Thursday, June 13, 2013

Of Utusan, the lying paper and carmakers Volkswagen Golf, Peugeot 308 and Honda Jazz Hybrid, Proton Preve and Perodua Alza

Of Utusan, the lying paper and carmakers Volkswagen Golf, Peugeot 308 and Honda Jazz Hybrid, Proton Preve and Perodua Alza


Of Utusan, the lying paper and carmakers Volkswagen Golf, Peugeot 308 and Honda Jazz Hybrid, Proton Preve and Perodua Alza

Posted: 13 Jun 2013 08:11 AM PDT

Carmakers refute Utusan's price slash claim

By Zurairi AR
June 13, 2013
People have a look at the Preve when it was first launched in Kuala Lumpur last year. This Proton model was cited by Utusan as one of several makes of cars where prices have been reduced.KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 — Carmakers Volkswagen and Peugeot have both refuted claims of a price slash this year, as reported in Umno-backed broadsheet Utusan Malaysia three days ago as part of proof that the ruling coalition had fulfilled its election pledges.

Utusan had reported that Volkswagen, Peugeot, Honda and local marques Proton and Perodua had reduced the prices for 10 of their models by up to 11 per cent from January this year, presenting the list as proof that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government has fulfilled its pledge for lower car prices in its Election 2013 manifesto.

"Please be advised, the price on the image is incorrect. The Golf price has always been RM157,888 from the time of launch. Not RM169,888," a representative from Volkswagen Malaysia commented on its Facebook page, referring to its sports hatchback model Golf.

A user had previously posted an image of Utusan's report, which claimed that the Golf's price has been slashed by 7.1 per cent from RM169,888 to RM157,888.

Speaking to The Malaysian Insider, a dealer for the German marque confirmed that the Mark 7 1.4 TSI version of the Golf, which was launched earlier this year has always been priced starting from RM157,888.

Peugeot Malaysia also has responded on its Facebook page to the claim by Utusan that the price of its 308 model has been slashed by 11 per cent from RM115,663 to RM102,888.

"Without prejudice, nothing was issued by us, we were not consulted before the article went to print and have no association with the news contained therein. The prices shown appear to be the 308 Turbo pre-facelift and 308 VTi which are in fact two different variants of the Peugeot 308," said the French marque.

A dealer for Peugeot told The Malaysian Insider that the facelifted 308 VTi has always been priced at RM102,888 since it was launched in the middle of last year, and its 308 Turbo variant is priced at RM121,888.

Utusan also claimed that a Honda Jazz Hybrid now costs RM89,900 after a 2.5 per cent reduction from RM92,187. 

A check with the Japanese marque confirmed that the completely knocked-down (CKD) version of the model assembled in its Alor Gajah plant has always been sold at RM89,900 since its launch late last year. The completely built-up (CBU) version released previously costs RM94,800.

The Malay daily also reported further price cuts for local models Persona, Preve, Saga and Exora from Proton, and Alza, Viva and Myvi from Perodua.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has reiterated his polls pledge to reduce car prices in a tweet late last month, promising that car prices will be reduced in stages until 2017.

On the same day, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed also said that the government had promised to trim car prices between 20 and 30 per cent over five years, as outlined in BN's election manifesto.

"In fact, since October last year, the price of 10 popular models in the country have come down an average 7.3 per cent," he told reporters after attending the ministry's monthly gathering, the first after Mustapa was re-appointed to the Cabinet.

Both BN and opposition Pakatan Rakyat have pledged cheaper car prices in the run up to the May polls, although through different mechanisms.

Pelantikan Tengku Adnan Mansor Sebagai Menteri Dipertikai

Posted: 13 Jun 2013 10:51 AM PDT


Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor yang kini Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan perlu bersih daripada dakwaan terbabit dalam konspirasi skandal Datuk V K Lingam berhubung pelantikan hakim.

Bagaimanapun, segalanya sudah terlambat apabila beliau didapati bersekongkol merosakkan Perlembagaan Persekutuan apabila terbongkarnya rahsia besar sepertimana pendedahan Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja (RCI) yang mendapati beliau berkonspirasi mengatur pelantikan hakim.

Setiausaha Agung DAP, Lim Guan Eng dalam kenyataannya berkata, pendedahan RCI pada 2008 jelas menunjukkan bahawa menteri baru yang dilantik Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak itu menjadi satu misteri.

"Saya hairan mengapa pemimpin seperti itu dilantik sebagai menteri kerana ia boleh dipertikaikan.

"Tengku Adnan sudah mengangkat sumpah sebagai Menteri dan Timbalan Menteri sebelum ini berjanji akan "melindungi, memelihara dan mempertahankan" Perlembagaan Persekutuan tetapi beliau sendiri memusnahkan kredibiliti institusi keadilan negara," katanya.

Justeru itu, katanya, pelantikan itu membuktikan Kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) tidak mempunyai pemimpin berkarisma dan lebih baik.

"Ini membuktikan segala pembaharuan yang didakwa Najib tidak akan ke mana. Malaysia tidak akan mampu mengeluarkan dirinya daripada gejala rasuah dan salah guna kuasa selagi orang seperti itu, yang jelas merosakkan perlembagaan dilantik ke jawatan menteri," katanya.

Pada September 2007, rakyat Malaysia dikejutkan dengan kebocoran rakaman perbualan telefon selama lapan minit VK Lingam dengan seorang hakim kanan membincangkan konspirasi jahat untuk menetapkan pelantikan hakim kanan dalam badan kehakiman Malaysia.

Dalam rakaman selama lapan minit itu, nama Tengku Adnan disebut tidak kurang daripada 11 kali.-Roketkini

Recent violence being distorted by Myanmar cybertroopers for political gain

Posted: 13 Jun 2013 06:50 AM PDT

Recent violence being distorted by Myanmar cybertroopers for political gain

By RASHVINJEET S.BEDI

PETALING JAYA: The recent outbreak of violence involving Myanmar nationals here in Malaysia is being distorted and used to instigate the population back in Myanmar.Blogs and social media platforms such as Facebook are being used to create the false impression that Myanmar nationals are being persecuted in Malaysia.

"They want to poison the minds of the people back home," claimed a Myanmar national who has lived in Malaysia for more than a decade.

Most of the blogs and Facebook postings are in Burmese although the Star Online came across the hlaoo1980.blogspot.com, which has posts in English.

On June 9, the blog claimed that killings of Myanmar Buddhists were being carried out by Bengali Muslims (the official Myanmar term for the Rohingyas) in Kuantan, Selayang and Sungai Besi.

The blog also posted up gruesome pictures of people being chopped up as the victims of the violence here.

One post quoted a Malaysian news agency on the violence in Malaysia but added information that was not in the original news piece, implicating the Rohingyas.

Violence in various parts of Kuala Lumpur involving Myanmar nationals from May 30-June 4 has seen three Myanmar nationals die and few others injured.

The violence has been linked to recent clashes in Myanmar between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine.

The observer however pointed out that the last major of outbreak was back in March.

"Why is the violence suddenly spilling over? Someone is trying to instigate the population back home. They are using Malaysia for their own political gain and sympathy," he said.

The observer also pointed out that many Myanmar nationals are changing their Facebook profile pictures to black in solidarity with the alleged victims here.

Related Stories:
Myanmar Airlines offering half-price tickets for its citizens to return home
Myanmar nationals divided over returning home
Clashes between Myanmar nationals could spell trouble for Malaysia
Myanmar nationals lie low after clashes
Ethnic-based clashes in Myanmar spill over to streets of Kuala Lumpur

 

 


သခင္ေတြ သတ္လို႕ ကၽြန္ေတြ ေသတယ္

Posted: 13 Jun 2013 06:46 AM PDT

Cho Tu Zal's status.
သခင္ေတြ သတ္လို႕ ကၽြန္ေတြ ေသတယ္

"ေမေမ. . ေနေကာင္းလား. . .ေမေမ. . ."
မပီျပင္တဲ့ စကိုက္ပ္မွန္သားျပင္က
မသည္းကြဲ တဲ့ ဗလံုးဗေထြးအသံ ကို
"ေအးေအး ေကာင္းတယ္ သားေရ. . ."
တဆိုင္လံုး ၾကားေအာင္ အၿမဲ ေအာ္ေျပာေနက်ေပါ့. . .
"သားလည္း က်န္းမာေရး ကို ဂ႐ုစိုက္ေနာ္ . ". တဲ့. .
ေဟာဟိုဘက္ေဘးက
ကေလးမေလး က ဂ်ီေတာ့ခ္ေျပာရင္း ငိုေန႐ွာရဲ႕. . .
အဲဒါ က်ေနာ္တို႕ ျမန္မာျပည္ရဲ႕ ၂၁ ရာစု အင္တာနက္ကေဖး ဆုိင္တခု ျမင္ကြင္းပါပဲ။

အဲဒီ ကြန္ပ်ဴတာ စီရီ အခန္းေလးထဲမွာ
ဘယ္ႏိုင္ငံနဲ႕မွ မတူတဲ့
ျမန္မာျပည္ရဲ႕ ၀ိေသသ က
အသက္ ၆၀ ေတြလည္း လာတယ္
အသက္ ၇၀ ေတြလည္း လာတယ္
အသက္ ၈၀ ေတြလည္း လာတယ္. . .
ပညာလို အုိသည္ မ႐ွိလို႕ ပညာ႐ွာမွီးဖို႕ေတာ့ မဟုတ္. . .
မုိင္ေသာင္းခ်ီ ဟိုအေ၀း က သားကို ေတြ႕ဖို႕၊ သမီး ကိုေတြ႕ဖို႕. . .။
တခါတေလ စီမံခ်က္ ႐ွိလုိ႕. .
စကိုက္ပ္ မသံုးရ တာမ်ိဳးလည္း ႐ွိပါေသးသတဲ့. . .
အင္တာနက္ဆုိင္ပိုင္႐ွင္ေကာင္ေလးေတြက
ေထာင္စ တုန္းကထက္
ၾကာေလ ေျပာင္ေျပာင္ေယာင္ေယာင္မ႐ွိေလ. . .
မီးစက္ပ်က္လို႕ ဆုိင္ပိတ္ရတာက ဘယ္ႏွရက္
လိုင္းမမိ လို႕ လူမလာတာက ဘယ္ႏွရက္
စီမံခ်က္ေၾကာင့္ စကိုက္ပ္ မသံုးရတာက ဘယ္ႏွရက္. . .
ႏိုင္ငံတကာက အလကား ရတဲ့ စကုိက္ပ္
ျမန္မာျပည္မွာ တရားမ၀င္ဘူး ဆုိပဲ. . .။

မေလး႐ွား ကို ဖုန္းေခၚေပးပါ
စကၤာပူ ကို ဖုန္းေခၚေပးပါ
ယိုးဒယား ကို ဖုန္းေခၚေပးပါ. . .
ဂ်ပန္ျပည္ ကို ဖုန္းေခၚေပးပါ. .
အေမရိကား ကို ဖုန္းေခၚေပးပါ
အဲဒီ တိုင္းျပည္မွာေတြ မွာ
ျမန္မာျပည္သား ၆ သန္း ႐ွိတယ္
သူတို႕အေမေတြနဲ႕ စကားေျပာဖို႕
သူတုိ႕အေဖေတြနဲ႕ စကားေျပာဖို႕
သူတုိ႕ဇနီးေတြနဲ႕ စကားေျပာဖုိ႕
သူတို႕ သားသမီးေတြနဲ႕ စကားေျပာဖို႕၊

ေညာင္းကိုက္ပင္ပန္းေနတဲ့ၾကားက
အဲဒီ လူငယ္ေတြက အေမေနေကာင္းလား
အေမ က်န္းမာေရး ကုိ ဂ႐ုစုိက္ေနာ္ တဲ့. . .
ေအးေအး သားေရ. . .သားလည္း ေနေကာင္းေအာင္ေန. . .
တဆုိင္လံုးၾကားေအာင္ ေအာ္ေျပာၾကရ
ဒါ. . . ျမန္မာျပည္ အင္တာနက္ယဉ္ေက်းမႈ
႐ွက္စရာမလို၊ ရြံ႕စရာမလို၊ သိမ္ငယ္စရာလည္း မလို. . .
ပိုက္ဆံမွာတာလည္း ေအာ္
ပိုက္ဆံပို႕တာလည္း ေအာ္
ပိုက္ဆံျပတ္တာ ေအာ္. . .
ေၾသာ္. . . ဒုိ႕ေတြ မြဲလို႕လည္း လူမ်ိဳးတကာ၊
တုိင္းျပည္အႏွံ႕ ကၽြန္ ခံျဖစ္ေနမွပဲ . . .

အဲဒီလို အင္တာနက္မွာပဲ
တခ်ဳိ႕ေတြက
သခင္ေသြးေတြၾကြ. . .
သခင္မ်ိဳးေဟ့ ဒုိ႕ဗမာ. . .လို႕ ေၾကြးေၾကာ္
တိုက္ပြဲေတြ ေခၚပါသတဲ့. . .

ၿမိဳ႕ရြာအႏွံ႕ေလ. . .
မီးေတြ႐ႈိ႕. . .
လူေတြသတ္. . .
ေၾကာက္စရာ့ သခင္ေတြ. . .
အားလည္း အားပါ့. .
လုိင္းလည္းေကာင္းပါ့. . သခင္တို႕ အင္တာနက္ေတြမ်ား. . .။

ခုေတာ့
သခင္ေတြ ေၾကြးေၾကာ္
တိုက္ပြဲေခၚသံေၾကာင့္
၀မ္းေရးအတြက္
လြမ္းေရးမခက္ႏိုင္ဘဲ
ကၽြန္ခံေနၾကရသူေတြ တျဖဳတ္ၿဖဳတ္ ဆံုး႐ႈံး၊
"ေမေမ ေနေကာင္းလား" ဆိုတဲ့ အသံေလးေတြ
ဆိပ္သုဉ္း ၿပီးရင္း ဆိပ္သုဉ္း ကုန္ေပါ့. . .
အင္တာနက္ဆုိင္ေလးထဲမလဲ. .
ေလ်ာ့သြားလိုက္ တဲ့
ေဖါက္သည္ေတြပါပဲ တဲ့. . .။

ေၾသာ္. . .
သခင္ေတြ သတ္လို႕
ကၽြန္ေတြ ေသရျပန္ေပါ့. . .။

ခ်ိဳတူးေဇာ္


969 Terrorist Monk resolves to remove the Muslims

Posted: 13 Jun 2013 05:26 AM PDT

969 Terrorist Monk Khwe Wira Thu's head is full of S**T.

"Monk resolves to remove the Muslims" 

"Leader of 969 group wants to emulate the EDL"

Yesterday a Buddhist monk admitted that he wants to emulate the English Defence League (EDL) in his efforts to remove the Muslim minority community from Myanmar.

xxxWirathu led the '969′ campaign to boycott Muslim community businesses and to end intermarriages between the minority and Buddhists.

"I do not care if I am labelled as a Myanmar Osama bin Laden or a bald neo-Nazi" Ashin said

The '969′ group, which he leads, is responsible for the violence that erupted last month between his followers and the Muslim community; that led to 43 deaths in Meiktila town.

Last Thursday hundreds of the campaign supporters rode motorbikes whilst brandishing metal rods and rioted in a town north east of Myanmar to burn business premises owned by Muslim community, the most recent violence.

The incident in the town of Lashio took place a day after the followers of the extremist monk had burnt mosques and a Muslim orphanage.

Wirathu, the monk who hates Islam, was jailed in 2003 for inciting violence against Muslims in the country; but was released last year as part of the prisoner pardon programme. He admitted that he was in Meiktila last month whilst the Buddhists were rioting.

He urged Buddhists from all over Myanmar to boycott Muslim-owned busineses and distributed the '969′ stickers as a symbol of Buddha's teaching.

The monk, as with most Buddhists are seen as worried about the successes of the Muslim community in Myanmar.

"They (Muslim community) are good in businesses. They control the transportation and construction industry. Now they are also getting involved in politics. If they succeed, we will end up like Afghanistan or Indonesia" says Wirathu.

Myanmar is a Buddhist country, but 9% of the 60 million perople are Muslims.

Last month a video recording showed a policeman standing still whilst watching a member of the '969′ squad burning a Muslim man.


UN Security Council: Protect Muslim civilian lives from State sponsor Organized Vigilantes

Posted: 13 Jun 2013 05:10 AM PDT

UN Security Council: Protect Muslim civilian lives from State sponsor Organized Vigilantes

Posted on May 30, 2013 by tunaung

ကုလသမဂၢလုံၿခဳံေရးေကာင္စီထံသို႔ စာပို႔ၾကရေအာင္
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ကမာၻ႔ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးတပ္ေတြ ေစလႊတ္ရန္ ေတာင္းဆိုေပးဖို႔ ကုလသမဂၢလုံၿခဳံေကာင္စီကို စာပို႔ၾကေစခ်င္ပါတယ္။ ကမာၻ႔ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးတပ္မ်ားေစလႊတ္ၿပီး၊ ျမန္မာ့မြတ္စလင္မ္မ်ားရဲ႕ အသက္၊ အိုးအိမ္စည္းစိမ္မ်ားကို ကာကြယ္ေပးရန္ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ စာပို႔ရန္ ေအာက္ပါလင့္ခ္ကို ႏွိပ္ပါ။

http://www.change.org/petitions/un-security-council-protect-muslim-civilian-lives-from-state-sponsor-organized-vigilantes

မျဖည့္မျဖစ္ ျဖည့္စြက္ရမဲ့ ကြက္လပ္ေတြကို ေရးသားေဖာ္ျပေပးပါ့မယ္။ က်န္တဲ့ ကြက္လပ္ေတြကေတာ့ နားလည္တယ္ဆိုရင္ ျဖည့္ႏိုင္ၿပီး၊ နားမလည္တဲ့သူဆိုရင္ မျဖည့္ရင္လည္း ျဖစ္တာမို႔ ေဖာ္ျပမေပးေတာ့ပါ။

First Name ေနရာတြင္ လူႀကီးမင္းရဲ႕ ပထမနာမည္ကို ေရးထည့္ပါ။

Last Name ေနရာတြင္ လူႀကီးမင္းရဲ႕ ေနာက္ဆုံးနာမည္ကို ေရးထည့္ပါ။

(ဥပမာ- သိန္းစိန္ဆိုလွ်င္ သိန္းသည္ First Name ျဖစ္ၿပီး၊ စိန္သည္ Last Name ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။)

Email ေနရာတြင္ လူႀကီးမင္းရဲ႕ အီးေမးလ္ကို ရိုက္ပါ။

လူႀကီးမင္း လက္ရွိေနထိုင္ေနေသာ တိုင္းျပည္ရဲ႕ အမည္ကို ေရြးခ်ယ္ပါ။ (ဥပမာ- Myanmar)

Message ေနရာတြင္ ေအာက္ေဖာ္ျပပါစာသားကို ကူးယူ၍ ထည့္လိုက္ပါ။

We, one of the minority groups in Burma are seriously violated by Buddhist terrorists. A lot of our children, women and men have been killed by Buddhist Terrorists in the genocide of Burma. This genocide has been systematically planed and sponsored by pre-military junta, Thein Sein's government. Since the government of Burma is the main sponsor of this genocide, how could we expect the protection of our lives from Burmese government? We have no hope for protection from our government. We have no life protection and more than 10 million lives of Burmese Muslims are in danger because of the serious crime of genocide.

We humbly and strongly request you to recommend for sending United Nation peacekeeping forces into Burma to protect our lives.

မရွင္းလင္းပါက ပုံတြင္လည္း ေဖာ္ျပေပးထားပါေၾကာင္း။

ျမန္မာမြတ္စလင္မ္လူထုတစ္ရပ္လုံး စစ္အာဏာရွင္မ်ားနဲ႔ ၎တို႔ရဲ႕ အလိုေတာ္ရိလက္ပါးေစ ၉၆၉ အစြန္းေရာက္ အၾကမ္းဖက္၀ါဒီမ်ားရဲ႕ အၾကမ္းဖက္ျခင္း အမ်ဳိးမ်ဳိးမွ ကင္းေ၀းၾကပါေစ

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Scholars Warn Myanmar to Aware Nationalism and Religion Used for Political Ambitions

Posted: 13 Jun 2013 05:08 AM PDT


ဘာသာေရး ပဋိပကၡမ်ား ရပ္တန္႔ရန္ ႏွစ္ဘက္ စကားေျပာဖို႔ လို

Posted: 13 Jun 2013 05:04 AM PDT

ဘာသာေရး ပဋိပကၡမ်ား ရပ္တန္႔ရန္ ႏွစ္ဘက္ စကားေျပာဖို႔ လို

Buddhism & Non-Violence အခမ္းအနားတြင္ ဦးေဆာင္ေဆြးေႏြးသူ Igor Blazevic ႏွင့္ ဦးတင္ေမာင္သန္း (ဓာတ္ပံု – ဧရာဝတီ)

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံအတြင္း အၾကမ္းဖက္ ပဋိပကၡမ်ား ေျပလည္ရန္ ႏွစ္ဖက္စလံုးက ေတြ႔ဆံုစကားေျပာ အေျဖ႐ွာရန္ လိုအပ္ေၾကာင္း ယေန ႔ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ႕တြင္ ေတာ္ဝင္ႏွင္းဆီခန္းမတြင္ က်င္းပသည့္ Buddhism & Non-Violence အခမ္းအနားတြင္ ဦးေဆာင္ေဆြးေႏြးသူ ပညာ႐ွင္မ်ားက တိုက္တြန္း ေျပာၾကားလိုက္သည္။

အခမ္းအနားတြင္ ဦးေဆာင္ေဆြးေႏြးသူမ်ားျဖစ္ေသာ သင့္ဘ၀မဂၢဇင္း အယ္ဒီတာေဟာင္း ဦးတင္ေမာင္သန္း၊ ထိုင္းႏိုင္ငံမွ ဗုဒၶ၀ါဒႏွင့္ လူုမႈေရးပညာရွင္ Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa ႏွင့္ ခ်က္ႏိုင္ငံမွ အသြင္ကူးေျပာင္းေရးပညာ႐ွင္ Igor Blazevic တို႔က ပဋိပကၡျဖစ္ေနျခင္းကို ခ်က္ခ်င္းရပ္တန္႔၍  ႏွစ္ဘက္ၾကား စကားေျပာဆို အေျဖ႐ွာသင့္ေၾကာင္း၊ အခ်ိန္မီ မရပ္တန္႔ႏိုင္ပါက လူနည္းစုျဖင့္ စတင္ခဲ့ေသာ အၾကမ္းဖက္မႈသည္ လူမ်ားစုသို႔ ကူးစက္ကာ ေနာက္ဆံုးတြင္ တိုင္းျပည္ကိုပါ ထိခိုက္လာႏိုင္ေၾကာင္း ေဆြးေႏြးၾကသည္။

"တဘက္နဲ႔ တဘက္နားလည္ေအာင္ စကားေျပာၾကပါ"ဟု အခမ္းအနားကို ဦးေဆာင္သူ ဦးတင္ေမာင္သန္းက ေျပာသည္။ "သူ႔ဘက္က အစြဲကိုလည္းၾကည့္။ ကိုယ့္ဘက္က အစြဲကိုလည္းၾကည့္။ ျမန္မာျပည္ ဘယ္ေနရာမွာဘဲ ျဖစ္ျဖစ္ ဒီနည္းနဲ႔ပဲ အေျဖ႐ွာရမယ္။ သူ႔အစြဲကိုခြာၿပီး ကိုယ့္အစြဲကဘာလဲဆိုတာ ၾကည့္ႏိုင္ၿပီဆိုရင္ ျပႆနာ ႐ွင္းလို႔ရၿပီ။ ႏွစ္ဖက္ နားလည္ႏိုင္တဲ့ အဆင့္တဆင့္ကို ေရာက္မယ္။ ႏွစ္ဖက္ နားလည္ႏိုင္တဲ့ ေျပာႏိုင္တဲ့ ဒိုင္ယာေလာ့ပြဲေတြ ႐ွိဖို႔လိုတယ္"ဟု ဧရာ၀တီကို ေျပာသည္။

ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္ကို ေရြးခ်ယ္ကာ ပဋိပကၡအၾကမ္းဖက္မႈမ်ား စတင္မီးေမႊးခဲ့ၿပီး ထိုမွတဆင့္ မိတီၳလာ၊ လား႐ိႈးေဒသမ်ားသို႔ပါ ကူးစက္ေအာင္ စနစ္တက် စီမံဖန္တီး လုပ္ေဆာင္ျခင္းေၾကာင္း၊ အစိုးရကလည္း ပဋိပကၡမ်ားေနာက္ကြယ္ ႀကိဳးကိုင္သူမ်ား႐ွိေနသည္ဟု ေျပာဆိုေနေသာ္လည္း ယေန႔အခ်ိန္ထိ မထုတ္ေဖာ္ႏိုင္ေသးေၾကာင္း၊ စစ္အစိုးရလက္ထက္တြင္ ႏွစ္ေပါင္းမ်ားစြာ
ပညာေရးနိမ့္က်ခဲ့ေသာေၾကာင့္ အသိပညာအားနည္းကာ ယခုကဲ့သို႔ ပဋိပကၡျဖစ္ရျခင္းျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း အခမ္းအနားသို႕ တက္ေရာက္လာျပီး ေဆြးေႏြးသူ အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာ၀င္ အၿငိမ္းစားသမိုင္း ပါေမာကၡ ဦးရဲလြင္က ေျပာသည္။

"အက်ိဳးဆက္ကို အခုလက္ေတြ႔ခံစားေနရၿပီ။ ဒီေန႔လိုပြဲမ်ိဳးမ်ားမ်ားလုပ္ၿပီး စကားမ်ားမ်ား ေျပာဖို႔လိုတယ္။ ခုလိုဘာသာေရးနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး အသိပညာေပးတဲ့ ပြဲမ်ိဳးေတြလိုတယ္"ဟု သူက ဆိုသည္။

ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံတြင္ ျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့ေသာ ဘာသာေရးဆိုင္ရာ ပဋိပကၡမ်ားမွာ အာဏာရွင္စနစ္အား လက္မလြတ္လိုသူမ်ား၏ ႏိုင္ငံေရးအရ ေနာက္ေၾကာင္းျပန္လွည့္ရန္ လုပ္ေဆာင္မႈမ်ားေၾကာင့္ ျဖစ္သည္ဟု ေဆြးေႏြးပြဲသို႔တက္ေရာက္လာသူ ခ်က္ႏိုင္ငံသား Igor Blazevic က ေျပာသည္။

"အာဏာရွင္စနစ္ကို လက္မလႊတ္ခ်င္ေတာ့ အေၾကာက္တရားနဲ႕ ေဒါသပတ္၀န္းက်င္ကို ဖန္တီးၿပီး ႏုိင္ငံေရးအရ ေနာက္ေၾကာင္း ျပန္လွည့္ေအာင္ လုပ္ေဆာင္တယ္။ ေဘာ့စနီးယားလို ယူဂိုဆလားဗီးယားလို ႏိုင္ငံေတြမွာဆိုရင္ မုဒိန္းမႈလို အၾကမ္းဖက္မႈေတြကို သင္တန္းေတြ ေပးၿပီး ေနာက္ေၾကာင္းျပန္လွည့္ေအာင္ လုပ္ေဆာင္ၾကတယ္။ ဘာသာေရးနဲ႕ အမ်ဳိးသားေရး၀ါဒကို သံုးၿပီး ေနာက္ေၾကာင္းျပန္လွည့္ေအာင္ လုပ္တယ္"ဟု သူက ဆိုသည္။

ထို႕ျပင္ ျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲေရးလုပ္ေဆာင္ၾကသည့္ ႏိုင္ငံမ်ားတြင္ အရာရာ လက္ဝါးၾကီးအုပ္ထားသူမ်ားအဖို႕ သူတို႕၏ အေရးပါမႈကို ျပန္လည္ အေၾကာင္းရွာ ျပသတတ္ၾကေၾကာင္း၊ သူတို႕၏ ေနာက္ဆုံးခံတပ္မွာ အမ်ိဳးသားေရး ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္းလည္း Igor Blazevic က ဆိုသည္။

ပဋိပကၡ ေျဖရွင္းေရးတြင္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္က လူ႔အခြင့္အေရး ႐ႈေထာင့္မွ ရပ္တည္ခဲ့ေသာေၾကာင့္ ျပည္တြင္း၌ ေ၀ဖန္ေျပာဆိုမႈမ်ားအေပၚ တုန္႕ျပန္ေသာအားျဖင့္ "ပဋိပကၡေတြ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးအတြက္ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရး ေလးစားဖို႔ဆိုတာက အခ်က္တခုအေနနဲ႔ ေတာ္ေတာ္ အေရးပါပါတယ္။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ရဲ႕ မူလ ထင္ျမင္ခ်က္ေတြက လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးနဲ႔ ဆန္႔က်င္ေနတာေတြလည္း ႐ွိႏိုင္ပါတယ္။  အဲလိုအခါမ်ိဳးမွာ က်ေနာ္တို႔ကိုယ္ က်ေနာ္တို႔ ျပန္ၾကည့္ဖို႔လိုသလို တဖက္လူကိုလည္း ေလးစားဖို႔လိုတယ္။ က်ေနာ္ကေတာ့ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ ေျပာတာကို ေယဘုယ်အားျဖင့္ ေထာက္ခံတယ္"ဟု ဦးတင္ေမာင္သန္းက ဆိုသည္။

ကမာၻေပၚ႐ွိ ႏုိင္ငံတိုင္းလိုလိုတြင္ ျမန္မာျပည္ကဲ့သို႔ ဘာသာေရးအစြဲ ျပႆနာ႐ွိေနေသာေၾကာင့္ ၉၆၉ လႈပ္႐ွားေနသူမ်ားကိုလည္း အျပစ္မေျပာႏိုင္ေၾကာင္း၊ ႏိုင္ငံတိုင္းတြင္ ဘာသာတရားႏွင့္ ပတ္သက္ေသာ လႈပ္႐ွားမႈမ်ိဳးစံု ႐ွိေၾကာင္း၊ သို႕ေသာ္ အၾကမ္းဖက္မႈကိုမူ ဟန္႕တားရမည္ဟု တက္ေရာက္လာသူမ်ားက ေျပာဆိုသည္။

"ဗုဒၶအျမင္အရ ေျပာရရင္ေတာ့ အကုန္လံုးက သမုတိၱ ထဲက မထြက္ႏိုင္ၾကသူခ်င္း အတူတူပဲ။ ဆင္းရဲျခင္း ႀကီးစြာနဲ႔ မိမိလုပ္တာကို မွန္တယ္ထင္တဲ့သူေတြခ်ည္းပဲ။ ဒါေပမယ့္ အၾကမ္းဖက္နည္းနဲ႔ ေျဖ႐ွင္းရင္ေတာ့ အေျဖမရႏိုင္ဘူး"ဟု ပြဲတက္လာသူတစ္ဦးက အျပန္အလွန္ ေဆြးေႏြးေျပာဆိုသည္။

Buddhism & Non-Violence အခမ္းအနားကို Yangon School of Political Science မွ ဦးေဆာင္က်င္းပခဲ့ၿပီး ေလာကအလင္းေဖာင္းေဒး႐ွင္း၊ SPIRITUAL ENGAGED၊  MONASTERY-BASED SCHOOLႏွင့္ SEM တို႔ ျဖစ္ၾကသည္။ မနက္ျဖန္တြင္ အစၥလာမ္ႏွင့္္ မြတ္စလင္မ်ားအေပၚ အထင္အျမင္လြဲမွားမႈႏွင့္ ပတ္သက္၍ မြတ္စလင္ပညာ႐ွင္မ်ားက ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ႕ ဗိုလ္တေထာင္ၿမိဳ႕နယ္တြင္ သတင္းစာ႐ွင္းလင္းပြဲတစ္ခု ျပဳလုပ္ရန္ စီစဥ္ထားသည္။


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Thursday June 13, 2013

Group bears down on man who hit his dog with a hoe

By TEE LIN DEE newsdesk@thestar.com.my









Animal attack: Krishnan showing his hand which was bitten by Jacky. The lorry driver reacted by hitting the dog with a hoe and brick.

RAWANG:
Enraged animal lovers, along with the police, bore down on a man who
hit his dog with a hoe and threw a brick at

A paper full of bodily excerement!!!

Posted: 13 Jun 2013 05:58 AM PDT

DAP: Act against Utusan's lies on lower car prices from Malaysiakini by Susan Loone

Umno-owned newspaper Utusan Malaysia received another bashing from the Penang government for "lying" that car prices had dipped in line with the BN's government 'Janji Ditepati' (promises fulfilled) 13th general election slogan. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng accused the broadsheet of "racism and slander" whose contents cannot be relied on. "Utusan lied when it said the federal government has fulfilled its election pledges of providing cheaper cars," Lim said at a press conference. "But the car companies have come out to refute the reports," he added, referring to Volkswagen and Peugeot which had rejected claims of price slashing for their cars.

"This is serious and the authorities should take action against Utusan. It seems we cannot trust anything they write, perhaps we can only trust the date on the newspaper," he mocked. The DAP secretary-general was quick to add "this is nothing personal about the journalists but the newspaper company".

Details nailing the lies released

NONEOn June 10, Utusan carried a front-page report that 10 models of cars are now cheaper, as their cost had reduced from between RM449 to RM12,775 (0.7 to 11 percent), from January to May this year. The Malay-language daily said the reduction applied to models such as Peugeot, Proton, Perodua, Volkswagen and Honda. "The government has fulfilled its promises to reduce car prices in stages when the five companies announced the price reduction of ten cars," said the report.

It also quoted the Malaysian Automotive Institute as saying that the car prices cannot be cut suddenly as that would impact the prices of used cars, bank loans, used car industry businessmen and the banking institutions which provides car loans. Three days later, Volkswagen Malaysia said in Facebook that: "Please be advised, the price on the image is incorrect. The Golf price has always been RM157,888 from time of launch. Not RM169,888. Thank you".

Meanwhile, Peugeot Malaysia, on the question of whether there is truth in the price slash said: "Without prejudice, nothing was issued by us, we were not consulted before the article went to print and have no association with the news contained therein. "The prices shown appear to be of the 308 Turbo pre-F/L and 308 VTi which are in fact two different variants of the Peugeot 308".


Umno's 'desperation' 

Meanwhile PKR said the episode reflected the "utter desperation" of Umno in dealing with Pakatan's '#TurunkanHargaKereta' campaign to slash car prices. "It appears that the commitment to reduce car prices by Umno-BN was made after it recognised how popular Pakatan's '#TurunkanHargaKereta' campaign was, yet until today they are unable to find a mechanism to do so without doing away with the government's reliance on excise duties," its communications director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said. "Utusan shows that the once-proud Malay broadsheet is now a symbol of bad journalism as it acts to further the interests of its political owners, Umno." Nik Nazmi called on the daily to apologise immediately to the carmakers concerned, and to all Malaysians.

Muslim Persecution of Christians: March, 2013 by Raymond Ibrahim

Posted: 13 Jun 2013 04:08 AM PDT

Gatestone Institute

The Islamic jihad against Christians in Nigeria is proving to be the most barbaric.  A new report states that 70% of Christians killed around the world in 2012 were killed in the African nation.  Among some of the atrocities committed in March alone, at least 41 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a bus station in a predominantly Christian neighborhood.  According to the Christian Association of Nigeria, these attacks "were a signpost of the intended extermination of Christians and Christianity from northern Nigeria."
According to the Rev. Jerome Ituah, "Out of the 52 Catholic churches in Maiduguri diocese, 50 of them have been destroyed by Boko Haram.   When two Christian brothers were returning home after Sunday church service, jihadis opened fire on them with machine guns, killing the brothers, as well as three others, and injuring several more Christians.

Another 13 Christian factory workers in Kano were "gruesomely" slain.  Said the local bishop: "Reports of the attack reaching us disclosed that on that fateful Saturday at about 7 p.m, Muslim faithful were conducting their prayer close to the affected compound occupied by Christian families, when two taxi cabs stopped in front of the compound and the occupants, who all concealed their arms dashed into the complex and demanded to know why the residents were not part of the 7 p.m. Muslim prayer. They responded by telling the visitors they were Christians and so could not be part of the Muslim gathering. At that point, they separated the men from their wives and children and shot them dead on the spot after ordering the women and children into their homes" to be enslaved.

The bishop added that, "government should show more concern, like it has always done when Muslims are affected; I have not seen that in the case of Christians—that 13 Christians were killed in one straight attack and nothing is heard from the government reflects selective justice because we are aware of compensation paid to Muslim families in situations of this nature."

However, the Nigeria government recently did go on the offensive to try to contain the jihadis in northern Nigeria—only to be chastised by the Obama administration, in the person of John Kerry, who recently warned the Nigerian government not to violate the "human rights" of the jihadi mass murderers.
Categorized by theme, the rest of March's Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is not limited to) the following accounts, listed by theme and in country alphabetical order, not necessarily according to severity:  Continue here to the article in full............................

An Inspiring Video

Posted: 13 Jun 2013 03:39 AM PDT

May today be the day for you to chase your dreams and goals. Don't just stand and watch as a spectator.

Reach out and savour the taste of adventure as you leave your comfort zone.

Life has so many opportunities.

Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of them.

To inspire you further, here's a fantastic video with twelve suggestions as to how to live life to the fullest.

CLICK HERE to watch.

Have a pleasant evening! Busy the whole day - studying. More posts later.

Previous Reports on Muslim Persecution of Christians compiled by Raymond Ibrahim

Posted: 13 Jun 2013 04:02 AM PDT

[VIDEO] Inilah Video Zahid Memberi Rasuah Yang Dimaksudkan Rafizi

Posted: 13 Jun 2013 06:16 AM PDT


PPKR sasar batalkan kemenangan Zahid dengan bukti video rasuah

PETALING JAYA, 12 Jun — PKR berusaha untuk membatalkan kemenangan Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (gambar) di Bagan Datoh pada dengan pendedahan bukti video pemberian rasuah untuk mengundi oleh menteri tersebut, kata pemimpin parti hari ini.

Ketiga-tiga video tersebut yang boleh didapati di internet, kononnya menunjukkan Menteri Dalam Negeri tersebut mengakui memberi RM100 kepada 23,000 orang dan 5kg beras dengan "pelekat" untuk diberikan kepada pekerja kempen parti pemerintah Barisan Nasional (BN).

Klip tersebut merupakan bukti utama ke atas kedua-dua petisyen pilihan raya yang difailkan untuk mencabar keputusan pilihan raya di Bagan Datoh yang menyaksikan Zahid menewaskan calon PKR Madhi Hassan dengan majoriti tipis 2,108 undi.

"Zahid fikir dia pintar. Dia mendakwa dia memberi rasuah kepada pekerja-pekerja parti. Undi yang dia dapat hanya 17,000 tetapi dia mengakui telah memberikan kepada 23,000 pekerja parti jadi ini bermakna 6,000 pekerja parti tidak mengundinya.

"Dia sebenarnya mencari kelemahan dalam undang-undang untuk memberi rasuah.. semua orang tahu mustahil untuk anda memiliki 24,000 pekerja kempen," kata pengarah strategi PKR Rafizi Ramli dalam satu sidang akhbar di ibu pejabat parti itu di sini.

Dalam salah satu video yang boleh didapati laman perkongsian video popular Youtube, Ahmad Zahid dilihat "melantik" pengundi yang beliau label sebagai penyokong "BN tegar"di dalam dewan semasa tempoh kempen Pilihan Raya 2013 bulan April lalu.

Semasa berucap kepada penyokongnya itu, naib presiden Umno itu berkata: "Tidak ada keperluan untuk membeli beras Anda tidak perlu untuk membeli beras, BN akan memberinya kerana anda adalah pekerja parti".


Dalam satu video yang lain, Ahmad Zahid sekali lagi dilihat bercakap mengulangi ucapannya itu, tetapi kali ini menafikan tindakan memberi wang dan beras kepada pengundi adalah satu bentuk rasuah.

"Mereka mengatakan bahawa kita memberi wang dan beras dan itu adalah rasuah. Kami memberi kerana kita telah melantik mereka sebagai jentera, kerana mereka adalah jentera BN. Adakah itu rasuah?" Katanya.

Menurut Edmund Bon, peguam yang mengetuai tindakan mahkamah terhadap Menteri Dalam Negeri tersebut, menyifatkan perbuatan itu jelas satu bentuk rasuah dan melanggar Akta Pilihan Raya.

"Ini sudah menjadi bukti kukuh untuk membatalkan keputusan pilihan raya," kata Bon dalam sidang akhbar yang sama.

Dalam petisyen kedua yang telah difailkan seorang pengundi bernama Azmi Sulaiman, beliau membuat petisyen bagi membatalkan keputusan dengan memetik Seksyen 19 dan 21 Akta Pilihan Raya yang melarang calon daripada menggunakan sejumlah pekerja kempen.

Pengakuan Ahmad Zahid yang mengatakan parti telah melantik 23,000 pekerja kempen didakwa oleh beliau telah melanggar dua undang-undang.

Kedua-dua petisyen difailkan di Mahkamah Tinggi Ipoh hari ini dan ia adalah antara antara 35 petisyen lain yang difailkan oleh pembangkang dalam usaha untuk membatalkan keputusan pilihan raya di 24 kerusi parlimen dan 10 kerusi negeri.


Walaubagaimanapun, pemimpin pembangkang tersebut mengakui bantahan yang terbesar dalam sejarah pilihan raya di Malaysia mungkin akan menjadi sia-sia.

"Secara umumnya, undang-undang tidak menyebelahi pihak yang membuat petisyen," kata Bon sambil menambah banyak petisyen tidak mungkin dapat melalui perbicaraan penuh kerana ianya akan ditolak atas alasan teknikal.

Pemimpin-pemimpin PR mendakwa Pilihan Raya 2013 keputusan adalah telah dirancang untuk memihak kepada BN.

Rancangan seterusnya adalah mengheret Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) ke mahkamah, yang mungkin merupakan tindakan sivil terbesar terhadap pengendali pilihan raya dalam sejarah Malaysia, pembangkang juga telah menggerakkan "Black 505" dan menganjurkan beberapa perhimpunan besar-besaran di seluruh negara untuk meningkatkan tekanan pembaharuan dalam pilihan raya.

Sejurus selepas pilihan raya 5 Mei 5, pasukan PKR #siasatPRU13 membuat satu siri pendedahan mengenai apa yang didakwanya bukti penipuan pilihan raya.

Langkah tersebut dilihat bertujuan memberi tekanan kepada Putrajaya untuk melaksanakan reformasi pilihan raya, bermula dengan menambah baik SPR.

Namun, SPR telah menafikan dakwaan tersebut.

Rafizi juga berkata, PR akan meneruskan bantahan sehingga semua syarat bagi pembaharuan pilihan raya dipenuhi walaupun terdapat segelintir pemimpin pembangkang berkata sebaliknya dan mahu "pandang ke depan" dan melawan melalui saluran lain. -TMI





No Rohani, Altantuya's murder not fully 'dealt with'

Posted: 13 Jun 2013 04:00 AM PDT

From Malaysiakini

PKR: Explain how Altantuya's case was 'dealt with'

Aries46: Women, Community and Family Development Minister Rohani Karim seems to be under the delusion that the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder has been 'dealt with' despite the real culprits who planned and executed it as well as their motive were well concealed at the trial. There are too many unanswered questions, including Najib Abdul Razak's illusion that his oath disclaiming knowledge of the murdered woman vindicates him of alleged complicity in the saga. The untenable discharge of the confessed lover, Abdul Razak Baginda, too, appears strange as the attorney-general (AG) failed to appeal the decision despite strong public pressure to do so. The subsequent overwhelming evidence revealed by the late private investigator P Balasubramaniam and carpet trader Deepak Jaikishan, too, was blatantly ignored by the enforcement agencies, raising the question who are these very important person (VIP) culprits that the law enforcement personnel are falling over each other to protect.


Hmmmmmmmm: Even BN supporters feel that the PM was somehow involved in the Altantuya case. Otherwise how do you explain them immediately taking down posters of Altantuya during the last general election (GE) knowing that the PM would be passing by those routes? The PM's name was not even mentioned on the posters. They didn't realise that by doing that, they are actually doubting the PM's claim of innocence.

Cala: Shall we wait for a post-Najib administration? Due to accessibility, both physical and through the Internet, the world has become literally flatter and there is a convergence of ideas and actions in the long run. By refusing to do the right thing regarding the death of Altantuya (the Mongolian woman who allegedly sought US$500,000 commission for the purchase of two submarines by the Malaysian government), Malaysia will be held as a "pariah state" by the world community for being uncivilised, lawlessness, and lacking human rights. If the CEO of a nation is OB (out of bounds) to the law, then it forces upon the new government to do the right thing in a post-Najib administration. Otherwise, Anything but Umno (ABU).

Heavywater: The case should never be closed as there was no motive for the two accused to kill a girl whom they do not know nor have any interaction with. So why on earth did they kill her? They must have received instruction from their boss or bosses? In a murder case, motive must be established.

Bernard Phillips: Rohani must have been living on another planet to say that the Altantuya case has been settled. Is that why she was appointed by the PM? I simply cannot comprehend how Umno and others in the government can still go about denying that Najib is linked to the case. I am just so proud of MP Zuraida Kamaruddin for openly accusing the PM. Now let us hope that Najib will take her to court. Or can we hope that the AG will take his job seriously enough to open fresh investigations? In the meantime, I suggest that the PM does not go strutting around the world until his name is cleared.

Mushiro: Zuraida, you have made a statement of fact. I believe 90 percent of Malaysians agree with you. It is not a coincidence that all those involved in the murder are from the PM's household, including the two cops.

My4HOPE: I foresee, though not through a crystal ball, that Altantuya's unsolved murder will again make Malaysia well-known across the globe. Do you really think the Mongolian government or women's delegation will just stop questioning? Mind you, they are descendants of Genghis Khan.

Anonymous #67264380: Shame on all the mothers who condone this gruesome murder. This is not politics. This is murder. Does any religion condone murder?

EvenSteven: Poor Dr Setev Shaariibuu, up till now there is still no closure to his daughter's death. Granted the two police officers were found guilty but the bigger question is who ordered the killing? Obviously it must be someone in authority who is powerful enough to do so and also influential enough to arrange for the erasure of Altantuya's immigration records (what a stupid move). Will we ever know the truth or will the cover-up hold?

Anonymous #007: Syabas, PKR Women's wing chief Zuraida for your courage to speak up. You will not be alone, many rakyat are behind you.

WhatIwant: I, too, salute you, Zuraida. It looks like our PM will not be attending any Asian heads of government meeting in Mongolia (if it were to be held there) anytime soon. I will be telling my grandchildren about this sensational murder case so they will know about this 'hari ini dalam sejarah'. It would be good if we can pass the hat round during the Black 505 rally day on June 22 to support Altantuya's children. If the 51-percent-rejected government won't seek justice and the truth for Altantuya, then the people will.

Bluemountains: Zuraida has now named the culprit responsible for the murder of Altantuya. Is the named culprit going to take it sitting down? The named culprit should now sue her for defamation if he is innocent. But please be a gentleman and not hide behind the criminal defamation act.

Apa lagi Raja Nong Chik mahu?

Posted: 13 Jun 2013 03:53 AM PDT

Voter alleges Nurul committed graft in defaming Nong Chik

EvenSteven: In the Lembah Pantai Parliamentary seat, the whole BN machinery including the kitchen sink were thrown in to wrest the seat from incumbent MP Nurul Izzah Anwar. This did not work as the massive turnout negated any attempts to steal the seat. In desperation two ballot boxes, from whence they came nobody seems to know, were ferried to the counting centre in a taxi and Proton Waja allegedly to swing the tide against Nurul. It was obvious to everyone present, including the returning officer - an underhanded last ditch effort to save the day for challenger Raja Nong Chik with what must have been postal votes. Just as well this attempt was thwarted by the returning officer, who had no choice but to follow the rules. Nurul won fair and square, so what's the problem?

TehTarik: Election petitioner Mohamad Sazali Kamilan is talking nonsense. Why were the ballot boxes being carried in the booth of a taxi and a Proton Waja? The EC operating procedure is very clear - that the ballot boxes should be placed in the back seat, not the booth. Why was one of the boxes marked 120, which is the Bukit Bintang constituency? Why were the boxes being ferried, late in the night, when the main counting was over? I have a hunch that the two vehicles were carrying ballot boxes containing 'postal votes' from another constituency. Can Mohd Sazali explain the origins of these two mystery ballot boxes?

Hplooi: So this is the strategy of the BN government to counter the election petitions by the opposition - lodge counter petitions which are frivolous. This is like a filibuster where a perfectly valid submissions are blocked by frivolous counter submissions. If we go by their logic, then BN politicians are much more guilty of defamation and in many documented cases, race-baiting, hate mongering etc. But the objectives of these filibustering petitions are not the truth but to so clutter up the public domain and the courts that the whole point of unfair and one-sided electoral practice is smothered and hopefully forgotten as the public tires of incessant snipping. To effectively counter such filibuster (only in the court of public opinion, forget about the courts) is to present each petition and argument in well-reasoned explanation and well-researched and documented facts. The shallow nature of such filibustering counter-petition will defeat itself in the public domain.

Anonymous_3f4b: If Pakatan can file election petitions in 24 parliamentary seats, what is wrong in BN filing 21 petitions? If one look closely at the numerical 24 and in the hypothetical situation that Pakatan is to win in all the petitions and the results nullified and Pakatan is declared the winner, this will give them 113 seats which is just enough to form the federal government with a simple majority. Perhaps this is their political game plan all along but what about those seats which they won by a whisker? Are the results in those seats fair and square and not open to judicial challenge? Why are there no strong challenges in states won by Pakatan in Selangor, Penang and Kelantan? Are the results in these states free from fraud, cheating and intimidation of voters? It is all about politics and self-interest rather than challenging the election results for the public benefit.

Vijay47: I think someone else should file another petition against Nurul on the grounds that by her winning her seat, she had insulted Raja Nong Chik by effectively suggesting that he was not worthy of or suitable to be a member of parliament. Further, since his name includes the title 'Raja', it is evident that he is of royal origin and any act that places him in a position subordinate to a mere commoner is seditious and treasonous and Nurul should accordingly be stripped of both her MP status and her citizenship and she should be banished to any country as His Majesty The Yang Dipertuan Agong may decree.

Odin: I think the most sensible thing to do is to conduct the GE13 all over again. With all these petitions coming in from left, right, centre, top and bottom, the courts will not be able to finish hearing them all until after the next GE. The two closest meanings of graft are bribery and robbery. I fail to see how Nurul's alleged action could be construed as graft.

Kookie: This is good for Pakatan because the election petition supports Pakatan's allegations that the EC has not performed its role efficiently and effectively, and there is no way the courts can accept the petitions filed by the BN and not Pakatan.

Mushiro: Apa lagi Raja Nong Chik mahu? Raja Nong Chik has lost in spite of alleged cheating, the misuse of DBKL resources for his campaign and the huge amount of money spent. Nong Chik now wants a remedy in court. What next, Nong Chik?

Iamleavingbutdecidedtostay: Both sides have filed something like 80 election petitions. There is something terribly wrong with GE13. The best way out is to dissolve Parliament and redo the election with independent observers or an independent party conducting it

Turkey - The culture predetermines the violence by David Pryce Jones

Posted: 13 Jun 2013 03:50 AM PDT

The rioting in Turkey has a great deal to teach about the Muslim Middle East and the way they do things there. A protest about the development of a park in Istanbul was the starting point. Open space is to be replaced with a shopping mall, a mosque, and the reconstruction of an Ottoman-era barracks. In other words, another incremental step towards Islamism is masked by commerce. Everyone also knows that cronies of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be enriching themselves by means of the construction contracts.

A Western prime minister might well find himself caught like this. In which case, he would be obliged to back-pedal and come to terms with the protesters. Either the development could be justified or a scandal might ensue that opens the prime minister to inspection. Muslim culture rules out such a process. Real or even implicit criticism shames a Muslim leader and therefore cannot be allowed. Reversing reality, the leader attributes shame to the protesters, and at the same time he has to make a show of strength.

Erdogan played exactly according to these values. Unable to admit that the protesters are ordinary people with a reasonable demand, he insulted them as riffraff, looters, vandals, and even terrorists – a keyword these days. He could see no inconsistency in fantasizing that they are foreign agents or speculators out to harm the stock market. Since this was bound to make him look ridiculous, he sent in the police to prove that he is really a strong man. Five thousand people have been treated in hospital, according to the latest figures, and nearly 1,000 arrested. It is great good fortune that he has not taken the next step of ordering up live ammunition instead of tear gas and water cannons.

Of course it is unintentional, but Erdogan's conduct in Turkey is parallel to Bashar Assad's in Syria. He too responded to a reasonable demand for reforms by trying to shame and then kill protesters real or imaginary. Throughout the Muslim Middle East, the culture predetermines the violence. National Review

Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force

Posted: 13 Jun 2013 03:49 AM PDT

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