Sunday, May 12, 2013

Karpal is right... about Chua Soi Lek

Karpal is right... about Chua Soi Lek

Karpal is right... about Chua Soi Lek

Posted: 12 May 2013 11:24 AM PDT

It was only last week Lim Kit Siang asked PM Najib to give Ghani Othman a Cabinet position by appointing him a senator, describing his vanquished opponent for Gelang Patah parliamentary seat as 'a good man who had made many contributions to Johor'.

And yesterday, DAP chairman Karpal Singh for the first time ever came to Chua Soi Lek's defense by saying the MCA president should not take the blame alone for the poor showing in the just concluded 13th general election.
Coming to Dr Chua's defence, Karpal noted that it had not been easy for the "embattled and beleaguered" MCA president to have risen from his past scandal to lead a troubled party through the country's toughest electoral battle yet. 
"Political vultures who are now hovering around him baying for his blood should realise [the] dismal performance of the MCA should not be brought to bear on the shoulders of Dr Chua alone. 
"The entire MCA leadership should be man enough to take the blame. 
"Had the MCA performed well in the elections, Dr Chua would have been hailed a hero by these very political vultures. Success has many fathers. Failure is a lonely orphan," Karpal wrote in a statement.
It was a rare statement by any DAP leaders on MCA, its political foe over the past 56 years. However, I personally agree (also for the first time) with Karpal - that the entire MCA and Barisan Nasional should be held responsible.
"He should be left alone to pick up the bits and pieces of his political life which is now in shatters for which he should not be made to take fully the blame. 
"A man in his plight should not be allowed to be exploited by his enemies," the Bukit Gelugor MP said when making his case for Dr Chua to be given the chance to prepare MCA for the party elections. 
Earlier in his statement, Karpal said that Dr Chua had "tried his best to steer the MCA" from its dismal performance in Election 2008, noting that it was not an "easy task". 
He also gave Dr Chua credit for rising from the "abyss" and winning the MCA presidency post despite a scandal involving a sex video...
But Dr Chua has made it final. He will step down soon and MCA will not take up any Cabinet post.

Not only me. Many have expressed hope that he will reverse the decision (about the Cabinet) and help strengthen Barisan Nasional again.

A Malaysian Cabinet without representatives from MCA or MIC or other component parties will not reflect a true Malaysia.

How UMNO is attempting mutual assured destruction

Posted: 12 May 2013 09:40 AM PDT

UMNO and their surrogates have gone ballistic.

It started off with Najib leading the charge that it's a Chinese Tsunami. The Dr M chipped in to say the Chinese are ungrateful for not accepting the hand of friendship from Malays. Then Nazri also chipped in. And of course the moment Najib fired the first salvo, Utusan was on it, provocatively asking what else do Chinese want. Najib expanded on his theme by accusing DAP of cheating the Chinese into believing that all Malay privileges will be removed if Pakatan comes to power. 

Today tops it all, on the eve of May 13. An ex-Court of Appeal judge Mohd Noor Abdullah, who sits on MACC complaints committee, considers the election result as a betrayal by the Chinese who instead of just having economic power also wants political power. He calls on Malays to be strong and give the Chinese a "backlash" by for instance invading the city, turning normal lands into reserve lands and green zones to ensure Malay majority is preserved.  He then called for states where BN rules with 2/3 majority to amend the state constitution so that only a Malay-Muslim can be the Menteri Besar. He also called for Malays to take over the assets of the Chinese so that the Malays own 67% of the economy. To top it up, Abdul Rahman Arshad, UiTM pro-chancellor calls upon the abolishment of vernacular schools because that caused disunity.

Now, ordinarily, Malaysians, especially the Chinese, listening to this kind of talk, will be very worried. But I think it is just posturing. The base-line state of mind of UMNO appears to be this. UMNO is equating attack on itself as an attack on Malays. Therefore, when DAP attacks UMNO for corruption, that's racist to UMNO. 

Such argument is of course intellectually dishonest at so many levels: 

1. UMNO does not equate Malays. It's just a political party, long as it may have been in power. 

2. UMNO does not own exclusive right to Malay loyalty. Malays will still have political power because the power will just be wielded by mainly PKR and PAS. 

3. It wasn't just DAP attacking UMNO, PKR and PAS also had a hand. More importantly, DAP wasn't just attacking UMNO, but anyone in power who is corrupted. 

4. Did DAP say Malays should be treated like second class citizens? No. On the flip side, UMNO never stopped talking about Malay supremacy. So who is the racist here? 

Hence, attacking UMNO is not attacking Malays, and is certainly not racist. 

As to the specific threats by Mohd Noor and Abdul Rahman, I only have these to say:

a) the last time I checked, there is still constitutional safeguard to right to property. 67% ownership will never happen because firstly, not all Chinese are rich, and even the rich ones don't control 67% of the assets in this country, and secondly, unless it's creation of new wealth and asset, they can never expropriate - it's called robbery by any other name.

b) as for invading the city, I reckon Mohd Noor is asking the rural folks to move into the city. I say, well and good, because once they come into the city and gain excess to alternative media, they will see how utterly corrupt and arrogant UMNO is, and they will vote for Pakatan anyway.

c) amending the state constitution - I think that's just childish. In respecting the convention, Pakatan has always appointed a Malay-Muslim as Menteri Besar regardless who has the majority state assemblymen, hence amending those state constitutions is a non-issue.

d) turning vernacular schools to national schools is obviously a sensitive point for the Chinese, not because of parochialism, but because national schools have been known to produce poorer results in Maths and Science - it's simply a question of what people (not just Chinese) want for their children - Malays and Indians sending their kids to Chinese vernacular schools is testament enough that national schools under the leadership of a politician is crashing downhill. All citizens have the liberty to practise their religion and culture - and vernacular schools count as part of Chinese culture. So I'd like to see Abdul Rahman closing all vernacular schools in defiance of the Federal Constitution.

Malaysians are no longer faint hearted. UMNO should know by now. If Malaysians were faint hearted, there would not have been Bersih 2.0 and Bersih 3.0. If the verbal attacks on the Chinese escalates to violence, Malay, Indian, Dayak/Iban and Kadazan brothers and sisters are going to come to the aid of the Chinese. There won't be another May 13. If anything, Dr M should give himself some credit for this because he's created a significant multi-racial middle class that is the bedrock to our national unity.

We're seeing an escalation of provocative statements, demands and rhetoric over the last week because firstly, UMNO is desperately attempting to divert attention from electoral fraud, and secondly, Najib is desperate to continue to lead UMNO without getting the boot. If he is out of power, he may just as well be UMNO's sacrificial lamb to prove they are serious about anti-corruption.

We majority Malaysians won't let UMNO distract us from the issue at hand - that they need to account for the irregularities before and during the elections, to ensure they have legitimacy to rule Malaysia for another 5 years. It's not a question of anarchy, but a question of legitimacy. 

Obviously the opposition has exaggerated about having popular vote but not winning power. History, even in advanced democracy, shows that it is possible. In President George W Bush's first term, he was a "minority" President because Al Gore won the popular vote. In our case, yes, gerrymandering has caused this result, and our electoral system has been an accumulation of electoral diseases for decades, yet the opposition has always acknowledged this disadvantage.

The real criticism this time is not that BN does not have popular vote, rather it is - how badly did BN misbehaved and would those irregularities have affected the outcome of the election. However, at the same time, the significance of the popular vote cannot be under-emphasised. It means Pakatan now holds moral imperative in all political discourse with BN, and BN had better respect this moral imperative.

We are at a juncture where provocative accusations and demands against the Chinese can only grow louder just as the public collectively pressures BN to account for electoral fraud. One thing the majority Malaysians must do, is to hold steady, don't let intimidation or anger affect our judgment, and we must persist to get to the truth, and assert our need for justice. We will be loud, we will be firm and calm, but we will not intentionally provoke anyone. We will try to defuse tension with humour. We will be patient with the other side. Let our moral high ground put them to shame and convert them to our cause. Only with our high ground, can we defeat UMNO.

Kerjasama Erat PAS-PKR-DAP Bolehkan PR Tawan Bukit Baru, Duyong & Tumbangkan Ali Rustam

Posted: 12 May 2013 10:18 AM PDT

Ikatan PR buka laluan 'anak sulung' PAS di Melaka Oleh LanH14

Dengan Nama Allah Yang Maha Pemurah Lagi Maha Penyayang, selawat dan salam ke atas junjungan besar Nabi Muhammad s.a.w.

Renungan: "Maafkanlah dan suruhlah (mengerjakan) yang makruf dan berpalinglah daripada orang-orang yang jahil." - Q.S. Al-A'raf: 199)

KETIKA berceloteh mengenai suasana hari penamaan calon di Melaka 20 April lalu, saya menyatakan ada 'kemajuan menarik' antara PAS dan DAP tatkala melihat buat pertama kalinya penyokong kedua-dua parti saling bercampur dengan bendera mereka (bulan dan roket) berkibaran berselang seli. Situasi itu tidak saya lihat pada PRU 2008 dan sebelumnya.

'Percampuran' itu terbukti membantu PAS dalam melahirkan anak sulungnya di bumi Hang Tuah (PAS melalui calonnya Dr Mohd Khalid Kassim menang di Bukit Baru, N17 dengan majoriti 48 undi) manakala DAP meraih manfaatnya apabila akhirnya berjaya mengakhiri legasi BN (MCA) di kawasan seperti Duyong (N23). Di Duyong, Pengerusi MCA Melaka yang juga penyandang kerusi itu, Dato' Gan Tian Loo ditewaskan oleh Pengerusi DAP negeri, Goh Leong San dengan majoriti 205 undi.

Tentunya kejayaan itu dibantu KeADILAN, dan ia menjadi lebih manis lagi apabila ikatan padu ketiga-tiga parti Pakatan Rakyat itu melenyapkan ego Ketua Menteri, Dato' Seri Mohd Ali Rustam yang kecundang di kawasan Parlimen Bukit Katil (P137) dengan majoriti agak besar (5,447 undi) di tangan Pengerusi KeADILan Melaka, Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin.
Kekalahan Mohd Ali yang pernah mengadakan majlis kahwin anaknya yang dihadiri lebih 100,000 tetamu, diselubungi 'misteri' seperti terpadamnya lampu ketika pengiraan undi. Beliau menyalahkan rakyat terutama orang Cina yang dakwanya tidak pandai 'mengenang budi'.

Berdasarkan senario di Dun dalam Parlimen Bukit Katil (Bukit Baru, Bachang, Ayer Keroh dan Ayer Molek) dan Parlimen Bukit Katil sendiri, ada iktibar menarik yang boleh dijadikan panduan. Hanya kawasan inilah yang mencatatkan perubahan di Melaka; kawasan lain (luar bandar) tetap didominasi oleh BN manakala di bandar (terutama Kota Melaka) dimonopoli DAP.
br>Di Dun Bukit Baru, pengundi Melayunya ada kira-kira 55 peratus, Cina lebih kurang 40 peratus manakala India kira-kira 5 peratus. Dipercayai pengundi Melayu berpecah dua; dan apabila situasi ini berlaku, dengan undian pengundi Cina terutama daripada DAP menyebelahi calon PAS, maka tercatatlah sejarah Dr Khalid yang pernah menjadi Timbalan Pengarah Hospital Melaka, 'melahirkan anak sulung' PAS di negeri Hang Tuah.

Bagi Parlimen Bukit Katil (pengundi Melayunya 51 peratus, Cina 42 peratus dan India 6 peratus) faktor kebangkitan anak muda dan kesedaran sesetengah pengundi akan amalan korupsi dan seumpamanya, dibantu kejituan jentera dan penyokong PAS, KeADILan dan DAP serta kewibawaan dan kelantangan calonnya (Shamsul Iskandar), memberi sumbangan kepada kejatuhan Mohd Ali, ketua menteri selama lebih sedekad.

Jika ditinjau kemenangan DAP (Goh Leong San) di Duyong pula (pengundi Cina lebih 50 peratus, Melayu 45 peratus dan India 4 peratus), saya percaya selain daripada sokongan pengundi tegar DAP, kesediaan ahli dan penyokong PAS dan KeADILan untuk memberi undi kepadanya berdasarkan suntikan semangat Pakatan Rakyat; menyebabkan Tian Loo beserta penyokongnya daripada orang Cina dan Melayu tersungkur sama.

Rumusannya, kerjasama erat PAS, DAP dan KeADILan, membolehkan ketiga-tiga pihaknya mencatat kejayaan ditandingi calon mereka yang merupakan sejarah di bumi Hang Tuah. Penyokong rakan PAS dalam Pakatan Rakyat terutama DAP telah membuka laluan untuk PAS mencatat 'kelahiran anak sulung' dengan memenangi Dun Bukit Baru manakala penyokong PAS telah membantu calon DAP untuk menang di Dun seperti Duyong.

Berkenaan sahabat saya, Harun Mohamed yang bertanding di Dun Telok Mas (N23) seperti dicoretkan dalam keluaran lalu; syabas diucapkan kerana beliau berjaya merapatkan jurang majoriti kekalahan kepada hanya 701 undi (beliau mendapat 7,332 undi berbanding Latiff Tamby Chik memperolehi 8,033 undi), Mungkin undian penyokong DAP sebagai bantuan kepadanya masih tidak memadai untuk beliau menang kerana kawasan itu mempunyai pengundi Melayu yang tinggi (70 peratus) sedangkan Cina hanya 28 peratus.

Akhir sekali, syabas PAS Melaka kerana berjaya melahirkan anak sulung; pada PRU berikutnya diharapkan dapat melahirkan kembar yang banyak pula seterusnya mengetuai kerajaan baru rakyat; jadi terus bekerja keras dan berdoalah mulai sekarang!

Turbulent Skies Ahead

Posted: 12 May 2013 08:08 AM PDT

Turbulent Skies Ahead by Stephen Tan Ban Cheng*

Wonders never cease. At 3.29am on Sunday, April 6, according to Malaysiakini. the Malaysian GE13 results gave the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN, or National Front) Government 133 seats, 15 short of the two-thirds majority of 148 seats it pursued.

The results also actually awarded the Opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR, or People's Alliance) 89 seats in Parliament, or slightly more than seven seats the Opposition PR won in 2008, made up of Democratic Action Party (or DAP)'s 38, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (or PKR)'s 30 and Parti Islam (or PAS)'s 21 seats.

The results saw the Opposition PR's control of the rice bowl state of Kedah reverting to the BN with 21 seats in the State legislature of 36, the Opposition PR retaining only 15.

With a fresh mandate of five years, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak is expected to consolidate his grip on power since unlike his predecessor Tun Abdullah Badawi, he had used this election to inject his core group of supporters into the next Parliament.

The results of GE13 saw the virtual eclipse of the BN's components parties such as the Malaysian Chinese Association (or MCA), the Malaysian Indians Congress (or MIC), the Malaysian People's Movement (or Gerakan) and the People's Progressive Party (or PPP) in Peninsular Malaysia and the Sarawak United People's Party (or SUPP) in Sarawak. 

For these parties and their leaders, it is crystal clear that unless major and drastic adjustments are made in the power-sharing coalition to give it more substance than style, their continued corroboration with Prime Minister's BN trend-setting United Malays National Organisation (or Umno) may well prove to be an embrace of certain death.

At first glance, it would appear as though the performance of the Opposition PR in the State administration of Kedah led by Parti Islam (or PAS) has been found wanting. A scrutiny of the electoral result at the federal level in the State seems to confirm this.

In the State of Kedah alone, PAS lost the five parliamentary seats of Pendang, Jerai, Padang Terap, Sik and Baling while its component PR party Pakatan Keadilan lost two parliamentary seats of Kulim-Bandar Baru and Merbok.

The loss of these seven seats in the hitherto 15 seats that the Opposition PR conceded in GE13 represented almost half of its reverses.

Nationally, the Opposition PR picked up 21 parliamentary seats, but lost in the said 15 constituencies, making a gain of only seven seats in Parliament.

The main gainer seems to be the Opposition PR component party, the Democratic Action Party (or DAP) which not only successfully defended all its parliamentary seats, but gained 10 extra ones in Sarawak's four seats of Stampin, Sarikei, Lanang, and Sibu, Johore's three seats of Kluang, Gelang Patah, and Batu Pahat, solitary seats in Perak's Kampar, Pahang's Raub and Sabah's Sandakan. 

PKR, comparatively, chalked up six fresh victories in the solitary seats of Sarawak's Miri, Perak's Lumut, Sabah's Penampang, Malacca's Bukit Katil, Kedah's Alor Setar and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur's Pandan after losing eight of its incumbent seats, making a marginal gain of just one seat. 

PKR failed to defend its eight existing seats of Machang, Ketereh and Tanah Merah in Kelantan, Merbok and Kulim-Bandar Baru in Kedah, Balik Pulau in Penang, Bagan Serai in Perak, Hulu Selangor in Selangor. PKR's loss of the three seats in Kelantan may well be attributed to the technical failure in the combined PKR-PAS machinery. 

On the face of it, within the Opposition PR, PAS lost seven parliamentary seats but gained five in Terengganu's Kuala Terengganu, Dungun and Kuala Nerus and solitary ones in Pahang's Temerloh and Selangor's Sepang, returning with a loss of two seats.

In the heated aftermath of GE13, the MCA leader, the scandal-stained Dr Chua Soi Lek, has said the MCA would not take part in the new Malaysian Government. This is expected to complicate the tasks of governing for Prime Minister Najib who has to somehow convince the electorate that all are represented within his regime.

Another immediate problem that will confront Najib is PR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's announced challenge over the entire electoral result. 

Anwar, a former Deputy Prime Minister in the 1990s before he was jailed for six years on what is popularly perceived to be trumped-up charges, is expected to prove problematical and formidable unless the olive branch of national reconciliation that Najib has offered is set in place before the deep electoral wounds turn toxic.

In the foreseeable future, since the Election Courts are popularly seen to be unable to offer any redresses to the popularly conceived electoral process, it will not be surprising that this challenge takes the form of popular demonstrations, thus turning into a herculean task the governing of this country of nearly 30 million and a few million of foreign workers.

This is all the more so when it is considered that initial reports from the Malaysian Insider stated that the BN might have lost the popular vote in GE13 despite bagging the majority of the 222 seats in Parliament.

According to the report, the BN polled 5.220 million votes or 48.75 per cent against the PR's 5.489 million or 51.25 per cent, the negative 1.25 per cent translating into a deficit of 269,130 ballots. This data have yet to be confirmed by the Election Commission. In 2008, the BN polled 4.082 million votes or 51.82 per cent compared to the Opposition's 3.796 million or 48.18 per cent. 

* Stephen Tan is a journalist with international experience. He is today a New Zealand-trained lawyer with his small boutique practice in his hometown of Penang.

Thanks to Stephen Tan for giving me his permission to share this in my blog.

Readers are welcome to share their thoughts with me. Just send it to writetomws at hush dot ai.

A Mother's Day Poem..

Posted: 12 May 2013 07:07 AM PDT

Of the mother's heartbeat the heavenly music we first hear
While we lie asleep safely curled in her..
We never imagine how truly lovely it will be
In us eternally, her beautiful memory we will carry.

A mother forgives and loves her child
Even if we neglected and ignored her smile..
She understands it was never done on purpose
Our love for her she seals, in her special magical purse.

A mother can give happiness to heal our pain
A mother will guide us not to wallow in disdain..
A mother cries for her child until her final breath
A mother is an angel, that we have all been blessed..

When she is gone we drown in regret
What have we done we could have yet..
But through it all reminiscing and thanking her
Any mother would already be joyous, umpteen times over.

Who are the monks behind Burma’s ’969′ campaign?

Posted: 12 May 2013 06:55 AM PDT

Who are the monks behind Burma's '969′ campaign? By CARLOS SARDINA GALACHE 10 May 2013

Burmese Muslims living in Malaysia demonstrate against the killings of Muslims in Meikhtila, Burma (Reuters) Burmese Muslims living in Malaysia demonstrate against the killings of Muslims in Meikhtila, Burma (Reuters)

Everything seems peaceful in Moulmein, the Mon state capital on the southern coast of Burma, in spite of the profusion of "969" logos plastered around the city. In a gold shop in the central market, the sticker – a religious symbol that represents the three jewels of Buddhism — figures prominently above a small shrine devoted to Buddha.

"It is to remind people that this is a Buddhist shop, so Buddhists can buy here, but Muslim customers are also welcome," explains the shopkeeper.

The now infamous symbol is also being used to promote an extreme form of religious nationalism in Burma and has been linked to a recent surge in anti-Muslim violence, which claimed over 40 lives and devastated thousands of homes across the country in March. Its most vocal advocate and the self-proclaimed "Burmese bin Laden" – monk Ashin Wirathu – has made international headlines for his role in fuelling Islamophobic propaganda under the guise of the "969" campaign.

But the logo itself was designed in Moulmein – a city with a sizeable Muslim population – by the movement's secretary, Ashin Sada Ma, and launched seven months ago. Sitting in an office stacked with stickers and pamphlets of the multi-coloured image, the 37-year-old abbot from Mya Sadi monastery, talks passionately about his design.

"The lions symbolise bravery, the elephant strength, the horse speed and the ox forbearance," explains Ashin Sada Ma, referring to the Pillar of Ashoka – an ancient Buddhist effigy of the four animals – which is featured at the centre of the logo. King Ashoka, a third century Indian king who spread Buddhism to Burma, receives luminous praise.

"If someone wants to do something good for the Buddhist religion, the country or the people, he or she must have the spirit of the king Ashoka, with the qualities of those four animals in his heart," says Sada Ma.

"I fear that some Bengali Muslims are terrorists"

He claims the campaign is intended to educate the young about the value of their Buddhist heritage. "In the modern age, the young people don't know the jewels of Buddhism; this logo is designed to remind them," he says.

"When placing the symbol, the person should pray and recite," reads a set of instructions that go with the logos. "It must be used throughout the country to show unity. If the symbol is used by people of other religions in disguise, they should be sued."

The logo was formally launched on 30 October 2012, on full moon day of Thadingyut, one of the main festivities of the Burmese calendar. But Sada Ma denies that the Arakan violence, which pitted Buddhists against Rohingya Muslims in June and October last year, influenced the campaign. In fact, he claims it was planned months in advance.

But later he adds that the "Bengalis" – which is how the stateless Rohingya are viewed by the government and many citizens – are fuelling conflict by "migrating" to Burma, even though most have lived in the country for generations.

"If they come, they can easily influence our country," he laments. "They are trying to improve their lives in our country and our lands. So this symbol and campaign is intended to defend ourselves. I fear that some Bengali Muslims are terrorists and have a mission to Islamise our country."

Although Sada Ma is adamant that the campaign is not aimed against Muslims, he worries that Islam will spread across Asia. "Only small parts of Asia are Buddhist now; in the past Indonesia, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and many other places, including Turkey and Iraq, were Buddhist countries, but now they are lost."

Sada Ma, who was appointed as the "969" movement's secretary in Mon State shortly after its launch, hastens to add that the campaign – which has spread to every state in Burma – is not a national organisation, but operates autonomously in different regions. "In other places, they will spread the symbol on their own. Other townships use the logo for their own purposes."

He insists that Wirathu — who has been widely criticised for practicing hate speech against Muslims by urging Buddhists not to marry or trade with them – also acts "independently" from the original "969" movement.

He explains that Wirathu wants Buddhists to be as "united" as Muslims are, although forbidding inter-faith marriages is not the traditional "Buddhist way". But he stops short of disavowing Wirathu's ideas altogether. "They are acceptable if they help Buddhism," he says.

In an interview with DVB in April, the notorious monk sat elevated on a chair with several huge portraits of himself hanging in the background, as he claimed to have discovered a "Muslim conspiracy" to conquer Burma through economic exploitation and inter-faith marriage.

"If Buddhists don't do anything to stop it, the whole country will be like the Mayu region in Arakan state by 2100," he said, referring to an area mostly populated by Muslim Rohingya. "Buddhists can talk with Muslims, but not marry them; there can be friendship between them, but not trade."

Although the latest wave of unrest erupted in Meikhtila in March some months after Wirathu delivered a series of inflammatory sermons in the area, he denies inciting violence. Sada Ma also denies responsibility, pointing to the absence of anti-Muslim violence in Mon state — the birthplace of the campaign.

Many say that "969" is a direct response to the prolific use of the number "786" by Muslims in Burma, claiming that because it adds up to 21 it indicates their intention to "Islamise" the country in the 21st century. But an imam at one of the biggest mosques in Rangoon, who spoke on condition of anonymity, insisted that Muslims only use "786" to "ask God for help and to have good luck."

"There is no history of Islamic terrorism or attacks against Buddhists in Burma," he said, adding that the imams in the city "are using their sermons to appeal for Muslim youths to keep calm and not respond to the provocations of Buddhist terrorists".

He accused elements of the government of actively backing the "969" movement, Wirathu and anti-Muslim violence in Burma. This is a suspicion shared by many, including Buddhists, who say it gives the army a chance to present itself as the only institution capable of imposing order.

One of them is Ashin Pum Na Wontha, a 56-year-old Buddhist monk with a long history of political activism. He is part of the Peace Cultivation Network, an organisation which promotes inter-faith dialogue, and is one of the few people in Burma who defends Rohingyas as legitimate citizens.

"Both Wirathu and the 969 movement receive financial support from the cronies," he claimed. According to the monk, "some Muslim businessmen have huge assets in different industries, especially in the central regions of the country, and the cronies covet them."

He also accused the military of stoking violence in order to "establish a working relationship with the civilian government"; similar to that of 1958, when Burma's first civilian government — led by U Nu — transferred power to the army in a bid to control the country's escalating ethnic conflicts.

Whatever the truth of these allegations, the "969" campaign and anti-Muslim sentiments are spreading rapidly through Burma without much government intervention. Most recently it spread to Oakkan, only 60 miles north of Rangoon, renewing concerns that religious riots could sweep the entire country.

Hate thy neighbour in Myanmar

Posted: 12 May 2013 06:51 AM PDT

Hate thy neighbour in Myanmar  May 10, 2013 By David Hopkins

A constructivist view of international security posits that the threats and insecurities of states are not objectively present or absent but socially constructed. Actors or organisations with a sufficient degree of legitimacy or public profile have the capacity to identify, or create, real or imagined threats through "speech acts" aimed at convincing a target audience – the general public, the military, legislative branch, etcetera – of an ostensible security reality.

This approach, which emphasises the extent to which security issues are constructed through language, is pertinent for examining the role of political, civil society, and religious leaders in Myanmar. These leaders have fuelled and exacerbated recent anti-Muslim violence through racist and provocative language that portrays Muslims as a threat to state sovereignty and Buddhist tradition.
During the violence between Buddhist and Muslim Rohingya communities in Rakhine State, also known as Arakan state, which broke out in June 2012, various public figures, including government officials, made statements depicting the Rohingya minority as an existential threat. President's Office Director Zaw Htay claimed in a Facebook post that armed "Rohingya terrorists were infiltrating Myanmar".
88 Generation Students Group leader Ko Ko Gyi remarked that Rohingya were "invading our country". Rakhine Nationals Progressive Party chairman Aye Maung said that the Rohingya posed a threat to all "Arakan people and other ethnic groups". Local media organisations also participated in the threat-construction process, dutifully endorsing the government's inclination to describe Rohingya as terrorists. For example, in June, The Voice Weekly referred to "Bengali terrorists" and Eleven News Media ran with a headline referring to "Rohingya terrorist attacks".
Such bigoted or misleading pronouncements have significant consequences, with the potential to influence the actions and attitudes of the general populace. The demonization of Muslims, particularly the Rohingya, creates the conditions for violence, encouraging the rage of anti-Muslim mobs who envisage threats to their livelihood, culture, and religion.
The belief that Muslims constitute a threat appears nonsensical, not least for the fact that Muslims make up only around 4% of Myanmar's population. However, as the philosopher Slavoj Zizek argues, what enrages the perpetrators of racist violence is not the "immediate reality" of the subject of vilification, but the socially constructed, symbolic image or identity that the subject has come to represent and that is constructed, sustained, and "made meaningful" through language.
The "Muslim-threat" discourse is a project with an array of participants, including Buddhist monks, many of whom have acted more like agents of the state than the Sangha in propagating anti-Muslim views. The Buddhist monk U Wirathu is a key figure in the so-called 969 movement which advocates the shunning of Muslim businesses in the name of Buddhist nationalism.
In the immediate aftermath of deadly anti-Muslim violence in Meikhtila, Mandalay Region, which killed 44 people in March, U Wirathu warned of a Muslim conspiracy to take over Myanmar. He has also claimed that Muslims would destroy the Buddhist race and religion and urged government action against Imams who "brainwash children with hate speech against Buddhism".
Such blind religious nationalism only serves to legitimise violence and empower the Myanmar government to proffer disturbing and illogical panaceas to curb unrest – such as Thein Sein's proposal to deport Rohingya to a third country (in response to which hundreds of monks in Mandalay held a rally of support). U Wirathu and other likeminded monks who cast themselves as defenders of the Buddhist faith simultaneously defend the right of the government to marginalise or persecute the followers of other faiths.
A recently released report by the commission formed by President Thein Sein to investigate the violence in Rakhine State in 2012 also makes a significant contribution to the depiction of Rohingya as a national security threat. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the evident bias of some commission members against the Rohingya (including the aforementioned Ko Ko Gyi and Aye Maung), the report fails to deviate from the state-led populist narrative of Rohingya as illegal immigrants typically motivated by extremist Islamic teachings and disruptive to the social fabric of Buddhist Rakhine society.
One of the most strikingly prejudiced aspects of the report is its overt disavowal of Rohingya identity. The report refers to the Rohingya only as "Bengali", reinforcing the widespread belief in Myanmar that the Rohingya are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh (a belief that the report itself cites as a key source of tension in Rakhine State), and symbolically undermining their claim to Myanmar citizenship. In using the "Bengali" designation, the report echoes the xenophobic lexicon of the Myanmar government and the mobs who have led anti-Muslim violence.
The report's recommendations to address the unrest in Rakhine State are firmly targeted at countering the supposedly disproportionate Muslim presence and influence in the state. The report identifies that ethnic Rakhine Buddhists in Rakhine State feel threatened by the "rapid population growth of the Bengali population" and recommends implementing birth control programs among Muslims in the state. It also calls on the government to confront extremist teachings – "especially in religious schools for Muslim communities"; double its security presence in the region; and "make clear its intention to take decisive action against all illegal immigrants".
These recommendations are completely at odds with the demographic, political, and human rights reality in Rakhine State, where the Rohingya currently languish under repressive government restrictions on marriage, education, freedom of movement, employment, and a contemptible two-child population control policy.
They also ignore the overwhelmingly anti-Muslim/anti-Rohingya nature of the violence in 2012, during which whole Muslim neighbourhoods were razed, over 120,000 Rohingya and other Muslims displaced, and scores killed in a campaign recently described by Human Rights Watch as amounting to ethnic cleansing.
The propagation of the "Muslim threat" discourse serves the Myanmar government in various ways. It may justify the enduring political and security role of the Tatmadaw (Myanmar's military), the militarization of regions deemed unstable, and the ongoing monitoring, control, and oppression of civilians in the name of upholding national security. The military-dominated Union Solidarity and Development Party may seek to take advantage of the so-called threat to argue that it is best-placed to safeguard security and stability in the country ahead of 2015 elections.
Anti-Muslim sentiment may also serve to foment Buddhist nationalism, benefiting the Buddhist-Burman majority state institutions. The government may seek to harness burgeoning notions of Buddhist solidarity, which are consolidated in opposition to a common enemy or "other" (unambiguously described by U Wirathu as "evil Muslims") to legitimize its rule and dilute the reality of its own failings.   –Asia Times Online

Activists liken Myanmar violence to Ku Klux Klan

Posted: 12 May 2013 06:27 AM PDT

Activists liken Myanmar violence to Ku Klux Klan Published: 11 May 2013

Activists have likened Myanmar's worsening sectarian violence to the Ku Klux Klan racist movement in the US during the 1960s.

If the violence is not halted soon, it will divide the country ahead of general elections in 2015, they told a recent forum in Bangkok.

Smile Education and Development Foundation representative Myo Win said the recent explosion of Buddhist rage against Muslim Rohingya in his country was tearing his nation apart.

The violence has resulted in hundreds of casualties and thousands being forced from their homes.

Speaking at the forum at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand, Myo Win, a Muslim, said he feared what began as a systematic cleansing of the ethnic group in Rakhine state was evolving into a nationwide Ku Klux Klan-style hate movement.

He has been monitoring the Buddhist extremist movement – namely the 969 group – that propelled the violence in Rakhine state in October last year.

"It is splitting the nation and it is overwhelming us. It will surely have a direct impact on the upcoming election," the Yangon-based activist said.

Maung Zarni, a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics' Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, dubbed the situation in his native land as "ethnocide" by Buddhists against the Rohingya.

The Rakhine situation and the viral streams of intellectuals and media spurring hatred against the Rohingya was the result of collaboration between the Myanmar Sangha and Buddhist societies and the government, Mr Zarni claimed.

International Network of Engaged Buddhists founder Sulak Sivaraksa said Myanmar's Buddhist monks – which formerly led the "Saffron Revolution", named after the dark red colour of their robes, against the former military regime – are encouraging the violence because they feel threatened.

Human Rights Watch released a report last month, accusing Myanmar government officials, monks and nationalists of "ethnic cleansing" and "crimes against humanity". The UN has also described the Rohingya as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

Mr Zarni said the Rohingya had been the target of several generations of discrimination by people trying to label them illegal immigrants, a view enshrined in the 1982 Citizenship Act which declared them "foreign residents".

He said Rohingya had been recognised by earlier regimes, pointing to a broadcast by the state-run Burmese Broadcasting Service in 1966 which translated a 10-minute news programme into different ethnic languages including Rohingya.

He said the first prime minister of independent Burma, U Nu, and his top brass also recognised Rohingya as one of the country's many ethnic groups in the 1960s.

Today, however, the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party's firebrand leader Aye Maung accuses the minority group of being descendants of the Mujahideen, stoking anti-Muslim sentiment.

Mr Zarni pointed part of the blame at the Rohingya Inquiry Commission's recent 186-page report which was supportive of the violence. The panel was set up by Myanmar President Thein Sein.

Mr Zarni said the commission sought to endorse anti-Muslim racism without highlighting problems caused by the surge in virulent Islamophobia.

Thein Sein has not done enough to try and control the situation, Mr Zarni said.

Myo Win from the Muslims Association Network based in Yangon said the government would have to go much further than Thein Sein simply condemning the escalation in violence.


At first Rakhines looted the houses, shops and land of Rohingyas but now trying to loot even their name i.e. Rohingya

Posted: 12 May 2013 06:14 AM PDT

Rakhine try to loot even the name from RohingyaAt first Rakhines looted the houses, shops and land of Rohingyas

Now they are caught trying to loot even their name i.e. Rohingya.

" ၿဖစ္ရၿပန္ပီ အမ်ိဳးမ်ိဳးပဲ" "တကယ္ေတာ့ ရိုလင္ဂ်ာ ဆိုတာ ရခိုင္ေတြကို ဘဂၤလီလို ေခၚတာၿဖစ္ပါတယ္" ဦးေအာင္ေက်ာ္စိန္ (တရားလြတ္ေတာ္ ေရွ.ေန)
မၾကာခင္က ဦးေဌးလြင္ဦး ကို ေဒါက္တာေအးခ်မ္းက ရိုလင္ဂ်ာဆိုတာ သူတို႔ရခိုင္ေတြကိုေခၚတာပါလို႔ ဝန္ခံခဲ့တယ္လို႔ ဦးေဌးလြင္ဦး ကေရးသားခဲ့ပါတယ္။ခုေတာ့ ၂၀၁၃ ဧၿပီလက ရခိုင္ဒီမိုကေရစီအဖြဲ.ခ်ဳပ္ကထုတ္ေဝတဲ့ အာရကန္လိႈင္းသံ စာေစာင္မွာအဲဒီအေၾကာင္းပါလာလို႔ၿပန္လည္တင္ၿပလိုက္ပါတယ္။

"ရခိုင္ၿပည္သည္ဗုဒၶဘာသာဝင္ရခိုင္ဘုရင္မ်ားကအုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ခဲ့ေသာဘုရင့္ႏိုင္ငံၿဖစ္ၿပီးရခိုင္လူမ်ိဳးမ်ားမွာလည္း ဗုဒၶဘာသာဝင္မ်ားၿဖစ္ၾကသည္။ေရွးေခတ္ရခိုင္ကို ဘဂၤလီေဒသိယ စကားၿဖင့္ ရိုယန္(င္) (Rohang)ဟု ေခၚခဲ့ၾကသည္။ဘဂၤလီဘာသာစကားတြင္ လူ (Man) ကို ဂ်ာ(gya) ဟုေခၚသည္။ရြာသား (villager)ကို ရြာ(para)+(လူ)သား (gya)=ပါရာဂ်ာ (paragya) ဟုေခၚသည္။ထိုအတူ ရန္ကုန္သားကို ရန္ကုန္ဂ်ာ(Rangongya)၊စစ္တေကာင္းသားကို စစ္တေကာင္းဂ်ာ(Chittagongya)၊ရခိုင္ၿပည္သား(Rakhaing people or Arakanese) ကို ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ (Rohingya) ဟုေခၚဆိုသည္။ထိုေၾကာင့္ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာဆိုသည္မွာ ဘဂၤလီဘာသာစကားၿဖင့္ ဗုဒၶဘာသာကိုးကြယ္သူ ရခိုင္လူမ်ိဳးမ်ားကိုေခၚေဝၚသည့္ အမည္ၿဖစ္ပါသည္။ရခိုင္ၿပည္သားအစၥလာမ္ဘာသာကိုးကြယ္သူမ်ားကို အာရဗ္ဘာသာၿဖင့္ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာလူမ်ိဳးဟုေခၚဆိုၿခင္းဆိုသည္မွာ လီမ္လယ္လွည့္ၿဖားမႈသာၿဖစ္ပါသည္။ရခိုင္ဘုရင့္ႏိုင္ငံက်ဆံုးသြားၿပီးေနာက္ရခိုင္ၿပည္(Rohang)၊ရခိုင္ၿပည္သား( Rohangya)ဆိုေသာအသံုးအႏႈန္းသည္တီမ္ေကာသြားပါသည္။ဘဂၤလီေဒသိယသံုး အရပ္စကားေပါရဏေဝါဟာရ တစ္ခုၿဖစ္သြားပါသည္။ (စာမ်က္ႏွာ ၆၆)၊ရခိုင္ဘုရင့္နိုင္ငံက်ဆံုးတြင္ ဘိုးေတာ္ဘုရား၏သားေတာ္အၾကီးက စစ္သံုပန္းအၿဖစ္ဖမ္းဆီးေခၚေဆာင္ခံခဲ့ရသူမ်ားအနက္ ရခိုင္လူမ်ိဳးမ်ားႏွင့္အတူ ရခိုင္ၿပည္တြင္အေၿခစိုက္ေနထိုင္ၾကေသာ ဘဂၤလီမ်ားလည္းပါဝင္သြားခဲ့ၿပီး၎တို႔သည္ အမရပူရ သို႔ေရာက္လာၾကေၾကာင္း ၎တို႔သည္ သူတို႔ကိုသူတို႔ ရခိုင္ၿပည္သားမ်ားကိုေခၚေဝၚသည့္ Rooinga ဟူ၍ ေၿပာဆိုသံုးႏႈန္းၿခင္းသာၿဖစ္ေၾကာင္း…….စာ(ရ၀)…

“ဗမာမြတ္စလင္ေတြဆိုတာလည္းဗမာပါပဲ” ဖ-ဆ-ပ-လ ပထမဆံုးေသာ နိုင္ငံလံုးဆိုင္ရာညီလာခံၾကီး

Posted: 12 May 2013 06:06 AM PDT

Tine Yin Thar Bama MuslimBaydar Lamposted toMaungmaung Skw

၁၉၄၆ ခုႏွစ္ ဇႏၷဝါရီလ ၁ရ ရက္ေန.မွ ၂၃ ရက္ေန.အထိက်င္းပေသာ ဖ-ဆ-ပ-လ (ဖက္ဆစ္ဆန္.က်င္ေရးႏွင့္ၿပည္သူ.လြတ္ေၿမာက္ေရး) အဖြဲ.ခ်ဳပ္ၾကီး၏ ပထမဆံုးေသာ နိုင္ငံလံုးဆိုင္ရာညီလာခံၾကီးကို က်င္းပခဲ့ပါသည္။
ယင္းညီလာခံၾကီးမွလြတ္လပ္ေရးအတြက္ပဓာနက်ေသာဆံုးၿဖတ္ခ်က္(၈)ခ်က္ကိုခ်မွတ္ခဲ့ၿပီး ၎ဆံုးၿဖတ္ခ်က္မ်ားအနက္မွ ဆံုးၿဖတ္ခ်က္ အမွတ္(၆) သည္တိုင္းရင္းသားလူနည္းစုမ်ားႏွင့္ပက္သက္ပါသည္။
၎ညီလာခံၾကီးကိုပါတီႏွင့္အဖြဲ.ေပါင္းစံု (၁၅)ဖြဲ.မွကိုယ္စားလွယ္မ်ားအၿပင္ရွမ္း၊ခ်င္းႏွင့္ကခ်င္ တိုင္းရင္းသားအခ်ိဳ.လည္းတက္ေရာက္ခဲ့ပါသည္။

တိုင္းရင္းသားလူနည္းစုမ်ားႏွင့္ဗမာအမ်ိဳးသားအမ်ားစုတို.ကို တကယ္ပင္ရင္းႏွီးေရးအတြက္ေအာက္ပါအခ်က္မ်ားကို ကြန္ဂရက္ၾကီးကအသိအမွတ္ၿပဳေၾကာင္း
(က) ဘာသာတရားကိုလြတ္လပ္စြာကိုးကြယ္ခြင့္ၿပဳရမည္။
(ဃ)ဗမာနိုင္ငံအသင္းထူေထာင္ရာ၌(ၿပည္ေထာင္စုၿမန္မာနိုင္ငံကိုဆိုလိုသည္) တိုင္းၿပည္အတြင္းရွိလူမ်ိဳးတိုင္းကအားလံုးသေဘာတူလြတ္လပ္စြာတည္ေထာင္ရမည္။ဤသို.တည္ေထာင္ရာ၌လည္းမိမိတို.ကံၾကမၼာကိုမိမိတို.ဘာသာဖန္တီးႏိုင္ခြင့္ကိုလည္းလူမ်ိဳးတိုင္းအားေပးရမည္။
အထက္ပါအခ်က္မ်ားကိုအသိအမွတ္ၿပဳရံုသာမကအခ်င္းခ်င္းသံသယပေပ်ာက္ေရး ပိုမိုရင္းႏွီးေရးအတြက္ ကရင္-ဗမာ ေသြးစည္းေရးအဖြဲ.မ်ားၿဖင့္ လူထုအက်ိဳးေဆာင္ၿခင္း၊ကရင္အမ်ိဳးသားအဖြဲ.ခ်ုပ္ကိုလူထုအစည္းအရံုးၿဖစ္ေစၿခင္းစသည့္လုပ္ငန္းမ်ားကိုမနားမေနေဆာင္ရြက္သြားရန္လိုေပသည္။ရွမ္း-ကခ်င္-ခ်င္းႏွင့္တၿခားတိုင္းရင္းသားတို.အတြက္လည္းထို.အတူေဆာင္ရြက္သြားရန္ၿဖစ္ေပသည္။အၿပန္အလွန္အားၿဖင့္လည္းတုိင္းရင္းသားလူနည္းစုတို.သည္ဖ-ဆ-ပ-လ အဖြဲ.ခ်ဳပ္အတြင္းသို.ဝင္ေရာက္ကာ တိုင္းၿပည္လြတ္လပ္ေရးအတြက္ အားတက္သေရာေဆာင္ရြက္သြားရန္ ဤညီလာခံၾကီးကတိုက္တြန္းေၾကာင္း။
ဗမာမြတ္စလင္မ်ားသည္ ေရွးအခါကမိမိတို.ကိုယ္ကို နိုင္ငံၿခားသားမ်ားဟုထင္ကာ ဗမာႏိုင္ငံေရးတြင္မပါမဝင္ပဲ လ်စ္လွဴရွဳ. ေနခဲ့ရာမွ ယခုအခါ ဗမာမြတ္စလင္မ်ားသည္ ဗမာၿဖစ္ေၾကာင္းအၿမင္မွန္ရလာသၿဖင့္ဤညီလာခံသဘင္ၾကီးက အထူးဝမ္းသာအားရ ခ်ီးက်ဳးပါေၾကာင္း။
ထိုကဲ့သို. သေဘာထားၾကေသာ ဗမာမြတ္စလင္မ်ားအား တိုင္းရင္းသာလူနည္းစုမ်ား ရသင့္ရထိုက္ေသာအခြင့္အေရးမ်ားကိုေပးရန္ ဤညီလာခံသဘင္ၾကီးက သေဘာတူေၾကာင္း ဆံုးၿဖတ္သည္။
စာကိုး-ေက်ာ္ဝင္း(Case Study Of Myanmar Politic 1948-1988)
ၿမန္မာ့နိုင္ငံေရးေလ့လာသံုးသတ္ခ်က္ (၁၉၄၈-၁၉၈၈)
ညီလာခံသို.တက္ေရာက္ခဲ့ေသာပါတီအဖြဲ.အစည္းမ်ား(၁)။ဗမာၿပည္ကြန္ၿမဴနစ္ပါတီ၊(၂)ဆိုရွယ္လစ္ပါတီ၊(၃)မ်ိဳးခ်စ္ပါတီ၊(၄)ကရင္ဗဟိုအဖြဲ.၊(၅)ရခိုင္အမ်ိဳးသားကြန္ဂရက္(၆)ၿမန္မာမြတ္စလင္ကြန္ဂရက္(ရ)ကရင္လူငယ္အဖြဲ.(၈)ဗမာနိုင္ငံလံုးဆိုင္ရာလူငယ္မ်ားအဖြဲ.(၉)ဆင္းရဲသားဝံသာႏုအဖြဲ.(၁၀)တို.ဗမာအစည္းအရံုး(၁၁)ဗမာနိုင္ငံလံုးဆိုင္ရာ ဆရာမ်ားအစည္းအရံုး(၁၂)အမ်ိဳးသမီးမ်ားအဖြဲ.ခ်ဳပ္(၁၃)ၿပည္သူ.အေပ်ာ္တမ္းအဖြဲ.(၁၄)မြန္အစည္းအရံုးႏွင့္(၁၅)ဗမာႏိုင္ငံကုန္သည္မ်ားႏွင့္စက္မွု.လုပ္ငန္းရွင္မ်ားအသင္း

The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect

Posted: 12 May 2013 05:59 AM PDT

The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect is a 1994 novella by Roger Williams, a computer programmer living in New Orleans. It deals with the ramifications of a powerful, superintelligent supercomputer that discovers a method of rewriting the "BIOS" of reality while studying a little known quirk of quantum physics discovered during the prototyping of its own specialised processors, ultimately heralding a technological singularity.

After remaining unpublished for years, the novel was published online in 2002, hosted by Kuro5hin; Williams later published a print edition via print-on-demand publisher Lulu. One reviewer called the novel "a well-written and very creative, if flawed, piece of work" and ranked it as one of the more important works of fiction to deal with the idea of a technological singularity.

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UMNO Jadi Kera Sumbang, MCA & Gerakan Tak Sertai Kabinet

Posted: 12 May 2013 08:07 AM PDT

Tsu Koon lepas jawatan 16 Mei, Soi Lek sebelum akhir tahun

SHAH ALAM - Presiden Gerakan, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon mengumumkan akan melepaskan jawatannya pada 16 Mei ini - perkembangan diumumkan hari ini, seminggu selepas Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13).

Setiausaha Agung Gerakan, Teng Chang Yeow juga akan melepaskan jawatannya pada 16 Mei ini.

Perkara itu diumumkan oleh Tsu Koon di ibu negara selepas mesyuarat pusat parti tersebut pagi tadi.

Timbalan Tsu Koon, Chang Ko Youn akan mengambil alih sebagai jawatan sebagai pemangku presiden sehingga akhir bulan Jun.

Pemilihan parti akan bermula akhir bulan depan.

Dalam perkembangan lain, Presiden MCA, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek berkata, beliau akan berundur selepas pemilihan parti yang diadakan antara Jun dan Disember ini.

"Saya akan pergi pada masa yang sesuai apabila semuanya sudah selesai," kata beliau selepas mesyuarat Mesyuarat Majlis Presiden MCA di ibu negara hari ini.

Pemilihan pusat MCA akan diadakan paling awal bulan depan dan tidak lewat daripada Disember ini.

Kedua-dua Tsu Koon dan Soi Lek tidak bertanding pada PRU13 yang diadakan Ahad lalu.

Sementara itu. Tsu Koon berkata, keputusan itu dibuat kerana beliau rasa bertanggungjawab atas kekalahan teruk parti berkenaan pada PRU13.

"Saya telah memaklumkannya (peletakan jawatan) kepada Perdana Menteri (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) dan memberi laluan kepada parti untuk memulakan proses pembaharuan melalui pemilihan jawatankuasa baru pada masa akan datang.

"Walaupun telah meletakkan jawatan, saya tetap akan memberi khidmat saya sekiranya perlu dan akan terus bersama-sama dengan parti bagi meneruskan

Berkenaan dengan penyertaan wakil parti itu dalam kerajaan pusat, Tsu Koon berkata pihaknya tetap dengan pendirian mereka untuk tidak menerima sebarang jawatan dalam Kabinet.

Bagaimanapun, pemimpin Gerakan masih boleh memegang jawatan di peringkat negeri, katanya.

Ditanya mengenai dakwaan DAP yang menyifatkan keputusan MCA dan Gerakan tidak menyertai Kabinet sebagai tidak matang, Tsu Koon berkata: "Kami hanya menang satu kerusi Parlimen dan tiga kerusi Dun sahaja, tidak mungkin bagi kami untuk menerima sebarang jawatan dalam Kabinet kerana anggota yang mewakili kami terlalu sedikit."

Gerakan menang kerusi Parlimen Simpang Renggam (Johor) serta Dun Sidam (Kedah), Pemanis (Johor) dan Tanjong Papat di Sabah.

Gerakan bertanding 11 kerusi Parlimen dan 31 kerusi Dun pada PRU13.

Pada PRU 2008, parti itu menang dua kerusi Parlimen dan empat kerusi Dun.

MCA tetap enggan terima jawatan dalam kerajaan

KUALA LUMPUR - MCA tetap dengan pendirian enggan menerima sebarang jawatan dalam kerajaan di peringkat persekutuan dan negeri berikutan prestasi buruknya pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13) baru-baru ini, kata Presiden parti itu Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

"Parti akan mematuhi resolusi yang dibuat pada mesyuarat agung tahunan 2011 dan 2012 bahawa MCA akan menolak semua jawatan dalam kerajaan, jika prestasinya lebih teruk pada PRU13.

"Saya ingin menekankan bahawa keputusan itu (untuk tidak menerima jawatan dalam kerajaan) bukan datang daripada saya atau (timbalan presiden) Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, atau mana-mana badan. Ia daripada EGM yang diluluskan sebulat suara," katanya kepada pemberita selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat Majlis Presiden di Wisma MCA hari ini.

MCA hanya memenangi tujuh daripada 37 kerusi Parlimen dan 11 daripada 90 kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri yang ditandinginya pada PRU13, menyebabkan ia diberi gelaran memalukan 'seven-11 party' atau parti tujuh-11.

Pada 2008, MCA memenangi 15 kerusi Parlimen dan 32 kerusi Dun.

Chua berkata keputusan drastik itu juga bagi menghormati keputusan pengundi dan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak turut menyedarinya.

Ditanya sama ada MCA akan mempertimbang untuk menerima sebarang jawatan dalam kerajaan jika ditawar oleh Perdana Menteri, beliau akan menjawab soalan itu selepas Perdana Menteri membuat keputusan dan mengumumkannya.

Sementara itu, Chua menafikan khabar angin bahawa banyak pusat khidmat MCA ditutup, dan berkata anggota parti berkenaan hanya ingin berehat selepas menjalani tempoh berpolitik yang lama selain kempen pilihan raya yang sengit.

"Tidak benar pusat berkenaan sudah ditutup... Saya fikir kami memahami hala tuju kami amat jelas iaitu akan terus menjadi pusat yang berorientasikan perkhidmatan, bukan seperti DAP yang tidak mempunyai satupun pusat khidmat masyarakat," katanya.

Beliau berkata banyak pusat berkenaan ditutup buat sementara waktu bagi menyesuaikan diri dengan senario politik yang baru.

"Sebagai contoh, sesetengah pusat dipanggil Pusat Khidmat Wakil Rakyat, namun kini mereka perlu menukar papan tanda kerana tidak lagi menjadi wakil rakyat.

"Rakyat harus menyoal DAP mengapa mereka tidak mempunyai pusat khidmat masyarakat. Mengapa mereka perlu bising apabila pusat khidmat MCA ditutup beberapa hari. Ini menunjukkan mereka masih memerlukan khidmat MCA," katanya.
- Bernama

သန္း ၆၀ ႏွင္႔ ဘာသာေရး ပလက္ေဖာင္း

Posted: 12 May 2013 05:16 AM PDT

M-Media's status.သန္း ၆၀ ႏွင္႔ ဘာသာေရး ပလက္ေဖာင္း (The Voice Weekly) (ေပၚလင္းဦး)

ယခုေဆာင္းပါး ေရးရသည္မွာ ဘာသာေရးကို တို႔ထိရသျဖင့္ အမွန္ပင္ လက္တြန္႔ခ်င္စရာ ေကာင္းလွ၏။ လက္လည္း တြန္႔ပါ၏။ သို႔ေသာ္ တင္ျပသင့္ေသာ အျမင္တစ္ခုဟု ႐ိုး႐ိုးသားသား ယံုၾကည္ေသာေၾကာင့္ ေရးျဖစ္ျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။ သို႔ျဖစ္ရာ စာေရးသူ၏ အျမင္သက္သက္ကို တင္ျပ ျခင္းသာ၍ စာေရးသူႏွင့္ တိုက္ဆိုင္သူလည္း ရွိႏိုင္သလို၊ မတိုက္ဆိုင္သူ လည္းရွိႏိုင္သည္ကို ႀကိဳတင္ေမွ်ာ္ လင့္ထားေၾကာင္း ဦးစြာေဖာ္ျပအပ္ပါသည္။
ယေန႔ ျမန္မာျပည္၏ ကံၾကမၼာ အနိမ့္၊ အျမင့္ကို ေဗဒင္သာေမးခ်င္ ေတာ့သည္။ တစ္ပူမၿပီးေသး…။ ေနာက္တစ္ပူက အသင့္။ ကံပင္ နိမ့္ေနသည္ ေလာ။ စိုးရိမ္စရာ ေကာင္းလာ၏။ စိတ္ပူစရာ ေကာင္းလာ၏။ တစ္ဦး တစ္ေယာက္ သို႔မဟုတ္ တစ္ဖြဲ႔ဖြဲ႔က ရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္ရွိရွိ လုပ္ေနသလားဟုပင္ ေတြးခ်င္စရာ။

ေနာက္ျပန္လိႈင္း … ေနာက္ျပန္လိႈင္း အေၾကာင္းကို စာေရးသူတို႔ ေျပာၾကသည္။ တြင္ တြင္ ေျပာၾကသည္။ အလားတူ စိုးရိမ္ၾကသည္။ ေၾကာက္ၾက သည္။ စစ္အစိုးရ..စစ္အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရး ..။ စာေရးသူတို႔ ၾကံဳခဲ့ဖူးသည္။ ေတြ႔ခဲ့ဖူး သည္။ တုိင္းျပည္ တိုးတက္ေရး အတြက္ စစ္အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ ေရးျဖင့္ မျဖစ္ႏုိင္သည္ကို စာေရးသူတို႔ စာေတြ႔မဟုတ္။ လက္ေတြ႔အသိျဖင့္ သိခဲ့ၿပီးၿပီ။ ထို႔ေၾကာင့္
စစ္အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးသို႔ ျပန္မသြားလုိသည္မွာ သဘာဝက်သည္။ စစ္အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရး ဟူသည္ တည္ၿငိမ္မႈကို ဦးစားေပးေသာ အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္မႈပံုစံျဖစ္ရာ ႏိုင္ငံဖြံ႕ၿဖိဳးေရး ကိစၥမ်ား ေႏွာင့္ေႏွးဖင့္ႏႊဲ႕ရသည္မွာ သီအုိရီပင္ျဖစ္၏။

သို႔ေသာ္ ယေန႔ အေျခအေန အရပ္ရပ္အရ ဆိုရလွ်င္…။ ေနာက္တစ္ဖန္ စစ္အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးသို႔ တြန္းပို႔ႏိုင္သည့္ ျပႆနာမ်ား တစ္ခုၿပီးတစ္ခု ေပၚလာေခ်၏။ ဆက္တိုက္ဆိုသလို ျဖစ္လာ၏။ ယင္းတို႔အနက္ အစိုးရိမ္ရဆံုးမွာ ဘာသာေရး မီးစပင္ျဖစ္သည္။ က်န္ေသာ ျပႆနာတို႔ကား အတိုင္း အတာတစ္ခု အထိ ထိန္းသိမ္းႏိုင္ေသး၏။ သို႔ေသာ္လည္း ဘာသာေရးမီးစ ကား ထိုသို႔မဟုတ္။ ေလာင္မိလွ်င္ ဆက္တုိက္ ေလာင္တတ္၏။ ကူးစက္ရန္လည္း လြယ္ကူေသာ ပင္ကိုယ္သတၱိရွိ၏။ သုိ႔ျဖစ္ရာ မိတီၳလာအေရး ကဲ႔သို႔ေသာ ဘာသာေရးပဋိပကၡမ်ားမွာ ယေန႔ သန္း ၆၀ ၏ ေရွ႕ေရးကို ႀကီးမားစြာ ၿခိမ္းေျခာက္လ်က္ ရွိေပသည္။ စစ္အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးကို ေနာက္တစ္ႀကိမ္ လက္ယပ္ ေခၚေနသကဲ႔သို႔ ရွိေနသည္။သို႔ျဖစ္ရာ ႏုိင္ငံတည္ၿငိမ္မႈကို မလိုလားေသာ သူတို႔အေနျဖင့္ အလြယ္တကူ အတို႔အ႐ိႈ႕ လုပ္ႏုိင္ေသာ အေပါက္ကား ယင္းအေပါက္ပင္ ျဖစ္ေနေတာ့သည္။

ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံသည္ လူမ်ိဳးေပါင္းစံု၊ ဘာသာေပါင္းစံု စုစည္း ေနထိုင္ ေသာႏိုင္ငံျဖစ္၏။ အေသးစိတ္ ဆိုရလွ်င္ လူမ်ိဳးေပါင္း ၁၃၅ မ်ိဳး စုေပါင္း ေနထိုင္သလို.. ကိုးကြယ္မႈဘာသာေပါင္း ေလးမ်ိဳး စုစည္းေနထုိင္ၾကျခင္းလည္း ျဖစ္သည္။ ဤသည္မွာ ေပးထားခ်က္ျဖစ္သည္။ ျမန္မာျပည္၏ ေပးထား ခ်က္ျဖစ္သည္။

ႏိုင္ငံေရး ျပႆနာ အရပ္ရပ္ကို ခ်ဥ္းကပ္ရာတြင္ ေပးထားခ်က္မ်ားကို ေက်ာ္ခြစဥ္းစား၍မရ။ ျပည့္ျပည့္စံုစံု ထည့္သြင္းစဥ္းစားရန္ လိုသည္။ သို႔ျဖစ္ရာ ျပည္ေထာင္စုစစ္စစ္ ႏိုင္ငံတစ္ခုျဖစ္ႏိုင္ရန္ အတြက္ ၁၃၅ မ်ိဳးစလံုး ၾကည္ျဖဴ လက္ခံေသာ ႏုိင္ငံေရးပလက္ေဖာင္း တစ္ခု လိုသလို၊ ကိုးကြယ္မႈ ေလးမ်ဳိးစလံုး ၾကည္ျဖဴစြာ ယွဥ္တြဲေနႏိုင္ေသာ ဘာသာေရးပလက္ေဖာင္း တစ္ခု လည္းလိုသည္။
စာေရးသူတို႔သည္ ကိုးကြယ္မႈႏွင့္ ပတ္သတ္လွ်င္ "သူမွားသည္ ၊ ကိုယ္မွန္သည္" ဟု အေျခခံအားျဖင့္ ခ်ဥ္းကပ္ေလ့ ရွိၾကသည္။ ယင္းကား မည္သည့္ ဘာသာဝင္မဆို ခ်ဥ္းကပ္ေလ့ရွိေသာ ပံုစံ ျဖစ္သည္။ လူ႔သေဘာအရ သဘာဝလည္းက်ပါသည္။ သို႔ေသာ္ ယင္းခ်ဥ္းကပ္မႈ ပံုစံသည္ အခန္႔ မသင့္လွ်င္ မွားသူႏွင့္ မွန္သူမွာ ရန္ဖက္၊ ရန္သူအျဖစ္ ႐ႈျမင္သြားေစႏိုင္သည့္ လမ္းေၾကာင္းအထိ တြန္းပုိ႔ႏိုင္ပါသည္။ ယေန႔ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံ တြင္လည္း ဘာသာေရးႏွင့္ ပတ္သက္၍ ဗုဒၶဘာသာပင္ျဖစ္ေစ ၊ အစၥလာမ္ပင္ျဖစ္ေစ၊ ဟိႏၵဴပင္ျဖစ္ေစ၊ ခရစ္ယာန္ပင္ျဖစ္ေစ ယင္းပံုစံျဖင့္သာ ခ်ဥ္းကပ္ေနၾကျခင္း ျဖစ္ပါသည္။ ငါႏွင့္မတူ ၊ ငါ့ရန္သူ ဆိုေသာ သေဘာတရားႏွင့္ အတူတူပင္ ျဖစ္သည္။

ဤစာစု အေနျဖင့္မူ အ႐ိုးစြဲေနေသာ ယင္းခ်ဥ္းကပ္မႈပံုစံ ေနရာတြင္ လြတ္လပ္စြာ ကိုးကြယ္ ယံုၾကည္မႈကို မထိပါးေသာ ၊ ကိုးကြယ္မႈ မတူသူ မ်ားအၾကား ၾကည္ျဖဴစြာ အတူလက္တြဲ ေနထိုင္ႏိုင္မႈကို အေထာက္အကူ ျဖစ္ေစေသာ သာသာေရးအျမင္ ပလက္ေဖာင္းအသစ္ တစ္ခုကို အစားထိုး ႏိုင္ရန္ ရည္ရြယ္လုိျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။

စာေရးသူ အေနျဖင့္ တင္ျပရလွ်င္ လူတို႔သည္ ကိုးကြယ္မႈႏွင့္ ပတ္သတ္လွ်င္ "သူမွားသည္ ၊ ကိုယ္မွန္သည္" ဟု အမ်ားအားျဖင့္ ခ်ဥ္းကပ္ ေလ့ရွိေသာ္လည္း ေစ့ေစ့ေပါက္ေပါက္ ေလ့လာလွ်င္ ယင္းအျမင္မွာ လြန္စြာ အေျခမခိုင္လွသည္ ကိုလည္း ေတြ႔ရသည္။ အကယ္၍ သင္သည္ ခရစ္ယာန္ မိဘႏွစ္ပါးမွ ေမြးခဲ့ေသာ္ ယေန႔ကိုးကြယ္ေနေသာ ဘာသာမွာ ခရစ္ယာန္ ျဖစ္ရန္ ၉၉ ရာႏႈန္း ေသခ်ာမည္ျဖစ္ၿပီး က်န္ဘာသာ တရားမ်ားကို မွားသည္ ဟုယံုၾကည္သူ ျဖစ္လိမ္႔မည္။ အကယ္၍ သင္သည္ ဗုဒၶဘာသာဝင္ မိဘႏွစ္ပါး မွ ေမြးခဲ့ေသာ္ ယေန႔ကိုးကြယ္ေနေသာ ဘာသာမွာ ဗုဒၶဘာသာ ျဖစ္ရန္ ၉၉ ရာႏႈန္း ေသခ်ာမည္ျဖစ္ၿပီး က်န္ဘာသာတရားမ်ားကို မွားသည္ဟု ယံုၾကည္သူ ျဖစ္လိမ့္မည္။ အကယ္၍ သင္သည္ အစၥလာမ္ မိဘႏွစ္ပါးမွ ေမြးခဲ့ေသာ္ ယေန႔ကိုးကြယ္ေနေသာ ဘာသာမွာ အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာဝင္ ျဖစ္ရန္ ၉၉ ရာႏႈန္း ေသခ်ာမည္ျဖစ္ၿပီး က်န္ဘာသာတရား မ်ားကို မွားသည္ဟု ယံုၾကည္သူ ျဖစ္လိမ္႔မည္။

မိမိ၏ ယံုၾကည္မႈသည္ မိမိအေၾကာင္းႏွင့္ မိမိျဖစ္လာသကဲ႔သုိ႔ ၊ အျခားေသာ သူတို႔၏ ယံုၾကည္မႈသည္လည္း သူ႔အေၾကာင္းႏွင့္ သူျဖစ္လာျခင္းသာ ျဖစ္သည္။ ထိုထက္ ပြင့္ပြင့္လင္းလင္း ဆိုရေသာ္ ယံုၾကည္ကိုးကြယ္မႈ ဟူသည္မွာ အမ်ားစုအတြက္ မိမိေရြးခ်ယ္မႈ မဟုတ္ရဘဲ ၊ ၾကမၼာရဟတ္ ေဆးစက္က်ရာ အ႐ုပ္လိုက္ ထင္ေနရျခင္းသာျဖစ္သည္။ မိမိဘာသာ တရားကို ဖြံ႕ၿဖိဳးစည္ပင္ေအာင္ ေဆာင္ရြက္ျခင္းမွာ မွန္ကန္သင့္ျမတ္၏။ သို႔ေသာ္ အျခားဘာသာတရား မ်ားကို ႐ႈတ္ခ်ပုတ္ခတ္ျခင္းမွာ အလွ်င္း မလုပ္သင့္ေသာ ကိစၥျဖစ္ေပသည္။ သူ႔ဂုဏ္ႏွိမ့္မွ ၊ ကိုယ့္ဂုဏ္ ျမင့္လာမည္ဟု မွတ္ယူျခင္းမွာ အမွန္မျပည့္ဝျခင္းပင္။

ဤတြင္ စာေရးသူ သေဘာက်သည့္ My Name is Khan ေဘာလိဝုဒ္ ႐ုပ္ရွင္ကားကို ကိုးကားခ်င္ပါသည္။ စာေရးသူသည္ ဗုဒၶဘာသာဝင္တစ္ဦး ျဖစ္ေသာ္လည္း ဤ႐ုပ္ရွင္မွ ေပးခ်င္သည့္ မက္ေဆ့ခ်္ကို စာေရးသူ သေဘာက်သည္။ သေဘာတူသည္။ အမွန္မွာမူ မည္သည့္ ဘာသာဝင္ အုပ္စုတြင္ မဆို လူေကာင္းရွိသလို ၊ လူဆိုးလည္းရွိသည္။ စိ္တ္ဓာတ္ေရးရာ အဆင့္ အတန္းရွိသူ ရိွသလို၊ ေအာက္တန္းက်သူလည္း ရွိသည္။ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းစြာ ကိုယ့္မိသားစုႏွင့္ ေအးေအးခ်မ္းခ်မ္း ေနခ်င္သူရွိသလို ၊ တို႔မီး ႐ိႈႈ႕မီးတို႔ကို ဝါသနာ ပါသူေတြလည္း ရွိသည္။ အတၻပရ မွ်တသူမ်ားရွိသလို၊ ေလာဘေဇာသမား မ်ားလည္းရွိသည္။ ဆင္ျခင္တံုတရားျပည့္ဝသူမ်ားရွိသလို အဆင္ျခင္မဲ့ သူမ်ားလည္းရိွသည္။ သို႔ျဖစ္ရာ ဗုဒၶဘာသာဝင္မ်ားထဲတြင္လည္း ေကာင္းသူ ႏွင့္ ဆိုးသူဟူ၍ရွိသလို ၊ အစၥလာမ္မ်ားတြင္လည္း ေကာင္းသူႏွင့္ ဆိုးသူဟူ၍ ရိွသည္ကို လက္ခံရမည္။ ၄င္းသည္ အရွိတရားပင္ျဖစ္သည္။ ဟိႏၵဴ ကိုးကြယ္သူ မ်ားထဲတြင္လည္း လူေကာင္းႏွင့္ လူဆိုးရွိႏိုင္သလို ၊ ခရစ္ယာန္မ်ား ထဲတြင္ လည္း အလားတူရွိႏိုင္သည္မွာ သဘာဝက်သလို အမွန္တကယ္လည္း ဟုတ္ေပသည္။

ဤခ်ဥ္းကပ္မႈ ပံုစံသည္ "သူမွားသည္ ၊ ကိုယ္မွန္သည္" ဟု သူ႔ဘက္ ၊ ကိုယ့္ဘက္ ခြဲျခား စဥ္းစားျခင္းမဟုတ္ေပ။ မိမိတစ္ဖက္တည္းကို "လူေကာင္း၊ လူဆိုး" ခြဲျခားစဥ္းစားျခင္းနည္း ျဖစ္သည္။ ဘာသာေရး အုပ္စုတိုင္းတြင္ ေကာင္းသူေရာ၊ ဆိုးေနသူေရာ ရွိေနသည္မွာ လက္ေတြ႔အမွန္ တရားလည္း ျဖစ္သည္။ လူ႔အဖြဲ႕အစည္းတြင္ မည္သည့္ ဘာသာဝင္ပင္ျဖစ္ေစ ေကာင္းသူ မ်ား အခ်င္းခ်င္းပူးေပါင္း မေနႏိုင္စရာ အေၾကာင္းမရွိ။ မည္သည့္ ဘာသာဝင္ ပင္ျဖစ္ေစ ေအးေအး ခ်မ္းခ်မ္း ေနလိုေသာ သူမ်ားအခ်င္းခ်င္း အတူယွဥ္တြဲ မေနႏိုင္စရာ အေၾကာင္းမရိွ။ မည္သည့္ ဘာသာဝင္ပင္ျဖစ္ေစ မွ်တသူမ်ား အခ်င္းခ်င္း အတူယွဥ္တြဲ မေနႏိုင္စရာ အေၾကာင္းမရွိ။ မည္သည့္ ဘာသာဝင္ ပင္ျဖစ္ေစ သမာသမတ္က်သူမ်ားကို မၾကည္ျဖဴႏိုင္စရာ အေၾကာင္းမရိွ။ မည္သည့္ ဘာသာဝင္ပင္ျဖစ္ေစ ရက္ေရာေပးကမ္းသူမ်ားကို မလိုလား ႏိုင္စရာ အေၾကာင္းမရွိ။ မည္သည့္ဘာသာဝင္ ပင္ျဖစ္ေစ စိတ္ႏွလံုး ျမင့္ျမတ္သူမ်ားကို မေလးစားႏိုင္စရာ အေၾကာင္းမရွိေပ။

သို႔ေသာ္ အေၾကာင္းရိွသည္ကား။ မည္သည့္ ဘာသာဝင္ပင္ျဖစ္ေစ တို႔မီး၊ ႐ိႈ႕မီး လုပ္တတ္ေသာ သူမ်ားကို အလိုမရွိ။ မည္သည့္ ဘာသာဝင္ပင္ ျဖစ္ေစ ဆင္ျခင္တံုတရား မဲ့သူမ်ားကို အလိုမရွိ။ မည္သည့္ ဘာသာဝင္ပင္ ျဖစ္ေစ ဖ်ံက်တတ္ေသာ သူမ်ားကို အလိုမရွိ။မည္သည့္ ဘာသာ ဝင္ပင္ျဖစ္ေစ ကတံုးေပၚထိပ္ကြက္ လုပ္တတ္ေသာသူမ်ားကို အလုိမရွိ။ မည္သည့္ ဘာသာဝင္ပင္ျဖစ္ေစ ေအာက္တန္းစား စ႐ိုက္ ရွိသူမ်ားကို အလိုမရွိ မည္သည့္ ဘာသာဝင္ပင္ျဖစ္ေစ ဘနဖူး သိုက္တူးသူမ်ားကို အလိုမရွိ။ မည္သည့္ ဘာသာဝင္ျဖစ္ေစ ေကာက္က်စ္ေသာသူမ်ား ယုတ္မာတတ္ေသာ သူမ်ား၊ မ႐ိုးေျဖာင့္သူမ်ား၊ လူ႔အသိုင္းအဝိုင္းအတြက္ အဆိပ္အေတာက္ ျဖစ္ေစႏိုိင္ေသာ သူမ်ားကို အလိုမရွိေပ။

ထိုလက္တစ္ဆုပ္စာ အဆင္ျခင္မဲ့သူ မ်ားေၾကာင့္ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းစြာ ေနထိုင္လိုသူတို႔ အေႏွာင့္အယွက္ျဖစ္ရသည္။ လက္တစ္ဆုပ္စာ အဆင္ျခင္မဲ့သူ မ်ားေၾကာင့္ သင့္ျမတ္စြာ အတူေနလို သူတို႔ စိတ္ေသာကျဖစ္ရသည္။ လက္တစ္ဆုပ္စာ အဆင္ျခင္မဲ့သူ မ်ားေၾကာင့္ ဘာသာတစ္ခုႏွင့္ တစ္ခု အၾကား ပေယာဂဝင္ရသည္။ လက္တစ္ဆုပ္စာ အဆင္ျခင္မဲ့သူမ်ားေၾကာင့္ လူမ်ဳိးတစ္မ်ဳိးႏွင့္ တစ္မ်ဳိးအၾကား နားလည္မႈတို႔ ကြဲလြဲရသည္။ အနည္းငယ္ေသာ လက္တစ္ဆုပ္စာေၾကာင့္ သင့္ျမတ္ စြာ ေနႏိုင္သူမ်ား အိုးမဲ့အိမ့္မဲ့ ျဖစ္ရသည္။ က်ီးလန္႔စာစားျဖစ္ၾကရသည္။ ေတာေျပး ေတာင္ေျပး ေျပးၾကရသည္။ ဟိုပုန္း ဒီခို ေနၾကရသည္။ ေသသူ ေသရသည္။ ေၾကသူ ေၾကရသည္။
ထို႔ေၾကာင္႔ ျပႆနာ တစ္ရပ္အား ခ်ဥ္းကပ္ရာတြင္ "ဘယ္ဘာသာဝင္ေတြေၾကာင့္" ဟု လက္ညိႇဳးမထိုးေစလိုဘဲ "ဘယ္လိုသူေတြေၾကာင့္" ဟုသာ ႐ႈျမင္ေစခ်င္ပါသည္။ တစ္ဆက္တည္း တင္ျပရလွ်င္ "အစြန္းေရာက္ မ်ဳိးခ်စ္စိတ္သည္ ဒီမိုကေရစီ၏ ေထာင္ေခ်ာက္ျဖစ္သည္" ဆိုေသာ စကားကို သန္း ၆၀ တို႔ သတိျပဳေစခ်င္သည္။

နိဂံုခ်ဳပ္အားျဖင့္ တင္ျပရလွ်င္ ယေန႔ၾကံဳေတြ႔ေနရေသာ ျပႆနာ အရပ္ရပ္တြင္ ဘာသာေရး ပဋိပကၡသည္ အႏၲရာယ္ အႀကီးဆံုးမီးစ ျဖစ္သည္ ဟု ဆိုခ်င္ပါသည္။ ဒီမိုကေရစီခရီးအတြက္ အခ်ိန္မေရြး ေပါက္ကြဲႏိုင္ေသာ ဗံုးတစ္လံုးႏွင့္ အလြန္တူသည္။ ေပါက္ကြဲလွ်င္လည္း ေလာင္ကြၽမ္းလြယ္သလို၊ ကူးစက္မႈလည္း ျမန္ႏိုင္သည္ျဖစ္ရာ ယင္းမီစ ကို သပ္သပ္ရပ္ရပ္ ထိန္းသိမ္းႏိုင္ရန္ မဟာဗ်ဴဟာ တစ္ခုကို မျဖစ္မေန စဥ္းစားေဖာ္ ထုတ္ရန္လုိပါသည္။ ထို႔ေၾကာင့္ စာေရးသူအေနျဖင့္ ယင္းအတြက္ အေထာက္အပံ့တစ္ခု ျဖစ္ေစရန္ အလို႔ငွာ ရည္စူး၍ ဤအယူအဆကို ဘာသာေရးပလက္ေဖာင္း တစ္ခုအျဖစ္ တင္ျပရျခင္း ျဖစ္ပါသည္။ အကယ္၍ ယင္းပလက္ေဖာင္းသာ လူတိုင္း ေလွ်ာက္ႏုိင္ေလာက္ေအာင္ ဖြ႕ံၿဖိဳးလာပါက ကိုးကြယ္မႈ မတူသူမ်ားပင္ ျဖစ္လင့္ကစား ၿငိ္မ္းခ်မ္းစြာေနလိုသူမ်ား အၾကားနားလည္မႈ တစ္စံုတစ္ရာ ဖြံ႕ၿဖိဳး လာႏုိင္မည္ ျဖစ္ပါေၾကာင္း။


Sokongan Melayu Terhadap PAS Meningkat

Posted: 12 May 2013 04:11 AM PDT

Peningkatan sokongan kaum Melayu terhadap PAS dalam Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU-13) yang lalu dengan purata lebih 45 peratus membuktikan parti komponen Pakatan Rakyat (PR) itu masih mendapat tempat di kalangan pengundi.

Purata sokongan yang diperolehi PAS daripada pengundi Melayu di Semenanjung itu berjaya menepis dakwaan Umno-BN berhubung 'tsunami Cina' yang mengaitkan isu perkauman.

Ahli Parlimen Shah Alam, Khalid Samad menyifatkan propaganda Umno-BN yang sengaja mengapi-apikan sentimen perkauman nyata telah gagal dan tidak mempengaruhi rakyat.

Mengambil contoh di Selangor, katanya rakyat yang berada di bawah kepimpinan PR sejak lima tahun lalu tidak mengalami kerugian malah diberikan hak dan manfaat yang sama rata.

"Saya rasa di negeri Selangor, segala propaganda Umno-BN untuk menjadikan politik perkauman telah gagal.

"Apa yang kita mahu ialah kerajaan yang bersih seperti di Selangor di mana kita semua telah menikmati hasil daripada pemerintahan yang bersih.

"Sokongan masyarakat Melayu kini sudah semakin meningkat kerana propaganda Umno-BN telah memakan diri dan diketahui rakyat sebagai satu pembohongan," katanya kepada TV Selangor.

Ahli Parlimen Kota Raja, Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud pula berkata, kemenangan besar yang dicatatkan PR adalah atas dasar sokongan padu semua kaum terhadap gagasan itu yang mahukan perubahan.

Katanya, kebanyakan kerusi DUN yang dimenangi PAS dan PR membuktikan rakyat kini semakin bijak membuat pilihan dan menolak politik perkauman.

Sementara itu, Adun Taman Templer, Zaidy Abdul Talib berpendapat peningkatan undi PR bukanlah disebabkan tsunami Cina, tetapi ia datang daripada sokongan masyarakat bandar dan kampung tradisi.

"Memang Cina kita lihat sebahagian besarnya menyokong PR tetapi dalam masa sama kemenangan yang dikecapi adalah hasil sokongan golongan muda dan Melayu. Contohnya di DUN Sabak yang mendapat majoriti undi daripada kaum Melayu. Itu sahaja sudah jelas menangkis anggapan BN tentang tsunami Cina," tegasnya.

The Principle of Permission

Posted: 12 May 2013 01:48 AM PDT

The immigration reform measure the Senate began debating yesterday would create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the U.S., in what privacy groups fear could be the first step to a ubiquitous national identification system.

Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation (.pdf)  is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named "photo tool," a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver's license or other state-issued photo ID.

Employers would be obliged to look up every new hire in the database to verify that they match their photo.

This piece of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act is aimed at curbing employment of undocumented immigrants. But privacy advocates fear the inevitable mission creep, ending with the proof of self being required at polling places, to rent a house, buy a gun, open a bank account, acquire credit, board a plane or even attend a sporting event or log on the internet. Think of it as a government version of Foursquare, with Big Brother cataloging every check-in.

"It starts to change the relationship between the citizen and state, you do have to get permission to do things," said Chris Calabrese, a congressional lobbyist with the American Civil Liberties Union. "More fundamentally, it could be the start of keeping a record of all things."

For now, the legislation allows the database to be used solely for employment purposes. But historically such limitations don't last. The Social Security card, for example, was created to track your government retirement benefits. Now you need it to purchase health insurance.

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[VIDEO] TIPU PRU: Hadiah Keranda Untuk SPR

Posted: 12 May 2013 02:32 AM PDT

Badan Bukan Kerajaan (NGO) dan pertubuhan mahasiswa mendesak Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya Malaysia (SPR), Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof agar meletakkan jawatan segera.

Ia berhubung pelbagai dakwaan kegagalan suruhanjaya itu dalam mengendalikan perjalanan Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13(PRU13) lepas dengan telus dan adil.

Pengerusi Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM), Badrul Hisham Shaharin berkata, pada 18 Mei ini satu himpunan lebih besar rakyat membantah penipuan SPR akan diadakan dalam masa terdekat yang akan diumumkan kemudian.

"Kami menuntut dengan jelas untuk dikembalikan semula sistem demokrasi, dengan kebangkitan rakyat hari ini kamu tidak berjaya melenyapkan suara kami,

"Wahai anak muda kekalahan dan kemenangan itu tidak terletak hanya di atas kertas undi, kekalahan adalah apabila kita terus berdiam diri, percayalah apabila kita terus bangkit kemenangan berada di pihak kita dengan negara ini perlu diselamatkan," kata Badrul Hisham.

Desakan itu dilakukan kira-kira 50 orang daripada pelbagai NGO dan mahasiswa di hadapan Bangunan SPR di sini dengan kebanyakkan mereka memakai baju hitam simbol matinya demokrasi di negara ini. Mereka turut membawa dua buah replika keranda bewarna hitam dengan tulisan SPR serta sepanduk bertulis 'PRU 13 adalah yang paling kotor' mereka turut melaungkan 'Tukar SPR' dan 'Anak Muda Mahukan Keadilan'.

Turut kelihatan juga ialah kira-kira lebih 20 orang anggota polis di sekitar kawasan perhimpunan itu bagi mengawal keselamatan.

Pengerusi Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM), Safwan Anang semasa ucapannya berkata, pihaknya memberi masa selama tujuh hari untuk Abdul Aziz memberikan respon terhadap tuntutan mereka.

"Kami sebagai badan bebas dan juga pemerhati politik merasa kecewa dengan unsur – unsur penipuan yang berlaku sebab itu kita berjumpa dengan SPR untuk mendapatkan penjelasan apa sebenar yang berlaku.

"SPR tidak wajar bersikap bias, kita menolak sebarang unsur penipuan yang berlaku," kata Safwan.

LISTEN: BN spokesman Khairy addresses electoral fraud allegations | Asia Pacific | ABC Radio Australia

Posted: 11 May 2013 09:06 PM PDT

BN spokesman Khairy addresses electoral fraud allegations | Asia Pacific | ABC Radio Australia

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The Brain Exercise

Posted: 11 May 2013 09:33 PM PDT

If you can read this OUT LOUD, you have a strong mind. And better than that: Alzheimer's is a long, long, way down the road before it ever gets anywhere near you.

If you can read the following paragraph, forward it to your friends and the person who sent it to you with 'Yes' in the subject line. Only very good minds can read this. This is weird, but interesting!

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D0 4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5!
1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5!
1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG
17 WA5 H4RD BU7
N0W, 0N 7H15 LIN3
R34D1NG 17
W17H 0U7 3V3N
7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17,
C3R741N P30PL3 C4N
R3AD 7H15.
PL3453 F0RW4RD 1F
U C4N R34D 7H15.

If you can read this, you are one of the 55 people out of 100 who can.

I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseaethe huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed this forwrad it

This is a TEST. Good Luck!!!

I don't know about the wishes, but we can all use some brain exercise!! How old are your eyes?

The Eye Test

Can you find the two B's?
(DON'T skip, or your wishes won't come true…)


Once you've found the B's, find the 1… 


Once you've found the 1, find the 6… 


Once you've found the 6, find the N. (It's hard!!) 


Once you've found the N, find the Q... 


Make two wishes!

>>>>>>>>>> > > 
>>>> >> 

Do send this message on. It is fun and good for the brain!!!

Happy MotherFu---r's Day!

Posted: 11 May 2013 09:01 PM PDT

To all moms, Happy Mother's Day!

However, a few politicians are not celebrating Mother's Day. They celebrate MotherFu---r's Day of MF Day instead.

They still go around disputing the 13th general election result, organising illegal public rallies and inciting anti-government sentiment. They had the second rally at Stadium Batu Kawan in Penang last night after massing about 50,000 supporters at Kelana Jaya stadium on May 8.

This MF also described the 13th GE as 'mother of all frauds'.

The opposition has yet to come up with a single proof of what they alleged as vote rigging and phantom voters but they had badmouthed Barisan Nasional and the Election Commission for 'stealing their victory'.

Foreign media and news agency too are playing up the stories, with their reps in Malaysia sensationalising it at the expense of the country's good image and democracy.

These MFs will never concede defeat until their objective to rule the country is not attained. They will not wait for another four or five years to the next general election as some of their leaders are already reaching their 'menopause' age.

The greed for power is overcoming them to the extent that they will do anything to make PM Najib Tun Razak surrender his seat, and public rally is among their best avenue to reach those radical and 'extremist of politics' to jump on the bandwagon.

Whatever it takes - including bloody riot and civil war - as long as their demands are met!

I think these MotherFu---rs are not celebrating Mother's Day since they don't really understand what 'keeping our motherland' is all about!

Their mind is already set to bring the country down...

Sorry guys for the language but if Azmin Ali himself was fed up with all such craps, I am more disgusted at it.

Malaysian election 'mother of all frauds' | ABC Radio Australia

Posted: 11 May 2013 08:55 PM PDT

Malaysian election 'mother of all frauds' | ABC Radio Australia

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