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- Bukti Mengapa Ku Nan & UMNO Wajib Ditolak!
- Don't Quit!
Posted: 02 May 2013 11:42 AM PDT
It was also a clear message to Anwar's good friend Senator Xenophon that his intention to play an 'observer role' in the 13th general election is not recognised by anybody.
Australia appears to have thrown cold water on an attempt by opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to get Canberra to interfere in the election process.So, to whom should Anwar and Pakatan Rakyat turn to?
Posted: 02 May 2013 09:26 AM PDT
in penang, pakatan rakyat (PR) will have its final ceramah (rally) before polling day – one on the island and one on the mainland. do not missed them! no excuse for missing them since the island people and the mainland people are considered. why, i'm sure many people will even go for both ceramah!
lately, as we had heard and seen (like on facebook) many of the PR ceramah all over the states had been very well attended. no free food, no free t-shirt, no free entertainment… yet the ceramah continued to draw in crowds, as many as 70,000, as seen on 29 april monday at han chiang. i hope today's esplanade will draw in 100,000! so YOU must be there to made up the crowd.
i will be there of course but luckily i have a media tag so i can be inside the media enclosure right in front of the stage. will be able to get good shots of the crowd and the speakers then from there. had attended the one on 19 april at the esplanade too and there were about 50,000 people! you can see the photo album on my facebook.
ok right now, i only have the poster for the ceramah on the island today. tomorrow's ceramah will be IJM promenade, bandar sri pinang, at 8.00pm.
Posted: 02 May 2013 08:46 AM PDT
Who are you kidding Di?
I am not so well for the past 3 days. I have been hit a little by food poisoning to I suffer from tummy ache and I frequent the loo a little bit more.
I wanted to lay down on the bed earlier tonight but the little boys just have to follow me dont they?
See the pint size- 9 kilos ones wanted to lay down flat on my body while watching TV. As if the room is not big enough for him. And they bigger 20 something kilos one just want to snuggle while waving his hands about and singing some new song he learned at the kindy.
Sometimes I am so tired from work all I wanna do is put my feet up and drink a cold drink, eat chocolate and watch MTV or something. But I cant coz they kids will bug me. I am so tired…
Then I think of how maybe a few years from now.. Miki will be a teenager. I dont think he wants me to hug him anymore… And Rafa will be bigger and he will just fall asleep on his own… They would both need me less and less. I would be lonely then wouldnt I?
ok until then, come and bergolek-golek in top of my body… Pull my hair…eat ny nose… I am going to miss these moments when they are gone…
Mummy loves you Miki Monster and Wreck-it Rafa! Love you to bits!
Posted: 02 May 2013 07:16 AM PDT
Posted: 02 May 2013 03:20 AM PDT
Posted: 02 May 2013 11:06 AM PDT
Dah tengok video Saiful Bukhari mengangkat sumpah laknat di depan Kaabah. Video tersebut pada 9 April 2012 tetapi baru dipublish di youtube sempena lagi 3 hari akan mengundi. Firstly aku tengok, wahh biar betul. Kalau betul Saiful Bukhari betul, harap kebenaran akan menjelma bagi pihak beliau. Tetapi kalau tidak benar, aku harap ALLAH melaknat dia kerana mempersendakan kekuasaan ALLAH S.W.T.
Aku tak sure sama ada aku akan ditangkap atau tidak kalau aku buat pendedahan yang aku rasa aku betul. First aku tengok, memang aku percaya video nie benar sebab video bewarna dan mempunya suara. Tak macam video-video UMNO/ BN buat yang video lucah. So aku pon tengok berulang-ulang kali untuk trace wajah muka Saiful samaada terdapat perbezaan tone. Ada sedikit. Oh it tdak boleh dijadikan bukti. Then ada something aku rasa tak kena.
Cuba perhatikan pada minit 1.03 saat.
Cuba perhatikan di saat ada seorang hamba ALLAH berbaju putih melalui di belakang badan Saiful. Seperti bertindih dengan Saiful walhal badan Saiful tidak sama sekali bergerak mahupun tersentuh. Aku pon jadi tanda tanya. Adakah ini hanya video menggunakan skrin hijau macam filem Cicakman dan Merong Mahawangsa. Aku tak mahu tuduh siapa yang create video ini. Tapi aku rasa ini satu penipuan.
Mereka dah mula belajar edit video bewarna dan bersuara, tapi hampa perasan tak, di kalangan ramai-ramai, suara Saiful amat jelas sekali berbanding background belakang. Itu mustahil. Cuba pergi market, rakam, background sangatlah bising. Allahuakbar. Sampai begini sekali politik Malaysia. Sedih ooii.
P/S : Ya Allah Ya Tuhanku, tunjukkan lah kebenaran kepada semua rakyat Malaysia. Amin. -fizgraphic.com
Gambor tu superimposed; nampak pertindihan imej yg ketara dgn jemaah di belakang yg sdg bergerak. Pastu nape gambarnya closed-up? -Elias Hj Deris
Posted: 02 May 2013 07:48 AM PDT
"Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters." ― Abraham Lincoln
"The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men. " ― Lyndon B. Johnson
"The ruling power is always faced with the question, 'In such and such circumstances, what would you do?', whereas the opposition is not obliged to take responsibility or make any real decisions." ― George Orwell
"If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don't bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don't bullshit yourself that you're not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote."
― David Foster Wallace, Up, Simba!
"Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals, and to imagine that together we can do great things.
In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible."
― Caroline Kennedy
"Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education."
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Democracy is not just the right to vote, it is the right to live in dignity."
― Naomi Klein
"Every election is determined by the people who show up."
― Larry J. Sabato, Pendulum Swing
"We must try again to be alive to what the people of our country really long for in our national life: forgiveness and grace, maturity and wisdom.
...Our political leaders will know our priorities only if we tell them, again and again, and if those priorities begin to show up in the polls."
― Peggy Noonan, Patriotic Grace: What It Is and Why We Need It Now
"All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or back gammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it. The character of the voters is not staked. I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail. I am willing to leave it to the majority. Its obligation, therefore, never exceeds that of expediency. Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority."
― Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
"You know your vote doesn't count, but you go through the motions, because it's been drummed into your head that you might be the one person who makes a difference."
― Marshall Karp, The Rabbit Factory
"Voter apathy was, and will remain the greatest threat to democracy."
― Hazen Pingree
"...they say if you don't vote, you get the government you deserve, and if you do, you never get the results you expected."
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
Posted: 02 May 2013 07:14 AM PDT
An official report into last year's violence in Rakhine State, launched on April 29 at the government's foreign donor financed Myanmar Peace Center, is intellectually, ideologically, empirically and analytically flawed, underscoring President Thein Sein's bid to whitewash the recent ethnic cleansing of Muslim Rohingya in the western state, which borders Bangladesh.
Thein Sein and his allies are increasingly using various crisis inquiry commissions, including the Aung San Suu Kyi-led Letpadaung Mountain Copper Mine Inquiry Commission and now the Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing Inquiry Commission, as public relations instruments to deflect public attention from its spectacular failures in handling popular discontent, state-sponsored violence against civilian populations, and mass ethno-religious violence.
In instances where the role of government institutions was instrumental, for instance in last year's pogroms in Rakhine State, inquiry commissions have become useful tools of deflection for Naypyidaw. The latest official report, originally classified as "secret", of the Rakhine Sectarian Violence Inquiry Commission was strategically released to counter the damning and credible April 22 report "All You Can Do is Pray: Ethnic Cleansing and the Crimes Against Humanity in Myanmar", released by US-based rights lobby Human Rights Watch.
The Inquiry Commission was stacked with cooperative technocrats, ethnic minority leaders, socialites, religious leaders and so-called human rights activists who were prepared or compelled to sign off on the report despite knowing it contained verifiably false and distorted facts about important issues under investigation.
As a product of such an unholy alliance, the commission's report is patently un-professional, non-independent and unprincipled. Devoid of crucial truths, it is a document utterly uninformed by any well-established analytical concepts such as "ethnic formation", "identity formation", "state's mobilization" in genocide studies, "discourse", "nationalism", "history" – through which all scholars and researchers of the social world attempt to make sense of even ordinary human affairs, including genocides.
Ethnic labels in Myanmar, including for the Chin and the Kachin, were externally imposed by British colonial administrators and American Baptist missionaries on the "natives". These were disparate groups who originally identified themselves tribally, as clans and along geographic lines. The new ethnic labels were less than 50 years old upon independence in 1948. Mal-informed by the prevailing pseudo-scientific knowledge about race and ethnicity in Europe, the British colonials and American missionaries grouped these "tribal peoples" in borderlands together for administrative expediency.
As Indian economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen correctly pointed out during a public seminar on Myanmar at Columbia University last September, the geographical areas now known as Arakan or Rakhine State frequently changed hands among neighboring feudal rulers, and boundaries were always elastic in the pre-colonial era.
The Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing Inquiry report officially stresses how the Rakhine feudal lords expanded their reach over territories in what was then Bengal, while making light of the fact that there were Bengali kings who ruled what was then the Kingdom of Arakan. Academics, especially establishment ethno-nationalist historians, have long proven capable of recounting the past only from a victor's perspective. The two leading scholars on the Inquiry Commission are no exception.
For a commission that was led by two historically trained Burmese and a retired Rangoon [now Yangon] University history professor, the report's treatment of the history of a people whom the commission insisted on referring to as "Bengali" is anything if not "ethnocidal" – that is, an attempt to erase concrete historical evidence that the Rohingya, a self-referential identity, existed as an ethnic community and was officially recognized by the state under the democratic government of prime minister U Nu.
This recognition of the Rohingya as an official constitutive ethnic group of the country, as well as their full citizenship status, was not confined to civilian politicians from the ruling political parties. During its two-year caretaker government (1958-60), the army's senior most leadership of General Ne Win and his deputies including Brigadier Aung Gyi officially recognized the Rohingya by their own self-chosen ethnic name: the Rohingya.
While Thein Sein's commission's historians claimed to have poured over the archival records at the country's National Archives relevant to these "Bengalis", to borrow the standard Rakhine reference to the Rohingya of western Myanmar, they violated professional ethics as researchers by blatantly omitting any concrete evidence that the Rohingya were both an official ethnic group and citizens of Myanmar.
In fact, one doesn't need to bother going to the archives to verify the Rohingya's ethnic identity and their citizenship status. Photographic copies of the verifiably authentic official records (for instance, Burma's Encyclopedia published by the Government Printing Press in 1964, official transcripts of speeches by the Burmese generals bearing the Rohingya's name, Burmese state newspaper clippings announcing a national radio program for various ethnic languages including the Rohingya language, parliamentary records, etc) are easily accessible in numerous social media sites and on-line archives.
But the commissioners, either as anti-Rohingya Islamophobes or under duress from the government that appointed them to the Inquiry Commission, especially the professional historians among them, evidently chose to weed out any historical evidence that contradicts Myanmar's racist Citizenship Act of 1982, which was designed with input from Rakhine nationalists and earlier anti-Muslim elements in the Ministries of Defense and Immigration to strip Muslim Rohingyas both of their ethnic identity and citizenship standing.
State-sponsored ethnocide, which began with the brutal immigration campaign of 1978 which drove out nearly 200,000 Rohingya from the Rakhine state across to neighboring Bangladesh, was "unproblematized" by the commissioners, all of whom insisted that they were "politically independent". The ethnocide is all the more shocking considering the commission's ethnic diversity, including representatives from the ethnic Kachin, Chin, Karen, Shan and other communities that have experienced oppression from state authorities.
Ethno-religiously, the commission was a good mix – that is, except that there was no Rohingya – nay, "Bengali" – representation. Dr Myo Myint (Bama or Bama-identified), Khun Tun Oo (Shan), Jana Lahtaw (Kachin), Dr Salai Andrew (Chin), U Soe Thein (Bama), Dr Yin Yin Nwe (Shan-Bama), Dr Kyaw Yin Hlaing (Shan-Bama), Zarganar (Bama), Aung Naing Oo (Bama), Ko Ko Gyi (a national security race?), Tin Aung Moe (Bama), Daw Than Than Nu (Bama), (Vet) Dr Aye Maung (Rakhine with neo-Nazi views), Aye Thar Aung (ultra-nationalist Rakhine), Reverend Margay Gyi (Karen), U Tun Aung Chain (Karen). There are also Myanmar Muslims (ethnically Indians) and Myanmar Hindu.
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With the exception of the Muslim commissioners, none of these ethno-religious diverse commissioners fought against the state-sponsored ethnocide of the Rohingya in the form of the commission's vehement opposition to the word "Rohingya". The two Muslim leaders who challenged this ethnocide and stood up for the Rohingya's own "imagined identity" were kicked out. Their crime? – frivolous charges of speaking to the press about the inquiry while others who also spoke to the media were left untouched.
As to be expected, the report made no mention of how politics got in the way of establishing truths about the mass violence in Rakhine State. In fact, the commission sought to confirm the popular anti-Muslim racism without problematizing the recent growth of this increasingly virulent strain of Islamophobia and anti-Bengali sentiment across all indigenous national races of Myanmar.
The commission did raise passing concern about the 969, a neo-Nazi movement ostensibly led by Buddhist monks from Myanmar's leading teaching monasteries, and its divisive impact on ethnic and social relations in society. But it fell far short of pointing out the need to take seriously the new neo-fascist turn in the country's well-known anti-Muslim, pro-Buddhist racism. The report's authors chose to describe the now world infamous 969 rather mildly as "a campaign among the Buddhist to defend their own faith and to encourage intra-Buddhist commerce and trade".
All this is troubling but not unexpected. It was under the Religious Affairs Director-Generalship of Commission chair Dr Myo Myint that there was a proliferation of anti-Muslim quasi-religious publications, long before the previous crop of ruling generals allowed for greater freedom of press, assembly and speech. The leading voice of 969, Buddhist monk Wirathu, recently told the Associated Press that his views were formed as early as 2001.
Sadly, nearly half of the commissioners are my old, and now former, friends. Their collective document is unmistakably Bama racist/Orientalist in orientation, treating both communities in the conflict with a typical popular Bama contempt and dislike. This is adding insult to injury for both parties in the conflict, namely the Rakhines and the Rohingya.
The Rakhines are portrayed essentially as lazy natives who can not compete with the thrifty, business-savvy, hard-working "Bengalis" without the intervention of the state and its blood-based neo-fascist 1982 Citizenship Act.
The Rohingya are described as elementary school children-like people who, having obtained commission members' hand-phone numbers from their Muslim contacts in Yangon, kept on calling the commission members to blabber on about their sufferings and whine about their grievances.
These portrayals repeat a crucial racially charged popular narrative that turns out to be factually incorrect, namely that three Bengalis raped and brutally murdered a 28-year-old Rakhine Buddhist woman, the supposed first spark of the following pogroms. This was pointed out to me personally by a more honest commission member, Myanmar's most famous political comedian and former political prisoner, Zarganar.
This rape case is vitally important because the commission identified it as a key trigger for anti-"Bengali" mobilization by Rakhine nationalists, politicians and parties, including some of the Rakhine members of the Inquiry Commission, including Aye Maung, a vet-cum-MP in Naypyidaw from the Rakhine National Development Party, an ultra-nationalist group that has claimed to be working for the "purification of Rakhine state".
But the arrested and alleged rapists were officially registered as two Kaman Muslims and a Rakhine adopted by a Rohingya Muslim family in Pauk-taw Township. Zarganar, one of the five members who was one of the leading spokespersons for the commission at the press conference where the report was launched, told this writer in no uncertain terms that he interviewed the doctor in Rakhine state who performed the post mortem of the raped woman's corpse.
According to this videotaped interview, the alleged Rakhine rape victim bore no sign of having been raped. Yes, she was brutally murdered and her jewelry was gone. But she was certainly not raped, recounted Zarganar, based on his one-on-one recorded interview with the doctor. The doctor was eventually forced by the authorities to sign the official post-mortem report that established the rape that did not take place.
Then there was no mention of the "suicide in police custody" of one of the alleged rapists – Htet Htet, a non-Bengali adopted son of a Bengali family. Nor was there any mention of the fact that his freshly widowed wife was also found dead, allegedly having "drowned" in a local well.
Was there foul play? It appears that Zarganar, the well-respected political comedian and dissident who went to jail four times since the 1988 pro-democracy uprisings crushed by the military, was compelled to put his name to the official commission report which contained statements and misinformation which he himself knows are patently and verifiably false.
The entire report is riddled with inter-contradictions and inconsistencies that are not explained. For instance, the report raises the issue of the lack of or weak inter-agency coordination among the army, intelligence, civil administration, immigration, attorney general's office and Rakhine chief/prime minister's office. It discusses how and why the security forces and constitutive agencies only listened to direct orders from Naypyidaw.
But the commission chose not to ask why Naypyidaw failed to issue orders to provide adequate measures to protect the targeted Rohingya communities. Instead, the National Defense and Intelligence Council (or Kar-lon in Burmese) did nothing to mobilize security forces to protect the Rohingya, troops which Thein Sein and his deputies knew would obey only direct orders from ministerial headquarters.
Perhaps one silver living in the dark episode is that the report accurately states that local authorities in Rakhine State have absolutely no power to order security forces, including army, police, and border-control interagency troops, to do anything to quell mass violence. This was and still is something only Thein Sein's central government can do.
Furthermore, vague if not imaginary statistics are cited throughout the 186-page document without accompanying narratives or explanations. The commission did not even bother to account for its own official statistics from the government. The fact is that the greatest number of deaths and destruction were borne by the Rohingya. And yet a highly disproportionate number of the Rohingya vis-a-vis the Rakhine have been tried.
In the first wave of Rohingya-Rakhine violence in June last year, 4,188 Rohingya homes were destroyed while the Rakhine suffered the loss of 1,150 homes. In the second wave of violence in October, 2,371 Rohingya homes were destroyed as opposed to only 42 homes that belonged to the Rakhine. And again, out of a total of 1,835 arrested in connection with the mass violence, 1,589 are Rohingya and only 246 are Rakhine.
Perhaps the scholarly presidential investigators on the commission could advance and test a hypothesis that the economic productivity of Rakhine Buddhists (all Buddhists in Myanmar?) must be inversely correlated with the destructive capacity of the group. For the report orientalized the Rakhine as a low-productivity group, or more crudely, lazy natives.
The commission's official statistic implies the awesome power of a small group of Rakhine – 246 to be exact – to destroy thousands of homes and dozens of mosques in about a dozen different towns and cities and make over 120,000 Rohingya refugees homeless, shelter-less, internally displaced persons in a span of just five months.
If this number of Rakhine terrorizers, arsonists and slaughters does not seem quite convincing given the magnitude of death and devastation they had wrought throughout northern and southern Rakhine State, then who else aided and abetted the principal terrorizers among the Rakhine who wanted a Rakhine State only for the Rakhine?
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There is no mention in the report of a single case wherein any official, security or civil, was held accountable for his or her leadership failure, or worse, participation in the pogroms. According to Zarganar, his official request that the investigators be allowed unfettered access to all the important officials alive, past and present who have served in western Myanmar over the past 25 years was never granted. He told me that many of the officials were transferred to remote places after the commission was formed on August 17.
So what is Naypyidaw trying to hide? That question, of course, also lied outside the mandated scope of the Presidential Inquiry Commission.
The spread of rumors and hate-speech against Rohingya on social media was touched on as an important issue, and yet no attempt was made to point out that Thein Sein's spokespersons, Major Zaw Htay and Deputy Minister of Information Ye Htut, are internationally known figures who use social media to disseminate deliberately false news and engage in hate and fear-mongering.
At the time of the crisis, Zaw Htay was spreading grossly inaccurate news, including that "a group of armed radical Muslims have entered Rakhine from [the] Bangladesh side". Meanwhile, Ye Htut spread official lies, including the notion that there was "no need for further provision of shelter for the Bengali IDPs because the government has provided them with everything for the coming rainy season".
The report rightly recommends urgent provision of adequate shelter and other humanitarian assistance because of the dire, overcrowded IDP camps for 100,000-plus "Bengali". Echoing the International Crisis Group's monocausal explanation that communal violence often accompanies democratic openings, the report sees greater freedom of speech as a causal explanation for the spread of hate speech.
The commission decided it was not worth noting that it purged U Nyunt Maung Shein and U Tin Maung Than, the two prominent and non-pliant Muslim members of the commission who were actually pushing for truths about the communal violence. That push obviously did not go down well with chairman Dr Myo Myint and Border Control Minister Lt-General Thein Htay.
According to U Tin Maung Than, two days after a 15-minute heated phone conversation last autumn over what should be reported to commission patron Thein Sein and how frequently reporting should be done, he was expelled from the commission in the same manner he was appointed – that is, with no prior knowledge nor explanation.
Chairman Myo Myint was on record saying to U Tin Maung Than that "the welfare and security of these people are not the commission's responsibility, nor do you need to send President Thein Sein important updates." Although Zarganar pushed to get access to crucial heads of security forces stationed in Rakhine State to conduct a proper inquiry, he later complained that both the commission's chairman and secretary did their best "to derail the inquiry".
Inquiry commissions are generally not about seeking or finding incriminating evidence that will lead their commissioning presidents to the gallows. Thein Sein may be a liar with a straight face but he ain't dumb. Preemptively, the eight mandates outlined by Thein Sein in fact did not include any study of the role of the state, its institutions, or the responsibilities of the national leadership.
Above all, the report simply reinforced the state-sponsored Rohingya ethnocide and chose to overlook the elephant in the room: the military-led state and its crucial role in the Rohingya ethnic cleansing. Instead of shedding light on the utter inaction of the characteristically trigger-happy Myanmar security forces, the commission focused instead on highlighting the need to modernize these already heavily and happily armed troops.
The report recommends that the international community, spelled Washington, help to equip security forces with new toys, including CCTV capacities, assault speedboats, and various new weapons to deal with the cross-border problem of Bangladesh's "population explosion". Certainly, the US Pentagon would love to help bring the Tatmadaw (Myanmar's army) and other auxiliary units up to the human rights standards exercised at the US-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq or Guantanamo Bay detention facilities in Cuba.
For a report that bore the signatures of 24 technocrats, establishment historians and academics, wealthy local merchants and traders, socialites and religious leaders, the recommendations about security sector modernization are rather impressive, so much so that one wonders if the report was the commission's gift to the Ministry of Defense and its next generation of generals.
For a report littered with references to "human rights" and "international legal norms", its contents shows no sign that commissioners even bothered to glance at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or the UN Conventions on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide. Nor did the commission deem it worthwhile to consult with either the research findings and reports from the Arakan Project or the National University of Galway's authoritative "Crimes Against Humanity in Western Burma".
In fact, the commission considered the use of the term "ethnic cleansing" as part of an attempt to unduly internationalize local issues and an act of international nongovernmental organization (INGO) exaggeration. Or, perhaps, the commissioners felt human rights documentation was out of their professional depth without such training or an official political mandate. The commission must have known, however, that other non-native organizations such as Human Rights Watch were going to do an independent and more professional job of investigating the violence.
Meanwhile, the commissioners seemed very much at ease when advocating "voluntary" population control of the Rohingya. The commissioners were of the view that this rapid procreation or "population explosion" among the people they insisted on calling "Bengalis" made worse the already acute sense of collective existential insecurity among the Rakhine.
There is detectable patriotic sentiment in the reports finding that 80% of the fertile agricultural acreage in certain locations of Rakhine State are now in the hands of hard-working and thrifty "Bengali" agricultural workers and land-owners while landless and lazy Rakhine have fallen deeper into destitution.
Even Myanmar's civil society, manufactured by the European Union and international donor funding, must be pleased with the commission's emphatic framing of the genocide as simply "communal violence". Alas, this is the civil society that refuses to call ethnic cleansing in their midst by its proper name.
In the words of Aung Myo Min, a Myanmar human rights educator from the Human Rights Education Institute: "In such a sensitive situation, the use of the phrase 'ethnic cleansing' is unacceptable. Ethnic cleansing means eliminating other ethnic groups. This is not the case [in Rakhine State]."
George Orwell, the inventor of the phrase "double-speak", worked in Myanmar during the colonial period in the 1920s. Orwell's ghost continues to roam in "democratic" Myanmar, possessing the dissidents, technocratic and intellectual mountebanks, ethnic nationality leaders, religious figures, human rights educators, and civil society leaders. In sum: Allah bad, Buddha good.
Buzzword phrases such as "clean government", "good governance" and "transparency" perversely litter the commission's report. No doubt the new policy of this soon-to-be clean government will be to approach the issue of "communal violence" holistically, including through the preventative use of the "weapons of conflict resolution" the report recommends the international community provide to Myanmar's ethnocide-complicit security forces.
A truly independent inquiry would have recommended the establishment of an early warning system of future genocidal waves. It also would have recommended more empirical research that probed the deeper causes of last year's "communal violence" in Rakhine State. The commission's varnished findings suggests the need for a new resolution research center, located perhaps near the Rohingya mass graves which Human Rights Watch uncovered.
Scholars in the field of genocide studies have established that extraordinary mass violence, including ethnic cleansings, are seldom simply domestic or internal events in nation states. Rather, they frequently have an international dimension. These dark events generally take place in an international environment where external players are more concerned with their own strategic and commercial interests than large scale human sufferings, be they in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Sri Lanka, and now Myanmar.
Donor governments of the pro-human rights West have reacted with hostility to Human Rights Watch's characterization of their newfound business and strategic partners in Myanmar as "ethnic cleansers" and "criminals against humanity". Thein Sein's inquiry, on the other hand, is sprinkled with the liberal discourses of conflict resolution, humanitarian management, and national reconciliation. It is thus no doubt more palatable to the international community of diplomats, investors and military strategists determined to cozy up to his self-proclaimed "democratic" regime.
If anything, the Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing Inquiry Commission report offers a hint of things to come out of Thein Sein's Myanmar Peace Center, into which foreign donors have already poured millions of dollars to pursue state-sponsored "peace" with the Kachin, Karen, Shan, Chin and other ethnic victims of over 50 years of state-sponsored terror. One can only hope that these ethnic communities are not given similar racist treatment as that suffered by the Rohingya.
Maung Zarni is a Burmese activist blogger (www.maungzarni.com) and visiting fellow of Civil Society and Human Security Research at the London School of Economics.
Posted: 02 May 2013 06:35 AM PDT
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Posted: 02 May 2013 06:25 AM PDT
Rising concerns of voting integrity ahead of Malaysian election
Updated 2 May 2013, 21:41 AEST
The Election Commission has failed to allay some Malaysian NGOs' fears about the integrity of the polling process.
Rising concerns of voting integrity ahead of Malaysian election (Credit: ABC)
The EC is already under fire for
Posted: 02 May 2013 06:21 AM PDT
Win or lose, Malaysia is changing
Updated 2 May 2013, 21:16 AEST
Whoever wins watershed national
elections on Sunday, "the political landscape of Malaysia will never be
the same again", says a human rights lawyer and commentator.
Malaysian armed forces officer has her finger marked with indelible ink
before voting early. But there
Posted: 02 May 2013 06:18 AM PDT
Anwar stakes his future on election
Updated 2 May 2013, 21:20 AEST
Anwar Ibrahim says he will step down if
his three-party Malaysian alliance fails to wrest power from the ruling
National Front coalition in Sunday's election.
Anwar Ibrahim says momentum among supporters has built early in this election campaign. (Credit: AFP)
Posted: 02 May 2013 07:54 AM PDT
Temerloh: Kediaman calon PAS di Parlimen Temerloh, Nasrudin Hassan di Taman Sri Semantan di sini disimbah dengan darah dipercayai perbuatan khianat pihak tertentu.
Kejadian disedari seorang petugas yang juga pembantu calon apabila melihat kesan darah berserakan di atas lantai bahagian hadapan rumah ketika keluar rumah awal pagi ini.
Kelihatan juga satu palstik darah dipercayai dibaling dari luar pagar. Turut ditinggalkan sekeping nota bertulis 'Kau suka DAP Cina babi, Terimalah daging dan darah babi ini'.
Plastik yang berisi darah tersebut juga turut mengandungi beberapa kepala ayam.
Sementara itu pihak PAS Temerloh juga pagi ini menyedari beberapa baner dan billboard calon PR turut disabotaj dengan diconteng dengan perkataan-perkataan kesat.
Laporan polis juga telah dibuat berhubung kejadian-kejadian tersebut. -HD
Posted: 02 May 2013 05:01 AM PDT
Stung by the incendiary anti-Christian campaign in the run-up to polling day, bumiputera churches in Sabah and Sarawak are hitting back with unprecedented vigour. A "pastoral communiqué" on the 'Allah' issue has been hammered out to be circulated on Friday, just two days before polling to all city and interior churches. The move is unprecedented in its unusually hard hitting language uncharacteristic of bumiputera pastors and church leaders who have traditionally maintained a cordial relationship with the government.
"We, the native Christians of Sabah and Sarawak have kept silent for a considerable length of time. Some have taken our silence to mean something else. Therefore, the time has now come for us to speak," the communiqué said in its opening line.
"Surely the way forward is no longer found in the status quo which expects the bumiputera Church in Sabah and Sarawak to remain silent," it added.
"Two-thirds of the Church in Malaysia is made up of bumiputera Christians in Sabah and Sarawak. In this respect, we speak with pastoral and moral responsibility and authority against religious bigotry, racism and extremism in any form. "But we are not alone as our non-bumiputera brothers and sisters in Christ have also expressed similar concern over the 'Allah' issue on other occasions. We, therefore, speak as one voice," the communiqué said.
Call on EC to act swiftly
Meanwhile, their non-bumiputera counterparts in the peninsula issued an equally hard hitting statement yesterday. The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM), the umbrella Christian body, issued a strongly-worded statement at what they call a "despicable and heinous" anti-Christian message on election campaign boards and demanded the Election Commission (EC) act swiftly to douse the sparks of such religious fear-mongering from catching fire once more.
"These fears are real given the recent history of Church burnings and threats to burn the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia," said Rev Eu Hong Seng, chairperson of CFM, and its executive committee. "The message pits one community (Muslims) against Christians by spreading fear through scare tactics using the issue of 'Allah' which the High Court had allowed as a right to freedom of religion." (The decision is under appeal by the government to be heard on May 8, three days after polling day). BN has since denied the allegations and claimed they did not put up the advertising boards.
Clearly upset with Najib Razak's flip-flop over the 'Allah' and Alkitab controversy, the bumiputera communiqué pointed out that, "when the caretaker prime minister first mooted the Global Movement of Moderates, we were enthusiastic in extending our support for the initiative. But ironically, the movement is being incessantly and blatantly distracted by unscrupulous elements from within its own ranks, whose strange proclivity is leaning more towards racism and extremism."
Authorities' tolerance of bigotry hit
"A manifestation of such extremism is the extent to which fringe groups within our midst would go to advance their racism and religious bigotry over the controversy of the use of the word 'Allah' to refer to God by non-Muslims. "They have even suggested an open season for burning Bibles (pesta membakar Alkitab). Nothing can be more seditious and incendiary. Yet they were tolerated by the authorities," it added. It argued that the 'Allah' controversy is not really about religion as such but about unreasonable government policies and laws.
"In the face of such unreasonableness we cannot and should not remain silent. The time for us to speak has come," it said. It was also careful to point out that, "Indeed, in speaking we are mindful to extend love to those who may not agree with us. The essence of God is love (1 John 4:8) thus we are compelled to love even our enemies (Matthew 5:44)". The outrage has been simmering for a while but it was at the recent biennial general meeting in Kuching of the Association of Sarawak Churches, the umbrella Christian body in the state, that its chairperson, Rev Bolly Lapok, the Anglican Archbishop of Sarawak as well as the newly appointed Archbishop of the Anglican Church in South-East Asia, delivered his no holds-barred address.
Those involved in drafting the communiqué revealed that the body of the text was largely taken from the Archbishop address with his consent. It was known as the "three Ks initiative" with members of the drafting committee including their lawyers drawn from Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur scrutinizing the numerous drafts.
Meanwhile, most churches, especially those in the remote interior are shifting the Sunday worship to Saturday to ensure their members vote in time as polling there closes earlier at 1pm.
Posted: 02 May 2013 04:58 AM PDT
By J. D. Lovrenciear
The 24-hour ultimatum being served on MAS on behalf of all Malaysians to come clean on the alleged fly-by-night operations involving the relocation of East Malaysians by the thousands into West Malaysia must be treated seriously. The challenge posed to the caretaker and President of UMNO, Najib, cannot be given the cold shoulder either. That ultimatum must be demanded by all Malaysians. It does not matter on which side of the political divide you belong to – unless of course you are subscribing to political tyranny.
Malaysians are certain that people of integrity will have done their homework soundly before speaking out on behalf of the rakyat. This allegation – which appears to have basis so far, that thousands are being flown into mainland political turf and being done so in unearthly hours is a direct challenge to our democracy and raises serious questions that have far reaching consequences affecting 29 million people and even their future children.
Why is there this allegation?
Why are so many suddenly being flown in?
Why do so in the steal of night?
How come they are all from East Malaysia?
What is the plot?
What is the development?
Who is behind this?
Who paid for all these flights?
Where are they now?
If MAS does not respect and respond within the next 24 hours, we have a very serious problem as it would be guilty of jeopardizing the innocent and valid concerns of the citizens of this land. If the caretaker PM does not give transparent and satisfactory answers, we would be on a railroad for a head-on collision between a 56-year regime and the 13 million voting rakyat. In the best interest of this nation; in the sacred honor for democratic principles; in the name of integrity and accountability; and for the love of citizens, King and nation – MAS and Najib have a categorical duty to respond well within the ultimatum that the rakyat have served through their representative voices.
We cannot sweep this very serious question and allegation under the carpet. To do so is tantamount to betraying the nation of its right to ensure a peaceful, meaningful and democratic general election. The entire media world of principle-centered professionals who believe in the sanctity of journalism must put their pens and mouthpieces together to force honest answers to this frightening development that has come to the surface and so close to polling date.The 24-hour ultimatum has to be non-negotiable and is certainly free from the bondage of race bars, religion divisiveness and social status; it must be free of political patronage. It is at the very core of the call to duty of all Malaysians.
It is the very essence of the demand for the democratic principles of a free, fair and clean voting. Without forthcoming and acceptable answers to the questions, going to the polls will be intepreted as a defeatist' surrender to tyranny and not a liberation onto the Way Forward of 21st century Malaysia
Posted: 02 May 2013 04:55 AM PDT
Just check out the same guy who votes in 3 different places in Pahang
Posted: 02 May 2013 04:06 AM PDT
"The May 13 Incident did not occur spontaneously. It was planned quickly and purposely. The identity of the planners of the incident cannot be stated with accuracy. But whatever it was that happened, the May 13 Incident was a form of coup d'etat against Tunku Abdul Rahman. The Tunku's power in fact ended from then onwards." -- Subky Latiff, a journalist, writing in 1977.
Posted: 02 May 2013 03:40 AM PDT
2 Mei 2013
PEJELASAN VIDEO RAKAMAN 'DATUK T'
Beberapa hari ini pemain – pemain siber upahan pro Umno memainkan video yang kononnya che'GuBard mengkritik Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan Parti Keadilan Nasional.
Sememangnya che'GuBard dikenali bersikap agresif dalam menyuarakan sesuatu hal khususnya dalam sesuatu prinsip yang diperjuangkan dan PKR juga sentiasa bersikap terbuka menerima kritikan dan memperbetul keadaan.
Namun video tersebut tidak menggambarkan perkara sebenar pun.
Merujuk semula rakaman tersebut, ia adalah rakaman yang dibuat oleh 'Datuk T' secara sembunyi ketika sesi menjemput che'GuBard menonton video lucah fitnah DSAI. Perkara ini telah lama diperjelaskan dalam buku 'Fitnah' tulisan che'GuBard yang dikeluarkan pada Ogos 2011. Dalam muka surat 154 – 160 jelas menceritakan secara terperinci apa yang berlaku dalam sesi tontonan berdasarkan kenyataan Mac 2011.
Rahim meminta che'GuBard mengiyakan video tersebut di khalayak umum. Namun che'GuBard cuba memperdaya Rahim bagi mendapatkan salinan video penuh tersebut yang dilihat terdapat banyak kelemahan.
Bukan sekadar mengkritik Anwar di depan Datuk T malah Che'GuBard turut mengakatan dia percaya pelakon itu kononnya Anwar. Sedar video penuh yang pertama kali ditayang itu banyak kelemahan maka salinan yang dijanjikan itu akhirnya tidak diberikan. Sebaliknya, Rahim merakam secara sulit bagi meneruskan fitnah dan kegiatan jahatnya.
Kesempatan ini cheGuBard juga mencabar Rahim mengeluarkan rakaman penuh di mana antara perbualan tersebut Dato T juga menyebut mengenai hubungan Najib dengan Altantuya.
Terdesak dengan sokongan besar rakyat Malaysia mendokong arus perubahan, perihal video che'Gubard ini dimainkan bagi mengalih perhatian. Jika video che'GuBard ini menjadi talian hayat terakhir, ternyata ini satu bukti jelas Umno dan Bn sudah kehabisan modal untuk menarik sokongan. Ini juga bukti sememangnya penafian Umno tidak ada kene mengena dengan kerja usaha trio Dato T hanya palsu.
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Posted: 02 May 2013 05:24 AM PDT
Alahai lagi parah....bagaimana dikatakan mahu menjaga aqidah umat Islam kalau tidak mahu menggunakan walau sepotong pun ayat Al-Quran sebagai panduan? Bukankan al-Quran dan As-Sunnah itu adalah panduan kepada umat Islam termasuk kepada parti Islam dan orang-orang Islam?
Kalau begitulah rupa dan gayanya Umno dalam kerja buat politiknya maka tidak peliklah selama ini Umno sentiasa membuat kerja yang mengarut, melampau, sesat barat yang banyak menyalahi hukum-hakam Islam dalam mentadbir negara!
Nampaknya Setiausaha Agung Umno ini masih berbelit dan dibelit oleh pegangan "Politik Suku Agama Suku" partinya lagi! Kesian!
Maaf cakap ler, rata-rata pemimpin UMNO ini buta AL-Quran.
Itu sebab mengapa apabila bercakap bab agama, terserlah kejahilan masing-masing.
Kemudian bagaimana mahu memimpin umat?
Posted: 02 May 2013 12:42 AM PDT
Reading the latest news is certainly very unnerving. During such trying times, all of us need a little bit of encouragement to press on.
Often times, it is when things get difficult when many face the temptation of giving up but in reality – THIS IS THE EXACT MOMENT one has to to fight and work harder. And this also applies to our conviction with regards to the choices we need to make for Sunday.
If you believe you can do something for this nation, regardless of how insignificant we are, just do it. It is our prerogative.
Reading the news just shows those bad days seem to be here, when nothing seems to go right, when madness is increasing and ludicrous accusations get more and more bizarre ..when you just want to give up. That is when we have to rise from the ashes and break through…..to go above and beyond – because if we can convince ourselves it is possible, then it IS.
. Consider this poem by Clinton Howell. Let us be of good cheer and high spirits to press on.
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