Wednesday, May 1, 2013

WATCH: BBC's Interview With A Confident Anwar

WATCH: BBC's Interview With A Confident Anwar

WATCH: BBC's Interview With A Confident Anwar

Posted: 01 May 2013 02:26 AM PDT

1 May 2013
Last updated at 09:04 GMT


Malaysian opposition leader opposition leader Anwar
Ibrahim says he believes that his three-party alliance can win this
weekend's poll.

Mr Anwar is part of a broad coalition which includes moderates, Islamists and Malaysians of Chinese descent.

Prime Minister Najib Razak's National Front

[BERGAMBAR] Seluruh Negara Mengharapkan Detik Bersejarah 05.05.13

Posted: 01 May 2013 10:56 AM PDT

Pakatan tak cukup wang untuk mendirikan khemah, memberi makan free dan elaun untuk datang ke ceramah. Tetapi gambar-gambar seperti inilah, yang memberi kita harapan... INI KALILAH!

RAKYAT : kami bukan nak makan, elaun, dan NAIK bas free, kami mahukan pemimpin yang boleh menyelamat kan rakyat dan Negara....

5 Mei 2013 .... Pakatan Rakyat bakal mencipta sejarah baru di Malaysia, menggantikan Barisan Nasional sebagai kerajaan baru. Itulah harapan rakyat Malaysia.


Isteri Mithali..^_^

Posted: 01 May 2013 08:16 AM PDT

Plan 9999 scares Lim Guan Eng

Posted: 01 May 2013 08:18 AM PDT

About 4,000 families will face eviction when the Federal Government implements a plan to build 9,999 homes in three areas in Penang, namely Air Putih, Air Itam and Paya Terubong, says Lim Guan Eng.

Eviction? What a stupid political response!

Lim actually knows the three areas are in dire need of a systematic housing scheme as most of them are 'former' squatters who built their houses on TOL areas provided by Barisan Nasional government about 30 years ago.

The DAP sec-gen is also aware that the housing plan announced by PM Najib Tun Razak yesterday will uplift the standard of living for the 4,000 families as proper amenities will also be built like roads, a sports centre and commercial lots.

Well, DAP made the promised during its 12th general election campaigns in 2008 but failed to deliver it as Lim's state government was more concern in building his 'mega' RM6.3 billion 'Lim Guan Eng Tunnel' which will links the island to the mainland.

What petrifies Lim - apart from the three areas belong to DAP - is the fact that Air Putih seat is his!

So, what else could Lim do to cover his failure to the constituents? He badmouths the BN project, calling it an effort to evict the 4,000 families - almost 95 per cent are Chinese - and bring in more Malays to the new housing project.


Lim himself realises that the project will be carried out just like any other housing areas in Penang and throughout Malaysia. Those affected will be shifted temporarily to another area until their homes are completed.

Compensation and other cost will be born by the government and the contractor without any family having to fork it out from their own pocket. When the government builds new roads and highways, all residents affected by such projects are compensated accordingly; should any of their land is involved, the government pays according to the market price.

So, Lim's allegation that the 4,000 families will be evicted is purely a political gimmick to frighten them, especially the voters.

However, he forgets the fact that the people are not as stupid as him. They welcome the announcement as something that would improve their quality of life.

Unlike the 'Lim Guan Eng Tunnel' dubbed as unnecessary by many, the people of Penang need houses more than anything else. With two bridges already linking the island to the mainland (and an efficient ferry service), the tunnel is a result of a collapsed brain!

UN must act to stop human rights abuses in Myanmar

Posted: 01 May 2013 07:23 AM PDT

South China Moring Post ကေတာ႔ ၿပတ္တယ္။ လက္႐ွိၿမန္မာနုိင္ငံအေၿခအေနက R2P နဲ႔ ကုိက္ညီေနပါတယ္တဲ႔။ ေရးသူက University of Hong Kong ကProfessor Ian Holliday တဲ႔။ Indeed, it is now clear that the UN doctrine of a "responsibility to protect" must come into play. This so-called R2P is triggered by genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. In Myanmar, firm evidence of all four crimes is now available.

UN must act to stop human rights abuses in Myanmar

Ian Holliday says atrocities against minority Muslims are a blot on the nation's progress

Last week generated three important perspectives on Myanmar's evolving relationship with the wider world. In Brussels, the European Union lifted all sanctions apart from an export ban on arms. In New York, the International Crisis Group honoured President Thein Sein with its top peace award. In Bangkok, Human Rights Watch released a devastating report on ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.

Each event was remarkable. Until very recently, sanctions formed the central plank of Western policy on Myanmar. Now they are gone in the EU, and suspended, pending final removal, in the US. Equally, Myanmar's brutal military junta was reviled around the world. Yet, two years on, a senior former member is being fêted as a man of peace. Lastly, Buddhist monks drew nothing but praise as they led uprising marches in 2007. Today, disturbingly, a dark side is ever more apparent.

These perspectives form an authentic picture as Myanmar enters a third year of sweeping reform. Liberalisation has seen most leading political prisoners released, censorship rolled back, civil society unshackled and the economy opened to inward investment. Ceasefire deals have been struck with all but one of the major ethnic militias.

At the same time, however, the mass atrocities documented by Human Rights Watch are a problem. The report highlights the genocidal campaign directed at stateless Rohingya. But forces of repression also target other Muslim groups.

What, then, is the international community to do? Economic sanctions were always blunt and indiscriminate.

For proponents of enhanced engagement, the reformist window opened in 2011 may slam shut if key political leaders are not given full support. Yet when Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi preside over a process scarred by systemic human rights abuse, something more forceful than quiet diplomatic pressure is necessary.

Indeed, it is now clear that the UN doctrine of a "responsibility to protect" must come into play. This so-called R2P is triggered by genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. In Myanmar, firm evidence of all four crimes is now available.

Ultimately, R2P mandates decisive action by the international community. Ahead of that, though, it requires that the state in question be forcefully reminded of its duty to protect individuals in its jurisdiction. Currently, such engagement with Myanmar is being explored on no more than an ad hoc basis.

This kind of action must be urgently placed on the agenda of the UN Security Council. If the international community really has a stake in sustainable reform, the time to make the case for R2P in Myanmar is now.

Professor Ian Holliday is dean of social sciences at the University of Hong Kong

This article first appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition on May 01, 2013 as UN must act to stop Myanmar rights abuses


Chris Waver, do you remember him???????????????

Posted: 01 May 2013 08:10 AM PDT

He also happens to have caused the death of 8 policemen in Lahad Datu, he was having nasi lemak and goreng pisang, maybe even KFC chicken with the enemies of the state. This is called criminal incompetence!! In reciprocation they killed 8 Malaysians. Is he even qualified to be a Minister? Would you have a mentally challenged person like him to represent you?  War is an extension of politics, you think he knows this dictum?  Do you people in Semborong want this mentally challenged person to represent you in parliament? Everyone knows who is Kerismuddin, he is the guy who single handedly caused the downfall of the BN in 5 states.  He forgets that he underwent a depression. They, the authorities want this video clip taken down, where Kerismuddin defends bigots and extremists. This video clip is here to stay: Kerismuddin or Cowmuddin's obfuscationi is part of history.

The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has requested independent news portal Malaysiakini to remove two 'provocative' videos, including the footage of the controversial cow-head protest, from its website."These videos contain offensive contents with the intent to annoy any person, especially Indians. They need to take down this video clip, the Indians are not voting for the BN in the upcoming by election in Bagan Pinang . This is an "own' goal for the 'B End'. The opposition should use these clips to send a strong message that the BN does not practise the '1Malaysia' bullshit.

As an Indian it disturbs me that the NST, the Star and the other Malay Dailies especially did not carry this article. MCMC is now joining the government in curtailing our right to proper information. In this case there were reports that the group concerned even said they were prepared to shed blood. Instead of letting everyone know what happened, condemning such action, and prosecuting these people after the issue has been properly reported, so that the people will know that there is no malice which this government refuses to do, the MCMC seems to have joined this government and Hisapmuddin in particular to hush things up. Malaysiakini

Well, well, well. What do you know, Kerismudin, Mukhriz, Khir Toyol say that the demo is just harmless fun. Now MCMC indirectly admits it is "indecent, obscene, false, menacing, or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any person". So AG, what are you waiting for?

Whilst at the cow head protest, it has been two months since Joachim and Sudhagaran Stanley lodged a police report against Al-Islam for its 'investigative journalism' and desecration of the Holy Communion. They submitted two letters to the police requesting the status of the investigations. They were told that investigations had been completed and that the investigation papers have been submitted to the attorney-general's chambers.What is stopping the attorney-general from pressing charges against them? The Catholic Lawyers Society had handed over a memorandum to the home ministry urging the authorities to take action. But till today still no action has been taken by the authorities and the government. Al-Islam is linked to Umno. Al-Islam Magazine is published by Utusan Karya Sdn Bhd (anak Syarikat Kumpulan Utusan).

In Nov 2006 in Silibin, Ipoh, nearly 500 Muslims gathered outside a Catholic church after a false claim by the mufti of Perak Harussani, that Muslim students were to be baptised by national mariner Azhar Mansor, they, the Muslims terrorised the congregation. Years have passed, and till today still no action has been taken against the mufti. Till today, there is no action taken against those involved in the recent 'cow head' protest. In fact, the Home Minister, Hishamudin has thrown his support behind those who organised the protest, and even held a press conference together with them. Malaysiakini. Do not forget this joke created by Hisapmuddin!!

Two myths set for burial at GE13 by Terence Netto

Posted: 01 May 2013 06:53 AM PDT

From Malaysiakini

COMMENT Two myths, and the enduring bewitchment they cast on the body politic, were broken at the last general election in 2008 which was the 12th election in Malaysia's electoral history. The two myths are on course for interment by the time all the ballots are counted this Sunday in GE13. Their unceremonious burial is vital for a reset of the terms of Malaysian democracy, after the insidious harm done to it during the Mahathir era (1981-2003). The first myth broken at GE12 is the one about the invincibility of the Barisan Nasional which, together with its precursor, Alliance, has ruled the country since independence in 1957. Only the Institutional Revolutionary Party in Mexico has had a longer run at the helm of a country in the democratic world - 72 years.

India's Congress Party, like Umno-BN, a nation-founding entity, and for that reason enjoyed the special odour of sanctity, lasted only 30 years before the democratising force of gravity brought it down in 1977, aided and abetted, no doubt, by the excesses of a particularly autocratic phase in Indira Gandhi's rule. By contrast, Umno-BN enjoyed a charmed run, in which its longevity was assured by the initial success of its social engineering programme and, when that programme careened off the rails bringing discontent in its trail, by the ideological disarray of the opposition and the divergent aspirations of a racially and religiously divided electorate  Thus grew BN's myth of invulnerability such that the most the opposition could aspire for was a denial of the ruling coalition's two-thirds parliamentary majority, the equivalent of reaching base camp in a mountaineer's quest to gain a formidable peak's summit.

Houdini-like getaways

BN's myth of invincibility had long been bolstered by a string of easy victories at the polls, not a few of them by crushing majorities. This was reinforced by two great escapes, in 1990 and 1999. Both occasions saw BN teetering on the brink of a two-thirds majority denial in Parliament but, in the crunch, the coalition carved out Houdini-like getaways. A cynical stoking of Muslim fears of Christianisation by then-prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the 1990 election was credited with having averted a denial to BN of its customary two-thirds majority, with Malay votes frightened away from the opposition.

NONEIn the 1999 election, PAS' obstinate insistence on its Islamic state agenda drove off the Chinese vote after the Malay one was alienated by Mahathir's crass treatment of Anwar Ibrahim.

The outcomes in the 1990 and 1999 polls proved that the population's religious-cum-racial divisions could be exploited to prevent discontent caused by Umno's misdeeds mounting to government-toppling heights.

So potent was this myth that even as late as November 2007, when all that year saw the steady burgeoning of public discontent against the BN, reflected in a sizeable demonstration in support of polls reform pressure group Bersih on Nov 10, and in the show of force, 15 days later, by the newfangled Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), an Umno-BN leader could confidently boast that BN, in harness for a half century, could look forward to another 50 years of unchallenged rule. Among the reasons why its critics feel that even in the face of severe setbacks to Umno at GE12, the party is too hidebound to take heed of looming disaster is the continued presence in its leadership corps of delusional optimists like Mohd Ali Rustam, the caretaker Malacca chief minister. He is presently the party's candidate for the Bukit Katil parliamentary seat in Malacca.

Mega ceramah 

The second myth that was shredded in GE12 was that large attendances at opposition public rallies, or ceramah, do not necessarily translate into votes for them on polling day. This myth has a pedigree reaching back to the 1964 general election when the People's Action Party of Lee Kuan Yew drew overflow crowds in Kuala Lumpur and in Penang. But PAP wound up in that election with only one seat, which was Bangsar in Kuala Lumpur.
NONEFurther, when sizeable crowds drawn by PAS and its precursor, Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PMIP), in Kelantan and Kedah did not translate into votes until the election of 1990 enabling PAS to regain control of Kelantan, scepticism mounted over the value to an opposition party of large attendances at public rallies. The 1999 general election campaign witnessed rousing attendances at opposition-organised ceramah, mainly due to widespread public unease with the way Anwar Ibrahim was treated by Mahathir. In the final vote, Umno-BN pulled off another escape from the consequences of its own unpopularity, leaving the opposition well short of denying the proverbial two-thirds majority to the incumbent governing class. Thus when PKR's Anwar began in 2007 to campaign for GE12 by touring the country to garner support, and when large crowds were drawn to hear him, the doubts over whether attendance would translate into votes were difficult to tamp down.

Unprecedented change

In the 2008 election (GE12), however, the translation took place, resulting in an unprecedented denial to BN of its traditional two-thirds majority in Parliament. GE12 saw the breaking of two myths, of BN invincibility and of big ceramah attendances failing to incubate commensurate votes.

kl112 rally people's uprising anwar ibrahim crowd storySince Parliament's dissolution on April 3, the Pied Piper of political reform, Anwar, has drawn mega crowds to his ceramah all over the country.

In fact, his presence on a list of speakers at stops in the opposition campaign circuit has been seen to generate one of those tidal movements from which decisive majorities at the ballot box can be extrapolated.

This could well mean that the two myths that have held the Malaysian body politic in its stultifying thrall for decades are headed for the shredding machine, an outcome that would be a boon for Malaysian democracy.

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

[BERGAMBAR] Ali Rustam Dikhianati Penyokong Sendiri, Lepas Makan Orang Cabut Lari

Posted: 01 May 2013 08:18 AM PDT

Rupa-rupanya rakyat Melaka datang ke ceramah anjuran UMNO/BN sekadar nak makan free jer... lepas makan akan terus cabut lari tinggalkan majlis.

Insiden ini berlaku menimpa juga keatas Ali Rustam apabila beliau dikatakan terlambat datang ke-satu tempat ceramah yang beliau di jadualkan memberikan ucapan di Taman Ozana Impian, Melaka malam tadi.

Ikut aturcara program beliau sepatutnya hadir jam 9.00 mlm namun setelah menunggu hampir 1 jam para hadirin yang kelaparan terus menjamu selera yang disediakan di bahagian belakang khemah.

Selesai saja makan, mereka terus angkat kaki balik kerumah.

Apabila Ali Rustam tiba lebih kurang 20 minit kemudiannya, khemah sudah hampir kosong.. Beliau hanya berikan ucapan tak sampai pun 5 minit kerana sudah hilang semangat.

Sudah pasti dirinya terasa bahawa sokongan yang ditunjukkan oleh rakyat Melaka selama ini kepada dirinya dan kerajaan UMNO/BN adalah palsu belaka.

Masih nak mendabik dada kata Melaka adalah kubu terkuat UMNO? -omakkau

Group deplores anti-Christian billboards in polls drive - Driving for anti -Christian votes for Barisan Nasional

Posted: 01 May 2013 06:27 AM PDT

How to appeal to Christian voters

From Malaysiakini

The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) is appalled by anti-Christian messages on two election campaign billboards and wants the Election Commission to pull them down. Describing such acts as despicable, CFM chairperson Dr Eu Hon Seng said the message pits the Muslims against Christians by spreading fear and scare tactics over the issue of 'Allah' where the Kuala Lumpur High Court has allowed its usage as part of the right to freedom of religion."CFM and other Christian leaders have in the past said that bumiputera Christians, whose only common language is Bahasa Malaysia, have used the Bible in BM and the word 'Allah' for centuries, without any resistance until recently.

"Hence, it is extremely mischievous and malicious to pit Muslims against Christians, who have always enjoyed good relationship, to gain political points with such blatant misinformation," Eu said in a statement. "Christians and all right-thinking Malaysians should rightly condemn such inflammatory election campaign billboards and all such campaign materials. "We strongly urge the EC to immediately remove such billboards and materials.  "The authorities should investigate and charge the persons responsible," Eue said, urging Malaysians to also report such billboards or campaign materials to the police.

The billboards carry the message "Do you want to see your grandchildren praying in this Allah's house?" and two pictures of churches with the cross and the words ""Gereja Allah". However, CFM did not state the locations of the billboards.

U Ye Htut, Hmuu Zaw, U Thein Sein and Sr General Min Aung Hlaing are guilty of COMMAND RESPONSIBILITY

Posted: 01 May 2013 05:47 AM PDT

၀မ္ကိုက္ရြာကို အခု မီးရွိဳ႕ေနပါျပီ။ ထံုးစံအတုိ္င္း ရဲ နဲ႕ တပ္ ဘာမွ မလုပ္ပါ။ ျမိဳ႕နယ္ အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေ၇းမွဴးကိုယ္တိုင္ ဦးစီးျပီး အဖ်က္လုပ္ငန္းကို လုပ္ေဆာင္ေန….

What you want to say U Ye Tut and Mr Hmuu Zaw? Two of you, U Thein Sein Mr Min Aung Hlaing would be held responsible at UN, ICC….

Don't play fool…

If you all cannot control…Please give the President post to Daw Suu, NLD, 8888 and 2007 Saffron Revolution Monks. If you want to hold on power, the power comes with responsible. Now U Ye Tut and Mr Hmuu Zaw?

Two of you, U Thein Sein Mr Min aung Hlaing are seen as IRRESPONSIBLE leaders and take note that failure to arrest all those terrorists is a crime of Omission.

As the leaders you all are guilty of COMMAND RESPONSIBILITY.

Navy chief a disgrace to his uniform

Posted: 01 May 2013 05:46 AM PDT

From Malaysiakini

Dr M allowed in as he didn't talk on politics, says navy

Better My: "Former prime minister Mahathir (Mohamad) was allowed in because he did not talk about politics. He came here to talk about solidarity," said Navy chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar. Does Abdul Aziz has any grey cells?

Fair&Just: "Solidarity" for and against what? Is there an enemy force bearing down on the nation? And allowing Mahathir (who issued ICs to illegals) to speak to the Navy is also tantamount to treason as it will affect the morale, solidarity and spirit of our armed personnel.

Wira: Admiral Abdul Aziz, no one can believe that Dr M didn't talk politics in support of BN to the Navy personnel in Lumut. How about posting his speech verbatim on YouTube and let us be the judge.

Anonymous #19098644: Instead of a professional naval admiral, we have a politicised Umno man disguised as head of the Navy.No wonder, despite the heavy investments in our navy, we could not even intercept the 200 terrorists who attacked Sabah - the same intruders that the Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein at first claimed were not militants or terrorists.. And Abdul Aziz wants Malaysians to belief that Mahathir took time to specially speak to a captive audience of 2,000 naval personnel about the colour of his songket?

LittleGiant: If talking about "solidarity" and asking to support "the government in power" is not politics, then what is it? Can we call it "bedtime story" and "nursery rhymes"?

James1067: No wonder we have civil servants serving their political masters who put them there not because of their capabilities but their loyalty. It is time to separate the different divisions of government and let the civil service regain back its dignity. When politicians control the defence of the nation, there is a chance of the country been exposed to the danger we have experienced in Lahat Datu.

Astounded: By his comments, Abdul Aziz has made his Navy chief's position a political appointment. So when there is a change in government, he should resign and allow the government to get someone else who is more professional to take over.

Tehachapi: Abdul Aziz, why the need to provide excuses and make yourself looks like fool. You know the intention and it is clear to all and sundry. Our so-called leaders are all without moral values and credibility. How much longer can this country go on living on lies and wallowing in lies? Change and radical change is our only way to survival as a nation.

Multi Racial: How low can Abdul Aziz go? He allowed two politicians (Lumut incumbent parliamentarian Kong Cho Ha and caretaker Defence Minister Zahid Hamidi) entry into the naval base, claiming they will not talk politics but disallowed his former colleague (Lumut candidate First Admiral (Rtd) Mohamad Imran Abdul) to get in, claiming he will talk politics. This is an act of betrayal of a friend and former colleague. He has sold his soul to the devils.

OMG!!: Instead of defending the politicians, Abdul Aziz might as well spend more time defending the country especially Sabah's coastline from free access by the Suluks and other terrorists.

Milosevic: The BN politicians are scoundrels and cowards who do not believe in real, fair competition. They have no respect for Malaysians and see the country as their fiefdom. All people under their control, from the admirals to the Election Commission officials, are reduced to telling lies, lose any sense of integrity and self-respect, and routinely mock the basic intelligence of their fellow citizens. This is the Africanisation of Malaysian politics, at a time when Africa is on the mend. Shame on them.

Restless_Native: Abdul Aziz is symptomatic of what is wrong with people in pre-eminent positions within the infrastructure of this country. He is a bigoted, self-promoting puppet of the BN regime. It will take years to purge this type of cancer from the administration. Mahathir can spew his standard racial venom - pitting race against race while BN chief Najib Razak is espousing 1Malaysia. Instead of being neutral in his position, Abdul Aziz takes sides since he has "made it" and exhibits his pathetic sycophantic overtures to Mahathir. I hope the rank-and-file has had enough evidence of the "largess" of the current administration to ensure Abdul Aziz and his type are relegated to some forgotten corner of Malaysian history.

Tukangkarut: The Navy chief is ridiculing the rakyat's intelligence. Why must Mahathir accompanied by the caretaker defence minister meet the navy personnel at this very moment in the campaigning period, just before the May 5 general election?

Anonymous #71627369: Malaysia is a land of logically illogical people.

Something rotten in the Lumut naval base

Posted: 01 May 2013 06:14 AM PDT

From Malaysiakini

"An army is a miniature of the society which produces it."- CLR James (The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution). When the Navy gets sorted out, I seriously hope that the Chief of navy in his later years, gets to guard the entrance to the Naval Base, where everyone gets to spit on his face for his cowardly moral courage.
COMMENT Many former and current serving armed forces personnel are bewildered by Navy chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar's comments that former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was addressing the crowd in the Lumut Naval Base about "solidarity" and not "politics".

Why do our Armed Forces need a lecture in solidarity? Whom do they have to come together against? And the implication here, considering that Mahathir is the Perkasa patron, is that solidarity means Malay/Muslim solidarity and the question, then becomes, is this the kind of solidarity that a supposedly multiracial 1Malaysia Armed Forces requires?

Furthermore, Abdul Aziz has the temerity to claim that the reason why First Admiral (Rtd) Mohd Imran Abdul Hamid, who is a Pakatan Rakyat candidate in the May 5 general election, was not allowed to enter the base was because "he will talk on politics, interspersed with slander, and will anger the personnel here... we don't want any agenda to be brought in that will divide the people."

So not only has Abdul Aziz made a judgment that borders on libel on a former admiral but he continues to pander to the establishment in this country by furthering their narrative that anybody not belonging to Umno (a political party) or supportive of its agenda, is hostile to the very institutions that are supposed to remain non-partisan.
NONEThis is not the first time Abdul Aziz has done this. He gained notoriety among a certain non-partisan section of retired Armed Forces personnel when he was one of the service chiefs lined up behind Armed Forces chief General Zulkifeli Mohd Zin when he launched an attack on service personnel who complained about electoral malfeasances in the military; one of whom, was a former Navy chief, the highly respected Admiral Mohammad Shariff Ishak.

Right-thinking Malaysians may recall that those men who brought up this matter, from an opposition platform, were deemed "treacherous".

This of course is one in a long line of political agitations by serving armed forces officers, who claim that they are apolitical but somehow always manage to further the agenda of Umno.Let us not forget the former air force general, who was still serving when he reminded service personnel to "not bite the hand that feeds them".

This is not the only time

Furthermore, right-thinking Malaysians should also be aware that this is not the only time that politicians and their lobby groups have been allowed to "campaign" in the Lumut naval base. Here is a list of other such "political" activities that Abdul Aziz should find uncomfortable, since he claims to be against such activities:

April 18

Perkasa presentation on 'Perpaduan Melayu' (Malay Unity)

Place: Dewan Sidek KD Pelandok Lumut

Present: Perkasa vice-president Abdul Rahman Abu Bakar, Vice-Admiral (rtd) Mat Rabi Abu Samah, Zahid Mat Arif (grandson of former deputy prime minister Ghafar Baba), Navy chief Abdul Aziz, his deputy, fleet operational commander and senior officers.

(Readers may be interested in the strange nexus of the military and political establishments involving Ghafar Baba's family. While the grandson attends pro-establishment meet-ups with the outsourced thugs of Umno - Perkasa - Ghafar Baba's son and former Umno partisan Mohd Tamrin Abdul Ghafar has thrown his lot in with the opposition, claiming that a cabal within Umno that included Mahathir orchestrated May 13. It does get a little stranger though; the daughter of the late Ghafar is the wife of Navy chief Abdul Aziz and the subject of this piece.) 

April 25

Religious address by Ustaz Kazim Elias (a strong BN supporter)

Place: Field with tent at Block A6 in Lumut Naval Base

Present: Navy chief Abdul Aziz and caretaker Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir

April 29

Address by caretaker Defence Minister Zahid Hamidi

Place: Dewan Sidek KD Pelandok

Present: Navy chief Abdul Aziz and senior officers

24 April

Navy personnel were ordered to attend a political function held at Sekolah Kebangsaan Pasir Panjang

Presentations were given by caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Zambry

Minions of the state

Of course, one has to wonder about Abdul Aziz's definition "of not talking about politics" when the former prime minister warned those in attendance "not to vote emotionally as having the wrong people rule the country would result in a failed Islamic state." Is this not a political sentiment?

Moreover, should it not be "another failed Islamic state" since, the former PM has claimed that Malaysia is an Islamic state? Okay, depending on your partisan bent or how much of kool aid you have consumed, the "failed state" appeal to emotion is a powerful draw.
NONEHowever, it does not take a genius to figure out who these "wrong people" are, considering that former admiral Imran (right), who was denied entry into the base, is running on a PKR ticket. This is the problem here. Since when did the military decide who are the "right" or "wrong" people to run this country?

I have devoted a considerable amount of space to what many others consider the lack of professionalism, and I should say dereliction of duty, when it comes to maintaining the apolitical nature of the armed forces. Not to mention - and I suppose I should be careful lest I am sued by the Navy - for politicising the numerous corruption scandals that have surfaced, like non-functioning submarines.

Depoliticisation of our military

I have always wondered why the armed forces never sued Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali when he boasted that if he had an army base in his Pasir Mas constituency, he would surely win any election he stood in.
Seeing as how easily Perkasa and those supposed 1Malaysian politicians are given access to our Armed Forces, there should be no doubt that our Armed Forces has been compromised by the agendas of the current regime.

When a pro-establishment blogger is given access, and then publishes his "exclusive" on his blog, to a submarine and personnel it is merely evidence that there needs to be a scorched-earth policy when it comes - if it ever comes to that - to reforming the Armed Forces.
NONELet me be very clear. My issue is not that a PKR political candidate was denied entry into a naval base - although I do consider barring a former Navy admiral from a naval base the height of unprofessionalism and discourtesy - but rather that the Armed Forces have become so radicalised politically by Umno that minions of the state are allowed to use them as tools to maintain hegemony.

I have no desire to see either alliance "campaign" in military bases and I do not even desire equal time for the opposition alliance in military bases, despite the fact that BN campaigns there freely.

What I want as a Pakatan partisan is the assurance by Pakatan that if it ever comes into power, reforms would be carried out on the Armed Forces that would return the security apparatuses of this country into apolitical organisations that would not debase them by pandering to the dictates of their political masters.

S THAYAPARAN is Commander (Rtd) of the Royal Malaysian Navy.

၀မ္ကိုက္ရြာကို အခု မီးရွိဳ႕ေနပါျပီ။ ထံုးစံအတုိ္င္း ရဲ နဲ႕ တပ္ ဘာမွ မလုပ္ပါ။ ျမိဳ႕နယ္ အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေ၇းမွဴးကိုယ္တိုင္ ဦးစီးျပီး အဖ်က္လုပ္ငန္းကို လုပ္ေဆာင္ေန

Posted: 01 May 2013 05:19 AM PDT

My Friends wrote:
ေနာက္ဆံုး သတင္း၀င္လာပါတယ္ ၀မ္ကိုက္ရြာကို အခု မီးရွိဳ႕ေနပါျပီ။ ထံုးစံအတုိ္င္း ရဲ နဲ႕ တပ္ ဘာမွ မလုပ္ပါ။ ျမိဳ႕ခံ ဗုဓ္ဓဘာသာ ၀င္မ်ားကိုယ္တိုင္ေျပာစကားအ၇ ျမိဳ႕နယ္ အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေ၇းမွဴးကိုယ္တိုင္ ဦးစီးျပီး အဖ်က္လုပ္ငန္းကို လုပ္ေဆာင္ေနပါတယ္ ။ ၀မ္ကိုက္ရြာဆိုတာ တခ်ိန္က အစ္စတင္မာ လုပ္ခဲ႔တဲ႔ ရြာလို႕ သိ၇ပါတယ္။
ျမိဳ႕ခံ ဗုဓ္ဓဘာသာ ၀င္အားလံုးလိုလို က ရဲတာ၀န္မေက်လို႕ လိုေျပာပါတယ္

Another wrote>>>ဥကၠံကုိ ဂ်မာအသ္နဲ႔ အႀကိမ္ႀကိမ္ေရာက္ဖူးတယ္။ သႀကၤန္မွာ အျမဲ ခေလာက္ကြန္ဒုိင္ကုိ ကၽြန္ေတာ္ဂ်မာအသ္နဲ႔ေရာက္တယ္။ ၀ံကုိက္မွာ ဂ်ဳိရ္သြားခဲ့တာ စိတ္ထဲမွာ ဟဂ်္လုပ္ရသလားထင္ခဲ့ရတယ္။ အဲဒီဂ်ဳိရ္ အၿပီးမွာဘဲ အလႅာဟ္ရွင္ ကၽြန္ေတာ့္ကုိ ဟဂ်္ဖတ္ခြင့္ေပးခဲ့တယ္။ ဓါတ္ပုံထြက္လာတဲ့ ေနရာေတြအားလုံး ကၽြန္ေတာ္သိေနေတာ့ ပုိၿပီး စိတ္မေကာင္းဘူးဗ်ာ။

Another wrote>>>သတင္းေတြကေတာ့ ေနရာအႏွံ႔ျပန္႔ေနတယ္။ ပန္းဘဲတန္းကိုလည္း ဒီညဝင္လာမယ္လုိ႔ သတင္းထြက္ေနတယ္။ ေလာေလာဆယ္ ဥကၠံနားက ဝမ္ကုိက္ရြာကို မီးရႈိ႕ေနတယ္လို႔ ဥကၠံကိုေရာက္ေနတဲ့ Ko DM မွ ဖုံးဆက္သတင္းပို႔လာပါတယ္ ။ ဒုအာလုပ္ၾကပါ

Another wrote>>>ဥကၠံအၾကမ္းဖက္မႈ

ဥကၠံၿမိဳ႕နယ္အတြင္း ဧၿပီ ၃၀ ရက္ေန႔ ေန႔လည္ပိုင္းကစတင္ျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့သည့္
ပဋိပကၡအတြင္း ၿမိဳ႕တြင္းရွိ ဗလီႏွင့္ ဆိုင္ခန္းတခ်ဳိ႕ပ်က္စီးခဲ့ၿပီး ၿမိဳ႕အစြန္ရွိ၏ ရြာသံုးရြာ မီးေလာင္ကၽြမ္းခဲ့သည္။
Buddhist Mobs Set Fire to Myanmar Villages -Associated Press —

Chit Hlaing Aung စာမ်က္နွာမွ ကူးယူေဖၚျပသည္

Gambar Terbaik: Hubungan Sultan & MB Kelantan Yang Akrab

Posted: 01 May 2013 05:34 AM PDT

Tuanku al-Sultan Kelantan melawat Menteri Besar Kelantan dirumah beliau, Pulau Melaka Kota Bharu.

Jika 20 tahun dulu, ramai golongan anti-Kelantan yang mempersoal kenapa negeri Kelantan perlu digelar Negeri Serambi Mekah. Mungkin gambar ini boleh menjelaskan kenapa Kelantan perlu dicemburui oleh sesiapa sahaja. Baik dari segi rakyatnya, pemimpinya mahupun Sultannya.

HAPPY LABOUR DAY: Radio DJs' silent protest over MCA's negative ads - -

Posted: 01 May 2013 02:40 AM PDT

Read the news in Chinese at:


Radio DJs' silent protest over MCA's negative ads
11:04AM May 1, 2013
Deejays at the Chinese radio station 988 have posted black-and-white pictures of themselves on their official Facebook fanpages in a silent protest against MCA's election campaign advertisements aired by the station.

Some of them have also posted these pictures on their own Facebook pages with the message, "We exercise our own discretion. The station's advertisements do not represent our stance."

NONEMalaysiakini has been given to understand that the DJs are unhappy with the 988 for broadcasting a number MCA's negative advertisements over the radio station, which they feel are libellous and will sow fears among their audience.
These advertisement include one that says "a vote of DAP is a vote for PAS", and that once Pakatan is in power, it will hamper the growth of the country's economy and implement hudud.

Insiders say the DJs raised their opposition to the BN election advertisements with the station management before the broadcasts started, but to no avail despite backing from some of their senior managers.
Halt advertisements, say listeners

However, a source stressed that the move was merely the personal action of the DJs and did not reflect the official stance of 988.

MCA's direct attack on DAP through these advertisements have already drawn the ire of listeners and netizens alike.

A number of them have also expressed their dissatisfaction on the station's official Facebook page and have demanded that the advertisements be halted.
A check today showed that the black-and-white pictures of the DJs have been removed from the 988 webpage.

It is learned that radio station management issued a notice to all staff stating that the protest action violates company policy and that the black-and-white pictures must be removed by today or disciplinary action would be taken.
988 station is owned by the MCA-controlled Star Publications (M) Bhd.

Malaysiakini tried to contact the senior manager for human resources and administration at Star Publications, Henry Asokan, for comment, but without success.
The Star too has been running advertisements saying, "a vote of DAP is a vote for PAS".

Ads not endorsed by radio station

Besides the protest from the 988 DJs, an anonymous group has created a Chinese-language video criticising the MCA election advertisements, which has been circulating online.

"You may not see us working behind the scenes, but you can hear our voices on TV and on radio... Of late, the mainstream media has been continuously broadcasting disgusting campaign ads, and we feel both sad and angry," the group says in the video.

It adds: "Angry, not just because of the media's political stance, but also the false information contained within this series of ads. The slanderous and fictitious content continuously spreads fear and threats.
"We refuse to record these irresponsible ads. We support a two-party system. Give us back a blue sky (clean) advertising."

On the night of April 23, 988 station responded via Facebook and Twitter, saying that what it aired were purely paid advertisements and not a part of the station's programming, endorsement, or stance.

"As a broadcaster, we hope Malaysians will use the vote in their hands and perform their duty and their rights wisely," it said.

BBC Interviews Those Who Are Happy With Barisan

Posted: 01 May 2013 02:19 AM PDT

1 May 2013
Last updated at 05:19 GMT

As general election is being held in Malaysia on 5 May,
in what is seen as a major test for Prime Minister Najib Razak's ruling

The governing party has been in power for a 56-year period.
However, the opposition has been gaining ground on a pledge to end

In 2008, the ruling

Radio Australia: Chinese Vote Deciding Factor In Johor for GE13

Posted: 01 May 2013 02:07 AM PDT

Chinese vote deciding factor in Johor state - GE13

Updated 30 April 2013, 21:52 AEST

The Malaysian opposition Pakatan Rakyat
coalition aims to make political history in the southern state of Johor,
the birth place of the ruling Malays party, UMNO.

Chinese vote deciding factor in Johor state - GE13 (Credit: ABC) 


With days

Radio Australia: Anwar "Quite Confident" Of Winning Sunday's Election If No "Massive Fraud."

Posted: 01 May 2013 01:48 AM PDT

JUST HEARD at 4.35pm Radio Australia's interview with Anwar Ibrahim saying that he was "quite confident" of winning Sunday's General Elections. He also said that earlier he had been saying he was "cautiously optimistic". But after going to the ground and meeting the people, he said that he has been very encouraged but the turnouts.

However, Anwar said that if PR doesn't win, it will be

ဥကၠံအၾကမ္းဖက္မႈ အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးမွဴး ဦးေဆာင္ခဲ့၊ အျပင္ကလူေတြနဲ႔ ေဒသခံေတြ စနစ္တက် တိုက္ခိုက္

Posted: 01 May 2013 01:34 AM PDT

ဥကၠံအၾကမ္းဖက္မႈ အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးမွဴး ဦးေဆာင္ခဲ့၊ အျပင္ကလူေတြနဲ႔ ေဒသခံေတြ စနစ္တက် တိုက္ခိုက္

ဥကၠံၿမိဳ႕မွာ ဘာသာေရးလူမ်ဳိးေရး အၾကမ္းဖက္သမားေတြရဲ႕ လုပ္ေဆာင္ပံုနဲ႔ ျဖစ္စဥ္ေတြဟာ မိတၳီလာမွာ အၾကမ္းဖက္မႈစတင္ခဲ့တဲ့ မတ္လ ၂ဝရက္ေန႔က ျဖစ္စဥ္ေတြနဲ႔ တူညီေနၿပီး ဥကၠံအနီးတဝိုက္က ေက်းရြာေတြကို မီးတင္ရိႈ႕မႈမွာ ေျခာက္တဲရြာ အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးမွဴးကိုယ္တိုင္ ဦးေဆာင္ပါဝင္တာျဖစ္ၿပီး ရဲတပ္ဖြဲ႕က ဖမ္းဆီးမႈေတြ ျပဳလုပ္ေနၿပီလို႔ ကမာရြတ္သတင္းေထာက္က ေဒသခံေတြ၊ တာဝန္ရွိသူေတြကို ေမးျမန္းထားခ်က္ကို အေျခခံၿပီး ေျပာဆိုခဲ့ပါတယ္။

ေက်းရြာ ၄ရြာက အိမ္ေျခ ၃ဝဝေက်ာ္ေလာက္ ဧၿပီ ၃ဝရက္ေန႕ညေနမွာ မီးတင္ရိႈ႕ခံခဲ့ရတာျဖစ္ၿပီး ကနဦး အၾကမ္းဖက္မီးရိႈ႕မႈေတြကို ေဒသခံေတြကလုပ္ေဆာင္တာျဖစ္ၿပီး ေနာက္ပိုင္း ျပင္ပက ဝင္ေရာက္လာတဲ့ လူစိမ္းေတြက အၾကမ္းဖက္မႈေတြကို စတင္ခဲ့တာျဖစ္တယ္လို႔ ဆိုပါတယ္။ ေက်းရြာေတြကို ဝင္ေရာက္အၾကမ္းဖက္မႈေၾကာင့္ အနည္းဆံုး လူ ၁ဝဦး ဒဏ္ရာရရွိခဲ့ၿပီး ေသဆံုးမႈကို ခိုင္မာတဲ့ အတည္ျပဳခ်က္ေတြ မရရွိေသးပါဘူး။
ဥကၠံၿမိဳ႕ေပၚက မေတာ္မဆမႈျဖစ္စဥ္ ၿပီးဆံုးသြားၿပီးေနာက္ပိုင္းမွ အၾကမ္းဖက္မႈကိုဦးေဆာင္တဲ့ လူအုပ္ႀကီးဟာ ျပင္ပကလူေတြပါဝင္ေနၿပီး ႀကိဳတင္ျပင္ဆင္ထားတဲ့ပံုစံရွိၿပီး စနစ္က်နတဲ့အေၾကာင္း မ်က္ျမင္ေတြ႕ရွိခ်က္နဲ႔ မွတ္တမ္းေတြကိုကိုးကားၿပီး သတင္းေထာက္က ေျပာဆိုခဲ့ပါတယ္။

ရန္ကုန္တိုင္းရဲတပ္ဖြဲ႕က အဓိကရုဏ္းက်ယ္ျပန္႔လာမွာကို တားဆီးဖို႔အတြက္ အၾကမ္းဖက္မႈက်ဴးလြန္သူေတြကို မွတ္တမ္းေတြနဲ႔တကြ ဖမ္းဆီးမႈေတြျပဳလုပ္ေနၿပီး လတ္တေလာမွာ အေျခအေနေတြကို ယာယီ ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္ထားႏိုင္တယ္ဆိုေပမယ့္ ရဲနဲ႔စစ္တပ္ ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္မႈကင္းမဲ့တဲ့၊ သြားေရးလာေရးခက္ခဲတဲ့ ေက်းရြာေတြမွာ ေနာက္ထပ္ အၾကမ္းဖက္မႈေတြ ျဖစ္ပြားဖို႔ အလားအလာေတြရွိေနႏိုင္တယ္လို႔ ဆိုပါတယ္။

ေက်းရြာအုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးမွဴးဦးေဆာင္တဲ့ အၾကမ္းဖက္မႈျဖစ္စဥ္ဟာ မိတၳီလာအၾကမ္းဖက္မႈျဖစ္စဥ္ေတြလိုပဲ ဖုန္းေတြနဲ႔ ညႊန္ၾကားၿပီး လမ္းျပတာ၊ ရြာ ၄ရြာကို မီးတင္ရိႈ႕ၿပီးမွ ၿမိဳ႕ေပၚျပန္အထြက္ ေခ်ာင္းကူးတံတားေတြကို စနစ္တက် ဖ်က္စီးခဲ့တာေၾကာင့္ ကယ္ဆယ္ေရးလုပ္ငန္းေတြ မလုပ္ႏိုင္သလို အိမ္ေျခေတြ မီးေလာင္ပ်က္စီးသြားတာမို႔ အသက္မေသဘဲ က်န္ရစ္သူ ရြာသားေတြဟာ ေခ်ာင္းနံေဘးမွာ ညလံုးေပါက္ ေနထိုင္ခဲ့ရပါတယ္။ 

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Buddhist Violence in Burma

Posted: 01 May 2013 01:31 AM PDT

Buddhist Violence in Burma By Barbara Crossette April 30, 2013

Policeman patrol a village in Myanmar in March following deadly religious rioting. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win.)

In the West, Buddhism is often understood as a religion of compassion and peace, with gauzy images of serene meditation, the hum of chanted prayers, a symbolic lotus bloom. So what are we to make of a currently circulating video of a robed Burmese monk wielding a sturdy pole as he joins a killer mob beating a defenseless Muslim man to the ground? In the background, mosques and houses are burning and Muslim children are running for their lives.

Barbara Crossette is The Nation's United Nations correspondent. A former foreign correspondent for the New York Times,…

Buddhism, a faith practiced all over the world, is marked by individualism, equality and concern for the welfare of the earth and all "sentient" creatures. But when it is harnessed to ethnic intolerance and extreme nationalism, it can turn mindlessly violent, as it has been and continues to be evident in Burma, now also known as Myanmar.

Buddhist violence, including lethal brutality against non-Buddhist minorities, is not a phenomenon confined to Burma. In recent decades, Sri Lanka's ethnic tensions have been ignited and reignited by Buddhist zealots. As in Burma, they find sympathizers in Buddhist-dominated governments and the military. Only weeks ago, Sri Lankan monks were filmed leading a stone-throwing band toward a Muslim-owned clothing warehouse in suburban Colombo, the capital.

In the Himalayan nation of Bhutan two decades ago, fears that a centuries-old Tibetan culture and Buddhist monarchy were under threat from an influx of ethnic Nepalis led to large-scale expulsions of people who, officials said, could not prove they were citizens. In Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge emerged from an almost thoroughly Buddhist nation.

In Burma, missing from the reaction to the gruesome scenes of terrified Muslims killed and displaced are an unambiguous condemnation and moral leadership by Aung San Suu Kyi, whose father, Aung San, founded the Burmese army, with which she now works in transforming her country. While known around the world as an outspoken champion of democracy, she has now become a Burmese politician, careful not to take on the ethnic Burman Buddhist majority, the powerful monks or the military.

Monks were also fearless defenders of democracy, but the question that now arises is, Democracy for whom? Since the political transition began in Burma, monks have joined in attacks on Muslims first on the western Arakan coast, where stateless ethnic Bengali Muslims have settled for two centuries, and then more recently in other Burmese regions where Buddhists and Muslims lived together in peace.

After anti-Muslim violence broke out a year ago in the Arakan region (now also called Rakhine state) on the Bay of Bengal, Aung San Suu Kyi, an ethnic Burman and a Buddhist, called for adherence to the rule of law, but she showed no public outrage over the increasingly well documented assaults by Buddhist village mobs and monks against the Muslim population known as Rohingyas, many of whom were forced to flee in unseaworthy boats. An unknown number have perished at sea and many thousands, their homes and possessions gone, live in refugee camps.

Attacks against Muslim have erupted sporadically since then, spreading more widely across Burma, and beginning to affect not only the stateless Rohingya Muslins but also communities of Burmese Muslims whose citizenship is not in question. Human Rights Watch reported that in October of last year, in a mixed Burmese and Rohingya Muslim area of Arakan that had previously escaped destruction, satellite images showed that 633 buildings and 178 houseboats had been destroyed.

In mid-April of this year, the BBC and other media in Britain showed images from what was described as police video of Buddhist mobs attacking Muslims in Meikhtila, in central Burma, in March. Shops were looted, buildings burned and more than forty people killed. Again, monks were part of the mob and, again, the Buddhist-dominant police stood by and watched.

The Christian ethnic minorities in Burma have not been victims of targeted attacks so far, by most accounts, though a variety of ethnic groups waging war against the Burmese state for decades include many Christians. Most of them, a large number of them Baptists, were converted during the British colonial era, which ended with Burmese independence in 1948. Though most (but not all) non-Burman ethnic separatists have reached at least tentative cease-fire accords with the central government, their situations could become more precarious if Buddhist violence continues.

In Sri Lanka, paradoxically the most advanced country in the region in human development terms, British colonialism left a legacy of tension and division between the predominantly Sinhalese Buddhist people of central and southern Ceylon, as it was then known, and the long-established Tamil population of the north, with its cultural heart on the Jaffna Peninsula. Another, separate group of Tamils were brought from India later by the British to the central highlands of Sri Lanka as "tea-pluckers" in the sprawling plantations established by British and Sri Lankan companies.

These Tamils, like the Rohingyas in Burma, were denied citizenship for many years, but they did not join the Tamil rebellion in the north. Sri Lanka also has a Muslim population, classified as an ethnic group, and significant Christian communities after centuries of Portuguese, Dutch and British occupation. In a thirty-year civil war that ended in 2009, Muslims were caught in the middle of Sinhala-Tamil pressures.

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Under British rule, the northern Tamils, many educated by American missionaries in the Jaffna area, became favored civil servants for the colonial government because of their high level of competence in English and well developed professional skills. After independence in 1948, the Sinhalese majority turned on them and demanded that the government replace them with Sinhala speakers (also abolishing English usage at the same time). When hostilities led to war in the mid-1980s, the conflict was defined, rightly or wrongly, in ethnic and religious terms, with most Tamils being Hindus and the Sinhalese Buddhists.

For a period in the late 1980s and early 1990s, there were in fact two simultaneous civil wars in Sri Lanka, when an extremist Sinhala Marxist-Leninist-Buddhist movement, the People's Liberation Front, argued that the Sinhalese-led government had given away too much to the Tamils in a short-lived truce and peace agreement in 1987, brokered by India. The JVP, as it was known by its initials in Sinhala, terrorized areas of the Sri Lankan south and interior hill country, with Buddhist monks' support. The violent movement fed on a sense of having been betrayed to "Hindu New Delhi," because of India's military intervention to end the Tamil war. During a ceremony in Colombo, a Sri Lankan Sinhalese sailor stepped out of an honor guard and hit the then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi with his rifle.

Succeeding central governments in Sri Lanka, played the Buddhist card with increasing regularity and ferocity, running up a multicolored Buddhist banner rather than the national flag at one point in Jaffna and elsewhere in Tamil-majority areas. Atrocities were committed by both sides during the war between the central government and Tamil militants, though with greater indiscriminate brutality on the side of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which first annihilated virtually all more moderate rival groups and unarmed Tamil politicians early in the war, and assassinated not only a series of Sri Lankan national political leaders but also the country's leading human rights lawyer, Neelan Tiruchelvam, also a Tamil.

Sri Lankan analysts of intense Buddhist antipathy to Tamils and their culture have suggested that the Sinhalese majority has nurtured a sense of being a threatened minority in South Asia, partly because of the dominant presence of India, with its huge Hindu population, and the political power of the state of Tamil Nadu, whose support governments in New Delhi often need. Sri Lankans see Buddhism pushed to the margins in India, where even some of the most holy Buddhist sites are managed by Hindu organizations. Many Indian Buddhists are poor converts trying to escape the Indian caste system.

The spectacle of Buddhism-as-politics—except for the Tibetan situation, which has more to do with China than India—is largely missed or ignored by most Western Buddhists, who accept some of the practices as more lifestyle choices than religion, with many of these practices heavily influenced by Hinduism or Indian yoga gurus and ashrams.

In Sri Lanka, Buddhism is a faith that defines society for the Sinhalese, and it becomes the identifying characteristic when they feel threatened. That still doesn't entirely explain how it became the rallying call of the modern Sri Lankan military, or large segments of it, and how its nonviolent, introspective teachings were so easily abandoned not only in time of conflict—perhaps understandable given the brutality of the Tamil Tigers—but also when time came to make a just peace with the civilian population of the Tamil north.

The Tamil Tigers were not defeated until 2009 under a determined army assault. In putting down the long rebellion, the Sinhalese Buddhist side incurred universal opprobrium for its human rights abuses, and now triumphantly dominant in the central government, it remains unwilling to heal the Hindu Tamils' cultural wounds.

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