Wednesday, 1 July 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
Indonesia to suspend sending domestic helpers to Malaysia
Indonesia will temporarily suspend sending domestic helpers to Malaysia amid outrage over the abuse of its nationals by their employers, the labour minister said Thursday.
"We will temporarily stop sending domestic helpers to Malaysia as we wait for the completion of a review on (the current) Memorandum of Understanding," Erman Suparno told reporters, adding the suspension was effective from Friday.
It will last at least until meetings between Indonesian and Malaysian officials in Kuala Lumpur in mid-July to discuss a new agreement on migrant workers, Suparno said.
Indonesia has proposed that domestic helpers be protected from non-payment of wages and poor conditions and be ensured of the right to days off and holidays, Suparno said.
"Domestic workers should also be able to hold on to their passports," he said.
"If our demands are not fulfilled and not guaranteed in the MoU, we will not continue (sending workers)," Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Da'i Bachtiar said.
Malaysia has no laws governing conditions for domestic workers but the government has promised to draft legislation to protect them from sexual harassment, non-payment of wages and poor conditions.
Malaysia is home to some 1.2 million documented Indonesian workers, as well as about 800,000 Indonesians working there illegally.
Cases of abuse of maids at the hands of Malaysian bosses are a frequent source of outrage in Indonesia, contributing to often prickly relations between the two countries.
A 43-year-old Malaysian woman was charged last week with causing grievous bodily harm to a 33-year-old Indonesian domestic helper by allegedly beating her with a cane and dousing her with boiling water.
A Malaysian former flight attendant was also sentenced in November to 18 years in jail for using an iron and scalding water to inflict horrific wounds on her maid.
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Source: MSN news
The introduction to his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame entry seemed apt as a global audience followed reports of his hospitalization and then death:
"Michael Jackson is a singer, songwriter, dancer and celebrity icon with a vast catalog of hit records and countless awards to his credit. Beyond that, he has transfixed the world like few entertainers before or since. As a solo performer, he has enjoyed a level of superstardom previously known only to Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Frank Sinatra."
John Rockwell, the music critic of The Times, cited Mr. Jackson's musical and cultural influence in a 1982 review of the album "Thriller," calling it "a wonderful pop record, the latest statement by one of the great singers in popular music today." But it was more than that, he contended: "It is as hopeful a sign as we have had yet that the destructive barriers that spring up regularly between white and black music -- and between whites and blacks -- in this culture may be breached once again. Most important of all, it is another signpost on the road to Michael Jackson's own artistic fulfillment."
Mr. Jackson was born in Gary, Ind., on Aug. 29, 1958 and began performing professionally at age 5, joining his three older brothers in a group that their father, Joe, a steelworker, had organized the previous year. In 1968 the group, now five strong and known as the Jackson 5, was signed by Motown Records.
Source: The New York Times Friday June 26, 2009
Friday, 5 June 2009
Malaysia palace says sex allegations 'a private affair'
Malaysian royals have described allegations by a teenage US-Indonesian model that she was raped and abused by her Malaysian prince husband as "a private affair" between the couple.
Manohara Odelia Pinot, 17, Monday told reporters she was treated like a sex slave after her marriage last year to Tengku Temenggong Mohammad Fakhry, the prince of Kelantan state.
She escaped the prince's guards at a Singapore hotel and returned to her family in Indonesia with tales of abuse, rape and torture at the hands of the prince.
In its first comments on the matter, palace coordinator Abdul Halim Hamad said "the Kelantan palace authorities are watching and studying this issue and until now consider it as a private affair of a husband and wife that needs to be settled through the provisions of the law."
Abdul Halim in a statement Wednesday also said that all the remarks made by Mohamad Soberi Shafli, a friend of the prince, reflected his personal views only.
Soberi had said the ex-model was allowed to leave voluntarily and blamed her mother for influencing her to make up stories about the prince.
Her mother, Daisy Fajarina, said she would press charges against the 31-year-old prince, and accused the Malaysian and Indonesian governments for trying to cover up the alleged abuse.
"Manohara has suffered physical abuse. She's got several razor cuts on her chest," Fajarina told AFP on Monday.
The teenager -- whose fairy-tale wedding to a prince captured the imagination of Indonesia -- said she would be tortured if she did not appear to be happy when she attended social functions with Fakhry.
She said she secretly called Singaporean police and pleaded for help after the royal family took her to Singapore when they accompanied Fakhry's father, Sultan Ismail Petra Shah II, for medical treatment.
"The police told Fakhry that he would be held in jail if he did not let me go. No one could force me against my will in Singapore and I knew I had a chance to escape," she said.
Malaysia's royal rulers used to enjoy immunity from criminal and civil charges but the privilege was removed in 1993.
Manohara's lawyer, Yuri Darmas, said his client would have a medical examination to back up her allegations of abuse, adding that he intended to pursue criminal and civil lawsuits against the prince.
Manohara has already filed for divorce, her mother said.
Hati Awang semakin hari semakin ditoreh-toreh oleh tuntutan pelbagai pihak bukan Melayu yang bersikap terlalu rasis selepas Pilihan Raya Umum ke-12. Kita boleh tafsir apa sebabnya. Awang tidak mahu mengulas panjang kali ini, cukup sekadar disiarkan semula petikan kenyataan seorang pemimpin MCA, Tun Tan Siew Sin pada 30 April 1969 (dipetik daripada buku Khalid Awang Osman dan pernah diulas Ridhuan Tee Abdullah) untuk renungan kita semua.
''Orang Melayu menerusi UMNO bermurah hati melonggarkan syarat-syarat dalam undang-undang negara ini sehinggakan dalam masa 12 bulan selepas kemerdekaan, 90 peratus penduduk bukan Melayu menjadi warganegara. Ini berbeza dengan keadaan sebelum merdeka di mana 90 peratus daripada mereka masih tidak diiktiraf sebagai rakyat Tanah Melayu walaupun hampir 100 tahun hidup di bawah pemerintahan penjajah. Sebagai membalas kemurahan hati orang Melayu, MCA dan MIC bersetuju meneruskan dasar memelihara dan menghormati kedudukan istimewa orang Melayu dan dalam masa yang sama mempertahankan kepentingan-kepentingan sah kaum lain''.
Sebelum itu, seorang pemimpin MIC Tun V.T Sambanthan pada 1 Jun 1965 pernah berkata: ''Pada tahun 1955 kita telah memenangi pilihan raya dengan majoriti yang tinggi, selanjutnya mendapat kemerdekaan dalam masa dua tahun kemudian. Dalam jangka masa itu, kita terpaksa berbincang dan menangani pelbagai perkara termasuk soal kewarganegaraan. Persoalannya di sini, apakah yang dilakukan oleh orang Melayu memandangkan kita bercakap menyentuh perkauman? Apakah yang dilakukan oleh pemimpin-pemimpin Melayu? Mereka mempunyai 88 peratus daripada pengundi menyokong mereka.
Apakah yang mereka putuskan mengenai isu kewarganegaraan? ''Jika kita lihat di serata negara Asia dan Asia Timur, kita akan mendapati kaum India tidak akan diterima di Ceylon dan juga tidak diterima di Burma. Sama halnya dengan kaum Cina, mereka tidak diterima di Thailand, Vietnam, Kemboja dan di negara-negara lain. Apakah bantuan berhubung kewarganegaraan yang mereka peroleh di semua wilayah tersebut?
"Di Burma, seperti yang kita semua sedia maklum, kaum India telah diusir keluar, di Ceylon mereka tidak diberikan taraf warganegara seperti juga di Burma. Saya tahu dan anda juga tahu. Apa yang sedang berlaku di Malaya? Di sini kita mendapati pemimpin Melayu berkata, ''Kita akan menerima mereka sebagai saudara, kita akan berikan mereka sepenuh peluang untuk meneruskan kehidupan di negara ini, kita akan beri mereka peluang untuk menjadi warganegara''. Seterusnya pada tahun 1957, dengan tidak mengambil kira kebolehan berbahasa (Melayu) ribuan orang India, Cina dan Ceylon menjadi warganegara. Seperti yang saya nyatakan, saya amat bernasib baik kerana dilahirkan di negara ini. Di manakah anda boleh berjumpa bangsa yang lebih prihatin, bersopan-santun dan tertib selain daripada bangsa Melayu. Di manakah anda boleh mendapat layanan politik yang baik untuk kaum pendatang? Di manakah dalam sejarah dunia? Saya bertanya kepada anda. Ini adalah fakta. Siapakah anda untuk menjaga keselamatan kami? Saya adalah kalangan 10 peratus kaum minoriti di sini. Tetapi saya amat gembira di sini.''
Persoalannya, kini apakah pengorbanan Melayu dikhianati oleh kaum lain?
disiarkan 5 Jun 2009 / 11 Jamadil Akhir 1430
Sumber: Utusan Malaysia
Monday, 11 May 2009
Malaysian court rebuffs govt in tussle over northern state
Malaysia's ruling coalition was dealt a major blow Monday when a court ruled that its takeover of a northern state was illegal and that the opposition was still in charge.
Perak state has been in political limbo since February, when the Barisan Nasional coalition, which rules nationally, tried to oust the Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance which won the state in elections last year.
After defections cost the opposition its balance of power, the coalition ruled out holding fresh polls and installed its own leadership, a move which triggered brawling and protests at the state assembly last week.
However, High Court Justice Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim ruled Monday that the Pakatan Rakyat Chief Minister Nizar Jamaluddin was still the rightful ruler despite being sacked by the state's sultan.
"He is, and was, at all material times the chief minister of Perak," Abdul Aziz told the court, saying that Nizar could only be dismissed by a vote of no confidence in the assembly.
Nizar, who had been forced to vacate his office and official residence, said the opposition would meet with the sultan and ask him to dissolve the assembly to pave the way for fresh elections to end the unseemly power struggle.
"It is an historic day for all who love democracy and will be remembered for years and years to come," he said in a statement.
The Star daily's website cited an aide to Zambry Abdul Kadir, who was sworn in as the new state leader, as saying that the Barisan Nasional would respect the decision and vacate their government offices immediately.
Political pundits say that Pakatak Rakyat has a very good chance of reclaiming the state in new polls.
A defeat would be another humiliation for the Barisan Nasional which suffered unprecedented losses in general elections a year ago, and has lost a string of by-elections since then.
The Pakatan Rakyat won five states and a third of parliamentary seats in the March 2008 polls -- its best performance since independence half a century ago -- and another victory in Perak will help it maintain momentum.
Husam Musa, vice-president of the Islamic party PAS which is a member of the opposition alliance, said he hoped the Perak sultan would now give his consent for new polls.
"It is not about whether we are confident of winning the state again or not but it is a matter of principle for us to go back to the voters to resolve the political impasse that has existed for the past three months," he told AFP.
There were chaotic scenes in the Perak state capital Ipoh last Thursday as the assembly convened for the first time since February. Legislators scuffled and hurled insults while dozens of protesters were arrested outside.
The opposition's speaker, V. Sivakumar, was forcibly removed from his chair and dragged out of the parliament, triggering a melee as opposition legislators tried to shield him.
Source: MSN News
Friday, 8 May 2009
Kondisi puak Melayu yang mempunyai sejarah integritas baik dalam bidang politik, budaya maupun ekonomi telah mengalami kemunduran. Wilayah yang tadinya dikenal sebagai pusat Melayu dan konsentrasi Melayu secara perlahan diambil alih oleh pelaku politik, ekonomi dan budaya dari dunia luar Melayu.
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Friday, 1 May 2009
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- Seminar dan Dialog Adat 30 Mei 2009 Ketapang
- Jemputan Pernikahan dan Resepsi Perkahwinan Putri Dato Kyai Mangku Negeri H.Morkes Effendi S, Pd.MH 30-31 Mei 2009
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009
A Malay-language Bible that does not use the word "Allah" has caused controversy among Malaysian Catholics, as the church here fights a court case to guarantee its right to use the word.
The Catholic Herald newspaper, in its Sunday edition, criticised the release this week at an international bookfair of the new Bible, which uses the Hebrew word "Elohim" instead of "Allah" for God.
"The Catholic bible that the church uses has the word 'Allah' for God whereas in comparison, this one does not," the paper's editor Father Lawrence Andrew told AFP.
"The new Malay bible weakens the argument for using the word Allah because some groups are trying to substitute God with a foreign name, whereas Allah is the Malay word for God and has been the accepted translation for centuries," he said.
"The publishers have copied substantially from the Indonesian bible which was approved by the Indonesian Bible Society and the Catholic Church but this new version has not been approved by the society or the church in Indonesia or here."
The publishers of the bible could not be reached for comment.
The Catholic Church has taken legal action against the government after it was ordered not to use the disputed word under threat of having its paper's publishing permit revoked.
Malaysian authorities argue the word should be used only by Muslims, who form the bulk of the country's multicultural population.
Andrew said Malaysian Christians have been using the word "Allah" for centuries in translations of the Bible, and in popular prayers. The opposition has also called for the ban to be revoked.
"The term 'Allah' has been used in Indonesia and the Middle East by Christians without prosecution or controversy, despite both being overwhelmingly Muslim-majority regions," opposition lawmaker Tony Pua said.
"It has been proven beyond doubt that it is not a term specifically monopolised only by Muslims," he said in a statement Saturday.
A court is expected to decide on May 28 whether the Church has the right to use the word.
Around 60 percent of Malaysia's 27 million people are Muslim Malays. The rest includes indigenous tribes, as well as ethnic Chinese and Indians, variously practising Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism, among others.
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Kerana Nila Setitik Susu Rosak Sebelanga: Laporan Dari Jakarta Yang Boleh Merosakkan Imej Seluruh Malaysia
Model Diduga Diculik Anak Raja Kelantan Ibu Lapor ke Mabes Polri dan Dubes RI (Tajuk Asal)
JAKARTA – Manohara Odelia Pinot, model terpilih 100 pesona Indonesia di Herper’s Bazaar Magazine, diduga diculik putra raja Kelantan, Malaysia. Hal tersebut dituturkan ibunda Manohara, Daisy Fajarina, 44, yang tak sanggup lagi menahan kerinduan bertemu Manohara.
Didampingi putri pertamanya, Dewi Sari Asih (kakak Manohara), Daisy menceritakan, musibah keluarganya itu bermula dari perkenalan Manohara dengan putra raja Kelantan Tengku Muhammad Fakhry pada sebuah jamuan makan malam di Prancis, 2004.
"Saya barangkali adalah ibu paling bodoh di dunia. Naluri saya sebagai ibu benar-benar tidak bekerja. Saya kira dia orang baik,’’ tuturnya saat ditemui di Rumah Makan Ampera, Jakarta Selatan, kemarin (20/4).
Saat itu, keluarga Daisy memang masih berdomisili di Prancis. Dalam acara tersebut, turut hadir pejabat tinggi Malaysia. Di antaranya, Wakil Perdana Menteri Malaysia Najib Razak (kini PM) dan keluarga Kerajaan Kelantan, Malaysia. Saat itulah, kata Daisy, Fakhry yang berumur 26 tahun tersebut kepincut pada Manohara yang baru berumur 14 tahun.
Alih-alih mendekati Manohara, Fakhry merapat ke Daisy. Dia meminta izin untuk membina hubungan dekat dengan putri kedua Daisy tersebut. Bahkan, dia meminta nomor ponsel Daisy dan Manohara.
Daisy terkejut dengan adat yang dipamerkan Fakhry. Cara pendekatan yang dilakukan sangat sopan dan beradab. Dia pun tak berkeberatan putra ketiga raja Kelantan itu mendekati putrinya yang beranjak dewasa. Apalagi, sejak pertemuan tersebut, Daisy kerap menerima SMS Fakhry yang ingin menjadikan Manohara sebagai pendamping.
Tampaknya, perilaku sopan Fakhry itu tak sebanding dengan kelakuannya. Hubungan Manohara dengan Fakhry terlalu jauh berjalan. Bahkan, akhir 2007, Manohara mengaku kepada Daisy bahwa Fakhry telah merenggut kegadisannya. ’’Tapi, kata Manohara, Fakhry mau bertanggung jawab,’’ tuturnya. Daisy pun tak jadi marah.
Akhirnya, 17 Agustus 2008, mereka diundang ke Kelantan, Malaysia. Daisy mengira acara tersebut adalah sekadar bersilaturahmi serta dalam rangka memperkenalkan Manohara kepada ayah dan ibunda Fakhry, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra. Tampaknya, raja Kelantan memaksa agar Manohara dan Fakhry dinikahkan. Kemudian, oleh mufti (ketua agama) ditentukan pernikahan digelar pada 26 Agustus 2008.
Daisy awalnya menolak. Sebab, dirinya masih harus mengurus surat-surat dan membicarakannya dengan keluarga di Indonesia. ’’Saya tidak bisa berbuat apa-apa. Orang-orang sana bilang, kalau raja sudah meminta, tidak bisa ditolak. Harus dijawab ya. Akhirnya, saya setuju. Dengan catatan, nanti mengadakan pesta pernikahan juga di Indonesia,’’ katanya. Pihak kerajaan menyanggupi.
Namun, setelah ditunggu beberapa lama, tak ada konfirmasi. Tak ada gelagat pihak kerajaan ingin mengadakan acara itu di Indonesia. Daisy dan keluarga pun kembali ke Indonesia.
Akhir 2008, Manohara kabur dari Malaysia. Dia pulang ke Indonesia. Kepada ibunya, dia mengaku diperlakukan tidak baik dan mengancam tak mau balik selama Fakhry tidak meminta maaf.
Apa saja perlakukan itu? Dewi menuturkan, perilaku Fakhry sangat kasar. Ketika Manohara sedang berhalangan melayani hubungan intim, Fakhry marah-marah. Dia bahkan menghardik istrinya itu untuk tidak tidur di kamar Fakhry.
Hingga Februari 2009, Manohara tetap tak mau balik. Keluarga kerajaan terus berupaya membujuk. Saat ulang tahun ke-17, 25 Februari 2009, Manohara dihadiahi mobil. Bahkan, 9 Maret lalu, mereka diajak umrah sekeluarga. Keluarga pun luluh. ’’Ya kami menghargai. Berarti, mereka memang punya niat baik,’’ katanya.
Setelah menunaikan umrah, pihak kerajaan menginginkan dalam perjalanan pulang mampir ke Malaysia. Daisy tak curiga. Sebab, mereka sudah berjanji mengadakan pernikahan di Malaysia. Tapi, di situlah malapetaka bermula.
Saat berangkat ke bandara, Daisy dan Manohara ditempatkan dalam kendaraan berbeda. Begitu tiba di sebuah bandara khusus, Manohara langsung dinaikkan pesawat. Daisy dan Dewi yang ingin menyusul tak bisa. Mereka langsung ditinggal.
Daisy mencatat, Manohara dibawa pergi naik pesawat jet Challenger 300 milik Berjaya Air, Aircraft Reg 9MTAN. ’’Saya tidak mengira mereka sanggup melakukan hal yang tidak manusiawi,’’ tegasnya.
Sejak saat itu, Manohara tak pernah kontak dengan Daisy. Bahkan, nama Daisy dan keluarganya masuk dalam daftar cekal kedatangan ke Malaysia. Pada 23 Maret 2009, Daisy melapor ke Direktorat Perlindungan WNI dan Badan Hukum Indonesia Deplu.
Dia juga sudah mengajukan permohonan tertulis kepada raja Kelantan, tapi tak ada respons sampai sekarang. ’’Saya juga sudah melapor ke Kedutaan Besar Indonesia di Malaysia, bahkan sudah ketemu Pak Da’i Bachtiar (duta besar Indonesia untuk Malaysia, Red). Juga sudah melapor ke Mabes Polri. Tapi, mereka seperti tidak bisa berbuat apa-apa,’’ ujar Daisy meratap. Tangannya terus menggenggam erat tangan Dewi.
Saat dikonfirmasi soal pengakuan Daisy tersebut, Mabes Polri dan KBRI menolak menanggapi. Mereka menjanjikan baru hari ini akan mengecek laporan yang masuk dan mempelajarinya. (aga/kim)
aji Selasa, 21 April 2009 , 10:20:24
kalo sudah begini memang agak repot, saya sarankan kepihak keluarga agar lebih banyak berdoa terutama untuk manohara agar selalu dalam lindunganNya, semua manusia terlebih kita bukan Nabi dan RosulNya, pasti banyak kesalahan dan kedholiman, jadi bukan karena masih keturunan darah biru lalu prilakunya baik, itu ngak ada jaminan
ROBERT WONG Selasa, 21 April 2009 , 10:20:24
Sudah saatnya kita harus membalas perbuatan org2 malaysia yg berbuat tidak manusiawi! Percuma saja punya gelar bangsawan MELAYU bikin org indon susah!Makanya jgn mau tergoda ringgitnya! Ujung2nya KDRT yg didapat,mestinya kalau seorg ibu mesti jeli dan jgn mau gigombalin seperti pangeran tak becus dikelantan!Bayangin isu2 pembunuhan model asal mongolia aja yg dituduhkan perdana menteri baru skrg aja jadi gak jelas perkaranya di malaysia!Begitukah negara yg didengungkan akan budaya yg soleh berbuat sedemikian rupa?Dan memaksakan kehendak,merasa diatas kekuasaan?Mestinya pemerintah SBY proaktif menelusuri peristiwa yg mengharukan warga kita indon,mana wewenanng deplu dan kerjaanya apa?Kalau gak bisa membela hak rakyat di negeri org lebih baik putus hubungan bilateral aja dari pada warga indon yg selalu mejadi tumbal kebiadapan warga malaysia/MelayuMasalah ini harus dicermati pemerintah indon karena sudah menjadi konsumsi media nasional
PUTERA SINGKAWANG Selasa, 21 April 2009 , 10:20:24
Nga salah lg di tahun 1965 presiden soekarno pernah mengumandangkan GANYANG MALAYSIA,apa yg di katakan presiden R.I pertama itu benar ada nya, MALAYSIA adalah antek2 na kolonialisme barat. org indo selalu jd korban dari kebiadaban negeri melayu itu terutama para TKI baik yg resmi maupun illegal. masalah pulau sebatik,ambalat,perbatasan semua nya masalah yg sengaja di lakukan pihak malaysia terhadap indo. di mana wibawa negeri kita? di obok2 ma tetangga? dan kasus terbaru skrg penculikan manohara warga indo oleh pihak kerajaan kelantan,saya harap presiden SBY cpt menanggapi masalah ini pa bila tdk maka pemerintah malaysia akan meremehkan indonesia. selama ini malaysia hanya mengangap indo itu ga bearti apa2. dulu saya jg pernah ke malaysia,pas ampe di imigrasi saya di interogasi habis2an kt nya org indo itu pendatang haram jd hrs di periksa sebenar2nya,alangkah terkejutnya wkt itu saya, padahal saya ke sana hanya sekedar jalan2,malah di tuduh pendatang illegal.
Dr Hasmadi Mois Selasa, 21 April 2009 , 10:20:24
Saya tidak setuju dengan pandangan rakan bernama Putera Singkawang yang mempersalahkan semua orang Malaysia gara-gara seorang putera raja dari Kelantan. Warga Malaysia yang punya nenek dari Sambas, Kalimantan Barat seperti saya tidak terlibat dengan angkara anak raja yang tertuduh! Bagaimana seluruh orang Malaysia bisa dipersalahkan hanya kerana seorang manusia bergelar anak raja! Apa rasional dan logika yang kamu pakai menuduh semua warga Malaysia terlibat dalam kasus ini? Kalau kamu orang Islam kamu harus bertaubat kerana kamu buruk sangka. Baca kitab agama kamu.
Source: Pontianak Post Online
Sunday, 19 April 2009
PONTIANAK – Pembangunan jembatan Tayan akan mempercepat akses hubungan darat ke arah selatan dan timur Kalimantan Barat. Anggota Komisi C DPRD Kalbar Harry Tri Yoga kemarin di Pontianak mengatakan terbangunnya jembatan penghubung antara Sanggau dan Ketapang ini mempercepat terbukanya jalur ke Kalimantan Tengah.“Kalbar sangat lamban terhubung dengan provinsi di pulau yang sama. Sedangkan Kaltim, Kalteng dan Kalsel sudah sejak lama terhubung melalui akses angkutan darat,” ungkapnya.
Thursday, 9 April 2009
He said the result went to show that "Sarawakians want Sarawakians to control Sarawak affairs" and to remind Peninsular-based opposition parties like the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) was not welcomed into the State.
"This is a message to PKR from the people here that we know what to do here and please don't come," said Dr Masing, who is also the Sarawak Land Development Minister.
Blogger's Comments: When Datuk Stephen Kalong Ningkan and many of his Iban colleagues shouted slogans like "Sarawak for Sarawakians" between 1963-1966 they caused a lot of discomfort and displeasure amongst the top UMNO leaders in the federal capital of Kuala Lumpur.
Sarawak celebrated its 45th independence anniversary last year, 2008 accompanied by a full cultural celebration and symposium this year, 2009. One would expect that after 45 years of independence within Malaysia there should be some sense of nationhood amongst the various peoples of Malaysia either in Peninsular or the two Malaysian states of Borneo. Datuk Seri Dr James Jemut Masing's remarks after the Batang Ai's by-election in Sarawak clearly shows that quite a few of our community or political leaders in Sarawak have a lot to learn about nation-building and the need to be careful with their comments pertaining to relations between Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak.
Political remarks made Dr James Masing should not be made at all because they smack of parochialism and worst, bordering on communalism. It is like telling West Malaysians or Semenanjung people to go home! This kind of political behaviour is not good for nation-building and most of all for Malaysia. In fact this is totally against Dr Mahathir Mohamed's policy of "National Integration". As an-ANU trained anthropologist Dr Masing should know the implications of the remarks that he made on national integration and Malaysian federalism. He should not have been too emotional about the BN election victory in Lubok Antu, Sarawak. He could have exercised some caution and shown that he is a well-trained anthropologist and most mindful of the words that he chooses and the remarks that he makes. After all he had been trained to understand concepts like prejudice, ethnocentrism, regionalism and racism. He could have shown that he had inherited some good elements of British training while he was reading for social anthropology at ANU. He could have been a gentleman and gracious in victory. After all BN already won big, right?
While I was teaching in Bangi a number of MALAY colleagues in my former department talked fondly of many Iban scholars like Dr Peter M Kedit (anthropologist), Dr Jayum Jawan (political scientist) and also James Jemut Masing. Since a couple of our colleagues were trained in Australia and two in Australian National University we also talked with a great deal of appreciation and pride in James Jemut Masing's performance in ANU and we all wished him well and success with his PhD supervised by the late Prof. Derek Freeman, the great Iban expert who had carried out the most outstanding study on the Iban commissioned by the British colonial government. This world is quite small Dr James Masing and people could almost listen to the tick in anybody's heart miles away. The distance between Kuching and Kuala Lumpur is only one hour and 45 minutes flight away, almost the same distance as KL and Malacca or KL and Ipoh, Perak by PLUS.
Why Masing should not have made the remarks that he had? If Dr James Jemut Masing had been reading the newspapers well, he should have known and realized that there are about 30,000 Ibans in the state of Johor alone! That's the number of Ibans who had migrated to the Peninsular Malaysian state of Johor. We have not counted the number of Ibans who are working and living in states like Selangor, Perak and etc. Have we heard or read any of the Malay or non-Malay leaders in Johor or the Malay and non-Malay leaders from the opposition parties like PAS,PKR and DAP calling on members of the Iban community in Johor or other Peninsular Malaysian states to "go back to Sarawak"?
Think and think again Dr James Jemut Masing. You are one of the most highly educated Iban leaders around and you should speak more as a true Malaysian and not talk like a simple-minded and petty parochial politician. Show all Malaysians that you are a qualified PhD in Social Anthropology. In the past we used to have a few Iban leaders who were very anti-Semenanjung while they were working and politically struggling in Sarawak. But, when these leaders managed to establish themselves in Kuala Lumpur they became quite meek and found it difficult to remember even the names of their own kampungs and the foods they used to eat in Sarawak ...
LUBOK ANTU, April 7 (Bernama) -- Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Datuk Seri Dr James Jemut Masing has described the bigger majority secured by Barisan Nasional (BN) in the Batang Ai by-election as a sign that the voters in the state constituency reject PKR's brand of politics.
He said the result went to show that "Sarawakians want Sarawakians to control Sarawak affairs" and to remind Peninsular-based opposition parties like the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) was not welcomed into the State.
"This is a message to PKR from the people here that we know what to do here and please don't come," said Dr Masing, who is also the Sarawak Land Development Minister.
Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, meanwhile, said the result had shown the maturity of the people in Batang Ai to distinguish between the truth told by BN and the lies spread by PKR.
"They (PKR) had been boasting before that the Dayaks will reject BN in particular our state leadership. Now (the outcome of the by-election) even Dayaks in the rural areas had rejected them, instead," he added.
Abang Johari, who is also the state's Housing Minister, said despite being bombarded with false propaganda by the opposition, more voters had rallied behind Barisan Nasional to allow the governing coalition to win with a big majority.
PBB's senior vice-president Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, meanwhile, said winning the by-election was "very significant" for BN and showed that PKR had no place in the state.
Awang Tengah, who is also the state Second Resource Planning and Management Minister, had assured that pledges that had been made by BN were not mere promises during the campaigning period but would definitely be undertaken.
"In fact, several projects being highlighted during the campaign had already taken off and in the process of being completed," he added.
He said that the result tonight also reflected the constituents' positive response to his call for them to give BN the victory as a gift to the newly-elected Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak.
"It went to show that by giving the victory to Barisan Nasional, they wanted more development to take place in Batang Ai," he added.
Meanwhile, PKR state assemblyman for Padungan, Dominique Ng was disappointed by the result and disputed the way the Election Commission handled the by-election.
He added that PKR had learnt a valuable lesson from contesting for the first time in an Iban-dominated constituency and said that it would not be the end of their attempts to strengthen their footing in Sarawak.
On the absence of their candidate Jawah Gerang during the announcement of the result, Ng said that the five-term Lubok Antu Member of Parliament could not be contacted.
"Maybe he is taking it (the result) a bit more (badly) than usual because this is the first time that he lost (in an election). I'm a veteran of several losses and so I can take it (the defeat) slightly better," he added.
Sarawak United People's Party deputy secretary-general Datuk Francis Harden described Mussen's victory as a victory of the people.
"It also shows the real team work of the Barisan Nasional in wanting a BN victory.
"We are very happy that not only the majority Iban supported Mussen but the minority urban Malays and Chinese in Batang Ai are throwing in their valuable support as well," he said.
Francis said they did this because they knew only the BN could deliver while the PKR could only instigate, incite and blame others for their own shortcomings.
He also said as a state assemblyman from a neighbouring constituency in the Sri Aman Division, he was looking forward to working with Mussen to chart out more development and progress for it.
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
By Republika Newsroom
Minggu, 05 April 2009 pukul 16:40:00
GRESIK--Bencana sosial dan alam yang kerap terjadi hampir semua propinsi di Indonesia, melengkapi fenomena korupsi yang menjadi penyakit sosial akut di berbagai lapisan birokrasi dan parlemen di pemerintahan. Sedangkan penurunan angka kemiskinan terjadi karena banyaknya bencana sejak pemerintahan Susilo Bambang Ydhoyono (SBY) memimpin.
Demikian disampaikan oleh Ketua Umum DPP PKNU Choirul Anam saat kampanye terakhirnya di Kabupaten Gresik
"Kemiskinan menurun bukan karena orang miskin menjadi kaya, tetapi penduduk miskin berkurang karena terlalu banyak yang menjadi korban bencana yang datang bertubi-tubi. Yang baru saja terjadi bencana Situ Gintung di Tangerang-Banten ratusan rakyat miskin meninggal, belum gempa di Papua, Tsunami di Aceh dan bencana yang tidak sempat kami hitung," ungkap Choirul Anam dalam kapanyenya terakhir di Lapangan Sekarkurung Gresik Ahad (5/4)
Sementara korupsi yang telah menjalar di seluruh lapisan pejabat tingkat atas hingga anggota parlemen turut andil menambah jumlah kemiskinan. Uang rakyat diambil untuk kepentingan kelompok dan perutnya sendiri.
"Mereka tidak mewakili rakyat, tetapi mereka hanya mengencangkan perutnya sendiri dan kelompoknya. Sudah berapa anggota DPR yang di tangkap KPK. Perilaku para wakil rakyat ini juga memperparah kemiskinan, karena mereka memakan uang negara ratusan miliar rupiah," jelas mantan Ketua DPW PKB Jatim ini
Ini terjadi lantaran pemerintahan meninggalkan ulama, tidak pernah melibatkan ulama untuk memecahkan persoalan bangsa, membiarkan aliran sesat merajalela hingga menimbulkan kecemasan ummat Islam yang benar-benar menjalankan syariat.
"Dari keperiahtinan ini pulalah PKNU dibangkitkan oleh ulama untuk ikut menyelesaikan persoalan bangsa yang selalu dilanda musibah. Sesungguhnya bencanalah yang menurunkan kemiskinan bangsa ini," tandasnya
PKNU tambah Anam bersama ulama dalam pileg ini dengan para utusanya nanti (anggota DPR dari PKNU) akan turut memperjuangkan anggaran pendidikan untuk madrasah dan diniyah pada APBN, karena pemerintah dinilai tidak adil. Alasanya, anggaran 20 persen dari APBN untuk pendidikan hanya diperuntukan sekolah-sekolah yang diurus negara.
"Madarasah juga ikut mencerdaskan bangsa yang akan melahirkan generasi yang berahlak dan bermartabat. tetapi pemerintah tidak pernah memandang madarasah sebagai institusi pendidikan yang mendidik generasi penerus bangsa," cetus Anam. -uki/ahi
Source: Republika Online
Monday, 6 April 2009
LUBOK ANTU, April 5 (Bernama) -- Julau Division Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chairman Dr. Ambrose Labang Jamba, his deputy, secretary and committee member, today announced their resignation from the party.
He made the announcement at the Barisan Nasional (BN) Operations Centre in front of Deputy Water, Energy and Communication Minister Datuk Joseph Salang who is also Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Information chief and Julau member of parliament.
Ambrose, 56, was accompanied by his deputy Wong Kee Kai, secretary Kajang Unan and committee member Kundi Untung.
Speaking to reporters later he said they had decided to leave because PKR would never be able to carry out development programmes or help the people, especially those in rural areas.
"The people in rural areas still need the BN government as such they should not waste their time anymore with PKR.
"I would like to call on voters in Batang Ai to pick BN candidate in the by-election. We must go to the government as we still need development," he said.
Ambrose a former principal assistant secretary in the Chief Minister's Department (Audit and Human Resources Department) had been with the party for two years.
In the last parliamentary election, Ambrose who had also served as Julau district officer during his 30-year civil service, stood as PKR candidate in the Julau Constituency but lost to Salang.
In the 2006 state election, he also stood as an independent candidate against Wong Judat (BN/SPDP) in the Meluan state seat and lost.
Meanwhile, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) President Datuk Sri Dr James Jamut Masing warned PKR against using antagonistic style of campaigning in Sarawak.
"In any previous elections held in Sarawak, there had never been incidents of violence or antagonism like destroying or damaging posters like what had happened in Batang Ai when opposition supporters damaged BN posters.
"I would like to remind PKR to stop resorting to such action as it is not our culture to introduce violence or antagonism while campaigning," he told reporters when met at the Lubok Antu Sports Complex here today.
Masing said following the incident, PRS had lodged a police report and hoped police would conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.
The Batang Ai by-election, held simultaneously with Bukit Gantang (Perak) and Bukit Selambau (Kedah) on Tuesday, will see a straight fight between BN's Malcolm Mussen Lamoh and PKR's Jawah Gerang.
Batang Ai has 8,006 registered voters who are expected to cast their votes at 26 polling stations identified by the Election Commission.
Comments: What is reported by Bernama proves that the Malaysian political phenomenon most often described in Malay as lompat parti or Manglish as "frogging" has a strong tendency to happen just a day or few days before any election or by-election. In Sarawak this tendency is best exemplified by the above case and this has become a regular feature in any state or federal-level election in that state. The excuse or rationale for leaving the former parties are more or less the same year in and year out. It shows a great amount of parroting and almost zero amount of ingenuity. This especial Malaysian politico-cultural phenomenon reflects a certain amount of climatic, ecological, cultural, psychological and large amount of material (economic) influence on the politicians unpredictable political behaviour. Medical anthropologists in Malaysia are yet to make some kind of study whether this strange politico-cultural behaviour is affected by nutritional intake, deficiency or the kinds of food that constitute local diet. It could also be the effect of local sorcery and magic...
Monday, 30 March 2009
The Japan Times Online
Supporting single mothers
As the economy worsens, some people will suffer more than others. For the first time ever, the number of Japanese single mothers receiving child-care allowances to supplement their low income has topped 1 million, the health and welfare ministry reported in March. These single-mother households greatly need additional help: Their income is stuck at 40 percent of the national average.
The 1-million-plus total, of course, involves not just mothers, but 1 million-plus children as well. Nearly 90 percent of these mothers became single through divorce, which may indicate some degree of outside child support, but not enough. And since the allowances are paid in accordance with the previous year's income, the figures do not reflect the real current situation as affected by an economy that started declining last fall.
These million-plus children need assistance as protection from the worst effects of the economic recession. With the right assistance, the damage from this recession can at least partially be contained within this one generation. If the government can afford lump-sum payments to all citizens to stimulate the economy, surely it can afford to increase the meager ¥42,000 monthly allowance for low-income single-mother families.
Money, of course, is not the only solution. A recent Cabinet Office survey found that 33 percent of married women experienced physical and mental abuse from their husbands. Of those, only around 3 percent contacted either the police or a hospital, with only 1 percent turning to help centers or private shelters. Over half did not ask anyone for help. Most women, it is clear, could use psychological, legal and financial help of many kinds to resolve abusive marriages and difficult situations.
One of the most basic functions of government should be supporting those members of society in most need of help. That support is especially important in the toughest times, when social burdens fall most heavily on the economically vulnerable. Ensuring the safety and well-being of mothers and children, regardless of their marriage status, should be a much stronger government priority. Over a million households are waiting.
Source: The Japan Times Online
Blogger's Comments: Will Malaysia look east to Japan in this great hour of economic downturn? Most likely not. In fact since the great Malaysian medical Doctor Mahathir had problem with his ex-Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in 1997 Malaysia had practically and quietly abandoned its Look East To Japan Policy. Since then Malaysia and most of all West Malaysia under the Dr Mahathir had ben pretty engrossed and obsessed with nothing else but internal or domestic politics - how to control the rising tide of opposition against UMNO which he led. In fact all Malaysians and most of all West Malaysians- from the oldest right down to the youngest have been fed on a staple diet of Malaysian politics almost 24 hours a day (taking into consideration the fact that some Mamak Restaurants in big towns like Bangi are opened 24hrs a day).
Up to date Malaysia is still too busy with politics and this country which used to be called Malaysia Boleh seems no longer Boleh. It does not seem to have time to talk, let alone discuss or deliberate on the wisest moves or measures to help the poor or help Malaysians who have lost their jobs because of the deteriorating world economy. In fact Malaysia seems not to have time to think about the 20,000 odd number of workers being laid off or made redudant because of the world economic recession. (MSN News 29 March 2009 Over 26,000 jobs lost in Malaysia: report.) I wonder what are we going to do with the rising number of our unemployed university graduates? Where are we going to send a couple of thousands more of our unemployed graduates after their graduation come a few months time? Are we going to send them all for a post-graduate degree in Latihan Khidmat Negara with a new training syllabus or module? Whatever it is can we build a society that is more polite even if the politicians cannot help but be political? Is Malaysia no longer Boleh?
Waspadai! Siklus 30-Tahunan Konflik di Kalbar
PONTIANAK--Kalbar rentan dengan konflik. Kendati saat ini kondisi keamanan relatif stabil, namun bukan tidak mungkin konflik kembali terulang. Diprediksi pada tahun 2020, akan kembali terjadi konflik antaretnis. Hasil tersebut berdasarkan hipotesis Pakar Konflik, Prof Dr Sy Ibrahim Alkadrie. Hipotesis dilakukan oleh guru besar Fisipol Untan tersebut berdasarkan fakta sejarah. ”Konflik yang terjadi di Kalbar, periode pertama tahun 1900, kedua 1930, ketiga 1960 dan keempat 1990-an,” kata dia dalam seminar politik yang bertemakan Penguatan Forum Komunikasi Antar Etnis di Kalbar Dalam Merekonsiliasi Antar Etnis Guna Mencegah Terjadinya Konflik. Jika melihat siklus 30-tahunan, konflik diperkirakan terjadi tahun 2020 mendatang.
Seminar yang digelar atas rancangan Deputi Seswapres Bidang Politik dan Universitas Tanjungpura di Aula Rektror Untan, Sabtu (28/3), mengupas secara detil konflik etnis di Kalbar.Menurut Sy Ibrahim, ada empat faktor utama penyebab terjadinya konflik. Pertama, dikarenakan pemerintah pusat tidak memperhatikan Kalbar. ”Membuat otonomi daerah, tapi kepala dilepas ekor dipegang,” katanya.Kedua, pemerintah provinsi, pemerintah kabupaten/kota hanya sibuk mengurus kepentingan mereka sendiri tanpa memperhatikan kepentingan rakyat. Ketiga, para elit politik dan ekonomi, tokoh kelompok dan etnis serta pemimpin masyarakat hanya bekerja mengejar kepentingan pribadi dan kelompok tetapi mengeyampingkan kepentingan masyarakat kecil di daerah yang semakin termajinalkan.
Keempat, lanjut Sy Ibrahim, para tokoh etnis dan pemimpin masyarakat tidak memiliki karakter dan sikap multikultural. ”Kalaupun ada mereka tidak menyosialisasikannya kepada anggota kelompok mereka sehingga masyarakat multikultural sulit berkembang,” katanya.Sementara ahli Politik Untan Prof Dr Djohermansyah Djohan mengungkapkan, situasi kondusif saat ini belum menjamin perdamaian akan berlangsung permanen. Dengan semakin berkembangnya kehidupan bangsa dan globalisasi dunia, kata dia, maka permasalahan sosial yang terjadi akan kompleks. Maka dari itu, kata Djohan, kehadiran Forum Komunikasi Antar Etnis (FKAE) dengan aneka kegiatannya merupakan pilar perdamaian yang dapat memberikan kontribusi bagi keharmonisasi hubungan masyarakat Kalbar.
”Diharapkan forum ini bisa memberikan pemahaman bagi masyarakat Kalbar bahwa budaya pluralisme dan multikulturalisme merupakan realitas sosial masyarakat Indonesia,” katanya.
Tonny Ferdy SSos MSi, Kabag Kerbangpil dan Linmas Pemprov Kalbar menambahkan, visi pembangunan Kalbar untuk mewujudkan masyarakat yang beriman, cerdas, aman, berbudaya dan sejahtera sejauh ini terus dilakukan. Meskipun belum bisa menjamin seratus persen, kata dia, kondisi aman ini terus berlangsung diKalbar. ”Sejauh ini masyarakat mulai merasakan rukun, aman dan damai. Dan itu penting sebagai modal dasar pembangunan,” katanya.Menurutnya, berbagai upaya juga telah dilakukan pemerintah provinsi terhadap korban kerusuhan Sambas. Dari pemberian rumah type 21. Lahan garapan antara 200 m2-1 hektar, bekal hidup dan insentif Rp2,5 juta, perbekalan seperti peralatan dapur dan tani. Serta jaminan hidup untuk jangka waktu terbatas.(bdi)
Source/Sumber: Pontianak Post Online
Friday, 27 March 2009
Sebenarnya fenomena lompat melompat partai di Malaysia adalah fenomena lama. Di negeri pemilik blog ini yang bernama Sarawak fenomena "bertukar parti" semasa menjelang pilihan raya ini sudah mula berlaku sejak negeri Sarawak membantu wilayah Malaya menubuhkan Malaysia pada tahun 1963. Fenomena "katak" ini memang disedari cukup penting dari segi menentukan nasib partai yang baru bergerak atau bertapak. Sejak Sarawak turut serta menubuhkan Malaysia kegiatan "lompat parti" atau menjadi "katak politik" ini cukup lumrah sehingga pengundi-pengundi di negeri tersebut sudah tidak begitu yakin lagi akan janji-janji ahli politik kerana janji-janji mereka adalah seperti bunyi-bunyi katak yang begitu meriah atau rami sewaktu selepas hujan pada malam hari. Janji-janji ahli politik ini juga sudah mula dilihat sama seperti janji-janji seorang penyanyi yang merintih-rintih dan merindu-rindui kekasih semasa sedang menyanyi - berjanji hidup setia dan hidup semati tetapi selesai saja rakaman lagu itu si penyanyi ini sudah berpegangan tangan dan bepelukan dengan perempuan yang lain.
Di Malaysia fenomena melompat parti ini sering berlaku kerana kurang teguhnya pegangan, pendirian serta prinsip-prinsip politik seorang calon parti semasa mereka membuat keputusan untuk bertanding dalam sebuah pilihan raya kecil maupun besar. Oleh kerana ramai calon politik di Malaysia lemah dari segi mental, fizikal, psikologi dan capital maka apabila diugut atau digula-gulakan dengan ganjaran wang, kereta dan perempuan calon politik ini tidak teragak-agak untuk melepaskan peluang. Tanpa membuang waktu untuk berfikir panjang memikirkan soal prinsip dan ideologi politik calon-calon politik ini terus serta merta bertukar bentuk dan kulit dari manusia yang bergelar homo sapiens sapiens yang memakai warna parti tertentu berubah menjadi amfibia atau amphibian yang bewarna hijau atau cokelat yang boleh melompat dan melekat terus ke parti musuh atau parti lawan kerana terlihat cahaya ganjaran material dan kekayaan.
Golongan yang sering melompat parti inilah yang dinamakan "Katak" atau "Kodok" politik di Malaysia. Manusia yang hidup sebagai separuh amfibia dalam dunia politik Malaysia memang sentiasa ada dan jumlah pembiakan mereka cukup tinggi pada "musim hujan politik" atau pilihan raya. Rakyat Malaysia harus berhati-hati dan berwaspada pada musim pilihan raya kecil maupun besar kerana pada masa "musim hujan politik" atau pilihan raya kecil atau besar inilah katak dan kodok politik Malaysia ini membesar dengan cepat dan sentiasa bersedia untuk melompat dan bertukar parti. Jenis-jenis katak ini juga sama dengan jenis-jenis kaum yang terdapat di Malaysia. Pada masa dulu katak-katak ini lebih ramai Melayu,India maupun Iban dan jarang sekali Cina. Kebelakangan ini penyakit katak ini sudah mula berjangkit dan menular sehingga selain Melayu, India dan Iban ada juga katak Cina yang sudah sanggup untuk turut serta. Sayangnya dalam budaya Melayu katak atau kodok tidak dimakan; katak hanya ditangkap oleh golongan petani untuk dijual atau diperdagangkan. Di negeri-negeri Indocina seperti Thailand, Kampuchea dan Vietnam lain pula amalannya....
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Muhammad Arif Ismail
Tue | Mar 10, 09 | 3:33:04 pm MYT
SHAH ALAM, 10 Mac (Hrkh) - Prinsip yang paling penting untuk mencapai sebuah negara yang maju ialah prinsip demokrasi dengan pandangan rakyat perlu diutamakan dalam menetukan hala tuju sesebuah negara.
"Pandangan rakyat merupakan satu petanda yang terbaik sama ada berjaya atau tidak pentadbiran sesebuah negeri.
"Sudah semestinya prinsip ini dilengkapkan dengan perlembagaan persekutuan dan undang-undang tubuh kerajaan negeri yang semua seharusnya sedia maklum," titahnya.
Baginda bertitah demikian dalam Majlis Perasmian Mesyuarat Pertama (Pembukaan) Persidangan Penggal Kedua Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor ke-12 di Bangunan Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor, dekat sini pagi tadi.
Menurut baginda, pandangan rakyat harus diambil kira dan mempersoalkan tindakan kerajaan negeri yang melaksanakan 'Merakyatkan Ekonomi Selangor' (MES) sekiranya menolak pandangan rakyat.
Oleh itu titahnya, proses perbincangan awam seharusnya diperbanyakkan untuk setiap keputusan dan kerangka utama pembangunan kerajaan negeri.
"Masyarakat madani di negara maju menyumbang secara aktif kepada pembangunan negara dan ini sewajarnya menjadi kebiasaan di Selangor," titah baginda.
"Kerajaan negeri beta mesti cuba menggunakan kepakaran yang ada pada pihak-pihak ini dalam tujuan untuk memajukan negeri Selangor.
"Meskipun ada kelemahan yang mesti diatasi, namun negeri beta ini telah meneruskan usaha mencapai matlamat negara yang maju dengan prinsip-prinsip pentadbiran yang terbaik dengan prinsip yang paling penting iaitu demokrasi," titah baginda.
Dalam pada itu, Sultan Selangor juga menegaskan bahawa keamanan, keharmonian serta perpaduan kaum di negara ini akan terjejas dengan berlaku beberapa insiden yang melibatkan perbalahan yang dicetuskan oleh sekelompok masyarakat.
"Justeru, beta ingin menyeru kepada semua pihak agar memberhentikan segala tindak-tanduk yang boleh menjejaskan imej negara ini dan menumpukan perhatian ke arah memupuk perpaduan yang erat di kalangan semua kaum." titahnya.
Baginda juga menyeru supaya sikap hormat-menghormati diantara kaum perlu diamalkan setiap waktu agar keharmonian yang berkekalan.
"Sikap hormat-menghormati diantara kaum di negara ini perlulah sentiasa diamalkan bersama bagi menjamin perpaduan di kalangan masyarakat Malaysia," titah baginda. - azm_
Tue | Mar 10, 09 | 1:06:25 pm MYT
KUALA LUMPUR, 10 Mac (Hrkh) - "Saya bukan jawatankuasa PAS, atau orang Kelantan, namun bagi saya sesiapa yang menempelak kenyataan Menteri Besar Kelantan Dato' Nik Aziz Nik Mat tentang isu nama Allah adalah mereka yang kurang jelas tentang akidah Islam, atau mempertahankan apa yang mereka tidak faham."
Demikian dinyatakan oleh bekas Mufti Perlis Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin yang sebelum ini pernah menulis setahun lalu dalam blognya yang bertajuk:"Beza antara merebut nama Allah dan mempertahankan akidah." berhubung isu berkaitan.
"Saya telah kemukakan hujah dan alasan bahawa mereka boleh memanggil Tuhan dengan 'Allah'. Al-Quran dan Sunnah membenarkannya. Akidah bukan diukur dengan panggilan, tetapi dengan membezakan antara tauhid dan syirik," katanya dalam laman blognya itu baru-baru ini
Katanya Majlis Fatwa Perlis ketika beliau menjadi mufti membuat keputusan sebulat suara keharusan bukan Muslim memanggil Tuhan dengan panggilan Allah.
"Jangan kita nak 'divert' isu politik, kita bangkit isu agama, nanti agama menjadi mangsa permainan manusia.
"Saya nasihat kepada yang bising isu ini, jika nak berjihad, biarlah kena pada tempatnya. Ini bukan isu yang patut kita bertarung kerananya.
Katanya jika ingin melarang bukan Muslim guna nama Allah jangan katakan bahawa agama Islam yang melarang tetapi beritahu orang bukan Islam bahawa peraturan Kerajaan Malaysia yang melarangnya atas sebab-sebab tertentu.
"Apa yang patut JAKIM fikirkan adalah bagaimana cara agar bukan Muslim dalam negara kita lebih faham dan suka dengan Islam." katanya yang kini masih berada di Lampeter, United Kingdom. - azm
Sumber dan Ehsan: HarakahDaily.Net
Monday, 9 March 2009
Jelapang folk are still angry with Hee
By IVAN LOH
IPOH: Some voters in Jelapang are still angry over their elected representative Hee Yit Foong’s controversial decision to leave DAP. They made it obvious when she turned up at her service centre here.
Hee showed up for the first time after declaring herself as an independent representative last month. She arrived at the centre at 3pm yesterday to meet a constituent over complaints on drainage problems.
Hee, however, left hurriedly 45 minutes later after a group of people heckled her with abusive words, said her newly-appointed special assistant Sharifuddin Mohd Aminuddin.
Hee had arrived with her husband in a silver Mercedes Benz bearing a Kuala Lumpur registration number.
Sharifuddin believed the car did not belong to Hee, but he could not be sure.
Some locals, he added, saw the Mercedes parked outside the service centre and became curious.
A few passers-by looked into the service centre through the glass panels and saw Hee sitting inside the room.
“Soon a group of about 10 people gathered at a coffee shop opposite the road from the centre, hurling abuses at her. I advised her to leave as soon as possible,” Sharifuddin told The Star shortly after Hee left.
He claimed that the crowd was calling Hee names and unpleasant things such as “traitor who destroyed Pakatan,” and “ungrateful woman”.
Sharifuddin said Hee put up a brave front despite the insults. She smiled and waved to the crowd that was watching her, adding that she did not inform the police about this.
Although she is being boycotted by many, some folk still came to seek her help.
“There have been people coming to the centre, but this is the first time my boss is here to meet them personally,” said Sharifuddin, who has been tasked with manning the centre in Hee’s absence.
He added that Hee was looking for a new place as the landlord wanted to terminate the lease for the centre.
Sunday, 1 March 2009
His comments, made in Kota Baru today, will certainly spark debate, especially since it comes from a Malay leader who is widely respected even by his foes in Barisan Nasional and Umno.
In calling the term bumiputera racist, he appears to be drawing a clear line between his Pas party and the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) from that of Umno, which has been championing the special rights of Malays.
Nik Aziz’s remarks was made in response over growing criticism from the conservative spine of Umno against comments made by DAP’s Dr Boo Cheng Hau, the opposition leader in Johor.
Dr Boo was reported to have compared “bumiputeraism” with apartheid.
Umno leaders have demanded an apology from Boo, and say his comments were a challenge to Malay rights and the constitution.
Umno’s Utusan Malaysia also described Boo’s remarks as a part of DAP’s agenda to form a republic.
But Nik Aziz was reported by Bernama as saying today that not only did the term smack of racism but deprived other races sharing similar rights and having the same identity cards of government assistance.
“In an election, other races are allowed to cast one vote, so are the bumiputera," he said.
Nik Abdul Aziz said the government should form a body to manage aid for the poor in the country and not cater only for a single group known as the bumiputera.
“I don’t like the (use of the) word bumiputera. What I like is (use of the word) poor, for all races,” he added.
He said the poor, regardless of their race, should be given assistance.
His statement appears to be also in line with Anwar Ibrahim’s concept of “Ketuanan Rakyat,” or supremacy of the people, which has been used to diffentiate PR parties from Umno’s “Ketuanan Melayu,” or Malay supremacy.
Source: The Malaysian Insider
Friday, 13 February 2009
Salmah Mat Husain
Sun | Feb 08, 09 | 7:43:01 pm MYT
PENGKALAN CHEPA, 8 Feb (Hrkh) - Golongan alim ulama di Negara ini harus bersikap adil di samping memihak hanya kepada Islam dalam menyelesaikan sesuatu isu apa lagi mengeluarkan kenyataan berbaur politik Iklan
Timbalan Mursyidul Am, Dato' Dr Haron Din, menyifatkan kenyataan Mufti Perak, Dato' Seri Harussani Zakaria, yang mengeluarkan kenyataan sesiapa tidak taat kepada pemerintah dianggap derhaka dilihat sebagai tidak menepati tugasnya sebagai Mufti yang hanya wajib memihak pada Islam dan bukannya pada mana-mana individu apa lagi untuk kepentingan politik.
Menurutnya, tindakan sedemikian hanya akan mengundang kekeliruan di kalangan masyarakat, kerana golongan ulama merupakan rujukan utama masyarakat dalam masaalah agama.
Beliau berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas berhubung kenyataan mufti berkenaan yang didakwa sedemikian sebagai merujuk tindakan Menteri Besar Perak, Dato' Seri Muhammad Nizar, yang enggan melepaskan jawatannya sebagai menteri besar.
Harussani baru-baru ini mendakwa, sesiapa yang tidak taat kepada pemerintah ataupun Raja yang memerintah sesebuah negeri, orang itu dianggap derhaka.
Beliau berkata demikian selepas merasmikan majlis penutup Kursus Kepimpinan Dakwah Halaqat, anjuran kerajaan negeri dengan kerjasama Unit Dakwah Halaqat, Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Negeri Kelantan, di Putik, di sini semalam.
"Mufti Perak telah menyatakan pendapatnya, tetapi tidak pernah berlaku seumpamanya sebelum ini di mana Mufti telah memihak pada mana-mana parti politik.
"Sepatutnya sebagai orang yang diberi tanggungjawab menjaga kepentingan agama, Mufti tidak seharusnya terjebak dalam kancah politik, selain hanya memihak kepada kebenaran Islam yang satu,"ujarnya lagi.
Haron Din, seterusnya memberitahu kenyataan Mufti sedemikian jelas menampakkan ianya kurang bijak dalam memberikan pandangannya berhubung kemelut politik di Perak.
"Kalau nak membuat sebarang ulasan pun biarlah ianya memberi gambaran yang jelas iaitu Islam,"ujarnya lagi.
Terdahulu ketika berucap pada majlis itu beliau merujuk pada sejarah Islam bagaimana seorang alim ulama yang masyhur Izzudin Abdul Salam yang berani menyatakan kebenarannya walaupun di hadapan sultan sehingga beliau akhirnya dibuang daerah.
Menurutnya, keberanian ulama di zaman ini amat diperlukan khususnya untuk menangani kegawatan suasana politik dunia dan tempatan yang semakin meruncing.
"Hanya golongan ulama sejati yang berani mengeluarkan kenyataan yang benar walaupun sedar diri terpaksa berhadapan dengan sebarang kemungkinan,"ujarnya lagi. - mks.
Thursday, 12 February 2009
The Plight of The Rohingya
Today we witness once again the unfolding of the consequences of the oppression of men by men. Oppressed peoples have the misfortune of being arbitrarily isolated from their own societies and rendered into minorities by a stroke of the pen in the hands of their erstwhile political overlords, the military junta.
The Muslims of Rohingnya are stark reminders of this unfortunate twist of historical fate.
With their plight ignored and their pleas for help falling on deaf ears, the Rohingya Muslims brave the high seas in search of a new tomorrow. The doors of Myanmar, their own homeland, are shut on them, the harbours are closed and their women are raped.
On this occasion, let us step back and reflect on the suffering of Rohingya. We call on the powers that be to take quick and decisive action to help alleviate their plight. Countries in Asean, neighbours of Myanmar as well as multilateral institutions can no longer remain oblivious to the humanitarian tragedy that is unfolding before their very eyes.
Malaysia under fire at UN over refugees
Malaysia was taken to task by some Western countries on Wednesday over its treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, during a United Nations review of its human rights record.
Belgium, Britain and the Netherlands were among the nations that expressed "concerns" surrounding refugees and asylum-seekers held in detention in Malaysia, as they called on Kuala Lumpur to develop legislation that distinguishes asylum seekers from irregular migrants.
"We note serious problems faced by refugees, migrants and asylum seekers in Malaysia... that is linked to a lack of clarity on their status in the country," Belgium's representative told the UN Human Rights Council during a universal periodic review session.
Under universal periodic review, all 192 member states of the United Nations have their human rights record vetted by the council once every four years.
The session is based on three reports, one submitted by the country under review, and two summaries compiled by the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights.
The high commissioner's report noted the lack of national legislation on refugees as well as absence of laws on the rights of migrant workers.
In addition, it said, "many asylum seeking and refugee children, among them Muslim children from a nearby country, including the Rohingya refugee children who had lived in Malaysia since 1990s, lacked access to formal education."
The secretary general of Malaysia's foreign ministry Rastam Mohd Isa said in his opening remarks that Malaysia prosecutes only refugees who have committed crimes.
Foreign workers are accorded the same rights as local workers, and the rights of illegal immigrants are protected, he added.
Human rights groups have accused Malaysia of mistreating millions of foreign workers who live there, as well as asylum-seekers, including thousands from nearby Myanmar, which is under military rule.
Human Rights Watch had singled out a government-backed volunteer force in Malaysia known as RELA for allegedly beating, threatening and extorting money from migrants and asylum-seekers.
During Wednesday's session, some countries, including Chile and France, encouraged Malaysia to eliminate discrimination due to sexual orientation and to "respect the human rights of all individuals, including homosexuals."
Source: MSN News
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Ketika berjalan di persawahan dan menjumpai hewan kecil yang melompat-lompat, sebagian orang menamakan hewan itu sebagai “katak”. Sebagian lainnya menyebutnya sebagai “kodok”. Bahkan ada yang menganggap “kodok” adalah istilah bahasa daerah (Jawa), sedangkan “katak” adalah istilah resmi dalam bahasa Indonesia. Dan kenyataannya, banyak orang yang menganggap katak sama dengan kodok. Katak adalah kodok. Kodok adalah katak.
Benarkah anggapan tersebut?
Katak memang sangat mirip dengan kodok. Karena punya banyak kesamaan, saintis pun memasukkan keduanya ke dalam keluarga besar Anura (amfibi tak berekor).
Meski mirip, katak dan kodok adalah dua jenis hewan yang berbeda.
Bila memang keduanya berbeda, bagaimana kita membedakan katak dengan kodok? Apa ciri umum yang membedakan keduanya?
Ssstt, ini dia rahasia untuk mengenalinya …
Ciri umum katak (frog):
kulit basah (lembab), tipis, dan halus
kaki panjang, sehingga dapat membuat lompatan yang jauh
Contoh katak: Rana esculenta, Rana tigrina.
Ciri umum kodok/bangkong (toad):
tubuh lebar (besar)
kulit kering, tebal, dan kasar
kaki relatif pendek yang menjadikan lompatannya hanya berjarak pendek
Contoh kodok: Bufo americanus, Bufo marinus.
Jadi, katak berbeda dengan kodok…
Adi Nugroho @ sains
Foto katak oleh jeffclow
Foto kodok oleh marc50
Source/Sumber dan Ehsan: Sains.wordpress.com
Saturday, 7 February 2009
Below is a compilation of the comments from various experts on Sultan Azlan Shah’s controversial decision to reject Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin’s recommendation to dissolve the state assembly; his order that Nizar resign; the Election Commission’s disgraceful refusal to fix by-election dates for Behrang and Changkat Jering; the actions of the Behrang and Changkat Jering assemblymen
Sultan Azlan Shah, author of ‘Constitutional Monarchy, Rule of Law and Good Governance’.
“Under normal circumstances, it is taken for granted that the Yang di Pertuan Agong would not withhold his consent to a request for the dissolution of Parliament.
“His role is purely formal.”
Abdul Aziz Bari, law professor at the International Islamic University
“The problem in Malaysia is that the law is not allowed to take its course. I think the Sultan has made a mistake.”
Bari said while it is the Sultan’s prerogative whether or not to dissolve the state assembly and allow fresh elections, the Sultan should not insist on the resignation of his appointed Menteri Besar, until it was clear he no longer held the majority support of the state’s lawmakers.
Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, human rights lawyer
“It could be said there is no situation of no-confidence here because of the dispute over the two seats (Behrang and Changkat Jering). A vote of no-confidence can only be taken by people who are legitimately entitled to vote, meaning people who are still assemblymen.
“As such, the legal basis of the Sultan’s directive may not be found.”
P Ramakrishnan, Aliran
“Legally there exist no doubts as to the vacancies of these two seats but there are clearly doubts as to why the Election Commission chose to take this decision which is without doubt ultra vires.”
“Aliran would also like to appeal to His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Perak, in all humility, to kindly consent to the dissolution of the state assembly as a way to overcome this deadlock.”
James Chin, political analyst from Monash University, KL wing
“According to the old British system, a monarch should always follow the advice of the Prime Minister, regardless of personal preference.
“The Sultan should know the law better than any of us, as he was formerly the Lord President of the Supreme Court
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Gua Musang MP
“The Constitution makes no provision for his removal by any other means, including by petitions or instructions from any other authority,” said Razaleigh in a statement, adding that Nizar is lawfully the Menteri Besar until he resigns of his own accord, or is removed by a vote of no-confidence in a formal sitting of the assembly.
“Defections are not the basis for the formation of a government. Elections are. Governments are formed after citizens have expressed their choice through free and fair elections. Our constitution specifies a formal process for the formation of a government.”
”The two assemblymen (Behrang and Changkat Jering) whose allegiance we have suddenly gained are under investigation for corruption, while the Bota assemblyman’s justification for his record-breaking 10-day double-hop is an insult to the public’s intelligence and nauseating in its insincerity.”
Mahathir Mohammad, former prime minister
“Is Umno so desperate that it cannot wait for the criminal court decision against them before accepting them,” Mahathir wrote in his blog, referring to the Feb 10 corruption trial awaiting the Behrang and Changkat Jering assemblymen.
“If they are accepted now and then found not guilty, the so-called Umno-led government will be accused of influencing the court. True or not does not matter as the public’s perception is such. It will have an effect in the 13th general election.”
Khoo Kay Peng, political analyst
“Umno should prove to Malaysians that it is willing to change its ways. Accepting the two assemblymen, who are facing corruption charges, into its fold only shows it is digging in keep its old habits.”
Lim Si Pin, Gerakan Youth chief
“You are cheating the people as you think the voters are stupid. You are the representative of the people, how can you defect so easily.
“This is an abuse of the democratic process. Gerakan is against the party hopping culture and we do not support BN’s method of taking control of the Perak government by dubious means.
Lim Si Boon, Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Perak
“Elections are the prerogative of the (state) government. We just want the most practical way with the least disruption.”
Param Cumaraswamy, prominent lawyer and former United Nations special rapporteur:
“A constitutional crisis is brewing,” he said, adding that it would now be difficult for either side to effectively govern Perak.
Source: Suara KeADILan Online
Friday, 6 February 2009
Suffer the Rohingya
About 800,000 Rohingya live in Myanmar. They are a Muslim group in a Buddhist state. They are not recognized as one of Myanmar's official minorities, which means they are subject to persecution and worse in that army-run dictatorship. Not surprisingly, thousands of Rohingya have fled their homeland. Officially, some 28,000 Rohingya live in refugee camps in Bangladesh; that number is dwarfed by the estimated 200,000 living illegally there.
The Rohingya's precarious existence makes them easy prey for predators of all sorts. Human traffickers promise them better lives outside Myanmar — for a fee. The exodus to countries throughout Southeast Asia exposes them to different dangers. In recent weeks, some 200 Rohingya have been discovered adrift at sea. They tell of being towed into international waters by the Thai military, with engines sabotaged. Hundreds more are thought to have drowned.
After initially denying any involvement, the Thai military admitted towing the Rohingya out to sea, but with food, water and functioning engines. The military also deny charges of beating refugees before exiling them. In the face of growing international criticism, the Thai government has asked the U.N. High Commission for Refugees to inspect the refugees it has in custody. While rejecting allegations of Thai misconduct, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva blamed traffickers for the plight of the Rohingya and has called on all countries of the region to help deal with this problem.
Mr. Abhisit is right about one thing: While the number of Rohingya intercepted in Thai waters has jumped fourfold in two years — from 1,225 in 2006 to 4,886 last year — this is not just a Thai problem. Rohingya refugees are found in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, and refugees say they would rather die than go home.
Using Orwellian logic, Myanmar even denies that the refugees originate there: "Rohingya people are not among Myanmar's more than 100 ethnic minority groups." Nonetheless, the junta has said it will tighten its borders to prevent more people from fleeing the country. That is an ominous promise. The fate of the Rohingya is another line in the indictment against the junta that rules Myanmar. That does not absolve the rest of the world from doing more to help this embattled minority.
Source: The Japan Times Online
But increased media attention to the plight of the Rohingya and images of Thai soldiers stood guard over rows of bedraggled men have highlighted the desperation of a minority group effectively rendered stateless by the Myanmar government.
Rohingya claim Thai abuseAccording to Kraisak Choonhavan, a Thai government official, between 2004 and 2008, at least 4,866 Rohingya arrived in Thailand, many of whom have since been repatriated to Myanmar.
In December alone, nearly a thousand arrived along Thailand's Andaman coastline.
Travelling in rickety wooden boats from Myanmar, the winter months when the tides are at their lowest are viewed as the best time to set sail.
Human Rights Watch says the orders to deport the Rohingya are part of a broader policy on the part of Thai authorities aimed at keeping the stateless ethnic group out of Thailand.
"This is not a one-off thing where the authorities decide to deport who they see as illegal immigrants," Sunai Phasuk, a Thailand and Myanmar researcher, told Al Jazeera.
"There is a policy aimed at the Rohingya... a directive given from higher-ranking officials."
Sunai is referring to clams by the Thai military that the Rohingya may join the Muslim separatist movement in the country's south – a conflict which has claimed more than 3,000 lives over the past five years.
Al Jazeera has spoken to members of a civilian militia recruited and trained by the Thai military to monitor the movements of Rohingya refugees and to round up illegal immigrants.
"We practise how to shoot guns and train after dark because sometimes the Rohingya come out at night by boat and run up into the hills," said Saman Manee Jansuk, a local resident living near the Thailand-Myanmar border
"We don't want them coming here."
A senior Thai military officer overseeing the treatment of the Rohingya has himself been heavily involved in previous and sometimes controversial military operations in the south.
Colonel Manat Kongpan, now chief of the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) in the southern province of Ranong, was one of the officers charged over the deaths of 28 Muslim men at the Krue Se mosque siege in the town of Pattani in 2004.
Repeated requests for an interview with Manat were refused, but he has been quoted as saying that Thailand has "a duty to protect itself".
It is unclear though why ISOC, a shadowy army division revived after the 2006 military coup, has become involved with handling the case of the Rohingya, rather than the Thai immigration or border authorities who normally process migrants.
Chris Lewa, director of the Arakan Project, a non-governmental organisation documenting the plight of the Rohingya, told Al Jazeera that she has seen no evidence that Rohingya migrants have joined separatist fighters in southern Thailand.
"There is no evidence they have joined any movement. These people are starving and simply want to feed their families.
"They could not do this in Myanmar, and many found themselves destitute in refugee camps in Bangladesh," she said.
"They do not care about some ideology – political or religious."
But according to a leading Thai forensics expert, "explosives residue" was found on one of the Rohingya boats that landed on Thailand's Andaman coast in December.
Dr Porntip Rojanasunan, a forensic pathologist working for the ministry of justice, was asked by the Thai military to examine the contents of some of the boats, specifically to examine whether the refugees may be linked to fighters in the south, and if they held any objects that may be a "security threat".
"There were substances and chemicals found that can be used in explosives ... there was actually quite a significant level," she told Al Jazeera.
Asked whether the traces could be directly linked to the separatist movement in the south, she said: "I can only give the authorities what my results of the tests were."
"Just because a group of Muslims come to this country, on their way to a better life, does not mean they will fight the government of Thailand"
Parakorn Priyakorn, Islamic Centre of Thailand"But I am aware of the factor that these boats may have been used for other purposes in their countries of origin ... before they were used by the refugees."
"The Thai authorities may question them about these findings," she added.
Parakorn Priyakorn, of the Islamic Centre of Thailand, told Al Jazeera the policies of previous governments towards southern Thailand, had created "an atmosphere of suspicion" towards immigrants of Muslim background.
"Just because a group of Muslims come to this country, on their way to a better life, does not mean they will fight the government of Thailand," he said.
"I understand that we cannot handle so many migrants, but we also need to consider human rights issues."
The official justification given by the Thai government for deporting the Rohingya is that the country is simply unable to handle the influx of immigrants.
"We cannot afford carrying the burden of taking care of another 200,000-300,000 people," Suthep Thaugsuban, the deputy prime minister, told the Reuters news agency earlier this month.
"They come from Myanmar and that is where they will be deported to," he said.
But the Myanmar government has denied that the migrants recently seen arriving in Thailand, India and Indonesia could have come from its territory because the Rohingya are not among its officially recognised ethnic groups.
According to the UNHCR, at least 230,000 Rohingya now live a precarious, stateless existence in Bangladesh alone, having fled their homes in Myanmar's North Rakhine state.
Those who have not fled are restricted from travel inside the country, while human rights groups say Rohingya face abuses by the Myanmar military that make the recent crackdown on democracy protests seem pale in comparison.
Gabriele Marranci, professor of anthropology of Islam at the National University of Singapore, told Al Jazeera the main reason the Rohingya are "unwanted" in Thailand, and also facing the prospect of deportation from Indonesia, is that they "lack strategic value".
"There seems to be a consensus among countries neighbouring Myanmar to also treat the Rohingya as a stateless group which has no place in their societies," he said.
"It is interesting to note that other groups, such as the Palestinians who are fighting for a state, and recognition, are given attention primarily attributed to their strategic significance in the Middle East; but a minority group such as the Rohingya, who are unable and unwilling to start a conflict in the region, are systematically treated as gypsies to be pushed out into the ocean."
Source: Al Jazeera
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Indonesian authorities say a second boatload of Rohingya migrants found off the western island of Sumatra have told them they were cast adrift in an engineless boat after being beaten by the Thai military.
The group, numbering almost 200, were found by fisherman in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Navy officials quoted survivors as saying they had been beaten by Thai authorities, before being towed out to sea and set adrift.
At least 20 of the group died while they drifted for three weeks.
Tedi Sutardi, an Indonesian navy officer, on Tuesday said there was no food and water on board the boat and all the survivors were in very poor health.
"They were drifting for about 21 days," he told AFP. "Most of them are in critical condition and are receiving treatment at a local state hospital in East Aceh district.
He said the survivors were still being interviewed by Indonesian authorities, but communication was difficult.
Last month Indonesian fishermen found another group of about 170 Rohingya drifting off Sumatra. Many of them had severe injuries they said were the result of beatings from the Thai military.
A group found last month had injuries they said were inflicted by the Thai militaryMyanmar's military rulers effectively deny citizenship rights to the Rohingya, a Muslim minority who live in the west of the country.
Human rights groups say the Rohingya face systematic discrimination and abuse by Myanmar authorities, leading hundreds to try to flee the country by boat every year.
Rather than finding refuge though, many say they have found even more abuse at the hands of the Thai military who have been accused of beating boatloads of migrants before pushing them back out to sea, often without food or water, and in boats with engines removed.
Rights groups say hundreds may have perished at sea.
The Thai government has rejected allegations of abuse, and says the Rohingya are economic migrants seeking a better life, not refugees fleeing persecution.
Forced to convert
The latest group of Rohingya found off Sumatra on Tuesday said they had left their homes in Myanmar's western Arakan state after being forced to convert to Buddhism.
Al Jazeera correspondent Step Vaessen reporting from Jakarta said navy officials found the survivors, one of whom was 13 years old, to be very weak after their ordeal and said it was a miracle they had survived.
The boat was so small that some of the group had been forced to stand.
She said there were also clear signs that they had been beaten, and the Indonesian authorities are now trying to decide what to do with them.
Source: Al Jazeera and agencies
Thailand set to deport Rohingya (31 Jan 2009)
UN gets access to Rohingya refugees (30 Jan 2009)
Rohingya allege more Thai abuse (30 Jan 2009)
Video: Rohingya migrants speak out (29 Jan 2009)
Rohingyas claim Myanmar abuse (27 Jan 2009)
Thais admit boat people set adrift (27 Jan 2009)
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 3:54 pm
London: A 27-year-old man in Britain has been charged after a shoe was thrown at Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao during a visit to Cambridge University, police said Tuesday.
The man, who has not been named, would appear before magistrates in Cambridge on February 10 accused of committing a public order offence.
The shoe was thrown at Wen and he was called a “dictator” as he gave a speech on the global economy at the renowned university Monday.
The premier, who is on a three-day visit to Britain, described the incident as “despicable.” Witnesses said the shoe landed about a metre away from him.
The Foreign Ministry in Beijing condemned the incident but said it would not harm Anglo-Chinese relations.
The protest was similar to an event in December when former US President George W Bush was forced to duck to avoid shoes thrown at him by an Iraqi journalist at a press conference in Baghdad.
Source: A Pakistan News
Pak Enrico Mulawarman Kami Sudah bilang Sama Siswa/i Malaysia, Anthropology can lend insight to business
Enrico Mulawarman , Jakarta Sat, 01/31/2009 1:17 PM Opinion/Opini
A trend is on the horizon. Many people are jumping on the multicultural bandwagon. In the political realm, more politicians are more often stressing the importance of cultural diversity.
In academic circles, qualitative research is gaining ground on the predominant penchant for quantitative research, highlighting a renewed interest in social and cultural phenomena. President Barack Obama said, "there are no blue states or red states, just the United States of America". Obama highlights the importance of unity in cultural and social diversity. This trend is also apparent and highly visible in business and corporate settings.
Tom Davenport of Babson College has been predicting for years that anthropologists would be in demand in the workplace of the future. As the world's economies have become globally oriented and interdependent, the consequences of the 2008 global financial crisis is forcing governments across the globe to find ways to save their ailing economies.
Governments and the private sector, financial institutions and corporations battle to preserve themselves by restructuring their approach or coming up with new business models and plans. Anthropological approaches and research is increasingly appealing to business because it is helping answer pressing questions about consumers, consumption, and how people use products and services.
What anthropologists have to offer is not just confined to marketing and consumer behavior research. Anthropological approaches also makes it possible to understand what we have come to call the culture of an organization: every business entity, because it is a kind of social organization, develops its own corporate culture.
Anthropologists commonly use the term culture to refer to a society or group in which many or all people live and think in similar ways. Likewise, any group of people who share a common culture and, in particular, common rules of behavior and a basic form of social organization constitutes a society.
An anthropological approach is able to expand the understanding of corporate culture from an organizational premise, where often serves as a management tool, to an analysis on how corporate culture can be used to identify an individual's way of life in relation to an existing structure.
Cultural anthropologists have been very effective in studying organizational behavior (Jordan 2003). In his essay "A Scientific Theory of Culture", Bronislaw Malinowski states the science of human behavior begins with organization.
Malinowski argues that the frame of an institution is a legitimate isolate of cultural analysis. In the 1970s, Clifford Geertz radically refigured culture theory in anthropology arguing that culture must be seen as "webs of meaning" within which humans must live.
There are differing perspectives on organizational culture, from the idea that culture is a continuous process in which meaning is made collectively to that idea that culture as a thing which managers can define from above and act upon within a system of command and control.
The concept of corporate culture grew from organizational studies, but scholars of this research have been largely influenced by the field of anthropology from the outset.
Within corporate organizational settings in general, anthropology makes it possible to analyze in depth a company's value system, language, thought and behavior.
Anthropology constantly stresses the importance of ethnography in its approach and methodology. In corporate settings, ethnography helps describe and interpret the culture and worldview of consumers and employees.
For example, employees, particularly those in the field, have frequent encounters with consumers which gives insight into consumer patterns. Employees evaluate and classify customers and consumers needs, concerns, complaints and unfulfilled needs.
Consumers articulate them directly to employees, and effective employees turn those patterns into strategies to enhance sales, improve customer relationships and alleviate customer concerns and grievances. Within a business, ethnography helps explain the effect the corporation's culture has on the implementation of operations by an organization's employees.
Knowing how they perceive the effectiveness of the various sanctions or rewards that are attached to their work performance and vertical corporate relationships helps explain how employees manage their role within the broader social organization of the company.
It also explains how employees receive and interpret the relevance of top-down operational procedures, service policies and marketing initiatives.
Some companies use ideas of culture as management tools. Others emphasize that companies are clearly demarcated entities bounded vis-*-vis their environment, containing specified groups of people, organized hierarchically, each with a checklist of behaviors fostered by and unique to that company's culture.
For example, McDonald's is identified by their golden arches logo, standardized decor and branded packaging. The core beliefs of the company - quality, service, convenience and value - are instilled into managers in order to create a sense of unity across franchises. Counter staff have to follow a checklist of standardized behaviors as the perform their job.
I view corporate culture as a holistic concept. It refers to the ways in which an entire organization is perceived and construed. Over the years, mainstream anthropology has shifted from a discipline that enumerates a systematic functional approach of social structures to a more critique-oriented and postmodern methodology.
The writer is a graduate from the University of Indonesia and is currently a lecturer in the marketing and communications department at the Faculty of Communication and Multimedia of Binus University.
Source: The Jakarta Post