- Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
- Pelekat Gambar Siapakah Di Motorsikal Pemuda India Ini?
- Singapore Sundown Marathon 2013
- Nearly two weeks after lock-up death, cops finally ‘in process’ of being suspended. Amazing ain't it?
- Sexual violence in Egypt has increased under Islamist rule
- Erdogan comes out fighting - against Twitter
- Turkey's protesters accuse Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Islamist agenda
- Suspect in British soldier murder appears in court
- Ada Tarian Separuh Bogel Di Pusat Beli-belah Segamat
- Myanmar needs a new nationalism
- UMNO Baru Terjaga Ketika Matahari Sudah Tegak Di Atas Kepala - TGNA
- ဆဲဆိုၿပီး အမုန္းပြားၿပီမွ ဘာသာနဲ႔ လူမ်ိဳးကို ကာကြယ္ရမယ္ ဆိုရင္ … အဲဒီလို ဥာဏ္အေျမာ္အျမင္နည္းၿပီး သိကၡာမဲ့တဲ့ ဘာသာနဲ႔ လူမ်ိဳးစာရင္းထဲမွာ ကိုယ့္ကိုကိုယ္ ပယ္ပါရေစ
- Malaysia to introduce 'fair' parliamentary committee to oversee Election Commission | Connect Asia | ABC Radio Australia
- Malaysia's electoral reform 'a step in right direction: opposition | Connect Asia | ABC Radio Australia
- Malaysia to reform election body over bias concern | ABC Radio Australia
- ေအာင္ (၃)ေကာင္ေၾကာင္႔ လာရွိဳး မီးေလာင္သြားတာဗ်ိဳ ႔
- France to Ban Electronic Cigarettes in Public
- ေဒၚစု နဲ႔ မြတ္ဆလင္ ကိစၥသုံးသပ္ျကည့္ရာဝယ္
- "Belang" Nasha Semakin Jelas Kelihatan
- Eight Per Cent Earn Half Of All
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 10:56 AM PDT
Finally, the truth prevails.
There was no Bangladesh citizen in Malaysia who voted during the May 5 general election, as claimed by Pakatan Rakyat. In fact, the voters whom Pakatan thugs bashed up and threatened for having that 'Bangla look' are all Malaysians.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 3: The government of Bangladesh yesterday denied allegations that its Malaysian-based workers had voted as phantom voters in Election 2013, adding that the "xenophobic" accusation has subjected its citizens to abuse.However, PKR's Rafizi and others claimed of having proofs that BN issued Mykads to some Bangladeshis to vote.
But where are the proofs?
I think from today onwards, Pakatan leaders must learn how to distinguish between Malaysians and other nationals. In Pakatan itself, there are many 'Bangla look alike', 'Arab look alike' and so on. Does Anwar look like an 'original' Malay?
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 09:41 AM PDT
Motorsikal pemuda India ini ditampalkan dengan pelekat wajah TG Nik Abdul Aziz, Mursyidul Am PAS. Demikian penghormatan kaum bukan Islam terhadap pemimpin tertinggi PAS tersebut.
Hebat! Kita ucapkan tahniah dan syabas kepada pemuda India itu lantaran keberanian dan kejujurannya menyokong perjuangan TG Nik Aziz yang a da ahli PAS sendiri tak mampu berbuat demikian dengan alasan-alasan kurang menasabah seperti segan, malu, takut, takkiah dan sebagainya.
Bukan sahaja kaum bukan Islam, malah ulamak-ulamak ternama turut menghormati dan menyayangi TG Nik Aziz. Lihatlah:
Jika yang bukan Islam dan ulamak-ulamak terkenal menghormati dan menyayangi TG Nik Aziz, lihat pula bagaimana golongan UMNO yang mengaku Islam perlakukan dan memfitnah TG Nik Aziz.
Malah ada lebih banyak lagi gambar superimposed yang dilakukan oleh golongan UMNo terhadap TG Nik Aziz yang tak sanggup GB paparkan di sini.
,br>Semuga masing-masing mendapat pembalasan yang wajar dari Allah swt.
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 07:07 AM PDT
Flown down south onto the island of Lion on last Thursday evening, Preparing for my first evening run on Friday late night or should I say early Saturday morning... The flag off was at 00:30.
On your mark, get set, Goooooooooooo....
Rollback to before run...
snap snap here and snap snap there; upload pictures to the social media were what the runner did...
TZ ran the first 3km and then slowed down to walk for 6km with the speed of 4.0-5.0km/hr... and ran the last one km again when approaching the finishing line.
After 1hr 34mins 11secs...
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 06:54 AM PDT
From The Malaysian Insider
KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 ― The police officers under investigation for allegedly causing the death of N. Dharmendran are to be suspended from active duty, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced today, fully 13 days after the 32-year-old died under their watch in a city lock-up. A government hospital autopsy report on Dharmendran revealed the detainee had died as the result of multiple beatings, triggering outrage from civil society activists and opposition leaders who pushed the authorities for swift action to prevent further custodial deaths. "It is in the process," Ahmad Zahid, who is home minister, told reporters in Putrajaya today in response to calls to suspend the police officers on duty when Dharmendran died on May 21.
He said the authorities would not compromise on any case in which the detainees die while in police custody. Dharmendran was reportedly arrested on May 11 in connection with a shooting incident in Bandar Tun Razak and died ten days later while under remand at the city police contingent headquarters here. Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ku Chin Wah had initially claimed Dharmendran died due to "breathing difficulties". But a Hospital Kuala Lumpur autopsy report made public on June 1 revealed the former lorry driver for a waste management firm to have suffered "diffuse soft tissue injuries due to multiple blunt force trauma".
The police have reportedly reclassified his death as "murder". On May 28, Bukit Aman announced it had set up a special task force headed by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to investigate the circumstances surrounding Dharmendan's death. A day later, four policemen, said to have been on duty when Dhamendran died, were assigned to desk duties. There have been two other reported lock-up deaths since Dharmendran's death.
Human rights society Suaram listed Jamesh Ramesh, 40, as having died at the Penang police contingent headquarters on May 27 and last Saturday, P. Karuna Nithi, 42, died at the Tampin district police station in Negri Sembilan.
According to Suaram, there were over 220 cases of alleged deaths in custody in Malaysia from 2000 to May, with its records showing that nine of those cases occurred in 2012 while eight cases took place this year. Another human rights group, Tenaganita, today criticised Putrajaya's delay in setting up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to address abuses and the growing number custodial deaths.
"We cannot condone another death in custody. We cannot allow the police to investigate their peers as it has not brought about accountability but instead an increase in deaths. "It is clear that the IGP and the home minister have failed miserably in dealing with deaths in custody," Tenaganita executive director, Irene Fernandez, said in her statement. She also urged the federal government to ratify and implement without delay the UN Convention Against Torture "to reflect its political will to ensure citizens are free from torture by State and non-State actors".
A United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention 2010 visit to Malaysian prisons and detention centres reported in 2011 that between 2003 and 2007, "over 1,500 people died while being held by authorities." The Malaysian Bar, civil society groups and several politicians from both sides of the divide have called for the IPCMC to be implemented to reform the police force since 2006. The IPCMC, which was mooted by a royal commission chaired by former Chief Justice Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah but shot down by the police, was to be modelled on the United Kingdom's Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), as well as other police oversight bodies in New South Wales and Queensland in Australia, and Hong Kong.
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 06:41 AM PDT
If anyone still thought that wearing a burqa protects women from sexual harassment or that Islamist influence would result in men respecting women more...sorry to disappoint you: Nearly 50 percent of women reported more harassment after the revolution; 44 percent said the level of harassment remained the same before and after the revolution. Meanwhile, more than 58 percent of men surveyed said harassment increased after the revolution.
"What is different now [post-revolution], and why this has been brought to public and international attention, is that we're witnessing a number of very violent assaults and rape," Diana Eltahawy, a researcher at Amnesty International Egypt, told Al Arabiya English. Manal Abdul Aziz Ali, a Cairo-based journalist said, "Today, neither a foreigner nor an Egyptian can enjoy a sense of safety... because of the noticeable rise in the rate of crime and harassment against women."
Salafist preacher Ahmad Mahmoud Abdullah said earlier this year that women protesting in Tahrir Square are "no red line" because they "have no shame and want to be raped," a statement which was perceived as a sanctioning of violence against women. Egyptian women now "have to think twice" before attending demonstrations, Abdul Aziz Ali said, "not because [women] fear tear gas or even bullets, but because of the harassment being practiced by some thugs and parties to discourage revolutionaries from participating in such events."
A commenter recently wrote about her experience in Egypt:
I am a 27 yr old female having just returned from a 9 day trip to Egypt. It was was honestly the worst holiday of my life. 90% of the men were sleazy and intimidating, and I got hassled at least every half an hour, even at the hotel (Hilton sharks bay). One of the house keepers (room service) staff even groped my boob. I chose to ignore it on the day as I did not trust the management of the hotel. A few days later when checking out, I made a formal complaint to the management at Hilton and burst out crying in the reception. I will be making a formal complaint. I can't imagine what the women of Egypt have to go through on a daily basis, and I really hope the mentality of these people changes and they learn to respect women. Absolutely unacceptable and I will certainly NOT be returning to this otherwise beautiful country unless things change. Hat tip: EOZ
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 06:33 AM PDT
All tyrants are against Twitter and other social media.
From Hurriyet Daily News:
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described the microblogging website Twitter as "trouble" in a television interview today, daily Radikal has reported. "There is a trouble called Twitter. Unmitigated lies are there [on Twitter]," Erdoğan said. "The thing that is called social media is a troublemaker in societies today."Erdoğan knows a thing or two about how easy it is to lie on Twitter. After all, he posts often to his own Twitter account.
Meanwhile, as riots in Turkey continue for the fourth day, Erdogan is blaming foreign spies:
Turkish intelligence is looking into possible links between the incidents in Taksim Square and foreign powers, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at a press conference today before leaving for Morocco, accusing internal and foreign actors of supporting the Gezi Park protests. "Our intelligence work is ongoing [to determine the foreign actors behind the protests]. It is not possible to reveal their names. But we will have meetings with their heads," said Erdoğan.
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 06:22 AM PDT
By Barney Henderson in the Telegraph, June 1:
When Recep Tayyip Erdogan swept to power in 2002, Turkey was lauded by the West as an example of a successful, Muslim-majority, secular democracy. The country's brand of "Islamic Calvinism" – spearheaded by Mr Erdogan's pro-business and pro-free market reforms – lifted Turkey out of deep recession. Crippling inflation was brought under control and the economy has grown at an average of 7.3 per cent a year over the last decade. Politically, he has been praised for the introduction of several progressive reforms. For example, the European Court of Human Rights has been given supremacy over Turkish courts, and in general Mr Erdogan has brought Turkey closer to the European Union.
After three election victories, he has been – and remains – the most popular politician in Turkey's recent history and has cemented the country's alliance with the United States, which was highlighted when Barack Obama chose Ankara as his first overseas trip as president in 2009. However, with protests flaring across the country, the prime minister now faces one of the biggest challenges of his eleven-year reign. A growing number of people in the country – even those who have supported him in the past – are now accusing Mr Erdogan of a stifling authoritarianism and a subtle shift towards religious conservatism. They say Turkey is secular in name only and that Mr Erdogan is now promoting a distinctly Islamist agenda.
The government has refused to continue Turkey's strict ban on religion from all public domains and its limitation to private life. In 2008, parliament passed an amendment to the constitution allowing women to wear the headscarf in Turkish universities. Describing himself as a Muslim prime minister of a secular state, Mr Erdogan last year said he wanted to see a "pious generation" – a comment that drew much criticism but was backed up by the passing of a law allowing religious schools to take on students as young as 11. In a surprise move last week, the government introduced a new law cracking down on alcohol, banning the sale of drink between 10pm and 6am and forcing restaurants near schools or mosques to be dry.
The prime minister denied the law had anything to do with Islam, but that it was intended to stop young Turks from "wandering about in a state of inebriation". The protesters are unconvinced, fearing that targeting alcohol fits in with a pattern of conservatism that has seen more headscarves and longer skirts amongst female civil servants. "In the old days if you wanted a promotion you wore a short skirt, now it's the other way round," a diplomat told the Economist. The wave of protests that began on Friday were not borne of environmental concerns about Taksim park. The men and women that have taken to the streets in towns and cities across the country are growing increasingly frustrated by the direction Mr Erdogan – supported by his intensely unpopular police force – appears to have taken.
"They want to turn this country into an Islamist state, they want to impose their vision all the while pretending to respect democracy," said one young female protester in Istanbul, declining to give her name. The US issued a rare rebuke over the police response to the protests and will be monitoring the suggestion that Turkey's secularisation is under threat closely – especially with the key and complex role Turkey has in the Syria conflict. Hat tip: Jihad Watch
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 06:15 AM PDT
By Peter Griffiths for Reuters, June 3
(Reuters) - A man charged with murdering a British soldier on a busy London street appeared in court for the first time on Monday, clutching what appeared to be a Koran in his right hand. Michael Adebolajo, 28, was formally charged with the murder of drummer Lee Rigby and remanded in custody until a hearing at the Old Bailey Central Criminal Court on June 28....
Adebolajo, in his first public appearance since the killing, gave a thumbs-up sign to his defense lawyer and blew kisses to a man in the public gallery, mouthing the words "I love you". The man declined to comment after the hearing. Adebolajo had his left arm in plaster and asked to remain seated during the five-minute hearing.He didn't ask to remain seated because his arm is injured. He asked to remain seated because, as a pious Muslim, he has no respect for British law.
Flanked by three security guards behind glass panels in the dock, Adebolajo interrupted the hearing repeatedly, asking why he had to stand up and questioning the charges after they were read to him. "Forgive my speech. I would like to alleviate the pain if I may," he said at the end of the short hearing. He then stretched out his arms, held a pose for a few seconds and kissed the book he was holding. He was led out of the dock, waving to the public gallery and smiling. Hat tip: Jihad Watch
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 08:02 AM PDT
PAS Kawasan Segamat membantah sekeras-kerasnya penganjuran tarian separuh bogel oleh wanita-wanita yg dipercayai di bawa dari luar negara di sebuah pasaraya One Segamat pada 1 jun 2013 jam 8.30pm.
Tarian separuh bogel tersebut telah disaksikan oleh hampir 500 pengunjung yang membawa bersama mereka anak-anak kecil dan diadakan pula pada waktu puncak dan malam minggu.
"Kami amat menyesali penganjuran tersebut diadakan secara terbuka yang ternyata menyalahi tatasusila adat dan budaya masyarakat Malaysia," kata Haji Firdaus Masod, Yang Di Pertua PAS Kawasan Segamat dalam kenyataannya.
Rata-rata yang menyaksikan tarian separuh bogel tersebut merasa agak terkejut dengan hidangan yang dipersembahkan pada malam tersebut.
Mereka lantas mempersoalkan bagaimana pihak berkuasa boleh terlepas pandang membenarkan suatu penganjuran yang menampilkan aksi lucah di pertontonkan kepada umum di daerah Segamat ini.
Pihak peniaga juga merasa kurang selesa dengan penganjuran tersebut kerana bunyi lagu yang diperdengarkan terlalu kuat hingga menyukarkan mereka untuk berkomunikasi dengan pelanggan-pelanggan.
Dari sudut agama pula, PAS Kawasan Segamat kesal dengan apa yang berlaku pada malam tersebut kerana ianya secara terang-terangan adalah persembahan yang haram di sisi agama kerana pendedahan aurat yg melampau dan disaksikan pula oleh orang awam.
"Peristiwa ini jelas telah menghina agama Islam dan menghina institusi Islam di negeri Johor itu sendiri," kata beliau kesal.
Bagi beliau, tarian separuh bogel ala padang pasir yang menggayakan aksi lucah ternyata tidak boleh diterima di negara ini kerana ianya bertentangan dengan norma-norma masyarakat serta berdosa oleh semua yang terlibat samada penonton maupun penganjur itu sendiri.
"Justeru kami PAS Kawasan Segamat mendesak pihak berkuasa sama ada Majlis Daerah Segamat atau pun Pejabat Agama Daerah Segamat segera mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap penganjur dan wanita-wanita yang membuat persembahan lucah di khalayak ramai dengan menggunakan segala peruntukan undang-undang yg sedia ada.
"Kami percaya hanya dengan tindakan tegas daripada pihak berkuasa sahaja yang akan dapat menghalang perkara seumpama ini tidak lagi berulang pada masa hadapan.
"Kami berdoa semoga daerah Segamat ini dijauhkan dari bala bencana kerana jika Allah ingin menurunkan balanya ianya tidak memilih hanya kepada pelaku maksiat sahaja tetapi keseluruhan penduduk Segamat akan menerima musibahnya," katanya.
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 05:55 AM PDT
Myanmar needs a new nationalism
Many outside observers have been shocked to see Buddhists in Myanmar leading recent violent actions against Muslims. Our recollections of tens of thousands of Buddhist monks chanting loving-kindness while demonstrating peacefully against the former military government in 2007 clash with recent images of monks using their sermons to advocate for a boycott of Muslim businesses and in some cases even leading mobs to destroy mosques and physically attack Muslims.
U Wirathu is a complex figure, with a career that recalls Burmese monks of the early decades of the 20th century. At that time, some monks played leading roles in the nascent independence movement in Myanmar, then known as Burma, by giving fiery speeches criticizing British colonialism, organizing monastic political groups, and even conducting political trainings in rural areas. Burmese nationalism of that time was primarily constructed as a national movement for the majority group, ethnic Burman Buddhists. Anti-British sentiment was often expressed through anti-Indian demonstrations, the most violent of which were riots that spread throughout the country in 1930.
The current situation reflects this history in important ways. U Wirathu epitomizes the all too common model of a nationalist leader who fights for expanded political freedoms for some citizens but also uses religious reasoning to justify the exclusion of groups considered to be outside the national community. He spent nine years in jail, having been arrested in 2003 for inciting anti-Muslim riots in Mandalay.
U Wirathu, however, frames his detention as just one of the many ways in which the former military regime limited freedom of expression. He was released in a mass amnesty on January 13, 2012 and promptly returned both to his monastic duties at Masoyein Monastery in Mandalay and to political organizing.
U Wirathu has been a prominent figure in the ongoing protests against the Chinese-run Letpadaung copper mine in Monywa, west of Mandalay in central Myanmar, and organized a number of monks to join the demonstrations to provide protection for the local population. The protests – initiated in mid-2012 by villagers who were unhappy with forced displacement, inadequate compensation for seized land, and environmental damage – escalated when local authorities attacked the demonstrators on November 29 and injured over 100 people, including many monks.
Most observers would agree that protests such as this reflect the admirable demands of Myanmar's citizens for a greater voice in the country's political process and for more equitable and responsible economic development. But U Wirathu has also been at the front of more controversial incidents. After fighting between Buddhist Rakhines and Muslim Rohingya in western Myanmar worsened near the end of 2012, President Thein Sein initially suggested that the best solution would be to remove the Rohingya to another country that would accept the estimated 800,000-strong population.
On September 2, U Wirathu led a march of thousands of monks in Mandalay, calling for citizens to democratically support the President's proposal and casting the Rohingya as a threat to the Burmese "Motherland". He also traveled to Meikhtila in the days following the recent violent conflict between Buddhists and Muslims in central Myanmar; he was ostensibly there to be a "peacemaker" but in interviews and speeches continued to spread uncorroborated reports of the fighting that put the blame almost solely on Muslim residents.
The 969 movement also has complex, culturally embedded elements and appears to be a contemporary re-purposing of Buddhist symbolism, deployed as part of an anti-Muslim campaign. Lists of attributes are commonly found in Theravada Buddhist teachings, most likely originating as a memorization device when the religion was transmitted orally. The Buddha, the dhamma (his teachings), and the sangha (the community of monks) are known as the "Triple Gems" and it is common for Buddhists to pay respect to these three objects as part of their daily devotional practice. There are nine distinctive noble qualities of the Buddha, six of the dhamma, and nine of the sangha, and Burmese Buddhists occasionally use "969″ as shorthand to refer to the Triple Gems.
The origins of the contemporary 969 movement are not entirely clear, but U Wirathu has emerged as one of its strongest proponents. The movement imagines 969 as a symbolic counter to the number 786, a numerological shorthand for Islam used among some Muslims in Asian countries. 786 has a practical purpose, as Muslim businesses (especially restaurants) display a 786 sticker to indicate to customers that they serve halal food, although it also functions as a more general notification that the business is Muslim-owned. The 969 movement has sought to institute a similar self-identification practice by Buddhist-owned businesses through the distribution of 969 stickers and encouragement of Buddhists to only patronize Buddhist-owned establishments.
In this way, 969 has functioned as a sort of "Buy Buddhist" campaign and its supporters claim that they are merely responding to similarly insular buying practices in Islamic communities. But some 969 literature and monastic sermons have also directly criticized Islam and spread unsubstantiated rumors about Islamic practices in Myanmar. One of the most persistent is that Muslim men are paid to marry Buddhist women and convert them, thus making their offspring Muslim as well.
This unfounded claim has been around in many forms for generations in Myanmar, although it has acquired a new dimension in the age of globalization, as monks like U Wirathu claim that these "paid marriage/conversions" are funded by Saudi oil money. While 969 defenders argue that they are merely encouraging Buddhists to more fervently practice and defend their religion, the movement's literature presents Islam as both a threat to Buddhism and to the Burmese nation and often exhorts Buddhists to "take action" against the threat.
When U Wirathu's actions and the 969 boycott movement are framed as "defending Buddhism", it can be very difficult for lay Buddhists to criticize or question them. U Wirathu, in addition to his political activities, appears to possess acknowledged expertise in Buddhist teachings, giving him substantial legitimacy in traditional monastic fields. When 969 supporters present their movement as simply using one's economic resources to support one's own religion, there is significant social pressure to display a sticker.
Additionally, some monks have recently noted that Buddhists have long believed that exhibiting the number 969 could confer a general blessing on one's home or business; many Buddhists would not want to be seen as rejecting this religious benefit (especially if a monk suggests it) even if they did not agree with the anti-Muslim nature of the movement. These dynamics demonstrate the challenges of navigating a changing political landscape in Myanmar where reforms have opened up space for freer speech, but religious norms still prevent public questioning of monks or their interpretations of Buddhist teachings.
The Sangha Maha Nayaka, an official council of elder, high-ranking monks, has been noticeably quiet during the recent unrest. Many (if not most) Buddhists in the country perceive this group to be a mouthpiece for the government so, even if they are accorded the usual amount of respect due to senior monks, the public and at least a portion of the monastic population is skeptical of their pronouncements.
To date they have not publicly reprimanded any of the monks who have been preaching anti-Muslim sermons or leading destructive mobs, despite the fact that they have been quick to censure certain monastic political activities in the past, including the eviction of Shwe Nya Wa Sayadaw from his monastery in 2012 for giving a political sermon at the opposition National League for Democracy's offices in Mandalay.
Tolerance over hate
The public statement issued by Sitagu Sayadaw and the roles played by respected monks Ashin Seikkeinda and Ashin Sandadika in leading recent inter-faith gatherings have created space for lower-ranking monks and lay people to speak out and challenge the hitherto dominant narratives of hate, fear, and exclusion. Once more senior monks provide their "protection" and approval of a counter-interpretation, others may feel more confident in speaking out to challenge the monks who are preaching hate sermons.
One way to understand and respond to the exclusionary violence of Buddhist nationalism in Myanmar would be to acknowledge the problematic historical framing of national sentiment in limiting ways, yet look towards a more inclusive nationalism in the future that reflects Myanmar's religious, ethnic, and racial diversity. From this perspective, persistent discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities is a hurdle to be overcome through social, political, and economic policy and through a reinterpretation of the "defense of Buddhism".
But the uncomfortable truth might be that nationalism, by nature, has always been an exclusionary force, where the unity of a majority is dependent on, and in some cases actually created by, demonizing and ostracizing a smaller, weaker group of "others." From this perspective, nationalism is unlikely to ever be a unifying phenomenon in a country with the religious and ethnic diversity of Myanmar.
Similarly, the insistence of the government and much of the democratic opposition that these conflicts are primarily a reflection of a lack of rule of law fundamentally misjudges the degree of institutionalized religious discrimination in Myanmar and the limitations of Burmese nationalism as it is currently constructed. By focusing only on the rule of law, they also misread the necessary response to prevent these types of incidents in the future.
Burmese Buddhists face a crossroads in which they need to initiate conversations about the ways in which the Buddhist community should adapt to the empirical reality of multiculturalism without abandoning its distinctive core values or discounting its pervasive influence on many aspects of Burmese culture as the majority religion in the country.
These conversations will need to include monks – because of their respected role as guardians and interpreters of the Buddha's teachings – but should also incorporate the perspectives of nuns (one of the most marginalized groups in the country), diverse populations of lay Buddhists, and even non-Buddhists. They will also eventually need to address issues such as gender discrimination, abuse of power, and monastic political activity, but the most pressing problem Burmese Buddhism faces today is its inability to co-exist peacefully with other religions in times of crisis and uncertainty.
Those who aspire to a more inclusive Myanmar characterized by consolidated democratic values of freedom and tolerance might hold out hope for a new nationalism that challenges historical patterns of discrimination and seeks to acknowledge and incorporate the most marginalized of the country's communities. But it would not be surprising if Burmese nationalism continues to manifest as violent intolerance driven by religious fear and ignorance. At the heart of the project of tempering the destructive tendencies of Burmese Buddhist nationalism is a much-needed re-imagining of the role of Buddhism in a future democratic Myanmar.
Matthew J Walton is an adjunct professor in political science at The George Washington University. This autumn, he will become the Aung San Suu Kyi Senior Research Fellow in Modern Burmese Studies at St Antony's College, Oxford. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 05:55 AM PDT
Mursyidul Am PAS, Tuan Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat menyifatkan kenyataan Perdana Menteri mahu meletakkan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) di bawah Jawatankuasa Khas Parlimen adalah bukti SPR sangat pincang sebelum ini.
"Pada saya, ini sebenarnya tidak lain hanyalah sebesar-besar bukti bahawa proses perjalanan pilihanraya yang dikendalikan oleh SPR sangat pincang," kata beliau dalam kenyataannya kepada Harakahdaily.
Bagi beliau, jika sebelum ini, ada pemimpin Umno yang mencadangkan agar sesiapa yang tidak berpuas hati dengan perjalanan pilihanraya boleh keluar dari bumi Malaysia, di mana agaknya wajahnya ingin diletakkan dengan pengumuman Presiden Umno itu sendiri?.
Sehubungan itu beliau mengingatkan para pemimpin Umno dan lain-lain pihak jangan memperlekehkan pandangan rakyat.
"Saya ingatkan, jangan sesekali memperlekeh pandangan pandangan rakyat marhaen," tegasnya.
Sementara itu, pandangan Tuan Guru Nik Aziz dikongsi oleh anggota Parlimen Bukit Mertajam, Steven Sim Chee Keong (gambar kanan).
"Saya berpendapat ini merupakan taktik terbaru Umno-BN untuk menghalalkan sebarang tindakan SPR di masa depan bagi mengekalkan kuasa mereka," katanya.
Jika Perdana Menteri betul-betul ikhlas untuk melaksanakan pembaharuan sistem pilihan raya, beliau menyeru supaya segera dilaksanakan tuntutan Bersih 3.0 iaitu
1) melaksanakan lapan tuntutan Bersih 2.0,
2) pimpinan SPR meletak jawatan segera kerana kehilangan keyakinan rakyat terhadap SPR, dan
3) membenarkan pemantau antarabangsa bebas untuk memantau pilihan raya.
"Jika ini tidak dilaksanakan terlebih dahulu, maka sebarang perubahan hanyalah perubahan kosmetik dan bakal menjadi satu lagi projek penipuan Barisan National," katanya.
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 01:38 AM PDT
တကယ္ မျဖစ္တာေတြကို ျဖစ္ေနသလို ေျပာေနတဲ့ ေကာလဟာလနဲ႔ ဖြလံုးေတြကို ယံုၿပီး ဆဲဆိုၿပီး အမုန္းပြားၿပီမွ ဘာသာနဲ႔ လူမ်ိဳးကို ကာကြယ္ရမယ္ ဆိုရင္ … အဲဒီလို ဥာဏ္အေျမာ္အျမင္နည္းၿပီး သိကၡာမဲ့တဲ့ ဘာသာနဲ႔ လူမ်ိဳးစာရင္းထဲမွာ ကိုယ့္ကိုကိုယ္ ပယ္ပါရေစ။
ဗုဒၶဘာသာဆိုတာ က်ိဳးေၾကာင္း တရားကို ေလ့လာၿပီး ေလာက သစၥာကို ရွာေဖြၿပီး အမွန္တရားကို အလယ္အလတ္ လမ္းကေန ခ်ဥ္းကပ္တဲ့ ဘာသာ ျဖစ္တာေၾကာင့္ ဗုဒၶဘာသာျဖစ္မႈထဲကေန ဒီလုပ္ရပ္ေတြကို ပယ္ပါရေစ။
ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသားေတြဆိုတာ ကိုယ့္ကို ႏွိပ္စက္တဲ့ ရန္သူ ဖက္ဆစ္ကိုေတာင္ သူတို႔ေတြ စစ္ခြါတဲ့ အခ်ိန္မွာ ဂ်ပန္စစ္သားေတြရဲ႕ အသက္ေဘးကို ကယ္တင္ခဲ့တယ္လို႔ နာမည္ေက်ာ္တဲ့ ျဖစ္ရပ္ေတြနဲ႔ ေမတၱာတရား ႀကီးမားခဲ့တဲ့ ႏိုင္ငံသားေတြ ျဖစ္တာေၾကာင့္ .. ေကာလဟာလ သတင္းၾကားရံုနဲ႔ အမုန္းပြား ဆဲဆိုတဲ့ လုပ္ရပ္ကို ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသားစာရင္းက ပယ္ပါရေစ။
အခုလို ပယ္တာေတြေၾကာင့္ ဆဲသူေတြ၊ သေဘာ မတူသူေတြ ရွိႏိုင္ပါတယ္။ ဒါဟာ ျပႆနာေတာ့ မရွိပါဘူး။
ေနာင္လာမယ့္ အနာဂတ္ မ်ိဳးဆက္သစ္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသားေတြကို လူရိုင္းေတြဆိုၿပီး စြပ္စြဲခံရမႈရဲ႕ လူဘံုအလယ္မွာ မ်က္ႏွာညိဳးႏြမ္း ေအာက္ခ်ေနရတဲ့ ျဖစ္ရပ္ေတြ မျဖစ္ရေအာင္နဲ႔ ဗုဒၶဘာသာရဲ႕ က်ိဳးေၾကာင္း တရားေတြကို လူေတြ ပ်က္ရယ္ မျပဳရေလေအာင္ … မသင့္ေတာ္တာေတြကို ကိုယ့္လူမ်ိဳး၊ ကိုယ္ဘာသာနဲ႔ မသက္ဆိုင္ေအာင္လို႔ ပယ္သင့္တာကို ပယ္ရမယ္ဆိုတဲ့ စိတ္ဓါတ္ ေမြးျမဴတာပဲ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 01:22 AM PDT
Malaysia to introduce 'fair' parliamentary committee to oversee Election Commission | Connect Asia | ABC Radio Australia
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Posted: 03 Jun 2013 01:21 AM PDT
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Posted: 03 Jun 2013 01:19 AM PDT
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Posted: 03 Jun 2013 12:56 AM PDT
ေအာင္ (၃)ေကာင္ေၾကာင္႔ လာရွိဳး မီးေလာင္သြားတာဗ်ိဳ ႔
၂၀၁၀ ေရြးကေကာက္ပြဲျပီးထဲက ျဖစ္လိုက္တဲ႔ ျပသနာေတြ ေတာင္ပံုယာပံုၾကီးကို ျဖစ္ေန၏။ RFA မွ ေမာင္ေလး ခင္ေမာင္စိုး၏ မမစု အာလူးေတာင္း ေခါင္းေပၚရြက္ကာ အာလူး အမ်ိဳးမ်ိဳး အား ျပည္တြငး္ အႏွံ ျပည္ပ တခြင္ ျပဲျပဲစင္ေအာင္ လိုက္လံေရာင္းခ်ေလ၏ ။ အားလူးမ်ား ေတာ္ေတာ္ၾကီး လက္မလည္ေလာက္ေအာင္ပင္ ေရာင္းေကာင္းသြားသည္။
သို႔ေသာ္ ျပည္တြင္းထဲတြင္ မမစု၏ အာလူးမ်ား ၀ယ္သူေရာ မ၀ယ္မိသူမ်ားပါ ၀မ္း၀ ခါးလွသြားသည္ကို ၈၈ ဆိုေသာ ရွစ္ပူးမ်ားမွလြဲျပီး သာမန္ျပည္သူမ်ား ေတာင္သူလယ္သမားမ်ား လက္လုပ္လက္စားမ်ား ေက်ာငး္ဆရာမ်ား ေအာက္ဆံုးအဆင္႔ ၀န္ထမ္းေကာင္းမ်ား တစိုးတစင္မွပင္ မေတြ႔ရပါ။
က်ြႏု္ပ္တို႔ တိုင္းျပည္ထဲတြင္ သတိထားစရာ ေသျခာေပါက္မ်ားရိွလာသည္။ ထိပ္ေျပာင္ ခရီးထြက္လ်ွင္၊ မမစု ေခ်ၾကြေတာ႔မည္ဆိုလ်င္။ ေအာင္မင္း ေဆြးေႏြးမွဳ တခုခု လုပ္ေတာ႔မည္ဆိုလ်ွင္ သို႔မဟုတ္ ၈၈ ေခၚ ရွစ္ပူးမ်ား တိုင္းျပည္ေတာ္က ထြက္လ်င္ မၾကား၀ံ႔ မနာသာ မျမင္ဖြယ္ရာမ်ား ေတာ္လဲသလို လွဳပ္လွဳပ္ခါခါၾကီးကိုပင္ ယမ္းၾက ၾကမ္းၾကေတာ႔သည္။
ယခုလဲ ရွစ္ပူးမ်ား ျပည္ပတြင္ အာလူး လိုက္ေရာင္းေနၾကသည္။ ထိုကာလမွာပင္ လာရိွဳး ျမိဳ႔ မီးေတာက္မီးလ်ံ တဟီးဟီးညံထြက္လာ၏။ ျပည္တြင္းထဲတြင္ ေအာင္မင္းက ျပည္ပတြင္ ေပးခဲ႔သည္႔ သြားၾကားထိုးတံအတြင္းမွ ထြက္လာေသာ ကတိအား အေကာင္ထည္မျဖစ္မေနေဖၚေဆာင္ရေတာ႔မည္မို႔ သိဒၶိတင္ေသာ သေဘာျဖင္႔ ဆူပူအံုၾကြမွဳေတြၾကားမွ ျငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရး ေဆြးေနြးပြဲအား မည္သို႔မည္ပံု အေကာင္ထည္ေဖၚေနေၾကာင္း လားရိွဳး မီးေလာင္အံုၾကြမွဳျဖင္႔ သူက မီးေမာင္ အသြင္ အသံုးျပဳ အသံုးခ်ျပသည္။
ေအာင္မင္း ၀န္ခံေပးပါ။ ေအာင္မင္း ခရီးမထြက္ခင္ ဘာေၾကာင္႔ ေအာင္သိန္းလင္းႏွင္႔ ( ၃) နာရီမ်ွေလာက္ၾကာေအာင္ ဘာစကားေတြေျပာခဲ႔ၾကသနည္း? ဘာေၾကာင္႔ ေအာင္သိန္းလင္း၏ အဆက္သြယ္ျဖင္႔ က်ိဳင္းတံု နဆက ဗိုလ္မွဳး မင္းေဇာ္ေအးဆီမွ လားရိွဳးတြင္း ယခုဖမ္းခံထားရေသာ ပထမဆံုးတရာခံဟာ နအဖ ေခတ္တေလ်ာက္လံုးမွာ ၀န္ထမ္းလုပ္ခဲ႔တယ္ ဒါေၾကာင္႔ အဲဒီလူဟာ ၀န္းထမ္းေကာင္းတေယာက္ျဖစ္တာမို႔ သူ႔ေဆြမ်ိဳးေတြနဲ႔ လားရိွဴးမွာ သြားေတြ႔ဖို႔ အကူညီေတာင္းေနတာေၾကာင္႔ က်ပ္ေငြ ၅ သိန္း ေပးခိုင္းလိုက္တယ္ဆိုပါလား။
အဆိုပါလူက လာရိွဴးက ေဟာ္တယ္တခုမွာ တည္းေနတာ ၅ ရက္ေလာက္ရိွျပီတဲ႔၊ ေအာင္မင္းတို႔ ကခ်င္တိုင္းရင္းသားေတြနဲ႔ လက္မွတ္ထိုးေတာ႔မယ္႔ ေန႔မွပဲ ေကာက္ခါ ငင္ခါၾကီး မီးဟုန္းဟုန္းေတာက္ေအာင္ အဲဒီလူက လုပ္ေပးလိုက္တယ္။
သူ႔ကိုဖမ္းမိျပီး လားရိွဴး အမွတ္(၁) စခန္းကို ခ်က္ျခင္းေခၚသြားတယ္ ဘာေၾကာင္႔ အဲဒီလူကို အေ၀းေျပာဆယ္လူလာဖုန္းေပးျပီး ေအာင္ေသာင္းနဲ႔ စကားေပးေျပာေနတာလဲ?
ရွက္ဖို႔သိပ္ေကာင္းတယ္။ တကယ္မွ တကယ္ရွက္ဖို႔ေကာင္းတယ္။ ေအာင္းမင္း တိုင္းျပည္က ထြက္ ၊ ေအာင္ေသာင္းကို အၾကမ္းဖက္ လက္သယ္အျဖစ္နဲ႔ ဖမ္း ျပီးေတာ႔ ေအာင္သိမ္းလင္းကို ျမန္ျမန္ဆြဲေစ႔ျပီး စစ္ခ်က္ယူ ျပီးေတာ႔ အေရးယူ ….ဒါေတြပဲလုပ္ရမွာ ။ ခုေတာ႔ျဖင္႔ ေသသူေသ ေျပးသူေျပးနဲ႔ လားရိွဳးက ကမာၻပ်က္သလိုျဖစ္ေနတယ္။ ေျပးရမွာ ေသရမွာက အထက္ကေဖၚျပခဲ႔တဲ႔ သံုးေကာင္ ….ဆိုလိုခ်င္တာက အဲဒီေအာင္(၃)ေကာင္ ေပါင္းေနလို႔ လားရိွဳးမီးေလာင္သြားတာဗ်ိဳ ႔ ………………………………..
ဒီထက္ပိုသိခ်င္ရင္ ေအာင္မင္း၊ ေအာင္ေသာင္း ၊ ေအာင္သိန္းလင္း အဲဒီသံုးေကာင္ကို ဖမ္းျပီး က်ဳပ္ရိုက္စစ္ျပမယ္။ မွတ္ျပီလား……………..
Posted: 02 Jun 2013 11:39 PM PDT
France to Ban Electronic Cigarettes in Public
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Posted: 03 Jun 2013 12:35 AM PDT
ေဒၚစု နဲ႔ မြတ္ဆလင္ ကိစၥသုံးသပ္ျကည့္ရာဝယ္
ျကီးတဲ့ေခါင္းေဆာင္တစ္ေယာက္ဟာ ကုိယ့္ရဲ႕နုိင္ငံေရးအက်ဳိးအျမတ္အတြက္ လူတစ္စုရဲ႕လူ႔အခြင့္အေရး
ကုိခ်မနင္းဘူးဗ် လူထုေခါင္းေဆာင္ဆုိတာနုိင္ငံသားအားလုံးနဲ႔ဆုိင္တယ္ ထားပါေတာ့ဗ်ာ ေဒၚစုက
လူမ်ဳိးေရးနဲ႔ပတ္သတ္ျပီး လူမ်ားစုအျကဳိက္ေျပာမယ္ဆုိပါစုိ႔ ဥပေဒအရအတိအလင္းနုိင္ငံသား
ျဖစ္ေနတဲ့ လူနည္းစုေတြရဲ႕ဘဝဟာအသက္အုိးအိမ္လုံျခဳံမႈမရွိေတာ့ဘူး စုိးရြံ႕စိတ္နဲ႔အသက္ရွင္ေနရေတာ့
မယ္ လူ႔အခြင့္ေရးဆုံးရႈံးသြားတာပဲ ေနာက္ျပီးေဒၚစုကပါေထာက္ခံပါတယ္ဆုိျပီးမီးပုံပြဲေတြတစ္မ်ဳိးက်င္းပ
ကန္႔ကြက္ရင္တစ္မ်ဳိးေထာက္ခံရင္တစ္မ်ဳိးနဲ႔ ဒီဘာသာေရးကိစၥကုိေကာင္းေကာင္းအသုံးခ်ျပီး ေဒၚစု
မခံပါဘူးဗ်ာ ဘာေျကာင့္လည္းဆုိေတာ့ရုိးသားမွန္ကန္တဲ့ေစတနာမရွိလုိ႔ပဲ ဗုဒၶဘုရားရွင္ကုိယ္ေတာ္
တုိင္သူတစ္ပါးကုိအနုိင္က်င့္တုိက္ခုိက္ ပ်က္စီးေအာင္လုပ္တာကုိလုံးဝတားျမစ္ထားပါတယ္ ဘုရားရွင္
မူမွာပဲ မူမမွန္တဲ့သူေတြဟာျကဆုံးမွာဧကန္ပဲ ဗုဒၶဘာသာဝင္ေတြမွန္ရင္ ကုိယ္ခ်င္းစာတရားထားျကပါ
ရမယ္ မတရားတဲ့ဥပေဒေတြေျကာင့္ေရာ တရားတဲ့ဥပေဒေတြကုိမသိက်ဳိးက်ြံျပဳခဲ့တဲ့အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးစနစ္
ဆုိးေျကာင့္ ခင္ဗ်ားတုိ႔က်ေနာ္တုိ႔ ဒုကၡပင္လယ္ေဝခဲ့ရျပီ ဒီလမ္းကုိခင္ဗ်ားတုိ႔ေရြးျကအုန္းမွာလား
ျကပါ ေခါင္းေဆာင္ေကာင္းဆုိတာကုိယ္အက်ဳိးရွိဖုိ႔သူတစ္ပါးကုိခ်မနင္ဘူး ဒီေပတံနဲ႔တုိင္းျက ကုိယ့္အလွည့္
ျဖဴလည္းအျပစ္ မဲလည္းအျပစ္နဲ႔ေဒၚစုကုိေခ်ာက္ခ်ေနတာအသိသာျကီးပါ အမ်ားအျကဳိက္ေျပာရင္ေဒၚစု
ေျပာလုိ႔ဆုိျပီးမီးပုံပြဲလုပ္ျကမယ္ ျပီးရင္ကမၻာမွာေဒၚစုကုိသိကၡာခ်မယ္ ကေလးကြက္ေတြပါဗ်ာ
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 03:33 AM PDT
Bekas ahli Majlis Syura PAS, Nasharudin Mat Isa antara tetamu majlis resepsi Saiful Bukhari
Gambar perkahwinan yang tidak suka dilihat
KUALA LUMPUR: Sekarang musim orang kahwin. Yang suka dilihat adalah gambar Ustaz Azhar Idrus berkahwin tiga. Namun ada satu perkahwinan yang tidak berapa suka dilihat khasnya oleh ahli PAS.
Ia adalah perkahwinan Saiful Bukhari dengan pasangannya Nik Suryani Megat Deraman di Dewan Dataran Karyawan Kompleks Belia Sukan Seksyen 7 di sini malam tadi.
Yang tak suka dilihat adalah tokoh-tokoh yang turut serta di majlis resepsi itu selepas majlis akad nikah di Kuala Terengganu.
Blogger terkenal Papagomo turut meraikan Saiful
Dengan bertemakan Garden Wedding, kira-kira 800 pengunjung yang hadir pada majlis tersebut turut dihiburkan dengan alunan music jazz yang dibawa oleh Jimmy and Fans semasa majlis itu sedang berlangsung.
Menurut blog KLpos, antara tetamu kenamaan yang hadir pada majlis tersebut adalah Menteri Besar Pahang, Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, Menteri Besar Kedah, Datuk Paduka Mukriz Mahathir, bekas Timbalan Presiden PAS Nasharudin Mat Isa, Naib Presiden Perkasa Zulkifli Noordin dan blogger kontroversi Papa Gomo.
Pada 25 Mei lalu, Saiful Bukhari Azlan diijabkabulkan di Masjid Kristal Taman Tamadun Islam (TTI) berwalikan bapa pengantin perempuan sekaligus sah bergelar suami kepada salah seorang personaliti TV3, Nik Suryani.
Dengan jumlah mas kahwin berjumlah RM41,101, majlis diserikan dengan 9 dulang hantaran yang diiringi rombongan pengantin lelaki dan dibalas 11 dulang dari pihak keluarga Nik Suryani. -HD
Dapat dilihat kini "rakan sekeliling" Ustaz Nasha. Dan hilang segala perkataan apabila dimana ada papagomo disitu juga kelihatan Ust Nasha....
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 12:00 AM PDT
The lead research economist at the World Bank, Branko Milanovic, will be reporting soon, in the journal Global Policy, the first calculation of global income-inequality, and he has found that the top 8% of global earners are drawing 50% of all of this planet's income.
He notes: "Global inequality is much greater than inequality within any individual country," because the stark inequality between countries adds to the inequality within any one of them, and because most people live in extremely poor countries, largely the nations within three thousand miles of the Equator, where it's already too hot, even without the global warming that scientists say will heat the world much more from now on.
For example, the World Bank's list of "GDP per capita (current US$)" shows that in 2011 this annual-income figure ranged from $231 in Democratic Republic of Congo at the Equator, to $171,465 in Monaco within Europe. The second-poorest and second-richest countries respectively were $271 in Burundi at the Equator, and $114,232 in Luxembourg within Europe. For comparisons, the U.S. was $48,112, and China was $5,445. Those few examples indicate how widely per-capita income ranges between nations, and how more heat means more poverty.
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