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Posted: 11 Jun 2013 10:15 AM PDT
Amid protest here and protest there over Air Asia X boss Azran Osman Rani's statement about Utusan Malaysia's purported racial instigation, a 'public figure' from the corporate world has walked 'into the fire' by supporting him.
The younger brother of PM Najib, Nazir Razak who is CIMB big boss drew heavy criticism from some Malay NGOs for making statements that praised Azran.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 – Malay-Muslim groups attacked CIMB Group chief executive Datuk Seri Nazir Razak today for defending AirAsia X leader Azran Osman Rani, labelling him a Malay who has forgotten his roots.Wow! Its already becoming a BIG issue here since Nazir is PM's brother. Should someone contests for Umno presidency seat in the upcoming party election, will it affect Najib? I don't know but I am sure of one thing - it will be among issues for debate.
However, my conscience is clear - all these backbiting is not healthy for the government and it should stop... a FULL STOP!
Posted: 11 Jun 2013 10:21 AM PDT
Smelam berlangsung upacara membersihkan Kaabah sempena kehadiran bulan Ramadan tak berapa lama lagi.
Kaabah dicuci dengan campuran khas air zam-zam dan air mawar.
Upacara itu diketuai Gabenor Makkah, Putera Khaled A-Faisal dan imam Sheikh Abdul Rahman as Sudais dan penolongnya, Muhammad A-Khozaim.
Turut hadir beberapa diplomat asing dari beberapa buah negara Islam. -mynewshub
Posted: 11 Jun 2013 06:56 AM PDT
Israel has exported security equipment over the past five years to Pakistan and four Arab countries, according to a British government report. The report, which deals with British government permits for arms and security equipment exports, says that in addition to Pakistan, Israel has exported such equipment to Egypt, Algeria, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco.Here's Haaretz' graphical summary of the article:
Although at first glance it sounds a little alarming for Israel to sell to countries that consider it an enemy, I think it is a reasonable assumption that the Israeli government is careful not to give away any technologies that would hurt Israel's defense.
Which means that this is about as massive a BDSFail as can be imagined! Already the Arabic media are reporting this, so we can expect a backlash any moment now and the denials from Muslim countries will follow soon afterwards.Hat tip: EOZ
Posted: 11 Jun 2013 06:40 AM PDT
Turkey continues its rapid re-Islamization. "President Gül approves law on alcohol sales," from Today's Zaman, June 10
President Abdullah Gül on Monday approved a law introducing restrictions to the sale of alcohol. The law, adopted on May 24 in Parliament and submitted to the president on May 28, has caused a good deal of controversy. The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government says the restrictions are in line with EU standards, while its opponents accuse the government of imposing its own religious understanding on others. The president, by law, has had 15 days to examine the draft, and he will either have to return the law to Parliament or approve it. If he returns the draft, Parliament can adopt it either as is or make changes to it to address the president's concerns.
Another point of controversy was that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while introducing the planned restrictions, said Turkey's "national drink" is ayran -- a yoghurt drink -- and not rakı, as some people deem it to be. He also said anyone who consumes alcohol is a "drunkard." His style and the proposal's aims to restrict the sale of alcohol have led some commentators to see it as a de facto ban on alcohol.
It is also known that Gül told the presidency's lawyers to not only inspect the law in legal terms but also in terms of "social perception." He also promised a worried business delegation last week that he would "do as needed" if he decides there are problems with the law.
The law makes it illegal for establishments that are located within a 100-meter distance of a mosque or a school to sell alcohol. It was in last minute changes to let establishments that have an alcohol license keep it, but not issue new ones for those who are located close to a mosque or a school. It also makes it illegal to sell alcoholic beverages after 10 p.m. Hat tip: Jihad Watch
Posted: 11 Jun 2013 06:14 AM PDT
On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water.
Chasing Ice won the award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and the Best Documentary from the International Press Association. It has won over 30 awards at festivals worldwide. Still playing in theaters nationwide.
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Posted: 11 Jun 2013 08:22 AM PDT
Kangar: Sekalipun berstatus negeri terkecil di malaysia, sekitar 7,000 orang membanjiri dataran kompleks perniagaan di Kampung Bakau dekat sini malam tadi dalam program Black 505 peringkat negeri Perlis.
Himpunan membantah penipuan di dalam pilihan raya umum ke 13 baru-baru ini dianggap sebagai antara himpunan paling besar pernah diadakan di negeri ini sekaligus menggambarkan satu fenomena kebangkitan rakyat menuntut sebuah sistem pilihan raya yang lebih telus di negara ini selain mendesak pimpinan tertinggi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya mletakkan jawatan.
Walaupun pada awalnya, pihak polis dikatakan tidak memberikan kebenaran bagi mengadakan perhimpunan ini, program tetap diteruskan dengan kehadiran orang ramai dari pelbagai kaum.
Ia juga untuk menyambut kehadiran pimpinan utama Pakatan Rakyat termasuk Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan Timbalan Presiden PAS, Mohamad Sabu.
Majlis bermula dengan ucapan dari pimpinan tempatan termasuk Ketua Cabang PKR Kangar, Ko Chu Liang; Pengerusi PKR Perlis, Mohd Faisol Abdul Rahman; ADUN PAS Sanglang, Mohd Shukri Ramli serta Ketua Dewan Ulama PAS Perlis, Ustaz Idris Yaacob.
Turut menyampaikan ucapan, wakil DAP, Syed Araniri Syed Ahmad Al-Idrus; ADUN Indera Kayangan; Chan Ming Kai; Setiausaha Perhubungan PAS Perlis, Ustaz Ya'akub Abu Seman; Ahli Parlimen Kuala Kedah, Dr Azman Ismail; ADUN Sidam, Dr Robert Ling dan Naib Presiden PKR, Tian Chua.
Majlis yang disusuli dengan tepukan dan tiupan trumpet oleh hadirin ini dimeriahkan lagi bila Pengerusi Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) Badrul Hisham Shahrin mengambil pentas.
Seterusnya, majlis dikendalikan oleh Ahli Parlimen Sungai Petani, Datuk Johari Abdul dan sejurus kemudian beliau menjemput Mohamad Sabu untuk menyampikan ucapan sebelum di akhiri dengan ucapan oleh Anwar.
Majlis diakhiri dengan semua pimpinan dan hadirin menyanyikan lagu Negaraku. -HD
Posted: 11 Jun 2013 04:00 AM PDT
Malays will do better if they abandon UMNO. This isn't UMNO of the early years before Mahathir came. Mahathir described UMNO correctly when he says; UMNO is full of leaders who are interested in feathering their own nest and that of family and friends. It's not like Malays are going to drop dead when they stop supporting UMNO.The first thing they must do is to shake off that mental bondage. It's liberating.Malays take up the top posts in the country. That's already provided for in the constitution.
Your numerical strength will ensure that anyway. In states where Malays are majority, your position is guaranteed. But in places where you are a minority, such as in Sabah and Sarawak, why should Malays insist they must be top leaders? The majority in Sarawak are the ibans and dayaks and since they are also bumiputeras, top leadership in that state should be given to them. In Sabah, if the non-Malay bumi are in the majority they deserve to helm the state. But where does it say, these leaders must come from UMNO or that Malays are prevented from choosing the more talented Malays? The Malays in UMNO for example- why must their choice be limited to just Najib, Muhyidin or the current crop of top leadership? UMNO is an important political factor in the country indeed.
But Malays need not tie their destiny with UMNO. It's just another political party whose quality is as good as the quality of its leadership. Why should Malays place their future and destiny with a party, which Dr Mahathir described as being full of half past six leaders? We have a home minister who hasn't cleared himself from a case of assault. We have a minister who is appointed despite being identified as the key Mr Fix It by the RCI on Judicial appointments. We also have a former CEO of Maybank crowing about taking Malaysia to new heights despite not making good his promise to unravel the corruption scandal of Alcatel and Telekom Malaysia. We have crooks and thieves as members of the cabinet. And so, we must congratulate our Optimus Prime Minister for his bizarre choice of autobot ministers. Now his minions are shouting let there be no contest for the top leadership posts.
What they are really shouting for is, let's keep Najib. In other words, let us retain the mob-like character of the party by keeping on the chief mob and the other lesser dons. If crooks and thieves hold important posts in Najib's government, then his government is a government of mobs, by mobs and for mobs. The latest to join the ignominious band of vengeful and repressive UMNO leadership is Muhyidin Yassin. He is deputy UMNO president and the deputy PM. He says that BN will give preference to those who support UMNO and BN.There is an old Malay saying, bapa borek, anak rintek, father spotted, the son speckled which loosely translates into as is the father so is the son. As the father urinates while standing, so the son urinates while running. The bad behavior of the leaders is soon replicated by the follower. Now we know why village headmen appointed by UMNO helped out UMNO supporters only. They share the same bad habits and traits as the leaders. In giving out the statement, Muhyidin is behaving like an ill-mannered pengerusi JKKK. All this while, we thought only Najib behaves like one. The entire cabinet is infected! In Raub, village headmen appointed by UMNO are refusing to render assistance to those they think did not support them in the last elections.
May we remind these village headmen, their duty is to help and offer service to ALL village inhabitants irrespective of political affiliations? If they don't understand this basic responsibility, it is better for them to resign their posts. They get paid from taxpayers' money without regard to political affiliations; they must reciprocate by carrying out their duties without regard to the same. Otherwise, let the government collect taxes from UMNO people only.Likewise if Muhyidin does not understand this basic responsibility towards ALL Malaysians, maybe he is fit to lead UMNO but never this country. People like Najib, Muhyidin and the others who shout the loudest and hence got themselves elevated to the status of natural leaders, have turned UMNO into a party of a mob. These are the people who give life to UMNO by behaving like the irrational, childlike, violent sounding organisms deriving their energy from the group.
They create chaos, mayhem and images of destruction to allow their leaders climb or cling to power. The characteristics of a mob party are twisting the truth, inciting passions, demonizing opponents and relying on its media industrial complex to foist propaganda upon us in place of ideas. That is why, UMNO appeals only to the mob-minded people outside its own organisation. UMNO appeals to the least-informed whose daily information diet comes from Utusan Malaysia, TV3 and so forth. The supporters of UMNO are easily identifiable- welfare recipients, government workers who can never be laid off, actors and actresses, the soccer crowds, head-up-their-asses billionaires who run full page advertisements, over-paid bankers earning RM400k to RM 1,2 million a month. UMNO has given up attracting votes from the informed crowd. UMNO knows it's easier to get support by frightening people and promising earth and heavens or at least saying, we honour our promises. Plagiarized from SAKMONGKOL AK 47.
Posted: 11 Jun 2013 03:52 AM PDT
On Friday, May 31, Turkish riot police fired tear gas and pepper spray into a peaceful protest held to save Gezi Park, one of the last green areas in central Istanbul. This set off the biggest civil uprising in the history of the Turkish Republic, calling for Prime Minister Erdogan's resignation. The unrest has spread like wildfire to more than 60 cities where protests are still ongoing. We landed in Istanbul the day it all kicked off.
Turkey Is Waging an Invisible War Against Its Dissidents
For the past week, we've been watching scenes of mayhem unfold in the streets of Istanbul, Ankara, and other cities in Turkey. What started as a local initiative to stop a central Istanbul park being turned into a shopping center became a civilian street war against the rising authoritarianism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan's government.
As if to cement everything the protesters were already angry about, Erdoğan sent police in to quite literally crack skulls and fire tear gas and pepper spray at the mostly peaceful crowd. But alongside the highly visible violence, an invisible war is taking place on those from Turkey who dare to stand up and speak out against the government. Continue here.........
Posted: 11 Jun 2013 03:49 AM PDT
Appellate court allows Sirul Azhar to apply for mistrial
Pemerhati: We have previously witnessed and now continue to witness a charade jointly conducted by the judiciary, prosecution and the defence to protect the killers of Altantuya Shaariibuu and the mastermind/s behind her murder. The unprincipled people in the judiciary, prosecution and defence, who are apparently involved in this shocking and disgraceful 'sandiwara', probably feel that they have successfully protected the mastermind/s who ordered the murder of Altantuya and seem to be now embarking on a new 'sandiwara' to exonerate the two killers who allegedly carried out the orders they received from their superior/s.
Borg Kinaulu: Many in Malaysia are so skeptical and cynical that we won't even be surprised when it is eventually found that Altantuya chanced upon some explosives and decided to walked into the jungle, wrapped herself in them, lighted the fuse, bashed her head against a rock to kill herself and her dead body subsequently blown to smithereens. In a country where a single party can rule with only 20 percent of votes, anything is possible.
Vijay47: On paper, the facts of the case are simple and straightforward enough. Two lowly members of a VIP's security detail were together suddenly struck insane and for no rhyme or reason went and bombed an insignificant foreigner who was never in Malaysia. Any murder trial where the prosecution, defence and judge all deliberately fail to ask the crucial basic question of "Who engaged you to murder her?" has to be certified a mistrial. Add to this, the other delightful ingredient was that "motive" is not necessary as decided by the High Court judge. On this ground alone, the two accused can escape the noose since they must have been insane to kill someone unknown to them for no reason.
Quigonbond: The prosecution did not object? Not even a token of objection? Shocking! Are they saying they have wrongly prosecuted him in the first place? This calls for heads to roll in the Attorney-General's Chambers for yet another sub-standard professional judgement on their part.
Dood: I'm sure the Mongolian delegation to the Global Summit of Women would be pleased to know the latest update on this matter.
Odin: If the trial was a mistrial, and I believe most of us think it was, does its invalidity or inconclusiveness not apply to the entire proceedings, instead of to Sirul Azhar's case only? If it is considered to be so, does it not mean that the trial would have to be exercised all over again?
Wira: Indeed, if this was a mistrial, what then the acquittal of the former confidant (Abdul Razak Baginda) to the then DPM (PM Najib Razak)? After all, he was charged together with the two accused for abetting the murder of Altantuya.
'Respond to queries raised on Altantuya's murder'
KB Menon: A gross injustice of horrendous proportions has been committed in the murder of Altantuya. The nation has been shamed in the eyes of the world. It is so shameful that even BN component parties, including members of Umno Baru, if they have an ounce of integrity in them, must demand a full inquiry and closure of this continuing saga. It is detrimental to the integrity of Malaysia as a nation.
Save our currency: The two police officers always have their faces covered. No one saw their faces. So, how do we know that they are the ones who are to be hanged? Or are they are walking freely? The latter is more likely as they had no motive to kill.
Azlan Ahmad: The truth will be known without the slightest doubt. In fact, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, will come out in the court of the Almighty in the world hereafter, as to who was behind the Altantuya murder.
Anonymous #84319416: Really, why was Altantuya murdered? We know the murderers were "caught", but why did they murder her? What was their motive?
Ourvotesdecide: For the sake of justice, the motive for this case and who ordered the two police officers to kill Altantuya must be established. After all, the two did not know or meet Altantuya and did not quarrel with her before they allegedly killed her on that fateful day. Also it's important to find out who directed the Immigration Department to remove or delete the record of Altantuya's entry into Malaysia before she was killed.
Apa Ini?: Azilah Hadri and Sirul, set yourself free by speaking the truth. You can't have bombed the woman for no reason at all.
Clever Voter: This is one of the high profile cases that will remain unresolved as long as BN is in power. Besides, every single bit of evidence would have been removed or destroyed by now. Najib will choose to remain silent, and he will probably be for as long as he lives.
Posted: 11 Jun 2013 03:48 AM PDT
Minister Shafie backs Treason Act proposal
Multi Racial: Politicians are politicians. Most of them never do what they are supposed to do. They will do anything they think can win them some votes. The Umno election is near and these politicians must be thinking that supporting such a Treason Act may win them some Malay support. If Umno vice-president Mohd Shafie Apdal feels so strongly about this, where was he when former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad proposed changes to the law to curb the rulers' powers? Wasn't that an act of treason? I am not against anything which is good, but before we implement a new law, let's look at the following:
1) Is this Act more important as compared to massive corruption, which is causing this country to eventually go bankrupt if nothing is done?
2) Without this Act, is the institution of royalty in danger?
3) Are there sufficient Acts to protect the institution of royalty?
Let's do what is right and urgent, and not what is popular. Let's focus on what is of greater importance to Malaysians and Malaysia.
KiaSi-SiamSai: Indeed, we should also make a law that corruption is treason against the country.
Blackknight: Wow, such loyalty to the royal institution from someone who originates from a state that does not have any royalty. I am sure Shafie had the Umno assembly in mind when he backed the proposal for the Treason Act. I am still waiting for the ex-Court of Appeal judge Mohd Noor Abdullah to be charged for sedition. You can't have one law for Umno supporters and another for the rest of us.
Dood: If the law were evenly applied, many Umno-BN leaders would have been hanged for treason a long time ago.
Geronimo: Good, I support the move of introducing the Treason Act, but it must be applied retrospectively. First to be charged is the person who removed the powers of the royalty in the first place. Then we charge the person/s who allowed our sovereignty to be breached by allowing illegal immigrants to become citizens without proper vetting. These are just starters. Fellow Malaysians can provide more instances where Umno had committed treason to the sultans and Agong. Remember, Umno, the blade cuts both ways.
Bamboo: Here's another Umno big gun posturing for the gallery of Umno delegates. We can always predict how Umno politicians behave according to the 'season'. For general elections, they would show the moderate stand. During the Umno party election, they would flex their 'ultra' muscles to get elected and move up the hierarchy.
Cala: This is the art of abusing power by the powers-that-be. Whether the Umno-led BN regime is indeed the defender of the institution of royalty can be deciphered through a study of history. First, in the past, one witnessed the erosion of power of the royalty after the constitution was amended, so much so that it has no say in the passage of law. Hence, for the Umno-led BN regime to claim that it is the defender of the institution of royalty is laughable, incredulous and illogical.
Second, the regime's evil intention can be seen through 'historical institutionalism', where the powers-that-be interpret, reinterpret, or outright amend/enact a law in a manner that suits the hidden objective (to curtail the growing influence of the opposition). As an example, when Dr Mahathir Mohamad favoured Japanese companies, he introduced the 'Look East Policy' to justify his actions. Put simply, the regime is neither sincere nor committed as the defender of the institution of royalty.
Raja Chulan: Laws must not be made for the convenience of circumstances or situations. Laws must not also be made by those in power merely to use it as a tool/weapon to pursue and punish their political opponents. All laws must serve the long-term national interest and its overall agenda. It should never be enacted to serve individuals or political parties for short-term political expediencies. Why is it that an act suddenly a crime only when another person (not you) is the one who commits it, while a crime becomes non-criminal when you yourself commit it?
Whatsup: This is just another law to prosecute those not supporting the Umno evil regime using the flimsiest of excuse under the guise of protection of the royalty, which we all know is to protect the Umnoputras so that they can continue their crimes against the rakyat, country and, ironically, the royalty. But the problem is this devil just can't be defeated, since its evil tentacles have spread far and wide, into every nook and cranny, and those who are weak fall easily to the evil path. How did we ever reach this pathetic stage?
The Observer: Yet another ill-conceived plan to muzzle the voices of the people and to keep tyrants in power. Umno has shown itself incapable of reform, it has chosen to remain deformed - in mind, heart and soul.
Abasir: Nazri Abdul Aziz, the tourism minister, makes statements about law and order, while Shafie Apdal, the rural and regional development minister, comments on treason.
Posted: 11 Jun 2013 03:46 AM PDT
Can you imagine the international outcry if this had happened in Israel?
(IBTimes) Ankara's public prosecutor has opened an investigation into the alleged shooting of a Turkish protester in the head by police. Ethem Sarısülük, 27, was reported to be in serious condition in Ankara's Numune Training and Research Hospital after being shot by a police officer in the capital's Kizilay Square during anti-government protests.
A video on YouTube purportedly shows an officer kicking away a demonstrator who is surrounded by 20 people waving flags and banners. The policeman points a gun at the group and fires before running off to a group of officers. A man collapses on the pavement as demonstrators surround the body and scream for help.
According to Sarısülük's lawyer, Kazim Bayraktar, the protester's situation was "very serious". "We are expecting bad news at every moment," he told Bianet website. "Brain and heart are working but the organs are weakening." Milliyet news reported that the public prosecutor demanded the policeman's name but the police refused to comply. Bayraktar claimed a police cover-up was in progress. "It's clear that the incident was a police shooting: that's what video images and witnesses have told us," he said.
A retired soldier heard the riot police officer fire the first bullet and turned in the direction of the shooting, according to Milliyet. He said the same officer shot "several times" in the direction of the crowd. Other witnesses said the officer shot six or seven times. Ballistics experts said that the bullet could have bounced in the pavement and hit Sarısülük. Hat tip: Eye On The World
Posted: 11 Jun 2013 03:45 AM PDT
This bizarre demand is not coming from some fringe element: Al-Azhar is the foremost, most prestigious and influential Islamic institution among Sunni Muslims in Egypt. It would be a death sentence for the Copts of Egypt, as there is escalating Muslim persecution of Christians in Egypt and elsewhere. But it is easier to demand what would be a meaningless statement from a foremost Christian leader -- a statement that would unmistakeably be a sign of submission and becoming a Dhimmi. The Vatican says that around 100,000 Christians are slaughtered each year for their Christian faith.
Mending Vatican ties: Al-Azhar wants pope to declare Islam peaceful," from Arab News, June 8
An envoy from Al-Azhar in Cairo, raised the prospect of restoring ties with the Vatican yesterday but called on Pope Francis to take "a step forward" by declaring that Islam is a peaceful religion. "The problems that we had were not with the Vatican but with the former pope. Now the doors of Al-Azhar are open," Mahmoud Abdel Gawad, diplomatic envoy to the grand imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al-Tayyeb, told Italian daily Il Messaggero in Cairo.
"Francis is a new pope. We are expecting a step forward from him. If in one of his addresses he were to declare that Islam is a peaceful religion, that Muslims are not looking for war or violence, that would be progress in itself," he said.
A ceremony in March, in which Pope Francis washed the feet of young inmates in Rome, including a Muslim girl, was "a gesture that was very, very much appreciated" by Al-Azhar, Gawad said. He said that if Francis were to accept an invitation from Coptic Orthodox pope Tawadros II to visit Egypt, he could also visit Al-Azhar. "At that point, relations and dialogue would be restored immediately," he was quoted as saying.
But Gawad ruled out the prospect of talks between the leaders of the world's three main monotheistic religions mentioned in Vatican circles, saying Al-Azhar "will not take part in any meeting with Israelis." In 2006, then pope Benedict XVI sparked fury across the Muslim world when he recounted a blasphemous anecdote. Hat tip: Jihad Watch
Posted: 11 Jun 2013 03:11 AM PDT
COMMENT The culture of the Malaysian police has caused too many innocent people grievous hurt. This hurt ranges from failing to protect us from petty crimes and failing to deliver justice for crimes committed against us, all the way to illegal assaults and deaths in custody. Many of us have been direct victims, but almost all of us are at most one degree of separation from someone who has suffered because the police are not doing their job right. This certainly does not apply to all Malaysian police, but it applies to enough to raise serious questions as to what the heck is going on with our police leadership. On Sunday night, a small candlelight vigil was held at Bukit Aman to focus on the death of K Murugan. Only 20 or so came, but whether this number grows this week, will be up to you.
Murugan had been an aide to K Vasantha Kumar, who contested the parliamentary seat of Tapah representing PKR against MIC's M Saravanan. Saravanan won, and is now deputy minister in Khairy Jamaluddin's Youth and Sports Ministry.
The information below was gathered from news sources and conversations I had with the family of the deceased, the lawyer representing them, M Visvanathan (left), and Vasantha Kumar during the candlelight vigil.
On the night of May 1, Murugan organised a ceramah at Taman Sri Bidor, which was located within a MIC stronghold but nonetheless attracted more than 500 people.
Murugan did this despite having received death threats and demands that he withdraws his support for Vasantha Kumar. It does not take an expert criminologist to determine whose supporters had the most motive to make those threats. Demonstrating great courage in the face of vicious gangsters, Murugan did not back down, but continued to bravely live out his convictions. On the very night of that ceramah, Murugan got a call, rode off on his motorcycle and was not seen again. His body was found days later. His face had been smashed, while his body was slashed and tied with barbed wire and 52kg of scrap metal before being dumped into a pond near Batu Gajah.
Blatantly one-sided investigations
It seems that such horrifying violence could have only been inflicted by men who did not believe they would suffer any consequences for the murder. It is almost equally horrifying to see that they may have been right. As if the tragedy of such a violent death was not enough, Murugan's family and associates have since been subject to more suffering at the hands of the police.
Some 18 people were identified to "assist with investigations". Not a single one of these were BN supporters or people aligned to Saravanan.
This is an outrageous injustice in itself. After all, who was it that made the threats against Murugan's life? Who had the most to gain by 'removing' people like Murugan (right)? How is it that not a single person from the group of people who would make the most obvious suspects is even investigated or questioned?
Instead, the 18 people identified were all friends and associates of Murugan, or members of the public. The manner in which ordinary people have been investigated in this case is shocking.
A relative of Murugan recounted how people who had come to Murugan's mother's house to pay their respects and offer condolences were spied upon and then accosted by police. These people were sharply questioned about the case, and some reported having been slapped by the police. Soon, no one dared to come to see Murugan's mother, isolating her in the midst of her heartbreaking trauma. It would be stupid enough for a criminal to visit his victim's mother; the only thing more stupid than that is for a police personnel to assume that a criminal would do such a thing.
Of the 18 identified, 12 have been arrested. Reports have emerged of their abuse while in custody, with two allegedly being subject to both beatings and electrical shocks. Apparently, in the Royal Malaysian Police Force, (PDRM), this is called "investigation".
The Perak deputy police chief, A Paramasivam, openly identified one S Marimuthu in the media as a suspect in the case, due to the latter having a "criminal record".
Marimuthu was a fellow supporter of Vasantha Kumar (left). Not only is it extremely unlikely that a colleague of Murugan had any reason to murder him, it turns out that Marimuthu has absolutely no criminal record whatsoever.
It appears that the police have begun creating false information out of thin air and expect to successfully force it down our throats.
Furthermore, why did Paramasivam have to defame Marimuthu in the media? A simple phone call or polite interview would have cleared up the matter of the criminal record. When Marimuthu decided to come forward and make a police report regarding the defamation proffered by the police, he was unceremoniously arrested. Thus is the fate of honest citizens, while the police inspector involved in the murder of N Dhamendran is supposedly "still at large".
Many questions, few answers
There are a great number of accusations flying around regarding Saravanan's involvement in this entire affair. Perhaps it is time this deputy minister stood up and provided his version of the events, especially if he is in fact innocent. The relative I spoke to kept using the word "unfair". How can the police only investigate one side? Do they have any real evidence at all, or any cause to detain the people the way they did? In the unlikely event that they did, was there any call for physical abuse and electrical shock torture?
Are the police aware of how blatantly they appear to be working hand in glove with violent gangsters? Are these gangsters in league with BN politicians? Is it getting harder to tell the difference between the three? The various implications made in this article are serious, but can we be blamed, given the shocking way this "investigation" seems utterly devoid of an objective pursuit of justice?
Multiple layers of harm ripple out like waves from this case. The police have failed to clamp down on brutal gangsterism; they have failed to investigate the people most likely connected to the case; they have arrested, intimidated and tortured innocents.
With every wave, the victims and their families suffer more and more.
Those arrested were remanded for two weeks, and some lost their jobs, forever suffering an undeserved tarnished reputation. We can only imagine the trauma and fear Marimuthu's (left) wife and two children are now undergoing while he faces uncertainty in the hands of a violent police force.
Yet, maybe they are better off than Murugan's mother, wife and child, who cannot even hope for his safe return now. Their only hope is justice, and it seems at times a very thin hope at that. The three of them had lived together in Bidor, so who will take care of them now? Murugan's mother has been down with a fever since his death, but she still made the two-hour trip down to join the candlelight vigil because the family felt an obligation to do so. Afterwards, her other son drove her to Bidor and came back the same night to go to work the next morning.
Will we let these families feel as if they stand alone?
If your answer is no, and if you want to show and provide support, join us at the next vigil at Bukit Aman, 8.30pm this Wednesday night.
NATHANIEL TAN hopes to always follow the example of K Selvach Santhiran, one of the only witnesses to ever dare testify in a death in custody case. He tweets @NatAsasi
Posted: 11 Jun 2013 05:28 AM PDT
Jangan biar Barisan Nasional (BN) bertapak lagi di negeri Selangor," tegas Pengerusi Dewan Himpunan PAS Pusat (DHPP) Hu Pang Chow.
Beliau berkata, BN sudah dua penggal ditolak oleh rakyat negeri ini, selepas Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) ke 12 pada 2008 dan PRU-13 lalu, dan tugas kita sekarang ini ialah untuk memastikan BN tidak boleh lagi bertapak di negeri Selangor.
"Malahan Pakatan Rakyat sekarang ini lebih kuat kerana kita memenangi lebih banyak kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri (Dun) berbanding BN," terang beliau selepas ditemui dalam satu majlis Pakatan Rakyat di KIP Industrial Park dekat sini baru-baru ini.
Pada PRU-13, DAP dan PAS masing-masing memenangi 15 kerusi, dan PKR menang 14 kerusi berbanding dengan BN yang hanya memenangi 12 kerusi dari sejumlah 56 kerusi Dun Selangor.
Hu berkata, BN sudah tersilap percaturan dengan cita-citanya untuk menawan kembali negeri Selangor dengan memberi tumpuan khusus seperti penambahan hampir setengah juta pengundi di negeri ini sahaja menjelang PRU-13.
Katanya, BN Selangor juga melantik (Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri) Najib (Tun Razak) sebagai Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan Umno Negeri dalam usaha mereka untuk merampas semula negeri Selangor.
"Ternyata rakyat Selangor, yang terdiri dari semua kaum menolak BN dan mahukan perubahan dan memilih kerajaan negeri Pakatan yang terbukti dapat memerintah jauh lebih baik berbanding BN," jelas beliau.
Hu juga menolak teori 'tsunami Cina' yang ditimbulkan oleh Najib walaupun menurut beliau, lebih 80 peratus pengundi Cina di kawasan bandar dan pinggir bandar di Selangor memilih Pakatan.
Beliau menasihatkan kerajaan negeri supaya memberi perkhidmatan yang terbaik kepada rakyat dan menunaikan semua janji yang terkandung dalam manifesto bagi membuktikan kerajaan negeri benar-benar berjiwa rakyat. -FMT
Posted: 11 Jun 2013 02:24 AM PDT
Prizewinner Than Htut Aung
Press freedom an oxymoron in
Last week the World Newspaper Congress rolled into Bangkok. One highlight of this circus of newspaper executives and editors mulling a shrinking newspaper franchise is the Golden Pen of Freedom award.
Posted: 11 Jun 2013 02:19 AM PDT
၇၈၆ နဲ႔ ကင္းေ၀းေစခ်င္တဲ့
Posted: 05 Jun 2013 02:10 AM PDT
Posted: 11 Jun 2013 01:57 AM PDT
Kidney disease is one of the costliest illnesses in the world and managing kidney disease is very expensive.
Each year, lots of people die of kidney disease all over the world, and the number of people suffering from chronic renal failure, and need dialysis or kidney transplantation to stay alive keep increasing.
Statistics have it that, worldwide, more than millions patients are waiting for kidney transplants, but only a few thousands will receive transplants because of shortage of suitable organ donors.
Patients usually felt surprised when they are diagnosed of Kidney Failure.
Experts have found the explanation from your daily life habits.
Here are the top habits which lead to your kidney failure:
1. Not emptying your bladder early: Maintaining a full bladder for a long time is a quick way of causing bladder damage. That the urine stays in the bladder for a long time can cause the bacteria breeding in urine to multiply quickly. Once the urine refluxes back to ureter and kidneys, the bacteria can result in kidney infections, then urinary tract infection, and then nephritis, even Uremia.
So, no matter how busy you are, remember to drink a lot of water and urinate regularly. Once you form the habit of holding back urine, it will ultimately damage your kidneys.
2. Not drinking enough water: The main functions of the kidneys are to regulate erythrocyte balances and eliminate metabolic wastes in urine. If we do not drink enough water, the blood will be concentrated and the blood flow to the kidney will not be adequate, thus the function of eliminating toxins in from blood will be impaired.
3. Taking too much salt: 95% sodium we consume through food is metabolized by the kidneys. Exceeding the salt intake will make the kidneys work harder to excrete the excess salt and can lead to decreased kidney function. This excess sodium will cause water retention, causing edema. Edema usually elevates blood pressure and increases the risk of developing kidney disease. The daily salt intake should be controlled within 6g per day.
Posted: 11 Jun 2013 02:13 AM PDT
Kata Harun Taib beliau tidak setuju kalau himpunan diadakan untuk melakukan revolusi, sebaliknya dia setuju kalau himpunan secara aman dengan mengadakan ceramah. Kerana ujarnya cara itu pernah dibuat oleh Pas.
Kenyataan beliau ini seperti dia menarik balik kenyataannya sebelum ini yang tidak setuju dengan himpunan politik seperti Black505 bagi membantah keputusan pilihan raya umum ke-13 yang didakwa tidak ada dan jahat. Justifikasinya untuk menarik kenyataan itu ialah kerana parti (Pas) bersetuju dengan himpunan Black505.
Semalam mesyuarat jawatankuasa Pas membuat keputusan semua ahli Pas diarah menghadiri himpunan Black505 pada 15 Jun ini di Padang Merbok Kuala Lumpur.
Harun juga mengakui pendapat beliau sebelum ini yang melarang himpunan Black505 adalah pendapat peribadi. Walaupun Ketua Urusan Dewan Ulama' ini akur dengan kehendak parti tetapi alasan diberikan untuk membolehkan himpunan diadakan masih mengelirukan, ertinya bukan persetujuan 100 peratus.
Dia bersetuju kalau himpunan itu bukan untuk melakukan revolusi? Apakah Harun Taib ini faham atau tidak dengan politik? Atau beliau bercakap dari atas bendul rumahnya dan mengikut perasanya sendiri saja? Apakah politik yang beliau faham dan apaklah politik yang beliau tidak faham?
Siapa yang mentafsirkan kepadanya himpunan Black505 itu untuk menggerakan revolusi? Apakah dia juga faham dengan perkataan dan pengertian revolusi? Harun telah meletakkan dirinya dalam keadaan yang berat. Dia berfikir sesuatu yang orang tidak berfikir dan menganggap orang berfikir seperti dia fikir. Saya rasa Harun mendapat maklumat mengenai himpunan itu bukan dari partinya tetapi dari akhbar Utusan Malaysia dan wartawan yang sering menghubunginya.
Telatah atau cara Harun berfikir lari jauh. Ibarat berpakat hendak mengusung rumah, tetapi dia berfikir orang ramai diajak untuk meruntuhkan bukit dan mengusung batu bawa balik ke rumah. Pemahaman Harun dalam soal ini terlalu jauh sebenarnya dan menyekasakan dirinya sendiri. Percanggahan fahaman ini juga meroakkan reputasi beliau dan dewan yang beliau ketuai itu. Elok berhenti sajalah.
Baik juga rasanya kalau Harun Taib dimasukkan semula ke dalam madrasah politik yang realistik iani politik berasaskan fakta semasa bukannya politik berasaskan hukum agama. Pemikiran dan pemahaman seperti Harun inilah yang mencemarkan demokrasi dan merosakkan strategi politik Pas dan rakannya sebagai sebuah gerakan massa.
Orang seperti Harun sebenarnya tidak layak untuk mengulas mengenai politik. Ia bukan memberi kebaikan sebaliknya keburukan kerana ada pendapat dan kenyataanya kontra dengan keputusan parti. Ahli Pas pula jangan mudah menerima pandangan politik dari seseorang yang mendapat pendidikan tinggi dari institusi terkenal, atau digelar ulama tanpa diadaptasikan dengan politik semasa berdasarkan realiti.
Untuk pengetahuan Harun, Pakatan Rakyat masih menerima konsep dan prinsip demokrasi. Belum ada tanda-tanda untuk mereka melaikukan aksi revolusi merampas kuasa secara kekerasa atau pun meruntuhkan institusi raja. Cara Harun mentafsir sesuatu tidak ubah seperti dia metafsirkan keadaan dirinya yang hanya demam tetapi dirasakan sudah mengalami sakit jantung. Maka ubah yang diambil adalah untuk jatung sedangkan dia hanya demam saja. Sampai ke bila pun Harun tidak akan sembuh dan rasional.
Saya melihat orang macam Harun Taib ini bukan lagi membantu menggalakkan perjuangan Pas tetapi banyak menyusah dan membantutkan usaha pihak lain. Seelokknya menjelang muktamar ini Harun berundur sajalah. -msomelayu
Posted: 22 May 2013 09:49 PM PDT
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