同样拥有丰富的非物质文化,其中包括文化表演、传统手工艺。

他表示,随着首阶段的普查工作结束后,紧接下来将会有延续的普查工作。他说,这阶段的普查结果将作为2012年的普查楷模,并会针对这次的结果,做为提升文化遗产的指标和方向,从中策划更多更适合乔治市古迹区的活动。

20个案供民众参与

他说,由于很多传统的手工艺,甚至是文化表演都逐渐消失,因此普查工作将是扮演重要的角色,将这些非物质文化给传承。而乔治市古迹中心也特别在众多的个案中,挑出其中的20项个案供民众参考,近期内也将会陆续推出更多的个案。

业者更珍惜古迹文化

负责普查工作的顾问林玉裳表示,这次的普查工作范围都是在文化遗产古迹区内,所有普查员都经过培训,并通过各语言的民调以及访问的方式,进行这次的普查工作,并以书面、网络、影视的方式来呈现非物质文化遗产的精髓。

她说,通过普查工作,许多受访者才惊觉原来本身所有的学艺是属于非物质文化之一,因此才格外珍惜,这是普查中所获得的收获。

针对于普查的结果是否显示,槟城古迹区内的传统行业是否已逐渐减少,槟乔治市古迹中心总经理林翠萍指出,由于早前从未做过这类的普查,亦没有相关的数据,因此无法鉴定目前的传统行业已骤减至什么程度。

惟她表示,随着紧接下来将会有延续的普查工作,届时就有数据可作出比较,从中再对症下药,找出更合适的方案来提升及维护古迹区的文化遗产。

槟乔治市古迹中心亦呼吁有兴趣者,可向该中心作出申请,参考普查报告。而民众也可上网浏览http://www.gtwhi.com.my,以浏览该中心特别抽出的20个个案短片,深入了解非物质文化遗产。
出席新闻发布会的有"非物质文化遗产"普查计划顾问邱思妮、乔治市古迹中心公关经理王宗德。

My prediction on the election date

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 04:32 AM PDT

I guess the erections ....oops elections for GE-13 will be held on the 28th of April 2013. I hope this does not deflate those who are keeping the date as a closely guarded secret. Now, that it is in the open!!

Free, fair and peaceful elections

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 04:29 AM PDT

Voice of Democracy
Parliament has been dissolved and the people of Malaysia finally will have the opportunity to decide on a government of their choice. Pakatan Rakyat calls on all Malaysians to make use of this golden opportunity to choose a new government, one that is not just competent and effective to move the nation forward but also trustworthy and determined to cleanse this nation of corruption and power abuse.

Throughout the 12th Parliament, Pakatan Rakyat has laid out clear options for the people and offered a comprehensive blue print for economic, political and social reform. At the same time, it has administered four State governments with a commendable record in terms of economic and social progress, accountability, and transparency.

We believe the people are capable of evaluating the positive changes that have been and will continue to be brought by Pakatan Rakyat.

We are confident that the people will choose a government that is committed to fighting corruption, placing their interest as paramount and placing at their service a corps of young leaders side by side with those of vast experience to answer their aspirations. We believe the people will choose a government that will act justly and fairly in all matters to all communities and across every strata of society.

Throughout the campaign period, Pakatan Rakyat will continue to take a matured political approach in presenting its case to the people. It will be a campaign that will reflect the aspirations of a nation to be civil, progressive, fair and just.

In this regard, we urge all sides, particularly our friends from the Barisan Nasional to observe the proper ethical standards and honour the democratic process and principles governing the conduct of political campaigns. We pledge to do the same and to defend the security and peace of the nation and warn against irresponsible elements out to create trouble and mischief. Indeed, we welcome the statement by Dato' Seri Najib Razak and hold him to this word that there will be a peaceful transition of government in the event Pakatan Rakyat wins the 13th General Elections.

Pakatan Rakyat indeed has all confidence that the security forces will act professionally and fairly in the interest of maintaining public order and safety throughout the campaign period. This is in line with the duty and responsibility entrusted them by Federal Constitution to safeguard the democratic process and ensure that people continue to have the freedom to determine a government of their choice.

We once again extend the invitation to Dato' Seri Najib Razak to engage in a proper and healthy debate in order for the people to have a better opportunity to make a proper and informed choice as to who should be given the mandate to rule.

Click here to support our campaign. ANWAR IBRAHIM
Opposition Leader

Dr M’s family in GE13 campaign

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 04:19 AM PDT

JOHOR BARU, April 3 ― Pakatan Rakyat (PR) replied to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's attacks on its leaders, linking his son Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir's riches to cronyism in a ceramah here last night as the battle heats up for the Umno bastion. The country's longest-serving prime minister had told Johor folk to end the political careers of PR leaders, especially DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang who is contesting in Gelang Patah here in Election 2013. Kit Siang is heading the opposition pact's assault of Johor in the general election that will be called any day now.

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"The Petronas advisor is Dr Mahathir; Dr Mahathir's son, Mokhzani Mahathir, is among the richest people in Malaysia. Does he think his son is the only Malay around?" PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail told some 2,000 people at Kampung Datuk Sulaiman Menteri in the historic Kampung Melayu Majidee area here. This is the second ceramah by top PR leaders in as many weeks in Kampung Melayu Majidee, reflecting their efforts to beat the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN), after their successes of winning Selangor and Penang in Election 2008.

"Why does Dr Mahathir hate Anwar, Lim Kit Siang and Abdul Hadi? ... because they are the new hope. "Why is Mahathir angry? This isn't his time anymore, because he knows if we can change, not only Mahathir but even his children are finished," DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said at the same ceramah. "Dr Mahathir's son is the 13th richest person in Malaysia," said the Penang chief minister, who is also Kit Siang's son. Mokhzani is part owner and vice-president of Sapura Kencana Petroleum Bhd, an oil-and-gas (O&G) specialist that has been awarded a RM836 million risk production contract by national oil company Petronas Bhd.  With RM11.85 billion in assets, Sapura Kencana is one of the world's top (O&G) service support players by asset base. It has also started venturing into other oil-producing companies such as Kazakhstan.

Meanwhile, Anwar named four candidates for parliamentary seats in Johor last night, including former Army chief Tan Sri Jeneral (B) Md Hashim Husin, for the Johor Baru seat. The others are former Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) leader Datuk Idris Jauzi for Batu Pahat, Nor Izwan Mohamad for Muar, while PKR deputy secretary-general Steven Choong will contest in Tebrau. Anwar also spoke in Masai near here last night, but the Kampung Melayu Majidee ceramah was the biggest event in the middle of the state capital Johor Baru. His speech was interrupted by singing from a BN event held just 50 metres away, but he continued on. Extracts from Malaysian Insider

Ops Lalang: Mahathir's autocracy at its worst, Vote DUMNO out GE-13!!

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 04:05 AM PDT

COMMENT Throughout the Arab world today, autocrats have never looked more pathetic. It brings to mind the Czech diplomat Jan Masaryk's quip quite a few years ago that "Autocrats are rulers who always look good until the last ten minutes". Over here, Malaysia's most famous autocrat has been busy in his autumnal years trying to whitewash his record in office by publishing his semi-fictional memoirs. Even before it was published, he couldn't help but claim in a pre-launch publicity event that Operasi Lalang was not his doing but that of the police.

NONEThis was not surprising since Operasi Lalang was Dr Mahathir Mohamad's worst abuse of power during his 23-year rule. The White Paper on Operasi Lalang published in 1988 was itself the worst example of official whitewash to justify the arrests and detentions.

We know that 1987 was a time during his term when he was faced with the biggest threat to his rule, with Team B under Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah challenging the results of the Umno elections. A court decision in Team B's favour would have meant the end of Mahathir's grasp on power.

In the run up to Operasi Lalang and before the assault on the judiciary resulting in the sacking of the Lord President and several other Supreme Court judges, the ruling party had orchestrated a tense situation in the country by creating various 'sensitive' issues involving the sending of non-Mandarin-qualified administrators to the Chinese schools, the alleged conversion of Muslims to Christianity and even threatened to organise a 500,000-strong Umno rally in the capital.

Autumn for autocrats

All this was to justify unleashing Operasi Lalang to deal with the so-called "enemies" identified by the state. Tunku Abdul Rahman, at the time in his twilight years, had more perception and integrity than Mahathir in his prime. This is how he described Operasi Lalang: "Umno was facing a break-up. Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's hold on the party appeared critical when election rigging was alleged to have given him a very narrow victory over Tengku Razaleigh.

"The case alleging irregularities brought by Umno members was pending in court. If the judgment went against him he would have no choice but to step down. So he had to find a way out of his predicament. A national crisis had to be created to bring Umnp together as a united force to fight a common enemy - and the imaginary enemy in this case was the Chinese community." (K Das/ Suaram: 'The White paper on the October Affair and the Why? Papers', Suaram, Petaling Jaya 1989: 10)

Richard Perle, an adviser in the Reagan Administration once said: "Autocrats must have enemies. They must have internal enemies to justify their secret police and external enemies to justify their military forces." I was supposed to have been one of those who posed a threat to national security in October 1987. So was Yeshua Jamaluddin, the Malay convert to Christianity, Islamic deviationists, church activists, Chinese educationists, social activists, and MPs, including the leader of the opposition.

Can you imagine the leader of the House of Commons being detained without trial? No, this can only happen in a banana republic where the Internal Security Act is at the convenient disposal of the government-of-the-day ever since its introduction in 1960. The most blatant use of the ISA by the ruling coalition to cripple its political opponents was the arrest and detention of practically the entire leadership of the Socialist Front, the main threat to the Alliance during the sixties. This sham democracy was the main reason for the Socialist Front's boycott of the 1969 general elections.

No one safe from ISA


But if you think that you could never fall victim to the ISA, think again! Hilmy Mohd Nor, a company executive working for Shell, never dreamed he could be detained under the ISA. Operasi Lalang was a living nightmare for this completely apolitical Malaysian. He thought the ISA was only meant to be used against the communists.

parliament and anti isa internal security actOr maybe you think that being Malay, he should not have converted to Christianity... but it would take a twisted imagination to view that as a threat to national security.

In his haste to pull the wool over the eyes of those who may not remember Operasi Lalang by blaming it on the police, Mahathir has overlooked something that is so elementary to the ISA, namely, it is the Home Minister (ie. Mahathir at the time) who signs the two-year detention order after the first 60 days of solitary confinement.

When he signed those two-year orders near the end of 1988, he would have noticed a stark fact - all the detainees were opposition leaders and other dissidents while all the BN detainees had been conveniently released during the 60 days! The IGP didn't sign those detention orders - Mahathir did. He conveniently omitted such stark historical facts from his memoirs.

The allegations against me in the detention order were so flimsy they would make an autocrat blush:

(i) That I was responsible for drafting the 1985 Joint Declaration by the Chinese associations;

(ii) That I was responsible for publishing 'Polarisation in Malaysia: The Root Causes' in 1987;

(iii) That I had called on the people to support mother tongue education;

(iv) That I had questioned the New Economic Policy and National Cultural Policy.

Firstly, the Joint Declaration had called for reform based on democracy and human rights and it was endorsed by 27 major Chinese associations, comprising practically all the Chinese associations in Malaysia. If the memorandum was indeed a threat to national security, shouldn't all these big leaders of the Chinese community be held responsible rather than the person who was supposed to have drafted it?

Secondly, 'Polarisation in Malaysia: The Root Causes' published by K Das Ink was not banned by the government so why should the alleged author be detained for being a threat to national security? In contrast, Mahathir's 'Malay Dilemma' was banned because it was considered unfit for public consumption by the government-of-the-day but he was not detained under the ISA. Such is the inconsistency in the government's use of the ISA.

Thirdly, even the Barisan Nasional has claimed that they support Chinese and Tamil schools, so why should my call for support of mother tongue education be considered a threat to national security? Finally, if questioning the NEP and NCP can be considered a threat to national security, should all Malaysians who question the NEP, including Anwar Ibrahim and Khalid Ibrahim, also be detained under the ISA?

The arrest and detention of leaders from the whole spectrum of Malaysian society under Operasi Lalang was indeed the realisation of that well-known quote attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power:

"First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me."

Former IGP taking credit for torture?

Since Mahathir tried to disclaim responsibility for Operasi Lalang, former IGP Haniff Omar has graciously - if I may say, foolhardily - claimed credit for it. I would say he is foolhardy because he must take responsibility for all the allegations of torture made by Operasi Lalang victims.

The 60 days of solitary confinement are already a gross example of mental torture. Nasir Hashim, Chow Chee Keong, Irene Xavier among others have graphically described being physically tortured by the Special Branch while under solitary confinement during the first sixty days.

This is Yeshua Jamaluddin's affidavit at his habeas corpus hearing in October 1988: "I was not allowed to sleep for days at a stretch and was warned that I would not get any food if I did not cooperate. One Inspector Yusoff also threatened to disturb my girlfriend if I did not give any information. I was assaulted by Inspectors Yusoff, Zainuddin, Ayub and another officer on a number of occasions.

"On one occasion, I was knocked to the ground and I injured my back. Since then, I have been passing blood in my urine and have been suffering from pains in my lower back constantly. In March 1988 and in July 1988, I was warded at the Universiti Hospital, Kuala Lumpur for treatment of my kidney condition. I have still not recovered… "On another occasion during interrogation, Inspector Yusoff forced me to strip naked and to enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. He also forced me to crawl on the floor in a naked state…

"Another day, a police constable forced me to stand on one leg with both my arms outstretched holding my slippers. He made me remain in this position for two hours. He then called in a woman constable and her young daughter and asked them to look at me saying: 'This Malay is not aware of who he is. He changed his religion. He has no shame!'"

Torture under the ISA has been perpetrated with impunity by the Malaysian Special Branch ever since it was enacted in 1960. Unfortunately for Mahathir, the principle of ministerial responsibility means that as the Home Minister and Prime Minister at the time, he is ultimately responsible for Operasi Lalang and all the atrocities committed under this dragnet.

The tortures undergone by ISA detainees during the Fifties, Sixties, Seventies and Eighties are well known to those who know these former ISA detainees. The following is an excerpt from a hitherto unpublished statement by "political prisoners of Kawasan A, B, and C", dated May 1, 1969, released from Batu Gajah Detention Camp:

"1. We political detainees have undergone days and nights of endless interrogation which have inflicted a grave toll on the mental condition of many detainees;

"2. During interrogation, we have been handcuffed, had our abdominal parts kicked, our heads bashed against the wall until they bled, and some have had to be hospitalised;

"3. We have had needles stuck in our fingernails and pencils used to squeeze our fingers between them;

"4. We have been burnt with cigarette lighters and hit with elastic bands; some have had nails inserted into their genitals;

"5. We have been asked to strip off our pants and to sit on open bottles;

"6. We have been made to take off our clothing and to stand before fans and air conditioners until we have passed out…"

In recent years, torture under the ISA has been graphically described by victims such as Malek Hussein and Munawar Anees, whose statutory declarations can be read on the Internet.

ISA as an instrument of terror

The ISA has served the Alliance and Barisan Nasional for more than 50 years as an instrument of terror to deter any challenge to its rule. The terror starts from the call to the victim's house in the middle of the night by Special Branch operatives in unmarked cars. The foreboding terror continues throughout the sixty days of solitary confinement and interminable interrogation.

Then when the detainee is sent to Kamunting detention camp, he or she is faced with the terror of an indeterminate period of internment. When I was first sent to Kamunting, my cell mate was Loh Ming Liang who told me he had been detained for 16 years! Imagine the thoughts and feelings that go through your mind when you face such a prospect! That has been part of the terror of the ISA all these 50 years.

With such a record, the Malaysian government has the temerity to sit on the UN Human Rights Council. With such a record, it is not surprising the Malaysian government has not ratified the Convention against Torture. With such a record, we can see why the Malaysian government and the IGP are reluctant to establish the Independent Police Complaints Misconduct Committee as asked for by the Royal Police Commission set up in 2004.

Malaysians who care about freedom and justice, democracy and human rights in our country should demand the abolition and not just amendment of this vile Act and the other laws that allow detention without trial.

More than 10,000 Malaysians have been incarcerated under the ISA since 1960. We do not, we cannot and we will not accept any amendments to this Indefensible Suppression Apparatus. All fair-minded and freedom-loving people must not condone detention without trial, which has become an addiction of autocrats. Malaysiakini

DR KUA KIA SOONG is director of human rights group Suaram. This was his speech delivered at the Conference on the 50th Anniversary of the Internal Security Act at Amnesty International, London, April 2, 2011.

Gen Hisham adds four-star glitter to PKR cast by Terence Netto

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 03:58 AM PDT

COMMENT Five years ago when PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim cast around for candidates to field in GE12, he had a frustrating time. Several people of calibre he wanted to nominate proved reluctant to step up, a situation that compelled him to revert to not a few who turned out to be dubious choices that abandoned the party shortly after winning parliamentary and state seats. Five years on from the PKR-led opposition's denial of a two-thirds majority to the ruling BN in 2008, the party faces a wholly different situation.

Though it is not exactly spoilt for choice in selecting candidates for GE13, the perception is growing that it has gained a rare find in Md Hashim Hussein, a former army chief who last night was announced as the PKR candidate for the parliamentary seat of Johor Baru.
NONEThe occasion for the announcement was a PKR ceramah in Kampung Melayu Majidee in JB - renowned for being an Umno bastion - at which Anwar hailed Hashim as someone who would add depth, from the angle of national security, to the Pakatan Rakyat challenge to unseat the ruling BN.

In fact, Hashim has already been named as head of a Pakatan-formed parallel National Security Council (NSC), a panel the coalition recently felt impelled to cobble together to advise it on national security issues that have burgeoned in the wake of the incursion in February of an armed band from the Philippines on the eastern flank of the Sabah coast at Lahad Datu. The incident has shed a perverse light on the democratic ideal of civilian control of the military: whereas the ideal was meant as a check on militarism, its practice, like several other matters under Umno-BN misrule, has resulted in the politicisation of the military.

This Lahad Datu episode, which has already resulted in 62 deaths to the intruders and of 10 to our security forces, together with widespread concern over corruption-tainted and seemingly ill-judged arms procurement exercises made by the Defence Ministry have prompted Pakatan to form an advisory body, composed of retired senior army officers and Home Ministry officials, to keep the coalition's leadership abreast of developments affecting the nation's security.
An accomplished officer

Few Malaysians could come better equipped to that role than the PKR candidate for JB. JB-born Hashim was an accomplished military officer whose career was forged in the teeth of challenges posed to a fledging nation's armed forces, ranging from Confrontation with Indonesia in the mid-1960s, to the threat from militant communism in the peninsula and in Sarawak, and the need to secure Sabah from the irredentist designs of neighbouring Philippines.
johor bahru pkr anwar ceramah 020413 hashim hussein 1In the military, which he joined as a 17-year-old straight out of Malay College where he was a classmate of Anwar's, Hashim was imbued with coup d'oeil, a French concept of military preparedness that owes its origins to General Carl Clausewitz, a 19th century military philosopher whose theories on war are as the renowned Sun Tzu's and Basil Liddell Hart of Britain.

In Hashim's understanding of coup d'oeil, the concept entails the ability "to see the invisible in a situation in order to attain the impossible."

Perhaps another way to render this formulation is to advert to what good chess players must have: a quick sight of the board - the ability to visualise the out-rolling of a pattern leading to an ideal checkmate.

Nowhere perhaps was his acquisition of this quality tested more than when he headed the Malaysian battalion (Malbat) that was part of the United Nations Protection Force (Unprofor) in Bosnia in 1993. At a place called Konjic in Bosnia, Gen Hashim had to lead the Malbat force of 1,568 soldiers safely out of a zone that came under fire from Croatian snipers to the relative safety of Sarajevo. His leadership of the contingent earned him a promotion from colonel to one-star general (Brig Gen), a promotion that was unprecedented for a Malaysian military officer serving in a peacekeeping mission abroad. Thereafter, Hashim's rise through to the top position in the army was swiftly graduated, reaching the top post in the army by 1999 when he was its chief.
Speaking circuits

It was his experience as commander of the truce-keeping Malaysian force in Unprofor that was much sought after overseas as offers arrived for him to lecture on the challenges of peacekeeping at military colleges in Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Switzerland and Australia. "I must admit the honorariums given to me for those lectures were gratifying," quipped Hashim, in the course of an interview with Malaysiakini before being named as the PKR candidate for JB. After his retirement from the army in 2002, Hashim served a stint as Malaysian High Commissioner to Pakistan in 2003-2006 and was chairperson of the National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention at Wisma Putra in 2007-2010. A long discussion with Anwar in 2006 on national affairs got things stirring in him, and this was stoked by promptings of his late wife Rabiah Abu Bakar, a teacher whom he married in 1969, that he should help his former classmate in the latter's struggle for reforms to the country's politics.
NONEOn March 6, weeks after the Lahad Datu incursion which for him reflected what he saw as the folly of allowing politics to influence national security considerations, he made the decision to plunge into politics.

To a huge crowd at a PKR-organised ceramah in Bagan Serai, Perak, a week later, Hashim, 66, a competent public speaker, lauded Anwar's leadership caliber and said that national security concerns should never be compromised by politics and defence procurement projects should not be tainted by mercenary motives.

Hashim's selection to contest the formidable Umno incumbent Shahrir Samad for the JB seat reflects the priority PKR places on prising the ward from BN's grip.

No doubt, he will plunge into the endeavour with the fervour and panache that he brought to varied challenges he faced at critical junctures in his military career.

In the process, he is certain to scant the advice his beloved Rabiah ("I not only loved her, I admired her," he said about the quiet presence who had been behind his success as a military man) that he should not undertake anything new in his life because of his penchant for delving deep into it to insure success.

Win or lose, this trait is likely to give Hashim's public profile a prominence that would shed contrary light on American General Douglas MacArthur's whimsical musing that "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away". Malaysiakini


TERENCE NETTO has been a journalist for four decades. He likes the occupation because it puts him in contact with the eminent without being under the necessity to admire them.

FB of Adipati Eleven ကိ ုလံ ု း ၀ မယံ ုပါဘူ း

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 03:56 AM PDT

Eleven ကိ ုလံ ု း ၀ မယံ ုပါဘူ း


မင္းႀကီးတာကထြက္တဲ့ ေရႊသမင္ျဖစ္ေန

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 03:53 AM PDT

Minkhant Kyaw shared a status.

၄၈,လမ္း ဆြာဒီကိယဟ္ ေက်ာင္း၏ မီးရႈိ႕ မႈ ႀကီးသည္ မ်ဳိးတုန္း
သတ္ျဖတ္မႈ သမိုင္းေႀကာင္းမ်ားအား ေဖၚထုတ္ျပသလိုက္ျခင္း။

ဒု ရဲမွဴးႀကီး ဦးသက္လြင္က အျခားလူေတြ၏ ေျပာစကားမ်ားကုိ
မယံုရန္ မီဒီယာမ်ားကုိ မွာႀကား
ကြ်န္ေတာ္တုိ႔ေျပာတဲ့ အတုိင္းပဲ မီဒီယာမွာ ေရးေပးႀကပါခင္ဗ်ာ။
ကြ်န္ေတာ္ ေျပာတာပဲ အမွန္ပါ။ မီးအားျမင့္စက္ အပူလြန္ျပီး
မီးေလာင္တယ္ လို႔ပဲ ေရးေပးႀကပါခင္ဗ်ာ။
ဒီလို တဖက္သတ္ တထစ္ခ် အမိန္႔စကားကုိ ဘယ္လို သေဘာ
နဲ႔ ေျပာလိုက္တာလဲ? ?????

စတုထၱမ႑ဳိင္လို႔ဟစ္ေၾကြးေနတဲ့ မီဒီယာေတြ မီဒီယာ လြတ္လပ္ခြင့္ ဆုိတဲ့စကား အၿမဲ လက္ကုိင္က်င့္သုးံေနတဲ့
eleven media ဟာဘာေႀကာင့္ အခ်ဳပ္အခ်ယ္ခံ ေျပာတဲ့
စကားအတိုင္း နာခံေရးခဲ့ ရသလဲ ????????
ဒု ရဲမွဴး ဦးသက္လြင္ ရဲ႕ ေျပာဆူိခ်က္ အတုိင္း မီးသတ္က
ဘာေႀကာင့္ ေခါင္းညိတ္ ခဲ့ရသလဲ ????????

အေျဖကေတာ့ရွင္းရွင္းေလးပါ။ငါတုိ႔လုပ္ခ်င္းတာ ငါတူိ႔လုပ္မယ္။
ငါေျပာသလိုဘဲ မင္းတုိ႔လုပ္ပါ မင္းတုိ႔ေရးပါ။
ရန္ကုန္ျမိဳ႕ႀကီးအတြင္းမွာ မ်က္ျမင္ သက္ေသေတြစုပုံေနတဲ့
ဤျမိဳ႕ေတာ္အတြင္း မီဒီယာေတြ ေျချခင္းလိမ္ေနတဲ့ ဤျမိဳ႕ေတာ္
အတြင္းမွာပင္ မသမာမႈေပါင္းစုံ လိမ္လည္မႈေပါင္းစုံ ခ်ဳပ္ကုိင္မႈ
ေပါင္စုံ က်င့္သုံးခဲ့ေသာ္ ဤအဖဲြ႔အစည္းမ်ားသည္ ရန္ကုန္ျမိဳ႕၏
ျပင္ပ ေနရာမ်ာတြင္ မည္သို႔ရွိမည္နည္း ??????????

ဤ ဒုစရုိက္ေကာင္းမ်ားကုိ ေနရာတကာ၌လိုက္လံ အကာ
အကြယ္ေပး ေစာင့္ေရွာက္ေပးေနျခင္းဟာ ဘာေႀကာင့္လဲ?????

ဒုစရုိက္ေကာင္မ်ား၏ ဘက္ေတာ္သားလား ????????

ဒါမွမဟုတ္ မင္းႀကီးတာကထြက္တဲ့ ေရႊသမင္ျဖစ္ေနလို႔လား။


ဦးဝီရသူရဲ.ပစ္မွတ္က မြတ္စလင္ၿပီးရင္ ခရစ္ယာန္ေတြလား? Is Christians going to be next target of Wira Thu

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 03:45 AM PDT

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ဦးဝီရသူရဲ.ပစ္မွတ္က မြတ္စလင္ၿပီးရင္ ခရစ္ယာန္ေတြလား?
"ဦးဇင္းၿဖစ္ေစခ်င္တာက ဘာသာတရားတိုင္း ဘာသာတရားတိုင္းက ကိုယ့္ဘာသာ သာသနာထြန္းကားေအာင္ ၿပန္.ပြားေအာင္လုပ္ရမယ့္တာဝန္ရွိတယ္။ဒါေပမဲ့ အဲဒီလိုထြန္းကားၿပန္.ပြားေအာင္လုပ္တဲ့ေနရာမွာ ဘာသာေရးေခါင္းေဆာင္ေတြဟာ တရားမွ်တဖို.လိုတယ္။တရားေသာနည္းလမ္းနဲ.သာသနာထြန္းကားေအာာင္လုပ္ဖို.လိုတယ္။ အခု ဦးဇင္းတို. ဘာေတြ.ေနရသလဲဆိုရင္ (၁) ။ ခရစ္ယာန္၊ေငြေၾကးနဲ. လာဘ္လာဘေတြနဲ.မက္လံုးေပးၿပီးေတာ့စည္းရံုးတယ္။ဒါေတြက တရားနည္းလမ္းမက်ဘူး။ဒီအတိုင္းဆက္သြားမယ္ဆိုရင္ တစ္ခ်ိန္ခ်ိန္မွာ ဗုဒၶဘာသာနဲ. ခရစ္ယာန္ ဘာသာေရး အဓိကရုဏ္း ၿဖစ္နိုင္တယ္။
ဦးဝီရသူ၏ အမ်ိဳးဘာသာ သာသနာေရး အင္တာဗ်ဳးႏွင့္ေဆာင္းပါးမ်ားစာအုပ္မွ


လူရည္ခြၽန္ အပန္းေျဖစခန္းမ်ားကို ပုဂံ၊ အင္းေလးႏွင့္ ေငြေဆာင္ကမ္းေျခတုိ႔၌ ျပန္လည္ဖြင့္လွစ္

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 03:22 AM PDT

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ႏွစ္ေပါင္း ၂၀ ေက်ာ္ၾကာ ရပ္နားထားခဲ့သည့္ လူရည္ခြၽန္ အပန္းေျဖစခန္းမ်ားကို ႏိုင္ငံအႏွံ႔မွ လူရည္ခြၽန္ ၅၀၀ ေက်ာ္ျဖင့္ ပုဂံ၊ အင္းေလးႏွင့္ ေငြေဆာင္ကမ္းေျခတုိ႔၌ ျပန္လည္ဖြင့္လွစ္ 03 April 2013

Dr. Maung Zarni rote>>>
Stop this utter mindless "Lu-ye-chun" program which Ne Win regime initiated as part of its indoctrination programs.

One of the most outstanding hate-mongers who was 4-times Lu-ye-chun was the late Ne Win Maung, the founder of neo-fascist The Voice Weekly. There are plenty of others who have become part of Burma's nightmares.

But I replied>>>

LYCs are on both side of political divide. Although not famous nor powerful nor rich like him, FYI I got LYC 5 times. Read my views and experiences here @ Outstanding Student (Lu-Ye Chun လူရည္ခၽြန္) Project.

Chairman and CEO Dr. Than Htut Aung of the Eleven Media Group (EMG) is also a LYC but he is also a racist Rakhine who is spreading false propaganda news and Hate Speeches against Muslims of Myanmar.

For me, I was at the top of the class in the Medical University, Ne Win's DGME Director General of Medical Education refused to let me attending the INTERNAL Masters Programme, even uttering that they could not give a Kular. But it is a blessing in disguise for me because if they give that, I would be scared and need to shut up my mouth now.

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံတြင္ ႏွစ္ေပါင္း ၂၀ ေက်ာ္ၾကာ ရပ္နားထားခဲ့သည့္ လူရည္ခြၽန္ အပန္းေျဖ စခန္းမ်ားကို ဧၿပီလ ၁ ရက္ေန႔တြင္ ပထမဦးဆံုးအႀကိမ္ ျပန္လည္ဖြင့္လွစ္ခဲ့ေၾကာင္း သိရွိရသည္။ ၁၉၈၈ ေနာက္ပုိင္း ရပ္နားထားခဲ့ေသာ ဘက္စံုထူးခြၽန္ေသာ လူရည္ခြၽန္မ်ားကို ၿပီးခဲ့သည့္ ၂၀၁၂ -၂၀၁၃ ပညာသင္ႏွစ္အတြက္ စတင္ေရြးခ်ယ္ခဲ့ျခင္းျဖစ္ၿပီး ႏိုင္ငံတစ္၀န္းလံုးမွ စုစုေပါင္းေက်ာင္းသူ၊ ေက်ာင္းသား ၅၁၀ အား ေရြးခ်ယ္ခဲ့သည္။ ယင္းကဲ့သို႔ ေရြးခ်ယ္ရေသာ လူရည္ခြၽန္မ်ားကို အပန္းေျဖ ေလ့လာေရးခရီးအျဖစ္ ဧၿပီလဆန္းတြင္ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္မွ စီစဥ္ေပးခဲ့ၿပီး ႏွစ္ေပါင္း ၂၀ ေက်ာ္ၾကာ ဖြင့္လွစ္ႏုိင္ျခင္း မရွိခဲ့သည့္ လူရည္ခြၽန္ အပန္းေျဖ စခန္းမ်ားကိုလည္း ပုဂံ၊ အင္းေလးႏွင့္ ေငြေဆာင္ ကမ္းေျခတုိ႔၌ ဧၿပီလ ၁ ရက္ေန႔က ပထမဆံုး အႀကိမ္အျဖစ္ ဖြင့္လွစ္ခဲ့ျခင္း ျဖစ္သည္။
အ႒မတန္းမွ ဘက္စံုထူးခြၽန္ လူရည္ခြၽန္မ်ားကို ပုဂံေဒသသုိ႔ အပန္းေျဖခရီး သြားေရာက္ေစခဲ့ၿပီး တကၠသိုလ္၀င္တန္းမွ ထူးခြၽန္သူ လူငယ္မ်ားအား ေငြေဆာင္ကမ္းေျခႏွင့္ န၀မတန္းမွ လူရည္ခြၽန္မ်ားအား အင္းေလးေဒသသုိ႔ ေလ့လာေရးခရီး သြားေရာက္ေစခဲ့ျခင္းျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။

ယခုႏွစ္တြင္ လူရည္ခြၽန္မ်ားကို စခန္းသံုးခုသို႔ သံုးဖဲြ႕ခြဲ၍ ေစလႊတ္ျခင္းျဖစ္ၿပီး စခန္းတစ္ခုစီတြင္ ေက်ာင္းသား၊ ေက်ာင္းသူ စုစုေပါင္း ၁၇၀ စီ သြားေရာက္ၾကျခင္းျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း ေဒသခံ တာ၀န္ရွိ ဆရာမ်ားထံမွ သိရွိရသည္။
"ကြၽန္ေတာ္တုိ႔ ဒီကေလးေတြကုိ ပညာအရည္အခ်င္းအလုိက္ ေရြးခ်ယ္ပါတယ္။ ရွစ္တန္း၊ ကိုးတန္း၊ တကၠသိုလ္၀င္တန္းပါ။ ေက်ာင္းအလုိက္ ေရြးခ်ယ္ၿပီး ခ႐ုိင္အလုိက္ အၿပီးသတ္ ေရြးခ်ယ္ပါတယ္၊၊ ေရြးခ်ယ္ရာမွာလည္း ပညာအရည္အခ်င္းသာမက ကာယ၊ ဉာဏ၊ စာရိတၱ အပါအ၀င္ က်န္းမာၾကံ့ခုိင္တဲ့ သူေတြကုိ ေရြးခ်ယ္ပါတယ္။ အဲဒီလုိ ေရြးခ်ယ္ရာမွာလည္း ေငြေရးေၾကးေရး ျပည့္စုံမႈနဲ႔ မဆုိင္ပါဘူး၊ ႏုိင္ငံသားေကာင္းေတြ ျဖစ္ေပၚလာဖုိ႔ ဆုိတဲ့ ရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္နဲ႔ ေရြးခ်ယ္တာပါ" ဟု ေငြေဆာင္စခန္းမွ လက္ေထာက္စခန္းမွဴး ဒုတိယ ညႊန္ၾကားေရးမွဴး ဦးဉာဏ္သိိန္းက ေျပာျပသည္။

တာ၀န္ရွိသူမ်ား အေနျဖင့္ လူရည္ခြၽန္ ေက်ာင္းသား၊ ေက်ာင္းသူမ်ားအား စခန္းတစ္ခုခ်င္းစီအလုိက္ ေဒသႏၲရ ဗဟုသုတရရွိရန္ စီစဥ္၍ ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ ေနရာေဒသ အသီးသီးသုိ႔ ပို႔ေဆာင္မႈ ျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့ျခင္း ျဖစ္သည္။ အင္းေလး အပန္းေျဖစခန္းသို႔ ေရာက္ရွိခဲ့ေသာ လူရည္ခြၽန္မ်ားအား ေညာင္ေရႊစခန္းမွတစ္ဆင့္ အင္းေလးကန္ ေလ့လာေရးခရီး၊ ေကလာေက်းရြာ ေရျခံလုပ္ငန္း၊ ငါးဖယ္ေခ်ာင္းရြာရွိ ေရွးေဟာင္း ဘုန္းေတာ္ႀကီးေက်ာင္း၊ အင္းေပါခံု ယကၠန္း႐ံုမ်ား၊ အင္းေလးေဖာင္ေတာ္ဦးဘုရား၊ အလိုေတာ္ေပါက္ ဘုရားတုိ႔ကို ဖူးေျမာ္ေလ့လာခဲ့သည္။ ထုိ႔အျပင္ ေတာင္ႀကီးၿမိဳ႕ ေလ့လာေရး ခရီးစဥ္တြင္ ဟုိပုံးၿမိဳ႕နယ္ရွိ ထမ့္စမ္းလိုဏ္ဂူေတာ္၊ စူဠာမုနိ ဘုရားႏွင့္ ေတာင္ႀကီးၿမိဳ႕မေစ်းတုိ႔ကိုလည္း ေလ့လာခြင့္ ရရွိခဲ့ၾကသည္။

ပုဂံေလ့လာေရး ခရီးစဥ္အျဖစ္ သြားေရာက္ခဲ့ေသာ လူရည္ခြၽန္မ်ားကိုမူ ပုပၸားေတာင္ကလပ္၊ ပုပၸားေတာင္ Resort ႏွင့္ သစ္ေတာျပတုိက္၊ ပရေဆးဥယ်ာဥ္၊ ေခ်ာက္ေရနံခ်က္စက္႐ံု၊ စေလ႐ုပ္စံုေက်ာင္း၊ ဓာတ္ေျမၾသဇာစက္႐ံု၊ ပခုကၠဴသီဟုိဠ္ရွင္ဘုရား၊ ပခန္းေဒသမ်ားသို႔ ေလ့လာခြင့္ ျပဳခဲ့သည္။
လူရည္ခြၽန္မ်ားအား သက္ဆုိင္ရာ တုိင္းေဒသႀကီး ၀န္ႀကီးခ်ဳပ္မ်ားက ႀကိဳဆုိခဲ့ၾကေၾကာင္းလည္း သိရွိရသည္။ အားကစားပြဲမ်ား ျပဳလုပ္ေပးျခင္း၊ ေဟာေျပာပဲြမ်ား ျပဳလုပ္ေပးျခင္းတုိ႔ကို ျပဳလုပ္ေပးခဲ့ေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။
ႏွစ္ေပါင္း ၂၀ ေက်ာ္အတြင္း ပထမဦးဆံုးအႀကိမ္ ထူးခြၽန္ေက်ာင္းသားမ်ားအား ပညာေရး၀န္ႀကီးဌာနမွ ေရြးခ်ယ္ရာတြင္ အေျခခံပညာ က႑၌သာ ေရြးခ်ယ္ျခင္းျဖစ္ၿပီး ခ႐ိုင္အလိုက္ အ႒မတန္း၊ န၀မတန္းႏွင့္ တကၠသိုလ္၀င္တန္း အဆင့္ေက်ာင္းသား၊ ေက်ာင္းသူမ်ားကိုသာ ေရြးခ်ယ္ခဲ့ျခင္း ျဖစ္သည္။ ထုိသုိ႔ေရြးခ်ယ္ရာတြင္ တစ္ႏုိင္ငံလံုး အတုိင္းအတာႏွင့္ ေရြးခ်ယ္ျခင္းျဖစ္ၿပီး ၿမိဳ႕နယ္အေရအတြက္ အနည္းအမ်ားအလုိက္ အခ်ဳိးက်ေရြးခ်ယ္ျခင္းျဖစ္ရာ ၿမိဳ႕နယ္ေလးၿမိဳ႕နယ္ ေအာက္သာရွိေသာ ခ႐ိုင္မ်ား၌ အ႒မတန္း ေက်ာင္းသားတစ္ဦး၊ န၀မတန္းႏွင့္ တကၠသိုလ္၀င္တန္း ေက်ာင္းသားႏွစ္ဦးစီကို ေရြးခ်ယ္ျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။ ၿမိဳ႕နယ္ေလးၿမိဳ႕နယ္ အထက္ရွိေသာ ခ႐ိုင္မ်ား၌ အ႒မတန္းေက်ာင္းသား ႏွစ္ဦး၊ န၀မတန္းႏွင့္ တကၠသိုလ္၀င္တန္း ေက်ာင္းသားေလးဦးစီကို လူရည္ခြၽန္အျဖစ္ ေရြးခ်ယ္ျခင္းျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။
ထုိသုိ႔ ေရြးခ်ယ္ရာ၌ ေက်ာင္းအသီးသီးရွိ ေအာက္တုိဘာလစစ္ ပထမႏွစ္၀က္ စာေမးပြဲတြင္ အမွတ္အမ်ားဆံုး ရသည့္ ေက်ာင္းသူေက်ာင္းသားမ်ားအား ၿမိဳ႕နယ္ ဘက္စံုထူးခြၽန္ ေျဖဆိုခြင့္ေပးၿပီး ၿမိဳ႕နယ္တြင္ အမွတ္အမ်ားဆံုးရသူ ႏွစ္ဦးကို ခ႐ိုင္အဆင့္ ဘက္စံုထူးခြၽန္ စာေမးပြဲ ေျဖဆုိေစကာ လူရည္ခြၽန္အျဖစ္ ေရြးခ်ယ္ျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။ ယင္းကဲ့သို႔ ေျဖဆုိရာတြင္ ေရးေျဖ၊ ႏႈတ္ေျဖႏွင့္ ကာယၿပိဳင္ပြဲမ်ားပါ စီစဥ္ၿပီး ေျဖဆုိေစျခင္း ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္းလည္း သိရသည္။

ယခင္က လူရည္ခြၽန္ ေရြးခ်ယ္ခံရရန္ မလြယ္ကူေၾကာင္းႏွင့္ ယခုကဲ့သုိ႔ ရပ္ဆုိင္းထားခဲ့သည့္ လူရည္ခြၽန္ စီမံကိန္းႏွင့္ အပန္းေျဖစခန္းမ်ား ျပန္လည္ အေကာင္အထည္ေဖာ္ေနသည့္ အတြက္လည္း ေက်ာင္းသားမိဘမ်ားႏွင့္ လူရည္ခြၽန္ေဟာင္းမ်ားက ႀကိဳဆုိၾကေၾကာင္းလည္း စံုစမ္းသိရွိရပါသည္။
ပုဂံေဒသသုိ႔ အပန္းေျဖခရီး လာေရာက္ေသာ ေက်ာင္းသားမိဘတစ္ဦးက "သားသံုးေယာက္ ရွိပါတယ္။ သားႀကီးက ေဆးေက်ာင္းဒုတိယႏွစ္ပါ။ သူ႔တုန္းက အခုလို အေတြ႕အၾကံဳ မရခဲ့ပါဘူး။ ႏွစ္ေပါင္း ၂၀ ေက်ာ္ၾကာမွ ဒီအခြင့္အေရး ျပန္ရတာပါ။ အခု သားအလတ္က လူရည္ခြၽန္ ေရြးခ်ယ္ခံရလုိ႔ မိဘတစ္ေယာက္အေနနဲ႔ ဂုဏ္ယူ၀မ္းသာမိပါတယ္။ ခုလို ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္က ေဆာင္ရြက္ေပးတာဟာ လူ႔စြမ္းအား အရင္းအျမစ္ ျပန္လည္ဖြံ႕ျဖိဳးတိုးတက္ေအာင္ ပ်ဳိးေထာင္ေလ့က်င့္ေပးတာ ျဖစ္တဲ့အတြက္ အထူး ေကာင္းမြန္ပါတယ္" ဟု ေျပာျပခဲ့သည္။
လူရည္ခြၽန္ဆု ေရြးခ်ယ္ခ်ီးျမႇင့္မႈ စီမံကိန္းကို ေတာ္လွန္ေရးေကာင္စီေခတ္ ၁၉၆၄ ခုႏွစ္တြင္ စတင္ အေကာင္အထည္ေဖာ္ခဲ့ျခင္းျဖစ္ၿပီး ယင္းစီမံကိန္းအရ လူရည္ခြၽန္မ်ားကို ေရြးခ်ယ္ရာတြင္ ေက်ာင္းအဆင့္၌ ဉာဏ ဗလႏွင့္ ဖြံ႕ၿဖိဳးေရးတုိ႔ကို အမွတ္ေပးစိစစ္ကာ ဖြံ႕ၿဖိဳးေရးတြင္ ပညာေရး လက္ေတြ႕ ဖြံ႕ၿဖိဳးမႈ လုပ္ငန္းမ်ား၊ ေက်ာင္းေကာင္စီ လုပ္ငန္းမ်ား၊ အျခားအသင္းအဖြဲ႔ မ်ား ေခါင္းေဆာင္မႈ၊ ၀တ္စားဆင္ယင္မႈ၊ ေက်ာင္းတက္မွန္မႈ စသည္ျဖင့္ အေသးစိတ္ စိစစ္ေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။
ယခင္က လူရည္ခြၽန္မ်ားအတြက္ ေႏြရာသီ အပန္းေျဖစခန္းမ်ားအျဖစ္ အင္းေလးေခါင္တုိင္စခန္းႏွင့္ ပြဲေကာက္ လူငယ္စခန္းတုိ႔မွာလည္း ထင္ရွားခဲ့သည္။
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