- The Weak Soul..
- Tigers Threatened by Dog Disease
- [VIDEO] PR Kemuka 15 Petisyen Parlimen (PKR 18 PAS 4 DAP 2)
- Nazir Razak, CIMB Group CEO, commended Azran Osman Rani, AirAsia X CEO: Apa lagi Utusan dan Najib Razak mahu? www.airasia.com
- SNSD Taeyeon High Cut Magazine (HD)
- SNSD Love & Girls Japanese music video
- Rohingya Documentary: Stateless In Their Own Country
- [BONGKAR] Zahid Hamidi Langgar Had RM200,000 Berkempen PREU13
- More to 'Interlok' than 'offensive words' by M Kula Segaran
- So the myth of the "siege" of GAZA can remain the conventional wisdom.
- Six Fateful Days that Shook the World By Ari Lieberman
- Turkey Burns by Jim Geraghty
- Dulu Desak K'jaan PR Tutup... Sekarang Dah Ada Kuasa, TUTUPLAH!!!
- President Adviser Warns Myanmar Undermines Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- [PERHATIAN] Himpunan ‘Black 505’ Ditunda Ke 22 Jun 2013
- Coffee Can Prevent Eleven Diseases
- ဒီေျမမွာေမြး ဒီျပည္မွာၾကီးျပီး ဒီႏိုင္ငံသားအျဖစ္ အရာမသြင္းခ်င္
- Myanmar is doubly ill-served by the PhDs
- Sorry Mr DPM, I beg to differ!
- Ethnic Cleansing on Rohingyas Highlighted at UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 07:41 AM PDT
Heard many fasted sunat nicely today..
Alhamdulillah and congratulations.
How very spiritually determined..
Allah SWT must have chosen them to be amongst the piously strong.
I am in awe with such inner iman strength.
Whoever they are should cry in happiness..Allahhu Akbar.
I did get up around 4 am..checked on the Persians, switched off the porch and back door lights and proceeded to make some coffee and microwaved a big slice of leftover pizza.
Gulped about two glasses of plain water to armed myself for a thirsty day.
My sahur was done.
Alas, breakfast temptation and sheer laziness swirled on me.
I had my roti canai and teh tarik plus a bit of nasi lemak around 9 am..
Yes I silently lamented and quietly regretted my biscuit-like ibadah shield.
But Allah SWT is Most Merciful..
Will attempt again another day to be a better Muslim..InsyaAllah.
At least the Niat was there..Thank you Allah.
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 09:14 AM PDT
Tigers under threat from dog disease http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22812914
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 10:02 AM PDT
Pakatan Rakyat akan memfailkan 25 petisyen bagi kawasan parlimen di seluruh negara dalam masa terdekat.
Perkara itu disahkan oleh Ketua Pasukan #SiasatPRU13 Rafizi Ramli dalam satu sidang media di Ibu Pejabat PKR di sini hari ini.
Dari jumlah itu, 19 petisyen akan dikemukakan oleh PKR, empat PAS dan dua oleh DAP.
"Bagi kerusi Bagan Datok, selain petisyen pilihanraya, satu petisyen berasingan difailkan berhubung kesalahan calon BN, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi melanggar had perbelanjaan RM200,000 yang dibenarkan untuk sesuatu pilihanraya," katanya.
Rafizi yang juga Pengarah Strategi PKR berkata, ianya menjadikan 25 petisyen akan dikemukakan bagi 24 parlimen kesemuanya.
Sementara itu beliau turut memaklumkan Pakatan Rakyat juga memfailkan 10 petisyen pilihanraya bagi kerusi Dun di seluruh negara.
Dari jumlah itu, sembilan Dun adalah yang ditandingi PAS dan satu Dun yang ditandingi PKR.
Pada masa sama tegasnya, beberapa tindakan undang-undang juga akan diambil termasuk memfailkan saman Pengerusi SPR, Timbalan Pengerusi SPR dan ahli-ahli SPR diatas kegagalan melaksanakan dakwat kekal.
Selain itu, Pakatan juga akan memfaikan petisyen menuntut mahkamah menyemak senarai pengundi yang dicemari pengundi hantu di Sabah berdasarkan keterangan yang dibuat di Suruhanjaya Diraja setakat ini dan kajian dalaman PKR.
Pada masa sama, mereka juga akan mengambil tindakan undang-undang bagi mengisytiharkan pindaan Seksyen 9A yang menghalang kesahihan daftar undi dicabar dimahkamah bertentangan (ultra vires) dengan Perlembangan.
"Pasukan PKR yang akan memulakan tindakan undang-undang ini akan diketuai oleh Prof Dr Aziz Bari, pakar perlembagaan," kata Rafizi.
Berikut adalah kawasan parlimen yang terlibat dengan petisyen:
Difailkan oleh PKR
1. P014 Merbok
2. P018 Kulim Bandar Baru
3. P026 Ketereh
4. P029 Machang
5. P053 Balik Pulau
6. P072 Tapah
7. P075 Bagan Datok
8. P075 Bagan Datok (petisyen perbelanjaan melebihi RM200,000)
9. P092 Sabak Bernam
10. P118 Setiawangsa
11. P140 Segamat
12. P144 Ledang
13. P146 Muar
14. P158 Tebrau
15. P159 Pasir Gudang
16. P168 Kota Marudu
17. P177 Beaufort
18. P182 Pensiangan
19. P220 Baram
Difailkan oleh PAS
1. P093 Sungai Besar
2. P096 Kuala Selangor
3. P119 Titiwangsa
4. P161 Pulai
Difailkan oleh DAP
1. P078 Cameron Highlands
2. P142 Labis
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 07:50 AM PDT
AirAsia X CEO finds backing from Najib's brother for 'speaking his mind' on Utusan
June 10, 2013Azran has come under fire after criticising Utusan Malaysia for its racial instigation.KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 — Once scorched for speaking his mind, Azran Osman Rani earned high praise today from CIMB Group CEO Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, who commended the AirAsia X chief executive's forthright manner as the "mark of a leader".
The captain of the long-haul budget airline, which will be making its market debut next month, had been the public target of Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia's venom for much of last month, after he criticised the Malay broadsheet for what he saw as racial instigation in the aftermath of the May 5 polls that split the country apart.
Nazir, the lead banker for AirAsia X's listing on Malaysia's main bourse, praised Azran for speaking his mind and doing what he believed was the right thing.
The remarks appeared to be in reference to Azran's run-in with Utusan Malaysia, although Nazir made no specific mention of the newspaper.
The younger brother to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak added that it was these qualities in the airline's management team which had seen it register a 70 per cent annual growth in its revenues since it launched its first flight in November 2007.
Azran had come under the right-wing daily's hammer last month after criticising Utusan on his Twitter account, @azranosmanrani, for what he reportedly saw as a racial instigation in the aftermath of the May 5 polls.
He was also reported to have criticised Malay group Perkasa for its hardline stance as an irrelevant organisation that had caused Malays to be myopic.
In response, the paper had published daily views from Perkasa leaders, the Muslim Consumers Society of Malaysia and pro-Umno activists who slammed Azran, branding him "arrogant" and a Malay who had forgotten his roots.
AirAsia X chairman Tan Sri Rafizah Aziz and director Datuk Seri Kalimullah Hassan had also come under attack from various groups after the duo had defended Azran's comments.
Self-declared Malay rights champion Perkasa, the Ex-Servicemen Association of Malaysia, Malaysian Reformists Movement and the Malaysian Malay Network were among the groups that lashed out at both Rafidah and Kalimullah and demanded the duo apologise for their remarks against Utusan which they say is the voice of the Malays.
Perkasa's acting president Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakar had rallied to the paper's defence and blasted Azran, saying the latter could not have climbed up to his present position without the "Malay power fought for by Utusan Malaysia".
"Has Azran never thought also that the licence issued by the government to AirAsia is because at first the airline was owned by Malays?" Abdul Rahman was quoted as saying in one such report.
On May 19, Utusan columnist Awang Selamat — the nom-de-plume for the paper's collective editorial voice — told the Umno-owned paper to stop taking the airline's ads until its sister company's chief executive apologises for criticising the broadsheet's racist piece.
"Awang would like to suggest that the Utusan Group not accept any AirAsia ad as long as there is no apology. Let the company's advertisement go to another paper, but not Utusan.
"Without AirAsia, Awang Selamat will not have any problem. Furthermore, the value of the advertisement given is very small, lower than advertisements for herbal and hair treatments," it said.
The columnist also compared Asia's biggest budget flier to Malaysia Airlines (MAS), and described the national carrier as having better service and a strong nationalist spirit.
"To those who serve we are polite, especially the Malaysian airline whose service is better and thick with nationalism," it said.
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Posted: 10 Jun 2013 08:37 AM PDT
MMenteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi melanggar Akta Kesalahan Pilihan Raya 1954 dengan membelanjakan melebihi jumlah yang ditetapkan, iaitu RM200,000 dalam kempennya menjelang pilihan raya umum ke-13, dakwa PKR.
Pengarah Strateginya Rafizi Ramli berkata, seperti dalam video yang diedarkan di Internet, Zahid dikatakan mengedarkan RM100 dan 5kg beras kepada 24,000 orang di Bagan Datoh, yang jika dikira melebihi RM200,000.
Bercakap di sidang media di ibu pejabat PKR di Petaling Jaya, Rafizi berkata, berdasarkan itu, partinya akan memfailkan petisyen pilihan raya berhubung perkara itu minggu ini.
Beliau berkata akan mendedahkan lebih lanjut bukti berkaitan dalam sidang media yang lain pada Rabu ini.
PKR memberi isyarat memfailkan 18 petisyen manakala Pakatan keseluruhannya sebanyak 35 petisyen.
Malaysiakini masih belum boleh dapat menonton video itu atau menghubungi menteri berkenaan atau pembantunya bagi mendapatkan penjelasan berhubung dakwaan itu. -mk
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 03:56 AM PDT
MP SPEAKS The return of 'Interlok' is certainly not the right way to start the process of national reconciliation.
In response to the controversial novel being made into a television drama serial funded by the government, Communications and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek (left) has said that there should not be any problems because the drama will not involve any contentious words.
He was quoted as saying that the issue with 'Interlok' is with certain words being used, and not the storyline or theme. It seems that the minister is not aware that, when the controversy erupted, the government's proposed solution of removing some words was not accepted and the novel was eventually withdrawn as a school textbook. The whole issue is therefore not just about some offensive words.
In fact, in May 2011, Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy (right) revealed at a state assembly meeting that the state government had decided to bar the novel from public libraries in the state. He said the state government was of the opinion that certain parts of the content are racially offensive despite the Education Ministry having made amendments to remove these. Let me remind Ahmad Shabery that when 'Interlok' became a controversy in 2010, not only was the Indian Malaysian community hurt by the contents, but that the Chinese Malaysian community, too, raised objections.
I reproduce below an extract of media report of the stand and views taken by the Chinese groups on March 30, 2011: "In a statement today, Chinese associations from across Malaysia said the book was not only offensive to Indians but Chinese as well, as it depicted the character Kim Lock as a 'miserly opium addict and callous adulterer' and his son, Ching Huat, as 'cunning, greedy, unscrupulous and someone who would happily sell his daughters'. "'Interlok' in its totality propagates the ideology of ketuanan Melayu. In our considered opinion, this novel is not only unhealthy but an insidious poison.
"In fact, 'Interlok' is barely a step away from the Biro Tata Negara brainwashing that promotes racism and disunity. 'Interlok' conveys the central message that Chinese, Indian and other minorities are second-class citizens in addition to perpetuating the divisive notion of a host community (the Malays) versus foreigners ('bangsa asing' Cina dan India)." The groups also condemned the 'major thread' in the book, which depicts the Chinese as 'cheating and oppressing' Malays or as 'nasty and immoral' communist guerrillas.
The statement was signed by the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, LLG Cultural Development Centre, Malaysian-China Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Chinese Associations Johor, the Penang Chinese Town Hall and 40 others, including the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism, Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia and several Indian organisations.
On May 5, BN head Najib Abdul Razak had called for national reconciliation after his coalition won the 13th general election with a simple majority of 128 seats. "National reconciliation is necessary to weed out extremism and racism," he told a press conference at Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
With the recent political crackdown, and now the return of 'Interlok', many Malaysians would be justified in doubting whether the prime minister is serious about or committed to the process of national reconciliation.
M KULA SEGARAN is the DAP's member of parliament for Ipoh Barat.
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 03:49 AM PDT
From COGAT (Israel's Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories):
COGAT has coordinated the crossing of the Jordanian supply convoy bound for the Jordanian Hospital in the Gaza Strip. This convoy includes 12 supply truckloads carrying medical equipment, medications and food for the hospital.Yes, somehow 12 trucks filled with medical equipment managed to break the Israeli "siege" of Gaza, by going...through Israel, with its full cooperation. No threats, no incidents, no one killed. And, of course ..no media. Hat tip: EOZ
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 03:45 AM PDT
June 5, 2013 marks the 46th anniversary of the Six-Day War. On the morning of June 5, 1967 at 7:45 a.m., Israeli Mirage III, Super Mystère and Vautour fighter-bombers swooped over the Mediterranean toward airbases in Egypt and in less than three hours, destroyed the bulk of the Egyptian air force. A similar fate awaited the air forces of Jordan, Syria and Iraq.
In six glorious and decisive days, the Israel Defense Forces bested the might of the combined Arab nation and sent them scurrying with their tails between their legs. So overwhelming was Israel's victory that the Arabs, shamed by their own ineptitude and cowardice, attempted to concoct a story claiming that Israel was assisted by U.S. and British offshore aircraft carriers. Israeli intelligence intercepted communications between Egypt's Nasser and Jordan's King Hussein whereby the two, almost comically, tried to coordinate their storylines. Naturally, once the Israelis published the scheming exchanges, the full thrust of Arab mendacity came to fore.
The Six-Day War was actually a continuation of the 1948 Israeli War of Independence. Israel decidedly won that war as well where the odds against her – 50 million versus 650,000 – were even more staggering than in 1967. Despite their overwhelming superiority in tanks, aircraft and artillery, the Arabs could not "save Palestine," a phrase commonly employed by Arabs when talking to Western audiences in an effort to couch genocide (against Jews) in more palatable terms. Continue here........
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Posted: 10 Jun 2013 03:40 AM PDT
The widespread protests in Turkey are a demonstration of what happens when a leader and party obsessed with power have systematically closed off alternative methods of dissent. Yes, the protests were triggered by a decision about a park near Taksim Square; yes, those concerns about the park echo environmentalist concerns about a new bridge across the Bosphorus Strait. Yes, there is anger over a new regulation that some people fear is a de facto ban on alcohol. Yes, there is increasing worry — perhaps turning into panic — that an era of Turkish secularism is slipping away. Yes, there is great frustration at the perception that government lies to the public and keeps them in the dark about issues with consequences of life and death. Yes, there is a sense that a long economic boom is ending and the country's standard of living is dropping.
But in the end, what's driving the protests is that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party, AKP, have run the show in Turkey for a decade, making a lot of enemies along the way and generally squashing those enemies. Erdogan and his allies came to expect that they would get their way in matters large and small, and finally a critical mass of Turks are declaring "ENOUGH!" Of course, Erdogan retains one key advantage that may help him outlast the popular discontent: the lack of unity behind any existing alternative. First, a quick review of how we got here: In 2001 and 2002, a severe recession hit Turkey, and the voting public turned against the ruling coalition of secular parties. In November 2002, Erdogan and a new "moderate Islamist" party, the AKP, were elected; because of the quirks of the Turkish parliamentary system, they received one third of the popular vote yet received two thirds of the seats in parliament. (The opposition was split, and only one other party, the traditionally secularist Republican People's party — Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi, or CHP — topped the 10 percent threshold required to qualify for seats in parliament.)
AKP represented a coalition/alliance of three groups — hardcore Islamists, the traditionalist rural types who thought the secular elites in Istanbul and Ankara looked down on them (a phenomenon Americans will understand), and . . . free-market entrepreneurial types. Turkey's religiously secular parties were anti-Communist but statist, supporting direct government control over large sectors of the economy (e.g. energy production). The Bush administration didn't really like AKP, but found that it could work with them most of the time: They still let the U.S. use Incirlik Air Base in Turkey for non-combat missions in Iraq (resupply, search, and rescue), they kept their troops out of the Kurdish region as long as they could until national security or internal politics demanded it, and so on. The Bush administration supported Turkey's entry into the European Union, a goal many Turks seemed to believe would be the economic equivalent of winning the lottery.
The past decade revealed Erdogan and AKP to be rather flexible ideologically in the pursuit of power. Erdogan is as free-market as he needs to be to expand his power, and then as big-spending and as willing to regulate and control the private sector as his agenda requires. Many feared Erdogan would orient Turkey's foreign policy away from the West and towards its Muslim neighbors, but his grand ambitions to be the key dealmaker between the West and the Muslim world have imploded. In his early terms, Erdogan made a serious effort to improve relations with Bashar Assad's regime in Syria, only to watch the Assad regime's crackdown trigger a brutal civil war — and a horrific refugee and humanitarian disaster that has spilled over into Turkey. Now Erdogan denounces Assad more frequently and forcefully than President Obama does.
AKP's approach to the Islamification of Turkish daily life has been gradual and wily. The party proposed criminalizing adultery, and then withdrew the proposal. They pushed for the legalization of women wearing the headscarf, but the country's Constitutional Court ruled that a 2008 law allowing the headscarf in public universities violated the Turkish constitution's secular principles. The parliament first increased taxes on alcohol and then restricted advertising it; there is now a question of how a vaguely worded law that restricts the sale of alcohol will be interpreted. Pages 1 2 3 Next › From The National Review
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 04:47 AM PDT
Harap-harap Melayu tak mudah lupa bila Pengerusi UMNO Kedah Datuk Md Bashah Mat Hanipah buat sidang media khas membantah kewujudan pusat hiburan House Bar, Jalan Alor Mengkudu. UMNO mendesak supaya kerajaan PR Kedah menutup pusat hiburan tersebut.
Sekarang UMNO dah ada kuasa, so nak tunggu apa lagi pi tutuplah! Jangan dok bagi banyak alasan kerajaan UMNO Kedah hoiii.
Bagaimanapun rakyat Kedah bagi masa kepada UMNO Kedah untuk melaksanakan kerja penutupan semua pusat hiburan tu dalam masa 100 hari seperti yang mereka janjikan sewaktu kempen PRU lalu.
Kalau lepas 100 hari depa tak tutup jugak, maka kita turun buat demo depan Wisma Darul Aman. Kita ajak sekali Cot Salihiah, Sobri Sudin dan Mursyid Pekida... amacam, boleh? - Kedah La
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 03:28 AM PDT
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 02:51 AM PDT
Perhimpunan Aman #Blackout505 yang sebelum ini dijadual berlangsung pada 15 Jun di Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur, ditunda kepada tarikh 22 Jun depan.
Pengumuman terkini himpunan itu dibuat Ketua Pasukan #SiasatPRU13 Rafizi Ramli pada sidang media di ibu pejabat PKR di sini hari ini.
Menurut Rafizi, penundaan tarikh ini diputuskan setelah mengambil kira rayuan pihak-pihak tertentu yang mempunyai perancangan di Padang Merbok pada 15 Jun nanti.
"Permohonan kepada Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) untuk menggunakan Padang Merbok pada 22 Jun telah pun dibuat pada hari Jumaat, 7 Jun lepas iaitu dua hari selepas permohonan pertama dibuat.
"DBKL yang sebelum ini telah mengesahkan bahawa semasa permohonan dibuat pada 7 Jun, tidak ada mana-mana pihak yang membuat permohonan acara di Padang Merbok pada 22 Jun nanti," jelasnya.
Tambahnya, atas alasan yang diberikan DBKL maka tidak ada sebab untuk mereka melengah-lengahkan permohonan yang telah dihantar bagi program himpunan pada 22 Jun nanti.
Rafizi yang turut mengingatkan Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor bahawa majoriti besar rakyat di Wilayah Persekutuan adalah bersama-sama Pakatan Rakyat dan atas dasar itu beliau mengharapkan Adnan perlu menghormati hasrat rakyat Wilayah Persekutuan yang mahu berhimpun secara aman di Padang Merbok.
Beliau juga memberitahu, notis kepada pihak polis akan dibuat esok di Ibu Pejabat Daerah Dang Wangi, sepertimana yang dituntut iaitu sepuluh hari sebelum program dilakukan.
"Ini adalah ketetapan terakhir dan tidak akan ada sebarang perubahan selepas ini tidak kira apa jua alasan yang diberikan oleh DBKL.
"Himpunan ini adalah kerana kita cintakan kebenaran dan menolak penipuan pilihanraya, jadi Pakatan harap rakyat akan turun beramai-ramai pada 22 Jun nanti," katanya. -HD
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 12:36 AM PDT
As a coffee aficionado, I was thoroughly delighted when LYK sent me the following post taken from this link.
Frankly, we'll find any excuse we can to indulge in a cup of joe — or four. So when the Internet blows up with the latest medical study touting the newest health benefits of coffee, we're all ears.
The latest news? Coffee is now widely reported to reduce joint pain, especially in the wrists, hands, back, and neck. Study participants were tested doing the traditional office work after a cup of coffee (while the control had no coffee), and then self-reported a much lower intensity of pain if they had had a cup. (So if you're crouched over at a desk, like me right now, drink up.) Now, those daily Starbucks runs are justified!
But the truth is, coffee hasn't always been touted for its health benefits. The old wives' tale that it'll stunt your growth may have been debunked, but there are other drawbacks that make us question the java. Some negatives? Headaches, insomnia (a given for caffeine-aholics), heartburn, and palpitations, reports CNN. And we think it's safe to say that a milky, sugary, fatty iced coffee isn't going to do wonders for your health.
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Posted: 09 Jun 2013 11:54 PM PDT
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Posted: 09 Jun 2013 11:52 PM PDT
On one hand, Made-in-De-din (i.e., Myanmar) Doctors are a joke of a new genre who now fill university departments.
How could Burma's higher education system be producing doctors – MBBS and PhDs – these days when the State in Myanmar has has destroyed schools and universities as places where thinking is fostered as a primary goal and professionalism is pursued??
I think the Burmese PhDs would definitely do slightly better. For advanced credentials in Myanmar have long become social goods of conspicuous consumption, rather than a signifier of advanced thoughts.
What does it mean for the Burmese to be showing off their PhDs and other credentials, (home-made or acquired in the "big universities", to borrow the official wording of distinguished Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing Whitewash Commissioners' official report), over the population where 35-40% of children are in no position to go beyond the primary 5 years of formal schooling?
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 12:48 AM PDT
Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the results of the 13th general election is a message from the people that the Government must be firm, brave and strong in resolving all issues affecting the people, and that the people wanted a stronger effort from the Government to uphold the rule of law and protect the sanctity of the country's institutions.
"The people want the Government to act firmly to resolve all issues and the problems that they are facing. These are mostly related to regulations, law enforcement, crime prevention, corruption and other issues.Sorry Mr DPM, I BEG TO DIFFER!
Its more to what you had said in Muar. Of course the people wanted a stronger effort from the government in many aspect but BN government has been there since Merdeka and the style and approach did not change much although 'leaders come, leaders go'.
We have gone through a mindset revolution over the last 10 or 15 years that saw Malaysians are more responsive to whatever policy the government implemented. They are getting more abreast of the issues, be it politics, economy or social.
Our old ways of 'promising a bridge where no rivers flow' do not work anymore. We already have good and ample infrastructure although much more should be done for Sabah and Sarawak.
The rakyat wants a good government, a good governance that listen to them, not so much of granting them their wish for more schools, incentives or kampung roads but an open-minded leadership that take and weigh their good advise and proposals as how the system could be further enhanced.
The need the government to measure the characteristic of the administration by providing them with a room to 'speak up'. A benevolent government is not one that gives anything to the rakyat but one that listens and take into consideration their views and complaints.
Our 'Biro Pengaduan Awam' or Public Complaint Bureau is not functioning as it is as many major complaints about the government service were not attended to accordingly. Our senior civil servants do not usually attend to such complaints unless a VIP brings it up to respective authority or minister.
And it has been a trend among senior government officials such as secretary-generals, their deputies and others to claim success in each and every policy implemented although there are flaws and weaknesses.
I believe YAB DPM is aware of the failed 6P program under the Home Ministry about two years ago. The security element under the program was not really met as problems and issues pertaining to illegal immigrants in Malaysia still persist, and not even reduced!
However, the seniors at the ministry claimed it a total success although only 1.2 million out of the estimated 6 million foreigners in the country were registered under that 'very short' duration. When Saudi Arabia conducted a similar program in 2008 for the estimated 1.8 million foreigners, they took about 2 years to complete.
The rakyat, the people on the ground are the ones who have direct encounter with problems posed by the influx of illegal immigrants in the country, NOT those at the top. But people at the top seldom go to the ground to listen to their problems and get some leads as to how such a policy could be formulated.
We must admit the fact that things like this did adversely affect the results of May 5 general election. While the government and those at the helm of its various ministries and agencies rarely open the door to public opinion, the administration is sometimes seen as giving 'different treatment to different class of people'.
They need transparency too. Having high-ranking officers who refuse to admit mistake and weakness will add to more 'askance' towards the leadership, which in the end will translate into 'votes of distrust' in the next general election.
We also need to revamp or 'clean up' the mess at some agencies where public contracts were issued without valid tender, 'favoritism at many places' and 'cronyism' in many contracts. We cant deny this anymore.
I do not wish to touch on Umno although the party is plagued with so many teething problems. However, such problems are being swept under the carpet as an avenue to picture the party as problem-free.
There are other issues but I believe PM Najib and his Cabinet are aware of it. I agree it will not be that easy to correct such mistakes as it involves individuals but something should be done to uplift the system and the approach.
It is not a drastic and mean action to remove or reshuffle about 100 senior officers for the sake of getting a few million more votes in GE15. A 'sogososha' administration introduced by Tun Dr Mahathir in the 1980s could still be practiced.
This government is a 'kerajaan rakyat'. We need to listen to them since all policies affect their daily life and not much of the top brass.
It is our duty to provide them with the best but in order to formulate and prepare what is best for them, we should open the door for them to make suggestion and good feedback. Without the rakyat, how are we going to perform?
On corruption, which at some agencies is 'from head to toe'... I will post something about it later on. Thank you.
Posted: 09 Jun 2013 11:47 PM PDT
Ethnic Cleansing on Rohingyas Highlighted at UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
Last Thursday and Friday Ethnic Cleansing on Rohingyas in Burma become the hot issues at Geneva UN Human Rights Council. About 4 side event took place last two days.
The mission from about 20 countries was attended to the event including US Mission, UK Mission and OIC mission.
Chis Lewa highlighted Northern Arakan State situation details .Melanie Teff raised about Humanitarian aid issues Tun Khin President BROUK pinpointed about 1982 citizenship law and international community urgent action needed, Josh Lyon showed power point presentation with the pictures of How Rohingya and Kaman Muslim systematically targeted .
BROUK President Tun Khin said It was very fruitful event to lobby about 20 important missions to support international independent investigation on Arakan Violence. He also said one Year on there is no talk about safe return on Rohingyas to original place, same time facing blocking of Humanitarian aid.Eventhough international outcries on 1982 citizenship law President Then Sein Government is trying to implement by t. About 35Rohingya boatpeople left out of the country because impossible situation created by Burmese Government. Government is encouraging hatred against Rohingyas and other muslsims of Burma. Government is not protection Muslims in Burma and instigating to eliminate Muslims from Burma.
He requested to the missions immediately to discuss and intervene in these serious international crimes and send UN Observers and UN Commission of Inquiry in order to protect the lives property, honour and dignity of the vulnerable and helpless Rohingyas and other Muslims communities in their segregated displacement camps and villages and also to reveal the findings in public and bring the perpetrators to Justice. resolution. He also urged to include UN Commission of Inquiry current UN Human Right Council Session.
On Thursday evening Joint Lobby group held a press conference in Geneva Press Club.
BROUK President was invited to speak on Friday at UN Panel Discussion on the problem of Statelessness and its sever impact on Human Rights. Mark Manly , Head of Statelessness Unit,UNHCR , Lilianna Gamboa Cordinator of Open Society Justtice Intitiative , Zahara Albarazi Resercher from Tilburg University joined. The event was moderated by Deputy Chief of Mission to the UN in Geneva.
BROUK President highlighted incompatibility of the Burmese Citizenship Law 1982 with Inrternational Human Rights Law. He also mentioned about Rohingya existence in Burma since early 7th Century A.D and how Rohingya ethnic rights and citizenship rights were stripped of By Burmese Government .All Rohingyas want to live peacefully in their own country by restoring their ethnic Rights and citizenship rights in Burma.
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