Friday, April 12, 2013

Lim Kit Siang and his time bomb...

Lim Kit Siang and his time bomb...


Lim Kit Siang and his time bomb...

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 10:51 AM PDT

Chua Soi Lek on his decision not to contest GE13:
"The coming 13th general election is a mother of all elections and the party has assembled a credible team of candidates. I will be leading the charge in the election campaign running up to the polls but will not be offering myself as a candidate... it would be very self-serving to offer myself as a candidate after pushing all members to put party interest above personal gain. I want to prove a point that I am fighting for a cause, that MCA remains relevant, and continue to lead the party without standing for elected public office." 

Lim Kit Siang's response to Chua's decision: "I have greatest sympathy and even pity for the MCA President, Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek, who had to declare today that he will not be contesting in the 13th general election, thus becoming the first MCA President not to be fielded. It is so embarrassing and humiliating an event that Chua had to come out with a statement which will make history as utterly without credibility, claiming that he is opting out of contesting in the 13GE because he is walking the talk in allowing new and young leaders in the rejuvenation process so that the party will continue to remain relevant."


The DAP stalwart should speak for himself, for his colleagues in Pakatan Rakyat like Karpal Singh and PAS' Nik Aziz for refusing retreat and retiring from politics after being at the helm for more than four decades.

The same person who once called Tun Dr Mahathir as 'mau jadi PM sampai mati' (wanted to be PM until he dies) is now biting at his own dictatorial tongue, not realising more and more DAP members are blase with his leadership and the undemocratic regime.

Chua is a true gentleman who puts the party's interest above political greed. He is always open to suggestion and good ideas, unlike Lim's and Karpal's dynasties that only treat the minority Malays and Indians in DAP as 'patches to the leaked roof'.

DAP and MCA in comparison, the latter made changes to its leadership through genuinely-democratic process, at each and every level, to the satisfaction of all. However, the 'democratic' DAP didn't grant that access to its members, the rights to change the top leadership.

Chua doesn't need sympathy... but Lim does!

The DAP leader who likes frogging from one seat to another is actually a man without principle, a leader who is scared to defend his constituency and come face to face with those who had voted him, more than one term.

The constituents who first fell for his political promises had waited to boot him out but they just didnt get the chance when he moved to another seat. And now, PAS and PKR are emulating his style as we already have about 20 of them around - from Melaka to Perak, Perak to Penang, Penang to Johor, Terengganu to Kelantan, Kelantan to Perlis... and so on.

Their interest is not to serve the public but to promote selfish politics. Like Lim, they will never go back to contest their old seats. Why? The ghost of the past really haunts them!

In fact Lim, Nik Aziz and Karpal are the ones who will continue their grip on DAP and PAS until the day they die. To DAP and PAS members, Kit Siang and Nik Aziz are worth to worship. As much as how Nik Aziz loves the divides he brought to the Malays, Kit Siang too is proud to have done the same to the Chinese, the Malaysians.

Lim should remember the book 'The Time Bomb in Malaysia' which he wrote in the 70s. Well, he is actually having the time bomb... in DAP!

No need for me to write a lengthy article on this 'time bomb'. Lim, Anwar, Nik Aziz and Malaysians should be aware of this...

PS: Why don't any of you ask Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye the actual reasons why he left DAP in the early 90s?

‘rare’ pro-pakatan rally in penang

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 09:57 AM PDT

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whoa! yes, for the first time, a rally by PR at komtar.  thus malaysiakini is right to label it as 'rare'. all the while, almost every friday, we always hear of perkasa. mamak (some) or some 'umno-based' malay NGOs having their rally their…. well it's not only anti state govt rally but anti lim guan eng! yes most of the time the rally is very anti lim guan eng, i tell you. oh and they not only held the rally there but they made a short walk e.g. from the nearby surau to komtar, whereas the PR supporters yesterday did not organised the walk but just gathered at komtar for the rally. well, perkasa, mamak (some), anti state govt NGO… they can hold a walk as the police will do anything to them… whereas if it is like yesterday's organiser e.g. PKR, SAMM, if they hold a walk, the police might stop them! 

yes, since yesterday's rally was 'rare' in that it was a PR rally, i sure won't missed it, so i especially took leave to attend it! yep, true. went there at about 2.15, met susan loone. there were not too may people there… i guess because of the low publicity. never mind, as long as the message got through.  

well, read about it in malaysiakini, written by susan loone. i copy and paste it here for those who are not malaysiakini subscribers (remember if you want to sign up, do contact me, as i can offer discount).

oh ya, i only put up two photos here, taken by myself. for the rest of the photos, please visit my facebook photo album.

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Malaysiakini
Rare pro-Pakatan rally held at Komtar

Susan Loone
4:27PM Apr 12, 2013

Komtar, which is increasingly known as a democracy square due to the many rallies held by anti-Pakatan forces since 2008, witnessed one of its rare moments when a demonstration was held in support of the state government today.

Initially, around 50 people had turned up for the rally, carrying pro-Pakatan banners to express their desire for the coalition to be maintained in Penang.

Later, the crowd swelled up to about 100 and turned into a mini ceramah by about seven speakers, mostly from the state PKR Youth wing and Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM).

Some of the banners spotted at the rally had slogans like, "Stand together (with) PKR, DAP and PAS", "Pakatan Rakyat must be given the mandate again" and "I love Pakatan Rakyat".

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASAMM chief Badrul Hisham Shaharin (left) told the crowd – which were made up of mostly reporters and onlookers – that they must support a multi-racial Malaysia, with the Malay community at its base.

"If we can have a Malay base, but ensure the rights of other communities in our country, we will be more respected," he said.

Then, he told MCA and Gerakan – the two Chinese majority parties in the BN – to listen up.

"Malaysians must reject racist parties. For example, if anyone ask you to balik Kerala, tell them that nobody knows you there as you were born here," said the leader, who is popularly known as Chegubard.

"We'll just allow one person to go back to Kerala, and that is (former prime minister Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad)," he quipped.

Flourishing freedom of speech

He praised the Penang government as well for allowing freedom of speech to flourish, what with the many demonstrations held at Komtar by groups such as Perkasa.

In their brief political talks, the speakers condemned Umno and BN for all the ills of the country, including the marginalisation of the Malays.

Many of the rally participants wore yellow T-shirts and were seen clapping and cheering at the many anti-BN anecdotes shared by various speakers.

Three police trucks were stationed nearby, but had not intervened in the event.

During the session, however, many were also seen rubbing their eyes, coughing and covering their mouths due to pepper spray that had been used by several unidentified individuals.

Among the speakers at the rally include state PKR Youth chief Amir Ghazali, PKR Bayan Baru Wanita chief Latifah Hussainsa and anti-toll NGO dubbed 'Hapus' activist Zainulfaqar Yaacob.

The event ended peacefully with the crowd singing the national 

Mustafa Ali Akan Terus Berpahala Selagi Video Disiarkan

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 10:32 AM PDT


Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang menganggap penyebaran gambar dan DVD lucah yang dikaitkan dengan pemimpin kanan parti itu sebagai fitnah dan bukan masalah besar kepada PAS.

Beliau berkata perkara itu tidak serius dan pemimpin kanan PAS yang dianggap mangsa fitnah itu tidak perlu memberi penjelasan kepada parti kerana banyak lagi perkara lain yang perlu dibuat ketika ini.

"Kita (PAS) anggap itu satu fitnah...lagi lama dia siar, lagi pahala banyak dapat kepada dia (pemimpin itu).

"Kita yakin benda itu tidak benar dan dia siar, dia berdosa, biarlah dia siar lagi luas lagi banyak dapat pahala," katanya kepada pemberita ketika ditemui di Rusila, Kuala Terengganu hari ini.

Abdul Hadi berkata beliau hairan kenapa pemimpin terbabit menjadi mangsa kerana beliau bukanlah calon PAS untuk bertanding mana-mana kerusi pada pilihan raya umum ke-13 (PRU13) 5 Mei ini.

Katanya PAS berserah kepada Tuhan untuk memberikan petunjuk dan setakat ini, beliau tidak mahu menuduh mana-mana pihak yang bertanggungjawab membuat fitnah itu.

Semalam di Kampung Alor Lintang Besut, polis dilaporkan menemui 16 bungkusan yang mengandungi gambar dan DVD lucah dipercayai melibatkan seorang pemimpin kanan PAS. - Bernama

Ulasan GB

GB sudah nukilkan sebelum ini di dalam kes video liwat DSAI. Petikan:

Kebenaran akan tetap terserlah jua, dan apa jua "fitnah" tetap tidak mempunyai kekuatan - orang yang memfitnah akan terus berdosa dan orang yang diftnah akan sentiasa mendapat pahala selagi ada yang menyebar dan mempercayai fitnah itu.

Diriwayatkan oleh Abu Ummah al-Bahili, di akhirat nanti seorang akan terkejut besar apabila melihat catatan amalan kebaikan yang tidak pernah dilakukannya di dunia. Maka, dia berkata kepada Allah: "Wahai Tuhanku, dari manakah datangnya kebaikan yang banyak ini, sedangkan aku tidak pernah melakukannya? Maka Allah menjawab: Semua itu kebaikan (pahala) orang yang mengumpat (memfitnah) engkau tanpa engkau ketahui."

Keengganan papagomo untuk mengakui blog itu kepunyaannya dan keenganan Mohd Azri untuk mengakui beliiau adalah papagomo adalah bukti awal kebinasaan papagomo sendiri! Beliau TAKUT untuk mengakui blog fitnah itu miliknya kerana tahu blog itu menyajikan berita palsu dan dusta.



Keengganan puak UMNO untuk mengaku merekalah selama ini di sebalik pembikinan dan penyebaran video-video lucah sebaliknya membuat cerita ia dilakukan oleh PKR sedangkan puak UMNOlah yang melompat-lompat macam kera dengan berita penyebaran video lucah itu menunjukkan parti UMNO itu sudah cukup terdesak dan sedang menuju kehancuran!

Islam meletakkan syarat yang ketat untuk menuduh seseorang itu berzina.

Empat orang saksi yang boleh dipercayai perlu dikemukakan. Itu QAZAF namanya. Demikian hebatnya keadilan yang dituntut oleh Islam. Bukkan sekadar tuduh-tuduh. Video boleh membantu siasatan tetapi tidak dapat diterima sebagai bukti kerana adakalanya video itu palsu dan rekaan. Ada video yang boleh diedit, diubah dan seumpamanya.

Di dalam inkues kematian Ahmad Sarbani di bangunan SPRM, video cctv dikemukakan, tetiba didapati ada bahagian rakaman cctv yang terputus. Dan bahagian yang terputus itu ialah bahagian yang paling penting dan krtitikal di dalam siasatan. Membuktikan bahawa cctv itu boleh diubah pihak tertentu untuk tujuan tertentu.

Lihat pula bagaimana video superimposed dilakukan:



Selain itu satu cara lagi ialah penggunaan "mask" (topeng)



Justeru itu menjadi tugas kepada mereka yang menuduh orang lain berzina untuk mengemukakan 4 orang saksi, jika tidak tanggunglah dosa selagi fitnah itu berjalan.

Najib’s hunger for Indian Malaysian votes

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 07:37 AM PDT

From Aliran

indian-dilemma-coverHe is running to the Indian Malaysians to back him up strongly with promises of a better deal for them if the BN is returned to power, writes P Sivakumar.With the 13th General Election around the corner , Prime Minister Najib Razak is running around the country frantically to garner support for the BN by throwing cash and other goodies to the people.

Realising that the Malays are no longer reliable when it comes to voting for the BN and the Chinese Malaysians votes are unpredictable , he is running to the Indian Malaysians to back him up strongly with promises of a better deal for them if the BN is returned to power in GE13. Najib knows that many of the Indians , especially those in the lower-income bracket, are gullible and will easily fall prey to sweet talk; hence he is hankering after them for their votes. 


All round discriminatory treatment

What better stooge than MIC can Najib get to orchestrate an action plan of entertainment and handouts to win over and frighten the poor Indians and garner their votes for BN. Whether the Indians are going to give him their full support this time , as anticipated, is doubtful because for more than 50 years the Indians have consistently given their loyal support to the BN and all they may have got in return is all round discriminatory treatment. 


Nevertheless , even if the PM is sincere in wanting to help the Indians , it would appear that the Malay-dominated civil servants in the Government are not inclined to toe his line as they have their own agenda. To lend credence to this statement , a classic example is the poor intake of non-Malays into the civil service and the thousands of stateless Indians and red IC holders.

As far as contracts, business permits, licences, scholarships, places in varsities and government institutions of higher learning are concerned, their grievances continue to be put under the carpet . Furthermore , the Indians are also very unhappy with the way the NEP has been implemented right from the beginning . Although the NEP was designed to narrow the economic gap between the Malays and the non-Malays, its primary aim was the eradication of poverty at all levels regardless of race.

Deliberately neglected

Under this concept , every poor family – whether Malay, Chinese or Indian – should have benefited without any discrimination but unfortunately the Government had all along concentrated on solving the problems of the Malays only and deliberately neglected to address the problems faced by the non-Malays, including the Indians. As a result, many of the poor Indian families who deserved help have been left out and are forced to struggle to cope with the realities of life under extreme hardship. Also in the name of the NEP, the government has totally transformed the nation's bureaucracy in favour of the Malays, who have taken over most of the important and key positions leaving scant employment opportunities for the non-Malays.


Thus, it may not be an exaggeration to say that the public sector has now become the near monopoly of one race with BN having marginalised and alienated the non-Malays. Under the guise of privatisation, every new establishment, institution and enterprise has also been made to favour the Malays, thus ostracising the non-Malays altogether. This should not have been the case in a multi-racial country like Malaysia where every major race should be seen to be participating in the mainstream administration of the nation.

Najib has often said that the Government is always fair to all the races , but with so much discrimination and double standards being practised by the BN government, can he candidly say that he has been fair to all the races? Definitely not, and yet he has the cheek to say that repeatedly. So the PM's 1Malaysia slogan is nothing but a gimmick to hoodwink the people . The so-called power-sharing among the coalition partners like Umno, the MIC and the MCA is also a farce. What the non-Malay partners have seen all through is the dominance of Umno Malays, much to the bane of MCA and MIC. It is Umno that is calling the shots and dictating all terms for more than half a century. 

Right to fair treatment

The Umno-dominated BN government has been perpetrating an iniquitous regime of divide and rule in favour of one dominant race only, whereas all citizens regardless of race deserve equal treatment.
The non-Malay founding fathers of independence certainly did not negotiate for such terms nor envisage this kind of discriminatory treatment for their communities after independence. If the government resorts to major changes to bring about enhanced benefits to the Malays in order to uplift their socio-economic status, it is perfectly all right as nobody will begrudge them for doing so. But it should not be done to the detriment of the non-Malays as they also have a right to fair treatment. Hence to ensure justice and fair play to everyone regardless of race, it is imperative that communal parties such as Umno, the MCA and the MIC are dismantled altogether and multiracial parties like Pakatan Rakyat should replace them.

The argument by the BN that Pakatan Rakyat is not capable of governing the country is not only preposterous but utter nonsense. Anwar Ibrahim was once the DPM in Mahathir's cabinet and is certainly capable of running the country. Hadi Awang, Lim Kit Siang and Karpal Singh are all seasoned politicians who are fit to run the country when given the opportunity. The BN is simply cooking up negative stories about the opposition to instil fear in the minds of the people so that they will not vote for the opposition.

Vote for change

The people have had enough with the unscrupulous tactics of the BN government, and it is high time another party like Pakatan is elected to ensure fair governance. When President Roosevelt of America died, America did not collapse; similarly when Winston Churchill of Britain died, Britain also did not collapse but continued to survive. So if the BN collapses in the coming GE13, nothing will go wrong except that it will bring about the demise of the BN even as Pakatan celebrates. 


So let us all vote for the change that Malaysia badly needs to move forward as one nation and one people.

P Sivakumar is the president of the Malaysian Indian Business Association

Maine Coon Cat..

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 02:26 AM PDT



http://i-am-cheekykitty.blogspot.com/2013/04/plans-foiled.html
J has a loyal Maine Coon friend..who scratched her quite a shocking bit today.

But..we still love him very much.
Hiro is a papa to 6 beautiful Persians.
Libby his darling mate lives in Kuantan with us..

InsyaAllah J will recover quickly and be in gorgeous health for her engagement in May..
Her akad and sanding ceremony will be scheduled in November..InsyaAllah..
Naturally she is going through quite a great deal of pain at the moment..but she'll be fine.
InsyaAllah the wounds will heal in a few weeks time..

The Burmese Military Is Keeping Rohingya Women As Sex Slaves

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 07:14 AM PDT

The Burmese Military Is Keeping Rohingya Women As Sex Slaves


Regiment 207′s military camp a few miles from Sittwe.

Burma's Muslims are still having a pretty awful time of it. Last year, the country's Buddhist majority launched a series of attacks on the minority Rohingya Muslim population, supposedly because they're not "ethnically pure". The attacks have continued this year and now include the general Muslim population, as well as the ethnic Rohingyas, getting their homes burned down and heads smashed in by marauding gangs of vicious Buddhists.

After monitoring the plight of the Rohingya and the two incidents of violence against them in June and October last year, I decided to fly out to Burma in wary anticipation of another round of trouble. The problem was that I had no money, no commission, no media organisation backing me and the mainstream media had pretty much stopped reporting on the issue. When I turned to the public to help fund my trip, the response was overwhelming (turns out people do have an interest in helping to expose the extended violent persecution of vulnerable minorities) and they collectively helped me raise enough money to go.

We stayed in Sittwe, the main city in Arakhan state, which is where the majority of the Rohingya camps are situated. Travelling past the police check points every morning and into the Rohingya camps, it felt like being transported into a parallel world where suddenly it's fine to forget about your obligations as a human to not be an unscrupulous bully to a group of people just because they originally come from somewhere different to you. The Rohingya Muslims aren't recognised as citizens of Burma, meaning they have no rights and very little access to education and healthcare.


A Rohingya boy at an unregistered internally displaced person camp in Arakhan state.

While in Sittwe, some of my contacts told me about Rohingya women being kept at a military base. I tracked down some of the eyewitnesses, but I needed to get close to the camp to confirm what I'd heard. Bear in mind that taking pictures and video of a Burmese military base obviously isn't something to be taken lightly, and the people who'd agreed to take me there risked their lives if they were caught.

During my week in Sittwe, with the help of those who accompanied me, the evidence we obtained strongly implies that the Burmese military is imprisoning Rohingya women from the Arakhan region and using them as sex slaves. That evidence has been passed on to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), a United Nations agency dealing with labour issues, who have lodged a complaint to the Burmese government and launched an investigation in an attempt to rescue the women.

Eyewitness testimony of a military camp situated a few miles from Sittwe town (and home to Regiment 270) describes around 20 women and three children under the age of eight being held at the camp. One of the witnesses, Amina (name changed), described walking past the camp when she heard voices calling out to her. The imprisoned women asked Amina if she was Muslim; she is.

"Please help us. If you can help us escape from here you will go to jannah (heaven)," one woman told her. "Many military men come, we can't breath. We want to become Muslim again. If we stay like this we will go to hell." The intended meaning of what was said is clear: these women are being raped, and they don't have to say it explicitly for anyone to understand what's taking place.

The prisoners asked Amina to pass the message on to someone who could help. "Our parents can't find us," they added.


A Rohingya woman at a medical clinic. Photo by Dougal Thomas.

The women only managed to speak to Amina because it was Burmese Independence Day and the soldiers were away. "We've been arrested here for quite a long time now. They have left us today because they have a special visitor," they told Amina. The women continued, telling Amina that if the word was spread too much that the military would kill them, as well as warning her that she was at risk of being killed herself if she was spotted talking to them.

Amina saw three children inside the camp. Two of them popped their heads up on the windowsills and one came up to the fence so that Amina could pass through some vegetables she'd collected. "The women were crying," she told me. "Some of them called me daughter, others called me sister."

Amina described some of the women as pregnant, which could indicate that they've been prisoners since the June or October violence and have become pregnant during their imprisonment. Information relayed from various sources indicates that local villagers are aware that women are being kept as prisoners but are too scared to speak out. And as Rohingya aren't recognised as citizens of Burma – and therefore have no rights – it's fair to assume that the punishment inflicted on them for making these kinds of allegations wouldn't exactly be regulated.


A Rohingya burnt to the ground in Arakhan state. Photo by Spike Johnson.

An 18-year-old Rohingya man I interviewed described another camp 20 minutes away (which is home to the medical regiment), where another woman was apparently being held under similar conditions. He was one of around 14 rice paddy workers who went to speak Rakhine with the woman, the language spoken by the Buddhist population of Arakhan. The woman replied, "Don't speak Rakhine with me any more, I am Muslim and a prisoner here."

She then told the men her father's name and where she was from. They asked her what she was doing at a military camp if she was Muslim, and if she was ready to come with them. She replied, "I have two children," implying that her children are being used to keep her at the camp. This evidence has also been passed on to the ILO.

I tracked down other eyewitnesses, but they were mostly too afraid to speak. One woman who'd seen the women imprisoned at Regiment 270's camp initially agreed to speak to me, but backed out after her husband threatened to divorce her if she spoke to any journalists about the situation. The Rohingya have no rights or official form of protection, and those who do speak to journalists are risking their lives, so the reluctance to divulge what they know is perfectly understandable.

The last known sighting of these women was at the end of March and it's uncertain whether they're still alive. It's also uncertain if the women are still at the camp or have been split up into different camps. But what is certain is that there are innocent Rohingya women being held captive by the Burmese military and plenty of locals know about it, only it's impossible for them to do anything about it without the threat of losing their lives.

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More stuff about Burma and the Rohingya:

I Spoke To The Woman Who Started The Rohingya Hashtag

Anonymous Taught Twitter About the Rohingya Genocide

The Burmese Aren't Very Nice to Rohingya Muslims


Myanmar gives jail term to three Muslims for minor crime

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 07:03 AM PDT

COMMENT: Why failed to arrest and sentence Wira Thu led Mass-murderer BLOODY Monks?

For this CRIME of OMISSION and selective PERSECUTION of Muslims of Myanmar, Thein Sein's government could be pulled to ICC.

U Thein Sein and TOP leaders could not play fool to UN and International leaders. Their files are too thick now.

Mg Xick Xack wrote>>>
ဆိုင္လည္းျဖိဳခံရ ၊ ေထာင္လည္း ႏွစ္ၾကီးေတြခ်ခံရ ..

ေဟာ္ .. ရဲ အေရွ ့မွာ ဓါးနဲ ့၊ ဒုတ္နဲ ့အဆက္မျပတ္ ခုတ္သတ္ေနတယ့္သူေတြ ၊

ရဲ အေရွ ့မွာ ဗလီကို စနစ္တက်ဖ်က္ဆီးေနတယ့္သူေတြ ၊

ရဲ အေရွ ့မွာ ဆိုင္ကိုျဖိဳေနတယ့္သူေတြ တေယာက္မွ အမိန္ ့မက်ခံရေသးပါလား?

အရမ္းမတရားလုပ္ေနသလိုပဲ။

Myanmar gives jail term to three Muslims for minor crime

A man stands in the courtyard of a partially-destroyed mosque after violence spread through central Myanmar, March 28, 2013.

A man stands in the courtyard of a partially-destroyed mosque after violence spread through central Myanmar, March 28, 2013.
A court in Myanmar sentences three Muslims to 14 years in prison with hard labor for beating a Buddhist customer in a gold shop in the central town of Meiktila.

The gold shop owner, his wife and an employee, were given the jail terms for hitting the customer in an argument over a gold hairpin in Meiktila on March 20.

The argument sparked several days of violence against Muslims across the country. Over 40 people were killed and more than a thousand others injured. A number of mosques and homes of Muslims were also burned down in several towns in central Myanmar.

Myanmar's Islamic Religious Affairs Council and the Myanmar Muslim National Affairs Organisation later appealed to the government of President Thein Sein to take swift action to stop the 'violent attacks.'

On March 28, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, said he had received reports that Myanmar's soldiers and police sometimes stood by "while atrocities have been committed before their very eyes" by well-organized Buddhist mobs in the central city of Meiktila.

The Muslim minority of Rohingyas in Myanmar accounts for about five percent of the country's population of nearly 60 million. The persecuted minority has faced torture, neglect, and repression since the country achieved independence in 1948.

Last year, scores of Rohingyas were killed when Buddhist extremists carried out atrocities against Muslims in the western state of Rakhine. Thousands of Rohingyas were also displaced.

Myanmar's government has been repeatedly criticized for failing to protect the Rohingya Muslims.

SAB/HSN


Mandalay Division PM U Ye Myint should be removed from office for insulting Muslims

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 06:08 AM PDT

မြတ္စ္လင္မ္ ပဲ တခ်ိန္လုံး Target ျဖစ္ေနရတယ္…
ဒီကေန႔ ေန႔လည္၃နာရီက မႏၲေလးတိုင္းေဒသႀကီး၀န္ႀကီးခ်ဳပ္ ဦးရဲျမင့္က မႏၲေလးၿမိဳ႕
ေပၚရွိ အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာေရးေခါင္းေဆာင္မ်ားကို ဖိတ္ေခၚ ၿပီး- အစိုးရအဖြဲ႔၀င္ တာ၀န္ရွိသူမ်ားေရွ႕ ေမွာက္တြင္
ျပင္းထန္ ရင့္သီးေသာ စကားမ်ားႏွင့္ ၿခိမ္းေျခာက္ေျပာဆို
လိုက္ျခင္းအတြက္ နိုင္ငံေတာ္သမၼတ-ျပည္သူ႔လႊတ္ေတာ္ မ်ားသို႔ တရား၀င္ တိုင္ၾကား ကန္႔ကြက္သြားၾကမည္ျဖစ္ ပါသည္။
Lwin Thandar Soe Mg Xick Xack
ဆိုင္လည္းျဖိဳခံရ ၊ ေထာင္လည္း ႏွစ္ၾကီးေတြခ်ခံရ ..

ေဟာ္ .. ရဲ အေရွ ့မွာ ဓါးနဲ ့၊ ဒုတ္နဲ ့အဆက္မျပတ္ ခုတ္သတ္ေနတယ့္သူေတြ ၊

ရဲ အေရွ ့မွာ ဗလီကို စနစ္တက်ဖ်က္ဆီးေနတယ့္သူေတြ ၊

ရဲ အေရွ ့မွာ ဆိုင္ကိုျဖိဳေနတယ့္သူေတြ တေယာက္မွ အမိန္ ့မက်ခံရေသးပါလား?

အရမ္းမတရားလုပ္ေနသလိုပဲ။

Mass-Murderer Monks who had instigated, participated led the CRUEL INHUMANE Killings of Muslims are totally free. No Monks were arrested up to now. What kind of RULE OF LAW, Daw Suu and Thein Sein? What kind of JUSTICE is this?
For this CRIME of OMISSION and selective PERSECUTION of Muslims of Myanmar, Thein Sein's government could be pulled to ICC. U Thein Sein and TOP leaders could not play fool to UN and International leaders. Their files are too thick now.

Dr M is ‘single, greatest threat’ to Malaysia’s nation-building, says Kit Siang

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 06:07 AM PDT

 From The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is Malaysia's single, greatest "enemy" bent on destroying the Bangsa Malaysia and Vision 2020 nation-building pillars he created during his 22 years in office, his DAP arch-foe Lim Kit Siang said today. The DAP advisor has been on the receiving end of the former prime minister's acid tongue ever since announcing his candidacy for the Gelang Patah seat, and returned fire in a tit-for-tat attack that has been raging for weeks in the run-up to Election 2013. 

"Dr M  in his post-PM decade has emerged as the greatest enemy of his own Bangsa Malaysia concept in Vision 2020 and the single greatest threat to Malaysian nation building," Lim said in a statement, referring to his political nemesis by his popular handle. He pointed to Dr Mahathir's public praise last weekend of Malay right-winger, Datuk Ibrahim Ali, and endorsement of the Perkasa president as an "ideal" electoral candidate as one of two examples of the ex-PM's "baleful and baneful influence" to Malaysian nation building. The second example he ticked was Dr Mahathir's "racist" entry on the latter's chedet.cc blog yesterday, in which the 87-year-old had warned of a "race confrontation" should Lim win Gelang Patah in the May 5 polls. 

"Mahathir is just continuing the demonisation campaign by Umno down through the decades painting the DAP as anti-Malay and anti-Islam when these are totally untrue, false and downright lies," he said. He said the DAP has championed the rights and interests of all Malaysians regardless of their race and religion since its founding in 1966. As example, he listed his son and DAP secretary-general, Lim Guan Eng, whom the elder Lim said was jailed for 18 months for sticking up for the human rights and dignity of an underaged Malay girl, and asked which Umno leader had "sacrificed" his political career in a similar way.

The outgoing Ipoh Timor MP also said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak feared taking action against his former mentor as "Mahathir has proven that he could make and unmake Umno prime ministers". "[The] last thing Najib wants is to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Tun Abdullah (Ahmad Badawi) of being toppled as Prime Minister after failing to secure an acceptable winning majority in Parliament in the 13GE," Lim said.

He demanded Dr Mahathir show proof to support his allegations, failing which the Umno veteran must apologise and recant his "lies and falsehoods against me in his blog".

Dr M is ‘single, greatest threat’ to Malaysia’s nation-building, says Kit Siang

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 06:03 AM PDT

 From The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is Malaysia's single, greatest "enemy" bent on destroying the Bangsa Malaysia and Vision 2020 nation-building pillars he created during his 22 years in office, his DAP arch-foe Lim Kit Siang said today. The DAP advisor has been on the receiving end of the former prime minister's acid tongue ever since announcing his candidacy for the Gelang Patah seat, and returned fire in a tit-for-tat attack that has been raging for weeks in the run-up to Election 2013. 

"Dr M  in his post-PM decade has emerged as the greatest enemy of his own Bangsa Malaysia concept in Vision 2020 and the single greatest threat to Malaysian nation building," Lim said in a statement, referring to his political nemesis by his popular handle. He pointed to Dr Mahathir's public praise last weekend of Malay right-winger, Datuk Ibrahim Ali, and endorsement of the Perkasa president as an "ideal" electoral candidate as one of two examples of the ex-PM's "baleful and baneful influence" to Malaysian nation building. The second example he ticked was Dr Mahathir's "racist" entry on the latter's chedet.cc blog yesterday, in which the 87-year-old had warned of a "race confrontation" should Lim win Gelang Patah in the May 5 polls. 

"Mahathir is just continuing the demonisation campaign by Umno down through the decades painting the DAP as anti-Malay and anti-Islam when these are totally untrue, false and downright lies," he said. He said the DAP has championed the rights and interests of all Malaysians regardless of their race and religion since its founding in 1966. As example, he listed his son and DAP secretary-general, Lim Guan Eng, whom the elder Lim said was jailed for 18 months for sticking up for the human rights and dignity of an underaged Malay girl, and asked which Umno leader had "sacrificed" his political career in a similar way.

The outgoing Ipoh Timor MP also said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak feared taking action against his former mentor as "Mahathir has proven that he could make and unmake Umno prime ministers". "[The] last thing Najib wants is to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Tun Abdullah (Ahmad Badawi) of being toppled as Prime Minister after failing to secure an acceptable winning majority in Parliament in the 13GE," Lim said.

He demanded Dr Mahathir show proof to support his allegations, failing which the Umno veteran must apologise and recant his "lies and falsehoods against me in his blog".

ဘုံရန္သူမေပ်ာက္ေစဖ္ို ျပည္သူမ်ား စည္းလုုံးစို႔

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 06:01 AM PDT

ဘုံရန္သူမေပ်ာက္ေစဖ္ို  ျပည္သူမ်ား စည္းလုုံးစို႔
Yebaw Aung
စစ္အုပ္စုသတင္းေပး အလိုေတာ္ရိေတြကို သတိရွိ၊ ဘံုရန္သူကို ၿမင္ေအာင္ၾကည့္
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တိုင္းၿပည္အတြက္ တကယ္အနစ္နာခံ အလုပ္လုပ္ေနသူေတြကို နည္းမ်ဳိးစံုနဲ ့ အပုပ္ခ်ဖို ့ဗိုလ္သိန္းစိန္အစိုးရ အစြမ္းကုန္ ၾကိဳးပမ္းေနတယ္။ လုပ္ၾကံသတင္းေတြထုတ္ၿပီး လူထုထင္ေယာင္ထင္မွားၿဖစ္ေအာင္လုပ္ေနတယ္။ ေထာက္လွမ္ေရးတင္ မဟုတ္ သတင္းေပးေတြကို က်ယ္က်ယ္ၿပန္ ့ၿပန္ ့ထုနဲ ့ထည္နဲ ့ၿဖန္ ့က်က္ထားတယ္။ အစိုးရသတင္းေပးဆိုတာ ဂ်ပန္ေခတ္က ဂ်ပန္စကားၿပန္ ဂ်ပန္အလိုေတာ္ရိလို လူယုတ္ေတြပဲ။ စစ္အုပ္စု သတင္းေပးေတြ သိထားဖို ့က ဖက္ဆစ္ေတာ္လွန္ေရးဆင္ႏႊဲေတာ့ ဂ်ပန္အလုိေတာ္ရိေတြပါ လူထုရဲ ့သုတ္သင္ရွင္းလင္းတာ ခံရတယ္ဆိုတာပဲ။ ဘယ္အရာမွ မတည္ၿမဲတဲ့ ဒီေလာကမွာ စစ္အုပ္စုက်ဆံုးတဲ့ တေန ့ေတာ့ ေရာက္လာမွာပဲ။ အဲဒီေန ့ေရာက္ရင္ အလုိေတာ္ရိေတြပါ စစ္အုပ္စုနဲ ့အတူက်ဆံုးမွာ မေသြမုခ်ပဲ။
အခုေတာ့ သစၥာေဖာက္ ေလာက္ေကာင္ေတြေပါတဲ့ ေဖာက္ၿပန္သူတို ့ၾကီးစိုးတဲ့ ေခတ္မို ့စစ္အုပ္စု လုပ္ခ်င္တိုင္းလုပ္ေနတယ္။ ေတာ္လွန္ေရးအင္အားစု အတိုက္အခံအင္အားစုေတြၾကားမွာ ၾကီးမားတဲ့ကြဲေၾကာင္းေတြ ဖန္တီးေနတယ္။ အလုပ္သမား လယ္သမားအေရး လုပ္ေဆာင္သူေတြကို ဖိႏွိပ္ေနတယ္။ သူတို ့ခ်ေပးတဲ့ ႏွပ္ေၾကာင္းထဲေမ်ာမပါပဲ ၾကံ့ၾက့ံခံရပ္ၿပီး ေတာ္လွန္ၿမဲဲေတာ္လွန္ေနသူေတြကို အၿမစ္ၿဖဳတ္ဖို ့ဆင္ၾကံၾကံေနတယ္။ သူတို ့ဘာေတြ ဘယ္လို ၿပင္ဆင္ေနလဲ ဆိုတာကို သတိနဲ ့ေစာင့္ၾကည့္ဖို ့လိုတယ္။ အလုပ္သမား လယ္သမား အဖိႏွိပ္ခံလူတန္းစားအေရး ေဆာင္ရြက္ေနသူေတြကို ကြန္ၿမဴနစ္တံဆိပ္တပ္ဖို ့လုပ္ေနတယ္။ လိုအပ္လာရင္ ဦး၀င္းတင္လုိ ပုဂၢိဳလ္မ်ဳိးကိုေတာင္ ေထာင္ထဲၿပန္ထည့္ဖို ့လုပ္ေနတယ္။ ေဒၚစု နဲ ့ဦး၀င္းတင္ၾကားကို သပ္လွ်ိဳေနတယ္။ အနည္းဆံုး ေဒၚစုေထာက္ခံသူေတြ ဦး၀င္းတင္ကို အထင္မွား အၿမင္မွားၿဖစ္လာေအာင္ လုပ္ေနတယ္။

လုပ္ၾကံဇာတ္လမ္းေတြ လိႈင္လိႈင္ထုတ္ၿပီး လက္ပန္ေတာင္းအေရး လႈပ္ရွားသူေတြကို အပုပ္ခ်ဖို ့လုပ္ေနတယ္။ ေဒၚစုေထာက္ခံသူေတြ အပါအ၀င္ တၿခားႏိုင္ငံေရးအင္အားစုေတြနဲ ့အလုပ္သမား လယ္သမားအေရးလႈပ္ရွားသူေတြၾကား အထင္မွားအၿမင္မွားေတြ ၿဖစ္လာေအာင္ လုပ္ေနတယ္။ အခုလို အခ်ိန္မွာ အေရးအၾကီးဆံုးက ညီညြတ္ေရးပဲ။ ဘံုရန္သူ ေပ်ာက္မသြားေရးပဲ ၿဖစ္တယ္။ ဘယ္လိုပဲ မင္းသားေခါင္းေဆာင္းၿပီး ဟန္ေဆာင္ၿပံဳးေတြၿပဳံး စကားလံုးလွလွေတြသံုးေနေန စစ္ဘီလူးကို အၿမဲသတိရွိဖို ့လိုတယ္။ ဘီလူးကို လူထင္ၿပီး ေပါင္းေဖာ္ေနသူေတြ ပိုလို ့ေတာင္ သတိထားရမယ္။ အခုအခ်ိန္မွာ တိုင္းၿပည္ရဲ ့အာဏာဟာ ဘယ္သူ ့လက္ထဲမွာ ရွိေနလဲဆိုတာ ဗိုလ္သန္းေရႊေၿမး ထင္တိုင္းေသာင္းက်န္းၿမဲ ေသာင္းက်န္းေနတာ ၾကည့္ရင္ သိႏိုင္တယ္။ အေပၚယံ လူအမ်ားေက်နပ္ေအာင္ ေရႊမႈန္ၾကဲ တရားဥပေဒစိုမိုးေရး ဆိုတာေလးေတြ လုပ္ၿပတာရဲ ့ေနာက္ကြယ္က ၿဖစ္ခ်င္တိုင္းၿဖစ္ေနတဲ့ မတရားမႈေတြကို လူအမ်ား ၿမင္ေအာင္ၾကည့္ သတိနဲ ့နားေထာင္ၿပီး ဘံုရန္သူ စစ္အုပ္စုကို ညီညီညြတ္ညြတ္နဲ ့တြန္းလွန္ဖို ့တိုက္တြန္းခ်င္တယ္။

ရဲေဘာ္ေအာင္


The media and GE13

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 05:53 AM PDT

From Aliran

A civil society coalition is demanding fair access to the mainstream media for all political parties and a Najib-Anwar debate so that voters can make an informed choice. Christopher Chong reports.

Photo credits: uppercaise
Photo credits: uppercaise
 
It is no secret that the mainstream media in Malaysia have been shackled by the state through various media laws. What is in contradiction here is that Malaysia claims itself to be a democracy and we have periodic elections.

Yet, missing in this equation are media that are free to offer balanced reporting on both sides of the political divide. What we have today, unless you been vacationing in Mars, are countless pro-BN advertisements and news coverage in the mainstream media. Shouldn't the other side have an equal amount of airtime and print space as well?

The joke here is our Minister for Information, Communication and Culture said (paraphrasing here), "But we did offer air time for the opposition … just 10 minutes only." Huh? As if to add insult to injury, he added, "It's all the time that PR deserve."

Listen Mr. Minister, in a democracy, balanced media coverage is important for voters. It tells us what the policy planks that each party is offering are so that we can make an informed decision when we vote.

As a consequence, a coalition of NGOs have come together to demand fair access to the mainstream media for all political parties. Further, they are also demanding that Najib and Anwar, as leaders of the opposing coalitions, have a debate so that we, the rakyat, can decide who has the better policy and vision for the nation.

You can view the full text and sign an online petition here.
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Below are the demands in brief:

We, the undersigned citizens of Malaysia, call upon the Barisan Nasional caretaker government to immediately meet our following demands:
  1. Ensure that all political parties have free and fair access to state-owned media such as RTM and Bernama. The opposition must be given sufficient air time and coverage to present their policies and due opportunity to rebut criticisms.
  2. Ensure that a series of at least 12 televised debates on key policy areas affecting the people, including democratic rights, economic reforms, labour and human capital, race-based politics, public welfare, a civil service overhaul, free education, culture and religion, transportation reforms, foreign policy, Sarawak and Sabah issues. In addition, special sessions need to be conducted for the smaller political parties.
  3. Give privately owned media the assurance that there shall be no retaliation against those that give equal coverage to all contesting political parties.
Jointly initiated by :
  1. Aliran
  2. Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ)
  3. Civil Rights Committee of KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
  4. Kumpulan Aktivis Media Independen (KAMI
  5. Kumpulan Kartunis Independen
  6. Malaysians for Beng Hock (M4BH)
  7. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower)
  8. Writers' Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI)
Dr Christopher Chong is an Aliran member. He teaches politics in a private university in KL.

Friendships cut short on social media as people get ruder

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 05:50 AM PDT

Friendships cut short on social media as people get ruder, survey shows

April 11, 2013

LONDON, April 11 — Rudeness and throwing insults are cutting online friendships short with a survey yesterday showing people are getting ruder on social media and two in five users have ended contact after a virtual altercation.

As social media usage surges, the survey found so has incivility with 78 per cent of 2,698 people reporting an increase in rudeness online with people having no qualms about being less polite virtually than in person.

One in five people have reduced their face-to-face contact with someone they know in real life after an online run-in.

Joseph Grenny, co-chairman of corporate training firm VitalSmarts that conducted the survey, said online rows now often spill into real life. The survey found two in five people blocking, unsubscribing or "unfriending" someone over a virtual argument.

"The world has changed and a significant proportion of relationships happen online but manners haven't caught up with technology," Grenny told Reuters on the release of the online survey conducted over three weeks in February.

"What really is surprising is that so many people disapprove of this behaviour but people are still doing it. Why would you name call online but never to that person's face?"

Figures from the Pew Research Center show that 67 per cent of online adults in the United States now use social networking sites, with Facebook the most popular, while the latest figures show over half of the British population has Facebook accounts.

The survey follows a spate of highly publicised run-ins between people who came to virtual blows online.

British football player Joey Barton, who plays for Olympique de Marseille, was summoned by the French football federation's ethics committee after calling Paris St Germain's defender Thiago Silva an "overweight ladyboy" on Twitter.

Boxer Curtis Woodhouse was widely praised after he tracked down a tweeter who branded him a "complete disgrace" and "joke" after a loss, going to his tormenter's house for an apology.

Grenny said survey respondents had their own stories such as a family not talking for two years after an online row when one man posted an embarrassing photo of his sister and refused to remove it, instead blasting it to all his contacts.

Workplace tensions are also often tracked back to conversations in chat forums when workers talked negatively about another colleague.

"People seem aware that these kinds of crucial conversations should not take place on social media yet there seems to be a compulsion to resolve emotions right now and via the convenience of these channels," said Grenny.

Grenny suggested peer-to-peer pressure was needed to enforce appropriate behaviour online with people told if out of line.

He said three rules that could improve conversations online were to avoid monologues, replace lazy, judgmental words, and cut personal attacks particularly when emotions were high.

"When reading a response to your post and you feel the conversation is getting too emotional for an online exchange, you're right! Stop. Take it offline. Or better yet, face-to-face," he said. — Reuters


1) [Bergambar] Husam Di Masjid Putrajaya 2) Husam Menang Saman Ke Atas NST

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 07:35 AM PDT


Naib Presiden PAS merangkap calon Pakatan Rakyat Parlimen P125 Putrajaya, Dato Husam Musa, hari ini telah menunaikan solat Jumaat di Masjid Putrajaya.

Sebaik saja selesai solat Jumaat, para jemaah yang mengetahui akan kehadiran Dato' Husam Musa mereka pun ambil kesempatan menyerbu kearah beliau untuk bersalaman.

Cukup terharu betapa warga Putrajaya sebenarnya mengalu-alukan hasrat dan niat Husam Musa untuk bertanding di parlimen Putrajaya atas tiket PR.

Dari sambutan diberikan, jelas sekali harapan untuk PR rampas kerusi P125 Putrajaya dari UMNO/BN adalah cerah.

Mood kebangkitan rakyat kini yang mau melakukan perubahan sudah tidak mengenal latar belakang, status , pekerjaan, bangsa dan agama. -omakkau










Husam menang saman NST


Naib Presiden PAS, Datuk Husam Musa menang dalam samannya terhadap akhbar The New Straits Times, dalam satu keputusan yang dibuat hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Sivil Kuala Lumpur sebentar tadi.

Hakim Datuk Su Geok Yiam membenarkan tuntutan Husam dengan mengarahkan pihak NST membayar gantirugi terhadap Husam yang ditohmah terbabit dalam penyelewengan dan salah guna kuasa di Kelantan.

Peguam yang mewakili Husam, Md Yunos Shariff berkata, pihak mahkamah menetapkan tarikh 17 Mei depan untuk membincangkan pengurusan kes dan segala aspek berkaitan gantirugi.
-HD

Update on Sofie’s children

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 03:52 AM PDT

While I was out shopping for some groceries this morning, a text message came in from an unfamiliar number. It was from Rozi, Sofie's older sister who is now taking care of Sofie's children. According to her, Ika, Sofie's yougest child, was hospitalised for dengue.

So this afternoon I decided to pay them a visit at the hospital. As usual, I went up the stairs instead of using the lift, furthermore Ika is warded at the paediatric ward which is on the 6th floor, 2 less than the usual 8th floor when any of my clients were warded.

When I got to the entrance of the ward, I looked at the list of patients to find out where Ika's bed was. I got in and immediately went to the bed where Ika was supposed to be, but I saw a baby instead. That definitely wasn't Ika. So I had to do a bed to bed search, and finally I heard somebody calling, "Kak Fizah!" It was Rozi. Ika just smiled. Also there was Rozi's eldest son.

Ika was on drips, and she was complaining of pain. Rozi had already bought 100 plus for Ika, but from what I saw, the girl didn't drink much. I told her she'd need to drink more if she wanted to get well soon.

Since I hadn't been visiting them for quite a while, I took the opportunity to ask Rozi of the children's latest updates. The eldest boy, Azlan, seemed to be doing quite well in IKM. He comes home to Rozi's house every weekend. The 3rd boy, Saiful (the boy with the thick glasses, remember?) is in form 3 and will be sitting for his PMR this year. I asked Rozi if he needed any tuition for any particular subjects, but Rozi said it's very difficult to get feedback from Saiful. It's always, "Entah", "tak tau lagi" or "belum dapat keputusan". And apparently he had also skipped school a few times without Rozi's knowledge, but in the end Rozi found out about it. One time he came home without wearing his glasses, and when Rozi asked, he said he "saja simpan dalam beg". Rozi knew immediately he must have broken his glasses or something, and finally after being pressured by Rozi, Saiful admitted, 2 boys in his class bullied him and ended up breaking the frame of his glasses.

Rozi's 2nd son ended up going to the school to meet the counselling teacher, and when the 2 boys were called and admitted what they did, Rozi's son insisted that they pay for new frames for Saiful's glasses.

I am not quite sure if it is the bullying that's making Saiful skip school a few times. I do know for a fact that he too isn't into academics, just like his brothers. He did seem interested when I asked him some time back if he'd be interested to join a vocational school in form 4. Let's see how it goes after his PMR…

Remember Sofie's second son, Azman, the boy who went to the culinary school? I told Rozi that the boy did indeed complete his level 2 certificate of his kitchen practice course. Rozi had all the while thought Azman didn't complete the course because he was always at his other aunt's house in another town.

Rozi had news for me too. Azman is no longer staying with that aunt. For whatever reason, he was chased out of the house. Before this it was that aunt who asked Azman to stay with her. Rozi had all along suspected that her sister had "financial reasons" for wanting Azman to stay with him. Based on what happened earlier on when Sofie was still alive, I tend to believe so too. At that time Azman was still getting the monthly Tabung Kemahiran loan into his bank account. Now that he has completed his course, no more fixed monthly amount is going into his account.

Azman could have gone back to his aunt Rozi and apologize. But did he? No he didn't. Knowing the boy, his ego wouldn't let him do so.

For the moment I can only hope that the boy will change for the better. Soon.

Sex, Women and Racism in Myanmar: How Irrational They are

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 03:47 AM PDT

The blog home page

 

Htoo December – April 11, 2013

Recently, a friend forwarded me a link to a web blog. The link points to a 400-page document, titled "Islam Virus", which is a collection of misinformation about Islam – how cruel, inhumane and scary Muslims are. The owner of the blog mentions that everyone must read the document because what is happening in Myanmar today is very dangerous and scary. That is, Islam is threatening the existence of Myanmar. Pointing to distorted information about gross cruelty, the document urges the people of Myanmar to protect Myanmar race and Buddhism by opposing Islam and Muslims.

On the left column of the blog site, there are icons (with links) to two books. One book is about the colonial-time conflict between Muslims and Buddhists, and the other is a well-known anti-Muslim book titled "fearful of the extinction of Burmese and Buddhism".

On the top of the column was a feature section, labeled National Traitors, under which people accused of supporting ethnic Rohingyas are listed. They include Dr. Maung Zarni, Harn Yawnghwe of Euro-Burma Office, Aung Zaw of The Irrawaddy magazine, Than Win Htut of Democratic Voice of Burma, and Burmese section directors of the Voice of America and BBC. There are anti-Rohingya posts here and there throughout the site.

What I want to say only starts here. Those involved in anti-Muslim campaigns consistently claim that Kalars (derogatory term for Muslims and South Asians) are taking over Buddhist women and converting them to Islam. They also accuse Muslims to be spoiling Burmese woman to destroy or swallow Burmese culture.

Only when I browse through the internet blog, I realize how irrational people are.

First, the blog urging people to protect Burmese culture and women turns out to a very popular Myanmar porn web blog.

Second, and more importantly, it is an abusive and disrespectful blog for women. Why? Because it features nude photos of Burmese women and leaked videos of Burmese couples. The blog also features photos and videos of Burmese women/couples shared by blog visitors.Of course, the attention is on 'women', especially their 'passivity' and 'suffering' during sexual intercourse.

They found the materials somewhere on the internet, or filmed by themselves. Some women, possibly sex workers, allowed the men to film on the basis that the films and photos won't be published on the internet. Regardless of the promise, these nude photos and videos made their ways to the blog, which is a hard core pornographic blog accessible to everyone for free. I will not enclose the blog address here to avoid further publicizing of it and its contents, especially the women whose privacy the blog has abused.

As soon as I realized the type of the blog, I immediately saw the contradiction: calling for protecting Burmese women from 'kalar' on the one hand, and abusing women by i) publicizing pirated photos and videos, and ii) allowing blog visitors to write sexually abusive comments on the other. These comments can be read as verbal rapes. Then, I asked to myself, how possibly can these men, shamelessly writing sexually abusive comments, protect the nation and the women?

They said they want to protect the women in order to protect the nation, but they are verbally raping the women whose photos and videos were pirated. I am amazed how self-proclaimed nationalists claiming to protect Burmese women (by means of controlling their sexuality and sex-related life) can easily abuse these women. They do not seem to think that distributing the women's nude images for the consumption of the men they do not have any inter-personal relations is a plain abuse.

If they stay true to what they say about protecting the nation, they should have opposed to the blog for the sake of the women's privacy and dignity. Far from it, they are the ones disgracing the women; they are the one fulfilling their sexual fantasies on a free porn website. How cheap they are!

This is an important indication that nationalists uttering to protect the nation is not a safe refuge for women. These nationalists are in fact the enemies of women. They abuse women by dictating personal decision over relationship and reproduction. They abuse women by exploiting sexuality and body.

The text said "Sky Net" logo on the TV in the back ground

The text said "Sky Net" logo on the TV in the back ground

To continue with my main point, the blog owner posted the 400-page document on August 23, 2012. I thought he changed his attitude. I thought he realized he needed to start protecting women and stop abusing their private matters. But, the next day, he posted another nude photos of a Burmese lady. What is even more surprising is, he highlighted the logo of a Burmese channel "Sky net" on the TV in the background to confirm that she is truly a Burmese.

There are many other photos and videos with exact names and locations such as cities and countries where the videos were taken. Some materials were taken secretly and make available on the internet.

The blog also links to another porn website. I am not too sure if that belongs to the same person. On the second website, the most popular post, as I visited in August 2012, was a nude photo of a Burmese medical doctor in Thailand.

I expected that the woman's privacy be protected – or at least respected – by Burmese nationalists who have been upset and/or worried about Kalars taking advantage of Burmese women's sexuality. To my amazement, supposedly the nation-loving and culture-loving blog owner only publicized the photos of the doctor. The visitors left more than a hundred comments that said they wanted to have intimate relations with her (note: of course, their languages were sexually explicit, not even some decent comments about woman's body or the sort, but abusive hard core comments). There is no single comment that said the woman's privacy should be respected. The point I want to make is, there is no such thing as respect for the woman. It was a plain abuse and disrespect.

Book titled "Fearful of the extension of Burmese and Buddhism" (Left); Real Burmese Girl (Right)
Book titled "Fearful of the extension of Burmese and Buddhism" (Left); Real Burmese Girl (Right)

The more I browse the blog, the more disturbing things I found. The blogger posted the book "Fearful of the extinction of Burmese and Buddhism" on the same day as his posting of a Myanmar-born porn star. Similarly, he posted a blog post about Rohingya's protest in the Middle East on the same day as his posting of a pirated video in which a woman was being forced to take off her cloth for filming. I found it strange that the blog owner was publishing nationalist posts and nude photos/videos of women at the same time – how contradicting it is. This makes me wonder, if the nationalists are using pornography for anti-Muslim campaigns.

I need to mention another but similar point. The blogger posted photos and videos of women specifically in Burmese traditional longyi (women skirts). This is because the visitors asked if the women were really Burmese. The blog owners highlighted longyi to prove that they really were Burmese. I asked to myself: "is this part of Burmese nationalism? are they that nationalistic that even their sexual fantasy prefer specifically Burmese? This may sounds strange, but it is difficult to make sense of how the nationalists can be that sexually abusive against the women they said they wanted to protect. Perhaps, they do not want Burmese women to have relationships with 'Kalars', but they think they can abuse the women themselves. Whether or not this is how they think, but this is how they appear.

In any case, the women need not be protected from Kalars, but from the Burmese nationalists such as the blog owner and the visitors, the sex fanatics who have no respect or what so ever for the women.

The hard core, sexually abusive comments on this web blog explains why anti-Muslim and anti-Rohingya movement in Myanmar is characterized with sexually explicit language. Perhaps, they are more or less the same people — or the same sort of people. On various websites, insults against Muslims in Myanmar have to do with specific words such as male's private part, mother, and the F word, just like the comments on the porn blog.

 


How Umno killed long-time ally MCA

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 03:46 AM PDT

From Malaysiakini

Quigonbond: This is an interesting change in dynamics, but it will be disastrous for Umno. In order for them to beat back DAP, both their paradoxical propaganda need to work together - first, for the Malays, a vote for DAP is a vote for Christian state, and to the non-Malays, a vote for DAP is a vote for Islamic state. It will never happen. If they secure Malay votes, they will lose the non-Malay votes. If they secure the non-Malay votes, they will lose the Malay votes. Racial politics is Umno's forte. Chances are, the folks in the same constituency will exchange notes and see Umno propaganda for the bullshit that it is. Descending into a race-neutral contest, they will be thrashed. As for MCA grassroots feeling slighted about their constituencies being lent to Umno, it was simply a matter of time before this day arrived. Either they get defeated, or they don't contest at all. The result is the same.

Samuel Ng: Even before a single vote has been cast, MCA has lost one state seat and four parliamentary seats.

Ferdtan: That is the problem MCA leaders set for themselves many years ago. Although they are Chinese-based party, they dare not face the Chinese voters. They, especially the top leaders, prefer only to stand in Malay-majority seats. That made them winnable with the Malay votes. In the past, there was not a problem. Umno can afford to be generous to their junior partner MCA as Umno have sufficient winnable seats for themselves. However, now it is a different scenario. First, they have no confidence in MCA at all. They don't believe that they can deliver the votes to win seats to retain Putrajaya. Secondly, Umno are also not confident themselves to win enough seats in their traditional areas without having to take additional ones from MCA. So it is BN's (or Najib Razak's) dilemma. Let MCA contest they may lose, but if Umno were to contest in their seats (they may look stronger) they may face wrath and rebellion from the grassroots MCA members. Either way, it is doomsday for BN.

Anonymous #55462178: MCA deserves the bullying. After all, they have been bending over backwards to please their Umno master. Serve you right for being unprincipled.

Anonymous #44199885: Once loaned and Umno wins, it is all over for MCA. They become totally irrelevant. Why should Umno hand the seat back to the MCA which does not have the guts nor gumption to face the electorate? This is the death knell for the MCA and so cleverly being manoeuvred by Umno. So much for being an independent voice in BN. Maybe with this, Umno will after the elections represent all races and no need for the other component parties, except the non-racial ones in Sabah and Sarawak. Is Gerakan loaning seats to Umno as well?

Anonymous_4031: MCA is at a crossroad; and the uprising is coming from the ground. Unless the leadership is able to satisfy the grassroots, MCA will lose more seats than earlier predicted by MCA's Lee Hwa Beng, who said the party may win 5-10 parliamentary seats. There is no such thing as a "winnable candidate" or an "unwinnable candidate". Much depends upon the grassroots.

Anonymous #85701391: If the MCA president lacks the support of the Chinese community to become a candidate and his 'kakis' (supporters) are not happy to loan any seat to Umno, why not consider enlisting help from Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali and run him as MCA candidate. MCA will end up being on par with PAS, which has put a non-member, non-Muslim and non-Malay as a candidate.

Good Men: Umno wants to turn GE13 into a racial election. The best advice to all rakyat is keep calm and don't react to Umno's baiting. They are aiming to stir up racial sentiment and it is our responsibility as citizens to not allow them to succeed. Malaysians of all races must rise up and reject racial manipulation and kick out Umno once and for all.

Not Convinced: With PKR and PAS taking the fight to Umno in the Malay heartlands, long considered Umno's stomping ground, the ruling party had opted for a more racist and divisive stand so as to hold on to its traditional supporters. It also sought the help of Perkasa and other right-wing NGOs. This however resulted in non-Malays deserting BN in droves, particularly MCA, with the party losing whatever support it has left. So ironically, it's Umno which is killing MCA.

ADJ: If MCA stands in their seats, they will lose. If MCA gives away their seats, they will never get it back. Checkmate.

Read The Posto

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 03:36 AM PDT

I found this news (blog) portal as powerful as Mkini, Free Malaysia Today, Malaysia Chronicle and Malaysian Insider - fully news-compact, good analysis and a lot of senses.

The only thing that differs The Posto with Mkini, FMT and the rest is its pro-BN platform.

However, it brings about more logic and truth from various reliable sources, something anti-BN news portals don't find easy to get.

The owner?

Well... its a guessing game. Don't ask me, please!

BN woos Indian votes but indifferent to Hindus

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 03:47 AM PDT

From Aliran

It is appalling that the higher-ups in the civil service are totally not bothered about Hindu sensitivities, observes P Ramakrishnan citing his experience with medication supplied at a general hospital. The Prime Minister and the Barisan Nasional have been very busy going after the Indian Malaysian votes. They seem to be addressing some issues to pacify the Indians in their attempt to win them. The Indian vote is very crucial to the BN and they are desperately trying to woo them. But it would appear that they are not bothered about the sensitivities of the Hindus. It is appalling that the higher ups in the civil service are totally not bothered about Hindu sensitivities. They are indifferent and insensitive to the Hindus.

One good example is the medication that is provided by the General Hospital. Those suffering from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) have been put on the medication 'Duspatalin'. I am one of those taking this medicine for a number of years. This particular medication was easily available for some years now. But when I went for my supply in February, I was given 'Mebetin' capsules and the packaging was different. When queried, the explanation was that it is the same medicine – only the packaging was different.

On reaching home, my wife examined the box containing the medicine. Horror of horrors, she discovered printed on the box the wording "Bovine coated". Immediately, she alerted me and told me that as an Hindu I couldn't take it as there was a beef extract added to the medicine.

We went back to the hospital, met up with the pharmacist and told him of my predicament. He understood my problem, went to the back of the store and came back with 80 tablets of Duspatalin. That was all they had, he told me. Another pharmacist, an Indian, came to see me and assured me that she would bring this to the notice of those above her. I was told that I would be contacted the following week. But there was no call so I went to see them. This time they told me that they were trying to source the Duspatalin and had not been successful.

In the meantime I went to my private pharmacy to make enquiries. Fortunately they had this supply of Duspatalin. I went back to inform the hospital but I was told that they managed to source from the Bukit Mertajam hospital. When I went back for my supply of Duspatalin in March, I was happy that it was available. I remarked that all Hindus must be receiving this from now onwards. "No", he told me, "you are the only one in Penang receiving this." When I asked why, the reply was that I was the only one who complained!

This is preposterous! Most patients simply consume the medicine given to them. They hardly read the write-up; there are others who can't read and therefore they are not aware that certain medicines are "bovine coated". Also, many don't understand what is "bovine". My wife is on Omeprazole for her gastritis. She has been on it for a number of years. In March when she went for her supply, she was given Omerprazole capsule, the packaging of which was different. She was assured that it was the same medicine. On reaching home, she discovered that this was also "Bovine coated". I had occasion to discuss this problem with a doctor when I went for my next consultation. I asked him why this was not raised with the higher-ups. His reply was that they had but the response from those above was, "They are a minority. If they don't want to take, they don't have to take."

This kind of attitude is totally unacceptable. They are callous and indifferent and they don't deserve to be where they are. They are a disgrace to the human race! In the past, medicine used to be porcine coated. The Ministry of Health rightly stopped this in deference to the sensitivities of the Muslims. This is the correct thing to do. By the same token, the sensitivities of the Hindus should have been addressed as well and taken care of. But it was not and deliberately so.

If the Prime Minister was not aware, no one can blame him or fault him. But now that it has been revealed what would be his reaction? Would he condemn those insensitive people who are not bothered? Would he direct the Ministry of Health to stop this indifferent attitude and put a stop to this atrocious behaviour? Will he address the sensitivities of the Hindus as astutely as he is wooing the Indian votes?

Uncertain Future of Mosques and Islamic Schools in Meiktila

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 03:21 AM PDT

burn masjid

The Voice Weekly journal reported, quoting Mandalay Division Attorney General Ye Aung Myint, that houses in Meiktila that were destroyed during the anti-Muslim violence between March 20-23 will be reconstructed. The report mentioned Ye Aung Myint saying that are is no plan for the reconstruction of mosques and religious buildings.

The report is unclear over the future of mosques and schools. It is not clear whether Ye Aung Myint meant that the government has no plan to 'help' reconstruct Islamic religious buildings, or that the government will not allow the reconstruction of mosques and schools.

Myanmar Muslims are suspicious of the government regarding this issue.

Last week, director of Yangon Division Ministry of Religion Aung Kyi told during a press conference that the Ministry has not allowed mosques officially. The Eleven Media quoted him as saying, "Mosques were constructed traditionally by Muslim communities unofficially, and the government did not ban them. There is no officially allowed mosque".

Eleven Media published this news on its Facebook page and official website site. It also published a list of mosques across the country but removed 1,500 mosques from the government's official list.

As U Aung Kyi's comments became controversial, he corrected by saying that the media misinterpreted his comment. He explained that he meant, "the ministry has no legal authority over the construction of mosques." Eleven Media did not publish U Aung Kyi's comment on its Facebook and official web pages, but only printed on the journal four days after U Aung Kyi's correction.

Eleven has not acknowledged the mistake over the list of the mosque.


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